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Enclosed: 496 m² Plot: 2,703 m² Price: € 3,500,000

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Magnificent front line golf mansion set in a prestigious community with 24-hour security overlooking Las Brisas golf course. Designed by the renowned architect Melvin Villaroel. High specifications throughout. 6 en-suite bedrooms, including independent guest house.  A tropical oasis ideal for entertaining, only minutes from Puerto Banús. Ref. 6037

SIERRA BLANCA Mediterranean style 4 bedroom villa in this prestigious community with 24-hour security. Close to amenities. Ref. 6096

Enclosed: 157 m² Terrace: 57 m² Price: € 1,125,000

GOLDEN MILE The best 2 bedroom penthouse

Enclosed: 269 m² PUENTE ROMANO Enormous 2 bedroom including terrace beachside apartment with private garden in this sought Price: € 1,150,000 after area. High specs. Ref. 8257

Enclosed: 287 m² Plot: 467 m² Price: € 1,200,000

GOLDEN MILE Lovely 4 bedroom beachside villa in a gated community, walking distance to Marbella centre and all amenities. Ref. 8014

Enclosed: 430 m² Plot: 1,108 m² Price: € 1,950,000

in Mansion Club, a 5-star gated complex with 24-hour security. Superb panoramic sea views. Ref. 8158

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Enclosed: 591 m² Plot: 2,392 m² Price: € 4,950,000

GOLDEN MILE Magnificent contemporary style mansion with incredible sea views, mature landscaped garden and privacy in an excellent location. 7 bright and spacious en-suite bedrooms. Featuring a Bulthaup kitchen and under-floor heating throughout. Mature garden with pool and chill-out area. Walking distance to beach and amenities. Ref. 7813

Enclosed: 540 m² Plot: 7,002 m² Price: € 4,250,000

LA ZAGALETA Elegant Andalusian style villa. Large

Enclosed: 845 m² Plot: 2,002 m² Price: € 3,950,000

SIERRA BLANCA Beautiful 5 bedroom villa in prestigious surroundings, in community with 24-hours security. High specs throughout. 6-car garage. Ref. 4954

Enclosed: 272 m² Plot: 1,075 m² Price: € 995,000

GOLDEN MILE Immaculate 4 bedroom villa with

Enclosed: 519 m² Plot: 1,057 m² Price: € 1,650,000


plot. Privacy and security. Impressive sea and mountain views. 4 bedrooms. Garden and heated pool. Ref. 8233

panoramic coastal views in established area. 7 minutes from Puerto Banús. Priced to sell. Ref. 6672

bedroom villa in the heart of the Golden Mile. Excellent qualities throughout and lovely views. Ref 7957

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Beachfront Los Monteros: Fantastic price! Fantastic location! Opportunity to purchase a unique, large beachfront villa in an outstanding position that can easily be converted into a modern, contemporary home and triple its value. Very private, facing the natural dunes and sea. 8 Beds, 9 Baths. Built 746 m2, plot 2.200m2. E&V ID: W-01LBCO. Price: 5.950.000 €.

Los Monteros Beach: Just meters from the beach, this villa is set on a double plot and offers beautiful sea views, guest house, in-and-outdoor pools, gym and a beautiful gazebo with kitchen. 5 Beds, 5 baths. Built 667 m2, plot 2.396 m2. E&V ID: W-008W1J. Price: 3.500.000 €.

Bahia de Marbella: Stunning villa with sea views, few meters from the beach in one of the most elegant beach resorts. High qualities, beautifully decorated. Marvellous gardens with heated pool. 5 Beds, 4 baths. Built 698m2, plot 1.740m2. E&V ID: W-01U3UR. Price: 3.500.000 €.

Beachfront Rio Real: Frontline beach Penthouse, luxurious complex in Rio Real Playa; spectacular sea views. Well maintained mature gardens with various pools, one of which is heated. 4 Beds, 4 Baths. Living area: 190m2, terrace: 100m2. E&V ID: W-01SOOF. Price: 1.945.000 €.

Beachfront Bahía de Marbella: Unique! Stylish, high quality semi-detached corner house with magnificent views and ample gardens facing the white dunes. Exclusive gated community. Direct beach access. 4 Beds, 4 baths. Built 474 m2. E&V ID: W-01MNGF. Price: 1.450.000 €.

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Cascada de Camoján: Majestic, very prestigious estate in Tuscany style, situated in a most exclusive community in Marbella. A spectacular property, set on a large plot offering breathtaking sea and mountain views, privacy and the best architecture and style. 7 Beds, 7 baths. Built 2.151 m2, plot 4.742 m2. E&V ID: W-01ZCZ0. Price: 8.900.000 €.

Sierra Blanca: Modern, elegant villa with outstanding sea views, situated in a gated, most exclusive community in Marbella. Impressive entrance, professional cinema and gym. 4 Beds, 5 baths, Built 872 m2, plot 1.850 m2. E&V ID: W-01Z5YX. Price: 3.500.000 €.

Altos Reales: Situated in a very prestigious gated community in the best location of Marbella, enjoying privacy and security. Beautiful classic villa with lovely sea views. 4 Beds, 4 baths. Built 656 m2, plot 1.194 m2. E&V ID: W-01W3PE. Price: 2.950.000 €.

Frontline Beach Golden Mile: Spectacular duplex penthouse with private swimming pool and breathtaking views situated in a newly built community with direct beach access. 3 Beds, 3 baths. Living area 170 m2, terraces 60 m2. E&V ID: W-01EJRG. Price: 1.920.000 €.

Frontline Beach Golden Mile: A rare opportunity to purchase a small villa on the beachfront of the Golden Mile, strategically located on the promenade close to Puerto Banús with direct beach access. 4 Beds, 3 baths. Living area 239 m2. E&V ID: W-01O417. Price: 2.000.000 €.

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• Open plan living • Large terraces • Elegant styling

• Front line golf • Sea views • Mature garden

• Andalusian patio • Gym, sauna and Jacuzzi suite • Covered terraces

VILLA SURROUNDED BY NATURAL BEAUTY, SOTOGRANDE BEACH FRONT VILLA IN RIO VERDE, GOLDEN MILE 6.995.000€ 14.900. 000€ BUILD: 1385M2 • PLOT: 4503M2 • BEDS: 9 • BATHS: 9 Ref: 107470 BUILD: 1168M2 • PLOT: 1873M2 • BEDS: 7 • BATHS: 7 Features: • Heated infinity pool • Cutting edge technology • Gym, sauna and Hammam

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• Uninterrupted views • Cinema room • Infinity pool

Price on application Ref: 121949

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Lovin’ Summer


fter a total excess of late night football which will leave some of us able to see about as much as a World Cup referee, let us while away your cares with our summer special. Relax and unwind, as we take you to far-away places you’ve always wanted to visit in our Trips of a Lifetime feature; take in Kevin Woodford’s Paris, and see why Palos de la Frontera is significant. Rev up your adrenalin in the new LaFerrari and keep your pulse racing courtesy of Andrés Sárda’s sexy swimwear. Check out the Miami Soulfrito Music Festival, coming to Estepona on July 26, and check in for some serious pampering at Shanti Som. New build is finally underway again in Marbella and we review two specific beachfront developments: Adelfas Beach, a residential paradise with medical services for those 50 and over, and Diamond

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Beach, a luxurious contemporary villa complex right next to Puerto Banús. If you haven’t been to Gibraltar recently, come with us aboard the sumptuous new Sunborn Five Star floating hotel and experience some memorable retail therapy along Main Street. Summer is all about having fun with family and friends and momentous dining experiences are a great part of this – check out two of the best right here on our doorstep – Ocean Club in Puerto Banús and Sushi des Artistes on the Golden Mile. And why not enjoy great cuisine during the hot months, accompanied by a wonderful chilled Albariño from Rías Baixas? Finally, hot on the heels of our own 15th anniversary, we help celebrate Da Bruno’s 20th, SUR in English’s 30th and Roche Bobois’ 40th birthdays. Congratulations to all!

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contents The Spa

Beauty: Detoxing for the Summer 88 Beauty News 90 Health: The Sun, Skin Cancer and Sunscreens 92 Health Profile: Shanti-Som 94

The Pro

The Trend Cinema 28 Home Viewing 30 Music 32 Books 34 Gadgets 36 Cars: The Powerful New LaFerrari 38

The Focus The Sunborn Hotel in Gibraltar 42 Gibraltar Main Street Experience 48 Cate Blanchett 58 Sur in English Turns 30 60 Da Bruno: 20 Years of Fantastic Italian Cuisine 62

Enterprise 96 Business Profile: Marbella For Sale 106 Business Profile: Adelfas Beach 108 The Soulfrito Music Festival comes to Marbella 110 The Vibe 112

The Gourmet The Guide Ocean Club Marbella 133 Sushi des Artistes 135 Food News 136 Kevin Woodford’s Paris 140 Chef’s Profile: Andrea Tumbarello of Don Giovanni 142 Wine: Rías Baixas 144

146 Listings

The Blog 157 Pet News 158 What’s On 160 Stars 162 Kid’s Zone

The Leisure Trips of a Lifetime 116 A Visit to Palos 126 Hotel: The IPV**** Palace & Spa Costa del Sol 128


The Style Roche Bobois: 40 Years in Spain 66 Fashion Feature: Andrés Sardá 74 Fashion News 84

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REDES SOCIALES campaĂąas genĂŠricas

+% Exclusively for non-resident foreign tourists

Travellers from all over the world visit us. They carry away with them the best of our culture, our art and our traditions. They carry away their most valuable memories. Welcome to the best shopping place. Ask about special conditions for foreign visitors at the Tourist Information Desk.

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Majestic south facing Marbella villa with panoramic sea views, located within a sought after area Set in a privileged location East of Marbella, on an elevated large flat plot, in the prime residential area and cosmopolitan community of El Rosario, this unique Mediterranean style majestic Marbella villa boasts generously sized high ceilings rooms, all adorned with large windows to allow a constant flow of natural light, and offers magnificent panoramic sea views from the top floor.

€1,775,000 Beds:


Baths: 5 Built:

530 M2

Unique, spectacular frontline beach Marbella villa with magnificent views

Outstanding contemporary south facing Costa del Sol villa boasting breathtaking sea and mountain views

€3,000,000 • 8 BEDS • 9 BATHS • 1180M2 • Ref: R2170688

€1,750,000 • 3 BEDS • 4 BATHS • 806M2 • Ref: R2230079

Sumptuous newly built luxury apartments frontline beach, with Spa and gymnasium. Costa del Sol living at it’s finest.

Stately Mediterranean style Marbella villa, close to amenities

€1,550,000 • 4 BEDS • 4 BATHS • 290M2 • Ref: R858492

€995,000 • 4 BEDS • 4 BATHS • 450M2 • Ref: R1940060 +34 952 939 460 (Spain) - - Urbanización El Rosario, CN340, Km 188, Marbella, Málaga 29603

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Majestic Marbella Club Golf villa with magnificent sea and golf views Just reduced luxury villa!!! From its elevated desirable position, in one of the most prestigious and sought after locations, west of Marbella, within the secure and gated community of Marbella Club Golf Resort, a mere 15 minute drive to glamorous Puerto Banús, part of the prized locality of Benahávis, this majestic Marbella Club Golf villa offers spectacular views to the golf valley, a lake, the Mediterranean sea and surrounding mountains.

€3,900,000 Beds:


Baths: 8 Built:


Recently reduced frontline beach New Golden Mile apartment, within walking distance of amenities

Brand new luxury Marbella villa project, close to the beach and amenities

€675,000 • 3 BEDS • 3 BATHS • 185M2 • Ref: R2232632

€1,350,000 • 4 BEDS • 4 BATHS • 388M2 • Ref: R2211770

Fabulous Golden Mile apartment within a luxurious frontline beach community, walking distance to Puerto Banus

Brand new, luxury frontline golf Marbella apartments with magnificent, panoramic sea views

€845,000 • 2 BEDS • 2 BATHS • 178M2 • Ref: R1934591

€200,000 • 2 BEDS • 2 BATHS • 160M2 • Ref: R2213522 +34 952 939 460 (Spain) - - Urbanización El Rosario, CN340, Km 188, Marbella, Málaga 29603


As the heat begins to soar and staying indoors is increasingly tempting, keep the entertainment factor high with new cinema, home viewing and music releases, read up on moving memoirs and, as the sun begins to set, take your LaFerrari for a spin along the Port.

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High quality villa built in 2010, 450m² plot Two level, 180m² and 70m² terraces This beautiful villa constructed in 2010 has three bedrooms en suite. All floors are one-inch thick massive oak. The entrance, stairs and bathrooms are arbescato marble plates. The kitchen is by Poggenpohl with Gaggennau equipment.

Fireplace in living and master bedroom. All rooms are with Heating/ air conditioning. The bathrooms have under floor heating. All windows are double-glazed security glass. Alarm system according to the latest European regulations. Sky disk, Internet disk & video intercom. Mature tropical garden with 45 palmtrees, automatic irrigation, swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna. No community fees.

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Begin Again

» GENRE Romance » DIRECTOR Shana Feste (Country Strong)

» ACTORS Alex Pettyfer,

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Endless Love

Endless Love, starring Alex Pettyfer (of Magic Mike fame) and Gabriella Wilde (of The Three Musketeers), tells the tale of a wealthy girl and a charismatic but poor boy who fall hopelessly in love and refuse to part, despite the opposition of her parents.

» GENRE Science Fiction » DIRECTOR Andy Wachowski, Lana » GENRE Crime/ Drama » DIRECTOR Atom Egoyan (Ararat) » ACTORS Reese Witherspoon, Dane

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Devil’s Knot

The brutal murder of three young children leads to the controversial trial of three adolescents suspected of committing the crime as part of a satanic ritual. The film is based on a book by Mara Leveritt about the group of teens known as the West Memphis Three, two of whom were sentenced to life imprisonment, while the third was sentenced to death. Colin Firth plays Private Investigator, Ron Lax, Reese Witherspoon plays the mother of one of the boys and talented young actor, Dane DeHaan, plays one of the suspects.

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» ACTORS Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending, written, produced and directed by The Wachowskis (of Matrix fame), centres on a beautiful young woman called Jupiter, born beneath a starry night’s sky and destined to save the world. Jupiter is holding a job as a caretaker of other people’s homes but, soon, it is revealed that her genetic signature has signalled her as the heir of Planet Earth. She meets a handsome, genetically engineered interplanetary warrior who protects her from an alien ruler of one of the most powerful royal dynasties in the Universe.

» GENRE Romance » DIRECTOR Josh Boone (Stuck in Love) » ACTORS Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort,

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The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic sense of humour, an interest in all things unique and a love that will take them on an unforgettable journey. Their love story is made even more special by the fact that Hazel is fighting cancer and Gus is a survivor of this disease. Gus gives Hazel the strength she needs to keep fighting, but it soon becomes apparent that he isn’t being as honest as he should be. The emotionpacked film is based on the best-selling novel by Josh Green and boasts an 8.8/10 rating on IMDB.


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Marisa Cutillas brings us a few of the season’s top DVD releases.

» GENRE Thriller » DIRECTOR Eugenio Mira (The Birthday)

» ACTORS Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Kerry Bishé » IMDB RATING 5.9/10


Grand Piano

» GENRE Animation » DIRECTOR Juan José Campanella

Elijah Wood plays Tom Selznick, an immensely talented pianist who stops performing in public owing to his debilitating stage fright. Years after giving his last concert, he reappears for a special concert in Chicago. With a full theatre and an expectant public, Tom finds a message written on the musical score he is about to play: “If you miss one single note, you will die”. Tom must discover the reasons he is being targeted and play the concert of his lifetime, before an unsuspecting audience…


» VOICES Michelle Jenner, Arturo

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Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams

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Amadeo is a teenager who is mad about two things: his friend, Laura, and the popular Spanish game known as futbolín. Amadeo’s happy existence is threatened when ‘The Crack’, a young footballer from the local village who is now one of the most famous football players in the world, returns to his hometown to avenge the only failure in his life: his loss to Amadeo at a game of futbolín many years before. Just when everything is looking at its lowest for Amadeo, he discovers that the toy football players contained within the futbolín begin to move and speak, in an attempt to help the young hero win the game and the heart of the woman he loves.

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Brick Mansions

Brick Mansions is set in a dystopic Detroit, where the former brick mansions of the wealthy are now the headquarters of some of the most dangerous delinquents in the city. In a desperate attempt to protect the rest of society, the policy build a wall to contain the criminal gangs within this area. Secret Agent, Damian Coller (Paul Walker, in one of his last screen appearances) aims to put an end to corruption in the enclosure, while Lino (David Belle), an ex-convict, fights to lead an honest life. When Lino’s girlfriend is abducted, Damian enlists his help to put an end to a sinister plot that is threatening to destroy life in this already violent city.

» GENRE Drama » DIRECTOR :Neil Jordan (The Crying Game)

» ACTORS Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley

» IMDB RATING 6.5/10


Perched on a desolate coastal town, a Hotel called Byzantium is about to reopen after being shut for years. The owners, a mysterious woman and her shy daughter, have been sharing a secret for the last 200 years and they decide that now is the time to let their terrible truth be known.


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Fuengirola’s Castillo Sohail has two concerts this month with US 1970s AOR outfit CHICAGO on July 3 and vintage UK rockers JETHRO TULL (July 10) scheduled to play within the walls of the historic castle. Ticket info: UK indie rock ‘o’ pop band FRANZ FERNINAND headline Málaga’s three day (July 11 – 13) 101 Sun Festival at the Estadio de Atletismo Ciudad on the first night. Ticket info: Estepona’s Recinto Ferial will play host to the Miami Soulfrito Music Festival’s first European gig on July 26 with UK drum and bass band RUDIMENTAL headlining plus RUTH LORENZO, who represented Spain in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Ticket info:

On August 1, French DJ/producer DAVID GUETTA is scheduled at the San Pedro Alcántara Municipal Stadium and will no doubt be pushing his latest single, Blast Off. Ticket info:

The Starlite Festival is taking place this month and next but the real action is up at Spain’s biggest event, the Benicàssim Festival near Valencia (July 17 - 20), the reformed LIBERTINES top the bill with support from KASABIAN, LILY ALLEN, EXAMPLE, PAUL WELLER, the MANIC STREET PREACHERS, ELLIE GOULDING, JAKE BUGG and the revitalised KLAXONS. MTV Spain will no doubt be showing some of the action there. Talking of the KLAXONS, while the hologram revolution is mesmerising many, they will perform the world’s first 3D Printed Tour. The band will gig around Britain in October and November with everything seen on stage including guitars, amps and lights created by using the latest technology in 3D printing. Well it’s one way of pushing their June released Love Frequency album which hasn’t sold as well as expected.

After hearing several tracks from their June 30 released album, how can Aussie outfit 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER be classed as rockers – they sound like a second class BUSTED – let’s hope they only last 5 seconds this summer! While the BUSTED/MCFLY collaboration has been happening recently, former BUSTED main man CHARLIE SIMPSON has been in the studio and releases his second solo album, Long Road Home, on July 14.

And, talking of holograms, the MICHAEL JACKSON one at the Billboard Music Awards has brought mixed emotions. The digital image performed Slave to the Rhythm, a track from his new posthumous album Xscape (which has eight ‘contemporised’ demos from the vaults) and included the famed moon walk. Oldest brother JACKIE gave it the family seal of approval while sister JANET ‘wishes’ she’d been there but had to decline due to her busy schedule (possibly out spending her hubbie’s cash?). While his old pal LIONEL RICHIE was ‘freaked out’ saying, “It's a little bit over the top for me”. Personally, watching it was weird, but memories came flooding back of his concert at the Marbella football ground in 1988, which, would you believe, did not sell out? As mentioned elsewhere, the LIBERTINES have reformed: main men PETE D’OH!-ERTY and CARL BARÂT have once again settled their differences (for the time being). They teamed up in Barcelona recently and were phone filmed strumming in a street. The legendary band will play Hyde Park, London on July 5 to a sell-out crowd – 45 years to the day since the ROLLING STONES played that famous gig in 1969. The day before, BLACK SABBATH play the same venue and guitarist TONY IOMMI says it could be their last ever gig due to his ill health. Also back on talking terms are RAY and DAVE DAVIES, the two siblings that fronted the 1960s/70s legends THE KINKS and they have sorted out their long time feud and have decided to tour the band to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The esteemed long time music journalist (and mentor of mine) TONY PARSONS shot the GALLAGHER brothers down in flames recently regarding their lack of respect for a well known musician when he was doing a set at the height of their career at the Mercury Music Prize Awards in the late 1990s. Made me think of the night of Sunday June 16 2002 when ‘The Man’ in question let down a sell-out crowd at Málaga’s Cervantes Theatre – no reason given – but the Spain vs Republic of Ireland World Cup match had gone to extra time, then penalties (by the way Ireland lost).

A cat may have nine lives but how many does mad MARIAH CAREY have left? She once again upset her label bosses after delaying the World Music Awards ceremony in Monaco by four hours then having no excuse when asked why she was late. The whole evening’s schedule had to be rearranged at short notice to accommodate for Lady Nut Nut’s punctuality. An insider said if her recently released album, Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, does not cut the mustard sales-wise, she could find herself on the mat. e


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The title of this book refers to the words uttered by Author, Ping Fu’s father, who used to say that in tough times, one should do as a reed and bend, not break. Ping was a little girl who was taken from her mother and father during the Cultural Revolution in China in the late 1960s. She was left with the responsibility of fending for herself and her four-year-old sister and forced to live in a small room with no food, electricity or heating. She also had to face torture at the hand of the Red Guards, who fed her ‘bitter meals’ comprising mold and other dangerous substances. Despite her challenging circumstances, Ping managed to not only survive, but to make her way to the United States, where she pursued a degree in Computer Science and helped invent the world’s first web browser. Her story highlights the importance of finding a belief system to rely upon, to emerge victorious from the storm.



Oddly Normal is the story of a father, John Schwartz, who arrived home one afternoon to find that his 13-year-old son, Joe, had attempted to take his own life using a bottle of pills and a paring knife. The book is a moving account of John’s attempts to encourage his son to embrace his sexuality and to shield him from the vicissitudes faced by young men in a school system that does little to prevent segregation or bullying. It is also testimony to the importance of supportive parenting and relentless advocacy for one’s children. Current statistics show that many young gay and lesbian youths have taken their lives following bouts of bullying, which makes this book crucial reading for all parents of teens.

The recent loss of poet, Maya Angelou, was lamented by avid readers around the world. Her best-selling autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, recounts a youth filled with neglect, disappointment and a marked lack of affection. Maya had always felt that she was ugly and unworthy of love, her negativity sparked in no small sense by the abuse she faced at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend. Thankfully, she was sent to live with her grandmother in Arkansas, where she took her cue from the tightly-knit black community there. What she learned during this time would help her face the toughest moments in her life, including an unwanted pregnancy and the kind of injustice that could have defeated a less resilient spirit.


Kelvin Hughes’ The Last Lorry is a captivating read which takes place during the final hours of the Spanish Republic. As the doomed Spanish capital prepares to surrender after two years of stubborn resistance, one final mission remains. A lorry, disguised as an ambulance, must leave the city and head south to the port of Alicante, where a ship is waiting to take its valuable secret cargo to South America. The lorry’s cargo is so important that the victorious rebels will stop at nothing to capture it. The person given this unenviable task is a young Captain, Daniel Miller Gonzalez, a man who has proved his loyalty to the legitimate Government of Spain on battlefields across the Iberian Peninsula. Together with his lifelong friend Fernando, an English nurse, and the driver of the lorry, Dani tries to outwit the advancing forces of General Franco in a dangerous game of cat and mouse along the last remaining route south out of Madrid. Available on the Amazon Kindle Store.

