Set in an immaculately renovated 19th-century manor house, Cugo Gran Menorca in the Balearic Islands is an idyllic slice of Mediterranean living. Tucked away from the tourist trail with prime sea views, the estate's grounds hold lavender fields, a vineyard and a sun-warmed infinity pool, as well as gardens that provide much of the fare for alfresco dinners lasting well into the night. The rooms are bright and white-washed, with high, beamed ceilings, stone walls and fluffy beds.
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Each room has a unique name and design. All can be converted into king-size beds from two twins, upon request. The Poligalia and Lavanda, in the main house, each have a private terrace overlooking the beautiful grounds. Those looking for added privacy should request the Monte Toro in the private tower.
The 26-metre outdoor infinity pool is heated by the Mediterranean sun and surrounded by lush lawns. Shaded lounge chairs dot one side.
The spa occupies a suite in the converted stable, offering a range of massages, facials and reiki treatments, using Li'Tya aromatherapy products.
A stylish sunhat is mandatory for anyone unaccustomed to the intense Mediterranean rays.
Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including tortoises, geckos, sea birds and the resident donkeys.
Children over 12 are welcome. One extra bed (€40 a night; suitable for children aged 12 to 17) can be added to all rooms subject to availability.
The hotel serves home-grown and locally sourced food whenever possible, including vegetables from the kitchen garden and eggs from the free-range hens; water is solar-heated.
Floaty maxi dresses and loose linen pants should allow for the laidback gluttony of a classic Spanish festín.
The restaurant specialises in the best of Menorca, with many of the fruits, vegetables, spices and eggs sourced on-site, and as much as possible grown on the island. Dishes showcase fresh Spanish and Mediterranean flavours for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There is a small four-seat bar in one of the lounges, with nearby sofas, though most guests take drinks on the terrace. Order a classic fizz or rickey made with the local Xoriguer gin, renowned for its smooth flavour and mellow notes of juniper berries. The staff also enjoy inventing new creations, and are always up for a challenge.
Breakfast is served between 8am and 10:30am; lunch is offered from 1pm until 3pm; dinner service runs from 8pm until 10:30pm. The restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday. A butler can make drinks at the bar anytime from 7am until midnight.
Cugo Gran Menorca sits on 250 acres near the town of San Climent on the southwest side of the island of Menorca.
The closest airport is Mahón, a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Direct flights are available from most major European cities – including London, Madrid and Milan, with more in summer. Contact Smith24 for transfers.
Renting a car is a great way to explore the far-flung beaches of Menorca. There are plenty of rental kiosks at the airport, and free valet parking at the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
Cugo Gran Menorca’s idyllic grounds, including lush gardens, a site vineyard and the occasional sunbathing tortoise, are beautiful enough to warrant a day’s exploration on their own. Snag a sunlounger by the infinity pool for an afternoon dip.
Survey the island on foot with a hike along Camí de Cavalls, a horse path that has covered the perimeter of the island since 1330. The full path is 186km, so touch base with the concierge to get recommendations on the best parts for sea views, hidden beaches and forest strolls. On the east coast of the island, S'Albufera des Grau is a protected marshland that's home to beautiful water fowl, eagles and lizards, and an ideal spot for a picnic.
Head into Mahón – or Maó, as the locals call it – for some of the island’s best food. Ses Forquilles is a local favourite for tapas, including fried local mushrooms with honey and crisp patatas bravas dotted with aioli. A few blocks away, sister restaurant El Rais serves seafood paella, ceviche and boquerones-topped toast with water views. Mestre d'Aixa, named for the island's boat builders, occupies a former boat-building warehouse by the water. The menu includes fish-centric menu includes seafood salads, chickpea stew with squid, mussels and an array of tacos. For a detox from meat and seafood, pop into Clorofilla Cuina Vegetariana for vegan options, including quinoa salad, vegetable pie and beet smoothies.
Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Cugo Gran Menorca’s Guestbook below.
This is a five-star hotel with beautiful decor and grounds, amazing views and delicious food. However, it is more than this thanks to a well chosen team of people who make the hotel personal without any pomp or pretence. We loved this and it made our stay celebrating our anniversary very special indeed. Our garden room was delightful and the terrace had incredible views of the Menorcan countryside and sea. Thank you to all!
Stayed on 21 May 2019
We loved everything – this hotel is perfect. Beautiful design, great setting, amazing swimming pool and grounds, delicious food, wonderful spa. ALL the staff were charming helpful and incredibly efficient. Big thanks to all. We will return.
Clubbing – go to Ibiza for that!
Stayed on 28 Sep 2018
The pool. The service was incredible. Had a very well equipped gym for a small hotel. The building and grounds are very dramatic and kept in pristine condition. Really close to the airport. Cala Binidali beach a few kilometres away is a real gem.