Here are the must-read books for your holiday

Here are the must-read books for your holiday

When we set off into the sun and switch our heads off, one of the things that I enjoy most is reading a good book. Holidays were invented for stoking the imagination, having fun, getting carried away while getting a killer tan, and reading stories as good as the ones you take part in while abroad. I hope you enjoy this selection of books about travel, sensations and marvellous places, suitable for avid and holiday readers.

THIS TOO SHALL PASS by MILENA BUSQUETS

This book is already a contemporary classic that never goes out of fashion. It places us in a small village on the Costa Brava, and Busquets makes the sea, wind and waves come alive. A summer that appears idyllic but is marked by the loss of a mother. Love, family, relationships and, above all, grief, mark this beautiful story that far from sinking in pessimism, starts to show the light at the end of the tunnel.

MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS by GERALD DURRELL

Possibly one of the funniest books I have ever read. It narrates the adventures of a large family that moves to the Greek island of Corfu, with all the inconveniences and complaints of his older brothers and sisters brought to life on the page. In the middle of the Ionian Sea, this hilarious family have to come to terms, through adventure and misadventure, with the local flora and fauna while overcoming culture shock and getting used to new customs.

I REMEMBER by JOE BRAINARD

An evocative book like few others that navigates through the memories of the writer Joe Brainard in short, sharp sentences that will remind you of your own. Summers lived and unlived, boat trips, dances at dusk and lots of unanswered questions that we’ve all asked ourselves at one time, or another.

 

MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION by OTESSA MOSSFEGH

One of the best books you can take on holiday. Recommended ad nauseam, I ended up reading it in one go. Dark and funny, in equal measure, it immerses us in the dangers of pharmaceuticals and the ease with which we take drugs for problems we don’t even know we have. Are the problems really there, or are they a figment of our imagination?

HEY! JULIO IGLESIAS AND THE CONQUEST OF AMERICA by HANS LAGUNA

It’s always a good time to read about our beloved Julito, and if he also tells us about his journey through the Americas in great detail, all the better. Hans Laguna dissects the social and cultural moment in which Julio Iglesias went where no one has been since, at a time when conquering the world was a feat worthy of Ulysses. Miami and the sun, always the sun, accompany this wonderful story about our favourite singer.

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New Year Resolutions for 2023 to take life less seriously

New Year Resolutions for 2023 to take life less seriously

Hey girls, it’s that time of the year when we look back on those little things that always get left behind, no matter how hard we try to improve ourselves. In the end, the year doesn’t last that long and time slips through our hands like sand. Here are some ideas of feasible New Year’s resolutions that we think are easily achievable for 2023.

1.​READ MORE AND WATCH LESS NETFLIX.

2.​GO ON THAT HOLIDAY WITH YOUR GIRLFRIENDS THAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED.

3. ​WATCH MORE CLASSIC FILMS, THE BLACK AND WHITE KIND.

4.​FIND MORE TIME FOR YOURSELF.

5.​DON’T THINK ABOUT THINGS SO MUCH.

6.​LISTEN TO THE INFORME SEMANAL (WEEKLY REPORT) PODCAST. YOU’LL LEARN MORE ABOUT FEMINISM AND LIFE IN GENERAL.

7.​SPEND YOUR MONEY ON THINGS YOU’LL REMEMBER: CONCERTS, CULTURAL ACTIVITIES…IN SHORT, INVEST YOUR TIME AND MONEYBETTER IN EXPERIENCES THAT FULFILL YOU.

8.​LEARN TO DANCE SALSA SO YOU CAN SHOW OFF YOUR MOVES AT SALSERO IN CUBANITO HOTEL.

9.​GO TO THE BINGO MORE.

10.​YOU’RE NOT TOO OLD TO SIGN UP FOR JAPANESE CLASSES IF THAT’S WHAT YOU FEEL LIKE DOING. IN FACT, YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD FOR ALMOST ANYTHING.

