Sir Richard Branson on plans for the Son Bunyola estate. | Owen Billcliffe
Sir Richard Branson’s love affair with Majorca, which was marred with disputes with the local authorities over his plans for the Son Bunyola estate, never really ended and proof of this is that at the end of 2015 he repurchased the sprawling Son Bunyola estate perched on the coast in Banyalbufar. Some 15 years ago, Sir Richard told the Bulletin that he wanted to transform Son Bunyola into the "best eco-resort in Europe", but the local authorities had other ideas and after a brutal battle with the local mayor and some other bodies opposed to his plan, he pulled out of Majorca, selling the emblematic La Residencia Hotel in Deya as well. But he did not sell Son Bunyola lock and stock.