Villa in S'Albufera, Es Grau Menorca, Balearic Islands - In The Peaceful & Enchanting S’Albufera Nature Reserve
Our private villa is set in the rural countryside of Menorca with beautiful panoramic views of S’Albufera Natural Parc. The gardens are secluded and blend beautifully with their surroundings of wild olive trees and other indigenous plants. The private pool is approx 5x10 and has ample sunbathing space. The rear terrace is perfect for catching a gentle breeze when the temperatures soar in the height of the season or for finding a quiet spot. The villa is built on a single level, making it ideal for people who have difficulty with stairs, with traditional marble floors and vaulted ceilings, to keep it cool in summer. The spacious kitchen/diner offers an excellent range of equipment for the keen cook. If you are looking for a restful holiday with peace and quiet or a bit of bird watching this is the perfect villa for you. Take a look at our website the link is next to the contact sheet.
Top Traveller Review
A wonderful week
About the Owner
Our father built the villa over 40 years ago, designing it as a family holiday home. He wanted a home from home to relax and switch off from his busy business life. We would spend the whole summer at the villa, family members would come and stay, and friends would rent other villas on S’Albufera. Every year our parents would hold a big fancy dress party for friends, family and our Menorcan friends from Es Grau. The villa has now been passed down to us, the next generation and we cherish the responsibility of taking care of our beautiful family villa. We have renovated the villa and its grounds in 2008. We continue to develop what is already a creative space, our intention being to improve our much loved retreat for enjoying all the seasons and opening up opportunities for the winter.
Guestbook comments from the owner
“Beautifully peaceful during the day and we managed to find the night life in Mahon so it was a perfect holiday for us all” A Wright
“Twice in one year and I can’t wait to go back, thanks for the local info we loved the tapas” J Williams
"Once again we had a fantastic holiday on the island. The weather was brilliant and we were in and around the pool every day." M Gulley
5 based on 4 holidaymaker reviews
A wonderful week
The week in October had beautiful weather and we were able to swim in the lovely pool. We did very little in the way of sightseeing but enjoyed the peace and quiet of S'Albufera Parc. The villa was so tranquil, secluded and comfortable that we didn't feel the need to leave it! Looking forward to next year.
A low wind in Menorca
Menorca may surprise you. If you're looking for a wild time with clubs and nightlife, you're going to be disappointed. If however you seek a quiet week or two in some of the most beautiful surroundings on Earth, in the company of tortoises, martens, lizards and the occasional hovering bird of prey, you won't be. Gemmana is located in the biosfera of Menorca, an unspoilt wildlife reserve. It's relatively secluded and you'll probably need to hire a car but they're not expensive and you may prefer to walk anyway. The villa has its own well-maintained pool, an open fire, unusual architecture (though uniform with others nearby) including turret from which you can see for miles, selection of reading ranging from esoterica to beach fiction and plenty of space for 6+ adults. Can be a bit windy - you get that with spectacular views - but I like that too. I'd be there all the time if I could.
Peaceful and beautiful
We had such a wonderfully relaxing and restorative time at this beautiful villa. It is so peaceful and has wonderful views - we even saw some eagles!
The rooms were clean and tidy and the kitchen was well equipped. The pool was clean and the garden was delightful.
We would definitely go again!
Thanks for a lovely holiday it was just as you described. What a peaceful place S’Albufera is for a spring break. The villa is fabulous, I love watching the swallows swooping over the pool in the early morning and the views across S'Albufera Natural Park are breath taking.
If you can tear yourself away from the villa I highly recommend hiring a car and visiting Es Grau beach, Fornells on the north side of the island, the fish market in Mahon and a stroll along Mahon harbour, one of the deepest natural harbours in the world.
