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Built: 200 m² Terrace: 127 m² Price: € 2,195,000


Spectacular apartment in Port Oasis offering 3 en-suite bedrooms and breathtaking views to the Mediterranean Sea. The complex offers lovely communal gardens, swimming pool, garage and concierge service. Walking distance to Puerto Banús. Ref. ES6127

An International Associate of Savills

Built: 931 m² Plot: 1,750 m² Price: € 7,900,000

BAHÍA DE MARBELLA Contemporary masterpiece only 150 metres to the beach, east of Marbella. Stunning 5-bed villa with fabulous sea views, recently constructed to the highest standards. Features include: garage for 3 cars, wine cellar and cinema. Community with 24-hour security. A unique property next to Marbella’s best beaches! Ref. ES9325

Regulated by RICS

Offices at the Puente Romano Hotel & opposite the Marbella Club Hotel Tel. (+34) 952 863 750


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La Reserva de Alcuzcuz: Enjoying breathtaking panoramic sea and golf views, this newly built spectacular villa in an exclusive gated community incorporates open spaces, luxury features and high qualities throughout. 6 beds, 5 baths. Built 1.134 m², plot 3.900 m². E&V ID: W-023QFT. Price: 5.300.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Los Monteros: Certainly one of the most impressive villas in this beach community. 250 meters from the beach, exquisite interiors with the latest modern features. 4 beds, 4 baths. Built 372 m2, plot 930 m2. E&V ID: W-026XM1. Price on Request. Tel.: 952 83 20 40.

La Zagaleta: Great investment opportunity! Best priced villa set on one of the largest plots in La Zagaleta. Sea and mountain views. Cinema, gym and sauna. 5 beds, 5 baths. Built 776 m2, plot 8.230 m2. E&V ID: W-027Z0O. Price: 2.995.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Beachfront Marbesa: A rare opportunity! A stylish beachfront villa with beautiful sea views in a small exclusive community with direct beach access. 3 beds, 3 baths. Built 114 m2, plot 60 m2. E&V ID: W-02763A. Price: 849.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 55 80.

Frontline Golf Magna Marbella: Fantastically priced! Luxury apartment with fantastic sea and golf views. Best position in this gated community. 2 beds, 2 baths. Living area 112 m2, terrace 31 m2. E&V ID: W-025DDL. Price: 398.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

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

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Sierra Blanca: Fantastically priced! Elegant villa in a classical style with magnificent panoramic sea views in the most exclusive gated community in Marbella. Bar, bodega, gym, steam room, separate guest apartment. 8 beds, 6 baths. Built 1.288 m2, plot 2.001 m2. E&V ID: W-01LJVZ. Price: 3.750.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

El Rosario: Situated in a gated urbanization, minutes away from the most beautiful beaches, this elegant villa offers the highest standards for luxury living. 4 beds, 5 baths. Built 495 m2, plot 1.100 m2. E&V ID: W-00BZIZ. Price: 1.395.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 20 40.

Golden Mile - Gated community: Exceptional, luxurious designer villa with high-end finishes throughout. Cinema and fantastic Spa area with Hammam. 5 beds, 5 baths. Built 476 m2, plot 520 m2. E&V ID: W-025KR9. Price: 2.500.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

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

Beachfront Los Monteros: A spacious apartment with a private garden in the exclusive Palm Beach complex. Direct beach access. 2 pools, 24h security. 2 beds, 2 baths. Living area 139 m2, terrace 40 m2. E&V ID: W-025O7R. Price: 900.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 20 40.

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


We are currently building more than 55 quality homes in prime locations such as Nueva Andalucia, The Golden Mile & La Quinta. With a dedicated and professional team of architects, project managers and advisors we aim to be a safe and trustworthy partner for our clients. Whether you are looking for a holiday home or an investment property, we can help you. One of our headline projects, Los Olivos Marbella, consisting of 18 luxury villas within a 24h gated community has been a great success. With only 2 units remaining, we urge you to come and visit our new Show Villa and see for yourself. Prices now from ¤ 1.895.000. Find all our projects on Please come by and meet us at our sales office in the Marbella Club Hotel above the MC CafÊ, or at our development office in Centro Expo. We look forward to meeting you.

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1. La Cerquilla 21A, Nueva Andalucía - Luxury Villa for Sale. 5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Built: 575 m2, Plot: 1.684 m2. Price ¤ 2.995.000. Construction starting Q-1 2017. 2. Los Olivos, Nueva Andalucía - New Development of 18 Villas, within a gated community with on-site security and sea/golf views. Only 2 units left. Prices from ¤ 1.895.000. 3. Haza del Conde 28, Nueva Andalucía - Exclusive new villa with sea & golf views, currently under construction in Nueva Andalucía, completion August 2017. Price ¤ 2.385.000. 4. Beachfront Villa in El Paraiso, New Golden Mile - 7 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, Built: 860 m2, Plot: 1.676 m2. Price ¤ 7.900.000. Construction starting Q-1 2017.


La alquería - Benahavís

7 Beds

10 Baths

943m2 Built

1.239m2 Plot

Outstanding frontline golf villa with modern design and panoramic views. Well located within 7km from Puerto Banús. Spacious interiors with open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen. Roof top terrace with chill-out area.

la cerquilla - nueva andalucía Frontline golf

4 Beds

4 Baths

850m Built 2

Ref: DM4005

rio real golf - marbella east

2.573m Plot

Frontline golf

Price: 2.800.000 €

Ref: DM2579-02


5 Beds 5 Baths

puerto banús

Apartment 200m from beach 2 Beds 2 Baths

2nd floor apartment

178m Built 2

Price: 790.000 €

Over 411 Offices in 59 Countries

Ref: DM3948

750m2 Built

1.610m2 Plot Price: 1.975.000 €

alhambra del mar - MARBELLA GOLDEN MILE Ref: DM3993

Price: 3.995.000 € Ref: DM3793

2 Beds 2 Baths 121m2 Built 10m2 Terrace Price: 600.000 €

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Av. del Prado, Urb. Fuente Aloha 2A - Tel: 952 908 415

Sierra blanca - marbella golden mile

5 Beds

5 Baths

820m2 Built

1.470m2 Plot

Splendid newly built home in one of Marbella’s most prestigious addresses. Ready to move in, 24h security, high quality materials, latest technology and convenient layout with spacious indoor and outdoor living areas.

Price: 4.150.000 € Ref: DM3125-02

casablanca - marbella golden mile

las chapas - marbella east

50m from beach

Villa 200m from beach

5 Beds

5 Baths 318m Built 798m Plot 2

Ref: DM4008


Price: 3.800.000 €

Ref: DM3939

5 Beds

5 Baths

398m2 Built

1.000m2 Plot

Price: 2.700.000 €

sierra blanca area - marbelLa golden mile

sierra blanca area - marbeLla golden mile

Gated complex. 24h security 3 Beds

823m Built

Villa with amazing views

Price: 2.495.000 €

Ref: DM4010

Ref: DM3435

3 Baths


MARBELLA Av. Cánovas del Castillo, 4 - Tel. 952 765 138

2 Beds 2 Baths 201m2 Built 1.468m2 Plot Price: 1.650.000 €

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contents the trend Cinema 32

Top Series 34

Music News 36

Top Reads on Love 38

the pro 116 Enterprise 122 Efficient Tax Succession Planning 124 The Vibe

The New Circle App 40

the leisure

The Mercedes-Benz SLC 43 AMG 42

128 Amsterdam

the focus

The Dutch Touch 48 Famous Dutch Artists 54 Top Dutch Brands 60 Double Dutch 64 The Orange Machine 66 Dutch Celebrities 68 Local Dutch Movers and Shakers 74 Real Capital Solutions and the Art of Development 80

the style Andrew Martin with Jean-Pierre Martel 84 New Jacks Smokehouse 90 Blackshaw Interior Design 92

134 Rotterdam 136 The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Amsterdam

the gourmet 141 Da Bruno Mijas 142 Food News 144 Chema Viera of Santoku 146 Wine Guru: Miguel Ángel de Gregorio

the guide 148 Listings 157 Pet News 158 What’s On 160 Stars for March 162 Family Fun

Fashion by Joseph Ribkoff 94 Fashion News 100

the spa Contouring 104 Beauty News 106 Water: Drink It! 110 Health News 112 Dr. Paul Arts 114

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

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

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Dimensions : L. 333/194 x H. 70/86 x D. 101 cm. Upholstered in VERONA leather, corrected grain, pigmented finish. Adjustable back cushions with 2 positions. Seat cushions in tri-density foam 35-45-25 kg/m3. Back cushions in bi-density HR foam 21-25 kg/m3. Structure in solid wood and plywood. Cross-webbing elastic straps suspensions. Also available in other dimensions. *Price reduced until 03/04/17. Optional deco cushions. Gaya cocktail table, designed by Renaud Thiry. Forest console, designed by Cédric Ragot. Aqua pedestal table, designed by Fabrice Berrux. Solaris lounge chair, designed by Sacha Lakic. Floor lamp Nomade, designed by Alessio Bassan. European manufacture.

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Built: 342 m² Terrace: 154 m² Price: € 4,950,000

BEACHFRONT GOLDEN MILE Spectacular 4-bedroom duplex apartment in Oasis de Banús, a prestigious complex right on the beachfront, with only 21 apartments, all south-facing, and with breathtaking views to the beach and the glittering Mediterranean Sea. Featuring a gym, 24-hour security, communal gardens, pool and direct access to the beach. Ref. ES9718

Built: 107 m² Terrace: 98 m² Price: € 895,000

GOLDEN MILE Outstanding 2-bedroom duplex penthouse offering uninterrupted sea views in Las Lomas del Marbella Club. Ref. ES9724

Built: 145 m² Terrace: 29 m² Price: € 1,250,000

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

Built: 324m² Plot: 1,390 m² Price: € 1,650,000

MARBELLA EAST Sensational 4-bedroom villa in El Rosario, 5 minutes’ drive to the beach. Offered fully furnished, ready to live in! Ref. ES9067

Built: 582 m² Plot: 1,078 m² Price: € 1,675,000

GOLDEN MILE 5-bedroom villa in Las Lomas del Marbella Club. Mature garden, pond & waterfall. 2 minutes’ drive to Puente Romano hotel. Ref.ES6844

An International Associate of Savills

Built: 713 m² Plot: 2,703 m² Price: € 3,650,000

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Magnificent frontline golf mansion in a prestigious community with 24-hour security overlooking Las Brisas golf course. Designed by the renowned architect Melvin Villaroel. High specifications throughout. 5 en-suite bedrooms, including independent guest house. A tropical oasis ideal for entertaining. Minutes to Puerto Banús. Ref. ES6037

Built: 149 m² Plot: 1,811 m² Price: € 799,000

NAGÜELES 3-bedroom Andalusian-style villa with sea & mountain views. Mature garden with pool. Short drive to Puerto Banús & Marbella. Ref. ES8870

Built: 637 m² Plot: 2,750 m² Price: € 1,995,000

BENAHAVÍS Immaculate 4-bedroom villa in

Built: 135 m² Terrace: 67 m² Price: € 595,000

GOLDEN MILE Completely renovated 2-bedroom apartment in Ancón Sierra. 24-hour security, pools and beautiful gardens. Ref. ES9711

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

LA QUINTA 5-bedroom home in a gated com-

Regulated by RICS

Vega Colorado. Gated community, privacy and 24-hour security. A short drive to Puerto Banús. Ref. ES8800

munity with 24-hour security. Mountain, sea & golf views. 5 minutes’ drive to Puerto Banús. Ref. ES9554

Offices at the Puente Romano Hotel & opposite the Marbella Club Hotel Tel. (+34) 952 863 750




n this spring edition of , we focus on the Dutch, as well known for their liberal stance on life as they are for an astute entrepreneurial spirit. Come with us on a journey to the Netherlands as we take in their famous artists, personalities, cities, and top brands. We also look at the phenomenon that is the Orange Machine; as Ruud Gullit says, “To play Holland, you’ve got to play the Dutch”. We include an analysis of the many phrases that incorporate the Dutch and talk with some movers and shakers on the Coast who are of Dutch origin Property is on the move again as can be seen in our interview with Peter Wells of Real Capital Solutions. We also bring you Black and White Haute Couture by Joseph Ribkoff, the sleek lines of the new Mercedes Benz SLC 43 AMG, and legendary Rioja wines courtesy of Miguel Ángel de Gregorio. Don’t miss our presentation of the new Andrew Martin showroom with Jean-Pierre Martel on the iconic Golden Mile at the Marbella Club Hotel which so merits a visit; take a look at the many items with which you can jazz up your home at Blackshaw Interior Design; and marvel at the totally transformed New York loft-style, Jacks Smokehouse, on the front line of Puerto Banús. Aside from all of this, catch up on the latest releases, local events and news in your essential monthly read.

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»» DIRECTOR Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) »» GENRE Mystery/Thriller »» ACTORS Mia Goth, Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs

A Cure for Wellness

A young, ambitious executive is sent on a mission: to find and bring back the director of his company, who is staying at an idyllic ‘wellness centre’ in a remote area in the Swiss Alps. The executive begins to suspect that the ‘miraculous treatments’ administered at the centre are not quite as beneficial as they are made out to be and he sets out to discover the terrible secrets which are hidden there. He is not surprised when he is diagnosed with the same ‘illness’ as the other patients waiting for a cure at the mysterious centre.

»» DIRECTOR Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) »» GENRE Science Fiction »» ACTORS Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche »» DIRECTOR Stefan Ruzowitzky (Deadfall) »» GENRE Fantasy/Horror »» ACTORS Matt Smith, Natalie Dormer, Stanly Tucci, Clive Standen

Patient Zero

A mutation of the rabies virus causes most human beings to transform into a highly intelligent new species known as ‘the infected’. Morgan (Matt Smith) is a survivor who somehow manages to communicate with ‘the infected’. He investigates their species in an effort to reach patient zero, so he can find the antidote that will save humanity.

Ghost in the Shell

This film, an adaptation of the best-selling manga comic by Masamune Shirow, is set in futuristic Japan. Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson), also known at The Major, is a cyborg special agent who leads the elite work group, Section Nine. Her unit’s aim is to fight cyberterrorism and technological crimes. The Major has an artificial body and brain, which allow her to carry out her work with superhuman strength and agility. In the film, Motoko faces a fanatic hacker whose only objective is to stop the advances of Hanka Robotics (which specialises in cybernetic technology). She discovers a series of political plots and state secrets as she attempt to find the mysterious criminal.

»» DIRECTOR Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) »» GENRE Musical »» ACTORS Emma Watson, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor

Beauty and the Beast

This hotly awaited film brings the famous Disney animation to life. Emma Watson plays Belle: a young woman who casts aside notions of what goodness should appear like, to dig deeper and find her soulmate. As in the animation, she is joined by a group of musical friends (including a watch, teapot and candlestick), who will entertain and help her as she falls deeply in love.


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COOL SERIES t o catch up on It is hard to believe that spring is almost upon us – while it is certainly warm enough to start enjoying the great outdoors, some nights are still cool enough to make a night with Netflix appealing. If you are looking for a new series to get into, Marisa Cutillas suggests the following:

ZZ NASHVILLE: This is a great choice for lovers of country music. The talented Connie Britton plays Rayna James, a country superstar who is slowly losing popularity. To boost her fan base, her record company hires young starlet, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), who is determined to steal Rayna’s crown. Jealousy, greed and infidelity take centre stage in this passion-filled drama, which is said to be based on the lives of country stars Faith Hill, Reba McEntire and Bonnie Raitt. ZZ THE BLACKLIST: 1980s icon, James Spader, plays Red Reddington – a shady fugitive who know enough about dangerous spies and terrorists to make him interesting to the FBI. Red agrees to give them clues to solve the most important mysteries in their files, but he will only work with one agent – Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), a young rookie who has no idea that she is personally connected to Red in unimaginable ways. ZZ FALLING WATER: If science fiction and the supernatural interest you, then you can’t miss Falling Water, a mysterious series about three strangers who discover they are dreaming parts of the same dream. At first they wonder about their personal connection to each other but soon realise they are components of a much larger story that involves the fate of the world. ZZ SCANDAL: This series is written by one of the best in the business: Shonda Rhimes of Grey’s Anatomy fame. It centres on the powerful founder of America’s top crisis firm – Olivia Pope (played by the gorgeous Kerry Washington). The show features the wheeling and dealing that occurs in the White House and highlights the importance of good P.R. in saving the reputations of the nation’s top leaders.

ZZ THIS IS US: This series is as great as its cast, which includes Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown. It focuses on siblings (two brothers and a sister) who were born on the same day. Their mother is correct but stern, their father lackadaisical yet loving. One of them is a successful television actor seeking greater recognition in the industry, another is a successful financial expert, while the third is torn between living for her brother and trying to overcome a major health challenge. ZZ HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER: Oscar- and Tony-nominated actor Viola Davis plays Annalise Keating – a vibrant defence law professor who teaches the intriguing subject How to Get Away with Murder. When an important case comes along at her firm, she chooses her brightest students to help her crack a seemingly unsolvable mystery. ZZ DESIGNATED SURVIVOR: Kiefer Sutherland is back! He plays no less than the President of the United States, the ‘designated survivor’ of an explosion that has taken the lives of America’s most influential politicians. The President is unaware that the explosion is just part of a plan in which he is an unwilling pawn. ZZ THE FALL: This British crime series tackles the parallels in experiences and character of its two protagonists: a tough-as-nails inspector (played by The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson) and a tormented serial killer (played by 50 Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan). ZZ GOTHAM: Batman gains new sophistication in this crime drama featuring many of Marvel’s most charismatic characters, including Cat Woman, Two-Face and The Scarecrow.

ZZ WESTWORLD: This sci-fi thriller is based on the 1973 film of the same name, which starred Yul Brynner. Westworld is a town populated by androids, whom wealthy clients pay to visit and sometimes abuse, or even kill. The adventure seems harmless enough, until one, and then more androids, begin to remember everything. e 34 / MARCH 2017 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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The clocks go forward at the end of this month and some concerts have been announced to look forward to during the warmer months (see below). There’s bound to be a few tribute acts playing during March so check your local weekly press for details. All information on this page was correct at the time of writing. The son of 1960s soul legend OTIS REDDING is performing at the Moonlight Club next to the Sunset Beach Club resort in Benalmádena Costa (just after the Torrequebrada Casino on the coast side of the road) on March 24 and OTIS REDDING III will be singing many songs from his late father’s repertoire. Ticket info: The Palacio de la Paz, at the far end of Fuengirola’s Recinto Feria (feria ground), plays host to veteran US R&B/jazz soul singer MACY GRAY on April 2. Ticket info: The Fuengirola Music Festival has named STING (July 17) and THE BEACH BOYS (June 24) as its international headliners and they will play at the local castle area along with several national artists. Ticket info: Sticking with the legendary 1960s US outfit, their iconic 1966 album, Pet Sounds, is the subject of a new documentary which will air on US TV next month. A transmission date for Europe is yet to be announced. BBC4 broadcast a worth-watching documentary as part of its Classic Album series but unfortunately it’s not available on their iPlayer service at the moment.




The PRINCE estate have signed a contract with the Universal Music Group for his much sought after unreleased back catalogue and a spokesperson says there’s enough material to release around 100 albums. Strong rumours suggested the first would be released next month to coincide with the first anniversary of his death on April 21 but apparently nothing will surface until June 9.

Festival update: DEPECHE MODE, THE KILLERS, TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, JUSTICE and THE 1975 are amongst the line-up for the Bilbao BBK Live Festival (July 6 - 8). Ticket info: KASABIAN and LIAM GALLAGHER will join THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, THE WEEKND and the FOALS at Benicàssim (July 13-16). Ticket info: More KASABIAN news: guitarist and songwriter SERGE PIZZORNO says their forthcoming album will include one of their best songs he’s ever penned: “It sounds like Beastie Boys and Northern Soul with a Justice (French electro duo) kind of vibe. Pretty exciting, that. It’s a fighting song.” A summer release date will be announced shortly. As expected, sales of GAGA tunes went through the roof after her Superbowl halftime show. But many were disappointed that the pregnant BEYONCÉ didn’t appear during the 13-minute mini-gig, especially as the two’s collaboration, Telephone, was on the set list. And many expected her to voice her opinion on the new P.O.T.U.S., but apparently she was ‘banned’ by his government. Her ladyship is now back in the studio laying down new material ahead of a tour which will take in Europe this autumn (Spain’s only date is Barcelona on September 22). DAVID BOWIE fans take note, on March 14 the UK’s Royal Mail is issuing a set of 10 tribute stamps featuring album covers and shots of the great man in concert. They can be pre-ordered now from the Royal Mail website.

ED SHEERAN Another estate in the news is that of BOB MARLEY, who have signed over rights for him to appear as a hologram; and the family of GEORGE MICHAEL are also having talks for him to tour in that imagery form – maybe that’s a little too soon as at the time of writing, there still wasn't a date for his funeral. ED SHEERAN got 2017 off to a flying start with two singles, Shape of You and Castle on the Hill, occupying the top two spots in the UK charts for well over a month (still there as this was penned). His long awaited third album, ÷ (Divide) touches down on March 3 and the deluxe version includes a song, Barcelona. The ginger one has a thing about the city and dons a tattoo of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. He will

tour the album (but next month’s dates in Spain have already sold out) and there’s a Carpool Karaoke appearance coming soon; he has also written material for his buddy JAMES BLUNT’s new LP, The Afterlove, which arrives on March 24. And the mighty red ED has also built an underground pub in the basement of his house – and did you know that his brother, MATT, is turning heads as a classical composer? 1980s top popster RICK ASTLEY, who starts a three-week UK tour later this month, is teaming up with Danish brewers Mikkeller for his very own ’fruity pilsner’. Well he has the perfect slogan for it – just use the title of his biggest hit – Never Gonna Give You Up. Maybe ED SHEERAN will stock it in his newly built bar.


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Regardless of whether you have just met the love of your life or you have been in a relationship for a few years, you can always benefit from learning more about your partner and how to communicate with them. If love is on your mind this month, Marisa Cutillas recommends these top reads:


Many of us fail at relationships because we don’t believe we are worthy of being loved or cared for. In his best-selling book The Four Agreements, shamanic teacher and healer, Don Miguel Ruiz, enlightens us on the false beliefs that stop us from having a happy life and good relationships. He asks us to make four fundamental agreements with ourselves: 1. Be impeccable with your word (Say only what you mean and don’t gossip). 2. Don’t take anything personally (When you are immune to the opinions of others, you stop suffering needlessly). 3. Don’t make assumptions (Ask questions and express what you truly want or need). 4. Always do your best (Avoid self-judgement, self-abuse and regret).


