Luxury with Asian roots comes to Mallorca: it will be the Mandarin Oriental Punta Negra

Luxury with Asian roots comes to Mallorca: it will be the Mandarin Oriental Punta Negra

The group that owns the Ritz in Madrid will make its debut on the island with the hotel on the Costa d’en Blanes – A Estudio Lamela, which rehabilitates the Four Seasons Formentor, and the firm HKS, joined Laura Gonzalez, a reference in design for the exclusive companies

What was already an open secret has finally become official: the luxury with Asian roots arrives in Mallorca thanks to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, the owners of the Ritz in Madrid will make their debut on the island, “in one of the most coveted places”, with the management of the H10 Punta Negra until last summer. The Hong Kong group and Blassom Property Investments, the investment fund that bought the hotel from the Blanes family, are advancing what will be the historic complex on the Costa d’en Blanes, Calvià, called Mandarin Oriental Hotel Punta Negra. Its opening is planned for the summer of 2024.

The Asian company, owner and operator of luxury hotels, residences and resorts, which combines “oriental heritage, local culture and unique design”, and the investment company with real estate projects in Spain and Portugal have formalized their agreement through a statement. in which they reveal in part what the new Punta Negra will look like after the reconstruction and redesign of the complex that between 2003 and the 2022 season operated as the four-star H10 Punta Negra Boutique Hotel. The work is already underway and the total investment, with the purchase of the property and its repositioning, Blassom puts the figure at 200 million.

With its transformation into a luxury resort, it reduces the number of rooms, as Blasson had already suggested in this newspaper, to increase its size. It will have 131 rooms including 44 suites and nine bungalows located on the beachfront. They will have full or partial coastal views, outdoor terraces or balconies, and private deep panoramic pools.

The Punta Negra reform takes advantage of the 8/2020 decree that allows hotel expansions up to 15%, to modernize facilities, and was approved by the government during the pandemic crisis.

When it opened in 1966, it had two floors, 45 rooms and 9 bungalows surrounded by pine trees.

The commitment to gastronomy will be another of the attributes of the Mandarin Oriental Punta Negra. It will offer “a variety of local and international restaurants”, and will become “a perfect destination for locals and visitors”. It will also be used to organize indoor and outdoor events, also with the aim of enjoying the attraction of Mallorca for the celebration of weddings, enjoying the garden that surrounds the complex.

Spa and swimming pools

The oriental style that characterizes the hotel group will be complemented by the resort ‘s exclusive spa, with an indoor pool, which will offer the therapies and treatments characteristic of the hotel group, “with an approach inspired by local nature”.

There will be three additional pools throughout the resort and guests will have access to water sports and a kids club.

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Punta Negra highlights in this first presentation the “natural beauty” that surrounds the complex which extends “over 3 hectares of cliffs and landscaped gardens that cascade towards the sea, offering unique access to two coves surrounded by crystal clear waters”, in addition to its “ideal location” in Calvià, “one of the most exclusive municipalities” of Mallorca and its proximity to Puerto Portals, the historical monuments of Palma and the airport.

Design with Majorcan references

The “contemporary” reconstruction and redesign of the complex is being carried out by HKS, an American firm, and the architectural studio Estudio Lamela – which is also involved in the remodeling of the Four Seasons Formentor and is distinguished by its “strong sustainability credentials”. – .

The interior design, with “many local cultural references,” is supervised by Laura Gonzalez, the Spanish-born Parisian (hence her unaccented last name) who has left her mark on hotels such as the Saint James Paris, restaurants and luxury boutiques. including Cartier. Gonzalez, who trained at the Paris-Malaquais School of Architecture, has been named Designer of the Year 2019 by Maison&Objet, a French trade show that stands out among the most relevant at the European level in the sector.

“We are thrilled with this opportunity to bring the legendary Mandarin Oriental service to this extraordinary Balearic resort ,” said James Riley, CEO of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Regarding his collaboration with Blasson in Punta Negra, he emphasizes that they will develop “a luxury hotel whose design and construction are based on a strong spirit of sustainability.”

Third hotel in Spain

The Mandarin Oriental Punta Negra becomes the third hotel of the Asian group in Spain, where it owns the Mandarin Oriental Ritz, in Madrid, and the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, on Passeig de Gràcia. “We are excited to expand Mandarin Oriental’s presence to another major entertainment destination in Europe,” says Riley. The Hong Kong-based group will also open Mandarin Cosa Navarino in Greece next summer.

“We are thrilled to partner with one of the most prestigious brands in luxury hospitality on this exciting project,” said Francisco J. Meliá, of Blasson. The Punta Negra, scheduled to open in the second half of 2024, will allow its “visitors to enjoy the legendary Mandarin Oriental service.” Meliá, responsible for the company’s business management and in charge of investor relations, believes that it is “a unique opportunity to create a new hotel with such an exceptionally emblematic location” as Punta Negra on the Costa d’ in Blanes.

Blasson is also behind the Kimpton Aysla Mallorca, in Santa Ponça, which opened last summer and which they manage. The 79-room property marked the entry of the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG ) into the island with Kimpton, its boutique hotel brand.

IHG has also been in the news recently for its alliance with Iberostar .The Mallorcan company has joined the global hotel giant’s brands.

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