ZEL Mallorca: A Fusion of Mediterranean Charm and Luxury Accommodation

The ZEL Mallorca hotel, a remarkable collaboration between tennis legend Rafael Nadal and Meliá Hotels International, celebrated its highly anticipated opening on June 23rd, coinciding with the vibrant San Juan night.

This remarkable event, attended by a distinguished guest list and brimming with energy, marked the commencement of an extraordinary partnership between Nadal and Meliá Hotels International, the esteemed management company behind this exquisite property. With personal greetings from the thrilled hosts and a magical Mediterranean-themed evening that embodied the essence of the ZEL brand, the festivities captured the imagination of all in attendance.

ZEL Mallorca: A Fusion of Mediterranean Charm and Luxury Accommodation

A Gateway to Mediterranean Bliss

Nestled along the renowned Palmanova beach on the captivating island of Mallorca, ZEL Mallorca is the inaugural hotel of the ZEL brand. Stretching over 1000 metres, this coastal haven boasts pristine white sands and crystalline waters, providing an idyllic backdrop for the introduction of this visionary hotel concept. ZEL aims to transport the spirit and allure of Mediterranean living to the prime city and resort destinations across the globe.

An Enchanting Evening in the Mediterranean

From its inception, ZEL has sought to encapsulate the essence of the Mediterranean way of life in the finest destinations worldwide. The opening festivities embodied the classic Mediterranean experience, with guests immersing themselves in a magical night by the sea, serenaded by the gentle breeze and rhythmic beats of the drums.

ZEL Mallorca: A Fusion of Mediterranean Charm and Luxury Accommodation

Renowned DJs Paco Colombás and Jordi Ruz enlivened the party with their sensational music, while attendees indulged in the delectable gastronomy and refreshing cocktails crafted by the acclaimed Beso Beach, the property’s main restaurant. Throughout the evening, Rafael Nadal and Gabriel Escarrer personally extended warm welcomes and engaged in delightful conversations with the esteemed guests.

Discovering the Best-Kept Secrets

The opening soirée provided guests with an exclusive opportunity to witness firsthand the highly anticipated features that distinguish the ZEL hotel concept from other brands. The establishment seamlessly integrates with its surroundings, evoking a harmonious fusion of indoor and outdoor living. The hotel design exemplifies a celebration of open spaces, incorporating colours, textures, and shapes inspired by nature to foster a sense of tranquillity, well-being, and relaxation among its guests.

ZEL Mallorca: A Fusion of Mediterranean Charm and Luxury Accommodation

The interiors of ZEL Mallorca exude a harmonious blend of influences, drawing inspiration from the rich cultural heritage of Italy and Greece, while also incorporating distinct Mallorcan elements and earthy oceanic tones. The meticulous renovation and interior design, masterfully executed by ASAH Studio under the guidance of architects Álvaro and Adriana Sans, create an atmosphere brimming with vibrancy and energy.

The Patio: The Heart of Mediterranean Hospitality

At the core of ZEL Mallorca lies the captivating patio, an essential element of Mediterranean architecture that serves as the epicentre of the hotel’s energy. Functioning as a lobby, this open-air space seamlessly connects various areas of the establishment, embodying a genuine passion for freedom and embracing the essence of outdoor living.

Upon entering the patio, guests will immediately notice the absence of a traditional reception area. Instead, ZEL draws inspiration from a Mediterranean home, offering a unique concept store featuring exclusive products by renowned national and international brands, a speciality café proudly serving Syra Coffee and a Mediterranean lounge.

Embracing the “Phygital” Experience

The ZEL hotels embrace the “phygital” philosophy, harmoniously merging physical elements with technological innovation to enhance the overall guest experience and comfort. Departing from conventional check-in procedures, ZEL Mallorca offers a digital kiosk on the patio where guests can conveniently obtain their room cards by scanning a QR code on their phones.

This seamless process allows guests to complete the check-in formalities they previously registered online. Alternatively, guests who have not registered beforehand can effortlessly do so using their mobile devices while enjoying a delightful welcome drink. Similarly, when it’s time to check out, guests receive a notification to review their expenses, validate them, and conveniently settle the payment online or in person with a member of the hotel staff on the patio.

Unveiling the Majestic Beso Beach

The enchanting main pool, located adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea, provided a breathtaking backdrop for the long-awaited launch of Beso Beach. Designed by founder Angie L. Grijalbo and architect Rafa Viar, this unique beachside experience features tables with their feet in the sand, offering an unforgettable dining experience. Throughout the evening, guests had the opportunity to explore a selection of the 165 rooms, including 21 suites and junior suites, each boasting breathtaking sea views and an undeniable charm that fortunate hotel guests have already begun to relish.

Two Mallorcan Icons as Hosts

When presenting the alliance behind the hotel brand, Rafael Nadal and Gabriel Escarrer, Chairman and CEO of Meliá, emphasized their shared passion for sailing, beachside dining, and the authentic Mediterranean ambience. Beyond their Mallorcan roots, they envisioned ZEL as more than just a project, which is why they both actively contributed to the creation of the first hotel, marking a significant milestone in their partnership.

ZEL Mallorca: A Fusion of Mediterranean Charm and Luxury Accommodation

After symbolically cutting the ribbon, signifying the beginning of what they hope will be a long and successful journey, Nadal and Escarrer expressed heartfelt appreciation for the dedication of their teams, who brought this remarkable project to life in a mere four months since the alliance was formed. They invited all attendees to immerse themselves in the spirit of ZEL and become ambassadors for this extraordinary brand.

Gabriel Escarrer commented on his pride in showcasing the ZEL brand’s exceptional standards through ZEL Mallorca, a magnificent gem within the Mediterranean hotel sector. With great enthusiasm, he proclaimed it as the finest international representation of the brand and an emblematic hotel of which they are immensely proud. Additionally, he announced the next milestone for the ZEL brand with the opening of ZEL Sayulita in Mexico in 2025, marking the start of a new expansion and growth phase.

Echoing Escarrer’s sentiments, Rafa Nadal expressed his joy and gratitude at witnessing the realization of his dream through the opening of ZEL Mallorca. Confident in the hotel’s success, he affirmed his belief in ZEL’s potential as an exceptional entrepreneurial endeavour and a captivating ambassador of Spanish and Mediterranean values and essence.

ZEL Mallorca: A Fusion of Mediterranean Charm and Luxury Accommodation


The grand opening of ZEL Mallorca epitomizes the fusion of Mediterranean elegance, authenticity, and innovation. Through meticulous attention to detail, a remarkable blend of influences, and an unwavering commitment to providing an extraordinary guest experience, ZEL Mallorca has set the stage for future triumphs.

As the flagship property of the ZEL brand, it stands as a testament to the harmonious collaboration between Rafael Nadal, a global icon, and Meliá Hotels International, a leader in the hospitality industry. With its captivating charm and timeless allure, ZEL Mallorca embarks on a journey to captivate the hearts and imaginations of discerning travellers from around the world.

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