05-05-2007A. SEPULVEDA

By Humphrey Carter

Palma.—Majorca and Sir Richard Branson sadly did not part on very good terms  after his plans to transform his estate in Son Bunyola into a luxury eco-resort were frustrated by the local Mayor of Banyalbufar at the time along with  local environmentalists.
He subsuquently upped sticks, sold La Residencia Hotel in Deya and simply developed luxury resorts elsewhere in the world.
But,  news that his son Sam and wife Bella have named their first baby Eva-Deia in tribute to “one of the most beautiful villages in the world”,  was the main topic of conversation in the coffee shops and bars in Deya and Soller  yesterday morning.

As the Bulletin reported yesterday, in a tweet Branson said “We spent many happy times there as a family at our little hotel La Residencia... Perfect names for perfect babies!” Sir Richard proclaimed. But, coffee shop chat yesterday  morning was divided between the story that Branson’s son and daughter-in-law met here in Deya and that was the real reason for the name(Deia).  Another was that she was conceived here...,” according to Shirley Roberts.


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