Meliá Hotels International has announced the upcoming opening of the Villa Le Blanc hotel, combining luxury and sustainability under the Gran Meliá brand. The property will be the group's first 5-star hotel on the island of Menorca.
The hotel will have 159 rooms, some with private swimming pools, and will feature large terraces and porches, typical of Mediterranean architecture, which intermingle outdoor and indoor spaces. The Villa Le Blanc hotel, located in the Santo Tomás (Es Migjorn) complex, will open its doors this summer.
The hotel is owned by the company Victoria Hotels& Resorts, created in 2021 with the participation of Meliá, Bankinter and other investors who are clients of the bank, with GMA acting as the managing partner.
This new property is the result of the renovation of the former Sol Beach House, carried out by the architect Álvaro Sans. The project has been designed as a prototype of an efficient and environmentally friendly hotel, incorporating state-of-the-art facilities and technologies that will enable it to reduce its emissions by 87%.
In addition, the hotel will explore alternatives for offsetting the remaining emissions to achieve carbon neutrality, one of the company's goals. In particular, the building's air conditioning systems will use seawater to exchange energy, improving efficiency and reducing electricity consumption by up to 40%.
The property has already been awarded the Rethink prize for the best hospitality sustainability and renovation project by the Habitat Futura group. The group's ambition with this hotel project is "not only to improve the island's ability to attract higher quality tourism, but also to make Menorca an international benchmark for efficient and environmentally friendly hotels".
On the gastronomic front, it will offer cuisine based on local products in its various restaurants.
The Villa Le Blanc-Gran Meliá hotel will be the best demonstration of what the partners of Victoria Hotels & Resorts can achieve together, fulfilling our objectives of renovating and repositioning emblematic hotels to give them a new stage of splendour and multiplying the value they generate for their shareholders and for the destinations.
Víctor Martí, founder and CEO of GMA
Villa Le Blanc is a dream come true for our company. Carrying out a project like this, which allows us to move forward in the decarbonisation of hotels, and moreover in a place as special as Menorca, a biosphere reserve, is the most tangible result of the strategic commitment that Meliá is making to promote a hotel operator model based on excellence, responsibility and sustainability.
Gabriel Escarrer, Executive Vice President and CEO of Meliá Hotels International
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