N º 228 - AUGUST 2018
RISE OF RIVER
ESSENTIAL FOR LUXURIOUS LIVING
SUMMER SECLUDED POLO IN BEACHES
70 YEARS OF SYMPHONY SENSUAL OF THE SEAS SWIMWEAR
PORSCHE CITY OF LIGHTS BWM I8 LAS VEGAS ROADSTER
ISSUE 228 • AUGUST 2018
essential essential magazine® marbella
b THE GOURMET
h THE LEISURE
z THE PRO
D THE SPOTLIGHT d THE STYLE n THE SPA L THE SOCIAL
WE DESIGN & DEVELOP
THE MOST EXCLUSIVE HOMES
Bynokâ€™s Designer Architect
ur...team... ureteyoam e eyoar We arW ! Nok! e ebyarNeokby We arW
BUILD 2018 Home Builder Awards
Best Luxury Home Construction Company 2018 - Spain
Avda. Lola Flores s/n | 29660 Nueva AndalucĂa | Marbella | Spain | www.oceanclub.es
Built: 221 m²
Terrace: 294 m²
Price: € 3,995,000
PUERTO BANÚS Unique beachfront duplex penthouse with spectacular views to the sea. Set in Los Granados, a 5-star, luxurious complex. Ref.ES10445
Built: 156 m²
Terrace: 38 m²
Price: € 1,325,000
GOLDEN MILE Beachfront apartment, sea & garden views. Ref. ES10562
Built: 433 m²
Plot: 1,130 m²
Price: € 2,950,000
NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Recently refurbished villa in the Golf Valley. Ref.ES10530
An International Associate of Savills
Built: 307 m²
Plot: 800 m²
Price: € 1,350,000
NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Private corner villa, open mountain views. Ref. ES10552
Built: 363 m²
Plot: 1,810 m²
Price: € 1,990,000
NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Renovated SW-facing villa in the Golf Valley. Ref. ES10538
Built: 1,718 m²
Terrace: 304 m²
Plot: 5,375 m²
Price: € 6,500,000
LA QUINTA Frontline golf mansion with guest house in a gated community with 24-hour security. Superb sea and golf views. Ref. ES7173
Built: 629 m²
Plot: 920 m²
Price: € 1,795,000
SAN PEDRO ALCÁNTARA Beachside villa in Linda Vista Baja. Ref. ES10555
Built: 511 m²
Plot: 3,427 m²
Price: € 1,350,000
MARBELLA Villa on an extensive plot with lots of potential. Ref. ES10429
Regulated by RICS
Built: 577 m²
Plot: 4,670 m²
Price: € 2,250,000
BENAHAVÍS Charming villa in El Madroñal. Panoramic views. Ref. ES10127
Built: 1,099 m²
Plot: 2,053 m²
Price: € 4,700,000
SIERRA BLANCA Immaculate mansion with superb sea views. Ref. ES10539
Offices at Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and opposite the Marbella Club hotel Tel. (+34) 952 863 750 firstname.lastname@example.org www.panorama.es
Issue 228 • August 2018
S T A F F PUBLISHER AND DIRECTOR
ANDREA BÖJTI email@example.com
MARISA CUTILLAS firstname.lastname@example.org
U ANNIVERSARY U
IAIN BLACKWELL email@example.com
SALES SUPPORT ACCOUNTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
CREATIVE DIRECTOR DESIGN & LAYOUT STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
PRINTING DEPÓSITO LEGAL
SUSANNE WHITAKER firstname.lastname@example.org JAN DENDAUW email@example.com MARIANO JEVA firstname.lastname@example.org MONIKA BÖJTI email@example.com
ANDREA BÖJTI INMA AURIOLES KEVIN HORN (www.photographermarbella.com)
IAIN BLACKWELL, SAM HEXTER-ANDREWS, BELINDA BECKETT, ALEX CARUANA, MICHEL CRUZ, CRISTINA FALKENBERG, RIK FOXX, RUSSELL GRANT, PHILIP HARRIS, IRENE ROSENBLATT, TONY WHITNEY, DAVID WISHART JIMÉNEZ GODOY A. GRÁFICAS, MURCIA D.L. MA-512-99
EDITORIAL & ADVERTISING OFFICES COMPLEJO LA PÓVEDA, BLQ. 3, 1º A, CN 340, KM 178, 29600 MARBELLA, MÁLAGA. TEL: 952 766 344 FAX: 952 766 343
ESSENTIAL MARBELLA MAGAZINE
www.essentialmagazine.com Member of the Association of Spanish Periodical Publications
The publishers make every effort to ensure that the magazine’s contents are correct, but cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information published herein, or be held accountable for any errors, omissions, or claims for damages. Marbella Magazine cannot accept responsibility for the claims, goods or services of advertisers. © Publicaciones Independientes Costa del Sol S.L. for Marbella Magazine. No part of this magazine, including texts, photographs, illustrations, maps or any other graphics may be reproduced in any form without the prior written consent of Publicaciones Independientes Costa del Sol S.L. Printed on recyclable paper, produced without wood and bleached without chlorine.
Specialist pension solutions for UK expatriates in Spain. Blevins Franks specialises in cross-border wealth management and can provide personalised, UK regulated pension advice, including QROPS. If you are thinking of transferring your pension out of the UK, you may wish to take action now in case the UK extends its 25% Overseas Transfer Charge post Brexit. We can help you with all your pension options, including the tax implications in Spain.
Talk to the people who know NERJA, MALAGA, MIJAS, MARBELLA, NUEVA ANDALUCIA
900 460 174
firstname.lastname@example.org SAN PEDRO, ESTEPONA, GIBRALTAR, CADIZ, HUELVA, AYAMONTE
900 978 903
email@example.com Keep an eye on the Blevins Franks website for Brexit news - www.blevinsfranks.com/brexit and contact us if you want to sign up for regular updates.
INTERNATIONAL TA X ADVICE • INVESTMENTS • ESTATE PLANNING • PENSIONS Blevins Franks Financial Management Limited (BFFM) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, reference number 179731. Where advice is provided outside the UK, via the Insurance Mediation Directive or the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II, the applicable regulatory system differs in some respects from that of the UK. Blevins Franks Trustees Limited is authorised and regulated by the Malta Financial Services Authority for the administration of trusts and companies. Blevins Franks Tax Limited provides taxation advice; its advisers are fully qualified tax specialists. This promotion has been approved and issued by BFFM.
thehills.es ONLY A FEW PLOTS LEFT PROJECT & APPROVED BUILDING LICENCES INCLUDED 24H Security in Gated Community · Panoramic Views · Ready to Build Plots from ¤ 895.000 · Finished Villas from ¤ 2.5 Million
OFFICE +34 952 765 060 MOBILE +34 627 813 545 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org Hotel Marbella Club, Oficina 10, Blvd. Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, 29602 Marbella, Spain WWW.SOLVILLA.NO
LU X U RY L I V I N G N
A T S
26 contemporar y semi-detached villas with private pools on the Golden Mile w w w. t h e c o l l e c t i o n m a r b e l l a . c o m Âˇ i n f o @ t h e c o l l e c t i o n m a r b e l l a . c o m Âˇ t e l . : 9 5 1 4 9 2 5 4 9
G N E XT TO P U E N T E RO M A N O
• Walking dis tanc e to the be a c h
PRICES FROM 1.125.000E
• Gated c ommunity w ith c o n c i e rg e se r v i c e • Priva te ga rdens and pools • Larg e roof top s ola r iums wi t h se a v i ews • Do u ble underground gara g e s • Up to 2 00 m 2 bas ements w i t h l a u n d r y ro o m s • Co m muna l ga rden a nd po o l
Exclusive sales agent: Engel & Völkers Marbella
You only live once,
La Quinta: Enjoying breathtaking views from all levels, this exquisite home offers impressive architecture, combining ultra-modern interior design with a Balinese touch. A truly unique villa, situated in a sought-after area. 4 beds, 4 baths. Built 900 m², plot 2.160 m². E&V ID: W-02COVU. Price: 3.200.000 €. Tel: 952 85 98 60.
Frontline Golf Rio Real: Unique, modern villa with panoramic golf and lake views. 4 beds, 4 baths. Built 453 m², plot 2.938 m². E&V ID: W-028GFE. Price: 1.725.000 €. Tel: 952 83 20 40.
Nagüeles: Just completed! Stunning high quality contemporary villa with panoramic sea views. 4 beds, 4 baths. Built 531 m², plot 990 m². E&V ID: W-02B0KX. Price: 1.980.000 €. Tel: 952 86 84 06.
Beachfront Los Monteros: Exceptional penthouse with spectacular sea views. 3 beds, 3 baths. Living area 242 m², terrace 188 m². E&V ID: W-02AAUU. Price: 1.695.000 €. Tel: 952 86 84 06.
Beachfront Puerto Banús: Beautiful luxury apartment in the gated complex of Malibu. 2 beds, 2 baths. Living area 159 m², terrace 61 m². E&V ID: W-02ARPY. Price: 1.400.000 €. Tel: 952 85 98 60.
Office Elviria: 952 83 55 80 · Office El Rosario: 952 83 20 40 www.engelvoelkers.com/MarbellaAndEast
we will show you where!
Beachside Guadalmina: Impressive residence perfectly blending timeless elegance, luxury and modern interiors. Situated in one of the most prestigious beach areas of Marbella. Large pool, gym, cinema, staff accommodation. 5 beds, 5 baths. Built 506 m², plot 2.035 m². E&V ID: W-02BP79. Price: 2.700.000 €. Tel: 952 85 98 60.
Golden Mile: Beautiful modern villa with fantastic sea views, just minutes from the beach. 6 beds, 6 baths. Built 540 m², plot 2.962 m². E&V ID: W-025V59. Price: 3.500.000 €. Tel: 952 86 84 06.
Beachside Golden Mile: Recently renovated villa in an exclusive gated community in Casablanca. 3 beds, 3 baths. Built 161 m², plot 449 m². E&V ID: W-02BQFR. Price: 2.495.000 €. Tel: 952 86 84 06.
Beachfront Golden Mile: Modern apartment with sea views in Marina Mariola. 2 beds, 2 baths. Living area 153 m², terrace 20 m². E&V ID: W-02B0HX. Price: 1.250.000 €. Tel: 952 86 84 06.
Beachfront Los Monteros: Frontline beach duplex-penthouse with sea views. 3 beds, 3 baths. Living area 249 m², terrace 184 m². E&V ID: W-02BTM5. Price: 2.500.000 €. Tel: 952 83 20 40.
Office Puerto Banús: 952 85 98 60 · Office Marbella: 952 86 84 06 www.engelvoelkers.com/MarbellaAndEast
GUESS J27 Essential Marbella Spa Ago.indd 1
GUESS J27 Essential Marbella Spa Ago.indd 2
Ref: DM2096 Price: 4.950.000€
Ref: DM3740 Price on application
Ref: DM4037-02 Price: 3.500.000€
marbella hill club Golden Mile. Supreme location, sea views and elegance combine to perfection in this luxury home. 6
sierra blanca Marbella Golden Mile. Exceptional modern villa with sea views in the most sought-after location. 7
casasola Brand new. 300m from the beach. 5
Ref: DM3629-07 Price: 2.500.000€
camoján Sea views. Gated. 24h security. 5
OUTSTANDING HOMES A selection of some of the finest properties in and around Marbella, all in prime locations, from the most exclusive country club to frontline golf and beach. As Marbella Luxury Real Estate specialists for almost three decades and exclusive affiliates of Knight Frank for the Costa del Sol, we are committed to offering our clients the best property portfolio, excellence in service and a completely secure experience when selling or buying a property.
Ref: DM4065 Price: 7.000.000€
la zagaleta Stunning villa. Gated. 24h security. 7
Connecting people & property, perfectly.
email@example.com DMproperties.com 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 418 offices in 60 Countries Ref: DM3891 Price: 2.295.000€
Ref: DM4294 Price: 745.000€
golf valley Villa. Sea & golf views. Gated. 3
Ref: DM4221 Price: 950.000€
golf valley Contemporary frontline golf villa. 4
los monteros Beachfront golfside apartment. 3
• 49 Luxury Villas • Panoramic Sea Views • Off Plan Modern Style • New Golden Mile • Built up to 876 m² • Up to 5 bed / 5 bath • Beach & Golf surroundings Publicacion Agosto.indd 2
firstname.lastname@example.org Publicacion Agosto.indd 3
+34 622 752 066
www.otero.com.es 25/07/2018 14:48:50
E XTR AORDINARY VIEWS OVER THE GOLF VALLE Y Â
Construction has started. Only 3 villas left.
Untitled-2 1 anamaya-villas_ essencial-magazine_46x30-2.1.indd 2-3
email@example.com (+34) 952 765 060 (+34) 627 813 545
firstname.lastname@example.org (+34) 951 319 994
For more information please visit
27/07/2018 12:13 23/7/18 10:09
contents the spotlight
Andalucía’s Secluded Beaches 40 Las Vegas 50
Symphony of the Seas 58 70 Years of Porsche 66
The BMW i8 Roadster 72
The World Polo Tour Grand Slam in Sotogrande 76
River Cruising 86 The Finca Cortesin Hotel 96
the trend Cinema Releases 100 Armie Hammer Tribute 102 Music News 104 Best-selling Reads 106
the style Modular, Personalised Homes with Hormitech 110 Velvet Luxury in Cancelada 116 An Interview with Patricia Darch 122 Summer Home Accessories 124 APM Monaco Jewellery 126 Chloe Lloyd Models Swimwear in the Maldives 128 Stunning Swimwear by New Look 134 El Corte Inglés Flagship Store in Marbella 140
160 Caroline Wendelin, Model and Artst 162 The Vibe 174
176 Social Media for Good 177 Pet News
the pro 180 Marbella Climate Control 184 Loma de Casasola 186 Jade Baldari of the Marbella Luxury Weekend and Gloocall 188 Enterprise 196 Shell Companies
the gourmet 203 Ocean Club 204 D.O.MAR 206 Robotic Restaurants 208 Food News 210 Cristina Gutiérrez of L’Olive Restaurant 212 Great Spanish Whites
the guide 214 Listings 222 What’s On 224 Stars for August
Fashion News 142
the spa Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water 146 Beauty News 148 Mosquito Repelling Plants 152 Neolife 154 Sharron Lowe of The Mind Makeover 156
228 Con.indd 26
H A P PY DIAM ON DS
2018/551 - Revista Essential / Ideal Joyeros - 264BLU - 230 x 300 mm - Espagne - 13/06/18
228 CallumSwan.indd 1
228 CallumSwan.indd 2
COLLECTION WORLD G
i Collection World is the leading European supplier of art for your hom e and garden. Our large warehouse of 6000m2 is ďŹ lled with beautiful piec es sourced and create d by specialists in al l aspects of art.
MARBELLA O T Y R E IV L FREE DESHIP WORLDWIDE! WE
Our designers and carvers work with on ly the best marble as they crea te exclusively for Co llection World.
Visit www.collectionworld.net to see the wide range of products and services we have available. Be sure to stop in or contact us for further information as the website only represents a part of our stock. Ctra. Nac. 340, KM159, 29680 Estepona. (Parking available) Open Mon to Fri 09:00 â€“ 20:00, Sat & Sun 10:00 to 14:00 Tel: 952 802 162 Mo: 690 365 347
217 Collection World.indd 1
ANTIQUES AND DECORATION
Founded in 1996, with more than 1200m2 of showroom on Marbella’s Golden Mile Worldwide delivery - Easy parking Centro Comercial Expo, local 48, Opposite the Marbella Club Hotel, 29600 Marbella, Málaga Tel/Fax: (+34) 952 826 729 • Mo: 690 365 347 • email@example.com • www.collectionworld.net
D WORDS BY IAIN BLACKWELL PUBLISHER
ugust is the hottest, busiest month of the year here in Marbella, and to complement this, we have assembled an edition that is positively sizzling with quality content. Accordingly, we suggest you ﬁnd somewhere shady and, accompanied by a long cool one, enjoy it to the max. Top stories to look out for this month include Andalucia’s Secluded Beaches, Life Aboard the World’s Largest Passenger Cruise Ship, Symphony of The Seas, The Rise of River Cruising and The Summer Polo Season at Sotogrande. Check out the sensuality of selected luxury swimwear as modelled by Chloe Lloyd on location in the Maldives and a range of stunning costumes from New Look. Life in the fast lane features strongly in these pages with an exposé on the brand new BMW i8 Roadster and an unveiling of Porsche’s concept car, the 911 Speedster. We also bring you a multitude of personalities, luxury living options, and memorable dining venues among many other articles to savour during the long month ahead. HOT TO TROT!
F O R
S H OPPI NG
LOV E RS
For non-resident foreign visitors. Check in Store for other restrictions
Marbella - Mijas - Mรกlaga
DEPARTMENT STORES SPAIN & PORTUGAL
e the spotlight CULTURE HISTORY PEOPLE MOTORING TECHNOLOGY ENTERTAINMENT
Andalucía’s Secluded Beaches
Symphony of the Seas
70 Years of Porsche
The BMW i8 Roadster
The World Polo Tour Grand Slam in Sotogrande
WE’RE OFFICIALLY AT THE PINNACLE OF SUMMER SO WE MAKE THE MOST OF IT BY FEATURING SECLUDED BEACHES, LAS VEGAS – CITY OF LIGHTS, AND SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS – THE WORLD’S LARGEST PASSENGER CRUISE SHIP. WE ALSO CHECK OUT THE SVELTE PORSCHE 911 SPEEDSTER AND THE SEXY BMW I8 ROADSTER AND PROVIDE USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THE ADRENALIN-CHARGED INTERNATIONAL POLO TOURNAMENT WORLD POLO TOUR GRAND SLAM IN SOTOGRANDE, TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.
228 Intros.indd 1
ARCHITECTURE . INTERIOR DESIGN . BESPOKE CARPENTRY . FURNITURE COLLECTION
A V D A . B LV. P R Í N C I P E A L F O N S O D E H O H E N L O H E . U R B . C A R O L I N A P A R K www.aaltofurniture.com
D THE SPOTLIGHT travel
THE AGATE CAPE
hey’re the region’s most pristine playas, environmental gems protected as national and natural parks and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. Some are Natural Monuments. Not strictly virginal, their charms have already been uncovered by birdwatchers, naturists, hard-core hikers and high season tourists. But some play very hard to get, hiding below towering cliffs or across deserts of prickly pear, far from tarmac roads and civilisation. They also come with a safety warning: strong currents and stiff Levante winds can make swimming treacherous and most of these beaches have no lifeguards, ﬁrst aid posts or safety flags. Another snag of there being no services (no loos, showers, cafes selling menús del día and bottles of ice cold water) is that you have to lug all your beach paraphernalia with you – cold boxes, beach brollies, loungers, windsurfers, tents, towels – along trails more suited to Indiana Jones than the average family as Harrison Ford would conﬁrm (one of Almeria’s beaches was a location for the Last Crusade). There’s no handy beach parking either. These are protected areas with designated car parks governed by strict daily trafﬁc quotas and they’re usually a fair trek from the surf. Later you have to cart all your wet stuff back to the car, taking your rubbish with you as there are no bins, which rather puts these beautiful beaches out of reach of the very young, the very old and anyone with a mobility problem. But the effort, if you’re up to it, will reward you with wow factor; virgin sands, snorkelling-quality water, rock pool aquariums swimming with tiny ﬁsh and crustaceans, Instagrammable geological formations and some of the most untainted coastal landscapes on the planet. For the planet’s sake, be sure to keep them that way!
PHOTOGRAPHY © SHUTTERSTOCK
Belinda Beckett Set Off On An Eco Beach-Combing Trail To The Easterly And Westerly Extremes Of Andalucia To Pick Out Her Favourites.
For high drama, nothing beats the beaches that cluster beneath Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park’s rust-red lava cliffs. Volcanic rock formations and an eerie spaghetti western landscape provide the backdrop to a collection of over 50 coves and bays whose added attractions extend underwater to include sea grass beds, coral reefs and rock pools teeming with marine life. It was a tough task narrowing the choice down to a fab ﬁve. Unesco Biosphere Reserve beaches come at the price and many lie at the foot of 100-metre cliffs or across desert scrubland dotted with European fan palms, pink snapdragon and agave cactus. You could be in Mexico. Save these virgin coves for a calm, sunny day and take note of the park’s warning: ‘In adverse weather conditions or strong wind, avoid all beaches without surveillance and lifeguard service or where you can’t stand in the sea.’
40 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 TrL.indd 40
s ’ a i c u l a A nd
EL PLAYAZO Simply known as ‘The Beach’, this sandy bay is one of the easiest to access, 3.4km from the famous goldmining town of Rodalquilar and with parking close to the sands, so you won’t be alone. With mountains at one end and an 18th century castle at the other, it offers safe swimming and a beautiful picnic setting. Rodalquilar’s abandoned goldmines and shanty towns are well worth checking out en route.
LOS GENOVESES A bathing belle of a beach with aquamarine water, gently-shelving sands, wrap-around dunes and a border of cactus pastures grazed by goats. A couple of kilometres from the ﬁshing village of San José, where you can catch a beach shuttle bus in summer, it’s still worth biking or hiking it for the scenery. Named after the 200 Genoese galleons that sheltered here in 1147 before helping Alfonso VII recapture Almería from the Moors, the Spanish Armada also rested up here before the Battle of Lepanto. Bring a metal detector and search for buried doubloons!
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 41
228 TrL.indd 41
MÓNSUL COVE This cinematic beach has been the backdrop for a host of Hollywood movies and pop videos – Lawrence of Arabia, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, David Bisbal’s Ave María... Harrison Ford had his photo snapped by the Comb, an iconic boulder that fell to the shore. The cliffs, are a textbook illustration of how molten lava poured over them, cooling just before it reached the ocean into a curtain of surreal shapes which morph from mustard to mauve as the light changes. Reach it from San José by car or the summer shuttle bus.
LAS SALINAS The safest beach in an eastern Levante wind, and the longest in the park at 8km, running between the Med and the only operating saltpans in eastern Andalucia. Striking rather than beautiful, the salty lagoon attracts storks, egrets and pretty flamingos and the restored church has become an Instagram icon.
The Beach of the Dead, near Carboneras, doesn’t sound like a welcoming place and its name is a warning. The ﬁne shingle and coarse sand beach is steeply shelved, it’s too rocky to stand in the water and positively dangerous in a Levante wind so not ideal for young children or non-swimmers. If that doesn’t put you off, the steep 20-minute descent will. Precisely for these reasons it’s never overcrowded. It’s also stunning.
42 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 TrL.indd 42
PUNTA PALOMA To the east, 10km from Tarifa, it’s worth the detour off the N340 to Punta Paloma along a road that slices through towering dunes. The reflected light from the white sand gives the impression of driving through a snowscape. These shifting sands cover the treetops while fences installed to prevent the dune from moving are almost buried (mind the spikes). Park here and descend to a secluded bay of rock and sand. A short drive further up the road through an old military zone leads you to ivy-clad El Mirlo where you can grab a bite and lap up Morocco views.
© José María Caballero
BOLONIA’S SECRET SISTERS Beautiful Bolonia has topped more best beach lists than the grains of sand that make up its 30-metre dune which has National Monument status. With beach showers, chiringuitos and the famed Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia on its doorstep, it’s virgin no more but you only have to look around the headland for two beaches that ﬁt the description, both within the Strait Natural Park.
44 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 TrL.indd 44
NATURALLY MODERN LIVING
PaloAltoMarbella.COM TO BOOK A TOUR: 900 102 322
Essential Magazine - Advert - 230x300 - JUNE 2018.indd 1
© Cádiz Turismo
PLAYA EL CAÑUELO
Cádiz has its own spectacular sandbar flanked by the Atlantic on one side and the saltflats and marshes of the Bay of Cádiz Natural Park on the other. Anchovy Point is a National Monument stretching from Playa Campo Soto in civilised San Fernando, brimming with boardwalk cafes and all mod cons, to remote Playa del Castillo opposite Chiclana, getting wilder with every step you take. At the tip you can enjoy offshore views of Sancti Petri islet’s castle lighthouse from a Caribbean-copy beach. A restricted military zone until the 1960s, today the only shooting is done with a camera by birdwatchers and beach snappers. From the car park at the San Fernando end, the Point is a glorious shoreline walk past wetlands and curious WW2 bunkers. You can also get there more directly by boat from the port of Sancti Petri pueblo.
© Luis Miguel Belizón Conde
PUNTA DEL BOQUERÓN
To the west, this incognito cove is a 1km hike across a headland that will reward you with white sands, transparent (although often choppy) waters and a satisfyingly low beach towel count. The easiest approach is from Zahara de Los Atunes. Park at the eastern end of Atlanterra, head for the Faro Camarinal lighthouse and across a landscape of pine, junipers and rock roses. Take note that in exceptionally high tides the beach all but vanishes underwater.
46 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 TrL.indd 46
226 C8ncept.indd 1
© Turismo Huelva
The attraction is the ruined watchtower in the centre of so-called Parrot Tower Beach which was built to ward off pirates (not parrots but maybe the pirates owned some). Local lore says you can visit four municipalities just by walking around it, as it straddles the borders of Palos de la Frontera, Moguer, Lucena del Puerto and Almonte.
© Turismo Huelva
PLAYA TORRE DEL LORO
ACANTILADO DEL ASPERILLO If Mars had a sea, the landscape might resemble the Cliffs of Asperillo. Chiselled by wind and rain and striped with layers of sediment deposited over millennia which has raised them to a height of over 100 metres, this curious fossil dune system runs for 12-kilometres along the beach. To reach this 15,000-year-old Natural Monument, turn off the A-494 at km 39 towards Cuesta Maneli.
A DIP IN DOÑANA
228 TrL.indd 48
The Rompido Arrow is often called one of the Seven Wonders of Huelva. Cupid’s Arrow would be an even better name, as this sensational 13-kilometre sandbar is love at ﬁrst sight. Aside from the jaw-dropping beauty of this Natural Marshland spit, joined to the mainland between Cartaya and Lepe, La Flecha offers the novel choice of swimming in the River Piedras on one side or the Atlantic on the other. It’s also a chameleon beach, home to the colour-changing reptiles and a shape-shifter itself, growing 30 metres longer annually so you never see the same peninsula two years running. It’s a 3km walk from La Antilla but more fun to take the ferry. FlechaMar (www.flechamar.com) runs a regular service from El Rompido and the 10-15-minute trip means that a chilled mojito is never far away. The same company offers tapas cruises – a chance to sample local hams, cheeses, Lepe strawberries and D.O. Condada de Huelva wine. The price you pay for civilisation’s proximity is that you don’t get La Flecha to yourself. e
48 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
LA FLECHA DEL ROMPIDO
© Turismo Huelva
Book-ended by the frenetic summer resorts of Mazagón and Matalascañas, a 25 kilometre strip of platinum sand fringing Doñana National Park offers total escape from the mass sun-worshipping world. Although the beaches have different names you can walk to them all via the shoreline. Reached off the main A-494 via dirt tracks where you soon have to park up, be prepared for a walk of up to 20 minutes through forests of stone pine, juniper and gorse on the fringes of Iberian lynx country, although you’ll be unlikely to spot one. But keep an eye out for endangered spur-thighed tortoises, Lataste’s vipers and Egyptian mongoose which also enjoy the freedom of this amazing Unesco World Heritage park.
D THE SPOTLIGHT travel
Nestled deep in the Nevada Desert lays an adult’s version of Disneyland, a place offering entertainment and wonder, with the opportunity to experience many different parts of the globe within the space of a 6.8 km strip. Las Vegas is easy to get to from this side of the world, with ﬂights from Málaga to New York only eight and a half hours, and the option to stop over and visit the Big Apple before jetting off again on a connecting ﬂight of just over ﬁve and a half hours to the City of Lights. Some may pass Las Vegas off as simply a gambler’s Mecca, but this short strip does in fact have a lot more to offer. Granted it does have forty casinos for those who hope to win big and change their life, but there are also alternative ways to do that here, as well as endless other amusements. WORDS ALEXANDRA CARUANA PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SHUTTERSTOCK
DESERT 50 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 TrI Vegas.indd 50
The Venetian Resort Hotel and Casinos
HOW VEGAS WAS BORN Although many consider the adult’s playground a pretty recent creation, Las Vegas stems back from the early 20th century when it was integrated as part of Clark County. Created essentially by rail workers who established links from Southern California, these enabled the region to flourish, encouraging farmers to sow their crops and bring fresh produce to the area, necessitating the develoment of a water supply. Male labourers flocked in to work on the Boulder Dam in the early 1930s, which is today known as the Hoover Dam: an energy saving plant which produces a phenomenal source of hydroelectric energy. The creation of electricity in the area and the increase of people passing through gave rise to a need to build hotels and create entertainment for the many male workers, whose requirements were happily seen to by business owners and members of the Mafia who construted casinos and showgirl theatres.
RESIDENTS AND ACROBATS Today, there is plenty of fun available for all the family on the strip itself, including music concerts and shows. Several artists and DJs known as ‘Residents’ live in Las Vegas and perform over certain months of the year, including Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey and Calvin Harris to name a few. Cirque du Soleil is also a popular show in the area, with amazing aerobatic performances executed in both air and water, depending on the show you select. The strip is an attraction in its own right, with many outstanding themed luxury hotels to visit, several even have their own performances. To see the strip at its best, go after dark to get the most out of the entertainment available and to experience the great ambience it has to offer. Stand outside the Bellagio hotel for a wonderful water show, beautifully choreographed with colour and music. The Fountains of Bellagio is a daily show which starts every 30 minutes from 3pm to 8pm Monday through Friday and every 15 minutes from 8pm to midnight. A full schedule of the show is available on the Bellagio website for more information. Further down the strip is the Volcano Show at the Treasure Island Hotel which takes place nightly at 7pm, 8:30pm, 10pm and 11:30pm. These free shows are a delight for children and adults alike! Most hotels have a casino so if you fancy a flutter you won’t have to look far. If you’re not a high roller then the hotels themselves are entertaining enough as you can ‘travel’ to all corners of the globe. Never been to Venice? Visit the Venetian where you will be able to enjoy a gondola ride indoors. Caesar’s Palace will also take you to Italy with a fantastic indoor shopping experience, making you feel like you are actually in Rome. If you want more of an Egyptian episode, then head to the Luxor Hotel where you will be greeted by a replica of the Sphinx itself. A smaller version of France’s Eiffel Tower also stands tall on the famous Strip. In keeping with the adult’s playground theme, the New York New York hotel has a rollercoaster surrounding the hotel, with drops of a nail-biting 43 metres and a speed of up to 107 miles per hour. The highest rollercoaster in the world is also located in Las Vegas, appropriately named ‘High Roller’, which is situated at the top of the Stratosphere Tower, the tallest freestanding observation tower in the USA. As well as being a fantastic place to take in the views of Vegas, the Stratosphere is also a hotel with its own casino.
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 51
228 TrI Vegas.indd 51
Chapel of the Bells, Las Vegas
NEVADA NUPTIALS Vegas is also a popular destination for those wishing to avoid the stresses of wedding planning and to elope with a loved one for minimal costs. This easy wedding culture has been another winning attraction for the city, and stems back to 1942, when The Little Church of the West, Vegas’ earliest wedding chapel opened its doors for the ﬁrst time. It has since joined some famous names in matrimony, including Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere and Bob Geldof and Paula Yates. Neither couple managed to stand the test of time, igniting the flame of doubt for many people when considering marriage in Vegas. Due to its wild reputation, it may not be the most ideal place to exchange vows for some, but for others it provides an easy solution to having to resort to slashing their wedding guest lists due to excessive costs. Its not all doom and gloom, as there are also many unions that have resulted in success, including that of Jon Bon Jovi and his childhood sweetheart, Dorothea, and Michael Caine and his wife Shakira. In order to get hitched in Sin City, all that is required is a marriage licence, which can be purchased from a Marriage Bureau. The licence is valid for a year until a wedding ceremony is performed between the couple. For those not willing to commit completely, it is possible to have the Vegas wedding experience without the marriage licence. Some like to get married by Elvis at the Little Vegas Chapel. The wedding industry in Vegas has grown in a short time, with there being approximately 115,000 weddings a year, and many opportunities to tie the knot in one of Vegas’ various chapels.
For a few dollars, Elvis can ofﬁciate your wedding
The famed Little White Wedding Chapel
52 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 TrI Vegas.indd 52
La Perla Blanca Ref: ES8599
Video AVAILABLE IPhone IOS 11: open camera. Others download ‘QR Code Reader’ app
Four generations dedicated to the real estate profession Established in Marbella in 1970 27 highly experienced professionals, speaking 13 languages A portfolio of more than 1,000 exceptional properties Specialists in Marbella’s Golden Mile and the greater Marbella area Regulated by RICS
Offices at Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and opposite the Marbella Club hotel
Tel: (+34) 952 863 750
An International Associate of Savills
GRAND ACTIVITIES One of the most amazing things to see while in Vegas is the Grand Canyon. Stretching over 270 miles long and 18 miles wide, it can be accessed in a number of ways. The most impressive experience is a tour by helicopter, flying over to get a bird’s eye view of the brick red landscape where you will even get to stop off for a Champagne picnic and take in the sheer magnificence of the place. Your friendly pilot will point out various landmarks during your tour of the canyon, which will consist of an extinct volcano field which has lain dormant for thousands of years, and many wild animals in their natural habitat, including mustangs, mountain lions and donkeys just to name a few. You will also fly over the Hoover Dam, where you will be reminded of how it all started. Renewable energy sources, such as this water turbine, are common in the area. The power of sun is also harnessed, with solar panel farms dotted around to create another renewable source of energy that keeps the Las Vegas Strip lit at night. The Grand Canyon has been home to indigenous peoples for thousands of years. The canyon is believed to be a holy site, which attracted many Native Americans who created settlements and lived within its caves. Even today many still live within the site, depending heavily on the tourist industry. The Havasupai Indian Reservation which is made up mainly of waterfalls and streams is maintained by the Havasupai Tribe, who have lived within the canyon for the past 800 years. This reservation is a popular attraction for those wishing to hike through the Grand Canyon, and boasts some of the cleanest air in America; it really is a great choice of location to get the blood pumping. The Hualapai Tribe also opened a 4,000 foot glassbottomed Skywalk on their property to the public (see ‘s June issue, page 174). Another way to see the Grand Canyon is by boat down the Colorado River, or even by skydiving for those braver travellers, which became available in 2016.
Don’t miss out on a flight over the Grand Canyon
54 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 TrI Vegas.indd 54
For those wanting to blow off some steam, there is the opportunity to fire a gun at a shooting range. With an instructor at your side to guide you, enjoy another thrill-seeking activity that Vegas provides. There are many different types of ranges to choose from, such as those with a military theme, where you will be able to launch grenades and ride around in real-life military vehicles to get the total combat experience. Those not into thrill-seeking adventures and who would rather keep their feet on the ground can take advantage of the many shopping outlets that are around the strip, comprising all your favourite brands at discounted prices. The North Premium Outlets is one such location, where you can have a wander around and buy from top brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Nike, and even the Disney Store for the child in you. Bear in mind that this outlet mall will definitely have you in a sweat, given that it’s located outside in the blazing heat. Make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen as the desert temperatures can be quite dizzying, ensuring you limit being outside and spend more time in the air-conditioned shops bargain hunting. The Forum Shops inside Caesars Palace give you a cooler option should you wish to shop for high-street staples and browse boutiques. This great little place also provides the added bonus of the appearance of cobblestone streets, Roman statues and a false ‘sky’ ceiling. For something on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, those looking to splurge on highend designer gear should head to The Shops at Crystals, which is located next to the Aria hotel. Thankfully, this luxurious mall is indoors with plenty of air-conditioning, so is a welcome retreat from the unbearable heat outside. There are also several restaurants should you need to refuel.
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 55
228 TrI Vegas.indd 55
INTERNATIONAL DINING In keeping with its international vibe, Vegas boasts many delicious restaurants for all palates. Mr. Chow is an exclusive Chinese diner located within Caesar’s Palace hotel. They believe that their restaurant should be like the theatre, full of life and entertainment, which is why you may sometimes be greeted by the chefs venturing out of the kitchen and making presentations, such as demonstrating how their noodles are made. Overlooking the Gardens of the Gods Pool Oasis, you will enjoy mouth-watering dishes in a chic, modern setting. Don’t forget to try the duck pancakes! Fancy spending the evening in Paris? Then head to Bardot Brasserie at the Aria hotel, where you will ﬁnd Parisian cuisine with a twist. Their specialty is the classic French onion soup, with the option to add braised short rib, black truffle and a soft poached
egg for those who like to try something new. Eatt Gourmet Bistro is a relaxed setting with a Michelin-starred chef for the vegans travelling to Vegas, with some refreshing chilled soups to cool you down from the Vegas sun. Deliciously light salads and fresh appetisers such as the goats cheese tartine are beautifully prepared, and all for a reasonable price. For the carnivores among us, SW Steakhouse at the Wynn hotel is the place to head. Their chilli-rubbed double rib eye starter appeared on The Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate, and is one of only three places in Vegas that serves Kobe beef. While you chow down on some delicious cuts of meat, you can take in the picturesque evening shows that take place on the Lake of Dreams, which feature music, puppetry and lights, and marvel at the 40foot waterfall alongside.
Dining in Las Vegas is of the highest standard
Joël Robuchon’s restaurant in Vegas
The Night is Young After eating a tasty meal, most people venture out to the Strip to enjoy the ambience that it has to offer. Those wishing to stay up late should head to one of Vegas’ many clubs. Light in Mandalay Bay is one of the newer clubs to join the Vegas Strip, but like many places in town, it sure does bring a show. Having united with the Cirque du Soleil, expect to see plenty of acrobats flying overhead. XS at the Wynn is known for being one of the most expensive clubs ever built, with its very own swimming pool on the premises. Lots of famous DJs play at this venue, so it is deﬁnitely the place to frequent for a great night out full of interesting photo opportunities. If you prefer a more relaxed ambiance, look no further than Velveteen Rabbit. With an adventurous menu of cocktails, which change seasonally, there will be something to excite everyone’s
taste buds. The bar itself is named after a children’s book, about a stuffed rabbit and his wish to become real. One thing is for sure, you will experience some REAL drinks here, with interesting ingredients you would not ﬁnd elsewhere, such as lemon curd, jalapeno infused tequila, apricot jam bourbon, and even celery mist! For more traditional, classic cocktails, stick with the Oak & Ivy bar, where the friendly bartenders will even suggest combinations for you to try depending on your tastes. Scotch lovers will enjoy the extensive selection that is available, as well as their whiskey cocktails. Their Moscow Mule is a must try, but which one? They offer nine different versions. For a city that never sleeps, be sure you get plenty of rest before you arrive. You won’t want jetlag to hold you back. With so much to cram in, there’s no time to waste! e
The Moscow Mule is a must at the Oak and Ivy bar
56 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 TrI Vegas.indd 56
228 VM.indd 1
D THE SPOTLIGHT cruise
Royal Caribbean’s newest baby – the Symphony of the Seas – is ﬁve times the size of the Titanic (362.1 metres long and 65.5 metres wide), is able to carry a total of 6,680 guests + 2,200 crew members, and boasts 18 decks, 24 guest elevators, and seven different ‘neighbourhoods’ in which passengers of all ages and tastes can ﬁnd their perfect spot. Ofﬁcially the largest cruise liner in the world, the Symphony of the Seas made its maiden voyage from Barcelona in March this year, docking at the Málaga port for its ofﬁcial unveiling before the international market. The ship will be offering a 12day Transatlantic cruise sailing through Barcelona, Málaga, and Miami from October 28 to November 9. If you’re up for a voyage on a ship that is as much fun (if not more) than the destination itself, the Symphony of the Seas may be the perfect choice for you and your family. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ROYAL CARIBBEAN
THE SYMPHONY OF THE SEAS
THE WORLD’S LARGEST CRUISE SHIP SETS SAIL 58 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FeA1.indd 58
A FLOATING RESORT Over 27 million people are projected to cruise in 2018, and visionaries such as Royal Caribbean have plenty to do with it. As architect Tom Wright told Wired’s Oliver Franklin-Wallis, “Most people’s idea of a cruise is ‘Oh God, I’m going to be packed in with ﬁve thousand people I don’t want to talk to and getting bored out of my tree. In fact, it’s like going to a hotel that just moves magically overnight.” Franklin-Wallis rightly notes that cruising is currently undergoing a golden age. Once seen as luxury floating retirement homes or the stuff uninspired honeymoons are made of, cruising is now seen as the ultimate choice for those who wish to be entertained when travelling, while catching a host of destinations without having to worry about check-ins, boarding passes, and of course, packing and unpacking.
THE ARCHITECT In charge of building a cruise liner that would totally redeﬁne the cruising experience was Harri Kulovaara – a Finnish naval architect whose specialisation is passenger ships. Kulovaara is best known for designing two groundbreaking ferries for Silja Line featuring 150-metre, two-deck promenades and a huge window letting in natural light and creating a vibrant space for passengers to walk through. This influence is plainly seen in the Symphony of the Seas, whose Boardwalk amusement area is open to natural light and flanked by two rows of cabins that lead out to two 66-metre slides called Ultimate Abyss (the tallest ever at sea. In essence, the ship has been ‘split down the middle’ and is connected by the sun deck up top. The vessel is 18 decks tall and, like all other ships in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas class, it cost over €848 million to build. Kulovaara was responsible for the conceptual and architectural design of the ship itself. However, various spaces were designed by individual architects (such as restaurants and cabins) in an effort to remain fresh, creative, and innovative.
The construction of the Symphony of the Seas
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 59
228 FeA1.indd 59
The open-air amphitheatre
THE ULTIMATE FAMILY SUITE: TWO STORIES OF AWESOME One of the most Instagrammed sections of the Symphony of the Seas is the Ultimate Family Suite. It features a multi-storey in-suite slide, private cinema, floor-to-ceiling LEGO wall, Royal Genie (butler) on hand to deliver surprises and delights to families, full-size whirlpool with an ocean view, vertical maze for kids, and so much more. Royal Caribbean calls this suite “a space for families to come together during their cruise vacation, while offering enough room and amenities to relax.”
CRUISING WITH ROBOTIC BARTENDERS The place to be for tech lovers is the Bionic Bar: a marvel of technology featuring robotic bartenders, who can mix up to two drinks per minute; that’s a total of 1,000 per day! Travellers can create their own concoction or choose an existing beverage by using a tablet; the bots then measure, shake, strain, and pour the ultimate refreshing cocktail. The Bionic Bar was developed by Makr Shakr in Torino, Italy, who modelled the robots’ movements on those of a dancer from the New York Ballet.
SPECIFIC DESIGN FEATURES Many of the most challenging aspects of building a ship of this magnitude, involve safety. As Kulovaara recently told Wired, “The big part of building a ship, 85 per cent, is what you don’t see. It’s the air conditioning, the electric systems, the water systems, power generation.” The ship houses a number of independent fire zones, which can be cut off in the face of an emergency. Kulovaara’s team is vast and he relied on various specialised projects teams to pull off concepts such as the indoor ice skating arena – such a complex feat that it logically went to Wilson Butler Architects, who have designed many of Royal Caribbean’s most dreamlike entertainment concepts.
The amazing Family Suite
60 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FeA1.indd 60
Joyce Real Estate
Unique house in La Carolina (Golden Mile) Plot: 1.850m2 • Build: 371m2 • 2 Living rooms • 5 Bedrooms 4+1 Bathrooms Fully fitted kitchen with pantry • Central oil heating • PRICE: 2.300.000.-€
Royal Hights - Altos Reales (Golden Mile) Plot: 970m2 • Build: 580m2 • Living room with fireplace • 4 Bedrooms • 3+2 Bathrooms Fully fitted kitchen with laundry • Cellar of 270m2 • Garage 2 cars • PRICE: 2.690.000.-€
Tlf. 608 45 15 59 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.joycemarbella.com
T FACTO ive. These include The re options on board is impress entu adv and nt nme rtai Bay: a ente of The range e surf simulators; Splashaway of water slides; two FlowRid trio edy ls and spe a poo rm: ns, Sto ntai fect fou Per er cannons, uring colourful waterslides, wat rock etre 13-m two , water park for younger tots feat line k-high zip ; a mini-golf course; a nine-dec lined up whirlpools; an ice skating rink cific programmes have been Spe etc. rt, cou all ketb bas d size fulla ls; spaces poo ed 19 icat ls; ded wal e climbing Tweens and teens hav a focus on learning and fun. with 17, to e . thre age d r age thei kids for e other passengers es and sports to enjoy alongsid on board, and a host of gam
UPPING THE ENTERTAINMEN
FOOD GALORE There are over 20 restaurants on board, four of which are new concepts for this liner. They include El Loco Fresh (featuring fresh Mexican fare), Hooked Seafood (where diners tuck into fresh lobster, crab and other delights), Sugar Beach (a sweet shop with an impressive range of ice-cream and lollies), and Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade (featuring sports broadcast on over 30 large-screen televisions).
HIGH-ENERGY, HIGH-TECH PRODUCTIONS Cultural offerings abound on the Symphony of the Seas, which displays a total of 13,348 artworks that are conceptually intriguing and imaginative. There are also a host of theatrical and artistic productions every day. One of this year’s highlights is Flight: Dare to Dream – which takes audiences on a journey through the past, present, and future of air travel featuring 3D flying technology, video and automation, as well as simulated space and zero gravity, where actors ‘float’ within a detailed replica of the International Space Station. The show was designed following consultation with astronaut Clayton C. Anderson, who completed six spacewalks in two separate missions.
62 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FeA1.indd 62
EXCEPTIONAL HOME ON THE VILLA PADIERNA ESTATE, BENAHAVIS Newly built villa, front line to the golf course, with lake and sea views. Built and designed to the highest of standards with 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and extra staff accommodation. The villa has two distinct reception and kitchen areas including chefâ€™s kitchen and formal dining room. A galleried entrance hall and six metre high glass windows make the most of views over the swimming pool and golf course. nn nn nn nn
6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms Staff accommodation Security Garage
nn nn nn nn
Lift Built: 718m2 Terrace: 42m2 Plot: 2,577m2
Price on application For more details please contact: T: +34 951 400 298 | email@example.com
RETAIL THERAPY Take something home for loved ones by top brands, including Victoria’s Secret, Dior, Sisley, and more. Symphony of the Seas is home to a bevy of shops selling fashion, jewellery, perfumes… anything and everything you would expect to find at a high-end street in London, Paris, or Milan.
CENTRAL PARK: A NEIGHBOURHOOD WITH A DIFFERENCE Strolling through Symphony of the Seas’ Central Park, you are instantly whizzed into a lazy Sunday, and it feels just like walking through the green hub of a small town to buy the paper or have a cup of coffee. Thanks to the ‘split’ design of the ship, natural light shines in and allows over 12,000 plants to grow healthily, despite the obvious challenges of keeping them in optimal condition at sea. Many are watered by an underground system, to reduce the amount of wet weight
that normal sprinklers would produce. Some trees were transported onto the ship while others were dropped by crane onto specific drop zones; the entire process was carefully choreographed and put into place by thousands of gardeners. The Symphony of the Seas has been deemed ‘the world’s most photographable ship’ and we couldn’t agree more. From the captivating reflective art of the Paradox Void metallic installation (made from 1,200 steel triangles) to the amphitheatre-style AquaTheatre (featuring high-diving aerial performances, set against a stunning ocean backdrop), you will have so many places to capture on camera, you will probably need to bring extra memory for your device. Of course, the best way to remember a voyage on the Symphony of the Seas is just to live it, for in this case, the ship is the destination. i www.royalcaribbean.com
CHILLING OUT AT THE SPA
a highes the Vitality at Sea Spa from There is little that distinguish nts, sce t san plea ry resort. Natural wood, end spa at a five-star luxu ng udi incl le, ilab ava are uty treatments and a host of health and bea ltice pou hot a h wit es car r you While away hair styling and make-up. e a long anticouples’ treatment, or hav ic ant rom a y enjo ge, massa while your kids e lsid why not cool down poo ageing facial. Afterwards, ? d zipline adventure enjoy an adrenalin-charge
The colourful pool
64 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FeA1.indd 64
4 BED ENSUITE GUEST APARTMENT 670 M2 BUILT 1.530 M2 PLOT
NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART VILLA AT ATALAYA GOLF WITH INCREDIBLE SEA VIEWS & LOTS OF PRIVACY More info on http://en.vamoz.be 2.995.000 EURO
4 BED ENSUITE 313 M2 BUILT BASEMENT OPTIONAL 1.340 M2 PLOT
OFF-PLAN MODERN VILLA WITH SEA VIEWS IN A QUIET CUL-DE-SAC AT ATALAYA GOLF 1.795.000 EURO
INFO@VAMOZ.ES / ï‚• 664 102 043 / WWW.VAMOZ.ES Vamoz_Essential_FullPage_advert.indd 1
D THE SPOTLIGHT motoring
70 Years of
PORSCHE A brand forged in the ferocity of motorsport, offering both high-performance thrills and luxury reﬁnement – all enveloped in a rich history that is thoroughly embedded into the foundation of every vehicle it has ever created. Its machines, old and new, have become celebrations of both iconic artistry and engineering ﬁnesse. Indeed, Porsche has spent the last 70 years redeﬁning the benchmark in every aspect of the automotive spectrum. Now boasting some 30,000 racing victories to date, no less than 19 of which have come from Le Mans, a number greatly surpassing any of its closest rivals. Porsche has become a justly prestigious brand, a marque with a proud heritage and humble beginnings. WORDS SAM HEXTER-ANDREWS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF PORSCHE
NO. 1 It was on June 8, 1948 that Porsche received the operating permit for its ﬁrst road-going production sports car – the Porsche 356 ‘No. 1’ Roadster. The original car – a two-seater, opentop prototype, featured hand-sculpted aluminium body panels and was powered by a mid-mounted, air-cooled flat-four engine that produced around 40bhp. The car was developed by Ferdinand Porsche and was built in a cattle shed in Gmünd, Austria.
Humble beginnings indeed. To celebrate this momentous milestone, Porsche recently held the ‘70 years of Porsche Sports Cars’ anniversary event at the Porsche museum, next to the company’s long-standing headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. And in addition, as a nod to its long and illustrious motoring history, revealed the new Porsche 911 Speedster Concept. But Porsche’s birthday celebrations
didn’t stop there – with the motoring titan taking centre stage at the world renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, where it showcased some of its latest motorsport variants, its new ‘Mission E’ electric prototype, and paid due respects to some of the greatest and most iconic cars it has created over its 70 year legacy. Porsche also chose Goodwood to unveil the new Speedster Concept in the metal to the public for the very ﬁrst time.
66 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 67
PAYING HOMAGE – 991 SPEEDSTER Based on the current 991 generation Carrera 4 Cabriolet and borrowing the chassis and power plant from the GT3, the new Speedster Concept pays homage to the brand’s exemplary racing heritage, offering an array of styling cues from the classic 356 Roadster. As with previous iterations of the Speedster, the windscreen is both shorter and more aggressively angled. This lower set roofline sweeps back to meet the widened B-pillars, decorated with delicate, milledgold Speedster lettering. One of the Speedsters most notable design elements, applied as a staple to every previous rendition, are the iconic pair of ‘double hump’ nacelles covering the rollover bars behind each seat, which flow back and meet seamlessly with the new carbon-ﬁbre rear deck lid. And that’s not the only exterior weight-saving measure on show; the Speedster’s fenders and front lid have also been replaced with carbon-ﬁbre components.
This new lightweight bodywork sits perfectly perched on top of some rather imposing centrelocking, 21-inch classic Fuchs-style rims. The Speedster Concept also offers more subtle, carefully crafted details paying respect to the cars of old, including the 1950s-style central fuel tank cap, situated in the middle of the front bonnet – which also features some new racingstyle release pins. The classic Talbot bulletshape of the exterior mirrors that are ﬁnished in stunning polished chrome, and the unique design of the main headlights, harp back to a practice prevalent in Porsche’s early years in motorsport. At the time, the original headlights were taped in a cross pattern before races to protect them against stone chipping and to prevent the glass lenses from shattering. Below the retro-racer inspired headlights, is a striking two-tone paint livery in GT-Silver and White, yet again giving a nod to the 356’s track-bred origins. Inside the cabin, the simplistic but beautifully executed
interior trim remains true to form and focused on the driver. The Speedster features carbonﬁbre bucket seats swaddled in stunning Cognac leather upholstery. The focal point of the cockpit, the steering wheel and manual transmission, are highlighted by a distinct lack of any radio, infotainment system or AC in the cabin; saving on weight and removing any interruption to the pure driving ecstasy readily available. Employing most of its running gear from the critically acclaimed 991 generation GT3, the Speedster is also set to utilise the GT3’s signature, naturally aspirated 4 litre flat-six cylinder heart. An engine loved by admirers of the marque, it produces an astounding 500bhp, 340lb ft of torque and will rev to an exhilarating redline of 9000rpm. Mated to a manual six-speed gearbox and offering a harmonious, spine-tingling soundtrack courtesy of a titanium, centre-exit exhaust system, the Speedster promises to offer a fully immersive and truly visceral driving experience, rooted in a concentrated, minimalist recipe.
68 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 CdeSalamanca.indd 1
STILL SETTING THE PACE If the concept car does make it into production, which now seems extremely likely following the Speedster’s ofﬁcial public debut at Goodwood, it will probably be built in very limited numbers – 1,948 examples might seem appropriate. The rarity and exclusivity of such an exquisite model has made the preceding Speedster variants highly desirable to collectors, so this modern classic could prove a prosperous investment for the future, for all those lucky enough to get their hands on one. With the 991 generation set to be replaced by
Porsche’s new 992 next year, and expectations leaning towards a greater focus on turbo-charging and smaller displacement motors, the Speedster offers the perfect swan-song to see out what could be some of the last larger displacement, naturally aspirated cars to be produced by Porsche. While perhaps a decision that has been frowned upon by many a purist Porsche buff, embracing the latest hybrid and turbo-charging technology will prove essential for cementing the manufacturer’s future prospects. But what is for certain is that people the world over will still lust
after the brand, its legacy and podium-placing formula that has been developed tirelessly on roads, racetracks and rally stages over the last 70 years. After spearheading the automotive arena for the past seven decades, it is undeniably clear that the company’s ethos, innovative history and ongoing endeavour for unrivalled perfection will continue to shape an esteemed and prosperous future for Porsche, and the sublime machines they produce. Happy Birthday, Porsche. e
70 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
D THE SPOTLIGHT motoring
The original BMW i8 hybrid electric supercar first appeared five years ago as a coupé. A convertible variant was promised and it’s taken a while to hit the market, but BMW is bringing us the ragtop for 2019 and it comes with a minor facelift too. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BMW
BMW I8 ROADSTER T
he 2013 i8 was hailed as a major styling success with its dramatic lines, low stance and impressive performance. The car still looks as eyecatching as it did on the day of its release and a convertible can only give this desirable BMW more reasons to attract buyers. Although the i8 Roadster is not quite a convertible in the full sense of the word, the upgrade creates a model quite different to the coupé. Sports supercars are notoriously difficult vehicles to transform into convertibles and most carmakers in this class simply provide a removable solid roof panel. Since the roof forms an important structural element in stiffening
the bodywork, the lower structure of the vehicle is usually reinforced to make up for any loss of rigidity. Interestingly, the i8 Roadster is even lower than the hardtop version, making it more visually striking if that’s possible. The top is not simply a removable panel, but a ‘proper’ fabric, power-folding, roof like the ones so many convertibles have used over the years. To make room for it, BMW has axed the tiny rear seats, a move that shouldn’t bother most people because there was never space for anyone but very small children anyway. The i8’s doors swing upwards and outwards to make ingress and egress an easy enough exercise for most users.
72 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
The i8 falls into the plug-in hybrid class and boasts a fascinating source of power – a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine supplemented by a mid-mounted electric motor and another one at the front axle. The new car has an overall power boost and now delivers 374-horsepower, an impressive figure for a lightweight sports car. Of course, one of the big advantages of electric motors is the instant availability of torque and this boosts the i8’s acceleration figures quite considerably. A more powerful lithium-ion battery endows the i8 with much of its performance increase and electric-only range has been upped too. Power is delivered to the wheels by a six-speed automatic
serving the petrol engine, and the electric motor up front is equipped with a two-speed automatic. It all adds up to a very fast car with exceptionally low emissions and surprisingly thrifty fuel economy. The convertible roof and its deployment gear does increase weight, but not by a significant amount. The plug-in feature is a huge benefit compared to conventional hybrids that can only get their batteries charged by the engine. The i8 can be plugged in back at home in your garage, so it’s easy to maintain battery power. The cockpit matches the exterior as far as eye-appeal goes. It’s very futuristic to say the least and though some may find it difficult to climb in, once nestled in the hip-hugging seats,
it’s a very comfortable ride. Expectedly, all the current technological benefits are packed in and the general layout is intuitive and intelligently designed. You don’t buy a supercar like this to haul much luggage on a trip, though for two people, there’s plenty of space to stow soft bags. For buyers with a little cash left over from the purchase, a set of fitted luggage can be procured from Louis Vuitton and it’s certainly a wonderful addition to this outstanding car. For buyers wanting an exceptionally attractive high-performance sports supercar offering top-down motoring and a satisfyingly green aspect, the BMW i8 Roadster has no serious opposition. e
Z ENGINE: 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder with two electric motors. Z TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic serving the petrol engine. Z ACCELERATION: Zero to 100 km/h in 4.6-seconds. Z TOP SPEED: 250 km/h. Z I LIKED: Superlative styling and very individualistic, inside and out. Thrilling performance and handling. Excellent level of fit, finish and quality throughout. One of the most desirable of BMWs. Z I DIDN’T LIKE: Not the easiest sports supercar to climb in and out of, but by no means the most challenging in this class. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES: Honda NSX (second generation), though this does not have plug-in capability. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? BMW fans who want the company’s top-of-the-line sports model with some extra flair. Drivers who want to make a green statement, but don’t want to sacrifice good looks and performance. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Available now from €160.200.
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 73
LA FINCA de La Cala
CaboRoyale MIJAS â€“ MARBELLA
THE VILLA COLLECTION
VILLA S F ROM 865,00 0€ Boutique community located 10 minutes from Puerto Banús. Construction completion 2018. Location: Atalaya, Estepona Bedrooms: 3-4 / Bathrooms: 3.5-4.5 Build: 160 - 225 m 2 / Plots: 553 - 758 m 2 Visit: www.arboledavillas.com
VILLA S F ROM 550,00 0€ Licence granted with construction starting this summer! Large plots located in La Cala Golf Resort. Sister promotion to the successful La Finca de Marbella. Location: La Cala de Mijas Bedrooms: 3-6 / Bathrooms: 3-5 Build: 205 - 258 m 2 Plots: 1200 - 1600 m 2 Visit: www.lafincadelacala.com
VILLA S F ROM 1,190, 000€ New release. Stunning sea views. Close to the beach & marina. Neighbours 18 hole golf course. Location: Calahonda - Cabopino Bedrooms: 3-5 / Bathrooms: 3-5 Build: 3 Designs between 303 - 312 m 2 Visit: www.caboroyale.com
pr oper ty. com
D THE SPOTLIGHT polo
The International Polo Tournament
WORLD POLO TOUR GRAND SLAM in Sotogrande There will be 34 uninterrupted match days, 93 polo games, and nine trophies at stake. The International Polo Tournament World Polo Tour Grand Slam in Sotogrande will feature the very best players in the world competing in adrenalin-charged matches, but also entice visitors with shopping, luxury bars, food, VIP areas, parties, concerts, and so much more. Marisa Cutillas brings you the highlights of an actionpacked event that began in late July and continues throughout August. We also offer exclusive interviews with two polo players: Spanish sensation Pelayo Berazadi, and Uruguayan champ Alejo Taranco. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE INTERNATIONAL POLO TOURNAMENT WORLD POLO TOUR GRAND SLAM IN SOTOGRANDE
76 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FeA4 Polo.indd 76
A BRIEF HISTORY OF POLO IN SOTOGRANDE In the early 1970s, Sotogrande was little more than a sizeable estate comprising various cortijos: Paniagua, Valderrama, El Conchudo, Los Canos, and La Higuera. Joseph McMicking, an American entrepreneur from the Philippines, showed true vision when he developed what today is known as the residential area of Sotogrande. Over the years, Sotogrande came to be seen as one of the most luxurious urbanisations in Europe. In 1965, McMicking’s nephew, Enrique Zóbel, launched the ﬁrst ever polo ﬁeld in the area: the famous Cancha de la Playa. Little did Zóbel imagine the important role that Sotogrande would come to play in the world of polo. Today, the Santa María Polo Club is considered one of the best in the game; one that is considered de rigueur by the highest rated players in the world every year.
TOP TOURNAMENTS By 1971, the ﬁrst Sotogrande Gold Cup was celebrated, featuring legendary players such as James R. Sharp (who, in 1972, sponsored the ﬁrst ever international team, which brought home the Gold Cup that year, as well as in 1975 and 1976). In 1973, the Sotogrande team won the ﬁrst Silver Cup, with the illustrious list of winners including names such as Mariano Olazábal, Horacio Annunziata, Alejandro Aznar and many more. International players also shone at the Santa María Polo Club, including Daniel González, Eduardo Moore, and the Tassara brothers. A series of important tournaments were celebrated in these early years at the Club, including the Pedro Domecq de la Riva Memorial, the José Ignacio Domecq Memorial, the Conde de Guaqui Memorial, the Enrique Zóbel Founder’s Cup, and the Doña María de las Mercedes Memorial.
THE INTERNATIONAL POLO TOURNAMENT The International Polo Tournament takes place every year from end July to August at the Santa María Polo Club. Arguably the two biggest events are the Gold Cup (considered one of the top four polo events on a worldwide level) and the Silver Cup (High Handicap). There are seven additional tournaments making up the yearly summer calendar, with over 20 teams taking part.
HIGHLIGHTS TO WATCH OUT FOR The International Polo Tournament is divided into Low, Medium, and High Handicap. The Gold Cup (High Handicap), which takes place in the second half of August, is the peak event of the season, since it forms part of the world polo Grand Slam, alongside the US Open in Palm Beach, the British Open and Palermo (in Argentina). The handicap level at the Santa María Polo Club (20 goals
or more) is the highest in Europe, alongside the most prestigious British tournaments. The prestige of the Gold Cup Grand Slam of the World Polo Tour can be gleaned from the fact that 150 points are awarded to the winner. There are only two other worldwide events at this level in the Grand Slam Category: the U.S. Open and the English Open.
TOP PLAYERS EXPECTED The very best players take part in the tournament yearly. Last year, Dubai boasted 10-handicap player (Pablo MacDonough – world number ﬁve), and additional players with the same handicap included Juan Martín Nero (third in the world rankings), David Stirling (sixth in the world rankings), Facundo Pieres (second in the world rankings), and more. This year, player names are yet to be conﬁrmed.
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 77
228 FeA4 Polo.indd 77
SO MUCH MORE THAN POLO The Tournament is truly a family event, since there is so much to keep all ages entertained – everything from gastronomy to the Shopping Village, after polo night parties, and concerts by national and international artists. It is no wonder that the event attracts around 100,000 visitors every year. Santa María Polo Club will contain various different ‘zones’ in which to enjoy food, drink, and entertainment during, before and after the matches. The Gastro Garden is a special place indeed; it will be offering steamed oysters Amélie, Moncayo sandwiches, and Patagonian ice-cream (which combines the Argentinean and Italian icecream making traditions). Nearby is the Kids’ Area, where tots can enjoy a plethora of fun activities.
LUXURY OPTIONS The Club will also have a Corporate Lounge (with a 200-person capacity), with catering services available. There will also be a VIP area for those wishing the very best view of the exciting events. Here, you can hire exclusive services to enjoy the matches in the company of your family or friends, and receive personalised care. The Corporate Lounge provides a privileged view of the matches with comfort and spaciousness. At the Polo Lounge, located by the private box area of the main pavilion, catering and gastronomic offerings will make leisure and networking appealing. In the
upper part of the main pavilion are the Premium Seats boxes, boasting panoramic views of the playing ﬁelds with a catering service. Another option available is that of the Premium Boxes, which allow you to witness polo matches on a private terrace at ﬁeld level while enjoying a catering service. The star novelty of this 47th edition of the International Polo Tournament is The 7th Chukker Club. Hiring any of the above spaces gives you the right to later access this exclusive venue located at the central pavilion, where, at the end of the games the fun begins with music performances and premium cocktails. Tickets for these areas destined to VIP clients can be purchased in advance through the new on-line platform launched by Santa María Polo Club.
OUTDOOR SHOPPING AND MORE The Shopping Village will comprise a host of stores selling everything from clothing to jewellery. The Hospitality Terraces, meanwhile, are a great place to enjoy a catered service while catching the exciting matches. There are various bars in which you can order snacks and drinks throughout the day. The Concert Area is another big highlight; last year, performing bands included Hombres G and Al McKay’s Earth Wind & Fire Experience.
TOP MATCHES TO WATCH OUT FOR Z BRONZE CUP Final High Handicap July 29 Z SILVER CUP Medium Handicap Semi-ﬁnal August 14 Final August 18 High Handicap Semi-ﬁnal August 9 Final August 11 Z GOLD CUP Medium Handicap Semi-ﬁnal August 29 Final September 1 High Handicap Semi-ﬁnal August 28 Final August 31
78 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FeA4 Polo.indd 78
DON’T LISTEN GO SEE! #TheBeachLaReservaClub #SandyBeach #InlandParadise #BarefootLuxury #Hip&Chic #WaterSports #EattoMeet #KidsClub #AdultPool #UniqueEvents
Reservations available from: La Reserva de Sotogrande App and lareservaclubsotogrande.com Tel. +34 956 79 10 06 · Email: firstname.lastname@example.org · lareservaclubsotogrande.com
PELAYO BERAZADI HOW DID YOU START IN THE WORLD OF POLO?
I’ve loved horses since I was a child. I grew up in Sotogrande, where the polo culture is strong and where the sport is played throughout the year. My father played and my family was always involved in this sport. I started riding early but it wasn’t until I was 12 or 13 that I started tacking. I’d spend all my free hours after school at the stables with the horse carers and little by little I started playing practice games and improving. By the age of 15 I was playing my ﬁrst low handicap games. WHAT MAKES POLO SO UNIQUE?
Polo offers a winning combination. I recommend it to everyone; whoever tries it becomes hooked. It’s a very complete sport; one in which horse and rider have to have a close connection. At times the horse is running at 60km/h and the player has to hit a tiny ball with a mallet. The game is fast, physical, and complete. It has many things in common with other sports plus there are many other players riding alongside you. WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES IN THE SPORT?
In general, this is a tough sport; a sacriﬁcial one. Like any other high-level sport, it requires plenty of dedication. We travel across the globe and spend time away from our home and our family, which is always hard. Because there are no ﬁxed teams, every year you start from zero, so our lives are constantly changing.
“Polo is a sport that is fast, physical, and complete… one in which the rider and horse have a very special connection”
as they do in the USA, Argentina, and England. It would be amazing if people could watch polo on TV; if the sport could grow as much as rugby or Formula One has in Spain.
since you are young; this forms your character and shapes you as a person. There’s always something new to learn, to improve; it’s a never-ending cycle and that is incredibly addictive.
Yes, I am 100 per cent dedicated to the sport. A few years ago I was studying at university and had to divide my time between my studies and my sport. Polo is also very strongly related to the world of horses. Rearing, buying and selling, ‘taming’ the horse, teaching them how to take part in polo… I do all this aside from competing year round.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A POLO PLAYER?
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THIS YEAR?
Polo players need to be highly disciplined. There are no holidays. You have to love the sport and horses and work hard. On the other hand, I feel very privileged to be able to wake up every morning and do what I love the most.
To be a better player than I was last season and to improve my horses, as well as to win important tournaments like the King’s Cup in Madrid, the Gold Cup in Sotogrande, and the French Open in Paris. I hope I’m close to winning at least one of the three!
TELL ME SOMETHING ABOUT THE HORSE-PLAYER RELATIONSHIP.
I don’t really have one rival in particular. In Spain there are very few players and we all get on fantastically. I love competing against the Argentineans most because polo is huge in Argentina and they’re the best. The Argentineans are in a whole other league.
We’re globetrotters. In the end you become used to this lifestyle but in the beginning it was what I found hardest. ARE YOU FULLY DEDICATED TO POLO?
To me it’s everything; it’s the most beautiful thing about playing polo. Horses are 70-80 per cent of this sport. They are top level athletes and we treat them this way. Taking care of your horses, training them and ensuring they are ﬁt are key for the horse to give their best on the pitch. We know our horses to the very last inch. We need to know the strengths of each horse as well as any weaknesses so we can adapt our game. Despite demanding a lot of them on the pitch, we pamper them a lot. They don’t want for anything at all. HOW CAN THE YOUTH BE ENCOURAGED TO STAKE UP POLO?
It’s a very exclusive sport – a rather inaccessible one, and still at an amateur level in Spain. To compete at a world level you need to have a team behind you that not everyone can afford. Top brands need to support the sport
WHO IS YOUR STRONGEST RIVAL?
DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL HORSE YOU RECALL WITH FONDNESS?
I’ve ridden many horses in my lifetime; I couldn’t tell you how many. As for special horses, I could mention Don Rodrigo or La Mariposa because I had them for a long time and they gave me a lot of joy. Some horses I’ve ridden and played with in Argentina are extraordinary. A good horse teaches you a lot. Polo players never conform and always want more and better horses. Playing this sport with a great horse is one of our greatest pleasures. WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT POLO?
