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24 Beautiful Beaches

34 The Finca Cortesin Resort

44 The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection 54 Coral Gardening 64 Property Auctions 74 Investing in Whisky 84 Jaguar Goes Electric 92 Dua Lipa

GO TO TRENDS 100 New Film Releases 104 Recent Music Documentaries 108 Books – New Releases 112 Music News 114 Rock Lounge 118 What’s Cool

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GO TO SPA 164 Cryotherapy – Cold is the New Hot 168 Ear Blockage Issues 170 How to Get Energised

GO TO ENTERPRISE 174 Property Market Update 180 Solvilla – New Villa Specialists 184 The Vibe 190 Business News

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Following the landmark report on Investing in Whisky back in December 2019, one of our most requested articles ever, we update on why there has never been a better time to invest in Scotch in 2021. Elsewhere, don’t miss our exclusive interview with double Brit Award-winner, Dua Lipa, and our twin design features on Gallotti&Radice and Spa Loungers. Finally, indulge in some medal-winning wines from Bodega Inurrieta and, for a beach club that will fulfil all your dreams, look no further than Ocean Club in Marbella.

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CULTURE TRAVEL HISTORY PEOPLE MOTORING 24 Beautiful Beaches 34 The Finca Cortesin Resort 44 The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection 54 Coral Gardening 64 Property Auctions 74 Investing in Whisky 84 Jaguar Goes Electric 92 Dua Lipa


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With more than 5,000 kilometres of coastline and the highest number of blue flag beaches of any country in Europe (over 500), this article could have filled the entire magazine several times over. For the perfect day out to replenish the soul and create a store of lifelong memories, we suggest one of these beauties, located in southern Spain, the Balearics and the Canaries. WORDS JAMES SINCLAIR PHOTOGRAPHY SHUTTERSTOCK

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Cala Macarella, Menorca

Cala Macarella is, quite simply, the most beautiful cove in Menorca. Picture postcard perfect, a stretch of inviting beach is sandwiched between towering limestone rocks topped with pines which frame the serene turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Due to its diminutive size, it may be a bit busy in the summer, but is worth a visit nevertheless to experience the enveloping view it commands. Together with its little sister, Cala Macarelleta on the other side of the cliff, which is also appreciated as a nudist beach, it is one of those special locations in the world that everyone would like to visit. The restaurant bar Susy, in the shade of the pine forest backing the beach, provides food and refreshments for those in need of sustenance.  

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Playa De Bolonia, Tarifa

When you need a break from Marbella for a breath of fresh air, Tarifa is the place to head to. Here, the languid pace of life and the fresh wind blowing through the Straits will completely rejuvenate you. A popular destination for wind sports, the Punta de Tarifa is the southernmost point in Continental Europe. There are many things to do in this vicinity, but you should make sure to spend a day on Bolonia Beach. This revered swathe of white sand stretches the full length of a sweeping bay with stunning views across the Straits and to the Atlantic. The beach is located at the limit of the El Estrecho Natural Park, ensuring the preservation of the environment and its protection from urban development. A combination of unspoiled nature, fine golden sand and crystal clear water make it one of the most beautiful and wild beaches in Spain. At its western end is the gigantic dune it is famed for, over 30m high and 200m wide – don’t miss having fun here.

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Platja De Ses Illetes, Formentera

Formentera’s most emblematic beach and declared one of the planet’s most beautiful beaches on more than one occasion, its name derives from the six islets which lie off this stretch of coast. The most outstanding feature of this beach is its calm, shallow, translucent water which, together with the fine white crystalline sand, create a paradisiacal landscape. The great extension of this beach permits visitors to find a space on the sand without overcrowding, especially in the northern area with the Trucadors peninsula, an arm of sand which connects with the neighbouring Levante beach. Being a natural park, its surroundings are protected, with preservation of the dunes and access walkways. An ideal beach for children due to its safety and amenities.

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Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Maspalomas Beach is in south Gran Canaria flanked by the Maspalomas Dunes Nature Reserve and Maspalomas Resort. With calm seas and three kilometres of golden sand, it is an ideal family holiday destination and the perfect place to spend days under the sun. A designated nature reserve, the dunes are immensely impressive, offering an opportunity

for that Sahara Desert type photo – indeed, wandering among them is a surreal experience. Blue-flagged Maspalomas is Gran Canaria’s biggest and most famous beach – it even has its own palm tree oasis and lagoon and is more akin to a miniature desert by the sea rather than a beach but, unlike a desert, there are convenient snack stands, comfy sun loungers and trained life guards.

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Ses Salines, Ibiza

Named after the salt lakes in the south of Ibiza, which form a surrealistic landscape, the beach at Ses Salines (Las Salinas) is on the southernmost tip of the island and is considered ultra cool. Soft white sand, beautiful people and great beach bars combine to make this the hip location for those in the know. An extensive crescent of powdered sandy beach is bordered by pine woods and the shallow crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. The bars play a selection of dance and balearic music which spills out onto the beach and they will often deliver cocktails and food orders to your spot on the sand. Any visit to Ibiza, a hedonistic paradise for the beautiful and the bold, is incomplete without passing a memorable day chilling at this iconic utopia.

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Playa De La Barrosa, Chiclana

Recognised as one of the best beaches in Spain, the blue-flagged Playa de la Barrosa is located at Chiclana in the province of Huelva. Facing the Atlantic, this stunning six kilometres beach is straight and flat, meeting the water with no perceptible drop, meaning bathing for all the family in shallow translucent water. It is composed of fine white sand that is a joy to walk on and for beach games and sunbathing, and it has plenty of bars and restaurants as well as places where you can rent shady sun mattresses. There are some great hotels fronting this idyllic shoreline, making for the perfect holiday. La Barrosa is actually ’two beaches in one’: the well equipped principal beach and the more secluded so-called Torre del Puerto, in an area of prized ecological value. 

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Playa De Las Conchas, Lanzarote

When thinking of pristine sand, virgin landscapes, turquoise waters and stunning views, you may envisage the perfection of a Caribbean beach, but not necessarily so. Paradises like this exist in other locations too, such as at Playa de Las Conchas on the Island of La Graciosa. It is without question the most idyllic of all the beaches on the island, and if there is one beach you have to visit, this is it. Here, directly below the Montana Bermeja, you will encounter a breathtaking volcanic landscape that is simultaneously serene and extreme, with the contrasting colours of the azure waters, the white foam breakers, the golden sand, the volcanic black of the rocks, and the red of the mountain. The beach is a true natural paradise but take care with the strong tides. e

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FINCA CORTESIN A CLASSIC THAT’S BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER

Consistently rated among the best hotels in Spain, Finca Cortesin is an elegant resort that has earned its laurels and become a five-star deluxe classic of the Costa del Sol. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF FINCA CORTESIN

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General Manager René Zimmer

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n the hotel business it all starts with a sense of arrival, and this is one of the many things that make Finca Cortesin stand out. Follow the road uphill from the coast towards Casares and the country club style resort appears on the right-hand side with all the bearing of a landed estate. This impression continues as you enter the beautifully kept domain that is Finca Cortesin, passing through a guarded entrance beyond which everything – from the buildings and the landscaping to such details as the roads and lighting – is spotless. By the time you step inside this already iconic hotel you will be thoroughly convinced that it is located within a historic palace estate, but no, incredible as it may seem, for all that Finca Cortesin exudes an air of timeless style and refinement, this is a relatively modern resort designed for purpose – and now it is back, better than ever! › WWW.ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM / 35


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UPGRADING AN ICON

Even before Covid turned the world upside down, the resort had begun work on a series of upgrades. Improving upon a successful icon of a hotel is never an easy task, but under the expert guidance of General Manager René Zimmer, who has been instrumental in developing Finca Cortesin into what it is today, the process began towards the end of 2019. The closure that hit the entire hospitality sector globally slowed down the work, but in true fashion the planned stages of renewal had been completed when the hotel reopened for business last summer. “In spite of all the handicaps that last year presented, we succeeded in maintaining our usual annual occupation levels,” says the General Manager who has turned this resort with the country estate feel into an international destination in its own right. › 36 / JULY 2021 ESSENTIAL MAGAZINE


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The beautiful setting in undulating scenery close to Estepona and midway between Marbella and Sotogrande is now visited by guests from all around the world, from North America to Northern Europe and beyond. “As a result, we have been little affected by factors such as Brexit and have also seen the Spanish market grow strongly.” This year, work continued as the already spectacular spa was upgraded further and adapted to new regulations, with exceptional spa and treatment facilities offered. “We are very proud of the new Arani Yoga & Meditation Center launched

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in May 2019,” says René. This beautiful space surrounded by stunning gardens and views is just the idyllic spot in which to transport oneself to a higher level of physical and emotional well-being. The two studios flow out onto a private garden for outdoor classes in Hatha Yoga, ‘Slow Flow’ and ‘Power’ Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin Yoga and Kundalini are offered by expert teachers. What’s more, there are also programs for children from six years and up. The interior and exterior spaces have also undergone beautification, and El Jardín de Lutz – one of the iconic fine dining


venues upon which Finca Cortesin has built its enviable reputation – underwent an important revamp that further enhances its standing as one of the finest restaurants on the Costa del Sol. The same is true of Kabuki Raw, a dining venue that really is a singular experience. Everything, from the spacious gymnasium and racket club to the stunning beach club, the grounds, elegant bar, events facilities and the much-loved Don Giovanni Restaurant, looks and feels better than ever, giving the timeless refinement of the Finca Cortesin Hotel new lustre. New features also include the air kitchen concept at The Pool restaurant, where the fresh daily market menu is cooked in a Josper Basque Grill and a Monolith WWW.ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM / 39


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Kamado Grill to offer the best Mediterranean cuisine in an exquisite lunchtime atmosphere. “We were one of the first resort hotels in the region to open, take staff off furlough and actually even add more people than before,” says René. In return, he has seen a response from the public that has surprised even this experienced professional and puts 2021 on track to become one of the best years ever for the resort. And it’s not just the hotel that is riding high, as the celebrated Finca Cortesin Golf Club, which has hosted many a top tournament including the Andalucía Masters, will be the proud 40 / JULY 2021 ESSENTIAL MAGAZINE

venue of the Solheim Cup 2023. As the female equivalent of the Ryder Cup, it is the top event in women’s golf and the most important sports event to come to the Costa del Sol since that epic 1997 Ryder Cup. This selection among so many prestigious international courses is another confirmation of the esteem that Finca Cortesin – both golf club and hotel – enjoys as one of the true jewels in the crown of Southern Spain. g Tel: (+34) 952 937 800. www.fincacortesin.com

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RITZ CARLTON REDEFINING THE SUPER

YACHT EXPERIENCE In the super luxurious Yacht sector, there is a new kid in town. The famed Ritz-Carlton hotel chain has come up with a luxurious super yacht, the Ritz-Carlton Yacht, which promises a level of grandeur that has never been witnessed in the luxury cruise industry. WORDS SUBHASISH CHAKRABORTY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE RITZ-CARLTON YACHT COLLECTION

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y the way, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, of Chevy Chase, MD. and part of Marriott International, Inc., which operates 95 hotels and over 45 residential properties worldwide, is a name to reckon with in the 5 star hotel segment and is synonymous with the concept of ’Tailored Opulence’ that has been the hallmark of this prestigious hotel chain. It is this element of ‘Tailored Opulence’ that the Ritz Carlton Hotel Chain is all set to introduce in the

world of cruising – avant-garde design and onboard entertainment that is poised to take cruising to an altogether different level. How about embarking on customised voyages on custom-built yachts? This is exactly what is on offer – seven to ten night itineraries that will offer exceptionally designed visitor experiences both onboard and ashore. Each Ritz Carlton yacht will have space for 149 impeccably designed suites with private terraces. ›

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Carefully designed itineraries that are non-repetitive in terms of ports is one of the highlights of the Ritz-Carlton Super Yacht experience. In the Mediterranean season for instance, Ritz-Carlton have included ports-of-call in the Greek Isles and the Côte d’Azur, while in the Caribbean, discerning travellers have the

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opportunity to visit outstanding visitor attractions in Puerto Rico, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, as well as Aruba. Evrima, the first among the three exclusive yachts from The Ritz-Carlton Collection, with its inaugural voyage rescheduled for 10 November in the Caribbean, will regale travellers

with the most sophisticated luxury offerings – opulent suites, multiple dining options, high-end entertainment, WiFi and a myriad of watersport activities. Evrima’s outstanding signature restaurant S.E.A. has been designed to perfection by Michelin-starred Chef Sven Elverfeld. ›


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The Ritz-Carlton endeavour is to convert cruising into a private yacht experience and as far as the interiors are concerned, the essence is on a ‘Unified Flow’ with one designer’s trademark instead of multiple designers. With this in mind, Ritz-Carlton

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have commissioned the renowned Tillberg Design of Sweden and the collaborative effort promises industry-defining sea accommodations and onboard luxury. The ambience inside is residential and the interiors evoke freedom.


