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contents the trend Cinema 32

Game of Thrones Theories 34

Music News 36

Health Reads 38

Apple ARKit 40

New Mercedes S-Class 42

the focus

The Wonder of Weed 46 Treating Cancer 52 Arthritis 54

the pro 100 Enterprise 107 P.O.L.A.R. Global Marketing Direct 108 More on Plusvalía Tax 110 The Vibe

the leisure 118 Top International Health Resorts 126 Boot Camps at Shanti Som Retreat

the gourmet 131 Asiático Zen

Leonardo Da Vinci 56

133 La Famieke

Coco Chanel 58

134 Food News

The Collection 60

the style Bo Concept Home Design 64 Bamboo Ware by Muy Mucho 72

136 Ashan Corea, Chef and Founder of I-Bites 138 Juan Carlos Sancha Rediscovers Rioja

the guide 140 Listings

Marc Cain Street Style 74

149 Pet News

Fashion News 80

150 What’s On

the spa

152 Stars for November 154 Upcoming Video Games Releases

Huda Kattan 84 Skincare by Kate Somerville 86 Battling Inflammation 88 Living with Psoriasis 90 Colon Health 94 Dr. Michael Peters, Digestive Specialist 96 Helicópteros Sanitarios 98

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his month’s Magazine is dedicated to Health, something that most of us tend to take for granted, but which can wreak havoc in our lives when failing. Accordingly, we focus on some of the main issues and suggest lifestyle changes which will hopefully maintain our well-being and vitality. If you are in need of a spot of rejuvenation, consider a sojourn at some of the World’s top Health Resorts or, more locally, find out how Helicopters Sanitarios can take care of you and yours, and how to relax body and mind at the Shanti Som retreat in the lush Sierra de las Nieves close to Marbella. With incidences of cancer increasing on a global scale, we talk with Harley Street specialist, Dr. Nyjon Eccles, and Immucura’s Johannes Schumacher, about their recently launched Immu 7 Onco Support program. As well, Consulting Gastroenterologist, Dr Michael Peters, impresses on us the importance of screening for the prevention of colon cancer. Some other concerns addressed in these pages include arthritis, inflammation and psoriasis. From being outlawed and much maligned, it appears that marijuana is becoming all the rage in terms of its potential medical benefi ts and, CBD – the non psycho active component of cannabis – is currently making its way into all manner of products, from gummy bears to luxury chocolates, as can be seen in out feature article, The Wonders of Weed. Elsewhere, find out why the Mercedes S-Class is so highly regarded, view Street Style couture from Marc Cain and, with Christmas on the horizon, check out upcoming video game releases that are sure to be hot sellers.

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WE TURN OUR EYE TO A MOST IMPORTANT SUBJECT THIS MONTH: HEALTH. IN ADDITION TO DISCOVERING THE LATEST FILM AND MUSIC NEWS AND THE WONDERS OF APPLE’S NEW ARKIT, CHECK OUT OUR LIST OF TOP READS ON ALL THINGS TO DO WITH THIS VITAL SUBJECT.

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THE MONTH e BLOCKBUSTER OF yder (300) » DIRECTOR Zack Sn n tio Ac » GENRE , Amy Adams, » ACTORS Gal Gadot ler Mil a Ezr k, Ben Afflec

r, after more motivated than eve Bruce Wayne is feeling s and ion act tic uis altr n’s perma being inspired by Su onder (W nce Pri ally: Diana and meeting a beautiful new nd fi to ces for join es erhero to Woman). The three sup eat thr new a umans’ to fight recruit a group of ‘metah with oes her g itin exc by ed join world security. They are Flash. – Aquaman, Cyborg and agility and intelligence

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» DIRECTOR Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) » GENRE Comedy/Biopic » ACTORS Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue

Battle of the Sexes

Following the sexual revolution and the rise of the feminist movement, legendary tennis player, Billy Jean King, took on ex-champ Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) for a memorable match known as the Battle of the Sexes. It was one of the most watched events in history, attracting 90 million viewers from all over the world. This version brings all the excitement to life once again.

» DIRECTOR Kenneth Branagh (Thor) » GENRE Mystery » ACTORS Johnny Depp, Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe

Murder on the Orient Express

What starts off as a spending train journey across Europe soon becomes an exciting mystery that the clever Hercule Poirot must solve. There are 13 strangers on the train… and everyone is a suspect. Poirot must act swiftly, for the culprit could strike again, at any time.

» DIRECTOR Michael Cuesta (Kill the Messenger) » GENRE Thriller » ACTORS Michael Keaton, Dylan O’Brien, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar

American Assassin

Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) is a young rookie in the CIA; Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) is a seasoned agent showing him the ropes. The dynamic duo are called upon to investigate a wave of apparently arbitrary attacks on military and civil objectives. Under the guidance of their boss, Irene Kenney (Sanaa Lathan), they discover a pattern of violence which leads them to a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar). Together, they will try to stop the outbreak of another World War.

» DIRECTOR Michael Gracey (in his debut film) » GENRE Musical » ACTORS Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman is an original musical which celebrates the rise of the entertainment industry. The film is inspired on ambitious mogul P.T. Barnum, who hailed from humble beginnings yet founded the tremendously successful Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. According to Director, Michael Gracey, “Barnum was the Steve Jobs or the Jay Z of his time, the original impresario, the original showman.”

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The seventh season of Game of Thrones left us in awe and more than a little curious as to how the seemingly impossible romance of Jon and Daenerys would pan out. Since the eighth season will be sealing the ultimate fate of the characters we love and loathe, theories abound as to how it will all end. These are just a few of the most fascinating potential scenarios surrounding the finale of the best series of all time. WORDS VICTORIA ORTIZ TÉLLEZ

Game of Thrones THEORIES TO MULL OVER

ZZ THREE HEADS HAS THE DRAGON This theory espouses that

Daenerys and Jon might not be the only Targaryens alive; that Tyrion is in reality the child of Joanna Lannister (also Cersei and Jaime’s mother) and Aerys II Targaryen, known as ‘The Mad King’ and the last King to rule from the Iron Throne. This would explain the great hatred felt by Tywin Lannister, who tried to abort his ‘bastard child’ using a harmful drug. If this theory were to hold true, Jaime would have killed his stepbrother’s father, for which he would be branded ‘Kingslayer’ for the rest of his life. This theory is based on Tyrion’s insistence (in all the books) that he would one day like to ride a dragon, thereby becoming grander than any living man. It might also explain why he emerged alive from the fire at Blackwater and why he instantly ‘clicked’ with Jon Snow.

ZZ SAMWELL TARLY IS THE NARRATOR OF THE BOOKS This theory was put forward by John Bradley West, who plays Sam in

the series. In season seven, we see Sam in his element amidst books and academics. More pertinent, however, is the scene (Season seven, episode 2) in which Archmaester Ebrose tells Sam: “If you’re going to write histories, Tarly, you have to do the research. If you want people to read your histories, you need a bit of style. I’m not writing The Chronicles of the Wars Following the Death of King Robert I so it can sit on a shelf unread.” Sam shakes his head in disapproval and Archmaester Ebrose asks, “What? You don’t like the title? What would you call it then?” Sam answers, “Possibly something a bit more… poetic.” There are more indications supporting this theory; for one, Sam has always idolised Jon, which would partially explain the presentation of this character as the ultimate hero of the books. Moreover, Sam has always been an intellectual. It makes sense that he would capture the dramatic series of events for future generations.

ZZ JORAH COULD BE THE ‘PRINCE THAT WAS PROMISED’

We assume that Jon and/or Daenerys will be the saviours of Westeros, the ‘Prince that was Promised’, as envisioned by ‘The Red Woman’ Melisandre, yet some feel that the Prince could be Jorah. According to the prophecy, the Prince will be reborn amidst smoke (Jorah remained close to Daenerys’ side when she stepped in to the pyre); reborn amidst salt (Jorah contracts greyscale while sailing across the sea); and will have captured a lion (does capturing Tyrion Lannister count or is that stretching things too far?).

ZZ THE PLAN OF THE FACELESS MEN The notorious guild of assassins who trained Arya Stark claim to have no deeper intentions than to serve the many-faced God. However, they could have a more important role to play. One theory states that the guild serves the Iron Bank in Braavos; another that the God they serve has resuscitated the

dead who accompany the Night King and that its ultimate aim is to bring death to all of Westeros. After all, the guild was born in Valyria, which was created by a group of miners enslaved by dragons. Its members could seek to use Daenery’s dragons to exterminate the world. Moreover, Missandei, Daenerys’ translator, could theoretically be a secret agent working for the Faceless Men. ZZ ONE MORE STARK How lucky can Meera Reed be! She has survived countless adventures and, thus far, is the only living companion of Bran. Far from being his mere protector, could she actually be his sister? This theory has been held by fans for a long time now and it is linked to the birth of Jon Snow. It espouses that Lyanna did not have one child; rather, she had twins. Jon was taken by Ned, while Meera went to Ned’s friend, Howland Reed. In the novels, Jon and Meera are the same age and, ironically, the actress looks a little like Arya Stark, albeit with Jon’s lush locks. e

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NOEL GALLAGHER

¿QUÉ PASA? WORDS RIK FOXX

The GALLAGHER siblings war is set to move into the LP charts when NOEL releases his third solo album Who Built The Moon? on November 24. Last month, the LIAM debut solo As You Were took the charts by storm outselling the rest of the top 10 combined on its first week of release. In the meantime, the war of words continues between the two and, as we mentioned last month, their offspring are now involved on the social networks.

MICHAEL HUTCHENCE

The fifth Gibraltar Jazz Festival takes place in St Michael's Cave on November 10 with AL DI MEOLA and 1980s pop star MATT BIANCO headlining. For the full line-up and ticket info: buytickets.gi The Teatro de Cervantes hosts the 31st Málaga Jazz Festival every night from November 8 to 13. For the full line-up and ticket info: teatrocervantes.com The theatre also has the Magic of Santana – a tribute to the legend featuring current and past members of his band on November 19. On TV: the MTV European Music Awards take place in London on November 12 and surprisingly TAYLOR SWIFT has the most nominations (six) even though see has only released two singles this year (her new album, Reputation, drops on the 10th). Other leading nominees are SHAWN MENDES (five) plus ED SHEERAN and KENDRICK LAMAR (both four). The channel has not announced its coverage yet so check their listings on the day. Following in the footsteps of their ADELE and MICHAEL BUBLÉ specials, the BBC has a one-hour show this month (date TBA) featuring HARRY STYLES singing several tracks from his self-titled number one debut solo album.

Talk suggests that he now wants to put his ONE DIRECTION days behind him and concentrate on other projects including an acting career following the rave reviews for his first film appearance in Dunkirk during the summer. And on ITV, SHERIDAN SMITH has a special (date TBC) featuring tunes from her soon-to-be released debut LP. The actress made music biz agent's ears prick-up when portraying CILLA BLACK in a three-part TV mini-series in 2014 and many critics reckon she belted out the songs better than the 1960s symbol ever did. Never heard her? check-out her chords from that biopic on YouTube. A new tell-all documentary about the life of MICHAEL HUTCHENCE is set to 'make headlines all around the world.' Michael Hutchence: The Last Rockstar docu-film will chart the final hours of the iconic INXS front man as well as featuring ‘missing songs’ heard for the first time. It will be released to mark the 20th anniversary of his death – he took his own life on November 22 1997. The guest for the American football Superbowl is well under way and it seems that JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE has won the race to headline the prestigious half-time show next February. If confirmed, it will be the 36-year-old's second time after his controversial appearance with JANET JACKSON in 2004 when he ripped off part of her costume to unexpectedly reveal her bare breast on live TV.

TOM PETTY

Summer has now faded into autumn, the sun shines weaker and the nights grow longer and the concert scene is in the same mode but it's a good month for jazz lovers (see below). The only live music events now feature the many tribute acts along the coast so check your local weekly publications for gigs. All information on this page was correct at the time of writing.

