Hyatt has announced plans for its first branded hotel in southern Spain, with the redevelopment of the former Byblos Hotel on the Costa del Sol.
The property is located in the municipality of Mijas, and has been closed since 2010. It will now be renovated and redeveloped as a 200-room resort, managed by Marugal Hotel Management and operating under the Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand.
The hotel – which is situated next to two 18-hole golf courses – will offer a health club and spa, indoor and outdoor pools, a cinema, conference space, night club, and food and beverage options including a rooftop bar with views of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range.
According to Hyatt, “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.”
The hotel is expected to reopen in 2022, and will join existing Hyatt-branded properties in Spain including Hyatt Centric Grand Vía Madrid, Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid, Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower, and Hotel Sofia Barcelona, which joined The Unbound Collection in 2019.
Commenting on the news Nuno Galvao Pinto, regional vice president of development Europe, Hyatt, said:
“We are delighted to collaborate with Intriva to redevelop and rediscover the splendour of this famous building and welcome it into The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio.
“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.”