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ISSUE 158 • AUGUST 2012






Audi R8 Spyder



TRAVELS Landmarks of theWorld

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N E W S I C U LT U R E I P E O P L E I T R E N D I S T Y L E I S P A I P R O I L E I S U R E I G O U R M E T & M O R E

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At the end of 2011, the largest national association of publishers, the Asociación Española de Editoriales de Publicaciones Periódicas (AEEPP), selected Marbella Magazine as the Best Free Publication in Spain. Over 100 titles were considered nationwide in only a handful of categories for these prestigious annual awards and was proud to accept the limited edition medal as its prize at the awards ceremony in Madrid. This is a wonderful recognition for all the hard work put in by the team over the past 13 years and the perfect inspiration for them to continue to bring you a high quality publication every month that is always entertaining and informative.






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contents The Style 62 Décor: A Beautiful Villa in Atlanterra 72 Fashion Feature: Tatjana Anika 82 Fashion News 84 Boutique Fashion: Elle Morgan, Nina B, Twist and Gunnel’z

The Spa 94 Beauty: Make-up Tutorial by Cassandra Banks 96 Beauty News 98 Health: The KOT diet 100 The Placebo Effect by Dr. Mark Lane 102 Health Profile: Michelle Gatsby of Young Living Oils

The Pro 104 Enterprise 114 Inviptus, Online Shopping site

g The People Eugenia Silva 20

The Trend Films 24 Home Viewing 26 Music 28 Books 30 Summer Reading for Kids 34 Gadgets 36 Cars: The Audi R8 Spyder 38

The Focus Top Marbella Beaches 42 The Edinburgh Fringe 50 Dita von Teese 56 Cecile Auersperg 58

The Vibe Who’s Who and What’s Up on the Marbella Social Scene 116

The Leisure Landmarks of the World122 Travelling with Tintin 132 The Gran Hotel Bahía Duque in Tenerife 140

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The Gourmet 145 Casino Marbella 147 Trocadero Arena 148 Food News 150 Olive Oil Classes 152 Chef: Mariana Zuñiga of Puro Beach 154 Wine: Great Spanish Whites

The Guide 156 Listings

The Blog 166 What’s On in August 168 Your Stars for August 170 Kids Zone

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ere on Spain’s Sun Coast, August is the busiest time of year. It’s the silly season with scorching temperatures, traffic congestion and queues everywhere. So why not take some time out, find somewhere cool to relax and put yourself in the picture ? with this summer edition of You will find lots of amusement in an issue full of hot reading material, exemplified by Marbella Beaches, Eugenia Silva and the Audi R8 Spyder. We visit iconic Landmarks of the World, check out some awesome itineraries inspired by the Adventures of Tintin and find out why the Edinburgh Festival & Fringe, on this month, comprise the biggest performing arts event on the planet. Streamlined style graces these pages in the form of Tatjana Anika swimwear, the Cointreau MargaDita with Dita Von Teese and boutique fashion from Elle Morgan, Gunnel’z, Twist & Nina B. As August is definitely a month for dining out, don’t miss our reviews of Trocadero Arena and the Casino Marbella restaurant, what Puro Beach’s Head Chef has conjured up this summer, or our compilation of Great White Wines in Spain. Elsewhere, read about top summer tips in Health & Beauty, what’s new in Film, Music & Books, and What’s On, When & Where. Have a great one!



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La Máquina is a classic restaurant originating from Madrid. Enjoy a vast range of the best seafood and fish, along with a large variety of traditional dishes... as well as tasty snacks, ideal for anytime of the day. Now open at Costa Marbella Shopping Centre.

The Dimsum Gourmet is a new Asian restaurant concept in Marbella. Tse Yang Dimsum Club shares its name and philosophy with the upmarket Hotel Villa Magna restaurant in Madrid. The menu boasts more than 30 varieties of Cantonese snacks plus many more of Tse Yang’s trendiest dishes.

O Mamma Mia has been the reference of Italian gastronomy in the past 40 years. At Ristorante Pizzeria O Mamma Mia, you will enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, where dishes are prepared with only the best natural ingredients.

At our Cafetería you will find everything you love eating, from exquisite dishes like beef tenderloin or Norwegian salmon, to our famous pancakes and hamburguers. And of course, with the quality and expertise that only El Corte Inglés can offer.


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THE GOLDEN MILE, MARBELLA – 380.000€ Ref: 94167 Built size 248m² · Terrace size 42m² · 3 Bedrooms · 3 Bathrooms This charming townhouse offers excellent value for money in this sought after area only a two minute drive to golden beaches and all amenities. A gate from the terrace leads out to the beautiful communal gardens and swimming pool of this urbanization.

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Distinctive villa built with the highest quality materials and finished to perfection, in the luxurious and exclusive estate of La Zagaleta. This property has the influence of Italian style with Italian marble and mosaic throughout and an impressive sweeping drive with a classic round design, used in Rome by Michelangelo. This is a beautiful, unique property set in this stunning estate, which offers the use of two golf courses, a clubhouse, an equestrian centre and a helipad.

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Los Monteros: Unique, impressive and luxurious! Newly built palace with breathtaking coastal views. Magnificent entrance hall, large reception areas, staff quarter, separate spa area with heated indoor pool, steam room and gym. 9 Bedrooms, 10 bathrooms. Built 1.933 m2, Plot 8.000 m2. ID-No.: W-00Z394. Price: P.O.A.

Beach Front, Las Chapas: Spectacular avant-garde villa built to the highest qualities set directly on one of the best beaches. Heated pool, staff quarter. 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Built 709 m2, plot 1.100 m2. ID-No.: W-00KKMK. Price 5.700.000 €.

Beach Front Los Monteros: Rare opportunity! Andalusian style villa with large plot situated directly on one of the most beautiful beaches of the coast. Sea views from all levels. 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms.Built 669 m2, plot 2.153 m2. ID-No.: W-00UZUL. Price: 2.950.000 €.

Beach Side, Las Chapas: Very stylish, beautiful beach house situated just a few meters from the beach. Separate guest apartment. Heated pool. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. Built 325 m2, Plot 650 m2. ID-No.: W-00ZH22. Price: 825.000 €.

Elviria Hills: Excellently priced! Luxury penthouse situated in an exclusive community with a 9 hole golf course, club house, Michelin star restaurant and tennis court. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Living area 160m2, terraces 45m2. ID-No.: W-010S54. Price: 630.000 €.

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Sierra Blanca: Unique! Stunning, luxurious estate, set on one of the largest plots in the most exclusive gated community. Impressive panoramic coastal views. Extraordinary architecture and highest qualities. Separate guest house. 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms. Built 1.168 m2, plot 1.873 m2. ID-No.: W-00YVHY Price: P.O.A.

Golden Mile: Beautiful villa in top location, close to the 5* Puente Romano Hotel and the beach. Stunning mature gardens with fully equipped Poolhouse, very private. 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms. Built 952 m2, plot 1.957 m2. ID-No.: W-00Z6VF. Price: 3.499.000 €.

Marbella Club: Exceptional, contemporary beachside villa next to the 5* Marbella Club Hotel, just meters from the beach. Unique qualities and design. 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms. Built 735 m2, plot 1.724 m2. ID-No.: W-0099H3. Price: P.O.A.

Front Line Beach, Gran Marbella: Well priced, very attractive apartment in a luxurious complex with direct beach access and walking distance to all amenities. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Living area 118 m2, terrace 15 m2. ID-No.: W-00U2TT. Price: 620.000 €.

Puente Romano, Golden Mile Beach: Extraodinary duplex penthouse with sea views in the Japanese Gardens, in the exclusive complex Marina Puente Romano, directly on the beach. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. Living area 218 m2, terraces 115 m2. ID-No.: W-00Y80Y. Price: 1.600.000 €.

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может похвастаться захватывающим вестибюлем с впечатляющей лестницей, большой гостиной, столовой с панорамными окнами, залом для завтраков, полностью оборудованной кухней.Оснащенная сигнализацией, кондиционерами, электрическим генератором, системой орошения и колодцем и украшенная живописным частным садом с самыми красивыми субтропическими деревьями эта вилла оборудована бассейном с подогревом, отдельно стоящим таунхаусом с ванной комнатой и частным теннисным кортом. Эта экслюзивная резиденция, окруженная защитной стеной, располагает 3 гаражами и помещением для охраны, что делает ее одной из самых привилегированных и безопасных резиденций в Марбелье.

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Price on application Цена по применению - Contact the owner on Связаться с владельцем можно непосредственно (+34) 639 404 187

LuxuryVilla for Sale This completely renovated stunning villa, previously owned by the artist formerly known as Prince, constructed with the most beautiful materials located in Paraiso Alto (direction Villa Padierna), enjoys a marvelous sea view as well as views over the mountains, valleys and golf course. Just 5 minutes from the bustling town of San Pedro and only 10 minutes to Puerto Banús, close to the beach, supermarkets, restaurants and within easy reach to top golf courses. This property has direct access to the best Marbella offers and is situated in one of the safest areas. Built over two floors this luxurious residence enjoys one master bedroom and 4 en-suite bathrooms, with a further 6 smaller bedrooms with bathroom. This beautifully designed Villa boasts a spectacular

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entrance hall with impressive double staircase, large living room, dining room, breakfast room, all with panoramic windows and has a fully equipped new kitchen with all appliances and a separate laundry. Finished to the highest standards, this amazing property includes inside and outside security with camera system, air-conditioning throughout, electric generator, water tanks, irrigation system and a water well. The magnificent private park-like garden is planted with the most beautiful subtropical trees and has a heated swimming pool, townhouse with bathroom and private tennis court. This very exclusive residence has 3 garages and a security room. Accessed through a large private drive, the plot is completely walled to offer one of the most privileged and safe residences in Marbella.

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THE COVER Eugenia Silva

Stunning top model, Eugenia Silva, is much more than one of Spain’s most beautiful faces. Despite being the spokesmodel for a plethora of brands including Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta and appearing on more than 100 magazine covers, Eugenia has somehow also found the time to obtain a degree in Law, start up a film production company and open a bar in Formentera (Can Toni). She also writes one of ELLE Magazine’s most popular blogs: My Lookbook ( and is highly active in charitable pursuits, contributing her time to everything from the annual AIDS Gala in Barcelona to the Fundación Plan alongside Iker Casillas, which aids impoverished children in 49 different countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. This month, she not only appears on our cover, but also models spectacular summer designs by Tatjana Anika in our fashion section. Here, she gives us a sneak peak into her wonderful life, in this exclusive interview. Special thanks to Sandra García-Sanjuán, Avory Celebrity Access (


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e love your Look Book for Elle; do you select the featured items yourself? Thanks! I do select them myself – it’s just what I wear on a day-to-day basis. I try to find the most comfortable clothes; those that suit me best. I think those are the two most important things when deciding what to wear: feeling comfortable and wearing what flatters you. Can you give us a list of must-haves for Summer 2012? And for Winter 2012-2013? Summer 2012: • Kaftan by Two New York • Summer Hats • Tatjana Anika Swimwear • Ettika Bracelets • Pikolinos Sandals • Behip T-shirts • Sisley sunscreen Winter 2012-2013: • Jackets by Haider Hacker Man • Jeans by Paige Denim • Boots by Sendra • Zurich bags by Milli Millu • Pomellato rings What is your idea of the perfect summer holiday? Spending time at my house in Formentera surrounded by the people I love and helping out at my bar, Can Toni. Could you tell us some of your favourite designers? For casual wear I love Isabel Marant, Zadig and Voltaire: for T-shirts BeHip and for jeans, JBrand. What can you see yourself wearing by the pool this summer? Are you a bathing suit or bikini girl? I like to wear accessories so you will see me wearing a hat. I love big sunglasses and wearing many colourful bracelets and necklaces. I prefer bikinis, but some bathing suits are elegant and sophisticated. What is your typical working day like? Many flights, meeting my agents, interviews, photo shoots, a light lunch and a nice dinner with a glass of wine and my favourite pizza. Who are some of the most influential people you have worked with? I am good friends with Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera, who were important in my life at the beginning of my career. I worked with and was a personal friend of Giorgio Armani for many years, but I have worked for many other designers, including Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier, Galliano, Dior…

How is the fashion industry coping with the current recession? I think that the fashion industry needs to continue to come up with new ideas; it is important to be a good entrepreneur these days. You obtained a degree in Law; would you ever consider working in this field? I use my legal knowledge daily in my work. I am surrounded by contracts and I like to know what I’m signing. I plan on working in my current profession as long as I can do it well. When I stop being good at what I do, that’s when I’ll start thinking of what to do next. You won the prestigious Elite Look of the Year competition at a very young age; what was that experience like and did it influence your decision to dedicate your life to fashion? It definitely helped me and convinced my parents that I would be able to work in this field. I was very lucky, as there were very beautiful and talented girls that year. It helped me launch my career. You’ve won numerous awards, including Girl of the Year by Vogue EEUU. What makes a girl cool? Being herself and expressing something special.

to start acting I would definitely take classes beforehand. Braven is my new adventure and I am still learning from Frida, my associate. I hope to do a good job for the company. Do you have time to answer all your followers on Twitter? It’s hard to stay updated all day and answer everyone. I try to answer as much as I can, but I sometimes need to disconnect from my phone and work. What could someone get for you, a girl who has everything, to make you smile? That is what I need: to smile, have a good laugh and a good time. Are there any other careers that attract you? I would have liked to have been an architect. I believe that someday I will need to start exploring new things; we’ll see what the future brings. Any exciting new plans you can tell us about? There are many new and exciting things ahead. I’ll keep you posted @eusilva. e

You also won two Elle Style prizes. What is your definition of a woman with style? Style is knowing what to wear on each occasion; being correct and consistent, without losing your own personality. Last year, you spent quite some time with the Maasai for your campaign with Pikolinos; what important lessons did you learn from them? I try to get rid of my Blackberry and wristwatch more often; to live without an agenda and to lose myself in the new cities I visit. Which charities are closest to your heart? I travelled to Mali a few years ago with Fundación Plan, which meant a lot to me. I organise an annual gala in Barcelona to fight against AIDS. I love the work Robert Kennedy does with Best Buddies and I am very involved with Niños en Alegria, which helps children in Mexico obtain a decent education. There are many more I work with. I don’t have more time, but I help as much as I can.

Style is knowing what to wear on each occasion; being correct and consistent, without losing your own personality

Tell us a bit about the production company you have founded: Braven films. Have you ever considered acting? I have considered acting, but there are many talented and well trained actors around. If I were


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Cars: The Audi R8 Spyder

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Five-Year Engagement

For some people, a wedding follows a whirlwind romance between two people who absolutely know they are each other’s soul mate; for others, like Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt), such a big decision can take some time. As their relationship reaches the five-year mark, they are caught in a crossroads which forces them to either take the big leap, or part ways forever. They love each other deeply, but are having to face a number of curious obstacles that will put their commitment to the test.

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Jill Parrish (Amanda Seyfried) returns home after a hard day at work to discover that her sister has been kidnapped. She suspects that the kidnapper may be the same person who tortured her so many years go. Nobody believes her sister is in danger, so she must fight against the clock to stop the mysterious assassin before it is too late.


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In the fourth film in the popular saga, Bourne (Jeremy Renner) falls in love with another spy and discovers she is a double agent moments before her death. After quitting his work as an agent and facing the possibility that his love is in fact alive, he once again sets out on an adrenalin-packed adventure in search of the truth.

When Margot (Michelle Williams) meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), the chemistry between them is crazy but Margot hides the attraction she feels for him because she’s happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer. What she soon discovers is that Daniel lives dangerously close to her house, and fighting what almost seems like destiny may be tougher than she initially thought. Take This Waltz is a sad, funny, quirky look at how long relationships affect love, sex and self-image.


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Albert Nobbs

» GENRE Drama

» DIRECTOR This feminist film, penned by Rodrigo García five-time Oscar nominee Glenn » ACTORS Glenn Close, is an emotionally intense Close, Mia Wasikowska, incursion into life as a woman Aaron Johnson in 19th century Ireland. In a little » IMDB RANTING hotel called Morrisson’s, a woman 6.5/10 disguised as a man has been working as a butler for nearly her entire adult life, playing the part so well, she can hardly recall being anyone other than ‘Albert Nobbs’. Albert is a peaceful, gentle soul, who unbeknownst to her employers, is silently saving to purchase a shop she can one day call her own. A young maid, Helen, would make the ideal shopkeeper and wife, but how can Albert persuade her to marry ‘him’? The New York Times called this ‘A lovely and surprising movie’ and it is that and so much more, for it also asks us to challenge our notions of gender roles and explores the extent to which our physical form affects our idea of identity.



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Safe House » GENRE Action/Mystery » DIRECTOR Daniel Espinosa

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Hunky Ryan Reynolds plays an eager young CIA agent who is called upon to keep an eye on a dangerous fugitive (Denzel Washington) in a safe house. But when their stronghold is attacked, he has no choice but to flee with the criminal, dodging bullets from all sides as he begins to understand the other’s side of the story. If you’re a Denzel Washington fan, don’t miss out on this one: he gives one of his finest and most complex performances. Few other actors are capable of expressing such nobility beneath a harshly violent façade.

» IMDB RATING 7.5/10

» GENRE Action/Fantasy » DIRECTOR Andrew Stanton (Wall-E)

» ACTORS Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe » IMDB RATING 6.8/10

John Carter

If, like me, you didn’t bother seeing this in the cinema, fearing it would be all action and no substance like similarly marketed flicks Tron or Terminator, prepare yourself to be pleasantly surprised this month. John Carter melds a host of completely unrelated genres together, including cowboy, fantasy, romance, comedy and action, and the result is pure unadulterated fun for the whole family. The protagonist is a North American civil war vet who is unwittingly whisked away to a mysterious planet filled with odd creatures. On this planet, he is forced to choose loyalties in a war that is threatening the existence of human life. Luckily, he finds that he has developed a mysterious power which makes him a much coveted ally.


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The majority of the females of our species have probably not been happy with the amount of sport that has graced our TV screens over the summer but it’s not long before the X (it should be Y – as in why?) Factor is back on the box for what could be its last season as, according to TV bosses, “it has had a brilliant run, but no show lasts for ever”. Last year’s winners LITTLE MIX release their debut single on August 20. Wings is being touted as “the song of the year” and an album will follow in early September. After playing at the recent T4 On The Beach festival one of the girls got left at a service station and was stranded there for six hours. Stuck without a mobile, she was asked why she didn’t try and get a lift back – apparently no one could understand her Geordie accent. ONE DIRECTION are going in one direction – they have earned over £32 million to date and that is expected to double by this time next year. NIALL HORDEN, who was a visitor to the Marbella area recently was given a copy of the ‘mommy porn’ best-selling book Fifty Shades of Grey by a fan. Let’s hope HARRY STYLES doesn’t get hold of it – no older woman would be safe. Which brings us to Baby BIEBER, who is to record a track with the boys for their forthcoming November released album. Knowing certain band members reputations, the man-child has threatened to “punch them in the nuts” if they go anywhere near his mother. Bieber Fever returns to Spain next March for concerts in Barcelona and Bilbao.

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The Starlite Festival charity event taking place at La Cantera de Nagueles, the quarry located in the heart of the Sierra Blanca urbanisation continues this month with performances from MIGUEL BOSÉ (2nd); ROSARIO, LOLITA & ANTONIO CARMONA (3rd); SIMPLE MINDS (9th); RAPHAEL (11th); the one and only JULIO IGLESIAS (12th), and the established Spanish popsters ESTOPA will close the festival on the 14th. The Club de Tenis Puente Romano, Marbella summer season continues on August 3 with NILE RODGERS & CHIC, ODYSSEY and JAKI GRAHAM then on the 14th, CHAKA KHAN. Meanwhile on August 4, the Málaga Summer Festival takes place at the Estadio Atletismo Ciudad de Málaga and includes DAVID GUETTA, ALESSO and ERICK MORILLO. For the full line-up, go to And Creamfields Andalucía takes place at the Circuito de Jerez on the 10th and 11th with, according to their press release, “an arsenal of artists”. To see who’s loaded go to i Tickets for all the above are expected to

sell out fast and to find your nearest ticket outlet go to and punch in the artist of your desire.

VICTORIA BECKHAM says she’s “not miserable all the time, I’m a happy person.” Well, she could have tried harder at the recent SPICE GIRLS get together to promote the forthcoming musical Viva Forever. While the other four were all smiles, VB had that sour puss look we are all now used to – it’s a good job they didn’t hold the press conference two days later when it was announced her husband was not part of the GB Olympic footie squad – now that would have given her something to pout about.

Six months after her death, WHITNEY HOUSTON has recently been resurrected with a video promoting the movie Sparkle, which is released in the States this month (October in Europe). The song, Celebrate, also features JORDIN SPARKS who plays one of three sisters who form a girl group back in the 1960s and become Motown sensations, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart – the late singer plays their mother. CEE LO GREEN, who also stars, is currently taking time out recording his new album, Cee Lo Green… Is Everybody’s Brother, to appear in another movie, Can A Song Save Your Life? portraying a very successful hip-hop star along with ADAM LEVINE of MAROON 5. And MAROON 5 collaborator CHRISTINE AGUILERA, who had her biggest hit in 10 years guesting on their song Moves Like Jagger, releases a yet to be titled single of her own this month which has been defined as a “club banger” by Billboard magazine. It is the flagship track off her forthcoming untitled autumn released album, which is hoped will do better than 2010’s Biopic, her worst selling album in Spain ever.


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Yanela Brooks show

AVAILABLE FOR BIG EVENTS ON THE COSTA DEL SOL AND AROUND THE WORLD “Yanela Brooks, stunning singer and pianist, the Diva of Disco and Soul. She lights up the stage with glamour, energy and impressive vocal power.” EEEEE

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In this New York Times best-selling novel, the protagonist, Nick Dunne, receives the shock of his life when on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, his wife, Amy, suddenly disappears. The situation becomes even more unbearable when her friends tell the police his wife was afraid of him and that she routinely kept secrets from him. Compromising searches also appear on his computer, which he swears aren’t his. Nick begins to question how well he really knew his wife as he focuses all his energy on discovering her whereabouts.

This month, I imagine our readers lying on a hammock, sipping on a piña colada (Brasilian bikini/ Speedos: check, RayBans: check), checking out the hot babes/dudes and ultimately, trying to think of something to do to while away those endless hours. Man does not live by (as they say in the Caribbean) ‘liming’ alone… keep your brain active with these top reads…


If you liked the excitement and mystery of the Bourne novels, The Innocent will definitely be up your street. The book’s hero is Will Robie, a hitman called upon by the US government to eliminate a target in Washington. Circumstances surrounding the hit make Will doubtful and he takes an unprecedented decision: he refuses to kill, thereby becoming a target for government hitmen. His situation grows more complex when he meets a teenage runaway whose parents have been murdered. Against everything he has been taught, Will decides to rescue her and discovers that her parents’ death is part of a complex cover-up reaching to the highest levels of the government. Will must find a way to step out of the shadows yet protect the life of the girl, who is the only real innocent in this complex web of lies. Also on the New York Times Best Seller list.





Radio host and founder of GBTV (a live HD video network accessible from anywhere in the world), Glenn Beck, reveals 13 lies that politicians, intellectuals and the media, insist on perpetuating. Among other issues, he argues that a two-party political system gives voters no truly good option; that extremists are slowly integrating Islamic Law into society; and that the word ‘libertarian’ has been intentionally bestowed with negative connotations. A must-read for those who, like Glenn Beck, believe that “the truth has no agenda”. Also a New York Times Best Seller.


In Hiding is the true story of Manuel Cortés, ex-Mayor of Mijas, who was forced to hide away after the Spanish Civil War and who described, in conversations recorded by the author, Ronald Fraser, how he survived three decades of self-imposed ‘house arrest’. Cortés was elected Mayor in 1936 and earned himself a reputation for defending fair working conditions for the poor, but when Franco came to power, he became a wanted man. Cortés died in 1991 and his first hideout is recreated in the Museo Histórico de Mijas, a popular destination for tourists with a passion for history. g Available from

If you speak Spanish and can’t resist a good mystery, the read of the month is surely La Burundanga, a novel set in early 19th century Marbella. A strange woman arrives in the pueblo with her son. It is soon discovered that she has the ability to heal and locals begin to knock on her door in the hopes that she will cure them of their maladies. Strange events occur and the body of a young woman is found. Two women from very different backgrounds approach the healer for help, but they will have to pay a high price for it. La Burundanga delights the reader with elements of action, mystery and romance, faithfully portraying the Marbella of the past and paying homage to the land where its author, Rocío Ramírez Gámez, was born.


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£12.99 Free UK shipping The Alhambra palace complex is the most important surviving medieval Islamic palace in the world. Michael Jacobs takes a fresh look at this magical palace-fortress. The heart of the book is a tour of the palace and the adjoining gardens of the Generalife. The final chapter assesses the literature, art and architecture inspired by this legendary place. “Michael Jacobs is perfectly placed to write an informed, approachable book on what one writer has called ‘the most perfectly beautiful place in the world’. Add to this the many beautiful photographs of Francisco Fernández and you have a book that works well as both source book and souvenir.” The Sunday Times “The Alhambra’s extraordinary appeal is based on an unrivalled combination of architectural brilliance, a seductive setting, and a long and romantic history – all captured gloriously in this book.” Traveller

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£4.99 Free UK shipping Based on a true story, The Traitor’s Emblem is an epic novel about family betrayal, impossible love and the price of revenge. The Straits of Gibraltar 1940 and Captain González rescues a group of German castaways. Their leader gratefully offers the captain a strange-looking emblem made of gold and diamonds, in exchange for safe passage to the coast of Portugal. Decades later, in 2002, the son of Captain González learns the astounding story behind this mysterious object… Munich, 1919. After his family falls into disgrace, 15-year-old Paul Reiner and his mother work as servants in the palace of Baron Von Schroeder. Paul’s cousin reveals a terrible secret. Paul’s father didn’t die in the First World War - he was killed by someone very close to him. This discovery turns Paul’s world upside down and from that moment, Paul sacrifices everything to discover the truth behind his father’s death.






