Son Blanc is a unique hospitality concept set over an expansive natural reserve and working farmstead on the island of Menorca.
The property is a 130-hectare reserve in a preserved and wild corner of the island, creating a rare feeling of near total independence. A traditional Menorcan farmhouse has been restored and converted into a 14-room hotel, designed with appreciation of the essential beauty of pure Menorcan architecture paired with modern comforts, utilising sustainable and efficient technologies throughout. The creators have painstakingly considered every detail from conception to each finishing to prioritise local, natural, and sustainable materials, ultra-efficient energy use and temperature control. Design and artisanal work take paramount roles in the finished product.
Son Blanc utilises the practice of permaculture farming, creating agricultural ecosystems for self-sufficiency and responsible farming based on crop diversity, resilience, natural productivity, and sustainability. The produce of the farm is used throughout the ingredients and products, as a foundation of Son Blanc’s focus on holistic health and wellbeing. All around the farmhouse, are stone walls and terraces, which have been revived, bringing to life an edible forest, an orchard with lush rows of varied fruits, surrounded by gardens of vegetables and aromatic herbs that sprawl the estate. Further afield, the property converges along two wild ravines populated by a wide variety of endemic species and natural rock formations, crowned by pine and oak woods with panoramic views of the countryside and the sea.
Menorca is the most family-oriented, picturesque and tranquil of the Balearic Islands. The capital, Mahon, is on a bluff overlooking a large harbour, with Georgian mansions and a church with 13th-century roots. A good highway links Mahón with the older town of Ciutadella (the former capital) on the opposite side of the island. Ciudadela is home to a cathedral, partly dating from the 14th century, and also boasts several elegant palaces and medieval churches.
The island has water parks, water sports, cycling and hiking routes, golf, fishing and much more for those wanting a more active holiday. It is blessed with around 46 sandy beaches, plus a few rocky and pebbly beaches, many of which are beautiful small, deserted coves. It is also home to a wealth of nature reserves and acclaimed by UNESCO as one of the unique and few European sites with stringent protection of its environment, nature and heritage.
ABOUT ALAIOR, MENORCA
Alaior is known for the numerous archaeological sites that have been found there, the most notable being Torre d’en Galmés, but let us show you Menorca, unspoiled and privately with access that is not common to everyone. Be it a 4×4 vehicle pretending to be on a safari but in Menorca, and exploring the unusually accessible (to the few) fincas, estates and sites very few get to experience. Let us share with you the wine and cheese culture, the talaiotic sites, sharing the sacred path of the horses and ending up on some inaccessible secluded beach.
The area is also known for jewellery and footwear manufacturing, which can be purchased in local shops, as well as the production of the famous Queso de Menorca, artisanal cold meats, liqueurs, ice cream and pastry products. From this viewpoint at Son Blanc, one is able to view the horizon’s amazing sunrises but also as far as the eye can see is the various shades of azures and the neighbouring big sister island of Northern Mallorca and a nice lazy walk in the sun will take you to the secret calitas of Llucari and Sant Llorenc but of course you cannot escape to explore the beaches of Macarelleta and Macarella although they say the best way to explore Menorca, is by boat!