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…
Javier, what brought you to Ibiza and why?
I came to Ibiza in 1976 after having lived in many different cities along the Spanish coast. When I came here, I instantly fell in love. I was mesmerised by the bohemian atmosphere and spirit of freedom. I can visit thousands of cities around the world, but Ibiza is my home. Even if I wasn’t born on the island, I see it as my home.
What do you do here and what does a typical day look like for you?
I founded the Mambo Group in 1984 with fun bar in the San Antonio Bay, followed by Café Mambo in 1994. Since then, we have opened many bars, restaurants and, most recently, a few boutique hotels such as Hostal La Torre and Casa Maca. Every day is different – I love to think of new concepts and create an element of surprise for people who visit our venues, always aiming to create an authentic experience of Ibiza. Hospitality is in my DNA, and for me it’s always a pleasure to meet everyone who visits our establishments.
What positive changes have you seen in Ibiza over the years and what would you like to see improve?
One of the positive things about Ibiza is that it never stops changing whilst maintaining its unique touch. You can find a variety of people, from hippies, artists, actors to athletes and who all bring something of their own to the island. In the last few years, businesses are increasing their efforts to take more sustainable measures in order to preserve the island’s beauty and allow for people to visit and enjoy Ibiza in the same state that we do now. If we all do our part, this island will thrive for many more years to come. I was incredibly happy to hear that the government has banned single-use plastic from 2021 onwards.
Where do you see the island in five years?
I think that tourists who visit the island for the first time will want to come back year after year. The island will continue to act as an international musical and gastronomical tourism reference and as local businesses we have the responsibility to innovate and continuously improve what we offer.
Where do you go in Ibiza to escape the crowds in the summer and hideout in the winter?
I like to visit a little beach called Cala Gracioneta, which I first discovered years ago and told my wife that one day I would love to have this place – now I can proudly say that this dream came true. I love to escape there for some champagne and sangria with friends. Throughout the winter months I enjoy travelling but still love being on the island, especially discovering hidden gems such as the Can Cosmi bar in Santa Agnes or going for a walk in Es Broll de Buscatell.
What clubs would you recommend on the island?
My top picks are Pacha, Hi and Eden.
What about your top beaches?
Those would be Cala Gracioneta, Ses Boques and Cala Salada.
Your favourites restaurants?
Hostel La Torre, Casa Maca and Can Pujol are all worth a visit.