All suites of the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will be soundproof and feature all the luxurious offerings which guests of Ritz-Carlton hotels on land are familiar with – king sized bed, double vanity bathroom, luxury linens for instance. Apart from the legendary services for which the Ritz-Carlton brand is so renowned, the yachts will also redefine the cruise industry crewguest ratio with one crew member assigned for every discerning guest. As far as the Deck Plan is concerned, the yacht will have eight passenger

decks, starting from deck three to ten. The Marina and The Marina Terrace is on Deck 3, living room, boutique, main dining and meeting rooms on Deck 4, terrace suites, loft suites and the pool will be on Deck 5, Decks 6, 7 and 8 are reserved for onboard bars and restaurants. Deck 9 is the place for the gym, fitness studio, beauty salon, launderette and the onboard medical centre. The uppermost deck, Deck 10, is where the ship’s Observatory is located offering mesmerising sea views and coming with an exclusive helipad. › ›

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When it comes to fine dining, the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will offer a bewildering array of world cuisine onboard. The Talaat Nam restaurant, for instance, will serve authentic South East Asian cuisine with an exclusive Sushi bar as an additional add-on, whereas the S.E.A. will serve European cuisine with an à la carte menu. Mistral will be the venue for the seafood bar and if insider information is anything to go by, Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will offer the day’s freshest catches. The Bar, I am told, will recreate an intimate lounge experience, with cocktails and Champagnes that will come with caviar pairings. Carefully curated itineraries will cater to the distinctive segments – sightseeing of iconic 50 / JULY 2021 ESSENTIAL MAGAZINE

landmarks, immersive cultural experiences, activity oriented programmes and authentic gastronomic/culinary journeys. Cruise experts have been hinting at the prospect of itineraries that might have a tie-up with Ritz-Carlton hotels. Consider for instance the Canada & New England segment. In the autumn months, much of Canada’s east coast offers a temperate climate, which is just ideal for cruising and exploring the cultural diversity, sightseeing and adventurous jaunts for visitors. Ritz-Carlton Yacht’s Canada cruises will go that extra mile to integrate selected destinations of the United States and even Iceland for an unparalleled cruise experience.


The Ritz-Carlton luxury cruises are targeted at wealthy global travellers, and fares range from $3,100 to $10,100, which isn’t surprising given the opulence and sophistication on offer. For instance, the 7 nights Canada cruise – Halifax, Nova Scotia/Boston, Massachusetts is priced at USD $6,537, plus USD $337 per pax. All fares are on a double occupancy per person basis. Bear in mind that all reservations require you to pay the full amount 120 days prior to your departure date. When it comes to inoculation, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is pretty strict and inoculation requirements vary from country to country. A signed and globally acceptable Vaccination Certificate is mandatory and failure to comply with the strict inoculation standards might even result in cancellation of your reservation. ›

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These days, the trend for cruising with family is growing phenomenally and often there are children accompanying. To reach out to the young ones, the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has come up with an exclusive Ritz-Kids programme aimed at encouraging children to explore the world together with Mum and Dad. The Ritz-Kids is educative and in the holiday season the programmes will be funfilled and exciting with lots of thrills. What about the dress code? Although there is no strict dress code onboard, it is expected that guests do not dress outlandishly. During the daytime one can wear casuals while in the evening T-shirts and bathing robes are a strict No!No! You should be extra careful when stepping inside the ship’s signature restaurant Aqua where the dress code is elegant and wearing collared shirts and evening dresses would be the best option. In the cruise industry the mood is upbeat which is well reflected in the words of the CEO for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection,

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Douglas Prothero: “We have been thrilled with the response to The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and look forward to continuing to build on that success, delivering experiences truly unlike any other on the market.” As the world of cruising is on the verge of a major milestone in terms of an industry defining ultra-luxury ‘Super Yacht’ experience, courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, the anonymous sailor’s song – “Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover” is perhaps the most appropriate truism as technology and sophistication weds blissfully with the natural world – our oceans. e

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Considered the rainforests of the sea, coral reefs have beautiful colours ranging from brown to blue. Reefs can vary in size, shape and colour. Although they may look like rocks, corals are alive. Coral polyps are the animals that form reef colonies, and each polyp has a stomach with a mouth surrounded by tentacles that can capture food. Hard corals form the reefs that attract tourists to destinations like the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. They make calcium carbonate skeletons for protection and have a mutualistic relationship with the photosynthetic algae zooxanthellae. The algae receive a safe space to live while the corals get food, oxygen and waste removal. In addition, zooxanthellae give corals their colour. If you see a white or bleached coral, then it lacks zooxanthellae. ›

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HOW CORAL GARDENING IS

SAVING REEFS Coral reefs are dying in alarming numbers around the world. Reefs are a crucial part of marine ecosystems and provide food, shelter and breeding grounds for many species. According to The Independent, about half of all the reefs have already died, and 90 per cent may disappear by 2050. While researchers are scrambling to save the remaining reefs, coral gardening has become a popular preservation method. WORDS LANA BANDOIM

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WHY DO CORAL REEFS MATTER?

Coral reefs provide homes for 25 per cent or 2 million of all the ocean species in the world. Fish and other animals rely on the reefs for protection, shelter, food and breeding grounds. Reefs also protect shorelines and prevent erosion. For example, Florida’s barrier reefs can reduce the impact of waves or storms while stopping the land from wearing away. In addition, corals help filter the water, so it remains clear.

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According to the Smithsonian, coral reefs have a global value of at least $30 billion because of the resources they provide to people. In the United States, the NOAA Office for Coastal Management estimates that coral reefs have a value of $3.4 billion per year due to tourism, fisheries and shoreline protection while preventing $94 million in flood damage. Around the globe, 500 million people depend on reefs for income, protection or food. ›


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WHAT ARE THE THREATS TO CORAL REEFS? Although there are natural dangers like disease and storms, people are the biggest threats to coral reef survival. Pollution, overfishing, too much tourism and other problems are destroying reefs around the world. Other important issues are warming ocean temperatures and ocean acidification linked to climate change. Coral bleaching, which is when reefs turn white, can happen because of rising ocean temperatures. Pollution, runoff, low tides and too much sunlight can also contribute to bleaching. The coral polyps expel the zooxanthellae that give them their colour because they’re under stress and start to starve. If the problems persist, the corals can die.

WHAT IS CORAL GARDENING?

Coral gardening is a method of growing coral polyps to help restore reefs around the globe. Sometimes called coral farming, this gardening method involves taking small coral fragments and growing them through asexual

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reproduction until they are mature. The two main types of gardening practices are oceanbased nurseries and land-based nurseries. Ocean-based nurseries take coral fragments and grow them underwater. They attach the pieces to steel structures and monitor them.


The fragments may need to grow for six to 12 months to reach maturity in the nurseries. Once they’re ready, the researchers can transfer the colonies of new polyps to existing damaged reefs, so they can continue to grow. On the other hand, land-based nurseries take coral fragments and grow them in laboratories or farms. Growing corals on land allows for faster processes such as microfragmenting. Since most corals grow about an inch per year, faster growing practices are important for the restoration of the reefs. In addition, land-based nurseries aren’t exposed to the oceans’ changing temperatures, predators, storms, accidents or other problems that can interfere with the gardening process. Once the corals are mature, they can still be transferred to the reefs underwater for replanting.

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You can’t start a coral garden in your swimming pool, but there are other things you can do to help preserve coral reefs globally. First, do not buy, sell or harvest any corals. From souvenirs to jewellery, you can find corals in many stores. By not purchasing coral pieces, you can limit the demand for them. If you travel to a location that has coral reefs, be a responsible tourist. Don’t go diving or swimming in restricted or protected areas. Avoid touching or doing any type of damage to existing coral reefs. Don’t stand or sit on any part of the reefs. In addition, you can help by cleaning up your trash and not littering on beaches. What you do on land can also affect coral reefs negatively or positively. Corals need clean water without sedimentation or runoff to survive. You can help by reducing your use of fertilisers or other chemicals that can end up in the water. g Lana Bandoim is a Tech and Science writer, with a double major in Chemistry and Biology from Butler University.

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DOES CORAL GARDENING WORK?

The Miami Herald reports that one of the biggest benefits of coral gardening is the ability of researchers to influence the reefs and make them more resilient. For example, the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the Frost Museum of Science are working together to make super corals. Engineered reefs can be more diverse and resistant to problems like climate change or rising ocean temperatures. Researchers can deliberately select coral fragments from reefs that appear to withstand stress better. A study from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that coral gardening is working. Scientists learned that taking small fragments doesn’t cause serious damage. More importantly, replanting coral colonies grown in nurseries helps save reefs, and the transferred coral acts like wild colonies.


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THE MANY BENEFITS OF

AUCTIONS Auctioning luxury real estate is the most normal thing in the world in the United States. Even within Europe, this efficient and comfortable way of selling is now being embraced by buyers and sellers within the highest segment of the international housing market. Hans Veenhuijsen represents the American auction house Concierge Auctions with his company HiddeJames. He explains why the auctioning of highvalue real estate is taking such a flight.

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SIX FIGURE HOMES ARE GUARANTEED TO BE SOLD WITHIN SIX WEEKS AT MARKET LEVEL


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ans Veenhuijsen brought Christie's International Real Estate to the Netherlands, now has a Christie's real estate agency in Marbella, on the most expensive coast of southern Spain – the Costa del Sol – and represents the American superpower in real estate auctions Concierge Auctions in Europe with the company Hidde-James.com. Stars like Michael Jordan, the Kardashians, millionaires and billionaires choose to auction off their residences because they want absolute integrity and privacy in addition to realistic prices and maximum efficiency. ›

"WE START WITH THE AMOUNT THAT THE SELLER WANTS TO RECEIVE AS A MINIMUM AND THEN GO UP FROM THERE"

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In their view, the possibilities offered by an ordinary real estate agency fall short. They don't want to have to wait months or more for sales and be on display in a store window that whole time. Concierge Auctions guarantees sales within six weeks at a price that

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is in line with the market.’ Veenhuijsen is not surprised by my sceptical look, because that is quite something. He explains: ‘We can rely on an international database containing the data of 650,000 rich to very rich people, including 275 billionaires, but also all holders of an unlimited credit

card, such as the American Express Centurion ‘Black’ card. We present our exclusive range of properties within this network. For each object we auction, we are in contact with thousands of people regarding purchase opportunities every week. Usually there is already so much interest there that we can confidently guarantee that sales will not take longer than six weeks.’ ›


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You have to have deep pockets to belong in this exquisite company. If only because you are expected to deposit €100,000 before you can even participate in an auction at all. Veenhuijsen: ‘We do this as a precaution. It's a vote of confidence. If the sale does not go through, that deposit will be refunded immediately.’ Veenhuijsen says that sixty per cent of buyers have so much confidence in the information provided that they would buy a house without visiting it on location. Like the client from New York who bought a villa in Marbella last year for €11 million without having visited the house. ‘It says something about

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the relationship of trust we have with our clients.’

REALISTIC During our conversation, Veenhuijsen is informed that an impressive villa in Mallorca has just been sold for €5.1 million, including 12% commission payable by the buyer. ‘The seller's broker initially asked for €5.95 million, but brokers always aim high’, says Veenhuijsen. ‘During the run-up to the auction, we were able to determine the value of the property by reactions from brokers and buyers at around €3.5 million, so in consultation with the seller, we set the lower limit at €3.75 million. Eventually

there were four bidders and it was awarded to an American millionaire for net €4.6 million, excluding commission. An auction is ultimately the fairest and most efficient selling method, because the actual value is determined by the market. So the price we realise for an object is always realistic, but not always what the seller hopes for. There is a danger when a property enters the market at a high price and remains unsold for a long time. Nobody knows where that leads and how far you have to drop to sell it. That takes time, creates a lot of uncertainty and you lose control of the sales process. We start with the minimum amount


that the seller wants to receive and then go up from there. The entire sales process takes no longer than six weeks. Our clients experience our approach as very pleasant and confidence inspiring.’ He has another telling example, this time in Gstaad. ‘This chalet was for sale for €14 million for four years, with no result at all. The seller wanted to finalise it and gave a minimum sales price of €7.9 million. We sold it for €9.5 million within a few weeks.’

SHORT SELLING TIME The properties offered at Concierge Auctions are not your run-of-the-mill

homes. The house with the highest yield ever at auction is located on the seafront in Hillsboro Beach, Florida and had an original asking price of €159 million. The owner was very satisfied with the auction result and the working method of Concierge Auctions: ‘I chose Concierge Auctions because they have an incredible network of potential buyers. And I am no less impressed by the way they work, their attention to detail and their business acumen. In my opinion, it is the best sales organisation in the world for luxury, unique residences at the absolute top of the market’.

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Hans Veenhuijsen emphasises that Concierge Auctions, and therefore his European agency Hidde-James, uniquely combines the advantages of the traditional brokerage profession with all the advantages of an auction: the competition, a realistic yield and the guaranteed short selling time. The original American Concierge Auctions was founded in 2008 and operates worldwide with agents in 29 countries. The average yield of a house is approximately €4 million and most houses are sold in the price category of €2.5 to €40 million. So far, approximately €8 trillion in bids have been submitted via the digital auction site, which is also active 24 hours a day.

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privacy and want to achieve a good return for their unique property through an honest, efficient sales method. But not everything is eligible to be sold through an international auction’, explains Veenhuijsen. ‘The property must be in a prime location and attractive to an international buying audience. Italy, London, Geneva, Zurich, Brussels, Marbella, Ibiza, Côte d'Azur, Monaco, Verbier, St. Moritz, Méribel, Courchevel – those are the places you should think of. But the Netherlands also has such places: the Amsterdam canals, The Hague, Wassenaar or a monumental country house along the river Vecht.’ i HIDDE-JAMES.COM Spain: +34 951 122 312. The Netherlands: +31 (0)85 130 7691. info@hidde-james.com Ramón Gómez de la Serna, 23 29602 Marbella, Spain. www.hidde-james.com


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Scotch whisky is a symbol of British craftsmanship and tradition, of durability and reliability. And though it hasn’t been around for ever, it has been recognised throughout history. Its documented story begins in 1494, and tax records of the day show that a friar acquired eight bolls – about 2,500lbs – of malted barley, “wherewith to make aqua vitae”. Although distillation processes may have changed over time, the value of this commodity has been driven by demand and maturation. As global appreciation of whisky has flourished, people are gradually discovering that limited edition and maturing casks from the most globally renowned distilleries could bring in top returns for those willing to hold their investment.

