Menorca Experimental — Menorca, Spain

Menorca Experimental bedroom, Menorca, Spain
(Image credit: Photography: Karel Balas)

Of all the Balearic islands, Menorca tends to be the one most overlooked. The upside, though, is that its sun-kissed charms have retained an untrammelled freshness that’s unmarred by the tourist hordes that tend to descend on neighbouring Mallorca and Ibiza.

The Experimental group’s new outpost on the island’s southern edge capitalises on this bucolic quality by tapping the French interior designer Dorothée Meilichzon to convert a 19th-century finca into a light-bathed 43-room retreat.

The result is a soothing swathe of pastel hues washed over a mix of rustic farm furniture, hand-glazed terracotta tiles, timber floor planks and modernist wall panels, the latter a particularly effective motif in the bedrooms.

The sensation of the countryside is reinforced by the capacious 30-hectare grounds, which include the original vegetable gardens, their borders faithfully restored from antique aerial maps. The best rooms in the house are the nine private bungalows which feature plunge pools.

Menorca Experimental bedroom, Menorca, Spain

(Image credit: Karel Balas)

Menorca Experimental bedroom, Menorca, Spain

(Image credit: Photography: Karel Balas)

Menorca Experimental bathroom, Menorca, Spain

(Image credit: Photography: Karel Balas)

Menorca Experimental bedroom, Menorca, Spain

(Image credit: Photography: Karel Balas)

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Sant Llorenç
Menorca
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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.