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Perfect for Couples. Newly redecorated apartment with stunning sea views

Bedrooms 1
Space 484 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2

This is a 'back row' property in the quietest and most northerly community of Playas de Fornells. It benefits from a swimming pool for the exclusive use of community residents and sundecks with spectacular sea views. There is a new kitchen and convenient breakfast bar. The balcony is the perfect place to eat, or have a glass of wine, while enjoying the sea views, watching the boats from Fornells. The flat has everything necessary for the perfect holiday. Playas de Fornells is considered to be the most attractive development in Menorca. It has supermarkets, bars, excellent restaurants and is an ideal place to relax and unwind. The flat is someway up the hill and is accessed by the stairs (shown in the photograph of the carpark) or via a small rocky path. Thus it is not suitable for those with limited mobility.

The apartment is on the 'back row' of the small community of Tamarindos within the Playas de Fornells development. This means that it is very quiet, and has views across the roofs of the lower flats to the sea. It also means that it is in the shadow of the hills and has very little telephone reception and wi-fi is impossible (However there is plenty of free wi-fi in the cafes in Playas de Fornells). As the flat faces north the balcony remains out of the sun for most of the day, so it is ideal for eating. Outside the front door is a total suntrap, so if you don't feel like going to the beach, you can just park yourself outside and bake quietly in the sun, with a view of the hills behind the apartment.

Tamarindos is the most northerly community in Playas de Fornells, so it doesn't get any 'through' traffic, but it is still within walking distance of the supermarkets, bars, and restaurants and even the beach at Cala Tirant, (1.25km, 15-20mins walking) if you want to have a totally laid back holiday and not even hire a car.

Close to Playas de Fornells are some of the most beautiful beaches in Menorca, including the delightful Cala Pregonda. Five minutes by car or a stunning 20 minute walk around the headland is the beautiful fishing village of Fornells, famous for its seafood restaurants and the watersports available in the magnificent bay. 7km away is Es Mercadel, a pretty market town, which has three of the very best restaurants on the island, together with a number of interesting non-tourist shops and art galleries. Es Mercadel is situated at the base of Monte Toro, the highest point on the island, and is famous for its biscuits and pastries.

Menorca is a little jewel of an island, smaller and quieter than Mallorca it is an ideal place for a holiday with its numerous beaches, sunshine and fantastic restaurants. But it is more than just a tourist island, with a thriving shoe industry and cheeses that are famous throughout Spain. If you are driving along the back lanes, you may come across some of the farms that sell their own cheese, always worth a visit. There is plenty of ancient history to explore and enough small shops in boutiques in the main towns to keep shoppers happy. Menorca, the whole island, has been declared a nature reserve by the EU, and it is well deserved with an interesting variety of flora and fauna, as well as geology and birdlife. For those who like walking and/or cycling it is almost perfect. In the apartment there are a number of guidebooks together with specific walking maps and guides.

When to visit:

Low season:

November to March: As the flat has double glazing and a heater it is warm and cozy inside. There is total peace and quiet. Ideal for writing! Also ideal for walking and exploring the island - as long as you have warm and waterproof clothes. Everything at Playas de Fornells will be closed, but Es Mercadal has plenty of shops, supermarkets and restaurants that are open all year.

April, May: The Spring will bring the fantastic flowers and fabulous walking and cycling conditions. It will still be very quiet and peaceful on the island. Some restaurants may be open in the Playas de Fornells, but you will be better off going into Es Mercadal for shopping and eating. The weather can be nice, but also can be chilly. It may be too cold to swim in the sea.

June, July, August, September: Everything is open in Playas de Fornells, but Tamarindos will still be quite peaceful.

October: A few restaurants may still be open in Playas de Fornells, better to go into Es Mercadal for shopping and eating. The sea may still be warm enough to swim in, but it may get chilly, so bring warm clothes.

More Details
Registration Number : RNAF

Alison Patterson
Member since: 1999
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 11, 2018

About Alison Patterson

After many years living in other countries teaching English we are now settled in Es Mercadal. It's a long way from home for Richard, who's from Canada, but he loves it as much as I do. We're semi-retired now but keep our hand in with some online teaching and materials writing. Mostly we enjoy living here, the walks, the cafes and restaurants and the fabulous environment.