ELTON JOHN has rattled a hornet's nest Down Under by saying Australians should say yes in the same-sex marriage ballot which takes place on November 15. In the meantime he is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his song writing partnership with BERNIE TAUPIN with Diamonds, an ultimate greatest hits compilation on November 10. Other anniversary releases this month: also on November 10, 25 years on, Automatic For The People by REM with different formats features several previously unreleased songs including Photograph with NATALIE MERCHANT. On November 17, QUEEN mark 40 years since News Of The World hit the shops with a previously unreleased CD with 'new' versions featuring never heard before vocals and guitar riffs

on such classics as We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. Last month BRUCE SPRINSTEEN started an 18-week spot on Broadway and at the beginning of the first show he paid tribute to his friend – the recently departed legend TOM PETTY. This storytelling acoustic solo slot ties in with his autobiography Born to Run and he also announced that a new solo album, influenced by the “Southern California pop music of the 1970s”, will be out soon. It's been talked about for ages now, BENNY ANDERSSON has confirmed that ABBA will go on a virtual reality world tour; since the band members want it to be as perfect as possible, it will not happen until 2019. e

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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

MUST-READ HEALTH BOOKS THE NO MEAT ATHLETE COOKBOOK BY MATT FRAZIER AND STEPFANIE ROMINE

The one thing that stops many of us from going full vegan is ignorance – about what to cook, where to source food and how to prepare meals that are full of flavour, despite containing no animal products. This wonderful cookbook presents 150 whole food, family-friendly vegan recipes which are affordable and quick to prepare – perfect for those with long working hours. Recipes contain minimal soy and sweeteners, oil-free options and ingredients which will power you up and ensure you get the most from your workouts. Also including meal planning guidelines, nutritional information, adaptable ‘blueprint’ recipes and more.

THE FOOD MEDIC BY HAZEL WALLACE

Dr. Hazel Wallace is a practising doctor with a special interest in nutrition, as well as a qualified personal trainer. In this beautifully presented book, she bridges the gap between mainstream medicine and nutrition to create a whole-body guide to healthy eating. The book features a host of delicious recipes, as well as advice on health, confidence, happiness and feeling great! Dr. Wallace enlightens us on macronutrients, micronutrients and calories, shares information on the relationship between food and four key areas of our health (the heart, brain, gut and skin) and debunks many firmly ingrained nutrition myths.

A BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO LOSING YOUR MIND: MY ROAD TO STAYING SANE AND HOW TO NAVIGATE YOURS BY EMILY REYNOLDS

Who would have thought that a guide to mental health could be so funny? This book is ideal for those with a black sense of humour, since it is sometimes brutal (but always honest) in its approach to mental health. The author certainly knows her business; in her early 20s, she was diagnosed with bipolar disease. Since then, she set out on a mission to discover the best way to live with mental illness. She shares all she has discovered, hoping to make readers feel a little less lonely.

DEEP NUTRITION: WHY YOUR GENES NEED TRADITIONAL FOOD BY CATHERINE SHANAHAN There is an inexorable link between mental and physical health and wellness, as espoused by this book. Author, Dr. Catherine Shanahan, asks readers to turn to traditional cuisine comprising fresh seasonal food, fermented and sprouted foods, meat on the bone and organ meat, and to avoid processed foods, sugar and empty starches in general. By going back to the basics, she promises that not only will you lose weight, improve energy and look younger, but also sharpen your mind and give your children the gift of health.

HEALTHY GUT, FLAT STOMACH: THE FAST AND EASY LOW-FODMAP DIET PLAN BY DANIELLE CAPALINO

For some people, the biggest digestive problems have nothing to do with losing or gaining weight; rather, they are all about bloating and discomfort. This informative book focuses on the FODMAP approach, which seeks to eliminate foods that make you gassy and uncomfortable. In addition to explaining important digestive processes, the author provides an easy-to-follow meal plan and recipes to kickstart your way to a gas-free life.

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There is so much about the new iPhone 8 to love, including the sizeable LCD display, upgraded camera, faster A11 processor, glass body and loudspeakers. However, for those who are fascinated by augmented reality, the star feature is surely ARKit: a new framework that allows users to enjoy hundreds of different augmented reality experiences on their iPhones and iPads (all that is required is that your device has iOS 11). WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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n contrast to virtual reality (which replaces what you see with new worlds), augmented reality uses existing structures in the space around you (for instance, furniture and personal items), and introduces new characters into the space, making for fun games and experiences. ARKit allows app creators to avail of detailed camera and sensor data to map digital objects into three dimensional space. As explained by Apple, “The basic requirement for any AR experience — and the defining feature of ARKit — is the ability to create and track a correspondence between the real-world space the user inhabits and a virtual space where you can model visual content. When your app displays that content together with a live camera image, the user experiences augmented reality: the illusion that your virtual content is part of the real world.” As noted by tech website The Verge, the star feature of ARKit is Visual-Inertial Odometry: a

technique that uses your iPhone or Ipad’s camera and motion sensors to locate a series of points in the environment and track them as you move your device. It literally ‘pins’ virtual object to the points, changing scale and perspective realistically. A whole new virtual world is created without the need for Goggles, headsets and other heavy, expensive equipment. ARKit also boasts sophisticated motion tracking, called ‘fast and stable motion tracking’ by Apple. This tracking system effectively enhances the immersive experience, since objects blend in more seamlessly with the real space they are submerged in. ARKit’s developer page states that the format boasts the following features: Z TRUEDEPTH CAMERA: ARKit uses a TrueDepth camera to detect the position, topology and expression of the user’s face. This means you will be able to take selfies with amazing new effects or ‘drive’ a 3D character. Z VISUAL-INERTIAL ODOMETRY:

A groundbreaking feature, as mentioned above. VIO fuses the information obtained from your device’s camera sensor with CoreMotion data. Z SCENE UNDERSTANDING AND LIGHTING ESTIMATION: ARKit enables you Apple device to find horizontal planes in the room (such as floors, tables, etc.). It also analyses how much lighting there is in the room and adapts the lighting of virtual objects so they fit in seamlessly within a scene. Z HIGH PERFORMANCE HARDWARE AND RENDERING OPTIMISATIONS: ARKit only works with fast processors (Apple A9, A10, and A11). These enable app developers to build very detailed virtual content that can easily be ‘superimposed’ onto real scenes. Apple has in essence brought AR to everyone – at least, everyone who can afford a compatible device. This takes AR into a whole new league, since Microsoft’s HoloLens is considerably more expensive and Google’s Project Tango is available

on very few, specifically catered devices. So what are some of the coolest ARKit apps to download? By the time we go to print, more apps than you can count will probably be available but thus far, these three apps have been receiving positive reviews: Z GIPHY WORLD: Take any existing GIF and superimpose it over your own world. Record a video, send it to your friends and you’ll be the King/Queen in your techie world! Z IKEA PLACE: Ikea has a cool app which allows you to see how over 2,000 products from their store will look in your home. Z MEASUREKIT: Measure anything in your home (wall, furniture, space) with this amazing app, which will do away with the need for rulers or measuring tape. There are many more which are quite amazing – fitness, car, and design apps that will enable you to add an element of magic (and realism) to the world around you. Imagination is everything, and with ARKit, you can certainly let it fly. e

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S-CLASS e t a d p U G et s 2018

The Mercedes-Benz S-class is a car that, more than any rival, typifies the large saloon segment. It’s long been an example for others to follow and has frequently been listed as the world’s bestselling car in its class. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MERCEDES-BENZ

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ars in this class don’t get a full model change that often and there’s no reason why they should. They normally pack in every technological advancement their manufacturer can muster and it is usually lesser vehicles in the lineup that make the move to catch up. Cars like the S-class are flagships used by heads of state, business moguls and sports and entertainment superstars. As such they incorporate all the best features that can possibly be offered right from their launch. Smaller and less expensive stablemates eventually benefit

from innovations trickling down from the top-of-the line product, but it sometimes takes a few model years. Depending on which country you buy it in, the S-class is offered with standard or long wheelbases and with 4-, 6-, 8- and 12-cylinder engine options. There are also diesel and hybrid versions. As with most Mercedes-Benz cars, there’s an AMG option for those seeking the last word in performance and you can also add

all-wheel drive to the options sheet for most models. For the ultimate S-class, the Stuttgart carmaker offers the MercedesMaybach S 600 with extra-long wheelbase, V-12 biturbo engine and an interior of great opulence and style.

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When you buy a new S-class, you get one of the very best large saloons out there and, for 2018, the car gets even better because Mercedes-Benz has added a very long list of upgrades as part of what the industry calls a ‘mid-cycle update.’ Changes include interior features, exterior sheet metal enhancements and more sophisticated semi-autonomous drive functions. The latter advancement includes cruise control technology that modifies the car’s speed to account for such aspects of driving as curves, intersections, speed limit changes and road toll booths. This function uses the GPS system to get information about the terrain that’s being traversed. This allows the driver to use cruise control on minor roads and not just on motorways. One of the most significant 2018 additions to interior opulence, which was already exceptional even in this class of car, are a set of six ‘energizing comfort control settings,’ as Mercedes calls them. You can choose Freshness, Warmth, Vitality, Joy, Comfort

and Training and selecting one or the other, you get a different combination of ambient lighting colours, climate control, fragrance (really!), massage and audio programming. It’s an almost bewildering list of benefits, but surely this will one-up anything previously offered in a luxury car interior. Choose one and it runs for around ten minutes and hopefully, you’ll feel much better afterwards. For serious drivers though, the dynamic qualities of the car will be more important than mere ambience. Regardless of powertrain, these cars are a delight to drive and handle exceptionally well for large saloons. Drive one at 250 km/h and you’ll feel as though you were just ambling along. Opt for a birturbo AMG variant and you’ll surprise many a sports supercar. If anything, some of the interior controls take a while to become familiar with, but it all works well enough when you get used to the various knobs and buttons. It’s often said that Mercedes-Benz S-class cars are the benchmark all large luxury saloon builders aim at and for 2018, that standard has been made even more difficult for them to match, never mind exceed.

Z ENGINE: Wide engine range up to biturbo V-12. Z TRANSMISSION: Nine-speed automatic on top variants. Z ACCELERATION: Zero to 100 km/h in 4.6-seconds (V-8 biturbo). Z TOP SPEED: Electronically limited to 250 km/h (V-8 biturbo). Z I LIKED: Generously sized saloon with exceptionally roomy interior, superlative Mercedes build quality, outstanding range of engines for every possible application, advanced technology, especially with regard to semi-autonomous driving aids, the car has great presence with its prestigious looks. Z I DIDN’T LIKE: Very complex and sometimes confusing to operate various systems such as satnav and entertainment array. This is a car than needs familiarity before it can be driven confidently. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES: Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Maserati Quattroporte, Jaguar XJ, Tesla Model S, Lexus LS, Bentley Mulsanne. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? In many cases, the chauffeur! The new S will appeal to people looking for a large, prestigious, saloon that fits their lifestyle and business requirements. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Available now starting at just under €100.000. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM NOVEMBER 2017 / 43

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Cannabis is being tipped as the next big thing in health and wellness and America, with its new liberal drug laws, is leading the way. Stateside, the hash brownies are flying off the shelves while cannabis extract is being added to everything from gummy bears to beauty creams and health foods to dog treats. Fortunately for Fido, not all of these products make you high, as Belinda Beckett discovers.

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emember 2016’s New Year’s Eve prankster who changed the ‘o’s on the famous Hollywood sign to ‘e’s to read Hollyweed? It wasn’t an overstatement. California gave the green light to grass last November – becoming the 29th state to legalise medical marijuana and the ninth to permit recreational use for over 21s. And across The Pond, the commercial world and his wife have been dreaming up innovative new ways to make money from weed that go way beyond roll-up papers, pipes and bongs. Retailers have turned into dealers with a host of cannabisinfused products promising to treat everything from haemorrhoids to hair and images of the spiky green plant are popping up on packaging for cosmetics, food supplements and health drinks as well as pharmaceuticals. Boutique marijuana farms are growing artisan crops and gearing up for tourists; fitness centres

are starting yoga classes for medical marijuana card holders; and the dingy dispensaries where patients take their prescriptions are being reinvented as chic designer apothecaries. We could see it happen in Europe. Catalonia legalised medical marijuana this June, as did Greece in July, following in the smoke rings of the Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands and Portugal. Even celebrities are going potty about cannabis. Rock singer, Melissa Etheridge, brews weed wine tonic, Whoopi Goldberg merchandises marijuana salves for menstrual cramps and Bob Marley is selling medical bud from beyond the grave under the Natural Marley label. However, only one of these products will provoke a severe attack of the munchies (no prizes for guessing it’s the Bobbranded herb). The principal ingredient in the other two is a non-psychotropic chemical called cannabidiol, or CBD which is being hailed independently for its therapeutic properties. Hence the rush to add CBD to almost anything that can be eaten, drunk, inhaled or rubbed into the skin – a market that Forbes magazine has predicted will grow by a staggering 700 per cent in America over the next five years. “A growing body of scientific research shows CBD has the power to reduce anxiety and stress, lower inflammation, relax the body and mind, and subtly lift the mood,” explains Whitney Tingle of Sakara, Gwyneth Paltrow’s favourite organic meal delivery company which recently introduced CBD-oil chocolates to its line of superfood snacks.

