From one’s August Instagram feed, one can be forgiven for feeling like the whole country has decamped to the White Isle for August. But this year fun seekers in Ibiza have even more to selfie about than usual. This summer has seen the opening of the Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel, and for sun-worshipers, party people and colour lovers alike, it’s a dream.
The Paradiso hotel is situated on the Balearic island’s northwest coast, close to the resort of San Antonio. Imagined as an alternative sort of holiday destination, it offers a comprehensive arts programme for guests and other visitors, and has been designed by Spanish studio Ilmiodesign. “Devoted to art and contemporary creation, and borrowing inspiration from the aesthetics of MiMo – Miami Modern – the new hotel introduces a whole new way of visiting the island, surrounded by high-quality art,” say owners Concept Hotel Group. The result is indeed an inspired slice of the colourful Deco style that Miami is famous for. The hotel has sweeping balconies that echo the classic lines of an ocean liner, cleverly lit to add pastel stripes to the architecture.
Inside the Paradiso, the rooms are decorated in eye-popping style, referencing the bold shapes and colours of the Memphis design group, whose 1980s post-modernist, playful aesthetic is having a moment right now. They are decorated in pink, yellow or green, according to which floor of the hotel they are on, and feature cartoonish headboards and carefully clashing furniture.
As a hotel that promises to put art at its heart, the Paradiso also has an accommodation option for the brave or the exhibitionist. The glass-walled Zero Suite sits squarely in the reception area, open to artists for ‘micro residencies’ at the hotel, one weekend of each month. Ibiza has a reputation for a place where anything goes – and now it has a dynamic, adventurous hotel to match this free-wheeling spirit. Selfies obligatory.
All images from the Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel.