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Music Legends


If you live in Ibiza or have spent enough time on the island to eat an ensalada payesa (farmer’s salad) at Ca n’Anneta, or to buy a belt at Pedro’s, then you’ll have surely heard someone say: “The 60s were much better,” “Kate Moss was partying at Rock Nights and we had a kiss,” “I was at Freddy Mercury’s 40th birthday party,” and a long list of sayings that veer between the mundane and the unbelievable. One of the people who were actually on the island in the glory days of the 60s, 70s and 80s – and beyond – is Carlos Martorell; a standard-bearer of hippy Ibiza: from riding a horse in the nude to parties where both an average Joe and Mick Jagger could hang out in ease. He lived close to Studio 54 during his years at New York, and it was here where he photographed Grace Jones behind closed doors. She told him “I need something for my head,” and he brought her a hat. I suspect that wasn’t what she needed exactly… Tales like these are all the more reason why we like to hear his stories of yesteryear
When I asked Carlos if he thought that people knew how to have more fun back then, he doesn’t hesitate for one second: “Hell yeah! We had a great time with the simplest of things; my house didn’t have water or electricity for 35 years and there was always someone singing and dancing there. We hung a notebook and a pen on the doors to leave messages, it was the hippy version of WhatsApp because there were no mobile phones”.

Carlos Martorell, who is one of the island’s rst PR’s, organized exclusive parties and said: “They were VIP parties only in terms of the people that came, not in who could come or not because I don’t like separating people. At my parties in Ku, Amnesia and Pacha everybody danced and hung out together, they were such magical times. You could come in as long as you were attractive and up for a dance. It was hard for me to turn people away at the door, but I had to do it because not everyone could get in. We didn’t want to pack the party, because we wanted people to have a good time, be comfortable and dance freely at the same time.”
Music had other stars back then: Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley… The King of Reggae came to Ibiza thanks to Roger Middleton to hold a concert (in the now-disappeared) Ibiza bullring near the port. “I remember that night perfectly because I borrowed a car from the husband of a close friend of mine, it was a black Range Rover with a gold stripe. Imagine how cool that was in Ibiza at the time! I was very naive and didn’t know anything about what he did for a living, but it turned out that he was a big American drug dealer. I took my friend to the concert, but we had no choice but to listen to it from the car, in front of Bob’s dressing room, because her husband made us promise not to leave the Range Rover unattended.” Carlos had organized a party for Marley at Pacha, but the Jamaican superstar didn’t go because he was so stoned that he went straight to the hotel to sleep it off . But the party went ahead anyway.

Another person who had a love affair with the island was Mike Oldfield, who placed Es Vedrá (Ibiza) on the cover of his album “Voyager” (shame that it turned out to be one of the most boring pieces of music in history, but that’s another matter). The English musician bought a small house on the cliffs in Es Cubells – which he got rid of due to the area’s unstable ground – and later sold it to Noel Gallagher who also ended up selling it for a much better reason: he didn’t want to be James Blunt’s neighbor.
The island has hosted concerts that have made history including one by James Brown, whom Carlos was lucky enough to meet. He said: “I was on the same plane as Brother James as he was coming to the island do a concert in Ku nightclub (now Privilege Ibiza), but the plane was delayed and he was going to arrive late. I knew the club inside out as I had organized the ‘Funeral for the Mediterranean’ – a party to protest against the plastic pollution on Ibiza’s beaches. So I described the club’s layout and gave him a detailed sketch of where he had to go to save time. I also have to mention Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé performing their anthem “Barcelona” for the first time in Ku in May 1987, organized by Pino Sagliocco. It was a spectacular night which we followed up with a party at Pikes. The song went on to be the main anthem of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.”

In recent years, Ibiza’s popularity has exploded through its association with electronic music, leading it to become renowned throughout the world, both in a good and bad way. Among the latter is the lack of musical variety, because the island needs more live bands and singers performing here. Spain has so many talented musicians that deserve to be performing in Ibiza. At Concept, we are committed to presenting live music through Dorado Live Shows. This concert series brings the best in Spanish and international indie and rock to the island, and its success is a clear indication that the island is crying out for more.
“Ibiza needs to return to its essence in this sense. Since the 90s things have become distorted by business interests, electronic music, designer drugs and the huge size of the venues, all in detriment to the island’s essence. We need more venues like KM5 where you could listen to live music or in El Naif which I opened with Elle McPherson and Mick Jagger. I remember that they wanted to kick us out early that night. It was only 12 a.m. and some jealous so-and-so had called the police because of the noise, but I wasn’t going to stop such a swinging party. I won over the police captain who arrived to shut us down by introducing him to Mick, and he was so thrilled to meet the Rolling Stone in person that he told me: “Keep the party going, Martorell!”

