Ibiza Bohemia: the divine new book

Peace And Love: a preview of images from Assouline's new book, Ibiza Bohemia; above, German model Vanessa Breuer with her daughter Luca on the beach Utopia, photographed by Duy Vo; below, a peace sign made from flowers, by Petrovsky & Ramone.

Ibiza must be one of the world's most magical, hedonistic islands – an unashamedly indulgent escape. From the wild nightlife to its  yoga retreats, the destination is a fascinating study in contrasts when you consider its status as quintessential hippie-luxe hot spot. This month, Assouline launches Ibiza Bohemia, written by Maya Boyd and produced by Renu Kashyapa, which is a divine celebration of the island's people and blissful places: since the 1930s, Ibiza has been a wonderful escape for artists including Walter Benjamin and Man Ray; then for Errol Flynn, Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Olivier, and other Hollywood stars seeking solitude in postwar Europe; for hippies during the summer of love; later, for music legends including Joni Mitchell and David Bowie; and more recently, It girls such as Kate Moss and Jade Jagger.

Fashion stylist Renu Kashyap relocated to Ibiza from Amsterdam with her husband Bas, and daughter  Skye Avelon, in 2012, and now produces editorials for international editions of Vogue, along with campaigns for fashion’s biggest names. Her collaborator, Maya Boyd, is a travel writer whose work appears in titles such as Condé Nast Traveller  and The Guardian. Boyd is also the founder of the cultural and historical forum, Ibiza Insights. Maya lives in Ibiza with her husband James, and two sons, Cassius and Balthazar. 

Sea Sure: above, a family lunching on the Cala Carbo coast photographed by Anne Dokter; below, Es Vedrà by Sandra de Keller.


The Tree Of Life: above, Duncan, Lisca, June, Phoenix, and Pixie Stutterheim from Amsterdam, photographed by Duy Vo; below, the home of Saskia Landsho. The color scheme was inspired by childhood trips to Sasi’s father’s home in the Caribbean, captured by Maria Simon.

Drifting: above, yoga instructor Mascha Kuchejda swimming in flowers, by Anne Menke; below, the mystical rock of Es Vedrà. Thought to be the home of the sirens in Homer’s Odyssey, Es Vedrà featured as Bali Hai in the Hollywood musical South Pacific as well as on the sleeve of Mike Oldfield’s 1996 LP, Voyager, photographed by Gwen Le Bras.

Just Coasting: above, the magnetic rock of Es Vedrà photographed by Anne Dokter; below, Ibiza Bohemia is produced by Renu Kashyap and written by Maya Boyd, is available at Assouline.com.