WHY WHISKY AND WHY NOW? The global landscape of investments has changed dramatically in recent years, with the general public now having a greater ability to take trading into their own hands and invest and trade in a range of commodities through online platforms and investment advisors. Technology has led the way in a virtual environment to allow people to discover new and interesting

markets which have previously not been explored. This being said, 2020 has also demonstrated the global volatility of stock markets and poor returns on extremely low interest rates, driving them to discover ways to diversify their asset portfolios. A way of mitigating the risk of investments is to purchase luxury commodities which appreciate in price over the years. It has become increasingly common for people › WWW.ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM / 75


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to invest in classic cars, coins, watches and artwork while other commodities have not been considered as viable investment opportunities. However, it is now becoming more apparent than ever that assets which have previously been considered as merely consumer goods, have great potential for long term investors. One such luxury commodity is whisky, which has previously been washed away for our own satisfaction, and is now showing great potential as an investment asset. Additionally, whisky is a tax-free asset which other traditional financial

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assets fail to offer investors. Firstly, like fine wine, demand outstrips supply. Whisky which is collectible is also in demand for consumers, so a substantial proportion of any limited edition bottling will swiftly become much more limited as much of it is consumed by dedicated whisky lovers. Whisky is bottled after a period of maturation in oak barrels. Legally, this is a minimum of 3 years, but in practice, most whiskies are matured for a minimum of 8 years in order for them to develop their character.


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In the last year, there was an extraordinary increase of between 15-20% on rare whisky bottle values, ensuring that it outperformed the established alternative asset investments such as watches, art and cars. In the last couple of years, we have witnessed some incredible whisky sales, including the following: An individual bottle of Macallan 1926 broke records at auction, selling for £1.5 million. In 2018, over £40.7m of rare whisky was sold at auction houses in the UK alone. A cask of Macallan distilled in 1989 sold for $572,000 last year – a record price for a maturing cask of whisky. The Whisky Cask Index, a study generated by Cask 88, Braeburn Whisky and WhiskyStats.net, has shown steady growth across the previous year, as well as the rate at which casks appreciate annually being on the rise. This appreciating rate can be attributed to the positive impact of both the maturity of the whisky, as well as a response to the increasing demand as whisky supply is sold into a more diverse range of global markets.

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Distilleries will usually have a ‘house style’ represented by a mass-produced bottling of a relatively young malt (such as Glenmorangie’s popular 10 year old). But they will also have older whiskies maturing at the distillery, and they can also bottle older whiskies such as a 15 or 21 year old. They might also bottle the product of a particular cask of vintage whisky, or they might offer different expressions of the whisky such as a ‘port wood finish’ or ‘sherry wood finish’ which means that, in addition to being aged in traditional Bourbon barrels, the whisky has been ‘finished’ with a period of additional ageing in a port or sherry barrel which can impart different flavours. These different expressions of the whisky and older malts are the ones that are of interest to investors – production is limited, they are highly prized by collectors and consumers alike. Whiskies from some distilleries are much more collectible than others, so it is important to do due diligence on what will be desirable in the marketplace in a few years’ time when you seek to sell your whiskies on. As with any investment, it is crucial to make sure you’re in the best hands and have access to the best platforms in order for your investment to flourish. It is therefore imperative that investors have access to well-known distilleries which already have a reputation for investable whisky. This includes famous Scottish whiskies such as Macallan, Dalmore and Springbank. The collectability and rarity of whiskies is extremely important when considering investing in whisky and hence choosing the right distillery, and the age of cask or bottle is essential when investing.


COMPARISON WITH OTHER INVESTMENTS Comparisons are made between the whisky cask market and other luxury commodities; however there are many features of whisky which make it unique. It is therefore challenging to analyse the market without considering variable factors, such as the characteristics of the cask that make it one of a kind. The complexity is also enhanced by the fact that, unlike a piece of art, or a collectible bottle of already-bottled whisky, the value of casks is not only dependent on demand, but also the maturation of the cask. Therefore a cask purchased

this year will effectively become a new product as the years pass. The Whisky Cask Index demonstrates the projected values of a sample of twenty casks from a variety of distilleries across the globe with varying age profiles. It is worth noting that, despite the global pandemic which impacted the economy during early 2020, the Whisky Cask Index has remained optimistic, and even shown growth. In this data analysis, not a single distillery index showed negative returns over the past 5 years, which is a confirmation that the market is relatively robust to negative impacts on the global economy.

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TOP 10 DISTILLERIES Overall Annual Capital Growth in this study across all distilleries and regions as of June 2020 demonstrated a 13% increase in value. This has further been broken down by distillery in order to reveal the highest achieving distilleries by capital growth. The top ten distilleries by capital growth are as follows; Laphroaig, Bunnahabhain, Staoisha, Macallan, Highland Park, Caol ILA, Springbank, Benriach, Bowmore and Jura. It is extremely positive that no single Scottish distillery demonstrated a

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negative index in capital growth. Projections ranged from a predicted annual capital growth of 5.13% for the small Scottish distillery, Ardmore, to larger scale popular distilleries such as Laphroaig and Macallan, which both show projected returns approaching 20% per annum. The top distillery by predicted annual growth is Laphroaig, in which demand is continually outstripping supply. The following two distilleries in the league table are both located on Islay, with both

Bunnahabhain and Staoisha showcasing the popularity of this region. In terms of distillery territories, it is worth noting that whisky produced on Scottish islands dominate the top ten in the capital growth league table with only Macallan, Springbank and BenRiach representing mainland distilleries in this comparative list.

2021 TRENDS As the whisky industry grows and expands into new and established markets, it has been predicted that demand will align with this growth which


will therefore require supply to also increase. With increased worldwide demand for whisky, the value of whisky in casks will only increase, in particular more aged whisky, along with the value of whisky produced in 2020 and 2021 during the global pandemic due to the closures of distilleries which meant that there was reduced production. It is therefore no surprise that name brand whiskies distilled in 2020 or 2021 will see an acceleration in growth due to the lack of availability over this time frame

and increased demand making it highly investible whisky. Recent data collated this year has been reflective of the trends which have been witnessed in the whisky market over the past few years, with extremely reassuring outcomes. This is particularly noticeable in the fact that the aforementioned whisky index did not record any negative returns throughout the period of the study. The projected annual capital growth across the distilleries is expected to continue throughout 2021.

If growth continues at a comparable rate, the data suggests that investments made into casks from one of the top ten distilleries, which Elite Wine & Whisky has access to, could double in value over the next five years. In times of great uncertainty, these findings provide great prospects for future days ahead. g For further information, contact Elite Wine & Whisky Tel: (+44) 203 475 2553. www.elitewineandwhisky.com

HOW TO INVEST IN WHISKY Whether or not you’re a passionate whisky drinker, taking the plunge into whisky investment is extremely simple with the help of a financial expert who can provide sound advice. Once you have all the tools to make a well informed choice, the returns can be just as fruitful as the drinking.

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As pressure mounts from governments and eco-conscious NGOs for big industries to start making more concrete plans for a sustainable future, it’s perhaps automotive manufacturers who have been held accountable for the most immediate action. A pencilled-in date of 2030 will see a rather dramatic change to car sales, with most European countries slated to ban the sale of any new domestic-use vehicles bearing internal combustion engines by that evernearing deadline, with the excused caveat of some hybrid powertrains. While many automakers have promised some token efforts in the way of going green, Jaguar has truly put its money where its mouth is, with plans for an exclusively electric line-up from 2025. A bold claim, but one that will no doubt secure the future of the British automotive icon.

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n the last few years, competition has been increasingly tough in the EV market. A segment once primarily dominated by household name, Tesla, global manufacturers now cater to all demographics and price points with electric

offerings: from compact city cars like the adorable Honda E, Audi’s latest EV offerings in the e-tron line – including the otherworldly RS e-tron GT – to one of the fastest road cars currently on sale, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. ›

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But as the demand continues to grow for larger family SUVs over conventional estates and saloons, Jaguar Land Rover boss, Thierry Bolloré, has suggested Jaguar will be repositioned in the near future, and that Jag will leave the SUV boom to be picked up independently by the Land Rover brand. It has been stated however, that

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Jaguar will continue to develop smaller crossover vehicles that could rival the likes of the Tesla Model 3, and the impressive Polestar 2. This doesn’t come as a reactive move to keep up with current trends but represents where the company envision the future of automotive travel beyond the latest vogues.


Jaguar’s all-new, all-electric formula will be built upon a unique platform architecture, allowing the marque to handover its hybrid Modular Longitudinal Architecture and the upcoming Electric Modular Architecture to sister brand, Land Rover. All that said, you don’t have to wait to get a taste of Jag’s electrifying new offering. The 2021 Jaguar I-Pace is a thrilling

mix of Jaguar’s traditional muscular lines and design cues, underpinned by some truly impressive technological innovation. Arguably one of the best looking EVs on sale right now, the I-Pace is seriously fast and highly desirable, even when compared to its petrol-powered five-door, five-seat stablemates: the E-Pace and F-Pace. The

most notable differences that give the I-Pace its distinguished looks start from the outside. The iconic enormous front grille is even larger, flanked by two cooling ducts on either side under its LED headlights. But the most prominent exterior feature is the seamlessly integrated bonnet scoop that reduces drag by channelling air over the roofline. Its profile is adorned with sleek, sweeping lines, giving a sense of effortless speed even when static, and the tapered waistline meets around the back, making way for an impressive rear diffuser – obviously void of any chrome exhaust tips present on other models in the line-up. On the inside of this highly sophisticated SUV, Jaguar has stuck to a somewhat simpler recipe than its future fixated rivals. You’re still surrounded by a plethora of screens – loaded with Jag’s Pivi Pro interface – but there are some physical buttons and dials thrown in, which in the age of 2021 is no doubt a welcome addition for many new potential buyers and is certainly celebrated among Jag’s existing customer base. A floating centre console divides the driver and passenger, both kept comfortable in some perfectly placed Recaro seats. ›

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Despite being a family friendly SUV, this electrifying Jag really packs a punch. In the guise of the 400PS, the powertrain delivers an instantaneous 696Nm of grunt (or 513lbs ft of torque in old money) via its all-wheel-drive system, and you’ll see 100km/h in a mere 4.8 seconds – enough to keep most other vehicles on the road in your rear view, both physically and metaphorically speaking. The power Is generated by an eco-efficient 90kWh battery, good for a claimed 470-km range. The battery cells are hidden within the floor panel, making the 2.1 tonne car’s centre of gravity sit 130mm lower than that of the F-Pace, which promises to improve handling and mitigate some of the weight transfer during pacier corners.

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As with almost all current EV platforms, power is delivered to each axel through two permanent magnetic synchronous electric motors. There’s also no need for a conventional transmission either, with the JaguarDrive system able to seamlessly accelerate with no latency and no gearshifts – an intriguing leap towards the future. Other clever tech available in the range includes torque vectoring by braking, adjustable electronic air suspension and adaptive dynamics, all of which are configurable in-car at the driver’s preference. The I-Pace has received critical acclaim in many areas, and has helped establish Jaguar as a serious contender, with the potential to dethrone Tesla as the dominant force within the

EV landscape. This brave and bold commitment to go electric deserves praise, and Jaguar are sure to be the first of many more traditional automakers that will make the move to a sustainable future. e

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Dua Lipa’s ability to be so many things all in one go is what, ultimately, makes her so engaging. Consider the fact the 25-year-old is a London-born descendant of Kosovan Albanian parents who, with Bosnian ancestry thrown into the mix, fled the war-torn former Yugoslavia in search of better, fairer, more fulfilling and, essentially, safer lives.

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he is a woman in a relationship with a multimillionaire partner, Anwar Hadid, yet is in every way a self-starting, self-made exemplar of blistering talent and unrelenting energy. She is someone entrenched in a world of manufactured bubble gum pop, yet a versatile activist and campaigner who will happily turn away Radio 1, Capital, MTV and commercial avenues if the opportunity arises to liaise with political media on subjects as diverse as social justice,

equality and human rights. And of course, as you may well expect, the chart-topping artist is a powerhouse behind sexual equality, and the freedom to play out our dreams and ambitions on a level playing field. What we love Dua Lipa for mostly though is for the gloss, glamour and shine she has put on the music industry; and that dynamism was rewarded, unequivocally, by her double BRIT win this year. The singer/songwriter picked up the gongs for Best Album and Best Female Artist, excelling where so many other artists have been left bereft of ideas and creativity through lockdown.

This year she released a remix of Future Nostalgia, the album that garnered so much praise, though with the exception of a couple of scattered singles, her continued impact on music, activism and entertainment has largely been led by personality, poise and no small quantity of sumptuous selfies. Dua Lipa is a face for the next phase of music – and one that won’t go away anytime soon given the expected release of her third album in the early part of next year. She is a talent whose voice is more than just soundscapes that emerge from the microphone; and of course, with that platform comes responsibility… but somehow we feel the singer is up to the task.

I accept we don’t live in a world where all the entertainment is taken out of things because everything has to have a deeper message… that would become really boring. People need escapism”

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EM: Whether it’s feminism, the situation regarding refugees, LGBT, HIV or poverty, you pride yourself on having an opinion, right? DUA: I think we all have opinions and we’re all entitled to express them, and that’s what I’m doing. I like to stay informed but I’m not for one second supposing people are going to agree with everything I say… I know that’s not the deal. In fact, often I have to be careful to hold myself back from moving too far away from what people really like in me and regard me as, and that is a singer. It is something I think about a lot, and I don’t want to spoil that. However, given where I have come from and what I have lived through, I do believe it would be strange if I didn’t offer some opinion on what’s

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going on around us. And these are really key issues too – real things that I genuinely have a passion for and care about. EM: Do you think the music industry, as a whole, speaks up enough when it comes to social issues? DUA: I think a lot of artists are afraid to raise their heads up for fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. In the past I have been told to steer clear of being too outspoken. My label are obviously supportive of what I do and say, but I know there is always that danger of someone disagreeing. I accept we don’t live in a world where all the entertainment is taken out of things because everything has to have a deeper message… that would become really boring.

