Menorca Experimental Hotel
The latest Experimental Hotel & Villa has opened — embracing the mile-long sandy beaches, turquoise watered bays, and the pine tree lined coast of Menorca.
Words: Emma-Kate Wilson I Photography: Karel Baras
Located on the south side of the Mediterranean Balearic island, Experimental Menorca Hotel & Villa sits on 30 hectares of rugged Spanish landscape. Critical to the ethos of the hotel is the UNESCO-protected environment which inspires the hotel throughout and sees designer Dorothée Meilichzon create her largest project to date.
The hotel is modelled inside an old Finca, in the spirit of an artist's holiday cottage, with 34 rooms and nine private villas. The hotel offers views overlooking the glistening turquoise sea, while each of the Casa de Campo nine villas have their own pools inside tranquil gardens. Inside and out includes Dorothée signature pops of colour and love of art deco — all while preserving the original features and golden Marés stone.
Experimental form and line decorate the linens and art acknowledging the Balearic Island's famous artists — Miro, Picasso, and Dali. Menorca colours, turquoise blues, dusty reds, pine tree greens, ring through the ambience, tipping into the bespoke blankets by cult-favourite, Moroccan brand LRNCE. Art deco-inspired style sees curved rise up over doorways, inviting the Mediterranean sun into the interiors.
The hotel and villas are located between nature trails down to the beach, allowing the guests to roam the rock-strewn paths between the rooms and on-site dining options. Basque and Catalan cuisine is served up in the internal dining rooms or out on the alfresco restaurants, where guest can dine together on the 30-person communal table. The menu, designed by head chef Sylvain Roucayrol, embraces the biodiverse landscape with food grown on-site.
The infinity pool turns into a cocktail bar as the sunsets. As to be expected the Experimental Group's modern mixology is served, whether out by the pool or in the retro bar in the lobby — all while using local ingredients from the garden.