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An International Associate of Savills

The Beach House, next to Puerto Banús Bedrooms: 5 Terraces: 405 m²

Built: 835 m²

Price: € 13,900,000

Ref: ES9953

Plot: 1,860 m²

A beautiful and elegant Marbella beachfront mansion in a gated community with superb panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea. Built to exceptionally high standards, and exquisitely finished and decorated with designer furniture and signature art pieces. Radiating wow factor, the villa features a spa and indoor pool as well as the latest in lighting and smart home system design. Direct beach access and just a short stroll along the seafront Offered subject to obtaining certificate of first occupancy. promenade to Puerto Banús. Absolutely unique!

Regulated by RICS

Offices at Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and opposite the Marbella Club hotel Tel. (+34) 952 863 750


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34 luxurious apartments & penthouses

• State-of-the-art design & the highest qualities • Walking distance to Puente Romano & the beach • Private pools on the terraces • 2 communal swimming pools • Luxury Spa with indoor pool, sauna, hammam • Gym, paddle courts and jogging path • Gated community with the ultimate security • Park and leisure area of 9.000 m2 • Full property management • Exclusive 24 hours concierge service • Prices start from 695.000€

up to 70% mortgage available

Exclusive sales agent: Engel & Völkers Marbella Tel.: +34 952 868 406

Beachfront living

Beachfront Puerto Banús: Majestic Grand Estate with breathtaking sea views! Gracious driveway and impressive reception rooms. Indoor pool, sauna, bar, discotheque, various outdoor and indoor entertainment areas. 5 beds, 5 baths. Built 1.684 m2, plot 3.034 m2. E&V ID: W-00YR0A. Price: 15.000.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Beachfront Golden Mile: A rare find! Ultimate holiday home directly on the beach promenade and a short walk away from the 5-star Hotel Puente Romano. 6 beds, 5 baths. Plot 992 m2, built 292 m2. E&V ID: W-0299PW. Price on request. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Beachfront Marbella East: Unique villa, very stylish, set on a prime seafront plot with unbeatable views from every room. Large plot, total privacy. 4 beds, 3 baths. Built 370 m2, plot 2.475 m2. E&V ID: W-023X1H. Price 2.850.000 € Tel.: 952 83 55 80.

Beachfront Puerto Banús: Opportunity! Fantastically priced apartment! Spacious and bright rooms, own car park space and lift access. 3 beds, 3 baths. Living area 193 m2, terrace 48 m2. E&V ID: W-01EX8U. Price: 1.295.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Beachfront Golden Mile: Modern apartment with sea views in a gated complex, outdoor & indoor pools, sauna, gym, direct access to the promenade. 2 beds, 2 baths. Living area 110 m2, terrace 20 m2. E&V ID: W-026RKF. Price: 1.350.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Office Elviria: 952 83 55 80 · Office El Rosario: 952 83 20 40

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Beachfront Marbesa: Rare opportunity! Occupying a spectacular beachfront plot, this fantastically priced villa with lush gardens, private tennis court and entertainment area is certainly one of the best beachfront properties on the market. 4 beds, 5 baths. Built 310 m2, plot 1.515 m2. E&V ID: W-029FY5. Price: 2.750.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 55 80.

Beachfront El Rosario: Beautiful modern villa in Andalusian style built on a large plot with amazing sea views. Gym, sauna, cinema, wine cellar. 6 beds, 10 baths. Built 1.250 m2, plot 3.000 m2. E&V ID: W-023Z3O. Price: 7.300.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 20 40.

Beachfront El Rosario: Set on one of the largest beachfront plots on the coast, this impressive residence offers grand in- and outdoor entertainment areas. 7 beds, 8 baths. Built 815 m2, plot 4.000 m2. E&V ID: W-023Y6O. Price: 8.900.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 20 40.

Beachfront Golden Mile: Luxurious apartment with unparalleled sea views in Mare Nostrum, directly on the beach of the Golden Mile. 3 beds, 4 baths. Living area 273 m2, terrace 122 m2. E&V ID: W-02625F. Price: 3.900.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Beachfront Puerto Banús: Fantastic penthouse with stunning sea views. Terrace with BBQ, direct beach access, 2 pools, gym, sauna, Hammam. 3 beds, 3 baths. Living area 182 m², terrace 115 m². E&V ID: W-0280H1. Price: 1.700.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Office Puerto Banús: 952 85 98 60 · Office Marbella: 952 86 84 06

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LUXURY Situated 8km from Puerto BanĂşs, this is a seaside mansion that belongs to a class of its own. The 12-bedroom newly built home covers a built area of over 2,500 square metres, encompassing not only elegant open-plan living areas, a 400-plus square metre recreation and leisure area, expansive outdoor and heated indoor pools with rooftop splash pool, a panoramic first floor sun deck with private lounge bar, a gym with sea views, cinema, games room, wine cellar, lifts connecting the different levels and staff quarters, but also an expansive outdoor terrace area leading on to the beach, magnificent manicured grounds, a multicar garage and the kind of driveway and sense of arrival that a property of this calibre deserves. Few properties in Marbella can compete for location and sheer opulence and sophistication, as this is a property that takes luxury 21st century villas to the next level.

Ref: DM3690 Price on application

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beach properties

Times, tastes and styles may change but the ultimate Marbella home remains a beachfront property. This classic location, location, location truism is as true of Marbella as it is of any other place famous for its seaside setting, and besides the actual proximity and ease of access to the beach, it is all about the stunning sea views that come with a frontline beach home.

Ref: DM3294 Price: 15.000.000€

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Diana Morales Properties has an extensive selection of luxury villas and apartments for sale in the most sought after locations in Marbella and surrounding areas. For advice on any of your real estate needs please contact us MARBELLA Av. Cánovas del Castillo, 4 Tel. 952 765 138 NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Av. del Prado, Urb. Fuerte Aloha, Local 2A Tel. 952 908 415

Over 411 offices in 59 Countries Ref: DM2738 Price: 1.695.000€

Ref: DMV892 Price: 1.795.000€

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Ref: DM4074 Price: 8.900.000€

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UNIQUE CONTEMPORARY JEWEL This luxurious villa offers refined contemporary sophistication in one of the most exclusive areas of Marbella within a gated villa community with 24h security. Outstanding for its architectural design, it is also a high-tech, high-quality villa whose advanced engineering, design and finishing are reflected in many details. A bespoke jewel that offers many exceptional features, including indoor and outdoor lounge areas, expansive panoramic terraces, gym, 2 heated marble swimming pools and a 2 bed guest/staff duplex apartment. Private wings and guest quarters provide optimal comfort and privacy, complete with spa and office areas, as well as a state of the art kitchen. A unique home made for the individualist - the panoramic views over Marbella simply add to this.

Ref: DM3365 Price on application

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Finest properties

As Marbella Luxury Real Estate specialists for almost three decades as well as the exclusive affiliates of Knight Frank for the Costa del Sol, we are committed to offering our clients the most exclusive property portfolio, excellence in service and a completely secure experience when buying a property in our area. This month’s selection presents some of the finest properties in and around Marbella.

Ref: DM3678 Price: 4.950.000€

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Diana Morales Properties has an extensive selection of luxury villas and apartments for sale in the most sought after locations in Marbella and surrounding areas. For advice on any of your real estate needs please contact us MARBELLA Av. Cánovas del Castillo, 4 Tel. 952 765 138 NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Av. del Prado, Urb. Fuerte Aloha, Local 2A Tel. 952 908 415

Over 411 offices in 59 Countries Ref: DMV878 Price: 1.995.000€

Ref: DM3879 Price: 2.900.000€

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910 m2

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Ref: DM3730 Price: 3.499.000€

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478 m2

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sierra blanca Sea views 5


561 m2

1.546 m2

You only live once,

Nueva Andalucía Golf Valley: Recently completed state-of-the-art designer villa representing very pinnacle of modern style and featuring the finest materials and advanced technologies. Situated next to Los Naranjos and Las Brisas Golf. 5 beds, 5 baths. Built 597 m2, plot 1.392 m2. E&V ID: W-029H73. Price: 3.395.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Beachside Marbesa: Stunning panoramic sea views! Unmatched in style, design and sophistication. Beautiful landscape garden and highest qualities. 5 beds, 4 baths. Built 485 m2, plot 905 m2. E&V ID: W-028TCK. Price: 3.400.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 55 80.

La Zagaleta: Immaculate modern architecture! Mesmerizing sea views! Extraordinary Spa level with sauna, gym, Hammam. Staff apartment, wine cellar. 7 beds, 9 baths. Built 1.800 m2, plot 9.512 m2. E&V ID: W-0259EQ. Price: 8.900.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Cascada de Camoján - Imara: Fantastic sea views! Exceptional penthouse in one of the most contemporary developments on the Golden Mile. 3 beds, 4 baths. Living area 226 m2, terrace 144 m2. E&V ID: W-021M8H. Price: 1.750.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Golden Mile: Beautiful ground floor apartment in the prestigious Mansion Club. 24h security, 1 indoor and 2 outdoor pools, club house, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi. 2 beds, 2 baths. Living area 162 m2, terrace 47 m2. E&V ID: W-028AQU. Price: 690.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Office Elviria: 952 83 55 80 · Office El Rosario: 952 83 20 40

we will show you where!

Altos Reales: Fantastically priced! Contemporary living in the most prestigious and secure community on the Golden Mile. Exceptional villa with luxurious features such as manicured garden, gazebo, elevator, gym, Hammam, 24h security. 7 beds, 6 baths. Built 675 m2, plot 1.000 m2. E&V ID: W-029IFF. Price: 2.950.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Golden Mile: Close to the beach and Marbella Club Hotel, this modern villa boasts splendid sea views and large outdoor entertainment area. Guest house. 6 beds, 6 baths. Built 688 m2, plot 1.573 m2. E&V ID: W-029IH7. Price: 3.995.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Nagüeles: Fantastic opportunity! Stylish villa with beautiful panoramic mountain and sea views in a tranquil setting on the Golden Mile. 6 beds, 6 baths. Built 397 m2, plot 1.090 m2. E&V ID: W-029AD0. Price: 1.200.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Marina Puente Romano: A rare find! Duplex penthouse with sea views in the Persian gardens. The most desirable beach community. Direct beach access. 4 beds, 3 baths. Living area 141 m2, terrace 76 m2. E&V ID: W-0298KZ. Price: 3.650.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Frontline Golf Los Granados: Top luxury! Stylish designer duplex penthouse with private pool, Jacuzzi and golf views in a prestigious urbanization. 4 beds, 5 baths. Living area 215 m2, terrace 220 m2. E&V ID: W-029CNR. Price: 2.750.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Office Puerto Banús: 952 85 98 60 · Office Marbella: 952 86 84 06


contents the trend Cinema 52

How Netflix Has Changed Entertainment 54 Music News 56 Top Reads 58

The Dark Side of the Internet 60 The Ferrari 812 Superfast 62

the focus

40 Years without Elvis Presley 68

the pro 144 Enterprise 152 Finance: Non-Resident Taxation II 154 The Vibe

the leisure 166 The Changing Face of Málaga 172 The Hotel Marbella Club

the gourmet

20 Years without Princess Diana 74

177 Ocean Club at Puerto Banús

Voyager 2 + The Wow Signal 82

179 Finca Cortesin Club de Playa

Rafael de La-Hoz Architecture 86 Senior Masters’ Cup 2017 at Puente Romano 92 Adele 96 Fatboy Slim 98 Kathryn Bigelow 100 Brian Travers 102

the style Roche Bobois Summer Collections 106 Chinese Contemporary Art by Fabien Fryns 114

181 New Vovem on Marbella’s Paseo Marítimo 183 Claro! Beach Club at Laguna Village 184 Michelin Stars on the Coast 186 Marbella All Stars 188 Food News 190 Rancho Grille Restaurant 192 Delight in Cava

the guide 194 Listings

Guess Autumn/Winter Collection 122

203 Pet News

Fashion News 128

204 What’s On

the spa

206 Stars for August 208 Water Parks on the Coast

Micellar Water 132 Self-Tanning Must-Haves 134 The Benefits of Blueberries 138 Health News 140 Traditional Chinese Medicine 142

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THE GRAND COLLECTION AT BENAHAVIS HILLS COUNTRY CLUB There are currently ONLY A FEW HOMES left. These properties have been specifically designed to represent expansive style and great investment value. There are no comparable properties at this price per square meter across the whole of the region. Benahavis Hills Country Club offers the “trinity” of luxury amenities: nearby exquisite signature Golf Courses, vast expanses of soft sandy beaches, the full

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service marinas of Puerto Banús and its very own relaxing private spas and wellness facilities. Located in a privileged position above the village of Benahavis, renowned for its gastronomic restaurants, this 24/7 guarded development offers security and safety as well as onsite concierge services. In addition, the clubhouse including restaurant, spa, and gym is only a few steps away.

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Bedrooms: 8

Built: 2,049 m²

Terrace: 339 m²

Plot: 4,280 m²

Price on application

BENAHAVÍS Spectacular mansion with panoramic sea views next to the Westin La Quinta Hotel. Exceptional qualities & finishes throughout. Ref. ES9919

Bedrooms: 4

Built: 186 m²

Plot: 776 m²

Price: € 750,000

ESTEPONA Beachside villa in an established community. Ref. ES9961

Bedrooms: 6

Built: 916 m²

Plot: 2,022 m²

Price: € 3,400,000

GUADALMINA BAJA Beachside villa. Privacy. Near amenities. Ref. ES9481

An International Associate of Savills

Bedrooms: 4

Built: 800 m²

Plot: 2,750 m²

Price: € 1,675,000

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Villa with superb sea views. Gated complex. Ref. ES8019

Bedrooms: 3

Built: 149 m²

Plot: 1,811 m²

Price: € 799,000

NAGÜELES Villa near Puerto Banús. Sea & mountain views. Ref. ES8870

Bedrooms: 7

Built: 1,129 m²

Terrace: 494 m²

Plot: 3,599 m²

Price on application

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MARBELLA EAST Magnificent front line beach mansion with spectacular sea views in the prestigious area of Los Monteros. Ref. ES8660

Bedrooms: 3

Built: 161 m²

Plot: 449 m²

Price: € 2,235,000

GOLDEN MILE Beachside! Renovated villa. Unique opportunity. Ref. ES9827

Bedrooms: 3

Built: 198 m²

Terrace: 33 m²

Price: € 1,395,000

GOLDEN MILE Apartment in the luxurious complex of La Trinidad. Ref. ES8122

Regulated by RICS

Bedrooms: 4

Built: 217 m²

Terrace: 76 m²

Price: € 3,650,000

GOLDEN MILE Beachside penthouse, Puente Romano. Sea views. Ref. ES9902

Bedrooms: 4

Built: 312 m²

Plot: 933 m²

Price: € 1,495,000

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Renovated villa. Close to all amenities. Ref. ES9912

Offices at Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and opposite the Marbella Club hotel Tel. (+34) 952 863 750















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El Palacio de Montellano WELCOME TO ONE OF ANDALUCIA’S FINEST COUNTRY HOMES The Palacio is a 300 year old Hacienda perfectly situated just half an hour from Seville, offering total peace and tranquility and sumptuous accommodation with character and charm. Steeped in history, the property has been the subject of a total sympathetic restoration over the last 5 years, and will now make a wonderful retreat, luxury Boutique Hotel or exclusive top-end rental business. The Palacio is a traditional Hacienda boasting 1,200 m2 of light and stylish accommodation around its original cobbled courtyard. 7 large bedroom suites (potential to extend). 2,000 m2 terraces and garden. 35,000 m2 olive grove. The exterior area of the property is equally impressive with a large outdoor pool, formal gardens and mature trees that create cooling shade to complement the soothing sounds of the central courtyard fountain. A wonderful all-year round extravagance, the Palacio’s heated indoor Moroccan inspired pool is sensorially intoxicating with authentic hand-made tiles and intricate plasterwork - every feature combines to create an exotic feeling of sophisticated luxury. The property also has a stunning handmade farmhouse kitchen/family room, and a majestic drawing room. Approached via its own tree-lined entrance avenue, with abundant parking, the incredibly private and secluded Palacio enjoys astonishing far-reaching views in every direction across open countryside... Total peace and quiet.

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o match things outside our office this month, we bring you the busiest issue of the year, literally packed with overflowing content, helping to revitalise you atwixt all the frenetic activity. Read about the enduring influence of global icons Elvis Presley and Princess Diana on the anniversaries of their deaths; trace the trajectory of Voyager 2, launched 40 years ago this month and still going strongly, and check out the Wow Signal, recorded on 15th August, 1977. Another birthday is that of Netflix, almost unbelievably 20 years old on August 29. We hit the track in the new Ferrari 812 Superfast, marvel at the sensual lines of master architects, Rafael de La-Hoz and update our readers on the changing face of Málaga. Among the many personalities you will encounter leaping out of these pages are Adele, Fatboy Slim, Kathryn Bigelow, Brian Travers and the host of famous tenistas set to descend on Marbella for next month’s Senior Masters Cup. Style abounds in this edition with cool designs from the Roche Bobois Summer Collection and hot items from Guess fashion ware. August is big on dining out as well – don’t miss our reviews of top in-vogue venues, the Finca Cortesin Club de Playa, Ocean Club in Puerto Banús, the new Vovem on Marbella’s Paseo Maritimo, and recently opened Claro! Beach at Laguna Village. We also examine the Michelin Star, find out which local restaurants are holders of the prestigious recognition and celebrate life with some excellent Cava.

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» DIRECTOR Enrique Gato (Tad, the Lost Explorer) » GENRE Animation » VOICES Trevor White, Joseph Balderrama

Tad Jones: The Hero Returns

Tad Jones, the animated character inspired on Indiana Jones, takes us on his latest fun adventure. This time, the intrepid hero is called upon to defeat an evil king who threatens to steal the Book of Secrets. The action takes place in Spain, where Tadeo is searching for the mythical necklace which belonged to King Midas. He is joined in his adventures by his girlfriend Sara – the talented archaeologist who helps him make his greatest finds.

» DIRECTOR Anthony Leondis (Igor) » GENRE Animation » VOICES T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris

The Emoji Movie

There is no doubt that emojis have come to play an important role in the way human beings communicate. In this age of digital media, where reading books are scarcely purchased and our vocabulary is far less rich than in times past, emojis manage to express the precise way we feel, sometimes with amazing detail. This film sets out to celebrate the joy and practicality that these cute symbols have brought to our lives. The star of the story is Gene, a multiexpressional emoji who sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.

» DIRECTOR Nikolaj Arcel » GENRE Adventure/Fantasy » ACTORS Idris Elba, Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey, Abbey Lee

The Dark Tower

Stephen King’s books never disappoint and this film aims to bring one of his best works, The Dark Tower, to life. The last Knight Warrior, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) has been battling his nemesis, Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey) for what seems like an eternity. Deschain is determined to stop O’Dim from bringing down The Dark Tower, which keeps the universe united.


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13 Reasons Why Stranger Things

Anyone born in the 1980s probably doesn’t recall the magical experience that was visiting one’s local DVD store, walking through files of empty DVD cases and finding that the recently released vid, the one you had been waiting for an eternity, was available – just for you. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS


etflix, which was launched 20 years ago this month, ended the magic but also ignited a bright and powerful flame that would change our expectations and make home viewing so much more practical than it ever was. Today, you don’t have to wait for a film to become physically available, or stick to a specific schedule to catch your favourite show. You can freely stream what you want when you want, and if you’re like me, you will probably plead guilty to binge watching amazing shows like Sense8 or Better Call Saul. It all makes for a much more intense experience, since having to wait an entire week before having a mystery resolved, can be nerve wracking and can really wrest from the smooth continuity of the viewing experience. Far better to live your favourite characters’ ups and downs alongside them, in one intense adventure than to let real life get in the way of the narrative. Netflix began as a DVD postal service in the 1990s, showing its competitive edge from the start by doing away with the scenario in which, late Friday night, there

wasn’t a single DVD worth renting out at your local store. Netflix has done much more than provide a free streaming service, however – its subscription method means that the company regularly analyses what audiences watch, enabling them to offer a bespoke experience. Netflix bosses have often said that hit series, Downton Abbey, was a risk – who would have thought that a British costume drama could continue to hold such great appeal? Yet the series finale attracted an incredible 9.6 million viewers! Meanwhile, the huge success of Stranger Things enlightened producers on the appeal of the 1980s-style thriller/science fiction genre. Currently, Netflix boasts 80 million subscribers but that number is set to rise, no doubt because in 2013, the company began creating its own shows. One of its first attempts at producing quality television was House of Cards – an incredibly honest, searing look at the nature of top level politics in the United States. The range of content the company has created

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is now huge, with everything from original animes to kids’ series, documentaries, dramas, original movies and comedies, available for viewing at a click. Another highly acclaimed production is The Crown – focusing on the life of Queen Elizabeth II. The universally acclaimed series reportedly cost around £5 million to make per episode, testimony to Netflix’s commitment to producing quality television. Netflix series aren’t just good; they are the hottest thing on the box – take 13 Reasons Why or Black Mirror, two captivating series that have scored major points with audiences and critics alike. With 13 Reasons Why, Netflix did something we will be eternally grateful for – it uploaded all the episodes at once, encouraging major marathon viewing sessions for adolescents and their parents! In case you haven’t seen it yet, be aware that you are up for a major emotional roller coaster. The series is the story of Hannah Baker, a troubled teen who could very well be your daughter, sister or friend. It is a shocking yet realistic

portrayal of what can go wrong in adolescence, and is a wake-up call to the need to be more aware of, and sensitive to, depression. Black Mirror, meanwhile, is a cutting-edge science fiction series containing individual, unrelated episodes which all have one thing in common – they focus on how technology affects our lives. One of the most eyecatching features of this show is the cast; expect to find big A-list names here, including Bryce Dallas Howard, whose episode, Nosedive, is said to be the series’ best so far. Black Mirror touches on everything from our dependence on social media to virtual reality and gaming. It is the kind of super fun show that teens and their parents will enjoy watching together. Top execs are currently setting their eyes on the next big move – the marriage of cinema and television. Cinematic actors, directors, cinematographers and crew will soon be giving their all to the small screen – thanks to the vision and passion for innovation that has come to be synonymous with the name Netflix. e


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Marbella’s Puente Romano Tennis Club has MICHAEL BOLTON live on August 10; ticket info: The line-up for next month’s (September 2 & 3) MTV Presents Gibraltar Calling (formerly the Gibraltar Music Festival) continues to grow – headliners include CLEAN BANDIT, CHARLIE XCX and the KAISER CHIEFS. For the full line-up and ticket info go to Original SEX PISTOLS bass player (and cowriter on most of their early and best songs) GLEN MATLOCK is performing at the above with his ALL STAR BAND (?) but as a warm up he is doing an acoustic set on August 30 on The Rock. Ticket info: On UK TV this month: the V Festival takes place on the 19th & 20th and Channel 5 and MTV are scheduled to show live performances and highlights. No details at the time of writing so check their on-line TV guides for that weekend. February’s last ever gig by rock legends BLACK SABBATH is to be shown at 1,500 cinemas around the world and Marbella’s La Cañada is one of the chosen ones. Tickets for the

If you don’t already know it, the new football season starts this month and KASABIAN have teamed up with their local club, Leicester City, to launch a new clothing range KASABIAN for LCFC which is now available from the club’s website and the stadium’s fan store with a selection of tracksuit jackets, slogan tee-shirts and retro tops. Also, singer/songwriter, JAKE BUGG, is to sponsor his beloved Notts County during November when his name will appear on their shirts.

September 28 120 minute showing of The End Of The End are now available at Also landing on the big silver screen is the long awaited MORRISSEY biopic England Is Mine. The film, which the singer is said to be unhappy with, premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival last month and hits cinemas on August 4. It is focused on his early days and finishes as he met long time SMITHS writing partner JOHNNY MARR. The lead role is played by JACK LOWDEN (Dunkirk & A United Kingdom). MICHAEL JACKSON is ready to reach out from beyond the grave with the 3D release of his iconic Thriller video. The three-year project by the original director JOHN LANDIS will no doubt engage the public eye as it did back in 1982 when it changed the outlook and direction of pop videos for ever. The ED SHEERAN tune Shape of You is now the most streamed song ever but he is said to be angry that the new rules for the Official UK Singles Chart now only allow an act to have three songs in the top 100 at any one time. The new rules started on June 30 and the cap includes the streams to sales ratio in an attempt to 'accelerate' the disappearance of long-reigning tracks from the Official Singles Chart. Some music fans are also unhappy with the new law. JOHN LENNON fans are also up in arms after it was revealed that YOKO ONO is to receive song writing credit on Imagine. The iconic tune was released in 1971 but didn’t top the singles charts until after his untimely death in 1980.


Marbella’s very own Starlite Festival continues until August 26, for the full programme go to; but according to the official website the CRANBERRIES on the 5th has been cancelled even though the band’s own website has no info for the reason why. Elsewhere tribute acts are playing along the coast so check your local weekly publications for details. All information on this page was correct at the time of writing.




The FOO FIGHTERS drop their new album, Concrete & Gold, next month and there is talk that ADELE will feature on one track. DAVE GROHL would not confirm this but said that SHAWN STOCKMAN of BOYZ II MEN is guesting on one song. If you didn’t already know, Glastonbury will not take place in 2018 as every six years the festival takes what they call “a fallow year - in order to give the farm, the village and the festival team the traditional year off”. But organiser, MICHAEL EAVIS, says it could happen if a certain band reforms. He will not reveal which group he has approached but insiders say it could be ABBA, a BEATLES & SONS line-up, LED ZEPPELIN, REM, the SMITHS or OASIS.

The chances of it been the latter are small as LIAM continues to slate his older brother and you can expect a lot more from the Manchester motor mouth as he will no doubt be pushing his forthcoming solo debut album, As You Were, which lands on October 6. Guitarist BRIAN MAY says the legendary lost 1981 recordings from the awkward sessions that resulted in QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE hit Under Pressure may see the light of day. It’s known that during the recordings FREDDIE MERCURY and BOWIE sounded good together but they didn’t get on. e


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MUST-READ THRILLERS FOR THE SUMMER Don’t let the summer roll by without taking the time to catch at least one good read. Take your pick from the following best-selling novels, compiled by Marisa Cutillas


A single mother’s dead body is found on the bottom of a river. Earlier in the summer, another body had been found – that of a young teenage girl. Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl who is placed in the care of her mother’s sister – a fearful woman who is forced to return to the place she desperately ran away from, many years before…


Inspector Harry Hole takes on a whole new challenge: the Internet, when he is called upon to hunt a murderer who uses dating app, Tinder, to target victims. The case is a tough one for Harry, who has promised his partner to leave the world of crime investigation. Yet something about these murders captivate his attention and he risks his personal happiness to find ‘the monster that got away’.


