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The Beach House, next to Puerto Banús Bedrooms: 5 Terraces: 391 m²

Built: 835 m²

Price: € 13,900,000

Ref: ES9953

Plot: 1,860 m²

A beautiful and luxurious beachfront mansion with superb panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea. Built to exceptionally high standards, and exquisitely finished and decorated with designer furniture and signature art pieces. Radiating wow factor, the villa features a spa and indoor pool as well as the latest in lighting and smart home system. Direct beach access and just a short stroll along the seafront promenade to Puerto Banús. This property is offered exclusively by Panorama. Absolutely unique!

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Beachfront El Rosario: Contemporary new villa offering the very pinnacle of luxury living directly on one of the most beautiful beaches. Built to the highest qualities with the best materials. Gym, Spa, large roof terrace. 6 beds, 4 baths. Built 652 m2, plot 750 m2. E&V ID: W-022GJC. Price: 2.995.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 20 40.

Cascada de Camoján: Set on a large, elevated plot in a prestigious gated community next to Sierra Blanca, this luxury villa offers panoramic sea views. 4 beds, 4 baths. Built 639 m2, plot 2.029 m2. E&V ID: W-02BJT8. Price: 2.450.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Beachside Golden Mile - Casablanca: Rare opportunity to purchase a charming beachside villa in one of the most sought-after beach communities. 3 beds, 3 baths. Built 192 m2, plot 635 m2. E&V ID: W-02A6E3. Price: 1.995.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Beachfront Puerto Banús: Fantastic penthouse with stunning sea views. Terrace with BBQ, direct beach access, 2 pools, gym, sauna, Hammam. 3 beds, 3 baths. Living area 182 m², terrace 115 m². E&V ID: W-0280H1. Price: 1.700.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Beachfront Los Monteros: Penthouse with beachfront position in the exclusive Palm Beach complex. Direct beach access, 2 pools, 24h security. 3 beds, 3 baths. Living area 242 m2, terrace 188 m2. E&V ID: W-02AAUU. Price: 1.895.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 20 40.

Office Elviria: 952 83 55 80 · Office El Rosario: 952 83 20 40 www.engelvoelkers.com/MarbellaAndEast


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Second Line Beach Golden Mile: Spectacular penthouse in Don Gonzalo. Extraordinary 360 degrees sea and mountains views from the unique roof top terrace with pool and various chill-out areas! Concierge, 24h security. 3 beds, 3 baths. Living area 240 m2, terrace 251 m2. E&V ID: W-02AF2R. P.O.A. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Elviria: Newly built, contemporary villa with sea and golf views. The latest interior design, spacious open-plan living areas and advanced technologies. 6 beds, 5 baths. Built 1.146 m², plot 1.465 m². E&V ID: W-028DLF. Price: 1.980.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 55 80.

Los Naranjos: Contemporary architecture villa with beautiful sea and mountain views, situated in a new gated community, close to famous golf courses. 5 beds, 6 baths. Built 721 m2, plot 1.455 m2. E&V ID: W-024ZY9. Price: 2.195.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Beachfront Bahía de Marbella: Spacious townhouse in the gated community Las Dunas with direct beach access, pool and concierge. 3 beds, 2 baths. Living area approx. 300 m2, terrace approx. 100 m2. E&V ID: W-029B37. Price: 1.650.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 20 40.

Beachfront Golden Mile: Modern apartment with sea views in a gated complex, outdoor & 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.

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CAMOJÁN Golden Mile. Unique villa with open sea views in gated community. Exceptional qualities. Perfect for entertaining. 8

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Over 418 offices in 60 Countries Ref: DM4149 Price: 3.650.000€

Ref: DM3777 Price: 2.900.000€

las brisas Contemporary frontline golf villa. 5

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Terraces: 194 m²

Plot: 4,950 m²

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GOLDEN MILE Recently renovated mansion on a double plot with sea views in the gated community of Marbella Hill Club. Top specs. Ref.ES10281

Bedrooms: 3

Built: 215 m²

Terraces: 110 m²

Price: € 3,650,000

PUENTE ROMANO Beachside duplex penthouse, sea views. Ref. ES10285

Bedrooms: 4

Built: 344 m²

Plot: 1,052 m²

Price: € 1,295,000

GOLDEN MILE Villa in La Carolina, walking distance to the beach. Ref. ES9735

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Bedrooms: 6

Built: 1,023 m²

Plot: 1,210 m²

Price: € 5,450,000

PUERTO BANÚS Exceptional contemporary beachside villa. Ref. ES10289

Bedrooms: 4

Built: 286 m²

Plot: 892 m²

Price: € 950,000

MARBELLA EAST Beachside villa, close to all amenities. Ref. ES10064


Bedrooms: 5

Built: 789 m²

Terrace: 142 m²

Plot: 1,750 m²

Price on application

MARBELLA EAST Contemporary, high-end villa in Bahía de Marbella. Just 150 metres to the beach! Gated community with 24-hour security. Ref. ES9325

Bedrooms: 5

Built: 654 m²

Plot: 3,119 m²

Price: € 2,985,000

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Elegant villa in one of the best golf areas. Ref. ES9072

Bedrooms: 4

Built: 437 m²

Plot: 873 m²

Price: € 1,640,000

GOLDEN MILE Villa in a consolidated area, close to amenities. Ref. ES10041

Regulated by RICS

Bedrooms: 5

Built: 558 m²

Plot: 1,200 m²

Price: € 2,300,000

GOLDEN MILE Villa in gated community next to Sierra Blanca. Ref. ES9483

Bedrooms: 2

Built: 105 m²

Terrace: 15 m²

Price: € 1,365,000

GOLDEN MILE Luxury beachfront apartment in Gran Marbella. Ref. ES9549

Offices at Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and opposite the Marbella Club hotel Tel. (+34) 952 863 750 info@panorama.es www.panorama.es


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contents the trend Cinema 40

Oscar Documentaries 42

Music News 44 Top Reads 46

Portal by Facebook 48

Aston Martin Vantage 2018 50

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The Human Planet 56 What Do Millennials Want? 64

the pro 122 Enterprise 130 Technogym 132 Renovations Law 134 The Vibe

the leisure 136 Hot Travel Trends 142 Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa

the gourmet

Margot Robbie 72

147 T-Bone Grill

Cécile Peyrard 74

149 Grill del Puerto

NADFAS Reaches 50 76 Real de La Quinta 78

the style A Stunning Villa in Nagüeles 82 Accessible Design by AALTO 90 Purple Home Accessories 98 Fashion by Desigual 100 Fashion News 106

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150 Food News 152 Michelin-Starred Chefs from Casares to Fuengirola 154 Luna Beberide Wine

the guide 156 Listings 164 Teens’ Online Presence 165 Pet News 166 What’s On 168 Stars for March

Facial Correctors 110 Beauty News 112 Fractora and CoolSculpting at Cirumed 116 Carbs & Cals Books 118 Health News 120

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aster is one of the busiest periods here on the Coast and we intend to also circulate copies of this edition throughout Semana Santa. To cater for all tastes, we bring you an issue full of diverse content, so every reader can find themes they relate with. We start with The Human Planet, follow on with What Millennials Want, and reveal some of the Top Travel Trends for 2018. Style is synonymous with these pages – step into a luxurious villa in Marbella’s Nagüeles, see why AALTO’s design concepts are so highly prized, and check out the colourful lines of Desigual’s Spring/Summer Collection. In terms of technology, we feature Portal by Facebook, enjoy an exhilarating excursion in the stunning new Aston Martin Vantage 2018, and investigate how teens can cultivate a positive online presence. We profile international star, Margot Robbie, talk with Borja Pascual about the unique development, Real de la Quinta, and follow the trajectory of Cécile Peyrard on her way to becoming the Director of Marbella’s Roche Bobois. Finally, don’t miss dining out at some of Marbella’s finest venues, such as the T-Bone Grill at the Meliá Don Pepe Resort and Grill del Puerto on the frontline of Puerto Banús. We also review the Coast’s Michelin-starred chefs between Fuengirola and Casares and sample some exceptional wines courtesy of Luna Beberide.

Happy Easter!

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EASTER IS UPON US, AND FOR MOST PEOPLE, THAT MEANS A BLEND OF RELAXATION AND FAMILY TIME; THOSE WHO ENJOY ATTENDING PROCESSIONS, MEANWHILE, HAVE A FIELD DAY AT THE MANY MUNICIPALITIES THAT DOT THE COAST. MAKE THE MOST OF THE BREAK BY ENJOYING THE VERY BEST OF CINEMA, MUSIC AND BOOKS, AND FEAST YOUR EYES ON THE NEW ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE 2018.

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A Wrinkle in Time

Meg Murray is the typical highschool student with self-confidence issues. The daughter of two renowned physicists, she is incredibly intelligent, yet fails to realise the full extent of her gifts until her father disappears. Meg’s little brother, Charles, introduces her to three otherworldly guides who have travelled to Earth to help her find her father. They pass through a ‘wrinkle in time’ called a tesseract, which leads to worlds where powerful forces seek to take over the Universe at great speed.

»» DIRECTOR Fernando León de Aranoa (Sabina) »» GENRE Crime »» ACTORS Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard

Loving Pablo

This is the story of one of the most famous drug traffickers of all time, Pablo Escobar, who embarks on a passionate affair with famous Colombian journalist, Virginia Vallejo. The film highlights Escobar’s days as a powerful congressman and trafficker, as well as his darker years, when violence and terror held sway in Colombia.

»» DIRECTOR Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy) »» GENRE Drama/Biopic »» ACTORS Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges

Only the Brave

“It’s not what stands in front of you; it’s who stands beside you.” This motto gives life to Only the Brave: an inspiring movie based on real life events experienced by the Granite Mountain Hotshots: a group of firemen from Arizona who were converted into an elite brigade. While others rushed to escape from danger, they faced it head-on, sacrificing everything to save a small town in Arizona from almost certain doom.

»» DIRECTOR Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) »» GENRE Thriller »» ACTORS Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela, Natassia Malthe

Alpha

This film is set in the Paleolithic era, some 20,000 years BC. A young man (Kodi SmitMcPhee) embarks on an arduous voyage to find his tribe, facing inhospitable terrains, fearful weather conditions and savage predators. He develops a friendship with a wolf, who becomes his only ally during the challenge of his lifetime.

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By the time you read this, the Oscars may have just taken place, but, like many viewers, you may have found that many of the nominated films and actors were a surprise. One category that often garners the least attention (simply because of its lack of red carpet appeal), is Best Documentary, despite the fact that many of these films are the most fascinating. The fact is that when you watch a great documentary (think Fahrenheit 9/11 or The Thin Blue Line), you usually can’t stop talking about it at dinner parties and other social gatherings, because documentaries deal with the subjects that matter the most to human beings: the current state of world politics, law, economics, and social relationships. This month, we preview 2018’s most riveting documentaries, as determined by the members of The Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences in the U.S. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL

DIRECTOR: STEVE JAMES After the devastation caused by the 2008 crisis, the only bank in the U.S to face criminal charges was Abacus Federal Savings Bank, the first Chinese-owned bank in New York, which mainly catered to the Chinese immigrant community. Founded by Thomas Sung in 1984 and run today by him and his daughters, the bank was accused of mortgage fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy. The company was considered an ‘easy target’ for the Feds and a David vs Goliath battle ensued. The bank may have been tiny, but every single family member was a lawyer, and they were not willing to go down without a fight.

To them, the case was nothing more than an attack on the Chinese community and they were not willing to pay an unjust price, simply for being ‘small enough to jail.’

LAST MEN IN ALEPPO

DIRECTOR: FIRAS FAYYAD Forget about The Hurt Locker; this is the real thing! The White Helmets, a civilian rescue squad in Syria, dig through rubble to find bombing survivors and retrieve bodies of the deceased. Many of these heroes are separated from their families, while others worry about loved ones within Aleppo. Despite their fears for the future, three of the group’s founders vow to continue their invaluable work.

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DIRECTOR: BRYAN FOGEL Amateur cyclist, Bryan Fogel, is dead set on proving that sports testing for doping can be rigged. He contacts Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, head of the anti-doping team that tests Russian Olympic athletes. As he attempts to cheat and outsmart every test, he builds a special bond with the doctor and uncovers one of the biggest scandals in modern sporting history.

FACES PLACES

DIRECTORS: AGNÈS VARDA, JR The filmmakers of this intimate work visit the remote French countryside to produce giant photographic portraits of the locals. They reveal the power of photography, and its ability to capture the hearts and

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S E I R A T N E DOt hCatUMMade it t o t he 2018 Oscars minds of its subjects. The film invites us to witness the special relationship that forms between Agnès Varda and photographer/muralist, JR, who enjoy nothing more than laughing at their differences.

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DIRECTOR: YANCE FORD The Ford family is broken by the loss of one of its members, William, shot down at the age of 24 in April, 1992, in a dispute with a white mechanic. The killer was never convicted, and the family continues to attempt to come to terms with their loss, as they make their way through a complex mire of racial segregation, injustice, and violence. e

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GLENN MILLER fans have a chance to see the PASEDENA ROOF ORCHESTRA performing his songs plus an ANDREWS SISTERS tribute on March 7 at Málaga's Cervantes Theatre. Ticket info: teatrocervantes.es If you fancy a trip, Spanish singer SILVIA PÉREZ CRUZ is at Granada's Palacio de Congresos on March 18. Ticket info: ticketmaster.es or your local FNAC, Carrefour and Halcón Viajes. The same venue hosts MARÍA ROZALÉN on March 8 but she is also at Málaga's Palacio de Ferias y Congresos on May 5. Ticket info: redentradas.com US heavy metal veterans MACHINE HEAD will play at Málaga's Sala Paris 15 on April 4. Ticket info: riffmusic.es The same venue also has former IRON MAIDEN and WOLFSBANE vocalist BLAZE BAYLEY on April 14 to promote his March 2 released new solo LP Infinite Entanglement Part III. Ticket info: costadeldisco.com The fifth Weekend Beach Festival in Torre del Mar (July 4 to 7) is putting together a decent line-up and US punk icons THE OFFSPRING, former FUGEES singer WYCLEF JEAN, reggae legends JIMMY CLIFF and INNER CIRCLE (known for the song Bad Boys – the theme

tune to the 1980s US TV show Cops) have been added to headliner DAVID GUETTA. For full line-up and ticket info: weekendbeach.es JAMES BLUNT is the latest to be added to Marbella's Starlite Festival on August 3. For more updates and ticket info: http://starlitemarbella.com

SPICE GIRLS

Not a lot going on this month but there's plenty to look forward to (see below). No doubt there will be a few tribute artists playing along the coast so check your weekly local press for details. All information on this page was correct at the time of writing.

According to close friend SHEILA E, a hologram of PRINCE will never materialise. His former band percussionist and rumoured lover said, “Prince told me don't ever let anyone do a hologram of me. Not cool if this happens!” More news – the family estate recently won a court case with music producer GEORGE BOXHILL to stop him releasing previously unheard tracks he has in his possession as they intend to release some 'mind blowing' tunes themselves in the near future.

The Download heavy rock festival in Madrid (June 28 to 30) has MARILYN MANSON, GUNS 'N' ROSES and OZZY OSBOURNE as its headliners. Full line-up and ticket info: livenation.es Some locals are said to be unhappy that this year's MTV Gibraltar Calling Festival has been moved from the usual early September date (close to Gibraltar National Day on the 10th) until later in the month as the Victoria Stadium is needed for the Rock's UEFA Nations League football match against FYR Macedonia on September 6. The festival will now take place on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 and 'Early Bird' discounted tickets are now available from gibraltarcalling.com Headlining acts will be announced shortly. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE didn't go down as well as expected at the Superbowl half-time show as his long time feud with PRINCE was highlighted in the press prior to the Minneapolis (the Purple one's home city) event. His family turned down a request from the singer to use a hologram of the late legend – instead a giant projected image appeared as the former NSYNC singer covered the PRINCE tune I Would Die 4 U. An estimated 112 million worldwide watched the 15 minute performance.

A posthumous JIMI HENDRIX album, Both Sides Of The Sky, will land on March 9 featuring a recording of the JONI MITCHELL classic Woodstock and collaborations with STEPHEN STILLS, JOHNNY WINTER and BUDDY MILES from the legendary BAND OF GYPSYS' line-up. This is the final release in a trilogy of archival material following 2010’s Valleys of Neptune and 2013’s People, Hell and Angels. 21-year-old Norwegian pop sensation SIGRID won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2018 award and is due to play an eightdate UK sell-out tour this month. Her recording label, Island, says an album will be out soon. Some AC/DC fans are not very happy after it was announced the band will continue to tour and record new

music with GUNS 'N' ROSES front man AXL ROSE at the helm. The September starting ELTON JOHN Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour could be his last and Málaga and Sevilla are listed as hosts sometime during 2019/20. He recently rescheduled two Las Vegas gigs making himself available to play at the forthcoming UK Royal Wedding – imagine the tantrum he would throw if he didn't even get an invite? He is also writing a new song for the live-action remake of The Lion King with TIM RICE and BEYONCÉ who is cast as Simba's love interest Nala. The SPICE GIRLS may also be offering their services for the above wedding while they decide what they are going to do in the future (press releases change by the day). If they do sing, will they switch off Mrs Beckham's mike? e

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BEST-SELLERS t hat Ent hrall This month, Marisa Cutillas suggests five exciting reads that you won’t be able to put down. From mystery to detective stories, romance to S&M, you will find a good reason to stay up all night, glued to your book or Kindle.

THE PEOPLE VS. ALEX CROSS BY JAMES PATTERSON

There is nothing police officer, Alex Cross, loves more than his job so when he is placed on temporary suspension while he awaits being tried for murder, he fills his empty days by opening a counselling office in his home basement. He is surprised when his first ‘client’ is none other than his former partner – Sampson, who needs his help to solve a mystery. A string of young, blonde women have gone missing and Cross must work out why, while he risks what is left of his ravaged career.

DARKER BY E.L. JAMES

Finally, Christian Grey has found his own voice! In Darker, he invites us into his mysterious world, explaining the thoughts and desires behind his penchant for S&M. We discover how his perspective of love and romance change when the young millionaire meets Anastasia Steele. Haunted by his childhood but aided by his therapist, Dr. Flynn, Christian hopes to win his soulmate back despite being a dark and undeniably damaged man.

THE WANTED BY ROBERT CRAIS

Singe mom Devon Connor hires private investigator, Elvis Cole, to find out how her teenage son, Tyson, has access to so much money. She fears he is trafficking in drugs, but the truth is far worse; alongside his gang, he has been taking part in highend burglaries that end in death and the disappearance of Tyson and his girlfriend. Cole must rush to solve the case before the real killers start leaving one too many bodies in their wake.

TWO KINDS OF TRUTH BY MICHAEL CONNELLY

Harry Bosch is working as a volunteer for the San Fernando Police Department when he is called to visit a pharmacy in which a young staff member has been murdered. Bosch and his team sift through the facts to uncover the underbelly of the drug trade, and the role prescription drug abuse plays in the loss of many lives. Meanwhile, the past comes back to haunt Bosch when a condemned assassin accuses the ex-cop of having framed him. The two seemingly unrelated cases wind around each other until Bosch discovers that there are two types of truth: “the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.”

TWISTED BY HELEN HARDT

In the eighth book of The Steel Brothers saga, Ryan feels that he can no longer trust his lady love or his siblings. He’s alone, scared, and fully immersed in a dilemma that becomes more unbearable with each passing day. Ruby loves Ryan and wants to help him, but she remains haunted by past trauma… the more she discovers, the more danger she is immersed in. Worst of all, she fears she has lost Ryan’s love forever.

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New Home Video Chat Device Facebook recently made a jump into the consumer hardware industry, with a video device called Portal, whose direct competitors are Amazon’s Echo speakers. According to Cheddar.com, the official presentation of the product is planned for May 2018, and the release date is scheduled for the second half of this year. Facebook will be marketing the device as another way to stay in touch with friends and family, though it will be capable of much more than that, if Amazon’s Echo is anything to go by. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

ECHO VS PORTAL Some of the most popular features of the Echo (which Portal will also boast) include its ability to stream music; just ask Alexa (its voice assistant) to play hip hop, or classical music. Name a specific hit (I Will Survive) and the device will get straight to it. You can connect Portal to Amazon Music or Spotify, and give it very general orders such as “Play 1970s music”, starting up your own home disco in a flash. You can also order it to enable specific apps, and ‘challenge it mentally’ by reciting a few lyrics from a song you like; the device will identify the song and play it for you! Like Echo, Portal will be linked to external streaming services, including Netflix and Spotify. Portal will also be competing directly with top selling devices such as Google Home (compatible with services like YouTube, Google

Play Music and Spotify), Mycroft (an open-sourced voice assistant running on all platforms and capable of posting to Facebook, starting a 3D printer or accessing services like Spotify, Plex, etc.) and ivee Voice (which offers similar services to Echo but can be connected to ivee speakers for better quality of sound). We know that Facebook’s Portal will also work via voice command, and will have a wide angle lens that recognises users and links them up to their Facebook account. The company has long been using facial recognition features; recently, for instance, it began identifying users when their photos were uploaded, even when users hadn’t been tagged. The aim is to alert customers when their faces show up in others’ posts, so they can tag themselves, ask the uploader to take down the photo, or report abuse to Facebook.

The technology, which has been scrapped from the Facebook app in Europe and Canada (owing to legal requirements) has been highly praised for helping users enjoy greater privacy and prevent unwanted photographs from circulating on the Internet. Portal marks Facebook’s first foray into consumer hardware, following its partnership with HTC in 2013, which resulted in the much maligned Facebook phone (an Android based smartphone that temporarily dashed the company’s hope of breaking into consumer electronics).

A STEEP PRICE FOR FUN? Portal will set you back around €415, though there are rumours that the price may be lowered to boost consumer interest. Certainly, Mark Zuckerberg seems to be more altruistic than ever these

days, claiming (in Facebook’s IPO prospectus): “We don’t build services to make money, we make money to build better services.” In fact, many claim that Zuckerberg is far less interested in making money than he is at increasing Facebook’s influence – of course, this means keeping stock prices high, and ultimately, making profit.

