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The Trend Cinema 20 Home Viewing 22 Music 24 Books 26 Gadgets 28 Cars: The Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake 30

The Focus Modern Trends in Education 34 Aloha College Inspection Report 42 How to Make Your Children Citizens of the World 44 Pop-Up Engineers, Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart 46 Lucía Cáceres Álves, Andalusian Fencing Champ 50 World Cup Brazil, 2014 52

The Style Skyshooters: The Drone Camera that Captures Beauty from Above 66 News on Nature from Arboretum Marbella 74 Fashion: Miguel Palacio, Spring/ Summer 2014 Collection 76 Fashion News 84

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The Spa 88 Beauty: Natural Oils for the Skin 90 Beauty News 92 Health: Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Children 94 Health News 96 Health Profile: Beautyworld in San Pedro

The Pro 98 Enterprise 108 Finance: Making Life Easier for Your Heirs 110 The Pink Floyd Tribute Concert 112 The Vibe

The Gourmet Momo Marbella 135 Bahía Beach 137 Food News 138 Kevin Woodford’s Essential Rio 140 Dariela’s Cake: Bringing Sugarcraft Dreams to Marbella 142 Wine: Txakoli 144 Wine Profile: D-Wine 146

The Guide 148 Listings

The Blog 156 What’s On 158 Stars 160 Kid’s Zone 162 Pet News

The Leisure 118 Brazil’s World Cup Cities 126 Hop Aboard a Disney Cruise 132 Hotel: The Senator Banús Spa Hotel *****

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elcome to our June edition, an issue so packed with essential content, it’s practically bursting at the seams. In this, the last month before the schools break for the summer, we focus on the future in terms of those who will form it, our children, who are growing up every day. We kick off with Modern Trends in Education, presenting some revolutionary teaching methods that are gaining much momentum. We also discuss Cyber Bullying, Children as Citizens of the World and Pets for Kids. You can review some of the best stories ever written for children and marvel at Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart’s amazing pop-up books. Have you heard of Disney Cruising? If not, take a look at our enlightening travel feature to see what kids are doing at sea these days. Don’t miss our interview with Lucía Cáceres Álves, a Marbella-based fencing protégé who is desperately seeking sponsorship and join us on a visit to sugarcraft heaven, Dariela’s Cake, where even wedding dresses are edible. There is a feast of football heading our way in June with the 20th World Cup Finals in Brazil and we have done justice to this sporting spectacle with a superb feature previewing all the action. There’s also a full run-down on the Brazilian cities and the stadia which will host the matches. Elsewhere, among many other items of interest, we bring you aerial photography par excellence courtesy of Skyshooters, haute couture from Miguel Palacio, great dining out at Momo Marbella and Bahía Beach and wines with the wow factor from D-Wine and our new Wine contributor, Carlos Read.

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Beachside Marbesa: Modern villa in a contemporary style with mature tropical gardens and within walking distance to the sandy beaches in Marbesa, a well established beachside community in Marbella East. 3 Beds, 4 baths. Built 361 m2, plot 600 m2. E&V ID: W-01YX1N. Price: 1.385.000 €.

Hacienda Las Chapas: Impressive modern villa situated in the elegant community of Hacienda Las Chapas. High quality built, offering beautiful interior and exterior living areas, gym and guest apartment. 5 Beds, 4 baths. Built 680 m2, plot 1.500 m2. E&V ID: W-01HKSC. Price: 1.750.000 €.

Beachfront Elviria: Unique beachfront penthouse in Cerrado de Elviria, walking distance to all amenities and beach clubs. Private direct access to the beach, amazing tropical gardens, pool, tennis and paddle. 3 Beds, 3 baths, Built 171 m2; terrace 44 m2. E&V ID: W-01YS8I. Price: 920.000 €.

Elviria: Fantastically priced! Spectacular penthouse with panoramic sea views and beautifully decorated. Situated in Elviria Hills, a community with golf course, tennis and Michelin star restaurant. 3 Beds, 2 baths. Living area 150 m2, terrace 50 m2. E&V ID: W-01JFDB. Price: 599.000 €.

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Action man, Jason Statham, plays Phil Broker – an exnarcotics officer who is now enjoying the stability of family life in a small town, far away from his violent past. Broker discovers that beneath the semblance of tranquillity, however, his new hometown hides a network of violence and drugs. When local drug lord, Gator Bodine (James Franco) threatens the life of Broker’s daughter, the ex cop realizes that it is way too early to put down his dukes.

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A profoundly depressed musician/vampire seeks out his lost love, with whom he has been having an affair over the last few centuries. He lives in Detroit, she in Tangier, but they aren’t ready to allow a little distance to get in their way. Sadly, their passionate idyll is disrupted by the arrival of her dangerously wild younger sister. Can the powerful but vulnerable couple survive the chaos of contemporary society and the malice of a highly intelligent enemy?

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Marisa Cutillas brings us a few of the season’s top DVD releases. » GENRE Drama » DIRECTOR Ridley Scott (Blade Runner)

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ROBERT PLANT has once again upset fans, first he said there is zero chance of another LED ZEPPELIN reunion show, then he released the following statement: “It’s with regret to announce that due to scheduling conflicts, the Sensational Space Shifters have had to postpone their Spanish tour. Tickets can be refunded through local ticketing agents.” Rumours suggest ticket sales were low so… He was due to play in Málaga on July 27. But there is good news – a debut LP from this latest project will be released later this year and LED ZEPP axe man JIMMY PAGE has hinted they may release more compilations of unheard material, following the extras on the Deluxe Editions of their first three albums which are out on June 2.

Fuengirola’s Castillo Sohail has three concerts scheduled starting with US jazz guitarist PAT METHENY on June 29; and next month US 1970s AOR outfit CHICAGO (July 3) and vintage UK rockers JETHRO TULL (July 10) will play within the walls of the historic castle. Ticket info: UK indie rockers KASABIAN return this month with a single Eez-eh on the 2nd, a track from their fifth album, 48:13, which will land on the 9th. They are also headlining the final night at Glastonbury but they may have made a few enemies after agreeing with the festival’s organisers who have said there will be no big screens showing the football World Cup matches during the long weekend. As in years gone by, the BBC will have comprehensive coverage of the festival from June 27 to June 29 – no schedules released yet as it is bound to share transmissions with the World Cup. Last month we informed you about the new Aussie punk pop rockers 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER; well the teen quartet have now been nominated for the Best International Newcomer at the prestigious Kerrang! Awards on June 12 and release their second single, Don’t Stop, on the 14th – their debut offering, She Looks So Perfect, topped the UK singles chart in April.

The artist who once again calls himself PRINCE has turned back the clock and returned to the Warner Bros label after 17 years. The two parties split in 1996 when the singer said he was a slave to the company, slating the major label system and was snapped with the word ‘slave’ written on his face on numerous occasions in protest. He then dropped his name and replaced it with an unpronounceable symbol. There’s more than meets the eye with this deal – he will now regain the rights to everything he recorded for the label before the split which included most of his classics. A new album is in the pipeline and this month a deluxe remastered edition of the Purple Rain LP is released to mark its 30th anniversary.

Meanwhile, the more established Aussie rockers, AC/DC, have denied that it’s the end of the road, but founder member MALCOLM YOUNG is to step down from the band due to ill health and will be replaced by his nephew, STEVIE YOUNG, who has stood in for his uncle before. Break-up rumours were quashed when another member of the YOUNG clan, the great ANGUS, was spotted leaving a Vancouver studio last month after laying down the initial guitar work for an album which has been pencilled in for a 2015 release. While most are soaking up the summer sun, JENNIFER LOPEZ's attentions have turned to the festive period and she is currently writing and recording Christmas songs for a future release. Meanwhile her 10th studio album, A.K.A., her first since 2011’s Love?, is out on June 16 and features ROBIN THICKE among others. Is ADELE ready to grace the world with a new album? A birthday message she posted on Twitter last month said she would “see” 25 “later in the year”. For those not in the know, the singer’s previous albums were named after the age she was when she wrote them – 19 and 21 respectively, leading to speculation that her third album could be released this year. It’s known she has been writing with PHIL COLLINS and RYAN TEDDER of ONE REPUBLIC, the latter also worked on 21.

LEONA LEWIS has put her pop career on hold to make her debut film role in the feel-good musical extravaganza Walking on Sunshine which features several 1980s pop classics and stars UK comedienne KATY BRAND. The flick dances its way into cinemas on June 27. Mad MARIAH CAREY has once again managed to cause consternation when she got her management to book the entire first class cabin on a flight from New York to Nice as she does not want to be disturbed by ‘commoners’ during the flight. Lady Nut Nut also got the release of her recently released LP put back a week and decided to call it Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse – an insider said she should have just named it Me, Me, Me! e


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Top 10 Children’s Authors WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

Defining a Top 10 list of anything is always difficult, but doing so about a matter that is so close to so many hearts (i.e. books) is nigh-on suicidal; still, let it not be said that we lack a dash of daring. We bring you our own list of favourite authors for littlies, albeit knowing full well that what makes literary magic cannot help but be a subjective notion. 1 - ROALD DAHL

What makes Roald Dahl top our list is his unique ability to appeal to children and adults alike. Who could forget the image of his Enormous Crocodile exploding as it crashes into the sun, only after terrorising the entire fauna of a jungle and various groups of innocent children? Dahl tunes into the naughty schoolchild in all of us, relishing in our sometimes not-so-innocent fantasies of revenge and just desserts for a series of unsavoury characters. The author’s work has made cinematic history as well thanks to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (made into Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), an unabashed homage to sugar junkies across the globe. 2 - ENID BLYTON Those of us who

have grown up with Noddie, The Famous Five or The Faraway Tree enjoyed the adventures of Enid Blyton’s innocently, so it is rather shocking to discover that the prolific writer whose works have been on children’s bookshelves since the 1930s, has been accused of penning xenophobic, sexist and racist characters. The BBC refused to broadcast her works from the 1930s to the 1950s because of their alleged lack of literary merit, while characters like Sambo in Blyton’s The Little Black Doll or the golliwogs in Noddy attracted their fair share of criticism. Despite these and other problems with her books, the latter continued to make prestigious best-seller lists for many years after Blyton’s death. Many revisions have been made to her work, to reflect current attitudes towards gender roles, race, animal rights, etc. 3 - DR. SEUSS American cartoonist and writer, Theodor Seuss Geisel, is best known for his Dr. Seuss children’s books, often featuring the irreverent Cat and his ragamuffin allies, Thing One and Thing Two. The books are incredibly fun to read, owing in no small part to their anapestic metre and Seuss’ enviable penchant for tense moments, created by and subsequently solved by his unique characters. Seuss encouraged us to think about important world issues such as the Environment (in books like The Lorax) and the importance of

community (Horton Hears a Who).


This pioneering pilot, poet and aristocrat may have taken home several of France’s most prestigious literary awards, but he is best known for one book children simply cannot grow up without reading: The Little Prince, a book so profound, it delves into everything from the nature of growing up to falling in love, discovering the world and dying. An ideal read for children on the brink of adolescence. 5 - OSCAR WILDE We said this list was subjective! Oscar Wilde may be far better known as a playwright than as a children’s author but his book, The Happy Prince, is, perhaps, the one book we would take along to an island if we were children. What makes this work so special is its ability to describe the essence of love. His loving Prince and sweet bird are undoubtedly two of the most beautiful children’s characters ever penned. 6 - JULIA DONALDSON The author of The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and The Snail and the Whale is undoubtedly the ‘it’ writer of her generation, penning rhythmic poems laced with wit, humour and plenty of fantasy. 7 - J.K. ROWLING Love him or hate him, Harry Potter has enamoured children and adults across the globe through a series of books which has sold some 400 million copies. The idea of children fighting

epic battles, competing in almost surreal sporting competitions and flying in mid-air, somehow resonates with those who like to think that magic really does exist.


The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes… this Danish author and poet’s works speak for themselves. We can think of few writers so prolific and so universally loved that his works have been translated into 125 languages. Of his many beautiful stories, one stands out: that of The Snow Queen, an epic tale of everlasting friendship, commitment and love.


It is difficult to calculate what the literary world owes this clever duo of brothers who, alongside Hans Christian Andersen, wrote what are arguably the most famous stories to date, including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and Rumpelstiltskin. 10 - E.B. WHITE The author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan also dreamed up two of the most endearing characters we can think of: Charlotte, the loyal spider, and Wilbur, the sentimental pig she attempts to save from the slaughterhouse. The tale contains all the ingredients that make for a good children’s story, including an ending that respects children’s innate intelligence and understanding of the cycle of life.


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Bullying has always been one of the ugliest obstacles children have to face, yet the advent of online communication and social networking has completely changed the nature of the game. According to a 2013 survey of over 2,000 teens in the UK, almost seven out of every 10 children has been a victim of cyber bullying, with 37 per cent of affected children having to face ‘frequent episodes’ and 20 per cent putting up with ‘very extreme’ bullying behaviour. Further research indicates that bullying has serious consequences, with almost 30 per cent of victims avoiding school and 40 per cent being afraid to socialise at all. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

The Effects of Bullying Last Into Adulthood What is most worrisome is the fact that the consequences of bullying extend far beyond one’s school years; studies show that those who have engaged in bullying behaviour by the age of eight are six times more likely to be convicted of a criminal act by the time they are 24. One recent study, published in prestigious journal, JAMA Psychiatry, found that victims of bullying had higher rates of generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia in their adulthood; they were also more likely to have lower self-esteem, perform poorly at school and suffer from health problems. Those who were both bullies and victims, meanwhile, were more likely to suffer from depression as young adults, as well as agoraphobia, panic disorder and suicidal tendencies. Finally, those who were bullies but not victims were at a significant risk of antisocial personality disorder, characterised by frequent problems with the law, manipulation and the

violation of other persons’ rights. Another study, published in Translational Psychiatry, found that those exposed to trauma in their childhood do not just suffer psychological, but also physiological consequences; in traumatic situations such as bullying, the actual structure of the brain is altered, with the most significant change being found in the orbitofrontal cortex (the part of the brain associated with learning social cues, decision making and addiction). Violence can also change the way a certain gene (known as MAOA and associated with aggression) behaves.

Bullying Defined Bullying can be defined as “unwanted, aggressive behaviour among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.” Cyber bullying comprises name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, threats, teasing and the uploading

of humiliating images and/or illustrations. Cyber bullying is often accompanied by bullying in person; it can happen at any time of the day and is particularly dangerous, since any images uploaded onto social networking sites have the potential to go viral in a matter of hours.

Stopping Cyber Bullying in its Tracks Combatting cyber bullying is a multipronged task and teachers, parents and students need to do their part to establish a zero-tolerance policy. If you are a concerned parent, you may wish to utilise parentteacher evenings to find out what the anti-bullying policy is at your children’s school. Bullying should be dealt with as a specific topic at citizenship classes and campaigns should be set up at school (involving talks, posters and workshops on the subject). It is also helpful if schools establish a reporting policy, so children can feel free to report any incidents without the fear of retaliation.

Parents should observe how their children use online resources and whom they are interacting with. They should be honest and inform children that they may be reviewing their online activity if they think there is reason to be concerned. Specific parental control filtering software and monitoring programmes are in existence, but these are not enough to ensure safety. Parents need to invest time to see how their kids interact socially, perhaps by following them on Twitter or forming part of their Facebook circle of friends, without commenting too frequently or appearing controlling or anxious. They should discuss the characteristics of cyber bullying with children with an open mind, so the latter can feel free to confide in them if there have been unpleasant episodes. One of the best ways for parents to teach children about intelligent use of social networks is to show them examples of how sharing too much information has gone wrong. Children should be taught how to adapt their Privacy settings to their needs, and to avoid saying or posting anything they could regret; sadly, any information we contribute to the Internet is permanent; there is no going back. Kids should also be aware that online safety goes beyond immediately obvious measures (i.e. no uploading potentially embarrassing photos.). For instance, just leaving their phone lying around can be extremely dangerous, as sensitive information can be accessed. Encourage children to protect their phones and tablets using passwords, ensure your home is not recorded on any GPS system on a mobile device and teach them how to avoid entering a cycle of bullying, by blocking any aggressors immediately and not answering incendiary comments. If they have already been a victim of bullying or aggression, consider the benefits of therapy. e


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Jaguar has never leaned too enthusiastically towards ‘utility’ vehicles, firmly sticking to the notion that it’s role in life was to build sports cars and sports saloons. When luxury car builders scrambled to build SUVs to save their bottom lines a few years back, Jaguar rejected the idea and stuck to what it believed was its main purpose in the automotive scheme of things. History records that there were several aftermarket body modifiers producing estate variants of Jaguars in the 1960s and 1970s, but these were more or less one-offs and some of them were quite bizarre. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF JAGUAR


state bodystyles were studiously avoided until Jaguar broke the ice with a version of the now-defunct 2004 X-Type. Now, perhaps as a warmup prior to the launch of its new SUV some time in the future, Jaguar is bringing us the Sportbrake, which is part of the new XF lineup introduced recently at the Geneva auto salon. The SUV will come later and only a concept version has been shown at this time. I guess the name ‘Sportbrake’ came from combining ‘sports car’ with ‘shooting brake.’ Over the years, many carmakers have created sleek ‘estateback’ designs aimed at combining sportiness with practicality. Many were quite successful and I seem to remember that Lancia had some especially attractive models in this configuration years ago. The layout worked well for buyers who wanted a sporty vehicle but couldn’t see the need to go all the way to a conventional estate car or an SUV. In

Britain, the Reliant Scimitar GTE was very popular and several versions were produced over a 20year period. Vehicles like this must have been on the minds of the Jaguar design department team when they penned the Sportbrake. Jaguar is holding nothing back with the new Sportbrake and right from the start, will market a high-performance version, the XFR-S. This amazing hauler is equipped with an all-aluminium 5-litre supercharged V-8 and delivers a whopping 550-horsepower and 680 Nm of torque. The only rivals that come anywhere near (or perhaps edge

ahead) are the Audi RS6 Avant, the AMG E63 Estate from Mercedes-Benz and the M5 Touring from BMW. Volvo comes close with its V60 T6 at a lot less money. The new XF range will have various engine choices including a thrifty 2.2-litre diesel, but we’ll concentrate on Jaguar’s first highperformance sports estate.


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The Sportbrake is an excellent piece of styling and while it picks up the same ‘nose job’ as its XF siblings, it has a character all of its own. At the same time, it retains the innate ‘Jaguarness’ the company’s stylists strive for. Rear passengers get more headroom than they do in the saloon and the rear seatbacks fold 40/60 to provide lots of room for long loads like skis and other sports gear. When cargo is a priority, the Sportbrake can accommodate an impressive 1675 litres. Jaguar developed the Sportbrake XFR-S around technology picked up from the XKR-S and F-Type sports cars and, as a result, the estate car is highly responsive and very nimble in the handling department. It might have a very practical role in life, but it can be tremendous fun too. Compared to the XFR-S saloon, the Sportbrake has modified suspension to provide the same kind of handling performance with a full load aboard. While Jaguar appears to be offering an all-wheel drive option for the new XF saloons, there’s no indication that this valued feature will be available with the Sportbrake. With 550-horsepower available, AWD would be an option worth having. Wide, 20-inch, lightweight Varuna forged alloy wheels set off the package nicely and add to a purposeful, wide-shouldered stance that looks very sporty indeed. The tyres, developed in conjunction with Pirelli exclusively for the XFR-S Sportbrake, are

10mm wider all round, being 265/35 and 295/30 front/rear. The difference between the wheel rim and tyre width has the effect of pre-loading the sidewall to improve handling and steering response without adversely affecting refinement. Extensive testing over the years has convinced me that Pirelli is the ‘go-to’ supplier when it comes to tyres for performance cars like the XFR-S. The very traditional Jaguar interior is all that would be expected of this manufacturer and cabin ambiance is just about as good as it gets. The interior is ‘charcoal on charcoal’ and suedecloth seats are fitted. These are great for keeping driver and passengers in place during enthusiastic driving. Standard fare includes a 12-speaker sound system from noted British audio experts Meridian. An optional audio setup that’s even more exotic can crank the sound and tone even higher. The 2014 XF models are the first Jaguars to wear the new R-Sport badge, which should eventually nail down a similar image in the marketplace to that enjoyed by Mercedes’ AMG, BMW’s M Sport and Audi’s RS. Jaguar products are selling better than ever right now around the world, its range of vehicles is constantly growing and the future looks bright. Not too many years ago, many industry observers were wondering whether the fabled British company would survive at all. History is proving them wrong. e

ZZ ENGINE 5.0-litre, 550-horsepower, V-8 supercharged. ZZ TRANSMISSION 8-speed Jaguar Quickshift automatic with steering wheel paddles for manual gear selection. ZZ ACCELERATION Zero to 100 km/h in 4.8-seconds. ZZ TOP SPEED Electronically limited to 300 km/h. ZZ I LIKED There’s something very appealing about this style of bodywork. It’s highly practical but has a sensuous, sports car look about it. This estate is very fast indeed and close to the top of its class, which is a somewhat elite and rarefied one. The Sportbrake has very distinctive lines which somehow impress people more than the saloon, which itself is a great looking car by any standards. ZZ I DIDN’T LIKE With a full options load, this Jag becomes fairly expensive and there are some very solid alternatives out there from Mercedes, BMW and Audi. The Volvo V60 T6 is almost as fast and a lot less money. Even so, this is a Jaguar after all and to many buyers, that’s something very special. ZZ MARKET ALTERNATIVES Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate, BMW M5 Touring, Volvo V60 T6, Audi RS6 Avant, Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon 3.2 V-6. ZZ WHO DRIVES ONE? Jaguar-lovers, of course, especially those who like performance cars, but find pure sports cars too confining with not enough people and luggage space. Buyers who don’t want to sacrifice good looks for practicality – with this Jaguar, they get both. Discerning buyers who need a roomy vehicle, but can’t face the bulk of an SUV, even an upscale one. ZZ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY Available soon. Jaguar Sportbrake models start at €42.700.


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There are few better ways to herald the arrival of summer than by paying homage to one of Nature’s greatest treasures: our children. Discover the latest groundbreaking trends in education, read up on the excellent report obtained by Aloha College after a recent inspection of the school, be seduced by the art and science of paper engineers, Robert Sabuda and Matthew Rinehart and preview one of the highlights of the sporting year: The World Cup, which will light up the dreamlike country of Brazil this month. Finally, consider giving a helping hand to the young Andalusian Fencing Champ who needs sponsorship to continue shining in her sport.

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THE FOCUS education

“When teachers do things differently, the alternative is always better and more successful than traditional methods, because the earlier model of education wasn't built around the best way children can learn, but the best way to organise learning” Professor Stephen Heppell to The Telegraph UK.

Groundbreaking Trends in



he BBC recently announced that England came in 22nd in literacy and 21st in numeracy out of 24 countries in a major study carried out by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). “The study shows that there are 8.5 million adults in England and Northern Ireland with the numeracy levels of a 10-year-old,” the report claimed, and although the younger generation was found to have more qualifications, their skills

were seemingly no greater than those who are close to retirement age. The situation in Spain and Italy is more serious still, since these countries scored the lowest in terms of literacy; moreover, only one per cent of adults were able to demonstrate the highest levels of numeracy and literacy skills. Without a doubt, current educational methods have plenty to answer for; some of their biggest flaws, say experts, include a lack of adaptation to different learning

styles, the absence of real-life learning experiences and an over-abundance of lessons that are teacher- (rather than student-) focussed. While the problem is deep and undoubtedly stems from many factors, educators around the world are working to change the aims, structure and desired outcomes of education. In this article, we present just a few methods that have challenged traditional models of education (and continue to do so):


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THE KHAN ACADEMY A Revolution in Free Education

The Khan Academy was founded by MIT and Harvard graduate, Salman Khan, in 2006. It all began when Khan was called upon by his niece, Nadia to help her with maths, a subject that had been causing her more than a few headaches. Strapped for time, Khan decided to tutor her through a series of short YouTube videos, explaining key concepts in a fun, sometimes humorous and engaging manner. Nadia’s grades skyrocketed, but so did those of the hundreds of viewers who began to log onto Khan’s channel to benefit from his free online lessons. The unexpected popularity of his videos led Khan to quit his job as a hedge fund analyst and focus on creating an online academy, which soon attracted the interest (and sponsorship) of Bill Gates and Google. His aim was laudable: to offer "a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere." The Khan Academy is an official non-profit organisation with 10 million registered users, who log on to receive lessons in maths, physics, chemistry, computer science, finance, logic, biology, etc., in nearly every language you can think of (including Swahili, Urdu and Xhosa).

