Your Mambo Ibiza Bucket List: Part 1
We know, we know, you're at home staring miserably out a rain-drenched window, gazing vacantly at gray skies - summer seems like a million years away and fun, a thing of the past. But worry not White Isle lovers; the Ibiza 2018 season is actually just around the corner and if you can stay for a few more weeks, sun-kissed days and wild, starry nights will be within touching distance.
To help you keep calm in the midst of winter panic, we've put together a list of things you absolutely must do on your visit to Ibiza this year. Let's call it your Mambo Ibiza bucket list, so get planning and we'll see you on the rocks!
1. It may be an obvious one but it’s also an essential – nothing beats a quintessential Ibiza sunset at Mambo. Picture the scene: you’re sat on the terrace with the sea breeze gently ruffling your hair, you’re tucking into top-notch food and a world-famous DJ is choosing the tunes. You’re surrounded by friends; the sun is going down and you’re pretty sure this is one of the best moments of your life so far. It doesn’t get better than this.
2. No trip to Ibiza is complete without a visit to Ibiza town – the medieval walls of Dalt Vila are a Unesco World Heritage site, dontcha know. So take a saunter into town, browse the shops, and climb to the top of the Dalt Vila’s cobbled streets for breath-taking views out to sea. Then clamber back down and stop for tapas at La Cava, one of Ibiza town’s most stylish eateries. Scenery and Spanish food all in one day – double thumbs up.
3. Cruise the Mediterranean with Sunset Boats, because there’s no better way to experience the White Isle than by water. Setting off first thing in the morning, you’ll spend a day discovering secret coves and abandoned beaches before ending the day with a spectacular sunset out at sea, glass of bubbly in hand. Complete and utter bliss.
4. Have a long, lazy lunch – Spanish style – at El Chiringuito Cala Gracioneta. There’s nothing more satisfying than a morning spent soaking up the sun’s rays followed by a belly full of fantastic food, and nowhere does this better than El Chiringuito, where the menu’s bursting with Mediterranean delights and ridiculously moreish cocktails. Go for a swim in the sparkling waters and then head to the restaurant terrace for a feast you’ll never forget.
5. If you thought sunset was impressive, wait until darkness falls and you catch a star shower at La Torre. Set on a craggy clifftop in Cap Negret, La Torre is the perfect spot for late night dining and a spot of star-gazing. Grab a glass of champers, head down to the rocks and look skyward to catch a glimpse of fiery magic as it burns through the atmosphere. It's a sight you'll never forget.
As Ibiza’s foremost sunset spot, it’s no secret that since Mambo first opened its doors back in 1994, it’s provided a myriad of magical moments for everyone who’s been lucky enough to cross its path on the famous sunset strip in San Antonio. That’s because something extraordinary happens when the sun waves goodbye in the Balearics – the sky transforms into a rainbow of candyfloss colours, arms are thrown around friends and declarations of love come as fast and furious as the beat of the kick drum booming from behind the DJ booth. The air hangs heavy with White Isle wonder – you can’t quite put your finger on what that is but you can feel it – it pulses through your veins and emerges as a smile plastered across your face.
While most of us get to experience this unmatchable Mambo magic just a handful of times, the venue’s resident DJs are fortunate enough to live it week in, week out. So we decided to speak to the music selectors who get front row seats to the famous Ibiza sunset every night of the week, to find out the one Mambo night that will stick in their hearts forever. This month, Danny O delves into his memory box to reveal all.
“I’ve lived on Ibiza for almost 11 years now and I’ve been working for Grupo Mambo for nine of those, but for me, the memory that really sticks out is when Fatboy Slim graced the decks in 2015. He’s played for us many times and the atmosphere is always unreal, but on this occasion it was particularly nuts. I played the warm up set to an absolutely packed terrace and just as the sun was beginning to set, Fatboy Slim jumped off a boat in the bay in which he’d been partying with his family and swam ashore to take over, completely drenched! Everyone went wild as he climbed up from the shore and you couldn’t see the sea for all the people – the atmosphere was electric. It was a perfect Mambo moment; one I’ll never forget.”
CAFE MAMBO RELEASES A NEW ALBUM - SUNSET TO AFTER DARK
Ibiza’s Café Mambo needs little introduction, having served up thousands of sunsets to the great and good of Ibiza, after it first opened it’s doors in 1994. Once again they provide an expected crafted collection to take you from those unforgettable sunsets to the after dark hours of the famous island pre-parties.
