Hotel Rusticae Alcaufar Vell
What We Love
- The hotel’s simple yet tasteful décor: terracotta tiled floors, wood-beamed ceilings, well-chosen antiques and stark white bedspreads
- The front desk can help arrange activities such as snorkeling, diving or fishing
- Farm-fresh meals at the hotel restaurant
What To Know
- This is a quiet, rural property on sleepy Menorca; if you’re looking for a party scene, stay elsewhere
- The hotel has its own working farm, raising cattle and horses; the garden produce is used at their Ses Cotxeries restaurant
- Much of Menorca’s coastline is rugged and rocky
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Occupying 100 acres on the sleepy Spanish island of Menorca, the Alcaufar Vell dates back to the 14th century. But this rustic farmhouse and stately private home (which has stayed in the same family for over 600 years) was dramatically transformed into a 21-room hotel that combines tasteful touches such as white-washed stone interiors, terracotta floors, exposed wood-beamed ceilings with modern conveniences like air-conditioning, Jacuzzi tubs and an outdoor pool. The hotel’s restaurant uses its farm fresh ingredients to churn out delectable Mediterranean cuisine, which can enjoyed on property or packed up in a picnic basket.
In the Area
Menorca is perhaps best known for its peaceful setting and dramatic Mediterranean scenery, and Alcaufar Vell is in a prime location set amidst fields near the coast in the southeastern part of the island. The hotel can suggest walks and other outdoor activities, but a short drive away is the white-stone village of San Luis, home to a windmill museum. And if you want to beach it, head to Cala en Porter, where glinting azure waters await.
How to Get There
We spent a lazy lunchtime under the olive trees at the bistro set up at this hotel on the outskirts of Alcaufar. It is a great setting and the olive trees provided very welcome shade from the sun.
There is a dining area at the front of the hotel, but this now seems restricted to dinner, thankfully, as that would have been very warm as it is exposed, unlike the bistro area.
The food was enjoyable and had authenticity, with a twist. We had the fideua with prawns, which was very good. Quite tricky given the different cooking times for the ingredients. The wine was local (from very close by) and really very good. I'm not sure if it would travel well, but will be looking out for it.
The service remains a tad haphazard, if very friendly. This was something we noted when we went there first, a couple of years ago. It needs sharpening up, but it did not ultimately negatively impact the dining experience. It wasn't that irritating.
The prices were fair and reasonable.
Would recommend, as an alternative to seaside restaurants.
Many positives about this place ... lovely old Menorcan country house with a secluded and special aura ... a really nice pool with a sensible number of loungers ... ample breakfasts ... stylish candle-lit dinners outside in warm summer evenings ... some very nice staff members ... a short drive into interesting Mahon for dinners and sightseeing. Were there any negatives. ... well, it seems uncharitable but the afternoon we arrived there was a wedding party in full swing ... charming in some respects but it was unexpected ... and really noisy ... so our first tranquil idyllic afternoon by the pool was anything but ... and our pre-booked dinner outside was disturbed by the ongoing celebrations ... if only they’d thought to mention this when we booked or checked in ... we would have simply changed our nice dinner to another night. Our room in the old house itself was nice but rather cramped. Our last morning by the pool was disturbed by the noisy setting up of an art fair taking place later in the week. I guess this is a popular venue for a variety of occasions so if it’s peace and quiet you’re after I recommend checking out what else is occurring during you proposed dates. Nice place though.
We stayed here for the first time last week. We stayed in the converted cow sheds. the room was excellent, the bed so comfortable, the bathroom big, with our own terrace.
the breakfast for buffet style but with freshly cooked eggs. We had one dinner in the restaurant which was nice, we did not particularly like the menu, so ate out all other evenings.
Beautiful old farm house packed with antiquities, a real treat to stay in. Staff were all very good and made us feel veey welcome. The evening menu was very good and fairly reasonable although we found the portions a little small.
The grass around the pool could have done with a cut at the time of our stay.
Even so, an amazing place to stay.
This is one truly stunning property
The 14th century house and aditional buildings have been lovingly restored to become a stunning rural retreat. The staff fabulous the breakfast amazing and our room a suite with patio in a converted stable block amazing
Fantastic holiday. You wont be dissapointed.