Let’s keep partying and music alive!

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Grems at Adda Gallery


Adda Gallery presents a new exhibition format in which the work of the artists escape the confines of traditional media and expand onto the gallery walls.
A new form of installation in which the transitional space becomes the perfect surface for interventions by artists and muralists from around the world.


The mural pieces, which are an essential facet of the gallery’s artists, become part of the Paradiso experience, opening new ways of interaction with the public.

In first such intervention of 2021, we present GREMS (Paris, 1978). Describing his style is especially difficult, since he is characterized by his creativity in fields as diverse as painting, illustration, design and music. Linking the body of work are the common elements that denote his graffiti experience, the use of letters and symbols arranged as if it were a reading, with colors establishing contrast codes.


GREMS uses form, line and color at the service of his intuition to make expressive and direct works, in which abstraction, expressionism and the influence of graffiti are found in a display of energy and luminosity.

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Why Hats


If you’re crazy about hats, then you’re in luck because WHY HATS have arrived in Ibiza, promising to be a match made in heaven. Genis Whylan, who is the brand’s artisan and craftsman, is a rock ‘n’ roll lover who hails from Barcelona and comes with his guitar tucked under his arm. Why Hats are 100% handmade & custom-made, so each piece is one of a kind.


Made from top-quality materials and hand-dyed and sanded, these superb hats reflect the wearer’s personality.
You are free to choose the colour, fabric and adornments that suit you best.


If you still haven’t got yours, then come on down to the Why Hats corner in the Zero Suite at Paradiso Art Hotel on 2nd, 12th, 26th June and the 3rd and 24th July.

They’ll also be on sale at our Rock Nights party, each Friday after our Dorado Live Shows concerts.


Make your summer wild with this most rocker of accessories!

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Marimba opening


Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is the natural compound whose therapeutic properties you’ve heard of, over and over again. Used to maintain certain bodily functions such as sleep, appetite and pain relief, there are plenty of reasons why CBD has cultivated followers and created headlines around the world.

It has now reached Paradiso Art Hotel thanks to MARIMBA, a space designed as a Concept Store where you can not only find a wealth of CBD-related products including:

natural cosmetics, limited edition clothing and trainers, Cookies Corner, as well as vaporisers, special edition objects designed by Keith Haring, and a whole lot more.

Marimba opens its doors today, putting the cherry on top of our most arty hotel.


We’ll be waiting for you!

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A day for the planet

May 30 from 10am to 2pm

Come join @creativesfortheplanet in Santos Ibiza to support “A DAY FOR THE PLANET” in which he is calling all the people of Ibiza to go out and clean their environment as a symbol of mutual responsibility to take care of our planet!

See you on May 30 in Santos Ibiza at 10 am to start the collection at the beach d’en Bossa.

Put on your gloves, go outside, collect all the trash you can and enjoy some musical and artistic events after taking your trash to one of the collection points.

Everything that happens in A Day For The Planet, all the action, art and mutual care will be collected, filmed, photographed and combined in an online magazine: The Vision.

So send your photo to @creativesfortheplanet with your garbage collected and its estimated weight. “We want you and your action to appear in the magazine and on social media.”

Stay tuned to the map …

It will show the collection points, as well as the cleaning crews and all the other fun things that will happen.

Check out the Gofundme campaign from @creativesfortheplanet, they would greatly appreciate your support:


Together, For The Planet!

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Rock Nights presents:


We’re back, and more up for it than ever with two new daytime concepts: “Club Tropicana” at Pikes and “This Is Not Hawaii” at Romeo’s. At Pikes, our favourite partner in crime, the event will be held on Friday 21st May and Friday 8th October.

At Romeo’s Motel & Diner we’ve got: “This Is Not Hawaii“, an event that will be held every 2 weeks from the 2nd July, coinciding with the day after the Dorado Live Shows concerts, this year with: La Bien Querida, Mikel Erentxun, Santero y Los Muchachos, Anni B Sweet, Derby Motoreta Burrito Kachimba, and a special guest TBC.

We’re celebrating 16 years of Rock Nights in 2021, and after not being able to celebrate the 15th anniversary, we’re going to be partying double hard this year. Our residents DJs are Colin Peters and Lola Von Dage, who will be joined by a host of guest DJs. Getting in on the action we’ve also got Paul and his live tattoos, Genis from Why Hats and Anabel with her Vlack Lavel leather jackets.

Expect poolside shenanigans, cocktails and fun at Pikes, and in return we ask for just one thing; dress code – PINK.

