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UB40 and Snoop Dogg set to wow audiences at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza

UB40 and Snoop Dogg set to wow audiences at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza

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US hotel chain Hard Rock Hotel is bringing its rock themed vacation experience to Europe this summer with the opening of the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza.

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza is one of just six five-star hotels on the island and boasts 493 rooms, including 293 suites, as well as four restaurants and seven bars.

The original Las Vegas hotel has appeared in several high films and TV shows, including in episodes of Entourage and The O.C. as well as in the movie 21 in which Jim Sturgess and Kevin Spacey shakedown the local casinos.

Its Mediterranean off-spring is situated next to Playa d’en Bossa Beach – longest stretch of sand on the island – and is ideally placed for the island’s vibrant club and bar scene.

Holidaymakers who fancy partying without leaving the hotel will be able to enjoy the hotel’s own gigs which will feature top DJs and artists playing to crowds of up to 2,500.

Acts currently confirmed the coming months include UB40 (June 27th), Ellie Goulding (August 8th) and Snoop Dogg (August 15th).

Those looking for a quieter holiday experience will appreciate the two pools, each of which come with water-side waiter service and four-poster cabanas.

And, in keeping with its Hard Rock lineage, the hotel is offering some “truly unforgettable” music-related amenities including ‘Sound of Your Stay’ which allows guests to create a personalised playlist, be the DJ in their guest room or even take guitar lessons.

Plus the Rock Shop will offer a range of Hard Rock clothing and merchandise, including jewellery, watches and hoodies to take back home as gifts or souvenirs.

What’s new in Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca

What’s new in Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca

From cocktails and late-night DJ sets to beach yoga and wild swimming, here’s what’s happening in Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza & Formentera this summer

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If you’re in Menorca this weekend, head to Mahón to watch the inauguralMenorca Maxi (until 25 May), a superyacht regatta featuring top sailors including America’s Cup winners, round-the-world veterans and Olympic medalists. Or try it yourself – Menorca Cruising runs sailing coursesfrom Mahón harbour (from £240 for two days). If you’re more of a landlubber, have a go at horse-riding along the beach. Menorca Horse Riding offers rides along the Cami de Cavalls coastal path to a tiny “secret beach”, Cala Rafalet, among other coastal excursions. New this year are dressage lessons on a Menorcan fiesta stallion (from €15).

Formentera Yoga runs yoga and meditation retreats at a beach house on Playa de Migjorn. You meditate on the sand, and do yoga on a seafront deck (from €960 for five days). Recently built Hotel Es Marès has the swishest spa in Formentera, but for a free beauty treatment, take a boat from La Savina to the private island of s’Espalmador and bathe in its sulphurous mud pools. Platja de S’Alga is the island’s best beach, and popular with naturists (formenteraguide.com). Back on Formentera, family-run beach hotel Hostal La Savina has live music, food and drinks every Saturday at sunset throughout the summer.

The Healthy Holiday Company runs tailormade trail-running trips toMallorca, from £895 for four nights. You can opt for runs along the beach or through the Tramuntana mountains. One route along the peninsula between Pollensa and Alcúdia reaches secluded coves only accessible by foot or boat. Or try a swimming holiday – SwimTrek offers an introduction to open-water swimming in Mallorca, from £790 for seven days, staying at a beach hotel in Colónia St Jordi. Either side of town are some of Mallorca’s best beaches: Ets Estanys, Es Trenc, Es Dolç and Es Carbó. You’ll practise in these bays before swimming out to Na Moltona, an island reef in Es Carbó bay.

Amante Beach Club, on a cliff above Sol D’en Serra bay in Ibiza, is launching midnight movie nights (€20 a head) this summer. Audiences will sit on giant beanbags overlooking the beach, sipping cocktails and watching hits such as Gravity and Blue Jasmine on a big screen set against floodlit rocks.

