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Hesperia Investment Group reaches an agreement to acquire award-winning
tourism, residential and sports resort La Manga Club
La Manga Club
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The 560-hectare award-winning resort – three times the size of Monaco and
located in the Spanish region of Murcia – offers some of the best views of the
Mar Menor and Mediterranean seas as well as the Calblanque nature reserve.
The resort includes a five-star hotel, 200 apartments, more than 15 bars and
restaurants, a cove overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and a 2,000sqm Wellness
It also features three 18-hole championship golf courses, a 28-court tennis
centre, eight FIFA-size football pitches and the European Cricket Performance
Barcelona, July 31, 2019: Hesperia Investment Group (GIHSA), headed by
its president Jose Antonio Castro Sousa, has reached an agreement with Arum
Group to acquire a majority stake of the luxury resort La Manga Club, with a
total area comprising of 560 hectares with a privileged location in front of the
Mar Menor and Mediterranean seas and adjacent to the nature reserve of
La Manga Club is a tourism and residential resort with a wide range of
sports facilities which until recently belonged to Inmogolf, a company linked to
Arum Group. Additionally, GIHSA will invest in the improvement of the complex in
order to create the best leisure and sports resort in Southern Europe.
Arum Group will continue to run the real estate business in La Manga Club
through its subsidiary Inmogolf, with a great development potential due to the
touristic appeal of its excellent location. Jesús Abellán, CEO of Arum Group,
said: “Hesperia is the optimal partner to continue with this expansion project
as this deal strengthens not only the resort’s further extension but also the
development of the whole area, with a huge potential for residential tourism
A strategic deal for GIHSA
Since its opening in 1972, La Manga Club has gone through different development
stages until becoming one of the most renowned leisure and sports resorts in
Southern Europe. With this strategic deal GIHSA boosts its business activity in
the premium resort business arena and brings its expansion plan a step further
after initiating its new independent business plan at the end of last year.
Jordi Ferrer, CEO of GIHSA said: “This operation perfectly matches our
growth strategy in the hotel market with quality assets that allow us to keep
consolidating as a reference in the Spanish hotel industry and, in particular,
this acquisition will allow us to create the best resort in South Europe.”
La Manga Club adds to Hesperia’s property and asset management portfolio
comprising of more than 5,000 rooms owned, operated and managed by Hesperia; 29
hotels with six leisure resorts located in the Balearic Islands, Peninsula and
Canary Islands, as well as 23 urban hotels situated in Spain’s main cities.
The resort becomes part of Hesperia Hotels & Resorts’ catalogue of leisure and
sports facilities, which so far was focused on the Canary and Balearic Islands
where it owns four resorts. Three of them are included in the strategic alliance
with Apple Leisure Group (ALG). In this sense, GIHSA is considering the option
of closing a commercial deal with an international operator for some of the
hotels at La Manga Club. Ferrer added: “Our strategy consists in always looking
for the best alternative for each hotel.”
La Manga Club’s five-star Hotel Príncipe Felipe comprises of 192 rooms with
magnificent views over the North and South golf courses, as well as an outdoor
pool, restaurants, bars and several meeting, conference and events rooms.
Aside from the hotel, there are 200 four-star apartments on the resort (Las
Lomas Village) especially designed for families and sports teams, with common
areas that include two pools as well as leisure zones and restaurants. Within
Las Lomas Village is a 2,000sqm Wellness Centre with 13 treatment rooms, saunas,
steam rooms, Jacuzzis, a High Performance Sports Centre, gym and a 25-metre
On the resort there is a golf academy, pitch and putt facility, a junior club
and play area and a wide range of bars and restaurants which the guests of the
Hotel Príncipe Felipe, Las Lomas Village and resort owners and residents all
have access to, without forgetting the beautiful cove called La Cala on the
Mediterranean side of the resort.
A leisure and sports resort that is a reference in Europe
One of the main attractions at La Manga Club is its impressive variety of sports
facilities. The complex has three 18-hole championship golf courses – each one
with its own character – designed by renowned personalities of the golf world
such as Robert Dean Putman, Arnold Palmer and Dave Thomas. There is also a
superb golf academy and a pitch and putt designed by Spanish golf legend
Severiano Ballesteros. In 2017, the golf club received the proud honour of being
granted royal status from the Spanish royal household, being renamed “Real Golf
La Manga Club”.
The resort also boasts an outstanding tennis centre which, with as many as 28
courts including 20 clay courts, is one of the premier outdoor tennis facilities
in Europe. Due to its cutting-edge facilities, it has hosted some of the most
important events on the tennis calendar including the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and
several ATP tournaments. The football centre at La Manga Club offers eight
FIFA-size football pitches and has hosted many of the world’s best teams. The
European Cricket Performance Centre comprises of 23 natural grass nets, two
natural grass squares, and six artificial grass nets, while La Manga Club is
also the perfect venue for other sports such as cycling, rugby and triathlon.
This broad range of sporting options is combined with a diverse, high-quality
gastronomic offering, with more than 15 bars and restaurants completing La Manga
Club’s leisure experience.
Hesperia Investment Group is one of Spain’s leading hotel groups with a presence
at prominent urban and leisure destinations. As a 20-year-old business, it is
one of the sector’s most experienced companies with a broad in-depth knowledge
of the hotel industry. After this acquisition, Hesperia Hotels & Resorts will
comprise of 29 three, four and five-star hotels with approximately 5,000 rooms
located in main urban and leisure destinations and will employ up to 1,800
GIHSA’s properties are designed to offer guests contemporary accommodation and a
personalised service in dynamic urban and touristic locations, which increases
GIHSA resistance to possible drops in the tourism trade.