This book promises to help you find that special someone in just three months! Written by famous clinical psychologist, Dr. Diana Kirschner, it aims to answer the questions that all women looking for a partner tend to ask themselves: “Why am I always attracted to men who don’t value me?” “Why is it so hard to find a decent boyfriend?” and “Why do I always seem to be more interested in the man I fancy than vice-versa?” You may not find love as quickly as the author promises, but you will certainly take home valuable lessons that will help you not only in romance, but in all significant relationships in your life.


Charlotte Kasl is a psychotherapist and workshop leader who focuses on love as a means of personal awakening. In this playful yet profound book, she shares inspiration from the Christian, Buddhist, Sufi and other religions, to enlighten readers on how to avoid the pitfalls that can stop us from finding our perfect match. She teaches us how to create spiritual bonds, weaving ancient philosophies into contemporary relationships.


One of the hardest things about loving someone, is letting go when the person you most love in the world abandons you. The book is full of practical advice, reminders and suggestions. It insists on the importance of allowing yourself to hurt, and of taking responsibility for your pain and healing process. It has a unique format: on the left page, there is ordinary prose and on the right, beautiful, inspiring poems and proverbs. The poems strike at the core of your pain in a beautiful, profound way, and the prose lends gravitas to the ideas expressed in the poems. This book is an absolute must for those who are in the early stages of grieving following an unwanted breakup.


If you thought that love was about chance meetings or coincidences, think again. Ayala Malach Pines unlocks the secrets behind why we fall in love with specific types of men or women. The first half of the book delves into the factors that influence attraction, including appearance and social status. The second addresses early childhood experiences and explains how we tend to seek out situations and people we learned to grow accustomed to in childhood.


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CIRCLE Send or Receive Money from Anywhere in the World from Your Smartphone WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS


ew generations have become accustomed to playing on a global scale, using the Internet for everything from purchasing items to sharing music playlists, streaming live content or chatting on forums and social networks. Money, too, has become a global matter, with many people discovering international causes which are near and dear to them, or sending money to family and friends abroad, with a couple of clicks. Actually, we often need to send money to those living in the same country – for example, to a friend who advances money for concert tickets or a family member who has a birthday. Circle is a fantastic new App that makes it possible to send or receive money through a simple message or email. One of Circle’s most interesting features is that you can send money in other currencies – no commission at all is charged, so neither you nor the recipient lose a cent. Limits have been established to keep

transactions safe – you can only add €400 weekly from your bank card to the App, though there are no limits regarding how much you can send from your total Circle account balance. If you provide additional information, the €400 limit can be raised to €2.500. You can only use debit cards to transfer money to the App – these cards must be from Visa or MasterCard; currently, Circle does not work with credit cards, PayPal or any bank accounts you may have outside the European Union. To start up with Circle, just register online using your email or telephone number. Upload a photo of your bank card to accept any funds sent to you, in a matter of seconds. In case you were wondering if the App is safe, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. Circle is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which protects customers against theft. Moreover, the App does NOT keep your bank card number, nor your bank account number. To

safeguard your account, you can use a PIN number, Touch ID, password or authentication manager such as 1Password or Authy. 1Password is a super new App that collects all your existing passwords, locking them up in a place you can access with just one password. To access the information, just log on. The App can also generate new passwords for you whenever you like, locking them up securely afterwards. 1Passwords then syncs your new passwords on every device you own. Therefore, you neither have to think up clever passwords, nor remember a plethora of different passwords. Authy, meanwhile, uses twofactor authentication to protect your cherished information. For instance, every time you carry out a transaction you will receive a new seven-digit authentication code you have to type in to finalise the purchase. When combined with these Apps, Circle becomes a safe

way indeed to manage your funds. The founders have a lofty aim indeed – they want to not only help you make payments online, but also “to change the world economy.” “Everything is free on the Internet and it is free and instant: whether you are sending an e-mail to a friend in China, reading an Italian newspaper or uploading photographs from your latest trip. Why, then, should sending and receiving money have to be so archaic and frustrating?” The way to do this is through a complex series of algorithms that keep your money safe at all times. Circle was recently crowned Top Digital Innovation of 2016 by Banking Technology, a worldwide news and global financial technology analysis company. Marieke Flament, Circle MD Europe said: “We are delighted to be recognised as leaders who are innovating the fintech space as we look to continue defining a new category for social payments globally.” e


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MERCEDES-BENZ SLC 43 AMG Among the pure sports car models offered by Mercedes-Benz, the SLC 43 is ‘entry level’ but don’t get any ideas about this being some kind of poor relation in the family. The SLC, especially in the AMG guise my tester featured, is fast, nimble and very good to look at. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY © DAIMLER AG


ust as a reminder, the SLC range succeeds the earlier SLK models that have been around for many years. The SLK was one of the very first production sportsters by any carmaker to feature a fully retractable metal roof, rather than a fabric top. The 2017 SLC carries on this tradition. When the top is down, this is a fully open roadster, but with it closed, it becomes a weather-tight and cosy small coupé. Retracting the roof is a reasonably swift operation, carried out using a lever that hides under a pop-up cover on the central console. It’s very neatly positioned and easy to use. The SLC is a beautifully styled car from a design viewpoint and boasts many of the detail features you’ll find on more expensive Mercedes-Benz sports cars. Some of these have been picked up from

the legendary Mercedes sports racing cars of the 1950s. It’s a relatively short car as far as the bodywork goes, but it does have a fairly decent trunk that will easily handle a couple’s luggage for a brief road trip. Although a lot of the roof folds into the trunk area, there’s still a reasonable amount of room in there if luggage is carefully stowed. Older SLK AMGs used V-8 power but the 2017 car has switched to a twin turbo V-6. The 3.0-litre unit in the AMG model I drove produces 367-horsepower, more than enough for any driver, especially given today’s busy road conditions. Even so, some automotive scribes have moaned about the reduction in horsepower. The old V-8 certainly had a few extra horses, but the new arrangement makes far more sense when it come to real-world driving.

The V-6 mates to a 9-speed automatic transmission – yes, that’s nine speeds! The engine makes all the appropriate noises and hearing the drivetrain working its way through all those gears is a delight. Using the now ubiquitous steering wheel paddles, the transmission can be shifted manually. This is a very nimble car and can be driven through tight turns quicker than many a more powerful sports car. I had some track experience with the earlier SLK AMG and it really impressed me.


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The cockpit is very snug – perhaps too snug for larger occupants – and the car is designed purely for two. There’s nothing behind the hip-hugging front seats except, perhaps, room to throw a light jacket or a sweater. As with all Mercedes-Benz products, the interior is a joy to operate in with outstanding fit and finish and a satisfying feel to all the controls – and there are lots. My test car had some greatlooking carbon fibre trim items here and there. Out on the road, the car is enormous fun, even at legal speeds. An early morning drive along

Z ENGINE: 3.0-litre twin turbo V-6. Z TRANSMISSION: Nine-speed automatic. Z ACCELERATION: Zero to 100 km/h in 4.7-seconds. Z TOP SPEED: 250 km/h (electronically governed). Z I LIKED: The SLC AMG has just about everything a sports car enthusiast could desire, including lots of usable power, great styling, an outstanding cockpit and a very cleverly designed retractable hardtop. Handling is excellent and the safety features included will keep even inexperienced drivers out of trouble. The car is just as happy in city traffic as it is out on the open road, something you don’t get with more exotic and higher priced roadsters. Z I DIDN’T LIKE: It’s got a very compact interior with limited stowage and cargo space, but is more than adequate for weekend trips. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES: Porsche Cayman and Boxster, Jaguar F-Type, Audi TT RS, Lotus Evora 400, BMW Z4, Chevrolet Corvette. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? Sports car enthusiasts who’d like a Mercedes but may not be prepared to pay the price of an SL model. Owners of Mercedes sedans and SUVs who’d like a sports car in the garage. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Available now from €67.175 (AMG). More docile SLC variants sell for less.

a winding, mountainous, highway would be an exciting run, even sticking to the speed limits, especially with the top down. I was very impressed with the brakes on the SLC too. There are a number of competitors for this model out there, including rivals from BMW and Audi, but most cannot match or exceed the SLC AMG and few have the remarkable history of the Mercedes-Benz brand behind them. For many buyers, the big three-pointed star on the elegant grille is all the excuse they need. e

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They pioneered the permissive society three centuries before the Swinging Sixties and invented capitalism, the microscope and Wi-Fi along the way. And the enlightened Dutch are still setting new ‘firsts’ with their model for a sustainable modern society in a country ranked seventh best in the world to live. Belinda Beckett discovers what it means to Go Dutch.


n the Netherlands, where you can smoke a spliff in a coffeeshop, take a prostitute to a sex drive-in or exercise your right to die with dignity and a doctor’s help, it seems almost anything goes. Call it progressive, permissive or outrageous, the Dutch word is gedogen – tolerance in law – and it’s one of the keys to their identity and success. The country hailed as the legal capital of the world, home to five international law courts including the International Court of Justice in The Hague, doesn’t always stick to the letter of the law itself if there’s a more pragmatic option.

A haven of religious, ethnic and social tolerance since the Dutch Golden Age, this low country of dykes and windmills has condoned same-gender sex for over two centuries, sheltered refugees fleeing the Catholic Inquisitions and provided a sanctuary where controversial foreign philosophers like Descartes and Spinoza could publish and not be damned. The Dutch have always been more interested in trade than ideology, and today 40 per cent have no religion – although they get their protestant work ethic from Calvin. In the 17th century – their Age of Enlightenment – the Dutch Empire

stretched from the Antipodes and Asia to the Pacific and the Americas and still includes the Antilles in the Caribbean. The Dutch East India Company was the world’s first multinational and the first to issue shares in stock, laying the foundations for the modern stock market. The nation’s seminal contributions to modern society can also be seen in the arts, science, medicine, law, invention, discovery and exploration. The Dutch have given us the telescope, the world map, the artificial heart, the dialysis machine, CDs, 4x4s and orange carrots, cultivated in honour of the royal House of Orange and originally purple.


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That spirit of enlightenment continues to provide a fertile soil for innovation and entrepreneurship. Philips, Shell, Unilever, Heineken, Amstel and ING are among famous Dutch brands. Netflix and Uber recently decided to base their European HQs in Amsterdam on the strength of the innovative new tech Start-Up Visa, which gives entrepreneurs a year to develop their ideas in the country. The Netherlands also ranks seventh best country to live in the UN World Happiness report, scoring high for health, life expectancy, GDP per capita and quality of life. ‘A tiny nation which punches above its weight on the world stage, where people have managed to become some of the richest in the world while working fewer hours than almost anyone else,’ is how British expat author Ben Coates describes his adopted homeland in Why the Dutch are Different. Although 22 per cent of the population is of foreign origin – Amsterdam counts more than 150 nationalities – all but four per cent are Dutch citizens, showing how quickly people settle in and opt to go Dutch. Remarkably, some nine in 10 speak English, the language of commerce, well

above the EU’s 54 per cent average, and more than 50 per cent also speak German. The Dutch are also among the healthiest and sportiest citizens and the only EU country not facing an obesity crisis, predicted to affect just 8.5 per cent of the population by 2030, compared to Ireland’s projected 50%. Their history of consensus decision-making, which saw all political parties and creeds pulling together to rebuild after WW2, has also contributed to their success. Dubbed the polder model after their word for land reclaimed from the sea, it stems from centuries of battling flood and tide together in a country where a quarter of the land is below sea level. However even their expansive system of dams and dykes may not be able to hold back the flood of Climate Change, which makes for an eco-conscious nation. They promote bicycles and electric cars over petrol-guzzlers, while solar cycle lanes and green wildlife bridges are among groundbreaking new projects underway. And with the taxpayer’s money they’ve saved on not arresting anyone caught with five grams of marijuana in their back

pocket, they have the budget. Other nations may tut-tut at some of their more progressive policies but the falling crime rate is closing down jails and they’re even letting out spare cell space to the Norwegians, who have the opposite problem. The focus is on building a better society and, as you’ll see, the Dutch are doing that in surprising new ways.


In a country of 18 million bicycles to 17 million residents and 20,000 miles of cycle lanes, the car is fighting a losing battle for the freedom of the road. In the town of Houten, where the only way to get from one district to another is via the ring road, through-traffic has been driven out of some residential areas completely. The Dutch turned away from the car-centric policies in the 1970s and with rising road traffic fatalities and dwindling energy supplies it’s a model other western countries envy. The Netherlands is the safest place in the world to get on your bike with the lowest rate of serious injury per million kilometres cycled, although crash helmets are not compulsory. Dutch citizens cycle an average 2.9km per day and use bicycles for more than a quarter of all trips, compared to just two per cent in the UK. The bakfiets or box bike, resembling a wheelbarrow, is a popular addition to the family transport stable for taking the kids to school and doing the grocery shopping. In 2014, North Holland opened the world’s first solar-panelled bike lane. The SolaRoad, a 100-metre prototype, may be adopted nationwide to power street lighting and electric cars. Sales of plug-in cars have soared as a result of incentives to wave road and vehicle tax. The country is on target to achieve one million on the roads by 2025, when the ban on new petrol and diesel cars comes into force. The aim is to halve CO2 emissions and derive 40 per cent of electricity from sustainable sources by 2050.


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Children as young as 12 and infants under a year old can be euthanised with parental consent and the country’s first child euthanasia clinic is said to be coming any day soon. The termination of human life by a doctor (as opposed to assisted suicide) was introduced in 2002 and is only legal in three other countries. The topic remains controversial, with other nations – America in particular – warning of slippery slopes. But 90 per cent of the Dutch are for it and euthanasia was the way out of choice for 5,516 citizens in 2015 – 50 per cent up on five years ago. The criteria are strict, based on the extent of suffering, absence of reasonable alternatives and a second medical opinion. But there is a push to copy Belgium and end the age restriction while, under the Groningen Protocol adopted in 2005, doctors can, and have, ended the lives of children under the legal age in cases of extreme suffering. There have been two to date, involving ‘butterfly children’ with EB, an incurable disease where the skin peels off when touched, leaving wounds that never heal. Professor Eduard Verhagen, who developed the protocol, says: “We think that some children under the age of 12 are well able to make such important decisions.”


While much of the world struggles with

overcrowded prisons, the Dutch have the opposite problem. They’re short of people to lock up. Crime has shrunk by 25 per cent in the last eight years, 19 prisons have closed their doors with more slated to shut and from one of the highest incarceration rates in Europe, the Netherlands now has one of the lowest: 57 people per 100,000, compared to 148 in England and Wales. Better rehab is one reason. Less than 10 per cent of offenders return to prison after release. Judges are handing down shorter prison sentences and favouring community service orders, fines and electronic tagging, while the focus of policing has shifted from drugs to human trafficking and terrorism.

The Dutch claim their city streets are ‘all but free’ of stray dogs thanks to their new magic formula of Collect, Neuter, Vaccinate and Return (to where they were found or their rightful registered owner). A higher tax on buying a puppy instead of adopting a dog from a shelter, and free sterilisation are other tactics that have been used while abuse or neglect of an animal attracts tough new maximum penalties of three years in jail and a €16.750 fine. Meanwhile, animals legitimately allowed to roam free including deer, boar, frogs, hedgehogs and the endangered European badger are being protected with their own motorway crossings linking green corridors. The Netherlands has over 60, the first introduced in 1988, including the world’s longest outside Amsterdam. The massive structure, completed in 2006, is 50m wide by over 800m long and spans a railway line, business park, river, roadway and sports complex.


Sex tourism is an industry and prostitution is treated like any other job. Sex workers pay income tax and are entitled to state health care. Some cities even provide sex drive-in enclosures called afwerkplekken where street prostitutes and car cruisers can get down to business. Human trafficking by organised crime syndicates is a major downside that has seen a significant number of brothels closed down. But trade is still brisk in Amsterdam where a tour of the city’s red light district and the world-famous windows of De Wallen are on most visitors’ bucket list.


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The Dutch have been gay friendly for longer than you think. Sodomy was decriminalised by Napoleon in 1811 when the country came under French rule and today Amsterdam is LGBT City, courting the pink euro with gay bars, bathhouses, hotels and their own tourist information centre, Pink Point. The neighbouring Homomonument, the world’s first memorial to homosexuals persecuted under the Nazis, is of the same hue, its design emulating the pink triangle badges gay concentration camp inmates were compelled to wear. One triangle points to the oldest LGBT organisation in the world, founded in 1946 under the cover name Centre for Culture and Leisure to provide the gay community with a social meet-up point.

Gay Pride takes to Amsterdam’s canals in August


You can’t get alcohol in a Dutch coffeeshop but you can buy a joint. Licensing the sale and use of cannabis for over-18s was introduced in the 1970s. More recently, the government tried to ban sales to foreigners and introduced a permit for residents known as a ‘weed pass’. Amsterdam and other major tourist centres rebelled and only six cities enforce it. Although cannabis has been decriminalised it’s still illegal – an ongoing anomaly that allows coffeeshops to buy and sell cannabis within the legally-tolerated limit of five grams per customer, while growers and suppliers are officially breaking the law.


Europeans and Americans towered over them in the mid-18th century but Dutch guys have shot up some 20cm over the last 200 years, compared to the Americans measly 6cm vertical growth rate. They’re now the tallest in the world, at an average 182.5cm, and Dutch women are second tallest at 1.69cm. Social equality, universal healthcare and a dairy-based diet have also

played their part… all that Edam and Gouda! They’re also the most physically active EU nation. Some 52 per cent play sport on a weekly basis, well above the European Union average of 38 per cent. They also lead the field in non-sports exercise… all that cycling!


The Dutch are big on part-time work and clock up a shorter working week than any other EU nation. Over 26 per cent of men and 76 per cent of women work less than 36 hours a week. Partly a hangover from world war, when fewer men were called up to fight meaning fewer women went out to work in factories, the country’s post-war wealth made a dual income less of a necessity. That changed in the late 1980s but the cultural conviction that families still needed mothers to be home for tea-time did not. The state worked closely with employers to introduce more part-time jobs with similar legal status to their full-time equivalents and in 2000 the right to ask for a job to be part-time became law. e


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Hieronymus Bosch I always say there are three reasons why, if in Madrid, you simply cannot skip a visit to the Museo del Prado: Velázquez’s Las Meninas, Francisco Goya’s Tres de Mayo, and Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. The latter, a triptych depicting the Garden of Eden on the left, the world in the middle and the Last Judgement on the right, always features on Top 10 lists of the greatest paintings of all time yet it is considered by historians to be one of the most perplexing works by a great artist. For one, historians cannot identify how Bosch managed to steer his painting so far away from the work of contemporaries such as Jan van Eyck or Rogier van der Weyden. It doesn’t help that history has preserved very little information about the artist; we know he lived in


The people of the Netherlands have shone in many sectors – from architecture to graphic design, fashion to sustainable energy. The Dutch have also dazzled in the artistic sphere, impressing culture vultures with groundbreaking work that has redefined our idea of art. These are just a few of Holland’s most famous artists of all time… WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

The Garden of Earthly Delights

(born sometimes in the 1450s, died in 1516)

the lively state of Brabant, enjoyed great popularity in his lifetime, and was part of the Brotherhood of Our Lady – a religious group comprising the elite of the land. Art critics have hailed Bosch’s keen ability to expand the mind the very instant his works are viewed. Regarding The Garden… Art expert R. Falkenberg notes, “When we realise that the work is a reflection of ourselves in front of the painting, as soon as we look inside it we start to dream. It is a mirror image of ourselves.” The painting is filled with phantasmagorical animals, surreal colours (turquoise mountains, for instance) and sculptural landscapes. Every corner is worth hours of contemplation, each part of the whole is filled with grace and beauty; as dreamlike as the painting may be, it invites the viewer to

contemplate both earthly and spiritual matters and to comprehend that as beautiful and wondrous as life is, we will be called upon to answer for the dreams we choose to make real. Dutch novelist, Cees Nooteboom hit the nail on the head when he said, “This painting has been standing there all these years emanating its force, its soul… people before the French Revolution and after the French Revolution, before Marxism and after Auschwitz.” It does, indeed, seem to encapsulate the entirety of human experience and aspirations. Perplexed as to what the painting means, viewers often ask their museum guides for enlightenment… yet as art professor Nélida Piñón so eloquently states, “To explain this painting, you would have to invent words…”


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The Anatomy Lesson

Rembrandt van Rijn


Light and shadow… Rembrandt is the master of these two elusive qualities that mark the difference between caricature and life on the canvas. Rembrandt van Rijn, born in Leiden, worked in three different media – drafting, painting and print. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he did not feel the need to travel the world in search of inspiration. Rembrandt enjoyed great success but also ‘lived above his means’, incurring debt and the wrath of creditors. On a personal note, he suffered greatly, losing three infants and his young wife to illness (his sketches of his languishing wife are subliminal and tragic at once). The painter’s turbulent life was hardly visible in his works, which comprised portraits, landscapes and narrative paintings. His portraits are said to capture the realism of human existence – its beauty and its devastation, like few

other portrait artists have managed to do. Journalist Robert Hughes notes that while artists like Raphael or Poussin have transported us to higher ground through the beauty of their work, “there are artists whose work is not like this. They are the ones who acknowledge human imperfection and mortality. And not only acknowledge it, but in some sense glory in it, making it the prime subject of their art.” Rembrandt was not interested in giving eternal life to the Platonic ideal, but to man as he was – very much in the vein of Caravaggio. It is difficult to point out a ‘best of’ when it comes to this artist – in addition to painting his wealthy patrons, he was also a keen self-portraitist who represented himself with brutal honesty. In his many works, we can appreciate the beauty that lies in all things, but especially, in all that is flawed. Rembrandt the painter


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Johannes V ermeer


Home life was the simple yet, fascinating centre of some of Johannes Vermeer’s best work. He produced relatively few paintings in his lifetime yet, interestingly, his ratio of masterworks is incredibly high, with a quarter of his paintings being considered such. In a poll undertaken recently in the Netherlands, Vermeer was voted the nation’s most loved painter, ousting even Rembrandt himself. Sadly, he never enjoyed the popularity he deserved and struggled financially, leaving his family in debt at the time of his premature demise. According to many critics, the appeal of Vermeer lies in the simplicity of his subject matter; modern man has come to appreciate scenes from daily life somewhat more than the spiritual and religious paintings that were extolled as the apotheosis of great art in past centuries. Some of his greatest works include Girl with a Pearl Earring (which sparked a wonderful film starring Scarlett Johansson as the ill-fated subject of the painting), The Milkmaid (which glorifies domestic virtue) and A Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window (which captures a seemingly important moment in the life of ‘just another girl’…)

Girl with a Pearl Earring Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window

V incent V an Gogh (1853-1890)

Starry Night

A vase filled with lively yellow sunflowers, a starry night, Van Gogh with his bandaged ear… every single one of Vincent’s works are permanently etched upon our collective consciousness, as is the song inspired by him: “This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.” It is certainly ironic that the artist modern man is perhaps most familiar with, died in poverty and relative obscurity, his visionary art given its true place in history many years after his death. Van Gogh today is almost as well known for his turbulent friendship with Gauguin (which lead to an argument after which Vincent mutilated his left ear) as he is for his work. His suicide was the end result of many years of mental illness, and testimony to the fine line that can separate genius from madness. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes Van Gogh’s works so great, though art lovers would surely agree that the ‘moving’ nature of his post-impressionistic work captures the soul in a way that stiller, figurative paintings, fail to do. Having spent many days at the Museo del Prado and made various visits to Parisian musems, I myself must admit that there are only three painters who have captured my soul in their works – Goya, Picasso, but above all, Vincent Van Gogh. The colour and life of his paintings simply must be seen in person. If you are a fan of this great artist, watch out for the upcoming film Loving Vincent, the first feature length painting animation film, due to be premiered sometime in 2017. The film makers imagine various works by Van Gogh, bringing them to life through hours of painstaking work. To keep up with release dates, see


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Colour in harmony

Piet Mondrian


This artist is the ultimate equilibrist of colour, his clean, geometrical ‘composition paintings’ expressing a new interest in weight, balance and an almost Platonic ideal of perfection. His greatest influences where the avante-garde painters of Paris, the city where he discovered and grew enamoured by Picasso and Braque’s revolutionary Cubist work. Mondrian favoured impressionistic styles in his earlier work, progressively discarding the superfluous to capture the very essence of artistic expression. Flat, primary colours are married to black and white in his most famous paintings, with depth and spatial illusion eliminated from the equation. His paintings have had a profound effect on Dutch architecture and graphic design. Despite being minimalistic, Mondrian’s works are incredibly intricate, requiring various attempts, corrections and endless hours. The direction and texture of Mondrian’s brushstrokes are crucial to producing a particular ‘feel’ and critics often refer to the ‘silkiness’ of the white planes in his work. For Mondrian, minimalist imagery was best able to capture “the truth and abstract” which alone could lead to “the foundation of things.” He noted, “I believe it is possible that, through horizontal and vertical lines constructed with awareness, but not with calculation, led by high intuition, and brought to harmony and rhythm, these basic forms of beauty, supplemented if necessary by other direct lines or curves, can become a work of art, as strong as it is true.”

