Villa Le Blanc: a serene and sustainable oasis on the Menorcan coast

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When Franco deliberately starved Menorca of funds for its tourist industry as punishment for the island’s republican stance during the Civil War, he could hardly have imagined how his plan would have backfired. The unintended result of this is an island whose abundant verdant beauty has remained largely untouched, unspoiled by the epidemic of high-rise tourism seen elsewhere in the Mediterranean. Since then, it has been declared a Unesco protected biosphere reserve, preserving its pastoral natural beauty and making it the perfect place for a laid-back getaway.

Capturing this gentle pace perfectly is the newest addition to the island’s hotels, Villa Le Blanc – the latest property from Spanish family-run global hotel brand Gran Meliá. Steps from the expansive Santo Tomás beach, the hotel not only reflects the essence of Menorca in its understated white aesthetic, but also in its environmental outlook: it is the brand’s first carbon-neutral prototype, with sustainability at the forefront of its philosophy.

Where is he?

Villa le Blanc is a short walk from the vast beach of Santo Tomás

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Located on the coast of Migjorn in the south of the island, a wooden walkway takes you directly from the hotel to the charming beach of Santo Tomás. Halfway between the capital Mahón and the historic Ciutadella, it is an idyllic location from which to easily explore all that the island has to offer.

Walk a little further down the beach and you come to Son Bou, a resort on a wooded hillside that slopes down to the longest beach on the island, lined with sand dunes for privacy. Villa Le Blanc is also easily accessible from Menorca airport, just 25 minutes by car.

Style

The minimalism and effortless beauty that characterizes the hotel echoes the appeal of the island itself

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Step into Villa Le Blanc and you will feel like a refreshing breath of fresh air. Open to the sea, the Mediterranean light floods the white stone vaults of the hotel as soon as you enter, reflecting on the central swimming pool. The minimalism and effortless beauty that characterizes the hotel echoes the appeal of the island itself – its calm, understated, tranquil spirit.

Sustainability is at the helm of Villa Le Blanc. The hotel has incorporated state-of-the-art facilities to help improve its carbon footprint with the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality. Green energy management and waste management are the two pillars of this project, with, for example, the installation of biomass boilers and photovoltaic solar panels throughout the building.

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The emblematic S’Amarador restaurant in Villa le Blanc places special emphasis on one of the culinary highlights of the Balearic Sea: the local lobster

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A cocktail of iron-rich soils, small family farms and the cleanest sea in the western Mediterranean gives Menorca the perfect combination of stellar ingredients to enrich its local cuisine.

Villa Le Blanc’s iconic S’Amarador restaurant is unique in Menorca and widely recognized as one of the best seafood restaurants on the island. Famous for its wine cellar with over a hundred fine wines, S’Amarador’s chefs work with only the best local produce to prepare its delicious rice dishes and seafood bisques. With a terrace overlooking the sea , the focus is on one of the culinary highlights of the Balearic Sea: the local lobster, star of the Caldereta de Langosta, the flagship dish of Menorca.

Nivi, the hotel’s more relaxed midday and evening restaurant, offers delicious paellas and magnificent grilled meats

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In addition to S’Amarador, Menorcan restaurateur Joan Canals brings years of expertise to Villa Le Blanc with two other restaurants on site. Nivi, the hotel’s most casual restaurant for lunch and dinner, offers delicious paellas and wonderful grilled meats, as well as lighter salads for those lazy days. Few drinks are more Menorcan than pomada, a mix of local gin and cloudy lemonade. For cocktails like this and a variety of fresh local dishes, don’t miss Cru, the hotel’s poolside restaurant.

Facilities

The hotel is home to a state-of-the-art spa courtesy of Anne Semonin Paris

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In addition to Menorcan food and wine, Villa Le Blanc offers a wide range of activities to keep you busy during your stay.

The hotel is centered around a beautiful outdoor pool, with food and drink service at the Cru Bar. But where Villa Le Blanc really stands out is its rooftop offering. Climb the quintessential white staircase and you’re greeted by an exquisite oasis – a serene adults-only pool overlooking the shimmering Mediterranean. With a design and furnishings reminiscent of a beach club in the golden years of the Balearic coast, it is the perfect place to admire Menorca’s famous golden sunsets.

For visitors looking to unwind with a wellness-focused stay, in addition to its swimming pools, the hotel is home to a state-of-the-art spa courtesy of Anne Semonin Paris, with treatments and experiences based on vegan cosmetics and natural products. There’s also a state-of-the-art gym with a separate cardio room and a kids’ club to keep the little ones busy while you work up a sweat (or swim).

Extracurricular

Home to Hauser & Wirth Illa del Rei is a new cultural center for the island

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Many tourists visiting Menorca are happy to fall into the holiday rhythm of sand and sea, but it would be remiss not to take advantage of all the island has to offer. For the more adventurous visitors, you can hire a boat – either a self-propelled kayak or a traditional Menorcan llaut which can be organized by the hotel – to explore the less accessible beaches or watch the Sunrise.

For those looking to get your fill of culture, visiting Illa del Rei, a picturesque island in beautiful Mahón Bay, is a must. Home to Hauser & Wirth, it’s a new cultural hub for the island with art exhibitions, events and delicious cuisine all rooted deeply in the local community. Another option is Lithica in Ciutadella, a former limestone quarry artfully transformed into an enchanting mix of wild gardens, labyrinths and dizzying rock faces.

You’re spoiled for choice for off-site dining options on the island, but Nonna Bazaar – a restaurant with a slow-food, farm-to-table concept – and Coral – a traditional Menorcan restaurant with sunset perfect sun – really stand out.

What piece?

All rooms have private balconies with sea views

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All rooms are equipped with private balconies with sea views and quality room service, the perfect place to enjoy the sea breeze. The premium and supreme rooms are the perfect option for those looking for a luxury stay without having to spend so much money.

For those for whom money is not an option, settle into the luxurious hotel suite with private access to the rooftop pool and secluded terrace overlooking the sea.

Details

Room rates start at 450 euros B&B in the Premium room with terrace view in low season; visit melia.com

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