Eat & drink

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At more than £300 a night, the Jumeirah Port Soller hotel in Mallorca is beyond most budgets. However, it is worth saving up for lunch there on a special occasion. The hotel has launched a Taste of Mallorca menu (€160pp), focusing on a different local fruit or herb each month: May is lemons, for example. The package includes an hour-long treatment using oils and extracts from that month’s ingredient, followed by a specially created tasting menu at the seaview restaurant.

The restaurant at Torralbenc, a boutique hotel recently converted from a 19th-century farm in Menorca, is overseen by Michelin-starred chef Paco Morales. Now, for €30 a head, the hotel offers beach picnics: guests take a rug and a basket full of gazpacho, cheeses, meats, salads and cava, down to the beach at nearby Cala’n Porter. Ibizan agroturismoAtzaró has just opened a beach restaurant at Cala Nova, with a casual bar and barbecue, and a more formal restaurant serving modern Spanish food, such as sautéed squid with mayonnaise foam. The restaurant has views of Tagomago island, five minutes away by boat, which also has a swanky new beach bar (island-tagomago.com). For cutting-edge cocktails, head to Experimental Beach at Cap des Falco. The drinks are designed by the Experimental Cocktail Club, which has bars in London, Paris and New York. Concoctions such as a Spritz Me Up (Aperol, vermouth, lime, grapefruit and coconut water) are served singly (€12) or in a giant conch to share (€50).

Formentera has a more laid-back beach scene. One recent addition isBeso Beach, which serves seafood sharing dishes for two, plus plenty of mojitos, at a beach hut and bar on Playa de Cavall d’en Borràs.

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For the first time this summer, people can stay overnight on Cabrera an uninhabited island and national park off the south coast of Mallorca. The old army barracks has been turned into a 12-room hotel (doubles from €50 a night). Get there by boat from Colònia de Sant Jordi or Porto Petro. In Formentera, Es Pas is a recently restored 200-year-old finca with eight bedrooms (from €120 a night), a few minutes’ walk from the beaches of Es Calo and Migjorn.

Contrasting with these peaceful retreats are two new openings in Ibiza aimed squarely at the party crowd. Ocean Beach (B&B doubles from €93), a celebrity hangout in San Antonio, has just opened a four-star hotel next door to the beach club. Also in Ibiza, the new Hard Rock Hotel on Playa d’en Bossa is the five-star chain’s first branch in Europe (doubles from £195).

Source : The Guardian home

Armada at Ibiza 2014 Set for Release Today

Armada at Ibiza 2014 Set for Release Today

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Armada at Ibiza 2014 will be available online starting today, May 23, 2014.

Sometimes termed ‘the Mecca of dance music’, Ibiza is where the magic happens and where the best tracks of the year are made or broken. On the floors of these super clubs, and during a barrage of seemingly endless beach parties, the best tracks of the year rise to the top and stake their claim as the anthems of the year.

Armada at Ibiza 2014 is overloaded with the hottest tunes from the best global DJs, including big tunes from Hardwell, Dash Berlin, Armin van Buuren, Thomas Newson, Paul Oakenfold, Blasterjaxx, and many more! This compilation is all about those DJ secrets that have been filling in the arsenal of every big-league jock for the last several months. Teeming with club anthems and radio hits, Armada at Ibiza has the sounds that will define this summer in the one and only Ibiza.

Medieval festival Ibiza 2014 this weekend!

Medieval festival Ibiza 2014 this weekend!

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It’s that time of year again when Ibiza jumps into the tardis and emerges in medieval times! Beginning at lunchtime on Friday 9th May 2014, this weekend’s annual 3-day medieval festival has to be one of Ibiza Spotlight’s favourite events of the year.

Vibrant Ibiza streets

The streets are alive with the most colourful sights, sounds and smells and the island is veritably buzzing with excitement. The celebration continues all the way through to Sunday night.

