Rustic boutique retreat set amid cascading bougainvillea
LASHINGS OF RUSTIC CHARM and flower-shaded bowers make Biniarroca a big favourite with honeymooners. Once a tumbledown farmhouse in the midst of the Menorcan countryside, this pretty boutique retreat is tailor-made for unwinding
Rambling roses, leafy lavender and cascading bougainvillea
intertwine with rustic stonework and neo-classical statues to create a lush garden setting
With two gorgeous tiled pools set in the gardens
(definite shades of the Italian Riviera here), deciding where to stretch out on your sunlounger is one of life’s toughest decisions at Biniarroca. There’s a Roman-style pool with its own terrace bar
, and a more intimate smaller pool set in flower-filled surrounds. This is a tranquil oasis made for lazy and indulgent days.
Hit the spot
In the village of Sant Luis, in rural Menorca
Go for a Garden room with a private terrace.
Come here for the gorgeous gardens, not wide-screen TVs and minibars.
Art, roses and serenity in rural Menorca.
Biniarroca is a picture at night, when candles twinkle above the pool’s shimmering water
. Have a nightcap or a poolside lunch in the Bar Renoir surrounded by scented flowering shrubs.
Inside, it’s a bit like walking into a post Impressionist painting. Team up the talents of a landscape artist and a fashion designer, and you have interiors that are as winsome as the gardens outside. Biniarroca is filled with art and antiques, and walls are adorned with many of owner Lindsay Mullen’s own paintings
. She and her partner spent five years transforming this once dilapidated farmhouse into a rustic gem.
Biniarroca’s 18 comfortable and beautifully presented rooms – all different – reflect the owners’ eclectic tastes. Expect wrought iron or hand carved mahogany bedsteads, huge oil paintings, richly draped fabrics or hand-crocheted bedcovers
. Some have painted four posters, while others open onto private terraces.
Classic doubles are located in the main house, while the grander Garden rooms enjoy bigger beds and private terraces
. Cool white walls and tiled floors complement the toasty Menorcan summers. You can also relax in the spacious lounge with its bookshelves, internet, TV and DVD player.
Dining is a high point at Biniarroca, and the restaurant has won plaudits far and wide
. Dine on the rose garden terrace (or privately in the garden gazebo) on classic dishes with a Mediterranean twist
, all prepared by an enthusiastic team of young chefs using mainly local fish and seafood.
Too much of the good life? Book a massage under the shady pergola or one of a range of holistic feelgood treatments.
Biniarroca was reviewed by Room for Romance
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Candles, soft music and the rose-scented gardens
make dining at Biniarroca a special – and sophisticated – experience. Fresh local ingredients (with veggies home grown in the garden).
Try freshly caught fish and seafood
, or maybe the five-course Biniarroca tasting menu. Look forward to home made cakes, fresh fruit and local cheeses for breakfast
, with home baked quiches and crisp salads at lunchtime. Don’t miss afternoon tea, either.
Menorca’s maritime capital Mahon is home to heaps of great restaurants. Local dishes to try include caldereta de llagosta – rich lobster stew – and plenty of seafood.
One of the best seafood restaurants around is Cap Roig in Sa Mesquida and for great local tapas check out La Rueda in San Luis. In Mahon itself, you've plenty of places to choose from, but you wont go far wrong if you pay a visit to San Espigo
Gourmet European favourites with an innovative twist, using local produce, fresh fish and seafood. Vegetarians are also well catered for.
Dress the part
Kick back and in relax.
In the private gazebo, beneath cascades of flowers.
See & Do
Laze on one of the island’s white sand beaches, or hit one of the coastal walking trails. Climb Monte Toro for views across the island if you’re feeling seriously energetic – or simply drive if you just want the view.
Visit to Ciutadella, Menorca’s original capital, for its medieval buildings, pretty squares and a lively harbour. At night head into Mahon and try some of its scores of bars and restaurants.
From designer bikinis to local cheeses, Mahon has plenty to keep your wallet busy. You can always browse the Bini Boutique for mementoes of your stay, or buy one of the artworks on display created by the owner herself.
Biniarroca’s holistic therapist offers a range of relaxing feelgood treatments. Most happen poolside under the pergola – a heavenly setting. Choose from Indonesian and Swedish massage using blended tisserand oils reflexology, Hopi ear candles, waxing or a facial.
Sip a pre-dinner cocktail at Bar Renoir, then head off later to the buzzy town of Mahon for people watching, clubbing or a moonlit walk along the beach.
Watch feats of horsemanship from riders in traditional dress at the San Luis Festival. Market stalls, parades and fireworks add to the fun.
The Fiesta of Vermar celebrates the grape harvest with parades, processions and plenty of vino.
Cami Vell, Sant Luis, Menorca 07710
There is free guest parking.
There are no trains on Menorca.
Around EUR 14 from the airport.
Menorca Mahon, 5km.
Rooms and suites
16 rooms and 2 suites
Rooms come with wi-fi, TV and DVD players, while some have a private terrace. The Honeymoon and Junior suites are sited near a more private pool with a chillout area.
Aside from the wonderful gardens, there are two pools, (with poolside body treatments available), and the Renoir Bar. There’s also an art gallery displaying the owner’s work.
Closed December – March
Minimum night stay?
Breakfast featuring homemade pastries, local cheeses and fresh fruit is served until 10:30am.
Available at all times.
All rooms are air conditioned.
Spanish, Catalan, English, French, German and Italian.
Yes. Ceremonies and receptions for up to 60 guests can be held here.
Recycling and water saving are king here.
Some new garden park walks are on their way.
Lindsay Mullen – Owner