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…
Guillaume, what brought you to the island?
I’ve been living here for over 20 years. I used to come regularly with my family, so I practically grew up on the island. It has always felt more like home than anywhere else. I moved over here straight after finishing school and started working at Sa Trinxas’ which was a lot of fun. Ever since I’ve been lucky to call the island home.
What do you do in Ibiza?
I have a beautiful 1930’s schooner named ‘Saga’, painstakingly restored with my best friend and moored in San Antonio. It’s a 36-person sailing boat, completely unique and offering day excursions for individuals or private groups. We also serve a lunch on board with ingredients sourced from local businesses. Every booking can be different and we have requests for all kinds of events, including weddings, DJing, film crews and so on, but our personal favourite is the holistic kind, where we offer yoga, meditation and sound healings on board for a more fulfilling experience.
What positive changes have you seen in Ibiza over the years and what would you like to see improve?
Ibiza is always changing and that’s what I find so inspiring about the place. It’s incredible how the children growing up here are so in tune with the current state of the world and the environment, and how to look after our island to build a brighter future. I learn every day from my daughter.
Where do you see the island in five years?
We are lucky as it’s one of the most magical destinations in the world, and if Ibiza is to stay that way then we all need to work together to take care of the island and respect her beauty. Whilst it’s great, especially as a business owner, that the island does extremely well when it comes to tourism, I believe it’s also important for everyone living on or visiting Ibiza to take responsibility in ensuring that it is kept clean. Our clear blue waters and beaches are what attracts visitors from all around the world, and if we don’t take measures in keeping the island in the same state, we will lose the very thing that we love about it in the first place.
Where do you go in Ibiza to escape the summer crowds and what are your favourite winter hideouts?
I feel incredibly luck to be able to escape the crowds quite easily! We sail around the north-west coast to one of the most magical and undiscovered coasts of Ibiza. Even throughout the summer months you rarely get more than a handful of boats which is very rare. It makes you feel completely connected with nature and the open ocean is so healing. In winter, it’s all about restoring, whether that be the boat or our bodies by taking long walks and being cosy next to the fire – life is all about balance!
Your top three clubs?
My top three would have to be Pikes, Las Dalias and back in the day I enjoyed the party scene at DC10.
And top three restaurants?
My must-visits are Restaurante San Carlos, Casa and Restaurante La Escollera.
What about your top three beaches?
Those would have to be Es Cavallet, Cala Llenya and Cala Salada.