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Elviria: Exquisite villa with beautiful sea views located in one of the most beautiful palm streets. 5 beds, 4 baths. Built 437 m², plot 1.560 m². E&V ID: W-02DCUP. Price: 2.200.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 55 80.

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Europe’s Top Museums 46 Ancient Egypt 56

The Jerez Vendimia 64

The Gran Hotel Miramar 74 The Ferrari 488 Pista 80

The Senior Masters Cup 84

4 Ocean: Coastal and Ocean Clean-Up 94

Sebastian Stan 100

the trend Cinema 102

The Handmaid’s Tale 104 Music News 106 Teatro Marbella 108 Best-selling Reads 110 Augmented Reality 112

the style A Spanish Mansion in Sierra Blanca 116 A Puente Romano Villa Transformation by Ambience Home Design 124 Décor News 132 Fashion: Guess Autumn/Winter Collection 134 Fashion News 140 Mukhi Sisters Jewellery Design 142

the spa Marc Cain Mysteriously Fragrance 146 Beauty News 148

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162 Marbella with Love 164 The Vibe 178

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Aída Aguirre 182 Gaming Gadgets 184 Pet News

the pro 188 Marbella Club Hills 190 Michelle Roberts of Swans International School 192 Enterprise 198 Spain-Gibraltar Cross-Border Taxation

the gourmet 205 Restaurant Felix 207 Dynamic Döss 208 Food News 210 Chef’s Profile: Stephane Bruylant of MAUMM 212 Wine: Josep María Pujol of Alta Alella

the guide 214 Listings 222 What’s On 224 Stars for September

Bountiful Oranges 152 Is Eternal Life Possible? 154 Health News 156 Øne Clinic Marbella 158

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o honour one of our favourite month’s of the year here on the sunny shores of the Costa del Sol, the team has left no stone unturned in assembling a phenomenal issue. Join us on a tour of ancient Egypt, visiting some of Europe’s finest museums, and at this month’s Jerez Vendimia, which includes an enticing program of events. We also preview the Senior Masters Cup, which will be disputed at the Puente Romano Tennis Club on 28th & 29th September. Spectacle abounds in these pages with the stunning Ferrari 488 Pista, the opulent Gran Hotel Miramar in Málaga, the lively dinner/show concept that is Teatro, and a very stylish classical property in Marbella Sierra Blanca. We interview Mr Maph and Paul Carr about the forthcoming charity initiative, Marbella With Love; talk with Maya of the jewellery-designing Mukhi sisters; and profile prolific acting talent Sebastian Stan. Finally, if gourmet dining is your thing, we bring you two of the best, both recently opened but without any doubt destined for fame: Restaurant Felix at Healthouse Las Dunas, and Döss at Artola Alta, near Cabopino.

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SOAK UP A LITTLE CULTURE THROUGH OUR FEATURE ON EUROPE’S TOP MUSEUMS, VISIT THE ANCIENT PAST IN EGYPT AND ENJOY THIS MONTH’S MAGAZINE WITH A GLASS OF SHERRY FROM JEREZ. FEAST YOUR EYES ON STUNNING GRAN HOTEL MIRAMAR AND THE STYLISH FERRARI 48 PISTA, AND DON’T FORGET TO ARRANGE YOUR TICKETS TO A MAJOR HIGHLIGHT OF MARBELLA’S SPORTING YEAR: THE SENIOR MASTERS CUP AT THE PUENTE ROMANO.

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Europe’s most famous museums are not just among the continent’s greatest attractions, they are also works of art in their own right. Called into life to safeguard the cultural and artistic patrimony of a richly creative continent, Europe’s finest museums are in reality monumental palaces that house the finest collection of art in the world. No wonder the Louvre, Prado, National Gallery, Uffizi and Rijksmuseum are among the most popular and venerated attractions in their respective cities, nay all of Europe. WORDS BY MICHEL CRUZ

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MUSÉE DU LOUVRE Paris

The world’s largest museum is also one of its most famous and refined. Set within the Palais du Louvre, a former fortress rebuilt as a royal palace in the 16th century and subsequently added to, its more than 73,000 square metres of display space contains over 35,000 works of art dating from prehistory to the present day and it is ranked as the number one museum in the world. The beautiful complex bordering the Tuileries Gardens is a fine example of classical French architecture and one of the most important monuments in Paris. With over nine million visitors a year, the Louvre is the second most visited museum in the world, a status assured by a collection that includes such iconic pieces as the Venus de Milo and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The venue and the art evoke the classical elegance of royal France, and even the modern extension designed by Chinese American architect I. M. Pei is a study in refined solutions, for the glass pyramid situated in the grand Cour Napoléon square has become an iconic part of the Louvre, which blends wonderfully well with the beautiful classical architecture of the original Palais Royal.

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MUSEO DEL PRADO Madrid Established not long after the conclusion of the Peninsular Wars to showcase the flower of Spanish art and prove that the country is on a par with other cultural leaders, the Prado is a treasure trove of art and culture that ranks among an international elite. The Spanish Royal Collection formed the basis of what is now one of the best displays of art in the world, and Spanish art in particular. The museum features 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, 8,200 drawings, 1,000 sculptures and hundreds of historic documents. Even though many of these are sent to exhibitions

around the world, it takes the better part of a day to take it all in, and much longer to really come to grips with what is one of the finest collections of European art. This must be why many among the almost 2.5 million visitors per year keep coming back, to admire masterpieces by Velåzquez, El Greco, Goya, Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch, to name a few. Goya’s Las Meninas is arguably the most iconic piece in the museum, which is located in a beautifully stylish building looking out upon a grand avenue in the elegant heart of the city.

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THE NATIONAL GALLERY London Of course, London could not fall behind, and so the National Gallery was established in 1824, some years after the Louvre and the Prado. The grand neoclassical façade of the National Gallery dominates Trafalgar Square in the heart of London. Behind its columns are over 2,300 paintings from the medieval period up to the present, illuminating the story of western art in marble halls visited by almost six million people a year. Here you will find works by the likes of Titian, Van Eyck and Holbein, with special attention for British masters such as Turner and Constable, who’s emblematic The Hay Wain is perhaps

the most famous piece on display. Admission is free, making the National Gallery one of the most popular attractions in the British capital as well as an internationally recognisable listed building of great classical beauty, especially inside, where its grand marble staircases, archways and inlaid ceilings and stained glass evoke the feeling of a palace, as is the case at the Prado and the Louvre. It provides a wonderful setting in which to escape the London rain and spend time among inspiring works of art by some of the most famous masters of all time.

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THE RIJKSMUSEUM A mst erdam One of the most popular sights in a city renowned as a tourist centre, the Rijksmuseum was founded in 1800 but moved from The Hague to Amsterdam in 1808 to eventually occupy the graceful red brick complex designed by Pierre Cuypers. Though the red brick creates a 19th century British feel, this elegant building also contains strong elements of the French Neo-Renaissance school and even Dutch Neo-Gothic features, adding all the more to a perfect environment in which to display, celebrate and simply enjoy art. The museum receives almost 2.5 million visitors per year, necessitating an expansion programme

that was inaugurated in 2013 and drew its inspiration from Pei’s graceful solutions for the Louvre. With many famous painters being of Dutch origin, it is not surprising that The Netherlands is well-represented on this list, so the Rijksmuseum is the natural home for works of Vermeer, Frans Hals and Rembrandt, whose The Night Watch is a large, awe-inspiring masterpiece almost synonymous with this classic museum. In all, there are over 8,000 works on art on display at the Rijksmuseum, with over one million objects of various kinds on view, under restoration and archived.

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The fact that this prominent art history collection, which calls itself a gallery, is housed in the iconic 16th century Piazzale degli Uffizi – an erstwhile office complex from which the museum takes its name – is typically Italian. That Italy’s most famous art museum is housed here and not in a grand palace is, however, down to the fact the Uffizi was first founded in 1581, before the era of bestowing such buildings upon museums. Now it finds itself in the heart of what is sometimes called an open-air museum city, surrounded by the profusion of works that make this country the glorious centre

of the art world. The narrow courtyard between the Uffizi’s two wings provides a study in perspective that trains the eye along the architectural detail of the palace towards the Arno River. Inside, the elegant structure abounds in fine decorative detail that provides a backdrop for the creations of the Italian Renaissance. Look out for sculptures not just on display in the halls but also set into alcoves in the building itself. This is Italy, and though a wonder of the Renaissance, the Uffizi still evokes a somewhat Roman feeling among the more than two million annual visitors. e

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D THE SPOTLIGHT travel

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ANCIENT EGYPT

Travel back in time and experience the mystique that Egypt has to offer, full of history and awe-inspiring sites that could only be a result of highly intelligent humans, who were clearly way ahead of their time. The country’s capital Cairo is the ideal place to start to fully immerse yourself in the culture. Steeped in history, the city itself surrounds the River Nile, the longest river in the world. The capital is the hub of the country, with an astounding population of over nine million, making it the largest city in Egypt. Here you will be able to see The Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, two of the most famous architectural structures from the ancient world that are still around today. We are able to get there in just under five hours from London, making it a manageable trip. There is also the option while there to travel on to Luxor to absorb more of the country’s culture, where you will be able to see sites such as the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings. Flights are just over an hour, so you will be there before you know it. While many are unsure as to whether Egypt is safe for tourists, it is currently coloured green by the UK Foreign Office. Luckily there are no warnings against travelling to the main tourist attractions in Cairo and Luxor. WORDS ALEXANDRA CARUANA PHOTOGRAPHY: KEVIN HORN AND SHUTTERSTOCK

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Captivating Cairo

SETTING OFF INTO THE SUNSET

In Cairo, it is possible to visit the two sites by camel ride. The ideal time would be as the sun is rising and setting, at the two coolest points of the day. Do be prepared to barter for your camel ride to avoid being overcharged. Egypt’s culture is similar to Morocco, just over the Straits of Gibraltar, which many of you may be used to already. Some may choose to ask their hotel to arrange the ride for them, but be aware that they will likely charge you higher fees than if you arranged it yourself. Either way, haggling is part of the fun.

Expect luxury when you stay five-star in Cairo. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence is at the centre of everything and overlooks the Nile and the Giza Pyramids depending on your room, with beautiful views day or night, making it the ideal place to stay. The hotel also boasts a shopping mall with three floors of high-end, luxury boutiques, and a swimming pool where you can cool down after all the sightseeing. The spa is another great facility, which will help you unwind while enjoying some Ancient Egyptian beauty rituals that you would not find elsewhere. The main attraction in Cairo is the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, which are what the country is known for, being one of the most astonishing remains of Ancient Egypt. The Pyramids themselves are listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient World, which comes as no surprise, as the way they were built still remains a mystery today. There are many theories as to how and who built the Pyramids. Some believe they are as a result of slavery by order of the Pharaoh, while others are of the view that this could not have been the case and that they must have been constructed by skilled workers who received a salary. Most of the theories as to how they were built are based on the moving of giant blocks of limestone using a pulley system. However it was done, it is agreed by the majority that the Egyptians were simply way ahead of their time, seriously skilled and hard-working people whose creations can now be admired in today’s Egypt. There is evidence to suggest that the workforce was made up of 10,000 people dedicating a total of 30 years to each pyramid. This really puts into context the sheer volume of work and precision that it took to make these three fascinating structures. With the body of a lion and the head of a human, the Sphinx lies exactly along the east-west axis of the Giza necropolis, missing its nose and beard. The beast is estimated to be 4,500 years old, and due to weathering caused by the sands surrounding it, the mystical creature’s head was the only thing showing for many thousands of years until it was discovered by the Pharaoh Thutmose IV, who worked with a team to free the statue from the sands of time that had taken over the structure. The word ‘Sphinx’ is derived from the Greek word ‘to squeeze’. However their version of the beast had wings, and a woman’s head. Greek mythology tells of the Sphinx who would strangle anyone who could not answer her riddle.

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MUMMIES AT THE MUSEUM Relish in a section at the Cairo Museum dedicated exclusively to King Tutankhamun, child royalty who ascended to the throne at the mere age of nine. He married his halfsister, who became pregnant twice, both with girls, but unfortunately both resulted in stillbirths. It is unsure as to how the King died, but he did have several deformities. He was unable to move his head due to all seven vertebrae in his back being fused together. Several canes were found in his tomb, leading to the assumption that he had difficulty walking. Some speculate that he was assassinated, as his remains suggest that he had a serious infection in his leg caused by an injury. The actual cause, however, remains a mystery.

Today, many of his belongings can be viewed in the Museum, including his gold mask made of 11kg of solid gold. The Museum itself was broken into in 2011 during the Egyptian Revolution. Many artifacts were stolen and two mummies were damaged. Since then a treasure hunt has taken place to try and recover the missing pieces, with 25 of 50 objects being restored to their rightful home, including two statues of King Tutankhamun and a mummy of a child. Mummification was a process that was unique to Ancient Egypt, where it was believed that in order to move on to the afterlife, their body needed to be preserved. This involved embalming the body before

wrapping it in linen bandages. Prior to this, all organs were removed and preserved apart from the heart, which was considered important for the next life. The brain was not deemed necessary and was discarded. There is a Mummy Room at the Museum, which you will have to pay extra to access, where you can see what Egyptians looked like 3,000 years ago. Alternatively there are mummified animals to view with a general admission ticket. These were the beloved pets of the living, which were preserved in the hope that they would follow them on to the afterlife, and keep them company there as they had done on Earth. The most common animals include cats, dogs, monkeys, birds and gazelles.

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LUXOR; A LABYRINTH OF HISTORY Get lost in Luxor’s open-air museum, otherwise known as the Karnak Temple Complex. This large religious site, made up of approximately 200 acres of land, is where many came to worship. As with the Great Pyramids, you will be amazed by the sheer scale of some of these pylons, statues and temples that all congregate in this towering fortified village. It is popular, being ranked the second most visited attraction in Egypt. The site itself has been very popular in Hollywood, featuring in many movies such as Death on the Nile, Tomb Raider, and The Mummy Returns. The Great Hypostyle Hall is a popular feature of the Karnak Temple, made of 134 colossus columns, and named after its architectural pattern, which consists of a hall with a roof supported by columns. There is also a sacred lake on site, where barges would float during the Opet Festival. This took place annually, at a time when the Egyptians believed that the Earth and the Gods were tired and needed a boost at the end of the agricultural cycle.

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While in Luxor, be sure to stay at the Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa to continue that luxury streak you started back in Cairo. With over seven different bars and restaurants to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice. There are many things to do while in the area, including a trip to the Souks, where you will be able to wander around and put your new found haggling skills to good use, picking up some unique souvenirs to take back home. Some great finds include leather slippers, geometric jewellery boxes, and glass sand bottles. Just be sure to wrap things up carefully when you pack them to take home! Hot air balloons are also a popular activity, with the best time to take your trip being at sunrise. See the ancient land from the skies, and enjoying looking down on all the temples and historical sites, which will be pointed out to you by your guide. Bedouin campfire picnics really are a special experience too, where you will be able to immerse yourself in the culture of these truly amazing people. Also known as desert nomads, Bedouins live in the depths of the desert where they usually receive less than five cm of rain water a year. Difficult for us to imagine here where, when it rains, it pours! Join them in their habitat for a campfire picnic to really feel like part of the tribe, where you will be able to enjoy some tasty Egyptian food and if you are lucky enough they may even play you some music, usually involving a clarinet and some haunting chants, which is typical in Arabic culture.

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VALLEY OF THE KINGS Buried deep within a rocky landscape is the Valley of the Kings, where, as the name suggests, the last resting place of all the Kings of Egypt can be found. Today there are 62 tombs in total and the mass influx of tourists over the years has worn away many of the original features such as paintings, due to carbon dioxide, friction caused by footsteps and… wait for it… perspiration. Each visitor produces approximately 2.8g of moistue when entering the tombs, given the sweltering heat in the desert. This only causes people to want to visit them even more before the original features disappear completely. Of course, every effort is being made to preserve these by introducing glass screens and dehumidifiers in the tombs that have been affected the most. Bear this in mind when you are reminded not to take photographs in the tombs, as the flash does contribute to the damage over time. The most famous King of Egypt, Tutankhamun’s mummy can be found within a climate-controlled case to protect him from the elements. When it was discovered by Howard Carter back in 1922, his remains were already badly affected, maybe from the sheer amount of belongings that were in the coffin with him including jewellery and his famous gold mask, which can today be seen in the Cairo Museum. The Valley of the Queens also lies nearby, where wives of the Pharaohs were buried. Here, there are approximately 75 tombs, with four open to the public for viewing, one belonging to Nefertiti, one of the most famous queens of the ancient world. She was depicted as a powerful woman, having equal status to that of a king, usually riding in a chariot. Both tomb sites were added by UNESCO to the World Heritage List in 1979.

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Tagines and Falafel

The food in Egypt is an eclectic mix of beans, spices, tagines and vegetables with rabbit and pigeon being common meats here. while many of the locals choose to stay away from alcohol due to their religion, which is mainly Islamic, the most popular drink is beer and is readily available. Local dishes include kushari, a high carb choice with macaroni, rice and lentils blended together and topped with fried onions, tomato sauce and chickpeas with plenty of spices to add flavour. This dish dates back to the 19th century, and naturally was popular with labourers who needed a good meal before a long day of physical toil. Try bissara, which is eaten as either a soup or a dip for pitta bread. The main ingredient in this dish is dried broad beans, with spices, olive oil and lemon juice. Falafel, kofta and shawarma kebabs are also popular dishes in Egypt, so expect to tuck into these during your time here.

A rabian N ights Egyptian nightlife is buzzing, full of dancing and celebration from the locals. Belly dancing is popular here, with plenty of shows available to enjoy over dinner. Most hotels offer this as part of the evening entertainment. Beware however, as the dancers like to encourage audience participation, so get your glad rags on in anticipation of a good boogie! These is the option to catch some belly dancing on the Nile Pharaoh’s Cruising Restaurant which is conveniently situated just behind the Four Seasons in Cairo. Not only will you have a delicious meal and entertainment for the evening, you will also enjoy some fantastic views of the Nile at night. Alternatively, visit Crimson Cairo, a rooftop bar and restaurant with a great atmosphere, where you can take in the sights from a different angle. In Luxor, should you be in the mood for some food closer to home, The King’s Head Pub serves salads, jacket potatoes, burgers and pizzas, but with an Egyptian spin, such as their chicken shawarma with mash and local brew, Sakara Gold. Hopefully this will help you get back into the frame of mind of heading home, as once you have visited this beautiful ancient world, you really will find it hard to leave. e

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The festival kicks off with a theatrical grape stomp on the steps of Jerez cathedral

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D THE SPOTLIGHT travel

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SHERRY SHOWTIME It all kicked off on September 1st but there are barrel-loads more opportunities to make merry with sherry this month. Belinda Beckett picks out the cream of the crop.

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t’s grape harvest time in Andalucía and no one does the vendima like the Jerezanos with their super-fortified sherry festival. From now until September 16, the famous tipple will be paired with the best of everything else Jerez has to offer, from fresh Cádiz tuna to fiery flamenco to thoroughbred Andalusian horses. Gallons of fino, manzanilla and oloroso will be brought out of musty bodegas to be consumed in the city streets and between the vines, poured from dizzying heights into tiny glasses by maestro venenciadors and sipped at gourmet tastings held inside castle walls.

This year’s festival is dedicated to an obscure blue grape from the Sherry Triangle town of Rota and the craft coopers of Jerez who have barrel-making down to a fine art. The birthplace of Spain’s most aristocratic equines will also be the only place to be on September 8, International Day of the Horse. Many events are free or at reduced prices and although alcohol is the chief ingredient there’s even ‘soft’ entertainment for kids. The Church gets involved too, providing its blessing for the first harvest – primera cosecha – and lending the steps of

magnificent Jerez Cathedral, built from the procedes of sherry, for the Pisa de Uva grape treading ceremony. Tradition, folklore and a touch of kitsch come together at this festival opener, with muscle-bound men in shorts and grape-crusher boots and harvest handmaidens carrying baskets of plump grapes through the throng. Their white dresses and blue silk scarves symbolise the chalky white soil and blue sky that helps to make great ‘sherry’ from Jerez – the only place in the world entitled to call its wines by that most British of names.

© Cobos Catering Jerez

© Cobos Catering Jerez

MAGISTERIAL DINING If you’re partial to theatrical dining, the Catas Magistrales are the best invitation you’ll get this summer: a chance to pair a quintet of sherries with five inventive tapas under the moonlight in a medieval courtyard filled with the sounds of flamenco guitar. The Alcázar’s Patio de Armas is the idyllic setting for these Master Tastings, conducted by oenologists from six different bodegas over six nights. This year’s avant garde menu prepared by Mauro Barreiro, executive chef at gourmet events company Cobos Catering, includes duck paté candyfloss with smoked maize, marinated salmon with mojito dressing and an intriguing Pink Panther dessert, each married with a different wine and type of flamenco. The menu changes for the second week so you could go twice! Tickets to these 100-seater shows sell like hotcakes and, at a cut price of €30 apiece, they’re a no-brainer for foodies. The event has become a vendimia classic and not just among the Spanish – 40 per cent of tickets are snapped up by international visitors. g Nightly on September 6, 7 and 8 and 13, 14 and 15 from 20:30. Book at the tourist office or Tel: 680 168 569 / info@coboscatering.com

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De Copa en Copa is a sherry crawl with knobs on

SHERRY TASTY

© Ayuntamiento de Jerez

If you don’t know your oloroso from your palo cortado, De Copa en Copa will fill in this sorry gap in your education. This elegant white-tented sherry market is a sherry crawl with knobs on and you can move from ‘glass to glass’ and try them all. Over two dozen wineries from the Jerez Sherry Triangle will set out their stalls in the cloistered courtyard of Santa Domingo monastery. Wines of all variety, from syrupy PX to bone dry finos and manzanillas marinated in salty sea breezes will be uncorked for visitors to try at bargain prices – by the glass or in taster-sized sips to go with tapitas of fresh local produce also on sale. Get stuck in to rare 30+ years-old VORS sherries for the ridiculous price of €3 a nip and order early for Christmas! g Claustros de Santo Domingo, September 6 and 7 from 20:30 - 23:00 and September 8 from 12:30 - 15:30 and 20:30 - 23:00.

ROLL OUT THE BARREL Let’s hear it for the artisan toneleros of Jerez. La Vendimia is dedicated to these unsung craftsmen who play with fire to give your wine, whisky and sherry that signature aroma, colour and taste. Oak barrels may have had their heyday as a means of shipment but they are still vital for the ageing of wines and spirits and cooperage – tonelería – is alive and thriving in Jerez. Many top single malt Scotch Whisky brands are aged in seasoned sherry casks to give them a richer flavour and the cooperages of Jerez supply casks to half the wine-and-whisky-making

world, as well as the city’s own sherry bodegas. Charring the barrels inside releases new compounds in the wood that flavour the wines: vanillin, identical to vanilla, tannic acid which influences colour, cellulose sugars tasting of dark chocolate or butterscotch depending on toasting time. The tonelero’s art is judging the correct degree of firing to dial up or down the flavours, an alchemy visitors can experience first-hand at two of the city’s tonelerías. A themed art exhibition and a trade conference will also pay homage to this time-honoured profession.

FREE GUIDED TOURS Sept 6 & 13 - Tonelería Antonio Páez Lobato September 7 & 14 - Tonelería Huberto Domecq Tours start at 12.00, max. 20 people. g To book, Tel: 956 149 733. ART EXPO September 4 - October 14 Cooperage through Artistic Eyes, a homage to the industry through the brushstrokes of Jerezano artists Francisco Pinto and Eduardo Pereiras, g Claustros de Santo Domingo daily (closed 13:30 - 18:00 and Saturday and Sunday afternoons)

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The toneleros of Jerez play with fire to make your sherry and whisky taste better

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SHERRY TALENTED The venenciadors of Jerez have turned sherry pouring into a magic act and your kid could have it in him – or her, these days – to take up the bendy baton. They’re in big demand at foodie festivals for their dextrous skills with the venencia but apparently in short supply, hence the town hall is hoping to catch them young with a kids-only contest. A venencia is a long, flexible wand with a cylindrical cup on the end that is dipped into the sherry barrels to take samples without dredging up sediment or damaging the delicate yeast flor crust. The second art is in pouring it – holding the wand above the head at full arm’s stretch while emptying the contents into a tiny sherry glass held at knee level, or higher – without spilling a drop. This aerates the sherry to bring out the full flavour so it’s not purely for show. The name comes from the days when buyers would come to sample the sherry and reach an agreement – avenencia – on the price. The shaft used to be made from the whisker of a whale – one single cetacean nasal hair is that strong! In Sanlúcar they’re still traditionally made from a bamboo cane with a cup carved out of the end – aka ‘cane of wine’, which is how a ‘caña’ of beer got its name. Youngsters can have a practice and register for the competition at mobile workshops around town in three age categories (3-6, 7-10 and 11-14). Kids and sherry don’t generally mix – you can’t even get into a sherry website without declaring online that you’re over-18 – but don’t worry Mum; they learn with water! MOBILE WORKSHOPS September 6, 7, 19:30 - 21:30 IV CONCURSO DE VENENCIA INFANTIL, September 8, 11:30 - 13:30 h. Claustros de Santo Domingo (registration also taken beforehand at the door)

Head to a tabanco for pure flamenco and sherry from the wood

© Consejo Regulador Jerez

SHERRY & FLAMENCO Some of the best flamenco can be heard in the old tabancos of Jerez, where sherry is still served ‘straight from the wood’. Back in the day, these smoky, sandfloored, male-only haunts were filled with the sounds of impromptu flamenco. Today it’s a more inclusive scene with better flamenco, especially during harvest festival fortnight when some live gigs are free. Don’t miss these flamenco-flavoured freebies: FLAMENCO SE ESCRIBE CON ‘M’ DE MUJER, Tabanco El Pasaje, a cycle of live performances by female flamenco artists complemented by a themed photographic exhibition. Every afternoon and evening during the festival at 14:00 and 21:30. CANTE Y BAILE DE JEREZ, Tabanco El Guitarrón de San Pedro. Two-hours of flamenco singing and dancing from the home of Lola Flores, September 6 and 13 at 22:00.

