State-of-the-art architecture and design and a rooftop terrace with the largest suspended swimming pools in Europe (46 metres long) are the most outstanding features of the new Calviá Beach The Plaza Hotel, the latest addition to the portfolio of Meliá Hotels International in Magaluf. The hotel will officially open this weekend and will go beyond just creating a new modern and iconic image for both Meliá and the entire destination of Magaluf.
The newly built hotel provides 272 rooms, 4 swimming pools – two on the first floor for guests staying in sundeck rooms, and two on the spectacular fifth floor rooftop terrace with views over the entire bay.
Meliá has also built a 200-vehicle car park to make it easier to visit the hotel and surrounding Plaza for both residents and visitors to the island. Part of the hotel space next to the Plaza houses important superior quality international fashion, retail and dining brands to complement the existing shopping facilities in the destination.
The reconstruction of the old Jamaica Hotel began seven years after the hotel closed its doors due to structural problems in the main building, an adverse circumstance that the Company saw as an opportunity to design a new type of hotel with an open Plaza that would shake up the old Magaluf and help bring about an urban and social transformation. As required by urban regulations, a solution was found that would respect height and volume restrictions, keeping the tallest building which had no structural problems and adding a new building that would better respond to contemporary needs and whose design, materials and functionality would make it one of the most modern hotels in Spain.
The building is split into two by a large open square in the shape of an “X” that aims to create a new urban axis between the two main streets in Magaluf, ending at the beach. To keep the views over the sea and free up ground floor space for the hotel and stores, the rooftops were reserved for all the public recreation areas, dining facilities and swimming pools, guaranteeing visitors and hotel guests would enjoy spectacular panoramic views over the bay.
The pools, one on each side of the Plaza (north and south), are 46 metres long and 4 metres wide with the central part made out of methacrylate so that people in the Plaza can look up to see guests swimming in the pools above. This was a major design challenge but has created a facility that is destined to become a benchmark and icon.
The entire resort project and hotel interior design were conceived by the renowned architect Álvaro Sans and executed by Concepto S.L. and twelve other companies.
According to Sans, “on an urban level, the contribution of this building is huge. There is no doubt that it will drive the definitive transformation of Magaluf, signalling the final milestone in a journey from an obsolete town to one with a new urban heart and reconnected to the sea.”