interior

VILLA ANOUK

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The bucolic countryside surrounding Essaouira is one of its greatest surprises. Villa Anouk sits at the heart of it, down a long, bumpy, dirt track about 20 minutes by car from Essaouira.292A6326ThePerfectHideaway_VillaAnouk15ThePerfectHideaway_VillaAnouk18ThePerfectHideaway_VillaAnouk08ThePerfectHideaway_VillaAnouk20ThePerfectHideaway_VillaAnouk07ThePerfectHideaway_VillaAnouk13ThePerfectHideaway_VillaAnouk14ThePerfectHideaway_VillaAnouk04ThePerfectHideaway_VillaAnouk19ThePerfectHideaway_VillaAnouk11

If one of the impossibly sexy agroturismos (rural houses) of Ibiza was to fall out of the sky and land near Essaouira it would probably look something like this. Owner Anouk Beguery has been sympathetic in a restoration of the farm building, keeping the original features such as like the locally thatched thuya wood-beamed ceilings. But the space has been opened up – light pours in through huge cedar-wood framed doors and arched windows highlighting exposed stone walls, champagne-coloured upholstery, sequinned wedding blanket cushions and sheepskin rugs casually tossed across wire-framed armchairs.

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food

ARCA -TULUM

A restaurant bar in the tropical jungle of Tulum, Mexico. Serving fresh, seasonal cuisine using local Mexican ingredients.

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Arca’s focus is on Yucatán ingredients, resulting in Mexi-Cal cuisine—think farm-to-table starters like charred snap peas and grilled asparagus; inventive cocktails like El Solar that blends mezcal, hibiscus, chipotle syrup and smoked ancho chili rum; and homemade sourdough bread so good it sells out by 9 p.m. The simple wood and candlelight environment is elegant without being pretentious.

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interior & inspiration

FINCA SA PEDRA – MALLORCA

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Italian artist Fabrizio Plessi has made one of his dreams come true on the sunny island of Mallorca, Spain, in the form of his summer retreat, Finca Sa Pedra.

The renovated and converted house is made of large, rough, yellow sandstone blocks and is surrounded by cornfields and olive trees. The stone also informs the flair of the light-flooded rooms, complemented by white walls and a minimalist interior design concept.

At Sa Pedra nature is an integral part of the architecture and enters into dialog with modern design elements. In the former barn, exposed stones on the floor lead to the seating, in what is now a lounge area. Through the old wooden door in the bathroom one can see a modern Corian washbasin and in the kitchen the 7.2 m long stainless-steel ‘Convivium’ island, by Italian kitchen manufacturer Arclinea contrasts starkly with the rough sandstone outer walls. Here, nature and technology harmonize.

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photos © Nicolas Matheus