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’ve been living here since 2009. I arrived with a friend starting the business known as Ducks United. Essentially, our company started as a brand and grew into a car garage specialising in restoring and maintaining classic cars.
What do you do here? How would you describe your typical work day?
I run three businesses here on the island, so life is generally pretty busy. Gare du Nord Ibiza is a beautiful boutique hotel and fine dining restaurant set in the heart of Sant Joan de Labritja. We have extended the premises slightly this year and completely redesigned our bar area to accommodate more guests. Most of my days start at the Ducks United garage, where we also offer a special car rental and island tours service, allowing guests to have the opportunity to travel around Ibiza in one of our open rooftop and multi-coloured lifestyle Citroen 2cv’s. My knowledge and passion have always been in mechanics and motoring, especially with classic cars so I find solitude in starting the first part of my day there where I can focus on bringing classic cars to life. Thereafter, off to ‘Gare du Nord’ to finish up the afternoons work and check in with the team.
What positive changes have you seen in Ibiza over the years and what would you like to see improve?
Ibiza has a super positive energy which is pretty much incomparable to any other place in the world, and seemingly has a good handle on keeping herself rather protected. There is less focus on the party scene and more focus on going back to a simpler time, re-establishing our farming culture and living with more awareness of ecological and eco-friendly sustainability is a priority. Ibiza needs to be nurtured in producing more of its own locally grown produce, where less consumption is imported from the mainland.
Where do you see the island in five years?
More and more people are advocating and choosing a ‘natural Ibiza’. The community appears to be building up together for a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle and I believe this will increase organic and local production of goods and, as a result, decrease imported products. The children here are also incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by a diverse, creative and somewhat crazy group of individuals. No doubt this will impact how they view the world and encourage them also to be quite an impactful generation with a kind of supernatural creativity.
Where do you go in Ibiza to escape the crowds in the summer and what are your favourite winter hideouts?
We can’t escape the crowds. Businesses depend on tourism, particularly during the summer season. My wife often goes to the Netherlands for holiday with the kids during the busiest time on the island. In winter, we like to go hiking and biking all over the island and really appreciate the blissfulness of the quiet and beautiful empty beaches.
Top three Clubs
I don’t have any favourites. Clubs don’t particularly appeal to me.
Top three Restaurants
Gare du Nord Ibiza
Top three Beaches
Cala den Serra