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contents g The Trend Cinema 20 Home Viewing 22 Music 24 Books 26 Gadgets 28 The new BMW i8 30

The Focus Climate Change 34 Celebrity Environmentalists 42 Lewis Pugh Swims the Seven Seas 48 Diseños y Tejados: Keeping it Natural 50 Upcycling with Esperanza F 56

The Pro

Patricia Darch: New Natuzzi Showroom 64 Fashion: Eco Designer, Leyre Valiente 72 Fashion News 78

Enterprise 90 Reserva del Higuerón presents The Collections 98 Business Profile: Chipolino Organic Supermarket 100 Tarifa I International Beach Polo Championship 102 The Vibe 104

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Beauty: Elemis 82 Beauty News 84 Health: The Natural Road to Zen 86 Dr. Weil’s Integrative Approach to Health and Wellness 88

River Cruising in Burma 110 Sustainable Hotel Chain, the El Fuerte Group 116

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The Gourmet 121 Il Tartufo 123 Hanuri 124 Food News 126 Chef’s Profile: Michelle and Jim Julian of Eco-licious 128 Sustainable Wines

The Guide 130 Listings

The Blog 141 Pet News 142 What’s On in November 144 Stars 146 Family Fun

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ver the lengthy course of ’s trajectory, we have devoted many issues to Environmental themes, including Natural, Organic and Sustainability concerns and, each time we do so, the global situation is a little more desperate and the outlook increasingly worrying. Sure, at an individual level, many in the developed world have become aware and made laudable changes in their everyday lives, helping our struggling planet to cope with the ever-increasing strains on its resources and it’s capacity to sustain life and cleanse its ecosystems, but at the governmental decision-making level, where major directives could have a substantial impact on the future of our fragile Earth, vested interests all too often circumvent the right decisions being taken. This edition, printed on recyclable paper, focuses on some of these vital matters, starting with Climate Change and what it could signify for the human species. Fortunately, many high profile celebrities are actively involved in campaigning in this field although, as we will see, they don’t always practise what they preach. Maritime lawyer, Lewis Pugh, meanwhile, has become an ecochampion following his swimming feats in all seven seas in support of protecting our marine environments. Locally, we talk with Diseño y Tejado’s Aurelio de Abreu about his company’s renowned natural wooden and thatched structures; Esperanza Fernández enlightens us on her concept of Upcycling, incorporating eco art and vertical gardening, and we visit the outstanding new organic Chipolino Supermarket at Monte Halcones. This month, we also take an exhilarating ride in the new BMW i8, experience a river cruise up the Irrawaddy in Burma and learn about the growing trend of sustainable wines. Finally, don’t miss our hot dining recommendations of Il Tartufo, serving exquisite Italian white truffle dishes in November, and recently-opened Hanuri, an authentic Korean restaurant featuring a barbecue experience you will definitely want to return for.

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This month, we focus on one of the most pressing issues of our times: the Environment, with books on Nature, top eco friendly gadgets and the uber cool BMW i8 High Performance PlugIn Hybrid Sports 2+2.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes off after the last edition of The Avengers. Steve Rogers (Captain America) is tranquilly living in Washington, D.C., trying to adapt to the modern world, when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague is attacked. He enlists the help of Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) to battle a powerful new enemy: The Winter Soldier.

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Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul plays Tobey, a young street racer who has recently faced a prison sentence for a crime committed by his former partner. Tobey races across the country to win a prestigious race which will not only bring him material wealth, but also avenge the death of his best friend and bring an old enemy to justice.

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Emperor Emperor is based on real-life events which took place in 1945, when Japan surrendered to the Americans and General MacArthur took over the beleaguered, war-torn nation. General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) is forced to decide whether or not Emperor Hirohito should be hanged as a war criminal. To make his decision, he turns to Aya, a young exchange student he had met years before in the United States.

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The Kings of Summer Three teenage friends, tired of the rules that govern their respective homes, decide to build a home in the forest and move in. With no adults weighing them down, they are free to enjoy Nature to the fullest and live by their own rules. The film, which premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, is an emotion-filled foray into the last years of childhood, wrought as they are with childish joy, adolescent confusion and adult worry. It is one last, fleeting, failed attempt at turning one’s back on society and living like a child of Nature.

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Good and bad news for PINK FLOYD fans – on November 10 a new album, The Endless River, will rise, but according to guitarist DAVID GILMOUR, “This is the last thing that’ll be out from us.” The album will include a track featuring celebrated scientist STEPHEN HAWKING entitled Talkin' Hawkin. And OZZY OSBOURNE has announced that BLACK SABBATH will also make one last album and tour it next year mainly due to the health of guitarist TONY IOMMI who has been battling leukemia since early 2012. Well it’s been a long time coming but the much anticipated FREDDIE MERCURY / MICHAEL JACKSON collaboration, There Must Be More to Life Than This, will finally land on November 10 on Queen Forever, a collection of the band’s timeless love songs plus a previously unfinished track Let Me In Your Heart Again and a new stripped-down ballad version of Freddie’s first solo hit, Love Kills. Already available to buy in the UK is a official QUEEN-branded vodka Killer Queen – to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band’s 1974 hit single of the same name – apparently it’s been selling well with fans just wanting the bottle as a collector’s item. Sticking with JACKO, the iconic Thriller video may be revamped in 3D, it was originally an idea that was going to be part of the ill-fated This Is It London shows which never took place due to his death... but talk suggests the ‘family’ have put the brakes on the project as they want more money – I bet the US tax man is keeping an eye on what’s going on there. Useless information # 253: In 2010, Thriller became the first music video to be added to the US national film archive. Staying in the States – KATY PERRY has been confirmed as the first act for the prestigious Superbowl half-time show next February – as mentioned last month organisers also want COLDPLAY and RIHANNA. Meanwhile Ms PERRY will go head-to-head with her Twitter nemesis TAYLOR SWIFT at the European MTV awards in Glasgow for best female which can be seen live on the channel on Nov. 9. On the same night either MADONNA or GAGA will perform in Berlin to mark the 25th anniversary of

the fall of The Wall. The organisers want both to headline; it’s common knowledge there’s no love lost between the two after the former called her younger pretender “reductive” amid accusations that the latter’s tune Born This Way resembled Madge’s 1989 song Express Yourself and on Two Steps Behind, a song that may feature on her forthcoming album, the veteran sings “You’re a copycat. In your fantasy, you can try it all. But you can’t be me.”

Also suffering health wise is AC/DC guitarist MALCOLM YOUNG, who is now in a nursing home facility “full time” that specialises in dementia and he has been replaced by his nephew STEVIE YOUNG. But life goes on and the boys are back with a new album, Rock or Bust, which will start bustin’ eardrums on December 1 – having heard a foretaste – Play Ball – it’s as good as anything they’ve done in the last few years. They are expected to tour the album in Spain next summer – if you’ve never seen them!

And it seems like JIMMY PAGE has finally given up trying to persuade ROBERT PLANT to tour under the LED ZEPPELIN banner and he will now move on to other ventures despite the legendary rockers new found glory thanks to the remastered versions of their first five albums this year. Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy were released on October 27. DAVID BOWIE is back this month with a new single, Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime), on the 17th – a taster for his new greatest hits package, Nothing Has Changed, which also features two other new songs. The MCFLY / BUSTED alliance MCBUSTED release their first single, Air Guitar, on November 23 and an album will follow in time for the Christmas market. Talk around town suggests that the latter’s former lead singer CHARLIE SIMPSON is not happy with the way things have gone as he thought it wouldn’t work out, plus his own venture, FIGHTSTAR, which he secretly formed while BUSTED were still together, has flopped big time. An LP release war was set for November 24 but ONE DIRECTION have brought the release of Four forward one week, TAKE THAT have moved III back seven days to December 1 while ADELLE has put her new offering on ice. That leaves just SUSAN BOYLE with Hope – and she had better hope fans of PINK FLOYD, JOHN LENNON and SIMON & GARFUNKEL don’t get upset with her respective versions of Wish You Were Here, Imagine and Bridge Over Troubled Water! e

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The Wonder of Nature

Some might say that the best way to discover the beauty of Nature is to go out and experience it. This may be true but, Nature, like the planet’s most splendid historical and architecture sites, can also be appreciated when we allow ourselves to fall under the sway of the world’s most influential writers on the subject. We hope you enjoy our suggested list of top reads, compiled by Marisa Cutillas.

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING BY NAOMI KLEIN

Best-selling author and environmental activist, Naomi Klein, warns us that surviving climate change depends directly on the extent to which we are ready to make radical yet necessary changes in our lives. Klein has interviewed environmental specialists and experts from across the globe, coming to the conclusion that without a widespread people’s movement, carbon emissions will continue to rise and greenhouse gases will continue to accumulate. Weak international treaties and questionable political bargains won’t cut it as the Planet becomes immersed in the greatest environmental mire it has known. In a wonderful interview with Rolling Stone, Klein forayed into the inexorable link between capitalism and environmental degradation: “We’ve built an economic model that tells us that maximising our self-interest is going to lead to the maximum benefit for the most number of people. That’s the trick of free market economic theory, it doesn’t just ask you to only be selfish and not care about others. It tells you that by being selfish, you are helping others. And, in fact, by trying to directly help others, you will hurt them. This is what people reared on Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman have been told.”

EVERY NATURAL FACT: FIVE SEASONS OF OPEN-AIR PARENTING BY AMY LOU JENKINS

KEEPING A NATURE JOURNAL: DISCOVER A WHOLE NEW WAY OF SEEING THE WORLD AROUND YOU BY

CLARE WALKER LESLIE AND CHARLES ROTH

This handy book journal will provide endless hours of fun for parents and children working together. It provides tips and techniques on how to sketch and take notes on the beautiful plants that colour the seasons. The book seems made to quell anxiety in those who are insecure about their drawing or writing abilities, since the authors approach both tasks in an unpretentious, practical way. Best of all, you’ll have a beautiful journal filled with memories you will treasure many years down the line.

Award-winning author, Amy Jenkins, brings us this visually stunning work, which focuses on the many parallels in the human and natural worlds. Mother and son explore natural history and plant behavior, finding that Nature holds up a mirror to many issues they face in day-to-day life, including education, generational gaps and parenting styles. It is also a beautiful poem of love from a mother who realises that one day, her son will leave the nest, yet that life always goes on.

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS: A NATURAL HISTORY OF PLANT BEHAVIOUR BY DAVID

ATTENBOROUGH

Based on Attenborough’s six-part programme for the BBC, this beautiful book surprises us with the unique behaviour and habits of plants in many diverse settings: rainforests, mountain ranges and deserts, showing how plants fight it out to survive in a cruel world, competing with animals and insects by communicating, changing their position and capturing potential predators. Just like animals, plants struggle to find food, they fight and sometimes, they even consume their enemies, making them among the hardiest inhabitants of Planet Earth.

THE BOTANY OF DESIRE: A PLANT’SEYE VIEW OF THE WORLD BY MICHAEL POLLAN

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MW is no stranger to electric power having created what I thought at the time was a very pleasing little city car – the E1. When I drove the prototype E1 around Munich back in 1991, I regarded it as ready for volume production, but nothing came of it. But the i3 and i8 indicate that far from shelving the notion of EVs, BMW has been hard at work developing exciting products that we’re now able to buy. The i8 is perhaps the most visually distinctive BMW since the M1 limited production supercar of the late 1970s. That was not a great success despite its looks and fewer than 500 were ever sold. BMW does not plan to build

the i8 in large numbers, although it should easily sell the 500 per year planned at this time. BMW embraces a new design approach with this car and its i3 stablemate which involves intriguing combinations of body colour and black panelling (unless you order a blackon-black paint job). The overall effect is very contemporary and, of course, the shape of the car is as sleek and, slippery as they come. Naturally, the nose incorporates the traditional BMW ‘kidney’ grille, so everyone will know who built this car as soon as they see one. The doors are a departure, being neither ‘gullwing’ nor ‘scissor pattern.’ They’re being dubbed ‘swan doors’ and when they’re both opened up, it’s easy to see the reason why. They open upwards

and outwards, which must have posed quite a problem to whoever designed the hinges. Perhaps more compelling than the i8’s styling is the technology involved in its drivetrain. Basically, this is a plug-in hybrid, which means that although an on-board engine charges the battery when needed, it can be charged by plugging it into a domestic power outlet or one of the public quick chargers that are appearing in many major cities. It’s also possible to have a quick charge system set up at home, though this is probably an expensive option. In many ways, plug-in hybrids are the best of all EV worlds because their range is far greater than it would be with a pure electric vehicle.

Several manufacturers of high-end performance sports cars have hinted that they have electric or plug-in hybrid models in the pipeline, but BMW seems to be ahead of the pack with its stunning 2015 i8. The famed Bavarian car-builder already has a foot in the EV door with its i3 hatchback, which is now on sale and, like the i8, represents a new design philosophy for the company. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BMW

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The compact petrol engine is interesting in that it’s a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder twin turbo unit. The electric motor produces 96 kW and when the two power units are combined, they develop a total of 357-horsepower. This is impressive enough to get you to 100 km/h in about 4.4 seconds, according to tests. The electric motor delivers full torque from a standing start, so acceleration seems even more of a thrill than the performance statistics indicate. BMW points out that in overall use, the i8 will match the fuel consumption and emissions of a small saloon. Driving with electric power alone is possible – press the eDrive button on the dash and you power the front wheels. The little petrol engine drives only the rear wheels, but with both motive units in play, you have an all-wheel drive car. There are various selectable modes available to the driver, depending if the need is for comfort, sporty performance or maximum economy. I haven’t seen an owner’s manual for this car yet, but it must be of Biblical proportions! As any manufacturer of electric vehicles will inform you, driving range depends on many factors, including personal driving style, road variations, weather and whether or not ancillaries like air conditioning are in use. BMW claims an all-electric range of 37 km for the i8, which is fine because you have the petrol engine to get you off the hook if the batteries run low. The futuristic interior looks more concept car than production model and it again features a new design language for BMW. The i8 is a 2+2, which means that there are a couple of small seats in the back. They’re actually quite usable, partly because the front seatbacks are very slim and don’t take as much room as you’d

expect. The layout of the instruments and controls is intelligently handled and there’s nothing that’s hard to reach. The instrument panel is, as might be expected, entirely electronic with a variety of coloured screens and readouts to keep you informed of what’s going on. There’s a reasonable amount of cargo space under the rear hatch and if you really want to splurge, there’s an optional set of Louis Vuitton fitted luggage available. Even if the i8 had a conventional drivetrain with a compact V-8 up front, it would be a very appealing and fascinating car. But with the almost bewildering array of technology it boasts, it’s certainly the most intriguing premium sports car on the market right now. And since production is limited, it will always be very exclusive and probably a rare sight out on the roads. Is the combination of a powerful electric motor and an advanced, innovative petrol engine the way of the future for this class of supercars? Time will tell how things will develop, but there are certainly a number of upscale car builders watching this product very carefully and perhaps moving on with plans of their own. In the meantime, BMW is out in front with the i8 and promises to be there for quite some time. e

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Climate Change is becoming a bigger problem than ever; luckily, we have celebrity eco warriors on our side and heroes like Lewis Pugh, who recently swam the Seven Seas to help save the marine environment. We also look into eco-friendly construction with Diseños y Tejados and learn about eco art and vertical gardens, with the talented Esperanza Fernández.

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“It is that attitude [that the world is there for people to dominate] which has led to the devastation of so much, and the situation that we are in.� Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster and naturalist

The debate about whether the earth is warming up and if so, if humans are responsible for it, has been raging for some time now. In spite of numerous scientific studies to prove it one way or the other no resolution seems in sight as polarised camps dig in and hold on to their argument. In the meantime, it is pretty evident that we are polluting more than ever and that the impact on the planet extends beyond climate alone. If we are to safeguard the one living environment available to us perhaps we should err on the side of caution and put our energy into avoiding the irreversible decline of the natural system on which we are so wholly dependent.

Climate changE Words Michel Cruz

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The debate We humans have been measuring annual, seasonal and even daily temperatures and variations quite effectively for almost two centuries now, and while the results show a clear upward trend there has been a lot of resistance to the idea that the earth is slowly but surely heating up. Okay, global air and sea surface temperature have risen by less than 1ºC over the past century, but this apparently minor increase is much more significant than it seems. Firstly, the greater part of the increase has occurred during the past 30 years – and it is still accelerating. Secondly, the increases are most notable in the Northern Hemisphere, where the bulk of the world’s human population and especially its economic activity are located. This seems to point to a reasonably clear correlation between human concentrations and global warming, but even when forced to accept that the earth’s temperature is increasing, many still refuse to believe that we have anything to do with it. They quite rightly point to the fact that temperature fluctuations have occurred naturally since the dawn of time, with evidence of warm, tropical epochs, cataclysmic droughts and floods, as well as ice ages reported since the beginning of recorded history. Such natural conditions have been powerful enough to alternatively cover much of the world in glacial ice or tropical vegetation. Indeed, there is evidence that the Sahara Desert was once a fertile region and even during the last millennium there have been mini ice ages in Europe and warm interglacials that gave Greenland a name it no longer warrants. Even so, those who so keenly put it all down to natural processes overlook an important fact. While short-term changes in temperature can occur suddenly and unexpectedly, longerterm trends evolve gradually. This is also true of the natural phenomena described above. After all, the last ice age ended 15,000 years ago and the last mini ice age ended over three centuries ago, while the verdant fields of a once temperate Greenland have not been seen for almost a thousand years. In other words, it is highly unlikely that the sudden acceleration of global temperature stems from natural processes that have always moved at the pace of continental drift. In fact, in its 2007 assessment of global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirmed that the bulk of scientific evidence points to growing concentrations of greenhouse gases being the main contributing factor to global warming, a position that has gained further credence within the scientific community since.

Tropical countries contribute greatly to pollution and carbon emissions

Are unsightly wind farms the answer to our energy needs?

Urban smog in a Chinese city

The impact And here the debate gets bogged down yet again, for using such newspeak words as Greenhouse Gases, Carbon Footprint and Global Warming

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allows us to debate in abstract and lose site of the simple truth that we are, undeniably, polluting our world. How could it be otherwise when the volume of cars, shipping, international flights, construction and discarded, unprocessed materials is growing far more rapidly than the increases in their efficiency and the reduction in their unit impact on the environment? Put differently, the way we do things and the products we use are becoming ‘greener’, but not fast enough to offset their global growth, let alone address the problems of pollution that have been with us for several decades already. So where emissions of greenhouse gasses grew by 1.3 per cent per annum between 1970 and 2000, they grew by 2.2 per cent per annum between 2000 and 2010. As a result, the concentration of carbon dioxide continues to grow and in return our warming planet becomes a more precarious place where industry, deforestation and urban sprawl are contributing to record ice loss in the Polar regions and mountainous areas. The natural result of this will be a rising sea level that could submerge not only small tropical islands but also entire lowlying fertile plains with huge populations. dioxide emissions InCarbon Bangladesh, the Mekong Delta and are the main cause of the build-up of Greenhouse large sections of China and India alone, Gases close to a billion people would suddenly be homeless and displaced. The recorded increase in global temperatures coincides with the greatest explosion in world population ever, with more people added in the past century than in all the preceding millennia together. The past century has seen the number of people grow from 1.5

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billion to well over seven billion, and the Third World adds another 150 million to that figure each year. It has been made possible by great advances in medicine and a Green Revolution that dramatically raised food production capacity, but at huge environmental cost. Add the fact that large numbers of people are now joining the billion or so ‘haves’ of the developed world in their consumption-driven lifestyles, and it becomes clear that this is an increasingly unsustainable situation. Already, habitat loss has reduced the population of wild animals by half since the 1970s, since which time dozens of species have disappeared forever, while severe soil erosion and water shortages could make our future extremely uncomfortable. Already we are seeing extreme weather in the form of severe and unexpected droughts and floods, but also intense storms resulting from the growing build-up of latent energy in the skies. Storms are becoming more powerful and reaching further, now lashing out at Western Europe with greater frequency, while atmospheric instability is also leading to a consistent increase in the turbulence experienced by aircraft. If we leave our overpopulation and pollution unchecked and focus on economic, material and political gain, we will face not only these known problems in ever-greater measure but also expose ourselves to new dangers. These include not only the further expansion of the world’s deserts, but also acidification of water, which depletes coral reefs and natural species, but above all the release of vast amounts of methane and carbon dioxide currently trapped in the

If we clean up our act we could still safeguard quality of life on our planet

Pollution and debris are beginning to build up around us – on land and at sea

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The entire polar ecosystem is in serious danger

world’s glaciers, arctic waters and permafrost soil. The rapid release of huge quantities of methane would give a sudden injection to the existing build-up of greenhouse gases that some believe could turn the evolutionary nature of climate change into a cataclysmic one. Opinions are divided on this, but the potential acceleration of global warming produced by anything from a gradual increase to a twelvefold expansion in the levels of atmospheric methane is clear.

