A northern masterpiece
What do you get when a successful entrepreneur meets the bohemian north of Ibiza? Can Zama, a stunning modernist home with a boutique hotel feel
Entrepreneur Nicko Williamson first discovered Ibiza in 2008, seeking a break from London after a hectic year with his first business. He was seeking relaxation, stress relief and an escape from London – unlike other young businessmen his own age, clubs, parties and hedonism were the last thing on his mind.
“I’d always wanted to go to Ibiza and immediately fell in love with the relaxed vibe and beauty of the place. We just explored beaches and restaurants and I decided straight away I’d need to come up with an excuse to spend as much time as possible here.”
“The whole process took about four years from when we first put a deposit down on the land to the point when we put the furniture in at the tail end of 2013 when I managed to throw my 30th birthday party there,” says Nicko of the project’s journey to completion.
“Mark picked up on the original way local farmers built their houses; in units,” explains Nicko of Can Zama’s traditional design. “They would start with one and add on room units as and when their finances permitted it and as the family grew. He applied those precepts albeit radicalised into modernity.”
After the project was completed, and Nicko, his fiance Justine, Peter and Karine started to spend time in the villa, more personal details were added, turning the modern abode into a home away from home. “Sluiz gets raided – often. We have a lot of rugs and pieces from KsaR, and we have more art on the way. It’s still fairly new – so we’re going about decorating gradually.”
When Nicko and Justine are in residence, the house is full of life, with big lunches for groups of friends, and many guests coming to stay. Today, the couple are in the process of planning their October Ibiza wedding at Can Zama, and you couldn’t ask for a more perfect setting, with the striking lawn allowing up to 120 guests, stunning views out to the Mediterranean and its close proximity to the beautiful church of San Miguel.