A CHILD CALLED “IT”: ONE CHILD’S COURAGE TO SURVIVE BY DAVE PELZER This book chronicles the childhood of Dave Pelzer, one of the most serious victims of child abuse recorded in the US. Dave was ‘brought up’ by a mentally unstable mother who beat and tortured him, subjecting him to the kind of treatment that no human being should have to undergo. Dave had no bed or clothing and worst of all, he had no-one to turn to. Yet his dreams of being loved kept him alive and today, he shares his story, in an effort to awaken society to the many cases of child abuse that people need to watch out for. “If I’ve learned one thing,” says Dave, “it’s that nothing can conquer or dominate the human spirit.” Today, Dave is an inspirational speaker whose greatest aim is to ensure that his much-loved son graduates from University.


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Getting a good night’s sleep is about much more than feeling sprightly and energetic the next day; it is also linked to a host of health benefits – everything from keeping obesity at bay to preventing anxiety attacks and other mental conditions. If sleep has been your hardest goal to pursue of late, it might be worth stocking up on one of these cool gadgets, sourced by Marisa Cutillas


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ZZZ FACTOR 1 - FITBIT ONE This fitness tracker not only measures






the calories you burn while you’re exercising, it additionally creates detailed graphs which indicate how long you sleep and how many times you wake up. This is also an ideal gadget for those who want measurable evidence of the link between exercise and improved sleeping patterns. i 2 - NIGHT WAVE SLEEP ASSISTANT This device emits a blue light that shines onto the ceiling. Match your breathing to the light’s pulses, which slow down over a half-hour period, easing the transition from being awake to enjoying the deepest of sleeps. i 3 - SOUND + SLEEP NOMAD Imagine hitting the sack with beautiful natural sounds playing in the background (the sea hitting the shore, white noise, trees swaying in the wind…). This compact gadget does just that, masking annoying noises from outside your home and automatically shutting down after a set time period. i 4 - ZEO SLEEP MANAGER PRO This device is even more complex than the Fitbit One, since it records how much REM (‘dream stage’) sleep and deep sleep you are enjoying. You simply wear a lightweight headband across your forehead while you snooze, and the machine will connect to your iPhone, recording your sleeping patterns. The Zeo website, meanwhile, provides advice on foods, anti-stress ideas and more, to ensure your sleep improves in a qualitative as well as a quantitative sense. i 5 - GLO TO SLEEP MASK One of the biggest obstacles to falling asleep is worry and stress; this cool mask will help you forget the day’s problems, by emitting blinking blue lines that will lull you into a meditative state. The soft foam mask also blocks out the sunlight, which will ensure you sleep longer and better. i 6 - PZIZZ SLEEP APP This cool app for iPhone and Android phones plays new relaxing sounds every time your head hits the pillow, making relaxation anything but a boring process. i


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TWO-SEATER ‘MILD HYBRID’ SPORTS CAR I suppose we’ll get used to the rather odd name sooner or later. Ferrari wants us to call it’s ultradesirable new model ‘LaFerrari’ and not ‘Ferrari LaFerrari.’ Having got that right, we can move on to the car which is, as always from the famed Maranello manufacturer, spectacular to say the least. WORDS Tony Whitney Photography Courtesy of FERRARI


he LaFerrari sits at the pinnacle of the company’s model range and those who are ready to shell out something like a million euros will have no less than 950-horsepower at their disposal plus an exceptionally fast and exotic sports car. Wouldbe buyers should move quickly because Ferrari is only going to build 499 or them. The word is that Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo was an early customer and no doubt many other sports and entertainment celebrities will be lining up too, at least the more prosperous ones. Like so many Ferraris that went before, this one is stunning to behold with its suave shape, big air ducts seemingly everywhere and a nose that looks as though it was inspired by a Formula One car. I suppose the pickiest of critics will find a discordant line or two to complain about, but nothing stands out that’s grating to the eye. Ugly Ferraris have appeared now and again over the decades, but they can


be counted on one hand and this isn’t one of them. Lightweight was one of the prime targets of the design team and as a result, the curvaceous monocoque bodywork is fabricated from carbon fibre. This is an expensive material to work with in large amounts and this feature is probably a major contributor to the LaFerrari’s price tag. The bodywork is even stiffer than other carbon fibre shells from Ferrari and other supercar makers. Incidentally, there’s another unusual fact about this car. It’s the first Ferrari for over 40 years that wasn’t designed by Italian master styling studio Pininfarina. The body is hand built in the same shop that produces Ferrari’s Formula One cars. One significant ‘breakthrough’ is that the LaFerrari is the first from this maker to feature any kind of hybrid powertrain, though we mustn’t get too excited about this. Don’t expect it to deliver Toyota Prius-like fuel efficiency because it’s what some engineering people describe as

a ‘mild hybrid.’ Rather than offer a ‘full hybrid’ vehicle, Ferrari has opted to include what competition car builders call a KERS system, which stands for ‘kinetic energy recovery system’. The main source of power in the car is a 6.3-litre V-12, but this is supplemented by a 708 kW electric motor. It provides short bursts of extra power while reducing fuel consumption, according to Ferrari, by 40 per cent. While few people who pay a million euros for a car will be too worried about saving money at the pumps, they do get the kudos that come with contributing something to environmental protection. Power reaches the rear wheels using a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The booster electric motor is located at the end of the gearbox housing and there’s a second one that’s used to power accessories. It will be interesting to see whether Ferrari applies hybrid technology to other less costly models in the years to come.

Like most of its rivals, the LaFerrari has a full complement of electronic safety and stability aids including a highly sophisticated anti-lock braking system developed by long-time Ferrari supplier Brembo of Bergamo. The carbon-ceramic brakes must have helped when the LaFerrari proved to be the fastest ever road-going production model to be tested on its Fiorano private track. I’ve driven this track and it has plenty of tight corners which can only be tamed by exceptional brakes. The LaFerrari was five seconds per lap faster than the company’s last limited-edition exotic model, the Enzo. The cockpit, and that’s an appropriate term for the cabin of this car, is a joy to behold and, of course, to operate in. The owner can choose one of two digital displays. One is much like the traditional Ferrari combination of round dials and the other provides a competition car digital array of information. The steering wheel is a nice chunky affair, flattened at the bottom to enhance thigh room for the driver when getting in and out and when driving the car. Rather than build seats separately and bolt them into the car, Ferrari chose to incorporate them into

the rear bulkhead which separates the interior from the engine compartment. Instead of having the driver’s seat slide back and forth in the usual manner, the pedals and steering adjust within certain limits. Ferrari owners come in all shapes and sizes and the company is sure to have considered this when laying out the interior arrangement. The LaFerrari is an astonishing piece of styling and engineering with all kinds of innovative features that promise to place the car at or close to the top of the exoticar market for a long time to come. The price is high, but there’s no question that this car is an ‘instant collectible’ that will ultimately gain in value over time. It’s hard to believe right now, but given the international currency market and the usual inflationary pressures on the cost of luxury goods, there may be a time 20 years from now when envious enthusiasts will be musing that the car was ‘only’ a million euros when it first appeared! Hopefully, most fortunate owners will drive the car frequently and not lock it in a bank vault simply for investment. Like all Ferraris over the years, it’s a car that needs to be driven to appreciate its real value. e

ZZ ENGINE 6.3-litre, 950-horsepower V-12 with KERS electric motor boost. ZZ TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic with steering wheel paddles for manual gear selection. ZZ ACCELERATION Zero to 100 km/h in approximately 3 seconds. ZZ TOP SPEED Close to 350 km/h. ZZ I LIKED A truly impressive supercar that’s right at the front of the current pack. Ferrari never fails to deliver something very special when it tackles a limited-edition sports car. There are some very fast cars on the market, but very few, if any, that can match the LaFerrari’s all-round performance. As always, the styling is at the same time spectacular and tasteful – not an easy combination to achieve for any carmaker. ZZ I DIDN’T LIKE What’s not to like? It’s certainly very expensive and beyond the reach even of many very wealthy people but, more than likely, it represents good value in its class and may even appreciate over the years. ZZ MARKET ALTERNATIVES Lamborghini Veneno and Reventon, Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1. ZZ WHO DRIVES ONE? Ferrari owners who want something really special from Maranello and are willing to spend lots of money. Well-heeled collectors who will always line up for a limited edition Ferrari. Wealthy buyers who want to upstage every other car that gets a parking spot in front of the Casino in Monte Carlo. ZZ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY Available soon in limited numbers for around €1 million. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2014 / 39



If you are looking for new things to do, we have plenty of ideas. Discover Sunborn, the new 5-Star floating hotel in Gibraltar. While you’re there, pamper yourself with a shopping spree on Main Street. If you’re after some entertaining reading, enjoy our article on Aussie acting sensation, Cate Blanchett, and join us in commemorating two milestone anniversaries: the Sur in English newspaper’s 30th, and Da Bruno’s 20th.

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Sunborn Gibraltar She’ll float your boat!

There’s a compelling new reason to linger longer on The Rock than a trolley dash up the aisles of Morrisons: Sunborn Gibraltar, the world’s first five-star floating super-yacht hotel. She’s seven decks of ship-shape chic with the DNA of a deluxe hotel, offering the ultimate super-yacht experience without the motion of the ocean. Belinda Beckett reports from the ‘boat that rocks’ but doesn’t roll!


’m leaning over the ship’s rails in my Sunborn Gibraltar bathrobe, channelling my inner Abramovich. The parade of sleek sailing yachts moored in Ocean Village turn heads at ground level. From the balcony of my Superyacht King Room six decks up, they look like toys – much as they would to the Russian oligarch if he happened to sail in on his megayacht. At 142 metres, Sunborn Gibraltar is a tad shorter but who’s quibbling? You can enjoy the infinity pool, restaurants, bars, casino and Finnish health spa and slip between 320-threadcount Egyptian cotton sheets without worrying about paying a crew to sail her. This super-yacht’s going nowhere soon (although she could). She has an engine and a wheelhouse (but no wheel) and a Captain and First Officer (for maintenance purposes mainly) as she’s permanently moored to the dockside.


Photography courtesy of sunborn She had a soft opening in March and an official launch in June (watch it on Chanel 5’s Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun later this year). She’s the flagship in what will be a global fleet of super-yacht hotels – a concept pioneered by her Finnish owners who have 40 years experience in the hospitality industry. A four-star Sunborn London opens on the Thames this summer and future yacht hotels are due to launch in Barcelona, North America, SE Asia, the Middle East and Russia. She’s more hotel than yacht but the novelty of her nautical design has oceans of appeal, reflected in teak decks, stainless steel ships rails, feature windows and authentic marine-watertight terrace doors in the suites. Custom-designed for her sunny Mediterranean location, 90 per cent of her 189 rooms and suites have balconies or sun terraces with marina or airport runway views. The six sumptuous Penthouse Suites provide dress

circle seats for the best show in town – glorious sunsets over Africa’s Riff mountains. No expense has been spared in her €150m fit-out to attract higher-spending visitors who wouldn’t have previously considered Gibraltar as a destination. And so they should. There’s more to the Rock than duty-free shopping and monkeys, plus Spain’s wild Atlantic coast is on the doorstep and Morocco’s 45-minutes away by fast ferry. VIP enquiries are pouring in on behalf of heads of state, international royal families and top national football squads. Local businesses have already bagged every weekend in December for their Christmas parties. One resident has booked the top-deck restaurant and rooms for a birthday party. General Manager Olivier Six has personally sourced their Champagne of choice direct from the French vineyard.

Mice Onboard! Olivier comes to Gibraltar from the exclusive Selsdon Park Hotel and Golf Club in Surrey, and London’s 5-star Grand Connaught Rooms event venue before that. He has years of experience in conference and banqueting – the perfect credentials for an operation aiming to attract MICE clients onboard. Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions will contribute 65 per cent of room revenue. Sunborn is the ‘big cheese’ for MICE clients, with its magnificent Aurora grand ballroom/banqueting hall and Atlas Conference Suite – six rooms with interchangeable walls. The sumptuous Sapphire cocktail bar and spectacular top-deck Sky Restaurant can also be hired for private celebrations and weddings, allowing Sunborn to cater five different events and 1,200 invitees simultaneously. The feeling of boarding your own private superyacht begins when you step onto the red- carpeted walkway, a promising sign of the treatment you can expect. A valet will park your car while a dapper concierge escorts you across a polished inlaid marble floor to reception. And what a reception! A welcome glass of chilled orange juice is brought on a silver tray. I’m not sure what to do first: drink it, check in or check out the hand-cut crystal dome chandelier suspended from the double-height ceiling which stops everyone in their tracks. To the right is a sweeping marble staircase, to the left the scenic glass lifts. We ride them to Deck 6, stepping out onto plush carpet in an Op Art pattern of chocolate, cream and scarlet swirls.


So Solid Crew

Suite Sensation The merest waft of your room card opens the door like sesame and the Do Not Disturb sign’s digital. The Guestroom Control System does everything bar rustling up lunch and there’s 24-hour room service for that. It’s pre-programmed to open the curtains and activate the AC as you enter, or switch it off if you step outside. The desk unit wouldn’t look out of place on the Starship Enterprise and the gigantic flat screen TV is also ‘smart’… if only I had Captain Jean-Luc Picard to work it! The concierge showed me but I was distracted by the sight of a Monarch flight taking off from the runway, yards away. There’s only just room for Romeo on my Juliet balcony but with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, you can sit inside and catch the rays. The bed, upholstered in wine-coloured leather, is big enough to accommodate Bob and Carol, Ted and Alice and the family dog and the white feather duvet and pillows are cloud light. The bathroom is marbled in shades of tiger, stacked with free goodies, and you can choose from rainforest or power showers. There’s a hand shower, in lieu of a bidet, in the loo.


A new range of bespoke Molten Brown toiletries, courtesy shoe cleaning and a pillow menu (including a massage version filled with cherry stones) will add to the five-star decadence. Sylvie Tsiampis, Executive Housekeeper at London’s Ritz Hotel before Sunborn, is brimful of ideas. She’s worked in 38 countries, planned 25 hotel openings (latterly Mandarin Oriental’s fabled One Hyde Park) and sailed around the world three times with Royal Caribbean. The bathrobes (white Cyprus cotton piped in silver grey) are almost identical to those she designed for Mandarin Oriental, as worn by international royalty and A-list celebrities! Her job is made easier by the calibre of her team, many of them highly-qualified young professionals who can’t find jobs in the fields they trained for. Technology helps too. “People imagine I walk around in a long black dress with a bunch of keys at my waist à la Downton Abbey but everything’s automated these days”, she quips. “We only need to place a magnet on the doorbell to tell if a room is occupied.”

The Sunborn team has been drawn from top players in the global hotel industry. Head of Sales Tiernan Redmond worked with General Manager Olivier Six at the Grand Connaught Rooms in former times. Food and Beverage Director David Lecumberri arrived from the Majestic Hotel Group in Barcelona. Executive Chef Johan Rox masterminded the cuisine at the Waldorf Hilton during the London Olympics. Johan is responsible for every crumb of food and drop of drink consumed onboard – at conferences, banquets, private parties and weddings as well as breakfasts, brunches, lunches, afternoon teas and dinners. There could be five functions going on simultaneously but Johan has selected his brigade of 23 international chefs for their ability to work miracles under pressure. With this experienced 42-year-old Dutch chef at the helm, Sunborn has high hopes of winning Gibraltar its first Michelin Star when the fine dining restaurant opens next year. Johan is already showcasing his skills with some pretty sophisticated cuisine at Sky Restaurant, Sunborn’s pièce de résistance on the top deck. His beetroot carpaccio with acacia honey and pistachio-glazed goats cheese is a work of art. Salads, grilled meats and even hamburgers share an eclectic menu which pays homage to Gibraltar’s British heritage, Sunborn’s location at the crossroads of two continents and the mix of local and international clientele.

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A Star Turn Silvery room dividers mimicking water bubbles create intimate dining spaces within the 137-seater Sky Restaurant and, with floor-toceiling windows on two sides, everyone gets an ocean view even if the star attraction – the retractable roof – is subject to the caprices of the weather. The service is stellar too. The cocktail menu’s the only kind of list you’ll find on this yacht! You can enjoy one of these playful concoctions from a sofa in the bar, a high stool by the rails or on the aft deck where an infinity pool bubbles beneath The Rock’s iconic limestone peak. At dusk, whip along to the foredeck to watch the sky turn Bellini cocktail pink. After dinner, take the lift four floors down to the moodily-lit Sapphire Bar for a digestif. Sky Restaurant is the new ‘in place’ for weekday business lunches (£25/£28 for 2/3

courses). At weekends, traditional afternoon tea is served (including scones with jam and real Devonshire clotted cream). The Sunday brunch is already the talk of the town, with its roast carvery, noodle and stir-fry stations, children’s menu, ice cream bar and all-you-can-eat starter and dessert buffets for £32. It’s worth a night onboard for the buffet breakfast alone. Go Spanish, Scandinavian, continental or full English! There are cereals and smoothies, home-baked breads, croissants and pastries, cheeses and cold cuts and mountains of glistening fresh fruit. Bacon, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes and hash browns sizzle in hot trays, the chef will cook your eggs any way you like and you get your own piping hot jug of coffee. Your diet will go to hell but who cares? i

A Shore Thing Z Sunset cruises, yacht charter, scuba diving, whale watching, excursions to North Africa… whatever floats your boat, it can be arranged. Sunborn Gibraltar is working with local providers to offer a raft of shoreand water-based excursions. ZZ Revenues Manager Vicky Clement has put together a collection of themed packages and event-based stays with transport and tickets to hot happenings (Gibraltar’s music and literary festivals, and classical concerts in magical St. Michael’s Cave). Try a Romance Package (Champagne and strawberries, late checkout and a private spa session) or play five of Spain’s top courses (all within a birdie’s reach) on the Golf Package. ZZ Families can book a two-night stay in a suite at a 20 per cent discount until the end of September. Or why not enlist Sunborn Gibraltar’s wedding planner and splash out on your own big day! ZZ Rack rates start at £350 but special weekend breaks are available from £199 per night, or book 15 days or more in advance to benefit from 15 per cent off the best available rate. e


Kari Marbella A personal service you can trust... €1.690.000


A stunning modern villa, harmonious in design, architecture and within its natural environment, well located in a prestigious urbanization with 24h security. Bathed in light and facing south, it enjoys magnificent views. 5 Bedrooms – 5 Bathrooms – Built: 574m2 – Plot: 1.207m2 – 2 garage spaces Key features include: • Views of the golf course, sea, coast of North Africa and Gibraltar • Decorated in modern Mediterranean style • High feature ceilings throughout the house • Wide hall, gorgeous living room, state-of-the-art kitchen • Tropical garden on the main and upper level with organic vegetables and fruits • Swimming pool surrounded by a bamboo-wooden platform with stylish porch • Modern dry Sauna • High-tech home cinema room

For further information and to arrange a viewing, please call. Karoly Szocs – Kari Inmobilien Investments, S.L. M: (+34) 629 955 450 – T: (+34) 952 900 316 –

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Main Street Experience WORDS AMY Williams Photography Jon Segui

Bond Street, the Champs Elysées, Park Avenue... from high flyers in sharp suits, to an avenue famed for its cafés, couture and cultural significance. These are some of the most iconic walkways in our collective consciousness and each evokes its own distinct association. Now, take a closer look at Main Street, Gibraltar, and you’ll see that on an admittedly smaller scale it contains all of the elements of its world-famous counterparts, and more.


ain Street is the commercial heart of Gibraltar, where many of the most successful firms in the fields of finance and law are located; it is the centre of Gibraltar’s retail district offering a range of boutiques, brands and bargains to tourists and locals alike; it has a cosmopolitan café culture; and it is a street with history sealed into its centuries-old stones and structures. And as for magic, well just look at the seated street performer held aloft on

the end of a pole by his co-artist for, quite often, entire afternoons at a time – it can sometimes be challenging just to make your way through the mesmerised camera-phone wielding crowds that this curious double act draws. And it’s from this same spot, just at the start of Gibraltar’s principal parade, that we’ll begin our southward-stroll, exploring what makes Main Street the essential Gibraltar experience it is. Looking towards town then, the chances are you’re now faced with people as far as the eye can see. Either that, or it’s the middle of the night. For when Main Street is open for business, it’s busy alright. For a start, Main Street really is Gibraltar’s main street. This means that if you’re a local heading into town to pick up a prescription, or pop to the Post Office, or cast your eye around a couple of clothes shops, and you want to do it all in one hit, then really, that’s where you need to go. However, you’re probably going to be doing it against a tide of tourists with an entirely different agenda. Theirs is to wander at a leisurely pace, to soak up the ambience, to stop without warning at any one of the shop windows whose contents have caught their eye, to have their pictures taken next to the red post box you’re trying to deposit your mail into...