The group’s portfolio of high quality assets is geographically and product
diversified and as a result, GIHSA has a balanced mixture of income sources that
reduces its risks and increases its growth opportunities as well as diminishing
its seasonal exposure.
About Arum Group
Arum Group is one of the most prominent promotor and real estate services
providers, experienced in developing resorts and big scale leisure projects in
the Peninsula and the Canary Islands. Its services include restructuring and
management of tourism projects, design and promoter development, as well as
sales, marketing and property commercialisation. The group frequently takes
advantage of unique environments and facilities to build exclusive and
profitable tourism and leisure communities.
Amongst its most outstanding real estate projects is the Abama Resort, located
on the island of Tenerife. The group has been leading the whole development,
construction and commercialisation process of the luxury apartments since 2011.
Through its subsidiary Inmogolf, Arum Group will continue to develop its real
estate business at La Manga Club, a complex with already more than 2,300 homes.
Things you didn’t know about La Manga Club
La Manga Club hosted five Spanish Opens from 1973 to 1977.
South African legend Gary Player, winner of nine Major titles including golf’s
Grand Slam, was the resort’s first director of golf.
La Manga Club was the first resort to open in Spain hosting two golf tournaments
and the first to have its own fleet of electric buggies.
The award-winning venue was the first golf resort in the world from which all 36
holes could be seen from the clubhouse terrace.
In 1972, La Manga Club hosted the "International Maritime Cup" or "Pro-Am of the
Famous" featuring film and sporting icons including legends like Sean Connery
and Manuel Santana.
La Manga Club’s tennis centre has hosted many prestigious tournaments including
the Davis Cup in 1991 and Fed Cup in 1995 and 2018.
Four-time Grand Slam winner Manolo Santana was the first director of the
resort’s tennis centre.
The "Miradores" apartments in La Manga Club was used to film part of the movie
Dracula, where Christopher Lee appears in the lead role, and members of the
hotel staff acted as extras.
Victor Garcia, father of one of the best Spanish golfers of all time, Sergio
Garcia, taught golf at La Manga Club in the early 1970s. It was here that he met
his wife and mother of Sergio, Consuelo, who worked at that time in the golf
Gary Player was the golf touring professional at La Manga Club between 1973 and
In 1975, American legend Arnold Palmer struck his drive on the 18th hole into
the final lake on the South Course. Without thinking twice, he walked into the
lake up to his knees and hit a miraculous shot onto the green before holing his
putt for an eagle, thus winning the tournament. Since then, the lake has been
called "Great Lake Palmer."
The late, great Severiano Ballesteros was La Manga Club’s golf touring
professional from 1980 to 1985, carrying the resort’s logo on his golf bag.
In the official biography of Severiano Ballesteros, La Manga Club is named 27
To officially open the Bellaluz residential, Severiano Ballesteros struck three
golf balls, which came to land in the Bellaluz pool. Many people were smartly
dressed for the occasion but that didn’t stop them from jumping into the water
to grab the balls as a souvenir.
On August 25, 1978, the King and Queen of Spain made a surprise visit to la
Manga Club after a visit to Cartagena to attend the launch of a ship in the
harbour. The resort’s hotel staff received little warning ahead of his arrival
by car but hotel staff showed great professionalism to serve a spontaneous
dinner to the King and 19 other guests, including Prince Rainier of Monaco.
In 1985, La Manga Club’s tennis centre was renamed the David Lloyd Racquet
Centre due to good relationship between the resort and David Lloyd Leisure.
Teams that have used La Manga Club’s football facilities reads like a Who’s Who
of European football with the likes of Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich,
Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray SK, Ajax, Liverpool FC, Spain and England’s
national teams, Newcastle United, RSC Anderlecht, 1899 Hoffenheim, VfB
Stuttgart, Lokomotiv Moscow, Rubin Kazan, FC Zenit and New York Red Bulls all
having stayed and trained at the resort.
La Manga Club’s reputation as one of the top sports and leisure destinations in
the world is reflected by the star-studded list of celebrities that have stayed
at the resort including Juliet Binoche, John Malkovich, Salma Hayek, Matt Damon,
Rudolph Nureyev, Gloria Estefan, David Beckham, Gloria Gaynor, Simply Red, UB40,
Brian Ferry, Madness, Sir Cliff Richard, Vonda Shepard, Robbie Williams, Simple
Minds, Jamiroquai, Deep Purple, Jose Maria Olazabal, Jack Nicklaus and the King
Former world number one Luke Donald learned to play golf at La Manga Club at the
age of nine. His parents owned a villa in La Quinta and Donald took advantage to
practice during family holidays, saying he’d rather play on the pitch and putt
course than eat or play in the pool with the other children. He regularly
practiced until it was dark.
The resort’s Pitch & Putt Par-47 Course was designed by Severiano Ballesteros in
When the founder of La Manga Club, Gregory Peters, brought his wife to the
resort for the first time, he asked her if she missed any facility. Ms. Peters
said she wanted to swim in the sea, so he literally blasted out a road to La
Cala so she could swim in the Mediterranean.
The Prince Felipe stayed at Villa 6 along with his sister, the Infanta Cristina,
on October 21, 1992, while he was taking part in a sailing competition held on
German Otto Bucher entered the Guinness Book of World Records at La Manga Club
on June 13, 1985, when he managed a hole in one on the South Course’s 110-metre
12th hole at the age of 99.
Liverpool and Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish, 1992 Formula One world champion
Nigel Mansell and former Celtic, Southampton and Coventry manager Gordon
Strachan all own villas on the resort.
There are more than 3,000 palm trees in La Manga Club which were imported from
Florida in the 1970s as part of the golf course design plans of renowned
architect, Californian Robert D. Putman.
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