Lindsay is a smart detective whose life has recently been turned upside down, having discovered that her husband, who has helped her catch a violent criminal who exploded a bomb in the middle of San Francisco, has betrayed her. Lindsay puts all her energy into solving a new case: that of a series of mysterious heart attacks claiming the lives of seemingly unrelated victims across the city. As if that wasn’t stressful enough, she also has to go to court to defend her actions during the San Francisco bomber case.


‘The man who can forget nothing’, Amos Decker, was first introduced to readers in the number one New York Times best-selling novel, Memory Man. Decker is back after witnessing a murder outside the FBI headquarters – a man shoots a woman in the middle of a crowd, then takes his own life. Decker and his team cannot find any connection between the assassin (a wealthy businessman) and his victim (a schoolteacher). The murder soon becomes a matter of urgent national security and Decker joins tough intelligence agent, Harper Brown, to unravel the intricate mystery.

THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 BY RUTH WARE Travel journalist, Lo Blacklock, is thrilled with her next assignment: travelling to the North Sea for the inaugural voyage of the Aurora – a luxurious cruise ship. Between the fantastic buffet, cosy cabins and elegant cruising clientele, Lo’s trip is almost dreamlike, until she hears something very alarming: a woman in the cabin next to her being thrown overboard. When she seeks help, she is told that not one passenger is missing. Lo is worried that she might be going mad, yet all her senses tell her that something is not quite right aboard the Aurora.


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w THE TREND technology As a lover of Netflix series, it strikes me that two or three months ago, one of the top series on the lists of many friends on the Coast (and their children) was 13 Reasons Why. The series, whose plot centres on Hannah – a teen who takes her own life but leaves seven cassette tapes behind detailing the reasons for her decision – is as powerful as it is flawed, as entertaining as it is shocking. In the end, we all recall our teenage years and the difficulties we experienced – which were different and seemingly more intense, but not necessarily more numerous – than those we face as adults.


he ultimate lesson it is reasonable to take from 13 Reasons Why, is that depression is a devastating illness; that we should indeed be far more empathetic and aware of the fact that those around us may be battling it alone. Ultimately, however, it is difficult to pinpoint one single cause for depression or suicide – let alone explain an extremely complex ending through 13 cassette tapes sides. The series has been criticised heavily by the media, for its purported ‘glamourisation of suicide’. Whether or not to watch it (or allow one’s older teens watch) is of course, a personal decision. One parent I spoke to said her son felt dizzy after watching the gory suicide scene; another thought the show brought up many points she could then raise non-defensively with her son – issues such as how alcohol can affect judgement, the importance of being proactive when something does not feel right, of the necessity of watching out for one’s friends and loved ones – basic ideas that can be lost when drink, peer pressure, social hierarchies and drugs are involved.

The show’s writer, Nic Sheff, penned an open letter in response to all the criticism regarding the character’s graphic suicide. He said, “I saw the opportunity to explore issues of cyberbullying, sexual assault, depression, and what it means to live in a country where women are devalued to the extent that a man who brags about sexually assaulting them can still be elected President.” Regarding the suicide scene, he notes, “It seemed to me the perfect opportunity to show what an actual suicide really looks like — to dispel the myth of the quiet drifting off, and to make viewers face the reality of what happens when you jump from a burning building into something much, much worse.” It is with these thoughts in mind that I approach the subject of online games or activities which at the very least can pose a risk to youngsters already suffering from depression. For the sake of safety, I choose not to indicate the name of these games, yet police in the UK have officially warned parents against one game, which gives players various tasks intended to promote a suicidal state, instructing

players to kill themselves on Day 50 of the game. The subject of the effect of online material on adolescents is not new, with great scandal surrounding ‘The Slender Man stabbings’ – in which two 12-yearold girls took a classmate into the woods and stabbed her 19 times to please their hero, ‘The Slender Man’: an alleged paranormal figure who has a human-like appearance but extremely long, thin arms and legs and black tentacles emanating from his back. The Slender Man character was actually created for a 2009 Photoshop contest on online forum, Something Awful. The girls involved in the stabbing came across their ‘hero’ on the Creepypasta site (featuring horror legends and stories which are scary but hardly incite violence). They perpetrated their act of terror because they wished they believed The Slender Man was real and wanted to become his followers. Perhaps the scariest part of the story is that the victim was actually at a sleepover at the home of one her perpetrators – who was her best friend. After the stabbing, the


victim dragged her way to a ditch at the side of a road adjacent to the forest and was luckily found by a cyclist who had forgone his usual route. She was immediately taken to hospital – where doctors told parents she might not survive (one of the stab wounds missed a major artery by less than a millimetre). Luckily, she made it and today is a healthy teen whom her parents believe “is meant to do great things.” The stabbings led to hot debate regarding the impact of the Internet on children. One police officer involved in the case noted that the Internet has been transformed into a ‘black hole’ with the ability to expose children to a more sinister world. His approach was perhaps the most common-sense one parents can take when it comes to television, online use and gaming. He said that the best way to avoid tragic events is to keep an eye on children’s online habits and “to educate them on the difference between right and wrong.” Also, take heart in the research, which indicates that by the age of nine, children are perfectly capable of separating the fictional world they encounter online, from reality. e


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FERRARI 812 SUPERFAST Ferrari’s lineup of models has always been quite limited and every variant is inevitably highly desirable, but there’s always been one car that gained a little prominence over the rest. Right now, this has to be the awesome 812 Superfast with its impressive performance, superb styling and (surprisingly) spacious interior. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF FERRARI


here have been several Superfasts from Ferrari over the years, not all of them that appealing, but the latest car to use the name is arguably the best looking of the lot. Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre and not an outside contractor, it has svelte, sinewy lines that somehow combine to give the car a muscular, ground-hugging appearance. There are lots of aerodynamic aids built subtly into the bodywork and it ends up looking so much better than rivals that bristle with add-on

spoilers and the like. It’s unlikely to arouse much controversy among Ferrari hard-liners because it’s the embodiment of just about everything the famous brand is all about. The new 812 grand tourer, which made its debut at the Geneva show earlier this year, is a successor to the earlier F12 Berlinetta but has a bigger engine. The car uses a front mid-engine rear-wheel drive configuration and the power unit is a splendid piece of engineering to behold. It’s a 6.5-litre V-12

producing a mighty 800PS (789-horsepower) and 718 Nm of torque. This is very serious power indeed and it’s no surprise that the 812 rockets to 100 km/h in less than 3.0-seconds. The name ‘Superfast’ has real meaning here! The transmission is 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic and shifts much faster than could be achieved by anyone using a manual gearbox. The huge torque levels give the car great flexibility so the automatic was definitely the right way to go.


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It’s said that buyers of supercars with V-12 engines demand good interior space and they get it with the 812. It’s a very sporty cockpit to be sure and there are lots of very modernistic elements scattered around, but it’s a practical work area for the driver, with excellent leg, head and shoulder room. Like most upmarket cars these days, there are many electronic stability aids to make even an inexperienced driver feel totally in control. Allwheel drive might have been nice with the power this Ferrari has, but the company has developed a chassis that provides outstanding grip and controllability from its layout. Ferrari points out that the average buyer spends a large sum on options so there are plenty available, many of them for personalising the interior. Carbon fibre trim around the cockpit is great to have, though this is purely a cosmetic feature. Even in its most basic form (though, no Ferrari is really ‘basic’) this is a highly covetable GT car and is bound to be a great success for the Maranello maker when volume production begins in September. Ferrari has given buyers everything they could possible expect from the legendary marque and added lots more as a bonus. e

Z ENGINE: 6.5-litre V-12. Z TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Z ACCELERATION: Zero to 100 km/h in 2.9-seconds. Z TOP SPEED: Over 355 km/h. Z I LIKED: Everything about this car screams ‘Ferrari’ and it delivers on its good looks bigtime. Great styling, hugely powerful engine, superlative handling, lots of electronic stability features. Z I DIDN’T LIKE: All-wheel drive might have been nice to have with the 812’s power levels, but balance and control have been engineered to be as good as it gets for this car’s configuration. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES: Mercedes-AMG GT R, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Aston Martin Vanquish, Lamborghini Aventador S. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? Serious Ferrari devotees will have already put their money down for this new Superfast. The car may well draw buyers from Lamborghini and Aston Martin. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Volume production begins this autumn. g Available at C. de Salamanca. Avda. Norberto Goizueta s/n, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 785 250.


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Elvis as a child in Tupelo, Mississippi

Elvis with his parents, Gladys and Vernon

A MYSTERIOUS BIRTH There has always been a mystery surrounding the figure of Elvis, stemming from the very day he was born – January 8, 1935, in the small town of Tupelo, Mississippi. The moment was commemorated by the great Nick Cave, in his song, Tupelo, which recalls the famous F-5 level tornado that tore its way through Elvis’ hometown when he was just a toddler, razing various homes to the ground, but leaving the home where Elvis was born, unscathed. Cave sings about Elvis’ birth: ‘In a clap-board shack with a roof of tin / Where the rain came down and leaked within / A young mother frozen on a concrete floor / With a bottle and a box and a cradle of straw / Tupelo! O Tupelo! / Well Saturday gives what Sunday steals / And a child is born on his brothers heels / Come Sunday morn the first-born dead / In a shoebox tied with a ribbon of red’

As the song intimates, Elvis was a twin; his brother, Jesse Garon Presley was sadly stillborn, a tragedy which would haunt Elvis the rest of his life. His mother, Gladys, used to say that Elvis had the energy of two people and indeed, in a fascinating book entitled The Inner Elvis: A Psychological Biography of Elvis Aaron Presley, author, Peter O. Whitmer noted that Elvis had “the fuel to make one form of music from two seemingly disparate parts that no one but a twinless twin could provide. Much of the origins of Elvis's creative genius resided in Jesse [the stillborn twin]; his memories, his haunting presence, his dictation to Elvis of a musical destiny.”

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS One need only view the tiny home were Elvis was born, to understand the economic struggles faced by his parents. The two-room shack had no

electricity or running water and when Elvis’ mother, Gladys, became pregnant with twins, the family could not afford medical check-ups; they only called a doctor when complications arose during the birth. Elvis’ twin was buried in an unmarked grave at a local cemetery. When Elvis was three years old, his father, Vernon, served nine months in jail for a Les Miserables-level crime: that of forging a $4 cheque for a chicken he had previously sold. Elvis built a strong bond with his mother, said to be his greatest love. As a child, he would help her with her harrowing job (cotton picking), separating bolls from stems. While Vernon was in jail, the family struggled to pay the rent and they were evicted, after moving from house to house. Elvis was forced to be the ‘man of the house’ from a young age and he was determined to escape a life of poverty. The family may have been penniless, but they were closely bonded. Elvis slept in the same bed as his parents and vowed that one day, he would buy them a beautiful home and a Cadillac… Faith was important to the Presley home… Gladys used to read stories from the Bible to young Elvis, fascinating him with the tales of Jonah and the Whale and Joshua. Elvis loved music as much as he loved going to church; his mother recalled that at the age of two, Elvis would run along the church aisle and attempt to join the choir. Gospel was his thing, though as he grew older he would become more interested in rock ‘n roll.


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Lisa Marie Presley leaving the hospital after her birth Elvis and Priscilla

In 1946, at the age of 11, Elvis received his first guitar. He was hoping for a bicycle but Gladys let him down – “She never let me out of her sight,” said Elvis and indeed, he was much safer playing the guitar at home than blazing down the streets of Mississippi. Elvis grew up listening to an array of musical styles, including blues, country, blue grass and opera. A few years after receiving the guitar, he won a talent show at Humes High School in Memphis, where his family had moved to in search of greener pastures. In 1953, Elvis began working at a machinist’s shop and he would take a seemingly small but life-changing step when he popped by a recording studio and paid $4 to record himself singing two songs, as a birthday present for his mother. The owner of the studio, Sam Phillips, was impressed; he took the young performer under his wing and soon, Elvis was playing live and recording music. His first single, That’s All Right, was released in 1954.

BREAKING NEW GROUND Elvis received mixed reactions at first; his style was unusual for a white singer and his dance moves were far racier than middle America may have been ready for. He began to build a

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solid fan base and by 1955, he signed with RCA Records and was managed by Colonel Tom Parker. Soon, his new single, Heartbreak Hotel, hit the number one spot on the charts. His first album, Elvis Presley, achieved the same success. Elvis landed a big movie contract; his first film, Love Me Tender (1956), made a fortune at the box office.

LOVE AND WAR Elvis Presley may have been a huge star by 1957, but when he received his draft notice to serve in the military, he rose to the challenge, serving in Germany for a year and a half. Elvis had just lost his mother, Gladys, who passed away, but soon he would meet another great love – his wife, Priscilla. She was just 14 and a big fan of Elvis, who was 24 when they met. Elvis wed Priscilla 10 years later (in 1967), and their daughter Lisa Marie was born the following year. The union lasted until 1973, when Elvis’ hectic lifestyle and flirtations with costars and other beautiful females led to the breakdown of their marriage. It was during his time of military service that Elvis met Joe Esposito: his right-hand man and head of the Memphis Mafia (Elvis’ entourage of friends). Esposito would work for Elvis from the time they left service until the King passed away, 17 years later.

Esposito was there the day Elvis and Priscilla met: “Well, this guy in the Air Force was a friend of ours. And he brought Priscilla to the house because she wanted to meet Elvis. Well, she come over, he brought her in the door. We were all there, a bunch of guys, and other ladies too. And she walked in the door, this cute, beautiful little girl in this little Navy dress. I’ll never forget that day when she walked in. Elvis walked over to her immediately, introduced himself to her, and they just started talking. And that was the start of it.” Elvis dated many beautiful women, including co-star AnnMargret, whom he met in 1963 and whom close friends said was his soulmate. “They were so much alike,” said Esposito. When asked about Elvis, Margret said, “He was terrific. He was just terrific. And he had such great talent that he never had a chance to show. I think he would have been a wonderful dramatic actor.” Other important relationships included those with Linda Thompson (whom Elvis dated for five years in the 1970s) and Ginger Alden (Elvis’ last girlfriend before he passed away. According to Esposito, Alden – who was a dead ringer for Elvis’ ex-wife, Priscilla – was not a serious relationship for the King, who continued to see other women concurrently).

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Elvis and Joe Esposito in Tulsa, 1972

Presleys moved out of the area. Gladys was devastated and Elvis responded by moving the family to Graceland – a home he dearly loved but which he would fear losing, leading him to work harder than his health could afford. By the time of Elvis’ divorce from Priscilla, he was seriously addicted to prescription drugs. Despite his illness, he continued to draw in the crowds, performing to a packed audience at his last concert in June, 1977. Elvis died alone in his bathroom in Graceland on 16th August 1977; the official cause of death was heart failure. He was only 42.

Elvis doing the Jailhouse Rock

ELVIS’ DEMISE In an excellent article published in the Daily Mail, writer Ray Connolly notes that Gladys’ stifling maternal love may have sowed the seeds for Elvis’ self-destructive behaviour. Gladys took amphetamines herself to help deal with Elvis’ vertiginous success. Elvis noted the pills gave her energy, and began taking Benzedrine (‘speed’) to keep energy levels up during his endless cycle of shows. When he bought his first home in 1956, he moved in with his parents, and was devastated to overhear his mother tell a friend on the phone that she wished his success had never happened. The hype and hysteria expressed by young fans who visited the Presley home led neighbours to pass around a petition requesting that the

Elvis in his later years

THE KING’S LEGACY Elvis Presley was, alongside Michael Jackson, the biggest star that contemporary music has known. In addition to bringing rock ‘n roll music to the masses, he boasts various gold and platinum records, Grammy awards for Best Inspirational and Sacred Performances, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

ELVIS THE MAN Elvis will always be remembered as much for his incredible talent and charisma, as for his humanity. He feared his family having to return to a life of poverty yet was incredibly generous with those he knew, and those he didn’t. Joe Esposito

recalls an act of incredible generosity: “We were buying some Cadillacs one time at the Cadillac dealership in Memphis. We were standing inside the dealership and Elvis looks outside and there’s this elderly black lady looking in the window at this yellow two-door Coupe de Ville. Elvis sees her, and she’s looking at it and looking at it. He goes outside and starts talking to her. He says ‘You like that car, huh?’ ‘Oh, yes, yes, that beautiful car’. He says ‘Would you like to have one of those?’ ‘Oh I could never afford one of those cars’. He said ‘Just a minute’. He goes back inside the dealership, goes to the sales manager and says ‘Give me the keys to that car’. Gives him the keys, he goes out and says ‘Ma’am, the car is yours’. She just couldn’t believe that Elvis just gave her that car. She was just in awe. Just couldn’t believe it. He said ‘It’s yours, enjoy it’. That’s the kind of guy he was. He liked to give people things he knew people couldn’t afford on their own.” Elvis’ persona belied the emotional, sensitive soul he would hide well until his dying day. His friends described him as a deeply emotional person who never got over his mother’s death. Somehow, all the success in the world would never replace the happiness he felt in his small two-room shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, a home that would see Elvis experience a loss he would never forget, from his very first day on Earth. e


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“No-one who ever knew Diana will ever forget her,” said the Queen of England in that grudging tribute she paid to her daughter-in-law on the eve of her funeral. But it was an understatement. Two decades on, people who weren’t even born in 1997 are getting involved in the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death. Documentaries have been filmed, magazine specials published and new books written – even one for children, introducing a new generation of readers to William and Harry’s mum. Journalists are still digging up new angles on her life and that fatal lastday-in-August car crash in a Paris road tunnel that robbed Britain of its People’s Princess. Her sons have commissioned a Diana statue and documentaries for both the BBC and ITV, other countries have snapped up the broadcasting rights and America is making its own programmes. Kensington Palace is feting her with a fashion exhibition and a memorial Diana garden; her brother Earl Spencer is chipping in with a gala fundraiser at Althorp, where Diana is buried, an

exhibition of the last photographs taken before she died and a new Inaugural Legacy Award dedicated to 20 youngsters who are ‘Walking In Her Shoes’, the title of another expo. The Queen’s plans are not yet known... Wronged wife, feminist symbol, mother figure, media manipulator, champion of the oppressed, hysteric, humanitarian, alternative therapy flake, thorn in the Queen’s side – Diana was all that and more, flawed yet fascinating. Her legacy might be mixed but it’s not insubstantial. “I really think Diana gets more important, not less, over time,” says Tina Brown, former Vanity Fair editor and Diana biographer who has probably chronicled her more closely than anyone. “Her understanding of the power of the inclusive gesture was Diana’s gift to the monarchy and so much more. We’ll be talking about her for the next 50 years.” A few weeks after what would have been her 56th birthday, ‘the Diana Effect’ lives on in unexpected ways, as Belinda Beckett reports.

AN HEIR AND A SPARE Diana’s most obvious legacy is her two strapping sons. Queens in history have been beheaded for not producing any. Diana was only a princess but with grandchildren George and Charlotte in the bag, her bloodline will run through at least two generations of British monarchs. Her influence beyond the grave shows in the way both sons have chosen to make a difference in the world over giving speeches and cutting ribbons. They have adopted many of their mother’s charities

and are shaping up to take over her mantle as the People’s Princes – handsome, likeable and human. “With her loving mother’s touch, Diana taught them to be boys first, then princes — not stuffy, not stuck up, not isolated,” writes Diana biographer Tina Brown. William spent eight years as an RAF search and rescue pilot before taking on royal duties. Harry did two tours in Afghanistan during his 10-year Army stint and created the Invictus Games for injured service people, now in its third year. Like

mother like sons, Harry’s youthful indiscretions, William’s compassion and the way they conduct their lives mirror Diana in many ways. Even ‘Fashion Plate Kate’ seems to have stepped effortlessly into her motherin-law’s designer shoes. But nowhere is the Princess of Wales’ legacy more visible than in the royal trio’s new Heads Together charity, aimed at ‘starting the conversation on mental health issues’ – a topic broached by Diana in her controversial 1995 Panorama interview. The world’s collective jaw

dropped to hear a royal confessing to self-harming and “rampant bulimia”. In an equally candid interview earlier this year, Harry said his mother’s death had made him “very angry” and spoke of coming “close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions” before getting help. “My way of dealing with it was refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help?” he said. “But once you start talking about it, you realise that actually you’re part of quite a big club.”


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OUTING BULIMIA Diana’s revelations about her battle with the eating disorder resulted in double the number of sufferers coming forward for treatment. Calling it a ‘secret disease’, Diana said: ”You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don’t think you’re worthy or valuable.”


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COMMUNAL COMPASSION Diana’s death slackened the British stiff upper lip and it’s still wobbling. Or, as Tony Blair put it: “Diana taught us a new way to be British”. Thousands flocked to her Kensington Palace home to leave handwritten notes and tie teddy bears to railings. Thousands more lined motorway bridges to drop flowers on her hearse. There were 10-hour queues to sign her condolence books, people camped out along her funeral route and wept on camera. Not even the death of the Queen Mother touched the hearts of the nation so keenly. The day news of her death broke, “the people of England were nowhere to be seen,” recalls Tina Brown. “They were behind closed doors, glued to their TVs or radios. There was even a power surge as the nation brewed up cups of tea for the long haul.” Today communal compassion, more cynically dubbed ‘recreational grieving’, has become the norm after a terrorist attack or the death of an iconic public figure, with people travelling for miles to lay wreaths, leave cuddly toys and attend candlelit vigils. Twentieth anniversary memorial poems began appearing on Kensington Palace railings almost as soon as Big Ben chimed in 2017. Over August bank holiday weekend you can’t see through the gates for floral tributes.

British journalist Andrew Marr called it “un-British, almost Mediterranean sentimentality” but admits “We are a more relaxed and more emotionally healthy people than we used to be. The ‘Diana moment’, for all its weirdness and excess, marked the point when ‘holding it all in’ was no longer seen as a virtue.”

CANDLE IN THE WIND Still the best-selling single since music charts began, outranking the 1973 original dedicated to Marilyn Monroe. Elton John rewrote it for his friend Diana and played it at her funeral, changing the opening lines from ‘Goodybe Norma Jeane’ to ‘Goodbye English Rose’. Diana’s charities have benefited from over £38 million in royalties.

A MODERN MONARCHY In life, Diana revitalised the British monarchy, in death she changed it forever. Twenty years ago a large chunk of the British public would rather have seen Charles and Camilla in hell than shaping up to be king and queen... a prince who talked to plants and made porno phone calls and the ‘other woman’ Diana meant it when she said: “There were three of us in this  marriage, so it was a bit crowded.” A month after her funeral a Mori

poll exposed the royals as ‘remote, out of touch, wasteful, not genuine, lacking in understanding, poor value for money and badly advised’. So began an intense rebranding exercise to present themselves as more emotionally connected with their subjects. More, in short, like Diana. Charles posed with the Spice Girls, the Queen was seen in a pub, in a taxi, in McDonald’s... She and Philip stuck it out for hours on a rain-drenched barge in the Thames for the Diamond Jubilee. “Visiting hospital wards – as E.R. did after the 7/7 bombings and the recent Manchester terrorist attack – is something we would never have done in the years before Diana,” according to a palace aide. ‘Diana was the greatest thing to happen to the monarchy since Queen Victoria’, writes Tina Brown in her biography, The Diana Chronicles. ‘She was a meteor that landed on them and forced them to change their ways.’ Now the ‘Diana effect’ continues through her children. Remember William and Harry striding on stage at their mother’s 2007 memorial concert and bellowing “Hello Wembley!” Or Prince William sleeping rough on the streets to understand the plight of the homeless at Christmas? It’s hard to imagine their father doing that.

CELEBRITY ACTIVISM Diana kick-started star-studded philanthropy. It was only in the late 1990s that celebs began using their fame to change the world in a handson way. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Angelina Jolie’s human rights missions, Clooney in Darfur were all post-Diana. She turned her campaigns into global initiatives, knowing that a photograph of her touching a leprosy sufferer in Kathmandu in 1993 would be front-page news around the world. She made philanthropy sexy and now every charity wants a charismatic ‘personality’ on their letterhead. The Diana Effect worked like a blank cheque for her pet causes – cancer research, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Relate, Centrepoint. A charity auction of her dresses in New York raised $3.25million. The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, set up after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, has channelled £112 million of public donations into grants and charitable causes around the world. The Diana Award has honoured over 47,000 junior role models who have created positive change in their communities. “Her overall effect on charity,” says Institute of Fundraising Director, Stephen Lee, “is probably more significant than any other person’s in the 20th century.”


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Catherine Walker ‘Elvis’ Dress © V & A / Diana wore Murray Arbeid’s flamenco dress for her 1987 visit to Spain © V & A / Bill Pashley’s ‘honeymoon’ tweed day suit © Historic Royal Palaces / The Emanuel engagement portrait blouse fuelled a flurry of high street copies © Historic Royal Palaces / Victor Edelstein ‘Travolta’ dress ©Historic Royal Palaces

UNDERSTANDING AIDS Diana’s gloves-off approach to AIDS changed attitudes at a time when ignorance about the disease was rife. Photographs of her shaking hands with an HIV-positive patient in 1987 went viral. The Princess, who is said to have been urged by the Queen to focus on “something more pleasant”, remarked: “HIV does not make people dangerous to know so you can shake their hands and give them a hug. Heaven knows they need it.”

THE DIANA LOOK Diana is the perennial cover girl. Her portrait still sends magazines flying off shelves and Time magazine lists her among its 100 all-time style icons. Ever since she stepped out of her gilded carriage in that Emanuel ‘meringue dress’, every young bride has aspired to a ‘fairytale wedding’ and her fashion choices are still scrutinised and copied by millions. The ‘Diana look’ evolved as

she matured from gauche Sloane Ranger ingénue fond of demure pussycat bow blouses and sculpted hair into a chic woman of the world with a tousled crop who looked equally stunning in jeans or ‘the full Monty’ (the beaded white ‘Elvis dress’ by Catherine Walker springs to mind). Throughout 2017, Kensington Palace is exhibiting 25 of her most memorable outfits: among them, her conservative tweed honeymoon suit; the midnight-blue velvet Victor Edelstein dress she wore to dance with John Travolta at the White House; and the slinky black silk number she donned for a Vanity Fair party, days after Charles confessed to adultery with Camilla on camera, forever immortalised as ‘the revenge dress’.

THE OTTAWA TREATY In 1997, Diana walked through a field of mines in Angola and helped to detonate one. “One down, 17 million

to go,” she said, pushing the button.  Although her sons insist she would never take credit for it, the Ottawa Treaty banning landmines was signed by 122 states that same year and now Harry is helping to finish the job. Launching the Landmine Free 2025 campaign this year, the Prince introduced two men Diana met as children in Bosnia after both had lost legs to mines. “When my mother said goodbye to them that August, just weeks before her untimely death, she told them they would not be forgotten,” said Harry.  “She shared their stories with the world and helped campaigners to change history.” 

