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New luxury hotel heading for Palma de Mallorca in Spring ’19

Hamish Kilburn

A new luxury hotel in Palma de Mallorca, designed by Swedish interior designer Magnus Ehrland, is slated to open in spring 2019…

A new luxury hotel, El Llorenç Parc de la Mar, will open its doors in the heart of Palma de Mallorca in  spring 2019. Said to be “the first of its kind on the island”, the hotel will boast 35 exclusive guestrooms, Le Labo amenities throughout, two swimming pools, a rooftop bar, a new destination restaurant and a spa in collaboration with Natura Bissé.

The location of El Llorenç combines authentic luxury and tranquillity, situated in La Calatrava, the oldest neighbourhood in the city. The area is a meeting point for all of the cultures that have shaped the Mallorca as it is known today, and the hotel is within walking distance of historical attractions such as the Arab Baths and the famous Catedral de Mallorca.

“El Llorenç Parc de la Mar is a unique hotel that embodies the best of what Mallorca has to offer, whilst also offering something that hasn’t been seen on the island before,” said Joan Comas, the hotel’s general manager. The hotel has the versatility to tailor to the needs of the modern traveller – whether they want to rejuvenate, party or site-see. The hotel delivers on all of the traditional requirements for seamless travel, whilst being modern, innovative and tech-savvy at the same time.”

El Llorenç’s striking interiors are the work of established Swedish interior designer Magnus Ehrland. The hotel’s design offers a new direction in Balearic style, presenting a step away from the well-rehearsed white beach linens and wicker combination, and instead offering a richer aesthetic that – whilst contemporary in spirit – pays homage to the history of Palma. Moorish motifs can be found throughout the hotel’s design, seen throughout the property in authentic dark wood lattice-work and Arab-Mallorcan tiling details.

El Llorenç Parc de le Mar will also be home to one of the most unique gastronomic offerings in the Mediterranean. Spearheaded by renowned Mallorcan chef Santi Taura, the hotel’s restaurant DINS will offer a unique dining experience inspired by the island’s traditional cuisine and made with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

Guests of El Llorenç Parc de la Mar will find themselves in a welcoming and stylish environment perfect for a break at any time of the year. Those coming out during Mallorca’s long summer can enjoy the expansive views of the bay from the rooftop bar, Balinese beds and the largest infinity pool in Palma; for those looking for a restorative break, time can also be spent enjoying the sensational spa, featuring a 14-metre indoor thermal pool and treatment room offering an array of beauty and wellness services curated by Spanish brand, Natura Bissé.

Marcel Wanders

In Conversation: Marcel Wanders – Grand Portals Nous

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He has been dubbed the ‘Lady Gaga’ of design – a moniker I’m not entirely convinced Marcel Wanders fully appreciates – and has been a big name in the industry for more than two decades; his ‘big break’ coming via the ‘Knotted Chair’ in the late 1990s.

But from his Powerhouse studio in Amsterdam with the help of his team of designers, Marcel has realised hundreds of projects – including some notable ones in the hospitality sector. One of the most recently completed is the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous in Mallorca, and about which Hotel Designs caught up with the charismatic and accomplished artist for a short chat…

As I call Marcel, he is relaxing with a cappuccino having just spent a week in Mallorca – the home of his latest hospitality project with IBEROSTAR. After our short introductions and a brief aside about the Mondrian Doha – another of his recent mammoth undertakings – I ask him how he got involved in the Grand Portals Nous. He tells me he is ‘super-excited’ about the project and how much it is going to impact the region’s hospitality scene.

Marcel Wanders - Grand Portals NousHe is not wrong. The property sits atop a stunning beach and Marcel has used this luxurious setting to bring about a truly Mallorquin style through his use of transparencies, whites and reflective surfaces. From the lobby’s bouquet motif to the boundless luxury of the hotel’s 66 rooms, four penthouse suites and five themed suites, guests are truly in for a treat.

“We’ve been working on this project for a long time, it has taken a while to complete this project and the whole building process. We’ve worked for eight years with the developer to create this wonderful place that it has become. It really is a jewel in the crown of the Iberian Peninsula. It has been great to be part of it,” he tells me.

Mallorca is a place close to Marcel’s heart. He clearly adores the place, having completed a similarly spectacular residential project on the island in 2009. I ask him what his inspiration was for this hospitality project.

