Ibiza homes: Can Siena – Hilltop happiness
Photography by Ana Lui. Shot using a medium format Contax 645.
Like many others before her, Celine Nguyen Buu started coming to Ibiza for summer holidays in the late 90s, falling in love with the island’s nature and relaxed lifestyle. Her holidays became more and more frequent – from an annual vacation to multiple summer holidays, birthday jaunts, special occasions, pre-season getaways, post-season visits… It was clear the island was forming a very special place in her heart.
It was in 2001, just after the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York when she felt the call to move to the island. With a career in finance, she had been working in the big apple at the time of the catastrophic events, and was stuck there for a week before she was able to get back home. Immediately, her thoughts turned to a better quality of life – after all, you only have one. “I was in shock,” she explains. “I came straight to Ibiza to relax and find my peace… and my home.”
The property Celine was eyeing up on her hill was a construction that had been abandoned years earlier. After identifying the owners and making an offer, she took over the project and it was action all stations! The 35,000 square metres of land came with a pre-approved license to build a 460 square metre home, designed by the renowned Ibiza architect Jaime Serra, with whom Celine was more than happy to continue working.
Celine had met the architect numerous times socially and admired his clean, minimal style of architecture, however she had a very clear vision that she wanted Can Siena to be livable – not simply a sleek, showroom style rental villa. “I loved the pure lines of the villa, but I am not a minimalistic person. I wanted to make it functional for a family to live in.” From start to finish, the project was completed in just over a year – fast-tracked without compromising on quality.
Seeing her vision come to life was constantly inspiring to Celine, who said she would dream of the project at night and wake up with fresh ideas and more passion for the project. “I loved the creative process,” she says. “I lived here with my daughter for a while so I could understand what it was like to experience life in the house, to make it really comfortable for family living. Nothing has been done for show, to be flashy, or to impress – it’s all based on real life.”
She may not have done it to impress, but there’s no denying Celine has turned Can Siena into one of the most stunning luxury villas on the Ibiza property market today (click here for more information). With six bedrooms in total – four in the main house and an additional two in the standalone guesthouse – it is the ideal year-round home base or summer holiday home for a family, or alternatively an investment holiday rental property (click here to enquire about summer rentals).