Travelling to unique places, making good friends, and setting goals
© Gonzalo Etcheverry
Pelayo Berazadi is a Spanish polo player with a handicap of ﬁve goals. He competes throughout the year at the Santa María Polo Club.
A WISH YOU COULD MAKE COME TRUE?
Dreams are free, right? I have many dreams (he laughs): to play the Palermo Open or have one of my horses do so is almost impossible but I’d prefer to win the Sotogrande Gold Cup or obtain a good result in the World Championships, for instance. Above all, I wish to continue practising this sport all my life and to share it with my family and friends. To reach as far as I can as a player and one day have a great horse breeding company. ANY OTHER HOBBIES?
I love all sports – above all golf, tennis, padel, skiing... I also love travelling, sailing, visiting the beach with my family, my dogs, and my friends. In my free time I try to disconnect as much as I can. When you love what you do it can be hard to disconnect. If I wasn’t a professional player, polo would be my favourite hobby, for sure. I’d be an even bigger fan!
80 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FeA4 Polo.indd 80
A Mediterranean experience right on the seafront
· Gastronomy · Cocktails · Private Events · PARKING AVAILABLE FOR CLIENTS
Av. del Naviero, s/n · Marbella · 951 053 395
“The combination of a good horse and a good rider makes all the difference”
ALEJO TARANCO YOUR ORIGINS IN THE WORLD OF POLO?
I started as a boy in Uruguay in the grounds of the Stirling side of my family. Both sides of my family (Taranco and Stirling) are traditional polo playing families from Uruguay. WHAT MAKES POLO SUCH A UNIQUE SPORT?
It’s something we carry in our blood; we are passionate about horses and the sport itself. Since I was a child, polo has been important to me even though I didn’t start out as a professional player. Today, it is a way of life I share with my family. WHAT IS THE TOUGHEST ASPECT OF BEING A PROFESSIONAL POLO PLAYER?
Travelling frequently without my family. They live in Sotogrande while I go abroad to play during the different seasons. ARE YOU FULLY DEDICATED TO POLO?
I dedicate 100 per cent of my time to polo, either as a player or in the breeding of horses for Argentinean polo. TELL ME ABOUT THE HORSERIDER RELATIONSHIP.
It’s very special; every horse is different. Each player has his style of
playing and his horses are those which favour his style. It’s very difﬁcult to have 10 horses that are the same, which is what is ideally needed for a game. Therefore, we adapt to the horse in different ways. Horses are 60 to 70 per cent of the game. The combination of a good horse and a good rider is often what makes all the difference. HOW CAN WE ENCOURAGE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE UP THIS SPORT?
This is an important goal for the sport of polo. Despite the fact that there are many academies and polo schools, better promotion among children and youths is required. In the last few years, we’ve seen improvements in the quantity and quality of the young players who are taking up the sport. The Argentinean and U.S. polo associations work hard to promote the sport but greater efforts are required in the rest of the world, mainly in Europe. After all, the youth is the future of our sport. WHAT PERSONALITY TYPE SUITS POLO?
There isn’t an ideal personality type for this sport. You do have to be very responsible to yourself and to others, since polo can become risky. At a
professional level, it requires plenty of dedication. A SPECIAL HORSE THAT STANDS OUT IN YOUR MEMORY?
in May I start playing in the United Kingdom until July, when I return to Sotogrande. The year ends in Argentina from September to December.
Catalán, an alazán horse I played with for many years in Uruguay, ridden by my younger cousins later; and Modista, a horse that Pelon Stirling lent me for many years, and whom I rode in medium handicap matches in Sotogrande.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A MATCH?
WHAT ARE THE BEST AND WORST THINGS ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION?
To play better and obtain better results. This year, in Argentina, we have a big challenge: being one of the six teams to classify for the Triple Crown.
I love the day-to-day aspects of this profession, the number of hours we spend at the stables. This profession has something special: one’s family participates at all times, so we are always well accompanied. The thing I like the least is probably the amount of travel involved. I’d love to be more settled. At any rate, there will be time for that one day. WHAT TOURNAMENTS DO YOU COMPETE IN DURING THE YEAR?
My year starts off in Palm Beach or Dubai, depending on the work I have. This winter I was in Sotogrande, which I enjoyed immensely, since we played quite a bit at the Ayala Polo Club. In March and April, I spend six weeks in Argentina to play the short season;
© Snoopy Productions
Alejo Taranco is an eight-handicap player from Uruguay who competes every year in the International Polo Tournament. He is playing the current season in England
I don’t have any special ritual. I relax at home and visit the stables the morning before. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THIS YEAR?
A PLACE YOU’D LOVE TO TRAVEL TO?
There’s something I like about every place I’ve been to. I love being in Sotogrande. As far as the polo season is concerned, Argentina is the best. ANY DREAM YOU’D LIKE TO FULFIL?
To play polo with my kids. They’re still young but I’d love it if this could happen. It won’t be easy for them to play with me. Sometimes I’m very demanding with them, so they could get bored with me (he laughs). WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
I love watching football and enjoying an asado with friends. e
82 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FeA4 Polo.indd 82
CONSTRUCTION WORKS STARTED
DELIVERY: SPRING 2019
SYZYGY Homes brings together a series of factors that produce a unique living environment on the Costa del Sol. An enviable location, exclusive modern Mediterranean design and the finest materials coincide to make SYZYGY Homes the ideal lifestyle choice, in the New Golden Mile.
Discover more about this new living experience at SYZYGYbyFm.com
Anuncio Seaview 230x300mm abril 18.indd 1
h THE LEISURE travel
The Rise of
It’s amazing where you can go by boat these days, and by boat (as opposed to ship which refers to oceangoing vessels) we’re talking about river and canal cruises, which are the fastest-growing sector of the booming cruise business. For me it all started with a week on an old barge in Burgundy where the captain was also the barman and tour guide, it grew into voyages on luxuriously elongated ‘spaceships’ down the mighty Rhine, and these days there are riverboats all over Asia, and indeed up the Amazon. Having said that, what about the Nile? What indeed – Nile cruises were among the ﬁrst cruises of any kind, and few places have the charm of ambling from Luxor to Aswan, exploring the Valley of the Kings, and lingering at the Old Cataract Hotel, where Agatha Christie wrote Death on the Nile. WORDS DAVID WISHART PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF PANDAW, PANACHE AND SCENIC CRUISES
hina has the same sort of appeal these days, with the Three Gorges cruise on the Yangtze topping the bucket list of many well-travelled people, who usually combine the Great Wall, terracotta warriors and Shanghai in a single tour. There are about 70 boats on this huge river, and you’d better like Chinese food. Vietnam and Burma also have major appeal. Saigon, as it is still known by the locals, has one of the best markets in Asia and a museum featuring a guillotine left behind by the French colonists. Take the Mekong river and enjoy a superb cruise through lush countryside and past floating villages to Siem Reap, base for the magniﬁcent temples of Angkor. Personally I can’t get enough of Burma, where Pandaw has a fleet of traditional river boats that provide a wonderful platform to view the fabulous gold-topped stupas that line the Irrawaddy. Pandaw also does things in style, with air conditioning, excellent food
and good guides, achieving that elusive quality of luxury and authenticity in a local setting. Pandaw also pioneered river cruising in India, with its epic Varanasi to Calcutta cruise, one of the best in my logbook. In America, cruising on the Mississippi has long been popular, and these days the Columbia River flowing, often spectacularly, through Oregon and Washington, is a big draw. Canada has cruises to the Niagara Falls with a company imaginatively called Hornblower Cruises. Bear in mind that Oscar Wilde described the Niagara Falls as a new bride’s second biggest disappointment. And Russia, the biggest country in the world (Canada is second) has a cruise that takes the breath away – from St Petersburg to Moscow along the River Volga. You’d want to visit both cities of course, in what could be the trip of a lifetime. Or you might just want to stay closer to home, such as cruising the charming Douro from Porto into Spain. You’ll never be crowded here, will see gorges and hillsides dripping with grapes, and make vineyard visits sampling wines and ports.
86 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 TrI CruiseANdi.indd 86
CRUISING ON THE RHINE
Budapest city center, on the Danube © Shutterstock
The most popular European river cruise, however, is the Rhine, with many vessels starting or ﬁnishing at Amsterdam. It should be noted, meanwhile, that the city authorities are concerned at the number of tourists flooding into this immeasurably attractive city, and it is likely that controls will be introduced, just as Venice is doing. When I was at a recent CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) conference in Amsterdam, there was a flotilla of river cruise boats docked across the road and nearby. Apparently that will change, with vessels likely having to embark and disembark passengers some way up river. From Amsterdam you can cruise down the Rhine, the Main, the Danube, and in some cases go all the way into the Black Sea. I had a good experience with 15 days to Budapest, more than enough considering what one sees en route. At Vienna, for example, I could have stayed a week, but Budapest was the next stop and this jewel is not to be missed.
Cruising is popular in Vietnam
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 87
228 TrI CruiseANdi.indd 87
© Gillies Zaiser The Scenic Jewel
THE SCENIC JEWEL
© Gillies Zaiser
Our boat, the Scenic Jewel, was not too shabby either. It is perfect for the Rhine with roomy, attractive cabins, private balconies, butlers, big flat-screen TVs and free movies. All that, and Europe outside. We started at Amsterdam with the Rijksmuseum, home of Rembrandt’s Nightwatch, looking fabulous after a 10-year renovation costing 375 million Euros, then our ‘spaceship’, as the company calls it, headed upriver in what was to be a remarkable voyage. Next morning we were in Dusseldorf, then Rudesheim, second only to Cologne Cathedral as a magnet for foreign tourists, and described locally, presumably while well refreshed with Riesling, as the world’s best-known wine town, which rules out Bordeaux and Beaune. Nevertheless I was impressed by the politeness and good English I found ashore, such as the postmistress who thanked me for visiting. Then there was the majesty of the river itself, particularly in the Rhine
Gorge with dreamy castles, and the Scenic Jewel was an amazing platform from which to see everything, particularly when lounging in the top deck’s comfortable furniture with a waiter a nod away. We learned that Canadian salmon were used to restock the Rhine and the reason there are so many barges is that they carry cargo seven times cheaper than road, but I could not understand why there were so few pleasure boats. It could be the Germans are always working. In times gone by they had a lot of problems with invaders and robber barons, including Napoleon, hence the castles, including Dürnstein where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192 on his way home from the Crusades, and held for years while a huge ransom, a king’s ransom indeed, was raised. Nuremberg was a highlight, with a visit to the courthouse where the Nazis were tried, the parade ground used by Hitler for his rallies, and the Documentation centre – which gave a thorough explanation, with nothing held back, of the Nazi era. It was good to see many young people there. We had a private dinner in one castle and while in Vienna an exclusive evening of music, opera and humour in a very stately home, the kind of thing Scenic does well and explains why it is not the cheapest. Mind you we lived well on board, with meals and wines to rival the best cruise ships. The drinks, also inclusive, included premium drinks that cost extra on top ships. Everyone could dine at least once at the cozy Italian restaurant, while big hitters in the top suites had a chef’s table. And if they wanted more, there were nights, such as in Budapest, where passengers could dine ashore and sample the nightlife. i www.ca.scenictours.com
A cosy bedroom aboard the Scenic Jewel
88 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 TrI CruiseANdi.indd 88
VI L L AAL I CE FRONTLI NEGOLFLOSNARANJ OS Ref . V5332
Bui l t31 4m2
T er r ac e250m2
T el :+34952811552 www. nor di c amar bel l a. c om
Pl ot1 528m2
Paris © Shutterstock.com
THE STUNNING RIVERS OF FRANCE Then there’s France, with its glorious rivers and very useful canals. TV chef Rick Stein made an entertaining series from the neat little Anjodi on the Canal du Midi, while I have just been on the Panache, both vessels from European Waterways, whose crafts take no more than 20 passengers in cabins ranging from cosy to absolutely perfect. While most barge cruises in northern France start with hotel pickup in Paris, our itinerary began in the city itself with a delightful cruise under the city’s romantic bridges. We dined while underway and slept close to the Eiffel Tour. Breakfast in Paris, oh la la, and that means we have baguettes, croissants and of course the ficelle, a smaller version of the baguettes, from a local boulangerie. For some of us, France is all about bread, cheese and wine, and as we set off down the River Seine we soon connected to the River Marne and headed to Meaux, famous for its creamy, soft cheese. The first lunch came with a pair of delicious Sancerre wines – a chilled white with a tender
chicken Milanese, and a silky red with two cheeses, a Tomme and the delicious Brillat Savarin. Other wines and cheeses were flourished each day covering the best of France. Add to that the fresh baguettes bought every morning and I am reminded that not everything afloat is as good as this. For a start the Panache is like a private yacht with just six cabins; we had our own chef, an obliging hostess who poured drinks (all included) and made our beds, and an executivesize bus for daily trips. Panache is typical of the bijou boats in European Waterways’ fleet. Some of the 17 carry more, some even less. There is never a queue to get off. Panache, like most hotel barges, is a former working barge, some of which were horse drawn and carried coal and steel. Panache got lucky when a wealthy Belgian chose her for a superb conversion featuring a magnificent granite table. We did not see many working vessels on the Marne, these days a blissful way to cruise from
Paris to the Champagne region. The peace was shattered in 1914 when the German army burst through Belgium and was poised to cross the Marne when the French army held its ground but lacked transportation for fast reinforcements. Famously, an appeal was made to Paris cabbies, who ferried an army in convoys of taxis. The Germans retreated and the cabbies were hailed as saviours of Paris. The Germans struck hard again in 1917 but were defeated by the newly-arrived Americans in the bloody battle of Belleau Wood. We had a visit to the impressive Museum of the Great War near Meaux, which has chilling recreations of the trenches. We got to stretch our legs with a visit to one of France’s finest Château, Vaux-le-Vicomte, which has many rooms with period furniture, not a few stairs, sprawling manicured gardens later copied at Versailles, and quite a history. The chateau was built in 1661 by Louis X1V’s finance minister, Nicolás Fouquet, who threw a sumptuous opening party with the King as guest of honour. In fact it made such an impression
90 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 TrI CruiseANdi.indd 90
Itâ€™s not just a home; itâ€™s a lifestyle. By pursuing excellence and quality in every project, Antima has established some of the most prestigious homes around the world. New Antima properties launching in Marbella this autumn. For more information please contact our exclusive listing agent Solvilla www.solvilla.no
on the King that a few weeks later he sent none other than the musketeer d’Artagnan to arrest Fouquet for embezzlement, and Fouquet spent the rest of his life in jail. Vaux-le-Comte had its ups and downs over the years but after three generations of ownership by the de Vogue family it is one of the leading privately-owned chateaux, and a feature of visits to the Champagne country. And it was all about Champagne from now on – sweeping hillsides all around dressed with vines, all thanks to the monk Dom Perignon. Well, there were others who clearly did not spend all their time in prayer, as we learned in a visit
to the Hautvillers Abbey where Dom Perignon lies under a marble slab, but he was the man who turned a bland wine into something with bubbles, and became a legend. Panache tied up within walking distance of the handsome and historic town of ChâteauThierry, and we had a visit to the Pannier Champagne house, which offered an in-depth, literally, tour of its extensive limestone cellars. In times of war many good vintages were stored in sealed cellars. There was a tasting of course, a very liberal one I might add, and on returning to Panache it was Champagne all round. One evening, and it could have been this
– two guitar players joined us for a session of gypsy jazz. Sadly the weather was less than brilliant, but I never had a dull moment on Panache. The galley was always open for passengers wanting cooking tips, and one day the chef put on a special cooking show. He certainly deserved a night off, and so it was we drove through the Champagne town of Épernay to a Relais & Château restaurant for a meal hosted by European Waterways. The dining room was beautiful and came with views of vineyards and a glorious rose garden. I was also impressed by the red wine already decanted beside our table. Then Reims, whose magnificent cathedral has seen French coronations since the 5th century. In the afternoon Panache moved to the canal lateral, built to deal with stretches of the river that are too tortuous for navigation, a place where Panache’s fleet of smart cycles could be unleashed for riding along the towpath. At Condé-sur-Marne it as all over, bar the captain’s farewell dinner, when the splendid granite table saw our merry band enjoying the chef’s best. Naturally there were buckets of Champagne, and we all slept tight.
92 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 TrI CruiseANdi.indd 92
CRYSTAL RAVEL WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CRYSTAL RIVER CRUISES
ne name which stands out when it comes to ultimate luxury river cruising is Crystal, a company that has a select number of boats: ﬁve river cruisers, two maritime vessels, one luxury yacht and – coming in 2020 – a new exclusive yacht. Two years ago, Crystal took to the rivers with its ﬁrst ever river craft, Crystal Mozart and just last month, the company launched its ﬁfth, Crystal Ravel, at a ‘baptism
ceremony’ in Budapest. Crystal Ravel has three identical twins: the Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, and Crystal Debussy. Crystal Mozart is double the width of the previous ships, making it the widest of its kind in Europe. Space isn’t the only thing on its maker’s mind. The Mozart, like all other ships, tempts travellers with the kind of luxury that cruising is famed for: a butler service, king-size beds, cabins with large windows and panoramic views, luxuriously large bathrooms and wardrobes, and the very latest technology to boot. The company deems theirs to be ‘six-star service’ and indeed, the level of exclusivity is beyond what you would expect from a ﬁve-star cruise. These 443-metre ships carry around 110 guests maximum (the company ofﬁcially boasts the highest crew-topassenger ratio in river cruising). All liners contain Crystal’s famous Palm Court, featuring a dance floor, as well as a ﬁ tness centre for strength and cardiovascular
exercises, and a spa, where guest can turn back the hands of time with a range of face and body treatments. Crystal River cruises have a zero-kilometre approach to cuisine, so their exquisite menus involve organic, seasonal produce. The crew acquires ingredients from local vendors along the rivers, so everything is made from scratch – including the pastry, sauces, and sides. Crystal also encourages food fanatics to get to know the ﬁnest establishments in each port of call, offering guests the chance to select one Michelin-starred dining establishment on land (with the tab picked up by the liner), alongside a small group of fellow passengers. If you feel like treating yourself to a truly luxurious, exclusive cruising experience along Europe’s most iconic rivers, the ultimate choice has got to be Crystal. With spacious rooms, magniﬁcent views and a plethora of exciting ways to enjoy the ship and your chosen ports, there certainly won’t be a dull moment on this ultra-pampering voyage. i www.crucerostarclass.com www.crystalcruises.com
94 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 TrI CruiseANdi.indd 94
Luxury Living in Rio Real Fabulous south-west facing corner apartment comprising of 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, on first line beach in Marbella. Totally redecorated in 2016 and not used since then, the property comes fully furnished. Situated in Block 1, the best block in the complex, it is only 5 minutes to Marbella center. Sauna, 2 private garages and storeroom included. 154,80 m2 (apartment) + 44,7 m2 (terraces) + 5,10 m2 (patio) TOTAL BUILT: 204,62 m2 PRICE: â‚Ź1.100.000
Tel: 952 93 07 36 - Email: email@example.com Edf. RincĂłn del Mar Blq. 7 Local 1, Sitio de Calahonda, 29649 Mijas Costa www.helpinghandspain.com
h THE LEISURE hotel
Great Reasons to Visit
CORTESIN HOTEL, GOLF & SPA
this Summer Finca Cortesin, the luxury hotel, golf, and spa resort ensconced by a verdant mountain range and the Mediterranean, is the ultimate destination for those seeking a relaxing holiday surrounded by Nature. The resort is also a hub of gastronomy, with its Michelin-starred Kabuki Raw joined by El Jardín de Lutz, Don Giovanni, and many more spaces serving great food, wine, and cocktails. These are just a few reasons why Finca Cortesin continues to be a standard bearer when it comes to winding down and beneﬁting from the healing effects of nature. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF FINCA CORTESIN HOTEL, GOLF & SPA
1 – WINE CIRCLE AT FINCA CORTESIN An ideal way to discover more about top regional, national and world wines, Wine Circle features tasting sessions by the Finca’s seasoned sommeliers, who share fascinating stories behind different labels and guide the evaluation of different wines for sight, smell, and taste. At the Main Plaza Shopping Mall.
2 – BAKAR BOUTIQUE AT THE MAIN PLAZA SHOPPING MALL If you are on holiday and would love to take something special to a loved one back home, or you simply wish to pick up a couple of summer fashion items, go no further than Bakar, the trendy boutique featuring a variety of items by prestigious international brands including high-end footwear from Mosaique, accessories by Florence-Londonbased designer Álvaro González, and scented candles by Cire Trudon.
3 – MOVEO LUXURY CARS Finca Cortesin is already well known for its contemporary art gallery, Galería Javier López, but there is another reason to head for the mall to take in sites of beauty – including Moveo Luxury Cars, which provides consulting services in relation to the acquisition and sale of valuable cars. In addition to offering advice on vehicle purchase, the team offers restoration services, so your classic car can look and drive in peak condition.
96 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 Ho.indd 96
225 Adeas.indd 1
ENVIRONMENTALLYFRIENDLY BERMUDA GRASS AT THE GOLFING GREENS
Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa’s decision to convert to a new, environmentally-friendly type of Bermuda grass on its greens has earned it new acclaim after the course broke into the top 20 of the Top 100 Golf Courses’ European rankings list for the ﬁrst time in its history. Cabell Robinson’s renowned par-72 championship layout moved up six places to 19th in the popular website’s latest poll of the best courses on the continent. The accolade is the latest top honour that Finca Cortesin received last winter – it was also deemed the best golf resort in Europe by highly respected UK city magazine Square Mile. As well as becoming the ﬁrst course in Spain to re-lay all of its greens with a new variety of Ultra Dwarf Bermuda grass, the resort improved its ﬁve-star golﬁng experience by reconstructing its bunkers using the renowned ‘Better Billy Bunker’ system.
5 – EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH HONMA GOLF Finca Cortesin has enhanced the ﬁve-star luxury experience with its new partnership with Honma Golf, global leaders in the manufacture of premium golf equipment. As well as providing guests with a choice of the latest stiff, regular and senior-shafted clubs when using the resort’s rental service, Finca Cortesin will join Honma’s exclusive group of stockists and have access to its entire club collection – enabling it to offer an upgraded ﬁve-star ﬁtting service at the venue’s state-of-the-art Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy.
6 – A REPUTATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa has received global acclaim from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) after being unveiled as the winner of the 2018 IAGTO Sustainability Award for Resource Efﬁciency. “The subject of water conservation for golf resorts in Spain has never been more important, and the programme that we have undertaken in the last 12 months will ensure that the resort has a long-term and sustainable strategy that is good for the environment, but also enables us to continue to provide the deluxe experience that our guests expect,” said Miguel Girbés, Director of Golf.
7 – FINCA CORTESIN PRIVATE VILLAS Finca Cortesin is more than just a resort; it also comprises La Reserva de Cortesin: a limited collection of eight spacious luxury holiday homes, which are designed, built and equipped to satisfy standards of excellence of a ﬁrst residence. The villas are south facing and include a private plunge pool and the possibility to enjoy the high class services of the Hotel. Featuring impressive views of the golf and sea, 24hour security, over 20,000m2 of gardens, and so much more. There are four- as well as two-bedroom villas. Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa is home to everything that can make your vacation grand: a bevy of excellent restaurants, a spa measuring approximately 2,200m2 and featuring traditional Oriental as well as international treatments, a dedicated Thai Spa featuring products from Biologique Recherche, a plethora of wellness activities (yoga, Pilates, or personal training), fun activities for the whole family (everything from tennis to cultural day trips to horse riding) and more. It is the ideal setting for families and couples seeking the perfect blend of relaxation, nature, sport, and fun. g Carretera de Casares s/n, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800. www.ﬁncacortesin.com
98 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 Ho.indd 98
NEW GOLDEN MILE - ESTEPONA
29 exclusive avant garde apartments, designed with care and attention applied to the smallest detail, offering 2, 3 and 4-bedroom units
Fantastic quality privileged lifestyle A combination of prestige and comfort that makes this development the greatest investment on the Costa del Sol
952 808 570 elcampanariohills.com
w THE TREND cinema
COMPILED BY MA RIS
THE MONTH e BLOCKBUSTER OF Berg (Lone Survivor) »» DIRECTOR Peter »» GENRE Action erg, John Malkovich, »» CAST Mark Wahlb Ronda Rousey
in the James Silva: an agent Mark Wahlberg plays the As t. uni us and mysterio CIA’s most renowned his and a Silv ng, eni eat thr enemy becomes more ged llen cha are mand team top-secret tactical com ds a valuable asset that hol ort nsp tra and e riev to ret ed crib des has ation. Wahlberg life-threatening inform ” and film ion act lt adu , ent llig the project as “an inte trilogy. hopes it is the first of a
»» DIRECTOR Susanna Fogel (Play by Play) »» GENRE Comedy/Action »» CAST Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux
The Spy who Dumped Me
Audrey and Morgan are two singletons whose lives seem as boring as can be… until one of them meets a gorgeous and mysterious stranger who turns out to be a CIA agent. Their existence is suddenly thrown into turmoil as they become embroiled in a top secret case that involves bullet wounds, kidnapping, and high speed car chases.
»» DIRECTOR Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda) »» GENRE Science Fiction »» CAST Mandy Moore, Amandla Stenberg, Golden Brooks
The Darkest Minds
Jennifer Yuh Nelson, known for the magnificent Kung Fu Panda movies, embarks on her first live action directorial debut with The Darkest Minds: an adaptation of the YA trilogy by Alexandra Bracken. The film is set after a pandemic kills almost all of America’s youth. Those who survive are discovered to have special powers and are placed in internment camps, where the gifted children are desperate to escape from the clutches of the government. The book centres on a 16-year-old with telekinetic talents, who aims to use her power to overthrow her enemies.
»» DIRECTOR Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) »» GENRE Drama »» CAST Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela, Natassia Malthe
“My father always told me survival is never certain. And when there are no more leaders to follow, you must become one.” Thus begins the exciting trailer of Alpha: a story of survival and unexpected friendship set 20,000 years ago. Talented actor Kodi Smit-McPhee plays a young man who is presumed dead by his tribe after a hunt. He embarks on his lone journey with the help of a friend he makes along the way: an injured, abandoned wolf who will change his life forever.
»» DIRECTOR Jon Turteltaub (While You Were Sleeping) »» GENRE Action »» CAST Jason Statham, Ruby Rose, Robert Taylor, Rainn Wilson
A massive prehistoric shark attacks a deep-sea vessel, leaving its crew trapped within. Rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) must come to the rescue of these vulnerable seafarers, but time is running out and the shark is becoming increasingly adept at defeating his human foes.
100 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
227 Illusion.indd 1
w THE TREND cinema
f you haven’t seen Call Me By Your Name, the Oscarnominated ﬁlm directed by Luca Guadagnino, then you may have just missed out on the ﬁlm of the year. Based on the bestselling work by André Aciman, it breaks new ground in its ability to tell a love story (universal, all-encompassing, profound) whose protagonists are two men: Elio (the 17-year-old young son of an Ancient History professor) and Oliver (a 24-year-old postgraduate student, who arrives at the professor’s country mansion in Italy to work over the summer). The chosen actor to play Elio was perfect; the role almost seemed written for him – Timothée
Chalamet, often called ‘the young Daniel Day-Lewis’ though with all due respect to the much-lauded actor, Chalamet is meant (we predict) for even greater things. The role of Oliver, the studentapprentice, was a harder one to ﬁll, it may be argued. The part called for a handsome American – tall, imposing, stronger than Elio and, like the latter, similar in beauty to the sculptures that Elio’s father studies keenly and (at one point in the ﬁlm) rescues from the bottom of the sea. The choice for Oliver, as luck would have it, was magical: Armie Hammer. The quintessential handsome Hollywood actor, blonde, over 190cm tall, charming; reminiscent in allure to William Holden or Robert Redford from the cinema’s golden days. The ﬁlm would be challenging because it is an achingly beautiful love story in which the characters become one physically, mentally, and spiritually. It breaks new ground and follows the deep philosophical lines of a ﬁlm like Moonlight, which also encompassed a homosexual love story, but which showed the most soul-destroying side of repression, fear, and shame. Interestingly, in Call Me By Your Name, there is no judgement. Even Elio’s family sees the love that grows between the two characters as something of unique depth
and beauty. The ﬁlm’s pinnacle, of course, is the talk between father and son in which the father says everything you don’t expect and, in the process, gives an amazing example of what it truly means to love a child. Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet built a strong bond during the ﬁlming, which lasted for months. Chalamet says that much like his character Elio in the ﬁlm, he showed ‘Oliver’ (Armie) all the highlights of the small Italian town and its natural landscapes, by taking him on bike ‘tours’. It was a long, lazy shoot which both actors said they never wanted to end. The camaraderie is evident in the many interviews they gave together, in the Tweets sent to each other and in the way they look at each other. Chalamet said he was a little daunted by meeting the star initially, though he was delighted as soon as he saw how “cool and friendly” Hammer was. Call Me By Your Name is my ﬁlm of 2018. It’s a work that gets into your veins; one that had me in tears even a few days after watching it. It somehow whizzes you back to those fantastic teenage years but, ultimately, it is a reminder of ﬁrst love, of that one special summer, of possibility, of youth. The ending is as heartbreaking (yet comforting) as it gets, since we like to imagine an ideal scenario in which the outside world would be as accepting of this couple as the paradise that saw their relationship flourish. Yet
it is the right ending; for there is great growth and self-acceptance on Elio’s part and the sense of celebration of feeling. As his father says, “We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything – what a waste!” In one interview, a journalist asked Armie Hammer what his mother had thought of the ﬁlm. He answered that she hadn’t seen it, for she had very strict religious views. He seemed completely reconciled with this notion, yet I found what he said shattering and indicative of the fact that the world still isn’t as tolerant as we would like. As a huge Armie Hammer fan, I have only this to say: this is the role of his lifetime, his most courageous and complex, the one he will be remembered for. There is a special scene in the movie; it depicts an open-air disco in the village. On the stereo is the Pscychedelic Furs’ Love My Way. Oliver is dancing; it is the moment in which Elio realises how deep his feeling are for the American. The irony is lost on some: the ﬁrst line of the song is “There’s an army (Armie) on the dance floor.” Armie is lost in the music; so free and incredibly beautiful it amazes me that anybody who loved him could miss this moment. It is unforgettable. e
ARMIE, This One’s WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS
102 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
BEFORE // AFTER
New builds, architectural renovations, construction, licenses and project management. Commercial and residential interior design. Design studio and construction offices / showroom Marbella centre.Â
www. bl ackshaw int er io r d e s i g n . c o m +34 951 403 787 I +34 681 662 000 Avd. Canovas del Castillo 25, Marbella, MĂĄlaga, 29601
w THE TREND music
The Starlite Festival continues until August 22, for remaining concerts and ticket info go to starlitefestival.com There are also plenty of tribute acts playing along the coast so check your local weekly publications to see what’s going on. All information on this page was correct at the time of writing. The Festival Ciudad de Fuengirola at the castle area has the legendary CARLOS SANTANA on August 9 and RICKY MARTIN (August 16). For the full line-up and ticket info go to marenostrumcastlepark.com August 16: Colombian reggaeton star J BALVIN plays the Campo Municipal El Pozuelo in Torremolinos. Ticket info: songkick.com August 16: The UB40 that features ALI CAMPBELL are at Estepona's Plaza de Toros. Ticket info: rocklounge.com On the same night ROGER HODGSON of SUPERTRAMP fame plays at the 10 day Tío Pepe Festival in Jerez. Ticket info and full line up: tiopepefestival.com August 19: Club de Tennis Hotel Puente Romano hosts KOOL AND THE GANG, ticket info: rocklounge.com On the same night top US house DJ ERICK MORILLO will be on the wheels of steel at Dreamers Disco in Puerto Banús, for more info check their Facebook page. The big attraction on September 21 & 22 is the MTV Presents Gibraltar Calling Music Festival on the Rock with STORMZY and RAG'N'BONE MAN plus an interesting mix of veterans on the Oldies Stage. For the full line-up and ticket info: gibraltarcalling.com
UK TV this month: Chelmsford’s Rize Festival (August 17 and 18) has LIAM GALLAGHER and the STEREOPHONICS headlining with both Channel 5 and MTV applying for a live/highlights package. And the BBC is expected to have comprehensive coverage of the Leeds/Reading Festival (August 24 to 26) with the KINGS OF LEON headlining. As per usual, no coverage details on the BBC website yet so check closer to the date. More festival news: MADONNA is top of the Glastonbury organisers wish list for next year and talks are underway. They also want the BEACH BOYS and are hoping BRIAN WILSON will rejoin the band after recently making made up with his cousin MIKE LOVE; the two fell out after their 2012 reunion tour. The pair worked together on the June-released album of hits that was given the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA treatment. The new DRAKE album Scorpion has been a success worldwide but there have been complaints galore after he is heard alongside MICHAEL JACKSON sampled vocals on an unreleased song from the late legend on Don’t Matter To Me. No comment from the JACKSON family but they have announced that a major musical about his life is in development. The ELVIS PRESLEY estate is releasing yet another posthumously produced album, this one is a gospel collection and includes duets with CISSIE HOUSTON (mother of WHITNEY), the Spectre Wall of Sound singer DARLENE LOVE, and the King's daughter LISA MARIE on the title track. Where No One Stands Alone will land on August 10.
GA GA is back on radar surfacing from the studio to promote the October release A Star Is Born movie in which she co-stars. Then in December a new album will drop on the same date she starts a 74-date residency in Las Vegas.
LADY GA GA
WORDS RIK FOXX
ADELE has started penning tunes for her next album and will begin recording soon, but it will not go public until the end of next year. Meanwhile FOO FIGHTERS main man DAVE GROHL has hinted she may be invited to guest on their next offering. Already in the studio is RIHANNA recording a "soon to be released" reggae orientated album. Since her last one, 2016’s Anti, she has been kept busy ﬁlming the recently released Ocean's 8 movie. The last few months of 2018 could work out expensive for BEATLES memorabilia collectors. August 7 marks the 50th anniversary of Yellow Submarine, there's plenty of goodies coming plus the release of the ofﬁcial graphic novel of the ﬁlm. In September, the US Postal Service is issuing a collection of Beatles stamps. Then in November – the one that many are waiting for – the 50th anniversary of The
Beatles – better known as the White Album. No info on that yet but it's rumoured it may include polished up versions of the infamous Esher/Kinfauns sessions which have circulated on much sought after bootlegs for years. FERGIE was back with the BLACK EYED PEAS for an American Independence Day performance but stated she will not rejoin them on their 20th anniversary tour later this year. That job may now go to NICOLE SCHERZINGER as the PUSSYCAT DOLLS planned reunion is not happening. LIAM PAYNE has delayed the release of his solo debut collection as he has written new songs about CHERYL after their recent split. He also said ONE DIRECTION will get back together "one day soon" – don't think HARRY will agree with that. Same with the SPICE GIRLS – MEL B still reckons they will reunite for a tour – good luck with that! e
104 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 Cd.indd 104
Con el apoyo de/ With the support of
w THE TREND books
TOP for tREADS he Summer Download these reads for your Kindle or better yet, buy a physical copy you can ﬂick through on the beach, by the poolside, or in the comforting coolness of your home. Nothing quite beats the feeling of turning a page. COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS THE OUTSIDER BY STEPHEN KING
Iconic horror author, Stephen King, is back with The Outsider: a crime story protagonised by Ralph Anderson, an Oklahoma detective who surprisingly orders the town’s English teacher and Little League coach to be arrested at a packed game, before the unbelieving eyes of parents. The crime involves the murder of a child and although the teacher seems like a ‘good guy’, he could actually be far more sinister. Tensions builds quick and fast in this exciting novel which shows that, over 50 novels down the line, Stephen King is as unpredictable as ever.
THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY BY RUTH WARE
Hal is a talented tarot reader who receives an unexpected letter informing her that she has received a substantial inheritance. She realises quickly that the letter was meant for another recipient, but visits the funeral in an attempt to take the inheritance home anyway. She is driven to the family mansion, and is shown to her bedroom: a stoic chamber with a tiny window. There she discovers the words that will make her want to run straight home: “Help me.” She begins to wonder whether or not she is as clever as she thought.
THE GRAY GHOST BY CLIVE CUSSLER AND ROBIN BURCELL
In 1906, a groundbreaking Rolls-Royce prototype known as the Gray Ghost vanishes in Manchester, England, though talented American detective, Isaac Bell, prevents it from being lost forever. Bell is devastated that Jonathan Payton, an innocent man, is blamed for the theft. Over 100 years later, Payton’s grandson approaches modern-day husband-and-wife detectives Sam and Remi Fargo to help prove his grandfather’s innocence. They are surprised to ﬁnd that the car has vanished once again and are determined to ﬁnd the Gray Ghost and unravel the mystery behind its original disappearance.
SHELTER IN PLACE BY NORA ROBERTS
Finding ‘shelter in place’ is what the police advise that we do in the event of a mass shooting. Simone Knox is in the middle of a crowded mall when she manages to escape death from this cause. Over a decade later, she is still suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and spends most of her time on Tranquility Island: an artist’s community in the peaceful area of Maine. But little to her knowledge, someone has been watching the survivors of the the shootout, planning on taking out each of them to perfect the plan. With the help of a trustworthy ally, Simone will have to face the enemy head-on and ﬁnd the courage she thought she had lost forever.
SHADOW KEEPER BY CHRISTINE FEEHAN
Sasha is a young woman from Wyoming who is now working at a big city nightclub in Chicago. She thought she knew how to protect herself from predators, but is grateful when she is lent a helping hand by bad boy Giovanni Ferraro: a lethal ‘shadow rider’ who belongs to an infamous family. They are wildly wealthy and brilliantly successful, but little do the paparazzi know that they have paranormal gifts that enable them to keep their territory (and the people in their bounds) safe from harm.
106 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 Re.indd 106
Diploma results 2018
45 points Andrea Henderson de la Fuente
44 points Nicole Leonetti University of Amsterdam
University of Edinburgh
For yet another year, the Year 13 students of Swans International School have excelled at IB. It is with great pride that we announce the best set of results in our school’s history. Their achievement includes a ‘full marks’ score of 45 points, gained by Andrea Henderson de la Fuente. This is a feat managed by only 0.5% of all students worldwide. Full marks also go to every student in the year group that
42 points Carlos Casado Alba
41 points Ines Benkirane
Universidad de Navarra
Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne
completed the full diploma this year, as 100% of them passed. What makes us even prouder is the way in which the students have conducted themselves as Sixth Formers. They have embodied all of the values that we instill in the Swans community on a daily basis, of hard work, care and friendship and it is this that makes our school the wonderful family that it is. They will now go on to take their places at universities
40 points Ignacio Casado Alba
40 points Sibo Hu
Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne
University of Edinburgh
across Europe, including the University of Edinburgh, the University of Exeter and the University of Amsterdam, to
Over 30% of students gained 36
name but a few. We will miss them greatly, but know that
points or more, equivalent to AAA
they are fully equipped to enter the wider world as open-
at A’Level (UCAS Website)
minded adults that are prepared for all of life’s challenges.
JS SI advert IB results Essential.indd 1
Swans International School C/Lago de los Cisnes, s/n 29602 firstname.lastname@example.org (+34) 952 902 755 www.swansschoolinternational.es
d the style
INTERIORS ARCHITECTURE ART DESIGN GARDENS FASHION
Modular, Personalised Homes with Hormitech
Velvet Luxury in Cancelada
An Interview with Patricia Darch
Summer Home Accessories
APM Monaco Jewellery
Chloe Lloyd Models Swimwear in the Maldives
Stunning Swimwear by New Look
El Corté Ingles Flagship Store in Marbella
DISCOVER THE EASE AND PRACTICALITY OF MODULAR, PERSONALISED CONSTRUCTION WITH HORMITECH, CHECK OUT THE VELVET LUXURY DEVELOPMENT IN CANCELADA BY GRUPO OTERO, AND SEE OUR INTERVIEW WITH LEADING INTERIORS SPECIALIST, PATRICIA DARCH. DON’T MISS OUR SPREADS ON FASHION, INCLUDING SWIMWEAR AND JEWELLERY, AND LEARN ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF THE ALL-IMPORTANT EL CORTE INGLÉS STORE IN PUERTO BANÚS.
228 Intros.indd 2
THE POWER OF NATURE
A Touch of Scandinavia
www.boconcept.es email@example.com marbella @boconcept.es
BoConcept & PlusStore Mijas
BoConcept & PlusStore Marbella
BoConcept El Corte Inglés
Ctra. de Mijas km 3,5
Ctra. N-340 km 176,
Calle Ramón Areces S/N
29650 Mijas, Málaga
29602 Marbella, Málaga
29660 Puerto Banús, Málaga
Tel. +34 951 242 092
Tel. +34 951 492 727
www.plusstore.es firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
d THE STYLE modular construction
HORMITECH A New Way of Constructing We think of concrete as a modern building material that has become pretty much universal over the past century, but in reality it has been used since ancient times. Thanks to on-going development, Spanish engineering ďŹ rm Hormitech is now taking concrete into the 21st century. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF HORMITECH
110 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 DeF.indd 110
The system is ideally suited to sleek modern architectural styles
oncrete doesn’t always have a positive image in the public mind, which is not really fair as it is and for a very long time has been the main building block of advancement. The ancient civilisations of the past already used early forms of it, and 19th and 20th century engineers simply improved upon the durability, flexibility and structural strength of a material without which so much of the architecture and construction of the recent past would not have been possible. Concrete retains a central role today, but just as others are working to develop more advanced and sustainable ways of doing things, so those producing building materials of this kind are not sitting still either. In fact, they are ﬁnding that the evolution of this
manmade, purpose-built stone still has a long way to go. Hormitech is one of the European companies leading this development. From its base in Tarragona, near Barcelona, the ﬁrm has been a specialist supplier of prefabricated concrete building structures for over 40 years now, and while there have been improvements to the product throughout this time, the latest offering is the result of a quantum leap in concrete technology. So much so, that Hormitech has taken a step away from conventional construction to provide the building blocks for a far more efﬁcient, high quality, environmentally sound and attractive way of construction.
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 111
228 DeF.indd 111
TECHNOLOGY FOR OUR TIMES The technology now makes it possible to meet contemporary needs for homes and edifices that are structurally sound, tremor-resistant and offer new levels of insulation and energy efficiency, while also eliminating damp and ensuring ambient comfort. “What’s more, the system is prefabricated to measure and not only suits modern architectural styles very well but is adaptable to all designs, scales and types of buildings, from private homes and apartments to offices, malls, factories and warehouses,” says Fernando Vega of Hormitech in the Málaga region. The advantage of the technique is the precision with which it is made, not cut or adapted on the building site, and also far surpassing the quality of conventional prefabricated concrete building materials. “The system consists of sandwich panels made up of two layers of HA-30 reinforced concrete. The inner one is a 15 centimetre structural panel and the outer one a seven centimetre layer that forms the facia of the building, with a nine centimetre thick high density layer of insulation between them.” The superior characteristics of the system are derived from the specially treated concrete itself and the precision sealing that far surpasses anything achieved in construction so far, and it is this perfect fit between the panels and sections that make up a building, which provides such superlative levels of sound, humidity and thermal insulation. The result is a comfortable, controlled environment free of damp and temperature extremes, which also leads to optimal energy efficiency and far lower heating and cooling costs, as well as offering virtually maintenance-free durability. “All of this is possible because new technologies enable us to produce each individual part to millimetre precise dimensions that fit together seamlessly. The manufacturing is done in a controlled environment, in terms of temperature and humidity, and the concrete is wrapped and shipped to the site free of any of the bending or warping that often occurs in normal production.” Apart from the quality and durability of the Hormitech system it is also much faster to build and lends itself to a total freedom of architectural styles and configurations, including a greatly reduced dependency on structural support columns. The system is ideally suited to sleek modern architectural styles
Structural building elements with the benefits of modern technology
112 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 DeF.indd 112
227 Ambience.indd 1
BUILD SPEED AND QUALITY “Once the building licence is obtained we start manufacturing the panels, a process that takes 40 days during which the land is meanwhile prepared for construction. The assembly of the structure then requires another 10-15 days, depending on the size and complexity of the building, and once this is done the rest of the villa is completed within another four months. All told, you can have a brand new house within six months using the Hormitech system, saving a year or more in comparison with conventional construction methods,” says Fernando. The reaction of the market has been keen, and Hormitech is now constructing primarily private villas but also apartments, offices and other types of structures across Spain, Portugal and the south of France. “A system that offers so many benefits is a clear winner, and in reality it takes concrete building into the modern era in many ways, from quality, energy efficiency and speed to living comfort, close to zero maintenance, seismic and fire safety and also environmental terms, as it not only reduces energy consumption but also virtually eliminates on-site waste material. “There are many new technologies out there but for us this is one of the most practical and proven ways of building that combines the advantages of modern technology with the tried and tested track record of decades. The villas we are building with Hormitech in the Marbella area are attractive in styling, low-maintenance, receive an A-rating for energy efficiency and offer a bespokestyled home that is damp-free and comfortable to live in throughout the year. This together with the savings derived from cutting a year or more from the construction time makes this such an exciting new approach.” g Calle 19 Edificio Guadalmina Banús 1, Marbella. Tel: 902 424 444. firstname.lastname@example.org www.hormitech.es Hormitech also lends itself beautifully to design features such as floating staircases
Structural strength and minimal maintenance for a wide range of applications
114 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 DeF.indd 114
We build your house in
4 months. C
- Professional team coordinated by only one project leader
- Quick construction: your house is ready in 4 months or less
- More than 40 years of experience
- Maximum energy efficiency
- Top-quality materials and finishings - Cost reduction
email@example.com Tel: 902424444 / 983491100
d THE STYLE architecture
The Velvet Villas are designed for ultimate lifestyle enjoyment
Velvet Luxury WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF OTERO GROUP
VELVET VILLAS ON THE NEW GOLDEN MILE The rising stature of the New Golden Mile is well known, but one of its greatest hotspots right now is Cancelada, where luxury modern villas such as those created by the Otero Group ďŹ nd themselves surrounded by countryside only a few minutes from the beach.
116 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 DeF2.indd 116
ate lifestyle enjoyment
he Costa del Sol has a long tradition of property specialists in ﬁelds encompassing architecture, ﬁnance, engineering, construction, marketing, sales and law, but seldom does this expertise come together within a single ﬁrm. The Otero Group is a rare exception to this, offering as it does the whole spectrum of property development, from land sourcing and original concept through to architectural design, construction, engineering teams, surveyors, project managers, technicians, landscaping and ultimately marketing and sales. Indeed, the family-run ﬁrm originally founded in northern Spain some 60 years ago and now led by Ruben Otero – the third generation Otero at the helm – brings all these elements under one roof. “I realised that many of the traditionally independent links in Marbella’s property supply chain do, in fact, tend to act independently, as the separate companies they are, which means that the architects often come from a different starting perspective than the developers, that the building companies have to juggle lots of clients and their expectations, and that this also applies all the way down the line,” says Ruben. “Moreover, looking at it from the client’s perspective, each intermediary along the way has to add a proﬁt margin to their fees, thus building up prices.” By using its longstanding experience in property construction to bring all these elements together under one banner, the Otero Group not only has more control over the development process, but it also enables a far greater degree of coordination between the different professions and stages, as well as making the most of cost efﬁciencies that can be passed on to clients. “Because of this, we can guarantee deliverables in terms of deadlines and quality, offer lower prices and also ensure that everything is seamlessly coordinated, from original design and build specs through to ﬁnal delivery.”
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 117
228 DeF2.indd 117
Clean, flowing living areas that let the outdoors in
A FLEXIBLE APPROACH The Otero Group is therefore a property developer in its own right – creating, constructing and commercialising its own projects – while also offering land sourcing, architectural design, construction, marketing and sales infrastructure to both developers and private clients. “We offer this turnkey service on a variety of scales, from undertaking entire villa communities and apartment complexes to building individual homes under the instruction of private buyers.” The Otero Group can do this because it has core divisions specialised in construction, architecture, renovation and administration, complemented by further in-house specialists in engineering, legal
All the rooftop chill-out terraces feature inspiring sea views
contracts and building licences, surveyors and also sales and marketing, where the close working relationship with real estate agents on the Costa del Sol is of prime importance. “It’s a well-oiled machine that is, however, flexible in its structure, meaning that we can not only work on different scales but also offer either the full concept to delivery service or simply one of the modular elements, such as construction and/or design. Thanks to the fact that we know the land market on the Costa del Sol extensively, and have a database of suitable plots available for both developers and private homebuilders – all of which are exclusive to us – we are able to source land for both, obtain the building permits and
provide excellent value for money in locations across the length and breadth of the Costa del Sol,” says Ruben. Individual clients can choose from bespoke, made-to-measure designs for villas or enjoy the economies of a series of existing designs created by the company’s architects. “They range from compact to large villas and can naturally be adapted to the specific needs and budget of the client, adding or leaving out specs and lifestyle features.” The delivery time is typically a little over a year and many of the private villas the Otero Group is building in this way are located on the New Golden Mile, one of the most up-and-coming parts of the Costa del Sol right now.
Open plan living
118 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 DeF2.indd 118
Extraordinary moments happen on ordinary days. Letâ€™s set the stage for the extraordinary to happen every day.
Panakuka SL Avda. CĂĄnovas del Castillo 10 29601 Marbella Tel. +34 952 85 79 62 marbella.bulthaup.com
g OTERO GROUP Blv. Principe Alfonso Hohenlohe.Urb. La Carolina 36-B. Marbella Tel: (+34) 951 569 722. www.otero.com.es Marbella@otero.com.es
From lounge to terrace to pool, forming one lifestyle area
VELVET VILLAS, CANCELADA The firm’s key project at the moment is Velvet Villas, a community of 12 independent villas situated at the heart of the New Golden Mile in Cancelada. Surrounded by open countryside with mountain and panoramic sea views, this is one of the most exciting parts of the greater Marbella property market, in a location that is peaceful, central, convenient and within a few minutes of beaches, golf courses such as Los Flamingos, El Paraíso and La Resina, as well as near the restaurants and village ambience of Cancelada itself. It is a modern villa area in the making, and while Velvet Villas offers a series of plot settings accompanied by three architectural designs in the style of a contemporary community, the properties are not built and
Luxury modern living surrounded by inspiring views
completed en masse but for each individual buyer. “This allows for more personalisation of specs and details,” says Ruben, who includes such additional options as a large basement area suitable for extra bedrooms, gym, spa and entertainment areas, a rooftop terrace and also a modern outdoor fire pit with heating. The latter is located on the spacious, largely covered terrace, which features chill-out style sails and is a classic example of integrated indoor and outdoor living spaces. Sliding doors join the two to create one large lifestyle area, in many cases accompanied by the sea views that are guaranteed in all villas from the first floor and rooftop. The largely level plots are well suited to landscaping and add to the inclusive, accessible feeling of these
villas, which feature open-plan living with lots of natural light and sections of double-height ceiling, but designed in such a way that intimate lounge, dining and kitchen areas are created. The four-bedroom villas feature one suite on the ground floor and three, including the master bedroom, on the first floor, complete with private terraces enjoying sea and mountain views, all set on a level garden of 500m2. Built on Otero’s expertise as a bespoke property developer and designed to offer optimal lifestyle amenities and personalised specifications, the 12 luxury contemporary homes that make up Velvet Villas are a key example of the standard of real estate that is making the New Golden Mile a top coastal address. e
Indoor living spaces, gardens and terraces with luxury optional features mark Velvet Villas
120 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 DeF2.indd 120
d THE STYLE people
WORDS IRENE ROSENBLATT PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN
2018 is an auspicious year for Patricia Darch, the founder and driving force behind Patricia Darch Interior Design and Projects, as it marks the 25 anniversary of her luxury interior design company.
ike many successful entrepreneurs, she shares a dedication and passion for her brand and is only too aware that the key to her thriving business, not only involves a “talented and supportive team by her side, but going that extra mile for her clients who are entrusting her with the fulﬁlment of their dreams.” She works closely with every client to interpret their wishes
and in turn her customers take her into their conﬁdence and place huge trust in her. She enthuses about her loyal team of CAD qualiﬁed designers, architects and craftsmen which are in turn supported by a network of electricians, carpenters, plumbers, upholsterers and seamstresses and takes huge pride in the fact that she rarely outsources.
122 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 LoP PDarchANDI.indd 122
DESIGN IS ON THE MIND She also mentions that “crucial to the design brief is the ability to work hand in glove with architects on complete renovations and newly built villas on a grand scale.” One such project, a beautifully designed modern villa in Sotogrande,was only partially built when her clients purchased it. Patricia was delighted to be able to use every aspect of her highly sought after design skills in this ultra modern six-bedroom, eightbathroom new build with its panoramic windows and radiant light. She was overcome with her client appreciation and feedback when the house was completed. However, her biggest commission to date and one on which she has been delighted to be chosen to work, includes the completion of a extremely large majestic house in Gibraltar with panoramic views of Spain and Morocco. It is an eclectic design with Moroccan features and handcrafted pieces. It requires huge attention to detail and Patricia and her dedicated team members working extremely closely with her clients to fulfil their vision for this spectacular property. It is due to be completed in October 2018 and the project will be three years from concept to completion. Patricia originally came from a rural village in Yorkshire, England and has lived in Spain for over 43 years. Her extensive work experience has been gained in a multitude of business disciplines including, retail fashion, real estate and property management and in the late 1980s’ Patricia and her husband Raymond, designed and built the Manolo Santana Tennis Club in Marbella. In 1993, she chose to fully concentrate on her passion for interior design and opened her first showroom in San Pedro, moving to Torreguadiaro in 2000. She further expanded in 2011 by opening a new showroom at Ocean Village, Gibraltar to cater for her many loyal Gibraltarian clients .Her main showroom relocated from Torreguadiaro to the prestigious Sotogrande Blue Marina in 2012 and with the continued success of this new location, she added an adjoining Essence of Natuzzi gallery in 2013.
Patricia works with over 350 international design brands and adores contemporary Italian design brands such as B&B Italia, MaxAlto, Fendi Casa, Poliform, and Catellan Italia . Her showrooms also feature an extensive collection of luxury home fabrics that clients are welcome to browse, including Casamance, Hermes, Designers Guild, Missoni and many more, There are also a range of gift collectables, exquisite scented candles from Baobab and carefully chosen art and sculpture, including selected pieces from local artists Messeg and David Marshall. Patricia is not only a talented and creative interior designer, but also an astute business woman. She is also extremely passionate about raising funds for children and adults affected by leukaemia and research for a cure to eradicate this devastating disease. It was the love for her beloved grandson Arturo, who sadly lost his battle and died from leukaemia six years ago, which lead to the establishment of the Arturo Darch Association and the support of the Josep Carreras foundation for Leukaemia Research. Fund raising activities have included two highly successful Charity Galas. at the Santa Maria Polo Club. Sotogrande. The first ‘Charity Opera Gala’ took place in 2016 and the most recent ‘From Broadway to Hollywood’ event took place this year on Saturday July 7. With nearly 500 people in attendance, it was a magical and luxurious evening of glamour, a sumptuous black tie event, with a champagne reception, gourmet dinner and entertainment provided by international musicians and stars directly from London’s West End. One of the highlights was the exciting ‘Golden Raffle Draw’, which included a host of exclusive prizes, such as a Dani García Experience at his Michelin starred restaurants, pieces of superb art, luxury travel experiences and gifts from the international luxury brands Chanel and Mont Blanc.
The total raised for the leukaemia charities from this sensational evening will be announced firstly on the Josep Carreras Foundation website and later on the Gala and Patricia Darch websites Today, she reflects on her 25 years at the helm of this exciting and evolving business. in which she has been “privileged to work on some of the world’s most magnificent properties and yachts.” Both professionally and privately her admiration lies in the legacy of the late fashion icon Coco Chanel,who was known for her impeccable style and also subscribes to her famous philosophy “Fashion changes, but style endures.” She maintains “continuing success in interior design includes the interpretation of constantly evolving design trends.” She regularly attends ‘the bastion of all the worlds’ leading interior designers, the Milan Design Fair or Salon de Mobile, which takes place in Italy every April and acutely recognises the need ‘to never stop innovating’ and keeping abreast of the latest in technology, such as new updates in computer aided design systems and software. So what of the future? New and exciting developments are in the pipeline with the addition of a sister company to her portfolio ‘Property Specialist S.L.’ in which she is delighted to be working in partnership with Chantel Peralta, previously of Sotogrande S.A. and her son Nicholas in this new property renovation and interior design venture. October 2018 is likely to be an extremely memorable month, with the culmination of three years of dedication to her most prestigious project to date, welcoming the internationally acclaimed Clive Christian brand of exclusive kitchens and bespoke furniture to her showroom at Sotogrande Blue and hosting a sensational party to celebrate her 25th Anniversary to thank all her loyal clients, dedicated staff members, family, and friends who have joined her on this incredible journey. i www.patriciadarch.com
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 123
228 LoP PDarchANDI.indd 123
d THE STYLE decor
3 Marisa Cutillas brings you a list of super summer furniture items, ideal for a day spent in the garden lounging by the pool.
Making the Most of the
GREAT OUTDOORS 6
1 – LILY OUTDOOR CHAIR BY TALENTI: This chair boasts quick dry foam that is coated in durable Bonanza fabric. Available in green with dove frame, and light blue with white frame. i www.viadurini.co.uk 2 – MEXICAN SKULL TOWEL BY WAKABANGA: Stand out at the beach with this joyful towel. i www.wakabanga.com 3 – BOOBOO SWING SOFA BY CIRCU: A chic stainless steel structure supports a durable sofa in bright green. i www.circu.net 4 – DESIGN KNOT SUNBED BY TALENTI: Chic and minimalist, this chair provides all the comfort your back needs. i www.viadurini.co.uk 5 – LITTLE MERMAID BED BY CIRCU: A Portuguese-made bed that celebrates the
beauty of the sea. Produced entirely in ﬁberglass, it comprises two round halves joined by a reinforced hinge area. The ﬁnishings contain a paint pigment that provides an exclusive colour changing effect. i www.circu.net 6 – EDEN OUTDOOR DAYBED BY TALENTI: This bed boasts a white painted aluminium structure, covered with natural mélange Kirkby fabric. It has an opening/closing hydraulic system and comes with anti-humidity and anti-microbial Quick Dry Foam upholstery, which prevents the formation of mould and ensures a quick drying process. i www.viadurini.co.uk 7 – SAMAKI CANDLES BY NOBUNTO: These beautiful candles celebrate the beauty of the sea and its creatures with colourful patterns and ﬁgures. i www.nobunto.de
124 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 DeN.indd 124
228PAG ST.indd 1
d THE STYLE fashion
YELLOW SILVER ‘LOVE’ NECKLACE
This August, APM Monaco is releasing a fashionably cool collection with playful messages to mix & match for a fun twist to your own style. Playful and bright, style statement open cuffs adorned the wrist with some fun punchy charm inspired by the Rock & Roll era. Find a word that shows your uniqueness with a twist of Hip Hop inspired chain necklaces, bracelets and rings.
YELLOW SILVER ‘AMORE AMOUR LOVE’ OPEN BANGLE
YELLOW SILVER ‘FUN CRAZY LOVE’ OPEN BANGLE
SILVER ‘AMOUR’ RING
SILVER ‘FUN’ MONO EAR CUFF
SILVER ‘APM MONACO’ OPEN BANGLE
SILVER ‘ROCK’ MONO EAR CUFF
YELLOW SILVER ‘BABY LOVE’ RING g APM MONACO Calle Ribera 9, Bajo Casa E, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 319 975. www.apm.mc
126 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
FASHION SILVER JEWELRY www.apm.mc
Calle Ribera 9, Puerto Banus, 29660 Marbella, Spain +34 951 319 975
d THE STYLE fashion
128 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FaF2.indd 128
‘DEZ’ DOUBLED LAYERED NECKLACE, STELLA & DOT WWW.STELLAANDDOT.EU APRICOT 'GRACE' BIKINI SET, OCHIE SWIM, OCHIESWIM.COM
Ireland’s Number One Luxury Tan, Bellamianta, are thrilled to announce UK’s Top Model Chloe Lloyd as the mesmerising face of their widely celebrated tanning brand. Last month, the stunning star jetted off to the luxurious Kuramathi, Maldives with a top creative team for an exclusive week-long Bellamianta shoot, during which temperatures soared to sizzling extremes and the perfect shots were captured. Check out the golden goddess in all her glory.
is the New Face of Bellamianta Luxury Tanning
MODEL CHLOE LLOYD PHOTOGRAPHER JAYDEN FA VIDEOGRAPHY FRAN AFAN HAIR SARAH ETHEL MAKEUP AALIYA DIAZ PR VALERIE ROE PR STYLIST ROXANNE PARKER ON SET STYLIST BRIAN CONWAY LOCATION KURAMATHI MALDIVES TRAVEL ISLAND MARKETING RESORT INFORMATION, SEE WWW.KURAMATHI.COM BOOKINGS CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 129
228 FaF2.indd 129
'DIANA' ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT, OCHIE SWIM, OCHIESWIM.COM
BLACK 'POLYNESIA' PADDED TRIANGLE BIKINI TOP, HEIDI KLIEN, WWW.HEIDIKLEIN.COM BLACK 'POLYNESIA' TIE SIDE BIKINI BOTTOMS, HEIDIKLEIN.COM
'MELBOURNE' WHITE BANDEAU BIKINI TOP, MELISSA ODABASH 'MELBOURNE' GOLD TRIM MATCHING WHITE BIKINI BOTTOMS, MELISSA ODABASH, WWW.ODABASH.COM
130 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FaF2.indd 130
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 131
228 FaF2.indd 131
EARRINGS, STELLA & DOT, STELLA DOT.EU, BRACELET, STELLA & DOT, OFF THE SHOULDER SWIMSUIT, MOEVA WWW.MOEVA.COM
‘OLIVIA’ OFF-THE-SHOULDER SWIMSUIT, OCHIE SWIM, OCHIESWIM.COM
ISABEL ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT, TJ SWIM, TJSWIM.COM
132 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FaF2.indd 132
BLACK PLUNGE NECK ‘IZABEL’ ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT, TJ SWIM, WWW.TJSWIM.COM
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 133
228 FaF2.indd 133
d THE STYLE fashion
Sexy, functional, and comfy are one and the same in New Look’s latest swimwear collection. Take your pick from these stunning outﬁts. COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS
134 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FaF.indd 134
k o o L w e N by ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 135
228 FaF.indd 135
136 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FaF.indd 136
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 137
228 FaF.indd 137
138 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FaF.indd 138
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 139
228 FaF.indd 139
d THE STYLE superstore
Marbella’s special relationship with
EL CORTE INGLÉS As residents of Marbella we feel privileged to have a grand department store like El Corte Inglés in Puerto Banús on our doorstep, yet within Spain it ranks as one of the leading flagship stores in the country. We talked with Gaël Vignon, El Corte Inglés Eastern Andalusia International Marketing Director, about the ins & outs of the strategies aimed at residential tourism on the coast, and on how the Company flagship Store of Marbella is adapting to the local market’s very unique customer profiles & trends. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN
The Gourmet section is a joy for the senses
arbella’s El Corte Inglés department store is not only treasured by those who live and visit here, it is also one of the jewels in the famous brand’s crown. Why? Because not only is this in many ways a very unique El Corte Inglés unlike most across the country, but it is also a reference for luxury brands like no other, and perhaps not surprisingly enjoys the highest per capita spend of all. The reason behind these statistics is a highly complex and diverse market made up of many different nationalities and seasonal factors that range from tourist surges in the summer to fluctuating second home resident levels and an unusually high proportion of affluent homeowners and visitors. In short, Marbella is a market unto itself, and thus requires a management team with a more international approach than similar stores across the length and breadth of Spain.
140 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 LoP ECI.indd 140
The revamped layout of the department store
The luxury brand experience within El Corte Inglés
A UNIQUE STORE IN TRANSFORMATION Those who have been coming to Marbella’s El Corte Inglés department store since it first opened in 1996 will have noticed some big changes recently. The luxury outlet is evolving along with new trends in retail to offer what it has always done but with a new interior style that highlights the luxury brands and presents them as a series of elegant boutiques within the department store. People think retail is all about the items you’re selling, but product, display and logistics are merely the starting points in an industry where service and ambience have always been important, and where the added value is increasingly centred upon the shopping experience as a whole. El Corte Inglés in Marbella remains a classic department store with a very broad range of products and price categories, but whereas the designer brands were previously somewhat concealed, they are now able to reflect their brand DNA more and offer an enhanced involvement with their clients. Luxury brands derive their allure not just from the superior quality of their products and service, but also from a brand identity that is built upon artisan workmanship, tradition and heritage, so the new configuration allows the many top brands available at the store to be presented within
their natural environment. The store now offers a series of authentic experiences, but in combination with unique department store conveniencies such as not having to carry around your shopping with you, being able to pay at the end of your shopping day and enjoying delivery services. This is especially true of the affluent buyers among the six million or so annual visitors to the store, as they have access to the Xquisit Shopping Experience, a superlative level of retail service inspired by deluxe hotels that is tailored to the needs of an international upmarket clientele. For them, the store can lay on a chauffeur driven limousine, personal shoppers and interpreters, a concierge desk and even a suite that can be reserved for optimal comfort, privacy and ease – including the ability to use the heliport on the roof for discreet access.
RETAIL IN AN AGE OF INNOVATION Thanks to the vision and drive of the store’s high flying General Manager and his team, El Corte Inglés is perhaps the most innovative and advanced in the country, collecting valuable first-hand feedback about trends and consumer preferences from across a wide range of nationalities and socio-economic groups. This knowledge is used to ensure the store is up to
date with the latest trends and ready to provide today’s Marbella customer with the products and service they desire. Such initiatives have done much towards establishing Marbella as a shopping destination as well as a resort that offers sport, nightlife, fine dining and the classic appeal of a Mediterranean setting. The brand has also enjoyed great success with What’s Hot, a glossy in-house publication through which the store communicates its latest offering in English to expat residents. It reflects the efforts made in recent years to better cater for this important market, which include adapting signage within the shop, diversifying product ranges, employing more multilingual staff and also developing furnishing and decoration services for homeowners and property developers alike, right down to designing the interiors of show flats. The feedback on this and many other initiatives, such as events dedicated to specific nationalities and interest groups, have enjoyed great response, and together they form the basis of the fact that over 40,000 Marbella families now hold the What’s Hot Loyalty Card. Such levels of engagement show just how much this grand department store is an integral part of Marbella and its way of life. e
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 141
228 LoP ECI.indd 141
d THE STYLE fashion
ROPE SANDAL BY DOROTHY PERKINS
Summer is the perfect time to show off beautifully manicured tootsies and a golden tan. Find your shoe inspiration from these fab new buys.
SANDALS ESTHER SLIDE BY MONSOON
i ACCESSORIZE www.accessorize.es BIMBA Y LOLA www.bimbaylola.com DOROTHY PERKINS www.dorothyperkins.com MONSOON www.monsoon.co.uk SWIMWEAR365 www.swimwear365.co.uk
PENELOPE POM SLIDER SANDAL AND ANGELS SANDAL BY ACCESSORIZE
PASTEL FRINGE SANDAL BY SWIMWEAR365
MULE SANDAL BY BIMBA Y LOLA
TURQUOISE SANDAL BY BIMBA Y LOLA
YELLOW SANDAL BY BIMBA Y LOLA
142 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
n the spa
PRODUCTS BEAUTY SPA SCIENCE TREATMENTS HEALTH
Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water
Mosquito Repelling Plants
154 Neolife 156
Sharron Lowe of The Mind Makeover
SOAK IN THE SELF-TANNING GOODNESS OF ISLE OF PARADISE, LEARN WHICH MOSQUITO REPELLENT PLANTS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR GARDEN AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE WITH INSPIRATION COACH AND AUTHOR, SHARRON LOWE!
228 Intros.indd 3
Newest Stateof-the-Art Dental technology at Ocean Clinic ! We are happy to announce the incorporation of Dr. Nina King as our resident dentist from this month onwards. Dr. King is one of the few dentists in Spain offering advanced aesthetic dentistry using digital smile technology (DSD). With this new DSD technology your teeth are scanned 3- dimensionally in your mouth, and possible aesthetic modifications like veneers and crowns etc. can be simulated digitally to simulate your new smile. In addition, with CEREC technology manual impressions and try on models from the lab are not necessary any more making the whole process much more precise. When using CEREC you don’t have to wait for the dental lab to finish your teeth, as your new teeth can be milled directly in front of your eyes using the new Digital CEREC Milling System. To learn more about these exciting new techniques and how they can help to make your smile more beautiful, please make an appointment with Dr. Nina King for your personalized smile consultation at Ocean Clinic’s Dental department.
Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery l Aesthetic Medicine l Bariatric Surgery l Dental Cosmetics Av. Ramón y Cajal, 7 - 29601 Marbella - 0034 951 775 518 - Móvil : 670 770 455 - email@example.com - www.oceanclinic.net
n THE SPA beauty
What’s So Cool about
ISLE OF PARADISE Self-Tanning Water? Self-tanning products have become all the rage in an era in which the depleted ozone layer is exposing our skin to harmful UVA and UVB rays. As the summer season reaches its peak, nothing looks better than donning a healthy golden glow, achieved through any other means than the sun itself, or equally harmful tanning beds. One new product that is turning heads and taking pole position in the beauty sections of magazines, is Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning water: a special concoction catered for different skin types. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS WHO DEVELOPED ISLE OF PARADISE? Isle of Paradise is a colour-coded self-tanning water developed by tanning expert Jules von Hep, who had worked for years backstage with make-up artists, creating beautiful tans for models prior to catwalk shows and fashion shoots. He notes that having to apply colour corrective make-up to models led him to a ‘eureka!’ moment; he decided to combine colour-corrective technology into a self tanning product, so that each skin type could achieve its desired tone. He notes: “I was sick of working with the same product, tired of always having to work extra hard to get those flawless results, desperate for easy golden skin to be achieved at home for those who didn’t have experts like me on hand.” And voila! A star was born.
WHAT INGREDIENTS DOES ISLE OF PARADISE CONTAIN? These gorgeous spray-on products contain superfood ingredients like coconut, avocado and chia seeds, which lend skin various benefits in addition to tanning. They brighten the complexion, reduce redness, and leave skin with the beautiful scent of eucalyptus and peppermint, which inspired von Hep when he was working in Australia. All products are free of parabens, sulphates, phthalates, and other ingredients found in the majority of commercial skincare products. The entire range is also 100 per cent organic, vegan, and cruelty-free
THREE BOTTLES TO CHOOSE FROM Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water comes in three varieties: Light, Medium, and Dark. They are super easy to use. The company recommends performing a patch test 24 hours prior to application. Once you are ready to go, you will need to exfoliate your skin 24 hours prior to application. Ensure dry areas such as knees, elbows, ankles and feet are well moisturised to avoid the product showing up too intensely in these areas. Spray the water onto skin until totally saturated then blend the product in with a tanning mit. In just four to six hours, a beautiful tan will develop and you can head out to that special summer soiree. If you want a tan that lasts, wait 12 hours before showering or swimming. Your glow will remain for between four and 10 days, depending on your skin colour and type.
WHAT IS COLOUR CORRECTION? This aspect of the water essentially helps create glowing skin tones that correct unevenness and counter redness and sallowness. It also evens out discoloration caused by hyperpigmentation. The key to colour correction is to use opposite hues to cancel out unwanted ones. Thus, green tones cancel redness, lilac eliminates yellowness, and peach is a universal brightener. Each spray targets different issues, including dullness and inflammation. They also have different intensities, though it is pretty easy to work out which one is right for you. If you are interested in self-tanning check out Isle of Paradise’s other products, which include self-tanning drops that can be mixed with creams and lotions for easy application. i Isle of Paradise Water can be purchased on www.isleofparadise.co.uk
146 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 BeF.indd 146
215 ShantiSom.indd 1
n THE SPA beauty
The skin has very different needs in the summer than it does in the winter. Skin tends to sweat and become oilier, making it harder to enjoy a ﬂawless look day-long. Stock up on these items, specially created for this time of the year. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS
1 – UNICORN HORN MYSTICAL HIGHLIGHTING STICK ILLUMINATOR If you aren’t into shimmering highlighters, this is the ideal choice. It comes in two shades (Unicorn Tears, which is bluish, and Unicorn Dreams, which is pinkish). 2 – INVISIMATTE BLOTTING PAPER FROM FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Another important addition to your bag and even easier to use than powder. Just pull out a sheet and dab on your face for absorption of excess oil. 3 – CLARIFYING PACK BY VALMONT A masque that restores luminosity to dull skin. 4 – PURIFYING PACK BY VALMONT This masque will help unclog your pores and lend your skin a smooth look and feel. 5 – MATCH STIX MATTE SKINSTICK BY FENTY BEAUTY A high coverage, fully matte foundation for those who need their makeup to stay in place all day. 6 – INVISIMATTE BLOTTING POWDER FROM FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Rihanna says that if a bag is too mall for this beauty to ﬁt into it, she ditches the bag in favour of a bigger one. This translucent powder blots out all signs of oil yet won’t appear blotchy in photographs taken with flash. i All items available on www.sephora.es except items by Valmont, available on www.boutiquevalmont.com
r e m m u S e h for t
5 2 6 3
148 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 BeN.indd 148
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.”
Pride in Awards
“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: firstname.lastname@example.org
+34 662 408 408 C/ Ramón Areces S/N Complejo Marina Banús Bloque 3, local 29 Puerto Banús www.arquesclinic.com · email@example.com arquesclinic
Full details of those treatment are on the clinic’s website www.arquesclinic.com/en Doctor is qualified as aesthetic doctor in the U.K., is registered with the GMC and is also an associate member of the Royal College of General Practitioners
n THE SPA beauty
Laying back onto the bed, I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and felt a wide smile spread across my face. In an instant everything around me disappeared, my thoughts evaporated, the sound of talking silenced and the next time I’d wake up I knew I was going to be a new woman; an incredibly empowering notion I’m sure you’ll agree.
GREAT RHINOPLASTY EXPERIENCE at Cirumed
’d disliked my nose for years, hated it in fact, as my Hungarian heritage gave me a masculine bump on the bridge of my nose which stuck out, looked awful in pictures and felt far too big and bulky for my face. Being a model, TV personality, professional bodybuilder and journalist, I’ve spent the past decade of my life in the spotlight and, regardless of if only I notice it, or everyone else in the world, when you have something that knocks your conﬁdence you feel it in everything that you do. Thankfully I found the courage to do something about it. After years of daydreaming about my perfect nose, hours and hours spent researching every fact, ﬁle and horror story possible, I decided that at
the age of thirty life is too short to live any other way than what truly makes you happy. Via the cosmetic concierge Serene Cosmetic, I was able to travel to Spain from London to have my rhinoplasty surgery at Cirumed with world renowned plastic surgeon Dr Aslani; and my 5-Star luxury accommodation, transfers, specialist vegan food, aftercare and appointments were all conveniently arranged and carried out for me so that all I had to do was arrive, have surgery and recover in the beautiful Marbella surrounds afterwards. Having had multiple private surgeries in and around London, I have high expectations of professional service and medical results that I’m used to and based my decision to come to Spain for surgery on Dr Aslani’s high
skillset and previous patient results. I knew that the flawless work he’d carried out on other UK celebrities and patients was exactly what I wanted to achieve with my own results, and so it gave me reassurance that I’d know and love exactly what he’d be able to do to my nose. But I never imagined my surgeon and his team would go above and beyond my very high expectations; the quality of medical information, service and aftercare has been exceptional throughout and is something that the UK can learn from. I heard my name being called softly by the nurse as I came out of surgery and that’s the moment I realised my life had changed forever – it’s ﬁnally done, my old nose is gone and I’m free from self-consciousness.
150 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 CIRUMED.indd 150
Bandaged safely and tucked up in my hospital bed I couldn’t wait to see my face and speak to my family and friends. It’s the most liberating feeling to ﬁnally achieve something you’ve contemplated for so long; whether that’s losing weight, studying for a new career, changing your hair colour or even having surgery. Taking positive steps forwards to make yourself happier and more content in life is simply euphoric and has such an uplifting impact on your positivity and wellbeing. My recovery has been equally as astounding. With only mild bruising and swelling I was able to leave the hospital the following day with my nose in a cast, upbeat and energetic. I’ve been enjoying romantic lunches in the village with my boyfriend,
trips to the beach, shopping and sightseeing since. At my consultation, Dr Aslani assured me that rhinoplasty surgery is the quickest and easiest surgery to recover from and his words stuck with me, he was right. Within a handful of days my life returned to normal and a week on it’s entirely undetectable as there are no scars at all due to the surgery taking place through my nostrils. Not only do I have the slender, feminine nose and petite tip of my dreams but my deviated septum which affected my breathing has now been corrected, and for the ﬁrst time in my life I can actually breathe properly – which as a bodybuilder is incredibly exciting as it allows me to train harder for longer once recovered. The state of the art equipment, innovative
surgical techniques and expert skills and aftercare have made this procedure an absolute dream for me, so that I can return to work, rejoin my family and continue loving life with my new nose. And you may think that it’s just my nose which Dr Aslani has changed for me, but the huge smile on my face every time I see a mirror has given me a bounce in my step and absolute zest for life; we all deserve to look and feel great, so go ahead and make a change!
g Cirumed Clinic. Edif. Panorama, Planta Baja, Local 2. CN340, km 184, Marbella. Tel: (+34) 952 775 346. www.cirumed.es
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 151
228 CIRUMED.indd 151
n THE SPA health
AT BAY from Your Garden the Natural Way!
It’s summer and that means that many families are heading for their gardens and terraces, to catch a few rays, take dips in the pool, and enjoy a multitude of garden activities (Slip ‘n Slide, anyone?). One of the most annoying things about being outdoors at this time of the year, especially if you have kids, are mosquitoes. In this post, Marisa Cutillas brings us a list of plants that make great natural repellents for these insects.
This refreshingly scented plant is anything but fragrant for mosquitoes. It is perennial and thrives in light soil. It loves moisture, but not too much; the key is to ensure that the soil you choose allows for proper drainage. You can plant peppermint directly into your soil, separating plants by around six feet. Grow it in a container if you like, covering it with a thin layer of compost or organic fertiliser every two or three months. Peppermint doesn’t do so well in cold temperatures so in winter time, bring your plant indoors. Some will not survive the winter, so prune desired leaves and freeze them for later use if you plan on consuming them in juice, iced tea, or desserts.
Z ROSEMARY AND BASIL: Rosemary is super easy to grow and makes a great addition to stews and roasts; it also is one of the mosquito’s most hated scents, owing to the many globules on its underside, which contain fragrant oils. To add a bit of extra protection, spray rosemary essential oil (diluted in water) onto skin, taking care to avoid your eyes, nose, and mouth. Rosemary essential oil should not be used on children aged under 10. Basil is also an easy-to-grow herb you can use in your favourite sauces, which likewise serves as an excellent mosquito repellent. Z LEMON BALM: This plant is a top choice for those who want to keep mosquitoes away, but who wish to do their share for our depleted bee population (since bees and butterflies love this plant). It grows quickly and reseeds itself, so grow it in a pot that you can move to a speciﬁc part of your garden so it doesn’t take over the entire space. Z LAVENDER: This flower is as beautiful as it is fragrant. It is tough, droughtresistant, and loves warm temperatures. It is said that lavender oil prevents mosquitoes from being able to smell. You will also probably notice that your pets veer away from this plant. It is truly fascinating how a smell that is so pleasant to human beings is ‘on the strong side’ for pets. Z MARIGOLD: This super plant not only repels mosquitoes, but also other insects such as aphids and tomato hornworms. It grows all-year-round and has a smell that is subtle to humans but repulsive to insects. Marigolds are a popular choice as a ‘frame’ around vegetable gardens. Grow then in pots anywhere near your favourite relaxation spot this summer. Z CITRONELLA: Most people on the Coast we know have the classic citronella candle, which has a unique aroma that keeps mosquitoes’ stings away from our skin. Far better than having to keep burning candles, however, is having your own citronella plant. This plant will need a big pot and will grow very high indeed (to around six feet). Like lavender, it needs plenty of sun and good drainage. Z CATNIP: Studies have shown that catnip repels mosquitoes 10 times more effectively than DEET (the most active ingredient in insect repellents). Some people use this plant to tenderise meat; others drink it with tea. e
152 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228PAG ST.indd 2
n THE SPA health
NEOLIFE Launches in Marbella
A recent study of country-speciﬁc cause-of-death has found that people are living much longer worldwide than they were just two decades ago, with death rates from cardiovascular disease and infectious diseases having fallen signiﬁcantly. A large percentage of premature deaths, however, can be attributed to chronic kidney disease, and death rates from some cancers have increased. The latter, coupled with the fact that quantity and quality of life are two separate concepts, has given rise to precision medicine, offered in Marbella by Madrid-born clinic, Neolife. Prevention is better than cure, but it can only be obtained when one has the right information. PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN THE PRECISION MEDICINE CONCEPT
Precision medicine is based on studying the human genome (the complete set of genes or genetic material present in a cell or organism) through a diverse range of biochemical and microbiological data. Dr. Francisco Martínez Peñalver, a doctor of internal Medicine who has also treated patients at Marbella’s top hospitals and who is now based at Neolife in Marbella, states: “The goals of Antiageing Medicine are the prevention of the most prevalent diseases (cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, cancer,…) using speciﬁc pillars like healthy nutrition habits, physical activity, nutraceutical supplementation, control of oxidative stress, behavioural stress management, hormonal balance with BHRT, longitudinal biomarkers control, regenerative medicine and the application of the latest medical technologies.” Dr. Peñalver explains that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy does not have the sideeffects associated with conventional HRT. He notes: “Bioidenticals are hormones that have the same chemical structure as the hormones your body would be making. They’re often from plant origin and are easy for the body to metabolise.”
154 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 HP Neolife.indd 154
HISTORY AND SYMPTOMS ARE KEY
At Neolife, the ﬁrst visit involves questions from the clinic’s doctor, making a medical history of the patient, and eliciting one’s family history of diseases such as cardiovascular disease or cancer. In addition, various tests are carried out to check for issues such as inflammation, oxidation, damage to DNA and mitochondria, glycations, and even telomere length if desired (telomeres indicate the length of one’s lifespan).
INFORMATION IS LIFE
Testing is aimed at preventing diseases such as cancer, neurodegenerative disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. “We listen to patients and recommend only the tests that are relevant to them. Thus, those who have a family history of cardiovascular disease may be prescribed tests like an ECG, echocardiography, stress test, etc. CT scans are also carried out to measure the amount of plaque in the carotid arteries. Meanwhile, someone who has lost a parent or grandparent to a disease such as colon cancer (or those above the age of 45) may be recommended tests such as the fecal occult blood test and Septina 9 (which allows for the early detection of colon cancer).” Patients are additionally prescribed blood and urine tests
to create a chemical panel that gives a patient a complete view of exactly where their health is at. The complete blood count provides a broad range of diagnostic information to assess issues such as liver, kidney, vascular, and blood cell status. The information gleaned also measures blood glucose levels, in order to detect potential issues such as high cholesterol, diabetes, early stage metabolic syndrome, cancer or pre-cancer, and coronary artery disease. Tests check for inflammation, since the latter is linked to coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
THE WAY FORWARD
Once doctors have a complete picture of patient’s state of health, they proceed to make lifestyle recommendations and, if appropriate, recommend a speciﬁc treatment. “Why do we wait for treatment until the problem exists?” says the doctor. Melatonin is one example of a biomarker that can lead the way in terms of one’s antiageing strategy. It classically has been used as a ‘sleeping pill’ but in large dosages helps to combat oxidative stress, one of the most signiﬁcant ways of cell ageing. It is also vital to battle the effects of our increasingly sedentary lifestyle with a sound Mediterranean diet and through regular exercise.
BOOSTING QUALITY OF LIFE
Many patients complain that they have poor sleep quality, low libido, lower energy levels for sport and other activities, and less mental agility than in the past. One of the most common reasons is hormone imbalance. Thus, low testosterone levels result in the loss of libido, but also in mental impairment; low progesterone levels, meanwhile, affect issues such as mood and can also cause extreme pain during periods. “When women enter menopause, they experience a dramatic drop in testosterone, progesterone, and estradiol. This can make one feel miserable and impair their mental functioning. Another problem is chronic stress; still another is insulin resistance, which can also be easily treated.” It is amazing to think that patients who enter Neolife reporting that they feel “bad” turn around dramatically after prescribed treatment and lifestyle changes, stating they feel “great” or “incredible.” Neolife provides no less than a gift to patients: a personalised, ultra-precise antiageing programme based on the information supplied to them by body and mind through tests that let patients know exactly where they are and where they need to be.
g Oasis Business Center, CN 340, km.176, Marbella. Tel: 951 304 488. www.neolifeclinic.com 25/07/2018 13:01
What if you could enjoy the energy and vitality you had 10 years ago?
NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT
Fight the effects of the passing of time with Age Management Medicine
From the age of 40, both men and women begin to feel the effects of aging. Our programs help you to fight back, and provide significant benefits: improved intellectual and physical performance, increased energy and vitality, regulated sleeping and resting patterns, improved sex life and more. Personalized and scientifically proved treatments that will change your life. At Neolife, we optimize age-related biomarkers and prevent diseases associated with the aging process (neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, oncological, etc.), restoring metabolic and hormonal balance. The multidisciplinary medical team at Neolife, European pioneer in the application of Age Management Medicine, will help you to achieve your goals.
Call us or drop in to any of our centers: Clinic in Madrid Velázquez, 94 28006 Madrid +34 917 325 950
Clinic in Marbella Oasis Business Center, Carretera Nacional 340, km. 176 29602 Marbella (Málaga) +34 951 304 488
www.neolifeclinic.es • firstname.lastname@example.org
E • PRE TIV DI UC
• PERS ON IVE CT
D • PRE IZE VE AL
• PRO IVE D NT
Discover our Clinical Method, using the most advanced technology
n THE SPA proﬁle
“All things start in the mind. It’s your greatest asset to creating your life as you want it to be!”
AUTHOR OF THE MIND MAKEOVER WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SHARRON LOWE
ooks often tell you about the things you need to change to achieve success, but what if the answer was already within you? This idea is very much at the core of a wonderful new book: The Mind Makeover, written by Sharron Lowe, a woman who very much ‘walks the talk’ when it comes to using the power of positivity in her daily life. Sharron is a global success coach, international speaker, and best-selling author whose client list includes Chanel, Estée Lauder, Clinique, Parfums Christian Dior, LVMH, and Lancôme, but she also empowers and motivates homeless young women at the UK charity, Centerpoint through her workshops. What makes Sharron’s book so different is that she lets you know from the start that you already have all the qualities you need to succeed. The book simply guides you and teaches you how to tap into your greatest strengths. Sharron, who recently gave a Mind Makeover Masterclass workshop at the Marbella Club Hotel, has plenty of wisdom to share but rather than provide tenets for success, she asks readers to take a proactive stance in order to live the life they were meant for.
SUCCESS BEGINS IN THE MIND
DREAM IT POSSIBLE
WORKING ON YOURSELF
Sharron has an excellent chapter in her book called Imagine and Astound, in which she recommends using ‘imagination boards’ to engage with one’s goal. At our interview, she tells me how she used an image board to envision her book making it into the Sunday Mail’s YOU magazine: the UK’s most read Sunday publication. “I took my book cover and pinned it onto the cover of YOU!” Sharron laughs, “that was my imagination board.” YOU’s editor, Sue Peart, called Sharron “one of the most dynamic and inspiring women you could ever meet,” and the description is 100 per cent accurate. Sharron exudes positivity from every pore; she is bubbly, empathetic, and determined; a perfect coach for those who have been feeling stagnant in their relationships, at work, or in their health goals.
One of things I most enjoyed about The Mind Makeover is that Sharron simply doesn’t allow you to be lazy. Each chapter contains exercises; one of the ﬁrst involves answering three questions: “What in your life NOW feels OK? What in your life NOW feels good? What in your life NOW feels great?” Many exercises are challenging; they encourage you to look at the language (verbal and body language) you use, the statements you tell yourself and
One of the ﬁrst things Sharron asks readers to do is to focus on what is right in their lives, not on what is wrong. During our interview, she asked me to think of a time I felt that I had done a great job or achieved results that increased my conﬁdence. That feeling, she noted, can propel you to great things if you try to remain in that state rather than focusing on past failures. She describes her book as “a road map to train people to focus on gratitude; on their talents, strengths and successes. By doing this, they can attract even more success.”
INSPIRATION AND DESPERATION For Sharron, both inspiration and desperation are important because they can provide the impulse we need to move forward. One of the statements that motivated her to write her book was: “Hell starts when the person you are now meets the person you could have become.” Yet change requires work; it takes knowledge of self, planning, time management, and breaking up your life goal into various smaller, attainable ones.
others, the attitude with which you view your goals and your life. Sharron is not ashamed to say that she, too, has felt the gravitational tug of desperation. “I was giving a talk in Paris and the French-speaking audience misunderstood that I had published a book. They asked me what its name was and I had to answer various times that day that no, I did not have a book yet. I decided that not having a book was not an option and I began writing The Mind Makeover soon after.” Sharron recalls that on days when she had writer’s block or the words weren’t flowing as smoothly as she’d like, she would recall her father, Joe Lowe’s words: “Fall down ﬁve times, get back up six!” Sharron is every inch her father’s daughter and indeed, one senses that much of her dynamism, work ethic, and forward-looking approach to life comes from growing up with parents who were their daughters’ biggest fans.
COMPUTER SOFTWARE FOR THE MIND One of the many useful strategies that Sharron shares in the book is that of using the right mental software. “File and save all your positive experiences and success. Delete and dump negative experiences and thoughts that drain you and don’t have any positive purpose. Mute all negative voices (including your own!), and edit and review your actions regularly, to check that you are achieving your goals and heading in the right direction,” is her advice, as well as a great summary of the key actions one needs to take daily to stay in the right frame of mind. g The MIND MAKEOVER is Published by Piatkus www.sharronlowe.com Follow Sharrons daily motivational quotes: @themindmakeover
156 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 HP2.indd 156
228PAG ST.indd 3
ñL the social PROFILES MEDIA EVENTS NETWORKING FAMILY PETS
Caroline Wendelin, Model and Artist
Social Media for Good
CAROLINE WENDELIN, OUR NEW DIGITAL AMBASSADOR, IS MADDER ABOUT ART THAN SHE IS ABOUT MODELLING! DISCOVER HER MANY INTERESTS AND TALENTS IN OUR INTERVIEW WITH HER. CHECK OUT THE LATEST PARTIES AND EVENTS IN OUR VIBE SECTION, AND DISCOVER HOW SOCIAL MEDIA CAN BE USED TO FURTHER SOCIAL CHANGE.
228 Intros.indd 4
SUMMER GALA GALA BENÉFICA DE VERANO
ROGER SANCHEZ SNAP! TREVIS LAS VEGAS SHOWGIRLS MIDNIGHT WORKOUTS
JUEVES 16 DE AGOSTO
FRIDAY 16TH AUGUST
Cóctel de bienvenida, canapés, cena de gala con vinos y espectáculos a partir de las 20:30h.
Welcome cocktail, canapés, gala dinner with wines and spectacular performances from 8:30pm.
275 EUR p/p | ETIQUETA: Cóctel
275 EUR p/p | DRESS CODE: Cocktail
EL CHIRINGUITO | PUENTE ROMANO MARBELLA email@example.com | +34 952 820 900 | puenteromano.com PUENTE ROMANO PLAYA | BULEVAR PRÍNCIPE ALFONSO VON HOHENLOHE, S/N, 29602 MARBELLA, ESPAÑA
ÑL THE SOCIAL people
WENDELIN Model, Artist, and new Digital Ambassador for At 177cm tall, Caroline Wendelin is everything you would imagine a model of her calibre to be, yet delightfully natural and far more fascinated with art than with the career of modelling. Caroline is signed up with Elite Barcelona, the ultimate agency for an international model wishing to shine on catwalks in the world’s biggest fashion weeks. She has modelled alongside Victoria’s Secret stalwart Candice Swanepoel and strutted her stuff at a fashion show led by Naomi Campbell. She has met the ‘crème de la crème’ in the world of fashion yet refreshingly notes that “What you see in fashion commercials doesn’t usually look the same in real life. I used to get starstruck at the thought of meeting models but then you realise they’re just normal and different from their photographed image.” WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CAROLINE WENDELIN
aroline was born in Finland and is of Finnish-German descent, but she grew up in Marbella where she lives with her boyfriend, yet she concedes that this summer is one of the few she can enjoy alongside him, owing to her frenzied flight schedule. She speaks a number of languages – Swedish, Finnish, German, Spanish, English, and even a little French, which comes in handy considering all the countries she sporadically calls home. Work for Caroline might involve being in New York, Sydney, or another buzzing city for various days on end, and she would eventually like to settle and focus instead on her art. “It’s great to meet people while travelling. The agency tends to organise shared flats for models while we are abroad and I meet so many nice people. Sadly, I sometimes don’t get to see them again so I stay in touch by following them on social media.” In addition to modelling at fashion shows, she has also appeared in prestigious magazines, including Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Bazaar; she even appeared on the cover of Elle.
160 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 LoP.indd 160
Modelling may be her life, but art is her undoubted passion. “My parents are artists so I have been exposed to this world since I was a child. They have painted stunning murals in many villas in Marbella.” Caroline began committing herself more strongly to art, creating large scale works during quiet moments between modelling jobs. She recently had her ﬁrst exhibition at Starz Restaurant in Marbella, garnering great interest and positive reviews from critics ( ’s own Iain Blackwell has a stunning collage featuring the legendary Steve McQueen in his ofﬁce – a work which is so vibrant and modern it is hard to keep your eyes off it). “I use personal drawings, photographs, and material obtained from various media and fuse them together using a graphics tablet. Sometimes I paint over what I create digitally to give my work a ‘human
touch’. However, the graphics tablet enables me to obtain effects I couldn’t otherwise achieve.” Caroline’s process begins by hand; she draws then scans her work, evolving on it digitally then sometimes painting on top of her designs. The ﬁnal layer is acrylic glass, a material which lends elegance and modernity to her work. Her subjects are varied; some are icons, like Audrey Hepburn and other Hollywood greats, or musicians such as David Bowie. Others are “just real people. I often photograph models when we are on a job and these photographs are the starting point for an artwork.” She is currently networking with various galleries in an effort to present more exhibitions and raise awareness about her work. Caroline not only grew up in an artistic household but also a musical one. She describes
her sister Natalie as a gifted musician who plays various instruments and sings. Caroline, meanwhile, plays the piano and ‘jams’ alongside Natalie, working on new songs. She certainly has plenty of inspiration for her art and music, since she is quite a thinker. She themes her work around issues such as pop culture, beauty, and the current “epidemic of narcissism.” She notes that “everyone wants to be famous, special, unique. We forget about others; society as a whole has become very egocentric.” Despite working in such an imageconscious industry, she feels it is vital to “ﬁnd a balance between what you portray in the media and who you really are.” Caroline ﬁnds it funny that “people often think I have a glamorous life because I model and travel but I always tell them that the images they see aren’t ‘real’. Happiness is about being with family and the people you love.” It’s also about reconnecting with nature. “When I was little we would spend summers in a wooden cottage with solar energy. We used to ﬁsh for our dinner; it was the most amazing childhood anyone could have.” Today, Caroline feeds her need to connect with nature by going for long hikes in beautiful local areas like Benahavís. Somehow, she is so much more a child of nature than one of artiﬁce; of introspection rather than external image.
Follow Caroline on Instagram on @carolinewendelin
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 161
228 LoP.indd 161
ÑL THE SOCIAL vibe
EL CHIRINGUITO MARBELLA SUMMER OPENING PARTY
The Puente Romano’s chic beachside dining venue, El Chiringuito, recently held its Summer Opening Party, featuring worldrenowned DJs Serge Devant, DJ Maga, and DJ Gypsis. The party continued afterwards at La Suite Club with DJ Roger Sanchez. i www.puenteromano.com
“I’ve chosen to treat my life more like a party than something to stress about” ― Martin Short
PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN 162 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 Rock Lounge.indd 1
ÑL THE SOCIAL vibe
THIRD REAL ESTATE AGENTS AWARDS GALA AT RESERVA DEL HIGUERÓN RESORT
The Reserva del Higuerón Resort celebrated the third edition of their Real Estate Agents Awards Gala, held to recognise the valuable work of agents who have gone above and beyond to achieve the best results for the group’s projects over the previous 12 months. During the event, the group’s new projects were also presented. i www.reservadelhigueronresort.com
“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF RESERVA DEL HIGUERÓN 164 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 HigueroĚ n.indd 1
ÑL THE SOCIAL vibe
NEW SHOWROOM FOR RIMADESIO
Rimadesio recently held a party to mark the opening of its brand new showroom in Marbella. The company produces systems for the architectural definition of internal spaces. Doors, sliding panels, shelving units, walkin wardrobes and a collection of complementary furniture are a few of their products. Rimadesio’ s aim is to continue to develop its own design culture and production technology in order to be able to offer functionally innovative ideas which are exclusive from an aesthetic point of view. i www.rimadesio.com
“All problems are solved by good design” ― Stephen Gardiner
PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN 166 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
vibe ÑTHE SOCIAL L
VIP WINE SERVICES UNCORKS A SPECIAL EVENING OF FINE CHAMPAGNE AND CAVIAR
The exclusive Owners Club at the Puente Romano recently hosted the launch of VIP Wine Services, a specialist fine wine and Champagne supplier founded by wine lover and expert connoisseur, Alex Little. Guests listened to a brief introduction before enjoying a delightful summer evening tasting exclusive, rare Champagnes by Louis Dubosquet, one of the luxury houses personally represented by VIP Wine Services. They also enjoyed Royal Siberian Caviar. i www.vipwineservices.com
“Think Champagne, drink Champagne!” ― Ellen Dean
PHOTOGRAPHY GARY EDWARDS ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 167
ÑL THE SOCIAL vibe
FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD CHARITY GALA
From Broadway to Hollywood was the theme of this year’s Annual Charity Gala in Sotogrande, organised by the Asociación Arturo Darch for the Fundación Josep Carreras, a charity supporting leukaemia research. Featuring a Champagne reception, black tie gala, and fantastic music. i www.annualcharitygalasotogrande.com
“It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving” ― Mother Teresa
PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN 168 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
ÑL THE SOCIAL vibe
ONE CLINIC LAUNCH
One Clinic, the cutting edge new holistic dental clinic in Marbella founded by Dr. Bruno Pereira, recently celebrated its launch. Guests marvelled at the beautifully designed interiors and the state-ofthe-art technology, which has been designed to change patients’ lives, letting their face and smile express true happiness. i www.oneclinicmarbella.com
“Smile. It is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart” ― Anthony J. D’Angelo
PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN 170 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
“Investing in my smile was without a shadow of a doubt one of the best decisions I have ever taken” Claudia González, Model
Design your dream smile Øne makes it come true in 7 days Thanks to the most advanced digital technology and a multidisciplinary team of experts in facial aesthetics and dentistry, the dream smile is possible in just 7 days, with a full facial consultation that can incorporate all aspects of facial beauty and dental health to achieve the highest results. Without fear of the result If the approach of traditional dentistry involves making an exercise of ‘blind’ confidence in the result, Øne is truly revolutionising the sector with its Digital Smile Design. The patient can test the result in the mouth before starting the veneers treatment, so by means of a virtual simulation and a 3D impression of the model (mock-up) of the patient, he or she can see how their new smile would look. No surprises and with extremely satisfactory and rewarding results assured. You can choose your smile and ‘ensure’ it for the future. Thanks to a dental scanner, Øne can offer you the Smile Donator concept, which means you can choose a family member or friend that has a shape of teeth that you like and use those natural ways to design your own smile. The Smile Back-up copy is also available, which consists of making a 3D scan of your teeth, and storing it for the future. In case that tooth suffers an accident or even aggressive decay, it can be replaced, copying its shape and size from the back-up.
It’s time for you to pamper yourself! Come and experience a revolutionary technology for your dental and facial treatment. Øne is ready to surprise you.
FACIAL AESTHETICS // ANTIAGING VENEERS INVISALIGN DENTAL IMPLANTS SMILE DESIGN
C.C Tembo, Bloque A5, 29602 Marbella, Málaga +34 951 51 29 83 | +34 682 635 865 www.oneclinicmarbella.com www.instagram.com/one_clinic_marbella
ÑL THE SOCIAL vibe
D.O.MAR LAUNCH PARTY
Trendy new dining haven, D.O.MAR, featuring the guidance of Óscar Velasco of Santceloni in the kitchen and the expertise of David Robledo in wine, recently held its launch party, at which friends, clients, and members of the press delighted in great food and wine, and a magnificent sea view. i www.domarmarbella.com
“Eating good food is my favourite thing in the whole word. Nothing is more blissful” ― Justine Larbalestier
PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN 172 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
THE SCIENCE AND ART OF LONGEVITY
The master of longevity for 85 years. Experience our legendary medical and wellness programs.
Discover more: www.cliniquelaprairie.com Meet Maria Gil from Clinique La Prairie this summer at Marbella | +34 640 026 205 | firstname.lastname@example.org Clinique La Prairie - Rue du Lac 142 | 1815 Clarens-Montreux | Switzerland | +41 21 989 34 81
Ă‘L THE SOCIAL digital ambassador
el for Elite Barcelona Caroline Wendelin, mod d on the cover of Elle an and artist, has appeared , rk designers in New Yo ion sh fa p to r fo ed ell od m . Munich and Barcelona Sydney, Milan, Madrid, w s been up to lately. Follo Check out what she ha it vis d carolinewendelin an her on Instagram on @ rolinewendelin.com her website at www.ca
Photo sessio n at
gress in pro k r o w Art
ful nature the beauti Enjoying la in Marbel 174 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 DIA.indd 174
Modelling on the beach
Photo shoot with
t beach nex Day at the o to the Pase
the Ice landic footba ll team
essential mag azineÂŽ
N O I T I T E P COM
Win fabulous prizes, see your picture in essential magazine and become the face of the summer! To enter, visit www.essentialmagazine.com @essentialmarbellamagzine on Facebook and include #essentialselďŹ e2018 on Instagram
e & the sea
me! Pool ti
Me & m y pet
ÑL THE SOCIAL family
It was pretty cool to read last month’s interview with ’s new Digital Ambassador, Caroline Wendelin. Caroline is a model with the Elite agency in Barcelona but also an artist and someone who is tired of the appearancebased focus of Instagram and other social media. She talked about being more interested in art than in looks, which got me to thinking of how inﬂuencers can use their big following to make a change in the world. COMPILED BY JOFFREY KING
ne of the best examples of how influencers can make a difference is by joining their forces with big brands. Recently, for instance, @loganpaul (16.3 million followers) announced that for every comment in this post using a speciﬁc hashtag, 50 cents would be donated by his sponsor company to a speciﬁc charity. Logan has deﬁnitely upped his game of late. A few months ago, his account was in serious jeopardy when he posted a video of a man who had killed himself in a part of Japan known as ‘suicide forest’. He copped a lot of criticism for that but took little time to rise like a phoenix, uploading a seven-minute video aimed at suicide prevention. He also put his money where his mouth is, announcing a $1 million donation to suicide prevention organisations
and declaring his intention to continue educating himself on the matter. Instagrammers are certainly becoming more careful with their posts, understanding that sensibilities can be hurt even when their intention was anything but. James Charles (@jamescharles) is another supporter of important causes. He actually began in the vlogging world by posting makeup tutorials, and his dynamic fun style led him to be hired as CoverGirl’s ﬁrst ever male ambassador in its 56-year history. Charles talks about much more than makeup. He inspires followers to express themselves much in the same way Madonna did all those decades ago, blurring the lines between gender and sexuality. The environment is a huge issue on a global scale and luckily, there are ‘heroes’ on our side with big followings, seeking to open our eyes to the state of the world. Joel Sartore (@joelsartore) is a National Geographic photographer who launched the Photo Ark to share information about endangered species and the efforts taken to protect them. What makes his account so incredible is that in
addition to letting his readers know the perilous state of many animal species, he also provides fascinating information about the animals themselves. In one of his most recent posts he wrote “Did you know that giant anteaters have a sense of smell that is 40 times better than a humans? This heightened sense allows them to sniff out ants or termites up to several miles away. This is a helpful feature for this ant-hungry species, who consume up to 30,000 of the insects a day! Amazingly, their tongue is usually two feet long, the largest in relation to body size of any mammal, with small backward-pointing spines covered in sticky saliva that aid in feeding.” In the same post he explains that giant anteaters are now listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Hunting, the use of their skin for leather products, and wildﬁres are three of this beautiful animal’s biggest threats, and sadly, it is just one of many animals whose most dangerous predators are human beings. If you think you can’t use your own account to help others, think again! Let the case of The Traveling
Mr Fox (@thetravelingmrfox) inspire you. The account was opened by Jessica Johnson when her friend Gary Moore (who had given her a cute stuffed toy called Mr. Fox over three decades ago) was diagnosed with cancer. Jessica had travelled extensively throughout her life and one thing she always did was take photos of her stuffed toy in many exotic settings. She decided to use all these pics to call attention to Gary’s illness, and to raise funds so that he, too, could see the world. Jessica raised a total of almost $5,000, which was perfect for her friend Gary to enjoy a much needed holiday with his wife. If you have an Instagram or Facebook account, have you ever thought about how you can make the most of it, not only for yourself but for others? It’s a question I often ask myself. All it takes it to ﬁnd a cause that means something to you, and dream up a creative way to make your GoFundMe or other campaign as appealing as possible to your followers. Do let me know if you start something up! I love a success story, especially when it involves those who are in need.
