Anton Bilton discusses his spiritual home Sabina Ibiza with Vassi Chamberlain from The Times.
“It has been a long time in the making. Fifteen years ago, Anton and his mentor, the Aman Group founder, Adrian Zecha, searched Croatia for the right plot, but didn’t find it. The idea for a European private villa community with a clubhouse, inspired by the models of Lyford Cay in the Bahamas and Careyes in Mexico, never left Bilton.”
It was only after searching the length and breadth of Ibiza for almost ten years that the perfect lot came up on the west coast. “I wanted sunset, sea and great views,” “and behold, on my doorstep, this place came up.”
Sabina Ibiza will be a community where families can enjoy laid-back luxury. An oasis built around the open-air clubhouse. It will house a bard and two restaurants, a private nightclub, tennis courts, bowling alley, kid’s club, a mini amphitheatre for private events and dinners and a ceremonial temple.
“Individuality, rather than homogeneity, is the thing,” The villas will be characterised by both their modernism and their link to nature.
So far 7 villas have been sold with buyers from Sweden, Brazil, Belgium, Australia, France, Venezuela and the UK.
Anton’s idea of community living came from travelling with his wife Lisa and children. It was tricky keeping them all happy on holiday. Anton recalls Careyes where he was invited to dinner by people he had never met and thinking “How crazy is this? But what fun”.
Anton has the same hopes for Sabina. “I want to be sitting here in 30 years’ time with three other 85-year-olds I didn’t know before, but who have since become my closest friends.”