The Khan Academy and the Flipped Classroom Movement The Khan Academy does not limit its content to online tutorials; Khan and his team have also created revolutionary software that is currently used in many schools in the U.S. as part of a larger trend known as ‘flipped learning’. In the latter, “children do their schoolwork at home and their homework at school.” In other words, rather than encounter a subject for the first time through their teacher, kids watch a short, dynamic video lesson at home. In class, they complete exercises on a computer and as they do so, their teacher observes their progress from his/her own computer. The software enables the teacher to see which students are getting stuck and where. The teacher can then maximise the use of class time by sitting alongside struggling students and clarifying the root of the problem. The method enables a high degree of personalisation, since the teacher does not have to teach one subject matter to an entire class, comprising students with varied levels of ability. The system is also ideal for able students, who tend to become extremely bored if the pace is too slow. By working on their own problems and jumping on to higher levels, they need not feel held back. Students who need more time, meanwhile, need not feel pressured to work at breakneck speed. The Academy also allows parents to log on as ‘coaches’, so they can see where their children may need help and give them a helping hand at home.

Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy © Steve Jurvetson, Creative Commons

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Spaced Learning Creating Neural Pathways

This method, developed by Monkseaton High School in the UK, turns to neuroscientific research to enable students to retain an incredible amount of information through a revolutionary method. A typical one-hour session involves exposing children to content through three ‘inputs’, in which information is presented on a Powerpoint presentation. In between inputs, children take 10-minute breaks, performing simple activities like playing basketball, juggling or doing arts and crafts. During the first input, a body of information is presented; during the second, the same presentation is now missing certain keywords, which children are asked to recall; during the third input, the focus is on understanding: students are asked to work on a task using the information they have learned. Spaced Learning is often traced back to a 2005 study published in the journal, Scientific American. The study focused on how the brain creates longterm memories; it was found that the biological basis of memories are pathways comprising individual cells which need to be switched on and connected to other cells. Yet constant stimulation does not help cells switch on. What matters more is the length of the gap between stimulation. Short breaks, it seems, are the optimal ways for cells to light up and help the brain retain an impressive amount of information. Spaced Learning is a relatively new method that requires further testing, but so far, students and teachers alike are reporting One of the focal points of the teaching that takes significantly improved results. As a student from place at Leasowes Community College is the Monkseaton High School claimed, “It seems to idea that efficient time management has great me that if this technique were to be adopted by bearing on students’ success. Throughout the schools, it could change education forever!”

Leasowes Community College, Dudley, England When Teaching Comes in Blocks

Spaced learning involves alternating information input with fun activities


The Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough, England, has raised more than a few eyebrows since it was founded in 2007, for many reasons. For one, the school is located inside a stunning edifice designed by a cutting-edge architectural firm. More akin to a futuristic Fortune 500 company in ambience than a school, with geometrically-shaped windows, curvy halls and overhead walkways, it exudes a distinctly adult, professional vibe – which is exactly the aim of its founders: to instil a mature work ethic in students and to make school a little more like the real world. In the first year that the school was opened, 100 per cent of students passed the IB exam and the school’s A-level pass rate was an enviable 96 per cent. Head Teacher, Alan McMurdo, recently told The Telegraph: “We have no bells here because they create a herd mentality. We want to foster personal responsibility; students can go to the loo when they want or fetch themselves a drink of water without asking permission. The teachers give them a break when they feel the kids need one.”

week, classes are similarly structured to those in traditional schools, but every Friday, the ‘Flexible Day Programme’ comes into effect and children learn one subject in a five-hour block. At specific times of the year, students encounter longer blocks of up to six days on just one subject. In Year 10, two GCSE options are ‘fast-tracked’ for students, so they can complete the course in one year. By Year 11, they are therefore free to personalise their course of study and to pursue their true interests. Fast-tracking also enables students to spend more time on important life skills like critical thinking, independent research, problem solving, etc. The look of the learning spaces is also rather unique; rooms are inspired on Howard Gardiner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and include features such as flexible furnishings and ergonomic design, which allow for team teaching, physical activity and collaboration. The school also has fun yet highly useful activities such as five-day business studies lessons, in which students don suits and ties, visit local businesses and attend conferences by professionals from various sectors.

The Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough Focussing on Life in the Real World


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Groundbreaking Philosophies Developed in the Past:

Montessori, Summerhill, Waldorf-Steiner Although 21st century education is constantly seeking new ways to engage students and help them achieve their professional goals, there is no doubt that they owe an incalculable debt to a handful of brilliant educators from the past whose teaching methods still seem revolutionary, despite some having been formulated almost 100 years ago. Some of these methods are:

The Montessori Method


Founded by Maria Montessori, the first female Doctor in Italy, the Montessori Method takes an holistic approach to education, aiming to develop the whole child. The method emphasises various aspects of education, including: » ORDER: If children are to feel confident in their environment, order (ensuring everything is in its right place) is vital. » LEARNING THROUGH THE SENSES: Maria Montessori invented a host of beautifully appealing materials, in order to stimulate the senses of her students. Many are currently used in schools around the world. » A NEW DEFINITION OF DISCIPLINE: Maria Montessori believed that authentic discipline and harmony stems from within and cannot be forced. » A NEW DEFINITION OF TEACHERS: The ultimate role of teachers is to direct the natural energies of a child, not to force them in a particular direction. » THE IMPORTANCE OF PROCESS: Maria Montessori understood that children enjoy the process of learning more than the end product itself; therefore, children are encouraged to repeat activities until they feel satisfied. » A FOCUS ON FUN: If you have any doubts about how amazing the Montessori Method is, just search for Montessori Mathematics

on YouTube and you will be amazed to see children as young as three solving addition sums into the thousands… one of the main reasons for this are the revolutionary materials created by Maria Montessori, which enable kids to understand mathematics in a concrete form. The Montessori Society AMI UK notes, for instance: “The Montessori approach offers a concrete experience in the form of the Golden Bead material used to introduce the Decimal system. A child of four can see without being told the differences between one, ten, one hundred and one thousand: one unit is represented with one golden bead whereas one thousand is a cube made up of one thousand golden beads. As the child handles the material in a series of different activities the contrasts are enforced by the comparative weights and volumes of the items. The fact that the child has been given a vision of the whole scope of the Decimal system inspires wonder and a desire to explore further. In traditional schools the larger quantities are not introduced until the child is much older; this child is proud to say ‘I can count to 100’ whereas the Montessori child, having truly grasped the idea of the Decimal system can count on indefinitely.” i


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Other interesting methods include the SteinerWaldorf method, followed in Steiner-Waldorf schools. The first such school opened in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1991 for children of the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory. The method also takes the whole child into account, giving equal importance to his/her physical, intellectual, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs. Core subjects are taught in blocks, with all themes comprising a careful balance of intellectual, practical and artistic content. One of the most appealing features of this method is that it teaches children practical skills like knitting, sewing and cooking. Music and drama are an important part of school life, and kids engage in eurythmy (an expressive movement art which relates to sound and rhythms of speech, to the rhythm of music and to their emotions). i

The main building of the Summerhill School in Leiston, Suffolk

Another of the most interesting methods devised, praised by parents, teachers and students alike, is the Summerhill system, founded by Scottish Writer and rebel, A.S. Neill, in 1921. After many years spent in education, Neill concluded that “Every moment of a healthy child’s life is a working moment.” What mattered most, he said, was to give the child unconditional freedom: “I see that all outside compulsion is wrong, that inner compulsion is the only value. And if Mary or David wants to laze about, lazing about is the one thing necessary for their personalities at the moment.” At Summerhill, all lessons are optional; children can choose how to spend their time. The Summerhill School in Leiston, Suffolk, is nestled in hectares of garden and forestland, with ample space for building huts, swimming and playing a plethora of sports like tennis, cycling and basketball. Moreover, all matters concerning education are decided at big meetings in which everyone (teachers and students alike) have an equal vote. i

We cannot conclude without mentioning homeschooling: a method which allows parents and children alike a highly personalised form of education. If you are considering homeschooling your child, you may choose to adopt some of the features of the methods discussed in this article; whatever you do, make sure your child’s education involves unlimited amounts of fun. As A.S. Neill once said, “All crimes, all hatreds, all wars can be reduced to unhappiness.” e The Ecole Steiner-Waldorf Verrieres le Buisson in France © Mica, Creative Commons


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Outstandingly caring, supportive ethos ISI Inspection Report of Aloha College







Fabienne Banghard and Álvaro Urbaneja, the newly appointed Head Students, speak with Principal, Elizabeth Batchelor about the recent School Inspection.







loha College opened its doors to a rigorous school inspection in March 2014. The aim was to benchmark its performance against leading Independent Schools in the UK and worldwide. This was a voluntary inspection in which a registered inspector from the International Schools Inspectorate (ISI) spent two days in the school for a pre-inspection visit in February. He was then joined by four experienced qualified inspectors for four additional days in March. The team scrutinised all the school’s documentation and policies. It sent out an anonymous questionnaire to parents and pupils. Inspectors interviewed teachers, parents, governors, the PTA and pupils. The team observed over 50 lessons in the Foundation Stage and at the Primary and Secondary Schools. They then produced a full report which is now a public document and can be seen on the ISI website. Fabienne Banghard asked Elizabeth why the school invited a full inspection; after all, this was a brave move to make. She answered: “I believe we are a great school, which cares about each individual child – we achieve excellent academic results. We decided that instead of just telling people how good we are, we would prove it through this quality assurance exercise. Every


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Aloha College Principal, Elizabeth Batchelor

Headteacher can sit in their office and tell the public that their school is wonderful; however, not many schools can support their claim with an inspection report like this.” The students then engaged Elizabeth in an enlightening Q&A. Fabienne: “What was your favourite moment of the inspection?” Elizabeth: “Reading the powerful opening line of the Inspection report which said: ‘An outstandingly caring, supportive ethos engenders a highly empowering learning environment, which enables the school to fulfil its challenging aims.’” Fabienne: “You always speak about us, the pupils, like we were your own. Did anyone let you down?” Elizabeth: “Not one single pupil. The inspectors reported that: ‘Well-established policies and procedures promote excellent standards of behaviour and manners, and guard against anti-social behaviour. Pupils’ outstanding conduct throughout the school reflects the effectiveness of these arrangements.’” Fabienne: “The inspectors said that the leadership and management of the school was

excellent; you must have been very happy to read this.” Elizabeth: “Yes, I was. I am extremely privileged to be well supported by a very strong management team made up of Kathryn Salmon (Head of Primary), Tim Webb (Head of Secondary), Víctor Ranea (Business Manager) and, of course, my PA, Susan Robson. It was a great team effort.” Álvaro: “The Governors of the school also played a part in this successful inspection, didn’t they?” Elizabeth: “Yes, they were graded ‘Excellent,’ too. Thanks to their expert financial planning, the school is continuing to expand its facilities with the building of a new multi-purpose sports facility due to be opened in the academic year 2015/2016.” Fabienne: “We believe the teachers in our school are fantastic; what did the inspectors say about them?” Elizabeth: “The inspectors recognised that our teaching staff are all good, with many being judged as excellent. We need to ensure we share our good practice throughout the school with each other.”

Álvaro: “Give us a few more quotes of your favourite lines from the report.” Elizabeth: “’The pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent throughout the school’, ‘Stimulating teaching was observed which captivated and enthused the pupils, challenging them with high expectations’”. After speaking with such pride about the report, Elizabeth added that the school was the only international school in Marbella to feature in the El Mundo League Table for top private schools in Spain. Fabienne and Álvaro: “We are all proud of our school’s achievements, and when we move on to university, we will enjoy watching Aloha College go from strength to strength.” The Principal ended the interview with a final quote from a very young Primary child who was asked by the inspectors to describe Aloha College. His answer: “It’s magical!” Elizabeth welcomes everyone with school-aged children to visit the school and judge for themselves.



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THE FOCUS children

When our first child is born, our primary concern is how to fend for them: how to ensure they have the clothing, food and safety they need to grow and thrive. Yet as time passes and our little one begins to talk, reason and even discuss important questions with us, we begin to feel an entirely new burden on our shoulders: that of ensuring that our children aren’t just happy and safe, but also giving, committed citizens of the world.





he road to citizenship is long and winding and although democracy – the idea that we shape the society we live in – is a fundamental pillar of most nations, individual ideas of worthwhile principles, vary. The best starting point when it comes to defining ideals worth fighting for, is the introduction of your child to basic universal rights – including the right to a dignified life free of pain and the inalienable rights to food, shelter and justice. Children soon learn that many of these ideals cannot be found in the modern world; that justice, in particular, is often trampled upon by the powers that be. Rather than allow kids to take a passive stance in the face of war, devastation and hunger, however, it is vital to show them that change begins with ‘the man in the mirror’. However small our efforts can be, they can have life-changing effects for one person, needy animals, or the environment. These are just a few ideas to pique your child’s interest in being a citizen of the world:


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» LEAD BY EXAMPLE If we had just one piece of advice to choose, it would be exactly this one. Altruistic children are often the product of an upbringing in which they have observed their parents being actively involved in issues such as animal rights, fundraising, etc. Find out what charities in your area need volunteers and dedicate an hour or two a week towards helping them out. Do a bit of research on local animal charities as well and pick an animal to sponsor alongside your child. Don’t just do it online; visit the shelter itself so that kids can see how illogical it is to purchase animals from pet shops and exploitative puppy mills, when there are so many dogs and cats needing a family to love them.

» TRAVEL Seeing how people live in other parts of the globe is an excellent manner for children to learn good habits and to identify social problems they may attempt to ameliorate through their own efforts. Countries like Australia, for instance, are famed for their respect for their environmental and recycling efforts; there are many easy habits and techniques that children can take back home, and perhaps even share with their friends. » ADOPT A BEACH OR PARK Suggest that your child and their group of friends ‘adopt’ a public area, keeping it clean and tidy. » FUNDRAISE TOGETHER WITH YOUR CHILD Start out small, by commencing an online fundraising campaign for a cause that means a lot to you and your child. Just Giving is a great place to start, since it allows you to fund one of many existing causes. Encourage your child to learn about the sometimes difficult process of raising awareness for your cause and (in the case of older children) the viability of using social networks to increase awareness of their campaign. Once your child is starting to feel more confident, take a bigger step: help them organise a fundraising concert at school or put up a stand at a local market to sell items for charity. We love Global Kids Connect’s idea to hold a ‘readathon’, which involves approaching companies and asking them to donate €1 for every book read by your child and his/her group of friends. » START A BLOG Encourage older children to start their own blog, in which they share issues that concern them with the rest of the world. » ENCOURAGE CRITICAL THINKING When discussing issues and world events with your child, encourage them to ask questions about the immediately apparent and to question what they see in the media. Analytical thinking is a crucial prerequisite of challenging the status quo. » TEACH THEM COURAGE Encourage them to break out of the mould and help those with special needs. We came across a beautiful message on Spectrum Superstars, a Facebook page about children with autism spectrum disorder. It said: “Teach them not to be afraid to choose the child with ‘issues’ first when choosing people for their team. Teach them to sit with them and treat them kindly, to include all children and be a friend to them. Every day, hour, minute and second is a struggle if not a battle for these children. All they want is love, acceptance and understanding.” e


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Robert Sabuda was just another frightened kid in a dentist’s waiting room, fearful after having had a tooth yanked without sufficient anaesthesia in the past, when he stumbled across something that would quell his anxiety and transport him to another world: it was a set of books tucked away in a wicker basket in the corner of the clinic, of the kind he had never seen before: “I realised right away that these books were special. They were very thick and had hard covers, which to me meant they were expensive. I opened the first one and was shocked and delighted when something leapt right off the page. It was a pop-up book! I was so excited I forgot all about the dentist.” WORDS Marisa CUTILLAS Photography ©




fter this life-changing experience, Sabuda, already a budding artist who “spent hours, days and weeks drawing, painting, cutting and gluing,” began making his own pop-up books at home. His materials? The old manila filing folders his mum, a secretary for the Ford Motor Company, used to bring to her son. Every family gift to the little boy was a pop-up book and soon, Sabuda began imitating his favourite authors and honing his technique in what has now come to be known as ‘paper engineering’. In his young adulthood, Sabuda enrolled at the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York, where he studied Fine Arts. While undertaking an internship at a children’s publishing house, he came across stunning original artworks by Barbara Cooney, Thomas Locker and James Marshall. These artists gave him the final ‘push’ to fulfil his destiny: to be one of the world’s best-selling children’s authors. His first book, Bulky Board Books, was published in 1987, but it wasn’t’ until he began creating pop-up books for children in 1994, that the Sabuda phenomenon was born. Some of his most magnificent works include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:

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Bringing Literary Classics to Three Dimensional Life

A Pop-up Adaptation. From the first page, readers are transported straight into the hypnotic world of Lewis Carroll. Unlike pop-up book artists from the past, Sabuda calls our attention, not just to one or two vertical figures, but to veritable labyrinths of structure, colour and texture. Within one page, he usually presents a central artwork, but the magic doesn’t end there: page corners also contain mini pop-up books which open up to reveal figures that fly, move and astound with their detail and perfection. One of Sabuda’s most memorable pop-ups is that of the spiralling rabbit hole Alice falls through at the beginning of her surreal sojourns through Wonderland… readers pull the ‘hole’ out of the page and stare through a scarlet looking glass, to find exactly what Lewis Carroll described: “Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time to look about her. She looked at the sides of the well and noticed they were filled with cupboards and bookshelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs…”


The intricacy and magnitude of Sabuda’s pop-ups make it difficult to understand how his books can open and shut with such ease, with no bending or trampling of paper in the process. One characteristic of nearly all his works is the ascending level of ‘Wow!’ as the reader proceeds. The last page is always no less than a gran finale. Akin to Robert Sabuda in technical perfection is Matthew Reinhart, also a best-selling Author and somewhat of a prodigy to Sabuda. Reinhart had also spent countless hours drawing as a child, but after considering a career in art as little more than a pipe dream, he enrolled in a Biology course at University, yet after completing his degree, he knew in his heart that science was not his calling. A year before commencing his medical studies, he decided to perform volunteer work for a local community centre. There, he would bump into Sabuda, who convinced Reinhart to follow his heart. Reinhart ditched medical school and enrolled in Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute, where he specialised in toy design. Eventually, he would work alongside Sabuda on books such as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Movable Mother


Goose and A B C Disney. Their book, Encyclopedia Mythologica,is a must for adults and children seeking to discover the fascinating world of Gods and heroes. If Sabuda’s works are usually based on literary classics or seasons of the year (Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Winter), Reinhart’s speak to the little action hero in all of us, with books such as DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book, Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy or Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-up Universe. The latter is guaranteed to bring a big smile to the faces of those who have grown up with their very own Transformers bots: figures don’t just pop up in huge dimensions, they also ‘transform’ into completely different inventions with just the pull of a cardboard lever. If you have a child who is struggling with reading, or an avid little artist who would love to find a new outlet for all their creativity, a pop-up book by Robert Sabuda and/or Matthew Reinhart may just open their window to a more dynamic way of looking at art, literature and life. Log onto for free materials you can print, to create your own pop-up books with your child. e


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ucía Cáceres Alves has achieved the unthinkable: she has swiped the title of Andalusian Fencing Champion in the under-20 category, but also obtained a #10 rank in Spain (as of the last national competition in Valencia), despite having participated in only one national competition this year. The reason? She is one of the many victims of the crisis; her parents, one of the six million currently unemployed. Lucía will soon be competing at a national classifying competition in Valladolid and she needs to stay within the Top 28 to be eligible to compete at the National Finals. In order to do so, she needs to find a sponsor and/or donors who are able to help out with what actually seems like a tiny cost concerning its value. With just €3.000 a year, Lucía’s dreams can become a reality. “Some fencers have sponsors and we are allowed to print their name on our outfit and even on our mask,” she smiles, not too sure how long she can keep competing in a sport that involves more cost than her family can bear. “I don’t even have the full set of equipment,” she laughs, “For competitions, my Coach, Igor Hornyak, kindly lends me the equipment I am missing.” Despite Lucía’s youthful energy and incredibly positive attitude, her circumstances are difficult to understand. How is it that such a promising talent is not being officially funded or allowed to pursue a sport she clearly has great talent in, through some type of scholarship or prize? Lucía currently trains every day for two hours after school (she is a student at the IES Río Verde school); in

the future, she intends to study Fine Arts, since she loves “drawing, clay, anything that involves creating.” She admits, giggling, that she isn’t too keen on other subjects, and her father, who has accompanied her to our meeting, lovingly reminds her that if she wants to make it to University, she will have to make a greater effort with her studies. She might, of course, also decide to dedicate herself to professional fencing, though as mentioned, this possibility does not entirely depend on her own efforts. It is a bit of a Catch-22 situation at the moment, since in order to be eligible for national funding, she needs to place highly in national competitions… and this of course, requires money. Her father, Carlos, explains: “Every time she has a

competition and we have to travel out of town, it involves the cost of petrol, hotel stays, food, etc. When she first started fencing, our circumstances were very different and we could cope, but at the moment that isn’t the case.” Lucía was just seven years old when she started fencing; her mother, Luisa, was determined that her children should be heavily involved in sport (her brother, aged 18, is also an Andalusian Champion in rugby). Lucía says she was instantly drawn to this regal sport: “My brother and my best friend used to fence as well, so I loved hanging out with them at first… but when you discover you are really good at something, and you see that you are getting better and better as time passes, it is such an amazing feeling!” Another thing she loves is travelling to competitions and meeting new people with similar interests: “I’ve made so many nice friends through fencing,” she says, “I’ve even met some World Champions!” She is also attracted, however, by the solitude of fencing: by seeing her individual efforts produce fruitful results, something that is not always possible in team sports. g If you are an individual who would like to support Lucía, you can make your donation, however large or small via Paypal, to or the following bank account: ES70 0081 7460 6300 0616 9323 (account name: Lucía Cáceres Alves). If you are a company interested in sponsorship, please contact Lucía’s parents: Luisa Alves on Tel: 655 318 129 or Carlos Cáceres on Tel: 607 701 647.

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Fencing Champion in Need of Sponsorship The people of Marbella have always shown that they know how to pool together to back a worthy cause, and this may just be one of the best of them: a young local sporting talent in need of a helping hand.

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THE FOCUS world cup

Every four years planet Earth is drawn into the hype that is the football World Cup finals. The TV is overrun with footie themed adverts, newsagents’ shelves are full of publications and even those who are not lovers of the beautiful game show a little bit of interest – if only for the first couple of weeks. All the former cup winners are present for what many hope will be one of the best World Cup competitions of all time. Let the games begin…


The Greatest



A Night to Remember

Can Spain Do it Again? As any true football fan knows, Spain have dominated the international scene since beating Germany 1 – 0 in the final of Euro 2008. The World Cup followed against Holland two years later by the same score before retaining their European crown in 2012 and putting four goals past the usually tight Italian defence. During this period, La Furia Roja mesmerised all those watching with a short-passing game known as tiki-taka, a process of intricate repetitive triangular passing movements in the middle of the park that left opponents spellbound and short of breath.

Nobody in Spain is likely to ever forget Iniesta’s winning goal

Tiki-taka Fact

In years to come, many will talk about that hot evening of Sunday July 11, 2010, and remember where they were. It was the night that Spain beat Holland and collected what is regarded by many as the biggest sporting prize of all – the football World Cup. The whole world was ready for the climax after the month-long competition and everyone wanted to see a game between these two teams who, on paper, had players that knew how to ripple the net, but unfortunately as in finals gone by, this was not to be. Instead, this supposed goal fest ended up as a physical farce that saw 14 yellow cards with nine going to Holland and the sending off of John Heitinga, who should have been joined by his fellow compatriots, Mark van Bommel, and Nigel de Jong for that atrocious Kung-Fu style chest high kick on Xabi Alonso. But at the end of the day when that final whistle blew, Spain and its islands erupted into a high activity cauldron of celebration that will never ever be forgotten. Ever city, town and village partied like it had never done before until the crack of dawn and beyond – and we all know that the Spanish like to party!!!

