British entrepreneur Richard Branson has officially inaugurated the Son Bunyola Hotel in the Tramuntana mountains. The planning and implementation of the project took almost 30 years.
Richard Branson's new luxury hotel is a historic 15th century finca. The 500-hectare estate is part of the island's UNESCO World Heritage Site and combines the three fincas Son Balagueret, Sa Punta de S'Aguila and Sa Terra Rotja into one hotel. The complex is located in the middle of the Tramuntana mountains and offers guests an unobstructed view of the Mediterranean Sea.
"Opening this hotel was no easier than launching people into space," Branson told Mallorca magazine. The British entrepreneur owns the Virgin Group, which is active in telecommunications, the music industry and aviation, among other things. The company also includes the Virgin Limited Edition hotel division, which operates exquisite resorts around the world.
Son Bunyola Hotel has 26 rooms and suites designed by local interior designer Rialto Living. The hotel consists of the main finca and tafona, as well as several outbuildings. The Tafona - which used to house the historic olive press - houses two suites with terraces. It also has two tower suites with panoramic views of the mountains and the sea - one of which was once a 13th century medieval defence tower. Furthermore, there is a Mediterranean restaurant and a tapas restaurant run by chef Samuel G. Galdón. Another highlight is the 28-metre-long pool. Prices start at 600 euros per room and night.
The finca was carefully restored during the construction project. All the original features were retained to seamlessly combine the new design with historical elements and to honour the building's rich history. Intricate details can be found in every corner of the new hotel, from the original floor tiles and staircase to the historic oil press and original chapel, which now forms the centrepiece of the hotel's Sa Terrassa restaurant.
Richard Branson says he is a big fan of the island and has long dreamed of his own luxury hotel on the Germans' favourite island. More than 30 years ago, there were already hotel plans for the area, which he owned from 1987 to 2002. But the project failed due to a lack of building permits. He then sold the finca, but bought it back in 2015.
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