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THE CANNABUSINESS The healing powers of cannabis have been understood for millennia. The early Greeks dabbed tinctures on battle-wounded horses, the ancient Egyptians swore by it for inflammation, glaucoma and enemas and it was probably the main ingredient in the Biblical ‘annointing oil’ used by Jesus to uplift his disciples’ spirits and heal the sick. Shakespeare smoked it for creativity. Some doctors were also prescribing it until the dangerous drug laws of the early 20th century drove it underground (to be replaced by other medicines, many derived from much stronger opiates). Now modern scientific thought is taking a leaf out of the medical tomes of old and pot is rapidly gaining new acceptance as a prescription drug and a social outlet. Medical marijuana – which can be smoked, vaped, eaten, swallowed, sprayed under the tongue or administered via a dermal patch – is used to treat glaucoma, seizures and nerve pain, boost appetite in AIDS patients, control post-chemo nausea and alleviate the symptoms of a variety of diseases including Alzheimer’s and MS. Fast biology lesson: THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical in cannabis that makes you high), is one of some 80 cannabinoids in the plant that seem to mirror endocannabinoids produced in humans which regulate everything from memory and movement to pain response, appetite and emotions. Whether produced naturally or via a big fat joint seems to make no difference to the human body’s cannabinoid receptors. THC and CBD are the two most studied cannabinoids but it’s a young science. The jury is still out on what they all do and whether they work better together (where they have been effective in shrinking cancer tumours in mice) or in isolation (CBD has had solo success in treating epilepsy, anxiety and inflammation). Medical cannabis is prescribed in various ratios of CBD to THC, depending on the patient’s needs. For international commerce, even more interesting is that CBD can be extracted from industrial hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant which is not a controlled drug, containing only

trace elements of THC. Hemp is grown for everything from paper and rope to textiles and biofuel (Europe is a big producer). In many countries it is classed as a dietary supplement and health food shops have been selling proteinrich hemp seed oil products for donkey’s years, even in countries where marijuana is illegal. In America, hemp-based CBD containing less than 0.03% THC can be sold statewide without the need for licenses or prescriptions, and in Europe if it contains less than 0.02%. However, snake oil salesmen abound, especially on the internet. CBD products are not cheap and some have been found to contain nothing but olive oil. A surf on Amazon Spain reveals a limited choice of products, all derived from hemp oil and generally restricted to tinctures, vaping liquids for e cigarettes (no gummy bears) and a ton of books about growing weed and making stuff yourself. In Spain, although technically illegal, the police aren’t going to do anything about a few pot plants on your patio or a small stash kept for personal use at home. That’s unless you’re resident in Catalonia where you can join a cannabis club (there are around 200 in Barcelona alone). The law passed this summer licenses these non-profit, membership-only associations to produce 150kg of the dried drug a year. The join-up fee qualifies over 21s to receive 60 grams a month (20g for 18-21-year-olds); there is no limit for registered patients. The 15-day cooling off period is designed to discourage tourists and rid Catalonia of its reputation as the ‘new Amsterdam’. The times they are a-changing, as Bob Dylan sang (probably while stoned). Spain hosts a new national observatory dedicated to medical cannabis studies, along with regular top-level medical conferences and exhibitions like Spannabis in Barcelona and Expocannabis in Málaga. And the lobby to legalise it is gathering momentum Europewide. It looks like the health and wellbeing of the entire western world is destined to go to pot!

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Where America leads, other countries are expected to follow. Although you can’t buy any of these cannabis-based products in Europe yet, here’s a taste of what could be coming to a store near you in the not-too-distant future.

LIFE

POSH POT SHOPS

WHOOPI WEED

In less than a year, Diego Pellicer has become America’s Fortnum and Mason of marijuana, bringing a whole new concept to ‘high end’ retail. Its palatial stores in Denver and Seattle are decorated with Doric columns and marble floors and lined with glass display cabinets showcasing premium products. Specialising in confectionary, pre-rolled joints (would Modom prefer the watermelon or cotton candy flavours?), vaping concentrates and designer accoutrements (the Snoop Dogg G-Pen, endorsed by the famous rapper), the Seattle store recently sold a marijuana cigar for a cool $3,600!

Actress Whoopi Goldberg has gravitated from vaping medical-marijuana for her glaucoma-related headaches to partnering with leading US cannabusinesswoman Maya Elisabeth in a line of edibles, rubs and bath soaks designed to relieve menstrual cramps. “I have grown granddaughters who have severe cramps and find it profoundly relaxing,” says Whoopi. And as Queen Victoria was said to have used a marijuana tincture for her own PMT, the Whoopi & Maya brand virtually has a royal seal of approval.

GOURMET GANJA

POT BY POST

Forget the manky hash brownies you nibbled at pot parties during your student days. Cannabis edibles are being reimagined for a new breed of high-end customer, and those who prefer not to smoke. Lord Jones’ handmade Sea Salt Caramels are ‘enrobed in single-origin Ecuadorian dark chocolate and infused with pure, California-grown cannabis extract’ and come in four THC strengths, ranging from 5mg to 20mg per chocolate. Presented in a natty lime green box of four, it’s the perfect gift to start any party!

Au Box, founded by former Miss Iowa, Jessica VerSteeg, is a subscription service clients can sign up to in exchange for receiving a goodie box of cannabis products delivered to their doorstep each month. The range includes Intimates (containing 24-carat gold rolling papers, cannabis bath bombs and aromatic candles), Sampler (stashed with a selection of pre-rolled joints, hash, and flowers), a Man box with cannabis beard oils and even one for pets, crammed with CBD-rich doggie treats, shampoos, waters and hemp toys.

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Cannabis-infused tonics, smoothies, ales and wines are all the rage. Drinkers won’t get a traditional high from Melissa Etheridge’s wine tinctures as the cold extraction during the fermentation process makes the marijuana less psychoactive. But the singer does promise a “full body buzz” once the drug kicks in. Etheridge started using marijuana when she was going through chemo for breast cancer and continues to use it “to keep stress down and my gastrointestinal system level.”

Grow your own plants and turn them into a range of nutritious home-made treats. The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook by Robyn Griggs Lawrence is just one of a slew of new titles hitting the online bookstalls. Lawrence aims to give the weed a more foodie approach with marijuana milkshakes and cannabis curries while respecting its medicinal potential. She’s thrifty too, showing readers how to use parts of the plant normally thrown away.

You no longer have to light up to get lit thanks to vaporisers designed to deliver consistent tokes of cannabis oil extract containing both THC and CBD. Hmbldt’s pre-loaded Vaping Pens shut off automatically after 3 seconds when your 2.25 MG dose is complete. Named one of the 25 best inventions of 2016 by Time magazine, they come in various formulas: Calm for anxiety, Arouse for libido, Relief for pain, Bliss for mood elevation.

“Look for cannabis use to become part of people’s wellness routines,” says Cindy Capobianco of Lord Jones, manufacturer and distributer of ‘the world’s finest cannabis-infused products’. Each 50ml bottle of their Pain and Wellness Formula Body Lotion contains 100mg of CBD and 20mg of THC and comes with a vacuum pump to deliver a perfect ratio in each 1ml dose. e

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IMMU 7 ONCO SUPPORT

Bat t ling Cancer from W it hin When someone is diagnosed with cancer, they are usually recommended these three treatments: chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and/or surgery. However, these therapies have side-effects that can make life more difficult for patients. For Johanness Schumacher, founder of Immucura (which specialises in dendritic cell therapy), when it comes to conventional therapy, “A useful analogy is that of a car that loses a screw… what mechanics normally do is to just replace the screw; a good mechanic, however, finds out why the screw fell out in the first place, so it doesn’t happen again. The same can be said about cancer; conventional therapies focus on removing or irradiating a tumour, but havoc is wreaked on the rest of the body and the cancer often returns, lowering a person’s lifespan considerably.” WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN AND COURTESY OF DR. NYJON ECCLES

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chumacher and his team at Immucura are now working alongside prestigious Harley street doctor, Dr. Nyjon Eccles (who works with natural medicine), to help patients approach cancer from a consolidated perspective. “We specialise in integrative, noninvasive therapies, to attack cancer from different angles.” Their approach isn’t new; in 1931, Dr. Otto Warburg was awarded the Nobel Prize (Physiology/Medicine) for his work on metabolic processes in cells. He noted that cancer cells “live in hypoxic, very low oxygen, and acidic conditions and derive energy from sugars by fermenting them the way yeast does.” Therefore, a logical way to defeat cancer is to make it impossible for these cells to survive and thrive. Mr. Schumacher and Dr. Eccles have developed a program that seeks to do just this: called Immu 7 Onco Support; it is based on six principles: ZZ DENDRITIC CELL THERAPY

(DCT): This powerful therapy is spearheading the fight against cancer. Dendritic cells are able to do something our body is sometimes unable to: identify and attack/eliminate cancer cells. Dendritic cells were discovered in the beginning of the 19th century, though it was not until 2011 that Ralph M. Steinman was awarded a Nobel Prize for identifying the way they work. Steinman noted that dendritic cells are able to detect cancerous cells and to make these identifiable to T-cells as well as to the natural killer cells (the body’s own ‘killer cells’). Armed with this new information, our T-cells are able to destroy malignant cells before they spread and inflict further damage on the body. Dendritic cell therapy has produced excellent results, generally extending the life expectancy of patients and, in some cases, even proving successful in combatting late stage tumours. Says Mr. Schumacher, “Even

in very late stage cancers, if the disease cannot be cured, DCT can help patients enjoy a greater quality of life than when they are subjected to invasive treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.” Dr. Eccles adds: “In a fairly recent Scientific American cover story entitled The War on Cancer — It’s Being Lost., eminent epidemiologist, John C. Bailar III, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University cited the relentless increase in cancer deaths in the face of growing use of chemotherapy. His conclusion is of key importance. He reasoned that 'scientists must look in new directions if they are ever to make progress against this unremitting killer.' A different approach is required that is less toxic to normal cells but hostile to cancer cells.” The only type of cancer not treated with DCT therapy, is blood cancer/leukemia. This is because dendritic cells are extracted from the patient’s own blood.

The process in dendritic cell therapy is quick and painless: some 200ml of blood are taken from the patient and sent to Immucura’s laboratory in Germany. There, a personalised dendritic cell ‘vaccine’ is created – this serum is then reinjected into the patient in one session. Effects generally begin to be noticed six weeks post-injection. Before obtaining their scan to elicit the effects of the treatment, patients already report a sense of greater wellbeing. It must certainly be a relief to free oneself from the debilitating side-effects of chemo and radiotherapy. Sadly, cancer is big business: “In the United States,” notes Mr. Schumacher, "the cost of treating each patient with cancer is $50,000." Over the years, cancer treatments have consistently increased in pricing, especially chemotherapy, even if the product itself didn’t change at all, as noted by German insurance company, Barmer, in 2017. Moreover, patients often lack other options when it comes to treatment.

