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This genre-defying boutique hotel in Menorca is an interior masterpiece | homestyle
Close your eyes, take a calming breath and picture yourself where you’drather be — in Menorca. This unspoiled Spanish idyll has been a UNESCO-protected biosphere reserve since 1993, preserving it as a juniper- and pine-fringed paradise where a diverse ecosystem thrives, the cornucopia of bird, marine and plant life making it feel a world away from its untz-untz Balearic Islands neighbours Ibiza and Mallorca. Central to your Mediterranean daydream is a divine new design-led stay on 30 sun-kissed hectares near Alaior, 13km from the capital of Máhon. Here, a 19th-century finca (country estate) has been transformed by Experimental Group and lauded French interior designer Dorothée Meilichzon (founder of Paris practice Chzon) into a luxury agritourism venture, Menorca Experimental. Conceived as the summer residence of an imaginary artist (à la the homes away from home of Salvador Dalí in Cadaqués, Pablo Picasso on the French Riviera and Le Corbusier in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin), it has 34 flawlessly composed rooms, nine villas with their own dipping pools, a shared infinity pool, indoor and al fresco restaurants and cocktail bars, …