FACEBOOK STEPS INTO VIRTUAL REALITY In other news, Facebook recently partnered with Chinese electronic giants, Xiaomi, to created the company’s first standalone Virtual Reality (VR) headset, which will be called Oculus Go. They are also developing a headset called Mi VR Standalone, aimed exclusively at the Chinese market. Both devices are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Mobile VR Platform, and share common hardware features. e

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ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE

Aston Martin cars tend to evolve over the years rather than jump from one dramatic change to another like some of their Italian competitors. Look at a ‘James Bond’ DB5 from 1963 and compare it to a current DB11 – there’s a strong family resemblance and a feeling that Astons never really change over the years but rather undergo a gradual refining process. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ASTON MARTIN

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ith the 2019 Vantage, Aston Martin breaks from that tradition in the most dramatic way possible. The all-new Vantage does have some traditional Aston Martin styling elements but you have to look carefully for them. It’s a breakout car in every imaginable way and while the old brigade of Aston Martin fanciers may say the company has gone too far this time, younger enthusiasts of the brand will probably love it. The styling of the Vantage goes beyond anything we’ve ever seen from Aston Martin and

explores all kinds of sinewy curves and striking design elements. The company describes its new car as “raw and instinctive, unwavering in its single purpose: to overwhelm the senses through its world-renowned design, agile performance and dedicated craftsmanship.” Cleary, the design team was out to shock and not just create another take on Aston Martins that went before. Although the Vantage has a reasonably familiar Aston Martin profile, below the belt line all kinds of interesting things happen.

The sculpting at the rear around the big quad exhaust pipes is an intriguing feature and the generally familiar Aston grille at the front almost gets lost atop the air dam and is completely blacked out. The rear lighting is so narrow it looks almost as though someone drew a line across the back with a felt tip pen. Along the sides of the car, there’s much sculpting of the bodywork and a blackout treatment of the lowermost panels to match front and rear. Like all great cars, this Aston Martin is sure to attract a little controversy until we all get used to it.

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Obviously, a car in this class must offer some serious power and Aston doesn’t disappoint. The Vantage packs a front mid-mounted 4.0-litre twin-turbo V-8 under its svelte hood and with 503-horsepower on tap, not to mention 505 pound-feet of torque, it’ll get you to 100 km/h in 3.6-seconds with a top speed a fair bit above 300 km/h. Interestingly, the engine was developed as a result of technical cooperation with Mercedes-AMG. Power reaches the tarmac via an 8-speed automatic transaxle and that’s all early buyers will be able to get, though there is talk of a 7-speed manual gearbox later on. The car uses specially developed 20-inch Pirelli P Zero tyres. The cockpit is fitted out with the kind of craftsmanship we’ve come to expect from Aston Martin over the decades and is a feast of fine leathers and opulent carpeting. Naturally,

the car has all the electronic convenience and safety equipment you’d expect of a 2019 model. The seats are set lower to create what Aston calls “a more immersive experience, intimately connecting the driver with the car and the road ahead.” No serious driving enthusiast is going to argue with that. Buyers in Spain will have to lay out over 154.000 euros for a Vantage, but Aston Martin CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer, has reported that the first year’s production was almost sold out shortly after a late 2017 launch. Aston Martin is still a very small carmaker by most standards and probably couldn’t handle extra production whatever the order book looked like. The price is very competitive in the lofty class the Vantage sits in and that couldn’t have hurt first year sales. Aston Martin will take your order, but deliveries don’t start until the third quarter of 2018. e

Z ENGINE: 4.0-litre twin-turbo V-8. Z TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic. Z ACCELERATION: Zero to 100 km/h in 3.6-secs. Z TOP SPEED: Over 300 km/h. Z I LIKED: Breakout styling for Aston Martin which really seems to suit the car, superlative performance and handling, opulently trimmed interior using the finest materials. Z I DIDN’T LIKE: Dramatic though it is, some Aston devotees may not like the styling of the Vantage and might have preferred something more restrained. All-wheel drive would have been nice with this car’s power. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES: Mercedes-AMG GT S, Porsche 911 Carrera, Jaguar F-Type SVR, Lexus LC500, Maserati GranTurismo, Bentley Speed 6. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? Dedicated Aston fans who love to have the newest model in the lineup. Drivers who have probably been buying Italian supercars and want to move back to a historic UK car maker. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: €154.000 (Germany). Delivery later in 2018. i Available from: www.cdesalamancamarbella.com

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Among the many creatures that have lived on this planet, humans are unique in that they not only tamed the wild and created large urban societies, but increasingly we are having an impact on the very fabric of the earth itself – and it’s not always for the better. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

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hen it comes to the ‘human planet’ we hear all sorts of things, many of them foreboding and some even seemingly contradictory – like there is too little space, too much development, that the population is exploding and the natural environment slowly dying, but also that the population is greying, that we’re not having enough children to replace ourselves. We consume and pollute too much, we are/are not contributing to global warming, that there is no global warming, that we will all have to work to 70 and beyond yet artificial intelligence will take our jobs away. We’re depleting the earth’s resources, that there will be land and water wars to replace today’s oil wars, that there is unemployment yet the labour force is shrinking. More immigration means economic growth but also more unemployment, and occasionally even that decades of overpopulation and over-exploitation have taken us to the cusp of a demographic collapse brought on by environmental decay and epidemics.

That’s heavy stuff. What’s more, we have been hearing much of it for decades, from the early conservation messages of Jacques Cousteau and the World Wildlife Fund to disturbing images of starvation and the mass displacement of people following war, dictatorships, famines and civil strife. The sights and sounds of doom and gloom have been among us for most of our lives yet, except for the occasional hard-hitting recession, we have mostly been living in what seems like a parallel universe – one increasingly focused on prosperity, hedonism, materialism, navel-gazing and pop culture. We live our lives through the television, internet, make offices and shopping malls our glass-and-marble habitats, and travel across the world in search of business success and that elusive perfect holiday. The world we live in seems pretty remote from the shadows cast by dire warnings, and yet they persist. Nay, they grow stronger.

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THE HUMAN APE CONQUERS SPACE SHIP EARTH Through the process of natural selection and accelerated evolution, the ‘human ape’ came down from the trees, so to speak, and gradually conquered planet earth. At first humanity had little impact on its surface, water systems, climate and air quality, having a hard enough time surviving the vicissitudes of nature and its own violent temperament, but over time various civilisations around the world succeeded in gaining seemingly complete mastery over the natural world. During the process we learned a lot, and with every step of advancement we took, mankind improved its quality of life – as well as the ability to destroy one another and the very planet that sustains us. The view from the ground makes us feel like mighty ants fighting for domination of a large and everlasting world, but seen from the perspective of outer space, the astronauts and cosmonauts orbiting the earth and the many scientists who spend their days peering into deep space, our planet is a singular island of life in a vast and so far lifeless universe. The question for us isn’t so much about if there is life – in whatever form – out there in the dark, but whether there is anywhere else that could sustain us, in case we destroy our one and only habitat. Put differently: every one of us is precariously clinging to life on this green and blue rock that is drifting through a deadly hostile environment. Seen in this farfetched way, we are like astronauts entirely dependent for our existence on the space ship earth.

AWAY FROM EARTH, LIFE WOULD BE HOSTILE, PRECARIOUS AND MOST LIKELY UNSUSTAINABLE

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But this is not the perspective that governs life on the human planet. From governments and international agencies to individuals like you and me, we trash rather than revere the very source upon which our continued existence depends. Early on, mankind preferred to make sacrifices to unseen gods rather than worship the ground that we walk on, and even today we pray to greed, violent ideologies, bacchanalian fantasies and ancient religions rather than nature. Indeed, those who do, are often ridiculed, also because they frequently belong to the fringes of society. From the Renaissance through the Industrial Revolution and the world wars to mass-consumption and the digital era, we have increasingly made our present felt. Every improvement in living standards has come at a high cost to the quality of our natural environment; every quantum leap in technology has had its dark side, and every advancement in medicine has relieved suffering as well as made it possible for us to overpopulate the world and in the process reduce the quality of human life in large parts of the world. The prosperous sofa philosophers in the West feel very righteous about vaccinating the new-born masses of the Third World but they are blissfully ignorant of the demographic consequences and thankfully unaware of the realities on the ground, in countries where violence, rape, corruption, mismanagement, crime and famine have torn apart entire societies. Right now everything boils down to demographics, though this is not acknowledged by politicians and therefore never discussed. In the post-colonial era efforts were made by people like Indira Ghandi to promote family planning, but they were seen as politically incorrect so dropped in favour of teeming masses in dire misery. To put it in perspective, it took humans hundreds of thousands of years to reach one billion inhabitants, a figure attained at the beginning of the 19th century. It would take another 123 years to get to two billion, then 33 years to make it three billion in 1927, and ever since then we have been adding one billion new people to the world every dozen years or so! In just five years’ time we are expected to reach eight billion, and so on.

OVERCROWDING AND OVERDEVELOPMENT ARE REAL DANGERS NOW

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POPULATION GROWTH AND UNSUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION ARE DESTROYING OUR ENVIRONMENT

THE FUTURE OF THE HUMAN PLANET The number of poor and starving grows along with the population, as do those who consume and travel, and the rising masses displaced by wars, famines, epidemics and natural disasters that can be directly and indirectly linked back to overpopulation, over-exploitation of resources and yes, overconsumption by certain parts of the world. Those in the prosperous fifth of the world absorb far more than their share of fuel, heating, food and consumer goods, while the overpopulation in the other four-fifths leads them to deplete the soil, water and wood resources and pollute in a more direct, unsanitary way. Plastic litters the world, sea and land, the air and water quality has dropped in many places, valuable soil is being eroded, over-construction is eating into agricultural and natural zones, and deforestation and over-fishing are known consequences, not to mention the growing list of endangered species about to be lost forever. With climate changing, it isn’t entirely abstract and academic to think about our impact on the world; the huge storms and shifts in weather patterns we are witnessing could be the early beginnings of a process that we can’t control or contain, much less roll back. If significant lowlying land is lost to the sea, the constant flow of immigrants witnessed over the past half century could seem like a slow trickle compared to the 500 million or so who would have to leave large parts of Bangladesh and Nigeria – two countries that have seen their populations explode in recent decades. Nigeria being a particular example as it grew from 30 million to 200 million in 65 years. Within a modern human lifetime its population will have expanded eight times!

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So if the world’s population continues to grow rapidly and place dangerous pressure on all kinds of resources, not to mention the natural environment and the quality of human life, then how does this fit in with all this talk about a greying population? It’s because the world is at different levels of development, not just in terms of wealth, economic development and political maturity, but also in relation to social evolution and the accompanying birth rate. Birth rates have traditionally been high but matched by high death rates from famine and disease. In developed countries the birth rate has plummeted to below replacement level (2.2 children per couple), and while life expectation is high, the sheer number of old people is ‘greying’ the total population. Compared to the 1950s the population pyramid has inverted, and now the number of people working to support pensioners and the other economically inactive parts of the economy is getting smaller – especially as the labour force seems to be contracting in developed countries with more and more people ‘opting out’ and ‘bumming around’. It means those who do work will have to do so well beyond the age of 65, though it is anyone’s guess how artificial intelligence will impact on the global labour market in the coming decades. Maybe little human labour will be needed by the mega corporations, which would spell bad news for the more than 80 million people that are added to the world’s population each year. Birth rates are dropping outside of Africa and the Middle East, but the sheer numbers of people now are so vast that even a small percentage increase is still huge in real terms. If we are not to descend into a dystopian world of chaos, violence and anarchy we will have to manage our natural resources better and nurse our world back to health. Fighting extremism and growing disparity of wealth, and reviving the social contract that maintains a balance between individual and collective rights, corporate profit and the greater good of society, and harnessing technological development is a key example of this. If we ever realise just how unique and precious life in this green garden is, we might even begin to focus on what is really important and valuable, and leave our social and psyche-induced rat races behind us for good. e

HUMANS ARE IN DANGER OF OVERPOPULATING AND DEPLETING THE WORLD

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By 2020, millennials will form 50% of the world’s workforce, and many of the most important decisions with respect to business, the environment, health and other essential factors will be made by them. Born between 1985 and 2000, this group has been singled out as a generation with specific values and aims, and the results are not always as positive as one might think. According to a recent Reason-Rupe poll, for instance, around 70% of people surveyed thought people in this age group were 'selfish' or 'entitled'. Another survey by a renowned management company found that 55 per cent of employees felt that millennials were the 'biggest complainers.' WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION

DO MILLENNIALS HAVE A RIGHT TO COMPLAIN? For some, it is logical to critique the current state of affairs on both a nationwide and global scale. In an interesting article in the Boston Globe’s Perspective Magazine, millennial journalist, Alexa D’Agostino, noted that people in her age group should complain – even more than they already do, for various reasons, including: ZZ The Great Recession, which has caused baby boomers to stay longer in the workforce, meaning that there are less jobs available for younger generations. ZZ They have higher rates of depression and anxiety faced by previous generations at the same age. She concludes by asserting the importance of voicing one’s concerns; manifesting dissatisfaction can result in change… it can also create common bonds with others and make patent that certain behaviours are not acceptable.

POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES OF THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION

Unfounded stereotypes about millennials include the allegation that they are, quite simply, unloyal. One study indicated that two out of every three people in this group planned to switch jobs by 2020. However, actual statistics on job hopping reveal similar rates to those in the 1980s. Millennials are also depicted as being ‘whiners’. In fact, one survey by CNBC found that their preferences when it comes to employers are similar to those of other age groups. That is, values such as optimism about the future, trust in management, and pride in one’s company take pole position regardless of age.

Despite many unfounded stereotypes affecting them, millennials can, in many ways, be proud of their values and abilities. One area in which they undoubtedly surpass the abilities of older generations is technology. Around 24 per cent actually identify adeptness at technology as the defining factor that makes their generation unique. Millennials top the list when it comes to a gamut of tech-related activities. They are the most likely to use the Internet or send emails (though baby boomers follow closely behind), they use social media several times a day, and they have the most positive attitude to technology as a whole. Mark Zuckerberg is one of the world’s most famous millennials, but there are many others using technology to connect investors and non profit organisations, and to find new ways

to entice human beings to be more involved in the issues that matter to them (through crowdfunding campaigns, the use of social media to raise awareness of a plethora of issues – everything from abuse to poverty, feminism, and body shaming). Technology is also affording millennials something they value greatly: the ‘work from anywhere’ principle, made possible thanks to secure, interactive, flexible software. This type of flexibility is one of the most valued qualities when it comes to employee engagement – which is food for thought considering that employees who are engaged bring significant growth in sales and in revenue.

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A CONTINUAL NEED TO LEARN Global Action Plan recently completed research into the main criteria fuelling job searches for millennials. These include a desire for continuous learning and development. Nobody likes to remain stagnant. A lack of educational improvement leads to problems not only for employees but for companies, who need to be ‘on the ball’ when it comes to everything from marketing to SEO. Changes are constantly being made in the tech and programming sector; investing in continued training is one way of making the most of existing staff, thus saving on costs of new hires and improving one’s employee retention rate.

Millennials remind us that technology and humanity are not mutually exclusive; as noted by Fortune, “the millennial mindset has given rise to human-centered technologies that are transforming the way humans of all ages live and work. Unlike the technology that was born in the 1990s and earliest days of the 21st century, we are now seeing the emergence of technology that adapts to humans, rather than forcing humans to adapt to it.” Thus, home automation systems, for instance, allow us to personalise our home ambience and waste less energy. Devices such as Echo, meanwhile, afford a hyper personalised listening experience. As human beings, we ultimately seek connection with others and technology is enabling us to do so far more than in previous generations. Just think of the ease with which we can now keep up with friends abroad, via Facetime and Messenger. The level of ‘closeness’ would be impossible were it not for creative technological solutions to the problem of distance.

A LIFE WITH PURPOSE Younger generations want to feel that their job is bringing value to the world; they seek passion in what they do, wish to use their jobs to effect social change, and do not feel success is necessarily tied in to a high-tier salary. A survey by Deloitte revealed that profit as a sole measure of success was rejected by over 90 per cent of millennials.

DIVERSITY AS THE ZEITGEIST OF MILLENNIAL THINKING

You would think that a social media app like Twitter would be a free-for-all in terms of insults, discrimination and body shaming, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Anyone whose child, friends, or social media connections are millennials, will tell you that they are an open-minded bunch with zero tolerance for bullying, age discrimination, and the like. Icons like Iris Apfel (93-yearold jewellery designer), Lyn Slater (64-year-old fashion blogger and the face of Mango) and Lauren Hutton (73-year-old model and star of of a recent Calvin Klein lingerie campaign) are proving that style and beauty have no age. More importantly, experience is invaluable and the stuff that meaningful role models are made of.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH Anxiety and depression are the most common mental conditions on a global scale, and millennials are keen to do something about it. Their insistence on flexibility at work is driven in no small part by the realisation that a work-life balance is vital for mental health and wellbeing. Employees don’t want part-time or freelance work; they wish to work under full-time contracts, yet be offered incentives such as flexi-time, work-from-home days and other initiatives that cut down on transport cost and time, enabling them to be more efficient at what they do. Thanks to sharing facilities such as Google Docs, it is possible for teams to work together on a specific project, with all changes made recorded ‘in real time’. Happier employees are more productive, and there are many small ways to support them mentally. Thus, many Fortune 500 companies offer gym incentives for employees. Others are filling their offices with plants, since an important study has found that working in a green environment significantly improves productivity and reduces stress. Standing desks are another great way to battle sedentarism. Some businesses are also using alarm systems to remind employees to get up from their desk every hour or so, to stretch, run up and down a flight of steps, and generally get moving!

Travel is more important to millennials that it has been to previous generations though the rate of travel increases with greater economic capacity. Rather than aiming for the luxury villa or fancy car, younger generations are often more interested in living culturally fulfilling experiences and exploring the unknown. According to data provided by Utrip (after analysing over four million traveller profiles and 55 million traveller preference points), the top five destinations for millennials are Barcelona, Amsterdam, Miami, London, and San Francisco. Dublin, meanwhile, is a top choice for those seeking longer vacations. As for travel trends, they include travelling with family and in groups (since millennials are a more sociable bunch), outdoor adventures, and travelling to festivals. Millennials are almost twice as likely as nonmillennials to see travel as a hobby, and to be enticed by far-off places to savour new food, shopping, and outdoor activities. They are also more inclined to avail of travel deals and to see booking as a game, responding quickly to interestingly priced packages and low priced flights. One thing they do have in common with nonmillennials, is 'relaxation and rejuvenation' – travel as a way to de-stress and catch up on some zzzs.

make important changes. With numerous studies indicating that spirituality lights up the brain’s reward centre and promotes greater happiness, the search for one’s personal definition of ‘spirituality’ is one that millions are conducting.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO NATURE?

Yoga teachers, specialists in meditation, and physiotherapists are just a few health professionals doing the rounds at some of the world’s savviest companies.

MILLENNIALS ARE STILL INTERESTED IN SPIRITUALITY Millennials are swiftly turning their backs on organised religion, but the majority still believe in a God or a universal life force that unites all sentient things. They are finding their outlets in both Eastern millenary practices such as yoga and mindfulness meditation, but are also more open to Reiki, chakra healing, and other forms of spirituality that promote the smooth flow of energy through mind and body. Tarot card reading, once seen as a hippy way of telling the future, is now beginning to be used in more profound ways, to increase self-awareness and to use the symbolism in the cards to identify obstacles to one’s happiness and find a way to

One area millennials are sadly lacking in is a connection with nature. Interesting studies have shown that they visit parks and protected areas, meanwhile, at much lower rates than baby boomers and other age groups. A fascinating National Geographic article pointed to the culprit: nature deficit disorder, a term coined by writer Richard Louv in his book, Last Child in the Woods. The obsession with technology, noted Louv, has led to behavioural problems that can be attributed to a lost connection with nature: “Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.” To counteract the lack of interest in nature, parks are turning to social media, stands providing information, adventure packs aimed at millennials, and more. The consequences of the tenuous bridge between humanity and nature is more than evident in the state of climate change. For nature to matter enough to make a change, millennials need to know its magnificence in the flesh. e

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ed a Tonya, has garner tress I, , lm fi st te la ’s ie e for Best Ac Margot Robb ions, including on string of nominat es. Australia’s hottest new actress at the Golden Glob own for her roles as Harley Quinn is perhaps best knJane in Tarzan or the wife of The in Suicide Squad, gangster, Jordan Belfort. She is e, Wolf of Wall Street ning looks and natural acting stylat famed for her stunns probably are not even aware th but many of her fafilm I, Tonya, a movie about toxic she produced the ild abuse. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS masculinity and ch

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tage was aired of 1994, when film foo It was in January, while lying on the “Why?” repeatedly Kerrigan screaming t been smashed jus d r legs, which ha floor, hodling onto he ed by Harding’s by an assailant hir with a police baton k great delight in time, the media too ex-husband. At the e had nothing to sh , who alleged that lambasting Harding do with the attack.

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I, Tonya opens the doors to the childhood and adolescence of Harding, whom the media always had a field day with owing to her tough upbringing and poverty. She was specifically referred to in event commentaries as being “from the wrong neck of the woods” while Kerrigan was hailed as a sort of princess, despite the fact that, as Margot Robbie notes, “she apparently came from a blue-collar family herself.” As Robbie told R29, ““I think it was easier to present Tonya as the villain because she just wasn’t the image that the figure skating world wanted. I’ve watched every video of her skating like a thousand times over and the number of times they comment on the class of family she comes from… it’s about which box they decided to put each woman in.”

A FEMINIST VIEW OF THE HARDINGKERRIGAN SCANDAL Robbie notes that women are often pitted against each other in the media. Harding herself said that she and Kerrigan were never actually enemies. As part of the same Olympic team, they got along well. Of course, many viewers fail to find anything sympathetic at all about Harding, despite the abuse she was subjected to as a child. “The real victim,” said Piers Morgan to Harding herself, “was Nancy Kerrigan.” For Robbie, from a feminist

WHO IS MARGOT?

standpoint, both women were victims. Margot Robbie’s production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, currently has 13 films in development, not bad for an actor whose first big break was The Wolf of Wall Street, released only four years ago. In his tribute to Robbie when she was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2017, Martin Scorsese noted that she was feisty from the word go. “Margot has… a unique audacity that surprises and challenges and just burns like a brand into every character she plays. She clinched her part in The Wolf of Wall Street during our first meeting – by hauling off and giving Leonardo DiCaprio a thunderclap of a slap on the face, an improvisation that stunned us all…,” he wrote. Not bad for a girl from the Gold Coast whose first break was in popular TV series, Neighbours.

THE ROAD LESS TAKEN Robbie gained the confidence to launch her company after a string of successful films, and while she acknowledges that entrepreneurship is “hard and stressful,” she has taken off a load of pressure by working alongside her “best friends.”

