Marcel Wanders’ latest hotel has opened in Majorca, in Spain’s Balearic Islands. Already a tourist haven for nature lovers and beach partiers, the region is an even more attractive destination with the arrival of the fantastical Grand Portal Nous.
One of the grabbiest details Marcel Wanders has added to Grand Portal Nous’ 75-room interior is a lightbox emblazoned with the image of a giant blue eyeball that peers across the all-white suites. The enlarged human iris doubles as a room divider with a circular mirror mounted to the opposite side and stationed above twin bathroom sinks. It’s a captivating feature, and one of many wildly vibrant details that define this new beach-side hotel, operated by the Iberostar Group, a resort company owned by Spanish billionaire Miguel Fluxà Rosselló.
Wanders fans will no doubt recognize many of the furnishings, carpets, and lighting. Most of the pieces are pulled from the collections of Dutch furniture company Moooi, for which Wanders serves as art director. Moooi is well-known for its playful irreverence, creating such now-iconic pieces as a life-size horse lamp (2006) and an octopus-like chandelier made of task lamps (2003). The same love for theatrical surprise is played out at Grand Portal Nous to perfection, like a giant playground for Wanders to create the whimsical interiors he’s renowned for.
Themed rooms include the Naughty suite, where guests are introduced to seductive materials and textures, and the Stargazer suite, which offers uninterrupted views of the sun, sky and stars. The Game suite is filled with toys.
To reinforce the Majorcan style, Wanders says he emphasized a mix of shapes and vivid patterns “to forge an environment of tranquility.” An extensive use of white and reflective surfaces also help to create an inviting impression of openness. Says the designer: “In a place full of beauty such as Majorca, there is liberation found within a delightfully pampered experience.”