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La Zambra Costa del Sol, Spain (Unbound) REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

La Zambra Costa del Sol, Spain (Unbound) REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

Old Jul 30, 2020, 2:05 am
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La Zambra Costa del Sol, Spain (Unbound) REVIEW - MASTER THREAD


Hyatt Announces Plans for the Former Byblos Hotel on Spain’s Costa Del Sol to Join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

The iconic Andalusian resort will join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand and mark the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Southern Spain following extensive renovations

CHICAGO (July 30, 2020)Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of Intriva Capital European Principal Investment Fund I LP (“Intriva”), a European private equity fund, to see the former iconic Byblos Hotel in Mijas redeveloped into a luxury 200-bedroom resort. The property, which has been closed since 2010, will be managed by Marugal Hotel Management and will mark the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Southern Spain.

Expected to open in early 2022, guests and World of Hyatt members will be able to enjoy the latest addition to The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio, which will be located in one of Spain’s most visited regions, Andalusia.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Intriva to redevelop and rediscover the splendor of this famous building and welcome it into The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio,” said Nuno Galvao Pinto, regional vice president of development Europe, Hyatt. “The illustrious past and distinctive architecture of the hotel make it a perfect fit for the brand and we expect it to be a truly exceptional addition this collection of storied hotels. We look forward to further growing this exciting independent brand across Europe, inviting guests to create story-worthy experiences at unforgettable properties.”

Since its original opening in 1986, the hotel has been known as a hideaway for jet setters and royalty alike. The iconic blue and white building will be restored as a luxury resort reflecting memories from a golden age of travel, attracting independent-minded guests seeking a sophisticated yet unscripted experience. Behind its new Andalusian latticework, the Byblos Hotel will offer moments that inspire visitors to create their own stories and enjoy Southern Spain’s distinctive lifestyle with its lush gardens, pools, bright spaces, and unique interiors. The hotel will offer an abundance of luxury amenities including a health club and spa, indoor and outdoor pools, a cinema, and a night club, family facilities including a kid’s club, and exceptional conference spaces for private events and business meetings.

The food and beverage venues at the hotel will incorporate and reflect Andalusian culture with a rooftop bar offering guests stunning views of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range. It will be located adjacent to two 18-hole golf courses, originally designed by Robert Trent Jones, making the resort an excellent base for guests looking for a golfing retreat.

“We are thrilled to team-up with Hyatt on this exciting project, restoring the iconic hotel to its former grandeur on the Andalusian coast,” said Tom Saunders, head of post-acquisition, Intriva. “We look forward to working with the local community to bring a new luxury resort to the area, underlining our commitment to the European leisure and hospitality sector at this challenging time. The hotel has a rich and exciting past that we intend to bring it to life once again supported by Hyatt.”

The announcement signifies a major addition to The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand in Europe and marks the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Southern Spain. As the third most visited region in Spain in 2019[1], Andalusia represents a key opportunity to expand the Hyatt brand’s footprint in Southern Europe and to tap into the growing popularity of the region with tourists.

The resort will join other Hyatt-branded hotels in Spain, including Hyatt Centric Grand Va Madrid, Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid, Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower, and Hotel SOFIA Barcelona, which is part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand.

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt gives guests the freedom to create their own story-worthy experiences at unique properties around the world, whether it’s a historic gem tucked in the heart of Paris, like Htel du Louvre, or a spectacular architectural monument such as Parisi Udvar Hotel Budapest. Additional properties within The Unbound Collection by Hyatt in Europe include:For more information about hotels within The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, visit hyatt.com/brands/unbound-collection.

Guided by its purpose of care, Hyatt’s multi-layered Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment further enhances its operational guidance and resources around colleague and guest safety and peace of mind. More information on Hyatt’s commitment can be found here: hyatt.com/care-and-cleanliness.
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Old Jul 30, 2020, 8:33 am
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Great news. Looking forward to trying it in a couple of years if it comes to fruition.
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It sounds like it will be changing its name and losing the iconic Byblos brand. For example, the one in Saint Tropez is legendary. This seems to apply only to this one property. Even if this one has been losing its luster, it's a big step up for the Hyatt portfolio in Spain.
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Wonderful news for Spain since we are losing the Park Hyatt Mallorca. I'm not familiar with this part of Spain. Is it a nice area to visit?
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Hotel will open on June 15th

IT is now bookable 👍
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Wow. Hyatt slowly stepping up EU presence?
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Booked two separate slots in July or August, still unclear about holiday plans overall. We're currently aiming to do one week in Magma Resort Santorini before and then one week in La Zambra afterwards.

By the way, the hotel has Instagram too, but currently no content yet.
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Looks like opening is now august 15. Maybe.
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Originally Posted by stvr
Looks like opening is now august 15. Maybe.
Assuming the hotel wasn't affected by the forest fire in Mijas...
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Now August 31. No points availability through entire calendar. Is that normal because they haven't opened yet?
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Officially opens

La Zambra Officially Opens on Spain's South Coast
The luxury hideaway in Costa del Sol has transformed from a historic hotel of the 80s and 90s into a relaxed, bohemian retreat
.CHICAGO (September 21, 2022) Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announces today the opening of La Zambra, a reborn hotel destination in Mlaga, Andalusia. The opening marks the completed transformation of the infamous Byblos hotel, an icon of late 20th century celebrity and indulgence. Inspired by the celebrity and luxury of its past, La Zambra joins The Unbound Collection by Hyatt and signals Hyatts continued focus on creating elevated experiences for guests, World of Hyatt members and customers in the worlds most desirable locations.

