On the island of Menorca, villas come in all shapes and sizes. If you have never before tried a villa holiday, then you may be in for something of a surprise. It is a very different experience to a hotel-based holiday and it may add an extra dimension to your enjoyment of this beautiful island.
First of all, let’s try to dispel a few myths surrounding villa holidays in general:
• They do not need to be staggeringly expensive – villas in great holiday locations, such as Son Bou, may be available at a price-per villa that is surprisingly low, given the facilities on offer;
• Villas are not necessarily located in rural and isolated areas – in Son Bou there are developments of private villas that sit just behind the main beach and resort centre;
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Of course, one of the big attractions of having your own villa is that you can come and go as you please. You can ‘sleep in’ without fear of delaying the room servicing staff, and you do not have to be particularly cautious to avoid making too much noise for fear of disturbing others around you. Delete as making a noise is a disaster and causes many problems.
If, however, you’re already sold on the concept of a villa holiday, you might be wondering why choose the island of Menorca over other destinations? Holidays that involve Menorca villas can offer an experience that is not necessarily easy to find in today’s Mediterranean. This island is small and relatively undeveloped. The capital of Mahon is a charming town and well worth exploring to do some shopping and to just soak up the atmosphere around the harbour and winding streets.
Although some Menorca resorts are rather more developed than others, it is still possible to be able to get away from the crowds and enjoy some genuine Balearic charm. For example, Son Bou is often cited as having the best beach on the island, with beautiful sands running for over 2 km. Bathing here is excellent and there is a range of water sports available. Just behind the restaurants and hotels, the road climbs into some hills where there are some beautiful villas, many of which will have stunning views.
Son Bou is not a very large resort. There are some very laid-back beach bars and a range of hotels, shops and restaurants at one end of the beach, while at the other, there are some wild and preserved marshlands with wildlife that is protected by local regulation. This is very much a family resort where the emphasis is on relaxation rather than excess.
Although on Menorca, villas may not necessarily be located in particularly isolated areas, even so, a hire car may enable you to get out and about to see the sights.
Even though this is a small island, there is a lot to see. For example, you may wish to try:
• The ancient city of Ciutadella, originally the capital of Menorca with a lovely mixture of Moorish architecture and old Spanish streets.
• Mahon, the capital of the island, has one of the world’s largest natural harbours. It sports an array of luxury yachts and comes alive at night, making it an ideal place to enjoy a relaxing meal overlooking the harbour.
• Take a boat trip to explore the magnificent coastline and to find the secluded beaches
On Menorca, villas can prove to be both your home base and a great springboard for exploring this fantastic island.