House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Villa Lena, Son Bou, Menorca
Villa Elena sits on a lovely elevated plot almost at the far end of the resort of Son Bou in the quiet area called Torre Soli Nou. Parking in the no through road below, there is a short flight of steps from which, at the top, you step into the lawned gardens with a pretty kidney shaped pool, with roman step entry and a fabulous panoramic view from the paved terrace, encompassing sea and countryside towards Sant Thomas.
At the front of the villa a covered terrace has a wind out sun shade offering more protection for diners when the sun is at its height.Inside, the open plan living room is divided by three steps into a kitchen/dining area and a comfortable sitting area with sofas and sliding patio doors to the garden terrace. At the top of the steps the pine dining table has seating for six and the kitchen beyond is neat and well equipped with a full cooker, dishwasher, fridge freezer and washing machine.
The Villa is relatively simple in design but is nonetheless fully air conditioned, each of the three twin bedrooms has an ensuite shower room and two have sea views. There is also plenty of wardrobe space behind sliding wood doors.
For those evenings when the beautiful sunsets discourage you from leaving the pool and gardens there is a small portable barbecue and just 80m away a well-stocked supermarket has warm freshly baked bread every morning. It's a pleasant 20 min stroll to the shops and restaurants of Son Bou resort and in high season there is a shuttle bus for those who prefer not to walk. From here the beach is another 5 mins walk, but if you like less crowded beaches then just over the road you can join the Cami de Cavalls where a 20 min walk, through wetlands with interesting bird life, will bring you to the more natural extreme western end of the beach where even a swim suit is optional.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Son Bou 1.9 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Menorca Airport 22 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
The Menorca region
Menorca (Minorca) Villa Collection
Menorca, lying to the north east of Mallorca and approximately one third of its size is no lesser island but one with an identity entirely of its own.
The way of life is slower and even in high season Menorca is considerably calmer and quieter than its bigger neighbour. Taking no more than 45 mins to drive the length of the island between Mahon the major harbour town and Cuitadella, the ancient one, the only highway passes by the three inland towns of any note. From this highway roads lead off like the bones of a fish to idyllically beautiful beaches or resorts strung around sandy bays.
In 1993 UNESCO declared Menorca a Biosphere Reserve and nearly three quarters of its coastline is now protected. The result of this is soft silver sand beaches in utterly natural settings, where shallow aquamarine waters have a backdrop of soft green pines or sand dunes rather than hotels.
A further truly valuable asset of this protection has been the renovation of the ancient Cami de Cavalls completed in 2011 and it's now possible to walk, cycle or ride the 186 kms around the whole island in manageable sections.
The wonderful coastline facilitates all seaside pursuits so whether you just like to swim (or paddle), snorkel, underwater dive, sail, kayak, hire a small boat and discover hidden coves, or join an excursion by boat you will find it here on the island.
A trip to the picturesque fishing harbour of Fornells in the north has to include a lobster stew (Calderetta de Llagosta) as it is here that the dish, now seen on menus across the island, was originated. There are many other wonderful restaurants; eat in a cave restaurant overlooking the tiny harbour at Cala Morell, in a windmill at Es Mercadal or on harbour sides in Mahon and Cuitadella. There is a livelier side to the island too with water slide parks and a unique nightclub in the cliffs at Cala en Porter and an 18 hole golf course.
For historians, there are Talayotic settlements, necropolis Caves, sites of ancient Basilica, Cathedrals, forts and the list goes on. The British colonised the island for much of the 19th century and there remains an architectural heritage still evident today.
Overall this is a gentle island, well suited to families with its gently shelving beaches and quieter way of life and of tremendous appeal to all those who appreciate the beauty of nature.
Son Bou, Menorca
The beach at the resort of Son Bou is Menorcas longest with an excess of 3 kms of soft sand shelving gently into the shallow sea making this resort very popular with families.
Arriving through a formidable tunnel hewn through the hillside, the resort facilities greet you with restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes, open air bars and shops in appealing precincted plazas. Down on the beach at this extreme eastern end of the bay, there are a couple of open air cafes serving drinks and meals throughout the day and into the evening. There are sunbeds and watersports and also two hotels, the resorts only buildings above two storeys
Down on the beach and looking west, golden sands disappear into the horizon, backed by a substantial area of protected dunes and lakes. Between these dunes and the beach proper, a sandy footpath delivers beachgoers via arched wooden walkways to various points along the beach. The further west you walk the number of holiday makers reduce in approximately equal proportions to the amount of clothes they are wearing. If you continue to walk beyond the western reaches just a kilometre further along the rocky coast takes you into the resort of Saint Thomas.
Rising up the pine clad hillside inland of the natural reserve lies a sophisticated villa and apartment resort of predominantly privately owned villas. We have carefully chosen Villas that offer more in the way of privacy.
Inland the little town of Alaior has a few tapas bars and shops and it's an easy drive of less than 15 mins to Es Mercadal where there is a choice between some very good restaurants.
Nothing is far away in Menorca and since Son Bou is fairly central to the south coast it is within 30 minutes' drive of Mahon or Cuitadella or the north coast.
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