Suitable for 6-12 year olds £6.99 Free UK shipping Picasso once famously said: “When I was young I could draw like Raphael, but it has taken me my whole life to learn to draw like a child.” Now you can learn from the master himself. Step by step, line by line we show you how to recreate some of Picasso’s most famous motifs. Through copying and then improvising for yourself, this book will help you to see and appreciate Picasso’s drawings and inspire you to try out many more of your own.

£9.99 Free UK shipping Local author Janet Mendel’s classic work includes 270 recipes for traditional Spanish dishes from Andalusian red garlic fish soup to Catalan chicken, Asturias stuffed sardines and Galician fish stew to Castilian roast baby lamb and shepherds’ stew from La Mancha. Her inspired introductions set the food in the context of a land situated on the crossroads of civilisations, and where the food is a true melting pot of many cultures.



£6.99 Free UK shipping Katherine of Aragon has become an icon: the betrayed wife, the revered Queen, the devoted mother, a woman callously cast. Her sister, Juana of Castile, wife of Philip of Burgundy and mother of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, is still more of a legend. She is ‘Juana the Mad’, the wife so passionately in love with her husband that she could not bear to be parted from him even by death, keeping his coffin by her side for year upon year. They were Sister Queens – the accomplished daughters of Ferdinand and Isabella, the founders of a unified Spain. A gripping tale of love, sacrifice, the demands of duty and the conflict between ambition and loyalty – this vibrant new biography teems with life.


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Jardines Colgantes Very private and quiet apartment in the gated Marbella Hill Club with some of the most beautiful views over the coast and the sea onto Gibraltar and North Africa. The apartment has been refurbished to the highest standards and is in immaculate condition. The apartment has been interior designed and is for sale fully furnished. Large terrace with private pool. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Cooling: Air conditioning. Heating: Air conditioning, underfloor heating thorughout the apartment. Fully equipped kitchen and garage. Covered area: 173 m2 • Terraces: 107 m2 • 790.000 euros

La Mairena-Opportunity A spectacular plot of land, 3007 m2, with architectural project and an approved building licence for an outstanding contemporary residence of 500 m2 and 290 m2 of covered terraces. The plot is nestled in a beautiful Mediterranean forest with views onto open countryside, La Cala Golf and the sea. Marbella’s finest beaches, the Don Carlos Beach and Nikki Beach are only minutes away. Company liquidation. Price reduced from 750.000 euros to 395.000 euros

Playa Esmeralda – Golden Mile The apartment is south-facing, offering a spacious living room leading down to a large terrace with lovely views onto the garden and the sea beyond. 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, 2 ensuite. 24 hour security and concierge services. Beautiful gardens and swimming pools. Garage and storage room.

La Cerquilla – Nueva Andalucia Elegant, well built villa surrounded by golf courses and with good sea views. Large, light flooded open plan living-dining-kitchen, 4 bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms. Nice, very private gardens and pool.

La Quinta Gorgeous 4 bedroom villa situated above the Golf Valley with good golf and southerly sea views. Reception room, dining room, fully fitted kitchen, breakfast room, 4 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, utilty room, garage. Small garden with swimming pool and gazebo. Built: 400 m2 • Terrace: 194 m2 • Plot: 1.579 m2 • 1.650.000 euros

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God knows it’s difficult to constantly dream up new ways of keeping our kids entertained this summer. Rather than spend so much money on high-tech gadgets and computer games, why not get back to basics and sit by their side with a good book? We hope you enjoy our list of best-sellers for kids of all ages.





CHILDREN’S BOOKS 1 - PETE THE CAT AND HIS FOUR GROOVY BUTTONS (Ages 3 to 7) Pete the cat is happy as can be, since he’s wearing his grooviest shirt; the one with four coloured buttons. The only problem is, the shirt is rather old and the buttons begin to fall off, one by one. Pete is unfazed, though, and he keeps on singing, honing his mathematical skills as he learns to subtract and stay cool even when the only button left is on his belly! 2 - PRESS HERE, BY HERVÉ TULLET (ages 4 to 8) The author of this beautiful book stimulates your children’s imagination by asking them to help him make a bit of magic. First he asks them to press one yellow dot, then two, then more and then to tilt the book, press hard, clap twice and various other instructions, to produce the most unexpected, simple yet incredibly creative outcomes. 3- GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE BY SHERRY HUSKEY (ages 4 to 8) This beautifully illustrated picture book is

the stuff boys’ dreams are made of, with characters such as Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer and Excavator embarking on wild and wacky adventures. 4 - THE LORAX, BY DR. SEUSS (Ages 6 to 9) The recent release of the film version of this classic tale by Dr. Seuss, written in 1971, has done plenty to revive its popularity among younger readers and its message could not be more fitting in this day and age, since it forewarns humanity about the fragile state of the environment. 5 - TURTLE IN PARADISE BY JENNIFER L. HOLM (Ages 8 to 12) This historically rich, familyinspired book is set in 1935, in the midst of the Great Depression. Turtle is an 11-yearold girl who is forced to live with distant relatives in Florida after her mother finds a job as a housekeeper at a house that does not admit children. Florida is like nothing she’s ever known before; it is hot, humid and green. Here, she is inspired to give free reign to her wildest, most childish side. 6 - MIDDLE SCHOOL: GET ME OUT OF HERE!,


BY JAMES PATTERSON AND CHRIS TEBBETTS (Ages 8 to 12) Touted as ‘a riotous and heart-warming story about living large’, James Patterson’s follow-up to the No. 1 New York Times best-seller, Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, once again gives us a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the life of a seventh grader who decides to complete a list of incredibly fun things he has never done before. 7 - MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, BY RANSOM RIGGS (Ages 12 and up) This curiously titled novel centres on Jacob Portman, a 16-year-old boy who winds up in an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island while he is investigating the truth behind his grandfather’s death. On the island, he meets a group of children who are as different as he is and they set off on an incredible odyssey. One of the most original aspects of this book is that part of the story is told through a series of vernacular photographs collected by the author.

8 - THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, BY JOHN GREEN (ages 14 and up) This novel tells the tale of Hazel, a 16-year-old cancer patient who falls in love with a 17-year-old boy who used to live and breathe basketball, a sport he cannot play now that he is an amputee. The book is sad, funny, philosophical and terribly moving. 9- DIVERGENT, BY VERÓNICA ROTH (Ages 14 and up) This is the first book in the Divergent trilogy, set in a dystopian Chicago which is divided into five factions: Abnegation, Erudite, Amity, Candor and Dauntless. As soon as children turn 16, they have to decide which faction they wish to belong to, based on the values they most identify with. 10 - THE BOOK THIEF, BY MARKUS ZUSAK (Ages 14 and up) This impressive novel is blatantly dark, narrated by Death and set in Nazi Germany, where a foster girl called Liesel finds a refuge from the devastation of bombing raids and the fear of Nazi punishment, in books. e


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case protects your Kindle and makes its battery last longer, owing to its built-in solar panel, which can charge your Kindle for up to three days. i


your iPad to this 100 per cent solar powered keyboard, which props up your iPad and makes it easier than ever to get some work done or even enjoy your favourite movies. i


portable Bluetooth sound system connects to your smart phone, tablet or computer, streaming music wirelessly from two fullrange speaker drivers. i


for the geeks who haven’t forgotten what it’s like to dream: the flying solar butterfly, which twirls about and flutters like a real one. Place it in the middle of a bunch flowers and you’ll soon believe you’re in Paradise! i

ETON MOBIUS The Mobius is a special solar charger created specifically for the iPhone 4. It protects your iPhone and indeed looks like a normal case, though with only one hour of sun, it harnesses enough energy for you to talk for 25 minutes, watch a video for 35 minutes or listen to music for two hours! i

Marisa Cutillas brings you some top solar gadgets for chilling out while the temperature is soaring…

SOLAR GADGETS ETON SOULRA XL This sound system for your iPod and iPhone is perfect for an outdoor party with plenty of pizzazz. It offers around eight hours of playback and takes only five hours to fully charge. i


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erhaps more than most automakers, Audi has the history and know-how to bring us a sports car like this. Going way back to the 1920s and 1930s, the German company has dominated every branch of motorsport it has chosen to compete in. While many decades have passed since the mighty Auto Unions burned up the tracks of Europe in Grand Prix racing, the constructor has been winning championships all over the sport in more recent times, from Le Mans to World Rally Championships, to touring car races like Germany’s famed DTM. When Audi announced that it was working on a convertible ‘Spyder’ version of its R8, I was more than a little sceptical. After all, the R8 is so low-slung and sleek, it was difficult to see where the folding hood and its hardware could be stowed when the owner fancied a little ‘bugs in the teeth’ motoring. But with true Audi engineering panache, they pulled it off and if anything, a hood-down R8 Spyder looks even better than the ‘tin top’ version. And of course, it’s much more fun to drive around

with the sky overhead. There are two basic R8 Spyder models and it’s all about engine size and horsepower. The Spyder uses a 4.2-litre V-8 developing 430-horsepower and the Spyder GT boasts a 5.2-litre V-10 with 525-horsepower. The V-10 – an unusual configuration once beloved by F1 constructors – is related to the ten-banger that you’ll find under the access hatch of a Lamborghini Gallardo. Lamborghini, of course, is owned by VW/Audi and there’s more than a touch of commonality between the R8 and its Italian cousin. I once had a close look at the underside of an Audi R8 and it’s surprising where some of the suspension and other parts originate from around the VW/Audi Group – and the same can be said of Lamborghini. Both R8 variants feature Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive, a feature I believe should be ‘standard equipment’ on any highperformance car. Four or five hundred horsepower has a nasty way of biting back if you accelerate too hard out of a rainy corner with just the rear wheels driven. Manual

The Audi R8 must be regarded as one of the most successful automotive designs of the last few decades. Not only is this a stunning-looking car, but it drives like a dream, handles like a track-prepared racer and has one of the best laidout cockpits in the business. As far as upscale sports cars go, this one is right up there with the very best, although it’s far from being outrageously expensive. and Audi R-Tronic sequential gearboxes are available (both six-speed) and though I usually find myself quite happy with automatics (or sequentials) when there’s this much power on tap, I prefer the manual for the R8. On several sequential-equipped cars I drove, transmission shifts with the steering wheel paddles seemed sluggish and it was hard to drive the Audi with complete smoothness. The manual box is a fine piece of work with slick, knife-through-butter changes and it matches the R8 perfectly – V-8 or V-10. The R8 is largely hand-built and certainly when I last visited Audi Neckarsulm – the factory where it’s constructed, along the river from Heidelberg – I saw an awful lot of hand filing and fettling of the aluminum bodywork to make everything fit precisely. The car uses Audi’s ASF (Audi Space Frame) technology, which is a very efficient way to build lightweight car bodies. It’s not built like a steel car, but uses a combination of aluminum panels, die-castings and extrusions to create the bodyshell. When it’s all welded


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ENGINE 4.2-litre V-8/5.2-litre V-10 TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual or Audi R-Tronic sequential ACCELERATION Zero to 100 km/ in 4.6-seconds (V-8); zero to 100 km/h in 3.9-seconds (V-10) TOP SPEED Approx. 302 km/h (V-8); 316 km/h (V-10) I LIKED Great styling, superb fit and finish, wonderful cockpit, remarkable handling, reasonable price for supercar I DIDN’T LIKE Car functions best with manual gearbox. R-Tronic appears to suffer from ‘shift lag’ MARKET ALTERNATIVES Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder, Porsche 911 Cabriolet, Aston Martin Vantage Roadster, Mercedes-Benz SL series, Maserati Grancabrio Sport WHO DRIVES ONE? Drivers who want the very best in looks and performance but don’t want to pay the usual ‘supercar’ prices. Audi fans who may have a saloon or an SUV in their stable and want to add a high-end sports car without going the Ferrari/Porsche route PRICE AND AVAILABILITY Available now, starting at €145.250 for the V-8 Spyder

together, it’s very rigid as well as extremely light. This stiffness contributes towards the R8’s remarkable handling prowess. The R8 Spyder is great to drive and for just about everybody, it’s very easy to find the perfect steering position. Once set up behind the chunky leather-clad steering wheel, which is flattened at the bottom to create more thigh clearance, you feel very much part of the car. It’s easy to reach everything and nothing has been skimped as far as electronics and convenience features go. It’s one of those cars that make any driver feel like an F1 star, though the car has far better manners. In fact, it’s a very pleasant machine to dawdle around the city in – which is more than can be said for some temperamental premium sports cars. The leather seats are specially pigmented, according to Audi, to reduce heating resulting from bright sunshine. Behind the seats is a luggage area which Audi assures me will take a couple of golf bags (I haven’t tried). The sound system for the V-10 variant is supplied by legendary manufacturer of upscale audio, Bang & Olufsen. The hood is made of fabric (a folding aluminum

roof would have been too much of a challenge as well as adding a weight penalty) and deploys electrically. It doesn’t mar the car’s appearance when it’s folded back. It’s also very well finished inside and out and there isn’t much wind noise when it’s raised (in less than 20 seconds) for bad weather. A heated glass rear window is individually integrated and can be raised or lowered separately to the roof. It is worth mentioning that several supercars claiming convertible status only have a removable roof panel, so their configuration is more ‘sunroof’ than ‘Spyder’. One interesting point of detail is that buyers can opt for three tiny microphones fitted to the seat belts plus another in the windscreen pillar so that the driver can talk on the phone – even at highway speeds. Other options include carbon fibre composite brakes I firmly believe that the R8 belongs in the supercar class, despite its very reasonable ‘nonsupercar’ price. I could argue that there isn’t a better-looking sports car at any price and that no rival is more delightful to drive. There are sports cars that cost €100.000 more than the Audi and don’t deliver any more performance in practical terms, nor attract as many admiring glances. The coupé is fun for sure, but the Spyder is just that much more enjoyable. e


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Top Marbella Beaches

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THE FOCUS beaches

Marbella Port

A carpet of white sand looking out over infinite azure waters framed by the swaying fronds of palm trees… Okay, that’s more likely to be somewhere in the Caribbean or Pacific, and no, Marbella is not exactly renowned for its pearlesque beaches, but that doesn’t mean to say that we don’t have some fine stretches of coastline right here on our doorstep.


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est known, of course, are the beaches of Puerto Banús, San Pedro Alcántara, Estepona and the glamorous stretch along the Golden Mile, yet there are many hidden corners all along the coast just waiting to be discovered. Some take a little effort to find, hidden behind apartment complexes or on little-used exits off the coastal road, but you will be rewarded with a lovely stretch of sand away from the madding crowds. If beach life is more of a social affair, then

stepping straight off the beachside promenade and onto the hot sand is the thing to do. Just make sure there’s a chiringuito beach bar nearby and you’re in heaven. Even within such a setting there is the choice of the laid-back Spanish atmosphere of Estepona beach, the trendy flavour of Banús or the more businesslike approach at San Pedro beach, where joggers and serious sunbathers predominate. Even in downtown Marbella you’re never more than a few streets away from the beach. In fact, the Paseo Marítimo, Marbella’s long seaside

promenade, is like a grand boulevard dedicated to pedestrians. Here you can lounge by day, party by night or seek relaxation on the water’s edge, blissfully unaware that in the town behind you others might be toiling away at their desks. Newcomers will invariably be drawn to these, the most visible and easily accessible stretches of our coast, but residents and regular visitors alike may just want to shake things up a bit by heading outwards and finding their own favourite little spot on the Costa. Here are a few that offer a good variety of different experiences.


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Puerto Cabopino

CABOPINO In itself quite famous, it is one of those beaches you need to know how to find. Just exit the coastal CN340 at the Cabopino turn off, follow the roundabout in the direction of the Puerto Cabopino marina and then turn right onto a sand track that soon re-emerges as an asphalt drive leading directly to a car park on the edge of the dunes. Left of you is the beach side of Cabopino Port, straight ahead the sea and to your right an extension of beach flanked by dunes and pine trees. Come here early and you’ll see people walking their dogs and strolling along the beach, but leave it a little late and you might start blushing, for this is a quasi-official nudist beach popular with lovers of the all-over tan. A lot of beachgoers therefore opt for the sunbeds on the Cabopino side, where a skimpy bikini or Speedos is the minimum requirement. With the waiter service from a nearby chiringuito at your disposal, you can gaze across the Mediterranean as you drink in the sun. Kids

are free to charge around and burn up some of that energy, and if all that beach work gets you peckish there’s a good choice of restaurants and cafés at the pretty little marina just round the corner. From this point on the coast you can see the sweep of the shoreline, with Marbella in the distance, though not quite as well as from the ancient watchtower that more or less demarcates the nudist and semi-clad sections of beach. Built at a time when Barbary Corsairs pillaged the Southern Mediterranean’s shores, it forms part of a network of towers that extends all along the coast. High up on top, guardsmen would light fires to warn local inhabitants to ‘head for the hills’ when they saw the dreaded sails appear on the horizon.

Playa Real de Zaragoza


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PLAYA REAL DE ZARAGOZA No need to fly off to the big city in the north of Spain, for Playa Real de Zaragoza is a stretch of beach just east of Los Monteros and Bahía de Marbella – an area known to have some of the finest sand on the Costa del Sol. Heading eastwards from Marbella on the coastal road, take the little-known turn off at the sleek new offices of the Andalucía Lab Tourism centre (Km 189.6), follow the road straight to the sea and it opens up into a car park. This peaceful little beach is a classic example of the kind of secluded area you’ll chance upon by not taking one of the main exits but looking for something a little more discreet. Free of apartment blocks or large hotels it is just you, the dunes, a few distant low-rise buildings and the beach. Out towards Marbella a lovely stretch of fine golden sand gently curves away from lofty dunes in what the French would describe as a ‘blonde’ tone, while the Tropical beach cabana bar is conveniently close by for a Stella on tap. If you’re on the beach to enjoy a sense of moderate seclusion in which it is possible to

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take in the sights and sounds of lapping waves, birdsong and the distant chatter of children, then this is a summer spot made for you. Free of crowd congestion, noise and commercialised seaside it is a breath of fresh air, literally. Long, romantic walks are also a possibility, following the sun as it sets apparently just behind Gibraltar.

FUNNY BEACH And now for something very different; though not so very distantly removed from the long stretch that extends from Playa Real de Zaragoza towards Rio Real, Funny Beach has a completely different charm to it. Just on the other side of Rio Real, pretty much where Marbella town begins, Funny Beach is where the dutiful parent takes his or her offspring to have a great time. Relax with a drink or have a snack while junior reaches for the sky on the trampolines, and harnessed reverse bungee jumps, or splashes along on the bouncy boats. A big attraction is the karting track, which offers a choice of twoseaters and single-seaters for children and

revvy go-karts for anyone of 16 and over. This is where dad comes into his own, though if you don’t want to be shown up by teenagers you might want to get some practice in on the F1 simulator. This full-motion simulator is a Playstation addict’s dream come true, having escaped the box and flowered into a life-size Ferrari Formula One look-alike. So now we’ve established that parents can also have lots of fun here we can also mention that the activities extend to the sea, where water bikes, water skiing, jet ski, banana boats, pedaloes and parasailing are all on the aquatic menu.

MARBELLA BEACH Or more specifically, that part of it bordering the Marbella marina. Urban legend has it that followers of British TV programme TOWIE felt inspired to visit ‘Marbs’ after the recently aired episode filmed in Marbella, only to confuse Puerto Banús with Marbella Port. Well, it’s not quite the same thing. Marbella’s marina and seaside area still has a real summer tourist feel to it, and both the sailing boats in the harbour and

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the eateries and cafés surrounding it speak of a more easygoing holiday atmosphere. Here it’s all about good old-fashioned sunbathing followed by a bite of paella washed down with some sangria. It’s not tacky or cheap-and-cheerful, but mid-range classic ‘Recuerdos del Sol’ stuff, followed by a spot of shopping in the cool shade of Marbella’s leafy avenidas and perhaps a night out at the lively bars or chilled lounge areas overlooking the marina. If you haven’t overdone it the night before you might even be tempted to take one of those boat trips out to sea, though chances are you’ll hop on a party boat and just continue in your bad ways. The good thing about a secluded beach is that it is secluded; the good thing about a beach like this one is that you have everything on your doorstep. A veritable smorgasbord of cuisines, socialising spots, shops and entertainment is at your fingertips, complemented by a passing backdrop of humanity that involves everything from sunbathers and playing children to joggers, rollerbladers, cyclists and promenaders.

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PUERTO BANÚS BEACH For those who simply cannot stay away from its particular brand of glamour and excitement, Puerto Banús is like a crater to a meteorite. Before you impact though, it is important to pick the right beach, as the areas extending on either side of the marina have their own character and following.

The eastside caters to a more relaxed visitor, keen to work on their suntan before being woken up by the aroma of charcoal grills lighting up for lunch at the rather stylish beach restaurants. Marbella’s to your left, La Concha Mountain a big bold beacon behind and the shortest way to North Africa straight before you; on a clear day Morocco and the Spanish exclave of Ceuta appear tantalisingly close, but the designer outlets and boutiques in the port are nearer still. Daytime booty shakers will want to shun all this introspective and restful stuff, and head straight down to the other side of the port, where rented sunbeds form a base from which to drink, flirt and dance your way around a sunlit open-air nightclub complete with trance music, such as at Ocean Club. This hint of Ibiza with the added Banús glamour sets the tone for what follows in the evening, when revellers get glammed up and hit the trendy cafés, lounge bars and ultimately rooftop nightclubs.

LAGUNA BEACH If Laguna Village is the chic Polynesian-inspired complex on the New Golden Mile between Marbella and Estepona, then the adjoining stretch of sandy coast is by definition Laguna Beach. Home to stylish boutiques, al fresco eateries and Puro Beach, this is a spot that mixes a touch of trendy refinement with a sense of open spaces, fresh sea breezes and wonderful views. Perhaps the best of all worlds in that respect, it allows you to distance yourself from large crowds yet still have a whole range of services within reach. Then there is the choice between the pampered sophistication of a beach club and ‘roughing’ it on the public stretch of sand before it. The question of lying beside a turquoise pool with waiters, massage treatments and sushi bar on hand, and spreading out your towel on the water’s edge is a nice dilemma to have. Either way this is a great spot to catch refreshing sea breezes and gaze at the closeness of Gibraltar. On Poniente days, when the wind blows dry and clear from an Atlantic direction, the water here goes a gorgeous cobalt tone of blue touched with flecks of aquamarine. Not a bad way to spend a sunny day, regardless of whether yours is a beer from a cooler box or a glass of chilled champagne.

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Watt by Samuel Beckett

Shakespeare seen in a new light

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Keith is a man-sized, ginger koala with an anger management problem. Drawing on the experience of his court-ordered rehabilitation, he imparts everything that he has so far learned from the programme (while playing the ukelele and screaming about napalm) in a solo show he calls Keith Looks Back in Anger… Approximately fifteen minutes away, a group of birdwatchers gather to take part in One-Minute Birdwatching, the duration of which is spent shouting out loud the name of every bird species which flies into view. For those who see one but don’t recognise the species, a simple ‘Bird!’ will do. The sixty-second audio, consisting of ‘Bird! Bird! Pigeon! Bird!’ (or variants thereof; or even silence, in the absence of birds) is then posted online… Elsewhere, an unsuspecting public minds its own business as the members of a Flash Mob mill about among them, waiting for the cue on which to launch into a pre-choreographed dance performance, and then return to exactly what they were doing before, as if nothing could be more normal. Were aliens to land, not only would their arrival likely go unnoticed, but they really would wonder about our world.


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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo © Domhnall Dods

THE EDIBURGH Festival Fringe A

nd this is only scratching the surface of strange. This is Edinburgh in August, the location of the Festival Fringe, where absolutely anything goes, and where all the above acts (and some 2,692 more) will be performing this year. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, and has become such a behemoth that people can be forgiven for thinking that it is the Edinburgh Festival. In fact it comprises just one of the eight festivals taking place in Scotland’s capital over the summer. Complementing the performing arts (in particular theatre and comedy) which the Edinburgh Festival Fringe provides, are its cultural counterparts the Edinburgh International Festival (showcasing classical opera and theatre), the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, the Edinburgh Art Festival (for provocative, contemporary art), the exotic exploration of cultural diversity in the Edinburgh Mela, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the rousing Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. In fact, it was from the first of these, the Edinburgh International Festival, that the Fringe was born. In the wake of the Second World War, with the morale of a cash-strapped, post-war nation pretty low, a group of like-minded cultural

curators including the General Manager of the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and the Professor of Music at Edinburgh University, decided that what the country needed was an annual arts festival; a ‘platform for the flowering of the human spirit’, and a way in which the cultural life of Scotland, Britain and Europe could be enriched. They decided on Edinburgh as the location, the Edinburgh International Festival as a title, and 1947 as the year of its launch. But this was not the Fringe. What went on to form the Fringe was the arrival that very same year of eight uninvited theatre companies who saw an opportunity to stage their plays (despite not being on the official programme) in front of interested audiences. As much as the organisers of the Edinburgh International Festival did not like this intrusion, the spirit of the event was about freedom of expression and bringing people together, and so these groups of performing pariahs were permitted to put on their shows. As a consequence, even more ‘unofficial’ acts returned the following year, prompting Robert Kemp of the Evening News to comment that “Round the fringe of the official Festival drama there seems to be more private enterprise than before.” The term ‘Fringe’ was coined.

