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October 6, 2020

Interview with Esteban Mercer: Style has a name!

by Palma Beach

Esteban Mercer

Where were you born?

In Pollença, a beautiful town which was my school of life. I was born in the idyllic Plaza Mayor, in a little hotel with a bar run by my parents, who were very young and good-looking.  Being born there and living in a hotel, although we did have a separate house, had a profound influence on me.

How would you define yourself?

A typically Mallorcan product, although some people don’t believe it. I adore my town, although perhaps because of what I’ve just said I am extremely curious, respectful towards others and very open to discovering other people and cultures.

White tie or Smart casual.

It depends on the occasion. If it requires black tie then that is what I wear, but I am equally at home with a shirt and casual trousers.

A writer.

I really like Stefan Zweig and Thomas Mann. And I laugh a lot at the marvellous articles and delirious yet smart books by Boris Izaguirre.

A book.

Marie Antoinette by Stefan Zweig. I must have read it ten or twelve times.

A song.

Mediterráneo performed by Lolita Flores. The first time I heard it it made me cry. It touched my soul.

An actor.

I like a lot of actors. I think the most elegant actor was Gregory Peck, although everyone, including me, praises Grant. I also think highly of Ryan Gosling.

Your favourite food?

I really miss my grandmother’s baked cauliflower pie and my mother’s lemon tart. I wish I could eat these dishes again with them beside me.

Your ideal cocktail?

Anything that contains lime, although I don’t make any discriminations, I adore piña coladas and coco locos.

What do you think Palma Beach will be like in ten years?

Marvellous. I think the change for the better has already begun, but we mustn’t rest on our laurels. That’s in the past. Let’s give it maximum quality. We have to be proud of who we are and of our hoteliers. Appreciate something that has been created out of nothing. I see them as heroes. I have travelled all over the world and learned to have a deep love for Palma Beach and its architecture, because it was totally avant-garde at one time and once it is rejuvenated again it will be incredibly modern, elegant and fantastic. It is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and it will continue to be so, but even better.