11.​STOP PLANNING AND LET YOURSELF GO A LITTLE MORE, LIFE WILL SURPRISE YOU AND SWEEP AWAY ALL YOUR PLANS, SO DON’T WORRY.

12.​GO ON HOLIDAY TO IBIZA AND STAY IN ONE OF THE HOTELS BY CONCEPT GROUP HOTELS

13.​STOP LIVING EVERYTHING THROUGH INSTAGRAM AND LIVE LIFE FOR REAL.

14.​BUY YOURSELF A RECORD PLAYER.

15.​MORE DANCING AT ROCK NIGHTS

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The Definitive list of must-see Chrismas Movies

The Definitive list of must-see Chrismas Movies

By Laura Martínez

Christmas is coming, meaning loud carols, streets decked in Christmas lights, kids singing, and the streets crowded with people carrying an infinity of shopping bags. If you prefer to stay at home watching movies in your Grinch jumper while wearing the slippers that Granny gives you each Xmas, to going out in the cold, we bring you our definitive list of Christmas flicks that will add the finishing touch to your festive season.

Love Actually

The message “To Me, You Are Perfect” with Christmas carols playing on a boombox, delivered on large cue cards by lovestruck Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), was etched into our minds during that tender Christmas of 2003. The recipient of themessage, à la Bob Dylan, is Keira Knightley, who was the most envied woman of that year. This is just one drama in a cocktail of parallel stories, happening at the same time during Christmas, and in the most beautiful city to experience this time of year: London.

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Robert Downey Jr, Michelle Monahan and Val Kilmer… in a Christmas movie? Yes, you read that right. This curious film from 2005, which ended up lost in the annals of cinematic history, is, in essence, a complete film: Intrigue, comedy, romance and action amidst Christmas lights. Robert Downey Jr. plays a petty thief from New York who, as fate would have it, is sent to Hollywood to train under a private eye for a potential movie role, but the duo are thrown together with a struggling actress into a murder mystery. This fantastic film is so, so recommended!

The Grinch

Everything beautiful, sweet and happy has to have a counterpoint, an opposite, an antagonist, an enemy. And that, indeed, is The Grinch. We continue in the 2000s with a film from the same year starring the unclassifiable Jim Carrey as a green monster who hates Christmas and wants to end to it at all costs. You might identify with him a little because, to be honest, when we grow up and Christmas fever wears off, we all have a bit of The Grinch in us.

Office Christmas Party

Jason Bateman (Ozark) and Olivia Munn (The Newsroom) headline this hilarious Christmas comedy about a company party gone wrong. One of those films that pass (in my opinion, unjustly) without much fanfare, but deserves much more as it is an entertaining and fun film about the shenanigans that take place in offices across the world at this time of year.

Home Alone

Who doesn’t remember the adorable, scared face of a young Macaulay Culkin in this classic among Christmas classics? It’s a film that works, whether you put it on as after-dinner entertainment or leave it on in the background while the kids (or the dogs) play. You might judge the Macaulay’s parents harshly, but don’t take it too seriously, it’s just light-hearted Xmas fare.

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La Dolce Vita: The art of living without haste

La Dolce Vita: The art of living without haste

Life is sweet like a meringue milk ice cream on a hot summer afternoon, like a kiss in the rain, like Friday at home watching ‘La Dolce Vita’: the classic film directed by Federico Fellini in 1960, with the unforgettable pairing of Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni, whose his character, Rubini muses: “We must get beyond passions, like a great work of art. In such miraculous harmony.”

And if life is a masterpiece, beauty is the only constant in Dolce Far Niente (the sweetness of doing nothing), a philosophy that evokes hedonism in its purest form. In Fellini’s masterpiece, Marcello, a frustrated writer, seizes Rome’s nightlife to the fullest, escaping the monotony of his job as a tabloid journalist. As Italy entered into the 60s, it experienced an economic miracle due to the Marshall Plan, leaving behind the austere post-war years. Cinema’s greatest divas began to strut their stuff in the Italian capital, causing a sensation rarely seen outside Hollywood. Rome combined fluffiness and 60s modernity, which people loved, but at the same time there was a great deal of scepticism in the face of a society still under the yoke of a Catholic church that condemned such a carefree lifestyle.

