When Alexander and Jennifer Warren-Gash moved to Mallorca from Costa Rica in 2008, they were following a dream. They wanted to settle somewhere warm, Spanish speaking and safe where they could raise a family while making Mashamba into the first name people think of when it comes to relaxed luxury and elegant Mediterranean outdoor living.
Attention to detail is at the heart of Mashamba’s approach to creating sublime outdoor living spaces in Mallorca for, as Alexander describes their clients, ‘a set of smart, elegant and artistic people that truly value a lower pace of outdoor living and are willing to invest to create that magical Mediterranean idyll.’
This and Mallorca’s ‘stunning geography and a great climate conducive to outdoor living,’ is, he adds, ‘a dream combination that enables us to really let our creative juices flow.’
Harking back to the provenance of Mashamba’s name and Alexander’s upbringing, he believes that ‘Nature itself is probably our biggest inspiration. When I look at a piece of land, I see a blank canvas and a great opportunity to create something amazing.’
Jennifer and Alexander believe the best way to complement Mallorca’s natural bounty and the tasteful inclinations of Mashamba’s clients is to adhere to a classically elegant style. Which is not to say they don’t keep up with trends in garden design. ‘If I see something new that I like,’ Alexander says, ‘I will often try and incorporate it in some way.’
Mashamba also embraces the principles of sustainability, regenerative gardening, rewilding and other kinder approaches to garden design wherever possible and practical.
‘I’m a firm believer in sustainability’ says Alexander. ‘As a designer, I know that a garden design can’t just look good on paper. It must be beautiful in real life and become more and more so as time passes. This demands a sustainable approach, working exclusively with plants suitable to the local climate and environment. It also means following the basic rules of using plenty of water, having decent topsoil and using appropriate plants. I always make sure our clients appreciate these fundamentals.’