For generations, Ibiza has been a magnet for explorers and dreamers, attracting creative and free-spirited minds from around the world. They still come, of course, but the islands is attracting an internationally diverse group of entrepreneurs, movers and shakers who not only want to experience all the White Isle has to offer, but also want to leave their mark in a collaborative and sustainable way. Here are just a few of our wonderful friends who are doing just that…
How long have you lived here? What brought you to Ibiza and why?
I first came to Ibiza in 2001 and stayed here for five years. At that time there was still so much for me to discover, so life took over and I went on to live in the UK, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and then eventually back to the island in 2015. Ibiza calls you; there isn’t a real reason why you come here. You find yourself and enjoy the journey that the island takes you on.
What do you do here? How would you describe your typical work day?
Is there anything typical in Ibiza? Every day is a new adventure for me. I’m very passionate about my projects and so spend most of my time working and researching plastic, innovation, creativity, strategy and, of course, sustainability. I manage the marketing for the movement Plastic Free Ibiza and Formentera, run a creative agency called Ibiland Communications, write my own blog and am just about to launch a very special project called Plústic Lab – so at the moment it’s all meetings, conferences and more meetings!
What positive changes have you seen in Ibiza over the years and what would you like to see improve?
The community is truly international. I think that people here share key values, such as freedom, self-determination and the urge of being out of a system. Every year we see more initiatives and cultural offerings, even during the island’s low season. On the dark side, it’s quite upsetting to find rubbish where I once used to find shells and flowers. I hope to see everyone take care of the island.
Where do you see the island in five years?
I will see a vision of a beautiful, clean, advanced, sun-powered green island. We have the opportunity in Ibiza to set an example to the entire world by showing the possibility of living sustainably with nature and enjoying pure synchronicity.
Where do you go in Ibiza to escape the crowds in the summer and what are your favourite Winter hideouts?
My secret escapes during summer will remain secret! Just get off route, maybe on a kayak and go to discover your own secret Ibiza. The coast in particular is full of local gems. In winter, I love to go to Formentera or Playa d’en Bossa, all the places that are off-limits in the summer but which reveal their true essence in winter.
Top 3 Clubs
I’m not the best person to ask! I totally retired from the scene a few years ago. I had the chance to go to the best parties at the best time of my life.
Top 3 Restaurants
I adore Can Domingo! Also with it’s vegan selection, which will leave everyone astonished. I can’t help loving Es Boldado with its breathtaking view on Es Vedra. And, of course, Elements in Benniras during the off-season when we close the entire restaurant all for ourselves and celebrate love and over 20 years of friendship.
Top 3 Beaches
The beaches that I love require a kayak to find. They are hidden and I’m not even entirely sure they have a name. However, I really love Cala Llenya, away from most tourist routes and which I hope stays that way. On the other side, I can’t escape the energy of Benniras – all my best friends work there, and the power of that place is so strong that I end up spending most of my time getting embraced by that gorgeous bay.