Rome, and the Cinecittà film studios, are the great icons of an era that gave us timeless classics such as Ben Hur and Cleopatra, the film where Richard Burton and Liz Taylor met and began their torrid romance.

La Belle Epoque of 60s Rome came to an end, leaving an eternal philosophy: live life as if it were a cigarette dangling out of Monica Bellucci’s mouth. This is La Dolce Vita. It’s a photo by Slim Aarons, where the tanned and beautiful sport pastel colours and shelter under fringed parasols by an Italian lake. It’s a plate of paccheri under Da Paolino’s lemon trees in Capri. It’s waking up at 11 a.m. and writing inspired prose about summer love on an Olivetti typewriter. It’s cruising through the streets of Amalfi in a 1960 Alfa Romeo Spider, passing through Positano and then going for a swim in the Fiordo Di Furore. It’s a scene taken from Paolo Sorrentino’s memories. It’s Sophia Loren’s laugh when asked what she most likes about life, and she replies: “Mangiare.”

Life is shaped like a blue and white chessboard by the sea, like the Parco dei Principi hotel in Sorrento, created in 1962 by Gio Ponti, the master who placed Italy in the zeitgeist of modern life. The Sorrento hotel, and Fausto Melotti’s pottery, superbly show that true luxury is simplicity.

It’s the exquisite simplicity with which Dickie Greenleaf (a gorgeous, bronzed Jude Law) enjoys life in the film: The Talented Mr Ripley, the second film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel (Plein Soleil, Purple Noon in English, is the first, with Alain Delon playing the part of Tom Ripley) where Matt Damon becomes obsessed with a rebellious playboy that lives life to the full on the Italian coast. Dickie embodies everything that encompasses this lifestyle: sun-kissed hair, cinnamon skin, smoking on a stunning sailboat, the haughty attitude, linen shirts, that seductive gaze, backless espadrilles, insolence, bon vivant, joie de vivre. The scene where he sings ‘Tu vuo fa l’americano’ by Renato Carosone is the icing on the cake for a character who is the quintessence of ‘Dolce Far Niente.’ Someone who sees life as their plaything.

The small Italian village where Dickie idles away his time is none other than the island of Ischia, but Highsmith renamed it Mongibello for her novel. Even though it doesn’t exist in real life, we at Concept wanted to bring its essence across to our side of the Mediterranean and place it in our most evocative hotel. Mongibello will materialise on the island as an Ibicenca Dolce Vita, where you can discover the sweetness of doing nothing for yourself.

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Pinball: the new decoration phenomenon

Pinball: the new decoration phenomenon

In 2015, Romeo’s Hotel (inspired by the love motels on Route 66) and Paradiso Hotel (a tribute to pink contemporary art) already housed their own pinball machine, the first with a bingo theme and the second dedicated to Formula 1 with a dash of sexy seventies. What is it about these trendy items that have seduced everyone and given them eye-watering price tags?

Pinball is known in other countries as petaco, million-dollar machine, pinbola or flipper, among other names, and they are also a feature of Bar Luce, located in the Fondazione Prada complex in Milan. This space, designed by famed film director Wes Anderson, recreates a traditional Milanese Café of the fifties and sixties, incorporating elements of Prada’s classical-meets-new-age aesthetic. Anderson has filled the café with Formica furnishings in Prada’s trademark soft pastels, terrazzo flooring, trompe l’oeil wallpaper and pinballs dedicated to Steve Zizou. There must be something about them if Concept, Prada, and Anderson are on the same wavelength. Concept is known for incorporating vintage pieces and furniture in their seven establishments, and some of the hotel landings have a pinball or jukebox from the sixties or seventies. It is another way of differentiating themselves from the rest, which they aim to do when building their brands. They also have a 1966 Casanova pinball machine and a 1968 Wurlitzer Americana II in their offices.

