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…
What brought you to Ibiza?
I came here with my partner on holiday and we immediately fell in love with the island. We were previously living in Qatar and both wanted a change. I had been working as a football TV producer for 12 years and, while I used to love my job, I wanted to revisit my teenage ambitions of DJing. My partner had also started a vegan catering business, so Ibiza was the perfect place for us to chase these dreams.
Can you tell us what a typical day for you looks like?
Fortunately, the decision to pursue DJing has been going incredibly well, and although a career change requires patience, I couldn’t be happier with the direction in which I’m heading. Every day is different but generally I’m digging for new music, organising it, practising my mixing and looking for new opportunities to play. I also have a dog and we’re blessed here with all the incredible nature we’re surrounded by to be able to go on long walks.
What positive changes have you seen in Ibiza over the years?
I’ve only been here for three years, but I do feel that musically it’s opening up and that the island is becoming more receptive to different sounds. This is great for someone like me as my music is quite different to the typical music associated with Ibiza, so I hope this development continues. I would also love to see a relaxation of the live music and volume restrictions. Although I’m definitely not a fan of music blaring everywhere, I think they are currently unrealistic.
Where do you see the island in five years?
In addition to having the licensing around volume issues resolved, I hope we will continue to see much more diversity in the kind of music and entertainment that the island offers. Perhaps the VIP culture will have moved onto a new hotspot.
What are you favourite hideouts in the summer and winter?
I love Es Portixol as even during the summer it’s never that busy. There are also so many lovely hiking spots around Siesta and Cala San Vincent which remain relatively quiet in the warmer months. My favourite winter hideouts are Can Curreu, which is a local tapas bar, Project Social in Santa Eularia, offering great vibes, food and the best IPA on tap! Pizza Enfarinarte in San Carlos has the best pizza on the island. Kaixo has the best tapas on the island, and next door, for dancing, Malanga Cafe in Ibiza Town is my favourite. The owners have impeccable taste in music, and while it’s a small place, the crowd is open to intelligent music. When it’s busy and everyone’s dancing it’s a very special vibe.
The best clubs on the island?
Pikes Hotel is definitely one of the best – they have a fantastic line-up of artists and DJs. The quirky atmosphere and excellent music of Malanga Café also makes it a staple. Las Dalias is the place to be for a daytime party, offering the nicest venue and vibes.
Which restaurants are a must-visit in Ibiza?
Es Bigotes is worth a visit – I love that there’s no menu yet the food is excellent every time. Sitting by the water completes the experience. Cala Xuclar serves incredible fresh fish and great cocktails and Los Enamerados offers a delicious gastronomy experience in a beautiful setting that overlooks Portinatx bay.
What are you top three beaches?
Es Portixol, Cala D’en Serra and S’illot Des Rencli are all worth checking out when on the island!