M.C. Escher


This graphic artist, who created woodcuts, lithographs and mezzotints, is known as ‘the mathematician’s ultimate artist’, owing to his interest in themes like hyperbolic geometry, truncated and stellated polyhedra, perspective and symmetry. Escher was no expert, yet he liaised with some of the most prominent mathematicians of his day, reading their work and employing their theories and discoveries in his modernistic works. As a result, his surreal prints draw us into a dreamlike world where fish change into birds then back again, hands draw each other and staircases lead to infinite heights. Despite the strange, wonderful worlds he portrayed, he was above all, interested in order, saying, “In my prints, I try to show that we live in a beautiful and orderly world and not in a chaos without norms, as we sometimes seem to.” Interestingly, Escher experienced a spiritual awakening while visiting the La Alhambra Palace in Granada – a former residence of Arabian kings whose walks and ceilings feature fascinating geographical patterns that intrigued Escher more than individually standing objects. Escher is adored by critics and filmmakers alike, his art influencing the work of Christopher Nolan (think Inception) and designers for the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films.


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Hip, Hop, Hooray! © Marcel Antonisse/Anefo-Nationaal Archief


He was a painter, sculptor and a poet, a founding father of the CoBrA movement in Europe, which emphasised process over product and often relied on primitive, legendary and folkloric elements in its art, as well as constituents contributed by the artists’ children. Bold colours, ‘messy’ handwriting and surprising figures dominated Karel Appel’s canvass, as he attempted to battle the coldness of figureless abstraction and the superficial spontaneity of Jackson Pollock’s action painting. Although the CoBrA movement was frowned upon in the Netherlands, it was received warmly in Denmark and in Paris, the city where Appel lived for may years, travelling afterwards to Mexico, Brazil, New York and many more lively cities. Appel’s surname ironically echoes his childlike fascination with life and human aspiration. His oddly shaped animals are friendly, his mysterious creatures seemingly affectionate and his broken portraits, appealing. Somehow, we sense that Appel very much loved his life and his work, a sensation that is often lacking from the expression of some of history’s most lauded artists. e


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You may not be aware of it but there are Dutch brands around you all the time. The familiar, multinational names behind them are the icons of Dutch industry and testament to this trading nations’ commercial tradition. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

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BRANDS KLM Perhaps the most readily recognised trademark of any country is its national airline, or flag carrier. In the case of The Netherlands, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is not only one of the most highly respected airlines in the world, but also the oldest in operation today. In 2019 it will celebrate its centenary, by which time the iconic sky blue livery will touch down in over 150 destinations across the globe. More than just serving to connect Holland to the world, KLM is the symbol of Dutch timekeeping, efficiency and service.

PHILIPS Though not everyone knows it’s Dutch, Philips is one of the most famous companies to come out of The Netherlands. Founded as a light bulb factory in 1891, the company soon expanded to become an electronics giant producing everything from televisions and fridges to CAT scanners and dental machinery. With operations in over 60 countries worldwide, Philips employs 105,000 people and has long been one of the leading developers of new patents and technologies.

SHELL One of the world´s largest petrochemical firms, this Anglo-Dutch multinational is the product of the fusion of Royal Dutch Petroleum and Shell Transport and Trading. The brand is visible on over 44,000 petrol stations worldwide and is led by CEO Ben van Beurden from its iconic headquarters in The Hague. Though it produces 3.7 million barrels of oil a day, the company is also highly active in the development of renewable energy production. The Shell logo is one of the most instantly recognisable commercial icons in the world.


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AMSTEL-HEINEKEN Almost as universally well-known are the labels of Amstel and Heineken, two major beer brands that have taken Dutch brewing across the world. Amstel, already a global brand in its own right, was taken over by the even larger Heineken group in 1968, and together with other subsidiaries account for a large part of the global beer market. So much so that the classic green Heineken bottle and red star are associated with beer the world over. GROLSCH Not as big but all the more quirky for it is Grolsch, with the famous flip-top and charming green bottle marking it out as a connoisseur’s beer across the globe. Known as ‘De Beugel’, the Swing Top, the ritual of flipping open a bottle of Grolsch is almost as enjoyable as the beer itself, and like Philips this brand enjoys close links to its roots and sponsors a major Dutch football club.



DAF What started as a trailer manufacturer from Eindhoven eventually became an international truck brand seen on all the different continents. A relatively short foray into producing quirky little cars briefly distracted the company, but to this day DAF trucks are associated with quality and power, leaving luxury sports car maker Spyker to carry the flag for Dutch automobile design and production. SPYKER Inspired by a luxurious Dutch car brand of the pre-war era, the Spyker name was reborn in 1999, now as a bespoke maker of some of the most exclusive sports cars available. What Spyker lacks in volume production it more than makes up for in sheer luxury and refinement, producing exquisite models such as the C8 Aileron and C12 Zagato. The company also raced at Le Mans and even had a team in the 2007 Formula One season.


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AKZO NOBEL Holland could not be a neighbour of Germany and not be good at technology. Philips and Shell are engineering giants, but only part of a long list of distinguished companies in a wide variety of technological fields. They include the likes of Stork Technical Services, Fokker Aerospace and pharmaceutical specialist DSM, with chemical company Akzo Nobel tracing its origins back to 1792. The concern, which is one of the leading producers of paints in the world, merged with Nobel Industries in 1994 to form one of the leading global chemical companies. TOM TOM Such established companies continue to be competitive in today’s environment, where they are joined by the many start-ups in what has become an increasingly dynamic commercial environment. Dutch commercial and technical skills combine in such household names as Trust, a manufacturer of computer accessories, and Tom Tom, which produces navigation, mapping and also action cameras and GPS sports watches. Founded in 1991, Tom Tom has become a globally recognised brand.

BANKING ABM AMRO A merger of Amsterdam and Rotterdam banks, ABN AMRO grew from being one of the largest banks in The Netherlands to an international financial concern operating across the world. Active in a broad range of financial services, including retail banking and wealth management, it has sailed through the storms of the financial crisis to emerge leaner and healthier, a testament to the management skills of a country that founded the world’s first stock exchange.

ING Also active in retail, commercial and investment banking, as well as asset management and insurance, ING stands for Internationale Nederlanden Groep. Not a lot of people know this, even though many around the world are clients of this growing international concern. In fact, there are over 50 million of them in more than 40 countries, making the ING Group one of the main international banks.


C&A Another brand that many are familiar with but few know is Dutch is C&A, the clothing retailer seen across Europe. Founded in 1841, C&A is still a family owned business that operates around 2,000 outlets in Europe, China, Mexico and Brazil. There are over 100 in Spain alone, with Beyoncé launching a clothing line in conjunction with C&A.


ENDEMOL Created by Dutch television producers Joop van den Ende and John de Mol, Endemol is the force behind many globally syndicated TV programmes. Think you don’t know them? Think again, for Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Wipeout, Tu Cara me Suena and The Million Pound Drop are just some of their TV shows. But Endemol also produces television series such as Benidorm, The Fall and Hot in Cleveland, among many others.

UNILEVER The last in the list of international Dutch brands is one you use all the time in one form or another. You may not recognise the name of the corporation headquartered in Rotterdam, but you’re likely to know many of its everyday brands and products intimately, including: Flora margarine, Magnum ice cream, Sunsilk shampoo, Omo laundry detergent, Dove soap, Lipton tea, Knorr soups, Helmann’s mayonnaise, PG Tips, Pot Noodle, Ben & Jerry’s, Bovril, Royco, Calvé and Conimex. A Spyker car is perhaps one of the most desirable Dutch brands to own, but Unilever really does reach right across the world. e


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eparated by a relatively small stretch of the North Sea, Holland and England are all but neighbours with a lot in common, yet the long list of English phrases involving the Dutch suggests the relationship has not always been entirely cordial.


Some terms involving the word Dutch are entirely functional and descriptive in nature. They include the hardworking Dutch Shepherd, a dog breed related to the Alsatian, a type of hair architecture known as a Dutch Braid, classic Dutch Colonial architecture and a Dutch Auction, which runs the opposite way to a conventional one by lowering the price until someone snaps up the goods. Even though Dutch is originally derived from Lower German (Northern German), and English also descends from old dialects spoken in what are now Holland and Northern

Germany, much confusion reigns when it comes to describing things from this part of the world.


Though in basic terms their language derives from Dutch, the English have always struggled to understand the somewhat more guttural utterings of their neighbours across the choppy North Sea. True, the language may lack the dulcet tones of French or the passionate exclamations of Italian, but the English are famous for being linguistically challenged, which puts terms such as Double Dutch into perspective. If truth be told, there were actually quite a few Brits who did master the language during the Dutch Golden Age, when English was not yet a universal language and merchants would make it their business to understand and be understood in the major trading ports of Europe. Besides making a point of their lack of understanding, the English also reserved much of their venom for the Dutch: Dutch Widow (a prostitute), Dutch Concert (a lot of noise), Dutch Defence (a shambolic defence), Dutch Leave (defecting), Dutch Courage (referring to those who are only brave when drunk) and Dutch Talent (things not done

The Dutch Shepherd – related to the Alsatian

A remarkable number of English phrases make reference to one of England’s closest neighbours, The Netherlands. As someone who uses both as a first language, Michel Cruz delves into this phenomenon.

to proper, shipshape nautical procedure). Though many have passed into the common vernacular and continue to be used today, the above are not exactly kind, and have their origins in a time long before political correctness. As some of the words indicate, they also have a naval military background, coming from an era during which the British and the Dutch were vying for control of the seas. The ensuing battle for mercantile and colonial control lead to a series of wars, and in spite of the derisive phrases thought up by the English, the smaller nation did itself proud and routed the Royal Navy with regularity. Of the three major AngloDutch wars, the first was a draw and the following two were won by the Dutch, while during the Raid on the Medway, they sailed up the Thames and scuttled the Royal Navy. Dutch military performance was therefore not deserving of contempt, but nations tend to vilify one another during war and the English have a particular reputation for this, as with the French during the Napoleonic Wars and the Germans particularly during World War One. However, there are English references to the Dutch that touch a nerve, alluding as they do to their Calvinist tendency towards

The Raid on the Medway – a major Dutch success

thrift bordering on stinginess. Going Dutch is the same thing as a Dutch Date or a Dutch Treat, in which you end up splitting the bill. In this sense, Dutch Generosity is also a bit of an oxymoron, while Dutch Comfort means it could have been even worse and a Dutch Agreement is effectively made under false pretences when drunk. Few would say the Dutch are cheats but their reputation for tough negotiation and thriftiness has made them successful in business, along with flexibility and a talent for languages. Thankfully, some of the phrases used are also positive, such as the Dutch Uncle who offers stern but kind and helpful advice, but on the whole the phrases that have come to us from the 16th and 17th centuries were coined and had propaganda value during times of war and competition, long before the British, and much of Europe, came to regard the Dutch as a fun-loving, liberal nation. e

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Ajax, Feyenoord, Cruyff and van Basten are just some of the names in the pantheon of Dutch football, which has produced a unique phenomenon – the Orange Machine. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ


Ruud van Nistelrooy was a star player with Holland, PSV, Man Utd and Málaga

hink of major football tournaments and one of the enduring images is that of happy legions of Dutch fans dressing entire sections of stadiums and cities in orange. The contribution made by Dutch football and its loyal fans has become such a part of the international scene that we sorely missed them at the European Championships in 2016, when the Dutch national team didn’t qualify for the first time in 14 years. Gone were the tens of thousands of beer-guzzling but happy fans that turn every match into a riotous carnival. Gone was also the attractive, attacking style of football for which the orange team has become famous around the world, but where does this ability of the Dutch to punch way above their weight come from? We think back to the likes of van Basten, Gullit and Rijkaard in the eighties and nineties, and back to the legendary Johan Cruyff, who burst onto the global

scene in the late sixties, yet the roots of Dutch football excellence lie in a rivalry that remains as intense today as it was more than 60 years ago.

THE CLASSIC Spain has the inimitable clasico between Real and Barcelona, Scotland the Old Firm between Celtic and Rangers, Brazil Fla–Flu, Argentina Boca–River Plate and England the likes of Man Utd–Liverpool and Arsenal–Spurs, while in Italy the matches between Milan, Inter and Juventus are classics too. In Holland the ‘Klassieker’ also embodies a match that not only pitches the flowing style of Ajax against the heart and brawn of Feyenoord, but also represents the battle between two different cultures. Without wanting to generalise too much, you could say that Ajax represents the bourgeois trading tradition of Amsterdam while Feyenoord embodies the soul of Rotterdam as an industrial city and trading port. It is this clash of cultures that has produced one of the most intense rivalries in football. In the early days, Feyenoord, still potentially the best-supported club in the country, had the upper hand, with names such as Coen Moulijn that are legendary in Holland but little known elsewhere. However, it was the decades of the fifties and sixties that paved the way for a new generation of players still very much enthralled by the Ajax-Feyenoord rivalry. By the late 1960s an unprecedented new crop of talent would emerge to lift Dutch football out of relative obscurity and propel it to the top of the game. Though Feyenoord, with players such as Wim van Hanegem, Rinus Israël and Ove

Kindvall, was the first Dutch club to lift the European (Champions) Cup in 1970, it was Ajax that would come to dominate European and world club football for the next few years.

TOTAL FOOTBALL Not since the halcyon days of Real Madrid in the fifties had a team shown such dominance, and when you look at the line-up you realise why Ajax won three straight European Cups in a row – often humiliating whoever crossed their path. The ‘Total Football’ played by Ajax and developed by coach Rinus Michels came to serve as a graveyard for famous clubs and big reputations as the success of Ajax was passed on to that of the national team. Johan Cruyff is the unmistakable star of this generation, one of the top-five greatest players of all time, but it also included the likes of Johan Neeskens, Johnny Rep, Ruud Krol, Arie Haan, Arnold Mühren and Rob Rensenbrink, aided by veterans Piet Keizer and Sjaak Swart. Holland burst onto the international scene at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, where it swept all before it and established the reputation of the orange team. Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina were all humbled until the Dutch stood in the final against their rivals. Famously, the German team, with stars like Beckenbauer, Breitner and Gerd Müller never so much as got to touch the ball until the Dutch opened the score. German tenacity showed in the end, and losing the world cup while being the best team was something a whole generation in Holland never quite got over, even though they managed to reach the 1978 final again.


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Messi’s Argentina frustrated Robben’s Holland to reach the 2014 world cup final

Johan Cruyff was a legendary player and a ground-breaking coach

THE ORANGE MACHINE In spite of a lean spell in the late seventies and early eighties, the reputation of Dutch football remained strong, and the rivalry between Ajax, Feyenoord and now also PSV produced a new generation of stars. Ronald Koeman, Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten are perhaps the best known of the many great Dutch players of this era, and they would lead Ajax and PSV to success before becoming legends at clubs such as AC Milan and Barcelona. It was also this generation that would finally break the duck and claim a major international title when it won the 1988 European Championships in style. The fact that the tournament was held in West Germany made it so much the sweeter. By the 1990s the Orange Machine was producing a veritable conveyor belt of talent, with the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Frank de Boer, Marc Overmars, Edgar Davids and Clarence Seedorf, later joined by Ruud van

Nistelrooy, Rafael van der Vaart, Robin van Persie, Dirk Kuyt and Arjen Robben setting many a tournament alight and helping the orange squad to the semi-finals in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2014, and the final of the 2010 world cup. The Dutch league is in good health and will continue to produce top players, even though it will be hard for it to compete for European Cup glory with big spending clubs from the

Premiership and La Liga, where foreign owners pour untold sums into creating multinational cup-winning teams. For the Dutch, however, the Orange Machine will continue to be the main source of pride as it strives to maintain an envious reputation that adds colour and quality to world football. e

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Movers and Shakers from the Netherlands The Netherlands is, perhaps, best known for the romantic canals of Amsterdam, its colourful landscapes and scenic windmills, but its people have also left their mark on the world, shining in a variety of genres – from science to art, entertainment to music. Marisa Cutillas invites you to discover more about just a handful of Holland’s most famous personalities.

Paul V erhoeven

This talented director, producer and screenwriter directed some of cinema’s most exciting and lucrative films, including RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990) and Basic Instinct (1992). Boasting a total of nine Oscar nominations, Verhoeven is known as much for his ability to create fast-paced thrillers, as he is for being a learned scholar with a profound interest in history. In 2011, he published the book Jesus of Nazareth, which taps into the characteristic shared by the Messiah with some of modern history’s greatest political leaders. Verhoeven does the unimaginable, distancing himself from the Christ of myth to emphasise his important role as political leader: "The Romans saw [Jesus] as an insurrectionist, what today is often called a terrorist. It is very likely there were ‘wanted’ posters of him on the gates of Jerusalem. He was dangerous because he was proclaiming the Kingdom of Heaven, but this wasn’t the Kingdom of Heaven as we think of it now, some spectral thing in the future, up in the sky. For Jesus, the Kingdom of Heaven was a very tangible thing. Something that was already present on Earth, in the same way that Che Guevara proclaimed Marxism as the advent of world change. If you were totalitarian rulers, running an occupation like the Romans, this was

troubling talk, and that was why Jesus was killed." One of Verhoeven’s most fascinating works is Starship Troopers (a comical satire about right-wing militarism). The film, which was largely misunderstood upon its release in 1997, is centred on man’s obsession with colonising outer space. After one too many provocations, a group of gigantic black aliens decide to take revenge, attacking Planet Earth and provoking the wrath of soldiers, whose motto throughout the film is “The only good bug is a dead bug.” A truly hilarious, entertaining, riveting work that taps into the addictive nature of war. Additional Verhoeven must-sees include Turkish Delight (1973) – the most romantic of all the director’s work; Black Book (2006) – set during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands; and Elle (2016) – a powerful CEO of a successful video gaming company tries to discover the identity of the man who raped her.


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There are many talented DJs who make us get up and dance – David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Avicii and Skrillex are some of the world’s best known. However, when it comes to the cold hard figures, the indisputable king is Tiësto, estimated to have a net worth of $22 million and reputed to rake in around €238.000 per nightly performance.


The DJ has taken home numerous MTV awards and been nominated for a Grammy. He was also entrusted with performing at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympics in Athens. His list of collaborators include everyone from Kanye West to Coldplay and he is famed for writing catchy tunes with a soulful air that play on the emotions and lift the spirits in ways few other composers can. Some of Tiësto’s greatest hits include Adagio for Strings (which absolutely transports the mind into another galaxy), Urban Train (a trance tune with a catchy rhythm) and Traffic (which is as energetic as it

is addictive). Insomia, meanwhile, is Tiësto at his commercial best – an unbelievably inspirational upbeat tune. Tiesto was a young boy in Breda, Netherlands, when he discovered his love for music. By 14, he was already DJing professionally at parties and events, and by his early 20s he was setting the night on fire at several of Holland’s top clubs. His first commercial success comprised a series of seven CDs called Magik – positive sales figures led the DJ to produce his own music under the label Black Hole, which has raked in millions. In 1999 Tiësto gave one of the defining performances of

his life: a concert at the Inner City musical festival, where a huge crowd was said to have been transported to new heights thanks to Tiësto’s powerful beats, trance intervals and smooth mixing abilities. Today, he continues to rock the house in countries across the world, but he holds a special place in his heart for the Netherlands. In 2004, following the release of Just Be, he was knighted by Queen Beatrix of Holland. Tiësto has enjoyed many firsts – he was the first DJ to play at the Olympics, the first to have a Reebok sneaker named after him and the first in his field to sell out a solo concert in a stadium.