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Year on year the number of Fringe performers increased, which led in 1951 to students from the University of Edinburgh offering cheap bed and board for theatre companies in the YMCA. In 1959 an official ‘Festival Fringe Society’ was formed, the constitution of which prohibited any censorship or vetting of performances, and the first accompanying programme to the Fringe was published. Ten years later, having become far too large to be the sole responsibility of students and volunteers, the Society employed its first administrator and became a constituted body, and by 1981 with the number of performing companies now in their hundreds, the Fringe was declared to be the world’s largest arts festival. And that was with the figures hovering modestly around the 500s. Today, the statistics are staggering. Last year, almost two million tickets were sold; some 2,500 shows were staged; over 40,000 performances were given; 258 venues were used; and more than 21,000 performers took part. It has been calculated that it would have taken four years and 143 days to watch every performance one after the other. Other countries have copied the concept, and established their own Fringe theatre; Adelaide is a large one, as are Grahamstown and Edmonton, but Edinburgh really does eclipse them all. Add to this the wave of worldwide visitors who arrive in Edinburgh to soak it all up, and the city’s population doubles, bringing with it an estimated £200 million to the local economy. Smart locals who have seen it all before jump ship and rent their properties out at premium prices. The only thing bigger than the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, according to Mark Fisher, author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide, is the Internet. The premise on which the Fringe was formed, completely open-access for all performers, still stands. There is no selection committee, with the Society welcoming ‘anyone with a story to tell and a venue willing to host them’. Basically, as long

as they can afford their own accommodation, venue and living costs, they get a slot. And with costs to the artists coming in at an average £5,000-£10,000 over the three weeks, it’s not an inexpensive exercise. Perhaps though, this explains the quirkiness of some of the venues; aside from the traditional theatres, shows have been staged in unusual surrounds, such as a swimming pool, a public toilet, the back of a taxi, and even the top of a telephone box. Every nook and cranny of Edinburgh is used. Open a cupboard door in Edinburgh during the Festival, says comedian Michael McIntyre in his autobiography Life & Laughing, and there will be a wannabe comedian performing a show to a handful of punters. It also makes for a mad walk through the streets of Edinburgh during August, in particular Edinburgh’s main street, the Royal Mile. You will be entertained, accosted and flyered; by comedians, circus performers, and street artists. You will be invited to shows starting around the corner in just a few minutes’ time, the ‘best’ of the Fringe, they’ll all say! Many are free, most will cost under £10,

and on the opening weekend especially, you’ll be offered ‘Two for One’ deals. Never, from morning to midnight, will you be short of a show, or six, to see. And what a variety of shows. This year the Fringe programme features 2,695 in total, the largest and most ambitious Fringe to date. Topical themes include a Queen’s Jubilee cabaret (described as ‘sexy, funny, dangerous’), a burlesque Olympics (expected to draw 2,000 festivalgoers), and many a take on tabloid hacking. The classics are out in full force, albeit in varying forms, and you can choose from 45 productions of, or involving, Shakespeare: coffee and croissants over breakfast

Hora by the Batsheva Dance Company

Speed of Light: A dreamy light show


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with the Bard, Othello (the ‘Remix’ apparently), or the entire works delivered in 97 minutes, among them. If you miss the Bardic Breakfasters, you can always make up for it at lunch with Faulty Towers, the Dining Experience. In its fifth Fringe running, this entirely interactive show will see you seated for a three-course meal, with a neurotic Basil and hopeless Manuel creating chaos around you, while Sybil harangues them both. Food might fly, but you will be fed! And whatever time of the day you’re up, you can drop in on 24h, a non-stop, 24-hour performance, starting at 6am and finishing at 6am the following day, telling the story of the lives of 24 people, set to a cappella music and performed through improvisation, music, acting and even, at times, painting. Serious stamina required, all round. Even the Hoff himself (David Hasselhoff) will feature at the Fringe this year, in a one-man show, described as ‘an intimate, hilarious evening of song, dance and audience interaction’. Surely not to be missed. There is a big place for children’s entertainment too. Maybe best to swerve Keith the Anger Management Koala, whose show is classified 18 plus with ‘strong’ language, but there are plenty of other, less issue-ridden and potty-mouthed animals who will entertain at an appropriate level. Bernard the Ferret is ‘Happy to be Himself’, and has been a feature of the Fringe since 2005; there’s the tale of The Snail and the Whale, from the creators of The Gruffalo; and classics such as The Ugly Duckling, among many other wonderfully staged fairy tales. Moving away from animals, there’s a puppet show performed on a double-decker bus; The Amazing Bubble Show, featuring square bubbles, fogfilled bubbles, and even people inside bubbles; and spooky, underground, story-telling tours in haunted candlelit vaults dating back to the turn of the eighteenth century.


Cinderella by the Mariinsky Ballet

Tatya by the Deborah Colker Dance Company The Deborah Colker Dance Company in motion

Other genres appearing this year include theatre productions, music and dance, opera, events and exhibitions and, completely new to the Fringe, a spoken-word section which will feature poetry performances. It’s comedy however which is, and has been for the last few years, the most dominant genre of production at the Fringe, and the careers of many a famous comedian have been kickstarted in Edinburgh. Various members of Monty Python appeared there in student productions in the 1960s, followed by the now-famous faces of what was then the 1981 Cambridge Footlights – Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson. Rowan Atkinson, albeit at Oxford, was also one of their comedy contemporaries. More recent ‘discoveries’ include Rory Bremner, Steve Coogan, Frank Skinner, Eddie Izzard, Harry Hill, Peter Kay, The League of Gentlemen, Al Murray, and Noel Fielding – and the list really does go on. Stephen Fry still returns regularly to Edinburgh (although these days speaking in sell-out shows rather than student performances), as do other established comedians such as Ricky Gervais – the latter even donating all the profits from his 2007 show Fame to Macmillan Cancer Support after having been accused of taking a 6,000-strong audience away from the smaller shows. It’s fair to say that August in Edinburgh is exhausting, for both acts and audiences alike. The stamina required to stage shows night after night, with varying degrees of success, is matched by the steely determination of the showgoers to see the very best that’s out there. It is three weeks of the year from which it could take a good few months to recover – and for the artist that could be physically, financially and even mentally. Yet, year after year, performers make the pilgrimage for this key date in the cultural calendar. As comedienne Mel Giedroyc quips, ‘Ah! The Fringe! I can’t think of a more delightful way of putting my liver, bank account, relationship, complexion, and mental stability under the greatest strain they’ve ever known!’ e


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Dita&Von Teese Cointreau

Dita Von Teese has teamed up with Cointreau to represent a fabulous cocktail called Cointreau MargaDita, which pays homage to Margarita Sames, the socialite who created the eponymous drink in 1948. The MargaDita is a combination of the bitter orange flavour of Cointreau, the earthy taste of tequila, refreshing lemon and subtle notes of rose, with a touch of spice.


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A Very Sexy Summer Cointreau MargaDita 1.5 oz Cointreau 1.5 oz Silver Tequila 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice 1/2 oz Monin Rose Syrup 1 pinch Chipotle Spice Mix all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with floating organic yellow rose petals. For an added kick, add a chipotle and salt rim.


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Cecile Von

Auersperg For most of us, a safari is the most exotic sort of holiday our imagination can conjure up; the thought of being close to a herd of elephants grazing, a family of lions resting or gorillas at play is the stuff dreams are made of. For Cecile Von Auersperg, on the other hand, Africa is where her heart resides; a land housing countless memories of her father, Prince Alfred Von Auersperg, a renowned hunter, who organised magnificent expeditions to Africa, attended by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, as well as members of the international aristocracy. The wilderness of Africa was one of his greatest passions.



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ecile, whose mother is one of Marbella’s most loved women, Princess Bea Von Auersperg, had a childhood which embraced the best of many worlds. Raised between Austria and Marbella, she was equally at home in bustling cities, as she was on the toasty beaches of Marbella, where she spent her school years and made friends she would cherish throughout her lifetime. Cecile studied Media Communications in London, and her first job was with Dior, which she recalls as an eye-opening but also stressful experience. From fashion she moved on to media and eventually she was headhunted by VIP concierge service company, Key-2 Luxury. She says, “To this day I still work on a consultancy basis for them and also help organise events such as the Global Party (an event which takes place in 80 different cities around the world, simultaneously).” We first came across Cecile owing to a fundraising event she organised in Marbella to stop ‘canned hunting’, which Cecile describes thus:

of species; animals hunted are carefully chosen based on their age and similar considerations. Cecile has found her true calling: the wild, and she currently devotes most of her time to it. “My father lived in Kenya for many years and I had always wanted to go and see where he had been. After University, I contacted his old friends and went on my first safari with them. I trained to be a guide and set up my own company, Auersperg Safaris. Now I take small groups on safari and act as a back-up guide. I still occasionally work in London, since I am also a city girl and often miss the hustle and bustle of city life.” Auersperg Safaris invites you to live an adrenalincharged experience, galloping on a horse alongside some of the Wild’s most beautiful animals, or treat yourself to a spa experience while you connect with the natural surrounds. “We offer everything from a romantic honeymoon under the star-laden skies of the Okavango Delta, the tranquil and serene setting of the Chobe River and the awe-inspiring Victoria

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“The animals (usually lions) are bred and always fed by the same people; they are pampered and even caressed, then when they are about five, they are sold to the hunting industry. The latter brings in tourists, who pay large sums to shoot these animals in enclosures.” Cecile explains that there is a vast difference between canned and ethical hunting: “Canned hunting violates everything hunting is supposed to be about; since it is legal, we cannot stop it but associations like SanWild, for whom the fundraising event in Marbella was in aid of, do all they can to stop illegal breeders from continuing this practice.” Cecile tells me that ethical hunting is very much in tune with conservation both of the environment and of animal species, as it is practised only to reduce overpopulation and the endangerment

Falls to a walk in the wild, through the land of the Masai…” states Cecile’s website and indeed, all the itineraries are incredibly tempting. Cecile’s safari holidays fall into two general streams; first there are the luxury safaris. These include Walking Safaris, described as ‘the ultimate way to experience the African wilderness’. Here, guests track big game through the African bush and live in luxury boutique lodges or traditional mobile safari tents. Areas covered include Kenya and Zambia (embracing the mighty Victoria Falls and the beautiful National Parks of the Luangwa and Zambezi valleys). Then there are Horseback Safaris, allowing you to approach zebra and giraffe in a very unique way. Gorilla Tracking in Uganda is yet another special experience; guests make their way through the lush landscape by day in search

of the ‘gorillas in the mist’ and afterward, slumber peacefully in a luxurious en-suite thatched roof ‘tent’ overlooking the forest. Wildlife Safaris are likewise popular, covering Kenya and Tanzania (bush and beach) with a stay at a luxury safari camp in the expansive Masai Mara and overnight stays at hotels in the Samburu Game Reserve and Lamu Island. You can also head for the remote Tarangire National Park, or opt for a tranquil beach holiday at Kilindi on Zanzibar Island. Budding photographers will love the Tanzania Photo Safari, where a specialist photographer guides you through three of Africa’s greatest game destinations. There are also luxury stays in Zambia and Botswana, as well as in the Moremi Game Reserve, home of large herds of elephants and buffalo. The second type of adventure is particularly close to Cecile’s heart: it is the Conservation Training Holiday, where in addition to getting up close to the animals, guests learn about conservation and sustainability from guides from the EcoTraining organisation. Guests stay in camps in the Pafuri region, which spans over 20,000 hectares of land and is inaccessible to normal tourists, since it belongs to the Makuleke people. Animals found in the area include zebra, kudu, impala, nyala antelope, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros, buffalo and many more. Cecile explains, “We take groups of no more than 20 people to camps, where the EcoTraining guides give short talks then supervise the conservation work I carry out with my guests.” The latter involves everything from the translocation of certain animals, attending to wounded animals, and the transportation of animals to sanctuaries. “This isn’t one of those volunteer programmes where young people are brought in to dig ditches; you learn a lot and it’s very hands-on. When you leave you feel like you’ve done something truly worthwhile; that you’ve made a change.” When you’re not working with the animals, you can relax in fixed tents elevated on a veranda, looking out onto the African wilderness. “The feel is very African, but the camps have all the commodities you could wish for,” says Cecile. The Conservation Training Holidays offer a very distinct, insider’s view of Africa, since “it is much more rewarding to observe animals when you’ve learned a little about animal behaviour and you know why the animals are behaving a certain way.” There is a second camp in Karongwe, where guests stay at walk-in style Meru tents on the banks of a peaceful river. The Conservation Holiday lasts for ten days, after which most guests opt to extend the stay by seven days, taking part in game capture or undergoing marine conservation training. It is certainly inspiring to know that in as little as 10 days, you can make such a difference to the community, the animals and the environment. This is very much the legacy that Cecile’s father sought to leave behind to his daughter and luckily for us, she is sharing it with the rest of the world. e


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Atlantic idyll Take such an idyllic hilltop location, add a crisp white villa with chic contemporary styling and set the scene in a place where the cooling breezes of the Atlantic meet a beautiful sweep of coast. What happens next is a fantastic spectacle unfolding right before your very eyes. In an ever-changing display of natural splendour you can watch the sea mist rolling overland and enveloping the pretty little village of Zahara de los Atunes in its moist embrace, gaze in wonder at blue skies arching over the deeply toned waters of the Atlantic Ocean as they wash on to an expanse of golden beach that curves away into the distance, or sit back and drink in the warm ochre glow of the setting sun reflected in the liquid silver of the sea. It is this gently evolving interplay of tones, hues and textures created by sand, sea and sky that dominates your outlook on life here, creating the setting for a lifestyle that extends beyond the mere luxury and sophistication of a modern villa and endows it with a gently contemplative and ethereal quality. The architectural styling of this stunning modern villa captures this feeling with

a clean, imposing symmetry softened by a touch of sensuality inspired by its location and aweinspiring vistas. Set within the exclusive, leafy villa enclave of Atlanterra, the property looks down over the rooftops and tropical gardens of private domains to the resort of the same name, and the shoreline that connects the white seaside towns of Zahara and Barbate almost all the way to the famous Cape Trafalgar. In the distance, the pretty white-plastered houses of Vejer de la Frontera sparkle brightly in the sun, while inland views are dominated by the Atlanterra golf course that stands at the base of a landscape of undulating

hills in the most classic of Andalusian tradition. Though the coastal road that brings major points such as Conil, Cรกdiz, Medina Sidonia, Tarifa and Sotogrande to within little more than half an hour runs nearby, this is to all intents and purposes a little corner of the Andalasian Atlantic coast that has changed very little over the years. Free of the usual tourist development, Zahara retains its character and exudes a classic Spanish charm while having gradually improved its infrastructure and facilities in recent years. Cradled against a rocky outcrop, this panoramic home is therefore protected not only from the winds, but is surrounded by one of the most charming and natural of coastal settings.


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Atlanterra gem It was this backdrop that a businessman and avid kite-surfer from Barcelona fell in love with several years ago, setting his sights on a spot that combined the best of views, orientation and climatic conditions. Having bought the plot from Tarifa Direct, he subsequently built his dream villa, creating a sophisticated modern home that wears its chic refinement with a distinct informality. “The cool white outlines of modernist architecture perfectly suit this location and the sense of freedom that large panoramic windows give, but you couldn’t dress the interior with the typical minimalist decor you normally find in this kind of home,” says Juanjo, who instead created an ambience that captures the spirit of the setting and the sense of wonderment instilled by the broad palate of vistas. Inspired by his travels to Bali, from where he sourced much of the furniture, Juanjo adapted the ambience and stylistic sensuality of that unique island to an architecturally styled villa on Spain’s southern Atlantic coast. The effect can only be described as both chic and ‘cool’, for where many a modern home in this category appeals primarily to the eye this one engages all the senses. Instead of bland white tones and cold, impersonal surfaces, this home offers a crisp white canvas against which lively touches of colour create a sense of fun, enjoyment and wellbeing. A quiet, leafy street winding its way uphill leads to the property, where an imposing automatic gate opens to allow access to the multi-car driveway. Astonishing views meet you as soon as you get out and walk towards the beautifully detailed Balinese door that

leads to an entrance at the top level. From here you follow the steps down to the main part of the house, trying to resist the seductive temptation of a rooftop chill-out area with a panorama of the sea that defies any on the Mediterranean. Similar impressions are to be enjoyed in the two luxuriant bedroom suites that dominate the second floor, complete with wooden flooring, full-length windows and an ambience that blends the best of Asia with the crispness of the Med. This includes walk-in dressing rooms made to measure and stylish modern bathrooms with Japanese touches. The main living quarters, meanwhile, are on the ground level, where Juanjo has purposely allowed the kitchen, living and dining room to flow into one large space of over 200m2 that emphasises the modernist architectural detailing and layout, and brings the stunning views into every space. In this way it is possible to enjoy the expanse of sea and coastline while preparing a meal in the designer kitchen, which by the way comes complete with a Teppanyaki hotplate. In the style of the sophisticated loft properties of New York, this is an open space that flows on to a dining room area, a spacious living room orientated towards the views and a connected area that can be used as a study, second seating/reading area or a games room with billiards table. With large glass doors opening out on to a covered terrace and infinity pool flanked by sections of lawn and tropical garden, the inference is clear: though this is most certainly an impressive modern villa it is not merely a show house, but rather a place meant to be enjoyed.


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Pure enjoyment And how could it be any different in a setting like this? With this kind of panorama on your doorstep it is little wonder that thoughts of Bali, Tahiti and similar earthly paradises come to the fore and continue their stylistic presence in the garden areas. Conveniently set into a fold of the natural rock, alongside the kitchen, is a professional BBQ and al fresco seating area dominated by an imposing table cut from a majestic slab of wood. It is all too easy to picture family meals prepared and enjoyed in this setting, followed by more fun in the pool for some, while others settle in on the large, comfy Indian-style four-poster beds that enjoy their own particular little corners of the terrace and garden. Even the infinity swimming pool is far from the ordinary, made as it is from the distinct grey-green stone used for the seductive ponds and pools of Bali. The resulting turquoise tone of the water is particularly attractive, especially at night. Set below this level is a further independent section of the home that contains another two bedrooms and a bathroom, a large lounge and games room that offers space for a kitchen or bar to be added, as well as a 40m2 area that could be developed into a small private gym or spa. Endowed with its own terrace and impressive

views, it is ideal for older children and guests alike, and completes a property inspired by its location and finished with a high-quality lifestyle in mind. Additional features include a professional laundry room and a maid’s room, as well as details such as an alcove of exposed rock behind glass that adds a mesmerising textural detail to the home’s décor. Among the beautiful pieces that Juanjo imported from Bali are desks and cabinets made from the colourful parts of old fishing boats, creating a rustic/colonial style with a very distinct sense of eclectic chic. His vision for this property is to provide a very special place where people can enjoy comfort and style as they relish the quality of life in a setting as beautiful and unique as this, where just round the corner the famous Playa de los Alemanes adds yet another magnificent backdrop that continues along secluded coves and surfer’s beaches all the way past Bolonia to Tarifa. Having bought the original plot from Tarifa Direct, he has come full circle and is offering this singular property for sale through Tony Cassidy of Tarifa Direct again. g Tony Cassidy, Tel: 637 939 359.


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THE STYLE fashion

Andrea top and Maa shorts

Tatjana Anika Spring/Summer 2012



Eugenia one-piece swimsuit

Supermodel Eugenia Silva wears the latest designs from Tatjana Anika’s new collection, inspired on the Maasai tribe. Vivid colours, stripes and prints give rise to a collection designed to make women feel confident, comfortable and proud of their natural curves. Take your pick from our own personal ‘wish list’.

Gia seamless string bikini


Fabi bikini


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Ria Pareo maxi dress

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Eva floral bikini Didi dress and Kalita belt

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THE STYLE fashion The heat is on and it’s time to show off the glorious tan you’ve been working on all summer. Marisa Cutillas brings you the sexiest items to reward yourself with for being such a hardworking girl all year.

1 – Dress by Mery Hello 2 – Top by Mery Hello 3 – Silk Dress by Mery Hello 4 – Silk top by Mery Hello 5 – Bag by Dior 6 – Sunglasses by Dior 7 – Hat by Dior 8 – Bracelet by Mimo Silver Marbella 9 – Happy Fish Watch by Chopard 10 – Top by Benetton 11 – Dress by MyaBlueBeach 12 – Skirt and top by Mery Hello 13 – Dress by Monsoon 14 – Trousers by Benetton 15 – Kaftan by MyaBlueBeach

Contacts: Benetton, Chopard:, Dior:, Mery Hello: In Málaga:, In Ibiza:, Monsoon:, Mimo Silver:, MyaBlueBeach:

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Wildfox poncho Gunnel’s Zuecos rubber boots Wildfox dress Gunnel’s Zuecos boots Wildfox top Deha trousers g C/ Dublin 21, Polígono San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 785 602. www.



Elle Morgan Sea Folly beige bandeau bikini Lea Weyer pants Necklace Wide cuff Oversized ring Crystal and bead bracelets g Elle Morgan Boutique on the Beach

Unit 31, Laguna Village (next to Puro Beach), Estepona. Tel: 952 803 481 / 647 869 831. Pop-up Cabana store at Plaza Beach BanĂşs. www.

Who said you had to travel to Madrid, Paris or Milan for the chicest looks in town? Marisa Cutillas brings us top designs for the summer season from the trendiest boutiques on the coast: Gunnel’z, Elle Morgan, Nina B. and Twist Boutique.

Elle Morgan Boho Ibiza kaftan Black cuff with crystal skull detail



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TCN jumpsuit DITA sunglasses Gypsy dress Post & co belt DITA sunglasses Gypsy dress DITA sunglasses g C/ Las Malvas 62,

Nueva AndalucĂ­a. Tel: 952 907 020.


Twist Boutique Hudson purple jeans Noah & Willow cotton and silk mix top Adele Marie jewellery Noah & Willow Missoni print dress Hultquist bracelet, ring and Swarovski bracelet Ingenue London pink viscose dress Bibi Bijoux necklaces g C.C. La Colonia, San Pedro de Alcántara (next to Passion Café).

Tel: 951 507 019. Info@twistboutique. es


Wildfox top and skirt Available at Gunnel’z

Trikini Peach Aztec style cuff andcircular oversized ring Available at Elle Morgan


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Hunkydory top MiH jeans DITA sunglasses Plus Fine shirt TCN shorts DITA sunglasses Available at Nina B.

Ingenue London red bird print dress, Adele Marie necklace, Ugg sandals. Available at Twist Boutique

Photography Jayden Fa ( Hair and Makeup Liza Mayne ( Fashion Co-ordinator Elle Morgan Art Direction Guy Baglietto Models Hannah Bado, Belinda Gutiérrez Tobe (Miss Málaga 2010) and Lily Hannah Appleton-Goldstraw ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2012 / 89

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Pink tote by Coccinelle

Orange bag by Coccinelle

Orange bag by Coccinelle

Animal print and leather bag by BF Colecci贸n Europa

White bag by Coccinelle

Gold and silver glitter bags Coccinelle

Fuschia bag by Pertegaz

Red bag by Coccinelle

Candy bag by Coccinelle

Trendy handbag and shoe shop, Stravaganza (in the centre of Marbella) brings you the top new designs for the season. Be inspired by bold colours, animal prints and metallics. Three-toned bag by Coccinelle

Fuschia bag by Coccinelle

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c/Las Malvas 62, 29660 Nueva Andalucía (Casino Building) Easy free parking!

womenswear Gunnelz Fashion

uber-chic multi-brand boutique






Elle Morgan Boutique on the Beach: Unit 31 Laguna Village (next to Purobeach) OPEN EVERY DAY 11.00 – 22.00 T: 952 803 481 647 869 831 ellemorganboutique Pop-Up Cabana Store Plaza Beach Banús see our facebook page for opening times

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Go from beast to beauty with an informative make-


Beauty: Make-up Tutorial by Cassandra Banks

up tutorial by viral video sensation, Cassandra Banks,


Beauty News

get into tip-top shape with the KOT diet


Health: The KOT Diet

and discover how to make health the focus of your life with chiropractor, Dr. Mark Lane and

100 The Placebo Effect by Dr. Mark Lane 102 Health Profile: Michelle Gatsby of Young Living Oils

nutritionist and essential oils expert, Michelle Gatsby.

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...beach perfect... Cirumed pairs high academic credentials with the latest technologies in modern minimally invasive Plastic Surgery, to bring the best cosmetic surgery to Marbella.





Advanced Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery for Face, Body and Bust All our surgeons are specialist consultants at the Department of Plastic surgery of Spain’s elite hospital, Hospital Quiron. To have been elected amongst Spain’s best surgeons to represent Quiron’s specialist department is not only our best reference, but also our obligation.

PAT I E N T S DR.ALEXANDER ASLANI Chairman of the Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Hospital Quiron Málaga Director of Cirumed Clinic Marbella

Avenida Ramón y Cajal 7 – 4, 29601 Marbella Tel: +34 952 775 346

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Make-Up Tips from Viral

Video Sensation, Cassandra Banks




orth American teenage model, Cassandra Banks, always knew there was a difference between outer and inner beauty but admits that as a young woman, she sometimes found it hard to draw the line. That was until her boyfriend, who often saw her sans make-up and was well aware of her severe skin problems, took her aside and told her exactly why he loved her. “When I realised what that was, what that felt like, I knew that every man, woman and child could feel the same way”. Cassandra, 19, is an upcoming model as well as a dancer, events organiser, entertainer and “all-round entrepeneur”. At an age when most teens are obsessed with simply getting through University or being invited to the coolest parties, she is already choreographing shows, running a talent agency for models, photographers, actors and other talent (which she does for free to “give back”) and producing photo shoots, commercials and music videos. Despite her hectic schedule, she is best known for one short video, which she posted on her YouTube channel, diamondsandheels14, and which went viral practically overnight, with some 7.6 million hits and counting! The video shows Cassandra’s transformation from a severely acne-ridden teen to a stunning, alabaster-skinned beauty, thanks to a number of products she discovered over the years, when make-up artists at professional shoots were at a loss as to how to cover her blemishes properly. Cassandra’s skin is so bad in the ‘before’ scenes, she admits that it took her an entire month to post the video after recording it, fearing she would receive “the same hatred and insults I received in highschool… it took me a further four months to actually watch the video and see how I looked.” The uplifting words received from her boyfriend prompted Cassandra to bury her biggest fears and show herself exactly as she was, flaws and all, revealing how a few simple products could hide an agonising problem. “I thought, if I could help just one person with my video, then it was worth it.” Indeed, her good deed has helped millions suffering from the same skin condition all around the world. This month, we share her secrets with you. These are the products and techniques she uses to achieve a look that is as perfect as porcelain:

WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS Cassandra being interviewed on Good Morning America

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Cassandra applies Smashbox Antishine Lotion across her face in a thin layer. This lotion keeps skin from taking on an unpleasant shiny look as the hours go by, though for older skins, we recommend an oil-free moisturiser, available from brands like Clinique or Decléor.

