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Built: 1,538 m² Plot: 3,301 m² Price: € 6,900,000

GUADALMINA BAJA Superb, second-line beach, contemporary-style villa within this sought-after urbanisation. This brand-new property has 4 bedrooms (plus staff bedroom) and is built to top specifications. Spacious rooms throughout. Ideal for entertaining: rooftop terrace with plunge pool and chill out area. Ref. ES8467

Built: 533 m² Plot: 2,000 m² Price: € 2,450,000

CORTIJO BLANCO Elegant 5-bedroom,

beachside villa on an extensive plot in San Pedro. Steps to the beach and amenities. Ref. ES9205

Built: 149 m² Plot: 1,811 m² Price: € 895,000

NAGÜELES 4-bedroom Andalusian-style villa.

Built: 174 m² including terraces Price: € 1,250,000

GOLDEN MILE 2-bedroom apartment in Marina Puente Romano. 24-hour security, just steps to the beach & next to the 5-star hotel. Ref. ES9414

Built: 96 m² Terrace: 23 m² Price: € 1,100,000

BEACHFRONT GOLDEN MILE 3-bed-

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Sea and mountain views. Mature garden with pool. Short drive to Puerto Banús & Marbella. Ref. ES8870

room apartment with concierge service Incredible views. Walking distance to Puerto Banús! Ref. ES9457


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Built: 819 m² Plot: 4,282 m² Price: € 5,950,000

LOS FLAMINGOS 10-bedroom villa with panoramic sea, golf and mountain views near the Villa Padierna Hotel and a

10-minute drive to Puerto Banús. Accommodation for up to 24 guests. Designed for outdoor/indoor entertainment. Potential rental income 7-8% ROI per annum. Possibility to build an additional property or sports facilities. Ref. ES9573

Built: 775 m² Plot: 1,200 m² Price: € 7,900,000

MARBELLA CLUB 6-bedroom beachside villa in an exclusive urbanisation on the Golden Mile. 24-hour security. Top qualities. Ref. ES8727

Built: 570 m² Plot: 2,826 m² Price: € 1,650,000

GOLDEN MILE 6-bedroom rustic-style villa with

Built: 820 m² Plot: 1,471 m² Price: € 4,150,000

SIERRA BLANCA Newly built, contemporary-

Built: 565 m² Plot: 1,013 m² Price: € 2,250,000

LA QUINTA 5-bedroom family home in a gated

style 5-bedroom villa in the most exclusive complex on the Golden Mile. 24-hour security. Ref. ES9126

Regulated by RICS

2 guest houses on one of the largest plots in Marbella Hill Club, with security and views. Ref. ES7120

community with 24-hour security. Mountain, sea and golf views. Ref. ES9554

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Cinema  30

Top Christmas Movies 32 Music 34

Beautiful Illustrated Books 36

The VOID Virtual Entertainment Centres 38

The Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 Concept 40

the focus Generation Z 46 Modern Families 52 Famous Siblings 58 The London Theatre Scene 64

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112 Enterprise 122 New Rolex Corner at Ideal Joyeros in Puerto Banús 124 Finance: Wealth Tax 126 The Local Law on Pets 128 The Vibe

the leisure 140 All Aboard the Hebridean Princess 148 The Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa

the gourmet

Christmas Traditions for Children 70

153 Alminar Wine & Steak House

Palo Alto: New Luxury Apartments 72

155 Santoku Japanese Restaurant

the style La Perla Blanca 76 Gifts for Design Lovers 82 Fashion by Guess 88 Fashion News 96

the spa Cryotherapy at Cryonis 100 Beauty News 102

156 Food News 158 The Hacienda Patagónica Group 160 Winemaking Legend, Mariano García

the guide 162 Listings 173 Pet News 174 What’s On 176 Stars for December 178 Family Fun

Family Bonding in the Outdoors 106 Health News 108 Dr. Kai Kaye of Ocean Clinic 110

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or most people, the arrival of December is welcome, with holidays on the way and all the festive fun of Christmas to look forward to. Here at , we love brainstorming ideas for a perfect read to complement the season and have assembled a special issue to be savoured. Renowned as a family time of year, we respond with features on Generation Z, the changing makeup of modern-day families, famous siblings, bonding outdoors and Xmas traditions for kids. We also bring you classic Christmas movies and the top London Shows at theatres throughout The City. For high tech, don’t miss the stunning Vision Next 100 concept from Rolls-Royce and check out The Void hyper reality theme parks coming your way soon. Nearer home, we visit La Perla Blanca, a totally transformed beachfront villa in Guadalmina with every conceivable mod con, and we find out why properties at prestigious development, Palo Alto, are being snapped up. For those who are cherished in your life, we suggest gifts for design lovers, pressies for pets, and we present the new Rolex Corner at Ideal Joyeros in Puerto Banús. Elsewhere, in an issue packed with joie de vivre, we cruise the Western Isles in the classy comfort of the Hebridean Princess, find out why cryotherapy is all the rage, and check-in to the new stylish Westin La Quinta. Finally, great dining features strongly in these pages, with visits to the Alminar Wine & Steak House at the Kempinski Hotel Bahía, Santoku Japanese restaurant at the Villa Padierna Palace, meat-lovers paradise, Origen, in Marbella, and we conclude with an in-depth profile on legendary wine maker, Mariano García.

Happy Christ mas!   

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Cinema Greats: Top Christmas Movies

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DECEMBER IS A GREAT TIME TO SNUGGLE BY THE FIREPLACE AND CATCH UP ON SOME GREAT READING. WE BRING YOU TOP SUGGESTIONS ON CINEMA, MUSIC AND BOOKS AND PRESENT THE VISIONARY ROLLS-ROYCE VISION NEXT 100 CONCEPT.

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Bedrooms: 4 • Bathrooms: 4 • Built: 680 m2 • Plot: 1460 m2 Terrace: 208 m2 • Price: 2,595,000 €

Bedrooms: 5 • Bathrooms: 5 • Built: 1030 m2 • Plot: 2195 m2 Terrace: 255 m2 • Price: 5,250,000 €

FRONTLINE VILLA IN LOS NARANJOS GOLF A beautiful and very well built house front line to Los Naranjos Golf in a small gated and private urbanisation. The house has been decorated in a modern style and is being offered fully furnished. The villa features under floor heating, state of the art AC system, central vacuum cleaner and a heated pool. Ref: 176-01258P

VILLA IN LOS NARANJOS HILL CLUB This breath-taking villa was designed and built in 2015 by the renowned architect Gustavo Kloster. It is truly a masterpiece of modern architecture with a very privileged position on the top of a hill in Nueva Andalucia, overlooking the valley below with panoramic views of the sea and mountains. Ref: 176-01234P

Bedrooms: 5 • Bathrooms: 5 • Built: 467 m2 • Plot: 1027 m2 Terrace: 186 m2 • Price: 1,895,000 €

Bedrooms: 5 • Bathrooms: 5 • Built: 515 m2 • Plot: 1520 m2 Terrace: 120 m2 • Price: 2,250,000 €

VILLA ON THE GOLDEN MILE Beautiful villa project that has commenced all according to the 1986 PGOU on the Marbella Golden mile within walking distance to the beach. The unique open plan design still has room for a new owner to make changes. All materials and fittings will be of the highest quality creating a luxury feel. Reference: 176-01249P

LOS NARANJOS GOLF VILLA A classic style villa in privileged position front line golf to the 17th hole at Los Naranjos Golf. The wide living and dining room feeds out onto the covered terrace and down to the large heated pool. The house was renovated approximately 10 years ago to a classic contemporary look. Ref: 176-01259

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Keeping Up with the Joneses Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher play a normal suburban couple who can’t help but envy their gorgeous, wealthy, stylish neighbours (played by Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot). ‘Mr. and Mrs. Jones’ seem just a little too perfect, and it soon turns out that they are government secret agents. Their more innocent neighbours start spying on them, eventually becoming embroiled in an international espionage plot.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Rogue One is set between two films: Star Wars III Revenge of the Sith, and Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope. The story is set in a time of conflict – a group of unlikely heroes ally to steal the plans of the Death Star, the Empire’s fearsome weapon of mass destruction. As a series of exciting events unfold, it becomes plain to see the extent to which ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things.

» GENRE Thriller » DIRECTOR Tom Ford (A Single Man) » ACTORS Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer

Nocturnal Animals

Amy Adams plays Susan – a young art specialist living in Los Angeles and married to her handsome husband, Hutton (Armie Hammer). One weekend, while Hutton is away on business, Susan finds a parcel on her doorstep – it is a book, written by her ex-husband, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). The content of the book is violent and shattering; it tells the tale of Tony, a man whose family is kidnapped on the highway before his very eyes. Susan is incredibly moved by the work, but soon realises it is a kind of vengeance. She questions her current life as the love she thought she no longer felt for Edward, reawakens.

» GENRE Drama » DIRECTOR David Frankel (Marley & Me) » ACTORS Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton

Collateral Beauty Will Smith plays a successful New York advertising executive who suffers a big loss and retreats from life. His friends dream up a fantastic plan to save him before he loses everything. Oscar winning director, David Frankel, invites us to explore the extent to which the deepest tragedies can highlight the beauty of life.

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Christmas time is here and once again, many of us have a few cherished days to be with our loved ones. As the thermometer begins to plummet, why not snuggle indoors and take in one of these classic Christmas films. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1939) It’s the Christmas season and two bickering shopkeepers don’t realise that they are in love with each other. Margaret Sullivan plays Klara Novak, a feisty young lady who is smitten by her penpal. James Stewart is her co-worker, who is unknowingly the object of her affection. It soon becomes clear that the long-distance lovers are closer than they realise and a series of comic situations leads to the ultimate discovery. This film was actually the inspiration behind hit film, You’ve Got Mail (1988). It is based on a Hungarian play by Nikolaus Laszlo and is set in stunning Budapest.

Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder, 1953) This incredibly funny war film with a kick takes place during the Christmas period in 1944. The protagonists aren’t happy families gathering around the fireplace, however; rather, they are prisoners of war in a German camp housing American soldiers. One night, two prisoners attempt to escape from the compound and they are shot. The remaining prisoners soon realise that among them stands a traitor – one who is sharing all their secrets with the German guards. William Holden plays Sergeant Sefton – their biggest suspect owing to his wheeling and dealing ways with their captors. Sefton soon determines that the best way to dodge suspicion is to find the real snitch and hopefully escape from their torturous imprisonment.

It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)

If you don’t mind being emotionally manipulated just a teeny weeny bit and you have a full box of tissues in the house, this one’s for you. This is the sad, sorry tale of a middle-aged father who is on the border of bankruptcy and considering committing suicide. An absent-minded prospective angel is sent down at the last minute to help George through this bitter period; after all, George is practically a saint, having performed countless selfless acts during his lifetime.

Holiday Inn (Mark Sandrich, 1941) Who could resists a bit of dancing by Fred Astaire, combined with the dulcet tones of Bing Crosby and a heavenly score by Irving Berlin? Holiday Inn is one of the few movies to have ever received a 100 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and it’s easy to see why. Crosby plays Jim – a young singer whose dream is to open a boutique hotel. When his girlfriend Lila runs off with talented dancer, Ted (Astaire), he opens the hotel and books a hot new act: singer Linda (played by Marjorie Reynolds) to perform for guests. Jim’s hopes of seducing Linda are foiled when Ted shows up once again – things are off with Lila and he has his sights on an even more tempting morsel: Linda!

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Nagisa Ôshiima, 1983)

“Once there was a place where the earth was soaked in tears… and that is where the brightest flowers grow.” David Bowie gives a magnificent performance as Jack Celliers, a solder captured by Japanese forces in World War II. Celliers staunchly refuses to talk about his past with his captors, yet invites the audience into his childhood through emotionally charged flashbacks. The British soldier is determined to defy old Japanese ideals of bravery and is put to the test physically and mentally. Despite his immense sadness, and regrets about the past, Celliers clings to his dignity to the end. The film reminds us that our beliefs, our integirty and those we love, are truly worth the greatest of sacrifices. e

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Not much going on but with the build-up to Christmas there’s bound to be loads of tribute acts playing along the coast so check your local weekly publications. All information on this page was correct at the time of writing. Spanish indie/pop rockers IZAL are at Málaga’s MAC Palacio de Ferias y Congresos on December 2. The venue also hosts Spanish veteran rockers 091 on the 9th – or if you fancy a trip to Granada on that same night, the UK’s electronic folk outfit CRYSTAL FIGHTERS play the Palacio de Deportes. Ticket info for all three: ticketmaster.es TV news: the 2016 BBC Music Awards on December 12th feature EMELI SANDÉ, the KAISER CHIEFS, LUKAS GRAHAM and THE 1975 on stage with live coverage on BBC One (time TBA). And to mark what would have been his 70th birthday on January 8, the BBC will broadcast a new DAVID BOWIE documentary, The Last Five Years, and it features a previously unheard song by the great man. It is a follow-up to David Bowie: Five Years which looked at five significant years during his illustrious career and was broadcast by the channel in 2013. Spain’s top summer weekend gig, Benicàssim (near Valencia), has named the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS as its first

They say bad news comes in threes – for some TAKE THAT fans that was the case last month when many hoping for the new album, Wonderland, as a Christmas pressie, were let down as it has been put back three months to next March; then, many missed out on tickets for next May’s 25th anniversary arena gigs; and to top it all, rumours of ROBBIE returning to the fold were sent to the back bench as he is touring his own album, Heavy Entertainment, which recently topped the UK charts. And as for JASON rejoining – well they already knew the real answer to that.

headliners for next year’s festival which takes place from July 13-16. Tickets are already available at fiberfib.com If you haven’t already heard about this – BIEBER sent the Spanish village of Belmonte de Tajo (65km from Madrid) into orbit last month when his website mistakenly informed he was performing there by giving the post code for a semi-detached house. Phone call and net applications made local town hall officials earn their wages until the mistake was rectified – the 22-year-old was supposed to be booked to sing in the capital on November 23. BOB DYLAN makes history on December 10 in becoming the first musician to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature but it’s hoped he will not turn up to collect the trophy in Stockholm, Sweden – one Academy official called him “impolite and arrogant” when he was first contacted about his win. On a recent flight from London to Cardiff, ALED JONES humoured passengers by singing his signature hit Walking In The Air in the gangway. Interesting fact: the original version of the song that featured in the iconic 1982 The Snowman animated short film was recorded by PETER AUTY and not the aforementioned singer.

OASIS After the positive response to their Supersonic docu/film, there’s talk that the brothers GALLAGHER may (or have they already?) bury the hatchet and tour next year, putting Glastonbury organisers on Def Con 1 incase they do regroup as they have already confirmed RADIOHEAD as main headliners. Maybe the film’s success followed by a band reformation was The Masterplan by NOEL all along. And rumours of a DESTINY’S CHILD reunion are brewing up again after an Instagram account has been opened on behalf of BEYONCÉ and the girls by their label Sony Music. They originally formed in 1997 and talk suggests the powers that be would like to celebrate that 20th anniversary ($$$). And to fan the rumour flames the trio recently put themselves on the latest US celebrity viral video craze – the Mannequin Challenge (participants try and stay completely still while all manner of craziness unfolds around them).

It looks like MARK RONSON and BRUNO MARS are heading for yet another legal battle over the originality of their mega hit Uptown Funk. Early 1980s US funk band COLLAGE claim elements of the song are “clearly copied” from their 1983 single Young Girls (having listened to it, they have got a point). The 2015 best selling single has already had to add three members of the GAP BAND to its credits after it was agreed that there were similarities to their 1980 disco classic Oops, Upside Your Head. Top US indie outfit THE STROKES have sent an open invitation to D TRUMP asking him if he wants to produce their forthcoming album – is this a ploy to keep him out of the Oval Office for a few months? And we will leave you with this – one of the songs trying to be the UK’s next Eurovision entry is called We’re Sorry We Left The EU. e

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Marisa Cutillas suggests the gift you may not have thought of giving: an illustrated book, as beautiful or comic as it is entertaining.

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS BY J.K, ROWLING

Harry Potter fans have been awaiting this book with baited breath for over a year. Talented illustrator, Jim Kay, breathed new life into the first instalment in the Harry Potter series (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) with a magical book filled with incredibly detailed, artistic illustrations and, finally, Book Two is out. The work, containing Da Vinci-like sketches as well as colourful interpretations of major events, is ideal for fervent fans as well as young advanced readers who benefit greatly from a bit of visual stimulation.

YOU HAVE TO FUCKING EAT BY ADAM MANSBACH FROZEN: A POPUP ADVENTURE BY MATTHEW REINHART

Matthew Reinhart is best known for his pop-up superhero comic book work, but now, he has given life to a work that will undoubtedly appeal to the little girl in your life: Frozen: A Pop-Up Adventure, featuring ultra-intricate pop-up scenes from the Disney film, Frozen. Watch Elsa and Anna dance, Olaf Swirl and Kristoff frolic with his loyal reindeer, Sven. The book has lots of surprises, including tabs that reveal entire new scenes when pulled. This book is marketed at children but in reality, it will make a fine addition to any adult collection of pop-up or artistic books.

“The sunrise is golden and lovely. The birds chirp and twitter and tweet. You woke me and asked for some breakfast. So why the fuck won’t you eat?” Thus begins this hilarious poem, aimed at giving a bit of light relief to parents who constantly struggle with their kids at dinner time. It follows on from the book, Go the F**k to sleep, which was a New York Times bestseller.

K IS FOR KNIFEBALL: AN ALPHABET OF TERRIBLE ADVICE BY AVERY MONSEN AND JORY JOHN If you loved the animated film Sausage Party and you’d like to read similar material, this book will be right up your street. It masks itself as a children’s book, but its contents soon reveal that there is a very dark side to learning your ABCs. Example: “A is for Apple. Eat one every day. And then wash it down with your mom’s Cabernet.” Or: “D is for drifter who’s out on your lawn. Bring him inside when your parents are gone.”

THE CHRISTMAS STORY BY ROBERT SABUDA

If you are into pop-up books, then you may recall a feature we published a few years back, featuring books by the obscenely talented Robert Sabuda. His latest work, The Christmas Story, is aimed at younger readers. It focuses on the birth of Jesus, with all the imagery you would expect – the manger, animals, and visits from the Three Wise Men. Log onto his website quickly if you wish to obtain a 2016 handsigned edition.

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he VOID is the first virtual reality theme park, set to be in Utah before the end of 2016 and with plans to open in Europe, Asia, Australia and North and South America. The park takes expanded realities a step further; forget simply using a virtual reality headset to dream up new worlds. The theme park complements what you see through your headset with physical structures which make it possible to actually run away from aliens, hide from zombies or make your way through a paradisiacal jungle reminiscent of the most beautiful scenes in Avatar. It’s called hyper reality and it plans to dazzle game lovers across the globe. The VOID’s Chief Creative Oficer, Curtis Hickman, described the technology thus: “You know what augmented reality is? We’re the opposite. That’s taking the real world and enhancing it with virtual reality. We’re taking the virtual world and enhancing it with reality.” Participants live their wildest fantasies on a stage designed

specifically to the dimension they’ve chosen to experience. A plethora of sensory effects “are used to fully draw them into the digital world that’s been mapped over the physical space,” states The VOID’s makers. For instance, the virtual fire actually feels warm, cobwebs feel sticky and gusts of smoke can be seen and smelled. Players will also be able to ‘feel’ when they have been shot by an enemy. As much as possible, the senses are stimulated to enhance the authenticity of the experience. The physical structure of The VOID invites players to hide behind real walls, cover themselves with objects, or interact with physical objects. The first The VOID centre will feature seven different rooms (or ‘pods’), each measuring around 18x18 metres and offering a different experience. Says Hickman, “In these fantasy worlds, you have the potential to do outrageous things. From an architectural perspective, it’s incredible. You can design things that the physics of

this world wouldn’t allow.” Up to ten people can play inside a pod at once. Players wear a helmet (similar in style to that worn by RoboCop); the headset is called Rapture HMD and it contains 360 audio as well as a multiplex lens system which provides a 180º viewing field. Players also don a special vest (called the Rapture Vest), which covers the upper body, shoulders, and upper thighs. They use special gloves and ankle bands and are given the weapons and tools they need to complete their mission. The VOID Virtual Entertainment Centre will measure approximately 9,290m2. The experiences include exciting games, in which players step into a lush jungle, explore outer space, fight against robots, find a mysterious temple, and take an open-platform elevator that whizzes them to the top of a vertiginous building. They are attacked by huge spiders, fire laser guns against spaceships and risk being killed by evil aliens. The most recent experience to be

completed is called Ghostbusters: Dimension, created in partnership with Sony Pictures, Madame Tussauds New York, and Ghost Corps. Players experience what it is like to be a Ghostbuster, finding and trapping ghouls in a New York apartment complex, with the aid of tools such as a ‘proton pack’ and ‘proton gun’. Like the other experiences, Ghostbusters: Dimension lasts 15 minutes. The price per experience will range between $29 and $39 (depending on the location). The VOID Virtual Entertainment Centre promises an experience like few others. Imagine turning a corner and being ‘surprised’ by an alien, taking part in an aircraft dogfight, or battling enemies in an intergalactic war. The ability to walk through real environments, touch and embrace objects, makes hyper reality the ultimate experience for those who can think of nothing better than escaping from life as we know it. i www.thevoid.com

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ROLLS-ROYCE VISION NEXT 100 CONCEPT

It’s all too easy to think of Rolls-Royce as a carmaker so steeped in its remarkable history and traditions that it doesn’t spend too much time looking very far into the future. The world of Rolls-Royce is, after all, one that’s associated with classic luxury, expressed in the vehicles with superb leathers, hand-crafted exotic wood veneers and carpets worthy of gracing the floors of a royal palace. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ROLLS-ROYCE

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hat notion was utterly destroyed recently when the storied British manufacturer of fine automobiles unveiled its Vision Next 100 concept to an almost stunned world. Modestly code named 103EX, the car is so radical, so inventive and so technically creative that not only is it a huge step for Rolls-Royce, but a shot in the arm for the entire luxury car business. And it will surely silence forever those who thought the company had never quite emerged from the world of ash frames and hand-beaten body panels. What Rolls-Royce is trying to achieve

with this astonishing prototype is to anticipate the demands of the luxury customer of the future. Rolls has a pretty good idea of what it’s customers want right now, but what will they be looking for 10 or 20 years from now? The Vision is the result of intensive studies conducted with current buyers which revealed a clear desire that in future decades, the marque’s plans should focus on cars which will embody key attributes that have attracted “the most discerning and powerful patrons in the world,” as Rolls-Royce puts it, for over a century.

The Vision is a huge car, close to 20-feet long and over 5-feet high, and glazing, some of it hand made, completely surrounds the occupants. Access is via a sidewaysopening roof panel and a rearward-opening door. The styling is completely radical and futuristic and follows no dictates from today’s luxury automobiles. The huge wheels are almost completely shrouded in superbly crafted sheet metal and up front, the iconic Rolls-Royce Pantheon radiator grille is located, as always topped by the traditional Spirit of Ecstasy figure, so long an emblem of the famous nameplate.