But, in my opinion (which changes every time I’m on a limited lunch break with a long list of things to get done), the tourists have it right. Main Street really is worth a second, more considered look. Look up, for starters. There can be few other places where you’ll see a combination of Georgian and Victorian architecture amid Moorish, Portuguese and Genoese influences, but you find it here, hinting at Gibraltar’s colourful history, and the mix of nationalities that have settled here. And history is also evident in the names you see above the shops. Family businesses such as that of Stagnetto (wine merchant), Seruya (perfume and cosmetics), and Cohen & Massias (jewellers) have been around for over 200 years, since Gibraltar established itself as a trading port in the early 1800s, and the first traders – Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Jewish, African and Indian – set up shop. Many of their descendants are the shopkeepers with whom you trade today. One very obvious, and sometimes very surprising, attraction for the unsuspecting tourist, is the absence in Gibraltar of VAT. It’s particularly noticeable on the price tags of cosmetics, perfumes, electronics, jewellery, tobacco and spirits – of which there are consequently numerous outlets on Main Street. Many’s the time


I’ve wanted to take a picture of a wide-eyed tourist taking a picture of the shop-front of a duty-free alcohol store in order to ping home the incredible prices of bottles of booze to his friends. Tobacco is equally cheap. I remember passing a couple once who had just reunited after he’d gone to buy cigarettes and she’d come back with perfume. “Guess how much?” he said, pointing to a pack of his new purchases. So she guessed. “Lower” he said. She guessed again. “Lower” he said. It went on. I was out of earshot long before she got anywhere near the actual cost. They might even still be there. Souvenir shops also line the length of Main Street. Novelty red phone box money banks, toy double decker buses and plastic police helmets all serve to remind any and every passerby just how proud Gibraltar is to be British. At the same time, these trinkets are surrounded by armies of apes, hanging uniformly from rails in all shapes and sizes. Main Street offers all the UK high street staples, such as M&S, BHS and Mothercare, and clothing stores including Next, Top Shop and Monsoon, among many others. With the majority of these clothes shops (and many more local ones aside) aimed at the female market, it’s great news for the girls as it’s perfectly easy to walk the short length of Main Street, trying something on in every single store. But fear not long-suffering spouses, there are plenty of places to hide. Gadgets and boys’ toys are to be found in abundance on Main Street; just spend a couple of minutes in any one of the electronic stores dotted the length of the place and you’ll find kit you never knew you needed. When your iPhone-controlled, helicopter camera


is cleared for take off, you’ll be pretty pleased you popped in! Or, if you really want to go up against the missus in the spending stakes (and some) in one single swipe, the doors of designer stores such as Tommy Hilfiger, and the shops which specialise in stocking several designer labels under one roof, as well as those of the Rolex retailers and Tag Heuer traders, are wide open... For those who don’t exactly get a thrill from shopping however, Main Street can be enjoyed over a coffee, or something stronger, at a choice of cool cafés or Britishstyle pubs, pretty much anywhere along its route, all with outdoor tables, where you can sit and watch the world go by. And the metaphor is not far from the truth. Gibraltar itself is a fascinating fusion of races and religions, where all creeds and colours live and work harmoniously together. And this plays out on a daily basis. Add to this the entire passenger quota of a passing cruise liner, or three, (and make it a lunch break for good measure so that suited business execs pour out into the sun too), and suddenly Main Street is awash with different faces, styles of dress, nationalities, languages and accents. I recall a lady passing me while I was whiling away time over a coffee in the Piazza. She was speaking into her mobile, in a strong


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American accent, “I’m in Gibraltar”, I heard her say, and then she had to repeat the word ‘Gibraltar’. “It’s a place where they speak English, and use the British pound.” Her description was succinct, but she was smiling and seemed quite taken with it all the same. Pageantry plays a big part in Gibraltar, and nowhere is it played out more frequently than Main Street. The official changing of the guard takes place daily outside the home of the Governor, located at the top of Main Street; and at noon every Saturday, the History Alive reenactment society dress in 18th century period uniform to march from Bomb House Lane to Casemates Square and back, beating their drums as they go. It might not please any shift workers who live in apartments above Main Street, nor those who’ve had a particularly late Friday night, but it is a great tribute to Gibraltar’s history as a garrison town, and a tradition that both locals and tourists lap up. When Miss Gibraltar became Miss World in 2009, and the government invited companies across the country to close for the afternoon so that every employee could welcome her home (such is the strength of both the economy and the patriotism), she was driven along Main Street to


rapturous applause from the local population, to the Piazza from where she delivered her address. And when Prince Edward and Sophie arrived in Gibraltar in 2012 as representatives of the Queen in her Jubilee year, they held a short walkabout, also in the Piazza, before continuing down Main Street to the Convent, allowing the crowds to catch a glimpse and say hello, as they did so. There is an obvious pride on display in Main Street, from the Gibraltarian and Union Jacks boldly hanging from residents’ balconies above the shops, to the turnouts generated by ceremonies and visits such as those mentioned above. It represents a pride in both Gibraltar’s past and its present. Making our own way down Main Street, past the Piazza and the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned (where you’ve really hit the peoplewatching jackpot if a ceremony has taken place, and the sartorial spectacular spills out on to the street), things start to quieten down. You’ve passed the hustle and bustle, the majority of shops, bars and restaurants, the main part of town where you’re most likely to run into just about everyone you know, and the frenzy begins to fade away. Almost at the far end of Main Street, you

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find The Convent. Originally a Franciscan friary, it has been the official residence of the Governor of Gibraltar since 1728. It is the venue for wonderful, classical concerts in its grounds during the summer, and its ballroom in the cooler months, and houses the most extensive display of heraldry in the Commonwealth. Not just the official residence of the Governor however, the Convent is also believed by some to be home to the ‘Grey Lady’ – the ghost of a former nun who was caught trying to elope with her lover, and executed in the Convent grounds. Moving sceptically on... From ghosts to graveyards, the Main Street experience comes to its conclusion at the tiny Trafalgar Cemetery, the modest final resting place of a small number of sailors in Nelson’s navy who died of wounds inflicted at the 1805 battle. The headstones of these men, and many others besides, make for sombre reading. This sacred ground is a world away from the bargain hunting of the busier bits of Main Street, and visited (fortunately perhaps for the resting souls) by a fraction of the numbers who only get as far as M&S, but making it your last stop is a poignant way to finish any walk down Main Street, and a reminder that without the sacrifices made by these men and many before them, there would be no Main Street – as we know it. e


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Blanchett Art is a subjective notion and the cinema is a perfect instance of how what we cherish today, can easily be forgotten in future years. Hollywood is a particularly fickle microcosm within the cinematic world, and if it sometimes seems that actors whose charisma or talent can be difficult to perceive are constantly being thrust upon us, at other times, it can be difficult to comprehend how actors that have served us thick slices of cinematic magic over the years, have seemingly vanished into nothingness. The notion of the ‘grand diva’, spearheaded by the great Meryl Streep, is therefore a rather welcome one, since it marks the advent of a group of female actors who have stood the test of time. The list is not difficult to pronounce; it includes names like Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Katherine Hepburn, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Helen Mirren and of course, the great Cate Blanchett. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CHOPARD


hat marks this handful of artists as special is not so difficult to define: common qualities include integrity (not giving in to stereotypes of beauty or fighting the ravages of maturity and not choosing roles based on monetary compensation); character (the image of Bette Davis going on a rampage against Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane springs to mind); and of course, a unique presence that is somehow impossible to turn one’s head away from. If you had asked Cate Blanchett at the age of ten if she could envision herself decked in the decadently priced jewellery pieces and haute couture gowns with which she braves the red carpet, she would probably have answered in the negative. This age was a crucial one for Cate; it marked the loss of her father, Robert – a United

States petty officer from Texas who met Cate’s mother, June, while his ship was docked in Melbourne. June, a property developer and teacher, invited Robert to a party and although he returned home to Texas soon afterwards, he was lovestruck and it wasn’t long before he returned to Australia to marry his true love and become an advertising executive. Life was idyllic for the young couple and their three children (Bob, now an Engineer, Cate, the middle child and Genevieve, a Theatrical Designer), until Robert unexpectedly lost his life to a heart attack. Since then, June struggled to provide her children with the one thing she was determined they should have: an excellent education. June did right by her children, sending them to the very best schools. However, the long, lean years would leave their mark on Cate, who admits that there was a point in her life in which even a cup of coffee was a treat she could only afford every other day.


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After completing secondary school at Ivanhoe Girl’s Grammar School and Methodist Ladies’ College, Cate enrolled in a typically sensible course of study: that of Economics and Art History, at the University of Melbourne. After just one year of study, she did as most young Aussies do, and took a year off from her studies to backpack around the world. Ironically for an actor of her calibre, her first role was as an extra in a boxing movie set in Egypt. She played a pom-pom-yielding cheerleader supporting the leading man enthusiastically, in an experience she labelled as “boring”. It wasn’t until the end of her sojourns across the globe that she heeded the call of the thespians, enrolling in Australia’s most prestigious acting school: the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), where Mel Gibson and Nicole Kidman honed their craft. Her first official stage role was in David Mamet’s Oleanna, opposite none other than Geoffrey Rush. Her excellent performance garnered her the Best Newcomer Award and a few years later, she made her first foray into film, in Gillian Armstrong’s charming romantic film, Oscar and Lucinda. The role that commenced her path to stardom was undoubted that of Queen Elizabeth (in 1998), for which she was nominated for an Oscar for the first time. The following year, she was nominated for a BAFTA for her role in The Talented Mr. Ripley. In 2005, she won her first Academy

Award for Best Supporting Actress, for playing the legendary Katherine Hepburn with subtle perfection in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator. Another great film was Notes on a Scandal (2006), a ‘must-see’ for anyone into great acting. Cate plays a teacher who has an affair with a student and inadvertently threatens the stability of the small town she lives in. In 2007, Cate proved her innate versatility, playing a young Bob Dylan in I’m Not There.. The role won her a Best Supporting Actress nomination (she was also nominated for Best Actress for Elizabeth: the Golden Age in the same year). In the future, she is set to star in Knight of Cups,, a film directed by Terrence Malick – a Director whose films are famed for their visual artistry and philosophical depth. Most recently, Cate won her second Oscar (a Best Actress Award for Blue Jasmine). The film is a modern-day Streetcar Named Desire and her Jasmine, a 21st-century Blanche Dubois. Cate dives in and out of despair with the role, balancing it with the ‘lightness’ that lends a certain complexity and a touch of comedy to such a desperate character. Jasmine, like Blanche Dubois, is the American Dream gone wrong; a former social climber whose world is torn to shreds when she discovers that her husband is a philandering criminal who has made his millions in a deplorable way. Cate Blanchett may have made it into Hollywood’s

coveted ‘it’ list, but she definitely has not fallen into its trappings. Married to an Australian writer (with whom she co-directed the Sydney Theatre Company for many years) and a mother to three children, she chooses roles sparingly, preferring to hone her craft in the most prestigious way possible: onstage. She knows she has come a long way and often states how grateful she is for not having to struggle like her mother did, yet she boldly states that money and fame were never her ultimate aim; happiness was. e

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years of SUR in English Words Michel Cruz Photography courtesy of SUR

For many of us, the SUR in English newspaper has been a a vital source of information since the moment we arrived on the Costa del Sol, helping us to become orientated, informed and settled – and proving to be a steadfast finger on the pulse of expatriate life in this part of the world. This year the publication that has played such a significant role in the community marks an important milestone as it celebrates its 30th birthday.


orn in 1984, SUR in English has gone on to become an inseparable part of expatriate life on the Costa del Sol, helping thousands of new resident and tourists to learn about its towns, people, geography, culture, events and businesses along the way. For these 30 years the newspaper has been a constant companion for this growing community of British and English-speaking residents, providing them with an effective platform through which to communicate, voice their opinions and express themselves. In so doing the SUR in English has helped once isolated communities to become connected and informed, and in more recent times its success has also inspired German and Russian versions that serve other large expat populations in the same way. A significant part of the publication’s merit has been that, rather than segregate the region’s diverse

nationalities from their Spanish host community, it has brought them together in an exchange of knowledge and ideas, and as a result has played an important role in anchoring the foreign residents of this region both socially and economically.

How it all began The origins of the newspaper that was to become an integral part of life on the Costa del Sol really begin in 1964, when a life-loving Welsh couple who’d lost their hearts to Spain found their way down to Andalucía’s southern coast. When Joan and Gerry Davies settled here the Costa del Sol was still very new and remained a largely untouched playground of a privileged elite. In their first years they befriended European aristocrats and film stars, travelled across the region and achieved success in a variety of business ventures yet,


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given their journalistic backgrounds, there had always been a desire to found an English-language newspaper in these parts. After almost 20 years this dream had remained unanswered, but in 1984 the opportunity finally presented itself. With its burgeoning expatriate population, Joan and Gerry believed the Costa del Sol was now ready and indeed in need of a publication with a broad reach. They studied the market, looked at why similar ventures had failed and put together an editorial and financial proposal, finally deciding that the best option would be to take the idea to an existing newspaper publisher. And so it was that they stepped into the offices of then management Joaquín Marín and Juan Soto of Diario SUR in Málaga. The Spanish publishers liked the idea of an English-language spin-off dedicated to the growing expat community on the Costa del Sol and commissioned the couple to produce its launch edition, which rolled off the presses on the 20th of July 1984. “We were up all night to see the print run – a thrilling moment,” recalls Joan Davies in her autobiography co-authored with Louise Cook in 2013. “And in the early hours, at long last the dream had become a reality. The newspaper was finally in print… SUR in English was born!” Even then they had no idea of how their brainchild would catch on and grow. Advertising flooded in along with news, information and schedules of upcoming events. Not surprisingly, the Davies were invited to a great many of them and alternated their work on the paper with a busy social life.

Chronicling life on the Costa del Sol The next decades would be dedicated to putting out a weekly newspaper that served an ever-expanding readership. In the early years, Joan and Gerry would enter a predominantly Spanish-speaking office with their trusty portable typewriter and commit news to paper. Hilarious situations occasionally arose out of communication problems but the couple became a much-loved integral part of the paper. Pedro Luis Gómez, Director of Publications at Diario SUR, believes the newspaper opened up a better understanding of Spanish culture to expats while creating a better understanding of the foreign community among locals. By the time a new bilingual generation of journalists such as Liz Parry began to take over the daily running of SUR in English, the newspaper was already celebrating its first milestones and founders Gerry and Joan Davies had become legends in their own right. Gerry passed away in 1995, but while others ran the newspaper Joan always retained a connection with it and received an Honorary Communicator Award in 2008 from the Costa Press Club of which she was a founding member. Liz Parry, who after more than 20 years as editor of SUR in English (she has recently handed over the reins to Rachel Haynes), has overseen the consolidation

“And in the early hours, at long last the dream had become a reality. The newspaper was finally in print… SUR in English was born!” and continued growth of the paper into one of the most influential publications in the region. “SUR in English has been a defining part of my own life as well as a chronicle of the Costa del Sol,” says Liz. “Over the years, there have been few enough publications, such as Magazine, which have stood the test of time, so it is with great pride that we look back over such a long period of serving this community and forming such an integral part of it.” To celebrate this unique milestone, SUR in English has been carrying a special 30th anniversary logo on its masthead as well as organising and participating

in a great many events on the coast this year. These include cultural events, concerts, trade fairs, sports competitions, informational seminars and charity drives, as well as special editorial dedicated to the anniversary and offering a nostalgic look back in time – not to mention the opening of a new office at Carrefour in Mijas. A full schedule of events is available on the SUR in English website ( We take this opportunity to thank Joan, Gerry, Pedro Luis and Liz for their contribution to life on this coast and wish them many more years. Here’s to the next 30! e


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20 Years Sharing His Love for Family, Fine Food and Marbella

Bruno Filippone There are certain events in one’s life which seem to mark the passage of time more indelibly than Magazine, one of these is surely the Da Bruno Group’s 20th Anniversary, others… for since we have always associated its restaurants with quality family moments, filled with good food, welcome company and great service. We all know the staff well; most of them have been greeting us with a friendly smile for over 10 years; indeed, the longest-serving has been with the company for 19 years! This month, we join in the celebrations and offer our readers a Q&A with a man who is a veritable icon in Marbella: Da Bruno’s Founder, Bruno Filippone. WORDS Marisa CUTILLAS Photography © and Courtesy of Da Bruno How are you celebrating 20 years in the business? With an array of special events such as tango and opera nights; we recently delighted clients with an evening called Amigos Para Siempre, comprising a homage to Frank Sinatra and Julio Iglesias, with a dash of opera thrown in for good measure. We were also pleased to welcome Marbella’s Mayor, Ángeles Muñoz, who awarded us with a plaque for serving excellent cuisine and supporting the

city of Marbella for 20 years. There are more exciting events coming up in October and November, but for now, we are keeping them secret. How have things changed at Da Bruno over the years? To be honest, there have been very few changes. The menu is relatively similar, with fresh, homemade pasta (which we make daily), excellent meat, fish and seafood, antipasti, etc. There have been additions to

traditional classics, since we offer clients special weekly and seasonal menus, as well as affordable menus such as the ‘Menu Fantasía’, which guests can enjoy at lunch time for just €18. We hold special gastronomic events throughout the year, such as our asparagus and mushroom weeks, in which guests enjoy an array of dishes made with these vegetables when they are in season. We also have a brand new ‘laboratory’ at Da Bruno Sul Mare, where we create and experiment with dishes.


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The Da Bruno boat, during the 20th Anniversary Da Bruno Prize

The Da Bruno family, with Mayor Ángeles Muñoz, during the homage paid to the restaurant group by the Marbella Town Hall

Members of the Herbalife team, winners of the Grand Prize at the race to celebrate Da Bruno’s 20th Anniversary

Are you working on any new dishes? Yes, a sizeable entrecôte (tagliata), covered in sautéed mushrooms. We prefer to serve the mushrooms in this way (rather than in sauce form) so their pure flavour and excellent texture can be enjoyed. Soon, we will also have a wider special gluten-free menu, for those who suffer from celiac disease or simply prefer to consume a gluten-free diet. How long has your current staff been with you? Most of our staff members have been here for over 15 years. Our longest standing staff members are Valeria (from Da Bruno A Casa) and Maite (From Da Bruno on Avda. Ricardo Soriano). My wife, Giuseppina and I are also pleased that our children, Giancarlo (who runs Da Bruno A Casa and Da Bruno Mijas) and Marcella (who runs Da Bruno A Cabopino and Da Bruno A San Pedro) have been with us for so long. What is the key to such a high level of staff retention? Keeping employees happy. They need to feel like the business is theirs, too, then everything flows as it should. Our success is definitely not owed to me alone; it is a shared victory earned by clients and staff as well. Who takes charge of the décor at Da Bruno restaurants? Giuseppina and myself; mostly her. Although each restaurant has different individual décor

pieces, we like to think there is a similar touch in every one. Da Bruno is a company that supports Marbella in many ways. Tell us why Marbella means so much to you. I feel like a citizen of Marbella; it has given so much and we like to give back. Of the infinite number of tourists who visit Marbella, around 70 or 80 per cent also visit Da Bruno. Eating well is a very important part of any holiday; if a city doesn’t have good cuisine, I certainly won’t be visiting it again. In what specific ways do you give something back to the community? One way is through my book, Almuerzo en Familia Con Bruno (Lunch Among Family with Bruno). All moneys received from sales go towards the cost of the book and local charity, CRECE, which helps disabled persons. We also sponsor the Da Bruno Regatta, as well as various football, paddle tennis, water polo and golf tournaments. We additionally supported a golf tournament for children’s cancer, and many charities, including Ningún Niño Sin Techo, the Cesare Scariolo Foundation, etc. In what ways has the Costa del Sol changed since you opened your first restaurant? Dramatically. Marbella has improved immensely in terms of cleanliness, safety and organisation. Thankfully, mass construction is

now a thing of the past. At one point, I remember seeing diggers and construction sites on nearly every mountain. Now, people are aware that we need to take greater care of our area. How did you brave the economic crisis in 2008? Like all companies, we suffered. It is important to set aside funds and look to the future, to be able to weather challenging times. Thankfully, things are getting back to normal and we have been doing very well. Finally, what does success mean to you? Success isn’t about how much money you have in the bank; to me, it is about being in Marbella and being loved by the people here. It is also about doing what you enjoy. There are many more lucrative professions I could have pursued, that offer less worry and more profit, yet to me, gastronomy is a vocation. I truly love my profession and believe it is important to serve clients with humility. Giuseppina and I don’t have to work the hours we do, but we like to. In the restaurant trade, your personal life comes second and work comes first. Many clients consider us to be family; they come, not just to eat, but to relax from their cares and be treated by staff with a true passion for service. Being successful also means having a family, which is the most vital pillar in life. When you have a good family life, you can face anything that life throws in your way, good or bad. e


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style and creativity in Spain This year Roche Bobois celebrates 40 years of style and creativity in Spain with two of its best collections yet. WORDS Michel cruz Photography courtesy of roche bobois



he French have always had a reputation for exquisite quality, workmanship and design in luxury products. It is a tradition that goes back many centuries, reaching stellar heights at the court of Louis XIV in Versailles and incorporating such venerable names as Cartier, Balmain, Bugatti, Delage, Lalique and indeed, Roche Bobois, all the way to the present. Since its founding, the brand has become synonymous with

style, elegance, quality and design, eschewing conformity to interpret modern, retro, classical, country and contemporary styles with distinct creativity and flair. This is not just a company that makes impressive furniture, fabrics and accessories from noble materials, it also stands for a sheer love of creating visually pleasing decorative pieces that give interior spaces a very uplifting sense of chic and refinement. The company’s slogan could

be ‘Style is Fun’, for where others focus primarily on trend and status, Roche Bobois’ creations have a sophisticated exuberance about them. As a result, the company that produces two collection launches a year that form a high point in the annual furniture industry always manages to surprise and excite. “We love design,” says Cécile Peyrard of Roche Bobois’ Marbella showroom, which is in itself a stylish landmark typical of the brand.


Setting trends “It is why in addition to its own designers Roche Bobois collaborates with many of the world’s most eminent and also up-andcoming designers and gives them a truly creative brief through which many have made their name.” Practicality, quality and style are a given within this formula, which makes coming up with eye-catching, trendsetting designs even more exacting. “I think we are so closely associated with the creative, fun and artistic spectrum of the luxury furniture market because we create rather than follow trends,” says Cécile. “To do this we work with all the means at our disposal, using forms, textures and colours even when the prevailing doctrine is focused on straight-lined, monochrome minimalism.” Naturally, you can quite comfortably create a modern, minimalist décor using Roche Bobois furniture, especially if you focus on white, black, lacquer, glass and chrome pieces, but when advising clients or decorating interiors Cécile always likes to infuse a little life and colour. “We like to use


colour and gentler forms to lift the mood and soften the ambience of a home, proving that this in no way is incompatible with creating an imposing, elegant effect.” Indeed, the fashionistas have since ‘followed’ Roche Bobois’ example and embraced a touch of colour and rounder angles, often with a hint of retro modernism that is also a typical RB trait. It is this that draws a loyal clientele with a sophisticated sense of design and style to the brand, sure that their home will stand out and reflect their individuality. “For 40 years now Roche Bobois has been bringing these

trends to Spain, and also the USA, which means there are many cases where we have been in the homes of three generations of families, evolving with the times and lifestyles but always remaining true to our brand values,” says Cécile. Last year she and her team celebrated 30 years of Roche Bobois in Marbella, and in September this year a glamorous event will mark its 40th anniversary in Spain, but for the industry and clients alike the month will also mark another high point: the launch of this year’s second design collection.

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2014 design collections The first collection, launched for the spring and summer season, already sets the tone for the year, building on the artistry of form and tones that reflect the season. In doing so, Roche Bobois remained true to a design philosophy that has since become the prevailing style direction in furniture and a distinct move away from the black-and-white minimalism that dominated fashions for so long. Step into the showroom on the coastal road near Rio Real and you are surrounded by a vibrant world of high-end design in which the beautiful, lively tones of cushions,


fabrics, designer injection moulded chairs push the boundaries of form and function, and rugs and other accessories form a counterpoint to the stylish, welcoming colours of the larger furniture pieces. Here it is above all the sheer quality of the materials and elegance of design that draws you to luxuriant beds, opulent sofas, sleek tables and impressive cupboard and sideboard units. At Roche Bobois retro, modern and contemporary inspiration come together to produce a unique designer range featuring classic quality and avant-garde technology. The Mangrove and Colors sideboards are both exquisite examples of modern contemporary styling with a touch of retro fifties finesse made from high-tech materials. Together with the fun,

stylish Loop injection moulded chairs and the stunning Opto range of dressers and sideboards, they really bring a modern home to life. The Opto range catches the eye with clean, sophisticated lines that shimmer gently in the light, a kinetic effect created by a special treatment of the Daquacryl速 panels that come with a choice of patterned finishes. Such sophisticated pieces are the kind of furniture that Roche Bobois has made its name with, and they form an exciting prelude to the 20142015 Autumn/Winter collection arriving in September. Others include the beautifully detailed Jean Cocteau collection of soft furnishings as displayed on suave leather and suede beds, the Mikado modular sofas and the delightful retro fifties Profile sofas that combine style and comfort with charm and individuality.


A collection inspired by a sense of movement Movement was very much the underlying theme of this year’s Paris design show, which together with Milan’s ranks among the most influential of its kind. Inspired by this concept, the international designers of Roche Bobois have created a collection that employs both artisan skills and modern technology to great effect. The stylish Loop chairs are an example of this, as are the creatively styled and beautifully finished glass Iride tables, the Pixl bookcases and the dining tables belonging to the Nephtis, Jane and Mangrove sets. A particular high point are the stylish Bubble and Lobby sofas, the latter revealing fine leather quality and a retro-chic style with hints of the famous Le Corbusier and Van der Rohe chairs. The Bubble range, meanwhile, is a playful and wonderfully comfortable sofa and pouf collection that brings a touch of futuristic sixties style to your home. More retro charm brought right up to date comes in the form of the Profile bed and side tables,

while the Bel Ami dining sets contribute a light, fun classical note that can add greatly to a wide variety of decorative home styles ranging from classical to eclectic. The collection of mirrors, the range of glass Pescadous vases and the Kukka lighting sets also form part of the eagerly anticipated new collection, which ensures that September will be a true highlight for Roche Bobois this year. “We are seeing that people are embracing the new trend towards more colourful, diversely shaped and even retro-modern interior styles that have been a part of the Roche Bobois design philosophy for some time now,” says Cécile. “It is wonderful to see how people are stepping away from prescription furniture and discovering their own style and voice when it comes to home decoration. Being able to help them create individualistic homes that reflect their personality and style is a great pleasure, and with the collections of Roche Bobois we have so much great material to work with that no two homes need be the same."

