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Sunday, 10 October 2021 11:39

Shopping in Ibiza

Cosmopolitan, casual, open and very inspiring. The unique character of our island has marked the creations in art, design and crafts since the first European and American travelers began to arrive in the 1930s, many of them intellectuals, architects and bohemians. That current of creativity was boosted by Ibiza becoming one of the international refuges of the hippy movement, which brought to the island its desire for freedom, its absence of rules and its characteristic styling, which still inspires designers and goldsmiths and sowed the seed of one of Ibiza's icons: Adlib fashion.
 
It was in 1971 when the Yugoslav princess Smilja Mihailovitch promoted the so-called Adlib fashion, a free and casual style that was inspired by the traditional clothes of Ibizan women and the hippy aesthetic of the time. Its name came from the Latin word ad-libitum, which means pleasure, and its motto was: "Dress as you please, but dress with pleasure." Several decades later, Adlib fashion has become one of the island's creative benchmarks, a product recognized on international catwalks that stands out for its comfortable and bright designs, the use of 100% natural fabrics and the inclusion of crochet trim, ruffles, embroidery or traditional lace. Today, there is a wide range of prestigious Adlib fashion designers on the island and a large group of new designers whose clothes and accessories can be bought in Ibiza boutiques.
 
Another of the most popular tourist attractions on our island are the hippie flea markets, a must-see for lovers of shopping and unique finds. The most famous are the Hippy Market of Las Dalias, which keeps its doors open every Saturday of the year, and the Hippy Market of Punta Arabí, which is held every Wednesday from May to October and is the oldest and most extensive on the island. . Beyond these two essentials, the island has other markets with their own personality, such as those of Sant Joan, Santa Gertrudis, Sant Miquel, Sant Antoni, the second-hand market of Sant Jordi or the artisan market of Sant Rafel.
 
But there are even more whims made in Ibiza to fall in love with. For example, the ceramic pieces that the teachers work in the workshop shops of Sant Rafel, a town declared “Area of ​​artisan interest”; the paintings and sculptures of local artists exhibited in the art galleries of Ibiza and a delicious variety of gastronomic souvenirs with which to taste Ibiza once you are at home: Ibiza honey, Ibiza salt, Ibizan herbs, sheep cheese or goat, sobrasada, olive oil, Ibiza wines and sweets, such as orelletes, flaó and ensaimada.
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Monday, 13 September 2021 16:22

Ibiza, bite by bite

Gastronomy has become one of the great attractions of the island, allowing the traveler to savor both the typical island dishes and the new contemporary Ibizan cuisine as well as the culinary proposals from the most varied corners of the world.
 
One of the biggest surprises that Ibiza provides is the quality of its restaurants. On many of the beaches and coves, you can find a simple beach bar or a sophisticated establishment where you can enjoy the freshest product, with the best quality, and made with the mastery of tradition.
 
With seafood they prepare, for example, the octopus frit, the bullit de peix (a fish stew boiled with potatoes that is served with arroz a banda), squid stuffed with sobrasada, borrida de rajada (ray stew), pickled gerret (caramel) or in rice with cauliflower, fried raor (galán) or many other dishes where Ibiza's red lobster, grouper, San Pedro's rooster, red or cabracho, espardenyes (cucumber de mar), Ibizan prawns, monkfish, sirvia (lemon fish), dentex ...
 
For its part, the land provides the key ingredients in dishes with a peasant accent, such as arroz de matanzas, tomato salad with dried fish and crostres (pieces of stale bread), frita de porc, faves ofegades (literally beans drowned), the sofrit pagès, the cuinat (wakefulness stew), the coca de peppers ... And the desserts, where the flaó (a cake made with sheep or goat cheese and mint), the greixonera (a type of pudding of ensaimadas), bunyols or buñuelos and orelletes, a fluffy sweet with the scent of lemon and anise.
 
Beaches, nature, leisure, and heritage are usually the main arguments for choosing Ibiza for the first time. Gastronomy, however, is the reason that always pushes us to return.
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Sunday, 15 August 2021 11:28

Ibiza, territory for action

In Ibiza, the fun sought by the most restless and passionate travelers of sport abounds. A complete menu of active tourism activities and sports competitions that invites you to enjoy the island's nature throughout the year while exercising your body and overcoming new challenges.
 
