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contents the spotlight
Travel to Vienna 34
130 People: Bianca Germaux
Funky Street Art 42
132 The Vibe
Being British and the Origins of Brexit 52 Spain Live Cultural News 58
The Alhambra Palace Hotel in Granada 60
Iconic Automobilia 68 The Jaguar I-Pace 70
Ethan Hawke 76
the trend Cinema Releases 78 Sex Education Series 80 Music Mix 82 Top Reads 84 Health and Fitness Tech 86
the style Dyson – an Iconic Brand 90 Mediterranean Golden Mile Villa 96 Décor Trend: Neo Mint 104 Menchen Tomas Fashion 106 Fashion Focus: Folli Follie Jewellery 112
Caroline Wendelin 142 The Dangers of Deep Fake 143 Animal Love
the pro 146 Property: C8ncept 148 Adrián Menéndez and the ATP Challenger 150 Enterprise 156 Law: Community Services
the gourmet 161 Korean Cuisine Boom 163 Ristorante Da Vinci 164 Food News 166 Ángel León of Aponiente 168 Wine: La Rioja Alta
the guide 170 Listings 176 Stars for March
The World’s Most Expensive Skincare Products 116 Beauty Buys: Top Loose Setting Powders 118 Wearable Technology 122 Health News 124 Health Proﬁle: Rebeca Eriksen of the Executive Health Clinic 126
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elcome to our 235th edition of – it’s incredible to realise that, 20 years ago this month, we were setting up in our new ofﬁces on the Golden Mile and preparing for the magazine’s launch in May! Over the years, many people have asked us how we manage to maintain such a diverse and reader-friendly platform of topical editorial. The simplest answer is by planning ahead, brainstorming, and continually coming up with content that we ourselves are committed to exploring. This issue is no exception, with a wealth of articles coming your way in these pages. We start with a visit to magniﬁcent Vienna, a culture-seekers paradise, and we view some of the famous street art that is seriously giving vitality to all manner of international locations. We also feature iconic brand Dyson, take a spin in the new Jaguar I-Pace, and check out some tech gadgets for health and ﬁ tness. , one of our favourite actors is Ethan Hawke (who can forget Here at his incredibly natural performances in the Before trilogy?) and we review his career and savvy choice of roles selected. Finally, indulge in the Korean cuisine boom with us and savour some remarkable wines courtesy of La Rioja Alta.
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e the spotlight CULTURE HISTORY PEOPLE MOTORING TECHNOLOGY ENTERTAINMENT
Travel to Vienna
Funky Street Art
Being British and the Origins of Brexit
Spain Live Cultural News
The Alhambra Palace Hotel in Granada
The Jaguar I-Pace
VIENNA IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND CULTURAL CITIES IN EUROPE; DISCOVER WHY IT IS A VENUE THAT SHOULD BE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST. WE ALSO FEATURE COOL STREET ART, TAKE A SPIN IN THE SPEEDY JAGUAR I-PACE, AND EXPERIENCE A-LIST ACTOR, ETHAN HAWKEâ€™S CHARISMA.
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D THE SPOTLIGHT travel
From Imperial Capital to ‘Most Liveable City in the World’ Voted the most liveable city in the world for nine years in a row, the former imperial capital also known as the ‘Paris of the Danube’ has it all: culture, history, parks, grand hotels, ﬁne food, great shopping, famous music, jovial people, a beautiful setting and lots of fantastic spots to discover. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ
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The Schönbrunn Palace was the symbol of imperial Hapsburg power
t’s ofﬁcial: Vienna is the most liveable city in the world, and if results of the annual survey conducted by Mercer surprise you, chances are you haven’t spent any length of time in this absorbing city. Vienna is elegant, regal and impressive, yes, but also earthy, vibrant and interesting, so besides for living, it’s also one of Europe’s best places to visit. And, as a dealsweetener, let’s throw in hearty cuisine and a café tradition that comes with some of the best confectionary on the planet.
MONUMENTAL VIENNA Today’s Vienna is the capital of a prosperous but relatively small country, so it might surprise some to ﬁnd it such an imposing place full of grand ediﬁces,
monuments, parks, palaces and museums. That is, until you realise that for much of its history Vienna was a blue-blooded imperial capital from where large parts of Europe were governed. Throughout the Middle Ages and the classical period it was the leading city of the German-speaking world, and remained one of Europe’s ﬁnest capitals even after Austria stopped being a leading monarchy and powerbroker at the beginning of the 20th century. The result is centuries’ worth of beautiful palaces, parks and architectural splendour in a relatively compact city whose historic centre is a wonder of charming streets, squares, archways, galleries and pedestrian areas, which make it easy to discover the city on foot or by rented bicycle. Visiting Baroque monuments such as
the Hofburg, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Naturhistorisches Museum or the myriad of other erstwhile Hapsburg palaces, the sense of grandeur and history that pervades Vienna makes you realise just how imperial a capital it was. The Belvedere Palace is like a little Versailles surrounded by expansive landscaped gardens, and its views back across the city are almost as priceless as the art collection it houses. Venture a little further out and you come to the complex that personiﬁes the Hapsburg dynasty, which for so long formed the backbone of political life in Austria and far beyond. Designed to rival France’s Versailles palace, the Schönbrunn is almost as famous and almost as imposing, with 1,441 rooms set within paradisiacal manicured grounds.
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The Naturhistorisches Museum – Vienna’s museums are set in beautiful classical buildings
Using the Stephansplatz as your reference, it’s best to simply follow your nose around the elegant shopping streets and the charming little alleyways that tempt you away to discover quaint cafés, traditional eateries, art galleries and churches along the way. There is even a Greek Orthodox church situated in a particularly delightful spot right in the heart of the city, but it is the soaring spires of the Stephansdom Cathedral that will guide you back into the centre if you stray too far. The other unmistakable reference of this city is the Ringstrasse, which acts as the periphery of the inner town. Having visited the Spanish Riding School or succession of museums housed in beautiful buildings set within equally impressive parks, you may well chance upon the Ringstrasse. Built in the place of the old town walls in the mid-19th century, it’s the circular version of Paris’ Champs-Élysées – and every bit as imposing as it is lined with grand mansions, baroque churches and classical hotels. Take a traditional tram ride from the Schwedenplatz along the Ringstrasse and you’ll be able to see an impressive number of monuments within the 20-minute trip.
The Stephansdom Cathedral
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Vienna’s home of classical music
A CITY OF MUSIC AND GOOD LIVING Among the sights visible from such a tour are the many concert halls and theatres, topped in importance by the grandest of them all, the opera house known here as the Wiener Staatsoper. This beautiful ediﬁce represents the city’s proud tradition as a domain of music, art and culture, most notably of the classical variety. Lovers of opera and classical music will have found their haven in Vienna, for this is the spiritual home of Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven and many of the other names that embody the reﬁnement of classical music. Even if you’re not an aﬁcionado, going to a concert is an enriching experience, and one that is so very Viennese, like participating in its café society and sweet delicacies, tucking into its hearty cuisine and topping it off with a visit to a charming local bar to sample Austrian wine, beer and spirits. European café culture began in the aftermath of the Siege and subsequent Battle of Vienna, when the besieging Ottoman Turks were driven out by a Christian alliance led by King Sobieski of Poland. The latter found bags of coffee beans left behind, and once they’d ﬁgured out what to do with them, Europe’s coffee craze was born. It’s an enduring love affair, and when taken together with delectable cakes, biscuits and chocolates, forms one of the lasting impressions of Vienna that you will take with you. Marzipan is a big thing here, but you’ll ﬁnd almost every kind of confectionary creation, and while there is no end of wonderful cafés and tearooms in which to satisfy your sweet tooth in suitably elegant style, there are two places that visitors to Vienna should experience. Try Sacher cake at the hotel of the same name and visit the Café Central for its beautiful décor and ambience – as well as a hearty or sweet snack. There are many eateries of every kind in a sophisticated city like Vienna, but you really should try traditional Austrian food in a wonderfully ambient setting such as one of the Plachutta restaurants or similarly intimate settings. By all means indulge in some classic Wiener Schnitzel, but also try the Wollzeile, potato soups, stews, meat dishes and, when on the road, the delicious sausages, French fries and for that matter also kebabs and noodles that are on offer at street-side Imbiss snack bars. They offer an economical way of sampling local cuisine while on the move. Strauss, whose waltzes are for ever associated with this city of music and culture
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One of the most important opera houses in the world: the Staatsoper
A bustling city rich in international inspiration
Views across Vienna and the Danube
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Blumenrad, Ferris wheel, Prater Park
Hundertwasser House, Vienna
ALTERNATIVE VIENNA The city also boasts some attractions that drive home the point that Vienna isn’t all about classical elegance and regal pomp and ceremony. You may want to visit the Sigmund Freud Museum, bearing in mind that the man who founded modern psychology spent much of his career here, or head over to the otherworldly forms of the Vienna Secession building (Künstlerhaus), so named after the association of architects and artists who led the Austrian design movement during the Art Nouveau period. Prominent among them were famous names such as Gustav Klimt – whose museum is one of the city’s top cultural
attractions – Joseph Maria Olbrich and Koloman Moser. The building looks like a Babylonian UFO landed in the middle of the city and forms a must-see opportunity for anyone who loves art and design, but it meets its equal in the almost Gaudi-esque Hundertwasser house designed by the architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. True to his colourful name – which was actually Friedrich Stowasser – his creations convert even social housing into a wonderful Lord of the Rings type discovery. For an excursion of a more earthly nature there is also the expansive Prater Park, which houses a permanent
amusement park capped by a planetarium and the famous Ferris wheel (Wiener Riesenrad) which, besides being a Vienna icon from which you can enjoy fantastic views across the city, has also been widely featured in popular culture – notably the Bond movie, The Living Daylights. For another, even more romantic perspective of this most enchanting of cities, take a cruise on the Danube River or, if you are there at that time of year, visit what are described as the best Christmas markets in the world. Either way, you will come away understanding just why Vienna is considered to be the most liveable city in the world. e
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ot so long ago, if someone sprayed grafﬁti on your garden wall you’d have reported it to the police and got out your bucket of whitewash. Today you’re more likely to be calling Christies for a valuation – it could be a Banksy! Picasso was so right when he said ‘Every act of creation begins with an act of destruction’. Yesterday’s criminal vandalism has evolved into art as collectible as a Jackson Pollock. Instead of being given an ASBO, some ‘perps’ are making small fortunes in commercial spinoffs from their illegal daubs. Banksy’s net worth is estimated to be $20million and he started out not even trying to make money. Grafﬁti flourished in the petri dish of 1960s social unrest when it was associated with yobbery, illiteracy, obscenity and terrorism by paint gun. The anarchic punk rock and hip-hop movements of the 1970s and 80s gave it wings and the hit-and-run ‘throw-up’ gave way to detailed stencils and mega-scale murals that even the most unappreciative members of the public could recognise as art. Wikipedia lists several hundred ‘notable’ artists who began their careers defacing walls and are now showing at mainstream galleries under ‘tags’ (signatures) like Mr Brainwash from Los Angeles and Lady Pink from New York. But no one has done more to shake up the snooty art world and raise the street cred of the grafﬁti artist than Banksy, Britain’s mysterious guerrilla El Greco who strikes with his stencils and spray paint under cover of darkness or walks brazenly into museums to hang hoax pieces in broad daylight. The audacious artist has not only legitimised criminal damage but made it a credible career choice. In art circles they call it ‘the Banksy Effect’.
“He’s constantly in the headlines and that’s reflected in how his work sells,” said Gareth Williams of Bonhams, which started selling Banksy paintings in 2003 for under $2,000 (now you need to add three more noughts). “Buyers love his work, but also love the story of this unknown artist who’s taken on the art world and succeeded.” His self-destructing Girl with Balloon canvas that shredded itself in its frame as the gavel came down at Christies last October was a ﬁne example. Sold for $1.2million, the tattered version was retitled Love is in the Bin and is worth double. The world has turned polychromic from the outpouring of art on city streets, now used to promote everything from Visit Britain to Game of Thrones to American presidential campaigns. Far from getting out that bucket of whitewash, cities from Auckland to Zeebrugge are dipping into the public purse to beautify their ugly concrete with murals – some of such scale they would have terriﬁed Michelangelo. Banksy walking tours in Bristol, his supposed home town, draw thousands of tourists. Meanwhile, paint and spray guns have become way more sophisticated and many of the artists themselves are going legit and applying for permits for the spaces they paint. Grafﬁti may have lost some of its outlaw cool but the answer to the million dollar question – Is it art? – is more likely to be a ‘Yes’.
You’ve ‘ been Banksyed His high-proﬁle stunts are legendary. The ﬁrst three are from his self-proclaimed New York ‘residency’. No wonder Mayor Bloomberg was rattled! Z Sirens of the Lamb – A slaughterhouse delivery van ﬁlled with squeaking soft animal toys touring the meatpacking district, sirens full blast. Z A ﬁbreglass sculpture of Ronald McDonald with a human shoeshine boy polishing his toecaps, parked up at a different branch of the burger joint every day for a month. Z The Central Park pop-up stall selling ‘100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases’ for $60 each. With no signposting or gallery cache, only eight paintings sold – estimated worth $200,000 apiece. Z At London Zoo, he climbed into the penguin enclosure and painted ‘We’re bored of ﬁsh’ in two-metre high letters. Z He planted fake cave art at London’s British Museum. The lump of concrete depicting a prehistoric ﬁgure pushing a supermarket trolley remained there for three days before anyone noticed it. Z He distributed 500 hoax copies of Paris Hilton’s debut CD, Paris, to UK record stores featuring the socialite’s head replaced with her chihuahua Tinkerbell’s. Music tracks were given titles such as Why Am I Famous? Several copies bought before stores could remove them resold on eBay for up to £750. Z In 2017, he opened the Walled Off Hotel just metres from the West Bank Wall separating Palestine from Israel. Advertised ‘the worst view in the world’, it scores 5 star reviews on Trip Advisor.
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Who is Banksy?
e’s the Scarlett Pimpernel of anti-establishment urban art everyone’s heard of yet nobody knows. Active for three decades, Oscar-nominated (for his documentary Exit via the Gift Shop), 2014 Webby Awards Person of the Year, his identity remains a mystery to all except, perhaps, the taxman. Apparently even his parents think he’s a painter and decorator. The best guess is he’s Bristolian Robin Gunningham, born in 1974, expelled from public school onto the streets which he proceeded to cover with his witty antiestablishment satire, soon turning to speedier stencils to avoid the clutches of the cops.
John Travolta in Pulp Fiction ﬁring bananas instead of guns – or just words, puns, ironies, incitements... He often signs ‘This wall Is a designated grafﬁti area’ and within hours it’s covered in tags. His image of guerrilla artist with a social conscience is carefully cultivated but despite his antipathy for the traditional art gallery system, he also works for money (Dennis Hopper and the Pitt-Jolies are former clients). He is his own agent, selling only through his online Pest Control Ofﬁce – the only ofﬁcial body that can authenticate your Banksy print – IF it was produced for commercial sale. His free anarchic stuff that gets chiselled off walls with diamond chain saws by crack teams of masked ‘art gatherers’ will never get one. Not everyone loves Banksy – including ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg who set NYPD’s anti-vandal squad onto him during his uninvited ‘artist’s STREET ART HAS ITS OWN LANGUAGE. residency’ in 2013, when HERE ARE 10 TERMS YOU SHOULD KNOW: the renegade artist staged one AmericaA HAT A trustworthy artist (acronym for Honour Among shaming ‘spectacle’ Thieves) HEAVENS Spots that are challenging to acquire in extremely in the city a day. But desirable locations LOCK-ON Sculpture in public spaces, generally how times change. padlocked or chained to street furniture MASSACRE When municipal When he returned authorities take down or paint over the art MURAL Large scale wall art to the Big Apple last that requires signiﬁcant skill to paint STENCIL Designs pre-cut out of year to wreak more cardboard or similar to reproduce quality images quickly and repeatedly artistic havoc, most SUBVERTISING Making satirical alterations to advertising hoardings of his work was left TAG A stylised artist’s signature THROW-UP A quick-and-dirty intact. The Guardian newspaper claimed a rare interview in 2003, prior to his ﬁrst gallery show, describing him as ‘white, scruffy-casual, silver tooth, ...a cross between Jimmy Nail and Mike Skinner of the Streets.’ Banksy – if indeed it was he – told them the high he gets from his clandestine career was ‘better than sex and drugs’. His darkly humorous manifesto has covered every social scandal, from child abuse in the Catholic Church to slave labour in the rag trade, worked in monochrome with an occasional splash of colour. He’s given us rats with drills, monkeys with weapons of mass destruction, Samuel Jackson and
style of design, handy if the cops are about. YARN BOMBING Covering street furniture, trees or railings with crochet
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4 Street Artists to watch 1 – KURT WENNER The pioneer of anamorphic pavement art in the early 1980s, his jaw-dropping work draws the viewer
in literally. The Michigan artist creates a grid of the painting and reproduces it on the ground square by square to achieve the illusion of soaring heights and depths on flat surfaces. His 2014 Guinness World Record-breaking megalodon shark, a quarter of a mile to walk around, is to be reprised for another record attempt at this year’s international Sarasota and Venice Chalk Festivals in Florida. 2 – BLEK LE RAT The father of stencil grafﬁti, 66-year-old French artist Xavier Prou has inspired a generation of artists including Banksy who said: “Every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I ﬁnd out Blek le Rat has done it 20 years earlier.” His tag references French cartoon Blek le Roc and he considers the rat (an anagram for art) as a symbol of freedom and the street art movement. 3 – EDUARDO KOBRA The poor kid from São Paulo grew up to be one of Brazil’s most celebratyed street artists. His murals are instantly identiﬁable for their massive scale, kaleidoscopic colour and photo-realistic effect. He uses his art to campaign against pollution, global warming, deforestation and war. His mural for the 2016 Olympics in Rio holds the Guinness World Record for the largest piece of grafﬁti art. 4 – STIK His work commands six ﬁgure sums but he once lived rough on the streets of his native East London where his monumental-sized stick ﬁgures ﬁrst attracted attention, creating a narrative without words. Today he works worldwide, frequently on self-funded social projects in aid of hospitals, charities and homeless organisations. He only authenticates his work when 100% of the money goes back into the community. 5 – FRANK SHEPARD FAIREY This South Carolina Fine Arts graduate got into street art through his passion for skateboarding and punk rock. He became a household name for his Barack Obama Hope poster, which the Democratic candidate adopted for his electoral campaign. He has designed ads for Pepsi, record covers for Led Zeppelin and The Black Eyed Peas and his work is hung at The Smithsonian, the MoMa and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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1 1 – BERLIN The city’s East Side Gallery along what remains of the Berlin Wall is still a grafﬁti icon. The 1.3km
stretch was gifted to artists when the rest was torn down in 1989 and it’s constantly changing as famous murals are retouched and new art added. 2 – WORLDWIDE US artist Robert Wyland’s Whaling Walls was a monumental 27-year quest to promote marine conservation with 100 life-size whale murals around the globe. One of the largest art-in-public-places projects in history, spanning ﬁve continents, 17 countries, and 79 cities, the last whale was completed in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics. 3 – THE BOWERY WALL, NEW YORK This massive wall on New York’s Lower East Side has become the Holy Grail for street artists since the late great Keith Haring painted it unofﬁcially in 1982. Today it’s a seasonally-changing invitation-only space. Banksy has had that honour as did American artist Ron English in 2015 with his Incredible Hulk baby, Temper Tot. 4 – RIO DE JANEIRO Olympic Boulevard showcases the world’s largest mural – a 3,000m2 billboard depicting ﬁve indigenous tribes based on the ﬁve Olympic rings. Created by Eduardo Kobra for the 2016 Olympic Games with 500 gallons of liquid paint and 3,000 cans of spray paint, it’s the crown jewel in this Brazilian city of street art gems. 5 – MELBOURNE The city is known as the Stencil Capital of the World but Hosier Lane is the showpiece. Covered in wild wall-to-wall grafﬁti, tourists make a beeline here to walk along its cobbled bluestones. Better still, every other gaudily-painted building is a cocktail bar.
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D THE SPOTLIGHTbrexit
Quite apart from the to and fro deliberations about Brexit and its many implications, it is interesting to ponder the concept of Britishness and how this led directly to the process we’re now witnessing.
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BRITISH AND THE ORIGINS
OF BREXIT O
k, I’ll say it: Brexit is inextricably linked with the uniquely British sense of identity as a concept of being ‘different’. Of course, we’re all different; different individually, by nationality, etcetera, but the British have a sense of differentness that forms the very core of their national identity. It’s not for nothing that Brits are not exactly famous for learning languages or assimilating into host cultures, and the fact that anyone who is not British is forever a foreigner – even if it is the Briton who resides in someone else’s country – reflects
a mentality that is, indeed, very different from most modern nations.
