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
Had a brilliant stay at Alcaufar Vell. Lovely building & architecture. We had a terrace room which was very spacious. Beds very big and comfortable. The pool was lovely and quiet. Perfect place for a relaxing break. We walked to punta prima beach which took about 45 mins, a lovely countryside route, sensible shoes required though as parts are quite rocky! We really enjoyed the breakfast, great poached eggs! We also ate in the restaurant on our final night & the food was top notch! The waitress, Nuria, was also really nice and made us feel very welcome. All in all a great place to stay if you're after a quiet relaxing retreat!
Alcaufar Vell is set in an historic old house which is decorated with contemporary art that while not always to my taste, did make for an interesting setting. Our room was the lowest category but was large and comfortable. A nice touch is that the drinks in the mini-bar are free. The staff is very friendly. There are nice and varied gardens around the house you can laze in, a decent sized pool, and you can wander off into farmland in various directions.
The garden restaurant has good takes on local food. The menu is not very extensive so you may want to vary between eating in and out if you have an extended stay.
You can walk to a very nice swim spot in about 20 minutes (don't stay on the tiny beach, but head out to the rocks). But you'll need a car to get to other beaches and visit Menorca's interesting towns and pre-historic sites. Do note that the south-east is doesn't have Menorca's best beaches and swim spots, so you'll want to go exploring.
I suppose the only complaint I'd have, and it's a minor one, is about breakfast. It's a sometimes awkward mix of buffet and cooked food ordered off a menu, and while it was all delicious, we sometimes had longish waits when they get busy. But given that you're in such a pleasant setting, it wasn't too big a problem. I also didn't understand why they had foreign supermarket jams. There must be local artisanal producers.
We stayed for four nights on half-board terms. The house is historically interesting and is set in extensive grounds. A 45-minute walk through these takes you to the coast and a very sweet tiny beach. Our spacious suite was at the top of the old building and had a staircase on to a lovely private roof-terrace. Bed was large and comfortable (though we would have preferred feather pillows) and the bathroom had two sinks, a shower and a large jacuzzi bath. Everything was spotless and well-maintained and the free mini-bar was a nice touch. Our four dinners were excellent - you have freedom to range across a short but interesting menu. The wine list was very good, too. The best thing about the hotel is the universally charming and helpful staff - you are made to feel very welcome. English is spoken by everyone. We did not have a car. That worked for us but would not for someone who did not enjoy walking