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Rolls-Royce isn’t saying what the power unit is or will be, but points out that the big 12-cylinder engines it’s used in the past are unlikely to be around when cars like this begin rolling majestically off the assembly line. It’s easy to imagine that a good-sized fuel cell would be the best answer but the final choice remains to be seen and we can only speculate on it. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that the car is completely autonomous and all the owner has to do is to input destination data, sit back in the silken sofa (please don’t call it a car seat) and watch the lordly vehicle’s progress on a huge LED screen. Don’t even think about a

steering wheel – there isn’t one. The interior is designed to evoke a feeling of privacy, warmth and ultimate relaxation, according to RollsRoyce. These cars have always been lauded for their quietness and the Vision is sure to be the quietest Rolls ever. Rolls-Royce’s Vision Next 100 ranks among the most exciting announcements in the luxury car industry for many years, even if the arrival of such a conveyance won’t be too popular with your chauffer. Rolls-Royce describes its concept as: ‘A beacon of luxury that’s distinctly modern, yet glows with a timeless glamour; an individual sculpture made from one seamless surface.’ Who are we to argue with that! e

Z ENGINE: No decision yet, but almost certainly some kind of hydrogen fuel cell, a technology which many industry experts believe will be the ultimate goal of all vehicle makers. Z TRANSMISSION: If a hydrogen fuel cell is opted for, no transmission in the current sense will be required. With electric motors powered by fuel cells, full power and torque are available immediately. Z ACCELERATION: Despite the weight of this Rolls-Royce and its size, expect a Zero to 100km/h time of under five seconds. Z TOP SPEED: Likely to be electronically controlled at the 250-km/h level of most current luxury cars. Z I LIKED: The main point of this exercise is to show the world that Rolls-Royce is as forward looking as any rival luxury carmaker and perhaps ahead of most. It’s a very bold statement and if the car does reach the production stage, it will be a landmark product in the upscale car business generally. Z I DIDN’T LIKE: The styling is very much an ‘eye of the beholder’ issue but there’s no criticising the boldness of Rolls-Royce for coming up with such a surprising concept. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES: Expect many concepts of this kind to surface in the years ahead from rivals like Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? A car like this will have great appeal for people who have, perhaps, made their fortunes in the high-technology field and want their transportation to make an appropriate statement. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: No price on this one yet, of course, but if and when it appears, it won’t be inexpensive. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2016 / 41

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The savviest Internet generation yet (born 1996-2010) is poised to take flight from the family nest and change life as never before. Hailed the first true digital natives and the next big retail disrupters, their online social networks loop the world but they have the shortest attention spans of any humans on the planet. Entrepreneurship is their goal, food is their vice and they plan to travel long haul for authentic experiences (Club 18-30 is so dead). Belinda Beckett discovers how Z fits into the global equation.

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NATIVE SCREENAGERS

It’s easy to spot Gen Z. Whether they’re six or sixteen and wearing makeup, they’re the ones multi-tasking on two portable devices. The first generation to be raised in a five-screen society – mobile, tablet, laptop, computer and the telly which they don’t watch much – smart phone ownership is a rite of passage from the moment they reach double figures. Few remember a time before social media and 79 per cent feel symptoms of emotional distress when separated from their personal electronics for more than five minutes. There’s even a term for it: nomophobia – (no-mobile-phone-phobia). Online violence, hate crime, porn – they've seen it all. They’re on dating websites from the age of 16 and online during their every waking hour, living in constant FOMO (fear of missing out). But they have also witnessed the consequences of parents sharing embarrassing pictures and TMI on Facebook, and are cautious about what they post. Anyway, they prefer Instagram, or Snapchat, where any incriminating images disappear within 24 hours. “As far as privacy, they are aware of their personal brand and have seen their elders screw up by posting too openly,” says Dan Gould of New York advertising agency Sparks & Honey. But while they’re only too aware that Big Brother is watching them, you won’t catch Gen Z glued to the TV show of the same name. A generation of proud cord cutters, they spend up to four hours a day streaming content via Netflix or YouTube (twice as long as Millennials) and lapping up unedited worldwide feeds free from media bias. They spend less than an hour watching traditional television – farewell family TV dinners. As a defence mechanism to being bombarded by online media messages they skim-read (on screen, they rarely buy books) and can absorb information so fast it’s impossible to hold their attention for more than eight seconds (Millennials are more generous, with 12). Advertisers will need to work a lot harder on their product hooks. Email and instant messaging may also go the way of the dinosaur, as 53 per cent prefer face-to-face gizmos like Skype, Google+ Hangouts and FaceTime which use visuals, sound, and motion. Researchers predict this will make them more skilled at meeting people ‘in the flesh’ than Millennials.

A PRE-WAR MENTALITY

They may be trend setters but they’re also the most socially conservative generation since WW2 – less likely to take drugs, smoke or OD on alcohol. They practice safer sex, with 40 per cent fewer teen pregnancies than Millennials, they favour saving to spending and they’re even turning off piercings and tattoos. They have more in common with their great grandparents than any generation since, according to a startling new British generation survey by brand consultancy The Gild. Born into a world of austerity and conflict, like the pre-1945 Silent Generation, Gen Zs value stability and security. Global recession and terrorism – now extending to schools, where lockdown drills are becoming as commonplace as fire practice – has made them risk-averse. These wise heads on young shoulders worry about the future more than most, and with good reason. While their elders are spending their money on living in the moment, Gen Z is saving for a rainy day. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2016 / 47

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THE NEW SOLOPRENEURS

Innovative Richard Branson types will soon be two a penny. Described as ‘Millennials on steroids’, 72 per cent of school leavers want to run their own businesses and 76 per cent hope to earn income from their hobbies. Many could be juggling three different careers by the age of 30. They have seen start-ups hit the big time via social media and they have plans – not dreams – to do something similarly amazing. More driven and realistic than Millennials, 89 per cent spend part of their free time in productive and creative activities, instead of just ‘hanging out’, and most have several online social media personas. They are also adept internet researchers and dedicated self-educators who keep abreast of new technology via free online tutorials. They seek career fulfilment rather than just a paying job, and regard university as an important stepping stone. However, with the rising cost of further education, many will also go into apprenticeships or get a part-time job and study online. Although the gap year is still the tempting filling in their educational sandwich, Gen Zs see travel as an opportunity for expanding their social network. Indeed they’re already welltravelled, with most having visited 11 countries with their families by the time they’re 16.

GLOBAL THINKERS

They want to change the world – doesn’t every generation – but they’re better-equipped to succeed than most. Millennials were considered the first global generation but Gen Z is even better connected across more platforms in more countries. More than just a school boast, they see their social media contacts as a ready-made business network for the future. With 26 per cent of 16- to 19-year-olds volunteering abroad, and most university students speaking a second if not a third language, they are well-qualified for the international workplace and 60 per cent seek careers that will impact the world, in a way that’s not detrimental to the planet. Diversity is also part of their DNA. Brought up in blended families in a time of unprecedented tolerance, AfricanAmerican Presidents and samesex marriage are facts of life. In America, 47 per cent of Gen Zs are from ethnic minority groups, the most multicultural generation in history, They don’t define themselves by race or, increasingly, by gender. In a survey by JWT Intelligence, only 48 per cent identified as exclusively heterosexual, compared to 65 per cent of Millennials.

A RETAIL NIGHTMARE By 2020, Gen Z will represent 40 per cent of all consumers, with a global purchasing power greater than the GDP of some small countries. No wonder the race is on to find the master key to their psyche. But getting these price-conscious souls to part with their money will be tougher than ever. They are turned off by ‘fake celebrity’, brand loyalty means nothing and although they absorb information much quicker than their seniors, they lose interest fast. “We tell our advertising partners that if they don’t communicate in five words and a big picture, they will not reach this generation,” says Dan Schawbel of New York consultancy Millennial Branding. Over 50 per cent prefer to shop online and want

it delivered to their home, PDQ, instead of having to go to the store to collect it. The good old GPO could ultimately be licked by parcel drones. Meantime, retailers are getting creative with better in-store experiences via free wifi, hashtag engagement, apps for ordering and paying and changing rooms to fit two or more. Gen Zs spend less on clothing – unless it’s wearable tech – but double what Millennials lay out on electronics, gadgets and video games. Food eats up a lot of their weekly budget – child obesity dogs these sedentary screen agers – and they prefer to pay with the cash in their pocket rather than plastic credit. Unlike Millennials who are less interested in car

ownership than previous generations, partly due to the rise in car sharing, 92 per cent of Gen Z plans to buy their own set of wheels. They are the first generation in a long while not to be hung up on pop pin-ups. While Millennials go gaga for Lady G, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, Gen Z’s influencers are almost exclusively self-made Internet celebrities. Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, is usually near the top of their list. A Swedish web comedian whose video channel is the most subscribed on YouTube, he dropped out of uni against his parents’ wishes to follow his heart and allegedly raked in US $7.5million last year. Gen Z can relate to that!

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Generation theory is an art, not a science, so there is no common consensus on birth years. We’ve chosen the most frequently-accepted dates. Find out where you fit in.

THE GENERATION GAME

Baby Boomers (1946-64) Richard Branson, Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton, Elton John Z Named after the post-war spike in the birth rate, this was the first generation to tune into pop music, turn on with drugs, dodge the draft, swing in the Sixties and go hippy in the Seventies. One or two, like Bill Clinton, made it to the White House. Z Although born into relative hardship they became affluent through home ownership, peak income levels and cradle-to-grave welfare; as Prime Minister Harold Macmillan said: “Never has a generation had it so good.” Z Still hanging on in there among the top influencers – boomers still head the governments of Britain, America and many other countries – they command over 80 per cent of the world’s personal financial assets, more than half of all consumer spending and 80 per cent of leisure travel.

The Silent Generation (1928-45)

Martin Luther King, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Marilyn Monroe Z Brought up in an age where children were ‘seen but not heard’, economic depression, world war and rationing shaped them into diligent, go-along-to-get-along workers with a waste-not, want-not mentality. Z They married and started families in their late teens and early twenties, divorce was rare, they were averse to debt and believed in sticking to the rules. After the war, the male-dominated workforce benefited from jobs for life, pension plans, improved education systems for their children and free health care through the new NHS. Z They were the first generation to contemplate early retirement and see the class system begin to break down.

Generation X (1965-80)

David Cameron, Ronaldo, Jennifer Aniston, Ant and Dec Z With fewer cohorts than other generations, largely due to the birth control pill, they grew up as ‘latchkey kids’ at a time when both parents went out to work. Z The first wave left school in an era of mass unemployment with the Cold War threatening nuclear annihilation. Branded as slackers, they were initially dismissed as cynical and unfocused 20-somethings lacking drive or ambition. But the end of the Thatcher government and the fall of the Berlin Wall brought positive social change. Z They are adaptable, more tolerant of different religions, races and sexual orientations and, as 82 per cent own a home and average 2.5 children, they’ve clearly stopped slacking.

Millennials (1981-95) Mark Zuckerberg, Adele, Lionel Messi, Jennifer Lawrence Z Aka Generation Y and also dubbed the Me Generation due to their pampered childhoods and sense of entitlement, they were soothed to sleep by Baby Einstein tapes and tottered eagerly into the digital age. Z But although the technology revolution has given them a skills edge over their elders, they have never known economic good times and, with little hope of buying a home, many are reliant on mum and dad. Jobs are low-paid and last for an average 15 months compared to more than 10 years for Baby Boomers, and 60 per cent believe they will be worse off than their parents. Z They’re also the backpacker generation. After seeing their elders toiling day and night at stressful jobs to maintain a comfortable lifestyle, they seek new experiences and a better work-life balance.

Generation Alpha (2011-25) Z Still in the making, sociologists predict they will be the most formally educated generation in history, starting school earlier and studying for longer. With fewer siblings and more entertainment and technological options, it’s likely they’ll also be the most materially well-off generation. Z They are expected to work longer and have an average of five careers and 20 different employers in their lifetime. e

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The cast of the hit sitcom series Modern Family

From the extended family to the nuclear family and now quite often the single parent family, the core structure of our society has been undergoing a metamorphosis for some time. What will the future concept of family look like? WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

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merican TV series appear to have a fascination for families. For decades they espoused ‘family values’ and how family is one of the cornerstones of life, but more recent hits such as Modern Family indicate just how much the goalposts have moved, even in the US. The popular sitcom follows a familiar feelgood approach in tracking the lives of an allAmerican family – but this is a family with its feet firmly rooted in the 21st century. The patriarch of the family is not only remarried, but his younger wife is a gorgeous Latina with a teenage son

from an earlier relationship, while his son is married to a man and only his daughter’s family still fits the mould of what once, not so long ago, would have been seen as a typical, desirable heterosexual nuclear family. At heart not that much has changed, for the underlying message is that – different, diverse and with warts and all – family remains an important anchor in one’s life, and in a way it’s hard to argue with that. We all need a sense of identity that extends beyond the fact that you’re from this town in that country. Family provides this sense of

identity and belonging; or at least, it has done since tribal bands first started settling in small villages many thousands of years ago. Today we find ourselves in an age of accelerated motion brought on by technological advances, altered economic realities and an accompanying change in our social structure and behavioural patterns. Where many in less developed parts of the world still cluster closely in extended family and tribal identities, the inhabitants of the advanced world are increasingly detached from such things.

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Single mothers are bringing up a large part of the younger generation

A SENSE OF BELONGING Their need for identity is just as strong, but they seek it in ‘manmade’ tribes defined by mutual affinity in things such as sports, fashion, politics, technology and increasingly, ethnic or religious origin. But the demise of the family in the Western world is not an isolated event; it is related to a social process in which the sense of proudly belonging to a certain community has been replaced by an increasing focus on individualism, isolation and even cynicism. Many of today’s generations’ only belief system is that they believe in nothing and trust even less. This is in stark contrast with the past and with non-Western societies where allegiances are at times dangerously strong. The more we focus on the self as opposed to the whole, the more we isolate ourselves and feel a sense of loss. Human beings are advanced apes, and apes are social creatures – ergo, people need people. Having all the riches in the world but no-one to share or show them off to renders them more or less useless, yet we seek fulfilment in wealth, opulence, hedonism, thrill-seeking, work, ambition, fame or sometimes simply the bottle to fill the void. Those who sense the loss of tribe or identity join groups of similarly minded folk, but the American TV producers would argue that these are poor replacements for the real thing, family, and since many modern ‘tribes’ exist only ‘online’, they could well be right.

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In the past, family members made up a large part of our social life In developing countries families are large and the burden of domestic life falls mainly on women

FROM EXTENDED, TO NUCLEAR, TO …?

Though one is tempted to, it remains hard to judge such situations, as for every pro there can be a con, and vice versa. Looking back to the days of extended families looking out for one another provokes a strong sense of nostalgia – part of a lost sense of community overall – but in the past such strong bonds were often the product of a lack of opportunity. Lack of opportunity to travel, so the whole clan lived and died within a relatively small geographical range, but also the lack of family planning, which saw women chained to and families financially burdened by large numbers of children. This is where large parts of the world remain today, but the likelihood is that they will eventually join our family-less society. We didn’t go from having our grandparents, uncles, aunts and countless cousins and siblings within close range to suddenly living anonymously on the tenth floor. What came in between was a gradual process by which individualism fought community and triumphed. As fewer children were born and families reduced in size began to move in search of greater career opportunities, so the post-war era saw the conversion to the so-called nuclear family that many of us today have grown up in. With grannies, uncles and aunts further removed from our daily lives we became more insular, focusing inwardly on a smaller nuclear consisting of mum, dad and a much smaller brood.

The television replaced the kitchen as the family hub but is now threatened by personal entertainment systems

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It is good for children to spend time with different members of their family, especially grandparents

Active family time and manual labour were replaced with recreation, the kitchen replaced by the TV room as the place where the household came together. These were still the times when children spent most of their youth growing up outdoors with the neighbourhood kids, a factor that has since all but died out. Most of us will have grown up this way, but in today’s angstridden, mobile phone dominated world, kids are more eager to spend their lives in front of some form of screen. Many still grow up in nuclear families, but with even smaller numbers of children born and few marriages going the distance, not to mention the exponential growth in single parents, that is hardly the norm anymore. Just as many members of the newer

WILL THE FAMILY SURVIVE?

generations have been weaned in singleparent households, passed around between divorcees or form part of ‘mergers’ of second marriages and Predictions are hard to their children. It’s a more diverse make, but while the act ual defi niti on of family as limited and complicated world in every way, to biological kin may hav e to be broadened to include a sense of kin, whether by and one in which the geographical situ atio n or choice of association, it seems likely that the distances have continued to idea of family – of belonging to a group of people who are grow as boundaries shrink and bound to one another – will continue. Human beings have bee people trot the globe in search of n on a path of individualisation for a lon g time, and in some qua happiness and a better way of life. rters the desire for a greater sen se of togetherness is bei ng voiced, so Here technology has provided a very let’s hope we don’t fall into a dystopian future of iso lation helpful hand, offering dozens of forms but realise in time that family, community – cal l it of communication, from Facebook what you will – is part of what make us whole. and Snapchat to Skype, that allow us to Please send application s to become a member of the Modern stay in touch with family and friends many Families clan thousands of kilometres away. e here ( l )ñ

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Who’s the hotter Hemsworth? Stop acting coy. You must favour one or the other and it is vital not to shy away from debates on such crucial matters. Australia, homeland of the bronzed, blue-eyed blokes, is divided on the issue, with some swooning over Chris’ muscular strength, and others going ga-ga over Liam’s boyish looks. The siblings seem impervious to the debate. In this Christmas edition, we take a cue from the golden-locked lads and celebrate the wonder of sibling closeness in Hollywood. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY © SHUTTERSTOCK

LIAM AND CHRIS HEMSWORTH Chris Hemsworth is perhaps best known for playing Thor in the Avenger films, while Liam gives life to the elegant Gale in The Hunger Games series. Chris is the more rugged of the two, Liam the more romantic. In reality, both brothers are strikingly similar; they epitomise the very best qualities of Australian in their laidback, rough-andtumble manner. Chris and Liam grew up in Melbourne, known for its sophistication and cosmopolitan ambience, but they also spent many years in the outback (Bulman, Arnhem Land). Bulman is a predominantly Aboriginal town and the Hemsworths were one of just two white families in the community. The boys caught buffalo, worked in construction and ran the local community centre; when Liam could, he would spend the whole day surfing. The lads may seem like an overnight success, but their rise was actually many years in the making. Chris was the first to break major ground, starring in television series, including Home and Away, in Australia. In 2009, he landed the role as Captain Kirk’s father in the film Star Trek, moving the following year to the United States to base himself in Hollywood. It took only six weeks to be cast in a major film (Ca$h, 2010), his good looks matched thankfully by an undeniable acting talent. If you really want to see how good he can be, watch Rush (2013), in which he plays former F1 driver, James Hunt, to perfection. Married to Spanish actor Elsa Pataky, he is also

father to three children, and often speaks of his devotion to his family. Liam’s career began in a similar way. After a period in which he laid floors for a living, he decided to follow in his brother’s footsteps and also landed a role in Home and Away. He moved to the United States in 2009, almost landing the role of Thor (and losing out to his brother, Chris). His first big break was opposite current fiancée, Miley Cyrus, in romantic flick, The Last Song. Liam and Chris often joke about the supposed rivalry between them, yet it is clear that both are thick as thieves. Liam once said, “Most of the time, if I'm in a pickle, I'll call one of my brothers. They've usually got somewhat uplifting advice.” Their special bond can probably be attributed to their close-knit family life: “I grew up in a good family with good parents, and I was able to dream big and have the support to live it out,” he said. The boys have a third (older) brother, Luke, also blond and beautiful, who mainly works in Australia.

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These brothers are two of the best loved comedic actors in the world. Luke is known for hilarious flicks such as Legally Blonde, The Royal Tenenbaums and Idiocracy, while Owen has shone in so many hits, it’s hard to keep score – think everything from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou to Wedding Crashers, Night at the Museum, or The Grand Budapest Hotel. Without a doubt, Owen has struck it luckier in terms of working with talented alternative directors such as Wes Anderson (the latter nearly always casts Owen in his films), though Luke also has a perfect blend of looks, comic talent and killer timing, and has starred in many big hits. The brothers are spending more time together than ever these days since their father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Owen recently told the press that although the family has no choice but to deal with the tough deck they’ve been dealt, they continue to “look for something to be grateful for.” Both have cited their father as the greatest influence in their life, and a continued source of inspiration. The duo have a third brother, Andrew, also a successful director and lesser known but gainfully employed actor.

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Kate and Rooney Mara are two of the hottest young actors in Hollywood, grabbing the lion’s share of great ‘serious’ roles, the kind often offered to redhead stunner, Emma Stone. Kate and Rooney were born in a privileged world, since their father is a prestigious NFL scout and Vice-President of the New York Giants. Kate, the older of the two sisters, was the first to take a leap into acting, starring in a school play to overcome her painful shyness. She enrolled at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, dropping out when she was offered one too many tempting roles. Kate seems to land more conservative roles than her sister, since her looks are far more conventional. Thus, she was perfectly cast as a hard-hitting journalist in hit series, House of Cards and as a hardworking astronaut in The Martian (2015). Rooney is the opposite; her harsh yet stunningly beautiful looks make her the perfect choice for roles such as that of Lisbeth Salander, the hard-hitting protagonist of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2015). She also did an excellent job in the thriller, Side Effects (2013), where she plays a malevolent schemer who feigns depression to literally get away with murder. Like the Hemsworths, this sisterly duo are incredibly close. Kate recently told The Independent that while being in such a competitive industry alongside her sibling is difficult, it is something they work around: “Luckily my sister and I know that, while it may be both of our passions, it is just a job at the end of the day. It’s not the most important thing to either of us.” Rooney, meanwhile, has often spoken of how close the girls are to their family, citing the latter as being a grounding force during her dramatic rise to stardom.

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God clearly doled out an unfair share of talent on these two thespians. Ralph and Joseph Fiennes, alongside Daniel Day Lewis, Eddie Redmayne asnd Benedict Cumberbatch, are among Hollywood’s most critically acclaimed (and best paid) Brits. The Fiennes boys come from an artistic family – their father was a photographer and their mother, a writer. Ralph was the first to make his mark in Hollywood. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and perfecting his craft at the Royal Shakespeare Company, he appeared as Healthcliff in Wuthering Heights opposite the stunning Juliette Binoche. Ralph has been nominated for many prestigious awards, the first of which was for an Oscar for playing Nazi commander, Amon Goeth, in Schindler’s List (1993). Soon after, he would receive another nomination for his role in epic love story, The English Patient, once again with Juliette Binoche. More recently, he has shone in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Hail, Caesar! (2016). Joseph Fiennes is the younger, more rebellious brother, who also worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and who really hit it big in Shakespeare in

Love (1998), the acclaimed film about life in a Shakespearean theatre company in Elizabethan England. He also did a great job in the second season of American Horror Story: Asylum, starring opposite Jessica Lange, Adam Levine and Zachary Quinto. The Fiennes are another tightly knit bunch, despite the fact that they are a huge family – seven children altogether! The boys are the eighth cousins of the Prince of Wales, and first cousins of adventurer, Ranulph Fiennes. Joseph recently spoke to The Guardian about the importance of discipline: “I’m one of six, and I have a foster brother as well. There was a strong sense of discipline as we were growing up: people seem to imagine we were raised in some kind of bohemian, Waltons-style setup, but it wasn’t like that at all. There was creativity, for sure, but it always went hand in hand with discipline.” Joseph has a twin (Jacob, a conservationist), with whom he admits he has a special bond.

He is also close to Ralph, both brothers stating that rivalry has never come into play in their relationship. Joseph says that new arrivals to the family have made the children the centre of it all, just as it used to be when he was growing up alongside his rambunctious brothers.

