Torre Vella, Fontenille – Menorca
Hotel Type: A bohemian retreat in a classic Menorca finca. One of the fincas of Fontenille Menorca, a Relais & Chateaux hotel.
Destination: A short stroll to the clifftops overlooking the Mediterranean sea and surrounded by olive trees. Torre Vella is a 5 minute drive from the neighbouring town of Alaior and some of the islands best beaches. It is located a 20 minute drive from Menorcas airport near Mahon
Style: Understated and super stylish. Think white walls with sleek décor
Rooms: 17 rooms and suites, some with private pools
Ideal For: It is the perfect retreat for nature lovers and those looking to unwind from reality
Swimming: There is an outdoor unheated pool open 24 hours a day. Visit Santa Ponsas outdoor or indoor spa pool for a change of scenery.
Dining: Restaurant serving healthy classic Spanish & local cuisine. The menu changes daily as to what is fresh and can be sourced on site or locally. Guests can also dine at Santa Ponsa’s restaurant Nura.
Activities: Involve yourself with the agriculture, Yoga, Meditation, visit the spa, explore the caves of Santa Ponsa, cycling, running, take a boat out locally, head to the beach, go horse riding, walk along the coastal path and discover the island
Spa: As well as cliff top yoga and al fresco treatments there is an impressive new spa open in Santa Ponsa that Torre Vella guests can use. It has 3 treatment rooms, hammam, sauna and underground pool. The products used are organic with the emphasis on them being home grown on site.
Low season price from: €170 per room per night B&B
High season price from: €350 per room per night B&B
F&P Must Do: Just a short stroll away (or the hotel can take you by golf buggy) there are wonderful ‘viewing’ platforms on the cliff tops that look out to sea, the hotel can organise for you to enjoy your perfect tipple from there watching the sun go down. We also recommend packing your walking shoes to go out and explore the local walks or just wander around the grounds admiring all the farm animals and olive trees
We love this hotel because it is stylish and understated
In our quest to find unusual, off the beaten track retreats, where you can restore your batteries and enjoy fresh seasonal and local cuisine, we were beyond excited to find Torre Vella. This whitewashed former guard tower stands magnificently close to the cliffs, in a 200 hectare estate. A classic Menorcan finca, the atmospheric courtyard is its heart, with the entire place oozing bohemian style. Wander down to the coast, or through the grounds and soak up this untouched and magical location. Hotel Torre Vella is one half of the two hotel experiences that makes up Fonteneille Menorca. This is a unique concept thanks to the many interactions and proximity between Torre Vella and its sister hotel Santa Ponsa, whereby guests can stay in one of the hotel fincas and experience all the benefits of both.
There are just 17 rooms and suites at Torre Vella, giving it an intimate feel. The classic rooms can be either a king or twin and are located in the main building, each with a terrace and views out over the garden. The next room up are the suites which are very spacious with a king sized bed or twin and a sofa bed in the lounge making ideal for families or for couples who would like a little bit more space. Those who would like a private pool can choose from either one or two bedroom pool suites that are nestled in the middle of nature in the restored outbuildings each with a large terrace and of course private pool. For those that are searching for complete privacy why not stay in the independent “Casita”. This comes with a kitchen, small living room with a sofa bed and a king or twin bedroom. It is located in another outbuilding with a large private terrace, garden access and private pool. This would be the ideal honeymoon suite. All of the rooms at Torre Vella are different, but they all have magnificent bathrooms; king or twin beds, tea and coffee facilities and are stylishly decorated.
The Torre Vella restaurant is only open to guests of both the hotels. Its kitchen is focused on offering produce either grown on the estate (80%) or produced locally, meaning the menu is fairly small and differs each day depending on what is fresh and in season. There is a focus on naturalness so vegetarian and healthy dishes with fresh salads sourced from the garden or locally caught fish can be expected to be seen on the menu.
Guests can use the free shuttle across to eat restaurant Nura in the Santa Ponsa finca. Nura means ‘island of fire’ and also has a strong focus on using all locally sourced ingredients to create traditional, modern and contemporary Spanish cuisine. The menu here also changes frequently, guests can expect to see tagines, grills and a variety of other dishes that have been influenced by the different cultures that have formed Menorca’s palette and history over the years.
The bar at Torre Vella is a relaxed affair and a good place to relax after the day soaking in the sunshine.
Torre Vella is very child friendly, with cots and high chairs available. Whilst there’s not a children’s menu, the chefs are more than happy to prepare something a bit more simple for a younger palate. The larger suites or the two bed private pool suites are perfect for those with children.
This is a place to come for relaxing and enjoying the simple things in life. Guests can use the Spa at Santa Ponsa, or have a treatment under a shady oak in the grounds. There’s a circuit trail for a complete workout and yoga decks on the cliff top.