Menorca, Spain

Torre Vella Fontenille Menorca

Price per night from$358.50

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 (EUR336.36), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

One-to-watch tower

Setting

Bucolic Balaeric

You get two stays in one with this Menorcan escape: Former watchtower Torre Vella Fontenille, which has elegant rustic decor, 200-hectare grounds stretching to the coast and gastronomy gleaned from the fertile kitchen garden, and 18th-century finca Santa Ponsa (just an eight-minute drive away) with its Moorish gardens and so-dreamy spa. Enhance your exercising with a training circuit along cliff edges, spend sun-dappled days soaking in the pool and enjoy an alfresco massage in a pretty farmyard setting. Lofty and luxurious, the Torre sets a high bar for boutique stays.

 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

17.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £316.57 (€370), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.20 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include a buffet breakfast of fresh juices and local island specialities such as Menorcan cheeses, sobrassada sausage and sweet pastissets cakes.

Also

The French-accented group that owns Fontenille Menorca are old hands at creating daydream-worthy stays, they also own Smith stablemates Domaine de Fontenille in Provence.

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed from 8 November until Easter. Torre Vella reopens on 1 April.

At the hotel

Farm animals and acres of olive trees, alfresco massage tables, yoga classes, and free WiFi. In rooms: Susanne Kaufmann bath products, a minibar, free bottled water, a TV, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Our favourite rooms

The Torre Vella Pool Suite – set in an old boyera (stables) – is ever-so-slightly more luxurious than when the farm’s former residents bedded down here, with an indoor lounge, outdoor terrace and a private plunge pool.

Poolside

The unheated outdoor pool overlooks the olive groves and farmland. It’s surrounded by day-beds and parasols and, if you fancy a nighttime dip, it’s open round the clock.

Spa

Relaxing won’t be an issue in this perfectly peaceful spot, but should you have an errant knot, get it kneaded out on one of the alfresco massage tables in the prettiest farmyard settings. For facials, essential-oil massages, reflexology, or spells in a hammam or sauna, toddle over to Santa Ponsa’s spa, in Torre Vella’s sister hotel.

Packing tips

Stash whatever active gear you have in your suitcase: you’ll need it for yoga sessions, coastal rambles and other heart-pumping pastimes.

Also

One of the Torre Vella Classique rooms is wheelchair-accessible.

Pet‐friendly

Very. The hotel allows dogs in any bedroom and provides beds and bowls for canine companions. However, they must be kept on leads and are not allowed near the spa or pools. See more pet-friendly hotels in Menorca.

Children

All ages welcome. Extra beds are €60 a night and baby cots can be added to rooms on request. Children are also welcome in the restaurants at all times, with high-chairs available. Chefs are happy to adapt dishes to suit little Smiths’ tastes.

Sustainability efforts

Turn your eyes to the hotel’s gardens to confirm its eco-cred. Where possible, food is grown onsite and in the surrounding orchards, waste is composted and water is recycled for irrigation. And finally, Torre Vella is a self-sufficient Finca thanks to a solar farm that supplies power to the entire property.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

At Torre Vella, the restaurant spills out into the hotel’s centrepiece courtyard – where the hotel’s titular tower stands – creating the perfect backdrop for balmy Balearic nights.

Dress Code

Light and airy just like the hotel’s Balearic interiors.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Didac Egea brings the hotel’s distinctive blend of Spanish and French influences to your plate. At Torre Vella, restaurant Siempre Viva focuses on a healthy-minded menu of up-styled Spanish sharing plates, such as Cantabrian anchovies with wild fennel and Menorquín squid stuffed with vegetables and sobrassada sausage. And, the hotel’s abundance of home-grown vegetables and fruit means that vegetarians will have plenty to pick from here. What’s more, each Wednesday and Friday there’s a dinner out in the hotel’s vineyard.

Hotel bar

The bar (open noon to 1pm) is beachy and Balearic in style, with a touch of Ibiza in its whitewashed walls, cappuccino-coloured couches and statement lighting. Order a pomada (a Menorcan staple made with fresh lemonade and gin) and settle in like a local. Aperitivo is particularly picturesque on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, when the hotel offers guests a sunset aperitif on the cliffs overlooking the Med.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am to 11am, lunch from 1pm to 3pm; and dinner from 8pm to 10pm.