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“If Jake Gyllenhaal is in it, you know its good,” say the critics. The actor has the undeniably good luck of being able to pick and choose film roles and he always happens to select the right ones. He isn’t Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt, yet he has starred in truly memorable films such as cult classic, Donnie Darko (an amazing time travel/horror/dramatic release), satirical war flick, Jarhead (2005) and groundbreaking romance, Brokeback Mountain (2005). His sister, Maggie, also appeared in Donnie Darko, and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the musical drama, Crazy Heart (2009). Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal have been acting since childhood – their parents, are both filmmakers (their father is a director and their mother a screenwriter). In 2015, Jake and Maggie showed just how close they are by attending the Golden Globes awards as each other’s date. Both were nominated for awards that year and when Maggie won in her category, the emotion in Jake’s face was incredibly touching. Maggie Gyllenhaal is married to talented actor, Peter Sarsgaard, while Jake, as far as we know, is single. If you have always fancied Jake and you’d love to catch him in person, book a ticket to New York – he will be starring in Broadway musical, Burn This, in Spring 2017. e

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Most of us have at least a few days off during the festive season, making this the perfect time for a short but sweet escape. If you often lament the lack of theatrical offerings on the Coast and wish you were able to attend the coolest shows on the international scene, why not make it happen and book a trip to London? From dramatic to comic, musical to childlike, the sky’s the limit in The Old Smoke! WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

Z BY: Tom Eyen, Henry Krieger Z DIRECTOR: Casey Nicholaw Z DATE: Until May 6, 2017 Z VENUE: Savoy Theatre Z CAST LIST: Amber Riley, Liisi LaFontaine, Lorrell Robinson

If you love musicals then you undoubtedly were a big fan of hit TV series, Glee, which featured songs from some of the world’s best loved musicals, as well as old and new hits. One of Glee’s stars, Amber Riley, plays Effie White, part of a talented singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called The Dreams. The young women hope to make it big in showbusiness, but soon discover that the industry isn’t as fabulous as they had imagined. This musical is famed for its hit songs, which include And I am Telling You I’m Not Going, I am Changing, Listen and One Night Only. The play is loosely based on the story of The Supremes, whose most famous star was the stunning Diana Ross.

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Renowned director, Sally Cookson, brings her wondrously imaginative Peter Pan to the Olivier Theatre after a critically acclaimed run at Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre. This production remains faithfully true to the source material, harking back to the simple yet unforgettable story of Peter, the boy who never grows up, who invites a mere mortal, Wendy, to enter his world of fantasy and adventure. In Neverland, foes like the envious Captain Hook show that evil lurks even in the most paradisiacal of places. Cookson is interested in representing the darker side of childhood – one where loss, abandonment and death are always present; her vision is undeniably melancholic and nostalgic, yet there are many lighter, contemporary touches that lend the show due positivity – for instance, forget about Tinkerbell being a graceful, feminine fairy; the role is played by a man in a tutu who has spiky sticks for wings!

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If you’ve see the film starring Jack Black, then you know that School of Rock is definitelys one of the most enjoyable family films of all time. The movie has got it all: an amazing storyline (substitute ‘teacher’ – who is not even qualified – takes on a boring music class at a local school and instils the spirit of rock and roll in his students), super songs and a bit of good old fashioned sentimentality. Think Dead Poets Society minus the drama, as the cheeky impostor shows that the best way to teach children anything, is by encouraging them to have fun. This musical features a brand new score penned by Andrew Lloyd Webber, so even if you have already seen the film, be prepared for many surprises. Also worthy of mention is the gravelly voice of lead actor, David Fynn, seemingly made for heavy metal tunes.

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BY: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Robert Lopez DIRECTORS: Tray Parker, Casey Nicholaw DATE: Until February 4, 2017 VENUE: Prince of Wales Theatre CAST LIST: KJ Hippensteel, Brian Sears, Alexandra Ncube

It’s been called “foul-mouthed, funny and wild” and “God’s favourite musical” yet has won nine Tony awards and four Olivier awards. We would hardly expect less from South Park creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who have brought their acerbic wit and indubitable writing talent to this gut-wrenchingly funny musical. “I am a Mormon and a Mormon just believes,” sings Elder Price, the lead character, in one of the funniest songs in the play. He is one of two Mormons sent to spread the word of the Latter-day Saints in a small town in Uganda. There, their experiences totally shatter their ideas of what is right and wrong. An ideal choice for audience members who enjoy wicked, irreverent humour.

Z BY: David Bowie and Enda Walsh Z DIRECTOR: Ivo Van Hove Z DATE: Until January 22, 2017 Z VENUE: Kings Cross Theatre Z CAST LIST: Michael C. Hall, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso

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There are so many reasons why you just cannot miss this musical – it is one of David Bowie’s final creations, it stars Michael C. Hall (the actor famed for playing sinister serial killer, Dexter) and it is a dreamlike work that invites you to expand your mind. Lazarus is inspired on the book, The Man Who Fell To Earth, which tells the story of Thomas Newton: an alien who arrives on earth to obtain water for his drought-stricken planet. Thomas desperately wants to go home but cannot; he is a ‘dying man’ despite the fact he cannot actually die. Newton is simultaneously ‘rescued’ by an innocent young girl, and haunted by a malevolent character called Valentine. The surreal plotline is married to a brilliant musical track which includes This is Not America, Changes, Heroes and more of Bowie’s greatest hits. Michael C. Hall recalls Bowie (who worked alongside Hall on the musical) as “an enthusiastic man who was incredibly positive and generous, with an incredible ability to diffuse the inevitable pins and needles that people would be on in his presence.”

Based on an original new story penned by J. K. Rowling alongside Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and is the first to be brought to the stage. Harry is now an overworked wizard at the Ministry of Magic, as well as a father of three school-aged children. He continues to struggle with his dark past while attempting to give his kids as normal a life as possible. His youngest son, Albus, struggles with being the son of such an influential wizard but soon discovers that the only way to deal with his cumbersome destiny, is to embrace it. The play has received fantastic reviews from national and foreign critics alike, owing to its mixture of fun and emotion. Considering it has been co-penned by J.K. Rowling, we couldn’t expect this show to be anything less than a knockout.

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David Hare’s new play is based on a novel written by great detective writer, Georges Simenon, who escaped France at the end of World War II to start a new life in the United States with his wife. The play sees the events through the eyes of Donald Dodd – a small-town legal eagle whose good friend Ray dies after the two men and their spouses are caught in a snowstorm on New Year’s Eve. Dodd seems like an upright, civil man, yet we soon discover he hides many secrets – including his extreme jealousy and his immense frustration with his ordinary life. This play has been hailed by critics as an example of how cinematic a play can be. Lighting is used to intimately focus on the characters or specific parts of the stage, lending Hitchcockian flair to this dramatic thriller.

Stephen Daldry is an acclaimed, Oscar-nominated Director famed for ZZ BY: JB Priestley ZZ DIRECTOR: making films that are full of heart, including Billy Elliot (about the young Stephen Daldry working class boy who prefers dance to footie), The Hours (about writer, ZZ DATE: Until February 4 Virginia Woolf – the film won Nicole Kidman an Oscar for Best Actress) ZZ VENUE: and The Reader (the story of a German lawyer who meets an unexpected Playhouse Theatre person from his past in court – a beautiful woman he once loved, who ZZ CAST LIST: Clive Francis, Barbara worked at a Nazi extermination camp). Marten, Liam Brennan An Inspector Calls is as thrilling as a play can get; a cluey inspector arrives at the home of an upper-class family as part of his investigation into the suicide of a young working class woman. The family is interrogated and the audience soon discovers that nobody is as ‘civil’ as they seem… in fact, each has played a role in the exploitation and abandonment of the woman, all in the name of maintaining their shallow, comfortable lifestyles. An Inspector Calls is considered obligatory viewing for contemporary theatres; indeed, it is studied in schools across the UK and is often described as a scathing critique of upper class hypocrisy.

Amadeus brings us the story of genius composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – a lively, rebellious, lascivious lad who arrived in Vienna hoping to shine in the competitive world of music, only to be driven to madness by rival composer, Antonio Salieri. The work, turned into a film that won an impressive 40 awards, (including the Oscar for Best Picture, 1984), is hardly a faithful representation of the real events in Mozart’s life – Salieri was actually very supportive of Mozart and when the master composer died, his wife, Constanze, sent their little son to Salieri for training. The play is, however, deliciously good fun, bringing us closer than ever to the kind of genius that otherwise seems unreachable. Michael Longhurst’s version promises to be memorable; the director has shone in various hits, directing no less than Jake Gyllenhaal in his American stage debut at the Roundabout Theatre. He also directed Golden Globe alumni Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall on the West End, taking home the Evening Standard Award for Best Play (2012) and four Olivier nominations. Longhurst admits that the rich, illustrious history of Amadeus as a play was initially daunting, though he is excited to be working alongside an orchestra. He recently told The Stage, “If you can put music at the centre of Amadeus, then you dramatise the genius. Dramatically, it means you can see Mozart creating the thing that Salieri is jealous of. The orchestra becomes like a sports car that Mozart can drive effortlessly, while Salieri is crunching the gears of it, trying to wrangle them to follow him.”

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If we had to sum up the one thing that makes every Christmas so special, we would surely have to borrow from the main character of Fiddler on the Roof, Teyve, and sing from the rooftops, “Tradition!” Every single image our mind conjures up – sparkly Christmas balls hanging from a fragrant pine tree, velvety red stockings pinned to the chimney, Santa arriving to surprise the littlest ones on Christmas Day, are so special because we look forward to them year after year… Of course, one of the best things about traditions is that they can be added on to; we can, in effect, pick and choose from the plethora of customs we see all around us, to add some brightness to the jolly season. These are just a few traditions you might like to add to your Christmas: Z BAKING Every country has its own special Christmas treats – piped sugar cookies and gingerbread in the US, Christmas cake in the UK, rice desserts in the Philippines, ginger cookies in Germany… it doesn’t matter what you bake, just make sure you do it as a family. Kids can spend a day baking and decorating cookies for their classmates, or you can throw a yearly party on the last day of school before the Christmas break, serving your colourful treats to children while their parents enjoy adult delights such as eggnog or glüwein.

Z MAKE ORNAMENTS TOGETHER The advent of Pinterest has made it easy for novices to make truly beautiful decorations that can either be kept by each family, or sold for charity. These include little Christmas soldiers made with toilet paper rolls, ornaments made from salt dough – the sky’s the limit! Check out the usual sites for inspiration and instructions. Z RECORDING HIGHLIGHTS AND DEFINING MOMENTS OF THE YEAR This tradition seems to have taken off all over the world. One member of the family is in charge of writing down the most important events that have shaped the family over the year – both good and bad. Some people send yearly summaries to friends and family abroad, which certainly is a handy way to keep up-to-date.

Z CHRISTMAS CAROL SINGING If you hail from the US then you know how beautiful this tradition is. Carolers move from house to house singing traditional Christmas songs. The homeowners, meanwhile, invites the singers in for a hot chocolate and cookies after their song. This might not work in Marbella, unless you plan ahead with neighbours who may welcome this musical tradition. Z AN ORNAMENT A YEAR Some families add a single ornament to their Christmas tree very year. This decoration is special and is chosen by the whole family. Usually, it has a deeply symbolic meaning. Z MAKE A TREE GARLAND TOGETHER It is so much fun to make a garland, using items like popcorn, paper snowflake cutouts,

or pinecones. You can even decorate the acorns with chocolate dots covered in hundreds and thousands (just stuff the chocolate in rows into the acorn ‘gaps’). As Christmas sets in, snack on the pine cones from time to time! Z ACTS OF KINDNESS Those who use social media sites regularly have probably come across a ‘pass it forward’ campaign which, ultimately, can be carried out at any time of the year. Do something out of the blue for someone you know, and ask them to do another good deed for someone else. Otherwise, just do the good deed and ask for nothing in return. For instance, you might take blankets to a local dog shelter, buy toys and clothing for those who are undergoing a tough time financially,

or offer to run an errand for a friend. Z LEAVING MILK AND COOKIES FOR SANTA AND/OR HIS REINDEER ON CHRISTMAS EVE Bake a batch of cookies and leave a plate out for Santa, Rudolph and the gang. Z CHRISTMAS MOVIE NIGHT Check out our Cinema Greats page for ideas on the best ever Christmas flicks. Pick one, make some popcorn, snuggle up by the fireplace and enjoy some cracking Christmas viewing. Z KRIS KRINGLE If you have a big family or you’d like to fill your workplace with a little Christmas spirit, organise a draw and ask each person to buy something special for their secret ‘kringle’. The golden rule with this one is: don’t buy something you wouldn’t like to receive yourself! e

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Unique in many ways, Palo Alto is a luxury residential development that offers modern refinement in a natural setting close to Marbella town.

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t first glance the tasteful contemporary architecture of the luxury apartments at Palo Alto is reminiscent of the finest new developments to be found in the Marbella area today, but look a bit closer and this project reveals some unique features that prove the difference between good and excellent is in the detail. The first thing that stands out is the location of Palo Alto at a point that is surrounded by nature yet also just five minutes from the centre of Marbella. Bearing in mind that this is not a small, one-off urbanisation development, you might begin to wonder where a place that brings together two such rare but delightful elements can be. Add the fact that it commands panoramic mountain and sea views across sections of the town and it becomes even harder to pinpoint a possible location. Sierra Blanca lacks the space for it, Río Real is not high enough and most other potential addresses are more than five minutes from the downtown area.

The answer is Ojén. Exclusive residential country clubs are not new to this region, but so far they have all been based around Benahavís, some 20 kilometres northwest of Marbella. A pretty white Andalusian village located in a beautiful valley, Ojén offers a similar natural setting – with the added advantage that it is just a few kilometres to the north of Marbella and its beachfront.

Where Modern Meets Natural Added to the obvious advantages of such easy access to the town, the marina of Puerto Banús and the amenities of the surrounding area, is the fact that the location at km4 of the Ojén road means residents are near everything, but not in the midst of it. As Ailse Warriner-MacFarlane, Marketing Director for Palo Alto, says: “You can be in La Cañada, on the beach or on the coastal highway in a matter of minutes, yet at home in Palo Alto you are surrounded by the sounds and scenery of nature.” Given the appealing white

architectural forms designed by awardwinning architects Villarroel Torrico and the latest luxuries present both within the properties and the complex itself, you might say that modern living meets nature at Palo Alto. For many, used to the longstanding love affair of foreign buyers with frontline beach locations, this could be seen as a compromise, but with over 45 per cent of the 75 apartments in the first phase sold within three months, the opposite seems to be true. “What Palo Alto offers – modern style and refinement in a natural setting just minutes from Marbella – appeals very much to a professional buying public from different parts of Northern Europe,” says Ailse, who confirms that the majority of buyers so far are over 40, mostly with grownup children. “They are looking for somewhere that offers the latest design features and amenities around which to build a very contemporary luxury lifestyle, but a peaceful, secure setting surrounded by nature adds very much to the appeal.”

Hugo Torrico, one of the architects who has given shape to Palo Alto, Pablo Villarroel of Villarroel Torrico and Matías Villarroel, Managing Director of Round Hill Capital Spain

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The Properties The 75 luxury apartments and penthouses currently for sale represent the first phase of what will become a country club with low-rise, light enhancing apartment blocks and private villas set within the subtropical landscaping for which Villarroel Torrico has not only become renowned, but also won international awards. “The communal grounds and gardens will be landscaped in this way, but the natural areas between the different residential areas will also be enhanced with newly planted vegetation and trees that are natural to this area,” says Ailse. Currently available are two, three and four bedroom apartments and penthouses in which the latter come with a large rooftop terrace that provides a lifestyle area complete with spacious plunge pool, bar, lounge and Jacuzzi, according to your preference. The views from here, and the equally impressive outdoor living areas of the apartments, are across valley

and mountain scenery to Marbella and the Mediterranean Sea. The interiors are similarly inspired by sophisticated modern living, with spacious living rooms and open-plan kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms with panoramic vistas and finishing by Gunni & Trentino. In all, Palo Alto covers an area of 50 hectares, 40 per cent of which remains open nature that provides residents with walking, biking and horse riding trails, as well as country views. This master planned development, one of the few in the Marbella area, will be gated and include a modern health club with state-of-the-art gym, spa, a kids club and a business centre with concierge service. “The lay of the land means that development will take the form of fingers following the contours of the valley,” says Ailse, “so it is a very low-density residential environment with a country club feel and accompanying services.”

Developed with a Difference The above already describes a luxury

modern Marbella development that is distinctive in certain key areas, but there is another way in which Palo Alto differs from most other developments, namely how it is being conceived, designed and built. Most property developments are undertaken by investors who contract architects, builders, landscapers and other professionals to realise both their vision and their returns. There is nothing wrong with this, for competition raises standards and drives developers to keep improving their offering, yet what is inherent in most forms of property and product development is the compromise imposed upon design and finishing by what are sometimes called the ‘bean counters’. The architectural vision for Palo Alto is in very good hands. Matías Villarroel, Managing Director for Round Hill Capital in Spain, developers of Palo Alto, managed his family firm and the firm responsible for the architecture of the project for many years prior to joining the Round Hill team. This connection

ensures that the design will not be compromised to meet the developers' demands. Matías works alongside principal architects Hugo Torrico and Pablo Villarroel to ensure that the architectural vision for Palo Alto works in harmony with the developers' goals.  It is a subtle but significant factor that is all about vision, detail and the freedom to realise them and aim for perfection. Although this is a commercial offering, it is one in which the designer and landscaper has not been relegated to a supporting role fraught with compromise and diluted options, but where he has the ability to create something truly special. In addition to a great location and beautifully designed homes, it is this that offers added value. g Apartments and penthouses from €440.000. Request brochure at lp.paloaltomarbella.com or call Freephone 900 102 322 i www.paloaltomarbella.com

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enerally speaking, people looking for a home prefer a new one. This is especially true now, when we are living through a veritable renaissance of modern architectural design, with all the latest construction techniques, technologies and luxuries this entails. The problem with new homes, however, is that quite often you get a first-class property in a second-class location, as the adage that the best spots are taken first is every bit as much a truism as saying that in real estate it is all about location, location, location. The dilemma here is that ideally most homebuyers, especially those in the luxury segment, want the best of both worlds – a fantastic modern home in a top location. How do you achieve this when the best plots have indeed been snapped up and built upon long ago? The only true solution is to pick a fantastic site such as a beachfront location on a lovely stretch of coast and rebuild an existing home into a sumptuous new frontline beach villa that marries the very best of contemporary style and refinement with a front row seat on panoramic sea views.

A MODERN HOME IN A PRIME LOCATION The above is exactly the kind of quest embarked upon by the Crest Group International on behalf of their private and corporate clients. “We aim to deliver desirable, highly saleable property developments in attractive settings for our larger investors, while for individual clients and investors we search for smaller land parcels or even one-off plots where bespoke luxury villas can be created,” says Ian Waudby, the founding director of the company. Though both provide creative challenges in commercial and design terms, the developing of unique individual villas with added value written all over them is something that he and his team particularly relish. “To start from scratch on a new piece of land is already an exciting process, but sourcing a top location and then reviving its beauty and appeal by creating a whole new home upon it is a true test of technical creativity.” In fact, in these cases, it is more how rather than what you do that defines the end result, starting with the decision whether to demolish or rebuild. The sensitivity shown in this project is ultimately reflected in a property that is not only one of the largest beachfront properties on the Costa del Sol, but also a landmark of new villa design and construction.

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THE BRIEF “Our client wanted what is in reality an unadulterated prime location with 50 metres of beach frontage, uncompromised privacy, no public parking in the area to attract large numbers of visitors to the beach area and sufficient space to build the kind of home that will meet the demands of a high net worth owner,” says Ian, whose team identified just the spot after a detailed search. “However, it is not a surprise that this unique site contained an older villa, so we were faced with the decision of demolition or using it as a starting point for creating something exceptional. The former option was certainly easier and had the property had no merits we would have no hesitation, but it did and this inspired the vision that produced La Perla Blanca.” The original villa was therefore compatible with the creation of a beautiful contemporary beachside villa, and provided the initial inspiration for it. In designing a new blueprint, the architects wished to blend some of the original into what has become a stunning modern villa that stands out for its size, style and features. In order to offer the kind of luxuries usually corresponding to a Zagaleta villa, including an indoor pool and spa, entertainment and conferencing area, home cinema and openflowing living spaces with the very latest in kitchen and bathroom design, the building was raised with a new basement area. This was a unique feat of engineering. La Perla Blanca today eschews the somewhat clinical direction of some modern architecture for a more enduring, more liveable aesthetic that blends natural tones and materials into its sleek white forms.

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ryotherapy was first developed thousands of years ago by scientists in Japan. It essentially involves embracing the body in an extremely cold temperature (between -140°C and -160°C ) for a very short period (between one and three minutes). This process sends the body into ‘fight or flight’ mode, encouraging it to heal itself. In freezing temperatures, Oxygen rich blood rushes to the vital organs, endorphins are released and blood vessels are constricted. Once normal temperatures are restored, the vessels dilate and blood rushes back to the organs, eliminating toxins and reducing inflammation. There are many conditions cryotherapy can address and help out with. These include: ZZ WEIGHT LOSS You can burn up to 800 calories in a three-minute session, so combined with a healthy diet and exercise, cryotherapy can form part of a sound weight loss

programme. After various treatments, the metabolic rate improves and toxins are eliminated; indeed, the body continues to burn calories for hours after the treatment. ZZ ARTHRITIS Cryotherapy helps reduce pain and inflammation in the joints, stimulating the immune system as well. The therapy actually releases anti-inflammatory substances and pain relieving hormones into the system, as well as feel-good endorphins and adrenalin. This can also help athletes wishing to recover from injuries. ZZ PAIN RELIEF Because the treatment has anti-inflammatory and pro-endorphin effects, it can help with pain caused by injury, surgery or chronic pain such as back pain, as well as with conditions such as fibromyalgia. ZZ SKIN REJUVENATION Cryotherapy stimulates the production of collagen, a basic pillar of skin that keeps it firm and smooth. After the treatment, skin

feels fresher and firmer, as well as more elastic. Because the therapy encourages the formation of new skin cells, it can help with resistant conditions such as psoriasis. ZZ CELLULITE The vast majority of women consider cellulite a bugbear and the only way to fight it is by growing new collagen. Cryotherapy helps to do just that and also removes the toxins that damage the structure of our skin cells and cause the appearance of orange peel skin in areas such as the buttocks and thighs. ZZ SPORTS REGENERATION Kobe Bryant, Cristiano Ronaldo and Floyd Mayweather brave the chilly temperatures to help regenerate after matches or tough training sessions and to accelerate regeneration. Cryotherapy enhances the muscles’ healing process, reduces swelling, stabilises joints and boosts athletic performance. You may wonder what a

cryotherapy session involves. Very little on your part, actually; all that is necessary is a little courage required to brave the cold. You simply slip into the chamber while a trained therapist accompanies you in the room throughout the process. During the session, you will feel cool, dry air enveloping your body for up to three minutes. It will all be over in a very short time and you can begin to experience the soothing and relaxing effects of the treatment soon after. Interestingly, most clients report noticeable vitality and alertness after a couple of minutes in a cryotherapy chamber. The therapy is considered a next generation health and wellness aid, since its benefits are so widespread. Do you think you have what it takes to literally chill out and bring your body back to life? g Avda. Playas del Duque, Casa Sevilla, Local 3, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 634 521. www.cryonis.es

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A SUCCESSFUL 2016

AT CIRUMED CLINIC Cirumed Clinic in Marbella is celebrating a year of immense success, since its surgical and non-surgical options have literally changed the lives of thousands of patients. Founder and Director, Dr. Alexander Aslani, is as famed for sparking the Brazilian butt lift boom, as he is for being the Head of the Plastic, Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery of the Quirónsalud magazine and Hospitals in Málaga and Marbella. The busy surgeon speaks to explains why, for him and his wife Jeannine (a surgical nurse, wound specialist and aesthetics expert), 2016 has been a year like few others.

