Mahón sits at the top of the world's second largest natural harbour, a whole 5kms from the harbour mouth and the sea. And it's very pretty. Much of the architecture shows its British influence - the British made this the capital in the 18th Century, so there's a lot of Georgian around, but in brighter, Mediterranean shades with bright sash windows. Some of these lovely old mansions are now the best places to stay in Mahón.
Menorca's southern edge tends to have the island's better beaches, in the form of sandy stretches interspersed with jagged bits and dotted with interesting Moorish-Mediterranean architecture. And while Mahón doesn't have any beach of its own, it's pretty close to some lovely options. And, as the island's capital, it's got a lot else going for it.
There are plenty of pavement cafes, and lots of activity along the sparkling blue harbour, so this is a great place to relax and soak up the laid-back local atmosphere. There are also some interesting museums and several quite special churches.
The Hotel Guru's pick of the best places to stay in Mahón range from unassuming pads in the centre of town, to grander converted manor houses just outside.
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Set in a peaceful garden with swimming pool, this secluded hotel offers an escape from the coastal crowds. The bedrooms have a traditional feel - with exposed beams and tiled floors. Enjoy meals at the hotel or take a short drive to the nearby seaside town of Mahon. A great value stay.
Located just five mins from Mahon's bustling port, this hotel has five simple rooms and suites, elegantly decorated with white washed walls, large comfortable beds and en suite bathrooms with all mod cons. Ideal for those who like to combine a beach and city break and excellent value for money.
Unassuming from the outside, on the inside this petit hotel is a homely haven. Rooms are all individually decorated: white walls contrasting with retro fabrics and furnishings. Its pool and garden are small but perfectly formed. Only breakfast is served but town is but an e-bike ride away!
A lovely traditional guesthouse in the oldest part of Mahon. Rooms, suites and an apartment (sleeps 4) are simply decorated with white washed walls and large comfy beds. Charming breakfast courtyard and close to beaches and attractions. A great value choice for a family.
An adults only hotel in the natural harbour of Mahon. Fantastic wellness facilities on offer with two outdoor swimming pools, a number of hydro hot tubs, a small spa and a fitness suite. Bedrooms are spacious with a contemporary, elegant feel. A relaxation resort with nearby bars and restaurants.
Es Castell, Menorca
A strikingly noble manor house with views out to sea and surrounded by lush greenery. Romantic rooms and suites, all creamy in colour, have four poster beds and balconies. Excellent restaurant, pool, and hotel services (boat hire, riding etc). A great choice for a family holiday.
Sant Lluis, Menorca
16th century farmhouse converted to provide boutique accommodation, just outside the village of Sant Luis. Stylish rooms, delicious food either grown on site or locally sourced and delightful gardens. A beautiful pool set in a flower filled courtyard. A spoiling, adults only retreat.
Es Castell, Menorca
Experience Mediterranean gourmet delights at this renovated farmhouse. Relax and unwind surrounded by olive groves and gardens, bask by the pool, and get involved with all the surrounding activities. A destination for foodies and families.
This picture perfect blue and white fronted town house is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. Its traditional exterior houses chic, magnolia rooms and spacious bathrooms with modern fittings. Breakfast is served daily and Mao town, with plenty of sights and eateries, is a short walk.