Petit Maó is a quaint six bedroom boutique hotel in Mahon. A small garden and pool are hidden behind the 18th century facade in a quiet street in the center of the city.
How would you describe Ses Sucreres in a nutshell?
Ses Sucreres is a small boutique hotel in Ferreries on the island of Menorca. It is a personal, intimate project of my husband and I, which we started almost 10 years ago. It was our intention to create something inspired by our own tastes but also influenced by our lives in Menorca. It’s very personal and an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary design elements.
What was your inspiration to open two small boutique hotels on Menorca?
We prefer staying in small hotels when traveling, as it’s a much better model than big hotels. There are many people like us who are looking for another, better experience.
We decided to open our own two small boutique hotels on the island, even though neither my husband nor I had any professional background in the hotel business. But since I grew up in a family that was in the hotel world in Brittany, France, I understood how everything worked and what needed to be done.
Please tell us about the history and renovation of the hotel.
I fell in love with the house one day on holiday here in Menorca. There was something special about it. I realized how perfect it would be for a small hotel. We decided to buy it and then took seven months to renovate the manor and turn it into a boutique hotel. During the entire process everything seemed to just flow so that we were able to open up in August of 2010.
Unfortunately we don’t know too much about the history of the house. My husband’s father remembers two ladies living here with a shop where he used to buy sweets. The house was known as Ca Ses Sucreres and we decided to keep the name as it holds the collective memory of that generation.
In Catalan or Menorcan sugar also means sweet. The name Ses Sucreres therefore could mean ‘The Sweet Ladies’.
What has been the biggest reward for you since opening the hotels?
The biggest reward running these two hotels is to see people happy and appreciative of the atmosphere we’ve created. They feel the same about the place, just like my husband and I.