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Menorca, also known as Minorca, is the hidden gem of the Balearics. It’s small enough to explore the whole island via car, yet there's plenty going on for kids of all ages, and it's blessed with family-friendly resorts and beaches that are geared up for classic fly-and-flop holidays.
Menorca is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve thanks to its largely untouched landscape of rolling hills and stunning coastline. Outside the hottest months, it's a great location for hill walking and other outdoor pursuits, while in peak summer you can relax on its stunning white sand beaches.
Menorca is also an excellent destination for families. You’ll find shallow waters that are perfect for paddling in, outdoor and water activities like horseback riding and kayaking, and resorts designed with kids in mind.
From family-friendly all-inclusive hotels, to affordable apartments that make an ideal base to explore the island, here are the best places to stay in Menorca.
What are the best family hotels in Menorca?
1. Best overall hotel: Zafiro Menorca, Cala'n Bosch
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"We love it! I have been tempted by the holiday villages but always go back, the restaurant is great and they keep adding new things each year" - recommended by Mumsnet users, Bumblebee78
Zafiro - previously known as Viva Menorca - is without doubt one of the best family hotels on the island. Little ones will love the kids’ pool, complete with a pirate ship and water slides, as well as the kids' club and packed entertainment schedule (and the bouncy castle!).
For grown ups, there are indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness suite, and evening shows.
Meals are served in the buffet restaurant, and there’s the option to book on an all-inclusive, half-board, or self-catering basis. There are plenty of room options too - from apartments to suits and swim-up rooms - so whatever your preference on holiday, you’ll be covered here.
Nearest airport: Menorca Airport (34 miles)
2. Best budget hotel: Hamilton Court Apartments, Santo Tomas
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"Don't go half-board - self catering is much better and the apartments are huge!” - DeanKoontz
If you’re after an affordable base to explore the island from, then Hamilton Court in Santo Tomas offers spacious apartments that sleep up to eight people. These are well-equipped for self-catering, with kitted out kitchens and comfy living spaces.
Located only two minutes from the beach (and just 10 minutes from the airport), guests highly rate the location of this aparthotel. This is one of the more basic choices on our list, but it still offers amenities, such as a kids' club and a swimming pool.
There's also a mini market on site to pick up some snacks and drinks, as well as a restaurant with the option to go half-board or order meals to take back to the apartment.
Nearest airport: Menorca Airport (10 miles)
3. Best luxury hotel: Barceló Nura, Biniancollet
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Menorca is beautiful, and if you want to enjoy its beauty with a full-on luxury experience, then Barceló Nura is one of the best hotels on the island.
This hotel promises stunning views, gorgeous rooms, and great food. While the hotel does permit children, facilities specifically for children are limited and it would therefore suit trips with older children (or a romantic getaway sans kids!). Room options include access to a semi-private pool.
All-inclusive is available at this hotel, with both a buffet and an a la carte restaurant available, as well as a tapas snack bar. The jewel in the hotel’s crown is its rooftop bar and lounge, with sea views and live music.
Nearest Airport: Menorca Airport (4 miles)
4. Best hotel with a swimming pool: Hotel Princesa Playa, Cala'n Bosch
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"Pools were good, had kids' clubs and play areas. Not too far of a walk from the centre which has a harbour and restaurants, bars and shops etc, some of which are in a little square around a bandstand type area with live music, wooh! We stayed in the apartments which were fine, but a little on the small side, but didn’t really spend a lot of time inside!" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Karen03
No hotel in the Balearics is complete without a pool, and Princesa Playa’s is a cracker. As well as the main large, wavy pool with different depths, there’s also a small splash pool and jacuzzi, as well as plenty of sun loungers for those who would rather enjoy the sun than the water.
The hotel is definitely family-friendly, with a kids' club catering to children aged 4 to 12. Daytime entertainment includes water sports, and in the evenings your family can enjoy karaoke, live music, kids' discos, professional shows, and quizzes.
The hotel offers both self-catering and half-board options, with meals served in the buffet restaurant. The location of this hotel is particularly good, being only a short walk from the beach and from the main Cala’n Bosch resort centre.
Nearest airport: Menorca Airport (20 miles)
5. Best hotel on the beach: Sol Falco All Inclusive, Cala'n Bosch
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"We've stayed in Club Falco three times now. One on our own, once with DD1 and once with my folks with us too. I am sooo fussy when it comes to booking a holiday and I can certainly recommend this hotel, for the accommodation and pool. The food is excellent and there's excellent entertainment every night. We love it because it's so close to Cuitadella, which is full of cobbled winding streets, squares and restaurants" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Wondermom
If location and facilities are equally important to you, then Sol Falco has it all. The hotel is just 250 metres from Son Xoriguer Beach and 700 metres from the Cala'n Bosch marina.
There’s plenty to do even without leaving the grounds. You’ll find seven swimming pools, with an additional children's pool and splash park. There’s also a multi-sports court and games room. There are a few quiet areas for those who would prefer some peace.