STAND BY ME Her partners include Josey McNamara, Sophia Kerr and Tom Ackerley – the first two have been her close friends for years and the third is her husband, an assistant director she met while filming Suite Française (if the film doesn’t ring a bell, it’s because Robbie has worked on many independent projects in addition to big blockbusters). When asked by Vogue what working with friends was like, she responded, “A lot of people cautioned us against starting a company with our friends, and I was actually really disappointed with how many people told us that it was a bad idea. But I guess we’re one of the exceptions to the rule because we’re still all the best of friends and we love working together.” Margot Robbie is proud to be a

Australia, in 1990, born in Queensland, Margot Robbie was College. Her acting t rse in drama at Some completing her studies 08-2011), for which p opera Neighbours (20 career began in the soa cars) nominations. Awards (the Aussie Os she earned two Logie starring in the in Hollywood in 2011, She began her career a minor role had she 3 (2011-2013). In 201 drama series, Pan Am that nevertheless small-budget rom com in About Time (2013), a Scorsese, who cast of no less than Martin attracted the attention Street. her for The Wolf of Wall the City of Stars, e risen fast and far in hav y Margot’s star ma and fulfilling. She personal life is as rich but she has ensured her kerley, whom she istant director Tom Ac is married to British ass

feminist – someone who supports equal social, emotional and economic equality for all, yet she acknowledges that earlier in her career, she was reticent to express her beliefs, fearing she would be labelled a “man hater.” Luckily, the new millennium has brought a fresh wave of feminism along with it – a discussion in which men are as welcome as women. With respect to the Weinstein scandal, she notes that Hollywood is developing procedures to ensure that abuse ceases to exist. For instance, work is already underway to establish stronger support systems (including financial support) for those who are affected by sexual assault/abuse/chauvinism. In addition to stressing the importance of speaking up, she hopes to continue inspiring women by producing and starring in interesting roles. Soon, she will be appearing in Robin Hood as Maid Marian. Don’t expect her to play the damsel in distress, though; this character will be her own saviour, favouring Robin’s cause and ultimately saving the kingdom. The question remains… why has it taken so long for this type of heroine (and Margot Robbie) to lead the feminist wave the world still sorely lacks? e

with whom she Française in 2015 and met while filming Suite ee-bedroom house. other friends!) in a thr lived (alongside three Angeles, where rried and now live in Los By 2016, they were ma sionally. fes both personally and pro they continue to thrive s year in Peter thi t rgo Ma you can catch In addition to I, Tonya, minal (a drama of Flopsy the rabbit), Ter Rabbit (she is the voice d lan (produced by ghn Stein) and Dream thriller directed by Vau d by Miles Joriscte ertainment and dire Margot’s LuckyChap Ent about a 17-yearis it 0s; is set in the 193 Peyrafitte). Dreamland ber and collect the find a fugitive bank rob old boy on a quest to his family from by the police, to save bounty reward offered foreclosure.

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CÉCILE

PEYRARD DIRECTOR OF ROCHE BOBOIS MARBELLA

Wherever I Lay My Hat Images of exotic white beaches, lush jungles and dreamlike architecture are the stuff social media pages are made of, but if you had the choice, would you truly pick a life of travel? Constant movement is key to progress, but so many resist it in favor of predictability and safety – ideals which have had little place in the career of Cécile Peyrard. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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écile began her working relationship with the highend interiors firm in a quite unexpected way. “I had completed my university degree in Business Studies two years previously and was working in Lyon in the export business. Back then my work was focused on compressors for construction… I knew nothing about furniture and would never have thought it would become the focal point of my career.” In 1989, though, something changed, Cécile decided to move to Paris and, not one to shy away from novelty, responded to an ad in a newspaper for a company that was already an established brand in the city: Roche Bobois. “The company

was looking for an export assistant to launch new stores,” she says, “and they also needed someone who was fluent in various languages.” Cécile fit the bill perfectly, owing to her proficiency in English and Spanish (she had lived in London and Mexico as part of her studies). Meeting François Roche, founder of Roche Bobois, was undoubtedly a turning point in Cécile’s life. “I attended three interviews before I was selected, but once I was hired, François Roche took great effort to acquaint me with everything to do with furniture and interiors and I developed a true passion for design. I learned so many things from him: how to present furniture, the different collections, materials,

style, history… it is a rich world I am delighted to be part of.” The job allowed Cécile to indulge another of her biggest interests: travel. “I almost immediately began launching stores for Roche Bobois abroad – in a plethora of countries and cities, including the U.S., Spain, London, Athens, Buenos Aires and Mexico, which is one of the most wonderful countries I have lived in. I first visited Mexico when I was in the final stretch of my degree. We had to study a third language and mine was Spanish. Through the father of a friend, an opportunity arose for me to go to Mexico, which was dangerous but also incredible…” One of the biggest differences in her new post was the importance

of networking. “In the export trade I never had to deal with so many people. I soon realised that meeting and talking with clients would be an important part of my role. I travelled regularly to design and furniture fairs in Paris, Milan… there, I met prospective clients and sold the brand. In essence, Roche Bobois has its company-owned stores in Paris and abroad, but also franchises in cities across the globe.” When asked if being a woman has ever posed a challenge in this male-dominated industry, Cécile smiles and says, “I have a strong character… and you need that to be a woman in this business. I have cried, shouted, laughed but the job always got done.”

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Cécile was delighted when her many travels would once again take her to México. “I fell madly in love with this country; the people there are fantastic.” Of course, work didn’t always go without a hitch. “Customs there was very difficult and slow, but we managed to work through it. During these years, we opened in so many places: Santiago de Chile, Israel, Tunisia, and even Kazakhstan.” The latter involved a fascinating anecdote Cécile enjoys recalling. “I was at a design fair, when a woman from Kazakhstan came up to me and said, ‘Madame, I have fallen in love with your brand. I’m going to open a Roche Bobois store in Kazakhstan’.” Cécile faced every challenge with aplomb, laughingly telling me that the hardest store to open was in Cairo. “Customs would hold up delivery because of specific items in a crate – for instance, rugs, and there would be plenty of bureaucracy to negotiate before we could access our items.” Funnily enough, the Marbella store, which Cécile retook in 2007, was another huge obstacle. “Based on Parisian time scales, we calculated that the construction and renovation work would take three months… it

took a year!” she laughs, mentioning the word ‘mañana’, a colloquial term that often means projects take much longer to complete than expected! Today, Roche Bobois’ stylish Marbella establishment is divided into three spacious showrooms: “Two buildings house items from the Contemporary collection and one is home to the Nouveaux Classiques collection, which used to comprise really classical furniture in materials like cherry wood but is now more 1940s/1950s inspired and neo industrial.” Roche Bobois Marbella houses items by some of the world’s most prestigious designers – including Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as talented locally-based artists like Mugge Fischer and Ose del Sol, whose 3D printed bears are some of the cutest accessories I have seen in a long time. It is in Marbella that Cécile has found her permanent home. “Travel is magnificent but it can also be exhausting when it is non-stop. When the Marbella store went up for sale in 2007 and Roche Bobois decided to buy the shop, I knew it was the perfect chance for a change in my

life. The big crisis hit soon after we started, yet funnily enough, we still did well… at this time, many Russian buyers began purchasing and constructing homes in Marbella so there was always plenty to do.” Currently, Roche Bobois’ client base mainly comprises homeowners originating from the Arabic and East countries, UK, Germany, Scandinavian countries, etc., though around 20 per cent are Spanish. Services include entire interior design projects, since Roche Bobois is far from being simply a designer furniture store. “We provide 3D reconstructions, so our clients can readily envisage what their homes will look like. We can easily provide them with a number of different colour and stylistic options through this technology.” These days, in addition to running the Marbella operation, Cécile continues to travel to Paris throughout the year to view

new collections. The importance of travel in her life continues to be present in her own home interiors. “My home is filled with souvenirs of everywhere I’ve been to; pieces such as Amate art, made in Mexico from tree bark from pre Meso-American times. In my home I feel good because it depicts my life. People say my home has alma, a soul. It represents who I am in every corner; the experiences and people who have made me who I am.” g C.C. Torre Real, CN340, km185, Marbella. Tel: 952 777 858. www.roche-bobois.com

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The A mazing St ory of t he Rise of

THE ARTS SOCIETY 1968-2018

THE ARTS SOCIETY, in 2018, is celebrating becoming fifty years old. It has 364 societies in the UK, 69 societies in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and more than 91,000 members worldwide. This astonishing success began very simply in England, the brainchild of Patricia Fay assisted by a few women friends.

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atricia Fay was a young wife and mother living in Buckinghamshire. For women in their 30’s and 40’s in the 1960’s, attempting to be a good wife and mother were still priorities. Her generation of women had not been encouraged to go to university or plan for a career. In 1965 Patricia invited a few friends to her home in the Chilterns for coffee, and to talk to them about an idea she had for starting a group which would occasionally visit Stately Homes, and possibly arrange interesting lectures about art and antiques. From this cosy chat has developed a society which, after 50 years, has grown to have more than 91,000 members all over the world. How has NADFAS (National

Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) adapted and thrived during enormous changes in the economy, society, and culture in those 50 years? Largely because the early days of NADFAS were marked by ladies of strong character who were often outspoken, feminine but not feminists, and all worked tremendously hard in their different ways to give NADFAS its firm foundation. They were not dilettante women trying to fill in their time – one had been in the Belgian Resistance during the war, another was a business woman who ran two travel agencies and a minor airline; another was a trained pilot with a degree in medicine. The 1960’s was a great time of change in culture and society. John F. Kennedy had been assassinated

in 1963; the news of the ‘Profumo affair’ had shocked everyone with all the publicity of high jinks and sexual indiscretions in Stately Homes and Government. In 1964 Harold Wilson became Prime Minister, his social reforms enabling easier divorce, abolishing capital punishment, and legalising abortion, leading in part to the era becoming called ‘the permissive society’, aided by the introduction of The Pill, for married women only until 1967. Twiggy became the icon of the age in miniskirts from Biba, and Honor Blackman challenged the men in The Avengers. The Beatles were having ‘a Hard Day’s Night’ and the Rolling Stones ‘Couldn’t get no Satisfaction’, replacing Victor Sylvester and Billy Cotton on the wireless. Strangely in this age of

increasing youth culture, a broad based appreciation of the past and its objects began to appear. With growing affluence and increased leisure time, people were becoming more aware of the attractions of the past, and the role of women was shifting. Patricia called her first society ‘THE CHILTERN ANTIQUES GROUP’ and they agreed to meet for lectures at 10 in the morning so that members could deliver and later collect their children from school. No men were to be invited to join – (although they soon ‘crept in!’), and surprisingly at the time, smoking was to be banned. They declared that hats and gloves need not be worn for the lectures, and advised against stiletto heels, especially when touring country houses and Stately Homes.

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Patricia decided to canvas opinion more widely to see if it might be possible to set up more societies to share and increase this knowledge and they all proved very enthusiastic. The groups all had different aims – the society in Teme Valley decided that ‘a group would provide a suitable alternative occupation for the wives who did not hunt’. An essential part of Patricia’s success lay in her ability to ‘network’, at a high level. The first problem was to find suitable lecturers. She contacted the Victoria and Albert Museum, where she met and befriended a formidable woman, Helen Lowenthal. It was through Helen’s important contacts that many distinguished speakers came to lecture to NADFAS, which helped to give the Association the national status which was quickly developed. The Duke of Bedford, Sir Hugh Casson, Lord Brooke, Sir John Wolfenden, were among the early distinguished lecturers to this fledgling society. Quite soon it was decided to change the name from ‘The Chiltern Antiques Group’ – husbands found it amusing to call them ‘THE ANTIQUES’! They decided to call it ‘The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts’, (being careful to repeat the acronym NADFAS many times in several

languages in case it might have unfortunate connotations.) It did not do that, but the name NADFAS inspired Harper’s Bazaar to call them ‘the National Association of Dragons and Fiery Spinsters’, and a correspondent from The Times asked if it meant ‘The Society of Decidedly Fascinating Abductresses’. Ideal Home found the title ‘a bit of a dampening mouthful’, but conceded that ‘there is an admirable realistic purpose behind it all’. The official inaugural meeting took place in May 1968 with over 400 people at the Lyceum Theatre, London, representing 11 societies. Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent attended, “giving that indefinable influence which only our royal family give”, said Patricia, and she “envisaged NADFAS as not only a means to provide quality lectures, but also as a practical way of offering help to the arts, caring for church ornaments and vestments, and also when necessary repairing old fabrics.” This has proved invaluable for libraries, churches, and museums, providing voluntary help where it is most needed. Patricia Fay was awarded the OBE in 1975 ‘for services to the decorative and fine arts’. She herself said that “it was awarded for trying to make other housewives happy by

discovering the beauty of art”. Sadly, she died suddenly in 1979 at the age of 46. A memorial Fund has been set up in her name.

THE ARTS SOCIETY IN SOUTHERN SPAIN. BDFAS (formerly Benahavís Decorative & Fine Arts Society) is part of the international network of ARTS SOCIETIES. After five years it has established a reputation as a lively and very friendly community enjoying a rich arts programme and uniting like-minded people. At the heart of this society’s activities is an immensely varied programme of lectures which take place in Benahavís Town Hall. Speakers, mostly from the UK, are experts in their field; topics range over art, architecture, music and theatre and even ‘Food as Art!’ It also runs a popular series of events from pub quizzes and debates to cultural excursions. The highlight of the coming season is a five day trip to Lisbon In March. One of its aims is to encourage youngsters to enjoy art in all its forms. For the fourth year running, it has arranged a schools competition as part of ART IN ACTION, with four schools taking part. As a way of commemorating fifty years of NADFAS, re-named THE ARTS SOCIETY in 2017, BDFAS

is presenting a GOLDEN MEMORIES event. It will be fun and friendly, which is what Patricia always insisted the meetings should be. They expect a light-hearted evening, contrasting the days fifty years ago when members wore gloves and hats with today’s world of torn jeans and T-shirts, Facebook and mobile phones. On March 1st, 2018, the ballroom in the Gran Hotel Benahavís will be filled with members and guests being entertained with a short play depicting the beginning of the society, followed by an interview with society founder members on the coast, plus a film history of the Benahavís group. At this special celebration, they are delighted to welcome June Robinson BEM, from London, National Chairman of THE ARTS SOCIETY. She will be bringing local members up-to-date with this ever-changing, growing, and improving world-wide society. More than 91,000 members worldwide and still growing – what an amazing achievement! Golden memories indeed.

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The contemporary architecture of Olivos featuring classic inspiration and natural materials adds to the character and timeless appeal of the properties

REAL DE LA QUINTA MARBELLA’S LAKESIDE COUNTRY CLUB

Situated within a green valley just ten minutes from Marbella, Real de La Quinta builds upon a very solid concept of development as it ‘takes the beach to the hills’ to create a new kind of residential community. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LA QUINTA GRUPO INMOBILIARIO

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ompared to the larger, masterplanned resorts, development in Marbella has always been somewhat ‘bitsy’ – made up of a mosaic of independent projects which, urbanisation by urbanisation, have formed a town. Though the overall effect is attractive, it reflects a form of development that is in essence a purely commercial exercise with limited opportunity for personal involvement and long-term presence.

THE LUXURY OF A MASTERPLANNED PROJECT “Compared to this we’re in a very privileged position,” says Borja Pascual, CEO of La Quinta Grupo Inmobiliario, which has long owned significant tracts of land in the hills above San Pedro Alcántara. “It means that not only do we have the scale to create a true resort and residential community, rather than just individual urbanisations,

but can do it with a sense of commitment, following a clear vision and concept that translates into a master plan into which all the different elements are harmonised and coordinated. What’s more, we don’t just build and leave, but have an on-going relationship with our projects in the form of continued service provision.” This is what the company has been doing for 30 years now in La Quinta, where its presence and daily involvement has continued long after the last phases were developed and sold. “It’s a different kind of development altogether, with a scale of commitment that prescribes not only a high level of dedication to your clients, but also the desire to ensure that what you offer is truly satisfactory.” Indeed, it would be hard for Borja and his team to hide if things went wrong, so they are particularly focused on producing quality in both product

and subsequent service. “We have a longer-term approach that is business-oriented but less outand-out commercial than many developers exactly because we create communities, not just single projects.”

CREATING SOMETHING SPECIAL This is one of the reasons why the La Quinta group develops its projects autonomously. Borja points out that it would have been easier, in the short-term also more profitable, to have simply parcelled up the land and sold it as individual plots to private buyers and larger sections to developers. “But then we’d miss the opportunity to create something truly special here, and that is what we want to do at Real de La Quinta – produce a fantastic living environment that we can all be truly proud of, and which adds value to Marbella as a whole.” The setting of Real de La

Quinta in a broad, green valley with flowing sea and mountain views is truly imposing, providing an ideal country club environment at a short distance from Marbella, and only minutes north of Puerto Banús. “The site offers fantastic opportunities to produce something of unique quality, so we wanted to do it justice and have therefore not rushed ahead and built a batch of apartments or villas but have really studied the possibilities in detail.” In the process it has evolved and grown, not in scale as much as in concept, and become a project with highly distinctive features. “The starting point and indeed focal point of many a Costa del Sol property development has traditionally been a golf course, and indeed, we felt Real de La Quinta needed its own course, but the main focus has become something quite different yet entirely complementary to it.”

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BRINGING THE SEA TO THE HILLS The focal point of life at Real de La Quinta is a large manmade lake (35,0000m2 surface) surrounded by the golf course that in itself frames views down to the sea and acts as a true lifestyle feature. “In a way we’re ‘bringing the sea to the hills’ because the lake will have its own beach area and offer non-motorised water sports such as rowing, kayaking and windsurfing.” Also bordering the lake, whose perimeter is traced by a scenic pathway that also crosses an island, are a lakeside country club with an infinity edge pool and poolside waiter service, and a racquet club offering

tennis and paddle. Holding all of this in its embrace, the golf course will feature a clubhouse, driving range, academy and two six-hole sections that make flexible rounds of six, twelve and eighteen holes possible. The above forms part of the initial development of Real de La Quinta, which also sees the construction of the Olivos apartments. Olivos is a development of 90 two- and three-bedroom apartments and future projects will be launched as the resort progresses. The development has consciously been designed to flow uphill to reduce any visual impact on existing owners, with villas built on the eastside of the lake and course, as well as a 50-room boutique hotel and wellness centre surrounded by a Mediterranean style ‘village’ of apartments, shops and cafés forming a social hub and nucleus of services for the resort. The commitment to the detail is certainly there as well as the willingness to invest in know-how and quality, as the La Quinta group searched for noted specialists in the field and found it in DTJ, an American firm that is a world leader in creating resort master plans, with particular expertise in developing lakes of this kind. “It is a company with a worldwide pedigree, so in bringing this level of international substance to Marbella, we’ve created truly professional foundations for the project that also incorporates a far greater dedication to sustainable development than is currently required by regulations.” This commitment to ‘green development’ is pretty advanced by Marbella standards and is regarded as one of Real de La Quinta’s greatest assets.

BREEAM-CERTIFIED PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT

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BREEAM, which stands for the ‘Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method’ – the leading international benchmark for the assessment and regulation of sustainability in construction – provides certification levels that are increasingly sought after around the world. Many, however, fail to meet the requirements that range through five qualitative levels from strict to extremely demanding. To qualify for Level 5, for example, a building has to effectively be energy and resource neutral, which means being capable of meeting its own water needs without external supply and providing full electricityfree lighting throughout the structure – including stairwells and underground areas. “In a drier area like this it is a tall order, but we’re extremely proud that Real de La Quinta’s design has achieved BREEAM certification at level 3, making it the first resort of its kind in Europe to do so,” says Borja. “The process will be monitored and finally adjudicated once everything is up and running, and it is fair to say that we have gone far beyond legal requirements to shape the design and configuration of Real de La Quinta around the desire of making this a sustainable project – from the materials used and the natural energy and light created, to architectural design that blends into the environment, landscaped gardens using beautiful but also water-efficient indigenous flora, the maintenance of ecological corridors and far more.”

The master planners and architects have had to assimilate all of this in their designs, and for this La Quinta brought together the best of international technical knowhow and local creative design, selecting González & Jacobson to produce the architectural styling of the Olivos apartments. The latter will consist of two- and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, with also a select number of four-bedroom deluxe apartments. “We’ve avoided box-like, cold linear geometry in favour of an architecture style that is modern and refined yet also human and complementary to the surrounding scenery,” says Borja. “Modern materials and tones are in this way softened with natural elements and a more varied design that also adds character and privacy to the homes.” Around 20 per cent larger than the norm for apartments in this price bracket, the twobedroom homes will feature upwards of 116m2 of interior space with generous terraces while the three-bedroom properties will start at 140m2, with the penthouses naturally bigger still. “The qualities and amenities are top-end, and early buyers will be able to personalise and upgrade their specs, but above all, the real luxury that Real de La Quinta offers is a concept built around a very special living environment. One that combines spectacular views and close proximity to Marbella in a beautiful natural setting bordered by protected reserves. This, we believe, is the true source of wellbeing.” i www.realdelaquinta.com

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Many luxury homes have been revived in their splendour, albeit with updated styling, technology and comfort, while other modern villas now stand in some of the first spots chosen by Marbella’s early buyers – blending the best of contemporary sophistication with the choicest of locations. Reflecting the heritage and character acquired over time, they are not uniform but uniquely styled and situated modern homes ensconced within mature private gardens that overlook sea and mountain while retaining a high degree of privacy on the edge of Marbella. In this Golden Mile area where demand for luxury homes is greater than supply and land is a scarce commodity, such fresh new design projects are quickly snapped up by an international market keen on the prestige and privileges of a top Mediterranean location.

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MODERN LUXURY IN A CLASSIC LOCATION The shortage of land and difficulties encountered by those who wish to break new ground in Marbella are obstacle to new developments here. Finding an old property that can be renovated and converted to a modern property is therefore a boon to developer and buyer alike and it increasingly forms an alternative to newly built Golden Mile villas. It is against this background that this project was born and evolved into a 21st century luxury lifestyle villa situated on a

private, mature plot within Nagüeles. For the designers it was the opportunity to create a home that embodies the best of both. The architect responsible for the project is Lis Melgarejo, who through her villa creations has become known as one of the most innovative designers of modern homes in Marbella – imbuing them with a strong sense of identity and always producing a wow factor that catches the eye and caresses the

senses. What makes her work all the more impressive is the fact that the properties designed by Melgarejo are also intended to be functional, practical and homely. There is no conflict between form and function in her villas, but rather a symbiosis in which one continues on to the other with apparent ease. Much of this is down to her use of space, dimensions and form, which are applied to create a natural flow within the internal and external distribution of the domicile .

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Her homes have been called ‘wonderful to live in’ by their occupants, so she was approached to create a stylish modern lifestyle villa in this classic Nagüeles location where imposing sea and mountain views are accompanied by a high degree of privacy. With the benefit of a mature garden set within a largely level plot, she began designing a luxurious 21st century villa with a combined living area and terraces of over 500 square metres. Distributed over three levels, the property offers indoor-outdoor living spaces on the ground floor that link up with the manicured garden and swimming pool, a master suite on the first floor along with a variable configuration of two or three additional bedroom suites, and a quite spectacular rooftop terrace where panoramic views can be enjoyed along with a great deal of privacy.