THE BEEF WITH THE EU Brexit is about dissatisfaction with the EU, but really comes from a different place. The practical issues people have with the EU are ﬁrstly not shared by all Britons and secondly, are felt equally strongly among much of the population of Northwestern Europe. They centre above all upon factors such as the loss of national identity and sovereignty,
unnecessary bureaucracy, red tape and waste, an oversized behemoth of an organisation that forces its will upon individual nations and does not listen to the public but wastes a lot of energy and resources on trivial and intrusive matters, as well as issues with corporatism, globalisation, oligarchy, security and uncontrolled immigration. A lot of British people have issues with the above, but so do people across Europe. Many of the points of dissatisfaction shared by citizens, business owners, scholars and
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politicians are based upon tangible facts, others are exaggerated popular beliefs, but either way there is enough groundswell support not for the dissolution of the European Union but for its reform, to make this something that should indeed be on the table in the capitals of Europe – and above all in Brussels. The fact that this is not the case proves many of the detractors of the EU right in their criticism, yet so far only one country has enacted its own personal dissolution with the EU.
THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EU What I am saying is that the ‘decision’ by the British public to leave the EU is not one grounded in rational facts and considerations, but driven by emotion, perception and nationalism. The fact that it was the UK and none of the other European countries that has enacted separation comes from Britain’s unique relationship with the EU, and this again is the product of the unique British sense of self-identity.
A little historical perspective is always enlightening in this regard. The UK never joined the EU out of any real desire to become part of Europe, but did so out of dire need. De Gaulle knew this and therefore wished to keep the British out of Europe, fearing that they would become a divisive force within the European Economic Community. Or worse, a Trojan Horse forcing America’s agenda upon Europeans still trying to hold on to a system of social democracy and buffering US-driven big business interests.
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The Britain that joined the EU was down at heel, RENEWED ASSERTIVENESS/ARROGANCE suffering from a huge war debt to the US, the end of its The renewed sense of assertiveness (if you’re British)/arrogance (if colonial mercantilist economic system (enforced through rapid you’re not), is a subject of perspective – i.e. whether you’re on the giving decolonisation by those same Americans), an outdated infrastructure or receiving end of it – but it was perhaps the greatest legacy left by and crippling trade union activism. In short, it was woefully Thatcher, whose conservative romanticism of a glorious Britain bathed uncompetitive in the new global market and had fallen behind the modern, in the light of her former imperial status seeped through British society prosperous social democracies of Scandinavia, the Benelux, Germany and – from the university halls and private gentlemen’s clubs to the pubs France. The UK joined the common market in 1973, having been overtaken by Italy in per capita GDP, making it the fourth largest economy in Europe. and football grounds. By the time the British television began adding The years that followed were not easy, but through hard work and the the word ‘great’ to everything British, from Great British Cakes and Great amputating surgery of Margaret Thatcher the patient emerged healthy into British Potatoes to Great British Summer and Great British Swim, the the 1990s, with renewed vigour and self-conﬁdence. In the ensuing years population had been well primed to once again grab on to its unique the UK would become the most business-friendly part of Europe, identity of differentness – which in practise translates as specialness – helped by flexible labour laws and an effective legal system, and and believe it could take on the world alone again, together with the USA. London built upon its status as the global ﬁnancial capital The ‘Special Relationship’ fostered between Thatcher and Reagan to also become the centre of interest for HNWIs from played a direct role in this process, as it gave the much-reduced Britain that around the world, be they business tycoons or had retreated ‘West of Suez’ a bolstered sense of power and importance in oligarchs. relationship to similarly sized powers such as France and Germany. The role created was that, together with the USA, Britain would protect the world from itself and ﬁght the good ﬁght for freedom and democracy, as seen in Afghanistan and especially Iraq, where said NATO allies France and Germany were publicly made out to be cowards for not wanting to engage in what has since been conﬁrmed to be an illegal war in terms of international law and the very rules that the West is meant to hold dear. However, another outcome of the Special Relationship is that you will see no George Bush Jr. or Tony Blair at the International Court in The Hague, and yes, many believe that the true nature of the Special Relationship was Britain’s role in opening up the European continent to American corporatist globalist interests.
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THE BRITISH SENSE OF BEING DIFFERENT
duke of another, and vassal to its king, is a bit like Steve Jobs being CEO of Apple while also working as a director of Microsoft under Bill Gates. In other words, an untenable situation that eventually led to war. I’ll spare you the details of the Hundred Years War, sufﬁce it to say that when the Norman Plantagenet rulers of England lost the war to the Valois rulers of France, they saw their ties with Normandy severed and had to foster a sense of nationalism to survive. Both England and France, as well as the concept of the nation state in general, emerged out of this conflict, which gradually saw the English monarchy and aristocracy replace French with English as their own language. In other words, Britain and its people and culture are intrinsically European and closely interwoven with Europe, but it is from this point onwards that the British/English sense of being different was promoted – pervading everyday life in everything from the language (as in the Great Vowel Movement) to the subtle but marked differences in how holidays, traditions and festivities are observed.
So, if De Gaulle was right and the British do not feel themselves to be European and only joined the EU out of need and in reality prefer the USA as a pragmatic partner, then is this because they really are different? The answer is no. Britain, like most European nations today, is made up of multicultural, multiracial individuals whose very core loyalties may in some cases not even be with their host nation, but even ethnic Britons in the pure sense are European ‘immigrants’ who at some point over the past several thousands of years have crossed the short distance from the mainland. In terms of DNA, English, Welsh, Scots and Northern Irish represent a mix as seen in other parts of Western Europe, including Celtic associations with France, Basque-Iberian bloodlines, Roman influence and Germanic links with Scandinavia and Northwestern Europe. The Gaelic languages reflect many of these ties, as does English, which evolved from the Low proto-German spoken in the area around the German Bight (the zone between the northern Netherlands and Germany to west Denmark) as Angles, Jutes, Saxons and Frisians invaded the British Isles. Old and Middle English were similar in sound and structure to contemporary Dutch, and it is with the influence of French, from the Norman invaders of the 11th century, that the language acquired a softer tone and a greatly ampliﬁed vocabulary. The Norman French would also be partly responsible for the creation of the unique sense of English nationhood, and indeed the equally idiosyncratic sense of French nationhood, for when a certain Norman French Duke called William conquered England in 1066, he set a train of events in motion. Becoming king of one country when you’re the
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BRITISHNESS = BREXIT
By Victorian times the British people felt truly different – and superior – to all, driven by no need to make concessions or get on with anyone else as they ran a great empire, but when the country joined the EEC in 1973 the situation had changed, and a humbled UK agreed to go metric and assimilate into modern Europe. De Gaulle’s objection was based on the belief that Britain harboured a “deep-seated hostility to any pan-European project,” and yes, from the outset it resisted many of the measures to which it had agreed when joining Europe. The British need to drive on the other side of the road or to cling to antiquated measures such as the mile and foot (both Roman), Fahrenheit (Polish-Silesian) and 14 pounds in a stone (English) worked as an obstruction to the European project from day one, and though the UK is ofﬁcially metric, even today there is a great deal of confusion as many are only familiar with the old system. Such matters are symbolic of a Britain that never wanted to be in the EU, never felt European and believes it is separate and indeed superior to it. Germans are subtly different to the Dutch and the French, who are subtly different from the Italians, etcetera, but British people largely reject their European heritage in favour of an overexaggerated sense of national difference. In much the same way, the decision for Brexit wasn’t so much a factual one – for all the true facts and lies thrown about – but the product of a wave of nationalism driven by this sense of differentness that has deﬁned the way the British see the world for a few centuries now. Most of us don’t much like the way the EU has gone, but the difference between the UK and the other European nations is that in the latter old-fashioned nationalistic chauvinism – or differentness – has largely disappeared. The fact that it is still strong in the UK is the ultimate reason behind the decision (51.9% vs 48.1%) to board a ship with no clear destination. e
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This musical, showing indeﬁnitely in Madrid, is undoubtedly one of the cultural highlights of the year. Its Broadway version has received great critical acclaim from The New York Times and Variety. It tells the tale of a young girl who escaped from St. Petersburg to Paris during the Bolshevik revolution, only to discover her regal identity years later. i www.anastasiamusical.es
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Until March 7
Feast your eyes on over 70 original works by Banksy, to be shown for the ﬁrst time in Spain. At Espacio 5.1 of IFEMA. Featuring works like Napalm, Jack and Hill, and Love Is In The Air. i www.banksyexhibition.es
Until May 19
Leonardo Da Vinci This much anticipated exhibition, held to commemorate the 500th
anniversary of Da Vinci’s death, has been commissioned by Spanish actor, presenter, and writer, Christian Gálvez. It bears the stamp of the Leonardo DNA Project, which features the work of genetic specialists, historians, and archaeologists, all of whom are aiming to discover mysteries about Da Vinci through his DNA.
IX Ruta del Cocido Madrileño
The cocido madrileño is one of Madrid’s most lauded dishes. Sample it many times over by dining at the numerous establishments forming part of La Ruta del Cocido Madrileño. Approximately 43 restaurants will be taking part, including famed institutions like La Bola, Casa Carola, and Los Galayos. i www.rutadelcocidomadrileño.com
MADRID >>> Until March 31
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He is one of the hottest A-listers on the worldwide pop scene. Shawn Mendes has brought many big hits to life, including Stitches, In My Blood, and Treat You Better. At the Palau San Jordi. i www.global-tickets.com
Until March 9
The 23rd Festival de Jerez will feature top level flamenco performances at the Teatro Villamarta. Featuring a blend of flamenco ballet, song, and flamenco fusion by the very latest artists on the scene – including Alfredo Tejada, Juan de Mairena, and Manuel Tañé. i www.festivaldejerez.es
She is hands down one of the most lauded voices in flamenco. Estrella Morente will be performing at the BCN Guitar Festival, at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. i www.ticketea.com
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at the Alhambra Palace Hotel It is the stuff fairytales are made of and one of the most visited spots in Andalucía. The Alhambra Palace has inspired works of ﬁction, art, and poetry, as well as architecture – with the ﬁve-star Alhambra Palace Hotel just a few metres away, exuding the same exotic vibe as the enchanting palace itself. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE HOTEL ALHAMBRA PALACE
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he Alhambra Palace Hotel has been standing since 1910, but it wasn’t until 2017 that it achieve five-star status. Boasting beautiful al fresco terraces, traditional Arab-Andalusian design, and interiors that faithfully recreate many of La Alhambra’s most dazzling corners, it is the ideal getaway for the luxury tourist wishing to experience the magic of ancient times for the length of their stay in Granada. The Hotel is imposing but still has a boutique feel, its 108 rooms all paying homage to Granada’s Arabian influence in many ways – from touches such as crafted wooden doors to graceful archways, and elegant headboards whose curves and detailed work make it very easy to imagine what life in the original palace must have been like. The Hotel Alhambra Palace has a wide selection of rooms, comprising four suites, six deluxe superior rooms, 12 junior suites, 45 classic city views, and 41 classic exterior views. All were renovated in 2017 and boast views to different zones, including the Alhambra forest, and the busy city. Rooms are light-filled and modern, despite their intricate ceilings, bathrooms, and passageways. The design strikes the perfect blend between tradition and innovation, with comfort playing an important role – as can be gathered from the sizeable beds, cosy seating areas, and spacious living rooms. One of the most beautiful rooms has got to be the Junior Suite, with its Arabian inspired ceiling, romantically crafted headboard, and Arabian wood-crafted windows and doors. The sizeable living room is ideal both for business people greeting colleagues as it is for families, since there is plenty of space to relax and enjoy good conversation. The Hotel is home to an excellent restaurant providing traditional meat and
fish dishes served with avante-garde artistry. Guests can enjoy a light tapas snack, or a traditional three-course meal. It has taken home various prizes, including the coveted Plato de oro de Radio Turismo. The restaurant has an interior dining area, but the ultimate spot for a romantic meal has got to be the panoramic terrace, with a view over the lush greenery and historic city centre, from whose lofty heights it is possible to feel just a little regal. Another great venue for a drink is the lobby bar, finely crafted in wood and graced with exquisite archways, designer lighting, and traditional furniture and Persian carpets. The Hotel Alhambra Palace is a pleasant 20-minute walk from the city centre, where visitors can enjoy a wealth of theatrical, musical, and artistic pursuits. As you make your way through the romantic streets of Granada, you are also bound to discover many wonderful Arabian tea houses and restaurants (both outdoor and indoor) serving tapas and beer with a knockout view of the Alhambra. Of course, when you arrive at the Hotel, you should ask the staff about the numerous events taking place at the Hotel itself. Management recently committed to take part in the Año Cero cultural programme, which aims to unite the seemingly disparate worlds of the arts and sciences. The Hotel’s own ‘teatrillo’ (‘little theatre’) will be home to various cultural events, presented by prestigious writers, actors, and celebrities. The ideal time to visit the Hotel Alhambra Palace would be just about now – when the peak summer season is far away, and the weather is still cool enough to enjoy romantic walks along the Alhambra Palace and the city centre. The original Palace is way up on a hill so bring good walking shoes and your very best camera! i www.h-alhambrapalace.es
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ROLLS-ROYCE’S ‘THE SPIRIT OF ECSTASY’
I recently saw a TV program about the Bentley Bentayga, the signature 4×4 developed by the luxury brand and launched in late 2015 to appeal to a new market and selling at signiﬁcantly over £200,000. Jack Barclay’s iconic showroom, named after Bentley’s racing ace and one time holder of eight world records in the classic 3 litre class in London’s Berkeley Square, has been updated to cater for this new market with an extensive and slightly brutal makeover. WORDS MARK FR WILKINS
don’t want to sound at all grumpy old bloke about this development. The car certainly does look reﬁned and comfortable, albeit that it could be easily mistaken for an Audi Q7 or Q8, but I get a little worried by the need for brands to extend, to reach out to a new market. Arguably the brand needs updating but should they resist the temptation of simply following the crowd? After all Lamborghini, a VW Group stablemate of Bentley, has also done it with the Urus and there are probably lessons to be learned. Or is it that these cars are intended to be highly aspirational but are simply, and regrettably, just not special enough. The Bentayga has the familiar B logo on the bonnet but the bonnet ornament – the chrome winged B is no longer. Sadly, it seems a thing of the past. Well, not for all manufacturers and being fair to Bentley, the iconic winged B does still appear on the bonnet of the beautiful Bentley Mulsanne. Originally conceived as a way of making a dull radiator cover more attractive, only Rolls-Royce continues the ﬁne tradition of bonnet ornaments. Arguably the most iconic of these pieces of classic automobilia is, of course, The Spirit of Ecstasy. In 1909 the then Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, a family inextricably linked to the world of motor cars and the founder of The Car Illustrated, sought something distinctive for the bonnet of his new Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. He commissioned sculptor Charles Robinson Sykes to produce a limited run of four
ﬁgurines that became known as The Whisperer. Some myth and legend surrounds the model, the sculptor’s muse, but it is said to be the Lord’s secret love, Eleanor Velasco Thornton, a Secretary from his ofﬁce. Ms. Thornton is depicted in flowing robes with her index ﬁnger to her lips, perhaps keeping their love a secret? The affair is rumoured to have endured for over ten years. Rolls-Royce initially took a dim view as to the appropriateness of these ornaments. However in 1909, co-founder Claude Johnson, commissioned Sykes to invoke the mythical beauty of Nike – the Goddess of Victory – to produce a digniﬁed and graceful mascot. Sykes wasn’t so impressed by the brief but preferred to deliver the beautiful, The Spirit of Ecstasy. It was a clear variation of The Whisperer, but Johnson was very pleased with Sykes’ creation on its arrival in February 1911. Royce, however, who was then terminally ill, felt it disturbed the driver’s view! Initially an optional extra, by the early 1920’s the ﬁgurine was ﬁtted as standard. Given changes to coachwork, various versions of The Spirit of Ecstasy were used and in 1934 Sykes was again commissioned to produce a kneeling version for the Phantom IV. As of 2003, the Phantom model and all subsequent versions carry a reduced Spirit of Ecstasy, only 3 inches tall and mounted onto a spring-loaded cradle that retracts when hit or the engine is turned off. Some years and a smart use of technology resulted in this retractable mount that clearly suggests Rolls-Royce’s determination to ensure the longevity of their iconic sculpture. While the majority are stainless steel, a frosted crystal Spirit of Ecstasy, an illuminated version, is a factory option. Rolls-Royce, a late entrant to the SUV market has launched the indomitable Cullinan – a 6.8 litre, 563 bhp, all-wheel drive – and yes, along with the polo match picnic seating secreted beneath the boot floor, as you’d expect, The Spirit of Ecstasy, sits proudly on the bonnet.
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René Lalique F ounded in 1888 by René-Jules Lalique, the French jeweller and glassmaker had by 1890 opened his ﬁrst workshop in Paris’ Opera District at 20, Rue Thérèse. From this new location he experimented with glass and enamel fused with diamonds and gold to create some astonishingly beautiful statement jewellery. He usually stamped his Art Nouveau creations with the distinctive sword and ‘RL’ motif. During his years of study at Paris’ École des Arts Décoratifs and continued studies in Sydenham, SE London, Lalique’s apprenticeship included providing design services for companies such as Cartier, among other household names. By 1905 he had become very well known for his jewellery and opened a retail shop at 24, Place Vendôme in Paris. The new store was adjacent to that of François Coty, the noted Corsican parfumier, for whom Lalique started making perfume bottles, in the Art Deco style, for Coty’s broad range of products including Ambre Antique, Héliotrope, and Styx. In 1921, Lalique opened his glassworks in Wingensur-Moder in the Eastern French Province of Alsace. From here he further developed his signature style
through the contrast of combining clear and frosted glass manufactured using the cire perdue or ‘lost wax’ technique. Between 1925 and 1931, Lalique’s new factory focused on glass car bonnet ornaments. These wonderful frosted glass mascots, which could be illuminated for maximum effect, graced the bonnets and radiator covers of cars designed by Hispano Suiza, Bugatti and Bentley. The Breves Gallery in London’s Knightsbridge was retained by Lalique to sell to British customers and they subsequently acquired commercial rights to Lalique mascots for the world. The name Breves Gallery London was stamped on each mascot’s mount. The mounting rings offered by the Breves Gallery meant that the car’s owner could add to the aesthetic of their already beautifully-styled cars by the addition of these mascots. This often meant that they appeared on a variety of different manufacturers vehicles. During this era, a range of twenty-nine designs was made available including the famous Sirene (Mermaid) statuette, which was available in two sizes. Lalique also sold the same products mounted on a metal or glass base as a paperweight. These include the Large Dragonfly, Five Horses – the ﬁrst mascot to be commissioned in 1925 for use on the Citroen’s 5CV – Victoire (Spirit of the Wind) – which originally sold for £2-12/6. Vitesse, Chrysis, and Longchamps are personal favourites. The base of each genuine Lalique glass mascot is signed with a stamped, moulded or etched signature that usually reads ‘R. Lalique’. Seven of the original designs appear in the current Lalique catalogue. These include Chrysis, Eagle’s Head and Cock’s Head. Lalique & Co, which ceased to be in family ownership in 2008, sells these designs as paperweights. Inevitable Heath and Safety concerns have weighted heavily on the car mascot market. Since 1968 in the USA and 1974 in Europe, cars have had to conform to rigorous rules governing exterior projections that are ﬁxed to their bonnets. As we know, Rolls-Royce invested heavily and devised a retractable solution. Mercedes-Benz also developed a spring-loaded flexible mount that folds on impact. i More articles from Aestheticons – the Home of Curated Design can be seen on www.aestheticons.wordpress.com
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JAGUAR I-PACE ELECTRIC SUV/CROSSOVER Despite the fact that electric vehicles only account for a tiny percentage of worldwide sales, manufacturers are making major commitments towards their future and spending billions in the process. Not too long ago, it would have been hard to imagine Jaguar producing any kind of SUV, but it now markets several, the latest of which is the I-Pace battery electric crossover. Like many rivals, Jaguar is planning on an all-electric future so the I-Pace is just the start. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF JAGUAR
aguar could easily have based the I-Pace on the company’s compact E-Pace model, but it opted for larger and roomier bodywork, possibly to position it as a competitor for Tesla’s popular Model X crossover, which is a fair amount more expensive than the Jag. The I-Pace sets new standards in the field of luxury SUVs and is as good-looking and capable as any rival out
there. It has been described as a 5-seater sports car, probably with some justification. The vehicle was designed and engineered in the UK and is being built at a factory in Austria. It’s easy to recognise the aluminium-bodied I-Pace as a Jaguar with its black honeycomb grille and Jaguar-head badge at its centre. The vehicle has a passing resemblance to
its F-Pace and E-Pace siblings at Jaguar but it has a sportier, more hunkered-down look about it. It’s a sleek, performance-oriented product and it confirms this with zero to 100 km/h times in the 4.5-second range. It may not be the kind of product Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons had in mind when he penned the ‘Grace, Space and Pace’ slogan, but it delivers on all counts.
