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IN PICS: First Look At Richard Branson’s Luxury New Hotel Planned For Converted 15th Century Finca In Spain's Mallorca – Olive Press News Spain




BRITISH entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson flew into Mallorca this week to look around Virgin Limited Edition’s latest tourism project: the restoration of a 15th century finca into a luxury hotel resort.

Here we can share the first photos from the Son Bunyola Estate which is being redeveloped into a 28 room hotel nestled in the most beautiful valley in the Serra de Tramuntana region, a Unesco World Heritage site on Mallorca’s north-western coast.

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The ancient terracess at the Son Bunyola Estate. All photos from Virgin Limited Edition

The hotel, which is due to be ready to welcome the first guests in summer 2023, converts an historic building into one of the most exclusive hotels in Spain boasting ‘incredible views of the surrounding countryside’.

“One of the most wonderful things about Virgin Limited Edition properties is being able to protect beautiful pieces of land, empower local communities, and breathe new life into historic places,” wrote Branson after his recent visit to the resort.  

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How the 28-room hotel will look. All photos from Virgin Limited Edition

“Everything is being so carefully considered and you can see how traditional and local materials are central to the hotel’s design. There’s a clever combination of new design with beautiful historic elements such as wood, stone arches, wrought ironwork and traditional rendering.”

“The whole estate is such a special place – surrounded by mountains, vines, citrus tree, almond trees, and olive trees,”  explained Sir Richard who has been a regular visitor the island over the last three decades.

“Whenever I go, I spend as much time as possible outdoors – cycling, hiking, walking, eating paella in the courtyard, and drinking the local wines. It’s just magical.”

The hotel comprises the main finca and the tafone (mill), and will have two restaurants as well as dining terraces and an ‘impressive swimming pool’.

The 28 rooms and suites will include two ‘showcase’ Tower Suites – one of which was originally a medieval defence tower built in the 15th century.

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All photos from Virgin Limited Edition

It also pledges to be an eco-resort with hot water pre-heated using energy collected from the air conditioning and refrigeration cooling systems and using a biomass boiler powered by recycled wood chippings.

Jon Brown, Managing Director of Virgin Limited Edition, commented: “The north-western coast of Mallorca has always been a very special place for Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Limited Edition. We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to restore this beautiful monument and honour its rich history, and look forward to welcoming another small luxury hotel to our portfolio.”

For those who like the location but want more privacy there are already three villas on the estate with rates for one week all inclusive starting at €26,495 in high season (From June to September).

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Wife Goes Berserk In Violent Attack On Drunk Husband For Refusing To Drive Car In Spain's Mallorca – Olive Press News Spain




A Mallorca woman lashed out at her husband on Tuesday morning for refusing to drive home because he had too much to drink.

The man would not break the law and ordered a taxi, much to the displeasure of his wife.

Once in the Palma cab, the 35-year-old Spanish woman launched into a non-stop assault of her partner, much to the astonishment of the taxi driver.

The quick-witted cabby drove to a Policia Nacional base at around 6.50 am and called for help from a parked patrol car.

Despite the change of route, the violence continued unabated as officers witnessed what was happening.

The woman was dragged out of the car and arrested.

The victim, at first glance, had bruises and scratches all over his face and neck.

He refused to press charges against his partner, but she was still carted off to the police station cells.

Her husband was treated by paramedics.

The taxi driver told police that at no time did the man defend himself or even strike his wife.


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Man Killed In Cliff Jump On Mallorca Named As Dutch Footballer Mourad Lambarette – Olive Press News Spain




THE tourist who plummeted to his death from a cliff in Mallorca last week has been identified as famous Dutch football player Mourad Lambarette from Arnhem.

The ex-football player for Vitesse, a team in the Netherlands, died when he jumped from a 22-meter cliff into the sea in the  Islas Malgrats de Santa Ponca last Thursday, May 12 at 1.45pm.

The 31-year-old who was on holiday with his partner and son in Calvia misjudged the leap and crashed into rocks below before rolling into the sea.

His partner who was on a boat off shore filmed his leap on her mobile phone and was broadcasting live on social media when it went tragically wrong,

She could be heard screaming “Oh my God” at the moment of impact.

Divers from the Guardia Civil retrieved the body some 15 metres from the shore after a search with a boat and helicopter. A post mortem revealed that as well as suffering injuries like a broken arm and hip, the loss of consciousness caused him to drown.

“Vitesse has received the sad news that Mourad Lamrabatte has tragically died,” the Eredivisie side said in a statement on Twitter.

Vitesse heeft het droevige bericht ontvangen dat Mourad Lamrabatte is overleden. De voormalig aanvaller van Jong Vitesse is slechts 31 jaar geworden.

We wensen familie en vrienden veel sterkte en kracht toe ? #Vitesse

— Vitesse (@MijnVitesse) May 13, 2022

“We wish all his family members a lot of strength in this sad time,” they added.

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British Boy, 16, Quizzed Over Alleged Rape Of British Girl Staying In Same Mallorca Hotel In Spain – Olive Press News Spain




A British teenager, 16, has been arrested for allegedly raping a British girl of the same age at a Sa Coma hotel in Mallorca.

The girl’s mother burst into a hotel room to witness the aggressor abusing her daughter and screamed for help.

The Guardia Civil detained the youth on Monday after being called by hotel staff.

The boy maintains that his sexually encounter with the girl was consensual.

The female teenager had been staying for a few days at the hotel with her parents and sister.

The two girls met the boy on Monday afternoon and hung out with him in his room.

One of the sisters left the room while the 16-year-old kissed the boy.

The girl told the Guardia that she did not want to go any further but the boy would have none of it.

He’s accused of violently throwing her onto his bed and then raping her.

The boy is being held at the Guardia barracks in Monacor as investigations continue.


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