Palma de Mallorca, 09th Feb 12
GOOD NEWS FOR MALLORCA IN 2012
More investment, more flights, more events and more attractions are just some of the new things happening/opening Mallorca this year. Here with a round-up of the highlights.
Sol Hotels announce new Calvia Beach Resort complex for Magaluf
Sol Hotels part of the Melia Hotels International chain, has announced the opening of its’ new Calvia Beach Resort development in June of this year. This holiday resort complex will join four key sea front hotels; Sol Antillas, Sol Barbados, Royal Beach and the Mallorca Beach (the latter two owned by Melia Hotels International’s joint venture partner Evertaas).
All four hotels are in the process of being completely refurbished and transformed into the new beach resort complex which is set to revitalize this area of Magaluf’s beach front offering a modern sports/leisure/lifestyle beach club concept under the Nikki Beach and Wave House brands.
Magaluf is one of Mallorca’s best known holiday resorts and where the first British package holiday was started on the island in the 1960’s. Over the years the resort has undergone several transformations to satisfy the developing needs of today’s holidaymaker. This phase of Magaluf’s redevelopment is part of an ambitious upgrade of the resort’s key hotels and surrounding area over the next eight years. http://es.solmelia.com/home.htm
Ryanair Makes Palma its new Hub
The low cost air carrier, Ryanair will open its 49th hub in Palma de Mallorca next month and it will base four 737-800s at the airport from this summer and increase the number of destinations serving the route from 30 to 47. The new destinations include Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Mainland Spain and Cork, Ireland. This move will offer more choice and improve access to the island year round. www.ryanair.com
In addition, Easyjet, Monarch Airlines and Jet 2 are both featuring new routes and more frequency from the UK. www.easyjet.com www.monarch.co.uk
Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa set to open in March 2012
The famous Jumeirah Group will open its first hotel in Spain in Puerto Soller, Mallorca next month. The hotel, which is located on the headland above the entrance to the Port of Soller on the west coast of Mallorca with magnificent views across the town, the mountains, the sea and the coastline. The hotel will feature 120 rooms and suites, 5 restaurants and bars, an infinity pool, a Talise Spa, fitness facilities, 3 meeting rooms and a ballroom. www.jumeirah.com/en/Hotels-and-Resorts/New-Openings/Mallorca/Jumeirah-Port-Soller-Hotel--Spa/The-Hotel/
Palma Art Brunch Saturday, March 24th
Over 10 art galleries and three museums including Es Baluard, Solleric and Ses Voltes will participate in Palma’s first brunch presentation of their latest works. This is scheduled to start at 11.00 – 13.00 on Saturday, March 24thand visitors will be invited to taste “brunch” style snacks prepared by local celebrity chefs whilst viewing local, national and international artworks. www.palmabrunch.com
More upcoming art events include the Palma Photo Exhibition on June 14th and Palma’s “Nit de Art” on September 20th. www.artpalmaphoto.com
Mallorca’s First Go Kart Gran Prix – April 14 & 15
The island’s first Go Kart Gran Prix will be launched this year in the new superyacht harbour of Puerto Adriano (south west Mallorca) which has recently been completed by French designer Phillipe Starck. The rally is being organised by Mallorca Driving who launched the Isla de Mallorca Classic Car Rally eight years ago.
The event will be held over two days with free practices, qualifying, races and a grand prix final and includes 3 race streams, 30 go kart teams (5 drivers per team) with service crews and fuel included. Entry prices for private teams start at 200€ per driver, per day. Registration by March 20th, information: www.mallorcagokart.com
New Jetty for Mega Cruise Liners to open this summer in Palma
This summer Palma will, for the first time, be able to welcome mega cruise ships when the new West Quay is complete. The extension of the existing port area for cruise ships is part of the 23 million euro investment announced in 2009 to enable two cruise ships of up to 380 metres long and 30 metres wide to dock at the same time on the same quay and to further encourage the “mega” cruise ships to visit the port.
Palma now ranks third as a cruising destination in the Mediterranean behind Barcelona and Civitavecchia in Italy attracting over 1 million cruise ship passengers per year.
For further information, please contact:
Mallorca Tourist Board, Dominique Carroll / Anna Skidmore,
Tel:(+34) 971 725 396 Fax: (+34) 971 713 540
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