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Like other electric vehicles, the I-Pace has a fascinating technological spec sheet. Twin concentric electric motors offer a combined 394-horsepower, an impressive ﬁgure, especially when considering the excellent torque such power sources generate. A 90 kWh battery provides a very worthwhile range of 394 kilometres, which should ease owners’ range anxiety problems. Using a quick-charge supply, 80 per cent of charge can be achieved in around 40-minutes. Home charging is an overnight job. Battery technology continues to improve as more EVs are sold and 500 km should be in reach very soon by vehicles of comparable size and design. In the cabin, the I-Pace offers all the luxury touches buyers of the make desire. Naturally, the interior features numerous infotainment and communications systems, all of which add up to a vehicle that’s very easy to live day-to-day with. Firsts for Jaguar
include dual touch screens on the dash, one of which is a 10-inch unit. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available as standard and also included is Software-Over-the-Air (SOTA) that allows owners to wirelessly update vehicle systems. Jaguar is offering various trim levels initially, though all have the same powertrain. This EV is certainly the most intriguing Jaguar to arrive for some time. With the I-Pace’s impressive performance, lengthy range, good looks and luxury features, Jaguar believes it has created the most desirable EV on the market. The luxury performance EV segment promises to heat up quickly with rivals from Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and even Cadillac all under development. Right now, the Tesla Model X dominates the market for EVs in this performance and price range, but the I-Pace should take quite a bite out of that over the next year or two. e
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Ethan Hawke was just another young kid in America trying to make it big when he landed the role that would mark him as a talent to watch out for: that of Todd Anderson in Dead Poets Society – one of Robin William’s most highly acclaimed ﬁlms and a work that pleaded to parents to recognise and foster their child’s passions. Hawke had joined a hugely talented cast of young actors that included Robert Sean Leonard, who played Neil Perry – a young boy who takes his life after his parents attempt to stiﬂe his acting career. Ethan Hawke’s character is the most straight-laced yet sensitive of Neil’s friends, one whose life is completely transformed through his friendship with Neil, and through the loss of his best friend. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS
than Hawke always differed from Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Matt Damon – so much so that many critics considered him a ‘scrufﬁer alternative’ to these A-listers. In an industry in which time seems to sweep over everyone else except Hollywood stars, Hawke has allowed the wrinkles and grey hair to surface. Perhaps his aim was never to be a heartthrob, but just an actor ready to portray roles that suited his physique and personality. He became a ﬁgurehead for Generation X in 1994 hit, Reality Bites. Hawke played Troy – a lost, non-committal twenty-something who doesn’t admit his feelings for the female lead (played by Winona Ryder) until it is almost too late. As noted by The Ringer, his slacker/
intellectually superior persona could have plagued the rest of his career, except that he then decided to play offtype. Before Sunrise was born in 1995 – one of the most beautiful, real, pulsating love stories many of us have seen; an absolutely perfect vehicle for Hawke to reveal his quirky, sweet, appealing side. Before Sunrise would pair Ethan Hawke up with a genius who is arguably his strongest influence, Richard Linklater, the deeply committed director who would rely on Hawke for his tour de force: Boyhood – a masterpiece that was ﬁlmed over the course of 10 years with the same actors. Boyhood suited Hawke’s simple, sensitive acting style to a tee. He plays the boy’s well-intentioned but rather irresponsible father to perfection.
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ISTER A-L ED Before Sunrise was also special because it would pair him up with the Doris Day to his Rock Hudson, Julie Delpy. The film covers just one day and night in the life of a couple of twentysomethings who get off a train in Vienna and share a night of passionate conversation. So natural is the dialogue that most audiences thought the film was ad-libbed. In fact, every word was scripted – testimony to the actors’ natural style and their strong chemistry. Before Sunrise would turn into one of three ‘holy grail’ films in the romance genre. The following two – Before Sunset and Before Midnight – would rejoin Hawke and Delpy various years down the track, giving us the happy ending we all deserved (fans are still awaiting the fourth flick, featuring Hawke and Delpy as grandparents – though we suspect it will probably never happen). Why simply focus on the past, though? Ethan Hawke has so many great projects up his sleeve.
Last year, he played a faded singer-songwriter in Juliet, Naked. If you haven’t seen this one yet and you love romantic comedies with a bit of soul, try to get your hands on it. The film is based on Nick Hornby’s best-selling novel of the same name. Hawke’s character (Tucker Crowe) becomes besotted with a young woman (Annie – played by Rose Byrne) who reviews his new work negatively. Crowe has five children from four different mothers, and struggles to commit to anyone, but manages to redeem himself in the end (in a very unexpected way – no spoilers here). Currently, Hawke is working on an exciting role – that of Nikola Tesla in the upcoming film, Tesla. He has also completed work on four films to be released in 2019. These are Adopt a Highway by Logan Marshall-Green (Hawke plays an ex-felon who finds a live baby in a dumpster); Tonight at Noon by Michael Almereyda (about two writers);
The Kid (an action-packed film centred on Billy the Kid); and Cut Throat City (a heist flick set in New Orleans during the devastating natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina). We await each film with excitement, for like Emma Stone, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or Andrew Garfield – Ethan Hawke is an actor we trust. Each and every project hs has participated in was clearly selected based on the quality of the script, and the director. Ethan Hawke has been nominated for four Oscars so far (including two for Best Adapted Screenplay) so we know that writing is as much a passion for him as acting. Hawke also showed he is capable of beautiful direction in the 2018 film Blaze, which told the dramatic story of musician, Blaze Foley. We look forward to more directing gems though indeed, we know that any project he is involved in will have one quality we always search for: truth. e
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Any time Almodóvar releases a new ﬁlm, the world sits up and takes notice and I don’t know about you, but we are certainly looking forward to catching this one on the day of its premiere. We know little enough about Dolor y Gloria — except that it seems to have a strong autobiographical tinge. According to Almodóvar, the ﬁlm will delve into the past, recalling ﬁrst loves, second loves, the mother ﬁgure, death, and the emptiness that results when one is no longer able to produce art.
» DIRECTOR Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) » GENRE Comedy » CAST Steve Carell, Eliza González, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger
Welcome to Marwen
When a devastating attack wounds Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) and erases all his memories, no one expects him to recover. Mark survives by meticulously creating a wondrous town where he can heal and help others. As he builds his astonishing art installation — a testament to the most powerful women he knows — he begins to ﬁnd the strength he needs to face the challenges of his new life. Welcome to Marwen is a true story and is testimony to the important role that art can play in human life.
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This thriller is the story of Stephanie Patrick — a woman who takes on a new identity to discover who is responsible for the plane crash that killed her family. Stephanie was meant to be on that flight and when she discovers the crash was planned, she stops at nothing to uncover the truth.
» DIRECTOR Paul Weitz » GENRE Romance/Musical » CAST Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Sebastian Koch
Based on Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel, Bel Canto is a dramatic love story. Julianne Moore plays a famous soprano who travels to a military dictatorship in South America to give a private concert at a party for a wealthy Japanese industrialist (Ken Watanabe). Just as the party begins, the mansion is taken over by a guerrilla rebel group demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. Hostages are taken for weeks and during this time, the soprano uses the power of music to unite people who speak different languages but share the same humanity.
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5 REASONS WHY YOU MUST WATCH
British series Sex Education was released on Netﬂix a little over a month ago but it is arguably one of the most talked-about series on Twitter, with adult and teen audiences alike bingeing on episodes like there was no tomorrow. Marisa Cutillas gives you a quick rundown on why it is a series that merits your time. ASA ACES IT
If you saw The Boy with the Striped Pyjamas (2008) or Hugo (2011), then young actor Asa Butterﬁeld probably caught your eye, his innate seriousness and sensitivity palpable in every role he has played thus far. In Sex Education, the young actor plays the protagonist, Otis – a socially awkward teen who has the misfortune of not being able to masturbate, owing in no small part to the ‘pressure’ of being the child of a prestigious (and slightly controlling) sexologist (played by X Files’ Gillian Anderson).
GILLIAN IS AMAZING
Gillian Anderson literally steals every scene she’s in, thanks to a witty script that has her belt out one liners that make her son cringe in horror. Her
character, a single mum, makes no bones about trying to be cool and discussing all sorts of issues with her son (including his own sexual frustrations), but she forgets one crucial factor: he isn’t the slightest bit interested in sharing his secrets with her.
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Diversity abounds in Sex Education, and without giving any spoilers, the chemistry between two male characters is off the chart. The series notso-subtly points out the way that homophobic behaviour can be the result of fear regarding one’s own ‘masculinity’... and encourages every teen to accept their sexuality, even in the face of societal disapproval.
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It’s not what you think! Be prepared to dry many tears. From episode one, I was particularly drawn to the character of Adam, played by talented young British actor, Connor Swindells. The latter plays a jock that is brimming over with testosterone and anger, but we soon learn that his biggest problem is his repressive dad. He starts off as the school bully but it is almost impossible not to fall for him from his very ﬁrst appearance.
I literally hooted during the ﬁrst episode, greatly enjoying the awkward moments faced by the characters. The sensitive portrayals by the teen and adult cast make it easy to relate to the pain, elation, and excitement they feel as they learn so many of life’s most important lessons the hard way, growing and ﬁnding meaning from the good and bad of teen life. Sex Education was such a big hit that the crew has already starting work on Season Two, despite providing no release date as yet. It’s just as well; there are a spate of unanswered questions that will have you on tenterhooks, so let’s hope Netflix takes our feelings into account and drops a new episode, like – tomorrow! e
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The final night's act at Marbella's Starlite Festival, Spanish pop singer MALÚ, has cancelled her 2019 tour due to health reasons. A replacement is yet to be named. Top acts confirmed so far are THE BEACH BOYS (July 11), IL DIVO (July 12), ROGER HODGSON of SUPERTRAMP (July 20), Canadian jazz pianist DIANA KRALL – the wife of ELVIS COSTELLO (July 25) and Spanish popster MELENDI (July 30) whose tickets are selling fast. For the full line-up and ticket info: starlitemarbella.com Málaga's Cervantes Theatre has HIJA DE LA LUNA , a tribute to the 1980s Spanish pop legends MECANO (March 10); Spanish flamenco singer ESTRELLA MORENTE (26th) and the Spanish musical comedy duo ANTÍLOPEZ (27th). Ticket info: teatrocervantes.com ZZ March 5: Finnish folk metal band KORPIKLAANI play Málaga's Sala París and the same venue also has Spanish hip-hop act BEJO on the 9th. ZZ March 15: Spanish pop singer MIRIAM RODRÍGUEZ is at Granada's Palacio de Congresos (Sala Lorca). ZZ March 21: Danish dance band KANDIS are at Fuengirola's Palacio de la Paz. ZZ March 23: Top Spanish girl group SWEET CALIFORNIA play Málaga's Palacio de Ferias
y Congresos and the same night alternative Spanish rockers SÔBER are at Málaga's Sala Eventual Music hall. Ticket info for all the above: ticketmaster.es Well after all the fuss beforehand, MAROON 5 did play the Superbowl half-time show but got bad reviews saying they were 'lacklustre', 'anticlimactic' and 'basic'. Don't suppose they are bothered though as it was reported during the following week that they had a 488% surge in album sales leading to them donating $500,000 to an NFL charity for disadvantaged kids. Anyone attending the debut gig of local Shropshire band SAVING GRACE had a nice surprise when they started their set with ROBERT PLANT on backing vocals. The venue, SpArC Theatre, has been struggling to make ends meet but the LED ZEPP main man has pledged to play there in the future with his new music project. R KELLY has been dropped by Sony after the backlash over the controversial documentary series about him. He is said to have approached several labels with a new album but no one is interested and to make things worse he's now being investigated by the FBI. BRYAN ADAMS is hoping to resurrect his career after co-writing a song with ED SHEERAN. Shine A Light is the flagship song for the Canadian's new album of the same name and it sets sail on March 1. Another track, That's How Strong Our Love Is, features JENNIFER LOPEZ.
Several Spanish acts are performing in Málaga and no doubt there will be a few tribute artists playing along the coast so check your local weekly press for details. All information on this page was correct at the time of writing.
The FREDDIE MERCURY biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on March 4. Extras include an extended and unseen scene from the band’s seminal 1984 Live Aid performance. Also released on March 19 is Madonna and the Breakfast Club, a docu-film detailing the beginning of her pop career when she was the singer for the aforementioned band and will feature look-a-like newcomer JAMIE AULD. The now Lisbon-based singer has made no comment about it to date as she is busy recording a new album that she will tour later this year.
One docu-film given the thumbs down though is Stardust, the story of the DAVID BOWIE trip to America in 1971 which inspired the creation of his iconic alter ego, ZIGGY STARDUST. Film director son DUNCAN JONES has said that no songs by the late legend will be used as he is not happy with the script. Rumours suggest that he may make a movie about his father himself. Last December ABBA fans were disappointed when the two new songs never materialised. They were due to air on a tribute show but… A spokesperson said they will now land later this year. He said, "There will be two songs (I Still Have Faith In You and Don’t Shut Me Down) released but no album." The band have also said they will definitely not play any concerts in the near future.
It has now been confirmed that singer BRIAN JOHNSON has rejoined AC/DC and has been recording a new album which will also include tracks laid down by guitarist MALCOM YOUNG that were made before he died in 2017. The singer had to quit in 2016 after suffering hearing loss and was replaced by AXL ROSE on tour – a move that didn't go down well with some diehard fans. Also returning to the band is drummer PHIL RUDD who was originally sacked in 2015. ROBBIE WILLIAMS has been fighting his flab by doing boxing training to get in shape for his six night residency in Las Vegas which starts on March 5. So LED ZEPP axe man JIMMY PAGE might have to watch his step now – he's already lost one fight, the fouryear feud over his noisy neighbour and nemesis' building renovation application – I bet he wouldn't fancy been punched as well. e
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AN ANONYMOUS GIRL BY GREER HENDRICKS AND SARAH PEKKANEN
When Jessica Farris reads an ad for volunteers to take part in a study on ethics and morality, she jumps at the chance. After all, the compensation is considerable and all she has to do is answer a few questions. When she meets the study leader, Dr. Shields, she feels that the latter already knows the answer to every question. The pace begins to pick up and the reader starts to wonder if the heroine, Jessica, is beginning to lose her mind.
THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ BY HEATHER MORRIS
It is April of 1942 and Slovakian Jew, Lale Sokolov, is taken to a concentration camp at AuschwitzBirkenau. When the Nazis discover that he is multilingual, they use him to permanently ‘mark’ his fellow prisoners with a tattoo. Sokolov risks life and limb, exchanging money from murdered detainees to buy food for his fellow prisoners. The last thing he expects is to meet a young woman who intrigues him from the word go. Her name is Gita and he is adamant that he will marry her one day.
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING BY DELIA OWENS
When handsome young lothario Chase Andres is found dead, everyone in the quiet town of Barkley Cove suspects ‘the Marsh girl’, Kya Clark, a sensitive soul who has managed to survive on her own in the marshlands she calls home. As Kya matures, she decides it is time to open herself up and she makes the acquaintance of two strangers, with dire consequences.“I can’t even express how much I love it! I didn’t want this story to end!” actor Reese Witherspoon said of this book, which The New York Times called “Painfullly beautiful.” Sounds like a must-read!
SUMMONED TO THE THIRTEENTH GRAVE BY DARYNDA JONES
In this paranormal novel, Charley Davidson is a woman who has been kicked off of Planet Earth forever. Someone is looking out for her though, and after 100 years in exile, she is allowed to return. She must dig deep into history and discover what happened to her mother, and who was responsible for a heinous murder that changed the course of her family’s life. This novel boasts a clever blend of humour and thrills that will keep you turning pages from start to ﬁnish!
DEAL WITH THE DEVIL BY MEGHAN MARCH
In the ﬁrst book in the Forge trilogy, Jericho Forge is a hero whom the narrator describes thus: “Why is he so attractive? It’s not right. Money, abs, a big dick, and drop-dead gorgeous? If I needed any more proof that life is deﬁnitely unfair, it’s standing right in front of me. Even his laugh is perfect.” Forge is intense, passionate, and, sometimes brutal… and his desire to punish all those who did him wrong is relentless. The woman who catches his eye is smart and savvy; her conﬁdent, bold personality challenges Forge in ways he never imagined.
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HEALTH AND FITNESS TECH FOR BETTER HEALTH AND FITNESS
This month, we bring you a variety of cool wearable tech by a variety of brands, aimed at entertaining and pushing you to obtain the max from your workout. Most are light, affordable, and fashionable, making them a real statement piece for ﬁtness buffs.
1 – SAMSUNG GEAR FIT2 PRO
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This is a sportier choice that works similarly to the Gear Sport, automatically logging activity, sleep, and caloric intake. The device also allows you to listen to music via wi-ﬁ or on offline mode. i www.harvey-norman.co.uk / www.samsung.com
This futuristic looking device motivates you to get active, eat healthily, and achieve your workout goals. It also allows you to choose from a wide array of straps and watch faces. It tracks your caloric consumption, guides you through 60 different workouts, and is water resistant at up to 50 metres. It even suggests speciﬁc stretching exercises while you are on a plan or sitting at work, making it almost impossible to be inactive. i www.harvey-norman.co.uk / www.samsung.com
2 – BOSE NOISE MASKING SLEEPBUDS IN WHITE In order to achieve your professional and ﬁtness goals, you need to achieve quality sleep every night. These sleepbuds use pre-loaded, soothing masking sounds to cover unwanted noises in your vicinity. They are wireless, come with rechargeable batteries, and have handy wake-up alarms. i Available at www.very.co.uk / www.bose.co.uk
3 – GARMIN FENIX 5S PLUS WHITE WITH SEAFOAM BAND This cool GPS smartwatch measures your heart rate, helps you ﬁnd the best routes to run or walk along, and stores and plays up to 500 songs that you can enjoy via Bluetooth headphones. It boasts built-in navigation sensors with a three-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter as well as multiple satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo), which will help you feel secure in more challenging environments. i www.harvey-norman.co.uk / www.garmin.com
5 – GARMIN VIVOFIT JR LAVA RED This cute watch is speciﬁcally made for children, since it is super sturdy and water resistant. It lets kids (and parents) know how many hours the wearer has slept, how many steps they took on a given day, and how physically active they were. Parents can use an app to assign tasks and invite the whole family to challenges. The device also reminds kids of the goals they have to fulﬁll, letting them know how much time they have left to do so. i www.harvey-norman.co.uk / www.garmin.com
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Dyson – an Iconic Brand
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FEW BRANDS MANAGE TO STAY RELEVANT AND RAISE THE BAR IN THEIR INDUSTRY LIKE DYSON HAS. IN DÉCOR, WE FEATURE A VILLA RICH IN GLAMOUR AND ANDALUSIAN APPEAL. FASHION CALLS IN THE SHAPE OF ELEGANT DESIGNS BY MENCHEN TOMAS AND DAZZLING JEWELLERY BY FOLLI FOLLIE.
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oday we know Dyson, both the brand and the man behind it, as being synonymous with innovation and the rejuvenation of the household appliance industry, but the road to success was not an easy one. Like most people with a vision beyond that of those around them, James Dyson encountered a lot of obstacles along the way but ultimately had the drive to see his project through, and in the process took appliance engineering into a new era – that of the 21st century. It all started when a young engineer from Cromer in Norfolk entered the world of industrial design with a uniquely keen eye for detail and an inquisitive nature. He had helped to design the Sea Truck, a fast landing craft, while still at the Royal College of Art in London, an experience that sparked his natural gift for inventing improved versions of the products that surround us in our everyday lives. Highly conceptual in his thinking, James Dyson has always stood out for his ability to ﬁnd logical solutions to practical problems, or indeed making better versions of products that others thought to be quite satisfactory as they were. In other words, he looked beyond the accepted truths to see if there wasn’t a way to make life easier, more convenient and more efﬁcient. The ﬁrst independently invented gadget this inquisitive way of thinking produced was the ballbarrow, a surprisingly simple but also surprisingly efﬁcient variation of the age-old wheelbarrow. It was conceived of by Dyson when he was still in his twenties, and began production in 1974. And yes, it is an improved version of something most of us could not see improved, yet the ballbarrow is more agile, more stable when carrying heavy loads and on rough surfaces or soft, soggy soil, as well as being gentler on grass lawns because of its better weight distribution. The product, which went on to win the Building Design Innovation Award in 1977, would be the ﬁrst of many new inventions and innovations from the pen of James Dyson, while the practical applications of the humble ball in industrial design would continue to be a feature in his work. More large-scaled items would follow, but it was with the humble vacuum cleaner – known to some as a ‘Hoover’ – that Dyson would rewrite appliance history and lay the foundations for one of the most innovative engineering brands in the world today.
