For the many of us with late-August blues: summer has barely begun at Menorca Experimental, a resort designed by Remodelista favorite Dorothée Meilichzon that officially just debuted. Set on a former finca, or agricultural estate, on the Spanish island of Menorca, the appealingly low-key alternative to neighboring Mallorca and Ibiza, the hotel was created from a Palladian-style, cliff-top house and cluster of whitewashed farm villas.
All were reconceived by Meilichzon, who runs her own Paris design studio, Chzon, as a dream agroturismo retreat: the sort of place Picasso, Miró, and cronies would go to live it up in the sun. The results are both grand and playful—and filled with happiness-inducing details and earthy colors we want to apply at home. Join us for a tour.
Menorca Experimental is the sixth hotel created by the Paris-based Experimental Group; Meilichzon is married to one of its three founders—they all met as students—and she herself, at 36, has seven top-to-bottom hotel designs to her credit (see Paris’s Hotel des Grands Boulevards and The Henrietta in London), plus a new Experimental Group property about to open in Venice.
She also turned to makers around the world for accessories. The circular wood sconces, the Concentric 20″ and Concentric 15″, are an American import: they’re by Allied Maker of Long Island, NY. (Read the workshop’s creation story here.)
Above: Most of the boldly patterned ceramic tableware is by Casa Cubista of Portugal.
We’re longstanding fans of Quintana Partners, a design firm on Menorca. Here are some of their island projects:
- A Plant Nursery-Turned-Vacation Compound
- The All-Vintage Renovation
- Kitchen of the Week: Embracing the Old with Quintana Partners
Looking for a late-summer getaway? Consult our Design Travel archive for more ideas.