#SOCIALGOOD: INFLUENCERS SHOW THEY HAVE A HEART
176 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
pets THE SOCIAL L
WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS
One of the ofﬁce dogs recently had this procedure for a corneal abrasion, with fantastic results. Dogs have one more eyelid than humans and this ‘third eyelid’ can be sewn over the eye when necessary, owing to conditions such as an abrasion or ulcer that won’t heal. Your dog will have to wear a ‘cone of shame’ for a couple of weeks (and look like a loveable little monster), but this third eyelid performs the role of a natural bandage, allowing the eye to heal without being re-scratched by the upper eyelid every time it closes. Our pooch Ella had her surgery performed by the lovely Dr. André Evers of Pointer Clinic in Marbella and we’re super happy with the results. i www.pointermarbella.com
THIRD EYELID FLAP SURGERY? Tabcat is a cool gadget that enables you to ﬁnd your cat when it has gone missing (provided it is within a range of 122 metres). The gadget contains a small tag weaved into the cat’s collar, that will bleep hot or cold depending on how close you are to ﬁnding your renegade rat eater. Ideal for cats who tend to get lost in a large home or garden. i www.tabcat.com
FIND YOUR MISSING MOGGY WITH TABCAT
MICROCHIP CONNECT PET DOOR FOR POOCHES One of the scariest things about pet doors is the thought of another critter that isn’t actually your pet making its way into your home. This device allows you to make sure who obtains access to your living space thanks to a tiny device that has a Wiﬁ-linked hub device that syncs in with your pet’s microchip details. The pet door therefore knows which animals to open for, making it a handy solution to an timeworn problem. i Available on www.surepetcare.com
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU WASH YOUR DOG’S BOWL? Your dog’s bowl can be a major source of bacteria so it is vital to wash it regularly. If your dog eats dry food, you can wash the bowl once a day but if they consume wet food, you need to wash their bowl after each and every meal, as you would for crockery used by the humans in your household. In addition to bacteria, bowls can house mould, yeast, algae, and fungi. These can cause digestive upsets and a trip to the vet so, as the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure. Use hot water and soap suds, drying the bowl thoroughly afterwards with a paper towel.
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 177
228 PeN.indd 177
ñz the pro
BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROPERTY FINANCE LAW
Marbella Climate Control
Loma de Casasola
Jade Baldari of the Marbella Luxury Weekend and Gloocall
188 Enterprise 196
HONE YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL KNOWLEDGE WITH MARBELLA CLIMATE CONTROL, STEP INTO A BEAUTIFUL HOME BY LOMA DE CASASOLA, AND READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH JADE BALDARI, WHO IS HEADING THE ORGANISATION OF THE MARBELLA LUXURY WEEKEND WHILE RUNNING HER COMPANY, GLOOCALL. MEANWHILE, DISCOVER THE INS AND OUTS OF SHELL COMPANIES FROM A LEGAL STANDPOINT.
228 Intros.indd 5
¡Fiestas del Verano! Summer Parties! A PARTIR DE LAS 23H... ¡HASTA TARDE! FROM 11PM TILL LATE!
VIERNES 3 DE AGOSTO / FRIDAY 3RD AUGUST
80’s Fever The best of the 80’s... & the 90’s VIERNES 10 DE AGOSTO / FRIDAY 10TH AUGUST
The Legendary Party III Hosted by Julián Porras MIÉRCOLES 15 DE AGOSTO / WEDNESDAY 15TH AUGUST
Azúucar LatinVibes & Beats VIERNES 17 DE AGOSTO / FRIDAY 17TH AUGUST
Made in Spain Baila Baila Baila VIERNES 24 DE AGOSTO / FRIDAY 24TH AUGUST
Flower Power Hippie Chic VIERNES 31 DE AGOSTO / FRIDAY 31ST AUGUST
Fiesta de cierre Closing Party
Fiestas del Verano Summer Parties TEMPORADA / SEASON 2018
EL PATIO · A PIZZA, A BITE, A COCKTAIL THEMED PARTIES · DJ KIQUE SMX MIÉRCOLES A DOMINGO / WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY A PARTIR DE LAS 20H / FROM 8PM
Los viernes y sábados con DJ
EL PATIO · A PIZZA, A BITE, A COCKTAIL THEMED PARTIES
Friday & Saturday nights
Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602, Marbella, Málaga, Spain Tel (+34) 952 822 211 Fax (+34) 952 828 884 marbellaclub.com
z THE PRO climate change
CLIMATE CHANGE MARBELLA A passionate campaigner for practical, real-life solutions to present and future environmental challenges, Pancho Campo is creating platforms where leading public, corporate and private ﬁgures come together to establish guidelines for the way forward. The Porto Summit 2018 – the latest in his Climate Change Leadership series – brought together the likes of former US President, Barack Obama, on July 6th to establish a new environmental blueprint: the Porto Protocol. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN AND COURTESY OF CLIMATE CHANGE LEADERSHIP
180 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FeA2 Climate 3P.indd 180
man of many facets, Pancho Campo is a former professional tennis player, a motivational speaker and also someone passionate about our world and its natural environment. He holds an MBA from the Universidad Juan Carlos I with a dissertation for the Masters of Wine on The Impacts of Climate Change on the Wine Industry of Catalonia, so is fully versed with both the technical and the social, political and economic ramiﬁcations of this highly controversial topic. “The last thing you want to do is get involved in a debate about whether there is climate change or if we are responsible for it,” says the man who has worked with top names in the ﬁeld, including former Vice-
President, Al Gore. Unfortunately, more time and energy appears to go into such debates than in solving the very real human impact in the form of pollution and the emission of greenhouse gasses that, at the very least, are known to be harmful to the air we breathe and depend upon. “Decades of rapid population and consumption growth, construction and mining, coupled with a production method that is still not really focused on recycling and as a result produces huge amounts of waste and litter, are beginning to have an effect, and rather than debate it we focus on creating guidelines and achieving measurable, deliverable results.”
CLIMATE CHANGE LEADERSHIP – PORTO SUMMIT 2018 It was with this in mind that Pancho ﬁrst established Climate Change Leadership as a think tank and platform for taking tangible steps forward. As in everything, he aimed high, and so the ﬁrst conference was organised in 2006, held in Barcelona and featured Al Gore as keynote speaker, followed by more high-proﬁle conferences in the same city in 2008 and Marbella, featuring then UN Secretary General Koﬁ Annan, in 2011. The Porto Summit 2018, held in Portugal on 6th July, was the ﬁrst since the onset of the ﬁnancial crisis, but in featuring Barack Obama, one of his former policy advisors, Juan Verde, Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and Mohan Munasinghe, former Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it certainly laid down its credentials. The summit in the northern Portuguese city was ambitious in its intended goals but also clearly focused. “We didn’t concentrate on a very broad, generic topic, but instead examined in detail the global wine industry, and how it is being affected and challenged by shifts in weather patterns. Again, this wasn’t done as an academic exercise, but with the speciﬁc goal of producing a blueprint – or guideline – that will help the sector to cope with and adapt to climate change.” It all came about with the passionate support of Adrian Bridge, the CEO of Taylor’s Port, who co-organised the summit with Marbella’s The American College in Spain. The follow-up to the summit is the Porto Protocol, held in Oporto on 6th and 7th March next year, where a detailed set of practical guidelines will be drawn up to provide a route map for the wine industry in the years ahead. “We don’t intend or want it to be the deﬁnitive treatise on the subject, as it will need to be developed further by those who apply it, but we will have made the ﬁrst step, and that is what our organisation is all about.” It is one of many initiatives that also include a tour of 18 Spanish cities, starting in January 2019, that will provide practical, everyday examples of how climate change affects us all.
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 181
228 FeA2 Climate 3P.indd 181
PRACTICAL INITIATIVES AT GRASSROOTS LEVEL The itinerary consists of morning sessions at schools, where the emphasis is on showing the younger generations how real climate change is in everything from sport and travel to food and our daily lives. “Again, we have no desire to lecture people and scare them with descriptions of storms, desertiﬁcation or the like, so we focus on giving practical examples of how we’re affected by climate change, and what we can do even on a personal, grassroots level to improve our own direct environment.” The same approach, albeit with adapted concept material, is also applied in afternoon sessions with businesses and corporations. The tour has the support of Paramount Pictures and Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and also of many of the public entities that Climate Change Leadership collaborates with.
“Our mission is to inform and engage, for it is with engagement that we plant the seed of change that goes beyond mere concern for the environment to actually overcoming ecological challenges and creating the opportunities of a green economy, which with newly evolving technologies really is possible. It’s all about creating a balance between consumption and global resources, between humans and the natural world, and ultimately between standard of living and quality of life.” For Pancho everything in life is about balance. “In my motivational work I also emphasise the fact that to be whole and fulﬁlled, a person has to work throughout their lives to establish and maintain a balance between four main forces within each of us: the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. You can have all the ﬁnancial success in the world, but if your life is not balanced there will be an
emptiness that puts everything else at risk, much like things slide off a table if one of the legs breaks. Once achieved, the balance produces harmony, which creates a pure sense of happiness, and just as it works on a personal basis so the world needs to ﬁnd a balance between its different needs. Replacing the drive for quantity with quality will solve many of the world’s problems, and this is what we’re instilling at all levels, from Spanish classrooms to top-level international summits with global influencers.” g CHRAND MARKETING & EVENTS C.C. La Alzambra, Urb. La Alzambra, Oﬁcina 1-1, Marbella Tel: 952 763 593. email@example.com www.chrand.es
Pancho Campo with Barack Obama at the recent Porto Summit 2018, in Barcelona with Al Gore and with Koﬁ Annan
182 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FeA2 Climate 3P.indd 182
® essential marbella magazine W W W. E S S E N T I A L M A G A Z I N E . C O M
19 YEARS OF PORTRAYING MARBELLA’S BEST
essential magazine is the longest established publication dedicated to Marbella’s opulent lifestyle, mixed with lively features from all around the world. Always in great demand, we continuously strive to produce quality content that will inform and entertain you. Available free from all the best commercial locations and in luxury hotel bedrooms along the Costa del Sol, we present your brand to a high-end market, beneﬁtting from the unrivalled prestige and recognition we have achieved over the last 19 years. Don’t miss out! T: 9 5 2 7 6 6 3 4 4
z THE PRO property
Loma de Casasola is a residential development consisting of six luxurious villas in a secure, gated community majestically designed by renowned architect, Juan Antonio Fernández, who also created the award-winning new boulevard in San Pedro de Alcántara.
Luxurious Living in Guadalmina Beachside
LOMA DE CASASOLA E
ach villa offers space and comfort as well as the privilege of living in leafy Guadalmina Baja, one of the most exclusive locations in Marbella. It is an area chosen by the discerning buyer due to its privacy and security in addition to being an enviable environment with little traffic passing through it. This beachside location offers the many benefits of living within walking distance of the shore. It is also only minutes from the nearby town of San Pedro, and both Puerto Banús and central Marbella are a short drive away. Golfers will be pleased to discover they are close to the famous Guadalmina Golf Club, and not far from many more excellent courses in Estepona. Other attractions nearby include the village of Benahavís with its multitude of restaurants, and families will be happy to learn that there are many top quality schools within easy reach.
LUXURY FEATURES The modern villas feature the latest technologies
and the highest construction qualities combined with attractive contemporary architectural styling in four- and five-bedroom configurations, comprising built areas of 500 – 580m2 plus 290 – 325m2 of terraces, set upon plots of 800 – 1,025m2. The villas are distributed over three floors, with the main living areas on the ground floor level, the bedrooms (all en-suite) on the first floor, and 2-3 car garages with up to 60m2 of leisure space on the lower level. A solid modern front door made of the noblest materials opens to reveal a bright open-plan interior in which the spacious living room forms the centre, complete with a double-height ceiling and tall panoramic windows that let in natural light and slide open to merge with the large outdoor terrace and pool area. The modern kitchen and dining room is flexible in its configuration and similarly bathed in natural light and views, also linking to the landscaped garden that surrounds a modern swimming pool and ample private terrace space. These are houses that are designed to be lived in.
184 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
g Only three villas left. Prices from €1.690.000. READY TO MOVE IN! LOMA DE CASASOLA Tel: +34 677 492 493. firstname.lastname@example.org www.lomadecasasola.com
The bespoke villas are not made with standard materials but with the finest options available to produce homes of outstanding quality. Loma de Casasola can also provide and oversee the interior design, following the desires of the client, and it is readily possible to incorporate changes during the design process. Elegant stairways – a design feature in their own right – lead up to the private bedroom suites with quality walk-in wardrobes and stylish modern bathrooms. The lower level consists of a large private garage and a flexible leisure space that can be used as a gym, bar, games room, additional guest rooms or a combined entertainment area. The superb open-plan layout showcases the top quality of the workmanship in both the design and construction of these villas, while the interior design elements have employed some of the most exclusive materials, fabrics and finishes designed by Femont Galvan. Space and air are the fundamental components that make these villas so special and the rooftop solariums add the prospect of spectacular views and lend another dimension to the outdoor living potential they offer in conjunction with the beautiful ground floor terraces, swimming pool and garden.
FIRST OCCUPATION LICENCES GRANTED With regard to the legal status of the Loma de Casasola villas, three of the properties have already been granted first occupation licences. The others will receive theirs on completion, which is envisaged by the begining of next year. These stunning properties are perfect for the buyer looking for security and privacy within a convivial setting. A show house is already furnished and ready to view and anyone who is interested is invited to visit it. e
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 185
z THE PRO people
SPEARHEADS AN ERA OF CHANGE FOR THE MARBELLA LUXURY WEEKEND Jade Baldari, CEO of social platform Gloocall and organiser of the Marbella Luxury Weekend, has one thing on her mind: ensuring that the event lives up to its name. Jade has assembled a talented team that includes the Villa Padierna Group, Miguel Gómez of Gómez y Molina, Emile Issa of Kamsyn, Hazel Gormley Leahy of The Marketing Nation, Ana Santos and Bally Singh from the Rich List, and international businessman Andreas Khoshnou, in order to firmly establish Marbella as a high-end destination for discerning travellers and international residents. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN IN ASSOCIATION WITH KAMSYN AND OUNOUSA
s a busy CEO of her own company, Jade is giving her all for this event, which is set to take place between September 5 and 9. What drives her is a strong sense of altruism bolstered by a firm belief in Marbella. “I was born in Marbella and I love the Coast,” she notes. “I am thankful for all it has given me but do feel we should be doing more as entrepreneurs in order for Marbella to shine on an international level. I was
186 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
contacted by the people who arranged last year’s Marbella Luxury Weekend and, in the weeks before it, we were able to help with the organisation and invited international designers, singers and influencers. This year, alongside the Town Hall, we are determined to hone organisational aspects in order to make the event highly professional. After all, this is the only event in Marbella promoting luxury tourism.”
BALDARI EXCITING PLANS FOR THE MARBELLA LUXURY WEEKEND Thanks to the contacts and hard work of the entire team, the Marbella Luxury Weekend promises to be quite the event in 2018. “We have booked a well known singer and pianist from the Middle East (Carole Samaha and Michel Fadel) and the event will be covered by Lebanese influencers, known as ‘the Kardashians of the Middle East’. They will be taking beautiful pictures and sharing their posts on social media, which is a great way to garner attention. We will also be inviting Scandinavian and other international influencers. We will be hosting a Forum at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Marbella, inviting CEOs from big brands from all over the world to discuss an array of subjects, including technology and the luxury lifestyle, as well as topics as diverse as wellness, fashion, jewellery… subjects pertaining to the sectors they are working in.” Following the forum there will be an exclusive lunch for CEOs, speakers, and VIP guests. There will be many more events, including fashion shows. “International VIPs will be attending, so we will ensure that they can immediately purchase any items that interest them at events such as the fashion shows.”
GOLF TOURNAMENT AND AWARDS GALA There will also be an exciting golf tournament from September 5 to 7 at the Villa Padierna, featuring a gala awards ceremony on September 7. The Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, will hand the prize to the winner at an event featuring entertainment by local and international artists. “Guests from around the world will be in attendance,” Jade tells me, adding, “There will be an auction of
valuable items, the proceeds from which will go to ACNUR and CNIO (Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas).” Jade’s aim is ambitious yet completely logical: “Marbella could easily be on par with (or better than) luxury destinations such as Monaco if
often acting as a conduit between these companies and the Middle East. “I completed consultancy work for construction and new technology projects,” she explains. Jade lived in Beirut for three years, and has travelled to Qatar and the UAE, also building links
entrepreneurs come together and focus on the brand that is Marbella.”
with Africa. She has given assistance to the Saudi Arabian royal family and worked on important projects, helping to find a solution for excess rubbish in Lebanon, a challenging task indeed bearing in mind the unstable political situation in that part of the world. Six years ago, Jade met her partner, who is of Swedish descent and who originally came to Marbella to enjoy the fruits of early retirement. He had sold his companies in Sweden and Norway and was ready to enjoy life. “Then he met me,” smiles Jade. “I wanted to keep working and my partner had a fantastic idea which dawned on him when we were in Dubai and he found it impossible to find an authentic Persian cuisine restaurant. He thought of how useful it would be to connect companies with users and together we founded a service that focused not only on the key needs of users but also those of providers.” Jade Baldari is the kind of entrepreneur that Marbella very much needs in its ranks. Organised, innovative, and determined to lend our city the glamour and reputation it deserves, she is also wise enough to surround herself with an equally dedicated team that is ready to bring her vision to life.
JADE BALDARI AND GLOOCALL As you can imagine, organising an event the calibre of the Marbella Luxury Weekend takes a great deal of dedication, organisation, and commitment – qualities that Jade has honed in her role as Gloocall’s CEO. “Gloocall is a social platform that focuses on five main necessities: it is a search engine, group deal portal, event platform, job search board, and service request platform,” she explains. Thus, users can find great deals (including discount codes, subscriptions, product deals and service deals), post their events, and request quotes for practically any service they require. If they need a plumber, for instance, all they need to do is share their request on the platform; soon, various providers will send them quotes for this service. Gloocall was founded by Jade alongside her partner. Together, they have also set up the social platform in Scandinavia, where it is enjoying great success.
JADE AND WORLD TRAVEL Jade grew up in Marbella but has also lived in Beirut and probably chalked up enough frequent traveller’s points to take her from one corner of the globe to another as part of her consultancy work. She graduated with a Law degree from the University of Málaga and has worked as a consultant for a host of European companies in different sectors,
i www.gloocall.com/es ARTICLE IN ASSOCIATION WITH www.ounousa.com www.kamsyn.com
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 187
z z THE PRO enterprise
COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS
ROCK LOUNGE PRESENTS 2018 SUMMER LIVE EVENTS Rock Lounge presents two cool concerts in the summer: UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey on August 16 (who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary by playing all their hits at the Plaza de Toros de Estepona) and legendary soul, funk and disco band Kool & the Gang (who will be playing on August 19 at the Puente Romano Tennis Club). i For tickets,
CHANGE OF COLLAR FOR ROTARY CLUB OF ESTEPONA COSTA DEL SOL The Hotel H10 Estepona was the perfect backdrop for the Change of Collar (Change of Presidency) ceremony, in which Sady Alexandra Licintuña (Director of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Centre in Estepona) was declared the new President. The event was attended by over 125 invitees. Licintuña noted that the main aim of her presidency involves health care and aiding the needy. The previous President, Estela Ortiz, talked about a host of projects carried out under her rule, including aid for different associations and groups such as APRONA, Estepona Autism, and EMAUS community kitchen. Guests also enjoyed a magnificent dinner and live music. i www.rotaryclubestepona.es
188 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 En.indd 188
enterprise THE PRO z
THE BEACH AT LA RESERVA CLUB LAUNCHES WITH A NEW SUMMER CONCEPT The Beach at La Reserva Club, the only private beach resort in Spain, is now open to the public. La Reserva de Sotogrande is a private residential community that offers a one of a kind experience so that you can enjoy spending the day relaxing and being pampered. It is easy to disconnect in this idyllic place as you lie on imported Cádiz coastal sand, receive a massage, or watch the sunset while enjoying a refreshing cocktail and sophisticated gastronomy. The Beach boasts a variety of facilities for sporty visitors, offering them the opportunity to practice a wide range of activities including water sports on a beautiful lagoon, tennis and padel, or golf at the La Reserva Club golf course. This natural, safe beach atmosphere is surrounded by rolling hills which highlight the beauty and magic of The Beach at La Reserva. g To make a reservation at The Beach,
Tel: 956 791 006/ email@example.com
MARISKA ACHIEVES VICTORY AT THE I MARINA SOTOGRANDE CLASSIC WEEK With victories in the four races held in the waters of the Sotogrande Bay, the Swiss yacht Mariska, skippered by Benjamin Redreau, was the outright winner of the I Marina Sotogrande Week. Visitors to the event were treated to a visual spectacle featuring the only four 15M Class sailing ships still in existence, completely constructed from wood and manned by 22-strong crews. The victors were presented with their trophies at an Awards Ceremony presided over by the Mayor of San Roque, Juan Carlos Ruíz Boix, the General Director of the APPA of Andalucía, Mariela Fernández, and the Director of Puerto Marina Sotogrande, Miguel Ángel Díez.
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 189
228 En.indd 189
MARBELLA TEAM: SAILING TEAM PRESENTED AT THE PUENTE ROMANO The Salón Andalucía of the Puente Romano Hotel hosted the official presentation of the Marbella Team: a sailing crew that will be representing Marbella at various competitions. The presentation was attended by the Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, as well as the Director of the Puente Romano Hotel, Jorge Manzur. The Marbella Team will take part in the World Championships (J80 Class) in France, as well as the King’s Cup, and the King Juan Carlos I tournament in Galicia, among many other races. The team is sponsored by the Puente Romano Hotel, Grupo Trocadero, Les Roches, Da Bruno and Clínica La Prairie. It collaborates with the charity Mary's Meals (www.marysmeals.es), which feeds approximately 1.25 million children across the globe.
CUDECA OPENS NEW SHOP IN SAN PEDRO DE ALCÁNTARA Cudeca now has a brand new shop in San Pedro de Alcántara, featuring a host of items, sold to help raise funds to enable Cudeca to continue giving that ‘special kind of caring’. Pay them a visit and take a few items home, or better yet, volunteer a few hours of your time. g The shop is located at C/ Lagasca
18, San Pedro de Alcántara. www.cudeca.org
PICÓ INTERIORS LAUNCHES IN MARBELLA Picó Interiors recently invited guests to its brand new showroom in Marbella, where discerning homeowners will find all the furniture and advice they need to make their home welcoming, stylish, and beautiful. Featuring luxury kitchens and more, made with the very finest craftsmanship. i www.picointeriors.com
SAN LUIS GOURMET MARKET ATTRACTS OVER 4,000 VISITORS The new San Luis Gourmet Market in Estepona is doing well indeed, with over 4,000 visitors having made their way through its gates to sample delicious fare in the first few days after it opened. The Mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano attended the launch, stating that it was an historical event because the venue has brought new life to an iconic building. Featuring food, beer, cocktails, wine sellers, a café, an ample terrace and a chill-out zone. i www.estepona.es
URBANO GALINDO EXHIBITS AT THE KEMPINSKI HOTEL BAHÍA Until August 8, art buffs can check out an exhibition of works by talented artist, Urbano Galindo. His famous portraits unite both physical and inner beauty, revealed through smiles and looks. His work has evolved from stunning sepia portraits of the aristocracy in the 1990s to the creation of striking works in purple, blue and gold depicting royalty and aristocracy from around the world. Urbano Galindo's sculptures immerse the visitor in the infinite beauty of the Creator, wrapping them in colours and forms, to delight and fascinate. Art is a path and Galindo travels it with the passion of a poet and the vision of a mystic. i www.kempinski.com/estepona 190 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 En.indd 190
228PAG ST.indd 4
QUIRÓNSALUD’S OPHTHALMOLOGY SERVICE BOASTS INNOVATIVE SYSTEM FOR RETINAL PATHOLOGY DIAGNOSTICS Quirónsalud’s Ophthalmology unit now has an innovative system for the diagnosis of retinal disease. The new OCT angiography system allows high quality images to be taken so doctors can diagnose a host of disorders. It does away with the need to use a special dye to visualise the eye as in the past, thus reducing complications and secondary effects such as allergic reactions to the dye. i www.quironsalud.es
AENA OFFERS PERSONAL SHOPPER SERVICE AT MÁLAGA AIRPORT Aena has just launched a new Personal Shopper service for passengers at the Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport, featuring expert advice in a number of different languages, including English, French, and Russian. Passengers can also avail of the ‘Buy and Collect’ service, in which travellers can pick up everything they have purchased on the return from their journey. i www.aena.es
MÁLAGA STUDENT YOUNGEST IN THE WORLD TO OBTAIN MAXIMUM GUITAR GRADE LEVEL, CERTIFIED BY TRINITY COLLEGE Examiners from Trinity in London recently travelled to Málaga to carry out annual exams at the Rock Factory Music Academy. Blanca Samper, aged 11, took three tests that day (bass, percussion, and guitar). Blanca achieved the highest guitar grade level, playing songs like The Trooper by Iron Maiden and Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses. Congratulations to this musical prodigy; may she continue to develop her talent and shine in a plethora of musical genres!
INTERNATIONAL PADEL EXPERIENCE BY MADISON AT THE RESERVA DEL HIGUERÓN RESORT The hotly contested International Padel Experience by Madison tournament recently took place at the Reserva del Higuerón Resort. This tournament is played in three continents, in 17 different countries, with almost 2,500 players taking part. It featured all major categories: men, women, and mixed. All players received a Welcome pack, racquets, and more by Bullpadel. i www.reservadelhigueronresort.com
LARK IN THE PARK: FUNDRAISING EVENT BY THE INTERNATIONAL THEATRE STUDIO The International Theatre Studio recently presented an evening of theatre and music in the park gardens in Benahavís. The members had a packed house, with people dancing in the aisles until midnight, and the event raised €3.652 in aid of the Fundación Andres Olivares. A raffle with fabulous prizes added €1.358 to the total. The total of €5010.00 was handed over to Andres Olivares by Diana King, President of I.T.S. and Sandra Sprawson, Vice President, in the Town Hall. Lark in the Park has become an annual event for The International Theatre Studio, which chooses a different charity to support each year. i www.internationaltheatrestudio.org
192 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 En.indd 192
FUN SUMMER PARTIES AT THE MARBELLA CLUB’S EL PATIO
CONFERENCE ON HEALTH TOURISM AT HEALTHOUSE LAS DUNAS
The gorgeous outdoor patio at the Marbella Club is always the place to see and be seen, but in the summer it takes on a special vibe, with a host of fun events attracting members of the jetset. Themed parties for the season will include 1980s Fever (The Best of the 1980s and 1990s) on August 3, The Legendary Party III on August 10, Azúucar Latin Vibes & Beats on August 15, Made in Spain on August 17, Flower Power Hippie Chic on August 24, and the Closing Party on August 31. i www.marbellaclub.com
Healthouse Las Dunas recently hosted a conference called Present and Future of Health Tourism on the Costa del Sol, which brought together national and international experts from the tourism and health sectors. The event was launched by the Mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, who was accompanied by the Director of Healthouse Las Dunas, Constantin N. Lagemann, and lawyer and tourism expert, Ramón Dávila. i www.healthouse-naturhouse.com
COLECCIÓN ALEXANDRA: NEW SHOWROOM OPENS IN MARBELLA Colección Alexandra is a brand now showroom that has opened in San Pedro, featuring high end furniture from the north of Spain and an interior design service. The showroom also displays work by Debbie Lush of Lush Designs, who creates vibrant pop art paintings in oil. i Further information, www.coleccionalexandra.com
THE ESCAPE COMMITTEE – HELPING YOU TO REALISE YOUR PLANS The Escape Committee is run by a UK trained lawyer and long term expat. It comprises a tried, tested, bilingual and best of breed group of professionals in Marbella who are dedicated to delivering an excellent level of Customer Service. The Committee includes lawyers, real estate brokers, insurance brokers, accountants, surveyors, mortgage brokers, euro/sterling currency exchange professionals, and a Britishrun, internationally regulated independent financial advisor who can advise you on pension plans, investments, finance, etc. For the usual Professional Indemnity reasons, you retain each professional directly and the Committee is your advisor. The Escape Committee is paid a small share of the fees and commissions generated by its referral to their group of professionals. g Further information, call Mark FR Wilkins on Tel: 600
343 917. firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW APP FOR CORREOS EXPRESS Correos Express, the urgent messenger delivery service of Grupo Correos, has launched a new app which allows clients to receive vital information regarding their packages with just one click. The app is specially useful for small and micro businesses, and is available on Play Store for Android (soon to be available for iOS as well). The new app also has a feature which allows clients to manage any issues with the item sent, so as to find a quick solution to problems. i www.correosexpress.com
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 193
228 En.indd 193
AVAIL OF EXCLUSIVE TREATS WITH EL CORTE INGLES’ WHAT’S HOT LOYALTY CARD The What’s Hot Loyalty Card is an El Corte Inglés service that entitles you to exclusive offers, discounts and incentives along the Costa del Sol. This totally free card allows you to save up to 12 per cent in more than 30 supermarkets when purchasing at selected departments of Supercor, Supercor Exprés, Hipercor and Supermercado. Additionally, save up to 30 per cent at selected brands and services at El Corte Inglés as well as exclusive incentives all along the coast. Sign up online at www.whatshot.es or request an Application Form at El Corte Inglés shopping centres in Puerto Banús, Marbella, Mijas and Málaga. i Further information, email@example.com
PUERTO BANÚS LAUNCHES NEW SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN The iconic resort of Puerto Banús recently launched its brand new social media campaign, entitled Like No Other. It features three video clips and six graphic designs that symbolise the luxury lifestyle in this special part of the Coast. Follow the area on Instagram (@puertobanusoﬁcial) and on Facebook (@puertobanus) or visit the website. i www.puerto-banus.com
194 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 En.indd 194
220 Dulce.indd 1
z THE PRO law
When purchasing a property it’s not infrequent you are offered to buy the company that owns the house. Alternatively,s you might be considering setting up a company meant to become the owner of your new home. Neither of these decisions should be taken lightly as they can have considerable ﬁnancial implications. WORDS CRISTINA FALKENBERG
hell companies have traditionally been used to hide true ownership of properties and avoid paying most taxes. Until 2013, foreign companies had to pay the nonresident tax on property owned in Spain at 3 per cent p.a. of the value. A classic structure was therefore to put the house in the name of a Spanish company. Further taxes could be avoided by establishing ownership of the Spanish company by a foreign one. The property was sold by simply selling the shares in the foreign (parent) company, a sale that would be carried out abroad — preferably in a tax haven — thus avoiding capital gains tax too. Of course none of this is legal, but the fact is that it worked in practice and after four years, counting from the last day to ﬁle your tax declaration, the statute of limitations applied and this infringement of the law was left without a consequence. Taking things further, most of these structures were useful in hiding true ownership of real estate owned in Spain, so inheritance tax or repossession in the case of bankruptcy could be efﬁciently avoided.
No longer: European legislation has cracked down on tax evasion, money laundering and ﬁnancing of terrorism. One of the obvious structures they have put their eyes on is shell companies. It goes without saying that having your property in the name of a company always adds the cost of actually running the company: you will have to legalise your books and present accounts every year, as well as ﬁle a tax return. Larger corporations have traditionally put core assets into a separate company so as to protect them from the risks that affected their ordinary business. It also makes sense to put real estate into a company when rentals and the like are your actual business; that is, if you have at least one person employed and an ofﬁ ce from where you carry out your business. However, apart from those cases, the advantages of using a shell company are limited. Just to mention a few disadvantages: if your shell company is Spanish (or of any EU country origin), you will now have to declare
true ownership, i.e. the natural persons holding directly or indirectly 25 per cent or more of the shares. If there is no-one, the directors are regarded as ‘true owners’. The declaration is made as you ﬁle your annual accounts (from accounting dates beginning 01.01.2017). Failure to declare true ownership means neither accounts nor any other documents such as appointing directors may be ﬁled. One could argue the above does not apply to companies not subject to EU legislation. However should you want to record any transactions in a deed or at the Property Registry, you’ll need to inform the Notary who the real owners are. Also, if you have a home in the name of a shell company, you will have to declare this as a paymentin-kind in your personal income tax. The payment is made from the company to yourself and valued at the equivalent market price of a rental and for the number of days per year you use the property. Some obvious advantages are lost by putting your main place of residence in a shell company. If you
are a Spanish resident and over 65 years of age, you pay no capital gains tax on the sale of your main home; if you are under that age, you pay no capital gains on monies reinvested in buying your new permanent home. Alternatively, your home may be put up as collateral against a permanent or temporary income (annuity), though current rates are low and income tax is payable on annuities. Another classic structure is buying land which is registered in the name of a shell company, later developing the land. Be aware that when you dissolve the company, putting the property in your own name, you will need to pay VAT on the development. This applies also to any partial development of an existing house. In addition to eventually having to pay VAT, dissolving a company carries a 1 per cent (called ‘operaciones societarias’ tax) on its liquidation value. Also shareholders pay capital gains on the difference between their investment and the ﬁnal share value paid out when the company is wound up. e
196 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 Fi.indd 196
ESSENTIALS MAY18.qxp_Maquetación 1 11/04/2018 14:30 Page 1
Hi, my name is Linda!