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© Ignacio Alvar-Thomas Dancing horses of the Royal Andalucia School of Equestrian Arts

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The Carthusian is the purest strain of Andalusian thoroughbreds

SHERRY & HORSES Jerezanos are raised in the saddle and their consummate horsemanship will be on display throughout the festival and on September 8 in particular to mark European Day of the Horse. Jerez is 2018’s European City of the Horse and the cradle of noble Carthusians, a pure bloodline started 500 years ago by the monks of La Cartuja Monastery. Neighbouring Hierro del Bocado stud farm keeps up the genetic tradition while its Saturday morning shows allow visitors to admire the breed’s beauty, strength and agility up close. i www.yeguadacartuja.com Carriage racing, polo, dressage and show jumping are all on the festival bill. The aristocratic dancing horses of Jerez will also be on parade at the Royal Andalucía School of Equestrian Arts’ 1,600-seater arena. Thoroughbreds and riders dressed in 18th century costume star in this immaculatelychoreographed equine ballet. September 8 and every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. i www.realescuela.org.

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WINE CELLAR WOW In Jerez, you get more from a bodega visit than a cellar tour and a shot of sherry. These cathedrals of wine have shed their fusty image and are PXfactoring up their acts with themed ‘experiences’ ranging from equestrian shows to cocktail tastings. But for something really alternative, try one of these during the festival. SIESTA IN THE BODEGA. Nod off in a deckchair among pungent wine barrels for the ultimate catnap. After a tour of the Viña La Constancia vineyard and winery in coastal Sanlucar de Barrameda, a kip in the bodega’s sepulchral cool will leave you revitalised and ready for your complementary sherry cocktail. September 7, 8 and 14, 16:00. g To book, Tel +34 620 055 771 / visitas@bodegaslaconstancia.es BLINDFOLD IN THE BODEGA Don an eye mask and give yourself up to a multisensory exploration of sherry. The guide will mind your steps! Viña La Constancia, September 7 - 9 and 14 - 16 at 12:00. g Booking as above. SUNSET AMONG THE VINES Head off in a 4x4 for a city-to-coast tour of the Jerez Sherry Triangle and sip a sherry sundowner between the vines. September 5 - 9 and 12 - 15 from 17:30 - 9pm. g To book, Tel: 610 962 155 / salvador@rutasiete.es

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JEREZ THROUGH A SHERRY GLASS

After heavy spring rains there are grape expectations for this year’s harvest and you can be among the first to sample the fruits. Rancho Cortesano is throwing open its ecological doors to visitors who can try the different varieties and pick half a kilo to take home. The ranch also keeps bees. Mooch around their Museum of Honey and treat yourself to a souvenir pot. September 8, 12:00, entry €3. g To book, Tel +34 956 23 75 28/ vamosalancho@ranchocortesano.net

A free guided walking tour with sherry goggles on. The Heritage Wine Route veers off the beaten tourist track to secret corners of the city that have been enriched by sherry, with a bodega visit as the grand finale. September 5 at 11:00 and September 10 at 19:00 with visit to Bodegas Díez Mérito; September 12 at 11:00 with visit to Bodegas Fundador. g To book, Tel. 956 149 959 / patrimonio.cultura@aytojerez.es.

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RENAISSANCE WINE A long-forgotten wine is being brought out of obscurity to star at this year’s vendimia. Tintilla de Rota was all the rage in Victorian Britain but today the Atlantic coastal town is better known for its American naval base which swallowed up many of its vineyards, reducing production of its distinctive blue grape to a trickle. But on September 11, Rota’s singular wine will star at a documentary screening, a seminar and a tasting held in the splendid offices of the Regulatory Council of Jerez. Normally tintilla wouldn’t be allowed near this exclusive club as the grape is not one of the official varieties D.O. Vino de Jerez can be made from. But

César Saldaña, director of the Consejo Regulador, is eager to see its renaissance. “As well as being an important town within the Denomination of Origin, Rota produces wines with their own identity like the tintilla which has languished unknown for too many years,” he says. “The vendimia is the perfect opportunity to rediscover it.” Said to taste somewhere between a robust Ruby Port and syrupy Pedro Ximénez, Gonzalez Byass is one of a handful of wineries producing it. Could it be set for a comeback? You can be the judge! i Check out the full Vendimia programme at www.jerez.es

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D THE SPOTLIGHT hotel

Grand Luxury in the City of Málaga

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he Daily Mail called it ‘the new Barcelona’ and The New York Times is just one of many major publications that has published big features about the capital of the Coast. Over the past two decades, the city of Málaga achieved a real coup: that of converting itself into a major hub of gastronomy, art, and music. Events such as the yearly fair (the largest of its kind on the Coast) and Semana Santa, combined with sophisticated culinary offerings and the launch of a number of museums (including the Centro Pompidou in Muelle Uno) have contributed their share to up Málaga’s appeal to discerning tourists. Data obtained by the

Tourism Observatory indicates that from January to July last year, the tourism sector garnered €1.000M and in the entire 2016, the industry made €1.700M. With these impressive stats, the one thing that was missing in the capital of our province was a distinguished five-star hotel. In stepped the Gran Hotel Miramar, a haven of elegance a few steps away from the buzzing beach vibe of the city’s most visited beach, the Playa de La Malagueta. The Hotel, originally launched in 1926 by King Alfonso XIII as the Hotel Príncipe de Asturias, exudes old world glamour from every pore, its regal architecture and stately columns flanked by joyful palms

that lend it an almost Cuban-like feel. The building may be almost a century old but it has been meticulously reformed by Estudio Seguí and Aneta Mijatovic, who sought to protect the original work by renowned architect Fernando Guerrero Strachan while giving new life to the interiors and exteriors and creating spaces for events. The Hotel, now part of the prestigious The Leading Hotels of the World group, measures 30,000m2 and boasts 9,000m2 gardens with beautiful plants and century-old trees. The large volume of surrounding greenery is one reason why the Hotel is a revered wedding and communion

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with five restaurants of its own. We recommend the Restaurante Príncipe de Asturias, headed by Chef Diego Nicás. The restaurant is divided into different spaces, arguably the most appealing of which is the terrace, with its sea and boardwalk views. Rooms at this hotel are as luxurious as its stunning exteriors would suggest. Each is inspired on different themes. The Mudéjar styled rooms bear a combination of Moorish and European influences (with archways, latticework, and beautiful arabesque lamps), while the Mediterranean rooms are dressed in light hues and feature maritime touches. Botanic rooms, meanwhile, are classically inspired and boast their own private garden. Then there are the suites, including ‘la del arquitecto’, which juxtaposes 20th- and 21st-century styles. The Gran Hotel Miramar has played host to Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Orson Welles, Cocteau, Hemingway, and Anthony Quinn and it’s easy to see why. The opulence of its architecture combined with its privileged proximity to the Mediterranean make it a unique offering for those seeking to soak in a little culture and luxury in the city of Málaga. i www.granhotelmiramarmalaga.com

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FERRARI 488 PISTA For many years, carmakers at the very pinnacle of the performance market have developed models that were ‘track ready,’ but drivable on the road. Ferrari’s latest entry into this most rarefied of all markets is the 488 Pista, a model boasting the most powerful V-8 engine in the company’s storied history. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF FERRARI

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lthough the Pista is based on Ferrari’s 488 GTB ‘entry level’ model, it’s very highly modified and has numerous upgrades, most of which contribute towards the car’s amazing performance figures. It’s 90kg lighter than the GTB, which gives it an advantage in agility and responsiveness. 100 km/h comes up in less than three seconds and the top speed

is around 340 km/h. Importantly, the car has exceptional brakes and the Pista can be brought to a stop from 200 km/h in just short of 30 metres. The engine is a jewel of precision engineering and best admired on the Ferrari production line before it’s shoehorned into its amidships location. There’s not much to see once it’s installed and most of it is

covered by carbon fibre housings. Of just under four-litres displacement, the V-8 twin-turbo power unit develops a hefty 720-horsepower, thus placing the Pista firmly in the exclusive and thinly populated ‘700 hp-plus’ club. The transmission is a seven-speed automatic that shifts faster than even skilled drivers could achieve with a manual gearbox.

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The bodywork of the Pista uses a lot of carbon fibre and that’s one of the ways Ferrari was able to reduce weight compared to the 488 GTB. Like just about every Ferrari over the decades, the car is very striking to look at and the Pista has benefited from several aerodynamic upgrades aimed at enhancing performance and creating more efficient engine cooling. Foremost among these is the dramatic-looking front end ducting, said to have been ‘borrowed’ from Formula One. The rear spoiler is also a very complex piece of work that must have taxed the aerodynamicist’s talents and made good use of Ferrari’s huge wind tunnel, the first thing you’ll notice if you visit the Maranello factory. Buyers can further save weight by adding the optional carbon fibre

wheels, though this upgrade does cost something approaching €10.000. The interior was designed to eliminate unnecessary elements and create a racecar ambiance, though it hardly lacks comfort and convenience features. There’s lots of carbon fibre in there too and the dashboard has been slimmed down and deprived of the usual glove box, replaced by storage pockets on the rear bench and in the doors. Hip hugging seats, needed given the G-forces this car can generate when cornering, add to the competition car look and the leather clad steering wheel is flattened at the bottom to enhance thigh clearance. Sitting in a Ferrari like this is one of the most rewarding experiences in the world of motoring.

While most Ferrari buyers will be more than content with a 488 GTB, those discerning folk who always hanker after something even more exhilarating will find a lot to please them in the Pista. It’s a remarkable car with almost no competition and is bound to become a future classic. Buying one of these could be a sound investment rather than luxurious excess. e

Z ENGINE: 720-horsepower twin-turbo V-8. Z TRANSMISSION: 720-horsepower twin-turbo V-8. Z ACCELERATION: Zero to 100 km/h in 2.85-secs. Z TOP SPEED: 340 km/h. Z I LIKED: Outstanding power, handling and braking. Beautifully crafted in the best traditions of Ferrari. As with so many Ferraris, it looks fantastic and will turn heads, even those of other Ferrari owners. Z I DIDN’T LIKE: All-wheel drive would have been nice, but the car does have excellent electronic dynamic stability aids. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES: McLaren 720S, Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? Ferrari owners who must have the latest current car from Maranello. Buyers who may have track access with one of the various clubs and want to get as close as possible to the racing experience. People who have owned high performance Porsches but would like more style and the same trackcapable performance. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Available now at around €300.000.

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2018 SENIOR MASTERS CUP! Tennis, celebrity and style meet at one of the most hotly awaited sporting events of the summer. Mark September 28 to 29 in your calendar and book your tickets to see Carlos Moyá, Marat Safin, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Yannick Noah, Goran Ivanisevic, Albert Costa, and Sebastien Grosjean give their all at every match of the Senior Masters Cup! WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE SENIOR MASTERS CUP

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t’s been a great summer in 2018 and what better way to cap it off than with the most lively, star-studded sporting event on the Coast, the Senior Masters Cup, which this year features a fabulous line-up that includes three number one seeds and six Grand Slam champions. The event, now in its third season, has shown us that A-class players never cease to be competitive, and although the spirit of the tournament is friendly, competitors vie for every point, offering their audience spine-tingling games that reveal the essence of what elite sport is all about. Last year, McEnroe, as famed for his feisty

character as he was for his rivalry with Björn Borg and Jimmy Connors, gave us knockout games, ‘acting up’ humorously as his fans expected him to, and showing us the absolute passion for the game that brought his name to household across the globe. This year promises to be equally exciting; Albert Costa, Director of the Tournament and Champion of the first edition of the Senior Masters Cup, told us, “We are very excited about presenting such an impressive list of players for this edition of the Senior Masters Cup. These players are a guarantee of a high level of tennis but also of a great show and plenty of entertainment. Marbella’s in the mood for tennis.”

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CARLOS MOYÁ (SPAIN) Garros 1998) Z Grand Slam Titles: 1(Roland 1 : king Z Top ATP Ran Z ATP Titles: 20 Z Davis Cup Titles: 1 (2004)

PLAYER PROFILES This year, the gladiators battling it out on the Puente Romano’s leafy clay courts will be:

JUAN CARLOS FERRERO (SPAIN) Z Grand Slam Titles: 1 (Roland Garros 2003) Z Top ATP Ranking: 1 Z ATP Titles: 16 Z Davis Cup Titles: 3 (2000, 2003, 2004)

MARAT SAFIN (RUSSIA) Z Grand Slam Titles: 2 (US Open 2000, Australian Open 2005) Z Top ATP Ranking: 1 Z ATP Titles: 15 Z Davis Cup Titles: 3 (2002, 2006)

GORAN IVANISEVIC (CROATIA): Z Grand Slam Titles: 1 (Wimbledon 2001) Z Top ATP Ranking: 2 Z ATP Titles: 22 Z Davis Cup Titles: 0 (5 semi-finals)

ALBERT COSTA (ESPAÑA): Z Grand Slam Titles: 1 (Roland Garros 2002) Z Top ATP Ranking: 6 Z ATP Titles: 12 Z Davis Cup Titles: 1 (2000)

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN (FRANCE): Z Grand Slam Titles: 0 Z Top ATP Ranking: 4 Z ATP Titles: 4 Z Davis Cup Titles: 1 (2001 – 2 finals)

YANNICK NOAH (FRANCE): Z Grand Slam Titles: 1 (Roland Garros 1983) Z Top ATP Ranking: 3 Z ATP Titles: 23 Z Davis Cup Titles: 0 (1 final)

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TENNIS CLINIC On Thursday, September 27, kids from local clubs and municipal tennis academies can enjoy a dedicated tennis clinic, which will enable them to rub shoulders with world class tennis players.

TICKET SALES Purchase your tickets online at www.ticketea.com General entry costs €25, though you can buy a twoday pass for €45. Preferrential seating, which includes access to the Preferential area, costs €80 per day. You can also purchase VIP tickets and VIP Box seating with access to the VIP area which includes a Premium cocktail dinner, and entries to Yannick Noah’s concert on Saturday 29th. i Further information, info@seniormasterscup.com www.seniormasterscup.com

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AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER ON OUR SHORES The evidence is plain to see when you sail out to the deep blue, but also in the form of the melee of garbage that washes up on the beaches not just of industrial nations but even the remotest tropical islands. The damage done to the natural ecosystem is now being matched by that impairing industries such as tourism and

fishing, with more and more sea creatures dying off as they are caught in nets or trapped in floating shoals of plastic detritus. Most of us are blissfully unaware of the dramas that play out at sea everyday as a result of the products, packaging and wrapping we discard – much of which

finds its way into the oceans. We look the other way and continue consuming, just as governments and corporations do little to offer practical solutions to roll back the tide of destruction. But we can’t hide much longer, as the build-up of debris is such that soon it won’t be easy to find a pristine beach to enjoy.

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SOLUTIONS Fortunately, not everyone is sitting back and doing nothing – waiting for the inevitable build-up of junk in the seas to make fishing, tourism and also much of the ocean environment unliveable. There are people not content with depending upon those in positions of authority. Among them are pioneers like Alex Schulze and Andrew Cooper, who became so appalled with the state of things after a surf trip to Bali that they decided to take direct action themselves.

To put it into context, these two young graduates from Florida are no strangers to the sea – no wellintended urban liberals with little knowledge of their subject matter. Both have been sailing, swimming, surfing and diving from a young age, and their passion for the seas took them to exotic shores such as Costa Rica, the Bahamas and Indonesia. There, they encountered local fishermen thrashing about amid floating plastic and trash.

Each trip things seemed to get worse, and today many fishing communities around the world struggle to catch enough to support growing families. The two friends were saddened at the thought of people dependent on the catch landing only plastic, no fish – and then it hit them. Quite by accident, they had stumbled upon a business model that may just roll back the damage and save our oceans: a business model built around fishing for plastic.

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AN ENVIRONMENTAL BUSINESS MODEL What Alex and Andrew had come upon is the brilliantly straightforward idea of sending out fleets to haul plastic, not fish, out of the oceans. Humans only respond to crisis and economic stimulus, and if we’re to avoid the former we have to engage the latter, so the only solution is to create a business from cleaning the oceans. To do this there has to be a profit incentive, and after 15 months of research and countless criticism they came up with one. In the first instance, much of the debris

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collected can be sold on for recycling but, if you depend only on this, the problem remains the initial outlay and effort required to ‘harvest the product’, an investment that can prove prohibitive. To overcome this, 4Ocean, the company set up by Alex Schulze and Andrew Cooper for this very purpose, sells 4Ocean bracelets to a growing global public with the aim of providing the cashflow needed to get the operation going and growing. i www.4ocean.com

The bracelets are therefore a sign of solidarity and support for people who are cleaning the oceans for us. It´s a momentous task, but for every bracelet sold, a pound (almost half a kilo) of plastic rubble is taken out of the seas and oceans. The bracelets themselves are made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles and recycled glass, are waterproof and have indeed kick-started a clean-up programme that has so far pulled more than a million pounds of plastic out of the seas around Bali and Florida. With over 180 employees and a large number of volunteers worldwide, 4Ocean has captains and clean-up crews working around the clock. It’s a momentous job, but they are getting it going and also offer a range of other environmentally focused products for sale that are aimed at reducing the further growth of the plastic mountains and islands. These include recycled flasks that counter the need for singleuse plastic bottles, a full clean-up kit as used by the volunteers, and a monthly subscription that supports the work on an on-going basis. The organisation gets the process going, but also helps local fishermen to supplement their income through the collection and sale of plastic from recycling. However, initiatives such as this need to grow in scope and number, so that larger parts of the globe are covered and we can begin to slow, stop and eventually roll back the onslaught of plastic and other junk in our seas. So visit the www.4ocean.com website and see if you would like to support their work or even volunteer to help out in person.

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ebastian Stan was born and raised in Romania, moving to Austria at the age of eight, when his mother obtained employment as a pianist. Four years later, mother and son would move to New York, and Sebastian enrolled in high school, shining in a wide range of stage productions including Cyrano de Bergerac, Little Shop of Horrors, and West Side Story. In a way, Sebastian was born with creativity in his blood. However, his mother’s encouragement of his acting abilities nearly steered the rebellious teen in the other direction. He recently told, AugustMan, “She was pushing me a little bit towards acting, taking me to some open calls. She used to get a kick seeing me imitating people. I didn’t like it. I was in this tiny series when I was in Vienna, very briefly. I hated it. I hated the fact you had to be on the spot, you had to wait around to work. I was like ‘Back off, leave me alone’.” Stan fell in love with acting in New York, recognising that his early years very much prepared him for life under the spotlight. Moving his place of residency so frequently led to a confidence and understanding of human nature he would rely on heavily in his profession. Sebastian’s big break was undoubtedly

playing heartthrob Carter in the hit series, Gossip Girl, a huge sensation with teens and twentysomethings across the globe. In 2010 he had the chance to work with one of the most visionary directors on the current scene, Darren Aronofsky, in the multiple award-nominated film, Black Swan. His year was undoubtedly 2011, however, for this is when he landed the role that would lend him a legion of followers: that of Bucky Barnes, the much-loved (brainwashed) nemesis-then-ally of Captain America. It is interesting to think that despite playing a smaller role than, say, Ironman in the latest Avengers flick, Bucky is one of the most Tweeted-about characters, and not only by female fans. Men, too, have taken a liking to Sebastian, who has a down-to-earth, devilmay-care attitude in most of his interviews. Sebastian’s star continues to rise, not because of his looks or his Marvel charm, but rather, because of his wisdom in his choice of roles. Far from building his career upon his looks (a fate that befell equally handsome actors like Rob Lowe), he has managed to show off his versatility. One of his most meaningful roles was in the miniseries Political Animals (in which he played the gay son of the former First Lady); his knockout portrayal garnered

him a nomination for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor. Last year, he gave us another mindblowing performance in I, Tonya, playing Olympic skater Tonya Harding’s abusive husband. The role was particularly challenging because the script was based on anecdotal evidence given by both Harding and her husband – their accounts were completely contradictory. Sebastian therefore had to play both cool and calm, and extremely violent. Tonya Harding claimed she was beaten various times during her brief yet tumultuous marriage. Recently, we saw Sebastian Stan reprise his role as Bucky Barnes in Avengers: Infinity War. Next up are We Have Always Lived in the Castle (an adaptation of a best-selling novel by Shirley Jackson), The Last Full Measure (an intense Vietnamset drama) and Destroyer (a tense cop thriller starring Nicole Kidman). Despite his disarming personality, Sebastian is making some pretty calculated moves that are taking him to where every actor aims to be: the A-list. Once you get on it, the choice of roles increases exponentially; somehow, we feel Sebastian will choose wisely, staying true to himself and to his millions of loyal fans. e

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Emily (Blake Lively) has asked her best friend Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) for a small favour: to take care of her son for an afternoon. When Emily doesn’t return to pick him up, Stephanie starts to worry. She discovers a series of betrayals and reversals and then, a dead body shows up. Who’s duping who in this mad mystery? Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Darcey Bell.

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Book Club

Four ‘mature women’ (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen) find that their lives change drastically after reading 50 Shades of Grey. They begin reading the book to stimulate their minds, but find that it inspires them in many more ways than they imagined. Between first dates, sex games, and an incessant search for romance, they determine that it’s never too late to fall in love or rediscover themselves.

» DIRECTOR James Marsh (The Theory of Everything) » GENRE Biography » CAST Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Jonathan Bailey

The Mercy

This is the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who made a solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. He was a man of action who was determined to sail the seas alone on a nine-month voyage. Crowhurst faced untold struggles while his family waited for him back home.

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Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

This popular television cartoon has finally made it to the big screen. The plot is centred on five teenage superheroes who dream of being Hollywood stars. With great power comes great responsibility, of course, and they are called upon to play a much bigger role than they originally envisioned: that of saving the world.

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f you are an avid series buff then without a doubt you have heard of, or started watching The Handmaid’s Tale: a dystopian series set in the near future, based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood. The film centres on June – one of the last few remaining fertile women on earth, forced to procreate for a wealth family, as is the lot of all fertile women, now referred to as ‘handmaids’. We know that there has been terrorist activity, that much of America is a toxic wasteland following a nuclear war, and that a group of powerful men has taken control, basing their rule on religion and the need to repopulate the Earth. The handmaids are repeatedly raped during fertile times of the month by the head of the household while the latter’s wife watches the whole thing. In fact, the handmaid is forced to lie on the wife’s lap while being violated, symbolic of the fact that her role is simply to carry ‘the couple’s baby’. Of course, should a handmaid give birth, her child is immediately taken from her, as is any child she already had when she is captured by the totalitarian regime. The Handmaid’s Tale is so over the top that it almost makes female viewers ‘breathe a sigh of relief’ in the first few minutes. By the end of the episode, and certainly a few episodes into the first season, however, the effect is the opposite.