Some household names, such as Hoover, became so synonymous with their products as to create new verbs. For decades such brands held sway over the world of household appliances – until a certain inventor from England turned it upside down with out-of-the-box thinking that has spurned a whole new range of pioneering products. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF DYSON AND © SHUTTERSTOCK
FROM CONCEPT TO PIONEERING FIRM
Many good ideas emerge out of personal experience, or more likely, personal frustration, and it was no different when James Dyson was exasperated by the poor performance of a vacuum cleaner he had bought. It was forever becoming clogged and losing suction power, as well as being somewhat clumsy when handled by anyone with less than ideal dexterity. So, in keeping with his profession and personality, Dyson opened the patient up, studied it, identiﬁed the problem and set about trying to create a solution for it. The breakthrough solution came from thinking outside the box and ﬁnding it in an altogether unrelated ﬁeld. In a fruitful cross-fertilisation between different engineering ﬁelds, Dyson applied the giant cyclone systems that by creating a centrifugal vortex are used to clarify liquids and gasses by separating out impurities. Such systems were used on a large scale by sawmills, but when building his own scaled down model, he began to wonder if this centrifugal vortex process could also be applied on a smaller scale to vacuum cleaners, and in the process provide powerful suction to extract dust without the accompanying clogging up of the bags.
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Dyson’s UK base in Malmesbury, Wiltshire
FROM INVENTOR TO CEO Tests at home proved successful, and so Dyson’s foray into vacuum cleaner technology was born. Yet the majority partners in his ﬁrm believed if it was so easy to improve upon such products, then the large manufacturers would have done so long ago. James Dyson held onto his idea and was pushed out of the company but managed to ﬁnd an investor to build the ﬁrst prototypes. The initial idea was to sell the licence to said large manufacturers, but as the sale of vacuum cleaner bags was so lucrative they weren’t interested. So Dyson went it alone and launched the Kleeneze Rotork Cyclon in 1983. Expensive and ahead of its time, it at ﬁrst remained a niche novelty product of which just 500 were sold in the ﬁrst year, but Dyson clung on to the idea and the technology concept behind it, and gradually expanded the market for the product from its British base to also include other parts of Europe, North America and Japan. By 1991 he was ready to launch Dyson Appliances Ltd. and produce the ﬁrst dualcyclone vacuum cleaner bearing the Dyson brand name, the DA001. By 1993 he had left third party production and set up his own factory in Chippenham, Wiltshire. Not listening to marketers and accountants, he followed the path of engineering and pure product design, and was proven right when the DC01 became the top-selling vacuum cleaner in the UK in 2001. The Dyson name was now ﬁrmly established, and more importantly, not as just another appliance manufacturer but as a company associated with ground-breaking, innovative new engineering concepts that produced superior, stylish modern products. The public took to Dyson’s devices in ever wider sections of the world, inspired by its range of innovative vacuum cleaners – which now also featured effective ball-roller design – as well as by a growing number of even more innovative products such as the bladeless fan, the Airblade hand drier and the Dyson Hot, a warm air fan heater also without fast-opinning blades or visible heating elements.
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The eye, not so long ago intrigued by right-angled modern designs, is being charmed again by the gentler sensuality of AndalusianMediterranean architecture. This impressive villa in an elevated position of the Golden Mile is a prime example, reviving as it does the true glamour and appeal of Marbella.
t is said that a sense of arrival is a vital ingredient in making a home special, and indeed, the way you access your property and enter the home has a large role to play not only in its bearing and aesthetic appeal, but also in putting you in the right frame of mind as you arrive. After all, itâ€™s your personal domain, and should be the place where you feel comfortable, at ease and downright happy. I mention this because the setting of this Marbella villa is special, and the route that leads to it through a short drive up from the Golden Mile and along a peaceful road surrounded by the greenery of pine trees, is nothing short of delightful. The homeâ€™s entrance is set upon a very private little cul de sac, where the gate glides open to reveal a property that celebrates the elegance of Andalusian villa architecture while also offering modern comforts and a long list of amenities.
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THE GOLDEN MILE ON YOUR DOORSTEP With the Golden Mile – including its beaches – right on your doorstep and the diversions of Marbella and Puerto Banús at your fingertips, this home also surrounds you with the peace and tranquillity of a private domain. The spacious seven-bedroom villa is enveloped in the green embrace of lush gardens, with its 700m2 of built space occupying grounds that measure almost 3,500m2. The 100m2 of terraces on a variety of levels make the most of beautiful sea views framed by greenery. It has to be one of the finest vistas in the area, but look back from the gorgeous garden and you see the whitewashed villa framed against the magnificent backdrop of La Concha Mountain. Look up and you see the green pines and leaves of trees against the deep blue Marbella sky; it’s a setting that evokes a sense of wellbeing and privilege – tranquil and private, yet set within the heart of Marbella’s most refined location.
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ANDALUSIAN STYLE AND CONTEMPORARY COMFORT Having neatly tucked your car away in one of the convenient garaging spaces, you enter the villa at the main ground floor level, from where the sea can also be glimpsed in the distance. Inside, the home has a rustic yet contemporary feel, with spacious yet cosy rooms that flow the one into the other to form a living space free of boxy little rooms. The entrance hall is the point of distribution, to which the formal dining room, the laundry room, the living room and the kitchen are connected. The kitchen is modern in style and functionality, offering top-end appliances and attractive breakfast areas both indoors and outdoors â€“ and naturally they are accompanied by glorious sea views. The same is true of the spacious but homely living room, which flows out onto a large partly covered terrace. Also on this level are two of the seven-bedroom suites within the villa.
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A HOME MADE FOR ENTERTAINING The terrace, with its attractive lounging and dining areas, is one of the highlights of the home, offering that typical Marbella outdoor extension of the villa’s inner living spaces. It does so with style and in a beautiful setting, but the upper floor further enhances the visual impact within its own private balconies, which extend from the master bedroom suite. The latter contains its own lounge area, a walk-in dressing room, attractively appointed bathroom and panoramic vistas from the comfort of your bed. The piéce de rèsistance of this floor, however, is the elegant freestanding bathtub, which overlooks the property’s grounds and the expansive greenery of surrounding gardens, with the sea sparkling blue beyond. Though close to the beach, this is a part of the Golden Mile characterised by luxurious villas bathed in the peace and privacy of large private gardens.
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With enough space and amenities for comfortable home living and stylish entertaining, the villa’s lower floor is the one dedicated above all to fun pursuits – such as those found in a home cinema area, a gym and pool room, a poolside kitchen and the bathrooms and changing rooms that add convenience to practicality. Step outside and you come to one of the most delightful parts of the villa – a very welcoming, stylish terrace that includes an outdoor catering area, space for dining, lounging – and just a little beyond – a hot tub and wonderful cabana bar overlooking the swimming pool. You can just picture the stylish set reclining on the pool deck by day and taking refuge from the summer sun in the colourfully attired cabana, which is cool in both senses of the word. With sumptuous gardens that flow on to also include a putting green, and a private court for tennis and pelota vasca, this is a villa that not only enchants but also offers so much to explore and enjoy. It is made for the joys of stylish home living and entertaining, and situated in the kind of privileged Golden Mile spots that were first snapped up in the heyday of Marbella glamour. This glamour and elegance pervade the villa, filling it with an easy, laid-back sophistication that suits its wonderful setting and contemporary amenities in a home that offers ample space and comfort within the luxury of privacy. In short, it is the essence of Marbella personified. g MARBELLA LIVING ESTATE AGENTS Tel: 952 765 428. www.marbellaliving.com
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RAINBOW Talk about bright, beautiful design, inspired on nature in all its glory! Menchen Tomas recently displayed its elegant evening and party designs at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Somehow, one of these outďŹ ts is just what we need to liven up our night-life! COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS
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WOULD YOU SPEND HEAVILY ON A SKINCARE PRODUCT OR ARE AFFORDABLE SETTING POWDERS MORE YOUR SCENE? WE LOOK INTO COOL FITNESS TECHNOLOGY AND INTERVIEW CLINICAL DIETICIAN REBECA ERIKSEN, WHO AIMS TO CHANGE AND ENHANCE YOUR APPROACH TO NUTRITION AND HEALTH.
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n THE SPAbeauty If you felt a little guilty about using Chanel or Dior skincare or makeup, take heart! There are beauty products costing thousands of euros a pop. In this age of facelifts, ﬁllers, and laser treatments, it is almost unimaginable to think of spending a month’s salary on just one product… but there is a market for everything, as this article will reveal. Check out our list of some of the world’s most pricey products. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS
MOST EXPENSIVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS
SISLEY PHYTO-BLANC ABSOLUTE LIGHTENING ESSENCE: €329
This set comprises a targeted four-week skin radiance perfecting programme that is one of the few to actually reduce the appearance of pigmentation. Of course, the therapy is only part of a wide range of Phyto-Blanc treatments, which include a cleansing milk, emulsion, mask, etc., all of which will set you back around €100 or more each. To treat pigmentation, lasers work immensely well so my suggestion to anyone struggling with this problem would be to see a plastic surgery clinic about the different lasers available (such as Fractora and Fraxel). If you want to give this range a go, however, you will be pleased with the results. Bear in mind, though, that this is another treatment you will need to keep up for long-lasting effects.
LA MER THE SOFT FLUID LONG WEAR FOUNDATION: €95
High-end foundations normally cost less than €40. The question is: would you be prepared to pay more
than double for this weightless, ultra-smooth foundation? As a girl who loves full coverage myself, I have tried this out and prefer Kat Von D or Estée Lauder (Double Wear is the ultimate choice for full coverage for oily skin). However, if you are after a more dewy, natural ﬁnish, it may very well be worth splurging on this baby, which boasts something not many other foundations do: an SPF of 20!
TRÉSOR RARE INTENSIVE RECOVERY JAPANESE BINCHOTAN ZUMI MASK: €4.368
This slick black face mask promises to deliver ‘unparallelled detoxifying beneﬁts,’ and one pack contains 12 masks, to be applied once weekly. The ‘secret ingredient’ is Japanese Binchotan activated charcoal, produced from pure sources like bamboo and Holm oak. Charcoal has a powerful ability to pull out toxins from the skin. Additional ingredients include natural oils, plant extracts, and organic elements. Online reviews by
beauty gurus like Jeffree Star and Tati Westbrook show this mask does indeed leave the skin beautifully smooth. The question is, what happens when all 12 masks are gone? Ready to fork out another half grand on a second set?
KANEBO SENSAI COLLECTION: THE LIPSTICK: €50
Considering you can purchase a pretty good low-end lipstick for around €10, forking out €50 on a lip product may seem obscene, but it really all depends on how much you value pigment intensity. This lipstick is not one you will need to touch up for hours. Moreover, it won’t leak into cracks in your lip
or cause a sensation of dryness. The product is inspired on the glossiness of koishimaru silk from Japan, and it will certainly make your lips feel as smooth.
NURSE JAMIE TRIANGLE FACE TOOL: €150
Nurse Jamie is famous for manufacturing devices that are used to battle aging and other skin problems. Founded by celebrity beauty pro Jamie Sherrill, the company’s star product is the TriAngle Face Tool: a massaging device that help restore radiance and ﬁrmness through highfrequency technology that enables anti-ageing products to penetrate skin more deeply. e
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Loose powders have become a staple for beauty buffs seeking a makeup look that stays perfect all day. Not only are they gently brushed into the face postfoundation and pre-blush, but they are also being used to illuminate the area under the eyes, as well as the forehead and lower cheeks, in the process known as ‘baking’. If you are after a powder that is worth your spend, take one of these fantastic products home for a super-matte, clean ﬁnish.
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1 – LAURA MERCIER TRANSLUCENT LOOSE SETTING POWDER This powder is very ﬁnely milled, making it ideal for those who are after a smooth, porefree look. It covers ﬁne lines well, lending the skin a ‘ﬁltered’ effect. 2 – HOURGLASS VEIL TRANSLUCENT SETTING POWDER This powder boasts blurring light-reflective particles which hide the appearance of pores. It is also ultra ﬁne and luscious to the touch, and one of the most attractive features is its price, which is considerably lower than some of its top rivals. 3 – MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD LOOSE POWDER This one is a real classic, comprising a simple, super-ﬁne powder that glides over your makeup, keeping your face oil-free all day. 4 – NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP HD STUDIO PHOTOGENIC FINISHING POWDER The cheapest powder in our list is nevertheless one of the best. You need only a tiny amount to give your skin a flawless ﬁnish that will look great on camera and under the brightest of lights. 5 – PEACH PERFECT MATTIFYING SETTING POWDER BY TOO FACED This is the top choice in terms of lasting powders, if beauty gurus and influencers the world over are to be believed. This is my own choice for powders for two reasons: its amazing quality (it seems to ‘melt into’ skin) and its beautiful peach fragrance. It is lightly tinted but actually adapts perfectly to any skin tone. g All items are available at Sephora and El Corte Inglés.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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BELLABEAT Apple and Garmin have done plenty to up the wearable ﬁtness tech game but this year we are seeing a new development: gorgeous jewellery that is already all the rage at the world’s top gyms. We present the latest items by bellabeat, arguably one of the savviest wearable tech manufacturers in the world. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS 1 – HYDRATION TRACKER
Whoever thought we would be seeing something as cool as a smart water bottle? This baby keeps dehydration headaches away, by tracking your daily hydration and sending you regular reminders to have a drink. It calculates the optimal amount of water for your body based on your activity level, age, height, weight, taking into account the local weather and whether or not you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
for six months so this isn’t one of those gadgets you will have to charge everyday. The tracker is made with healing crystals (either rose or onyx) and is catered speciﬁcally to women, since it tracks reproductive health, as well as activity, sleep, and medication. It also offers de-stressing and chakra energising techniques.
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This is another way of achieving all the functions of the Leaf Chakra, but in bracelet, necklace, or clip form (it can be adapted). Without a screen or buttons, it also delivers useful information and is totally water resistant and shower-safe.
These gorgeous Bluetooth meditation earphones were designed to take your meditation experience to the next level, freeing users from the tangling of earphones and offering an option to wear it around the neck. It is water resistant too, meaning it cocoons you in immersive sound, even when you are enjoying a dip in the pool.
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This gorgeous wellness tracker is made with natural crystals, hypoallergenic stainless steel, and wood composite. It has a tiny battery that lasts
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KEEP GADGETS FAR FROM YOUR BED AT NIGHT
If you want a better night’s sleep, avoid using smartphones, tablets, and computers at night, since the blue light they emit delays the secretion of important hormones for sleep. Using devices at bedtime over-excites our brain, making it harder to achieve that state of tiredness that will ensure we get our recommended minimum of seven hours of sleep a night. Mattress company, Koala Rest, recommends the following steps to avoid insomnia: Z Keep all gadgets outside your bedroom, including the television. Z Leave at least two hours between the last time you use a gadget, and the time you go to bed. This will enable you to disconnect and relax. Z Use ﬁlters for telephones and other devices. This will reduce the amount of light they emit, thus enabling us to feel sleepy in line with our natural circadian rhythms. Online blue light ﬁlter apps can also be downloaded for free from your phone. As a ﬁnal word, we should add that stress is one of the biggest reasons why we toss and turn at night. Battle it throughout the day by avoiding triggers, practising mindfulness activities like yoga and Tai Chi, and aiming to spend at least a few minutes a day in a tranquil green area.
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La Cala Golf Hotel Spa has a brand new treatment menu, completely inspired on the rich culture of Andalucía. The list includes personalised treatments for men and women, incorporating luxury beauty brand, La Sultana de Saba. One of the top treatments is Age Deﬁance, which combines gold, pearl powder, and antioxidant extracts for a powerful anti-ageing effect. Body treatments and massages, meanwhile, are based on the Andalusian, Persian, and Moroccan traditions. i www.lacala.com
ENJOY A CALMING FOOT MASSAGE
WITH THERMA HYDRO BY SOLAC Therma Hydro is a new foldaway foot massager that is ideal for calming your feet (and your nerves) after a long day at work. The device works via vibration, stimulating microcirculation and promoting the loss of excess water from feet. After a few minutes, you will notice the pain and tiredness dissipate. Add a few drops of essential oil for an extra fragrant treat! i www.solac.com
WHY DO MOSQUITO BITES LAST SO LONG? The arrival of spring and summer is usually a cause for celebration – unless you fear mosquitos! If you ever wondered why the itch from a mosquito bite lasts so long, a new study published in the journal PLOS has the answer! The reason is the human immune system, which remains active even seven days after we are bitten. The researchers told Live Science that “Viruses are probably hitching a ride in some of the immune cells that mosquito saliva is attracting to skin after the mosquito bites.” This would explain why some viruses are so resistant to our immune system and others are quickly eliminated.
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DR. REBECA ERIKSEN CLINICAL DIETICIAN The ﬁrst time I heard about Dr. Rebeca Eriksen was in conjunction with an exciting idea she formulated to get a group of Marbella residents back on the road to health: the 22-day Vegan Challenge, prepared in line with a nutritional plan and featuring recipes provided by her. A friend of mind had joined the challenge and was delighted with her newfound feeling of vitality (and her weight loss). “The average person lost around seven kilos of weight,” noted Dr. Eriksen, yet her aims lie beyond merely changing her patients’ body mass composition. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN
ARE YOU READY TO TAKE UP THE 22-DAY VEGAN CHALLENGE?
s a Clinical Dietician who is currently pursuing her second doctorate at Imperial College in London, she is adamant about helping patients make lifestyle choices that will lower their risk for preventable diseases like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity. It is key to mention that a clinical dietician is not the same thing as a nutritionist. The former is hospital/clinic-based and focuses on how to prevent and cure diseases (including kidney failure, liver disease, alcoholism, diabetes, etc.) through micro-nutrition. Dr. Eriksen explains the negative effects that a carnivore diet can have on cholesterol levels, yet she doesn’t espouse veganism as the only way to go. “I’m pescetarian myself. I tend to prepare mainly plant-based meals at home, but when I go out to dine, I always order ﬁsh.” After all, “the pescetarian lifestyle is easy and is good for you.” Dr. Eriksen, who is Spanish-Danish by descent, concedes that it can be harder to ﬁnd vegan ingredients in Málaga than in a big city like London, where she lived for many years. “To adopt a vegan lifestyle, you have to change your shopping and cooking habits, and you need to access
healthy (sugar-free) versions of ingredients like almond milk. To make a difference to your health, however, you also need to commit to sourcing and preparing food in a different way.” Her passion for healthy food stems from her childhood, when her father ﬁrst bought his ﬁnca in Benahavís. There, “he grows healthy fruits and veggies like avocados and he always fed us such delicious, fresh foods. This type of diet is what I invite my patients to adopt; one that is free of reﬁned ingredients and that focuses on returning to our roots.” Dr. Eriken believes that good health should be accessible to everyone – not just those of means. Therefore, she will soon be holding a free seminar, informing everyone who is interested about the 22-Day Vegan Challenge. “The challenge is huge in the U.S., with celebrities like Beyonce and Jay-Z taking part. Veganism can help for three reasons: it is a natural way to detox without going hungry, it can help you lose weight, and it is good for the environment (meat is the biggest cause of pollution in the world).” It is also the way our huntergatherer forebears lived. “Meat was a very occasional treat for our ancestors. They mainly survived on
seeds, berries, and fruits.” Joining her on her venture is Chef Alexis Voisin of Marbella restaurant, Norman. Alexis hails from a family of three generations of French chefs and has helped Rebeca by preparing irresistibly delicious vegan dishes for busy Marbellís who wished to take up the challenge (you can also prepare your own food if you wish). “The Chef has a passion for whole, unreﬁned foods and traditional cooking methods. His dishes show that vegan does not have to bland, boring, or tasteless; it simply has to be well prepared.” Dr. Eriksen designs her own supplements, which are tailormade in a Swiss lab. They contain a high quotient of vitamins, minerals, plus herbal ingredients. Different conditions require different supplement blends. “For instance, those with heart conditions should be taking ﬁsh oil, garlic, barberry, folic acid, etc. Often, a healthy diet and supplements can be used to replace statins." (Dr. Eriksen works alongside specialists in cardiology before suggesting this change). Different diets and supplements are used for cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.
