Mathijs Bouwer first came in 2014 attracted by “a very beautiful island, with fantastic people from all over the world and that was very close to home, just a two-hour flight away”. Originally from the city of The Hague in the Netherlands, Mathijs continued to visit the island two or three times a year, until he decided to move in 2021. From here he works in finance and investments as a cryptocurrency and stock trader.
Isabella Mazzola is an Italian-German plastic surgeon who moved to Ibiza during the pandemic to marry her husband “who is Spanish and had been living here for 13 years”. She represents the third generation of plastic surgeons in her family – her great uncle was the founder of the branch in Italy, and in Ibiza she works as a specialist in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
Edgar Mendizábal is an architect from Guatemala who came to Ibiza 17 years ago for work, and is now an architect for Palladium Hotel Group. He lives his passions in Ibiza: “Going to remote places to climb some hilltops, crossing a desert, trekking and meeting different people.” He also finds the island “very attractive” because of the “diversity of the people, the blue of the waters and the orange of the sunsets”.
Martin Makepeace came to Ibiza in 1991 as a tour guide and stayed on the island because he loved its “nature and tranquillity”. “Everyone thinks the British live crazy lifestyles, but I live quietly, near the sea,
walking every day. Ibiza is very important to my soul,” explains Makepeace, who manages a real-estate company and has been the president of the British Association of San Antonio for years.
Elodie Wright came to the island from Canada “15 seasons ago” during her university studies and intended to stay for five weeks to practise her Spanish. She started working at Café Mambo and stayed until “the last possible day” of the summer. “I loved the island, its nature, its leisure and I fell in love with my partner. I came back the following year and the rest is history!” says the current managing director of the Mambo Group.
Laura Galmes is a lawyer and worked in a Buenos Aires court until she decided to travel to Europe to study for a master’s degree. “And when I got to know Ibiza I fell in love with the people and the international atmosphere. It was an unexpected place for me.” After completing her master’s, she decided to stay on the island as an advisor to the Ibiza Port Merchants Association. In Ibiza right now she has a real-estate consultancy for foreigners, her home and her family.