Alison Patterson purchased this apartment in 1999

Why Alison Patterson chose Es Mercadal

I came to Menorca on an impulse in May 1999, I arrived on a Sunday and fell in love with the Island on the Monday during an excursion to Fornells, it was chilly and misty and reminded me of the Peak District!! On Thursday I bought the flat!

It was a reckless purchase, but it was one of the best things I ever did. For years during difficult times in London it was my dream and my escape. Then when I became an English teacher, I was drawn to other parts of Spain and spent a wonderful 5 years living in Barcelona.

Fast forward 12 years and now we are living in Es Mercadal.

Menorca has always felt like home. It casts a simple but strong spell on many people who visit it. Something I hope you will feel too.

What makes this apartment unique

For me the flat immediately had a real positive energy about it. With the hills directly behind and the sea in front. I read many years later that the Chinese believe that this is perfect Feng Shui for a property.

Naturally, all the flats in Playas de Fornells are similar in layout, but the previous owner of this flat. The electrician for the community when it was built, but in the breakfast bar and the charming arches. He also did the paintings of the boats and the countryside which are still in the kitchen and the lounge.

This apartment is cool, yet cosy and comfortable. A perfect place for a holiday stay

Guestbook comments from the owner

Firstly, the apartment is the best equipped we've ever stayed in. Also beautifully decorated. Love the red and yellow cushions / curtains and bedroom decor - all of it! Given me ideas for our own house!! Thank you!

Gracias Alison, para todo.
Sep 2015
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Es Mercadal Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 484 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • Recently refurbished using tiles in the Andalucian style this bathroom is a delight , the traditional arabic patterns mixing with stylish modern fittings and some lovely Moroccan ceramic bowls A large water tank ensures that there is enough hot water for those who love a long hot bath to relax after a hard day at the beach, and a shower for people who prefer something a little more invigorating! and a hairdryer to smarten up with afterwards.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Twin bedded (pushed together) room with uninterrupted views out to sea and the headland at Cavalleria. Fitted wardrobe with ample hanging and storage space, and a collection of useful beach paraphernalia, such as mats, umbrellas, floats and balls. Beautiful fabrics, original paintings and photographs from India and Malaysia make this a more exotic bedroom than your average holiday rental flat.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Bath towels are provided. The flat is charmingly decorated, with paintings of local views and sculptures from driftwood, and plenty of candles for a romantic dinner on the balcony, it feels like a home, not a rental property. I am always happy to answer any questions, provide more photographs, recommend places to visit and to eat, to enable you to get the most from your holiday. Alison


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Perfect for Couples. Newly redecorated apartment with stunning sea views
average rating of 4.8913045 based on 74 reviews

Lovely apartment

  • 5 of 5

In a fantastic location with a great view out over the sea from the balcony. The apartment was perfect for our stay and had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! We're delighted you enjoyed the balcony and had everything you required in the apartment. You are always more than welcome back.
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France, Bosc Guerard 76710

Super appartement avec une vue magnifique

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un excellent séjour à Minorque. L'appartement correspond complètement à l'annonce et nous enchante à l'arrivée. Il est idéalement placé pour visiter l'ile. Nous avons beaucoup apprécié toutes les indications précises d'Alison pour l'arrivée ainsi que les cadeaux d'accueil !

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Menorca Holiday

  • 4 of 5

Excellent Accommodation with marvellous setting all round.

Would only have liked some kitchen Scissors for opening those devilish plastic packets.

Gerald & Audrey

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello! Thank you for your review and so pleased you like the accommodation and the setting! Very sorry about the scissors, there were some in the apartment at the beginning of the season, as we know how important they are for opening packets! Goodness knows where they have got to! - It's not the sort of thing you expect people to run off with or break! We'll make sure a new pair are put in immediately. If you'd have let us know at the time we'd have happily brought some round. Thank you for looking after the apartment so well, you are always very welcome back. Best wishes Alison and Richard
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Nicely tucked away and private

  • 5 of 5

Extremely comfortable, clean and well maintained property. Balcony offers great views and is cool to sit on during hot, sunny days. If, like my husband, you like lots of sun just sit out the front which gets the sun throughout the day.

