You may well be familiar with Mallorca, the hot island off the coast of Spain known for its beaches, summer attractions and bustling nightlife. But rather less known is Mallorca’s little sister, Menorca, another of the Balearic Islands that is equally stunning and picturesque, though less populated and decidedly more mellow. If you’re looking for a peaceful, nature-heavy though still luxurious escape for the summer, we suggest checking into the Cugó Gran, a private villa hotel in the heart of the Menorcan countryside. This five-star country house functions both as a bed-and-breakfast and as an exclusive house rental—so whether you’re jet-setting with just your honey, a whole gang of gals or your entire wedding party, this knockout destination is the place to be.
Situated on 250 acres of orchard-dotted, lavender-ringed countryside with a view down to the Mediterranean, this elegant limestone villa is a sight to behold. With 12 en-suite bedrooms—7 in the main house, and 5 in close-by outbuildings with private entrances and gardens—each room has something spectacular to offer. For instance, the “Monte Toro” is topped off with its own tower boasting 360° views of both coastal and inland Menorca. Or the spacious “Lavanda” has a top floor private terrace. Beyond just the lavish accommodations in your room, the tranquil house offers the best in updated, modern country living. From exquisite indoor sitting rooms to plush patio furniture and countless places to leisurely lounge, you’ll be pampered here from the moment you arrive.
The Comforts of Cugó Gran
Apart from the house itself, the Cugó Gran grounds, staff and amenities are top-notch, with plenty of customizable options to make your stay as smooth as possible (like butlers, drivers and babysitters). Just below the villa in the gardens is an expansive infinity swimming pool with comfy recliners and poolside service. As if the setting weren’t serene enough, you can hit the spa or the gym for countless different health, beauty and massage treatments, or take open-air pilates and yoga classes. For the gourmands among you, not to worry—you’ll be well taken care of in the cuisine department as well. The on-site chef focuses on Mediterranean fare sourcing fresh produce from around the island as often as possible; just make sure not to miss out on experiencing Menorcan delicacies such as the Mahón-Menorca cheese (which can only be made on the island), sobrasada sausage and Menorcan gin.
An Island Affair to Remember
Whether you’re looking to host an extended family gathering, corporate party or an exclusive wedding, the Cugó Gran has you covered. With space for up to 300 guests, you can invite your whole guest list and then some. Best of all?—the hotel can arrange the famous Menorcan horses to be a part of your special event, and a resident tortoise or two may choose to make an appearance throughout the grounds in your honor.
Menorca is flush with hidden turquoise swimming coves, a vast wild landscape and walking trails along the Mediterranean as well as quaint whitewashed towns with fishing ports and laidback hangouts. Need we say more?
Photography by Cugó Gran Menorca and Lauren Luxenberg