One only needs to read world news to see families being pulled apart, segregation ruling over integration, and (closer to home) considerations of bringing back 1980s laws affecting women’s rights, make patent that human rights in general are tremendously vulnerable and very much subject to change depending on world forces and the goals of ‘the powers that be’. One of the most painful things about watching The Handmaid’s

Tale is the juxtaposition of ‘before and after’ the coup. June (now called Offred – handmaids take the name of their rapist, in this case, her villain is Fred Waterford) was as forward thinking and feministic

as one could be. Funnily enough, she was a journalist. Flash forward and she is dressed like a rural peasant from centuries ago, she isn’t allowed to read, and any sign of resistance is met by severe punishment (including electrocution, dismembering, and clitoral ablation). June is seemingly compliant but very much keen to be part of the rebellion that aims to take down Gilead – the current regime. Thus, when Fred Waterford’s wife suggests that she take a lover (the mysterious chauffeur who is well positioned to help her achieve her goals), she gleefully accepts. June’s captor, Fred, is seemingly sterile; thus, he is incapable of impregnating June. Gilead is not only hard on fertile women, but also on those who are gay. Some of the worst scenes involve the disrespect for gay partnerships and families with two gay parents. The character who plays June, Elisabeth Moss, is no less than the Meryl Streep of TV, having captained the hugely successful series Mad Men for numerous seasons. Equally impressive, however, is Alexis Bledel as Ofglen – a gay handmaid who is cruelly ablated then sent to work on a site that is plagued by nuclear waste. In Season Two, we learn

a little more about this enigmatic character, once a University Professor, incapable in every way to bow down to authority as she needs to if she wants to survive. In many ways she is more of a role model than June/Offred, who is not beyond using her power of seduction to achieve little ‘points’; one character (Ofglen) is impulsive, the other (Offred) strategic. Just as Ofglen begins to emerge as a bit of a Christ figure, her vengeful side surfaces and we discover than nothing is black and white in this story – except Mr. and Mrs. Waterford (Fred and Serena), of course; they are absolutely evil. Beautifully portrayed by Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski, respectively, they are the crucial characters who breathe a huge fire into every scene they are in. Finally, we should not forget the magnificent Ann Dowd (also starring in one of the best series of all time – Leftovers). She is magnificently villainous and sometimes even rather funny as Aunt Lydia – the cruel ‘boss of the handmaids’ who changes from tenderly caressing to electrocuting a handmaid in the bat of an eyelid! The Handmaid’s Tale is raw, painful, and on occasion, joyous to watch. Beautiful cinematography is married to tragic scenes that warn us to be on the lookout for what could be just around the bend. Fiction always seems far more cruel than reality could ever be, but we all know that is not true. e

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After a fairly busy summer, there’s not much going on along the coast this month except for MTV’s Gibraltar Calling Festival (see below). There are likely to be some tribute act concerts – check local weekly publications to see what's going on. All information on this page was correct at the time of writing. MTV’s Gibraltar Calling Festival takes place over the weekend of September 21 and 22 with STORMZY, RAG'N'BONE MAN and RITA ORA on the main stage plus SUZI QUATRO, SWEET and the BOOMTOWN RATS on the oldies stage. For full line up and ticket info: gibraltarcalling.com The TV channel will no doubt have coverage so check their listings nearer the date. MEL B is adamant the SPICE GIRLS are still reuniting despite being confronted by an angry Mrs BECKHAM who, according to sources, is "sick and tired of her repeatedly trying to force a comeback". Insiders have joked that the former probably needs cash after having to cough up over £270,000 in legal fees for her recent divorce, and there's probably more chance of an OASIS reunion. And apparently LIAM GALLAGHER is now prepared to bury the hatchet with NOEL and wants the band to reform – maybe his bank balance needs topping up as well.

At the recently Benicàssim Festival, LIAM threw a hissy fit when someone threw a dead fish at him while he was on stage and just stood there until one of his roadies removed it. And he wasn't very happy when his As You Were album was snubbed for the annual Mercury Prize Award yet NOEL'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS Who Built The Moon? made the 12 artist shortlist. It's the bookies favourite for the prestigious award along with High As Hope by FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE and Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by the ARCTIC MONKEYS – but in the past, judges have chosen a lesser known album for the prize. BBC 4 is scheduled to show live coverage of the event on September 20 featuring performances by some of the nominees – check their TV listings nearer the date. The vinyl revival surprised many but not as much as the reappearance of cassettes and sales were up 90 per cent for the first six months of 2018, with Golden by KYLIE selling the most and the above mentioned ARCTIC MONKEYS album is also selling well in this resurrected format.

Had he lived, PRINCE would recently have turned 60 and in celebration a first full album of previously unreleased material since his death, Piano & a Microphone 1983, will land on September 28. Meanwhile, a vinyl copy of his fabled The Black Album has recently sold online for $27,500. In 1987 the said album was withheld from release by the artist who described having an "epiphanic experience" that prompted him to dump it and destroy all copies – today the whereabouts of only six copies are known.

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This year's LED ZEPPELIN 50th anniversary sees the reissue of the legendary The Song Remains The Same album in multiple formats on September 7 including the super deluxe box set with the film and soundtrack together in the same package for the first time – plus "many other treats". When asked yet again about a reunion, ROBERT PLANT said they could only publicly reunite "in a chip shop in Camden Town" which is where they have been working together to compile the soon to be published official illustrated book. Former AC/DC singer BRIAN JOHNSON has been spotted in Canada with the band who are recording a new album and rumours suggest he may be rejoining them. He had to quit in 2016 after suffering hearing loss and was replaced by AXL ROSE on tour – a move that didn't go down well with some diehard fans. Meanwhile AXL might be heading for the studio with the revamped GUNS N'

ROSES line-up after axe man SLASH reckons the founding members are all up for it. ABBA mania is in full bloom after the recent release of the Mamma Mia 2 movie and the group have said that, apart from the two new songs that will be unveiled on a TV special in December, there could be a new album in the pipeline. And CHER is making the most of her resurgence after singing Fernando in the film by releasing a collection of the band's songs – Dancing Queen, which arrives on September 28, and features 10 of their classics. At last month's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the first tongue-in-cheek Eurosceptic Song Contest was held where the audience voted for the likes of SNOOP MOGG, BORRISSEY, FARAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and KRAFTMERK but the winning act was the IAIN DUNCAN SMITHS. Organisers were pleased with the outcome and said it will now be an annual event. e

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Blending fine dining with live entertainment in an al fresco setting, the Teatro de Marbella adds a whole new dimension to the idea of a great night out. Always varied and evolving with the seasons, it embodies classic Marbella glamour and sheer good fun. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TEATRO DE MARBELLA

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or many, a day at the sea shore, beach clubs or on the fairways of Marbella is crowned by a meal in an atmospheric setting, and perhaps continued in a nightclub or bar. For all that, you may sometimes miss a little extra excitement and entertainment to fully round off a balmy summer evening. In the old days there was La Comedia, a classic nightclub with impromptu live performances that became a popular Marbella institution and an integral part of its nightlife scene, and it has been sorely missed by many these past years. No more, for the Teatro de Marbella revives this tradition of evening entertainment and does so with aplomb and in suitably stylish surroundings. The initiative of Michael Keijzer, who founded the Dreamers nightclub – another Marbella institution – the concept adds sophistication and excitement to an evening out, starting from the minute you pull up outside Dreamers near Puerto Banús and your car is valet-parked in a secure spot. The red carpet is out and a sense of anticipation builds as you are taken to your table. Reservations are made for anything from a romantic table for two to large gatherings of friends and family, and the summer venue is in an intimate setting under the stars. The Marbella climate makes this possible and the concept

adds a whole new dimension to the conventional restaurant experience, for Teatro de Marbella offers far more than just a meal. There is a palpable buzz and goodhumoured atmosphere – just what you want this time of year – and though they blend in with the performers, the waiting staff provides excellent service.

FINE DINING WITH A GREAT TWIST The entertainment is spontaneous, not formulaic, and begins while you’re still studying the menu with an aperitif in hand, setting the tone for what is to follow. As the entertainers take to the stage or sing among the crowd, the waiters, barmen and maître d’ break into dance as well, and those guests who want to join them are more then welcome to do just that. Having loosened up this way, you get back to the serious business of ordering your meal, and I would suggest adding a bottle of chilled wine or Champagne to the list. Rather than eating and then watching a show, the format is more freestyle, allowing you to dine and chat in peace before the atmosphere is injected with excitement, as dancers, acrobats and singers take to the stage and mingle with the crowd. A concept such as this stands or falls on the quality of its offering, and everything from the costumes and choreography to the dance

routines, staging and indeed the singing is smooth and engaging. You think one person is the lead singer until the next impresses just as much, and the material is highly varied, ranging from energetic dance numbers to more soulful, atmospheric ones. Above all, there is a sense of uninhibited fun and joy within a sophisticated ambience. The dining experience is also excellent, by the way, with service first-class and the food itself innovative and delicious. We enjoyed carpaccio and Huelva shrimps to start, followed by beautifully prepared succulent salmon and equally impressive pulled pork, topped by mango slices on ice and a cream of coconut truffle, and I have to say, the entertainment never detracted from the enjoyment of the meal, but greatly added to it. The concept is excellent and so is its execution, creating a funfilled, glamorous evening that is everything a Marbella night out should be. We had a great time, and though this was clearly a summer show, the Teatro de Marbella moves to an elegant indoor venue from November onwards, with the entertainment on offer always evolving to also include celebrated artists such as violinist Ara Malikian and singer Glennis Grace – so a memorable summer evening is followed by completely new experiences later in the year. e

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This cool book, co-penned by none other than the former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, tells the story of a president who ditches his bodyguards and goes AWOL from the White House in an attempt to bring down a huge cyberterror organisation. The protagonist has lost his wife and has little left to live for, which makes him a loose canon who isn’t afraid to take on even the most dangerous foe.

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE BY GAIL HONEYMAN

This fun book is currently being made into a film starring Reese Witherspoon. It is the story of Eleanor Oliphant, a misanthropist who would rather stay at home eating frozen pizza and chatting to her mum, than socialising with people her age. Everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, a scruffy IT specialist at her office with a big heart who helps Eleanor repair her own damaged one. Eleanor is honest, politically incorrect, and painfully frank, but deep inside, she is more like any young woman her age than she would like to admit.

ALL WE EVER WANTED BY EMILY GIFFIN

Nina Browning is happily married to a tech tycoon and her much-loved son has been admitted to an Ivy League university. Life couldn’t be sweeter, yet Nina feels that something is missing. Tom Volpe is a single parent whose daughter, Lyla, earns a scholarship to a prestigious private school in their hometown. Lyla is happy-go-lucky, but sometimes feels a bit out of place in the elite world she has been thrust into. One day, a photograph snapped at the wrong moment throws Lyla, Tom, and Nina into a tailspin that calls upon each of them to question their closest relationships and to wonder if it might be time to make a change.

SPYMASTER BY BRAD THOR

A secret organisation in Europe has begun attacking top level diplomats. Counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath is determined to put an end to the organisation’s threats by engaging in a cunning, dangerous, deadly game that involves catching the enemy. The aim is no less than that of avoiding World War III. How can he outsmart a group that is specialised in chaos, dissent, and destruction?

THE PERFECT COUPLE BY ELIN HILDERBRAND

It’s the wedding of the year and all guests feel like they have lucked out to be invited to the lavish reception. However, the murder of the maid-ofhonour turns everything upside down. Chief of Police, Ed Kapenash, is forced to question everyone in the wedding party: the bride, the groom’s famous mystery novelist mother, the best man. As he begins unravelling the complex mystery, he finds that no couple is as perfect as it seems.

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Directors such as James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, or Lars von Trier have long inspired us to dream, employing cutting edge technology to introduce us to new planets or places in the mind. Although some of these technologies are still very much at the testing stage, many are already forming part of current cinematic offerings, inspiring people to get off the sofa and forego streaming or downloading services in favour of a bucket full of popcorn and a cinematic experience like few others. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

AUGMENTED REALITY James Cameron proved how important augmented reality is for directors in Avatar. He relied on the technology to watch and film actors, relying on digital elements in his viewfinder so he could understand how each scene would look once fantasy elements were included. Of course, AR has come along in a big way since then. Filmmaker Duncan Walker, founder of Trashgames, recently made a short AR film called NEST, directing CGI characters in real locations. Walker told VRFocus.com that he scanned a professional dancer in 3D, putting her face onto a cyber character he had created, and introduced the latter into real locations in real time. He used the control panel on his iPhone to change the directions in which the chacerter looked, or to make her walk, or run. He told journalist, Nina Salomons, “With what I’m doing, it’s exactly the same as making a game. Essentially I make a game, make game characters, but then turn them into a film.”

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THE FILM INDUSTRY? 3D PRINTING Move studios currently spends millions of dollars on computergenerated special effects, including 3D-printed props. As noted by 3DPrint.com, “a 3D printed eye mechanism costs only $50 to print and one day to complete. Making this same mechanism by hand would take upwards of two weeks and cost significantly more.” For this reason, in films like The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, nearly all animatronics used in moving goblin eyes, lips, tongues, and other facial parts, were printed in 3D. This technology is currently used in practically all big budget sci-fi films, including Iron Man, The Avengers, Fast & Furious 6, and Zero Dark Thirty.

DRONE FILMING Drones have played a role in filmmaking for many years, but new longer life batteries mean that far better quality images are being captured. One film in which we were able to appreciate the beauty of life from above is in the James Bond film Skyfall. In the opening scene, we see a spectacular motorbike chase in which

Bond hunts down a terrorist above the rooftop of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Drones also impart a major party atmosphere in The Wolf of Wall Street, create tension in an escape scene in James Bond flick Spectre, and capture all the prehistoric action in Jurassic World.

FILMING BY PHONE Filmmaker Duncan Walker, mentioned above, is using his iPhone to make films and if you thought he was the only one, think again! iPhone gimbals (pivoted supports that allow the phone to rotate on a single axis) are used to take steady movement shots that would otherwise require costly camera rigs. Gimbals cut the amount of time and effort involved in shooting, because they allow directors to move the camera in many different ways, thus reducing the amount of takes (and subsequent editing) required.

COMPUTATIONAL VIDEO EDITING TECHNOLOGY Directors have to shoot numerous takes to build an effective narrative.

One take might involve a long frame, another the point of view of one character, yet another the facial expressions of one character, and as follows. Editing is done to convey a particular emotion or tone. Computational video editing technology allows directors to cut corners in a big way, using facial recognition, automatic labelling, and idiom selection to arrange clips based not only on the lines said, but also on how each line is delivered (positive, negative, or neutral tone). This technology removes 90 per cent of the ‘sorting’ work involved in editing. We have mentioned just a few ways in which technology is changing the face of the film industry. Most shorten time frames and afford greater precision, yet none are sophisticated enough to replace real actors, directors, or editors just yet. Rather, they are inspirational tools that will hopefully attract creative youths to consider a career in film – one that these days is as attractive for techies as it is for creatives. e

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If you feel a touch of ‘déjà vu’ every time you see another contemporary white villa, you’ll enjoy feasting your eyes on the artistry, variety and rich detail of this classically inspired Spanish home.

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he problem with any dominantly prevalent style is that it gradually begins to lose its sense of variety, novelty and freshness. Modern architecture swept across a Costa del Sol that was eager for a change of scene, bringing with it a feeling of renewal and the excitement of exploring avant-garde lines, amenities and technology, but whereas we wouldn’t want to do without the latest mod cons we’ve so rapidly become accustomed to, taste is another matter altogether. Architectural trends follow cycles in which styles will ascend, peak and then begin a gradual descent. With so many villas and apartment complexes in this form, you could say that modern architecture, which is in its second iteration on the Costa del Sol, is currently peaking. But whether or not you believe that the only way from here is down and that the market is beginning to look for more diversity and therefore alternatives to modern design, there will always be people who want something different – something more unique.

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ENTERING A PRIVATE WORLD You know a style has become a little worn when you can guess what’s around the corner as you walk through a house for the first time. That’s not the case with this luxurious property in Sierra Blanca, which conjures up a sense of uniqueness as soon as you enter what is a very private domain, indeed a personal paradise. Space and location have a lot to do with this, as the villa occupies a prime spot within Sierra Blanca, looking down across its greenery to eventually encompass an unusually broad stretch of coastline and Mediterranean Sea. Turn the other way and the house is framed by the majestic outlines of La Concha Mountain, whose foot slopes provide a protected natural landscape nearby. Set upon 4,246m2 of beautifully sculpted gardens, the villa offers every modern comfort you could wish for, but does so within a classically inspired architectural setting that feels truly rooted within its Spanish-Andalusian surroundings. The home designed by the noted architect Antonio Bermudez, famous as a leading expert in his field, shrugs off the ordinary to provide a uniquely personal and elegant living environment. The impression of entering a private kingdom begins at the gate, for where many a contemporary luxury home can look rather sober and businesslike by comparison, this is a property that celebrates timeless craftsmanship and detail. It is up to the architect to balance that detail with the available proportions, and with almost 2,000m2 of built space ensconced within mature manicured grounds, there is a lot to work with. It is the cooling embrace of this garden and the home’s varied courtyards that you feel as you step through the gate.

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TIMELESS ARTISTRY The details that make a home unique also give it its character and soul, creating the setting in which the occupants live their lives. This elegantly stylish mansion offers a peaceful, welcoming home just as it provides an impressive venue in which to entertain in the very finest style. Space, light and proportions are beautifully measured to produce just the right ambiance and temperature, a function to which the central courtyard adds its refreshing breezes as well as natural light and a very easy-flowing distribution between the different parts of the villa. It leads to the refined living room, the formal dining room, private office and a richly atmospheric and cosy country kitchen that is however equipped with modern appliances capable of catering for large numbers of guests. The breakfast area opens up to a charming private terrace, one of the many delightful corners in this house that connect with the graceful garden and provide an inviting spot in which to relax and take in the beauty of the setting. French doors lead from the main living room to the expansive covered terrace, which looks out over the crisp lawn flanking the swimming pool as it offers a variety of lounging and dining areas. The easy symmetry of the mansion is sensed rather than seen when you look past the iconic swimming pool to marvel in what must be some of the finest views across Marbella and the sea. To the left is a pool house with toilets and changing rooms as well as a wet kitchen and al fresco dining space, while enjoying dinner or a drink at the pavilion to the right is a special pleasure reserved for the home’s residents and their guests.

The imposing entrance of the villa The formal dining room

Classical elegance and natural light in the living room

Country kitchen capable of catering for large numbers

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The central courtyard creates a delightful airflow in the house

CONTEMPORARY LUXURY IN A CLASSICAL SETTING It is a setting with all the rarefied luxury and presence of a six-star deluxe resort, and yet it is private – very private. Follow the beautifully decorated grand stairs up to the first floor and you come to an area of private suites in which the master bedroom includes his and hers bathrooms and dressing rooms as well as a spacious terrace with truly panoramic vistas. The extension of the same stairs takes you to the lower level, with spa,

gym, bodega and also an area that incorporates a machine room, workshop, laundry room and staff apartment – all immaculate and fitted to the highest standards. The property proves that modern comforts and luxury are not limited to homes with futuristic architecture, and can indeed be enjoyed in a more distinctive, classical setting in which timeless styling, the finest materials

and enduring master craftsmanship are the key defining elements. The discerning eye will pick up the Mudéjar style in the stone and woodwork of the villa’s façade and entrance, where the grand classical wooden doors form a particular focal point. Step through this portico and you come to an Andalusian courtyard characterised by handlaid tiles, manicured orange trees and the trickle of fountain water.

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The home’s main terrace area

The intricate masonry visible outside continues indoors, as do the solid Ronda doors, with beautiful tiles, Moorish azulejos and mosaics underfoot and adorning the lower parts of the walls. By today’s standards there is a lot of visual detail, but it is beautifully proportioned and creates a sense of wonderment in a home that certainly escapes minimalist dullness and predictability. In the hands of Antonio Bermudez, the style is tasteful, and though the villa features different types of high quality marble, hand-carved limestone is one of its recurrent features in cornices, balustrades, rooflines, portals and window frames. Even steps, stairs and columns are a work of art in this property, with the ironwork, ceiling murals and also the ‘Cantos de Rio’ pebbled floor of the courtyard providing visual and textural delight. The artisans who worked on this mansion created a masterpiece in this genre, a home where sunlight filters through a stained-glass window near the staircase, but also reflects off rustic brickwork and naturally toned walls, where water, garden greenery and flowers combine with the clear blue skies of Marbella to produce a very private oasis. From the gardens and terraces to the guest quarters, leisure amenities, guesthouse and of course the main home itself, this is a uniquely varied estate just made for those in search of a very unique, personal domain to call home. g Tel: (+34) 952 810 608. info@callumswan.com www.callumswanrealty.com

Immaculate artistry in this Alhambrainspired stucco detailing

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A NEW LOOK FOR A

PUENTE ROMANO VILLA by Ambience Home Design by Andrea Bรถck Ambience Home Design has been contracted to completely redesign and furnish an old villa in the heart of the renowned Puente Romano area.

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he villa was completely stripped down to its core and was put back together carefully piece by piece. There were various architectural design tasks that were commissioned by the team, such as to design feature fireplaces, the ceilings and light effects, all wardrobes and doors to be designed and manufactured to spec, as well as to design all bathrooms, the board room

and bar area in the basement. Andrea Böck, Managing Director of Ambience Home Design, explains: “The property consists of three storeys and a basement. Once we had the main distribution and layout right, we began with the interior design of the various spaces. Our client’s request was to achieve an elegant yet masculine interior reminiscent of

a James Bond mood setting, and furthermore maintain the spaces light and fresh to keep it contemporary. We designed French wall panels in some of the rooms to define that look and used other materials such as Calacatta Gold Marble, Black Marquina marble, aged brass, etc. to contrast. A beautiful fish-bone floor was our choice throughout.”

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The ground floor TV lounge used to have a dark feel to it and the team changed this by placing a long light sofa flanked by two beautiful carved armchairs. Touches of lovely green tones can be found on the chesterfield pouffe, coffee tables and cushions, leaving the fireplace with integrated storage to be the focal point in the room. On the first floor we have a small reception area with a loveseat opposite the fireplace also designed by Ambience, where a stunning black piano contrasts beautifully against the light oak fish-bone wooden floor. The upstairs lounge is more of a formal smaller seating area, with two Chesterfield Desiree sofas lending a welcoming yet modern look to the space.

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The open kitchen Calacatta Dining table from Meridiani surrounded by light powder blue Casa Milano upholstered chairs creates a beautiful feel of freshness, while the Il Pezzo chandelier brings a sense of romance and sophistication. We also created an office area in the niche, all with integrated storage. On this floor we have a terrace with a plunge pool, where the all-green mosaic tiles contrast provocatively against the reddish wood floor outside. A BBQ area with an outdoor dining space was also designed. On the top floor, is the master bedroom. We wanted to create a very special place for our client. In the Master bedroom we designed and installed a white French-style wall cladding and incorporated a hidden door leading to the bespoke master walk-in wardrobe all in beautiful polished dark wood tones. The deep-blue-satin buttoned bed contrasts nicely with the white cladding and sits beautifully on a vintage rug in ash tones, while the caramel-glass lamps add warmth.

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The master bedroom has its own terrace which we kept stylish and subdued while the en-suite bathroom is vibrant with its dark walls. The bathtub area frames the sea view beautifully, and sits on an elegant black Marquina marble slab that continues its way on to the floor. We chose rose gold taps to contrast with the stunning mosaic tiles selected. In the basement we designed a bar area that looks out into the garage where cars will be showcased. Also in the basement a gym and a boardroom have been carefully designed so that each space can live in harmony with the other, always mindful of privacy, practicality and design. Each of these spaces was designed by Ambience and installed by our carpenters. We were very happy to see our client’s reaction when he saw the conversion of his villa; it also space shows that even the most dark and gloomy properties can be turned into a beautiful home. Nothing better expresses our innate sense of dedication and creativity to each of our projects than the outcome of our work. Many thanks to Nicolas Dalli Consulting for their trust and collaboration." i www.ambiencehomedesign.com

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SHINY NIGHTY DRESS, GUESS BELT, GLITTER GIRL PAVE CHAIN EARRINGS

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Guess is known for its youthful, colourful, urban styles that work as well for a working woman’s Monday to Friday as they do for the weekend. We bring you just a few highlights from their latest collection.

MULTI FRINGES DRESS, LAVI SMALL BACKPACK, OASIA BOOTS, CRYSTAL TOUCH CLEAR CRYSTALS BIG BANGLE YELLOW GOLD

PIA COAT, TRACIE SWEATER, ENVY LACE UP TROUSERS, SIENNA 2 IN 1 SOCIETY BAG

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THE UNBREAKABLE BOND OF THE

MUKHI SISTERS Maya, Meena and Zeenat Mukhi, founders of the well known Beirut-based jewellery house, Mukhi Sisters, know that working with family can be challenging, yet it is also rewarding like few other endeavours can be. The sisters come from a long line of jewellers, so it was almost destiny that led them to found their jewellery brand. In the 1920s, their grandfather left India and launched fine jewellery stores and Oriental works and textile stores in Beirut, though the family also had shops in Egypt, Syria, Libya, Doha and Dubai. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MUKSI SISTERS IN ASSOCIATION WITH OUNOUSA AND KAMSYN

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n 1979, the sisters’ father, Chandru Mukhi, married Lebanese entrepreneur Effat Kreidieh, who opened her own jewellery store in 1982. The couples’ three daughters grew up developing a keen understanding of styles, gems, and tradition. In their mother, they had a powerful example of female entrepreneurship that would inspire them to open their own brand in 2009. “I trained in jewellery design yet have to say that I learned the most important

things from my parents. In addition to learning about techniques and materials, my sisters and I received first-hand training in everything from inventory to administration, marketing… anything and everything to do with running a jewellery business,” says Maya Mukhi, who designs jewellery. Maya admits that when their company was first launched, she was carrying out the lion’s share of the work. “One day, after finishing a meeting, I said ‘That was

great!’ and Zeenat answered. ‘Maybe for you, but I was just sitting there. We should name this company Maya and her sisters’ (she laughs). I didn’t realise they were feeling left-out. We started the company as sisters and I wanted the three of us to be happy and fulfilled. We then decided to take charge of separate departments and our roles became much more clearly defined. It’s a challenge to be in a family business and remain close but we’ve managed to do it.”