“As a guest, you want to feel that you are in Mallorca – this beautiful Spanish island. The scenery and views are amazing. So, it was really important for me to make something authentic, that felt like it belonged there in that locale. That can be a difficult thing to achieve – but we wanted to do it in a new way, we didn’t want to do something that had been done before, it needed to be contemporary, modern yet at the same time international.

“It was a challenge to create something ‘of that place’ and authentic, that also delivers that unique Mallorquin character. We spent a lot of time sourcing materials, finishes and architectural features specific to the island – not to mention we had colour palettes that are really special; there is a winter and a summer palette. So the inspiration was definitely from the surrounding area. Guests go there to relax and hang out, but they also want to be excited about the place. For me, all of this was critical when it came to designing the space,” he adds.

Marcel’s attention to detail even went as deep as the design of the hotel’s logo. “Part of that ‘local inspiration’ process was creating a logo – its design inspiration was local flowers found on Mallorca, which bloom in early spring and herald the start of the season and I’m really happy that the bouquet logo celebrates that fact.”

Marcel Wanders - Grand Portals NousMarcel’s work has been carried out around the world on various sectors, so what is it that interests him about designing for hotels? “I have to say that in all things that the team does, we like to do projects where the design is ‘major league’. By that I mean projects where the design is integral to the success of the project. Of course, that comes into every project to an extent, but often people go somewhere because they have to go there. We want to create spaces that people visit because they really want to go there,” he says.

I ask Marcel how it differs from other sectors he has worked in and he enthusiastically tells me why he finds hotels ‘amazing’ to work in. “You get the freedom to really go hard with the design – unlike in a private residence where you might have to quieten that creative streak, create something a little more subdued and which ultimately is less visible to the world. Hotels are definitely our ‘sweet spot’ so to speak, a chance to show off creativity.

“As a designer you really have to be the best you can be, and as it’s a public sphere anybody who uses that space ‘owns’ that space. Therefore a lot of people will see your work, so it’s wonderful to create something a lot of people will use and enjoy.”

Marcel then talks about his early years as a designer and how that mass appeal is part of the appeal. “Starting out in my career as a designer, if we take the example of designing a coffee cup – you work for a long while to make that cup look wonderful and special, and then thousands of people can enjoy it, that’s important to me. It’s nice if one person is really happy with something you’ve created but it’s amazing when you create something of value for a lot of people – and hotels are exactly that.”

With his huge, worldwide reputation for creating statement, high-end interiors Marcel could be forgiven for running away with his vision, but that attitude has never been part of his make-up.

“I think hotels are actually very democratic. With this project – sure, it’s a five-star hotel and if someone wants to stay there for a week, they have to take quite a bit of money. But a person can also enjoy that space by just having a coffee or a drink with friends – I think that’s really cool.

Marcel Wanders - Grand Portals Nous“I remember when I was a kid, I would see spaces and think that’s a great space – like an expensive shop for example, you walk in with only a hundred bucks for the month and everything on sale is five hundred bucks. You’re priced out. But there has never been a hotel I felt I couldn’t go in, because I thought to myself I can always order a cappuccino, I can be a customer here – it was something I appreciated and have tried to do with this project.”

Having also spoken about his Mondrian Doha project, I ask Marcel what the future holds and if there are any exciting projects on the horizon.

“Yes, in fact, Doha was another project we spent a lot of time on and to have two openings in such a short space of time, it makes it look like the team and I do a lot of hotels, but in truth we only started on hotels in 2005 or so and we’ve only completed six or seven hotels in that time. So, it’s not a huge hospitality operation that we’ve created. We try to only do very prestigious projects that take a long time to get right; that require a tremendous amount of detail and research. We definitely pick and choose, but those half-dozen hotels, in the end, have really made their mark as a result – they are special places.”

Does Marcel think there is too much uniformity in hospitality design? “It’s nothing against designers of some hotels, but there’s already so many in the same style – I don’t feel there’s a need for yet another one. We always try to do something really different that stands out and that gives guests a genuine experience. It’s not always easy to find the clients, operators or developers who share that vision of creating something that hasn’t been seen before,” he says.