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ZZ SUPPLEMENTATION: The second pillar of the system is supplementation, featuring five different formulae created by Dr. Eccles. Says Mr. Schumacher, “In general, over the past century, the focus of conventional cancer therapy has been on tissue – burning, killing or removing cancerous tissue using chemotherapy, etc. It is vital to focus on the health of the cell itself, not just the tissue; particularly the health of the mitochondria, the ‘energy center’ of the cell. The supplements contain high doses of Vitamins, medical mushrooms and trace elements. They help create an alkaline environment for cells and starve cancer cells by cutting off their energy supply, without harming the rest of the body. There is a very high documented success rate, even with supplementation alone.” ZZ HYPERTHERMIA: This treatment, shown to weaken cancer cells and enhance other treatments, works by heating either the whole body or the affected area slightly (to the temperature we generally have when we have the flu). Cancer cells are significantly more sensitive to heat than normal cells and they can go into remission if subjected to a specific temperature. ZZ THE ADOPTION OF A LOW-

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CARBOYHYDRATE DIET: “An ideal anti-cancer diet is low on carbohydrates, low-calorie and high in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids,” says Mr. Schumacher. In the diet, nothing is forbidden – it is all a matter of proportion and flavour and enjoyment are not sacrificed.” ZZ WELL-BEING COACHING: It makes complete sense to understand illness as something that affects all aspects of health – including our mental health. Studies have shown that maintaining a positive attitude when one is diagnosed with cancer affects survival rates significantly. Well-being coaching helps allay patients’ fears and helps them understand the importance of courage. Cancer can, indeed, be beaten, but attitude and belief are important, since mental stress can affect our physical state. ZZ ONCO PHYSIOTHERAPY: The natural instinct when one is diagnosed with cancer is often to drop one’s activity levels; to rest and wait to see the results of treatment. Yet research indicates that those who remain active during cancer have a significantly greater chance of battling the disease. Onco physiotherapy encourages patients to follow a bespoke fitness program. Mr. Schumacher notes, “Physical exercise increases the intake and

supply of Oxygen. Patients who exercise feel better and onco physiotherapy teaches them about the nature of the healing process.” Physiotherapy increases agility and strength, which help patients feel more vital. When cancer disappears after conventional therapy, it does not mean that the body is actually healthy; nor does it mean that cancer will not return, either in the same or a different area. Tackling this powerful disease from a multipronged perspective, one that heals without harming, only makes sense. As Dr. Eccles states, “This is the first time that these therapies, which have shown independent success, have been brought together into one program. DCT has shown three times more effectiveness than conventional therapy. Mitochondrial nutritional support regimes have demonstrated remission rates as high as 70 per cent. These must be compared against the wellpublished 2-3 per cent success rates of chemotherapy (Morgan et al, 2004). The best success rates against cancers have used combined therapies where each component addresses a different mechanism that is hostile to cancer cells. Of note, is the combination of nutrients that enhance a persons’

immune activity and specifically the activity of dendritic killer cells. By using these multiple approaches in one programme, which includes molecules that enhance programmed cell death of cancer cells without harm to normal cells, we have a better overall chance for a successful outcome. Early trials of the combined Immu 7 Onco Support program are currently underway.” Magazine recently received feedback from a patient who has successfully completed the Immu 7 Onco Support program; he is now in remission and states that the only side-effect he encountered was slight swelling at the site of the injection – a far cry from the devastating side-effects of conventional treatment. The patient told us, “Diet, exercise, overall well-being and a holistic approach is the only solution – the body has an incredible capacity to heal itself but sometimes it needs a little jump-start. Dentritic cell therapy is just that, it’s your own army going to work.” Of course, the team always recommend seeing a specialist in integrative oncological medicine to find out whether Immu 7 Onco Support is ideal for you, either as a complementary or alternative therapy. e

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Arthritis is a painful condition affecting bones, ligaments and joints, causing stiffness, pain and limited mobility. The condition is the number one cause of disability in the United States, where it affects one in every five adults. In the UK meanwhile, it is a problem for over 10 million adults, six million of which are women and four million, men. In Spain, over seven million people have osteoarthritis (one type of arthritis), making it the most common articular disease in the country. The majority of adults battling arthritis are of working age (i.e. 18 to 64). The disease is not only devastating from a personal point of view, but also a heavy burden from an economic perspective. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

Leading Cause of Disability Worldwide

OSTEOARTHRITIS COMPRISING OVER 100 CONDITIONS AND DISEASES

Arthritis is actually an umbrella term that covers over 100 diseases and conditions, including bursitis (the inflammation of a fluid-filled sac that serves as a cushion between bone and muscle), degenerative disc disease, gout, and even lupus. The most prevalent version is osteoarthritis, which we shall focus on in this article. The second and third most common types are gout (a painful arthritis caused by the build-up of excessive uric acid in the body) and rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune condition in which the body’s own immune system attacks the joints). Rheumatoid arthritis differs from osteoarthritis in that in the latter, joint pain and stiffness are mainly caused by mechanical wear and tear on joints.

OSTEOARTHRITIS The most common type of arthritis occurs when cartilage is worn away and becomes softer and less resistant; in some cases, cartilage completely disappears in diverse areas. At a recent conference for

rehabilitation specialists entitled Jornadas Nacionales de Actualización para Médicos Rehabilitadores, Dr. Ángel Rubio, Head of the Rehabilitation Unit of the Quirón Hospital of Valencia, noted: “the most affected areas are the knees (30 per cent), followed by the hands, hips and vertebral column. Specific types of osteoarthritis, such as that affecting hands, often run in families.” Osteoarthritis is degenerative, causing inflammation and neuropathic pain – a chronic type of pain in which the nerve fibres themselves might be damaged or dysfunctional. These nerves send signals to other pain centres, thus eroding one’s quality of life. Says Dr. Rubio, “The main symptom of arthritis, is insidious, deep pain that increases with movement and improves with rest. As the disease progresses, pain becomes continuous and it is present even during rest. Articular stiffness, deformities and limitations of mobility can also develop.”

RISK FACTORS The main risk factors for

osteoarthritis include advanced age, sex (it is more prevalent in women), obesity, having suffered joint injuries, genetics, bone deformities and having worked in specific industries, including coal mining, carpet fitting, carpet and floor laying and farming.

TREATMENT Currently, osteoarthritis is mainly treated through anti-inflammatory medication. If pain persists, then therapy can be recommended. In the case of neuropathic pain, medication treats the relevant symptoms, which can be difficult to quell. Rehabilitation and exercise is generally helpful in all cases, since these approaches focus on increasing strength and mobility. Dr. Rubio says that “currently, research is being undertaken on medications that can modify the course of the disease. For instance, dual immunoglobulin can be directly injected into the affected site, to avoid degeneration. One of the most exciting things about this medication is its ability to stall the progression of the disease.” Another new treatment is

plasma-rich platelets, taken from the patient’s own blood and re-injected into the affected site. These platelets are capable of regenerating tissue in patients with early stage osteoarthritis, and in those for whom other treatments have proven ineffective. A third treatment showing promise is shockwave therapy, which brings considerable improvement in terms of reducing pain and increasing functionality in patients with plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis and calcareous tendinitis of the shoulder (in the latter condition, pain is caused by the formation of crystalline calcium phosphate deposits in the shoulder area). Alternative treatments for osteoarthritis include acupuncture, massage therapy, Tai Chi and yoga. If you are suffering from the symptoms of osteoarthritis, make sure to see your doctor so you can formulate a strategy together. The earlier you take steps to reduce symptoms and increase strength and flexibility, the greater your chance of enjoying a good quality of life. e

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e think of Italy as a land of hedonists capable of appreciating and creating the beautiful things in life. Connoisseurs of art, beauty, fashion and fine cars, it is a nation where the inquisitive mind of the engineer melds into the intuitive passion of the artist. But for all this Italy has also produced its fair share of great thinkers. People like Dante, Guglielmo Marconi, Alessandro Volta and Galileo Galilei, not to mention all those great architects, painters and mathematicians. Even among such famed personages, however, there is one man who stands head and shoulders above the rest; one man who embodies the saying ‘Renaissance Man’, describing a person whose mental and creative abilities combined with an insatiable quest for knowledge are such that he is a master of many disciplines at once. To define such a person would be to conjure the name Leonardo da Vinci, an inventor, artist, mathematician, architect, engineer, anatomist, botanist and geologist who, for good measure, also wrote and played music. Both intellectually and creatively he was a true genius, and one of the greatest minds of all time. But da Vinci wasn’t only a thinker, he was also a doer. His ability to connect the theoretical with the practical has left us with a rich catalogue of inventions, mathematical models, scientific observations and artwork.

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One of the greatest minds of all time, Leonardo da Vinci was a true genius whose proficiency and output in many fields made him one of the engines of the Renaissance. The results of his uniquely creative mind are still felt to this day. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

Leonardo da Vinci Self-Portrait, 1512

To delve into the life story of Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci is to come away with the impression of a superhuman being. Imagine if Stephen Hawking could paint like Picasso, design buildings like Mies van der Rohe, understand nature like David Attenborough and create amazing new inventions that were far ahead of their time. Oh yes, and write like a novelist while reciting classical concertos. It seems too much for one person to be capable of and yet this is what the Renaissance ideal was all about – and when it is comes to the multidisciplinary Renaissance Man, the ultimate incarnation is Leonardo da Vinci. Born the illegitimate son of a reasonably prominent man in 1452, the young Florentine had access to a good, and diverse, education. Though officially trained as a painter who worked for noblemen, kings and popes, his hunger for knowledge was such that he studied everything from mathematical problems and scientific questions to biology, botany and anatomy. Added to his rational, logical mind was the unusual abundance of creative and artistic talent, and this was again given yet another dimension by the inventive drive of the engineer, the problem-solving artistry of the architect and the humanistic pondering of a man who also wished to understand the world of people and their society.

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The Last Supper, one of his most inspired works

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It seems hard to imagine that the man we know as the creator of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper would also be solving complex numerical problems and designing machines of war, lenses and anything from an early glider and helicopter to a mechanical calculator and the theoretical basis for the harnessing of solar power. Indeed, many of his inventions were theoretical – destined never to be made or seen by him because they were too far ahead of their time. How else could it be for someone who spoke of hydrodynamics and plate tectonics in the 15th century, at a time when the western world was only just emerging from the darkness of the Middle Ages? During peacetime he painted works commissioned by the rich and powerful of the day, while pondering – and uncovering – the mysteries of the world. In times of war, meanwhile, he turned his hand to bolstering defences and creating new types of weaponry, giving little insight into a brain capable both of conjuring

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, La Gioconda

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beauty and designing destruction. Actually, apart from the fact that he was brilliant and inquisitive we don’t know a lot about the famous Leonardo da Vinci. His relationship with the also famous Michelangelo was known to be tense at times, probably as a result of professional pride and competition. And yet, beyond the realm of art Michelangelo was not his equal. They both worked for kings, princes, noblemen and popes – among them the De Medicis and the Borgias – and were privy to many of the era’s momentous occasions and intrigues, but while Michelangelo was also a Renaissance Man (a skilled engineer and architect as well as an artist), his range of abilities did not stretch anywhere near as wide as that of the incomparable Leonardo da Vinci. After meanderings through Florence, Milan, Bologna and Rome, it was in France that da Vinci spent his final years. Having entered the service of King Francis I in 1516, he was given a lavish pension and

the run of the Clos Lucé manor house near the king’s royal Château d’Amboise. It was here that he was buried and remains to this day, beloved by a king who regarded him as the most knowledgeable person in the world, a superlative artist and a great philosopher. As a man he is marked forever by his intellect and the creations that sprang forth from it, but as a person we are told in subsequent writing that he was handsome, a vegetarian, a humanist and very popular among the rich crop of academics and creative minds of his time. There has been much speculation about the possibility that he was gay, but for someone who left 13,000 pages of drawings and writing, we know precious little about the nature of the man himself. Most attempts to describe him date from well after his death, so it is to his work that we look to understand this unique genius a little better. The huge body of work he left behind covering everything from

anatomically correct depictions of people, animals and internal organs, to detailed and functional plans for advanced buildings, flying machines, parachutes, dams, hydraulic pumps and entire towns. In fact, a bridge built in Norway in 2001 was based on a hypothetical design by da Vinci for the spanning of the Bosporus in Constantinople. What began with the illustration of De divina proportione, a seminal book on mathematics and the golden ratio, led to the creation of the Vitruvian Man, a combined work of art, maths and science that sums up – and symbolises – this unique individual more than even the Mona Lisa. In the words of his 16th century biographer, Giorgio Vasari: “In the normal course of events many men and women are born with remarkable talents; but occasionally, in a way that transcends nature, a single person is marvellously endowed by Heaven with beauty, grace and talent in such abundance that he leaves other men far behind…” e

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“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different,” said Coco Chanel at the pinnacle of her career, and indeed, to this day, there is an electric aura surrounding the legend of the little orphan girl who relied on her sartorial flair and confidence, to make it to the top of one of the most competitive (and elite) industries in the world. Coco was one-of-a-kind and there are many reasons why she continues to have such great significance in the fashion world. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

