Casares will have a five-star luxury Hilton in 2022

Conrad Costa del Sol

The Hong Kong group Platinum Estates will build the hotel with 194 rooms, spa, swimming pools and haute cuisine restaurant on the plot where Evemarina could not complete a Park Hyatt hotel

Casares is in fashion. The municipality of the Costa del Sol will have a five-star luxury hotel in 2022 thanks to the Platinum Estates group, which will invest some 70 million euros in building a hotel with 194 rooms, a spa, several swimming pools and a haute cuisine restaurant on the 50,000 square metres of land on Finca Doña Julia where the Evemarina group was unable to complete its project to build a hotel to be managed by the Park Hyatt chain, when the real estate bubble burst.

In this way, Platinum Estates, owned by the Roshni and Harry Mohinani - son of Harish Mohinani, a textile magnate who works for firms such as Inditex - is extending its commitment to the Costa del Sol.

Platinum Estates has invested no less than 300 million euros to build a luxury hotel in the dunes of Real de Zaragoza, which will be managed by the W hotel chain, which already manages the iconic Barcelona sailing hotel in Spain.

In the case of the hotel in Casares, Platinum Estates has entrusted the American chain Hilton to manage this hotel under its luxury brand Conrad. In this way, the Hotel Conrad Costa del Sol will be the first hotel that the brand Conrad Hotels and Resorts will have in Spain. This was explained yesterday at the presentation of the project by the Managing Director of Development for Hilton in Spain and Portugal, Carlos Miró, who stated that the hotel will stand out for its contemporary design, exceptional facilities and will provide some 200 jobs when it opens its doors.

The delegate of Tourism in Malaga, Nuria Rodriguez, who attended the event, welcomed this initiative of Platinum Estates and Hilton that will end with decades of abandonment of the works in the Finca Doña Julia. According to Rodriguez, the province remains "a preferred destination for investors because we are a strong, safe and quality. And this project shows that "tourism is beginning to gain momentum and recover muscle"".

The second vice president of the Diputación de Málaga and CEO of Tourism Costa del Sol, Margarita del Cid, said that this project is the result of the joint work of public agencies and the private sector. "And it shows that the Costa del Sol continues to be a focus of attraction for international hotel companies".

Del Cid recalled that the luxury segment has enormous potential in the Costa del Sol where it moves more than half a million visitors annually. The average expenditure of this tourist exceeds 600 euros per day and the travel budget is between 3,000 and 50,000 euros, so it is a segment that brings significant benefits to the economic activity of the destination added Margarita del Cid.

For his part, the mayor of Casares, José Carrasco, said that the project of the new hotel complex "will restore the name of Casares within the Andalusian tourist map, national and international" and will boost the economy of the town: "Not only will they need labor, but also suppliers and many other companies that provide services.