The options One option is to do nothing, bury our heads in the sands of theoretical debate and allow pollution to get ever further out of control as the world’s population adds another three or four billion in the next few decades and per capita consumption expands apace. Another is to depend on politicians who have been holding conferences on global warming and environmental destruction for several decades now but seldom manage to produce any real breakthroughs. A part of the political problem surrounding environmental issues such as these is the clash between economic, national and practical interests on the one hand, and protection of the environment on the other. So far the two seem mutually exclusive, a notion further entrenched by what many call the hijacking of green issues by the left. Governments, organisations and indeed individuals such as you and I are extremely slow to mobilise as it is, when not driven by economic/financial motives, but the use of the environment as a political battleground has resulted in inaction and the loss of valuable time. No doubt all will close ranks if the hounds of the apocalypse are indeed suddenly unleashed upon us, but until then petty interests will rule. Fortunately there are also many who are engaging the challenges we face and using technology and creativity to seek solutions. These include the environmentalists,

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conservationists and inventors who fought a losing battle for many decades but are now increasingly joined by big business. If solutions are to be found to our wasteful management of the earth then they will almost certainly need to have their origin in the commercial world, for it is from economic interests alone that the largescale investment and technological resources required can flow. Such is humanity, and to fight it would be foolish. Even now, corporations around the world are engaged in the battle to lead the environmental race and emerge with the best, greenest and most profitable remedies to the problems many of them have helped to create in the first place. Engineering companies and research institutions are leading the way, followed by the car manufacturers and utilities giants that have been talking about alternative energy sources for about a quarter of a century but now seem to be hyping up their new petrolfree vehicles and renewable energies. What was once ridiculed by Wall Street as the misguided obsession of hippies is suddenly a hot ticket, and so projects from technology specialists in the fields of electrical engineering, solar, wind and biomass energy are being looked at by serious investors. Here are some of the main options currently on the table and/or market:

Storms and cyclones are spreading and getting ever more powerful and destructive

Solar panels are beginning to replace crops on farms

Renewable Energy Hydroelectric power stations have been with us for some time but they come at a high cost both environmentally and financially. Moreover, it is well developed already, so it is to ‘new’ energy sources such as solar and wind that we increasingly look. A short trip into once serene country scenery confirms just how authorities, farmers and investors have jumped on the bandwagon of wind power, yet in spite of the fact that this is neither a new technology nor one that enables the storing of energy, it is in full development, with so called wind farms spreading across the land and sea. Their effect on birdlife is as yet unknown and

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they represent a visually ugly and at best moderately efficient alternative to the fossil fuels we have depended on for far too long, but collectively the steel windmills account for about seven per cent of world electricity production today. Solar energy is more efficient, providing heating and electricity that can be stored, though it too has taken the form of ‘farms’ where crops have been replaced by black glass on growing expanses of land. Again this feels like the very antithesis of anything sensitive to natural beauty and environmental balance, and some have urged placing solar panels on the millions of acres of untapped rooftops in urban and industrial areas rather than covering nature in glass, but it falls on deaf ears amid land bankers and farmers keen to increase their financial crop. Solar energy has a very real contribution to make to global electricity supply and heating, but if it is not to create a serious burden in the process, a more sensitive approach should be developed. Tidal and geothermal power generation are similarly not a new invention, but tried and tested options that are as effective as they are expensive and limited to the natural conditions they rely on. They fit well within the important doctrine that calls for decentralised energy solutions that tap into locally available renewable resources, but are by the same token restricted to a small role on a global scale. To be honest, the world needs a highly diversified range of options to provide its future energy needs – at least until we are able to produce safe, clean and affordable power and fuel through nuclear fusion – yet perhaps the most exciting option available in the meantime is bio energy. While food production remains the first priority for arable land, great progress is being made in the field of bio

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Green is the new black in Hollywood as celebs rush to offset their carbon footprints (and tax bills) on charitable eco causes. But is it ‘Champagne environmentalism’ or the real ‘down-to-earth’ deal? Belinda Beckett reports.

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e owns a fleet of electric cars, donates millions of dollars to green causes through a charity foundation he set up when he was 24, and he’s almost as famous for his activism as his acting. If any Hollywood star was a contender for a Best Friend of the Planet Oscar, it’s the committed Leonardo diCaprio whose efforts in the name of the environment have been nothing short of Titantic. He has worked with Al Gore on climate change, produced an eco-documentary, campaigned to protect sharks in California, tigers in India, elephants in Africa… Then, in one unguarded remark, he undid all his good work, talking of his plans to “fly around the world doing good for the environment”. If Leo had momentarily forgotten that a single transcontinental flight pumps as much carbon into the atmosphere as driving a car for a year, the press hadn’t and they took him cruelly to task over it. Despite the faux pas, the baby-

faced actor who turns 40 this month is still Hollywood’s ‘green giant’, a fact recognised this autumn when he won a Bill Clinton Global Citizen Award and was declared UN Messenger of Peace on Climate Change. “As an actor I pretend for a living, I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems,” he told delegates at September’s UN Climate Summit. “I believe mankind has looked at climate change in the same way, as if pretending it wasn’t real would somehow make it go away. But I think we know now that this isn’t the case” Maybe it’s the pretending that’s the problem for actors who adopt a green cause. It’s ok when they’re ‘working’ to promote it but it’s tougher keeping up the illusion in their OTT, everyday lives. According to research, the richest 500 million people on the planet – seven per cent of global population – create 50 per cent of global carbon emissions. Quite a lot of those rich people are ‘celebrities’.


Material Madness in London this autumn, which aims to accelerate the global switch from fossil fuels to clean energy. Before the press could shout ‘hypocrisy’ she made it an Off-Grid Party, powering the entire gig by solar energy. It was a case of once bitten, twice shy, for the eccentric fashion designer who was ‘outed’ in 2007 for making no eco-concessions in her multi-million-pound clothing business. To which she lamely responded: “I don’t feel comfortable defending my clothes. If you’ve got the money to afford them, then buy something… just don’t buy too much.” Naked Chef Jamie Oliver is another selfproclaimed environmentalist who covers his back against accusations of double standards. He uses wind turbine power in his restaurants while his American Road Trip was the first fully carbon neutral TV show in America – and he had the figures audited to prove it.

The environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defence of our resources is just as important as defence abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?” Robert Redford

© Shutterstock.com Madonna: JStone / Sting: Jaguar PS / Jamie Oliver: Mr Pics / Paul McCartney: Everett Collection

Doing her bit for the environment at the 2007 Live Earth benefit concert backfired on Madonna when the press discovered that her Ray of Light Foundation had invested millions of dollars in some of the world’s largest corporate polluters (BP was one). The Material Girl was labelled a ‘climate change catastrophe’ for her fleet of cars, private jet, carbon emissions from nine houses and $10,000-a-month bottled water habit! Madge isn’t the only celeb who has been accused of ‘greenwash’ – aka hypocritical environmental ‘hype’. Veggie Paul McCartney was vilified for taking delivery of a very worthy Lexus hybrid car in a less-than-worthy way – by plane, all the way from Japan! Rainforest saviour Sting lost a lot of ‘green currency’ when wife, Trudie Styler flew her entire entourage (hairdresser included) by private jet from New York to Washington for a party. Even Mr Climate Change himself, Al Gore, was forced to own up to the ‘inconvenient truth’ that his energy-guzzling 20-room Tennessee home ran up a $30,000-a-year fuel bill, 20 times the national average. Other celebrities are savvier about covering all angles. Dame Vivienne Westwood was certainly taking no chances when she launched her new Trillion Fund

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There’s no doubt that the environment has become a cause célèbre among the showbiz fraternity. From Rachel McAdams’ Green is Sexy website and Cate Blanchett’s ecological Sydney theatre company, to Colin Firth’s Eco Age ethical retail organisation, Johnny Depp’s private solarpowered island and Incredible Hulk Edward Norton’s other ‘green’ mandate as UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, it would be easier to focus on celebrities who are not conspicuous conservationists. One of those is George Clooney who prefers to major on humanitarian causes and political activism. The savvy celeb hit the nail right on the head recently, when he explained why he doesn’t do much public planet hugging: “You don’t want to be a spokesperson unless you are absolutely committed to a cause, because you can hurt it. I’ve been asked to help represent environmental groups. I’m a big proponent of cleaning up the environment. I have two electric cars. But I also have a big weak spot because I’ve flown on private jets. You can’t just talk the talk. You gotta walk the walk.” But in Hollywood, why walk when you can ride? Practically everyone who’s anyone has jumped on the Prius bandwagon since Cameron Diaz and Tim Robbins both made grand entrances at the 2003 Academy Awards in Toyota’s energy-saving car.

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Altruism or Astroturf? Of course, environmentalism is all very well for high-paid celebs who can afford hybrid supercars and organic Champagne but is it out of genuine concern for the earth or pure Astroturfing – aka ‘faking it’? Maybe it doesn’t matter. The value of having a global name linked to a cause is “inestimable”, according to Naomi Segal of Global Cool, a 10-year campaign to reduce people’s personal CO2 emissions by one tonne that is supported by Sienna Miller, Orlando Bloom, Steven Fry and our Leo (diCaprio), among others. “Our celebrities have enabled us to reach a far wider audience more deeply than we could have ever managed without their help. The results of our campaigns have been fantastic in reaching and influencing those members of the public who are hard to convince.” Celebrities are clearly better at attracting public attention than lesser mortals. And although some may merely be lip synching to PR spiel, there are genuine green showbiz credentials out there. Hailed for her role as the menacing Elle Driver in Kill Bill, Daryll Hannah has proved she can be just as ferocious in real life, getting arrested no fewer than three times in the name of the environment: for a 23-day tree sit-in in 2006; for protesting against mountaintop mining in 2009; and for chaining herself to the gates of the White House while demonstrating against the Keystone oil pipeline in 2013. She walks her talk by solar-powering her Colorado and Malibu homes, eating from their organic gardens, running her vehicles on biofuel pumped from her own home-processing plant, producing a weekly video blog on green lifestyles called DH Love Life and selling eco-friendly products online.

The reality is, the water in our toilets is cleaner than the water that most people are drinking.” Matt Damon

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With a missus like Angelina Jolie up to her eyes in global humanitarianism, Brad Pitt needed his own pet project and Hurricane Katrina presented that opportunity. The Hollywood heavyweight’s Make It Right foundation, into which he has sunk $5 million of his own money, is on track to finish 150 new eco homes for hurricane victims in New Orleans, built to withstand future flood devastation. The project has been lauded ‘largest, greenest single family community in the world’ by America’s Green Building Council. Brad and Angelina are also big environmental givers through their Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation. However they slipped up last year when they were accused of damaging the California coastline by letting their kids ride quad bikes on their local beach. One actor with an eco-lifestyle off-screen as well as on it is St. Elsewhere star Ed Begley Jr. who makes a habit of turning up at red carpet events on his push-bike. The über-green celeb Astroturfed his lawn to save on water, his white picket fence is made of recycled plastic milk

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cartons, he composts his garbage, cooks in an outdoor solar oven, grows his own produce, has a sprinkler system that checks the weather and shuts down if rain is forecast and shares his green living tips on his TV reality show, Living with Ed. Of course, there are some celebs who take the commitment one step too far and end up with (organic) egg on their faces: like actress Natalie Portman and her failed line of ‘vegan shoes’; Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone, who posted a video of herself pre-chewing food ‘the natural way’ for her young son; and singer Sheryl Crow, who had the bright idea that people should only use one square of toilet paper per bathroom session… But, bless them, at least their hearts are in the right place! e

lking a W t o n Prince Charles

Undertook a 7,000-mile transatlantic round-trip flight to receive an environmental award.

Jennifer Aniston

Brushes her teeth in the shower, not realising that extra shower-time uses more water than a normal tap-wash would.

Woody Harrelson

Adopted veganism, scaled the Golden Gate Bridge to save redwood trees, drove across America in a hemp-oil bus… then flew his favourite vegan belt and shoes by jet from California to France for the Cannes Film Festival.

Harrison Ford Mr Indiana Jones’s last crusade was campaigning about the danger of fossil fuels. This is despite owning several aircraft and telling the world that he loves to “fly up the coast for a cheeseburger”.

James Cameron

The Avatar director advocates the less-is-more philosophy while owning a JetRanger helicopter, three Harleys a Corvette, a Ducati, a Ford GT, a collection of dirt bikes, a yacht, a Humvee firetruck and a fleet of submarines.

If I were reincarnated, I would wish to be returned to Earth as a killer virus to lower population levels.” Prince Phillip


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Swimming the Seven Seas to Save the Marine Environment Words Marisa Cutillas Photography Courtesy of Lewis Pugh

“Put a child on a boat in the ocean today, and it would be hard for her to imagine what it looked like 100 years ago. Sailors’ tales and old whaling log books tell of seas teaming with life, with a seemingly endless number of fish, whales, turtles and birds.
What we see today is a mere shadow of their former glory” – Lewis Pugh

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n the month of August 2014, Lewis Pugh, maritime lawyer, pioneer swimmer and United Nations Patron of the Oceans, set out to do something no man had ever done before: to undertake long-distance swims in each of the seven seas (the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Black, Red, Arabian and North Seas). Many of the swims were undertaken in risky conditions; his final swim, for instance, took place in gelid 14ºC water and spanned some 60km. Lewis is one of the few men able to complete these swims without dying, owing to his ability to raise his body temperature by 2ºC while anticipating his entry into freezing cold water. His aim was simple: to

“urge policy makers to protect at least 10 per cent of our seas in a network of well-managed and well-designed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that represent the full range of marine life in our oceans.” Because so much of maritime life is hidden beneath the glistening surface of our seas, it is easy to forget the devastation we are causing; upon completing his swim, Pugh gave a rare interview with National Geographic, saying, “The United Nations Environment Programme is urging nations to set aside 10 per cent of the oceans as effective marine protected areas, but from what I saw, 10 per cent simply won’t do it.”

Lewis diving into the North Pole © Jason Reberts

In the full month that his swim lasted, he noted, he failed to see even one fish bigger than his hand: “I didn’t see one shark, one whale or one dolphin.” In order to restore valuable ecosystems underwater, nations need to pull together to create ‘national parks’ in the seas, to ensure the survival of countless animal species. Pugh told the press that although he set off with a positive outlook, the state of the seabed (riddled in many areas with cans and other rubbish) and the scarcity of big fish, led him to realise that saving marine life was a matter of urgency. Some species which are in grave danger of extinction include the mighty blue whale, European eel and the monk seal.

Lewis climbing out of the Arctic Ocean © Jason Reberts

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Swimming the Aegean Sea © Kelvin Trautman

Lewis points out that each sea forms a backdrop to a particular crisis that needs addressing: »» The Mediterranean Sea: This sea is home to over six per cent of the world’s marine species, yet it hosts a battle between declining fish populations and those who are fishing mercilessly, owing to a lax legal framework. Monaco is the first and only country in the world to have declared all its seas as Marine Protected Areas; in honour of this commitment, Lewis began his swim in Monte Carlo, where he was greeted by keen environmentalist, Prince Albert. »» The Adriatic Sea: Lewis dedicated his swim off Zadar to highlight the plight of the slenderbilled curlew, which has been reduced to a paltry

50 individuals in the world owing to hunters, who take advantage of the migratory patterns of birds, who use the coast and wetlands of the Adriatic to rest during their long migration from Africa to Northern Europe. »» The Aegean Sea: In his swim from Athens, Lewis sought to highlight the plight of the Mediterranean Monk Seal, whose numbers have declined to approximately 200 owing to deliberate shootings and fishing accidents. »» The Black Sea: This sea has grown vulnerable to comb jelly populations, owing to the levels of water pollution that enters the sea through rivers and shores and ships. »» The Red Sea: Lewis dedicated this swim to the mangroves that stabilise this coastal area, protecting the beautiful coral reefs and providing nursery grounds for little fish and wildlife. Marine Protected Areas are sorely needed, particularly in Djibouti and Eritrea, where the wildlife is in grave risk of extinction. »» The Arabian Sea: Extending from East Africa to Western India, this sea is home to spectacular coral reefs which have suffered coral bleaching (up to 80 per cent in some areas) owing to climate change. Global warming is a major threat to coral reefs, upon which the lives of so many species depend. »» The North Sea: Decades of trawling has destroyed vast tracts of seabed habitats, leading to a drastic reduction in numbers of fish and other sea animals. Lewis began his last swim in the North Sea and finished in the Thames in London, to call upon the UK government to take a more active stance in saving ‘the manta ray of the north’ (commonly called a ‘skate’) and other critically endangered species.

What are Marine Protected Areas? Lewis Pugh defines a Marine Protected Area (MPA) as “a geographically defined area that is regulated and managed to achieve specific conservation objectives.” National Parks have existed since the 1800s, he notes, yet the protection of sea life has lagged behind, with drastic consequences for the Planet. He notes: “Approximately 13 per cent of the world’s land lies in a protected area, but less than three per cent of the ocean’s surface is protected, and nearly all of that is in coastal areas.” Not all MPAs are meant to be identical, since each area is facing different threats; controls need to range from the prohibition of the removal of any wildlife, to stricter fishing regulations.

All Is Not Lost Lewis begs all budding activists to lobby our politicians, to tweet, blog and write about the devastation of our oceans; there still is hope and we must “never underestimate Nature’s extraordinary ability to regenerate.” MPAs are the best defence we have against global warming, pollution and storms; it is all a cycle and in the end, we will reap what we sow. Lewis shares his greatest hope with us: “I dream of oceans that are abundant with life, full of dolphins and whales, of penguins and sea birds, of turtles and manta rays. I believe that we can restore the health of the oceans. But it’s up to you and me to take positive action to ensure that the future of our planet is Blue.” g Lewis Pugh is also one of the world’s most highly solicited speakers, undertaking over 100 speeches a year. For further information, www.lewispugh.com

Lewis in Everest © Michael Walker

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Diseños Tropicales Ever dreamed of creating a tropical sense of wellbeing under the Spanish sun? The team at Diseños y Tejados Tropicales can turn their hands to just about any design or tropical thatched structure you can imagine, so dream away and let your creativity take flight.

TROPICAL DREAMS MADE REAL WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF DISEÑOS Y TEJADOS

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urelio Guido de Abreu is a man with a special gift. Not only is he incredibly handy at making things but he is also very creative. It’s quite a rare combination in a sector where you are usually either technical or design-oriented yet, in Aurelio’s case, there is a third element that is just as important: he loves his work. Though trained as a civil engineer and blessed with a natural ability to create beautiful structures from timber and natural materials, his work is also marked by a very sensitive and personal approach to the projects he takes on. First of all, he takes great interest in them, allowing the time to get to know his clients and understand not only what they are looking for but also how best to integrate it within their home situation and lifestyle. “Another important consideration is the suggested spot where the structure is to arise and its orientation,” says Aurelio. And in this case, orientation means not only optimising views but also taking into account sunlight, gradient and the intended use. The latter, in turn, affects the design, which has to plan for heat, humidity and the use of natural light, as well as how best to utilise the available space. “Once I have a clearer picture of all this I

don’t come up with standardised solutions but give myself a little time to absorb the location, the requirements of my clients and the practical aspects of the project. This is what makes each one different, regardless of whether you’re building a poolside chill-out gazebo, a large outdoor entertainment area or even an enclosed Rondavel thatched hut that ranges in scale from a shower and changing room to an independent guest cottage.” It is this ability to come up with original ideas that fit the needs and properties of his clients like a glove that sets Aurelio and his team apart. His is a philosophy that shuns serialisation and the selling of a range of standardised products. Indeed, Aurelio does not offer predesigned and made thatch huts, gazebos and outdoor entertainment areas but rather made to measure originals. Even the tree huts and children’s garden play equipment he makes is designed just for you (well, your children). Does this bespoke way of working make him more expensive? “No,” says Aurelio, “we may not be the cheapest option in the market, but we are efficient enough to be competitive with our prices and offer true creativity and craftsmanship.”

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The original thatching company After almost 20 years his reputation is such that much of his business comes from word of mouth. Not only was Diseños y Tejados Tropicales the first company to build timber thatched structures of this kind on the Costa del Sol and Spain, it was actually the pioneer in the field, introducing the concept of thatching to our region and showing homeowners and businesses just how it could be used to create wonderful outdoor environments that highlight the local climate and add value. “In essence what we make is a lifestyle product, usually in the form of hard landscaping, gazebos, pergolas, decking and complete entertainment areas,” says Aurelio, “but restaurants, hotels and other businesses soon realised the potential of such structures for creating venues with a real sense of style and occasion.” Before long Aurelio and his team weren’t only adding thatched shaded areas, chill-out lounges and outdoor kitchen and dining areas to the poolside zones of luxury villas, but also building restaurant dining rooms, clubhouses and even entire shops in evocative tropical styles that added a touch of Balinese glamour to Marbella. “We have completed over 40,000m2 of thatching throughout Spain, Portugal and Morocco, working on all types of villas, luxury apartment complexes, beach clubs, restaurants, shops and hotels, either directly or commissioned through architects such as, among others, Hugo Torrico, Miguel and Diego Tobal, Ángel Taborda and Juan Salvador Schvartzberg. If you think of it, it is quite a portfolio, and now something that was unknown 20 years ago is a much-loved part of Mediterranean design that adds a whole new range of decorative and entertainment options.” Indeed, from Hotel Barceló Sancti Petri, Holiday World Resort, Sunset Beach Hotel and others to the multi-million euro villas decorated by interior designers such as Sandra Billington, Lorenzo Queipo de Llano, Juan Carlos Morel and Liliane Laredo, Aurelio’s designs and sturdy workmanship are visible across the country.

