Melia opens Villa Le Blanc By Gran Meliá in Menorca, Spain – Business Traveler
Melia opens Villa Le Blanc By Gran Meliá at the end of this month, its 15e Grand Melia collection hotel and the first carbon-neutral luxury hotel in Menorca, Spain (note that “carbon-neutral” claims refer to hotel operations, and does not include embodied carbon.)
The hotel, which will also be a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, is the only hotel of its type on the island of Menorca and the first energy-efficient and carbon-neutral hotel of the Spanish hotel brand.
The hotel, which will also be a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, is the only hotel of its type on the island of Menorca and the first energy-efficient, carbon-neutral hotel of the Spanish hotel brand.
The renovation of what was once the Sol Beach House Hotel was led by the architect Alvaro Sans. The hotel has 159 rooms, including 14 premium rooms and 86 supreme rooms and a building management system (BMS) that allows automation and centralized control of the various buildings to transform them into “smart buildings” to control the newly installed biomass boilers, photovoltaic solar panels, replacement of the existing air-water chiller with two water-water chillers, using geothermal energy for its condensation and with total and partial heat recovery, and heat recovery for heating the swimming pool exterior. There is also SATE external thermal insulation system within the building envelope to minimize thermal demand.
Also in place are circular patterns of water resources, with water harvesting included for backwashing in swimming pools, gray water for toilets and washes, rainwater for garden irrigation , digitalization of water consumption and calculation of the water footprint to improve the efficiency of the water cycle and efficient taps
The hotel is located on Santo Tomás beach on the Migjorn coast, halfway between Mahón and Ciutadella.
“Villa Le Blanc is inspired by the vernacular architecture of island villages. Among other features, particular importance is given to the Menorcan arches and the whitewashed walls so typical of local houses. From a technical point of view, we have saved the traditional use of tiles, which have been used throughout the ages in Menorca to combat rainy winters and which traditionally were always painted white to reflect the heat in summer. », explains Álvaro Sans, of the ASAH workshop, architect of the Villa Le Blanc.