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Tourist Dies After Cliff Dive On Spain's Mallorca Takes Tragic Twist With Girlfriend Recording It On Phone – Olive Press News Spain




A Dutch tourist died on Thursday afternoon after a 25-metre cliff dive on the Malgrats Islands off the coast of Santa Ponsa in Mallorca.

The holidaymaker, 31, had sailed from Santa Ponsa with his girlfriend and young son.

He climbed up to the cliff top and dived into the sea at around 1.45 pm.

His partner videoed the dive on her mobile phone.

Unfortunately the tourist misjudged the jump and crashed into the rocks at the bottom.

His body then sunk into the water.

Guardia Civil divers and the Maritime Rescue service were pressed into action and recovered the body.

It was taken to the Santa Ponsa Yacht club along with his partner, who received counselling.

An autopsy said that despite suffering injuries like a broken arm and hip, the loss of consciousness caused him to drown.

It was the second tourist death within five hours on Thursday in the same part of Mallorca.

As previously reported by the Olive Press, a British tourist died after falling off a hotel balcony in Magaluf at around 8.30 am.


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Football Woes: Sunderland Fan Flies Via Menorca To Watch Wembley Match As Cheaper Than Train – Olive Press News Spain




A SUNDERLAND football fan has decided to fly to London via Menorca as it’s cheaper than a rail ticket to reach Wembley.

James Jelly, 33, bought the flight tickets plus an overnight stay on the Balearic Island for £51, far cheaper than the £161.99 cost of a direct flight from Newcastle or a rail ticket.

The flights to Menorca from Newcastle and then back to Stansteds cost less than £23 with Ryanair and gave Jelly the opportunity to spend a morning on the holiday island.

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James Jelly (far left) with his mates, some of whom he says have paid £300 for the round trip.

Photo: James Jelly Facebook.

“There’s some out there that have been ridiculously priced. I looked up flights from Newcastle to Heathrow and it was £161.99 return and I thought ‘I’m not paying that,” Jelly told The Lad Bible.

Sunderland will play Wycombe in the Football League One Promotions play off final on Saturday at Wembley.


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Woman Arrested In Ibiza Over Threatening Diners With A Knife At Burger King Restaurant – Olive Press News Spain




A WOMAN has been arrested for threatening diners with a knife in a Burger King restaurant on the Spanish island of Ibiza.

The incident took place just before 9.30pm on Wednesday in a branch of the fast food chain in Ibiza Port on the Balearic Island.

The 24-year-old woman behaved aggressively while holding a knife, which she refused to throw on the ground as ordered by police until an officer pulled out a gun to convince her.

She reportedly entered the Burger King with her partner who was going to retrieve a phone charger from a friend inside the restaurant who had borrowed it.

When the friend refused to return the charger, the accused took out a knife and threatened him. Even once she had discarded the gun on the ground to the police man’s demand, she continued to threaten the friend, pointing her finger at him and making gestures of cutting her throat, before lying down on the floor.

Officers arrested the woman, who was reportedly known to the police as a trouble maker.


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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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Virgin Limited Edition, Sa Punta, Son Bunyola, Mallorca
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