Keeping it natural Building with natural materials will always be not only more environmentally friendly than manmade – or should we say, industrially made – materials, but they also fit in better with their natural surroundings. Put differently, wood and reed don’t have the same visual or physical impact on the environment as bricks, glass, steel and synthetic materials, blending in more seamlessly just as they provide a more humanscale environment and a softer-edged design aesthetic.

What are the environmental credentials of the materials you use? The materials – wood and different types of reed – we use are all natural products that don’t harm the environment, either natural or human, with harmful chemicals or production processes. They do not require major construction to be erected and are grown, not manufactured.

Is their supply sustainable? Yes, we use wood that is grown, harvested and can be replaced, thus creating a sustainable cycle that can be managed and maintained without depleting any resources. The same is true of the different types of reed, whose supply is assured through a similar system of planting, growing, harvesting and replanting. Not only is this environmentally sound, but it is also the only sensible way to ensure a manageable and dependable supply of your raw materials. Moreover, the types of structures we make are by their very nature designed to offer a natural flow of air that minimises the need for air conditioning or expensive heating systems. A small ceiling fan will add a certain colonial touch, as well as some cool air, but if the design and positioning are good, natural air circulation does most of the job for free. Likewise, an open fire or barbecue is all you really need if you plan to use the structure during cooler periods, so our creations are by their very nature energy efficient, require small energy inputs to produce and form part of a natural, living cycle.

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An African Tradition Thatch is an ancient material that mankind has been using in home construction for millennia. It’s durable, attractive and practical – and universal, ranging from the thatched cottages of Europe to the exotic huts of Polynesia, South East Asia, the Americas and beyond. Thatch structures as created by Diseños y Tejados Tropicales, however, build above all on a distinctly African tradition, and so it is not surprising to find that Aurelio too has links to Africa. Born in Cape Town to Portuguese parents, he became accustomed to the kind of sun-kissed seaside environment that also marks the Marbella lifestyle. An early love for woodwork might have taken him into carpentry, but a civil engineering qualification (HND, Cape Town), military service and a six-month backpacking trip through Europe were to take him on a different path that would eventually lead not only to Marbella but also back to what he loves most: creating and designing exteriors. “Art is not something that one possesses, it’s our ability to connect with the divine in a moment where inspiration is present,” says Aurelio. Aurelio has come to know, master and love all natural materials, focusing originally on African reed but later expanding the range of natural materials he uses to include European reed, Bali ‘Alang Alang’, Latin American ‘Piaciava’, African ‘Makuti’ and local ‘Brezo’. “They all have their own visual and practical characteristics, and therefore their own strengths and weaknesses, so deciding which type of natural material to use can be a factor of personal aesthetic preference or practical considerations such as climate and use. Sometimes we even use them in combination, for instance with African reed on the

inside and the lighter European reed on the outside, especially on long spans where we don’t want an obstructive pillar in the middle – or Piaciava or Alang Alang for naturally flowing overhanging roofs or the more rustic finishing of Makuti or Brezo. It all depends on each unique area, its possibilities and of course each individual client’s needs for their very special project.” But as Aurelio says, “If you want a typically African effect, then the thick, smooth flowing textural look of African reed combines beautifully with wooden poles and floor decking. As for the large outdoor entertainment areas, we design and construct bar kitchen areas, al fresco dining rooms and cosy chillout lounges with or without a games area or Jacuzzi, He advises clients on the best application to use, but ultimately respects their preference. “The structures we create can be used to turn a negative into a positive, such as to cover an unsightly view and in the process create a great new space. It can also be meant to be a feature that adds lustre and style to your home, but when its an entertainment area it should be designed in such a way that it becomes a place where people want to spend time. Either way, an exclusive design along with good quality construction should add double its cost to your home’s value.” Whether essentially conceived for practical, aesthetic or purely hedonistic purposes, the timber and thatched structures created by Aurelio and his team at Diseños y Tejados Tropicales turn flights of fancy into a reality where you can relax, entertain or play.

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Esperanza F

Upcycling the Essence of Life WORDS Marisa CUTILLAS Photography Armand Kuka

In his seminal work, Last Child in the Woods, Author, Richard Louv, laments that modern man in suffering from a condition known as ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’. The fact is that most of us spend up to 90 per cent of our time indoors, and our children, too many hours a day on technological devices (television, Smartphones, tablets, music players, etc.). We believe that it is possible to survive in a highly urban environment, yet in many ways, our lives are devoid of real quality. As local ecosystems disappear and dozens of indigenous bird and insect species fall alongside them, we are beginning to witness a spike in mental conditions such as anxiety (now the number one illness in industrialised nations), depression and ADHD. Meanwhile, in the nutritional sphere, the growing number of pesticides and antibiotics contained in the food we eat has been found to contain unacceptable levels of toxic metals, like cadmium. We believe we are fooling Nature, but in reality, we are fooling ourselves.

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New life abounds


Where beauty meets utility

Sailing away

Nature is Art Talented Upcycling Artist and Nature specialist, Esperanza F., notes how humankind has played a unique role in the degradation of the environment: “Nature never dies; everything transforms into something else; everything is recyclable. Human beings are the only species who have created useless waste. We are the only ones who produce things that nobody wants or has any use for; nothing is superfluous in Nature.” When asked how upcycling differs from recycling, Esperanza answers, “recycling is simply using something again; upcycling involves increasing its value or utility.” A perfect example is her art; to create her visually stunning works, she takes “items from Nature which other people deem to be rubbish but which I see as treasures of incalculable value.” Esperanza’s eyes glow with excitement as she speaks of her favourite ‘art store’: the beach, awash with driftwood, jagged stones and dramatic rocks that “seem inert, but which are always alive when viewed by the right set of eyes.” For Esperanza, the creation “was already begun by Nature… I simply complete the pieces it has already shaped in such a beautiful way.” Esperanza’s passion for Nature can be felt, sensed, almost touched, with every word she speaks. A fashion designer by trade, she decided “to give it all up and follow my heart, to work in a field I truly felt connected to,” which happened to be the natural world. “In many ways,” she muses, “I decided to upcycle my own life by trading in economic security for uncertainly. The moment I did that, all the pieces seemed to fit together and little by little, my dream is turning into reality.”

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Seeing the beauty in everyday items from Nature

A natural wedding table arrangement

Esperanza works in many different yet related realms, all to do with Nature and environmental sustainability. One branch of work, called ‘space intervention’, involves holding artistic sessions (in the Great Outdoors as well as indoors), where she teaches clients how to “impregnate the space” with natural elements. She explains, “whether we are working in a hotel reception or someone’s living room, the key is to develop an harmonic dialogue between the space and the materials we are using.” Esperanza’s vast portfolio is testimony to her great talent for finding the extraordinary in everyday items. “I don’t normally create art for weddings,” she says, “but I was recently approached by a couple who wished to get married by the sea. They said they wanted their wedding to be anything but conventional and they asked me to create something for them. Intrigued by their bravado, I made a napkin holder from sackcloth, the trunk of an agave tree and seashells, tied with rope. They loved it and told me to go the whole hog. I created many pieces, including a flower arrangement made from the Agave flower, tied together with plant fibres, which I dyed blue; I topped the arrangement with the same fibre, which bestowed it with the effect of floating clouds.”

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’m stretched out in the middle of Patricia Darch’s new Essence of Natuzzi gallery, floating on air, imagining I’m in the embrace of some hunky superhero. The Re-Vive is the world’s first responsive performance recliner and that’s what it feels like! Upholstered in buttery-smooth white kid leather (or any colour you like), it’s won more awards for its ergonomic design than you can shake a TV remote at. With dynamic arms that cradle you and a spine that moulds itself suggestively to your body – intuitively, without levers – it can give a girl naughty thoughts… Guys will love it too, for less romantic

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notions, like kicking back with a beer in front of the football. I was worried about marking the footrest but Patricia likes every customer to experience her amazing collections. Try one for size next time you’re in Blue Sotogrande Shopping Centre. Go on – it isn’t your look-don’t-touch kind of gallery.

Tactile Temptations Sotogrande’s style guru has been wowing customers with her tactile temptations for 23 seasons. All the best-dressed homes here wear something from her annual collections, hot from Milan. Smooth suede,

glossy lacquer, silky perspex or gritty Swarovski crystal, they all cry out to be touched. And if you do, no one will jump on your case or pressure you into buying. You can browse in complete freedom. Although if you do ask for help it will be instantly forthcoming – with a smile! The gallery is Patricia’s third opening in twoand-a-half years – not bad in an economic crisis! Launched in August with pink Champagne and Italian tapas, Natuzzi’s Commercial Manager for Spain and Portugal was more than impressed. “There are Natuzzi showrooms throughout the peninsula but he told us he had never seen the brand presented to such stunning effect,” says Patricia with pride. The space is laid out in a variety of inspirational room sets accessorised with pieces from Patricia’s new autumn/winter collection. You can buy Natuzzi here under the same favourable terms and conditions as you can in less artistic settings. Patricia simply has to pop next door to her design studios for a stunning new piece to freshen up her eye-catching displays. She’s a one-stop shop for more than 350 exclusive brands – think Fendi and Foscarini, Max Alto, Manutti and Moooi; you’d have to go to Seville or Madrid to beat that! But the gallery is not only about Italian leather and the latest interior design toys. Natuzzi makes furniture that looks the bee’s knees at affordable mid-range prices so, if you hanker after the sleek Italianesque PD look, now you can get it for less. Not for a song but certainly for an aria!

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The pink Champagne opening of her elegant Essence of Natuzzi gallery at Sotogrande Port this summer ushers in a new era for interior design queen Patricia Darch. Belinda Beckett went along to ‘experience’ her new autumn/winter collections and find out how to get her exclusive look for less! PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF PATRICIA DARCH INTERIORS

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Prêt-à-Porter Solutions ‘Package’ is not a word you tend to associate with the ‘Queen of bespoke’. Patricia built her reputation on her exclusive home furnishings and haute couture interior design service, as more than a few celebrities and a great many of Sotogrande’s well-heeled summer residents can testify. It’s true that, for some of her coveted brands, you’ll need one of those pens actress Penelope Keith used to advertise – the ones where ‘the noughts just roll off’. She doesn’t do traditional ‘sales’ either, although she’s had some fabulous special offers over the years, including a Fendi sofa discounted by 50 per cent! But, savvy businesswoman that she is, she can adapt like a chameleon to the market’s changing demands. And, as property sales pick up, she’s unveiling a raft of affordable prêt-à-porter solutions. ‘Something for everyone’ is her new mantra and, for whatever reason you’re buying a property – for holidays, forever or for rental income – now you can have a Patricia Darch makeover for an all-inclusive price! “If you’re standing still in business you’re going backwards,” says Patricia, showing me one of her new design boards – an economic scheme for rental properties and a more razzmatazzy version based on her Natuzzi collection. Prepared with the same expertise and attention to detail that goes into her bespoke projects, customers receive a complete design concept for the hall, lounge/ dining room, master and second bedroom, with stunning furniture, lighting, rugs, bedding and suggestions for fabrics and wallpapers. “No one else on the coast offers this service and the big saving’s in our time, with no sacrifice to quality,” explains Patricia. “One, five, 10 apartments, we can take on multiple projects without a waiting list. And with a huge choice of colour schemes, you can achieve a different look every time.”

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Home and Away Clients don’t even need to be on site – perfect for investors who live on the other side of the world. Everything can be delivered and set up ready for occupancy, complete with those special finishing touches – beds made up, bowls of fresh flowers, Champagne on ice – that set Patricia Darch apart from the hoi polloi. There’s good news for sellers too, who can look forward to taking their For Sale signs down a lot sooner with Patricia’s new home-staging service. Her team of ‘house doctors’ will carry out a thorough analysis and present a suitable diagnosis, decluttering and refreshing to ensure no property

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malingers on the market for too long. She’s also developed the retail side of her operation, a change in business direction pioneered at her Gibraltar showroom with great success. “We want to welcome many more people to come in, look around our gift selection and get ideas for later when they’re ready to decorate,” says Patricia. There’s no pressure, even then. “We can work to a budget or take on a project in stages, whatever works best for the client.” To tempt customers over the threshold, she’s stocked up with a range of exquisite decorative items that will give you change from €50: her own

heaven-scented collection of Patricia Darch home perfumes and sprays; Lampe Berger fragrance lamps from Paris; aluminium and brass key fobs and bottle openers by Benahavís artist David Marshall; cushions in fab fabrics chosen from a rail of hundreds, made up in-house. If you’re looking for presents, you can have them gift-wrapped and delivered. Next year you’ll be able to shop for them online too. Not sure what to buy? The problem’s solved with gift vouchers in four denominations, from €50 to €500, presented in beautiful Patricia Darch boxes tied with ribbon. Getting married? Patricia will organise your wedding list.

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Haute Couture Heaven The only problem is what to choose in this decadent design emporium for consenting adults. Patricia’s perfectionist styling ensures that even material objects can have sex appeal: twinkly Baccarat candelabra lamps flirt with statement Glas mirrors; Malerba tables schmooze gleaming Villeroy & Boch tableware; B&B Italia armchairs get it on with soft alpaca throws and silk rugs. A girl’s head can be turned in this haute couture heaven for homes, spread over two dove grey wood floors illuminated with killer lighting – one of Patricia’s Ten Design Commandments is that nothing works until you get the lighting right. Wander through a wonderland of wall fabrics by Hermès and Roberto Cavalli, textiles by Missoni Home and Jean Paul Gaultier, furniture by Fendi Casa and Cattelan Italia, Bluemarine bedding, Manutti garden furniture… not forgetting Baxter Italia’s sumptuous sofas. The leathers and suedes come from animals that are gently massaged throughout their life cycle, like kobe beef, to ensure there are no stress marks in the hide! Patricia consults the ‘oracle’ – the Milan Furniture Fair – annually, to hand-pick special

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pieces. This season, Alivar’s contemporary saddle-stitch sofas take centre stage next to Gervasoni’s Scandinavian look – one of Patricia’s hot tips for summer 2015. “We love the minimalist, unstructured look which is ideal for the informal Costa del Sol lifestyle,” she says. Trending tones include turquoise and lime, silver, black, anthracite and taupe. The sales staff will help you pick out what’s right for you. The customer service here is legendary. One of Patricia’s team aptly described it as “bubblewrapping” the customer. Clients’ every wish and whim is listened to and heeded – a much-loved old chair can be re-upholstered, a décor scheme planned around a favourite artwork… Immense care is taken during renovations – shoes off at the door, plastic sheeting everywhere, caps under drills to catch dust and a good vacuum at the end of every day.

The Extra Mile A measure of the extra distance she goes, she had a call from one regular client whose tenant had broken the blinds she installed eight years ago. “We fixed them without charge,” she says. “It’s second nature to work closely with clients in order to interpret their brief. In turn they take us into their confidence and place huge trust in us. Many become great friends.” As do her staff. Although Patricia is always on the side of the client –“I’m a perfectionist, very demanding and not easy to please” – some members of her team have been with her from the outset: her CAD-qualified designers, artists, architects and craftsmen, supported by a loyal network of electricians, carpenters, plumbers, upholsterers and seamstresses, including a curtain-maker who has been with the firm for over 30 years. She rarely outsources to ‘strangers’, often rolling up her own sleeves to help on site. After our interview, she was off to stop the traffic in London’s Mayfair for a client who’s onto his third Patricia Darch project. “His apartment is on the fifth floor with no lift in the middle of a busy thoroughfare so everything has to be winched up from street level,” says Patricia. Nothing fazes this décor dynamo although sometimes there are surprises… such as the owner arriving to inspect his finished project who turned up with an armoured security van containing “the most extensive collection of artworks, so famous and recognisable, they wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Tate gallery,” she says. Today, for many of Sotogrande’s international residents, only Patricia Darch will do. She is regularly commissioned to weave her magic in their principal family homes and winter retreats elsewhere, and her client portfolio stretches from The Bahamas to Bahrain. She recently completed an opulent manor house in York, her fifth project for that particular client.

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Italian Flair Although Italian designs predominate in her collections – Milan being the interior design capital of the world – Patricia wouldn’t live anywhere but Sotogrande. “I adore the tranquillity, the wide leafy avenues, the stunning views to Africa, the special light you only find here, the polo! People often ask me why I don’t have a showroom in Marbella. Ask me that again next year and I may have some exciting news,” she says, with a twinkle in her eyes With its Little Venice charm, Sotogrande Port is the perfect place to hang out her sign. Her showroom and gallery front the elegant waterside esplanade lined with bobbing yachts, bijou boutiques and trattoria-style cafés, where the Sotogrande set sip skinny lattes under white umbrellas. Patricia’s stunning window displays ramp up the Italian Riviera feel. On Saturday mornings, you can watch her talented step-daughter, Jessica Darch, at work in

the studio. Jessica’s bold murals and trompe l’oeils grace many high-end homes and she paints on a variety of unusual mediums, including abstracts on curved perspex panels – her stunning Waves, Shapes and Stripes collection, on show at the Natuzzi gallery. Ask her for a free quotation for a one-off to complement your own décor scheme. Both spaces are open on Sundays too, in fine weather, when the boho chic hippy market sets up its stalls under candy-striped awnings. The perfect time to try out that racy Natuzzi recliner. I haven’t even mentioned the Brio sofa, with motion sensors that tip you back into a state of relaxed abandon; the Sound armchair, which has a mini-jack for your iPod/mp3 player and hidden speakers in the head cushion; the mirror that turns into a TV… But perhaps I’d better not or Patricia will need to introduce another new service: crowd control! e

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Designer, Leyre Valiente

Where Nature Meets Nurture Avante-garde Madrid-based designer, Leyre Valiente, showed that creativity and vision know no limits, especially when it comes to designing something of great value. Valiente recently stunned the fashion world with her completely biodegradable raincoat, made from potato starch for the bran Equilicuรก and exhibited in New York to the international press. Valiente may be young, but she has already worked as a commentator for Cosmopolitan TV programme, Moda Cosmo, won a hotly contested competition to design the uniforms of staff at the Callao City Lights Cinema in Madrid, and taken home the award for Best Designer in Madrid, at the National Awards for Young Fashion Designers. During her training period, she was an intern for Alexander McQueen and Loewe. In addition to her spectacular raincoat, we bring you highlights from her Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. WORDS Marisa CUTILLAS

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Stationery Range for Libretto: Natural Inspirations Who said that fashion was only about clothing? Christian Lacroix brings us a range of notebooks, sketchpads and greeting and birthday cards, inspired on the wonder of Nature. Colourful graphics and monochromatic looks alike hold sway. Which item do you fancy? Compiled by Marisa CUTILLAS

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keep to a reasonable amount, since excessive alcohol consumption can swing the balance in favour of depressive symptoms. Z BEND IT LIKE GHANDI: Did you know that yoga has been found to reduce levels of stress hormone, cortisol? A fascinating study carried out on a group of women receiving radiotherapy for breast cancer (which is associated with very high stress levels) found that regular yoga sessions not only lowered stress hormone levels, they also reduced tiredness and increased the women’s sensation of vitality! Two reasons often cited by scientists to explain yoga’s success in a number of stressful situations include controlled breathing and mindful meditation, which encourage yogis to focus on the present and banish stress-provoking thoughts. Z SAVOUR THE MED: The Mediterranean diet, with its focus on healthy Omega-3 fats, reasoned consumption of resveratrol-rich red wine and healthy sources of protein such as fish, has been found to reduce inflammation, which is thought to be the primary mechanism that leads to heart disease. Maintaining sound Omega-3 levels has been found to promote cognitive functioning and reduce brain shrinkage in the cerebral cortex and

hippocampus. Omega-3 has also been linked to maintaining our memory intact. Z TAKE IT OUTSIDE: Recent studies indicate that there are numerous, measurable benefits from physical activity in the great outdoors. Not only do we burn more calories when we exercise outdoors, we also obtain greater pleasure and feel more enthusiastic. Research also indicates that outdoor exercise battles depression, fatigue and stress much more efficiently than indoor exercise. Z GIVE AND RECEIVE THE GIFT OF MASSAGE: Some of the many conditions found to benefit from massage include anxiety, headaches, stress-related insomnia and fibromyalgia. If you can, bring a little aromatherapy into the equation by using essential oils like lavender (to relax) or orange (to energise). Studies have shown that aromatherapy massage can lower stress, anxiety and symptoms of emotional disturbance in older persons suffering from dementia. One study in particular looked into the effects of massage on the stress and anxiety levels of young adults in a psychiatric centre. The patients were given massage therapy for a seven-week period. The results were decreased (stress hormone) cortisol levels, lesser anxiety and a lower resting heart rate. Symptoms of depression and aggression were also reduced. Massage has been proven to be beneficial for persons of all ages, including babies, who cry less than babies who do not receive massage. Most interestingly, scientists have found that massage does not only benefit the recipient, but also the therapist as well. In a fascinating study, a group of elderly persons who gave regular massages to infants in a child’s centre, were found to have greater self esteem and lower stress when they massaged the babies, than when they received massage therapy themselves! e

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hen approaching the topic of health and wellness, there seems to be two roads to take: either that of conventional medicine, involving a symptomatic view of illness, or the alternative road, characterised by natural, preventive treatments and therapies. If one trend has marked scientific studies on health in the past two decades, however, it is of the value of fusing both types of practice. On the one hand, activities like yoga are now no longer for ‘the hippy brigade’; rather, yoga is currently used widely on a global scale for everything from battling stress and fatigue suffered by women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer, to reversing even severe atherosclerosis (thickening of the artery walls) and even quelling symptoms of ADHD in children. The phenomenon of integrative medicine may be new to the media, yet for decades, it has been touted as the ultimate preventive strategy against the development of many chronic illnesses by renowned healer, Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Weil, who obtained his medical degree from Harvard University, is one of the leading figures in integrative medicine on a global scale. His blog, www. drweil.com, is read by millions and he is the Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he is also a Professor. Dr. Weil has appeared twice on the cover of TIME Magazine and has written many best-selling books, including Healthy Aging. In a wonderful interview given to journalist, Allan Gregg, Dr. Weil summed up his concerns as a doctor: “The real gap in health lies between what people expect of doctors these days and what medical schools are training doctors to do. People want doctors who have time to explain to them, in a language they understand, the nature of their problems; doctors who won’t just push drugs and surgery as the only way of doing things, doctors who are aware of nutritional

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influences on health, who can answer questions about dietary supplements, who are sensitive to mind-body interactions, who are willing to look at you as not just a body, but also as a mental and emotional being and spiritual entity; who won’t laugh in your face if you bring up questions about Chinese medicine.” Dr. Weil claims that all doctors should know enough about alternative medicine so they can use it when necessary. For instance, he notes that with inflammatory disorders such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, conventional medicine is often not very effective; on the other hand, Chinese medicine holds great promise. A good doctor should know enough about complementary therapies to use them as adjuncts or backups if medication is insufficient or toxic to a patient. Dr. Weil also espouses the importance of belief; what others refer to as ‘just’ a placebo response is actually the ultimate aim of medicine: to encourage healing from within; healing that is mediated by the mind. Even the way doctors speak to patients and the words they use, are crucial pillars of healing. Doctors should also work on motivating patients to adopt healthier lifestyles, he says, since many diseases such as heart disease and cancer are caused by the lifestyle choices we make. Dr. Weil espouses the importance of daily exercise (a daily 45-minute walk is ideal) and of staying within a healthy weight; thinness is not the aim. Unless we are obese, there is little difference in longevity between those who are slightly overweight and those who are within so-called ‘healthy weight ranges’. The best way to relax, he says, is through controlled breathing. He additionally espouses the importance of family meals, of eating healthy, seasonal meals in good company.

