Exploring a Heavenly Island02 January 2021
With the prospect of a new year ahead, in the midst of an English winter, I can’t help but think of warmer weather and a sunny destination. This week, my thoughts are in Palma: one of the most heavenly islands in the Canaries and the world. The island is synonymous with a sunny climate and endless beaches. With lush forests situated in the north and volcanic lands in the south; the island itself has plenty more to offer.
I’m always fascinated by the scenic panoramas, terraced hills, rocky coastlines and a limitless view of the cobalt-blue Mediterranean. These are all good reasons to return (or visit, if you haven’t been). The city streets are inviting and cobblestone paths await walkers eager to explore the town, riddled with renaissance-era churches, ancient mansions and historical sites.
For paradise-seekers and adventurers alike, I’d suggest taking a hike through the Caldera de Taburiente National Park or the narrow canyons of Los Tilos. Take a refreshing dip in the blissful waters of the natural swimming pools of Charco Azul. Of course, sunbathing is effortless along the dark sands of Playa Nueva. Better yet, why not consider a home in Palma? Here, soaking up the sun and retreating to your own paradise following a day of adventure can take on a whole new meaning.
This was the case with one of our clients - who yearned for a home-away-from-home in Palma that felt like a New England beach house with the April Hamilton touch. For this project, I drew inspiration from Something’s Gotta Give, where a phenomenal Hamptons beach house served as the backdrop to this iconic romantic comedy featuring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
I’d worked with the clients on a previous project, and was intimately familiar with their vision. Using the film as my starting point, my team and I welcomed the opportunity to fly out to the island of Mallorca, mid-winter. We were received by their driver, who whisked us away to an isolated part of the island. As we drove through unmade roads, we finally arrived at our destination: greeted by an automated gate that ushered us into heavenly landscaped gardens.
Personally, my favourite part was fixing my gaze upon the two upper floors that had been entirely removed to reveal the ecclesiastical quality to the building. Despite all the temptation the island has to offer, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work on the task at hand.
Our luxurious bespoke joinery includes beautiful kitchens, with Miele and Gannenau appliances that complement our designs. We also leveraged local granite to enhance the Little Greene paint and the building’s surroundings. Overall, it was as ergonomically-sound as it was stunning. Not to mention, their chef loved it.
Next, we created bespoke rugs and furniture, which are all designed here at April Hamilton Interiors. To support our vision, we relied on our most trusted and favourite suppliers, including Andrew Martin, Designers Guild, Julian Chichester, Victoria Bain, Porta Romana and Trowbridge Gallery, to name a few.
Whether working with clients in the UK or Europe, manifesting the dream and vision of our clients is our priority, without the need to compromise on the style and brand that April Hamilton Luxury Interiors has grown to represent.