A NEW NATIONAL TREASURE She wanted to be ‘a queen of people’s hearts’ and, like all good fairytales the princess got her wish. She’s also remembered in three memorials around London but a fountain, a seven-mile walk and a children’s

playground do not satisfy her sons. “There’s certainly not enough on the right scale in London or anywhere in the UK,” said Harry last year. He and William have commissioned a statue, to be unveiled at Kensington Palace this year. The sculptor’s identity is a secret but Philip Jackson, who did the Queen Mother in bronze, is hotly tipped. “Our mother touched so many lives,” the Princes said in a statement. “It has been 20 years since her death and the time is right to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world.” Meanwhile, Diana’s ever-loyal subjects will be content to wander around the sunken garden at Kensington Palace, blooming with white flowers all year to celebrate her life. There are roses, tulips and cosmos daisies, forget-me-nots grown from Diana’s own plants and delicate white gauras that flutter like butterflies in the breeze. It’s totally People’s Princess. e

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Probing the Final Frontier

What weighs less than a minibus yet has travelled for hundreds of millions of kilometres? The Voyager 2 probe. ‘Ah’, I hear you say, but while a lot of people recognise the name few really know what this manmade marvel is all about.


Voyager 2 as it hurtles through space


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Saturn’s icy moon Dione seen ‘up close’


oyager 2 is a spacecraft built and launched by NASA to explore the outer reaches of our solar system. Launched by a giant Titan/Centaur rocket on the 20th August 1977, its primary role was to approach and study the two largest planets in our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, as well as the latter’s moon Titan, and then move on towards the outer ‘ice zone’ to explore the mysterious worlds of Uranus and Neptune. Powered by what would be considered to be rudimentary equipment today, the Voyager 2 spacecraft is nonetheless a technical marvel, for it has successfully reached its objects – and more – orbiting, studying and relaying information about the so-called ‘ice giants´ before moving on and

probing outer space. Jupiter was reached in 1979, in the time it used to take mariners to cross oceans, and from this encounter NASA received invaluable impressions of the planet and its satellite moons ‘up close’. Clearer images of its appearance were relayed to earth via the Deep Space Network of which one of the stations is incidentally located in Madrid. In the process, we also learned more about the density of Jupiter, its atmospheric temperature, pressure and the composition of gasses that are highly toxic by our standards but make up its endless layers of thick, orange clouds. The mysterious moving eye visible on Jupiter was confirmed to be a massive storm, but in reality the largest of many that torment this exotic world.

Voyager 2 was launched on 20 August 1977 from the NASA Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida


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Uranus photographed by Voyager 2 in 1986

TO GO WHERE NO CRAFT HAS GONE BEFORE This and many more reams of information were sent back to earth by this trusty little craft, and the process was repeated when Voyager 2 visited Saturn and Titan in 1981, Uranus in 1986 and Neptune in 1989. By the end of the decade, after twelve years of service and many millions of kilometres covered, the main, official part of the probe’s mission had been accomplished. The scientists and engineers who created Voyager 2 back at NASA had hoped that their interplanetary exploration lab would continue beyond this original endeavour to probe the deep space unvisited by any manmade craft before. They were not disappointed. Voyager 2 has proved nothing if not remarkably reliable and efficient as it pushed on relentlessly past the last of the planets in our solar system and hurtled towards the empty outer edges where it meets interstellar space – the void that exists between solar systems but which acts as a glue from which galaxies are made. A baby born aboard the spacecraft would now be 40 years

old, and a young astronaut operating it – had it been a manned craft – would be approaching retirement age. Yet today, in the fortieth year of its existence, Voyager 2’s mission continues unabated. Having left behind anything we can even distantly relate to, this lonely chunk of highgrade, lightweight metal alloys is travelling at a speed of over 15 kilometres per second (55,000 kilometres per hour) through the Heliosheath, a plasma-like bubble of solar wind that resists the pressure of interstellar space and maintains the status quo in our solar system. The Voyager 2 craft has long since passed into the thinner part of the Heliosphere, where the effects of its solar winds diminish as it nears the border between the sun’s domain and the even chillier spaces between this and the next star’s system. And all the while it continues to send all manner of information back to earth, providing not only ‘first hand’ feedback of distant sectors we haven’t explored before, but also relaying any signals or radio waves the craft picks up

along the way. The expectation is that Voyager 2 will remain operative until at least 2020 and, if it does, the command team back in the USA hopes to learn more about interstellar space, as well as what happens when you cross the Heliopause – the barrier of the Heliosphere between our own solar system and the interstellar medium. Once out into the latter, Voyager 2 will follow Voyager 1 out of our solar system and venture into the ‘empty’ spaces of the galaxy to become one of the very first manmade craft to have reached interstellar space. Very little is still known about the wide open spaces between different solar systems, so the information Voyager 2 will send back relating to factors such as the density and temperature of the interstellar plasma will be of great value to astrologers and other scientists back home. Of course, there is a chance that communication between the probe and earth could fail at this point, which would be a major blow to researchers, but in this eventuality Voyager 2 will record and attempt to resend the information through later.


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The Voyager 2 space probe

By 2020, this amazing little craft – which is in effect an even greater explorer than all the earthbound voyagers and adventurers combined – will have completed a more than epic journey that will have lasted for almost half a century and taken it to the very limits of manmade exploration. Like Captain Kirk and his Starship Enterprise, Voyager 2 and its twin Voyager 1, also launched in 1977, have ventured where no craft has gone before — and taught us so much in the process. This project, originally conceived in the early 1960s, took advantage of an unusually close alignment of the outer planets during the late 1970s to travel through and then out of our known world. Though the project was scaled down several times, it remains, along with other epic space voyages such as moon landings and the Viking Mars mission, one of the greatest single achievements of mankind. Voyager proves what people, and in particular NASA, are capable of, and even as its capacities die and we lose track of the little probe lost in outer space in the coming decade, it will provide the stellar inspiration for a new generation of space exploration that makes use of even more advanced technology and long-life autonomy. Probing ever further, successive missions will eventually break into and teach us about new worlds or perhaps even meet other life forms. In many ways, the second age of space exploration has only just started.

Neptune as seen from Triton’s horizon

THE WOW! SIGNAL On the 15th August 1977 – just five days before the Voyager 2 space craft was launched – a radio signal reached earth from distant space. More specifically, it hit the Big Ear radio telescope of the Ohio State University and came from the constellation Sagittarius. While multitudes of waves are registered on a constant basis this one stood out, yet it was not detected until resident astronomer, Jerry Ehman, spotted the signal sequence when reviewing data from the telescope. To him it felt so much like an extra-terrestrial signal that he wrote Wow! on the printout and gave the now famous transmission its name. Usually such claims are swiftly debunked, but the 72-second Wow! Signal received universal recognition and remains the closest thing to an acknowledged alien radio message that has ever been recorded on earth. Naturally, this does not in itself prove that either it came from aliens or that they therefore exist. Indeed, many theories still point to natural phenomena or even human origins, but so far this has not been proven either, so as we know, the answer is out there somewhere. It is against this background – amid the excitement caused by the Wow! Signal – that Voyager 2 and its twin craft Voyager 1 were launched. Back in 1977, space seemed closer than ever and while it may have sparked a whole range of Sci-Fi movies back then, the heritage of that year will spur on space exploration for generations to come. e


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Here on the Coast, we know Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos for the inspiring design of The Edge in Estepona, but with over 500 projects since its founding in 1920, this is a truly global practice based in Madrid.

What a modern hospital can be like. The Hospital Rey Juan Carlos


he fact that Rafael de La-Hoz Architects has worked on some of the leading national and international architectural projects puts its involvement in The Edge into perspective. For this luxury beachside apartment complex on the west side of Estepona, Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos has created an inspiring design that takes architectural styling in this region in a new, exciting direction. It shows the versatility of a studio that includes office blocks, corporate headquarters, campuses and hospitals among its many varied projects over the years. The projects are too many to name, but additionally include theatres, public buildings, schools, high speed railway stations, warehousing and distribution centres, business parks, hotels and also urban rejuvenation and planning projects. Though much of the work has been focused upon Madrid, where Rafael de La-Hoz Architects has its base, the architectural oeuvre extends to all parts of Spain and beyond, including residential developments in Budapest and Warsaw, the expansion of the Vilamoura marina in the Algarve, mixed residential and tourist complexes in Dubai and many more around the globe. The client list includes regional governments and large corporations such as Repsol, Telefónica, BMW and Vodafone, and the walls are covered with numerous Spanish and international architectural awards. In recent years, the practice

has also become renowned for creating edifices that lead the way in terms of energy-efficiency and sustainability, driven from a desire to create working, living and public spaces that have a minimal impact on the planet and offer a pleasant, healthy environment. “That, surely, is one of the main roles in which architecture can contribute to the greater good,” says a spokesperson for Rafael de La-Hoz Architects. The studio is particularly proud of two of its most recent projects: the new headquarters of energy company Repsol, which was awarded the prestigious LEED Platinum certification for its unparalleled sustainability features. “Our work at the Hospital Rey Juan Carlos, in the Madrid region, also established a new benchmark for hospital architecture in how it addressed how physical space can encourage and promote socialisation by using natural light as a key element.” “Our philosophy as a studio harks back to a fundamental truth: architecture has an impact on people’s daily lives. By putting that at the core of everything we do, we tackle the habitability and sustainability challenges of each project through innovation and excellence, while delivering an aesthetic architectural vision.” It is an approach that has proved highly successful and has won Rafael de La-Hoz Architects not only a great many projects in over 20 countries, but also recognition for their concept, design and execution.


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FROM FUNCTIONAL TO LUXURIOUS The portfolio of Rafael de La-Hoz Architects shows a remarkable diversity of projects, styles, locations and scales that span the whole range from functionally based public amenities and industrial facilities to luxurious resorts and housing. In an industry where architects usually specialise in large or smaller-scale projects, they reflect an impressive ability to shift the parameters from practical, solution-driven design to futuristic corporate edifices and sophisticated styling that provides the added value to luxurious developments such as The Edge. And yet Rafael de La-Hoz Architects doesn’t believe that appealing design is restricted to luxury projects. “We do not correlate first class design with luxury per se, as even the humblest architecture has delivered groundbreaking results throughout history. One of our landmark projects, the Torres de Hércules in Los Barrios, is actually based on a reinforced concrete structure; a material not usually associated with luxury, but which here provided a state-of-the-art solution.” Indeed, increasingly, coarse industrial materials are replacing luxury ones in prime architectural design and even private villas. “As for the gentrification of urban areas through design, we do not see architecture as a driving force behind such initiatives. Society has the will and the power to lead such changes, and we as architects are one of the main tools at its disposal

to carry out such transformations.” Again, the studio sees architecture as a cog in the machinery of on-going change, evolution and renewal that is inherent to societies, economies and technological development. That said, the ability of leading projects and excellent design to lift up an area is well documented, and The Edge will surely have a positive effect on Estepona and its surroundings. With this new development, Rafael de La-Hoz Architects showcases a new movement in contemporary architecture, which is gradually diversifying away from the strict white minimalism that has dominated Marbella in recent years, to a new high-tech look that also incorporates other tones, textures and materials – as well as a less rectangular, more fluid geometry. White blends with earthier colours in designs where plaster and glass are joined by wood and stone to add further detail to more sensual, sweeping lines. The effect is softer and if done well emphasises elegance and quality with a hint of retro styling.

Interactive green spaces have been integrated into the design throughout

Repsol Campus, the energy company’s new HQ in Madrid


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ACCURACY AND RANDOMNESS “Another cornerstone of our approach to architecture is the will to combine accuracy and randomness – the two driving forces behind any truly remarkable building. The latter has a lot to with our choice of materials, as we want to establish a dialogue between the arbitrary features of each site and our building,” says a spokesperson for the studio. “That is why we have used a wide range of materials in our projects practically throughout our almost one hundred year trajectory, and also why we do not choose them based on pre-existing trends – be it to follow or oppose them.” It is clear then that this architectural practice works from a strong, well-established philosophy of design that has built much of its longevity – and that of the designs it has created – on the conscious choice to follow a pure but evolutionary interpretation of architecture and avoid the temporary distractions of passing

trends and fads. “We see the history of architecture not so much in terms of modern versus classical, but as a long string of happy coincidences and genius ideas that have led to working foundations that are timeless.” “In this regard, some of the features in our work might come across as being retro or retro-inspired but to the discerning eye are in fact a tribute to tried and tested solutions that will never grow old. The most remarkable architecture lies somewhere between that homage to past accuracies and the ability to establish a fluid dialogue with the random elements of each site and project. And this is also where our aesthetic inspiration comes from,” says the representative of a renowned architectural bureau that blends technical expertise and design skill as it does tradition and 21st century innovation. i

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he summer is back and with it one of the classic events on Marbella’s sporting and social calendar: the 2017 Senior Masters Cup. This tennis tournament held within the lofty confines of the Puente Romano Tennis Club, will feature some of the greatest players of all time between Thursday 28th and Saturday 30th September. Among them are legendary figures such as John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Yannick Noah and Pat Cash, who captivated Marbella audiences and long since established a special relationship with the resort town and tennis club that was once managed by the legendary Bjorn Borg. Last year’s edition brought top tennis back to our shores, with over 7,000 spectators following the action over the three days of the competition. The figures become even more impressive when you note that over 137,000 people were reached on Facebook and over half a million via the television broadcasts of the tournament. The evergreen John McEnroe is not just a highly entertaining player, the leader of the pack of senior stars remains as competitive as ever and last year reached the final. There he eventually succumbed to former Spanish champ Albert Costa.


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The Senior Masters Cup has become a muchloved classic that blends the best in Marbella’s love of sport and glamorous events. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SENIOR MASTERS CUP



CUP 2017


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Besides tennis and the wonderful, sunny Marbella backdrop, the Senior Masters Cup is always a charismatic affair that concludes the summer season in great style, complete with international press conferences, gala dinners, cocktail parties, concerts and luxurious hospitality. It is a meeting point of international stars and Marbella’s glamorous set, yet though a glitzy event it is characterised by an easygoing, fun atmosphere. This is best exemplified by the traditional Yannick Noah VIP Lounge Concert, which closes the event on the Saturday evening following the final, where the former winner of the French Open and his reggae band

TENNIS AND GLAMOUR delight the crowd with their musical ability and boyish antics. This year more than ever new standards will be set in the creativity and presentation of the hospitality experience. This includes a series of special events parallel to the main tournament, such as a padel tennis tournament, golf competition and an exclusive tennis match where two VIP guests get to play a set with two of the competing stars of the tournament. In previous years, young and old have rallied around what is one of the premium sports events on the Marbella calendar to produce an unforgettable tournament with many highlights.

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John McEnroe has become the unofficial leader of the senior stars who have come to love the Marbella tournament thanks to both his credentials and his vibrant personality. The former world number one, who won three Wimbledon and four US Open titles as well as five Davis Cups for the USA, is considered to be one of the finest tennis players of all time. Yet few people know that he was born in Germany (then West Germany) and plays mixed doubles with his brother Patrick. Other star attractions include

Mats Wilander, the Swede who became the youngest ever male winner of a Grand Slam trophy when he won the French Open at the tender age of 17 in 1982. He would add another two later, as well as three Wimbledon and Australian Open titles and one US Open, as well as winning the Davis Cup three times along with his Swedish teammates. Not surprisingly, Wilander reached the number one spot, and he remains one of the favourites for the Senior Masters Cup. The same is true of Pat Cash, who peaked in fourth place on the

world rankings in 1988 and won the Wimbledon title the year before. The Australian has always been popular, especially among female fans, for both his looks and his lively playing style, neither of these stopped him from winning two David Cup titles in the eighties. A little younger, France’s Sebastien Grosjean also peaked at fourth and has one Davis Cup title to his name. His agility will make him one of the favourites in September, where the tennis star from Marseille hopes to get the better of the illustrious names above. Fellow pro

turned coach, Carlos Moyá, will be keen to do the same. The Spaniard from the Balearic Islands coaches none other than Rafael Nadal and has ranked number one in the world, with a French Open title and a Davis Cup to his name. Still highly fit, he could face fellow compatriot and last year’s winner, Albert Costa, in the semi-finals. Costa peaked in sixth spot but also won a French Open and Davis Cup title, so he will be fierce competition for Grosjean in what is promising to be another mouth-watering exhibition of tennis.


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THE PROGRAMME The 2017 Senior Masters Cup in Marbella will kick off on Wednesday 27th September with a press conference followed by a cocktail party at the Puente Romano Hotel. The action begins on the main court the following evening at 18:00hrs, as Wilander faces Cash while Grosjean takes on Costa. The day’s action will conclude with an official dinner with players, sponsors and VIP guests at the hotel, while the quarter-final matches will be played the following day – Friday 29th September – at 18:00hrs and 20:00hrs, with Wilander or Cash facing John McEnroe and the winner of the match between Grosjean and Costa playing Carlos Moyá. Friday evening’s action is followed by a cocktail dinner at the VIP Lounge and on Saturday 30th September an exhibition doubles match will entertain the crowd before the final begins at 20:00hrs. The tournament comes to an official end with a lively cocktail dinner party in classic Marbella and Puente Romano style, before everyone kicks off their shoes and parties the night away to the sultry tunes of Yannick Noah’s VIP Lounge Concert. The former professional tennis star and winner of the French Open Title is also a highly rated performing and recording artist with his band, so expect to be entertained in professional style. As in previous years, the 2017 edition of the Senior Masters Cup is sure to produce highlights both on and off the court, so for a classic Marbella event full of fun and glamour, don’t miss one of the year’s sports and social highlights. i For further information and tickets / Tickets are available at


WEDNESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER Press Conference – Puente Romano Hotel 16:30hrs – Press Conference A cocktail will be served afterwards THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER Quarter Finals 18:00hrs – Albert Costa vs Sebastien Grosjean 20:00hrs – Mats Wilander vs Pat Cash 22:00hrs – Official dinner with players, sponsors and VIP guests at Puente Romano Hotel FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER Semifinals 18:00hrs – Winner between Costa & Grosjean vs Carlos Moyá 20:00hrs – Winner between Wilander & Cash vs John McEnroe 22:00hrs – Cocktail dinner with players, tournament sponsors and VIP guests in the VIP Lounge SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER Doubles exhibition match 18:00hrs – Doubles match (doubles players will be the ones who don’t participate in the final) Final 20:00hrs – Senior Masters Cup Final 22:00hrs – Cocktail dinner with players, tournament sponsors and VIP guests in the VIP Lounge 23:00hrs – Yannick Noah’s VIP Lounge Concert


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Better than a pint of ice cream or a weepy movie, Adele’s s music hurts so good it almost makes you wish you’d had your heart broken more often. But at 29, regret is no longer her muse – the queen of the break-up anthem is moving on, as Belinda Beckett reports

Forgive my sweaty face, I’m very ’ot and nervous, God, at the start I was sh**tin’ myself, I couldn’t hear a fackin’ thing. Came good, though,” yelled Adele in her best estuary English to the people of Perth on her Australian tour this spring. Her on-stage banter, bawdy laughter and ‘what-am-I-likes’ are some of the reasons we love this big brash songstress with the mouth of a construction worker and the voice of an angel. “I get so nervous on stage I can’t help but

talk,” she says with her disarming honesty. “I try telling my brain: stop sending words to the mouth. But I have this fear I’m not going to deliver and I turn into my grandma.” Deliver she does, in a way that’s not in the least grandmotherly. Even after voice surgery, her powerful pipes and heartrending confessional ballads hit all the right notes with the billions of fans who have ridden her sonic emotional rollercoaster right alongside her. A.k.a. the ‘queen of

blue-eyed soul’ (actually they’re green), she had us long before Hello, the global hit from her third album, 25, which won five more Grammies to add to her collection of 10. She keeps them in her loo, next to her 18 Billboard Music Awards, eight Brit Awards and an MBE presented by Prince Charles, among many other gongs. Only her Oscar for Skyfall – which she roughed out in 10 minutes – has pride of place in the lounge. Daniel Craig shed a tear when he heard it.


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Dominating the charts for almost a decade and the first artist since The Beatles to have two singles and two albums in the Top Five simultaneously, she also holds 11 Guinness World records, a record in itself. Yet she remains as natural as the night she won 2009’s Best New Artist Grammy when she kicked off her Manolos and sang in bare feet, with a mouthful of gum and the belt of her tight-fitting Barbara Tfank dress undone. Check out her Carpool Karaoke video with James Corden – the toptrending YouTube clip last year – to see her spilling coffee over her new coat, then chugging it while talking, joking and belting out some of her major hits. “She’s the biggest star in the world right now yet she’s the most down-to-earth, lovely girl you could meet,” marvelled the show’s producer, Ben Winston. Adele’s is your classic rags-toriches story. Alcoholic husband abandons wife and three-year-old daughter, kid gets into Fame-style music academy (The BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology), posts demo on Myspace and wins recording contract, produces hit single – Hometown Glory – and hit album – 19 – has son, gets married and lives happily ever after in an 18th century mansion in Sussex with a treehouse and dachshund called Louis Armstrong. But as her autobiographical lyrics express on albums named after the age she started writing them – she calls them ‘Polaroids of my life at the time’ – there has been heartbreak; and 21, which gave us the bluesy Rolling in the Deep and the bittersweet Someone Like You, was a vintage year in more ways than one. The press

called it her Rolling in the Drink Period. She called it her early-life crisis. The pressure was already kicking in when she cancelled the US leg of her first tour to be with the love rat who was the subject of the album. And she was, to quote Vanity Fair, “completely off my face when I wrote it. A drunk tongue is an honest one. I can see from an outsider’s perspective that I will never write songs as good as 21’s but I’m not as indulgent as I was then, and I don’t have time to fall apart like I did then.” Often compared vocally to Amy Winehouse who went to the same music school, Adele has also fallen off her stool on stage and forgotten the words to her songs. In his unofficial Adele: The Biography, Marc Shapiro says her father was the first of many men to hurt her and she took to booze ‘to salve the heartbreak’; Adele blames fame: “It’s really toxic, and watching Amy deteriorate is one of the reasons I’m a bit frightened. We were all very entertained by her being a mess. I was f***ing sad about it, but if someone showed me a picture of her looking bad, I’d look at it. That level of attention is really frightening.” Brought up in Tottenham, Adele Laurie

Blue (after her father’s love for blues music) Adkins had an almost sisterly relationship with her mother who was only 18 years older. Adele was taken to pop concerts almost as soon as she could walk, smuggled in under Mum’s coat to see The Cure and The Beautiful South. But it was the Spice Girls who ignited her passion for music. “People always think I joke about this and I can’t dance to save my life. My body doesn’t have any rhythm you know,” she says in her typically self-deprecating way. “But seeing them coming from a humble background – there was hope in it. It was a massive part of my life when the whole Girl Power thing happened. She taught herself to sing “listening to Ella Fitzgerald for acrobatics and scales, Etta James for passion and Roberta Flack for control” and can croon, seethe, sob, rasp, woop, lilt and belt with the best – not always when singing. Gushing on stage is a symptom of her battle with anxiety. She broke her Album of the Year Grammy in half to share with Beyoncé at this year’s awards, because she felt the singer’s Lemonade album should have won, emoting:

“We adore you, you are our light.” Meeting another of her idols, Stevie Nicks, she found herself “uncontrollably sobbing – like snot, everything. I’m not sure if I’ll ever not feel a bit overwhelmed when I go to places where there are loads of stars.” But when it comes to her private life there’s no self-doubt. “My records are about my real life, so I have to talk about it but if you try to intrude or come near my family, I’m a lioness. This was my dream. It isn’t theirs,” snarls Adele who won five-figure damages against a UK picture agency when paparazzi shots of her son Angelo were published. Since meeting Angelo’s father, Simon Konecki, a bearded and bearish 41-year-old investmentbanker-turned-philanthropist, Adele’s life has taken a new turn. She quit smoking, cut down her drinking and has “been to every fackin’ park, shop and supermarket you could imagine to try and have as normal a life as I can. My career’s my hobby, not my life. I don’t want to be a celebrity. I don’t want to be in people’s faces and constantly on covers of magazine that I haven’t even known I’m on.” And it looks like 29 won’t be the title of her next album. “I feel 25 will be my last ‘age album’. There’s been a massive change in me in the last couple of years. Having become a parent, and me and all my friends suddenly living grown-up lives... I feel like how I feel about myself now is how I’m going to feel about myself forever. “And I am never writing a breakup record again. I’m done with being a bitter witch!” e


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e’s the cool club act every hipster is pumped up to see and a main stage mainstay of the pop festival circuit, rocking up his 17th consecutive Glastonbury this year. It’s hard to believe Fatboy Slim, musician, record producer and multiinstrumentalist, has a son old enough to be grooving alongside him. He harks from the pioneer days of the superstar turntablists whose cross-faders, mixers and drum machines showed the Tony Blackburn generation what DJ-ing was all about. He’s the proud owner of 10 MTV gongs, three Brit Awards, an Ivor Novello Award and a Grammy and he performed at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics on top of a giant inflatable octopus. In the third act of his career, he’s equally at home making his own music, remixing tracks for other artists or producing numbers for movies and stage musicals. And at 54, he can still transfix an unruly party crowd with his bombastic trip-hop-out-of-acid-house big beat sound. “I do about 70 shows a year,” he says. “I could probably do 300. The first wave of big DJs – Oakie, Pete Tong, Carl Cox – we don’t know what the retirement age is. As long as we can make it to gigs, stay up till 6am and provide the service, no one seems to care how old we are.” Gibraltar will be his last gig of the season but these days he’s more likely to be catching the next flight home to see the kids than hanging out at after parties. Once half of a couple known as the Posh and Becks of the E (for Ecstasy) Generation, he is a wiser and more sober man. To paraphrase the title of his 1990 breakthrough album, he’s Come A Long Way Baby since the days when, to quote another, he was Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars. He has survived mid life crisis, rehab and a split from his presenter wife Zoe Ball after 18 years of marriage and found a substitute for the excessive vodka and orange habit that fuelled his electric performances. “I’ve got a little ritual,” he says. “I drink three Red Bulls, take my shoes off, put the Hawaiian shirt on and my mindset reverts to that of a very high

17 year old.” He’s used to getting into character. The artist currently known as Fatboy Slim has had more UK Top 40 hits under different names than anyone, according to the Guinness Book of Records: Pizzaman, Cheeky Boy, Mighty Dub Katz, Freak Power, Yum Yum Head Food and The Brighton Port Authority are among his aliases. His real name was Quentin until he changed it to Norman by deed poll. You wouldn’t have pegged Norman Cook for stadium-filling superstardom when he was playing bass for The Housemartins of Caravan of Love fame. But the Bromley grammar school boy who studied politics and sociology at Brighton Poly and freelanced in local clubs as DJ Quentox the OX that Rocks always dug dance music and is credited with kick-starting the city’s flourishing hip hop scene. “I was a white bloke who wanted to make ‘black music’ as it was called back then, without sounding like Simply Red.” His first move in that direction came with Beats International, topping the 1990 charts with Dub Be Good To Me and going on to form other dance club acts whose hits were picked up by the likes of Levi jeans and Del Monte Foods. He opened the Boutique nightclub in Brighton and his studio home became party central on weekends after the club closed. Known as The Love House, it had an Astroturfed bathroom and a loo with flashing lights and wall-to-wall mirrors, creating an infinity effect which, says Cook, “was quite off-putting when you were on drugs and could see millions of reflections of yourself taking a sh*t. It was a phase in my

life when I was young free and single and how we didn’t get busted I don’t know.” Fatboy Slim, invented in 1996, gave him his first solo number one hit. Praise You won three MTV Awards and became a dance floor anthem on both sides of the Atlantic. Presidential candidate Al Gore even played it at his rallies. The same album produced three more top 10 hits, Gangster Tripping, The Rockefeller Skank, and Right Here, Right Now. “The week I got engaged to Zo, it knocked Robbie Williams off the top of the charts, I won a Brit for Best British Dance Act and everything we did was in the tabloids and Heat magazine. And I thought, ‘sh*t, this is proper famous now!’” For an encore, he picked up an unprecedented six MTV awards and a Grammy for his pop video Weapon of Choice, made with US movie director Spike Jonze and actor Christopher Walken. As the Nineties turned into the Noughties, Cook was in his element, with a first baby on the way and money rolling in to fund the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle of Cool Britannia’s most ‘It’ couple. In 2002, the second of his free, open-air concerts on Brighton beach caused a near-riot when the 60,000 fans expected turned into a quarter of a million, bringing traffic to a standstill and resulting in one fatality and a four-year Brighton concert ban for Cook. “I will always return to the mixture of elation and pure fear when we realised what we had created on that beach,” he recalled, around the time he and Zoe decided the partying had to stop. Cook spent a month in rehab and has been TT ever since. Zoe also took the pledge, settling down to motherhood with a new baby

daughter in Hove’s Millionaire’s Row, buying the home of Paul McCartney’s ex-missus, Heather Mills. Adele was also a neighbour. It didn’t last. Ball fell off the wagon and left home for good last year although only to the house next door but one, so they could both spend time with the kids. ‘After many exciting adventures together over the last 18 years, we have come to the end of our rainbow,’ she Tweeted, while The Sun claimed the real reason was that life (and Fatboy) had become just too boring. Norman Cook and Fatboy Slim are more distinct personas these days, and spinning out of control is reserved for the dance floor. “It’s important for me to differentiate between Norman who’s a responsible father of two and Fatboy who’s an irresponsible party lunatic,” he says pragmatically. He works out, runs marathons, puts in gym time – being fit helps him maintain the DJ’s itinerant, twilight existence – and everything he does has to fulfil three of his five Fs: . “A first – something I’ve never done before; a favour for a friend; fun – Glastonbury is always fun; finance – it’s a big payer; and food. I played in Barcelona so I could go to El Bulli. That was my rider. We did the same with Noma in Copenhagen.” Most engagements are at weekends, fitting in with his recalibrated sense of priority and allowing him to do the school run. “But I don’t want to be the poster boy for sobriety in club culture,” he insists. “For 30 years I caned the arse out of life and I would encourage everyone to have as much as fun as possible – while it is still fun...” Today he gets his kicks watching Brighton and Hove Albion move up to the Champions League (he’s a major club shareholder), owning restaurants (two in Brighton, one in America) and doing what he loves best. “DJs are not like footballers or pop stars – we don’t have a shelf life based on our age because we were never really pin-ups. And there will always be an endless supply of young people who want to get high and get laid. It’s the best job in the world and it’s a job for life.” e


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Hot from the Reading Festival, Creamfields Liverpool and the last of 11 summer sets at Amnesia Ibiza – all in the same week – Gibraltar is calling Fatboy Slim to headline its new MTV music festival stage next month. Belinda Beckett profiles the DJ Dad with a fad for Hawaiian shirts who’s still ruling the raves, mixing the sounds and spinning the decks for kids a third his age.