Spain recorded the highest passing accuracy at the 2010 World Cup with 87 per cent. Of 4,312 passes made 3,753 were successful. But as the old cliché says – time waits for no man and the clock could be catching up with the nucleus of a team which seems to be in the early stages of decline – could the tiki-taka become a sticky wrapper? The stokers of the engine room who make the tiki-taka tick are Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernández; they are now both the wrong side of 30 and have not been as dominant as in years gone by, while plying their trade week in, week out in their central roles for Barcelona. Then again, Manager, Vicente Del Bosque, is a shrewd hombre and should be able to rely on the likes of Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fàbregas, Xabi Alonso and David Silva.

But Del Bosque’s ace card could be the Brazilian-born, Chelsea-bound striker, Diego Costa, who actually donned the shirt of his home country before making his Spanish debut in March. Spain are famous for playing a ‘false’ nine but can they afford to leave out Costa seeing as he was the third top goal scorer in La Liga with 27 goals? It must be said, though, that he was carrying an injury towards the end of last season. As for the back four, Jordi Alba and newcomer Dani Carvajal (who has replaced his injured Real Madrid colleague Álvaro Arbeloa) are known to attack on both flanks and the two centre backs, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Piqué also like to spend time behind enemy lines, but their attacking nature could be the team’s Achilles heel if they get caught on the break. Between the sticks is the skipper, Iker Casillas, who could be a bit rusty having spent most of last season watching from the sidelines on the Real Madrid subs bench. So, can Spain do it again? They will need to win Group B as that will put them in the bottom half of the draw where they will face Italy (quarter-finals) then Argentina (semi-finals) but both

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of them will be eager to take the scalp of the world champions. Should they finish second in the group, the top half of the draw beckons and their next match would be against Brazil (if they win their group), who beat them 3 – 0 last summer in the FIFA Confederations Cup final. If they did beat the host nation and favourites, they would find the much-fancied Germany standing between them and another World Cup final appearance – Del Bosque would probably prefer the former route. But their knock-out stage destiny could be decided with their opening Group B match when they square up to Holland on June 13 – a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final, which was a scrappy and heated encounter that produced 14 yellow cards and one red – the victor of this match could end up winner of Group B. They must also face possible dark horse Chile, who will feel more at home on that side of the Atlantic and could have a trick or two up their sleeves with their all-out attack policy, plus an Australian side who many think are just there to enjoy the show and the Copacabana Beach being the lowest ranked team at the tournament in the current FIFA rankings.

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Brazil is said to have a good chance of winning the World Cup. © Marcello Casal Jr/ABr

Neymar is Brazil’s star player © Agência Brasil

Kaka of Brazil in action during a FIFA World Cup match June 15, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa © fstockfoto /


As with every World Cup finals, Brazil start the competition as one of the favourites to lift the trophy come July 13 and of course there is more pressure on them this time as they will play on the green, green grass of home in this quadrennial football fiesta. The romance and passion that the South American masters have for the beautiful game wins the world over and, with a nation behind them, they will be expected to set a soccer samba beat that any team who crosses their path will have to dance to. They slammed their cards firmly on the table as a warning to the world last summer with an impressive performance in the FIFA Confederations Cup final when beating world champions Spain 3 – 0 in Rio de Janeiro. And anyone playing them will also have the twelfth man on their backs – the very passionate and noisy home following! Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari named his final 23 on May 7 with no

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major surprises, although some big names will have been disappointed to have missed the Seleção ship including the Liverpool pairing of Phillipe Coutinho and Lucas plus Alexandre Pato, Robinho, Lucas Moura and two former FIFA Ballon d'Or winners in Kaka and the once great Ronaldinho. Six known names for those who watch the Premiership on a regular basis made the final cut with Chelsea defender David Luiz, and the midfield will have a Premiership feel about it with Oscar, Ramires and Willian (all from Chelsea) plus Paulinho (Spurs) and Fernandinho (Man City) all fighting for the starting shirts to fill those all important pivotal roles. And you can add to the English-based contingent the Wolfsburg (Germany) anchorman Luiz Gustavo, who is known to cover for centre-back David Luiz when he goes on one of his forward thrusts to back-up the assault on the opponent’s penalty area. The Canarinhos wing back attacks are expected with the Spanish based pairing of Real Madrid’s Marcelo and Barcelona’s Dani Alves keeping the enemy’s backs on their toes. In recent friendlies, an experimental 4-2-3-1 formation has

»» The easily recognisable canary coloured shirts were used for the first time in the 1954 finals in Switzerland. Before that they donned an all white kit but it was decided to change colours after they unexpectedly lost the 1950 final on home turf in front of 199,850 fans in the Estádio do Maracanã against the unfancied Uruguay (2 – 1). »» In 1970 they won the Jules Rimet Trophy (the one that Bobby Moore famously held aloft at Wembley in 1966) outright after winning the World Cup for a third time. However, it was stolen in 1983 while on display in Rio de Janeiro; urban myth suggests the 35-centimetre high gold statue was melted down.

been deployed but, being on home soil, a possible three-pronged attack could be used with Neymar and back-up from Fred (when fit), Hulk or Jô. A new name that could be on everyone lips post tournament is the winger Bernard. According to Scolari, this 21-year-old five foot five pocket rocket "has joy in his legs" and was recently snapped up by Shakhtar Donetsk for a reported 25 million Euro plus fee. Of his selection ‘Big Phil’ said, “We know not everybody will agree with all the names. But I fully trust these players.”

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can actually call it this now as it’s so close to the real Golden Mile thanks to the millions it took to build all this new infrastructure. The townhouse we are visiting is a frontline beach, California-style two storey 4 bedroom property right next to the Guadalmina beach club and 5 minutes from Puerto Banús. It’s set on grounds that host two historic monuments: on the right hand side are the ruins of Roman baths and on the left side a perfectly preserved Arab watch tower; the sea views are smack bang in the

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Whose Cup is it Anyway? So who will lift the FIFA World Cup trophy on Sunday 13 July? Predication always has, and always will be difficult to dish up – but someone has to do it, so…

Group D

The dreaded GROUP (of) D(eath) There’s always one and it features three former world champions in England, Italy and Uruguay plus minnows Costa Rica – two of them will be going home early come June 24 – but which two?

Group A

Brazil are expected to win this group. Would you bet against them? »» For Probably the best team in the world and playing on home soil. »» Against Over-confidence by players and fans. »» Star player Neymar, the skilful poster boy. »» Mexico usually finish second in the group stages then are easy meat in the second round. »» For More confidence after winning the 2012 Olympic gold medal. »» Against Strength in depth and the absence of Carlos Vela, who has fallen out with the Mexican FA. »» Star player Javier Hernández, who will want to impress scouts as he looks for fresh employment. »» Going home early It wouldn’t be a surprise if Cameroon’s return plane tickets have been already booked but who will be joining them? It’s going to be a stand-off between Croatia and Mexico, where the latter might have a slight advantage. Had the finals been in Europe the shoe would probably have been on the other foot.

Group B

Spain should be joined by Louis van Gaal’s Holland. »» For A mixture of youth and experience. »» Against Could be a competition too early for the new young guns. »» Star player Arjen Robben if fit. »» Going home early If it was cricket, Australia might stand a chance but the Socceroos, who are the lowest ranked team at the tournament, look set to lose out. Some are tipping Chile to cause an upset but the majority suspect they are not hot enough to get the better of their betters.

Radamel Falcao of Columbia © Jimmy Baikovicius


Group C

Even without Radamel Falcao, Colombia should still top the group. »» For Members of the winning 2006 South American Youth champions have aged together. »» Against Possible panic if Falcao fails his fitness test. »» Star player Work horse and creative motor, James Rodríguez. »» The Ivory Coast are just glad they are not in the ‘Group of Death’, having been in it at the last two WC finals. »» For Experienced individual strength in the middle and up front. » Against A possibly dubious defence. » Star player Yaya Touré, regarded by many as the best midfielder in the world. » Going home early The Japanese are famous for taking lots of photos – their football fans probably won’t want to take many this month as the Blue Samurai are facing a Group C chop. Goals seem to be Greece’s problem and they might not be able to slide through to the next round – instead they will be homeward bound.

Could this be a major competition too early for Roy Hodgson’s new batch of Young Lions? Also, the emotional drain of the Premiership finale could have taken its toll on some players. As for Italy, you never know which Azzurri will turn up: the goal scoring good (with the mercurial talent of Mario Balotelli), the sit back and wait bad or the hack them down ugly. Then we have Uruguay with their human submarine, better known as Luis Suárez, who will no doubt go to ground with the slightest gust of wind. Unfortunately, he is cunning enough to con the men in black who as we all know are not always up-to-scratch to control games on the greatest stage of them all. (Fact: Suárez may have been the top scorer in the Premiership but he didn’t bag a single goal against any of the top four finishing teams). Costa Rica will head into the arena with nothing to lose and England should be well aware of them. The two meet in Belo Horizonte, the venue where the Three Lions famously lost in one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history in 1950 to a team of American part timers. Plus, when Los Ticos played Scotland in Italia 90 they shamed their over-confident opponents, condemning them to an early flight home while they waltzed into the knock-out stages. So who will go home early? All should beat Costa Rica, so it will come down to who prevails in the three head-to-head encounters and maybe goal difference, but which of them will finish third and face the early exit? It’s a toss of a coin between all three, but England just might not have enough to pull through, as with the Group A scenario, if the finals had been in Europe it might have been a different story.

Group E

Group F

»» For A backbone of experience complemented with fresh blood. »» Against Inexperienced back-up could let them down. »» Star player in another generation, Franck Ribéry could have been the best footballer in the world. »» Ecuador If they play to their capabilities, they should make it through and being on their own continent will help. »» For A strong and robust outfit. »» Against They have not found a replacement upfront for Christian Benítez, who unexpectedly died last year, plus their defence is said to be dodgy. »» Star player If he turns up on the day, left-winger Jefferson Montero is a joy to watch but he doesn’t always produce – the reason he is not playing in England despite being watched by several clubs. »» Going home early Switzerland could be the first top seeded nation to go home, while Honduras are just happy to be there (Fact: these two were in the same group four years ago and both went home early then – so will history repeat itself?).

»» For How do you stop them going forward with such pace? »» Against Could get caught on the counter attack, leaving the defence vulnerable. »» Star player who else but Mr Messi, and his form for the national side has improved in the last two years. (Fact: When they last won the World Cup in 1986 Maradona was 26 – the same age Messi is now). » As reigning African Cup of Nations champions, Nigeria have form and the Super Eagles are expected to glide into the second round. »» For A quick transition from defence to attack could catch a few out. »» Against A frenzy and frustrating mode can set in when things are not going their way. »» Star player John Obi Mikel who plays a different role than he does at club level. »» Going home early By the time Iran and debutantes BosniaHerzegovina meet in the final group game, both will be already looking forward to their post-season holidays.

France fancy their chances in one of the weaker groups.

On paper, Argentina should be semi-final bound at the least.

Group G

The new blood transformed over the past few years has now matured and Germany, semi finalists in 2006 and 2010, are expected to reach the same stage or even go one better. »» For This Nationalmannschaft squad is said to be their best since the cup winning class of 1974. »» Against Over-confidence and the climate. »» Star player With a bench full of talent, Bastian Schweinsteiger has had to up his game. » A close-knit Portugal side should also progress with ease. »» For A very confident selection who will show no mercy. »» Against Could be a one-trick pony – if Ronaldo has a bad day – so do they. »» Star player Need you ask? »» Going home early Ghana are only there to make the numbers up and despite the national hype, the players from the land of the free (America) will have as much free time as they want after their third match.

Group H

Many rate this emerging Belgium team highly and the world waits to see if they can produce on the big stage. »» For An experienced midfield to support an enthusiastic forward line. »» Against Can Vincent Kompany be a one-man band and hold the back four together? »» Star player Eden Hazard is expected to be the star of the show. » Russia will rely on their old hands to get them through with the help of a new breed. »» For Strength in midfield and defence. »» Against A lack of pace and like so many, the climate. »» Star player Alan Dzagoev was their best player at Euro 2012. »» Going home early no brainer really and South Korea and Algeria probably only packed for a twoweek stay anyway.

It’s a Knock–Out So that’s separated the wheat from the chaff and now it’s knock-out time. On paper, all the first round group runnersup will face an uphill struggle to progress any further and there’s a good chance that the likes of Mexico, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Russia and Ecuador will be heading for the airport once the final whistle’s have been blown. Possible upsets – could Holland by-pass Brazil? But the clockwork orange will need Duracell batteries to get past them. Colombia have an easy group passage but they will find Uruguay a different matter, but Colombia did finish second in

the South American qualifying group and beat Uruguay 4-0 in the process. Then we have Belgium v Portugal, this could be the match of the round. »» Quarter-finals The Les Bleus of France will be singing the blues after facing Germany; Brazil will beat whoever wins the Colombia/ Uruguay encounter. Being on South American soil, Argentina will put an end to Belgium or Portugal’s brave run and Spain have a psychological advantage over Italy after thrashing them 4 – 0 in the Euro 2012 final. »» Semi-finals On paper, we should get two South America

verses Europe match-ups, with Brazil against the new German Golden Generation, and Argentina v Spain. So will the final be all South America, all European or a clash of the continents? A European team has never returned home from South America with the World Cup in their luggage – but there’s always a first time. So who will the winner be? You tell me! But whatever happens, let’s hope these finals go down positively leaving a lasting legacy in the pages of football history.


Group Matches All times listed are CET

Group A Thursday June 12 Brazil v Croatia 9pm São Paulo Friday June 13 Mexico v Cameroon 6pm Natal Tuesday June 17 Brazil v Mexico 9pm Fortaleza Wednesday June 18 Cameroon v Croatia 9pm Manaus Monday June 23 Cameroon v Brazil 9pm Brasilia Monday June 23 Croatia v Mexico 9pm Recife

Group B Friday June 13 Spain v Holland 9pm Salvador Fri/Sat June 13/14 Chile v Australia 12am Cuiabá Wednesday June 18 Australia v Holland 6pm Porto Alegre Wed/Thurs June 18/19 Spain v Chile 12am Rio de Janeiro Monday June 23 Australia v Spain 6pm Curitiba Monday June 23 Holland v Chile 6pm São Paulo

Group C Saturday June 14 Colombia v Greece 6pm Belo Horizonte Sat/Sun June 14/15 Ivory Coast v Japan 12am Recife Thursday June 19 Colombia v Ivory Coast 6pm Brasilia Thur/Fri June 19/20 Japan v Greece 12am Natal Tuesday June 24 Japan v Colombia 10pm Cuiabá Tuesday June 24 Greece v Ivory Coast 10pm Fortaleza

Group D Saturday June 14 Uruguay v Costa Rica 9pm Fortaleza Sat/Sun June 14/15 England v Italy 12am Manaus Thursday June 19 Uruguay v England 9pm São Paulo Friday June 20 Italy v Costa Rica 7pm Recife Tuesday June 24 Italy v Uruguay 6pm Natal Tuesday June 24 Costa Rica v England 6pm Belo Horizonte

Group E Sunday June 15 Switzerland v Ecuador 6pm Brasilia Sunday June 15 France v Honduras 9pm Porto Alegre Friday June 20 Switzerland v France 9pm Salvador Fri/Sat June 20/21 Honduras v Ecuador 12am Curitiba Wednesday June 25 Honduras v Switzerland 10pm Manaus Wednesday June 25 Ecuador v France 10pm Rio de Janeiro

Group F Sun/Mon June 15/16 Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina 12am Rio de Janeiro Monday June 16 Iran v Nigeria 9pm Curitiba Saturday June 21 Argentina v Iran 6pm Belo Horizonte Sat/Sun June 21/22 Nigeria v Bosnia-Herzegovin 12am Cuiabá Wednesday June 25 Nigeria v Argentina 6pm Porto Alegre Wednesday June 25 Bosnia-Herzegovina v Iran 6pm Salvador

Group G Monday June 16 Germany v Portugal 6pm Salvador Mon/Tue June 16/17 Ghana v America 12am Natal Saturday June 21 Germany v Ghana 9pm Fortaleza Sunday June 22 America v Portugal 9pm Manaus Thursday June 26 America v Germany 6pm Recife Thursday June 26 Portugal v Ghana 6pm Brasilia

Group H Tuesday June 17 Belgium v Algeria 6pm Belo Horizonte Tue/Wed June 17/18 Russia v South Korea 12am Cuiabá Sunday June 22 South South Korea v Algeria 6pm Porto Alegre Sun/Mon June 22/23 Belgium v Russia 12am Rio de Janeiro Thursday June 26 South Korea v Belgium 10pm São Paulo Thursday June 26 Algeria v Russia 10pm Curitiba

Round of 16 Saturday June 28 to Tuesday July 1 at 6pm and 10pm Quarter-finals Friday and Saturday July 4 and 5 at 6pm and 10pm Semi-finals Tuesday and Wednesday July 8 and 9 at 10pm 60 / JUNE 2014 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

Third/Fourth match Saturday July 12 at 10pm Final Sunday July 13 at 9pm

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»» West Germany won the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1954, despite having no domestic professional league in the country until 1963. »» In 1990, Argentina became the first nation to participate in the final showcase without scoring a goal. »» In 1994, the United States became the first country to host the finals without having a domestic professional league. »» Brazil are the only country to appear in all 20 finals and the Seleção didn’t need to qualify for these finals being the hosts. »» Six host nations have won the trophy: Uruguay in 1930, Italy in 1934, England in 1966, West Germany in 1974, Argentina in 1978 and France in 1998. »» Brazil and Germany are the two most successful teams in the history of the competition but they had never played each other before the 2002 final which Brazil won 2 – 0. »» Brazil have only ever lost 14 games in the finals and Italy have won two of those (2 – 1 in the semi-final of 1938 and 3 – 2 in the second phase of 1982). France have also beaten them twice (3 – 0 in the 1988 final and 1 – 0 in the quarter finals in 2006). »» Only once have Brazil failed to get past the first phase of the competition; they finished third behind Portugal and Hungary in 1966. »» Just Fontaine of France scored the most goals in a tournament, bagging 13 in 1958. »» Geoff Hurst is the only player to have scored a hat-trick in the actual final. »» Four players have scored in more than one cup final, Vava (Brazil) in 1958 and 1962, Pele (Brazil) in 1958 and 1970, Paul Breitner (West Germany) in 1974

and 1982 and Zinedine Zidane in 1998 and 2006. »» Pele and Uwe Seeler (West Germany) share the record of scoring in four tournaments; they both hit the net in 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970. Seeler also held the record number of appearances in the finals – 21 until his compatriot Lothar Matthäus took it away from him in 1998 with 25 appearances. »» Hakan Sukur (Turkey) scored the fastest goal ever, after 10.8 seconds against South Korea in the 2002 thirdplace play-off. »» Ernst Wilimowski (Poland) scored four goals against Brazil in the 1938 finals yet finished on the losing side, Brazil won 6 – 5 after extra time. »» Robbie Rensenbrink's (Holland) penalty against Scotland in 1978 was the 1,000 goal in World Cup finals. »» Marcus Allbäck (Sweden) scored the 2,000 World Cup Finals goal against England in 2006. »» The 2006 tournament was the lowest scoring last-16 round – since it started in 1986 – with just 15 goals. »» Zinedine Zidane was yellow carded in all the games he played in during the 2006 tournament which finished with his infamous red card in the final against Italy after head butting Italian defender, Marco Materazzi. »» Germany have only once not reached the quarter-finals stages, that was in 1938. »» Germany’s 4 – 2 win over Costa Rica in 2006 was the highest scoring opening game since 1934. »» Germany’s Miroslav Klose is the only player to score five-goals in consecutive World Cups. »» David Beckham is the only player to have scored for England in three different World Cup finals.

»» During the match between Portugal and Holland (1 – 0) on 25 June 2006, four red cards and 16 yellow cards were produced. The number of reds set an all-time record for a World Cup match, and the number of yellows tied a record previously set in the Germany-Cameroon match in 2002. »» Hungary scored the most goals by one team at a single tournament, finding the back of the net 27 times in 1954 in Switzerland. »» Uruguay's José Batista was red carded a mere 56 seconds into a firstround game against Scotland at the 1986 World Cup, the fastest sending-off in tournament history. »» The most goals scored at a single World Cup tournament was 171 at France 98. »» Spain are the only country to lose their first group finals game then go on to win the cup. »» In the 2010 finals, New Zealand were the only unbeaten country in the competition. »» Before they lost to Serbia in 2010, Germany hadn’t lost a group stage game since 1996. »» At the 2010 finals, Michael Bradley, the son of USA coach Bob Bradley, became the first player to score in a World Cup finals for a team coached by his father.

»» Cameroon’s Rigobert Song became the first African player to appear in four finals when he came on as sub in the group game against Holland in 2010. »» In 2010, the three Palacios brothers of Honduras became the first trio of siblings to be included in a finals squad after Jerry got a late call-up to join Johnny and Wilson »» The last two finals have been all European affairs with Spain and Holland (2010) and Italy and France (2006). Spain became the first European nation to win the cup outside of the continent in South Africa (2010) meaning a country from Europe is yet to win the tournament in South America. e

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here was a time when aerial images could only be obtained by photographers balancing precariously on the edge of their seats as light aircraft and helicopters whizzed past the object of interest at the lowest possible speed. Over the years, many a professional has half-hung out of an aircraft trying to get that elusive bird’s eye view, a process that those with vertigo would have met with dread. Afterwards, stalwart aerial photographers took to the skies in microlights, which offered the advantage of low speed capacity and the ability to combine flying and photography, yet wind factors and birds must have added to the confusion of tasks to master. And then came the aerial photography drone, a feature of modern technology that we more readily associate with air forces these days, but which has multiple civil and commercial applications. Aerial drones of this kind are used not only by photographers and film companies, but can also help detect forest fires, aid scientists in their work and provide practical monitoring solutions in wildlife conservation – thus imparting a potential for public service that matches its commercial and security capabilities. Now used extensively in many fields, from the film productions sets of Hollywood and television companies across the world to aerial image creation for charting and marketing purposes, the aerial photography drone is also proving to be a revelation in Marbella.

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Ever wondered how they make those sexy videos and glamorous images that seem to glide past a beautiful home or a live event while taking in its setting, atmosphere and surroundings? What was once the preserve of Hollywoodstyle productions or computer simulations is now a new form of film and photo production that is rapidly taking root in Marbella.

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Capturing the Costa del Sol from the air One of the pioneering companies in this field is Skyshooters. Founded by Ben Joos and Mariano Jeva, the firm specialises in using the latest techniques to capture high-quality imagery from the air. In this it draws on the extensive technical and creative know-how of Ben, a sound engineer and cameraman with many years experience in television production in his native Belgium. “I’ve worked in everything from studio work with conventional fixed cameras to film set production and large outdoor events such as concerts and sports competitions,” says Ben. “In outdoor work the aerial drone has gradually become more and more important, as it offers so many options and is cheaper, easier, safer and more flexible to use than filming from aircraft.” As the equipment improved and cameramen became increasingly skilled at operating it, drone filming and photography has even begun to be used in larger indoor spaces. Over the years he has clocked up a great many ‘hours’ flying these apparatus, perfecting his skill at controlling and manipulating the drone in order to achieve the desired effect in either film or photography. “A modern drone of this kind is incredibly manoeuvrable because it is in effect just a light steel frame in the middle of which a camera and battery are mounted. Like a helicopter, it has anywhere from four to eight horizontal propellers attached to it that create steering capacity. Once you know how to manipulate these well, they enable you to hover, fly, ascend, descend and move in every imaginable direction.”