People need escapism. What’s more, if you push a subject too far then that whole impact can be taken away, so I think that’s the balancing act with all musicians, whether they’re being interviewed about politics, music or just what they’re wearing – you can have too much of anything, or anyone! EM: And yet what’s refreshing about you is you’re not afraid to enter into a debate. DUA: I think, ultimately, If you’re going to say something that people might oppose, at least do it in a way that shows you are credible, and you can think for yourself. That’s why I went so far into the Brexit thing – because I could really see it from both sides. After what happened in


Yugoslavia, I would be a hypocrite if I said I didn’t believe in the will of the people and the ability of people to make change and forge their own path. Yet my stronger perception is that I am so lucky that I was able to make the move to the UK from Kosovo. It seems likely that in future there won’t be many who can do what I did. That’s such a sad state of affairs, but these things happen, and I don’t believe anything is forever. It made me sad then and it still does, but I understand, as a nation, the people felt they had tried it for long enough and wanted to explore the potential of a new way of doing things.” EM: Your pathway to the top that you reference was certainly an example of having to put in the hard yards, right? You progressed through the Sylvia Young

Theatre School, worked as a model, waitress and a shop assistant on the way to earning enough money to get your name out there. DUA: My route was certainly not a case of being plucked off the street and presented with this incredible prize. I know there is a perception that this is how these things happen, but that I think is a belief rather than a reality. It certainly wasn’t a reality for me and I had to work incredibly hard to get to where I am.

word ‘patience’ tattooed on my hand. Really, it’s just a personal message to me for my life in general. With my

EM: It must help that you have such immaculate style, and even tattoos that guide your thoughts and emotions, so it’s said. DUA: Well yes, it’s interesting that you note that. I do have the

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music, I am always working hard to release material as quickly as I can, but things don’t always work that way – the promotion, interviews, release schedules. I got that tattoo there in a place that I can always look at, to remind myself that the phrase is true: ‘patience is a virtue…’ Sometimes, you have to wait for good things to happen. I learned that from my father – he always wanted to achieve as much as he could, though he knew there would be things out of his control that he couldn’t influence; and sometimes patience is the only way. His release was music, from the frustrations of life. I don’t have those same frustrations, but I certainly enjoy having the same release, and music is fundamentally important and a huge, dominant part of who I am. EM: What was the first song that really struck a chord with you DUA: Wow, I can’t recall that, but

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from as early as I can remember, music was something I loved being involved in… both making it and listening to it. There couldn’t be anything else, really because music has been my life since I was very young. I don’t think I ever had a day where I didn’t listen to music – it’s always been there at some point, and I’m sure it always will be. EM: Including a busy year ahead… DUA: Sure, they are all busy. For me, it’s about changing and evolving. It’s about making your job fun and original in every way possible. For as long as I carry on doing that, I will be happy. e


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This month’s new releases are a mixture of fun and thrills. Enhance a couple of hours in your life enjoying them on the big screen with cinematic surround sound. WORDS JAMES SINCLAIR

» Genre: Thriller/Mystery » Director: M. Night Shyamalan (Split) » Actors: Alex Wolff, Eliza Scanlen, Thomas McKenzie, Gael García Bernal Renowned supernatural filmmaker, M. Night Shyamalan, who wrote and directed Sixth Sense, returns with a thriller that will once again have us on the edge of our seats. The film follows a family on a tropical holiday who set out for an idyllic day at the beach. All is not as it appears however, as this utopia hides a dark secret, and terror is suddenly unleashed when those on the beach find themselves ageing incredibly rapidly while at the same time there is seemingly no way to escape from the cove.

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F9 (FAST AND FURIOUS)

» Genre: Action/Adventure » Director: Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond) » Actors: Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez Vin Diesel returns as Dominic Torreto who, together with his family, must face Dom’s younger brother Jakob, a deadly assassin, who is working with their old enemy Cipher, and who holds a personal vendetta against Dominic. Incredibly, the Fast & Furious saga has endured for two decades with the first outing landing in 2001 – it’s trademark formula of fast cars, propulsive action, outrageous stunts, outlandish humour, high jinx and complete mayhem having consolidated a loyal fan base.

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BLACK WIDOW

» Genre: Action/Adventure » Director: Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome) » Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey, Jr, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh Marvel returns with Black Widow, another of the studio’s releases based on the Marvel Comic character of the same name. Scarlet Johansson stars as Natasha Romanoff who, at birth was given to the KGB to be trained as the ultimate operative, becoming one of the world’s most talented spies and assassins. Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Natasha must confront a dangerous conspiracy arising from her past as a spy and an assassin before she became an Avenger.

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SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY

» Genre: Comedy/Family » Director: Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) » Actors: LeBron James, Cassandra Starr, Kyrie Irving, Jim Carrey 25 years after the original Space Jam starring basketball legend Michael Jordan in what became a cult move of the 90s, Space Jam is back this time with LeBron James in the lead role alongside Bugs Bunny and a host of recognisable cartoon characters. Finding himself trapped in virtual space Serversense, LeBron must save his young son and get home safely by leading the Looney Tunes to win a basketball game against AI-G’s digitised champions. A great fun family film for the summer.

» Genre: Action/Drama » Director: Anders Thomas Jensen (Flickering Lights) » Actors: Mads Mikkelsen, Andrea Heick Gadeberg, Nikolaj Lie Kaas Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen reunites with Nicolaj Lie Kaas and Mads Mikkelsen, who plays Markus, a soldier serving in Afghanistan who returns home to care for his daughter after his wife is killed in a tragic train accident. When a survivor of the wrecked train surfaces claiming that it wasn’t an accident, Markus embarks on a revenge-fueled mission to track down those responsible. The film delivers great acting performances with plenty of humour to counterbalance the tension. e

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This month, diversify your viewing with something different, selecting from recently released documentaries on these four legendary female artists of the music industry. WORDS JAMES SINCLAIR

FRAMING BRITNEY SPEARS (Hulu, FXNow)

» Director: Samantha Stark Framing Britney Spears follows the singer’s career, her rise to fame, and personal struggles throughout her three decades in show business. Starting in The Mickey Mouse Club in 1992 when she was just 11, alongside Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, she became the ‘Princess of Pop’ but was also sexualised and vilified in the media and public opinion. Following a highly publicised breakdown, she continues to be under the legal control of her father, Jamie Spears, since 2008. The film is deeply empathetic and has resulted in a vast number of celebrities voicing support for Spears, with the phrase “We are sorry” trending on Twitter, and a public apology from Timberlake.  

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BILLIE EILISH: THE WORLD’S A LITTLE BLURRY (Apple TV+)

» Director: R.J. Cutler Billie Eilish’s rise to fame has been meteoric, going from recording songs in her bedroom with her brother to sweeping the Grammys. Here, we are invited to take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of her hugely successful 2019 album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? We see Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell practising and recording songs together at home, where at 19, she still lives with her parents, and follow the star on tour. Various special events are included, such as Billie getting her driver’s license, celebrating her 18th birthday and winning 5 Grammys, while becoming the youngest artist in history to win all four of the major categories.

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TINA (HBO)

» Director: Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin This is a total celebration of the icon who is Tina Turner, but it also focuses on her abusive marriage, her difficult relationship with her mother, and her trajectory to super-stardom. Widely referred to as ‘The Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll’, the documentary spans six decades, with archival footage that includes numerous performances and appearances from the people closest to her. Tina comes from Oscar-winning directors and the production team behind the 2018 documentary, Whitney. An emotional rollercoaster that has brought some viewers to tears, the film acknowledges Turner as a survivor who managed to stage an incredible career comeback.  106 / JULY 2021 ESSENTIAL MAGAZINE


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» Director: Peter Berg After four years of anticipation, this much-awaited documentary is finally being released in July. Directed by Peter Berg, who also directed the star in Battleship, he has reportedly been working on the project for a number of years, which focuses on Rihanna’s personal life and her rise to fame. The lengthy timing is not surprising really, considering he was given total access to the singer’s life, providing him with more than 1,200 hours of footage, and due to the fact that, allegedly, each time the film neared completion, Rihanna would embark on a new venture. At the time of writing, a trailer had not yet been released but the documentary is widely expected to be available on Amazon soon. e

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THE COMFORT BOOK BY MATT HAIG Bestselling author of both fiction and non-fiction, Matt Haig has always been incredibly open about his anxiety. The Comfort Book is a series of vignettes and essays about finding comfort in yourself and your immediate surroundings. It says, “You are enough”. Matt shares his thoughts and reflections on great feelgood movies, recipes and music while providing reassurance and encouragement that you can get past the bad days. With many people facing anxiety at the thought of having to return to crowded offices or streets since Covid restrictions have been eased, this book’s release could not have been timed more perfectly.

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THE SECOND WOMAN BY CHARLOTTE PHILBY Two women are found dead. Both had a secret. Both had a choice. Artemis arrives in London to start her new life with her British husband. Having grown up on a small Greek island, she can’t wait to experience the hustle, bustle and excitement of 1990s London. Then she is found hanging from the stairs in her house. Two decades later NCA officer Madeleine Farrow is investigating the apparent suicide of a wealthy heiress. The details are suspiciously similar to Artemis’s mysterious death. As she digs deeper, Madeleine discovers ties to a criminal cartel and uncovers secrets and lies involving both women. A tense, engaging and intriguing thriller.

EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM WILL SOMEDAY BE DEAD BY EMILY R. AUSTIN Gilda is a 28-year-old depressed hypochondriac who suffers from extreme anxiety and is obsessed with death. When things finally get too much for her, she responds to a flyer from a local church offering free therapy. The priest, believing she is there to replace their recently deceased receptionist, Grace, offers her a job. Gilda accepts but keeps the fact that she is an atheist lesbian to herself. Between lying to hide who she is, learning how mass works and secretly investigating her predecessor’s death, Gilda’s anxiety builds, and her depression deepens. Filled with dark humour and stuffed full of empathy this is perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

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HOW TO KILL YOUR FAMILY BY BELLA MACKIE Grace Bernard is serving time in prison for a murder she didn’t commit. She should, however, be serving time for the six murders she did commit. But no one knows about those. In an effort to stave off the mind-numbing boredom she is suffering behind bars, Grace decides to write her “tell all” story, detailing how she murdered all the members of her absentee father’s family as revenge for his refusal to answer her dying mother’s requests for help. A witty and entertaining comedic crime thriller which will resonate with fans of My Sister the Serial Killer and Seven Psychopaths.

FALSE WITNESS BY KARIN SLAUGHTER Defence attorney Leigh Collier has worked hard to build a pleasant, unremarkable life. However, when a client specifically requests her to defend him against charges of rape, Leigh realises that everything she has worked for could very easily fall apart. When they were teenagers, Leigh helped her sister Callie deal with a man who had been abusing her and has spent two decades burying the past and hiding her secrets. Thanks to this new client, those secrets will be revealed if she doesn’t get him acquitted. The only person who can help her is Callie who has spent the intervening years struggling with addiction. Set during the Covid pandemic, Slaughter’s latest standalone novel is a gritty crime thriller which also manages to explore the social and political issues affecting America right now. e

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his month at Starlite Festival: the legendary ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT on the 14th, and US reggaeton act NICKY JAM has been added to the festival on the 19th. As mentioned last month, booking international acts has been difficult due to Covid restrictions but next month sees BONNIE TYLER (August 14) and TOM JONES on the 16th. For the full line-up plus ticket info: starlitemarbella. com This month at Fuengirola’s Marenostrum Festival: Spain’s ALEJANDRO SANZ on the 1st and 2nd. Irish indie rockers TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB were scheduled to play on July 8 but their European tour seems to have been put on hold, probably due to the pandemic. Next month sees a QUEEN tribute on August 4. The festival runs until September 25 with most performances at the castle. For the full line-up plus ticket info: marenostrumfuengirola.com Both of the aforementioned festivals will no doubt have limited tickets

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available so... Popular 1970/80s act SISTER SLEDGE have been booked to appear at the Marbella Arena on July 30. The group features two of the originals, DEBBIE and KIM plus younger family members. Local talent Mr Maph will appear as the opening act. Ticket info: www.heatwavepromotions.com or Tel: 629 056 720. Two of the country’s biggest festivals, the capital’s Mad Cool Festival and Bilbao BBK, which were due to take place this month, have been cancelled. The former had HAIM, CARDI B and THE KILLERS, who were also headlining at the latter along with the PET SHOP BOYS, SUPERGRASS and FKA TWIGS. Both have been put back to next July. As America eases restrictions, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN was asked by promoters to return to Broadway from June 26 with live recitals until September 4. His original 2017/18 Broadway performances earned him a Special Tony Award for his shows, which later spawned a film and soundtrack album.

The first of two International Record Store Days last month was a global success and the second takes place on July 17. More limited edition vinyl issues by numerous artists, too many to mention, will be on sale. For a full release list: recordstoreday.com The much publicised SEX PISTOLS TV project may be cancelled after singer JOHN LYDON (AKA ROTTEN) said he will go to court to stop the project using any songs he wrote. The series is based on a novel by guitarist STEVE JONES, and he plus drummer PAUL COOK are also considering legal action to make it happen. All three wrote the songs from the band’s first album – the 1977 UK number one, Never Mind The B****cks Here’s The Sex Pistols. There could be an album sales war on July 30. BILLIE EILISH drops her second album, Happier Than Ever and the PRINCE archive vault doors reopen for the notorious lost 2010 album Welcome 2 America – the deluxe package includes a previously unreleased concert from April 2011.