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She is hailed as one of the world’s best action directors. This month, Kathryn Bigelow, award winning director, returns after a long hiatus, with Detroit: a film about the mass riots that plagued one of America’s most populated cities. Marisa Cutillas brings us closer to the life and work of this enigmatic filmmaker.



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n the year 2010, cinematic history was made when Kathryn Bigelow became the first female to take home the Oscar for Best Director for The Hurt Locker (also deemed Best Picture of the year). The film invited us into the heart, mind and eyes of Sergeant First Class William ‘Will’ James (Jeremy Renner), the new team leader of an American Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit, whose predecessor was killed by an explosive device in Baghdad. Will is known for his reckless (or should that be instinctive?) approach to identifying and disposing of bombs, yet his bravery and quick approach save the day on more than one occasion. When Will finds what he believes to be a young boy’s dead body, destroyed by a surgically implanted

bomb, there is a scene where he steps into the shower, camouflage gear, helmet and all, and washes away the blood and grime. After witnessing more violence than he can bear (and being shot in the process), he decides to go home and dedicate his time to his family, only to feel like an outcast in civilisation (the immense boredom and dissatisfaction he feels in the famous supermarket scene is painful and alienating). He admits to his little baby that there is only one thing he knows he loves and soon after, we see him embarking

on another tour of duty, the only place he feels ‘normal’. We are reminded of the film’s opening quote: “The rush of battle is a potent and often lethal addiction, for war is a drug.”


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Kathryn Bigelow is famed for her accurate depiction of violence and her interest in war. For The Hurt Locker, she teamed up with journalist Mark Boal, who had worked alongside American troops during the Iraq War in 2004. The film is actually based on Boal’s experiences during the battle. Tiny details in the film’s cinematography make the director’s interest in the effects of violence, mental but also physical, patent. In one scene, a bomb goes off, sending a soldier’s body flying into the air. A nearby car physically pulverises into nothingness owing to the force of the blast. Pebbles and stones are lifted up from the ground ethereally and smoke rises violently into the air. It is magical. When asked about her interest in war, the Director told Marie Claire magazine, “I was fascinated by his stories — by the idea that these bomb technicians are always walking towards the thing that everybody else is running away from. It’s kind of an epic, lonely walk that only the man in the bomb suit performs.” Despite touching upon the subject of battle in many of her films, she reminds us, “I am antiwar, but I’m pro the people forced to engage with it.” Bigelow would touch another delicate subject in Zero Dark Thirty – which dramatises “the greatest manhunt in history”, ending in the discovery and assassination of Osama Bin Laden. The film generated controversy owing to its depiction of ‘enhanced interrogation’ – the use of torture techniques such as ‘waterboarding’ to obtain information. Once again the audience is the ‘fly on the wall’,

witnessing devastating scenes such as CIA Intelligence Agent Maya’s physical reactions to the torture she is witnessing. The film was highly praised for its matter-offact portrayal of events; its lack of emotional manipulation. As noted by Time, “That detachment — the filmmaker’s decision to show us what people do, and not necessarily what they think or feel, or what the viewer should think or feel about them — might explain the wildly divergent reactions to Zero Dark Thirty. The movie leaves it up to the audience to measure the human cost of the 10-year quest to find bin Laden and dismantle al-Qaeda, and to judge the actions of CIA trackers like Maya (Jessica Chastain).” Bigelow’s latest work, Detroit, is no less emotionally charged. Set to be released in Spain in September 2017 (two months after the 50th anniversary of the riots), the film details the events which took place over five days in the summer of 1967. Once again, Bigelow has teamed up with Mark Boal to give life to this tense moment in history. The story centres on the 1967 Detroit Riot and ensuing Algiers Motel Incident (in which three black males were killed and several others badly beaten by members of the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police, and the Michigan Army National Guard, after the latter received a tip that there were armed men at or near the Motel). In fact, noone had been armed; the shots heard from outside were actually from a starting pistol for races, which the young men had been playing with. Despite the atrocity of the killings, none of the officers involved were

convicted. The riots took 43 lives and injured over 1,000 people. War, racism, terrorism – Kathryn Bigelow seems very much at ease portraying the darker side of humanity. However, a look back at her filmography shows that she is an all-round whiz at action-based films. Take Point Break (1991), the thrilling surf/crime flick starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze (Bigelow worked alongside James Cameron on this exciting film). As Time notes, the director appears to have “a complicated relationship” with her protagonists, in that she seemed to be rooting for ‘the bad guys’ (Swayze’s ultra-charismatic ‘surf chief’ character and his friends). Bigelow answers, “I wanted to dispense with all the movie tropes: the clean through-line, the idea of the hero.” She would once again turn our idea of the American hero on its head in K-19: The Widowmaker, a must-see film about the tragedy that befalls the Russian crew of a ballistic missile nuclear submarine. The crew stops a thermonuclear event from occurring close to the coast of a NATO base. She recalls that when she was pitching the film, executives demanded to know who the good guys were (convinced that the heroes were American). In fact, the heroes were the Russian crew, many of whom gave up their lives to stop a major disaster. The film sees Harrison Ford give one of his very best performances. Another early gem is Near Dark (1987): a vampire flick set in the American West. The hero is once more placed in a bind when he is turned into a vampire against his

will and is forced to choose between his family and his vampire clan. And again, the audience finds itself rooting for the vampires, rather than humanity. Always, the heroes in Bigelow’s work are placed in a difficult situation, which they embrace with the kind of courage that is, quite simply, uncommon in the average man or woman. It makes one wonder about the director’s upbringing, which was, seemingly, relatively normal. Her mother was a librarian and her father, a manager at a paint factory. Bigelow notes that her interest in the arts can be traced to her father, a failed cartoonist who always dreamed of making a living through his art. She actually studied painting in San Francisco and New York before changing her focus to art. “My movement from painting to film was a very conscious one. Whereas painting is a more rarefied art form, with a limited audience, I recognised film as this extraordinary social tool that could reach tremendous numbers of people,” she told People. Bigelow will most likely be remembered, not only as an elite director in the genre of action, but also as an artist who has taken on difficult, muddled, messy topics with no right or wrong, no good or bad guys. A keen humanist, she seems to ask us, in her most challenging films, to inquire of ourselves why we do the things we do. Sometimes, she seems to say, we cannot help ourselves; we are drawn to our darker side like a moth to a flame – as addicted to what we fear, as an elite soldier is to war. e


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Brian Travers is perhaps best known for being a composer, saxophonist and founding member of worldfamous pop reggae band, UB40 (the band which has sold over 20 million albums), but he has been a visual artist since his early childhood. Until August 6, you can catch his thought-provoking paintings and sculptures at the Hotel H10 Andalucía Plaza. We bring you an exclusive interview with the great artist and humanist that is Brian Travers. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS YOU ARE MAINLY KNOWN FOR YOUR WORK WITH UB40, A BAND YOU CONTINUE TO TOUR WITH TODAY WORLDWIDE. WHEN DID YOUR INTEREST IN ART COMMENCE? At the age of 11 at art school in Birmingham. We actually formed our band while studying, since funnily enough, music was the one art we weren’t taught at school. We thought it would be a great way to meet girls and hang out. I had always painted but I used to just give my paintings away for charity; I didn’t want to make a bit deal of it, it was just something I had to do… Around four years ago a studio asked me to do a show; it went well and since then I have exhibited around 20 times. WHAT ARTISTS WOULD YOU SAY HAVE INFLUENCED YOU? Pablo Picasso is my favourite artist. HAVE YOU MANAGED TO VISIT THE PICASSO MUSEUM IN MÁLAGA OR THE PLAZA DE LA MERCED? I hardly ever manage to get to know the cities we visit. We have been touring for 38 years yet spend most of our time in hotel rooms and backstage, seeing city sights from the back of a taxi (he laughs). I do own a couple of Picasso’s though! WHAT ARTISTIC STYLES DO YOU FAVOUR? Abstract art, because it exists purely to provoke thought; unlike figurative art, it makes you think of things you had not thought of previously. Picasso was a master of that. Music is the most abstract of all art forms; you can’t see or touch it but you can feel it. With abstract art, every viewer takes something different away. The artist’s message can be received or lost by the viewer but it doesn’t

matter; not everyone has to understand a piece in the same way. WHAT IS THE ARTISTIC PROCESS LIKE FOR YOU? Every day is a school day; you never feel accomplished. Picasso once said that he just wanted to get back to how he felt when he was five years old and he drew a picture for his mum. I feel very blessed to be able to make art. Time can be an issue, since we are playing and touring full-time. WHEN DO YOU PAINT? Between tours. We are so busy when we’re on the road that when I’m back home I feel restless. WHAT COMPELS YOU TO CREATE? Art is very cathartic; it rids you of demons and through a painting or sculpture, you can express things you cannot through music. Very few of us express ourselves eloquently enough to be truly understood by others. I’m not sure if my music or art is any good; all I know is that it makes me feel accomplished. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT? I continue to paint, and am also working on sculpture. These days, glass is the new concrete; there aren’t any walls you can hang art on sometimes, so I started creating sculpture. I’m interested in the architecture of nature, and skeletons of humans and animals. Primates are so similar to humans yet so different. I also like sculpting skulls of extinct animals like the sabretooth tiger, in materials such as gold, chrome or silver. I sometimes make light sculptures, which interact with the sunlight, darkness, and electric light. I like art that can change and metamorphosis.

I want to fit in as many things as I can into this tiny life. Art and music never hurt anybody. HAVE YOU BEEN TO MARBELLA BEFORE? Yes, I exhibited my work here two months ago at a lovely villa. My current exhibition at the Hotel H10 Andalucía Plaza was set up by Dunja and Elena from ArtMoves. The exhibition will have mainly paintings as well as a few sculptures. One painting is a 5 x 2.5metre canvas called Ladies Day, which expresses the power of female sexuality. HAVE YOU EVER PAINTED CELEBRITIES? I have painted just a handful; I don’t paint them because they are celebrities, but rather because they are all people who have had a powerful personal effect on me – people like Pele, Muhammad Ali, or David Bowie, whom I painted when he died. ANY NEW PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE MUSICALLY? Yes, we’re working on a new album and are touring throughout the summer. We played in Valencia, Cartagena, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, and Madrid. I am always happy to be in Spain – after all, it’s the capital of the art world. g For further information on Brian Travers’ Art, call Dunja or Elena on Tel: 629 087 246/609 354 870.

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ou may have noticed that after years of strict minimalism, colour is back. What’s more, this summer it is back with a bang, allowing us to celebrate the beauty of uplifting, joyous tones with full abandon against a background of floral motifs. There’s a touch of sixties/seventies nostalgia in there too, but the trend captures the desire to surround ourselves with beauty, and when better to do this than during the bright, lively summer months? Textures, patterns and organic shapes play a

role too in this happy rebellion where creativity is given free reign and design once again serves the purpose of making people feel good – as well as creating quality décor and furniture pieces that are comfortable and practical. The philosophy at Roche Bobois has always been to produce items that add value and beauty to your home or even work environment, be it indoors or out in the open air, and nowhere is it more evident than in the Summer 2017 Collection.

Functional outdoor tables • A touch of retro elegance in the Tournicoti dining chairs • Escapade sofas offer playful style ideal for indoor/outdoor living areas


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For those who love style, sophisticated design and beautiful materials, every seasonal collection of Roche Bobois is a joyous occasion to look forward to – and the Summer Collection of 2017 is a classic in its own right. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ROCHE BOBOIS

Brighten your living spaces with this season’s colourful floral tones


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CREATING BEAUTIFUL FORMS We enjoy the look, feel and ambience produced by beautifully designed pieces but we don’t always understand the creative path that leads to them. As a company that has always espoused pure design in harmony with functionality, Roche Bobois has been a pioneer in bringing together international talent and giving it the freedom to create. The only brief is to be inspired and produce items that are a pleasure to behold, unique, beautifully made and skilfully conceived, for Roche Bobois is a true design company and therefore much more than a maker of luxury furniture and decorative pieces. As a result, its designers – both inhouse originators and their often-famous collaborators from around the world – are known for producing forms and shapes that are not only eye-catching but also avant-garde and not infrequently the birth of a modern classic. For this year’s summer collection, the elements – or should I say ingredients – include an evolution of the celebrated Legend collection, a melting pot of current and nostalgic trends interwoven into a new interpretation and continuity in using art, culture and nature as sources of inspiration. The master overseeing this process and working in close collaboration with the Roche Bobois design teams is none other than world-famous architect, Jean Nouvel. The stunning Palis furniture piece blends retro and modern elements • The Mucidule Cocktail tables add a fun, ephemeral element to your home • The classic forms of the Consonance fauteuil • Chaise Longue Solaris provides exquisite comfort and style in sumptuous black or white leather


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WORKING WITH JEAN NOUVEL Nouvel, one of the leading architects of his generation, has a towering list of famous buildings to his name across the world, but he is also no stranger to industrial and furniture design, having created collections of this kind before. He is by no means the first celebrity designer to have worked with Roche Bobois – others include flamboyant fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier – but in Jean Nouvel the brand has a true ‘starchitect’ partner. “I had wanted to work with an architect on a furniture collection for a while,” says Collections Director, Nicolas Roche. “I wanted to see how a person who is used to working with materials and volumes reacts to questions of typologies and functions for objects that are felt.” Indeed, while buildings are three-dimensional functional creations, the furniture and décor we place within and around them form the tactile, comfortable environment that dresses built structures and turns them into the domains we live and work in. Before setting out to design the collection, Nouvel carefully considered how his creations would blend in with the style tradition and existing collections of

the renowned decorative brand. “I tried to imagine how to be a part of the eclectic universe of Roche Bobois, how I could incorporate my pieces into that world, how they would fit. I noticed many lacquered pieces of furniture, which is one of the constants of the collections. I love lacquers and mirrors, because they make it possible to tilt space into other dimensions… I’d already started to use Daquacryl, the astonishing, resistant lacquer used at Roche Bobois, for personal projects, because I like the plasticity of the material. This is how the collection was born.” Jean Nouvel’s minimalist approach combined with the brief to be creative has produced a collection that remains true to the universal design dictum that form should follow function, but here it serves to provide some sense of structure in the pursuit of forms that are fun, uplifting and, of course, superbly stylish. The result is a Summer 2017 Collection that is vibrant, joyous, organically inspired and yet also refined and functional. Above all, it is true to the Roche Bobois philosophy of producing creative, unique pieces that add personality and beauty to a home.

The striking modern forms and tones of the Globo series • Hexagone: Inject your home with vibrant colours • A design classic, the Dolphin chair


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Out with minimalism, in with colour and style

BRING ON THE SUMMER "At Roche Bobois, we like to surprise. So we’ve introduced some unexpected characteristics for 2017 – we’re going off the beaten path,” says Nicolas Roche. “Working with Jean Nouvel is new of course. But we are also introducing creations that are original but not obtrusive, unique but not too bizarre. When you play with greens or different finishes, nothing should be too overpowering, nothing should clash. We keep a sense of softness and playfulness in our pieces, using both graphic and visual aspects.” The bright, fresh colours of the collection invite one to celebrate the summer, reflecting the vivaciousness of the sky, pool and sea blues, and surrounding greenery with tones that lift your spirits and add lustre to your summer setting. They’re all about this time of year, so that you almost hear the splashing of water and feel the gentle stroke of the sun as you step on the Hexagone carpet with its captivating blue motifs. The Wishbone Rocking Chair builds on the Asian Traveller collection to offer outdoor comfort and style, while the outdoors come into the lounge with the elegant colours and flower designs of the Escapade range.

Bringing the rocking chair into the 21st century


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Itineraire: Gorgeous colour tones work well with modern interiors

Perfect for Marbella homes with large windows that capture panoramic vistas and allow natural sunlight to flood in, Escapade is the personification of summer comfort and style. The Organic-Chic ‘mushroom tables’ add a sweet touch as they appear to hover near a sofa or chaise longue. Also featuring a touch of charming retro-modern style is the Consonance Chair, whose shell-inspired shape once again hints at organic inspiration. Taken together, they form the basis of a delightfully light and playful summer interior, but have also been designed to complement existing collections of Roche Bobois pieces or indeed blend into an eclectic décor.

The superbly comfortable Bubble Sofa is ideal for bedrooms and enclosed terraces, offering just the spot in which to be languidly lazy in the best of style. Today’s trend of retroinspired design classics is also present in the collection, and indeed, there’s a nod to the early modern Scandinavian design classics upon which such a famous reputation was built. The Aster Table and Tournicoti Dining Chair add refined sophistication to any room, while the Layers Side Table is both attractive and ingenious, and the Solaris and Dolphin lounge chairs are collectibles in your home. Infuse colour into your abode with the Itineraire Sofa and Globo cupboard set, or

add some mystery with the Palis Sideboard. Retro-inspired design and colour come together in the Profile sofas to set the tone for a rejuvenation of interior design that encourages you to bring some much-needed zest back into your home. The new 2017 Roche Bobois Summer Collection gives you the means to spice up your existing décor or infuse a modern home with tastefully combined tones and forms that will put a smile on your face while adding panache to your interior design.



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Fabien Fryns was just 17 years old when his life’s calling appeared to him in the form of a large drawing by Jean-Michel Basquiat – one of his first acquisitions and the start of what would be a lifetime obsession with art. From 1995 to 2004, he ran one of Marbella’s best galleries – Fabien Fryns Fine Art, yet were it for his family (who owned the famed Grutman Carpets) he may very well have ended up running the family business. His schooling certainly prepared him for the entrepreneurial life; from the ages of 14 to 18 he attended the prestigious Le Rosey boarding school, where he met friends who continue to play a role in his life today. After that, he completed a History of Art course at Christie’s London and an MBA. It would all stand him in good stead, though what moved his heart and soul, was always art – in particular (for the past decade or so) contemporary Chinese art. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF FABIEN FRYNS AND THE ARTISTS


t his gallery at the Marbella Club Hotel, Fabien exhibited artists the like of David LaChapelle, David Bailey and Robert Mapplethorpe. However, it was while participating at the ARCO fair in Madrid in 2000 that he would first be struck by a work of Chinese art – in this case a photo series by Zhang Huan – “a very strong piece,” says Fabien, “entitled Family Tree.” Today, it is without doubt the most iconic and sought after Chinese Contemporary photography and the series has been exhibited in numerous museums including the Metropolitain in NY. This interest eventually led Fabien to take part in the first Contemporary Art Fair of Beijing entitled CIGE, alongside a colleague from New York, in 2004. Since then, he has called Beijing home. “I immediately felt the immense energy of the art scene in Beijing,” he recalls, “there was a surge forward that reached its climax in 2012 when my close friend Zeng Fanzhi’s

Last Supper sold for the record price of USD$23.3M. The development of the art scene and market that took place from 2004 to 2017 is equivalent to around 50 years in the West in terms of advancement.” Fabien has seen many fascinating developments in China. He was in Beijing on August 8, 2008 (08/08/2008) at 8pm when the Olympics were officially launched. Since that time, the market has changed considerably. “Until 2012, 95 per cent of art buyers of Chinese art were westerners. They would arrive by the busload to my gallery in Beijing,” he recalls. “The size and speed at which the interest in Chinese art grew is something I had never seen anywhere else, and it is unlikely I will see it again in my lifetime. Patrons of prestigious museums such as the Tate or the Guggenheim began purchasing highly prized Chinese art.” Moreover, says Fabien, “In a relatively short space of time, three foreign collectors – Uli Sigg, Guy Ullens and

Sylvain Levy – amassed sizeable collections of Chinese art.” Since the financial crisis, the market has changed somewhat. “There has been a huge upsurge in national interest, with institutes the calibre of the Yuz and Long Museums representing part of Shanghai’s plan to develop into a cultural capital. There are more serious art collectors in China too; in 2015, billionaire Liu Yiqian (who owns the Long Museum) purchased a Modigliani for a record US $170 million.” Fabien is thrilled to finally bring a bit of this excitement to Marbella. Currently on a semi-holiday in Marbella with his wife Lucy, he is working on various projects. “My aim is to serve as a bridge between the East and West,” he says, “and to share my passion for art.” He did just this most recently, by connecting one of China’s most lauded artists, Jia Aili, with the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (CAC). Jia Aili is a fascinating human being,

one that zealously protects his art, which he does not like to part with – he is notorious for not wanting to sell any of his works and yet signed with Gagosian Gallery last June. When asked why he refuses to sell his work, he answers, “They are not yet finished.” There are a handful of lucky collectors who have a few of his pieces – including Christie’s and Gucci owner, François Pinault, arguably the world’s foremost collector of contemporary art. The cooperation with the CAC resulted in Jia Aili’s most important museum show in Europe to date, showcasing some 28 paintings. Moreover, the artist spent two weeks on the Costa and absolutely loved it! Fabien is delighted with Málaga’s Mayor, whom he says is completely in tune with the importance of art and culture: “High-end art generates high-quality tourism,” he notes. “Something we also need in Marbella.” This summer, Fabien organises the following exhibitions in Marbella:


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Reflections / The Mosque Cathedral of Cordoba, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 100 cm, 2017 Reflections / Alhambra Palace, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 100 cm, 2017


FABIEN FRYNS @ THE CHAPEL (ENDED ON JULY 23) The first was by Lu Xinjian, the first artist to take up residency at Fabien Fryns @ The Chapel – a 19th-century chapel in Alcuzcuz, the Andalusian finca which used to be the private residence of Don Jaime Parladé in the skirts of the Ronda mountain range, just below La Zagaleta. Lu Xinjian, who lives in Shanghai, made a selection of the best-known areas in the south of Spain, including Marbella, Málaga, Sevilla, Córdoba and Granada. For his first solo exhibition in Spain, he was inspired to create works from his latest series: Reflections, and City DNA (the latter capture’s the city’s essence form a bird’s eye point of view). For the City DNA series, says Fabien, “Lu Xinjian researches the layout of a city on Google Earth and uses this as the basis of his work, which he imbues with his language of line, form and colour drawn from personal experience.” His representations of Marbella and Málaga have been completed in the City DNA style. The Reflections series, meanwhile, keeps its focus on urban forms, seeing tranquility through the reflective and meditative qualities of water. The other five works on show depict Córdoba’s Mezquita, Sevilla’s Baths of Doña María de Padilla and Plaza de España, Granada’s La Alhambra and Marbella’s Puerto Banús.

City DNA / Marbella, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 140 cm, 2017

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The Grand View Garden, oil on canvas, 180 x 150 cm, 2017

Dream of the Red Chamber, oil on canvas, 180 x 150 cm, 2017

Forbidden City, oil on canvas, 180 x 150 cm, 2017


AT FABIEN FRYNS’ POP-UP GALLERY AT THE PUENTE ROMANO BEACH RESORT & SPA (AUGUST 8-22) This artist creates hyper realistic portraits in oil on canvas, mostly of Chinese women, combining traditional and contemporary elements. Fabien recalls that when he exhibited the artist’s work in his gallery in Los Angeles, “the shows were always packed and sold out. Ling Jian completes only around 12 paintings a year (since they are painted with such great detail) and his work is in very high demand.” Ling Jian’s paintings integrate overt sexuality in relation to his use of sentimentality and technique. There appears a cynical urge to represent sexuality as a cover or means to conceal political concerns, thus creating a kind of bifurcated layering in his highly charged images of young, scantily dressed Chinese women. The seductive appearances of these images is necessary in order to deter the political.