THE BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT: CURVES ARE IN While there can be no doubt that Hollywood has sparked a penchant for a fuller, curvier figure, you no longer have to head to Los Angeles or Miami for a Brazilian Butt Lift, considered by Dr. Aslani as “one of the most gratifying of all contemporary plastic surgery procedures… Impressive changes can be achieved by using the patient’s own tissue, and the recovery period is tiny compared to olderstyled operations such as buttock silicone implants.”

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Dr. Aslani is considered an eminence in this operation, having been invited to six countries across the globe (including Russia and the United States) this year, to perform the operation before a group of surgeons. When I ask if he doesn’t mind sharing such valuable information, he answers, “It is important for surgeons to learn from each other. This is the only way to raise the bar for aesthetic surgeries of all types and generosity is reciprocal in this industry.” Dr. Aslani takes it a step

further, by holding a live surgery course on the Brazilian butt lift for surgeons every year at his clinic. According to Dr. Aslani, “The Brazilian butt lift is the fastest growing surgery in the industry. When I first started out in 2009, I performed around 10 operations a year. Today I am performing three or four every day, with a total of around 450 a year.” These numbers add up; “We are the only centre in Europe specialising in this procedure, and we therefore handle a higher caseload than any

centre in the states, where this surgery is more widely available. Thus, we have many patients visiting us from around Europe to avail of our location.” Dr. Aslani says the procedure was daunting in the first year but soon he was performing so many, “in six months I performed more butt lifts than many surgeons do in years.” He has become such a leader in the field that he was recently asked to be a keynote speaker at a conference held by the German Medical Society.

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TRUST, SAFETY, CONFIDENCE

Dr. Aslani states that his position as head of the Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery departments of two Quirónsalud Hospitals, has had a positive effect on patient numbers: “Patients may visit other surgeons, but they often feel reassured by the fact that in addition to running my own clinic, I am also responsible for the aesthetic surgery departments of two hospitals.”

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Without a doubt, one of Cirumed’s most hotly solicited techniques, is CoolSculpting: a Harvarddeveloped, FDA-approved method of eliminating fat without the need for surgery and without any need for hospitalisation or downtime. CoolSculpting involves freezing and eliminating unwanted fat with a uniquely efficient, patented machine called Zeltiq. There are only five Zeltiq machines in Spain and two of these are at the Cirumed Clinic in Marbella. “Having two machines means that patients can have various areas targeted at once,” says Dr. Aslani. “For instance, they might pop in for an hour and have

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a double chin, back and abdomen worked on simultaneously.” So successful is CoolSculpting, that Dr. Aslani reports that “liposuction is becoming a thing of the past. Most patients opt for CoolSculpting because it is a lunch-time treatment that offers comparable results to those afforded by liposuction. Moreover, because it takes time for the body to eliminate the fat cells which have been frozen, sagging skin becomes much less of an issue.” CoolSculpting is ideal for those stubborn areas of fat which are resistant to diet and exercise – including the belly, love handles, inner thighs, etc. “There is virtually no area of the body that cannot be treated with CoolSculpting.” One of the treatment’s most special features is that it actually reduces the number of fat cells we have. When we lose weight by dieting, the size of our fat cells shrink, but the number of cells remains the same. CoolSculpting eliminates these fat cells for good.

B-LITE: THE WORLD’S LIGHTEST BREAST IMPLANT

Another exciting development that has inspired many women to knock on the doors of Cirumed Clinic, is B-lite: the world’s lightest breast

implant, weighing 30 per cent less than standard silicone implants. “The difference is very noticeable and is much less stressful on the skin,” notes Dr. Aslani. B-Lite’s founders, meanwhile, explain that, “The B-Lite gel has a reduced density… The lighter implant is more comfortable, easier to get used to and reduces the stress on soft tissues associated with traditional, heavier implants. The magical ingredient in the implant is microspheres (tiny hollow spheres which are suspended in the cohesive gel.”

HARD WORK REWARDED

In 2016, Dr. Aslani added a new achievement to his list of recognitions, when he was named Best Aesthetic Surgeon in Spain by Medical and Corporate Livewire. The organisers of this award invited over 100,000 professionals within the medical subscriber base to nominate medical practices, companies and individuals, based on their reputation, performance and achievements, with a view to recognising those who have excelled within their sector. Despite his joy at receiving the award, Dr. Aslani knows that word of mouth referrals are ultimately what his success is based on. “Nothing beats

a happy patient; they generously share their beauty secrets with friends and family and more people are realising that there is no reason to live with something that is making them unhappy.” Finally, those wishing to turn back the hands of time choose Cirumed for various non-surgical rejuvenating procedures. This department, run by Jeannine Aslani, offers everything from Silhouette Soft (a threading and collagen filler treatment known as a ‘nonsurgical facelift’), Ellansé (which stimulates skin to produce its own collagen), Fraxel (a laser treatment used to treat scarring, flaccidity, pigmentation, etc.), Endolift (which plumps skin up with vitamins, hyaluronic acid and powerful antioxidants), Microneedling (to stimulate collagen production) and more. Beautiful spa treatments and microdermabrasion are also popular among those targeting everything from flaccidity to oily or dry skin, wrinkles and inflammation. Cirumed is ready to make 2017 a happier, more successful year for you as well – why not book a visit and make your first New Year’s resolution come true? g Edif. Panorama, Planta Baja, Local 2. CN340, km 184, Marbella. Tel: 952 775 346. www.cirumed.es

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The benefits of nature have been documented frequently in recent health journals, with findings indicating that spending time outdoors can help with everything from depression and anxiety to academic/work performance. A new study carried out by scientists at the University of Illinois, however, has revealed that families that spend time together in nature, also tend to function better. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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t all has to do with attention; being together outdoors tends to improve this quality, since the tendency is for the mind to switch to a mindful state in which what matters, is what is occurring in the present moment. There are four characteristics of nature that lead to heightened awareness: Z Its ability to take us ‘away’: Nature provides a strong sense of escape from everyday problems. Z Its ability to fascinate: There are many interesting stimuli in the great outdoors. Z The extent to which it engages us. Z Its compatibility with our inclinations and basic needs. The researchers sought to study what would happen if individuals were in nature, in the presence of their family – would improved attention lead to positive family outcomes? Their experiment involved asking family members to spend time together – e.g. at a commercial centre and, later, the same amount of time outdoors – e.g. by going on a walk together.

They noted that although other leisure activities (such as chatting on social media or playing computer games) are enjoyable, they do not allow us to fully relax because they engender ‘hard attention’. Being outdoors, on the other hand, summons our ‘soft attention’; our directed attention is not overly stimulated, and the ‘soft interest’ in our surrounds, helps restore our attention. Nature also eliminates the need for parents to always be in control (as they are during an organised activity as home). There is something infinitely liberating about watching kids run freely in a park, without having to bark out directions and set limits. Another important element of family bonding outdoors, is ritual. When we take the dog together for a nightly walk or enjoy a picnic every Sunday, we set a routine during which family knows they can communicate and enjoy their loved ones’ exclusive attention. At home, devices have taken over to a point that many people do not

wish to be disturbed while they are watching a show online or hooked up to social media. Given that nature has been found to enhance family relationships, what are some ideas for enjoying time in the great outdoors? The list is endless but includes: Z A HOLIDAY IN A NATURAL RESERVE: If you haven’t been to Cazorla yet (a virtual paradise offering walks amidst rivers, waterfalls, wild animals like foxes, deer and boars, and vertiginous, ancient trees), a weekend away for the whole family is a must. Cazorla is around four hours from the Coast by car, but almost like stepping into another world. Z SHINRIN-YOKU: The practice of ‘forest bathing’ is big in Japan and has been scientifically proven to seriously reduce levels of stress hormone, cortisol. Forest bathing is simpler than it sounds and it doesn’t involve taking your clothes off. Just walk through a forest together in a mindful state, opening your senses to the

sights, sounds and smells. Hug a tree if you like, or simply practice abdominal breathing for a few minutes. Z OUTDOOR GAMES/ SPORTS: Dodge ball, football and cycling are just a few activities the family can enjoy together. On warmer days, enjoy a relaxing walk along your local Paseo Marítimo and bring the dogs along for some much needed exercise. Remember that César Millán, expert trainer, recommends that dogs receive at least an hour of exercise a day. How much is your dog getting? Z CLIMBING LA CONCHA: Older, fi t children will love the challenge of climbing up La Concha mountain. This will be a whole day event, so bring food and refreshments and enjoy a picnic in a quiet spot. You may want to try taking shorter walks before aiming for the peak. Z MAKE YOUR NEXT FAMILY HOLIDAY ACTIVE: Forego sightseeing type holidays in favour of adrenaline charged ones. In the winter, you just can’t beat a skiing trip to Sierra Nevada. e

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EARLY DETECTION OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Can Halt Appearance of Symptoms Dr. Victor Campos, Head of Neurosciences at the Vithas Xanit Hospital in Benalmádena, shared important information about Alzheimer’s Disease recently (on World Alzheimer’s Day). He stressed the importance of obtaining an early diagnosis for the disease, since symptoms can be delayed in over 50 per cent of cases through early intervention. Alzheimer’s affects around 30 per cent of those aged over 90 and can mainly be found in those aged over 65. Early symptoms of the disease include loss of short-term memory, difficulties with verbal language, difficulties in the completion of cognitive tasks and changes in conduct. Treatment can involve a combination of medications and therapy, as well as specific brain activities to help improve memory.

HIGH FAT CHEESE

Now an Official ‘Health Food’ We may have gone a little overboard with our header, but there is, indeed, good news for lovers of cheese: researchers at the University of Copenhagen have found that this delicious food can increase levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, thought to protect against heart disease and metabolic disorders. For their study, the researchers observed 139 participants, dividing them into three groups. One group ate 80 grams of high fat cheese daily, the second enjoyed 80gr of low fat cheese, and the third avoided cheese altogether. The results, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that none of the groups showed a rise in LDL (bad) cholesterol levels; however, those who indulged in high fat cheese saw a significant increase in levels of HDL. The authors concluded that diets high in protein, calcium and Vitamin D can play an important role in weight loss or maintenance.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING BREAD It is a fact that not everyone is lucky enough to metabolise carbs with ease, but those who do should still take care of the quality of the carbs (and bread) they consume. Try avoiding white bread altogether, opting for the many delicious whole grain varieties available. Bread should have no more than around 100 calories per serving, contain at least two grams of fibre, and no more than four grams of sugar. Bread should not be made with any type of saturated fat. Also check out the amount of fibre present in various brands and go for the one with the highest percentage.

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Fruit and Veg in Spain!

Good news for those attempting to follow the Mediterranean diet assiduously; a survey carried out by supermarket group, LIDL, throughout Spain, has found that Andalusians consume more fruit and veggies than in any other region! However, we still fall way behind the recommended five portions a day; around 42 per cent of kids only consume one piece of fresh fruit and around 37 per cent consume one vegetable a day. The survey showed that children’s favourite fruits and vegetables are bananas, apples, strawberries, oranges, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, and pumpkin. Their least favourites include plums, avocados, lemon, cauliflower, artichokes (which makes sense!) and leafy greens. Most kids enjoy having fruit for dessert during lunch or dinner time, but you can also sneak a few in during breakfast. A smoothie is a great way to ‘hide’ healthy greens like spinach, carrots or celery. In an effort to encourage greater fruit and veggie consumption, LIDL has introduced Frutitour, a moving campaign visiting schools to increase kids’ awareness of the importance of fruits and veggies.

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HYPERBARIC OXYGEN

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The main reason for prescribing hyperbaric medicine is to promote healing and eliminate inflammation and edema. It has been applied to athletes for years to speed recovery from sports injuries and also to enhance their physical performance. 

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ore and more athletes are using hyperbaric oxygen therapy to speed recovery. For instance, we know that the Real Madrid players, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodríguez are users of hyperbaric medicine. Perhaps this illustrates how it is possible to recover in days from injuries that us ordinary mortals would need a prolonged convalescence for. As their trainers apply the benefits of hyperbaric medicine, so can you also receive them in Estepona and it is available to everyone. It is quite simple. Pure oxygen applied at a suitable pressure becomes a medicament that enters the body and promotes healing by reducing the heart rate. In sport there are many benefits. During

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exercise, oxygen demand is 20 times higher, so if the dilation of existing blood vessels is improved, the creation of new ones is also improved, so when inside the hyperbaric chamber, improved physical performance is guaranteed. The increased oxygenation also promotes concentration, strengthens the immune system and increases the speed of recovery from injuries. The explanation is simple: Injuries cause swelling and this prevents the normal flow of oxygen to injured areas. Given that oxygen is critical in the healing and recovery of fractures, hyperbaric oxygen treatment is extremely beneficial, because it reduces edema and muscle contracture by increasing the flow of oxygen to the tissues affected and therefore helps healing.

At the same time, the high pressure oxygen promotes the production of collagen, which is essential in the healing process. And here you have the explanation as to how athletes can be active a few days after suffering an injury. But it is not necessary to suffer a fracture or tear to benefit from hyperbaric oxygen, the treatment also helps recovery after normal training as it lowers blood levels of lactate that cause painful cramps. g For more information, please contact the Hyperbaric Medical Center of Estepona on Tel: 952 806 796 or through the website www.centrohiperbarico.com Qualified professionals will respond without compromise and the first consultation is free.

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t’s just another busy day for Ocean Clinic Founder, Dr. Kai Kaye, when I visit him to learn more about the brand new Dental Division, which is headed up by internationally recognised specialist, Dr. Paul Arts. If you have been in Marbella for many years, then you will recall the magnificent Dr. Arts, who brought something brand new to the Coast at his dental clinic in Puerto Banús: lumineers, a revolutionary type of veneer that is ultra-fine. Lumineers are applied over existing teeth, allowing dentists to create big changes without having to drill or file down teeth – an issue which often stopped those who wished to have a better smile, from seeking help. Lumineers allow your own teeth to maintain their structural integrity, while covering discolouration, chips or irregular gaps to perfection. The technique allows for a complete smile makeover, without the pain associated with traditional dental work. Dr. Arts, who is Dutch, left the Coast around six years ago to continue working in Holland, mainly for family reasons. “He has always maintained close ties to Marbella, though, and now, he is free to once again set up his practice here. At Ocean Clinic, we always associate ourselves and partner up with the best professionals, and Dr. Arts is known for his painstaking and artistic approach to creating the perfect smile,” Dr. Kaye notes, adding, “At the moment, Dr. Arts is working on alternate weeks in Marbella and Holland; soon, however, he will be working exclusively on the Coast.” Dr. Arts is backed by a highly experienced team which includes a full-time dental hygienist.

“Sometimes, before aesthetic work can be performed, deeper issues need to be addressed,” notes Dr. Kaye, adding, “For instance, procedures such as bone augmentation and implantation may be required before the finishing touches that make a great smile can be applied.” Dr. Kaye expresses his great satisfaction with the natural appearance of Lumineers: “One of the best things about this technique, apart from how fine the veneers actually are, are the provisional veneers, which enable patients to ensure they are completely satisfied with how they will look.” “We have been consistently expanding over the past few years,” says Dr. Kaye, whose clinic is now the only free standing private plastic surgery clinic with its own operating theatre and patient bedrooms. “We now have Vascular Surgery, Digestive and Orthopaedic divisions as well.” I ask Dr. Kaye the reason for these new departments, given that he is, perhaps, best known for facial procedures, body contouring, breast surgery and the like – anything and everything to do with beauty and proportion. He answers, “Since I first started in my profession, my core values have always centred on both health and beauty; beauty simply cannot exist without health.” The Vascular division, as its name would suggest, focuses on veins. “We don’t just eliminate unsightly veins, but also treat those which could be causing deeper health issues.” This department is run by Dr. Sergio González, a highly renowned specialist who obliterates varicose veins, smaller veins and even superficial veins, which can cause

tired leg syndrome, pain and cramps. Many procedures do not require admission to the clinic, and can be performed with local anaesthesia or light sedation. In the Digestive Division, run by experienced gastroenterologist and internal medicine specialist, Dr. Michael Peters, patients can opt for treatments such as gastric balloon endoscopy, a safe temporary weight loss aid. “The procedure is minimally invasive,” notes Dr. Kaye. “It simply involves a gastric balloon being inserted into the stomach via endoscopy. The balloon fills up half the stomach so there is little room left for food and the patient feels satiated quickly.” The Orthopaedic Division, run by Dr. Allan Larsen, offers everything from knee surgery to hand surgery and foot surgery. As Dr. Kaye talks about this Division, it becomes clear how beauty and health are truly intertwined; knee problems, for instance, can inadvertently lead us to become sedentary, with detrimental effects on our fitness and appearance. As our interview comes to an end, it occurs to me that the quality that has perhaps best marked Ocean Clinic apart from its competitors is Dr. Kaye’s vision – his passion for approaching beauty from an integrated perspective. Stay tuned to our Healthy and Beauty section for further updates and news on this groundbreaking clinic. g Avda. Ramón y Cajal 7, Marbella. Tel: (+34) 951 775 518. www.oceanclinic.net

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Sandro Morelli, owner of Villa Tiberio Restaurant in Marbella, held his annual fundraising gala dinner in aid of Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice and UNICEF. The event, organised by Caroline Randerson and Barbara Fernando, raised € 21.687,69 and featured live entertainment, an auction and a raffle. Some €45 from each ticket was donated to Cudeca and UNICEF. Special thanks are owed to all artists who performed including guests Mel Williams, Tom Solomon, Sam Oliver, Ben James, Helena Paul, Vicky Jay, Frank Valentine, Mr. Maph and Simone Lisa, Tony Watson and Stelvis. Also, huge thanks to Sandro Morelli, sfor offering his beautiful venue for such a worthy event. i www.villatiberio.com

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TAYLOR WIMPEY PRESENTS BOTANIC British promoter, Taylor Wimpey, recently presented new residential project, BOTANIC, currently under construction in the Reserva de Alcuzcuz (between Los Arqueros, La Quinta and La Zagaleta). BOTANIC comprises 92 luminous, spacious three-bedroom apartments with large south-facing terraces. The four-storey buildings are crowned by modern penthouses and spectacular solariums – the perfect place to spot the sun rise, or to contemplate Los Arqueros Golf, the sea, or Gibraltar. i www.taylorwimpeyspain.com

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VENTURA YACHTS PRESENTS TWO NEW FERRETTI MODELS Ventura Yachts invited guests and clients to join them for the presentation of two models from the Ferretti Group in Puerto BanĂşs recently. The event was held on the frontline of the popular marina. On display were a Ferretti 650 and Pershing 62. The Ferretti 650 is an elegant and comfortable flybridge yacht, while the Pershing 62 a powerful sport cruiser with stunning lines, capable of incredible performance. Members of the Ferrari Club of Marbella were also invited along and a Ferrari F12 from a private collector was on display for the evening. i www.venturayachts.com

ILLUSION CUSTOM HOME AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS TURNS 10 Illusion Custom Home Automation Solutions in San Pedro is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month! Illusion specialises in the design, installation and maintenance of illumination, audio-video and control projects. Since 2006, it has approached its mission with daring and dynamism and has enjoyed continual growth. Thanks to top brands such as Lutron, Deltalight, Linn and Loewe, the company is able to satisfy the wishes of even the most demanding clients. g Tel: 952 781 669. www.e-illusion.es ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2016 / 113

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ROMAN VILLA DISCOVERED IN MARBELLA!

LIONS GOLF WORLD CUP & EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS The Lions Golf World Cup & European Championship, a fun charity event held to help eradicate measles (a disease that takes the lives of 400 children a day), recently took place at the Almenara Golf Resort. Some 32 teams from 20 different countries took part in the event. Christiaan Reijnders from the Netherlands won the big prize (a Smart Car donated by Fischer Car), which he immediately gave back to the charity fund. Congratulations to Dr. Volker Bernhardt, Angelika Eisinger, Luis Domínguez Calderón and the rest of the Lions team for putting together such a fun event. i For further information, www.drgolf.info

Everything is not quite what it seems at the latest ‘archaeological dig’ in Marbella. What at first sight seems to be the impressive remains of a Roman villa turns out on closer inspection to be an artfully designed and beautifully executed piece of art painted on the front terrace of the Residencia Estates office in Elviria. Pillars seem to rise from the ground as you approach – and this has inspired the Residencia Estates team to offer prizes for the best photos taken of the impressive artwork – but you must be included! It might be a selfie, or a snap taken by your best friend but imagination is required in the fun competition. Simply post your photo to the Residencia Estates Facebook page to stand a chance of winning. i www.residenciaestates.com

ESCUELA DE TENIS FERNANDO GIL AT THE CLUB DE TENIS ESTEPONA NADIA BEAUTY CENTRE OPENS IN MARBELLA The new Nadia Beauty Social Centre has brought the cutting-edge Cinetic Lift Expert by prestigious firm, Carita Paris, to Marbella. The treatment is considered a revolutionary alternative to surgery, turning back the hands of time in just a few sessions. It involves three types of technology: micro-currents, ultrasound and LED light. g To see

how it can help your skin, pay a visit to the centre, which is located opposite the Marbella Club Hotel, at the Coliseum Centre building. Tel: 951 708 599.

If you’d like to learn the exciting sport of tennis or simply hone your skills, the Escuela de Tenis Fernando Gil at the Club de Tenis Estepona is the ideal place to start. The club is impressive, with five clay courts, five hard courts, six paddle courts, one sports court and fronton, a coffee shop, gym, sauna and private parking. At the school, you can play for two hours for just €8 per person from Monday to Saturday at 12pm. From Monday to Friday at 10am, take part in group lessons for just €10 per person. Matches are organised daily for all levels and private tennis lessons are available for €45 per 50 minute class. g For further information,

Tel: 952 801 579. www.tenisestepona.com

AIR2GROUND CALENDAR BY DANIEL POSNER Wondering what to buy a friend for Christmas or interested in a calendar that will help you look forward to a terrific 2017? Then Air2Ground’s Aerial Photo Calendar might be the ideal choice. The calendar features 12 stunning aerial photographs from around the Coast; it is printed on the highest quality paper, and a part of the proceeds will be donated to the Triple A Animal Shelter in Marbella. Only €14,99. g Available on Tel: 671 889 034 or

online at www.air2ground.es/shop

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VITHAS XANIT INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL RECEIVES SAFE SURGERY PRACTICES RECOGNITION

BENEZRA GALLERY OPENS IN LA QUINTA

DESPERATE CALL FOR BEDDING FOR ABANDONED DOG AND CATS Triple A Marbella has put out a call for bedding for abandoned dogs and cats. In the winter months, dogs should be kept warm and cosy so if you have any spare items at home, please pop into Triple A and give the animals a comfortable Christmas. i www.tripleamarbella.org

Laurence and Maureen Benezra recently opened Benezra Gallery in La Quinta. The iconic new building has been created by premiere architects ATD and comprises a contemporary White space in a tranquil courtyard setting. The collection is eclectic, contemporary and high quality, featuring works by international artists, including Harry Holland, Michelle Rose Key, Kathrina Rupit and many more. Benezra Gallery will be providing high quality prints thus making art more accessible to a wider audience. The choice to purchase contemporary art prints supports and promotes the work of some of the most talented emerging artists from around the world. The limited edition Giclée prints are manufactured with the finest quality materials and are available either framed or unframed. The Gallery will be hosting unique art events throughout the year for professionals in the interior and architectural sectors, as well as providing advice on art for investment or appreciation. i www.benezragallery.com

MEL WILLIAMS TRIBUTE AT PUENTE ROMANO BEACH RESORT & SPA Mel Williams and the Cudeca Goldies held a fabulous tribute night at the Puente Romano Hotel Beach Resort & Spa, raising €7.189 for Cudeca Hospice. Thanks are owed to Mel, his wife Sally and to John Thomson of the Puente Romano, for hosting this prestigious event encompassing the career of this great rocker of the Coast. Mel prepared memorabilia, props and clothing of his career dating back to 1961 at the entrance of the room where the event was staged. A raffle and auction also took place. The icing on the cake was a surprise video played for Mel featuring friends and family who weren’t able to attend the event. As his daughter, supposedly in the UK, was talking on the video, she physically walked onstage to greet Mel, which brought the house down! i www.cudeca.org

The Vithas Xanit International Hospital in Benalmádena was recently recognised for its Safe Surgery Practices by the Sanitary Quality Agency of Andalucía (ACSA). The certification ensures patients that the Hospital follows the verification list recommended by the World Health Organisation’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives programme.

