Flee the hedonistic hotels of the bigger Balearic isles and hide out at Torralbenc – Menorca's first boutique hotel – set in a cluster of whitewashed farmhouse buildings with a romantic restaurant and sea-facing pool. The 19th-century homestead has been reinvented by Antonio Esteva, who’s usually found designing luxurious private villas. Thanks to his handy work, it’s emerged with heritage charm intact, as well as plenty of shady, rosemary-scented spots to soak up the Mediterranean sun.
Mod Mediterranean cuisine
Traditional whitewashed farmhouse
Sea-view swimming pool
A welcome drink on arrival
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All communal areas are wheelchair accessible, and some rooms are adapted for wheelchair users. In the small spa’s two treatment rooms, a range of beauty and wellbeing treat is on offer, including couple’s massages. In-room beauty treatments, personal trainers and fitness classes – including yoga and Pilates – are all available, too.
Expect lots of lounging around the pool and in the garden: bring your teeniest bikini or a cover-all kaftan depending on how much sun you’d like to get. There are bikes to borrow, so bring your cycling gear.
Contemporary cottons will keep you comfortable and help you fit in with the laid-back surroundings.
Carretera de Maó, Cala en Porter, Km 10, Alaior, Menorca, 07730
1.2 mi / 2.0 km from city centre
- Onsite laundry
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- Exercise gym
- On-Site parking
- Internet services
- Aerobics instruction
- Room service
Torralbenc Restaurant is housed in what was originally a store room for grapes and wine barrels. Executive chef Luis Loza has collaborated with Gorka Txapartegi – the former chef at Michelin-starred Resturante Alameda – to create a menu of updated Mediterranean classics, using the best local produce, herbs from the hotel’s own gardens and fruit from their orchards. Expect regional favourites like seabass ceviche or local leg of lamb with red peppers, washed down with a cup of famous Menorcan chamomile tea. The historic indoor space is cosy and characterful wherever you sit; in warm weather, head out to the terrace under the shade of a cane pergola, to enjoy the views of the garden and sea. Or, find a spot anywhere you’d like in the garden – staff will be happy to serve you wherever you’d like.
Aim for a table outside, where the chef prepares sears locally-sourced meat, fish and vegetables on a charcoal grill.
Lunch is served 1pm–3.30pm; dinner 7.30pm–10.30pm.
Order drinks and snacks to your room during restaurant hours.
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