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“Falling Ancient Birds in the Forbidden City”, oil on canvas, 190 x 130 cm, 2017 (Detail)


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The Skin of Truth, oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, 2017

The Skin of Truth, oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, 2017 The Skin of Truth, oil on canvas, 120 x 160 cm, 2017


(FABIEN FRYNS @ THE CHAPEL, JULY 28 TO AUGUST 8) Zhang Ji is one of Fabien’s recent discoveries – Fabien first met him when visiting one of the art districts in Beijing, where budding and established artists alike have their studios. Zhang Ji uses a unique painting tool – a syringe – instead of a brush, recreating decorative parts of mosques, synagogues or churches to life. “He wishes to honour the anonymous workmen who created marvels such as El Alhambra,” says Fabien, adding, “When Zhang Ji visited Andalucía last year, he took thousands of photographs of ancient architectural wonders. His aim is to recreate a part of these sacred buildings so that people can contemplate them in their own homes, ie a contemporary setting. Each painting contains around four layers of oil paint and takes around two or three months to make, and six months to dry.”

The Skin of Truth, oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, 2017


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(FABIEN FRYNS @ THE CHAPEL, AUGUST 24 – SEPTEMBER 10) Another recent discovery is an artist who uses dust, one thing China does not lack for! The radical and blind process of modernisation, the destruction of the environment, and the trampling on of people by the system... these are all reflected in the metaphor of dust. One day Zhang Zhenyu noticed the dust dancing in the sunlight indoors, and he was entranced by the beauty and emptiness of the dance and the tension in its contradiction. He began considering the possibility of using dust as a medium. After a period of experimentation, he created a method – he would use a brush to collect dust and mix the dust with glue to make a thin film-like layer. He made layer upon layer, “more than 30-40 layers, sometimes over 100,” so the end result was a thick texture and volume. The changing colors of the dust were apparent; the layers could be seen in the edges of the work. The finished works express a minimalist abstraction and the aesthetic elements were simplified and omitted. They remained only in the subconscious. Audiences are confronted with only a smooth and dark mirrored surface. e

Untitled, polished dust on canvas, 100 cm diameter, 2017


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It will soon be time to put your bikinis away and start building a stylish autumn/winter wardrobe. We suggest these designs by Guess. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS


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MICELLAR RWATER evolution Micellar water may be all the rage among beauty bloggers and YouTubers, yet this amazing, affordable product has actually existed for decades, first gaining popularity in Paris, when a scarce supply of water led families to seek alternatives to keep their skin clean. The answer was a solution that contained water and microscopic oil molecules called micelles, which trap dirt and oil yet do not dry out skin, in contrast to soapbased cleansing products. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS


icellar water offers a deeper cleanse than standard products; if you don’t believe me, take this simple test: cleanse your face with a make-up wipe, then dab a bit of micellar water onto a cotton wipe and swipe across the face. Without a doubt, you will find residue of makeup products – dirt that can lead to the formation of spots when left on the face too long. Micellar water does not have to be rinsed off; in fact, doing so can deprive it of its moisturising


Z SENSIBIO H2O BY BIODERMA: This product is arguably the most famous of all, since it has been around for ages and is a big seller in Paris. Z REAL FLOWER CLEANSING WATER ROSE BY NEOGEN: This

effects. It is also gentle enough to be used all over the face – including the eyelids. When you use micellar water for the first time, you will most likely be amazed by its power to remove even tough make-up products (including water-proof mascara) and its simultaneous gentleness. The product is often hailed as a Godsend by women with dry patches on their skin. Daily application can cause these patches to disappear, and skin tone to even out. To this day,

bottle takes your expectations up a notch, with a look that is totally unique. Flower petals float and swirl within the bottle, which also contains rose petal extracts. Z MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER BY GARNIER: Good old Garnier has done it once again – created a product that is affordable yet efficient. This blend promises to remove make-

micellar water is commonly used in France, since tap water can contain chemicals which dry skin out. You must have occasionally noted white stains around your faucet – this same residue adheres to your skin when you wash it. Moreover, tap water does not respect the pH balance of skin, which is why replacing it with micellar water to clean the face is a good idea. Indeed, experts recommend that after a shower, spritzing the skin with micellar water is an excellent way to

keep pH levels at a healthy level. Because of its oil content, micellar water is particularly indicated for dry or sensitive skin. If you have oily or combination skin, you may still have to use a targeted cleanser and duo. However, you can still use micellar water as a make-up remover prior to your cleansing routine. Also, bear in mind that micellar water does not replace your daily moisturiser. Use it as part of your skin routine; not as a substitute.

up, cleanse and soothe skin… and it certainly delivers. Z SKIN PERFECTION 3 IN 1 PURIFYING MICELLAR SOLUTION BY L’OREAL: This is another drugstore product that cleanses and tones skin and unclogs pores. Z EAU THERMALE BY AVÈNE: A swish product containing thermal water from the company’s own springs.


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If you love the tanned look but you’re scared of the damage the sun’s rays can cause, try these luxurious self-tanning products, which are gentle and easy to apply yet as natural looking as the real thing.

1 – ALL OVER BRONZING GEL BY BOBBI BROWN: A fast-drying gel for the face and body which results in a golden-brown tan. 2 – DIOR BRONZE SELF-TANNING CREME NATURAL GLOW: This easy-to-apply product smells wonderful, dries easily and produces a sexy shade of bronze. Ideal for those after a medium tan. 3 – ST TROPEZ LUXE DRY OIL: This beautiful product moisturises your skin slightly, drying down quickly to a medium tan which will last you up to five days.


4 – CLARINS SELF TANNING INSTANT GEL: This lightweight, non-oily formula can be used on both the face and body. It is instantly absorbed and imparts a natural tan within a couple of hours. 5 – CLINIQUE SELF SUN: A body tint lotion which bestows an elegant shimmer and a light/medium hued tan. 6 – THE FACE AND BODY GRADUAL TAN BY LA MER: When it comes to the ultimate in skincare products, it’s got to be La Mer. This gentle cream glides on smoothly, is very delicate on skin and produces a stunning glow.







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Whenever I’m asked what my favourite fruit is, I always answer “None,” until my mind conjures up a plump, sweet, juicy blueberry. Even I, an avid avoider of fruit, cannot resist its delicious taste and texture, whether consumed as is, mixed up with ice-cream or blended with juice. Blueberries don’t just make the perfect snack, smoothie or side, they are also one of the world’s healthiest fruits. These are just a few of the recent discoveries on their plentiful health beenfits. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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BLUEBERRIES! Z BLUEBERRIES MAY HELP REDUCE BLOOD PRESSURE AND ARTERIAL STIFFNESS: High blood pressure and stiff arteries are associated with cardiovascular disease. To stave off these conditions, just one cup of blueberries a day will do, according to scientists at Florida State University (FSA). Sarah Johnson, postdoctoral fellow at FSA, noted, “Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Once women go through menopause, this puts them at an even greater risk for it. Our findings suggest that the addition of a single food, blueberries, to the diet may mitigate the negative cardiovascular effects that often occur as a result of menopause.” Johnson’s research was undertaken on around 50 postmenopausal women with pre- and stage-one hypertension. Those who consumed 22 grams of freeze-dried blueberry powder (equivalent to about a cup of fresh blueberries) had a decrease in systolic blood pressure.

Their nitric oxide levels also rose, which is important considering that this blood biomarker is involved in the widening of arterial vessels. Z BLUEBERRIES MAY HELP STAVE OFF OBESITY: Research carried out on laboratory mice at the Texas Women’s University found that blueberry polyphenols can play an important role in fighting the development of fat cells and inducing lipolysis (the breakdown of fat). Blueberries are also low-cal, making them an ideal fruit for those wishing to reduce or maintain weight. Z BLUEBERRIES CAN HELP PROTECT YOUR VISION: Age-related macular degeneration is the primary cause of blindness and loss of vision in the elderly and the disease is related to free radicals. Antioxidants supply free radicals with the electron they miss, thereby balancing cells. Blueberries are one of the most potent sources of antioxidants in existence, pulverising free radicals and helping improve and protect vision.

Z BLUEBERRIES MAY ENHANCE MENTAL HEALTH: Scientists from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology carried out studies, finding that the consumption of blueberries could help reduce the genetic and biochemical drivers linked to depression, and stave off suicidal thoughts linked to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The studies showed that a diet rich in blueberries can increase levels of SKA2 – a gene that is expressed at abnormally low levels in those with suicidal tendencies. Z BLUEBERRIES COULD HELP PREVENT DEMENTIA: New research shared at the recent 251st National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical society, revealed that blueberries can help improve cognitive function and memory in the elderly. The research, involving experimentation on almost 50 adults with mild cognitive impairment, found that freeze-dried blueberry powder, taken for 16 weeks, significantly

improved brain function and cognitive performance. Another recent study carried out at the University of Exeter showed that healthy people aged 65 to 77 who consumed concentrated blueberry juice daily showed improvements in blood flow to the brain, cognitive function and brain activation while undertaking cognitive tests. Z BLUEBERRIES CAN HELP FIGHT GUM DISEASE AND REDUCE THE NEED FOR ANTIBIOTICS: Many people have some form of gum inflammation or gingivitis; when the situation is severe, gums become swollen and painful and bleed. Dentists typically prescribe antibiotics for the disease, yet a study by the American Chemical Society has shown that the polyphenols in blueberries can fight off the main species of bacteria associated with gum disease. The researchers are currently working on an oral device that releases the natural extract after a deep cleaning, to help heal disease. e


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A recent study carried out by researchers at the University of Adelaide and published in The New England Journal of Medicine, has shown that a century-old technique, which involves flushing a woman’s fallopian tubes with an iodised poppy seed oil, can significantly improve fertility. The study involved flushing the fallopian tubes with either an oil- or water-based solution. Some 1,119 women took part in the study – rates of successful pregnancy were significantly higher in the oil than the water group, after only one treatment. The researchers are positive that the treatment will offer new hope to couples who previously had no alternative to IVF.


Instant noodles are loved by almost everyone: they are easy to make, delicious and practical, yet a recent study by researchers at Harvard University suggest they may be more detrimental to our health than we think. The study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, showed that this food may increase the likelihood of heart disease and stroke. The culprit seems to be a petroleum by-product used to preserve processed foods, called tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ). The researchers noted that instant ramen could also possibly increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, owing to the food’s high sodium and glycaemic content, and its saturated fat content.



The Arrhythmia Unit at the Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella is proud to announce that it has implanted the first wireless pacemaker at the Hospital. Very few centres in Spain have begun using this device, which is a veritable revolution in terms of safety and quality of life for patients. The device is completely wireless and miniature in size. Dr. José Luis Peña Hernández, cardiologist at the Hospital, noted: “The device (called Micra), manufactured by Medtronic, boasts a volume of under 1cc; that is 10 times smaller than a conventional pacemaker. It is placed directly in the heart and it does away with the need for electrodes.” The device is implanted venously through the leg, with the help of a catheter, which permits placement in a precise spot in the right ventricle.


MUSIC AND STATISTICAL LEARNING ARE LINKED Learning piano, the flute or the violin is not just for those with a natural gift for music; indeed, it can bestow unsuspected benefits on learning, according to a new study carried out at Macquarie University. The study revealed that children who had private music lessons for at least a year and a half, had a significant advantage when it came to statistical learning and understanding the patterns that exist in their environment. Lead author of the study, neuroscientist Pragati Mandikal Vasuki, noted that this enhances a child’s ability at various subjects – including language learning and reading. Her findings suggest that music can potentially be used to help children with specific learning impairments. 140 / AUGUST 2017 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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Oriental medicine and therapies are increasingly being embraced by members of the Western medical community, their choice being based on numerous findings indicating that practices such as Tai Chi, meditation and yoga, have long-term benefits ranging from the quelling of pain, to the reduction of anxiety, depression and negative ADHD-related behaviours. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is currently considered useful for treating so many conditions, including obesity, diabetes and associated complications such as retinopathy, Parkinson’s, digestive issues, heart disease, high cholesterol, arthritis, fertility problems, sinusitis and more. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS


e recently reported in our Health News section that the Vithas Xanit International Hospital in Benalmádena had launched a TCM unit, offering practices such as acupuncture to patients in need. TCM actually covers just about everything from nutrition to herbal medication – indeed, it is an entire system that has been relied upon for over 2,000 years. These are just a few of the most popular TCM treatments gaining ground in the West:

Z ACUPUNCTURE: This is one of TCM’s most useful treatments, so much so that it is covered by many private health insurance companies and is endorsed overseas by institutions the calibre of the United States National Institutes of Health. It works by stimulating specific ‘acupoints’ via insertion of fine needles into the skin. Sometimes, pressure, heat or electrical stimulation is used to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment. Acupuncture helps release blocked energy (or qi) in the body, in order to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. At a typical session, after asking questions about your health, your therapist will usually examine your tongue, take your pulse and perform

other physical examinations. They will then ask you to lie down on a treatment bed and insert the fine needles into your skin for around half an hour. The needles are so fine that they don’t hurt, so don’t let you fear hold you back from this treatment. Some of the conditions acupuncture has been proven (in randomised studies) to be useful for, include depression, neck, knee and lower back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, sprain, stroke, headache, hypertension and hypotension, renal colic, postoperative pain, etc. Z ACUPRESSURE: This treatment works on similar principles as acupuncture, but instead of needles, it involves the use of deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate specific points in the body. As is the case with acupuncture, its aim is to cure any imbalances between yin and yang, and to allow qi to flow freely. Pressure points include the gallbladder, large intestine, liver, pericardium, spleen and stomach. They are stimulated to deal with a number of illnesses and conditions, including headaches, neck pain, high blood pressure, insomnia, urological and pelvic disorders, and fatigue and stress. Z MOXIBUSTION: Once again, the goal with this therapy is to restore balance to the body – in this case,

through the use of therapeutic heat. The therapy involves heating moxa ‘wool’, and placing it over acupoints. As the wool heats the skin beneath it, it helps sluggish qi to flow. Moxibustion is often used to free cold (yin) stagnation. Common conditions treated with this therapy include poor immunity, joint pain and arthritis, depression, low blood sugar, digestive issues and hyperthyroidism. Z EXERCISE: In our health section, we have written various times about yoga: a millenary therapy that is currently used with patients receiving radiotherapy, with those who are depressed, have eating orders and/ or anxiety, and those suffering from lower back pain or headaches. Tai Chi is also known as a powerful stress hormone (cortisol) buster. Z HERBAL MEDICINE: TCM practitioners use various herbs – there are thousands of them, and an even greater number of blends used to treat various conditions. Herbs are given in various forms, including powder, decoction (teas),

pill form, syrups and liniments (the latter includes plasters and salves for application on the skin). Z NUTRITION: TCM classifies us into body types; questions they seek to answer include, Do we run hot or cold? Do we tend to be constipated or not? Are we overweight or underweight? TCM practitioners carry out a tongue and pulse inspection and ask various questions to suggest particular foods based on your patterns. For instance, someone with high blood pressure may be told to drink fresh celery and tomato juice in the morning; those with intestinal inflammation, meanwhile, may be told to avoid milk. Z TUI NA MASSAGE: This therapy uses rhythmic compression techniques along different energy channels; it relies on specific hand techniques, often employed in combination with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. The procedures used include kneading, tapping, rolling, pressing and shaking. e

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MICHAEL BOLTON PLAYS THE PUENTE ROMANO BEACH RESORT & SPA International superstar and soulful rock legend Michael Bolton and his incredible band will be performing for the first time ever in Marbella on August 10, at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. This multiple Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and dedicated social activist has sold more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide, including How Am I Supposed to Live Without You and When a Man Loves a Woman. i For


15TH ANNIVERSARY OF DEBRA’S BUTTERFLY CHILDREN GOLF & BALL Butterfly skin charity, DEBRA, will be holding the Butterfly Children Golf & Ball for the 15th year in a row. The event will feature a golf tournament on Saturday, September 16 at the Aloha Golf Club. Featuring a stableford individual competition, picnic and €10.000 of prizes (with an early bird special price of €80 until August 31 and a price of €85 after this date). The following day, on Sunday, September 17, a ball will take place on the breathtaking terrace of the Aloha Golf Club Restaurant. Savour a delicious three-course dinner with wine and be captivated by the soulful voice of Mr Maph and Simone Lisa’s music and the charm of compere and singer Ricky Lavazza. Enjoy all of this for the early bird special price of €60 (until August 31, and the price of €65 after this date). i For bookings,


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IDEAL JOYEROS OFFICIAL DISTRIBUTOR OF CHOPARD IN PUERTO BANÚS Ideal Joyeros in Puerto Banús is now the official distributor of Chopard – one of the world’s most prestigious high-end watchmaking firms. Lovers of precision and excellence in watchmaking will find a wide range of watches for men (Mille Miglia) and women (Happy Diamonds) as well as special pieces from the L’Heure Du Diamant collection. The Ideal Group has a long history of collaborating with the Chopard brand in its Canary Islands stores. The two companies highly prize tradition and family values, so that working together and ensuring that every little detail is perfect, comes naturally. Chopard is a Swiss jewellery and watchmaking company founded in 1860. The company’s pieces are usually present in important red carpet events around the world. g Tel: 952 907 010.

ANDY WARHOL 30TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION AT THE MARBELLA CLUB HOTEL El Patio at the Marbella Club Hotel, is currently hosting the exhibition Andy Warhol 30th Anniversary. At the event launch, members of the press, friends and guests were greeted by Julian Cabanillas (Director of the Marbella Club Hotel), Mercedes Duerinckx (founder of the Art Wanson Gallery) and Alejandro Carazo (exhistoriographer of the Picasso Museum and author of the exhibition catalogue). Guests enjoyed a fascinating explanation of the ethos behind each work; it is fascinating to think that despite being one of the world’s most prized artists, Warhol believed that art should be for everybody – therefore, it should as far as possible be capable of duplication. i


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SECOND MARBELLA MEETING FOR PLASTIC AND AESTHETIC SURGEONS DOUBLES ATTENDANCE Marbella’s assets proved a big draw for plastic and aesthetic surgeons, attracting 110 specialists from around the world to attend the second edition of the Marbella International Plastic Surgery Summer School (MIPSS). The number is more than double the amount of delegates that attended last year. The medical meeting, organised by Ocean Clinic Marbella, mixes high-level knowledge sharing with a vibrant social programme. The event took place at the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel, with live surgeries broadcasted into the auditorium from Ocean Clinic’s in-house operating theatre. Ocean Clinic Medical Director, Dr. Kai Kaye, says: “We have been blown away by the success of the summer school, which, after one year, has doubled in size and attracted participants from over 20 countries. Some travelled from as far away as America. The meeting was endorsed by five separate professional associations, including the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, which is testament to the elevated scientific level of the education.” The event featured 35 lectures from an international panel of speakers representing more than 10 countries, and three live surgeries. Topics included new concepts in facial rejuvenation, body contouring, breast augmentation, reconstructive and transgender surgery. Afterwards, those attending enjoyed a poolside drinks reception and gala dinner and partied away at Pangea Club. MIPSS 2018 will take place from June 21 to 23. g For further information

DR. PANNO OPENS NEW HAIR TRANSPLANT CLINIC IN PUERTO BANÚS Dr Panno recently inaugurated his make new hair transplant clinic in a privileged location and with state-of-the-art facilities. The centre exclusively specialises in hair loss medicine and hair transplant on the Costa del Sol. Whether you need to diagnose a hair problem, find a treatment or have a hair transplant, Dr. Panno's Clinic is can be of help. Modern facilities, cutting-edge equipment and a highly qualified English speaking team make a difference in hair transplant, bringing clients the best possible care and treatment. With internationally recognised surgical experience and more than six prestigious awards to his name, Dr. Panno has 15 years of experience and numerous positive testimonials from patients who have undergone hair transplant surgery. The focus is on increasing density and providing naturalness, impeccable front lines and a fantastic design that will last a lifetime. g Opening hours: 10am to 8pm Monday to Friday. C/ Azahar,

Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. To request a complimentary appointment, Tel: 952 586 286.

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SECOND STAGE OF ROLEX GOLF TROPHY 2017 AT FINCA CORTESIN Finca Cortesin Golf Club was a fitting setting for the second phase of the Rolex Golf Trophy. The event was one of 10 phases, which will be taking place along Spain’s most emblematic golf courses. The final competition will take place on November 4 at Real Club Valderrama and will see champions in the handicap and scratch categories vying for the grand prize: the chance to take part in one of the Majors, sponsored by Rolex. i

VILLA PADIERNA PRESENTS WORLD PADDLE TOUR COSTA DEL SOL The Villa Padierna Racquet Club heralded the new season with a PRO-AM presentation of the World Paddle Tour Costa del Sol championship event. The event paid homage to Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, who built the first paddle tennis court in Spain in the 1970s, introducing this fun, easy sport to those who arrived as summer tourists. Ricardo Arranz, President of Villa Padierna Hotels & Resorts, noted, “We hope to consolidate the sport of paddle on the Coast. We should remember that it was the Prince who started the ball rolling.” i

SPECSAVERS OPTICAS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT THE DEAF AND BLIND Specsavers Opticas have announced that they will be supporting the Once Foundation for the Deaf-Blind (La Fundación ONCE para la Atención de Personas con Sordoceguera - FOAPS) over the next six months. They will be offering free comprehensive eye tests at all eight of their opticians and asking patients to donate €1 to FOAPS after their test until the end of the year. All funds raised will be donated to FOAPS, to fund interpreters who are crucial to allow deaf-blind people to lead a full life and communicate. This is part of FOAPS’ 10 year anniversary campaign to raise awareness of the issues that deaf-blind people face and boost funding so they can help more of these vulnerable people who are totally isolated without their help. i For further information,


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BRIAN TRAVERS TALK AND EXHIBITION AT THE H10 ANDALUCÍA PLAZA UB40 musician, composer and artist, Brian Travers, delighted guests at the recent cocktail event, where his stunning contemporary art was exhibited. The event was organised by Dunja and Elena of ArtMoves, who represent Travers on the Coast. The artist spoke honestly and openly about his career as a musician and his great love for art. On exhibit were sculptures and paintings, ranging from abstract to figurative work featuring Muhammad Ali. g For further information, contact Dunja or Elena on Tel: 629 087 246/

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FROZEN COCKTAILS HIT THE COAST A big hit with Ibiza´s clubbing scene and other famed chill-out zones, check out the world’s first sugarfree alcoholic product. Available in four funky flavours: Moquito, Strawberry Daiquiri, Gin & Tonic and Bloody Mary, Blazing Sorbets have patented a production process that actually freezes alcohol. They are blended with natural ingredients, so you can taste and enjoy the texture of the fruit, and they don’t contain preservatives. Cool down in the heat with a frozen fruity delight this summer, at select venues on the Coast. i



Whether you are thinking of retiring to Spain, buying a holiday home for you and your family, or looking to invest in Spanish property, you need to ensure you are well informed. There is no shortage of buyer's guides offered by estate agents here in Spain, but many are based on other guides and often contain erroneous and outdated information. Raquel Pérez, Managing Director of Perez Legal Group, has created a comprehensive 40-page guide to buying a property in Spain legally which can be downloaded free of charge. This informative guide tells you everything you need to know about buying a Spanish property, including the costs, legal requirements, applicable taxes, and much more. i

GALA AT NIKKI BEACH TO STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING Marianne Steneholm, Claudia Kempe and Henny and Alex Corker hosted a red carpet gala at Nikki beach Marbella that raised approximately €35.000 in favour of Maiti Nepal, to stop human trafficking of children and young women. Nearly 200 guests enjoyed a fantastic evening with dinner and entertainment along with an impressive charity auction, featuring items such as Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt, signed by him, and Chelsea player, Diego Costa´s shirt, signed by the entire team, a year’s supply of underwear from Boux Avenue lingerie with a future line designed and named after one lucky girl, along with car and race track days, facelifts, a luxury holiday in Thailand, and art by Belgian maestro, Hannes D´Haese. The event was hosted by actor Nick Moran (Harry Potter and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and former Crystal Palace football club owner Simon Jordan, while the auction was hosted by Marco Dalli. Guests also enjoyed an outstanding live performance by UK singer Rozalla and top cover live band, Payback.

PAT AND LIONEL, 25 YEARS VOLUNTEERING FOR CUDECA Volunteers, Pat and Lionel Fidler, have decided to retire as volunteers at Cudeca’s charity shop in Fuengirola after almost 25 years as Day Team leaders for two mornings every week, although they will continue to collaborate as tin collection volunteers. When Pat and Lionel first contacted Joan Hunt early in 1993, the first hospice shop was open for two mornings each week. With their help openings were extended to four mornings, and following the great success of the venture and with the aid of many more volunteers, it was soon possible to open for six mornings. On their last day at the shop, Pat and Lionel were presented with a certificate in recognition of their loyal support, as well as flowers and special greetings from their two teams. i


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MARÍA BRAVO AND EVA LONGORIA HOST GLOBAL GIFT GALA María Bravo and Eva Longoria once again hosted the Global Gift Gala, which took place at Finca Besaya. The Gala, held yearly to help those in need, also aids Casa Global Gift: a multi-functional centre for children with rare or chronic illness. After the main gala, philanthropists met once again at La Fiesta Continúa at The Teatro Marbella, an event featuring food, live performances by Eduardo Engonga and Lorena Calero, dance and much more. i

Spence Clarke recently held its annual Charity Golf Day, which this year benefits Aldeas Infantiles SOS based in Málaga – a charity dedicated to aiding vulnerable children and youths. The event attracted numerous golfers and guests and featured fabulous raffle prizes, an auction and a fun Texas Scramble (teams of four) game, as well as a delicious Southern Indian themed lunch. A total of over €9.000 was raised on the day. The yearly event is open to all golfers and friends who wish to help raise funds for a worthy cause. i

SAFE SEA: SOLAR PROTECTION THAT KEEPS JELLYFISH AT BAY! Safe Sea is a wonderful range of sunscreens featuring SPF 50 protection against the sun and a further protection against jellyfish stings. The entire range is considered ‘very water resistant', with products maintaining their effectiveness against jellyfish for over 80 minutes in the water. They also contain Vitamins B and E, which have an added anti-ageing, anti-stress effect. The range contains cream and spray-on items for kids, adults and athletes. Available at local pharmacies across the Coast. i

BRONZZZANO SUN CLUB LAUNCHES IN ESTEPONA Bronzzzano is a brand new club whose recent launch attracted over 300 guests. The Club promises a combined offering of quality cuisine, good music and a great view. At the launch event, guests tucked into delicious fare, comprising Mediterranean/fusion delights. Bronzzzano’s menu includes fish, seafood, meat, pasta, sushi, rice and salad dishes. The Club is available for events and parties so speak to the friendly events and PR team if you have an important soirée to prepare. g Tel: 951 562 681.