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Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Bikini Time! Take your pick from these cute bikinis and turn those heads on the beach, by the pool or at Marbella’s coolest summer parties. Compiled by Marisa CUTILLAS

Raspberry ruffled bikini by Dorothy Perkins


Black and yellow bikini by Top Shop

Frilly bandeau bikini by Accessorize

CONTACTS: Accessorize:, Boux Avenue:, Dorothy Perkins:, Missguided:, Miss Selfridge:, Top Shop:

Tribal inspired bikini by Accessorize

Earrings by Dior

Bag by A-Shu Dress by Missguided

Eyewear by Dior

Dress by Vestry

Contacts: A-Shu, Cath Kidston, Dior Missguided:, Vestry:, What’s About Town:

Luggage by Cath Kidston

Colours of the Summer Jazz your look up with these beautiful jewellery pieces, eyewear and shoes. Compiled by Marisa CUTILLAS

Earrings by Dior

Shoe by Dior

Necklace by Dior

Bracelet by Dior

Earrings and friendship bracelet by What’s About Town

Bag by A-Shu




Summer is a great time to work on your health and beauty. Detox your skin the natural way, read up on the best and safest sunscreens and discover the latest happenings at the Shanti-Som retreat.

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Beauty: Detoxing for the Summer


Beauty news


Health: The Sun, Skin Cancer and Sunscreens


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Skincare Routine Summer offers an odd blend of relaxing days by the sea or poolside, and heady nights at parties that can last all night… it can also be one of the most stressful times for our skin, owing in no small part to the hours we can spend beneath the sun’s burning rays, and the amount of toxins we can ingest and apply topically. This season, why not detox your skin, adopting a multi-pronged approach that tackles beauty from within as well as without? These are the top five ways to clear, smooth skin:


Many products have jumped on the ‘pure, natural and organic’ bandwagon of late, yet although they may contain essentially good ingredients like antioxidant Vitamins (A, C and E) and essential oils, many commercially accessed skincare and beauty products are also rife with toxins like parabens (used to preserve products), formaldehyde (commonly found in cheaply produced nail lacquers) and triclosan (a synthetic compound found in anti-bacterial products). Beauty expert, Leslie Kenton, notes that there are four types of skincare products: Z ETHICAL-NATURAL-POTENTS: These products are powerful yet are free of artificial chemicals and preservatives. Z NATURALS: These are natural, but less sophisticated than ethical-natural-potents. Z BIOLOGICAL ACTIVES: Often called ‘cosmeceuticals’, these products tend to contain chemical components and preservatives, but are also rich in vitamins and neutraceuticals. Z FEEL-GOODS: These feel lush on the skin, but contain chemicals and preservatives. They make up the majority of skincare products available on the market. If you are serious about detoxification, try to stick to either the Ethical-Natural-Potent or the Naturals group of products. Some of the best skincare and make-up products on the market are made by companies like Environ (developed by Nicholas Perricone, a prestigious South African dermatologist), Jane Iredale and Caudalie.



Natural skincare doesn’t have to be complicated; one of the most excellent products currently holding sway among beauty experts across the globe is pure and simple argan oil. Rich in unsaturated fatty acids, this product, which is painstakingly sourced by hand from the argan tree, protects the skin’s integrity and function as a natural antiinflammatory. Argan oil is also rich in Vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant that helps skin stay hydrated) and high molecular weight proteins (which create a network of molecules that have a tightening effect on skin). Not only is this oil used to combat fine lines and wrinkles, it is also used for massage (owing to its pain relieving effects), and in hair shampoos and serums, to make hair shinier. To obtain the most out of argan oil, try the culinary variety as well. Edible argan oil is used to finish rather than to cook food. Try drizzling a tablespoon or two atop your favorite salad or stew. You will find that it bestows food with a delicious nutty flavor, similar to that of hazelnut oil.



There are a lot of detoxifying products and diets around. Many programmes involve fasting, juicing, using herbal products and/or supplements, and opting for colon cleansing routines. If you are confused by the wide range of products available, why not keep it simple? Remove the most harmful toxins you ingest on a daily basis, especially processed foods, which are rich in salt and sugar. High-sugar foods are one of the most important causes of wrinkling and sagging of the skin, since they cause the body to grow resistant to insulin, and they are responsible for a process known as glycation (in which sugar bonds to protein in your skin, causing collagen fibers to cross-link). Dr. Nicholas Perricone notes: “I am against sugary and starchy foods because the inflammation they induce (which takes place on a cellular level) shows up on the skin as a loss of radiance, dark circles under the eyes, the loss of tone, puffiness, an increase in fine lines and wrinkles, the loss of facial contours and increased pore size. These foods can also exacerbate acne, which is a systemic, inflammatory disease. I am not exaggerating when I say that sugar can rob you of your youth, health and beauty.” A detox programme which is easy to follow involves consuming: fresh fruit and vegetables (which contain antioxidants, or natural antiinflammatories), lean protein rather than sugar (to stop your blood sugar from spiking) and healthy Omega-3 fats, which are great at battling inflammation (sources include wild salmon, walnuts and cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil). It is also vital to keep alcohol consumption to a minimum, and to avoid smoking and unnecessary medications.



Whenever stress really hits, we often crave a quiet, comfortable place where we can gather our thoughts and find peace. Meditation does a lot more than momentarily calm us, though; the centuries-old practice has been found to reduce levels of cortisol (the ‘stress hormone’), which is linked to everything from the premature ageing of skin, to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.



Take a clean, steaming piece of muslin cloth and hold it over your face for a few seconds; do not rub the cloth into your face; just let it rest, in order to stimulate circulation and soften skin. Repeat three times a day and afterwards, massage a couple of drops of argan oil into your skin. e


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You want to get rid of stubborn fat in half of the time than normal? You don’t want to wait so long for your appointment? Then don’t miss the 2 COOLSCULPTING MACHINES @ CIRUMED in Marbella from 25. 06 - 25. 07. 2014 CoolSculpting® by Zeltiq, a non-surgical contouring treatment that freezes stubborn fat, which then is naturally eliminated from your body. No needles, no special diet, no supplements, no surgery. And most importantly, little to no downtime. It’s safe, medically-cleared and effective. Cirumed Clinic /// Avenida Ramón y Cajal 7 – 4 /// 29601 Marbella /// Tel: +34 952 775 346 /// ///

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1 – BOBBI BROWN RAW SUGAR EYESHADOW PALETTE: Shimmer is the look to go for at this summer’s hottest pool parties. 2 – BOBBI BROWN RAW SUGAR NAIL POLISH: Throw your matte shades away; opt for the ultimate in shiny, glittering nails. 3 – MARC JACOBS BEAUTY HIGHLINER GEL CRAYON: This eyeliner glides on effortlessly and lasts as long as the party does. 4 – CHANEL LÈVRES SCINTILLATES: Chanel always makes some of the best glosses available. This flirty shade is called ‘Hello’. 5 – CHANEL NAIL LACQUER: This shade, called ‘Mirabella’, will be one of the hottest looks this season. 6 – ESTÉE LAUDER PURE COLOUR CHEEK RUSH: Try this blush for a glowing summer look. 7 – BOBBI BROWN RAW SUGAR BRONZE POWDER: Avoid the sun, get your golden glow from these lovely powders. 8 – SMASHBOX LIQUID HALO FOUNDATION: This light, grease-free foundation is ideal for younger skins. 9 – MARC JACOBS EYESHADOW PALETTE: Keep it colourful with this beautifully designed eyeshadow set. 10 – THE BODY SHOP EYESHADOW: Mon Cherry and Something Blue are two of The Body Shop’s hippest eyeshadow shades. i Products can be purchased at top beauty and perfume shops on the Coast.


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daily exposure which lasts for hours can have negative effects on skin.

HOW DOES UV RADIATION AGE SKIN? UVA radiation gives rise to high levels of free radicals, which cause collagen to cross-link, leading to the development of fine lines, wrinkles, spots and sagging. They also contribute to the formation of Advanced Glycosylation End-Products (AGEs), which interfere with the proper functioning of cells and wrest from the skin’s natural elasticity. It is important to remember that it isn’t just skin that suffers from UV exposure; the latter can also cause cataracts and other eye conditions, and suppress the immune system.



The Sun, Skin Cancer


Every year, as the summer season approaches, beauty buffs start feeling ‘so excited’ about new sunscreen ranges… this year ‘ultra-dry suncreens’ are the buzzword, as are dry sunscreen sprays, guaranteed to make even the laziest of suntanners feel motivated to protect their skin… but are we ultimately doing more harm than good by applying products as we like, without really looking into the way they are supposedly protecting us against the effects of the sun’s harsh rays? KEEPING SUN DAMAGE AT BAY:


Beauty guru, Leslie Kenton, notes that skin damage is not only caused by exposure to sunlight, but also by the chemicals we often use on a daily basis. In her best-selling book, Skin Revolution, she says: “Sunscreen chemicals which should protect your skin from damage may actually be causing it. They can use up your body’s natural enzymes designed to guard against degeneration.” Kenton notes that many beauty companies have attempted to mask this fact by filling items with free radical fighters like Vitamin A, which “only hide the issue”. Kenton adds, “Chemicals used in sun products and other toiletries do not belong in our bodies… their ubiquitous presence in animal bodies undermines health, vitality… and beauty.”

According to Sun Safety Alliance, there are three types of rays that can undermine our skin’s health. They range from 190 to 400nm. They are: UVA Rays: These penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and can cause burning, premature ageing of skin and the development of skin cancer. UVB Rays: These rays are shorter than UVA Rays. Though they penetrate skin at a more superficial level, they are the primary cause of skin burning and premature ageing. UVC: Most of these are blocked by the ozone layer, though indoor lighting (halogen, incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs) can emit UVC rays. A 2009 study published in the journal, Autoimmunity Reviews, found that although irradiance from indoor lighting is considerably less than that of the sun,

As mentioned above, proper skin protection is not just about slapping on a fancy sunscreen. Skin care should be approached from a multi-pronged perspective. We suggest the following: 1 – KNOW YOUR RISK: Fair-skinned people who easily get sunburned are at an extremely high risk of developing skin cancer following overexposure to the sun, but this does not mean that oliveand darker-skinned people need not worry about protecting themselves (both outdoors and indoors). 2 – AVOID THE SUN DURING PEAK HOURS (The sun is most dangerous when it is at its maximum height in the sky – from 10am to 4pm): During this period, your skin can suffer from a nasty burn in as little as 10 minutes! UV exposure is also strongest in the Spring/Summer seasons, but can still be dangerous during the winter. Those living in snowy climes should be particularly careful, since snow can reflect 90 per cent of the sun’s rays. 3 – WEAR PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR: Invest in a good pair of shades with the required level of protection. 4 – AVOID CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS: There are two types of sun protection: chemical sunscreens and physical blocks. The latter reflect light back into the atmosphere, while chemical sunscreens actually absorb the UV rays; indeed, the SPF factor refers to the amount of UVB rays the product is capable of absorbing. The absorption of UV rays and the interaction of the chemicals in sunscreens with your skin can make you more sensitive to allergic reactions and more susceptible to inflammation (one of the leading causes of ageing). To use chemical sunscreens is to subject the body to more toxins it simply has not been designed to eliminate. In an effort to protect our skin, we could ultimately be doing much more harm. Play it safe and stick to products that physically block the sun (such as zinc-based sunscreens). e


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HEALTH New Director of Shanti-Som, Christine Vespermann




he health and wellness centre, nestled in the verdant forests across from the El Juanar natural park, seems just a step away from Nirvana, with its Balinese and Thai inspired interiors, beautiful wooden decked outdoor yoga pavilion and refreshing outdoor pool. As you step into the awe-inspiring reception, sturdy wooden beams, palm leaf ceiling fans, the scent of incense and the sound of meditation music take you to a place that is far away from your cares. The welcoming rooms, each individually decorated in contemporary style, are echoed in personality by the newly renovated spa, where treatment rooms bear hues which have been personally chosen by each therapist. The staff is as upbeat as you would imagine, their motivation spurred on by the positive reviews of guests, who, they tell me, sometimes weep on the ride home back to the airport. It is difficult to leave something so beautiful, though the good news is, you can always come back. I recently caught up with Shanti-Som’s new Director, Christine Vespermann, who informed me of the many new happenings and plans for this exclusive retreat. Although Shanti-Som welcomes clients who simply wish to have dinner at its elegant restaurant, or book a room to enjoy a peaceful night in the mountains, Christine informs me that most clients choose from three- or six-night stays, focussing on honing their yoga skills, losing unwanted kilos or detoxifying their bodies with a blend of juices and broths and detoxification treatments such as scrubs and wraps. Christine and the team have also brought a new programme to Shanti-Som. Called ‘Journey Into Healing’; it is an ideal option for anyone


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“who feels they are on the brink of burnout. This programme comprises one-on-one attention and focuses on healing and personalised meditation sessions.” Christine advises that clients interested in this (or indeed any other) programme book in advance, since Shanti-Som is currently already at its peak capacity. “Despite being fully booked,” she muses, “clients often say they feel like they have the whole place to themselves.” Indeed, quiet abounds on the day of my visit, despite the fact that I observe a group practising yoga in the outdoor pagoda and a young couple taking a dip in the pool. Christine tells me that clients are also enjoying a relaxing massage in the spa as we speak. Shanti-Som now has its own in-house Nutritionist (who also performs Reiki) and Personal Trainer (who conducts high-adrenalin boot camps for those who really wish to give their fitness a boost). Christine elaborates, “Our boot camp clients enjoy hard-core training in the great outdoors when the weather permits, as well as hikes (both short and challenging) and a water gym workout in the pool.” As is to be expected, Shanti-Som is highly flexible to clients’ needs. “Some people come for the weekend, while others do a full week’s bootcamp,” explains Christine, who reminds me that clients are always free to do what most appeals: “Some people just visit us for a night, others simply come for breakfast or to enjoy our famous chocolate cake after lunch. All stays are full-board, so guests can ensure they are completely cared for.” Indeed, the restaurant is one of Shanti-Som’s star attractions; here, guests tuck into tasty treats bearing a blend of Asian and Moroccan

Regardless of how busy your day may have been, with its share of phone messages, calls and voices speaking on material matters, from the very second you arrive at the Naturebound haven that is Shanti-Som, your heart, mind and soul encounter a state of peace that is difficult to resist. influences, created by Juan Marmolejo and Juan Antonio Martínez Ortega, who have honed their craft at some of Marbella’s savviest establishments. Some of the most popular dishes include the Thai green curry, Tom Kha soup and Thai King prawns, lightly grilled and packed with flavour. The atmosphere at the restaurant is definitely intimate, so much so that many Marbella residents opt to take the 10-minute drive from La Cañada to Shanti-Som, to delight in a glass of wine and enjoy a romantic meal by candlelight. Finally, we should mention the spa, which offers a host of treatments (everything from a soothing Ayurvedic massage to craniosacral therapy), which can be enjoyed individually or as part of a half- or full-day spa programme (the halfday programme includes one treatment and the full-day programme, two different treatments and lunch). Shanti-Som also offers a special ‘treatment of the month’ at a discounted price. It is easy to see why the staff walk about with a smile on their faces and a willingness to serve; they understand that top level service is, perhaps, the crucial link when it comes to creating a worldclass health and wellness experience. ShantiSom is unique in its sector, offering a proximity to Nature that we can only dream of and a chance to reshape your everyday reality.

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DEBRA Thanks Supporters of the 12th Butterfly Children Golf & Ball DEBRA, the association dedicated to sufferers of butterfly skin disease and their families, is proud to announce that it raised €40.823 during a recent golf tournament and gala at the Aloha Golf Club. Some 246 golfers signed up for the event and prizes were awarded to the top five scorers in each of the two categories (ladies and men). The following evening, 233 guests enjoyed an evening under the stars on the Aloha Club terrace, where they were entertained by the TAPAS Choir, 2 True & The Mass Fusion Band and Ricky Lavazza.


High End Home Rentals with Marbella Rentals If you are looking for a luxury villa to rent for your holiday, Marbella Rentals is a local firm that specialises in high-end homes and provides all the services you need to make your stay unforgettable. Terje Stormyr, owner of the business, says, “The company was started 12 years ago and we have been working hard over the past five years to ensure that we have the best selection of rental villas in Marbella. We have also set up a unique concierge service to help our clients. When renting villas like ours, clients expect five-star service, so we provide everything they could possibly want from chefs, drivers, nannies, security, excursions, etc.” Terje says that despite Marbella’s bad publicity in the past, in recent years, the Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, has worked hard to put Marbella back on the high-end tourist map, leading to the renaissance of this luxury destination.


Rita Ora to Play Gibraltar Music Festival Mark September 6 on your calendar: on this date, the Gibraltar Music Festival will be taking place at Gibraltar’s Victoria Stadium, featuring a bevy or artists, including The Script, Roger Hodgson (formerly of Supertramp), James Arthur, John Newman and Tony Hadley (lead singer of Spandau Ballet). The organisers just announced that pop sensation Rita Ora, Clean Bandit and Maxi Priest will also be playing, so make sure to buy your tickets in advance, at Vijay and Music Corner on Main St., as well as at Gib Oil petrol stations, the Alameda, Ocean Village Express shops and online from

Third La Zagaleta Forum Focusses on Branding in the 21st Century

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The third edition of the La Zagaleta Forum focuses on the key elements of branding success in the 21st century. Topics covered included consumer engagement, retention in the global age and the resurgence of ‘Brand Spain’. Speakers included Oswald Grübel (fomer CEO of UBS and Credit Suisse and recently appointed Chairman of La Zagaleta), Javier Santiso (Telefónica’s Head of Global Affairs and New Ventures) and Ignacio Osborne (CEO of the Osborne Group). g


Cafeterias Around Spain raise €30.000 for the Hungry The third edition of Operation: Coffee recently saw some 700 cafeterias around Spain raise over €30.000 for Acción contra el Hambre, which seeks to put an end to child hunger. The campaign involved the donation on €0,10 for every coffee sold by participating cafeterias during a specific time period. The effort shows how even small actions can make a big difference.


Gastrobar Opens at Agrojardín Grupo Agrojardín, which specialises in all things to do with plants and trees, recently opened a Gastrobar, in an aim to unite the very best of Nature and health. The launch was attended by Antonio Bazán, a Director at Grupo Agrojardin and José María García Urbano, the Mayor of Estepona. At the new establishment, diners can look forward to enjoying healthy, seasonal food, while they contemplate the beauty of the verdant foliage that abounds.


Da Bruno 20th Anniversary Golf Tournament The Da Bruno Group recently offered a full day of golfing fun to customers and friends at the Da Bruno 20th Anniversary Golf Tournament, which took place at the Marbella Golf Country Club. In addition to a hotly contested golf tournament, the day included breakfast, snack and gala dinner celebrations at Da Bruno Sul Mare, at a very special price. Throughout its long history, Da Bruno has sponsored various events involving sports like soccer, swimming, paddle tennis, sailing, golf, etc. g

Aloha College Parents and PUPILS Raise over €10.000 for Child with Cancer Aloha College showed it is a school with plenty of heart, when parents and children donated a total of €10.400 to the family of Alex, a four-year-old who is battling cancer. The aim is to send Alex and his parents to Disneyland, once he is well enough to go. All our support goes out to Alex and his family. g To learn more

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Julian Raven at the Sammer Gallery Contemporary artist, Julian Raven, is famed for his ultra modern, colourful paintings that inspire wonder and joy. Julian lives on a hobby farm with his family, as well as a horse, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, three domestic bobcats and a dog. Julian may be a buzzword on the artistic scene in the U.S. but he is actually a local boy, having moved to Marbella when he was two and attended Calpe College, Ecos, Aloha and EIC. He moved to the U.S. in 1996 and worked as a custom furniture and cabinet maker for many years, before restarting his artistic career last year. Six of Julian’s works can currently be viewed at the Sammer Gallery and selected pieces are expected to be shown at the upcoming inauguration of the Russian centre in Guadalmina. g



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ASSSA Insurance Opens New Branch on the Costa del Sol Private health insurer, ASSSA, recently launched its latest office in Benalmádena, in an effort to offer their services to clients from all over Europe. ASSA offers an excellent after sales service and personal advice. The company has been dedicated to serving clients for over 75 years.

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Marbella Design Academy Summer Expo 2014 and Graduation The Marbella Design Academy’s Summer Expo 2014 was once again a resounding success, with friends, families and local entrepreneurs attending the colourful exhibition, which featured graphic design, fashion design and interior design works. Two students from the Academy’s three courses were presented with special prizes, for ‘most outstanding academic results’ and ‘most creative talent’. The equally well attended graduation ceremony saw the three course heads say a few personal words to each of the graduating students, which made it a personal and emotional event. g

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Beautiful Fashion from the Marbella Dress Company The Marbella Dress Company was recently launched, to bring its customers the feeling of luxury straight to their front door. The company believes that every woman should feel fabulous about the way they look, whether they are gracing the streets of Marbella, London or New York. Its signature dresses are made from luxury bandage material, designed to define, streamline and flatter your shape. Welcome to glamour, elegance and sophistication all wrapped into one fabulous garment. g C/ Jesús

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New Headquarters for Rotary Club Estepona at the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel The Rotary Club Estepona recently inaugurated its new headquarters at the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel, which will be used for the group’s weekly meetings. During the launch, a Rotary plaque was placed at the entry of the Hotel, in the presence of Rotary Estepona’s President, Juan Miguel Fernández Pérez, the Head of the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel, Ricardo Arranz de Miguel, and various members of other Rotary Clubs.


Recognise, Realise … and Recalibrate! If you’ve been feeling stuck and don’t know how to move forward, a new life-transforming programme called Recalibrate is ready to help you do just that. Launched by Personal Development Professional, Hollie Rolla, Recalibrate doesn’t just teach you how to change, it helps you realise how you got stuck in the first place. As Hollie says, Recalibrate is “solutionfocused.” Hollie has travelled the world teaching her technique and was invited to share her ideas with clients at The Priory in Roehampton. Her Recalibrate concept is delivered through a four-day residential workshop and one and two day nonresidential workshops. Retreat and workshop locations will move up and down the coast to give as many people as possible the opportunity to take part. g

Vasaldora Clínica Dental Opens in Marbella Marbella residents now have a brand new dental centre, where they can look forward to receiving quality treatment at the hands of a highly skilled and experienced team and the very latest in cutting-edge equipment. The clinic, which boasts a minimalist, appealing design, has an attractive waiting room with Internet posts, a play area for children and a relaxation area where clients can soothe their nerves prior to a visit. The Clinic is headed by Dr. Cristina Gutiérrez and Dr. César López, who have joined forces to offer the very best treatment in everything from implants to periodontics and orthodontics. g Tel: 952 765 656.


Rad-One: New Radiology Clinic Opens in Sotograne

Rad-One is a new privately owned independent radiology clinic located in Sotogrande’s Puerto Deportivo and equipped with the latest high-resolution CT Scanner and Open MRI equipment, which offers superb image quality. Patients can look forward to receiving accurate diagnoses, prompt medical care and top quality treatments. g

Need a Professional Builder, Gardener or Craftsman? Call Bidit! Tendering sites may be well-established in Northern European countries, but the service has only just come to Spain, through Bidit, a company aiming to connect clients who need work to be completed, and professional suppliers. The way it works is simple: if you are looking to hire, log onto the Bidit website and type in the job description; the latter will be sent to a host of suppliers, who will respond with their respective quotes. After work is completed, you can write up a review of the supplier if you wish. If you are a company supplying services, remember to sign up! g

Science Meets Art at Aloha College Aloha College students showed they know how to shine in both scientific and artistic realms. Students aged 16 to 18, pursuing either IGSE Art and Design, A Level Fine Art or IB Visual Arts, exhibited their works at F1 Immo Car Gallery & Art. Year Nine students, meanwhile, enjoyed partaking in a fun Science Fair, involving exciting projects like the Vortex Blaster, Glow in the Dark Elephant Toothpaste and charging an iPhone with Fruit!