Nestled in the Mijas mountains and just under 2 miles (3 km) from the coastline, La Zambra invites guests to experience a one-of-a-kind stay steps away from the charming Pueblo Blanco of Mijas, one of the white villages of Andalusia. Ideally located 20 minutes from Mlaga airport, the hotel immerses guests into surrounding landscapes, offering easy access to world-class golf courses, lush natural greenery, and the stunning beaches of the Mediterranean. Guests can enjoy the relaxing lifestyle of the local culture on visits to nearby villages, or venture along the coastline to vibrant hotspots of Fuengirola, Puerto Bans and Mlaga to sample the rich culture, gastronomy, and nightlife that the region is known for.
The character of the 197 rooms and suites include warm materials and soft tones, evoking longed-for Andalusian essence with an indulgent backdrop where relaxation and fun are blurred. Four distinct dining options feature the flavors of southern Spain, while the luxurious 26,909-square-foot (2,500-square-meter) Mood Spa, offering a Turkish bath, sauna, whirlpools and 12 personalized treatment cabins, will recalibrate body and soul according to the mood preferred by every guest. This commitment to laid-back indulgence ensures a stay at La Zambra is a true expression of its history and Spanish-Mediterranean roots.

We are delighted to open La Zambra and bring The Unbound Collection by Hyatt to Costa del Sol, said Joost Kruissen, General Manager of La Zambra. The Unbound Collection by Hyatt is dedicated to inspiring its guests to create their own stories and ours is one of relaxed, rebellious luxury, thanks to the legacy of the emblematic Byblos hotel. We cant wait for our visitors to start their own La Zambra story.

Rooms with a Natural Design

La Zambras rebirth, led by architecture firm Estevia I Estevia, leverags the use of natural materials to effortlessly harmonize with the intimate and alluring atmosphere of the hotels Spanish-Mediterranean architecture. Amplified by the colors of La Zambras surroundings, guests will find warm terracotta and natural tones echoing through the hotels patios, hideaways, and shared spaces.

Each of the 197 rooms and suites display carefully crafted items, including handmade tapestries, bespoke sinks and lampshades, and ceramic vases. These custom details evoke the carefree Zambra dance that gives the hotel its name. Emphasized by natural light, warm colors, soft linens, and locally inspired furnishings, each room encourages guests to unwind in their own personal sanctuary.

Room and suite options include garden and golf course views with sunlit terraces, offering serene vistas of the surrounding landscapes. King-sized beds and luxurious amenities including walk-in rain showers and premium soft linens help create a comfortable sense of peace. For guests seeking the most exclusive and luxurious escape, the 3,700-square-foot (345-square-meter) La Zambra penthouse, features its own private entrance, a private swimming pool, a dining pergola, a relaxation area and a wine cellar, while the Tower Junior Suite offers 360-degree panoramic views with two terraces for guests to enjoy some of the hotels finest vistas.

Innovative Food and Drink

The hotels four different dining concepts embrace the spirit of Andalusian gastronomy, combining tradition with innovation to tell unique stories about La Zambras locale.

Palmitos all-day Mediterranean menu caters to diners of all ages from morning to night with one-of-a-kind displays and an incomparable setting. The restaurants outdoor terrace and spacious dining room are set against a backdrop of the Andalusian mountains, where guests can select from a variety of dishes to suit their tastes, from plant-based options to rotisserie grilled dishes, international favorites and sea delicacies, alongside live cooking demonstrations and tailored meal options.

Picador is a neo-taverna with a cheeky spirit in the heart of Andalusia. Calling upon local culinary flavors, the menu invites guests a respite from the ordinary with a distinctive Spanish flair in a spirited, vibrant setting where dishes are perfectly paired with a glass or two of the worlds finest wines.

Bamboleo bar offers an innovative and diverse menu of meals and snacks that combine local dishes with Asian, American, and Mexican-influenced offerings. The bars extensive cocktail menu celebrates the iconic moments of the Costa del Sol, helping guests make their own memories when the sun sets on the bars terrace.

La Bartola is an ode to authentic Chiringuitos, Spanish beach bars, that serve light snacks and lunches perfect for poolside dining. Guests will find the best of the Mediterranean with seafood tapas, salads, and authentic Andalusian dishes, paired with one of the bars fresh juices and smoothies while they enjoy the spontaneity that characterizes La Zambra.

Wellness and sports

La Zambras Mood Spa is a tranquil oasis that encourages visitors to disconnect and relax. Spa therapists guide visitors through five different wellness journeys, offering personalized treatments that immerse both body and mind. In addition, Mood Spa will offer exclusive signature treatments for body and face with elements of floating massage which allows guests to move weightlessly in a three-dimensional space creating a unique feeling of movement.

Guests can also experience peaceful movement with on-site yoga and Pilates classes, led by an expert instructor in one of the hotels calming studios.

For those looking for self-led activities, the on-site fitness facilities include a world-class gym fitted with the latest Technogym equipment, two tennis courts, a paddle court, and two outdoor swimming pools.

Keen golfers can make the most of their stay in one of Europes most popular golfing destinations, as the hotel has privileged access to two world-class golf courses located next to La Zambra and designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, who has built more than 400 courses around the world. Nearby, Mijas has around 12 significant golf courses in the area and along the Costa del Sol there are 2 championship golf courses.
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There seems to be quite a massive fence around the pool? 🤔
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Did anybody stay there?
Looks nice (inc golf) and quite reasonable at 20k points/night and a SUA for 7 nights in a suite over Summer?
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There seems to be quite a massive fence around the pool? 🤔
Helps to keep the riff-raff out - and probably small chidren from wandering in.

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Currently at the property.

Got a globalist-upgrade to a signature suite.
First impression of the hotel is: STUNNING, STUNNING, STUNNING
The pictures really don't tell the truth of this surprisingly huge resort. The pictures show nowhere the perfection and love to detail.

I'll report back over the coming days.
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