On the first mix you will find Bonobo and Zero 7 nestled among the new and legendary Balearic producers such as Prins Emanuel, Bullion and Seahawks. It provides a sun drenched mix from scorching sunshine to the last sliver of sun dropping over the horizon.
The second mix is designed to take you into the night. As you watch the sun disappear let the sounds of Guy Gerber, Moby and Dusky power up to the long Ibiza night ahead.
Café Mambo has seen and been host to just about every DJ in the business, having been a central force in Ibiza night (and day) life for over twenty years. Starting as a sunset hang out it soon became a venue perfect for the island clubs pre-parties and has developed an iconic status worldwide. If there is one Ibiza essential summer soundtrack required this summer, this is it.
Pre-order yours here: http://www.smarturl.it/sunsetafterdark
- Bonobo - Second Sun
- Zero 7- Last Light
- Nick & Samantha - On The Beach
- Tom Szirtes - Calling You
- Private Agenda - Sienna
- Kraak & Smaak - Stumble (Blue Motel Remix)
- Westerman - Roads (Bullion Remix)
- Seahawks - White Horses
- Prins Emanuel - Aquarius
- The Project Club - Leaves of Millfield
- Templehof & Gigi Masin - Blue 13 (Steve Cobby Remix)
- Ambala - Bambari
- Franky Selector - Windswept Sand Dune (Fred everything Space Re-dub)
- HNNY - Solsidan
- No Logo - Wireman (Robot 84 Remix)
- Cubicolour - Machine Keys
- Yes You - Change is Going to Come
- Penner & Muder - Aimless
- Mousse T & Lovebirds - Closer To You
- Black Loops - Mia Negreta
- Radiophobia - If You Ever Change Your Mind
- Theo Kottis - Future Eyes
- Moby - Natural Blues (Kidnap Kid Remix)
- Dusky - Cold Heart
- Guy Gerber & Deniz Kurtal - Here Comes The Rain
- Ninetoes - Bonita
- Ole Biege & Martin Waslewski - Reilstreet
- DYA - Do It
- Zepherin Saint - One Sound
- Daniel Bortz - Pictures (Tuff City Kids Remix)
- Vhyce - Just To Make Me (Till Von Sein Remix)
- Few Nolder - Chant
- Amateur Dance - You Give Me Butterflies
Cafe Mambo Opening
The wait is over! The time has come for us to announce our opening party date for 2017. Join us for the start of season celebrations on Friday 12th May, from 6pm onwards. With live DJs, sunsets and dancing it is guaranteed to be a magical evening on the sunset strip. To book your table Please visit our booking page here .
We partner with Sunset Boats Ibiza to deliver the most exhilarating sunset experience in Ibiza. Sunset Boats Ibiza is a new boat charter company in San Antonio, Ibiza created by Grupo Mambo, ready to offer you, your friends and your family the best experience in power boats in the Mediterranean sea!
We provide a complete service and offer several all-inclusive day and evening trips to match your needs. We offer a wide selection of cruises, with activities ranging from water sports, family experiences, Hen & Stag parties, Luxury experiences and great food and drinks. If you book by March 15th we are offering an exclusive 10% discount code if you book online. Just enter SBI15 on our website.
If there’s one thing we love as much as a sunset in Café Mambo with a daiquiri in hand in the middle of summer, it’s the holiday spirit around Christmas.
This year, we are giving you the chance to win a gift every single day by participating in our competitions on Facebook. Just follow us on facebook.com/mamboibiza and follow the daily competition rules. A winner will be picked at random every day (and if it’s in answer to a trivia question, the winner will be picked at random from everyone who has the right answer). Prizes are mentioned in each individual post.
And on top of a daily prize, we are running a competition for a GRAND PRIZE of a Trip for 2 to Ibiza.
GRAND PRIZE: 2 flights courtesy of Jet2.com, departing from any of their 9 bases*, 3-nights’ stay at Hostal La Torre with breakfast included, Sunset dinner for 2 at Café Mambo, airport transfers and entrance to Pacha nightclub on a select night! *blackout dates apply, trip must be booked by 31/03/17.
You can enter the daily contests by participating and responding to the Facebook queue posted daily in the morning. Each winner will be selected at 9AM the next morning. All prizes will be sent on January 16th, 2017.
