Ibiza and Menorca
The Grand Palladium Resort and Spa pool
The Grand Palladium Resort and Spa entrance
The Grand Palladium Resort and Spa cabana
Of all the Balearic islands, Menorca is the least known and least flooded with sun-hungry tourists each year, making it the perfect choice if you want a break that errs on the more peaceful and secluded side. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, Ibiza may be oft-associated with foam parties, all night raves and very little sleep, but there is a very different side to this "Emerald Isle" that is as wonderful for families on luxury holidays as it is for young revelers. Both are glorious islands to take your children to, and both proudly showcase luxury accommodation that swings from delightful farmhouse settings in the countryside to resorts that glisten by the sea.
Can Lluc Ibiza
A stunning Agrotourism in the heart of the White Isle, this gorgeous renovated finca is testimony that Ibiza isn't just a clubbers' paradise: it's extremely family-friendly, too.
At first glance, Can Lluc Ibiza doesn't scream of being child-friendly. It's rural and very tranquil location on the White Isle, not to mention the calm and serene atmosphere that evades it, may make parents feel they've brought loud noise to an otherwise sedate space. But this tranquility and seclusion is precisely...Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Hotel & Book »
Villa Cactus Menorca
Cactus is a villa located approximately 700 metres from the sea with lots of fun extras like an indoor pool with a wave machine and jacuzzis.
Villa Cactus in Menorca is a villa located In the district of Club Sant Jaume, approximately 700 metres from the sea. It has large private grounds and a garden split on different levels and two swimming pools. There is an outside shower, terrace and a barbecue. Cactus comfortably sleeps ten people across five...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Villa & Book »
Casa Orquidea is a large villa approximately 700 metres from the sea with fun extras such as an indoor pool and underfloor heating.
Casa Orquidea is a large villa in the Menorcan district of Sant Jaume, approximately 700 metres from the sea. It has private grounds, two swimming pools, an outside shower, a large terrace and a barbecue. In the house there is fitness room. Nearby you can enjoy the convenience of shops, a supermarket and green...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Villa & Book »
Casa Capricho is a large, cosy villa in a quiet, sunny, elevated position with views of the sea, a jacuzzi. There are even nearby horse-riding stables.
Casa Capricho on the outskirts of Sant Jordi is a large, cosy villa in a quiet, sunny, elevated position just 3 kilometres from the sea. The fenced grounds are home to a large garden, a furnished terrace and a barbecue. Casa Capricho has wonderful views out to sea and across the surrounding countryside. Comfortably...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Villa & Book »
Aguas de Ibiza
Located in Santa Eulalia, Aguas de Ibiza is a lifestyle concept and spa, as well as a hotel.
Located in Santa Eulalia, Aguas de Ibiza is a lifestyle concept and spa, as well as a hotel. This may sound a tad pretentious, but the result is a very relaxed and elegant hotel (they use Feng Shui principles when considering the design and layout of all 112 bedrooms); the hotel has fabulous restaurants and bars (they...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Grand Palladium Palace Resort and Spa
Located at the quiet end of Playa d'En Bossa, The Grand Palladium Resort & Spa has fabulous amenities for both big and little guests.
Smack on the beachfront on the quieter end of Ibiza’s legendary Playa d’En Bossa, The Grand Palladium Resort and Spa is shining after several rounds of investment in recent years; the 411 luxurious rooms are spacious enough for families and the resort has plenty to keep both children and adults happy. The Master...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Pura Vida Beach Club, Ibiza
Carretera a Es Canar, km 1,5; Playa Niu Blau
Set on Playa Niu Blau, Pura Vida Beach Club on Ibiza offers a relaxed ambience for parents in a very child-friendly setting. Lots of soft cream sun loungers abound in this chilled beachside restaurant where menus includes lots of fresh local seafood and Asian-Mediterranean fusion dishes. The menu options are very child-friendly, both in content and portion size; parents will love the extensive wine and cocktail menu. You’ll be made to feel extremely welcome here and will happily spend the entire afternoon eating and children, children and all.
Es Pla, Menorca
Pasaje Es Pla, 07748 Fornells
Es Pla is a long-established favourite on the northern coast of the Menorca in the charming fishing village of Fornells. Serving what many locals consider to be the finest lobster in all the Balearics, this is perfect for families. The restaurant juts out onto the inlet overlooking an area of watersports, tables are covered in simple cloths so there is no feeling of formality, and diners are welcome to make as much mess as they want while cracking open the local crustacean goodies. The lobsters are squeaky fresh from the sea, the views unrivalled and the staff, warm and open-armed.