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MEDITERRANEAN STYLE WITH NORTHERN TOUCHES The first impression is of a sleek modern Mediterranean villa, while the treatment of the interior distribution also reveals a Northern European inspiration. Natural light flows in throughout the house thanks to elegantly styled and positioned windows that offer a great variety of perspectives of the garden, sea and La Concha Mountain. They add a sense of Zen serenity to the bathrooms, inspiring vistas in the bedrooms and bring lovely greenery into the home’s living spaces, but before you experience this you will have enjoyed a very pleasant entry into a private domain that adds to its stylistic credentials. An automatic gate opens to allow access to a parking area for three cars, while the main forecourt – which leads to another two covered parking spaces – is beautified with water features, elegant lighting and landscaped elements. A two-tiered cascade serves as visual inspiration not only at the point of arrival, but also adds lustre to the lounge area, which further overlooks the garden, pool and covered terrace that runs along the south-side of the property. It is in the open yet angled layout of the living room, the separate dining room and luxurious kitchen with state of the art appliances that the Northern European influence comes to the fore, though look out to the lush green garden, clear blue skies and swimming pool sparkling in the Andalusian sun and you immediately know you’re in Marbella.

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The refined kitchen features a luxurious lacquered finish and minimalist design style but also stands out for the quality of its laundry, which has its own independent access, and the large modern glass vinoteque that beautifully blends form and functionality. Stairs lead up to the first floor, where the master suite includes a luxuriously fitted out bathroom, a made-tomeasure dressing room and a private terrace

that takes in the panoramic sea views. The other three bedroom suites can also be converted into two suites, but it is the rooftop terrace that adds the ultimate lifestyle element and unique touch to this home, which also features marble floors and underfloor heating throughout. Large and private, it offers space for a dining area, a lounging area and your own cocktail bar. “Making the most of a setting full of

personality and charm, this villa combines modern aesthetics, layout and lifestyle features – as well as great value – in a prime Golden Mile location,” says Smadar Kahana of Engel & Völkers. g The villa is offered for sale at €1.980.000 Tel: 952 868 406 www.marbella-ev.com

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More than just a luxury furniture shop or interior design studio, AALTO Exclusive Design creates and manufactures its own furniture collection and with its decorative carpentry artisans, adds endless possibilities for bespoke interiors. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN AND COURTESY OF AALTO EXCLUSIVE DESIGN

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MARBELLA SHOWROOM The AALTO showroom on Marbella’s Golden Mile is indeed more than a luxurious furniture shop or interior design studio; it is the signature store of a designer décor brand whose beautifully styled collections encompass the home from living areas and bedrooms to kitchens, entertainment zones and tailor-made dressing rooms. The Marbella showroom is becoming the reference point for similar outlets not only in different parts of Spain, but has also drawn attention in many parts of the design world, being distributed by independent luxury retailers and interior designers such as Kelly Hoppen in London, or Dkor in Miami. “From the outside it may look like a serene shop displaying luxurious decorative elements, but in reality the Marbella venue is also a hub of activity that incorporates interior designers, architects, 3D artists and graphic designers who provide services for both private clients and professionals,” says Ness Yammine. Ness, who recently joined AALTO as partner and Chairman of the Board of Management to develop the brand internationally, is working together with co-founders José Antonio Flores (lead designer), Francisco Leiva (manufacturer) and Sergio Flores (General Manager) to make AALTO a ‘one stop’ design solution capable of attending to the most varied needs of its clients.

The Marbella showroom offers inspiration for decorative ideas

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BESPOKE COLLECTIONS The AALTO Marbella showroom provides a stage for the first AALTO collection, which focuses primarily on furniture pieces in a very wide choice of bespoke wood types, finishes and tones, and also hosts many high end brands that AALTO represents. The new Spring 2018 AALTO collection will be presented at the Marbella Design Fair held at the Palacio de Congresos between April 5th and 9th – bringing the total number of furniture pieces in the AALTO catalogue to 100, incorporating also marble, glass and iron in the designs. Together with hand-selected lighting, soft furnishings and other accessories and decorative items, they help the interior designers to create individualised home ambiences for their clients. “Combining our multi-brand interior design studio with our own collection and our own production plant enables us to decorate residential properties as well as commercial projects such as restaurants, hotels, offices and other corporate or hospitality spaces. We offer a range of services from basic assistance in the selection of furniture to defining entire design concepts for large projects. What gives us a true sense of flexibility and the capacity to design to fit our clients’ needs is the fact that, rather than selling standardised pieces, we can offer entirely bespoke, made-to-measure home décor tailor-made to our clients’ needs, style preferences and budgets.” This applies not just to the size and configuration of tables, cupboards, beds and dressing rooms, but also to their finishing in terms of materials, textures and tones. “We enjoy greater flexibility and freedom of design because we both design and produce the furniture and decorative elements we offer our clients. So styling, practicality and quality are perfectly aligned and can also be adapted to their specific needs and taste. The design teams liaise carefully with the manufacturing plant to source innovative materials and finishing techniques to surprise and delight our clients."

Beautifully styled furniture pieces in a range of unique wood finishes

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Bedroom and dressing solutions made to fit your home like a glove

ACCESSIBLE EXCLUSIVITY While the process is highly personal and bespoke, having full control of production enhances flexibility and enables AALTO to offer quality collection pieces at highly competitive prices. “We don’t compete with products mass-produced in China or India, but you would be surprised at just how accessible we can make high design,” says Ness. “We have the ability to create the interiors for grand homes with large budgets, but can also provide very competitive furnishing solutions for investment properties, commercial projects and show apartments.” In addition to being a luxury outlet furniture brand and interior designer for projects not just in Spain, but also in locations such as Miami, Paris, Dubai and Moscow, AALTO also supports architects, real estate agents and property developers, creating the décor for sales offices and show flats as well as interior design furnishing packs for newly built flats. “In this we can cater to a broad range of budgets and offer the owners of new homes a great deal of

choice in the final detailing and finishing of their homes, as well as manufacturer prices for professional developers,” says Ness. “We do not just ‘revert to catalogue’, but we actually personalise, using our own brand and accessorising with complementary pieces sourced from different high end suppliers.” “The reason why many clients keep coming back is because AALTO offers top end decoration along with a very personal, tailored service, working closely with our clients to ensure that each interior is a personal statement, not a series production.” The greater design flexibility resulting from controlling the manufacturing process is also mirrored in the fact that clients are much closer to the design process and so have more influence upon it. “Ours is a tighter supply chain than you would normally find, so customer feedback and first-hand experience from interior design projects find their way back into the client’s homes.”

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Unique pieces that add a finishing touch

Sleek modern kitchens made to measure

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR PROFESSIONALS Private homebuyers and investors are also looked after both during planning phases and through continued service following installation. “We want to make sure everything is right, so we ask our customers if they are one hundred per cent pleased with the finished product, and naturally this entails a commitment to make adjustments until it’s perfect.” For those looking to renovate properties or wishing to know the total cost including decoration, a builder’s service pack is available to assist them in making an informed decision before and after buying a property. Architect service packs are also on hand to prepare 3D renders, review ceiling and

lighting plans and executive plans when necessary in support of architectural plans. AALTO also takes the home staging of resale properties to a new level by offering a cost-effective modernising property presentation ‘realtor’s service pack’ to real estate agents, or indeed photorealistic 3D visuals of what can be done to modernise the home and bring it right up to date with the latest styles and comforts. "The developer’s service pack provides access to our production plant, for carpentry and kitchens, as well as providing our suppliers with furnishing packs for show flats." The range of services covered includes the decoration and designed-to-measure carpentry for living

areas, bedrooms, kitchens and other parts of the interiors, as well as doors, dressing rooms and built-in lighting systems designed in collaboration with specialists. “All in all, we are much more than simply a luxury furniture store or decorator, AALTO is a multifaceted international interior design studio that creates décor solutions for private, professional and commercial clients. Above all, we make it our mission to bring high design and quality at competitive prices to our clients, always aiming at customer satisfaction as our first objective.” i www.aaltofurniture.com

Bespoke furniture collections complemented by handpicked art and decorative items

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Desigual’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection, presented at New York Fashion Week, features outfits inspired on jungles (both literal and metaphorical), highlighting the value of diversity, vitality, and individuality. The collection marks Jean-Paul Goude’s first step as artistic director of the brand; it embodies the novelty and unique appeal that has always accompanied the name Desigual. COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS

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For some people, using just a concealer and foundation is sufficient to cover unwanted darkness or circles. For others, however, even the very best longwear products simply aren’t enough. When spots, darkness under the eyes and pigmentation peek through foundation, the solution is none other than colour correctors. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

HOW TO APPLY A COLOUR CORRECTOR

Cleanse, tone and moisturise skin as usual. Apply your primer, then the colour corrector. For the area beneath your eyes, use a small brush or your fingers, making sure to only apply the corrector to dark areas; if you apply the product to all areas, your dark circles will still look darker than the rest of your skin. Typical areas that respond well to correctors include the cheeks (any spots or pigmentation can be covered by your favourite product), the sides of the nostrils and mouth (which can

be reddish), and the eye area. Once you have applied your corrector/s, it is time for your concealer/illuminator. Make sure to blend this product over your corrector; if you fail to do so, the latter will be visible, which is something you want to avoid. Feel free to apply the rest of your makeup as usual – e.g. foundation, powders, eyeshadow, blush, etc.

SHOULD I BAKE BEFORE LEAVING HOME?

To really set your corrector and concealer, consider ‘baking’. This

involves applying a thick layer of Make Up Forever’s Ultra HD Loose Powder and allowing it to ‘set’ for a few minutes before brushing it off. This trick is used to add illumination to the area beneath your eyes and above your cheekbones, but beware: this powder tends to show up in pictures when ‘flash’ mode is used on your phone or camera, so avoid it on occasions that various photos are likely to be taken. For these nights, use another translucent powder instead. Nyx’s Color Correcting Powder does a great job for a fraction of the price.

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WHICH CORRECTOR IS RIGHT FOR ME?

HOW DO COLOUR CORRECTORS WORK? The aim of all colour correctors is to contrast the prominent tone you wish to mask. There are various tones available, though all products tend to fall into one of five general hues: peach, red, green, yellow, and lavender. Each works well for different purposes. Redness at the sides of the mouth or above the eyebrows, for instance, can be covered with a green corrector. Yellow correctors are generally used to lend skin more luminosity. For dark circles under the eyes, red (for darker skins) or peach (for light medium to fair skins) works best. Finally, lavender is ideal for countering yellow tones.

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Chosen brands tend to vary according to experience. Some of the very best include BECCA Backlight Targeted Colour. Their peach and papaya hues are two of the most oft reviewed on YouTube. Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid, meanwhile, is an excellent choice for those seeking lighter coverage. This product is subtle enough to not require a concealer. The peach hue is once again ideal to cover up dark circles under the eyes. For a more dramatic effect, definitely go for BECCA, however. Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion Color-Correcting Primer is a super product worth its almost €40 price tag. What makes this one so popular is its subtlety and buildability. Like the BECCA and Urban Decay products recommended above, it hydrates the delicate skin under the eyes, which is vital to avoid dryness and itching. A final recommendation when it comes to darkness under the eyes involves prevention. Avoid rubbing your eyes, use a good eye serum and cream nightly, and make sure to remove makeup at night, using gentle cleansing products. e

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n THE SPA beauty Nicholas Perricone (a boardcertified dermatologist, nutritionist and best-selling author) revolutionised the beauty industry in 1986 when he founded his skincare company, Perricone MD Cosmeceuticals, with a view to using anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, plant-based ingredients both in skincare and supplements, to help heal skin from within. Also a firm proponent of consuming an antiinflammatory diet, his products are sought after by beauty buffs the world over. Marisa Cutillas brings you just a few top-selling items from his renowned brand.

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Why everyone’s talking about the Arques ‘Aesthetic Medicine’ Clinic Arques seems to be the name on nearly everyone’s eye-catching lips in Marbella and surrounding areas when it comes to recommending a leading-edge beauty and anti-ageing clinic. And its reputation resonates way beyond The Golden Triangle. Arques’ advanced treatments for such conditions as obesity, skin ageing, wrinkles, cellulite, varicose veins and other age-related and lifestyle conditions is now attracting patients from over 30 countries.

So the clinic’s ‘Responsible Aesthetic Medicines’ are based on new techniques that fight these influences and wherever possible prevent them from happening. In many cases, the clinic asserts that it can not only prevent the signs of ageing but can even reverse them. The techniques to do so are surprising.

“We offer the world’s most innovative cosmetic techniques plus exquisite modern facilities”

“I feel really proud of our commitment to social responsibility, an approach shared by every member of our team,” he said “We are very gratified to be able to earmark a percentage of our profits to various foundations to help the needy.

So what’s the secret? “We believe that the real revolution is quite simple,” explained the clinic’s principle, Dr Arques “We offer the world’s most innovative cosmetic techniques plus exquisite modern facilities, including a spa environment, a relaxed and harmonious setting and a very professional service. Added to that we source with great care the world’s number one laboratory products and we obtain the most competitive prices to pass on to our patients. We constantly seek the latest tried and tested scientific advances to ensure the quality we offer is always the best you can obtain anywhere in the world.” "Our joint objective then, as it continues to be is to use the latest and most effective aesthetic medicine in a responsible way so that results are totally natural.” “Unfortunately the signs of aging are increasing all around us,” said Dr Arques. “They reflect our current lifestyle: our inadequate diet, lack of exercise and sports practice, lack of oxygen, work and home pressures, pollution, and not least, the sun’s damaging ultra-violet rays.”

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“Among our other awards, the two most desirable were when we were in competition with an international field and came out top for aesthetic medicine and for responsible innovation in our sector.” For further information about the Arques Medical Clinic or to make an appointment, email: info@arquesclinic.com

+34 662 408 408 C/ Ramón Areces S/N Complejo Marina Banús Bloque 3, local 29 Puerto Banús www.arquesclinic.com · info@arquesclinic.com arquesclinic

Full details of those treatment are on the clinic’s website www.arquesclinic.com/en Doctor is qualified as aesthetic doctor in the U.K., is registered with the GMC and is also an associate member of the Royal College of General Practitioners


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for Chloe Sims at Cirumed Clinic Marbella Chloe Sims, star of The Only Way is Essex, model and entrepreneur, took her time to research the buttock augmentation procedure to make sure she chose a clinic that she trusted, and looked after her during her time there. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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he procedure not only gives the buttocks a welcome lift, but also creates curves and lends the body more shape. Celebrities have quite a lot of choice when it comes to choosing a surgeon. Chloe had heard great reviews about Circumed and Dr Aslani, “I knew I would feel comfortable in the clinic, as I did a lot of research before committing.” Dr. Aslani is well known in the UK for body contouring and bikini makeovers. He has been carrying out Brazilian

butt lifts and ‘bikini package’ surgery (which involves body sculpting, a breast augmentation and a butt lift) for almost a decade, a time when few procedures of the type were being carried out. Today, he performs three or four of these operations a day, and frequently shares his techniques with surgeons at global conferences for plastic and aesthetic surgery. Cirumed Clinic also hosts a high profile international surgery course once a year, attended by surgeons from all

over the world. Upon her arrival, Chloe was impressed by the high technical standard of Cirumed Clinic’s operating facilities. Just last year, Dr. Aslani and team took over the building next door to open a 1,300m2 surgical unit, with two operating theatres, five patient suites, two recovery suites and the Cirumed Lounge, where families of patients can chill out at the espresso bar or enjoy a mani/pedi while their loved one is in recovery. The new unit possesses

top-of-the-range equipment, including the prestigious Laminar Flow System – a contamination control system that allows air to move at the same speed and in the same direction, with no or minimal crossover of airstreams. It also has special tables which enable the surgeon to ‘flip’ the patient into several positions during surgery – a crucial feature, considering the fact that Dr. Aslani often works on various areas at once – including the breasts, abdomen, hips, buttocks, etc.

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Chloe also highlighted the swift organisation of her travels: “Through Cirumed’s UK partner, cosmetic firm, Serene Cosmetic, everything was arranged for me – my flight, accommodation, food, transport and aftercare. They even arranged for me to have my hair and nails done in the Serene villa. In the UK, we are well aware of Cirumed’s reputation. I was impressed to learn that on a yearly basis, the Clinic treats over 600 patients who are attracted by Cirumed’s reputation for specialty in Brazilian butt lifts and bikini makeovers.” Chloe has a tight schedule, so it was vital to ensure that her

surgery would be quick and free of complications. Cirumed provided this, and is pleased to have made Chloe feel comfortable and more confident with her new curves. “I would recommend anyone who is thinking about surgery, to take their time to do their research. I took my time and chose a clinic that provided a great service, and made me feel comfortable during my stay. Make sure you look into the clinic as well as the surgeon, because the aftercare is so important.”

g Cirumed Clinic. Edif. Panorama, Planta Baja, Local 2. CN340, km 184, Marbella. Tel: 952 775 346. www.cirumed.es

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GEAR UP FOR THE SUMMER with Fractora Laser Treatment and CoolSculpting As Easter approaches, we know that summer is once again around the corner, and that means we will soon be in bikinis on the beach or donning our latest designer purchases at the elegant soirées that mark the Marbella season. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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o look your youngest, trimmest self, we suggest two treatments (for the face and body) that take around three months to show their full effect. Start them now to enjoy your summer to the full! ZZ FRACTORA SKIN RESURFACING: SMOOTH, TONED, YOUTHFUL SKIN For skin that is smoother, tighter, and less lined, surgery isn’t your only option. Fractora (fractional resurfacing) is a treatment relying on bipolar radiofrequency technology to smoothen the complexion, reduce irregularities, treat

wrinkles, tighten skin, and generate more luminosity. It is also commonly employed to reduce active cystic acne, acne scarring, and pigmentation, and has a ‘lifting’ effect on the neck. For large pores and fine lines, ultra-fine pins are used to resurface the skin, stimulating cells to produce new collagen. For deeper wrinkles, skin flaccidity and acne scarring, meanwhile, deeper layers of the skin are targeted for a stronger collagen production boost and an enhanced tightening effect. Fractora usually takes a

series of treatments to achieve the best results. It is suitable for all skin types and hues and, best of all, it doesn’t cause any posttreatment discoloration. It can be used by teens from around the age of 14, as well as adults in their 70s or older. ZZ HOW IS FRACTORA PERFORMED? First, a topical numbing cream is applied to the face. A small device is then used to send concentrated radiofrequency energy to specific areas of concern. The session takes around 20 to 30 minutes, and downtime is around two to

three days. Your therapist may recommend more than one session; usually, around three treatments given at four/six week intervals provide optimal results. The treatment has cumulative effects over time, with wrinkles continuing to soften as new collagen is produced. ZZ WHAT ARE THE AFTEREFFECTS? You may experience a little tightness, swelling, or redness, which will fade in a few days. You can cover these effects with makeup within a day or two after the treatment.

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COOLSCULPTING: SURGERY-FREE FAT REDUCTION

CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved treatment that is ideal for reducing volume in areas with resistant fat. The treatment can essentially be applied anywhere you need it, targeting common issues such as love handles, a double chin, and the back, thighs, hips and abdominal area. If despite exercising regularly and following a sound diet, you find that there are specific areas with fat that is impossible to get rid of, CoolSculpting is an ideal treatment for you.

ZZ WHAT IS COOLSCULPTING? Developed by scientists at Harvard, CoolSculpting essentially involves freezing fat cells during a lunchtime procedure that does not require any anaesthetic or downtime (i.e. patients generally have an hour-long treatment while they chat on their phone or work online). Although fat cells are immediately frozen, the body takes around three months to completely eliminate them. Results start being noticed after around a month and can be measured via a fat pinch test. The fat cells are eliminated permanently. That is, so long as you maintain a sound nutritional plan and exercise regularly, they should not return. ZZ WHAT DOES A COOLSCULPTING TREATMENT INVOLVE? No sedation is required for this treatment, which is administered with a number of different applicators (chosen on the basis of the size of the area to be treated). A fleecy cloth is applied to the target area and then the applicator,

which exerts a sucking motion on the fatty tissue. Usually, the treatment lasts for two or three hours, though Cirumed can work around your schedule, dividing it into two or three one-hour sessions if time is of the essence. There are only six Zeltiq machines in Spain, two of which are located at Cirumed. These are the only FDAapproved machines for fat freezing. ZZ ARE THERE ANY AFTER-EFFECTS? After a CoolSculpting treatment, you can immediately go back to work or meet friends for a meal. You may notice a sensation of coolness or numbness, which will dissipate as the minutes pass. If you would love to turn heads this summer on the beach or poolside, or you are bothered by facial scarring, lines, or flaccidity, visit the team at Cirumed to discover the many nonsurgical solutions that will give your self-confidence a welcome boost. g Cirumed Clinic. Edif. Panorama, Planta Baja, Local 2. CN340, km 184, Marbella. Tel: 952 775 346. www.cirumed.es

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onfusion. It is the one thing that makes shedding excess weight so hard. Recent research into low-carb and low-calorie diets produced predictable findings: both diet plans can help us lose weight. The problem is, many of us are unaware of the exact carb and calorie contents of the foods we love. There is a misconception that we can tuck into healthy foods with no limit. Chickpeas, pulses, and healthy fats such as avocado, for instance, do wonders for our immunity and skin, but consuming copious portions of these foods will also make us fat. Chris Cheyette and Yello Balolia, with the Carbs & Cals book series, aim at making it easier to stick to a diet, since nutritional information is presented in a manner that even kids can comprehend.

CARBS & CALS B DI E T A S I E UC H M

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CARB & CALORIE COUNTER

This classic book uses photos to help you understand the calorie and carbohydrate content of foods. You may already have books that list gram measurements and provide information, but seeing amounts in pictures gives you a much more practical idea of

how much you should be eating. The book includes foods from all over the world, which is useful for those of us who like to dine out. For each food, there is a listing of carbs, cals, protein, fat, saturated fat, and fibre. Categories of foods include Biscuits and Crackers, Bread, Breakfast, Cakes, Cheese, Desserts, Drinks, Eggs, Fruit, Gluten Free, Meals, Meal Accompaniments, Meat, Chicken and Fish, Dairy, Nuts and Seeds, Pasta,

Potatoes and Tubers, Rice and Grains, Sandwiches, Snacks and Confectionery, Soup, Spreads and Sauces, Vegetables and Pulses, Vegetarian Alternatives, and Yogurt. The book also provides us with tips for healthy eating, including: Z Aiming for three meals a day Z Reaching our five-a-day of fruit and veg, as recommended by the World Health Organisation Z Consuming more fish (especially those rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids)

CARBS & CAL SMOOTHIES

This book provides recipes for 80 healthy smoothies (with vibrant photos of each colourful recipe), as well as 275 photos of additional ingredients you can add. The inclusion of optional ingredients is necessary because if you decide to jazz up existing recipes, you should know how many carbohydrates and calories you are adding. The authors rightfully note that just one smoothie a day can help you achieve your five-a-day aim and honestly, who doesn’t love the taste of this refreshing drink?