The grand prize winner will be selected on Christmas morning, 25th of December 2016 at 9:00AM CET.
Winners will be notified on our Facebook page and/or by private message and/or by e-mail. By participating, you agree that we use your email address or contact information for marketing purposes.
Terms & Conditions
On the photo competition posts, by adding photos to the Facebook competition gallery you are granting permission for these images to be used by PRODUCCIONES MAMBO SL online at facebook.com/mamboibiza and www.cafemamboibiza.com and other online communications. By submitting your photo, you understand and agree that PRODUCCIONES MAMBO SL has no obligation to publish your photo. You must be the author/Copyright holder of all images submitted.
You must be 18 years or older to enter this competition. No purchase or payment is necessary to enter.
Café Mambo (PRODUCCIONES MAMBO SL) is running the competition. All residents of the EU are eligible to enter the competition, but the flights are only available out of jet2.com's 9 bases in the UK. An individual can enter once a day. The competition starts on the 1st of December at 9AM CET, and there is one prize every day until the prize of the 24th of December is won on the 25th of December at 9AM CET. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to PRODUCCIONES MAMBO SL and not to Facebook. The information you provide will be used for marketing purposes.
After three successful ‘Mambo on the Piste’ events in Chamonix over the last few years, in February 2017 we’ll be taking Mambo to the slopes of Morzine!
Morzine is fast becoming the most popular ski and snowboarding destination in the French Alps. Located in the heart of the incredible Portes du Soleil ski area, boasting 426 kilometres of pistes, Morzine is a cool, vibrant town, with masses going on to attract every Winter Sports enthusiast.
From Morzine, you can easily access some of the best snowparks in the Alps, with runs suited to every level of ski or boarding ability. Morzine and Les Gets are havens for beginners, with some awesome, tree-lined runs. From the centre of Morzine, you have three main access points to the high-altitude and snow-sure runs of Avoriaz.
Morzine is a really buzzing resort, with a brilliant choice of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. The Town Square hosts some incredible music events throughout the season, and there are regular markets and other cultural events that add to the friendly community vibe.
From the 8th to the 11th of February, Mambo on the Piste will be hosted from the Rude Lodge, which is an innovative new concept in affordable ski and snowboarding accommodation. Previously known as Le Laurys hotel, this heritage venue has been a Morzine favourite for decades. Now, with a cool and modern make-over by the teams at Rude Chalets and Mambo, the Rude Lodge is the destination in town for lovers of Winter sports.
The sleeping accommodation is arranged across twin and triple rooms plus 4 and 6 bed dorms, all with modern en-suite facilities. The ground floor has a friendly and welcoming bar and café, serving craft beers, cocktails and a tasty ‘street-food’ inspired menu, plus delicious breakfasts to set you up for a day on the slopes.
Throughout the Mambo on the Piste event, we’ll be hosting a pre-party at Café Chaud, in the centre of Morzine. Café Chaud is one of the coolest venues in town, where some of the biggest weekly parties are hosted throughout the season.
We’ll be hosting the Mambo on the Piste Main Event at Happy Hours, which is the biggest and best apres-ski venue in the French Alps. Located at the bottom of Ardent, below the Lindarets ski area, Happy Hours has a reputation for throwing the wildest and most fun apres-ski parties you will ever experience. As its position is right by the lifts as you come down off the mountain, it is impossible to pass by Happy Hours without joining in the party! (If only to see their DJ booth, which is inspired by the Millenium Falcon – we kid you not!)
Then on to the after party at Le Paradis nightclub – the oldest and most decadent nightclub in Morzine, conveniently located beneath the Rude Lodge, so you don’t have to go too far to get to your bed! This ‘Tiki’ inspired den of iniquity has played host to some of the best parties in Morzine since the 70’s. It’s kind of like the ‘Studio 54’ of Morzine, but now with music from a mix of the best French DJ’s and some awesome ‘pop-up’ sets from the cream of Ibiza DJ’s who drop in from the White Isle throughout the Winter season.
Prices starting at 530€pp. Inquire with Rude Chalets to book now!