Z Avoid foods containing fructose, which may be low on the GlycaemicIndex scale, yet interferes with liver functioning and is a chief cause of insulin resistance and metabolic disorders. Also avoid Agave (another high-fructose sweetener) and stick to lower fructose sweeteners like maple syrup. Z Avoid all sweet drinks. This includes freshly squeezed fruit juice, which is very high in fructose. Z The ideal diet to follow is the Mediterranean diet, with its focus on Omega-3-rich olive oil, fatty fish, healthy grains and lean protein sources. Z Prohibitive diets such as the lowcarb diet work in the short-term but can cause toxic build-up in the liver and kidneys. Z Avoid margarine and other polyunsaturated fats which are chemically unstable and can oxidise, leading to inflammation (the main cause of heart disease). Z Do not shy away from eggs; Omega-3 eggs are rich in essential fatty acids. Z Avoid processed foods; they are the main reason for the obesity epidemic, since they are rich in highly processed carbohydrates, fructose, trans fats and salt. They contribute to chronic inflammation, which results in disease. Z When consuming fruits, reduce your intake of high-Glycaemic Index tropical fruits and try to consume more vegetables. Z If you are vegetarian, take Omega-3 supplements (algae-based supplements are available for those who do not wish to consume fish oil).

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McLaren/Guarnieri Team Wins First Edition of Tarifa International Beach Polo Championships The first Tarifa International Beach Polo Championships 2014 took place recently at Playa de Los Lances, Tarifa. The winning team, McLaren/Guarnieri (comprising Andrew Nulty, César Miño and Diogo Gallego) narrowly beat Credit Suisse (Hernan Pieres, Sophie Stanek and Carlos Piñal Alvarez) in the final, by 8 goals to 7. Andrew Nulty was awarded Most Valued Player and he received a watch from Gomez & Molina Jewellers. All participants received gifts donated by sponsors such as Scapa and Oakley. Celebrations were held at Club Zuco97 and catering was provided by GOYO from Marbella.The following day a barbecue took place on the beach next to the polo pitch at Chiringuito Le Club 7. g www.facebook.com/tarifa.beachpolo

Tip Top Spain Presents New Burda Infrared Heaters Tip Top Spain is now stocking Burda Infrared Heaters, a cutting-edge heating concept which relies on infrared short-wave technology. The heaters create a warm and inviting atmosphere and make it possible to enjoy indoor and outdoor living spaces all year round. The devices boast an elegant, high-end design, meaning they look good and work wonderfully. New to the Burda heater range are Heat Panels, which function like the sun: they emit infrared beams which create warmth and work as heat accumulators; they are also able to heat rooms in a convential way (through convection) if desired.

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Vintage Car Rally in Estepona The town of Estepona will form the perfect backdrop to a vintage car rally on November 22. The event will feature cars manufactured between 1910 and 1960. Drivers will be meeting at the roundabout (east entry) of the old CN340 at 1:15pm and will make their way to Estepona Port, so fans young and old alike can enjoy viewing these classic cars up close. g www.estepona.es

Carrefour Express Comes to Marbella Carrefour has opened its first outlet in Marbella on Avenida Ricardo Soriano. The supermarket offers over 2,800 items for sale, including products from Andalucテュa. The event was attended by the Mayor of Marbella, テ]geles Muテアoz, as well as various dignitaries and members of the media.

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Rotary Club Marbella– Guadalmina Holds Annual Charity Walk Rotary Club Marbella– Guadalmina recently held its fourth annual charity walk, which commenced at Refugio de Juanar in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park. Three distinct walks were catered to different fitness levels: one group headed for the summit of La Concha, a second group walked to the Cross of Juanar and a third group took a leisurely walk to El Cabrito. Around 100 walkers participated and numerous Boy Scouts also joined in the fun. The walk was sponsored by ALC Health, a company offering top medical and health insurance. Monies raised went to the Hogar Betania in La Linea, a charity for the homeless.

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Noches de Tango Brings the Passion of Argentinean Tango to the Coast Passion, jealousy, nostalgia and deception will mark this year’s eagerly awaited Noches de Tango event, which will take place in Mijas, Almuñecar and Nerja. The programme will cover the historical and artistic evolution of tango, with all its different styles and modalities. Dance, song and instrumental pieces will make up a spectacular show which will feature Claudio Constantini on the bandoneón, Oscar Guida on bass, Hernan Hock on guitar, Milton and Romina in dance and Patricia Nora’s beautiful voice. The shows will take place on November 7 at the Casa de Cultura de Almuñecar, November 8 at the Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja and November 14 at the Teatro Las Lagunas de Mijas. g www.nochesdetango.com

Blacktower Financial Management Holds Seminar on Exchange of Information Blacktower Financial Management (International) Limited will be holding a seminar on Thursday, 6th November at 6pm, at El Soto Golf clubhouse, Marbella. The aim is to discuss the impact of new Exchange of Information regulations across Europe. Topics covered will include: *Review of the Modelo 720 *Latest UK and Spanish tax changes affecting expatriates in Spain *Recent changes regarding UK personal pensions, including public sector pensions There will be time for questions after the presentation. Places are limited so be sure to book yours. g Tel: 952 816 443 or send an e-mail to melanie.

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Bites & Business: New Dutch Women’s Network Comes to Málaga Fabián Villar Deemed Málaga’s Best Sommelier Fabián Villar Gutiérrez, Head Somellier of Grupo Trocadero Restaurantes, was recently awarded the Golden TasteVin Prize, which deems him the Best Sommelier in Málaga and the Costa del Sol 2014. The awards ceremony, organised by the ASM Association of Somelliers of Andalucía Málaga-Costa del Sol, took place at Restaurante Los Mellizos in Málaga and involved a hearty lunch and hotly contested tasting competition comprising five distinct parts. Fabián will go on to compete for the Best Sommelier in Spain prize in Santiago de Compostela in December.

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Successful Dutch network, Bites & Business, has just launched in Málaga, offering inspiring women of all nationalities the chance to meet, greet and do business. Bites & Business was founded by Dutch Entrepreneur, Marijke Krabbenbos, seven years ago in Amsterdam. Her formula became so successful that the network is now present in over twenty Dutch cities. The first city to be included in Bites & Business outside the Netherlands is Málaga, where City Coordinators, Joyce van Ombergen-Jong (Joy-ce.com) and Else Beekman (InSpanje.nl) will be organising Bites & Business dinners, which will take place every eight weeks for working women (employed or self-employed).

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Club Internacional de Marbella Holds First Communication Forum The Club Internacional de Marbella (CIM) hosted a well attended Communication Forum and dinner, for the first time in its history, at the Gran Meliá Don Pepe Hotel. The event featured speeches by firstrate television presenter, Pepe Navarro; renowned caricaturist of El País, José María Pérez González (known as ‘Peridis’); and writer and journalist, Franciso LópezSeivane (Seivane writes for El Mundo and is the Author of critically acclaimed book, Crónicas de Un Nómada). After the speeches, an exquisite meal was enjoyed by all. g www.clubinternacionaldemarbella.com

Victoriano Presents His ‘Extravagant Graffiti’ After a year of painting graffiti anonymously on the Costa del Sol, graffiti artist, Victoriano, carried out a live session on Avenida José Banús in Puerto Banús. The artist used a novel technique which involves the application of spray on a huge transparent wall placed between two lampposts in the street, so that the graffiti appears to be suspended in mid-air. Victoriano’s work can be defined as ‘freestyle with a sensual, burlesque touch’. g www.victoriano.org

Busy Days for Cudeca Cancer hospice, Cudeca, is one of the most active charitable organisations on the Coast and recently, the dedicated team have been busier than ever raising funds so Cudeca can continue to offer their special brand of caring. They helped launch the book The Mountains of Nerja by Jim Ryan (a guide book on walks in an around Nerja) and also announced that 75-year old Cudeca supporter, Tony Simmonds, would be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the organisation. The team additioanlly invited peope to discount retailer, Dealz’ charity raffle and Halloween party in Torremolinos. Finally, they wish to announce that Cudeca’s annual Hospice Christmas Cards are now being sold at the organisation’s 13 charity shops along the Coast. g www.cudeca.org

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Anna-Maija Reés Publishes Book and Exhibits Her Work in Málaga Anna-Maija Reés, who hails from Helsinki, Finland, is a renowned sculpturess who has recently published a book (entitled 20 Years of Sculpture) and sold her sculptures (created in ceramic, bronze and stainless steel) to local golf clubs and fine homes in Sierra Blanca, La Zagaleta, Nueva Andalucía, etc. The artist is currently exhibiting her work at Sala Alfajar in Málaga, in front of the Cathedral Gardens. The exhibition will run until November 25. g www.annamaijarees.com

New Sports Area in Estepona The Town Hall of Estepona recently launched a brand new sports area measuring 1,300m2, in the Mar y Sierra area. The area includes a football field, ping pong and chess area, children’s area and ‘health circuit’. New green areas, a pergola and new furniture make the new area an appealing place for adults and kids alike to spend their leisure time.

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New Website for Jesús Chacón Photography Renowned Photographer, Jesús Chacón, is proud to announce the launch of his brand new website. Jesús carries out work in a variety of genres, including portrait, music and film photography, and has his own studio in Marbella, where he meets and perform a wide variety of work for clients. The latter include real estate and architecture firms, as well as individual companies needing publicity photographs. g www.jesuschacon.com

Hayabusa Club Marbella Hosts International Meet-up

Neon Night Marbella Charity Walk is a Huge Success

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The first edition of the Neon Night Marbella Charity Walk raised an impressive €7.000, which will go to charities, CADI and Plan España. Minutes before the event commenced, the organisation announced that they had sold 700 neon items, which allowed walkers to shine as they walked in the dark. The organisers would like to thank all those who attended and supported this worthwhile event. g www.search4sponsors.com

The Hayabusa Club Marbella recently hosted its third international meet-up, which was attended by 32 Hayabusa owners from France, Portugal and Spain. During the three-day event, riders enjoyed scenic rides to Casares, Atajate, Venta el Madroño and Ronda and put the pedal to the metal at the Ascari Circuit. Attendees also tried out the brand new Suzuki GSX 1300R Hayabusa and partied away at a lively music session by DJ Pakkito 2000.

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First Vacation Rental Summit in Spain by Spain-holiday.com Spain-holiday.com recently held the first Vacation Rental Summit in Spain, bringing together over 50 property agents in Andalucía for a morning of industry discussion and networking in Mijas. Seville-based association, Apartsur, collaborated in the roundtable discussion on the imminent introduction of regulations to holiday rentals in the region. Claus Sorensen, CEO of Spainholiday.com touched on the increasing threat of phishing in the holiday rentals industry and how to avoid it. Another guest speaker was award-winning photographer, Wayne Chasan, who discussed the value of good photography and tips on achieving better quality images for holiday rental marketing.

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Marifé Nuñez Exhibits Her Work at the THB Class Hotel Reserva del Higuerón****SUP Talented painter, Marifé Nuñez presents her latest collection of colourful figurative paintings, at the Hotel Reserva del Higuerón until November 11. After years of experimentation with various mediums, including photography, graphic design and painting, Marifé’s artwork is based on collages, transparencies, merging images, photographs and painted backgrounds in a digital format. g www.artmoves.es

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THE PALM COLLECTION – exterior

WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF RESERVA DEL HIGUERÓN

Marbella-style and luxury with a difference

RESERVA DEL The HILL Collection

If you thought that style, privacy and sophistication end at the edge of Marbella’s municipal boundaries you’d be wrong, Midway between Marbella and Málaga there is an oasis of peace, luxury and greenery amid spectacular views. It is called Reserva del Higuerón.

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second incorrect presumption would be to think that we’re talking about just ‘another residential development’, for Reserva del Higuerón is a thriving upmarket community made up of some 650 properties with a very impressive list of amenities, not least of which is its setting. Most of us have passed Reserva del Higuerón many times en route from Marbella to Málaga or the airport; the fact that we weren’t aware of it is a testament to the discreet setting of this gated community, which covers over sixty hectares of land running down from the highway towards the sea. Ensconced within the gentle gradient of rolling hills, Reserva del Higuerón is a private residential area made up of tastefully designed apartments, villas and spacious townhouses with their own drive-in carports – all set within beautifully maintained leafy streets surrounded by greenery, open spaces and magnificent views down across the coastline.

NOT A TYPICAL URBANISATION The fact that Reserva del Higuerón has been developed and managed by the same people since the outset ensures continuity of the architectural

and development philosophy that has shaped it, as well as a management approach that regards lifestyle and the offering of top-level amenities and services as equally important to the properties built and sold here. Add the salient detail that this is a family business run by two brothers who graduated as architects from Berkeley in the USA and that Reserva del Higuerón is a sixty-hectare community designed according to a detailed master plan, and you have an environment of true quality and distinction that stands out from many coastal areas made up of a mosaic of independent little developments. “Don’t get me wrong,” says joint CEO Guillermo Rodríguez, “this is a business and to make it work we need to run it profitably, but it is certainly true that Reserva del Higuerón is our life’s work and something we take great personal pride in and

daily responsibility for.” The result is a long-term approach and on-site managerial commitment that translates not only into good planning, sensitive design and first-class maintenance, but also an impressive list of on-site facilities. It makes this a very different company from those that develop projects, sometimes several different ones at a time, only to move on and repeat the process once they’ve sold off. “In that sense we are not a typical property developer, but actually a company that is busy creating a special residential environment in accordance with our own vision,” says Guillermo.

HOMES THAT COME WITH A LIFESTYLE For this reason he believes he sells not just homes but a living environment that has to be safe, peaceful, visually attractive and offering the kind

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popular with Spanish and Northern European buyers,” says Guillermo, whose concept has withstood the years of recession well and continues to add services and a new generation of properties. This new generation of properties includes South Beach, a luxurious low-rise, low-density apartment complex launched in November 2013 of which 90 per cent has already been sold.

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of on-site services that amount to a very desirable lifestyle. “Within that, people pick and choose what they want, but our concept from the master plan right down to the detail has always been to design and integrate the real estate and service elements in such a way that each adds value to the other.” This is particularly visible in the practical functioning of the residential areas and the hotel, spa, sports facilities and other services available within La Reserva del Higuerón. The stylish Hotel THB Reserva del Higuerón is also home to the stunning Nagomi Spa, one of the finest and most comprehensive health and beauty centres on the Costa del Sol, which finds its extension in a professional sports centre that encompasses a 25-metre indoor swimming pool, a tennis and padel club that has hosted the Padel Pro Tour, and new beach volleyball facilities that are the setting

for the Spanish Championships. Staffed year-round by qualified professionals ranging from masseurs and sports instructors to gym trainers and skilled chefs, these are the kind of facilities that put a quality lifestyle at your fingertips. From the hotel’s restaurants, pool deck and sumptuous rooftop sky bar and pool lounge to such practical amenities as a modern commercial centre with supermarket, shops, restaurants and cafés covering a variety of cuisines, not to mention security, gardening, maintenance and an hourly shuttle to and from the beach, life in La Reserva del Higuerón is built around comfort and convenience. The result is a thriving community of professionals, entrepreneurs, sportsmen – including many players of Málaga FC and Unicaja Basketball – holidaymakers and retirees of different ages and nationalities. “Ours is a true community,

The clean, contemporary styling, open-plan layouts and latest amenities of South Beach are also visible in The Collections, a series of four villa, townhouse and apartment environments featuring individualised architectural styling and detailing that allows owners to personalise their homes further through their choice of materials and finishing. As a result, the Bay Collection, Hill Collection, Palm Collection and Peninsula Collection feature refined state-of-the-art design suited to modern lifestyles that also highlights the stunning sea and coastal views to be enjoyed from here. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, the villas and luxury semidetached homes feature open-plan interiors with tall ceilings and panoramic glass frontage, private pools and also select communal areas such as their own lounge bar area. It is part of a concept that combines low build densities, an oasis of wellkept greenery and a sense of community with enviable lifestyle options amid a very central yet private location – ingredients that make Reserva del Higuerón not only different but also assuredly successful and highly coveted. i www.reservadelhigueron.com

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Chipolino Natural Supermarket Launches in C.C. Los Halcones on the Ronda Road

Over the past decade, many scientific studies have revealed the inexorable link between poor nutritional choices and a greater risk of disease. Organic produce, it has been found, is not only higher in antioxidants, it is also free of heavy metals like cadmium, which abound in conventional produce. Another important finding concerns the role played by inflammation in the development of heart disease and cancer. Unfortunately, the modern diet is riddled with inflammation-causing foods: refined flour, processed foods and above all, sugar, which if present in chronically high levels in the body, can cause everything from premature ageing of the skin to Type II diabetes. WORDS Marisa CUTILLAS Photography kevin horn

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oreover, ‘saturated fat’ used to be the villain, but now many polyunsaturated fats have been proven to destroy our cells and damage our DNA. New facts are constantly being discovered and their importance to health and wellbeing is better understood by the public in general. In many ways, ‘We are what we eat’ and, for this reason, organic food is becoming the new trend for savy people who can source it. It is with a firm commitment to health and wellbeing that new supermarket, Chipolino, has opened at the Los Halcones Commercial Centre near the bottom of the Ronda Road (the drive from the Golden Mile takes just 10 minutes). Chipolino is easy to find, since it is two minutes past the autopista, on the right-hand side of the road, between the Opencor and the Pharmacy. Opened by brother-and-sister team, Rafael and Jovita Vicuña, Chipolino is the largest organic food store in the province of Andalucía, measuring more than 250m2 and stocking everything you need to whip up healthy meals, raw food and vegan dishes and desserts. There is also a lovely range of prepared vegan dishes and ingredients for vegan/ vegetarian cooking. Of course, a supermarket of this calibre isn’t launched out of the blue. The plethora of products available reveals a deep knowledge of healthy and organic products, and so do the many tiny details that make this supermarket a true paradise for health food lovers. The founders have selected a great looking

design for the interiors; light wood shelves abound, with a layout that makes it easy to spot the product you are after. The supermarket stocks both fresh fruit and veggies (which, at the moment, arrive on Tuesdays and Thursdays), as well as everything from oils and other healthy fats (think coconut oil, ghee, cold-pressed olive oil, etc.) to gluten-free items, grains of all types, dry and canned goods, healthy sweeteners (I marvelled at the chocolateand strawberry-flavoured agave), organic chocolate, organic wines, teas, herbs, meat, chicken, vitamins and minerals, special herbs, natural cosmetics, and much more. Chipolino has a lovely gourmet section with special oils, marmalades and award-winning goats cheese brand, La Cabra Verde, among many others. “We also stock gourmet water, such as Russian brand, Borjomi,” says Rafael, “although we also have another highly popular water from Mijas called La Ermítica.” There is a wide selection of non-dairy milks and an entire shelf filled with bio cleansers, detergents and personal skincare products by top natural brands like Weleda. I also spot an area just for babies, for mums who wish believe in the importance of fostering a healthy relationship with the Planet, from the word go. Shortly, there will be an entire organic wine section, comprising “a select list of the highest quality wines so good, even expert wine tasters find it next to impossible to differentiate them from

excellent non-organic wines.” As I walk through the shop, filling my basket with goodies of all sorts, Rafael tells me that what I am seeing is “only 50 per cent of what will be in the store,” since the supermarket has only been open a few weeks. Additional products are added every single day, and there is a prominent sign in the entry of the surpermarket stating: “If we don’t have it, we’ll order it for you”. Highly personalised service is a keystone to the philosophy of Rafael and his team. Chipolino will soon be offering clients a taste of 100 per cent natural fruit juices, made via slow rotation, to ensure that the juice is not heated and vital enzymes are retained. Says Rafael, “Many people think that juice is healthy regardless of how it is made, but machines with fast rotation technology damage the nutritional content of the fruit.” The Chipolino team use the Angel machine, which costs over €1.000. The idea of offering juices, says Rafael, is part of enlightening people on how delicious the healthy life can taste. This special organic supermarket is a welcome, essential addition to Marbella; finally, embracing a healthy, organic lifestyle is easier and more appealing than we ever imagined.

g C.C. Los Halcones, Ctra. de Ronda. (A two-minute drive past the autopista overpass, to the right, between the Opencor and pharmacy). Tel: 952 799 401/ 638 127 984.