ES.ARTE GALLERY LAUNCHES IN MARBELLA Es.Arte is a brand new gallery selling international contemporary art. The gallery features photographs and paintings by various artists, whose styles range from figurative through to abstract, minimalist, expressionist or urban style. Colin Smith, Isidro Tascón, Johan Wahlstrom, Rebecca Massey, Sergio Padilla, Fausto Fernández, Alejandro Don, Verónica Mar and Marife Núñez and many more will feature in upcoming shows. Es.Arte Gallery aims to be a meeting point for those interested in art and hopes to offer collectors fantastic works that inspire. i For further information, 150 / AUGUST 2017 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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DM PROPERTIES PRESENTS 2017 EDITION OF HIGHLIGHTS, THE MARBELLA PROPERTY MAGAZINE Dm Properties/Knight Frank is pleased to announce that the 2017 edition of Highlights, the Marbella property and lifestyle magazine, has just been released. Featuring a selection of some of the finest properties for sale in and around Marbella, including sought-after areas such as the Golden Mile, Sierra Blanca, La Zagaleta, Puerto Banús, Nueva Andalucía and up and coming locations within Benahavís and Estepona, the magazine also includes the company’s latest Real Estate Market Report, offering a detailed insight into Marbella and its property market. i

MARBELLA LIVING LAUNCHES THREE NEW WEBSITES Marbella Living has launched three new websites. The first,, boasts a clean and modern design, improved menu functionality and is compatible with all devices. As a result, you will be directed to the most relevant information on the latest properties and blog posts about things happening in and around Marbella. The second,, is centred on popular Golden Mile urbanisation, La Trinidad, and the third,, is all about Golden Mile beachside townhouse urbanisation, Marbellamar. All sites are as beautiful to look at as they are intuitive.


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The previous article focused on determining if you are a resident or not for tax purposes, a key question that if answered incorrectly may have major negative economic consequences. As a non-resident, this article will focus on the main taxes you’ll be subject to in Spain. WORDS CRISTINA FALKENBERG


s a general rule, non-residents will pay tax for any income arising in the country, though different rules apply depending on the source. If you carry out business in Spain, the treatment will be different depending on whether you have offices or a production centre here — called an establecimiento permanente or EP — or you don’t. If you have an EP, you’ll be paying taxes in Spain for your worldwide income obtained via your Spanish EP. Payments to the parent company in the form of interest, commissions, royalties, technical assistance contracts and the like are not deductible expenses. In exchange, you may benefit from the allowances, amortisations and tax rates set out in the general Corporate Tax Law. When transferring profits from your Spanish EP to a parent company there is an additional 19 per cent tax, not applicable when such transfers are made to a natural person, with the exception of residents in tax havens. Should you do business in Spain without an EP, you’ll be taxed at the

general rate of 19 per cent if EU, Norway or Iceland resident and at 24 per cent otherwise. Tax is applied on your gross profits, though if obtained after January 1, 2015, expenses directly related to the business may be deducted. If your income is from work carried out in Spain as a nonresident, you’ll be taxed at the rates of 19 per cent or 24 per cent, with no expenses deductible. If the work was physically carried out in the country, or paid by the Spanish administration even if carried out elsewhere, you will be subject to tax in Spain. If your source of income is a pension derived from work done in Spain or paid by a Spanish resident, you will have to pay tax here. Should there be a Tax Agreement with your country, it will normally state that if the pension comes from a private source it will be taxed in your country of residence; if the payer is public, it will normally be taxed at source. The tax rate is 8 per cent for pensions of up to €12.000 per annum; 30 per cent on the next €6.700 and 40 per cent thereafter.

Should you be a director in a Spanish resident company, your income will be taxed in Spain at the 19 per cent or 24 per cent rates. In the case of income from dividends, interest and royalty, major exemptions apply if you are an EU resident. There is no withholding tax on interest earned on bank accounts, government bonds and bills and dividends up to €1.500; or paid to the parent company when resident in another EU member state. Royalties paid to other EU resident companies are tax exempt as well. If none of these or other exemptions apply, the rates are again the stated 19 per cent for EU, Iceland and Norway residents or 24 per cent otherwise. In the case of real estate, you’ll be paying income on any rent earned at the rates as above. The costs you may deduct should the 19 per cent rate apply are all necessary expenses, such as taxes, community fees and any repairs required to maintain the current value of your property, but not any improvements. You may also deduct a 3 per cent

annual amortisation, of the value of the construction, as per its cadastral value or the one on your title deed, whichever is higher). If however the 24 per cent rate applies to you, there are in principle no deductible costs. Should a non-resident person own urban (not rustic) property in Spain, they will be paying a presumed rent of 1.1 per cent on the cadastral value (or 2 per cent if it was revised over ten years ago), with no expenses deductible. From 1st January 2105, capital gains on property are calculated as the sales price minus the purchase one, taxes and expenses included, but not the cost of any interest paid. The convenient factors which would bring your purchase price up-todate no longer apply. However, if you bought your property before 31st December 1994, certain exemptions apply. Also, if your property in Spain was your usual place of residence and the proceeds of the sale are invested in your new permanent home, should you be a resident in the EU, no capital gains apply on the sums reinvested. e


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NVOGA recently invited clients and members of the press to a lovely paella lunch, to officially launch two new projects: Vanian Green Village and Oasis 17. Vanian Green is located on Estepona’s New Golden Mile and features a fine selection of two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments and penthouses. Oasis 17, meanwhile, also located on the New Golden Mile (close to La Resina Golf Club), comprises 17 modern villas boasting a stunning design, quality materials and spacious living areas designed for the Mediterranean lifestyle. i

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EL CHIRINGUITO COMES TO THE PUENTE ROMANO BEACH RESORT & SPA The Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa recently celebrated the opening of well-established Ibiza brand, El Chiringuito, in Marbella. Featuring classic El Chiringuito dishes from a menu rated by French chef, Jèrome Palayer – including lobster risotto, seared tuna fresh from the wood fire grill, sea bass cooked in sea salt crust or Nebraska entrecôte, El Chiringuito´s goal is to serve honest, great-tasting food in a warm, soft & loving environment. i

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Top real estate firm, FM Consulting, recently celebrate is 27th anniversary with a lively party at Finca la Concepción. The founders of the company and staff presented three new projects: Las Terrazas de Cortesin Seaviews, Mirador de Estepona Golf, and Cortijo del Golf Resort. They were joined by clients, investors, colleagues, providers, public figures and members of the press during the elegant event, which celebrated FM’s commitment to setting a new standard in the industry.  i

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Gone are the days when Málaga was a sleepy seaside resort in which the Mediterranean played starring and supporting roles. The city has become a bustling cultural and gastronomic haven but also a place where commerce is conceived and put into action. We highlight just a few developments that have made Málaga a standard bearer for coastal cities seeking to offer the perfect blend of business and pleasure… WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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Málaga’s port used to be one of the city’s least attractive features from a tourism perspective, yet today, it is a cultural, gastronomic and shopping nucleus, thanks to Muelle Uno (which houses an array of shops, parking spaces, restaurants and the Pompidou Pop-Up Museum) and Muelle Dos, (where luxury cruises dock while passengers enjoy the beauty of the old historic town, a short walk away from the Port itself). Muelle Uno is a popular spot for trendy urbanites, who dine beneath the stars at restaurants serving everything from Indian and Thai cuisine to Michelin-starred dishes or juicy Argentinean steaks. Some of the coolest spots they frequent include El Palmeral Restaurant & Cocktail Bar (a great place for seafood and cocktails), Kaleido (featuring live music concerts) and La Tagliatelle (serving authentic Italian cuisine). Muelle Dos, meanwhile, was seriously jazzed up with the Palmeral de las Sopresas: a walkway flanked by 408 palm trees and various plants – a veritable verdant paradise. Close by is the new Ferris Wheel – lovely and romantic by night and offering stunning views of the city.

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The Vialia Málaga-María Zambrano train station has totally changed the face of the Perchel area of Málaga, with highspeed AVE trains embarking on a daily basis, making a trip to Madrid or further afield a matter of mere hours. The station blends in perfectly with the rest of the shopping centre, home to just about every top-selling fashion and home ware store that you could think of. Vialia also has a cinema and various restaurants, located on the top floor. One thing frequent travellers really appreciate is the

parking; previously, most had to catch a taxi to the train station, which is located in one of Málaga’s most populated areas. Plans are underway to extend the AVE to the airport, which is great news for tourists who currently have limited options for travel between these busy hubs. A railway line from Málaga to Marbella is also being considered; without a doubt, quality transport connecting the province’s most important businesses would do plenty to foster employment and competition. A new route between the city centre and the Andalusian Technology Park is also under review, owing to the vast number of employees working here. The new Metro, set to make travelling within the capital city of Málaga quicker and easier, is another interesting development; construction may be making it more difficult for drivers to get around, yet by the beginning of 2020, works are expected to be finalised. This is good news as the wait has been long, meanwhile total expense, originally budgeted at €403 million, has catapulted to approximately €870 million.

High-speed trains make a trip to Seville or Madrid quick and easy


Much work has been carried out over the years to improve the standard of Málaga’s 16 beaches. La Caleta, for instance, one of the most central, now boasts soft sand instead of rock; lighting has been set up along the Coast, nine new Kids’ play areas (as well as various sports and rehabilitation areas) have been built, and various chiringuitos and bars opened.


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Málaga is small enough to visit all of its major museums in a couple of days. The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Contemporary Art Centre), built where a bustling wholesale market used to stand, has hosted fascinating exhibitions by artists the calibre of Ron Mueck and Louise Bourgeois. Recently, the Mark Ryden

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exhibition was visited by no less than 102,800 persons, though the record holder was the Sorolla exhibition, which garnered 161,220 visits. Another fantastic museum is the Museo Picasso de Málaga, featuring an important permanent collection of the famous cubist’s work, as well as temporary exhibitions. The

pop-up Pompidou Centre at Muelle Uno is fast becoming one of the most important art nuclei in the city, with groundbreaking contemporary works as well as priceless paintings by artists such as Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon and Marc Chagall. Additional museums of interest include the Glass

and Crystal Museum, the Automobile Museum of Málaga and the Carmen Thyssen Musem. The latter contains a sizeable collection ceded by Baroness Carmen Thyssen, comprising mainly works by Spanish masters of the 19th century, including Francisco de Zurbarán, Francisco Iturrino and Julio Romero de Torres.


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A WORLD STANDARD AIRPORT Some €1.7 million were invested in the new Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport. The airport now boasts three different terminals, which together take up over 250,000m2 of space. The changes have enabled it to receive up to 30 million travellers a year, many of whom can avail of a direct train line which connects Terminal Three to the Renfe Cercanías station. The opening of a second runway means that up to 65 take-offs/landings can take place every hour. For passengers, the ease of the Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport appeals; thankfully, they don’t have to walk extensively, as is the case with the Madrid-Barajas or Barcelona-El Prat airports, where the new buildings are located at a significant distance from the old ones. In Málaga, the new terminal’s proximity to existing structures required great care to be taken during the construction phase, owing to possible effects on the airport’s operations.

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A MODERN HISTORICAL CENTRE The conversion of Málaga’s most iconic, central street (Calle Larios) into a pedestrian zone, has raised its appeal for visitors and locals alike. The street now forms a beautiful backdrop to various annual traditions, such as the yearly lighting of the Christmas décor, set to the sound of music. There is always something going on at Calle Larios – concerts at the Plaza de la Constitución, performance art, gastronomic festivals and more. The city centre is also home to a wealth of both elegant and affordable shops. Calle Larios is a must at Christmas time, when finding a unique, perfect present for a loved one is on the agenda. The street branches out into many other iconic streets and alleyways, where hidden gems such as the Chinitas tapas bar can be found. For tapas and drinks in a traditional Andalusian setting, El Pimpi tapas bar cannot be beaten and is now surrounded by a wealth of new outdoor bars and restaurants. Stroll up Calle Granada and you will soon arrive at the Plaza de la Merced – Picasso’s birthplace, where über trendy restaurants and cocktail bars make for a great night out on the town. Take your pick from vegetarian cuisine, right through to Italian, tapas or salads. If dancing is your thing, just walk downward towards the centre again and take your pick from nightclubs playing modern, traditional and Latino music. Just adjacent to the Plaza is a gastronomic hub called the Mercado Merced, featuring a host of international cuisine ‘stands’. Hop from one to another and take an array of small or larger dishes with you to your table. The Mercado is the typical stop prior to visiting the Teatro Cervantes, a haven for culture vultures who enjoy everything from opera to ballet, comedy and children’s theatre.

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INDUSTRY AND THE PARQUE TECNOLÓGICO DE ANDALUCÍA The origins of the Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía (Andalusian Technology Park) can be traced back to 1988, when the Andalusian Council (Junta de Andalucía) contracted Japanese firm, Technova, to analyse the viability of constructing a technology park that would stimulate industry in the region of Andalucía. The firm deemed Málaga the best city to build in, and by the end of 1988, the Council and the Málaga Town Hall had signed an agreement to commence construction. In December 1992, the Andalusian Technology Park was officially launched. The Park serves as a nucleus of technology in the south of Spain, a point from which scientific and technological knowledge is generated, top quality service and industrial activity promoted, experimentation carried out, and technological service

structures established. Training for businesses and institutions is also provided in this dynamic new industrial zone. Today, the Andalusian Technology Park is home to various international companies, including Huawei, Ericsson, Oracle Corporation, TDK, and Accenture, to name but a few. In 2015, it was a hub in which 16,774 workers, sharing their insight and passion for technology in a total of 626 companies, generating over €1.6 million. Businesses operating at the Park hail from various fields, including ICT, electronics and telecommunications. The Park is also home to the private school, MIT, officially recognised by the Junta de Andalucía as fully bilingual in English. The school offers Chinese

language learning (from the age of three), German (from Year One in Primary School), French (optional from Year 1 of ESO) and Russian (an extra-curricular subject). MIT is also an official examination centre for the Han Ban Chinese exams (the YCT and HKS exams, set up by the Chinese Ministry of Education to promote Chinese learning). The Andalusian Technology Park

A relaxing water feature at the Andalusian Technology Park


Málaga has always been a technologically savvy city. With a large population of school and university students, it offers various cutting edge entertainment options, including virtual reality arcades with the very latest technology (i.e. HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets) and top rated games. There are numerous VR arcades, such as VRFun, though the closest to Marbella, called Holo VR, is located in the Plaza Mayor shopping arcade. The arcade offers various categories of games – including Action, Shooting, Sports and Exploration. Prices range from €7 for a 10-minute game to €25 for a full hour session. Booking in advance is required. Also relatively new to Málaga are so-called ‘escape rooms’. The game, played with friends and family, involves discovering and figuring out a number of clues and puzzles to enable you to unlock yourself from a small room within 60 minutes. The game sharpens skills such as teamwork, observation, intuition, logic and audacity and usually involves between two and five players. There are various companies offering their own set of escapist experiences, including Parapark Málaga Escape Room and The X Door Málaga. Closer to Marbella is the Enigma Room Escape Exit Games in Fuengirola – the centre offers a beginners’ game called The Water of Life (the aim is to find an ancient monk’s miraculous elixir to escape from the room, before the monk returns) and an advanced game called Two Sisters (players have to search a home belonging to two sisters, to discover whether or not they are leading a double life). If these nouvelle ways of spending time don’t appeal, you can always go traditional, catching an opera or ballet performance at the Teatro Cervantes, enjoying a film at the Vialia shopping centre, or shopping for unique designer items in Málaga’s Old Town. e


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r!) e m m u S e h t (E specially The Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is firmly entrenched at the pinnacle of a select list of resorts catered to discerning families and couples visiting the Coast. With its stunning gardens, renowned gastronomic offerings and heavenly spa, it is also the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a fantastic meal or wellness experience. In the summer, the Hotel takes the fun factor up a notch, with a host of events and occasions that turn it into a vibrant meeting point for those who like to celebrate life by the sea. These are just six reasons why you should visit the Marbella Club in Summer 2017. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE MARBELLA CLUB HOTEL 1 – PARTY THE NIGHT AWAY: The Marbella Club always makes the most of every season, with events lined up throughout the year. Summer 2017 kicked off with a huge bonfire party on the beach in June, to celebrate San Juan. Also open for the season is El Patio: featuring a host of themed parties, one of which is organised by Hubertus de Hohenlohe, son of the founder of the iconic hotel. Events this summer include the inauguration of El Patio and the Studio 54 New York tribute (which took place on July 9), the Legendary Party on August 11, the Made in Spain party on August 18, 80s Fever on August 25, Famous Faces on September 1 and the Closing Party, taking place on September 3. 2 – DINE IN STYLE: As usual, summer takes the dining scene outdoors, in particular to the following venues: Z MC Beach: a frontline beach club hosting Sunset Parties, which commence 172 / AUGUST 2017 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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around the end of July – contact the Hotel for precise details. Z Summer Bar: an inviting bar-terrace with a warm atmosphere and live musical performances – an ideal spot for great conversation before or after dinner. Z Terraza de El Grill: the ultimate romantic candle-lit al fresco restaurant, where you can dine under the stars amid elegant gardens, with music emanating from the Summer Bar. 3 – SOAK UP THE ART AND CULTURE: From July 3 to September 6, a colourful exhibition paying homage to Andy Warhol (a collaboration with Art Wanson) can be viewed. The Hotel will also be hosting an historic exhibition of never-before-released photographs of the Marbella Club, whose protagonists will be visiting on specific days to sign their respective photos. Limited edition prints will be available for purchase.

4 – SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP: In the summer, the Hotel is known to feature new pop-up stores on its premises. This year, the honour goes to ByRory and L Í nde Le Palais, a stunning high-end designer brand of apparel and accessories. 5 – THE SPA: Wellness is a core value at the Marbella Club, with complete two, four and seven-day Lifestyle Programmes based on four pillars that guide the entire Wellness offering: Mindset, Nutrition, Movement and Sleep. Guests can also enjoy a lengthy list of Spa Treatments, including the SleepInducing Ritual, ideal for those leading a hectic and noisy lifestyle. Utilising soft brushes, bespoke Tranquility Sound methods and a unique blend of essential oils, you will be gently guided far from the effects of jet-lag. Nutrition is also key at the Marbella Club. Choose from an array of programmes or even healthy

meal choices in all of their restaurants, created by acclaimed nutritionist, Amanda Hamilton. The Hotel additionally offers various holistic and fitness activities, including sea walking, interval training and hiking. Additionally, you can take your pick from a number of wellbeing packages, including To Detox, to Destress, To Celebrate, To invigorate and To Nurture. 6 – THE KIDS CLUB: Quite simply one of the most impressively designed children’s play areas on the Coast. Ensconced in the middle of a verdant area where centenary-old pines soar into the heavens, it boasts stunning wooden flooring, an open-air theatre, colourful gardens, a kitchen where little hands can whip up delicious foods such as pizza, and an Aroma Room, where youngsters can create soap bombs, personalised perfume, glittery candles and much more!

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Mau Mau Party LatinVibes & Beats


The Legendary Party II Hosted by Julián Porras


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TAI PAN chinese cuisine polynesian bar

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

SUKHOTHAI Exquisite Royal Thai Cuisine

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The Rhythm of Life Resounds at


Ocean Club Marbella has always been the ultimate place to savour the pure joy that takes over the Coast in the summertime. The beachfront club has that unique blend of friendly service, top quality cuisine and wine, and an impressive ambience that makes everyone feel like they have found their own slice of heaven – while chilled-out gourmets enjoy an excellent meal at the restaurant, the party and sporty bods gather poolside, working on their tan atop pristine white circular sun beds. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN


cean Club is not one to rest on its laurels though – the management team is young, savvy and on the ball; they travel frequently and visit top establishments all over the world, picking up inspiration and identifying new trends in the industry. Thus, they do not shy away from necessary changes – and this year, their penchant for innovation is more palpable than ever. Life, music and fantastic food were on the agenda on my last visit to Ocean Club. My companions and I could sense a new vibration this year. As we sipped on a beautifully fragrant glass of Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio, we eyed the latest menu, crafted by talented new Chef, Andreas Nygren, who previously manned the kitchens at prestigious cruise lines, Seabourn and Silverseas. Andreas, whose cuisine bears influences from the Middle East, India, Japan, Northern Europe and many more traditions, has hit the spot with the menu, 70 per cent of which now comprises completely new dishes. There truly is something

for savvy diners from all over the world – indeed, on the day of our visit, it was refreshing to hear a plethora of languages being spoken – everything from French to English, Flemish and Arabic. If you plan on visiting Ocean Club, I definitely suggest perusing the menu online beforehand – you will be quite spoiled for choice, so it pays to take your time before making your selection. You will find a wide range of meat, fish, sushi/sashimi and tartare dishes, as well as unexpected entries such as the Alaska king crab tartare with golden caviar – which several of us chose for our starter. The fresh crab, jazzed up with horseradish, dill, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise, made for a moreish, creamy spread that went perfectly with the homemade crispy flatbread. The rest of my companions went for various varieties of sushi, including the ‘kamikaze uramaki’ roll (an harmonious blend of tuna, asparagus, avocado and spicy karashi); the California roll (with lovely King crab meat, complemented by

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cool cucumber, avocado and tobio); and the Anaconda roll (a hearty choice featuring tempura prawns, asparagus, avocado, salmon and spicy Japanese chilli, to name just a few ingredients). The portions were generous indeed; sharing the starters was a joy for the palate, the beautiful flavours and textures definitely whetting our appetites for the exciting mains. We oohed and aahed as the beautifully presented mains began to arrive – grand portions of fried calamari with sweet paprika and garlic, complemented with a suave Sambal sauce; ‘Asian style’ tenderloin served with chili, cashew nuts, cilantro and a smooth red pepper marmalade; ‘Middle East’ beef and lamb kebabs, with a mint and pomegranate yoghurt, grilled peppers, spiced chickpeas and pita bread (a true flavour explosion); a grilled salmon salad (alongside plump pieces of fresh mango, cashews, baby spinach, radish and ginger); and finally, the tandoori chicken (ideal for those with a hearty appetite, this dish comprises two generously-sized chicken tandoori skewers, served with

homemade mango chutney, raita, and a to-die-for naan. If you like naan, and you haven’t tried the Chef’s naan – it’s like loving race cars and never having driven a Ferrari. As you can imagine, we had little room in our contented bellies for desert, but a couple of us ‘made an effort’. We shared two heavenly delights: the lemon curd meringue (delicate and sweet) and the crepes, served with hazelnuts, chocolate sauce and vanilla ice-cream. Many of us contemplated the perfect day beyond the fun activities going on – guaranteed by a super fit group of acrobatic performers, who jumped, somersaulted and twisted in the air, to the sound of groovy music. In the sea, a stunning yacht had dropped its anchor, and undoubtedly, its passengers had decided to spend the day at Ocean Club – it was a fitting choice. I can’t imagine that any discerning traveller would be able to resist a great day and fantastic food at what is fittingly one of Marbella’s most emblematic seaside establishments.


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Classic Finca Cortesin, but by the Sea


If you are familiar with Finca Cortesin you’ll know there’s a very good reason to be excited about its beachside venue. Not just another beach club, it offers understated style, charm and select service along with fine dining by the sea. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN AND COURTESY OF FINCA CORTESIN


he Finca Cortesin hotel, resort and golf club have all established themselves as being among the very best in their fields in all of Spain. This is built on the style and quality of the architecture, décor and amenities, the excellence of the service and some of the finest dining options on the Costa del Sol. The result is that the hotel is the destination of choice for discerning guests from Europe, North America and Asia, and has come to enjoy the prestige attached to a five-star deluxe resort. This concept has also been extended to the seashore between Estepona and Sotogrande, where the style, standards and service that have made Finca Cortesin renowned can be enjoyed right by the beach. Though easy to get to it is a rather secluded spot, which perfectly suits the laid-back chic ambience of Finca Cortesin and allows the beach club to exude a refined atmosphere where you can truly relax while being pampered.


Expect no resident DJ pumping out techno sounds here or rowdy teenagers click-clacking to and fro with an oversized cocktail in their hands. This is a sophisticated yet welcoming beachside venue where the understated chic of the gorgeous pool and restaurant area are designed around refined tastes and offering people a chance to experience a touch of beachside idyll. For those with busy schedules it’s the ideal place to disconnect and succumb to a state of relaxing indulgence. The two main ingredients at the Finca Cortesin Beach Club are quality and the sea. All the rest flows from them, so that you sense a serene ambience the moment you walk through the door and see an open panorama of Mediterranean Sea before you. To the right is the long, sleek pool deck, to the left the shaded restaurant area and bar, with sun beds and wide-open sea views before you. I’ve said it before, but the beach club is a study in understated style,

and anyone who has dined at one of Finca Cortesin’s excellent restaurants will know what to expect – and be rightly excited. The menu, as you would anticipate in a location such as this, focuses on classic Spanish and Mediterranean dishes, but there is also inspiration from other parts of the world, as in the case of the delicious ceviche. In keeping with the setting there are no excessive frills, just quality and the sea, so we allowed ourselves to be guided by the Mediterranean and chose green bean salad with Ventrusca tuna and grilled zucchini. Also testament to the fact that simple food can be a delight is the Tomate a Gusto… an offering of beautiful fresh tomatoes from Cortesin’s own organic source that is served with a variety of finishing touches such as olive oil, salt flakes, black garlic and Cantabrian anchovies. To start we were offered a cocktail – not just a non-alcoholic one but in fact a health drink in gorgeous disguise. The pretty rosy-red berry

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cocktail contains anti-oxidants in the form of blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and pomegranate, while the golden yellow tropical version with ginger, lemon, mint, mango and honey is possible even tastier. Then followed a seaside treat of large Galician clams Al Ajillo with Albariño sauce, accompanied by salted Lubina sea bass which is prepared and plated for you in classic style at the table. The clam sauce was just right and the soft, almost sweet fish was a delight. Washed down with a glass of refreshing Albariño wine, as you gaze out to sea, an al fresco meal like this is a moment to savour. The restaurant also offers a good choice of drinks, fruit and desserts with which to extend the experience, and the ‘Chocolate as the First Time’ with a raspberry coulis lived up to its name with its fresh, dark chocolate sensation. If you enjoy the kind of quality Finca Cortesin is wellknown for and you are drawn to the beachside, then this is a restaurant experience not to be missed.


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Reservations Tel: 951 77 87 97 Muelle de honor s/n, Edificio del Mar, Puerto Banús, Marbella. Complimentary parking for two hours in Playas del Duque

A Unique Restaurant!