Sol Falco is an all-inclusive hotel, with a buffet restaurant and snack bar. At lunchtime the snack bar offers a Mexican-inspired feast to tide you over until dinner. After dinner, you’ll find shows put on in the purpose-built theatre space.
Accommodation options include family rooms, rooms with pool views, and suites.
Nearest airport: Menorca Airport (20 miles)
6. Best apartment hotel: Talayot Apartments, Cala'n Forcat
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"Had choice of swimming pools, mini golf, play area, kids' clubs and evening entertainment. The main beach wasn't massive but never got too busy. I wouldn't describe the area as a pretty little villages but it had lots of family friendly restaurants and everything you needed on your doorstep" - recommended by Mumsnet user, starfish4
"We really liked the Talayot Apartments in Cala 'n Forcat, in Menorca. Great pools, rooms are clean (though dated.) The resort itself has seen better days, as there are a few closed bars and restaurants. But, the places that are open are very child friendly. I have read on here that people think the resort is tacky, but personally we loved it" - recommended by Mumsnet user, TolpuddleFarterOATB
Apart-hotels offer a more relaxed environment, and plenty of space to chill out. Talayot offers apartments that sleep up to six, with access to great facilities as part of the package.
There are six swimming pools, including kids' water slides. Children can make friends in the kids' club, and have fun at the evening mini discos. There’s also mini golf and go-karts specifically designed for kids.
Although the apartments are equipped for self-catering, breakfast is included and there’s the option to go half-board. The restaurant also offers food to take away to your room.
Nearest airport: Menorca Airport (24 miles)
7. Best hotel for young children: Occidental Menorca, Punta Prima
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"Lovely modern hotel with family rooms which consist of two linked bedrooms. Kids' swimming pool, mini disco in the evening for the older one, and a short stroll down a hill to a nice beach. Only 20 minutes by taxi from the airport" - recommended by Mumsnet user, UnleashTheBaby
Happy children equals happy parents, and the Occidental hotel provides plenty to keep little ones happy. There’s a splash pool with water slides, as well as a kids' club with a soft play area. There’s also a teens' club for children aged 13 to 17.
For adults, there’s a large pool, tennis courts, and spa facilities. The beach is only four minutes' away.
The hotel offers options to go half board or all-inclusive, with meals served up in a buffet restaurant. Family rooms that sleep up to two adults and three children are available.
Nearest airport: Menorca Airport (4.5 miles)
8. Best hotel for teens: Hotel Cala Galdana & Apartamentos d'Aljandar, Cala Galdana
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"I've been to Cala Galdana 3 times, last time with DD who was 15 at the time. I love it, and so did she. We did 3 day trips out though. I've stayed in the Hotel Cala Galdana all the times I've been. Like most package tour hotels these days the meals are buffet service so no waiting around" - recommended by Mumsnet user, PAFMO
Family holidays with teens can be tricky, but Menorca is an excellent destination for older children thanks to safe resorts and a range of outdoor activities. Hotel Cala Galdana is only a short walk away from the coastal resort of Cala Galdana, and the bus stop outside the hotel connects to the capital Mahon and Ciutadella, ideal for a day of shopping and sightseeing for teens who want to get out and about.
Inside the hotel, you’ll find two outdoor pools, a gym, and on-site mini market. The hotel also offers daytime and evening entertainment.
The larger apartments include two bathrooms (essential when you’re travelling with mirror-hogging teenagers!), and there’s the option to stay bed and breakfast or half board.
Nearest airport: Menorca Airport (15 miles)
Is Menorca good for families?
Menorca offers a wide range of activities that are suited to all ages like hill walking, kayaking, and boat trips - perfect for adventurous families. If your brood’s style is more starfishing in the sun and paddling in the sea then you’ll find some of the best beaches in Europe to explore. The island has a more relaxed feel than its neighbours of Mallorca and Ibiza, and most hotel resorts are designed with children in mind.
Where’s the best place in Menorca for a family holiday?
Cala Galdana and Cala’n Bosch are some of the most popular family resorts in Menorca.
The relaxed area of Cala Galdana offers a large horseshoe-shaped beach with calm waters, making it perfect for kids. Cala’n Bosch is near to the port city of Ciutadella which has plenty of shops and restaurants to explore.
When’s the best time to travel to Menorca?
Menorca has hot, dry summers and mild winters. The hottest month of the year is July, with an average daily maximum of 31 C and an average low of 21 C. Most hotels operate during the high season of May to October, with some facilities unavailable outside these months.
What’s the best family-friendly hotel in Menorca?
We compared the top hotels in Menorca on their facilities, location, and child-friendliness, and decided that Zafiro Menorca is the best hotel for a family holiday on the island.
How we chose our recommendations
Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out what family hotels in Menorca were being recommended.
We then did some online research, looking at what family hotels in Menorca had won accolades or been featured in ‘best Menorca hotels’ lists across trusted travel publishers, and what guest reviews said about them. Having collated all that information, we then narrowed our list down to the best family hotels in Menorca at the moment.
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