She applies Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15. Most people apply foundation straight to the skin after moisturising, but using a primer allows the foundation to glide on smoothly to obtain a very polished look. She advises using a primer from Makeup For Ever, to MAC, Bare Essentials or Sephora.

She applies Makeup For Ever HD Foundation in 125 and 120, though you can stick to your favourite foundation, so long as it is High Definition. She uses two ‘pumps’ for the entire face, using her fingers to dot the foundation on then spread it evenly across the face. She uses the 120 shade (which is lighter) on her forehead, cheeks and chin, and the 125 shade (slightly darker) on her jawline and neck. The reason for using lighter colours in the middle of the face is to highlight the ‘triangular’ area comprising the forehead, nose and lips. She also applies 120 to her lips and the visible parts of the inner nostrils.

She uses MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC 30 on the most affected areas of the face, blending it with the foundation until a smooth effect is achieved.

She uses a 134 brush to apply MAC NC5 Powder, patting it onto her forehead, cheeks and chin and spreading the power around over her eyelids and the sides of the nose.

She uses the same brush to apply Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Light to her face and neck.

She uses Makeupforever Microfinish Setting Powder to set both her foundation and powder. It is a super-fine powder that “gets into all the spaces that the other powders missed,” says Cassandra.

Cassandra Banks on YouTube



Finally, she sprays on a bit of Mac Fix Plus Spray from a distance of around 30 cm to ‘set’ all the products previously applied.

g For further information, diamondsandheels14. Blog: 7/23/12 12:10 PM

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Summer Hair Marisa Cutillas brings us top items for luscious, healthy, strong hair.


1 – RAINFOREST BALANCE SHAMPOO FOR OILY HAIR BY THE BODY SHOP Made with pracaxi oil, white nettle and Community Trade seaweed with no silicones, sulphates, colourants or parabens. i 2 – UV RESCUE SHAMPOO BY REDKEN Replenishment for sun-exposed hair and scalp. i

3 – 10 HAIR MASQUE BY ALTERNA Ideal for a deep conditioning boost. i 4 – SUPERBLY SMOOTHING ARGAN SHAMPOO A fabulous product for dry, frizzy or unmanageable hair since it nourishes and softens hair. i

5 – SUNFLOWER COLOR PRESERVING SHAMPOO BY KIEHL’S In the summer, coloured hair needs more protection than ever. Try this anti oxidant–rich shampoo, enriched with sunflower, apricot oil and Vitamins B3, B5 and B6. i 6 – BED HEAD BRUNETTE GODDESS SHINE SPRAY BY TIGI A light spray offering instant shine. i


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Every time gorgeous TV presenter Cristina Tárrega shares a snippet of advice about a new supplement, fitness programme or beauty product, she makes millions for somebody and luckily for the audience, it isn’t herself!



árrega is one of Spain’s best-loved celebs, with her own regular slot in daily show, AR and a popular blog in which she recommends her latest finds. Women love her so much because she shares ‘real deal’ advice: tips and tricks which are not commercially orientated, but rather are based on her own personal quest for the optimum state of health and beauty. It was thanks to Tárrega that

many Spanish women first heard of the heavy coverage tinted moisturiser, BB Cream from Korea (she did not suggest a particular brand, just the type of cream), or of the amazing KOT diet, seemingly dreamed up for the busy career woman who does not have time to invest extensive preparation in cooking meals for lunch and dinner every day. The KOT diet was created by Dr. Reginal Allouche from Paris. It is a high-protein, low-Glycaemic index, low fat diet which, taken alongside a special supplementary drink (purchased in powder form and mixed with water in delicious flavours such as chocolate), promises a weight loss of approximately 1.5 kilograms a week. The process begins with a talk with your pharmacist, who should be able to suggest a plan that best suits you (there are intensive and progressive plans for men and women). Make sure you take the following information to your pharmacist: your body mass index, weight and possible health

The New No-Fuss Weight Loss Programme WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS


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issues and information on medication you are taking. How long will you need to be on the diet? To determine the answer, divide the amount of weight you need to lose by two. If, say, you need to lose 10 kilos, this number divided by two equals five. You will need to follow the intensive stage for five weeks, and the progressive stage for a further five weeks. Let’s start with the Intensive Phase. It involves ingesting between 1050 and 1200 calories daily for women, or 1250 to 1400 calories daily for men. You will need to drink the KOT envelopes (mixed with water) at breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and snack time. For lunch or dinner you can have 200 to 300grams of white fish, seafood, chicken, turkey or rabbit and you can also enjoy one piece of fruit mid-morning and lots of veggies at both lunch and dinner time. Condiments and dressings are kept to a specified minimum (tea and coffee are optional). The second phase is the Progressive, gentler one. Woman are allowed 1300 to 1500 calories, and men, 1550 to 1770 calories. Less KOT envelopes are taken at this stage (for instance, at breakfast time, the envelope is replaced with a slice of whole-meal bread). For lunch or dinner, you can once again consume a specified weight of fish/chicken (or two eggs plus two egg whites if you prefer) and more dairy products and fruits are allowed. At afternoon tea time, choose between a KOT envelope drink or a KOT snack (they make delicious cookies, salty and sweet snacks). You are also allowed pasta once a week, though it’s best to buy KOT pasta, which isn’t as starchy. Finally there is the Maintenance phase. You still take the KOT envelopes at mid-morning and afternoon tea, but you are allowed far greater freedom in respect of dairy products and fruit (though quantities should still be kept to a certain weight). Red meat can finally be enjoyed, as well as legumes, unrefined cereals, soy, wholemeal pasta, nuts and more. You can swap lunch for dinner and your midmorning snack and afternoon snack, as desired. Fish, meat, legumes, wholemeal pasta, etc. in specified portions are allowed for either lunch or dinner. In all the stages, a multi-vitamin complex must be taken, as well as two litres of water a day. You can stay on the Maintenance stage indefinitely, unless you need to lose over 10 kilograms. In this case, you will need to repeat the entire process, commencing with the Intensive stage.

g Available at pharmacies., Cristina Tárrega: 7/23/12 12:18 PM


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“the power that made the body, heals the body”

Power of ADVICE

The Healing



he placebo effect has long been considered irrelevant and a nuisance when determining what is valuable in a treatment such as acupuncture, a drug trial, or even surgery. Typically, placebo effects are all viewed as something negative; as either the psychological side-effects of an intervention, as unintended effects, as nonspecific effects or even as effects caused by a pharmacologically inert substance. ‘Placebo’ is Latin for ‘I shall please’ and is derived from the Latin verse of Psalm 116:6, part of the prayers offered at the deathbed in the Middle Ages. It was customary to pay others to sing the rite, hence ‘placebo’ emerged as a fraudulent replacement of the real. “Dogma has been that placebo is no treatment,” says Dr. Leuchter, a researcher looking at depression. Placebo is not “no treatment”. In my chiropractic practice, the concept of placebo, persons getting better by themselves, has never been an issue. In chiropractic, “the power that made the body, heals the body” and my patients have never got better by any other way. Science is now beginning to clarify the message that behind the facade of what has been called placebo effects are the self-healing capacities of the person, a fact normally neglected in mainstream medicine. Perhaps there is a more useful definition: Placebo response is the effect that is due to the


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meaning of a therapeutic intervention for a particular patient and context. The latter acknowledges that humans are not simply machines reacting to mechanical causes (e.g. a drug). Rather, they are responding to signs and the meaning those signs generate in a highly complex, often self-determined and sometimes unpredictable fashion. The meaning given is something that is determined by the external stimuli, and the interaction between the external environment and the internal conditions of the person, their history, their social circumstances, their individual predilections and their expectations. Looking at placebo response in this new light, it is easier to explain the individual differences in response to otherwise similar conditions. It brings into focus the importance of individuality in therapy, explaining, for instance, why surgery may arouse hope in one patient and induce fright in another with completely different physiologic reactions and clinical outcomes. By understanding the meaning response, we also get a better understanding of how to optimise healing. Evidence points to the fact that it is more than just what is done, but how it is done, and why. If we open our eyes to healing in this light we can help ourselves, as well as those around us, experience a greater and more complete healing. Some of the ways to harness these optimal healing processes I have listed.


Z Building rapport between doctor and patient. Z Individualisation in therapy: the subtle changes and the ways they are delivered by a skilled healer allow meaning response to be harnessed to the fullest. Z Raising hope and alleviating anxiety in a credible way is one of the most therapeutic acts in general. Z A simple act, such as giving a clear diagnosis and prognosis, actually improves the outcome. Z If patients receive clear and positive communications conveyed with trust, credibility, and confidence, healing is more likely. Z Believing that a doctor/therapist has a potent therapeutic agent at their command may be the single most important ingredient for producing a broad spectrum of meaning responses. Z Should the patient respond favourably, it would be a mistake to attribute the problems to ‘psychological problems’. The meaning response teaches us that there is not a clear divide between the mental and physical. Z Therapeutic rituals might be helpful in eliciting the meaning response. A significant portion of the effects from modern devices used in both conventional and complementary medicine may actually be caused by such effects. Rituals such as receiving a therapy in a special room, before or with prayer, or having it administered by a friend. Taken together, placebo effects, reframed as meaning responses, can evoke powerful healing and should be cherished. The meaning response is ubiquitous, exists and can be utilised to enhance or interfere with healing in many healing settings. To ignore it is to risk having random and possibly harmful effects. To understand it and use it intelligently is to increase therapeutic benefit developing an optimal healing environment.

g Marbella Chiropractic. Urb. Guadalmina Alta, C.C. 4, Local 8, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 880 398. 7/23/12 12:11 PM


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Michelle Julian knew from a very young age where her passion lay: in discovering, acquiring and sharing information about a wide variety of health and wellbeing matters to help those in need.


first met Michelle a couple of years ago, when she introduced me to essential oils. If you are serious about improving your health, healing or promoting physical and mental equilibrium, you should bear in mind that only one per cent of the essential oils on the market are actually ‘therapeutic grade’ (the highest quality, which provide the best results). Of this one per cent, there is one specialist that lays claim to most of the supply: Young Living, a company founded in 1993 and specialising in 100 per cent pure, natural oils. I use the latter topically, take them in capsule form and diffuse them throughout my home and I can say that they have made a great difference in my family’s quality of life. Thanks to Michelle’s advice and knowledge, I have used the oils for everything from respiratory conditions in my young child, to skin problems, stress and disease prevention. Their purity takes them into a league of their own, which is sometimes difficult to explain to friends, who prefer to buy cheaper, adulterated varieties which sadly lack the healing power nature intended.


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Michelle is a representative for Young Living in Spain, as well as a qualified nutritionist who practises and teaches Raw Food Cooking as a way of introducing essential nutrients into our bodies. She is also a perfect example of how life’s greatest challenges can also bring unexpected rewards, not only for those we love but also for the many people who can learn from our experiences. Michelle’s life was once focused on the purely entrepreneurial sphere; she owned and ran a marketing company in Australia which spanned four states and employed a staff of over 500. “My interest in nutrition started then,” she says, “By dealing directly with Fortune 500 companies, including fruit and vegetable growers, I gleaned important information on everything from pesticides to how produce was planted, picked and packed.” After meeting her husband Jim in Hawaii and enjoying some quality time with her son Ayden, Michelle commenced her formal training in nutrition and began teaching people the many benefits Young Living Oils can bestow. Michelle’s great love for oils began when challenging health matters in her family moved her to seek a more powerful remedy. “Oils have made a profound difference in my life,” she says, adding, “It is vital to

learn as much as you can about your health because there will come a time when that knowledge will become essential. When we have knowledge, we empower ourselves and we stop acting out of fear. We move toward health. Sometimes as parents, we rush to the doctor at the first sign that something is wrong, but that may not necessarily be called for.” Michelle recounts specific episodes in which people have been healed and soothed just by applying specific oils to the body. Michelle’s approach to a healthy lifestyle is unique; it is based on sound nutritional principles and a diet high in fresh raw foods. She is confident that she can help others on their journey to health through her personal consultations or monthly nutrition and raw food classes, where she not only demonstrates the recipes but educates us on how these particular foods benefit the body. Watch as she whips up a host of delicious dishes we never dreamed and experienced making: “People are always surprised at how food that tastes this good can also be healthy and nutritious!” she says. Michelle will teach you, in her characteristic gentle, friendly manner, how nurturing your body naturally can stave off everything from allergies to stress, pain, bloating, hair loss, organ malfunction and so much more. Best of all, you’ll have a whole lot of fun while you’re at it.

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Yamamay and Miriade: New Boutiques in Puerto Banús The names Yamamay and Miriade may sound new to you, but they are actually well established Italian brands. Yamamay specialises in swimwear and lingerie for men and women, while Miriade stocks a wide range of bags, shoes and accessories. Both brands belong to the Pianoforte Holding group, which boasts 1,100 sales points across the globe. Yamamay and Miriade recently opened two adjoining boutiques in Puerto Banús, where avid fashionistas will find everything they need to feel chic and gorgeous. g C/ José Saramago 7, Puerto Banús.

New Store for Habitat in La Cañada Habitat recently held a launch, showing off its new, two-storey installations on the first floor of La Cañada shopping centre. The shop sells everything from beautifully designed furniture (lamps, tables, shelves, desks, beds, etc.) to lighting and accessories. Best of all, items are reasonably priced, so it’s possible to add a designer touch to your home without breaking your wallet. g C.C. La Cañada,

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Marbella Interior Design presents new Versace Home Line Trendy design haven Marbella Interior Design recently held a cocktail party to present the latest Versace Home 2012 collection. The latter reveals straighter, purer lines than we normally associate with Versace, which has definitely tempered its penchant for all things Barroque. The furniture pieces are made in top quality materials like leather and fine hardwood and exude simplicity, luxury and glamour. g Avda.

Playas del Duque, Edif. Málaga, Local 1, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 479.

Fundraising Musical Gala at the Hotel Kempinski An elegant gala dinner (the XVIII Cena Lírica), hosted by Remedios del Río, took place at the Hotel Kempinski Bahía Estepona, to raise funds for three important local associations: the Fundación Tutelar (which helps the disabled), the Lions Club of Puerto Banús (which helps various charities including Cáritas) and the Alliance Francophone of Spain (which helps needy children, among others). Over 200 persons attended the event, enjoying wonderful performances by soprano, Nuria Lima and the amazing Yanela Brooks. g


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20th Anniversary Concert for Cudeca Cancer Hospice, Cudeca, is one of the best-known charities on the Coast and on September 19, they will be celebrating an amazing feat: their 20th anniversary, with a spectacular fundraising concert at the Teatro Cervantes in Málaga. Performers will include internationally renowned Latin jazz pianist, Chucho Valdés and singer Concha Buika, who won a Grammy for Best Latin album in 2012, El Último Trago. g Tickets

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Beauté Pacifique Cosmeceuticals come to Marbella

Dive into Paradise with NUBA

Nahida Zaman recently held the official launch of Beauté Pacifique cosmeceuticals in Spain, at the Kasser-Rassu Gallery in Marbella. Cosmeceuticals are a cross between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, since they are made with a special patented technology which permits products to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. The company offers a wide range of products for the face and body and Nahida is involved in negotiations with many local beauty and aesthetic medicine centres interested in stocking the range. Beauté Pacifique is currently available at Vanity salon in San Pedro. g For further

NUBA, the travel agency specialising in exclusive, bespoke travel, invites you to dive amid sunken ships, marvel at the beauty of coral reefs and interact with turtles, manta rays, whales and even sharks if you wish! There are seven different diving trips to the following destinations: the Red Sea in Egypt, Isla de Coco in Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, the Maldives, Palau in Micronesia, Tubbataha in the Philippines and The Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Pop into the NUBA offices in Marbella to learn more about the exciting adventures that await you.

information, Tel: +44 771 2077 987/ /

g Avda. Cánovas del Castillo 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 859 113.

Platinum Privilege: Luxury Services and Benefits Company Are you new in town and dreaming of renting a luxury yacht, zooming along the highway in a sleek sportscar, or having an all-day pampering session at a five-star spa? If so, give Platinum Privilege a call: they specialise in lifestyle management in Marbella, providing luxury concierge services that will make it easy to have the holiday, or the lifestyle, you choose. The team at Platinum boast many years’ experience in the sector and are committed to enhancing your well-being and enjoyment. Let them book a hotel for you, hire a personal chef, organise a hairdresser, security, party, babysitting, dog services, a personal shopper and so much more!

g For further information, Tel: 686 882 393.

Bohemian Nightclub & Skybar re-Opens in Puerto Banús Following a seven-year hiatus, the Bohemian Nightclub & Skybar recently re-opened its doors under new management and it is expected that the club will be providing partygoers with a summer full of surprises, magical nights and some amazing House Music, spun by top local, national and international DJs. VIP areas are available for personalised, exclusive table service. The club also has a 1,000m2 outdoor Skybar terrace with table service and shishas. g Plaza Antonio Banderas, Puerto Banús. Tel: 633 919 261.


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Gilmar Real Estate Holds Open House Gilmar Consulting Inmobiliario held an Open House at the exclusive real estate development La Morera in the Reserva de los Monteros in Marbella. Cesar de Diego, Regional Sales Executive of Investment and Expansion of Gilmar on the Coast, and Sean Cuevas, Sales Executive, gave a presentation to more than 50 sales professionals from different Costa del Sol real estate agencies. Guests included Spanish agencies specialising in high-end properties, as well as representatives from Russian, English and German companies. Costa Investments, a new department specialising in the sale of Real Estate on the Coast, forecasts great success for this unique product.

g For further information, Tel: 952 808 575.

Women in Business Spain toast 10 year anniversary at TikiTano Women in Business Spain (WIBS) celebrated their 10th anniversary with a slap-up lunch, liberal amounts of wine and a lot of laughs, at TikiTano restaurant in Estepona. It all started with a small group of ladies meeting in Marbella and today, WIBS is one of the most effective female support systems on the Costa del Sol. At TikiTano, the ladies enjoyed a menu of fine food, good wine, heart-felt speeches and a spectacular fashion show by Twist. g For further information, Tel: 677 167 310.

Summer Camp at Funky Forest Bilingual (English and Spanish) play centre, Funky Forest, has organised a fun summer camp for children aged three to seven, featuring a host of activities including arts and crafts, recycling, story book reading, music, cooking, gardening, taking care of pets, water games, sports and much more. This month, the camp starts on August 6 and ends on September 14, but your kids can attend for just one week, or even a day if they wish (lunch is optional). In addition to the camp, Funky Forest also has a lovely restaurant and cafĂŠ and lots of fun activities for kids including Chinese and flamenco classes. g Tel: 952 883 224.


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Busy Days for British School of Marbella

Around 80 children took part in two sell-out theatre shows at the British School of Marbella (BSM). The annual summer show was enjoyed by parents, family and teachers in the school hall. Just before breaking up, students from the Foundation Stage also treated their dads to a host of gifts to celebrate UK Father’s Day. Elsewhere, Reception children celebrated after graduating into Year One. Pupils donned traditional black gowns and enjoyed songs and a fun gymnastic display. Children from all year groups also received awards for academic excellence in various subjects. g

Athletes Swim from Ceuta to Marbella for a Cause Deportistas por una Causa is the name of an energetic group of sports men and women who recently swam from Ceuta to Marbella (a distance of over 100 kilometres) to raise funds for the MPS Association, which aids those with mucopolisacaridosis (a disease in which sufferers are not able to process certain molecules). One of the beneficiaries is Ana Claudia, a 15-year-old Marbella girl suffering from a rare strain of the disease. If you want to do your share, you still can buy a ticket to the Todos con Ana Claudia y MPS raffle and possibly win a host of exciting prices, including a week’s stay for two at the Sands Beach Resort in Lanzarote. g For further information,

Cesare Scariolo Summer Lunch Cesare Scariolo, the foundation dedicated to children suffering from cancer, recently held a fundraising lunch at La Meridiana del Alabardero. Some 200 guests enjoyed an excellent lunch as well as performances from Juan Peña, Raul Olivo and Maktub. There was a fun-filled raffle, as well as an awards ceremony in which various prizes were given to those who had worked hard for this important cause.



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Xquisit Marbella: New Wedding and Event Design Company A flock of butterflies set free on your wedding day, a private website where guests can log in to see images of your big day… enjoy this and more with Xquisit Marbella, a new company bringing together the vast experience of wedding and events company Caprichia; the dreamlike floral designs of L&N Lidueña & Nicolás; the creative baking creations of deliDelicius, and the photography and film making technique of DePérez. The company recently held its official launch, captivating the jet set with beautiful flower creations, incredibly artistic sweets and stunning photography and videos. Caprichia, founded by the lovely Lucía Fraga, organises all kinds of events, from private parties to business events and special celebrations. g Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von

Hohenlohe, Edif. Coliseum, CN 340, m 178, Marbella. Tel: 676 482 388.

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DEBRA Charity Shops in Urgent Need of Summer Volunteers Butterfly children charity DEBRA Spain urgently needs volunteers for both its charity shops in Marbella. During the summer season, the number of volunteers drops dramatically, making it very difficult to cover the required opening hours. Volunteers can do as many or as few hours as they wish. The only requirement is to commit to a certain shift. Usual tasks at the charity shops are similar to commercial boutiques: helping customers, selection of goods, ironing, organising stock, etc. g For further information, please contact

Janie on Tel: 952 816 434/ 644 342 46.

Swans International School is proud to announce that its LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) students have obtained a 100 per cent pass rate. The achievement takes on greater significance, as all students passed with Distinctions or Merits. Swans also recently held a Careers Day, in which professionals from over 40 different sectors visited the school to provide students with advice and information on their respective professions. g

Turns 100! Liberty Seguros is proud to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Since 1912, the company has been helping people lead more secure lives and indeed, the insurance sector is standing strong in tough economic times and playing an important role in generating stability. Insurance companies create five per cent of the gross national income and generate thousands of jobs for brokers and agents. Liberty Seguros in particular offers comprehensive cover in the areas of car, home, life, accident, boat, golf and commercial premises insurance. Its staff speaks most European languages including English, Spanish, German, Dutch and Scandinavian. g Tel: 902 255 258.

Gibraltar Abolishes Import Duty for Yachts Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, recently announced the abolition of import duty for vessels over 18 metres in length and a reduction from 12 per cent to 6 per cent for vessels under 18 metres. The move is expected to stimulate growth in the super-yacht sector and encourage longer-term berthing in marinas such as Gibraltar’s flagship Ocean Village. With this latest move, berthing in Gibraltar now offers a distinct advantage. Moreover the change in vessel classification from tonnage to metres is conceptually easy to explain and brings the Rock in line with standards used by most of its European counterparts. g For

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NEW MOUNTAIN CLIMBING GUIDE FOR MARBELLA Marbella mountain climber Pedro Soto Guerrero has just published an exciting new guide for climbers called Guía de Escalada Marbella/Climbing Guide Marbella 2012, a bilingual publication offering advice on 369 different routes, which vary in difficulty and which can be found in or around Marbella.

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DA BRUNO AND CLÍNICA PREMIUM UNITE Da Bruno Ristorante and Clínica Premium recently signed an agreement in which each establishment will offer the other (and its workers) special conditions when it comes to enjoying products and services. The aim is also to formulate joint promotion, advertising and marketing campaigns, which will benefit both companies.

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NCT Holds Wellness Experience Day at Monte Paraiso Golf For the entire month of August, the team at New Concept Training (NCT) is inviting fitness-conscious residents of Marbella to enjoy a Wellness Experience Day at their recently reformed installations. Just bring a copy of this magazine to the NCT reception and for only €30, enjoy nine holes of golf, group classes, a Turkish bath or sauna, a delicious wellness lunch menu and a cocktail on the terrace. Established in 2004 by Rafa Garcia, 12 times Spanish athletics champion, NCT is the only fitness center and gym situated within a prestigious centrally located golf club, with the benefit of an extensive terrace with spectacular views, a new gourmet restaurant (Sala Mirador) and access to a nine-hole golf circuit. It also offers Kinesis therapy and state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, available for use at the center or for purchase. g Camino de Camoján s/n, Urb. Monte Paraíso

Golf, Casa Club, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 843/ 628 527 520.

Unicaja and Cudeca Renew Alliance Unicaja recently renewed an agreement with Cudeca, with Unicaja once again committing to sponsor cultural fund-raising events for the development of the Home Care Programme, In-Patient Unit, Day Care Centre and additional multidisciplinary activities. The agreement reflects Unicaja’s interest in biomedicine and health care and its efforts to support research, new initiatives and social welfare.


Costa Women Launches New Marbella Chapter

Over 100 women joined together to celebrate the launch of the new Marbella chapter of Costa Women, which was set up by popular demand for members in the Marbella to Gibraltar area. The event was broadcast on iTalk Radio, with Maurice Boland and Pippa Jones talking to Costa Women founder, Ali Meehan, new Marbella host, Marina Nitzak, and local business women who are members of the Group. The event also included a fundraiser for CUDECA, with gifts provided by ENNcare and Marina Nitzak. g For further information, Tel: 677 251 058.


