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Where we come from

Reclaiming the history

The identity of our estate is inseparably linked to its history. Thus, in the process of recovery, one of the cornerstones has been its trajectory, which we expand with the experiences that, as diners, visitors, and guests, you contribute to making it grow.

  • History


  • Renovation


  • Milestones


  • Eight centuries of history

    Sant Joan de Binissaida is a rustic estate, known as "llocs" in Menorca, originating from the ancient Alquería de Binissaida, in the municipality of Es Castell, which we find mentioned in the early documents written by Jaume II a few years after the Catalan conquest of Menorca in 1287.

    The ancient cavalry of Binissaida, a name with clear Arab roots, "Bani Said" (from the sons of Said), was subject over the years to numerous divisions that generated a series of independent rustic estates, which, however, maintain a connection through the toponym.

    As a consequence of the economic, commercial, and maritime expansion experienced by the island of Menorca (especially the city of Maó) during the 18th century, a new economic class emerged—the ascendancy—with distinctly bourgeois roots. They invested part of their surplus in the purchase of rustic estates, where they built manor houses such as Sant Joan de Binissaida.


  • Current renovation

    In 1994, the Quintana Seguí family acquired the Sant Joan de Binissaida estate, which required urgent maintenance and renovation.

    In fact, the house was in a deplorable state, with uninhabitable spaces, minimal facilities, and deteriorated structures. Many of the ethnological assets of the estate, such as the sínia and the bouer, also needed to be recovered. Finally, the cultivated fields had never been cleared, and the dry stone walls surrounding them had not been reconstructed, requiring a significant investment to turn them into mechanizable fields.

    Determined to restore all the built structures and prepare the lands for agricultural, livestock, and forestry use, the property initiated the reforestation of six hectares. The rest were dedicated to olive cultivation, planted between 2013 and 2021. In total, from 1994 to today, more than 3000 trees have been planted on the estate, creating a natural landscape of great beauty. Since 2021, the agricultural operation has obtained the qualification of "organic farm" from the Autonomous Community.

    Regarding the built structures, after deciding to turn this estate into a charming hotel, the property commissioned the renovation of the building to the young architect and landscaper Elisabet Quintana Seguí. The house was reconstructed between 1998 and 2002.

    In 2000, the sínia was rehabilitated after studying the ethnological elements with which it had been initially built. Today, it contains water and operates as it did in ancient times. Additionally, the old bread oven was restored and is currently usable.


  • The most important milestones of the estate's recovery

    • 2004: The agrotourism Sant Joan de Binissaida is inaugurated, with 7 rooms.
    • 2004-2005: The old cattle barn was rehabilitated, maintaining its structure and character, creating a stark contrast with the design materials used inside. The play area was established, and the entire pool area was reconstructed.
    • 2008: Most of the ground floor of the house was rebuilt, transforming it into a large avant-garde restaurant with a kitchen equipped with the latest technological advances. The Wagner and Strauss Suites on the second floor were also renovated.
    • 2009: The Envelat was inaugurated, a large covered pergola with a private garden, ideal for organizing events and celebrations in an exceptional setting.
    • 2009: The space that had formerly housed the large hall of the house was converted into a spacious and bright suite, with high ceilings and views over the cultivated fields and the entrance to the Port of Mahón.
    • 2013: The gastronomic group Ses Forquilles took the leadership of the Binissaida Restaurant, whose gastronomic proposal and menu it has been responsible for since then.
    • 2017: A green filter was created following the guidelines of the GOB, which reuses water not used for irrigation on the estate.
    • 2018: Three new rooms were constructed, respecting the green areas of the estate to the maximum: Mahler, Britten, and Stravinski. The Junior Suite Verdi was also renovated and turned into a single-space room with views of the entrance to the Port of Mahón.
    • 2021: Having increased oil production and with the clear intention of consolidating the brand, the oil mill was built on the land of the same farm, where, since then, the olive harvest from Sant Joan de Binissaida has been processed and also that of other estates in Menorca.


Binissaida Location
10 min from the centre of  Maó
15 min from the  Airport
10 min from the port of  Maó.
10 min  walk  from the sea
20 min from the Son Parc  golf course