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A rmin van Buuren

Another famous EDM musician is Armin van Buuren, host of weekly radio show, A State of Trance (with an audience of over 37 million) and record holder of the Top DJ Award by DJ Mag (van Buuren has won five times). Van Burren was always a music lover – as a little boy he would save all the money he earned on his newspaper route to buy records and at the age of 10, his mother won a computer, thus piquing his interest in technology. Says the DJ, “As a little nerdy kid I was writing my own basic programmes and learnt about technology from there.” Armin progressed from making simple mix tapes for friends to more complex mixes when he began experimenting with different sequences alongside his uncle. “I was so stunned by what I saw him doing on the computer that I got addicted to creating music right there and then!” van Buuren knew that music was his calling but thought it was “wise to have a back-up plan,” so he completed a Masters in Law at Leiden University. Music was his calling, though, and during his studies, he began testing his mettle at various clubs. In 1999, he met producer, Dave Lewis, who introduced him to big movers and shakers in England and the United States. ““I see it as my responsibility to promote

trance as a genre, and I want to support it in every way I can. Music should connect us. As long as the music keeps evolving like it is, I will continue and I don’t see any reason to slow it down,” says the DJ. Following the release of various hit albums, van Buuren authorised radio presenter, Coen Bom to present an on-the-road biography called Armin Only, in which his personality and dreams were revealed. Some milestones in his career include the DJ set he played at the Museumplein Amsterdam in July, 2010, to honour the Dutch national soccer team’s great performance at the FIFA World Cup. In 2013, van Buuren became the first solo dance artist to perform at Madison Square Garden (the event was

a complete sell-out). In the same year, he set off on his world tour, playing in 33 cities, including New York, Sydney, Johannesburg and Toronto. In January 26, 2016, he embarked on another World Tour, a hectic experience which he combined with his regular gig as radio host. Despite his success, he is still a humble man at heart, who seeks to strike the perfect balance between his frenetic professional life and his private one. The father of two is also a producer and owner of the music label, Armada Music.


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Famke Janssen

She’s got “a mind for business and a bod for sin,” as well as oodles of talent and the kind of looks that exude intelligence and integrity. Born and raised in Amstelveen in the Netherlands, Janssen initially planned on becoming an economist, pursuing studies in this field for just a year at the University of Amsterdam. Her stunning classical looks and her interest in all things artistic steered her onto another path, of course, that of high-end modelling. At the age of 20, she was already working in the United States, having signed with top company, Elite Model Management. Television was next: Janssen took small roles in various series, including Star Trek: the Next Generation. Her first big screen role was in 1992 crime film, Fathers and Sons, starring the magnificent Jeff Goldblum, though her definitive role was that of arch-villain Xenia Onatopp, in the James Bond film, GoldenEye. Since then, she has shone in films and series alike, including X-Men, Celebrity, and Nip/Tuck. She has also tried her hand at directing, and is a passionate crusader for animal rights, having worked alongside PETA to raise awareness of the issue. Somewhere along her starlit career, she also managed to obtain a Creative Writing and Literature degree from Columbia University and to

serve as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. Catch some of her best work on hit series The Blacklist: Redemption. Janssen also has three films lined up for 2017: Mes trésors, Once Upon a Time in Venice and This Is Your Death. Janssen additionally fights for women’s rights in the competitive entertainment industry. She expressed her disappointment, for instance, when a younger actress was hired to play the character she originally played (Jean Grey) in X-Men: Apocalypse. She told Entertainment Weekly: “Women, it’s interesting because they’re replaced, and the older versions are never to be seen again. Whereas the men are allowed to be both ages. Sexism. I think that I should be back along with my younger version, the way that we’ve seen it with Magneto and Professor X.”

Doutzen Kroes

This model and actor is only 31, yet she has made a big name for herself in the United States, with an estimated net worth of over €18 million. Holding the number two spot in Forbes’ top earning models list, she has been described as the ‘Helen of Troy of advertising’ by

Most of the world’s best known models report having been scouted while out and about with friends or family, but Kroes entered the modelling world the hard way: by creating a portfolio and signing up at an agency in Holland. In 2005, she was hired as the cover for an edition of Vogue Italy, fast gaining fame and landing a highly coveted spot as a Victoria’s Secret model. She also took up acting classes in New York and was rewarded with a role in Dutch adventure film, Nova Zembla. Recently, she was cast in one of the most hotly awaited films of 2017: Wonder Woman, starring the enigmatic Gal Gadot. Kroes will be playing one of the Amazons of Themyscira, the powerful warrior race who ‘lend’ the

beautiful Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) to human beings in need of a different kind of hero. The film will feature a number of strong, capable female roles, played by actors the calibre of Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya and Robin Wright. Kroes is also a proud mother of two children. When she was pregnant with her daughter, she announced that she would always tell her child, “You’re smart” instead of “You’re beautiful.” Kroes stated that her dream was for her child to obtain an education and to carve her own road. She said, ““Though I love my job, I’m not changing the world. I’d love for her to study and to have different aspirations. We need to teach girls they can become presidents, and it’s not about beauty all the time.” e


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Built: 156 m2 Terrace: 36 m2 Price: 385.000€

Marques de Atalaya. Lovely 2 bedroom corner apartment close to San Pedro and with views over the sea, pool, the golf course and a backdrop of the mountains. Luxury development with 24h security, several swimming pools, gym indoor heated pool and a tennis court. R736099

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Nueva Andalucia Front Line Golf. Luxury 4 bedroom villa near Los Naranjos Golf course. Refurbished to a very high standard with views straight to the golf course. Two bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs, one of these being the oversized master suite with dressing room. Basement with garage and extra bedroom with bathroom. R2836781

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The Dutch are among the most notable expats living on the Costa del Sol. Through their organisations, businesses and investments they form part of and contribute greatly to the cosmopolitan community that is Marbella. Like many other Northern Europeans, the Dutch first discovered Spain en masse in the 1960s, when affordable jet travel opened up new worlds. By the 1970s they were among the leading sources of tourists in the Mediterranean, punching – as is often the case – above their weight. In previous centuries this trading nation would be present in all the world’s ports; today they are just as well represented in its major tourist destinations. The Dutch arrived in Marbella via earlier

hotspots such as the Costa Brava, finally succumbing to the advantages of air travel in favour of traversing France and Spain by car. This brought destinations such as Marbella and Tenerife to within less than three hours of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, and since the 1990s a lot of Dutch citizens have bought holiday homes here and made it their home. Since then, the link between Marbella and Holland has continued to grow, and the permanent Dutch community has integrated itself into the fabric of the local community. Among them are retirees, tourism professionals, bakers, butchers, property developers, teachers, entrepreneurs and real estate agents – all bringing the particular Dutch brand of know-how, commercial spirit and innovation to the Costa del Sol.


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OSCAR ERNSTSEN, Villa & Fincas Country Properties The Dutch real estate agent who has become an expert in country properties ended up in Marbella quite per chance. “We always liked the area from holidays, so when I was invited to Sotogrande by developers while working in Vale do Lobo, a luxury resort in the Algarve, I became reacquainted with the Costa del Sol.” Not much later, Oscar took a post with Dutch developer La Perla Living and settled here permanently. “My first love, however, is the Andalusian countryside, so we set up a country property agency in 2001 specialising in country homes, hunting estates, wineries and olive

groves. Though it is close by, Casares is more authentically Andalusian, so we learned our Spanish ‘on the go’ and quickly integrated.” Besides the gorgeous nature and charming country properties, Oscar and his wife Anita are drawn to the climate and culture of the area they live in. “The air is still very pure and, while we work hard, the quality of life we enjoy is a pleasure, especially when compared to the big cities. My work takes me to the most amazing parts of Andalucía, where I really experience its history, stumbling upon Roman foundations in rural haciendas. When in the country, we mostly stop at local

restaurants and also discover this part of a culture that is a pleasure to immerse yourself into.” Though forever a ‘guiri’ to the locals, he and his family feel very much at home. “I have Dutch friends and am a member of the Marbella Dutch Business Club, but I think it’s fair to say this is our home. With places like Málaga becoming more and more sophisticated and a greater level of maturity and professionalism developing along the Costa del Sol, I think this region has a great future ahead of it. After all, the lifestyle it offers is an increasingly precious commodity.”


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MARIJKE DE NIER, Residencia Estates Typical of a lot of people who have become long-term residents, Marijke arrived in Marbella more or less by accident, having originally taken an internship with a pool company in Barcelona. “My family is also in the pool business, so it was a familiar environment in an unfamiliar setting.” The connection with the Spanish climate and way of life was easily made, so in 1991, after a year in Barcelona, she followed the company and relocated to Marbella. “I had no preconceived plans to make Marbella my home but it just happened that way. Once you get used to the lifestyle it’s hard to leave,” says the owner of Residencia Estates, which she founded in 2000 after earning her stripes in property sales. “We grew very fast in the beginning, building primarily on our Dutch clientele, but

over the years we have become known as the Elviria specialists, and this expertise is very much our niche now.” Marijke loves Marbella, the big city pleasures of Málaga and the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside, but Elviria is very much her home. “It’s a sub-market within Marbella that has a very balanced feel in terms of nationalities, product types and price ranges, so most of our clients are Northern Europeans in the mid to higher segments, for the most part educated and interesting people, which makes our job so much more fun.” The company withstood the recession well, in part thanks to the high degree of stability within the Elviria market, and now consists of seven members, including a concierge team. “We are dedicated to

our work but also know how to have fun.” Marijke enjoys golf, sailing and walking and training her dog, but she and her colleagues also volunteer for the Bancosol food bank twice a year. “I appreciate Marbella’s way of life, its rich light and cosmopolitan spirit, so it’s only natural that you should contribute to the community in return.” Would she go back to Holland? “I’ve pretty much been here all my adult life, so in some ways I’m as Spanish as I am Dutch.” Typical of the Dutch, she doesn’t enclose herself within an expat community but does maintain a professional and social network that includes organisations such as the Marbella Dutch Business Club. “Marbella is a unique place, though one day I might become a client of Oscar’s and retire to a country property with dogs and horses.”


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FRANK KNIPSCHILD, Kolektiv Originally a qualified financial planner who worked in private banking in The Netherlands, Frank came to Marbella in 1999, following a world trip that changed the course of his life. “I was doing well materially but not excited by my work or my lifestyle, so I took a sabbatical and travelled for a year.” Once back, he realised that he didn’t want to return to his old life, so he packed it in and moved to Spain. “My girlfriend and I drifted down along the coast until we got to Marbella. It had the right mix of dynamism and laid-back lifestyle, so we decided to stay.” He worked in real estate for a while until a chance meeting set him on his current career path. “My business partner and I began to specialise in producing videos for

the real estate business.” It was an early start in what has since become a more serious profession, for these days Kolektiv is just that, a collective of creative film, photo and editing professionals that produces state-ofthe-art promotional material for major companies. “We are lucky in that we live in Marbella but the majority of our clients are abroad, so we get to enjoy the local lifestyle while also travelling a lot and working in a very professional environment.” His clients include large corporations, the makers of luxury yachts and major events such as the Turkish Open. “We produce video footage for the golf tournaments held in 100 cities that serve as qualification for the Turkish Open in Antalya.”

He enjoys the travel and the challenges at this level of work, which have taken him on a very different course from the life he had in Holland. “I succeeded in changing paths and have never looked back with any regret. There have been tough times but the great thing about the life I lead in Marbella is that it does not depend on money and material things the way today’s way of life in Northern Europe does. I live in the town, walk to my office and when I pop out for a coffee downstairs I’m surrounded by the authentic bustle of a Spanish city. It makes you realise it’s often the simple things that offer pleasure, like strolling on the Paseo Marítimo, grabbing a cocktail with friends or heading off to Tarifa for the weekend.” e


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REAL CAPITAL SOLUTIONS and t he A rt of Development

With eight projects under its banner on the Costa del Sol, it is hard to imagine that RCS has only been active in the Marbella market since 2013. However, this is an experienced global player well versed in the art of property development. What’s more, they have hit the road running. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF RCS

Our experience and hands-on approach to investment and development enables us to spot potential that other companies often overlook,” says Peter Wells, Managing Partner of Real Capital Solutions Spain, the company he founded with Chairman Marcel Arsenault and fellow partner Taylor Cox. “I travel the world and I am introduced to a great number of possible development sites, but when we came here in the midst of the real estate crisis we recognised that this was a market about to take off again.” However, this was not obvious to

many in the industry and RCS were pretty much pioneers when they launched their development company in Spain with projects such as Cosmo Beach, Mediterra and Valley Heights. These unfinished projects were artfully completed and thoroughly modernised by the RCS Spain team to suit a new generation of buyers. Thus transformed, they proved to be a runaway success that sold out in a matter of months, generating sales in excess of €50 million – and so a new success formula was born in Marbella real estate.

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS “We began with re-launches of this kind but soon saw the market embracing new construction, due both to a growing shortage of unsold bank-owned inventory and the surging demand for newly built properties featuring the latest architectural styles and technological amenities.” Flexible by nature, RCS Spain was once again among the first to react when it funded La Montesa de Marbella in Cabopino Golf. This project stands out for its appealing, imaginative design, which features elements of retro-futuristic Modernism. La Montesa sold in record time and set the standard for subsequent new development in the Marbella area. The company’s current projects, however, each follow their

The panoramic location of Treana

own formula and path of creativity. “We could spin off versions of this project, but that’s not the way RCS works. You have to respect the market and the buyers and give them a uniquely created product that suits each particular setting and target audience and that’s what we specialise in.” As a result, their current developments of Aria and Arboleda are entirely unique in concept and design.

TREANA Having already established a firm reputation as a leading developer of contemporary villas and apartments from Estepona and Benahavís to Marbella and Benalmádena, RCS Spain is set to launch Treana, a project of 53 luxurious apartments on 2.3 hectares of prime real estate

between El Madroñal and Monte Halcones. “The setting near the Ronda road is simply spectacular, with breathtaking views of the coast. This property deserves a first class development and we take this responsibility very seriously. It is our privilege to bring Treana to the Costa del Sol.” Architects Maiz & Diaz were tasked with creating a design that emphasises form and function with eye-catching lines which blend into the scenery and make the most of the panoramic views from this sensational location. “These gorgeous homes will feature glass walls and open living spaces to take full advantage of the panoramic views. We’re also incorporating warm, natural materials and surrounding Treana with beautiful

gardens and lakes to set a new standard for style, elegance and quality of life,” says Wells. Other special features include optional private pools and Jacuzzis, double parking spaces, shaded picnic and play areas, a spa and leisure centre and a state of the art gym. “To date we have invested over €85 million in Marbella and we are committed to creating world-class developments throughout the Costa del Sol.” Given its track record, we take RCS Spain seriously when they say this will be a first in luxury apartments on this coast, for they certainly do know the art of property development. i

Treana’s surroundings from the air

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Jean-Pierre Martel and his team

The Andrew Martin showroom on the Golden Mile is new, but designer Jean-Pierre Martel is a highly respected name responsible for creating the interiors of the Puente Romano, Marbella Club, The Ritz Madrid, El Lodge, La Suite and many other prestigious establishments. In his hands, the ďŹ ne quality furnishings of Andrew Martin form the basis for interior spaces that transcend mere fads and trends to make design a very personal and sensory experience. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

Unique antiques such as this Thai silk screen are ideal for blending with modern decors


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Personalised furnishings and fun decorative items give your home character

e live in an age of design, and yet we allow ourselves to be swayed and seduced by the ebb and flow of styles created for mass consumption. Design is a highly personal, sensory element in our lives, as it provides the ultimate opportunity to express our personality and build a space around us in which we feel optimally at home, comfortable and, above all, happy. They say you should surround yourself with the things you love, and never a truer word was spoken. Yet rather than explore an aesthetic that reflects our own personal experience of beauty and happiness, we follow the diktats of what I tend to call the ‘fashion police’ – those mysterious beings who have the power to decide what’s in and what’s out. While this may arguably work in fashion, it is a great waste to let them into your home. Unfortunately many do, lacking the confidence to develop their own unique home environment while slavishly decorating according to the latest ‘must-have’ look. For those in the know, however, interior design is something very different and, above all, a fun world of personal exploration.

Luxurious Andrew Martin furnishings form the basis for Jean-Pierre Martel’s designs


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Collectible items are very much a part of home décor now

THE TIMELESS TOUCH And so design is split between those who can competently reproduce the style du jour and those who have the eye and the flair to create something special. “The latter, by its very nature, is sometimes hard to define,” says Jean-Pierre Martel, a leading designer resident in Marbella since the 1980s. “This is because such a design is a rather singular thing, inspired by visual styles and references that are in the public domain, but then filtered through individual taste, life philosophy and setting to become something quite unique and representative of the client and/ or designer.” A timeless design is therefore unshackled by the style decrees of the day and free to roam, explore and open up a treasure trove of creative possibilities. It is a confident private client who leaves behind fashions such as the somewhat soulless modern minimalism of a few years ago and works with an interior designer to create something special and unique to them. “When approached like this, it becomes something of a journey of self-discovery, for we are seldom asked to think about and really define our own personal sense of style and wellbeing. This sensory awakening is often as much fun as the end product itself."


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Expect the unexpected at Andrew Martin Marbella

Jean-Pierre has an impressive portfolio of such private clients, here and abroad, but commercial projects have always made up a large part of his work too. As a result, his résumé reads like a who’s who in the world of hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and spa resorts, including names such as Suite, Le Mirage, the Los Monteros and the Schlösse Hotel Group. “Exclusive establishments of this kind have the need to create a timeless décor that stands the test of time. What’s more, it has to have an identity of its own, as in this category, generic ‘nice contemporary design’ is not enough to stand out from the rest and engage discerning clients from around the world.” The latter are less likely to be impressed with something just because it follows a trend – they want to be somewhere that has an edge and personality to it, a trend-setter.

The showroom features many items you won’t find elsewhere


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Pop art is highly collectible these days

Fine quality decorative pieces in the hands of a master a stunning home make

BLENDING STYLES When creating sophisticated interiors, be it for a private client or a corporate one, the degree of deviation from the mean is entirely up to the client, allowing projects to range from personal to quirky and downright eccentric. “What’s wrong with eccentric? You only live once, so if a client wants something truly outside of the box that’s what we develop together,” says Jean-Pierre, who adds eclectic elements to the refined quality of Andrew Martin furnishing in order to take interior designs in different directions. Indeed, while the Andrew Martin showroom on the Golden Mile features the luxury British brand’s range of furniture, soft fabrics and decorative items – all of which can be bought as individual units – it is one of the most interesting places you could step into in Marbella. For lovers of design with a touch of quirky style this is a veritable treasure trove full of inspirational artwork, one-off decoration pieces and 20th century antiques. “Though the end product is varied, we don’t create mad interiors but build on a solid foundation in terms of colour tones, fabrics, textures and proportions. Clients use different design styles as their original starting point, or inspiration, but from there onwards, we create a sense of identity and character by adding eclectic elements that allow a room to escape conformity without losing any aesthetic appeal or sophistication. Quite the contrary.”

The showroom stands out for its unique design pieces


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The finest quality fabrics set the tone for an exclusive home interior

Jean-Pierre Martel is a master at blending styles and the ingredients of an interior in this way to produce an outcome that is much more than simply stylish or visually beautiful. “If done properly, each and every décor impacts you in a range of positive ways.” A room can, and really should, make you feel relaxed, privileged, excited, creative or simply happy. “Thanks to international contacts built up over many years in the business, we can source not only beautiful materials and expertly crafted decorative pieces but also unique items that can range from Art Deco and Pop Art to classical and avant-garde, but that you’re very unlikely to bump into elsewhere.” With the top designers, therefore, the emphasis is not on giving you ‘the latest’ style, but rather the best, and the latter is always based on refinement, quality and a very personal taste that reflects the project and owner. “This is what ultimately defines a timeless design – that which not only stands the test of time and remains impressive and beautiful long after successive fashions have succeeded one another, but which also is as unique as its owner and occupant. Ultimately such designs, interiors and homes are far more interesting and visually captivating than those that paint by number. In the world of true home design we wish to start with a clean canvas every time.” i

Jean-Pierre Martel likes to infuse his designs with fun, personalised elements

The showroom is a treasure trove of design pieces


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First opened in 1999, Jacks has become an icon in Puerto Banús. Now, in its 18th year, it has been revamped with a new American Smokehouse concept and atmospheric New York loft décor to suit. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN


acks in the port has always been something of a pioneer; when it opened in 1999 it brought the American brasserie concept to Marbella, and did it with such success that the very name Jacks has become a part of Puerto Banús, its frontline restaurant overlooking the yachts a local landmark. Its creators are now once more proving to be pioneers, as following a comprehensive refurbishment they relaunch as Jacks Smokehouse, remaining true to the American tradition but taking it in another, more contemporary direction. “Jacks is a fantastic frontline portside venue that is worthy of being the very best kind of restaurant in its genre. So it’s our desire to ensure that it is always

up-to-date in terms of the food, ambience, service and overall dining experience it offers,” says Lorenzo Otterburn, head chef of the Metro Group.


The idea of allowing Jacks to evolve from a brasserie to a smokehouse came about during a trip to Las Vegas, when Lorenzo was contracted to act as private chef to Rolling Stones legend Ronnie Wood. “When I wasn’t cooking for Ronnie I used the opportunity to look around and became fascinated by the Rollin Smoke Barbeque Smokehouse, one of the most famous in the USA. They let me

spend time with them in the kitchen and it became clear that this was the way forward for Jacks.” And so the exciting smokehouse concept was brought to Marbella. Designed by architect and interior designer Fernando de la Fuente, the restaurant is transformed into a richly ambient venue reminiscent of a New York Greenwich village factory. “The smokehouse offers an exciting new way of enjoying food, but in many ways it is a back-to-basics principle in which quality cuts of meat are prepared as they should be, slowly smoked over a fragrant woodburned fire that locks in the taste and makes your dish, be it a pork rib, burger or steak, succulent and fall-off-the-bone tender.”


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The menu at Jacks Smokehouse is still mostly American inspired, but quite different to what you will find elsewhere. This is especially true of the detail, as you will discover in the range of options that turn classics such as burgers, hot dogs, gourmet pizzas and quesadillas into a new experience. We set out to try a representative sample of dishes, so opted for a fresh and beautifully seasoned Tuna Tataki, Giant Tempura Prawns that do their name justice and Pulled Pork Sliders that come in the form of two little burger buns filled with delicious pulled pork. Washed down with a cool beer or indeed a cocktail, they are innovatively presented and rich in smoky flavour yet never overwhelmingly so. According to Lorenzo, it is all about ‘getting the balance right’, which he and his team also did with the 12-hours smoked BBQ ribs in classic BBQ sauce. Normally a very messy dish, but not at Jacks, as the meat is so tender it just falls off the bone. The same is true of the Longhorn 28-day dry-aged New York Strip Loin and Jacks Smokehouse Burger. They form part of a creative menu that will please many different tastes and occasions.