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Also the BEACH BOYS land a five vinyl/CD set Feel Flows – The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 including 108 unreleased tracks and live recordings. Other expected July sellers: on the 4th, LANA DEL REY with Blue Banisters; on the 16th, All Over The Place by UK YouTuber and rapper KSI; and The Voice UK coach ANNE-MARIE with Therapy on the 23rd. But the biggest July seller could come from K-Pop sensations BTS who are said to be dropping their unnamed latest on the 9th and it will include their record breaking single, Butter, which recently clocked up over 11 million global streams in just one day. Also on the 9th, the SPICE GIRLS drop the 25th anniversary limited edition Wannabe25’ EP with three new versions of their 1996 number one smash plus the previously

unreleased track Feed Your Love – five years after a brief clip leaked online. The world lost AMY WINEHOUSE 10 years ago on July 23 and to mark the anniversary the BBC will broadcast Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On. According to a press release, the film is primarily from the perspective of Winehouse’s mother, whose viewpoint “often differs from the narrative we have been told before”. More tributes are expected to be announced and maybe something from former flatmate TYLER JAMES, whose book My Amy: Memories of Amy Winehouse from Her Best Friend, was published last month. CHER contacted the makers of Mamma Mia! about a third film, which is being considered, but they did say they will make a biopic about her life and the team who penned the 2018

version of A Star Is Born will write the script. NOEL GALLAGHER said an OASIS greatest hits album was scrapped after a disagreement with his brother. It apparently included two BEATLES covers, Eleanor Rigby and It’s All Too Much featuring THE SMITHS former guitarist JOHNNY MARR. He also revealed that his first HIGH FLYING BIRDS album in 2011 was originally to have been the next OASIS offering. When asked about reforming the legendary outfit he said he would do it for £100 million. A joke going round suggests LIAM has started a GoFundMe page to raise the cash and it added there’s more chance of raising the Titanic! e

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SUMMER IN SOUTHERN EUROPE IS SYNONYMOUS WITH OPEN-AIR FESTIVALS AND CONCERTS. THE OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE, SUPERB CLIMATE AND ALL ROUND LOVE OF A GOOD TIME MAKE BOTH SOUTHERN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL POPULAR VENUES FOR ARTISTS AND AUDIENCES ALIKE.

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ith venues finally allowed to open, albeit under certain health protocols, summer 2021 will mark the welcome return of live music. It is difficult to tell who is more excited by the prospect of playing live – the bands that had to put their tours on hold or the audiences looking to let their hair down after lockdown! The concerts might not have happened, but the industry leaders were busy during lockdown, planning and preparing for the forthcoming season. Rock Lounge, part of the Entertainment Brands Group, is bringing Disco icons Sister Sledge to the Marbella Arena on July 30 for what promises to be an unforgettable event. With a 30-year track record of iconic events around the World, Rock Lounge CEO David Giles is optimistic for the future

“The pent up demand for live events will be absolutely stupendous”, he says. “People have really missed the live experience – it’s something that you can’t replicate online or through the television. I’ve been attending and organising live events all my life, and I know that the demand will definitely come back because people want it. While Rock Lounge has brought stars such as Seal, Simply Red, The Jacksons, George Benson, Van Morrison, Blondie, Michael Bolton and Kool and the Gang to the coast, Entertainment Brands also promotes Soulfrito – which will be held in New York later this year – and Latino 100. Both events cater for a younger audience and are managed by David’s daughter Melissa, who is also taking a more active role in the holding company. ›

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“We are able to attract the biggest acts in the world”, explains David “because of the reputation we have built up with artists, agents, venues and local authorities, as well as corporate sponsors, and we have become highly efficient in forming the connecting point between all of them. Our aim is to make each and every event an unforgettable experience – never copied but always unique to its setting and environment”. Entertainment Brands is already in negotiation with several international artists for 2022 – UB 40 have already confirmed for both Marbella and the Algarve – while future projects include Rock Lounge Farmhouse, the ultimate music and lifestyle combination destination. The latest addition to the portfolio of events is Chicnic, a bohemian boutique music, food and wine festival that debuted in Marbella in 2019 and will return this year on the 26th of September When the music starts and the crowd roars as Sister Sledge take to the stage on July 30, live music will be back in the Marbella Arena. And Rock Lounge and Entertainment Brands will once again be at the forefront of the industry. 116 / JULY 2021 ESSENTIAL MAGAZINE

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80S GAMING NOSTALGIA AT ABC ARCADE

The ABC Shopping Centre in Madrid, managed by Cushman & Wakefield, has launched an interactive space where lovers of arcade games of the 80s can relive their fantasies. Take a trip down memory lane with original classics like Galaxian, Pac-Man, Centipede, Off Road, Bubble Bobble, Golden Axe, Street Fighter II, Capcom and Tetris, and Pinball Star Wars Trilogy and Fish Tales. i www.abc.es

TOPL SMART REUSABLE CUP

Incorporating a patented Spill Safe smart lid, this ingenious cup safeguards against spills by automatically shutting the lid if knocked over. Made to precision from recycled materials, the cup is vacuum insulated to keep drinks hot or cold – perfect for the office or in the car. Available in Hot Coral, Off White, Stone Grey, Teal Green and Jet Black. i www.toplcup.com


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The 10th edition of the Pasarela Larios Málaga Fashion Week took place at the new location of Jardines de la Tabacalera, where a host of models took to the runway over the two-day event. The celebrated designer Agatha Ruiz de Prada was presented with the Golden Pin 2021 and the MFWPrize 2021 was awarded to new fashion talents, courtesy of a number of sponsors. i www.pasarelalarios.es

Yoofit, a gym in the north of Madrid, has renewed its facilities with the most advanced technology of Matrix Fitness, featuring 132 cardiovascular machines in a fitness salon that offers state-of-the art workouts. With an area of 8,300m2 dedicated to sports and wellness, free weight areas, squash and paddle courts and specialised boutiques, Youfit is the ultimate gym venue. i www.youfit.es

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TAKE A LOOK AT THE IMPRESSIVE GALLOTTI&RADICE 2021 COLLECTION AND IMAGINE RELAXING IN A RANGE OF TEMPTING SPA LOUNGERS OR GENTLY ROCKING IN A SWING CHAIR, WHICH ARE ALL THE RAGE. KEEP YOUR BROW COOL THIS SUMMER WITH A CLASSY HAT FROM CLEMENT & GRACE AND DRESS TO IMPRESS WITH CHIC BEACHWEAR FROM MELISSA ODABASH.

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Combining tradition with innovation for over six decades, Gallotti&Radice has earned its place as one of Italy's most prestigious furniture designer brands. With an undying passion for glass combined with the most surprising range of finishes, the brand continues to create new styles for the home and office that aim beyond temporary trends. WORDS MADDIE QUINN

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n the midst of a strict lockdown, Milan's annual design show, the Milano Design City 2021, has been postponed to September, but many companies set up shop to unveil their new collections already. This year, to showcase their new products and line expansions, Gallotti&Radice partnered with Salvioni Design Solutions. Together, they created a new showroom arrangement which explores the transversality of the brand's style, as always, highlighting elegant and exclusive living concepts. The 2021 collection presents fascinating chromatic combinations, adds a light feminine touch, and follows natural spherical lines.

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THE LIVING AREA Dainelli Studio presents Lilas, the compact and stylish armchair with an extremely soft fabric cover which is also removable for convenience. Combining them with the Elissa Sectional sofa will maintain the construction of aesthetic patterns provided by the intricately shaped low-pile Resia rug, a soft velvety floor covering that will increase the comfort feeling further.

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SITTING IN STYLE Clemo and Monete are two new coffee tables designed by Massimo Castagna. Clemo takes its name from Ceppo di Gre’, which is an exclusive natural stone found on the slopes of Mount Clemo, by the northwestern shore of Lake Iseo. Monete, meanwhile, is a rather unique looking table consisting of naturally spotted, burnished metal circles wedged together. To complement the look, Castagna also presents a variant of the arched, best seller Audrey sofa in an XS version.

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THE SHIRO TABLE

FOR PLUSH DINING Oscar and Gabriele Buratti’s beautiful creation, the new Shiro table comes with an ebony finished inlaid top over solid oval milled-wood bases. It is combined with the new Akiko chair that reinterprets the lines of the classic armchair for a more contemporary look.

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THE LIVRETTE CHAIR

LIVRE & LIVRETTE The young and talented Federica Biasi reinterprets the Livre armchair through a swivel version and introduces Livrette, a new upholstered chair with a black ash wood base. They come wrapped in some gorgeous luxury fabrics.

THE HIDE & SEEK BOOKCASE

HIDE & SEEK BOOKCASE Following spherical lines, the Hide & Seek bookcase was born by Pietro Russo’s creativity. Also functional as a sideboard, its structure is made of shelves and polished lacquered halfcylinders. It is available in lacquered red and gray.

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PRESIDENT DESK – 50TH ANNIVERSARY (1971-2021) The well known President Desk celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special Gold Limited Edition, designed by Silvia Gallotti. It is manufactured in extra light tempered glass that is decorated with the artisan brushing effect known as ‘crisscross gold’. Its metal and joint components are also painted with this exclusive finish for a gold total look. The glass sheets areDESK joined with THE PRESIDENT Gallotti&Radice´s signature element, which over the years has become a staple in their production. e

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With the growing trend of including a spa in modern house design, new equipment and furniture like saunas and loungers become a focus of interest. You can’t exactly pop to the shop to acquire them, but the number of specialised companies offering wellness installations are growing. For some inspiration, we explore one of Spain’s top manufacturer’s range of luxury spa lounger designs that are featured in top hotels all across the country. WORDS MADDIE QUINN

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elaxation forms an important part of a wellness circuit, so as well as saunas, baths and cabins, a good spa should also include a quiet and private space where the mind can rest and the body can return to its balance. An area with tiled or stone benches that emanate optimum heat

will do the job perfectly, maximising the health benefits while also enhancing the visual impact of the interior. The best loungers with a long lifespan will be constructed from high quality, durable materials with an ergonomic shape and come with a seamlessly integrated heating system. ›

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COCOON One of Freixanet’s latest creations instantly become a muse for the luxury spa at the new L’Azure Hotel in Lloret de Mar. The Cocoon can be called a lounger, an armchair or perhaps a bed, but it surely ticks all the boxes of comfort and relaxation. Living up to its name, its organic lines snugly encase the body while the built-in heating system keeps the stone at an optimum temperature. Its elegantly avantgarde design offers versatile use and fits well with any spa interior.

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MINIMAL The Minimal model follows the body with straight lines for a very slick and contemporary look. A watertight light strip is aesthetically integrated under the bed and into the bottom of the structure to add an extra dimension and a warm ambience to the space. Among others, Barcelo’s Royal Hideaway opted for this minimal design to enhance their five-star elegance.

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Hotel Samos, Mallorca

FREIXANET FOR PERFECTION Freixanet’s exclusive manufacturing system, Wellpro® enables the building of structures that provide maximum resistance in a humid spa environment. Using Wellpro®, every design can be adapted in shape and size to fit any particular space without compromising durability or quality. Both their regular models and tailor-made solutions can be clad with a range of materials including mosaic, porcelain and ceramic tiles or sensual natural stone. Needless to say that for ultimate comfort, all designs come native with state-of-the-art heating installation.

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HEATED STONE BENCH An easy way to enhance your spa’s design is to create a central focal point with a heated stone bench. It’s not only aesthetically pleasing, but also a very practical element as it provides an easy resting point between wellness sessions such as a sauna, showers or dynamic pools.

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ERGO Secrets Wild Orchid, Montego Bay

LET’S PLUNGE If you developed a taste for a private spa, Freixanet doesn’t stop at loungers. From saunas, integrated steam cabins, hydrotherapy baths or wellness showers to specialised pools, they offer just about everything to do with wellness equipment. Their worldwide service even reaches Marbella where they have not only designed and installed spas for hotels such as Finca Cortesin, Healthouse Las Dunas and Don Carlos Resort & Spa, but also in high profile residential areas like La Zagaleta and Sierra Blanca.

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Traditional but elegant, this wavy spa lounger lends itself to a mosaic tiled finish. Its dynamic shape is both highly ergonomic and inviting for what one could imagine as a floating sensation. Perfect for the ultimate relaxation while also making a strong but fun statement as a design feature.

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The new KIDA hanging structure from Dedon

SWING INTO THE SUNSET

If you are looking to jazz up your décor indoor our outside, a luxury hanging chair might just do the job. Whether added as a design statement or for an extra touch of fun, there is nothing more comforting than the gentle rocking motion while curled up in a cocoon-like pod. They are beautifully versatile pieces satisfying both design and function. You can hang them from a tree, on your terrace or even install indoors as a focal point. Some models are self standing with their own framework so you can enjoy them straight out of the box. We bring you some of the latest luxury designs that are perfect for rocking & lounging this summer. DISCOVERED BY MADDIE QUINN 146 / JULY 2021 ESSENTIAL MAGAZINE


KIDA – DEDON

With KIDA, Stephen Burks has designed a hanging lounge chair as delightful to look at as to use. Wrapped in DEDON's signature fibre, it features a cradle-like organic form that’s open, airy, light and inviting. Once inside, users can luxuriate in KIDA’s comfy cushion, which covers the entire seating area, and feel, in Burks’ own words, “as free as the breeze” when swinging. www.dedon.de

MAIA – KETTAL

Having already conquered a few seasons, an evergreen favourite is the Kettal Maia collection which was designed by Patricia Urquiola. It is beautifully crafted from the artisan brand's innovative synthetic fibre with a sturdy aluminium structure that simultaneously provide natural lightness and elegance. The Maia swing is a part of a family of sofas, chairs and footstools for the outdoors with the same intricate pattern design. www.kettal.com

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LAGOM – HOMMÉS STUDIO

We found this sophisticated leather swing chair in the summer 2021 collection of exclusive furniture brand Hommés Studio. The Lagom swing chair takes up the iconic egg shape and is fused with design elements that are both timeless and trendy. The striking upholstery come in different colours, with olive, red or gold profile and is designed to add a luxurious touch to your home. www.hommes.studio

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This summer, get yourself some extra shade with a sophisticated handmade hat that is guaranteed to turn heads. Launched by Grace in 2018 after striving to find quality hats for the modern woman and named after St. Clement who became the Patron Saint to Felt Hat Makers, Clement & Grace is a luxury brand specialising in classic Fedora and Panama hats. They create bespoke statement accessories for an individual look that you will feel fabulous wearing.

