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Adán Diehl And His Formentor Vision


The year 1928 was not a time when many people would have thought of building a hotel on the island of Mallorca. Only a mad person would endeavour such an undertaking, or perhaps a visionary.

Adán Diehl, an Argentinian art lover, was a man with a vision. I do not know what exactly brought señor Diehl to our shores, but he liked what he saw and he fell in love in particular with the idyllic setting of the remote Península de Formentor. He bought a large expanse of land from the Costa i Llobera family for the stately sum of 520,000 Pesetas. The Hotel Formentor was duly built, overlooking the stunningly beautiful Cala Pí de la Posada.

The hotel would soon become a synonym for sophisticated luxury. Virtually from the beginning, the venue served as a meeting place for royalty and personalities of politics, art and show business from all over the world, among them Edward Prince of Wales and Wallis Simpson, the Spanish royal family, Winston Churchill, Charley Chaplin, Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Ava Gardner, Edward G. Robinson, Audrey Hepburn, Laurence Olivier, Peter Ustinov, Aristotle Onassis, Agatha Christie and Mario Vargas Llosa. Nowadays, important international events and European summit meetings are organised in this outstanding, peaceful setting.

Adán Diehl had one more vision when he built Mallorca’s first golf course near his hotel premises. That venue was never inaugurated, however, for reasons related to the Spanish Civil War. Let me hold that story back for a future blog entry.

Today, the Hotel Formentor is owned by the Mallorcan Barceló group of hotels.

May I suggest to you a visit of the Platja de Formentor. The surroundings are perfect for a swim, a picnic, a sun tan session or a drink at the beach bar, which is run by the Hotel Formentor but is open to the public and rather civil in their pricing attitude.

The photo was was taken near Port de Pollença, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 14th, 2009. The time was 14:34:43.

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  1. In 2005 I was on an organized bus tour from Puerto de Soller to the northern part of Mallorca. We visited Lluc, Pollenca, boat from Puerto de Pollenca to Platja de Formentor, then bus back to Soller. Formentor is really a beautiful and scenic area. I think your photo is from where we disembarked.

    But as usual on organized tours, it was far too little time in each place. I hope some day I can go back to Formentor and spend as much time as I want to.

  2. To visit The Hotel Formentor today is to step back in time to a more graceful period and it is a rare experience. The hotel and it’s lovely gardens exude peace and tranquility and the spirit of Adan Diehl, it’s creator, still permeate the place thanks to the sympathetic administration by the Barcelo family.
    Look no further for gentle old fashioned Mallorcan hospitality, and my advice is to go there with someone you love.

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