Inside LagOmar, Lanzarote, the eccentrically ostentatious holiday residence hewn into the side of a cliff face, which was once the site of a quarry. Built in the 1970s as a “pilot”, its original design and construction involved the talents of architect Jesús Soto and artist César Manrique (see previous post), apparently inspired by the Arabian One Thousand and One Nights.
Famously it was once owned by Omar Sheriff and it features a museum dedicated to the infamous actor as well as the history of LagOmar. Legend has it that he lost it in a game of bridge within days of acquiring it, ironically to the property’s developer Sam Benady who, apparently unbeknown to Sheriff, was European Bridge Champion at the time. Whoops!