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Maya and Zeenat both design jewellery pieces. Zeenat (who lives in London) is also in charge of all the internal communications in the company and everything to do with accounting (she has a fine jewellery blog, which you can check out on their site). Meena, meanwhile, is the Sales and PR manager who oversees the work of the company accountants. The Mukhi Sisters currently have 10 collections, the last of which was recently launched as part of Wild Things London. In Beirut, their shop is divided into two areas: “In one area we sell our own designs and in the other we stock multi-brand lifestyle products designed by other jewellers,” Maya explains. Their boutique also tempts shoppers with books, perfumes, accessories, and assorted items – a homage to their grandfather’s shop, which sold textiles, crystal, bags, and other items from the Far East, as well as jewellery. Each collection crafted by the Mukhi Sisters comes from a personal moment in their lives, stemming from real experiences that touched them. Maya says: “Reverie on the Vine happened during a year in which I decided to stay in Lebanon instead of travelling. I visited different villages,

trying their food, discovering nature. It was an exceptional summer in which people in my social circle and I talked about our dreams, falling in love… so many special moments happened during sunset, which inspired a pendant design bearing a sun shape.” Reverie on the Vine is a magical collection indeed. It contains nature inspired pieces such as tsavorite earrings reminiscent of leaves. “I recommend wearing just one and wearing a headpiece from the collection in your hair.” Equally symbolic is the Harem collection. “Harem rings normally have three, five, or seven bands. When I was a child my father gifted me a Harem ring with orange diamonds and I fell instantly in love. Zeenat, Meena and I have always stacked our rings, so we created Harem rings with nine bands. Each individual ring is unique but all look beautiful stacked up.” In numerology, Maya tells, me, the number nine is linked

to femininity, a fascinating fact that makes for interesting conversation. Indeed, items like the rings from the Harem collection are the kind of piece that gets people talking at parties and get-togethers. They come in a multitude of materials, including diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. The Mukhi Sisters’ latest collection is called No Guts No Glory, which is yet to be launched online. “This collection is very special to us because we created a superhero named Glory. She is a woman who decided to take charge of her own destiny. We believe it is vital for women to believe that they deserve the best because they believe in themselves.” The collection comprises sets of earrings, necklaces, and rings, which are also sold separately and can be mixed and matched. “They

are inspired on the armour of warriors but they are very feminine and sexy yet simple. Our aim is to emphasise that strength comes from within.” The collection only has one motif: a snake, which symbolises two things: rebirth, and eternity. Female empowerment is, indeed, important to the sisters. One campaign sees a woman lifting her ring finger defiantly, with one bold statement beneath: “I buy my own gifts on Valentine’s.” It was their first publicity campaign and one that enjoyed huge success… so much so that the following year the campaign featured a man wearing a ring and making the same gesture, answering, “Me too.” Maya laughingly admits to wondering whether Mukhi Sisters was the right name to go for. “We decided on this name rather than a trendy one because we are three sisters and friends and that will never change. Our family name is and always will be Mukhi and we will always be sisters.” i www.mukhisisters.com www.ounousa.com www.kamsyn.com

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MARC CAIN Mysteriously

Renowned brand Marc Cain recently launched its first perfumes line, comprising three different fragrances. The new Marc Cain Beauty label is aimed at the premium customer who already purchases clothing from the brand. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

“With this exclusive range of fragrances, we are now looking to extend our large portfolio on the one hand and also appeal to our target groups on the other. Just like with our fashion collections, the focus is on the development of high-quality products that surprise and inspire,” says Helmut Schlotterer, of the Management Board. The exquisite fragrances were developed by perfumers Corinne Cachen, Maarten Schoute and Michel Almairac. Mysteriously was developed with the headstrong woman in mind. “It is a homage to women surrounded by an aura of mystery and who, driven by passion, can achieve anything they set out to,” said Michael Förster, Chief Creative Officer of the fragrance manufacturer Lyrique Parfums from Switzerland. The sensual scents are as unique as the premium fashions by Marc Cain and are presented in sleek, minimalistic bottles. This experimenting with unusual contrasts builds up an air of suspense and also defines Marc Cain’s fashion collections.

MARC CAIN MYSTERIOUSLY NO.1 Fragrance note: Fruity-oriental Fragrance intensity: Freshly intense The eau de parfum stands out with its intense, fresh and oriental composition. It opens with top notes of Sicilian bergamot, a refreshing citrus component. The fruity finish is perfected with sweet mandarin, apple and a hint of marigold. Its flowery heart note, a combination of sensual jasmine and delicate rose, is rounded off by spicy cinnamon and liquorice accents. Finally, the base note unites refined precious ingredients: benzoin, incense, tonka bean, vanilla and musk. The result is an atmospheric elixir with a unique allure and a modern twist.

MARC CAIN MYSTERIOUSLY NO.2 Fragrance note: Floral-oriental Fragrance intensity: Powdery intense The second signature fragrance by Marc Cain is based on a composition of tonka bean, powdery vanilla and luxurious musk. The fresh and spicy top note with bergamot, clove and cinnamon opens up the fragrance in a magical way. In the heart note, floral accords are provided by a mix of jasmine, rose, heliotropin and lily of the valley. Warm sandalwood gives this feminine bouquet an incredible elegance and takes the wearer on an extraordinarily mysterious and seductive journey through the wonders of the Orient.

MARC CAIN MYSTERIOUSLY NO.3 Fragrance note: Woody-spicy Fragrance intensity: Voluminously intense The third fragrance reveals itself as uniquely expressive with unusual depth thanks to its striking signature – the duo of seductive sandalwood and cedarwood. The top note stands out with tangy fresh grapefruit nuances, as well as incense, and the rare tree resin, elemi. In the base note, the combination of musk, tonka bean and vanilla bourbon results in a velvety finish that loses itself in deep sensuality.

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A new study published in July, 2018 has found that people who eat oranges regularly are less likely to develop macular degeneration than those who don’t. Researchers interviewed thousands of adults aged 50 and over, observing their progress over 15 years. They found that eating just one serving of oranges a day brings about a 60 per cent reduced risk of developing macular degeneration. “Even eating an orange once a week seems to offer significant benefits,” said the scientists, who noted that the magic of oranges lies in their high flavonoid content. “Most research in the past has focused on the effect of Vitamins A, C, and E on the eyes, but our research focused on the relationship between flavonoids and macular degeneration.” They looked at other foods containing flavonoids (including red wine, apples, and tea), but none of them seemed to have the same protective effect against macular degeneration as oranges. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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Additional research shows that oranges and other fruits are far healthier than originally thought. A new technique for measuring the antioxidant capacity of food products has found that the antioxidant effects of citrus juices are 10 times higher than those captured by previous analysis methods. The researchers found that when these citrics enter the digestive system, our intestinal microbiota act upon them and more antioxidant substances are extracted. Scientists are now using this more detailed method of antioxidant measurement to obtain real values of the antioxidant power of other foods.

Z ORANGES VS JUICE: WHICH IS BETTER?

Health advocates have been advising consumers to opt for whole fruit rather than juice because of the fibre content of the former and the high sugar content of juice, but scientists are prescribing caution, since new findings have shown that certain nutrients may be easier to absorb in juice form. In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers found that although juicing oranges dramatically reduces flavonoid levels, those that remain are much more bio-accessible than those obtained from pieces of fruit. If you do juice, make sure to use a machine with

slow rotation, however. This will ensure that the fruit is not heated, thus increasing the health benefits.

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A study published in the journal Stroke found that consuming higher amounts of citrus foods may lower ischemic stroke risk. The study, which focused on women, found that Vitamin C intake in particular is effective in this sense, and that flavonoids protect the body by improving blood vessel function and boosting the anti-inflammatory response.

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We know that orange peel is particularly rich in flavonoids like hesperidin and polymethoxyflavones; they may also have anti-allergy and heart-healthy effects. Orange peel also has more Vitamin C than the flesh of the orange or its juice, so make sure to buy organic and snack away on the peel. The best way to use peel is to grate it over salads, fish, yoghurts and tea, to name just a few foods. Other fruit peels and rinds can be healthy too, including celery tops, broccoli leaves, and onion skins. Just simmer the latter in your sauces and soups then remove before serving! It’s exciting to think how one fruit can promote health in many different ways. The above findings are also a wakeup call to the need to include a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Each fruit is a virtual AN ORANGE powerhouse of health; how many JUICE A DAY KEEPS servings are you getting per KIDNEY STONES AWAY day? e Did you know that one glass of orange juice daily can help prevent the recurrence of kidney stones? This is great news for those with a propensity for kidney stones who are intolerant of potassium citrate (often used to lower the rate of new stone formation). Orange juice is equally effective and totally natural, which is also ideal for those who like to take a natural, holistic approach to health. The magic of orange juice for this condition can be found in citrate – a negatively charged form of citric acids that gives citric fruits their lovely tangy/sour taste! 152 / SEPTEMBER 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a Harrow- and Cambridge-educated biomedical theorist who believes that humanity is ever closer to achieving what was once thought impossible: immortality! Marisa Cutillas highlights de Grey’s main tenets and shares the methods through which future generations may enjoy eternal life.

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r. Aubrey de Grey has made an announcement that is fabulous news for humankind: he believes that some people who are already born will live for up to one thousand years! The key to achieving this feat, he says, is treating the body like it is “a machine with moving parts.” By paying attention to each major system, he says, we can reverse the damage that occurs as we age. For de Grey, the ageing process is similar to a car wearing down over the years. The body accumulates damage and can continue to exist for a while but eventually, it suffers a steep decline. We can stop this process by treating damage as it arises; the only problem is that very precise tools are needed which require time and money to develop. Until these become available, everlasting life could continue to be a pipe dream. So far, two big companies (Google and Paypal) have financially backed de Grey’s work, but far more funds are needed to make this dream a reality. Dr. de Grey, who has founded the Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS) Research Foundation in California (alongside

Michael Kope), notes that there are seven major reasons why we age: Z Cell loss or tissue atrophy Z Cancerous cells Z Mitochondrial mutations Z Death-resistant cells Z Extracellular matrix stiffening Z Extracellular aggregates Z Intracellular aggregates Dr. de Grey notes that there are many treatments we already know of that stop some of these processes. Some are major – for instance, the use of stem cells to regenerate new organs. Others, however, are more subtle (such as controlling a process called co-translational mitochondrial protein import, so as to counteract the mutations that are the cause of a number of serious diseases, including diabetes, blindness, epilepsy, and many other neurological disorders). This and other processes allow for the repair of damage at a microscopic level, which would mean that organ regeneration via stem cells would not be necessary. Dr. de Grey told Leap Magazine’s Kira Peikoff that microscopic repair is a treatment “one would be able to expect to do without surgery, just by injecting the right kind of

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stem cells or whatever. That would be something one would expect to be able to apply to someone much closer to death’s door and much more safely in general, and probably much more cheaply. One would expect that subsequent generations of these therapies would move in that direction.” Dr. de Grey predicts that human trials using these methods could commence as early as 2021. He has mentioned two of his biggest achievements in recent years: fighting the stiffening of the extracellular matrix (which causes hypertension) and the placing of copies of the mitochondria (the energy powerhouse of cells) DNA into the nuclear DNA. Dr. de Grey feels that the damage inflicted on our mitochondria during our lifetime is the main reason why we age. By replacing or editing our cells, we can effectively give ourselves a new surge of youth. Some of the most important ways that youth can be restored include cellular waste management (enabling cells to rid themselves of the toxins that cause everything from atherosclerosis to macular

degeneration), removing senescent cells by boosting ‘suicide genes’, and providing our system with enzymes that can break damaging protein links that form between cells. It sounds complex yet none of these discoveries are new; putting what scientists have known for a decade or longer to practical use is the aim of de Grey and his associates. “There’s nothing wrong with making the best of one’s declining years, but what annoys me is the fatalism, Now that we’re seriously in range of finding therapies that actually work against ageing, this apathy, of course, becomes an enormous part of the problem.” From an investor’s perspective, this apathy could have something to do with immediacy – or the lack thereof. Investors may be reticent to dedicate millions to technologies they could not benefit from in their lifetime. Still, where would the world be without visionaries like Elon Musk, Richard Branson, or even Dr. de Grey himself, who knows he has the fountain of youth in his hands… and sees it as the most important legacy he could possibly leave behind – unless, of course, he manages to live forever.

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Despite the plethora of awareness campaigns on skin cancer, one in five people do not protect themselves adequately against the sun’s rays, leading to a sharp spike in the number of visits to emergency units in Spain in the summer season. There is still time to make a change, however. In what remains of the warm season, remember to select the right protection for your skin type, applying sunscreen half an hour before exposure to the sun and repeating applications every two hours. Pay special attention to scars and moles, as well as sensitive areas like the lips, neckline, and chest. Finally, avoid perfumes and cologne if you are heading to the beach; they increase the likelihood of irritation and serious burns, especially for those with sensitive skin.

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LINKED TO HIGHER CHANCE OF STROKE A new study published in the journal MedLink Neurology has found that women who take the pill have an increased risk of ischemic stroke (strokes caused by blood clots). The risk is low in healthy women but significant in those who already have a risk for stroke. The latter group includes women who smoke and have high blood pressure. If you are taking the pill, see your gynecologist to discuss alternative methods.

A new study published in The Lancet indicates that diets both low and high in carbohydrates are linked to increased mortality. Those which are high carb increase the risk of insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, while those which are low carb can inadvertently lead to excess consumption of unhealthy fats and the enjoyment of too few fruits and vegetables, which are key owing to their nutritional value. The researchers noted: “Although carbohydrates are technically not an essential nutrient (unlike protein and fats), a certain amount is probably required to meet short-term energy demands during physical activity and to maintain fat and protein intakes within their respective sweet spots. On the basis of these principles, moderate intake of carbohydrate (eg, roughly 50% of energy) is likely to be more appropriate for the general population than are very low or very high intakes.”

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r. Bruno Pereira and Dr. Ana Pedrol welcome me into their brand new Øne Clinic, on the Golden Mile of Marbella, and their mission is clear: that of enabling patients to smile freely, openly, with confidence – a simple yet profound ability that has a big impact on one’s personal, social, and working life. The Clinic, whose beautifully modern interiors instill a sense of spa-like relaxation, provides all the treatments that might be required to create a beautiful smile – including veneers, Invisalign/orthodontics, implants, periodontics, endodontics, whitening, facial anti-ageing (think Botox, fillers), and gum contouring and other bone or gum augmentation surgeries. “We cannot treat the smile and face separately, so our mission is to look at these aspects as part of a whole,” explains Dr. Pereira.

CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY In order to determine the combined changes required to achieve a specific look, leading technology is key – and Øne Clinic has the most cutting-edge machines available in dentistry, including a dental scanner, which

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allows the team to recreate a 3D model of patients’ mouth without using traditional, uncomfortable dental impression pastes. Says Dr. Pereira: “The scan works like a small camera that records the patient’s mouth. It also allows us to create a ‘smile back-up’ for the future in case a patient has an accident or if their teeth become worn out we can rejuvenate their smile by rebuilding teeth to look exactly as they did when they were younger.”

DIGITAL SMILE DESIGN The concept offered by Øne Clinic is entirely new to me, in terms of rapidity (you can have ‘teeth in one day’ or have a full set of veneers in a couple of visits), but also in terms of previsualisation. Drs. Pereira and Pedrol (who obtained their postgraduate qualifications at New York University) show me how each and every patient can envision what their proposed smile will look like, thanks to three different scans: the CBCT (CT) scan (bone), a dental scan (teeth), and something entirely new: a facial scan. “What is completely new about their technology is the way the scans work together. Thus, patients can view exactly how their new teeth would look in their face from every single angle. The image is not a simulation; it is a real 3D image of the smile design created by the Øne team – an amazing way to check how veneers, for instance, and a new smile would look like in the face.

Because a Good Smile is Key to Happiness WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

Seeing is believing in this case,” says Dr. Pereira.

AN À LA CARTE SMILE Dr. Pereira tells me that with this smile design technology (created by Christian Coachman, a pioneer with whom Dr. Pereira has worked alongside in lectures and on scientific publications), it is possible to totally recreate someone’s smile. Thus, a twin may desire to have his twin’s teeth or vice-versa… and it can be done! “You can ask us to recreate the teeth of your brother, friend, etc. and you can select the tooth shape, colour, length etc. that you are happiest with.”

BEYOND DENTAL WORK: THE LIP REVOLUTION Those who have had heavy fillers in their lips can find that the top lip has grown exceedingly long, thus interfering with proportion. There is a super quick procedure that is carried out with local anesthesia only, which involves raising the upper lip, thus garnering it a naturally fuller appearance.

THE TEAM Dr. Pereira and Dr. Pedrol lead a talented team comprising a wide

range of specialists (from general dentistry to plastic surgery) and their backgrounds are fascinating. Dr. Pereira obtained his PhD on facial aesthetics and lectures worldwide on facial and dental aesthetics. Dr. Pedrol, meanwhile, is from a long line of dentists; her family owns 11 clinics in Catalonia. If Dr. Pereira is passionate about customising people’s smile according to their face features, Dr. Pedrol is a periodontology and implantology specialist, as well as an expert in Invisalign. What she loves most is providing patients with new teeth in one day: “It is so rewarding to give someone their smile back,” she says. One Clinic is the present and future of facial and dental health and wellbeing. It is a unique clinic staffed with highly experienced specialists who have been trained in Europe and the U.S., enabling them to be up-todate with the very latest methods and digital technology required to build a rejuvenated face and smile you can be happy with, but one that is also fully functional. Dr. Pereira, Dr. Pedrol and their team have finally put an end to guesswork, long waits, and conformation, centering the entire patient experience around one person: you.

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MARBELLA WITH LOVE Marbella is known for its giving heart, thanks in no small part to people like Michael Harding, better known as Mr MAPH (an acronym of his name, Michael Andrew Patterson Harding). Michel has shared his beautiful soul and gospel voice with crowds from all over the world and at Marbella’s biggest charity galas. He and his wife Simone are people of deep faith; they have always sought to use music to make a change. Michael’s latest soul and gospel tour, Marbella With Love (MWL), sees him working alongside Paul Carr, founder of charity Collective Calling. Together, they plan on “using music to bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war.” WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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ichael and Paul hope to take Marbella With Love to important venues in Marbella, Europe, Africa, America… their aim is to raise funds for children with disabilities, refugees, homeless communities, and marginalised children in Spain through registered charity, Collective Calling. The latter was founded by Paul to help transform communities in need. Collective Calling began when Paul (upon the suggestion of a friend) joined rescue efforts for refugees. He says: “A friend asked if I wanted to help out in Greece, when the boats started coming in from Syria. This experience, and the realisation that there were so many more people in need, inspired my wife and I to found Collective Calling.” The couple has since aided the homeless in Spain, refugees in Morocco, and worked in the largest refugee camp in Tanzania. Paul and his wife have been living in Marbella for many years now, though they frequently travel the world to help with specific projects. Paul will be serving as Michael’s Tour Manager, which will propel the duo to performances in as many stages across the globe as possible. “We recently obtained support from Marbella’s Town Hall and we will be talking with various organisations to raise support for the tour.” The duo are also looking for venues wishing to host a MWL concert. Doing so will drive visitors to these venues, offering their clients an

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unforgettable night of music while establishing a reputation as a giving business. Michael has worked in music since the early stages of his career. “In England I was a Youth Services Provider, and I used music as a form of therapy for troubled kids. I used to write and produce songs with them as an outlet. I also ran a studio in London’s Old Street and was a gospel choir director. I always felt that music should go beyond entertainment. It has a healing power but also the ability to bring communities together. I believe that because God has given me a talent, I should use it for a good cause.” Michael explains what brought him to Marbella: “My wife and I had been holidaying in Marbella for five years before we realised this would be a great place to bring up our kids (now aged 25, 23, 17, and eight).” Michael and Simone have

lived on the Coast for 10 years now, performing at numerous fundraising galas. “It is amazing to see the crowd go wild everytime we sing a gospel song.” Paul adds, “Many communities and individuals have been segregated and forgotten about. We want to shine the light on them through this tour.” When they aren’t working hard on their fundraising concerts, Michael and Paul love hitting the gym. Travel is another passion. “I am very excited about seeing most of Spain, Europe, America, Africa… our destinations are an open book at the moment because they depend on what financial backing we can obtain for each venue,” says Michael. Michael loves sharing his passion for musical history: “Not many people know that Bob Marley was half Scottish, or that he started out in gospel. He became a rastafarian

but in his later years, returned to his original faith. He always tied in his music to faith.” He recalls that his own faith was strengthened when he was a teen. “When I was 17 I had an out of body experience. I was lying on my bed and I heard Mum coming home from the shops. I ran out to greet her and help her carry the bags but when I called out her name, no sound came from my mouth. I turned around and saw myself lying on the bed. As I became flooded with fear, I returned into my body but this experience was a powerful testimony to the fact that we are more than our physical body. There is everlasting life. If love exists in you, that is where your eternity will be.” Michael’s concerts may be purposeful, but they are also one big party. “People love dancing and singing along at my concerts; they are always lively events.” Marbella with Love is currently raising funds for a tour bus, so if you’d like to be a sponsor, you can have your name or logo on the bus and help raise brand awareness! Michael and Paul are keen to take the work of God to the those in need, but also to make patent that Marbella has a heart; that it is sharing one of its biggest gifts with the rest of the world: music! i Tickets are on sale for Marbella With Love’s first concert at Levante Beach Puerto Banús in October. They can be purchased on www.eventbrite.co.uk (search for Marbella With Love)

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FM CONSULTING 28TH ANNIVERSARY

Fausto Martínez and the team at FM Consulting celebrated the real estate group’s 28th anniversary with an elegant soirée at Finca La Concepción. Founded in 1990, FM Consulting Realty Group has built its reputation on the quality of its real estate developments and construction, effective marketing and efficient management of property and rental services, and the personalised attention enjoyed by its clients. i www.fmconsulting.es

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ROTARY CLUB MARBELLA 33RD SUMMER FUNDRAISING GALA

Every summer, Rotary Club Marbella pulls out all the stops to host a swish gala in an effort to raise funds for Rotary’s social, cultural, and humanitarian projects. Current President, Saeko Hamada, welcomed attendees to this year’s event, which was held in the gardens of Finca de la Concepción, a lush setting for guests to enjoy magnificent food and company. i www.rotaryclubmarbella.es

“Selfless giving unto others represents one’s true wealth” – Jon M. Huntsman

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Bruno and Giuseppina’s elegant new restaurant, Döss, recently launched in Cabopino, features four terraces for events, two extensive dining areas (Asian and Mediterranean, respectively), and a central al fresco Champagne bar. The restaurant certainly raises the bar for fine dining on the Coast, with exquisite décor, food, and service, the kind the Da Bruno Group is famous for. i www.dossmarbella.com

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LEGENDARY PARTY III AT THE MARBELLA CLUB

The Marbella Club’s Hubertus Hohenlohe and Julián Porras hosted a fantastic bash at El Patio called Legendary Party III, which was attended by a bevy of celebrities, including Anita Matamoros, Carmen Lomana, Makoke, and Ivonne Reyes. Such parties at El Patio are undoubtedly one of the highlights of the summer season and party-goers are already looking forward to next year’s line-up! i www.marbellaclub.com

“Life is a party, dress for it” – Audrey Hepburn

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One of the highlights of the Starlite season is the star-studded gala held to raise funds for two worthwhile causes: Niños en Alegría and Lágrimas y Favores. Attending this year were Olivia Palermo, Bo Derek, Ainhoa Arteta, the Kimpel sisters, Juanes, David Bisbal, Sara Baras and Miguel Ríos. The evening was presented by Antonio Banderas and Sandra García-Sanjuán. i www.starlitemarbella.com

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DEBRA CHARITY GOLF AND GALA DINNER

DEBRA, the butterfly skin children’s charity, recently held a golf event and gala dinner to help raise funds for their cause. The golf tournament took place at Marbella Golf Club, while the wellattended gala was held at Aloha Golf Club Marbella, and in combination, more than €23.000 was raised to help sufferers of this debilitating condition and their families. i www.butterflychildrencharity.com

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WORLD VISION GALA AT THE PUENTE ROMANO’S EL CHIRINGUITO

Beachside dining haven, El Chiringuito at the Puente Romano, was the perfect spot to celebrate the World Vision Gala. The evening featured a Nobu cocktail, exquisite food by Thomas Stork, and live performances by the Las Vegas Showgirls and Snap! i www.puenteromano.com

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving” – Mother Teresa

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ENGEL & VÖLKERS MARBELLA THE COLLECTION COCKTAIL EVENT Engel & Völkers Marbella recently invited clients, friends, and members of the media to the cocktail presentation of The Collection, a luxury villa complex on the Golden Mile, close to Puente Romano and the Beach. Construction has already commenced on this project, which promises luxury living with scenic views. i www.engelvoelkers.com

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home” – Matsuo Basho

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Why everyone’s talking about the Arques ‘Aesthetic Medicine’ Clinic Arques seems to be the name on nearly everyone’s eye-catching lips in Marbella and surrounding areas when it comes to recommending a leading-edge beauty and anti-ageing clinic. And its reputation resonates way beyond The Golden Triangle. Arques’ advanced treatments for such conditions as obesity, skin ageing, wrinkles, cellulite, varicose veins and other age-related and lifestyle conditions is now attracting patients from over 30 countries.