El Mirador, Formentera
Carretera de La Mole KM 143, Formentera
Set along the edge of the main mountain road in the direction of El Pilar de la Mola sits El Mirador. A tiny but very lovely culinary retreat set on the south side of the island high above the sea, the combination of simple, unpretentious Spanish fare such as Sobrasada (black pig sausage meat) and a relaxed, laid-back ambience make this a perfect escape from the heat (it is fully shaded).
Located three nautical miles south of Ibiza Old Town from where you can grab a boat each morning lies the Caribbean-esque jewel that is Formentera. Believed to once be attached to Ibiza’s southern tip, it is an unspoiled island extension of its northern neighbor and boasts crystal-clear waters and untouched sandy beaches. Even if you don’t stay there (and there isn’t a wealth of accommodation available anyway), it is well worth a day trip or two.
Aguamar Water Park, Ibiza
Located in Playa d’En Bossa, Aguamar Water Park, (particularly good for older children and teenagers, is the largest water park on the island and has a mixture of water slides and pools to choose from. For smaller children, there are smaller slides and a separate pool, picnic areas and paddling pools, too.
Animals are in pens rather than cages at Lloc de Menorca, which calls itself a zoo but which is actually a delightful animal park. Llamas and ostriches are the sort of wildlife on show here but it’s lovely, especially with little children not seeking out big game, and there are play areas and a café, too.
Menorca is very popular with sailors thanks to its strong winds, which make the northern side of the island a tad blustery. If you want to explore any of the idyllic Menorcan beaches, we suggest heading to the south side of the island. One recommendation is Cala Turqueta – drive from Ciutadella and you’ll see it signposted from the southern bypass. It has absolutely no facilities so bring lunch, beach towels and plenty of juice and water but, this lack of development is a bonus: you’ll find a stunning, natural, white-sand beach, protected by the local Menorcan authorities. It is quite popular with locals so we recommend you get there early in the day during popular summer months.
Air Zone Ibiza
Older children and teens, (as well as some parents, no doubt) will adore the adrenaline-pumping thrills at Air Zone Ibiza. Spain’s only inflatable orb park (imagine rolling down hills in large, spinning plastic balls,) there is an option of getting in an “amphibious” orb that gives you the sensation of walking on water.
For something a little more exclusive and away from the madding crowd, Dreamboats Ibiza have an incredible range of luxury sail and power boats available for charter. Aside from providing gorgeous yachts with English-speaking, highly-qualified skippers, they have a 24-hour concierge service to arrange restaurant reservations, helicopter or private jet transfers, on-board catering and even medical facilities if needed.
A combination of outlet shopping stores for parents and endless outdoor play areas for children, little ones can climb, swing, and bounce about in Castillo Menorca in a variety of safe play areas and pools, while you engage in a little retail therapy. Designed to look like an actual castle, inside there are waterslides, go-karts and gigantic playpens, amongst other perfect kiddie-friendly activity areas.
Horse-riding in Menorca
Sa Ferradura is a riding school conveniently located just outside the capital, Mahon. Aside from offering personal lessons, they organize treks on the beach, along coastal roads and in the countryside. They have pony rides for smaller children and take riders of any age or ability.
Menorca consists of a flatter landscape than its Balearic counterparts; it has lots of lovely minute, bayed beaches and a pristine countryside. Minimal winter flights mean fewer tourists during the off-peak months and residents tend to be as Bohemien and eclectic as their Ibizan counterparts. It is tantalizing, artistic and perfect for holidays where families want some time together, rather than non-stop nanny services and kid’s clubs.
Dial 112 for emergency services; Mahon Hospital is on Ronda Malbuger, 1, Mahon, (+34 971 487 000).
San Antonia might be a European clubbing capital, but if you move away from the Pacha-oriented radar and into the surrounding villages and countryside of Evissa, (as it’s known by locals,) there is a whole world that couldn’t be a further cry from all-night naughtiness. Again, luxury accommodation can be found both in rural fincas and in beachside resorts.
Dial 112 for emergency services; Ute Hospital de Ibiza is on Carrer de la Corona (+34 971 31 82 28).
When to go
Menorca and Ibiza are gorgeous year round and, as with Mallorca, the early part of the year in January and February sees a relatively warm climate and the ethereal beauty of budding pink blossom sprouting from almond trees across the island, a sight that draws those in the know every year. Being smaller islands with a busier summer tourist trade, however, a lot of places shut in the winter and flights are reduced to a bare minimum, so be warned that you may not find the same bountiful eateries and activities during the off-peak seasons.