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 lovely two nights at this hotel and wished it had been more. The room, the meals (we had dinner bed and breakfast) the grounds were just excellent. The staff so helpful. It was a real treat to find this place.
This is a lovely 'tucked away' place. You have to go down a steep roadway to here and there is no parking so be aware that you may need to park a way from here, with loads of cars parked on the roadside. Once down the road its like a 'little haven' with a small sandy beach and a main hotel overlooking the beach.We stayed to have a drink and watched the families enjoying themselves. This hotel serves their guests outside with dinners so whilst there we had to wait a while as they got the meals served out. There is only this hotel so unless you intend staying there it would only be a visit. I cannot comment on the meals as we only had a drink. Lovely place though and sitting overlooking the superb beach it was a lovely day.
This is a country hotel for people who value the tones of soft, honey colored stone, the night sky, and island light. The entire house is open to guests, and most of the public rooms delight the eye with a blend of rusticity and colorful contemporary art. The place manages to never bore, yet never descend to the kind of ubiquitous, cold hipsterism that mars so many hotels these days. If the guest rooms lack certain individualistic touches that grace the most charming inns, I interpreted this as contributing to the idea fo the hotel as neutral background to repose. And indeed, the beds were among the most comfortable I have ever slept in. The enormous bathroom was also outstanding, though it took agility to climb into the wonderful jacuzzi tub, an attraction itself. Add to that a wonderful restaurant, featuring smart, helpful servers and delicious food (the rabbit dish and the lamb terrine were outstanding, and the Corvina in home made Mayonaisse (a sauce invented 10 kilometers from the hotel) superb! Regarding the location: yes: it is better to have a car, but I very much enjoyed the short (20 minute) walk to the village. And while I didn't love the little beach there, the adjacent swimming spots in the picturesque fishing harbor (complete with medieval watch tower) were classic Mediterranean! Despite what some have said, the swimming is absolutely easy walking distance). Not only that, the snorkeling was better right there than I found in the more distant, famous Calas. Regarding the price? Well, it's not cheap, but this is a place of a certain quality, and that is evident in every element.
We spent four nights in this pale stone converted manor house which is set in extensive grounds that stretch almost down to the coast. We understand it dates back to the 14th-century. However, it has been stylishly modernised carefully blending old and new.
We had a second floor suite/room with beamed ceilings with views to the sea.
Staff are helpful, friendly and the restaurant and adjacent courtyard provide great ambience for meals. The locally produced food for the restaurant menus is presented in modern Menorca style.
Whilst the hotel is a little isolated, with nowhere within walking distance, we found no need to leave the hotel of an evening. The room was very comfortable, located in an old tower, and the staff were extremely welcoming and showed a genuine interest in their clients. The food was top class, both dinner and breakfast.