So the clinic’s ‘Responsible Aesthetic Medicines’ are based on new techniques that fight these influences and wherever possible prevent them from happening. In many cases, the clinic asserts that it can not only prevent the signs of ageing but can even reverse them. The techniques to do so are surprising.

“We offer the world’s most innovative cosmetic techniques plus exquisite modern facilities”

“I feel really proud of our commitment to social responsibility, an approach shared by every member of our team,” he said “We are very gratified to be able to earmark a percentage of our profits to various foundations to help the needy.

So what’s the secret? “We believe that the real revolution is quite simple,” explained the clinic’s principle, Dr Arques “We offer the world’s most innovative cosmetic techniques plus exquisite modern facilities, including a spa environment, a relaxed and harmonious setting and a very professional service. Added to that we source with great care the world’s number one laboratory products and we obtain the most competitive prices to pass on to our patients. We constantly seek the latest tried and tested scientific advances to ensure the quality we offer is always the best you can obtain anywhere in the world.” "Our joint objective then, as it continues to be is to use the latest and most effective aesthetic medicine in a responsible way so that results are totally natural.” “Unfortunately the signs of aging are increasing all around us,” said Dr Arques. “They reflect our current lifestyle: our inadequate diet, lack of exercise and sports practice, lack of oxygen, work and home pressures, pollution, and not least, the sun’s damaging ultra-violet rays.”

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“Among our other awards, the two most desirable were when we were in competition with an international field and came out top for aesthetic medicine and for responsible innovation in our sector.” For further information about the Arques Medical Clinic or to make an appointment, email: info@arquesclinic.com

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Full details of those treatment are on the clinic’s website www.arquesclinic.com/en Doctor is qualified as aesthetic doctor in the U.K., is registered with the GMC and is also an associate member of the Royal College of General Practitioners


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A boy’s gotta play his way… in style, comfort, and luxury. My regular readers will know I love gaming in my spare time, and these are just a few of my favourite devices, equipment and furniture, which make gaming so comfy I never want to leave my seat! COMPILED BY JOFFREY KING

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GAMING GEAR 1 – LOGITECH LIGHTSYNC PC GAMING SPEAKERS These cool speakers have LED lights that change colour to match the ambience presented onscreen. They immerse you in the action with automatic, game-driven lighting effects that react to many top games. They will blast light to match in-game explosions, warn you of approaching enemies, react to damage and healing, reflect new worlds entered into, and so much more! i www.logitech.com

2 – SECRETLAB OMEGA

This cutting edge gaming chair is made with cold-cured foam, which provides all the support I need for games that last hours. It’s got a Class 4 hydraulic piston to suit a big height range, comes with a memory foam lumbar pillow that fits my body shape to perfection, and a fourdirectional soft PU-coated armrest – which keeps wrist and arm pain at bay regardless of how long my game continues. i www.secretlab.eu

3 – ARCTIS PRO WIRELESS GAMING HEADSETS

This gizmo was winner of the Best Wireless Gaming Headset (Wired Magazine) award. It is a dual wireless headset with 2.4G lossless + Bluetooth. Made of lightweight aluminium alloy and steel, it feels like you’re wearing nothing yet allows you to enjoy a high fidelity audio experience while gaming. i www.steelseries.com

4 – THE CORSAIR K95 RGB PLATINUM GAMING KEYBOARD

This keyboard allows you to assign complex in-game macros to six macro keys, which are textured and easy to find. It boasts aircraft aluminum construction, innovative LightEdge technology, and 8MB onboard profile storage, which enables you to access up to three stored profiles on the go, independent of any external software you use. It also has 100 per

cent CHERRY MX RGB mechanical keyswitches, 100 per cent antighosting (so your commands do what you intend without fail), and a detachable, dual-sided wrist set which allows you to choose between two different surfaces for ultimate comfort. i www.corsair.com

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This is my BFF’s chair, and one that I love using when I get the chance. It is an officially licensed PlayStation chair and it features a 2.1 audio system in the headrest, an integrated subwoofer within the seat, vibration motors which provide immersive gaming feedback, and more. The vibration motors allow you to feel every punch, kick, zap, or bump, providing a special gaming experience that boasts a knockout base and ultra realistic sound. i www.menkind.co.uk

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Dogs normally have a healthy appetite so if you are noticing anorexia in your pooch, consider it reason enough to pay your vet a visit. Loss of appetite can be attributed to two main factors: disease/injury, or behavioural issues. Some conditions that can cause appetite loss include intestinal obstruction, injury-related pain, and UTIs or other infections, all of which require immediate attention. If your vet has ruled out illness or injury, free-feeding could be the problem. Try allowing your pooch only 10 minutes of access to their food bowl, removing it after this time limit to make them more enthusiastic at feeding time. Make sure your pet isn’t bored, by providing them with plenty of walks and games. Feed Rex top grade food that contains quality protein sources and no grains or unhealthy fillers. Finally, consider adding dog-friendly fruits and vegetables and protein like chicken or meat to their dry or wet food, to get them more excited about the treats they might find at meal times.

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This must be one of the cutest bowls we’ve seen in a long time. Designed by Miriam Mirri for Alessi, they are made from black thermoplastic resin. The set comprises two bowls with stainless steel inners. The tail of the cat doubles as a handle and the set is presented in a cute gift box. i Available at www-black-by-design.co.uk

COOL WEAR FOR POOCHES EAT SMALL:

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These cute coats keep dogs dry and have a nifty faux leather trim for extra stylishness. They hold in sand and mud and help to control doggy whiffs in cars, making them handy for families that like to enjoy outdoor adventures with their pooches. Ideal for wet walks, baths, river, and sea swims, and for after hydrotherapy. i www.ruffandtumbledogcoats.com

Edible insects are all the rage, including when it comes to pet food! Eat Small is a forward thinking company selling dried food and energy snacks made with insects, as well as superfoods such as goji berries, chia, and spirulina! The company uses a type of insect called hermetia illucens, which possesses more protein, iron, and calcium, than can be found in any type of meat. Their products also contain vitamins like B12, which are otherwise only found in animal products. i www.eat-small.com

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ELEGANT LIVING FINDS ITS PLACE AT MARBELLA CLUB HILLS – ENJOY OUR FEATURE ON THIS UNIQUELY BEAUTIFUL AREA TO LIVE AND PLAY. WE ALSO SPEAK TO MICHELLE ROBERTS, HEAD OF SIXTH FORM AT SWANS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, AND LEARN MORE ABOUT SPAIN-GIBRALTAR CROSS-BORDER TAXATION ISSUES.

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The master of longevity for 85 years. Experience our legendary medical and wellness programs.

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MARBELLA CLUB HILLS

Marbella Club Hills, in the Marbella Club Golf Resort, is a luxurious community of villas and villa apartments that boasts country club living combined with the five-star amenities of one of Marbella’s most prestigious brands. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MARBELLA CLUB HILLS

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t’s not every property development that can carry a luxurious brand such as that of the legendary Marbella Club Hotel, but in being the product of a joint venture between MENA Capital, a well-established developer known for distinguished high-end properties, and the classic hotel group, Marbella Club Hills is in many ways an extension of the epitome of style and refinement found on the Golden Mile. To begin with, this luxurious gated community of spacious villas and villa apartments is set within the country club environment of the Marbella Club Golf Resort – itself the inland extension of the Marbella Club and Puente Romano hotels. Here, in the foothills of the Serranía de Ronda mountains, near the village of Benahavís, you will find the same five-star deluxe creed that has made the Marbella Club name so famous. The 18-hole Marbella Club golf course designed by Dave Thomas is a fine example, with its broad, green fairways forming the focal point for those living in this country estate close to Marbella and Estepona. The same is true of the elegant clubhouse, with bar, panoramic terrace restaurant, pro shop and other firstclass golf facilities, and with the opening of a new road linking the Marbella Club Golf Resort to the Benahavís road, the coastal road can be comfortably reached in under ten minutes.

Dotted with luxurious villas on expansive private grounds, the estate has long offered a refined country living environment within easy reach of Marbella, Puerto Banús and the beaches of the Costa del Sol, with golf and also horse-riding facilities right on its doorstep as the Marbella Club’s prestigious equestrian centre is also located within the resort. For many, this setting represents the very best blend of rustic life surrounded by open nature yet also close to all the diversions and amenities of the coast.

Mediterranean architecture designed by Villarroel-Torrico Architects. Styled to blend into their cultural and natural setting, the villas are also ensconced within lush gardens while the luxurious apartments and penthouses offer optimal space and privacy, not to mention an orientation that takes in a great swathe of coast and countryside.

MODERN SOPHISTICATION IN A COUNTRY ESTATE Today that optimal lifestyle blend comes with a further dimension, meaning that you can enjoy contemporary style, comfort and technical infrastructure within a spacious, natural setting with fantastic golf, mountain and sea views. Marbella Club Hills is an example of this, bringing the five-star deluxe Marbella Club concept to a residential development of private villas and luxurious villa apartments set upon 158,000 square metres of what constitutes a country estate within a country estate. Construction covers around five per cent of this elegant gated community, ensuring that natural greenery and landscaped park areas abundantly surround the contemporary

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Using the slope of the land ensures all properties enjoy such views in a luxury residential resort community where the first phase is focused upon three-four bedroom apartments, dubbed villa apartments for their space, refinement and features. The second phase will also include two-three bedroom options, as well as four-bedroom semi-detached villas with private pools set a little further down the slope near the private tennis and paddle tennis courts. This area also includes a multi-purpose court for basketball, volleyball and futsal, which forms part of the Marbella Club Hills facilities, that additionally include large indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an indoor spa with heated pool, gyms, kids playground and a reception with concierge services. The first floor apartments have a single-level simplex layout, but both the ground floor garden apartments and the top floor penthouses feature a duplex arrangement, making this a community with a broad range of property options set within small, private buildings surrounded by greenery. This boutique development with Marbella Club flair is built by MENA Capital, an experienced international investment management and advisory company accustomed to offering high-spec construction, style and finishing qualities combined with modern amenities and an inspired indoor and outdoor treatment that creates one extended lifestyle area, complete with lounging and dining spaces, optional rooftop pools and decorative design details. To round it off, owners at Marbella Club Hills will be members of the adjacent golf club and equestrian centre, as well as having priority access to the Marbella Club Hotel and Puente Romano resort – from the tennis club, gym and beach clubs to the restaurants, spa and, subject to membership committee approval, the exclusive Owners Club at the Puente Romano. Taken together, this is a uniquely broad blend of product and services within a luxurious boutique development that not only bears the Marbella Club name, but also enjoys the full range of its services. i www.marbellaclubhills.com

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MICHELLE

ROBERTS HEAD OF SIXTH FORM AT

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I couldn’t have picked a more exciting day to visit Swans International School. It was an important occasion; one in which parents, teachers, and staff were gathered, waiting for the IB results. In true Swans style, tapas and drinks were being offered to parents and students, in celebration of all that they had achieved over the past two years. I was meeting Michelle Roberts, whose task as Head of Sixth Form is challenging indeed. After all, the final two years of school (Years 12 and 13) are the fruition of what for many students has been a lifetime of study. Many of the students receiving their results have been at Swans since their first year of primary school. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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ichelle and the team are thrilled about the results; she notes that, “In the past three years we have had an increasing number of students gaining over 40 points, which is amazing considering that 36 IB points is the equivalent of AAA at A-level, with some individuals gaining an outstanding 44-45 points, (something achieved by only 0.5 per cent of students worldwide).” The credit for this success must go down to not only the hard work and attitude of the students, but also the dedication of the Swans teaching staff (many of whom are IB examiners) who work tirelessly so that they can achieve their dreams. Many teachers have been working at the school since it first opened and are experts in instilling the Swans motto of ‘Nihil Sine Labore’ (Nothing without hard work). The Sixth Form has continued to grow, year on year, as Swans’ reputation for high-quality teaching along with great expertise in the area of Careers and Further Education appeals to many new students that apply to join the school. Couple this with fantastic facilities, such as the new Common Room (that has been built especially for the Sixth Form) and you have a wonderful learning environment that gives the students a real sense of independence and purpose when completing the IB Diploma. Michelle points to another

important fact that: “We offer a wider variety of subjects than other schools, including Film, Theatre, Music and Psychology.” Another appealing factor for these young adults is the exclusive use of Macbook laptops or Ipad Pro tablets in every lesson, a project that has run for the last three years, which adds an engaging angle to study and really prepares them for the modern world. It is no wonder that the IB programme is reportedly preferred by many top-level universities. Students not only study more subjects than they would for A-levels; they also gain specialisation in specific subjects and are prepared to be ‘citizens of the world’ thanks to a subject called CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service) where they can work with local charities, take up new sports, and display their creativity. IB students additionally complete an Extended Essay which is 4,000 words long – ideal preparation for university and its essay and thesis requirements. “A regular comment that we have from students returning to

visit the school,” says Michelle, “is that they feel the IB prepared them so well for their first year of university, ensuring that their transition into independent study was more seamless than that of other students around them.” As a Head of Sixth Form, Michelle knows how important it is to make the correct decision when it comes to selecting the right course and right location for university. Students are supported in these choices by an experienced team of advisors, who assist with career options, interview preparation and personal statements. Says Michelle: “We have previous students that return to give talks about their experiences at university, as well as talks from professionals and university fairs to obtain more information about specific courses.” Many Swans students have gone on to attend some of the world’s top universities, including the University of Edinburgh, the University of St. Andrews, the London School of Economics and the Universidad de Complutense in Madrid, while others

go on to study elsewhere in Spain, Europe and the United States. Aside from academic excellence, Swans has always had a reputation as a great community to be a part of. The school is constantly finding new ways to encourage its students and inspire them with everything from scholarships, right through to the appointment of Head Students and prefects to encourage responsible behaviour and teamwork. There is also a Roll of Honour, which rewards both outstanding achievement and effort: two qualities which go hand in hand in the life of any successful student. Swans has a profound understanding of the importance of guidance throughout a student’s life at school. Caring for others, setting and striving for goals, and being a responsible world citizen are just a few skills that children learn in a school that values a student’s wellbeing and happiness as much as it does their academic success. i www.swansschoolinternational.es

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RESULTS 2018

IB & GCSE

SWANS SIXTH FORM STUDENTS EXCEL AT IB

45 points

44 points

Andrea Henderson de la Fuente

Nicole Leonetti University of Amsterdam

University of Edinburgh

It is with great pride that we announce the best set of results in our school’s history. Their achievement includes a ‘full marks’ score of 45 points, gained by Andrea Henderson de la Fuente. This is a feat managed by only 0.5% of all students worldwide. Full marks also go to every student in the year group that completed the full

42 points

41 points

Carlos Casado Alba

Ines Benkirane

diploma this year, as 100% of them passed. What makes us even prouder is

Universidad de Navarra

Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne

40 points

40 points

the way in which the students have conducted themselves as Sixth Formers. They have embodied all of the values that we instill in the Swans community on a daily basis, of hard work, care and friendship and it is this that makes our school the wonderful family that it is. Over 30% of students gained 36 points or more, equivalent to AAA at A’Level

Ignacio Casado Alba

(UCAS Website).

Sibo Hu

Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne

University of Edinburgh

10 A*/1 A grade

7 A*/5 A grades

8 A*/3 A grades

Bárbara Láinez Millán

Alexia Collot d’Escury Ariza

María Moro Bermudo

AMAZING (I)GCSE RESULTS We are also so proud of our Year 11 students who performed so well in their (I)GCSE exams. The students gained some excellent individual scores, with 41% of grades being A* or A and an overall pass rate of 92%, which is fantastic. These students will now make up an excellent IB cohort in Swans’ Sixth Form, who have recently had a super new Common Room built especially for them. Our congratulations go to the students, staff

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6 A*/3 A grades

and parents of Swans on this excellent

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Calum Naylor

Anahita Kasraei

3 A*/7 A grades

4 A*/5 A grades

Christine Dekker

1 A*/8 A grades

Casilda Dopico Murga

achievement.

8 A*/2 A grades

Swans International School (+34) 952 902 755 www.swansschoolinternational.es

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NEW OFFICE FOR CALLUM SWAN REALTY

If you liked the office before you’ll like it even more now, as the new Callum Swan premises are right next to the old one! At the heart of the Golden Mile, between the Puente Romano and the Marbella Club Hotel, the new office provides a pleasant working environment for the team as well as being a great place to welcome clients and colleagues. The main open-plan workspace is on the ground floor, with a comfortable and private setting for meetings with clients on the first floor – so drop by for a cup of coffee and meet the team! g Urb. Las Torres de Marbella Club, Local 2, Blvd.

Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, Marbella. Tel: 952 810 608. www. callumswanrealty.com

CENTRO PLAZA SHOPPING CENTRE CELEBRATES ITS 28TH ANNIVERSARY WITH FULL OCCUPANCY Centro Plaza Shopping Centre is pleased to be fully occupied on its 28th anniversary. This emblematic Marbella commercial centre is made up of 120 establishments from more than 20 sectors. Located in Nueva Andalucía, the centre has retained a distinct international character since its inauguration in 1990 and is the second oldest shopping centre in Marbella and the fourth in the Málaga region. Centro Plaza has completed its capacity with the addition of five new businesses, opening its doors to the Danish firm EMS Body Power, specialised in offering high performance personal training sessions; The View Bar Terrace, a new gastronomic space where you can enjoy a drink or a bite to eat with one of the best panoramic views of Marbella; the English fashion firm Temptations Boutique; the Mariami Clinic, an aesthetic medical centre; and a growing real estate agency in the municipality, Elegant Marbella Estates. i www.centroplaza.es 192 / SEPTEMBER 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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THE AVERAGE BUYER ON THE GOLDEN MILE IS NOW 20 YEARS YOUNGER The Golden Mile has been a favoured international destination since the 1960s, with an exceptional location that has allowed the housing demand to prosper, even during the worst years of the financial crisis. When the market recovered, Engel & Völkers recognised the new profile of international buyers in order to offer them The Collection, a product which is completely adapted to their needs. “The Golden Mile has always been the most prestigious address for a second home for the European clientele. However, in recent years we are seeing a new trend of younger buyers aged between 35 and 55 years old on average. They are searching for a modern style contemporary design and the latest trend of materials and amenities, of course in the best locations on The Golden Mile preferably around the vibrant Puente Romano Resort,” explains Smadar Kahana, CEO of Engel & Völkers Marbella. Engel & Völkers is very proud to present The Collection in exclusivity. The latter comprises 26 luxury semidetached villas that began construction in August. i Further information, www.engelvoelkers.com

FOURTH EDITION OF AUTOBELLO MARBELLA Luxury car event Autobello Marbella recently took over Puerto Banús for the fourth year in a row, with around 200 sports car taking part in the event. Classic cars, supercars, hypercars and one-off vehicles drove through the marina then made their way to the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel, where they exhibited their cars before a panel of judges, who awarded a host of prizes. i www.puerto-banus.com

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ANOTHER SUCCESFUL YEAR FOR ALOHA COLLEGE Aloha College celebrates another year of highly successful IGCSE, IB and A Level performances. An impressive 91 per cent of all the school’s IGCSE students attained Grade A*-C, with 41 per cent A or A*. In the A Level programme, 93 per cent achieved grades A*-C and 86 per cent at A*-B. In the IB Diploma programme, an excellent average of 34 points was achieved, which puts Aloha College far above the total world average of IB points. Six students achieved 40 points or above, the highest being 44 (out of 45). The school would like to take this opportunity to wish all their students the very best of luck in the future. i www.aloha-college.com

FOURTH FUNDRAISING PADEL AND CHARITY GALA FOR INFANCIA SIN FRONTERAS The IV Torneo Benéfico de Padel y Cena Solidaria took place recently, in an effort to raise funds for children’s charity, Infancia sin Fronteras. The three-day event included a padel clinic by champion Martita Ortega, as well as an elegant gala with a raffle and auction. The dinner took place at NAC restaurant at Club Nueva Alcántara, with all funds going to Infancia sin Fronteras’ Universal Education Programme, which is being undertaken in Nicaragua. i www.infanciasinfronteras.org

FIRST STONE CEREMONY OF YUSUF HAMIED TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTRE CUDECA HOSPICE FOUNDATION Cudeca Hospice recently celebrated the act of laying the first stone of the construction of the Yusuf Hamied Training & Research Centre Cudeca Hospice Foundation, located on the land adjacent to its current headquarters in Benalmádena. The event marks a milestone in the history of Cudeca, and a recognition of its more than 25 years of experience in the treatment and care of people with advanced and non-curable illnesses. The main objective of this Centre is training professionals in all field of care (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, etc.) to improve the quality of palliative care that they administer. The Centre also wants to develop innovative models of intervention and research to share with the scientific community. It will additionally be a source of income that will contribute to the financing of the increasing number of patients cared for by Cudeca.i www.cudeca.org

UPCYCLING THE OCEANS IN ANDALUCÍA Upcycling the Oceans is a new initiative by Ecoembes and the Ecoalf Foundation, which hopes to make our waters cleaner and more environmentally friendly. It will involve 40 trawlers, which will be picking up garbage from oceans for the purpose of recycling. The trawlers hail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Chipiona, Barbate and the Puerto de Santamaría. Currently, over 500 trawlers in Spain are taking part in the initiative. i www.ecoembes.com

ABAMA LAUNCHES PHASE FOUR OF DEVELOPMENT Abama is a luxury resort in the island of Tenerife, which will soon boast its own central plaza, members’ club, kids club and two new villa and apartment complexes. Work has recently started on its fourth phase, a fact that was celebrated with two events, one in London and the other in Antwerp. Recently, a cocktail party catered by Restaurante Melvin by Martín Berasategui was held in Tenerife, to present the project to national brokers. i Further information, www.abamahotelresort.com 194 / SEPTEMBER 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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26-27-28 October • Palacio de Congresos SAVE THE DATE

Discover the best Marbella has to offer at our home & living fair In case you are planning to purchase or refurbish a property, or you want to discover the latest living & house trends, you best pay a visit to this international home and living expo. The last edition received more than 1400 visitors.

Participating exhibitors interior and outdoor design construction and renovation companies real estate providers

architects home design and art telecommunications and lifestyle

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COOLSCULPTING DAYS AT CIRUMED CoolSculpting is a cutting edge, FDA-approved way of reducing fat (to similar levels as those obtained by liposuction) without the need for surgery. On September 17 and 18, Cirumed’s Jeannine Aslani and Anne Célières (Zeltiq specialist) will be offering a free consultation, so if you’re interested in trying this treatment out, book your appointment now! g Tel: 952 775 346. www.cirumed.es

SCHELLHAMMER BUSINESS SCHOOL AWARDED BRITISH ACCREDITATION BY ASIC Founded in 2009 and expanding into a stunning new campus in Estepona a year ago, the Schellhammer Business School has now been recognised with the prestigious British accreditation by ASIC (Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities). This is an important accreditation, recognised by the British Government’s Home Office, approved by Ofsted and leading educational bodies in the USA and Europe. During the process, Schellhammer Business School was awarded commendable grades for many areas including learning and teaching, course delivery and student welfare. It was also congratulated for its experienced management and staff, the quality of the facilities and its unique and comprehensive academic programme. i www.schellhammerbusinessschool.com 196 / SEPTEMBER 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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NEW BLOOD ANALYSIS TEST IN MÁLAGA TESTS EFFECT OF FAT CONSUMPTION ON HEALTH Laboratorios SYNLAB in Málaga is now offering a new blood test that allows patients to discover how the fat they consume affects their health. Currently, most people consume too many trans fats and too few Omega-3 essential fatty acids. This misalignment leads to a number of cardiovascular and other diseases. The new test will provide vital information to patients regarding important lifestyle changes they can make to improve their ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 levels. i www.synlab.es

RETRACTION: GALA FOR ALDEAS INFANTILES AND ANIMALS AT THE MARBELLA CORAL BEACH IBEROSTAR HOTEL In issue 227 (July), we published news about the Gala for Aldeas Infantiles and Animals at the Marbella Coral Beach Iberostar Hotel, whose poster announced that it was being held to raise funds for Aldeas Infantiles, CYD Santa María (horse and abandoned animal association) and Triple A (shelter for abandoned animals). Subsequent to publication, we received an email from CYD Santa María stating that they were not involved with the event. Moreover, they had specifically contacted the organisers requesting not to be included in any such event. Our apologies to CYD Santa María for publishing incorrect information based on what was communicated to us by the organisers. i www.asociacioncydsantamaria.es ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2018 / 197

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z THE PRO finance People who split time between Spain and Gibraltar are under renewed scrutiny by the Spanish tax office. Following a wideranging investigation, the Spanish hacienda has collected €20 million – around €125.000 each – from 160 individuals who claimed tax residence in Gibraltar when really resident in Andalucía, Spain. WORDS CHRIS MCCANN, PARTNER, BLEVINS FRANKS

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his highlights how crucial it is for people with cross-border lifestyles to get their tax planning right. With new tools and systems in place for global tax transparency, it is easier than ever to get caught out if your affairs are not in order. Getting it wrong – even if unintentional – can prove very costly.

