Majorca Fires

700 people were evacuated from the town of Estellencs in the west of Mallorca as a fierce forest fire raged out of control. Firefighters from all over the island fought the blaze. The fire started 5 days ago near Andraitx and rapidly burned through the pine and oak forest above the town. Over 275 members of fire brigades and emergency services from across the island and also members of the army’s emergency unit, which was deployed to the island from Valencia on Friday afternoon, continued to fight the flames as more soldiers flew in and 70 more arrived.

The fire which started last Friday when a man was burning stubble in the zone of Es Capdellá lost control affecting 1,800 hectares, most of which was either pine forest, or low-lying woodland. Some areas inside the fire area have been left untouched.

It has since then blazed through an area of over 2,000 hectares and is the worst fire on the island since 1999. “The ecological impact of this fire is going to be enormous, agricultural land destroyed, livestock lost and houses gutted.” Bauza praised the efforts of all those involved in fighting the fire but he admitted that there was a sense of frustration because the situation remained “very complicated.” The road between Andraitx and Sant Elm was reopened yesterday but the roads between Estellencs and S’Arraco remained closed for most of yesterday.
Teams of psychologists were also on the scene to help calm those who had been evacuated and others, including farmers, who were worried about losing their homes and their livelihoods as the fire and the panic continued to rage through the west of the island.

According to security forces in Mallorca, the blaze is now under control. Temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius in the shade combined with high winds making the fire move faster and very difficult to contain. Apparently there has been virtually no rain in the area for at least two months, making conditions very dry.

The Pearl 75 unveiled in Port Portals

Last night saw the unveiling for the first time in Majorca of the Pearl 75 , designed by Bill Dixon with the interior created by Kelly Hoppen. As always a fabulous night in the Port Portals Marina , a popular place for yachting enthusiasts within the luxury of the sought after location boasting good dining and designer shopping.

The Pearl 75 Yacht had many features for the keen yachtsman, a high end ” Boy’s Toy ” of engineering technology with many extra’s, the reception was well met with those invited, enjoying a champagne reception.

The Yacht interior was , in my humble opinion , rather ” griege ” , and lacking a bit of “Wow” factor , usually when “dressing” a home for selling it is key to keep within the realms of neutral therefore not pressing your particular choice of style and colour preference on a prospective buyer encouraging them to add their personality to the home after purchase, but did Kelly play too safe with this project ?? methinks Yes.

All of the colour scheme remained the same throughout the yacht it melded into one colour palette of beige/grey/taupe, I personally loved the carpeting showing texture with the deep pile, good idea with the comings and goings of sailing , the main furniture pieces were basic beige or cream , a good safe choice, but cushions and highlighting decor were kept within the same colour range too!!, even down to the pictures on the wall ( is floral the way to go?? and what about the guy’s !!) , not a bit of daring contrast to be seen, no accent to enhance, to me it looked like a Zara Home’s 2012 meets Yachting 2013 ( I Love Zara by the way -AT home ) and the vases on a bedside table !!! where does my cocktail sit ? If you can afford the Pearl 75 Yacht you have “sanctuary” and proper use of colour would enhance that , you have the option to go to the East whenever you want I assume , so don’t you deserve some excitement in the colour scheme while in the Med, some added style when cruising ?? I think so, I am not suggesting a “wild” scheme but character is also part of life, and a little goes a long way.

The lighting was great , uber cool even fun , the interesting use of windows to add light through the below deck corridor was inventive , the blinds within the glass panes a good and practical idea. The use of space a marvel, I loved the drawer space, and the bathroom’s were as ultra modern as you would expect in a luxury home. All in all a great use of the space on board giving the impression that the 75 foot Yacht was actually much longer.

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Our latest flagship breaks new ground. Reflecting our owners needs and desires, the Pearl 75 brings together sumptuous space with luxurious styling and outstanding levels of comfort. Add to that the impressive manoeuvrability, a class beating flybridge, a jet ski garage and a hydraulic bathing platform and you have a yacht that will have our competitors reaching for the drawing board.

Bill Dixon the designer of the Pearl 75, only in his early twenties when he took over leadership of Angus Primrose soon changing the name to Dixon Yacht Design. The Pearl 75 is a testament to Bill’s abilities .