The variety of sports activities available in Ibiza is very attractive and diverse, as there is no shortage of challenges and entertainment for all ages and all levels of experience. In fact, the island's annual calendar of sporting events includes national and international competitions in cycling, marathon, triathlon, sailing, trial, mountain biking, open water swimming, rally, running,… One more reason! to look at the agenda and schedule a getaway to Ibiza!
 
With 210 kilometers of coastline and a very mild climate, the island does not skimp on corners or opportunities to get away from the sun lounger and give the body a good dose of action in the water. In the different tourist centers and in numerous beaches and coves, the traveler finds a wide range of companies specialized in aquatic and nautical activities: water skiing, kitesurfing, paddle surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, rides on water scooters, inflatables, or jet skis. ; fishing, parasailing… Not to mention the schools that offer sailing and diving courses.
 
In addition, the best way to admire the authentic Ibiza that survives in fields, valleys, and forests is to do it at the leisurely pace set by the walks on foot or by bicycle. The island has a wide network of well-laid mountain biking and hiking routes, so it is very easy to include this activity during the holidays. Information on the different routes and their levels of difficulty -low, intermediate and high- can be obtained from the tourist information portals of the municipalities, as well as the programming of free guided routes organized by the municipalities throughout the winter and the summer season.
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Wednesday, 30 June 2021 09:36

Natural Ibiza

Natural Ibiza
Many travelers come to Ibiza in search of beautiful coves and beaches with crystal clear waters and leave in love with the landscape and nature of the interior. The island surprises by its beautiful fields dotted with white traditional houses and by the perennial greenery of the extensive forests of Aleppo pine that generously cover the hills, which is why the Greeks called the archipelago formed by Ibiza and Formentera with the name of Pitiusas Islands, the pine islands.
But in addition to this green mantle that appears in any panoramic view, Ibiza offers many other landscapes to be remembered, such as the almond blossom fields of Santa Agnès de Corona, the reddened vineyards of Sant Mateu d'Albarca, the famous and spectacular sunsets, the carob tree fields where sheep graze or the steep cliffs of the north.
More than 43% of the island's surface is protected, highlighting areas such as the Natural Park of Ses Salines de Ibiza and Formentera and the site of Es Amunts de Ibiza. In addition, 75.4% of Ibiza's coastline is also under protection, such as the Marine Reserve of the northeast coast of Ibiza-Tagomago and the Nature Reserves of Es Vedrà, Es Vedranell, and the islets of Poniente.
Enjoying the most beautiful landscapes and landscapes of Ibiza is easy and very stimulating thanks to the extensive network of routes for hikers and cyclists throughout the island and the various routes for kayaking or paddle surfing that can be followed along the coast of Ibiza. And for the most curious travelers, interesting informative spaces await, such as the Cap Blanc Aquarium, the Puig des Molins astronomical observatory, and the interpretation centers of Ses Salines, Es Amunts, and Can Planetes.
In the flora and fauna present in Ibiza there are names worth paying attention to, such as the pitiusa lizard, a species endemic to Ibiza and Formentera that is easy to see along walls and paths; the common flamingo that lives most of the year in the ponds of the Natural Park of Ses Salines; the Ibizan podenco, a native breed that stands out for its reddish spots; Eleonora's falcon, the Balearic shearwater, the posidonia meadows that filter and oxygenate the waters of the beaches and coves, the centennial olive trees. .. A natural treasure that makes any stay in Ibiza even more enriching.
 
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Sunday, 30 May 2021 12:05

IBIZA, MEDITERRANEAN EMOTION

Ibiza is pure Mediterranean essence. Its beaches, landscapes, heritage, gastronomy and people treasure the best of the cultures that have forged the unique personality of this island unparalleled in the world. Fun, natural, cosmopolitan, extravagant, romantic and lover of the good life, Ibiza presents itself as an ideal holiday destination for families and travelers of all types and all ages: hikers, divers, sailors, cyclists, gourmets, clubbers, artists, market lovers…

The island of Ibiza has the fortune to host a vast wealth of treasures and surprises in an area of ​​just 572 km2, which allows you to explore its attractions comfortably. The distance between the two farthest points of the island does not reach 50 kilometers, although most tourist sites of interest are reached in an average of 15 minutes by car or motorcycle, depending on the point of origin. Ibiza also offers travelers various tourist areas in which to stay and enjoy beautiful beaches, fun leisure activities and delicious cuisine without the need for transfers.

