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 and why?
The first time I came to the Balearic island was in 1996 with an old boyfriend in a sailing boat. We arrived in Cala Saona in Formentera and it was love at the first sight! We were seduced by the charm of Ibiza, the people, culture, gastronomy, beaches and the 300 days of sunshine per year.
What do you do here? Do you have typical work day?
After more than a decade of extensive travelling around the world, I set up my own concierge and property company called Happy Days Ibiza. Happy Days Ibiza is all about organising holidays for my clients, preparing itineraries for fashion brands and attending social gatherings. I have a great little black book of amazing friends, celebrities and clients from around the world and I curate an itinerary of my hidden gems on Ibiza for them. So, every day is different depending on which client is in town.
What positive changes have you seen in Ibiza over the years and what would you like to see improve?
The Ibiza of 2020 is very different to the Ibiza of 96’and I am so grateful to have been a part of that era. I would say there have been vast improvements in the hospitality sector, especially seeing much more diversity. Some beautiful boutique hotels have opened their doors all around the island, the concept of ‘farm to table’ is spreading, which is a fantastic as our land is so rich and almost everything can be cultivated. In the last five to ten years I’ve also noticed an increase in wellness tourism and new visitors are looking to support sustainable tourism in the Balearics. On the downside, we have an issue with water and single-use plastic, so I would love to see a zero single-use plastic policy implemented. The island’s infrastructure is struggling to deal with the demand, so we need to improve sustainability, improve waste systems and maybe even invest in better public transport to combat this.
Where do you see the island in five years?
Still as beautiful but more eco-friendly!
Where do you go in Ibiza to escape the crowds in the summer and what are your favourite winter hideouts?
I love going to Formentera, even in August I escape to Mitjorn beach, rent a bungalow on the beach, recharge for a few days before returning to the island. I used to live in the countryside in a traditional finca, which was a perfect gateway from the crowd. I also never say no to a boat trip cruising around the splendid Mediterranean Sea.
Top 3 Clubs
The clubbing days for me are kind of over! I used to look after Pete Tong when he played here so you can imagine I spent a lot of time in them! Nowadays I much prefer go to my friends villa for a little party, more intimate. That being said, I will say for the incredible memories I have DC10!
Top 3 Restaurants
El Chiringuito / Es Cavallet beach / Mediterranean cuisine / always a treat !!
A mi manera / San Juan road / Mediterranean & italian cuisine / eco garden finca
Ses Boques / Es Cubells / Fish restaurant hidden cove
Top 3 Beaches
In the summer, Cala Carbo, Cala Mastella, Aiguas Blancas – Ibiza
Cala Saona, Mitjorn beach, Es Calo beach – Formentera
In the winter, Salinas beach, cala D’hort, Cala Bassa