At first glance, Experimental Menorca is everything you’d want from an authentic Balearic break – a whitewashed 19th century finca, chirruping cicadas and cool interiors decorated with chic rusticity: straw hats strung across walls, glazed ceramics and terracotta tiles, all wrapped in fragrant juniper shrubs and pine groves. A peaceful, pebble beach is just a short walk away and the capital, Mahon, is a 20-minute drive for shopping, bars, seafood restaurants, ice cream and evening strolls.
However, what sets Experimental apart from other restored fincas on the island, is its opportunity for cultural and immersive activities such as pottery, yoga and painting that take place in secluded spots around the 30-hectare grounds. You’ll also get a very high level of service here, with handcrafted cocktails made by mixologists by the pool to delicious, fresh and wholesome food, like brightly hued salads made with homegrown watermelon, feta, peppers and tomatoes. We love the range of accommodation too – our favourites are the standalone rooms scattered in the peaceful garden with private pools surrounded by dry stone walls. The rooms also have freetanding bathtubs, terraces and an arty design inspired by Dali, created by French interior designer Dorothée Meilichzon. To top it off, Experimental’s spa is a lovely spot for a personalized facial, massage or hammam. A feel-good hotel that’s full of soul.