One could believe there were many things left in the Minorca landscape from the British XVIII century occupation, liberal to the east, feudal to the west- the guillotine windows in the typical houses, the llocs -in the horse culture, the beautiful Minorca breed, a mixture of Arab and English- and in a certain aesthetics of spaces. Biniarroca is one of those fantastic heritage of mixture between the British and Mediterranean styles, a hidden corner of Sant Lluís countryside which painted by the artists Lindsay Mullen and Sheelagh Ratcliff shares spaces from the past- the romantic garden, the house and half of its decoration- contemporary spaces- the exhibition room, the small but well provided boutique, both with definite British details, romantic, cool and even ad lib. As is the way the tables are displayed in the restaurant, nooks and crannies of the hotel decorated with personal taste, or the beautiful swimming pool which has four vestals one in each corner. They would look awkward anywhere else but in Biniarroca, they look perfect with their nicely aged mold, wrapped around by bougainvilleas and other creepers. All this on a “Marés” floor which presides the whole atmosphere. This is a swimming pool for personal enjoyment and privacy; the deck chairs are practically hidden under the pergolas. We jolly nearly hid from the world in this manor house- let the British people of the XVIII century forbid- and the calm and the art of living- let the contemporary Brits forbid me.
About the whole enclosure Is comfortable for wheel chairs. Room with adapted bathroom. Adapted bathroom between the swimming pool and the restaurant. Access with no barriers to ground floor bedrooms and communal bathrooms. Braille and relief signalling on room doors and communal bathrooms.
We are a step away from Mahón - Maó- and of its dense history. You must not fail to visit the Mola fortress, the Malborough fort, the Kings´ island-both British heritage- and the Lazareto, the island where the suspects of different illnesses especially leprosy were kept in quarantine. The building has unique elements as are the chapel in which the priest said mass in a glass urn. The eastern beaches not to be forgotten are the Turtle cove “Cala Tortuga” in the Favàritx cape, (20 minutes away by foot) or any on the north east coast, between the entrance Of Mahón port and Sant Andeodat. A spectacular enclave is the D´en Xoroi Cave, daytime bar encased in the cliffs´ grottoes; by night, a disco with enthusiasts world wide.
Mahón port, and old part of town. A recreation of a fisherman’s white village on the coast, called Binibeca Vell. In the Mahón hippodrome races with “trotones” (a breed of Menorcan horses). Santa María church, with one of the best organs in Spain. Megalithic monuments (Trepucó, Talatí de Dalt and others outstanding.
Aerial guide of Menorcan litoral. Planeta editions. Around 25€
Menorca Total guide. Anaya touring editions. About 20€. With 3 itineraries of maximum interest around the island.
The Biniarroca table is like all of Biniarroca, a wise combination of yesterdays´ and today’s, cuisine pluperfect Menorcan recipes and the Restaurants creativity. Approximate price per person 45€.
Mallorcan and Minorcan ensaimadas (typical pastries), local sobrasada (savoury meat paste, chorizo like, typical of the Balearic Islands), herbal liquors from the Xoriguer distilleries.