Works on Almuñecar 7-star hotel could begin this month

WORKS to build Spain’s first 7-star hotel are expected to begin shortly in Almuñecar.

This was revealed by Councillor Jose Manuel Fernandez Medina to Europa Press who said the only remaining obstacle is the regional government’s environmental impact report which the council expects are just “days away” from being produced.

Assuming there are no issues with the report, works would begin on the Bahia Fenicia hotel within a couple of weeks.

In September last year, Maria Jose Sanchez, the regional government’s delegate in Granada conveyed said the Junta would not obstruct the proposed Bahia Fenicia complex if all legal requirements were met.

There had been earlier doubts centring on the Malaga and Granada boundary after May 2011’s municipal elections brought changes in the neighbouring province.

These, too, had been solved, said local entrepreneurs and the Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts’ €230 million investment was set to go ahead. Construction of the complex on 13,300 square metres of land near the Marinas del Este yacht basin could start before the end of the year and is expected to take 36 months.

This will be the group’s their first Spanish venture and according to initial calculations it should create employment for 600 people.

Hopefuls in the area have already been inundating the promoters with job applications, said local sources.

Once completed, Spain’s name can then be added to the exclusive list of seven-star hotels like those already to be found in the Emirates (Dubai), Italy (Milan) and China (Beijing).

By John Jackson

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