Avda. Duque de Ahumada, 9 Marbella Tel: 952 008 822 C.C. Odeon, L 9-10, C/ Las Yedras (Next to SuperCor), Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel: 952 003 434

Tel: +34 952 92 95 78 Calderón de la Barca s/n, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella

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A Paradise for Meat Lovers After the success of the original Asador Vovem in Nueva Andalucía, the new restaurant on Marbella’s Paseo Marítimo has every potential to follow suit. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN


n a short period of time the name Vovem has become synonymous in Marbella with meat, as the original restaurant of the brand in Nueva Andalucía introduced diners to an impressive choice of quality meats from across the country, continent and indeed from around the world. Vovem has since become known for offering meat lovers the finest cuts of prime calibre meat, accompanied by a good selection of wines both Spanish and international. Situated close to the Marbella marina area, Vovem stands out for its slick contemporary style, though here it comes not in the form of white minimalism but has a distinctly earthy look with a strong nod to the cattle ranches that inspire its main ingredient, beef. So it is solid wood, stone and metal that set the tone, backed by a very attractive bar. Designed this way, it is a welcoming venue in the winter and summer, when

the doors slide open to merge with the terrace and beach views.


A restaurant that has made its name on the quality of its meat raises high expectations, but these are met by sourcing the finest cuts of meat and preparing them with love and skill — this is the speciality of chef Enzo Díaz Villanueva. In addition to the quality, it is also the range of options that impresses, meaning that you can choose from Angus black veal, Friesian and Holstein beef to Mertolenga ox, Charolais veal, Limousin beef and Simmental varieties. There’s also premium American, Galician and Chilean beef to choose from, as well as richly marbled Japanese Wagyu. On our recent visit, we sipped on a fantastic Toro tinto, VATAN, made by wine master himself, Jorge Ordóñez. The connoisseur will know what he or she is looking for, but those not

as familiar with the different varieties and cuts – which include Porterhouse, roast rack of ribs, fillet steaks, Rib-eye steaks and also prime hamburgers – can ask the waiters for advice. They will also happily match your choice with a good wine, and not surprisingly this is usually a red, as with the Pago de los Capellanes Crianza that we enjoyed with our succulent steaks. A good point is that you can also match the steak to your appetite, and it reaches all the way up to an impressive man-sized hunger. Naturally there is also a choice of vegetables, potatoes and sauces and condiments to make your steak to measure, but it is important to note out that Vovem offers more than beef alone. First of all there are other meats: free range chicken, various types of tartar and also a small selection of fish fresh from the market.

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Vovem also offers traditional rice and pasta dishes, as well as a firstclass range of entradas and tapas that make it an excellent option for a drink and light meal. The starters and sharing options include spicy chistorra sausages, gazpacho with lobster, Boletus carpaccio with foie shavings, Wagyu beef carpaccio with vanilla salt and parmesan, ecological asparagus from Navarra, oxtail croquettes, free range cod and potato omelette, and of course jamón. The dessert menu, too, is varied and tempting, including millefeuille puff pastry with pistachios and almonds, cream pancakes with Cointreau and chocolate coulant with mango ice cream. We tried the latter and it was an explosion of taste. For those who love good quality meat, Vovem now offers a stylish venue right where it’s at – on Marbella’s Paseo Marítimo.


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CLARO! Beach Club at Laguna Village:

Seaside Dining with a Belgian Flair


aguna Village, on the Estepona seafront, has become a popular meeting point for friends and family owing to its unique combination of shopping, relaxation and gastronomic offerings. The recently opened Claro! Beach club, however, has added a new and, many would argue, crucial element to the Village: the Belgian touch, bestowed by its owners, including the lovely Florence (who is the face, as well as the arms and legs of the restaurant – she hops from table to table attending to diners and bringing them loftily stacked Belgian burgers and fries as well as more sophisticated tartares and ceviches). Florence’s passion for her new restaurant, ensconced in the opposite end to the entrance of the Village and graced with a scenic waterfall and tiny ‘lake’, is palpable. The young entrepreneur worked for two years in the marketing department of one of Marbella’s swishest beach clubs and she has put all she learned to good use, but also given her restaurant a personal touch, with dishes that reflect the international tastes of diners in Marbella. The menu promises a fusion of traditional recipes jazzed up with Oriental ingredients – always a


winning combination at a beachfront restaurant. Fish and seafood play a starring role, as is evident from the number of different tartares and ceviches on offer. Health buffs will find their perfect match with the wide range of salads, which include a tempting trilogy of citrus quinoa with tuna tataki, a New Orleans salad with marinated chicken and a refreshing tomato and mozzarella di bufala salad, doused in homemade pesto. The range of seafood and fish dishes is impressive, and includes lobster, carabinero shrimps, Huelva white prawns, salt crusted Thai sea bass, calamari and other tempting choices. Meat lovers, fear not; you too will be spoiled for choice, with temptations comprising the 45-day-aged beef entrecôte, tenderloin, tartare and more. The Chef, José Manuel Sánchez Cárdenas from Seville and his team, echo Florence’s vision for offering top quality, catch-of-the-day fish and market fresh produce, cooked traditionally and respectfully, often bearing a slight Asian influence – be it through herbs such as cilantro or the citrusy flavour of lime. Claro! is divided into two areas: a seaside zone where you can tuck into your meal while burying your

g CC Laguna Village, A-7, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 873.

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feet in the soft sand, and a more sophisticated wooden-decked dining area – where cream hued furniture, teaked roof structures and tranquil water features make for a beautiful yet laidback ambience. We chose the latter, beneath the welcoming shade, since good conversation and wine (we sipped on a refreshing Muga rose from Rioja, perfect on a hot summer’s day) were in order. My dining companion and I were tempted by various items on the menu, so we decided to share everything – a good choice, since we wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on all the different flavours. Our starters included the salmon tartare (super fresh and plump, served over fresh avocado cubes, boasting lovely citrusy flavours) and a special of the day – the scallop ceviche – a unique way indeed of serving this delight – sliced into fine slivers, served with roasted pepper and bathed in lime juice and tiny slices of red onion. As we watched platters of hamburgers with Belgian fries whiz past our table on the way to the beach, our mains arrived – one was a special of the day – an Almadraba red tuna ‘tarantella’ (a fatty cut that makes for ultra tender bites) – topped with gourmet sea salt that brought out

the unique flavour of this revered fish. We also enjoyed a must-order dish at Claro!: the grilled calamari with Korean kimchi and citrus vinaigrette – deeply orange in colour, tender to the bite and boasting the characteristic spice of this Korean staple. The portions were generous and while it is true that we barely had room for dessert, this is a Belgian owned beach club, and it would have been a sin not to try the chocolate coulant – its rich, gooey darkness hit the spot and was complemented beautifully by a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. We also tried the cheesecake – served with strawberry ice-cream and shaved chocolate – a perfect sweet end to a lovely meal by the sea. Of course, it didn’t all end there. We were delighted when the barman Xavier (also Belgian) brought us a cool finale – a cucumber infused gin fizz topped with airy eggwhite and pink pepper. We left the restaurant quite late, as is to be expected – few days quite merited a nice long lunch and great conversation, as this one, beneath the welcoming shade of the ‘earthy chic’ Claro! Beach Club. g Open daily for lunch and from Tuesday to Sunday for dinner.


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b THE GOURMET michelin stars

Making a splash is what it’s all about

Never before has a guide been quite so delectable, but then we’re talking about the Michelin Guide – the ultimate reference to the finest food, venues and service experiences available on this planet. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

STELLAR FLAVOURS OF THE MICHELIN GUIDE The level of innovation and expectation expected at Michelin-star level


he Michelin Guide is famous the world over as the last word in culinary excellence, for it not only lists and describes the finest eateries with authority but also has become the respected judge of top quality dining. In reality, we’re talking about the classic Michelin Red Guide, published annually since the first edition in 1900. That version focused exclusively on the country of its origin, France, but gradually the Michelin Guide expanded its horizons to now cover the entire globe. The first English-language edition appeared in 1909, and the star classification was introduced in 1926 and gradually expanded in terms of its scope and detailing as the number of establishments visited and qualified increased. Interestingly, during the Second World War, the maps accompanying the guides were so good that the Allied Forces asked them to be specially reprinted as they were deemed the most accurate ones available at that time. Since then the Michelin Guide has gone from strength to strength, earning a reputation for consistency

and technical excellence in the way it analyses restaurants and approaches the process. Michelin has developed a benchmark methodology, with anonymous culinary experts conducting reviews that are repeated twice more to achieve an ‘average’ result free of one-off distortions and anomalies. The inspections are done without the knowledge of the restaurants in question and paid for by the Guide in a desire to achieve total authenticity and impartiality. Moreover, it is the restaurant and not the chef that is awarded the Michelin stars, so if he or she moves to another establishment they don’t take the stars with them. Still the definitive gastronomic guide, it now covers the world and is published in many different languages.

FROM TYRES TO HAUTE CUISINE The very name ‘Michelin-star restaurant’ has become so famous that it often eclipses the also world-renowned tyre manufacturer Michelin. Not only that, but few people will know that the Michelin Guide started its life as a motoring guide designed to increase demand

The Michelin-star Têtedoie Restaurant in Lyon, gastronomic capital of the world

for cars (and tyres) by promoting the French countryside and its sights, scenery and yes, finest eateries. It is from these roots that Michelin’s marketing creation evolved into the foremost culinary reference in the world. Where in the past the Michelin Guide might have had a bias towards classic European (French) cooking, it now rewards excellence in all manner of kitchens, including Asian, American and other cuisines. For this reason the distribution of Michelin stars has spread outwards from France and Europe to also include large swathes of Asia and North America, with northern Spain in particular stealing the show in recent years. In our region there are also restaurants with a Michelin-star rating, as you would expect in an area with Marbella’s profile. Yet it is encouraging to see that the number of dining establishments aspiring to and achieving this kind of recognition is growing apace, and with it Marbella is slowly but surely evolving into a fine dining destination in its own right. The recognition that comes from

earning a Michelin star is like that attached to an Oscar-winning movie. First and foremost, a Michelin star highlights culinary excellence – exceptionally creative food that is expertly prepared and beautifully presented – but this does not stand in isolation, as it has to be paired with an accompanying level of service and attention to detail. There is more leeway with regard to pricing and décor, but typically an international award of this kind comes with the right to charge a premium, and usually it’s accompanied by stylish surroundings. In case you should wish to experience the Coast’s very own Michelin-star restaurants for yourself we have listed them below: Z Restaurant Dani Garcia **, Hotel Puente Romano Z Skina *, Marbella Old Town Z Messina Restaurante *, Ave. Severo Ochoa, Marbella Z Restaurante El Lago *, Elviria Z Kabuki Raw * at the Hotel Finca Cortesin, Casares Z Sollo Restaurant * at El Higuerón, Fuengirola e


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Nobu Marbella / Puente Romano




g Marbella All Stars is a

brand established by the Asociación de Amigos de la Alta Gastronomía de Marbella (the Association of Friends of Haute Cuisine of Marbella). It comprises professionals from renowned companies and is supported by the Provincial Council of Málaga, as well as important high-end culinary businesses.



arbella All Stars, a networking event for leaders in the food industry, recently celebrated its second edition. The event, organised by the network President, Chef Diego del Río and supported by various professionals and organisations (including Los Monteros, Eladio Frutas y Verduras, El Lago, Oak Power PR, 2Ms Abogados and Estudio Gastronómico – 1870), is held yearly to promote the local food industry. The event aims to present new trends, give women in the sector greater visibility, and discuss ways to improve gastronomic success on the Coast. Diego del Río was delighted by the success of the event: “Marbella All Stars has become an authentic ‘club of excellence’. We seek to foster greater commitment to local producers, sustainability and health…” The organisation works with over 150 professionals and over 20 businesses. María Asenjo of Oak Power PR noted, “This is an exciting event in which those attending can interact and share

their experiences; unique things happen here. An event of this calibre wouldn’t be the same if it were held any place other than Marbella.” The event was divided into five different zones, each of which was decorated by NUVA design and interiors. They included Vintage (an area inspired on the 1930s and 1940s, which blends tradition and modernism); Organic (this area relied on primary materials such as wood and stone, alongside recycled materials and vegetation); Industrial (bearing an urban style inspired on architecture); Memphis/ Pop (characterised by vivid colours and geometric shapes) and Mediterranean (full of luminosity, colour and vitality). Various products (including local cheeses, wine and juices) were presented in these areas. Just a few of the décor companies attending the event were Roche Bobois, Grupo Peronda and G&G Italia. This year’s Marbella All Stars event included a reception, competitions, the Santa María 25th Anniversary chefs’ competition, and

most importantly, a presentation of the conclusions reached after various debates regarding themes like weddings and events, technology, Málaga as a wine destination, haute cuisine and profitability, and more. Diego del Río noted, “Tourists are increasingly seeking more personalised and exclusive experiences. Gastronomy expresses the ‘personality’ of a destination in a unique way.” The main conclusions reached at the event are: ZZ Training/education is key if the Coast is to lead the way in top standard gastronomic tourism. ZZ Málaga has an enormous potential for wine tourism. This should be exploited so as to stimulate the local economy. The most discerning clients wish to know the land where the wine they consume is produced. ZZ More women need to be attracted to the world of haute cuisine, since they offer a different vision. ZZ The industry should ensure that

Marbella and its surrounds are seen as a premium international destination for weddings and events. The government must work harder to activate this sector. ZZ The biggest revolution in haute cuisine in Málaga will take place in luxury hotels – this trend can already be seen in London and New York. Haute cuisine is one of the best ways that hotels can attract a loyal client base. ZZ Healthy haute cuisine is the trend that is set to evolve the most. High-end tourists wish to enjoy healthy cuisine made with fresh, ecologically-sourced ingredients from nearby areas. ZZ The biggest investments in the tourism sector will take place in the hotel sector: in décor, marketing and communication, ICT and implementation of work processes, and Big Data. ZZ All administrations are committed to creating sustainable infrastructure that favours the harmonious evolution of tourism in general, and of gastronomy in particular. e


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OPENING OF LA RESERVA CLUB CHAMPAGNE & Cocktail Lounge at Mercado de Levante

Mercado de Levante is home to the brand new La Reserva Club Champagne & Cocktail Lounge, where discerning drinkers can sip on a plethora of different Champagnes and creative cocktails whipped up by the talented bar staff. Mercado de Levante, located on the Sotogrande Marina, recently opened for its third season, featuring live music, new restaurants and even the new E-Gallery Contemporary Art space, as well as décor and fashion shops, and a plethora of market stalls. i

ORGANIC CAFE Healthy, Delicious Food in Fuengirola

Organic Cafe located in the heart of Fuengirola on the busy seafront promenade is here to introduce you to the world of healthy flavours. According to the founders, their main goal is to prove that healthy eating can be scrumptious and creative. They shake up their menu on a seasonal basis, which requires imagination and experimentation with the new cooking techniques. In the summer, the restaurant offers refreshing salads as well as unique summer specials such as Black Lemonade, Rose Smoothie, Watermelon-Mint Lemonade, Ayurvedic Healing Water and others. However, many of the dishes in Organic Cafe remain on the menu year-round – including the legendary vegan pancakes. The team will be celebrating their one-year anniversary this month. g Hotel Las Palmeras, esquina de C/ Martínez Catena y Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, Fuengirola. Tel: 951 255 563.


Bringing Health Eco Cuisine to Your Home or Office


Dining with your Phone Off La Bobadilla Hotel, a Royal Hideaway, is seeking to give greater value to conversation than to technology, by inviting its guests to bond over their meals without the distraction of their telephones. According to the recent study, How the Spanish Eat, around 80 percent of diners use their phones while having a meal. For years now, the simple act of glancing at one’s phone can make others feel unappreciated. Therefore, La Bobadilla seeks to foster a better family atmosphere in which parents, children, partners and friends are encouraged to enjoy each other’s company without such distractions. i

La Fabriquita is a new home/office delivery service of organic meals, all gluten- and dairy-free, with plantbased and meat options available. The company delivers to homes and offices in Marbella/Estepona on Tuesdays and Thursdays and twice a week, menus are sent to clients via WhatsApp. Catering for events is also available. g Tel: 695 153 139.


With the recent opening of El Grifo Craft Bar, the craft beer and gin revolution which is sweeping the world has arrived in downtown Marbella. Offering 10 craft beers on tap and numerous craft gins to choose from, the stylish joint looks set to become the new must-visit venue for residents and tourists alike. The rotating beer taps feature a strong representation of the leading Spanish craft brewers and some lesser known, rising stars. If the choice seems overwhelming, there is the option of a five glass tasting tray which allows you to sample different beers without committing to a full pint. The gins, once again highlighting the strength of the craft distilling skills in Spain, take you on a journey from the Canaries to Galicia, with all stops in between. If feeling peckish, El Grifo offers a compact menu of various gourmet hotdogs and premium sausages which pair perfectly with the beers. Situated behind the Marbella lighthouse, El Grifo is a convenient, welcome addition to the lively strip of top class restaurants that line Avenida Antonio Belon. g Avda. Antonio Belon 26, Marbella.


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b THE GOURMET profile


Rancho Grille in Las Chapas is renowned across the Coast for being the ultimate venue to enjoy a juicy, charcoal-grilled steak. Owned by dynamic Belgian couple, Vera and Ghislain, the restaurant is made up of various little nooks, each with its own ambience and style. There is a sizeable interior dining area (with separate spaces for small or larger private functions), and a stunning outdoor terrace which, when lit with magical candles and graced by the sound of live music, is one of the Coast’s most cherished spots for couples in the mood for romance. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN


t Rancho Grille and its sister restaurant – Grill del Puerto in Puerto Banús – meat plays a starring role, yet Vera and the team have something new to offer diners this year – a return to Belgian tradition, reflected by their choice of their new Belgian Chef. Updating a menu is a matter of necessity for any successful, growing restaurant, without foregoing the revered dishes that clients come back for time and time again – in this case, a generous Chateaubriand, tender entrecôte or succulent tenderloin fillet, charcoalgrilled or cooked a la piedra (‘on the stone’) at the table. New offerings this year include the moules Marinières (Belgian mussels), a dish which never fails to cause a sensation when diners uncover the pot and become enticed by the Chardonnay-infused aroma. Also tempting is the steak tartare (a classic summer dish which highlights the quality of the meat served at Rancho Grille); and (in the winter season) Belgian rabbit (Vera’s grandmother’s secret recipe). Speaking of Belgium, did you know that the revered dish carne a la piedra was first developed

in this country, where it is known as ‘Altamira’? The menu has been adapted to all tastes – meat and fish lovers, as well as vegetarians, will find their perfect match here. Thus, while al dente steamed green asparagus with marinated pumpkin and quail eggs appeals in winter, in summer, mind and body crave something lighter – such as a refreshing strawberry or cherry gazpacho. The Chef likes to surprise diners at times – thus, retro cuisine may be in, but instead of melon slices wrapped in Iberian ham, expect to be delighted with a melon gazpacho topped with diced ham. Some dishes also bear a light Asian touch, somewhat surprising at such a classic grill restaurant. The salmon sashimi and salmon tartare, for instance, are firm favourites among regulars. Rancho Grille is based on three pillars – great food, a warm, vibrant ambience, and of course, an excellent wine list, created by Ghislain, including the very best Spanish and French wines. Ghislain’s passion for wine stems back to the late 1980s, when the couple first began visiting wine cellars

in France and Spain to liaise with winemakers and oenologists. When they decided to start a restaurant business 15 years ago (having owned a successful construction firm previously), all the contacts they had made in the wine trade served them well. Indeed, Ghislain’s interest in wine was so intense, he now has two cuvées privées, made by famous bodegas Alonso del Hierro (Ribera del Duero) and Los Aguilares (Ronda), both of which are served at Rancho Grille and Grill Del Puerto, alongside over 300 wines. Says Vera, “Ghislain shares his passion for wine with our clients and the extensive wine list ensures that they have the perfect bottle to pair with their meal.” Vera gives me a tour of the gleaming kitchens, which are impressive for two reasons – their size, and the order and cleanliness present in every corner. It is then time to stroll through the spacious dining areas – I fall in love with the Captain’s Corner (newly refurbished) – an ideal spot for a birthday party or family dinner, its pink lighting and wooden walls exuding warmth and comfort.

There are other areas – the sizeable interior dining section and terrace, and even an inviting table at the wine corner, for wine tasting events with up to 10 guests. Vera tells me that the restaurant regularly hosts events, weddings, communions and practically every occasion in which celebration is the order of the day. Exclusive catering is also offered. Somehow, few places seem quite as fitting for a special event, as this wonderfully charismatic restaurant, launched and sustained with true love for good food and wine. The restaurant additionally boasts spacious free parking and is easily accessible (just take the Las Chapas exit). Reservation is recommended for both Rancho Grille and Grill Del Puerto.

g RANCHO GRILLE CN340, km 187.5 (Las Chapas exit), Marbella. Tel: 952 831 922. GRILL DEL PUERTO Frontline Puerto Banús (next to Picasso), Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 686.


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BA R • R E S TAU R A N T • GA S T R O Mediterranean and International Cuisine

Tel: 952 868 396 / 619 984 539 Marbella, Milla de Oro, Pto. Banús Urb. Oasis Club. Ctra. 340, km 183. 29602 Marbella Open 1pm - 2am


We speak Spanish, French and Russian Parking available MARBELLA



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All that Sparkles is not Champagne!

Cava, Franciacorta, Crémant, método tradicional, metodo classico, méthode traditionnelle are all sparkling wines and synonyms for the method of production that is famously used in Champagne. However, only Champagne can call itself that and using the term méthode champenoise was outlawed in 1994 for other wines. No case appears to be too ridiculous for the dogmatic lawyers of the CIVC who see any use of the word ‘Champagne’ as abuse. An exception is Champagne in the Cognac region of France, which successfully defended its use as the old word for Campagne (country). WORDS PHILIP BOMBER HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF PARXET CUVÉE


ava (merely Catalan for cellar) was first recognised in Spain around 1851 but the método tradicional with which it is produced was introduced by José Raventós of Codorníu in 1872 in the town of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia which, along with Villafranca del Penedés, are the major hubs of Cava production, the majority of which is from Cataluña. At that time most fizzy wine was called xampán in Catalan and the famous Cava bar in Barcelona where far too much of my money has disappeared reflects this in its name El Xampanyet. Spain’s accession to the EU in 1986 led to the inevitable disappearance of terms such as Spanish champaña and xampán but the Spanish did have plenty of time to build up necessary recognition for the term Cava and did it well. Originally known as a DE (Denominación Especifíca) in 1959, DO Cava is unique in that it reflects a method of production and character of wine, rather than a delimited area, as other regions include Extremadura (Badajoz province) and the Álava province of País Vasco. How is it produced? Essentially the second fermentation takes place in the bottle, a technique attributed to Dom Perignon, although many regard a publicity shy Englishman, Christopher Merret, as the true pioneer. Its cheaper competitor Prosecco ferments in a pressurised tank (Charmat method). The

base wine (created after the first fermentation) is encouraged to ferment again with the addition of a wine solution containing sugar and yeast. A crown cap seals the bottle and the resulting CO2 from the fermentation has nowhere to go other than into the liquid. Over a period of months, the wine ferments and rests on its lees (spent yeast). A process called remuaje or riddling gradually tilts the bottle so that the yeast is gently projected towards the neck of the bottle. In the past, this was done by hand, giving rise to the complaint of ‘riddler’s wrist’, although the invention of the gyropalette has alleviated this skilled but tedious detail. Once the lees resides in the neck of the bottle, it is frozen and ejected (degüelle or disgorgement). It can then be topped up with a wine of similar age and sweetness/dryness before the insertion of a crown cork marked with Cava’s 4 point star. Unlike Prosecco, Cava must spend nine months or longer on its lees and cannot be sold within a year. 18 months qualifies as a Reserva and 30 as a Gran Reserva. 2016 witnessed a single estate classification called Cava del Paraje, from vineyards that must be 10 y/o or older. These wines can only be labelled ‘Brut’ and must have a minimum of 36 months on the lees in bottle. Other sweetness levels are Brut Nature and semi-seco. Cava initially used imported varieties such as Chardonnay and

Pinot Noir, although Penedѐs’ soil is different to the chalk of Champagne. Penedѐs also has three distinct levels for its vineyards: baix, mitja and alt and eventually producers found that the mitja (250-500 mtrs a.s.l) provided the necessary coolness for Macabéo’s (Viura) freshness and acidity, Parellada’s elegance and Xarel-lo’s body, with the alt (500-850 mtrs a.s.l) ideal for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Even then the low acidity of Parellada led to a flabbiness which could not be tempered purely by Macabéo, nor was it helped by a tendency of Xarello to oxidise, faults that made it easy to disregard Cava. Some houses also use the lesser-known Subirat for sweeter versions. Chardonnay’s influence has increased and is present in many of the top cuvées. For rosés, Trepat, Monastrell, Garnacha and Pinot Noir suffice. Despite toppling Champagne in 2001 as the world’s favourite sparkler, it has in turn been overtaken by Prosecco. Although Cava consumption worldwide grew to 245 million bottles in 2016, the British (not the world’s most sober nation) alone drowned their numerous sorrows with 112 million bottles of Prosecco. Perhaps that is why the Cava house of Freixenet now makes a Prosecco… Look out for names such as Gramona, Juvé y Camps, Parxet, Codorniú, Raventós and Agustí Torelló when adding some sparkle to your life. e


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The Authentic

From our garden to your plate


C/Ancha 8 (Casco Antiguo Marbella) tel . 952 900 450

Plz/Puente de Ronda 5 (Casco Antiguo Marbella) tel . 952 770 535





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Gran Experiencia de Tapas by Casanis

Plz/Santo Cristo 6 (Casco Antiguo Marbella) tel . 952 901 040 latapacasanis@gmail .com

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The place to be

Urb. Coto chico 4D, Elviria-Marbella tel . 952 837 862

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. . THE GUIDE listings

the guide

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


under €25

€25 – €40


€40 – €60

€60 plus



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




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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

GAUCHOS Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village. CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 897 744

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

RUTA 40 Open from 9am to 12 midnight daily. C.C. El Zoco, Sitio de Calahonda. Tel: 951 133 737

belgian MYTILUS

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

TO DALLY Open daily from 2pm to 11pm. Avda. del Prado, first floor, above Conrad’s Restaurant. Tel: 952 818 133


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


CASA MONO Open Monday to Saturday from 1pm to 11pm. C/ Calderón Estébanez 19, Marbella. Tel: 952 774 578

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

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


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listings THE GUIDE .