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International

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Championships

On the southern tip of mainland Spain back-dropped by the grey Rif mountains of northern Morocco that rise up out of the narrow Strait of Gibraltar where Mediterranean and Atlantic converge, Tarifa is a bucket-list destination for young psyched water-sport enthusiasts and Africaheading hippies in their campervans. However, the tourism-friendly town has been taking things up a notch in welcoming a different crowd to their golden sands with not a wetsuit nor a dreadlock in view as it proactively hosted the ďŹ rst International Beach Polo Championships in Spain. WORDS FEE BROOKES BUTLIN PHOTOGRAPHY GEOFF SIMPSON

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rganised by Sandbanks' Beach Polo founder, former Household Cavalry Regiment Officer, Johnny Wheeler and Polo4Ever's, Isabel de Borbón, both of whom play the sport themselves, Tarifa had been touted during a thorough scout for a continental costal location and, within its ten kilometres of sandy beaches, Playa de Los Lances provided the requisite medium for a fast-playing surface, infrastructure and accessibility. With Tarifa's Mayor backing the project and keen to add polo to the list of local sporting competitions, sponsorship flew in from top-tier businesses who recognise the sport’s snowballing popularity and four medium-goal teams signed up: McLaren, Sunseeker, Credit Suisse and Scapa. Featuring international players who have virtually been born in the saddle, including Britain's Roddy Williams and rising star, Lanto Sheridan; the famed Argentinian Pieres dynasty was represented by Hernan Pieres; the dynamic Sophie Stanek appeared for the ladies and players who had fallen for the thrill of the game later in life included Andrew Nulty. As the ponies and players assembled on the first day and eager spectators travelled in along the winding costal roads that lead to Tarifa beneath spinning wind turbines, with views straight across to Morocco, nobody was

anticipating a freak September downpour and downpour here means monsoon. Not wishing to host the world's first equestrian water polo, after the town hall's attempt to remove the water had Canute-like success, an executive decision was taken to re-site the pitch to a less water-logged area and with all hands to the deck fortunately the biggest player of the championships, the weather, equably decided to play ball and the sun shone again. Beach polo differs from the grass game with a much smaller pitch, three-player teams and shorter chukkas which are less taxing for the ponies and players. Credit Suisse's, Sophie Stanek summed up the challenge, “This was my first time playing on the beach and I absolutely loved it! Totally different to polo played on grass, the ball was unpredictable which made the game slower but a lot tougher physically.” Unsurprisingly, the best teams were the allrounders and team McLaren thundered through their first match against organiser, Johnny Wheeler's team, Sunseeker, while the spectators sipped complimentary Juve y Camps cava; Credit Suisse beat team Scapa not least because they were able to successfully smack the large bright orange ball out of puddles with their mallets. With running bilingual commentary from players off the pitch, the game was explained for the benefit of those in the crowd who are new to the sport. Created to train mounted soldiers in the handling of a sword, the rivalry between players only lasts for the duration of the chukkas; with a convivial spirit permeating the whole occasion it is no wonder polo provides a great social get-together. Preceding the seamlessly relocated afterparty which gave guests, players, organisers and sponsors the opportunity to mingle to the beat of an African drumming ensemble whose spirited dancer encouraged everyone to get on their feet after plenty of delicious food, the final came to be fought by teams McLaren and Credit Suisse under clear blue skies, though the pitch had once again been moved to minimise match time spent retrieving a bobbing, slippery ball. In a closely-run game, both teams had familiarised themselves and their steeds with the sandy terrain where manoeuvrability was imperative and the ponies didn't mind getting their hooves wet when the ball splashed down into the water. With the final score 8-7 to McLaren and the team's Andrew Nulty awarded Player of the Match with his impressive ten-goal score, all there were pleased to hear the plan's for next year's event and get down to some welcome nosh from the beach barbeque. Sophie Stanek summed up everyone's sentiments, “Tarifa was a wonderful venue with breath-taking views across into the dunes and a great chilled party atmosphere. I cannot wait for the Tarifa Beach Polo Championships 2015.” Beach Polo is here for everybody who loves to thrill and chill. Roll on 2015 but, please, no rain dances until afterwards. e

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THE VIBE

RCS Spain Launches Valley Heights RCS Spain held a well-attended launch of Valley Heights, its second development in Marbella. Guests enjoyed live acoustic music, Pimms and canapés, and many visiting estate agents were introduced to the newly transformed apartments which were salvaged from bankruptcy by the group. All four phases will be complete by January, 2015; thus far, 90 per cent of Phase One has already been sold. www.valley-heights.com

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned” – Maya Angelou

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THE VIBE

Ewald Fichthaler of Nueva Kaskada Celebrates 30 Years as a Chef Talented Chef, Ewald Fichthaler, recently celebrated 30 years in the culinary business with a swish party at Nueva Kaskada attended by friends and members of the press. Ewald expressed his pride at working for 16 years on the Coast, joining guests for a refreshing cocktail on the patio then delighting them with a series of creative dishes which showcased his passion for cooking to perfection. www.nuevakaskada.com

“Laughter is brightest where food is best” – Irish Proberb

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THE VIBE

Besaya Beach Launch Party Besaya Beach is the new cool place to enjoy coffee, drinks and fine food by the sea; opened recently by the Finca Besaya and Tikitano group in what used to be Café del Mar, the venue is ready to offer a sophisticated café atmosphere to discerning clientele.

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Pre-Christmas Season Group Menus & Office Parties at Suite & Namazake · from 40 € ·

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THE VIBE

10th Anniversary Party for Redline Popular marketing agency, Redline, recently held its 10th anniversary party, inviting clients and friends to drinks, pizza and finger food at cosy Italian chiringuito, La Dolce Vita. Being in the business for 10 years is a true milestone, especially considering recent economic challenges. www.redlinecompany.com

“Redline has a reputation for enjoying parties, so we intend to make our 10th birthday one to remember. It’s an opportunity to let our hair down and have a good time and to thank our clients and suppliers for all of their support over the last decade”– Line Lyster, Director and Founder of Redline

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THE LEISURE travel

BURMA

Call it Burma or call it Myanmar, it’s a beautiful country that people fall in love with. WORDS David Wishart Photography Genevieve Balthazard and Shutterstock

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one more so than Paul Strachan, who went there as a student in Scotland back in the eighties, and went on to be a publisher of academic and art books on Burma. But there were few tourists about, so he chartered a boat on the Irrawaddy River and used his mailing list to get the word out. One old colonial told Strachan he was mad, others were politely incredulous. There were veterans of the 14th Army, people born in Burma but forced to flee by the Japanese, and others kicked out by Ne Win in the sixties. But the phone never stopped ringing. One 10-day charter was not enough and six departures ran that first season. Before he knew it, Strachan was running a business, naming it after a fine old Scots firm, the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. Two years later, Strachan found the wreck of the Pandaw at Mandalay, recognisable by its black and red funnel, one of the original riverboats built on the River Clyde for the IFC. Its condition was terrible, but as Strachan said, “it was love at first sight.” Pandaw was restored, and since then a fleet of replica vessels has been built to make Strachan’s company the major force in river cruising in Burma, and with another flotilla on the Mekong, in southeast Asia.

They range from five to 34 cabins, shallow draft, with open decks, teak and shiny brass, just like the Old Flotilla as immortalised by Kipling. “Downriver – Great bales of cotton, bags of rice, blocks of jade, lacquerware from Pagan, silk, tamarind, elephants sometimes…oilcake, tobacco, timber. Upbound – motor cars, corrugated iron, condensed milk, matches… sewing machines, soap, cigarettes, cement and whisky.” (Irrawaddy Flotilla Co. handbook, 1936) The Old Flotilla was a naval task force of four paddle steamers and three flats (barges) sent from India to carry British and Indian troops up the Irrawaddy in the second Anglo-Burmese war of 1852. A treaty (probably of the version “sign here or be shot”) resulted and the new British governor privatised the flotilla, selling it to Todd, Findlay and Co. of Glasgow. As it turned out, the vessels were poorly built, so the merchants teamed up with Paddy Henderson (Glasgow shippers already established in Rangoon, a port of call on its run to New Zealand), and Denny’s of Dumbarton, which designed new steamers shipped out in pieces and reconstructed in Rangoon. Deck crews and engineers were Scots, hired at the St Vincent Street head office, and the sailors from Bengal.

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Burma trade grew quickly, and because there were few roads, the Irrawaddy became the “road to Mandalay.” The vessels got bigger, such as the splendid Siam class, 326 ft long and capable of carrying 4,000 passengers, so Denny’s boarded them up and sailed them through Suez. Some were paddle-wheelers, others stern-driven, such as on the shallow Chindwin River, where the boiler was in the bow. The IFC based 200 Scots in Burma and had a local staff of 11,000. It must have been a good life for the expat Scots, what with the club and little interference from Glasgow. In fact only one telegram a month would be sent from Rangoon to St Vincent Street, and that was one line only – the takings! It grew to have more than 600 vessels and was the largest privately-owned riverboat

company in the world when the Second World War started. Then, in 1942, as the Japanese Army approached, the company’s own officers gunned holes in the great ships’ hulls rather than let them fall into enemy hands. For the IFC it was all over. But times change, governments mellow, the light of democracy makes a hesitant sunrise, and I find myself in the steamy city of Yangon, formerly Rangoon. It is bursting with tourists and, presumably, happy hoteliers, some of whom have quadrupled their rates. A visit to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, with its gold and diamond encrusted giant bell, is an enlightening experience, although as I sit in the shade of a gleaming temple, the idle mind reflects on the pasttimes of the British back in the 1850s, when

elephant racing featured a tusker called Shuffling Jimmy. Then off to Prome to join the Orient Pandaw, whose dock is a muddy riverbank. Three blasts of the whistle and we are off. Our vessel has two decks of cabins and a canopied Sun Deck with teak loungers whose cushions are decorated with the IFC peacock logo. Forward is a bar/library and beyond that the bridge. Cabins are air-conditioned, very comfortable and each has wicker chairs and a table outside. This is a wonderful place to sit and watch Burma go by. We meet the crew, all smiling, genial Burmese men. None more so than San and Harry, our guides, who wear the longyi, or sarong, with enviable style, and never despair as we return from local markets with longyis and struggle to get them to stay up.

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The Schwedagon san daw Pagoda in Prone © Shutterstock

Our journey is upstream to Mandalay and we will get an exhilarating picture of this faraway land, such as the next day when Orient Pandaw nudges a muddy riverbank littered with goats. Village women are washing clothes, then themselves, at the edge, while others fill yellow containers with water and carry it on their heads to their homes. A ploughman with two oxen prepares soil for sugar-cane planting, and when the work is done he will lead his oxen into the river for a cool wash. We go ashore twice a day, sometimes to visit a market, or a school, and nearly always a pagoda. The riverbank presents a string of golden stupas in a wondrous passing parade. One can only sit on the deck and marvel at it all, and order another gin and tonic. Bagan with its 2,000 pagodas is a place like no other, and we climb a few not without difficulty because the steps are narrow and steep. Otherwise our getting around is easy and fun, on horse-carts, rickshaws, and one time in a convoy of jeeps. Golfers are astonished at the good condition of the course at Thayet, built in 1887, presumably for a Scottish regiment, and here we have a putting contest.

Pandaw passengers are entertained by an elephant dance spectacle

IF YOU GO — Don’t miss Inle Lake, an inexpensive short flight from either Mandalay or Yangon. This is a large freshwater lake where fishermen live on bamboo houses on stilts, and they get about on skiffs with a unique rowing style, with one leg wrapped around the oar. Two days are enough here, with one on a long-tailed boat to cruise the lake, visiting temples and floating villages where silk weavers and cigar makers will be glad to see you. There are also many floating restaurants. Booking a hotel is advised as Inle Lake is very popular, particularly with young travellers on the Thorn Tree Cafe trail. At Min Hla, forts built on both sides of the river by Italian engineers for the Burmese kings were supposed to stop the British advance, and I climbed the ramparts of one which had been captured by an attack from the rear. You would have thought the British might have thought of that at Singapore. The river became busier as we sailed north, with many vessels going the other way with cargoes of rice and teak logs. Villages grew in size as well, and on one riverbank there was a medical clinic with a doctor funded by a Pandaw charity.

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ZZ Pandaw has three new cruises starting next year including the first to offer a riverboat into Laos. In an expedition also taking in Vietnam and Burma, this takes in the old French capital of Vientiane and fast-flowing gorges. ZZ The beautiful Halong Bay and Red River feature in another programme. ZZ And India is featured with what

should be a spectacular cruise along the Brahmaputra River in the shadow of the Himalayas, exploring by boat, elephant and jeep in areas teeming with wildlife including rhinos and tigers. * Check Pandaw’s handsome new website www.pandaw.com, which lists new cruises in both Burma and Vietnam.

Pagodas became more lavish as well, such as at Magwe, where we took rickshaws along the riverbank and through a village where boys used heads and feet to thrash a wicker ball in a furious version of volleyball. At the temple it was shoes off, walk around clockwise then a relaxing rickshaw ride at sunset. It was here we found a junk beached beside Orient Pandaw and the crew unloading a cargo of gravel. They were joined by a group of women who carried baskets of gravel on their heads and dumped it on the riverbank. At dusk a team rigged up a bamboo shelter, Robinson Crusoestyle, for the workers to spend the night, and first thing in the morning they were at it again, ferrying endless baskets of gravel. And yet there was progress. At one village where we visited potters at work, I walked past a house with a large solar panel outside. It was connected to a car battery, which at day’s end would be reconnected to the household grid to provide power for lighting and the TV. A villager in a Manchester United T-shirt assured me they never missed a match. One morning the rasping engine of our accompanying long-tailed boat woke me early, suggesting shallow water ahead. The Irrawaddy is littered with sandbanks and it takes guile and endless sounding to forge a passage. The long-tailed boat was taking soundings, as were two crew at the bows of Orient Pandaw. To overcome this, Pandaw is building smaller vessels with very shallow draughts which enable them to go way beyond Mandalay, to Bamo (where George Orwell was in the police) and through gorges once thought impassable. On deck there was always something to see, with villagers using the arable sandbanks to plant crops such as peanuts, asparagus, sesame and corn, and sometimes other Pandaw vessels and passengers to exchange a little banter. Such as the chap who asked what brought me to Burma. I ventured it was a traveller’s delight, and it also got me out of northern latitudes in the winter. “Same for me, old boy,” he said. “I’m only here because there’s nothing to shoot at home.” He might have been on the Old Flotilla. e

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Tayok-Pye temple in Bagan


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

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

Spanske barn møtte Karius & Baktus

Siesta - myter og realiteter

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

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Ecológico

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El Mercadillo

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THE LEISURE hotel

“The Earth loves our footsteps and fears our hands” Joaquín Araújo The Eco Garden

Z The Hotel has a beautiful ecological garden in which seasonal produce is gown and enjoyed by guests at its hotel restaurants. Z The Fuerte Experiences Program invites guests to discover a wide range of environmental activities and workshops.

Fuerte Hoteles Goes All Out

to Save the Environment WORDS Marisa Cutillas Photography courtesy of the Fuerte Hoteles Group

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he recent announcement by the Fuerte Hoteles group that it had launched a new website, simply to explain the many aspects of its sustainability guidelines, shows the extent of its commitment to sustainability. The Group has been taking on new environmental obligations year by year, and is the proud holder of the UNE-EN ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certificate, which guarantees that the company works to lower its carbon footprint. It also holds the UNE-EN ISO 9001 certificate, which testifies to its responsible use of products and services. Fuerte Hoteles is working hard to show that success and caring for the environment are mutually inclusive, which is a wake-up call for the numerous ventures that do not incorporate sustainability policies into the everyday running of their affairs. These are just a few ways that the Fuerte Hoteles group is fighting to help save the world:

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ZZ Selective waste collection: Each and every Fuerte Hotel recycles over 2,500kg of paper and cardboard, 3,500kg of glass and 110 kg of packaging and plastics. They also recycle cooking oil, which is used as biodiesel; pruning waste, meanwhile, is used to make compost. ZZ Mineral paint: In lieu of plastic paints, the group uses natural mineral paint for the facades. This paint is sturdy and longlasting, yet is totally toxin-free. ZZ Ecological waterproofing: The foundations of all Fuerte Hotels were made using an ecological waterproofing system, which avoids the need for unsustainable products. ZZ Calculating the carbon footprint: The group calculates the carbon footprint left behind by each and every guest, using the information gleaned to make the necessary changes to reduce its CO2 emissions.

In The Great Outdoors

ZZ Zero gardening: Native plant species are used, which require less irrigation. Natural products are used on plants to the strictest extent possible. ZZ Salty water: Mineral salts (instead of chlorine tablets) are used to keep the pool clean. ZZ Environmentally friendly activities are offered to hotel guests.

ZZ Ventilation: Large patios and spacious green areas allow natural ventilation and lessen the need for air conditioning. ZZ Tiled flooring: Tiles stays cool in the summer and relatively warm in the winter, reducing the need for air conditioning and heating.

In The Bathroom

ZZ Dual flush toilets allow the hotel to save up to three litres of water with every flush. ZZ Tips on how to save water are placed in all bathrooms. ZZ Guests are given the option to reuse towels to save water.

In The Rooms

ZZ Cleaning products: Most detergents used are ecological or produced using a certified environmental management system. ZZ Bed linen: Guests can choose to reuse their sheets, to save between 20 and 30 per cent of water consumption. ZZ Double glazing in the outside patios allows a stable temperature to be kept in rooms, which reduces energy consumption. ZZ Thermostat devices placed in all rooms establish limit temperatures and disconnect the heating automatically when limits are reached.

ZZ Automatic disconnection sensors turn off the air conditioning automatically when the windows are opened. ZZ Low energy light bulbs are used in all rooms.

The Restaurant

ZZ Healthy, organic, seasonal foods are provided at all Fuerte Hotel restaurants. The idea is to offer zero-kilometre cuisine wherever possible, to reduce fuel costs. ZZ Refrigerating gases: None of the gases used in refrigeration at the restaurants damage the environment. ZZ Buffets and menus include special foods for those suffering from allergies and gluten intolerance. ZZ Sustainable packaging: Products with biodegradable or easily recyclable packaging are purchased for the restaurants. All plates and cutlery are reusable. ZZ All vegetables and fruits are washed in large pots and the water is reused to water the garden. ZZ Electrical appliances used contain the highest efficiency ratings and are low energy consumption-certified, to the greatest extent possible. To discover more about the Fuerte Hoteles group, check out their yearly Corporate Social Responsibility report (CSR), published in October, 2014. g www.hotelomm.es i www.fuertehoteles.com 10/23/14 1:24 PM


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

TAI PAN chinese cuisine polynesian bar

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

SUKHOTHAI Exquisite Royal Thai Cuisine

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

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restaurant THE GOURMET

Il Tartufo

WORDS Michel cruz Photography kevin horn

an ode to Italian cuisine

Situated on the atmospheric Plaza de Tetuan in Marbella’s charming Old Town, Ristorante Il Tartufo forms part of one of Marbella’s most up and coming and appealing dining areas. Surrounded by the ambience of the historic quarter, Il Tartufo combines a touch of sleek, contemporary presentation with a truly classic love of food – in this case Italian food.