Coco Chanel MAD ABOUT THE GIRL

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»» HUMBLE BEGINNINGS: Coco was born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel in 1883 in the Loire Valley workhouse where her unmarried mother worked, a fact she attempted to hide in her adulthood. When Gabrielle was six, her mother died, leaving her father in charge of five children, whom he entrusted to various family members. Gabrielle was sent to an orphanage/convent in Aubazine, and it was here that she learned the laborious technique of sewing. She spent her holidays with relatives in Moulins, honing her dressmaking skills so that by the age of 18, she had obtained work for a tailor and was able to leave the orphanage. She liked to lie, saying she was 10 years younger and claiming that when her mother passed away, her father sailed away to America, leaving her with two evil aunts who made her life miserable. It was her way of escaping the stigma associated with ‘illegitimacy’ and poverty. »» COCO THE SINGER: As is the case with many creative geniuses, Gabrielle took some time to settle on one of the arts. She initially took to singing in cafés and theatres. It was at this time that she changed her name to Coco, a nickname bestowed upon her by her audience (primarily comprising entertainment-starved soldiers). »» COCO THE LOVER: When Coco was 23, she met the love of her life: wealthy English entrepreneur, Arthur Edward ‘Boy’ Capel. Coco was dating Étienne Balsan (a friend of Capel) at the time, though she was swept away by Capel’s passion for adventure and keen sense of style. She remained Capel’s mistress for nine years, even after he married another woman. He financed her first boutiques and his blazers and jerseys provided the inspiration for her signature masculine fashions for women. Coco’s carefree creativity met its match in Capel’s keen eye for business. In the summer of 1914, he

persuaded her to open a boutique in their fashionable getaway (the chic resort of Deauville), on the swish Rue Gontaut Biron. In the same year, war broke out and Deauville was deserted. Coco thought of shutting up shop, but Capel advised her to persist; women returning to the resort after losing their possessions during the war, he said, would need to restock their wardrobe and Chanel’s boutique would be the only one open in Deauville. Capel was right; Coco made a killing and thus began her dizzy ascent to stardom. Capel was also responsible for the launch of one of Chanel’s most successful shops in Biarritz, where dresses were sold for 3000 francs, an impressive sum at the time. Just one year after opening the maison de couture, Coco already had 60 employees. She left the shop in charge of her sister, moving to Paris to design and manufacture garments for all her boutiques. By 1916, seven years after opening her first tiny millinery at 160 Boulevard Malesherbes in Paris, Coco had 300 employees and was able to pay (in full) all amounts which had been forwarded by Capel. Capel died tragically in a car accident when he was on his way to Cannes for Christmas. Coco was distraught and insisted on being taken to the scene of the accident; she was inconsolable and eventually transferred all her passion for Capel, to her work. Two decades after losing

her ‘Boy’, she would tell a friend: “His death was a terrible blow to me. In losing Capel, I lost everything. What followed was not a life of happiness I have to say.” »» BREAKING NEW GROUND: Coco had a major influence on the way women began viewing the role of fashion: before her ascent, stiff corsets and tight fitting dresses made it impossible to breathe, and strict tenets of what was (and was not acceptable) were severely limiting in terms of freedom of expression. Coco changed all that, inviting women to a new world of comfort where loose jerseys, boyish blazers and long, loose-fitting skirts would blur the lines between the feminine and the masculine. Coco created iconic garments such as the LBD (Little Black Dress), made (of all things) out of soft, cosy jersey fabric. She also designed hats for every item of clothing imaginable – riding outfits, elegant dresses, trouser suits… Another legendary design was the Chanel suit, with its collarless jacket and straightcut skirt. Comfort ruled supreme in Coco’s mind, an idea embraced by women to this day, when Chanel suits continue to be one of the brand’s biggest sellers. Innovation was made possible because the designer never really cared what her peers thought of her: “Fashion is not simply a matter of clothes. Fashion is in the air, born upon the wind. One intuits it. It is in the

sky and on the road,” she famously said, adding that the opinions of others didn’t matter because she never gave them a second thought. One year after Capel’s death, Coco moved her Parisian headquarters to 31 Rue Cambon, which would remain the House of Chanel for the rest of her life. Another big innovation was the introduction of perfume into the fashion world; in 1921, Coco launched Chanel No. 5, named after her ‘lucky number’. To this day, it is said that a bottle of Chanel No. 5 is sold every 30 seconds. »» WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE: When World War II broke out, Coco was a nurse, helping the wounded selflessly. However, her affair with a Nazi officer was highly criticised, and Coco would escape to Switzerland to distance herself from the rumour mills. »» DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK: Coco ended her self-imposed exile in 1954, returning to Paris and designing a collection of bell-bottom trousers and pea jackets that would be panned in Europe but welcomed with open arms by American fashionistas. Coco soon became the leading choice for top celebrities like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. She worked assiduously until her death in 1971 at the age of 88, living her last days in her luxurious apartment at The Ritz, where she would longingly recall her best days alongside Boy Capel. »» THE CHANEL NAME LIVES ON: Chanel continues to shine on the red carpet thanks to talented Head Designer Karl Lagerfeld, who took over the fashion house in 1982. Instead of taking an individualistic stance, Lagerfeld chose to find inspiration in Coco’s past designs, breathing new life into them with nouvelle cuts and fabrics. For an excellent introduction into the life of fashion’s most famous lady, see the 2009 film, Coco Before Chanel, starring the gorgeous Audrey Tatou. e

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A boutique development on the Golden Mile

THE COLLECTION Modern Luxury with a Classic Address

The Collection is an exclusive new development that offers the irresistible combination of modern homes on the Golden Mile. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ENGEL & VÖLKERS

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peak to any agent specialising in luxury Marbella real estate and they will tell you that the most desirable address is the Golden Mile. The problem is that properties don’t change hands often in its best locations, making supply limited – and modern homes even rarer. Land for development in this most iconic and wellestablished area is like gold dust, further limiting the scope for finding contemporary properties on the Golden Mile, so when a new development is launched in this part of Marbella it is a very special occasion indeed.

THE SETTING “We are very excited about The Collection,” says Smadar Kahana, Director of Engel & Völkers in Marbella, “and very proud to have been chosen to offer it to the market. It isn’t every day that a new development is launched on the Golden Mile, which is after all the best location in Marbella, so this is a special moment.” It’s true, you couldn’t wish for a better address in Marbella, and The Collection is one of the first projects to offer contemporary homes here in quite some time,

so much thought has gone into its development. “A top location like this demands the best of a development, so you will understand that the architects were given a pretty strict brief to create something truly special.” González & Jacobsen were chosen to style the collection of villas and semi-detached villas set within this select gated community. “We’re not talking about a large urbanisation, but about a boutique development in what is already a very mature and well-established area,” says Smadar. “The beauty of the location is that although it is within a short walk of the Golden Mile beach and the Puente Romano Beach & Spa Resort, the ever so gently raised position also offers great views. Like the best locations in Marbella, it is both very peaceful and private, and close to all the amenities of Marbella town and Puerto Banús.”

THE DESIGN The design team, which ranks among the leading architectural firms in Marbella and has established a reputation for innovation, set out to create a style for The Collection that not only

stands out in aesthetic terms but is also timeless. “Cyclic trends serve to reinvigorate design and keep it fresh,” says Rodolfo Jacobsen, “but while we love the look and possibilities of contemporary architecture, we’re always looking to evolve our work to produce fresh ideas and visual styles that offer a harmony of space and proportions. When you get this right you create a home with timeless appeal that is a pleasure to live in.” The concept was therefore clearly to move away from mainstream tendencies and produce a look and ambience unique to The Collection. One that will stand the test of time and be worthy of this privileged location. “We love beautifully crafted elements for they are very important distinguishing features and also play an important role in creating a sense of privilege and quality.” Functionality is a paramount part of this, so the design seamlessly incorporates such practical applications as advanced home automation systems, including security, climate control, underfloor heating, lighting and top-spec kitchens and bathrooms, all within a practical and easy to maintain home.

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Modern living on the Golden Mile

Open-plan living, indoor and out

Semi-detached villas with tasteful architectural styling

The gated villa complex is surrounded by its own greenery

THE COLLECTION The architects have achieved this wonderfully well, working with quality textural materials to create villas that are aesthetically impressive while offering a comfortable, welcoming home with spacious but intimate living areas. The orientation and positioning of the homes also reflects this, as they were designed to optimise the interplay between luxurious open living spaces and the terrace that extends the home’s lifestyle offer to where it meets

the private swimming pool and garden. These distinguished homes form a private haven within a green oasis, as the villas are surrounded by the landscaped gardens of this small gated community. At the heart of the garden is a pool and deck area where the water is chlorine-free and uses a saline filtration system. A daytime concierge service provides a resort lifestyle to residents, with a multifunctional space designed for yoga, private

events and a range of other uses. “I think the aim of doing this top location on the Golden Mile justice with the design and offering of The Collection has been achieved,” says Smadar. “More than just a modern development in a highly sought-after spot, I believe The Collection is a future classic in a classic address.” i www.thecollectionmarbella.com

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BO CONCEPT HOME DESIGN Far more than just a luxury furniture outlet, Bo Concept offers a full design service that shapes its stylish décor collections around your home and your needs. Indeed, the ‘home design solutions’ are central to this Danish designer brand. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN AND BO CONCEPT

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furniture shop offers a selection of decorative pieces and an interior designer sources these and puts them together to create a beautifully styled living environment, but Bo Concept blends these two elements to provide a full home design service built around its own contemporary furniture and decoration collections, and augmented by the designer brands in its Plus Store. The latter is like a boutique within the store, offering a range of products that complement Bo Concept’s own selection of sofas, beds, dining room sets, cupboards, lamps and many other home décor elements. In this the brand draws upon the inspiration of Scandinavian design flair that has become renowned the world over. Having first emerged onto the international stage in the post-war era, Danish and Swedish designers and brands have led the development of modern styling in architecture, industrial design and furniture. “The Scandinavians are so focused on creating a pleasant home environment because our climate means we spend a large part of the year indoors,” says Jan Petersen, founder of the Bo Concept stores on the Costa del Sol. “Since the 1950s, this has led to a modern interpretation of what we in Denmark call hygge – best translated as cosiness – and it involves clean, uncluttered homes that fit very well with modern architecture but must also be warm, welcoming and comfortable as well as sleek and stylish.”

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It’s quite a tall order to achieve the above, but Scandinavian architects and designers have been very skilled at creating such living spaces. So much so that the fame and popularity of Scandinavian home styles has spread across the globe, also reaching southern Spain. “We are celebrating our tenth anniversary on the Costa del Sol, and our market has been growing steadily ever since we opened the first Bo Concept store in Mijas, followed last year by a new store on the Golden Mile in Marbella.” It is tempting to think that this is mainly due to the growing number of Scandinavian homeowners and residents in the region, but while they make up a solid proportion of Bo Concept clients on the coast, Jan points out that the brand is also very popular among Dutch, Belgian, French, German and British, as well as Spanish and Middle Eastern buyers.

Be inspired by classic modern Danish design

Bo Concept offers far more than furniture alone

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CONTEMPORARY DESIGN THAT IS TIMELESS The architectural and interior design trends of the past few years, which comprise clean white lines and spacious, uncluttered open-plan layouts, naturally favour the contemporary sophistication of Bo Concept, but in true Scandinavian style the brand does not take this to extremes. “Danish design has seldom embraced the über-minimalist, almost plastic whiteness that sometimes takes hold of modern architecture and design,” says Jan. “Based on blending beautiful lines with a sense of homeliness and well-being, it always incorporates other materials, textures and tones that are warmer and that anchor the entire décor to help make it not just a showpiece but the heart of a home.”

As a result, the designs are contemporary yet timeless, additionally drawing inspiration from classic references. These retro touches also help to ground a design and make the resulting furniture and décor collections softer and more… hygge. “In Denmark we like style but we’re not so easily swayed by hype. Quality remains at the heart of things and this applies to the design and materials as well as the durability and functionality of our pieces. I think this makes Bo Concept décor even more suitable to today’s homes on the Costa del Sol, be they villas or apartments, but I would always recommend that you add some very personal, eclectic elements as well.”

Retro-inspired styles are in

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Contemporary quality and style that extends to the outdoors

A HOME DÉCOR SERVICE But it isn’t just for the design of the furniture collections that people come to Bo Concept and many remain loyal clients over the years. “Bo Concept certainly has strong brand appeal, especially among young professionals and design and style-conscious people,” says Jan, “but one of the things for which we stand out and are really appreciated by our customers is the service we provide.” Accordingly, he doesn’t so much sell Bo Concept furniture as provide a home décor service around the collections. “If you think of it, this is a very service-based business. We do sell individual

items and naturally people are more than welcome to come to the shop, pick up a decorative item and take it with them, but right from the moment when we sell a single sofa or bed our service really kicks in, as we commit ourselves to delivering it on time, being efficient and courteous when placing it in a person’s home and then following up with a personal call to check that they’re happy with it.” On the surface this might seem like the kind of customer service provided by the large corporations, but as Jan points out, they seldom call post-sale and post-delivery lest there indeed be

a problem. “We’re not afraid to receive real feedback, in fact we welcome people telling us that perhaps they made a mistake and the furniture piece is too big, small or maybe doesn’t fit their home as well as they thought. We also want feedback on their experience with us, in the form of a personal chat, and we act on it to make sure our service is as good as it can be.” As a result, Jan and his team will accommodate clients who feel they might have made the wrong choice and will work with them to create the interior that really suits their home and style.

