Mandarin Oriental Announces a New Luxury Resort in Mallorca, Spain

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new beach resort in one of the most sought-after locations on the island of Mallorca, Spain, scheduled to open during the second half of 2024.

The new luxury resort is being developed by Spanish based Blasson Property Investments and comprises a significant reconstruction and redesign of the former H10 Punta Negra hotel which occupies an iconic peninsula on the Costa d’en Blanes in the southwest of the island. Following the completion of the renovation, the hotel will be named Mandarin Oriental Punta Negra, Mallorca.

Surrounded by natural beauty, the resort spreads over 3 hectares of landscaped cliff tops and gardens cascading down to the sea, where it offers unique access to two coves surrounded by crystalline waters. The property is ideally located within Calvià, one of the most exclusive municipalities of the island, and close to key attractions such as the Portals port, the historical landmarks of the capital Palma de Mallorca, and the international airport.

Mandarin Oriental Punta Negra, Mallorca will feature 131 guestrooms, including 44 suites and nine bungalows located just a few steps from the waterfront. The spacious accommodation will provide full or partial sea views, outdoor terraces or balconies, some of which offer private panoramic plunge pools.

A wide range of cuisines will be offered at a variety of local and international restaurants, making it a destination for locals and visitors alike. Indoor and outdoor event spaces will provide a chic backdrop for meetings and social gatherings, including a garden ideal for wedding celebrations.

A comprehensive Spa at Mandarin Oriental will offer the Group’s signature wellness therapies and beauty treatments, with a focus on local nature-inspired programmes. The spa includes an indoor swimming pool, while three outdoor pools are located across the resort. Guests will also have access to a wide range of water-sports as well as a comprehensive Children’s Club.

The resort’s new contemporary design is being created by HKS, Estudio Lamela, an award-winning Spanish architect practice with strong sustainability credentials, while the interior design, featuring many local cultural references, is overseen by award winning designer, Laura Gonzalez.

James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, said, “We are delighted at this opportunity to bring Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service to this extraordinary beachfront resort in the Balearics, and we look forward to collaborating with Blasson Property Investments to develop a luxury hotel that will be designed and constructed with a strong sustainability ethos. Mandarin Oriental Punta Negra, Mallorca will be a welcome complement to our hotels in Barcelona and Madrid and we are extremely pleased to be expanding Mandarin Oriental’s presence into another important leisure destination in Europe.”

“We are pleased to partner with one of the most prestigious brands in luxury hospitality on this exciting project, which will offer visitors an outstanding luxury resort where they can relax in comfort and enjoy the legendary service of Mandarin Oriental. This is a rare opportunity to create a new hotel with such an iconic location in the beautiful island of Mallorca,” said Francisco J. Meliá of Blasson Property Investments.

As the largest of the Balearic islands, Mallorca enjoys a mild climate with warm summers and mild winters. The island is known for its pristine beaches, natural parks and mountainous landscape.

About Blasson Property Investments

Blasson is a property investment firm with presence in Spain and Portugal. We believe in uniqueness, quality and a job well done. Thanks to our years of experience in the property investment sector, we develop high-quality assets, working closely with our investors, partners, institutions, and the most exclusive international hotel operators.

About Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from its Asian roots into a global brand, the Group now operates 36 hotels and nine residences in 24 countries and territories, with each property reflecting the Group’s oriental heritage, local culture and unique design. Mandarin Oriental has a strong pipeline of hotels and residences under development, and is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.

Maybourne Hotel Group Announces The Emory for Winter 2023

Maybourne Hotel Group, operator of London’s most legendary and prestigious hotels Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley, announces a new addition to the group with the opening of The Emory, its fourth hotel in the capital. The Emory, a modern architectural masterpiece designed by the late Richard Rogers and Ivan Harbour of architectural firm RSHP, will be located on Knightsbridge and is set to open Winter 2023. This will be the group’s sixth hotel, including its two international properties The Maybourne Beverly Hills and The Maybourne Riviera.

The Emory will herald a new standard of contemporary design and discreet luxury including a private, understated entrance on Old Barrack Yard. With its striking ‘sails’ structure soaring above the treetops of Hyde Park, this all-suite hotel will boast 60 extraordinary, light-filled suites set over 9 floors complete with a spectacular penthouse designed by Rigby & Rigby. Each floor will showcase the aesthetic of a different world class interior designer including Alexandra Champalimaud, André Fu, Pierre Yves Rochon, Rémi Tessier and Patricia Urquiola. United by their exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail, the spacious suites will offer guests a world of privacy set within an architectural wonder.

With an unparalleled 360 degree view of the capital, the hotel’s spectacular rooftop will be the jewel in its crown – an entirely private, sweeping space dedicated to hotel guests only.

The progressive spirit of The Emory is also showcased in the hotel’s culinary offering, with world famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten introducing his highly acclaimed ABC concept of fresh, local and conscious cuisine to London for the very first time from his beloved Manhattan outpost.

Beneath ground, a newly created innovative wellness space, with a 22 metre pool, will be set across four floors for guests of The Emory.

Renowned hotelier Knut Wylde will be General Manager of The Emory in addition to his existing role as General Manager of The Berkeley.