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THE PRO business perspectives WORDS Marisa CUTILLAS


pain may be going through challenging economic times but one thing is certain: it hasn’t stopped us from shopping and when it comes to finding real bargains, there is no better place to do so, than online. The demand for trendy fashion, homeware and lifestyle items gave rise to new company, inVIPtus, a portal offering browsers and registered members a wealth of discounts obtained directly from designer brands, stores and private sales clubs. inVIPtus is present in seven different countries (Spain, Italy, France, the UK, Brasil, Turkey and Poland) and boasts 1.67 million registered users (500,000 in Spain alone). It offers a personalised shopping experience and suggests exclusive purchases in line with its user’s tastes. In addition, it keeps users posted on bargains through a daily newsletter and is equally active on Twitter and Facebook. If you log onto the site through Facebook, you can share discounts and information about items you have bought with your friends. To see what inVIPtus is all about, just log onto their website. You will find a plethora of information that will greatly distract you from your daily tasks, so we advise that you keep your boss happy by not forming part of the 45 per cent of shoppers who shop online from their workplace! One of the first things you will see on the

Homepage is the ‘Bargain of the Day’. The first time I logged on, there was a gorgeous pair of BK British Knights shoes at a 40 per cent discount. When I clicked on the item, I was then re-directed to another site (to, where I was able to add the item to my cart and check out as per the usual online shopping process. Further down the page, there were a host of incredibly tempting bargains (Pepe Jeans at a 65 per cent discount; DKNY wear at 75 per cent; Diesel at 60 per cent). Next to each of these windows was information on how many days until the offer would close, a lovely idea which adds to the exclusivity of the items, since the limited time period guarantees that you aren’t likely to bump into anyone wearing the same item in your daily life. On the downside, on the day I was shopping, a discount on to-die-for bed linen by Victorio & Lucchino expired the day before I became a member! (Sad face). There are two different types of bargains: those marked in pink (available only to members) and those in blue (available to anyone using the site). It is worth signing up, since it is free and allows you to receive their newsletter. I found a host of tempting bargains: everything from Casio cameras to swimwear, and a great Armani jacket which I took home for €260 (reduced from €470).

Online Shopping at Bargain Prices!

Having been converted to the online discount shopping phenomenon, I contacted the inVIPtus press department and obtained interesting information to share with our readers. Did you know:

ZZ On average, it takes 28 days and almost two hours for a shopper to make his/her first online purchase. ZZ Some 1.2 million people shop online for apparel in Spain. ZZ Many traditional stores have decided to sell online, including shops like Kiabi, Zara, El Corte Inglés and Mango. ZZ Online shoppers spend an average of between €30 and €60 on every purchase.


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Inviptus The reasons stated by shoppers for buying online include:

ZZ Better prices (this was the number one reason given by shoppers). ZZ It saves time and is comfortable. ZZ It is easy to find products which are unavailable locally. ZZ The ability to shop 24 hours a day. ZZ Greater variety of products. ZZ The ability to buy more things. ZZ Online shoppers define a ‘bargain’ as an item sold at a 50 - 70 per cent discount.

There are four types of women who shop online:

ZZ The Yuppy She spends over €100 on each online purchase, does not shop on impulse and selects items she wants or needs instead of looking for bargain prices. She tends to go after brand-name items. ZZ The Sophisticated Woman She loves virtual changing rooms, checking out endless combinations of clothing and accessories on a virtual mannequin before buying. ZZ The Techy Chic She used to buy in outlet stores but now shops for brand names as well. She loves finding exclusive products she can’t find locally and buys what she needs before looking for bargains. ZZ The Bargain Hunter She visits around four different online stores before making a purchase, and is picky about shipping costs.


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IV Festival Internacional de Arte Marbella The 4th annual FIAM took place over a long weekend comprising the participation of 80 artists. Visitors enjoyed viewing a diverse range of disciplines as well as live performances of music, theatre and dance. This event has become a successful edition to the cultural calendar and has the support of the Marbella Ayuntamiento.

“A picture is worth a thousand words” - Napoleon Bonaparte


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40th Anniversary for Swans Swans International School celebrated its 40th anniversary at Marbella’s Palacio de Congresos, with students, parents and teachers enjoying performances from pupils of all ages, as well as a viewing of an animated timeline of the school’s past. Congratulations are in order for Mr. and Mrs. Swan-Liggan, the Founders of the school.

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops” - Henry B. Adams

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Robin Hood Pub Launch The new owners of the fully refurbished Robin Hood pub held a well-attended launch party to present an authentic pub experience to clients, friends and members of the press. At the launch, guests downed cool drinks and tucked into tasty treats, delighted at discovering the new hot spot to meet, greet and drink!

“I drink, therefore I am” - W. C. Fields


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Suite del Mar Inauguration Suite del Mar at the Hotel Puente Romano is always the ‘it’ place to be in the summer and its official summer launch showed just why: guests were delighted with two different parties: a day time gathering in which guests enjoyed a mouth-watering Asian/Mediterranean feast, a fashion show and live entertainment; and a evening cocktail attended by the swish Marbella jetset.

“Live for today, plan for tomorrow, party tonight!” - Anonymous

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Aloha Speech Day Students, parents and teachers of Aloha College made their way to Marbella’s Palacio de Congresos for Speech Day, an event comprising various performances by the children, as well as a graduation and awards ceremony. This year’s event was special, as it commemorates Aloha’s 30th annivesary, which takes place in October.

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you” - B.B. King


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Food Hall at El Corte Inglés Finally there’s a way to combine two of our greatest passions: food and shopping! The new Food Hall at El Corte Inglés Puerto Banús makes it all possible, with a spacious hall featuring Spanish and international cuisine restaurants. Enjoy everything from Italian delights to tapas, dimsums or even just coffee and dessert!

“Sleep ‘til you’re hungry, eat ‘til you’re sleepy” - Anonymous

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L of the World THE LEISURE travel


Ever since the Greek scholar Callimachus of Cyrene put pen to papyrus back in the third century BC, jotting down what was believed to be the original list of the Seven Wonders of the World, famous landmarks have captured the imagination of an inspired global public.


f the original seven, just one ancient wonder remains: the Great Pyramid of Giza. But over the millennia, since those seven made the shortlist, an entirely new world of wonders has opened up. Lands have been explored and natural wonders discovered; ancient cultures and histories have been unearthed, magnificent monuments erected, and incredible creations constructed. Far from a simple seven, we are now faced with an entire planet of photo opportunities. Today, Callimachus’ manuscript compares modestly with guidebooks which whittle the world’s landmarks down to a top 100, and an even more ambitious travel tome advises not only that there are a staggering 1,000 places to see before you die but also, that there are 1,000 places to see in the United States and Canada alone. Each with their own claim to fame, there are sites to be seen on

every continent, in every capital city, and in every corner of every country. Some are recognised for their incredible beauty, and others as outstanding feats of engineering. Some are surrounded by mystery, some are steeped in history, and all have a fascinating tale to tell. What follows is a whirlwind trip around the world, seeking out the superlatives, the very best examples of the different attractions of landmarks everywhere. The Taj Mahal, being a tribute to love, beats the Eiffel Tower narrowly to our title of most romantic landmark; the latter still making the list however as the most visited landmark in the whole world. We cover the biggest, the most mysterious, the most iconic and the most spiritual. And, in keeping with Callimachus, so too is our list limited to seven, and also includes, as his did, the most ancient of all landmarks, the Great Pyramid of Giza.


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If the astounding Great Pyramid of Giza, as the last of the original Wonders of the Ancient World, is anything to go by, then the historians are right; the combined wonders would have made a pretty magnificent seven. Taking 20 years to build, 4,500 years ago, the giant monument which looms over the desert sands on the bank of the River Nile was constructed as a tomb for the fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu. The immediate tale the Pyramid tells is that of his vanity. Quite some undertaking, up to 200,000 peasants, slaves and engineers were charged with the construction of his tomb. Together, in an amazing feat of human endeavour, they raised six million blocks of limestone and granite to the Pyramid’s original height of 146m. The Pyramid therefore also stands as a testament to the ingenuity of an advanced civilisation. The knowledge, across many disciplines, necessary to build such a monument would have had to be immense. But is the real reason of the Pyramid’s construction truly known? Many a conspiracy theory exists as to the potentially undiscovered



most ancient GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA purpose of the Pyramid. Despite it being the world’s oldest tourist attraction, much of it has never been explored by modern civilisations, and there are areas still very much out of bounds. Over the centuries, research teams have attempted to unlock its secrets. Robots have been sent down hitherto hidden passageways, and the existence of four narrow shafts has puzzled archaeologists; the upper two, leading from an upper chamber to the open air, were explained as an intended channel through which the soul of the pharaoh could arrive at the afterlife, but explorations into the southern two have been unsatisfactory. The robotic discovery of a series of limestone slabs each featuring two copper pins has sparked suggestions that these are some kind of power points for alien technology... Turning away from the extraterrestrial though, many do believe that even four and half millennia later, the Great Pyramid does still retain ancient secrets. Delivered flippantly (and fictionally, of course), symbologist Robert Langdon in The Da Vinci Code ponders at one point whether “any of Harvard’s revered Egyptologists had ever knocked on the door of a pyramid and expected an answer”.

Still radiant at 125 years old, Lady Liberty has held her flame aloft since she was gifted to the United States from France to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. She is a universal, iconic symbol of freedom and democracy, and one of the most famous women in the world. The story of the Statue began at a Parisian banquet in 1865. Prominent academic Edouard de Laboulaye was discussing the impending American centennial, and suggested it would be an appropriate gesture for France to offer the United States a gift as a lasting memorial to independence, and a demonstration of the two countries’ shared love of liberty. Young sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, attending the same dinner, embraced the idea and proposed the sculpture of a large monument. The six years it then took for Bartholdi to decide exactly what form this monument was going to take was prophetic in terms of the project’s progression. Bartholdi’s early hesitation, combined with further problems of planning, permissions,

production and cashflow, meant that his creation, officially entitled Liberty Enlightening the World, took a total of 21 years to complete. Weighing 204,000 kilograms, she was shipped to New York in 350 pieces, and on arrival took four whole months to be assembled on her pedestal, but by then, timing was largely irrelevant. She had missed the centennial, her raison d’être, by a whole decade. Her tardiness, a woman’s prerogative after all, was nonetheless forgiven when she was unveiled on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbour in 1886 (renamed Liberty Island in 1956) to the awe of America and the entire world. Not only is she visited by millions of tourists every year, standing as an icon of independence for all to see, but the all-American heroine, even has an enviable resume of film roles. She has appeared, appropriately, in Independence Day, as well as The Day After Tomorrow, and ironically, in the final scene of Planet of the Apes. The day she hosts her own chat show, then Oprah (arguably America’s most famous animate female) will have competition.


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Forget ‘Isaac’s Proposal’ or whatever the latest romantic viral videos doing the rounds and making men all over the world sweat are, if you want the greatest declaration of love ever made, look to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. As Mumtaz Mahal lay on her deathbed, having delivered her husband Shah Jahan their fourteenth child, costing her her life, her devoted husband made her a promise; that he would erect a monument to match her beauty as a tribute to his eternal love. And so, in December 1632, the construction began of one of the greatest monuments of all time, the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal was built as a beautiful mausoleum, containing the tomb of Shah Jahan’s young wife. Designed to be perfectly

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symmetrical, it was decorated with ornate, precious and semi precious gemstones and carved with floral designs. It captures the changing light of the day, radiating pink hues as the sun rises, changing to a dazzling white in the heat of the sun, and glowing with a pearlescent sheen in the moonlight. It was likened by Rudyard Kipling to an ‘ivory gate through which all dreams pass’. This testament to love took 21 years to build, but perhaps in the saddest twist of the whole story, just five years after its completion, Shah

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Jahan was overthrown by his third son and imprisoned in the nearby Agra Fort. From there he could only gaze out from a small window towards his Taj Mahal, the resting place of his beloved wife. It was not until 1666, on the occasion of his death, that he was to rejoin his love; the position of his tomb immediately next to hers being the only element of the Taj Mahal breaking the perfect symmetry. Tourists to the Taj Mahal may lose a little love for the place when they realise there’s an almost 5,000 per cent mark-up on the price of their tickets compared to those of locals, but even then, they still only equate to around €15, most of which goes to the upkeep of this most incredible of all (sorry Isaac) declarations of love.






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most mysterious STONEHENGE

There are certain obvious statements that can be made about Stonehenge. It was certainly no natural occurrence or coincidence; the main rock material is from nowhere near where the monoliths now stand at Amesbury, Wiltshire, yet the geometric shapes and layout of the remaining stones suggest they were laid in accordance with man-made designs. And the stones themselves are enormous. Seriously big, with some weighing in at an estimated 50 tonnes; to put this into perspective, this would take over 500 men to move just one with no machinery. There were three known phases of construction to the henge, originally dating

back around 5,000 years, but owing to the stones’ durability, it has been difficult to pinpoint the dates in between. Even more difficult was to know exactly what the purpose of it all was. Dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, there are references to human and animal bones found during excavations of the site, but none that would suggest that its final purpose was that of a graveyard. Today, aside from the tourists, the henge is a destination for modern day Druids who flock to the relic each summer to revere the ancient and mysterious monument at the Solstice. Others are visitors who believe in the circle’s healing, fertility and epiphany-

esque qualities. But the truth is that we don’t really know much about how, why or when this undoubtedly significant work came to be; and this of course leaves the door wide open to tales of olde folklore and colourful recounts… With no written documentation from those ‘that were there’ we have stories including Merlin’s magic summoning the stones from Ireland and placing them as gravestones to honour those that died defending against the invading Saxon army; then there’s the tale of the dancing wizards who were petrified under the spell of another rival wizard where they stand to this day, frozen in time. Or was it really the African giants that settled in Ireland, bringing with them a temple of stone which was re-erected in County Kildare before being magically transported to the Salisbury plain? The only truth we can accept is that we are unlikely ever to know how or why Stonehenge came to be, and must simply enjoy its enigmatic charm.



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There’s a reason souvenir-swiping tourists in their thousands return the chunks of sandstone rock they’ve chipped away from Ayers Rock in the spiritual heart of Australia; enclosed notes bemoan the bad luck that’s occurred ever since they were stolen, and many simply say ‘sorry’. But while the theft is prohibited, noone is aware of any kind of curse on those who carry off these tourist trophies; and the Aboriginal people, while grateful for the piecemeal return of the rock, remain bemused by the accompanying tales of woe. What the Aborigines do believe however, is that Ayers Rock, which they know as Uluru, is sacred. Indeed, not only is it the natural and spiritual centre of Australia, it is one of the most sacred places on earth.


stars, they carved the earth, they brought nature, and they brought knowledge. And it is their spirits which now live in the landscape, and in the giant sandstone rock. Consequently the rock is revered, its sublimity unsurpassed by any man-made shrine the world over. When not photographing the almosthourly colour changes for which Uluru is famed (a pinkish-red colour in the dawn light, through to magenta and purple as night falls), tourists are able to approach the Rock and walk around its 9km circumference, punctuated with rock paintings, crevices and sacred pools. The greatest sadness caused to the Aboriginal people however, is the permission granted to tourists to climb Uluru. To make a climbing frame of this ancient

most spiritual AYERS ROCK / ULURU and spiritual wonder brings not only great distress, but also scores of deaths as the climb is steep, slippery and undertaken in extreme temperatures. All injuries and deaths are mourned at length by the Aborigines, and they continually implore the authorities to prohibit the climb, and to remove the metal posts, serving as guiderails, which have been driven deep into their spiritual heart.

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Uluru rises a majestic 350m out of the arid, dusty Outback of Australia’s Northern Territory and forms the backbone of the rich belief system of the Aboriginal people. Its creation, they believe, dates back to the Dreamtime, when the ancestral beings rose up through the ground of a flat, featureless earth and created the world around them. They brought the sun, moon and

Man is responsible for many a mark on earth’s surface, but only some are arguably as impressive as the very best of Mother Nature’s creations. Just one such feat of stringent engineering and raw determination, however, is the Great Wall of China. Sadly, the lovingly retold myth that the Great Wall is visible from the moon is just that, a myth; but this doesn’t stop the sheer scale of the structure from overwhelming even the most resolute of muralists. The main section of the Wall stretches an enormous 5,500 miles (including natural, impassable formations that form part of the overall planned defence barrier) from the Shanhai Pass in the east to Lop Nur in the west. In fact, if one were to measure the sprawling ‘tributaries’ of the walls across the various contributing dynasties, we’d be talking more like 13,000 miles… With some sections built as early as the seventh century BC, the wall has essentially been in a constant state of rebuild and repair over the course of its existence. Initially comprising various sections that were ultimately joined together to form one solid structure, the Wall was designed to protect China’s northern region from any unwanted factions drifting into Chinese territory. The idea to join up all of the older walls was executed during the Ming Dynasty in the fourteenth century, in an effort to abate what had become a rather drawn-out war of attrition against both Manchurian and Mongolian tribes; the Wall eventually succumbed to the ongoing Manchu invasions as late as the seventeenth century. Unfortunately, it is predicted that we may lose large sections of the Wall through natural erosion leaving only the parts that support tourism in any real state of repair. It’s no wonder that this awe-inspiring achievement of man attracts folk from around the globe and it is very much on any travellers’ list of places to see before they die. Unfortunately this, alongside the more acceptable natural weathering from nature, is responsible for expediting the slow decay of the Wall itself. Litter, graffiti and vandalism is rife among the fabled watchtowers of the Great Wall and unfortunately, owing largely to the sheer size and location, there’s little in the way of slowing the destructive process.


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A survey conducted at the end of last year has revealed that more Brits have visited the Eiffel Tower than they have Buckingham Palace. While the purpose of the research is to suggest that Brits are neglecting their heritage in favour of foreign landmarks, it needs to be pointed out that the Eiffel Tower is, in fact, the most visited of all the world’s landmarks. You’re unlikely to speak to many people who haven’t stood somewhere under its speckled shade, or taken the trip up to one of its three tiers. Not so popular in the early days, the Eiffel Tower met with massive opposition after its construction for the 1889 World Fair from the artistic and literary elite of Paris, who considered it abstract and ugly and in very bad taste. So much so, that it was only spared from demolition in 1909 when its practical potential as a platform for the transmitting antennas necessary for the new science of radiotelegraphy was spotted. Now the image of Paris, and even France itself, the Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid landmark in the world. With a total 200 million visitors since it was first constructed, including the years when it was shunned as the city’s bête noire, Gustave Eiffel’s iconic creation now commands visitor figures pushing the seven million mark every year. Of these millions, many will simply stare up through the girders. For the fit (and/or slightly less patient), the stairs can be taken to the first or second platforms, and for those who can put up with the wait of hours for the lifts (we did mention it was the most visited of all world landmarks), all three platforms can be accessed at ease – unless of course, the Parisian wind has picked up, in which case the third platform will be closed. Unsurprisingly, it’s also (un)officially the world’s most photographed landmark. Photo-sharing website Flickr was analysed recently by experts who scanned almost 35 million images, posted by 300,000 users, and revealed that the Eiffel Tower was top of the snaps. e


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ike many of my generation, and those before and after us, I spent hours travelling the world and seeing it through the eyes of Hergé, the brilliant creator of Tintin. Now there is the chance to relive the mystery and exoticism of those early forays into foreign worlds through the specialist Tintin itineraries of On the Go. Tintin was a profound influence on me when I was a kid. I would get lost in his world, not only drawn in by his adventures but also by the mesmerising locations they took him to. With a map of the world to hand, I explored and discovered while being entertained by the exploits of the dapper little journalist and his pantheon of friends and fiends. ‘What an exciting world,’ I thought, and was forever hooked on travel. But then I got to an airport, waited in long queues, got crammed into a flying sardine can and sucked into the confusion of a foreign arrivals hall, battled my way into a taxi or coach and got unceremoniously dropped off outside a tower block

passing as a hotel. I jest, but the difference between modern travel and the classic charm of voyages in Tintin’s day was a bit of a disappointment to a romantic soul such as mine. I know, it’s the price we pay for progress and mass tourism – a euphemism for the fact that most people can afford to travel these days – but I can’t help feeling jealous of that whole Orient Express/Atlantic crossing thing that is so beautifully depicted in stories like Tintin. Of course, the young journalist himself doesn’t always travel in comfort, but he does have fantastic adventures to make up for it. If hobnobbing with royals, eccentrics and military types, not to mention international celebrities of the calibre of Bianca Castafiore, isn’t within your range of possibilities, yet you hunger for the authentic charm of visiting exotic places in a way that doesn’t involve queues, tour reps and scores of fellow tourists snapping away at everything that moves, then travel has just got a lot more exciting.

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It seems I am not the only one with a love of Tintin comics and a penchant for the classic days of travel, because bespoke holiday specialists On the Go Tours have joined forces with Hergé / Moulinsart – who own the rights to Tintin – to offer a series of itineraries inspired by the famous comic strip character. You can’t, of course, travel back in time, but the Destination Tintin! itineraries have been put together with great expertise to exude the same sense of personalised adventure and discovery that was captured in the books. On the Go Tours have a world of experience in creating specialised travel itineraries that cater to a wide range of tastes varying from the adventurous to the studious and those really wishing to get under the skin of the place they’re visiting. It is clear that this is not your standard holiday package company but rather a creator of travel experiences designed around all the age and interest groups you could think of. The result is a range of destinations and specially focused approaches that make the mouth water, but among these the Tintin itineraries, launched in 2010, rank among the most popular of all.

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In the land of the Nabateans It may sound like it, but this is not some fanciful name for a would-be mythical civilisation. The Nabateans really did exist. In fact, they are the very ones who built and inhabited what is most likely the grandest troglodyte town of all: Petra. Famous for its ‘cave apartments’ hewn several stories high into towering rocks, this mysterious site is also home to a temple magnificent enough to rival Rome or classical Greece. Moving into the region some 500 years BC, the Nabateans established a loosely defined kingdom from modern-day Jordan along the Red Sea coast into Saudi Arabia. Originally of Arabic descent, they gradually adopted the Aramaic culture and language of Babylonia before succumbing to Roman power, though they are immortalised through the beautiful stone-hewn settlements and temples they created in the desert rock. The magnificence of Petra’s architecture still stands haunting in the midst of an eerily deserted town that once bustled with life but is now a tangible link to a mysterious and distant past. Small groups on the fringes of society made the cave dwellings their home up to well into the 20th century, and it is probably one of their number that Captain Haddock had a run-in with in The Red Sea Sharks. Naturally Petra is the star attraction of one of the most classic Tintin itineraries of all: Jordan and the Rose City. This eight-day trip sees you touch down into the Kingdom of Jordan, one of the most charming countries in the Middle East. The experience is built around the ambience of Tintin’s travels, with specialist guides taking small groups on authentic, un-crowded explorations of the soukh of Amman and into the Wadi Rum desert, from which you enter the fabled Rose City of Petra – one of the New 7 Wonders of the World – just as the comic strip hero did. Camping Bedouin-style under the starry desert sky heightens the sense of adventure, though naturally modern comforts, safety and diversions are not excluded, and the trip also includes visits to the Dead Sea, the forbidding Shobak Castle and snorkelling in the Red Sea. Add fine hotels and pampering service, and you’ve got the makings of an experience that combines adventure, comfort and the charm of a bygone era. 134 / AUGUST 2012 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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Sarcophagi and pyramids Cigars of the Pharaoh forms the inspiration for another destination on the shores of the Red Sea. Land of the Pharaohs is a ten-day trip that follows Tintin’s exploits through the port of Port Said, the busy streets of Cairo and into the desert at Giza before sailing down the Nile. This land that gave birth to a shining civilisation that lasted for untold centuries harbours witness to the early days of history. Look up at the pyramids and know that Pharaohs stood under the same sun and gazed upon the same awe-inspiring testaments to human ingenuity, or stare into the eyes of the Sphinx and wonder about the sights that have passed beneath its watchful gaze. After the attack on the senses that is the bustle of humanity, sights and aromas of Cairo, you are struck by the same sense of awe and antiquity when seeing the River Nile. The ancient treasures seen at the famous Egyptian Museum in Cairo will come to life on the journey upstream to the Valleys of the Kings & Queens and the Temple of Karnak. A Nile cruiser ensures the experience is stylish and comfortable with a touch of Agatha Christie as you glide along this ancient river where you might just spot a crocodile lounging among the reed beds. The Temple of Luxor awaits and you are taken there in horse-drawn carriages before breaking the spell with a dawn balloon ride over the city. Among the many ancient treasures and exotic landscapes to experience during this trip, the sun temple of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel is the pièce de résistance, rounding off an adventure that even Tintin would relish.


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Maharajahs Poor Tintin never got as far as Abu Simbel, as his rollercoaster ride took him off course and into Arabia before straying into India. A Very Indian Adventure picks up on the story here and takes you on 15 days of exploration of one of the world’s most fascinating and bewitching countries. Tintin visits British colonials and befriends a young Maharajah, which we’re less likely to do these days, but we can embrace the spirit of his voyages as we pass through many of the scenes and sights he would have done. Without villains to catch or run from, we have the luxury of following a trail through noisy, bustling Delhi, with its street vendors, bazaars and the famous Red Fort. Next on the agenda are Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, the historic capital of Fatehpur Sikri and the Ranthambore National Park. Where Tintin went hunting with the Maharaja of Jaipur, we replace guns with cameras in search of a memorable encounter with the gracious tiger. Other icons of India include elephants, fakirs and snake charmers at the riotously colourful markets of rural India, backlit as they are by ancient fortresses, palaces and temples. How else to travel than by train, and in India it still feels very much like it did in Tintin’s day as we head for landscapes as diverse as the plains of Northern India, the Rajasthan Desert and the Foothills of the Himalayas to fully appreciate the immense diversity of what is in reality more a subcontinent than a single country. Like the intrepid young reporter, we enjoy Indian hospitality in grand hotels and palaces, but unlike him our journey does not take us further east and into Chinese spheres. We’ll leave that for another trip.

A unique travel experience While it is perfectly possible to visit all these places in a ‘conventional’ way, the Destination Tintin! tours have been expressly designed not just to relive charming passages from Hergé’s wonderful series, but also to recapture the authenticity, wonder and charm of travel in an age before the banality and packaged commercialisation of mass tourism set in. For those with a romantic inclination this is one of the very best ways to travel, adding a sense of excitement and adventure along with the refinement that comes from travelling in small groups catered for by specialist guides who are Passepartout to your Phileas Fogg.