The team that make up Dixon Yacht Design are a highly trained and very experienced group, several of whom have been with Bill for many years.

Today the company, which recently moved its headquarters to more spacious accommodation in Swanwick Marina near Southampton, continues to look forward in every aspect of its business.

Kelly Hoppen Commenting ahead of the launch in Sept 2012 ,Kelly enthused “My aim with this exciting project was to instil a feeling of sanctuary in the Pearl 75, so it was perfect to use my East meets West philosophy. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Pearl 75 team and I’m thrilled with the results. I’m really looking forward to unveiling the Pearl 75 at the Southampton Boat Show.”


Join us for a champagne reception at one of the venues below on our 2013 Mediterranean tour to trial our fantastic new flag ship Pearl 75.
Puerto Portals, Mallorca – 22nd/23rd March
Palma boat show – 1st-5th May
Golfe Juan, South of France – 22nd/23rd August
Monaco – 29th/30th August
Cannes Boat show – 10th–15th September

Palma de Mallorca’s airport expands its shopping area

Mallorca’s international airport, Son Sant Joan, is to undergo a bit of a facelift this year to allow for expansion and improvement of the shopping and dining areas.

€12 million is to be spent on remodeling the retail space beyond the security gates. The work will start in February and will create 6000 square metres of shopping and refreshment space. Passengers traveling though departure lounges A, C & D will be routed through the improved duty-free shopping area on their way to the departure gates.

The airport will be welcoming brands such as Zara, Mango, Desigual and H&M into this shopping area. It is hoped that the improved shopping facilities will result in an increase in revenue from €31 million in 2013 to €52 million in 2017. Current average passenger spending at Mallorca’s airport is €9 which is below the average spend at the other Spanish airports.

The redesign will create 100 jobs and the number of retail shops will increase from 13 to 22. The refurbishment will be completed by October although most of the work should be completed in time for the Easter holidays.

With an increasing international market and record high passenger numbers coming to Mallorca, the Director of Commercial Services of AENA (owner of the airports) has outlined the project as one to boost Son Sant Joan’s reputation and increase efficiency and competitiveness. to offer Alicante and Palma flights from Humberside Airport

FLEDGLING flight operator will soon be taking off from Humberside Airport. The new company, which has sorted out a naming issue that threatened to escalate into legal action with Jet2, will now offer Alicante and Palma as destinations for summer 2013.

The tie-in with Humberside Airport Travel comes as Humberside Airport confirmed September destinations of Lake Garda in northern Italy and Porto, Portugal’s second city, with Newmarket Holidays.

Paul Litten, commercial director at Kirmington, said: “The airport is delighted someone else is getting behind the Alicante and Palma services operating next year.”

Two Palma flights and an Alicante departure, are joined by Jersey, Bulgaria, Turkey and Tunisia on the flight information boards next summer.

The one-off trips to Italy and Portugal offer “an additional 500 people the chance to go away to somewhere that wasn’t an option before,” said Mr Litten.

Lake Garda joins a cruise link-up to Venice, as well as Naples and Verona in an Italian quartet of single charters, with Madeira, Croatia and the French Riviera also on the list.

Following an end to the dispute over the “Jet” naming, which started with a solicitors’ letter, Liverpool-based has retained its original title, and is now keen to boost the numbers taking up the seats. Flights from Humberside to the Costa Blanca and Majorca will operate every Tuesday between May 28 and September 24. director Daniel Reilly said: “We are delighted to announce that in co-operation with Humberside Airport Travel we are now offering services from Humberside Airport to Alicante and Majorca. Passengers can enjoy a free luggage allowance of 20kg, allocated seating, no card charges and our underlining focus on making fares transparent for them.”

All flights are ATOL protected by’s parent company; Independent Worldchoice Holidays, which brings more than a decade of travel industry experience to the fore.

Of the issue with Jet2, Mr Reilly said: “The situation was eventually resolved after several months of letters back and forth. We explained that we did not have any intention of attempting to confuse the public into believing we were part of Jet2, our brand and logo are purposefully different to theirs for this reason, our website statistics also showed us that nobody had landed at by mistake having been searching for Jet2.”