HEAD OF GASTROENTEROLOGY DEPARTMENT AT VITHAS XANIT INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL RECEIVES GOLD MEDAL Dr. Sánchez Yagüe, Head of the Gastroenterology Department at the Vithas Xanit International Hospital, recently received a Gold Medal from the Sociedad Andaluza de Patología Digestiva (The Andalusian Society of Gastroenterological Disease). The award recognizes Dr. Yagüe’s achievements throughout his career, as well as the work he has carried out for the Society. The awards took place in Granada, at an event attended by over 200 specialists. i www.vithas.es

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QUIRÓNSALUD SUPPORTS #RETOPELAYOVIDA: AN INITIATIVE BY FIVE FEMALE CANCER SURVIVORS Yolanda, Patricia, Carmen, Susana and Marián are five cancer survivors who have taken on #RetoPelayoVida: a challenge that will see them cross the Atlantic Ocean in less than 15 days, aboard a 73-metre sailboat they will pilot themselves under the guiding hand of Diego Fructuoso, owner of the boat. Also accompanying them will be a doctor from the Quirón group and two professional sailors. The women recently stopped at the Málaga port, where they were received by various dignitaries, including Ana Carmen Mata of the Provincial Council and Tomás Urda, Managing Director of the Quirónsalud Hospitals in Málaga and Marbella. i www.quironsalud.es

American equity fund, Real Capital Solutions, was proud to be recognised for excellence in real estate development and property sales in Spain at the International Property Awards in London. The International Property Awards celebrate the highest levels of achievement with a judging panel comprising professional industry experts. Managing partner, Peter Wells, was honoured by Lord Best at the gala dinner in London with two awards: for the regeneration works of distressed construction, Valley Heights, in Southern Spain and for consistent sales success with commercial brand, Smart Property Professional. All 40 apartments at Valley Heights were sold within just 11 months in 2014 with an average price of €400.000. This was an unprecedented achievement for the Spanish property market prior to the market stabilisation and price-rises of 2016. i For further information, www.RCSspain.com

SPORTRADAR: CHANGING LIVES THROUGH SPORT Sportradar is an international company intent on changing lives through sport. At a golf event held at La Zagaleta recently, the company donated a combined total of €140.000 to charity. Sportradar is an international company delivering sports data and content around the globe. It believes that in a world full of controversy sport is the one thing that can unite and connect people; sport can change lives. At a recent event held at La Zagaleta Golf Club the company gave their donation to two international charities: Indochina Starfish and Right to Play, and one local charity: Butterfly Children Charity, DEBRA. i www.sportradar.com

NEW BOOKS BY LOCAL ARTISTS Dutch artist, Ernst Kraft, who has been living and working in Malaga and Mijas since 1989, has published his new book, Las Crónicas del Kong, with Editorial Letrame in Almeria. The book leads us into the animal world as a fable. Striking illustrations reveal the distressing chronicles of the protagonists, who face crime, war, torture, and more. The book is for sale directly or on request in major bookstores and from Amazon. Another interesting new read is Rita Martorell, Retratista del Alma: a beautiful pictorial work which compiles portraits of notable public personalities, painted between 1996 and 2016. g Rita’s book can

be purchased at Librería Mata (C/ Enrique del Castillo 3, Marbella). www.ritamartorell.com

PADEL TRAINER PRESENTATION AT THE PUENTE ROMANO BEACH RESORT & SPA Cutting edge padel project, Padel Trainer, recently held a press conference at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa’s Le Foyer Andalucía. The company comprises a team that offers everything from personal training to clinics and even online coaching courses, all centred around the exciting sport of paddle. The company offers an online channel with over 150 videos focusing on technique, tactics, drills, fitness and situations on court. It also offers advice on strategies, booking tools and social match play arrangements, academies and tournaments, events and clinics, etc. Finally, Padel Trainer offers consulting and advice services to entrepreneurs and investors interested in the business of padel. i For further information, www.padeltrainer.com

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BROMLEY ESTATES MARBELLA LAUNCHES APARTMENT COMPLEX IN CANCELADA Marbella real estate professionals, Bromley Estates Marbella, announced the launch of a brand new residential complex of two- and three- bed luxury apartments and penthouses – Le Mirage de Santa Vista – located at the heart of Cancelada on the New Golden Mile. Acting as the sole agent for this project, Bromley Estates Marbella recently released these fabulous ultra-contemporary residencies onto the market (completion is due in August 2018). Interest has been extremely high within the industry (even prior to the launch) and, once released upon the market, 40 units in Phase I were sold within the first 10 days, with only two units remaining. Phase II was recently released and is also experiencing buoyant sales. i Interested parties can visit

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SEVENTH MARBELLA FORUM AGAINST CANCER AT CERAM HOSPITAL Ceram Hospital and Immucura Med recently invited physicians and health professionals to the Seventh Marbella Forum Against Cancer, which aims to foster integrative therapy for cancer and to widen existing concepts of therapy. Talks were given by various professionals, including Jörn Steiger, head of a German laboratory, who spoke about the promising new immune therapy with autologous dendritic cells – also known as the cancer vaccine. The latter has been implemented in various clinical trials, since dendritic cells help the body fight cancer. The treatment can be combined with other therapies for a greater chance of success. Dendritic cells produce excellent results and have no serious side effects. Other interesting talks focussed on hyperthermia (heating up specific parts of the body to kill cancer cells) and on the importance of mindset, motivation and the will to live. i www.immucura.com

OUR//SPACE COWORKING LAUNCHES IN MARBELLA Our//Space is an exciting new concept in coworking, which will develop a global network of 50 key coworking locations over the next three-to-five years. The first site will open in January 2017 in the Oasis Business Centre on the Golden Mile, providing Marbellabased entrepreneurs with work space, fantastic facilities, a strong business network, corporate wellness, and professional development opportunities for a manageable monthly fee. Our//Space offers private offices, permanent office spaces in a shared coworking environment and hot desking, along with cutting-edge technology, and lifestyle savvy services. It has been designed by Emmy-nominated Hollywood Production Designer Carlos Barbosa. i www.ourspace.work

MUNDO MANÍA FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE OPENING PARTY Mundo Manía in Cancelada is the newest and biggest family entertainment centre in the area offering something for all the family. Facilities include: a baby and toddler soft play area, a huge playframe for three to 12-year-olds, a teen zone, a café and bar, and a bright, secure, welcoming environment. The centre will offer children and teens the chance to play, learn and develop in a fun, stimulating and safe environment and it is a great place for adults too. Mundo Manía will be throwing a grand opening party on Saturday 3rd December from 12 midday with lots of surprises in store. It’s the perfect opportunity for families to visit the centre, meet mascot Milo the Monkey and experience a world of fun for everyone! i www.mundo.mania.com

PLIÉ PILATES COMES TO MARBELLA Angie Smith is a qualified Balanced Body Pilates instructor, who up until recently was training and teaching over 60 clients a week in Dubai. Angie has relocated to Marbella and is excited to be bringing her extensive skills of Pilates to local clients. Pilates improves people’s posture, core strength, relieves stress and helps with balance, co-ordination and flexibility for any age group. Angie also recently qualified as a BarreConcept Instructor. Barre is a new kind of fitness workout which incorporates the precision of Pilates with the moves of ballet for an exciting workout to high energy music. Angie has a fully equipped studio in Marbella and offers Pilates in the comfort of your own home. g For

further information, Tel: 678 750 661. pilatesdubai@gmail.com

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SOROPTIMISTS RAISE OVER €4.500 TO FIGHT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

ABN AMRO PRESENTS INVESTMENT OUTLOOK Leading figures of ABN AMRO Private Banking presented an investment outlook to clients, peers and members of the press at a gathering held recently at the ABN AMRO office in Puerto Banús. Organised with customary flair and professionalism, the well-attended event was presided over by Kurt Looyens, Country Executive/Head World Citizen Services Spain, who presented authoritative speakers Didier Duret, Chief Investment Officer of ABN AMRO Private Banking and Han de Jong, Chief Economist of ABN AMRO Bank N.V. ABN AMRO also recently organised a glamorous golf tournament at La Reserva, Sotogrande, adding an impressive €22.222 to the €20.000 raised last year for Butterfly Children charity, DEBRA. i www.abnamro.com

Soroptimist International Costa del Sol raised over €4.500 at their 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner and second Golf Tournament. “An important donation of €1.000 from the Age Care Association helped us raise such a large sum of money and we are so grateful for their help,” said President, Amelia Martínez Hockley. The Gala Dinner was held at the Tamisa Golf Hotel and was attended by Soroptimist members from all over the world. The second Soroptimist Golf Tournament, meanwhile, saw players from Iceland, Thailand, Holland and Finland play on top golf courses along the Costa del Sol while non-golfers were taken on special tours of Málaga and the inland regions of the province. i www.soroptimist.es

CASINO MARBELLA RAISES €4.435 FOR MONSALVAT FOR ASIA FOUNDATION A Night for Nepal was the title given to a chic cocktail party, held at Casino Marbella to present the Monsalvat for Asia Foundation. The latter works hard to help children in the most deprived areas of Nepal. Its projects include building a school, setting up medical stations and preserving the historical and cultural heritage of an impoverished but beautiful part of the world. The event raised an impressive €4.435, which will undoubtedly make a big difference to the needy. i www.casinomarbella.com

GOLDEN STAR AWARD FOR UHY FAY & CO

AGROJARDÍN RINGS IN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON The largest garden centre on the Coast, Agrojardín, recently celebrated the start of the Christmas season with an event attended by over 300 people. The store presented the very latest Christmas decorations, for home interiors and exteriors. Guests enjoyed various live performances by trapeze artists, musicians and much more. i www.agrojardin.com

UHY Fay & Co, the only member of global accountancy and consultancy network, UHY, was recently granted a Golden Star by the Institute for Professional Excellence, endorsed by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. The award was given in recognition of its professional reputation, achievements and commitment to excellence. The Golden Star is a symbol that reflects the company’s ethics, professionalism, and results, as well as its capacity to innovate and to promote economic and social development. i www.uhy-fay.com

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NEW ROLEX CORNER at Ideal Joyeros in Puert o Banús WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ROLEX

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hen it comes to exclusive jewellery and top-of-therange watchmaking, two names immediately spring to mind: Ideal Joyeros (the renowned brand selling a range of high-end watches as well as jewellery by houses the calibre of Chopard, Pomellato and Bvlgari) and Rolex (founded in 1905 and an undoubted standard bearer in its sector). The core values of both companies are in many ways similar: excellence, attention to detail and precision. It is only logical, therefore, that Ideal, with its boutique in Puerto Banús, should be chosen to house the elegant new Rolex Corner. Measuring 40m2, the new area is built largely in solid wood, with watches displayed in glass casing. New and iconic designs can be viewed in the area, which reflects the brand’s prestige in each piece of furniture, in the subtle blend of colours and the luxury materials – which range from solid stone to soft leather. The décor features Crema Marfil marble, quarried from the Spanish mountains of El Coto and Zafra; other highlights include aged-bronze hued trimming, stucco, and panelling. The key is to create interiors which appeal to the sense of sight and touch, denoting prestige and comfort simultaneously.

The interiors reflect the same concept present in all Rolex stores. The brand, whose headquarters are located in Geneva, enjoys an unparalleled reputation for quality and expertise across the globe. Indeed, Rolex can lay claim to many firsts; in addition to creating the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch (the Oyster, created in 1926 and featuring a hermetically sealed case), it also invented the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism in 1931. Over the course of its history, it has registered some 400 patents. At the new corner, watch lovers will be able to take in the beauty of designs ranging from classic to newer lines. Some stunners to watch out for include the New Cosmograph

Daytona (whose crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire and whose fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that permits only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement!); the New Air-King (inspired on the aeronautical heritage of the original Rolex Oyster, this watch boasts the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, and features a distinctive black dial with a combination of large 3, 6 and 9 numerals to mark the hours and a prominent minute scale for navigational time readings); or the New Datejust 41 (featuring the brand new Rolex calibre 3235, a groundbreaking movement in the industry. This watch also carries

the Superlative Chronometer certification defined by Rolex in 2015, which affords superior performance). The friendly, specialised staff will be happy to help you make your selection, whether you are after men’s, women’s, professional, gold or steel watches. Whether diamonds, fluted bezels or colourful dials are your taste, you will find your perfect match within this brand new space. While you are there, make sure to check out the beautiful jewellery on display at Ideal Joyeros. The brand, founded in 1973 by Shyam Aswani, is one of the most renowned firms in Spain, with boutiques in Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Marbella. Expect to find a host of leading watch and jewellery brands. Luxury, innovation and personalisation are key characteristics of the service and products offered at Ideal Joyeros. Personal appointments are available with sales advisors; to access this service, book your visit online or give the shop a call.

g Muelle Ribera Local M-28, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 907 010. www.idealjoyeros.com www.rolex.com

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t the time of writing this article, the political parties of Spain are still jockeying for position, although it is now looking like the PSOE is too frightened of an electoral disaster to force a further election and so will allow Sr. Rajoy to form another Partido Popular Government. If this happens, it probably won’t last long but at least Congress will be able to approve a budget for 2017 to keep the unelected EU Commission technocrats happy. So what will happen to Wealth Tax? How can Spain, with its large deficit, manage without it? The 2016 budget included a provision that exempted Wealth Tax from 2017. It was a kind of parting gift from Rajoy before the 2016 elections. So, if nothing happens between now and 31 December, it will be exempted, at least for 2017. Wealth Tax (about €2 billion p.a.) is collected by Spain’s 17 Autonomous Communities. The financial situation of the AC’s is dire so reducing their tax revenue doesn’t make sense

although a new rule allows them to run a bigger deficit. Will the PP stick to its guns and let Wealth Tax disappear? Honestly, who knows for sure? And if the PP gets in, it will be a minority Government, even with the support of Ciudadanos, so they may have to postpone the Wealth Tax exemption to get the 2017 budget passed by Congress. Government paralysis has done nothing to slow down the tax inspectors. They decided late last year that people who owned homes using SL companies needed a little special attention. This has proved to be a very fertile ground. SL property ownership, usually with foreign holding companies, has been used since time immemorial to reduce exposure to unpleasant taxes, especially wealth and inheritance taxes. Some company structures were set to keep owners’ names confidential for perfectly legitimate reasons, and a few were created for nefarious reasons involving criminal activity and money laundering. Whatever the motives, the Spanish tax system requires that an

SL Company receives a reasonable rent for the use of its property, which is all well and good and perfectly acceptable. What the tax inspectors found, however, was that many SL companies showed no income at all or just enough to pay basic property costs, like local taxes, community fees, electricity bills and the gardener’s wages. The tax office decided that rent should equal about four per cent of the property market value and where very low or no rent had been declared, because they can go back four years, tax assessments have been huge. The tax rate on undeclared rent is 30 per cent and the free use of the property by shareholders is another 19 per cent or so in tax. A further problem has been that the tax office does not accept that rent should be paid only for periods of occupation and insists on rent being paid for the whole year, treating the property as if it were at the disposal of the shareholders for the entire year. This treatment of rental income is an unjustified

interpretation of tax law, in my view, but nothing stops the tax office from raising assessments. If a tax assessment is accepted then the tax office lowers the fines and inspectors have also been more generous with tax deductions and rent values, so taxpayers usually accepted the assessments. In Spain, even if you appeal to a tax tribunal, you have to pay the tax and appeals take anything up to ten years to come to a conclusion. The bottom line is that owning Spanish residential property with companies is no longer a ‘one size fits all’ solution and needs to be considered carefully on a case by case basis. For those who have not yet suffered a tax inspection, the best advice is to get some proper advice, before it’s too late. Readers may like to know more about the author and this firm that has practiced in Spain for 31 years. g For further information: Alistair Spence Clarke, FCA Spence Clarke & Co, Chartered Accountants, Marbella www.spenceclarke.com

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ogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies. They are microchipped and a multipage passport is issued with the first injection, followed by a booster a month later. After that, annual revaccinations and deworming against tapeworm (echinococcus) by the vet are marked on the passport and reported to the Junta. The law demands that owners keep their pets healthy. Hence only preventing rabies and tapeworm doesn’t imply compliance with the law. Deworming tablets containing praziquantel and milbemycin kill most parasites included heartworm. In rural areas, the regular pipette against ticks and fleas might not be enough though. Nine-way vaccines covering four strains of leptospirosis (transmissible to humans) are sometimes recommended, their effects lasting up to three years for some of the other diseases they cover.

ADOPTION AND TRAVEL When adopting a pet in Andalucía, it must be delivered vaccinated, dewormed and neutered. Top of the range rescues will charge a higher release fee but the veterinary package they offer is definitively well worth the price. Adopting from the pound is cheaper, though veterinary services are basic and often the neutering requirement is not met. The adoption contract should be accompanied by an invoice carrying 21 per cent VAT. Any treatments

and tests should be marked in the animal’s passport, dated, signed and sealed by the vet. You are free to travel within the EU with your pet, but if rehoming it should travel under TRACES, the European Commission’s online system for imports and intra-EU trade of animals, plants, food and feed. The system makes sure the animal complies with all necessary sanitary requirements. Should you choose to adopt a pet in Spain, you may take it back with you to your country. Make sure the passport is up-todate on rabies and deworming and that the microchip – a passive radio transponder – is ISO 11794/11795 compliant. The 64-bit communication protocol results in a 15-digit sequence readable at most border controls within Europe. If not sure, travelling with your own microchip reader is better than having your pet retained at the border for weeks. Only carrying their passport will unfortunately not be enough. Once the pet has arrived to your country, make sure your address and a working telephone are associated to the microchip number. On www.europetnet.com you may track where the pet is registered, asking the relevant registry for the current details. If your pet is staying in Spain, please note numerous Town Halls carry a pet register. Inscription is mandatory. Pets may be walked on streets and public areas, but must be kept

on a short leash. They may be left to run free in dog-parks and in the countryside. Collars with a GPS connected to your smartphone are available.

DANGEROUS ANIMALS Poisonous fish, spiders and amphibians; reptiles over 2 kilos; carnivores over 5 kilos; all monkeys and any wild animal over 10 kilos are considered dangerous wild species. They may be kept as pets but may not leave their enclosures. PPP dogs (Spanish for perros potencialmente peligrosos – potentially dangerous dogs) is a specific regulation applying to certain breeds of dogs and their crosses, as well as any dogs that have exhibited aggressive behavior in the past, independent of their breed. Pit Bull Terriers (of all kinds), American Staffordshire Terriers, Brazilian Fila, Argentine Dogo, Akita Inu, Tosa Inu, Rottweilers and Dobermans and any crosses are automatically classified as ‘potentially dangerous’. The selection of breeds is arbitrary and excludes

wolf hybrids and some of the larger breeds, such as the Caucasian Ovcharka or Neapolitan Mastiff, just to mention two. Owning a PPP requires a license, granted for five years. You must be over 18 years old, have a clear criminal record, follow a basic dogtraining course and be insured for at least €175.000 in damages. A vet must also examine the dog. PPPs may be walked in public areas; there must be at least one person per dog and the dog must be on a lead up to one metre long. The dog must wear a muzzle (make sure the dog can pant). Whether you own a PPP or not, insuring your pet is a good idea. If you lose your microchipped pet, report it to the Andalusian pet register (RAIA) and to the police. While in your name, the pet is yours even if lost years ago, and you are responsible for any damages it causes. On the other hand, an unaccompanied non-chipped animal is legally considered as abandoned and may be sent to the pound and killed within ten days. e

Pets in Andalucía must comply with some of the strictest regulations in the country. WORDS CRISTINA FALKENBERG

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Antima, a company specialising in transforming older properties into spectacular new ones, recently dazzled the press with the presentation of their latest projects – Villla Olivia and Villa Isabella, both stunning homes featuring beautiful contemporary interiors that represent the perfect blend between design and comfort. i www.antima.no

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The Boardwalk restaurant and bar recently held a fun Hollywood-inspired event, to raise funds for Costa Christmas Collections. The owners would like to thank their sponsors: Arques, Eventoshop and The Event Company, who provided the Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe entertainers plus singers Gary, Tabitha and Marc, who all donated their time. The event was a huge success and € 5.750 was raised for the worthy cause. i www.theboardwalkmarbella.com

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COCKTAIL & JAZZ EVENING AT THE GOLDEN PRINCESS

Engel & Völkers Puerto Banús recently hosted a Cocktail & Jazz evening at their new exclusive property in Atalaya de Rio Verde. Over 100 agents from the leading estate agencies in Marbella enjoyed superb canapés and smooth jazz sounds while discovering the palatial villa. Surrounded by tropical gardens, The Golden Princess offers luxurious privacy just a few hundred metres from Puerto Banús. i For further information, 

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“A house is made of bricks and beams. A home is made of hope and dreams” – Anonymous  

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LA GRAN FIESTA de las empresas 2016

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NEW INSTALLATIONS FOR CLÍNICA ZURICH Clínica Zurich, a leader in the medical-aesthetic sector, recently inaugurated its new installations in Marbella at a swish cocktail party, at which guests were given a pack of exclusive treatments. The new clinic boasts a cutting edge design characterised by modernity and warmth.  i www.clinicazurich.com

“People will stare. Make it worth their while” – Harry Winston

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BLEVINS FRANKS LECTURE 2016

Blevins Franks Tax & Wealth Management recently held the annual Blevins Franks Lecture 2016, featuring guest speaker, Will Greenwood MBE. Over 200 clients attended the talk, which included a Champagne reception, drinks and canapes. Clients were entertained by a saxophone and trumpet jazz duo. Catering was provided by Dani García of the eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant. i www.blevinsfranks.com

“You aren’t wealthy until you have something money can’t buy” – Anonymous

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MARBELLANOW TV CELEBRATES ITS 100TH SHOW

Nicole King and the team at MarbellaNow TV recently celebrated their 100th TV show with a host of special guests at their lively cocktail party in the Puente Romano Hotel. Congratulations to Nicole and all involved for making life in Marbella so much more entertaining. i www.rtvmarbellanow.com

“Entertainment is such a great job to have” – 2 Chainz

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Acompáñanos el sábado 10 de diciembre · Join us on Saturday 10th December

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ANDALUCÍA DEVELOPMENT CELEBRATES RENEWED OFFICES AND 35TH ANNIVERSARY

The team at Andalucía Development recently held a well-attended cocktail party to show off their remodelled office and celebrate 35 years of success in business. Their office at Centro Plaza now bears a contemporary new design, very much in line with the company’s forward way of thinking. i www.andadev.com

“At first they will ask why you’re doing it. Later they’ll ask how you did it” – Anonymous

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Start your Journey to Wellness The Mediterranean Lifestyle inspires Marbella Club’s new wellbeing programmes, comprising personalized nutrition and medical pathways.

Marbella Club provides an all-encompassing wellness experience based on Mediterranean principles, healthy cuisine, activities, effective medical, holistic, therapeutic and thalassotherapy treatments. Led by our dedicated and supportive team of professionals, you will experience immediate and sustainable results.