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The camera can be manipulated in every direction too, zooming in or panning out, with or without the use of filters or effects added in post-production editing. “You can film at different speeds from which you can later extract stills or you can focus specifically on photography,” adds Mariano, who believes the new service ties in very well with the marketing tools required by especially the resurgent real estate market. “What we do does not replace normal land-based photography, which tends to focus mostly on interiors, but it adds another important element, providing aerial views of a property, its setting and its surroundings, as well as a moving perspective of its views, grounds and amenities.”


In an increasingly interactive world in which people access photographic and video imagery as part of the personal online research they do before shortlisting potential properties or holiday destinations, it is easy to see why specialised services of this kind are so sought-after – and rapidly becoming more so in places like Marbella. “Aerial imagery is a great way of capturing Marbella’s beauty and atmosphere,” says Mariano, “and the new techniques available to us make it a very viable, efficient and also cost-effective form of promotion, which makes it accessible to a far greater audience than before.” In addition to real estate, they are called upon to cover events such as

football matches and concerts, produce tourist videos and highlight the beauty of the region’s golf courses. “It really is a far cry from the beautiful but potentially complicated and dangerous model helicopters of hobbyists,” says Ben, who has to balance lightweight manoeuvrability against lifespan and range. “Batteries give you the time and range you want, but they weigh a lot, so you have to find the perfect mix of both.” He clearly loves working with this high-tech equipment, which allows you to view what you’re filming on a display screen. “This makes it possible to set up the shots just as you want them, though in reality you also gradually develop a sort of bird’s eye mental picture of what the camera is filming.

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TikiTano restaurant and Torre Bermeja The Kempinski Hotel


In spite of this, and the fact that he has the skill to film with a drone within confined spaces such as conference centres, spas and indoor pools, Ben only films when he has visual contact with the craft. “If you were to lose remote control and the drone would fly out of reach it has a GPS system that will return it to within metres of the spot it took off from,” says Mariano. “Even so, we take no risks and follow the strictest guidelines when flying and filming.” Part of this process has been to ensure that Skyshooters complies with all regulations, including data protection compliance, and has more than adequate insurance cover. “It’s the professional thing to do, and Skyshooters is born out of the desire to provide the most professional level of service in this field, both in technical, creative and procedural terms.” Flying at heights of up to 250 metres and speeds of up to 60km/h, Ben is producing the kind of imagery that is helping a new generation of visitor, investor and homebuyer to discover the charms, features and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. After having mastered the remote controls of an aerial drone, he can’t wait to try his hand at the real thing. “A helicopter is nowhere near as good for photography or filming, but after so many hours flying drones it would be fun to see what it’s like to do the same thing from the air.”

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e believe that one of the best ways to face current crises and construct a sustainable future is through education and the acquisition of skills. Taking action is likewise vital. Arboretum Marbella, in association with the England Permaculture Association and the Instituto EcoHabitar, will be offering its permaculture course from October 17 to 29. The course will comprise 80 obligatory and 24 optional hours. Attendees will learn about the theoretical basis of permaculture and its different techniques. They will also learn how they can apply the knowledge obtained, in their own homes, environments and communities. The aim is to live in a sustainable, productive manner, in harmony and respect with one’s habitat. Humanity is currently being called upon to rise to a whole new challenge: that of growing in wisdom, maturity and understanding. Man is just a small part of a much larger system. He must face a series of important issues, including environmental

destruction, loss of land and forests, the dwindling of fish species and devastation of aquifers, the loss of habitats, the extinction of species at alarming rates, the loss of spiritual conscience and purpose, global warming and the ‘peak oil’ phenonmenon. The consequences of these issues are plentiful and include a possibly permanent conflict over who obtains access to the remaining fossil fuel. Permaculture is one answer to these problems; it unties two terms: ‘permanent’ and ‘agriculture’. It also harks to the idea of a ‘permanent culture’. Our Permaculture course seeks to offer attendees the knowledge and skills they need to devise simple, elegance ideas which are capable of imitating the patterns of Mother Nature. The aim is to invest a minimum of energy and obtain a maximum of benefits. By working in conjunction with others, we can develop vital tools and take important decisions. By the end of the course, students should be able to create their first Permaculture design plan. This year, some of the renowned professionals

who will be sharing their knowledge include Satish Kumar, members from Aranya, Julio Cantos Gazquez, Jesus Ruiz, Benito Sánchez Montañés and Alejandro César Orioli. Permaculture is now a well-accepted technique around the world and there are many examples of its use, both small- and large-scale. Its principles are utilised in the design of building and homes, through the use of many techniques including bioconstruction and bioclimatism, sustainable water management, ecological and biodynamic gardens, edible landscapes and even the design of entire communities, as is the case with ‘Transition Towns’. At PDC 2014, we hope to offer you the spiritual food and intellectual stimulation you’ve been craving and to enable you to take home the tools and practical techniques you need to apply permaculture principles in your own life. g For further information,




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June is an excellent month to spruce up your health and beauty routine. Read up on the amazing benefits of natural oils, be aware of the rise of eating disorder rates in adolescents and children and stay up-todate with the latest health and beauty news.

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Marisa Cutillas highlights the reasons why beauty enthusiasts from around the globe are stocking up on a powerful helper provided by Nature herself: pure facial oils.




here was a time when matte was all the rage; as beauty enthusiasts filled their make-up bags with oil blotters, sheen-free foundations and mattifying powders, they forgot one crucial fact: oils are absorbed quickly by the skin and they host a wide range of antioxidants and vitamins, which protect skin against the ravages caused by environmental toxins, excess cleansing and cosmetic overload. They have the unique ability to nourish and hydrate the skin simultaneously and are crucial if skin is to take on a youthful sheen. Top quality facial oils, made from essential oils like rose, jasmine, lavender, lemon and bergamot, also have a uniquely appealing scent, yet are free of all the harmful chemicals which are present in artificial perfumes. Some have the additional benefit of being anti-inflammatory: borage seed, yangu and argan oils are just a few that will ease swelling. Essential oils also prevent water loss, plumping up skin for a more youthful look. The key to an attractive glow is to apply very little oil – one drop on the forehead and one on each check is enough. Apply after cleansing in the morning (beneath your day cream) and again at night after cleansing (beneath your usual night / anti-ageing cream). Take the time to massage into your face for a couple of minutes, to ease absorption. The oils will aid the absorption of products such as Vitamin C and Retinol. The one downside to facial oils is that they can be pricey – a small, 30ml jar of essential oils like rose or jasmine costs in the region of €80, while cheaper brands often stock poor quality products that clog pores and fail to provide real benefits. This select list of good quality oils may be a good place to start:

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HEALTH If you first came across the harrowing subject of eating disorders in the 1980s, you might just have bought into the myth that eating disorders were a blight of middle- to upperclass, perfectionist females born to over-ambitious parents. You might also have believed that the media is the sole or major cause of anorexia and bulimia, and that the disease mainly affects women in their mid- to late-teens.


ating disorders have a very long history, with the earliest medical descriptions of anorexia being attributed to English doctor, Richard Morton, in 1689. The term ‘anorexia nervosa’ was first used in a groundbreaking report by Sir William Gull, personal physician to Queen Victoria. In 1978, the seminal book, The Golden Cage: the Enigma of Anorexia Nervosa, alerted the world to a new disorder that could take one’s life as a result of extreme fasting; in 1983, the loss of Singer, Karen Carpenter to extreme starvation alerted the world to what seemed to be a disease of the privileged classes.


IMPORTANT FACTS ON EATING DISORDERS Members of the media may have initially got it wrong, but their keen interest in eating disorders in the mid-80s gave rise to a series of important studies that have since permitted us to shed light on the nature of eating disorders. Some of the most crucial findings include: Z Almost 50 per cent of those suffering from eating disorders are also clinically depressed. Z The number of diagnosed cases of eating disorders in the UK increased by 15 per cent between the years 2000 and 2013. The percentage of affected males has increased by 27 per cent. Z Adolescent females aged 15 to 19 have the highest incidence of these disorders. Z The UK has the highest rate of eating disorders in Europe, with recent studies indicating that 1 in every 100 women are affected. It is estimated that between 11 and 13 million people in the UK are affected by issues that negatively affect their relationship with food. Z Eating disorders affect people of all ages, irrespective of their social backgrounds. Z More than 50 per cent of teenage females and over 30 per cent of teenage males rely on unhealthy means to control their weight; these methods include fasting, smoking cigarettes, purging, consuming laxatives and skipping meals. Z Of the 83 per cent of university-aged women who diet, 44 per cent are within their normal weight range. Z The mortality rate linked to anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than that for all the other combined causes of death for females aged 15 to 24. Z The causes of eating disorders are varied and often too difficult to identify. They include genetic factors (a 2010 study identified specific gene variants linked to the disease in some cases); difficult backgrounds (e.g. drug abuse or mental illness in the family, pressure for perfection, etc.); sexual abuse; societal pressure; stress; a tendency towards OCD, anxiety or depression; cultural factors, and more.


EATING DISORDERS Take New Victims STEPS FOR PARENTS TO TAKE Parents need to foster the value of sound nutrition in the home, asking kids to help out in preparing healthy family meals and talking about how specific nutrients are vital to everything from their memory to academic and sporting performance, mood, etc. Kids should also be aware that simply going on an extreme diet can spark anorexia, by skewing the brain’s appetite-reward system. Finally, if parents suspect their child is suffering from a disorder, they should seek professional help from a team which includes doctors, therapists and nutritionists. Above all, they should not blame themselves or anyone else in the family for what has happened; the focus should always be on unity, support and finding a way forward.

ALARMING NEW FINDINGS REGARDING EATING DISORDERS The latest studies carried out on eating disorders indicate there are three areas parents should be particularly worried about: The University of Oxford and the University of Glasgow recently published a report which concludes that males are being under-diagnosed for eating disorders, as a result of false perceptions that anorexia, bulimia, etc. are “a women’s disease”. Often, males themselves are unaware that they have a disorder, despite resorting to habits like purging, excessive calorie counting and obsessive exercising. Eating disorders are increasingly affecting younger aged children; in the UK, victims as young as five years of age are being treated in hospital for severe anorexia. Doctors are reporting an increased prevalence of non-specified eating disorders (called EDNOS or Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified); parents should therefore be watchful for any change in eating behaviour. Anorexia nervosa (extreme starvation/calorie counting) and bulimia nervosa (bingeing and purging) are the two most publicised disorders but there are many more. One newly diagnosed disorder is Binge Eating Disorder (BED), characterised by insatiable cravings and bingeing episodes (without purging), which are kept secret from others and accompanied by feelings of intense shame. e


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DEMAND FOR LACTOSE INTOLERANT BABIES AND CHILDREN GROWS IN SPAIN According to The Little One & U, an online company specialising in the sale of products for babies and children, the demand for lactose-free products for babies and children aged less than three has grown by 14 per cent over the past six months. Almost eight per cent of all babies have a food allergy or are intolerant to the proteins contained in cow’s milk; those who are affected sometimes display one or more of a myriad of symptoms, which include eczema, diarrhea, vomiting, colic, etc. Sometimes, symptoms do not appear immediately, which can make diagnosis difficult. The ingredients which are most often used as milk substitutes include lactose-free hydrolised milk and hydrolised whey protein, which offer children a plethora of essential nutrients. Goat’s milk is also rising in popularity, because it has lower levels of lactose and is often prescribed for those suffering from intolerance.

Blueberries Linked to Healthier Ageing



Blueberries are surely one of the most delicious fruits about, but a new study, published recently in the Journal of Neuroscience, has found that they may also be helpful in improving the cognitive abilities, cardiovascular health and skin of the elderly. Consume blueberries whole, pop them into your blender with some orange juice, or sprinkle them on top of your favourite cheesecake… they’ll make you feel just a tiny bit less guilty!



A new study published in the Nature Communications journal, led by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), has discovered a new mechanism which enables breast cancer cells to metastasise (invade the body) rapidly. The study focused on ‘c-Met’, a molecule found in most breast cancers that helps cancer cells move and spread. This molecule was found to switch on another molecule (the ‘Rac’ molecule), from within the cell, triggering cancer cells to move. Medication or genetics can be used to prevent c-Met from entering cancer cells or to stop Rac being triggered in the specific part of the cell which has been identified. This finding will enable scientists to formulate treatments that interfere with this mechanism. These treatment can then be used on patients who are not responding to current available therapy options.

Wine buffs around the world have long celebrated the discoveries over the past decade of the health benefits of resveratrol (a powerful polyphenol sourced from grapes and red wine). Thus far, studies have proven resveratrol to be useful in preventing skin cancer, improving insulin sensitivity, promoting heart health and more. A recent study carried out by researchers at John Hopkins University’s School of Medicine, however, has shown that resveratrol may not actually be as beneficial as we think. The study analysed information obtained from 8,000 men and women aged 65 and over who consumed naturally resveratrol-rich diets. The researchers measured the amounts of metabolised resveratrol in their urine, expecting to discover high levels of this substance in the healthiest subjects. They discovered, however, that there was no connection between resveratrol levels and rates of cancer or cardiovascular disease. According to The Harvard Health Blog, one reason may be that previous studies indicating the power of resveratrol had been conducted mainly on mice. Moreover, as Harvard Medical School Researcher, David Sinclair observed, “You would need to drink a hundred to a thousand glasses of red wine to equal the doses that improve health in mice.” Scientists are quick to point out that the findings do not mean that resveratrol is not useful; currently, however, it is difficult to identify a useful yet safe dosage for humans. Sinclair also commented that scientists are currently working on new synthetic molecules which are even more powerful than resveratrol… it is a pity, of course, that none are probably as satisfying as a glass of full-bodied red.


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HEALTH nerves and eyes. Almost 50 per cent of the body’s hyaluronic acid content is found in collagen of the skin, where it retains over 1000 times its weight in water, hydrating skin in an excellent fashion. The Vitacontrol® Athermic Laser harnesses the power of six different laser sources, which generate radiation and penetrate up to 5mm, thereby reaching deeper layers of the skin and using a special hyaluronic intercellular gel to significantly increase the production of elastin and collagen. The treatment can be used both cosmetically (to reduce the appearance of wrinkles) and medically (to treat everything from acne to eczema, scars and to treat skin following injections or surgery).



Art of Ageless Beauty Avid beauty buffs know that when it comes to noticeable, natural and long-lasting beauty, superficial treatments simply don’t do the trick. As a writer on all things to do with beauty for over a decade, it was a joy to discover a salon that approaches the subject the way it should be: from the inside-out, with a focus on treatments that encourage skin to work its way back to health by stimulating the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid: the building blocks of flexible, firm, glowing skin.


eautyworld is a salon in the very heart of San Pedro. It was founded by Zofía Behnert, an officially trained therapist with over 25 years of experience, who owned her own beauty salon in Berlin for 15 years before launching her new salon in San Pedro almost three years ago. Here, she works alongside her lovely daughter, Jearmaine, who is as serious about real beauty as her mum is. The salon is lovely – flooded with natural sunlight, ample, clean and marked by an abundance of pristine white. Clients can park at the San Pedro carpark for free as well, which is particularly useful in the height of the summer season. While Beauty World offers everything from pedicures to a full make-up service, its focus is undoubtedly medical, with star treatments including microdermabrasion, cold laser and ultrasound, and a medical podiatry service, centred on improving both the appearance and health of feet.

MICRODERMABRASION: SIMILAR TO AN INTENSIVE PEEL The reason for the popularity of microdermabrasion is that despite being so gentle, it is highly efficient at stimulating the production of collagen, the protein which exists in abundance in our youth and is responsible for taut, smooth skin. Microdermabrasion can be used to improve a host of conditions – e.g. age spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and large pores, as well as acne and associated scars. The treatment uses a minimally invasive apparatus which emits microscopic crystals to gently slough off the thick, uneven part of the epidermis. Doing so stimulates the production of new cells and accentuates the penetration of any anti-ageing products applied afterwards, to a significant degree.

THE VITACONTROL® ATHERMIC LASER VC 5001 TREATMENT: A SCALPEL-FREE WAY TO YOUTHFUL SKIN Did you know that by the age of 40, your skin produces half the hyaluronic acid it used to, and by the age of 60, your skin contains only 10 per cent of this vital compound? Hyaluronic acid is one of the foundations of great looking skin; it is a waterholding molecule that fills spaces (i.e. wrinkles) and cushions everything from our skin to our joints,


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The Ultrasound facial is a gentle treatment used to treat everything from acne to wrinkles. It involves the use of ultrasound waves, which penetrate the skin to promote collagen production, eliminate bacteria and moisturise skin. It is commonly used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and to treat age spots and sun damage. Puffy eyes, enlarged pores and dark circles under the eyes also improve dramatically with this treatment.

BEAUTYWORLD: ASSESSING AND DOCUMENTING YOUR SKIN’S PROGRESS One of the most fascinating machines at Beautyworld is the Skin Analysis Machine, which quickly and painlessly analyses your skin’s moisture and elasticity levels, as well as its pore size, depth of wrinkles and skin pigmentaion levels. Clients can use the machine to measurably track their progress following a course of treatments. The machine also allows staff to detect any deeper problems which need to be attended to by a doctor.

REVIDERM: IN LINE WITH THE BEAUTYWORLD PHILOSOPHY In addition to offering a host of treatments, Beautyworld also stocks products by Reviderm, a prestigious skincare company whose products are made from elements which are naturally present in skin. The creams and serums specifically target cellular activity, encouraging skin to regenerate in a natural manner. Cellucur is one of this company’s special lines; it is particularly useful for sensitive skin.

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SAVILLS JOINS FORCES WITH PANORAMA IN MARBELLA International real estate advisor, Savills, has formed a new association with Panorama, Marbella’s longest established estate agency. This important collaboration between the two agencies will strengthen their respective current international positions and will, at the same time, benefit buyer and seller clients from all over the world by guaranteeing them a quality property service in southern Spain. Rupert Sebag-Montefiore, head of global residential, Savills, said, “Marbella has long been a popular destination for second-home owners and we are delighted to be working with such a well-known, market leading firm as Panorama.” Christopher Clover, Panorama’s owner and Managing Director, added: “This collaboration further strengthens our brand and position as Marbella property leaders, and gives our property portfolio unrivalled international exposure. Panorama identifies with the exceptionally high level of professionalism and customer care that Savills looks for in its associated agencies. We are extremely pleased to announce our association with Savills.” g

HEALTHOUSE LAS DUNAS Healthouse Las Dunas, the new luxury health and wellness centre founded by Naturhouse, is pleased to announce that it has just opened its new wellness area, designed and equipped by Freixenet Wellness Projects. Specific areas have been built to offer clients a host of different treatments and programmes, focussed on weight loss, anti-stress, anti-ageing and detoxification. The Hydromassage area features a special Vitality Pool, as well as a swimming pool, sensation walk, salt cabin and much more. g For further information,


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MARBELLA LUXURY WEEKEND IS HERE ONCE AGAIN The fourth edition of Marbella Luxury Weekend, an event held to highlight high-end brands in Marbella, will once again be lighting up the Costa del Sol from June 5 to 8, featuring a host of events focussing on exclusive brands and services offered by over 75 companies. One of the highlights of this year’s event is a fashion show featuring top brands such as Custo Barcelona, Andrés Sardá and Bikkembergs. Gastronomy will also be big, with Dani García’s Bibo Andalusian Brasserie & Tapas offering delicious snacks to guests. Marbella Luxury Weekend will be partnering with the SOS Universal Children’s Day Foundation, holding a charity raffle featuring items donated by various luxury companies. g Tickets for the draw will be sold at various outlets in Puerto Banús.

NEW RESIDENTIAL MEDICAL CONCEPT – A MARBELLA FIRST! Adelfas Beach is not just another beautifully located, well-finished Senior Resort close to the sea. It offers all that, but also a novel residential concept featuring a full range of specialised medical and auxiliary services. Designed for residents of fifty years and over, the concept makes 24-hour medical and other health support services available without influencing clients’ independence and autonomy. Set in a privileged spot right upon the beach in Nueva Alcántara, San Pedro Alcántara, Adelfas Beach is a complex of modern homes within metres of the Mediterranean. Built to the latest specifications and fitted with high-end modern kitchens and bathrooms, it also offers 24hour security, underground parking and landscaped gardens with swimming pool, all specially adapted to individual medical needs. What’s more, Adelfas Beach offers a private spa, gym and supporting personal trainers, nutritionists, physiotherapists and nurses. g For further information, contact Residencia Estates

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The American College of Marbella Signs Agreement with Saint Louis University The American College of Marbella, the first American university in Andalucía, has recently signed a collaboration agreement with the North American University of St. Louis. The latter will allow students to begin their university career in Marbella and transfer to either of the two campuses of St. Louis University, whose main campus, in the state of Missouri, has over 13,000 students and offers more than 100 pursuable degrees. The agreement extends many advantages to students, since they will be able to commence their university studies in Marbella and adapt gradually to the American educational system and culture. Those who do not wish to transfer to the United States can finish their degree at the University’s Madrid campus. g For further information,

RTVM and the Marbella Town Hall Present Nicole King in Mi Marbella As of June 4, radio listeners have a brand new reason to switch on the dial: Mi Marbella, a radio show presented by Nicole King and catering to the English-speaking community. The show, which will be broadcast on RTV Marbella, will offer info on local laws, news, views, events and interviews. g Tune

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Virginies: New Gourmet and Table Deco Shop Opens in Elviria Bienvenue to a fantastic new addition to Marbella: Virginie’s, a new shop offering a fine selection of French products such as wines, foie grâs, mustards, aperitifs, liquor, nut specialties and table decorations. Virginie, who founded the shop, has lived in the beautiful region of Dordogne Périgord for 25 years. She has a true passion for cooking and for French ingredients and is familiar with some of the very best producers in the area (her brother-in-law produces the foie grâs stocked at the shop). The ambiance at Virginie’s is decidedly French, featuring French music, beautiful natural fragrances, lovely coloured and patterned linens, a small but precious collection of French wines and liquors and a friendly tasting of products offered by Virginie herself. g C.C.

Elviria, Local 5A, Elviria. Tel: 952 834 398.

Build Your Bed 2.0 with Jensen Beds Jensen Beds is offering you the chance to build the bed of your dreams. Their new online Build Your Bed 2.0 programme allows you to easily set up your new bedroom with your choice of Jensen beds, bed legs, mattress toppers, headboards, bedside tables and lamps. You can then print out your dream bed selection and take it to the Jensen store in Marbella, or share it online with your friends on social media. Build Your Bed 2.0 features products which can be viewed on the Jensen website, within the ‘Our beds’ section.


Radical Creativity Retreat Comes to Marbella In collaboration with author and comedian, Laurence Shorter, founder of The Lazy Guru (the world's first antiself-help movement), The Shanti Space invites you to join a unique retreat where you will learn new tools for creative empowered leadership. The retreat will be a space for creative persons of all backgrounds to explore new worlds, dive deep and find new perspectives on life and work. Guests recharge their batteries in Nature on the outskirts of Gaucín. The retreat will take place from September 11 to 17. g


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FAMESTAGE LAUNCHES IN SPAIN UK based Famestage, an established online singing competition, is about to take Spain by storm. The competition is free to enter and offers fabulous cash prizes and fantastic career opportunities. It is open to all nationalities living in Spain who want their talent to be given the right platform. Whether as individual singers, bands or groups, musicians or songwriters – everyone has an opportunity. Famestage España kicks off with the first winner being announced at the end of July. The winner(s) will be invited to perform at high profile events in Spain and a prestige event in London. Also included in the prize will be a professional photo shoot and the opportunity to record at The Famestage Media Studio in London. Similar prizes will be up for grabs throughout the year, with the grand prize being battled out for in December. g

ADIDAS OPENS NEW SHOP IN THE MIRAMAR COMMERCIAL CENTRE Adidas recently launched a new shop measuring over 260m2 at the Miramar Commercial Centre and stocking a wide range of sportswear for keen athletes. The shop is being managed by Cushman & Wakefield, a company specialising in the real estate sector. For over 25 years, it has been helping companies purchase, run and sell some of the most important commercial centres in the world. g


Forget the catwalks of London, Paris and Milan – all eyes were on Year One pupils as they strutted their stuff during a fashion show at the British School of Marbella recently. The in vogue youngsters spent the day designing and making their own clothes and accessories for the 30-minute event. Students, families and school staff then packed the school hall to watch the children show off their designs. The show was organised to get kids excited about their new topic on clothes and materials.