Bright colours give a room vitality

Dress your home in modern styles and natural materials

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MADE TO MEASURE SOLUTIONS “We don’t just sell furniture off the shelf and that’s it. This is by nature a service industry because in a significant proportion of the cases we don’t merely deliver the furniture pieces but design them and therefore adapt them to fit your home. In other words, with Bo Concept your cupboards, wall units and a great many other items will be made to measure for each and every room that you wish to decorate with us, and the result is a beautifully coordinated décor that blends choosing quality contemporary furniture with having your own personal interior design service.” What’s more, this service is offered free of charge and is therefore not dependent upon a minimum spend. “Maybe it is our Danish way of thinking, but we don’t like to differentiate in this regard; we treat all our clients the same way, whether they come for a sofa or wish to decorate their entire villa with us.” The measuring up of your rooms and subsequent rendering of a tailored design is free, as is the delivery and installation that follows. “And if a client says that it’s all beautiful but there is even the slightest element that is not perfect we will come back and adjust it because we want our clients to be able to be proud that they chose Bo Concept. This is a luxury modern design brand but we offer old-fashioned personal attention to our clients.” As a business model it works very well, for the word of mouth that has been created as a result has ensured both new and loyal clients in the entire area between Mijas and Marbella, and beyond. Combined with the sleek design collections from Denmark, this level of service provides Bo Concept with a winning formula.

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Bo Concept also offers outdoor collections

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She has over 18 million followers on Instagram, owns one of the trendiest brands in the beauty business (Huda Beauty) and is considered a guru by Hollywood’s top celebrities. Her name is Huda Kattan – many would say the perfect model for her products owing to her exotic looks (she was raised in Tennessee but boasts Iraqi lineage). WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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uda, now 33, was at a crossroads in her life when she began blogging on YouTube, to share the make-up secrets she had gathered over the years. She actually obtained a degree in finance and worked for a short time in this sector, until she was made redundant from her job. Huda says that at this difficult time in her life, “My sister Mona, knowing me better than I knew myself, encouraged me to pursue my passion for makeup… within days I was on a plane half way across the world to Los Angeles to study make-up at the Joe Blasco Makeup Artistry School. Incredible opportunities led me to work with world-class makeup artists, amazing brands, and some remarkable models and celebrities. After learning all the tricks of the trade and garnering a wealth of

experience… I decided I had to share this with other women who loved makeup the way I did. I started my blog in 2010 to be a place for women to explore and share beauty.” Destiny led Huda to a passion she had failed to identify when making her initial career choices. She had always loved make-up. “By the age of 14, I was wearing a full face of make-up” she says, adding that it was she who was called upon by beautiful friends and family, shaping their eyebrows and sharing tips she learned owing to an authentic interest in the transformative effect of cosmetics. Huda eventually created quite a name for herself on her blog, her ethos being that of giving 100% honest reviews. It paid off – as did her incredibly charming way of communicating with her public. Forget slick, perfect scripts and

settings – Huda drops things, laughs from the heart and shares all her flaws. It makes her just that bit more relatable to her viewers, who often struggle with top model types exuding diva vibes from every pore. Huda really made it big when she began customising her own lashes and her sisters, Mona and Alya, offered to invest in her eponymous company (Huda Beauty). Huda says she would cut and trim lashes so they seemed natural yet lush. Sephora took notice and began stocking her products, and the rest is history. Huda says she uses all her products daily, and those who purchase her lashes or magnificent eyeshadow palettes, know that is true. Some of her biggest sellers include her Textured Shadows Palette (featuring a wide range of shimmering and matte shades for super dramatic or naturally neutral

looks), her Classic Collection Lashes (in different lengths and styles) and the Slant Tweezer, which plucks out even the finest hair from your brow and mouth areas. Huda acknowledges that she is just beginning to reap rewards for her efforts – before Huda Beauty she barely survived, since she never accepted money in exchange for positive reviews. In addition to selling products, Huda continues to give invaluable advice for free on her blog (www.hudabeauty.com), where fans will find everything from information on how to clean make-up brushes, to reviews on new products by top companies such as Benefit. Make sure to log onto her site to listen to her tell her own success story – may she inspire you to be your most beautiful self, but also to follow your passion and take the risks you need to reach your full potential. e

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If you find it hard to visit your local mall without making at least one small purchase from Sephora, chances are, you are as big a beauty addict as I am! I was pleased to discover that Sephora now stocks beauty products by Kate Somerville, a specialist in skincare for over 25 years in Los Angeles. Somerville has bottled Hollywood’s best-kept secrets for home use. Her ranges (comprising anti-ageing and acne products) contain high levels of active ingredients, balanced with soothing botanicals. Whether oiliness, breakouts or wrinkles are your problem, discover how much better your skin can look and feel with these cosmetics. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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n THE SPA health Inflammation is one of the most dangerous conditions for human health, with research indicating that it is linked to everything from heart disease to premature ageing, arthritis, food intolerance and more. Inflammation occurs when the body is presented with a trigger, such as infection or injury. When present in the short-term, it actually protects our tissues against damage, yet when inflammation becomes chronic, it can lead to life-shortening illnesses, including atherosclerosis (the ‘hardening of the artery walls’), which can cause heart attack and stroke. Cholesterol levels are only part of the problem, since cholesterol will not attach to artery walls if inflammation is not present. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

Battling the

INFLAMMATION r e t s n o M CAUSES OF INFLAMMATION Common causes of inflammation include: Z A SUGAR-RICH DIET. Avoid all

processed foods and those which contain more sugar than you think – these include ‘health bars’, cereals, pastries, sugar sweetened beverages, and artificial sweeteners. In general, pursue a low carbohydrate diet and avoid junk foods, which contain a host of chemicals and preservatives. Z DAIRY: Some people do not deal well with dairy foods. Z THE ENVIRONMENT: Pollution, cell phones, electromagnetic rays can all promote inflammation. Z MEDICATIONS: Many drugs, including some antibiotics, can promote inflammation. Z GUT HEALTH PROBLEMS, food sensitivities and some chronic infections (caused by everything from parasites to yeast) cause chronic inflammation. Z STRESS. Z THE SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE.

WAYS TO COMBAT INFLAMMATION

Inflammation definitely needs to be beaten through diet. Tips include: Z FOSTER YOUR GUT HEALTH:

A probiotic diet (and high-quality

probiotic supplements) will ensure that the percentage of good bacteria in your stomach remains high, thus ensuring your immunity is high and your inflammation levels, low. Z IDENTIFY FOOD SENSITIVITIES: You are the best specialist when it comes to identifying food sensitivities. Gluten, soy, dairy products, yeast and eggs are some of the foods that cause most sensitivities. Try eliminating specific foods from your diet and introduce them one by one, noting down how you feel. Better yet, have an allergy test done to determine whether or not you should be avoiding specific foods. You can also check that you don’t have leaky gut syndrome by taking an ‘intestinal permeability test’ (ask your doctor about this one if you’re interested).

garlic, ginger, cayenne, and cinnamon. Z STOCK UP ON MAGNESIUM: Health guru, Leslie Kenton, notes that almost all people in the Western world are magnesium-deficient, as are those battling obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Magnesium lowers blood pressure, keeps bone fractures at bay and slows down ageing. There are many ways to take magnesium – either as a supplement or via a magnesium chloride spray (the latter, commonly available and not very expensive at all, needs to be applied three times a day for optimal effect). Kenton notes: make sure the spray is 100 per cent pure magnesium chloride.

Z DE-STRESS: Therapies such

as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (we recommend the Centro Hiperbárico de Estepona) are vital when it comes to keeping inflammation at bay. Embrace any activity or therapy that gives you the tranquillity you crave – it could be going for a run, completing a fun dance workout, or meditating. Yoga is a particularly powerful way to reduce levels of stress hormones (adrenalin and cortisol). A few minutes of abdominal breathing are also key – find at least 10 minutes a day for breathing exercises. There are a plethora of online resources and apps that will guide you through a short breathing and/or mindfulness meditation session. e

Z CONSUME A DIET COMPRISING MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, AS WELL AS WHOLE FOODS: Processed foods are the

enemy of a powerful immune system so keep them out of your diet altogether. If you must consume bread, make it at home using healthier alternatives to flour. Z SPICE UP YOUR LIFE: Consume only organic herbs and spices, to avoid the pesticides and chemicals found in conventionally grown produce. Some of the most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs and spices include turmeric,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Psoriasis is a common, chronic, non-contagious skin condition affecting approximately 100 million people in the world. It causes skin cells to build up rapidly, leading to the formation of scales and red patches that can be itchy and/or painful. The condition is thought to develop when the immune system sends signals that lead to excessive skin cell growth, so that new cells develop in days instead of weeks. The body is unable to shed excess skin at the rate it needs to, which is what causes patches to form. Family history is also relevant; having parents with psoriasis can significantly increase your risk. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

KEEPING

PSORIASIS AT BAY PREVENTION TRIGGERS AND COMPLICATIONS

Psoriasis often arises because of specific triggers, which vary from case to case but which can include stress, Vitamin D deficiency, obesity, some medications (including medication for high blood pressure), infections and smoking/drinking. Having psoriasis can increase your chances of developing a plethora of diseases, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s, Type II diabetes, kidney disease and many more. If you think you may have psoriasis, it is therefore vital to obtain a diagnosis from your doctor. Prevention is key to enjoying the best possible quality of life; bear in mind that psoriasis and the associated itching and pain can lead to low self-esteem and depression.

There are various steps you can take to keep psoriasis at bay. These include taking Vitamin D supplements. Health guru, Dr. Mercola, recommends that adults aged 18 to 30 consume 5,000 units of Vitamin D daily (check out his site for different doses dependent on age). He notes that blood tests are necessary to ensure the dosage is right for you; otherwise, supplementation may all be for naught. Vitamin D can also be obtained directly from the sun, so make sure to bask under its rays for a few minutes a day, especially in the winter time. It is highly recommended to avoid irritants such as many commercial laundry detergents, chemicals, perfumes, metals and soaps. If your doctor diagnoses you with psoriasis, it is important to work together on a strategy for

dealing with breakouts. Itching can be dealt with simply yet effectively with a saltwater compress (made with a high-quality variety such as Himalayan salt). It is also vital to ensure that skin stays hydrated from the inside. This means consuming enough healthy Omega-3 essential fats, which can be found in fatty fish such as tuna and wild salmon, walnuts and plant-based sources such as flax and hemp seed. Many psoriasis sufferers find that their symptoms are quelled by the regular consumption of probiotics. Others find a dramatic improvement from adopting a gluten- and grain-free diet. An allergy test will be very useful towards helping you draft a list of food and chemicals/substances to be avoided.

TREATMENT

Conventional treatments include a mixture of topical medications

TYPES OF PSORIASIS

There are various types of psoriasis, the main ones being:

ZZ PLAQUE PSORIASIS – manifesting itself in raised, reddish patches that can be itchy and cover large areas. This type can also cause nail pitting and nail fragility. ZZ GUTTATE PSORIASIS – which appears as small, red spots after one develops an illness such as strep throat. This type can also appear alongside plaque psoriasis. ZZ INVERSE PSORIASIS – These patches are smooth and look red. They are painful to the touch and only appear where skin touches skin – such as the armpits, for instance. ZZ PUSTULAR PSORIASIS – in which skin develops pus-filled bumps. ZZ ERYTHRODERMIC PSORIASIS – skin becomes bring red and the person can have an accelerated heart rate, and severe itching and pain – this type of psoriasis is considered a medical emergency. ZZ PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS – this painful type of psoriasis causes joints to swell; any joint can be affected and stiffness and damage may cause deformity.