We offer a 10% discount on the 2 or 4-day Wellness Programmes. Valid from 1st October 2016 - 31st March 2017, both included. Half Term and Christmas periods are excluded: 21st October - 1st November 2016 / 23rd December 2016 - 1st January 2017.

If you wish to receive further information about our Wellness Programmes please contact our dedicated Wellness team: wellness@marbellaclub.com Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602, Marbella, Málaga, Spain (34) 952 822 211 Fax (34) 952 82 88 84 marbellaclub.com


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t is a fresh Monday morning and I am on the bridge of Hebridean Princess as it emerges from Tobermory harbour into the Sound of Mull on Scotland's spectacular west coast. We are just the captain, first officer and helmsman on the bridge, which is surprisingly roomy considering the dinky, 2,000-ton vessel carries just 50 passengers and 37 crew. All of us could fit comfortably into one lifeboat on any of the new mega-ships. Yet Hebridean Princess is an appropriate vessel for these waters, sprinkled with rocks and whirlpools amid heather-covered hillsides, where pleasurecraft and ferries proceed with caution,

not unmindful of the fate of the SS Politician, which sank off Eriskay in 1941 carrying 264,000 bottles of whisky. Somehow a big ship would not feel right here, even if the captain was willing to chance featuring in a remake of the film Whisky Galore, and if a whopper did come by, there would be no passengers on the bridge. Such privileges are reserved these days for passengers on small, expensive cruise ships. Such as Hebridean Princess, which I had boarded at Oban, welcomed by a beaming officer flourishing the Champagne drunk by the Tsars of Russia. Enjoy a drink at the bar

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What followed was a week of elegant cruising in a style that would have pleased the Romanovs, and was certainly good enough for the Queen, who in these post-Britannia years has chartered the vessel twice for family holidays. Hebridean Princess passengers are also a close-knit group, and on my cruise 60 per cent had sailed on the ship before. In fact the main topic of conversation was who is going where next, and when. One couple from Bermuda had made 15 sailings and were on for two weeks. In such a situation one would expect cliques, but the ship is incredibly friendly. Even so I kept my head down after an experience on a previous trip, when a woman spotted me in the salon making notes. “I say,” she barked, “are you a travel writer, or are you one of us?” The faithful are couples and singles, the latter women mostly, ranging from middle-age to a certain age, who pay handsomely for smiling service that might be the best afloat. The onboard atmosphere is that of a warm country house party, where trusted retainers anticipate whims. On this vessel, there is always an officer looking for someone who needs company, perhaps a cheery chat over a cup of tea. I have to confess it was the Romanov’s Champagne that floated my boat, and over a glass or two I enjoyed many conversations with people whose lives were less than ordinary, which might be one of the better reasons for travelling on a small ship with a pricey pedigree. I dined nightly at a round table hosted by the jolly purser and enjoyed lively conversations with a US-based professor who attached his napkin with a clothes peg. I wondered but dared not ask if he was a graduate of cruise ship napkin folding sessions. Lunch aboard the Hebridean Princes Skye deck

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Hebridean Princess itself is warmly opulent. The lounge reminds me of days when genteel hotels had a residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lounge where people talked among the teapots. Anyone stuck for conversation here can always venture what the very real broadsword in the inglewood fireplace is for. Then again this is a ship with great character. It was built as a 600-passenger ferry on the Scottish islands, while doubling as a Cold War command centre, before being converted into a cruise ship with a selection of cabins unlike anything else afloat. All are different, each has a bathroom with a proper tub, and mine had portholes that opened. A teapot is also there, and a wee flask of whisky, topped up daily. In the bar, too, there is no charge for a bevy, nor the well chosen wines served with meals, all of them beautifully presented and highlighted by a gala evening with formal dress, caviar, and a

spirited toast to the haggis by the kilted hotel manager with flailing dirk. Good times were also had ashore, starting with Jura, where 1984 author George Orwell lived, and these days the island has been making news with a gin made by three women. The next day we had a visit to Islay and the Laphroaig distillery, whose fame started during Prohibition, when US agents fell for a story that the pungent, peaty liquid was a medicinal tonic. Islay with its eight distilleries is hugely popular with lovers of a fine single-malt whisky, with one producer, Bowmore, even offering holiday accommodation within the distillery. Presumably, this is a place where you can sleep tight. These islands are also well served with churches, a striking example being the Round Church at Bowmore, built like this, they say, so the devil would have no place to hide.

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Iona with its magnificent abbey is always a pleasure and every soul on board made the pilgrimage ashore, not a few searching the adjacent graveyard for the burial site of British politician John Smith and his epitaph quoting Alexander Pope, “An honest man’s the noblest work of God.” I always get a kick out of Colonsay, which, with just 135 people, produces annual festivals of music, books and even rugby – some going for an island that makes do with a temporary rugby pitch. There are beautiful gardens and beaches, such as that at Kiloran, a great favourite of the Queen, and I imagine that on her holidays aboard Hebridean Princess she would sit on the aft deck and take in the natural beauty. Its brilliantly white sand, along with others such as in Harris, are easily spotted by high-flying jets en route to Canada, on occasion prompting

incredulous passengers to ask if they are flying over the Caribbean. Scotland and Canada, of course, have a very real connection, and one young Hudson’s Bay Company Scots apprentice who rose to be head of the company, President of the Bank of Montreal and the man who drove the last spike to finish the trans-continental railway that founded Canada, was Donald Alexander Smith, later Lord Strathcona, who build a fine house in Colonsay, now a hotel. The gardens here are a delight, as is the tea shop with baking worthy of a lord’s table. Look out for anything with honey, for with more than 200 varieties of flowers to choose from, Colonsay’s bees produce a unique blend. A shop near the dock was selling it for £7.50 for a small jar. Last year, I was told by a woman with a twinkle in her eye, it was £6.

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Other shops sold well-made and attractive crafts, often woolen goods such as chunky sweaters perfect for keeping out the cold, and not just on Colonsay but on every island we visited. Clearly, long winter nights in the Hebrides must echo with thes thunderous clicking of knitting needles. I noted too that newspapers were usually available, unlike previous trips I have made to the Highlands and islands. Scottish lore tells of the tourist who went into a village shop and asked for the morning papers. He was asked if he wanted yesterday’s paper or today’s paper. When he protested that of course he wanted today’s paper, the proprietor, his hand on the till, said, “Weel, you’ll have to come back tomorrow.” Sharing airspace with the bees are loads of seabirds, such as puffins in Staffa – where we had a stop at Fingal’s cave – and mighty white-tailed sea eagles on Mull. En route to Duart Castle, our bus driver pointed out a pair circling over their nest. Yes, we had buses, but many walked

and hiked, even when the weather was not great, but Hebridean Princess has a drying room and a crew always going the extra mile, such as providing hot toddies for returning outdoors people. They rose to the occasion when Wimbledon was on, setting up a TV in the lounge, and serving strawberries and cream to delighted passengers. Tobermory was a highlight. This little town oozes character, good pubs with music, excellent shopping, and a ginger cat called Tom. He has been the subject of a book apparently because he is expert in the art of sitting majestically on a wall soaking up the sun. I saw him one day from the deck of Hebridean Princess, not on his wall, but ambling by the Pier Cafe, which as Tom will know does very good fish and chips. The cruise almost over, a group of talented musicians came aboard for a concert, then stayed for a glass of Champagne. It was that kind of trip, the best of Scotland’s beautiful west coast in a very special, indeed unique, little ship. e

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he Westin name is associated with the very best things life has to offer – relaxation, healthy living and a love of nature – values which the newly refurbished Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa, upholds to the letter. Recently purchased by the Marriott Group, the Hotel joins a prestigious organisation which also includes The Luxury Collection, The Ritz-Carlton, St Regis and Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, etc. At the helm of the Resort is the affable Alexander Peev, who has invested his career in managing luxury hotels, including the Gehry-designed Hotel Marqués de Riscal, of which he was the General Manager for many years. Peev recently escorted a select group of journalists to view the Resort, expressing the Westin’s growing interest in attracting not only the typical summer holiday goers, but also visitors from as faroff as China or Japan, who seek to avail of Marbella’s excellent weather practically year-round, while they enjoy a health and wellness experience like few others. Top international football teams avail of the nearby football installations, while companies wishing to provide

their teams with incentives find all the luxury and comfort they need at the Hotel. The novelties at the new Westin include the rooms; there are 170 in total, now bearing a beautiful design inspired on nature. Thus, the headboard of the King-sized beds are inclined slightly, so as not to block the view of the rolling mountain ranges and seaside, visible through the glass curtains of every room. Pale wooden hues are married to light tones such as egg blue, beige and stone grey and the overall ambience is one of peace, wellbeing, and relaxation. The rooms are sizeable, with the smallest (the Classic) measuring 40m2 and the Junior Suite a spacious 61m2. Great detail has been taken in materials, with everything from rugs to shutters made from natural products (such as wood, rattan and the like). “When people leave the Hotel, we want them to feel better than when they arrived,” says Peev, and there is no surer way to guarantee just that than with the rooms’ Heavenly Beds (which have won various world renowned prizes for their quality). The bathrooms, meanwhile, are equipped with Heavenly Baths and Showers, which

provide a delicious jet massage for those in need of a bit of pampering. It isn’t all about resting, of course; the Hotel has plenty to keep your entire family occupied, especially if you are a golfer – the impressive 27hole golf course designed by Manuel Piñero will keep you focused for hours, while your children take part in a host of activities in the brand new Kid’s Club, once again designed with natural elements in mind. Those who prefer Pilates or a gym workout, meanwhile, should head for the WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio, featuring top machinery, or enjoy a swim in one of three exterior swimming pools. After a hard day’s play, why not unwind at the Heavenly Spa by Westin, measuring 1,500m2 and featuring everything from steam baths to sensation showers, a circuit pool and luxurious treatment rooms in which you can receive everything from a relaxing to an invigorating massage, manicure and pedicure, or waxing. The Spa is inspired on all things Arabian and it is easy, indeed, to feel like a prince or princess once you are enveloped in its welcoming ambience.

Gastronomy is big at the Westin; there are two restaurants, as well as various bars. The restaurants serve Mediterranean and international cuisine, as well as dishes from the SuperFoodsRx menu. The Hotel prides itself on sourcing local, organic ingredients for its dishes, which are created to satisfy the palate yet promote health and wellness. If business is on the agenda, the Westin won’t disappoint, with over 800m2 of space available for events, including a dance hall, various meeting rooms and a 24-hour business centre. The event areas offer natural light and spectacular views over the gardens, golf course and the coast itself. Finally, the Hotel’s location is key. Although it is not a frontline hotel, it is a short drive away from Marbella’s best beaches, as well as the Golden Mile and Puerto Banús, and just 45 minutes from the airport. Prices are very reasonable, despite the luxury that abounds. The Westin lives up to its promise of offering a holiday that is as action packed as it is tranquil, as comfy as it is elegant – all up, one that the whole family can enjoy to the full.

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ENJOY PREMIER CUISINE AT ALMINAR WINE & STEAK HOUSE, DISCOVER NEW JAPANESE FINE DINING RESTAURANT SANTOKU AT THE VILLA PADIERNA PALACE, LEARN ABOUT THE RISE OF THE HACIENDA PATAGÓNICA GROUP AND MEET MASTER WINEMAKER, MARIANO GARCÍA.

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Part of the luxurious Kempinski Resort Hotel, the Alminar offers five-star deluxe service, cuisine and a setting to match. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN the joyous commitment to what they do is palpable, and this sets the tone for a true dining experience.

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n fine dining, achieving the hallowed status of a Michelin star is an accolade to be proud of, but in reality there is another measure that must be taken into account when looking at the quality of a restaurant’s venue, service and culinary offering. Being the premium restaurant of the Kempinski Hotel Bahía means Alminar can offer a setting and a level of five-star elegance and service that is hard to match even in the trendiest of stand-alone eateries. This applies above all to the sense of arrival and the air of refinement that surrounds a restaurant of this kind, but even then it still has everything to prove in terms of the food itself. A good sign is always when you detect not just courteous professionalism but also a passion for this demanding but rewarding field, and at Alminar you immediately feel looked after among people who are indeed proud of their establishment. From the maître and the waiters to the sommelier and of course chef Alberto Sarmiento and his team,

Before I continue to describe the main restaurant I feel I should mention the charming tapas bar alongside it. Open in the evenings, it offers today’s interpretation – and presentation – of classic Andalusian dishes in tapas format. Many of the delicious items on the menu, which range from fish, seafood and meat, to soups, vegetablebased dishes and local cheeses, are typical of the Málaga area and made from regional produce that is selected with care. The same is true of the wines offered here, which are matched to the menu. The hotel even has its own Orgulloso label sourced from the celebrated Bodegas Joaquín Fernández in Ronda. La Cocina de mi Abuela is an ideal spot to meet up for a light meal, a company gathering, group event or indeed to enjoy an aperitif before making your way to the Alminar’s elegant dining room.

THE ALMINAR EXPERIENCE The Alminar Wine & Steak House has the feel of a premium restaurant, with a dining room that speaks of quality and style, and a setting overlooking a peaceful courtyard. The service is as you would expect in the top restaurants and hotels of the world: courteous, professional, knowledgeable and yes, passionate. The people who work here

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are clearly proud of their offering, and rightly so, for what the Alminar offers is in fact a five-star dining experience. That said, it is not stuffy or uncomfortably formal. Today’s deluxe resort brands are not put together that way, so you can relax and enjoy the evening in comfort. The menu is a mix of regional and international dishes built on quality local produce – fine tuna from Barbate, choice lamb from the Andalusian valleys and seafood sourced from both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. With so much to choose from we were offered a tasting menu that is artfully assembled to offer a perfectly balanced impression of what this restaurant is about gastronomically. We commenced with an Ibérico platter that remains a staple among the Kempinski’s international guests. While the Manchego cheese, jamón, Iberian Morcón and salchichón are familiar treats among those of us who live here it is the quality that sets this starter apart. Homemade brittle cheeseflavoured crackers accompanied the fine meats and cheese, along with a gorgeous Marques de Poley 1922. This Amontillado made from Pedro Ximénez grapes smells fragrantly sweet but it is actually crisp and dry. The next course of grilled King Prawns with a light Parmesan cheese sauce reinforced the fact that fine dining can be simplicity itself – as long as the ingredients and preparation are prime. The wine we enjoyed with this dish was another pleasant discovery in the form of Botani, a dry Moscatel from

the Málaga region that is as refreshing as a white wine but with playfully fruity overtones. I was glad to see it was also served with the beautifully steamed cod on a confit of cauliflower purée with sautéed asparagus. After fish comes meat, and in this case wonderfully juicy, crisp Iberian belly of pork in an orange and Hoisin marinade. This dish perfectly balances flavour and texture without at any point being heavy. The same can be said of the entire menu we enjoyed, and the choice of wines was in expert hands, so never feel too bashful to ask for suggestions. The sommelier chose the 2010 Orgulloso for this main course, and it is indeed a wine to savour, reflecting in its tasteful label design the hotel’s signature artwork. As one might expect in a restaurant of this standing, the desserts chez Alminar are all homemade creations, in this case a ‘Tocino de Cielo’ presented with truffle cream and flowers, and a cheesecake sorbet enjoyed with an orange-flavoured sweet wine that perfectly rounded off the experience. For quality of service, food and ambience, Alminar is definitely five-star, and it is worth noting that the team take any requests or dietary requirements in their stride, so if you yearn for classic elegance in a modern setting, make sure you try this fine dining option waiting to be enjoyed. g Kempinski Hotel Bahía, CN340, km 159, Playa El Padrón, Estepona. Tel: (+34) 952 809 500.

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he news that the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel was launching a brand new Japanese restaurant came as no surprise to savvy diners; the resort has a plethora of fine dining options, but the one thing that was missing was the Asian touch and among all possible choices, Japanese was the logical one for this grand luxury hotel. Chema Viera is the vision behind this new gastronomic haven. Born and raised in Canarias yet passionate about Andalucía and its unique produce, the Chef was trained in arguably the best establishment to learn the intricate Japanese culinary tradition: KBK Aravaka, owned by no less than the group with almost as many Michelin stars as the number of initials in its name (Kabuki). KBK is located in one of Madrid’s most upmarket residential areas (Pozuelo). Its client list includes footballers and celebrities – too many to mention. “When in Andalucía highlight Andalucía,” could very well be one of Chema’s mottos, who believes equally in the importance of following Japanese tradition to the letter. Heading the kitchens at a restaurant of this calibre in the Villa Padierna, Chema evidently has access to the very finest produce – tuna

from Almadraba, rice from Japan and authentic wasabi (not the typical wasabi paste made from powder, but the kind that will set you back €12 per 200gr – yes, wasabi is dearer than truffles). Speaking of truffles, they are also an important part of Chema’s cuisine – depending on the season, the Chef relies either on dark or white truffles (the larger fetches a price of around €2.000 a kilo). Santoku has a menu comprising traditional Japanese favourites – everything from sushi to ngiri, tempura and usuzukuri. The Chef visits each table and greets diners, making suggestions based on their taste preferences and enlightening international guests on some of the local produce employed – conchas finas, salmonetes, boquerones and the like. Indeed, Andalucía makes its presence felt subtly in many of his dishes, an excellent way indeed to differentiate Santoku from other Japanese restaurants. On my recent visit with photographer, Kevin Horn, Chema delighted us with an array of dishes in which fresh, magnificent flavours reigned supreme. The tuna tataki, topped with soft tiny leaves and soyinfused caramelised onion, immediately

livened our taste buds, letting us know that the meal we were about to enjoy, would display no less than the very best in quality and technique. A string of equally amazing dishes followed – the maguro tartar – wonderfully spicy and topped with a beautiful blend of soy, shichimi togarashi and chives. One of the most visually spectacular dishes is the red bream sushi basket, in which the star player is an entire red bream lying on a bed of ice, its buttery soft meat curved into the shape of scales upon the length of the fish itself. Beautiful flowers, petals and greens make this dish a standout, one that definitely becomes imprinted in the mind’s eye. An ideal choice for those who truly value excellent raw fish, the basket contained a blend of fatty, medium fatty and no-fat tuna, as well as salmon and finally Spanish mackerel, a nod to one our most famous types of fish. Once the basket was set upon the table, the Chef himself came out and grated fresh truffle all over the red bream flesh, adding an aroma and flavour so pleasing it must be experienced in person. A meal at Santoku would be sacrilege without trying the ngiri – for the rice is of

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a quality that you will not likely savour often along the Coast, with grains that maintain a structure but separate upon each bite. Our ngiri comprised slightly flambéed salmon, crisp fried quail eggs and bacon truffle pâté, tuna belly and mackerel – the rice beneath revealing a beautiful flavour and texture. A warm dish was finally in order – in this case, an irresistible futomaki ebi tempura – prawns fried with the finest batter, beautifully juicy and covered in a slightly sweet-spicy Japanese mayonnaise sauce. It was original and dazzlingly delicious. The Michelin guide has already paid a visit to the restaurant and we predict that it won’t be long before the kitchen team (whose heart comprises Chema and Assistant Chef, Diego) will be awarded with their very own star. The restaurant certainly has all it takes to merit a visit from informed diners near and far – top-of-the-range produce, a Chef who strikes the perfect balance between tradition and innovation, and the unbeatably beautiful garden setting afforded by one of the most stunning hotels in Marbella. g Open every evening for dinner from 7:30pm to 11pm.

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Lands in Marbella on New Year’s Eve

The Gran Meliá Don Pepe recently invited a select group of media (including Director, Iain Blackwell) to a special lunch, to announce an elegant New Year’s Eve Gala, inspired on Ian Fleming’s most famous character: James Bond! A live band will add plenty of flair to a dinner whipped up by talented Chef, Víctor Carracedo. The menu will feature six different dishes, including lobster with caviar, foie mi-cuit with gold and wagyu tartare. The dessert will be inspired on Bond and will be created specially by famed pastry house, Darcis. A similar dinner will also be served at the Hotel’s T-Bone Grill and there are special dinners lined up for Christmas Eve and Day as well. i www.melia.com

Honoré: New Bakery and Tea and Coffee Shop in San Pedro Honoré San Pedro is a magnificent new bakery, pastry and tea and coffee shop, opened recently in the heart of San Pedro de Alcántara. It is an ideal place to enjoy 15 different varieties of tea, top quality coffee and exquisite breads in various flavours (including cheese, corn and even seaweed – the owners’ homage to our coastal heritage). Desserts vary and include mouthwatering eclairs, cakes and tarts; traditional croissants and pan chocolat are also available. The opening of Honoré follows years of success of its sister shop in Estepona (Honoré Boulangerie), where all items are freshly baked each day using flour and other ingredients from France. Both shops open daily from 8am to around 9pm, except Monday. g The San Pedro shop is at C/ Pablo Ruiz Picasso 7, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 088 928. The Estepona shop is at C/ San Roque 2, Estepona. Tel: 951 335 388.

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RESTAURANT BUSINESS El Lago’s Director, Paco García, is pleased to have recently celebrated his 20th year in the restaurant trade. García is adamant about the importance of strengthening education and training, and ensuring that tourism flourishes yearround on the Coast, not just during the high season. At El Lago, Paco and the team keep busy promoting zero kilometre cuisine. Their hard work went a long way towards Marbella’s hosting of the Michelin Guide gala two years ago. El Lago is a Michelin-starred restaurant famed for its perfect blend of creativity and respect for tradition. i www.restauranteellago.com

Wine Tasting Event at Tanino Tanino recently held a wine tasting event with three prestigious Spanish wineries. The wines were presented by the owners and oenologists Victoria Ordoñez (Bodegas Victoria Ordoñez), Maite Esteve (Vins El Cep) and Jaime Postigo (Bosque de Matasnos). The latter presented his elegant Ribera del Duero Bosque de Matasnos White Label 2013 and 2014 and Black Label 2011; Esteve presented her exclusive cavas Marqués de Gelida 4 Heretats Gran Reserva, MIM Brut Reserva and MIM Pinot Noir Brut Reserva. In turn, Victoria Ordoñez presented her unique Málaga white wines: La Ola del Melillero 2015, Voladeros 2015 (the first dry White PX made in Málaga since the 19th century) and Monticara 2015. i www.tanino.es

Avanto Opens in La Cala de Mijas The La Cala area now boasts en elegant new restaurant: Avanto, open for events and featuring stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, with a light-filled dining room and contemporary décor. Avanto’s resident chef has created excellent menus for the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations, featuring dishes made with only the freshest ingredients, and locally sourced ingredients where possible. Enjoy an excellent dinner and dancing until the wee hours at Avanto. C/ Rota 9, Mijas Costa, La Cala de Mijas. Tel: 952 587 539. info@avantoevents.com 156 / DECEMBER 2016 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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AT THE PLAZA VILLAGE IN THE HOTEL PUENTE ROMANO

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

Tel: 952 818 392

TAI PAN chinese cuisine polynesian bar

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

SUKHOTHAI Exquisite Royal Thai Cuisine

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

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he group hails from Argentina, where Santiago’s forefathers have dedicated themselves to the restaurant and refrigeration trade for many years. The group had family in Sotogrande, and chanced upon the brilliant idea of opening an Argentinean asador in this relaxed family area. The year was 2002, a hard time for all businesses on the Coast, yet the restaurateurs managed to make quite a name for themselves and business was soon booming. “The biggest challenge at the time,” says Santiago, “was attracting Gibraltarian diners. The alcohol control policy meant that many preferred to dine closer to home. We therefore opened another branch of Hacienda Patagónica in La Línea. The project was a huge success, so much so that we eventually opened another Hacienda Patagónica restaurant within Gibraltar itself.” The Hacienda Patagónica group,

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like all successful ventures, favours taking risks and during the interim, the team opened other restaurants, including one in Fuengirola, which failed to attract the market they had originally expected, and a restaurant in Algeciras, alongside an external partner. They realised however that its worked best by keeping it in the family, and vowed to do so in the future. “Only this way can we ensure that our ventures maintain our high standards,” he states. The team knows that ups and downs are part of the entrepreneurial experience. “We’ve learned far more from our failures than our successes,” Santiago says, adding, “along the years, we have come to understand what diners desire; this can only be learned with time.” The group’s new baby is Origen, something completely unique in Marbella: an authentic Argentinean asador, serving top quality produce

at reasonable prices, in a warm, rustic setting that invokes inspiration from the world of cattle. In addition to running various restaurants, bars and clubs all at once, the team is very ‘hands on’. Thus, it is common to see them cooking up a storm at Origen’s impressive open kitchen, or attending to customers with characteristic warmth and simpatía. Origen’s motto is ‘Back to basics,’ with an emphasis on excellent produce (we recently tried the T-bone steak and the tenderness and flavour are certainly worthy of a backflip or two), sizeable portions (truly generous) and attentive service – friendly, without being imposing. “We don’t try to educate anyone about how to enjoy their food,” says Santiago, who acknowledges that although meat should in theory be served on the rare side, great care is taken to ensure that every client enjoys their own idea of perfection.

