The cocktail provocateurs behind Menorca Experimental aren’t letting the natural beauty of this biodiverse Balearic distract from their USP: delicious food and to-die-for drinks. A 19th-century former farmhouse and one-time artist’s agriturismo sets the scene: a place where you might find a modern-day Miró sketching among the pine shrubs, juniper groves and wildflowers. Designer Dorothée Meilichzon has preserved the original features and golden Marés stone, while adding her playful, art-deco-inspired details. And, if you can tear yourself away from the infinity pool, walled gardens and head chef Sylvain Roucayrol’s Catalan cuisine, the beach is just 15 minutes away down a rock-strewn path.
A skip to the beach
A cocktail each at the bar (a total of two per booking)
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Also need to know:
All public areas and some bedrooms are suitable for wheelchair users.The hotel can organise private or semi-private yoga classes – just give them 24 hours notice.
Sturdy sandals for navigating the nature trails and roving the rock-strewn paths.
We recommend island elegance – traditional Menorcan sandals, billowing kaftans, geometric prints and pressed linens.
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The four Frenchmen behind the Experimental Group may be hipper-than-thou and have cut their teeth on cocktail bars that stay open well into the wee hours, but with Menorca Experimental, there are signs of a softening. The first clue is the location; Menorca is not the Balearic isle for raving and misbehaving – the Unesco-protected biosphere is better suited to bird-watchers than bad boys. Don’t get us wrong, this rustic island experiment still has the guys’ signature verve: killer cocktails, cool-kid collaborators and art-deco design by Dorothée Meilichzon. But, you’ll also find that the pace is sedate and there are plenty of perches perfect for doing absolutely nothing: by the infinity pool, in the manicured walled gardens or down on the little pebbly beach. There’s even yoga and a vegetable garden. Yep, it looks like these Gallic hospitality gods are coming around to the allure of active mornings and early-ish nights – just don’t ask them to compromise on style.
Batería militar de Llucalari, Camino de Llucalari, Alaior, Menorca, 07730
1.2 mi / 1.9 km from city centre
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- On-Site parking
- Internet services
- Aerobics instruction
- Room service
Head chef Sylvain Roucayrol, who also runs the restaurant at the group’s sister spot the Henrietta Hotel, takes his inspiration from Basque and Catalan cuisine. The result is regional classics with a modern twist that never skimp on flavour, colour or personality. Ingredients are sourced locally from boutique producers or grown in the finca’s own vegetable garden. There’s both indoor and outdoor seating – hidden booths for whispering and a 20-person communal table for lively groups. The carefully chosen wine list is complemented by a new menu of Experimental Cocktails with herbs and aromatics from the gardens.
Snag a table on the terrace for stunning views of Mediterranean blue and stirring sea breezes.
Breakfast is served from 8am to a leisurely 11am. Lunch is served by the pool from 12:30pm to 3:30pm; dinner is 7pm–11pm.
The full restaurant menu is available as room service during opening hours.
Since the Experimental Group is synonymous with modish mixology, you won’t be disappointed by the first-class cocktails here. Drinks can be served either in the retro bar in the double-height lobby or sipped in the sunshine around the infinity pool.
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