New Fitness, Paddle Tennis and Physiotherapy Centre Opens in Estepona Fitness buffs in Estepona delighted at the recent opening of Centro Fitness Padel Las Mesas, a new sports centre boasting 10 crystal paddle tennis areas, an 800m2 fitness zone, various rooms for exercise classes, a spacious physiotherapy centre, a spa area and much more. The centre boasts the very latest in fitness and physiotherapy equipment and promises to keep clients entertained through a wide array of classes, including Body Combat, Body Pump, Circuit Training, TRX, Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, Kids’ Fitness and much more. g

10th Anniversary for La Herriza Country House La Herriza, a family-run country house located in Gaucín, recently commemorated its 10th anniversary with a party attended by the Mayor of Gaucín, Pedro Godino Martín, and the Mayor of Estepona, José María Urbano. Guests tucked into a hearty barbecue and sipped on wines from renowned local bodega, Cezar Viñedos, which makes beautiful organic wines. Guests also enjoyed lived music by traditional Spanish musicians, as well as sherry and Iberian ham, sliced on the spot by professional cutters.


American Club of the Costa del Sol Supports Cudeca Hospice The American Club of the Costa del Sol celebrated its 40th anniversary with a lunch at the Valparaiso Restaurant in Mijas. Over the years, the different chapters have been very supportive of Cudeca Hospice, hosting many events, raffles, and donations. On this occasion, they once again showed their support of Cudeca by giving a donation. Cudeca also recently held its 20th Cudeca Cup Golf Tournament at La Cala Resort, featuring a lunch, prize awards and raffle. If you’d like to do your share for the charity, why not take part in their annual Sunflower Campaign, which started in June and which will continue until July 6? There will be various Cudeca stands along the Coast selling sunflowers, to enable the organisation to continue ‘giving life to days’.



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Marbella For Sale and Drumelia Real Estate Present

Diamond Beach Marbella MARBELLA RISES The year 2014 has marked a true rebirth of the high-end real estate sector in Marbella. With both the volume and prices of sales reaching far healthier figures than we have been seeing in recent years, it is the perfect time for a new project that is offering something new to a highly coveted residential area: the Golden Mile. Diamond Beach Marbella, represented exclusively by Marbella For Sale and Drumelia Real Estate, is a project comprising nine detached three- and five-bedroom villas (Junior and Senior villas), with a starting price of €1.1 million. Each villa will comprise three floors: a basement, main and first floor. Villas will range in size from 400m2 to 600m2.

STUNNING INTERIORS Design buffs will marvel at the spacious, uncluttered, light-filled interiors, which feature an open kitchen, fitted with a central island, and spacious bathrooms with stunning mosaic tile features.

INNOVATION IN DESIGN AND INSTALLATIONS The homes at Diamond Beach Marbella reflect the current penchant for modern design, with features such as flat roofing, glass walls and a cool wooden-decked upper terrace reminiscent in the style of some of Marbella’s trendiest beach clubs. All homes have their own private garden and outdoor swimming pool and the only thing dwellers have to share with other villa owners is access to their home. The interiors are fitted with technical installations of the calibre one would expect of a luxury abode, including a panoramic lift by Otis, a security room and built-in floor-to-ceiling cabinets. They also boast smart home automation systems, which enable the centralisation and control of all mechanisms, as well as a centralised vacuum system, individual aeration system and solar system with automation.

PRIME LOCATION One of the most attractive features of this new subdivision is its location; it is a mere 200m walk from the beach and 10 minutes away from the centre of Puerto Banús on foot. The homes also have easy access to the promenade, increasing the appeal factor of a tranquil walk or bike ride.



If the exclusivity, design and location of Diamond Beach Marbella has caught your eye, contact Marbella For Sale or Drumelia Real Estate and discover the joy of luxury living in the heart of Puerto Banús. MARBELLA FOR SALE: Urb. Marina Banús, Local 8, C/ Francisco Villalón, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 907 386. DRUMELIA REAL ESTATE: C.C. Río Verde, Oficinas 6-7, CN340, km. 175.3, Marbella. Tel: 952 766 950. DIAMOND BEACH MARBELLA:

Marbella For Sale and Drumelia Real Estate Sign On: Nicolas de Zutter and Sergei Sinichkin, the respective Directors of Marbella For Sale and Drumelia Real Estate, are honoured to have been chosen by the Architect of Diamond Beach Marbella, José Serna García and Grupo Carreto & Asociados, to sell the villas in exclusivity. Marbella For Sale, whose client base comprises mainly UK, Belgian and Scandinavian buyers, was founded in 2009 and deals in property sales and rentals. Its Director, Nicolas de Zutter and Manager, Fanny Denorme, are confident that they will be able to match the perfect client with a home at Diamond Beach Marbella. “It is extremely difficult to find a villa of these characteristics in this area for less than €2 million,” says Nicolas, adding, “The villas are currently selling off-plan, but they come with a full guarantee; this means that should any event take place that lies outside the conditions set out in the contract, the purchaser will be protected.” As far as actual dates go, Nicolas tells me that construction will commence in September 2014, and the first phase of the project (i.e. the first four villas) will be completed on or before March, 2016. Sergei Sinichkin, who is at the helm of Drumelia Real Estate, is equally optimistic about Diamond Beach Marbella. His firm deals to a large extent with Russian and other international clients, whom, he says, “become lifelong friends… most of our business comes through recommendations and despite the recession that devastated so many other areas in Spain, we have been lucky enough to be approached by various promoters, since we are able to act as the conduit between them and Russian buyers.” Sergei, who hails from St. Petersburg, certainly boasts an impressive portfolio, having lived on the Coast since 1997, when he was called upon to help sell a prominent residential project at the time. Through Drumelia Real Estate, he helps buyers find their dream home and offers a project management service, while his wife, Anna Sinichkina, offers clients a dedicated interior design service. The firm sells homes in the areas of Guadalmina, the Golf Valley of Nueva Andalucía, the Golden Mile, La Zagaleta, Sierra Blanca and Puerto Banús. e


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THE PRO business Structure The 118 apartments at Adelfas Beach are offered for sale through a cooperative structure. The 75-year lease on the land means the properties are not bought freehold but you acquire a share in the cooperative housing community that is proportionate to the size of the property. “This is, however, an entirely transferable asset that can be bought, sold and bequeathed,” says Victor. “For this reason Adelfas Beach will also attract investors, not least because of the fiscal advantages

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Luxury Marbella real estate with a difference After such a long period of recession, it is good to see that the economy has recovered to the extent that we’re witnessing a recommencement of construction activity on the Costa del Sol. New developments catering to the latest tastes and technical requirements are beginning to appear on the market – including some that offer a highly innovative solution to a growing need.

autonomy while also having resident medical attention available to them. The popularity of such developments is reflected in the long waiting lists that exist here and abroad and, given the ageing European population, there is a growing need for such solutions. But as the concept evolves and becomes more prominent within the make-up of our housing markets it will need to grow not only in quantity but also in refinement. This means providing greater flexibility so that the medical support services offered can be married with the concept of concierge services already provided within luxury apartment complexes – providing residents with all the style, independence and comfort of a normal property while enabling them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Marijke de Nier of Residencia Estates and Victor Mata of Mata Abogados


delfas Beach belongs to this new generation of luxury apartment complexes. Featuring clean modern lines and luxurious interior finishing within an urbanisation set among green gardens a short stroll from both San Pedro Alcántara and its sandy beaches. Normally this in itself is enough to mark the development as an attractive proposition, but Adelfas Beach also happens to offer a highly innovative concept that blends the provision of on-site medical support services with the independence and style of owning a conventional luxury apartment with concierge. In the past there was a clear distinction between a private home and a residence for the elderly or those needing professional medical care. Then came the serviced apartment, which provided a blurring of the lines that enabled people to retain a high degree of

Adelfas Beach is exactly that: a luxury beachside apartment complex that offers a flexible range of concierge and support services. In practice this means residents who require regular medical care won’t have to make their way to clinic waiting rooms, while the 24-hour reception is also on hand to arrange cleaning, maintenance, cooking and a whole range of services from booking a round of golf to helping sort out practical matters. Built on municipal land with the full support of the Marbella Town Hall, Adelfas Beach therefore looks and feels like any other luxury apartment complex but also has an important social role to play for which it has received a 75-year lease. The chosen commercial partners are Residencia Estates and legal partners Mata Abogados, who are excited about this innovative new addition to Marbella’s property mix. “We believe there is a great demand for a product of this kind,” says Marijke de Nier of Residencia Estates, “and the response we are receiving confirms this.” Though still in its first phase, about a quarter of the 112 one- and two-bedroom apartments have already been reserved. “There are similar concepts that have also proved very popular,” says Victor Mata of Mata Abogados, but none so far that provide the needed support services within the concept of a normal luxury environment. For Marbella this is very much a first, and quite possibly the beginning of a new property type on the market.”

and the fact that not having had to buy the land is reflected in prices that are significantly lower than those of new-build apartments with similar specs.” The fiscal advantages mean you avoid ten per cent VAT applied on new-build purchases, as well as 1.5 per cent stamp duty, annual income tax on the property and municipal plus valia and eight per cent transfer tax when you sell. Since no financing is available, Adelfas Beach is aimed at cash resident buyers and investors, the latter who can earn good rental returns and in so doing also provide access to the complex to those who don’t have the cash to buy.

Property Apart from this structure and the services provided, the properties themselves are what you would expect of a luxury modern Marbella apartment, with wooden floors, stylish kitchens and bathrooms, an open-plan layout and sunny terraces as well as underground parking. Designed to accommodate personalised needs by architect Pablo Liev, there are one, twobedroom and penthouse apartments housed within the sleek white three-storey building that overlooks green communal gardens, terraces and an outdoor swimming pool. In addition, Adelfas Beach also incorporates 24hour security, a reception and concierge service, an onsite café restaurant and an indoor swimming pool and gym where physiotherapy, yoga and other treatments are offered specific to the needs of residents. A basic package of services comes standard with community fees, but premium and specialised packages with greater inclusion of medical and home care are also catered for, while all properties are fitted with a 24hour video call system linked to a doctor on duty. The fact that Adelfas Beach is also a luxury beachside urbanisation in an ideal location a few hundred metres from the sea in the up-and-coming Nueva Alcántara area of San Pedro, simply adds to its desirability – and setting the minimum age as low as 50 ensures a good mix of residents not unlike that of many existing urbanisations. For Marbella, Adelfas Beach opens an exciting new chapter in merging real estate with the concept of high-level services. g Tel: 952 850 001.


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The Soulfrito Music Festival (SMF) in Miami, the first event of its kind to provide a platform of expression for multicultural music and culture, will be breathing new life into the Costa del Sol on Saturday, July 26, 2014.



n 2002, the first Soulfrito Music Festival took place at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre and it has been a premier launch pad ever since for today’s leading Urban Latin talent, including artists such as Pitbull, Aventura, Wisin Y Yandel and Kat DeLuna. On February 22, Soulfrito culminated with its largest event to date: a festival in collaboration with the Miami Dolphins which took place at the Sun Life Stadium, featuring performances by DJs and award-winning, platinum-selling artists such as Don Omar, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Plan B and Victor Manuelle, to name just a few. “We are very excited about launching Soulfrito in Spain to expand the festival’s brand and reach,” said Melissa Giles, founder of SMF. “It is clear that Spain in general and the Costa del Sol in particular is practically as multi cultural as Miami and we hope the festival will continue to provide a platform for brand partners to engage in a culturally relevant fashion with today's ethnically diverse markets while attracting some of the biggest names in popular music in the areas of Pop, Latin, Urban and EDM." The Costa del Sol Soulfrito Festival will be made up of an eclectic mix of genres. It will be headlined by Rudimental, the English electronic music gurus who recently won ‘Best

British Single’ at the Brit Awards, following their No. 1 album in the UK, Home. The band is known for its emotive video clips, including Free (featuring Emeli Sandé), which shows a real life wing suit flier in action. Their smash single, Waiting All Night, meanwhile, boasts over 76 million YouTube views thus far! Ruth Lorenzo, who recently represented Spain at this year´s Eurovision Song Contest and accomplished a respectable tied 9th position, will bring some glamour to the stage. Watch out for our exclusive interview with her next month. Other performers include, Rasel, who enjoyed a huge smash last year with popular Latin American Artist, Carlos Baute, and is currently toping charts with Henry Mendez, (also performing) with what is surely to be the song of the summer: Estás To Buena. Both are known for their dynamic performances and Henry´s popular El Tiburón (over 18 million hits on YouTube) is sure to get the temperature soaring on concert night! For EDM lovers out there, Les Castizos, known for their chaotic fun performances, along with our own Marbella based Wallem Brothers, will keep you going until the early hours with Fonsi Nieto (more known to some as the former Grand Prix champion who now DJs at Spain´s most popular clubs) also set to take the Soulfrito stage.

Lester & Robe, aka Los Pandilleros, will be bringing us their Cuban Latin beats and UK´s The Silence will rock the place following their US breakthrough. In addition, world-renown DJs Tony Touch, DJ Jhose Angel (Ex Orishas) and Mad Bass DJ´s: Loko-P & El Paisa will be spinning the turntables in between acts and there will also be graffiti walls, world food concessions and many more surprises to be announced shortly. Soulfrito will be taking place at the Recinto Ferial de Estepona. The newly adapted fair and sports ground has been renovated to specifically cater for large events. Located on Avenida Juan Carlos, 1, just off the 155 exit on the Mediterranean motorway, it offers easy access from the A7 or from Estepona town and is close to Málaga, Algeciras and Marbella.


Tickets are on sale via all Ticketmaster outlets and, or via the Hotline Number, Tel: 653 820 820. General Entry €35. VIP tickets and tables from €150. The first 1000 general tickets are currently on sale at a special discounted price of €20! For further information,


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Les Roches Graduation Ceremony International hotel management school, Les Roches Marbella, brought together students from 28 nationalities at its recent graduation ceremony for graduate and postgraduate students at the Hotel Puente Romano. The event also saw the celebration of the first edition of the Les Roches Marbella Prize, which honoured various key members of the school.

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela


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Over 300 people flocked to the eagerly awaited opening of Tahini Sushi Bar & Restaurant, created by the Cappuccino Group. Guests enjoyed a spectacular cooking show, delicious cocktails and an informative cooking lesson.

“At its best, Japanese cuisine is inextricably meshed with aesthetics, religion, tradition and history” – M.F.K. Fisher


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Walking the Great Wall of China

Known to many of us from iconic tourist posters and historic Sino-American diplomatic missions, the Great Wall of China is an astounding feat of human engineering that stretches for over 21,000 kilometres along the traditional northern frontier of China. Begun as far back as the seventh century BC, it originally consisted of a series of separate walls that were later joined together and fortified in order to create a cohesive defensive barrier against the marauding nomadic warriors that had plagued China for so long. Standing on this magnificent structure, which passes a little north of Beijing, you will marvel not only at the dedication required to complete such an immense task as you follow the wall’s undulations eastwards into Manchuria and westwards towards the deserts north of the Himalayas, but also at the battles that must have been fought here. The Great Wall finally protected Han China, behind you as you face north, and allowed it to become a great expansive empire in its own right, while the fearsome Mongols who roamed the arid lands of Inner Mongolia were forced to turn their attention westwards. As a result, they swept across much of the Eurasian landmass, laying waste not only to European cities but also to Baghdad, the Persian Empire and even India. It is believed that the mass movements of people this produced contributed to the fall of civilisations, among them the Roman Empire. Such thoughts may or may not cross your mind as you stand on a structure that can be seen from space, at the heart of a civilisation that remains exotic and exciting to us, and in a location close to China’s ancient capital Beijing.


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Diving in the Great Barrier Reef

The other ‘Great’ wonder of the world is the Great Barrier Reef, a system of tropical islands and coral reefs that stretches for 2,300 kilometres just off the east coast of Queensland, Australia. Unlike the Great Wall of China, this earthly wonder is entirely natural. Though also created by living organisms, in this case coral polyps, it forms part of a protected natural area known as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Tourism is limited, yet this natural wonder of the world has become a paradise for divers, yachtsmen, fishermen and others drawn to its turquoise tropical waters and little islands. From the coastal resorts in central and northern Queensland, Cairns among them, it is a relatively short trip to the islands, where you can join fellow divers and marvel at some of the most awe-inspiring underwater beauty to be experienced anywhere in the world.

We all dream of making what we call trips of a lifetime, voyages that would see us roaming the earth’s latitudes, visiting exotic new places, meeting new people and exploring those wonders that will stay with us forever. While the choice and definition may vary from person to person, here is an enticing selection inspired by TripAdvisor.


Ballooning in Cappadocia Most people may not know where this exotically named place is, much less why you’d want to fly over it in a balloon, but believe me, it’s well worth it. To say that Cappadocia is situated on the plains of Central Anatolia might not help that much, until you clarify that this is the heartland of Turkey, a little east of its capital city Ankara. The reason for this region’s popularity among tourists in the know is the fairytale nature of its highly eroded landscape, where such features as Fairy Chimneys appear to come straight out of the set of a Lord of the Rings movie. In fact they are the result of chemical (water-based) erosion of the soft rock that underlies this plateau, a process that has created not only a fantastical and very beautiful landscape that can best be appreciated from the air, but also has enabled successive civilisations to hew entire villages and towns into the rock walls. Long at the crossroads of classic civilisations and empires, this peaceful rural region is rich in troglodyte settlements complete with imposing temples cut into the rock face. Easily reached from the nearest large city of Kayseri, the area is also known for its pretty rural villages perched on the edge of rock formations and the thermal baths of Kozakli. The changing tonality of sunlight creates a mesmerising play of light on this rocky landscape that evolves from light grey to soft pink as you glide by soundlessly in the balloons that have become a popular addition to the local scenery, adding to mountain trekking, quad biking, horse riding, culinary tours and visiting ancient Christian fortress churches before retiring to the hamam for some Turkish bath pampering.

Journeying to the edge of the Niagara Falls Another iconic global image, but did you know that the Niagara Falls is actually made up of three waterfalls, not one? Well, you would if you’ve been, in which case you’d also remember the exhilaration of standing or indeed heading out in a boat close to the thunderous roar and spray of this awe-inspiring curtain of water. The gorge into which all this water flows also marks the boundary between the USA and Canada, splitting as it does the town of Niagara Falls into an American and a Canadian side. Though visiting this famous site alongside many North American and international tourists will hardly make you feel like an intrepid explorer, this won’t stop your heart from going into overdrive – especially as your boat gets within ear-deafening and spray-wetting proximity to the amazing cavalcade of water towering over 50 metres above you. And when it’s all over and you’ve visited the parks and sights of the area, then you can always hop across to nearby Toronto or New York for some big-city excitement. 118 / JULY 2014 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM




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Viewing Venice from a Gondola Less of an adventure but every bit as much of an assault on the senses is Venice, that crystalline city of ephemeral beauty and romance reflected in the mirror of its watery avenues. Floating through these avenues on a traditional gondola is a time-honoured pleasure that relives the Grand Tour and floods your soul with an appreciation of art, history and yes, romance. Venice has a beauty that is enchanting, and if you can look past the tourists and the cruise ships gliding in from the Adriatic Sea then this is a place where you can lose yourself in solitary contemplation of the wonders of man and nature. Venice is very much the product of both; a living, breathing open-air collection of mesmerising palaces, cathedrals, villas, squares, bridges and other architectural jewels set upon a crystal landscape of watery surrealism, where you can easily become a character in a painting by Renoir. For lovers of art, culture, the palpable presence of times past and the fleeting nature of beauty as personified by a city, Venice remains a unique proposition.


Triangles in the sand The Pyramids of Giza When you speak of famous ancient wonders of the world you simply cannot resist the pyramids of Giza. Situated a short distance from the sprawling metropolis of Cairo, near the city of El Giza, they represent the mysterious majesty of one of the world’s most captivating ancient civilisations. How the world must have fallen, for even today, with all our computers and technology, we cannot decipher all the mysteries and techniques that went into the building of these magnificent structures and their many hidden mechanisms over 4,500 years ago.

The proximity of a noisy Egyptian city detracts from the serenity of this incredible sight, but the three pyramids collected here continue to cast a spell that hits the very core as you stand at the base of a perfect geometric structure that is not only massive but ancient. To think that the desert winds have chafed these very stone blocks since long before the Romans, soaring back to a time when civilisation was young and Pharaohs ruled the fertile banks of the mighty Nile cannot but make this a very special place and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.






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Temples in the clouds Machu Picchu Set high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, on a grassy ridge almost 2,500 metres above sea level, Machu Picchu is another mysterious remnant of a lost civilisation. The Incas who built this mountaintop town of sprawling stone houses and temples that almost seem to touch the clouds may have gone, but they live on in the faces of the local people. Lost after the conquest of the Inca Empire by the Spanish conquistadores, Machu Picchu was found by the American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911. You can imagine his reaction as this majestic vision came into view, a town terraced on the very edge of a ridge surrounded by vertical peaks and valleys. In this vertiginous world of

mountainous isolation the condors fly overhead, the clouds envelop you and the atmosphere is profoundly spiritual – leaving none who make the trek up the Andes to see one of the planet’s greatest wonders entirely untouched. If you love exploration and mystery, Machu Picchu ticks many boxes and will imprint itself in your memory forever.

Taj Mahal An earthly paradise In building this mausoleum to his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan not only created one of the greatest masterpieces of classical architecture, but also a veritable earthly paradise for the spirit of his beloved to dwell in. Completed in the 17th century, it is another of these edifices that seem to transcend the ordinary brick and mortar of man and appear to have been crafted by the gods themselves. Small wonder, then, that it exercises such an attraction on millions of visitors, princesses included.

You needn’t be a student of architecture or art to be impressed by this manmade marvel, nor is a romantic predisposition a requirement, for seeing it reflected in the perspective pool of its water features or the Yamuna River is enough to take your breath away. For those who have travelled through India to come here it will also feel like a peaceful oasis surrounded by parks and the flowery fragrances of an earthly paradise far removed from the affairs of mortals.


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Visiting mountain gorillas in Ruhengeri

Lighting up the sky Aurora Borealis The last in our selection of oncein-a-lifetime trips also ranks as the most otherworldly, for the aurora borealis – or Northern Lights – are a natural phenomenon straight out of a science fiction movie. How they must have spooked our ancestors, because even though we now know that the eerie lightshow that plays out in the northern skies is made up of charged particles carried by solar wind into the upper layers of


the earth’s atmosphere, it still looks pretty scary. Add the snapping noises that are sometimes said to accompany the strange green or occasionally red glow that colours the night sky, and this certainly is an occasion you won’t forget in a hurry. Best seen in places like northern Norway or Iceland during the spring and autumn equinoxes, the Northern Lights sometimes shimmer from

shape to shape while on other occasions glowing intact for hours on end. Taken with the expansive, empty landscapes of these boreal northern latitudes, it makes for an otherworldly mirage undiluted by a mass human presence, which highlights just how connected we are with the outer space our planet hurtles through all the time. In other words, it is a trip of a lifetime that puts it all into perspective. e

Well, you won’t see mountain gorillas in the town of Ruhengeri, but in the nearby Volcanoes National Park. Bordering similar protected areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, it lies between two large lakes in the northwest of Rwanda. Though most of us know this region for war and genocide, its natural highland setting endows it with rich volcanic soil, a moderate climate and abundant green vegetation. Just the place for mountain gorillas, who love the protection of forested areas within the protected nature reserve, where groups of scientists and conservationists jealously guard and study the small pockets of animals that remain in the wild. High population growth, pollution and habitat loss are the main threats along with poaching and wars, but those who do have the gumption to visit, contribute greatly to the valiant conservation work done here. Moreover, they will find it a safe and hugely rewarding experience, with guided visits enabling tourists to get close up to these human-like apes with their beautiful eyes as they learn about their habits and quirks. Being this close to such intelligent and fascinating creatures within a beautiful natural environment must count as a lifetime experience that transcends mere tourism.



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Sesongen er godt i gang på Europas sørligste skisportssted, Pradollano i Sierra Nevada.

Et ægte boutique-hotel

De vinder mere og mere frem, særligt i de europæiske storbyer, og nu også i de spanske. La Danesa har studeret det hippe boutique-fænomen.

Mandesnak hos Mærsk

Torben Gram forlod sit job i Danmark til fordel for et liv i Spanien uden på forhånd at have arbejde, bolig eller kendskab til sproget.

