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Club Med to reopen Marbella's landmark Don Miguel Hotel in 2019

The Don Miguel first opened in 1975 near the town.
The Don Miguel first opened in 1975 near the town. / Josele-Lanza
  • Arab investors, who bought the 466-room hotel in 2013, have partnered with the French luxury family holiday operator, who will now rename the property

One of Marbella’s original hotels from the 1970s is set for a 70-million renovation after being closed for over ten years.

The Hotel Don Miguel, behind the resort’s old town near the bus station, is set to reopen in 2019 after Arab investors, who bought the abandoned property in 2013 under the name Magna Hotels & Resorts, reached a deal with top French hotel operator, Club Med.

Club Med specialises in high-end all-inclusive family holidays and is ironically the same brand that operated the hotel until 2000, before eventually pulling out of the country. The hotel will now be renamed.

The reopening will mark Club Med’s return to Spain, explained the operator’s project director, Gregory Lanter at a presentation in front of Marbella’s mayor José Bernal on Wednesday.

Magna Hotels invited 23 different operators to bid for the running of their empty property before finally choosing Club Med. A full refurbishment will soon get under way and the opening will create some 300 new jobs.