A Jewel on Majorca by Christina Libuda | 3rd December, 2021 | Prime Properties
Villa Solitaire resides majestically on the highest point of Son Vida, one of the most sought-after residential areas on the entire island. The vision of Italian architect and designer Matteo Thun, this fine property boasts a private spa, open-air cinema, and Zen garden.
During the ascent out of Palma, up into the hills of Son Vida, one can’t help but extend one’s gaze, out to the horizon in the distance. While the centre of the city fades further and further away, the clouds above seem to grow closer. To the left and right, gentle mountain peaks rise up out of the island terrain. Below, the sun’s rays reflect across the Mediterranean.
At the highest point in Son Vida, one of the most upscale regions in the whole of Majorca, stands Villa Solitaire in all its magnificence. It is one of the exclusive properties not only on the island, but in the whole of Spain. Unparalleled views await here, sweeping across the capital Palma and taking in the cathedral, Bellver Castle, and the harbour with its white superyachts.
This auspicious location in the “Beverly Hills of Majorca” promises peace and privacy, in the finest of neighbourhoods surrounded by grand designer villas. Three golf courses – Son Vida, Son Muntaner and Son Quint – are just minutes away, with various golf shops and a Golf Academy to keep golfers occupied off the fairway. Michelin-starred restaurants, art galleries and upmarket boutiques are all located nearby too. Arrival and departure could not be more convenient, from one of the private airports in the vicinity. This is a home where compromise simply isn’t an option.
The property is surrounded by expansive gardens filled with exotic flora and fauna, in south-facing grounds that span 4,250 square metres in total. Two geometrically shaped swimming pools can be found at two different elevations on a hillside. The seemingly endless terraces have a combined area of around 2,000 square metres, leading either to one of the pools or the lush greenery of the estate. Exploring the grounds, little hideaways and shaded retreats appear time and again, bringing unadulterated enjoyment and relaxation to life in this unique home.
The award-winning Milan architect Matteo Thun was inspired by the shapes and materials found on sailing boats for this architectural masterpiece. The villa has been conceived as though it had sails floating above the ground floor. And with a little imagination, stood at the windows, it is easy to picture the waves splashing on the high seas. Dark steel cables form dynamic junctures across the window fronts on the upper levels, reminiscent of the taut ropes found on the deck of a yacht. The property was completed in 2017, with living interiors spanning 2,300 square metres. Set over four floors, it comprises a total of 13 rooms, seven bedrooms and six bathrooms. A glass elevator in the foyer connects all floors in the villa. Each of the bedrooms, some with en suite bathrooms, afford a panoramic outlook over Palma that is second to none.
It soon becomes apparent that the interior design has strong influences of the harmony theory Feng Shui, with pale colours, glass and natural materials dominating. Light enters from all sides, through the floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows. The open plan layout is truly impressive for its pure spaciousness, with only the occasional sliding glass doors marking any transition at all. These can be fully opened to the outside. One highlight of this undoubtedly spectacular living space with its open fireplace is the custom seating area sunken into the floor. Unique design pieces by exclusive brands including Giorgetti, Liebhauser Home and the Italian design company Nilufar have been specially customised to form a part of the elegant finished look. The beds are high-quality creations by the Italian heritage company Minotti, while the soft furnishings have been sourced from the renowned Venetian fabric dealer Rubelli, among others. Exclusive understatement and sleek restraint characterises the kitchen design, which could almost be overlooked as a decorative feature in the otherwise modern feel of the living and dining areas.
Balmy Majorcan nights are best enjoyed in the open-air cinema on the roof terrace, which also boasts a Jacuzzi and phenomenal views. At the other end of the property, the basement is an added surprise with its permanent art installation. Thanks to an audio-visual system, the underground car park with space for up to six cars can also be transformed into a private club. Just next door is the luxurious private spa oasis. Complete with a well-equipped gym, designated rooms for cosmetic treatments, a sauna and a hammam. A Zen garden makes sure this home has positive energy flowing through each and every room.