Set in the beautiful streets of Dalt Vila (the high part of old Ibiza Town), it’s an explosion of history brought dramatically to life before your very eyes.

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You’ll discover quite literally hundreds of stalls displaying artisan products from the period: from pools of sausage and oceans of ale to leather headbands and strange looking instruments of medieval torture (eek!)

The traders dress in traditional medieval costumes too which lends a vibrantly authentic ambience to this fabulous festival, originally created to proudly celebrate Ibiza’s World Heritage status.

Entertainment galore

You’ll find the streets stuffed with street performances, from music and art to dance and period dramas. Expect jugglers, jesters, acrobats and clowns, not to mention assorted kings, queens and princesses wandering nonchalantly around the ancient streets. Dressed in all their finery, it’s quite a sight!

Family fun

There will be a whole raft of fun activities for the children too, plus a world of traditional food and drink to sample (mmm!). Think wines, traditional liqueurs, delicious cured meats, cheeses and other delectable tit-bits too numerous to mention.

And, dear reader, it’s gloriously FREE!

For an in-depth look at last year’s festival, check our review.

For an in-depth look at the history of the festival check our detailed write up.

In the meantime, here are some tips for making the most of this year’s medieval festival.

Parking: we recommend the big car park behind the port as the streets are packed and the blue bays only allow 2 hours parking. Don’t get caught out with an expired ticket!

Footwear: it may sound like a silly detail, but this is so important! The streets are steep and cobbled and you will be very, very glad you wore flat, comfortable shoes.

Disabled visitors: the most easily accessible part of the medieval festival is the flat area around Plaza del Parque. Map here.

Pit Stops: If you fancy a nice spot to sit down and watch the world go by, check out La Cava and Hard Rock Café in Vara del Rey. For really gorgeous Italian food, we highly recommend the beautiful and elegant Tentazione.

Finally, if you’re thinking of coming over for a cheeky weekend, check out these hotels nearby.

And one last word. Enjoy!

Images by Cat Milton and James Chapman 

Source : IbizaSpotlight

CHEAT TO GET CHEAP FLIGHTS TO IBIZA FOR OPENING WEEKEND

CHEAT TO GET CHEAP FLIGHTS TO IBIZA FOR OPENING WEEKEND

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The start to the Ibiza season is so close we can smell the sun tan lotion. But if you’re planning on heading over for the opening parties, you’ll have noticed the flights are becoming very expensive. However, we’ve learnt a little trick that can help you bag pricey flights for knocked down prices.

Easyjet’s Flexifares let you switch dates by a few weeks without paying anything extra. So you can buy cheap pre-season flight prices, then swap for your chosen dates, at no extra cost.

For example, if you want to fly out on Friday May 23 and back on Tue 27 May for a long weekend, it would currently cost £454 for Easyjet return. If you book Easyjet Flexifares for the wrong dates, ie. May 17 – May 18 then switch to the correct dates at no extra cost (as part of the Flexifare deal), the same flights will cost just £130. You just saved £324: that’s enough for a round of drinks at Space!

However, if you’re thinking about using this trick yourself there are some key points to stop getting caught out. MoneySavingExpert.com suggests the following:

Step 1: Check at least 20 seats are available on the date you want to fly. This trick is a bit of a gamble because you have to wait before switching your flights and there’s always a risk the seats you want could be snapped up in the meantime and that you could be left with a ticket for the wrong dates.

Our suggestion then is that you pretend to book standard tickets for a large party on the dates you actually want to fly (but don’t actually go through with the purchase). If you can still get a quote for, say, 20 seats, chances are there’ll still be room once you switch flights. The fewer seats there are left, the more of a gamble you’re taking.

Step 2: Book a cheaper Flexifare on an alternate date. Find and book a Flexifare ticket on the same route, no more than three weeks before or one week after you want to fly. As a bonus, these tickets also include speedy boarding and one piece of hold luggage – but they aren’t available on every route so check your destination’s included.

