Balearic beauty – Christina Bosmans
Being surrounded by little ones – at home and at work – doesn’t mean the beautiful Kids in Ibiza founder can’t also possess a keen eye for style.
Her work life revolves around creating and promoting cool things to do for kids on the island, while her gorgeous young family take up much of her attention at home. A natural born ‘little people’ person, the vivacious Christina Bosmans fell into her Ibiza lifestyle, after coming to the island for love in 2005.
After meeting her future husband Denis – born in Ibiza to Belgian parents – in Germany just five days before she was due to move to Mexico for five months, Christina thought the relationship had no future. She was off on her travels, he had a young baby back in Ibiza and she was also studying for a Masters degree in teaching. She had a plan. She’d go abroad, write her thesis and ultimately become a headmaster.
But life had other plans. Denis persisted in contacting her and eventually turned up on her doorstep in Germany when she returned home. All of a sudden, Ibiza didn’t seem like such a bad idea. Christina knew she could write her thesis from anywhere in the world, and while some thought she was crazy to write it on an island renowned for partying she thought it was as good a place as any to try (note: it was ultimately awarded summa cum laude).
Denis’ son Marc was just 14 months old at the time, which meant Christina was thrown into a life of 6am feeds and family life. It was during this time she spotted a gap in the market for children’s entertainment in high-end restaurants. “We’d go for a nice lunch, but we’d have to pack a rucksack full of toys to keep the baby entertained. There was nothing for them to do, you’d spend all your time trying to keep them happy and not enjoying your meal – no one was having a good time!”
She’d accepted living in Ibiza meant her teaching career options were limited (she’d previously worked at a language school and also in Denis’ office, where he runs the island’s exclusive Sunseeker brokerage), but her natural affinity with children inspired her to set up Kids in Ibiza in 2009 – both as a source of promoting family friendly events and as a service for children’s parties, babysitters and kids’ entertainment in restaurants. With clients such as El Chiringuito, Pura Vida Beach Club and Pete Tong singing her praises, plus huge demand from island parents and holidaymakers alike, the business started to expand very quickly.