In conversation with White Ibiza’s Natalie Chaponnel

When Victor heads to the Balearics, there’s only one woman on our speed-dial. From fancy fincas to lazy lunches, White Ibiza’s Natalie Chaponnel tells us what gets her vote this season – and describes her perfect sun-drenched weekend.

Hi Natalie, how’s the summer season going this year?
Simply amazing. The island is buzzing with more visitors than ever before, and it’s great they continue to return year on year because it means there are always so many incredible new venues opening. It keeps the calendar full even for us old-timers!

What advice do you have for a first-time Ibiza visitor?
Don’t try to do too much in too little time. There is something to be said for lazing on the beach long into the evening and meandering home after sunset. With so much temptation in Ibiza, it’s easy to race through your visit trying to fit every “must do” in but it’s important to stop and smell the roses.

What is it about the island that makes it so special?
The diverse mix of creative people from all over the globe who congregate here, to holiday or to live, consciously choosing a better, happier life in a place that inspires them.

Ibiza has a reputation for introducing a breakout dance track each season that goes on to take the rest of the world by storm: what do you think it will be for 2016?
It’s hard to say without being out and about in the clubs every night – some of us have to work! There are definitely a lot more DJs playing commercial music in Ibiza now, and these seem to be the acts that directly influence the pop charts.

What does Ibiza offer those whose dancing days are behind them?
There are so many alternative ways to spend time on the island now. The restaurant scene is exploding and the wellness industry is booming, with retreats popping up across the island. Yoga, watersports, walking, meditation, therapists and boating are all available, and offer a great alternative to the club scene.

The island offers a great range of rental accommodation, from fancy fincas to tasty townhouses – what are your top picks?
We offer a boutique selection of holiday homes to rent on White Ibiza, complete with a concierge package for those who want to maximise their time on the island. Can Terra is a true traditional-style gem in the north of the island with all the mod cons, and Can Selva in the centre offers an authentic slice of contemporary countryside living.

And what if someone’s looking to put down roots and buy – are there any gems on the market right now?
Ibiza is hot property so any gems are being snatched up fast. Right now we have our eye on two exclusive properties: this nine-bedroom luxury villa in the highly sought-after area of Es Cubells on the south coast, and this six-bedroom finca in the expat’s favourite village Santa Gertrudis. Our team is constantly scouring the island for new sales properties, so bookmark our property guide to make sure you’re first to know when something new comes on the market.

*Villa in Santa Gertrudis.

Describe your perfect weekend in Ibiza.
It would start with a late-morning yoga class on Saturday, followed by a healthy lunch and a few hours by the pool. On Saturday night I love laidback dinners with friends, and waking up to pancakes with my daughter on Sunday morning. Then we head to the beach with friends for a long lazy lunch by the sea, and always watch the sun set on another beautiful Ibiza weekend.

Tell us a little-known place you like to escape to.
The secluded bay of Cala Olivera for €10 sardines and a long swim.

And finally, should you be in the mood for a night out, which club gets your vote?
I prefer an outdoor dance these days, and parties at BEACHOUSE Ibiza on a Sunday remind me of that old school, feet-in-the-sand Ibiza vibe. But if I had to choose a club I’d say DC-10.


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