There are additionally fresh salads available with crispy chicken, smoked duck or seared tuna, as well as a good choice of side dishes and a kids menu that looks good enough to try yourself. The family-friendly restaurant also boasts a very enticing choice of desserts, including such signature delights as Cherry Lattice Pie and Lorenzo’s Chocolate and Salted Caramel Pot, both of which are worth a visit in themselves. The décor is rich in atmosphere, with beautiful lamps producing soft lighting and the attractively styled central bar a real focal point. Another contributing feature is a resident DJ playing a great selection of music that harmonises with the murmur of diners creating a cool restaurant vibe. When you visit, also make a point of going to the first floor, which with its special cocktail bar and panoramic terrace overlooking the yachts in the Puerto Banús marina has lots to offer. Cocktails are part of what makes Jacks special, and the Blackberry Sour and bacon-infused bourbon Smokehouse served in characteristic jug glasses are among the ones you should try. Offering a fun environment, good food and a new smokehouse experience in Marbella, Jacks certainly has come of age. g Tel: 952 813 625.


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Anthology is a collection of expressive papers inspired by exotic yet naturally-occurring matter such as coral and grass. Its subtle textures and complex backgrounds conjure up sunlight reflecting on water, elegant grasscloths, sophisticated bamboo and other natural, organic elements. The collection enjoys a subdued palette of earthy and organic tones: raffia, parchment, hemp, slate, sulphur and mineral. ABOVE LEFT Wall covering, made with microcrystals, €207,87 per roll 10.05 x 68.6cm. ABOVE RIGHT Wallcovering with metallic finish, €181,25 per roll 10.05 x 68.6cm. Visit Blackshaw Interior Design to see the full range of colours and beautiful designs.


Crystal chandeliers which are entirely unique, innovative and handmade. Manufactured in Europe with only high quality materials and a strong focus on detail. Created by the finest European manufacturers for the world’s best quality crystal and glass. Price dependent on design but begins at €408 per piece with Swarovski crystals.

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Black and white – two colours that should be present in every wardrobe, and the inspiration behind Joseph Ribkoff’s feminine new collection. Take your pick from these beautiful ensembles.




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The Poetry of Italian Elegance Carolina Boarini and Matteo Rodolfo Milanesi open the doors of the their Maison, revealing unique handbags, each of which is an individual masterpiece, made with exotic leather and other luxury materials. Maison Boarini Milanesi perfectly embodies that unique combination of refinement and authenticity which is deeply rooted in the rich Italian culture. The family writes a new chapter in the history of exclusive leather handbags, seeking perfect forms and a style that is genuinely Italian. These are just a few of their beautiful designs… COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS


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WHYSISo ICONTOURING ? t n a t r o p m Just a few years ago, contouring was a practice limited to professionals of the beauty sector, models and celebrities. Contouring is nothing more than playing with light and shadow to create the illusion of volume (more or less) and to add luminosity to otherwise dull areas of skin. The process isn’t the same for everyone; mostly, the aim is to add darkness close to the hairline, beneath the cheekbones, on the sides of the nose and around any voluminous areas of the face (including ‘jowls’). Lighter shades, meanwhile, are applied to the bridge of the nose, the centre of the forehead (fanning outward from between the eyebrows), the sides of the mouth and the chin. However, this might not be the case if you have a small forehead, since contouring the hairline with a dark shade makes the forehead appear smaller. If you have never contoured your face before, it is well worth having your face ‘mapped’ by a professional, so they can guide you on how to make the most of your features. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO CONTOUR? These days, all major make-up brands – upmarket to budget – sell contour kits. These contain, as a minimum, a very light shade (which should be just a couple of shades lighter than your skin tone) and a dark shade (again, go for a contour shade or bronzer which is a bit darker than your skin tone). Ultimately, you do not need to splash out big bucks on a contour kit. Start out by experimenting with what you already have – for instance, eyeshadow palettes usually contain near ivory and brownish shades. If these shadows are long-lasting, all the better. Make sure to use a primer before your foundation so that the contour products last longer. One vital tool you will need is a good contour brush, since unless you blend the colours well, your contouring will be visible. Some of the best reviewed

contouring brushes include MAC’s 168 Large Angled Contour Brush. If you use a brush that is too hard (as budget brushes can be) then it will flake off too much of your precious products. The brush also needs to be tapered, since some areas of your face require a finer touch. Another excellent brush, worth every last cent, is Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Brush – it is a dual-ended brush that was specifically created to be used alongside her Shade + Light Contour Palette (if you can splurge on one contour palette, let this be it). Some make-up artists recommend simply going with a lighter foundation for the central area of the face, and a darker foundation for the perimeter. I rather like this idea since, like many women, I find that foundation somehow seems to last longer than many contouring products. Mind you, it all depends on the quality of what you buy. Long-lasting matte type foundation (including the wonderfully affordable Infallible by L`Orèal) can last

up to 12 hours and some brands (Kat von D) have foundations aimed at going the full 24 hours! Stick to matte products for contouring; there are many beautiful shimmery products on the market, which can be used for highlighting areas like the very top of your cheekbones or the inner corner of your eyes. Save the highlights for after you have contoured. Contouring is all about volume; shimmer is about illumination and creating a youthful glow. Finally, it is important to note that not all experts recommend contouring. Take Bobbi Brown, the enigmatic founder of the top-selling cosmetics brand. She has said, “The contouring trend is so wrong because it tells women there’s something wrong with their face. There’s beauty in a full face, so I don’t like to paint in a cheekbone that doesn’t exist.” Instead, she prefers to use illuminating products and a pop of colour on the cheekbones for a healthy, youthful glow. She may have a point – not all of us are meant to be Kim Kardashian. e


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In the past, our make-up routine usually consisted simply of cleansing and moisturising, followed by the application of foundation, powder, blush and eye make-up. Today, we are all beauty experts and seasoned selfie-takers who need to look our best at all times. Above all, we all want our make-up to last for at least eight hours, without creasing or being absorbed by the skin. Welcome to the world of primers – a product which is applied after moisturisation and which helps you look as fabulous at the end of your working day, as you did when you first arrived at the office. Marisa Cutillas brings you a few of the best… 1 – TOO FACED PRIMED & PORELESS: This facial primer gives skin a flawless look, hiding pores and giving your complexion a satiny smooth finish. Crucial before a night on the town. 2 – URBAN DECAY EYESHADOW PRIMER POTION: Highlight the pigment in your eyeshadow and do away with the need for retouching, even after various hours. 3 – SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH FOUNDATION PRIMER: This transparent primer is completely oil-free, making it ideal for the ultimate matte look. It is quickly absorbed by skin and helps your foundation and blush go a long way.


4 – BENEFIT THE POREFESSIONAL: This is one of the hottest selling pore minimisers and primers on the market, favoured by beauty gurus and top bloggers. Use it for a smooth matte finish all day. 5 – LAURA MERCIER FOUNDATION PRIMER: This is the perfect choice for those seeking more luminosity. Apply it on the bridge of your nose and above your cheekbones for a light radiance. 6 – TOO FACED SHADOW INSURANCE: This primer is just for the eyes – it helps keep lids completely crease-free, meaning your eyeshadow look remains beautiful all day and night.






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Scientists at the University of Illinois recently published fascinating findings showing that the majority of people who increase their consumption of water by just one per cent reap significant dietary benefits, including lowering their calorie intake and their consumption of sugar, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. The study looked into the dietary habits of over 18,000 adults, finding that drinking just one to three cups more water than they were accustomed to, decreased their total calorie count by between 68 and 205 calories per day! WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS


he researchers stated that the findings show the important role played by water in weight loss and maintenance. A lead researcher noted, “The impact of plain water intake on diet was similar across race/ethnicity, education and income levels and body weight status… This finding indicates that it might be sufficient to design and deliver universal nutrition interventions and education campaigns that promote plain water consumption in replacement of beverages with calories.”

DO YOU NEED MORE WATER? The study brings us to question whether we are, in fact, drinking as much water as we need to. As health guru, Dr. Mercola notes in his famed website, “there is a silent and growing epidemic of chronic dehydration.” Those who suffer from this condition are often unaware of the symptoms, which

do not necessarily include thirst. Hidden signs can include digestive upset including heartburn and constipation, urinary infections, autoimmune diseases, high cholesterol and even weight gain. We should all aim to drink at least two litres daily or at the very least do as the subjects in the above study, increasing our consumption by up to three glasses.


Consumers need to take measures to ensure the water we are drinking is actually healthy. Tap water is convenient and cheap, yet it can contain dangerous chemicals, including aluminium, which not only increases our risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease, but has also been linked to behavioural and learning problems in children or Parkinson’s disease, to name just two conditions. Plastic bottled water is also a concern, since bottles can contain

chemicals which have also been linked to serious problems, including prostate and breast cancer. Moreover, it is difficult to ascertain the actual value of the water we buy, since some bottled waters are no less than bottled tap water, which has not necessarily been filtered. Filtered water seems to be your best bet and there are many options to choose from. One choice which may cost more in the short term but which undoubtedly reduces the economic (and environmental) cost of plastic water bottles, is reverse osmosis. This system removes around 80 per cent of the fluoride and other harmful chemicals from tap water. Ion exchange filters are an interesting option for those who do not wish to spend thousands on good water. Ion filters work to remove dissolved salts in water, softening water and reducing its harmful effects. These filters need to be replaced every few months, but they work well for families who

simply need a few litres of water a day for drinking and cooking purposes. A third option is granular carbon and carbon block filters, which successfully removed everything from pesticides to industrial chemicals. Carbon is actually the most absorbent material known to man – it contains thousands of tiny pores that absorb impurities. Go for a carbon block rather than a granular carbon filter if you can, since the former is more effective. Its density means that water flows through it more slowly, thereby increasing its efficiency. Opt for a so-called ‘multi-level filter’, which will remove sediment as well as chemicals. Whichever filtering system you choose, it is vital that you check that your water has the right pH balance – the pH level should be between 6.5 to 7.5, which would indicate that water is not too acidic and not too alkaline. e


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Marjan Massage is offering a completely new treatment on the Coast: foot reflexology for children! This millenary practice helps balance the body and promotes relaxation and better sleep. Parents are welcome to stay while their child receives the treatment, so they can try out the therapy at home. g For further information, Tel: 696 423 870.

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VEGETARIAN Diets are Best

A new report published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics espouses the health benefits of going vegetarian, which include a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and some types of cancer. Previous studies had already shown that a plant-based diet can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 35 per cent, and lower our overall cancer rate by 18 per cent. Our risk of Type II diabetes, meanwhile, can be reduced by an impressive 62 per cent. Vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index, and lower inflammation, cholesterol and blood pressure rates. The report states that a vegetarian diet is suitable for children and adults alike, whenever the diet is appropriately planned. This lifestyle choice is also more sustainable, since the meat industry is one of the world’s biggest pollutants.

If you want to live a long, happy life, the answer may lie in going nuts! Nuts are packed with nutrition yet they contain unsaturated fat, fibre, and a wealth of antioxidants. A recent study carried out by researchers at the School of Public Health at Imperial College, London, showed that those who regularly consumed nuts were less likely to die from the western world’s biggest killers: stroke, diabetes, respiratory illness and heart disease. Just one small serving a day is sufficient to reap significant benefits so remember to include a pack of nuts in your next shopping trolley!

A HANDFUL OF NUTS A DAY Keeps the Doctor Away

A new study undertaken at Case Western Reserve University has shown that those who are afraid to confront the fear and confusion brought about by facing life’s big questions (including spiritual/existential questions) are more likely to have mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and difficulties with the regulation of emotions. Accepting worrisome thoughts, instead of pushing them away, is vital for emotional health, say scientists, since although avoidance per se is not harmful, it can become a problem when people begin responding to the world in a rigid, fear-based pattern. Those who shun spiritual or tough ethical questions are less likely to set and follow goals that will lead them to a greater sense of purpose in life.


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r. Kai Kaye’s Ocean Clinic is one of Spain’s most renowned aesthetic plastic surgery clinics, and since beauty is an integrated concept, it was only logical that it should have recently launched a new dentistry division, under the guiding hand of respected cosmetic dentist, Dr. Paul Arts. The highly experienced dentist has called Marbella home for over two decades. He ran his own cosmetic dentistry clinic in Puerto Banús previously, returning to Holland for a few years before once again heading for the Coast. “It was a matter of timing,” he says, when asked about how the connection with Ocean Clinic came about. “I was looking to come back to Marbella and Dr. Kaye was interested in launching a dental division.” Dr. Arts had initially moved to Holland for family reasons, but now, his children have grown up and are preparing for University and Dr. Arts is free to bring his vision to the place that holds his heart: Marbella. Dr. Arts is perhaps best known for restoring a beautiful, natural smile to his patients, though his values lie beyond the visible. “Teeth must be healthy, strong and beautiful. Recent research has shown the interconnection between a healthy

mouth and general health. For instance, every time gums bleed, bacteria enters one’s system. Gums should be healthy, to avoid the kind of damage that bleeding can cause.” Of course, the visible is also important and Dr. Arts himself recognises the importance of being able to smile without feeling selfconscious. He says, “Many patients visit me because they want to be able to smile confidently in family photos or when they are dealing with others in business.” He has many fascinating, emotional recollections of how aesthetic dentistry has had such a profound effect on his patients’ lives. He recalls one prominent dignitary who had always been ashamed of his teeth. “I made him four veneers and when he looked into the mirror for the first time to see the result, he said he had forgotten something in his car. When he didn’t return, I stepped outside to see where he had gone. I found him leaning over his car, sobbing. I remember being struck about how affected he was. When someone feels self-conscious about their teeth, it can have huge ramifications for their happiness, regardless of who they are.” Sometimes, the issue is very personal – others may not notice a problem, yet it may bother someone

enough to interfere with their wellbeing. Dr. Arts is famous for his ultra fine veneers (he works with Lumineers but also creates his own natural looking veneers, alongside a dental technician he has been working with for over 20 years). Veneers can either be made of porcelain or composite material. Sometimes, more solid support is required. He notes, “If a tooth is very worn down, we use crowns instead of veneers. These days, crowns are made from ceramic, so the look is wonderfully natural.” Dr. Arts stands out from his competition, not only through the quality of his work, but also owing to cutting-edge ‘Try Your Teeth’ technology. Taking just a few minutes, he takes a mould of your mouth then creates a mock impression of what your teeth will look like with veneers – thus, you can see the end result before you commit. It is fascinating to see the impressive change that can be accomplished with just a few veneers, which can be applied in just one visit. Dr. Arts is a renaissance man whose talent comprises both the arts and sciences. I was stunned to discover, during our interview, that he is also a successful portrait

artist, who exhibits his work and has portraits commissioned – check out his vivid portraits on www. He is additionally a keen horticulturist, growing his own permaculture project in his garden. The bounties of Nature fascinate him, I discover, as he tells me about the wonders of healing honey (he has even considered owning bees) and a fascinating new gel he has discovered that heals infections in a powerful way. This gel is applied to the gums, ridding patients of gum pockets and promoting bone growth. At his Clinic, patients can also access a special mouthwash and toothpaste made with the same material. If you have always been secretly unhappy with your smile or the functionality of your teeth, don’t wait another year to make a change. Sometimes, big results can be obtained with just a few small changes, at a more reasonable price than you imagined. Health and beauty are one and the same concept, believes Dr. Arts. If you agree, let the change begin today. g AT OCEAN CLINIC. Avda. Ramón y Cajal 7, Marbella. Tel: 951 775 518.


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TAKE A STEP TOWARDS HAPPINESS AT SERENITY BENALMÁDENA Following recent trends revealing a high demand for contemporary residential accommodation, Dreamlife Property brings a new exclusive luxury modern development to the Costa Del Sol – Serenity Benalmádena. The vibrant area of Benalmádena has been a major attraction for international property buyers for decades and it continues to grow. Dreamlife Property – the experts in property on the Costa de Sol and the Costa Blanca – have established a partnership with one of the major players in Spanish real estate property development: Aelca. They aim to provide clients with a high quality property, comprising a fabulous lifestyle under the sun and a secure investment. The sunny apartments and penthouses offer panoramic views of the Mediterranean Coast and boast top-of-the-range facilities. g Visit the Serenity Sales offices at Avda. Rocas Blancas, Esquina C/ Aneto, Benalmádena. Tel: 951 550 077. www.serenityBenalmá

NEW LIBRARY FOR ALOHA COLLEGE Aloha College recently enjoyed a proud moment as Rosa Gómez, Chair of the Board, cut the ribbon to allow eager parents and children to enter the new library/learning zone for the first time. The learning zone boasts a wide range of fiction and non-fiction reading material. Since no 21st century school should lack the latest technology, the space also gives children the opportunity to learn using desktops, iPads and a highspecification interactive whiteboard. At the launch, Anna Bogie, a local picture book author, read some of her books to the younger children. i


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SOUTHERN SOUL MEETS SOUTHERN SPAIN FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! The Son of the King of Soul 'Otis Redding', Otis Redding III, will be performing at the Moonlight Lounge in Benalmádena’s Sunset Beach Hotel. Otis III delivers the very best versions of his father's classic soul songs, carrying on a family legacy. The Redding family are a musically talented family and are well known for their father's hit, Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay, which sold millions of copies worldwide. Joining Otis III on stage will be Mr Maph and Simone Lisa, renowned soul and gospel singers who recently performed at the well-known 02 Arena in the UK with Otis Redding III and others like Imagination, Shakatak, Rose Royce and Edwin Starr's brother. i For tickets,

STARS OF THE WEST END COME TO THE COAST Stars on the West End is a theatre and dinner show featuring top performers from the West End, taking place on Friday March 24 at the Las Lagunas Theatre in Mijas. The performers are Mike Sterling (who has appeared in theatre, television and concerts for the past 23 years), Jo Gibb (who has played Rumpleteazer in Cats) and Michael Conway (currently playing Joe Pesci in The Jersey Boys). They will be performing songs from Oliver, Cats, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and more. More Dinner with Stars of the West End events are being held along the Coast and in Gibraltar on March 22, 23, 25 and 26. g For further

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JAGUAR ENTHUSIASTS’ CLUB ROAD TRIP Members of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club recently enjoyed an exciting road trip, starting their run on the Trapiche to Vinuela route and ending at El Pantano Restaurant on the edge of Lake Vinuela, where they enjoyed a wonderful fourcourse meal plus refreshments. The Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club is the largest Jaguar Club in the world. The Club was formed in 1984, by members of other Jaguar Clubs, for the enthusiast who not only used, but maintained or restored their SS, Jaguar or Daimler. If you have a Jaguar or an interest in Jaguars, you are cordially invited to come along to meet other like-minded enthusiasts. i Contact Philip

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STUDENTS FROM THE SOTOGRANDE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MAKE HISTORY Pupils from Sotogrande International School recently competed in the International Schools Cross Country Championships. The event was a huge success, featuring over 300 participants from the 10 international schools in attendance. On the day, Sotogrande students made history by securing the overall Championship Trophy for the first time in over 30 years, almost doubling their points total from the previous year. Congratulations to all students who represented SIS with tenacity and pride. i

Cancer hospice charity, Cudeca, recently held a press day to highlight its achievements throughout its 25 years with the presence of Joan Hunt, who founded the charity in 1992. The dedicated team initially attended to patients in their homes and in 2005, the Palliative Care Centre was opened. The hospice is now home to nine rooms, the Day Care Centre, Home Care Programme, Psychologists and Social Workers Programme, Rehabilitation Unit as well as the Outpatient Clinic and Counselling. In order to cover the cost of care, Cudeca needs over €3 million annually. Members, events, charity shops, donations, legacies, grants and contracts with the Junta de Andalucía are essential for the sustainability of the Home Care programmes. Cudeca was pleased to recently receive a donation of two cars from The Goldies, a fundraising group that began supporting Cudeca in early 2015. i

HOSPITALITY INNOVATION PROGRAMME AT ANDALUCÍA LAB The Hotel Management School Maastricht (HMSM) has joined forces with the Ronda Mountain Think Tank (RMTT) to offer a one-week, high-end, innovative executive course at Andalucía Lab Marbella from March 6 to 10. HMSM, founded in 1950, is considered one of the top ten hotel management schools worldwide. The event will enlighten participants on the latest trends, both academic and practical, from the innovation and management perspectives. The executive course is focused on five themes: Leadership, Hospitality, Gastronomy, Wholesale Food Delivery and Blue Ocean Innovation. i For

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HYBRID ROCK COVERS FOR CHARITY AT HARD ROCK CAFÉ Hard Rock Café in Puerto Banús recently came alive with the sound of rock music at the live music show, Hybrid Rock Covers. The event, which was a big success, was held to raise funds for FUNDELA (Fundación Española para el Fomento de la Investigación de la Escleroiss Lateral Amiotrófica). i For information on future events,


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JUANJO FERNÁNDEZ PRESENTS LACTOSE-FREE DESSERT BOOK Postres Sin Lactosa (Lactose-Free Desserts) is the title of a new book by Juanjo Fernández of Oriel’s Kitchen, writer of the popular blog, In this new book, he analyses the nature of lactose intolerance, highlights variations of this condition and explains which lactose-free products can still exacerbate the symptoms of lactose intolerance. The book also provides a host of delicious recipes for the whole family. Available at FNAC Marbella. i

REHABILITATION CONGRESS AT THE HOTEL H10 ANDALUCÍA PLAZA The Hotel H10 Andalucía Plaza recently hosted an important congress on rehabilitation. Currently, 10 per cent of all people in Spain suffer from arthrosis, which is the second most frequent disease in Spain. The rehabilitation congress covered all things to do with arthrosis including new research and the latest treatments. The congress was attended by over 200 specialists from all over Spain, who discussed their findings in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and more. i


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OP DE BEECK & WORTH PRESENT THE NEW HISCOX INSURANCE POLICY FOR OFFICES HUNTER GROUP MOVES TO WORLD TRADE CENTER GIBRALTAR The Hunter Group has taken one of the few remaining office spaces in the World Trade Centre Gibraltar. The group, founded by twins Andy and John Hunter, owns two successful operations in Ocean Village: O'Reilly's Irish Pub and the Bridge Bar & Grill. They also own Jury's Cafe & Wine Bar, the Lord Nelson, and the Britannia Bar in the Cruise Terminal, in addition to running the Star Bar & the Gibraltar Arms. The move enables the group to bring together the management of their food and beverage operations, as well as, and their Med Golf tour operator and membership businesses under one roof. i

Op de Beeck & Worth, one of Andalucía’s leading Insurance Brokers, is pleased to present a revolutionary new insurance product for offices which allows you to tailor-make your policy precisely to your own specific requirements. The cover is underwritten by Hiscox, who have been underwriting insurance in general for over 100 years. This new insurance package for offices and small businesses offers the most complete cover currently available in Spain; the client can choose between a ‘defined risks’ policy or the broader ‘all risks’ policy. In addition to the standard risks, clients will be able to include cover for loss of profits, worldwide cover for laptops and iPads, professional indemnity cover and even Directors and Officers cover – all wrapped up in one tidy policy. g For

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ortunately, however, recent developments from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJUE), the Spanish Tax Authorities and the Parliament of Andalucía have led to a more comprehensive and affordable system for non-residents leaving a permanent residence or a business in Andalucía.