Step 3: Watch and wait. This is the nerve-wracking bit. You’ll need to wait at least 24 hours until you switch your Flexifare tickets to the dates you want. You’ll be able to move each ticket by up to one week back or three weeks forward if there’s space on a flight. You can change the dates as many times as you like – but if there’s no availability you won’t be able to switch.

Step 4: Switch your flights as soon as you can. As soon as the 24 hours are up, log on to the Easyjet website, check the dates you’re after are still available and switch your flights.

There you go. You can thank us later… For Great Deals hit us up at travelhottradiobookings@gmail.com

Source : Mixmag

Celebrities back Ibiza Says No oil drilling campaign

Celebrities back Ibiza Says No oil drilling campaign

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Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Pete Tong are among the celebrities backing a campaign to stop oil exploration off the coast of Ibiza.

A British company called Cairn Energy has been given the green light to look for oil, 15 miles from the party island.

More than 30,000 petitions have now been submitted to Spain’s government urging it to rethink the decision.

The main concern is the effect on tourism.

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The island is famous for its nightclubs and dance culture but it is also a Unesco World Heritage Site.

This means the United Nations regards it as a place of special cultural or physical significance.

There are fears if this goes ahead then there could be oil spills and locals are worried about the effect on tourism and sea life.

“The drilling they want to do is 1,200 metres deep,” Sandra Benbeniste, the co-ordinator of the Ibiza Preservation Fund, told Newsbeat.

“This is the same depth that they did in the Gulf of Mexico when they had this big accident.

She did not think the technology was efficient or modern enough for drilling to be carried out at that depth without huge risks.

“The possibility of that would ruin not only the environment but also the reputation Ibiza has in terms of tourism,” she continued.

“99% of the people live from tourism. There’s no way we can risk what we have.”

It is not just the locals who are concerned about these plans.

Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong have all backed the campaign by posting selfies with a banner reading #Ibizasaysno.

The plans are in a very early stage and the oil company, Cairn Energy, told Newsbeat what it wants to do is nothing new.

“There have been 267 offshore wells drilled in Spain between 1960 and 2010,” it said in a statement.

“Cairn is working in Spain at the invitation of the Spanish government, where the company is at the very early stages of assessing whether to explore for hydrocarbons.

“Wherever we work we consult with the local communities to understand any concerns they have and ensure we develop plans which, where possible, avoid these.

Source : BBC News

Help Ibiza say NO… To oil drilling

Help Ibiza say NO… To oil drilling

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By Jane Charilaou 

NO! To oil drilling in Ibiza!

The project is to be financed by Scottish company Cairn Energy, famous for their controversial decision to drill for oil in the environmentally fragile Arctic Circle. The company has been given the go ahead by government officials in Madrid amidst strong local opposition.

Public outrage

In an almost unanimous show of unity, over 50 organizations across Ibiza and Formentera, including local government institutions, political organisations, town halls and local businesses have got together to form the ‘Alianza Mar Blava’ (The Mar Blava Alliance). Their objective? To stop the oil exploration going ahead.

Issue 1 – oil leaks and damage to coastline

To begin with, they contest that there is a real danger of a potentially catastrophic oil leak deep beneath the sea, like the one seen in the gulf of Mexico during 2010. It was one of world’s worst environmental disasters which saw tragic, widespread destruction of coastline along with the death of countless fish, mammals and birds.

Disasters like these can be caused by the acoustic surveys used in ‘phase one’ of such exploratory projects, emitting sound waves that can reach between 10,000 and 100,000 times louder than the engines of a jet plane.

Issue 2 – acoustic surveys and death of marine life

There is wide scientific consensus that such sound levels devastate marine life, interfering with ability to orientate, breed and navigate. Eggs and larva are destroyed and internal bleeding, injuries and eventually death, are the result.