CARBS & CALS SOUPS

Jamie Oliver eat your heart out! I thought the British chef was the absolute King of soup recipes, but I was wrong. Do you find that you are always making the same three-ingredient soup, or that you lack inspiration when it comes to surprising your family or exciting your own palate? This book provides 80 recipes, each with a photograph and, as usual, nutritional information per bowl. You will be surprised at how easy it is to jazz up meals with spices like cumin, turmeric, or rosemary, so make sure to stock up your spice cabinet before attempting your first soup!

Z Enjoying more beans and lentils (which are high in soluble fibre and have minimum effects on blood glucose levels) Z Choosing whole grain carbohydrates (which are rich in Vitamin B) Z Limiting sugary foods (because they lead to obesity and Type II diabetes) Z Choosing lower fat dairy products (since high fat versions can be too calorific)

CARBS & CALS SALADS

As the warmer months approach, this will be your togo book for salads that are hearty enough to play the role of main meal at your next family lunch. The book provides 80 different salad recipes. Highlights include the Summer Sprouty Salmon (think alfalfa sprouts, petit pois, courgette, lamb lettuce, and smoked salmon strips – a real winner); Roasted Vegetable Delight (featuring roast butternut squash, chickpeas and aubergines – an excellent complement to a main dish); or Cumin Roasted Chickpeas (hearty and rich in fibre). Who would have thought all we needed to embark on a healthier lifestyle were clear explanations and images of the foods we eat? We no longer need to make food choices blindly; every ingredients we could think of is present in vivid, appealing pictures that explain the types and amounts of fuel our body needs to thrive.

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JUST QUIT SMOKING? EAT APPLES AND TOMATOES!

An interesting study carried out at John Hopkins University has found that the natural decline in lung function over a 10-year period is slower among ex-smokers who consumed a diet rich in tomatoes and fruits (apples in particular), suggesting components in these foods could be an excellent way to battle smoking-induced lung damage. To enjoy these benefits, consume over two tomatoes daily or over three portions of fruit per day. Canned fruit and tomato sauce won’t do the trick; make sure your produce is market fresh!

INNOVATIVE RADIOLOGY SOFTWARE

AT THE VITHAS XANIT INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL The Vithas Xanit International Hospital is now relying on innovative software which certifies the safety and quality of radiotherapy to a greater extent than in the past. The software allows doctors to monitor the treatment applied to patients in situ; in the past, checks were undertaken on the first day only, to ensure that doses calculated on virtual models were apt for real patients. The new software permits doctors to verify calculations during treatment, which enables the detection of minimum variations in the application of doses. These variations can therefore be corrected when necessary. The software records over 400,000 parameters per second, meaning that each patient has millions of verified parametres throughout the treatment. i www.xanit.es

Phthalates, which are used as plasticisers in plastics and are present in many common skincare and grooming products, can significantly increase the likelihood of allergic asthma in children, according to a study carried out by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research. The researchers looked into the extent to which mothers had been exposed to phthalates during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Those with heavier exposure had a higher likelihood of this respiratory problem. Phthalates should be avoided whenever possible, since they affect the human hormone system and can have negative effects on metabolism and fertility. They also interfere with our immunity.

PHTHALATES INCREASE ALLERGIC ASTHMA RISK IN CHILDREN

PAIN-FREE SKIN PATCH FOR TYPE II DIABETES Scientists have developed a new biochemcial patch made up of dissolvable microneedles for the treatment of Type II diabetes. The patch responds to blood chemistry and automatically manages glucose levels, thus promising to simplify treatment for millions of diabetes sufferers. It has been tested successfully in a laboratory setting and will need to be tested on larger animals, and has been altered for human skin.

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UHY FAY & CO OFFICIAL SPONSORS OF THE MARBELLA DESIGN FAIR UHY Fay & Co, a firm providing professional services at a national and international level, is proud to announce that it is one of the official sponsors of the upcoming Marbella Design Fair, which will be taking place from April 5 to 9 at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Marbella. The Fair will be attended by top designers, gallery owners, and design lovers from all over the world. On April 6, a series of talks by some of the world’s top designers (including Mini-McLaren’s Frank Stephenson) will be taking place. i www.uhy-fay.com

BENALÚS RELAUNCHES PROJECT ON THE GOLDEN MILE FOR PREMIUM CLIENTS Benalús, a new housing construction comprising 27 apartments with the comfort of a resort on the Golden Mile, was recently relaunched with new alterations satisfying the needs of premium clients. The unblocking of stalled licences by the Marbella Town Hall has put Marbella back in the focus of national and international investors and has revitalised the property market. Benalús is divided into three buildings standing on 9,000m2 of land, over half of which will comprise gardens, private and communitarian open spaces. Benalús offers apartments measuring from 170m2 to 785m2, priced at between €1M and €3M. The apartments are close to the beach and offer a prime view of the emblematic La Concha Mountain. Featuring gated, 24- hour security, a spa, private and public swimming pools, community solarium, gym and chill out area. i Further information, www.benalus.com

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ATP CHALLENGER CASINO ADMIRAL TROPHY: AN EVENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY The ATP Challenger Casino Admiral Trophy tournament will be taking place during the Easter break, from March 24 to 31, at the Puente Romano Tennis Club. It is the first tournament of the season on clay courts on the European circuit and will comprise 32 players vying for a total prize fund of €50.000. Marbella based, Adrian Menéndez (nº 10 in Spain), as an ambassador of the tournament, stated, "It is a double challenge for me, as a tennis player and as a Marbella citizen, I am passionate about tennis and I will enjoy feeling the support of my city but it will also be very motivating to see the tournament grow further every year." In addition to enjoying matches by some of the best players on the circuit, families will enjoy specialised activities for kids, including easter egg hunts, face painting, fun races, and more. i For further information, www.puenteromano.com

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BIG M PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS STARS OF THE WEST END West End musicals have brought beautiful songs to our soundtrack of life, and this month, we can enjoy listening to three talented stars: Mike Sterling (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables), Lucy Van Gasse (Wicked, The Sound of Music) and Kate Galston (Mamma Mia!, Chicago) at a range of venues across the Coast, including the Teatro Auditorio Felipe VI on Wednesday March 14, the Salon del Mar in Torre del Mar on Thursday March 15, Sunset Beach Club in Benalmádena Costa on Friday March 16, the Sunborn Luxury Yacht in Gibraltar on Saturday March 17, and La Sala Banús on Monday March 19. Also taking place this month is The Best of Rock concert (on Friday March 2) at the Salon del Mar in Torre del Mar, featuring two great bands: Queen of Magic (a Queen tribute act) and Stereo 80 (a popular 1980s cover band). i Further

information, www.costadeldisco.com

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FABULOUS NEW DESIGN FOR NAVY BAR IN PUERTO BANÚS Navy on the second line of Puerto Banús, an iconic bar that was founded in the 1980s, now boasts a completely new design, set to take the club to an exciting new level. Interior designer, Javier San Luis, was influenced by the some of the best clubs in Madrid. The stunning interiors include gorgeous button back couches, moviestar lighting and a superb new sound system. There is a VIP area, ideal for groups of friends celebrating stag parties, hen parties, golfing groups and more. DJ Mario Zarate will be headlining nightly with special guest DJs and live musicians including Annya Violinista, saxophone and percussion. The Navy Bar Nightclub will be ‘the’ newest place to be and to be seen in Puerto Banus. g Open from

10pm nightly, until 3am. Open till 4am Fridays and Saturdays. www.navybarpuertobanus.com.

LAUNCH OF ON TV MARBELLA ON TV is the first Russian-language digital television channel from OliveNet. To watch this channel just press the no.1 button on your TV remote. The station promises to air the best shows, movies, cartoons and series in Full HD quality. The ON TV team shoots informative, entertainment programs about important local events, with an audience comprising mainly Russian-speaking families residing on the Costa del Sol. Around 60 per cent of their content is targeted to female audiences, 35 per cent to male audiences and five per cent to children. i Further information, www.ontelevision.tv

EIC SHINES AT CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Nova School Sunland recently hosted the largest ever Cross Country Championships, with 12 International schools in attendance. A new longer course for all age groups (Year Five to Year 13) put all athletes to the test. Indeed, in many cases there were up to 80 participants taking part in each race. Having not won the competition for two years, EIC was delighted to return the trophy to a heroes reception as victorious champions. A special congratulations to Millie Dobson EIC (Yr6) who set a new course record in securing first place and a well deserved gold medal. i www.eicmarbella.org

EXPERIENCE BOX PRESENTS THIRD EDITION OF AFTER WORK GET-TOGETHER Experience Box, a Marbella-based company specialising in providing and coordinating team building, leisure activities, gastronomical experiences and corporate events in Southern Spain, recently celebrated its third After Work Get-Together event at Finca Amalur. Over 80 hoteliers from all over Spain attended the event, which is fast becoming a standard bearer for four- and five-star hotels of the highest calibre. i Further information, www.experiencebox.com

LIONS GOLF WORLD CUP & EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 The Lions Club and Tourist Board of Mijas will be hosting the Lions Golf World Cup & European Championship 2018 from March 25 to April 1. Lions will meet from every part of the world to enjoy cultural events and golf on two Mijas golf courses: Los Lagos and Los Olivos, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Invitations have been sent to nearly 1.5 million Lions from over 46,000 clubs in nearly every country on the planet. One of the targets of this event is to generate donations for the Lions Clubs International fund to eradicate the measles virus which causes blindness in children. i Further information, charity@drgolf.info 124 / MARCH 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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Finca El Olivar

• 39.000 m2 • fruit groves and formal garden • 3 horse stables • well built house on two levels • 4 bedrooms en-suite • guest WC • big living room with modern fireplace • open plan kitchen • office • 4 terraces • larder and laundry rooms • underfloor heating • saltwater pool Lovely views to Gibraltar, the Mediterranean and North Africa! Gaucin 2 km, Coast 15 km, Sotogrande 25 km!

Price €1.250.000

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SPECSAVERS OPTICAS RAISES OVER €6.000 FOR DEAF-BLIND PEOPLE Optical group Specsavers have announced that they have raised €6.107 for the charity Fundación ONCE para la Atención de Personas con Sordoceguera (FOAPS) between July and December 2017. This will fund 407 hours of interpreting for deaf and blind people in Spain in 2018. The campaign additionally raised awareness of the issues that the deaf-blind face and the excellent work that FOAPS does to help those in need. i www.specsavers.es

Professional marathon runner, Julia Chi Taylor, will soon embark on a journey called Barefoot Across Spain to raise funds in aid of the Cudeca Foundation. Her run will begin on March 23 and end on May 12. Julia’s first international run was in Spain, in Manresa in 1979. She represented her country (United Kingdom) until 1993 and won the 1985 Dublin City Marathon, obtaining her best time in the London Marathon in 1986, where she finishing in seventh position. Julia will start the race in Suances and hopes to arrive in Almuñécar for her 59th birthday on May 12. g There will be 43 stages, with

eight days of rest and daily recording of her progress on www.SolesJourney.com

HEALTHOUSE LAS DUNAS: SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT VILLA PADIERNA THERMAS DE CARRATRACA REOPENS The Villa Padierna Thermas de Carratraca, a magnificent oasis featuring ancient Roman hot spring baths and a beautiful boutique hotel, recently reopened its doors, with a new team of specialists including doctors, therapists, and chefs. The spa has a brand new list of treatments aimed at re-educating the body and mind. i Further information, www.villapadierna.es

Healthouse Las Dunas is firmly committed to fostering sustainability, as can be gleaned from its recent inclusion of two electric chargers for Tesla vehicles. The latter are the only electric cars on the market capable of driving large distances; with a two-hour charge, the car enjoys 100km of autonomy. The General Director of the Hotel, Constantin Lagemann, expressed his pride in Healthouse’s participation in the prestigious Tesla Chargers Association. i Further information, www.healthouse-naturehouse.com

ROYAL HIDEAWAY CORALES RESORT OPENS IN ADEJE, TENERIFE Just last month, the brand new, five-star Royal Hideaway Corales Resort launched in the sunny seaside town of Adeje, Tenerife. The new establishment, belonging to the Barceló Hotel Group, is being marketed as a Royal Hideaway resort, catered towards the luxury sector. Before its launch, the resort had already received a prestigious prize: the Best New Hotel 2018 at the European Hospitality Awards. Modern installations, top level service and spectacular views are just a few of the features that will be enticing travellers from all over the world. i www.barcelo.com 126 / MARCH 2018 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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ONLINE FISH MARKET DEEMED BEST BUSINESS PLAN IN MÁLAGA An online fish market has been chosen Best Business Project in the province of Málaga at Emprende24 La Noria: a competition held at the La Noria Social Innovation Center to support entrepreneurs in the province, especially from municipalities with less than 20,000 inhabitants. Some 43 participants competed, and the winner was Cristina Mateo from Alozaina. In her markett, "the fishmongers can open their fish market online easily and quickly every morning (uploading a video with the fresh fish of the day and their prices), to reach customers who don’t wish to go to the market.” The competition also deemed Equs-Equinoterapia the project with the greatest social impact for providing treatment to those in need through equine therapy. i www.accioncontraelhambre.org

ALOHA COLLEGE NEWS Students at Aloha College have certainly kept busy with a host of achievements in recent weeks. During the first half-term, María Bolkhovitinova (Masha) from Aloha College, took part in an international tournament of Rhythmic Gymnastics in Vilnius, Lithuania, and competed very well, coming second in hoops and sixth all-around. The medal she received was fitting reward for training six days a week. Aloha College also received a letter from Cambridge International Examinations congratulating them on the IGCSE results of two students: Daria Finikova, who achieved the highest mark in Spain for her IGCSE PE, and Grigory Matrosov, who won the high achievement award for his First Language Russian. The school received a letter from Mayor Ángeles Muñoz, in which she congratulated Year Seven pupil, Charlotte Ness, for winning a prize in the Christmas Story competition, in which many local schools participated. In sport, Aloha College Primary PE department hosted another very successful Handball workshop, with teams from Swans, Laude, Atalaya, EIC, BIC, and SIS participating. The Cross Country Team, meanwhile, achieved second place in the Cross Country competition, involving various local schools. Finally, Year 13 Economics students received a visit from former pupil Sanni Nissila, who is currently working in the City of London for White & Case LLP, an international law firm that helps companies, governments and financial institutions resolve complex legal challenges.i www.aloha-college.com

AMSTERDAM BIKES: ELECTRIC BIKES NOW ON THE COAST! Think of new company, Amsterdam Bikes, as your personal bicycle broker. The company supplies electric and typical Dutch bikes, as well as mountain bikes, with an at-home service guaranteeing the convenience you are accustomed to. Choose from the bikes they have, or have a bike catered to your specific needs, then have it delivered to your doorstep. g Further information, Tel: 644 892 533.

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Un día de Wellness / A Day of Wellness

Dr Marilyn Glennville, PhD WO M E N ’ S H E A LT H How to balance your hormones naturally

Explore how to increase your energy levels, eliminate mood swings, improve your memory, reduce anxiety and irritability, and lose weight without dieting.

SA LU D F EM E N I NA Equilibrar las hormonas de forma natural

Un seminario en el que descubrirá cómo aumentar su energía, reducir la ansiedad y el nivel de estrés y perder peso sin dieta.

Saturday, 24th March/ Sábado 24 marzo / 9:00 - 14:00h | Masterclass in English / Masterclass impartida en inglés.

Limited seating / Aforo limitado Please confirm your attendance / Por favor reserve su plaza.

wellness@marbellaclub.com Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602, Marbella, Málaga, Spain (34) 952 822 211 Fax (34) 952 82 88 84 marbellaclub.com


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d o o G o S ed k o o L er ev N F itness With the engineering precision of a Ferrari and the design skill of Pininfarina, Technogym brings Italian flair to the world of fitness and wellness. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TECHNOGYM

a reputation for technical quality, functionality and innovation. You could say it’s the Ferrari of health and fitness equipment.

30 YEARS OF WELLNESS The state-of-the-art HQ centre of Technogym in Cesena, Italy

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ormally when we describe good looks in relation to fitness and wellness it’s all about the end result, and how fantastic a healthy, toned body can look, but in the case of Technogym the visual appeal begins with the equipment itself. This leading Italian brand brings sleek design to what has traditionally been a field dominated by functional yet

heavy, metallic equipment largely devoid of any sex appeal. Thanks to beautifully styled and engineered fitness and wellness pieces, your home training area need no longer be a sweaty gymnasium tucked away in the bowels of your property, but rather an impressive expression of style in its own right. What’s more, it doesn´t only look good as Technogym has also built

For over three decades this Italian firm has been making quality equipment, but above all it is a wellness company, for Technogym promotes healthy living in general – not just exercise and ‘bodybuilding’ as such, but a healthy balanced lifestyle that centres upon a worklife equilibrium, good nutrition, peace, and varied exercise. In ancient Rome they would have called it ‘mens sana in corpore sano’, reflecting the importance of the physical, mental and emotional aspects that together make for a healthy way of life.

From the humblest of beginnings in 1983, when a then 22-year old Nerio Alessandri built his first gym set in the garage of his house in Cesena, Technogym has grown into a global leader in the design and manufacture of fitness and wellness products as well as the provision of specialised services in the field. The company now employs over 2,000 people, including operations in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and North and South America. It has equipped over 65,000 spas and gyms across the world, and its specialist machinery can be found in over 200,000 homes. In its management and work environment as well as the innovation, quality and styling of its equipment, Technogym is recognised as one of the undisputed leaders in its field.

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The Technogym showroom on the Golden Mile

TECHNOGYM IN MARBELLA

A setting worthy of Technogym style and engineering

At the heart of it all is the Technogym Ecosystem, whose award-winning design brings together an ‘ecosystem’ of cardio, strength training and full support equipment. Together with all the support services you need, including group and personal training, as well as fitting out your own private or commercial gym, it is now offered in Marbella through the Technogym showroom on the Golden Mile. This elegantly styled modern store showcases the latest designs of the brand that has taken the world by storm, so whether it is indoor cycling, weight training, body pump, running or other specialised exercise regimes you’re after, Technogym provides it, with style. The Technogym team can design a personalised fitness and wellness system around your personal needs and preferences, linking it into your home, taste, exercises and lifestyle, and setting it up to be in synch with your health goals and schedule. So regardless of whether you’re a rowing fanatic, love to work out hard, build your physique or simply focus on your health and fitness, Technogym can create the professional setup you need, complete with full service and training support, right down to nutritional advice and the encouragement most of us need to succeed in reaching our personal goals. g The new store is located at Bulevard Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, Centro Comercial La Poveda, Local 2, Marbella. www.technogym.com

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ou will always need a licence when dividing a plot into smaller parcels, carrying out excavations, cutting down trees and large bushes, building roads or any other infrastructures. You will of course need a licence whenever you are erecting a building, be it from scratch or as part of a renovation, restoration or reinforcement of an existing structure. You’ll need a license too for demolishing existing works, changing the internal distribution or altering the external appearance of your home. In this case the Town Hall will often ask you for advance written permission from your Community. This is the case when painting your façade, installing glass curtains on your terrace or a pergola on your patio. Some Communities might not allow for an enclosure on the basis that it consumes any additional construction volume still available on the land, regarded as communal. The above licenses are required anywhere in Andalusia but check with your Town Hall’s own rules (Ordenanza) for other cases requiring a license. Also existing Planning (known as PGOU) may impose further

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restrictions to your project, derived from conservation or maximum permitted construction regulations. Should you be buying with an idea to renovate, you might want to consult your project with an architect first, asking for a Town Hall Certificate of the exact planning situation of your intended purchase. Once works have been completed you’ll require a habitation license for any new square metres built. This is called Licencia de Primera Ocupación and is granted (supposedly) after the visit of the Town Hall inspector making sure the new space is fit for its purpose. All licenses carry a tax, currently at about 4 per cent for renovations. You’ll be asked to apply for a Licencia de Obra Mayor, if erecting new structures (in Marbella only if the built area exceeds 20m2). However you’ll always need a construction project signed by an architect or an engineer. For other works a Licencia de Obra Menor will do. Should they be very simple, you won’t need a construction project: a concise (but complete) description of what you intend to do is enough. Some Town Halls (such as Marbella

but not Estepona, Benahavís or Ojén) have a super-simplified procedure called actuación comunicada by which if you haven’t heard from the Town Hall in 15 working days, you may go ahead. If not, standard waiting time is three months, with one year to start works and three to complete them. In all cases, should there be a risk of labourers falling from heights above two metres, you’ll need to present a health and safety assessment, prepared by an engineer, architect or technical architect (aparejador). You want to make sure they visit your works as construction develops, and sign off that all security measures are in place. Keep in mind that when contracting directly your renovation works, as so often is done, you’re legally your own developer. This means you’ll be liable for any accidents at work, should you have failed to make sure the right safety measures were taken. When asking for a license that doesn’t require a complete construction project, you’ll need to present your builder’s estimate, provide the exact location and describe your works in writing (this document is called Memoria). It’s highly advisable you present drawings

and photographs, an acceptable proof you built according to your license. Having a licence to build one thing and then doing something completely different is legally equivalent to not having a licence. This is the case too with licences given against the law or Planning rules. When Planning changes, all licences are put on hold and building works are stopped, until authorised again, on a case-by-case basis. Make sure you keep receipts of all payments made as well as certificates of terminated works, as well as all your invoices. You’ll need these to offset against your capital gains tax when selling or to make any claims. By law, all constructions are guaranteed during ten years for any structural defects and during three years for any faults affecting the functional aspects of the construction (such as leaks or insulation, including those against noise). Decoration and overall finish are guaranteed for one year. Finally, should you have enlarged your property, you’ll want to declare it in a Notary’s deed (escritura de obra nueva), recording it in your name at the Property Registry. e

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ESCADA FASHION SHOW AT THE PUENTE ROMANO HOTEL

The Puente Romano’s scenic Sea Grill restaurant was the perfect backdrop to an elegant fashion show by international fashion house, Escada. Visitors enjoyed an exquisite lunch while viewing the vivid ensembles from the firm’s Spring-Summer 2018 collection. i www.puenteromano.com

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“Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life” – Bill Cunningham

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Travel is on everyone’s wish list for 2018. Alluring David Attenborough documentaries and stunning Instagram snaps are fuelling a global wanderlust that shows no signs of abating this year. A thirst for authentic experiences tempered by concern for the planet is opening up far-flung destinations and long haul air fares are affordable to more. This year, over a quarter of British travellers plan to visit a country they’ve never been to before. But despite uncertainty over Brexit, the EU remains their top travel destination and Spain their favourite country. Biometrics is the buzzword in 2018. Facial recognition systems to speed up boarding, bag drop-off and customs will see us putting in more face time at the airport, while hotels roll out voice-controlled heating, lighting and entertainment: ‘Alexa, refill the mini bar’! And that’s not all. Belinda Beckett looks at this year’s hottest travel trends and where to indulge in them at some of 2018’s new out-of-this-world hotels.