• Intervjuer • Nyheter • Utflukter • Sport • Fakta • Kultur • Profiler • Politikk • Mote • Helse • og mye mer...

Jacob Haugaard er tilbage

La Danesa har mødt manden, som den 17. februar besøger Kysten med sit show ”Jacob – Solo”.

Spanske barn møtte Karius & Baktus

Siesta - myter og realiteter

Nesten 200 spanske barn og deres foreldre fikk nylig sitt første møte med de norske tanntrollene Karius og Baktus.

Du trodde kanskje at siestaen var en så inngrodd del av spansk kultur at ingenting kan rokke ved den. Tro om igjen!

Loja - en blomst blant torner Loja ligger 60 km vest for Granada, og det var selveste Isabel la Católica som i 1486, da byen overga seg til de kristne, kalte byen en blomst blant torner – “flor entre espinas”.



Med inspiration hentet i Spanien og i Wien har Kirsten Vaupel begået sin første roman, og kan nu tilføje titlen forfatter til rækken af kulturelle hverv på sit farverige visitkort.

El Mercadillo

Les mer om aktiviteter på Costa de Sol i ¿Qué pasa?

Kirsten Vaupel debuterer med roman

Tomatkrig, vikingeslag og tyreløb, religiøse optog, pilgrimsfærd og menneskepyramider er blandt højdepunkterne på Spaniens kuriøse, kulturelle kalender.


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ver been shopping for a used car and wondered why so many cars have low mileage? Chances are they were owned by foreign residents, many of whom don’t go anywhere, well other than the golf club. What gets me out and about are visitors, who usually want to visit Granada, Seville or Gibraltar. One bloke wanted to see Galicia, so he got dropped off at the airport. My most recent visitor was the perfect guest. He didn’t want to go anywhere, but was open to suggestions, which suited me just fine, because I enjoy history and have long had a notion to go to Palos, the port from which Columbus sailed in 1492. Here I would stand on a beach (almost, as it turned out) and imagine three little ships sailing over the horizon to change the world. Similarly, I was on the deck of a ship entering Sydney harbor a few months ago, wondering what it was like to arrive in a convict ship in 1788 and finding no opera house, no bridge and not even a cricket pitch. Getting to Palos de la Frontera, which is the full name, takes half a day via Seville. Negotiating the city’s ring roads is not for the faint of heart, and it helps to have a passenger checking ahead for directions so as to be in the correct lanes. Then on towards Huelva, which we also skirted in favour of the road to Palos, on the Rio (river) Tinto. This is where Columbus found the crew and built the Santa Maria, Nina and Pinto. You can visit the well where water for the voyage was drawn. Columbus’ little fleet would have sailed 10 kms on the Rio Tinto to the Atlantic, and near the estuary today is a wonderful place – the Muelle de las Carabelas (harbour of the caravels). Replicas of all Columbus’ stout little ships, built in 1992 for the 500th anniversary of his voyage, are moored here, along with lifelike models of crewmen, and samples of the cargo, everything from legs of ham to barrels. One side of the harbour, a lagoon actually, has a recreated 15th-century waterfront with a blacksmith shop and a pub, the latter still serving. The other side has a dismal representation of the scene on arrival in the new world, but the big thing of course is the boats – they are magnificently done and must delight children of all ages.




Just up the road is La Rabida, a Franciscan monastery where Columbus stayed while negotiating with the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella. One of his captains, Martín Alonso Pinzón, also from Palos, is buried here. There are some handsome gardens as well, and a good statue of Columbus. A tall column, presumably to give Columbus a view of America, was under construction when we were there. That evening, over dinner at the Parador at Mazagon, I recalled a recent conversation with a friend from Argentina, who told me that in South America, statues of Columbus were coming down over there, rather than going up. As he said, the indigenous people lost everything – their land, freedom and culture as the invaders plundered everywhere in search of gold. Then they left behind priests and their language. Would we not be better off, ask some educated young people in Buenos Aires today, if the invaders had been speaking English? Mazagon is a good nightstop. The Parador is modern but is nicely done and on a great location by the sea. Be warned though, that it is almost 200 steps to go down, and back up. Most settle for the pool at the top, from where you can look and imagine Columbus setting off. During the Second World War, nearby Huelva was known to have a German spy. For that reason, ‘the man who never was’ was dropped in the sea near here in 1943 by a British submarine with documents aimed at deceiving Hitler about troop landings. Sure enough a fisherman found the body, the German spy was alerted, and the documents copied and resealed before the body was handed over to the British authorities. Then to Jerez, for a sherry of course. That is another story, as are where to find dancing horses. We settled for a congenial evening exploring the old town from a very comfortable base, the Hotel Casa Grande on Plaza de las Angustias. “Outstanding” was my friend’s opinion of this elegant town house with exquisite rooms at a modest price. The homeward drive was via Algeciras with the option of Gibraltar or Sotogrande Costa. We chose the latter. It’s a bit like Miami, as Columbus might have found if he had made it to Florida. e


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Discerning travellers wishing to experience the tranquillity of seaside living and the beauty of Mozarabic architecture have long flocked to the Hotel IPV Palace & Spa (formerly known as the Beatriz Palace), for the holiday of a lifetime in Fuengirola. Rising majestically over one of the area’s most beautiful beaches, the hotel is famed for its luxurious interiors (which bear a blend of Arabian and Andalusian features) and the comfort of its rooms, every single one of which boasts panoramic views over the Mediterranean coastline.

The IPV Hotel isn’t the kind of venue that allows for boredom, since it offers adults and kids alike so many activities, that rest is only for those who truly desire it. Choose from a swim, Ping Pong and billiards, golf at nearby golf courses, water sports, horse riding, a game of tennis or a workout at the gym. Kids, can likewise keep busy and active at the colourful Kids Club.

SPA IMMERSION The IPV Palace is a top choice for golfers travelling with their families, since those who aren’t into the sport will love being pampered at the Spa. The large dynamic pool is a joy for water massage buffs, while those in need of a detox can sweat their cars away at the sauna or hammam. The Jacuzzi is an excellent spot to chill out and dream up one’s desired adventures for the day.


he Hotel is also conveniently close to all the Coast’s major cities: a 20-minute drive from Málaga and Marbella, and a five-minute drive from Fuengirola’s bustling commercial centre, Miramar, as well as tourist attractions like Bioparc Fuengirola. Perched on a hill overlooking the Hotel is the dreamlike Sohail Castle, also bearing touches of Mozarabic magic and adding to the sense of fairytale and mystery that surrounds this scenic area.


MAKING IT A NIGHT TO REMEMBER The Hotel has 279 rooms and six suites, many of which boast impressive crystal curtains that shorten the distance between the sea and hotel dwellers. The lovely terraces are the perfect place to enjoy tea for two at breakfast time, while the interiors, decidedly Mediterranean in design, provide the perfect excuse to sleep in ‘til late, with large comfy beds, spacious desks and elegant bathrooms exuding an altogether regal feel. The rooms boast all the technology you could require, including large LED TVs, a well-stocked minibar, safe, free WiFi, air conditioning and central heating. Space isn’t an issue at the Hotel IPV; the smallest rooms measure 31.2m2, while the Royal Suites boast interiors measuring 82m2 and an 8m2 terrace. Rooms are spread out over seven floors, and are easy to access thanks to the speediness of the Hotel’s eight elevators. 128 / JULY 2014 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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FEEDING BODY AND MIND One of the most appealing features of the Hotel IPV is its culinary temptations. Diners can choose from Mediterranean delights at La Alacena Restaurant (serving up local, traditional dishes, vegetarian specialities and a wide array of wines), or immerse themselves in the culture of tapas at La Taurina, which is open every day of the week. The Hotel also makes an ideal meeting point prior to a night out on the town, with the Lobby Bar staffed by savvy bartenders who can whip up classic and nouvelle cocktails alike, while guests enjoy live singing and musical performances. In the Summer season, the Beach Club comes to life, filling hungry patrons with a plethora of snacks, espeto sardines and different rice dishes by the refreshing waters of the outdoor pool.

The Hotel boasts 10 conventions and meeting halls, able to host events of between 50 and 1,000 persons. All halls are fitted with the latest technology and are graced with comfy, elegant seating and sophisticated touches like beautiful crystal candelabra, mosaic tiled flooring and Georgian-styled chairs. The Hotel also has stunning areas for weddings and receptions, which are transformed into the stuff fairytales are made of – white chiffon curtains, red roses and flirty ivory tule details, to raise the romance factor.

PEACE: THE ULTIMATE LUXURY Despite being one of the most hotly solicited hotels on the Coast, the IPV is always an area of peace, even in the height of Summer. Beautiful Arabic doors and arches are married to Spanish cast iron pieces and as your eye takes in the breadth of the hotel, features such as an immense winding staircase (reminiscent of Gone with the Wind), painstakingly crafted candelabra and traditional Moroccan-styled tilework inspire awe and gratitude; for although the rest of the year may be characterised by stressful pursuits, this escape exists and you are experiencing it. g CN340, km 207, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 922 000. g 6/19/14 3:22 PM

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We share our dining experiences at Ocean Club and Sushi des Artistes, inform you of the latest happenings on the gastronomic scene and sip on wonderful Albariño wine from the Rías Baixas of Spain. We also offer you an exclusive interview with celebrity Chef, Andrea Tumbarello of Don Giovanni.

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THE ART OF FINE THAI CUISINE RESERVATIONS: 952 818 392 Open Every Evening for Dinner Ctra. de Cรกdiz Km. 175 PUERTO BANรšS (Behind The Shell Petrol Station) Marbella

TAI PAN chinese cuisine polynesian bar

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

SUKHOTHAI Exquisite Royal Thai Cuisine

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

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Summer 2014: Fresher, Lighter, Tastier…

at Ocean Club Puerto Banús It wouldn’t be Summer without an office lunch at Ocean Club, and although most of us have our firm list of favourite dishes we wouldn’t veer too far from, this year Head Chef Stephane Bruylant has once again surprised us with welcome developments and dishes which have surpassed our expectations. WORDs Marisa cutillas Photography ©


he changes begin with the staff; Stephane has more Chefs working their magic in the sizeable kitchens, which he designed himself when he first took the helm of this hotspot some seven years ago. A dedicated pizzaoilo has also joined the team, guaranteeing that the pizza is as authentic as it gets. Stephane’s new philosophy, meanwhile centres on seasonal meals that satisfy, yet are still light enough so that diners can have a dip in the pool afterwards. The Belgian maestro has always been big on presentation, but this year takes the cake in terms of artistry and inspiration. Having recently become a dad again has clearly got Stephane’s creative juices flowing – the Chef has announced that this season will feature not one, but three menus, changing as the season hits peak temperatures. New starters this year include the Soft shell Ocean roll (a unique new sushi variety featuring crispy soft shell crab, cucumber, avocado and spicy mayonnaise). Instead of the standard nori, the exquisite interior is rolled into a slightly tart, limeflavoured wrap, made from fruit and finer in texture than traditional seaweed. Then there is the Rising sun roll, featuring wild Alaskan salmon, crab meat, cucumber, avocado, flying fish roe and mayonnaise. These are definite ‘musts’ for lovers of Japaneseinspired cuisine with a creative touch. ‘Le croque’, meanwhile, is Stephane’s personal take on the croque-monsieur: instead of normal ham, expect to find no less than pata negra, topped with flavourful cheddar cheese and juicy cherry tomatoes. Of course, if you are a regular at Ocean Club, fear not; all your old favourites are still there, including quesadillas, Vietnamese nems, pil-pil prawns, etc. Stephane is enamoured by world cuisine and indeed, influences from all over the world find their way into his menus. There are a myriad of new main dishes on the menu as well. Fish lovers must try the Waterzooi:

a light, airy soup featuring five flavourful fish: sole, wild Alaskan salmon, turbot, red mullet (salmonete) and crayfish. The soup, made by cooking fish in vegetable bullion and vegetables, with just a dash of cream, is a great way to stay in shape yet still feel completely pampered. On my most recent visit, I sampled the red mullet fillet, served with a coulis made of delicate watercress and a white wine sauce and oyster leaves (imported from Holland, they bear the distinctly magical flavours of the sea). Micro vegetables, as is turns out, are all the rage on the international culinary scene. My dining companions, meanwhile, decided to share one dish seemingly made to be enjoyed poolside: the Mini skewers, featuring three different kinds of meat: kefta lamb, chicken and beef, served with Stephane’s famous juicy Belgian fries and a refreshing tzatziki sauce. Those into Mexican and American cuisine will not be disappointed by the chilli con carne and rice (served with Nachos and guacamole, no less!) or the spareribs, marinated and cooked as they should

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be – nice and slowly for ten hours, so they slide off the bone (the ribs are cut to encourage diners to tuck into the tender meat using only their hands). One of the highlights of our meal was the Beef Panini: a buttery tenderloin served on ciabatta bread with mozzarella, rocket salad and a fresh chilli vinaigrette. The creation, sliced into two and served in a lovely angled fashion, shows how traditional dishes can take on a whole new feel when a dash of daring is applied. Finally, if you are a curry fan, make it a point to try the Green Thai shrimp curry, jazzed up with mushrooms and paprika and served with steaming jasmine rice. Wash it down with a cool bottle of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and you’ll probably make it an all-day affair. There are many more surprises you will encounter this year at Ocean Club: new salads, pizzas and pasta dishes to try. Stephane Bruylant has once again proven that true passion is not an inert quality; it grows, changes and thrives… it never ceases to bring a smile to our faces! ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2014 / 133

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ushi des Artistes has two such masters. Their names are founder Jay Joden and Chef Saito, the author of a menu that reads like a novel but tastes like heaven. I have often spoken of sensory voyages, but to navigate your way through the creations of his kitchen is an earthly delight no less.

DIFFERENT FROM THE REST Sushi des Artistes does not apply the now almost requisite formula of trendy modern luxurious décor, nor does it exude such an ambience from the outside. Don’t get me wrong; this is an elegant restaurant, but one with a style of its own that adds a sense of quirkiness and fun to the fine dining experience. Almost understated, as if not wanting to shout its credentials from the rooftop, this is a restaurant inspired by artists of food and dining, alchemists whose creative spirit is evident not only in the sublime cuisine offered, but also in the wonderfully unique décor and ambience. In short, it is a restaurant for people who love great food and look for something unique. Step inside and that is exactly what you find – a classy restaurant with real character and personality. Fleur de lis designs in blue, white and red tones evoke an almost Franco-American ambience that you wouldn’t expect in a restaurant serving Japanese cuisine. Add the classical music playing in the background and the theatrical manner of the waiters, and it becomes clear that this is a very special dining venue.

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Like all things that give pleasure and involve the senses, fine dining is an art. To enjoy and appreciate it with style involves a certain artistic sensibility, but to create sumptuous feasts within a welcoming, stylish and special environment truly does require the touch of a master.

rowdy groups it is above all a romantic restaurant and quite the place to impress someone special. In saying that Sushi des Artistes offers Japanese food with a twist, this is a veritable celebration of its gastronomy, but you’ll come away with a different feeling from most Japanese restaurants. In that sense this is not a typical venue, but rather a fascinating blend of Japanese food and Europeaninspired culture – and it works remarkably well. With no kimonos and sadly no geishas in sight, we settled down in a comfortable corner with the sounds of the Proms playing in the background. The menu doesn’t read like that of a typical Japanese eatery, so while there are combination menus there is also an offering of starters, sashimi, sushi, tempura and main courses. Japanese soups are a great place to start for they are light, full of flavour and quite a pick-me-up. We went for the classic Miso soup and a Kamo Com’on, with a slow-cooked mignon of duck on Inaniwa Udon noodles with Dashi broth. If you like flavoursome clear soups this is the first step on a path to culinary heaven, followed by The Good Life, a soy and sake braised tender pork belly or Ti Amo, grilled beef loin with mint and dry sherry Yuzu Miso sauce. Another gorgeous creation with a funky name is Endless Love – quick seared beef sirloin with asparagus tempura, mango and wasabi or the Forever Young Yakitori chicken skewers. We chose a Chilean dry, fruity Chardonnay called Causiño-Macul to accompany these delicacies,

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though the wine menu offers an enticing mix of international options. I’m all for supporting Spanish wine, but every now and again it is a delight to add New Zealand, South African, French, Italian and Portuguese wines to the mix. The white wine was also a fine companion to the Sashimi, a dramatically presented dish of salmon and fatty tuna called You and Me. Next came a sushi feast that really confirms the higher plains of Chef Saito’s cooking, and one of the reasons why Sushi des Artistes has such a loyal following among those in the know. Our Nigiri Sushi included such delights as Fresh Salmon Lime Kiss, Salmon with Hot Spice, Grilled Eel with Soy Sake glaze, Salmon Tartar with Scallion, Kobe Beef with Miso Soy Sauce, Pink Roasted Duck with fresh Black Truffle and slowcooked Foie Gras with Truffle Soy Sauce. Having thus arrived at the gates of gastronomic Nirvana, we stepped across the threshold with a dish that only be described as divine. That is, if you like Fly me to the Moon – a gorgeous creation of truffled egg yolk, grilled foie gras and dried Nori on special fried noodles. A veritable ode to the wonders of savoury flavours, this dish sums up a restaurant that is quirky, fun and stylish at the same time, providing a rather unique backdrop for a culinary offering that is simply first class. In both content and form Sushi des Artistes is a fine dining experience that is very special, and its creators are to be applauded for it wholeheartedly.

JAPANESE CUISINE WITH A TWIST Small, intimate and elegant yet not taking itself as seriously as most good restaurants do, Sushi des Artistes is a fabulous experience built in the first instance on beautiful food and supported very well by its ambience. Perhaps not ideally suited to large, g CN 340, km 178.5, in front of Marbella Club Hotel, Marbella. Tel: 952 857 403. 179 ReR Sushi.indd 135


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THE GOURMET news TAHINI: New Japanese Restaurant Opened by the Cappuccino Group The Cappuccino Group, which runs 22 high quality establishments, recently celebrated the launch of Tahini Sushi Bar and Restaurant at the Meliá Don Pepe Hotel in Marbella. The event was attended by over 300 people, who enjoyed a spectacular cooking show and a bevy of dishes, including: chicken yakitori, teriyaki tuna, salmon tartare and a myriad of sushi varieties. g Open every day for

lunch and dinner. Tel: 952 902 936.


Milan Varmuza, renowned Architect of iconic establishments such as the Puente Romano Hotel, MC Café and Da Bruno, recently opened La Granada Divino alongside his wife, Gina. The charming three-storey establishment offers indoor and outdoor dining, and includes a private dining room seating up to 14. The large terrace accommodates 28 while the upper terrace (called The Eagle’s Nest) can be booked for private use by up to 10 people. Both terraces have stunning views towards the coast and mountains. The menu offers delicious affordable food with locally sourced ingredients, a spin on old-fashioned Spanish fare with local, regional and international influences and a selection of quality Spanish wines. g Open


daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesday. Tel: 951 709 075

Puro Beach once again proved that it is one of the coolest places to hang out, during a fun tequila party which saw diners tuck into traditional Mexican dishes and enjoy live, DJ-spun music. Coyote girls, margaritas, endless glasses of beer and José Cuervo tequila kept guests partying all night long.

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Conrads Il Ristorante is the product of over 20 years of hard work invested by its owners, Renée and Sabine Conrad. The restaurant, which recently held its relaunch party, serves up modern Italian cuisine in a romantic setting overlooking scenic views. Graced with a beautiful outdoor terrace and indoor dining area, the restaurant does not aim to emulate Michelin-starred establishments; rather, it seeks to improve on traditional Italian recipes. Conrads opens from Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.



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El Castillo, Alberts Bar & Grill and nueva kaskada Earn TripAdvisor Certificates TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence are valued by readers the world over, since they reflect the opinions of thousands of diners’ experiences. Recently, three local restaurants were honoured for the excellence of their service and food: Restaurante El Castillo, Alberts and Nueva Kaskada. El Castillo serves innovative dishes from Andalusia, Catalunya, Galicia, Sevilla, Ronda and more. Alberts Bar & Grill, meanwhile, whips up everything from hearty grilled meat dishes to salads, Italian delights and classic burgers. Nueva Kaskada, dreamchild of Ewald Fichthaler, is known for blending the very best of European and Oriental cuisine.


Zayni: New Restaurant and Cocktail

Bar Opens in Puerto Banús

Zayni is a dynamic new restaurant and cocktail bar which has recently opened in Puerto Banús. Diners will delight in everything from traditional dishes to Asian delights and a wide array of cocktails, both classic and creative in inspiration. g Zayni opens from 6pm ‘til late every evening. Tel: 952 816 100.

Cris & Kim Travel Designers Present The Douro Wines Route and A Taste of Spain

Cris & Kim, the Travel Designers specialising in bespoke travel experiences, present The Douro Wines Route (planned for July 5 to July 9 and coinciding with the spectacular Concert of the Candles, celebrated in the Medieval town of Pedraza) and A Taste of Spain (a tour around Cataluña planned for July 26 to 31, which rounds off with a farewell dinner in famed restaurant, Celler Can Roca, the Number One Restaurant in the World, according to Restaurant Magazine).

New Opening Hours and Menu at Neli Gs

Neli Gs in Benavista recently held a party to introduce guests to their tantalising new evening menu, created to complement its delicious breakfasts, freshly prepared lunches, devilishly sweet treats and ever-popular Sunday roasts. At the launch, guests enjoyed tray upon tray of delicious food, as well as irresistible desserts like mini pavlovas, chocolate brownies and Amaretto smoothies, washed down with Pims and Elderberry water. Entertainment was provided by DJ Rob. Recently extended and now open until 11pm, the restaurant is the perfect venue for private parties and special luncheons.

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Trocadero Arena’s Chiringuito Reopens for the Summer

Trocadero Arena, one of the Coast’s most well loved beachside restaurants, recently celebrated the summer opening of its popular chiringuito with a live concert by Australian singer, Tom Richardson. The Trocadero Group is also pleased to inform readers that, in August, they will be opening a brand new restaurant in Sotogrande.

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Tel: +34 952 83 92 36


Open every day, all year. Valet parking available.

CN 340 Km 146,5 Casares Open all year, every day from 12–11pm. Call for reservations.

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Welcome to Bahia Beach, the best Beach Club on the west side of Estepona An extensive menu that includes delicious pasta, fresh fish and paella.


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The Lancaster Hotel

© Photography Courtesy of the Lancaster Hotel and Gourmet TV Productions


A delicious dessert at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Saint-Germain

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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Saint-Germain

Words Kevin Woodford

Kevin Woodford’s

The Lancaster Hotel

Essential Paris

Paris holds a very special place in my heart. As a young man embarking on a career as a chef, it was here that I had my first lesson in preparing foie gras, tasted my very first oyster and learnt the skill of devouring a whole strawberry while whistling. The reason for whistling with my mouth full was that the Chef insisted that his young trainees must whistle whilst hulling strawberries, to prevent us from eating any!


y time spent in Paris gave me a thorough understanding of the principles of haute cuisine and an appreciation of the finest ingredients. In addition, I discovered from my time working in this beautiful city, that it really is host to many great restaurants, gifted Chefs and a plethora of fabulous hotels. Albeit that a part of my youth was spent working in the large famous high class hotel restaurants, these days when I return as a visitor, I prefer something more intimate. The Hotel Lancaster is one of my favourite boutique hotels, not least because it is just off the Champs Elysées, in one of the most fashionable areas of Paris known as The Golden Triangle. It is wonderfully located close to Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, and the Louvre Museum are all within walking distance too. The Lancaster was built in 1889 as a private mansion and converted into a hotel in 1930. With only 57 rooms, most of which are situated

around a beautiful courtyard, it has a very intimate feel and its beautiful one-Michelinstarred restaurant, under the guidance of Chef Julien Roucheteau, is an experience not to be missed. However, if you don’t mind a short taxi ride, Eastern Paris is where a lot of the more inventive cooking takes place. The restaurant Septime pioneered this trend; it has a stunning dining room and open kitchen which enables you to see the chefs beavering away to create carefully perfected innovative, exciting dishes. As an extra treat, visit the culinary Daddy of them all, the Legendary French chef Joël Robuchon. Robuchon is a real Chef’s chef, who has two restaurants in the city. My personal favourite is L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon SaintGermain, which is situated at the top of les Champs Elysées and located within the legendary Drugstore Publicis, an iconic 1960’s building renovated in 2004. This restaurant has become a gastronomic landmark in Paris and a well-recognised address by lovers of fine food around the world. If a more relaxed type of dining

appeals to you, then this offers dishes prepared to a Michelin-star standard but without the pomp and ceremony. I would recommend the delectable tapas style portions which enable you to get a real feel for his creative cuisine without breaking the bank. However, if it’s a once in a lifetime visit or you’re a lottery winner, there’s always the nine-course tasting menu available at a mere €199. But do remember that should you hear whistling coming from the kitchen, chances are there’s some enthusiastic young chef preparing your strawberries! g Kevin is an Internationally renowned chef, former Head of Department for one the UK’s most prestigious Colleges of Higher Education and more latterly one of the BBC’s most versatile television presenters, having presented Holiday, Ready Steady Cook, Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook, Big Kevin, Little Kevin, Planet Cook, The Heaven & Earth Show and a host of other network shows. He was the recipient of a National Television Award and the subject of This is Your Life and acts as a consultant to several International Hospitality Companies.