Commenting on the addition of The Emory to Maybourne Hotel Group, CEO Gianluca Muzzi said “This is our first new London property in 50 years, and we believe it will be a truly ground breaking new addition to our distinguished hotel family. We plan to bring the inspiration and creative energy that have made our other hotels so notable, whilst also making The Emory a world class hub of art and culture. This opening further cements our vision and commitment to growing Maybourne Hotel Group, and heralds a bold new future for the company.”

About Maybourne Hotel Group

Maybourne Hotel Group owns and manages Claridge’s, The Connaught, The Berkeley, The Maybourne Beverly Hills and The Maybourne Riviera, some of the world’s most legendary luxury hotels. Maybourne Hotel Group is committed to inspiring extraordinary experiences that reflect the individual nature of its hotels, its guests and its staff whilst maintaining a timeless and intuitive service style that are the hallmarks of its priorities.

EKN Development Group Joins Forces with Appellation to Open First Experiential Boutique Hotel in Petaluma, California

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. – Experienced developer EKN Development Group partners with culinary-first hotel brand Appellation – co-founded by luxury hospitality veteran Christopher Hunsberger and celebrated American chef Charlie Palmer – to launch Appellation Petaluma, California’s first experiential boutique hotel. Debuting in 2026, the 93-room property will set a new standard for hospitality in the destination, while embracing Petaluma’s local place, culture and rich history.

The Downtown Petaluma property will bring renowned local James Beard award-winning chef Charlie Palmer, who has spent three decades immersed in the community and continues to play an integral part in elevating the region’s food scene.

“From the beginning, we intentionally designed this hotel to pay homage to the integral role that food and wine play in Petaluma,” said Ebbie Nakhjavani, CEO of EKN Development Group. “We chose Appellation to bring this project to life because they uniquely put the culinary experience at the forefront of the guest experience and can offer a local Sonoma County perspective. Under Charlie and Christopher’s leadership, we know they will deliver the best in the industry.”

As with all Appellation properties, the culinary experience will go well beyond the hotel’s food and beverage venues. Food-focused amenities and programming will be blended into every aspect of the hotel, many of which will embrace the destination’s burgeoning culinary scene. The five-story Appellation Petaluma will also be crowned with the only rooftop bar in town, with spectacular views of Petaluma River.

“Chris and I are lucky to call Sonoma County our home, and over the years, we’ve had our eye on Petaluma as an emerging culinary destination in the region,” says Appellation co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Charlie Palmer. “With its bohemian, metropolitan setting, Petaluma will offer our future guests a different experience in Wine Country compared to other Sonoma County counterparts like Healdsburg, where we will be opening our first hotel next year.”

Beyond award-winning vintages coming out of the Petaluma Gap, the destination is often referenced as ‘Wine Country’s best kept secret,’ brimming with historic buildings, boutiques, art galleries and eateries.

“Petaluma is characterized by traditions that have been passed down for generations by local farmers, vintners, and artists. The town has an energy unlike any other in Wine Country with such an emphasis on history, art and culture,” said Nakhiavani. “Honoring Petaluma’s rich arts scene, we will invest over $500,000 in art including specifically commissioned signature pieces from local artists that will be accessible to everyone in the community.”

“We are committed to building hotels that connect, engage and serve our local communities, and a big part of that is spotlighting local makers and craftspeople,” says Appellation co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Christopher Hunsberger.

Appellation Petaluma will host a full calendar of activities for guests and locals via Crafted at Appellation, the brand’s experiential learning program in partnership with community makers and artisans. Ahead of Appellation Petaluma’s opening, Crafted at Appellation will begin hosting programming in 2023, which will be available to book by Petaluma residents and visitors.

For more information, please visit appellationhotels.com/petaluma.

About Appellation

Appellation, meaning “to give a name to a place,” crafts unparalleled culinary-centered places of hospitality that immerse guests in the uniquely local aspects of exceptional destinations. The first hotel brand born from the merger of culinary and hospitality, Appellation is about comfort and connection over formality and extravagance – perfectly blending luxury amenities with real world experiences born of this place. The company is the vision of co-founders Charlie Palmer, one of America’s best-known chefs who arguably created the successful hotel restaurant model, and Christopher Hunsberger, who spent over 30 years in strategic leadership roles with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. When the first Appellation hotels open in Sun Valley (ID), Healdsburg (CA) and Pacific Grove (CA), they will set a new standard for immersion in culinary, culture and community that can only be found “here.” To learn more, visit www.appellationhotels.com.

About EKN Development Group

EKN Development specializes in developing timeless projects that capture the essence of the local community and personifies the spirit of each location. EKN believes in creating transformative places that provide a location for human connection and enrichment. Guided by our creative vision and decades of experience, we deliver human-centric, state-of-the-art resorts and projects that transcend materiality. To deliver on our vision, we capitalize on our distinct expertise to pursue unique locations with diverse demand drivers and high barriers-to-entry. EKN is dedicated to creating the outstanding spaces of tomorrow that draw visitors and locals together, encourage economic growth, and stand the test of time. To learn more, visit www.ekndevelopment.com.