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hef Emanuele Crisci is a true lover of all things gastronomic, and it shows in his work, for this is a restaurant where not only do you eat very well but also celebrate the sensory and social occasion that dining can represent. Originally from the region of Piemonte, Emanuele’s offering has a northern Italian slant, so expect not so much your basic pastas and pizzas but a restaurant that entices you with beautifully crafted creations all built around tasteful ingredients. Perhaps the most celebrated of these is the truffle – after which Il Tartufo is named. This elusive element of fine cooking is right up there with saffron as one of the most expensive foodstuffs in the world exactly because it is so rare and sought after. The black truffle is much valued, but it is above all the white truffle whose more intense flavour is yearned for by chefs and diners from Milan and Paris to New York and London. It is a passion shared by Emanuele, who has created a winter offering inspired by this noble ingredient. Beginning in November, Il Tartufo boasts a menu that is the product of this skilled chef’s free-flowing creativity. Don’t worry, this is not nouvelle cuisine, but rather an establishment in which to sample Italian food at its finest, so be prepared to curl your toes in delight as we did on the night we visited. Still warm enough to join the many others on the terrace, we enjoyed a sampling of dishes inspired by il tartufo.

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team offered us a glass of Prosecco and homemade crispy bread with truffle butter and salami to help us settle in. Finding it hard to choose from so many enticing options, she very sensibly suggested that we share our starters in the Spanish tapas way, which gave each person a chance to try four different dishes. That may sound a little greedy, but on the night we were focused not so much on quantity as on quality – and really we didn’t want to miss the opportunity of sampling as many different delights as we could. And rightly so, for they included Carne Cruda, a beautifully seasoned Irish beef fillet tartar with rocket, Parmesan shavings and truffle topped with thin slices of truffle. Also part of the special White Truffle Menu were Asparagi e uova in camicia – grilled asparagus with poached egg, truffles and a hollandaise sauce – and the equally delicious Taglioni al burro. Where the first two dishes have a fresh impression impacted by complementary contrasting flavours the latter has all the wintry delight of designer comfort food. Its pasta is actually made with truffle and then topped with a white truffle butter sauce that is creamy but not overly rich. The same can be said of the Carnaroli risotto in a homemade broth. These opening acts were accompanied by fresh bread made on the premises with a choice of black olive, nuts, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto, and a very refreshing Roero Arneis white wine from Piemonte whose citrus and dry almond tones are ideal for

partnering truffle-based dishes. The first courses had certainly caught our attention, and when that happens you look forward to the main dishes with eager anticipation. Having been alerted to Emanuele’s skill by now, we knew we weren’t going to be disappointed, but were delighted all the same by what are highly creative dishes the layman will not so readily associate with ‘typical’ Italian restaurant fare. These included a skewer of beautifully tender monkfish and prawns on a chorizo and broad bean risotto. The latter is another of those comfort food dishes that could stand on its own, and with its smoky chorizo flavouring it is an inspired find. Also eliciting sounds of approval was the homemade ravioli filled with a confit of duck and pears served with a creamy foie gras sauce whose soft but intense flavours are quite unique. The Tagliata of sliced grilled sirloin steak served with a rocket salad, Parmesan cheese shavings, a balsamic reduction and hand cut potato wedges is a classic beautifully prepared, while Emanuele’s take on the Saltinbocca veal escalope with Parma ham and sage, new potatoes, sautéed spinach and a Marsala sauce adds an haute cuisine touch to this ancient Roman dish. Deserts followed in the form of Pavlova and Tiramisu performed to perfection, an apple strudel with Calvados sauce and a wonderful selection of Italian cheeses personally selected by a chef who is so obviously in love with his work that his restaurant is a veritable ode to Italian cuisine! ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM NOVEMBER 2014 / 121

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Hanuri

Authentic Korean Cuisine Comes to the Coast WORDS Marisa Cutillas Photography Kevin Horn and Serban Tünde

Marbella has an excellent reputation for serving world class cuisine to discerning diners yet, up until now, one thing had been completely absent from the foodie scene: Korean cuisine. This healthy, tasty tradition is revered in Asia, the U.S. and Australia alike, and finally, it has come to our shores to raise the bar of our culinary offerings and to offer a dining experience which is quite unlike any other you may have experienced.

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anuri means ‘We are all family’ in Korean, and is a fitting name for this business, since founder, Peter (Sang Doo) Park’s family owns various restaurants in Korea and other countries. The interior design pays loving homage to the Sang Doo family and to the Korean culinary tradition as a whole, as is evidenced by the handsewn curtains and the impressive photographs of the family home, surrounded by rice fields and over 1,000 barrels where the lengthy, magical process of soy sauce production takes place (the amazing Ssam-jang sauce served with the barbecued meat takes many years to make, a perfect indication of the kind of respect for tradition you will encounter at Hanuri). The restaurant is divided into two distinct ambiences: the ground floor, containing a blend of traditional Korean table grills and appealing modern décor touches (think designer lamps, gorgeous metallic floral wallpaper), and the upper floor, with a magnificent bar serving 10 different draught beers, everything from a heady Le Chouffe to a light Hoegaarden Hefeweizen. Hanuri also has an excellent selection of wines from revered Spanish houses like Vega Sicilia, Flor de Pingus and Perica. In addition to the sizeable bar, there is a lovely lounging area, modelled on Peter’s grandparents’ living room. Authentic carved wooden doors, a flowing marble fountain and signature artistic pieces are married to contemporary designer lamps; Amy Winehouse emanates from the stereo, and Peter tells me that

jazz and soul are his music of choice. Downstairs, diners opt for traditional Korean grilled meat dishes; upstairs, they can savour a degustation menu that highlights the creative, avante-garde side of Korean culture and cuisine. The restaurant has live music every Friday – the jazzy, soulful kind, which does not interfere with your conversation or the enjoyment of your meal. On my first visit to Hanuri, my dining companion and I enjoyed a traditional barbecue, cooked at the table with ultimate comfort thanks to the special tables (imported, like almost everything in the restaurant, from Korea), fitted with a water cooling system to keep the coal fire at an ideal temperature and producing no smoke owing to its special engineering. An excellent choice for your first visit is surely the menu for two persons – hearty and varied, it allows you to sample four different meats as well as juicy King prawns and mushrooms, and a host of vegetable and salad dishes. A Korean barbecue is colourful and healthy, which is why meals in Korea are social affairs that last for hours on end. Good conversation, beer or wine and the constant arrival of food to the table make for joyous occasions, every single one of which is akin to a little banquet. The first dishes to arrive at the table were the ‘Three Kinds of Namul’, comprising sautéed bean sprouts, spinach and seaweed salad; refreshing and crisp, they were an excellent accompaniment to the barbecued meat, as was the exquisite spicy kimchi, the muchim (a spicy/sweet cucumber salad) and

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the sweet onion salad, a Korean dish whose texture and natural sweetness are quite unique. Warmer appetisers arrived as well: the amazing seafood pajeon, a blend of light, batter-fried veggies and prawns, hit the spot, especially when dipped into the soy sauce so lovingly made by Peter’s grandparents. The egg mari (similar to sushi in appearance but made with omelette instead of ngiri and stuffed with flavourful sautéed vegetables) tasted like home, and who could forget the bibimpap rice dish – wonderfully moist, packed with flavour and filled with delicious veggies and golden, tender egg yolk? Once the friendly waiter deposited the coal in the middle of our table, we knew we were in for the highlight of the meal: the barbecue, comprising (literally) melt-in-the-mouth marinated beef and pork, duck breast, plump chicken thighs and todie-for King prawns. All the colour and flavours combined for a true feast that warmed the soul on a cold rainy day (vegetarian barbecues featuring faux meat and an array of veggies are served if desired). Hanuri won’t disappoint in terms of its dessert offerings; in fact, Peter tells me that some people make their way to the restaurant just for their green tea tiramisu or their sponge cheesecake. We tried the latter – uniquely light and exquisite in texture, served with a delicate macaron and two varieties of homemade ice-cream (vanilla and green tea). The exquisite food and friendly service made for a knockout experience I won’t be waiting too long to relive. Finally, the spice, flavour and beauty of the Korean culinary tradition has landed on our shores.

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THE GOURMET news

New Look for Nueva Campana Restaurant Restaurant Nueva Campana has had a ‘face lift’ and now boasts a new colour scheme, new bar area, furnishings, lighting, etc. “Having been open for two and a half years now, I felt it was time to brighten up a bit,” said owner Garry Waite. “With the success of our other restaurant up the road (Funky Tapas) I think we have gained a better insight into what people are looking for in this day and age. Quality and value for money has always been my motto, but we now think the time is right to change the style a little and offer lighter dishes but still keep on some of our regulars’ favourites. Because of what we have done we can also offer better value for money. My Head Chef, Maurice Curtin and I have come up with what we think is an exciting, varied menu.” g www.nuevacampana.com

Motown Evenings at Bar d’O

Few musical genres express ‘cool’ and ‘suave’ quite like Motown, so if you love music from the 1970s, you’ll be pleased to learn that international cuisine restaurant on the Golden Mile, Bar d’o, will have Motown Evenings with Mr. Maph every Saturday, from 9pm. If lobster whets your appetite like no other food, on the other hand, head for Bar d’o on Tuesdays — they serve fresh lobster for just €29,50 + IVA per person! Bar d’o opens every day of the week except Monday.

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Mushrooms and Music at Da Bruno The Da Bruno chain of restaurants, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, recently held its annual mushroom week, delighting diners with a range of dishes made with exotic seasonal mushrooms. Da Bruno is also pleased to announce that Da Bruno Sul Mare will be hosting a number of live music and culinary events. On November 5, enjoy the Italian Gastronomic Week, featuring amazing Italian cuisine and a live performance by singer Rino Lombardi. On November 9, 23 and 30, enjoy Nostalgic Evenings, featuring music from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s; on November 11, savour the best of a famous German tradition on Goose Night; on November 16 enjoy the Amigos para Siempre show; on November 19, be entertained at Soul Night, featuring soul and R ‘n B tunes by Mr. Maph. December 3, meanwhile, will be Tango Night, featuring an atmospheric tango dance show. g www.dabruno.com

Miguel Casal Zapata Joins the El Lago Team Michelin-starred restaurant, El Lago, is pleased to announce the arrival of a brand new team member: 27-year-old Chef, Miguel Casal Zapata, who will be assisting maestro, Diego del Río. Miguel, who hails from San Fernando, completed his studies at the Escuela de Hostelería de Jerez and honed his craft at some of the most renowned restaurants in the Basque Country and in Catalunya.

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THE GOURMET profile

Eco-licious

WORDS Marisa CUTILLAS Photography KEVIN HORN

Bringing Gourmet Raw Vegan Cuisine To Your Table

If you thought raw cuisine was plain, boring and made up of little more than a couple of unappetising vegetables thrown together in a salad bowl, then it’s definitely time to wake up and smell the raw cacao. Eco-licious is the brainchild of dynamic duo, Michelle Julian (nutritionist) and her husband Jim (raw food Chef extraordinaire), a couple whose passion for delicious, raw recipes knows no bounds. Its aim is to show that raw food is not only the most healthy option for those seeking to keep heart disease, inflammation and premature ageing at bay; it is also the most delicious.

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ichelle, who hails from Australia, is the foremost expert on the Coast on essential oils and raw foods. For years, she has been leading a group of loyal followers of the movement on a path to health and wellbeing through her ‘cooking’ workshops – which are actually ‘food preparation’ workshops, since every dish is raw and vegan.

Why Raw? When we cook fruits and vegetables, they lose many vital enzymes, which are necessary for breaking up nutrients and enabling our body to absorb them. Raw foods are also ‘living foods’; they are rich in a plethora of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, which contain a kind of life energy that helps stave off disease. Raw food is high in fibre, which means that you need much less to feel full; since you eat less, you can cut down costs on food in the long run, even when

you purchase organic, seasonal produce. Finally, the raw vegan lifestyle is about compassion for all living things; about feeling more connected to the earth and all sentient beings.

luscious (homemade, raw) peanut butter interior. Michelle is the dulce to Jim’s ‘salao’, and as you can imagine, she rules the roost when it comes to raw food desserts.

Eco-licious

What’s the Secret to Eco-liciousness?

Eco-licious is many things for many people; for one, it is a meal service: every Tuesday, Jim whips up three different meals that you can take home and enjoy with your family. On the day Michelle and Jim visited for our interview, they brought along a veritable feast that the entire office eliminated in a matter of minutes… it was quite funny to see certain colleagues, who aren’t exactly veggie lovers, oohing and aahing and asking to have another portion from dishes like Jim’s to-die-for vegan quiche. Creamy, cheesy and so filling… we simply could not believe it when he told us that it contained NO egg and NO dairy. Jim and Michelle also brought us raw wraps (the secret to these amazing meatless wraps lies in the sauce – think Thai ingredients like ginger and sesame oil…); then there was the lovely raw salad, filled with grated veg, nuts and an amazing Thai seasoning. Another dish that highlights the full extent of the excellence of raw food recipes is the curry ‘pasta’ – Raw food does not permit cooking beyond 104º, so how did Jim cook the ‘pasta’, you might ask? – easy! His noodles aren’t pasta, they are made from zucchini, yet bear an identical texture to vermicelli noodles. We ended the meal on a sweet note – with Michelle’s raw chocolate creations. Once again, these aren’t your run-of-the-mill, bland chocolates. Think Chunky monkey (made with raw banana and nuts) or her Reese-inspired creation, comprising a light chocolate exterior which gives way to a

There is no doubt that gourmet food of the style made by Jim and Michelle is time consuming. It involves everything from soaking and preparing nut butters to creating one’s own flour-free crust (using ingredients like grains and previously soaked nuts) and dehydrating vegetables for hours. Of course, not all raw food recipes are difficult; if you are curious, do a quick Internet search and you will find many amazing meals you can whip up in no time at all.

Raw Beginnings If you are new to the raw food movement, chances are you will need a helping hand. One thing we strongly recommend is signing up for one of Michelle’s classes. Secondly, try an Eco-licious meal, to comprehend how delicious this type of food can be. Finally, if you need help with particular ingredients, give Michelle and Jim a call; they sell various ingredients such as raw vegan pizza crusts (just add your own topping!), stone-ground chocolate and nut creams (just add a spoonful to water and you’ll have a glass of creamy nut milk).

Say Yes! Try It! Earlier in this article, we mentioned the positive connection that comes from consuming an animalfree diet; the sensation of preparing and bringing food to your family that is flavourful, sustainable and kind, is inimitable. If you need any more convincing, it’s time to try Eco-licious. g www.eco-licious.com

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A bottle of Quinta Sardonia wine

El Nou de +500 wine

THE GOURMET wine

Jérôme Bougnaud, wine maker and wine technician at Quinta Sardonia

Bodegas Quinta Sardonia

In health conscious times that coincide with justifiable concerns regarding not just the environment but wider questions vis-à-vis the state of the planet, it seems apt to consider how the Wine Trade is tackling this issue.

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Vineyards in Paradise: Quinta Sardonia

roadly speaking therefore, for this is a complex subject, it should be said that as wine, like food, is in its purest form an agricultural product once upon a time made on a strictly localised basis, most of the serious dilemmas that may today exist – be they to do with added substances that are not good for the consumer or with raping the land – have only come to the fore in the last quarter of the 20th century, given the sudden unprecedented demand for mass, ‘value’ products thanks primarily to the appearance of supermarkets, and, in response, the creation of colossal wineries geared up to supply enormous volumes of standardised, homogenised offerings at all important low prices. Co-operatives – that is to say large wineries/ processing centres that fix an annual price for the purchase of all their grapes (often on the basis of sugar levels and therefore high alcohol levels) from a myriad of local growers not interested in either making or bottling their own wines – have been a

feature of the landscape in Spain at least since the early 1900s, more often than not selling in bulk (whether to Rioja, Bordeaux, Italy or nowadays China). Their ‘tricks’, however, – as simple as adding either water for purposes of dilution or grape must (sugar is more expensive and congeals) in order to mask unclean flavours, soften/camouflage excessive alcohol and of course provide all important sweetness for consumers more used to soft, carbonated fizzy drinks – were, and, by and large continue to be, relatively innocent and rudimentary given that their job was to provide a stable base liquid that would usually then be blended in various different forms by the recipient. By the late 1980s and early 1990s, however, technology had moved on to a point where the legions of newish giant corporations – particularly but not exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere – were not only blitzing the land itself with all manner of virulent pesticides but using, for example, nitrogen

SUSTAINABLE WINES

WORDS CARLOS READ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF QUINTA SARDONIA AND HERETAT FIGUERAS DE MANLLEU

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to force yields to unrealistically high levels. In addition, there were newly developed (illegal) fruit sugars such as sorbitol to sweeten things up, enzymes that could be added to engineer texture and viscosity, packets of wood chips that could be introduced during fermentation to create ‘oakiness’, and all manner of essences that could be added – as they are in massproduced milk-shakes – to create the illusion of particular fruit flavours, vanilla or what have you. Small and medium-sized producers have of course always been scrupulous, treated the land with respect and used natural substances in their winemaking; but given on the one hand the ‘nuked’ nature of so much of the land – sterile and devoid of all organic life after the ravages of the industrialist growers and producers – together with the unhealthy, artificial and contrived nature of its products – from the early 1990s most serious producers took the determined view that it was time to take an even more committed stance in regards to the avoidance of pesticides in their vineyards or additives in their wines. In addition, however, there were growing numbers of vegetarians (and even vegans) to be considered and therefore many age-old, animalbased fining agents (substances introduced into the top of vats of finished wines in order to adhere to and precipitate unwanted protein, yeast and organic particles) – for example egg whites, isinglass (fish), gelatine, and even bulls blood (!) – were inexorably phased out, to be replaced by natural substances such as bentonite and diatomaceous earth with – at the later, bottling stage, the finished wine going through millipore filters with cellulose membranes. In the meantime, in their markedly different ways, for obvious reasons, the organic and biodynamic schools were growing apace: each with distinct but (most importantly) officially regulated criteria and certification boards; and

whereas, even a decade ago, both disciplines were considered cranky, overpriced fads – given increasing popular interest in and preoccupation with the environment and health – both are now increasingly popular and accepted. Confusingly, however, there is more – in the form of ecological and natural wines... Ecological wines are in essence those that ostensibly adhere to organic principles but have not been officially registered; whereas, natural wines – which are an altogether new ‘movement’ of say the last 5 years or so – in the words of specialist UK importer, major fan and proponent Douglas Wregg, of Les Caves de Pyrene: “Tons has been written trying to chisel a definition but here is mine for what it’s worth: Natural wines are artisan, hand-crafted wines made from organic or biodynamic vineyards, farmed with maximum respect for the environment, the terroir (the sense of place) and the nature of the vintage. This respect is carried into the winery where the wines are handled gently, fermented with naturally-occurring yeasts, and made without any chemical additions or subtractions (other than a little sulphur at bottling for stability). One can extend the definition further or be more finicky. It could be argued, for example, that new oak is a superimposition of flavour. The reason I find them compelling is because the wines seem to possess a unique energy, a ‘nervous life’. They are not shaped to be necessarily pleasing or easy, but they are always singular, mutable, edgy – like life itself.” Complicated stuff, as implied at the outset and it would be fun to tackle all or some of these various movements in a future issue; but in the meantime here are three splendid examples for you to try out:

BIURKO RIOJA TEMPRANILLO JOVEN 2013 With his 40 hectares of high vineyards in

Bargota, the north eastern extreme of Rioja, Ramón Lloréns is one of Rioja’s organic pioneers (since 1992). His basic unoaked style is dark, fresh and juicy with excellent tangy black fruit. Most affordably priced, this is approachable enough to drink on its own and brilliant, slightly chilled, with barbecues.

QUINTA SARDONIA 2009 Jerome Bougnaud’s non-DO bio-dynamic Ribera del Duero is one of the new breed of glossy, super-detailed Spanish wines. Classified Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Léon because it’s a hop, skip and a jump outside the boundary of Ribera del Duero, located 850m or so up on a ridge overlooking an undulating valley, on 17 hectares planted in 1998, there are 11 different soil types, mostly calcareous. The grapes in QS are Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), plus Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec – in that order (but varies per vintage). During the summer the best clusters are earmarked, and the different varieties are co-fermented. On the palate it’s all roasted meat seasoned with spice, rose petals and milk chocolate. Pricey but justifiably so.