The fan in the bedroom is a welcome comfort and is virtually silent so remained cool on clammy nights!

The height of the property offers fantastic views but I can see that this could be difficult for the elderly to access via the steps from the car park with suitcases. There is an access via a top car park area but it is a rough path. However, this is the one we used to access local amenities and boy! did we enjoy them. Especially the Okapi Bar and their cocktails and food-we found this on the first night and when we tried others we found that they could not compare so spent our last evenings there.

The local beach is comfortable but basic, no refreshment or toilet facilities unless you walk back towards the main entrance at the beach. Sun beds and a palm leaf parasol are provided for €15 which we did not mind paying for.

The pool facilities at Tamarindos: the pool itself is an excellent size providing a great opportunity to swim lengths. It is of a good depth also. Our only disappointment was that there was no seating around the pool. The area directly around the pool is probably too narrow for a sunbed but there is a terrace area which looks out to the sea which could accommodate seating but it is not provided. We used our towels and a beach mat.

We did walk to Fornells and it does take about 40 minutes each way.

Es Mercadel is close by and if you use the car park at the sport centre on the right as you drive in, it is free and only a short walk to the centre. This also takes you past the supermarket which is extremely reasonable, especially the fresh produce.

All in all an enjoyable stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Karen, Many thanks indeed for your kind review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your holiday. I've looked into the sun lounger situation, as I did think that the community provided some sun loungers. The administrator of the community tells me that many years ago they did have some community sun loungers - but that they 'disappeared' quite quickly. So it was decided not to buy any more communal ones. (Most of the community budget is spent on protecting the buildings from the salt and wind, and there is not a lot left over!!) Thus, those that you see belong to individual flats. I'll look into getting some lightweight sun loungers for the flat, as, obviously, carrying those big heavy white ones down to the pool isn't really an option. Thanks again for all your comments Best Alison
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Its a great little retreat !

  • 5 of 5

This is my second stay at this apartment. I LOVE IT! It is cosy, it has amazing view of the sea and horizon from the balcony and living room. Its a great little retreat and has real sense of tranquillity. I love also sitting outside the door on the stone seat where the sun comes flooding down. It is very quiet, very private and unique. There is a walk across the rocks to the village of Fornells where there are great restaurants, Sunday vegetable markets, art fairs in summer and coffee shops. I cant wait to stay again.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kelsang, I am so very pleased that you enjoyed your time in the apartment. And that someone else can appreciate the pleasure of such a peaceful and quiet retreat. A perfect place to study, write or just contemplate life. You are always welcome.
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What a beautiful apartment!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 8th visit to Menorca and won't be our last! The apartment was just lovely. It was like a real home the way it was furnished and I have never stayed anywhere that was so well equipped. You were not left wanting and there was even a kettle and a proper size breadboard!! Well impressed.

The bathroom was a delight and beautiful and I did have one long awaited bath toward the end of our holiday as the weather wasn't so good. I didn't want to waste water, so just had the one. It was a lovely quiet spot to stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Anne, Many thanks for your wonderful review and for your kind comments about all the equipment! I'm so pleased you had a wonderful time despite the variable weather and you are more than welcome to return to 402.
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Playas de Fornells
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Son Parc
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Playas de Fornells
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The flat is located in the most peaceful of the communities of Playas de Fornells, facing out to sea. There is a sheltered pool for use of community residents only and beautiful landscaped gardens. Within Playas de Fornells are some great cafes and restaurants, both local and international cuisine, some with wonderful terraces with views of the sea or inland. There are also supermarkets if you prefer to cook at home and eat on the terrace. The nearest sandy beach, Cala Tirant, is about 15 minutes away on foot. The pretty village of Fornells is only a short and stunning walk around the headland or 5 minutes by car. 7km south of the flat is Es Mercadel, a small and unspoilt village with some of the best restaurants on the Island. Also the best bakers and coffee shops - beware the patisserie!!!!

For the first time ever I've added to this website some comments from the guest book in the flat. All these reviews, along with many others, are there for you to read.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Payment terms: 50% deposit, 50% 40 days before the start of the holiday.

No property deposit is asked for as I believe my guests to look after the apartment and its contents

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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