Everything at Origen is freshly made, in-house – from the bread to the sauces. Far from just serving succulent steaks, the restaurant actually has something for everyone – hearty salads, melted provolone cheese and more. One dish, the ragout empanadas, take an amazing three hours to make. Time, is one quality that distinguishes Origen from its older sister, Hacienda Patagónica. Here, meals are meant to be slower, more leisurely, enjoyed over various courses, the main focus being on the meat itself, served with excellent wine. “We couldn’t be happier with Origen’s success,” beams Santiago, “It’s given us more than we could have hoped for.” The Hacienda Patagónica group hope to continue giving clients what they ask for in the years to come – an exquisite dining experience that harks back to the unbeatable flavour of tender, juicy, flame-grilled meat.

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MARIANO GARCÍA Mariano García is possibly Spain’s most renowned winemaker and so much has been written about him that, as with all eminent figures, it is hard to distinguish the man from the myth. WORDS CARLOS READ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MAURODOS

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here is however a certain irony in this as he has no airs, is approachable, softly spoken though determined and most specific, and his instinctive feel and deep knowledge of the land and vineyards together with his by no means elaborate way of making wine make him thoroughly endearing. This is perhaps the result of his roots, for he is the son of an agricultural foreman at the (also mythical) Vega Sicilia (see December 2015) where he was born and brought up; and legend has it that his stellar career began one day, when he was just eighteen, as he happened to be passing the winemaker’s office and was asked in as they needed another taster. With no formal knowledge of wine, he was however the only one to pick out two identical wines in a blind tasting of 20 and was straight away put to

work in the winery. Subsequently – with the blessings, encouragement and help of general manager Jesús Anadón and long distance then owner of the estate (Venezuelan), Hans Neumann, he undertook formal winemaking and viticultural studies first in Valladolid and then in Madrid, to end up piloting the oenological fortunes of the winery from 1968 until the spring of 1998. This did not prevent him, however, from quietly branching out in 1978 – then in his mid 30s – into a separate, more personal project of his own. This would be the beginnings of Mauro, named after his father, and started with his purchasing some four hectares of old vineyards which were about to be grubbed up in Tudela de Duero. Here, in total contrast with his role at Vega Sicilia where his job was in a certain sense to continue the historical mantel and gently pilot a super traditional series of

wines into the 20th century, he could let himself go with practices at the time considered either unnecessary or downright loopy, but now very much the norm in the production of quality wines: picking grapes by parcel, figuring out their specific qualities and characteristics, experimenting with the results of different macerations, seeking ways to express more primary fruit, achieving better balance by reduced ageing in oak and in different sorts of barrels from diverse origins, and working on lower yields in the interests of achieving more purity and concentration. The official Ribera del Duero DO – which is some 115 kilometres long and just 36 deep – would follow a few years later, in 1982; but it is believed that when the bureaucrats were deciding and planning its limits, the mayors of neither western-most Tudela de

Duero nor neighbouring Sardón del Duero were particularly interested in being included and so they were not. Meantime, many years later, in the late 1990s, Mariano – of whom his son Eduardo has said “For him the clock never stops ticking; he observes, learns, travels” – was ready for a further adventure. Amazed at the bandwagoning attention Ribera del Duero was receiving, he was convinced that in due course there would not just be a limit to the region’s capacity, but some king of reckoning. It seemed to him that rural Toro – just an hour southwest and (still) known mainly for its clumsy, high strength reds, could be tamed. Here, it seemed to him, that the old virtually abandoned vines growing in their poor soils were simply waiting for someone to come along and make of them something different and dynamic.

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After considerable research and experimentation, 1997 duly saw not only the release of Vega Sicilia’s Pintia but of Mariano’s own first wine San Román, for in 1996 he had bought for himself some 10 hectares of old vineyards there; and shortly afterwards he would construct Maurodos, on the fringes of Pedrosa del Rey. Both of these, in their different ways, would set the regional benchmark and it is probably fair to say that even all these years later there are no other top local cuvées that come close as, despite an abundance of new wineries, Toro has in general still not found its feet . Shortly afterwards, however, came the bombshell, with the influential US Wine Spectator reporting: May 31, 1998 Vega Sicilia’s Winemaker Fired by Owners. On April 6, Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Spain’s foremost winery, abruptly fired Mariano García, its fabled winemaker for the past 30

MAURODOS PRIMA 2014 (14.5%) – DO TORO

Z Tinta de Toro/aka local Tempranillo with 15% Garnacha and 6% Touriga Nacional. Z Aged for 12 months in a combination of third use American and French oak. Z Intensely hued with alluring floral, purple and red plum characteristics, fresh curranty notes and overtones of fresh fig. Medium bodied, bright, jolly, with plenty of verve, substance and freshness.

MAURO 2014 (14.5%) – VINO DE LA TIERRA DE CASTILLA Y LEÓN

Z Tinto Fino/aka Tempranillo with 6% Syrah. Z Aged for 15 months in a combination of third use American and French oak. Z Purple in hue and in essence all about black fruit;

years. Industry sources told the Madrid newspaper El Mundo that the decision was ‘irrevocable’ and based on García’s alleged ‘unloyal competition’. Or not; for, as we have seen, Mariano had been rather busy for the last three decades, and if this piece has not dwelt on his achievements at Vega Sicilia – bought in 1982 by the Álvarez family – for whom Mariano not only tweaked its august, classic and ever so famous wines into a certain modernity, but in addition set up the formidable Alión estate in 1991 to offer a single upbeat Tinto Fino stylishly embellished with more than a touch of new French oak as befitted the times – it is because this has been more than written about elsewhere. Never one to stand still, in 1999 Mariano teamed up with Javier Zaccagnini, then head of Ribera del Duero’s Consejo Regulador (and incidentally its most effective ever) to create a

further winery in Ribera del Duero: Aalto. Here, yet again, quality and individuality remain the order of the day on the basis of old-vine or massale selection Tinto Fino, a wide range of terroirs spread over nine villages in the province of Burgos, and currently some 110 hectares. Some six wines are made and they are well worth hunting down especially if your pockets are deep. Mauro has now swelled to some 80 hectares consisting primarily of three vineyards, the oldest of which consists of just three hectares of centenary Tinto Fino and is the source of the sublime Terreus, of which just a few thousand bottles are produced in exceptional vintages;

and Maurodos now consists of some 90 hectares spread over a number of municipalities and from here next year will emerge the first ever vintage of super cuvée Cartago. Also out there somewhere is an exceptional barrel-fermented Godello, made in El Bierzo, production of which is just a few hundred bottles so blink and it’s gone; for over the years, Mariano, in conjunction with his sons Eduardo (an accomplished winemaker in his own right) and Alberto (who runs the administration of the family’s affairs), despite exporting their wines to over 70 countries, has become not just a myth but a household name trusted on his home soil and well beyond by serious wine lovers of all ages.

dense but restrained with nicely intermingled hints of toasty oak but with fresh, crunchy fruit and a nice mineral tang. Z Already most approachable, but will fill out with bottle age, so don’t be afraid to cellar it for a while; this is an altogether text book year of major elegance.

MAURODOS SAN ROMÁN 2013 (14.5%) – DO TORO

Z Old, pure Tinta de Toro grown on sparse soils with little organic material. Z Aged for 24 months in mainly newish French oak. Z Black in colour; big and mouth filling with a core of mainly red cherry fruit. Big, supple, succulent, harmonious and generously flavoured with (again) nice minerality. Already most approachable – ie. a pleasure to drink – but will cellar. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2016 / 161

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. . THE GUIDE listings

the guide

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

*restaurants

under €25

€25 – €40

€40 – €60

LISTINGS PET NEWS WHAT’S ON STARS FAMILY FUN €60 plus

YANX

ORIGEN

american

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

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

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

argentinean

HARD ROCK CAFÉ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

belgian EL COTO

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

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

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

french

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

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

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

gluten-free CELICIOSO

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

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listings THE GUIDE .

greek

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

grills

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

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

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

ARENAL BEACH BAR & RESTAURANT

international

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

11&11 RESTOBAR

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

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

OLD TOWN GRILL

AIDAN’S BAR & GRILL

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

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

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

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

RESTAURANTE RANCHO

EL CARNICERO

VOVEM

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

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

EL CARNICERO 2 Open every day for lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 176, Marbella. Tel: 952 867 599

EL GAUCHO

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

indian

JAIPUR PALACE

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

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

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

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

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

ALBERT & SIMON

BARBQ ARTESANAL BURGERS

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

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

ALBERTS

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

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

EL GAUCHO DE BANÚS

JAIPUR PURPLE

AMANHAVIS

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

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

EL RANCHO DEL PUERTO

MASSALA

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

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

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

GRILL DEL PUERTO

MUMTAZ

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

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

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

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

BESAYA BEACH Open Monday to Thursday for lunch, Friday and Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for lunch. Urb. Coral Beach s/n, km 176, Marbella. Tel: 952 777 299

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. THE GUIDE listings

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

Urb. Cerrado del Águila, Camino del Acevedo, s/n, Mijas Costa. Tel: 951 773 521

C’EST LA VIE

EL JINETE

POSTILLÓN

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

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

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Paseo Las Palmeras, 15, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 783 394

EL LAGO

CORTIJO FAIN

EL MIRADOR

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

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

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

DON LEONE

EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL RESTAURANT & SPA

CAFÉ DE RONDA

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

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

BRUNINGS

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

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

CAMURÍ

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

D-WINE

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

EL CAMPANARIO

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

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

CASANIS

EL CASTILLO

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

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

CELIMA

EL CORZO

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

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

CERRADO DEL ÁGUILA

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

Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

EL GRAN GASTBY

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

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

EL OLIVO 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

EL RESTAURANTE DEL CASINO

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 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

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

HILLS CAFE

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

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

FABIOLA

HORIZON STEAKHOUSE

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

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

FINCA BESAYA

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

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

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

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

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LA LOGGIA

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

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

LAGUNA BEACH RESTAURANTE

LA PLAGE DE CASANIS

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

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Zaragoza s/n, Las Chapas (exit km 190.5), Marbella. Tel: 952 900 450

KAVA

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

LA TERRAZA

LA BRISA

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

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

LA CABAÑA DEL MAR

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

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

for lunch on Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Plaza Practicante Manuel Cantos 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 630

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

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

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

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

MACAOO BEACH

Ochoa, 12, Marbella. Tel: 952 864 895

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

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

MOS EISLEY Open Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 12am. Closed Mondays. Urb. El Pilar, C/ Ojén, km 166, Marbella. Tel: 951 196 609

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

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

NŌMŌ BRASSERIE

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

LA VERANDA

LA CANTINA DEL GOLF

LA VERANDAH

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

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

MARE NOSTRUM

LA VERANDA LOBBY BAR

MC CAFÉ

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

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

LIMA

MESSINA

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

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm to 12am and

Open for dinner Monday to Saturday. Avda. Severo

RESTAURANTE ROYAL

LA FAMIEKE Open Monday to Saturday for dinner from 7pm. Closed Sunday. Calle Cruz, Plaza Puente Ronda, Marbella. Tel: 952 775 412

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

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

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

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

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

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

PUENTE ROMANO BEACH CLUB

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

Marbella. Tel: 952 770 760

Tel: 952 798 449

Tel: 952 906 181

TANINO

TROCADERO ARENA

AMORE E FANTASÍA

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

TERRA SANA

TROCADERO BEACH

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

Open Monday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nueva Andalucía next to the Casino. Tel: 952 906 205. Marina Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 977. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 951 901 050. C.C. Parque Miramar, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 663 937. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 951 915 069

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

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

THE LAUNDERETTE

Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. At the Puente Romano Hotel on the Golden Mile. Tel: 952 820 900

SKINA

Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. C/ Ronda, La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa (pedestrian street behind the Town Hall). Tel: 952 493 602

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

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

SHANTI-SOM – AMRITA

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

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

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

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

SUTTON Open nightly for dinner. Urb. Marbellamar 93,

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

THE LITTLE GERANIUM

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

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

TIKITANO Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. Guadalmansa, CN340, km 164, Estepona.

TROCADERO SOTOGRANDE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Paseo del Parque s/n, Sotogrande. Tel: 956 795 012

UNI

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

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

CARPACCIO

VENTA GARCÍA

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

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

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

VILLA PADIERNA CLUB DE MAR

DA BRUNO

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

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 every day for dinner. Closed on Mondays. Urb. Jardines del Puerto, local 12, Puerto Banús.

CASA TUA

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

FRASCATI Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de Los

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Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 608

GOLD RESTAURANT

METRO

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

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

IL TARTUFO

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

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

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

LA PAPPARDELLA DI ESTEPONA

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

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

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

PORTOFINO LAGUNA VILLAGE

LA PAPPARDELLA SUL MARE

RISTORANTE SAN MARTINO

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

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

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

LA TRATTORIA

ROSMARINO DELLA PIAZZA

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

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

LEONARDO DA VINCI

SERAFINA

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

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

LOMBARDO’S

VALPARAÍSO

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

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

MADE IN SARDINIA

VILLA TIBERIO

Open every night for dinner. C.C. Cristamar, Avda.

Open Monday to Saturday for dinner. Ctra. de

Cádiz, km. 178, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 799

mediterranean

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

oriental ASIA FOOD

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

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

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

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

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

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

OMBÚ

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

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

DRAGÓN DE ORO

OSAKA

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

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

GOLDEN WOK

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

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

SAKURA

KABUKI RAW

SANTOKU

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

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

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SAPPORO

Tel: 952 813 675

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

THAPA THAI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

scandinavian

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. del Marzo, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 078

CASA FERNANDO

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

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

RESTAURANTE LA MARINA

DGUST

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

Open Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Avda. Duque de Ahumada, Marbella. Tel: 952 863 780

LA TORRE

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

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

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

PALAPA

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

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

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

THAI GALLERY

SKANDIES

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

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

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

THAI STYLE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Playas del Duque s/n. Edif. Gaviotas IV, Puerto Banús.

seafood

CERVECERÍA OSTRERÍA SANTIAGO

Open only for lunch – call for times. Ctra. de Ojén, km 0.5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 625

EL BARLOVENTO

ALOHA RESTAURANT

TEPPANYAKI SAMURAI

CASA DE LA ERA

SANTIAGO

spanish BAHÍA

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

HACIENDA

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

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

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

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

LA TABERNA DEL ALABARDERO

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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

CINESA LA CAÑADA

ALMENARA GOLF

La Cañada. Marbella. Tel: 902 333 231

CINES TEATRO GOYA

27 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 582 027. www.sotogrande.com

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

ALOHA GOLF CLUB

9 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 818 150

MESÓN EL ADOBE

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

18 holes. Tel: 952 907 085. www.clubdegolfaloha.com

LA DUQUESA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

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

MULTICINES ALFIL

ATALAYA GOLF

LA QUINTA GOLF

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

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 882 812. www.master-hotels.com

27 holes, Par 72.Tel: 952 762 390 www.laquintagolf.com

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

MULTICINES MEDITERRÁNEO

CABOPINO GOLF

LA RESERVA SOTOGRANDE

Mijas. Tel: 952 663 738

18 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 850 282

18 holes. Tel: 956 695 209

PAELLAS Y MÁS

PALACIO DE LA PAZ

CERRADO DEL ÁGUILA

LA ZAGALETA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

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

Recinto Ferial. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 589 349

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 951 703 355

18 holes. Members only. Tel: 952 695 209

TEATRO ALAMEDA

CLUB DE GOLF LA CAÑADA

LAURO GOLF 18 HOLES

VILA DO GROVE

Calle Córdoba 9, Málaga. Tel: 952 213 412

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 956 794 100

Alhaurín de la Torre. Tel: 952 412 767

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

TEATRO CERVANTES

EL PARAISO CLUB DE GOLF

LOS ARQUEROS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

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

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 883 835

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 784 600

TEATRO CIUDAD DE MARBELLA

ESTEPONA GOLF

LOS NARANJOS GOLF CLUB

Plaza Ramón Martínez, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 159

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 815 206

TEATRO SALON VARIETES

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 937 605. www.esteponagolf.com

LOVING HUT

Emancipación 30. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 474 542

FINCA CORTESÍN GOLF CLUB

18 holes, Par 73. Tel: 952 113 239

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

VERACRUZ CINES

MARBELLA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

Veracruz. Estepona. Tel: 952 800 056

18 holes, Par 72, Tel: 952 937 883. www.golfcortesin.es

*cinemas & theatres

YELMO CINEPLEX

FLAMINGOS GOLF CLUB

MIJAS GOLF

Plaza Mayor. Tel: 902 220 922

18 holes, Par. Tel: 952 889 157. www.flamingos-golf.com

36 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 476 843

GOLF RÍO REAL

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 931 960

ALCAIDESA LINKS

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 756 733

MONTE MAYOR GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

GOLF TORREQUEBRADA

18 holes. Tel: 952 113 088

AUDITORIO PARQUE DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 956 791 0400. www.alcaidesa.com

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 442 742

PARADOR MÁLAGA DEL GOLF

Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035

ALHAURÍN GOLF

GUADALMINA GOLF

18 holes. Tel: 952 381 255

CENTRO CULTURAL EL INGENIO

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 595 970. www.alhauringolf.com

36 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 883 375

REAL CLUB DE GOLF LAS BRISAS

LA CALA GOLF RESORT

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 810 875

MI TABERNA

vegetarian

AUDITORIO MUNICIPAL MIJAS

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

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

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

*golf guide

54 holes, Pars 71, 72 and 73. Tel: 952 669 033. www.lacala.com

LA DAMA DE NOCHE 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 890 425

MARBELLA CLUB GOLF RESORT 18 holes. Tel: 952 830 500

MIRAFLORES GOLF

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REAL CLUB DE GOLF SOTOGRANDE

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

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 785 014

FITNESS CENTRE NEW STYLE

SAN ROQUE CLUB

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

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 613 030

FUERTE GYM

SANTA CLARA GOLF

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

18 holes. Tel: 952 850 111

GIMNASIO ESTADIO

SANTA MARIA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 831 036

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

SOTOGRANDE CLUB DE GOLF

HAPPY DIVER’S CLUB

18 holes. Tel: 956 785 012

Atalaya Park Hotel, Marbella. Tel: 609 571 920

VALDERRAMA

HOTEL PUENTE ROMANO

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 791 200 www.valderrama.com

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

*gyms & sports clubs

At Hotel Pyr, Puerto Banús. Tel: 655 689 455

ALHAMAR GYM

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

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

MARBELLA GUN & COUNTRY CLUB

ATENAS

Monda. Tel: 952 112 161

Barquilla 1. Marbella. Tel: 952 776 240

MARBELLA SPORT

AZTEC COUNTRY CLUB

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

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

MULTI SPORT

CENTRO DEPORTIVO EL FUERTE

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

KRAV MAGA SELF-DEFENCE CENTRE MANOLO SANTANA RACQUETS CLUB

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

NEW CONCEPT TRAINING

CENTRO DE YOGA Y SALUD INTEGRAL Ramón y Cajal 21. Marbella. Tel: 952 773 804

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

CERRADO DEL ÁGUILA

02 CENTRO WELLNESS

Mijas Costa, Málaga. Tel: 951 773 523

Plaza del Mar. Marbella. Tel: 952 900 420

CLUB DEL SOL

P-E SPORTS CLUB

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

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

DY GYM MARBELLA

QI SPORT

Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 074

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

DYNAMIC TRAINING CENTRE

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

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

SPORT CLUB RESERVA DEL HIGUERÓN Avda. del Higueron, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 565 761

SPORTCLUB ROUTE 66 Ctra. Mijas, 1.5km. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 461 648

SPORTING CLUB ATALAYA PARK HOTEL CN340, Km 168,5. Estepona. Tel: 952 888 212

TICKET-TO-RIDE Cristamar, Pto. Banús. Tel: 952 905 082

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

*hotels DON CARLOS RESORT, LEISURE & SPA CN340, Km192. Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

FINCA CORTESIN HOTEL, GOLF & SPA Crtra. Casares, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800

GRAN HOTEL GVADALPÍN PUERTO BANÚS Arroyo El Rodeo, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel: 952 899 700

GRAN MELIÁ DON PEPE José Meliá s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 770 300

HOTEL LOS MONTEROS CN340, km 187, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 700

HOTEL PUENTE ROMANO CN340, Km179. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

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

KEMPINSKI HOTEL BAHÍA ESTEPONA CN340, Km159. Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

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LA CALA RESORT La Cala de Mijas Tel: 952 669 000

MARBELLA CLUB HOTEL CN340, Km 180. Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211

HOTEL VILLA PADIERNA CN340, Km 166, Exit Cancelada. Benahavís. Tel: 952 889 150

VINCCI SELECCIÓN ESTRELLA DEL MAR CN340, km 190.5, Marbella. Tel: 951 053 970

ALANDA CLUB MARBELLA CN340 Km 192. Marbella. Tel: 952 902 537

ALMENARA GOLF HOTEL & SPA Avda. Almenara s/n. Sotogrande. Tel: 956 582 000

AMANHAVÍS HOTEL & RESTAURANT C/ Pilar 3. Benahavís. Tel: 952 856 026

ATALAYA PARK HOTEL CN340, Km 168,5. Estepona. Tel: 952 889 000

BENABOLA APART HOTEL Benabola. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 000

BLUE BAY BANÚS HOTEL CN340, Km173. N. Andalucía. Tel: 952 811 517

GOLF HOTEL GUADALMINA Guadalmina Baja. Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211

GRAN HOTEL BENAHAVIS Huerta de Rufino, Benahavís. Tel: 902 504 862

H10 ANDALUCÍA PLAZA CN340 Km 174. Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 812 000

HM GRAN HOTEL COSTA DEL SOL La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 587 710

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

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

HOTEL IPV BEATRIZ PALACE & SPA CN340, Km207. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 922 000

HOTEL MELIÁ MARBELLA CN340, Km 175. Pto. Banús. Tel: 952 810 500

HOTEL PLAYA BONITA CN340, Km 217. Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 442 840

HOTEL PRINCESS PLAYA Paseo Marítimo. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 944

NH MARBELLA C/ Conde Rudi, s/n. CN340, Km 178. Marbella. Tel: 952 763 200

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

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

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

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

TRH EL PARAÍSO CN340, km 167, Estepona. Tel: 952 883 000

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

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

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

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SISU BOUTIQUE HOTEL PUERTO BANÚS

ROMAN PUBLIC BATHS

CLUB INTERNACIONAL DE TENNIS

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

Guadalmina Baja. Tel: 952 781 360

Ctra. Cádiz, km 173. Marbella. Tel: 952 813 341

*museums

*post offices

CLUB MADROÑAL

CALAHONDA

CLUB NUEVA ALCÁNTARA

San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 781 360

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

San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 788 315

BONSAI MUSEUM

EL CORTE INGLÉS

HOFSAESS TENNIS ACADEMY

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

Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

FUENGIROLA

Monte Elviria (next to German School). Tel: 952 835 812

BULL-FIGHTING MUSEUM

Tel: 952 467 843

LEW HOADS TENNIS CLUB

Plaza de Toros. Estepona.