Protecsol Málaga, a company specialising in solar protection for windows, is pleased to announce that owing to a new programme called Sustainable Construction in Andalucía, clients can save up to 60 per cent of their budget, in an aim to promote investments centred on energy saving and renewable energies. Physical and legal entities can avail of the incentives, if they fulfil all the stipulated requirements, including being up-to-date on all tax and social security payments, and relying on the services of collaborating companies like Protecsol. g For further information,



REAL ESTATE PRICES RISING IN IBIZA German real estate firm, Engel & Völkers, is pleased to announce that its volume of sales relating to Ibiza has increased by 20 per cent. The firm, which has two shops (in Santa Eulalia and Ibiza) notes that prices in the high-end real estate sector have risen by five per cent. The average cost of homes represented by the agency amounts to some €1.1 million. German speaking clients (from Germany, Austria and parts of Switzerland) continue to represent the most significant percentage of the island’s international client base, followed by the British, Dutch and French. Buyers, whose average age is around 47, are attracted to Ibiza’s relaxed lifestyle, beautiful beaches and amazing views.


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sol gsm: don't throw away your mobile devices! Repair them instead at the fraction of the cost of a new one "Oh no, I've dropped my phone again!" - does that sound familiar? We are living in an age when high value smart phones and tablets have become commonplace in most households. Even five year-old children are using tablets these days and although they try to make mobile devices more and more resilient, accidents do happen. Whether the screen breaks, a hardware component malfunctions or the apps are playing up again, we are usually advised to replace the device rather than have it repaired. Who would have thought that a company like Sol GSM could deal with most mobile problems in under 30 minutes? Sol GSM is a new mobile device repair shop opened recently near the Quiron hospital, in the heart of Marbella. Owner and Founder, Joseph Kivader, has worked as a technician for NOKIA for decades and, indeed, in the shop he displays a private collection of every single NOKIA phone ever made (including the very first one!). His team has extensive experience in repairing software and hardware on most tablets and smartphones, including iPhones, Samsung, NOKIA, Blackberry,

LG and Motorola. Due to their large stock of original components, work can be carried out quickly and is fully guaranteed. Amongst others, they offer services such as unblocking, broken screen damage, battery diagnostics and replacement and firmware change and updates, so you can get back to enjoying your phone or tablet for a fraction of the time and cost you would invest if buying a new one. The shop also sells both new and used phones at incredibly reasonable prices; including the latest iPhones 5S and the newest all android, dual sim NOKIA X. The shop promises that if you find their products at a better price, they will refund double the difference and they offer guarantees on all work carried out by their technicians. Any purchase you make is also backed by a full warranty, even on second-hand items.

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DJ Mario Z Presents New EP Beach club fanatics will no doubt know who DJ Mario Z is. The music Producer, who has made a name for himself at some of the most exclusive beach venues in the world (including Nikki Beach Marbella (where he was resident DJ), Nasimi Beach Dubai and XL Club Dubai), is releasing his EP under the baton of French Producer, Eric Duval, of EMI Warner. The work contains a variety of music, ranging from Deep to Tech House, and is available at all major music stores worldwide.


Swans School International Sweeps the Board in Poetry Contest for Kids For the third year in a row, Swans has had the privilege of having winners and finalists in the 18th edition of the prestigious Poets of ’27 contest, organised by the City of Málaga, as part of the Municipal Development Reading Plan. This year, five of the sixteen poems selected from the whole of Málaga province, were written by Swans students. Andrea Henderson de la Fuente in Year 9 and Teresa Urbano Tortosa in Year 7 won first and third prizes in their respective age groups, while three of the other finalists (Alejandra Cortés-Funes, Lucía Gómez Osuna and Amaya Crichton-Smith) are also Swans students. The poems have been published in a book which has been distributed to all of the schools and libraries in the province. g

Spence Clarke & Co. Holds Sixth Annual Charity Golf Tournament If you love golf and you’d like to do your share to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association in the UK, why not sign up for Spence Clarke & Co’s sixth annual charity golf tournament, which will be taking place on Saturday, June 21, at the Finca Cortesín Hotel, Golf and Spa? The format will be a Texas Scramble, with teams of four. The entry cost of €149 per player will include a shared buggy and delicious buffet lunch with beer and softdrinks. There will also be a non-players’ buffet for €49, which will include a €10 donation to the charity. g To sign up

for the competition, please contact event organisers, Mark or Annalisa on, or call Tel: 952 834 642.

Cush’n Shade is Back! Cush’n Shade, the portable sunshade complete with a cushion pillow, featured on Dragons Den, will now be globally available following the acquisition of the online sales rights by is initially launching with the full Cush’n Shade range but intends to expand the collection with eco-friendly sun and holiday products. Created in 2006, Cush’n Shade is designed to enhance the sun tanning experience as a personal, foldable and portable sunshade. It comes in a variety of colours, attaches to almost any sun lounger chair and is designed to work equally well lying flat on a sandy beach. It also features a unique patented ratcheting system, which enables simple adjustment for all-day shade. Its use of light weight materials means it is only 800 grams and can be bought for €36,50 on g

20th Cudeca Golf Cup Takes Place at La Cala Resort The Cudeca Golf Cup is always one of the most awaited events of the year, since it combines sporting fun and fundraising. The Cup, now in its 20th year, was held at La Cala Golf Resort’s beautiful Campo Asia, where competitors battled it out in an individual Stableford competition. After the game, a raffle draw and auction took place, and a delicious lunch was enjoyed by all. g


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AXIS: A New Take on Stunning Sail Shade Design With AXIS, SunSquare has taken another bold step on their creative journey. Rather than simply repeating past successes, SunSquare reveals a new side – a fourth side to be exact. AXIS expands on the triangular forms of the original sails to offer a quadratic shading system. Tip Top Spain, S.L. is the exclusive dealer for SunSquare. .g Tel: 661 030


El Gecko Hotel Reopens Under New Management El Gecko Hotel, a river and mountainside retreat offering peace, gourmet wines and fine dining in Cortes de la Frontera, is now being managed by Sarah O’ Mahony and Chef, Greg Wroblewski. El Gecko Hotel is a mere one hour’s drive from the coast, in the perfect location for visitors, expats and residents alike to explore Andalucía. The Hotel prides itself on personal, individual and attentive service. It has five en-suite bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and exposed timbers, free Wi-Fi, views of the river and mountains plus tea and coffee making facilities. g

BM WAGEN Opens in San Pedro New repair specialist for BMW, MINI and RollsRoyce vehicles, BM WAGEN, recently opened in San Pedro, offering a low-price alternative for the servicing of these marques. Highly skilled mechanics are able to service your car in many ways, providing diagnostics, repairs, maintenance, substitution of tyres, accessory installation, etc. In addition to highly competitive rates, the company also offers check-ups of vehicles according to BMW/MINI recommendations every 60,000km or four years, free of charge, until the end of 2014.

g C/ Eslovaquia 34, Industrial Park of San Pedro de Alcántara (near the ITV centre). Tel: 951 216 537/ 693 850 368.

Cape Reed Engages in Exciting New Business Venture in the United States Cape Reed has just engaged itself as a global company in an exciting new business venture in the United States by opening a representative office in Miami, Florida. According to Louis van der Vyver, Group Managing Director, the decision to establish an office in Florida forms part of the generic global expansion of Cape Reed. He says the lifestyle product that Cape Reed offers fits equally well into the Florida scenario as it does on the Costa del Sol. The Cape Reed USA team has already approached potential commercial and residential clients and there is an overwhelming interest in the unique design, product quality and craftsmanship that Cape Reed specialises in. Cape Reed’s Designers and Engineers have also enhanced the standard design features of the Cape Reed construction to make it hurricane proof, which is a first for this kind of structure. Cape Reed will host an exhibition at the forthcoming Fort Lauderdale Home Design and Remodelling Show, from May 30 to June 1. Pictured here is one of the exciting new structures that the Cape Reed USA team recently presented to a potential commercial client. g


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THE PRO finance

None of us like to think about the day we will shuffle off this mortal coil, or how our loved ones will cope after we have gone. However it is important to spend a little time now to make life easier for our family when they inherit our assets, and protect them from costs and taxes where possible.


any people leave it too late, so it is best to explore your options today, to get it sorted and give you all peace of mind for the future. Writing a Will is not the only step. You need to establish all the facts relating to the distribution of your assets, and look for the most advantageous structures to hold them in. British expatriates need to understand both the Spanish and UK regulations and taxes, and how they interact. You may have assets in both countries, and have heirs in a different country to the assets. Complex family situations need particular consideration. Or you may have concerns about how well your heirs will handle their inheritance. You need specialist advice on how best to structure your estate so it is distributed, and your heirs looked after, just as you wish.

WILLS A UK Will may be effective in Spain, but must go through the probate process in the UK, after which it needs to be translated, notarised and go through probate in Spain, which makes for a long and costly process. It is advisable to prepare a Spanish Will relating to your local assets to smooth the legal process. Make sure it does not revoke your UK Will, or be at odds with it, which could cause delays and disputes.

INHERITANCE TAXES AND PROBATE You also to plan for Spanish succession tax, which applies to Spanish situated assets and worldwide assets passing to Spanish residents. Spouses are liable to this tax. The person receiving the assets is liable to pay the tax and the rates applied depend on various factors. Rates and allowances


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can be varied by the Autonomous Community, so you need to understand if the state or regional rules apply to you. Many British expatriates remain UK domiciled, regardless of living in Spain for years. This means your worldwide estate must go through probate in the UK and be assessed for UK inheritance tax. This tax is due, at 40 per cent, on the part of your estate valued at over £325,000 (possibly £650,000 for a couple). You should seek specialist advice now to establish what you can do to lower or avoid the tax liabilities for your heirs, and if there are structures available which would avoid the need for probate for some assets.

PENSIONS When you sign up to pension schemes, you are generally asked to fill in an ‘Expression of Wish’ form, which outlines how you wish your pension assets to be distributed on your death. It is important to update these forms as your circumstances change. There has been a rise in the number of disputes over payment. Where paperwork is out of date, for example if you have re-married, it can be hard for the trustees to establish what your final intentions were. You should also include your pensions in your Will, to avoid any doubt.

BANK ACCOUNTS AND INVESTMENTS Ask your bank managers and investment advisers what happens to your accounts and funds, including joint ones, when you die. If accounts are frozen until probate is received, it could make life complicated for your surviving spouse if they need the money or have pension income paid into it. With respect to investments, depending on the type of investment and how you hold them, you may be able to fill in a beneficiary form, where the investments are easily passed on to your chosen beneficiaries, often bypassing probate. Again, keep your form up to date, especially if circumstances change. The most important piece of advice I can give is to take specialist advice on all these issues, since getting it wrong could have consequences for your heirs. Build up a good, long-term relationship with your wealth manager. They will be aware of your situation and intentions, and be able to continue advising your family after you are gone, providing peace of mind as well as continuity of service. Tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; an individual should take personalised advice.

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La revista danesa en España / Det danske magasin i Spanien


NORSKE Det norske månedsmagasinet på Costa del Sol




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.


Januari 2013

Sesong i Sierra Nevada

• Interviews • Nyheder • Bolig • Finans • Udflugter • Sport • Fakta • Kultur • Profiler • Politik • Mode • Helse

Kuriøse fiestas año 2013


Fler och fler upptäcker kustens kanske hälsosammaste marknad


El Escorial tronar på minnen om makt och historia.


Trike – trehjulingar för vuxna.


Läs ett vykort från Aten.


Lennart Lundquist är mannen bakom Internetsidorna Svenskar i Spanien.


Det nya året inleds med stora rabatter.

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Pink Floyd, probably the most iconic group of the 1960s, influenced musicians all around the world with tracks like Dark Side of the Moon, The Great Gig in the Sky, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Wish You Were Here. One of those musicians was Andy Claridge, then living in England and now a long-time resident on the Costa del Sol. He remembers hearing Floyd for the first time and what a powerful influence it had on his career as a young musician. Those lucky enough to have heard Andy play will know he is a very accomplished saxophonist as well as being a guitarist, pianist and singer. Andy and Steve: Pink Floyd Tribute


Tribute Concert in the Mijas Auditorium


n 1990, after he had toured with Squeeze and worked on studio recordings with Phil Collins, Andy had the idea of producing his own Pink Floyd show as a tribute to his favourite band. In the beginning it was a one-man band show, but it quickly grew and as Andy added more tracks he needed other musicians and a female singer to perform them. Both the musical content and visual effects have grown over the years and, in 2008, when Andy teamed up with Steve Nelson (another highly respected musician living on the Costa del Sol), the show was developed even more. Both being singer/ musicians made it easier for Andy and Steve to select more tracks for the show, and as it developed work began on making the whole performance linked to videos, just like Pink Floyd’s concerts. Of course the videos had to be round so as to conform to the unique circular screen that takes centre stage, and that in itself was a challenge. Andy and Steve played selected venues during the following six years, each performance attracting more ‘Floyd’ fans as they heard about it by word of mouth, and through the ‘new’ social media channels. Some venues not able to cope with the numbers

meant Andy and Steve had to look to bigger places, and they have performed at ‘Le Chic’ in the Mijas racecourse and in the Salon Varietes in Fuengirola, to full houses each time. The show again needed to include a drummer and female vocalist (The Great Gig in the Sky), original videos were projected on the ‘Floyd style’ circular screen, the famous Division Bell Faces, the Hammers and of course – laser lighting all adding to the overall production. Word spread far and wide, and earlier this year Andy was approached by a promoter who offered the show a 16 concert tour of Northern Europe in August 2014, starting at the famous Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. Andy and Steve have yet again augmented the production for this tour, with more Pink Floyd songs and even more spectacular lighting effects. This show, from the first note to the end lasts over 2½ hours! The music and videos start 10 minutes before the band appears on stage, gradually building the atmosphere. After the first part there is a short interval but the music and videos don’t stop, keeping the audience’s attention. Even after the actual concert is finished the music continues and those who enjoy classic

progressive rock have an hour to mingle, and maybe chat to the band. “They simply refused to leave. The houselights were up, and the ushers were counting the minutes before they could knock off for the night. But even after three full hours of lasers in the face, trippy sound-in-theround, brain-frying special effects and all those FM-radio classics – One Of These Days, Time, Us And Them, Welcome To The Machine, Comfortably Numb – the 15,000 kids in the Montreal Forum would not budge. For nearly twenty minutes, they stood at their seats, screaming themselves hoarse, determined not to move an inch until Pink Floyd came back onstage.” – Rolling Stone review, November 19, 1987. Andy and Steve with their band will be performing this new ‘European Tour’ show at a special open-air concert in the Mijas auditorium on Friday, June 27, 2014. This unique venue, at the top of the Mijas pueblo (next to the plaza de toros), will provide an atmospheric setting for this special concert, and anyone wanting to experience the magic of Pink Floyd’s music, performed by talented musicians with dazzling visual effects should not miss it.

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Ocean Club White and Silver Party Marbella’s coolest beachside venue, Ocean Club, heralded the arrival of summer with their legendary White and Silver Party. The who’s who of Marbella sipped on Champagne, danced the night away to DJs & live music and enjoyed a knockout display of fireworks. Gastronomes will be excited to hear that Head Chef, Stephane Bruylant, has expanded the menu to include a host of international dishes that will whet the appetite and inspire guests to make their visit to Ocean Club an all-day affair!

“There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” ― Sarah Kay


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Fairway+Blue Puerto Banús Launch Fairway+Blue, a store offering anything and everything you could possibly need to excel at the game of golf, recently held its official launch, which was attended by dignitaries, members of the press and golf enthusiasts, who marvelled at the wide array of golf clothing, shoes and equipment.

“A passion, an obsession, a romance, a nice acquaintanceship with trees, sand and water.” — Anonymous


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Inauguration Day for the Marbella International University Centre The New Marbella International University Centre (MIUC) celebrated its launch with an open day and cocktail party at its campus, situated at the Finca el Pinillo. MIUC offers a new kind of learning experience based on advanced curriculum, cutting-edge technology and a unique living environment. Emphasising the link between education and lifestyle in the modern world, MIUC prides itself on dynamic Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes taught in English or Spanish, combining interactive teaching practice with state-of-theart facilities and personalised student services.

“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” – Leonardo Da Vinci


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Swedish School of Marbella Inaugurates New Premises

Owing to its ever-expanding list of alumni, the Swedish School of Marbella has moved to bigger and better premises at the Vasari Commercial Centre in Nueva Andalucía. Now in its 13th year, the Swedish School, which is licensed and approved by the Swedish Ministry of Education, offers schooling to children aged three to 12. At the launch, attended by the Mayor of Marbella, guests enjoyed drinks and tapas, while kids revelled in a fun bouncy castle.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Rio scenery at night


ootball’s World Cup returns to Brazil for the first time since the legendary Brazil-Uruguay final of 1950, which attracted a record 205,000 people to Maracanã. This time round, a shiny new Maracanã Stadium will be hosting ‘just’ 80,000 spectators, and Brazilians hope the outcome will be different too (Uruguay won that year), but one thing that hasn’t changed is the Brazilian capacity for fun, so expect it to be a party on a massive scale. The image of Brazil is unavoidably associated with football, yes, but also with sun, summer, samba and that uniquely tropical sense of seductive fun. Brazilians are, at heart, an easygoing people who like to smile, love to dance and would be serious contenders for the world cup title in partying. Most of the time they need little more than the blue seas, white beaches, sunny skies and rhythmic beats that their country is so famous for, to create what the rest


of us would call a rave but what is a pretty regular occurrence here. While it applies to most of the country, this iconic picture of Brazil is one formed above all in Rio de Janeiro, to the extent that few of us are able to properly separate a mental picture of Brazil from that of its swinging beachside metropolis. Those following their teams through the World Cup will have a unique chance to experience just how vast and varied this country really is.

Samba Capital: Rio If it makes sense to start at the beginning, then Rio is the logical point of departure. Spread around the simply stunning Guanabara Bay, the city ranks among the world’s classic sights, with the statue of Cristo Rei (Christ the Redeemer) atop Corcovado Mountain towering over the city, the bay and the cable car that

makes its way across to the equally iconic Sugarloaf (Pão de Açúcar) Mountain. Together with the broad seaside avenue fronting famous beaches such as Ipanema, Copacabana and Leblon, these are the sights that define Brazil to the rest of the world. Add some pretty garotas in tiny bikinis, beach football or volleyball matches in full swing, surfers riding the waves and the sultry sounds of Bossa Nova, and you’re in Brazilian heaven. OK, even Brazil has not escaped the global spread of pre-packaged hip-hop and there are favela shantytowns on many of the hillsides, but the quintessential concept of Brazil as a happy-go-lucky country is still very valid – especially if sun, dancing and caipirinha are on hand. The samba capital of the world will most notably warm up to matches of the home team, with the entire tournament culminating in the final at Maracana stadium, itself a tourist destination,

Cable car to the top of Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf)

This summer the World Cup tour reaches Brazil – not just a classic nation within the football constellation itself, but also an amazingly scenic, varied and lively country with true tropical swagger and seduction.

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but when not watching football or partying with bronzed bodies on the beach you could also visit the impressive Sambódromo. Rio’s riotous carnival may be in February, but visiting the permanent parade avenue lined with huge stands, brings the glitz and glitter of the event to life. Football fans will also recognise the names of suburbs such as Flamengo and Botafogo, which run southwards along a succession of stunning beaches, while Fluminense on the north side isn’t far from one of the world’s largest urban forests, the Tijuca Park. Lovers of natural beauty will also enjoy the peace and serenity of the Quinta da Boa Vista, at whose centre stands the National Museum and former imperial palace. Even those who enjoy architecture will have plenty to admire, as this is the home of such venerated architectural masters as Oscar Niemeyer. Head across Guanabara Bay on the Rio-Niterói Bridge and visit his iconic Niterói Museum of Contemporary Art – the views back across to Rio will provide an enduring memory of your visit.

Niemeyer’s evocative take on a modern cathedral

The Oscar Niemeyer Museum, designed by the man himself in Curitiba

Historic Capital: Salvador The iconic Hotel Unique in São Paulo

BRIC Capital: São Paulo Just to prove that Brazil isn’t all about frolicking in the sun, São Paulo is the country’s industrial and commercial powerhouse. As a result, this huge metropolis is rather more businesslike than Rio, and Avenida Paulista in its huge high-rise centre is the home seat of many of the country’s biggest corporations. In addition to industry and commerce, São Paulo is also a lively cultural city, hosting its own international fashion week and art biennial, the Brazilian Grand Prix, many a trade show and, of course, the world’s biggest gay pride parade. Among the avenues lined with modern skyscrapers you will also find classic architecture, parks and a great many museums – including Ipiranga Museum set within expansive classical gardens – but one of the great experiences to be had in this city must be enjoying typical urban pleasures such as luxury hotels (like Unique Hotel), restaurants, cafés, shopping, spas and nightlife with a Brazilian twist. Home to some


of the country’s most famous football clubs, São Paulo’s Arena Corinthians stadium is the one given the honour of hosting the opening match of the World Cup between Brazil and Croatia. It will also be the venue of England-Uruguay and the semifinals, but when not watching the games live at this new state-of-the-art stadium you can head out of the city and into hill country that holds national parks and historic little towns resplendent in their Portuguese colonial architecture. Venture just a little further and you come to a beautiful coastline dotted with little island resorts of the Ilhabela archipelago, where a laid-back tourist scene centres upon sailing, scuba diving, sunbathing, natural beauty and, you guessed it, beach parties.

The original inhabitants of the Manaus region

Known officially as Salvador da Bahia, this large city is the main urban centre on the central eastern coast of Brazil, a region known as the Costa do Descobrimento, as it was from here that the Portuguese first began to colonise what would ultimately grow into a colony the size of mainland USA. The fact that Salvador was the first colonial capital of the Portuguese in Brazil is reflected in the Pelourinho, the historic town centre with its colourful 17th and 18th century buildings. Though deriving from the connection with Portugal, the bright pastel colours have also earned the city the nickname ‘Black Rome’, as it lies within the mostly African-Brazilian northern belt of the country. As a result, Salvador is rich in customs and traditions with a strong African flavour, as seen in the song, dance, capoeira, seafood-based

Some of the best city beaches in the world

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Cityscape of São Paulo

The Botanical Gardens of Curitiba

cuisine and pseudo-Christian practices tinged with Voodoo. Popular with tourists for its historic quarter and colourful culture, Salvador is also a modern seaside city overlooking a very pretty bay and long, sandy beaches. The view is particularly impressive from the Elevador Lacerda, a 72-metre high lift that connects the upper and lower town areas. The city’s brand new Arena Fonte Nova will play host to Spain-Holland and Germany-Portugal, as well as a quarter final, while many a fan will do as the German team and set up camp in ‘nearby’ Porto Segura. Just a few hundred kilometres away (this is a huge country), Porto Segura is a popular resort area complete with beaches, marinas, golf courses, water sports, nature, a historic town centre and that famous Brazilian summer vibe.

Tropical Capital: Recife Further north into the tropical zone, Recife is another large seaside city whose meeting of rivers flowing into the Atlantic Ocean has earned it the nickname ‘Brazilian Venice’. Modern and highrise, it is another success story of the Brazilian economic re-awakening, blending contemporary glass skyscrapers with elegant classical buildings that relate to an earlier period of growth and prosperity. Old Recife is therefore charming and pretty, new Recife impressive and dynamic, while the long sandy beaches and nearby resorts offer typical laid-back good times. The cuisine of the region reflects its many cultural influences, combining local resources of fish, seafood and tropical fruit with African and European traditions. There’s lots to see and do, not least of which the World Cup, which brings highprofile games such as Germany-US to the newly finished Arena Pernambuco. Modern, pretty and rather European in ambience, the stadium will draw people away from their beachside pleasures just long enough to indulge in that other great Brazilian passion: futebol.


