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Rafael Nadal and Meliá Hotels Open ZEL Costa Brava Hotel

  • Rendering of the ZEL Costa Brava Hotel   

  • Gabriel Escarrer and Rafael Nadel   

The Mediterranean is highly sought-after for its climate, cuisine, and picturesque landscapes, drawing millions of tourists to Spain to discover its unique lifestyle. Inspired by this, Meliá Hotels International and Rafael Nadal created ZEL: a collaborative lifestyle brand that pays homage to the Mediterranean ethos.

Following the success of its inaugural hotel, ZEL Mallorca, the brand will expand its presence this summer with a second property on the stunning Costa Brava. ZEL Costa Brava is set to open in June, promising “fiesta and siesta”–the ultimate destination for excitement and relaxation.

ZEL Costa Brava aims to follow the success of ZEL Mallorca, which saw a notable 20% increase in occupancy between 2022 and 2024, and a 50% surge in deluxe room bookings.

Situated on the breathtaking coast of Cala Giverola, just minutes from the iconic Tossa de Mar, ZEL Costa Brava perfectly blends the rich cultural heritage with the unparalleled beauty of its beaches and cliff sides—once serving as filming locations for Hollywood classics like “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman.” The area features iconic landmarks such as the Tossa del Mar castle, the Vila Vella, the Ametllers Roman Villa, and some of the most Instagram-worthy spots along the Spanish coast.

Positioned just 20 miles from the Girona-Costa Brava International Airport and less than 70 miles from Barcelona, this enticing retreat allows guests to immerse in relaxation and entertainment. The hotel aims to create an active lifestyle community, providing an array of rejuvenating activities designed to invigorate both body and mind.

“I loved ZEL Costa Brava as soon as I saw it,” said Rafael Nadal, co-creator and inspiration for the ZEL brand with Meliá Hotels International. “The architecture integrated into nature, together with interior design developed to the ZEL philosophy, have resulted in an emblematic and unique hotel where I hope to have a great time in the future.”

The ZEL wellness experience

ZEL Costa Brava offers everything that all travelers, from couples, solo travelers, and families alike, may seek in a wellness-driven getaway, including a spa featuring a sizable heated pool overlooking the mountains, a sun terrace with panoramic sea views, steam rooms, saunas, and an extensive menu of treatments. Guests can also enjoy access to a fully equipped gym and participate in personalized or group training sessions tailored to promote holistic wellbeing.


With ZEL Costa Brava’s prime location, guests can enjoy a variety of 46 different sports activities, ranging from court sports like tennis and basketball to nature activities such as Nordic walking and cycling, as well as water sports in its semi-Olympic pool. Guests can also partake in weekly activities organized by the renowned ZEL Club, including swimming circuits, group runs, creative cooking classes, social gatherings and festive experiences held in the property’s leisure and dining spaces.

The hotel’s Beach Club at Cala Giverola will offer guests a culinary journey of the Mediterranean amidst a picturesque setting. Other dining options include the lobby bar, a food truck, beach bar, and several terraces. The property also features a spacious meeting room that can be divided into three separate spaces, catering to events and team-building activities.

An idyllic destination between the sea and the mountains

The hotel has 214 rooms and suites that are inspired by nature, ranging from one to three room layouts, including Suites, Junior Suites, Casa ZEL, and Duplex accommodations – all offering views of the sea, mountains, or gardens. The rooms feature CREATE appliances, and HAAN toiletries, that were specially selected for the personal care brand’s innovation and environmental consciousness.

With a commitment to sustainability and environmental harmony, ZEL Costa Brava adheres to the principles of organic architecture, integrating natural materials and dynamic outdoor spaces throughout the property to complement the hotel’s surroundings. The hotel’s central patio serves as a communal gathering spot, ideal for enjoying specialty coffee from Café de Finca or perusing local and international goods.

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