Location

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Address
Torre Vella Fontenille Menorca
Carretera de Llucalari
Alaior
07730
Spain

Torre Vella Fontenille Menorca is a five-minute drive from the historic town of Alaior and Balearic beaches are a mere 10 minutes away.

Planes

Menorca Airport is just a 20-minute drive from the hotel; the hotel can arrange transfers for €80 one-way.

Automobiles

There’s just one main road running through Menorca, but we recommend that you take it. You can hire some wheels at the airport and the island – from Mahón in the east to westernmost Ciutadella – only takes 45 minutes to cross from end to end. Parking is free onsite at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Recently Menorca has evolved from a humble agricultural isle and lesser-known beauty spot into the belle of the Balearics as travellers have cottoned on to its revivified fincas, bijou beaches and farm-to-table expertise. Fontenille Menorca puts you in position to tick all of those off. At Torre Vella, take an outdoor massage, get acquainted with the farm’s furrier residents, splash about in the pool and tromp through olive and citrus groves. Its cliffside location puts you in reach of the south coast’s Caribbean-like waters: Son Bou and Santo Tomas beaches are two nearby options (but, with 15 beaches within reach of both buildings, you’re spoilt for choice). A training circuit meanders through the grounds, but you could also explore the island on foot, walking sections of the Camí de Cavalls – a circular trail that loops around the entire coast. Yoga sessions are held at the top of the Med-cleaving cliffs, and Santa Ponsa’s spa is a short free shuttle ride away.

Local restaurants

A stylish stay from the French Experimental Group, Menorca Experimental is located on the very same country lane as Fontenille’s Torre Vella, so hop across for food and, of course, drinks, from the cult Parisian cocktail connoisseurs. Another local tip for a lazy lunch is the fishing village of Fornells: the best restaurants are La Guapa, Sa Llagosta (12 Carrer de Gabriel Gelabert) and Can Tanu, all run by sea-faring folk who catch their own menu. The speciality is the caldereta de langosta (lobster stew), so-called for the pot in which it’s cooked, served to two or more. Book in advance – all three get busy.

Local cafés

Essència Brunch & Lunch in the old centre of Mahón does exactly what it says; brunches and lunches full of nutrient-packed local ingredients. But healthy doesn’t have to mean boring, alongside good-for-you açai and yoghurt bowls, avo-heaped brown toast, poached eggs, juices and smoothies, you’ll also find waffles drizzled in dark chocolate, fruit-packed crêpes glazed in honey, churros, pancakes and croissants… ‘cause balance, right? Equally brunch-worthy is La Rosquilla, a petite, harbour-side spot that serves veg-friendly salads (quinoa, falafel, Greek) traditional vanilla torrijas and great artisan roasts. 

Local bars

When you’re not sinking pomadas at Fontenille Menorca, Cova d'en Xoroi is a stylish alternative on the south coast, with tables and terraces carved into the cliffside and DJs who turn the caves into a club after dark. A north-coast option is stylish chiringuito (beach bar) Isabella in Fornells – which opens from sunset o’clock and rolls on until late.

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 flirty finca in Menorca’s countryside and unpacked their eco-friendly Avarcas sandals and sobrassada, a full account of their Balearic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Torre Vella Fontenille Menorca in Spain’s southerly isle…

A former watchtower, luxurious finca Torre Vella Fontenille Menorca still stands sentry in Menorca’s gloriously green hinterland. And, with farmland stretching out for 200 hectares all around, as far as the coast, there’s plenty to look at: mighty oaks, quivering palms, soaring cliffs… it’s a true head-turner. Vintage farm features have been enhanced with licks of white paint, driftwood and rattan furnishings and the odd plunge pool. The property is twinned with an 18th-century finca with Moorish gardens and an impressively kitted-out spa, but it’s at Torre Vella where you’ll find the hotel’s staunchly local restaurant serving healthful, veggie-favouring dishes largely composed of garden-grown produce. 

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Price per night from $358.50