HEART Ibiza Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Friends, Family & Plenty Of Magic

Posted on July 12, 2019

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

Images: Andrei Oprescu

A concept conceived by the creative trio of culinary icons Albert and Ferran Adria, and their longtime friend and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, HEART Ibiza was always going to shake things up on the island’s gastronomy and entertainment scene. This summer, the fabulous venue is celebrating five years on the White Isle – and pulled out all the stops for the official celebration.

Heart Ibiza’s big birthday began with a very special invite to join its founding members for a roundtable gathering, allowing us to get unprecedented access to the trio of creative trailblazers. This season’s theme of the immersive dining and dancing experience is ‘Theatre’ and as we made our way through the red curtains into the Lab – the cavernous show and club space  – anticipation was in the air. With a typical sprinkle of HEART Ibiza’s signature mischief and magic, we were handed our ‘ticket’ for the experience by a dapper attendant who motioned us to go upstairs onto the terrace overlooking Dalt Vila. But just as we set off, the curtains to our left side opened and a vintage vixen in a striking red uniform winked at us and signalled us to follow her instead, leading us to a hidden bar.

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Here, we were treated to a few of HEART Ibiza’s trademark cuisine canapés, which would also form part of the specially curated dinner menu for the evening’s celebrations.  From the famous ‘liquid’ olive spheres that were first created at the Adria brothers’ legendary (and sadly closed) El Bulli restaurant to the finest Iberian ham and sangria-infused watermelon chunks, we were off to a fantastic start! But, what else would expect when two of the world’s most renowned chefs are in the house?

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Taking a seat alongside his two collaborators and Heart Ibiza’s General and Artistic Director Jose Corraliza, Albert Adria proudly reaffirmed the mission statement that has seen HEART Ibiza become such a wondrous success, saying, “Heart Ibiza is an experience that is unique in the world, it is not simply a place you come to have dinner but where we have taken it one step further, fusing gastronomy, art and spectacle.” Looking to the future, he smiled, “We will see what the history books will say about what we did here in Ibiza.” One thing that all three founding members touched upon again and again, was the importance of teamwork and the confidence they have in their 300-strong group of staff. Guy Laliberte told us, “You can only do so many things yourself, so you have to empower and trust people. With Jose, for example, we have worked together for many years so we don’t actually have to speak a lot to understand each other.”

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Up on HEART Ibiza’s stunning cocktail terrace, which boasts amazing views on the yacht harbour and the iconic silhouette of Dalt Vila, we got the chance to talk to Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, who had curated the line-up for the nocturnal anniversary festivities. Alongside himself, billed for the extravaganza were Laurence Matte and Isaiah Martin. He said, “The concept for the anniversary is one that you will only see three times at HEART Ibiza this summer, ‘Ibiza Friends & Family’, and after tonight it will return only for the closing party. I have invited two friends of mine to play, one is a young lady from Montreal and the other a friend from Los Angeles, and both haven’t played a lot on the island. But I like to share what we built here, and allow other DJs who haven’t been super-exposed to play.”

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Of course, we didn’t need asking twice to return for the party at night. HEART Ibiza has established itself at the place to go to for a different, forward-thinking music programme that boasts some of the most interesting line-ups on the island. Making our way through a cascade of gold and black balloons, we were greeted by the melancholic sounds of Afro House stunner Too Much Information (Laolu Remix) by Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra. She continued her set on this poetic note, driven by energetic basslines that had the crowd giving it all on the dancefloor.

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Futuristic ravers were dancing next to ‘haute hippy’ chicks who were juxtaposing their designer dresses with dreadlocks, all completely lost in the music. When Guy Laliberte took to the booth in the early hours of the advancing night, he took over the decks without fuss or fanfare and went straight in on a thundering beat that turned the air fuzzy with electric vibrations.

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From the melodic bells of Lunar Disco’s Berbere to the hypnotic beats of Basti Grub’s Would Be An Angel and the silky vocals of Parga by DJ Juma Soundsystem, he took us on a musical journey that effortless crossed continents and galaxies to send us off into stellar musical oblivion. Wrapping proceedings in style, Isaiah Martin was on closing duties and kept the energy high until the very end. Once again, HEART Ibiza showed us exactly why the concept has risen to the very top of the hospitality and entertainment game, and we wish it many, many happy returns!

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