Let´s talk! Contact me and let me explain about the most cost eﬀective gateway to the Scandinavian market
We reach aprox. 75.000 Scandinavians in Southern Spain with a monthly circulation of 31.000 copies. At Norrbom Marketing we are always doing our utmost to give our advertisers and readers the best experience. Today, just like we did 25 years ago, when the first magazine came out. Contact us for prices for advertising in one or more magazines, on websites or in newsletters. www.ensueco.com www.ladanesa.com www.norskemagasinet.com Mor e 25 y than ears o the coas n t
Contact Linda on tel. 665 43 59 10 or firstname.lastname@example.org Our three monthly Scandinavian magazines are available both in print and online, and we make constant eﬀorts to get the best out of both worlds, to the benefit of our advertisers and readers.
CENTRO IDEA Ctra. de Mijas Km. 3,6 29650 Mijas Tel. (+34) 952 58 15 53 email@example.com www.norrbom.com
b the gourmet RESTAURANTS REVIEWS NEWS GASTRONOMY CHEFS WINE
204 D.O.MAR 206
Cristina Gutiérrez of L’Olive Restaurant
Great Spanish Whites
LIVE THE BEST OF THE LUXURY BEACH LIFE AT OCEAN CLUB, ENJOY CREATIVE INTERNATIONAL CUISINE AT D.O. MAR, SEE HOW ROBOTIC RESTAURANTS MAY ONE DAY RULE THE WORLD, AND SIP ON TOP SPANISH WHITE WINES. IF FINE DINING IS YOUR THING, YOU’LL LOVE OUR INTERVIEW WITH THE CHEF OF L’OLIVE RESTAURANT IN SOTOGRANDE.
228 Intros.indd 6
AT THE PLAZA VILLAGE IN THE HOTEL PUENTE ROMANO
Puente Romano Hotel, Blv. Principe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, Marbella. www.thaigallerymarbella.com
Tel: 952 818 392
TAI PAN chinese cuisine polynesian bar
Serving Marbella in a Select Atmosphere for Decades. Tel: 952 777 893 / 952 775 500 Puente Romano, Fase 2, Marbella. Open Daily for Dinner from 8:00 www.taipanmarbella.com
SUKHOTHAI Exquisite Royal Thai Cuisine
Tel: 952 770 550 Open Mon-Sat. C.C. Marbellamar, L-3A. Marbella. www.sukhothaimarbella.com
227 MaxBeach.indd 1
227 MaxBeach.indd 2
e f i l r o f e t i t e p p a An
B E A C H F R O N T D I N I N G AT S E A G R I L L # P U E N T E L I F E 3 6 5 Almuerzos a pie de playa con las olas del
Seafront dining with the waves rolling
Mediterrรกneo rompiendo en la orilla. Los
onto the golden sand. The best fish and
mejores pescados y mariscos, del mar a la
seafood, from sea to table and Grand
mesa. Gran Buffet los fines de semana.
Buffet on weekends.
hotel@puenter om ano.com +34 952 820 900 | puent e r o m a no . c o m
restaurants THE GOURMET b
AMAÏ World Cuisine by the Mediterranean at Ocean Club Ocean Club is often hailed as the ultimate beachside setting for those wishing to blend the best of the beach life with fantastic drinks, DJ-spun music, live entertainment, and of course, great food. AMAÏ restaurant, perched upon a wooden deck with mesmerising views of the Mediterranean Sea, offering a welcome coolness of pristine white sail shades, boasts a distinctly different feel to the fun poolside atmosphere. Here, it’s all about travelling with the palate from country to country (think Morocco, Belgium, Italy, or France) while sipping on top national and world wines. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN
t the helm of the complex choreography that gives rise to dishes as artistically presented as they are tasty is Andrea Nygren, a Swedish Chef trained in his home country but with international experience. Andreas has worked as Executive Chef of la Casita de La Heredia in Benahavís, and has been a private Chef for a Russian family. The place where he really put his organisational skills to the test, however, was undoubtedly ‘on the sea’; Andreas headed the kitchens at both Seabourne and Silversea, creating dishes to please discerning diners from over 70 different nationalities. This year’s menu at AMAÏ reveals this penchant for dazzling the palate with world-famous recipes and ingredients. The wide array of colours and flavours enjoyed by everyone at my table on my recent visit to the restaurant was testimony to the international nature
of the menu. For starters, some chose sushi dishes, which include classics such as the California roll (with fresh King crab meat, cucumber, avocado and tobiko) while others opted for more nouvelle delights such as the Sushi Pizza (featuring a refreshing blend of salmon, avocado, cream cheese, panko, and salmon caviar). Another companion ordered the ‘King’ Pil: a visionary take on the classic pil-pil dish featuring jumbo shrimp, roasted garlic and conﬁt cherry tomatoes. I opted for a starter you’d be hard pressed to ﬁnd in the south of Spain: the Alaska king crab tartar with red caviar – smooth and creamy and served with light-as-air crisp bread. Our dishes were beautifully accompanied by quite a fantastic choice of wine for this time of the year: a New Zealand Marlborough County – the Clos HenriBourgeois Estate Sauvignon, intensely refreshing with concentrated bright fruit
g Avda. Lola Flores s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 137. www.oceanclub.es
227 ReR OC.indd 203
flavours and just a hint of minerality. The mains also hit the spot, and the contrast between dishes was evident, bearing in mind there were seven at the table. One diner opted for the wagyu burger, mile-high and featuring raclette cheese, bacon, and of course, fries served Belgian style. Another chose the beef tartar, made to the traditional Belgian recipe with classic condiments. Some of the most colourful choices included the Thai Beef Salad (featuring beef tenderloin, bok choy, coriander, chilli, mango and more traditional ingredients) and the Spicy Octopus Salad (served with sea asparagus, wakame, and daikon, as well as a veritable bouquet of edible flowers that made this dish extremely Instagrammable). Some classic options came our way as well; everything from a sizeable Margherita pizza to a generous Rib Eye served with crisp potatoes.
The menu contains a tempting range of selections which merits repeat visits. In addition to generously sized dishes, there are sharing plates which include a Mezze Oriental (think kibbe, marinated chicken, falafel, lavash bread, hummus and more), Kobe Beef Fajitas, and more. One thing you must do when visiting AMAÏ is to leave room for dessert. The Chef’s creative takes on classics include the Upside Down Cheesecake, the Wild Berry Mess (a mascarpone-based delight), and the Ocean Club Mango Misu (an ideal sweet end to a meal in the height of the summer). Make your next visit a nice, long lunch capped off by a cocktail and enjoyment of the live entertainment (on the day of our visits, elegant dancers grooved away to the DJ’s sounds). For this is the perfect spot to celebrate the Mediterranean way of life alongside those you wish you had more free time to spend with.
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 203
b THE GOURMET restaurants
Golden Mile Refinement by the Sea
D.O. MAR BY OSCAR VELASCO The Golden Mile is fast becoming a hub for ﬁne dining in sophisticated surroundings – none more so than this truly elegant frontline beach restaurant with an open window on the sea. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN
here are many who purport to offer glamour, but in its pure form of reﬁnement few can match D.O. MAR. This restaurant’s credentials begin with its privileged frontline beach location at the heart of the Golden Mile. Pedigree is another important ingredient, and the establishment that for many years was known as Toni Dalli’s is a Marbella icon that continues today as D.O. MAR, a restaurant that honours its charismatic address and seaside setting by specialising in the very best the Mediterranean has to offer, and doing so in an ambience of distinction. The very entrance speaks of classic Marbella glamour, and the attractive décor balances contemporary tastes with a touch of timeless appeal in creating a restaurant and bar setting that speaks of elegance. More than just a luxury venue, however, signature chef Oscar Velasco has endowed D.O. MAR with a philosophy rooted in passion. Passion for ﬁne food, service and the bounty of the sea. What’s more, the menu he has created draws both inspiration and its fresh produce from local, Mediterranean sources, so the
204 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 ReR Domar.indd 204
dishes you enjoy are in sync with their surroundings. The ﬁsh is sourced from a fresh daily catch from specialist suppliers and the vegetables are similarly selected from different parts of Andalucía where the micro conditions create distinct flavours. Seated at a table with open, panoramic views across the pool deck to the sea, we enjoyed a beautifully prepared sampling of ﬁsh and seafood dishes that reflect what D.O. MAR is all about. The restaurant also features a connected but independent bar with gorgeous styling and a wonderful range of cocktails and drinks created by the inhouse mixologist.
PURE FOOD IN AN UNRIVALLED SETTING On the night it was a Pisco Sour with saffron, Thai basil and lemon that formed the perfect accompaniment for the unique ambiance of the venue. The emphasis at this restaurant is on freshness and quality ingredients matched by the chef’s artistry, and if you wish, the produce is brought to your table for inspection. The ﬁsh is even sourced with natural low fat content in
mind, and while taking your order the engaging maître d’ checks if you have any dietary requirements, which the kitchen at D.O. MAR is equipped to take in its stride while preparing ﬁne food. We enjoyed traditional Spanish style bread with a ﬁne virgin olive oil from Córdoba, followed by a refreshing glass of gazpacho with bonito and algae dust. This set the tone for another delectable, fresh dish made of soft, sweet tomatoes from the sandy soils of Conil and light, gently textured mussels from Málaga. It’s a simple but beautifully balanced combination, especially when enjoyed with a glass of Manzanilla from Sanlúcar de Barrameda. In keeping with D.O. MAR’s way of doing things, this was not just any dry sherry but a deliciously smoky one by Antonio Barbadillo. Freshly caught bonito from the Almadraba in the Straits was next, specially prepared and served with Spanish pesto, along with fresh vegetables whose full, rounded flavour derives from the minerals in the soil of Coín. It was matched to perfection with an Édalo 2017 bio-organic rosé – a true ﬁnd for lovers of blush wines. The flavoursome adobo that followed
formed a tasty intermezzo before we continued with red prawns from the Málaga coastline – once again married to a local wine, in this case a crisp, dry muscatel from the Montes de Málaga region. The main course among these light tasters was the Rodaballo – turbot – served with grilled vegetables and matched to a delicious red wine from Alicante, Al-Muvedre. Made from sweet Monastrell grapes, it was served slightly chilled, which to my mind only added to its fragrant impact. Beautifully prepared and full of flavour, yet also light and healthy, is how I would describe the courses we had sampled, and they were crowned with an ensemble of desserts – modern versions of lemon crumble, chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream – whose sweet freshness was matched by that of the delightful strawberryflavoured wine from Huelva, yet another discovery to savour. D.O. MAR is a restaurant that brings together elegant décor and ambience in an inspiring beach-front setting. A place for food connoisseurs and those who enjoy reﬁnement, this is classic Marbella glamour personiﬁed.
g Urb. Oasis Club, CN-340, Km 183, Marbella. Tel: 952 868 396 / 650 905 256. firstname.lastname@example.org / www.domarmarbella.com
b THE GOURMET technology
Rise of t he
ROBOTIC RESTAURANT WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SPYCE
ost clients list service as crucial to an excellent dining experience but new technology will be replacing staff in at least some restaurants and we mean all staff: waiters, kitchen hands, and even, God forbid, chefs! The robotic culinary wave is currently in its early stages in China, where JD.com (the second largest online shopping service in China after Alibaba) is working on opening over 1,000 restaurants fully staffed by robots. The launch date is set for August, 2020, and a menu comprising 40 dishes is promised to curious diners. The reliance on robotics is spurred on by rising labour and rent costs. The government’s one-child policy is continuing to negatively affect the labour market, with a clear shortage of staff in the culinary and other sectors. The restaurants will measure around 400m2 and will serve diners who order and pay for their food via smartphone. Rival group Alibaba is also tapping into automated cash registers, but at this company’s establishments, humans continue to cook and take care of the cleaning. JD.com is clearly aiming to top the tech race, and already has 20 automated supermarkets and a drone-based delivery service. The Chinese aren’t the only entrepreneurs riding the culinary
robotic wave. MIT mechanical engineering graduates, Brady Knight, Michael Farid, Kale Rogers, and Luke Schlueter recently opened Spyce in Boston, offering six ‘food bowls’ prepared in Latin, Mediterranean, and Asian styles. The bowls cost as little as €6,40, thanks to signiﬁcant savings made by the use of robotic chefs. Spyce’s founders are keen to stress that one area they deﬁnitely aren’t scrimping on, is quality. The founders believe that consistency in cooking is a cornerstone to success. Moreover, as co-founder Brady Knight told Digital Trends, “Being that our robot does the portioning and cooking, we can ensure the meals are being made consistently and accurately. Another advantage is that our technology allows employees to focus on creating more meaningful connections with our guests.” In our view, Spyce strikes the ideal balance between technological practicality and the human touch. When diners enter the establishment, they are guided by a human member of staff, who helps them out with the touchscreen ordering system. Humans also add the ﬁnishing touches to the different bowls, by topping them with a wide range of fresh garnishings.The spark of creativity was provided by Sam Benson of Café Boulud, who is on Spyce’s advisory board and who has
created all the winning recipes diners can enjoy for a reasonable price. The whole cooking process is deﬁnitely worth checking out on www.spyce.com. The robots deliver ingredients to an automated wok that rotates food to ensure even cooking (the robots look like washing machines for food owing to their consistent rotation). While the human chefs are adding fresh ingredients for ﬁnal presentation, the bowl automatically washes itself and is ready for another round. The range of choice is impressive; all calorie values are indicated, and you can select from regular, vegetarian, pescetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The title of the bowls is indicative of what you can expect; choices include Indian (featuring roasted chicken, potatoes and peas in a tikka masala sauce with brown rice, puffed rice, chutney, yoghurt and cilantro), Moroccan
(think chickpeas, currants, brown rice, a tomato cucumber salad and yoghurt), and Thai (roast chicken, sweet potatoes, bok choy, brown rice, and more). As robotic restaurants continue to pop up on the scene, the question remains: will we miss the human touch of a seasoned chef? The answer, for this writer, is ‘no’. Automated restaurants don’t have any pretensions. Their aim is to offer cheap, fast cuisine that doesn’t scrimp on quality or the health factor. They deﬁnitely won’t be competition for Michelin-starred establishments, but they make a great solution for busy students and employees who have just a few minutes (and euros) to spend daily on lunch. e
206 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 Tech.indd 206
TW O G ASTR O N O M I C EXP ER I EN C ES As ian f lavours Me dit erranean pleas ures Live mus ic Relaxing s cenery Privat e event s
b THE GOURMET news COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS
RESTAURANTE FELIX Opens
at Healthouse Las Dunas
Exclusive health-centred hotel, Healthouse Las Dunas *****GL Health & Beach Spa, with 55 suites and a 3,000m2 spa, is now home to the brand new Restaurante Felix, a reinvention of the famous Bistró Félix, one of the most emblematic fusion restaurants in Spain. The new restaurant will be serving Mediterranean cuisine with Asian touches, honouring the past and giving new life to dishes that were served during the Golden era under the guiding hand of Chef Manuel Camisuli. Restaurante Felix boasts a bar area called Omasake, dedicated exclusively to Japanese food. Exquisite delights by Chef José María Viera will be delighting discerning diners after an indescribable experience. The wine list is excellent, with over 300 Spanish and world wines available. Live music will also be enjoyed. g Open nightly from 7pm to 11pm. Urb. Boladilla Baja, CN340, km 163.5, Estepona. www.healthousenaturhouse.com
Launches in Puerto Banús
GUEY CELEBRATES Opening with Friends
Güey, on la Plaza de las Orquídeas, celebrated its inauguration with a cocktail party for 200 friends who were eager to attend the return of this muchloved restaurant. The restaurant (which boasts three picturesque terraces) has been reopened by Ramón Carbajosa, with a mission to serve local, seasonal and organic produce every night. The new Güey sources ingredients from local producers and offers food bearing culinary influences from Mexico and Peru with dishes like ceviche, quesadillas and tiradito, Guey also sources exquisite ham from Aracena and of course, Almadraba tuna from Cádiz. g Open nightly for dinner from 7pm. Plaza de las Orquídeas 4, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 907 076. www.gueymarbella.es
MOMA Food&People is a versatile new restaurant recently opened in Puerto Banús. Measuring 1,000m2, it boasts six different zones with their own terraces, and serves Mediterranean dishes and specials. MOMA offers something for everyone, since it is a restaurant/terrace/cocktail lounge that adapts to any occasion. g Open daily from 11am to 1am. C/Manolete s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 929 467. www.momamarbella.com
EL MERCADO DE BARAKA Night&Grill
at the Vincci Estrella del Mar Five-star hotel, the Vincci Estrella del Mar, recently launched El Mercado de Baraka Night&Grill’s grill evenings, featuring top quality ﬁsh, seafood, meat, and ﬁsh, all barbecued to smokey perfection. There are a host of interesting dishes to order, including King prawns or fresh-caught squid. i www.vinccihoteles.com
TULIO ZAMPIERI OPENS NOTORIA
‘Notoria’ is the ﬁtting name for the brand new baby of talented Chef Tulio Zampieri, who has headed some of Marbella’s most lively dining establishments. Tulio’s concept is original indeed: a menu that completely changes monthly, boasting exquisite products that reflect the seasons. In July, Tulio served delights such as Santoña anchovies in butter; Bellota ham; a quinoa salad with crab meat, avocado, orange and picked onions; scallops sashimi with white pine nut gazpacho and green apple; and tuna tiradito with spicy soy sauce. g Open Monday to Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm and 8pm to 12am throughout August; open only for dinner on Sundays. Avda. Ramón Gómez de la Serna 11, Marbella. Tel: 634 352 565.
208 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 FoN.indd 208
223 Origen.indd 1
b THE GOURMET proﬁle
A Celebration of Local Produce with a Twist
GUTIÉRREZ of L’Olive, La Reserva de Sotogrande
WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN
t is ﬁtting that an establishment as prestigious as L’Olive restaurant at La Reserva Club in Sotogrande, should have a La Línea-born chef at its helm. Cristina Gutiérrez has honed her craft in prestigious establishments in the North of Spain under the guiding hand of chefs like Enrique Martínez of Michelin-starred establishment, Maher, in Cintruénigo, Navarra, and highly lauded chef and celebrity, Sergi Arola. She may have impressed culinary greats and shone in the kitchens of the Palacio de Congresos de Navarra, but she has always had one wish: to bring all the knowledge and experienced she had gleaned back home. When asked to describe her culinary philosophy, Cristina says that the use of local products is the key: “We obtain as much ﬁsh as we can from the Bay. We are constantly on the lookout for local producers, and only source our meat from northern suppliers owing to its exquisite
quality.” Cristina is equally passionate about presentation. A glance through her phone gallery reveals a plethora of colourful creations made with great detail. Sea urchin foam, violet crunch, and salt flower are just a few ingredients that make each dish a work of art… delicate and beautiful but somehow tempting enough to ‘demolish’ through consumption. These are dishes that appeal to almost all of the senses and taste always wins out. L’Olive is open for breakfast and lunch. Since the Club is home to an 18-hole golf course as well as a brand new beach club, it is only logical that many visitors should seek to start the day early, with a ‘breakfast of champions’ or a healthy breakfast that is light yet nutritious. Lunch is the time of day when Cristina and her team really get a chance to show off their talents. “Our cuisine has southern essences, jazzed up with world flavours from countries like
Peru or Mexico,” she says. One technique that is big at L’Olive is cooking with a Josper charcoal oven. “We use woods such as oak to lend dishes a beautiful woody, smoky flavour.” Indeed, one of the restaurant’s star dishes is the Jospergrilled octopus, served with a classic Peruvian ají sauce. Another is the borriquete (a local blue ﬁsh), whose skin is torched to a golden crispiness, served with a refreshing Japanese sauce comprising soy sauce, rice vinegar and lime – a true flavour extravaganza. Then there is the braised monkﬁsh salad, served with lobster-infused oil and mango: a true homage to the rich Mediterranean gastronomic tradition. Meat lovers take note; the steak is sourced from Galicia (from a cross of the rubia gallega and Frison breeds), and is matured for over 50 days – the result is a reﬁned taste and a welcome tenderness. Cristina and her team change the
menu three times a year. “We do so in the summer, autumn, and winter.” This month, enjoy refreshing dishes such as the Andalusian salmorejo (served with tuna belly and quail egg), a cold melon soup, or a cherry gazpacho; allow yourself to be surprised! When asked to deﬁne the very best thing about her job, Cristina answers: “Having had the chance to assemble such an amazing team. The chefs in my group are young, keen to build something great, and full of energy.” Cristina is also delighted to work in an ambience where creativity is encouraged. “Mr. Topiol (CEO of La Reserva Sotogrande) supports our concept and believes in growth and investment, making L’Olive an ideal environment in which to work.”
g Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. La Reserva s/n, Sotogrande. Tel: 956 785 252. www.lareservaclubsotogrande.com
210 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 CfP.indd 210
186 CafeterĂa Ke.indd 1
1/28/15 1:18 PM
b THE GOURMET wine
SPANISH WHITES The most recent set of ﬁgures that I have for Spanish wine exports to the European Union doesn’t show many changes to those relating to the 2009/10 campaign. Spain exported 3,155,955hl down from the 3,383,301hl of that year, with the United Kingdom and Germany continuing to take 65% of that total between them. Quite how Britain’s impending departure from the Union will affect this remains unknown, as whatever developments there seem to be are invariably accompanied by torrents of bluster and vitriol and that’s not just when Boorish Johnson or Juncker are sounding off.
WORDS PHILIP BOMBER HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ALBARIÑO DE FEFIÑANES
t’s so depressing that I feel like increasing my consumption to compensate for the shortfall, but there’s an article to be written. Cava, then Rioja leads with Valencia third and Jerez fourth. It’s difﬁcult to ascertain from the ﬁgures the split between white and red, but the ﬁrst dedicated white region outside these four is Rueda and that only lies in 11th spot. It would seem that, although white wine exports are making progress, Spain is still considered ﬁrst and foremost a red wine country. And yet it’s the whites that truly excite and have done for the last decade in the absence of innovation from the established red powerhouses of Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Others in the top 10 probably owe their status to price, or lack of it, but the whites are attracting attention with their quality and variety, although Airen has yet to convince. The dark days of holding tastings when only Albariño would be considered are long gone. London’s Spanish restaurants don’t suffer from parochialism (although many Londoners behave as if they’re the centre of the universe). Txakoli from the Basque country rubs shoulders with Albariño from Galicia, Verdejo from Rueda, along with Somontano and Cataluña. Add Cava and Sherry too. However, if a trip to London’s overpriced restaurants does not excite, or an airline ticket to Spain can be purchased more cheaply, which whites should one look for? Spain’s northern coast contains
two vinous jewels: Euskadi in the east and Galicia in the west. Visitors to San Sebastian, Bilbao or Santander will have become acquainted with Txacoli (Chacoli) a vivacious wine with petillance, low alcohol (11.0%) and some impressive acidity. Dramatically poured into one’s glass from a great height (to allow it to breathe and open up), it’s an ideal match for Pintxos. Most of it is made from the Hondarribi Zuri grape which only grows here and names to look for are Rezebal, Ameztoi and Txomin Etxaniz whose wine has an extra dimension with the judicious addition of the red grape Hondarrabi Beltza. Galicia is the home of Rias Baixas, an area that roughly runs down the Atlantic coast from Villagarcía to the Miño river – Portugal’s border. Albariño is the undisputed king although good wines are made from Loureiro and Treixadura and sometimes from all three. The area does show regional variation as it becomes progressively warmer closer to the border. Names to enjoy are Feﬁñanes, Terras Gauda and do Ferreiro. Further inland with Valdeorras and Bierzo, Godello is the grape. Not as well known or appreciated as Albariño, it can make wines that are richer and fuller than its illustrious counterpart and not dissimilar to Chenin Blanc when made properly. Valdesil (Guillermo Prada) and Luna Beberride are good practitioners. Head southeast to Rueda, where Verdejo is the indigenous variety, supported by Sauvignon Blanc and
Viura. Verdejo is similar to, but a little more herbal and oily than Sauvignon, although neither are as blatant as the New Zealand versions. Viura here is usually blended, unlike the Riojan versions. The Sanz family are imbued with Rueda’s DNA, or vice versa: look for names such as Menade or Antonio Sanz. The star wine is the V3, made from pre-phylloxera vines. It’s barrel fermented, rare and complex as is the new Rueda from Tomás Postigo, one of the most accomplished Ribera del Duero producers. The iconic oak-influenced white Riojas of Viña Tondonia and Murrieta’s Capellania must be tasted, if only to experience an essence of the past. I’m not a believer in Viura’s ability to carry so much oak, and while I respect the wines, they’re not favourites. Viñas del Vero produce good whites from international varieties in Somontano and expansive (and expensive) whites made from Garnacha Blanca are found in Priorat. However, the last word must go to Torres and his wealth of wines from Penedes. Viña Sol and Milmanda appeal to a massmarket but look out for Fransola, a barrel-fermented white largely from Sauvignon blanc but with differing percentages of Parellada dependent on vintage. Deﬁnitely capable of ageing, it boasts a complexity not usually experienced with that grape. e
212 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
TASTE Signature Japanese cuisine awarded one Michelin star
CTRA. DE CASARES S/N, 29690 CASARES, MÁLAGA · T. +34 952 93 78 00 WWW.FINCACORTESIN.COM
. . THE GUIDE listings
PRICE GUIDE per head for a three-course meal with wine
€25 – €40
LISTINGS WHAT’S ON STARS
€40 – €60
Open from 9am Monday to Saturday and Sunday from 11am for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Centro Plaza, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 861
Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Gregorio Marañón s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 968
Open daily from 9am to 10pm. Esquina C/ Martínez Catena and Paseo Marítimo Fuengirola. Tel: 951 255 563
Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. C/ Ramón Areces, esq. Marina Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 024
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos, Puerto Sotogrande. Tel: 956 790 212
Open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday and for dinner only on Saturday. Closed Sundays. Urb. Nueva Alcántara, Edif. Mirador, Bloque 4-B, Marbella. Tel: 952 783 714
HARD ROCK CAFÉ
JACKS Open seven days a week from noon till late. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 563 673
JACKS SMOKEHOUSE Open seven days a week from noon till late. Puerto Banús, Tel: 952 813 625
MR. GOURMET BURGER Open from 6pm ‘til late every evening. Avda. Luis Braile 20, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 785 257
BUENOS AIRES SOUTH
Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. C/ Virgen del Pilar, 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 779 297
EL BANCO Open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to midnight. Urb. Aloha Pueblo, Local 35, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 907 570
HACIENDA PATAGONICA Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ de la Acera de la Marina 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 968
ALBERT & SIMON
Open daily from 12pm to midnight. Ctra. De Ronda, km 45, C.C. Monte Halcones, Local 9-10, Benahavís. Tel: 951 275 109
Open daily for lunch and dinner. El Corte Inglés, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990
Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner only and on Sunday for Buffet Lunch. Apartado 1, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 132.2 Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 791 200
Open daily from 1pm to 8pm except Mondays. C/ Velázquez 1, Marbella. Tel: 630 441 834
THE ORGANIC CAFÉ
214 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
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
Tel: 952 003 434
Open daily for dinner from 7.30pm. Galerías Paniagua. Sotogrande. Tel: 956 795 528
Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesday. C.C. El Zoco, Sitio de Calahonda, Mijas Costa. Tel: 607 680 999
EL GAUCHO DE BANÚS
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Duque de Ahumada, Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 008 822
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle Benabola 9-11, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 812 167
EL RANCHO DEL PUERTO
Open for lunch and dinner every day. Muelle Benabola 4, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 252
Open daily from 1pm to 11pm. Paseo Marítimo Rey de España 4, Local 2-4, Fuengirola. Tel: 951 903 807
GRILL DEL PUERTO
Open for lunch and dinner every day. Muelle Ribera 47H, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 686
Open every night except Tuesday for dinner. CN340, km 194, next to Camping Cabopino, Marbella. Tel: 951 310 004
AL ROLO Open from 1pm to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm daily. At Reserva del Higuerón. Avda. del Higuerón 48, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 661 174
ALBERTS Open daily for lunch and dinner. Puerto Cabopino. Tel: 952 836 886
ASADOR CRIOLLO GRILL
MARBELLA CLUB GRILL
Open nightly for dinner. CN340-A7, km. 166, Cancelada, El Saladillo. Tel: 952 784 463
Open every night for dinner. Marbella Club Hotel. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211
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 daily for dinner. 57, Duquesa de Arcos (Sabinillas seafront). Tel: 952 897 358
Open Monday to Thursday from 11am to 2am and on Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 3am. Urb. La Carolina, Marbella. Tel: 951 134 083
Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Casa No.7, P. Banús. Tel: 952 812 090
Open for lunch every day from 11am to 6pm except Monday. C/ Rota 9, Mijas Costa, La Cala de Mijas. Tel: 952 587 539
BABOO LOUNGE AND RESTAURANT
Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Pueblo Viejo Cancelada. Between San Pedro & Estepona. Tel: 952 886 307
Open daily for lunch and dinner. At the Gran Meliá Don Pepe, Avda. José Meliá s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 300
EL CARNICERO 2
Open every day for lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 176, Marbella. Tel: 952 867 599
Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Odeon, Locales 9-10, C/ Las Yedras, Nueva Andalucía.
Open Monday to Thursday from 7pm ‘til late, on Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and from 7pm ‘til late and on Sunday from 10am ‘til late. Dársena de Levante, Local 39, Estepona Port. Tel: 951 703 060
Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 146.5, Casares. Tel: 951 704 884
ASADOR GUADALMINA Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Urb. Guadalmina Alta, C.C. Guadalmina, Local 3, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 883 003
Open every day from 5pm till late. Ctra. Cádiz, exit Las Chapas. Tel: 952 831 922
Open daily for dinner. CN 340, km. 166, Estepona. Tel: 952 888 353
Open daily except Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm and 6:30pm to 11pm. C/ Moncayo 23, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 665 502
AMANHAVIS Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday from 8.00pm. Calle del Pilar 3, Benahavís. Tel: 952 856 026
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
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 215
. THE GUIDE listings
BARBQ ARTESANAL BURGERS Open every day for lunch and dinner. C/ Jacinto Benavente 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 656
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
CAFÉ DE RONDA
CLARO! RESTAURANT & BEACH CLUB Open every day from 10am to 11pm. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 873
CORTIJO FAIN Open every day for lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Algar, km. 3, Arcos de la Frontera, Cádiz. Tel: 956 704 131
D.O.M 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 breakfast and lunch until 7pm. Avda. Ramón Gómez de la Serna 23, Marbella. Tel: 952 862 149
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Puerto Deportivo de Sotogrande, s/n. Tel: 956 790 333
Open every night for dinner. Puerto Banús, Marbella. Tel: 952 811 716
Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, local 24-25, Estepona. Tel: 951 217 871
Open 11am to 2am. Artola Alta, Marbella. Tel: 952 000 772.
Open every day from 6pm except Sundays. C/ Ancha, 8, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 450
Open Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. C.C. Azalea, Edif. A, CN340, km 173, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 339 309
Open daily from 1pm to 2am. Urb. Oasis Club, CN340 km 183, Marbella. Tel: 952 868 396
Open every day for lunch and dinner. Hotel Hermitage, Ctra. de Casares, Casares. Tel: 952 895 639.
CERRADO DEL ÁGUILA
Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Urb. Cerrado del Águila, Camino del Acevedo, s/n, Mijas Costa. Tel: 951 773 521
Open every day for lunch. Open for dinner on Friday and Saturday. CN 340, km. 168, Estepona. Tel: 952 880 126
Open every night for dinner from 8-11pm. The San Roque Club, CN 340, km. 127, Cádiz. Tel: 956 613 030
Andalucía Plaza s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 814 000
Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. C/ El Pilar s/n, Benahavís. Tel: 681 294 442
EL CHIRINGUITO At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900
EL CORZO Open daily for dinner. Hotel Los Monteros, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 187. Tel: 952 771 700
EL GRAN GASTBY Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle de Honor, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 778 797
EL JARDÍN DE LUTZ Open every night for dinner from 7:30pm. At Hotel Finca Cortesin, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800
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 OCEANO BEACH HOTEL & RESTAURANT
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
FINCA EL FORJADOR Open daily for lunch from 1-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Ctra. de Casares, km. 10. Tel: 952 895 120
FONDA RESTAURANTE EL POSTILLÓN 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. Tel: 952 780 927
GD GOURMET DELI MARBELLA
Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 199, Marbella. Tel: 952 587 550
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
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 nightly for dinner from 7pm. Plaza de las Orquídeas 4, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 907 076.
EL RESTAURANTE DEL CASINO
Open Monday to Sunday from 7.30pm to 11pm. At the Amàre Hotel Marbella. Avda. Severo Ochoa 8,
Open every day for dinner from 8pm-4am. Hotel
216 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
listings THE GUIDE .
Marbella. Tel: 951 562 083
HERMOSA Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner from 7pm. Closed Monday. Local 1A. Puerto de Cabopino. Tel: 952 837 483
HILLS CAFE Open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Closed on Monday. Tel: 952 856 171
on Sunday for lunch only. Ctra. Ronda, km. 46, Urb. Las Medranas, local 4, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 275 750
LA BRISA Open for dinner Thursday to Monday from 7pm. Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona. CN 340, km. 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500
LA CANTINA DEL GOLF
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
LA PLAGE DE CASANIS Open Monday to Wednesday 10am – 7.30pm and Thursday to Sunday 10am –10pm. Urb. Coto Chico 4D, Marbella. Tel: 952 837 862
Open every night for dinner. Hotel Meliá La Quinta, Urb. La Quinta Golf s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 762 000
LOS BANDIDOS Open every night for dinner. Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 915
LOS NARANJOS RESTAURANT Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Urb. Los Naranjos de Marbella. Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 816 105
Open for breakfast and lunch until 8pm. Closed Sunday. Flamingo Golf Club, Cancelada, Benahavís. Tel: 951 318 815
LA CASA DEL HUMMUS
Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 11pm and Sunday 11am to 8pm. Plaza Puente de Málaga, C/ Mendoza 16, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 104
Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner. Hotel Villa Padierna, Urb: Flamingos s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 889 150
Open nightly for dinner except Sunday. C/ Cruz 5, Plaza Puente de Ronda. Old Town Marbella. Tel: 952 775 412
LA GRANADA DIVINO
Open week days for dinner at 7:30pm and weekends for lunch and dinner, closed Tuesdays. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 136. Playa Guadiaro, Torre-guadiaro, Cádiz. Tel: 956 615 998
Open every evening for dinner. Playa del Rodeo, Marbella. Tel: 951 319 372 Open everyday evening for dinner from 5.30 pm. CN340 km 200, La Cala de Mijas Costa. Tel: 674 636 321
Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesday. C/ de las Piedras, Gaucín. Tel: 951 709 075
LA VERANDA LOBBY BAR
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday. Avda. de los Girasoles 341, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 569 310
Open every day from 10am until late. C/ Las Violetas 7, Conjunto Andalucía Garden Club, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 815 736
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. Hotel Villa Padierna & Flamingos Golf Club, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 166 (Cancelada exit), Benahavís. Tel: 952 889 150
Open every day for lunch and dinner. At the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona. CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500
LIMA BY MOMO
Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm to 12am. Closed Sundays. Plaza Practicante, Manuel Cantos 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 036 115.