The climate of Ibiza is typically Mediterranean, with warm summers with little rain and sunny and pleasant winters. With almost 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and very benign average temperatures, Ibiza is enjoyed 365 days a year as each season has its own attractions. Beyond the beautiful turquoise beaches, the island offers a rich historical and cultural heritage that is shown to the visitor through traditional architecture, archaeological sites and folklore, as well as a wide network of trails for walkers and cyclists suitable for autumn, winter and spring. Not forgetting that the island changes its landscape in each season giving prominence according to the moment to the ubiquitous pine forests, the fields of olive trees and orange trees, the flowering of the almond tree, the nakedness of the fig trees or the leafy shade of the carob tree.

The 210 kilometers of the Ibizan coast and its almost 60 beaches offer the simplest and most attractive pleasures of summer, such as swimming in a wild cove of turquoise waters, taking a nap under the shade of a pine tree, diving, paddle surfing o kayak; explore the horizon from the top of a watchtower, get lost on a coastal path and discover a new favorite corner, enjoy a delicious fish dish by the sea, admire the famous sunsets of Ibiza with the best chill-out music, play with family on safe shores for children's bath, walk on the beach…

Pure Mediterranean life with the magic of Ibiza.

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Saturday, 01 May 2021 09:35

IBIZA, OPEN FOR HOLIDAYS

Ibiza opens its doors to an unforgettable holiday by offering its visitors thousands of small treasures hidden in just over 572 square kilometers. There are lots of proposals that allow you to live indelible experiences in a friendly destination and able to ensure the well-being of its visitors.

The island is still the ideal environment to enjoy the dream trip, whether with family, friends, as a couple or alone. Thanks to an enviable natural environment, incredible gastronomy, and unforgettable leisure and free time experiences, Ibiza always surprises with a wide and careful offer for all tastes, all ages, and all concerns.

Its natural characteristics and its mild Mediterranean climate make it, in addition, the ideal space for the practice of outdoor sports and in full contact with nature: diving, hiking, swimming, tennis, sailing, golf ... are some of the possibilities offered by the island for amateur sports, although in recent years, Ibiza has also become a benchmark in the organization of national and international competitive sporting events, such as the Cycling to Ibiza, The Route of the Salt, the Ibiza Marathon, the race to the island in MBT, the Three Days of Ibiza Trail, the Ibiza Half Triathlon or the Half Marathon.

The island has centuries of history, tradition, and customs waiting to be discovered. On the one hand, it is a cosmopolitan, modern, fun island and on the other, Ibiza retains that essence of the people who proudly maintain its history and tradition. An open society but proud of its roots and customs, presenting in shows and craft markets and also in Adlib Fashion, a unique and singular industry that captures in its designs the spirit and essence of the island itself.

The pines and savins that cover the mountains and the interior landscape of the island in green contrast with the kilometers of crystal clear waters that owe their turquoise hue to the Posidonia meadows, recognized by Unesco as a World Heritage Site and one of the greatest marine treasures guarded by the island. The fine golden sand beaches share miles of coastline with secluded coves, natural caves, and unusual landscapes from which to enjoy every moment.

The walled enclosure of Dalt Vila, declared a World Heritage Site next to the remains of the Phoenician settlement of Sa Caleta, houses among its streets many must-see properties for those who hope to relive a rich past forged in unique and magical corners. The rich history of the island and the valuable legacy left by it by great civilizations also have a must-see in the Archaeological Museum of Puig des Molins. More than three thousand hypogeums preserved in the largest Punic necropolis in the Mediterranean that preserves its essence under the watchful eye of Tanit, the Ibizan Goddess whose image is exhibited in the Archaeological Museum.

Leaving the city, the tour offers a journey through time through the rural churches that dot the entire island territory. Small and white buildings that evoke an agricultural and austere past that is still very present today in the villages furthest from the coast, where imposing defense towers built in antiquity to defend the population from constant pirate attacks are preserved that the island suffered.