Romeo’s pinball is atypical due to its size, as it is shorter than the ones manufactured at the time. Paradiso’s is electromechanical, characterised by the true sound of the ball strike and its analogue scoreboard. Another expert on these mechanical marvels is the collector – and friend of Diego’s – Sören Manzoni. “Let me tell you something,” he says from his garage in Barcelona: “Between the fifties and the sixties, the pinball industry grossed more than the film industry worldwide. And Spain was the second-largest producer after the United States!”

Sören’s place is no ordinary garage. Manzoni’s Garage, which is the name of his particular Willy Wonka factory for adults, is a museum that houses pieces from the seventies, eighties and nineties. This retro fever is represented by approximately: 20 limited edition pinball machines, 150 radio cassette players and boom boxes, 100 lunchboxes, 1,000 skateboards, legendary motorbikes and everything else a nostalgic person could wish for.

In 2018, Stern, the biggest pinball manufacturer in the world, and the only one to maintain production when arcades began to lose ground to home consoles, created the most valuable machine in history, in collaboration with Supreme, the New York skate boutique that has captivated big names such as Louis Vuitton. Only 100 units were made, they sold out in 10 minutes and today are worth more than 400,000 euros. Stern’s pinball collaboration with Stranger Things has been as popular, with a limited edition of 500 units valued at 9,000 euros each.   “It’s funny, back in the 2000s, if you removed a pinball machine from an old bar, they were grateful as they didn’t know what to do with it,” says Manzoni.

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These are your must-see movies for Halloween

THESE ARE YOUR MUST-SEE MOVIES FOR HALLOWEEN

By Laura Martínez

The long-awaited end of October is here, and with it comes Halloween, one of the most divisive celebrations of the year: you either love it or loathe it! We most definitely love it, so we’re gonna give you some ideas if dressing up, trick-or-treating or going to a Halloween-themed party is DEFINITELY NOT YOUR THING. It’s all about staying at home with your favourite selection of high-calorie snacks while watching the best Halloween films (cowering behind the sofa optional). Take note.

HALLOWEEN

The original film, from 1978, set off the endless Halloween saga. Jamie Lee Curtis stars in this cult film directed by John Carpenter, in which the legend of Michael Myers, and his mask, was forged.

HALLOWEEN H20: 20 YEARS LATER

This postmodern version, with Josh Hartnett and Michelle Williams in starring roles, sees the return of both the Man in the Mask, and Jamie Lee Curtis, exactly 20 years later, to a horror story that she was convinced to appear in when she eyed the succulent pay packet.

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As if marriage wasn’t already terrifying enough for some people, this film places us amid a Satan-worshipping family, who for fun decide to hunt their son’s new bride on her wedding night. After surviving her own wedding, the bride will have to fight back if she wants to stay alive one more night. Bet you’re already thinking twice about catching the bouquet at the next wedding…

THE HILLS HAVE EYES

You can always go for the 2006 remake, but I strongly advise you to watch Wes Craven’s original film (1977). Wide-eyed mutant cannibals looking for fresh meat and a family calling for, and getting the worse kind of help, sum up this recipe for disaster. A classic horror film staple not to be missed under any circumstances.

VERÓNICA

Paco Plaza made this film based on happenings in the Vallecas neighbourhood in Madrid in the 1990s. Verónica is a fifteen-year-old girl who lives in this working-class neighbourhood whose father has just died. Driven by the desire to communicate with him after his death and encouraged by her friend Diana, who has also lost her boyfriend in a motorbike accident, they play an Ouija board, with dramatic results. Afterwards, Veronica begins to experience paranormal events and unexplained marks all over her body.

THE FACULTY

This marvellous movie, directed by Robert Rodriguez in 1998, deals with alien invasion. Written by Kevin Williamson (screenwriter of Scream and its sequel) it takes us into a small American high school where, again, the gorgeous Josh Hartnett, Jordana Brewster, and the one who would become the most famous hobbit of all time (Elijah Wood), lead a gang that teams up after discovering that the teachers have been controlled by alien parasites. This gang will lead the fight back against the invaders.