A visit to Dr. Eriksen involves testing both your genes and blood for food intolerances, vitamin levels and metabolic risk factors, among other things; information is key if the doctor is to assess your biological age and identify any areas that should be addressed – including blood pressure, cholesterol, and other complex data. In addition to attending to patients and continuing her post-doctorate studies under Professor Gary Frost (known among health buffs as the ‘God of Nutrition’), Dr. Eriksen also speaks on TRE on a monthly basis, apprising listeners on the latest nutritional information. If you think it is time to make a lifestyle change that will heal you on the inside and promote healthy, beautiful skin, she will help you understand the information your own body is giving you, and set you on a road to a longer, happier life.
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BIANCA GERMAUX OF BINK ART GALLERY If there was a quintessential personality for an artist, it would probably be very similar to that of Bianca Germaux. An artist must be a keen observer of the physical beauty of the world, yet also finely attuned to emotions. They must come close to Platonic ideals yet find beauty where nobody else thinks it exists. They must understand the vicissitudes of human life yet ignite a light, inspire… things that Bianca very much achieves on the day of our meeting. © Emerson
WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN AND COURTESY OF BIANCA GERMAUX
ianca, born to an English mum (Penny) and Belgian dad (Robert), is only 27, but she has already embarked on the project of a lifetime: opening Bink Art Gallery in Benahavís village alongside her parents, both of whom are artists. “My mother specialises in oil portraits on canvass, while my dad is mad about painting sardines. The idea for a gallery came about in part because we have stacks of paintings in the house.
I run the gallery and use it as a studio but also attend to other artists wishing to sell their work.” Bianca was born in Málaga, where she completed her schooling. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, obtained at the Marbella Design Academy – of which she speaks highly. “The Academy was always open to my ideas and the professors were very encouraging.” Bianca graduated as Student of
the Year – a huge feat considering she struggled through her early years at school. “I have ADHD,” she says, “but it wasn’t diagnosed until I was 24. I made my way through various schools. I had difficulty concentrating, but the teachers always thought I was just lazy. When I received my diagnosis, it felt like a miracle. I found I was able to focus and organise my thoughts, and I breezed through my degree.”
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Bianca did plenty of soul-searching before she found herself, working in a variety of jobs across the world. “I travelled to Denmark, then to London, Perth, and Sydney, working as a waitress. It was around this time that I heard about Ritalin. I had previously been unable to complete my degree but once I started with the right treatment, it was amazing how things changed. The Academy welcomed me back with open arms and I was able to excel in a way I never thought possible.” Today, Bianca is a proliﬁc painter and graphic designer who designs artworks digitally, creating both her own and bespoke projects. “Once I complete the design, clients can then have it printed on canvass or on paper, in a variety of sizes.” I take a look at Bianca’s art and it is as eclectic as it is dynamic. I marvel at serene images of whales swimming, and an extreme close up of an impressionistic lion. Some of her most vivid work boasts young, urban, feminist influences. Her themes include body empowerment, nature, and animals. Many of her compositions have captivating slogans or even words that inspire you to think about the world around you. She also does portraits, working off photographs. “My clients send me a photo and choose the format they want it printed in. I offer worldwide delivery, so orders come from far and wide.”
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She describes her dream commission as one of “couples, or people, with animals.” Her gentle soul and sensitivity make this choice logical. “Capturing people’s friendships or their love for each other fulﬁls me. It all comes from the heart, and whenever someone comes to me and asks me to create a piece that represents that love; that is a dream in itself.” Bianca’s love for animals is echoed by her passion for nature. “My boyfriend and I love hiking and exploring mountains. Every week we prospect something new.” She also spends her
time taking photographs which she later uses in her art. Charity is a third interest. “We recently raised money for the Tanzania branch of www. theolivebranchforchildren.org. Over Christmas, we raised over €1.000 by selling art and prints on Facebook and taking donations. A few years ago, I spent some months at an AIDS clinic, helping Massai children and adults with everything from passports to medical care. I also taught them a little basic Swahili!” Bianca is also big on travel. She recently travelled to Canada with her Canadian boyfriend. “My boyfriend is from Ponoka so we walked along Lake Louise. People around there bring bear sprays because bear sightings are so common!” Her travels certainly make their way to her designs, with many gorgeous bears in her collection. If you are looking for a meaning-ﬁlled present for a friend or you would love to have your bespoke portrait, call Bianca or give her a visit at Blink. Her down-to-earth, creative spirit will surely captivate you and her work can be appreciated to full artistic effect, in person! Meanwhile, you can start following her on Instagram and check out her work @Binkartgallery. g Tel: 632 994 622. www.binkartgallery.com
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BENTLEY PRESENTATION AT C. DE SALAMANCA
C. de Salamanca unveiled the remarkable new Bentley Continental GTC at a well attended presentation in their Marbella installations. Guests included clients, motor enthusiasts, members of the media and friends, who marvelled at the sleek lines of the impressive convertible while enjoying drinks, canapés, and live music. i www.marbella.bentleymotors.com
“Life is way too short for boring cars” – Chris Gerdes
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OPEN HOUSE AT CASA LORIANA
International Marbella held a wellattended open house to present Casa Loriana, Spain’s most expensive property, located on Marbella’s premiere beachfront on the Golden Mile next to the Marbella Club Hotel. Invited real estate agents were able to view the impressive 10-bedroom property built to the highest specifications. i www.internationalmarbella.com
“Home is where our story begins…” – Anonymous
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KRONOS HOMES PRESENTS THE EDGE
Kronos Homes invited real estate agents, members of the media and colleagues to a show home opening party. The Edge is an exclusive gated luxury residential complex of 70 beautiful homes offering a choice of two-, three-, and fourbedrooms, located front line beach in Estepona. The estimated completion date is October 2019. i www.nvoga.com
“A house is made of bricks and beams. A home is made of hopes and dreams” – Anonymous
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GRAND OPENING OF ONE RESIDENCES
The launch of One Residences took place recently at an exclusive location with unrestricted views alongside Calanova Golf, where just 77 luxury apartments will be distributed across a vast 17,000m2 resort. Owners will be enjoying indulgent wellness and leisure facilities, including an indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, Turkish steam bath, wine cellar, gym, and sauna! i www.dreamlifeproperty.com
“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr
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ART MEETS DÉCOR AT ACOOLA
Accola recently hosted an art event featuring works by Swedish artist Harriet Nilsson (courtesy of Shahed Kavousi’s Art Gallery) and a fashion show by NinaB, featuring Swedish garments. Acoola is aware that design and trends evolve, and wishes to stay at the top of its game by sharing exciting events with art and design lovers. i www.acoola.eu
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works” – Steve Jobs
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As an artist, I often get asked what techniques I use to create my work. I still like to paint part of my artwork by hand, but lately I have been focusing on digital painting, an emerging art form in which traditional techniques such as watercolours, oils and inks are applied using digital tools. WORDS CAROLINE WENDELIN
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igital tools, like 3D printing, Virtual Reality or graphic softwares, are now revolutionising traditional art forms and pushing the limits of creation and imagination. Some people would say that digitalisation means a loss in quality as now anyone with a computer can create art, and that it’s becoming less exclusive and losing uniqueness. However, we don’t have to see it this way. The new techniques allow artists to reduce time spent in the execution of artwork, and enable them to have more freedom to focus on contemplation, creativity and developing groundbreaking ideas. You still need artistic skills to become an artist: you have to have a discerning eye and to be able to communicate by creating a visual vocabulary that’s distinctively your own. How would the Impressionists have created their paintings if portable paint tubes hadn’t been invented, allowing them to paint outdoors? How would Andy Warhol have become famous without silk-screen printing? The truth is, artists have always made use of
new technologies to create art, and digital painting is on the rise today. If you’re interested in experiencing the new creative ways in the flesh, I recommend visiting the VR Park in Marbella (Avda. Ricardo Soriano 55). At ﬁrst I felt shy about trying the VR Painting Simulator (Tilt Brush), but this immersive experience is worth it; it really awakens your creativity in a unique way. Another digital tool which is changing the Art world is social media; artists and galleries can now use these platforms to have better access to their audiences. Some exhibitions are organised speciﬁcally to be ‘Instagrammable’; New York’s Museum of Modern Art has over four million Instagram followers and at the same time, there has been an exponential increase in museum attendance worldwide. That’s not a coincidence. It’s the nuance of seeing something in person that makes a work of art, but seeing something on social media is an invitation to get the conversation started. e
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DEEP FAKE START A WORLD WAR?
In May 2018, a video appeared on Facebook that made many political commentators sit up and take notice. It was of Donald Trump addressing the Belgium populace with these shocking words: “As you know, I had the balls to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement… and so should you.” The video, featuring a determined looking Trump staring resolutely into the camera, was actually created by a Belgian political party that sought to shake things up. Goal achieved! The video received a barrage of hate comments addressed to Trump; the only problem was, this time, the Orange One hadn’t uttered a single word! WORDS JOFFREY KING
JUST A BIT OF FUN?
In this video, Trump had become just another victim of ‘deep fake’: an artiﬁcial intelligence-based technique that combines and superimposes existing images and audio to create new content. Such is its sophistication, that it can be almost impossible to spot fake content with the naked eye. The Trump video may have been fun for a moment, but have you thought of the implications that deep fake tech could really have?
HOW FAR CAN DEEP FAKE GO?
In an entertaining exposé on deep fake, media personality Shane Dawson features Hany Farid, Professor of Computer Science from UC Berkeley. Professor Farid notes, “Imagine that Donald Trump announced (in a deep fake video) that he had just launched war on Korea. The video would become viral in 30 seconds. North Korea would take around 60 seconds to respond. Don’t think that’s a stretch.” The
example is extreme, but imagine all the ways that individuals could use deep fake to fool others or otherwise obtain money or beneﬁts. It is already possible to create new text from existing audio of someone’s voice. How secure would citizens be when everyone else has access to this type of technology? Was Elon Musk right and is A.I. already beginning to pose a safety threat?
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN DEEP FAKE
If you want to see how slick deep fake has become, check out the video made by Jordan Peele (the award-winning director of Get Out!), in which he literally puts his own text into ex-President Obama’s mouth. The result is so convincing, viewers were debating as to whether or not it was in fact real, showing how untrustworthy new media forms can be. To see this video in action, search for You Won’t Believe What Obama Says In This Video! on YouTube channel BuzzFeedVideo. In the video,
Peele says, “We need to be more vigilant with what we trust from the Internet. It’s a time in which we need to rely on trusted news sources. It may sound basic, but how we move forward in the age of information is going to be the difference between whether we survive or become some kind of f***ed up dystopia.”
DEEP FAKE IN PORN
These days, deep fake technology is also being used to superimpose the faces of well known actors over those of porn stars. These videos are banned but can actually be easily accessed online and are continually being made. It is all as easy as introducing different audio and visual material of a person until the deep fake technology recognises patterns so subtle it is able to produce new material that seems totally authentic.
GOOGLE TO THE RESCUE
Google is just one company that is aiming to counteract the deep fake
phenomenon; last year, the Google News Initiative announced that it wanted to stamp out deep fake and other technologies intending to outsmart voice authentication programmes. The company has created a large body of synthetic voices speaking in different regional accents for use by participants in the 2019 ASVspoof challenge. The latter aims to create new ways of catching and dealing with fake speech through increasingly sophisticated voice authentication technology. We can only hope that Google and other companies manage to stay one step ahead of deep fake creators. As for audiences, we would do well to stick to one basic piece of advice: trust only half of what you see and hear, and don’t act rashly on it. Use information only you know if you get the feeling that what they are saying on video or by phone is out of character. Remember that we are at a unique time in human history in which seeing no longer means believing. e
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ECHO AND KIM FALL IN LOVE AT BIOPARC FUENGIROLA
Echo is the handsome male gorilla who was recently brought to Bioparc Fuengirola with one aim: to catch the eye and heart of Kim, a female gorilla who will hopefully give birth to a baby in the near future. The team at Bioparc told the press that Echo has a gentle, sociable personality, and that Kim is already smitten. Hopefully we will be hearing the pitter patter of little gorilla feet soon! i www.bioparcfuengirola.es
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As the spring season approaches, one thing many dog owners look forward to is taking their dog out for a trek or hike. If you will be away from home for more than an hour, it might be a good idea to bring a small ﬁrst aid kit with you for your pooch. The kit should include a sterilising solution, bandages and gauze, and wound ointment just in case your dog gets a cut or scrape. If your dog has bulgy eyes (i.e. if it is a pug, Boston Terrier, chihuahua, bulldog and the like), visit Pointer Clinic in Marbella or Estepona to purchase Cavazan, a salve for eyes that is used to treat eye scratches and abrasions, but which is also useful as a preventive measure to stave off eye dryness. Finally, don’t forget your doggie water bowl or foldable bottle. Your dog will need to drink three or four times during a walk. You should also ensure your dog is ﬁt and healthy enough to hike, taking it easy the ﬁrst few times and gradually extending your trekking time so your dog isn’t overwhelmed or overtired. i www.pointerclinic.com
NEW DOG PARK SOON TO LAUNCH IN ESTEPONA
The Estepona Town Hall is pleased to announce that it has started works on a new doggie park, which will measure an impressive 3,000m2. Located in the area of La Lobilla, it will contain 80 palm trees and a variety of other plant types, including ﬁcus and erythrina. The park will be lit up with LED lighting as well, and there will be benches for owners to rest and connect. This park is the third of its kind in Estepona and, hopefully, there will be many more to come! i www.estepona.es
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If you are ready to add a furry best friend to your home, visit MS Rescue, a small shelter with much-loved dogs that are put through a strict medical process. The latter includes blood tests, sterilisation, injections, microchip, and passport. If you aren’t ready to adopt but you’d like to make a donation, feel free to do so on their Paypal account: i firstname.lastname@example.org ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2019 / 143
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f a jewel is precious because it is beautiful and rare, then the setting of the C8NCEPT villas is precious too, for not only does it offer wonderful sea and mountain views from a private, secluded yet highly central Golden Mile location, but it does so in an area where such a mix of elements is extremely hard to ﬁnd, and therefore highly sought after. In this area demand often outstrips supply, so the eight luxurious modern villas that make up this select gated residence ﬁnd themselves ensconced within what is prime Marbella real estate, surrounded by many of the most
exclusive homes in the region in a spot that offers optimal security, privacy and lifestyle quality.
A CONCEPT OF STYLE AND QUALITY IN A BEAUTIFUL SETTING C8NCEPT Marbella is an exclusive gated community of eight private residences that are individually positioned to make the most of gorgeous sea and mountain views. Marbella and Puerto Banús are just minutes away, but once you pass the 24-hour security gate you enter a personal domain of peace and tranquillity.
The architectural styling by Larrain & Nonini architects embodies modern Mediterranean design with Asian influences and the use of hand-placed stone detailing on the exterior facia. The result is a clean but pleasing visual effect further enhanced by a water feature that adds a sense of occasion and elegance to each of the villas. Seen from the large open-plan living room, it is a design feature that really comes to life at night, when it adds colour and depth to the décor. The villas come in three design and layout options
that highlight the orientation and setting of each, and offer built space of almost 800m2 over three levels. In one of the designs, the master suite occupies the entire ﬁrst floor. The exterior lifestyle area with high-spec relaxation and entertainment features rivals the thoughtfully landscaped gardens and large panoramic swimming pools. These are ﬁnished in special Italian tiles that produce a gorgeous turquoise dance of light on the water – another visually appealing feature that adds lustre to the terrace and living areas.
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THE DIFFERENCE IS IN THE DETAIL In addition to stylish design, spacious open-plan living and modern amenities and comforts that include kitchens with top-ofthe-line Siemens appliances, and high-quality build construction by an experienced boutique developer, it is the detail that makes this concept of luxury living stand out – and it is here that the know-how of this specialist creator of luxury homes really comes to the fore. “The thought and quality that has gone into C8NCEPT Marbella marks it out and does justice to the quality of the location,” says Maher Bajjali, who leads the marketing of the project. With over 35 years creating projects in Marbella and abroad, Bajjali Consulting, the local
partner, knows quality from faux luxury, and in these luxurious villas has opted only for the best. This is reflected in the many features that make up the C8NCEPT residences, from state-of-the-art wooden front doors that are a modern work of art to top-spec gliding windows, floor to ceiling interior doors and large-format matt tiles and wooden flooring. They also offer solid freestanding bathtubs from the top suppliers, opulent landscaping and under floor heating throughout using a highly efficient heat exchange system that is the favourite of modern top-level homes but seldom seen in Marbella. “The fact that the finest
materials were chosen to make these residences will be reflected not only in the value of the properties but also in the standard of living that emanates from true quality and workmanship,” says Maher, and after years of creating luxury homes he knows exactly what everyday details enhance one’s enjoyment of a home. “These homes are built around a concept of character and refinement to offer the highest level of lifestyle within their price range, and we are proud of the fact that we have remained true to this throughout, from the terrace tiling and the bathroom specifications to the thoughtful positioning of windows, the capturing of views
and the quality of the floor-toceiling doors and home automation system.” The new owners have had a great deal of flexibility in creating their own finishing touches, particularly in the lower level, which features a fifth bedroom suite and private gym/spa area as well as a laundry, modern machine room, and a home cinema with entertainment area. “In keeping with the standard set for living in the C8NCEPT Residences, the materials, designs and features set the tone for optimal quality of life in one of Marbella’s very best locations.” i www.conceptmarbella.com
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ATP CHALLENGER CASINO ADMIRAL
TAKES PLACE FROM MARCH 25 TO 31
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arbella has always been an excellent place to play and enjoy sport, with events like the Casino Admiral Trophy (taking place this year at the Puente Romano Tennis Club) bringing some of the best professional tennis players to our shores. Marbella-born tennis pro Adrián Menéndez, Ambassador of the tournament, is excited about the occasion, since “it brings a top-level tennis event to my city and I am pleased to be its ambassador.” Menéndez highlights the role played by the Puente Romano, whose “installations are impressive.” The Central Court, for instance, has a 2,500-person spectator capacity and the Tennis Club
boasts 10 tennis courts and four paddle tennis courts in total. “Not many tennis clubs in the world are right next to the sea,” notes Adrián.
WHAT IS THE ATP CHALLENGER? The ATP Challenger is a series of international men’s professional tennis matches, considered the second highest level of competition after the ATP World Tour. The ATP Challenger Tour attracts young players, as well as those wishing to gain points for the ATP World Tour. Adrián tells me, “There has been an important change this year. Challenger events are now deemed ‘ﬁrst-
level’ tennis tournaments within the ATP. There is only one professional league and the number of players has been reduced from 1,800 to 600. The circuit has become more professional and now, those with an ATP ranking can live off tennis.”
STARTING OFF THE CLAY SEASON The ATP Challenger Casino Admiral Trophy is hugely important in 2019 because it is ofﬁcially “the ﬁrst tournament in Europe played on a clay court this year,” says Adrián, “Thus, those who lose in the Miami Open will be keen on playing here to prepare for the clay season and the Master 1000 of Montecarlo.”
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THE BRAINCHILD BEHIND THE TOURNAMENT This is the second year this tournament lights up the Puente Romano Tennis Club. The tournament was founded by Austrian events organiser Ronnie Leitgeb of CHAMP AG – an agency with over 30 years of experience in providing services to top athletes and staging sports events – including various Davis Cup Ties and ATP Tour events. Ronnie was also the manager of former world number one player, Thomas Muster. Says Adrián: “Ronnie moved to Marbella and became interested in organising events. He thought – ‘What better way to do so than with the Puente Romano’ and the ﬁrst ATP Challenger Casino Admiral Trophy was born last year.”
THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR The ATP Challenger Casino Admiral Trophy aims to provide a full day’s entertainment for families. There will be different ticket types, with VIP ticket holders enjoying catering, privileged seating, and more. The event will feature concerts, including a tribute to Monserrat Caballé on the ﬁrst night (Caballé’s daughter Montse Martí will be singing with Rodrigo Orrego and a pianist); Manolito by the Gypsy Kings family on the second night, and a Boney M Show on the third night. The event is sponsored by Admiral Casino, AnyTech365 (which specialises in digital services), Puente Romano and other companies. “There will also be special activities for kids,” says Adrián, noting, “Last year another player and I played tennis with the kids and gave them some tips, which they really enjoyed. We also had a wheelchair tennis event, which we hope to repeat this year. Our aim is to unite high-level tennis with activities for the whole family.” i For tickets and further information, www.marbellachallenger.com
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Reaching Sky High Adrián is the biggest Andalusian player to make his mark on the professional tennis circuit. He grew up in Marbella though now lives between Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona – where his lovely girlfriend Isabel (an actress and Marketing graduate) lives. He is the ideal Ambassador and aid to Ronnie Leitgeb, since he speaks English and German fluently. “I studied at the German school in Marbella. My uncle was a footballer for A Coruña and until I was 15 I played both tennis and football. At around 15 I decided tennis was the sport for me. At 14 I was the champion of the Infantiles category and at 15 I was proclaimed Champion of Andalucía.” It was also at the age of 15 that Adrián would be offered a move to Barcelona to start a professional career in tennis. However, “For my parents, education was very important and I also thought it would be good to obtain my selectividad at the German School. I therefore moved to Barcelona at the age of 19.” Adrián has been playing professionally for over 10 years, and he is constantly travelling to compete in events across the globe (he has played at various prestigious tournaments including the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open). He has reached the ﬁnals of 14 Futures tournaments (winning nine of them) and won four Challenger tournaments. Adrián is very active but sees himself as “in the mature stage of my career. I made sure to obtain qualiﬁcations that would come in handy when I stopped playing. I obtained the CAF qualiﬁcation at University, then a Masters in Education and Events Organisation.” He is excited about his role as Ambassador of the ATP Challenger Casino Admiral Trophy and encourages sports lovers and families to attend the event. “The ﬁrst few matches are free but the ticketed events will also be worth it, with kids and adults enjoying everything from food to music and fun days of tennis.” Clearly, the event will be the highlight of the Spring sporting season in Marbella. e
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SURPRISES GALORE AT 90TH BIRTHDAY PARTY OF CUDECA FOUNDER, JOAN HUNT Recently, the Cudeca Hospice celebrated the 90th birthday of its Founder and Honorary President, Joan Hunt, surrounded by the employees and her closest friends. The party took place in the training room of the hospice, which had been decorated with banners and handmade birthday decorations, with the entire menu planned out and prepared by the workers themselves. Joan was received with a grand ovation by all those present. Blame it on the Boogie started playing as the staff performed a dance they had been rehearsing for more than three weeks as a surprise. Joan dedicated a few words to all attendees and joined the revellers for a scrumptious lunch. Happy Birthday to a truly wonderful woman who has done so much for cancer care on the Coast! i www.cudeca.org
FUERTE CONIL â€“ COSTA LUZ CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY Congratulations to the Fuerte Conil â€“ Costa Luz Hotel, whose staff recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. The hotel, which now boasts 469 rooms, has reactivated the local economy of Conil, turning it into a sophisticated tourist area that is worthy of a visit. Great food, beautiful views, and top-notch service make it easy to unwind and forget anything and everything to do with the stresses of everyday life. The Fuerte Group also announced its continued commitment to helping conserve the pine forest in the Parque Natural de la Sierra de las Nieves, by taking part in an initiative that aims to improve biodiversity, accelerate the natural growth dynamic of pine trees, and reduce the risk of forest fires. i www.fuertehoteles.com
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NEW LOOK FOR TAI PAN Tai Pan is an iconic institution in Marbella, known for serving authentic Chinese cuisine made to traditional recipes, as well as creative interpretations of culinary favourites. The restaurant has recently re-opened following an extensive refurbishment. Contemporary and classical décor, matched by the new menu, features a gorgeous interplay of green, turquoise, and light and dark wood hues. At Tai Pan, you can look forward to all your favourite dishes, as well as exciting new delights dreamed up by the talented Chef. i www.taipanmarbella.com
THE OASIS WELLNESS & SPA RECOGNISED IN TRAVELLERS’ CHOICE 2019 AWARDS The Oasis Wellness & Spa at the Hotel Don Carlos was recently deemed one of the 25 top luxury installations in Spain at the Travellers’ Choice 2019 awards. Millions of travellers voted for the prizes, making the award all the more valuable. The Oasis Wellness & Spa has 35 luxury rooms as well as a 1,600m2-sized spa, with a beautiful water circuit, sauna, and a plethora of relaxing wellness treatments. i www.doncarlosresort.com
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ALI SILVER – NO MORE NUTRI- NONSENSE! An exciting and new way of examining our relationship with food has arrived in Marbella. Ali Silver, a licensed Intuitive Eating Coach, aims to help people with issues concerning food with a refreshing and groundbreaking approach. “My message is promoting REAL body positivity, health at every size, removing weight stigma and fat shaming, and shedding light on a lot of the nutrinonsense on the Internet and in the news.” Ali explains, “This includes Non-diet Nutrition and Intuitive Eating coaching – ditching diets, removing food restrictions, moving because it feels good, not because it’s a punishment, etc.” Qualifying at the National Centre For Eating Disorders as an Eating Disorder Specialist, Ali previously worked at the Amy Winehouse Foundation in London, teaching the girls to move, relax around food, eat well, and several self care methods. i Further
NEW HEMODYNAMICS PROGRAMME AT QUIRÓNSALUD Quirónsalud recently adopted a new programme focused on hemodynamics (i.e. the circulatory system). The programme, involving the cardiology departments of the hospitals, Quirónsalud Málaga, Marbella and the Campo de Gibraltar, aims to treat cardiovascular emergencies quickly and efﬁciently, reducing the time between the ﬁrst appearance of symptoms, and diagnostics and treatment. Every year, approximately 125,000 deaths and over ﬁve million hospitalisations are caused by heart disease. Thanks to this new programme, many lives can be saved. i www.quironsalud.es
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FIRST INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT IN MIJAS
FIRST EDITION OF PADDLE TENNIS CHARITY TOURNAMENT, REAL ESTATE SECTOR
The Lions Club of La Cala de Mijas, alongside the Sports and Foreigners Departments of the Mijas Town Council and La Peña Dinamarca, are pleased to announce the very ﬁrst International Mijas Football Tournament, featuring local veterans from different countries (including Spain, the UK, Germany, and Denmark). The games will take place at the La Cala de Mijas Campo de Fútbol on March 22 at 7pm. All proﬁts from entries will go to the Lions Club of La Cala de Mijas. i www.mijas.es
NVOGA is organising its ﬁrst Paddle Tennis Charity Tournament, focusing on the real estate sector on the Coast. The idea is to bring together a wide array of real estate agencies in the area, as well as developers, builders, lawyers, architects, etc. The competition will feature different categories so that all can participate (men and women). The ﬁrst edition will also have a Spain vs the World soccer championship, so participate if you feel like taking part in this fun sporting occasion! The event will be raising funds for needy children in Uganda, where NVOGA has already helped build a school. At the Marbella Racket Club de Los Monteros from April 5 to 7. i www.nvoga.com
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SYNLAB PRESENTS GROUNDBREAKING TEST FOR FOOD INTOLERANCES SYNLAB has a brand new test called A200 Dieta Mediterránea, which tests for 200 different food intolerances in one go. Research has found that around 75 per cent of people who have had the test have noticed a big improvement after making dietary changes. Considering that up to 35 per cent of people in Spain have food intolerances, a test of this calibre is great news indeed for children and adults alike. i www.synlab.es
KEZIA KAUR LAUNCHES ASHIANA WELLBEING RETREATS Kezia Kaur is the creator of Ashiana Wellbeing. She specialises in creating retreats set in a safe haven for people wishing to unwind and forget about the stresses of everyday life. She founded Shanti-Som in Monda and is now focused on retreats that combine the best of Eastern and Western teachings. Her retreats are located in Cádiz, in a beautiful boutique hotel and spa called Finca Monasterio. g Further
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C&A STAFF DRESS IN WHITE TO COMMEMORATE WORLD CHILD CANCER DAY For three days straight, staff at all six C&A stores in Málaga province dressed in white, as a symbolic act aimed at eliciting more support in the ﬁght against child cancer. The C&A Foundation united with CRIS Contra el Cáncer in donating €185.000, for the purpose of creating a special haemato-oncological unit for children, as part of an on-going three year programme. i www.criscancer.org
BLACK JACK CROUPIERS SCHOOL AT CASINO MARBELLA Casino Marbella will be holding a croupiers school (specialising in Black Jack), starting on March 11. The course will be totally free and will run for nine weeks. Classes will take place from Monday to Friday in the afternoon (exact time to be determined). g If you are interested in
taking part, send your CV and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating the subject of the email as Escuela Black Jack 2019.
MANIFESTO DESIGN CREATES MAGAZINE FOR LUXURY PROPERTY ORGANISATION DOM3 Manifesto Design recently created the inaugural edition of a magazine for the property industry collective DOM3, to support the ethos and mission of the Marbella-based organisation. The ﬁrst issue was launched amid very positive reviews and showcased respected industry players, lifestyle features and important initiatives in the area. “The task in front of us was to create a physical representation of what DOM3 stands for,” stated Manifesto Design’s founding partner and Creative Director, Michel Cruz. As the purpose of DOM3 is to inspire the highest levels of skill, creativity and innovation in luxury real estate, it was important that this was also reflected in the design, content and editorial quality of the publication.” Manifesto Design was responsible for the creative concept, design, artwork and all editorial content for this inaugural edition of the DOM3 magazine. i www.manifestodesign.com 154 / MARCH 2019 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM
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It’s extremely common that owners in communities think of their staff as the best suited to carry out works in their own private properties. What is more, in other countries the idea of a community is a full service one, whether rendered in the common areas or the private space of your own home. This becomes even more relevant when your property is your holiday home and you want your stay to be as hassle-free as possible. WORDS CRISTINA FALKENBERG
nder Spanish law, an owners community is simply a mass of goods owned by more than one person, with each owner having their share (also known as a quota). The essence of a community is to look after a set of common assets: if they disappear, the community may no longer exist legally. However, the fact that the essential purpose of a community is to look after these common goods does not mean that the community cannot carry out accessory activities. The purpose of a community is not to generate a commercial income, let alone a proﬁt; however, nothing in the law states that communities cannot generate some income to offset their costs. A typical activity communities engage in is renting out common elements, which the Law on Horizontal Property regards expressly under article 17.3. Such agreements require approval of 60% of the owners (in number, irrespective of how many properties they own) that represent at least 60% of the quotas in the community. It goes without saying that the community may only put to the vote
renting common elements that are not essential to owners being able to use and reasonably enjoy their private properties. This is the case with access to properties, but one could also think of other less obvious circumstances, such as renting out commercial premises to businesses or industries where they make living in the surrounding properties very uncomfortable, devaluing these premises. If rentals are commercial they carry VAT and the community will have to register for VAT and declare it (quarterly), subtracting VAT for any supplies directly linked to the rented premises. By deﬁnition, common areas are not charged a community fee. On the contrary, fees are paid by the owners to maintain those common elements. However, when declaring rental income, there is no doubt that maintenance of the common areas is a tax-deductible expense, as are any local taxes, repairs, legal and administration fees, or the 3% annual amortisation of the cadastral value of any construction that may be deducted as a cost. The community will have to supply
its owners with a certiﬁcate of all net income obtained (minus any withholding), to be added to each owner’s tax base.
COMMUNITY SERVICES Another source of income is community services, much demanded especially by owners and guests on a shorter stay. Booking private services through the community ofﬁce is actually the right way to do things, allowing the optimisation of the allocation of resources. Here, two approaches are possible: one where the community makes a proﬁt, or, alternatively, one where it covers costs, generating an income too but supplying residents with services at very competitive rates, which can be improved even further as there is no call-out charge. Also, the service providers will have a good knowledge of the community and its functioning, avoiding errors and being able to deliver better assistance. Security is improved as well and this is an important factor to take into account, especially as absent owners will have to leave a key to their property.
It goes without saying that if a community decides to offer private services, it will have to carry separate accounting for this and register at the tax ofﬁce for being engaged in economic activities. Even if done at cost, private services carry VAT as the community is regarded as a business from a tax perspective. Timesheets, proper estimates, separate purchases of materials and a correct calculation of direct and indirect costs are all keys to the success of an initiative that promises to add value to the property. Another of the beneﬁts comes with organising the labour. Optimising the productivity – in particular if there is a bonus scheme in place – and avoiding dysfunctionalities such as community tools, storage space, materials or man-hours being used in private jobs paid in cash. Also, should an accident occur, the community as employer would be responsible, as it would have involved its staff working within its premises. The job contract, health and safety provisions, and insurance should cover community staff providing private services. e
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KOREAN FOOD TRAIN! Does anyone remember the fabulous Korean restaurant called Hanuri (in Calahonda), which invited diners to cook their own meal atop table grills? Each meal was a veritable celebration; an explosion of colours and flavours that included bibimbap with a sizzling fried egg on top, grilled marinated meats, kimchi, and many more dishes. The aim of a Korean feast, the owner told us, was to keep guests at the table for hours. This way, family and friends could bond over food and Korean beer, as lunch melded into dinner and everyone felt they had connected with their loved ones in a meaningful way. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS
KOREAN RESTAURANTS IN MÁLAGA THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE WORTH THE WAIT Hanuri was ahead of its time; the big Korean cuisine boom has only just swept across the United States and those of us who have sampled its flavours are hoping the same thing happens on the Coast asap. Currently, if you visit the U.S., you will find Korean barbecue establishments in nearly every city. As noted by John Surico of Serious Eats, the reason Korean cuisine has taken much longer to grow this big than Chinese or Japanese cuisine, is that the Koreans never marketed their cuisine. Rather than creating Americanised versions of popular dishes, they opened small restaurants aimed mainly at Korean immigrants. It’s hard to keep a good thing under wraps for long, of course, and once international audiences began sampling the sweetspicy-acidic flavours of staple dishes, there was no stopping the Korean cuisine boom.
RISE OF THE KOREAN MUKBANGER For many, YouTube is considered much more fun than standard TV, largely because of its ability to be personalised to the viewer. If you feel this way, then you may be subscribed to popular mukbanger channels (think Stephanie Soo, Dorothy, or hyuneeEats). In case you haven’t seen a mukbang yet, it essentially involves eating copious amounts
If you want to try a couple of Korean dishes, Sansho (C/ Jovellanos 5, Málaga) offers both Korean and Japanese of food in front of a camera, often cuisine and does serve up wonderful soups, kimchi, and while indulging in banter. What dishes made with rice cakes. Pali Pali in Marbella also most top channels have in common provides a selection of Korean dishes and tapas. Finally, Uri is the Korean ancestry of their hosts, Sushi in Málaga (C/ Madre de Dios 31) serves Japanese and the numerous Korean dishes and Korean dishes alike. They do a great tteokbokki featured during their online feasts. here so if you have always been curious about Stephanie Soo takes the entertainment this scarlet hued rice cake delight, what factor up a notch by discussing crime are you waiting for? stories while tucking into tray after tray of spicy noodles and rice cakes.
DISHES TO TRY If, like me, you are big mukbang fan, then you have probably grown very curious indeed about the most popular dishes featured on these channels. Frequently featured are spicy Korean ramen, kimchi, Korean corn dogs (featuring a variety of fillings, including squid, Korean rice cakes, and mozzarella cheese), tteokbokki (a spicy dish that looks like macaroni in tomato sauce but instead comprises long rice cakes, triangular fish cakes, and vegetables, in a spicy red sauce made from Korean chili paste), samgyeopsal (grilled slice of pork belly dipped in a sesame seed oil seasoning and wrapped in lettuce), and samgyetang (healing chicken soup made with ginger, garlic, Korean ginseng, and Korean jujube).
BUYING ONLINE There is an easy and cheap way to try a few of Korea’s most popular dishes. Amazon.es sells Korean chili paste, kimchi, and spicy buldak bokkeummyeon noodles, and you can make your own rice cakes at home by simply using rice flour and water (recipes are easily available on most cooking sites). The right marinade for grilled meats is harder to come by, but you can make a sweet Korean marinade at home easily. Just search for beef bulgogi on AllRecipes.com. You will need soy sauce, white sugar, green onion, garlic, sesame seeds, sesame oil, and ground black pepper for a beautifully sweet sauce that works perfectly with grilled meat dishes. e
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riginally Da Vinci was a small Italian restaurant on the coastal side of the A-7 road in Calahonda, but over time owner Jacky and his team have made it one of the most popular dining venues and a landmark in the area. The recipe for this success? It’s quite simple: good food, a charming ambience, friendly and efﬁcient service, great value for money and, importantly, consistent quality. These are the things that make Da Vinci stand out, and they have formed the basis for a success story that resonates in the area. In truth, the characteristics mentioned above count as the main ingredients for success in restaurants the world over, but the fact that they are not easy to achieve and maintain is evident in this highly competitive industry, where some do well and others don’t. Da Vinci has three distinct indoor dining spaces, all cosy and comfortable with charming decoration, and in summer it opens up to include spacious terrace areas either close to the unique feature of an outdoor pizza kitchen or a little further out. What’s more, the pizzas made here come from a traditional
Ristorante Da Vinci has grown from a small Italian eatery into a local Calahonda landmark and ﬁrm favourite of diners in the area. We went to see why it’s so popular. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN
A Calahonda Favourite
wood-ﬁred oven and their authentic texture and taste are the backbone of Da Vinci’s fame in Calahonda and surroundings. The fact that people come from Marbella and Mijas to dine at this popular landmark restaurant is also down to the quality of the pastas, risottos and the meat dishes. A new chef has been added to the kitchen, and the menu has been slightly extended to additionally include more meat and ﬁsh choices for those who like Italian food but also wish to widen their options. This is especially good for the families and large groups who, like couples, enjoy Da Vinci.
GOOD, HONEST ITALIAN CUISINE Above all, the restaurant offers good, honest Italian food prepared and presented to a high standard of quality and reﬁnement. The portions are just right – not overly big and also not leaving you hungry – and the buzz of a lively venue adds to the sense of a night out; cosy in winter and bustling in summer. In addition to the set menu there are also daily specials to keep things fresh and exciting, and on the night, we chose one of them,
a cream of seafood soup starter made from fresh ingredients. Off the menu came other starters, such as a beautifully seasoned sea bass ceviche marinated in a zesty lime and cilantro salsa, a melt-in-themouth funghi aglio (mushrooms with garlic) and the special pil pil prawns, which include a tequila infusion and parmesan shavings, adding to its gorgeous flavour. You can tell everything is made fresh on the day; it’s evident in the taste of the food and also the great flexibility of the chefs. Just inform them what you want and they’ll adapt the dish to your dietary needs and/ or personal preferences. This was immediately put to the test by one of my companions, who ordered the spaghetti al pil pil, but with the request to change it to fettucine and add cherry tomatoes. True to form, this was done without so much as a batting of the eyelids. We also sampled one of the pizzas that has made this restaurant so renowned: the Padrino, which comes with tomato, mozzarella, onions, green and red peppers, chilli, garlic and that classic of pizza toppings, pepperoni. It disappeared so quickly
that no one else got a chance to try it, so certainly lived up to its reputation, and the meat dishes ensure that Da Vinci is far more than a one-trick pony. The entrecote al funghi, a sirloin steak flambéed with brandy in a creamy mushroom sauce, was delicious, while the tower of beef ﬁllet steak in a puff pastry easily equalled it in all aspects. We accompanied these delectable offerings with a very good red wine from the Ribera del Duero – Pruno Crianza 2016. It completed an altogether successful evening, something that is easy to achieve at Da Vinci, for its excellent fayre is matched by a convivial atmosphere in which we topped off the evening with a fragrant carrot cake, a soft and creamy cheesecake, a gorgeously warm and moist apple crumble and an equally well-presented and luscious chocolate mousse. Having experienced it for ourselves, we now know exactly why Da Vinci is a such a go-to dining experience in Calahonda.
g Urb. Dona Lola, 21, Calahonda, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 934 667 www.restaruante-davinci.com
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IZAKAYA EXPERIENCE AT DÖSS
Döss Marbella recently hosted a Japanese culinary event called Izakaya Experience, prepared by whiz chef, Carlos Navarro. Guests were invited into the world of the taverns of Nagoya (Japan), and they enjoyed sipping on sake and sampling a wide variety of dishes – everything from zenzai to robata grilled treats, and sashimi. If you missed out don’t worry, there are many more events lined up! In March enjoy the Yatai (food stall-inspired) Experience, in April the Sake Experience, in May the Kaiseki (multi-course) Experience and in June the Omakase (Chef’s tasting menu) Experience. Each experience features a separate menu created in accordance with Japanese tradition and bearing the creative touch of Carlos Navarro. i www.dossmarbella.com
DELICIAS GOURMET SHOP LAUNCHES IN ELVIRIA The Delicias Gourmet Group will be launching a brand new gourmet shop in Elviria on March 22 at 6:30pm. The event will feature live music by saxophonist Darío Domenech and a live art exhibition by grafﬁti artist, Nauni, who will create a personalised look for the new store. There will also be a tasting featuring wines by Ronda Chinchilla, catering by Salduba Catering, and much more. i www.deliciasgourmetgroup.com
EL LERO BY BODEGAS LARA WINS H&T PRIZE FOR BEST OAK BARREL RED WINE El Lero by Bodegas Lara recently took home the H&T Prize for Best Oak Barrel Red Wine. The wine, containing tempranillo, cabernet sauvignon and syrah grapes, is aged for six months in French oak barrels. This is quite a feat for a winery that launched its ﬁrst wines, all created in Ronda, only in 2017. i www.laraseleccion.com
KGB’S RABO DE TORO BURGER TURNS 10
The iconic Rabo de Toro Burger at KGB has ofﬁcially been attracting diners from far and wide, for 10 years! Its creators, Pachu Barrera, José Alberto Callejo, and Irene Garrido, recently celebrated a party to commemorate the feat, giving speeches and recalling the moment of the burger’s creation. The restaurant has served over 75,000 of these burgers and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come! g C/ Fresca 12, Málaga. Tel: 952 22 68 51.