Lovers of gastronomy will find a wide, rich and varied range of dishes with the quality and flavor that only fresh and zero-kilometer products can offer. The gastronomic offer is open to all palates and demands, from family restaurants serving traditional cuisine to exclusive places led by nationally and internationally renowned chefs.

Ibiza is open to the sun, the sea, history, culture, heritage, and gastronomy, concentrating, in a small space, all the islands in one.

Ibiza, open for holidays.

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Thursday, 31 December 2020 10:09

The INA warns about the spike in illegal NYE parties

The INA warns about the worldwide spike in illegal NYE parties due to lack of legal offer

The recent pilot test conducted at our Gold Member venue Sala Apolo Barcelona deems that nightlife is safe under specific measures

While nightlife business owners and clubbers should be getting ready for the most important night of the year, New Year’s Eve, most nightlife venue’s doors are currently shut and unable to operate due to COVID restrictions. The worldwide scarcity in nightlife offer has caused an important spike in illegal parties for New Year’s Eve, with little to no health or safety measures.

Nightlife plays an important role in modern society and is one of the main players in the entertainment industry, allowing for new experiences with art, music, performance, fashion, and food. Nightlife is key to making cities vibrant and full of light at night since there's "always something going on" creating a sense of safety when daylight businesses are closed. In the past decade, due to its increasing demand, nightlife has evolved all around the world creating unique experiences for guests to escape their everyday lives and express themselves. Studies have shown that dancing is a very important part of socializing and has been proven to psychologically make people feel more connected reducing anxiety and stress and obtaining a sense of well-being. This only adds to the fact that clubbers are "starved" and in need of a place to escape the harsh moments that the coronavirus pandemic has caused since March of this year.

Illegal Nightlife offer vs. Legal Nightlife offer

From the International Nightlife Association, we would like to warn governing authorities about the great risk that comes with not having a regulated nightlife offer, inviting people who are socially starved to organize events and gather in spaces with no regulations or health and safety measures at all. These past weeks, the INA has detected events being promoted through private and public social media accounts, private forums, dating apps, privately encrypted messaging apps, event apps, and others. It’s important to remind that Apple recently removed an American app from the App Store that promoted private parties during the pandemic.

The INA has also detected that classified advertisement websites have posts that offer spaces to organize your own party with keywords such as “remote”, “no neighbors”, and “unlimited drinks” which generates a great risk for attendees not only due to the pandemic but for general safety and wellbeing. The events count with a high level of secrecy and confidentiality like revealing the location at last minute, using only encrypted messaging to communicate, secret passwords to know where the event takes place or upon entry, and even placing a sticker on the phone’s camera so the event can’t be recorded.

These illegal parties that have already been taking place since the start of the pandemic, have been charging large amounts of money for tickets, drinks, and the services offered at the party. This is not only causing a greater delay for regulated nightlife venues to reopen but also creating unfair competition for most nightlife venues that have shut down and haven't received any aid from most governing officials. This is also unfair competition for venues that have been allowed to reopen since each government has applied strict measures, measures that have to be fully paid for by nightlife business owners who also have to pay rent, workers, security personnel, insurances, licenses, just to name a few. All of the aforementioned are not paid for or even contemplated in illegal parties also putting the attendees at high risk.

As the Night Time Industries Association’s CEO Michael Kill stated, "Following discussions with many of the legitimate events promoters, industry leaders and general public across the country, as well as concerns levied both by regional police and local authorities on the impact of restrictions on New Year's Eve celebrations, we have estimated that we will see over 5,000 illegal parties across the UK."

"It has also been muted that many of these organizers will target warehouses from lost businesses during the pandemic, and are willing to take these risks and forgive the £10,000 fine within the admission charge to cover their bets.

Carl Cox Condemns Illegal Raves Amidst Pandemic in Mix Mag Interview

World-renowned DJ Carl Cox, expressed his dismay regarding illegal parties and raves a few days back in an interview with Mix Mag, stating, “It’s irresponsible to be out there at the moment based on how everyone is trying to do the right thing to get past this. Having a party in a pandemic, it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever…If you are really into it, you’ll wait. If you are not into it and you just want to react or act out, it’s going to be the very thing that makes it worse.”