THE RING

I remember shuddering each time my parents’ landline rang after seeing this film at the cinema. I discovered the wonderful Naomi Watts in this movie and also how disturbing a well can be. As in almost all the horror films that I like, there is a kid that makes your hair stand on end who scrawls messages with ominous portents.

CARRIE

This Brian de Palma adaptation of Stephen King’s novel is an unbearably disturbing portrait of youthful alienation and uncontrolled rage, with one of the most unforgettable endings in the genre. Carrie is a girl with telekinetic powers who, unable to control them, wreaks havoc on the town of Chamberlain. An absolute classic of horror cinema.

CAPE FEAR

It’s clear from this list that the golden age of this genre was from the 70s to the 90s. Cape Fear was released in 1991 and was directed by Martin Scorsese. The cast is heart-stopping: Robert De Niro as the creepy guy and  a supporting cast of Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis and Gregory Peck in this psychological thriller that keeps the tension building until you’re on the brink of a panic attack.

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10 Ways to make your holiday in Ibiza more sustainable by Ibiza Preservation

1. Plan your journey:
Explore no-fly options such as train + ferry, if practical. Choose accommodation and activities that are environmentally friendly and use energy, water and other resources responsibly. Calculate and offset the total CO2 emissions from your trip via  www.ibizasostenible.com/co2-ciudadanos.

2.Getting around:
Help us cut pollution by walking, cycling and using public transport to get around wherever possible. If you need to hire a car, choose an electric vehicle. (P.S. You can also check the island’s air quality using Google Maps’ new in-app tool.)

3.Save Water:
Ibiza suffers from severe water shortages. Opt for short showers instead of baths and turn the tap off when washing up or brushing teeth. If staying in a hotel, hang up & reuse towels to avoid generating unnecessary washing.

4.Ditch the plastic:
Bring a refillable water bottle and some reusable bags for your shopping. Buy loose fruit & veg to cut down on plastic wrapping. Request your drinks be served without a straw.

5.Manage your waste properly:
Please clean up after yourself! Always separate your waste and deposit it in the correct recycling containers.

6.Attention smokers!:
Don’t throw your cigarette butts on the ground and especially don’t stub them out in the sand at the beach; they can take 10 years to degrade and release harmful toxins into the environment.

7.Safeguard our biodiversity:
Respect the local environment by ensuring you don’t walk over protected areas like sand dunes and taking nothing of the island’s flora and fauna home except photos. If you see a turtle or its eggs at the beach please don’t touch them and call 112 straight away.

8.Protect Posidonia:
This underwater plant is not seaweed but a type of seagrass! It absorbs 15 times more CO2 than the Amazon rainforest and keeps our waters crystal clear. Anchoring boats in the meadows is illegal and the damage caused by it takes centuries to repair.

9.Cut the chemicals:
Choose an eco-friendly sunscreen; it reduces pollution in the water and is much friendlier to our marine life.

10.Respect the island and choose local:

Educate yourself about the island’s culture and traditions and always treat its people and customs with. respect. Support Ibiza’s farmers by visiting markets and farm shops and discovering some of the delicious local produce on offer. More info at ibizaproduce.org.

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RICARDITO’S ROOM

RICARDITO’S ROOM

Ricardito is a genius and important Cuban music figure, as well as an international reference in the Latin music scene. In his 40-plus years long career, he has shared the stage with the heavyweights: Celia Cruz, Bebo Valdés, Los Panchos, María Dolores Pradera, or El Puma.

After performing around the globe, he set foot on the island in 93, intending to play a couple of gigs at the legendary Teatro Pereyra, but when he crossed paths with his now-wife, Maria, who is the reason that 25 years later – and a few boleros in between – has kept him here gracing us with his music at our little Mediterranean Habana.

Ricardito considers himself 110% Cuban, even though he declares himself a huge lover of the island and its customs. Since 2018, a true love story has blossomed between Cubanito and this grand artist and human being, delighting us with his superb performances and could only be culminated by paying homage to him in the form of a room with his name on it. Here Ricardito feels completely at home, and Cubanito comes to life thanks to his art.