HERETAT FIGUERAS DE MANLLEU/EL NOU DE +500 2013 A non DO Catalan farmers’ collective natural white made from the revived Montonega high altitude variety (related to Parellada and perhaps also to the Montonico variety popular in Naples in the 14th century). Low alcohol (9.5%), and ‘natural’: reconversion to being classified officially organic is in process. Light, skinny, and zippy with reasonable acidity and a distinctive lemon grapefruit character. Medium priced despite its modest production of some 15,000 bottles. e

FOR HEALTHY PEOPLE Heretat Figueras de Manlleu vineyards

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theguide RESTAURANTS / CINEMAS / GOLF

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

RESTAURANTS

GYMS / TENNIS / SCHOOLS

under €25

€25 – €40

€40 – €60

€60 plus

Tango

Naranjos, Puerto Sotogrande. Tel: 956 790 212

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

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

AMERICAN

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

HARD ROCK CAFÉ

Yanx

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

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

BELGIAN Alexandre

Valderrama Restaurant

ARGENTINEAN

Open every night for dinner. Urb. Monte Biarritz, Avda. Picos de Europa, Pueblo Jardín, Local 4, Estepona. Tel: 952 866 564

El Coto

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

Red Pepper

Jacks Open seven days a week from noon till late. Puerto Banús, Tel: 952 813 625, Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 563 673

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

ROUTE 66

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

mytilus Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de Los

Casa mono

GREEK

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

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GRILLS

Hotel. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211

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

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

Asador Criollo Grill

Old Town Grill

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

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

Mr. india

Piratas flame grill

Mumtaz

amigos

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

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

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

safFron

aroma

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

Restaurante Rancho

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

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

El Carnicero

The Grill House restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

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

INDIAN Chowka

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

El gaucho de banús

Jaipur palace

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

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

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

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

MARBELLA CLUB GRILL Open every night for dinner. Marbella Club

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

INTERNATIONAL 11&11 Restobar

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

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

Albert & simon

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

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

Little India

alberts

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

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

Jaipur Purple

alumbre

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

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

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

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

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

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

Besaya Beach Open Monday to Thursday for lunch, Friday and Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for

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

under €25

€25 – €40

€40 – €60

€60 plus

lunch. Urb. Coral Beach s/n, km 176, Marbella. Tel: 952 777 299

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

Azalea, Edif. A, CN340, km 173, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 339 309

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

BIBO

celima

El Bolero

EL OLIVO

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

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

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

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

cerrado del águila

El Campanario

El Restaurante del Casino

Black and white Marbella

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

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

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

c’est la vie

EL CASTILLO

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

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

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

cortijo fain

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

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

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

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

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

Cafetería ke

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

dani García restaurante

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

Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. At the Hotel Puente Romano. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 764 252

EL JINETE

del mar

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

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

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

cappuccino grande cafe

Don Leone

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

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

Casanis

Open Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. C.C.

D-wine

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

El lago

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

el oceano beach hotel restaurant & Spa

Fabiola

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

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

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

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

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

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postillón

Andalucía. Tel: 952 815 736

Mijas, Mijas. Tel: 952 669 000

C/ Calderón de la Barca, s/n. Tel: 952 929 578

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

LA biznaga

La Veranda

Mc café

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

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

La Verandah

Messina

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

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

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

La cabaña del mar

La veranda lobby bar

Open nightly from 7pm to 12am for dinner. Plaza de las Orquídeas 4, Marbella. Tel: 952 929 250

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

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

hermosa

LA CANTINA DEL GOLF

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

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

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

mosaik4

Herrero del Puerto

LA GRANADA DIVINO

los arcos

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

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

hotel marbella club buffet

La Loggia

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

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

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

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

Güey

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

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

karma Open every day from 10am until late. C/ Las Violetas 7, Conjunto Andalucía Garden Club, Nueva

LIMA

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

los bandidos

La Terraza

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

momo marbella Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm to midnight. C/ Tetuán 7, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 560 Open daily from 12pm to 3am. Avda. Manolete, esq. C/ Los Lirios, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 929 467

mozaic

Miraflores Golf Restaurant

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

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

Los naranjos restaurant

NELI Gs

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

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

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

La Terraza

Magna Café

Open daily for dinner. La Cala Resort, La Cala de

Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trocadero Sotogrande Open daily for lunch and dinner. Paseo del Parque s/n, Sotogrande. Tel: 956 795 012

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

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

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

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

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

ITALIAN Al Dente

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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under €25

€25 – €40

€40 – €60

€60 plus

Frascati

MADE IN SARDINIA

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

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

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

gold restaurant

mesana

trattoria l’impronta

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

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

Il Tartufo

Metro

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

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

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

la fiorentina

nunos

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

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

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

Mediterranean Beata’s Vino y Mar

KABUKI raw

la pappardella di estepona

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

Open Monday to Sunday from 2pm to 11pm. Avda. del Prado 20, Marbella. Tel: 602 822 598

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

Pizzeria Picasso

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

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

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

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

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

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

O mamma mia

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

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

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

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

Rosmarino della piazza

Villa Tiberio

tempora

Oriental Asia Food

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

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

BAMBOO Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Ctra. Istan km 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 906 674

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

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

Hanuri Open daily for lunch and dinner except Monday. C.C. Los Jarales 6, Calahonda. Tel: 951 406 082/ 952 932 011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tahini Open daily for lunch and dinner. Hotel Meliá don Pepe. C/ José Meliá s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 902 936

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

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

Thai Gallery

SCANDINAVIAN Aloha restaurant

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

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

SEAFOOD

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

cervecería ostrería santiago

Thai Style

El Barlovento

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

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

tHapa thai

Restaurante La Marina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPANISH Bahía

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

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

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

under €25

€25 – €40

€40 – €60

€60 plus

Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 783 836

Cerrado del águila

Nueva Andalucía

Tragabuches

Mijas Costa, Málaga. Tel: 951 773 523

C/ Jazmines. Tel: 952 810 887

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

CLUB DEl SOL

San Pedro

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

Pizarro, 41. Tel: 952 780 393

Vila do grove

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

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

FITNESS CENTRE NEW STYLE

Ages 3-18. Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 814 133

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

Angela’s School

Fuerte Gym

Ages 6-14. Marbella. Tel: 952 823 042

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

british school of marbella

GIMNASIO ESTADIO

Ages 18 months-8. Marbella. Tel: 952 779 264

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

Calahonda International College

HAPPY DIVER’S CLUB

Calpe School

Atalaya Park Hotel, Marbella. Tel: 609 571 920

Ages 2 1/2–11. San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 029

HOTEL PUENTE ROMANO CN340, Km77,5. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

Childrens placE Bilingual nursery

VEGETARIAN loving hut

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

CINEMAS & THEATRES

Dynamic training centre

sChools Aloha College

Ages 3-18. Tel: 952 930 080

AUDITORIO MUNICIPAL MIJAS

KRAV MAGA SELF-DEFENCE CENTRE

Atalaya, Estepona. Tel: 952 928 444

Casa Fernando

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

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

Colegio Alborán

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

AUDITORIO MUNICIPAL TORREMOLINOS

MANOLO SANTANA RACQUETS CLUB

Ages 3-18. Ricmar. Tel: 952 839 645

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

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

Colegio Alemán

MARBELLA GUN & COUNTRY CLUB

Ages 3-18. Elviria. Tel: 952 831 417

DGust

AUDITORIO PARQUE DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN

Monda. Tel: 952 112 161

Colegio Las Chapas

Open Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Avda. Duque de Ahumada, Marbella. Tel: 952 863 780

Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035

MARBELLA SPORT

Ages 5–18, girls school. Elviria. Tel: 952 831 616

CENTRO CULTURAL EL INGENIO

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

Colegio San José Guadalmina

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

MULTI SPORT

Tel: 952 883 858 Estepona. Tel: 952 800 148

El Portalón

CINESA LA CAÑADA

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

Dolphin Nursery

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

La Cañada. Marbella. Tel: 902 333 231

New Concept Training

cines gran marbella Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 810 077

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

Ages 6 months-5 years. San Pedro. Tel: 952 799 563

Hacienda

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02 CENTRO WELLNESS

Ages 1–18. Elviria. Tel: 952 831 027

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

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

Plaza del Mar. Marbella. Tel: 952 900 420

English InteRnational College

MULTICINES ALFIL

P-E SPORTS CLUB

Ages 3–18. Elviria. Tel: 952 831 058/9

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

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

Hijas de María Auxiliadora

La máquina

MULTICINES MEDITERRÁNEO

qi sport

III language schools

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

Mijas. Tel: 952 663 738

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

PALACIO DE LA PAZ

SATURNIA REGNA

Recinto Ferial. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 589 349

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

La Meridiana del alabardero

TEATRO ALAMEDA

SEVEN STARS SCHOOL

San Pedro. Tel: 952 778 492 Marbella. Tel: 952 822 191 Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 908 558 Estepona. Tel: 952 794 059

Calle Córdoba 9, Málaga. Tel: 952 213 412

TEATRO CERVANTES

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

Inlingua Language School

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

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

Sport Club Reserva del Higuerón

TEATRO CIUDAD DE MARBELLA

the InteRnational SCHOOL of ESTEPONA

la moraga

Plaza Ramón Martínez, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 159

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

Ages 3-12. Marbella. Tel: 952 771 396

All ages. Marbella. T: 952 774 942

Ages 2-12. Estepona. Tel: 952 884 789

TEATRO SALON VARIETES

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

Laude San pedro international college

La red

Emancipación 30. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 474 542

SPORTING CLUB ATALAYA PARK HOTEL

Ages 2–18. San Pedro. Tel: 952 799 900

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

VERACRUZ CINES

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

Mayfair Academy

Veracruz. Estepona. Tel: 952 800 056

TICKET-TO-RIDE

La Taberna del Alabardero

YELMO CINEPLEX

Cristamar, Pto. Banús. Tel: 952 905 082

Ages 4-18. Atalaya Park, Estepona. Tel: 952 784 923

Open everyday for lunch and dinner except Monday. San Pedro Playa, Urb. Castiglone. Tel: 952 785 138. Also at Ctra. de Ronda, km. 167, San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 265

Plaza Mayor. Tel: 902 220 922

Vitality studio

Monseñor Rodrigo Bocanegra

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

Ages 3-16. Marbella. Tel: 952 770 077 Ages 3-18. Marbella. Tel: 952 906 865

Mesón el adobe

ALHAMAR GYM

POST OFFICES

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

GYMS & SPORTS CLUBS

SPORTCLUB ROUTE 66

Ecos College

Performing Arts Academy

Calahonda

Peter Pan School

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

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

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

ATENAS

El corte inglés

Barquilla 1. Marbella. Tel: 952 776 240

Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

Ages 0-3. Bilingual nursery. San Pedro. Tel: 952 782 051 Benalmádena. Tel: 952 562 103

mi taberna

AZTEC COUNTRY CLUB

Fuengirola

Saint George’s School

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

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

Tel: 952 467 843

Ages 2-8. San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 606

CENTRO DEPORTIVO EL FUERTE

Estepona

Sotogrande International School

Paellas y Más

Av. El Fuerte s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 861 624

C/ Málaga 82–84. Tel: 952 800 537

Ages 2–18. Sotogrande. Tel: 956 795 902

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

CENTRO DE YOGA Y SALUD INTEGRAL

Fuengirola

St. Javier’s International School

Ramón y Cajal 21. Marbella. Tel: 952 773 804

Pza. los Chinorros. Tel: 952 474 384

Ages 1-7. Marbella. Tel: 952 823 457

Restaurante 1870

CENTRO PLAZA GYM

Marbella

Stagecoach Theatre Arts School

Open nightly for dinner. C/ La Concha, 11, San

Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 074

Jac. Benavente, 14. Tel: 952 772 898

Ages 4-16. Tel: 952 900 453

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THE GUIDE Sunny View School

Benalmádena Costa

Rincón de la Victoria

Ages 2–18. Torremolinos. Tel: 952 383 164

(Second hand items) Recinto Ferial, 10am-2pm

Málaga. Plaza de la Iglesia, 9am-1pm

Swans international school el capricho

Calahonda Calypso, 9am-2pm

Saturday Coín

Ages 3–10. Marbella. Tel: 952 773 248

Estepona

C/ Urbano Pineda, 9am-1pm

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

Swans international school Sierra blanca

Avda. Juan Carlos II, 9am-2:30 pm

La Cala

Club Internacional de Tennis

Istán

Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm

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

Ages 11–18. Marbella. Tel: 952 902 755

At the entrance to the town, 9am-2pm

Maro

Club Madroñal

TLC Tutorial College

La Cala

Close to the Nerja Caves, 9am-1pm

Benahavís. Tel: 617 647 223

Ages 13-18. Calahonda. Tel: 952 933 249

Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm

Mijas Costa

Club Nueva Alcántara

wendy kindergarten

Las Lagunas, 9am-2pm

Ages 4 months - 5 years. Marbella. Tel: 952 772 910

Thursday Alhaurín El Grande

San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 788 315

Street Markets

Málaga

Next to the bullring. Park near CN340 and walk upwards, 9am-1pm

Monday benahavís

Opposite the Guardia Civil Offices, City Centre. 9am-1pm

Sunday benahavís

Arts & Crafts. Village Square, from 8pm

San Pedro

Arts & Crafts. La Ermita Park, from 10pm

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

Marbella

By the sports pavilion, in the Divina Pastora district, 9am-2pm

Estepona

Manolo Santana Racquets Club

Puerto Deportivo, 9am-1pm

Tuesday Churriana

Torre del Mar

Fuengirola

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

Avda. Europa, 9am-1pm

Recinto Ferial, 9am-2:30pm

Marbella hill tennis club

9am-1pm

Torremolinos

Málaga

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

Fuengirola

El Calvario, near Town Hall, 9am-1pm

marbella playa tenIs

Recinto Ferial (close to the CN340, on the same side as the bullring), 9am-2:30pm

Vélez Málaga

Next to Rosaleda football stadium, 9am-2pm

Sotogrande

Miraflores Tennis Club

At the Marina, 9am-1pm

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

Fairground (Avda. de Juan Alameda), 9am-2:30pm

Monda C/ Los Huertos, 8am-2:30pm

Nerja C/ Chaparil, 9am-1pm

By the Guardia Civil Offfices, City Centre, 9am-1pm

Opposite the Guardia Civil Offices, City Centre, 9am-1pm

Friday Benalmádena In the area between Tivoli World and the Plaza San Pedro, 9am-1pm

Nueva Andalucía

TENNIS CLUBS

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

Club de tenis don carlos

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

Lew Hoads Tennis Club

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

Puente Romano TEnnis club

Aztec Country Club

Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

royal tennis club marbella

Wednesday Alhaurín de la Torre

Calahonda

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

Avda. del Limón, 9am-2pm

Calypso, 9am-2pm

bel air tennis and paddel club

Sport Club Reserva del Higuerón

benahavís

Las Chapas

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

Arts & Crafts. Village Square, from 8pm

La Víbora, 9am-2pm

Club deL Sol

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

El Rosario, Marbella. Tel: 952 837 651

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pets THE GUIDE

Most Popular Names for Pets in the UK John Lewis recently published its annual ‘Most Popular Pet Names’ list and it appears that, once again, vintage children’s names are the top choices when it comes to naming our furry friends.

The most popular names for dogs are: 1 - Poppy 2 - Alfie 3 - Molly 4 - Bella 5 - Charlie 6 - Daisy 7 - Millie 8 - Ruby

9 - Lola 10 - Oscar 11 - Rosie 12 - Max 13 - Tilly 14 - Archie 15 - Bailey

while the leading names for cats are: 1 - Poppy 2 - Molly 3 - Daisy 4 - Bella 5 - Tilly 6 - Millie

7 - Charlie 8 - Rosie 9 - Oscar 10 - Lily

The report notes that people are also finding inspiration from their favorite series, such as Game of Thrones, Sherlock and Breaking Bad: names like Sherlock, Watson and Walter are rising up the list, and forget Moggie and Rex; ‘it’ names for the year include Khaleesie and Daenerys! And don’t be insulted if a friend’s pet has the same name as your child: the list of the most popular baby names in the UK parallels the popular pets names list closely, with Poppy (the number one name for pets) also being the seventh most chosen name for baby girls.

Surgery Saves Pet Goldfish in Australia A 10-year-old goldfish called George from Melbourne, Australia recently underwent a life-saving operation for a tumour on its head, guaranteeing it 20 additional years of life. The tumour was impeding George from swimming and eating, so his owner, Fiona, decided to opt for surgery instead of ‘putting him to sleep.’ The fish was sedated by placing anaesthesia into its water. After a surgical procedure lasting 45 minutes, he was given antibiotics and painkillers and he is now doing swimmingly, says Fiona. The operation says plenty about the ability of veterinarians to prolong the lives of our pets. Rather than simply giving up in the face of illness, surely there is greater value in giving life a fighting chance!

Bodhi: The Dog Who Makes More than Minimum Wage

Electronic Training Collars Risk the Wellbeing of Dogs The University of Lincoln in the UK has published a study indicating that electronic (or ‘shock’ collars) cause significant distress for dogs, especially when used on high settings. The study involved 63 pet dogs who had poor recall responses and other issues. The dogs were placed into one of three groups. One group used e-collars and the two others were control groups. The dogs trained with electronic collars showed signs of a negative response, evidenced by more yawning and less time spent on environmental interaction. The researchers concluded that there was no consistent benefit that could be obtained from electronic collars and recommended positive reward-based training for more constant and less harmful effects.

Bohdi, a four-year-old Shiba Inu known on the Internet as ‘Menswear Dog’, rakes in a whopping €1.200 a month and it’s all because of his good looks. His flirtation with fashion began when his owners, a young couple from the US, decided to photograph him in various stylish menswear ensembles, whenever they were bored and had free time. Bodhi, named after Patrick Swayze’s character in classic surf film, Point Break, soon became a viral sensation, and he now boasts around 150,000 followers on his Instagram account. His blog, which features the precocious pooch in high-end fashion combinations, was featured on GQ’s online site and he has already appeared in fashion ads for brands the calibre of Coach, ASOS and Salvatore Ferragamo! i www.mensweardog.tumblr.com/

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THE GUIDE what’s on Events in November Until November 2 ART – MIJAS

Jane Gomis and Penny Bancroft will be holding a joint exhibition at La Luna. Jane works in watercolour and Penny is exhibiting some of her retrospective work. At La Luna Restaurant in Urb. El Coto in Campo Mijas from Tuesday to Saturday from 7pm to 10pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Tel 952 588 036. www.artistaseclecticos.com

Until November 11 PAINTING EXHIBITION – BENALMÁDENA

Talented painter, Marifé Nuñez presents her latest collection of colourful figurative paintings, at the THB Class hotel Reserva del Higuerón until November 11. www.thbhotels.com

Until November 14 ART – BENALMÁDENA

Don Widdall, Elaine Carlton, Richard Wood and Margit Björklund present In Autumn, a joint painting exhibition of contemporary art, at the Castillo Bil Bil. www.benalmadena.es

Until November 16 ART – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso de Málaga presents Picasso TV: an exhibition which reveals unsuspected links between the work produced by Picasso between 1966 and 1970, and the programmes on French television at the time. www.museopicassomalaga.org

Until November 25 SCULPTURE – MÁLAGA

Anna-Maija Reés is a renowned sculptress – who has recently published a book (entitled 20 Years of Sculpture) and sold her sculptures (created in ceramic, bronze and stainless steel) to local golf clubs and fine homes on the Coast. The artist is currently exhibiting her work at Sala Alfajar in Málaga, in front of the Cathedral Gardens. www.annamaijarees.com

Until November 30 MARC QUINN – MÁLAGA

Sunday November 2 DOG COMPETITION – MARBELLA

The Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Marbella will be hosting Triple A’s annual Dog Competition, from 10:30am onwards. Sign your dog up for a host of categories and enjoy food, performances, raffles, demonstrations, etc. www.tripleamarbella.org

The Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) of Málaga presents the first solo exhibition in Spain by famed contemporary artist, Marc Quinn. Violence and Serenity is the name of the collection, which comprises 48 new works, some of which were specifically created for the CAC. www.cacmalaga.eu

Until December 31 COCTEAU – MARBELLA

The Centro Cultural Cortijo Miraflores is currently hosting an exhibition of manuscripts, sketches and photographs by famed poet, dramatist and cineaste, Jean Cocteau. The works can be viewed from 9am to 2pm and 5pm to 9:30pm. Tel: 952 902 714.

