Rafael Nadal teams up with Meliá Hotels to launch new hotel brand ZEL

(L-R) Gabriel Escarrer, CEO of Meliá Hotels, and Rafael Nadal.

Tennis player Rafael Nadal has teamed up with Spanish hotel company Meliá Hotels International to launch new hotel brand ZEL.

The new lifestyle brand will first begin to operate in Spain, and then later in key destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and America.

“As a Spaniard, a Mallorcan and a global traveller, the launch of our hotel brand is a project that I have had in mind for a long while,” said Nadal.

“ZEL is synonymous with feeling good at all times, enjoying life and the way we live it throughout the Mediterranean. I was really attracted from the start to this new concept we have been working on with Meliá.”


The first ZEL hotel will open in Mallorca in 2023 with the addition of more than 20 hotels in five years across Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia.

“The result of combining the inspirational leadership of Rafa Nadal and the international experience of more than 65 years of Meliá in creating luxury hotels and in hotel management, is the unique brand we present today, which travellers are going to love and which will surprise the new generations,” said Gabriel Escarrer, CEO of Meliá Hotels.

“An innovative hotel brand, full of energy, with a new interpretation of well-being and a sustainable business model. We are happy to finally be able to announce our partnership in this project with an icon on both a personal and sporting level such as Rafa.”