It is Menorca after all – by far the quietest of the Balearics. For bigger sisters Ibiza and Majorca, the sunset around 9pm would mark the start of an evening’s partying.
But in Menorca sunset suggests one last drink, a quiet game of cards on the balcony and bed by 11.
And that suited us perfectly. I Travelled with my husband, Ian, our 17-year-old son, Jack, and his friend, George, and we stayed at the four-star Mar Hotels Paradise Club & Spa at Cala’n Bosch in the southwest.
Cala’n Bosch is a chic resort. True, restaurants and bars line the marina, but by night their twinkly lights and gentle music are more romantic than raucous.
Our all-inclusive accommodation was set around the swimming pools and our spacious two-bedroom apartment didn’t disappoint.
The kitchen/living area had a fridge, microwave, kettle and stove, as well as a flat-screen TV, and in our bedrooms we sank into memory foam mattresses.
Crucially, for our teenagers, the Wi-Fi was not only free, it was reliable. Downstairs, the bright and airy restaurant offered more buffet-style dishes than you can shake a stick at.
Evening meals included paella and Asian or Italian dishes. Even the house wine was delicious.
Many guests lay down their beach towel, stay put and enjoy the entertainment at Paradise Club, where as well as a small spa and gym, a range of activities and lively evening shows are available.
But the island begs to be explored. So enjoy a cocktail while listening to Liverpool-born singer James Kirby at Sa Terrassa, try crazy golf at Goody Goody or saunter up to the lighthouse at Cap d’Artrutx for views across to Majorca.
A short bus ride away is beautiful Ciutadella, the old Arab and Catalan capital, where the streets are lined with elegant sandstone mansions with wrought-iron balconies, and 18th-century palaces, some of which are now being turned into boutique hotels.
After wandering the narrow streets of the old town we stopped for a drink at Cas Consol, where our balcony seat gave us the best view from the top of the medieval walls.
Down by the harbour we browsed the shops built into the caves and tried the famous avarca sandals made from recycled rubber and leather. Later, we enjoyed the 18-euro menu du jour at Bistrot Es Rodol in the pedestrianised street near the cathedral.
While waiting for our bus we enjoyed a pomada, the delicious Local drink of gin with lemonade.
Historians will love the prehistoric remains on Menorca, especially the Naveta d’Es Tudons near Ciutadella, which has the best-preserved burial chamber on the island, built around 1,000BC, while walkers will itch to get their boots on when they spot the Camí de Cavalls, a 115-mile medieval bridle path which goes right around the island.
But for us, the most memorable part of our holiday was the beaches at Cala’n Bosch and Cala Galdana, where we read until dusk, swam for hours and skilfully captained a VW Beetle pedalo out to sea.
You may be the quiet one, Menorca, but you worked your magic on us.
A week’s all-inclusive stay at Mar Hotels Paradise Club & Spa at Cala’n Bosch (excluding flights) starts at £1,726 for four people. Go to booking.com for more information. A park, stay and go package at Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport costs from £115. Call 0871 9429031 or see higlasgowairporthotel.co.uk.
Source : EXPRESS