Until January 2015 ART – MARBELLA

The Red Penguin Art Gallery presents Perfume, featuring Isabell Beyel, Rosa Muñoz, Nikkie le Nobel and others. www.redpenguinartgallery.com

NEW AND REGULAR EVENTS Monthly on different days AMERICAN CLUB – MARBELLA

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

AMIGOS DE LA CULTURA – COSTA DEL SOL

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

TOASTMASTERS – MARBELLA

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

Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday YOGA – MARBELLA

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

LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE – MARBELLA

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

Every Tuesday JIVE – MIRAFLORES, ESTEPONA AND LA DUQUESA

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

Every Second Tuesday of the Month JAZZ – ESTEPONA

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

Every Wednesday SALSA – MARBELLA

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

ART – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso de Málaga offers free guided tours in English (included in the entry price), from 11:30am to 2pm. www. museopicassomalaga.org

FLAMENCO – MIJAS

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

Every first Wednesday of the month CULTURE AND COCKTAIL – MARBELLA

The Association of Art and Culture Marbella holds a monthly cocktail at Magna Café at Magna Marbella Golf, from 8pm-10pm. Tel: 627 833 262. www.artandculturemarbella.com

Every Wednesday and Friday MARTIAL ARTS – SAN PEDRO

Taekwondo expert Justin Menchen, who studied and received First Dan in Los Angeles (from Master Keith Jones) teaches Taekwondo to adults and children at TKD Studio. From 5:30pm to 6pm for Wassabi Warriors, 6pm to 7pm for kids and 7pm to 8pm for adults. Poomsae and Sparring WTF (light to medium

contact) available. To sign up or for a free introductory class, Tel: 666 756 692.

Every Thursday NETWORKING – MARBELLA

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

Every last Friday of the Month COFFEE MORNING – ESTEPONA

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

BUSINESS LUNCH – MARBELLA

Marbella Business Institute holds an invitationonly lunch club for local and visiting business people, active and retired. To apply, visit www.marbellabusinst.com

Every Saturday MARKETS – PUERTO BANÚS

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

Every First Sunday of the month OPEN DAY – MIJAS

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

Sunday November 2 CHILDREN’S THEATRE – MÁLAGA

Ópera Divertimento presents Little Red Riding Hood, a fun opera for kids and adults alike, at the Teatro Cervantes de Málaga at 1pm. For children aged four and up. www.teatrocervantes.com

Thursday November 6 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SEMINAR – MARBELLA

Blacktower Financial Management (International) Limited will be holding a seminar at 6pm at El Soto Golf clubhouse, to discuss the impact of new Exchange of Information regulations across Europe. To reserve your place, Tel: 952 816 443. melanie.godfrey@blacktowerfm.com

Thursday November 6 to Saturday November 8 BRIDGE – MARBELLA

The Marbella Bridge Association Bridge Tournament will take place at the Fuerte Miramar Hotel following a warm-up session on November 6. Players of all levels from all over the world are welcome to take part. www.marbellabridge.com

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Tuesday November 25 FLAMENCO – MÁLAGA

The Antonio Andrade Company presents Mi Carmen Flamenca, adapted from the tragic novel by Mérimée and Bizet’s passionate opera. Featuring contemporary flamenco music and dance, delivered simply, honesty and directly. www.micarmenflamenca.com

Saturday November 8 PIANO RECITAL – MARBELLA

Talented pianist, Carmen Yepes, will be playing a piano recital at Les Roches Marbella at 8:30pm. Carmen has won many international competitions, including the Petrof Competition. Booking is recommended. Tel: 689 000 944. www.musicaconencanto.org

Saturday November 8 to Sunday November 9 THE OVER 50S SHOW – ESTEPONA

The Over 50s Show, a lifestyle event for senior citizens, returns once more to the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Estepona. Featuring around 85 exhibitors, the show will include health checks, computer tuition, antiques, fashion, golf, art, etc. From 11am to 6pm. www.aia-artgroup.com

Monday November 10 COSTA DEL SOL DFAS LECTURE – FUENGIROLA

The Salon Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola will be hosting the NADFAS lecture, The Statues that Walked, a lecture about Easter Island and the Moai. The talk will start at 4:30pm. www.costadelsoldfas.com

Friday November 14 DOCUMENTARY – MARBELLA

Música Con Encanto presents Rudolf Nureyev: Celestial, a documentary film about one of the greatest dancers of all time, directed by Sonia Paramo. At 7pm at the Iglesia de La Virginia. www.musicaconencanto.org

LUXURY ADVERTISING AWARDS – MARBELLA Thursday November 6 to Sunday November 9 COUPLES REDISCOVERY WEEKEND – MONDA

The tranquil and beautiful Shanti-Som retreat in Monda will he holding a couples Rediscovery Weekend, aimed at teaching couples to reconnect and communicate better. www.shantisom.com

Friday November 7 to Saturday November 8 BLUES AT MIDNIGHT – BENALMÁDENA The Moonlight Hall of the Hotel Sunset Beach Club in Benalmádena Costa will be hosting Blues at Midnight, a fabulous concert featuring John Lewis & The Sun Rockets, Junior Marvel & The Wildshakers, Pike Cavalero and many more performers. www. bluesatmoonlight.com

Friday November 7, Saturday November 8 and Friday November 14 ALMUÑECAR, NERJA AND MIJAS Noches de Tango once again takes over the Coast, delighting audiences with dance, song and instrumental pieces. Featuring Caludo Constantini on the bandoneón, Oscar Guida on bass, Hernan Hock on guitar, Milton and Romina in dance and Patricia Nora’s beautiful

voice. The shows will take place on November 7 at the Casa de Cultura de Almuñecar, on November 8 at the Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja and on November 14 at the Teatro Las Lagunas de Mijas. www.nochesdetango.com

Friday November 7 to Sunday November 16 JAZZ FESTIVAL – GRANADA

Every year, one of the most exciting jazz festivals makes the enchanted city of Granada a little more magical. This year’s event will feature Branford Marsalis on November 7, the Ool-Ya-Koo Big Band on November 8, the Javier Colina Cuarteto on November 14, Tom Harrell Trio of Life on November 15 and Chano Domínguez and Niño Josele on November 16. At the Manuel de Falla Auditorium at 9pm. www.jazzgranada.es

Popular television personality, Irma Soriano, will be hosting the Luxury Advertising Awards at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Marbella. For precise times, www.luxuryawards.es

ANGLICAN CHURCH CHRISTMAS FAIR – ESTEPONA

The Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Estepona will form a fitting backdrop to The Anglican Church of Costa del Sol West Christmas Fair, from 11am to 5pm, to support local charities. Featuring Santa’s grotto, a bouncy castle, stalls, cakes, raffles, etc.

Saturday November 22 VINTAGE CAR RALLY – ESTEPONA

A fun vintage car rally will be taking place in Estepona this month. The event will feature cars manufactured between 1910 and 1960. Drivers will be meeting at the roundabout (east entry) of the old CN340 at 1:15pm, and will

make their way to the Estepona Port. www.estepona.es

Sunday November 23 ADANA DINNER – ESTEPONA

Animal charity, ADANA, will be holding its annual Christmas fair at the Palacio de Congresos in Estepona, from 10:30am to 4pm. The event attracts over 1,000 visitors each year; make sure you are one of them and have a great day out while contributing to a worthwhile cause! Tel: 697 289 922. www.adana.es

Wednesday November 26 WIM MERTENS – MÁLAGA

Brilliant Flemish/Belgian composer, countertenor vocalist, pianist, guitarist and musicologist wows music fans at the Teatro Cervantes at 9pm. www.teatrocervantes.com

Thursday November 27 to Saturday November 30 CHRISTMAS FAIR – MARBELLA

The Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Marbella will be holding a charity Christmas fair from 11am to 10pm, to raise funds for Caritas. www.marbellacongresos.com

Saturday November 29 to Sunday November 30 CHRISTMAS FAIR – LOS BARRIOS

The Los Barrios Christmas Fair will be taking place for the eighth year in a row at Hacienda Almoguera in Los Barrios. There will be over 40 stalls, with food, gift ideas, etc. The entrance fee of €2 will go towards the Gibraltar Food Bank. Tel: 677 591 312.

Saturday November 29 ALOHA COLLEGE CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – NUEVA ANDALUCÍA

The Aloha College Christmas Bazaar, which raises funds for the school, will be taking place from 11am to 4pm at the school. Featuring a variety of stalls and entertainment. www.aloha-college.com

Sunday November 30 PARTY – MIJAS

The Supper Club presents an all-day end-ofseason party at the Beach House. Featuring lunch with the Masquerade and an after party with DJ Tristian and Leo Sax. www.marbellabeachhouse.com

PASTORA SOLER – MÁLAGA

Hit vocalist, Pastora Soler, will be singing new and old hits alike at the Teatro Cervantes at 9pm. www.teatrocervantes.com

Saturday November 15 DAVID BUSTAMANTE – MÁLAGA

Pop sensation, David Bustamante, belts out his latest tunes at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga at 10pm. For tickets, www.nvivo.es

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Russell Grant’s Monthly Horoscope November 2014

The Full Moon on the 6th prompts you to pay more attention to your best friend or lover, who is feeling a little neglected

SCORPIO October 24th - November 22nd

You’ll get wonderful words of praise as October turns to November. Bask in the glory of this, as it will give you the courage to launch a bold creative endeavour. The Full Moon on the 6th prompts you to pay more attention to your best friend or lover, who is feeling a little neglected. Do something special on their behalf. A fun mini vacation or sentimental gift will go a long way towards healing their pain. You’ll be in the spotlight for most of mid-November, which will feel gratifying. It’s possible your reputation will eclipse that of your boss and for good reason. You’re considerably more talented than the people at the top of your profession. The New Moon on the 22nd will bring a moneymaking opportunity, but it won’t offer much creative satisfaction. Think twice before committing to such a dull job. Better things are on the horizon.

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ARIES [21 MAR - 20 APR]

Successful negotiations in your personal and professional lives characterise the first days of November. You’ll be able to talk your boss into a deal that gives you more independence during the first week of the month. The Full Moon on the 6th finds you getting paid a handsome sum for creative work. Your love life gets a big boost mid-month. If you’re single, you will meet someone who makes your pulse pound. If you already have a lover, the two of you will rekindle your passion for one another. Money from an inheritance, dividend, or grant will enrich your bank account during the second half of November. Put this money into savings, where it will provide you with long term financial security. The New Moon on the 22nd will put you in an ethical dilemma. You may have to remain silent about a troubling issue, at least until November winds to a close.

TAURUS [21 APR - 21 MAY]

Your best friend or lover will help you make beautiful home improvements at the start of November. You’ll be so pleased with the changes that you will be inspired to host a big party in the first half of the month. The Full Moon on the 6th prompts you to splurge on yourself. This is a great time to buy some artwork or take a solitary vacation. Encouragement from a respected business guru will inspire you to take an advanced class or begin a writing project mid-month. Let a loved one relieve you of heavy responsibilities during the second half of November; you deserve a break. The New Moon on the 22nd will make it difficult to collect a debt. It may be better to write off this loan as a loss, as it doesn’t look like the person you helped is capable of repaying it. Let this be a lesson about mixing friendship with finance.

GEMINI [22 MAY - 21 JUN]

The beginning of November is wonderful for launching creative projects and brainstorming with other creative people. Your sex drive will become noticeably stronger during the first week of the month, so be sure to indulge your sensual side. The Full Moon on the 6th prompts you to take a little time off work. Recharging your batteries will be as simple as visiting an aquarium or treating yourself to a film festival. The middle of November will be extremely busy with work assignments. Fortunately, you’ll get lots of help from an experienced colleague. Partnerships will be a source of strain on the 22nd, when the New Moon causes all sorts of misunderstandings to occur. Don’t sign any contracts or make any promises at the end of November. Plans will have to be changed at a moment’s notice during this tense time. You’re better off going solo, even when you feel overwhelmed.

CANCER [22 JUN - 23 JULY]

Let someone close to your heart pamper you in the opening days of November. You’re feeling somewhat burned out from family responsibilities and will benefit from a little rest and relaxation. Fortunately, your best friend or lover is more than capable of handling your workload. The Full Moon on the 6th marks a festive party. Be sure to bring the guest of honour a sentimental gift. You have a knack for knowing just what people want. Love is in the air throughout mid-November. If you’re single, you will meet someone special at a quiet, out of the way spot. If you’re in a relationship, take this opportunity to plan a vacation for you and your amour. The New Moon on the 22nd

brings a work assignment that is fraught with trouble. It will be very difficult working with a group of disorganised, unmotivated colleagues. You might have to do the lion’s share of the work for a minimum of the credit.

LEO [24 JULY - 23 AUG]

Working around the house proves fulfilling in early November. Take this opportunity to stock the pantry, do some household chores and clear out the clutter. You’ll become much more productive when your surroundings are clean and comfortable. The Full Moon on the 6th marks a superb career achievement; you could be given a prize or bonus for excellence. You’ll spend a lot of time with family mid-month, organising fun outings and home cooked meals. The New Moon on the 22nd will create problems in your love life. Your expectations of a lover have been slightly unrealistic. You may be better off looking for someone who shares your plans for the future. If you’re in a committed relationship, take a few moments to talk with your partner about your goals. It’s important to be on the same page as November draws to a close. Taking a short trip for fun will help you feel more aligned to your partner.

VIRGO [24 AUG - 23 SEPT]

Financial negotiations will go very well in the beginning of November. This is a great time to ask for a raise or to go for an interview for a high-paying job. A flirtatious exchange gives you a thrill during the first week of the month. The Full Moon on the 6th finds you receiving a certificate or winning a lawsuit. A celebration is definitely in order. It looks like you’ll have a little extra money with which to play; be sure to buy your best friend or lover a beautiful gift. Mid-month is ideal for working on a writing project or making blog entries. You’ll enjoy exploring hidden feelings at this time. The New Moon on the 22nd puts pressure on your domestic life. You may decide to move to another location, but finding another home will prove difficult. A colleague will prove helpful in finding a temporary living situation at the end of November.

LIBRA [24 SEPT - 23 OCT]

A beautiful gift will be presented to you in early November, filling your heart with joy. It’s nice to know you’re appreciated. Let your family relieve you of a burden during the first week of the month, or you could suffer from burnout. The Full Moon on the 6th puts a little extra money in your bank account, thanks to a dividend, inheritance, or scholarship. Put this money towards items that make your daily life more pleasant and enjoyable. The middle of November will be filled with moneymaking opportunities. If you’re unemployed, you could find a steady job with great benefits. The New Moon on the 22nd brings troubling news about a sibling, neighbour, or cousin. It’s important to be realistic about their prospects. You may need to enlist the aid of an assistant to deal with this situation. There may be too much work for one person to handle alone.

SAGITTARIUS [23 NOV - 21 DEC]

Taking a vacation with your favourite friends will be great fun in early November. You need a change of scenery. Heading off to a secluded resort is just what the doctor ordered. The Full Moon on the 6th brings the end to a challenging

job and you’ll feel justifiably proud of the results. At long last, you’ll be given an added measure of independence. It will be a tremendous relief to escape the scrutiny of a micromanager mid-month. The New Moon on the 22nd will tempt you to change your appearance, but resist the urge. You’ll be unhappy with the results and wish you had kept the status quo. If you want to try something different, think about reading a book you’d ordinarily avoid or seeing a movie that has been highly recommended by a friend. The consequences will be a lot less severe. Don’t make any serious commitments at the end of the month.

CAPRICORN [22 DEC - 20 JAN]

You’ll be able to convince a friend to make a positive change in early November. It’s nice to know that people respect your opinion. A heartfelt note of appreciation is worth keeping forever. The Full Moon on the 6th marks an exciting turning point in a relationship. It may be time to take a romance to the next level, or embark on an adventure with your amour. Mid-November will make your social life sparkle. Attend as many parties as possible during this festive period, as you’re sure to have lots of fun. The New Moon on the 22nd will force you to protect some secret information. This situation will make you highly uncomfortable. Still, revealing the truth will harm an innocent victim. You’re better off maintaining a diplomatic silence, at least until November draws to a close. Lean on your family for support during this tense time. Relatives will prove surprisingly sympathetic.

AQUARIUS [21 JAN - 19 FEB]

Trust your best friend or lover’s opinion in the beginning of November. Their expertise will help you make the best decision regarding a career matter. The Full Moon on the 6th will bring a change on the home front. Buying or selling a piece of property will give you long term financial security. You’ll be in great demand at work during mid-November, but it will feel good to be needed. This is your chance to show your creative vision. Your bright ideas will attract a whole new clientele, making you very valuable to your employer. The New Moon on the 22nd will prompt you to get involved with a group project. Although the motives of this organisation are good, their methods will be less than impressive. You may want to bow out gracefully before you become implicated in this mess. Make your exit before the end of November, or you’ll have a big problem on your hands.

PISCES [20 FEB - 20 MAR]

Applying for grants and scholarships could produce good results during the opening days of November, especially if you want to get a degree or start your own business. Ask a socially prominent friend to write you a letter of recommendation. The Full Moon on the 6th brings a writing project to a close and you’ll be thrilled with the results. Don’t be surprised if you get fame and acclaim as a result of this effort. The middle of the month will prompt you to deepen your knowledge of your favourite subject. This is a great time to take an advanced class or travel abroad. The New Moon on the 22nd brings an enticing career opportunity, but don’t be so quick to accept. It’s possible this job has a lot of hidden strings attached. Wait another week before making any changes to your job situation. The truth will come out by the end of November. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM NOVEMBER 2014 / 145

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Vitamins in Children’s Foods Too Much of a Good Thing? WORDS Marisa CUTILLAS

A new study by the Environmental Working Group has found that many cereals and other kids’ products are packed with too many vitamins and minerals. Researchers looked into over 1,500 different breakfast cereals and over 1,000 snack bars, and found that these products contained large quantities of Vitamin A, Zinc and Niacin. Over 100 of the cereals sampled contained 30 per cent more of these nutrients than the recommended dietary allowance and 27 of the snack bars contained over 50 per cent of the recommended daily dose. While vitamins and minerals are important for proper growth and development, excess quantities can result in a compromised immunity, lower resistance to infection and even liver damage (in the case of excess Vitamin A). Parents are advised to source vital nutrients from unprocessed foods and to check the fine print of popular cereals and snack bars to ensure kids are consuming acceptable levels of these vitamins and nutrients.

FAMILY FUN ANCRAA Giant Donkeys

Cuddle a donkey or become a volunteer to help save this humble but threatened animal. CN 340, km 164, Finca los Pajaritos, Estepona. Tel: 952 790 511 Aventura Amazonia Kids and adults alike will have fun in this outdoor adventure park, featuring exciting ziplines. C/ Valeriano Rodríguez 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 835 505. www.aventuraamazonia.com Bioparc Fuengirola Award winning zoo covering Madagascar, Africa and the Far East. C/ Camilo José Cela, 6. Tel: 952 666 301. www.bioparcfuengirola.es Black Box Teatro Dramatic Arts School for all ages. C/ Notario Luis Oliver 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 779 172. www.blackboxteatro.com Born to be Wild Jeep and dolphin eco-tours for the whole family. Open 9am-8pm. Blue Dolphin Beach Club, Estepona Beach. Tel: 639 720 246 Cable Ski Marbella Water ski cable system and pool. Open 11am-9pm (closed Mondays). Urb. Las Medranas, San Pedro. Tel: 952 785 579 Camelot Fun play centre in La Cañada with a wealth of games and activities and qualified child minders. Special events include baby and toddler mornings and a baby grow clinic, for mums to be and newborns. Ctra. de Ojén s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 764 766 Crocodile Park Educational park with more then 300 monsters. Pose with baby crocodiles. Open 10am6pm. C/ Cuba, 14, Torremolinos. Tel: 952 051 782 Dariela’s Cake Sugarcraft store and workshops for kids and adults. 146 / NOVEMBER 2014 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

Avda. Mayorazgo 6, Local 25, Marbella. Tel: 952 824 238

El Refugio del Burrito

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

Ice Skating Rink and Indoor Swimming Pool New sports centre with public ice skating, indoor pool, children’s pool. Avda. García Lorca, Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 577 050

Inter Marbella Football Academy Football Academy

for boys and girls of all ages, at Estadio Santa Maria in Las Chapas, Marbella. Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm. Tel: 646 427 589. info@ intermarbellacf.com

Karting Club Málaga Go-kart

circuit for kids and adults who feel a need for speed. Open 10ammidnight. Ctra. De Coin, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 581 704

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

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

Le Petit Milk & Roses

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

Little Gem Swimmers

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

Marbella Stage School

Kids can take accredited courses in dance, drama, musical theatre and singing after school on weekdays and all day on Saturdays. Tel: 952 906 865. www.marbellastageschool.com

Musical Babes Babies and

toddlers aged 6 months to 3 years enjoy singing, playing simple instruments and playing games. Tel: 952 853 027. Los Jazmines 11, Bajo B, Nueva Alcántara, San Pedro de Alcántara. www.brainwaves-spain.com

NMA The Nelson Music Academy Kids aged 4 to 12 are

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

adventure activities. Open 10am9pm. CN340 Km 162.5, Estepona. Tel: 902 190 482 Selwo Marina Dolphins Exotic birds, penguins and virtual reality shows. Open 10am-6pm. Parque de la Paloma, Benalmádena. Tel: 902 190 482 Stagecoach Renowned performing arts school for singing, dancing and acting skills. The academy is open to four to 16-yearolds. Tel: 952 900 453/666 838 213. www.stagecoach.es Steam Train Ride Enjoy a steam train ride crossing the Andalusian mountains with a scenic trip from San Roque to Ronda. Tel: 952 931 186 Swim Bebé Swim Swimming classes for under 4’s and AquaNatal classes for mums-to-be. Tel: 617 520 588

Teleférico Benalmádena

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


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