Thank you for everything, let’s continue to dance with your ritmo sabrosón!

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Grand Paradiso Artists

Grand Paradiso Artists

Another year, another dream come true. Grand Paradiso opens its doors, with the help of all the audiovisual artists that bring it to life. “The Movie Hotel” is a love letter to cinema and all forms of visual art.

For this reason, we’ve wanted to surround ourselves with creatives who dominate the 7th art, one of our favorite art forms. Our three grand Suites pay homage to four artists that have always inspired our conceptual briefings and are a timeless source of style inspiration for us: Pedro Almodóvar, Wes Anderson and David Lynch.

Amongst these three important figures, we’re collaborating with national and international artists that have hopped on board this project that will result in a very special tribute to them in the form of hotel suites. This also means that their work will become a part of our decorative imagery.

We have the pleasure of collaborating with home grown names like the Little Spain collective; the production company specialized in commercial spots and music videos, lead by Santos Bacana, Cris Trenas and María Rubio, who blew up when working with C. Tangana’s visual assets for “El Madrileño” in 2020. Another artist collective that we had to scout were CANADA. The production company that half the globe wants to work with has its base in Barcelona, London and LA. Responsible for music videos such as Rosalia’s “Motomami”, Dua Lipa’s “Love Again” or Rigoberta Bandini’s “Perra”.

At the forefront of this collective, we have Chlöe Wallace, photographer, and art director, Virgili Jubero, photographer and director of music videos such as ‘La canción que no quiero cantarte’ by Amaia o ‘Hula Hoop 8000’ by Monarchy. Bárbara Farré, who directed Nawja Nimri’s ‘Muñequita Linda’ music video and Nur Casadevall, art director specialized in commercial spots who’s client’s include Tous, Violeta or Film Dance.

Two brothers who didn’t want to miss out on taking part in this great adventure- and we’re so grateful for it- were Los Hermanos Polo. The Valencian film directors whose style marries perfectly with that of Concept, sharing a love for pastel colors and American culture. Their highly acclaimed movie repertoire includes gems like the short films ‘The Mystery of the Pink flamingo’ ‘El Ascensor’, ‘The Border’ or ‘El Olivo Amarillo. 

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NEW ARTY STUFF

HEY! THERE’S SOME NEW ARTY STUFF

Paradiso Art Hotel never ceases in its quest to surprise and tell you all about what’s going on at the artiest hotel on la Isla Bonita, take note.

GREMS WALL

The urban artist Grems is already a house name at Adda Gallery, led by Anna Dimitrova. After numerous Solo Shows in Adda Gallery Paris and Ibiza, the French artist returns to Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel to leave his recognizable mark, that you’ll be able to behold on one of the side walls of the hotel, where he’s left his signature colorful compositions that trademarks his identity.. Grems uses grafitti as a base in each piece that defies the rules of this discipline, decomposing them, making that particular style his own, describing it as “return to origin”: Absctract expressionism.

MIRANDA MAKAROFF’S MIRROR

“La la land” is the place where this charismatic and multifaceted artista lives, full of color and energy from head to toe, has come to stay – in the form of a very special mirror- for some time in our foyer before entering our gallery. Lover of shapes and colors, this catalonian artista has developed he ron imagery, that comes from her inner world and curiosity about the female form, human relations, forms and pigments. Not your ordinary mirror, which evidently reflects much more than what first meets the eye. Available for purchase.

“DRIVER UP” BY VICTOR SPINELLI

This multi-dimensional artist that started immortalizing the craziest moments at the iconic Manumission parties, has his own room at Paradiso Art Hotel and his artwork dotted around the most emblematic locations of the island. “Driver UP” is the name of the sculpture that will decorate one of the corners of the hotel, inspired by the Aquarius era, where human metamorphosis and spiritual awakening are at their peak. The structure represents the busto f a woman, made from metal and fiberglass, holding a a diver’s helmet that she seems to want to free herself from. Available for purchase.

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