THE NEW GLOBAL TRANSPARENCY The Spanish tax authorities have taken huge steps over recent years to crack down on tax evasion and recoup tax revenue. New measures, including mandatory Modelo 720 tax declarations and IT tools, make it easier to find anyone not complying with Spanish tax rules and to analyse the tax affairs of wealthy individuals with interests in Spain. This agenda has been helped by the implementation of the new global exchange of information regime under the ‘Common Reporting Standard’. Last September, both Spain and Gibraltar started automatically sharing financial information on residents’ assets and income with other countries – there are now over 3,200 agreements in place between 90 jurisdictions to exchange taxpayers’

data each year. As a result, it is much easier for local tax offices to check whether tax return declarations are accurate. As well as looking for residents who have failed to declare all income, the recent investigation reveals how Spanish authorities are targeting false residency claims. Of particular focus is those who live in Spain but claim residence in a low taxation territory like Gibraltar or Andorra to avoid paying higher taxes in Spain.

THE GIBRALTAR FOCUS It is estimated that the Spanish tax authorities miss out on over one billion euros a year as a consequence of Gibraltar’s loose tax rules. For example, wealthy foreigners who live in luxury residences on the Costa del Sol are seen registering as Gibraltar residents to avoid paying Spanish income or wealth tax, using complex offshore structures to mask property ownership and avoid further taxation. In their latest tax investigation, the authorities used a tracking system to scrutinise the global income of people with interests in Spain and assets elsewhere. The 160 high networth ‘Gibraltar residents’ who were subsequently penalised were found

to have their ‘core interests’ focused entirely in Spain. However, being resident in Gibraltar but having a Spanish bank account and owning a house in Spain (even a holiday home) could be enough to raise a red flag to the authorities, especially if mail is received at the Spanish address. Another target for the hacienda is those who live in Spain but work in Gibraltar. Before 2014, 93% failed to declare this income on their Spanish tax returns. Now that the tax agency has started collecting evidence that they are earning income in Gibraltar, 75% make voluntary disclosures.

THE SPANISH TAX RESIDENCE RULES It is possible to meet the rules for Spanish residency without realising it. Spanish tax residence is not just about day counting; you are resident for tax purposes in Spain if any of the following applies: Z You spend more than 183 days a year in Spain cumulatively (whether you formally register or not). Z Your ‘centre of economic interests’ is in Spain – i.e. if you earn more income or have more assets here than in any other single country.

Z Your ‘centre of vital interests’ is in Spain – i.e. your spouse/children live here, even if you yourself spend under 183 days in Spain. Under this climate of scrutiny, it is more important than ever to take personalised, professional advice on cross-border financial planning. If you spend time in more than one country or live in one country and have assets or earn income in another – including the UK – it may be hard to determine where your taxes are due. The Spanish tax regime may not be as taxing as you think, especially for retirees with investment capital. Take specialist cross-border advice for peace of mind that you are meeting your obligations while making the most of tax-efficient opportunities to legitimately reduce your tax bill. The tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; individuals should seek personalised advice. i www.blevinsfranks.com

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RESTAURANT FELIX WAS ONCE A STALWART OF FINE DINING AND IT IS BACK, BETTER THAN EVER AND EQUALLY ELEGANT. ALSO RECENTLY LAUNCHED IS DÖSS: THE GLAMOROUS FUSION RESTAURANT OPENED BY BRUNO AND GIUSEPPINA FILIPONE. ENJOY OUR INTERVIEW WITH TALENTED BELGIAN CHEF STEPHANE BRUYLANT, WHO HAS OPENED HIS OWN RESTAURANT, MAUMM, AND GET TO KNOW JOSEP MARÍA PUJOL OF WINERY, ALTA ALELLA.

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AT THE PLAZA VILLAGE IN THE HOTEL PUENTE ROMANO

Puente Romano Hotel, Blv. Principe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, Marbella. www.thaigallerymarbella.com

Tel: 952 818 392

TAI PAN chinese cuisine polynesian bar

Serving Marbella in a Select Atmosphere for Decades. Tel: 952 777 893 / 952 775 500 Puente Romano, Fase 2, Marbella. Open Daily for Dinner from 8:00 www.taipanmarbella.com

SUKHOTHAI Exquisite Royal Thai Cuisine

Tel: 952 770 550 Open Mon-Sat. C.C. Marbellamar, L-3A. Marbella. www.sukhothaimarbella.com

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The once famous Bistro Felix at the Las Dunas Hotel is back – and it’s better than ever, set to become a towering reference for fine dining on the New Golden Mile. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

f you remember Bistro Felix at the Las Dunas Hotel you’re in for a treat, for now part of the Healthouse Las Dunas, Restaurant Felix is back and set to impress. The wonderful setting overlooking the atmospheric square at the entrance to the hotel is the same, but this fine dining establishment is even better, drawing inspiration from the earlier restaurant of the same name but taking the experience to a new level altogether. So, if you’ve been wishing for a true quality dining option in the New Golden Mile/Estepona area, your prayers have been heard and answered. Felix has every credential to measure itself with the best that Marbella has to offer, and join the gastronomic elite of the Costa del Sol. Based upon our own experience it will do so in record time, for this is already not just an elegant venue that serves beautiful food, but the service and operation already function like a well-oiled machine.

A WORK OF ART And yet, there is nothing machine-

like about this restaurant. In fact, the tasteful, stylish décor, impressive wine cellar, gorgeous cuisine and the friendly efficiency of the knowledgeable staff elevate the dining experience to a new high in this part of the coast. Taken together, you might say that Felix embodies the concept of gastronomy as an expression of art. Whether you opt for a table in the refined opulence of the interior or choose to dine al fresco overlooking the emblematic little square, this is an experience not to be missed by anyone who loves it when food and quality come together. Our evening started at the sushi bar, where the dishes are freshly prepared and seasoned for you. If attention to detail is the first step towards excellence Felix is certainly on the right path, for everything from the cutlery and crystal glasses to the napkins and of course the beautifully weighted chopsticks stands out. We noticed this as we enjoyed a glass of Ayala Champagne at the restaurant’s sushi bar.

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It’s a pleasure to see the chef at work there, and an even greater delight to sample the delicacies he so skilfully prepares. They included a fresh oyster with Japanese Ponzu sauce, followed by individually prepared and served Nigiri Sushi dishes such as Garoupa with a fresh, zesty lemon aftertaste, smoked Spanish horse mackerel, Unagi eel in a sweet soy sauce, belly salmon with a ‘touch of fire’ to burn off the excess fat, and toro – accompanied by Blanca Nieva Sauvignon Blanc from Segovia. The gently sweet and floral bouquet masked a very smooth, soft flavour low in tannins. This excellent wine was followed by a dry muscatel from the Montes de Málaga, Ariyanas 2016, which is proof of just how much this region near us has gained in sophistication in recent years. We moved to a table outside for the remainder of the meal, enjoying gorgeous oven grilled scallops with apple purée and Szechuan king prawns matched to a glass of Martin Codax 2013 Albariño.

For the main course we chose a beautifully crispy poularde chicken prepared with five spices and a Wagyu beef loin with wild thyme, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. Though not Spanish, the red wine was a real treat, a glass of the Chocolate Block from Boekenhoutskloof in South Africa. This wonderful blend of Syrah and Grenache Noir is a pure delight and a worthy companion to the exquisite meals prepared in a restaurant that has even taken the effort to reinstate two chefs from the original Felix – such is the attention to detail practised here. It won’t surprise you to know that the ‘intensities of chocolate, sweet orange heart and kumquat’ upheld the consistently high standard of the evening to round a wonderful dining experience in a restaurant that is set to not only tingle the taste buds but also get gourmet tongues wagging. Dust off your good shirt and get your best dress out – fine dining has arrived on the New Golden Mile!

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DÖSS

IN CABOPINO

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Sophisticated New Haven for Dining, Cocktails and Events

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he scale of the new Döss restaurant near Cabopino is impressive, with ov er 4,000m2 of space (divided into two floors) available for dining and events. Döss is the new baby of dynamic duo Bruno and Giuseppina, and it certainly takes their restaurant group to a whole new level. Mere weeks into its opening, it is already the new ‘in’ spot to meet and greet, since its stunning interior design is matched by the caring service and family atmosphere that Bruno and Giuseppina have so carefully crafted at all their restaurants. The Executive Chef of Döss is José Luis Alcántara, a talented professional who has worked in Dubai and Spain, perfecting his craft at El Lago and La Bobadilla. Four separate terraces hold great promise for events; two are located on the top floor, overlooking the sea. The interiors are equally impressive. On the first floor, the dining areas are divided into two distinct spaces. One houses the Asian dining space, presided over by stalwart of Japanese cuisine, Carlos Navarro, who specialises in Edomae (traditional), Washoku (traditional) and homemade cuisine. He honed his craft under some of the best: Kengo Tomita, who opened his eyes to the world of sushi, and Masayoshi Kazato and Hirotoshi Ogawa.

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Carlos won fifth place in the Sushi World Cup in 2016 for a dish that is served at Döss, the stunning, flaming kabanoki: a drakkar-shaped ‘boat’ housing tender salmon sushi inside (Carlos is half Swedish, thus the homage to his heritage). Kabanoki means ‘birch’ in Japanese and is a translation of the Chef’s Swedish surname: Björk. The second space at Döss is devoted to Mediterranean dining. If the Japanese section is graced with Oriental inspired wood, cherry blossom wallpaper, and Japanese art pieces, the Mediterranean space is very Armani indeed, with lush Italian inspiration in everything from the chairs to the art pieces, and the gorgeous ancient Roman fountain on the terrace area. Between the two areas is the openair Döss Patio, with its elegant Louis Roederer Champagne bar. It was our first visit to Döss and we enjoyed a wide array of temptations prepared by Carlos and his team, as we sipped on Asian-inspired cocktails, including a lychee margarita and samurai mojito. The affable Jesús Tejero, Director of Events, showed us around the different celebration areas prior to our meal, and introduced us to Carlos, who explained the intricacies and history of many dishes and regaled us with fun anecdotes about his

participation in the Sushi World Cup! It is easy to see why this Chef is renowned at a World level. The dishes were outstanding and beautifully presented, displaying a blend of tradition and innovation. The magic began with a shared sushi and sashimi platter, which contained an extensive selection of melt-in-the-mouth bites, including sea bass, tuna, Japanese amberjack, and salmon sashimi, as well as a plethora of nigiri and maki. Particularly memorable was the Nigiri beef al estilo Döss, tender and fatty and heavenly upon first bite; or the Magret de Canard, featuring caramelised foie with cane honey. Some sushi pieces were lightly torched (such as the aburi salmon nigiri), while others contain salmon roe or flying fish roe (refreshing indeed when downed with a chilled glass of Verdejo). The star sushi dish is undoubtedly Carlos’ prize-winning kabanoki roll, which was filled with salmon, avocado, and kabayaki candy – the ‘barbecuing’ process produced a beautiful smokey flavour, while the melted fat in the salmon made for tender, appealing bites. There are an array of hot dishes offered at Döss; a must order are the tempura prawns and vegetables, cooked Japanese style, with cold pearls

of batter that ensure lovely texture and crunch. The dynamite shrimp, meanwhile is doused in a beautiful spicy sauce. The salmon teriyaki, caramelised and served with edamame and broccoli, was perfect in terms of texture and caramelisation. Another amazing dish was the Robata selection, featuring a number of different skewers (chicken, pork, beef, prawns, mushrooms) served with a host of sauces (including Korean BBQ sauce and Mongolian beef sauce). The presentation was stunning, and included a small ceramic flame heater on which to keep the Robata piping hot. The desserts stayed true to the Oriental spirit of Döss. We enjoyed a coconut and mango panna cotta (super refreshing and graced with violet flowers) and mochi (green tea, chocolate, and strawberry desserts) served with lovely pieces of crushed meringue. A more international treat was the wonderfully crisp banana and Nutella roll with white chocolate icecream. The Da Bruno Group and its team have done it once again, raising the bar for dining expectations on the Coast and showing that tradition and creativity always have a place in a town that is known for celebrating life in the best way possible: through food!

g Open daily from 5pm in the summer. C/ Alta, Marbella. Tel: 952 000 722. www.dossmarbella.com

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LÁZÁR KOVÁCS

Opens Posidonia Banús Posidonia Banús is a brand new restaurant in front of the port, opened by renowned Hungarian chef, Lázár Kovács. The venue is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (9am to 12am) from Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 2am on weekends. For breakfast, enjoy healthy dishes, fresh juice, and newly baked bread and pastries. For brunch and lunch, tuck into grilled food, Spanish tapas and afternoon snacks (group menus are available). Finally, for dinner, savour Mediterranean fusion cuisine in an elegant ambience. Dishes are made with top quality produce, including market-fresh fish and dry-aged premium quality beef. Featuring live music, dance, and dinner parties, as well as private parking and a valet parking service. g CN340, km 175, Rimesa, Local 2, Marbella. Tel: 722 332 669. www.posidoniabanus.com

The ‘real food’ movement is taking over the gastronomic world. A group of nutritional professionals from across Spain have come together to fight against high sugar diets and palm oil, and to create a list of values to live a healthy life. Top tips include: • Weight loss should not be the ultimate aim • The key to a healthy life is home cooking • Eating healthily is not more expensive • Glutamate is an ingredient that should be avoided • Nutritionists can help people achieve their aims by busting nutritional myths

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TANINO RESTAURANT TURNS 11

The team at Tanino restaurant in Benamara is pleased to have recently celebrated its 11th year in business. Launched by driven restaurateur José Esmael, whose passion for good food is equalled by his interest in design, the restaurant is cosy yet stylish, artistic yet laidback all at once. Tanino recently opened its sister restaurant in San Pedro (specialising in shared platters and tapas), which is already a top dining spot for foodies in this area of the Coast. i www.tanino.es

ORUJO OLIVE OIL EVENTS in

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BRAND NEW WEBSITE

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Gurmé Málaga is a brand new website catered to those whose passion is food. The site will feature a restaurant and bar guide, reviews, opinions and suggested ‘foodie routes’. It will also feature reports by two culinary stalwarts: Míster Espeto (Carlos Mateos) and blogger Carlos Maribona (of the ABC’s Salsa de Chiles). i www.gurmemalaga.es

A new initiative to increase awareness of Orujo olive oil involved the Ruta de la Fritura Perfecta, in which a network of 60 establishments (25 in Málaga, 35 in Valencia) prepared fantastic dishes using this healthy ingredient. The aim was to make patent that this type of olive oil works wonderfully with tapas and fried dishes. Moreover, it is packed with Omega-3 essential fatty acids, making it a great choice for families wishing to lead a healthier life.

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STEPHANE

BRUYLANT Opens MAUMM Bistro

in Nueva Andalucía It had been a long year for those who love the cuisine of one of the Coast’s most lauded Chefs, yet Stephane Bruylant, the Belgian Chef who helmed the kitchens of Ocean Club for 10 years, has finally returned. Stephane graduated from the well-known ‘Ter duinen’ school in Koksijde in his teens, going on to hone his craft at a plethora of establishments which include Michelin-starred restaurants such as Chez Christopher and Alain Ducasse. He has also worked as a Chef at the famous Si Versailles in Knokke, and opened his own restaurant, The Caddie, in Belgium. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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tephane’s experience at Ocean Club gave him great insight into how to run a busy kitchen comprising over 50 staff members. After overseeing the constitution of another new establishment in Nueva Andalucía, he was inspired to open MAUMM by his son, Christopher, who decided to join forces with his father. MAUMM is Stephane’s way of inviting diners into his home. The restaurant is located in a beautiful three-storey mansion with a romantic al fresco terrace and a cosy indoor setting, perfect for the colder days. Indeed, there is a wonderful family vibe within; on the day of my visit, Christopher is carefully taking care of the admin, while his father shows me the menus his son has designed. Their look carefully captures the restaurant’s essence: a blend of tradition and innovation that Stephane has always been known for.

The mansion, a former restaurant itself, was completely renovated by Stephane and his team. With the help of a talented interior designer, the home and its gardens were given a more youthful, contemporary touch. The once rustic interiors are now a pristine white, with designer lighting, comfy sofas in both the outdoor and indoor lounge areas, and modern artwork on the walls. The feel is still homey, yet infinitely more modern. Perfect for the menu, which was created, says Stephane, “to surprise people. I offer diners top quality food at an affordable price.” The menu has classics like the wagyu beef burger, as well as more exotic items such as mussels imported from Zeeland. Indeed, while MAUMM mainly serves international dishes, there is a strong Belgian touch throughout. Wines, meanwhile, mainly hail from Spain but there are also excellent world

wines and Champagnes on the list, with Ruinart being the house Champagne. The menu indicates that MAUMM is the perfect choice for families and couples. There is a wide range of salads, starters, fish and seafood, and meat dishes, all at very attractive prices. “I am doing exactly what I’ve always done here, preparing everything from scratch. Everything is made by hand.” Some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes include the Belgian mussels (prepared in a variety of ways, including with white wine, garlic, curry or just plain natural); and the sole ‘belle meunière’, served with fries, lemon and a butter sauce. Then there is the Chateaubriand ‘gros sel’, baked in a crust of salt and served with a home-made Stroganoff sauce. In addition to the wide arrange of dishes on the menu, Stephane offers

specials, which depend on seasonal availability. Stephane and Christopher have more plans for MAUMM; the threestorey house has five studios, so the father-and-son duo are striving to open a bed-and-breakfast in the upcoming months. It will take hard work and effort, but this is something the Bruylants are accustomed to. The team are already reaping rewards, both from diners and critics, which indicates that visitors are very much enticed by the chance to enjoy a magnificent dining experience prepared by one of the Coast’s best loved chefs.

g MAUMM opens from 1pm to 11pm daily, except Sundays. Avda. Los Girasoles 341, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel: 951 569 310. www.maumm.es

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JOSEP MARÍA PUJOL-BUSQUETS

of Alta Alella

Josep María Pujol-Busquets is one of Catalonia’s unsung winemaking sages. Most personable and imbued with a quirky throwaway sense of humour, he is an encyclopedic hive of energy and an astute businessman yet seldom in the limelight, more often than not allowing his continuingly groundbreaking wines to speak for themselves. WORDS CARLOS READ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ALTA ALELLA

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orn and bred in Badalona just 15 minutes south of Alella, his father was a multi-disciplined professional pianist with a soft spot for early jazz virtuosos such as Fats Waller, but Josep was entranced by wine from an early age and at 19 received a grant to study in the research department of the Cross chemical company which he combined with his oenological studies at both Tarragona and Barcelona universities. Such was his passion and dedication that back in 1979, when embarking on the obligatory military service of the era, his superiors agreed to assign him a slot in the gardening division, which allowed him to pay lip service to the regime while not only continuing his studies but also working weekends for Jaume Serra, a big independent entity at the time in Alella and now sadly absorbed into the industrial portfolio of García Carrión. In between times he had somehow also found the opportunity to marry his childhood sweetheart Cristina (back in 1975). “We were so young that I was still wearing short trousers”, and as soon as his military stint had finished, in 1981 he re-established Parxet – a historic, boutique Cava house based in the coastal town of Tiana dating back to the 1920s. This was in partnership with local businessman Ismael Manaut, while also roping in the real

life Marqués de Alella in order to add a modern still wine wing bearing the latter’s name to the revamped enterprise over the mountains, in Santa María Martorelles, on the region’s Atlantic side. These still wines – never mind the high quality Cavas – were the first ever modern, steel-fermented whites to come out of Spain, some time before Torres or even Marqués de Cáceres. Years flew by, and between 1983 and 1991 Josep was also chief winemaker at Marqués de Monistrol and was also the central founding figure and anchor of Mas Igneus in Priorato from 1996 until 2016. In search of a simpler and more personal life, by 1991 Josep had already begun to buy land of his own in Alella – in 2007 sold Parxet to Ramón Raventós and in 2016, he also sold Mas Igneus.

ALTA ALELLA Today this magnificent estate comprises some 33.5 hectares, the farming and management of which are entirely organic. A beautiful amphitheatre-shaped property overlooking the sea, this is part of the Esmeralda de Marina Natural Park some 19 kilometres up the coast due north of Barcelona. Production is in the region of 300,000 bottles a year, two thirds of which is cava and the rest still

wines, and around 40 per cent is exported. The number of grape varieties grown – and these include Pansa Blanca (12.5 hectares), Chardonnay (5 hectares), Mataró (4 hectares), Pinot Noir (4 hectares), Syrah and Petit Syrah (3 hectares), Garnacha Negra (2.5 hectares), Pansa Rosada (a lower yield thicker skinned cousin of Pansa Blanca - 0.5 hectares), Macabeo (0.5 hectares) and Parellada (0.5 hectares) – no doubt reflect the fact that with Josep now centring his activities after so many years on a single site, he does nothing in a standardised way and is still pushing out the envelope. Most ably aided in this by his eldest daughter Mireia, a biologist and specialist in Organic Agriculture (and sommelier into the bargain!) who is gradually assuming the reins, not only does he make around 30 different wines, but there is a further micro estate with its very own miniature vinification facilities within the estate: El Celler de Les Aus. This is dedicated to the production of a series of quite cracking low production natural wines that give the lie to the perhaps generally accurate idea that this very fashionable genre is somewhat suspect; and the seven or so offerings in question are all named after birds (Aus) that inhabit the Natural Park.

Also of significance is the fact that, for some five years now, Josep and Mireia have been working with Swiss specialist Valentin Blattner on refining the grape varieties they have in order to make them more resistant to climate change. “The many local trees,” Josep points out on a spectacular bouncy Landover tour of his vineyards, “have simply adapted over the centuries to their surroundings and those you see today are here thanks simply to their own efforts and natural selection. With respect to our vines therefore, we’re thinking long term so don’t believe that playing around with plant cuttings and clones is good enough, and so we’ve been making sexual plant crossings with the aid of natural pollen to see how we can refine our most common three varieties – Pansa Blanca, Macebeo and Parellada. The results are more than promising.” Meantime, as if he hadn’t enough to do, this restless and enterprising spirit is unsurprisingly much sought after by insiders in the know and also works quietly but tellingly on many outside projects, for example, with the awesome Txomin Etxaniz, and he helps out friends in the Balearic and Canary Islands.

It has therefore been – to put it mildly – a minor challenge to assemble a few recommendations and these are therefore shorter than usual!

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DO. ALELLA

A SELECTION

Z ALTA ALELLA PANSA BLANCA 2017 Excellent and exuberant with gooseberry and lime characteristics, overtones of pear, minerality, zip and acidity. Production approximately 30,000 bottles Z CAU D’EN GENÍS 2017 Old vine Pansa Blanca – plants on average of 73 years old – and spending a spell in concrete and on its lees. Appreciably more opulent, crunchy, fresh and with mouth-filling flavours of gooseberry, grapefruit and apricots. Production approximately 6,000 bottles Z ALTA ALELLA PARVUS CHARDONNAY 2017 Nicely balanced fruit, good texture and with restrained and very subtle oak. Production approximately 10,000 bottles Z ALTA ALELLA LANIUS CHARDONNAY 2016 Excellent, spare, minimal and supremely elegant by virtue of being most discreetly barrel-fermented. Enlivening/refreshing acidity with a lovely quince background. Production approximately 3,000 bottles Z ALTA ALELLA DOLÇ MATARÓ 2015 (15%) Late harvest Mataró/Monastrell, fermented in steel, with some 6 months maceration and just 2 months in French oak. A unique pudding wine with a major gamut of flavours – including tomato, tea leaves, redcurrants and blackberries. Notably fresh, there’s no end to the food partnerships that this might afford. Production approximately 3,000 bottles

Z CELLER DE LES AUS PUPUT (HOOPOE) 2016 (15%) A further Mataró/Monastrell, this is an altogether darker and more sultry offering, by virtue of being fermented and macerated for some 7 months in French oak, and has flavours of dates, chocolate, molasses and menthol. Production 2 barrels. Z CELLER DE LES AUS MALLER (COAL TIT) CAVA 2016 BRUT NATURE Made purely from sulphur-free Macabeo, this is all about super zippy lemony buzz and freshness and exhibits an uplifting acidity more typical of France. Exuberant, and almost electric in its energy; be surprised. Z MIRGIN (NAMED AFTER DAUGHTERS MIREIA AND VIRGINIA) CAVA OPUS 2013 One of the very few Cavas to qualify for the new Paraje Calificado status – ie. from totally specific old vineyards – this is a blend of 60% barrel-fermented Chardonnay and 40% Pansa Blanca. Pale yellow in hue, it’s ever so fine, with redolent flavours of flowers and more than a touch of honey. Admirably subtle, fresh, and persistent, this is one the best Cavas I’ve ever tried.