Winter wow at China’s Harbin Ice Festival

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WINTER WANDERLUST Summer may be the traditional time for holidays but winter is hot on its heels. A recent study found that one in eight travellers would consider an overseas trip during the winter and over half would not be seeking a change in weather. They are going for off-season prices and to avoid the crowds. It’s good news for destinations like Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and Venice which contributed a new word to the dictionary last year: overtourism. Summer 2017 saw local residents spraying ‘Tourists Go Home’ graffiti around their visitor-swamped cities in protest at the invasion. These destinations are now looking at damage limitation programmes to promote off-season attractions in alternative sites. Wintery destinations are also trending like never before and it’s not all about snowboarding: Game of Thrones is driving travellers to Iceland in droves; China’s Harbin Ice Festival has become the largest winter event in the world, attracting over a million visitors last year; and new hotels are going up faster than igloos around the Arctic Circle to capitalise on demand for the Northern Lights.

See the aurora borealis from an open air spa at the Arctic Bath Hotel

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ARCTIC BATH HOTEL, SWEDISH LAPLAND SEE THE AURORA BOREALIS FROM AN OPEN AIR ARCTIC SPA In winter the hotel is frozen into a solid sheet of ice. After the summer thaw it floats on water and guests reach it via a long wooden walkway from the mainland. Welcome to the Arctic Bath hotel, so-called because you get to bathe in the lobby in temperatures of four degrees centigrade! A large circular bath fills the atrium which is open to the skies, handy for seeing the Northern Lights if you’re not tempted to make a dash for the hot bath and saunas. The hotel bedrooms have windows angled for bedtime aurora borealis gazing and there are only six – but this once-in-a-lifetime experience is probably best savoured as a one-night stand. Due to open this autumn on the Lule River in Harads, the tree house design references nature and Sweden’s forestry industry and the hotel is being built to stringent environmental standards. i www.arcticbath.se

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Global warming threatens to make The Maldives paradise lost

LAST-CHANCE TOURISM Named 2018’s top travel trend by Forbes Magazine, climate change has triggered a stampede to visit the world’s most endangered destinations before they disappear for good. While the rush to see these places could perpetuate some of the very problems contributing to their demise – pollution, global warming, habitat invasion – heightened concern for the fragility of the planet is boosting demand for sustainable travel experiences and providing poorer countries with tourist dollars to finance them. Among the last-chance destinations trending in 2018 are: The Great Barrier Reef – the world’s largest living structure is so huge it can

be seen from space. Global warming, invasive species, coastal development and coral bleaching have already killed almost half of the reef in the last 30 years The Maldives – melting icecaps threaten the over 1,100 sandy atolls that make up the world’s lowest-lying nation. A rise of just three feet would submerge the lot. With 10 new hotels opening this year, the travel industry hopes that won’t be any time soon. The Dead Sea has the opposite problem. In the last 40 years, the demands of agriculture and industry on the world’s saltiest body of water means it’s shrinking at a rate of five feet per year. If that keeps up, you’ve got around 50 more years to experience reading a novel while you float.

Glacier National Park on the US/Canada border has been a poster child for climate change, blamed for the park’s original 150 glaciers receding to just 25. Some of these could be gone by 2030, and all are in danger of disappearing within the next few decades. Rwanda has made great strides in developing a sustainable way for visitors to enjoy a mountain gorilla ‘experience’. Treks to their habitat are a privilege priced highly, at around €500 p.p. for a permit. Although still on the critically endangered list, research shows that gorillas habituated for ecotourism in protected national parks are thriving, boosting populations in Rwanda from 254 in 1981 to 600+ today.

A One&Only chance to see gorillas in the mist

New For 2018 NYUNGWE HOUSE AND GORILLA’S NEST, RWANDA TREETOP LUXURY IN THE HEART OF THE AFRICAN JUNGLE

The luxury beach resort chain One&Only has branched out into the rainforest with two Rwanda openings back-to-back. Nyungwe House is set on a working tea plantation on the fringes of Nyungwe National Park, a haven for chimpanzees and other exotic species. The six wooden villas boast every creature comfort including open fireplaces in every room and a private wildlife-watching deck. Rainforest canopy walks, mountain biking, bonfire banquets, Africaninspired spa therapies and movie nights under the stars are all on the agenda. You can also roll your sleeves up and help in the local community. The soon-to-open Gorilla’s Nest in the foothills of the Virunga volcano range will offer similar jungle luxuries and, most crucially, a ‘once-in-alifetime personal encounter’ with mountain gorillas. Lucky guests get to visit Diane Fossey’s Karisoke Camp and watch gorillas in the mist, only this isn’t a movie! i www.oneandonlyresorts.com

Tea plantation luxury at Nyungwe House in the wilds of Rwanda

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CRUISES FOR MILLENNIALS Cruising used to be strictly for the Saga Set but now Millennials are going gaga for holidays afloat. Some 14 per cent of Brits are planning a cruise in the next 12 months, almost double 2017’s figures, and more than one in 10 are aged 18-24. Big players on the ocean cruises scene like Royal Caribbean and Carnival are already rolling out new technology and lightning-fast wifi across their fleets to cater for these nautical newbies. Norwegian Cruise Line is upping the fun factor aboard Norwegian Bliss this summer with the world’s largest at-sea race track, a dual-level, 1,000ft-long affair where cruisers can lap the deck in electric cars at speeds of up to 30 mph. However, what’s really floating the Millennial boat is river cruising, now the fastest-growing sector of the worldwide cruise market. The earth’s inland waterways are attracting serious interest from a younger crowd thanks to a move away from the idea that cruising is a sedentary, stuff-your-face type of holiday. Sunrise yoga, adventure sports, live DJ sets and farm-to-table cuisine are just some elements of the new on-water experience hooking the younger market.

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U BY UNIWORLD NEXT GEN RIVER CRUISING Over-45s are banned from U by Uniworld’s sleek river boats which have been designed with a hipper, younger cruiser in mind – the kind that don’t give a hoot about dining at the Captain’s Table. This new brand from a well-established river cruise company launches with two ships painted entirely in black and simply called A and B. These ‘U-boats’ will sail for the first time this spring, offering nine itineraries along the rivers of Europe with stops in popular cities. Milllennials will make an instant connection with the Instagram-worthy decor, especially the rooftop chill deck which its funky ice bar and snazzy black and white striped banquettes. The pricier rooms have balconies while bunk-bed triples are a great idea for groups of friends. Street food-inspired cuisine is served at communal tables and quirky excursions include clubbing in Amsterdam, kayaking in Germany and a street art tour of Paris. i www.ubyuniworld.com

The shape of Next Gen river cruising from U by Uniworld

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David Attenborough’s Blue Planet ll has fuelled our wanderlust

New For 2018 BLACKADORE CAYE, BELIZE (STOP

Leonardo DiCaprio’s eco retreat in Belize

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RESPONSIBLE TOURISM For years it was just a noble ideal but in 2018 it’s a selling point. One in seven travellers now believe that holidays should give something back to the local people and economy. Animal welfare in tourism has also become a mainstream issue, propelled by programmes like David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II – the most-watched British TV show of 2017 – and initiatives like Sky News’ Ocean Rescue Campaign. Thomas Cook recently committed to removing animal excursions such as elephant rides from their activities list and Virgin Holidays has axed attractions featuring captive whales and dolphins. ‘With greater public awareness of environmental issues, human rights and working conditions, tour operators and hoteliers are supporting this move towards responsible tourism that looks after our environment and our people,’ says the Association of British travel Agents (ABTA) in its 2018 Travel Trends Report. ‘We can expect more initiatives such as social enterprise projects which give back to local communities, carbon-neutral group tours and the banning of plastics from beaches.’

Hollywood is holding its breath for the late-2018 unveiling of the climate-change actor’s eco retreat off the coast of Belize, neighbouring the world’s second-largest coral reef. No expense has been spared to ensure his 104-acre island resort lives up to its hype as ‘the world’s leading example of green hospitality’. DiCaprio consulted with top environmentalists to preserve the island’s biodiversity during construction, even substituting original plans for overwater villas with a less invasive design. Mangroves have been replanted, soil and habitat enhanced and fish breeding encouraged. The resort will fund an ecological research station and observatory, and half the island will be a protected wildlife reserve. Inspired by ancient Mayan design but resolutely luxurious and modern, the 36 thatched rental villas and 36 homes will be serviced by a battalion of 400 permanent staff, a significant number of them local. i www.restorativeislands.com/blackadore-caye

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Malta is 2018 European Capital of Culture

FIVE DESTINATIONS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2018 These countries are forecast to see a boom in visitors this year, according to the British travel trade watchdog ABTA. New Zealand – the land of the long white cloud has long topped people’s bucket lists but Blue Planet II, filmed off the New Zealand coast, has made visiting kiwi land just that little bit more urgent this year. Malta – the historic capital of Valletta is 2018 European Capital of Culture, giving this island nation its year in the sun. The city will host a range of events while showing off 6,000 years of civilisation and some of the best diving in the world. Montenegro – the idyllic Adriatic country will be easier to visit with 2018’s new direct flights from the UK. The ‘land of the black mountain’ combines spectacular canyon scenery with fairytale towns and a dramatic coastline Arizona – holidaymakers looking for the authentic Wild West experience will be able to fly direct to Phoenix in 2018 thanks to the introduction of new routes. Argentina – savvy travellers will be heading to the home of the tango and the world’s best steaks to take advantage of the great exchange rate and low-cost flights to this sophisticated South American country. The Blue Planet destination of New Zealand is on everyone’s wish list

New For 2018 AWASI IGUAZÚ, ARGENTINA A RAINFOREST RETREAT BESIDE THE WORLD’S BIGGEST WATERFALL

Awasi Iguazú, a rainforest retreat beside the world’s biggest waterfall

Lounging by your private plunge pool in the rainforest canopy with a chilled glass of Malbec comes with the lifestyle at this luxurious jungle lodge. Awasi Iguazú’s 14 0wood-clad villas on stilts are perched on the Argentinean side of the pounding Iguazú Falls which stretch over the border into Brazil, almost within earshot of this noisy natural world wonder. If you’ve seen the 1986 film The Mission starring Jeremy Irons, Robert de Niro and this mighty jungle torrent, Awasi will give you the real thing. But it’s not just about chasing waterfalls. Each villa has its own guide and four-wheel-drive vehicle and there’s a packed roster of excursions developed with renowned biologist and photographer Emilio White. Think boat trips to 18th-century Jesuit ruins, hikes into the Atlantic rainforest and encounters with local Guarani tribes. Return to a real (i.e. outdoor) rainforest shower and a gourmet dinner cooked to order using local ingredients and seasonal produce from the jungle garden. i www.awasiguazu.com e

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GENERAL MANAGER OF THE DON CARLOS LEISURE RESORT & SPA

The Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa is one of Marbella’s most iconic resorts, as famed for its place in history as for its penchant for being on the cutting edge of design, service, and gastronomy. At its helm for a little over a year is Javier Mendizábal, born in San Sebastian and previously with the Meliá Group. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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avier Mendizábal, who has studied in Spain and the U.S. and worked in an array of English speaking countries, from London to Melbourne, is a true citizen of the world; one that was born in San Sebastián yet took a boat daily to attend school in France. He shows me the tiny stretch of water that separates his hometown from France and it is truly incredible... it almost seems like it would take just a few minutes to swim across it. After completing his studies at the Les Roches Swiss Hotel Management School, he honed his craft at some of the world’s most prestigious establishments, including the Hilton London Metropole, the Hotel de Soleil South Beach in Miami, and various hotels from the Meliá group, before taking up the post of Resident Manager of the Gran Meliá Don Pepe. He recalls his travels (which included a two-year stint in an American high school) fondly, but is “very pleased to be back in Spain.” When asked about the trend in his industry for frequent movement and travel, he responds, “It is common to build up a reputation in one particular speciality, whether in sales, human

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resources, or particular languages, and sometimes, your skills fit perfectly with what is required by a specific hotel or project.” At the Don Carlos (which belongs to the Selenta Group), the new Director has overseen important changes, the grandest of which is, perhaps, the complete renovation of the stunning new breakfast area, Los Naranjos, which bears a markedly Andalusian design (evident in the clay floor tiles and choice of Moorish-inspired fabrics), as well as a selection of difference ambiences, inspired on international market stands. A budget of €500.000 was set aside for the task, with stunning results. He takes me through the ample dining area, which boasts an interior zone as well as a large, scenic terrace, perfect for weddings, parties, or events. One station is exclusively dedicated to seasonal fruits beautifully presented and bearing an array of attractive colours. Another spot is filled with cheeses of all types. The bread station, meanwhile, is impressive; baguettes, rustic breads, wholemeal, spelt, every bread you can think

of is presented in a rustic setup that includes its very own stone oven, where your choice of bread is heated. Close by is a large display of cereals, fruits and nuts, natural juices made on the spot, and hot dishes featuring eggs, ham, bacon… anything and everything you need for a hearty breakfast. The Don Carlos is home to many restaurants, including the Orange Beach Club (perfect for the spring and summer seasons), Bahía restaurant (serving creative Mediterranean cuisine), Sol y Sombra (ensconced by the resort’s main pool, which is heated throughout the year), Ombu (located within the lush gardens and serving Thai cuisine), La Terrasse (featuring live music and drinks), and Trattoria (the ideal choice for lovers of Italian cuisine). The Resort has been placing great emphasis on improving the quality of the cuisine offered. Says Javier: “Our new Food and Beverage Manager, Marie Elisabeth Chassagnon, is doing a great job at upgrading the ingredients used. Menus have been changed, though

our specialities remain owing to high demand.” The General Manager and his team are also keen on making the most of the undoubted jewel in the crown of the Don Carlos: its tropical gardens, a veritable ‘jungle by the sea’, where a scenic stream bearing fish and water lilies adds touches of life and colour to the spectacular verdant surrounds, containing tropical plants, many of which can almost be considered ‘antiques’. The gardens are the setting for a host of activities, including yoga, outdoor massage, and Pilates. “We will be using the gardens for themed nights, bringing the very best artists from a variety of genres – including flamenco – for a scenic outdoor show.” The gardens are also being marketed as an ideal setting for a romantic wedding, birthday party, or special event. Javier and his team are well aware of the Don Carlos’ best features: stunning natural zones, Andalusian design, and a reputation for excellent personalised service. We wish this hard working General Manager and his team much success in the years to come.

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

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TAI PAN chinese cuisine polynesian bar

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

SUKHOTHAI Exquisite Royal Thai Cuisine

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

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n just a few years, T-Bone Grill at the iconic Gran Meliá Don Pepe hotel has built a reputation as a standard bearer for traditional grilled meat, carefully cooked according to the techniques established by the Gorrotxategi family, of Casa Julián de Tolosa, founded in 1951 in Guipúzcoa. Vegetable-based carbon blocks weighing a kilogram each are one key to the inimitable texture and flavour of the meat, though of course, setting the right temperature and being exact with timing, are vital.

A PASSION FOR D.O. PRODUCE T-Bone Grill has grown into so much more than a steak restaurant; great care has been taken to craft a sophisticated menu that includes items like anchovies from Cantabria, piquillo peppers from Lodosa, grilled baby squid, or rice dishes made with grilled octopus or asparagus and red tuna tartar. In essence, T-Bone aims to bring diners the very produce from the Spanish peninsula, as well as meat dishes from Spain and abroad.

THE EXECUTIVE CHEF AND HIS TEAM Much of the credit goes to Víctor Carracedo (Executive Chef of the Gran Meliá Don Pepe), and his talented team, which includes Raúl Palacio as Head Chef and grill master, and Jesús Lebrero, the highly skilled Pastry

Chef. The service is exquisite indeed; on our visit, we were attended to by Sebastián Arredondo, who took delight in explaining the delicate gourmet ingredients and who has a clear passion for client satisfaction.

A GREAT START The starters are a treat, as we discovered on our recent visit. We tucked into a dreamlike tuna tartar topped with caviar and delicately diced onion, served with crisp Sardinian bread (carasau). Detail is everything in the dishes at T-Bone Grill; the work involved in creating texture, flavour, and aroma, is palpable, as is the quality of the produce, evident in dishes such as the homemade cecina croquettes, topped with fine, rolled slices of melt-in-themouth cecina. We also shared grilled wild shiitake mushrooms, served with an egg yolk in the middle, which we enjoyed ‘cracking’ and blending in with mushrooms to lend them an appealing gloss and creaminess.

REGIONAL WINES The wine list celebrates the different regions of Spain, with a menu representing the Spanish map and the origin of each bottle. For our meal, we enjoyed both white and red: a crisp Terras Gauda Albariño, and a fullbodied Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero

g C/ José Meliá s/n, Marbella.Tel: 952 770 300. www.melia.com

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which was the perfect match for our meat dishes.

days and bearing a perfect marbling point (between seven and eight).

MAIN DELIGHTS

SWEET PARTINGS

Ultimately, this restaurant is all about the grill… the stunning interiors, featuring wall panel fireplaces, metal wall sculptures and, of course, a panel containing personalised knives for the most assiduous diners, reminds one of the worldwide passion for steak.

Call it preconceived notions, but diners somehow do not expect desserts of the calibre we enjoyed, after such a magnificent grilled meal. We were stunned by the delicacy of sweets such as the strawberry sphere with chocolate and ‘black beer’, bearing a liquid strawberry ‘nucleus’ and decorated with siphoned strawberry to imitate the appearance of coral. The saltyish Oreo-style crumbs at the bottom of the dessert were a lovely contrast to the sweetness of the accompanying ingredients We tried two more desserts: a beautiful heart-shaped white chocolate mousse with a liquid white chocolate nucleus, served on a pistachio cookie with a raspberry coulis; and a copa fresca – a reinterpretation of the classic caipirosca drink, made with mango and lime sorbet, vodka, and red fruits, the glass dipped into a red fruit coulis and salt. T-Bone Grill certainly merits its place as one of Marbella’s finest, with delicate starters, hearty mains, and avante-garde desserts you could surely only find in Paris, Rome, or Madrid. We hope our readers have gleaned just how special this venue is, though the proof of the pudding is truly in the tasting.

YOUR CHOICE OF BLADE Prior to our meal, we were invited to select from three different blades: Laguiole (France), Global (Japan) or Wüsthof (Germany); most of us opted for the latter as per Sebastián’s suggestion. Our first meat dish, the presa ibérica, bore a beautiful presentation; the juicy slices were topped with a sauce containing mango and red onion, and served with a heavenly organic tomato cooked at low temperature – wonderfully tart and sweet all at once. Small touches such as these make patent the slow elaboration of many seemingly ‘small’ ingredients which together make a dish one-of-a-kind. We also shared a beautiful monkfish a la vasca, served with tender artichoke hearts and shavings of parmesan. Finally, we delighted at the mediumrare Friesian steak, matured for 60

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GRILL DEL PUERTO Offering a staple of classic and Belgian dishes complemented by modern creativity and a fine wine list, Grill del Puerto is a reference point for dining in Puerto Banús. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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uerto Banús is known as a hedonistic spot filled with trendy eateries, bars and nightclubs, but it is also a fine dining destination in its own right. Overlooking the yachts in a prime position right at the heart of the marina is one of the best restaurants in the port, serving up a great experience built upon ambience, attentive service and beautiful ingredients. As a meat specialist, Grill del Puerto is one of the places in Marbella to enjoy melt-in-the-mouth steaks cooked just the way you like them. There is no deception here, just the best quality cuts of meat prepared to perfection and offered in a variety of styles, from Chateaubriand, T-bone and sirloin steaks to Tournedos Rossini with a generous topping of foie gras. The core offering is built around fine meat dishes and Belgian cuisine, such as steak tartare, Belgian style chicken croquettes and white asparagus à la Flamande – accompanied by a wine selection that would be hard to rival. In fact, it’s the only restaurant with such a choice of first class Spanish and French wines, compiled by the restaurant’s

own expert sommelier, so true wine connoisseurs will be able to find their favourites here as well as surprise their palates with new discoveries. Fish, seafood and vegetarian options are also included alongside meat sizzling on a hot stone, and the restaurant offers a choice of side dishes and optional sauces so that you can get snug within the atmospheric setting and design your dish around your personal preferences.

