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Gorgeous Bayfront Apartment. Safe, Secure, Blissful retreat

Bedrooms 3
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

3 bedroom apartment sleeps 5, 2 bath, excellent location near two sandy beaches

Imagine waking up to sparkling sea and brilliant sunshine every morning! (we're at the front, top right in the photo above). Right on the bay, a few minutes walk from two lovely secluded sandy beaches is our beautiful 3-bedroom apartment in a wonderful romantic setting in tranquil, carefree Menorca. The sun streams on to the large balcony each morning, perfect for meals al fresco. A portable air conditioning unit keeps a cool temperature even in the hottest months. In the professionally landscaped Platges de Fornells grounds, the apartment is reached down tree-lined steps to its own front courtyard with built-in barbeque area. A comfortable modern living/dining area offers stunning sea views from the balcony. The main twin bedroom with full en suite bathroom, and the double bedroom next to a second bathroom look out to the bay and the third one-bed room looks onto a quiet private courtyard. The kitchen has gas hob, electric oven, new microwave and large fridge with ice compartment. The second bathroom has a brand new washing machine. Restaurants with free wifi and mini-markets are 2-3 minutes away.

We don't have a pool, but a new water park has opened in the main hotel complex down the road from our apartment - Carema Splash Park: for a daily entrance charge of 15 Euro per child over 13 (10 Euro 5-12 year old), visitors get full use of all facilities including large and small swimming pools, water park slides, tennis courts, gym and spa. But there's no discernible noise, and it closes at 5pm each evening. There's also kayaking, scuba diving, bike hire...and great country walks all around.

Platges de Fornells is a smart and exclusive resort very near to the traditional fishing village of Fornells. It is a short journey 20 miles north west of the capital Mahon and the international Aeropuerto de Menorca, and there are regular bus services between the main towns, and the airport and Playas De Fornells. A taxi fare from the airport, or Mahon itself, to Playas de Fornells should cost around €30 for a taxi carrying 4 people plus luggage. The north of the island, particularly in summer, lends itself to relaxing away-from-it-all family holidays, and the evenings the many welcoming bars and restaurants provide very high quality cuisine and a friendly atmosphere, without the frantic clubbing environment of resorts in the south. The second city Cuitadella (to the West) is a charming sophisticated port with beautiful architecture, many elegant shops and also a lively street market at night, perfect for a stroll after dinner at one of the many port-side restaurants.

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Paul Murricane
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2017

About Paul Murricane

Paul is a former TV reporter, now owner of one of the UK's most successful media training companies. He and his family have owned this fabulous property in Fornells for decades: it's very much a family holiday home.

Paul Murricane purchased this apartment in 1990


Es Mercadal Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 0
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Binoculars
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • 2 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We welcome families and can provide a cot for babies. There is a new portable air conditioning unit which can be used in any room. The breeze from the bay also keeps the apartment comfortable even in the height of summer and ceiling fans keep rooms cool by night and day. The apartment is managed by Sa Caseta De Menorca, whose office is a five minute walk away and open seven days a week. Staff are extremely fluent in both English and Spanish. The picturesque fishing village of Fornells is just a five minute drive away. The village has a wonderful selection of restaurants and bars, fashion shopping, a market, a beautiful little church, banks and a playground with swings and slides. Golf can be played just 10 minutes away at Son Parc - which also has a fabulous white sand beach and safe bay swimming.


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(7 traveler reviews)

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Gorgeous Bayfront Apartment. Safe, Secure, Blissful retreat
average rating of 4.571429 based on 7 reviews

Amazing view

  • 4 of 5

Just spent ten nights here in the glorious sunshine. The apartment is in a great location very close to the beach and restaurants. Everything within walking distance though you do need a car to get here. The view from the apartment was the stand out feature and we spent lovely mornings having breakfast on the balcony watching the ocean. The apartment is well equipped and has all you could need. The only issue we had was that the double bed was not very comfortable. Think a new mattress required! Paul was a joy to deal with and very helpful before and during our stay. The area is lovely and the beach beautiful. Very shallow you can walk out for a good distance and only be knee deep ! Great location for visiting anywhere on the island.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for a lovely review. I am so pleased that the full magic of the island and our glorious location added to your holiday enjoyment. I'm grateful for your note about the double mattress - it helps so much to have things pointed out during the season and we can easily replace it. You were a joy to have staying in our apartment and I greatly appreciate your review.
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  • 5 of 5

THE view - when you open the door, you say WOOOW and every morning the same WOW will be the first word you'll say.

