In this place in Mallorca Richard Branson will open “the most luxurious hotel in the Mediterranean”

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Paloma Santamaria

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The British businessman Richard Branson you can make your dream of opening a luxury hotel come true on the island of Mallorca in a privileged environment of the Sierra de Tramuntana. The land, located between Esporles and Banyalbufar, has received approval from the Department of Territori of the Consell de Mallorca to restore the 19th century main house in Son Bunyola as a luxury rural hotel. After years of processing and approval, last March, an essential diligence for the new hotel establishment on a 251-hectare estate within protected rustic soil surrounded by vineyards, citrus, almond trees and hundreds of olive trees.

What will be “the most luxurious hotel in the Mediterranean”, according to Branson himself, will occupy what was the main building called The farm and built in 1880. Rehabilitation work is expected to begin in late spring so that a five-star hotel with 29 rooms and a capacity for 58 guests can open in 2023. The complex will have two swimming pools, one of 173 m2 and the other of 25 m2, but it will not be able to have the tennis courts originally requested.

Richard Branson’s romance, known for his Virgin brand, with Mallorca began more than 30 years ago when in 1987 he bought the Son Bunyola estate with the intention of building a luxury hotel complex. As it is an Asset of Cultural Interest, the Mallorcan administration denied the building licenses and the billionaire English businessman sold it in 2002. In 2015 he repurchased the land for just over 12 million euros.

In addition to the main building, which is now going to be restored, Son Bunyola includes three luxury villas available for exclusive rental: Sa Punta S’Aguila, Sa Terra Rotja and Son Balagueret. With five and four bedrooms, these villas are currently available to reserve for seven nights. There are many famous tenants who know them, such as Sarah Ferguson.

They are Balagueret

Son Balagueret is a traditional four-bedroom villa for up to eight people with beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. The original tower dates back to the 13th century. The all-inclusive villa can be rented from 16,520 euros seven days.

In Terra Rotja

This villa for up to eight adults in four en-suite bedrooms is located near the edge of the estate and a 20-minute walk from the beach. It has a private heated pool. seven nights all inclusive is 19.425 euros in low season.

In Punta S’Aguila

Sa Punta de S’Aguila, built in traditional Mallorcan style, with exposed beam ceilings and terracotta tile floors, has five bedrooms with capacity for ten adults. It has a private heated pool, kitchen, living room and dining room and panoramic views of the sea and the mountains. To rent from 24,300 euros all inclusive seven days.

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