Modern high-rise meets historic colour in Recife

The Pelourinho, Salvador’s historic centre

Surf Capital: Natal It may be named for Christmas, but Natal is very much a tropical seaside city with a focus on summer, beaches and water sports. An important trading post fought over between the Portuguese and the Dutch, it has its share of charming historical buildings, castles and museums, but also the typical New World scenery of broad avenues separating tall office towers. The seaside, however, is never far away, and tourism both national and international has become the main industry of the region. The raw material it trades upon is an endless succession of tropical beaches, azure waters, bays, coves and huge dune formations such as those at Genipabu. The beach resorts range from quaint to hippy, hippy chic and also luxurious, but above all it is an area popular with surfers, kite surfers and those who come to soak up the free-spirited atmosphere and drive along the beach in buggies. It’s a perfect antidote to the tensions of watching Italy versus Uruguay at the aptly named new Arena das Dunas. Northern Brazil has strong African ties

Brazilian Costa: Fortaleza Not far from Natal and also a tourist favourite famed for its beaches, tropical waters and surf scene, Fortaleza is another Brazilian combination of history and modernity set upon a coastline of endless beaches. When relaxing, you can head out to the modern resorts just north of here, kite-surf at Cumbuco or enjoy a real tropical sunset at Mucuripe. The interior offers tropical splendour complete with waterfalls and plantations, but if you don’t want to venture too far from the action at the Estadio Castelão, where Brazil meet Mexico and one of the quarter finals is played, then the city offers lots to enjoy as well. This includes a huge beach park complex just outside the city, extensive urban beaches and parks, a historic centre with traditional market, scuba diving within the Pedra da Risca do Meio State Marine Park – where you can marvel at the tropical underwater world – watch displays of Capoeira martial arts or visit the fortifications the city derives its name from. Having reached the northernmost coastal setting on the World Cup map, the only place more tropical than this is the capital of the Amazon itself, Manaus.

Jungle Capital: Manaus It seems hard to imagine, but Italy and England will be facing each other in the midst of the Amazon jungle on June 14th. The venue will be the impressive Arena da Amazônia, a modern part of the improbable metropolitan city of Manaus. With its two million inhabitants and high-rise central business district, it is undeniably the capital of the Amazon region, yet Manaus is also called ‘Paris in the jungle’ because of its collection of elegant classical buildings set upon imposing boulevards or within stately

Brazil’s National Congress building

parks. This period, which produced such impressive edifices as the opera house (Teatro Amazonas), was the product of the riches brought by the rubber boom of the late 19th century. Since then, Manaus has become a sprawling metropolis complete with office towers, motorways and shopping malls – all set within a somewhat surreal location on the banks of the Amazon River. Fanning out in all directions is the world’s greatest jungle, making excursions along the mighty river and into the tropical rainforest possible. Those England fans dedicated enough to follow their team into the Amazon region will be rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Ponta Negra beach with buildings in Natal city

Planned Capital: Brasilia Brazil’s capital had for a long time been Rio when, inspired by America’s Washington DC, Brazil’s authorities decided to create a planned capital deep within its vast territory. A serious attempt at decentralisation and wresting some of the economic and political focus away from the populous southeastern part of the country, Brasilia was an ambitious project on a massive scale. The idea had originated as early as 1827, but it was under President Juscelino Kubitschek that it was set in motion and Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer were allowed to plan and design a new utopian city. Today Brasilia is a living, breathing city of over three million people. Its broad avenues and parks are very broad and expansive indeed, creating perhaps not the utopian environment originally envisaged but a very spacious city nonetheless. What makes Brasilia so appealing to visitors is a long catalogue of fascinating Modernist buildings that have flowed from the drawing board of Niemeyer and now ranks among the world’s greatest modern architectural classics. Let’s hope the same can be said of Brazil’s home matches at the Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha.

Innovation Capital: Curitiba Located a little south of São Paulo, Curitiba is another city that enjoys a global architectural reputation. Though unlike Brasilia, not conceived from scratch, it was growing so fast by the middle of the 20th century that French city planners were hired to help create a plan that would accommodate future expansion. The result is a city with an ongoing love affair with town planning that is not only one of Brazil’s most orderly and well-functioning metropolises, but also one of its most pleasant.


Parks, lakes and pleasant residential areas abound in a city with the typical Brazilian high-rise centre but also an innovative public transport system that has inspired urban solutions across the world. Here modern architecture blends with historic charm and soothing greenery in a city with a largely European population moulded by years of Italian, Polish, Ukrainian and German immigration. The cultural and gastronomic scene therefore will be surprisingly familiar to those who come to watch Spain play Australia at the Arena da Baixada.

European Capital: Porto Alegre Porto Alegre, situated on the huge lagoon-like Lake Patos, is another Brazilian city with a largely European feel. Its cultural and gastronomic offering reflects a strong Portuguese, Italian, German, French, Spanish and Eastern European influence, while it is also one of the main economic centres of the country. Porto Alegre’s moderate climate is notably less tropical and more in line with that of nearby Uruguay and Argentina, as are the large cattle ranches in the region. This part of Brazil even has its own ‘Gauchos’, locally known as Laçadors. One of the most advanced and progressive cities in Brazil when it comes to technology as well as environmental and social issues, the city offers parks, museums, classic European style architecture as well as a lively nightlife scene. Pretty beach resorts and nearby highlands, complete with local Italian and German communities that make you believe you have somehow been transported to the Alps. As far as the football is concerned, France will play Honduras and Argentina will almost play a home match here against Nigeria, in what is the most European of all the venues of the 2014 World Cup, making the transition back home that much easier. e

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The Aqua Dunk water slide

It’s noon, an unlikely time for a dance, but I have turned up because my grandson said this was where we had to be. When the music begins, characters in costumes appear and we are swept on to the floor. A moment later, I realise I am dancing with Goofy. It is none other.

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ooking back, it was one of many crazy, fun-filled activities on the Disney Fantasy, a ship designed to bring the kid out in everyone. It is the newest of four, a whopping 130,000 tons and with a capacity of 4,000, plus 1,450 cast and crew members. But this is not big ship brash, nothing like many of the mega-ships cluttering up the Med. This is a beauty, a quality ship with grand décor recalling 1930s nautical elegance. Of course it’s not just for the kids. It’s for the whole family, grandparents included, who are often the ones flourishing the chequebook. Disney calls it multi-generational travel, and it is a wonderful way to get all the family together, quite often at Orlando, Florida. This is the location of Disneyworld (Disneyland is in California), home to the Magic Kingdom – and three cracking golf courses, for many years home to an annual PGA event. Smart travellers will gather here, then take a private shuttle to nearby Port Canaveral on the coast to board the vessels. We did a seven-


day Caribbean cruise taking in San Juan, St Thomas and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. It all starts with the Captain blowing the ship’s whistle, which rather than the usual deep grunt, plays When You Wish Upon a Star. That brings a smile to everyone’s face; Disney’s magic spell has been cast. Disney Fantasy is an amazing ship with something for everyone, Of course the main thing is giving the kids the time of their lives, and boy does it do a good job. First and foremost are the characters – Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy and the gang are all over the ship, with scheduled appearances for close-up contact and photographs. Nor do you have to make appointments – you just show up with the kids, whose reaction is total awe. It has to be seen to be believed.

Disney cruises tap into the wonder of childhood


Cruising with

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The Oceaneer Club for children


Entertainment is guaranteed on a Disney cruise

All aboard the Disney Fantasy

Dining is themed at Disney

The Aqua Dunk water slide


So has the top of the ship, deck 12. This is an outdoor paradise of water and fun, starting with the Aqua Dunk, an exciting, transparent tube water coaster that transports occupants on an exhilarating journey off the side of the ship, through the forward funnel and down four decks into a splash landing. Nearby are water play areas with pop jets, geysers and bubblers, the kind of place with water everywhere for little kids to run around safely, and do it all day! There’s a main pool, a children’s pool, and believe it or not, an adults only pool located in an area that is off limits to kids. All kids who enter are taken below, flogged and sold as slaves. Just joking. Fact is the kids have everything laid on, starting with a nursery providing care for little ones three months to three years. Then there’s the Oceaneer Club, a children’s activity centre where younger kids dress up as their favourite princess or hero, play computer games and enjoy a vast array of supervised themed activities. Anyone for the Muppets’ Adventure Game? Or hang out at the Edge, a tweens-exclusive space, a hip hotspot where kids ages 11 through 14 can watch television, listen to music, play videogames, surf the Internet, partake in various activities and make new friends. The Vibe is for older teens, plus the D Lounge where kids and their parents can have fun. With all that going on, hunger sets in, and Disney Fantasy has a novel approach to dining. Each family is assigned to one of three themed dining rooms each night, and they move from one to the other with the same seating arrangements and the same waiters. So, no need to tell your server a second time that young Johnny does not like onions.

The Buena Vista cinematic theatre

Chilling out at the spa

A father and son honing their golf skills on deck Nobody does fireworks like Disney

If parents want a break they have the choice of an Italian or a French restaurant that are off limits to kids. And Disney is good at keeping its word, not like Club Med where I have seen shock and outrage at a stroller taken into a supposedly adults only restaurant. An over-reaction? Not really when you consider that many of the others had paid steeply for baby sitters to get a kids-free evening. Disney does everything very professionally, and that goes for the shows on board, as good as you will see anywhere on shore. The Walt Disney Theatre takes one’s breath away, a lavish live-performance venue that recalls the grandeur of the dashing theatre palaces of yesteryear, providing a dramatic setting for original, Broadway-style Disney live shows, as well as first-run and digital 3-D films. Then there’s the Buena Vista Theatre, a chic cinema that screens first-run movies and digital 3-D films, and features plush stadium-style seats, a giant movie screen and advanced projection with Dolby sound. Adults can drift from an Irish pub to the Tube disco, which has an illuminated Union Jack on the floor, to the Ooh La La lounge and nightclub. For the morning after there’s the spa, a gym and Goofy’s Sports Centre, which has virtual sports such as golf. That’s what was on our minds as we docked at St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. Known as a duty-free shopping haven, it also has good beaches – and a wonderful golf course, Mahogany Run. Delightfully challenging and scenic, Mahogany Run is rightly famous for its Devil’s Triangle which includes a par-3 high over a rocky inlet.


The Vibe Club for older teens

The Quiet Cove pool, for adults only The breathtaking Walt Disney Theatre

Shooting hoops on Goofy’s Sports Deck

The beautiful Castaway Cay


Clubs and shoes can be rented, and well-prepared visitors bring a dozen experienced golf balls to deal with the water hazards. That was a great day, but more was to come – Castaway Cay. Disney’s private island is the kind of place pirates of old would have hidden away, but I doubt if all their pieces of eight would have bought the infrastructure Disney has built in here. First there is a big dock, then there are roads, a transport system, and 20 cabanas. You have to book and pay for the cabanas, but my advice is not to hesitate. Cabanas are at the water’s edge, they provide shelter from the sun, a place for kids (and seniors) to nap, and drinks can be ordered to complement the delicious buffet enjoyed by all passengers. Castaway Cay has a series of walking paths and biking trails, and it is also possible to participate in a hands-on training experience with sting rays during a 60-minute, instructor-led programme. San Juan is one of the Caribbean’s better ports of call. Columbus landed here on his second voyage and it became the Spaniards’ base for further exploration. It has a fine natural harbour and a mighty citadel, which fought off many a pirate including Sir Francis Drake. These days, its cobbled streets (the stones shipped as ballast from Spain to be replaced with gold, it was hoped, for the return voyage) lead tourists through pleasant streets not unlike the old town of Marbella. Then back to Disney Fantasy, and Goofy and the guys, ready to set off again with When You Wish Upon a Star on the whistle. Want to be a kid again? Take this cruise. e

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THE LEISURE hotel dining, they also have opulent bedroom and bathroom suites with toiletries by Bvlgari and Chopard. The jawdropping feature here, however, is a rooftop terrace reached from inside that allows you to enjoy stunning views while relaxing on its deck or reclining within a Jacuzzi. The pinnacle of what the Senator Banús Spa Hotel has to offer is the Presidential Suite, a modern ode to style and comfort that includes even more luxurious bedroom suites and furnishings complete with the kind of lounge, dining area and modern open kitchen you see in the movies. Its rooftop terrace takes things a step further with its own plunge pool (with wave action) and chill-out area – offering a very retro-modern take on that ‘top-of-the-world’ feeling.


Senator Banús Spa Hotel***** MARBELLA WITH A DIFFERENCE

There’s luxury aplenty in this region, but if you want to experience a different take on Marbella then the Senator Banús Spa Hotel offers a novel environment in which to enjoy it. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SENATOR HOTELES


his five-star hotel has all the modern glamour that we’ve come to expect of a luxury resort hotel in these parts, including elegant rooms and suites, fine dining and cocktail bar options, a spa and a very inviting garden and pool area all within walking distance of a long sandy stretch of beach. What’s more, you’re close to golf clubs, restaurants, cafés, shops and the bustle of Puerto Banús, San Pedro and Marbella town – yet for all that the Senator Banús Spa Hotel is also rather unique. To start with it features wonderfully playful modern architectural lines that are fresh and pleasing to the eye. Designed by the architects Alvaro de Luna y Walter Iturmendi, with the collaboration of renowned Argentinean-born architect Ángel Taborda, the building is in itself a unique landmark visible from the coastal road. With its Modernist-inspired architecture rich in nautical themes, this stylish building appeals to lovers of design, many of whom regard it as a local modern classic in the making. Regardless of where your preferences lie, the hotel’s styling certainly gives it personality and creates a sense of occasion that is central to its concept.

A HOTEL FOR ADULTS Many will still know it as the Crowne Plaza, but recently taken over and revamped by the successful Playa Senator group, it now also has a very clear focus on providing a luxurious, stylish and modern experience designed for those of sixteen years and above. As such it caters to an important niche market of people 132 / JUNE 2014 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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who prefer to spend their precious vacation time in an environment where they can truly relax within an ambience that caters to their specific needs. In addition to stylish architecture and elegant modern décor, this also means rather grown-up accommodation with the kind of details that will especially appeal to couples. As a result this is a hotel that lends itself to languid relaxation and provides a rather romantic setting – if you count large, comfortable bedrooms, opulent marble bathrooms with step-in showers and Jacuzzi baths or indeed private terraces with fabulous views as romantic, that is. Marbella’s sea views are much vaunted, but I don’t think they get much better than this – looking over semitropical gardens and a canopy of unspoiled coastal pine to a wide expanse of Mediterranean blue. There is no high-rise in the way, no unsightly buildings to break the spell, and the view – and rooms – keep getting better the higher up you go. The first three floors are therefore dedicated to the double rooms, which offer a spacious, bed, bathroom, lounge and terrace combination with stylish contemporary furnishing. Step up a level and you come to the similarly fitted junior suites, which also include a large living and dining area and bigger terrace, while the top floor is reserved for the twostorey penthouse suites that look more like a svelte city pad than hotel accommodation. Featuring a spacious panoramic living and dining room with double-height ceilings and large glass frontage that leads on to a wraparound terrace ideal for relaxing and outdoor

On ground level everything is built around providing enjoyment, both relaxing and active in nature. The spacious lounge area borders a stylish cocktail bar, which in itself forms an ideal place to meet for a drink before setting off for the trendy little Shanghai Restaurant – all of which look out over a beautiful lawn shaded by tall palm trees flanked by a swimming pool on one side and a shallower bathing pool on the other. Breakfast and dinner is also served at L’Attitude Restaurant, which offers refined contemporary Mediterranean cuisine either indoor or out on the terrace. From here it is a few paces to the chill-out lounge where you can relax with a cocktail by day. At night it is transformed into a chilled but trendy nightlife spot that offers light refreshments, an outdoor cocktail bar, live music and events such as Champagne evenings. A short stroll in the opposite direction and you come to a spa complete with treatment rooms, hydrotherapy tubs, sauna and various steam baths, not to mention a fully fitted gym and an expansive pool both of which look out over the lawns. For those who’ve played golf, strolled to the nearby beach and beach club and are up for something totally different, the hotel organises evenings in the indoor pool where you can float around in languid luxury while sipping on Champagne – just the kind of grown-up thing that gives the Senator Banús Spa Hotel a refreshing take on staying in Marbella.

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Join us on a gastronomic journey to fine dining fusion restaurant, Momo Marbella, and local seaside jaunt, Bahia Beach, and cool down on sunny afternoons with a refreshing glass of Txakoli. See why D-Wine is raising the bar on fine wines in Marbella.


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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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Momo Marbella

World Flavours that Inspire and Excite

It takes a lot to surprise a fervent foodie. As a writer on all things gastronomic for almost 15 years, I recently discovered that the wonder of discovery does still exist, at Momo: a place which awakens the palate and pampers the senses… which is sophisticated and homey all at once, new and emotion-stirring and ever-so quaint, nestled as it is in one of the most romantic little cobblestone streets in Marbella’s Old Town. WORDs Marisa cutillas Photography ©


omo was founded just one year ago by young couple José (who completed his culinary studies in Argentina and has headed the kitchens at some of Marbella’s most popular establishments) and Katrin, who has managed many top hotels, but who classes this new project as far more satisfying than anything she has taken on in the past. “Around 80 per cent of our clients are regulars,” says Katrin, “and that enables us to build the kind of friendship with them I haven’t been able to do in my previous profession.” Momo was named after a children’s storybook about the importance of experiencing life in the great outdoors in the presence of Nature. It is a catchy name, but interestingly, also indicative of the marriage of José’s talent to the bounties of Nature. Momo is, without doubt, a fine dining restaurant where the most discerning clients from all over the world are given a gastronomic tour through exotic countries like Peru or Japan, savouring a complex blend of flavours that never mask the natural taste and texture of food. For José, the magic begins with exquisite produce – fresh, wild seafood, topgrade meat and fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Indeed, from the first mouthful, I understand why, despite the fact that it is only 7pm on my first visit to Momo, the restaurant is abuzz with diners: the quality-price ratio is excellent and so is the service. Katrin is usually the first friendly face guests

encounter. The al fresco terrace, with its flickering candlelight is beautiful, but a bonus of dining inside is that you can view the open kitchen, where José and his team work with military-like precision. Katrin tells me that few clients will leave without greeting José; it is, indeed, awe-inspiring to see the elegance and organisation with which the kitchen staff works. I mentioned above that Momo was a new experience for me, above all because of the incredibly intricate and appealing combinations present in every dish. José creates and cooks with absolute passion, ‘dreaming up dishes in his head’ and recreating them in the kitchen, quite a feat at this level of cuisine and indicative of his level of imagination. The first taste sensation I sampled were the seared scallops – buttery as you would imagine from an establishment of this calibre, yet utterly surprising owing to their blend of world flavours (they were topped with a soul-soothing coriander and tarragon crust, and served with a Chardonnay Cajun sauce and a brunoise of grilled peppers). The look was as appealing as the taste, a lightning boltshaped parmesan crust slicing into the middle of the scallops and adding a touch of vertical magic. Momo has an à la carte menu, as well as daily specials and, as luck would have it, one starter on the specials menu was a dish that was no less than a knockout: a lobster tartare that manages to

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stir the emotions, with a blend of spicy, sweet and seafood flavours. The buttery lobster was blended with meticulously sliced pieces of avocado, mango and papaya, served in a lopsided bowl atop a stark black slab, streaked with a beautiful yellow sauce made of yellow pepper and cheddar cheese (a nod to Peruvian cuisine) and sprinkled with crunchy Peruvian maze. Another highlight of the meal was the butterfish tataki, a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian influences. Each tender bite bursts in the mouth with flavour, thanks to the presence of chilli, a creamy yellow pepper sauce, red onion and a delicate sprinkle of dried black olives. We washed down our meal with a fruity Albariño and were pleased to note that nearly all the wines from the extensive list can be ordered by the glass – there are selections from the new ‘it’ wine growing region, Ronda, as well as from established regions like Ribera del Duero. Wine enthusiasts will also find excellent bottles from France, Italy and even Australia! Momo is a special venue, so we definitely recommend making your meal here long and leisurely. Choose a corner table on the cobblestoned terrace and watch the sunset with a colourful cocktail in hand – we did just that, as we enjoyed a beautiful Pisco Sour, topped with frothy eggwhite and two stunningly plump cherries. For us, this was as close as we could get to perfection. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM JUNE 2014 / 135

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Calle Cervantes S/N Urbanización Costabella (exit El Rosario), Playa el Arena, Marbella 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. DJ on Weekends

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Tel: 951 70 48 84 / 678 883 295 Email:

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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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hen on the beach, the choice usually ranges between traditional chiringuito beach bars and fish restaurants on the one hand, and übertrendy beach clubs and seaside restaurants on the other. Occasionally, though, you come across a beachside venue that combines the best elements of both, and Bahia Beach is just such a place. Set upon a very peaceful and private curve of the coast at Bahia de Casares, it offers an enticing mix of contemporary décor and decking complete with a chill-out area that is kept ‘real’, so to speak, by a very authentic ambience. The natural setting of beach, sea, sky and low sandy cliffs dotted with shrubs and aloe vera, aids this pure, unadulterated beach feel, creating in the process a sense of privilege that is based on an interplay of gorgeous simplicity. Put plainly, this is a spot where you can truly relax, eat well, take your time and really drink in the sun, sea and sand, cooled by a gentle sea breeze. For those not keen on show and social sparring it is a cool restaurant and bar right by the beach where you can enjoy good service yet be yourself and allow the elements to soothe you. Popular with those in the know, it receives a constant trickle of diners, people who come to socialise with a drink or enjoy the waiter service from its beach beds, but on weekends you’d be advised to book ahead and secure a table.

PURE AND SIMPLE DONE VERY WELL Though the décor is elegant, gentle music soothes and there is even a live DJ providing surfside chill-out sounds on Sundays (Thursday to Sunday during the summer season), Bahia Beach is a place where you can enjoy pure, simple pleasures in some style. The same is true of the menu, which offers a good range of dishes including pastas, paellas and meat courses, yet is naturally primarily focused on fish. You wouldn’t expect anything less in a setting like this, where the surf breaks 20 metres away and your senses are somehow heightened by the


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intensity of the sunlight, the softness of the breeze and the saline scent of the sea. True to this, we therefore had to sample the fish and seafood on offer, opting for a classic Almejas Sauté of clams in a butter and garlic sauce sprinkled with fresh basil. Accompanied in this case by a refreshing white Luis Cañas Joven from Rueda and Principe de Viana Garnacho rosé from Navarra, this is about as good an example of pure and wonderfully simple, unadulterated food as can be. It just goes to show that complicated is not always better. Indeed, combined with a setting like this, simple dishes of this kind offer a perfection of purity as long as the ingredients are good and prepared with knowing skill. The restaurant’s manager Matias, very welcoming and friendly in a suitably easygoing way, told us that the fish and seafood are brought in fresh from the nearby market on a daily basis. This also showed in our lunchtime main courses, which featured a grilled dorada (sea bream) with large papas chips and Calamares Bahia – beautifully prepared fresh calamari with stir-fried Mediterranean vegetables and delicious homemade straw fries. Washed down with chilled water and the refreshing wine, this was a wonderful example of basic pleasures rediscovered in a deliciously relaxed ambience. Our meal was completed with a strong coffee and the daily homemade option from the dessert menu, in this case a soft, creamy Ricotta and pear cheesecake with a strawberry coulis. The soundtrack for this venue could easily be Chris Rea’s On the beach, so you can imagine it was with some force of will that we finally got up and left this peaceful and invigorating spot, agreeing that Bahia Beach is on to something good and resolving to come back again. I think you will too.


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Pan de Lux

Celebrates 5th Anniversary Established in 2009, popular Marbella eatery and master baker, Pan de Lux, recently celebrated five years of success by inviting clients, catering professionals and members of the press to a sampling of delicious breads, pastries, canapés and Cava on the terrace. Guests were presented with the company’s comprehensive B2B catalogue, which unveiled their extensive product range and smart new corporate branding. Pan de Lux is a subsidiary of The Fischer Bakeries (based in Luxembourg), which has been providing fresh baked products since 1913. Alongside the attractive café in Costabella, the company supplies a wide selection of high quality cakes, pastries and specialty breads to some of Marbella’s most discerning restaurants, bakeries and shops.

