Gabriel Escarrer and Rafa Nadal on Wednesday evening. | Jason Moore


On Wednesday evening, Rafa Nadal and Gabriel Escarrer, the CEO of Meliá Hotels International, celebrated the official opening of the first Zel hotel in Palmanova. The intention is for worldwide development of the brand over the next five years.

Gabriel Escarrer of Meliá and Rafa Nadal at the official opening of Zel Mallorca in Palmanova

Nadal has spoken of the personal chemistry there is between him and Escarrer and has stressed how important this has been in establishing the venture. And that chemistry was certainly on show on Wednesday, as the two waited for invited guests, who were expected to number around 300.