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CLEMENT & GRACE FOR HAT LOVERS WORDS BY MADDIE QUINN MODEL ZAIRA DI VIELMA PHOTOGRAPHY MIE EG DAMGAARD

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ummer is sizzling and we love these fun dresses and kaftans from Melissa Odabash’s 2021 collection. Some finished with deluxe golden accessories, others decorated with bohemian inspired embroidery, all garments are crafted from lightweight breathable fabrics for the ultimate pairing of style and comfort. Whether to dress up or down, you will find everything from crisp playsuits to lacy curveenhanching dresses for wearing by day or for those balmy evening strolls by the beach. Our favourites are the Yanni white shorts boasting attractive golden buttons and a trendy high-waisted fit and the sexy silhouetted Chelsea dress available in white or navy.

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GUCCI – LINK TO LOVE Coming in shades of rose, white and yellow gold, combine or stack to create your own style.

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RINGS TO IMPRESS Rings come in endless combinations and are often symbolic; the deeper the meaning, the steeper the price tag. But as with all things fashionable the need for change is apparent, so put aside those precious stones for a minute and take a look at some fun new designs for the summer that will still impress, but (hopefully) without breaking your bank. DISCOVERED BY MADDIE QUINN

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DIOR – CD NAVY A new sophisticated version of the CD logo line, with gold coloured metal and white crystals.

BALENCIAGA – BLAZE ROW RING A commanding block design in silver or brass and crystal.

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BURBERRY – SIGNET RING A new, modern take on a signet ring, gold and platinum plated with Burberry’s monogram.

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www.givenchi.com GIVENCHY – G CHAIN TWO TONE RING Polished metal ring with a silver or gold finish, combined with a glittery pink or silver resin inlay.

TIFFANY – SILVER SQUARE A fresh, contemporary design from the Tiffany T collection. Highly combinable.

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3 – REEBOK ZIG 3D STORM HYDRO COTTWEILER This futuristic design was born in collaboration with British menswear brand Cottweiler that creates avantgarde garments with an innovative twist. This Reebok model is inspired by the technical design of the shoes used for water sports such as whitewater kayaking. The quick lacing system features a TPU safety hook at the toe and the laces are secured with a special protection system. www.marcodalmaso.com MARCO DAL MASO – THE PRIDE RING Celebrating all love stories, the rainbow colours are hand-painted with enamel by Italian artisans and made with 100% recycled silver.

MICHAEL KORS Combinable frame and inset models made in silver, CLICK TO BUY plated with 14K gold, rose gold and rhodium.

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WE TRY OUT A CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT AT CRYOFAST IN PUERTO BANÚS AND REPORT ON THE EXPERIENCE AND BENEFITS. DR. BEATE ABRAHAM-NILSEN OF THE NORMED CLINIC IN MARBELLA EXPLAINS ISSUES CAUSING PRESSURE IN THE EAR AND CORRESPONDING TREATMENTS, AND WELLBEING COACH, DAVID HURST INSPIRES US TO BECOME ENERGISED.

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CRYOTHERAPY

Exposing yourself to -120ºC might seem like an odd path to health, but the cold therapy trend is growing and with new research emerging, it claims more and more legitimate benefits for a number of medical conditions. We visit Cryofast, Marbella’s Cryotherapy centre to find out what it’s like to step into the frozen world of a Cryosauna. WORDS MADDIE QUINN

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ot likely to happen in Marbella, but if you have walked the streets in a snow storm before with the cold wind hitting your face, you will not find the cryotherapy sensation unfamiliar. The benefits of jumping into freezing cold water after a hot sauna are well known but what if you can achieve this and more, saving all the wet mess and discomfort

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for another day? Cold therapy involves suddenly lowering the body temperature to near freezing conditions to induce a series of biochemical responses that affect bodily functions for the better. It increases blood circulation, stimulates the lymphatic system and collagen production, reduces inflammation, nerve irritation, arthritic and muscle pain

among others. It is also said to strengthen immunity and speed up recuperation from injuries, so regular sessions for athletes are becoming increasingly popular.

TYPES OF CRYOTHERAPY Cryotherapy can be applied either to the full body or locally, to treat specific conditions. The Cryosauna is a specially designed pod where the body


can be exposed from -110ºC to -160ªC cold over one to three minutes, monitored by a qualified technician. There are also a number of ways Cryotherapy can be administered locally. One study found that applying it to the neck area can reduce migraine pain significantly and it proves effective for numbing torments such as pinched nerves or even acute injuries. Cryofast also offers Cryo Facial, which involves ultra cold dry air streamed over the face in a sequence that resembles a massage, leaving you rested and de-stressed. It is not only the most pleasant therapy I’ve tried but the most visibly rewarding one with my skin becoming

smooth and firm after just one session. Reducing lines and stimulating collagen production, it’s a refreshing and detoxifying treatment overall.

MY FULL BODY CRYOTHERAPY EXPERIENCE I removed my clothes and entered the plush cushioned chamber of the Cryosauna. For the full effect, you only have to spend three minutes and you will even lose up to 800 calories! I was given comfy boots and gloves to protect my extremities and the platform was adjusted to height so my head was excluded. The extreme cold entered as a dry mist that felt quite refreshing to start with. The temperature

lowered gradually, and I easily braved the 3rd minute, which they say only improves with each treatment as your system adjusts to the experience. When I stepped out, my body was measuring 14º C. A hot tea and biscuits were offered and gladly accepted. In a few minutes everything returned to normal and later that day I noticed that all my aches and pains of the long hours in front of the computer were gone. Having been the first time, my body was riding through the aftermath of it for days, with the need of taking in lots of extra water and sleep, a sign of what I would describe as the most powerful detox process I’ve ever experienced. ›

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or other anomalies, and it is not Cryotherapy has been long used suitable for children or pregnant for medical purposes, to freeze women. If you are in doubt, and remove unwanted or damaged consult your doctor before opting tissue. Extreme cold and freezing for a full body treatment. have also been adapted for treating injuries and even to reduce CRYOFAST FOR OPTIMISED WELLNESS localised fat. The hypothermic shock that the full body treatment Nothing to do with cold, Cryofast also offers Andalucía’s only body produces is generally accepted to modelling LPG machine which be safe but it is still under further research, so as a precaution there provides a short, high intensity workout in just a few minutes. are certain conditions which will They expand their service with exclude you from the joy of trying this revolutionary machine to help it. Before the first session you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire build muscle and to shed even more calories super efficiently. which highlights the areas of concern such as heart conditions, The element ‘fast’ in Cryofast’s name was inspired by the concept extremely high blood pressure 166 / JULY 2021 ESSENTIAL MAGAZINE

of completing a full circuit of wellness treatments in a short period of time, which can fit into anyone’s schedule with ease. They offer a package of the LPG HUBER 360º FIIT, a full body, and a facial or local cryotherapy session together at a reduced price, all of which can be completed in just 30 minutes. Repeat sessions and membership packages are also available which further reduce the cost and are comperable with a regular gym membership but provide a more holistic approach to wellbeing and fitness. e

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blocked or fails to open properly due to inflammation or obstruction. This plugged feeling occurs as air cannot get into the middle ear and the air pressure becomes unequal. As a result the middle ear becomes destabilised and if left untreated, in more severe cases, can cause permanent hearing damage.

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It is a condition affecting up to 5 per cent of the adult population. It occurs when the Eustachian tube becomes

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of three parts; the outer, middle and the inner ear. The outer ear conducts the sound and when the sound vibrates the eardrum, this again sends vibrations to three small bones in the middle ear (malleus, incus and stapes). These three bones form a bridge from the tympanic membrane to the oval window. The sound then arrives to the inner ear. The Eustachian tubes are small tubes that run between your middle ears and the upper throat. They are responsible for equalising ear pressure and draining fluid from the middle ear. Among


problems that cause blockage to these tubes, we can include obstructions in the the throat, enlarged adenoids or tumours, inflammation and mucus due to allergies, hormones or upper air way infection, or a blockage in the middle ear such as middle ear infection or a local infection as a cholesteatoma. The symptoms normally include a plugged feeling in the ears. Sometimes the ears feel like they are filled with water. Others are: tinnitus, vertigo, pain, reduced hearing and clicking or popping sounds in your ear. The symptoms sometimes become worse with altitude changes.

ARE THERE ANY HOME REMEDIES TO START WITH BEFORE I GO TO THE DOCTOR? As a general advice, no matter the etiology of the blockage, yawning and chewing gum may help to equilibrate the air pressure. You might also use a saline nasal spray to help clean your passageways.

HOW CAN I GET THIS FIXED? If the plugged sensation does not disappear by itself, you might want to go to an Otorhinolaryngologist (ENT doctor). The doctor will ask you several questions such as how long have you had the problem? Allergies? Snoring? Pain? Reduced hearing? Tinnitus? Pregnant? Medications? Stress? The doctor will then examine your ears; this is to check that there is no earwax or infection in the outer ear

conduct. If the outer ear is normal, the doctor will evaluate your eardrum and its position, look for liquid or other abnormalities in the middle ear. The doctor might ask you to close your mouth, hold your nose, and gently blow as if you are blowing your nose, this is called the Valsalva maneuver, and is used to see if the eardrum is moving. They will also conduct a further painless test to measure the function of the middle ear, called Tympanometry. The doctor will then explore your nose and throat to make sure there are no blockages, and if present will explore allergies via a prick-test for nuemoallergens.

Some hospitals also preform Eustachian tube balloon dilatation where the surgeon inflates a small balloon into the Eustachian tube through the nose. The inflated balloon clears a passageway for mucus and air. This treatment is used when the inflammation of the Eustachian tube is extensive and when other treatments are not helping. e

CAN ETD BE TREATED AND WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T TREAT IT? First you have to detect the cause. The patient is often prescribed with anti-histamines and anti-inflammatory medication, especially after a common cold or known allergies. If an allergy is identified and the problem is recurrent, you might consider allergy vaccination. Severe infections are treated with antibiotics and topical treatments, and if there is a blockage in the upper throat, this can be surgically removed. In cases of severe ETD, this condition can cause middle ear infection, otitis media with effusion (also called glue ear) and eardrum retraction. This might require the surgical placement of tubes in the eardrum (grommets), which allows pressure to equalise in the middle ear.

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HOW TO GET ENERGISED TO BE...

THE BEST YOU

Everyone wants to be the best version of themselves – yet we live in a whirlwind world that all too often seems to take our energy. So we don’t do many of the things we know we need to do. Thankfully, there are several simple things that anyone can do to get extraordinarily energised. WORDS DAVID HURST

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successful methods. There are others as well – but here are definitely some of the most effective energisers.

Z GET UP EARLIER It might not make sense to start the day 30 minutes sooner, especially if you’re lacking energy. But it is

extremely beneficial to do this – so that you don’t rush into each day. Starting calmly, with meditation is best. Breathe slowly, relax and be mindful of things such as your breathing or the view. Also, I always suggest that people stop looking at social media and the news as soon as you open your eyes.


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Don’t run through all those things that need to be done that day either. These will only steal positive energy. Z KEEP IT IN THE DAY In fact, keeping it in the present moment is the most energising way of all to live. Having regrets about the past or worries for the future only steals positive energy for the present. Nobody can change the past or predict the future. So living in the past or the future will often create negative feelings. These feelings will cause more negative thoughts and put you in a vicious circle. Instead, keep it in the day you’re in right now.  

Z THINK POSITIVE As stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius said: “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” This can sound too simple, especially to someone suffering from anxiety or depression. But the fact is everyone has a choice over which thoughts to focus on out of the 4,000 or so we have every waking hour. Make sure to ignore the negative ones and listen to the positive. Writing a gratitude list is a fantastic way to get positive. This is writing

several things for which you’re grateful – such as your friends and the sunshine. Saying positive affirmations helps many people too. These are words such as: “I have many strengths” and “I can.” Write a daily gratitude list and say positive affirmations even – or perhaps especially – if you don’t feel like it. Another energy booster is to ensure you’re around people who are positive. Choose people who are for you.

Z BE KIND TO YOURSELF This means eating plenty of fresh fruit and veg. Don’t rush meals or eat too much as digesting will take up energy – and being greedy is never emotionally good for us. Make sure to exercise most days. On seeing and feeling the benefits, it will increase self-esteem and boost energy. If you’re drinking too much or taking mood-altering drugs, consider that you may need to cut down or stop. If it proves difficult or seemingly impossible to cut down, you probably need to stop. Consider if you’re working too many hours. If you are, you really need to find ways to work less. Ensure to sleep serenely too. Going to bed at a regular time will help. If you still have trouble sleeping, seek professional help.

Likewise with cutting down or quitting anything.

