Ibiza interview: Christian & Merete Marstrander, Club P

Club P Ibiza - Christian and Merete Marstrander

Photography by Annie Peel

Entrepreneurial and adventurous by nature, Christian and Merete Marstrander originally hail from Norway, however their glamorous global lifestyle has seen them reside in Copenhagen and Luxembourg via holidays in the south of France. After settling in Ibiza in February 2010 to bring their successful lifestyle management company Club P to the Balearic Islands, we caught up with the husband and wife duo to find out a little more about these interesting island newcomers…

What drew you to Ibiza?
Merete:
We always wanted to move somewhere with a better climate than Norway and we wanted a new spirit, for us and our kids.
Christian:
It started with people asking us where we thought they should they go in the summer, and where they could go in winter with a summery feeling. After a lot of research, we found Ibiza is one of the top five places in the world people would like to discover – so we decided to move here.

Do think you’ve found the perfect place in the sun?
Merete:
We are already 100 per cent sure we made the right decision! It usually takes time before you feel at home, but I already feel it here.
Christian:
I was just stunned when I got here and it never stops. I could live in 15 different places on this island. Our clients are going to be stunned – imagine, for St Tropez you fly to Marseille then it’s another hour and a half journey, but here, you arrive and are in your villa with a glass of champagne within 15 minutes.

Who are your clients?
Christian:
A lot of warm, good people – we like to deal with normal people! Over 35, at the level where they own property but looking for guidance on where to go next. Some have been to Ibiza before, perhaps when they were 18, but we show them a different side to the island – they trust us.
Merete:
Many are from the Nordic countries, not too formal or conventional so very open and laidback. Some of our best friends are clients and some of our best clients have become friends.

How does your team work?
Christian:
We’re married, we’re best friends and we’ve worked together for almost 12 years, so we’re a good team. We’re both obsessed by details and this business is all about details! Lifestyle management is basically about being very structured.
Merete:
We’re both organised, but I’m better at organising what a lot of people would call the boring stuff – paperwork, contracts, filing… as a lawyer, that’s my strength!

What makes Club P stand out from other concierge companies?
Christian:
We are good at having the knowledge of Ibiza, and experience in planning holidays from when clients start to pack their bags up until the minute they leave the island. We give them fantastic service and go beyond their expectations.
Merete:
Our service is very personalised. The groundwork we do is important – we talk to our clients to get to know them, so we wouldn’t recommend anything they don’t like. We find out if food is important, or going to trendy places. Also the spectrum of our services – we don’t only do parties, restaurants or hotels, we cover things including personal shoppers, assistants, nannies – all things!

Is there anything you can’t do?
Merete:
We try our best and even more, but we can’t do magic – we’re only human!