ANYONE wondering where King Juan Carlos I is now will have had their curiosity satisfied through a TeleCinco magazine show this week – details of his secluded location in Abu Dhabi have been revealed.
Reporters from Viva la Vida have traced the Rex Emeritus to an island about a 15-minute boat ride from the mainland, barely a square kilometre and mostly forest, where those who retreat to it are assured of privacy.
A complex of 11 luxury villas on Nurai Island is well-hidden from the shores, and the retired monarch, who abdicated in June 2014, is staying in one of them.
Said to be worth around €11 million, with six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a panoramic sea view, the two-storey house takes up about a quarter of its one-acre plot and has plush, spacious lounges, a billiards room, a table football room, its own cinema, and a swimming pool.
The largest lounge and its terrace lead straight out onto the villa’s private beach on the west side of Nurai Island, meaning the father of the current reigning King Felipe VI is safe from rogue unwanted visitors.
In fact, until a few years ago, Nurai Island was completely uninhabited.
King Juan Carlos I is living there as a guest of its owners, the Al-Qubaisi family, whom he posed for a selfie with on their terrace recently – a picture they uploaded onto their official Instagram page, @amnalqubaisi_official.
The former monarch is said to be in good health, and has no immediate plans to return to Spain.