Z DO WHAT INSPIRES YOU Be generous with time, money, qualities and talents. When you give, you gain – because giving always leaves people feeling positive inside. This boosts energy. Never be scared of using talents either – after all, you’ve been given them for good reason. Many people don’t use a talent though because they’re too influenced by cultural and family expectations. This is why so many people climb the ladder of success, but always know deep down that it’s up against the wrong wall. If we’re doing something that inspires us, we’ll always have great energy. Then we can live the life we truly want – and be who we really can be. g David Hurst is a Wellbeing Coach with four books published on emotional and mental health recovery, including 12 Steps To 1 Hero and The Anxiety Conversation. He has also written for publications around the world including The Times, The Guardian, Psychologies, Esquire and Marie Claire. To find out more or contact David to see how he can help you or someone you love, visit: david-hurst.com

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MICHEL CRUZ INTERVIEWS A NUMBER OF LEADING LOCAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS IN ASSEMBLING A REPORT ON THE CURRENT STATE OF PLAY IN THE MARBELLA PROPERTY MARKET. LOCAL EVENTS ARE ONCE AGAIN HAPPENING WITH INCREASING REGULARITY AND OUR PHOTOGRAPHER WAS THERE TO SNAP THEM. CATCH UP ON THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE LOCAL BUSINESS SCENE.

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THE COSTA DEL SOL PROPERTY MARKET

AFTER COVID

To say that the period since the onset of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 has been a strange and challenging one is an understatement. Now, as the world opens up once more and we slowly return to our normal routines, we assess the state of the Costa del Sol property market in discussion with some of its leading experts. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF PARTICIPATING AGENCIES

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s we reclaim the freedoms we once took for granted – one of them being freedom of movement – people once more return to the streets, shops, businesses, restaurants and other establishments that form the fabric of our society and backbone of our economy. If no more unexpected setbacks are suffered, we will be on the path back to recovering what has been lost, but what have we learned along the way, what perspectives have we gained, and how is the market operating right now and expected to be performing in the months and years to come? How have things been since the end of lockdown? “I think we’ve all seen how the gradual opening up has given the Costa del Sol a boost, but even so it would have been hard to predict the response from the buying public,” says Smadar Kahana, owner of five Engel & Völkers shops in the greater Marbella area. “Currently, sales figures have rapidly risen to a level we haven’t seen in the almost twenty years that we have been active in this market. The demand is clearly top-down, with

the main emphasis on the mid to high end segments, and focused primarily on luxury modern villas and apartments/ penthouses in top locations. It really is quite astounding, and appears to be a combination of pent-up demand and a decision to seize the day and push for quality of life and enjoyment following the Covid lockdown experience.” Has Covid changed the way business is done? “Modern technological developments in the fields of communication, drone video and also virtual viewing tours derived from gaming technology have been gathering pace over the past decade,” says Stacy Welch of Solvilla, “but their adoption on a mass scale was slow and gradual until Covid hit. The need to adapt quickly and embrace these tools in an everyday environment has pushed our industry and many others ahead by eight to ten years. Even though you will never replace personal service or visiting a property and location in person, the new methods of working and communicating are here to stay and will only continue to develop further.” › WWW.ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM / 175


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Anssi and Sirena Kiviranta of Strand Properties

How did the Covid situation affect the property sector on the Costa del Sol? “It can’t be denied that it was a great challenge,” says Anssi Kiviranta of Strand Properties. “The biggest problem was certainly not a lack of interest and enquiries, but the severe restrictions on international travel, which greatly limited the number of people coming here to view and ultimately buy properties. That said, those in the higher income spheres, especially people with access to private jets, could and did come, and this is one of the reasons why the top end of the market has been so dominant over the past year.”

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Michael J. Liggan, Director of Altavista

Are buyers looking for anything different than before? “Yes,” says Michael Liggan of Altavista. “But subtly so. They still want stylish modern properties with attractive lifestyle amenities, open-plan interiors and a good location, but more important than ever are also space, green zones, proximity to amenities as well as

nature, and areas that can be used as office space.” As a specialist commercialising agent and developer with particular expertise in contemporary villas, Altavista is incorporating these elements into its designs. “We satisfy an important mid-high segment and in recent years this has become a specialisation in villas, many of which have exactly the kind of features people are looking for right now. We have seen that they will compromise a little on some of the things on their wish list, as well as on location, but given the urgency many of them feel right now towards acquiring a property in Marbella, one of the key factors is finding a home that suites them, especially since the stock of ready, new-build modern villas is running low.” ›

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Smadar Kahana, Managing Director of Engel & Völkers Marbella

La Fuente Marbella, exclusively promoted by Engel & Völkers

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And how will prices develop? “If things continue as now there may be pressure for them to grow too much, and this wouldn’t be good for the market in the longer term,” says Smadar (Engel & Völkers). “Another important thing to keep in mind is the fact that the strongest demand is and for some time has been for newly built properties in Marbella, not for existing re-sales, with the exception of redeveloped/highly renovated properties. This means that re-sale properties cannot track the prices of new homes, and that owners have to price their properties sensibly in order to find buyers. Such pricing should always take into account the cost, effort and time that goes into renovation.”


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Are most still buying holiday homes? “The majority of our clients continue to be second-home buyers,” says Anssi Kiviranta (Strand Properties), “but the proportion of people looking to relocate permanently and base themselves in Marbella is greater than ever and continues to grow. As part of this trend, the average age has also continued to drop further and many of our clients are now young families in their forties who are not retired but clearly working independently and remotely. They feel the Costa del Sol is an excellent, safe base with a clear focus on quality of life, an expanding offer of co-working centres and good connections with the rest of the world. The growing focus on fulltime living in Marbella is also having its effect on property design, resulting in larger interior spaces, the importance of features such as storage, workspaces, sizable bedroom suites and also the demand for manageable but spacious gardens.”

How do you see the market evolving in the near future? “We foresee continued and in some cases accelerated growth for the remainder of this year and next – the so-called recovery period – but this of course supposes there will be no more lockdowns and travel restrictions will continue to ease as we begin to leave the Covid experience behind us,” says Stacy (Solvilla). Thereafter the market will find a new equilibrium, but we expect it to be at a healthy level of sales.” What will be the final impact of Covid for the Costa del Sol real estate market? “Firstly, a release of pent-up and lifestyle-driven demand,” says Michael (Altavista), “but in the long term it will further emphasise the quality of life this region offers and have pushed the property sector into the future with regard to modern technologies and methods of work. Beyond this, I believe we will return to many of the factors that dominated the market before Covid, and of course some things – such as quality of location, property and service – will never change.” e WWW.ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM / 179


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SOLVILLA

NEW VILLA EXPERTS WITH A KNOWING TOUCH One of the acknowledged leaders in not only selling but also creating bespoke modern villas in Marbella, Solvilla has established a reputation because it remains true to a clear set of operating principles. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SOLVILLA

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hough not an ‘old’ company, Solvilla is already established as a leading name in the Marbella property market. More than this, the focus is clear as this is a specialist operation that dedicates itself to modern villas in the most desirable locations of Marbella. In fact, the main real estate offering of Solvilla is situated within a carefully selected collection of prime residential areas that satisfy the tough criteria set by a firm in touch with its clients’ wants and needs. “As a company, we have always been keenly aware of what our clientele looks

for in a Marbella property,” says Torgeir Wemmestad-Haaland, who founded the company and instilled it with a distinct operating philosophy in the wake of the world financial crisis. “Then, as now, conditions were not exactly perfect, but as now there was a strong inherent demand for the way of life – the space, nature, views, leisure amenities and sociable lifestyle – that this part of the world offers. By not just selling properties to buyers but tailoring our offering to what they truly wish for, we built a name for ourselves and gradually became specialists within our niche segment.” ›

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MODERN VILLAS The first group of buyers who immediately felt associated with this philosophy were his fellow Norwegians, followed by other Scandinavians and now a truly broad international and also Spanish client base. “We never wanted to become an exclusively Scandinavian agency, but naturally this is our core market, and much of the real estate that we have since developed or promoted is modelled in the first instance on contemporary Scandinavian design and lifestyle concepts.” In this way, Solvilla has contributed to the design revolution that has transformed Marbella homes in recent years. In so doing, it has also become an expert in modern

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villas, focusing above all on sleek architectural design, flowing open-plan interiors, outdoor lifestyle features and that uniquely Scandinavian blend of cool minimalism and homely hygge, a word whose English translation (cosiness) does not really do it full justice. “Very important is the fact that we took inspiration from all these cues, but always with our Mediterranean setting and Andalusian cultural environment in mind,” says Sales Director, Stacy Welch. It is this blend of Nordic and Marbella elements that is shaping and now also redefining 21st century villas in this area, along with modern technology and conveniences.

A MIDAS TOUCH Everything Solvilla has touched appears to have been a success, with its mostly small boutique villa developments finding a ready market among an increasingly international buying public. “I think that our effectiveness both as developers in combination with investors and as a commercialising agent for quality third party developers is thanks to two key points, the first being the fact that we are always listening to our clients’ feedback and evolving and improving the properties we represent, and the second being the way in which product development and sales/ marketing presentation are matched.”


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In other words, the commercialising approach matches the careful consideration and tasteful style that also goes into designing Solvilla’s own projects, or in advising developer clients. “But,” adds Stacy, “it is also about being discerning, and we decided long ago that Solvilla should not be a company that offers ‘everything, everywhere’, but rather a purveyor of quality in the best locations Marbella has to offer.” For this reason the company specialises in areas such as Sierra Blanca, La Quinta, Puente Romano and Nueva Andalucía, where the latest new boutique project, Brisas 1 is currently being launched.

AN EVOLVING OFFER The two Las Brisas villas with imposing golf and La Concha Mountain views that make up this small development reflect the way in which Solvilla does indeed evolve its real estate offering. “We hold true to certain standards and concepts of development,” says Torgeir, “but within this we challenge ourselves to keep up with the latest trends and demands of our buying public. This means an evolving interpretation of styling, materials, finishes, décor, landscaping, use of light and space, and also distribution of lifestyle amenities such as panoramic infinity edge pools, sun decks, outdoor sitting

areas with fire pits, entertainment and games rooms, and much more." “Ultimately, our business and our ability to successfully fulfil our clients’ wish lists come down not so much to selling as it does to getting it right and creating the best possible properties available for sale in Marbella. If anything, our capacity to do so is our calling card and the thing we are most proud of.” g SOLVILLA Tel: (+34) 952 765 060. info@solvilla.es, www.solvilla.es

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CASA DE LA ERA A NEW VENUE FOR PRIVATE EVENTS Casa de la Era recently relaunched with a party following a complete refurb. It now has a spacious terrace with cocktail areas and amazing views, the restaurant with a grand kitchen, an amphitheatre, and a four bedroom villa, and can host events for up to 300 guests. i www.casadelaera.com

“An event is not over until everyone is tired of talking about it” – Mason Cooley

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C. DE SALAMANCA OPEN DAY C. de Salamanca hosted an open day at their installations in San Pedro de Alcántara to present the wonderful collection of Ferraris that are currently available. A visiting team from Maranello, the home of the brand, attended visitors together with the company’s staff. i www.cdesalamanca.com

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COLLECTIVE CALLING GLAMOUR GALA Collective Calling hosted an evening full of elegance at the sublime Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Hotel. The gala was a resounding success with more than €30.000 raised for the charity’s projects here in Spain and in Tanzania. i www.collectivecalling.org

“Real charity is giving from the heart without taking credit” – Michael Jackson

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SOLVILLA OPEN HOUSE Solvilla invited real estate agents and members of the press to view BRISAS 1 and BRISAS 2, two luxurious LA style villas in the heart of Nueva Andalucía, with commanding views over the Golf Valley towards La Concha. i www.solvilla.es

“The only bad time to buy property is later” – Steve Bolton

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GRUPO OTERO PRESENTS OCEANIC Grupo Otero hosted a well-attended event to present Oceanic, a €35M investment comprising a collection of 25 spectacular villas in the Campo de Gibraltar area, all with outstanding sea views. The event was themed on Las Vegas, with live music, roulette tables, Blackjack and more. All invitees were given thousands of Otero dollars to play with for the many prizes on offer. i www.otero.com.es

“Smell the sea and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly” – Van Morrison

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CULTURE CLUB MARBELLA Culture Club Marbella, a private members club dedicated to creating unique cultural, artistic and gastronomic experiences on the Costa del Sol, announced MAESTRO Summer Seasons. This new initiative will showcase musical talents through exclusive performances of classical and contemporary classical music at the Anantara Villa Padierna Palace amphitheatre, launching with the performance by Borja Niso of works by Ludovico Einaudi. Members of Culture Club Marbella and select guests also recently attended an exclusive presentation of the history of the house of Bvulgari at the illustrious firm’s boutique in Puerto Banús. i www.cultureclubmarbella.com www.maestrosummerseasons.com

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STARLITE CELEBRATES 10 YEARS STARLITE is back in Marbella, celebrating its 10th anniversary and returning stronger than ever, This year, the boutique festival will open its doors for more than 80 days, the longest edition in its history. From June 18 to September 4, great stars such as Pablo Alborán, Raphael, Pablo López, Miguel Ríos, José Luis Perales, Plácido

Domingo, Tom Jones, Ara Malikian, Lola Indigo, Camilo, Nicky Jam, Bonnie Tyler, Carlos Rivera, Alan Parsons, Sebastián Yatra, Nathy Peluso, Morat and many more, will perform in what promises to be a memorable summer. Music lovers will be also delighted to hear that the annual festival has been confirmed until at least 2027! i www.starlitemarbella.com  

