Menorca, Spain

Menorca Experimental

Rates per night from$154.44

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR138.18), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Rebel goes rustic

Setting

Beyond the pines

The modish mixologists behind Experimental Hotel Menorca aren’t letting their boho Balearic setting distract from their USP: the emphasis is still firmly on garden-fresh fare and first-class cocktails. A romantic 19th-century finca and one-time artist’s agriturismo sets the scene: a place where you might find a modern-day Picasso 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 details. 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.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A cocktail each at the bar (a total of two per booking)

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

43, including nine villas.

Check–Out

Check-in is from 3pm and check-out is 11am. Both can be flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $154.44 (€138), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast. The buffet – from €29 – features homemade granola, organic eggs, fresh juices, homemade jam and plenty of options for the gluten-free gang.

Also

The hotel can organise private or semi-private yoga classes – just give them 24 hours notice.

Hotel closed

The hotel closes annually from 19 October to 15 April.

At the hotel

Pool, walled gardens, beach access, free WiFi and free parking. In rooms: TV, desk, air-conditioning, free bottled water, tea and coffee, black-out curtains, and minibars stocked with pre-mixed Experimental Club cocktails and snacks.

Our favourite rooms

It’s hard to go wrong here as every room is designed by Dorothée Meilichzon, who imbued the interiors with her signature clean lines and art-deco touches – the bespoke blankets sure to launch a thousand #designgoals ‘grams are by cult Moroccan brand LRNCE. If you’re seeking seclusion, the nine villas are set away from the main house in the gorgeous gardens and each has its own private dipping pool.

Poolside

The infinity pool is family-friendly and warmed by the Mediterranean sun.

Packing tips

Sturdy sandals for navigating the nature trails and roving the rock-strewn paths.

Also

All public areas and some bedrooms are suitable for wheelchair users.

Children

All ages are very welcome. The gardens are perfect for letting them run (contained) riot and the pool is family-friendly. With advance notice, the hotel can provide colouring books and snacks in your room as well as mini-sized bathrobes and slippers.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Snag a table on the terrace for stunning views of Mediterranean blue and stirring sea breezes.

Dress Code

We recommend island elegance – traditional Menorcan sandals, billowing kaftans, geometric prints and pressed linens.

Hotel restaurant

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.

Hotel bar

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.

Last orders

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.

Room service

The full restaurant menu is available as room service during opening hours.

Location

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Address
Menorca Experimental
Batería militar de Llucalari Camino de Llucalari
Alaior
07730
Spain

Reborn from a listed 19th-century finca, the hotel is on 40 acres on the south side of the Balearic island, overlooking the Mediterranean.

Planes

Menorca’s Mahon airport is 20km (a 20-minute drive) from the hotel.

Automobiles

We recommend renting a car for exploring Menorca’s secret calas and coves. There’s free parking on site at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Start with what’s here: eating, drinking, relaxing by the pool and taking the path through the pines to the little pebbly beach. The hotel can organise all manner of activities, so try your hand at pottery, painting or horseback riding. The actively inclined can take private yoga lessons or go hiking with a guide. When you’re ready to venture out, start with Menorca’s beautiful beaches: Playa de Son Bou, Cala Mitjaneta and Cala Turqueta are some of the most famous. If you’re trying to steer clear of fellow sun-seekers, Menorca is a treasure trove of hidden coves and crannies – you might get lucky and find one all to yourself. Hire a car to discover pretty stretches of sand like Cala Binidalí or Cala Trebalúger (or just ask a local, everyone Menorcan lays claim to a secret spot). Budding boatmen can hire a traditional Balearic llaüt​ to sail out to the calas. Back on solid ground, explore the island’s unspoilt coastlines by foot or bicycle – the many miles of wildflower-strewn hiking trails will lead you past prehistoric rock structures called ‘taulas’ that look like mini Stonehenges.

Local restaurants

Head inland to Mahón (the locals call it ‘Maó’) to discover the old town’s restaurant scene. There’s seasonal seafood and paellas at Passió Mediterrànea, tantalising tapas at Ses Forquilles and sea views from the terrace at Jagaro. Outside of town, Anatea grill and tapas bar overlooks the crystalline Cala Macarelleta. Two Smith-certified hotels are close by, with restaurants and bars to entice you: grown-up getaway Torralbenc is the spot for a romantic alfresco meal; while new retreat Fontenille sits on the very same lane as Menorca Experimental, making it a breeze to drop in for lunch or dinner. 

Local bars

Island-hoppers have been partying at Cova d’en Xoroi, a cliff-side bar and nightclub, since the 1960s – the shimmying doesn’t stop until the sun comes up.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this artistic agroturismo in Menorca and unpacked their handmade leather sandals, a full account of their Balearic island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Menorca Experimental in Spain…

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.

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