Santo Domingo, DR
Cuban businessman José Fanjul, owner of the Casa de Campo hotel complex in La Romana, has maintained a close friendship for several decades with King Emeritus Juan Carlos I of Spain and has opened the doors of his luxury villa in the Caribbean so you can stay as long as you want.
The king emeritus has stayed several times in the Dominican tourist enclave, where there is even a street with his name, and could be, according to some media, his refuge after leaving Spain due to the controversy caused by his alleged hidden businesses in Switzerland.
Casa de Campo, located 6,600 kilometers from Madrid, is one of the most exclusive complexes in the Caribbean, and its mansions are guaranteed privacy as it is inaccessible to non-residents.
Aware of the situation he finds himself in, Fanjul spoke to him several times in recent days, although he assures that he is not aware of his plans.
«I think that he himself does not yet know his plans abroad at this time. But in any of my properties it has all the doors open, “said the magnate based in Florida (United States) in statements to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
The previous head of state communicated last Monday to his son, Felipe VI, the “thoughtful decision” to move to live outside of Spain, although the fate is unknown for now, given the public repercussion of “certain past events” in his life. private, as reported by the Spanish royal house.
He assures that he does not know where the emeritus king is and trusts that his departure from Spain “will be only temporary”, feeling “very sorry for how they are treating him, with everything he has done for Spain”.
CUBAN AND SPANISH ROOTS
The businessman’s friendship with Juan Carlos I dates back to the 1980s, although the relationship between their families comes from before, since there was a certain relationship, since his great-aunt married Alfonso de Borbón, the king’s uncle.
The four Fanjul brothers – José, Alfonso (Alfy), Alexander and Andrés – were born in Cuba, although their ancestors are of Asturian origin, in northern Spain, and arrived in the Caribbean country in the mid-19th century.
After building a sugar empire, the family had to leave the country with the triumph of the revolution (1959) and the coming to power of Fidel Castro.
Installed in Miami (Florida), they started from scratch until starting a new sugar and real estate emporium, based on the Fanjul Corporation and Florida Crystals, and which they extended to the Dominican Republic.
The power of the Fanjul, one of the wealthiest families in the United States, corresponds to their ties to the political class of this country.
Pepe and Andrés are Republican supporters, and Alfy, a close friend of the Clintons, has always been on the side of the Democrats and supported Barack Obama when he made US policy on Cuba more flexible.
JUAN CARLOS I STREET
Among the many properties they treasure, there is the luxurious tourist town Casa de Campo de La Romana.
Such is the link with the Fanjul, that the main street is called Juan Carlos I. He himself inaugurated it together with the brothers José and Alfy and the Dominican President, Danilo Medina, in May 2015.
On that trip, he also attended the “Parents and Children” business forum, held in that urbanization, and in which, among others, ex-President of the Spanish Government Felipe González; the Brazilian exmandatario Fernando Henrique Cardoso; Venezuelan businessman Gustavo Cisneros and Mexican Carlos Slim.
Juan Carlos I knows the Dominican Republic well, both for the times he officially visited it and for private travel.
In fact, Santo Domingo was the destination of his first international trip with his wife, Queen Sofia, in June 1976, after being proclaimed King of Spain.
After abdicating his son (1914), he moved to the Caribbean country in August 2016 to head the Spanish delegation at the inauguration of President Danilo Medina.