‘Creating something that keeps the guests coming back for more’, I suggest…

“Yes, exactly – keep the guests coming back! It’s wonderful to get new guests – but no hotel or hospitality client can survive on unique customers alone. Clients have to go away and spread the word, show photos to their friends – and that’s why I was delighted to stay at the hotel last week, I spoke to fellow guests about it and they were suitably impressed; not just with the design but with the service levels which are genuinely excellent. The operator knows exactly what its doing, so I’m super happy and I’m sure the business will grow fast,” Marcel concludes.

With his mercurial touch on show, I can only agree with him – it’s a wonderfully striking property and will be a Mallorquin gem for years to come, I’m sure…

www.grandhotelportalsnous.com

www.marcelwanders.com

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Based on an interview in September 2017

Virgin Limited Edition is excited to share the first images of its newly-opened villa, Son Balagueret, situated on the Son Bunyola Estate

Opening of Virgin Limited Edition’s Son Balagueret this summer

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Virgin Limited Edition is excited to share the first images of its newly-opened villa, Son Balagueret, situated on the Son Bunyola Estate.

The new villa is Son Bunyola’s latest addition following the opening of the first two villas, Sa Terra Rotja and Sa Punta de S’Aguila in summer 2016.

Son Balagueret is spread over three floors and includes a secluded central Courtyard, a private heated swimming pool and panoramic views over the estate and the dramatic coastline.

The villa sleeps up to 6 people in three bedrooms, one of which is located in a unique and historic turret dating back to the 13th century. Rates start from £11,300 at today’s exchange rate for a 7 night stay.

The private estate, with its own gated entrance, is over 700 acres and is located in between Esporles and Banyalbufar on the Northwest coast of Mallorca. At the heart of the estate is an original Finca building dating back to the 1800s surrounded by vines, citrus fruit trees, almond and olive trees.

Park Hyatt Mallorca - Serenitas Spa

Park Hyatt Mallorca unveils Serenitas Spa

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Since its opening on 1st June 2016, Park Hyatt Mallorca is now home to the Serenitas Spa, an exclusive day spa and wellness centre, at the heart of the resort.

Taking inspiration from the island’s azure seas, abundant nature, fragrant aromas and Mediterranean breeze, Serenitas Spa draws on Mallorca’s rich history and cultural heritage to offer guests an unforgettable wellbeing experience. Serenitas Spa is a peaceful oasis, surrounded by landscaped gardens and gorgeous views of the Serra de Llevant Mountains.

Embraced on arrival with aromas of lavender and rosemary, guests can choose from a wide variety of authentic treatments that draw on the hotel’s rural Balearic locale. Treatments incorporate the island’s minerals, herbs, fruits, salt and water, with ingredients such as pine, lavender, almonds, olive oil, citrus and aloe vera. Signature treatments are based on healing ingredients dating back thousands of years and all treatments are individually tailored to meet the needs of every guest. Each treatment is devoted to the complete wellbeing of the body, mind, spirit and soul.

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Bespoke wellness programmes can also be created incorporating activities such as trekking, yoga, Pilates, fitness, water-based activities and nutritive food care.

Serenitas Spa features seven treatment rooms, including two couples treatment rooms, each with their own terrace and bath. Additional features include a room with an alpha quartz sand bed (the only one of its kind on the island), sauna, steam rooms, sensory showers and vitality pool. Guests can also enjoy the Serenitas Spa lounge, a calming relaxation room that opens onto a beautiful outdoor terrace with breath-taking sea and mountain views.

Park Hyatt Mallorca - Serenitas Spa

Dedicated to providing a truly memorable and holistic spa experience, Serenitas offers uncompromised attention to detail in an atmosphere of peace, calm and serenity. Every element of the spa has been created to evoke traditional Mallorcan authenticity and hospitality. Local traditions and philosophies are seamlessly integrated with acclaimed international brands such as ESPA, time honoured rituals and contemporary techniques.

Michael Schmid, General Manager at Park Hyatt Mallorca, says, “We are delighted to unveil our Serenitas Spa. Guests from all around the world can look forward to an enriching wellbeing experience. Serenitas will offer guests a genuine sense of place, the finest, locally inspired spa treatments, world renowned spa brands and exemplary personal service.”

For the more active, a state-of-the-art 24-hour Fitness Centre offers the latest training equipment.