A dream can take possession of the mind when you least expect it and have the power to overcome reason by masking itself as an achievable goal. Many courageous people can testify that what started out as a dream can quickly turn into a nightmare. The enchantment of Mallorca has seduced many, including Nicole Bibard and Jörg Hertzner, into believing that dreams can be realised here.
They had it all – a big house, expensive cars and excellent jobs, Nicole as marketing coordinator for Sony Europe and Jörg as director of a thriving advertising agency. Fifteen years of holidays in Mallorca created the dream of living on the island. When the advertising agency was well established in Cologne, Jörg knew it was now or never. “We has always dreamed of an upmarket country hotel in Mallorca”, however Nicole believed “it was a dream that we would achieve sometime in the far future”.
They decided on the southeast of Mallorca. The beautiful tranquil surroundings with unspoiled beauty would create the perfect setting for a relaxed, easy-living style hotel. It happened on one of their numerous flights back to Germany when they spotted an advertisement in the newspaper. They were so intrigued, they returned to Mallorca two days later. The decision was made and before long their belongings were reduced to the contents of a removal van. Nicole had to face the fact that the faraway dream was now reality.
In the early weeks, Jörg was preoccupied renovating 60 sq meters so they would at least have a roof over their heads. This was the beginning of the nightmare, as reality really struck home. They had bought a ruin that was crawling with rats, dirt and dust and the sheer scope of what they had undertaken was quickly sinking-in.
Some weeks later, friends visited from German and there reaction was shock, horror. They jokingly promised to raise money to pay for the return flights back to Germany for Jörg and Nicole. At that point Nicole would have accepted the offer gladly but Jörg was determined to realise his dream. Each night as his eyes shut, exhaustion from hard work, he saw everything perfectly clear: 12 suites and rooms with 4 star facilities, each suite with its own terrace and garden, and some even had their own private pool.
A large swimming pool would occupy the empty field and behind it would stand the elegant dinning room and terrace where the cowshed currently stood. The inside would be the bar area with an open fire to make it cosy for guests. This room could be also used for events during the winter month. It was all planned out in Jörg´s head, they could offer a variety of sports facilities like a driving range to practice golf, a jogging track could go around the boundary of the field, a beach volleyball area, a badminton court, and bikes for trips to the nearby beach of Es Trenc. A country hotel that offered guests a wonderful environment to relax and rejuvenate their energy.
With the dawning of a new day reality returned – moist, rotten walls, old stables with broken down roofs, impossible to live in and requiring great vision to imagine how it could be transformed into their dream.
An architect drew-up the plans and sent in the application for the required planning permission. Jörg preferred to supervise the building work himself. He invited tenders, compared offers, ordered building material, supervised the workers while trying to steer through the maze of requirements to comply with the local permissions and laws governing agritourismo. There were many setbacks and problems during the two years of renovating the finca.
The greatest difficult they had was the financing of the project. Jörg and Nicole invested a large proportion of their own capital to complete the project. They ran into difficulties on finding out that that the letter from the bank who had promised to provide finance, was not worth the paper it was written on. It was a terrible shock – Jörg was frustrated furious and desperate. Nicole was homesick and remembers think many times “we cannot make it”. The nightmare finally ended for Jörg and Nicole but only through their determination to succeed and utilised their business acumen to overcome the challenges and roadblocks along the way.
Finca Amapola was opened in March 2002 and its success to date has surprised no one. The dream that Jörg and Nicole clung to during the difficult times has been more than fulfilled by the pleasure derived by their guests. They have hosted weddings, birthdays, families and friends have spent holiday and they have met strangers who they now call friends; this was the lifestyle they were dreaming of. Now when they look out over the large pool surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers, they remember what it was once like and smile because they know they have created a Mallorcan dream – Finca Amapola.
Carretera Sa Rápita, km 2,3
Tel. +34 971 650 244