This small appellation has been making wines since Roman times and thrived right up until the advent of phylloxera in the late 19th century. Its offerings are not only prized by nearby Barcelona’s moneyed classes but are much in demand in the Americas also. First denominated in 1953, it was revamped and its radius extended in 1989 yet even today it comprises only around 500 hectares. The region falls into two distinct sub zones divided by mountains: the Maresme, the warm, eastern side that overlooks the Mediterranean at altitudes of just 60 to 90 metres above sea-level on dark soils over an igneous base – thereby producing fuller and riper wines; but as the original heartland this is the area with the oldest vineyards; and the higher, cooler Vallés on the western side, where the climate is more continental, and the vines are younger and planted on sheltered slopes over limestone facing inland and resulting in fresher styles with more pronounced acidity. The climate is gentle, rainfall sparse and the all-important essential top soil is sauló – a porous decayed granitic sand that not only retains heat but conserves all important moisture during the largely dry summers. Known primarily as a white wine zone, the main grape variety is Pansa Blanca (a cousin of the Penedès Xarel-lo) complemented by Garnacha Blanca, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Macabeo, Malvasía, fine grain Moscatel, Parellada, Picpoul, and Sauvignon Blanc. Various black varieties are also authorised – including Garnacha Negra, Cabernet, Garnacha Peluda, Merlot, Monastrell, Pinot Noir, Samsó, Sumoll Negre, Syrah, and Ull de Llebre (aka Tempranillo). There are nine wineries in the DO – the largest of which is Parxet – and perhaps the most important dilemma since the 1980s has been persuading the many local growers not to sell out to the big real estate corporations which have been inexorably building more and more luxury housing for well-healed Barcelona commuters.

WINE TOURISM AND ACTIVITIES AT ALTA ALELLA Just 20 minutes or so from central Barcelona, this spectacularly verdant estate has a light airy and super welcoming visitors’ centre right next to the vineyards and is well worth a visit as, in addition to conventional tours and tastings, many children and family friendly activities are on offer including painting classes for kids, using wine instead of crayons, an interactive wine tour/theatre workshop based on Elisenda Guiu’s fairy tale, The Restless Vine, yoga classes, poetry recitals, the occasional concert, and even a spectacular helicopter trip from Barcelona. i www.altaalella.wine/en/visites/

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the guide

PRICE GUIDE per head for a three-course meal with wine

*restaurants

under €25

€25 – €40

LISTINGS WHAT’S ON STARS

€40 – €60

€60 plus

YANX

ORIGEN

american

Open from 9am Monday to Saturday and Sunday from 11am for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Centro Plaza, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 861

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Gregorio Marañón s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 968

Open daily from 9am to 10pm. Esquina C/ Martínez Catena and Paseo Marítimo Fuengirola. Tel: 951 255 563

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. C/ Ramón Areces, esq. Marina Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 024

argentinean

belgian

french

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos, Puerto Sotogrande. Tel: 956 790 212

Open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday and for dinner only on Saturday. Closed Sundays. Urb. Nueva Alcántara, Edif. Mirador, Bloque 4-B, Marbella. Tel: 952 783 714

HARD ROCK CAFÉ

JACKS Open seven days a week from noon till late. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 563 673

JACKS SMOKEHOUSE Open seven days a week from noon till late. Puerto Banús, Tel: 952 813 625

MR. GOURMET BURGER Open from 6pm ‘til late every evening. Avda. Luis Braile 20, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 785 257

BUENOS AIRES SOUTH

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. C/ Virgen del Pilar, 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 779 297

EL BANCO Open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to midnight. Urb. Aloha Pueblo, Local 35, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 907 570

HACIENDA PATAGONICA Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ de la Acera de la Marina 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 968

MYTILUS

eco

ALBERT & SIMON

ALMAZEN

LE BISTROMAN

Open daily from 12pm to midnight. Ctra. De Ronda, km 45, C.C. Monte Halcones, Local 9-10, Benahavís. Tel: 951 275 109

Open daily for lunch and dinner. El Corte Inglés, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

GIOIA

Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner only and on Sunday for Buffet Lunch. Apartado 1, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 132.2 Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 791 200

Open daily from 1pm to 8pm except Mondays. C/ Velázquez 1, Marbella. Tel: 630 441 834

THE ORGANIC CAFÉ

VALDERRAMA RESTAURANT

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gluten-free CELICIOSO

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the Puente Romano Hotel on the Golden Mile. Tel: 952 820 900

greek

RED PEPPER Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 812 148

grills

EL GAUCHO

Tel: 952 003 434

ACINIPO

Open daily for dinner from 7.30pm. Galerías Paniagua. Sotogrande. Tel: 956 795 528

VOVEM

Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesday. C.C. El Zoco, Sitio de Calahonda, Mijas Costa. Tel: 607 680 999

EL GAUCHO DE BANÚS

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Duque de Ahumada, Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 008 822

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle Benabola 9-11, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 812 167

indian

EL RANCHO DEL PUERTO

CORIANDER

Open for lunch and dinner every day. Muelle Benabola 4, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 252

Open daily from 1pm to 11pm. Paseo Marítimo Rey de España 4, Local 2-4, Fuengirola. Tel: 951 903 807

GRILL DEL PUERTO

JAIPUR PALACE

Open for lunch and dinner every day. Muelle Ribera 47H, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 686

Open every night except Tuesday for dinner. CN340, km 194, next to Camping Cabopino, Marbella. Tel: 951 310 004

AL ROLO Open from 1pm to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm daily. At Reserva del Higuerón. Avda. del Higuerón 48, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 661 174

ALBERTS Open daily for lunch and dinner. Puerto Cabopino. Tel: 952 836 886

AROMA

ASADOR CRIOLLO GRILL

MARBELLA CLUB GRILL

Open nightly for dinner. CN340-A7, km. 166, Cancelada, El Saladillo. Tel: 952 784 463

Open every night for dinner. Marbella Club Hotel. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211

JAIPUR PURPLE

OLD TOWN GRILL

MASSALA

Open Monday to Saturday for dinner and Sunday for lunch. C/ San Lázaro, 3, Pza. Victoria, Marbella. Tel: 952 867 306

Open daily for dinner. 57, Duquesa de Arcos (Sabinillas seafront). Tel: 952 897 358

Open Monday to Thursday from 11am to 2am and on Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 3am. Urb. La Carolina, Marbella. Tel: 951 134 083

RESTAURANTE RANCHO

Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Casa No.7, P. Banús. Tel: 952 812 090

Open for lunch every day from 11am to 6pm except Monday. C/ Rota 9, Mijas Costa, La Cala de Mijas. Tel: 952 587 539

EL CARNICERO

T-BONE GRILL

BABOO LOUNGE AND RESTAURANT

Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Pueblo Viejo Cancelada. Between San Pedro & Estepona. Tel: 952 886 307

Open daily for lunch and dinner. At the Gran Meliá Don Pepe, Avda. José Meliá s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 300

international

EL CARNICERO 2

VOVEM

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 176, Marbella. Tel: 952 867 599

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Odeon, Locales 9-10, C/ Las Yedras, Nueva Andalucía.

Open Monday to Thursday from 7pm ‘til late, on Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and from 7pm ‘til late and on Sunday from 10am ‘til late. Dársena de Levante, Local 39, Estepona Port. Tel: 951 703 060

Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 146.5, Casares. Tel: 951 704 884

ASADOR GUADALMINA Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Urb. Guadalmina Alta, C.C. Guadalmina, Local 3, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 883 003

CABAÑA NAGÜELES

Open every day from 5pm till late. Ctra. Cádiz, exit Las Chapas. Tel: 952 831 922

Open daily for dinner. CN 340, km. 166, Estepona. Tel: 952 888 353

MUMTAZ

11&11 RESTOBAR

Open daily except Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm and 6:30pm to 11pm. C/ Moncayo 23, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 665 502

AMANHAVIS Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday from 8.00pm. Calle del Pilar 3, Benahavís. Tel: 952 856 026

AVANTO

Open every day for lunch and dinner, closing Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 8pm. Ctra. Arroyo de la Miel, s/n, Benalmádena. Tel: 902 102 675

BAHIA BEACH

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BARBQ ARTESANAL BURGERS Open every day for lunch and dinner. C/ Jacinto Benavente 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 656

Hermitage, Ctra. de Casares, Casares. Tel: 952 895 639.

CERRADO DEL ÁGUILA Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Urb. Cerrado del Águila, Camino del Acevedo, s/n, Mijas Costa. Tel: 951 773 521

EL CAMPANARIO

EL RESTAURANTE DEL CASINO

Open every day for lunch. Open for dinner on Friday and Saturday. CN 340, km. 168, Estepona. Tel: 952 880 126

Open every day for dinner from 8pm-4am. Hotel Andalucía Plaza s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 814 000

EL CASTILLO

Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sundays for lunch. Cortijo Los Canos, Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro, CN-340, km. 132, Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 695 114 / 619 694 484

Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. C/ El Pilar s/n, Benahavís. Tel: 681 294 442

FABIOLA

BECKITTS

CLARO! RESTAURANT & BEACH CLUB

Open Monday to Sunday for dinner. C/ Camilo José Cela 4, Marbella. Tel: 952 868 898

Open every day from 10am to 11pm. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 873

BIBO

CORTIJO FAIN

Open every day for lunch and dinner except Sunday afternoon and all of Monday. At the Hotel Puente Romano. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 951 607 011

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Algar, km. 3, Arcos de la Frontera, Cádiz. Tel: 956 704 131

EL CORZO

FINCA EL FORJADOR

Open daily for dinner. Hotel Los Monteros, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 187. Tel: 952 771 700

Open daily for lunch from 1-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Ctra. de Casares, km. 10. Tel: 952 895 120

D.O.M

EL GRAN GASTBY

BLACK ROSE THE BAR

Open nightly for dinner. At the Hotel Meliá Marbella Banús. C/ Mario Vargas Llosa s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 912 764 747

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle de Honor, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 778 797

FONDA RESTAURANTE EL POSTILLÓN

D.O.MAR

Open every night for dinner from 7:30pm. At Hotel Finca Cortesin, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800

Open daily from 9am to 1am. El Paseo del Mar, Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona, CN340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

CAFÉ DE RONDA Open daily for breakfast and lunch until 7pm. Avda. Ramón Gómez de la Serna 23, Marbella. Tel: 952 862 149

CAFETERÍA KE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Puerto Deportivo de Sotogrande, s/n. Tel: 956 790 333

CAMURÍ Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, local 24-25, Estepona. Tel: 951 217 871

CASANIS Open every day from 6pm except Sundays. C/ Ancha, 8, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 450

CELIMA Open every day for lunch and dinner. Hotel

Open daily from 1pm to 2am. Urb. Oasis Club, CN340 km 183, Marbella. Tel: 952 868 396

DON LEONE Open every night for dinner. Puerto Banús, Marbella. Tel: 952 811 716

DÖS S Open 11am to 2am. Artola Alta, Marbella. Tel: 952 000 772.

D-WINE

EL CHIRINGUITO At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

EL JARDÍN DE LUTZ EL JINETE

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Rio Verde Alto, s/n. Tel: 952 861 382

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7:30pm to 11pm. Ctra. de Mijas, km. 1, A-387, Alhaurín El Grande. Tel: 951 254 520

GALERIA SAN PEDRO

Open daily for dinner except for Friday. Ctra. La Cala Golf, km 45, La Cala de Mijas. Tel: 952 119 170

Open from 11am until midnight. Closed Sundays. Avda Las Palmeras 15, San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 780 927

EL LAGO

GD GOURMET DELI MARBELLA

Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. Urb. Elviria Hills. Avda. Las Cumbres s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 832 371

Open 9:30am to 9pm from Monday to Friday and Saturday from 12am to 6pm. Closed Sundays. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 7, Marbella. Tel: 952 774 049

EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL & RESTAURANT

Open Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. C.C. Azalea, Edif. A, CN340, km 173, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 339 309

Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 199, Marbella. Tel: 952 587 550

EL BOLERO

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for lunch. At Marbella Golf & Country Club. CN 340, km. 188, Marbella. Tel: 952 830 500

Open every night for dinner from 8-11pm. The San Roque Club, CN 340, km. 127, Cádiz. Tel: 956 613 030

FINCA BESAYA

EL OLIVO

GÜEY Open nightly for dinner from 7pm. Plaza de las Orquídeas 4, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 907 076.

HAYACA Open Monday to Sunday from 7.30pm to 11pm. At the Amàre Hotel Marbella. Avda. Severo Ochoa 8,

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Tel: 951 275 750

LA PLAGE DE CASANIS

LOS NARANJOS RESTAURANT

HERMOSA

LA BRISA

Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner from 7pm. Closed Monday. Local 1A. Puerto de Cabopino. Tel: 952 837 483

Open for dinner Thursday to Monday from 7pm. Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona. CN 340, km. 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

Open Monday to Wednesday 10am – 7.30pm and Thursday to Sunday 10am –10pm. Urb. Coto Chico 4D, Marbella. Tel: 952 837 862

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Urb. Los Naranjos de Marbella. Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 816 105

LA TAPA

MACAAO BEACH

HILLS CAFE

LA CANTINA DEL GOLF

Open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Closed on Monday. Tel: 952 856 171

Open for breakfast and lunch until 8pm. Closed Sunday. Flamingo Golf Club, Cancelada, Benahavís. Tel: 951 318 815

Open nightly for dinner. Plaza Santo Cristo 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 901 040

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Jose Echegaray, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 113 618

LA VERANDA

MAGNA CAFÉ

HORIZON STEAKHOUSE

LA CASA DEL HUMMUS

Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C/ Calderón de la Barca, s/n. Tel: 952 929 578

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Antonio Machado s/n, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 560 094

Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 11pm and Sunday 11am to 8pm. Plaza Puente de Málaga, C/ Mendoza 16, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 104

Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner. Hotel Villa Padierna, Urb: Flamingos s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 889 150

LA VERANDAH

Open daily for breakfast and dinner. At the Hotel Amàre Marbella. Avda. Severo Ochoa 8, Marbella. Tel: 800 843 493

HOTEL MARBELLA CLUB BUFFET Open every day for lunch. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211

IL MARE Open every evening for dinner. Playa del Rodeo, Marbella. Tel: 951 319 372

JOFFREY’S Open everyday evening for dinner from 5.30 pm. CN340 km 200, La Cala de Mijas Costa. Tel: 674 636 321

KARMA Open every day from 10am until late. C/ Las Violetas 7, Conjunto Andalucía Garden Club, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 815 736

KAVA Open nightly for dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 824 108

LA BIZNAGA Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sunday for lunch only. Ctra. Ronda, km. 46, Urb. Las Medranas, local 4, San Pedro de Alcántara.

LA FAMIEKE Open nightly for dinner except Sunday. C/ Cruz 5, Plaza Puente de Ronda. Old Town Marbella. Tel: 952 775 412

LA GRANADA DIVINO

Open week days for dinner at 7:30pm and weekends for lunch and dinner, closed Tuesdays. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 136. Playa Guadiaro, Torre-guadiaro, Cádiz. Tel: 956 615 998

LA VERANDA LOBBY BAR

Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesday. C/ de las Piedras, Gaucín. Tel: 951 709 075

Open every day for lunch and dinner. At the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona. CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

LA LOGGIA

LIMA BY MOMO

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. Hotel Villa Padierna & Flamingos Golf Club, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 166 (Cancelada exit), Benahavís. Tel: 952 889 150

Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm to 12am. Closed Sundays. Plaza Practicante, Manuel Cantos 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 036 115.

LA TERRAZA

Open daily from 8am-6pm. At La Reserva Club. Avda. de la Reserva s/n, Sotogrande. Tel: 956 785 252

Open everyday lunch and dinner. Golf Hotel Guadalmina, Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211

LA TERRAZA

L’OLIVE LOS ARCOS

Open daily for dinner. La Cala Resort, La Cala de Mijas, Mijas. Tel: 952 669 000

Open every night for dinner. Hotel Meliá La Quinta, Urb. La Quinta Golf s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 762 000

LA TIENDA

LOS BANDIDOS

Open nightly for dinner except Mondays. C/ La Tienda 1, Urb. La Virginia, Marbella. Tel: 626 273 882

Open every night for dinner. Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 915

MARE NOSTRUM

MAUMM BISTRO Open daily for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday. Avda. de los Girasoles 341, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 569 310

MAX BEACH Open daily for lunch and dinner except Mondays. CN340, km. 198.1 (Riviera exit), Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 932 780

MC CAFÉ Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Marbella Club Hotel. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n. Tel: 952 822 211

MESSINA Open for dinner Monday to Saturday. Avda. Severo Ochoa, 12, Marbella. Tel: 952 864 895

MIRAFLORES GOLF RESTAURANT Open daily for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 199. Urb. Riviera Golf. Tel: 952 931 941

MOJO Open from Monday to Saturday for dinner

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SHANTI-SOM – AMRITA

Alcántara. Tel: 952 604 848

TERRA SANA

Open for lunch and dinner daily. CN340, km 175, Rimesa, Local 2, Marbella. Tel: 722 322 669

Open Monday to Thursday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Friday and Saturday from 1.30pm to 4.30 pm and 8pm to 10.30pm. Ctra. de Ojén, km 22, A355, Marbella-Monda. Tel: 952 864 455

MOMO MARBELLA

PUENTE ROMANO BEACH CLUB

SKINA

Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm to midnight. C/ Tetuán 7, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 560

Open daily for lunch. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

MOMO MARBELLA GOLDEN MILE

PUROBEACH

Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Friday and Saturday for dinner only. Closed Sunday and Monday. C/ Aduar 12, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 277

Open nightly for dinner, except Sunday. Avda. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 30, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 760

Open daily from 11am to 7pm. C.C. Laguna Village, Local R3, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 015

SOLEO MARBELLA BEACH CLUB RESTAURANT

RESTAURANTE FELIX

MONKEY CLUB

Open nightly from 7pm to 11pm. Urb. Boladilla Baja, CN340, km 163.5, Estepona. Tel: 951 082 090.

Open daily from 11am to 8pm. Avda. Duque de Ahumada s/n, Marbella. Tel: 951 562 887

from 8pm ‘til late. Monte Paraíso Golf, Marbella. Tel: 951 217 272

Open for lunch and dinner every day. C.C. La Colonia, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 781 583

MOMA FOOD&PEOPLE

POSIDONIA BANÚS

Open daily from 11am to 1am. C/Manolete s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 929 467. www.momamarbella.com

Open nightly for dinner. At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 951 607 018

NELI Gs Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C.C. Benavista, Estepona. Tel: 952 928 576

NŌMŌ BRASSERIE Open for lunch and dinner every day except for Sunday. Bulevar de San Pedro, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 702 168

NOTORIA Open Monday to Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm and 8pm to 12am. Throughout July and August, open only for dinner on Sundays. Avda. Ramón Gómez de la Serna 11, Marbella. Tel: 634 352 565.

OCHO Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. C/ Moncayo 12, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 460 232 / 648 502 822

PASSION CAFÉ

SOLLO

Open Monday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Marina Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 977. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 951 901 050. C.C. Parque Miramar, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 663 937. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 951 915 069

THE ENGLISH GARDEN Open Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm to 11pm and Sunday from 1.30 to 9.30pm. Closed Mondays. Avda. España 16, Urb. Buenavista, Sitio de Calahonda. Tel: 952 930 252

THE MEETING ROOM

Open nightly for dinner except Sundays. Urb. Reserva del Higuerón, Málaga. Tel: 951 385 622

Open 9am to 11pm every day except Sundays. Avda. Ricardo Soriano 1, Local 1 (Edif. Portillo), Marbella. Tel: 952 772 577

SPILER BEACH CLUB

THE ORANGE TREE

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. El Paseo del Mar, Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona, CN340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

Open every evening from 6:30 pm-11 pm. Plaza General Chinchilla 1, Plaza de los Naranjos, Marbella. Tel: 952 924 613.

SUITE

THE PLAYWRIGHT

Open every day for lunch and dinner except Sunday. C/ Granada, 44, Málaga. Tel: 952 227 486

Dinner and afterwards dance to music by resident DJ. Thursday to Saturday. Hotel Puente Romano, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Manzana, Locales 8-11, Pueblo Los Arcos, Elviria. Tel: 952 830 868

SAVOR

TACOS & TIKKA

Open 1pm to 3:30pm and 7:30pm to 11:30pm daily except Sunday evenings and Monday. Avda. Andalucía 6, Local 4, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 531 777

Open 1pm to 12am Monday to Sunday. CN340, km 192, Las Chapas. Tel: 952 355 561

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. Guadalmansa, CN340, km 164, Estepona. Tel: 952 798 449

TANINO

TROCADERO ARENA

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 168, Benamara, Estepona. Tel: 952 883 259

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Torre Real Beach, Marbella. Tel: 952 865 579

TANINO SAN PEDRO

TROCADERO BEACH

Open daily from 12pm onwards for lunch and dinner. Avda. del Mediterráneo, Blq. 3, Local 6, San Pedro de

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Playa de la Carolina, Marbella. Tel: 610 704 144

RESTAURANTE ROYAL Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the Hotel Torrequebrada, Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 441 414

ROSAS CAFÉ Open from 9am to 10pm daily. Avda. Playas del Duque 3, Marbella. Tel: 951 569 392

ROJO

SEA GRILL At the Puente Romano Beach Club. Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 187, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

TIKITANO

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TRUFFLES KITCHEN

AND THE

Truffles is open daily from 6:30pm to 10:30pm nightly. The kitchen is open daily from 12pm ‘til late. C.C. Pinares de Elviria, Local 18, Marbella. Tel: 951 569 173

Tel: 952 812 898

CARPACCIO Open every day for lunch and dinner. Frontline Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 357

CASA TUA

Open every day from 10am to 12 am. Complejo Benabola 13, Beach Side, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 929 055

LA FIORENTINA

Open every evening for dinner. C/ Ortiz de Molinillo 14, Marbella. Tel: 951 712 227

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. El Pilar, Local 11 (opposite the Crown Plaza Hotel), Estepona. Tel: 952 885 765

Open daily for lunch and dinner every day except Monday. Ctra. de Casares km 7, Casares. Tel: 952 894 191

CIBO

LA PAPPARDELLA DI ESTEPONA

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 11, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 380

VILLA PADIERNA CLUB DE MAR

DA BRUNO

Open every day for lunch and dinner from 1pm to midnight. Puerto Deportivo de Estepona. Tel: 952 802 144

Open daily for lunch from 1pm to 6pm. CN 340, km 166, Marbella. Tel: 647 791 515

Open all day. Da Bruno Cabopino: CN-340 Km. 194,7. Tel: 952 831 918. Da Bruno a Casa: Marbella Mar, Local 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 857 521 – closed on Sunday. Da Bruno A San Pedro: Avda. del Mar, local 1E, San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 860 – closed on Monday. Da Bruno Sul Mare: Edif. Skol, Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 318/19. Da Bruno Mijas Costa: Ctra. de Mijas, km. 3.6, Mijas. Tel: 952 460 724

LA PAPPARDELLA SUL MARE

DA PAOLO

Open every night for dinner. Urb. Doña Lola, Local 21-22, Calahonda, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 934 667

VENTA GARCÍA

ZEST Open Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and for cocktail hour from 4:30pm to 8pm. Centro Plaza, Marbella. Tel: 951 319 151

ZOZOI Open Wednesday to Monday for dinner. Closed Tuesday. Plaza Altamirano 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 858 868

italian AL DENTE

Open everyday for lunch and dinner. Muelle Ribera, casa G-H, local 43, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 453

DAYTONA RESTAURANT – MOTOR PASSION

Open every day for dinner. Closed on Mondays. Urb. Jardines del Puerto, local 12, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 181

Open daily from 12pm to 12am. Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 569 194

AMORE E FANTASÍA

Open every night for dinner from 7:30pm. At Hotel Finca Cortesin, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800

Open every day for lunch and dinner from 7pm onwards. Muelle Benabola, Casa 5A, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 464

DON GIOVANI FRASCATI

ARETUSA

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos s/n, Sotogrande. Tel: 952 790 392

Open daily for dinner. Front line P. Banús.

GOLD RESTAURANT

Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 952 807 354

LA TRATTORIA Open daily from 7pm to 11pm. At the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa. Avenida Zurita, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

LEONARDO DA VINCI

LOMBARDO’S Open daily from 7pm. Galerías Paniagua, Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 795 924

Catalan Bay, Gibraltar. Tel: +350 200 76501

O MAMMA MIA Open every day except Sunday for lunch and dinner. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

RISTORANTE SAN MARTINO Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pinares de Elviria s/n, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 832 702

ROSMARINO DELLA PIAZZA Open every day from 12pm ‘til midnight for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pinogolf de Don Carlos 34, Elviria. Tel: 952 850 148

SERAFINA Open from Monday to Saturday for dinner at the Puente Romano Hotel on the Golden Mile. Tel: 952 771 798

TARTUFO Open every day for lunch from 1pm to 3:30pm and for dinner from 6:30pm ‘til late. C/ Tetuán 9, Marbella. Tel: 951 087 323

VALPARAÍSO Open nightly for dinner. Ctra. Mijas – Fuengirola, km. 14, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 485 996

VILLA TIBERIO

MADE IN SARDINIA

Open Monday to Saturday for dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 178, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 799

Open every night for dinner. C.C. Cristamar, Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 608

mediterranean

METRO Open every day for lunch and dinner. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 446 460

NUNOS

RESTAURANTE BAR CARMEN Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 806 739

Open daily for lunch and dinner. At the Caleta Hotel.