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g Avda. Archipiélago, CN 340, km 189, Marbella. Tel: 952 832 891.

Le Discret

Opens in Nueva Andalucía Celine and Mikael, owners of Rendez Vouz in Nueva Andalucía, are pleased to announce the launch of their brand new bistro/restaurant: Le Discret, located at the Los Naranjos Country Club. Celine explains, “We opened Le Discret in partnership with our regular client, Philippe. He used to come for breakfast. We would chat every day and he always expressed his desire to open a business here. When he found out the old Nerman’s locale was available, he invited us to join him in his new venture and Le Discret was born.” The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday, and will delight diners with dishes such as escargot, rack of lamb and French mussels served with fries (the latter will be offered every Friday). There will also be a wide selection of French wines and a €15 menu featuring a starter, main dish and dessert with a glass of wine or soft drink. g Avda. Del Prado, Urb. Los Naranjos Golf Club, Nueva

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Trendy Marbella eaterie, Funky Tapas, has launched its Ginspiration and Vodkamania cocktail list. Apart from serving well-known and popular cocktails, this modern cocktail bar is leading the way on the latest craze in London and Madrid. Concoctions such as Gvine’s: with lemon peel, grapes and Cardamom topped with Indian Tonic or Brockmans with red berries, orange and lemon. If Vodka is more your thing, try Mango Lassi with vanilla, vodka, amaretto, and mango juice or Goose Berry: Grey Goose, raspberry syrup and lemon juice with Ginger Ale. Funky Tapas opens everyday at 1pm until late, offering diners gastronomic tapas, an ample wine list, fabulous staff, good music and now — Funky Cocktails. g Avda. Miguel de Cervantes 20, La Campana, Nueva Andalucía,

Marbella. Tel: 952 811 590.

Andalucía. Tel: 952 929 321.

Trattoria L’Impronta

Welcomes Gastronomic Experts Since February of this year, different establishments along the Costa del Sol have been receiving a visit from the five members of the Club Gastronomía 5 Estrellas. Recently, Italian dining haven, Trattoria L’Impronta, was the fourth restaurant to welcome the culinary maestros, who were delighted with a series of dishes which included a salmon tartare with pink pepper, mushroom and truffle ravioli and gratinated scallops à la Parmigiana. The menu was designed by L’Impronta’s owner and Chef/Manager, Francisco J. Vacas, whose undeniable passion for excellent cuisine is evident in every bite. g Avda. de Salamanca 14,

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La Suite Hotel, Rio de Janeiro A delicious plate of Feijoada

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Beachside football on Ipanema Beach

Words Kevin Woodford

Kevin Woodford’s

Essential Rio

Copacabana, the hottest spot north of Havana

I would describe Rio in one word, Marmite – you’ll either love it or hate it. Whilst it is undoubtedly one of the most excitingly vibrant destinations in the world, it can be overwhelming at times.


ush mountains and tropical seas form a backdrop to world famous beaches such as Ipanema and Copacabana. This is where you can join the ‘beautiful people’ who bronze their bodies and while away their days. In the evening you are perfectly positioned to enjoy the myriad of nightlife options available, in what is without doubt the carnival capital of the world. If this is your idea of the perfect holiday, I would suggest you book into the Hotel Atlantico, which is one of Rio’s most famous and opulent hotels. But do try and book a room overlooking the Copacabana to make it extra special. However, if like me you prefer to opt in and out of all the madness, then La Suite Hotel, which is a 15-minute taxi ride away, is a better choice. This tiny, luxurious guesthouse is perched on the cliffs, in the exclusive residential area of Joatinga. With only seven stylish bedrooms, it is like having your own private, serviced villa. All rooms have either full-length windows or private balconies, making the most of spectacular ocean, mountain and city views. With two swimming pools, located in the pretty

tropical gardens, a fabulous dining terrace and excellent food, it is an intimate and relaxing retreat. Nonetheless, regardless of where you stay, as Brazil produces over one third of the world’s supply, the coffee will be outstanding. Indeed, the real treat for me is to kick off the morning with a great coffee and freshly baked pastry. The very best of these can be found in Beijo Carioca (meaning Carioca kiss), located in the lovely Copacabana shopping mall, Cassino Atlântico. There’s also a wide range of interesting local dishes that are worth trying. Feijoada is a rustic black bean, meat and sausage stew, which is truly scrumptious. However, if you want both a visual and gastronomic treat then Roberta Sudbrack’s three Michelin-starred restaurant is worth a visit. Set within one of the world’s most important botanical gardens, there’s no finer place to explore the delights of modern Brazilian cuisine. Her eight-course tasting menu changes each and every day according to what’s available in Zona Sul’s excellent food markets.

The cooking style is contemporary but relatively simple: delicately constructed plates of perfectly cooked ingredients with little embellishment. Sudbrack’s most vaunted dishes include housesmoked okra ‘caviar’ paired with lightly cooked shrimps and dourado fish with tart green corn compote. Now of you’re thinking you would like a pre dinner stroll among the fascinating flora and fauna, leave plenty of time as the gardens cover an area approximately the size of 137 football fields – enjoy! 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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Dariela’s Cake


BRINGING SUGARCRAFT DREAMS TO YOUR DOORSTEP Do you remember the feeling when, as a little child, it was your birthday and your mum would surprise you with a beautiful fondant cake, aglow with candles and flowers and bearing the inimitable aroma of chocolate, vanilla or strawberry?


alk about a déjà vu, on the day I visited Dariela’s Cake, a new haven of all things sugarcraft, where budding and professional creative bakers alike will find everything they need – from fondant to colouring, shape cutters to tools for gumpaste flowers, icing to aromas, cupcake holders, boxes, stands and cake pop tools. Dariela’s Cake is more than a store; it is every inch the new ‘baby’ of lovely couple, José María (‘Pepe) Rodríguez and his wife, Silvia Rojas, a master baker. The enterprising duo decided to combine the names of their two children (Darío and Manuela) to name their new baking academy. Dariela’s cake seeks to share Silvia’s keen passion for the beauty of creative baking with children and adults alike; fitted with cutting edge equipment, the shop is the perfect venue for children’s birthdays, workshops for parents and kids and even team building activities for stressed executives. Pepe enthuses, “It’s amazing to see children’s faces light up during birthday parties and workshops; each child takes home six cupcakes they have decorated themselves.” As he shows me examples of work created the day before, I am delighted to see everything from bright purple cakepops to cupcakes decorated in a plethora of themes, including the Cookie Monster (devouring a chocolate chip cookie), stars and flowers. Pepe and Silvia also show me pictures of parties held at Dariela’s cake and the quality that most


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stands out, is the degree of personalisation. Children can choose a birthday cake (made by Silvia) that best fits with their hobbies. Says Silvia, “Last week, a group of girls from a rhythmic gymnastics team celebrated a birthday here.” The cake? A spectacular representation of a female gymnast doing a handstand, one leg supporting an elegant Olympic hoop in the air. No less than spectacular. One of the best things about holding a party here is that the team take care of all the catering: “We offer kids the best quality milkshakes, juices, etc. Their health is important so we serve only the best brands.” Quality is, indeed, something that abounds at DaRiela’s cake; full cream cow’s butter and Belgian chocolate of the highest calibre are used as ingredients so that cakes and cupcakes taste as good as they look. As for the equipment and products in the shop itself, budding bakers and pros alike will find items by the very best names in the trade: Wilton, Satin Ice, PME and Funcake. In addition to serving as an academy, Dariela’s Cake also offers a catering service for parties, events and weddings. For a bird’s eye view of Silvia’s talent, step into the shop and view her life-size wedding dress cake: so incredibly lifelike, it is often mistaken for a real dress. One of the highlights of my visit to Dariela’s Cake was the warmth of the team; as curious customers walked in, Silvia and Pepe would offer them a cupcake, from a freshly made batch Silvia had just decorated with a homemade Baileys buttercream icing that was sophisticated and soul-soothing at once. Silvia and Pepe are so friendly it seems like I have known them for years. Yet don’t let the

laidback atmosphere confuse you; Silvia is very serious about the subject of sugarcraft, having honed her skills at prestigious establishments like CIO Mijas, the Wilton School in Madrid, and under the guiding hand of the incredibly talented Patricia Arribalzaga in Barcelona and Peggy Porschen in London. She has studied everything from fondant making to mastering the art of intricate floral decorations, which enables her to cater to the clients’ precise needs. She explains, “Clients can ask us to help them make one cake in particular (for instance a ‘stuffed toy’ cake or themed cookies or cupcakes), or they can come in for a workshop to learn how to use various decorating tips to create different effects.” Those who are not into baking and simply wish to surprise a child or loved one with a themed cake (anything from a Ferrari cake to one themed on football, fashion or pets) can approach Silvia, who will happily bake the cake of their dreams. As I left Dariela’s cake (with my own box of cupcakes for the staff), images of my own childhood danced in my head – the best memories of all, I realise, surround sugarcraft. Stepping into Dariela’s Cake is almost like coming across the edible house in Hansel and Gretel: this dreamlike haven of all things sweet is simply too good not to take a bite out of.

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Chacolí de Getaria

Getaria, founded in 1180, is in essence a medieval fishing village with a population of around 2,500 and one main road going through the middle – with Bilbao about an hour’s drive west and San Sebastián 25 minutes east. WORDS CARLOS READ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TXOMIN ETXANIZ


he old town consists of two narrow cobbled streets excellently furnished with small grocery stores, delis, cafés and the occasional bar. These veritably come to life on Saturdays and veer steeply downwards to the harbour, forming part of the San Antón headland. Down here, in addition to the high tech fishing fleet, lie some of the largest vivariums in Europe: a complex of giant indoor tanks where all

astoundingly good restaurants, perhaps most notably Kaia and Elkano, which are more than a match for the likes of award-winning Mugaritz, Arzak or Akelarre in nearby San Sebastián and a fraction of the price. Meantime, in the surrounding hills there is also a longstanding vine growing tradition; and in 1989 this saw the creation of the Chacolí de Getaria DO – or – to put it in Basque: Gertariako Txakolina; for the region

imaginable manner of shellfish are maintained very much alive and kicking in fresh salt water that is circulated directly from the sea so that buyers – whether Basque restaurateurs (who often have their own much smaller vivariums) or wholesalers – can come and take their pick. There are beaches too – either for surfing or swimming – but, most sensibly, very few hotels or pensiones, which has helped maintain the character of the place. Getaria’s most famous local worthy is Juan Sebastián Elcano – Magellan´s navigator and the first person to circumnavigate the globe; but the village is also the anchovy capital of Northern Spain and boasts half a dozen

has also long been famous for its dry, fresh, crisp, spritzy whites known as chacolí/txakoli. These are agreeably low in alcohol (usually around 11%) with a pervasive lemony bite, slight saltiness and attractive tenuous tropical overtones (papaya) but with a bracing natural acidity that is well suited to the spectacular local bream, truly unctuous and incomparable indigenous anchovies, or indeed kokotxas (a local, somewhat gelatinous speciality consisting of the throat of the hake prepared usually in salsa verde or al pil-pil). Most Txakoli is made purely from Hondarribi Zuri (the southern French Petit Courbu) and in its most aggressive form can be not just super effervescent, but acidic to the point of requiring Alka-Seltzer. Start, therefore, by trying Txomin Etxaniz. This incorporates some 15% Hondarribi Beltza, which is the black equivalent of the white/Zuri, which by virtue of less acid and

alcohol and more aroma adds fragrance and rounds out the acidity. Owned and run by the Chueca/Txueka family, foremost of whom is Ernesto, Txomin’s family vineyards are planted on a series of picturesque terraces overlooking the Atlantic – 5 minutes west of town – facing east at altitudes from just above sea level (10 metres) to 200 metres. The vintage vines here, numbering about 60, are over 100 years old and provide all their rootstock; and with local archives – discovered in the crypt of the magnificent church in the village that acted as the family’s informal cellar until around as recently as 1997 – dating the Chuecas’ winemaking activities back to 1649, they are the undisputed benchmark winery of the area. Look out too, for their bone dry ‘traditional method’ fizz Eugenia. Rosado is also now made in both still and sparkling and these can sometimes be found in El Corte Inglés. Also worth checking out, however, is relative newcomer Rezabal (established in 1996), a small family operation with equally spectacular vineyards on the humid, coastal outskirts of neighbouring Zarautz, just 5 minutes east of Getaria. Their smashing, basic style is pure Zuri with an accordingly exuberant lemony punch and again just a trace of something delicately exotic beneath (maracuyá perhaps) together with the afore-mentioned degree of natural acidity encountered nowhere else in the peninsula. Also worth trying, however, if you can find it, is their top style Arri: a much more subtle style thanks to the inclusion of some 20% of barrel-fermented red grapes. There are now two rival Chacolí DOs: Chacolí de Álava (since 2001) and Chacolí de Vizcaya (since 1994). These produce styles totally dissimilar in character to those of Getaria and in the case of Álava often on the basis of quite different grape varieties. e

Carlos Read is a a long time specialist UK importer of Spanish wines and was responsible for the Spanish section of the Hugh Johnson pocket book for many years. Brought up mainly in Scotland, with extended spells in Spain by virtue of his Spanish mother, he lives in London.


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Born out of a pure passion for the sheer nobility and enjoyment of wine, D-Wine offers a new concept in which fine wines, good food and a refined ambience play a central role.


tep into D-Wine and you think you’ve been transported to Madrid, Barcelona or maybe London or Paris. Modern in a sophisticated way, it has that big city elegance and refinement that speaks of trendy, avant-garde pleasures of the kind not always seen here. ‘But why not, Marbella deserves a place such as this’ thought its creator, and driven by a true passion for the noble world of wine it is exactly what he went on to create. Being rather new in concept, D-Wine defies very standardised descriptions such as wine shop, restaurant or bar. It is all these things at once, for at the heart of this exciting new establishment on the coastal road between San Pedro Alcántara and Puerto Banús is a magnificent wine emporium that goes far beyond the term wine shop. Here you will find 3,200 different vintages – mostly Spanish and all sourced on pure merit. “For a sommelier, it doesn’t get much better than this,” states Kiko (Francisco Rios Oño), one of two highly trained and experienced professionals that have helped to create this amazing collection. “We stock bottles sourced at bodegas across the country and complimented by a small collection of top wines from France and Italy,” says Kiko, who insists the selection process took into account those wineries and vintages with an established pedigree as well as seeking out little-known ‘new talent’. The fact that they have found a

great many of these is a source of pride to him and his colleagues and, as a result, the collection of red and white wines, accompanied by many of the finest champagnes, brandies, whiskeys and dessert wines, encompasses a very broad offer of regions, grape types, taste ranges and even reputations. “You will find famous, renowned names from the world of Spanish and international wine,” says Kiko, “but also littleknown vintages from small boutique wineries or those that are still making a reputation for themselves.” As a result, there is also a wine for most budgets. Though at first you might think that the wines available in such an elegant setting are for serious collectors only, you will be surprised to find that they range from €11 all the way beyond €4.000. “We do indeed offer very special wines to collectors, as well as advising on or sourcing entire collections if required,” says Kiko, “but you can also come in and pick some good quality bottles of wine for under €20 each.” The same applies for the ability to enjoy your favourite tipple within the refined ambience of D-Wine, as it is possible to select and share a wine with friends at the lounge and bar area, or indeed ask one of the friendly staff to offer suggestions to accompany the tapas you’ve chosen or set you on the path of a new wine experience. “We very much like to see ourselves as offering a voyage through the world of wine and fine dining. Many of our clients are already

pretty knowledgeable, but one of the things they enjoy most is finding new wines and regions they hadn’t sampled yet. Given the breadth and constant evolution of this field it is a process that can keep you exploring new things for a very long time.” D-Wine is therefore also a very social place with that touch of trendy big city atmosphere about it, opening at 10am every day for breakfast, lunch, drinks and dinner. You can opt for a light snack and drink at the lounge/ bar or enjoy a fine dining experience at the restaurant, and thanks to the open-flowing layout, these three areas are distinct yet communicate with one another. Both the bar and the restaurant extend to an open terrace area with a retractable roof that makes it possible to adapt to the weather conditions. A popular feature with those who drop by to meet up with friends is the chance of sampling different wines of your choice. Just put some credit on a card and you can select the wine and amount by preference from one of the special dispenser machines, which have all the prices clearly marked. The optimal option, of course, is to combine those two great pleasures – wine and food – and experience the culinary offering at the fine dining restaurant. Here you will

find such delicacies as wood-smoked Pulpo Iberico with cylinders of stuffed potato, a fresh Burrata cheese salad, Cabrito de Málaga served with sweet carrot sauce, goats cheese cubes and lamb jus, or a traditional sea bass in salt. What’s more, with the chef being Japanese, the lunchtime sushi menu is a real treat. You can either create your own sampling or ask the sommeliers to suggest exciting wines to accompany your choices from the menu. Built around a love of wine and the many ways of savouring it, D-Wine has something for everyone – and if your budget doesn’t stretch to famous vintages dating in some cases all the way back to the 1920s, then you will be surprised to find that even among the special cabinet highlighting wines with Parker ratings of up to and near 100 points there are some very affordable options too. As with all classics, the appreciation of good wine is a matter of taste and exploration, and now Marbella has its very own emporium dedicated to the enjoyment of it. g Centro Comercial y Deportivo Azalea. CN 340 km. 173, Edificio A, Entidad D1 Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel: +34 952 814 446 / +34 951 339 309.


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

Grill del puerto

Tel: 952 888 353


Little India

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

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

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

Red Pepper



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

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

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

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

baboo lounge and restaurant

Mr. india

Old Town Grill

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

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

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



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

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

Asador guadalmina

Piratas flame grill

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

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

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

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

el rancho del puerto



Bar d’o restaurant & Lounge

Restaurante Rancho

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

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

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


The Grill House restaurant

Albert & simon

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

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

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




Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 380

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

Jaipur palace

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

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


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

Jaipur Purple Open daily for dinner. CN 340, km. 166, Estepona.

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


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


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Price guide per head for a three-course meal with wine bono’s beach Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Cervantes s/n, Urb. Costabella, Playa El Arenal, Marbella. Tel: 952 839 236

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

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

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

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

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

dani García restaurante

under €25

€25 – €40

Roque Club, CN 340, km. 127, Cádiz. Tel: 956 613 030

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

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

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


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

Cafetería ke

del mar

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

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

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

Café del mar

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

Don Leone



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

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


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

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

El lago

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

el oceano beach hotel restaurant & Spa Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 199, Miraflores Playa, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 587 550

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

Dynamic Café


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

cerrado del águila

El Bolero

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 breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Open every night for dinner from 8-11pm. The San

El Restaurante del Casino

€40 – €60

€60 plus

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

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

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

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

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

GD Gourmet deli marbella Open 9:30am to 9pm from Monday to Friday and Saturday from 12am to 6pm. Closed Sundays.


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Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 7, Marbella. Tel: 952 774 049

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

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

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

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

La Loggia

Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona. CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

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

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

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

Los naranjos restaurant

La Menorah

Magna Café

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

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

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

il mare

La Terraza

Mc café

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

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


La Terraza

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

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

LA biznaga

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

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

La Veranda

La Verandah 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 Open every day for lunch and dinner. At the

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

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

C/ Los Lirios, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 929 467

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

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

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

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

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

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

passion café


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

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

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

momo marbella

puente romano beach club

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

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


Open daily from 12pm to 3am. Avda. Manolete, esq.


PURO BEACH Open daily for lunch and dinner. Laguna Village,


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Playa El Padrón, CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 015

Istán, km 1, C.C: Le Village 15, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 046

Restaurant lounge camurí


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

Restaurante royal


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

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



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

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

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


shanti-som – amrita

Terra Sana

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

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

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

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

SMALL WORLD CAFé Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ctra.

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

under €25

€25 – €40

€40 – €60

€60 plus

Marbella. Tel: 952 772 577


The orange tree

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

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

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

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


Trocadero arena

Al Dente

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

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

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


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

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

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

Venta garcía


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

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

The Clubhouse Bar & Brasserie

villa padierna club de mar

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

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

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

The meeting room

Open daily from 10am to 7pm. C.C. Guadalmina, Local 34, Marbella. Tel: 952 886 748

Open 9am to 11pm every day except Sundays. Avda. Ricardo Soriano 1, Local 1 (Edif. Portillo),

What’s cooking deli and takeaway



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


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Da Bruno

la pappardella di estepona

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

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

Da Paolo

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

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 sul mare

dinner. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

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

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

portofino laguna village

la trattoria de marbella

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

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

Leonardo da vinci 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

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


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



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

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

Open every day except Sunday for lunch and


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

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


Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 577

SCANDINAVIAN Aloha restaurant

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

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



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

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

RestaurantE asiático Bangkok 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

under €25

€25 – €40

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

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

La Meridiana del alabardero

€40 – €60

€60 plus

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

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


PALACIO DE LA PAZ Recinto Ferial. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 589 349


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

cervecería ostrería santiago

la moraga


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

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

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

El Barlovento

La red


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

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

Plaza Ramón Martínez, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 159

La Taberna del Alabardero


La fishita 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

Restaurante La Marina

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

TEATRO ALAMEDA Calle Córdoba 9, Málaga. Tel: 952 213 412

Emancipación 30. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 474 542

VERACRUZ CINES Veracruz. Estepona. Tel: 952 800 056


Mesón el adobe

Plaza Mayor. Tel: 902 220 922

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

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


Sushi Katsura

La Torre

mi taberna

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

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

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

Marisquería La Pesquera


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

Tai Pan

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

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

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

Sushi des artistes

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

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

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

Thai Gallery Open seven days a week for dinner from 8pm. CN340, km.175, Edif. Rimesa, Bajos, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 392

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

tHapa thai

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

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


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

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

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


Aztec Country Club

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

bel air tennis and paddel club Club deL Sol Club de tenis don carlos Hotel Don Carlos, Avda. Zurita, CN340, km 192. Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

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

Club Madroñal Benahavís. Tel: 617 647 223

loving hut

Club Nueva Alcántara

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

San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 788 315


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

Lew Hoads Tennis Club


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

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

Manolo Santana Racquets Club Ctra. de Istán, Km 2. Marbella. Tel: 952 778 580

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

Casa de la era


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

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

Marbella hill tennis club

top thai

Casa Fernando


marbella playa tenIs

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Centro Plaza, 64, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 319 778

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

Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035

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


Miraflores Tennis Club

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

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


Puente Romano TEnnis club

La Cañada. Marbella. Tel: 902 333 231

Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900


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

cines gran marbella

royal tennis club marbella

Open daily from 1.30 pm for lunch and dinner. C.C.


Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 810 077

El Rosario, Marbella. Tel: 952 837 651

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

El Portalón

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


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THE GUIDE what’s on Events in June and early July Throughout June COMPUTERS – MARBELLA

Justin Menchen of Marbella Mac Solutions will be holding workshops covering a variety of topics, including Photoshop Basics, Data Management and Online Solutions, Social Media and Pages. Classes will be limited to 10 people and will either be four or 10 hours long. Tel: 666 756 692.


The THB Class Hotel **** Reserva del Higuerón presents Dualidades: a stunning exhibition of figurative art by Rodney Navarro.

Until June 22 ART – MÁLAGA

The Contemporary Art Centre of Málaga (CAC) presents five grand-scale sculptures by KAWS, one of the primary figures of the Arts & Toys movement. The artist takes icons of popular culture and adds his personal touches, which include using skis instead of eyes! KAWS is a painter, sculptor, designer and collaborator for various renowned international brands. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Until June 24 WOMEN’S WORKSHOPS – MARBELLA The Centro Cultural Cortijo Miraflores will be hosting workshops aimed at helping women start up businesses, find employment, hone their creativity, learn the basics of e-mail marketing and much more. From 10am to 12pm or from 5pm to 7pm. For further information, Tel: 952 924 120.

Until July 1 ART – MARBELLA

Viggo Rivad presents 143 original photographs at the Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo. Rivad’s photographs have been compared to cinematographic stills, owing to his interest in light and composition.


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 Monday, Wednesday and Saturday YOGA – MARBELLA

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.

(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.


