Years ago, Anja Koops was sent on a trip to Mallorca for her work as a fashion and interior stylist. And for the sake of the photo shoot’s theme she went to the least beautiful and some very touristic parts of the island. When she came home, she gave Mallorca a top spot on her list of least favourite destinations. ‘But, my husband Alain, owner of restaurant Baltazar’s kitchen in Amsterdam, ensured me I had gone to the wrong places and urged me to go again. Only this time we avoided the popular, crawling-with-tourists areas and instead went to see the more authentic villages.’ The couple especially lingered in the town of Sollér, an authentic town approximately 30 km from the capital Palma. ‘Immediately it felt like home. It is rural, but not too rural. The tourists keep the town going, but they don’t crowd the streets too much. The location is ideal, perfectly perched in between the mountains and close to the beach. We didn’t really want to leave, so tentatively we started talking about buying property there. We had always dreamed of a place in a sunny climate where our three nearly grown-up children could come and go as they please. A home where we could spend time as a family in a relaxed and nonchalant way. An escape from our somewhat stressful careers, a getaway from the Dutch rainy season and from Amsterdam’s busy city life.’ Anja already knew that the home had to be an apartment in the village, rather than a farmhouse in the mountains. ‘I didn’t want the upkeep and maintenance,’ explains Anja. ‘I wanted easy and convenient coming and going without the need for a housekeeper or gardener in our absence.’ A realtor showed them around in Sollér, and on the very last day of their trip, they found the place they were looking for.
Spanish antiques and pieces with Moroccan influences
Images: Hotze Eisma via Taverne Agency