Issue 3 – Danger to whales, dolphins and turtles

The proposed site of the oil rig also happens to be smack bang in the path of the western Mediterranean’s migratory corridor used by whales, dolphins and turtles. Quite aside from being an ugly eyesore on the beautiful Ibiza coastline, the oil rig would threaten their survival.

Issue 4 – No more clean seas

Finally, the ancient marine meadows of Posidonia seagrass, UNESCO world heritage site and what keeps the seas crystal clear and clean around Ibiza and Formentera, would be irrevocably damaged. The accumulation of toxic chemicals used in the second and third ‘phases’ of the UK energy giant’s project would be inevitable, say the Alliance.

What can I do?!

Here at Ibiza Spotlight, we feel a responsibility to the island. Ibiza has been very good to us all during the decades we’ve been here, helping to share her beauty and magic with the world. We feel compelled to add our voice to those who want to see Ibiza remain unspoiled.

So ladies and gentlemen, if you too love Ibiza, her natural magnificence, her beautiful beaches and healthy, clean seas, we invite you to help to protect her.  

Ways you can help:

  • In Ibiza right now? Come to Vara del Rey, Ibiza Town this Saturday, Jan 25th, between 11-17 hrs with your passport or DNI. This will enable you to sign an official petition requesting that the Spanish authorities withdraw their support for the oil exploration project. This is the best help you can give! The official petition is important because decision makers are legally obliged to consider it. We need 30,000 signed documents for the petition to succeed.

  • Not in Ibiza but still want to sign the petition? You can download it from here in English, Spanish and German. NOTE! It has to be printed off 3 times. Although you can read the form in English and German so that you understand, you must print and sign this SPANISH version! You sign each copy, then send it, along with a photocopy of your passport to: WORLDFAMILYIBIZA, APDO 160, 07810 SANT JOAN, IBIZA, ESPAÑA. This needs to be sent by Friday, Jan 31st at the latest to be included in the final count.

  • No access to a printer (sob!) but still want to help? You can sign an online petition at Change.org here. This petition has no legal bearing unfortunately, but it does still help to indicate public opposition to the oil rig. It’s also in Spanish, but google translate can quickly help with that!

  • Petitions aren’t really my thing, is there anything simple I can do? Yes! Share this article on your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram etc) and help to raise awareness.

We offer our sincere thanks to those of you that take the time to act. Together, let’s keep Ibiza clean, safe and beautiful for generations to come.

Photo credits: our thanks to Ibiza Anti-Petrolífera for giving permission to publish their photos.

IMS Ibiza moves to Hard Rock Hotel

IMS Ibiza moves to Hard Rock Hotel

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The industry conference will take place at the new Playa D’en Bossa venue in 2014.

IMS 2014 will run from May 21st through 23rd at Ibiza’s Hard Rock Hotel.

Held annually at the Ibiza Gran Hotel since 2009, the seventh edition of the conference will see it move down the coast to Playa D’en Bossa. The Hard Rock Hotel, which will officially open on May 18th, is being built on the remains of the Hotel Don Toni, next to Ushuaia Tower. All talks, panels and workshops will take place within the five-star complex, with satellite parties relocating from the port to various venues in the Playa D’en Bossa area.

“This is a major opportunity for us to create a new home as we expand with the genre and with the ambitions of our delegates,” says IMS partner, Ben Turner. “We are impressed with the work of the Hard Rock group and feel we are in good hands. The irony of the history and name of the hotel is not lost on us—this is a true reflection of how our music is seeping into mainstream culture worldwide and continuing to break down barriers of entry.”

The IMS Grand Finale parties will be unaffected by the move, taking place at Dalt Vilain Ibiza Town on Thursday, May 22nd, and Friday the 23rd. The lineup for IMS Ibiza 2014 is yet to be announced.

