The luxury hotel and retreat offshoot of Richard Branson’s company has started construction on a new 28-room hotel on its 810-acre Son Bunyola Estate in Mallorca.
The hotel will be designed to have a green carbon footprint. A biomass boiler, fuelled by recycled wood chippings, alongside residual energy from the air-con and refrigeration systems will provide it with hot water.
Improved insulation and a smart system controlling lighting, air-con and power will ensure energy loss is minimised. Hotel water will further be collected and reused for irrigation on the grounds, which are situated on a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A centrepiece of the new hotel will be the existing finca (ranch) on the estate’s grounds. Gras Architects and Rialto Living will restore the finca using traditional and local materials in order to ensure the historic integrity of the existing structures.
Alongside the finca, the estate’s former bakery and olive press as well as other adjoining buildings will form the new luxury hotel. 28 rooms and suites will accommodate guests, it will feature lounges, terraces, two restaurants and a pool. Two Tower suites will frame the hotel’s façade, one of which is a restored 15th century defence tower.
The Son Bunyola Hotel is due to open in summer 2023.
Celebrating and preserving the heritage of this important Mallorcan landmark has been at the very forefront of our restoration plans throughout […] this is of course combined with our commitment to sustainability, something which is ingrained in everything we do – from energy saving to rainwater harvesting and environmental protection.
Jon Brown, Managing Director of Virgin Limited Edition
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