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?
I was living in West London and my sister Danielle was here in Ibiza. We’re very close so I was regularly taking trips over to the island. On one trip I couldn’t really understand why I was leaving to go back to a cold grey city, so I began making plans to move. A good friend introduced me to Dawn Hindle, who is the owner of Ibiza Rocks & Pikes, and very quickly everything fell into place. I got a job as Creative Producer for Ibiza Rocks & Pikes, and now eight years later, I’ve never looked back.
What do you do here? How would you describe your typical work day?
I’ve just gone freelance as a Creative Consultant, so my days are a little different than before. I have a great portfolio of clients and have been lucky to be able to choose the businesses who all perfectly complement each other, so my day will be diverse depending on the client I’m working with. Prior to that, I worked as Creative Director for Grupo Mambo. The Mambo family are incredible and super inspirational to work with, they have 20 various businesses on the island, so I learnt a lot from my time working with them.
What positive changes have you seen in Ibiza over the years and what would you like to see improve?
Even in just eight years the island has changed dramatically. The beaches are more crowded, there are even more super yachts ripping up the Posidonia and living costs continue to rise. We’re lucky that it’s such a desirable destination and very lucky to have so many tourists. Not only is it down to the companies to make changes, but if we teach each individual to do their part and respect the island they come to, it means we will keep Ibiza beautiful for much longer. On a positive note, Ibiza is full of conscious people who are all helping to keep the island the amazing place that it is!
Where do you see the island in five years?
Ibiza is always evolving – it’s the reason everyone loves it. For me, the island will hopefully be focusing on its roots a little more and keeping those old Ibiza characters that make the island magical and unique. I’d like to see more events and venues that evoke real meaning too (in whichever way you wish to interpret that).
Where do you go in Ibiza to escape the crowds in the summer and what are your favourite winter hideouts?
During the summer I always love a boat day, it is quite possibly my favourite way to escape. When you’re sailing, it’s an all sensory experience, helping you stay present and forget the mayhem. In the winter I love being next to my fire at home in the mountains.
Pikes, Hi and Pacha.
Cala Llenya, Cala Nova and Cala D’en Serra.
Casa Maca, Restaurante San Carlos and Cala Gracioneta.