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hose who reside in southern Spain know how lucky we are to live in such a unique area; the Costa del Sol tempts us with its soft sands and warm waters in the summer, and in winter, we can once again bask beneath the sun’s embrace, with one quick flight to the Canary Islands (where the temperature hovers between 16º and 23º all year round). Lanzarote and Tenerife have been veritable Meccas for tourists from as far afield as the USA for decades, and they have an enviable list of luxury hotels to prove it. Within this list, one hotel stands out for its architectural perfection and incredible attention to detail: the Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort, ensconced in the southern part of the island of Tenerife and the chosen accommodation of celebrities from all over the world, including Shakira, Princess Stephanie of Monaco and Mariah Carey. The Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque was born of the creative vision of a talented group of interior designers, entrepreneurs and architects, who in 1993, gathered together to build a five-star hotel which would be a reference point in the luxury tourism market. An investment of €60 million was made, a staff of 600 was employed and over 63,000m2 of tropical and subtropical gardens were planted, comprising endless rows of palm trees, Indian laurels, jacarandas, fruit trees and cacti. There are five oasis-like pools, two of which are heated and two of which bear salt water. The ample sporting area features squash, paddle tennis and tennis courts, as well as a gym, games area and a beautiful lake inhabited by curiously exotic animal species. The rooms looks directly over the exquisite Playa del Duque, where guests can relax in exclusive huts or take lessons in a number of water sports including skiing.


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The Hotel was built over an impressive plot of land measuring 100.000m2. Architect Andrés Piñeiro opted for a villa-like structure, with a total of 365 rooms (46 of which are suites). The Hotel faithfully reflects turn-of-the-century architecture of the Canary Islands, which is heavily colonial in its structures and choice of materials. Gorgeous wooden terraces, pointy turrets and hand-painted mosaics are just a few details that encapsulate the glamour of the past. The rooms boast features such as elegant marble bathrooms with hydro-massage showers, canopied beds, LCD screen television, air conditioning and even a pillow and blanket menu. If you’re travelling in a group we recommend the Suites, wonderfully ample and offering some of the best views of the sea. Those seeking greater exclusivity have two further options: the Casas Ducales (‘Duke’s Houses’), which have a separate reception area, butler service, and a host of additional personalised services; or the Villas del Duque: 40 independent villas with their own exterior infinity swimming pool, floral gardens, Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems and exclusive services including a private chef, aromatherapy baths, personalised breakfast and much more…


The Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque boasts no less than nine restaurants and eight bars, though serious gourmandes should head straight for Las Aguas, brainchild of Canarian Chef, Braulio Simancas, who has been awarded with the prestigious Premio de la Academia de Gastronomía de Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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ou might think that a casino restaurant, moreover one that stays open till 2 am, is not a place for haute cuisine, but you’d be wrong. Far from a late night venue where patrons can grab a quick snack between spells at the roulette table, poker games or one-armed bandits, the restaurant at the Casino de Marbella has long been noted for the quality and creativity of its gastronomic offering. This is not so surprising once you realise that many of the people who come to spend an evening here are accustomed to high standards, and expect no less when visiting what is after all a rather glamorous venue. Set to one side of the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel, just across the highway from Puerto Banús, the casino’s restaurant overlooks the main hall of poker and roulette tables, with the private poker rooms a little further along. Naturally it caters primarily to the oftensophisticated tastes of those who come here to play, but over the years the restaurant has built up a strong reputation in its own right – strong enough to draw diners who come for the cuisine

and the ambience alone. And it is an experience worth recommending, for you’ll have passed a string of impressive cars and entered into a world of glamour and excitement by the time you sit down to examine the menu.

Fine dining in an exotic setting

You can’t help getting flashes of Sean Connery at the Monte Carlo Casino once seated within this charming and exotic setting, with its palpable excitement and discreet, high-brow service. While rather classic in its virtues, the restaurant offers an innovative menu inspired by local Mediterranean ingredients but enriched with elements from much further a field. We were offered delightful quail’s legs with a soft caramelised marinade as we enjoyed our aperitifs and took in the scene. Our starters consisted of a salad of crunchy pear, Spanish cured jamon, parmesan, ruccola and fresh salad leaves – configured not as a conventional salad but instead placed between fine pastry layers that added a crunchy element and provided a whole

architecture for the ubiquitous salad. The second starter, a millefeuille with apple, foie, Ronda cheese and spiced bread puree rather took me by surprise. This layering of foie and apple topped with smooth Ronda cheese and an apple caramel sauce was absolutely delicious. I fully expected it to be tasty, but the way the soft, creamy cheese interacted with the foie and fresh apple confit was a total delight. With such high standards having been set, we looked forward to main courses consisting of meat and fish respectively, each accompanied by their own wine. I enjoyed a Marqués de Riscal with my fillet steak: Cebón a la foie with pears and a Pedro Ximénez reduction, which was exactly as a grilled fillet steak should be: thick, juicy and soft inside. Meanwhile, my companion delighted in her cod filled with caramelised pineapple on a bed of Swiss chard – accompanied in this case by a glass of crisp, white Viñasol. I could now see why the restaurant was filling up with the kind of people who are accustomed to the best. Though already highly contented, I couldn’t resist the lure of the dessert menu, and concluded the meal on a suitably high note with a chocolate mousse that again had the ability to defy one’s expectations with its presentation and flavour compositions. The creamy, chocolatey mousse was given a fresh and lighter tone by a generous layering of fluffy orange foam topped with grated orange peel – a wonderful new take on a classic. It is the kind of statement that sums up the Casino de Marbella Restaurant – great innovation and creativity built on a solid layer of classic cooking skills and service. e


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here are many beach destinations in the world but very few with the gastronomic buzz you will find in Marbella. Perhaps it is the Costa del Sol’s generations-old ‘chiringuito’ culture; the Malagueños know all about creating a very particular atmosphere by the sea, seducing diners with their casual vibe, fresh seaside fare and cosy sunbeds. Within this group of beachside havens, Trocadero Arena has broken new ground. It has kept up the welcoming comfort factor but raised the bar of sophistication, turning to a rather unexpected source of inspiration for its interiors: Africa and its exotic nature and wildlife. The restaurant is divided into two main areas: the Beach Club and the indoor Lounge. From the al fresco Beach Club terrace, diners look out onto the sea and three rows of exotic parasols, made of different materials (thatched roofing, white sail shades and exotic ‘frou frou’ style grass parasols dancing in the wind) provide welcoming shade to the cosy hammocks located a few steps away from the sea. The interiors are a whole other world… one seems transported to the Africa of Conrad or Coetzee, where dark wood, leopard and zebra prints, swaying palms and wooden ceiling fans, impart a distinctly British colonial feel… At the cocktail bar, you will find the barman juggling cocktail shakers, Tom Cruise style, to create colourful, heady highballs which crush the stress monster with just one sip. The main bar, with a stunning portrait of a leopard and an inviting mixed thatched/wooden beamed roof, is an ideal spot to meet and greet. Here and there, you are surprised by unexpected touches like cosy fireplaces, colourful carpets and even a life-sized statue of Humphrey Bogart standing by a baby grand piano. But let’s not forget about the



AFRICAN BEATS ON THE MEDITERRANEAN food, for the Trocadero name has always been associated with serving seasonal cuisine which is no less than exquisite. The menu contains delicacies such as Almadraba red tuna, which is caught only in the months of April May and June, while the fish are migrating from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. The fish is frozen at -60ºC, to ensure quality remains intact. There are two Chefs heading the kitchens: Juan Antonio Carmona (who honed his craft with Calima’s Dani García) at day-time and Miguel de Palma in the evenings; the menu is the same but presentation and ambience vary. The choice of dishes is wide enough to please all palates; diners will find everything from Iberian hams to Cantabrian anchovy, cheeses, sushi, salads, rice, pasta and wok dishes, fish and seafood, juicy steaks and much more. My dining companion and I began with a fitting summer starter: a Russian salad given an original twist with crab meat, topped with flirtatious spoonfuls of caviar. We then tried a mixed plate of sushi with delectable varieties including octopus, red tuna and prawns, washed down with a chilled glass of Rueda. Budding sommeliers will be impressed by the wine list, which boasts excellent

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varieties from Spain, Italy and France, as well as New World Wines including the exquisite Cloudy Bay Sauvignon from New Zealand. For our main course, we tried a delicious chicken wok (generously sized and bearing an irresistibly sweet Oriental flavour) and a grilled Almadraba red tuna, juicy and almost meaty in flavour, served with a delightful Greek yoghurt and mint sauce. The dish was, in a word, outstanding; a must for any self-respecting fish fanatic. The dessert was also a knockout, revealing the chefs’ unique talent for marrying flavours and textures. Warm and cool; sweet, tangy, bitter and salty found their way to a dish that serves up a chocolate volcano in a way you probably have never experienced: surrounded by vibrant red crushed salty crackers, vivid green matcha (Japanese green tea powder), a scoop of vanilla ice-cream topped with a rich mango sauce, and strawberries and cream. Not being a sweet tooth, I don’t often wax lyrical at dessert time but this temptation is capable of steering even the staunchest dieter away from the path of righteousness… it was a fitting end to a meal that can only be described as perfect from start to finish, in terms of quality, flavour, ambience and service. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2012 / 147

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Sala mirador:

Fine mediterranean cuisine hits the spot

New Scandinavian Dining Haven in Centro Plaza

The Centro Plaza commercial centre now has a brand new reason for foodies to hang up their aprons and enjoy a fantastic lunch prepared with the finest ingredients: The Little Mermaid, opened by Lars and Gru Merland. Tuck into traditional Scandinavian delights as well as hearty English breakfasts. The restaurant opens from 9:30am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday and closes on Sundays. g To book a table, Tel: 952 929 181.

g Monte Paraíso Golf, Casa Club, Camino de Camojan s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 861 457.

Food Hall opens in El Corte Inglés Puerto Banús El Corte Inglés in Puerto Banús has always been one of the most interesting places to shop but now there is a new excuse for beating a path to its doors: the recent launch of its new Food Hall, with restaurants serving a wide range of Spanish and international dishes. New establishments La Máquina (a tapas restaurant), Mamma Mia (Italian cuisine), the Tse Yang Dimsum Club (a gourmet dimsum restaurant) join the Cafetería El Corte Inglés to offer foodies something special during shopping. g Tel: 952 909 990.

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Sala Mirador is a brand new Mediterranean restaurant which is set to satisfy even the fussiest diners, with fresh market produce, mouth-watering dishes and a gorgeous al fresco terrace complete with chill-out music. The Head Chef is Antonio Peña, who boasts a wealth of experience at many top establishments and whose list of star dishes include the foie terrine with a Pedro Ximénez reduction and a rose confit, the chateaubriand from Ávila with a smooth béarnaise sauce and ‘puente nuevo’ style potatoes, and desserts such as salted strawberries with green pepper and bourbonvanilla ice-cream. There is also a wide range of excellent Spanish and Chilean wines. The restaurant opens daily from 9 to 12 for breakfast and healthy snacks, from 12 to 4 for lunch (there is a daily lunch menu for only €12) and from 8 to midnight for dinner.



Fine Belgian Pastries and Sweets on the Golden Mile Spain has one of the best cuisines in the world but those who have lived in Paris or Belgium know that when it comes to sweets and pastries, nobody does it quite like these nations! Now, you can enjoy the real deal: pastry and desserts made with chocolate and butter imported from Belgium, and flour imported from France. You will find everything from a heavenly pain au chocolat to croissants (plain and flavoured), delicate sweets and mousses, special breads and even quiches, which can be purchased by the slice or whole.

g Urb. Marbella Real, Local 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 861 287.


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THE GOURMET news Most of us come from regions where butter, margarine and sunflower oil rule the roost, and at first we bring these traditions with us before succumbing to the taste and health benefits of olive oil. To understand and embrace this golden liquid is not only to adapt one’s diet to one’s surroundings, but also to come to grips with one of the pillars upon which Mediterranean – and in particular Spanish – culture is built. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY D•OLIVA

Living in a land of oil


ven those who now enjoy the ritual of fresh bread dipped into a splash of olive oil seasoned with a little salt, who drizzle it on their Pan Catalán, cook with it and add it to gazpacho and other soups, often lack the knowledge to truly appreciate this noble oil in all its variety. So to answer questions such as where olive oil comes from, why it is considered so healthy, which are the best regions and what to look out for when buying one, David Gallardo organises special information and tasting sessions designed to provide a solid background knowledge. An olive oil connoisseur himself, David was inspired by his passion for this traditional product to establish D•Oliva, a beautiful specialist olive oil shop in Marbella’s old town. Here he found he was regularly providing information, as people inquired about the different regions, qualities and characteristics of the oil before choosing the one best suited to their palate, and it sparked the idea of enlisting the help of his friend, the medical nutritionist Dr. Francisco Lorenzo Tapia, to organise regular courses and tasting sessions.

Learning about olive oil

The atmospheric shop forms a perfect setting for the one-hour classes where, surrounded by beautifully styled bottles and olive oil products from around the country, Dr. Lorenzo introduces locals and foreigners alike to the origins, natural properties and dietary benefits of olive oil before moving on to the production processes that make the difference between lowergrade oils and high-grade extra virgin products – and how to select the better quality oils and those suited to your taste preferences. The latter involves a tasting session on how to detect specific notes that has become very popular. “The people who attend are a mix of Spaniards and foreign residents, and can range from doctors and

lawyers to chefs, technicians and housewives,” says David, “but the one thing they all have in common is a love of food and quality products.” From September onwards, there will be an English-language course especially for foreigners that is also a little less indepth than the Spanish one.

Knowing what to buy and how to choose

Doctor Francisco Lorenzo is a leading light in the world of olive oil. On the one hand an expert in the nutritional value and health benefits of this lightest of oils, he is also the president of OLEARUM, an organisation dedicated to promoting the cultural heritage related to this most Mediterranean of foodstuffs. Olive oil runs in his blood, as his grandfather managed a traditional olive oil mill in Ronda, and now Francisco champions a product that is not only noble, natural and healthy, but also forms the basis of Spanish and other Mediterranean cuisines. The courses aim to provide a basis of understanding that will enable people to distinguish between different qualities of olive oil and choose the ones best suited to them, but it also hopes to impart a love of this fine natural oil, which is also used to produce a range of natural soaps, creams and cosmetics. At D•Oliva, David stocks such products, as well as a selection of wines that perfectly accompany his exhaustive range of oils from across Spain. “Just as people gained a love and appreciation for wine, and an understanding of different qualities and regions, so the same thing is now happening with regard to olive oil,” says David. “People often start out preferring the softer, sweeter oils of the north of Spain, such as Arbequina or Empeltre, and then gradually shift to the more challenging, fruity-bitter varieties from the south. The beauty of olive oil is that you can continue to experiment and discover new sensations for a very long and enjoyable time.”

g For more information about the courses and tasting sessions at D•Oliva,

and the harvest-time excursions organised by Dr. Francisco Lorenzo Tapia: D•OLIVA: C/Nueva, Nº9, Junto a Plaza de los Naranjos, 29601 Marbella. Tel: +34 952 766 744. 150 / AUGUST 2012 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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ood food, a glass of wine, the soulful sound of jazz and blues playing in the background… Mariana Zuñiga, Head Chef of Puro Beach, can think of few other things that turn her on quite so much. An Argentinean gourmande born to Spanish parents, she has the savoire faire of an international citizen, the culinary knowledge of someone who has dedicated her whole life to the quest for flavour and texture and the confident yet refreshingly down-to-earth manner of someone who is a natural-born manager. And she has found her perfect match at Puro Beach. This is Mariana’s third season at Puro and her second as Head Chef. She heads a team of eight with ease, her management style a product of her keen work ethic and her sheer joy at having been given the opportunity to head such a savvy establishment. Puro Beach is quite a unique spot on the Coast: a beach club where white parasols, swish sun beds and trendy boutiques combined with DJ spun music and glorious canopied sunbeds, make for a classy yet relaxed atmosphere. Puro Beach Marbella is also part of a select group with franchises in Palma, Vilamoura and Montenegro; within this group, service and cuisine are of consistently high standards, the kind Mariana and her team strive to uphold every day and night: Puro Beach restaurant is open from 12pm to 12am daily. Mariana is around longer than that, of course, dealing with suppliers, experimenting in the kitchen and determining the priority given to various tasks. At Puro Beach, she whips up top level


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international cuisine; flavourful meat dishes, fresh fish and seafood delights and a host of healthy salads. Mariana’s own weakness is succulent, tender meat (“I am from Argentina, after all,” she laughs) and fusion cuisine. She pays homage to the latter with her delicious wok dishes and the new Puro Sushi bar, where in addition to finding traditional varieties, you will also find nouvelle creations such as the Mari’s Roll (made with fresh tuna, mango chutney and creamy cheese) or sweet rolls, in which sticky rice is cooked in coconut milk, rolled in Oreo cookies bathed in Frangelico and filled with strawberries or fruits of the forest. Mariana also keeps busy surprising Puro Beach stalwarts with special menus, offered on themed evenings such as Flamenco night, which takes place every Wednesday and which features the talent of flamenco artists the calibre of Juan Peña. On these evenings, Mariana and the team prepare a menu consisting of traditional Spanish fare; an assortment of Iberian products whets guests’ appetites for heartwarming dishes such as a spicy gambas pilpil, crisp fried calamari salad with Iberian ham, thick, juicy steaks or fresh grilled seabass, topped off with a soul comforting brownie. Puro Beach also celebrates Full Moon night twice a month, and so far, Mariana has dreamed up three different menus: Asian, Arabian and American. The latter is a fusion of typical North American treats like a chunky burger, and South American delights such as a Peruvian ceviche or a wonderfully fine tiradito (a dish similar to sashimi but more finely sliced). On Asian nights, foodies tuck into a scrumptious feast consisting of sushi, woks and many more staples from all around Asia, while on Arabian nights, the very best in Middle Eastern cuisine makes for a highly

flavourful, exotic meal. “Our barman is one of the best in the business,” says Mariana, and indeed it is a pleasure to watch him whipping up strawberry mojitos, caipirinhas and daiquiris with the greatest of ease. A colourful, refreshing cocktail makes a wonderful companion indeed to the utterly beachy treats emanating from the Puro Sushi bar. When I ask Mariana what she most likes about her profession, she doesn’t hesitate to answer: “Seeing the positive results of my hard work”. Her second passion lies in travel; she is surprisingly young to have seen so many far-off lands, including Paris, Italy and Morocco. Puro Beach opens from April to October, permitting her to indulge her need to wander and discover the very best flavours from all over the world, which she brings to our palates with great aplomb, back at Puro Beach.

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Elvis Presley Tribute


Mel Williams (Rolling Stones/ Rod Stewart)

FRIDAY & SATURDAY Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin

The Pigani Family


Italian Opera & Argentinian Tango

Reservations Recommended. Open every day 1pm - 4pm for lunch & 7pm - 11:30pm dinner. Urb. El Pilar, Estepona (entry from Benavista side) Tel: 952 885 765 • Mo: 609 516 526



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THE GOURMET wine Traditionally Spain was never considered good at white wines, and people still shun them in favour of the French. Indeed, the international success of Spanish white wines is comparatively recent.


ged white Riojas went out of fashion long ago, and then came the excellent whites of the Catalan Penedés region. Their 15 years of fame might be drawing to an end, so where should you look for an above-average white drinking experience? For sheer volume Rueda is top, and this relatively new region can do practically anything with its predominantly Viura and Sauvignon Blanc grape varieties. It is quite easy to find a €3 bottle of an excellent, full-offruit, young Rueda for everyday drinking, although see the list that follows for a more enlightening experience. For sheer quality that never comes cheap, the Galician region of Rias Baixas produces a variety of wines made from the Albariño grape – nearly always in small quantities. Next-door Valdeorras is lucky to have the Godello grape, almost exclusively, and these wines come in at even higher prices, although many wine buffs will make a beeline for them if they see them on a restaurant wine list. Navarra and Somontano do not probably spring to mind when thinking white, but some of their Chardonnays can beat the Californians hands down. In our selection, there will be Spanish wine regions you may never have heard of. However, the good news is that no wine has been included that is not available locally, or direct from the bodega.

Z CHIVITE COLECCION 125 CHARDONNAY The Chivite family has been making wine in Navarra since 1647, and its 125 Collection is a showcase for its very best wines. Not cheap but reckoned to be one of Spain’s greatest. (€48).


Spain’s Great White

Z MARQUÉS DE ALELLA ALLIER, CHARDONNAY Unusually, this bodega has its own Denominación de Origen, Alella, near Barcelona, and makes predominantly white wines from the Pansa Blanca and Chardonnay grapes. The Marqués de Alella Allier is barrel-fermented and barrel-aged and a snip at the price for such a great wine. (€14) Z AUGUSTUS CHARDONNAY. Penedés Puig & Roca is a tiny winery in Penedes, started in 1982 on 10 hectares of land. The flagship wine is Augustus Chardonnay. Total production is 24,000 bottles. A very-well structured chardonnay. (€18,50). Z COMA BLANCA, PRIORATO The Priorato region, famous for its red wines, also produces some excellent whites. Mas d’en Gil make good wines, and this Coma Blanca is sensational. (€35). Z PAZO DE SEÑORANS, SELECCIÓN AÑADA Although there are red wines in Rias Baixas, the tradition has always been for white, and you will never cease to be amazed by the diversity from one grape variety. Pazo de Señorans is a legend in the area and this classic wine is its finest. (€33). Z OSSIAN 2009 A masterly organic wine from the Castilla León denomination, made from the verdejo grape from pre-phylloxera vines. Lovers of French whites will find nothing to complain about and it even comes in a Burgundy-style bottle. (€20).

Z PAGO DE CIRSUS CHARDONNAY This bodega is owned by an ex-film industry notable who only started making wine in 2002. The bodega’s seven wines, most of them prizewinners, are among Navarra’s best. This barrel-fermented Chardonnay is outstanding and sells for a fair price. (€13).

Z PEZAS DA PORTELLA WINES made from the Godello grape are finally achieving the recognition they deserve, and the small Galician region of Valdeorras has cornered the market. The Valdesil bodega traces its roots back to 1885, and although Albariño vintners may not agree, this wine is one of the best to come out of Galicia.(€19).

Z SUERTE DEL MARQUES Orotava Wines from Tenerife are few and far between, and these grape varieties, listán negro and listán blanco, also known as Mission, were taken to the Americas by Spanish settlers. Barrelfermented, this wine is remarkable, also for its unusual but highly agreeable taste. (€16).

Z BODEGA INSPIRACIÓN DE VALDEMAR A white wine made from the classic Spanish red tempranillo grape variety? Yes, and a first. Bodega Valdemar’s reds are market leaders in La Rioja, but this innovative wine is proof of its winemaker’s skill. Only 3,500 bottles, which hopefully will not all be exported. (€18).

Z ENATE I Somontano Enate is one of the Somontano region’s leading wineries, and this showcase wine is made in such small quantities that most national distributors only get three or four bottles to sell. It is 100 per cent Chardonnay and spends 18 months in oak. (€265).

Z TORRES MARIMAR CHARDONNAY Last but not least and strictly-speaking not qualified for including, this wine is from the largest family-owned winery in Spain but just happens to be made in California. It is however so good that it is included here as a tribute to the contribution the Torres family has made to winemaking in Spain – and now to Chile and the USA. (€27).

Z YLLERA VERDEJO, VENDIMIA NOCTURNA The Yllera family is still in charge at one of the best-known Rueda bodegas, and this limited-production white verdejo wine shows what the region can produce. To stop the wine oxidising, the grapes are picked at night. (€7).


All the wines listed are available from specialist wine stores and from Vinacoteca La Cartuja. Plaza Gomez Aguera 7, Marbella. Tel: 952 775 205. info@vinoslacartuja. com. This winery also has its own-label Rueda, 44 Esencias, Sauvignon Blanc. (€8).


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Price guide ::::::: per head for a three-course meal with wine


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

Jacks Open seven days a week from noon till late. Puerto Banús, Tel: 952 813 625, Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 563 673

New york Open from 1pm-4pm and from 7pm to 12am. Ctra. de Cádiz, km.176, 29600, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 533

ROUTE 66 Open 10am until midnight every day. Plaza Antonio Banderas 17/29, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 136 333

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


under €25

€25 – €40

and on Sunday for Buffet Lunch. Apartado 1, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 132.2 Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 791 200

::: GREEK ::: Red Pepper

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

::: GRILLS :::

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

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

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

El Carnicero 2


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

Buenos Aires South

El Gaucho

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

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


el rancho del puerto

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Avda. Antonio Belón, 22, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 683.

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


Grill del puerto

Open daily for dinner except Tuesdays. Puerto Banús (opp. the car park). Tel: 952 812 358

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

::: BELGIAN ::: El Coto

Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Ronda (El Madroñal), San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 786 688

mytilus Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos s/n, Sotogrande. Tel: 956 790 212

::: FRENCH :::

Chateau Mona lisa Open every day for lunch and dinner. Muelle Ribera 8, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 808

rendez vous Open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6pm and Sunday from 9am to 2pm. Closed Tuesday. Avda. del Prado, Aloha Gardens, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 813 912

Valderrama Restaurant Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner only

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

Old Town Grill

€40 – €60

€60 plus

Jaipur Purple

Black and white Marbella

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

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle Benabola, under the Torre de Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 607

Little India Open daily for dinner from 7pm. Conj. Buenavista, L 21-22, Avda. de España, Calahonda. Tel: 952 931 829

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

Mr. india Open daily from 6pm. Milla de Oro (next to Da Bruno a Casa), Marbella. Tel: 952 867 868

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

boulevard Open for dinner from 8pm. Avda. La Fontanilla, esquina Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 860 583

Brunings Open for dinner Monday to Saturday from 7 pm. Las Palmeras 19, San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 786 156

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



Open from 7 pm ‘til late night every day. Parque de Elviria, local 7-9, Las Chapas (take second exit, after Hotel Don Carlos), Marbella. Tel: 952 830 146

Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner from 8:30pm. At the Gran Meliá Don Pepe Hotel. C/ José Meliá s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 300

Taj Mahal

Open for lunch and dinner every day except Wednesday. C/ Avila, Blq. 5, Local 1, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 799 635

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Private parking available. Ctra. Cádiz, km 179 (behind Venta los Pacos). Tel: 952 857 670/ 629 244 659

::: INTERNATIONAL ::: alberts

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

alumbre Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Strachan 11, Málaga. Tel: 951 500 022

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

amigos Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday. C/ Málaga 3, Benahavis. Tel: 952 855 175


Casa mono Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. C/ Calderón Estébanez 19, Marbella. Tel: 952 774 578

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

celima Open every day for lunch and dinner. Hotel Hermitage, Ctra. de Casares, Casares. Tel: 952 895 639.

