Spain’s luxury hotel industry witnessed an exceptional display of talent and creativity at the latest edition of the Beyond Luxury Awards, where the Gran Meliá brand captured the spotlight with three of its most iconic hotels: one in Mallorca, one in Minorca and one in Tenerife.
Inspired by the Spanish concept of ‘buen vivir’, these hotels have been recognised for their exceptional design and, above all, for offering unparalleled gastronomic experiences to their guests. Among those that stand out is the best breakfast in the world. Located in Mallorca, the Hotel de Mar has been recognised for its exceptional gastronomic offer, especially for its 5-stage breakfast devised by the famous Michelin-starred chef, Marga Coll. This breakfast transcends the boundaries of convention, taking guests on a taste and sensory journey lasting over two hours.
This unique culinary experience is an ode to the rich Balearic gastronomic tradition and proves that food can be an essential part of the luxury experience.
Hotel Villa Le Blanc, located on the island of Minorca, took home the coveted award for Best Interior Design. This award recognises the hotel’s respect for its surroundings, highlighting its focus on sustainability and its harmonious integration with the Mediterranean.
Following a refurbishment project carried out by the architectural studio of Álvaro Sans, the hotel has been transformed into a luxury seaside retreat. More than just a place to stay, Villa Le Blanc offers a unique experience where the culture and gastronomy of Minorca intertwine to create unforgettable moments for guests.
On the beautiful island of Tenerife, the Hotel Palacio de Isora has been awarded the prize for the Best Swimming Pool in a luxury hotel. This infinity pool, the largest of its kind in Europe and with panoramic views of the Atlantic, blends perfectly into an exceptional natural environment. This emblematic hotel offers guests an oasis facing the sea and a breathtaking view of Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak.
Gabriel Escarrer Jaume, Best Hotelier of the Year
The award for Best Hotelier of the Year went to Gabriel Escarrer Jaume, Chairman and CEO of Meliá Hotels International. This recognition not only honours his exceptional leadership in the hotel industry, but also his dedication to bringing Spanish luxury excellence to the world. With more than 60 years of experience, Meliá Hotels International has surpassed the mark of 400 hotels open or in the process of opening around the world, consolidating its position as one of the leading global luxury hotel chains.
In addition to these exceptional achievements, Gran Meliá is looking to the future with excitement and ambition. The company is in the process of expanding its portfolio of luxury brands, with a projected growth of more than 40% in the coming years. Among the most anticipated openings are two jewels in Gran Meliá’s crown: Palazzo Cordusio in Milan, due to open in 2023, and Torre Melina, which aims to become a symbol of luxury in the exciting city of Barcelona.
Ultimately, the Beyond Luxury Awards celebrate not only excellence in the hospitality industry, but also the passion and commitment of those who strive to deliver unforgettable experiences to discerning travellers. Gran Meliá, with its dedication to quality, innovation and authenticity, continues to raise the standard of luxury hospitality, leaving an indelible mark on the international hotel scene and proving that Spanish ‘buen vivir’ is truly unparalleled.