We continue to bingo at Romeo’s Motel & Diner with “This is not Hawaii,” every Friday after our Dorado Live Shows concert series held on Thursday. Get your Bingo cards ready and warm up your vocal chords for our roguish karaoke in the Playroom. Come with an empty stomach because we have the best burgers and hot dogs in our Diner, in pure Pulp Fiction style. Dress code: Hawaiian shirts (of course)

Heartbreak Hotel By Silvia Superstar

Heartbreak Hotel lands in Ibiza, hosted by Silvia Superstar!

Madame Superstar launches a new party concept that will take over the reigns of Romeo’s Motel & Diner over three days. She’ll add her unique twist to proceedings, surrounded by friends, guests, VIP’s and artists, with a whole lotta activities that will keep everyone entertained. Things gonna get crazy like a Tarantino movie, with live music, DJs, pool parties, karaoke, bingo, food tastings and a sackload of surprises that we can’t reveal just yet… trust us, it’s gonna be a blast!

Our hostess with the mostess, famous for touring across the world with her band The Killer Barbies and sharing the stage with Iggy Pop, among others, is also well-known for her work on television and as an entrepreneur, shaking up Madrid’s nightlife over the years with her bars: El Fabuloso, Coconut and Lucky Dragon, and parties such as El Fabuloso Club and El Fabuloso Pool Party in Ibiza. Those familiar with Silvia know that she never disappoints. Come on down, fun guaranteed!

Heartbreak Hotel from the 18th to 21st June 2021. Don’t you dare miss it!

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Art Decó

If Summer were an Architectural Style

By Laura Martínez
Photos: Phillip Pessar / Amaury Laporte / Lazy Llama / Carsten Tilbach / Sergio Santos

When thinking about the Art Deco concept, a whole potpurri of ideas come to mind: geometric curves, neon lights, a Lana de Rey song, pastel colours, Leonardo Di Caprio wearing a tuxedo in The Great Gatsby, winking while he raises his Martini, and of course, Miami. If you thought of these things then you’re on the right track; Art Deco is all this and more. It’s pure eclecticism.

This architectural movement, which could well be a modern version of neoclassicism, had its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s, between the two World Wars. Its greatest expression is in Miami’s Art Deco Historic District – which is also the first 20th century neighbourhood to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places and protected by the Miami Design Preservation League – comprising a whopping 800 buildings and structures built between 1923 and 1943.

The largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world stretches along Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue to Collins Street. A magnetism that is built on evocative hotel names (Marlin, Leslie, Colony, Raleigh…) with sleek, minimalist typography clad in neon and vibrant colours, inviting you to imagine endless nights, dancing the Charleston and smoking with a Widmann cigarette holder, wielded by stylish women with a pistol hidden in their stockings.

One of the most emblematic is the Park Central Hotel (640 Ocean Drive) by New York architect Henry Hohauser, who is also the architect behind many establishments in the so-called Magic City: Colony Hotel (736 Ocean Drive), The Cardozo (1300 Ocean Drive) and The Governor (21 Street).

But Art Deco was not born in South Beach (the Americans appropriated the idea and made it their own, like always), it is a monumentality borrowed from Ancient Egypt, the fractioned forms of Cubism, the geometrisation of Bauhaus, the electric lighting of Futurism, the colours of Fauvism – that provocative use of colour whose precursor was Henri Matisse – and voilà! These all coexist in harmony.

Art Deco is hedonistic, bourgeois, almost purely decorative. An ideal escape route for jazz and cocaine parties in the midst of the post-war period. The perfect counterpoint to the forced austerity after the First World War and the decadence after the Second. It is the artistic result of an era of great technological, political and social change, and that is why it is an almost incomprehensible mixture of elements that make this architectural style one of the most
recognisable and attractive in existence.

This hard-to-define amalgamation brought together the complete spectrum of the arts: decorative, graphic, architecture, jewellery, sculpture, industrial design, painting, cinema… in a maelstrom of shapes and colours that encompasses everything from gigantic skyscrapers to small objects, including such recognisable objects as the Academy Award (Oscars) statuette to the robot in Fritz Lang’s classic film, Metropolis (1927). It left his mark on everything that could be called aesthetic, influencing the culture of its time and proposing revolutionary new stylistic directions.

At Concept we like all that is out of the norm, and that is why Art Deco is the reference point that has inspired our hotels: Tropicana’s nods to MiMo (Miami Modern). Paradiso’s pastel pink colours and geometric shapes, Cubanito’s colourful façade. Art Deco encompasses art and detail like no other, and has once again been chosen, in its most classic and elegant version, for our new project: Grand Paradiso, a revolutionary breath of fresh air where summer never ends.