Paul was very nice host, available by mail and phone, the apartment has all the equipment you need, to enjoy the perfect holidays. This was not the first time for us in Platges de Fornells, but definitely the best one.


Mila & Vuk

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Mila and Vuk! We were delighted to have you stay and it's always encouraging to know that the apartment we so love is appreciated so much by our guests.
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Great apartment with stunning sea views

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I enjoyed a 5 day break in Playas de Fornells last week. This apartment is very comfortable and we felt instantly at home. The views from the terrace and the bedrooms are just breathtaking - almost like being in a ship – an expanse of sea. Sitting on the terrace in the mornings, watching the sunsets in the evenings and listening to the waves was magical. We also really liked the complex itself which is very attractively designed and landscaped.

We loved Cala Tirant just a few minutes stroll from the apartment across the wooden walkway - such a beautiful unspoilt beach and it never seemed to be crowded. The snorkelling was very good off the smaller and closer of the two beaches. We did get to Son Parc beach (gorgeous but very busy, perhaps because it was a Sunday) and also Fornells several times using taxis which worked really well for us as we did not want to hire a car. There is also a bus service that we had planned to use but didn't in the end. Kayaking in Fornells Bay was interesting - particularly when the wind blew up! Lovely meals both in Café del Nord and various restaurants in Fornells.

Paul the owner was immensely helpful throughout, answering my many questions in detail and taking trouble to make our arrival and departure at the apartment as smooth as possible.

Our only complaint is that our stay was too short but we hope to come back in the future. We really loved what we saw of Menorca and we both feel very lucky to have found such a great place to stay. Thank you Paul.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful haven in the sun

  • 5 of 5

My mum and I had an absolutely wonderful week at the apartment this summer. We found it completely relaxing, from hours spent soaking up the sun and the stunning view on the balcony, to our close proximity to the beautiful beach.

The apartment is extremely well maintained and feels family friendly and cared for. The view from the balcony is worth the trip alone! A complete tonic from the stresses of work and life - and infact the apartment is so welcoming that you are just as happy inside as out, and feel close to sun sea and sunsets from the comfort of your 'home'.

Its location in the village is also great - close to the two shops and the restaurants, and a short walk from the beach. The village itself is beautiful too - quiet, serene, a lovely beach for swimming and sunbathing. Restaurants with delicious and good value dining options, and friendly staff.

It really is the perfect location for a blissfully relaxing break and we would strongly recommend staying here to anyone. Thank you to Paul for being such a good host, from pre-holiday planning, to arrival instructions - all really professional and straightforward.

We were sad to leave, and are longing to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gabby, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed staying at our apartment so much - and I can't disagree with a word you say! It's always our intention to provide the standard of service that we would want ourselves. Hope to welcome you back to our magical island soon.
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A lovely place to enjoy and relax.

  • 4 of 5

This is well worth a visit. The setting is just wonderful, and a clean and well presented apartment.

Fantasic views, lovely walks and so relaxing.

Go on, book and ENJOY.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

A most enjoyable holiday in this lovely apartment within a fantastic setting. It was great to be able to go off exploring and return to that super balcony to relax with the sea on your doorstep - not even a pathway separating you from the sea. Even on a windy day you can just move your chairs a little way into the apartment yet leave the folding doors open and you still have your balcony by the sea. This is a real plus. Paul dealt with everything perfectly for us, providing us with information and even his home mobile number just in case we needed help but there is a local team on hand also. Altogether a lovely experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Es Mercadal Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Dec 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Prices are all inclusive of electricity, gas, all linen and cleaning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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