MEAT AND FISH Warm bread with tasty tomato Chimichurri and white wine sauce accentuated with young onions proved to be just the thing to get started, along with a crisp Marques de Cáceres white. The décor makes you feel at home while the waiters treat you like a valued guest, so Grill del Puerto is ideally suited both to couples and groups of diners. The menu is varied but not oversized, so despite the selection of Belgian and international dishes there is a cohesion to it that makes you look forward to the end result. When it came,

the starters of beef carpaccio with capers, rocket salad and Parmesan, and salmon sashimi with ginger, soy sauce, wasabi and shavings of daikon were deliciously light, refreshing, beautifully prepared and also healthy. In a world obsessed with new thrills and experiences it is gratifying to know that there are places where you can also enjoy tried and tested pleasures such as these. The Steak Rossini and steak tartare are a case in point, offering classic dishes that are defined by the quality of their ingredients and the skill with which they are prepared. Purists believe it should be enjoyed rare, but the steak is naturally prepared just as you like it, and the Rossini comes with delicious melt-on-the-tongue foie gras and truffle sauce – in this case accompanied by a well-matched glass of Yllera red from Castilla y Leon. The steaks here are beautifully succulent, and while steak tartare may not be everybody’s cup of tea and not the sort of thing you’d try in a snack bar, it’s a true delight when enjoyed in the right kind of restaurant – a fine dining

meat and grill specialist like Grill del Puerto. A good restaurant completes this experience with a rounded offering that also includes sweet temptations, and the Grill doesn’t disappoint, with a welcome selection of desserts from which we chose a refreshing lemon sorbet – just the thing after the savoury steak sensations – and a rather more full-bodied duo of Belgian black and white chocolate. It’s the kind of sinfully delicious conclusion to a wonderful dinner that needs no excuse to indulge upon. Typical of the Grill del Puerto, it is a richly textured, flavoursome experience in an atmospheric setting where you’re looked after and emerge rosy and ready to plan your return. First line, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 686. www.grilldelpuerto.com RANCHO GRILLE Ctra. de Cádiz, Urb. Carib Playa, Las Chapas, exit km 194, Marbella. Tel: 952 831 922. www.grillelrancho.com

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B4BED FEAST

at the Barceló Málaga The Barceló Málaga Hotel is pleased to have reinvented a fun concept for urbanites wishing to get together after work: B4Bed, comprising a series of menus to be enjoyed leisurely or quickly, while waiting for the train. The menus will be served at the Hotel’s avante-garde B-Lounge, conveniently ensconced next to the María Zambrano train station in the city centre. The options include a 15-minute Bloody Mary plus a Málaga salchichón tartar for €7, a 30-minute ajoblanco, espetos and vermouth for €15, and a 60-minute Málaga salad, Andalusian burger, bienmesabe dessert, and café-tonic, for €19. i Further information, www.barcelo.com

TASTING AND PAIRING EVENTS at

the Champagne Room and El Grill at the Marbella Club Hotel

The legendary Champagne Room and El Grill at the Marbella Club Hotel have become the perfect spots for gastronomic events, thanks to the expertise of sommelier, Ángel González. Every Thursday, special tasting and pairing events will be held, so contact the Hotel if you’re up for a glamorous start to the weekend. i www.marbellaclub.com

COCÓRA SPECIALITY

COFFEE ROASTERS

The first speciality coffee roastery on the Costa del Sol has been opened in the heart of Estepona. Created by four SCA certified coffee professionals out of genuine passion and dedication to quality coffee, this coffee roastery and shop is an open space combined with an atmospheric coffee room where one can taste delicious freshly roasted and beautifully brewed coffees from around the world and see the production process. “We want to make people fall in love with coffee on the Costa del Sol,” say the founders. g C/ Lozano 10, Estepona. www.cocoracoffee.es

NEW PIZZA OFFERINGS

at Rosmarino Rosmarino restaurant in Elviria is pleased to announce that it now has brand new pizzas made with top quality flour, obtained from various ingredients which have been sustainably grown, including oats, barley, rice and wheat, fermented slowly for 48 hours. i Further information, www.rosmarinadellapiazza.com

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b THE GOURMET michelin stars

MICHELIN STARS SHINE IN MÁLAGA WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

Spain’s reputation for haute cuisine is firmly consolidated, with three restaurants in the Top Ten of Restaurant Magazine’s The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list (El Celler de Can Roca in Girona holds third place, Asador Etxebarri in Axpe holds sixth, and Mugaritz in San Sebastian takes the ninth spot). Within this gastronomically varied country, Andalucía has carved out a niche for gourmet diners, with a plethora of restaurants boasting Michelin stars and attracting serious gastronomes to our shores. In the 2018 Michelin guide, published in November 2017, 16 restaurants from Andalucía were awarded stars. Interestingly, many of them are ensconced by the sea. The very best from Casares to Fuengirola include:

DANI GARCÍA

Dani García is without a doubt one of Spain’s most lauded chefs. He has appeared on Master Chef more times than we can recall, but is also a regular speaker at events and a seasoned entrepreneur who has opened various establishments, including Bibo at the Puento Romano, famed for its creative tapas style bites, and Lobito de Mar on the Golden Mile. Dani García restaurant is the place where the Chef lets his passion for Andalusia’s traditional flavours shine, encased in magical presentations filled with artistry and colour. The tasting menu is what it’s all about here, featuring creations made with unique ingredients and cooking methods, sometimes bearing a touch of the surreal. The perfect setting for this restaurant is the Puente Romano’s stunning La Plaza, a cobblestoned square overlooking the ancient Roman bridge that has given the hotel its name. This spot is home to some of Marbella’s finest restaurants, including Nobu and Thai Gallery. i www.grupodanigarcia.com

EL LAGO

Launched in the summer of 2000, this scenic restaurant overlooking the

Greenlife Golf course and a picturesque lake, is a reference point for Andalusian cuisine. El Lago stands on three powerful pillars: Paco García (Director since the restaurant’s launch and a passionate defender of local seasonal produce), Juan José Carmona (Head Chef, also committed to rediscovering Andalusias gastronomic roots and relying on local products in every dish), and María José Aguilar, Maître d', a Sevilla-born gastronome who has managed to build one of the most interesting and varied wine cellars on the Coast. The restaurant is the perfect spot both for a quick lunch after golf as for a romantic dinner for two. For Michelinstarred magic, night is the right choice, of course. i www.restauranteellago.com

MESSINA

Mauricio Giovanini, born and raised in Códoba, Argentina and founder of Messina in 2003, is without a doubt one of Marbella’s most talented and popular Chefs. He is largely self-taught, a fact that lends his cuisine a personal identity that can be savoured in every bite. For Giovanini, true flavour lies within the liquid components of vegetables, whose essence he extracts and serves in a variety of concentrates, meringues,

crèmes, gazpachuelos, etc. He also uses natural thickeners (obtained from dried fruits, fish collagen and meat), to create inimitable dishes. At Messina, Mauricio is joined by his wife, Pía Ninci, the knowledgeable Maître d' and ‘face’ of Messina, whose profound knowledge of gastronomy is married to a true passion for creating an unforgettable dining experience for clients. i www.restaurantemessina.com

SKINA

Small and intimate, this restaurant, located in a romantic spot in Marbella’s Old Town is the brainchild of Marcos Granda, who launched it in 2004 and whose passion for great food, wine, and service, has forged a solid team that has held on to its Michelin star since 2009. Mediterranean cuisine is the star of the show at Skina, jazzed up by avantegarde, modernist touches, present in dishes that bear an exquisite blend of contrasts, while retaining the flavours of traditional Andalusian cuisine. i www.restaurantaskina.com

SOLLO

This restaurant, the first to obtain a Michelin star in the Fuengirola/ Benalmádena area, is the brainchild of Diego Gallegos, a chef, researcher, and

gastronomic ‘recreator’ who is known as ‘The Caviar Chef’ owing to his penchant for this delicate product. His respect for the environment has led him to introduce new concepts, employ innovative techniques and rely exclusively on regional produce of the highest standards. Also a filmmaker, Gallegos presented his first film, Sollo, at film festivals in Spain, the Ukraine and India, and produced another film, You are What You Eat: an invitation to become more aware of where the food you eat is coming from, and the importance of sustainable cuisine. i www.sollo.es

KABUKI RAW

Whiz chef Luis Olarra and his team prepare exquisite traditional Japanese dishes at Kabuki Raw, the gastronomic star of the elegant Finca Cortesin resort in Casares. Olarra, who trained alongside Ricardo Sanz at Kabuki Wellington in Madrid, has introduced traditional Malagueño ingredients into his dishes, resulting in dishes such as wild shrimp tortillas, garlic and almond soup, or bull usuzukuri with pan de mollete, which sit perfectly alongside classic Kabuki dishes and orthodox Japanese delights. i www.restaurantekabuki.com

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TASTE Signature Japanese cuisine awarded one Michelin star

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b THE GOURMET wine

LUNA BEBERIDE EL BIERZO, MENCÍA, AND A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

My first abiding memory of Villafranca del Bierzo goes back to a dark January evening of sub-zero temperatures in 1987, when we broke off a long cross country family drive from Barcelona to La Coruña to stay in the then only hotel in the village. Leaving my wife and two small children in our warm bedroom, I set off in search of something to eat and after a chilly meander around the few small, picturesque, historic streets found that the only establishment of any kind open was a rudimentary grocery store; and so we ended up, shrouded in blankets, having an eccentric picnic supper back in our room. WORDS CARLOS READ

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Alejandro Luna

y subsequent visits to Beberide this high and remote area have since been many but always fleeting – usually brief stop-offs on the way somewhere else to see individual wineries and monitor their progress with the black Mencía grape variety that accounts for nearly twothirds of the vineyards in this small, remote and ancient region in the north-western corner of León, just a stone’s throw away from Galicia. Mencía – grown primarily in semi neighbouring DOs El Bierzo, Valdeorras and Ribeira Sacra, as well as Ribeiro and little-known Liébana – tends to produce very dark and fragrant red wines of marked astringency – and was originally thought to be an ancient clone of Cabernet Franc. Not surprising this, as many of the better examples share more than a passing resemblance with the reds of say Chinon and Saumur Champigny of the Loire. There is an important difference, however, which is that Mencía – traditionally sold young and served chilled in order to mollify its astringency – can be

appreciably more rustic and has a nasty habit of going reductive very soon after bottling, meaning essentially that a whole series of not so nice aromas and flavours (typically rotten eggs and burnt tyres) emerge and do not depart. Meantime, on the one hand, for the academics among you, DNA profiling carried out by the Department of Vegetal Biology of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid has concluded that Mencía is in fact identical to Portugal’s Jaen do Dão (or Jaen for short) grape variety, which goes under a number of other synonyms; but on a more practical level just a handful of producers in El Bierzo seem to have conquered the problem referred to above – Pittacum being one, and Alejandro Luna Berberide is another. Alejandro attributes this in part to his quest for healthy, low yields in the vineyards together with his insistence on major hygiene in the winery plus monster aeration of his wines at all stages of the production process prior to bottling.

EL BIERZO

Established as a DO in 1989, this lies to the west of León province and the vineyard area is in river valley of the Sil, which has many smaller tributaries. The region borders Ourense, Lugo and Asturias and while Spanish is the main language there’s a pleasing abundance of both Leonese and Galician dialects depending on where you are. In the last couple of decades its Mencía wines have found favour both in Spain, Europe, the US, and China and are very fashionable. Today there are some 75 wineries officially registered in the region, which, broadly speaking varies in height from around 450 metres to 1,000; and there is a major difference between the older and sparser soil make-up of the mountains (quartz, schist and slate with lesser elements of granite, chalk and limestone) and the lower more fertile soils down in the valley (typically clay, pebbles and other alluvial materials). The temperatures tend not to vary radically as the area is encircled by the high and monumental Sierra de Ancares which provides a natural barrier that protects the area from the fierce showers that blow down from the Atlantic, and at its warmest summer temperatures, tends not to exceed 24ºC with at worse around 3ºC in the coldest winter months. Frosts are rare, there is plenty of sunshine, and decent but not excessive rainfall most of which comes in September and May. Beyond the growing limits, its impressive mountain ranges climb to heights of some 2,000 metres and it is not only a paradise for walkers with so much natural unspoilt flora and fauna, but also a sanctuary for grouse and bears (though the wild boars apparently have a hard time particularly on Thursdays and Sundays when the locals have free reign); and its apples, pears, chestnuts, peppers and cherries are much prized. The area – in addition to being part of the Pilgrim’s Way/Camino de Santiago and featuring a truly challenging offshoot that involves a spectacular hike via Dragonte – includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Las Médulas, near Ponferrada, which was the largest open pit gold mine in the entire Roman Empire. Note, meantime, if visiting Ponferrada, that although this sizeable town (current population around 70,000) is choc a bloc with wonderful churches and monuments and used as a base by skiers, it has become increasingly industrial over the last century or so given that it’s also the site of a major coal-fuelled power plant (Spain’s first – which kicked into action as long ago as 1949).

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BODEGA LUNA BEBERIDE Alejandro’s father Bernardo started their family winery in 1987 with the former joining the enterprise in 2001 following almost a decade in Madrid accumulating legal qualifications. Today they have some 80 hectares of vineyards, mostly Mencía but with a little Godello and a host of experimental varieties that they are trying out. These include Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Macabeo, Albariño, and Sauvignon Blanc. Neither herbicides nor pesticides are used and following all year round exhaustive and respectful vineyard practices, they pick by hand and ferment by plot. Wild yeasts are utilised and their wines are bottled unfiltered. Alejandro is down to earth with a dry, throwaway sense of humour, and this is reflected in his wines, which are as individual, honest and straightforward as he is and which have for this reason struck a major chord with specialist importers in Denmark, the US, Germany and Canada. His father is also a major character and joyously anarchic. The story finishes in a similar way to how it started, as, prior to visiting Alejandro up in Cacabelos earlier this year, mutual friends had spoken to each of us about one another and we finally got together in another hotel about a month before X-mas. This time round, however, it was in Valladolid, in a cosier establishment, whose public facilities – and in particular the quality of the light – were again rather poor; and so prior to going out into the sub-zero temperatures and this time finding somewhere and something to eat, we tried the wines that follow in a well heated hotel room.

CURRENT OFFERINGS LUNA BEBERIDE GODELLO 2017

A nicely understated somewhat spare white with a honeyed lemony pineapple on the nose but on the palate primarily about pear, ripe apple, and a little grapefruit together with no uncertain lime-like energy. Made from 12 hectares of vines that are around 15 years old, the wine is steel fermented and spends some 4 months on its fine lees which adds a certain edge and further citrus zip and varietal character. Minerally too with subtle herbal notes. Bottled late January, drink it within the next year or so. Production was roughly 40,000 bottles.

LUNA BEBERIDE MENCÍA 2017

This is unsurprisingly the winery’s commercial motor and is made from some 45 hectares of young (12 to 15 years old) Mencía vines growing on a combination of clay, sand, slate, and limestone soils. Dramatically crimson in hue, this is all about exuberant liquid plum but has nice notes of coffee too and very fine tannins underpinned by fresh tingly acidity. Mega fruity and full of energy, try it chilled as at room temperature it strikes many as a tad sweet. Bottled late November following an unusually hot, problematic and early harvest; production was around 150,000 bottles.

FINCA LA CUESTA 2016

Made from older Mencía vines (40 to 50 years old) growing at around 600 metres above sea-level, this spends around 10 months in 500 litre used French butts. While therefore having an agreeable surface and character primarily of dark fruits – blueberries and morello cherries – its most attractive lushness has agreeable underlying coffee and liquorice elements together with an unassuming earthy oak underpinning that holds the whole thing together and makes it the ideal companion for those who like a wine that combines freshness and yet a certain subtle oaky character. Production was 45,000 bottles.

ART 2015

An even more savoury step up, this is yet again Mencía from even older vines grown at around 750 metres and spending 12 to 14 months in oak – 15 per cent of which is new. Black but garnet streaked in colour, this has appreciably more tannin, substance and depth together with a much more pronounced oak influence with a marked bitter cherry character faintly reminiscent of the best Chiantis plus a hint of Angostura bitter, good acid and nice minerality. Enormously long too, it should be savoured with serious carnivorous fare. Production was 15,000 bottles.

PAIXAR 2015

This pricy and very classy offering is the pinnacle of the winery’s achievement and was first made in collaboration with Mariano García of Mauro/Maurodos fame (see December 2016) in the late 1990s. Comparatively pale in comparison to the other wines, and leaner too, it is made from some 4 hectares of old vine Mencía (average age 80) spread over a number of vertiginous slate slopes at heights of 800 metres and above, accessible via the modest and spectacular road that wends its way up to Dragonte. This was a ripe vintage, so despite exhibiting pronounced underlying X-mas cake notes, this is powerful, concentrated and expressive with subtly aromatic qualities, a wide minerality and some nice dusty tannins that augur well for further bottle age. Production was 8,000 bottles, and the previous vintage of 2014 was the only so far with zero production as the wild boar ate all the grapes. e ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2018 / 155

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. . THE GUIDE listings

the guide

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

*restaurants american

HARD ROCK CAFÉ

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

under €25

€25 – €40

from 11am for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Centro Plaza, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 861

argentinean BUENOS AIRES SOUTH

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

JACKS

EL BANCO

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

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

JACKS SMOKEHOUSE

GAUCHOS

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

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

MR. GOURMET BURGER

HACIENDA PATAGONICA

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

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

YANX

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

Open from 9am Monday to Saturday and Sunday

ORIGEN

LISTINGS PET NEWS WHAT’S ON STARS FAMILY FUN

€40 – €60

€60 plus

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

belgian MYTILUS

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

eco GIOIA

Open daily from 1pm to 8pm except Mondays. C/ Velázquez 1, Marbella. Tel: 630 441 834

THE ORGANIC CAFÉ Open daily from 9am to 10pm. Esquina C/ Martínez Catena and Paseo Marítimo Fuengirola. Tel: 951 255 563

french

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

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

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listings THE GUIDE .

gluten-free

km. 176, Marbella. Tel: 952 867 599

9-10, C/ Las Yedras, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 003 434

de Levante, Local 39, Estepona Port. Tel: 951 703 060

VOVEM

ACINIPO

EL GAUCHO DE BANÚS

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Duque de Ahumada, Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 008 822

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

indian

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

CELICIOSO

EL GAUCHO

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

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

greek

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

grills

EL RANCHO DEL PUERTO Open for lunch and dinner every day. Muelle Benabola 4, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 252 Open for lunch and dinner every day. Muelle Ribera 47H, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 686

MARBELLA CLUB GRILL

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

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

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

Open daily from 1pm to 11pm. Paseo Marítimo Rey de España 4, Local 2-4, Fuengirola. Tel: 951 903 807

GRILL DEL PUERTO

ASADOR CRIOLLO GRILL ASADOR GUADALMINA

CORIANDER

OLD TOWN GRILL

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

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

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

MASSALA

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

RESTAURANTE RANCHO

MUMTAZ

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

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

EL CARNICERO

T-BONE GRILL

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

Open daily for lunch and dinner. At the Gran Meliá Don Pepe, Avda. José Meliá s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 300

EL CARNICERO 2

VOVEM

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz,

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Odeon, Locales

CABAÑA NAGÜELES

AIDAN’S BAR & GRILL

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

international 11&11 RESTOBAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

BAHIA BEACH Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 146.5,

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

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

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

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

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

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

CERRADO DEL ÁGUILA

EL CASTILLO

EL RESTAURANTE DEL CASINO

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

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

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

EL CHIRINGUITO

FABIOLA

CLARO! RESTAURANT & BEACH CLUB

At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

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

Open daily for lunch and Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 873

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

D.O.M

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

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

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

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

FINCA EL FORJADOR

Open nightly for dinner. At the Hotel Meliá Marbella Banús. C/ Mario Vargas Llosa s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 912 764 747

EL JARDÍN DE LUTZ

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

Open every night for dinner from 7:30pm. At Hotel Finca Cortesin, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800

FONDA RESTAURANTE EL POSTILLÓN

DON LEONE

EL JINETE

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

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

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

D-WINE

EL LAGO

GALERIA SAN PEDRO

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

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

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

CASANIS

EL BOLERO

EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL & RESTAURANT

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

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

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

Reopening March 23. Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 199, Marbella. Tel: 952 587 550

CELIMA

EL CAMPANARIO

EL OLIVO

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

CAMURÍ

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

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LAGUNA BEACH RESTAURANTE

Guadalmina, Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211

HERMOSA

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

LA TERRAZA

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

HILLS CAFE Open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Closed on Monday. Tel: 952 856 171

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

HOTEL MARBELLA CLUB BUFFET

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

LA TIENDA

LA BRISA

Open Monday to Wednesday 10am – 7.30pm and Thursday to Sunday 10am –10pm. Urb. Coto Chico 4D, Marbella. Tel: 952 837 862

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

LA CANTINA DEL GOLF

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

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

IL MARE

LA FAMIEKE

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

Open nightly for dinner except Sunday. C/ Cruz 5, Plaza Puente de Ronda. Old Town Marbella. Tel: 952 775 412

JOFFREY’S

Open daily for dinner. La Cala Resort, La Cala de Mijas, Mijas. Tel: 952 669 000 Open nightly for dinner except Mondays. C/ La Tienda 1, Urb. La Virginia, Marbella. Tel: 626 273 882

LA PLAGE DE CASANIS

LA TAPA Open nightly for dinner. Plaza Santo Cristo 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 901 040

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

LA VERANDAH

Plaza Practicante Manuel Cantos 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 630

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

L’OLIVE Open daily from 8am-6pm. At La Reserva Club. Avda. de la Reserva s/n, Sotogrande. Tel: 956 785 252

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

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

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

MACAAO BEACH

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

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

KARMA

LA LOGGIA

LA VERANDA LOBBY BAR

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

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

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

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

LA TERRAZA

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm to 12am and for lunch on Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.

