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Is Menorca the Next Puglia? Probably, Thanks to This Hotel Designed By Dorothee Meilichzon

We were hesitant to post this. Very hesitant. When we first saw photos of the latest hotel to be outfitted by one of our very favorite interior designers, Paris-based Dorothee Meilichzon, part of us wanted to keep it to ourselves, to avoid the kind of bourgeois stampede that has every other person telling us they’re Portugal- or Puglia-bound — at least until we got a chance to personally visit it. Especially since the hotel’s resume is so hip it’s almost ridiculous: 43-room agriturismo on an under-developed and overlooked island, Meilichzon’s signature style, au courant branding, textiles and ceramics by LRNCE, food sourced from the hotel’s garden, pottery and painting classes on offer, owned by a boutique hospitality agency… We could keep going but, you get the point.

Obviously we overcame our more selfish tendencies so we could share the Menorca Experimental hotel with you today, primarily because of our other, more powerful tendency — to want to post every single thing Meilichzon does. In this case, turning a restored 19th-century country estate into a rustic-meets-contemporary inn “designed in the spirit of an artist’s vacation cottage,” complete with “drystone, waxed concrete, and rough-hewn local wood-plank floors with accents of hand-glazed terra cotta tile.” Get there while you can.

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