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ENVIRONMENT

Idyllic Mallorca beach threatened by hotel

Resort plan divides environmentalists and businesses

One of Mallorca's last remaining unspoiled beaches, Es Trenc in the southeast of the island, is under threat from a proposed hotel and golf complex that has the backing of the regional government of the Balearics.

Spanish hotel chain Blau Hotels & Resorts wants to build a 1,250-room hotel complex in the sleepy beach resort of Sa Rapita. Local opinion is divided on the construction, with environmentalists keen to preserve the natural beauty of the area, but many local businesses support the project, saying that it will bring 850 jobs to the area during the construction phase, followed by 300 jobs once the hotel resort opens. The cost of the build is estimated to be 120 million euros.

Es Trenc is widely acknowledged as being one of Mallorca's most beautiful beaches, with a unique ecosystem.

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