(such as corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and itching, and retinoids – Vitamin A derivatives that can also reduce swelling). Additional medications include synthetic Vitamin D, anthralin, calcineurin inhibitors, salicylic acid, coal tar and ointment moisturisers to reduce dryness and itching. Some doctors recommend phototherapy, which involves exposing skin to ultraviolet light. There are various laser treatments available so talk to your doctor about which one is right for you. When psoriasis is truly stubborn, doctors will often recommend oral or injected medications which may have side effects, and which are therefore usually prescribed for a limited time frame. It is important to start with mild treatments, and to consider alternative ones such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy and acupuncture, to deal with stresstriggered psoriasis. e

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For Dr. Alexander Aslani, founder and director of Cirumed Clinic, the key element behind success lies in one word: specialisation. Over the past decade, Dr. Aslani (also Head of the Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Quirón Málaga and Marbella Hospitals) has become known on a national and international level for two of the most hotly solicited procedures in aesthetic surgery: the Brazilian Butt Lift, and the Total Bikini Package. The former gives a lovely lift and curve to the buttocks and hip area, while the latter is the ultimate present to oneself: a breast lift or augmentation with silicone implants and natural fat fillers (for a more natural, harmonious look) as well as a butt lift and liposuction/ body contouring in areas where stubborn/excess fat is a problem. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CIRUMED

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uch has been the success of these procedures, that Dr. Aslani finds himself performing “three or four of them a day,” a fact which inspired him and his wife, surgical nurse Jeannine Aslani, to take over the building next door and open a 1,300m2 surgical unit, with two operating theatres, five patient suites, two recovery suites and Jeannine’s brainchild: the Cirumed Lounge. In the latter, families of patients can chill out at the espresso bar or enjoy a mani/pedi while their loved one is in recovery. The new unit will enable Dr. Aslani to perform his signature Bikini Package surgery without a hitch, owing in no small part to the calibre of equipment purchased. “The unit will contain two Laminar Flow Systems – a vital concept in the control of contamination.” Essentially, air moves at the same speed and in the same direction, with no or minimal crossover of airstreams. The unit will also have special tables which enable the surgeon to rotate the patient into several positions during surgery – a crucial feature, considering the Total Bikini Package involves work on various areas – including the breasts, abdomen, hips, buttocks, etc. Sophisticated table equipment enables the doctor to obtain the precise position he needs for procedures such as water jet assisted liposuction. “We

have actually offered water jet liposuction for seven years now, as it is considered more gentle and less invasive than conventional liposuction. The procedure is quicker because, through the use of water jets, the surgeon is able to irrigate and suction loosened fat cells from the body, simultaneously. Little bruising or swelling is caused, which enables a shorter recovery period.” The new unit will boast two body jet towers for this procedure. Dr. Aslani smiles as he recalls that when he first began performing the Total Bikini Package, his peers often questioned how this could be possible. “Nowadays, many surgeons are doing the same thing, but they have started six years later… this has enabled us to build the skills and expertise

which can only arise from experience.” The result is interest from patients hailing not only from all over Europe, but even from the United States. “The idea that people come to Marbella for the beach and sun while they are having surgery is obsolete. We are attracting discerning patients because of our reputation for specialisation in this type of surgery. They come to Marbella to have the kind of surgery here that they cannot get at home – at least not the way we do it.” The new unit will be adjacent to the main Cirumed Clinic building, where patients can enjoy a plethora of treatments, including the renowned CoolSculpting, considered a revolutionary alternative to liposuction in that it eliminates stubborn fat without the need to go under

the knife. Two other highly popular treatments are Fraxel and Fractora Laser, for facial rejuvenation, pigmentation, scarring, wrinkles, and other skin issues. The Clinic has a strong team of doctors and nurses specialising in three areas: Body, Breast and Facial Sugery. As for Dr. Aslani, he will probably always be known as the ‘Butt and Bikini King’, owing to his passion for enhancing features through a combination of implants and fat transfer. Recreating the beauty of the human form has somehow always come naturally to him. g CIRUMED CLINIC Edif. Panorama, Planta baja, Local 2. CN340, km 184, Marbella. Tel: 952 775 346. www.cirumed.es

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ccording to the World Cancer Research Fund International, colorectal cancer is the third leading cancer in the world, with around one and a half million new cases diagnosed every year. The statistics may be alarming, but the good news is that recent studies have shown there is plenty we can do to prevent the disease – the Continuous Update Project, for instance, has shown that 47 per cent of cases of colorectal cancer in the UK can be prevented by adopting important lifestyle changes. These include: Z BEING SCREENED REGULARLY – early detection of pre-cancerous polyps is important as they can be removed before cancer develops. Most people begin testing at the age of 50, though those with a history of colon cancer in their family may consider being tested earlier. There are various screening options to choose from – including the fecal occult blood test (a yearly test which looks for bleeding but does not reveal the existence of polyps), colonoscopy (every 10 years or as indicated by your doctor), virtual colonoscopy (a CT-style scan undertaken every five years or as indicated by your doctor) and flexible sigmoidoscopy (ever five years or as indicated by your doctor). If you do have a history of colorectal cancer, consider genetic counselling, to see whether or not you may be facing a family cancer syndrome –

the latter refers to specific types of cancer that can be more prevalent in certain families, either because of common lifestyle factors, or genetic causes. Z KEEPING AT A HEALTHY WEIGHT: Various cancers, including colon cancer, are linked to being obese. It is vital to work hard to eliminate unwanted pounds, and keep them off by exercising and consuming a healthy Mediterranean-style diet. Z STAYING ACTIVE: Try to exercise for at least 45 minutes a day, since regular exercise has been proven in various studies to lower the risk of several types of cancers, including colon, breast and endometrial cancer. Exercise has many important biological effects, including preventing obesity, reducing inflammation, improving the immunity, improving the metabolism of bile acids and reducing gastrointestinal exposure to possible carcinogens. Z ELIMINATING SMOKING AND REDUCING OR QUITTING DRINKING: It comes as no small surprise that tobacco is linked to a number of cancers – everything from colon to breast and bladder cancer. Alcohol, too, when consumed at above a moderate level, can increase the risk of colon and other cancers so keep a tab on how much you are consuming daily or weekly.

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Z CONSUME A DIET THAT IS RICH IN ORGANIC FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND WHOLE GRAINS: These foods have been linked to a lower colorectal cancer risk. Try to limit red and processed meats. Z CONSIDER TAKING VITAMINS. Some studies have shown that taking a multi-vitamin with folic acid may be beneficial, though other studies have shown that folic acid can actually help existing tumours proliferate. Therefore, it is best to wait until there is definite word on this one. Other studies have shown that Vitamin D and calcium can help lower the risk of colorectal cancer. Speak to your doctor about the desirability of supplementation and the appropriate dose. e

WHAT HAPPENS IF COLON CANCER IS FOUND DURING TESTING?

Colon cancer is highly treatable if found early, though only 39 per cent of these cancers are detected early. Luckily, an increase in the level of screening has seen a significant drop in cancers detected in patients over the age of 50. Sadly, colorectal cancer rates in younger individuals are rising, owing to unhealthy lifestyles and a lack of educational awareness. It is therefore vital for even young people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of colon cancer and the risk factors.

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Eyes and teeth are what people look at when they meet you for the first time You may think that a good smile is only for models in glossy magazines. Secretly we all would like to have an attractive smile, but maybe we are too embarrassed to ask our dentist for details. After all, we were told that functionality and a good general health of our teeth are important, but why can`t they be stunning too? An attractive set of teeth not only look good, it also makes you more confident and motivates you to care for your teeth better.

Paul Arts offers free first consultations for the next 3 months to celebrate the 1 st anniversary of Ocean Clinic’s Dental Department.

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r. Peters completed his degree and undertook research at the renowned Charité University Berlin, then headed the Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Diabetology at the Jewish Hospital Berlin. Before moving with his Spanish wife from Berlin to the Costa del Sol, he worked for six months in New Zealand and in 2013, opened his private clinic in the centre of Marbella. Here, he treats patients of all ages and nationalities, with a focus on gastroenterology and interventional endoscopy.

IS IBS REAL?

Dr. Peters treats patients dealing with a host of issues – his services include colon cancer prevention, treatment for obesity, and treatment for various digestive problems – everything from allergies and intolerance to foods, to the dreaded Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – a condition which, incidentally, he does not believe exists. “IBS is just a blanket term used when doctors cannot find what is wrong with a patient. Research is showing that there are identifiable reasons why patients may show symptoms of IBS.

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These include allergies/intolerance to foods and the presence of specific bacteria or parasites in the small intestine (ingested through water or food). In most cases, the body naturally eliminates these parasites but when it doesn’t they can cause long-term symptoms.” Often, when people encounter ‘IBS’ they fear the worst, only to discover (through a simple breath test, for instance), that they are simply intolerant to lactose or another food. This is why Dr. Michael Peters dedicates one hour to every new consultation; discovering what is wrong with patients is in essence an investigative journey which involves listening well to what patients have to say.

PARASITIC INVASION

Lactose intolerance is often easier to discover than parasitic issues, notes Dr. Peters. “In the past the main challenge with parasites was that they could not be identified in stool samples because of the time lapse between their collection and analysis,” adding, “A new test has emerged which enables us to overcome this obstacle by examining

When someone is passionate about their field of speciality, it shows in the energy with which they speak. This is very much the sensation I receive during my interview with Dr. Michael Peters, a specialist in gastroenterology and internal medicine. Dr. Peters obtained his qualifications at the Free University of Berlin, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and later, at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith in London. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN the DNA/genetic information of these parasites. Thus far, I have carried out over 100 DNA tests, with results showing that over one third of patients who thought they had ‘IBS’ actually had a bacterial or parasitic infection. It is vital to know which parasite we are dealing with, since each has its own treatment – sometimes, just a one-off pill does the trick.” He adds, “There are thousands of bacteria and parasites in existence in our gut but currently we have only named around 40 of them.” Interestingly, as more parasites are discovered and treated, the IBS rate will most certainly drop significantly.

COLON CANCER PREVENTION

In Spain, colon cancer screening and prevention are not part of the public health system, unlike the case in Germany where, expectedly, “Colon cancer rates are lowering, in contrast with non-screening countries, where they are rising.” There are many ways to test for colon cancer, including stool tests (which look into the presence of blood in the stool but unfortunately do not necessarily reveal the presence of polyps), colonoscopy (Dr. Peters recommends one every 10 years from the age of 50 or 10 years earlier should a family member have been diagnosed with the disease), and even a CT Scan (which he generally does not recommend since it exposes the body to unnecessary radiation – this method might be recommended if the patient is not suitable for a colonoscopy). When asked about the risk of complications during a colonoscopy,

he notes that perforation of the colon (which can be fixed at any rate) can occur in one in every 2,000 patients, yet colon cancer affects 25 out of every 100 people (25 per cent). Clearly, it is far more lax to give screening and prevention a miss. The second risk (bleeding of any polyps removed) can easily be fixed with a metal clip. There is a fantastic option, however for those who do not wish to have a colonoscopy: “PillCam™ is a capsule containing two miniature cameras on either end. The cameras take various images as it travels through the digestive tract, transmitting the information wirelessly.”

RISING HIGH WITH THE GASTRIC BALLOON

Dr. Peters also has many patients whose wish is to lose weight. One technique he sometimes recommends to those wishing to lose 15 to 25 kilos, is the gastric balloon, a non-surgical treatment performed via endoscopy. “The balloon takes up volume, so that patients feel full after eating very little. It remains within the body for around six months, after which it is removed or replaced. The aim is to kickstart a new, healthy way of life that you should keep up longterm.” If digestive issues have been worrying you, see Dr. Peters for due diagnosis and treatment. As a doctor who listens to your needs with interest, patience and a true passion for medicine, he is ready to help you solve a problem that could be interfering with your quality of life.