THE BRAND-NEW TAX RELIEF FOR REAL ESTATE PROPERTY LOCATED IN ANDALUCÍA The Parliament of Andalucía has recently enacted a new Inheritance Tax relief of at least 95 per cent for relatives of homeowners, applicable to deaths after August 2016. For benefiting from the tax relief, the property shall be located in Andalucía and must have been the deceased’s main residence at that time. Most importantly – and this is truly good news – there is no limit on the value of the property to qualify for the relief. By relatives we refer to descendants, spouses, ascendants and even collaterals if certain requirements are met. The small print, of course, is that the inherited property must not be sold or transferred during the three subsequent years.

LEAVING TO YOUR CHILDREN Descendants can also benefit from the tax relief provided that they


There can be various direct tax consequences of dealing with assets and properties when a member of the family passes away. Unlike in the UK, successors inheriting assets in Spain are personally liable themselves for payment of Inheritance Tax. Furthermore, non-resident heirs have been historically barred from benefiting from tax relief in equal measure as Spanish nationals.

are tax residents in Spain, in any other EU country, or even in Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway. This is, of course, only possible following the issuance by the CJEU of its famous ruling on September 3, 2014. For instance, Mr Hughes leaves a villa of €500.000 located in Marbella. He has two grown-up children residing in Wales and his wife predeceased him. Upon his death, each one of his children will receive the real estate asset benefiting from a 95 per cent tax relief in Inheritance Tax, insofar as they remain owners of the villa for the next three years. Thereafter, they will be free to sell it at their discretion.



While not new, very few people know about the applicable tax exemption when shares in a Spanish company are left to direct descendants. Indeed, there is a 95 per cent tax exemption regarding gifts or inheritance of family businesses if: the company is engaged in a business activity; the shareholder owns at least five per cent of the share capital, individually, or 20 per cent together with the spouse, ascendants, descendants or collateral up to the second grade; and a family member, being a Spanish tax resident, carries out management activities in the company and is paid for such services

There always exists the option to leave the main residence to the surviving spouse, who will then leave it on his/her death to the children or grandchildren. This works insofar as the successors – spouse and children – comply with the referred requirements and keep ownership of the residence for three years. Had the spouse passed away during the three years period, this would have no impact on the validity of the tax relief.

During the past years, many people have chosen to have their real estate property owned by a trust structure or a company. However, due to the aggressive measures adopted by most of the national tax authorities of the EU countries it is strongly advised to revisit and appropriately tackle such structures. The introduction in Andalucía of this tax relief on the main residence along with its applicability to non-residents is a good reason to encourage people to review their plans for succession.


more than 50 per cent of his total annual income. Should the company be located in Andalucía, the tax exemption would upgrade to 99 per cent.

AVOIDANCE OF DOUBLE TAXATION Most probably, at this point, you are concerned about any prospective double taxation. Careful attention should be paid to each specific case. However, the Spanish legislation includes mechanisms to eliminate double taxation regarding Inheritance Tax, and so does, among others, English law. The above is a brief example of how complex situations can be efficiently planned by taking proper advice. Of course, each case is unique and requires its own specific approach. At Fitzwilliam Solicitors we are proud to offer our clients tailored solutions to the specific matters they may face, whether they imply applying Spanish or English legislation. g FRANCISCO DE ASÍS GAMBOA Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales Fitzwilliam Solicitors Legal and Finance Marbella


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Imagine a shared working space with beautifully designed interiors, lightning fast Internet connection and living walls and ceilings – this is Our Space, a Dubai-based company which has opened a branch of their fabulous co-working spaces in Marbella. COO, Sean Phillips, greeted clients and members of the press at the opening, speaking of various options, including hot desks, permanent desks and offices. i

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Arboleda now has its building license approved, and to celebrate, the company held a garden picnic for colleagues and members of the press. Construction of the development, which will comprise 18 contemporary villas combining state-ofthe-art architecture with luxurious living, is scheduled to commence soon. i

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Gibraltar’s Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister joined forces with developer, Gregory Butcher, to conduct the official opening ceremony of World Trade Center Gibraltar. The event was attended by The Governor of Gibraltar, Lieutenant General Ed Davis, Government Ministers and leaders of Gibraltar’s key businesses, who came to celebrate the historic opening of this state-ofthe-art office building. World Trade Center Gibraltar is the newest addition to the World Trade Center Association network, which encompasses 91 countries around the globe, promoting international prosperity through trade – a concept which Gibraltar is known to wholeheartedly support. i

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The President of KIA Spain joined his staff in welcoming clients, colleagues and members of the press to the launch of the company’s brand new installations in Marbella. The spacious showroom now features KIA’s latest, affordably priced designs so if you are looking for a car you can rely on, pop into the showroom and ask for a test drive. i

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With spring in the air and the tulips in bloom, it’s a capital time to visit Amsterdam. And Europe’s eighth favourite city is still full of surprises with new Michelin restaurant hotels, scifi entertainment hubs and a Night Mayor keeping things classy after dark. Belinda Beckett maps Vermeer blue canals to the edge of the IJ waterfront to discover a surreal new edge to the Dutch Golden Age city.


t could be for the Rembrandts and Van Goghs, the canal cruises and tulips or the best Indonesian grub outside Asia; or it could be to indulge in the freewheeling charms of a cyclecentric city pedalling all manner of liberties, like window-shopping for sex. So many people visit Amsterdam for so many reasons, its medieval heart is groaning under the beat of tourist feet. One tenth the size of London with under one million inhabitants, Amsterdam welcomed five times that number of overnight visitors

last year, not counting 16 million day trippers. And although the Airbnb Bubble has opened up quirky little canal lofts and some 22,000 lodgings in total – a nice little earner for as many as one in six homeowners – new hotels are hitting full occupancy as fast as the city can grant building permits. Eurostar's first direct train service from London, launching in late 2017, will bring a deluge more but the Dutch are used to dealing with floods. And, just as they created their Canal Ring to take merchant ships laden with

treasures from the Dutch East Indies to the warehouse door, now they are diverting the tourist flow over the IJ waterfront that separates the city centre from the suburban north to ease the burden on the Binnenstad. The EYE Film Institute, resembling an intergalactic starship, was the first major cultural institution to make the leap across the IJ (prounced like ‘eye’). With a museum of film, four cinemas, and an impressive events programme (a Martin Scorsese expo showcasing private archive material is coming up in May), its arrival was

a crossing-the-Rubicon moment for the non-entity Noord. It has since been joined by the A’DAM Tower, a 22-storey mini city commandeering the old Shell HQ and if that’s not enough to entice visitors over to the north shore, there are free ferries. Urban renewal is spreading full circle around the city, rejuvenating the docklands, gentrifying the Huguenot district of Jordaan and extending the skyline, prompting one local journalist to write wistfully, ‘You can no longer see the cows for BMWs’.


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Vondelpark, the city’s green lung

SPRINGTIME IN THE CITY Paris may have the monopoly on the season but as Max Bygraves knew, there’s nothing like Amsterdam at tulip time when the city is a paint palette of colour. It’s the season for springing onto a bike to explore the Voldenpark, the city’s green lung, with its English rose gardens, ornamental ponds and Dutch tea house. Cycling is a way of life and visitors are well-advised to take a leaf out of the ‘natives’ handbook as four-wheel parking is difficult and expensive, while Amsterdam Central Station has space for 7,000 pairs of wheels. A basic push-bike will give you heaps of change from €20 for a day’s rental. It’s a speedier way to see the main sights and you can pick up a route map from the tourist office. For young families, a bakfiets (cargo bike) has a wooden compartment big enough for nippers. If you’re wary about sharing a lane with some of the savviest cyclists on the road, Mike’s Bike Tours come with a guide. Or hop on a bus to the Keukenhof, an hour away, for the world’s largest floral gardens. Amsterdam is also a walking city and you’d be advised to ditch the wheels on King’s Day (April 27) as being drunk in charge of a bike is an offence. Everyone takes the day off work to paint the town orange on King WillemAlexander’s birthday. But the best way to see the city is by water.

Amsterdam’s Canal Ring is its USP, a 60-mile ribbon of artificial waterways weaving past handsome townhouses and cobbled towpaths united by 1,500 picture postcard bridges. The canals are the backdoor to many of the key sights and naturally, in the world’s cycle capital, you can do them by bike: water bike, a luxed-up version of the Spanish pedalo. If you prefer to leave the hard work to someone else, take a cruise – for 30 minutes, for lunch or a candlelit dinner – but don’t miss the floating flower market on the Singel canal, where blooms are sold from barges, just like old times. Houseboat b&bs are another way to see experience this Unesco heritage H2O trail. Or check into canal house hotel. The queen of them all is the five-star Pulitzer – 25 houses on the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals fused into one chic, character hotel owned by the Pulitzer Prize founder’s grandson.

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Tulip time in Amsterdam


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Queues for the Anne Frank Museum are part of the scenery

The Van Gogh Museum’s new wing

A MUSEUM MENTALITY In a living museum it’s tempting to spend all your time outdoors but to see the other half of Amsterdam you need to enter a real one. There are over 60, themed on everything from tulips and tattoos to cats and cheese, funerals and fashion handbags. Where to start? Immediately your feet touch the tarmac at Schiphol Airport is one suggestion, where an airside outpost of the Rijksmuseum showcases a rotating expo of Dutch masterpieces. The heavy-hitters cluster around Museumplein

square, a culture-crammed circuit where you can get acquainted with Vincent’s Sunflowers and most of his best work at the Van Gogh Museum, take in Mondrian and Kandinsky at the Stedelijk and make a start on the Rijksmuseum’s 80 galleries. Looking radiant after a major facelift, the Rijks is on track to receive two million visitors this year who come for Rembrandt’s Night Watch, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Vermeer and a grand company of Old Masters. Sharing the square, the opulent Concertgebouw is a gilt and red plush aria to 19th century excess.

Everyone from Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky to Aretha Franklin and Sting have played this splendid venue which hosts over 900 concerts a year, some of them free at lunchtime. Expect long queues outside the old canal house where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary. Climb the steep staircase to the secret rooms behind the bookcase where three Jewish families hid from the Nazi Holocaust in near silence for more than two years. The less crowded Dutch Resistance Museum, half an hour’s walk away, adds depth to

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Shipshape fun at Nemo Science Museum

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DUTCH TREATS their harrowing story. Unsurprisingly, the Venustempel sex museum is equally well-patronised, a labyrinthine 17th-century property offering voyeurs over the age of 16 a tour of erotica through the ages. Everything you see can be photographed and two plastic phalluses standing sentinel at the entrance will ensure you don’t miss this Instagram opportunity. Make time for the Nemo Science Musuem. Resembling the hull of a ship, copper-clad and verdigris-pigmented, it straddles the tunnel

connecting central and north Amsterdam, giving the impression that the cars are rolling on and off it like a ferry. The hands-on experience inside should float the whole family’s boat. The city also hosts the biggest branch of Saint Petersburg’s Hermitage. Russia’s riches are housed in a monumental building opened by the progressive Dutch built as a retirement home in 1682, providing rooms with a view over the Amstel River. If that makes you think of beer, there’s a museum for that too, at the old Heineken brewery.

Though you might normally avoid ‘hotel food’, many of Amsterdam’s 22 Michelin star restaurants are to be found in its fivestar establishments. Regionally-inspired Vinkeles at the boutique Dylan Hotel currently heads Trip Advisor’s best list of over 3,000 city eateries. There’s classy and there’s quirky. Bord’Eau at the Hotel de l’Europe is a riverfront realm of orchid centerpieces, gold leaf wallpaper and classic cuisine. De Kas offers a garden-to-plate experience in a giant greenhouse where you eat the produce grown there. Ease of access to the North Sea guarantees plenty of fresh cod, herring and seafood and the Dutch do Indonesian and Surinamese brilliantly, thanks to their old colonial ties. Rijsttafel, a multi-plated feast of marinated meats, fragrant curries and rice dishes is a particular speciality. Dine on the hoof with a bag of chips smothered in oorlog, a spicy peanut, mayonnaise and onion sauce. Or pull your lunch out of a wall at a FEBO automat, where kroketten, deep fried cheese and other snacks made fresh the same day keep warm behind glass windows. Food and culture often mix. The Rijkmuseum has Rijks, its own Michelinstarred restaurant. And the seventh floor terrace of the Central Library is the place for coffee and city panoramas. Or slum it at one of the original ‘brown cafés’. Famous for not being chichi, they offer old world atmosphere within walls stained by centuries of tobacco smoke!

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Amsterdam sparkles at night


AMSTERDAM AFTER DARK ‘Trying to have a virtuous trip to Amsterdam is like going to Manchester and expecting not to get wet’, according to journalist Julie Birchill. That won’t please the Dutch who are setting their caps at a more upscale crowd with classy cocktail bars and jetsetty nightclubs. Stylish Jimmy WOO is the current haunt of choice for visiting celebs but the Mad Fox Club, which comes with table service and and a dress-to-impress entry code, is also aiming at the sleek set when it opens this spring. But the window shopping in De Wallen where scantily clad working girls (and boys) pose behind glass touting 15 minutes of fun in a portacabin for €50, is still a bucket list attraction. One of three Red Light Districts in the city, there’s little in the field of X-rated, straight/bi/LGBT entertainment not on offer, along with coffee shops selling hash and weed, ready rolled or bagged to go, to get everyone in the mood. But the city known as stag party central has not taken kindly to posh residential Rembrandtplein being turned into an after-hours hangout when the pubs and clubs close, and has appointed its first Mayor of the

Night. A nightmare job, possibly, as the area was becoming a war zone with up to 300 violent incidents being reported every year. Now a posse of red-jacketed Rembrandtplein Hosts patrol the square from 9pm to 5am on Fridays and Saturdays in a pilot scheme funded equally by local businesses and city hall. Posters remind clubbers of the Rembrandtplein rules: ‘Stay classy, think neighbours, drink inside, use a loo.’ “There’s much less anti-social behaviour on the square now,” says the new nachtburgemeester, Mirik Milan “We’re a friendly presence, a similar age to the clubbers, a mix of boys and girls, less heavy-handed than the police.” Out in Amsterdam west, De School is one of 10 trial 24-hour venues deflecting heat from the city centre. As well as a cavernous nightclub, the sprawling former technical college houses a gourmet restaurant, gym, concert space and art gallery. “People are very happy to cycle 20, even 30 minutes out of the city centre for a bigger, different, more complete experience,” says Milan. It’s a typically pragmatic Dutch notion now being emulated across Europe.

Take the ‘Over the Edge’ challenge on Europe’s highest swing, eat in a revolving restaurant, sip cocktails in the clouds –the A’DAM Tower is a selfcontained urban playground, hotel and creative hub in one 22-storey skyscraper. Elevators rocket visitors 300 feet above ground to the Lookout for 360 degree views. Swing out sister and you might even be able to see the cows! A’DAM, the short form of Amsterdam, also stands for Amsterdam Dance and Music. The tower encloses performance studios, artist lofts, a vinyl music library and a social club called The Butcher serving up gourmet burgers and edgy music ‘All bloody delicious day and night’ at weekends, according to the flyers. The spanking new Sir Adam Hotel’s 108 rooms occupy the tower’s first eight floors, while up on the 19th, Michelin chef Jaimie van Heije is shooting for additional stars at Moon which revolves – literally – around classical dishes with a modern twist.

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North shore hotspots - the A’DAM Tower and EYE Film Institute


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OF ROTTERDAM Holland’s second city is emerging from the capital’s shadow as a hot tourist ticket that’s only half an hour away by train. And with the world’s first urban surf centre set to make waves in the metropolis this summer, it’s worth the rail fare reports Belinda Beckett.

Amsterdam to party, Rotterdam to work’ is a popular saying in the Netherlands but it’s no longer a truism. A raft of futuristic projects is transforming Europe’s largest port city into an exciting urban getaway. Rotterdam is not short on culture either. Along with centuries of maritime heritage, it has given the world abstract expressionist artist Willem de Kooning, Renaissance humanist Erasmus and his namesake university. The graceful Erasmus Bridge, opened by Queen Beatrix and nicknamed The Swan, set Rotterdam’s own renaissance on course in 1996. Over the last two decades, it has cut the red tape on a host of experimental new buildings that have swept away the down-atheel docklands vibe. De Rotterdam is a colossal vertical city for leisure, work and living arranged in three irregularlystacked glass towers that look ready to topple over. Embedded in the complex are hip new bars and restaurants, offices and apartments and the nhow Hotel whose 278 designer rooms afford waterfront

widescapes through floor-to-ceiling windows. The humungous horseshoeshaped Markthal is another massive visitor attraction adding 100 market stalls, 20 shops and nine restaurants to the downtown experience. The igloo shaped interior flaunts a mural by Dutch digital artist Arno Coenen the size of two football fields. Pastel pink bus shelters with razor-thin roofs emulating billowing fabric grace the new coach terminus. The Luchtsingel air canal is another world first – a sunshine yellow pedestrian bridge paid for by crowdfunding, its 400 metre trajectory weaves through a building and across roads and railways to connect three areas of the city. The surge of innovation continues this year with the opening of a river park made from recycled plastic dredged from the water and the planet’s premier floating cheese farm complete with 40 grazing cows. But the big draw this summer will be the world’s first urban surf centre set to open on the Steigersgracht canal in May. Voted

for by locals, the city is stumping up €3.6 million to provide surf-sized waves in the middle of a modern metropolis. A city of two halves divided by the river Nieuwe Maas, much of it built behind dikes, water is never far away. A Spido boat will whisk you on a get-your-bearings tour around historical Veerhaven harbour, the museum ship SS Rotterdam, the Hotel New York (former HQ of the Holland American Line) and the 100-metre tall Euromast for the city’s highest dining experience. Better still, you don’t have to sacrifice Amsterdam to enjoy it. It’s an easy 27 minute Intercity train ride from the capital to Rotterdam Centraal Station, now boasting its own dramatic revamp. From here, you can get straight to the heart of art with a stroll along the Westersingel Canal Sculpture Route for artworks by Rodin and Henri Laurens. The Museumpark’s lake and gardens showcase more al fresco artworks and six different museums and galleries where you can see old masters and modernists, De Stijl

furniture and, until the end of May, works by Dalí, Magritte and Max Ernst. For the ultimate in waterfront dining, head to Las Palmas, a portside fish restaurant owned by Dutch celebrity chef Herman den Blijker, who reputedly makes the best bouillabaisse in town. For dizzying views of the Old Harbour, check into the Stayokay Hostal and sleep in one of Dutch architect Piet Blom’s iconic Cube Houses, tilted at a 45-degree angle! Or, if all this water is diluting the experience, try a stiff gin at the National Jenever Museum, a working distillery five minutes out of town by metro. With its great transport network you could wizz around Rotterdam in a day but it’s worthy of longer, if only to see the world’s largest smog vacuum cleaner, a funky tower that’s improving the city’s air quality sustainably; or the world’s first sustainable animal pod that’s keeping the city’s expat giraffes in solar-heated bliss, and damned sure they wouldn’t swap Rotterdam’s zoo for Amsterdam’s any day of the year. e


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he Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, made up of a collection of 17th- and 18th-century palaces in Amsterdam’s most oft-visited and storied spot, is the ultimate destination from which to discover Dutch culture. Stunning décor featuring antique and modernistic pieces, top grade service and proximity to some of Amsterdam’s best boutiques, museums and theatres, are just a few reasons why lovers of luxury wouldn’t dream of staying anywhere else during their Amsterdam sojourn. The breathtaking views over the canal and picturesque courtyard typify nostalgic beauty that characterises any Waldorf Astoria Hotel around the world. The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam was launched in May, 2014, promising more ritz than its closest rivals – the Canal House, the Andaz or the Dylan – could offer. Its artistic and architectural treasures steep visitors in Amsterdam’s rich cultural heritage, and it is a short walk away from the Museumplein (where the renovated Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk and Van Gogh Museums, can be found). Some of the Hotel’s most


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stunning features include: Z A grand staircase built by Daniel Marot (architect of Louis XIV) Z Original art by 18th-century Dutch artist Jacob Maurer (famed for his scenic landscapes and trompe l’oeil grisaille) in the private Maurer dining room Z The largest courtyard in Amsterdam (an ideal setting for weddings and events) Z A sumptuous, turquoise-hued Guerlain Spa featuring treatment rooms, a stunning indoor pool and fitness areas, as well as the services of personal trainers The interior designers, G.A Design, have complemented rather than competed with the antique grandeur of the palaces, with classically contemporary areas, jazzed up with Dutch touches such as Delftware pieces. In the rooms, gorgeous fireplaces are married to high tech equipment (such as impressively large television screens), while lounge areas are kept nice and simple, allowing the natural light and the greenery of the gardens to take centre stage. Each abode boasts its own particular charm – there are 93 rooms, lofts and suites, decorated

in fine fabrics and featuring stunning furniture pieces. All boast contemporary entertainment systems, free WiFi, and an Espresso machine. Rooms vary between 28m2 and 123m2 in size. Experience the ultimate in luxury at one of four special suites (Brentano/Van Loon/Backer/Roell). The Brentano suite, measuring 123m2, has a master bedroom, living room, dining room, bathroom and study. The Van Loon suite, meanwhile, is decorated in a Neo-Renaissance style, boasting a stunning spiral staircase, gorgeous views of the canal and direct access to the Guerlain Spa. Connoisseurs will meet their match at this hotel. There are four restaurants to choose from, all led by Executive Chef Sidney Schutte, whose commitment to excellence is palpable as much in the twoMichelin-starred Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam, as it is in the Vault Bar. In the former, encounter elegant, original dishes offering a surprise with every bite. In the latter, enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail before a night out on the town.

