Island Dream
Tatler Philippines|July 2021
The breathtaking beauty of Ibiza serves as a stunning backdrop for this tranquil holiday home
Chelsia Tan

If you get the chance to visit Sabina Villa, Ibiza’s first eco-inspired private estate and clubhouse, it’s likely you’ll be swept away by the island’s white sand beaches, sun-dappled waters and verdant landscapes.

When Sabina Estates founder Anton Bilton reached out to acclaimed British designer Tara Bernerd for the opportunity to design a turnkey sixbedroom villa within the development, she agreed almost instantly.

“It was something of a personal dream to design a home in Ibiza, so I jumped at the chance,” she says. “I have been friends with Anton for many years, so it was a particular pleasure when he came to my office to discuss his vision for the project.”

Located a mere 500m from the Balearic Sea, the villa was the first of 13 launched in 2020, with more properties to be conceived by an international group of architects and designers over the next few years. This includes award-winning Spanish architect Jordi Carreño, who built the modern home that Bernerd was also commissioned for.

“I was immediately drawn to Carreño’s vision for the villa,” says Bernerd. “The entrance of the building is deceptively understated, appearing as a series of stoneclad boxes, each with a large timber-framed window protruding slightly, containing the bedrooms. In contrast, the garden is much more dramatic, housed in a white framed box that appears to float slightly above the ground. Our job as interior designers was to marry these two different aspects together in the interior, which was a challenge we relished.”

THE LUSH LIFE

The southwest-facing building is surrounded by a thriving garden envisioned by landscape designer Andrea Sanchez, who supplemented the area’s indigenous vegetation with bright bursts of bougainvillea. Look beyond the horizon, and one catches a glimpse of the sea.

“The setting of a project is extremely important, as it can be an element that changes a project from merely good to great,” says Bernerd. “Sanchez has designed the garden using local and indigenous flora, which makes the villa feel like it’s been there forever. And the results are stunning.”

This scenery provided an inspiring backdrop for the designers. To let the building’s design shine through, the team chose to highlight the garden, swimming pool and seafront views.

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