The sands of time could not dim the appeal of this spot on beautiful Playa de Muro. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, ‘Es Segai’ – one of north Mallorca’s first restaurants – was located here. Thirty-five years ago the property was in ruins when the Carbonell Crespi family took it over and restored it.
Royal Beach Gastrosenses Restaurant
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Tolo Carbonell was eight years old when his father designed a crown logo for the new family business, originally to be called Golden Beach. Tolo suggested the name Royal Beach instead.
Tolo grew up and became sales manager for a skateboard shoe brand – and a well-known skateboarder – based in Madrid. He travelled around Spain and the world, promoting the brand with its skateboard team. But the violent storm in 2001 that devastated much of Mallorca’s forested areas also destroyed Royal Beach – and dramatically changed Tolo’s life. His mother was then solely responsible for the establishment and he gave up everything to come home to Playa de Muro.
With his iPod, a chainsaw, and a group of good friends, Tolo rebuilt Royal Beach. He rented it from his mother and began a new chapter in the Royal Beach story.
Initially the clients were mainly young and local, coming to eat and drink in this prime location, but today it appeals to a clientele seeking a gastronomic experience in a unique place. Live music – in a variety of genres – has become another successful strand of the business. “Music has been what has always motivated me to take any decision,” he says.
One of his most recent decisions was to invite his friend Andreu Genestra (the Michelin-starred Mallorcan chef) to create the menu for the newly refurbished and renamed Royal Beach Gastrosenses.
Tolo explains the new name: “We wanted to create something unique to awaken all the senses: taste (food and cocktails); sight (beach and garden views); touch (décor items); sound (music); and smell (the aromas of the food and drinks). My wife Susana and I hope people will long remember the sensory experiences they had here.”