In preparation for Spain launching its own digital nomad visa, the Hub Ibiza is launching ‘Work from Anywhere Retreats’ for professionals this winter. Jenny Southan reports
Located just outside Santa Gertrudis, the Hub Ibiza has been designed as a base camp for international remote workers and location-independent entrepreneurs who are seeking “the perfect work-life and environmental balance” while doing business.
Well set up for co-working, the Hub has a mix of individual hot-desks in bright and airy open spaces, as well as small booths and quiet zones for private calls and online meetings.
Office suites are additionally available for those wanting a dedicated private working space, potentially accommodating a remote team or the needs of a small, lean company looking to grow on the move.
Members can access event spaces, a music studio and podcast studio, fitness areas, a healthy eating café and tropical gardens with comfortable chairs and tables.There is also a “Zen Den” for rest and reflection, and plenty of space to relax and unwind, supporting the Hub’s suggested four-hour working periods for its members, who are encouraged to take regular screen breaks.
The Hub’s growing membership reflects changing work patterns, with an international employees working remotely for global brands such as Google, YouTube and Spotify alongside entrepreneurs from the tech, digital and creative industries.
At a time when the Spanish government is preparing to launch its digital nomad visa, the Hub says it is expecting to see increased demand for memberships. “Why work from anywhere, when you can work from Ibiza?” New for this coming winter, The Hub is launching Work from Anywhere Retreats for companies that want to “encourage team building” and “enhance company culture”.
Teams of five-plus businesses can bring teams over for bespoke five-day retreats with dedicated workspaces, seminars and accommodation. They can also arrange outdoor activities including kayaking, hiking and paddle boarding.
The Hub co-founder Sam Dean says: “The growing trend for remote working is creating a demand for much better and well thought through facilities and the Hub is leading the way in this provision.
“Our members are sophisticated users of spaces designed for working on the move and they want spaces to match up to their downtime needs as much as their business needs to provide a good work-life balance. Positive environmental practice is also important, and that is why we have placed this at the heart of what we do.”
He added: “Most creative minds are not meeting on the dancefloor anymore, they are meeting at the Hub, because what we have created is both special and unique.” The Hub supports a large community of year-round members but also sells day and month passes to temporary visitors to the island.
Outside of the summer months, a community of Ibiza residents comes together to make contacts and friends, share advice and knowledge via regular networking coffee mornings, attend members drinks, open-air cinema screenings, music events and family days. There is also a shared WhatsApp group.
Memberships start from €175 per month (based on annual commitment and six-month minimum term). Temporary passes are also available – these cost €50 for a day, €120 for five days and €300 for a month.