No SARS-CoV-2 infections in a live concert conducted in Barcelona (Spain) brings hope to the industry

While nightlife worldwide is mostly shutdown, Primavera Sound, the Fight AIDS and Infectious Diseases Foundation, and the University Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol in Badalona (Barcelona, Spain) has published the results of the PRIMA-CoV study with the satisfaction of having carried out a rigorous clinical trial that can be very useful and gives hope to many industries when it comes to the future celebration of events in indoor venues since none of the participants in the trial have been infected with the coronavirus.

These are the details of the results of the PRIMA-CoV study:

The PRIMA-CoV study is a randomized 1:1 clinical trial testing the hypothesis that a live concert performed under safe conditions would not be associated with an increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infections. The study was approved by the ethics committee of the University Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol in Badalona (Barcelona).

The performance took place on December 12TH in our Gold Member Venue Sala Apolo, in Barcelona (Spain). All participants signed informed consent, had 18-59 years, no comorbidities, were not living with elderly household contacts, and had not been diagnosed with COVID during the last 14 days. All of them had a same-day entry screening with a negative SARS-CoV-2 antigen test performed in nasopharyngeal swabs by health-care personnel.

A series of safety measures were implemented inside the venue as well. There was a delimited outdoor place for smoking inside the building with strict control of the number of people in the venue. The bar area (with a capacity of 1600 attendees) was located in a supplementary room and drinks were served only in that area. Alcoholic beverages were allowed. Participants were asked to remove the face mask only when drinking.

A certified N95 cloth mask was given to every participant at the venue entrance. Mask wearing was mandatory during the entire event, but no physical distancing was required in the concert room (with a capacity of 900 people), where singing and dancing was permitted as well.

All airflows and room ventilation were optimized in the two indoor rooms and air exchange was monitored along with the entire event.

The concert included 4 performances: 2 Dj sessions and 2 live music with groups, for 5 hours overall. The average time the participants spent inside the concert was 2 hours and 40 minutes. The flowing movement of all the participants inside the venue was previously defined and marked, clearly delimited, and observed by the security crew during the event. Measures were implemented to avoid queues in toilettes and in the concert entrance and the way out.

All 1047 participants screened before the concert had a negative antigen result. Subjects were randomly assigned 1:1 to go inside the concert (active arm) or not (control group). All of them had to come back after 8 days to repeat a second SARS-CoV-2 rt-PCR in nasopharyngeal swabs to identify possible SARS-CoV-2 infections. 500 subjects was the maximum number allowed by healthcare authorities to be inside the venue. Of them, 463 entered into the concert and 496 remained in the control group with no access to the concert venue and completed the follow-up visit.

In the final intention-to-treat analysis (ITT-exposed), none of the 463 participants in the experimental group was infected with SARS-CoV-2 (incidence 0%; 95% credibility intervals: 0% -0.7%) whilst in the control branch (without access to the concert) 2 of 496 participants were infected (incidence 0.4%; credibility intervals 95%: 0.1% -0.8%).

GASTROMOON makes its way from Cavalli Club Dubai to Heart Ibiza

Heart Ibiza, first venue in Europe and second in the world after Cavalli Club Dubai to obtain the coveted distinction

The emblem that values haute gastronomy and upscale nightlife is granted by the World Chefs Association, the International Nightlife Association and Linkers Consultancy.