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




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


Open daily for dinner from 7.30pm. Galerías Paniagua. Sotogrande. Tel: 956 795 528 Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle Benabola 9-11, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 812 167

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

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



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

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

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


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

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




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

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Odeon, Locales 9-10, C/ Las Yedras, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 003 434



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

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

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


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

Open Thursday to Tuesday for dinner from 5:30pm. Closed Wednesdays. C/ 4/5 Montemayor, Cancelada (opposite the Farmacia). Tel: 952 887 828



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

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



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

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


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

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

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



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

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

Open daily from 11am until late. Urb. Playa del Arenal, Avda. Cervantes s/n, El Rosario, Marbella. Tel: 951 507 426


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



AROMA Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Moncayo 23, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 665 502

AVANTO Open for events only. C/ Rota 9, Mijas Costa, La Cala de Mijas. Tel: 952 587 539


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s/n, Elviria. Tel: 952 839 236

Mijas Costa. Tel: 951 773 521




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

Open daily for lunch and Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 873


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 daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Linda Vista Playa, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 789 100


Kitchen continuously open Monday to Friday from 1pm to 11pm. Saturday – dinner only. Closed Sunday. Las Palmeras 19, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 786 156

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

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

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

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

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



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

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




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

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

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


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



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

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

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


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



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

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



Open from 1pm to 7pm in the Spring. Urb. Costabella, Playa del Arenal, Avda. de Cervantes

Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Urb. Cerrado del Águila, Camino del Acevedo, s/n,

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

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

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

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

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

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

EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL RESTAURANT & SPA Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 199,


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Miraflores Playa, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 587 550

Tel: 952 780 927



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



C.C. Laguna Village, local R1, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 873

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

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

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

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

HILLS CAFE Open every day for breakfast and lunch, except Monday. Dinner by reservation is possible on Friday and Saturday. Tel: 952 856 171



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

Open daily from 11am to 8pm. CN340, km 146, Bahía de Casares. Tel: 952 937 800



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

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



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

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


GALERIA SAN PEDRO Open from 11am until midnight. Closed Sundays. Avda Las Palmeras 15, San Pedro Alcántara.

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

Violetas 7, Conjunto Andalucía Garden Club, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 815 736 Open nightly for dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 824 108

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

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

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

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



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

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



Open 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

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

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

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



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

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

Open every day from 10am until late. C/ Las





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

LIMA Open Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm to 12am and for lunch on Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Plaza Practicante Manuel Cantos 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 630

Deportivo. Tel: 952 636 430

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


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


Open daily 11am-8pm, in May, 11am-9pm in June, 11am-10pm in July and August, 11am-9pm in September and 11am-7pm in October. At Laguna Village, Playa El Padrón, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 015


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

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



Open daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Oasis Club, CN340, km. 183, Marbella. Tel: 952 868 396

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

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





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

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

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



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

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

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

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




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

Open daily from 10am to 8pm. At the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa. Avda. Zurita s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800


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

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

M10 Open Monday to Saturday from 5pm and Sunday from 10am. Frontline of Estepona Puerto



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

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

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


Open from Monday to Saturday for dinner from 8pm ‘til late. Monte Paraíso Golf, Marbella. Tel: 951 217 272

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

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

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



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


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Tel: 952 765 277

Calahonda. Tel: 952 930 252

Tel: 952 894 191




Open daily 10am to midnight. Avda. Julio Iglesias s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 319 292

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

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



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

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

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




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

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

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



Open nightly for dinner. Urb. Marbellamar 93, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 760

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


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

TERRA SANA Open Monday to Sunday 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. C.C. Parque Miramar, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 663 937. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 951 915 069

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

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

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

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

VENTA GARCÍA Open daily for lunch and dinner every day except Monday. Ctra. de Casares km 7, Casares.

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

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

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



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

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

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



Open every day for dinner. Avda. del Mar 3, Marbella. Tel: 951 134 322

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



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

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



italian AL DENTE

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



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


km. 14, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 485 996

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




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

Open from Monday to Saturday for dinner from 6:30pm. C/ Tetuán 9, Marbella. Tel: 951 087 323

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




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



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

LA TRAVIATA Open daily from 12:30pm to 12am except Mondays. C/ Sierra Bermeja 27-39, Marbella. Tel: 951 903 406

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

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


PIZZERIA PICASSO Open daily from 12 noon. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 669



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


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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

Open nightly for dinner. Ctra. Mijas – Fuengirola,




OSAKA Open every day 13:30-16:00 & 19:30-24:00. CN 340,


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PAPAYA Open daily for dinner. C.C. Pinares de Elviria 18, Marbella. Tel: 952 831 994

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

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

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

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

SUSHI DES ARTISTES (HIDEYOSHI WAGYU) Open every day for lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 178.5, Marbella. Easy parking. Tel: 952 857 403

SUSHI KATSURA 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


Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

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


TA-KUMI Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Gregorio Marañón 4, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 839

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



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

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




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

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


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

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

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

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

TSE YANG DIMSUM CLUB Open daily for lunch and dinner except Sundays. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto



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

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

LA TORRE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle de


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Honor, Club de Mar, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 561

Tel: 956 582 700

Benavente 33, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 511





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

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

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

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



*cinemas & theatres



Emancipación 30. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 474 542

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


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

Plaza Ramón Martínez, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 159

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




Veracruz. Estepona. Tel: 952 800 056

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

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



Plaza Mayor. Tel: 902 220 922

Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035



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

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

*post offices


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



La Cañada. Marbella. Tel: 902 333 231


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

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


Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 196 665



Tel: 952 467 843

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




C/ Málaga 82–84. Tel: 952 800 537

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

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





Mijas. Tel: 952 663 738

Jac. Benavente, 14. Tel: 952 772 898

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



Recinto Ferial. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 589 349

C/ Jazmines. Tel: 952 810 887




Open daily from 10:30am to 11pm. C/ Jacinto

Calle Córdoba 9, Málaga. Tel: 952 213 412

Pizarro, 41. Tel: 952 780 39

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

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

spanish CASA DE LA ERA Open only for lunch – call for times. 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

HACIENDA Open from 1-4.30pm and 7.30 -11pm. Closed on Sunday afternoons and Mondays. Urb. La Alcaidesa, La Linea de la Concepción.


Pza. los Chinorros. Tel: 952 474 384


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INTERACTIVE TOYS FOR DOGS AND CATS Challenge their Body and Mind If your pet is playful and you like to keep them active with the latest toys, we suggest the interactive kind – such as the Kong Tiltz, which encourages pets to use their paws, nose and mouth to turn the toy over to spill out treats inside, or Noos balls, containing various nooks and crannies in which treats can be hidden. These toys not only encourage pets to think, they also keep them moving, which is great for circulation and muscle tone.

High Chemical Levels Found IN INDOOR CATS A study carried out at Stockholm University has found that cats are exposed to high levels of brominated flame retardants, from dust in their homes. Electronics and furniture are to blame for the higher concentrations of these chemicals, which are commonly found in cats with hyperthyroidism. The results are additionally interesting because little children have similar exposure to these chemicals. Flame retardants are known endocrine disruptors and have been linked to infertility, cancer, obesity and brain disorders. It might be time to consider replacing your furniture with safer alternatives for your moggy and yourself!

A new study published by scientists at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna has found that dogs share their food with their four-pawed friends, even in tough times. In fact, the mere presence of another canine automatically makes them more generous. For the study, the dogs were taught to recognise special tokens in order to ‘win’ food tokens for another dog. The test showed that while dogs were more generous with dogs who were familiar to them, they also rewarded unfamiliar dogs. Just the sight of another dog motivated the pooches to give a food reward. The findings are in line with social facilitation theory, which states that animals perform more readily in the presence of animals of the same species.


PET DOGS are a

Valuable Source of Social Support for Kids Researchers at the University of Florida recently put the idea that dogs provide social support for kids to test, in a randomised control study. They asked children aged seven to 12 to complete public and mental maths tasks (which are known stressors for kids). The children were randomly assigned to do so either in the presence of their dog, with a parent, or alone. Researchers took saliva samples to test levels of stress hormone (cortisol) before and after the tasks. Findings show that children who actively solicited their dogs to come and be stroked had lower cortisol levels than those who engaged less with their dogs. Said one of the study authors, “Middle childhood is a time when children’s social support figures are expanding beyond their parents, but their emotional and biological capacities to deal with stress are still maturing. Because we know that learning to deal with stress in childhood has lifelong consequences for emotional health and well-being, we need to better understand what works to buffer those stress responses early in life.” ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2017 / 203

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. THE GUIDE what’s on


Marbella’s most international fair, featuring art from a plethora of countries, will be taking place at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos in Marbella. For further information,

Until August 20 BOOK FAIR – MARBELLA

The Feria del Libro will be taking place once again at the Paseo de la Alameda. From Monday to Saturday, 11am to 2pm and 7pm to 11:30pm and Sundays from 12pm to 2pm and 7pm to 11:30pm.

Until August 23 ART – MÁLAGA

IMAGINARIUM is a selection of works that invites us to discover the mysteries of Mister Kaikus’ universe. Featuring a series of imaginary portraits through which the artist experiments with volume, colour and texture. At La Casa Amarilla, C/ Santos 7, Málaga.

Until August 31 ART – BENAHAVÍS

Benezra Gallery presents Summer Art – an exhibition featuring various international artists, including Nina Nolte and Dom Pattinson.


Patio Top Garden Furniture presents the exhibition Luces En el Mar (Lights in the Sea) by Victor Tristante, an artist who seeks to unleash the emotions of his spectators, through his emotive paintings.

Until September 1 ART – CALAHONDA

Marlou Smits and Meta Walters present a joint exhibition of their contemporary portraits at Restaurante FederiKa. At Hotel Ona Campanario. Avda. España 22, Sitio de Calahonda.


This festival honours the patron saint of fishermen. Featuring a full programme of events including theatre, music and outdoor cinema for all audiences at the Auditorio Municipal Parque de la Paloma.

Until September 17 ART – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso Málaga presents the exhibition Bacon, Freud and The School of London, featuring works by famous artists from The School of London – a small group of painters in the 1950s who shared the same artistic concerns and were connected by ties of friendship

and mutual admiration, who explored the appearance and vulnerability of the human body, with the city of London as their surrounding context.

Until September 22 ART – MARBELLA

The Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo presents Susurro Hispánico: a painting exhibition by contemporary artist, Miguel Herrero. At the Centro Cultural Cortijo de Miraflores.


theatre, opera, etc. Further information, Tel: 669 445 809.


Integral Psychotherapist Gabriella Kortsch helps you with everything from relationship breakdowns to depression, poor communication with loved ones or financial stress, at her weekly group meetings, which start at 7:30pm. For information on locations,

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday JIVE – MIRAFLORES, ESTEPONA AND LA DUQUESA

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

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

Monthly on different days AMERICAN CLUB – MARBELLA

Every Tuesday and Friday PAINTING CLASSES – MARBELLA

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


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

The members of this cultural group meet at different times and places for lunches, lectures, concerts, ballet,

Monday August 7

Saturday August 12 to Sunday August 19

This famous British pianist will be playing works by Bach and Chopin. The show starts at 8:30pm.

The biggest fair in the province of Málaga will be taking place this week – in the city centre and at the Málaga fairgrounds. Featuring rides, casetas, flamenco music and dance, concerts, food and much more.




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The Benahavís Country Club is ready and set to help you achieve a state of greater health, fitness and wellness, with yoga classes every Tuesday at 10am and Pilates on Fridays at 10am. Nonmembers are welcome and the classes cost just €10. Bookings are advised to guarantee your place. Tel: 952 856 171.

Every Wednesday ART – MÁLAGA

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


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

Every first Wednesday of the month CULTURE AND COCKTAIL – MARBELLA

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


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

Every last Friday of the Month COFFEE MORNING – ESTEPONA

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


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


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

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.

Thursday August 3 to Friday August 4 CLASSICAL MUSIC – MÁLAGA The Orquestra Sinfónica de Málaga will be playing musical scores from bestloved films at the Plaza Mayor shopping centre. For precise times,


Flamenco singer Diego El Cigala will be joined by La Cali Big Band at the Castillo Sohail at 10pm. For tickets,


Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. For tickets,

Thursday August 10 to Saturday August 12 EQUESTRIAN SHOW – MÁLAGA

The Plaza Mayor shopping centre presents a spectacular Andalusian horse show. For precise times,

Friday August 25 to Saturday August 26 BIG TALENT – MÁLAGA

The Plaza Mayor shopping centre will be hosting a fun talent show. For precise times,


French pianist, Richard Clayderman, will be tinkling the ivories at Castillo Sohail in Fuengirola at 8pm. For tickets,

The Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Marbella will be hosting Carnival Night, featuring musical groups Los Peregrinos, La Eternidad, Los Equilibristas, Mi Suegra como ya dije, No te Vayas Todavía and Los del Planeta Rojo. Doors open at 9pm.



International superstar and soulful rock legend Michael Bolton and his incredible band will be performing for the first time ever in Marbella on August 1, at the

Sip on Champagne while listening to fantastic music at Ocean Club, where the party lasts all day!

STARLITE MARBELLA Tuesday August 1 JOAQUÍN SABINA Renowned Spanish

singer/composer brings us songs from his 18th studio album, Lo Niego Todo. This is undoubtedly one of Starlite’s most highly anticipated concerts, considering that the artist recently took a long six-year break from the music industry.

Wednesday August 2 LUIS FONSI All over the world, music

lovers and celebrities are grooving to Despacito, arguably Fonsi’s biggest hit. He will be delighting audiences with many hits from his 18-year-long career.

Friday August 4 MIGUEL BOSÉ The charismatic singer

and composer will be performing his greatest hits as well as presenting the concept of his latest work: an audiovisual spectacle that will showcase the artist in a whole new light.

Sunday August 6 MALÚ Singer and TV personality, Malú,

singing his biggest and lesser known tunes.

Monday August 7 CANTAJUEGO A show for little tots

certainly matured over the years and his music is better than ever. He will be performing rock ‘n roll as well as romantic songs.

has released 12 albums and boasts 22 platinum records. She will be singing hits old and new at Starlite.

featuring songs, dance routines and kids’ characters.

Tuesday August 8 AINHOA ARTETA Classical singer

Friday August 11 DANI MARTÍN Rocker Dani Martín has

Saturday August 12 NIÑA PASTORI AND ANTONIO CARMONA Niña Pastori and Antonio

Ainhoa Arteta will be joined by Dwayne Croft and the Málaga Symphonic Orchestra. Featuring songs from Hollywood films and Broadway musicals.

Carmona are two of flamenco pop’s biggest names. They will join forces (and voices) for this hotly awaited concert.

of pop group Mecano will be singing hits old and new.

Wednesday August 16 BEN HARPER This singer/songwriter

Wednesday August 9 ANA TORROJA The former lead singer

Thursday August 10 EROS RAMAZZOTTI The Italian crooner

is back for one night only; he will be

Tuesday August 15 ANDREA BOCELLI The powerful voice

for fusing several musical genres and bringing social and political issues to light.

Friday August 18 NOCHE MOVIDA This fun concert will

include performances by a host of artists including Javier Gurruchaga, Nacho García Vega and Pablo Carbonell.

Tuesday August 22 MAGO POP He is Spain’s trendiest

magician and definitely one of its most talented. Kids and adults alike will marvel at this magnificent show.

Thursday August 24 JASON DERULO

of singer Andrea Bocelli will fill the cantera with dulcet sounds.

He is pop music’s new king. Jason Derulo will be entertaining fans with hits like Swalla, Talk Dirty and Wiggle.

has produced a total of 14 albums, singing and playing alongside some of the world’s greatest artists. He is known

crooner will be playing all his greatest hits, including the beautiful No Dejes de Soñar.

Friday August 25 MANUEL CARRASCO The blue-eyed


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Russell Grant’s

Monthly Horoscope August 2017

LEO (July 24th – August 23rd) An oppressive work situation will cause you to think about leaving for greener pastures at the beginning of the month. The Lunar Eclipse on the 7th marks the end of a close relationship; you’ll welcome the opportunity to make a fresh start. Devote your attention to a demanding creative project at the middle of the month. This work could be the fresh start you feel you need. On the 21st, a Solar Eclipse marks a thrilling metamorphosis for you. You’ll have an opportunity to step into a new role. There may be quite a bit of overseas travel involved with this situation. Getting paid to visit exotic countries on an expense account will be the answer to a prayer. The second half of August invites you to polish your creative talent to a diamond brilliance. Working with a seasoned expert will open your eyes to fresh possibilities. Be willing to break bad habits for the sake of improving your technique and ultimately, your results.

You’ll have an opportunity to step into a new role. There may be quite a bit of overseas travel involved with this situation. Getting paid to visit exotic countries on an expense account will be the answer to a prayer


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ARIES [21 MAR - 20 APR]

Beware of making too many demands on your best friend, romantic partner or a working colleague in the early days of August. You’re not the only one who is busy. A Lunar Eclipse on the 7th will mark the end of a group connection, giving you more time for your personal life. You’ll have to revise a work project several times at the middle of the month, so don’t pour too much energy into it. On the 21st, a Solar Eclipse will inspire you to begin a creative project. Putting an inventive spin on a traditional form will open up a fresh set of options that have gone unnoticed before now. Your boss will ask you to go on an important trip during the second half of the month; you’ll be able to combine business with pleasure on this journey. The closing days of the month are ideal for signing a contract. This legal agreement will pave the way for long-term financial security.

TAURUS [21 APR - 21 MAY]

You’ll feel out of your depth at the beginning of August. Ask for help or apply for formal training and do the best you can until you begin to see the wood for the trees. On the 7th, a Lunar Eclipse will mark the close of an important era at work. This could mean a rise or change of job for you. Flattery will get you nowhere in the middle of the month. It’s better to be honest if you don’t like a project, gift or decoration. The Solar Eclipse on the 21st will prompt you to improve your living situation. Moving to a glamorous city or doing some radical home improvements are all possibilities. The more time you spend on domestic pursuits, the happier you will be during the second half of August. As September approaches, you’ll launch a health regime that will soon bring impressive results. Take this opportunity to overhaul your diet and exercise routines. Getting more time to be alone with your thoughts will also be therapeutic.

GEMINI [22 MAY - 21 JUN]

Overindulging in luxuries will put a serious dent in your budget at the start of the month. Practice restraint, no matter how much you’d like to go on a spending spree. A Lunar Eclipse on the 7th could bring the end of an academic program or educational process. You’ll be very happy with the result so go out and celebrate. Towards the middle of the month, it may be necessary to make some home repairs. Don’t let a faulty wiring system or plumbing problem spiral out of control. Good news will reach your ears on the 21st, thanks to an energising Solar Eclipse. You’ll be able to move forward with a project you’ve been contemplating for months. During the second half of the month, you’ll be working closely with a good friend, romantic partner or business associate. You’ll generate the ideas while your other half implements them. Two heads are definitely better than one as August turns to September.

CANCER [22 JUN - 23 JUL]

You’ll feel torn between family and friends at the start of the month. Be sure to attend a relative’s special celebration, even if your best friend or romantic partner wants you to skip it. On the 7th, a Lunar Eclipse will bring an end to an unearned source of income, but there is no need to panic as it is more than likely that as one door shuts another will open, even if you have to wait a wee while before it does. Don’t get drawn into a power struggle in the middle of the month. A loved one will subject you to a guilt trip; try not to take the bait. A moneymaking opportunity will arrive on the 21st, courtesy of an enriching Solar Eclipse. Working in a technical field should prove profitable. Flattery won’t get you anywhere

with an authority figure at the end of the month. If you want to earn your boss’s respect, it will be through hard work, perseverance and innovation. Put your best foot forward and put your shoulder to the wheel.

VIRGO [24 AUG - 23 SEP]

An expensive romance could come to an end in early August. You’ll be glad to get a greater measure of control over your personal life. On the 7th, a Lunar Eclipse will bring an end to a work assignment, giving you a chance to pursue bigger and better opportunities. You may decide to return to a previous employer or line of work at the middle of the month. It will feel like you have never been away. The Solar Eclipse on the 21st gives you a very welcome opportunity to spend more time on solitary pursuits. Devoting your energy to artwork, animals and nature will be rewarding. You also might get deeply involved in a charitable organisation. Use your considerable communication skills to raise money for a good cause. Serious family responsibilities will demand your attention as August turns to September. Take this opportunity to create financial security for your nearest and dearest.

LIBRA [24 SEP - 23 OCT]

Giving an unreliable relative the benefit of the doubt will be a serious mistake in early August. Instead of putting your trust in this family member to do anything for you from running an errand or giving you a loan, put your faith elsewhere. A Lunar Eclipse on the 7th will allow you to put the finishing touches on a creative project; you’ll be very happy with the result. At the middle of the month, you’ll be having so much fun at work that you may neglect your personal life. If your loved ones disapprove of your career, it may be time to form a more supportive social network. The Solar Eclipse on the 21st marks an exciting social event that will raise your profile. Wear something distinctive to this occasion; you’ll attract admiring glances wherever you go. Make plans to go on a glamorous trip at the end of August; you’ll find some terrific deals on plane tickets and hotel rooms.


In the opening days of August, you’ll hear some harsh words from a jealous individual. You used to think this person was your friend, but you certainly won’t after they show their true colours. On the 7th, a Lunar Eclipse will prompt you to find a better living situation. This is a good time to sell a piece of property or move to a more secluded area. You won’t have much respect for a so-called expert at the middle of the month. Instead of following their lead, you should forge your own path. A Solar Eclipse on the 21st marks a thrilling career opportunity. Accept a job that will keep you on your toes. You’ll welcome a chance to break out of a boring work routine. Although the salary won’t be terribly impressive at first, it will increase over time. There is plenty of opportunity for growth with this company, as long as you’re willing to work hard.


Throwing your money around will attract the wrong crowd at the start of the month. It’s better to be respectful and resourceful, even if you’ve recently seen an increase in income. A Lunar Eclipse on the 7th brings an end to a social project or academic programme. You’ll have more time for

everyday pleasures and pastimes as a result. Don’t lend or borrow money towards the middle of the month, or you will do serious damage to a friendship. On the 21st, a Solar Eclipse will invite you to expand your horizons. Seize this opportunity to take an overseas trip or start a writing project. You could be taking on some heavy responsibilities during the second half of the month. You’ll enjoy sinking your teeth into a spiritually rewarding project. Raising funds for a good cause will increase your professional profile. It will also put you in contact with influential members of the community. These social connections will be helpful for you.


Dampening a relative’s enthusiasm is a mistake in the early days of August. Instead of warning a family member not to take a risk, show that you have faith in their judgement. You will be pleasantly surprised. On the 7th, a Lunar Eclipse will bring an end to a moneymaking endeavour, giving you more time to pursue your dream career. The middle of the month will prompt you to return to a nostalgic destination you always loved as a child. Be sure to buy a special gift for your favourite person on this excursion. Pick something that reflects their taste, not yours. A Solar Eclipse on the 21st will attract a big windfall. Use the money to make extensive home repairs and renovations. If you don’t own your place, this is your chance to put a down payment on a fabulous piece of property. Give thanks for your good fortune by donating some time or money to a charity.


A hidden rival will make trouble for you at the start of the month. Instead of doubling your efforts, make a strategic retreat. You’ll have an opportunity to turn your luck around on the 7th, thanks to a powerful Lunar Eclipse. Don’t be surprised if you’re relieved of an onerous chore or responsibility at this liberating time. Towards the middle of the month, you might be found doing some heavy flirting with a passionate admirer. If you’re already in a relationship, let your amour sweep you off your feet. A Solar Eclipse on the 21st marks a turning point in a close partnership. Meeting your soulmate, getting engaged or exchanging marriage vows are all possibilities. Arguments with an absent-minded colleague could mean you have no other option but to file an official complaint. You aren’t willing to put up with their careless performance any longer. Make sure to attend a big party at the end of August; you’ll make some influential friends.

PISCES [20 FEB - 20 MAR]

Neither a lender nor a borrower be in the early days of August. You don’t want to ruin a friendship because of a financial argument. On the 7th, a Lunar Eclipse will allow you to rest, relax and reflect after a busy social season. Take this opportunity to spend more private time with your loving partner. If you’re single, someone from your past will try to reconnect with you towards the middle of the month bringing with them an important decision. This would be a good time to repair past mistakes. A Solar Eclipse on the 21st will attract an exciting job offer. Getting paid to exercise your imagination will make you feel much better, both physically and emotionally. Take the chance to be extra helpful to a colleague in the closing days of the month and you’ll gather a great deal of valuable information, not to mention experience. Hard work will pave the way for a raise, promotion or both. Don’t be afraid to assume a position with lots of responsibility. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2017 / 207

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In the heat of the summer, few activities appeal more than those which are waterbased ones. Marisa Cutillas visits three of Málaga’s top water parks, Aqualand Torremolinos, Aquamijas in Mijas/Fuengirola, and Aquavelis in Torre del Mar.



If you are considering visiting a water park soon, plan ahead and make sure to set aside the entire day to have fun in the sun and water, since there are various attractions catered to different age groups and interests. Aqualand, for instance, has adrenaline-charged rides, a Kids’ pool area, a Jacuzzi pool and a ‘surf beach’ (wave pool) for the whole family to enjoy together. Some of the most exciting attractions include the Boomerang (a super fun half pipe that you ride forwards and backwards with an inflatable seat; the Kamikaze (the highest high velocity slide in Europe – measuring 22m in height) and the Black Hole (a dark, 12-metre tubeshaped slide that spins you round until you emerge and hit the water at high speed). The park has slides for everyone – if you are into fast yet gentler experiences, for instance, ride along the Multipista: a rainbowcoloured structure featuring various bending slides which make for the perfect ‘race’ against friends and family. Many visitors take their own picnic lunches, but if you’re pressed for time, don’t worry – there are various food stalls throughout the park, where you will find everything from pizza to salad and ice-cream. If your child’s birthday takes place in the summer, ask the staff about their birthday celebration packs. i


This is another amazing park with a huge grassy area in addition to the plethora of vertiginous slides, where you can enjoy a hearty picnic or have a snooze in the shade, beneath the thatched roof parasols (sunbeds are also available close to the pools, though these have a small charge). Attractions include Río Aventura (a lovely slow ride, ideal for gramps and grandkids to enjoy together); Pistas Blandas (a fast yet still gentle series of slides in which you can race against your friends); the Wave Pool (hold on tight to the ropes at the side of the pool to negotiate the biggest waves); and the Kamikaze (another super fast ride catered to the bravest). This park has various sizeable pool areas for kids, including the Children’s Pool (kids love sitting on a small slide while waiting for a bucket of water to fill up and spill onto their heads), Diverdragon (a dragon shaped slide) and Lizard Island (featuring a cute bridge to walk across, secret cages and natural looking rock formations). Grown-ups gather together at the Lago Azul, enjoying free water aerobics and water Zumba classes. As is the case with Aqualand, there are various snacks and fast foods to choose from, and a boutique to purchase a memento or water essential such as flip-flops. Aquamijas is hosting a summer

camp and also caters to school groups (at special prices) and birthday parties. i


If you are visiting the Torre del Mar area with kids, make it a point to stop at Aquavelis – the park boasts many fun slides and pools in which to have fun or relax. Some of the best slides include Tirabuzón (two twisty slides that intertwine with each other); the Kamikaze (essential in any good water park) and Río Rápido (for lovers of curvy speed). There are still pools for adults as well, and a cute Mini Zone for younger bathers. Aquavelis is also home to The Oasis Restaurant & Lounge, featuring food and drinks for the whole family. i


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