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

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

auld dubliner

cortijo fain

Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Diana Park, Marbella. Tel: 952 886 338

Piratas flame grill

baboo lounge and restaurant

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

Open every day for lunch and dinner except Sunday. Puerto Deportivo de Marbella, Locales 37-40, Marbella. Tel: 952 865 940

Restaurante Rancho Open daily for lunch and dinner. Ctra. Cádiz, exit Las Chapas. Tel: 952 831 922

::: INDIAN :::

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

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

beach house

Open every evening for dinner (7pm-12am). Urb. El Rosario, km. 188, Marbella. Tel: 952 834 748

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Coto de los Doles, Carril del Relojero, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 839 458

Jaipur palace


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

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

Don Quijote Dynamic Café Open Monday to Sunday for lunch. Ctra. de Istán, km. 0.9, C.C. Le Village, Marbella. Tel: 952 775 021

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


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NEW MENU Open every day Ctra. de Ronda Opposite Madroñal, nº 3 29679 Benahavis Tel: 952 786 688



BELGIAN SPECIALITIES Mussels and fries, steak tartare, vol au vent etc. Open every evening. Saturday & Sunday open all day. Puerto Deportivo Sotogrande Tel: 956 790 212

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

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

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

El lago

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

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Urb. El Rosario (mountainside by the El Rosario roundabout), Marbella. Tel: 952 835 151

Finca Besaya


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

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

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

Finca las brasas

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

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Ctra. Fuengirola-Mijas, between CN 340 and highway. Tel: 952 580 513


Galeria San Pedro

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

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



Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 178, Marbella. Tel: 952 867 794

Open daily for dinner from 6.30p.m. Avda. del Prado, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel: 952 813 859

El oceano Beach hotel restaurant and spa


khala Open Monday to Saturday for dinner. NH Alanda Hotel, Marbella. Tel: 952 899 600

Urb. Golf Rio Real, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 831 303

la fontina Open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner, and Saturday for dinner only. Closed Sundays. Tel: 952 816 355

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

LA biznaga

La Menorah

Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sunday for lunch only. Ctra. Ronda, km. 46, Urb. Las Medranas, local 4, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 275 750

Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Arena Beach, CN 340, km. 151.2, Estepona. Tel: 952 792 734

la brisa

Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C/ Belmonte, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel: 952 814 145

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

La cabaña del mar


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

Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN 340, km. 199, Miraflores Playa, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 587 550

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

Open every day for lunch and for dinner from Monday to Saturday. Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona CN 340, km 159, Playa El Padrón, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500


Herrero del Puerto

la cabane

La Veranda

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

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Casas de Campos, 1, Málaga. Tel: 952 122 075

Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 187, Marbella. Tel: 952 823 846

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

El Restaurante del Casino

hotel marbella club buffet

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

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


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

Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and



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

La veranda lobby bar

La Esencia

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

Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. Hotel Incosol,

La Verandah


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Price guide ::::::: per head for a three-course meal with wine Open week days for dinner at 7:30pm and weekends for lunch and dinner, closed Tuesdays. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 136. Playa Guadiaro, Torre-guadiaro, Cádiz. Tel: 956 615 998

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

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

max beach Open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday and for lunch on Sunday. CN 340, km. 198, Mijas. Tel: 952 932 780

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


under €25

€25 – €40

Open daily for lunch and dinner, except Tuesday. La Campana, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 814 041

ocean club Open daily for lunch. Avda. Lola Flores s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 137

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

oyarbide Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sunday for lunch. C/ Acera de la Marina 4, Marbella. Tel: 952 772 461

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


€40 – €60

€60 plus

PURO BEACH Open daily for lunch and dinner. Laguna Village, Playa El Padrón, CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 015

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



Open Thursday to Saturday for dinner. Hotel Finca Cortesín. Crta. Casares s/n, Casares, Málaga. Tel: 952 937 800

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

shanti-som – amrita

Terra Sana

Open Monday to Thursday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Friday and Saturday from 1:30pm to 4.30 pm and 8pm to 10.30pm. Ctra. de Ojén, km 22, A355, Marbella-Monda. Tel: 952 864 455

Open Monday to Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nueva Andalucía next to the Casino. Tel: 952 906 205. Marina Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 977. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 951 901 050

shiraz Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Puerto Deportivo, Local 15, Marbella. Tel: 952 778 334


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


polo house


Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for lunch. CN340, km 179, Marbella. Tel: 952 858 958

Open daily for dinner from 7pm and Sunday Lunch, with club/dancing. CN 340, Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 11, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 380

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ctra. Istán, km 1, C.C: Le Village 15, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 046

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday. Urb. Las Chapas, Marbella. Tel: 952 839 901

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


polynesian’s Open Monday to Sunday from 5pm to 2am. Urb. La Alcazaba, CN 340, km 175, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 816 100

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

Swing Open from 12-4pm and 7.30pm until midnight. Closed Wednesdays. Arena Beach, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 151, Estepona. Tel: 952 796 320

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Playa Hermosa, CN 340, Km 189, Marbella. Tel: 952 836 170


DJ. Thursday to Saturday. Hotel Puente Romano, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

Open for dinner Monday to Saturday. C/ Aduar 12, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 277

The Clubhouse Bar & Brasserie Open Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Urb. Los Naranjos de Marbella, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 908 844

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

South beach Marbella

the playwright

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Avda. del Limonar 24, beach front Las Chapas (El Rosario exit), Marbella. Tel: 665 660 737

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

Suave Open every day for lunch and dinner. Paseo Maritimo Rey de España 93, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 866 627

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



Dinner and afterwards dance to music by resident

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb.

The orange tree


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Guadalmansa, CN340, km 164, Estepona. Tel: 952 798 449

Trocadero arena

Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 357

gold restaurant

Tel: 952 813 669


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

portofino laguna village

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

Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday 7pm until midnight. Avda. de la Constitución, corner C/ Andalucía, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 782 293

trocadero beach

Da Bruno

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

Open all day. Pasta Da Bruno: Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 27, Marbella. Tel: 952 860 348 – closed on Sunday. Da Bruno Cabopino: CN-340 Km. 194,7. Tel: 952 831 918. Da Bruno a Casa: Marbella Mar, Local 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 857 521 – closed on Sunday. Da Bruno A San Pedro: Avda. del Mar, local 1E,San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 860 – closed on Monday. Da Bruno Sul Mare: Edif. Skol, Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 318/19

umami Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Colonia, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 637 558 927

What’s cooking deli and takeaway Open daily from 10am to 6pm. C.C. Guadalmina, Local 34, Marbella. Tel: 649 829 391

zozoï Open every day for dinner from 7.30pm-12am. Plaza Altamirano 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 858 868

::: ITALIAN :::

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

Al Dente

dalli’s pasta factory

Open 7 days a week for dinner. Closed on Mondays. Urb. Jardines del Puerto, local 12, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 181

Open Monday to Friday for dinner and on Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner. Second Line Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 871 / 952 818 623

Amore e Fantasía

De Medici

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

Open Monday to Saturday for dinner. Urb. El Pilar, C.C. Benapilar, Estepona. Tel: 952 884 687


At the Finca Cortesín Hotel. Open nightly for dinner. Ctra. de Casares s/n, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800

Open daily for dinner. Front line P. Banús. Tel: 952 812 898

Carpaccio Open every day for lunch and dinner. Frontline

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

Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 952 808 035

la pappardella di estepona

Ristorante Regina

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

Open every night for dinner and Sunday for lunch. Edif. La Ruleta, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 814 529

LA pappardella sul mare

Open daily for dinner. Beach Club, Hotel Puente Romano, CN-340, km 177.5, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

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

Leonardo da vinci

Ristorante Roberto Rosmarino della Piazza

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

Open Monday to Friday for lunch and daily for dinner. C.C. Pinares de Elviria, s/n, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 850 148



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

Luna Rossa

Open Monday to Saturday for dinner. Avda. del Prado, Via 1, local 2, Aloha Golf, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 112

Open daily for both lunch and dinner, closed on Sundays. Paseo Marítimo Benabola, local 12, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 810 543

Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Marbellamar s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 925 250


trattoria l’impronta

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

Open daily for lunch and dinner except on Tuesday. Avda. Salamanca, Edif. San Pedro del Mar, Local 14, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 785 943

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

terraza dual

Villa Tiberio


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

Open daily for lunch and dinner. At the Caleta Hotel. Catalan Bay, Gibraltar. Tel: +350 200 76501

Mediterranean :::

Pizzeria Picasso Open daily from 12 noon. Puerto Banús.

Sala mirador

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Monte


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Price guide ::::::: per head for a three-course meal with wine Paraíso Golf, Casa Club, Camino de Camojan s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 861 457

under €25

€25 – €40

Kama Kura

€40 – €60

€60 plus


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

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

Asia Food


Tai Pan

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Centro Comercial, Pinares de Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 850 060

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

Open seven days a week for dinner. H. Puente Romano, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 177, Marbella. Tel: 952 777 893


Thai Gallery

Dragón de Oro

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

Open seven days a week for dinner from 8pm. CN-340, km.175, Edif. Rimesa, Bajos, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 392

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

RestaurantE asiático Bangkok

tHapa thai

Open daily for lunch and dinner. P. de las Orquideas, C/ Iris, 11B, Edif. Excelsior no. 1, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 813 603

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. Puerto Deportivo 13, Edif. Poniente, Estepona. Tel: 951 318 445


golden wok



El Barlovento

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

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

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

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


Open every day for lunch and dinner. Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 907 304

::: Oriental :::

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

infuschia Open daily except Tuesday, from 7pm to 12 am. Plaza Antonio Banderas, Edif. Sur. Local 37 Alto, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 325


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

Open every day for lunch and dinner. At the Hotel Meliá La Quinta. Urb. La Quinta Golf, Marbella. Tel: 952 762 059

Sukho Thai

Kaiden Sushi

Sushi des artistes

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

Open every day for lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 178.5, Marbella. Easy parking. Tel: 952 857 403

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

Sushi Katsura

Wok Away Wok Buffet Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. El Pilar, 22, Estepona. Tel: 952 887 092

Wok Wang Open every day for lunch and dinner. C/ Camilo José Cela, C.C. Plaza del Mar, planta 0, local 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 925 478

Yuan Open every night for dinner. Hotel Torrequebrada, Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 441 414.


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

the little mermaid Open daily from 9.30am to 5pm except Sundays. C.C. Centro Plaza, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 929 181

::: SEAFOOD :::

cervecería ostrería santiago Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. del Marzo, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 078 Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Playas del Duque, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 077

La fishita Open daily from 4pm to 12 am. C/Las Violetas, Local 7, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 813 598

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

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

Marisquería La Pesquera Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de la Victoria,


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Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 170

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

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

::: SPANISH ::: Bahía

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


beach club restaurante grill Open every day for lunch. Hotel Fuerte, Castillo de San Luis s/n and Hotel Fuerte Miramar Spa, Plaza José Luque Manzano s/n, Marbella. Tel: 902 343 410


Casa de la era Open every evening for dinner. Ctra. de Ojén, km 0.5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 625

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

El Portalón Open Monday to Saturday for lunch 1-4pm and dinner from 8pm-midnight. Ctra de Cádiz, km 178, Marbella. Tel: 952 827 880

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

under €25

€25 – €40

€40 – €60

€60 plus


La Meridiana del alabardero


Open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays. Camino de la Cruz, Marbella. Tel: 952 776 190


C.C. Alhamar, CN-340 km 197. Tel: 952 934 684

Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035



Barquilla 1. Marbella. Tel: 952 776 240

La Taberna del Alabardero

Garcia Morato, s/n. San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 968



Urb. Riviera del Sol, Mijas-Costa. Tel: 952 934 477

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

La Cañada. Marbella. Tel: 902 333 231


cines gran marbella

Av. El Fuerte s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 861 624

Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 810 077



Ramón y Cajal 21. Marbella. Tel: 952 773 804

Mesón el adobe

C.C. Miramar, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 198 605


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


Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 074

Avda. Camilo José Cela, s/n. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 800 056

Cerrado del águila

mi taberna



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

Mijas. Tel: 952 663 738

Tennis /paddle classes. Calahonda. Tel: 952 939 595


Dynamic training centre


Recinto Ferial. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 589 349

C.C. Le Village, Marbella. Tel: 952 775 021


Amapolas, s/n Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 916

Calle Córdoba 9, Málaga. Tel: 952 213 412

Fuerte Gym


Avda. El Fuerte, Marbella. Tel: 952 861 624

Ramos Marín, 199, Málaga. Tel: 952 224 109


loving hut


Open daily from 10.30am to 11.30pm. Avda. Miguel Cano 11, Marbella. Tel: 951 245 889

Plaza Ramón Martínez, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 159

Trav. Huerta de los Cristales, Marbella. Tel: 952 828 217



Emancipación 30. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 474 542

Atalaya Park Hotel, Marbella. Tel: 609 571 920



Veracruz. Estepona. Tel: 952 800 056

CN340, Km77,5. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900




Plaza de la Libertad 2. Mijas. Tel: 952 590 380

Plaza Mayor. Tel: 902 220 922

Ctra. de Istán, Km2. Marbella. Tel: 952 778 580

Open from Tuesday to Sunday for both lunch and dinner. C/José Aparacio,1, Ronda (pedestrian street between bullring and Parador). Tel: 952 190 291



Plaza de España, Recinto Ferial. Tel: 952 379 521


Mijas Costa, Málaga. Tel: 951 773 523



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CN 340, km 168, Estepona. Tel: 902 875 730

Monda. Tel: 952 112 161

Don Carlos resort, leisure & spa


CN340, Km192. Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

Alanda Carib Playa

HM gran hotel costa del sol

Km 171.5. San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 788 315

finca cortesin hotel, golf & spa

CN340, Km 194. Tel: 952 902 537

La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 587 710


Crtra. Casares, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800

Alanda Club Marbella

Hotel El Fuerte

Avda. Picasso 27. San Pedro. Tel: 952 782 801

Gran hotel gvadalpín puerto banús

CN340 Km192. Marbella. Tel: 952 902 537

New Concept Training

Arroyo El Rodeo, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel: 952 899 700

Almenara Golf Hotel & Spa

Avda. El Fuerte, s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 861 500. Spa & Beauty Miramar. Tel: 952 920 000

Avda. Almenara s/n. Sotogrande. Tel: 956 582 000

Hotel Fuerte Miramar Spa

Gran Meliá Don Pepe

Amanhavís Hotel & Restaurant


José Meliá s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 770 300

C/ Pilar 3. Benahavís. Tel: 952 856 026

Pl. José Luque Manzano. Marbella. Tel: 952 768 400. Spa & Beauty Miramar. Tel: 952 768 410

Plaza del Mar. Marbella. Tel: 952 900 420

hotel los monteros

Atalaya Park Hotel

Hotel Meliá Marbella


CN 340, km 187, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 700

CN340, Km168,5. Estepona. Tel: 952 889 000

CN340, Km175. Pto. Banús. Tel: 952 810 500

Urb. Parcelas del Golf, Aloha Gardens, N. Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 357

Hotel Meliá La Quinta

barceló Marbella

Hotel Playa Bonita

Urb. La Quinta Golf, Marbella. Tel: 952 762 000

CN340, Km217. Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 442 840

qi sport

Hotel Puente Romano

C/ de Granadillas, s/n. Urb. Guadalmina Alta, Marbella. Tel: 952 889 099

Urb. La Alzambra, Marbella. Tel: 952 907 090

CN340, Km179. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

Beatriz Palace & Spa

Paseo Marítimo. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 944


Hotel Torrequebrada

CN340, Km207. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 922 000

NH Alanda Hotel & Spa

Marbella Tel: 952 761 475, Elviria. Tel: 952 834 835

Avda. del Sol s/n, Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 446 000

Benabola Apart Hotel

CN340, Km176,6. Marbella. Tel: 952 899 600

Benabola. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 000

NH Marbella

Hotel Triton

blue Bay banús hotel CN340, Km173. N. Andalucía. Tel: 952 811 517

C/ Conde Rudi, s/n. CN340, Km178. Marbella. Tel: 952 763 200


Avda. Antonio Machado, 29. Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 443 240

Coral Beach

Parador de Ronda

Ctra. Mijas, 1.5km. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 461 648

Kempinski Hotel bahía estepona

Golden Mile. Marbella. Tel: 952 824 500

Plaza de España, s/n. Ronda. Tel: 952 877 500


CN340, Km159. Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

el oceano beach hotel

CN340, Km 168,5. Estepona. Tel: 952 888 212

La Cala resort

pierre & vacances CALEDONIA GOLF resort


La Cala de Mijas Tel: 952 669 000

Miraflores Playa, Torrenueva, Marbella. Tel: 952 587 550

Cristamar, Pto. Banús. Tel: 952 905 082

Marbella Club Hotel

Golf Hotel Guadalmina

CN340, km 165, Cancelada exit. Estepona. Tel: 952 889 999

Vitality studio

CN340, Km180. Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211

Guadalmina Baja. Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211

playabella spa gran hotel

C.C. Le Village, Marbella. Tel: 952 902 362

hotel Villa Padierna

Gran Hotel Benahavis

Urb. Costalita s/n, Estepona. Tel: 959 528 253


CN340, Km166, Exit Cancelada. Benahavís. Tel: 952 889 150

Huerta de Rufino, Benahavís. Tel: 902 504 862


H10 Andalucía Plaza

vincci selección estrella del mar

CN340 Km 174. Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 812 000

CN340, Km185, Urb. Golf Rio Real s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 765 732


CN340, km 190.5, Marbella. Tel: 951 053 970

h10 Estepona palace

Sunset Beach Club

Monte Paraíso Country Club, Camino de Camoján s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 843

SEVEN STARS SCHOOL Tai Chi & yoga. Pasaje Estrecho, Estepona. Tel: 952 923 055

Avda. del Carmen 99, Playa de Guadalbón, Estepona. Tel: 952 790 040

Hotel Princess Playa


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Avda. del Sol, 5. Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 579 400

Museo de la Villa

C/ Jazmines. Tel: 952 810 887

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

Tamisa Golf Hotel

Plaza de la Libertad 2. Mijas. Tel: 952 590 380

San Pedro

La Cala

Camino Viejo de Coín. Km 3.3. Mijas Golf. Tel: 952 585 988

Museo Ralli

Pizarro, 41. Tel: 952 780 393

Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm

TRH el paraíso

Museum of Málaga Wines

CN340, km 167, Estepona. Tel: 952 883 000

Carrera 39. Ojén. Tel: 952 881 453

Street Markets

Thursday Alhaurín El Grande By the Guardia Civil

Hotel diana park

Museum of Miniatures Carromato de Max

CN 340, km 168.5, Estepona. Tel: 952 887 659

El Compas. Mijas. Tel: 952 489 500



Pablo Ruiz Picasso Foundation

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

Avda. Rotary International, s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 353

Plaza de la Merced 15. Málaga. Tel: 952 060 215

Tuesday Churriana


Picasso Museum Málaga


C/ Jerez 1, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 853 040

sisu boutique hotel puerto banús

Palacio de Buenavista, C/ San Agustín 8. Málaga. Tel: 952 127 611

CN 340, km 173, Puerto Banús, Tel: 952 906 105

Roman Public Baths

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


Gualalmina Baja. Tel: 952 781 360

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

San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 781 360


C/ Chaparil, 9am-1pm

Bonsai Museum

C.C. El Zoco. Tel: 952 932 175

Parque Arroyo de la Represa. Marbella. Tel: 952 862 926

El corte inglés

Wednesday Alhaurín de la Torre

Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

Avda. del Limón, 9am-2pm

Bull-fighting Museum



Plaza de Toros. Estepona.

Tel: 952 467 843

Arts & Crafts. Village Square, from 8pm

Museo Cortijo Miraflores


Benalmádena Costa

Marbella. Tel: 952 902 714

C/ Málaga 82–84. Tel: 952 800 537

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

Museo de Bella Artes



C/ San Agustin 8. Málaga. Tel: 952 218 382

Pza. los Chinorros. Tel: 952 474 384

Calypso, 9am-2pm

Museo del Grabado



near CN340 and walk upwards, 9am-1pm

Hospital Bazán. Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035

Jac. Benavente, 14. Tel: 952 772 898

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

Nueva Andalucía


Sunday benahavís




Basilica Vega del Mar

Urb. Coral Beach. Marbella. Tel: 952 857 923

Monday benahavís

Arts & Crafts. Village Square, from 8pm



Offfices, City Centre, 9am-1pm

Málaga Opposite the Guardia Civil Offices, City Centre. 9am-1pm San Pedro By the sports pavilion, in the Divina Pastora district, 9am-2pm Torre del Mar Avda. Europa, 9am-1pm Torremolinos El Calvario, near Town Hall, 9am-1pm Vélez Málaga Opposite the Guardia Civil Offices, City Centre, 9am-1pm

Friday Benalmádena In the area between Tivoli World and the Plaza San Pedro, 9am-1pm Calahonda Calypso, 9am-2pm Las Chapas La Víbora, 9am-2pm Rincón de la Victoria Málaga. Plaza de la Iglesia, 9am-1pm

Saturday Coín C/ Urbano Pineda, 9am-1pm La Cala Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm Maro Close to the Nerja Caves, 9am-1pm Mijas Costa Las Lagunas, 9am-2pm Nueva Andalucía Next to the bullring. Park


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Arts & Crafts. La Ermita Park, from 10pm

Benahavís. Tel: 617 647 223


San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 788 315

Puerto Deportivo, 9am-1pm

Fuengirola Recinto Ferial, 9am-2:30pm

Málaga Next to Rosaleda football stadium, 9am-2pm


Club Nueva Alcántara Hofsaess tennis academy Monte Elviria (next to German School). Tel: 952 835 812

Lew Hoads Tennis Club

At the Marina, 9am-1pm

Ctra. de Mijas, Km 3,5. Mijas. Tel: 952 474 858


Manolo Santana Racquets Club

Urb. Riviera del Sol, Mijas-Costa. Tel: 952 934 477

marbella playa tenIs

Aztec Country Club

Ctra. de Istán, Km 2. Marbella. Tel: 952 778 580

bel air tennis and paddel club

CN340, km 189, Marbella. Tel: 657 619 630

Urb. Bel-Air, Estepona. Tel: 952 883 221

Miraflores Tennis Club

Club deL Sol

Urb. Miraflores, Km 199. Calahonda. Tel: 952 932 006

Tennis/paddle classes. Calahonda. Tel: 952 939 595

Puente Romano TEnnis club

Club de tenis don carlos

Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

Hotel Don Carlos, Avda. Zurita, CN340, km 192. Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

Club Internacional de Tennis Ctra. Cádiz, km 173. Marbella. Tel: 952 813 341

Club Madroñal

royal tennis club marbella El Rosario, Marbella. Tel: 952 837 651

Tourist offices Benahavís

Tel: 952 855 500 Benalmádena Tel: 952 442 494 Estepona Tel: 952 802 002 Fuengirola Tel: 952 467 625 Gibraltar Tourist Board Tel: 956 774 950 Marbella Tel: 952 822 818 Málaga Tel: 952 213 445 / 952 216 061 Mijas Tel: 952 485 900 Ronda Tel: 952 871 272 San Pedro Tel: 952 785 252 Tarifa Tel: 956 680 993 Torremolinos Tel: 952 381 578


Customer assistance T: 952 128 267 General Info T: 902 240 202 Reservations T: 902 240 202 Ave T: 952 128 079


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THE GUIDE what’s on


artists inlcude Henri Matisse, Alexander Rodchenko and Jules Chéret. Tel: 952 602 731.

Thursdays in Las Lagunas. At the Pensioner’s Day Centres. Further information on meeting points, Tel: 952 589 010.


Until Monday September 10 ART – MARBELLA

Every Second Tuesday of the Month JAZZ – ESTEPONA

Until Wednesday August 15 EXHIBITION – PUERTO BANÚS

Until Monday September 17 ART – MARBELLA

See the world famous Human Body Exhibition, which uses real body parts to show how the inner body works. At the Palacio de Ferias de Marbella.

Enjoy the new collection of paintings by artist Roidley Navarro, who creates highly realistic works in an attempt to achieve an almost photographic likeness of portrayed objects and models. At the Club de Mar de Puerto Banús. Tel: 675 762 192.


The Mansion Club hosts an exhibition entitled Art Project Marbella 2012, which brings together works by 35 diferent artists, both upcoming and well known. The exhibition has been organised by the Ciancimino Gallery and curated by Álvaro de la Torre. Tel: 629 030 312.

Until Thursday August 16 ART – MARBELLA

House of Art Marbella presents an exhibition by Romero Britto, an artist who was chosen alongside Andy Warhol and Keith Haring for the advertising campaign by Absolut Vodka, Absolut Art. Britto’s penchant for pop art has led to various collaborations with brands including Audi, Bentley, Disney, etc. Tel: 952 857 196.

Until the end of August FITNESS – PUERTO BANÚS

Ladies can get fit and have the time of their lives at Princess Studios, with a host of classes including Pilates, Burn & Firm, Zumba, Booiaka, Pole Fitness, Abs, Legs & Bottoms and much more, for only €5 a class. For a full schedule of classes,

Exhibition – san pedro

Portrait painter Aurelio Rodríguez López presents works spanning the last 30 years, focusing on portraits of the people of Marbella. The works are divided between the Cortijo Miraflores (Tel: 952 902 714) and the Centro Cultural San Pedro de Alcántara (Tel: 952 785 973).

Exhibition – Estepona

Charli Leniston presents an exhibition of her colourful, soulful paintings at El Campanario Resort. Tel: 952 904 233.

