Some time ago I complained that luxury in hotels is no longer what it was, although on second thought, it meant that luxury is exactly what it was, that it had not evolved and had stagnated in a model based on ostentation. Fortunately, there are exceptions, and Hotel Torralbenc in Menorca sports a well understood luxury.
And it is that luxury is no longer synonymous with gold, chandeliers and mahogany furniture, or huge rooms in an attic in the center of the city, luxury is not having room service or laundry 24 hours (things of those are required to give the five stars), but now defined refined taste, the tranquility, the privacy and, if anything, the privilege of being in a careful place to detail so that one feels temporarily in paradise.
When you arrive at the Torralbenc hotel, located near the Cala en Porter of the island of Menorca - on a slightly inland plot but overlooking the sea - it gives you more the feeling of arriving at a private villa than at a hotel of four stars.
Not in vain many efforts have been made to preserve the original spirit of the rehabilitated farm around which this small complex of no more than thirty rooms is organized, some in the main building and another in small buildings along the slope slightly inclined towards the sea.
Building materials employees are the traditional ones: dry stone walls, lime, wood… only in a specific moment is a concession made, such as the travertine marble floors of the rooms, but being a porous and warm stone (in reality it is not a marble, but a limestone) does not clash at all with the rest of the materials.
The decoration in the rooms and common spaces responds to a style that we could call rustic minimalism. The materials are always warm, have texture and earthy and grayish predominate, without abusing white but with a predominance of light tones, compared to those that contrast some piece of dark furniture.
In general, the word that comes to mind to describe the entire hotel is harmony. And that the hotel is a complicated mixture of modernity and tradition. Notice if not the white steel chair in front of the table under the TV. The table is dark and classic cut, while the chair is an allegory to minimalism, and yet together they form a harmonious set.
In the bathroom this luxury is also well understood. There is no blatantly noble material, nor is the bathtub immense, nor is there a spectacular marble used as a countertop for sinks or striking faucets. However, a bathtub with a small window overlooking the sea is a luxury, and in that bathroom you don't want anything else to put on some candles and enjoy a bath with the rosemary soaps that were arranged there.
Nor should we mention the magnificent work done with gardening. Instead of resorting to large and artificial green meadows - always difficult to maintain in a dry and rugged climate - we have opted for a local vegetation, with hedges, climbing plants, aromatic herbs, pine trees, olive trees ... that made all the Hotel smelled great.
As a curious detail, a small lavender corridor accompanies you on your way to the hotel entrance, so when you approach, the butterflies, who adore this plant, take their flight as you go. It may seem silly, but small nonsense like these are what I imagine when I talk about well-understood luxury, a hotel that takes care of the details like that from the terrace where you have breakfast you can see the sunrise, even if you have the curtains of you have the feeling that you are alone in the hotel and nobody can see you ... and this is the room Torralbenc hotel in Menorca.