For contemporary cuisine by the colourful gardens, it’s got to be Goldfinch Brasserie, offering a seasonal à la carte menu. Finally there is the Peacock Alley, painted in Vermeer’s blue palette and featuring a lavish setting right by the lobby. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the iconic restaurant combines Waldorf Astoria signature dishes with international flair. The central marble table features an assortment of delicate sweets, to complement the all-day tea and coffee service. As the sun begins to set, listen to a live pianist tinkle the ivories and indulge in sweet and savoury delights for Afternoon Tea, featuring a fine selection of goodies curated by Sidney Schutte himself.


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The Da Bruno group of restaurants is known along the Coast as purveyors of delectable food, served in welcoming venues. Through the years, in prosperous and tougher economic times alike, Da Bruno restaurants were some of the ‘lucky few’ that were always packed – Monday to Sunday, lunch or dinner, one could always sense the lively vibe that spilled over from within the restaurants to the busy outdoor terraces.


any would say, of course, that such longstanding success can never be chalked down to ‘luck’. In the case of Da Bruno, those who are regular customers know that the experience is certainly inimitable – authentic Italian cuisine ‘made from scratch’ is married to friendly, attentive service, inviting décor and evenings featuring live entertainment. Each Da Bruno restaurant weaves its particular brand of magic. Da Bruno Sul Mare, for instance, is famed for its elegant interiors and proximity to the sea. Da Bruno A Casa, for its lively atmosphere, ideal for a business lunch or family meal. Da Bruno San Pedro, just in front of the Boulevard, is perfect for families, while Da Bruno Cabopino invites you to dine beneath the magnificence of verdant pine trees. Da Bruno Mijas takes the elegance factor up a notch, with pristine white tablecloths, a stunning layout and romantic indoor and

outdoor settings which very much make it an ideal choice for an intimate yet affordable night out. Located in the Mijas/ Fuengirola area, this restaurant attracts a fair percentage of the Scandinavian market, though efforts have also been made to entice Spanish diners as well. A set menu for two for just €39,90 allows diners to select from all but two or three dishes on the regular menu, at a fraction of the price – thus, each diner can expect to pay less than €20, yet enjoy a knockout meal comprising a shared starter, main and homemade dessert. My husband and I recently took advantage of an early day off work to sample this menu. We started out with the Plato Gourmet, which contained hearty portions of vitello tonnato, carpaccio, mozzarella and a prawn cocktail. The variety and freshness of the produce whet our appetite for more and we were not disappointed, with so many pizza and pasta dishes vying for our attention.

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I gave into the carb temptation and tucked into the espaguetis mare e monti – containing a generous blend of seafood and mushroom bites. The pasta was as fresh and al dente as always and the flavours, inviting. My husband opted for the risotto with boletus porcini. He is a self-proclaimed risotto connoisseur who had to concede that this version was unbeatable. For dessert, we chose the classic Italian tiramisu, which bore the beautiful flavour of home brewed coffee. Da Bruno Mijas has live music every night – featuring all types of music, from pop to soul. On Thursdays, there is usually something a bit special going on – watch out for the fun tribute evenings featuring homages to everyone from the Rat Pack to ABBA. The restaurant also delivers to nearby areas, for those wishing to enjoy an Italian meal in the comfort of their home. Also worthy of mention is the service. At Da Bruno, you never need wait for a top-up. A family atmosphere prevails and the waiters are always ready to make a suggestion or comply with special requests. Many of the staff have been with Da Bruno for 15 or 20 years and they will often tell you that one of the most fulfilling aspects of their job is watching new generations of diners who first visited as children,

return with their own families. If you see Giancarlo Paparusso say ‘Hi’ – the restaurant director is a charming ‘people’s person’ who also manages Da Bruno a Casa. He is one of those restaurateurs who is always present, ensuring that things are running smoothly. During my visit to the Mijas restaurant, Giancarlo came to greet us, chatting about how well the restaurants are going and letting me in on the latest news – much of which is centred around the new cookery school his parents are opening. The school, to be located in the centre of Marbella, will be a training centre for staff and its top floor will be used as an events centre. This is, perhaps, one of the secrets of Da Bruno’s success – the marriage of constant innovation and timeless passion for service.


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BONO BEACH OPENS for the Spring Popular chiringuito, Bono Beach in Elviria, reopens on March 3, with its clean sandy beach and super comfortable hamacas with thick mattresses. The new menu includes a range of small plates to satisfy everyone’s palette. Dutch favourites include Bitterballen and Frikandel. A plethora of salads, sushi and lobster, fish and ribs are also available. Thursday barbecue nights will offer live entertainment. Full beach service is available and bookings are highly recommended as it is going to be a busy summer. i

TASTING EVENT at La Cala Resort La Cala Resort’s Head Chef, Iván Álvarez Santamaría, recently hosted a fun tasting event featuring his very latest dishes. Guests tucked into delights such as the salmon tataki over a salad comprising smoked and citrusy foods, shiso and cashew nuts with honey, soy and sweet chili, and natural aromatised pineapple with spices served in a coconut and jasmin soup with lychee ice-cream. At the event, Commercial and Marketing Director, Noemí Román, informed the media of the particular characteristics that make La Cala Resort an optimal choice for discerning tourists. The Resort boasts numerous dining venues, including Restaurante La Terraza (serving international cuisine), Restaurante el Laurel (which is more causal), La Taberna (specialising in tapas and Andalusian bites), a lobby bar and a pool bar. i


Flavourful Paella at Your Doorstep

If you’ve always dreamed of throwing a party with a paella taking centre stage, this company may be just what you are looking for. Paella Marbella Catering works along the Coast, specialising in rice dishes. The company can offer you a Chef’s service in your home, with a variety of menus available, or cater for events, dinners, private parties, buffets, barbeques, children’s parties, etc. i For further information,


Lactose-Free Dishes The A1 Aretusa & Carpaccio restaurants located in front of the Marina in Puerto Banús now offer lactose-free versions of their recipes. The BlueBay Gourmet group has announced the introduction of lactose-free dishes in several of its restaurants. In particular, A1 Aretusa and Carpaccio now offer their customers lactose-free sauces, pasta and pizza. BlueBay Gourmet’s Operations Manager, Cesar Espinosa, highlights the importance of “being able to offer our produce to all types of customers, including those with some intolerance or food allergy”.


Contemporary Fine Dining in La Cala Joffrey’s is a stylish new restaurant with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, serving creative contemporary cuisine. The restaurant has been a dream in the making for many years for French Chef, Joffrey Charles and his partner, stylist and presenter, Lisa Burgess. Their idea was to create a contemporary fine dining restaurant with a creative and tantalising menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Joffrey has worked for the past decade in a plethora of fine dining restaurants in Mont Saint Michel, Val d’Isère, Corsica, Dublin and London. As a 15-year-old boy, he dreamed of owning his own restaurant and struggled to support himself working long hours learning his craft while studying for a Masters. That distant dream has finally been realised in Joffrey’s Las Mimosas. g CN340, km 200, Urb. Las Mimosas, La Cala de Mijas Costa. Tel: 658 748 919.


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TASTE Signature Japanese cuisine awarded one Michelin star



b THE GOURMET profile

Chema Viera

DREAMING IN JAPANESE at Santoku at the Villa Padierna Palace



hema Viera is bounding with energy on the night of my recent visit to the Villa Padierna Palace’s elegant new restaurant, Santoku, a place where lovers of fine Japanese cuisine will encounter something very different: traditionally prepared dishes, all made with wild, fresh produce, bearing an Andalusian touch, thanks to Chema’s fascination with the magnificent fish and seafood sourced from the bejewelled Mediterranean. Chema, after all, hails from the Canary Islands – beautiful in their own right but housing a plethora of ecosystems that have little to do with Southern Spanish fare. His synergy with Andalucía may also have to do with the fact that his wife hails from Marbella. It was during a summer on the Coast that Chema met and fell in love with the woman that would change his life. By the time he decided to dedicate his life to cuisine, he had already settled on a cooking school in Benahavís. He spent his time between Madrid and Marbella, completing his practical

training in the gleaming kitchens of the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and the Marbella Club Hotel. He developed a love for artistic, creative cuisine at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC Málaga’s) Oleo restaurant, and, despite his youth, obtained the post of Head Chef at a Vincci hotel early in his career. Chema is a traveller and a dreamer. He has lived in London, a city he speaks about with much love; he seems to have captured the lively essence of The City, and says he could easily call it home. That is impossible for now, however, since his wife is a successful lawyer on the Coast, but he recalls a bevy of anecdotes about the people he met and the many experiences he cherishes. Chema’s essential curiosity and energetic nature made him wonder about a type of cooking that had always fascinated him: Asian cuisine, the most perfect and exacting of which, is undoubtedly Japanese. He headed to the undoubted nucleus of the Japanese vibe in Spain: Madrid,

honing his craft with Spain’s most highly acclaimed (and Michelin starred) Japanese cuisine group: Kabuki. “I worked at KBK Aravaka, which is located in an upmarket area of Madrid. Football stars and celebrities live in the area, so our client list was quite impressive.” At Santoku, Chema’s cuisine is very much his own. His original use of Andalusian ingredients such as salmonete, boquerones or conchas finas, have already garnered him the attention of the Michelin group, who wasted no time in paying a visit to the restaurant. “I always visit each table when guests arrive,” says Chema, who indeed is extremely generous with his time, sitting with me for at least an hour to answer my questions and rushing out with produce he is particularly excited about; that day – authentic Japanese wasabi (not the powder-based paste served at most restaurants), and brown truffles – which he later grated over freshly sliced fish at a nearby table, to the amazement of the diners. “I like to

make suggestions,” he tells me, “since many of our guests are international. They may be staying at the hotel or be unacquainted with Andalusian produce so I compare local ingredients to produce they may know or I explain the nature of our unique ingredients.” At Santoku, Chema has designed a faultless menu that contains everything from sushi baskets (the one we ordered was served in an aesthetically perfect presentation – alongside a whole fish whose flesh had been sliced into scale-like creations) to usuzukuri, tempura and ngiri. The quality of each dish is supreme – think the freshest tuna from barbate, wild flambéed salmon and tender Andalusian mackerel – veritable gifts from Nature that Chema brings to your table with all the love in his heart. g Open every evening for dinner from 7:30pm to 11pm. Urb. Los Flamingos Golf, CN 340, km 166, Marbella. Tel: 952 889 180.


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G A S T RO N O M Í A S I N I G U A L E N P R I M E RA L Í N E A D E P LAYA Fine dining on the Andalusian beachfront

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa · Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n · 29602 · Marbella · Spain (+34) 952 820 900 · ·




DE GREGORIO Legend of Rioja Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, once known as l’enfant terrible of Rioja, was the larger than life outspoken pioneer of ‘New Style Rioja’ – a term much in vogue as of the mid 1990s when many in the region, inspired by the international success and critical acclaim of upstarts Ribera del Duero and Priorato with their dark substantial reds which combined richness of fruit with judiciously balanced oak, sought to ape these styles, more often than not ending up with wines of undoubtedly immense colour that were, however, dry and clumsy as a result of over extraction and having spent far too long in new oak. WORDS CARLOS READ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF FINCA ALLENDE

IN CONVERSATION “Today,” he says – we’re sitting on a late fogbound mid-December morning in his magnificent 17th century Palace HQ in Briones surrounded by a veritable multitude of bottles – “I’m more like l’ancient terrible though, if truth be told. In reality I feel that nothing much has changed in the last 25 years, as I continue to believe in the same things and defend the same attitudes that earned me my nickname. In the intervening time, we’ve all learned to make better wines but as far as the establishment is concerned, I think that Lampedusa hit the nail on the head when he said that ‘everything must change in order to remain the same’.” “Further, I believe that the much debated duality between classic and modern Rioja never existed. I’ve tried outstanding wines produced in this region during the 1940s and 1950s and the contrasting styles were as opposed and valid as

they are today. The major difference is that today, the fundamental dichotomy lies in those produced on an industrial scale in high-tech installations and wines made in a more intimate way to reflect the essence of the land and terroir. Unfortunately, there are still very few gems and examples of true magic whether in Rioja or Spain, as maybe 98 per cent of the market is driven by big volume and value for money. Still, it must be said that industrialists have improved their quality in leaps and bounds.” “As to the future, I’m afraid I no longer think that we can change the world – as we did in the 1980s – so in the meantime I’ll simply try and do what I do best: treat my vineyards with ever more respect, follow the natural cycles, use ever less treatments and maybe go out and do something in the Ribeiro or the south, though in the latter case, I’m not sure whether I’m more seduced by Jerez or Montilla.”

Born in 1964 in Argamasilla de Calatrava, La Mancha, Miguel Ángel’s father was the cellar master at Marqués de Murrieta in one of its golden periods and lived at the winery until the age of 13 after which the family moved to nearby Logroño. His studies were primarily in Madrid between 1981 and 1989 with a brief French interlude in 1980 during which he fell in love for the first time. In 1989 he went to work for Bodegas Breton in Navarrete and discovered the glories of nearby hill town Briones from where he sourced significant amounts of fruit and in the mid 1990s bought an initial eight hectares in order to eventually start his own project, Finca Allende – which means beyond or on the other side. Launched in 1995, Allende was the undisputed first high quality modern style Rioja and was followed by Aurus in 1996, and in 1999 by Calvario and Allende Blanco. These wines and his forthright practices and views on quality rocked the establishment. In 1997, he abandoned Bodegas Breton, which was by then owned by a construction company. In 2014, he bought Bodegas Breton, converting it into his second winery Finca Nueva, with a now accumulated 96 hectares of mainly Tempranillo and a little Garnacha and Viura, dedicated to making a wide range of lively, characterful and affordable wines, amounting to about 1.5 million bottles annually and aimed at an entirely different public. Today, Finca Allende boasts some 68 hectares of its own, with 194 individual parcels of old vines in and around the town of Briones. Miguel Ángel is a smart, talented, practical and agreeably opinionated friend of many years, blessed not only with a fine sense of the ridiculous but a true appreciation of irony and a contagious, mischievous sense of fun. He does not suffer fools gladly and when he was younger, he might well have ruffled fewer feathers had he invested in attending a tongue-biting seminar! Be this as it may, today, more relaxed but by no means less passionate, he remains firmly at the forefront of quality and character and as a winemaker has few peers – with Calvario still quite simply within the top five or six produced anywhere in Spain and Allende Tinto an undisputed benchmark of fine modern Rioja.


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Viura and five per cent Malvasía from 55 year-old vineyards; barrel-fermented in new François Frères and subsequently aged for 14 months in further French oaks. Deep yellow in hue with elements of white fruit, but essentially a mélange of delicious smoky witch-hazel mineral lime with some underlying buttery vanilla. Up front, unctuous and mouth filling, drink this now with the best Galician shellfish you can find. Production: approximately 42,000 bottles


Made from a single hectare of Viura planted in 1970 on soils of limestone and clay, this spends nine months in the barrel and a further four months on its lees. The result is delicate but wonderfully expressive: a tingly offering characterised by understated citrus elements but

with a pleasant buttery mineral core and great acidity. For those who love truly fine whites and have deep pockets. Production: approximately 1,700 bottles



Pure Tempranillo from 30 year old vineyards with around five months in mainly American oak from Murua. One of a handful of the most impressive wines made in Spain with absolutely no sulphur, which is by no means easy to pull off. Mega colour with an abundance of fresh, ripe peachy fruit and irresistible, almost custardy overtones from its brief time in barrique. Pronounced berry overtones too. Great fun and totally quaffable. Production: 5,000 bottles.


Made from 35 year old high density planted Tempranillo

with a year in 50/50 US and French oaks. Medium plum in colour; upbeat and super friendly with nice ripe strawberry fruit, substance and nicely balanced oak. Fantastic for the price; great as an everyday Rioja.


Made from an old, mixed twohectare vineyard on a steep hill with soils of gravel, stones and red clay on the fringes of Briones planted in 1945, its unerring and controversial name reflects the conditions that the old vines withstand. One of Rioja’s coldest vintages, this intensely violet coloured wine is still an infant with resounding layers of mature pent up ripe blackberry, multi layered spices, chocolate, liquorice, toasted coffee and mountain herbs encapsulated in a wall of tannin and tasty savoury oak. Acidity too so watch this unwind over the next few years or, if you’re in a hurry,

decant and drink slowly. Production: 8,000 bottles.


Pure Tempranillo from 45 year old vineyards with clay on the surface and gravel beneath. 14 months in Bordelaise barrels. Dense purple rimmed garnet with effusive black and red fruits – cherry, plum, cranberry and wild forest fruits; round, smooth and silky with beautifully integrated oak and a pleasing freshness. This is a joy as the winery’s flagship should be. Drink it now! Production: 350,000 bottles.

AURUS 2009

The winery’s top cuvée is 85 per cent Tempranillo and 15 per cent Graciano. Made from 60 year-old vines, it’s aged in new French oak for 24 months. Magnificent black purple in hue, with dark, slightly burnt oak imbued black fruit – vinous, with notes of pine,

ink, raisin, aromatic herbs, monster bite, yet freshness and a memorable finish replete with elements of coffee, toffee and compote. Keep and let it unwind. Production: 5,000 bottles.


For general comments see 2010. This was another cold year. Monster dark picota cherry colour with an imposing, yet to unravel surface of pure blackcurrant and blackberry with plum and redcurrant seething beneath. There’s black pepper here also, cloves, black liquorice, a touch of eucalyptus, black chocolate and an abiding freshness and energy that’s yet to be unleashed all set in a framework of big punchy char grilled oak with a liberal smattering of herbs. Keep indefinitely or drink very slowly at a little above room temperature with a plate of roast boar. Production: 8,000 bottles e

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. . THE GUIDE listings

the guide

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


under €25

€25 – €40


€40 – €60

€60 plus



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




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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

belgian EL COTO

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


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


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

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

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


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



Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


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listings THE GUIDE .

9-11, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 812 167

At the Puente Romano Hotel on the Golden Mile. Tel: 952 820 900



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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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




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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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



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

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


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

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

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



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

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle Benabola




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

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

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


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

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

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



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. THE GUIDE listings


Club. CN 340, km. 188, Marbella. Tel: 952 830 500

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


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

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



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

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



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


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




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

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




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

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

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

BONO BEACH Open from 1pm to 7pm in the Spring. Urb. Costabella, Playa del Arenal, Avda. de Cervantes s/n, Elviria. Tel: 952 839 236

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

EL CORZO Open daily for dinner. Hotel Los Monteros, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 187. Tel: 952 771 700 Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle de Honor, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 778 797

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

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



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

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





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

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

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for lunch. At Marbella Golf & Country

Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner from 7pm.

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



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listings THE GUIDE .

Closed Monday. Local 1A. Puerto de Cabopino. Tel: 952 837 483

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

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


Guadalmina, Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211

Tel: 952 762 000



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

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




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

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


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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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




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

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. Hotel Villa Padierna & Flamingos Golf Club, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 166 (Cancelada exit), Benahavís. Tel: 952 889 150



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

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


Open every night for dinner. Hotel Meliá La Quinta, Urb. La Quinta Golf s/n, Marbella.

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


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

Open everyday lunch and dinner. Golf Hotel

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


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

MOMO MARBELLA Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm to midnight.


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C/ Tetuán 7, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 560

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


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


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

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

Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Friday and Saturday for dinner only. Closed Sunday and Monday. C/ Aduar 12, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 277

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




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

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

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

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

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


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

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



Tel: 952 830 868

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



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

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

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm to 11pm and Sunday from 1.30 to 9.30pm. Closed Mondays. Avda. España 16, Urb. Buenavista, Sitio de Calahonda. Tel: 952 930 252



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

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

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

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


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

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



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

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Manzana, Locales 8-11, Pueblo Los Arcos, Elviria.

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

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

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

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

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


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

on Sunday. Da Bruno A San Pedro: Avda. del Mar, local 1E, San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 860 – closed on Monday. Da Bruno Sul Mare: Edif. Skol, Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 318/19. Da Bruno Mijas Costa: Ctra. de Mijas, km. 3.6, Mijas. Tel: 952 460 724



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

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


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

italian AL DENTE

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

DA BRUNO Open all day. Da Bruno Cabopino: CN-340 Km. 194,7. Tel: 952 831 918. Da Bruno a Casa: Marbella Mar, Local 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 857 521 – closed




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

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


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

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




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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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


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



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

ASIAN FUSION BING Open 12.30pm-4.30pm and 6.30pm to 12am daily.


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Fuengirola, Paseo Marítimo, L-42C. Tel: 952 470 218


Romano, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 177, Marbella. Tel: 952 777 893

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




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

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



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

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


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

Tel: 952 660 084



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

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




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

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


Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035

CINESA LA CAÑADA La Cañada. Marbella. Tel: 902 333 231



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

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





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

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

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

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





Mijas. Tel: 952 663 738

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

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

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





Calle Córdoba 9, Málaga. Tel: 952 213 412

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

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

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


Plaza Ramón Martínez, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 159

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


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

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



Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pino Golf, Don Carlos, Local 1, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 830 365 / 658 646 829

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

TEATRO CIUDAD DE MARBELLA TEATRO SALON VARIETES Emancipación 30. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 474 542

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


YELMO CINEPLEX Plaza Mayor. Tel: 902 220 922


18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 956 791 0400.

ALHAURÍN GOLF 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 595 970.

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



18 holes. Tel: 952 907 085.

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


27 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 582 027.

ALOHA GOLF CLUB ATALAYA GOLF 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 882 812.

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


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



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

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 951 703 355



18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 956 794 100

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

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




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

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



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. Plaza de la Victoria, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 170


Open every day for lunch and dinner. Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, Fuengirola.

Open seven days a week for dinner. H. Puente

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

*golf guide




Veracruz. Estepona. Tel: 952 800 056

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

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

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

Recinto Ferial. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 589 349






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


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


18 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 850 282

CLUB DE GOLF LA CAÑADA 18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 883 835



18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 937 605.



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

18 holes, Par 72, Tel: 952 937 883.


*cinemas & theatres

18 holes, Par. Tel: 952 889 157.



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

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 756 733


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GOLF TORREQUEBRADA 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 442 742

GUADALMINA GOLF 36 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 883 375

LA CALA GOLF RESORT 54 holes, Pars 71, 72 and 73. Tel: 952 669 033.

LA DAMA DE NOCHE 9 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 818 150

LA DUQUESA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 890 425

LA QUINTA GOLF 27 holes, Par 72.Tel: 952 762 390.

