New Gran Meliá Hotel opened as a prototype for CO2 neutrality in the Balearic Islands


Gran Meliá has arrived on the tiny Balearic island of Menorca with a property that stands out for its commitment to sustainability and its homage to Menorcan food and design.

Villa Le Blanc, a Gran Meliá Hotel, is located on a stretch of south coast just minutes from Santo Tomás Beach. White stone buildings clustered around a cabana-lined pool overlook the ocean and a coastal path that leads through long grass and wooded areas to long sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, and peaceful coves in every direction. The verdant landscape that earned this island its UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status provides a rugged backdrop for it all.

A prototype of sustainability for the family-run hotel brand, Ville Le Blanc aspires to achieve carbon neutrality by reducing its emissions by 87 percent through design, integrated technologies and energy-efficient operations, and offsetting the remaining emissions through sustainable project development with plans, to become fully effective by the end of the year. Opened in July 2022, the property is the first hotel in Menorca to become a member of the Leading Hotels of The World.

Taking over an existing property, the hotel was remodeled by Spanish architect Álvaro Sans to combine Mediterranean architectural elements, including terraces and verandas with sea views, and materials like stone, wood, and clay with a contemporary design aesthetic and a predominantly white and blue color scheme.

Menorcan arches and whitewashed walls reflect the architectural style seen across the island, and sculptures showcase the skills of local artisans, among other artworks. The hotel’s gardens will then be planted with olive, cypress, lemon and pomegranate trees, among others.

In this typically Mediterranean setting, the hotel reflects its location through a culinary concept that draws attention to authentic Menorcan cuisine and the island’s bounty of locally grown, farmed, caught and produced ingredients, which for the past year have been recognized by Menorca’s status as attention have excited European region of gastronomy.

S’Amarador has long been one of the island’s most famous restaurants for traditional Menorcan cuisine and this new hotel now houses an offshoot of this famous restaurant. The hotel’s S’Amarador outpost extends onto a terrace overlooking the sea and offers typical Menorcan dishes such as Caldereta de Langosta (the local lobster stew) on a menu that adapts the traditions of the island’s original fishing taverns.

Joining this new culinary hotspot is Joan Canals’ restaurant, Cru, where local ingredients such as seafood served raw and the famous Mahon cheese are showcased alongside signature cocktails. Canals cocktail creations are also offered at the indoor-outdoor restaurant Nivi, which specializes in grilled dishes and paellas.

The hotel experience is rounded off by the hotel’s Anne Semonin Spa with thermal facilities and a pool offering treatments with natural products. The 159-room property’s most desirable lodging options, the penthouse, swim-up master suite, and presidential suite, all have their own private pools as well as balconies with uninterrupted ocean views.

The property enhances the local experience it offers and encourages connection with the island by arranging cultural experiences such as visits to Hauser & Wirth Menorca which will open in 2021, complete with a private water taxi to Isla del Rey and a tour of the restored Sunset Sail site aboard a traditional Menorca llaüt.

Between its decarbonization efforts and its commitment to connecting guests with local cuisine, culture and the environment, what sets Villa Le Blanc, a Gran Meliá Hotel apart is the respect it shows for the small Balearic island of which it is now a part.


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