To the North of the isle of Mallorca, through an unpaved road crawling among olive trees, almond trees and locusts, visitors drive into Cases de Son Barbassa, a small rural hotel. It is a wilderness bulging with old stones and legends dating back to prehistory when the first dwellers erected here a Talaiotic sanctuary. This typical ensemble of farmhouses was born under the aegis of a defense tower built in the 16th century with the aim of sheltering the locals against the raids of Berber pirates who back then ravaged the Mediterranean.
The restyling of the hotel has wisely fused together its primal rusticity and a sophisticated minimalism which respects the medieval walls and makes use of natural materials, such as marble and wood. The predominance of soft warm colours points out the sensation of placidity both in the common spaces and the twelve bedrooms with wide panoramic terraces flooded by the limpid vibrant light of the Mediterranean. A sofa and two armchairs belonging to the Nido outdoor collection designed by Javier Pastor, made in steel and rope, were picked out to furnish one of these terraces overlooking the Artà mountains where the surrounding cycads, lavender and olive trees blend in so fine as to blur the boundaries between the interior and the exterior space. Three couples of Twins armchairs by MUT Design and Plump modules by Studio expormim also seem to be wholly integrated in one of the open-air lounge areas, framed by exuberant bird of paradise flowers, ferns and ficus while those who never left cast a watchful eye on them: the stones that once erected the ancestral Talaiotic settlement.