Rafael Nadal and Melia Hotels launch new Mallorcan hotel

Rafael Nadal and Melia Hotels launch new Mallorcan hotel

The ZEL Mallorca hotel will be followed by ZEL Sayulita in Mexico in 2025

The ZEL Mallorca hotel celebrated its opening with a party to mark the collaboration between Rafael Nadal and management company, Meliá Hotels International. 

The hosts personally welcomed more than 300 guests to the hotel’s Palmanova beach location on the island of Mallorca. 

The cove, which is more than 1000 metres long, provided the backdrop for the launch of this hotel concept, which aims to imbue "Mediterranean essence" in various city and resort destinations around the world.

ZEL Mallorca offers a selection of the 165 rooms, 21 of which are classed as Suites or Junior Suites featuring sea views. The interiors comprise a mix of influences, with references to key features of Mediterranean culture from Italy and Greece, as well as design details inspired by Mallorca.

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ZEL hotels are inspired by the ‘phygital’ philosophy, combining physical elements with technological innovation to enhance guest experience and comfort. Instead of a traditional reception, guests will find a digital kiosk on the patio where they can get their room card by scanning the QR code on their smart phone, received when they registered online. 

Similarly, when it is time to check out, guests will receive notification to check their expenses, validate them, and pay online or on the patio with a member of the hotel staff if they prefer.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal commented: “The opening of ZEL Mallorca is a dream come true for me. After seeing the results, I am surer than ever before that ZEL will be a great entrepreneurial project and a fantastic ambassador of Spanish and Mediterranean values.”


Meliá chairman and CEO Gabriel Escarrer added: “This hotel is an exceptional jewel born from the combination of our experience in hotel management and the inspiring leadership of a worldwide icon like Rafael Nadal, and the first example of the alliance of two groups of family origins and solid shared values. 

"For us, today marks the start of a new expansion and growth phase for the ZEL brand and I am glad to mark the celebration with the announcement of our first ZEL hotel in Mexico: ZEL Sayulita, which will open in 2025."

Rooms start at US$300 per night. For more information, visit 

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