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1 What inspired you to open two Don Giovanni restaurants on the Costa del Sol? I was invited to launch a restaurant in Finca Cortesín and when I visited the place I fell completely in love with the project. I hope to eventually live in Marbella. 2 How often do you visit the Costa del Sol? I visit the Coast on Holy Week and during the months of July and August and the Marbella restaurant monthly; my partner, Luis Ureña, takes good care of our clients all-year-round. 3 Why are you so passionate about truffles and are there any other ingredients that excite you? The mystery of truffles amazes me; it is a perfect instance of how Nature protects its greatest jewels. I love many Mediterranean products, including top quality oil, basil, tomatoes, eggs and fish. In reality I love all good products, regardless of their origin: Iberian ham, barnacles from Galicia, lobster from Asturias, tuna from Andalucía, you name it. 4 Which Chef was most influential for you? Abraham García was undoubtedly the first Chef who inspired me. Currently, I admire many friends I have had the pleasure

to meet and I think that Spanish gastronomy is at the pinnacle of world cuisine. 5 What is your favourite city in the world? Madrid; it has given me everything I have! 6 What is your hobby? Working hard and enjoying what I do… if I had to pick one other hobby, it would be football. 7 What profession would you have liked to pursue, if you had not been a Chef? I already had another profession… I was an economist. I have always had the luxury of loving what I do, and not doing what I don’t love. This is the key to happiness. 8 How did you decide which recipes to include in your book, ei suoi amici? In my book, I was able to enjoy the wisdom of my friends. I did not select them because of their c.v.’s or because of their respective abilities; rather, they were chosen on the basis

of what they are like as people. 9 Why is Italian cuisine so popular around the world? It is popular because there are Italians everywhere and basic ingredients (like water and flour) can be accessed in all countries. However, because Italian cuisine is so popular, it is often not prepared well. There are only a few Italian restaurants that are truly authentic. 10 Do you prefer to experiment with new dishes, or stick to traditional ones? I like tradition, but I also like to innovate. There is no such thing as traditional cuisine which does not rely on new techniques, nor nouvelle cuisine which does not stand on the pillars of tradition. 11 What are some of the most popular dishes at Don Giovanni? The burrata millefeuille; tenderloin and tasted hazelnuts; egg Millesime-style with boletus mushroom and truffle

Andrea Tumbarello, founder of the Don Giovanni chain of restaurants, is one of the most renowned faces of Italian cuisine in Spain. His restaurants are all the rage in gastronomic hubs like Madrid and Marbella, and he has also brought his touch of magic to Finca Cortesín. This month, he allows us to delve into his inimitable psyche, with an exclusive interview that will undoubtedly make your mouth water for his delectable dishes…

crème; fantasy salad with olive oil icecream; and linguini in papillote with King prawns or red prawns, finished off with a good ice-cream or panna cotta. 12 If your child wanted to become a Chef, what advice would you give him/her? That being a Chef involves plenty of hard work but it is also very fulfilling. 13 What is the future of cuisine? I see the culinary industry growing and I see a return to its origins. Trends don’t interest me; fads pass. 14 A funny anecdote you’d like to share? One Valentine’s Day meal, when I made the men do all the cooking and I sat down with the women! 15 What person or celebrity would you love to cook for? For my parents and friends. I have cooked for many celebrities (Antonio Banderas, Shakira, Rihanna) and they have enjoyed the same food as all my other diners; everyone is a star when they enter Don Giovanni. 16 Apart from Italian cuisine, what other culinary traditions interest you? There are only two types of cuisine in my book: good and bad. I like the good kind. e


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Grapes, ready for the picking at Pazo de Señoráns


Wine making at Pazo de Señoráns

The Pazo de Señoráns bodega


of the Rías



The beautiful vineyards at Terras Gauda

Beautiful and alluring Galicia, the logical extension of Portugal, is roughly the size of Belgium with picturesque coastlines west and north and a scenic, forested interior with breathtaking mountains and a network of major rivers that run through impressive gorges.

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t rains a lot and there is little industry other than wood-based ones and of course fishing and its offshoots. Galicians are consequently famous migrants: check out the popular song Hay un gallego en la luna; though they invariably return home – one famous exception being Fidel Castro’s dad Ángel. Meanwhile, as well as playing the bagpipes, and speaking their own language (akin to Portuguese but with simpler grammar and more than the odd Celtic word thrown in), galegos drink three times more wine than they produce despite having 5 Denominations of Origin, and are particularly partial to the tart and astringent (red) Mencías produced inland which go very nicely super chilled with the often rather fatty home reared pork dishes. The most famous region is Rías Baixas (the lower fjords), established in 1988 and now spanning five diverse areas. This started life as a grape specific (Albariño) DO in 1980, with production almost entirely centred in the Salnés Valley where the average altitude is 300 metres and the thin, acidic soils lie over granite. Once thought to be Riesling – perhaps because of the monastic traffic from Northern Europe to Santiago de Compostela (and also perhaps because of the petrolly character it can take on when very mature) – it is now regarded as an indigenous grape variety in its own right and is so popular that the number of producers soared from 14 to 161 between 1987 and 2001.

PALACIO DE FEFIÑANES The central square of Cambados, capital of the Salnés Valley, is

A bottle of Albariño D Fefiñanes

dominated by the Palacio de Fefiñanes and inside you’ll find a modern winery tucked into its slightly cramped cloisters. The first winery to bottle Albariño back in 1928, owner Juan Gil, Marqués de Figueroa, continues to source his grapes from some 66 historic local families and craft wines of notable delicacy. The straightforward Albariño de Fefiñanes is all white peach, white flower and salt flavours with a lime-like core when young together with delicate, pervasive apple overtones; 1583 (the year the Palace was re-built) is part barrel-fermented and aged for extra weight (the impression is not one of oak); and the pricy Tercer Año, lees-aged for about a year for complexity and depth, is essentially a single tank made from the fruit of his best half-dozen growers.

GERARDO MÉNDEZ Gerardo and his daughter Encarna run this tiny high quality operation from their 19th century traditional granite farmhouse or pazo, and their wines are called Do Ferreiro in homage to Gerardo’s father, who was a blacksmith. Five hectares of vineyards surround the family house and a further seven or so, under contract, are spread around the municipality of Meaño, just 10 minutes inland from Cambados. It is appreciably warmer here in summer and the famous coastal fogs don’t get this far. The ‘ordinary’ Albariño do Ferreiro is a vibrant minerally lemon offering with elements of white pepper, excellent acidity and a layered, appley core; whereas the limited production Cepas Vellas made not every year from a single hectare of centenary vines, is appreciably broader,

richer, and more substantial with a core of pure lemon and just a tang of salt.

PAZO DE SEÑORANS This truly spectacular 16th century estate with its immaculate eight hectares of vineyards and lavish gardens is a favourite wedding venue for those who can afford it. Some 18 kilometres inland from Cambados, it is owned and run by charming and determined mum Marisol (first president of the DO) and her daughter Vicky. The young style is a joy – lush and lemony with good energy and acidity – and often improves for up to three years.

TERRAS GAUDA One hour south, inland, and just north of Miño River – the natural Portuguese border – is the sub region of O Rosal. Warm and therefore producing riper styles, the soil here is schist, and they also grow Loureiro (mega floral) and Caiño (high in acid; good for structure and mouth feel). This is the biggest producer and winemaker, and Technical Director, Emilio Rodríquez, passionately mollycoddles his 160 hectares of vineyards, which are often visited by petite marauding wild horses from the hills who also find his grapes tasty. Recommended here: Abadía de San Campio – sprightly mid weight Albariño with energetic floral/ honeysuckle and lime elements; Terras Gauda itself – all three varieties; richer, honeyed, but elegant with notes of lemon, tangerine, white fruits, some mineral tang and a hint of lavender; and La Mar – a pure, opulent Caiño of concentrated tangerine character with a slightly salty mineral tang. e

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



under €25

€25 – €40

€40 – €60

€60 plus



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



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

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



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

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


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

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

El Coto

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

FRENCH Casa mono

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

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

le discret Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. Avda. del Prado, Urb. Los Naranjos Golf Club, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 929 321

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

Valderrama Restaurant Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner only


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

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

900 380

Jaipur palace



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

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

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

Red Pepper

Grill del puerto

Jaipur Purple

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

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

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

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


Little India

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

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

Old Town Grill


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

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

Piratas flame grill

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

El gaucho de banús

el rancho del puerto

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

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

The Grill House restaurant Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. C.C. Cristamar, Local 32, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 319 842


Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952

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

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

INTERNATIONAL Albert & simon

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

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

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

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

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

Bar d’o restaurant & Lounge Open daily from 11am to 2am (3am on weekends). Avda. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Edif. Milla de Oro, Local 567, Marbella. Tel: 952 821 229

beach house Open daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Coto de los


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

Doles, Carril del Relojero, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 839 458

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

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

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

cappuccino grande cafe Open daily for lunch and dinner. José Meliá s/n (Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe), Marbella. Tel: 952 868 790

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

Black and white Marbella


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

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

bono’s beach

cerrado del águila

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Cervantes s/n, Urb. Costabella, Playa El Arenal, Marbella. Tel: 952 839 236

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


c’est la vie

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

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


cortijo fain

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

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

Café del mar

dani García restaurante

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Coral Beach s/n, km. 176, Marbella. Tel: 952 777 299

Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. At the Hotel Puente Romano. Bulevar Príncipe

under €25

€25 – €40

Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 764 252

del mar Open daily for lunch and dinner. At the Hotel Puente Romano. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

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

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

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

El Bolero

€40 – €60

€60 plus

de Cádiz, km. 187. Tel: 952 771 700

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

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

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

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

el oceano beach hotel restaurant & Spa

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

Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 199, Miraflores Playa, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 587 550

El Campanario

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

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

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

El Corzo Open daily for dinner. Hotel Los Monteros, Ctra.


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

Fabiola Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sundays for lunch. Cortijo Los Canos,


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Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro, CN-340, km. 132, Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 695 114 / 619 694 484

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

Finca Besaya


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

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

Finca cortesín Beach Club Open daily for lunch and dinner. Bahía de Casares, Casares. Tel: 952 897 296

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

funky tapas Open daily from 12 midday to 12 midnight. Avda. Miguel de Cervantes 34, Marbella. Tel: 952 811 590

Galeria San Pedro

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

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

hotel marbella club buffet

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


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

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

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

il mare

La Loggia

fonda restaurante el postillón

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

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


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

GD Gourmet deli marbella

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

Open 9:30am to 9pm from Monday to

LA biznaga

La Menorah Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and


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

dinner. Arena Beach, CN 340, km. 151.2, Estepona. Tel: 952 792 734

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

La Terraza

under €25

€25 – €40

952 816 105


Magna Café

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

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

€40 – €60

€60 plus

the Hotel Torrequebrada, Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 441 414


Nueva Kaskada

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

Sea grill

Mc café

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

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

Open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Urb. La Montua, C/ Chorreadero 39, Marbella. Tel: 952 864 478

La Veranda



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

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

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



La Verandah

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

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

momo marbella

passion café

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

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

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

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


puente romano beach club


Open daily from 12pm to 3am. Avda. Manolete, esq. C/ Los Lirios, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 929 467

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

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

los arcos




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

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

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

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

los bandidos

Miraflores Golf Restaurant

Restaurant lounge camurí


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

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

Los naranjos restaurant


Open daily for lunch and dinner. At Laguna Village. CN340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 951 217 871

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

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Urb. Los Naranjos de Marbella. Nueva Andalucía. Tel:

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

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

La veranda lobby bar

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

shanti-som – amrita 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


Restaurante royal


Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At

Dinner and afterwards dance to music by resident


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

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


Tel: 952 886 748

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




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

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

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

Terra Sana

trocadero beach

Open Monday to Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nueva Andalucía next to the Casino. Tel: 952 906 205. Marina Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 977. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 951 901 050. C/ Camilo José Cela s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 772 686.

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

The Clubhouse Bar & Brasserie

Trocadero arena

umami Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Avda. Mediterráneo, Edif. San Pedro del Mar. San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 780 114

Venta garcía

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

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

The meeting room

villa padierna club de mar

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.

Open from 6pm until late every evening. Urb. La Alcazaba, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 000

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 every day for dinner from 7.00pm till late. Plaza Altamirano 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 858 868


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

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


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

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

What’s cooking deli and takeaway


Open daily from 10am to 7pm. C.C. Guadalmina, Local 34, Marbella.

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


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THE GUIDE Price guide per head for a three-course meal with wine €25

€25 – €40

€40 – €60

under €60 plus

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

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

CONRADS IL Ristorante Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.Avda. del Prado s/n, Edif. Sport Café, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 628 593 409

Da Bruno Open all day. Pasta Da Bruno: Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 27, Marbella. Tel: 952 860 348 – closed on Sunday. Da Bruno Cabopino: CN-340 Km. 194,7. Tel: 952 831 918. Da Bruno a Casa: Marbella Mar, Local 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 857 521 – closed on Sunday. Da Bruno A San Pedro: Avda. del Mar, local 1E, San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 860 – closed on Monday. Da Bruno Sul Mare: Edif. Skol, Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 318/19. Da Bruno Mijas Costa: Ctra. de Mijas, km. 3.6, Mijas. Tel: 952 460 724

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

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

Don giovanni Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. de Antonio Belón 3, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 550

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

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

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

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

la trattoria de marbella Open nightly for dinner from 6:30pm. C/ Las Malvas, Edif. Online, Local 4, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 591

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

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

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

mesana Open nightly for dinner. At the Gran Hotel Gvadalpín. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 133

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

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

O mamma mia Open every day except Sunday for lunch and dinner. At El Corte


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Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

Pizzeria Picasso Open daily from 12 noon. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 669

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mediterranean tempora

Open nightly for dinner. C/ Tetuán 9, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 857 933

Oriental Asia Food

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Namazake Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner. Hotel Puente Romano. Tel: 952 820 900


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Pepe. C/ José Meliá s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 902 936

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


RestaurantE asiático Bangkok

Teppanyaki samurai

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

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

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

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

Sushi des artistes 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

Tahini Open daily for lunch and dinner. Hotel Meliá don

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Gregorio Marañón 4, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 839 Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Manolete 20, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 549

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

11.30pm. Avda. del Prado s/n, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 811 285

Marítimo Rey de España, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 660 084



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


cervecería ostrería santiago


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

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

beach club restaurante grill

Thai Style

El Barlovento

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

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

tHapa thai

La fishita

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

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 1pm to 11pm and Sunday and Monday from 6pm to 11pm. C/ Las Violetas, Local 7, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 813 598

top thai


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

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

Restaurante La Marina

Casa Fernando

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

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

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

Marisquería La Pesquera



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

Aloha restaurant

Restaurante El bote

Open every evening for dinner from 6pm to

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Paseo

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. Centro Plaza, 64, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 319 778

Tse yang Dimsum club Open daily for lunch and dinner except Sundays. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

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

El Portalón


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La máquina

Vila do grove

Tel: 952 800 056

Gran Meliá Don Pepe

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

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


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

Mijas. Tel: 952 663 738

hotel los monteros


CN340, km 187, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 700

Recinto Ferial. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 589 349

Hotel Puente Romano

loving hut


Hotel Triton

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

Calle Córdoba 9, Málaga. Tel: 952 213 412

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

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

la moraga Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Ramón Areces s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 448

La red




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

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

La Taberna del Alabardero


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

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


CN340, Km179. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

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

Kempinski Hotel bahía estepona


La Cala resort

Plaza Ramón Martínez, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 159

La Cala de Mijas Tel: 952 669 000


CN340, Km 180. Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211

Emancipación 30. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 474 542

hotel Villa Padierna

CN340, Km159. Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

Marbella Club Hotel


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


Veracruz. Estepona. Tel: 952 800 056

vincci selección estrella del mar


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

Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035

Plaza Mayor. Tel: 902 220 922

Mesón el adobe


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

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

mi taberna

La Cañada. Marbella. Tel: 902 333 231

Alanda Club Marbella CN340 Km 192. Marbella. Tel: 952 902 537

Almenara Golf Hotel & Spa

Don Carlos resort, leisure & spa

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

CN340, Km192. Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

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

cines gran marbella

finca cortesin hotel, golf & spa

Atalaya Park Hotel


Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 810 077

Crtra. Casares, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800

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

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


Gran hotel gvadalpín puerto banús

Benabola Apart Hotel

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

blue Bay banús hotel

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



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

MULTICINES ALFIL Avda. Camilo José Cela, s/n. Fuengirola.

Amanhavís Hotel & Restaurant

Benabola. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 000 CN340, Km173. N. Andalucía. Tel: 952 811 517


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THE GUIDE Golf Hotel Guadalmina


Guadalmina Baja. Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211

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

Hospital Bazán. Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035

Gran Hotel Benahavis

Tamisa Golf Hotel

Museo de la Villa

Huerta de Rufino, Benahavís. Tel: 902 504 862

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

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

Nueva Andalucía

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

TRH el paraíso

Museo Ralli

San Pedro

HM gran hotel costa del sol

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

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

Pizarro, 41. Tel: 952 780 393

Museum of Málaga Wines

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

Hotel El Fuerte

Hotel diana park

Carrera 39. Ojén. Tel: 952 881 453

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

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

Museum of Miniatures Carromato de Max

Hotel Fuerte Miramar Spa

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

El Compas. Mijas. Tel: 952 489 500


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

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


Hotel ipV Beatriz Palace & Spa

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

CN340, Km207. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 922 000

sisu boutique hotel puerto banús

Hotel Meliá Marbella

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

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

Hotel Playa Bonita CN340, Km 217. Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 442 840


Basilica Vega del Mar San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 781 360

Pablo Ruiz Picasso Foundation Picasso Museum Málaga Palacio de Buenavista, C/ San Agustín 8. Málaga. Tel: 952 127 611

Roman Public Baths Guadalmina Baja. Tel: 952 781 360


Hotel Princess Playa

Bonsai Museum

Paseo Marítimo. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 944

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

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

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

Bull-fighting Museum

Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

Plaza de Toros. Estepona.


Parador de Ronda

Museo Cortijo Miraflores

Tel: 952 467 843

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

Marbella. Tel: 952 902 714



Museo de Bella Artes

C/ Málaga 82–84. Tel: 952 800 537

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

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


Sunset Beach Club

Museo del Grabado

NH Marbella


El corte inglés

Pza. los Chinorros. Tel: 952 474 384

Jac. Benavente, 14. Tel: 952 772 898 C/ Jazmines. Tel: 952 810 887

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

TENNIS CLUBS Aztec Country Club Urb. Riviera del Sol, Mijas-Costa. Tel: 952 934 477

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

Lew Hoads Tennis Club

bel air tennis and paddel club

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

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

Manolo Santana Racquets Club

Club deL Sol

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

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

Marbella hill tennis club

Club de tenis don carlos

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

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

marbella playa tenIs

Club Internacional de Tennis

Miraflores Tennis Club

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

Club Madroñal

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

Benahavís. Tel: 617 647 223

Puente Romano TEnnis club

Club Nueva Alcántara

Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 788 315

royal tennis club marbella

Hofsaess tennis academy

El Rosario, Marbella. Tel: 952 837 651

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


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The Smart Way to Feed your Pet If you work long hours away from home and are concerned about feeding your dog or cat the right variety of foods and/or medication, Feed and Go is a new product that may revolutionise life with your four-footed friend. The product comprises an oval dish with a lid containing six rotating trays for treats, food and medication. It can be controlled from any device containing Internet technology, including your smartphone, iPad or personal computer. The product allows you to set six different ‘one-time feeding’ times and 16 ‘repeated feeding’ times. You can also see if your pet is eating via Webcams, and record a message which will be played to your beloved pet at a specific time of the day. g For further information,

Glaucoma in Pets: Early Warning Signs We often think of glaucoma as a human disease but pets, too, can develop this painful disease, which can lead to the destruction of the retina and optic nerve if not treated in time. Hereditary glaucoma is rare in cats, though secondary glaucoma (which arises because of other diseases) is far more common. As far as dogs are concerned, glaucoma can be more common in the following breeds: Shih Tzu, Siberian Husky, Jack Russell, Basset Hound, Chow Chow, Shar Pei, Beagle and Cocker Spaniel. Be on the lookout for an enlarged pupil which does not contract in bright light. If your pet’s eye is red, don’t assume it is just conjunctivitis – the earlier glaucoma is detected, the greater are the chances that you could save your pet’s eye.

Pointer Veterinary Clinic Estepona Creates New App Well-loved local veterinarian, Dr. Nazli Kreft van den Kieboom is proud to announce that her clinic has a brand new App featuring ‘push notifications’ so the staff can inform clients of important news. The app, designed by Dr. Kreft’s husband, Stephan, can also be configured for any other veterinary clinic so if you’d like to offer your clients this technology, just give Nazli a call. For Android devices or Apple devices, simply search for the Pointer Clinic Estepona app. g Further information, Tel: 952 804 165.


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THE GUIDE what’s on Events in May and Early June Until July 8 ART – MARBELLA

The Houses of Art Gallery at the Marbella Club Hotel presents New Works, an exhibition by Anne von Freyburg, whose work reflects on the power of aesthetics in modern society.

Until July 15 ART – MARBELLA

The Clínica Buchinger presents Faces of the World, a series of photographs of peoples from various nations, by Joern Stegen.


Les Misérables is one of the most famous musicals of all time, having been viewed by over 65 million people around the world. Stage Entertainment España brings this passionate story of love and loss during the French Revolution to the Teatro Cervantes, with lead roles played by Nicolás Martinelli, Felipe Forastiere and Ignasi Vidal.


Newly renovated cultural edifice, La Térmica in Málaga, presents the exhibition Nirvana: 20 Years, which marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain. Featuring over 50 photographs by Chris Peterson, Kevin Mazur and Kirk Weddle.


The Real Club Mediterráneo in Málaga will be hosting a fun workshop for children and youths aged eight to 17, featuring a myriad of water sports, including sailing, rowing, kayaking, snorkelling and lifesaving. The workshop is sponsored by Unicaja.


View a collection of beautiful posters created by Pablo Picasso, at the Alhaurín de la Torre Prisión Provincial.


Renowned DJ and Producer, David Guetta, will be spinning his latest hits at the Estadio Municipal San Pedro de Alcántara at 7pm. For tickets, or

Until July 31 ART – FUENGIROLA

Roger Cummiskey and Juan Cruz Plaza, members of the AIA Art Group, will be exhibiting their works at Galería Restaurante Lucía.