Mixmag IBIZA HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013

Mixmag IBIZA HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013

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We gloved Guy Gerber…
Homage to Michael Jackson? Or Spinal Tap? Either way, Gerber’s (pictured above) new residency at Pacha, ‘Wisdom Of The Glove’, spearheaded the club’s brave new policy (which saw them jettison most of their well-established nights in favour of fresh new residencies). With a trippy new interior and guests including Four Tet, Magda, DJ Koze, Soul Clap and Nico Jaar, Gerber was the driving force behind the club’s reinvention.

Pharrell Williams pops Ushuaïa
The ‘Get Lucky’ star brought Playa d’en Bossa to a standstill, as screaming fans created a sexy, pop concert-style atmosphere around the pool.

Avicii was huge
Sunday afternoons were all about the ‘Avicii Show’. For many fledgling clubbers this thrilling and spectacular event was their first ever ‘rave’.

Guetta Maintains at Pacha
In the absence of Tiësto, Eric Prydz and Deadmau5, David Guetta was unchallenged as Ibiza’s biggest international shirt-seller.

Departures via Parachute
The grandest show of the summer was on Wednesday evenings at Ushuaïa, where Axwell & Ingrosso hit the Departure lounge – with skydivers!

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Paris Hilton was really not a big deal
Paris Hilton’s month-long Wednesday night residency at Amnesia was certainly the most controversial affair of the season. Dance heads across the planet prophesised the end of dance music as we know it, but in truth, Amnesia’s foam party has never exactly been the home of cutting-edge music, and the story was always bigger internationally than it was on the island.

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Richie Hawtin’s Enter residency at Space stepped up a gear this year, not only inspiring the redecoration of parts of the club but welcoming guests from across the spectrum, cementing fantastic years for other artists including Disclosure, Hot Since 82, Maya Jane Coles and Eats Everything.

Rave in a cave
This free beach party, organised by Ryan O’ Gorman with Vitalik and showcasing Just Be, took place in a cave on the west coast of the island.

Crazy for Circoloco
DC10 stayed at the top of it’s game with Circoloco, hosting Seth Troxler, Kerri Chandler, Jamie Jones and Maceo Plex, and dozens more.

Not forgetting Amnesia…
Time and time again at Music On on Friday nights, Marco Carola managed to transfix the crowd with an impeccable tune selection that combined with his calm and collected approach to somehow build momentum to an incredible plateau by sunrise. Meanwhile, Cream (on Thursdays), with Mixmag hosting the Terrace, was as unmissable as ever.

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Ibiza Holiday Home La Maison De Bang Bang for Rent

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Ibiza Holiday Home La Maison De Bang Bang for Rent

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You can now party like a royal, at the very place where Kate Middleton and Prince William enjoyed a romantic getaway, courtesy of her Uncle Gary Goldsmith.

The IT recruitment millionaire is marketing the luxurious Ibizan villa La Maison de Bang Bang – reportedly named after the island’s ‘banging’ dance music scene.

Holidaymakers can enjoy the same experience as the young royals in the high class getaway, which is available for rent for £20,000-a-week.

In 2006 the Royal couple stayed at the house, where, Goldsmith, was once allegedly caught cutting up lines of cocaine in a tabloid sting.

On the website the description of the house is riddled with spelling mistakes stating  that staff can organise activities such as “raikhi [and] body ballencing” and can “help with vegitarian cuiseen, as well as help drive you around a bit and sort tables at clubs and resturants.” There’s also mention of  a ‘Jacquzzi’.

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The luxury villa in Ibiza is owned by Kate’s uncle Gary Goldsmith.

The luxury home features two master suites and two smaller bedrooms two gold thrones, a statue of a moustachioed butler and a 12ft Buddha, while the dining room includes  a jukebox and a grand table with space for eight at mealtimes.

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Goldsmith had put the villa on the market for £6 million last year, but was unable to find a buyer.

A self-made millionaire, his reported drug problems have made Kate’s uncle something of an embarrassment for the Middleton’s and he’s often described as the black sheep of the family.