From the Owner
“S’Albufera is a designated area of natural beauty. We work with the environmental organisations of Menorca and the bird watching community to maintain the beautiful and peaceful landscapes you see around you today. There are walks and nature trails to enjoy. The lake is clean and serene, supporting many rare birds and wildlife. In the winter osprey and booted eagles migrate to the lake, the spring and autumn sees home to waders and wildfowl. Other species often seen are herons, and you may spot tortoise, toads and snakes. My mother saw Flamingo one year and my brother a golden eagle!”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
If you are looking for a restful holiday with peace and quiet in tranquil surroundings or a bit of bird watching this is the perfect villa for you. S’Albufera is a very special area for those loving ornithology. During the Winter Season it becomes a paradise for thousands of birds local and migratory. Some species you may find include the Common Coot, the Royal Duck, the Common "Porron", the Whistling Duck, the Peregrine Falcon, the vulture, the footed eagle and the kite.
The picturesque fishing village Es Grau is our nearest beach, only a 5 minutes drive from the villa. The lake on S’Albufera is part of the Es Grau Biosphere Reserve which was created in 1995 to conserve the habitat, flora and fauna of the area.
There is also a charming local beach, ten minutes drive from the villa called Cala Mesquida.
By air - Mahon international airport is the only airport on the island and is only a 20 minute drive from the villa.
By boat – The port is a 15 minute drive to the villa. The ferry, from mainland Spain, comes from Barcelona. You can also catch the ferry to the other Balearic Islands.
Trains – There are no trains on the island
Bus – There are bus services to all major resort.
Taxi – Taxis are available.
Car - We recommend you hire a car.
Take a look at our website for more details.
Es Grau beach is only a 5 minute drive from the villa and has a well stocked local spar shop. There are many supermarkets in Mahon, 15 minutes by car. For places of interest and more information go to our website.
Es Grau, a picturesque local fishing village is a 5 minute drive from the villa. This beach is very suitable for young children. Here you can get great tapas by the sea, there is also a local mini supermarket.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
2 Oct 2016 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Once you have decided to go ahead and book we will send you a booking form.
We will then hold your chosen weeks for one week in order to give you time to book your flights and car hire. During this week confirm your booking by returning the booking form and a non-refundable 20% deposit. The remainder of your payment will be due no later than eight weeks before your departure date. For more details send us an email or look on our website.
Changeover day is Saturday. Out of season we can be more flexible.
Notes on prices:
Winter Lets Available. Get in touch for more details.
Special offers: Discounted rates for parties of 4 people or less and reduced rates for bookings of 2 weeks or more in mid & low season. British or Spanish bank cheques or bank transfers accepted.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Our villa is virtually all on one level, which makes it much easier when you've had too much Rioja to negotiate your way back to bed and if your 92 year old grandmother is on holiday with you she will appreciate the lack of steps & stairs, as ours always did! Really special attractions of staying at our villa for me are the views, both from the back looking out to the farmland and the front over S’Albufera Natural Parc where we will often see various birds of prey. It is tranquil & peaceful but not always quiet because the wild life can be surprisingly noisy at times, my sister particularly loves the frog chorus in spring & autumn.”
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible ...
- autumn foliage
- naturist beach
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- gambling casinos
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- En-suite bathroom to master bedroom with shower, Wc and basin. Large family bathroom with bath and over-shower, WC and basin.
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and built in wardrobe and en-suite shower room. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and built-in wardrobe. Bedroom 3 with twin beds and built-in wardrobe. Bedroom 4 with twin beds. See our website for more details.
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: For your convenience a welcome pack is included in the price. Cots and high chairs can be arranged upon request at no extra charge. Outside: The gardens are private and totally secluded blending beautifully with their surroundings of wild olive trees and other indigenous plants. The private pool is approx 5m x 10m and has ample sunbathing space. The rear terrace is perfect for catching a gentle breeze when the temperatures soar in the height of the season. Situated on top of a hill, Villa Gemmanna has beautiful panoramic views of S’Albufera Natural Parc, for more details and photos visit our website. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and bathroom towels provided, linen changed weekly. In & out villa cleaning & laundry included in the rental price.