This Side of Paradise

A new book about the homes on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza is the next best thing to being there

A shaded outdoor seating area at Es Pouas, a country house near Santa Agnes.
Photographs by Pere Planells; all images courtesy of teNeues

By now, most sophisticated travelers know there’s more to Ibiza than its reputation for hedonism would suggest. The notorious international party haven, a favorite of the Kate Moss/Jade Jagger/Victoria Beckham set, has a quieter, more civilized face: pine forests, deserted beaches, and an ancient capital, all contributing to its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The combination of high-profile visitors and the island’s geographical and cultural diversity is part of the reason for its wealth of memorable homes—21 of which are depicted in the lush, image-rich pages of teNeues’s Living in Style Ibiza, one of the season’s most alluring coffee-table reads.

Almond, carob, and olive trees, thousands of years old, line the lanes that wind between hidden island houses, magnificent estates, and imposing city palaces.

–from the introduction

The pool terrace at Palacio Bardaji, in Ibiza's historic center.
Photo by Conrad White/Gerber GMC.
A petite dining nook at Es Pouas.
A bedroom at architect Jaime Romano's home in Can Pep Simó. 

Wanderlust doesn’t begin to describe the feeling that a casual perusal of this book provokes. (Don’t even think of picking it up in the dead of winter unless you have a masochistic streak.) With such visual splendor before your eyes, it’s tempting to play a design lover’s version of Would You Rather: would you rather live in a 200-year-old finca on a hill with beamed ceilings and terra-cotta floors? A contemporary seaside compound with Barbarella-style interiors and a bed inspired by the wrapper of a Ferrero Rocher chocolate? A rambling villa hidden within traditional Moorish gardens? Or an eclectic, textile-laden cottage where Anita Pallenberg would have felt right at home? As far as living vicariously goes, this book delivers the goods. —Irene Edwards

Living in Style Ibiza, edited by Anke Rice & Clarisse Grumbach-Palme: teNeus; $59.95

Can Pep Bet, a traditional finca that dates back to 1793. 

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