ESTEPONA

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

MUSEO CORTIJO MIRAFLORES

C/ Málaga 82–84. Tel: 952 800 537

MANOLO SANTANA RACQUETS CLUB

Marbella. Tel: 952 902 714

FUENGIROLA

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

MUSEO DE BELLA ARTES

Pza. los Chinorros. Tel: 952 474 384

MARBELLA HILL TENNIS CLUB

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

MARBELLA

Avda. El Fuerte, Marbella. Tel: 659 677 539

MUSEO DEL GRABADO

Jac. Benavente, 14. Tel: 952 772 898

MARBELLA PLAYA TENIS

Hospital Bazán. Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA

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

MUSEO DE LA VILLA

C/ Jazmines. Tel: 952 810 887

MIRAFLORES TENNIS CLUB

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

SAN PEDRO

MUSEO RALLI

Pizarro, 41. Tel: 952 780 39

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

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

*tennis clubs

PUENTE ROMANO TENNIS CLUB

AZTEC COUNTRY CLUB

ROYAL TENNIS CLUB MARBELLA

MUSEUM OF MINIATURES CARROMATO DE MAX

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

El Rosario, Marbella. Tel: 952 837 651

BEL AIR TENNIS AND PADDEL CLUB

SPORT CLUB RESERVA DEL HIGUERÓN

El Compas. Mijas. Tel: 952 489 500

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

Avda. del Higueron, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 565 761

PABLO RUIZ PICASSO FOUNDATION

CLUB DEL SOL

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

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

PICASSO MUSEUM MÁLAGA

CLUB DE TENIS DON CARLOS

*tourist offices

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

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

BASILICA VEGA DEL MAR

MUSEUM OF MÁLAGA WINES Carrera 39. Ojén. Tel: 952 881 453

Benahavís. Tel: 617 647 223

Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

Benahavís Tel: 952 855 500 Benalmádena

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

*train

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

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pets THE GUIDE .

GIFT IDEAS

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by Next

Marisa Cutillas brings you gift suggestions for the season… some gifts are for family and friends, some for their furbabies… either way, it’s all for the love of pets.

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Pet bowl and dog food tin by Daisy Park

Pet feeder by Amara

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS Until December 4 ART – MÁLAGA

The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (CAC Málaga) presents Inspired by True-Life Events, a painting exhibition featuring 32 works by New Yorker, David Salle, who has exhibited his art at some of the most renowned museums in the world, including the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Opera House. www.cacmalaga.eu

Until December 14 ART – MARBELLA

Magpie International Art Gallery presents the exhibition Synthesis in Paper by Ricardo Alario – the latter has coordinated and directed exhibition spaces which have brought dynamism to the artistic offer in Marbella. In his studio, founded in 1982, Ricardo Alario organises cycles of exhibitions and workshops where local artists learn specialised techniques. www.magpie.international

Until January 27 ART – ESTEPONA

Stoa Gallery presents the exhibition Colloquium, featuring work by Javier Infantes and Juan Manual Álvarez Cebrián, curated by Conchi Álvarez. Entrance is free. www.stoagallery.com

Until February 5, 2017 ART – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso de Málaga presents an exhibition by Uruguay-born artist, Joaquín Torres-García, who had the courage to experiment as an artist throughout his life, in the same vein as Pablo Picasso himself. The exhibition, entitled Un Moderno en La Arcadia, includes 170 of his best works. www.museopicassomalaga.org

NEW AND REGULAR EVENTS Monthly on different days AMERICAN CLUB – MARBELLA

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

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

Every Tuesday and Friday PAINTING CLASSES – MARBELLA

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

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

AMIGOS DE LA CULTURA – COSTA DEL SOL

Every Wednesday ART – MÁLAGA

LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE – MARBELLA

FLAMENCO – MIJAS

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.

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

Friday December 2

CHARITY DINNER CÁRTAMA/COÍN ROAD The Asociación CYD Santa María, a refuge for abandoned and abused horses, will be holding their annual fundraising Christmas dinner at Restaurante Los Cabales at 8:30pm. Ctra. Cártama-Coín, km 3.5. For further information, Tel: 610 397 027. www.asociacioncydsantamaria.es

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

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

Every first Wednesday of the month CULTURE AND COCKTAIL – MARBELLA The Association of Art and Culture Marbella holds a monthly cocktail at Magna Café at Magna Marbella Golf, from 8pm-10pm. Tel: 627 833 262.  www.artandculturemarbella.com

Every Thursday NETWORKING – MARBELLA

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

Every last Friday of the Month COFFEE MORNING – ESTEPONA

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

BUSINESS LUNCH – MARBELLA

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

Saturday December 3

DAVID BUSTAMANTE – TORREMOLINOS David Bustamante is one of Spain’s most famous and successful pop singers. This month, he performs at the Príncipe de Asturias Municipal Auditorium in Torremolinos. For tickets, www.viagogo.com

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Every First Sunday of the month OPEN DAY – MIJAS

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

Friday December 2 WORLD DISABILITY DAY – SAN PEDRO ASPANDEM will be celebrating World Disability Day with a host of different activities, including dance shows, lectures, balloons released into the sky, etc. The action will begin at 10:30am at the San Pedro Bulevar. For further information, www.aspandem.org

Friday December 2 to Thursday January 26 ART – ESTEPONA

El Campanario Golf & Country House presents an exhibition by Sara Fitzgerald, a contemporary artist whose works have been exhibited at the Mall galleries in London, as well as in South Africa, Greece, France and more recently in Spain, where she now lives. For further information, www.sarahfitzgeraldart.com

Saturday December 3 OPENING KIDS PLAY CENTRE – CANCELADA

Mundo Manía is an exciting new play centre for children which will be celebrating its official launch from 12 midday onwards. There are a host of activities planned for the Christmas

period, including a Santa’s grotto, Christmas carol competition, and Christmas workshops. Open daily except Monday for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner. www.mundo-mania.com

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – NUEVA ANDALUCÍA

Aloha College will be hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar, featuring food, gifts and decorations, games, a bouncy castle and more. www.aloha-college.com

CHRISTMAS MARKET – ESTEPONA The Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona will be hosting a fun market featuring stalls, food and gifts, with a children’s choir performance at 7pm. www.kempinski.com

Tuesday December 6 HOLIDAY – SPANISH CONSTITUTION DAY Thursday December 8 HOLIDAY – IMMACULATE CONCEPTION DAY Friday December 9 CHARITY CHRISTMAS DANCE – SAN PEDRO

The Isla Rose Dance Academy presents its annual Christmas Charity Dance Show at 8pm. All proceeds will be going to the charity, Lights of Hope. www.islarosedanceacademy.com

Monday December 12 CULTURAL TALK – FUENGIROLA

Costa del Sol DAS presents the talk L.S. Lowry: A Visionary Artist, by Michael Howards. LS Lowry is one of Britain’s most popular artists. He was a painter not only of the mills of the industrial northwest but also perhaps one of the great painters of the human condition. At the Salón Varietés Theatre at 4:30pm. Entrance costs €10. www.costadelsoldas.com

Tuesday December 13 to Friday December 16 ART SEMINAR – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso Málaga has organised a series of activities based on Uruguayan artist, Joaquín Torres-García’s work. Led by Luis Puelles, Professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory at Universidad de Málaga, and Gabriel Peluffo, architect and researcher, these sessions will delve into European and Latin-American Avant-garde movements. www.museopicassomalaga.org

Saturday December 17 SHOWJUMPING COMPETITION – ESTEPONA

The Escuela de Art Ecuestre Costa del Sol will be hosting an exciting showjumping competition at 10:30am. www.escuela-ecuestre.com

INTERACTIVE ART – MÁLAGA

Winter is coming and at the start of each season MPM invites the whole family to take part in interactive activities with the educational staff. Activities are free with the purchase of an admissions ticket (free admission for children). www.museopicassomalaga.org

Saturday December 17 to Tuesday December 20 CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – MARBELLA

A four-day Christmas Fair will take place at the Palacio de Congresos, featuring clothes, accessories, gift items, fashion shows and culinary treats, to raise funds for the Caritas charity. Tel. 952 828 244.

Sunday December 18 and Monday 19 December CHRISTMAS CONCERTS – FUENGIROLA AND MARBELLA

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

Alinka Kozári (soprano) and Anthony Roper (Alto) will be singing alongside the Choir & Orchestra Collegium Musicum Costa del Sol. On Sunday at the Hotel IPV Palace & Spa ‘Beatriz’ at 7pm and on Monday at the Iglesia de la Encarnación in Marbella’s Old Town at 8:30pm. For information: www.colmus.org

Monday December 19 THE NUTCRACKER – MÁLAGA

The Teatro Cervantes in Málaga presents Hoffman’s The Nutcracker, performed by the Royal Russian Ballet. At 8pm. www.teatrocervantes.com

Tuesday December 20 to Friday January 5, 2017 PANTOMIME – FUENGIROLA

SALVA presents the pantomime Robin Hood and Babes in The Wood, directed by Peter Mitchell. At the Salon Varietes Theatre, featuring evening and matinée performances. For tickets, Tel: 952 474 542. www.salonvarietestheatre.com

Sunday December 20 SWAN LAKE –MÁLAGA

The Teatro Cervantes presents Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, performed by the Royal Russian Ballet. At 9pm. www.teatrocervantes.com

Tuesday December 27 to Friday December 30 CHRISTMAS ART WORKSHOP FOR KIDS – MÁLAGA

Discovering the work of Pablo Picasso and Joaquín Torres-García and emulating it will be possible in this workshop, in which visits to the exhibition rooms will be combined with creative and manual work in the workshop area. For children aged four to 15. www.museopicassomalaga.org

Tuesday January 3, 2017 GREATEST EVER SOUNDTRACKS – MÁLAGA

La Cinema Symphony Orchestra presents the greatest ever soundtracks to grace the silver screen – including music from Out of Africa, Gone with the Wind, Back to the Future, Gladiator and much more. At the Teatro Cervantes at 5:30pm. www.teatrocervantes.com

Wednesday January 4 BEATLES TRIBUTE – MÁLAGA

The Mersey Beatles will be giving life to arguably the best band of all time: The Beatles. At 9:30pm at the Teatro Cervantes. www.teatrocervantes.com

Thursday January 5 ALABAMA GOSPEL CHOIR – MÁLAGA The Alabama Gospel Choir will be singing beautiful gospel songs at the Teatro Cervantes at 9:30pm. www.teatrocervantes.com

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. THE GUIDE stars

Russell Grant’s

Monthly Horoscope December 2016

The Full Moon on the 14th marks an exciting turning point in an intimate relationship. Getting engaged or married is a distinct possibility

SAGITTARIUS November 23rd - December 21st Family won’t be very supportive at the beginning of December. You’ll have to be your own cheerleader, especially if you’re planning a bold move. Raising money for a good cause will give you a new lease on life. Draw upon your extensive social network to help a vulnerable segment of society. Your success may prompt you to run for office or change a restrictive law. The Full Moon on the 14th marks an exciting turning point in an intimate relationship. Getting engaged or married is a distinct possibility. Alternatively, you might form a business partnership. The second half of December will be filled with exciting moneymaking opportunities. Landing a lucrative job is a strong possibility on the 29th. Use this income to buy a dream home. Going on an uplifting spiritual journey is also an option as the month draws to a close. Head for an exotic place that has captivated your imagination since childhood.

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ARIES [21 MAR - 20 APR]

It will be hard to get a dream off the ground in early December. Try not to be discouraged when an authority figure criticises your initial attempts. Patience and perseverance will pay off. Fortunately, friends will be very supportive throughout the first half of the month. Ask your loved ones for help when you encounter difficulty. A bold visionary will offer sound advice about a creative project; be sure to take it. The Full Moon on the 14th brings exciting news about your family. A round of celebrations will be triggered. Take this opportunity to reconnect with your nearest and dearest. During the second half of the month, you will try to keep a low profile. Despite these efforts, a powerful person will ask you to take the helm of an important project. Don’t be surprised when you’re given a pay rise, promotion or high profile job on the 29th. That’s when the New Moon will mark a career breakthrough.

TAURUS [21 APR - 21 MAY]

A team project will be very frustrating in early December. It will be impossible to do a good job with so many conflicting opinions. Fortunately, you can make a good impression on authority figures by launching an independent effort. Creating a unique product or service during the first half of the month is strongly advised. The Full Moon on the 14th will help you earn extra money. Use this sum to buy a new car or computer. The second half of the month will invite you to expand your horizons. Taking a trip for pleasure will be a welcome change of pace on the 29th. That’s when the New Moon will make it possible to break away from the old routine. Exploring a country known for its unspoiled natural vistas will be inspiring. Take along an easy going friend for company. The two of you will have a great time exploring the sights together.

GEMINI [22 MAY - 21 JUN]

It will be hard to get a straight answer from your boss in early December. You will have to muddle ahead as best you can. Be prepared to start a job from scratch. This situation will be frustrating, but it can’t be helped. Take your cues from an older colleague who has lots of experience. By taking a philosophical approach to setbacks, you’ll become a valued member of the team. The Full Moon on the 14th is ideal for making a genuine commitment. Getting engaged or married is a distinct possibility. If you’re already in a serious relationship, you may launch a business partnership. Someone who is in the grips of an addiction needs to be confronted in the second half of the month. The New Moon on the 29th will give you the strength to communicate some hard facts to a loved one who needs help. Don’t mince your words.

CANCER [22 JUN - 23 JUL]

It will be difficult to find fulfilling work at the beginning of December. Your love life will fare much better. If you’ve recently met someone you fancy, you will have to be the aggressor. Don’t be afraid to pursue your heart’s desire. Spending time with your amour will make professional challenges more manageable. The Full Moon on the 14th will allow you to rest, relax and recuperate from a stressful assignment. This would be a good time to take some time out to think things through. During the second half of the month, you’ll be on a more solid footing with your career. You might have to work overtime during this period. Fortunately, your loved ones will be very supportive. Are you single? You could meet

someone special near the 29th, when the New Moon attracts lots of romantic attention. If you already have a partner, go on a trip with your amour.

LEO [24 JUL - 23 AUG]

Be realistic about romance at the beginning of December. Releasing a desire for perfection will make your personal life much more rewarding. Working with a partner is strongly advised during the first half of the month. Collaborating with somebody who is highly logical will allow you to reach new heights. The Full Moon on the 14th will bring the successful conclusion to a group project. Use this achievement as a launching pad to bigger and better work assignments. Be open to unorthodox teaching practices during the second half of the month. If you remain patient, you’ll see the method to your instructor’s madness. The New Moon on the 29th is perfect for launching a fitness regime. Taking more exercise will give you an attractive glow that will be difficult to resist. A steady job will be yours for the asking. Take this opportunity to build some financial security for you and your loved ones.

VIRGO [24 AUG - 23 SEP]

Be respectful of a loved one’s desire for privacy in the early days of December. Focusing on work will be a welcome distraction during the first half of the month. You’ll make great progress with an assignment that draws on your creative talent. Hosting a party could be lots of fun. Take this opportunity to bring together your nearest and dearest in a spirit of harmony. The Full Moon on the 14th marks a turning point in your domestic life. This is a great time to buy or sell a property. Relocating to a place that affords beautiful views will be inspiring. If you’re looking for love, you could find it during the second half of the month. You’ll have to play the aggressor in this relationship. Money from a loan, grant or scholarship could become available during the second half of the month. The New Moon on the 29th invites you to launch a creative project.

LIBRA [24 SEP - 23 OCT]

Work won’t offer much creative fulfilment in the opening days of December. Your love life will be far more promising. If you’re single, you could meet someone special at a sporting event or gym. Are you already in a serious relationship? Your partner will inspire you to develop your artistic talent. Taking a writing or music course will give you plenty of inspiration around the middle of the month. The Full Moon on the 14th brings the successful conclusion to a legal matter. It will be a relief to move on to greener pastures. Focus on your home life during the second half of the month. Spending time on domestic pursuits will be rewarding. Invent a new recipe, host a dinner party or arrange a family reunion. On the 29th, the New Moon could prompt you to relocate. Take this opportunity to find a place that serves as a comfortable haven from public life.

SCORPIO [24 OCT - 22 NOV]

Don’t feel pressured into buying expensive gifts at the beginning of December; it’s better to conserve your resources. Career demands will keep you busy during the first half of the month. If you play your cards right, you could land a well paid position. Salary negotiations may be tense, but stay calm. You’ll be able to get the reward you want by keeping your cool. The Full Moon

on the 14th will bring some additional funds from an inheritance, legal settlement or insurance refund. Spend this windfall on equipment and clothes that can further your career. Resist the urge to take time off work during the second half of the month, or you could make some powerful enemies. It’s better to do your part and offer to help colleagues who are struggling with an excessive workload. The New Moon on the 29th will prompt you to acquire some valuable skills. Expand your repertoire.

CAPRICORN [22 DEC - 20 JAN]

Be careful about sending sensitive emails in the early days of December. Double check the address field before hitting ‘send.’ The last thing you want is for confidential information to get into the wrong hands. Moneymaking opportunities will abound during the first half of the month. This would be a great time to land a lucrative job, raise your prices or demand a pay rise. The Full Moon on the 14th will mark an exciting turning point in an intimate relationship. You’ll be able to hand off some responsibilities to a loving partner. If you’re single, you could meet someone special at a library, bookshop or classroom. Don’t make promises you cannot keep to your employer during the second half of December. Family responsibilities will keep you close to home. You might have to assume a reduced workload. The New Moon on the 29th could prompt you to change your look. Adopting a more fashionable appearance will be empowering.

AQUARIUS [21 JAN - 19 FEB]

Funds will be tight at the beginning of December. The best way to increase your income is to spread word of your talent. You can generate lots of business with an original promotional campaign. The first half of the month will remind you that relationships are more important than money. When you feel insecure, turn to your nearest and dearest for support. The Full Moon on the 14th will bring the successful conclusion of a creative project. If you play your cards right, you’ll be able to sell your handiwork for a handsome profit. Are you single? You can meet someone special at a library, bookshop or classroom. Your charisma will be powerful during the second half of the month. Take this opportunity to ask for favours, apply for loans and win hearts. The New Moon on the 29th will find you enjoying solitary pursuits. Escaping the public eye will be a profound relief.

PISCES [20 FEB - 20 MAR]

It will be difficult to get an authority figure’s approval in early December. Instead of trying to impress your boss, continue to obey your instincts. Although your methods are unconventional, they yield impressive results. Give your employer a chance to recognise your unique strengths and weaknesses. The Full Moon on the 14th could prompt you to relocate or make changes to your domestic life. Getting a little extra privacy will keep stress at bay. You need to draw a strong boundary between your private and public lives. Achieving a healthy balance will strengthen your career prospects. Don’t be surprised if you’re given a pay rise, promotion or both during the second half of the month. The New Moon on the 29th is ideal for planning a big party. You’ll enjoy compiling the guest list, shopping for treats and catering the whole affair. Ask reliable friends to run small errands that will save time and aggravation. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM DECEMBER 2016 / 177

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DECEMBER Calendar

The Holiday Season has arrived in Marbella! Here’s where you can discover great ideas for family outings in December including Christmas parties, dance performances and special visits from Santa Claus. DECEMBER 3

Grand opening of Mundo Manía, the newest play and party centre for kids on the Costa del Sol. This all-new venue in Cancelada will feature holiday events throughout the month, which are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. Tel: 952 938 173.

DECEMBER 3

Aloha College is hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar at its campus in Nueva Andalucía where you can find lovely Christmas gifts, decorations as well as a wide selection of cakes and other goodies. The Bazaar will also feature games, face-painting, a Santa’s Grotto and bouncy castle. Tel: 952 814 133.

DECEMBER 3

Traditional Christmas Market at the Kempinski Hotel in Estepona. The market opens at 4pm with mulled wine and Christmas stalls featuring artisan and gourmet products and gifts. At 7pm a children’s choir will sing carols as Santa Claus switches on the tree lights! Tel: 952 809 500.

DECEMBER 3

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DECEMBER 11

Dance Contest – Certamen de Baile. Enjoy an evening of performance art at the Palacios de Congresos Marbella, including traditional Flamenco performances from local schools. Tel: 952 828 244.

The Málaga Marathon is a big event for runners from all over the globe who descend on Andalucía to raise funds for a worthy cause. Expect to see over 4,000 runners this year, bolting through the cobblestoned streets of this vibrant port city. Tel: 938 182 900.

DECEMBER 5-6

Meet Santa at Fantasy Land in La Cala! Santa Claus and his helpers will be putting on a holiday show where everyone will be welcomed with a gift bag. Space is limited so secure your tickets today. Tel: 606 625 044.

DECEMBER 6

National Holiday – Día de la Constitución. In celebration of the approval of the Spanish Constitution from the 1978 referendum.

DECEMBER 8

National Holiday – Immaculate Conception. This is a national holiday when the Catholic Church recognises the Virgin Mary’s immaculate event. Most businesses will be closed.

The Nutcracker. See excerpts of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet performed by students of the School of Russian Ballet at the Club Casa Rusia in Marbella. The event will feature a reception and gifts for all attendees. Tel: 667 002 542.

Bubble Magic Show. Estepona will be hosting this new and unique magic show where a delightful story is told through the eyes of three magical characters made out of bubbles! Tel: 951 203 090.

DECEMBER 17

Swan Lake. Performed at the Marbella Theatre by a cast directed by Evgeniya Bespalova with music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by M. Petipa and V. Ivanov. Tel: 952 864 394.

DECEMBER 17 TO 18

Carrera de Pavo Bicycle Race. The ‘Turkey Run’ is an annual event in Marbella where winners go home with a delicious Christmas Turkey! Tel: 952 577 050.

DECEMBER 17-20

Christmas Bazaar. Marbella will host a four-day Christmas Fair at the Palacio de Congresos with winter clothes, accessories, book presentations, fashion shows and culinary treats to raise funds for the Caritas charity. Tel: 952 828 244.

DECEMBER 18 – JANUARY 6

Christmas Market Arroyo de La Miel. Held next to the train station in Benalmádena between 11am and 9pm everyday. There will be wooden stalls with handicrafts, food, attractions and entertainment for the little ones. Tel: 699 413 977.

DECEMBER 22

El Gordo Lottery Draw. This lottery has become a Spanish Christmas institution. It is the biggest lottery prize of the year worth more than €2 billion. Good luck! Tel: 976 204 754.

DECEMBER 29-30

Tarzan The Musical. This Disney show at the Marbella Theatre tells the famous jungle story through a musical! It’s a fun, rollicking story of the king of the jungle and his companions. Find out more. Tel: 952 864 394.

MARBELLAFAMILYFUN.COM WISHES YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A JOYOUS HOLIDAY SEASON, AND A NEW YEAR FILLED WITH HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY. i For further information on Christmas and New Years events in Marbella visit MarbellaFamilyFun.com

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