Until August 1 ART – BENALMÁDENA

The THB Class Hotel **** Reserva del Higuerón presents Miradas De Luz: a stunning exhibition of realistic art by Lydia Gordillo.


The Manolo Santana Racquets Club will be holding a fun summer camp for kids, featuring tennis, paddle tennis, swimming, karate and more. For further information, Tel: 952 778 580.

Until August 31 ART – MARBELLA

Yusto/Giner gallery presents There’s Nothing Out There, the first individual exhibition by artist, Miguel Laino, who currently lives and works in London, where he was deemed Best New Artist by the Saatchi Gallery.


Timeless Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by two contemporary artists: Daniel del Orfano and Jos Dirix.

Until September 1 ART – MARBELLA

Contemporary artist, Mercedes Lasarte, presents over 40 works inspired on travel, life experiences and her relationship with the Thyssen family. At Art Wanson Gallery at the Marbella Club Hotel.

Until September 5 ART – MARBELLA

STOA Art Gallery presents The Power of Plastic, a solo exhibition by Eric Aman, comprising seven sculptures and 20 paintings. The works, which focus on the power of one of the most oft-used materials in modern society, is imbued with a plenty of humour and irony.


Egypt has come to Marbella! Head to the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos to see a replica of the great temple of Abu Simbel, created by Egyptian artist, Haby Mostafa. The Abu Simbel temple was erected by Ramses II in Nubia; works commenced around 1284 B.C. and lasted for approximately 20 years.

Until November 16 ART – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso de Málaga presents Picasso TV: an exhibition that reveals curious links from the work produced by Picasso between 1966 and 1970, and the programmes shown on French television at the time.


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


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


The Achievers Toastmasters Club Marbella meets every week at Aloha Gardens, Nueva Andalucía to practise public speaking skills. For further information, contact Maria on Tel: 603 133 805 or Percy on Tel: 646 533 112.

Every Second Tuesday of the Month JAZZ – ESTEPONA

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

Every Wednesday SALSA – MARBELLA

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


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

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

Every Wednesday and Friday MARTIAL ARTS – SAN PEDRO

Taekwondo expert Justin Menchen, who studied and received First Dan in Los Angeles (from Master Keith Jones) teaches Taekwondo to adults and children at TKD Studio. From 5:30pm to 6pm for Wassabi Warriors, 6pm to 7pm for kids and 7pm to 8pm for adults. Poomsae and Sparring WTF (light to medium contact) available. To sign up or for a free introductory class, Tel: 666 756 692.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday YOGA – MARBELLA



Every last Friday of the Month COFFEE MORNING – ESTEPONA

Lori Sjollema teaches yoga classes on Mondays at 10:30am, Wednesdays at 10:30am and Saturdays at 11am at the Manolo Santana Racquets Club. Tel: 639 845 285.

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, from 7:30pm to 9pm. For information on locations,

Every Tuesday JIVE – ESTEPONA

Learn to dance and feel confident on the dance floor at the three-hour jive dance sessions led by Colin and his team from Jive Spain at TikiTano restaurant. People of all ages attend every week and you don’t have to bring a partner or reserve a space. Just come along and join the fun! Tickets cost €10 per person. For precise times,

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,

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


Marbella Business Institute invitation-only lunch club for local and visiting Business people, active and retired. To apply, see


Head for the Puerto Banús bullring every Saturday for a fun street market featuring


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everything from clothing to music, accessories and home ware. Starts at 9am and ends at 2pm.

Every First Sunday of the month OPEN DAY – MIJAS

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


The eighth edition of the International Oriental Dance Festival will be taking place at a number of venues in Marbella. The event will include Oriental dance performances, classes and workshops with a number of performers, including Nazareth Conde, Neferet, Ad-Dunia, Nureen, Al-Kamra, Naadeva and Serenay. Also featuring Sylvia Shazadi and Mercedes Nieto. For further information,

Tuesday July 6 until Sunday July 11 FAIR – ESTEPONA

The Estepona fair will bring flamenco, food and plenty of dancing to the Caseta Municipal, in

the City Centre. For a full programme of events,


Scottish musician, Ian Anderson, former lead vocalist for Jethro Tull, is a gifted artist who plays a number of instruments, including the flute, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, mandolin, keyboard, saxophone, bouzouki, balalaika, and an assortment of whistles. He will be performing at the Castillo Sohail at 10pm. For tickets,


Argentinean rock star Andrés Calamaro is one of the coolest performers in musical history and this month, he will be bringing his magic and energy to the Castillo Sohail. For precise time and tickets,

Friday July 11 to Saturday July 12 LUNA FLAMENCA – GUARO

El Balilla, Luis de Córdoba and the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía present a passion-filled flamenco performance at the 22nd edition of the

Luna Flamenco Festival, which will take place beneath the light of the moon in Guaro. Tel: 952 457 812.

Saturday July 12 TANGO MUSIC – MÁLAGA

Música Con Encanto presents La Odisea Del Tango, featuring the Cuarteto Nisinman, comprising Marcelo Nisinman (bandoneón), Rosa María Barrantes (piano), Liana Gourdjia (violin) and Tiago Pinto-Ribeiro (counter-bass). At Sala María Cristina at 9pm. For tickets, Tel: 689 000 944.

full moon party – Marbella

The Hotel Vincci Estrella del Mar will be hosting a fun party, featuring night swimming and a hearty barbecue.

Friday July 18 STAND-UP COMEDY

Luis Piedrahita performs a stand-up act entitled Why Do Adults Always Put Swings Above Puddles? At the Mijas Municipal Auditorium. For tickets, Tel: 902 400 222.


María Parrado may be an adolescent but she wowed the judges at The Voice Kids competition, taking home the top prize owing to the sensitivity and emotion she conveys through her voice. She will be singing at the Auditorio Municipal de Málaga at 9pm. For tickets, Tel: 902 400 222.


Spanish crooner, Manuel Carrasco, will be singing his latest hits at the Castillo de Sohail in Fuengirola. For tickets,

Wednesday July 23 to Thursday July 24 ZASCANDURI KIDS SHOW – BENALMÁDENA

Zascanduri is a fun song and dance show for children. The show will be taking place at the Torrequebrada Hotel’s Sala Teatro Fortuna at 9pm. For tickets,

Friday July 25 casino party – MARBELLA

The Hotel Vincci Estrella del Mar will be hosting a fun-filled Casino party on the beach.

Friday July 25 to Saturday July 26 JOAQUÍN CORTÉS – MARBELLA

Joaquín Cortés will be performing his latest show, Gitano, at the Hotel Puente Romano Tennis Club. For tickets, Tel: 902 400 222.

STARLITE FESTIVAL – MARBELLA Wednesday July 23 to Saturday August 23

The third edition of the Starlite Festival, an event that brings top international and national talent to the Coast, will once again light up the sky above the Cantera de Nagüeles. These are the details on scheduled concerts and events (Most concerts have been scheduled for 10pm):

Wednesday July 23 THE BEACH BOYS

The Beach Boys have been making music for over 50 years. In 2013, their album, Sounds of Summer, achieved Triple Platinum sales.

Thursday July 24 CHUCHO VALDÉS

Chucho Valdés has won five Grammy and three Grammy Latino awards. The pianist, composer and mixer from Cuba is one of the most influential African-Cuban jazz artists in the world.

Friday July 25 RICKY MARTIN

Ricky Martin has no less than 95 platinum records to his name and a bevy of hits we have all enjoyed dancing to. His concert will surely be one of the highlights of this year’s Starlite Festival.

Saturday July 26 ALBERT HAMMOND

Albert Hammond’s many hits include Little Arrows, It Never Rains in Southern California and Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now. At Starlite, he will be showing fans

that he has lost none of his energy and passion.

Wednesday July 30 PET SHOP BOYS

One of the UK’s biggest selling pop duos will be thrilling Marbella audiences with hits new and old.



Talk about a meeting of disco divas! Gloria Gaynor and Marta Sánchez will take the stage on an evening filled with glamour.

Thursday August 7 SERGIO DALMA

Catalonian Tenor, José Carreras, and Basque soprano, Ainhoa Arteta, will offer a unique concert accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Málaga.

Spanish pop singer, Sergio Dalma, has sold various gold and platinum albums; he will be performing songs from his new album, Cadore 33, as well as many of his greatest hits.


Saturday August 9 STARLITE GALA

Handsome crooner, Alejandro Fernández, will be singing beautiful pop ballads and traditional rancheras.

Saturday August 2 MIGUEL POVEDA

Flamenco singer, Miguel Poveda, will be bringing audiences the very best in Spanish music. Featuring special guests, Joan Manuel Serrat and Ana Belén.

The Starlite Gala will be a magical night in which diners will enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by Dani García, as well as live performances, auctions and surprises. Proceeds will go to needy children and families. Tickets can be purchased on or For further information,


David Barrull won the hearts of the judges and the audience during this year’s edition of The Voice. His powerful flamenco voice is wrought with emotion and he breathes new life into pop songs by popular artists like Alejandro Sanz. He will be singing at Tívoli World in Benalmádena at 8pm. For tickets, Tel: 902 400 222.


Manuel Lombo will be singing sentimental tunes to the accompaniment of piano, at the Castillo Sohail in Fuengirola, at 10pm. For tickets, Tel: 902 400 222.


Rock band, Extremoduro, will be playing tracks from their latest album, Para Todos Los Públicos, at the Auditorio El Cortijo de Torres at 10:30pm. For tickets,

Sunday August 3 OPERA – FUENGIROLA

The Donetsk Opera Theatre presents Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, with subtitles in Spanish. At the Castillo Sohail at 10pm.


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Russell Grant’s Monthly Horoscope July 2014

Go ahead and splurge on some nice clothes and salon treatments on or around the 24th

CANCER June 22nd - July 23rd

A terrible power struggle will erupt in the opening days of July; stand your ground. There’s no reason you should stay tied to someone who doesn’t appreciate and encourage you. If your job feels oppressive, you may decide to quit without giving any notice. This could put additional strain on your personal life around the 12th, but sometimes you need to take extreme measures when you’ve been pushed to the edge. The good news is that your moneymaking potential will go through the roof during the second half of July, helping you attract high paying jobs and wealthy clientele with very little effort. Maintaining a polished, sophisticated appearance is critical. Go ahead and splurge on some nice clothes and salon treatments on or around the 24th. The New Moon on the 26th is perfect for finding a job. Explore opportunities related to luxury goods or entertainment. The salary will be impressive. 160 / JULY 2014 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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ARIES [21 MAR - 20 APR]

You won’t be able to get time off in early July, so don’t even ask. If you want to plan a vacation, wait another three weeks. Resist the urge to rebel by altering your appearance in some radical way. Now is not the time to undergo a cosmetic procedure or take on a drastically different style. On the plus side, finances are strong. You could get money from an inheritance, legal settlement or dividend. The Full Moon on the 12th finds you doing battle with an oppressive authority figure. You will have to decide whether it’s best to maintain the status quo or venture into the unknown. Fulfilling your creative side will become an increasing priority during the second half of July. This will be a good time to find love or rekindle your passion for a faithful lover. The New Moon on the 28th is ideal for a wild gamble.

TAURUS [21 APR - 21 MAY]

Discussing money matters will become much easier as June eases into July. Don’t bother trying to talk sense to a stubborn expert near the 4th; no matter what you do or say, this authority will continue on their misguided way. Friendship could turn to romance during the second week of the month. The Full Moon on the 12th brings disappointing news about a school application or lawsuit. The second half of July is perfect for buying a new home, moving to a bigger place or expanding your family. You’ll get more help from a business or romantic partner after the 20th. Your sex drive will become overpowering in late July. Find an outlet for your physical desires. Your living situation will become much better as the month draws to a close. This is a great time to buy beautiful furniture and artwork. Alternatively, you could move to a glamorous neighbourhood.

GEMINI [22 MAY - 21 JUN]

It will be much easier to have your agenda met once July gets underway. It will be difficult to get paid during the first week of the month; you might have to enlist the aid of a legal professional. The good news is that a steady paying job will fall into your lap on or around the 9th. The Full Moon on the 12th will force you to come to terms with some difficult relationship issues. You’ll get a chance to indulge your love of travel throughout the second half of July; keep a small bag packed at all times for impromptu trips. Romance and finance will not mix during the third week of the month. A friend who is their own worst enemy will ask you for a loan around this time; be prepared to refuse. You work hard for your income and shouldn’t throw it away on a spendthrift.

LEO [24 JULY - 23 AUG]

Power struggles will erupt at work as June turns to July. Take care not to make any hidden enemies, or life could become very uncomfortable. Avoid getting embroiled in legal disputes during the second week of the month. If you get hit with a penalty, pay it as quickly as possible. Fortunately, your family will provide you with lots of financial and emotional support at this time. The Full Moon on the 12th brings an end to a painful work situation. You’ll have a chance to strike out in a more creative direction during the second half of July. This is a great time to launch your own business, audition for

a part or put your artwork on display. Pay no attention to an envious relative or neighbour on the 19th. You will receive at least one fantastic job offer during the third week of the month. The New Moon on the 26th will bring fame and acclaim.

VIRGO [24 AUG - 23 SEPT]

Authority figures will be more attentive in the opening days of July. Use this opportunity to make an important presentation or request. An office romance will heat up in the second week of the month. The Full Moon on the 12th will force you to break free from a troubled relationship. Fortunately, friends will be on hand to ease the transition. Spending more time on your own will prove therapeutic starting in the second half of July. Let your best friend pamper you in the days surrounding the 19th. Problems with a difficult colleague will erupt during the third week of the month; you may not be powerful enough to fight this bully. Rely on an influential relative or neighbour to get you through this rough patch. The New Moon on the 26th is perfect for going on a spiritual retreat. Choose a destination that evokes fond memories of childhood.

LIBRA [24 SEPT - 23 OCT]

It will be much easier to share your expertise once July gets underway. No matter how tremendous your achievements, a jealous relative will not give you the respect you are due. Try not to dwell on it; everyone else knows just how talented you are. Coping with professional responsibilities will give you precious little time for a close relationship during the first half of the month. The Full Moon on the 12th will make you realise that you can’t spend all of your time at work. Fortunately, your social life will get a jolt of electricity during the second half of July. Be ready to sort through a stack of party invitations. Getting paid what you are worth will be easier once the 20th arrives. The New Moon on the 26th is perfect for hosting a birthday party or pursuing a childhood dream. There will be a dash of glamour in everything you do as July turns to August.


You could get in a war of words with a teacher or expert in early July. Keeping cool, calm and collected will allow you to retrain your power. A colleague will challenge your methods mid-month. It will be difficult to tolerate their angry outbursts, but you must if you’re going to move up the ladder to success. The Full Moon on the 12th brings news about your health. You will have to scale back work if you aim to avoid stress related tensions. Fortunately, you will have no trouble earning the approval of your employer throughout the second half of the month. Your warmth, vitality and enthusiasm will attract an appreciative customer base. Don’t be surprised if you’re given a promotion or pay raise near the 26th, when the New Moon brings fame and acclaim. Alternatively, you could land a terrific job at another company. This might be an offer you can’t refuse.


It will be much easier to have civilised conversations with a loved one starting in July. You’ll have to fight to get money that is owed to you near the 4th. An ongoing flirtation adds spice to the first half of the month. Support from

a hidden benefactor will help you with a work situation. The Full Moon on the 12th brings payment from a job, but it won’t be enough to pay for an expensive gadget. Wait and save up for this item. Going into debt isn’t worth the stress. Opportunities to teach, write and travel will abound after the 16th. You could get paid to do what you love, which is heaven. Don’t be surprised if you are the subject of favourable publicity in late July. The New Moon on the 26th is perfect for applying to school, submitting written work for publication or scheduling an overseas trip.


You could get to the bottom of a nagging health problem in early July. Don’t insist on getting your way on the 4th; it may be better to let your best friend or lover take the lead. An authority figure will ask you to spend more time at work throughout the first half of the month, which will impact upon your private life. The Full Moon on the 12th will prompt you to defy authority. If you don’t draw a personal boundary, an authority figure will continue to take advantage of you. Fortunately, you’ll have a little extra money with which to play after the 16th. You may decide to quit your job and use a windfall to rest, rejuvenate and recuperate from the working world. Don’t defend your choices to an indignant relative or neighbour. Your life is none of their business. Buy a lottery or raffle ticket on the 26th.


You’ll be able to move forward with fun plans in the beginning of July. Resist the urge to spread sensitive information about an unlikable colleague near the 4th. An important executive will reward your discretion. The Full Moon on the 12th will force you to capitulate to an agency’s decision. Try not to let this news derail your progress. You’ll do extremely well on the romantic front during the second half of July. If you’re not already in a relationship, you soon will be. You’re especially drawn to warm hearted, generous types. Working on behalf of a humanitarian organisation will prove fulfilling near the 19th. Don’t put your emotions on display if you get upsetting news during the third week of July. The New Moon on the 26th is ideal for giving your best friend or lover a lavish gift. This is also a great time to sign a contract or enter into a business agreement.

PISCES [20 FEB - 20 MAR]

It will be easier to reason with relatives in the early days of July. Friends will try to pressure you into a decision around the 4th; be ready to protect your interests. You’ll have more money to spend on furniture and artwork during the first half of July; give yourself permission to splurge. An older professional’s praise gives you the energy to keep moving toward your dreams. The Full Moon on the 12th puts pressure on several friendships. It may not be possible to accompany certain people on expensive outings. Job opportunities will abound starting in the second half of the month. You’ll have your pick of clients and assignments, so be discerning with your choices. Share your creative vision with a teacher on the 19th; they’ll spread the word about your talent. The New Moon on the 26th will prompt you to launch a health regimen. This time around, you’ll actually enjoy exercising and eating wisely. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2014 / 161

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Portobello Street’s New Furniture Collection for Kids and Teens

Portobello Street is a Spanish company offering solutions in interior design for children and teenagers. Children grow all too quickly and the company responds to this phenomenon with plenty of panache, with items such as beds which can be modified in size and style as the years go by. Portobello Street has a wide range of items, from the most fantastical to minimalistic picks, to suit all tastes. The pieces range in size as well, so that parents and kids can find all the solutions they need for everything from a small room to a spacious play area. g

FAMILY FUN ANCRAA Giant Donkeys Cuddle

a donkey or become a volunteer to help save this humble but threatened animal. CN 340, km 164, Finca los Pajaritos, Estepona. Tel: 952 790 511 Aventura Amazonia Kids and adults alike will have fun in this outdoor adventure park, featuring exciting ziplines. C/ Valeriano Rodríguez 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 835 505. Bioparc Fuengirola Award winning zoo covering Madagascar, Africa and the Far East. C/ Camilo José Cela, 6. Tel: 952 666 301. Black Box Teatro Dramatic Arts School for all ages. C/ Notario Luis Oliver 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 779 172. Born to be Wild Jeep and dolphin eco-tours for the whole family. Open 9am-8pm. Blue Dolphin Beach Club, Estepona Beach. Tel: 639 720 246 Cable Ski Marbella Water ski cable system and pool. Open 11am-9pm (closed Mondays). Urb. Las Medranas, San Pedro. Tel: 952 785 579 Camelot Fun play centre in La Cañada with a wealth of games and activities and qualified child minders. Special events include baby and toddler mornings and a baby grow clinic, for mums to be and newborns. Ctra. de Ojén s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 764 766 Crocodile Park Educational park with more then 300 monsters. Pose with baby crocodiles. Open 10am6pm. C/ Cuba, 14, Torremolinos. Tel: 952 051 782 Dariela’s Cake Sugarcraft store and workshops for kids and adults.

Avda. Mayorazgo 6, Local 25, Marbella. Tel: 952 824 238 El Refugio del Burrito Donkey sanctuary just 40 minutes north of Málaga. Open 11am-7pm. Fuente de Piedra, Málaga. Tel: 952 735 513 Flamenco Classes Children aged 5 to 8 can learn to dance flamenco with Isabel Gil, a professional dancer. Classes on Monday and Wednesday at the Nueva Alcántara Tennis Club. Tel: 952 788 315 Fuerte de Nagüeles Camps, adventures, farm school and sports for kids. Pinar de Nagüeles s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 821 400. Funny Beach Kids paradise with go-karts, trampolines, minimotorbikes, mechanical bull. Open daily. East side of Marbella. Tel: 952 823 359 Galaxia Versatile and fun play centre for children of all ages, with separate areas indoor and outdoor. Mega slide, mini planetarium, birthday parties, summer camp. Life size characters. C.C. Guadalmina, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 885 530

Ice Skating Rink and Indoor Swimming Pool New sports

centre with public ice skating, indoor pool, children’s pool. Avda. García Lorca, Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 577 050

Inter Marbella Football Academy Football Academy

for boys and girls of all ages, at Estadio Santa Maria in Las Chapas, Marbella. Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm. Tel: 646 427 589. Karting Club Málaga Go-kart circuit for kids and adults who feel a need for speed. Open 10am-

midnight. Ctra. De Coin, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 581 704

Kid’s Club at the Marbella Club Hotel Help with homework

and fun artistic and sporty events for kids daily. Tel: 660 998 800. Kids Multi-Sports Club A plethora of sports for children of all ages and abilities, from tennis through to football, cycling and skateboarding. Parties with games, activities and bouncy castles. Urb. Parcelas del Golf, Avda. del Prado, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 656 618 712 Kidz Kingdom Fun play centre and birthday party area for kids, with a mini disco. Urb. Bel-Air, CN 340, km 166.2, Estepona. Tel: 952 925 936

Le Petit Milk & Roses

Pampering sessions for little girls, including manicures and dress-ups. C/ Estebañez Calderon 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 859 223 Little Fishes Swimming classes for newborns to 3-year-olds in Marbella, Estepona and Riviera. Tel: 686 498 561/ 607 875 949.

Little Gem Swimmers

Swimming courses for babies and toddlers along the Coast. Contact Blaise on Tel: 628 882 655 or Sami on Tel: 628 093 017.

Marbella Stage School

Kids can take accredited courses in dance, drama, musical theatre and singing after school on weekdays and all day on Saturdays. Tel: 952 906 865. Musical Babes Babies and toddlers aged 6 months to 3 years enjoy singing, playing simple

instruments and playing games. Tel: 952 853 027. Los Jazmines 11, Bajo B, Nueva Alcántara, San Pedro de Alcántara.

NMA The Nelson Music Academy Kids aged 4 to 12 are

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

Selwo Marina Dolphins Exotic birds, penguins and virtual reality shows. Open 10am-6pm. Parque de la Paloma, Benalmádena. Tel: 902 190 482 Stagecoach Renowned performing arts school for singing, dancing and acting skills. The academy is open to four to 16-yearolds. Tel: 952 900 453/666 838 213. Steam Train Ride Enjoy a steam train ride crossing the Andalusian mountains with a scenic trip from San Roque to Ronda. Tel: 952 931 186 Swim Bebé Swim Swimming classes for under 4’s and AquaNatal classes for mums-to-be. Tel: 617 520 588 Teleférico Benalmádena

Cable car to top of Calamorro mountain, falconry, trekking and horseriding. Arroyo de la Miel. Open 10am-6pm. Tel: 902 190 482 Tennis Camp Tennis lessons for kids from 4 years on, with professional coaches. Open 10am1pm. Club del Sol, Calahonda. Tel: 952 939 595 The Music House Kids learn, grow and have fun making music. Open to children from 2 years on. Edif. San Pedro del Mar, Blq 7, local 12, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 785 515. Tivoli World Biggest amusement park on the Costa del Sol. Open daily from 1pm. Avda. de Tivoli, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 577 016 Trenecito de Marbella Take a relaxing train ride to view the main sights of Marbella. Daily 10am-1pm. Paseo Maritimo. Tel: 639 765 981


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Essential Magazine July 2014  

Let us while away your cares with our summer special. Relax and unwind, as we take you to far-away places you've always wanted to visit in o...

Essential Magazine July 2014  

Let us while away your cares with our summer special. Relax and unwind, as we take you to far-away places you've always wanted to visit in o...