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ÁNGELofLEÓN A poniente CHEF OF THE SEA
When news of this year’s Michelin star awards broke, few people in the culinary sector were surprised that Aponiente in El Puerto de Santa María had achieved the coveted three Michelin stars. Of course, its Chef, Ángel León, was celebrating a total of four stars (his second restaurant, Alevante at the Hotel Meliá Sancti Petri, had also received a star). The so-called ‘Chef of the Sea’ was delighted that his interest in the nutritional value of sea ﬂora and fauna once again captured the hearts and minds of critics and foodies. Aponiente recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and what better way was there to do so than with the ultimate recognition a restaurateur could hope for? WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS
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ngel León celebrates ocean delights with traditional produce such as sardines, as well as lesser known species like plankton, a ‘superfood’ that is packed with heart-healthy antioxidants. Check out the Chef’s Instagram and you will marvel at artistically presented dishes such as the chargrilled sardine roasted on an olive bone and served on an aubergine base on a biscuit with sardine fat, and the tuna and onion ‘soup doughnut’ with Béarnaise sauce. Every bite is moreish, every dish the product of hours of detailed preparation. Nothing is too crazy or all-out at Aponiente. It is usually pretty easy to identify what you are eating, the surprise factor often arising from the texture, flavour combinations, and blend of colours. The wine list, compiled by the restaurant’s ‘perfumer’, Juan Ruiz Henestrosa, comprises a vast array of local sherries. “I don’t trust people who don’t drink their own wine,” says Henestrosa, who sources bottles from some of the area’s best-kept ‘secret bodegas’. Ángel León hails from Jerez, though he honed his craft at renowned gastronomic haven, Taberna del Alabardero, in Seville. Three years down the track he headed to france, working at Le Chapon Fin in Bordeaux. His return to Spain saw him serve alongside Fernando Córdoba (famed Chef from El Faro in Cádiz), before launching Aponiente in 2007. The Wall Street Journal would quickly refer to Aponiente as “One of the top 10 restaurants in Europe,” while The New York Times deemed it one of the best in the world, “worth getting on a plane for.” In addition to three Michelin stars, Aponiente also boasts three Repsol suns. Aponiente is ensconced within a 19th-century mill, built in 1815 to harness the energy of four daily tides that have influenced the sea life and landscape of the Bay of Cádiz since time immemorial. The mill manufactured salt, as well as food made with cereal grown in the local countryside. It was one of the biggest in Southern Europe in its heyday, but fell into abandonment when new technology was developed to produce flour during the economic crisis of the 1970s. Ángel León and his team gave the mill new importance, launching a restaurant that also availed of its proximity to the sea. At Aponiente, you can choose from two tasting menus, both of which pay homage to the sea from ﬁrst to last bite. The restaurant will be announcing its 2019
menus on March 19, but one thing you will deﬁnitely ﬁnd is a vast range of ﬁsh, seafood, and plankton dishes (including iridescent plankton). All ingredients (and wines) follow closely the ‘zero kilometre’ food concept, and even the desserts contain sea-derived ingredients. If soft plankton cheese, prawn cheese, or seaweed pudding sound up your street, you may also be inspired to book a table, put the pedal to the metal, and take advantage of the fact that Puerto Santa María is just two hours away – no planes needed here! i www.aponiente.com
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LA RIOJA ALTA, S.A. NO MINOR RIOJA INSTITUTION WITH AN ADDITIONAL TRIBUTE TO LAYMONT & SHAW
Way back in 1980 and for a year or three, having graduated from Edinburgh University the year before, my ﬁrst job was, as the sole Spanish speaker within a tiny but most successful high turnover London-located enterprise dedicated to the importation and distribution of wood-based products from a handful of major Spanish manufacturers – chipboard, plywood, sawn pine, MDF and what have you – not just to charter complete vessels, accompany mega buyers on visits to primarily Galician factories, and interpret at board meetings; but the most fun I had was probably in providing our many clients with sumptuous gift cases of Xmas wines – for which I had an important budget. WORDS CARLOS READ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LA RIOJA ALTA
A SELECTION PAZO DE SEOANE 2017 (RÍAS BAIXAS) – 12.5% Z 68% Albariño from their vineyards in O Rosal, together with 11% Caiño and Treixadura plus some 10% Loureiro; this is full-flavoured, of an attractive greenish yellow hue, and with a wonderful flinty, aromatic, floral fragrance, fresh and tingly flavours, and an admirable lightness of touch. Z The 2018 will be out shortly and is a worthy successor. Z Production approximately 50,000 bottles. Z Consumer price in Spain around €9.
his I did largely through a now sadly defunct outﬁt called Laymont & Shaw who were perhaps the ﬁrst UK importers of seriously good Spanish wines thanks in no small degree to the fact that its founding duo consisted of two big wheels at English China Clay of St. Austell, Cornwall, who – with serious exports to Spain – as of about 1973 decided that the containers they were sending out to Spain might usefully come back ﬁlled with something Spanish. The two behind the plan were Cornwall-based John Hawes, the Hispanic Export Manager, and his key Spanish contact José Montelay-Irastorza; and as my father, Jan Read, had that very year just published the ﬁrst ever English language Guide to the Wines of Spain and Portugal, their Agency portfolio kicked off most spectacularly with headliners Vega Sicilia, Juvé y Camps and La Rioja Alta as John Hawes had clearly done his homework and was a welcome and regular guest at our privileged wee flat in Knightsbridge for as long as I can remember.
VIÑA ALBERDI TINTO RESERVA 2012 (RIOJA) – 13.5% Z The simplest and most supple Rioja Alta style. Z Pure Tempranillo from three different vineyard sites in Rodezno and one in Labastida located at altitudes of between 500 and 600 metres. With two years in American oak, this is a joy on its own or with all manner of simple dishes: long and satisfying, replete with toasty syrupy cherry fruit, and very easy-drinking. Z The 2013 was recently released, has perhaps a more pronounced primary fruit zing (strawberry/ currants and raspberries), and is as accomplished as ever notwithstanding such a wet year. Z Note that in Spain this style is always labelled Crianza. Z Production approximately 500,000 bottles. Z Consumer price in Spain around €12.
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WHY LA RIOJA ALTA? A no brainer perhaps as during a time that quality Spanish wines were still very much unknown in the UK, the populist British consumer was only just beginning to switch into ‘wine’ – the ghastly Lutomer Riesling (for coca cola fans), 2 litre bottles of Valpolicella, and from Spain the most basic offerings possible often also in large bottles. Mass travel and cheap flights were still years away, so it was only a privileged upper middle class minority who really knew anything about what life had to offer beyond our shores. This benchmark winery was therefore absolutely perfect for someone looking for traditional top quality and ready to inject the necessary enthusiasm into such a pioneering project. It was established on July 10th, back in 1890, when its initial ﬁve founders constituted, in the presence of Haro notary Don Vicente García y Calzada, the Sociedad Vinícola de La Rioja Alta with an initial capital of 112,500 pesetas (€676) of which only 20 per cent was initially spent. Based to begin with exclusively at premises leased from French négociant, Alphonse Viguier, in the Barrio de la Estación in Haro, the winery went on to make its name with such ﬁrmly established classical wines as ‘Cosecha 1890’, ‘Cosecha 1904’, and the perennially popular ‘Viña Ardanza’ – their wines by then in Spain a long established household name. Worth noting too, incidentally, that the
founding of this excellent bodega was not the only momentous thing to happen locally back in 1890, for it was also in that very year that – ahead of anywhere else in Spain – electric lighting came to both Haro and Jerez. This gave rise to a number of local refrains, the politest of which was – to describe the new wonders of the world –¡Haro, París y Londres! Meantime, nearly a hundred years later, by the mid-1980s La Rioja Alta, S.A. had accumulated some 250 hectares of its own local vineyards, had no fewer than 23,000 barricas, and was producing around a million bottles. Today, still a byword for smooth, rounded, balanced oaky reds, production is signiﬁcantly larger, and they now own 386 hectares in the Rioja Alta, 67 in Rioja Alavesa, 46.2 in Rioja Baja (recently renamed Rioja Oriental), 88 in Rías Baixas, and 87.3 in Ribera del Duero – for they have wisely expanded in other directions in order to add a more modern dimension to their impressive catalogue of traditional wines. The mother ship – production has been based in Labastida since around 1996, with their charming and picturesque Haro base now a most convivial reception centre in addition to being a mega barrel store – with three other quite distinct wineries now in the equation – now boasts some 30,000 barricas and has, typically, some eight years’ of
VIÑA ARANA TINTO RESERVA 2009 (RIOJA) – 13.5% Z 95% Tempranillo with 5% Mazuelo and from two estate owned vineyards in Rodezno planted in 1973, this spends some three years in barrica and is distinctly more savoury yet still super friendly, riper, and with appreciably more richness, and attractive underlying hints of tobacco, caramel and spice. Peg up the accompanying food a notch to bigger flavoured, casserole orientated offerings. Z The 2011 was recently released and has similar attributes given the similarity of the vintages. 2010 (skipped) was famously cold in Rioja, its wines in general tougher and slow to reveal their potential. Z Production approximately 150,000 bottles. Z Consumer price in Spain around €16. VIÑA ARDANZA TINTO RESERVA 2009 (RIOJA) – 13.5% Z 80% Tempranillo from 30-year-old vineyards in Fuenmayor and Cenicero & 20% Garnacha from a speciﬁc high altitude vineyard Rioja Baja/Oriental, these low yielding vineyards produce one of the winery’s most emblematic styles. Big, dry, elegant and super savoury with toasty cherry and blackcurrant notes, heaps of spice and a healthy measure of tannin. Prior to blending, the Tempranillo spends around 36 months in three to four year old American oak and the Garnacha around 30. Exult and partner with game, roast meats, barbecues and powerful cheeses. Z Production approximately 600,000 bottles. Z Consumer price in Spain around €21.
stock quietly ageing in its underground cellars. Coopering has been in house for some years now – since 2002 – the oak (all American) imported primarily from Ohio and Pennsylvania; and the chief winemaker is Albert Vigier.
MARTELO RESERVA 2014 (RIOJA) – 14.5% Z This is a radical departure from any of the aforementioned and ample evidence that this impressive, now umbrella company moves with the times and can cater for shifting tastes. Z In essence, a dark, well-structured old vine Tempranillo with 5% mixed Mazuelo, Garnacha and even Viura, representing this single vineyard’s very own traditional blend; and made by Julio Sáenz, who has been with the group since 1996. Z Primary fruit orientated yet vanilla-imbued and bursting with energy; dried rose petals, and vivid raspberry fruit intertwined with chocolate vie with ﬁne-grained tannins and an almost tar-like grip. Z Production approximately 80,000 bottles. Z Consumer price in Spain around €24. RESERVA 904 TINTO GRAN RESERVA 2009 (RIOJA) – 13.5% Z One of Rioja Alta’s true flagships, this is made from 60 year old Tempranillo plus some 10% Graciano grown in Briñas, Labastida and nearby Villalba. With some four years in used American oak, and bottled in 2014 this is a sumptuous, complex and mature wine of medium intensity with great mouth-feel and markedly oaky and balsamic characteristics that should be enjoyed now. Z Production approximately 150,000 bottles. Z Consumer price in Spain around €40. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2019 / 169
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PRICE GUIDE per head for a three-course meal with wine
€25 – €40
€40 – €60
LISTINGS WHAT’S ON STARS
THE ORGANIC CAFÉ
Open from 9am Monday to Saturday and Sunday from 11am for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Centro Plaza, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 861
Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Gregorio Marañón s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 968
Open daily from 9am to 10pm. Esquina C/ Martínez Catena and Paseo Marítimo Fuengirola. Tel: 951 255 563
Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. C/ Ramón Areces, esq. Marina Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 024
HARD ROCK CAFÉ
JACKS Open seven days a week from noon till late. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 563 673
JACKS SMOKEHOUSE Open seven days a week from noon till late. Puerto Banús, Tel: 952 813 625
MR. GOURMET BURGER Open from 6pm ‘til late every evening. Avda. Luis Braile 20, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 785 257
BUENOS AIRES SOUTH
Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. C/ Virgen del Pilar, 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 779 297
EL BANCO Open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to midnight. Urb. Aloha Pueblo, Local 35, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 907 570
HACIENDA PATAGONICA Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ de la Acera de la Marina 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 968
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos, Puerto Sotogrande. Tel: 956 790 212
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
Open daily from 12pm to midnight. Ctra. De Ronda, km 45, C.C. Monte Halcones, Local 9-10, Benahavís. Tel: 951 275 109
Open daily from 1pm to 8pm except Mondays. C/ Velázquez 1, Marbella. Tel: 630 441 834
Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner only and on Sunday for Buffet Lunch. Apartado 1, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 132.2 Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 791 200
Open daily for lunch and dinner. El Corte Inglés, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990
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Open Tuesday to Saturday 12pm to 2am. C/ Ramiro Campos Turno 4, Marbella. Tel: 600 919 541
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the Puente Romano Hotel on the Golden Mile. Tel: 952 820 900
RED PEPPER Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 812 148
ASADOR CRIOLLO GRILL Open nightly for dinner. CN340-A7, km. 166, Cancelada, El Saladillo. Tel: 952 784 463
ASADOR GUADALMINA Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Urb. Guadalmina Alta, C.C. Guadalmina, Local 3, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 883 003
CABAÑA NAGÜELES Open Monday to Saturday from 1pm to midnight. Urb. La Carolina, Marbella. Tel: 951 134 083
EL CARNICERO Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Pueblo Viejo Cancelada. Between San Pedro & Estepona. Tel: 952 886 307
EL CARNICERO 2 Open every day for lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 176, Marbella. Tel: 952 867 599
Open daily for dinner from 7.30pm. Galerías Paniagua. Sotogrande. Tel: 956 795 528
EL GAUCHO DE BANÚS Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle Benabola 9-11, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 812 167
EL RANCHO DEL PUERTO
952 836 886
Open daily from 1pm to 11pm. Paseo Marítimo Rey de España 4, Local 2-4, Fuengirola. Tel: 951 903 807
Open daily except Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm and 6:30pm to 11pm. C/ Moncayo 23, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 665 502
JAIPUR PALACE Open every night except Tuesday for dinner. CN340, km 194, next to Camping Cabopino, Marbella. Tel: 951 310 004
Open for lunch and dinner every day. Muelle Benabola 4, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 252
Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday from 8.00pm. Calle del Pilar 3, Benahavís. Tel: 952 856 026
GRILL DEL PUERTO
Open for lunch and dinner every day. Muelle Ribera 47H, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 686
Open daily for dinner. CN 340, km. 166, Estepona. Tel: 952 888 353
MARBELLA CLUB GRILL
Open for lunch every day from 11am to 6pm except Monday. C/ Rota 9, Mijas Costa, La Cala de Mijas. Tel: 952 587 539
Open every night for dinner. Marbella Club Hotel. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211
Open daily for dinner. 57, Duquesa de Arcos (Sabinillas seafront). Tel: 952 897 358
BABOO LOUNGE AND RESTAURANT
OLD TOWN GRILL
Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Casa No.7, P. Banús. Tel: 952 812 090
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
Open Monday to Saturday for dinner and Sunday for lunch. C/ San Lázaro, 3, Pza. Victoria, Marbella. Tel: 952 867 306
RESTAURANTE RANCHO Open every day from 5pm till late. Ctra. Cádiz, exit Las Chapas. Tel: 952 831 922
T-BONE GRILL Open daily for lunch and dinner. At the Gran Meliá Don Pepe, Avda. José Meliá s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 300
VOVEM Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Odeon, Locales 9-10, C/ Las Yedras, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 003 434
VOVEM Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Duque de Ahumada, Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 008 822
international 11&11 RESTOBAR
BAHIA BEACH Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 146.5, Casares. Tel: 951 704 884
Open Monday to Thursday from 7pm ‘til late, on Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and from 7pm ‘til late and on Sunday from 10am ‘til late. Dársena de Levante, Local 39, Estepona Port. Tel: 951 703 060
BALTAZAR BAR & GRILL
Open every day for lunch and dinner. C/ Jacinto Benavente 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 656
Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesday. C.C. El Zoco, Sitio de Calahonda, Mijas Costa. Tel: 607 680 999
AL ROLO Open from 1pm to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm daily. At Reserva del Higuerón. Avda. del Higuerón 48, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 661 174
ALBERTS Open daily for lunch and dinner. Puerto Cabopino. Tel:
Open daily for lunch and dinner. El Paseo del Mar, Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona, CN340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500
BARBQ ARTESANAL BURGERS 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
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. THE GUIDE listings BLACK ROSE THE BAR Open daily from 9am to 1am. El Paseo del Mar, Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona, CN340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500
BREATHE Open from 12.30pm ‘til late, seven days a week. C/ Los Lirios s/n, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 036 494.
BRUNINGS Kitchen continuously open Monday to Friday from 1pm to 11pm. Saturday – dinner only. Closed Sunday. Las Palmeras 19, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 786 156
Open every day from 10am to 11pm. 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 Open nightly for dinner. At the Hotel Meliá Marbella Banús. C/ Mario Vargas Llosa s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 912 764 747
D.O.MAR Open daily from 1pm to 2am. Urb. Oasis Club, CN340 km 183, Marbella. Tel: 952 868 396
Cádiz, km. 187. Tel: 952 771 700
EL GRAN GASTBY Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle de Honor, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 778 797
EL JARDÍN DE LUTZ Open every night for dinner from 7:30pm. At Hotel Finca Cortesin, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800
EL JINETE Open daily for dinner except for Friday. Ctra. La Cala Golf, km 45, La Cala de Mijas. Tel: 952 119 170
CAFÉ DE RONDA
Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. Urb. Elviria Hills. Avda. Las Cumbres s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 832 371
Open daily for breakfast and lunch until 7pm. Avda. Ramón Gómez de la Serna 23, Marbella. Tel: 952 862 149
Open every night for dinner. Puerto Banús, Marbella. Tel: 952 811 716
EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL & RESTAURANT
Open 11am to 2am. Artola Alta, Marbella. Tel: 952 000 772.
Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 199, Marbella. Tel: 952 587 550
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Puerto Deportivo de Sotogrande, s/n. Tel: 956 790 333
EL OLIVO Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for lunch. At Marbella Golf & Country Club. CN 340, km. 188, Marbella. Tel: 952 830 500
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7:30pm to 11pm. Ctra. de Mijas, km. 1, A-387, Alhaurín El Grande. Tel: 951 254 520
GALERIA SAN PEDRO Open from 11am until midnight. Closed Sundays. Avda Las Palmeras 15, San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 780 927
GD GOURMET DELI MARBELLA Open 9:30am to 9pm from Monday to Friday and Saturday from 12am to 6pm. Closed Sundays. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 7, Marbella. Tel: 952 774 049
HAYACA Open Monday to Sunday from 7.30pm to 11pm. At the Amàre Hotel Marbella. Avda. Severo Ochoa 8, Marbella. Tel: 951 562 083
HERMOSA Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner from 7pm. Closed Monday. Local 1A. Puerto de Cabopino. Tel: 952 837 483
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 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
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
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
HOTEL MARBELLA CLUB BUFFET
FINCA EL FORJADOR
Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. C/ El Pilar s/n, Benahavís. Tel: 681 294 442
Open daily for lunch from 1-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Ctra. de Casares, km. 10. Tel: 952 895 120
Open every evening for dinner. Playa del Rodeo, Marbella. Tel: 951 319 372
FONDA RESTAURANTE EL POSTILLÓN
CERRADO DEL ÁGUILA Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Urb. Cerrado del Águila, Camino del Acevedo, s/n, Mijas Costa. Tel: 951 773 521
CLARO! RESTAURANT & BEACH CLUB
Open daily for dinner. Hotel Los Monteros, Ctra. de
EL RESTAURANTE DEL CASINO Open every day for dinner from 8pm-4am. Hotel Andalucía Plaza s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 814 000
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
Open every day for lunch. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211
Open everyday evening for dinner from 5.30 pm.