Until Thursday September 6 ART – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso de Málaga presents The European Poster, a choice selection of 174 works by 90 artists, focusing on periods that were highly significant for poster art. Featured

Enjoy a joint exhibition by painters Ian Hunter, Richard Wood, Sally Huntington, Don Widdall and Genevieve Wendelir in a new exhibition at Jinete restaurant. Tel: 952 119 170.

Contemporary art gallery Yusto/Giner presents El huerto de Crispín, a collection of Works by painter Santiago Ydañez, one of the most renowned artists from Andalucía on the current art scene. His work is figurative and features human and animal subjects. Tel: 951 507 053.

Until Friday September 21 EXHIBITION – MARBELLA

The Polígono Gallery presents New Photography in Korea, with a host of photographs by artists including Dorothy M. Yoon, Sang Hyun Lee, Kyung Soo Kim and many more. Tel: 615 381 119.


The Marbella International Film Festival hosts Oscar Nights, which include a showing of a major Oscar winning film and dinner at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel. Tel: 952 812 000.


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


Meets at different times and places for lunches, lectures, tickets to concerts, ballet, theatre, opera, etc. Further information, Tel: 669 445 809.


Learn how to shake your hips like a true Latino at El Campanario, under the guiding hand of professional dancer, Rafa. At 7:30pm. Prior booking is necessary. Tel: 952 904 233.

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday LANGUAGE WORKSHOPS – MIJAS PUEBLO Spanish/English and English/Spanish conversation with fellow native speakers, 10:30am-12am and 6:30pm to 8pm. Mondays in La Cala, Tuesdays in Mijas Village and

The Coast’s Jazz Appreciation Society meets at Benavista Country Club at 8pm. Classic videos followed by a live jazz performance then dinner. To book, Tel: 952 888 106. Further information from Brian Parker, Tel: 669 504 942.

Every Third Tuesday of the Month FLORAL ART CLUB – ESTEPONA

Meets 3-5pm monthly with NAFAS demonstrators at El Campanario Golf & Country Club. Further information from Marilyn Pemberton, Tel: 952 928 197.

Every first Wednesday of the month CULTURE AND COCKTAIL – MARBELLA

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


Weekly meetings of this public speaking organisation, 7:30pm at Aloha Gardens, Nueva Andalucía. Further information, www.

Flamenco – Estepona

Enjoy a flamenco performance and special evening menu at Puro Beach. Dinner starts at 8pm. Tel: 952 800 015.


If you’re feeling the Latino vibe, brush up on your salsa moves at Buddha Bar Marbella’s special salsa nights (featuring the Nicolás Valiente Dance Academy), which take place every Wednesday at 10:30pm. Tel: 655 480 748.

Every Wednesday and Thursday CINE CLUB – MARBELLA

Cine Club Buñuel presents films in their original language at the Marbella Instituto Río Verde at 8pm and 10:15pm. Tel: 952 774 638.


Top films shown weekly in Spanish or original soundtrack at Padre Manuel Cultural Centre, 9pm. Tel: 952 802 002.


The Marbella Business Group holds networking breakfasts featuring presentations, discussions and introductions of new members. At 8am at the Hotel Senator in Marbella. To become a member,

Every first Friday of the Month MODS & ROCKERS – MARBELLA

Enjoy a fun evening filled with mod (garage and soul) and rockabilly (rhythm and blues) music

at Katalonia Kool Bar at the Puerto Deportivo de Marbella. Entrance is free. Tel: 952 913 285.


Every Friday the Thank Funk It’s Friday Pool Party takes place at the Sisu Boutique Hotel, featuring live DJs, champagne and much more, from 1pm to 8pm. Tel: 952 906 105.


ADANA animal rescue charity coffee morning at Plaza Manilva (outside Longman’s Bookshop) 11am – 2pm. Kennels open 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 10am – 2pm Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Further information, Tel: 952 797 405/ 606 274 206.


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


If organic fruit and veg are your thing, don’t miss out on this hip ecological market. At the Paseo de la Alameda from 10am to 2pm every Saturday.


Enjoy a VIP Terrace Party with Sintillate, featuring live DJ music, champagne and a chic ambience at Tibv in Puerto Banús. To book a table,

Every First Sunday of the month OPEN DAY – MIJAS

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

Every Last Sunday of the Month CHAMPAGNE PARTY – MARBELLA

Enjoy one of the largest champagne spray parties in the world at Ocean Club. Book a table and help them beat the record this year! For precise times, Tel: 952 908 137. www.


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Chic with Nile Rodgers, the band which boasts a string of disco hits including Le Freak, I Want Your Love and Lost in Music, plays at the Hotel Puente Romano at 10pm. Support acts will be Odyssey and Jaki Graham. For tickets, Tel: 665 076 949.

Saturday August 4 MUSIC – MARBELLA

The Marbella Symphony Orchestra plays Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 at Marbella Congresos at 9pm. Tel: 902 400 222.


The first Málaga Summer Festival will be taking place at the Estadio Atletismo Ciudad de Málaga, featuring music, DJ’s, light shows and much more. Performers include Erick Morillo, Alesso and Carlos Jean. The event starts at 6pm. For tickets,


Joan Manuel Serrát and Joaquín Sabina are Spain’s most renowned cantautores (singing poets) of all time. This month they will be playing at the Martín Carpena stadium in Málaga at 9pm. For tickets,

Saturday August 4 and August 11 and Friday August 17 TANGO – TORREMOLINOS AND MANILVA

The renowned Compañía Buenos Aires tango company, with its live orchestra and 16 performers, will be performing on August 4 at the Hotel Sol Don Pablo Torremolinos, on August 11 at the Hotel Amaragua Torremolinos and on August 17 at the Parque del Duque Manilva. All shows start at 10pm. For tickets, Tel: 654 576 363.

Thursday August 9 GOLF – MARBELLA

A fun Texas Scramble golf competition will be taking place at Marbella Club Golf. All proceeds will go to Butterfly Children Charity, DEBRA. Tel: 952 816 434. www.

Monday August 13 to Sunday August 19 FERIA – MÁLAGA

Málaga’s biggest fair takes place in the Old Town at day time and at the Real de la Feria Cortijo de Torres fair grounds from 9pm onwards. Rides, casetas and traditional dance performances can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Some 30 years ago, three visionaries (Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Julio Iglesias and Plácido Domingo) gathered together to bring Marbella a festival filled with music and glamour and this summer, the magic of the Starlite Festival is back. All concerts will take place at 9:45pm at the Auditorio de Marbella (La Cantera). Tickets available from and Tel: 902 400 222.

Friday August 10 and Friday August 24 FASHION – PUERTO BANÚS

Elle Morgan presents a fashion show at her cabana store at Plaza Beach Banús at 3pm. Tel: 647 869 831.


Singer Alexandra Avery pays a tribute to divas from past decades (including Tina Turner, Cher, Shania Twain and Shirley Bassey) at 10pm at Deja Vu Restaurant in Elviria. Tel: 952 830 684.


Tuesday August 14 CHAKA KHAN – MARBELLA

Grammy award-winning diva Chaka Khan lights up the stage of the Hotel Puente Romano Tennis Club at 10pm. For tickets, Tel: 648 780 781.

Saturday August 18 TRES DIVOS – ESTEPONA

Tres Divos, comprising Nicholas Pound, Arran Harding and Tom Lowe, will be delighting diners with their beautiful voices at Tikitano Restaurant. Dinner starts at 9pm. Reservations are recommended. Tel: 952 798 449.

Sunday August 12 FAMILY FUN – MARBELLA

Wednesday August 22 BALLET – MARBELLA


Enjoy a multi-cultural concert featuring musicians from Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, etc., playing exotic instruments such as the oud, kanun, darbuka, rik, bendir and more. At 9:30pm at the Parque de España. Tel: 952 589 349.

Saturday August 18 to Sunday August 19 WALK-A-THON AND GLOBAL GIFT GALA – MARBELLA

is one of Spain’s most lauded pop musicians. He will be delighting the audience with some of his favourite tunes.


Fuengirola Mágica is a fun-filled magic show featuring performances by seven different illusionists. The show starts at 9:30pm at the Parque de España. Tel: 952 589 349.

Beach and Babies Fun is a casual gettogether and play day for families with babies. The event will run from 5pm to 10pm at Hippopotamus Beach next to the Hippopotamus Beach chiringuito in El Rosario. No need to book, just turn up! Tel: 616 750 804.

Thursday August 2: MIGUEL BOSÉ: Avante-garde singer Miguel Bosé

The Saint Petersburg Ballet Company presents Sleeping Beauty at Marbella Palacio de Congresos at 10pm. Tel: 952 828 244.


Enjoy an amazing display of Chinese acrobatics at Marbella Palacio de Congresos at 10pm. Tel: 952 828 244. www.gruposona. com


From 5pm to 9pm, learn all about NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) at a workshop to be held at Mozaic Restaurant in El Rosario. The topic to be covered is Charisma: what it is, why it is so important and how to use it to overcome shyness, make friends and triumph in business. Tel: 616 750 804.

Rosario and Lolita, daughters of legendary singer Lola Flores, will be joined by singer Antonio Carmona (from pop flamenco group Ketama) at a concert to be remembered.

Saturday August 4 GALA: The Starlite Gala takes place, with Antonio

Banderas hosting the event, Imanol Arias and Anne Igartiburu presenting and El Bulli catering providing a hearty feast. Beneficiaries include the Fundación Lágrimas y Favores (founded by Antonio Banderas), the Fundación Niños en Alegría and Best Buddies International. Tel: 91 448 4777.

Thursday August 9 SIMPLE MINDS: This band has sold over 60 million

records, had five number one albums and been at the top of their game for 30 years. Don’t miss out on this unique chance to see them.

Saturday August 11 RAPHAEL: Raphael is one of Spain’s most respected

singers, with countless hits and a powerful voice which continues to delight audiences of all ages.

Sunday August 12: JULIO IGLESIAS: The suave Spanish crooner delights the audience with hits old and new.

Tuesday August 14 ESTOPA: Rock ‘n roll band Estopa have been

churning out hit songs for many years and this month, they prove how infectious their passion for music can be.

The Eva Longoria Foundation, the Cesare Scariolo Foundation, Dynamic Marbella and MandA events invite you to raise funds for needy children at the Dynamic Walk-A-Thon, which will start at 9am and finish at 12pm at the Dynamic Training Centre in Marbella on Saturday August 18, and the Global Gift Gala at the Hotel Meliá Don Pepe on Sunday August 19 (the cocktail reception will begin at 8:30pm and dinner starts at 9:30pm). Entertainment will be provided by singers Chenoa, Diana Navarro and Pastora Soler. To join the walkathon or sponsor a walker, For tickets to the evening gala, Tel: 952 826 986. www.


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Russell Grant’s Monthly Horoscopes

August 2012

LEO July 24th August 23rd

“The 18th is favoured for going on auditions, job interviews, and first dates”

Your best friend, lover or business partner does something extraordinarily generous on your behalf in early August. The 7th prompts you to spend more time on solitary pleasures. A secret rendezvous makes your pulse pound in the days surrounding the 9th. Midmonth warns against mixing business with pleasure. Beware of getting wrapped up with a mesmerising leader on the 16th. The New Moon on the 17th is perfect for getting a makeover, changing your hairstyle, or revamping your wardrobe. The 18th is favoured for going on auditions, job interviews, and first dates. Be sure to return all work related phone calls, emails and texts around the 20th. A home improvement project is favoured near the 23rd. The 24th finds you waging a war between desire and morality. The final days of August brings in money from an inheritance, legal settlement, or dividend.


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ARIES [21 MAR - 20 APR]

An early August party turns out to be the most glittering social occasion of the season so be sure to attend. More time for domestic pursuits becomes available around the 7th. A family celebration is favoured for the 9th. Resist the urge to mix business with pleasure on the 15th. The middle of the month is a bad time to pressurise a relative into a decision they are not ready to make. A blossoming romance has long range potential on the 17th. The 20th attracts an attentive admirer; the two of you won’t be able to take your eyes off each other. A teaching or writing job will be offered around the 22nd. An underhanded enemy will try to derail your progress at work on the 24th. Your sex appeal proves irresistible near the 26th; use it to lure someone into your web of intrigue. Pamper yourself with a few of life’s little luxuries as September hoves into view.

TAURUS [21 APR - 20 MAY]

An award, promotion, or high profile job will be given to you in the early days of August. Plan a series of short pleasure trips in the days surrounding the 7th. Positive feedback from your boss makes the 9th one of the loveliest days of the year. Bow to an authority figure’s expertise throughout the middle of the month. Don’t let nervous energy prevent you from expressing your feelings around the 16th. The New Moon on the 17th favours a family vacation. If you want to work from home, ask your boss how it can happen on the 20th. Take the initiative with a loved one on or around the 23rd and get ready to make a personal sacrifice for them. The 26th is excellent for turning a friendship into a romance. A team effort comes to a successful conclusion in the final days of August.

GEMINI [21 MAY - 21 JUN]

You will be granted a diploma or certificate in early August, setting off an exciting round of parties. More money for luxuries becomes available around the 7th. The 9th is perfect for asking for a rise or finding a well paid job. Family will pressure you to share your wealth throughout the middle of the month. The New Moon on the 17th prompts you to sign up for an art class, giving you an outlet for your prodigious imagination. Discuss a bold plan with friends around the 18th; they’ll give you valuable advice. A short trip for pleasure is favoured for the 22nd. Launch a home improvement project in the days surrounding the 23rd. Don’t give your boss an ultimatum on the 24th or it could go badly wrong. Family offers much needed emotional support on or around the 30th. You’ll get tons of favourable publicity as August draws to a close.


The first installation of an inheritance, legal settlement, or insurance refund arrives in the early days of August. If you want to get a makeover, schedule one for the 7th. The 9th is perfect for applying to schools, submitting a piece of writing for publication, or scheduling an overseas trip. You won’t be able to charm your way out of a relationship problem in mid-August. The New Moon on the 17th attracts an exciting moneymaking opportunity. A brainstorming session on the 18th proves productive. Go ahead and splurge on an expensive

appliance in the days surrounding the 20th. You’ll get a set of confusing instructions on the 24th; be sure to ask for some clarification before you begin the job. Encourage your best friend or lover to pursue a cherished dream near the 30th. The final days of August prompt you to capitalise on your expertise.

VIRGO [23 AUG - 22 SEP]

A job assignment is successfully concluded in the opening days of August. Let a lover cater to your every desire on the 9th. A power struggle erupts between you and a friend midmonth; one of you will have to give here. You won’t be able to collect on a loan in the days surrounding the 16th. The New Moon on the 17th inspires you to launch a beautiful creative project. The 23rd prompts you to sign up for an intellectually stimulating class. Be realistic about your expectations regarding your best friend, lover, or business partner on the 24th. A short trip for pleasure puts you in the path of romance on the 26th. A love affair gives you a new lease on life on the 30th. August ends on a romantic note, thanks to an engagement or wedding.

LIBRA [23 SEP - 23 OCT]

The first days of August turn out to be the most romantic of the entire year; enjoy! You’ll make a very favourable impression at a party or social gathering on the 7th. The 9th invites you to show off your artistic talent; your audience will be very appreciative. Don’t get into a power struggle with family members during the middle of the month. Avoiding a boring family function isn’t an option on or around the 16th. The New Moon on the 17th is ideal for a party; be sure to congratulate a friend on their recent good fortune. The 18th favours team efforts of all kinds. Relieve your best friend or lover of a dreaded chore around the 20th. Don’t confide in an unreliable colleague on the 24th. An emotional breakthrough occurs after sifting through family photos around the 30th. Showcase a creative project in the waning days of August.


August is perfect for closing a property deal or moving to a new home. A legal decision will be made in your favour on or around the 7th. The 9th finds you falling deeper in love with a generous admirer. Don’t get embroiled in a war of words with a teacher or leader in the middle of the month. Stick to the rules with a work project around the 16th, or you’ll have to do the whole job all over again. The New Moon on the 17th is perfect for getting a promotion or high profile job. Taking more time for private pleasures results in tremendous career success around the 20th. Be open to hearing a concerned friend’s criticisms on the 24th. An inspiring book, movie, or song radically improves your outlook near the 30th. The last days of August are ideal for getting engaged, married, or having a commitment ceremony.


The beginning of August brings exciting news about a creative project. The 7th sends your sex appeal into the triple digits. Redecorate your home on or around the 9th. The middle of the month warns against buying luxuries you can’t afford. Don’t confuse lust with love near the 16th. The New

Moon on the 17th is favoured for applying to schools or sending stories for publication. Studying alongside an expert around the 18th gives you the intellectual stimulation you crave. Take a friend’s advice about your creative desires on the 20th. A lover or business partner expands your horizons near the 22nd. Working behind the scenes boosts your productivity on or around the 23rd. Be realistic about how long a household job will take on the 26th. A property deal gives you the money to finance a dream at the end of the month.


You get a sizable payment in the early days of August. The 7th is perfect for making romantic plans with a lover. Someone whispers sweet nothings into your ear around the 9th. Don’t put too much pressure on an indecisive business associate during the middle of the month. The 16th warns against irritating an unstable relative. The New Moon on the 17th begins an exciting phase to a sexual relationship. Fill out forms for a bank loan or school application as thoroughly as possible on the 18th. The 20th is perfect for taking the helm of an important work assignment; this is your chance to showcase your executive abilities. Make more time for friends in the days surrounding the 23rd. Be honest with a teacher on the 26th, or an important skill will remain elusive. Take a short trip for pleasure in the closing days of August.


The opening days of August allow you to show off your intellectual talents to a receptive audience. Buy yourself some attractive clothing on or around the 7th. The 9th helps you make money from your creative efforts; maybe you should open a business. Don’t get into a power struggle with an influential power broker in mid-August. An angry outburst erupts on or around the 16th; it’s hard to contain your frustrations with an absent-minded friend. The New Moon on the 17th is perfect for getting engaged, married, or having a commitment ceremony. The 18th prompts an admirer to ask you on a date or make a proposition. Put yourself in an expert’s hands around the 20th. You’ll have to get tough with a rebellious subordinate in the days surrounding the 23rd. You’ll get a big cheque, plus a hefty bonus, in the closing days of the month.

PISCES [20 FEB - 20 MAR]

August begins with a lovely quiet interlude; take some time off to indulge your spiritual side. The 7th begins a wonderfully romantic period for you. You’ll attract plenty of admirers at a party on or around the 9th. Don’t let friends interfere in your love life in the middle of the month; you need to stand in defence of your amour. The 16th warns against taking gambles of any kind. The New Moon on the 17th brings an exciting job offer that affords long term financial stability. Go ahead and splurge on some exercise equipment around the 18th. A bonus or award will be given to you in the days surrounding the 20th. Sign up for an advanced course on or around the 23rd. Be realistic about your expectations of a friend, lover, or business partner near the 24th. You’ll get lots of favourable publicity for your artistic talent at the end of the month.


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Musical Classes for Babes Theatre for Kids at Black Box Teatro WORDS Marisa CUTILLAS


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Black Box Teatro is a fun kids theatre school for children aged 3 and above, offering classes in everything from music and movement to acting. This summer they are offering special two-week workshops for kids aged four to 14, from August 1 to 12 and from August 16 to 27. Classes take place from 10am to 1pm (or 10am to 2pm with lunch). The fee is a reasonable €200 per two-week workshop, or €300 for the whole month. Children will work hard to put together a performance inspired by Hannah Montana and Justin Bieber. i For further information, Tel: 952 779 172.

ANCRAA Giant Donkeys Cuddle a donkey or become a volunteer to help save this humble but threatened animal. CN 340, km 164, Finca los Pajaritos, Estepona. Tel: 952 790 511 Bioparc Fuengirola Award winning zoo covering Madagascar, Africa and the Far East. C/ Camilo José Cela, 6. Tel: 952 666 301. Black Box Teatro Dramatic Arts School for all ages. C/ Notario Luis Oliver 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 779 172. Born to be Wild Jeep and dolphin eco-tours for the whole family. Open 9am-8pm. Blue Dolphin Beach Club, Estepona Beach. Tel: 639 720 246 Cable Ski Marbella Water ski cable system and pool. Open 11am-9pm (closed Mondays). Urb. Las Medranas, San Pedro. Tel: 952 785 579 Camelot Fun play centre in La Cañada with a wealth of games and activities and qualified child minders. Special events include baby and toddler mornings and a baby grow clinic, for mums to be and newborns. Ctra. de Ojén s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 764 766 Galaxia Versatile and fun play centre for children of all ages, with separate areas indoor and outdoor. Mega slide, mini planetarium,

birthday parties, summer camp. Life size characters. C.C. Guadalmina, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 885 530 Crocodile Park Educational park with more then 300 monsters. Pose with baby crocodiles. Open 10am6pm. C/ Cuba, 14, Torremolinos. Tel: 952 051 782 El Refugio del Burrito Donkey sanctuary just 40 minutes north of Málaga. Open 11am-7pm. Fuente de Piedra, Málaga. Tel: 952 735 513 Danzzas Ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, theatre craft and hip-hop for kids. Classes at the Manolo Santana Racquets Club and at Plaza Gym. Contact Fiona on Tel: 663 646 040. Flamenco Classes Children aged 5 to 8 can learn to dance flamenco with Isabel Gil, a professional dancer. Classes on Monday and Wednesday at the Nueva Alcántara Tennis Club. Tel: 952 788 315 Funny Beach Kids paradise with go-karts, trampolines, minimotorbikes, mechanical bull. Open daily. East side of Marbella. Tel: 952 823 359

Ice Skating Rink and Indoor Swimming Pool New sports centre with public ice skating, indoor pool, children’s pool. Avda. García Lorca, Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 577 050

boys and girls of all ages, just opposite La Cañada in Marbella. Training is on Mondays and Wednesdays. Call Craig on Tel: 609 310 409. Karting Club Málaga Go-kart circuit for kids and adults who feel a need for speed. Open 10ammidnight. Ctra. De Coin, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 581 704 Kids Multi-Sports Club A plethora of sports for children of all ages and abilities, from tennis through to football, cycling and skateboarding. Parties with games, activities and bouncy castles. Urb. Parcelas del Golf, Avda. del Prado, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 656 618 712 Kidz Kingdom Fun play centre and birthday party area for kids, with a mini disco. Urb. Bel-Air, CN 340, km 166.2, Estepona. Tel: 952 925 936

Kidz Kingdom 2 – Space City

Space theamed play centre for daily visits or parties. Life size Barney and Sponge Bob. Urb. El Rosario, CN 340, km 188.5, Marbella. Tel: 952 839 275 Little Fishes Swimming classes for newborns to 3-year-olds in Marbella, Estepona and Riviera. Tel: 686 498 561/ 607 875 949.

Little Gem Swimmers

Swimming courses for babies and toddlers in Benalmádena. Contact Emma on Tel: 628 567 129. Marbella Stage School Kids can take accredited courses in dance, drama, musical theatre and singing after school on weekdays and all day on Saturdays. Tel: 952 906 865. Megabowl & Sports Bar This bowling centre boasts state-ofthe-art tenpin bowling lanes as well as great food, drinks and entertainment. C.C. La Cañada, Ctra.

Ojén, Marbella. Tel: 902 232 999. Musical Babes Babies and toddlers aged 6 months to 3 years enjoy singing, playing simple instruments and playing games. Tel: 952 853 027. Los Jazmines 11, Bajo B, Nueva Alcántara, San Pedro de Alcántara.

NMA The Nelson Music Academy Kids aged 4 to 12 are

introduced to music in its funnest aspects. Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 7pm, Saturdays from 11am to 1pm. Edif. Jupiter 44, Local 3, C/ Jesús Cautivo, Los Boliches, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 478 416. Original Dolphin Safari The original dolphin safari, established in 1969! Daily sailings from Marina Bay, Gibraltar. Tel: +350 200 71914. www. Parque La Batería Kids will have fun in this park, built in the civil war era and featuring four replica cannons, underground bunkers and passageways. Urb. Montemar Alto (near the train station), Torremolinos. Plaza Mayor Family entertainment with multi-screen cinema, bars, restaurants, bowling alley and kids play area. Málaga. Tel: 952 247 580 Scouting Kids will have fun being a boy or girl scout. The programme followed is the same as that in the UK. Tel: 680 870 270 Sealife Centre See 2 metre long sharks. Touch pools and walkthough glass tunnel. Open daily 10am-6pm. Benálmadena Port. Tel: 952 560 150 Selwo Adventure Park Over 2,000 animals, 4x4 tours, plus adventure activities. Open 10am9pm. CN340 Km 162.5, Estepona. Tel: 902 190 482 Selwo Marina Dolphins Exotic

birds, penguins and virtual reality shows. Open 10am-6pm. Parque de la Paloma, Benalmádena. Tel: 902 190 482 Stagecoach Renowned performing arts school for singing, dancing and acting skills. The academy is open to four to 16-year-olds. Tel: 952 900 453/666 838 213. Steam Train Ride Enjoy a steam train ride crossing the Andalusian mountains with a scenic trip from San Roque to Ronda. Tel: 952 931 186 Swim Bebé Swim Swimming classes for under 4’s and AquaNatal classes for mums-to-be. Tel: 617 520 588 Teleférico Benalmádena Cable car to top of Calamorro mountain, falconry, trekking and horseriding. Arroyo de la Miel. Open 10am-6pm. Tel: 902 190 482 Tennis Camp Tennis lessons for kids from 4 years on, with professional coaches. Open 10am1pm. Club del Sol, Calahonda. Tel: 952 939 595 The Music House Kids learn, grow and have fun making music. Open to children from 2 years on. Edif. San Pedro del Mar, Blq 7, local 12, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 785 515. Tivoli World Biggest amusement park on the Costa del Sol. Open daily from 1pm. Avda. de Tivoli, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 577 016 Trenecito de Marbella Take a relaxing train ride to view the main sights of Marbella. Daily 10am-1pm. Paseo Maritimo. Tel: 639 765 981 Yaina’s Park Indoor play centre with staff speaking Scandinavian, English and Spanish. Open seven days a week from 10am to 9pm. Children’s parties, parent’s coffee shop with pool tables, television, food. Avda. Gamonal 4, Edif. Hercules, Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena. Tel: 622 005 068


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