Martin Solveig has been a firm favourite at Cafe Mambo for more seasons than we can remember. His sets are always a mix of new tunes and current hits and his production skills are polished with French style. This season he dropped a few of his own remixes including his summer hit Do It Right feat Tkay Maidza and his edit of Never Be Like You by Flume. Throughout the season he tested a number of new tracks out on the Cafe Mambo crowd including his brand new single which has not been released yet. The video was shot in ibiza and may include a few well know island landmarks. Keep an eye open for it when it is released.
Martin Solveig has just released his Ibiza 2016 Closing mix which features the bangers that had the dancefloors packed throughout the season every Wednesday at Pacha. Below are the tracks that featured in many of Martin Solveig's sets at Mambo this summer and are included in the MyHouse playlist which is now available on Soundcloud via this link http://bit.ly/2e1BTwZ
Grey - Kolsch
Freak Like Me (Riva Starr Edit) - Dj Deeon x Lee Walker
Once Is Enough (MS Special Edit) - Amtrak x Chambray
Girls Like - Tinie Tempah
Yebisah - Mark Knight
Go Up (Butch Remix) - Cassius
Okay, Alright (Little By Little Remix) - Alec Troniq
Sorry I’m Late (Richy Ahmed Remix) - Kollektive Turmstrasse
Trouble - Offaiah
You’re Sunshine - Weiss
Panther - Links
Flamingo - Oliver Heldens
Love You So Much (Feat Trina Broussard) - Illyus & Barrientos
Good Feeling (KDA Remix) - Jodie Abacus
Piece Of Me - MK Feat. Becky Hill
Feel So Good - Jakwob
Call Out (Billy Kenny Remix) - Go Freek
Do It Right - Martin Solveig Feat. TKay Maidza
Voodoo - Voodoo Chilli
Super - Andhim
The Clown Feat. Pedestrian (Tom Demac Remix) - Pedestrian & Maribou State
Never Be Like You (Martin Solveig Remix) - Flume
It was a poignant moment for the thousands of people who turned out to pay their final respects to Pepe Rosello and the monument to clubbing culture that he built, Space Ibiza. The son of San Antonio, shoulder to shoulder with his right hand man of many decades, Carl Cox, walked onto the stage of his beloved Space for the final time to thank the people who helped make Space Ibiza great and his parting words to his faithful congregation were “Thank you very much to all of you. Your emotions and our love will remain here forever” People had flown in from all over the World just to be there for the Closing party and it was a night that will go down in the annals of clubbing history. Space was always about the music and it is fitting that we record the last six tracks that Carl Cox played at the Club, which now lays dormant waiting for a new lease of life to be given it.
#6 Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke (Hardfloor Mix)
This track was originally released in 1987 a year after Space opened by Guinean singer Mory Kante becoming the first African single to sell over 1 million copies. Selected was the popular Hardfloor remix which was released in 1997 the year that Manumission opened at Ku now Privilege, a defining year for Ibiza clubland. It was the oldest track in Carls final playlist.
#5 Layo and Bushwacka – Love Story (Matt Samuels Mix)
This was a huge hit on the famous Space terrace back when the club was open for 24 hours. It was originally released in 2002 during the early years of the infulencial We Love era and a much different vibe to the vocal version that was released the following year. Below is the Matt Samuels edit that was played on the night.
#4 Armand Van Helden - You Don't Know Me
A true Ibiza classic and the only track in the final six that was deemed good enough to play in its original version. Released in 1998 at the peak of the Space terrace popularity during the Home residency and at the height of Van Hendans reign in Europe.
#3 Kings of Tomorrow - Finally (Danny Tenaglia Return To Paradise Mix)
It is fitting that a Danny Tenaglia remix was selected in the final playlist. A huge favourite at Space, Tenaglia´s six hour plus sets were legendary. Finally by Sandy Rivera was released on Defected records in 2000 and was a huge terrace tune during the We Love dynasty.
#2 Cee Cee Peniston - Finally (12'' Choice Mix)
Released in 1991 during the golden House era in Ibiza, Finally was a track always associated with Carl Cox when he played the terrace. The 12 “ Choice mix was released on the B side of the original version and became a Space anthem.
#1 Angie Stone - Wish I Didn't Miss You (PoundBoys Edit)
Maybe chosen for its fitting title more than a Space classic, Angie Stone's Gay anthem was released on June 24 2002. It will be recorded in the history books as the track that brought the curtain down on the legendary Space Club. Soon after the amps went cold and people were left only with cherished memories to hold.