Mallorca, Spain

Villa Havana

Low season p/w from$1,748High season p/w from$2,415

Style

Cuban cool

Setting

Heritage Balearic hillside

Sleeps

12

A short drive from Palma, Villa Havana in Mallorca is a stylish tribute to the Cuban capital. A pair of architects have restored this grand residence to the grandeur of its glory days, when it was the home of a design-minded general. Huge windows and high ceilings form the backdrop to art deco details, such as original floral or geometric tiles, wicker chairs and hanging lamps. Each of the bedrooms in this hillside hideaway has an ensuite bathroom, king-size bed and dreamy decor (we particularly love the antique linen headboards). The home has a huge kitchen, perfect for cooking for a crowd – and there’s a pine-shaded kitchen out in the grounds, as well as a palm-tree-lined pool.

 

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First Glance

  • Heritage Havana-inspired building built in the late 19th century and lovingly brought back to life by two architects.
  • Lofty ceilings and art deco design, with original patterned tiles, statement chandeliers and vintage furniture.
  • Living room with patio doors that lead to the wraparound first-floor terrace, a glass-fronted fireplace and under-floor heating.
  • A second living room on the top floor, with exposed ceiling beams, leather armchairs, a four-seater sofa and a wall-mounted projector.
  • Dining room on the first floor with more of the signature high ceilings, original art deco tiles and wooden shutters. The patio doors lead to another wraparound terrace, which overlooks the gardens, pool and the sea, and there’s a wooden table that seats 12.
  • The huge kitchen is on the first floor and has a granite-topped island, Neff induction hob, triple marble sinks, a Nespresso machine, bar stools and an American-style (read: enormous) fridge-freezer.
  • Just off the kitchen, there’s a more informal dining area, with a wooden table that seats six and patio doors that lead out to the terrace, which has views of the sea, Palma’s cathedral and Bellver Castle.

Villa highlights

  • Heritage Havana vibes
  • Close-to-Palma perch
  • Pine-shaded alfresco kitchen

Sleeping arrangements

  • Spread across three floors, each bedroom has its own character thanks to creative use of statement headboards, colourful tiles and impressive art.
  • Bedroom A has a king-size bed, wooden floors, exposed ceiling beams, four windows facing the front and side of the house and an ensuite bathroom with twin sinks and a walk-in shower.
  • Bedroom B on the top floor has an antique linen headboard on its king-size bed, a sink in the bedroom and a walk-in shower.
  • Also on the top floor, Bedroom C is the smallest, with wooden floors, rear-facing windows, a walk-in shower and a yellow linen headboard.
  • Bedroom D has access to the roof of the tower for wide-ranging views of the Bay of Palma, as well as wooden floors, a king-size bed and an ensuite bathroom with a concrete sink and walk-in shower.
  • Bright and airy Bedroom E is on the top floor, and has wooden beams, terracotta tiles and an ensuite bathroom with twin stone sinks, a walk-in shower.
  • Bedroom F is just off the dining room on the first floor, with a king-size bed, geometric tiles, a vintage linen headboard and an ensuite bathroom with a freestanding claw-foot bath tub, and a lengthy sink with double taps.

Key kit

  • WiFi.
  • Google Chromecast.
  • Bluetooth music system.
  • Air-conditioning.

Poolside

  • There’s a 14m saltwater pool, with dark Moroccan zellij tiles.
  • It’s lined by a pristine lawn and surrounded by towering cypress and palm trees.
  • The stone is handily non-slip.
  • Eight sunloungers.
  • Underwater speakers.

Grounds

  • There's private parking for three to four cars.
  • The shaded outdoor kitchen has a Smeg oven and charcoal barbecue.
  • There’s an outdoor dining area with a wooden table that seats 16, lined by helpful, shade-supplying pine trees.
  • The grounds measure 2,000sq m and take in pine, cypress and palm trees, neat lawns and orange, lemon and fig trees.

Location

  • The villa is at the end of a narrow street in a peaceful residential area on a hillside overlooking Palma.
  • It’s narrow, so we recommend hiring a small car.
  • The drive to and from the airport should take about half an hour.
  • It’s a 10-minute drive into Palma.
  • There a lots of sandy beaches within a 10- to 15-minute drive, including Playa de Palma, Cala Mayor, Illetas and Bendinat.

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