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

LA GRANADA DIVINO

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

Open everyday lunch and dinner. Golf Hotel

LIMA

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

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

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

RESTAURANT Open daily from 11am to 8pm. Avda. Duque de Ahumada s/n, Marbella. Tel: 951 562 887

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

MESSINA

SOLLO

AMORE E FANTASÍA

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

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

MIRAFLORES GOLF RESTAURANT

SUITE

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

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

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

ARETUSA

NUNOS

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

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

TANINO

CARPACCIO

O MAMMA MIA

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

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

MOMO MARBELLA

TERRA SANA

CASA TUA

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

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

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

Open nightly for dinner, except Sunday. Avda. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 30, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 760

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

MONKEY CLUB

THE ENGLISH GARDEN

Open nightly for dinner. At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 951 607 018

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 Saturday from 7pm to 11pm. CN340, km 178.5, Marbella. Tel: 951 354 213

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

THE MEETING ROOM

DA PAOLO

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

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

DON GIOVANI

VALPARAÍSO

THE ORANGE TREE

Open every night for dinner from 7:30pm. At Hotel Finca Cortesin, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800

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

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

MOMO MARBELLA GOLDEN MILE

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

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

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

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

PUENTE ROMANO BEACH CLUB 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

SAVOR Open 1pm to 3:30pm and 7:30pm to 11:30pm daily except Sunday evenings and Monday. Avda. Andalucía 6, Local 4, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 531 777

SEA GRILL

THE LITTLE GERANIUM

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

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

TIKITANO

DA BRUNO

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

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

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

SHANTI-SOM – AMRITA

ZEST

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

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

SKINA

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

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

ZOZOI

italian AL DENTE

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

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

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

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

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

VILLA TIBERIO

LA FIORENTINA

VENTA GARCÍA

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

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Torre Real Beach, Marbella. Tel: 952 865 579 Open daily for lunch and dinner. Playa de la Carolina, Marbella. Tel: 610 704 144

METRO

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

TROCADERO ARENA TROCADERO BEACH

Open daily from 1pm to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm. Avda. del Prado s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 908 438

FRASCATI

IL TARTUFO

VILLA PADIERNA CLUB DE MAR

SOLEO MARBELLA BEACH CLUB

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

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

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

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

CIBO

Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 608

MARBELLA PIZZA KITCHEN

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

mediterranean

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

oriental

ASIAN FUSION BING Open 12.30pm-4.30pm and 6.30pm to 12am daily. Fuengirola, Paseo Marítimo, L-42C. Tel: 952 470 218

LA PAPPARDELLA DI ESTEPONA

ASIATICO ZEN

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 except Tuesday lunch. C/ Lirios s/n, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 691

LA PAPPARDELLA SUL MARE

BAMBOO

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

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

LA TRATTORIA

DRAGÓN DE ORO

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

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

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

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

GENJI SUSHI BAR Open from 1:30pm-4pm and 8pm to 11pm. C/ Ramón Gomez de la Serna, 4, Edificio Balmoral. Marbella. Tel: 951 530 955

GOLDEN WOK

MADE IN SARDINIA

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

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

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

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

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

MAKITAKE

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

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

TSE YANG DIMSUM CLUB 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. C/ Ribera s/n (above disco Seven), Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 592

WAGAMAMA

MECA

WASABI

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

NOBU Open nightly for dinner. At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 778 686

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

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

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

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

SAPPORO

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

scandinavian ALOHA RESTAURANT

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

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

seafood

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

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

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

LA COCINA

Emancipación 30. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 474 542

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

Veracruz. Estepona. Tel: 952 800 056

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

YELMO CINEPLEX

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

ESTEPONA

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

C/ Málaga 82–84. Tel: 952 800 537

MESÓN EL ADOBE

Jac. Benavente, 14. Tel: 952 772 898

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

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA

MI TABERNA

Pizarro, 41. Tel: 952 780 39

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

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

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

*cinemas & theatres AUDITORIO MUNICIPAL MIJAS

MARISQUERÍA LA PESQUERA

AUDITORIO PARQUE DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN

Closed until March 15. Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday. Centro Comercial Marbellamar. Tel: 952 770 550

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

Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035

RESTAURANTE EL BOTE

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

SUSHI KATSURA

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

CINESA LA CAÑADA

PALAPA

CINES TEATRO GOYA

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

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

SANTIAGO

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

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

MULTICINES ALFIL

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

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

EL CORTE INGLÉS

LA TABERNA DEL ALABARDERO

SUKHO THAI

spanish

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

FUENGIROLA

AUDITORIO MUNICIPAL TORREMOLINOS

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

CALAHONDA

Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

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

TA-KUMI

*post offices

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

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

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

Plaza Mayor. Tel: 902 220 922

LA RED

LA TORRE

TAI PAN

VERACRUZ CINES

LA MÁQUINA

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

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

TEATRO SALON VARIETES

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

CENTRO CULTURAL EL INGENIO La Cañada. Marbella. Tel: 902 333 231

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

MULTICINES MEDITERRÁNEO

BAHÍA

Mijas. Tel: 952 663 738

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

PALACIO DE LA PAZ

CASA FERNANDO

TEATRO ALAMEDA

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

HACIENDA

TEATRO CIUDAD DE MARBELLA

Recinto Ferial. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 589 349

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

Tel: 952 467 843

FUENGIROLA Pza. los Chinorros. Tel: 952 474 384

MARBELLA C/ Jazmines. Tel: 952 810 887

SAN PEDRO

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

*train

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

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WHAT IS A DIGITAL FOOTPRINT?

HOW CAN TEENS BUILD A

POSITIVE ONLINE PRESENCE?

Your digital footprint is anything and everything that exists online as a result of your activity. Think everything from your LinkedIn profile to images, comments you have made in forums and social media, your Twitter account, material you have downloaded, and the like. We leave a digital footprint behind almost every time we use the Internet – for instance, retailers leave cookies on our system to track our desired products and services, or to see what we are watching or reading online. Many websites also track the devices we have used to access them – be it our phones, tablets or desktop computers; basically, each and every time we use the Web, it ‘listens’ and uses this information for purposes that may range beyond commercial interests. Our digital footprint can serve us as well as our companies of interest. For instance, it can save us from having to log in every time we use a specific site or shop from our favourite online stores.

With children as young as seven already owning their own tablets and other gadgets, parents in the 21st century have upped their game when it comes to Internet safety, cyberbullying and the like, but the new buzzword in parenting involves curating a positive digital footprint that will serve kids in the present and the future. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS WHY DOES OUR DIGITAL FOOTPRINT MATTER?

Because our digital footprint contains so much information about our likes, habits and views, it can provide detailed information about who we are. Therefore, it serves as valuable information for commercial entities we may not have a relationship with. There are over 600 tracking technologies and over 200 third party advertisers on the web, which use the millions of digital footprints for commercial purposes. Every time you like something on Twitter or Facebook, you are giving these entities and technologies more and more information, and the process is something you simply have no control over.

WHY SHOULD KIDS AND TEEN PROTECT THEIR DIGITAL FOOTPRINT?

What you upload now has a big impact on your future. Take social media; believe it or not, prospective university admissions officers and employers can and do often read your online profile to glean more information about you. What you upload and comment can also have important consequences; could your content make you seem like a bully? Do you write things you wouldn’t have the courage to say in person? Are you too trusting – enough for those with bad intentions to use your information for illicit purposes? Are you careful enough in regard to personal information?

ADOPTING A PROTECTION STRATEGY FOR YOUR DIGITAL FOOTPRINT

In addition to being smart when it comes to providing information that can be used against you (bank information, personal information such as your address, etc.), it is generally advisable to always keep in mind that you should exercise due online citizenship diligence. Realising that college admissions, a prospective employer or a family member may access your content, for instance, should shape the nature of what you upload; be sensitive to content that can give the wrong impression of who you are. Kindness is also key; despite the fact that we often use sites such as Twitter anonymously, bullying, body shaming, and negativity are not generally well tolerated on this and other social media. Moreover, insults and threats can result

in a lawsuit and possibly even prison time, so it’s time to adopt the old saying: “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it at all.” Checking the behavior of influential web users will serve as a guide to wise digital citizenship. Take a look at the sensitivity with which they express their views and use them as models with respect to the type of humour that is acceptable, how to disagree politely, etc. Consider creating separate accounts for public and private uses; if you wish to upload party shots and the like, you might even use a different user name or avatar, so that prospective employers and the like aren’t shocked by your latest Champagne spraying event. Finally, remember that your digital footprint is your brand. It should look like and express your best self, without revealing information that is best kept to close friends and family. e

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WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

A HAPPY CAT WITH THE

CATIT SENSES 2.0 PLAY CIRCUIT This super cool toy is ideal for curious cats who aren’t content to scratch a post and lie on the sofa all day. It features a peek-a-boo cover with a ball that swirls inside a flat speed track, stimulating your cat’s senses of sight, hearing, and touch. The track is interchangeable, so you can create new layouts as often as you like. The game costs around €12 but if you are up for something more luxurious, try the Super Circuit or Wave Circuit models, which are a bit more complex. i Available from www.miscota.es

If you live in an area filled with pines, watch out for white, cotton candy-like formations in trees; they are the nests of processionary caterpillars – which can often be seen from around March/April onwards, making their way along the ground in a long chain in search of a place to burrow. These caterpillars are notoriously toxic to humans and pets. When their tiny hairs are touched, they cause everything from necrosis (death of tissue) to respiratory problems and skin issues. If there are caterpillars or nests in your area, your community of owners should have them removed by a specialist. Never take your pets out in areas surrounding trees housing caterpillar nests.

BEWARE OF PROCESSIONARY CATERPILLARS IN THE SPRING iDogmate Ball Launcher:

A GREAT WAY TO KEEP FIDO ENTERTAINED If your dog is a tad more energetic than you are, that is no excuse to allow them to get fat and bored. iDogmate Ball Launcher is a cool gadget that launches custom-made balls with the use of a remote control. All your pooch needs to learn is how to put it back into the launching cup, a trick they will take a maximum of five minutes to master!

ORIJEN DOG FOOD BRAND

GROWS IN POPULARITY Health buffs who love their pets are pleased that the renowned Orijen brand is now available from many online pet stores in Spain. What makes this food so special is that it is totally grain free, comprising 80 per cent protein and 20 per cent fruits and vegetables. It contains fresh ingredients such as goat, venison, mutton, bison, and rabbit, and has dedicated formulations for particular dogs (including senior dogs). Expect to pay a bit more than you would for commercial dog food, but rest assured, the difference is definitely worth it.

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Until March 30 THE ARTS SOCIETY EXHIBITION – CALAHONDA

The Arts Society will be presenting an exhibition at Atlantis PMR, Centro Comercial Los Olivos, Calahonda. Visitors are welcome to view works at Atlantis PMR by appointment only. For further information, contact Teresa on Tel: 952 933 870.

Until September 16 WARHOL – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso de Málaga will be hosting Warhol. Mechanical Art: an exhibition which examines the complex oeuvre of the artist from Pittsburgh, (1928-1987), highlighting the transmutations in his body of work during the consecutive creative phases of his career. www.musepicassomalaga.org

NEW AND REGULAR EVENTS

Weekly on different days WALKING FOOTBALL – MARBELLA

meet new friends. Further information, www.walkingfootballspain.com

Monthly on different days AMERICAN CLUB – MARBELLA

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

AMIGOS DE LA CULTURA – COSTA DEL SOL

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

LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE – MARBELLA Integral Psychotherapist Gabriella Kortsch holds a series of interesting group sessions on dream analysis, astrological life cycles and more. For information on precise times and locations, Tel: 626 189 765. info@advancedpersonaltherapy.com

Weekly sessions of Walking Football (non-contact walking football) for men and women of all ages to keep fit and

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

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

Every Tuesday and Friday PAINTING CLASSES – MARBELLA

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

PILATES AND YOGA – BENAHAVÍS

The Benahavís Country Club is ready and set to help you achieve a state of greater health, fitness and wellness, with yoga classes every Tuesday at 10am and Pilates on Fridays at 10am. Nonmembers are welcome and the classes cost just €10. Bookings are advised to guarantee your place. Tel: 952 856 171. wellness@benahavishills.com

Every Wednesday ART – MÁLAGA

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

FLAMENCO – MIJAS

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

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

Every Thursday NETWORKING – MARBELLA

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

Tuesday March 20

CLIMATE CHANGE FILM – MARBELLA

Saturday March 10

MALDITA NEREA – MÁLAGA Hit group Maldita Nerea will be playing live at the Málaga Auditorium Club at 10pm. For tickets, www.ticketea.com

Courtesy of Paramount Pictures, this will be the official presentation of the second part of Al Gore’s, An Inconvenient Truth, called An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. The film will be presented in English with Spanish subtitles at Teatro Goya at 6:30pm. Free tickets available at El Corte Inglés and The American College in Spain. www.marbellaclimatechange.com

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Every last Friday of the Month COFFEE MORNING – ESTEPONA

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

BUSINESS LUNCH – MARBELLA

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

Every Saturday MARKET – PUERTO BANÚS

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

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.

Thursday March 1 ST. DAVID’S DAY CONCERT – FUENGIROLA

Sunday March 4 COSÌ FAN TUTTE – MÁLAGA

The Teatro Cervantes presents Così Fan Tutte, an opera by Mozart, at 7pm. For tickets, www.teatrocervantes.com

Wednesday March 7 GLENN MILLER TRIBUTE – MÁLAGA

Ricky Lavazza presents the St. David’s Day Celebration Concert, with special guests Mario Ross, Lenny Dee and Laura Ellen. At 7:30pm. For tickets, www.salonvarietestheatre.com

Enjoy an entertaining Glenn Miller Tribute concert by the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, The Irresistible Andrews Sisters and Swing Time Jivers, at the Teatro Cervantes. At 8pm. For tickets, www.teatrocervantes.com

Friday March 2 BEST OF ROCK AND STEREO 80S CONCERT – TORRE DEL MAR

Tuesday March 13 ROMEO AND JULIET BALLET – MÁLAGA

Big M Promotions presents two great bands, one of which will be paying homage to Queen and the other will be playing some of the best 1980s rock hits. www.costadeldisco.com

Friday March 2 to Sunday March 4 PADEL – BENALMÁDENA

The Reserva del Higuerón Resort will be hosting the Volvo Vypsa Padel Tournament at the Sports Club, which features 12 crystal courts and six panoramic courts. Further information, www.reservadelhigueronresort.com

The Moscow State Ballet presents Romeo & Juliette, with music by Prokofiev, at the Teatro Cervantes de Málaga, at 8pm. For tickets, www.teatrocervantes.com

Friday March 16 to Sunday March 25 MONTY PYTHON SENDUP – FUENGIROLA

The Salón Varietés Theatre presents a new musical ‘ripped off’ from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Directed by Peter Mitchell. Nightly at 7:30pm, Sunday at 7pm. www.salonvarietestheatre.com

Saturday March 24 to Saturday March 31 TENNIS – MARBELLA

The ATP Challenger Casino Admiral Trophy tournament will be taking place during the Easter break, from March 24 to 31, at the Puente Romano Tennis Club. Featuring some of the best players in the world, plus activities for kids. https://entradium.com/entradas/casinoadmiral-trophy

Sunday March 25 to Sunday April 1 HOLY WEEK – SPAIN

Holy processions will be taking place in all municipalities along the Coast.

LIONS GOLF WORLD CUP & EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

The Lions Club and Tourist Board of Mijas will be hosting the Lions Golf World Cup & European Championship 2018 from March 25 to April 1 at the Los Lagos and Los Olivos Golf Courses in Mijas. The aim is to generate donations for the Lions Clubs International fund to eradicate the measles virus which causes blindness in children. Further information, charity@drgolf.info

Wednesday March 14 – Monday March 19

STARS OF THE WEST END – AT MULTIPLE VENUES ON THE COAST

© Alicia Orta

Big M Promotions brings three talented stars: Mike Sterling (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables), Lucy Van Gasse (Wicked, The Sound of Music) and Kate Galston (Mamma Mia!, Chicago) to a range of venues across the Coast. At the Teatro Auditorio Felipe VI in Estepona on Wednesday March 14, Salón del Mar in Torre del Mar on Thursday March 15, Sunset Beach Club in Benalmádena Costa on Friday March 16, the Sunborn Luxury Yacht in Gibraltar on Saturday March 17, Avanto Restaurant in La Cala de Mijas on Sunday March 18, and La Sala Banús in Puerto Banús on Monday March 19. www.costadeldisco.com

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www.russellgrant.com

Russell Grant’s

Monthly Horoscope March 2018

The New Moon on the 17th invites you to do something nice for yourself. Changing your hairstyle, revamping your wardrobe and undergoing a cosmetic procedure are among the possibilities

PISCES (February 20th – March 20th) A troubled partnership could finally come to an end. The Full Moon on the 2nd will convince you to explore greener pastures. Saying goodbye to a friend or romantic partner who doesn’t meet your needs will be a relief. If you’ve been working with an unappreciative business associate, you’ll finally be able to part ways. The New Moon on the 17th invites you to do something nice for yourself. Changing your hairstyle, revamping your wardrobe and undergoing a cosmetic procedure are among the possibilities. The important thing is to put your needs first. If you’ve been longing to go on a glamorous trip, book your tickets. This holiday will be empowering. Instead of doubting your abilities, your self-confidence will become stronger than ever. This is great news. A large payment or financial gain will be delayed on the 31st, when a second Full Moon cultivates greedy behaviour.

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ARIES [21 MAR - 20 APR]

Work will be stressful at the beginning of March, with too many responsibilities being heaped on your plate. The Full Moon on the 2nd will tear you away from a relaxing interlude, making you irritable. Try not to take out your frustrations on a colleague who is suffering just as much as you. It’s not their fault you are in this situation. By forming an alliance, you can chip away at your list of things to do. On the 17th, the New Moon will give you an opportunity to withdraw from public life and enjoy some solitude. If you’re in love, this would be a great time to connect in a meaningful way with your partner. Stay away from annoying distractions like social media, 24-hour news cycles and phone calls from needy friends. Another Full Moon on the 31st urges you to recommit to a partner or break up altogether.

TAURUS [21 APR - 21 MAY]

A romance will meet a turning point on the 2nd, due to a pivotal Full Moon. It’s time to decide whether you’re going to get serious or part ways altogether. If you are in a committed partnership, things will be tense between you and your amour. Don’t let your practical approach to life undermine your love. A group activity on the 17th will be more fun than expected, thanks to a relaxed New Moon. If you’ve been looking for love, you will find it with one of your teammates. Have you been yearning to develop your creative talent? An accomplished artist in the group will be happy to mentor you. This will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Make sure you attend a festive party towards the middle of March. A flirtatious conversation will give you an attractive glow. On the 31st, a second Full Moon urges you to clear out clutter and tidy your work space.

GEMINI [22 MAY - 21 JUN]

Your living situation will be difficult at the start of the month. A Full Moon on the 2nd urges you to find a home where you feel supported and nurtured. If you live too far from work, think about getting a place closer to your job. Spending all your time commuting has a suffocating effect on your personal life. Look for a place that is close to a park or garden. Beautiful plant life has a powerful effect on your outlook. The New Moon on the 17th marks an exciting career opportunity. Getting a promotion will allow you to exercise your creative muscles. Be open to learning advanced techniques from colleagues. At times, these lessons will be intense. When someone pushes you hard, strengthen your focus. The skills you acquire will serve you well and contribute to further career success. Another Full Moon on the 31st warns against rushing things with a love affair or creative project.

CANCER [22 JUN - 23 JUL]

An upsetting exchange on social media will get under your skin. It’s best to stay away from threads involving politics, religion and current events. Someone who posts an offensive remark on the 2nd is looking for a fight. Taking their bait will be a serious cause for regret. A comment made in anger could come back to haunt you; wait a full day to respond to upsetting remarks. The New Moon on the 17th will excite your spirit of adventure. Launching a business, going back to college or going on an overseas trip are among the possibilities. You’re tired of following the rules. Stepping out of your familiar routine will be liberating. If you’re single, you’ll meet someone special as a result of taking

a gamble. Do you have a partner? Taking a new direction will bring you closer together. On the 31st, a second Full Moon will cause disruptions on the home front. Prepare for a family quarrel.

LEO [24 JUL - 23 AUG]

Money from a job will be less than expected on the 2nd, due to a tense Full Moon. Let this be a lesson moving forward. If someone has violated a contract, you will have to get help from a legal professional to recoup your fee. Think through whether you want to go to the trouble and effort of a court battle. It may be better to cut your losses and leave this disappointment behind you. On the 17th, the New Moon helps you draw closer to someone you love. Whether you decide to move in together, get engaged or exchange vows is immaterial. The important thing is making a commitment to someone who has been loyal through good times and bad. Being the recipient of unconditional love has made you a better person. A second Full Moon on the 31st urges you to be on the alert for someone who is taking credit for your ideas.

VIRGO [24 AUG - 23 SEPT]

It will be difficult to talk sense to a friend, romantic partner or business colleague at the beginning of March. The Full Moon on the 2nd has you working at cross purposes. Although it pains you to do so, it may be necessary to step aside and allow them to make a terrible mistake. The New Moon on the 17th finds you making a fresh start with someone special. If you’ve been fighting with your amour, take this opportunity to forgive past mistakes. Are you single? You could meet someone special at a spiritual, cultural or artistic gathering. This psychic connection will be powerful and reassuring. It’s a relief to finally be with someone who understands your quirks and admires your quest for perfection. Beware of a tendency to be hypercritical with your amour. On the 31st, you may be tempted to leave a steady job. Don’t quit until you find another position.

LIBRA [24 SEPT - 23 OCT]

The Full Moon on the 2nd brings a painful secret to light. You feel betrayed by someone who kept their motives hidden from you. This manipulator will try to get back into your good graces. Don’t be fooled by their apparent apologies. Well intentioned friends might urge you to forgive and forget, but turn a deaf ear to their advice. You’re not going to be fooled again. On the 17th, the New Moon presents an ideal opportunity to start a job. Working for a company that appreciates your creative ability will be refreshing. Have you been worried about your health? This would be a good time to start a fitness regime. Improving your diet, taking regular exercise and getting more sleep will make you feel better. When you treat yourself well, others will do likewise. A second Full Moon on the 31st causes friction in a close relationship. Your partner will disapprove of your plans.

SCORPIO [24 OCT - 22 NOV]

A group project comes to fruition on the 2nd. If you’ve developed tender feelings for one of your teammates, keep them to yourself. The object of your affection has been maintaining a false front. When you get to know them outside of this alliance, you’ll see some unpleasant qualities that are highly disturbing.

If you’re looking for love, you’ll have a much better chance of finding it on the 17th. That’s when the New Moon will put you in the path of someone who excites your imagination. Are you already in a relationship? Seize a chance to showcase your creative ability. Selling your work to a publisher, boutique or gallery will be a tremendous source of pride. Word will spread of your talent and you’ll get some special commissions. On the 31st, the Full Moon will urge you to release a grudge. Dwelling on the past is making you bitter.

SAGITTARIUS (23 NOV - 21 DEC)

An embarrassing situation could occur on the 2nd, due to a tense Full Moon. Someone will try to blame you for their mistakes. Instead of getting defensive, it will be better to accept this accusation with good grace. An executive who understands the score will reward your noble attitude. The New Moon on the 17th draws an excellent property deal into your orbit. Take this opportunity to buy or sell a house. Alternatively, you could welcome someone into your household. Making space for a baby, elderly relative or roommate will be a cause for celebration. This addition to your home will make it a happy, cheerful place. Have you been arguing with a relative? Take this opportunity to extend an olive branch. Healing this breach will relieve a great deal of stress. The Full Moon on the 31st urges you to monitor the company you keep. Break ties with a shady manipulator who pretends to be your friend.

CAPRICORN [22 DEC - 20 JAN]

A creative project will get a mixed reception on the 2nd. The Full Moon has created an air of confusion. Some people will instinctively love your work, while others will simply dismiss it. Try not to take the rejection personally. Instead of letting a disappointment get you down, use it as a launch pad to future success. On the 17th, the New Moon prompts you to launch an advertising campaign, blog or writing project. Discussing a subject that is close to your heart will pave the way to strong friendships. It’s reassuring to realise others feel as passionately as you about certain books, movies and musical styles. You’re tired of feeling like an outsider. Make some alliances; they’ll serve you well in surprising ways. A second Full Moon on the 31st urges you to conserve your energy. Don’t let a person flatter you into accepting a thankless job. Protect your interests.

AQUARIUS [21 JAN - 19 FEB]

Go over your financial statements with a fine-toothed comb on the 2nd. That’s when the Full Moon will bring some troubling information to light. If you discover fraud or unauthorised activity, notify the authorities immediately. If you discover a romantic partner has been accessing your account, you must cut ties immediately. Don’t listen to lame excuses. You deserve a relationship that is founded on loyalty and trust. The New Moon on the 17th attracts a lucrative job offer. Taking this position will put you on the path of financial stability. It will also be emotionally fulfilling. Getting paid to help others will renew your faith in humanity. There are many people like you who are working hard to make the world a better place. Join forces; you won’t be sorry. A legal matter could come to a disappointing conclusion on the 31st, when a second Full Moon highlights a fundamental injustice. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2018 / 169

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