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ASIAN FUSION BING Open 12.30pm-4.30pm and 6.30pm to 12am daily. Fuengirola, Paseo Marítimo, L-42C. Tel: 952 470 218

ASIATICO ZEN

MAKITAKE

SUSHI KATSURA

WASABI

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Ribera s/n (above disco Seven), Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 592

Open for lunch from Monday to Friday and for dinner from Monday to Saturday. C/ Ramón Gómez de la Serna, 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 863 193

Open daily from 1.30 pm for lunch and dinner. C.C. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 577

MECA

TAI PAN

Open every day for lunch and dinner except Tuesday lunch. C/ Lirios s/n, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 691

Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pino Golf, Don Carlos, Local 1, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 830 365 / 658 646 829

BAMBOO

NOBU

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Ctra. Istan km 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 906 674

Open nightly for dinner. At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 778 686

TA-KUMI

OMBÚ

TEPPANYAKI SAMURAI

Open from 7pm to 11pm, Wednesday to Sunday. At the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa. Avenida Zurita, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Manolete 20, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 549

OSAKA

At Plaza Village at the Hotel Puente Romano. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 818 392

DRAGÓN DE ORO Open every day from 12.30-4pm and 7pm until midnight. Closed Monday lunchtime. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 141, Urb. Hacienda Guadalupe, Manilva. Tel: 952 890 956

GENJI SUSHI BAR Open from 1:30pm-4pm and 8pm to 11pm. C/ Ramón Gomez de la Serna, 4, Edificio Balmoral. Marbella. Tel: 951 530 955

GOLDEN WOK Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. Marbellamar, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 840

Open every day 13:30-16:00 & 19:30-24:00. CN 340, km. 166 (Benavista). C.C. Costa del Sol. Tel: 952 885 751

SAKURA

Open seven days a week for dinner. H. Puente Romano, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 177, Marbella. Tel: 952 777 893 Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Gregorio Marañón 4, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 839

THAI GALLERY

THAI STYLE

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Avda. José Banús, 5, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 536

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Playas del Duque s/n. Edif. Gaviotas IV, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 675s

Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner. At Finca Cortesín Hotel. Ctra. Casares s/n, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800

SANTOKU

TOP THAI

Open daily for dinner. At the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel. CN 340, km 166, Marbella. Tel: 952 889 180

KAIDEN SUSHI

SAPPORO

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Centro Plaza, 64, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 319 778. Also at C.C. Laguna Village, Local 11-13, Estepona. Tel: 952 806 661

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Centro Com. Guadalmina Alta, Guadalmina 4, local 2, lower floor, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 896 508

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Costa del Sol, upper level. CN 340, km. 166 (Estepona). Tel: 952 888 710

KAMA KURA

SUKHO THAI

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 8-11pm. The San Roque Club, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 127, San Roque, Cádiz. Tel: 956 613 030

Closed until March 15. Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday. Centro Comercial Marbellamar. Tel: 952 770 550

KABUKI RAW

TSE YANG DIMSUM CLUB Open daily for lunch and dinner except Sundays. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

scandinavian ALOHA RESTAURANT

Open every evening for dinner from 6pm to 11.30pm. Avda. del Prado s/n, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 811 285

SKANDIES Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7pm to 11pm. Closed Mondays. Avda. Antonio Belón, 26 (behind the lighthouse), Marbella. Tel: 952 776 323

seafood

EL BARLOVENTO Open from 11am-4pm and 7.30-11pm every day except Mondays. Puerto Deportivo de Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 790 370

RESTAURANTE LA MARINA Open every day from 1-4.30pm and 8pm until midnight. Paseo Marítimo s/n, La Atunara, La Linea de la Concepción, Campo de Gibraltar. Tel: 956 171 531

LA TORRE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle de Honor, Club de Mar, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 561

MARISQUERÍA LA PESQUERA Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de la Victoria, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 170

WAGAMAMA

RESTAURANTE EL BOTE

Open daily for lunch and dinner. 19 Ocean Village promenade, Gibraltar. Tel: +350 200 44182

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 660 084

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PALAPA

LA TABERNA DEL ALABARDERO

NERJA

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 808 165

Open everyday for lunch and dinner except Monday. San Pedro Playa, Urb. Castiglone. Tel: 952 785 138. Also at Ctra. de Ronda, km. 167, San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 265

C/ Chaparil, 9am-1pm

FRIDAY BENALMÁDENA

WEDNESDAY ALHAURÍN DE LA TORRE

In the area between Tivoli World and the Plaza San Pedro, 9am-1pm

MESÓN EL ADOBE

Avda. del Limón, 9am-2pm

CALAHONDA

BENAHAVÍS

Calypso, 9am-2pm

spanish

Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesdays. Avda. La Fontanilla, Edif. Balmoral, Bajo 3, Marbella. Tel. 600 003 144

Arts & Crafts. Village Square, from 8pm

LAS CHAPAS

BENALMÁDENA COSTA

La Víbora, 9am-2pm

BAHÍA

MI TABERNA

(Second hand items) Recinto Ferial, 10am-2pm

RINCÓN DE LA VICTORIA

Open every evening for dinner. At Hotel Don Carlos. Avda. Zurita s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 178, Marbella. Tel: 952 827 880

CALAHONDA

Málaga. Plaza de la Iglesia, 9am-1pm

Calypso, 9am-2pm

CASA FERNANDO

PAELLAS Y MÁS

ESTEPONA

SATURDAY COÍN

Open from Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Avda. del Mediterráneo s/n, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 853 344

Open daily from 10:30am to 11pm. C/ Jacinto Benavente 33, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 511

Avda. Juan Carlos II, 9am-2:30 pm

C/ Urbano Pineda, 9am-1pm

ISTÁN

LA CALA

VILA DO GROVE

At the entrance to the town, 9am-2pm

Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm

HACIENDA

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. C/ Las Malvas, Edif. On Line, Local 2, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 813 415

LA CALA

MARO

Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm

Close to the Nerja Caves, 9am-1pm

MIJAS COSTA

*street markets

THURSDAY ALHAURÍN EL GRANDE By the Guardia Civil Offfices, City Centre, 9am-1pm

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA

MÁLAGA

Next to the bullring. Park near CN340 and walk upwards, 9am-1pm

LA MÁQUINA

Arts & Crafts. Village Square, from 8pm

Opposite the Guardia Civil Offices, City Centre. 9am-1pm

Open daily for lunch and dinner except Sunday. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

MARBELLA

SAN PEDRO

SUNDAY BENAHAVÍS

Fairground (Avda. de Juan Alameda), 9am-2:30pm

LA MORAGA BISTRÓ

TUESDAY CHURRIANA

By the sports pavilion, in the Divina Pastora district, 9am-2pm

ESTEPONA

TORRE DEL MAR

Puerto Deportivo, 9am-1pm

9am-1pm

Avda. Europa, 9am-1pm

FUENGIROLA

FUENGIROLA

TORREMOLINOS

Recinto Ferial, 9am-2:30pm

Recinto Ferial (close to the CN340, on the same side as the bullring), 9am-2:30pm

El Calvario, near Town Hall, 9am-1pm

MÁLAGA

VÉLEZ MÁLAGA

Next to Rosaleda football stadium, 9am-2pm

Opposite the Guardia Civil Offices, City Centre, 9am-1pm

SOTOGRANDE

SANTIAGO Open daily for lunch and dinner. Paseo Marítimo, 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 078

Open from 1-4.30pm and 7.30 -11pm. Closed on Sunday afternoons and Mondays. Urb. La Alcaidesa, La Linea de la Concepción. Tel: 956 582 700

LA COCINA Open daily for lunch and dinner except Wednesday. CN 340, km. 151, Arena Beach. Tel: 952 796 320

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Ramón Areces s/n, in front of El Corte Inglés, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 448

LA RED Open daily from 9.30am to 6pm. Playa La Fontanilla, Marbella. Tel: 952 821 450

MONDAY BENAHAVÍS

MONDA C/ Los Huertos, 8am-2:30pm

Las Lagunas, 9am-2pm

Arts & Crafts. La Ermita Park, from 10pm

At the Marina, 9am-1pm

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS Until September 16 WARHOL – MÁLAGA

Until November ART – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso de Málaga will be hosting Warhol. Mechanical Art: an exhibition which examines the complex oeuvre of the artist from Pittsburgh, (1928-1987), highlighting the transmutations in his body of work during the consecutive creative phases of his career. www.musepicassomalaga.org

The Centre Pompidou Málaga presents special screenings of films, videos and documentaries every Sunday from 5pm to 8pm at the centre’s auditorium. The works delve into the influence of the philosophical concept of utopia on the lives of creators, artists and different personalities during the last century. www.centrepompidou-malaga.eu

Until September 22 ART – MARBELLA

until November 24 ART – MARBELLA

Contemporary Andalusia is a group exhibition featuring works by emerging and established artists with a strong connection to Andalucía. Participating artists include Antonio Montalvo, Paula Vincenti, and Elena García De La Fuente. At the Wadström Tönnheim Gallery. Polígono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucía. www.wadstromtonnheim.se

Until September 30 PADDLE SURF – ESTEPONA

If you’d like to learn the art of paddle surfing, join the Pádel Surf group in Estepona, who will provided lessons and all the equipment you need to enjoy a great day out at sea. Further information, www.activitiesmarbella.es

View stunning paintings by Alejandro Hermann at Amàre Beach Hotel. Featuring works that depict women of substance and character. www.amarehotels.com

Until December 31 LATIN AMERICAN ART – MARBELLA

The Museo Ralli de Marbella presents beautiful work by Latin American artists, including surrealist works by a plethora of artists, including Alicia Carletti, Carlos Carmona, Jorge Ortigueira, Víctor Quiroga, Antonio Seguí, Julio Silva, Carlos Alonso, Wifredo Lam, Herman Braun-Vega, Andrés Monreal, and Carmelo Niño. Entrance is free to the museum, which is open from 10am to 3pm. www.museoralli.es

NEW AND REGULAR EVENTS Weekly GYM AND SPA – BENAHAVÍS

The Benahavís Country Club is ready to help you achieve a state of greater health, fitness and wellness. The spa and gym are open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 8pm. Closed Mondays. The gym has extended opening hours for members (8am to 10pm Tuesday to Sunday). Non-members are welcome and the classes cost just €10. Group fitness classes are offered at various hours, including yoga and aquagym. Tel: 952 856 171. wellness@benahavishills.com

WALKING FOOTBALL – MARBELLA

Weekly sessions of Walking Football (non-contact walking football) for men and women of all ages to keep fit and meet new friends. Further information, www.walkingfootballspain.com

Monthly on different days AMERICAN CLUB – MARBELLA

The American Club Costa del Sol Chapter meets monthly for excursions, sports and social events. Tel: 952 772 789. www.americanclubcostadelsol.com

AMIGOS DE LA CULTURA – COSTA DEL SOL

The members of this cultural group meet at different times and places for lunches, lectures, concerts, ballet, theatre, opera, etc. Further information, Tel: 669 445 809.

LIV E YOUR BEST LIFE – MARBELLA Integral Psychotherapist Gabriella Kortsch holds a series of interesting group sessions on dream analysis, astrological life cycles and more. For information on precise times and locations, Tel: 626 189 765. info@advancedpersonaltherapy.com

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

JIVE – MIRAFLORES, ESTEPONA AND LA DUQUESA

Learn to dance with Colin and the team from Jive Spain at Miraflores Restaurant on Tuesday, El Campanario on Wednesday and El Goleto at Duquesa on Friday. For precise times, colin@jivespain.com

Every Tuesday and Friday PAINTING CLASSES – MARBELLA

Talented artist Ricardo Alario will be teaching budding painters the secrets of his craft from 10am to 1pm (first group) and 5pm to 8pm (second group). For further information, Tel: 952 859 671. www.ricardoalario.com

Until September 15

3D EXPERIENCE – PUERTO BANÚS

Magical 3D Experience is a walkthrough display, packed with optical illusion images, allowing families and friends to photograph themselves in a range of fun scenarios. It is the first of its kind in Spain and is a popup construction located in Puerto Banús, next to Teatro Goya. It boasts 42 optical illusion pictures designed to encourage families and friends to take a photographic journey. www.magical3dexperience.com

Sunday September 9 to Saturday September 15

FANTASY FILM FESTIVAL – ESTEPONA

The 19th annual Fantasy Film Festival of the Costa del Sol will be taking place at the Plaza de Reloj. Featuring a host of amazing films that inspire us to dream. For a full programme of events, www.cinefantasticocostadelsol.com

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Every Wednesday ART – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso de Málaga offers free guided tours in English (included in the entry price), from 11:30am to 2pm. Tickets cost €8 for adults. Children enter for free. www.museopicassomalaga.org

FLAMENCO – MIJAS

Every Wednesday at 12pm, a dazzling flamenco show takes place at the Plaza Virgen de la Peña in Mijas Pueblo. www.mijas.es

Every first Wednesday of the month CULTURE AND COCKTAIL – MARBELLA

The Association of Art and Culture Marbella holds a monthly cocktail at Magna Café at Magna Marbella Golf, from 8pm-10pm. Tel: 627 833 262. www.artandculturemarbella.com

Every Thursday NETWORKING – MARBELLA

The Marbella Business Group holds its weekly breakfast meeting, which features presentations, discussions and introductions of new members. At 8am at the Hotel Senator in Marbella. To become a member, www.marbellabusinessgroup.com

Every last Friday of the Month COFFEE MORNING – ESTEPONA

ADANA animal rescue charity coffee morning at Plaza Manilva (outside Longman’s Bookshop) 11am – 2pm. Kennels open 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 10am – 2pm Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Further information, Tel: 952 800 975. www.adana.es

BUSINESS LUNCH – MARBELLA

Marbella Business Institute holds an invitation-only lunch club for local and visiting business people, active and retired. To apply, visit www. marbellabusinessinternational.org

Every Saturday MARKETS – PUERTO BANÚS

Head for the Puerto Banús bullring every Saturday for a fun street market featuring everything from clothing to music, accessories and home ware. Starts at 9am and ends at 2pm. www.marbella.es

Every First Sunday of the month OPEN DAY – MIJAS

PAD animal shelter, Cerros del Águila, welcomes visitors from 12pm-3pm. Further information, Tel: 952 486 084.

Saturday September 1 JAZZ CONCERT – MARBELLA

The Spirits Jazz Band (featuring Fernando Berruezo, Joseph Siankope, Arturo Cid, Fernando Bellver, José Luis Yagüe, and Carlos González) will be playing lively jazz music at the Clínica Buchinger Wilhelmi Marbella at 8:45pm. The concert is a fundraising effort for Pozos Sin Fronteras. Tickets cost €20. www.buchinger-wilhelmi.es

Friday September 7 MALUMA – MÁLAGA

Maluma is one of Latino music’s hottest tickets. This month, he will be playing to a packed house at the Auditorio Municipal Cortijo de Torres in Málaga. For tickets, www.viagogo.com

Thursday September 13 to Friday September 14 CLASSICAL MUSIC – MÁLAGA

Enjoy an excellent concert by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Málaga, featuring music by Prokofiev and Janácek. At 8pm at the Teatro Cervantes. www.teatrocervantes.com

Saturday September 15 to Sunday September 16 STAND-UP COMEDY – FUENGIROLA

and 7pm on Sunday. For tickets, www.salonvarietestheatre.com

Friday September 21 to Saturday September 22 THE RAT PACK – FUENGIROLA

The Rat Pack will once again be performing songs from the past, with all the glamour of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. At the Salón Varietes Theatre, times to be announced. For tickets, www.salonvarietestheatre.com

Monday September 24 OPERA – MARBELLA

Musica con Encanto presents Opera II: Más Allá de Puccini, an evening of opera music from France, German, Russia and more countries. At 8pm at Les Roches Marbella. www.musicaconencanto.rg

Saturday September 29 and Sunday September 30 THE JERSEY BOYS – FUENGIROLA Frankie Valli was a musical God in the 1950s. Discover the magical songs of the Four Seasons at this tribute show. At the Salón Varietes Theatre, times to be announced. For tickets, www.salonvarietestheatre.com

Enjoy a fun night of stand-up comedy with three brilliant comedians. Hosted by Dave Thompson. At 7:30pm on Saturday

Friday September 28 to Saturday September 29

Wednesday October 3 and Thursday October 4

Enjoy exciting tennis matches featuring famous senior tennis players such as Carlos Moyá, Marat Safin, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Goran Ivanisevic, Albert Costa, and Sebastien Grosjean, at the Puente Romano. For a full programme of the events, www.seniormasterscup.com

He is one of Spain’s top selling pop/rock artists. His words are filled with meaning and his music is pure rock ‘n roll. Catch him at the Teatro Cervantes at 8pm. For tickets, www.teatrocervantes.com

SENIOR MASTERS CUP

ANTONIO OROZCO – MÁLAGA

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RUSSELL GRANT’S Monthly Horoscopes September 2018

VIRGO (August 23rd – September 22nd)

Your self-confidence will be undermined by a confusing New Moon on the 9th. No matter how clearly you try to communicate your points, the audience will fail to understand them. Don’t get upset. Take deep breaths and try another approach. You have a tendency to get bogged down in insignificant detail. Instead of overwhelming people with too much information, just give them a basic overview of the material. You might have to explain concepts you thought were universally understood. When in doubt, move slowly forward towards your goal. On the 25th, the Full Moon will create a rift in a close relationship. An argument over money and shared resources will cause you to reconsider this relationship. Financial security has always been critical to your wellbeing. You can’t be with someone who squanders money on expensive luxuries. Having good physical chemistry is nice, but it won’t sustain a lifetime union.

On the 25th, the Full Moon will create a rift in a close relationship. An argument over money and shared resources will cause you to reconsider this relationship

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ARIES [21 MAR - 19 APR]

Beware of taking up an extreme health regime on the 9th. That’s when a confusing New Moon will cloud your judgement. If you want to revise your diet or increase physical activity, talk to a doctor. They’ll tell you the best way to achieve the results you want. It will take longer than you expect to reach your goal. That’s fine. It’s better to move towards your dream in slow, steady increments. Alleged miracle cures will put too much pain and strain on your system. The Full Moon on the 25th will tempt you to enjoy some down time, but work won’t permit this. You’ll have to cancel plans to accommodate a demanding boss. If you’ve had enough of a thankless job, make a plan to land a better role. Don’t quit your current position until you’re offered another one. Protect your professional reputation; if you don’t, nobody else will.

TAURUS [20 APR - 20 MAY]

The New Moon on the 9th will make you impulsive. Beware of rushing a romantic relationship. Diving head first into a commitment will be cause for serious regret. You’re dealing with someone who has a hidden side that is quite upsetting. Keep things at the casual stage. Try to see how their words match their actions. This will tell you everything you need to know about their character. If you’re trying to find help for a child, it will take several attempts before finding the right situation for their particular needs. Be patient and don’t put too much stock in fancy diplomas. On the 25th, the Full Moon will bring an embarrassing secret to light. You may discover someone has been cheating you out of a joint fund. On the other hand, you will experience betrayal in a close relationship. Stay strong and breathe deep. Loyal friends will help you through this difficult passage.

GEMINI [21 MAY - 20 JUN]

Finding a place to live will be challenging during the first half of September. You may feel pressured to sign a lease or make a deposit on the 9th, due to a deceptive New Moon. Do not move forward on this deal until you have the property inspected by someone that you hire. They’ll point out any troublesome or expensive pitfalls. If you’re dealing with a problematic family situation at this time, notify your employer. When they understand what you’re coping with, they’ll stop having unrealistic expectations of you. The Full Moon on the 25th will send shock waves through your social circle. A bad breakup will cause someone to leave your midst. Don’t buy into one person’s version of events. This is a complicated matter with deception on both sides. You never know what happens with a couple once they go home and shut the door.

CANCER [21 JUN - 22 JUL]

The New Moon on the 9th will cause some wires to get crossed. If you’re given a set of confusing instructions, ask for clarification. Double check an address before entering it into your GPS. Before setting off for an appointment, make sure it is the right date. If a meeting is missed, try not to get upset. The more flexible and laid back you are, the easier it will be to handle the confusing energy of early September. On the 25th, the Full Moon will create stress on the professional front. Someone you look up to and respect will ask for more than can be delivered. The limits of time and space will mean nothing to this deluded leader. Instead of trying to appeal to their

logic, make a strategic retreat. Reflect on your options. It might be better to find employment elsewhere. There are few things more stressful than working for an irrational person.

LEO [23 JUL - 22 AUG]

A moneymaking offer on the 9th will not be all it is cracked up to be. That’s when a deceptive New Moon will tempt you into taking a seemingly cushy job. Once you accept this position, you’ll be dismayed to learn you have been duped. It’s better to stick with a role you know during the first half of September. The last thing you want is to go to all the trouble of changing jobs, only to discover you’ve landed in a far worse situation. The Full Moon on the 25th will make it hard for you to spread your wings and fly. You may fail a test or fall short of graduation requirements. If you’ve applied to university, you might be turned away. Remain philosophical. When one door closes, another always opens. Be willing to explore an avenue that becomes suddenly available to you. Joining a community group will be good for you on many levels at the end of September.

LIBRA [23 SEPT - 22 OCT]

A rival will take credit for your hard work in early September. Don’t let the deceptive New Moon on the 9th cause you to let down your guard. If you submit work, do it to several people via email. That way, people will know when it was submitted and who generated it. If you’re offered a job, don’t leave your current one until you get a signed document from your employer. Circumstances will change quickly during the first half of the month. What seems like a sealed deal could vanish into thin air. The Full Moon on the 25th will cause you to question a close partnership. A meddling relative will fill your head with doubt and fear. If you have any questions about a partner’s loyalty, talk to them. Establish a healthier boundary between your family and romantic lives. If your amour is being attacked by your kin, stand in your partner’s defence.

SCORPIO [23 OCT - 21 NOV]

On the 9th, you’ll meet some interesting people at a party or professional conference. It’s best to maintain an air of formality with these people in the early stages. One or two of the individuals you meet will have shady characters. The last thing you want is to let down your guard with someone who will milk you of time, energy and resources. Just because someone is well informed and has a good education does not mean they are trustworthy. The Full Moon on the 25th brings the end to a demanding work assignment. It will be such a relief to get this project off your desk. Negative feedback from officials should be expected. You weren’t given enough time or resources to do justice to this work. Instead of getting defensive, let these remarks roll off your back. Bigger and better opportunities are ahead; keep your eyes open for them.

SAGITTARIUS (22 NOV - 21 DEC)

The New Moon on the 9th marks a professional opportunity. Look before you leap. The terms of this deal are extremely murky. You might be told you can work from home, only to discover you’ll be expected to spend all your time in the corporate office. If you are thinking of running for office, consider what a toll this position will take on your family life. You may be expected

to be on call at all times for this position. That won’t work if you’re raising children, caring for an elderly relative or supporting a busy romantic partner. On the 25th, the Full Moon will bring some disappointing news. An emotional or financial gamble will backfire, leaving you in a difficult situation. It may be necessary to cancel a trip or cut back on extras for children, like music lessons or summer camp. Let this be a lesson before sinking money into the next sure thing.

CAPRICORN [22 DEC - 19 JAN]

The terms of a legal deal will be extremely unfair. It may be necessary to hire a lawyer to protect your interests. Even then, the New Moon on the 9th will make it difficult to get justice. It may be best to settle and walk away from an exhausting fight. Sometimes protecting your resources is more important than prevailing in court. If you’re thrust into an unfamiliar environment and feel like you’re out of your depth, ask for additional training. It’s better to admit your ignorance than pretend to know what you’re doing. The Full Moon on the 25th creates drama on the home front. Trying to push a relative into an arrangement they don’t like will cause great resentment. It’s better to sit down together and strike a compromise. By listening carefully to your family member’s concerns, you’ll become much more compassionate. The key to any successful relationship is showing respect for each other’s feelings.

AQUARIUS [20 JAN - 18 FEB]

An intimate relationship gets off to a rocky start in early September. The New Moon on the 9th causes people to be distrustful, elusive and deceptive. If you catch someone near and dear to you in a lie, it’s a red flag. You’re not a judgmental person. Learning something disturbing about someone’s past doesn’t bother you when it comes from the horse’s mouth. If you hear it through other channels, it’s cause for concern. You do not want to get involved with a habitual liar. On the 25th, the Full Moon brings upsetting information to light. Decisions will be taken affecting your world of work. It could mean that there will be no chance of promotion and more possibility of needing to move on. This may be a blessing in disguise. The Universe is pushing you to find a better work situation. Relocating to an area that has robust job growth can greatly improve your prospects for finding a lucrative position that’s highly enjoyable.

PISCES [19 FEB - 20 MAR]

A close relationship will show signs of strain on or around the 9th. That’s when a deceptive New Moon will cause you to jump to conclusions about your best friend, romantic partner or business associate. Instead of trying to read your friend’s mind, ask them outright what they want from your relationship. The answer may surprise you. This is not a good time to get engaged, exchange wedding vows or sign a binding contract. The Full Moon on the 25th brings a financial disappointment. Payment for work will be much less than you expected. A contractor could deduct pay for supplies or hidden expenses. The injustice of this situation will penetrate deeply. Launching a legal suit will be futile, since the law is on their side. Chalk this up to a learning experience and move on. Dwelling on your disappointment will only cause you to miss other moneymaking opportunities. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2018 / 225

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