Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel — Ibiza, Spain
Madrid-based Italian studio Ilmiodesign has transformed a previously functional 16-year-old block of holiday apartments, in Ibiza’s San Antonio district, into an art deco-style building that now houses the new Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel. Recalling a kitsch and colourful 1970s Miami, the firm incorporated cantilevers, curve-edged balconies and vertical fins into the building’s façade, which is now washed in a showy pink.
Inside, Ilmiodesign looked towards its Italian heritage, taking inspirations from shapes, styles and chromatics that became popular in Italy in the 1960s and 70s, spearheaded by the likes of the Archizoom group. Each room features a headboard above the bed in the style of the ultrafragola mirror that Ettore Sottsass designed for Poltronova in 1970, while Archizoom’s signature neon lighting is seen throughout the hotel.
On a mission to boost contemporary art in the San Antonio neighbourhood, are Spanish artists Iñaki Domingo and Diana Kunst, who are leading the hotel’s art programme. Acting as curators and advisors, the pair have sourced approximately 60 local and international artists – including Marcos Torres (Ibiza), Pau Sanz i Vila (Alicante), Thani Mara (Barcelona), Yoko Honda (Japan) and Marylou Faure (France) – to display various works throughout the property. They have also curated a mini-library of art books and will host residencies and workshops for local artists, some taking place in the Zero Suite, a fully-furnished glass-walled bedroom installation on display next to the reception area.
Also on Paradiso’s premises is Adda Gallery Ibiza, which will run its own exhibition programme. Director Anna Dimitrova, who already has contemporary art galleries in Paris and Barcelona, hopes that this new location within the hotel will attract art lovers to the area while also encouraging local interest.
Elsewhere, the hotel’s facilities – from on-site craft hat-makers to an in-house tattoo parlour – are bound to keep you busy, but you’re likely to find us lounging beside one of the two shimmering pools, or perhaps getting a bite in at Andy’s, the restaurant, which serves a range of crowd-pleasers from beef sirloin brochettes to veggie bowls packed with goodies including quinoa, tofu, houmous and edamame. §