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Fashion on location

Photo: Carlos PantaMaria / Polarbox
Location: Paradiso Art Hotel

Photo: Werner Stoltz
Location: Cubanito

Photo: Eye Candy
Location: Tropicana

Photo: Brett Russell / Julia Clansey
Location: Dorado

Photo: Sita Abellan by Diana Kunst
Location: Romeo’s Motel & Diner

Photo: Miranda Makaroff by Chimpi / Gucci
Location: Romeo’s Motel & Diner

Photo: Carla Guetta by Delfine Brunner / Medina Swim Wear
Location: Romeo’s Motel & Diner

Photo: Xabi Goitisolo / Le Studio Ibiza
Location: Romeo’s Motel & Diner

Photo: Jude P
Location: Romeo’s Motel & Diner

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The Real Ones- Merel

The Art of Letting Yourself Go

By Laura Martínez
Photos: Maria Andreu

Piercing, deep blue eyes, grey hair tied up in a bun and a contagious laugh. These are the calling cards of a woman who emanates her own light and fell in love with the island when it was a refuge for artists and free spirits. She created her family here, the same that makes up World Family Ibiza: the international clothing and accessories brand she began in Las Dalias flea market in 1998.

Merel’s magnetism is that of someone who takes time to stop and learn throughout their lifetime, looking at her surroundings as if she has seen them for the first time. We talked with her about the journey her life has taken thus far and about the importance of family, love and knowing how to be happy.

You’re a native of Amsterdam who moved to New York to be a model, working on campaigns for major brands. Then something changed in your head.
“It wasn’t a sudden change. The only thing I’ve ever done in life is let myself go. I started modelling when I was two years old and I never stopped. The New York period was great for me as a woman in her twenties, eager and ready to take on the world. I married a film producer and had the life that I wanted at the time. But my first visits to Ibiza completely changed me. I don’t even think it was my decision, it was the island that decided for me.”

Alok, your husband, was a suit-wearing real estate agent in Barcelona before you met. Was it love at first sight?

“Totally! I was walking along the beach when suddenly I saw this handsome man all dressed in white, I couldn’t stop looking at him and I thought don’t be so ridiculous, you’ve just got divorced!” It was 25 years ago, no mobile phones, people were meditating on the beach, watching the sunset, singing… When I left Benirrás beach to go to my blue Citroën 2CV I saw the exact same car parked next to it. Would you believe me if I said it was his? It was so crazy that we just stared at each other in amazement. After that, we kept bumping into each other around the island before finally getting together. It was difficult after a 9-year marriage with two children, but once again I let myself go and things worked out great!”

I remember on my first trip to Ibiza, I was shopping with a friend in Las Dalias and I headed straight to your stall, attracted by the explosion of colour, and bought a bag for my mother. Fashion and design are some of the Concept Hotel Group’s pillars. What was it like to make your way in such a competitive world? Especially from your base in Ibiza…
“I don’t really know how it happened. I’ve always liked creating things with my hands. I made my first bag with stuff I brought back from my travels, at the time we had a stall in Las Dalias where we used to sell items that we brought back from Morocco. A lady bought the bag I had made and this gave me a huge buzz. That motivated me to make more and the rest is World Family Ibiza.”

If Ibiza didn’t exist, it would have to be invented, but imagine if it was wiped off the map. Which destination would you choose?

“My favourite country is Mexico. I’m very inspired by its traditions and personality… it’s incredible. But there is still a lot of violence and insecurity. I like to spend some time there but I always come back to the island… It’s my home, and if it didn’t exist I wouldn’t exist either.”

You’ve spent half your life travelling: Guatemala, Nepal, Thailand… You were in Koh Phayam at the time of the 2004 tsunami that devastated everything. What goes through your mind when you survive something like that?
“Ufff… I was pregnant, with my children, Alok and my mother when disaster struck. We were very lucky, we were picked up by a naval ship and they took us to a shelter with other families and survivors they found. It was very hard to see so much pain and we cried for weeks. We had nightmares for a long time, survivor guilt… but in the end, you have to give thanks and carry on.”

As well as selling what you bought on your travels and making your own bags and accessories, you created a famous party known for its good vibes. Where did the idea for Namasté come from?
“We wanted to bring our house to the people. What we do at Namasté with Juanito, the owner of Las Dalias – our friend and ally – is what we used to do at our home gatherings with friends. Music, chill-out, good vibes and beautiful people. We started to decorate the party with things we had at home and as with the brand, it grew organically.”

How would you describe your other love, La Isla?

“Wow, for me it’s an endless source of learning, beauty and inspiration. It is the source of life, but don’t say that out loud….”

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