Open daily for lunch and dinner except Mondays. CN340, km. 198.1 (Riviera exit), Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 932 780
Open nightly for dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 824 108
Open everyday lunch and dinner. Golf Hotel Guadalmina, Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211
HORIZON STEAKHOUSE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Antonio Machado s/n, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 560 094
HOTEL MARBELLA CLUB BUFFET Open every day for lunch. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211
Open nightly for dinner. Plaza Santo Cristo 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 901 040
MACAAO BEACH Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Jose Echegaray, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 113 618
MAGNA CAFÉ Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C/ Calderón de la Barca, s/n. Tel: 952 929 578 Open daily for breakfast and dinner. At the Hotel Amàre Marbella. Avda. Severo Ochoa 8, Marbella. Tel: 800 843 493
MC CAFÉ Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Marbella Club Hotel. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n. Tel: 952 822 211
Open daily from 8am-6pm. At La Reserva Club. Avda. de la Reserva s/n, Sotogrande. Tel: 956 785 252
Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and
Open daily for dinner. La Cala Resort, La Cala de
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 217
. THE GUIDE listings
MESSINA Open for dinner Monday to Saturday. Avda. Severo Ochoa, 12, Marbella. Tel: 952 864 895
and 8pm to 12am. Throughout July and August, open only for dinner on Sundays. Avda. Ramón Gómez de la Serna 11, Marbella. Tel: 634 352 565.
MIRAFLORES GOLF RESTAURANT
Open daily for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 199. Urb. Riviera Golf. Tel: 952 931 941
Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. C/ Moncayo 12, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 460 232 / 648 502 822
Tel: 951 531 777
SEA GRILL At the Puente Romano Beach Club. Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 187, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900
SHANTI-SOM – AMRITA
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
PUENTE ROMANO BEACH CLUB
Open daily from 11am to 1am. C/Manolete s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 929 467. www.momamarbella.com
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. Tel: 952 765 277
Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm to midnight. C/ Tetuán 7, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 560
Open daily from 11am to 7pm. C.C. Laguna Village, Local R3, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 015
SOLEO MARBELLA BEACH CLUB RESTAURANT
MOMO MARBELLA GOLDEN MILE
Open nightly for dinner, except Sunday. Avda. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 30, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 760
Open nightly from 7pm to 11pm. Urb. Boladilla Baja, CN340, km 163.5, Estepona. Tel: 951 082 090.
Open daily from 11am to 8pm. Avda. Duque de Ahumada s/n, Marbella. Tel: 951 562 887
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the Hotel Torrequebrada, Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 441 414
Open nightly for dinner. At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 951 607 018
NELI Gs Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C.C. Benavista, Estepona. Tel: 952 928 576
NŌMŌ BRASSERIE Open for lunch and dinner every day except for Sunday. Bulevar de San Pedro, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 702 168
NOTORIA Open Monday to Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
ROSAS CAFÉ Open from 9am to 10pm daily. Avda. Playas del Duque 3, Marbella. Tel: 951 569 392
ROJO Open every day for lunch and dinner except Sunday. C/ Granada, 44, Málaga. Tel: 952 227 486
SAVOR 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.
Avda. del Mediterráneo, Blq. 3, Local 6, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 604 848
TERRA SANA Open Monday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Marina Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 977. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 951 901 050. C.C. Parque Miramar, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 663 937. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 951 915 069
THE ENGLISH GARDEN Open Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm to 11pm and Sunday from 1.30 to 9.30pm. Closed Mondays. Avda. España 16, Urb. Buenavista, Sitio de Calahonda. Tel: 952 930 252
THE MEETING ROOM Open 9am to 11pm every day except Sundays. Avda. Ricardo Soriano 1, Local 1 (Edif. Portillo), Marbella. Tel: 952 772 577
THE ORANGE TREE
Open nightly for dinner except Sundays. Urb. Reserva del Higuerón, Málaga. Tel: 951 385 622
Open every evening from 6:30 pm-11 pm. Plaza General Chinchilla 1, Plaza de los Naranjos, Marbella. Tel: 952 924 613.
Dinner and afterwards dance to music by resident DJ. Thursday to Saturday. Hotel Puente Romano, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900
Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Manzana, Locales 8-11, Pueblo Los Arcos, Elviria. Tel: 952 830 868
TACOS & TIKKA Open 1pm to 12am Monday to Sunday. CN340, km 192, Las Chapas. Tel: 952 355 561
Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. Guadalmansa, CN340, km 164, Estepona. Tel: 952 798 449
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 168, Benamara, Estepona. Tel: 952 883 259
Open every day for lunch and dinner. Torre Real Beach, Marbella. Tel: 952 865 579
TANINO SAN PEDRO
Open daily from 12pm onwards for lunch and dinner.
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Playa de la Carolina,
218 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
listings THE GUIDE .
Marbella. Tel: 610 704 144
Truffles is open daily from 6:30pm to 10:30pm nightly. The kitchen is open daily from 12pm ‘til late. C.C. Pinares de Elviria, Local 18, Marbella. Tel: 951 569 173
Open daily for dinner. Front line P. Banús. Tel: 952 812 898
CARPACCIO Open every day for lunch and dinner. Frontline Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 357
GOLD RESTAURANT Open every day from 10am to 12 am. Complejo Benabola 13, Beach Side, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 929 055
Open every evening for dinner. C/ Ortiz de Molinillo 14, Marbella. Tel: 951 712 227
Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. El Pilar, Local 11 (opposite the Crown Plaza Hotel), Estepona. Tel: 952 885 765
Open daily for lunch and dinner every day except Monday. Ctra. de Casares km 7, Casares. Tel: 952 894 191
LA PAPPARDELLA DI ESTEPONA
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 11, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 380
VILLA PADIERNA CLUB DE MAR
Open every day for lunch and dinner from 1pm to midnight. Puerto Deportivo de Estepona. Tel: 952 802 144
Open daily for lunch from 1pm to 6pm. CN 340, km 166, Marbella. Tel: 647 791 515
Open all day. Da Bruno Cabopino: CN-340 Km. 194,7. Tel: 952 831 918. Da Bruno a Casa: Marbella Mar, Local 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 857 521 – closed on Sunday. Da Bruno A San Pedro: Avda. del Mar, local 1E, San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 860 – closed on Monday. Da Bruno Sul Mare: Edif. Skol, Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 318/19. Da Bruno Mijas Costa: Ctra. de Mijas, km. 3.6, Mijas. Tel: 952 460 724
LA PAPPARDELLA SUL MARE
Open every night for dinner. Urb. Doña Lola, Local 21-22, Calahonda, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 934 667
ZEST Open Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and for cocktail hour from 4:30pm to 8pm. Centro Plaza, Marbella. Tel: 951 319 151
ZOZOI Open Wednesday to Monday for dinner. Closed Tuesday. Plaza Altamirano 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 858 868
italian AL DENTE
Open everyday for lunch and dinner. Muelle Ribera, casa G-H, local 43, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 453
DAYTONA RESTAURANT – MOTOR PASSION
Open every day for dinner. Closed on Mondays. Urb. Jardines del Puerto, local 12, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 181
Open daily from 12pm to 12am. Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 569 194
AMORE E FANTASÍA
Open every night for dinner from 7:30pm. At Hotel Finca Cortesin, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800
Open every day for lunch and dinner from 7pm onwards. Muelle Benabola, Casa 5A, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 464
DON GIOVANI FRASCATI Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos s/n, Sotogrande. Tel: 952 790 392
Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 952 807 354
LA TRATTORIA Open daily from 7pm to 11pm. At the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa. Avenida Zurita, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800
LEONARDO DA VINCI
LOMBARDO’S Open daily from 7pm. Galerías Paniagua, Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 795 924
Open daily for lunch and dinner. At the Caleta Hotel. Catalan Bay, Gibraltar. Tel: +350 200 76501
O MAMMA MIA Open every day except Sunday for lunch and dinner. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990
RISTORANTE SAN MARTINO Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pinares de Elviria s/n, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 832 702
ROSMARINO DELLA PIAZZA Open every day from 12pm ‘til midnight for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pinogolf de Don Carlos 34, Elviria. Tel: 952 850 148
SERAFINA Open from Monday to Saturday for dinner at the Puente Romano Hotel on the Golden Mile. Tel: 952 771 798
TARTUFO Open every day for lunch from 1pm to 3:30pm and for dinner from 6:30pm ‘til late. C/ Tetuán 9, Marbella. Tel: 951 087 323
VALPARAÍSO Open nightly for dinner. Ctra. Mijas – Fuengirola, km. 14, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 485 996
MADE IN SARDINIA
Open Monday to Saturday for dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 178, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 799
Open every night for dinner. C.C. Cristamar, Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 608
METRO Open every day for lunch and dinner. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 446 460
RESTAURANTE BAR CARMEN Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 806 739
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 219
. THE GUIDE listings
ASIAN FUSION BING Open 12.30pm-4.30pm and 6.30pm to 12am daily. Fuengirola, Paseo Marítimo, L-42C. Tel: 952 470 218
ASIATICO ZEN Open every day for lunch and dinner except Tuesday lunch. C/ Lirios s/n, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 691
BAMBOO Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Ctra. Istan km 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 906 674
DRAGÓN DE ORO Open every day from 12.30-4pm and 7pm until midnight. Closed Monday lunchtime. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 141, Urb. Hacienda Guadalupe, Manilva. Tel: 952 890 956
GENJI SUSHI BAR Open from 1:30pm-4pm and 8pm to 11pm. C/ Ramón Gomez de la Serna, 4, Edificio Balmoral. Marbella. Tel: 951 530 955
GOLDEN WOK Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. Marbellamar, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 840
KABUKI RAW Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner. At Finca Cortesín Hotel. Ctra. Casares s/n, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800
KAIDEN SUSHI 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 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
MECA Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pino Golf, Don Carlos, Local 1, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 830 365 / 658 646 829
NOBU Open nightly for dinner. At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 778 686
OMBÚ Open from 7pm to 11pm, Wednesday to Sunday. At the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa. Avenida Zurita, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800
OSAKA Open every day 13:30-16:00 & 19:30-24:00. CN 340, km. 166 (Benavista). C.C. Costa del Sol. Tel: 952 885 751
SAKURA Open every day for lunch and dinner. Avda. José Banús, 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 Closed until March 15. Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday. Centro Comercial Marbellamar. Tel: 952 770 550
Open daily for lunch and dinner except Sundays. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990
Open daily for lunch and dinner. 19 Ocean Village promenade, Gibraltar. Tel: +350 200 44182
Open for lunch from Monday to Friday and for dinner from Monday to Saturday. C/ Ramón Gómez de la Serna, 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 863 193
Open daily from 1.30 pm for lunch and dinner. C.C. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 577
TAI PAN 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
TEPPANYAKI SAMURAI Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Manolete 20, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 549
THAI GALLERY At Plaza Village at the Hotel Puente Romano. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 818 392
THAI STYLE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Playas del Duque s/n. Edif. Gaviotas IV, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 675s
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
scandinavian ALOHA RESTAURANT
Open every evening for dinner from 6pm to 11.30pm. Avda. del Prado s/n, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 811 285
SKANDIES Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7pm to 11pm. Closed Mondays. Avda. Antonio Belón, 26 (behind the lighthouse), Marbella. Tel: 952 776 323
EL BARLOVENTO Open from 11am-4pm and 7.30-11pm every day except Mondays. Puerto Deportivo de Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 790 370
RESTAURANTE LA MARINA Open every day from 1-4.30pm and 8pm until midnight. Paseo Marítimo s/n, La Atunara, La Linea de la Concepción, Campo de Gibraltar. Tel: 956 171 531
LA TORRE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle de Honor,
220 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
listings THE GUIDE .
Club de Mar, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 561
MARISQUERÍA LA PESQUERA Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de la Victoria, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 170
Open daily for lunch and dinner except Sunday. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990
RESTAURANTE EL BOTE
LA MORAGA BISTRÓ
Open every day for lunch and dinner. Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 660 084
Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Ramón Areces s/n, in front of El Corte Inglés, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 448
Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 808 165
Open daily from 9.30am to 6pm. Playa La Fontanilla, Marbella. Tel: 952 821 450
LA TABERNA DEL ALABARDERO
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Paseo Marítimo, 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 078
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
MESÓN EL ADOBE
Open every evening for dinner. At Hotel Don Carlos. Avda. Zurita s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800
Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesdays. Avda. La Fontanilla, Edif. Balmoral, Bajo 3, Marbella. Tel. 600 003 144
CASA FERNANDO Open from Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Avda. del Mediterráneo s/n, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 853 344
PAELLAS Y MÁS
Open from 1-4.30pm and 7.30 -11pm. Closed on Sunday afternoons and Mondays. Urb. La Alcaidesa, La Linea de la Concepción. Tel: 956 582 700
Open daily from 10:30am to 11pm. C/ Jacinto Benavente 33, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 511
Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. C/ Las Malvas, Edif. On Line, Local 2, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 813 415
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. CN340, km 178, Marbella. Tel: 952 827 880
VILA DO GROVE
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 221
. THE GUIDE what’s on
Until August 5 THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL – MÁLAGA
The Teatro Cervantes is hosting Broadway musical The Addams Family, centred on the lives of the crazy and otherworldly family that somehow have plenty to teach us about love and commitment. Evening and matinee performances will be taking place. For times and tickets. www.teatrocervantes.com
Until August 8 ART – ESTEPONA
The Kempinski Hotel Bahía is hosting an exhibition by artist Urbano Galindo, featuring 17 works of art including portraits of the Sheikh of Qatar and China’s First Lady. www.kempinski.com/estepona
Until August 31 MARKETS – PUERTO BANÚS
oeuvre of the artist from Pittsburgh, (1928-1987), highlighting the transmutations in his body of work during the consecutive creative phases of his career. www.musepicassomalaga.org
to 8pm at the centre’s auditorium. The works delve into the influence of the philosophical concept of utopia on the lives of creators, artists and different personalities during the last century. www.centrepompidou-malaga.eu
Until September 15 3D EXPERIENCE – PUERTO BANÚS
NEW AND REGULAR EVENTS
Magical 3D Experience is a walkthrough display, packed with optical illusion images, allowing families and friends to photograph themselves in a range of fun scenarios. It is the first of its kind in Spain and is a pop-up construction located in Puerto Banús, next to Teatro Goya. It boasts 42 optical illusion pictures designed to encourage families and friends to take a photographic journey. www.magical3dexperience.com
Until September 22 ART – MARBELLA
Plaza Antonio Banderas is the perfect setting for the XVIII Muestra Internacional de Artesanía (International Crafts Market), featuring stands selling jewellery, fashion items, and much more. Open from Monday to Thursday from 11am to 12am and Friday to Sunday from 11am to 1am.
Contemporary Andalusia is a group exhibition featuring works by emerging and established artists with a strong connection to Andalucía. Participating artists include Antonio Montalvo, Paula Vincenti, and Elena García De La Fuente. At the Wadström Tönnheim Gallery. Polígono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucía. www.wadstromtonnheim.se
Until September 16 WARHOL – MÁLAGA
Until November 2018 ART – MÁLAGA
The Museo Picasso de Málaga will be hosting Warhol. Mechanical Art: an exhibition which examines the complex
The Centre Pompidou Málaga presents special screenings of films, videos and documentaries every Sunday from 5pm
EL PATIO EVENTS AT THE MARBELLA CLUB HOTEL
The gorgeous al fresco El Patio at the Marbella Club Hotel hosts a series of super fun themed parties every summer. This August, enjoy the following: 1980s Fever (The Best of the 1980s and 1990s) on Friday August 3, The Legendary Party III on Friday August 10, Azúucar Latin Vibes & Beats on Wednesday August 15, Made in Spain on Friday August 17, Flower Power Hippie Chic on Friday August 24, and the Closing Party on Friday August 31. www.marbellaclub.com
Weekly GYM AND SPA – BENAHAVÍS
The Benahavís Country Club is ready to help you achieve a state of greater health, fitness and wellness. The spa and gym are open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 8pm. Closed Mondays. The gym has extended opening hours for members (8am to 10pm Tuesday to Sunday). Non-members are welcome and the classes cost just €10. Group fitness classes are offered at various hours, including yoga and aquagym. Tel: 952 856 171. email@example.com
WALKING FOOTBALL – MARBELLA
Weekly sessions of Walking Football (non-contact walking football) for men and women of all ages to keep fit and meet new friends. Further information, www.walkingfootballspain.com
Monthly on different days AMERICAN CLUB – MARBELLA
The American Club Costa del Sol Chapter meets monthly for excursions, sports and social events. Tel: 952 772 789. www.americanclubcostadelsol.com
AMIGOS DE LA CULTURA – COSTA DEL SOL The members of this cultural group meet at different times and places for lunches, lectures, concerts, ballet, theatre, opera, etc. Further information, Tel: 669 445 809.
LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE – MARBELLA Integral Psychotherapist Gabriella Kortsch holds a series of interesting group sessions on dream analysis, astrological life cycles and more. For information on precise times and locations, Tel: 626 189 765. firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday JIVE – MIRAFLORES, ESTEPONA AND LA DUQUESA
Learn to dance with Colin and the team from Jive Spain at Miraflores Restaurant on Tuesday, El Campanario on Wednesday and El Goleto at Duquesa on Friday. For precise times, email@example.com
Every Tuesday and Friday PAINTING CLASSES – MARBELLA
Talented artist Ricardo Alario will be teaching budding painters the secrets of his craft from 10am to 1pm (first group) and 5pm to 8pm (second group). For further information, Tel: 952 859 671. www.ricardoalario.com
Make sure to attend at least one of these concerts at Marbella’s biggest musical extravaganza of the year: Starlite!
Wednesday August 1
PABLO ALBORÁN: A Grammy award-winning artist known for his stunning, emotional ballads that often focus on the universal theme of love.
Thursday August 2
STEVEN TYLER: Aerosmith’s lead singer has sold over 150 million records over his decades-long career. The rock and roller has also won four Grammies, four Billboards, and one Emmy.
Friday August 3
JAMES BLUNT: Love is all its forms is celebrated in the
vibrant music of this highly talented British singer.
Saturday August 4
PABLO LÓPEZ: The El Patio singer is one of Spain’s hottest tickets. López is known to give his heart and soul to the audience at every concert so be prepared to be overwhelmed with emotion.
Monday August 6
HARDWELL: He is one of the world’s top DJs and he will be guaranteeing a night full of electronic dance music. Hardwell is famed for his upbeat electro house tracks; he has played at some of the most prestigious music fests across the globe.
Tuesday August 7
CANTAJUEGO: A fun show for
222 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 WhO.indd 222
Every Wednesday ART – MÁLAGA
The Museo Picasso de Málaga offers free guided tours in English (included in the entry price), from 11:30am to 2pm. Tickets cost €8 for adults. Children enter for free. www.museopicassomalaga.org
FLAMENCO – MIJAS
Every Wednesday at 12pm, a dazzling flamenco show takes place at the Plaza Virgen de la Peña in Mijas Pueblo. www.mijas.es
Every first Wednesday of the month CULTURE AND COCKTAIL – MARBELLA
BUSINESS LUNCH – MARBELLA
Marbella Business Institute holds an invitation-only lunch club for local and visiting business people, active and retired. To apply, visit www. marbellabusinessinternational.org
Every Saturday MARKETS – PUERTO BANÚS
Head for the Puerto Banús bullring every Saturday for a fun street market featuring everything from clothing to music, accessories and home ware. Starts at 9am and ends at 2pm. www.marbella.es
The Association of Art and Culture Marbella holds a monthly cocktail at Magna Café at Magna Marbella Golf, from 8pm-10pm. Tel: 627 833 262. www.artandculturemarbella.com
Every First Sunday of the month OPEN DAY – MIJAS
Every Thursday NETWORKING – MARBELLA
Friday August 3 LUZ CASAL – FUENGIROLA
The Marbella Business Group holds its weekly breakfast meeting, which features presentations, discussions and introductions of new members. At 8am at the Hotel Senator in Marbella. To become a member, www.marbellabusinessgroup.com
Every last Friday of the Month COFFEE MORNING – ESTEPONA
ADANA animal rescue charity coffee morning at Plaza Manilva (outside Longman’s Bookshop) 11am - 2pm. Kennels open 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 10am – 2pm Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Further information, Tel: 952 800 975. www.adana.es
PAD animal shelter, Cerros del Águila, welcomes visitors from 12pm-3pm. Further information, Tel: 952 486 084.
Luz Casal is one of Spain’s best voices; a talented and profound artist who will be performing songs from her latest work, Que Corra el Aire, at the Marenostrum Castle Park in Fuengirola. For tickets, www.viagogo.com
Tuesday August 7 FLAMENCO DANCE AND SINGING – MÁLAGA
Rocío Molino and Silvia Pérez Cruz present an amazing flamenco dance show called Grito Pelao at 8:30pm. Also featuring Eduardo Trassierra on guitar, Carlos Montfort on the violin, and more talented artists. www.teatrocervantes.com
kids featuring song and dance.
Monday August 13
SERRAT: Joan Manuel Serrat will be taking us back in time, singing hits from the 1970s such as Lucía or Barquito de Papel, as well as more recent hits.
Tuesday August 14
Wednesday August 8
Thursday August 9
NOCHE MOVIDA: We know it’s only rock and roll but we love it. Featuring a host of pop and rock bands and singers, including Nacho García Vega of Nacha Pop.
Friday August 10
JUANES: This 23-time Grammy awardwinning artist is as talented a singer as he is a composer. He will be singing beautiful songs such as Fuego.
Sunday August 12
SARA BARAS: Flamenco dance at its finest, by one of the genre’s most popular stars.
JORGE BLAS: This talented magician will be presenting a knockout magic show. TEXAS: An alternative Scottish rock band, founded by Johnny McElhone and Sharleen Spiteri, universally hailed for the authentic pop rock chords infused into every song.
Friday August 17
HOMAGE TO WOMEN: A jam-packed show featuring Ana and Aitana from Operación Triunfo, La Mari de Chambao, Rosa López, and more.
Saturday August 18
CELIA CRUZ THE MUSICAL: A vibrant musical focused on the late great Celia Cruz, known as ‘The Queen of Salsa’.
Monday August 20
MARTIN SOLVEIG: This French DJ, singer, songwriter, and producer shines
Thursday August 9 and Saturday August 11 BUTTERFLY CHILDREN GOLF AND GALA – MARBELLA
UB40 – ESTEPONA
Rock Lounge presents UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey, who will be performing all their hits at the Plaza de Toros de Estepona. For tickets, www.rocklounge.koobin.com
Help raise funds for DEBRA by taking part in a fun golf tournament on August 9 at the Marbella Golf Club. Enjoy a swish gala on August 11 at Aloha Golf Club Restaurant. Tel: 952 816 434. www.debra.es
Sunday August 19 KOOL & THE GANG – MARBELLA
Rock Lounge presents Kool & The Gang, who will be playing to a packed house at the Club de Tenis Puente Romano. For tickets, www.rocklounge.koobin.com
Saturday August 11 to Saturday August 18 FERIA – MÁLAGA
The biggest fair in the province (the Feria de Málaga) will be taking place, featuring dancing in the street, music and drinks by day and fairground rides and casetas at night. www.malaga.es
Thursday August 16 RICKY MARTIN – FUENGIROLA
Latino pop legend Ricky Martin will be playing to a packed audience at Fuengirola’s Marenostrum Castle Park at 10:30pm. For tickets, www.ticketea.com
WORLD VISION SUMMER GALA – MARBELLA
Tuesday August 21
ESTOPA: This brotherly duo are known for their rock ‘n roll vibe and a bevy of hit tunes, including La Raja de tu Falda.
Thursday August 23
The legendary Thai Full Moon Party will be celebrated at Playa de la Hierbabuena in Barbate, Cádiz from 6pm to 6am. Featuring music by Cuartero, Nicole Moudaber, Technasia, Dennis Cruz and much more. Tickets available on www.ticketmaster.es
LIVE MUSIC – RONDA
For the sixth consecutive year, the Puento Romano will be hosting the World Vision Gala Dinner. The event will start at 8:30pm at El Chiringuito and will feature great food and performances by diverse artists from all over the world, including Roger Sanchez, Snap!, and Trevis. www.puenteromano.com
in a variety of EDM genres, including house, future house, electro house, electro, electropop and trap.
Saturday August 25 FULL MOON PARTY – BARBATE, CÁDIZ
The festival Ronda Sueña en la Viña comprises three nights of music in a lush vineyard (Viñedo de Samsara). Saturday is the last night in which to enjoy music in an array of genres, including jazz, pop, soul, and funk. Starting at 8pm. www.entrelenguas.es
Saturday August 25
MELENDI: This well loved The Voice Kids coach is also a talented musician famed for hits like Mírame and Lágrimas Desordenadas. www.starlitemarbella.com
MIGUEL RÍOS: This respected Spanish singer and composer will be presenting his show Symphonic Ríos: a fusion of rock and roll and classical music.
Friday August 24
ROSALÍA AND ROZALÉN: Two of the Spanish music scene’s most talented and introspective artists will be singing about love as well as social issues affecting people of all ages.
ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 223
228 WhO.indd 223
. THE GUIDE stars
RUSSELL GRANT’S Monthly Horoscope August 2018 LEO (July 23rd – August 22nd) The Solar Eclipse on the 11th marks the beginning of an exciting journey for you. You’ll be able to make a name in your desired industry. Word of mouth will quickly spread of your superior talent. Soon, you’ll have more job offers than you can handle. If you’re involved in the performing arts, this would be a great time to go on an audition. Submitting written work for publication or an art portfolio to a gallery is also advised. On the 26th, the Full Moon finds you wrapping up a financial deal that affects you and your partner. Putting a deposit on a home is possible. Alternatively, you could establish a retirement or savings fund that paves the way for long term economic security. Crossing this item off your list of things to do will fill you with pride. It takes wisdom and sacrifice to plan for the future.
On the 26th, the Full Moon finds you wrapping up a financial deal that affects you and your partner. Putting a deposit on a home is possible. Alternatively, you could establish a retirement or savings fund that paves the way for long term economic security
224 / AUGUST 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
228 St.indd 224
ARIES [21 MAR - 19 APR]
A Solar Eclipse on the 11th will put you on the path to romance. You’ll feel a love connection with someone who shares your interest in art, hobbies and sports. Are you already in a relationship? This is a lovely time to plan an impromptu getaway. Do something spontaneous with your amour? If you’ve submitted your creative work for review, you’ll get enthusiastic feedback. Bask in the glow of your success; it’s important to enjoy these moments of victory. The Full Moon on the 26th brings the successful conclusion to a bureaucratic situation. After getting a license or official permission, you’ll be able to move forward with a career plan. Whether you want to start a business, land a high-profile position or change industries, now is the time to do so. You’re too ambitious to remain stuck in a dead-end job. By pushing yourself a little harder than usual, you’ll reach impressive heights.
TAURUS [20 APR - 20 MAY]
Making changes to your domestic situation will pay off handsomely on the 11th, thanks to a supportive Solar Eclipse. Selling a property, buying a new place or moving to a more supportive environment are among the possibilities. If you’ve been unhappy, you’ll stumble across an idea that gives you hope for the future. It will feel so much better once you channel your energy in a productive manner. Make time in your busy schedule for things you truly love. There is more to life than going from task to task without reward. On the 26th, the Full Moon marks an important turning point in a relationship. You could get engaged, married or divorced. If you’re deeply in love, it’s time to make a commitment. Has a partnership run its course? Break things off amicably. You’ll both fare better going in separate directions. A lawyer with a good reputation can keep things civil.
GEMINI [21 MAY - 20 JUN]
Launching a blog, podcast or webpage is strongly favoured for the 11th. That’s when a Solar Eclipse will showcase your impressive communication skills. If you’ve always wanted to write a book, this is the time to begin. Words will pour from you like a mighty river. It’s possible someone will ask you to take on a new role in your community. Accepting this responsability will be personally and professionally rewarding. You’ll especially enjoy helping neighbours from all walks of life. The Full Moon on the 26th shines the spotlight on you. Getting a prize or award for your contributions at work will be gratifying. Use this accolade as a springboard to future success. Moving into a more creative industry is a distinct possibility. Alternatively, you could take the helm of a charitable organisation or fund raiser. This job will feel more like play than work. Best of all, it will have some significant financial perks.
CANCER [21 JUN - 22 JUL]
An exciting moneymaking opportunity will arrive on the 11th, when a Solar Eclipse showcases your leadership ability. Don’t be surprised when you are put in charge of a creative division. If you’re not satisfied with the salary that is initially offered, negotiate a better one. You have a lot more power than you realise. If you have your own business, take this opportunity to raise your fees. Appreciative customers will have no trouble paying a little more for your superior services. The Full Moon on the 26th will find you returning from a trip or finishing a writing project. There will be a sense of accomplishment from this adventure. It’s not easy
for you to put yourself on the line, yet you will do so successfully at the end of August. If you pass a final test or are awarded a degree, give yourself a handsome reward.
VIRGO [23 AUG - 22 SEPT]
Retreating from public view is a good way to observe the Solar Eclipse on the 11th. Recently, you’ve been busy making the round of parties. Now you have an opportunity to rest and recuperate. Take this occasion to catch up on your reading, update your diary and commune with nature. If you have pets, spend as much time with these special friends as possible. Plants and animals have a therapeutic effect on you. The Full Moon on the 26th finds you signing a contract, making a pledge or exchanging vows. Committing to a business or romantic partner will give you a chance to further develop your creative talent. Studying with a respected artist or craftsperson will give you a new lease on life. Artwork doesn’t feel frivolous when it is part of a course of study. That’s why it’s smart for you to always be taking a painting, writing or design class.
LIBRA [23 SEPT - 22 OCT]
On the 11th, a Solar Eclipse will be a welcome time to join a club, team or organisation. There is power in numbers. Joining forces with a group that is dedicated to making the world a better place is strongly favoured. If you’ve been trying to develop your creative talent, get involved with a set of artists. You’ll enjoy bouncing ideas off each other. There will also be plenty of opportunities to acquire some valuable skills. Learning to make clothes, jewellery or furniture will greatly improve your income. The Full Moon on the 26th marks the end of an important job. Once you hand in this assignment, you’ll be free to spend more time at home. Taking care of a child or sick relative will be rewarding. You have a knack for dispelling fear and putting others at ease. It feels good to move the focus from your professional to your personal life.
SCORPIO [23 OCT - 21 NOV]
An exciting job offer will arrive on or around the 11th, courtesy of a favourable Solar Eclipse. Accepting changed responsibilities will cause you to discover some hidden talents. Although you’re private by nature, you have tremendous star power. Getting paid to represent a product or company will be an enjoyable challenge. You exude an air of dark mystery that will attract lots of publicity. Be forthright about all financial matters, but be a little cagey when it comes to your other work methods. On the 26th, the Full Moon will inspire you to finish a creative project or formalise a romantic relationship. If you have a child who has been undergoing a serious challenge, they will pass with flying colours. Make sure to celebrate their victory together. The best way to ensure a child’s future success is to praise their accomplishments. Positive reinforcement works wonders. When corrections need to be made, be stern and supportive.
SAGITTARIUS (22 NOV - 21 DEC)
On the 11th, you’ll get an opportunity to travel, write or study. Expanding your horizons will make you more optimistic. You’re an adventurous person who feels hemmed in by daily responsibilities. By breaking away from an old routine, you’ll realise you have more options than you thought. The chance to live overseas or study
with a respected master will cause a black cloud to lift. The Full Moon on the 26th will prompt you to relocate or change your home environment in some way. Moving to a relaxing neighbourhood will be a welcome change of pace. You’ve always been highly sociable, but it’s important to have a secure home base where you can recuperate from parties. If you continue to burn the candle at both ends, you’ll suffer a health crisis. If you’re happy where you live, create a tranquil spot where you can let your hair down and put your feet up after a long day.
CAPRICORN [22 DEC - 19 JAN]
Money from an inheritance, refund or royalty cheque will arrive on or around the 11th. That’s when a Solar Eclipse will bolster your financial prospects. Use this windfall to take a pleasant holiday. You work hard, but your enthusiasm for work will fade without a reward. Visiting a sun-drenched beach will be a welcome change from being stuck inside a stuffy office all day. If you’re single, you’ll meet someone special on this trip. Keep your eyes open for someone who exudes an air of glamour. Are you already in a relationship? This break will feel like a second honeymoon. On the 26th, the Full Moon will prompt you to turn your attention to creating a sensible daily routine. Instead of running around doing errands all day, you’ll focus on spending quality time with your nearest and dearest. Reconnecting with your friends and pets will be a primary focus at the end of August.
AQUARIUS [20 JAN - 18 FEB]
A close relationship will burst into flower on the 11th, thanks to a powerful Solar Eclipse. Two heads are definitely better than one during mid-August. If you are having difficulty reaching your professional goals, think about hiring a manager, agent or talent representative. This will allow you to focus on your craft while your partner finds work for you. Are you looking for love? You will find it at a sporting event, art show or contest. Your pulse will pound when you cross paths with a glamorous person who has a warm smile. On the 26th, the Full Moon will mark a career milestone. Getting an award or bonus for your exceptional performance will be gratifying. After posing for pictures and taking some bows, you’ll be ready to adopt a lower key role. Working from behind the scenes will give you a chance to develop some bold ideas. It will be a relief to escape public scrutiny.
PISCES [19 FEB - 20 MAR]
An exciting job offer will arrive on the 11th, thanks to an electrifying Solar Eclipse. Getting a regular income will give you an opportunity to indulge in creature comforts. Although you’re not especially materialistic, you do love well-crafted furniture, clothes and jewellery. Treating yourself to such lovely merchandise will give your ego a much-needed boost. The Full Moon on the 26th urges you to pamper yourself even further. As a general rule, you pour most of your energy into personal relationships. Working hard to make others happy is a natural extension of your caring instincts. When you become drained and dispirited, it’s time to recover your energy. Take a few days off, enjoy a spa treatment and treat yourself to a gourmet meal. Above all, stay away from toxic people who always need something from you. After getting a temporary break from these emotional vampires, you may decide to permanently end these ties. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2018 / 225
228 St.indd 225
August is the hottest, busiest month of the year here in Marbella, and to complement this, we have assembled an edition that is positively...
Published on Jul 30, 2018
August is the hottest, busiest month of the year here in Marbella, and to complement this, we have assembled an edition that is positively...