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NVOGA II PADDLE TOURNAMENT Organised by pioneering real estate firm Nvoga, headed up by Jose Carlos León, in support of children in need in Kasese, Uganda, the II Real Estate Sector Solidarity Paddle Tournament saw a host of local teams competing at the Higuerón Resort over a weekend that not only involved paddle, but also volley playa, and a friendly football match with Spain vs the Rest of the World. The event, now in its 2nd year, attracted numerous prestigious sponsors and collaborators, consolidating it as a regular annual fixture. Congratulations to Nvoga for trailblazing this initiative i www.nvoga.com

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DESTINATION WEDDINGS The Union of Wedding Professionals of Málaga recently presented the international bridal tourism project, Destination Weddings. Union Bodas Málaga, established in March of this year, is the first association of professionals in the bridal sector. Its main objectives are to support brides and grooms with comprehensive information, to unite professionals working in the sector, and to promote international wedding tourism, a much needed initiative following the great setbacks the industry has suffered as a result of the pandemic.i www.unionbodasmalaga.com


ELECTRIC CRAFT AT PUERTO BANÚS A new agreement between Puerto Banús and Volta Yachts will see the iconic marina at the forefront of the electric yacht sector. The luxury nautical venue will be the first electric yacht distributor in southern Spain, with the firm commitment to lead the transformation

of navigation towards sustainable sailing. This initiative, trading as Volta Banús, will promote and market hybrid and electric vessels in the south of the peninsula and North Africa, comprising yachts, catamarans, motor boats and jet skis, in which the Greenline Yacht in its hybrid and electric variants will be one of the star models. i www.puerto-banus.com

SUITE MIJAS An investment of €60M is being made by the promotor Brosh in the Suite Mijas urbanisation. SuiteMijas is an ambitious project composed of almost 400 homes which will be developed in several phases. All of the homes will have private terraces or gardens and the development will include swimming pools and children’s play areas. The project was launched recently with a laying of the first stone ceremony which was attended by Bin Fang Hu, CEO of Brosh, Carlos Martin, Director of Brosh Promotions, Andrés Ruiz, Town Planning Councillor of the Mijas Townhall, and Sergio Calvete, Director of the CaixaBank Business Centre. i www.brosh.es WWW.ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM / 193


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D-LUXE DESIGNER VILLAS Imagine designing, creating and stepping into your Marbella dream home in a stunning location. With D-Luxe Designer Villas, NCH Dallimore Marbella’s experienced team of experts design, build and furnish your dream home, guiding you every step of the way. Offering selected plots from 1,000 – 10,000 m2, you can create your designer home in the most sublime location, including La Zagaleta, Sierra Blanca, Golden Mile, Finca Cortesin and Altos de los Monteros. With intricate knowledge of the terrain, their specialist architects are taking designer living to new heights with innovative, highly desirable creations in stunning natural surroundings. i www.designs.dallimoremarbella.com

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LA CIUDADELA MARBELLA

RESTAURANT RENDEZVOUS® Restaurant Rendezvous is a unique upmarket dating service based in Marbella, composed of local and international members who are personally vetted. If you are fed up of swiping left or right, writing endless emails or being disappointed by fake online profiles, let them help you find that someone special whether for friendship, companionship, or your Soulmate! Whatever your status – single, divorced or widowed – they are here to hold your hand every step of the way, whether you haven’t dated in a long time or have come out of a marriage and are scared to take those first steps into the world of dating. i kezia@keziawellbeing.com

La Ciudadela Marbella will comprise a collection of exclusive and sophisticated boutique hotels in some of the most privileged locations in the historic centre of Marbella. Maison Ardois and Hotel Santo Cristo are the first openings of La Ciudadela Marbella, which will soon be followed by new additions. Each of these hotels, located in unique locations in Marbella, have been completely renovated, combining stately architecture from the 19th and early 20th centuries with contemporary elegant interior design. Guests will enjoy a wide gastronomic offer with access to a number of haute cuisine restaurants. i www.laciudadelamarbella.com WWW.ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM / 195


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VITHAS GROUP NEWS The Vithas Group, through the Vithas Xanit International and Vithas Málaga Hospitals, has reached a sponsorship agreement with the Teatro del Soho CaixaBank in Málaga becoming the official medical service of the cultural venue. The signing of the agreement took place at a ceremony attended by Mercedes Mengibar, territorial director of Vithas in Andalucía, and Javier Banderas, administrator of the Teatro de Soho CaixaBank. In other news, the Vithas Group announced that it had achieved a reduction in CO2 emissions of 709 tons in 2020, equivalent to the planting of 2,365 trees. i www.vithas.es

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More than 1,000 participants took part in its traditional annual charity fundraising walk. Due to the pandemic, for the second time the event was organised virtually, with 1,145 people taking part in different types of sporting activities both at home and in public places. Participants also shared fun photos and activities on social networks. Cudeca Hospice managed to raise more than €20.000, double that of last year, thanks to the participants, volunteers, donors and sponsors. i www.cudeca.org


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OCEAN CLUB IS A VERITABLE PARADISE BY THE SEA ALONGSIDE PUERTO BANÚS WHERE YOU CAN SPEND THE ENTIRE DAY CHILLING WITH YOUR BESTIES WITH GREAT MUSIC, FOOD AND BAR SERVICE ON TAP. CHECK OUT WHAT’S MAKING WAVES ON THE GOURMET SCENE AND GET READY TO TASTE AWARD-WINNING ORCHIDEA SAUVIGNON BLANC AND CORAL ROSADO WINES FROM BODEGA INURRIETA.

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PARADISE FOUND AT OCEAN CLUB

If you would like to spend an amazing day at a glamorous beach club, look no further than Ocean Club, an icon of luxury and refinement in Marbella, located alongside Puerto Banús. WORDS JAMES SINCLAIR PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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of the club, the magnificent location right on the beachfront, or the sound system constantly emanating chill sounds with a base you can feel, but it is instantly captivating and like nowhere else.


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Those in the know come here with friends to luxuriate on the large comfortable circular sun beds, where assigned waiters take care of their every need. The DJspun music provides an encapsulating ambience and with some Champagne or a cool cocktail, the day very soon becomes idyllic. This is a venue that’s famous for its parties and visiting artists of renown but even on an ordinary day you are likely to see some neat dance moves, acrobatics, and other entertainment.

Ocean Club is famed for its bar offering and you can have a ball with their enviable collection of Champagnes which can be consumed beside the pool and when dining. A large cocktail menu also entices, which, together with tall drinks and premium liquors, caters to everyone’s preferred taste.

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AMAÏ HITS THE SPOT

THE MAIN DEAL

When hunger pangs arise, there are not many better places to satisfy them than Amaï. Under the accomplished hand of Swedish chef, Andreas Nygren, you will find a very diverse menu to select from. Fittingly, for a scenario with beautiful views out to sea, there is a large offering of Sushi, Sashimi and Nigiri. You can also start the proceedings with a Salad, Tempura Prawns, Fresh Tuna Spring Roll, Pil “King” Pil or perhaps choose from one of their healthy vegan options.

It will be difficult to decide on which main course to savour with Fresh Fish of the Day, Fried Calamari, Coconut Crusted Cod, a Poke Bowl of Salmon or Tuna vying with Rib Eye or Fillet of Beef, Steak Tartar, Yellow Thai Curry Chicken, or Hot Chicken Tandoori. You can also consider having a Chicken Wrap, Club Sandwich, Veggie Burger or Wagyu Burger. The portions are substantial and come with a variety of sides, all of which are clearly listed on the Menu. Chips here are rather pommes frites, doublefried the Belgian way to perfection.  

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DELICACIES OF THE SEA every day for lunch and dinner

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SHARING THE LOVE There are a range of tempting pizzas and pasta dishes for seasoned aficionados of Italian Cuisine, or select from some of their great sharing platters to enjoy with friends: Nachos, Quesadillas, Fajitas or Mezze.

THE SWEET ENDING For anyone who still has space, some delicious desserts beckon which will swish you to a sweet heaven. Among the most popular options here are Crepes, Chocolate Fondant, Dame Blanche and Ocean Club Mango Miso. g Open every day from 11am to 9pm. Reservations recommended. Ocean Club Marbella. Avda. Lola Flores, Marbella. Tel: (+34) 952 908 137. www.oceanclub.es

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SUKHOTHAI Exquisite Royal Thai Cuisine Tel: 952 770 550 www.sukhothaimarbella.com Marbellamar, L-3A, Marbella. Open Daily for Dinner from 8:00


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COMPILED BY IAIN BLACKWELL

ALBERTS BAR

& GRILL 30TH Landmark venue Alberts Bar & Grill in Puerto Cabopino marked its 30th anniversary by offering its customers a 50% discount on all food orders. Many regulars came to celebrate with the restaurant, enjoying the occasion and the live music. Part of the Metro Group, which also oversees famous restaurants like Jacks Smokehouse, Mumtaz and Cibo, Alberts is particularly popular for its traditional Sunday roast lunches and regular entertainment. i www.alberts-cabopino.com

LA DONUTERIA

ARRIVES IN MÁLAGA

The new Gourmet Donuts franchise, La Donutería has just launched on Málaga’s Avenida de Aurora. Lovers of donuts will find themselves in heaven with a wide variety of sweet and savoury donuts that are freshly made every day. The store is designed in a striking Provençal style, cool and vibrant, complementing the amazing colourful toppings of the donuts on offer. g Avda, de la Aurora, 1, Málaga. 206 / JULY 2021 ESSENTIAL MAGAZINE


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VILARNAU

ROSÉ CAVA

BERNIES AT BOHO CLUB Boho Club on Marbella’s Golden Mile has launched Bernie’s for a perfect summer picnic. Created by Executive Chef, Diego del Río, the new menu is fresh and healthy, featuring snacks, salads and pasta with many vegetarian options and a range of tempting desserts. The open-air gastronomic offer is available to enjoy at Bernie’s, the charming restaurant located alongside the beautiful main pool in the resort’s gardens, surrounded by palms, banana trees and giant cacti. i www.bohoclub.com

The Bacchus International Wine Competition has awarded Vilarnau Rosé Delicat with a Gran Bacchus de Oro. This organic Brut Rosada Reserva has received this exemplary distinction from a jury comprising international winemakers, Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers. Made from Garnacha grapes, with a touch of Pinot Noir, it is aged for more than 15 months in the bottle resulting in a pale pink cava of great aromatic complexity. i www.gonzalezbyass.com

NAÔ POOL CLUB NAÔ Pool Club in Nueva Andalucía has launched its 6th season and welcomes visitors to savour the gastronomic offer from Executive Chef Ezequiel Castro as well as some of the top Sushi in Marbella courtesy of esteemed restaurant Ta-Kumi. Enjoy designer cocktails by the serene pool which commands an amazing view of La Concha mountain. As with previous seasons, music and parties will be prominent in making this summer special.

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BODEGA INURRIETA SENSATIONS

Established in 2002 in Falces, Navarro, Bodega Inurrieta has evolved to become internationally recognised with a range of multi-award winning wines, which are now exported to more than 30 countries around the world. WORDS JAMES SINCLAIR PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BODEGA INURRIETA

THE TERROIR Located in a micro-valley crossed by the river Arga, in Navarra’s Ribera Alta district, some 275 Ha are under vine with soils composed of sand and silt, which are well drained and contribute finesse and elegance to the resulting wines. The grapes are cultured at an altitude between 300 and 480m, permitting the preferred varieties of Sauvignon Blanc, Garnacha, Graciano, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to be grown under optimal conditions.

A FAMILY AFFAIR A family business, which has revived the name of a

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vineyard where their ancestors grew vines a century ago, the current production process is ultra-modern with a spacious bodega housing state-of-the-art equipment and a capacity to hold over 4 million litres of wine. Visitors can arrange to tour the installation and particularly impressive is the cask room, housing 3,000 barrels of French and American oak.

THE MISSION From the outset, the aim has been to produce and market exemplary red, white and rosé wines which exhibit character and personality. These have garnered them widespread recognition and appreciation

throughout Europe, America and Asia. To achieve and maintain this, utmost care is taken with the land, the harvesting, and throughout the entire production process, and Bodega Inurrieta only employs grapes grown in their own vineyards.

THE WINES The full range encompasses 13 distinct wines, comprising seven reds, four whites and two rosés. These are, correspondingly, the Inurrietas Norte, Sur, Cuatrocientos, Puro Vicio, Altos de Inurrieta, Laderas de Inurrieta and Mimao Tinto, the Inuriettas Intacta, Orchídea, Orchídea Cuvée, and Mimao Blanco, and Inurietta Coral and Mediodía.


REWARDING RECOGNITION

SUMMER RECOMMENDATIONS

Bodega Inurrieta has been a regular entrant at the annual Challenge International Du Vin held in France, considered the most rigorous, impartial and esteemed wine competition in the world and it is a consistent winner, achieving multiple Gold and Silver medals during recent years, with three Golds and one Silver in 2021. They also hold the distinction of being the only Spanish bodega to be regaled with five gold medals at this year’s prestigious Mundus Vini competition in Germany.

Consequently, with this level of pedigree, it behoves all lovers of wine to seek out and taste some of these award-winning products. We suggest starting with their Orchidea, which has achieved Gold medals at both of the above competitions and the Coral which has a Gold from the Challenge International Du Vin and a Silver from the Mundus Vini.

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ORCHÍDEA 100% Sauvignon Blanc, it has been described as “…a noble halo of aromatic complexity. A fairy-tale wine”. Bright, crystalline yellow, this is a very fine Sauvignon Blanc, which delivers on its promise. Pineapple, passion fruit and grapefruit combine in a nose, which is reinforced by a tremendously smooth finish in the mouth. 13% volume.

CORAL 90% Garnacha and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibiting a pale pink coral colour. On the nose, it is delicate and elegant with aromas of pink grapefruit and white peach, while in the mouth it caresses with a silky texture, inviting you to try it over and over again. 13.5% volume.

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