LA RESERVA SOTOGRANDE 18 holes. Tel: 956 695 209

LA ZAGALETA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 18 holes. Members only. Tel: 952 695 209

LAURO GOLF 18 HOLES Alhaurín de la Torre. Tel: 952 412 767

LOS ARQUEROS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 784 600

LOS NARANJOS GOLF CLUB 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 815 206

MARBELLA CLUB GOLF RESORT 18 holes, Par 73. Tel: 952 113 239

MARBELLA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 18 holes. Tel: 952 830 500

MIJAS GOLF 36 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 476 843

MIRAFLORES GOLF 18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 931 960

MONTE MAYOR GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 18 holes. Tel: 952 113 088

PARADOR MÁLAGA DEL GOLF 18 holes. Tel: 952 381 255

REAL CLUB DE GOLF LAS BRISAS 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 810 875

REAL CLUB DE GOLF SOTOGRANDE 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 785 014

SAN ROQUE CLUB 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 613 030

SANTA CLARA GOLF 18 holes. Tel: 952 850 111

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

SOTOGRANDE CLUB DE GOLF 18 holes. Tel: 956 785 012

VALDERRAMA 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 791 200.

*gyms & sports clubs ALHAMAR GYM

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

ATENAS Barquilla 1. Marbella. Tel: 952 776 240

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

CENTRO DEPORTIVO EL FUERTE Av. El Fuerte s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 861 624

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

CERRADO DEL ÁGUILA Mijas Costa, Málaga. Tel: 951 773 523

CLUB DEL SOL Tennis /paddle classes. Calahonda. Tel: 952 939 595

DY GYM MARBELLA Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 074



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


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



CN340, Km159. Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500


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


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


La Cala de Mijas Tel: 952 669 000

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

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



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


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


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


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




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

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

San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 788 315

Atalaya Park Hotel, Marbella. Tel: 609 571 920

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





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

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

CLUB INTERNACIONAL DE TENNIS Benahavís. Tel: 617 647 223



San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 781 360


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

CN340 Km 192. Marbella. Tel: 952 902 537


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




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

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

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





Monda. Tel: 952 112 161

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

Plaza de Toros. Estepona.

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





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

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

Marbella. Tel: 952 902 714

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





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

Benabola. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 000

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




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

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

CN340, Km173. N. Andalucía. Tel: 952 811 517

Hospital Bazán. Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035




Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900


Guadalmina Baja. Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211

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


Plaza del Mar. Marbella. Tel: 952 900 420



El Rosario, Marbella. Tel: 952 837 651


Huerta de Rufino, Benahavís. Tel: 902 504 862

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


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



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

Carrera 39. Ojén. Tel: 952 881 453

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



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

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




El Compas. Mijas. Tel: 952 489 500

*tourist offices

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

Avda. Severo Ochoa, 8, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 400




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

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

Avda. Vaquero Playa. Ctra A-7, Km 150, Estepona. Tel: 952 808 020




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

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

C/ El Fuerte s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 861 500




Guadalmina Baja. Tel: 952 781 360

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

CN340, Km 207. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 922 000



CN340, Km 168,5. Estepona. Tel: 952 888 212

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

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

Cristamar, Pto. Banús. Tel: 952 905 082



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

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




Paseo Marítimo. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 944

Tel: 952 467 843


ESTEPONA C/ Málaga 82–84. Tel: 952 800 537


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

CN340, Km 192. Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800


Pza. los Chinorros. Tel: 952 474 384


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


Crtra. Casares, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800


Jac. Benavente, 14. Tel: 952 772 898


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



SAN PEDRO Pizarro, 41. Tel: 952 780 39

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

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



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


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

CN340, Km179. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900




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

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

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


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



Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990


C/ Jazmines. Tel: 952 810 887

*tennis clubs AZTEC COUNTRY CLUB

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

CLUB DEL SOL Tennis/paddle classes. Calahonda. Tel: 952 939 595

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

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


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


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If you are a smoker, then you probably are already aware of how passive smoking can affect your loved ones’ health. Make it a point to smoke far away from your pets and never smoke indoors. Both second-hand smoke (the actual smoke that lingers in the air when you are smoking) and third-hand smoke (residue that can settle in carpets and rugs) contain harmful chemicals that can increase your dog’s risk of nose or lung cancer. Cats who live with people who smoke over a pack a day, meanwhile, are said to be at an increased risk of lymphoma. Even birds, guinea pigs and other pets can be negatively affected, so be considerate and better yet, kick the habit!


Leuchtie Plus LED Light Dog Collar is the ideal gadget for those who tend to take their dogs for a walk early in the morning or late at night. It is meant to be worn in addition to your dog’s normal collar and is designed to make him or her more visible when you are looking for them in a grassy or spacious area. The collar comes in two sizes and various colours and is 100 per cent waterproof, which is great news for pets who love to swim. i

This super cool device enables you to keep a 360º view on your pets, thanks to its rotating head. It also boasts two-way audio technology, so you and your dog or cat can have an online chat, and infrared vision so you can see what your precious ones are up to, day or night. Finally, the device has motion, sound and temperature alert technology, so you know when your pet is up and about, and whether or not the surrounding temperature is too cold or hot. This will work best of course, if the rest of your home is controlled by domotics. i Available on



Previous studies have shown that pets can help us feel happier and more connected but a new study, published by researchers at the University of Manchester and published in prestigious journal BMC Psychiatry, has shown that people with serious long-term mental illnesses can significantly benefit from pet ownership. In the study, participants, all of whom suffered from serious mental illness, were given a diagram with three consecutive circles radiating from a central square which represented the participant. Around 60 per cent of participants who considered pets to be part of their social network placed them in the smallest circle – the most important one – which also normally included their close family. Participants gave poignant reasons for their love of animals. They responded: “[Pets] don’t look at the scars on your arms”; “They don’t question where you’ve been,” and “I think it’s really hard when you haven’t had a mental illness to know what the actual experience is like. There’s like a chasm, deep chasm between us ... [Other people are] on one side of it, and we’re on the other side of it. We’re sending smoke signals to each other to try and understand each other but we don’t always — we don’t always understand.”


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Mark Ryden is known as ‘the Godfather of Pop Surrealism’ so if modern art is your thing, don’t miss out on this important exhibition, currently on at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) Málaga. Featuring paintings, sculptures, drawings and more.


Taller Ricardo Alario presents From Variety to Matter, a modernistic painting exhibition by Bernd Reinhard. Visiting hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm.


Playmobil is one of the most popular brands of toys for kids of all ages. This month, for a ticket price of just €2, you can view a host of Playmobil set-ups at the Casa Hermandad of the Cofradía La Pollinica, depicting different scenes such as the Wild West, the Middle Ages and Rome. cofradialapollinica.marbella


The Museo Picasso de Málaga has a brand new collection comprising 166 works, some of which are extremely rare. The new paintings will be added to the 233-strong existing collection from when the museum was launched.


The Museo Ralli presents the exhibition Retratos de Mujer (Portraits of Women), comprising works created between 1900 and 1980, including André Derain, Marie Laurencin, Jacques Villon, Louis Latapie and Nicolas Tarkhoff. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm.



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

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

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

Every Tuesday and Friday PAINTING CLASSES – MARBELLA

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

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


Every Wednesday ART – MÁLAGA

The members of this cultural group meet at different times and places for lunches, lectures, concerts, ballet, theatre, opera, etc. Further information, Tel: 669 445 809.

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


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

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


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

Every last Friday of the Month COFFEE MORNING – ESTEPONA

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

Saturday March 11

Saturday March 18

The Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Marbella will be hosting Carnival Marbella – featuring three popular groups from the Carnavales de Cádiz: Los Peregrinos de Juan Carlos Aragón, La Azotea de Los Hermanos Carapapas and Mi Suegra Como Ya Dije… del Selu. The show starts at 10pm. Tickets cost €15.

At 5pm, the Palacio de Congresos y Ferias de Marbella will be hosting FES DANCE MARBELLA: a dance show featuring various types of dance, including hip hop, jazz, capoeira, house, fit kid and more. For further information,




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


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

Every First Sunday of the month OPEN DAY – MIJAS

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



The Rotary Clubs of Guadalmina-Marbella and Estepona present a super show featuring a variety of acts to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the International Rotary Foundation. There will be magic by David Villalobos, singing by Charlotte Summers and El Musical Chiquitita, rock covers by Hybrid, and dance by the School of Russian Ballet. The event will take place at Teatro Felipe VI at 7pm. Tickets cost only €5.


Música Con Encanto will be presenting a fascinating documentary on The School of Opera of Beijing. The School, founded in 1952, boasts 900 students aged six to 18. The film starts at 7pm at the Iglesia de la Virginia.

Monday March 6 to Friday March 10 HOSPITALITY COURSE – MARBELLA

The Hotel Management School Maastricht (HMSM) will be offering a one-week course on the latest innovative trends in hotel management, focussing on five subjects: Leadership, Hospitality, Gastronomy, Wholesale Food Delivery and Blue Ocean Innovation. For further information,

Saturday March 11


Music Has No Limits is an incredible big band show featuring live singing and musical performances from a variety of musical genres – everything from rock to pop and house music. The show will be taking place at 8pm at the Teatro Cervantes. For tickets,


Forever Beach Club will be bringing back the magic of the lead singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury, at this lively tribute show. The show starts at 10pm. For tickets,


Forever Beach Club presents a fun tribute act to legendary rocker and crooner, Rod Stewart. The show starts at 10pm. For tickets,


The Salón Varietés Theatre presents Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, the musical, directed by Pete Mitchell. The show starts at 8pm Monday to Saturday and at 7pm on Sundays.



Renowned pianist Carmen Yepes has travelled throughout Europe and the United States to perform at concerts and festivals. She will be playing three sonatas by Beethoven at the Les Roches school at 7pm. Tickets cost €20 for adults and €5 for children aged under 18.


Otis Reding III, son of the legendary Otis Redding (of Sitting on the Dock of the Bay fame) will be performing live at 7:30pm at the Moonlight Lounge in Sunset Beach Hotel, Benalmádena. Also with him on stage will be soul and gospel singers, Mr Maph and Simone Lisa. For tickets,


This theatre show features top performers from West End musicals, singing tunes from Oliver, Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast and more. At La Laguna Theatre in Mijas. Tel: 952 661 819.

Forever Beach Club will be hosting a fun punk rock tribute concert, featuring The Reinfected. At 10pm. For tickets,

Wednesday March 29

Sunday April 2

Popular singer, composer and percussionist from Israel, Noa, will be performing at the Teatro Cervantes at 8pm. For tickets,

Talented R&B/jazz soul singer Macy Gray will be performing at Fuengirola’s Recinto Ferial (fairgrounds) at 7pm. For tickets,




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Russell Grant’s

Monthly Horoscope March 2017

The Full Moon on the 12th will signal a turning point in a relationship. You may decide to move in with a lover or even a good friend. Getting engaged or married is another possibility

PISCES February 20th - March 20th At the beginning of March, unexpected expenses could come thick and fast. Money will be tight and there won’t be many opportunities to enjoy creature comforts. Professional demands will be significant. If you play your cards right, you could negotiate a pay rise. The Full Moon on the 12th will signal a turning point in a relationship. You may decide to move in with a lover or even a good friend. Getting engaged or married is another possibility. If you already have a serious partner, you can realise a goal you’ve both had since the early days of your courtship. Work assignments will be more plentiful during the second half of the month; you’ll be able to build up your savings account again. The New Moon on the 28th will give you a chance to earn a steady salary from artistic efforts. You’ll enjoy getting paid to create beautiful things for others.


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ARIES [21 MAR - 20 APR]

Try not to make unfair demands on your nearest and dearest in early March. Temperamental behaviour could drive a wedge between you and your best friend, romantic partner or business partner. You’ll spend a little more money than usual during the first half of the month, possibly to replace some broken technical equipment. On the 12th, the Full Moon will help you wrap up a work assignment, paving the way for a possible promotion. Get ready to step into the spotlight. If you’ve been contemplating a makeover, schedule one for the 28th, when the New Moon will help you find a style that enhances your best assets. You’ll have difficulty balancing your personal and professional lives at the end of the month. No matter how much you ask for understanding, your partner will be irritated by all the time you spend at work. They won’t be gracious about the sacrifices you’re making to climb the ladder to success.

TAURUS [21 APR - 21 MAY]

Overindulging in food and drink will give you cause for regret at the start of March. Practice moderation or you could experience physical challenges. If you’re preoccupied with a past disappointment, find healthy ways to lift your spirits. Working on creative projects will be the best thing for you. Take a trip to the craft store and stock up on supplies. The Full Moon on the 12th marks an exciting turning point in your love life making this a good time to get engaged or married. If you’re in a serious relationship, your amour might give you a lavish token of their appreciation. An unexpected expense will arise during the second half of March; resist the temptation to borrow money from a friend. On the 28th, the New Moon could land you a lucrative opportunity that allows you to repay a debt. Don’t discuss this assignment at your regular job; it’s best to keep it under wraps.

GEMINI [22 MAY - 21 JUN]

At the start of the month, friends will try to pressure you to do something irresponsible with your hard earned cash. Keep your money safe in the bank, where it will be protected from chancers and opportunists. If you’re single, a friendship could turn romantic when someone you’ve known for years will make a move on you. Relocating to a different neighbourhood is a possibility on the 12th, due to a supportive Full Moon. Although you’ll enjoy living in a more cosmopolitan area, it will take time for a good friend or romantic partner to get used to this shift. Toward the middle of the month, your social life will be abuzz with excitement. Go to as many parties and casual get togethers as possible. You’ll enjoy mixing and mingling with a wide variety of people. The New Moon on the 28th will mark the beginning of a group association that is very stimulating. Join a social club or volunteer organisation.

CANCER [22 JUN - 23 JUL]

An erratic boss or manager will put too many demands on you in the early days of March. Don’t be too quick to agree to overtime. Your family need you close to home. By standing up for your rights, you’ll earn the respect of your superiors. You might even be given a surprise promotion. You’ll make great career strides after yielding impressive results with a tight budget. The Full Moon on the 12th could find you graduating from a class or making some other kind of step forward professionally. Someone who is impressed by your work

will offer to form a partnership with you. If you’re put in charge of a group, don’t bother copying the competition. The secret to your success will be offering unique products and services. On the 28th, you’ll be given an exciting career opportunity. Your personal life will suffer in the early stages of your new job. Your loved ones will have to become more self-reliant.

LEO [24 JUL - 23 AUG]

It’s difficult finding an opportunity to use your expertise. Instead of holding out for the perfect job, it will probably be best to accept some part time or temporary work in early March. With a little patience and persistence, you’ll find the sort of position you are looking for. It’s simply a matter of making the right connections. Money from an inheritance, insurance refund or legal settlement will help tide you over during the first half of the month. A big pay cheque could arrive near the 12th, when the Full Moon ensures you are handsomely paid for a job well done. Don’t let a loved one pressure you into buying something you can’t afford in the middle of the month. It’s important to conserve your cash at this time. On the 28th, the New Moon will attract an opportunity to travel, study or both. This is a great time to apply to an academic program that is possibly located overseas.

VIRGO [24 AUG - 23 SEP]

Throwing money at a problem will not be an instant fix. You will need to have a difficult conversation with someone close to you in early March. Finding new ways to save money is critical to the health of your relationship. If you’re single, stop trying to buy people’s affection. You deserve to be with someone who loves you for your personality, not your bank account. Be compassionate and encouraging to those you love. By tempering your criticisms with kindness, your bond will grow stronger than ever. The Full Moon on the 12th will find you reaping the benefits of a self-improvement program. Splash out on a new outfit, tablet computer or smart phone; you’ve earned a reward. A brilliant idea for an invention could occur to you in the middle of the month. On the 28th, the New Moon will mark a fresh beginning in a relationship. Let down your defences with someone who has proven their loyalty.

LIBRA [24 SEP - 23 OCT]

You’ve been enjoying being in the spotlight, but this has made a close friend rather jealous. An angry outburst could occur at the beginning of March, making you worried about the future of this relationship. Try imagining what this situation must be like for your loved one. A little care and compassion will go a long way. On the 12th, the Full Moon will bring important information to light. At long last, you’ll be able to address an important family matter or wrap up a property deal. A demanding relative’s behaviour will create problems in your personal life. Be ready to defend your best friend or romantic partner to your kin. The New Moon on the 28th is excellent for signing an agreement, embarking on a relationship or hiring a professional. Don’t lend money to a loved one at the end of the month or you will regret it. You don’t want to feed someone’s bad habit.


Work will be erratic at the start of the month. Costly outings with friends won’t be an option. Do everything in your power to conserve your resources during the first half of March. Trust the advice of your

best friend, romantic partner or business associate. With their encouragement, you can get out of this financial slump. A group project will come to a successful conclusion on the 12th, thanks to a supportive Full Moon. Employment prospects will dramatically improve after this; you could land a job with terrific benefits. The New Moon on the 28th could mark the first day of an exciting new role. Your ability to think on your feet will serve you well in this position. It will be a relief to escape the boring routines that have dogged you at previous companies. Working with unusual situations and offbeat people will bring out the best in you.


Friends probably won’t approve of a romantic relationship at the beginning of March. Being torn between these two spheres will be difficult. Be good to yourself during this stressful time. Brisk exercise will help you relieve tension, even if it’s taking a fast walk in your lunch hour. The Full Moon on the 12th will mark an exciting staging post in your career. Don’t be surprised if you’re given a rise, promotion or both. Landing a new job is another possibility during the middle of the month. Your love life will heat up near the 28th, thanks to an energising New Moon. You’ll have to make the first move on the object of your affection. If you’re already in a relationship, buy your amour a token of your appreciation. Choose something geared towards their tastes, not yours. If you don’t have any good ideas, ask their best friend for advice.


Throwing your weight around will be a big mistake in the early days of March. Having a reputation for honesty, fairness and generosity will open more doors than pulling power plays. Dealing with some serious business for a family member will be helpful during the first half of the month. Your tenacity will aid you to cut through the red tape of a big bureaucracy and officialdom. Near the 12th, the Full Moon could mark a legal decision being given in your favour. This will strengthen your position and give you a greater measure of control over your personal life decisions. Go out and celebrate this victory with your nearest and dearest. Domestic life will be especially rewarding towards the middle of the month. The New Moon on the 28th would be a perfect time to make some home improvements or buy a piece of property. There will be money available for some beautiful fixtures or furnishings.


Angry words will be exchanged on social media. Think twice before posting a sarcastic remark on Facebook or Twitter. You don’t want a bad joke or a thoughtless comment to undermine your reputation. A home repair project will be completed faster than you expect during the first half of March. By the 12th, the Full Moon could send a nice windfall. If you have a business or romantic partner, they’ll get a pay rise that greatly improves your standard of living. Alternatively, you could receive an inheritance, tax refund or royalty payment. Use this money to take a relaxing vacation. You’re long overdue for a break. The New Moon on the 28th may prompt a passionate declaration of love. It’s a great time to propose, get engaged or exchange marriage vows. Do you already have a partner? Taking a mini-break will be a wonderful opportunity to reconnect. Escaping the pressures of home will allow you to fully focus on each other. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2017 / 161

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This month, we feature some local favourites for families looking for fun things to do in- and out-of-doors with kids and teens. From professional film camps to high-energy sports workshops, you’ll find an endless supply of entertaining activities for kids and teens of all ages. For a complete list of Things to Do in Marbella, check out the comprehensive listing on


Great for sports-oriented kids three to 12 years old. Offers a wide range of activities each day including football, tennis, zip-line, eco climbing wall, and arts and crafts. Flexible hours: hourly, daily or weekly sessions. Tel: 678 286 490.


Will be hosting a camp for kids four to 10 years of age, including fun workshops, parties and games. Tasty and healthy meals offered all day and there’s even a nice coffee bar with fast wifi so parents can join the fun. Tel: 952 883 224.


Featuring a great range of activities and games for kids six to 11 years of age with an expansive indoor and outdoor area. The indoor set up is large, well appointed and bright, on the off chance that the weather isn’t splendid. Tel: 606 625 044.


Daily camps at several wellknown locations are designed to encourage kids as young as five years to develop a passion for the game in a fun and engaging way. The Bel-Air Tennis club is perfect for those closer to Estepona: Tel: 607 821 700. Tennis Brothers train at their courts in Nueva Andalucía in English, Spanish, French, Russian and Portuguese: Tel: 603 605 297. For those just east of Marbella, check out the Royal Tennis Club in Elviria: Tel: 952 837 651.

INTERNATIONAL GOLF KIDS CLUB IN GUADALMINA This club offers a tri-lingual programme with a fun and effective teaching style for kids up to six years of age. Kids learn through Music and Art engaging in activities that stimulate their knowledge and usage of English, Spanish and Russian. Tel: 687 173 808.


Offers the flexibility to pick and choose from a variety of classes each day. Daily from 9am to 2pm, including lunch. Optional early morning drop off is ideal for working parents. Classes available in English, Spanish, French or German. Enjoy Golf is in Nueva Andalucía and Atalaya. Tel: 952 929 938.


For those who want to focus on developing physical fitness, coordination and mental concentration. Comprising indoor and outdoor training sessions and activities including: hiking, rock climbing and running. Health First Studio in La Campana. Tel: 637 886 788.


This gives the kids a great chance to be creative and express themselves. At Mad Hatters they can produce their own blockbuster movies with the help of Hollywood film veterans. They can even compete in film festivals around the world. Tel: 673 505 838.


MARCH CALENDAR MARCH 1-3 The Multisports Camp in Nueva Andalucía is hosting a series of fun outdoor activities for kids at their eco-friendly play park including games, junior football, tennis and paddle. Tel +34 678 286 490. MARCH 1-3 Fantasy Land in La Cala has a variety of indoor and outdoor activities planned for the little ones including arts and crafts, group games, dancing, singing and more. Tel: +34 952 493 395. MARCH 1-31 Marbella Palacio de Congresos will host a fun and eye-popping exhibition of the famous Playmobil brand during the entire month of March, open everyday. Tel: 952 828 244. MARCH 3 Ceram Hospital in Marbella is holding a workshop for those who are looking for natural ways to relieve pain and stress using the internationally recognised Alexander Technique. Tel: 952 899 350. MARCH 8 International Women’s Day recognises all those who have contributed to the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women worldwide. MARCH 19 Don’t forget Spanish Fathers Day! Even if your Daddy isn’t Spanish, we are sure treating him more than once a year won’t go unappreciated. One of the perks of expat life! MARCH 25-26 Mad Hatters Film Camp is hosting a weekend workshop for kids and teens to learn how to write, act in and direct their very own professional short film in Marbella. Tel: 673 505 838.


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