The presentation of the arrival to Europe of the international distinction that combines haute cuisine and nightlife could not have had a better setting for its launch than Tickets Barcelona. Tickets holds one Michelin star, three “Repsol Suns” and is also currently ranked number #32 on the list of “The 50 Best Restaurants”, a venue that presents a different and informal way of living an experience of haute cuisine through its tapas and culinary offer. Present at the event were Albert Adrià, Chef, Owner of ElBarri and Founding Partner of Heart Ibiza, José Corraliza, General Manager and Artistic Director of Heart Ibiza, Joaquim Boadas, Secretary General of the International Nightlife Association and David Basilio, Operations Manager of Linkers.  The function was officially opened by Joaquim Boadas, who began by congratulating the two representatives of Heart Ibiza and their entire team for having achieved this distinction. Boadas has stated that, "This is an achievement for both the restaurant and nightlife industry, since they are constantly evolving to meet the expectations of increasingly demanding customers for upscale dining and nightlife experiences, a milestone that Heart Ibiza has proven to have achieved to a very high standard." Boadas has also highlighted the importance of the fact that, "the first distinguished venue in Europe is from Spain and especially from Ibiza, an island known for being the world's leading exponent of quality nightlife, which recently also received its first Michelin star in hands of the restaurant Es Tragon". Boadas has continued to explain that all these components fit perfectly with GastroMoon, a label that will benefit both the restaurant and nightlife industry worldwide. INA’s Secretary General has also highlighted the importance of GastroMoon, since in addition to providing quality to both industries will be a source of job creation worldwide, especially in the occupation of chefs, during the nighttime hours. David Basilio praised Heart Ibiza and all its team for achieving the first GastroMoon in Europe and explained the process and requirements that Heart Ibiza had to fulfil to achieve this distinction, which highlights the gastronomic quality of the venue as well as its nightlife offer, thus fulfilling the main objectives of GastroMoon, which will serve to identify, highlight and recommend those establishments that offer haute cuisine and an excellent nightlife offer. The Operations Manager of Linkers, in charge of the audit, explained that, "In order to obtain a GastroMoon we take into account the quality of the service, the rhythm between the kitchen and dining hall, sustainability, innovation, comfort, or the variety of the gastronomic offer; without forgetting the combination of flavors, presentation of dishes, pairing and freshness of the products used, among other culinary aspects; or the “mise en place”, preparation, presentation, table service, customer service, and also the state of the facilities, its cleanliness and distribution, as well as certain aspects related to security, since for example the premises must have a Dechoker device, used to prevent choking injuries."
 
Albert Adrià, who spoke next, thanked the International Nightlife Association, the World Chefs Association and Linkers for granting this distinction to Heart Ibiza. Albert Adrià highlighted the importance of this recognition which adds to the recent achievement by Heart Ibiza of the 14th position on the ranking of "The Worlds 100 Best Clubs" 2019, as well as the certification of the “Triple Excellence in Nightlife”, the highest distinction that exists worldwide in nightlife as well as the recent award for innovation in the restaurant business granted by the magazine Références Hôteliers Restaurateurs and also the mention of plastic free by Oceanic Global after having committed to the environment with the complete elimination of single-use plastics. For all these reasons, Adrià was very satisfied with the work carried out at Heart Ibiza with the alliance between The Adrià Brothers and Cirque du Soleil since its inception, "a collaboration that is paying off," said the Founding Partner of Heart Ibiza.  Finally, Jose Corraliza, Artistic and Creative Director of Heart Ibiza, emphasized that , "The GastroMoon recognition represents the work done by a great team of professionals that turn Heart Ibiza night after night into a unique experience where customers can enjoy a magnificent evening with unforgettable moments. The combination and collision of restaurant, show and club opens in its difficulty, a window of creativity ", highlighting that "a recognition like that of a GastroMoon gives visibility to all of Heart’s work both in the culinary and nightlife aspect". Corraliza has also stated that "this recognition is the result of the work and effort of over 300 people. After 5 years of being devised by Albert Adrià, Ferran Adrià and by Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil, in Heart Ibiza we will continue to innovate each year by learning and enjoying. " The event concluded with the delivery of the GastroMoon certificate handed by Joaquim Boadas and David Basilio to Albert Adrià and Jose Corraliza, both the “Alma matter” of Heart Ibiza and main reason behind its success. Heart Ibiza becomes the first venue in Spain and Europe with a GastroMoon, being Cavalli Club Restaurant & Lounge Dubai, the first to obtain worldwide one in October of last year. We are pleased to attach a photograph of the delivery of the GastroMoon certificate to the representatives of the award-winning venue.

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 10:54

Marina Bay Sunset Bar

Restaurant/Lounge Club/Bar/Beachclub
Published in Guía Nocturna
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 10:49

Mirador Calma

Restaurante/Lounge Club/Cocktail Bar
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