Green Light for Space Hotel in San Antonio? 

Space Ibiza’s proposed new hotel and nightclub in San Antonio looks to have been given a green light of sorts with the local council admitting that is is powerless to stop it and that it fears the opening of “a kind of Ushuaïa” in the town.

Juanjo Ferrer, head of the San Antonio’s planning department, confirmed that he received the project in July 2015 to reform and expand the Reco des Sol Hotel which is located close to the Hotel Hawaii and Ocean Beach.
He intimated that the licence request is likely to be authorised as it was protected by an existing tourist law that was passed by the previous right wing PP government of Jose Ramon Bauza that allows for an establishment that combines a hotel and a nightclub.

However he said that he and his government team is keen to avoid a proliferation of these kind of projects so will ask the Balearic government to neutralize all future requests regardless of the filing date.

Nothing has been officially confirmed but all the signs are that the new reformed hotel could end up hosting the New Space Club, successor to the Space nightclub in Playa d’en Bossa even though founder Pepe Rosello hasn’t been in any meetings with developers and architects and has made no comment on the proposed project. 

Sr Ferrer said “It appears that they want to construct a Hotel/Disco and it seems that they would use the Space brand……with the existing law in mind we would have no choice but to grant the licence for this project but it is not seen with good eyes by the government team”.

The temporary prohibition of building adopted by the new Balearic Government overrules the tourist law that allows you to combine a hotel and a club however it does not affect projects submitted prior to the change as is the case with Reco des Sol.

The San Antonio council has stated that the will of the government team is to “stop the avalanche” of hotel/clubs so will discuss a motion to extend the scope of the moratorium at its monthly council meeting that takes place on Wed 31 Aug at 12pm which is open to the public.

The newly formed company that purchased Reco des Sol and the car park in front of it hasn’t made any official comment but the possibility of the ‘Space Ibiza – Hotel and Club’ opening in San Antonio looks stronger than ever ….for now. 

Update: on 31 Aug the coalition San Antonio council voted to apply to the Balearic Govt for a future ban on this type of hotel/club. 

Source: Diario de Ibiza

Author: Martin Makepeace

Englishman living and working in Ibiza since 1991. Entrepreneur with a passion for villas, boats, sunsets and San Antonio. Read my blogs, listen to my podcasts and catch me on Radio One Mallorca every Tuesday morning.

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