Israeli hotel chain pays €165m for six hotels in Spain

Israeli hotel chain pays €165m for six hotels in Spain

Israeli hotel company Fattal Group has agreed to acquire six hotels in Spain from KKR and Dunas Capital for over €165 million.

Located in key strategic beachfront locations on the islands of Ibiza and Mallorca, the six hotels, comprise four hotels and two apartment hotels and currently form part of the Alua Hotels & Resorts chain, each having a 4-star rating.

Totaling 1,119 rooms, the hotels boast a wide range of amenities and attractions such as pools, restaurants, bars, gyms, children’s rooms, and other recreational facilities. The hotels have historically had high seasonal occupancy rates and are seeing a steady increase in demand as guests return following the Covid pandemic.

The transaction marks the first undertaking by Fattal as part of a joint venture with institutional investors Menorah, Harel, and Leumi Partners.

The partnership will finance the transaction from its own sources, in addition to a loan of approximately €95 million that the partnership intends to receive from a banking entity.

The purchased hotels – Alua Hawaii Ibiza (209 rooms), Alua Miami Ibiza (360 rooms), Aluasun Miami Ibiza apartment hotel (82 Apartments), Alua Hawaii Mallorca & Suites (230 rooms and 68 Hawaii Mallorca Suites), and Alua Palmanova Bay (170 rooms) – have in recent years benefitted from over €14 million of investment in the renovation and transformation of the hotels.

Fattal plans to invest a further €20 million in enhancing the facilities, amenities, and overall customer experience, and it is currently envisaged that the hotels will in due course rebrand to the Group’s well-known European hotel brands such as Leonardo, Leonardo Royal, and NYX.

The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2022 and will not impact guest reservations or experiences.

Guy Vardi and Yaniv Amzaleg, who oversaw the transaction on behalf of Fattal, commented: “This exciting acquisition reflects Fattal’s ability to identify strategic opportunities and complete transactions of significant scale with top-tier international sponsors and partners. It presents us with a rare opportunity to acquire a high-quality portfolio of assets, timed to capitalize on the potential for a near-term return to travel, as well as the hotels’ fantastic locations – which will remain in high demand for years to come. In addition, through effective management, branding, product enhancement, and targeted investment there is a significant opportunity to grow value and generate strong returns for our investors.”

Guy Vardi and Yaniv Amzaleg recently joined Fattal to lead Fattal’s international M&A activities and joint venture. The two bring with them extensive experience on a significant scale in international transactions, having led international investment activities in recent years.

Rosa Brand, Director in EMEA Real Estate at KKR, added: “Since acquiring these hotels in 2017, we have invested significantly to transform and modernise the portfolio alongside our partners Dunas Capital and Alua, consistent with our European strategy of working with best-in-class local developers and operators. We are delighted that Fattal Group will be the new owners of the portfolio.”

Shai Raz, CEO of Fattal Hotels in Spain, remarked: “In recent years, Fattal has built a strong and profitable management platform for our hotels in Spain, that is consistent with the company’s ambitious growth strategy to expand in the most attractive areas of the European continent. We are delighted that with this deal we have created a strong presence on the Balearic Island and strengthened our overall position in Spain by bringing the total number of Spanish hotels to 16.”

Ronen Nissenbaum, CEO of Fattal Hotels in the UK, The Netherlands, and Spain, added: “I am delighted with the acquisition of the 6 hotels and their integration into our diverse and high-quality portfolio. With this acquisition, the company strengthens its presence as a leader in European holiday destinations. In addition to the quality of our hotels and our people, we look forward to leveraging our expertise and capabilities to drive positive performance and provide our customers with even greater products, experiences, and services”

David Angulo, Chairman of Dunas Capital, said: “It has been an honour to share our expertise in the Spanish market with our partners KKR and Alua to add value to this high-quality portfolio of prime assets. The combined capabilities of the three groups yielded very positive results. We believe that the Spanish tourism sector continues to have great potential and we congratulate Fattal Hotels for identifying this fantastic opportunity and investing in this trend.”