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 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
We spent three nights in this delightful rural retreat. After a warm welcome we were shown our rooms in the main house.
They were large but cosy, well equipped and spotlesss.
We were provided with excellent packed lunches for our walks and enjoyed the tranquil pool area in the afternoons.
The staff were helpful and very friendly.
Breakfasts were buffet style but cooked food was available too.
Evening meals were delicious and seasonal.
The only very small grumble is that the menu was not very extensive and whilst there was enough choice for our three nights, any longer would have involved repetition in our meals.
We have stayed in Alcaufar Vell in low season. They have upgraded us to one of the rooms with terraces. The minibar was free and it has been stocked regularly. It is a very comfortable, nice hotel with a rustic feeling to it as it is an old farm/house. The breakfast is very good. You got a continental or you can pay more and have a cooked one as well and we had dinner couple of times and it was lovely as well. If you love stargazing, you can walk a little further away from the buildings and watch the night sky. We walked to Alcaufar and watched the horses by the beach with their trainers on a Sunday morning. I can’t remember what they are called but the black big horses for shows they do traditionally. They are very beautiful. Remember in low season lots of restaurants are closed but the ones we found open were great. The entrance to the long driveway is easy to miss especially night time and the driveway itself is a bit bumpy so don’t go too fast. All on all this is a hotel for good food and wine, friendly staff, comfy beds and a very good rest.
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.