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KARMA Open every day from 10am until late. C/ Las Violetas 7, Conjunto Andalucía Garden Club, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 815 736
KAVA Open nightly for dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 824 108
Hotel Villa Padierna & Flamingos Golf Club, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 166 (Cancelada exit), Benahavís. Tel: 952 889 150
Sundays. Plaza Practicante, Manuel Cantos 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 036 115.
Ochoa, 12, Marbella. Tel: 952 864 895
Open daily from 8am-6pm. At La Reserva Club. Avda. de la Reserva s/n, Sotogrande. Tel: 956 785 252
Open daily for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 199. Urb. Riviera Golf. Tel: 952 931 941
Open everyday lunch and dinner. Golf Hotel Guadalmina, Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211
LA TERRAZA Open daily for dinner. La Cala Resort, La Cala de Mijas, Mijas. Tel: 952 669 000
Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sunday for lunch only. Ctra. Ronda, km. 46, Urb. Las Medranas, local 4, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 275 750
Open 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 for breakfast and lunch until 8pm. Closed Sunday. Flamingo Golf Club, Cancelada, Benahavís. Tel: 951 318 815
LA CASA DEL HUMMUS Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 11pm and Sunday 11am to 8pm. Plaza Puente de Málaga, C/ Mendoza 16, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 104
LA FAMIEKE Open nightly for dinner except Sunday. C/ Cruz 5, Plaza Puente de Ronda. Old Town Marbella. Tel: 952 775 412
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 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
MIRAFLORES GOLF RESTAURANT MOJO
Open every night for dinner. Hotel Meliá La Quinta, Urb. La Quinta Golf s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 762 000
Open from Monday to Saturday for dinner from 8pm ‘til late. Monte Paraíso Golf, Marbella. Tel: 951 217 272
Open every night for dinner. Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 915
Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm to midnight. C/ Tetuán 7, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 560
LOS NARANJOS RESTAURANT
MOMO MARBELLA GOLDEN MILE
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Urb. Los Naranjos de Marbella. Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 816 105
Open nightly for dinner, except Sunday. Avda. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 30, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 760
Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Jose Echegaray, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 113 618
Open nightly for dinner. At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 951 607 018
MAGNA CAFÉ Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C/ Calderón de la Barca, s/n. Tel: 952 929 578
MARE NOSTRUM Open daily for breakfast and dinner. At the Hotel Amàre Marbella. Avda. Severo Ochoa 8, Marbella. Tel: 800 843 493
MAUMM BISTRO Open daily for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday. Avda. de los Girasoles 341, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 569 310
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
LA VERANDA LOBBY BAR
Open every day for lunch and dinner. At the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona. CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500
Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Marbella Club Hotel. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n. Tel: 952 822 211
LIMA BY MOMO
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks.
Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm to 12am. Closed
Open for dinner Monday to Saturday. Avda. Severo
Open for lunch and dinner daily. CN340, km 175,
LA GRANADA DIVINO Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesday. C/ de las Piedras, Gaucín. Tel: 951 709 075
Open for lunch and dinner every day. C.C. La Colonia, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 781 583
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Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Manzana, Locales 8-11, Pueblo Los Arcos, Elviria. Tel: 952 830 868
Open nightly from 7pm to 11pm. Urb. Boladilla Baja, CN340, km 163.5, Estepona. Tel: 951 082 090.
RESTAURANTE ROYAL Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the Hotel Torrequebrada, Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 441 414
ROSAS CAFÉ Open from 9am to 10pm daily. Avda. Playas del Duque 3, Marbella. Tel: 951 569 392
ROJO Open every day for lunch and dinner except Sunday. C/ Granada, 44, Málaga. Tel: 952 227 486
TIKITANO Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. Guadalmansa, CN340, km 164, Estepona. Tel: 952 798 449
TROCADERO ARENA Open every day for lunch and dinner. Torre Real Beach, Marbella. Tel: 952 865 579
TROCADERO BEACH Open daily for lunch and dinner. Playa de la Carolina, Marbella. Tel: 610 704 144
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
Truffles is open daily from 6:30pm to 10:30pm nightly. The kitchen is open daily from 12pm ‘til late. C.C. Pinares de Elviria, Local 18, Marbella. Tel: 951 569 173
Open daily for lunch and dinner every day except Monday. Ctra. de Casares km 7, Casares. Tel: 952 894 191
At the Puente Romano Marbella. Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 187, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900
SHANTI-SOM – AMRITA Open Monday to Thursday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Friday and Saturday from 1.30pm to 4.30 pm and 8pm to 10.30pm. Ctra. de Ojén, km 22, A355, MarbellaMonda. Tel: 952 864 455
SKINA 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
SOLEO MARBELLA BEACH CLUB RESTAURANT
VILLA PADIERNA CLUB DE MAR Open daily for lunch from 1pm to 6pm. CN 340, km 166, Marbella. Tel: 647 791 515
Open every night for dinner from 7:30pm. At Hotel Finca Cortesin, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800
FRASCATI Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos s/n, Sotogrande. Tel: 952 790 392
GOLD RESTAURANT Open every day from 10am to 12 am. Complejo Benabola 13, Beach Side, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 929 055
LA PAPPARDELLA DI ESTEPONA Open every day for lunch and dinner from 1pm to midnight. Puerto Deportivo de Estepona. Tel: 952 802 144
LA PAPPARDELLA SUL MARE Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 952 807 354
LA TRATTORIA Open daily from 7pm to 11pm. At the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa. Avenida Zurita, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800
LEONARDO DA VINCI Open every night for dinner. Urb. Doña Lola, Local 21-22, Calahonda, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 934 667
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 Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. Marbellamar, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 840
KABUKI RAW Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner. At Finca Cortesín Hotel. Ctra. Casares s/n, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 8-11pm. The San Roque Club, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 127, San Roque, Cádiz. Tel: 956 613 030
Open Wednesday to Monday for dinner. Closed Tuesday. Plaza Altamirano 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 858 868
Open every day for lunch and dinner. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 446 460
Open every day for dinner. Closed on Mondays. Urb. Jardines del Puerto, local 12, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 181
Open every day except Sunday for lunch and dinner. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990
AMORE E FANTASÍA
RISTORANTE SAN MARTINO
Dinner and afterwards dance to music by resident DJ. Thursday to Saturday. Hotel Puente Romano, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900
Open every day for lunch and dinner from 7pm onwards. Muelle Benabola, Casa 5A, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 464
Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pinares de Elviria s/n, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 832 702
TACOS & TIKKA
Open 1pm to 12am Monday to Sunday. CN340, km 192, Las Chapas. Tel: 952 355 561
Open daily for dinner. Front line P. Banús. Tel: 952 812 898
Open every day from 12pm ‘til midnight for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pinogolf de Don Carlos 34, Elviria. Tel: 952 850 148
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
Open from Monday to Saturday for dinner at the Puente Romano Hotel on the Golden Mile. Tel: 952 771 798
TANINO SAN PEDRO
Open daily from 12pm onwards for lunch and dinner. Avda. del Mediterráneo, Blq. 3, Local 6, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 604 848
Open every evening for dinner. C/ Ortiz de Molinillo 14, Marbella. Tel: 951 712 227
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 11, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 380
CIBO DA BRUNO
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 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
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
Open every evening from 6:30 pm-11 pm. Plaza General Chinchilla 1, Plaza de los Naranjos, Marbella. Tel: 952 924 613.
GENJI SUSHI BAR
Open every night for dinner. C.C. Cristamar, Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 608
Open nightly for dinner except Sundays. Urb. Reserva del Higuerón, Málaga. Tel: 951 385 622
THE ORANGE TREE
DRAGÓN DE ORO Open every day from 12.30-4pm and 7pm until midnight. Closed Monday lunchtime. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 141, Urb. Hacienda Guadalupe, Manilva. Tel: 952 890 956
MADE IN SARDINIA
O MAMMA MIA
THE ENGLISH GARDEN
Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Ctra. Istan km 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 906 674
Open Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and for cocktail hour from 4:30pm to 8pm. Centro Plaza, Marbella. Tel: 951 319 151
Open Monday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Marina Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 977. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 951 901 050. C.C. Parque Miramar, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 663 937. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 951 915 069
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Centro Com. Guadalmina Alta, Guadalmina 4, local 2, lower floor, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 896 508
Open daily for lunch and dinner. At the Caleta Hotel. Catalan Bay, Gibraltar. Tel: +350 200 76501
Open every day for lunch and dinner except Tuesday lunch. C/ Lirios s/n, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 691
Open daily from 7pm. Galerías Paniagua, Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 795 924
Open daily from 12pm to 4pm. Avda. Duque de Ahumada s/n, Marbella. Tel: 951 562 887
DAYTONA RESTAURANT – MOTOR PASSION Open daily from 12pm to 12am. Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 569 194
ROSMARINO DELLA PIAZZA
TARTUFO Open every day for lunch from 1pm to 3:30pm and for dinner from 6:30pm ‘til late. C/ Tetuán 9, Marbella. Tel: 951 087 323
VALPARAÍSO Open nightly for dinner. Ctra. Mijas – Fuengirola, km. 14, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 485 996
VILLA TIBERIO Open Monday to Saturday for dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 178, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 799
RESTAURANTE BAR CARMEN Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 806 739
ASIAN FUSION BING Open 12.30pm-4.30pm and 6.30pm to 12am daily. Fuengirola, Paseo Marítimo, L-42C. Tel: 952 470 218
MAKITAKE Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Ribera s/n (above disco Seven), Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 592
MECA Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pino Golf, Don Carlos, Local 1, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 830 365 / 658 646 829
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. C.C. Costa del Sol, upper level. CN 340, km. 166 (Estepona). Tel: 952 888 710
SUKHO THAI Closed until March 15. Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday. Centro Comercial Marbellamar. Tel: 952 770 550
SUSHI KATSURA Open for lunch from Monday to Friday and for dinner from Monday to Saturday. C/ Ramón Gómez de la Serna, 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 863 193
TAI PAN Open seven days a week for dinner. H. Puente Romano, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 177, Marbella. Tel: 952 777 893
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Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Gregorio Marañón 4, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 839
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
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
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
WAGAMAMA Open daily for lunch and dinner. 19 Ocean Village promenade, Gibraltar. Tel: +350 200 44182
WASABI Open daily from 1.30 pm for lunch and dinner. C.C. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 577
LA MÁQUINA Open daily for lunch and dinner except Sunday. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990
LA MORAGA BISTRÓ Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Ramón Areces s/n, in front of El Corte Inglés, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 448
LA RED Open daily from 9.30am to 6pm. Playa La Fontanilla, Marbella. Tel: 952 821 450
LA TABERNA DEL ALABARDERO 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
MESÓN EL ADOBE Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesdays. Avda. La Fontanilla, Edif. Balmoral, Bajo 3, Marbella. Tel. 600 003 144
MI TABERNA 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
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
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
LA TORRE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle de Honor, Club de Mar, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 561
MARISQUERÍA LA PESQUERA Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de la Victoria, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 170
RESTAURANTE EL BOTE Open every day for lunch and dinner. Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 660 084
PALAPA Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 808 165
SANTIAGO Open daily for lunch and dinner. Paseo Marítimo, 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 078
Open every evening for dinner. At Hotel Don Carlos. Avda. Zurita s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800
CASA FERNANDO Open from Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Avda. del Mediterráneo s/n, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 853 344
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RUSSELL GRANTâ€™S Monthly Horoscopes March 2019 Getting a new hairstyle, updating your wardrobe or joining a new social circle will lift your spirits and improve your outlook
PISCES (19th February - 20th March) The New Moon on the 6th invites you to dream big. Realising a cherished goal will make your soul sing. Whether you want to relocate, land a great job, complete a creative project or embark on a romance is not the central factor. If you can conceive it, you can achieve it. The first half of March is also ideal for revamping your image. Getting a new hairstyle, updating your wardrobe or joining a new social circle will lift your spirits and improve your outlook. On the 21st, you may have an argument over a joint financial account. A business or romantic partner has a very different attitude towards money. This is putting stress on your relationship. Consulting a money manager may be the only way to resolve your differences. Being able to discuss your concerns with an objective third party will cause some breakthroughs. If each of you are willing to compromise, you can salvage this union.
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ARIES [21 MAR - 19 APR]
Embarking on a spiritual journey is advised for the beginning of March. The New Moon on the 6th urges you to turn your attention inward. If your current job or lifestyle makes you uncomfortable, it’s time to make a change. It may be necessary to take up another line of work or relocate to a different part of the world. Trust your intuition; it will not let you down. Dreams contain psychic messages at this time. Keep a pen and paper handy at all times this month. On the 21st, the Full Moon brings a relationship problem to light. Spending too much time on career concerns is creating resentment with your best friend or romantic partner. Stop telling yourself work is the most important thing in life. Good relationships are more precious than gold. Give them the time and attention they deserve. Scaling back your job responsibilities is strongly advised.
TAURUS [20 APR - 20 MAY]
Joining a group or team will pay off handsomely during the first half of March. The New Moon on the 6th urges you to join forces with other creative people. Whether you’re collaborating on a workrelated proposal or developing an artistic project is immaterial. The important thing is that you will get the encouragement and affirmation you crave from people you respect. On the 21st, the Full Moon will create some disappointment on the health front. It will be necessary to improve your eating and exercise habits. Instead of expecting overnight results, pace yourself slowly. It may take a few weeks before you have renewed energy, so be patient. A diet that is mainly comprised of lean protein, fresh produce and whole grains is critical to your wellbeing. Keep sugar to a minimum, as it weakens your immune system and saps your strength. Daily exercise, even if it’s a brisk walk, will also improve your physical and mental health.
GEMINI [21 MAY - 20 JUN]
The New Moon on the 6th pulls an exciting career opportunity into your orbit. You could take on a new role with a charitable organisation, cultural institution or creative company. Your ability to work with people from all walks of life will fuel your success. When going on job interviews, emphasise your communication and interpersonal skills. They will help you win this highly desirable job. The Full Moon on the 21st delivers disappointing news about love. A relationship that once looked promising could fall apart at the seams. It’s possible you’re dealing with someone who cannot be happy, regardless of their circumstances. Playing the role of rescuer will be a game of diminishing returns. You’re better off going solo. Are you in a serious relationship? Your partner may experience a terrible blow. A creative project could be rejected or a financial loss could occur. Do your best to create the emotional stability they need.
CANCER [21 JUN - 22 JUL]
You’ll have a chance to expand your horizons at the beginning of March. That’s because the New Moon on the 6th will prompt you to improve your qualifications, take an overseas trip or develop a personal project. Whatever path you take will have an educational component to it. Being exposed to new ideas and attitudes will prompt you to make some changes to your lifestyle. It’s possible you’ll take up a spiritual practice or relocate to a different part of the world. Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams this month; they will lead
you to happiness. The Full Moon on the 21st puts strain on your family life. Relatives may be threatened by the transformation you are undergoing. Stop looking for other people’s approval. This is your life; nobody else can lead it for you. If certain family members can’t accept your decision, stay strong. Give yourself time to grieve the relationship and move on.
LEO [23 JUL - 22 AUG]
Money from an inheritance, royalty payment or legal settlement will arrive on the 6th, just when you need it most. The New Moon is urging you to enjoy a quiet retreat. If you’re in a romantic relationship, you’ll have an especially good time with your amour. Are you single? You could meet someone special at a seaside resort. Be open to flirting with a charming stranger. Letting down your defences will pay off handsomely at the beginning of March. On the 21st, the Full Moon brings distressing news about work. There may be layoffs in the pipeline. Instead of panicking, breathe deep and take a longer view. This could be your chance to transition to a more rewarding career. You may have to acquire some advanced skills to land a job that is worthy of you. If that’s the case, grin and bear it. Getting a license or certificate will put you in line for some very lucrative work.
VIRGO [23 AUG - 22 SEP]
The New Moon on the 6th paves the way for a passionate encounter with your partner. Take this opportunity to enjoy a relaxing vacation with your amour. You’ll enjoy visiting restaurants, shops and sites of local interest together. Are you single? You’ll meet someone special at a religious, cultural or creative event. It will be hard to resist the charms of an engaging newcomer at work or on your social scene. Entering into a creative alliance is definitely worth thinking about at the beginning of March. In both love and business, two heads are better than one. On the 21st, you’ll be upset about the amount of a paycheque. Deductions may have been made for hidden expenses or additional taxes. No matter how much you fight for more money, your efforts will fall flat. Let this be a lesson moving forward. If you aim to get paid a decent wage, you must raise your rates. This won’t make you popular, but it’s necessary for your own well-being.
LIBRA [23 SEP - 22 OCT]
Finding ways to rest and relax will cultivate renewed health at the beginning of March. Listen to what your body is telling you on or around the 6th. That’s when the New Moon will urge you to scale back your work schedule. Taking a vacation, cutting back your work hours or establishing a soothing bedtime routine will make you feel years younger. If you’re unemployed, you’ll be offered a job in a creative field. The Full Moon on the 21st will put you in an uncomfortable position. It may be necessary to deliver painful truths to a delusional relative. You might be forced to find accommodation for an elderly family member who can no longer live on their own. Alternatively, it may be necessary to have an intervention for a loved one who is in the grips of an addiction. Your initial remarks will not be well received. Stay strong and be honest.
SCORPIO (23 OCT - 21 NOV)
On the 6th, the New Moon attracts romance like a flower draws bees. If you’re single, you’ll be surrounded by admirers at the beginning of March. Choose the sensitive artist who brings
out your protective side. This could be a love match for the ages. Are you already in a relationship? Your amour will perform a gesture on your behalf that is truly touching. Be receptive to a gift or favour that comes from the heart. Letting down your guard with your partner will pave the way for a closer, happier relationship. The Full Moon on the 21st brings a shocking secret to light. It’s important to be more discreet with people you don’t know very well. If someone pretending to be your friend betrays you, stay calm. Treat this as a learning moment. It may be necessary to apologise for some catty remarks you made about a neighbour or relative.
SAGITTARIUS (22 NOV - 21 DEC)
The New Moon on the 6th marks a happy time at home. A pregnancy or a birth could be announced. You might relocate to a beautiful place. It’s even possible you’ll sell or buy a piece of property; this deal will create both emotional and financial stability. If you’ve always wanted to adopt a more spiritual lifestyle, do so at the beginning of March. Just because you were raised to value certain things does not mean you have to maintain these priorities. Create a lifestyle that makes you happy. The Full Moon on the 21st will mark some changes to your social circle. You’re tired of dealing with someone who enjoys raining on your parade. Going your separate ways will make you breathe a sigh of relief. Don’t feel guilty about this break. Pouring energy into this draining relationship has been too costly. Move on to greener pastures.
CAPRICORN [22 DEC - 19 JAN]
Good news reaches your ears on the 6th. The New Moon has a powerful message for you. Be open to accepting signs from the spiritual realm. A strange coincidence, a chance encounter or a found object will affirm you are on the right path. Take comfort in the knowledge your kindness and generosity have been recognised. If you get a chance to study with someone you have always admired, take it. Sign up quickly, as spots will be filled faster than expected. On the 21st, the Full Moon will create some disappointment in the career arena. You may be blamed for something you didn’t do. Alternatively, you may be taken to task for not assuming a false front. You’re not the type to pretend everything is coming up roses during a famine. Resist the temptation to quit your job before you have another firm offer. Protect your interests at all costs.
AQUARIUS [20 JAN - 18 FEB]
On the 6th, the New Moon will attract a moneymaking opportunity. Getting paid to exercise your creative talent will be the answer to a prayer. If you’re not happy with your current job, you could accept a position with a charitable, cultural or religious organisation. Not only will this work be profitable, but it will also be emotionally fulfilling. Leaving the corporate world will be especially satisfying. The Full Moon on the 21st could create some legal trouble. A court decision could go against your interest, making you very upset. Instead of dwelling on your anger, find a healthy outlet for it. How you deal with this setback will determine the opportunities ahead. If you accept defeat gracefully, you’ll be able to move on to a more supportive environment. Defying authority will further compound your problems. The choice is yours. Resist the temptation to isolate yourself when sadness sets in. Friends can lift your spirits. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM MARCH 2019 / 177
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Welcome to our 235th edition of essential! We start with a visit to magnificent Vienna, a culture-seekers paradise, and we view some of the...
Published on Mar 1, 2019
Welcome to our 235th edition of essential! We start with a visit to magnificent Vienna, a culture-seekers paradise, and we view some of the...