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

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,

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

Enjoy Ocean Club’s legendary Champagne parties with your friends, have a splash in the pool and party like there’s no tomorrow to the sounds of excellent music.


Connoisseurs and discoverers will raise their glasses in celebration of Spain’s renowned Sherry wines in venues and online master classes, which will last for one week.

 Participants can choose to schedule one or more events to celebrate – there are no formal rules other than, the Sherry must be from the Dominations of Origin from Jerez-XérèsSherry and Manzanilla. This year, the event will coincide with Jerez’s anointed title as European Wine Capital 2014. For information on precise events,

Learn ato 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,

Every Wednesday SALSA – MARBELLA

Sunday June 1 and Sunday June 26 CHAMPAGNE PARTY – PUERTO BANÚS


Every Tuesday JIVE – 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.

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

The Palacio de Congresos de Estepona will be screening a fascinating video presentation called Westward with the Vikings, about the most authentic replica Viking ship ever built.


Every Second Tuesday of the Month JAZZ – ESTEPONA

Every First Sunday of the month OPEN DAY – MIJAS

Friday June 6 MALÚ – MÁLAGA

Malú is one of Spain’s top selling pop artists and this month, she will be singing her latest hits at the Auditorio Municipal de Málaga at 10:30pm.

Every last Friday of the Month COFFEE MORNING – ESTEPONA

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


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

Wednesday June 4 to Sunday June 8 DANCE CAMP – GRANADA Dance Camp Spain is a small, friendly dance workshop held in the beautiful Sierra Nevada. It promises five days filled with different dance and singing workshops, along with performances in the evening in a relaxing atmosphere.


Some of Marbella’s most luxury-oriented businesses will be holding exhibitions, parties, fashion shows and more, during one of the most highly awaited weekends of the year. Allday events on the frontline of Puerto Banús.

Thursday June 5, June 12 and June 19 JAZZ – TORRE REAL

Trocadero Arena presents live jazz performances throughout the month. On June 5, the New Orleans Band will be playing Dixieland and New Orleans jazz. On June 12, Chamber Jazz will be playing a mainstream jazz concert and on June 19, Agustín Carrillo Trío will be playing standard jazz. All concerts will take place at 10p.m.

Taekwondo expert Justin Menchen, who studied and received First Dan in Los Angeles


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Sunday June 6 to Saturday August 30 SUMMER CAMP – MARBELLA 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.


Enjoy an exciting show jumping competition at the Escuela Arte Ecuestre Costa del Sol. For precise times,


Arboretum Marbella presents a fun cooking workshop in which you can learn to cook a host of seasonal, vegetarian dishes. For information on prices and times,


The Sotosol walk and Fun Run will be taking place for the 10th year in a row – choose from a 10km or a 16km walk or run and help raise much-needed funds for children battling cancer.


The Butterfly Children charity DEBRA will be holding its annual charity golf tournament and ball at the Aloha Golf Club. Tel: 952 812 390.


Spanish Stray Dogs will be holding a fun Dog Show and Family Fun Day to raise funds for abandoned animals. The event will take place at the Hipica Kids Park and the dog show will start at 10:30am. A hearty barbecue, raffle prize draw and live entertainment will be enjoyed by all.


The Mad Urban Festival will see hip-hop sensation, Daddy Yankee, playing his only concert in Andalucía at the Auditorio de Málaga, alongside some of Spain’s most popular urban stars. Doors will open at 4pm and a string of fantastic performers will begin playing at 5pm, including AJ Proman, Bruno Dass, Mad Bass and Nitro y Melodía. Tickets can be purchased on Tel: 902 400 222.


Villa Tiberio restaurant on the Golden Mile will be hosting a charity dinner for The Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Including a hearty dinner, live music, dance and a raffle and auction.

Monday June 9 to Saturday June 14 FAIR – MARBELLA


Marbella’s San Bernabé fair will be taking place in the city centre. Featuring traditional dress, music and dancing in the streets.

Spain’s answer to Justin Bieber, Abraham Mateo, will be performing his latest hits at the Málaga Auditorium Club at 9:30. Tickets can be purchased online at


The Estepona Floral Art Club will be holding a fun fundraising event involving ‘swishing’, or clothes swapping, of women’s items. Apart from a small entrance fee of €5, no money changes hands. One token is given in exchange for each item accepted and may be used for any of the shoes, bags, jewellery or clothing in return. The event will be open at 3pm, but items need to be dropped off between 1pm and 2:45pm. Tel: 607 468 653.

Thursday June 12 ZARZUELA – MÁLAGA

Zarzuela is one of Spain’s most traditional theatrical genres. This month, enjoy La Leyenda del Beso – which tells the tale of a young gypsy lass who is placed under a curse by her own mother – at the Teatro Cervantes at 9pm.


Fofito Aragón is one of Spain’s best-loved children’s entertainers. Enjoy his latest show at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Marbella at 8pm.


Bloomsday – June 16– is an annual celebration among James Joyce fans throughout the world, from Fuengirola to Melbourne. It is celebrated in at least sixty countries worldwide. The novel, Ulysses, by James Joyce recounts the hour-by-hour events of one day in Dublin – June 16, 1904 – as ordinary Dubliner, Leopold Bloom, wends his way through the urban landscape. Enjoy literature readings or a swim in the beach. The group will be meeting at 7:45am in front of the Hotel Florida in Fuengirola. For further information, contact Roger Cummiskey on Tel: 666 782 642.


Gibraltar’s first Love Festival will be taking place at Victoria Stadium, featuring performances by ASWAD, Guy Valarino, Megan Dallas, Chase and Status, DJ Set + Rage and more. The event will also have a family area and food stalls, making it the ideal way to spend the bank holiday.

Thursday June 19 WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL – GIBRALTAR The biggest event of Gibraltar’s World Music Festival will be taking place at St. Michael’s Cave, starting at 8pm. The show will include a performance by dancer and choreographer, Nathan Conroy, who will

perform Chinese and Indian dances; Mieko Miyazaki and Guo Gan will be giving new life to the musical traditions of Japan and China, respectively; Itamar Doari will be playing traditional percussion instruments; and Nitin Sawhney will be blending Asian musical influences with a host of other genres. www.gibraltarworldmusicfestival.

Wednesday June 18 to Sunday June 22 art – Mijas

Manhattan-born artist, Mike Frizell will be exhibiting a stunning collection of sculptures at Koko Kafe in Mijas Pueblo. Tel: 952 582 601.

Saturday June 21 GOLF – MARBELLA

Spence Clarke & Co. will be holding its sixth annual charity golf tournament at the fabulous Finca Cortesín Hotel, Golf and Spa. The event will be a Texas Scramble, with teams of four vying for the winning trophy.

Friday June 20 to Sunday June 22 SOIL WORKSHOP – MARBELLA

Arboretum Marbella will be holding a workshop on Biofertilisers and the regeneration and fertility of the soil. The course will include theoretical and on-field components.

Friday June 20 to Sunday July 20 LES MISÉRABLES – MÁLAGA

Les Misérables, a tale of love and loss set in the French Revolution, is one of the best loved musicals of all time and this month, Stage Entertainment España will be bringing its magic to Málaga.


The Marbella Dutch Business Club will be holding their 11th annual herring party at Del Mar at the Puente Romano Hotel. The evening will commence at 7:30pm and will include entertainment by Paul Maxwell, ‘The Piano Man’, as well as a lovely meal comprising herrings, oysters, Dutch smoked eel and great Spanish wines. Tel: 952 908 572.


God Save the Queen, DSR is a renowned international Queen tribute act, which delights audiences with classics like Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock You. At Sala Paris 15 at 10:30pm.


RusRadio Marbella will be holding a fantastic blues, rock and rock ‘n roll concert, featuring Mingo & The Blues Intruders from Spain, Bluesman K – Koka & T. Blues Mob from Georgia and Rob Tognoni (The Tasmanian Devil), from Australia. At 8 pm at Casa Rusa, Local 7, Urb. Azalea Beach, CN 340, km 173, Nueva Andalucía. For tickets, Tel: 674 123 466.


Enjoy an amazing Pink Floyd tribute concert at the Mijas Auditorium. Doors open at 8pm.


Legendary guitarist, Pat Metheny, will be lighting up the Sohail Castle in Fuengirola at 10:30pm. For tickets,

Monday June 30 to Saturday August 30 TENNIS – MARBELLA

The Puente Romano Tennis Club will be hosting an intensive training course in tennis, for children aged four to 16. For further information, Tel: 952 826 103.

Monday June 30 to Sunday November 16 ART – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso de Málaga presents Picasso TV: an exhibition that shows unsuspected links between the work produced by Picasso between 1966 and 1970 and the programmes on French television at the time.


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Russell Grant’s Monthly Horoscope June 2014

The Full Moon at mid-month is perfect for getting engaged or married

GEMINI May 22nd June 21st

Working on a creative project proves fulfilling in the opening days of June. Don’t be surprised your efforts bring fame and acclaim. A friend will introduce you to a powerful business contact in the first half of the month. Keep a close look on financial transactions on or around the 7th, as bank errors can occur. The Full Moon at mid-month is perfect for getting engaged or married. On the other hand, you may decide to launch a business with a partner at this fateful time. You’ll find an eager audience for your ideas throughout the second half of the month. Take this opportunity to pitch bold proposals. If you’ve been thinking of getting a makeover or updating your wardrobe, the third week of June is ideal. A better paid job or raise could come your way as the month draws to a close. There will be an artistic or humanitarian element to your work.


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ARIES [21 MAR - 20 APR]

An original presentation gets lots of favourable publicity in early June. You may have to go back on a promise to your family during the first week of the month. Prepare to deal with disappointment. The 9th is the best day of the entire year to negotiate a raise, propose marriage, or go on a job interview. You could be awarded a diploma or certificate when the Full Moon rises at mid-month. Dividing your time between your personal and professional lives will be difficult during the second week of June. Take some time off around the 21st, when you’ll want to be with your nearest and dearest. Resist the urge to berate your partner for a bad decision at the end of the month. If you want to move or buy a new home, make the 27th your target date. That’s when the New Moon will improve your domestic prospects.

TAURUS [21 APR - 21 MAY]

Friendship could turn to romance in the early days of June. You’ll have an exciting opportunity to work from home during the first week of the month; additional compensation is yours for the asking. Your sex appeal is irresistible throughout the first half of June; use it to lure an important executive into your web of intrigue. The Full Moon on the 13th helps you pay off a long standing debt, which feels liberating. Don’t argue with the experts during the second half of the month. A friend will invite you along on a short trip during the third week of June. You’ll have a little more money for luxuries as the month draws to a close. Be sure to attend a party on or around the 27th, when your social life will sparkle with excitement. Ignore any malicious gossip that reaches your ears at an event.


Friends in high places can help you find a good job in early June. Trust your instincts when it comes to a career opportunity near the 6th. You may have to reverse a decision regarding a family matter during the first half of the month. Your best friend or lover will give you a beautiful gift on or around the 9th. A challenging work assignment will come to a successful conclusion at mid-month, leading to bigger and better projects. A cherished dream could very well come true in the second half of the month; friends have been working overtime to help you. A surge of confidence attracts lots of admiring glances near the 21st. Stay out of an impulsive authority figure’s way during the third week of June. The New Moon on the 27th inspires you to change your appearance. Adopting a soft, romantic look will ramp up your sex appeal.

LEO [24 JULY - 23 AUG]

You’ll make a favourable impression on an executive in the first days of June; this is a great time to go on job interviews. A teaching or writing job could be offered to you on or around the 6th, allowing you to showcase your expertise. Work responsibilities will improve dramatically toward mid-month; you might move to a much nicer office. The Full Moon on the 13th marks a birth, engagement, wedding, or commitment ceremony. This will be a beautiful occasion to remember for a lifetime. Don’t betray a colleague’s secret during the second half of June; discretion is critical. You could have some writing published on or around the 19th. Schedule more time to rest and relax during the third

week of the month. The New Moon on the 27th is ideal for a passionate rendezvous. Sneak off to a relaxing waterside retreat with your amour. If you’re single, you could meet someone special on a solo trip.

VIRGO [24 AUG - 23 SEPT]

Your expert knowledge enhances your sex appeal in the opening days of June. A reward will be given to you on or around the 6th as thanks for your hard work. Don’t be surprised when an old friend makes contact during the first half of the month. An overseas trip or advanced class will provide profound pleasure; secure a spot by midmonth. The Full Moon on the 13th brings a successful conclusion to a family matter. Resources will become more readily available when you sell some property or cash in some investments. Discuss your career plans with an executive in the second half of June; you’re sure to make a good impression. Be sure to attend a big party on or around the 27th, when the New Moon puts some influential people in your path. Have a generous supply of business cards on hand. A lover will be especially attentive to your needs as June turns to July.

LIBRA [24 SEPT - 23 OCT]

You’ll feel a strong romantic attraction for a colleague in early June. Winning your intended’s heart is as simple as setting yourself apart from the crowd. Your boss could go back on a promise during the first week of the month, so prepare for a setback. All is not lost. A generous relative will help you out of a financial pinch in mid-June. The Full Moon on the 13th concludes a contractual obligation, giving you more freedom in your personal life. Resist the urge to tell a family member ‘I told you so’ in the third week of June. Your boss will single you out for favourable attention throughout the second half of the month. Developing your creative potential will be fulfilling in the final days of June. Be on the alert for career opportunities on or around the 27th. A high profile job will allow you to rub elbows with several prominent artists.


A romantic getaway will be a great idea in the early days of June; if you’re single, you could meet someone special in the opening days of the month. You’ll see exciting results from a health regimen in the days surrounding the 6th. You can talk anyone into anything mid-month; put your powers of persuasion to work. The Full Moon on the 13th brings payment for a job you did some time ago. Bite your tongue when dealing with an offensive neighbour in the second half of June. Money from an inheritance, refund, or lawsuit will allow you to afford more luxuries during the last week of the month. You could gain admission to an exclusive school or club as June turns to July. Your chances for getting a scholarship or grant are high, especially if you apply for several. Ask a respected civic leader to write you a letter of recommendation.


Decorating your home and every type of DIY will go very smoothly in early June. Be extra attentive to your best friend or lover as the month gets underway. Surprise gifts and impromptu trips will lighten your loved one’s mood. If you’re looking for work, schedule as many interviews as

possible on or near the 9th. The Full Moon on the 13th will showcase your unique talent. This is a great time to display your creative work or compete in a contest. Don’t feel pressured into spending money during the second half of the month. The more resourceful you are, the happier you will be. A heart to heart talk with a business or romantic partner will prove productive around the 19th. If you’re single, your prospects for finding love are very strong during the third week of June. A close relationship reaches a new level of intimacy in the days surrounding the 27th.


A tender love letter melts your heart in the opening days of the month. The results of a health regimen will attract lots of romantic attention throughout the first week of June. Your powers of persuasion will be at an all time high on the 9th; take this opportunity to ask for a favour. The Full Moon on the 13th brings some hidden information to light, prompting you to spend more quality time with family. Don’t argue with an aggressive authority figure mid-month, even if you are right. A generous friend or lover will pamper you with gifts and affection throughout the second half of June. Think about hiring an agent, manager, or representative during the third week of the month, just to relieve you of work. An authority figure’s unpredictable behaviour on the 25th will make you angry, but nothing you say or do will change their attitude. Schedule a romantic vacation as June turns to July.


Put your money where your mouth is in early June; a prominent person will be impressed by your generous behaviour. A steamy text message, phone call, or email will make you feel like you’re walking on air throughout the first week of the month. You may have to rearrange your work schedule to accommodate a vacationing colleague during the first half of June. It’s highly possible you will be working from home at this time, which will be a pleasant relief. The Full Moon on the 13th brings the successful conclusion to a group project. You may get to study with a cutting edge leader as a result of this job. Sensual pleasure will be an ongoing theme throughout the second half of June. Indulge your physical desires. Resist the urge to tell a pushy expert what you really think of their methods on the 25th. A new job offer will arrive as the month draws to a close.

PISCES [20 FEB - 20 MAR]

Your creative powers are at an all time high in early June. This will be a great time to decorate, design and build something of enduring beauty. A financial windfall allows you to buy some terrific furniture and artwork around the 6th. Returning to a favourite childhood hobby is strongly advised during the first half of the month. Ask a powerful friend to write you a recommendation on or around the 9th; this will lead to some impressive job offers. The Full Moon on the 13th will mark a big career achievement; get ready for your close up. Communications with family become much easier during the second half of June. This is a good time to broach difficult subjects that have caused arguments in the past. This time around, you’ll make progress. The New Moon on the 27th is perfect for launching a creative project or love affair. Either way, the end of June will be a joyful time. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM JUNE 2014 / 159

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THE GUIDE family



Summer should be a fun time for the whole family. Enjoy the beach, but follow these commonsense rules to ensure your children tan in the safest way possible. Baby Care

Z Always stay in the shade. Under an umbrella or tree is perfect, as the skin of babies burns faster than that of children or adults. Z Avoid applying sunscreen unless especially formulated for babies, as their skin is extremely sensitive.

Kid’s Clothes

Z Get into the hat habit and try to buy one with a broad rim and flap down the back of the neck if possible. Z Always try to put a barrier between the sun and their skin. Try long sleeves and dark colours, which absorb more UV rays. Did you know that a wet, white T-shirt offers virtually no protection? Z Loose-fitting clothes should stop them from overheating. Z If your kids are real water babies, dress them up in the latest funky, full-body sun protective swimsuits.

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 10ammidnight. 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


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Z Be aware that sunscreen alone, whatever the protection factor, is not sufficient to keep a child’s skin from burning. Z Opt for sunscreens that physically block the sun’s rays, rather than absorb them. Go for titanium oxide or zinc-based sunscreens. Z Don’t wait until it gets hot to apply sunscreen. The ‘cool’ air at 10am can be as dangerous as the sun’s glare at 2pm. Z Generously apply a cream with a minimum SPF of 30. Always re-apply after kids have been swimming. Z Apply at least every two hours, so if your kids are out all day, that means around four times at least.

Eye Protect ion Get your c hild into

th wearing s unglasses e habit of whenever are expos they ed to brig ht sunligh 100 per ce t. Buy nt UV bloc king shad with a wra es p-around style.

Essential Tips for Summer Fun

Z Be aware that your kids are at risk whenever they are exposed to the sun, not just on the beach. Watch out for cool wind or water – they can fool you into thinking they are harmless! Z Avoid being outside between 12pm and 4pm. Give kids plenty of water to ensure they stay hydrated and always make sure there is plenty of shade.

What to Do if Your Child Gets Sunburned

Z If a baby or small child gets sunburned, consult a pharmacist or doctor straight away. Z If sunburn is not severe, calamine lotion can be applied to soothe the affected area, or cool the skin in tepid water for 30 minutes to an hour, without allowing your child to get cold.

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

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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 walk-though 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 10am-9pm. CN340 Km 162.5, Estepona. Tel: 902 190 482 Selwo Marina Dolphins Exotic birds, penguins and virtual reality shows. Open 10am-6pm. Parque de la Paloma, Benalmádena. Tel: 902 190 482 Stagecoach Renowned performing arts school for singing, dancing and acting skills. The academy is open to four to 16-year-olds. Tel: 952 900 453/666 838 213. Steam Train Ride Enjoy a

It’s about time that kids stood up and got noticed! This Summer, the little ones will have more fun than ever before at the Benalmádena Butterfly Park, located right in front of the largest Buddhist stuppa in the world. At the park, children can enjoy identifying different butterfly types, since there are over 1,500 butterflies, sourced from all over the world. The Park is constantly inviting more species into its enclosure – specimens such as Felipe, a bright green Meller’s chameleon who is actually one of the butterfly’s most dangerous predators! Fear not, though; Felipe’s violent streak (and extra long tongue) will be firmly contained, as he is housed in a terrarium, where he has all the goodies he could wish for. i

Follow these handy tips and you’re sure to have a safe and fun-filled time with your children this Summer.

Blaise on Tel: 628 882 655 or Sami on Tel: 628 093 017.

A Summer for Very Important Kids

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 10am-1pm. 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

The Crocodile Park in Torremolinos and Bioparc Fuengirola are two more ‘happening’ venues in which children can get up close and personal with the animals. At the Crocodile Park, children can see how dangerous, fascinating and powerful crocs are, thanks to a magnificent show that will set your heart racing. Bioparc Fuengirola, meanwhile, is constantly on the up, with tenants like this newly born golden cheeked gibbon calling the venue home. i

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ew mums and dads often wonder if and when to introduce small children to pets. The truth is that pets are beneficial to children in so many ways; they are great confidence boosters and loyal friends and they teach so many lessons – everything from the natural cycle of life to the need for discipline when it comes to feeding, care and medication. Pets also open little eyes, minds and hearts to animal rights – the idea that all sentient things have the ultimate right to live, flourish and make the most of their short stay on earth. The benefits are more than psychological, however; a recent study published in renowned journal, Pediatrics, established that children who grow up in homes with dogs and cats build stronger immune systems than those without pets; additionally, the exposure to dust in homes with dogs prevented kids from being infected by a common respiratory virus that is linked to an increased rate of childhood asthma. On the other hand, it has also been found that children who already have a predisposition to developing allergies or asthma can have worse symptoms if they live with a pet. If you are considering welcoming a pet into your home, we suggest starting out with one of these top bets:




Z DOGS Studies suggest that timing is vital when it comes to building children’s immune systems through exposure to dogs – the earlier the better, it seems. Additionally, it is important to let dogs spend time outside as well as in, so they can introduce a wider variety of microbes which will strengthen baby’s immunity. We suggest finding your perfect canine match at Triple A or Kim’s Animal Shelter; they have a host of dogs of all ages and ‘petsonalities’. Pet shops are a no-no, since not only are pets kept in tiny cages for inordinately long hours, many dogs and cats sold are not tested for genetic issues often associated with particular breeds. If you are intent on purchasing a particular breed, make sure it is from a reputable breeder; ask what genetic tests they carry out and make sure they are not a closet ‘puppy mill’, breeding dogs and cats with no concern for the animals’ health and well-being. Z CATS Pregnant mums are usually advised to steer clear of cats (especially those which spend a considerable amount of time outdoors), since cats can become infected by toxoplasmosis. The ASPCA recommends keeping cats indoors during pregnancy so they cannot become infected, not feeding cats raw or undercooked meat and taking several weeks for establishing ‘off-limits’ areas for felines, such as cots and changing tables. After birth, it is vital to make sure cats are kept away from baby’s crib, to avoid smothering. Once children are a little older, you can begin to enjoy the host of cat-related health benefits, including a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, improved immunity, asthma and allergy prevention, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and even a lower risk of suffering a stroke!

Z FISH If you’re after a no-fuss, easy pet to care for, it’s time to look after Nemo! The Siamese Fighting Fish is a particularly good choice if you don’t want to care for more than one pet, since they tend to thrive in isolation and don’t need filters, aerators, heaters, etc. Z GUINEA PIGS If the choice is between a hamster or a guinea pig, opt for the latter. They are much gentler and more sociable than hamsters, and they don’t mind being handled by children. The one thing to keep in mind, though, is that guinea pigs don’t thrive alone, so it’s either the pair or nothing if you want a happy, well-adjusted pet. Guinea pigs live between four and seven years (hamsters normally live to just three years of age) and they have a healthy appetite for veggies and hay. Frequent cage cleaning is required, which is a great job for tots who need to learn a little bit about responsibility. Rats are also quite sweet (despite the bad rap they sometimes receive) and they enjoy being handled by people; the only downside is how short they live (between two and three years). Z RABBITS Although vets recommend that little children be permitted to play with rabbits only under adult supervision, these pets are very gentle and tend to fit in perfectly well in a home with little ones. They can live for seven to 13 years, which is pretty good as far as lifespans of small animals are concerned, though you should spay them to avoid aggression (and cancer of the uterus in females). Rabbits need a varied diet comprising hay, pellets and veggies, and although they tend to fill their litter tray regularly, at least they can be ‘potty trained’! e


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Essential Magazine June 2014  

Welcome to our June edition! This month we focus on children. We kick off with Modern Trends in Education and we also discuss Cyber Bullying...

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