The Gran Villa Palmera on La Palma is a paradise for all art lovers, nature lovers and those looking for relaxation. The owners Bernd Rathjen and Asgard Niemeier bought the house from the 1980s from a well-known Palmero in May 2021 and renovated it extensively and sustainably.
The Gran Villa Palmera is therefore not a regular holiday home, but a very personal second home for guests. The house is stylistically a mixture of Palmerian, classic elements, a pinch of Palm Springs and Brazil Modernism of the 60s and 70s, with furniture classics by Eames, Mies von der Rohe and Scandinavian designers. The colors are inspired by Farrow & Ball and the blue and white tiles are from Italy. All rooms have a distinct color code and charm along with the chosen artworks.
The 20 meter long and over five meter high hallway features a black and white photo gallery, all rooms feature contemporary art and the garden features the 'Black Palm' sculpture by British artist Douglas White. Of course, there is also a wonderful garden with a (photovoltaic) heated pool and a view of the sea.
But not only design is the focus of the villa, sustainability is also very important here. Located on the sunny side, it was important to Bernd and Asgard to use this form of energy with sufficient hot water solar and photovoltaics. The villa is also one of the few houses that also offers an e-car charger for guests.
La Palma has many advantages: warm in winter, but not too hot in summer, easily accessible and above all without mass tourism.
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ArchitectureFor the villa, many of the existing furniture and building materials were reused in the house. For example, the old kitchen buffet became the new washbasin. As far as possible, local natural products were used in the house and a focus was placed on local plant diversity in the garden. In addition, all companies and craftsmen who have worked on the conversion come from La Palma.
FoodVilla Gran Palmera is self-catering. Guests are welcomed with a large fruit bowl filled with local produce, as well as local coffee and an excellent bottle of La Palma wine. Of course, the hosts also recommend local fruit and vegetable vendors, the market hall and great restaurants in their guest guide. Big plus: the garden offers avocados, pomegranates, figs, almonds, olives, pink pepper, mangoes and medlars, among other things.
The care of the property was and is in the hands of a Dutch couple who have been living and working on the island for a long time and who also looked after the house for the previous local owner. The gardener and pool service are palmeros. Bernd and Asgard also support aid projects for the victims of the volcanic eruption.
EnvironmentThe water in the Gran Villa comes from the natural volcanic reservoir and hot water is generated by solar energy (18 photovoltaic panels). There is strict waste separation as well as a compost, Fairtrade organic bed linen and towels, organic shower gel and shampoo and cleaning products. The measures listed above can also be found on the villa's website under a separate item (Eco), as well as in the guest guide.
Well-BeingThe villa has a heated pool with a counter-current system, a very nice large pergola with yoga mats, some sports equipment and a rowing machine. Of course, you always get recommendations for external massages or the like. If you are feeling adventurous, explore the many hiking trails of La Palma or see the many great beaches with black volcanic sand or the largest observatories in the world on the Roque de los Muchachos.
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From the ferry port in Santa Cruz de la Palma it takes about 45 minutes to drive to Gran Villa Palmera (34 km). From the airport it is also about 45 minutes to the villa (34 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
The central bus terminal of Los Llanos de Aridane is about a 20-minute walk away (1.5 km). Buses run regularly from the ferry port or airport and there is also a well-developed bus network to Tazacorte Beach and other destinations around the island.
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