Thursday, 5 January 2017

The Byblos hotel to re-open

The Byblos hotel to re-open

fantastic news for the area with the Byblos re-opening

The Byblos hotel was recently sold for 60 million Euros and it set to open its doors within the next few months. During the early 90s there were the now infamous paparazzi shots of a “topless” Princess Diana that made their way around the world. The story was became a major one and it dropped not long after Princess Di announced that she would be withdrawing from the public eye following her divorce from Prince Charles.

What isn’t so well known about this story is that the Princess was in the middle of one of her regular visits to the Costa del Sol, and that the pictures were taken at a hotel near Mijas.

That hotel was the Byblos was a favourite for A-listers taking a trip to the Costa del Sol. Over two decades it welcomed British royalty, Saudi royalty, and the Rolling Stones; a true example of rock and roll royalty.

The hotel was opened in 1986 and was later closed in 2010 when then owner British tycoon Alan Sugar attempted to find a buyer but failed. The long wait has finally ended following the investment of 60 million Euros from Ayco Inmobiliaria of Madrid, who purchased the 135-room hotel back in September.

The developer later promised to open up the hotel as soon as they possibly can; adding that these blue and white doors will be opened at the start of 2017. As well as opening up to guests the hotel should open up as many as 300 jobs; a great boon for the local economy.

The hotel has been as a symbol for the riches of the Costa del Sol; it’s beautiful, exclusive, glamorous and utterly charming. If anything the troubles and the eventual happy ending of the hotel are a perfect reflection of how the area has dealt with the wider recession of Spain.

These days the Costa del Sol is gaining back the mojo it once held to attract the elites; the playboys; the rock stars; the pop stars; and all the rich and famous following the downturn of the recession.

Mayor of Mijas Juan Carlos Maldonado says that the Byblos re-opening is a significant event for a few reasons. One of these is that it showcases how the Costa del Sol is used all year round by people looking to get away from it all because the hotel offers golf, health, and gastronomic tourism all year round no matter the weather.