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THE HOSPITAL AND HOME HEALTH SERVICE YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON

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elicópteros Sanitarios has been a key health service on the Coast since 1988. Its business model is simple yet successful, since it fulfils an important demand. The company offers home service for emergencies 24/7 – all you need to do is sign up to be a member for a small yearly fee (there are NO age restrictions, no medical restrictions) and a qualified medical team will attend to you at home whenever you need. The Helicópteros Sanitarios team comprises over 300 highly skilled, bilingual (English/Spanish) professionals who have responded to over 1,196,435 medical emergencies and requests for help – to date, over 15 thousand lives have been saved – a true feat for any business in the medical industry. It is difficult to separate Helicópteros Sanitarios from its President and CEO, María José Cañete Sánchez – an entrepreneur and manager who exudes warmth and light. Originally from Córdoba, María José moved to Cataluña in her childhood. One thing had always ignited her passion: helicopters! “Upon a suggestion from a friend, I began working for a Swiss company that specialised in rescue

helicopters. When I was 23, I felt it was time to open a business and Helicópteros Sanitarios was born. Because I was a young woman, it was initially hard to obtain the financial backing for such an ambitious project. The banks didn’t believe in it, despite the big demand. I had to demonstrate that it was viable and I set out to do just that. Interest in my project grew progressively, as our membership and staff numbers increased.” Today, Helicópteros Sanitarios boasts over 98,000 members and comprises a stunning hospital (made possible thanks to a €12million investment) in Puerto Banús, as well as a home emergency service and two additional clinics (in Fuengirola and Manilva). The Hospital is very much María José’s second home; her passion for personalisation and care is present in every corner. I can’t recall having visited any private hospital where the waiting room entices you with freshly made pastries and coffee, or a plethora of beautiful sculptures, created by María José’s brother Antonio Cañete, a talented artist. María José takes me on a tour of the hospital and the level of luxury also astounds. Rooms, for instance, are decorated in the style of

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hotel accommodation – adjustable LED lighting enables patients to set the mood (choose from warm orange to lively pink), and there are designer touches everywhere – in the headboards, lamps, furniture pieces. The Suite, recently booked by a member of royalty, is as spacious as it is inviting. Common areas boast works of art and inviting furniture pieces, such as Victorian styled chairs. Even the garage is decorated with large artworks baring imagery of children, laughter, warmth… María José’s intention was clearly to create a home-like atmosphere in which the interiors are symbolic of the staff’s level of commitment to each and every patient. The Hospital offers a range of specialist services – everything from nursing support to sports biochemistry, plastic surgery, cardiology, neurology – all the specialist services you would find at a modern hospital. The staff comprises an impressive list of renowned doctors, including Dr. Miguel Ángel Arráez Sánchez, neurosurgeon. “Our Hospital sets a new standard in terms of hospital care. Many patients tell us that despite having stayed at some of the most luxurious hospitals

in the world, they have never had such a satisfying experience,” says María José proudly, adding, “I think in many hospital settings, the human touch has been lost. We aim to get close to our patients, to be compassionate. A patient doesn’t only have to be cured; they must also be understood, and this idea is the basis of all the services we offer.” Gastronomy is another highlight of the Helicópteros Sanitarios Hospital; the meals, whipped up from scratch by talented Chef, Teresa Villalobos, are akin to what you might find at a gourmet restaurant. As much care is put into sourcing ingredients as the presentation. María Jose tells me that the food is highly praised by clients and as I pay a visit to the kitchen, the enticing aromas speak volumes. “We try to improve every day; no company is static,” says María José, though whichever direction the company does end up heading, we are sure that her passion for “being kind, for working hard to offer a different, better service and experience for our patients” will always guide its way. g Tel: 952 816 767. www.helicopterossanitarios.com

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Prime Invest and OSIM Inversiones recently presented the second phase of Alcazaba Lagoon, featuring 78 new homes and involving an investment of over €200 million. The luxury development, which includes the first artificial lake in Europe, has boosted the economy in Casares, creating 3,000 job posts in construction, sales and maintenance. The expected completion date for the entire Alcazaba Lagoon project is approximately four years from now. i www.alcazabalagoon.com

GOLF AND SOLIDARITY AT THE ANDALUCÍA VALDERRAMA MASTERS The Andalucía Valderrama Masters tournament, sponsored by the Junta de Andalucía, took place recently at the Real Club Valderrama, with funds raised going to a very worthwhile cause: the Radiology Unit of Hospital Universitario La Paz. Hosting the tournament were the team from the Sergio García Foundation, whose hope is to bring the human touch and improve the emotional assistance given to patients and their families. Sergio García, who won the event, noted: “We like the idea of humanising hospitals. We hope to make it easier for people who are going through tough times, by providing them with pleasant surroundings that transmit positive vibes.” i www.andaluciavalderramamasters.com/en

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HEALTH, LUXURY AND PLEASURE WITH HEALTHOUSE LAS DUNAS AND IBERICAR BENET MERCEDES-BENZ The team at Ibericar Benet Mercedes-Benz recently welcomed guests to view a series of spectacular new models just waiting to be test driven. Mercedes-Benz is renowned for offering an experience which is relaxing and exciting at once, through an intensely personal journey into the realm of luxury. The General Director of Healthouse Las Dunas, Constantin Lagemann, welcomed test drive participants afterwards at the prestigious hotel, offering them an exclusive wellness session which commenced with one of the spa’s star treatments: ‘Pure Bliss’. After unwinding at the hydrotherapy zone and enjoying their massage, guests were accompanied by Cristina Martínez, who is responsible for the Communications department, to the terrace of Healthouse Las Dunas restaurant to enjoy a healthy gourmet lunch created by renowned chef, Andoni Luis Aduriz. Guests shared their impressions of this impressive experience while dining. i www.healthouse-naturhouse.com

FABIEN FRYNS HOSTS PRIVATE COCKTAIL IN OWNERS CLUB Art collector and advisor, Fabien Fryns, recently hosted a private cocktail in honour of the exciting exhibition of the work of photographer Lawrence Schiller, entitled Marilyn 12. Schiller first photographed Marilyn Monroe in May 1960 on the set of Let’s Make Love, and then again in 1962 when he was hired to shoot the star on the set of what would become the last film she would ever work on, the unfinished Something’s Got To Give. The private cocktail took place at Puente Romano in the new members-only ‘Owners Club’. i www.puenteromano.com

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CREATIVITY AND TALENT AT THE CHARLY SIMON PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION AT THE PUENTE ROMANO

NEW WEBSITE FOR BLUES AT MOONLIGHT IN BENALMÁDENA

The Puente Romano recently hosted a dazzling photography exhibition of the works of Charly Simon. The event was attended by over 150 guests, including architects, professionals from the real estate sector, and the Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz. Charly Simon, a photographer since 2012, has become known for his commercial interior work. Juanjo Valderrama, Project Manager of Brain Dynamics, noted, “What Charly Simon produces is neuromarketing with impressive technique and careful use of lighting, to create sensations and to leave enough space in every work for the buyer to fill with his/her own presence.” i www.charlysimonphoto.com

The popular Blues at Moonlight event now has a brand new website, where you can learn more about performing acts and book your tickets. From November 16 to 19, the Sunset Beach Club in Benalmádena will set the scene for the fun rockabilly and American roots music vintage festival, featuring 13 groups and three international DJs, including A.J. & The Rockin’ Trio and Crystal & Running Wild. i For tickets, www.bluesatmoonlight.com

ECODENT’S FORMACIÓN OPENS IN MÁLAGA Ecodent’s Formación is a centre approved by the Junta de Andalucía, offering official certificates of higher education in Pharmacy and Parapharmacy, Dental and Oral Hygiene, Radiotherapy and Dosimetry, Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Sciences, Diagnostics and Nuclear Medicine, as well as a Masters in Dental Aesthetics (a qualification granted by the University of Málaga, which affords students 60 European Credit Transfer System points). i For further information,

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MARBELLA BRIDGE TOURNAMENT FROM NOVEMBER 9 TO 11 The 4th International Marbella Bridge Tournament will be taking place from November 9 to 11, with thousands of euros in prizes at stake. The event, sponsored by Línea Directa, has been warmly praised in the past for the excellent organisation and attention to detail, which is very much in line with Marbella’s branding as a lifestyle destination. If you are an intrepid bridge player and you are keen to meet other players with shared interests, why not sign up for this exciting tournament? i For precise

information, see www.marbellabridge.com

LIGHTS AND SURPRISES AT THE 4TH NEON NIGHT MARBELLA Neon Night Marbella, the yearly fundraising night-time walk which, on this occasion, raised funds for the Centro de Atención a la Diversidad Infantil (C.A.D.I.), featured a surprise: the participation of the local police, who invited members of the public to view their motorbikes and cars from up-close. The event was a big success as always, with ballet dancing, sporting exhibitions, capoeira and much more ensuring it was as much of a party as a charity event. i www.neonnight.es 102 / NOVEMBER 2017 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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RED VERDE LAUNCHES IN MÁLAGA Red Verde – a company specialised in searching for, developing and valuing healthy, sustainable solutions and tools for construction, recently launched in Málaga, where it will carry out its many activities in the areas of bioconstruction, design, planning, building, landscaping, etc. The idea is to enable clients to avail of the health benefits of natural materials that do not harm the environment. i Further information, www.redverde.es

QUIRÓNSALUD MÁLAGA PIONEER IN SPAIN IN CREATION OF NEW SHOULDER PROSTHESES Quirónsalud Málaga is pleased to announce that it is currently employing a 3D printing technology which makes the fabrication of exact prostheses for different patients possible, using radio-diagnostic images as a guide. The technique has already been used at the Hospital successfully in three different operations. Quirónsalud Marbella, Meanwhile recently opened a Mediation Unit, to help solve conflict between family members, couples, friends, workmates, etc. The key is to enlighten people on redefining problems, generating alternative solutions, and evaluating possible results, in order to block obstacles to dialogue. i www.quironsalud.com

SPAIN-HOLIDAY.COM CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY Spain-Holiday.com celebrated its 15th Anniversary with over 100 guests – mostly clients, partners and employees – in an spectacular location with views to the Mediterranean. The founder and CEO, Claus Sorensen, gave a welcome and thank you speech, followed by finger food tapas and live music by the Free Soul Band. The party went on till early morning! i www.spain-holiday.com

BE WOMAN, BE TRAVEL BY CRIS & KIM TRAVEL DESIGNERS CRIS & KIM Travel Designers are pleased to announce the publication of their travel calendar: Be Woman, Be Travel, featuring six of the hottest destinations for 2018, selected by expert traveller María Villar (who spends over 150 days a year travelling the world). Sri Lanka, Nicaragua, California, Kenya, Iceland and Laos are the chosen locations for trips organised for women with a sense of adventure. If you would love to travel in a womenonly group and create bonds that will last a lifetime, sign up for the next journey! i maria@crisandkim.com

VITHAS XANIT INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL TAKES HOME PRIZES AT OPTIMIST AWARDS The Optimist Awards, held yearly and organised by Vygon S.A.U., the Jaime I de Castellón University’s Want research team, and the Atresmedia Foundation, are celebrated to reward practices and initiatives that shine an optimistic light on the world. The Vithas Xanit International Hospital took home two prizes at this year’s event: one for its excellence as a hospital, and the other for its efforts to create a healthier workspace. The Hospital donated its cash prize money of €3.250 to UNICEF. Well done to the Xanit team for their hard work and innovative approach to healthcare and human resources. i www.xanit.es

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Finca El Olivar

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

Price €1.250.000

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OCEAN CLINIC MARBELLA WINS AWARD FOR INNOVATIONS IN PLASTIC SURGERY

NÍCOLI BOUTIQUE OPENS IN MÁLAGA Nícoli is a brand new boutique in the heart of Málaga, specialised in clothing for men, women and children, featuring cutting edge designs and top quality material. The firm boasts 10 stores in Spain, and the owners felt it was time to add Málaga to their list of fashion hot spots. The boutique, located on the famous Esparteros street, has been renovated to adapt to a retail concept. Nícoli will be captained by Fátima Ojeda, who will be supported by a talented team that will surely continue to grow. i www.nicoli.es

Ocean Clinic Marbella has been named a winner in the Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards for the second year running. The clinic clinched the title of ‘Best Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic – Spain’. Ocean Clinic’s founder, Doctor Kai Kaye, who is renowned for pioneering new techniques including the PAVE-Lift facelift, said: “We are always looking for ways to enhance our treatments with new techniques and technology in order to achieve the best possible results for our patients. Since we won the GHP award last year, we have been finding new ways to work with water-jets. We now use water-jets as part of facelift, liposuction and fat transfer procedures. Water-jets reduce trauma to the soft tissues, which means better results and faster healing.” Two more areas of expertise at Ocean Clinic are penis enhancement surgery, offered by Dr. Sonja Kästner, and the Crisalix Virtual Reality headset, enabling patients to ‘try on’ a large range of face, breast and body procedures before going under the knife. Ocean Clinic is one of the first clinics on the Costa del Sol to offer this advanced facility. i www.oceanclinic.net

MARBELLA 4 DAYS WALKING FOR CUDECA For the first time, Marbella 4 Days Walking allied with the Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice to help raise funds during the days of the walk, held last month. Over 2,000 walkers from 20 nationalities met at the Marina of Marbella, walking for 20 to 30km, with a short route of 10km for children aged up to 16. The event was a huge success, with walkers, assistants and friends gathering to enjoy the pleasant festive atmosphere. In the afternoon, live music and dance performances lit up the streets of the old town.

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Alasdair and Alice Macdonald need no introduction. Known locally and internationally as the ‘A-Team’, they built up the largest real estate company on the Costa del Sol, with sales levels never equalled and not seen since, and now show others how to sell property. As always, they don’t do it from afar, but lead by example.

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hat do you do when you’ve led one of the most successful property agencies in the history of the Costa del Sol? Some might retire to Bora Bora or St. Barts, become collectors or write their memoirs, but Alasdair and Alice Macdonald like to share their knowledge. Indeed, when you’ve been successful in business there is a wellestablished tradition of passing your expertise on to the next generation, and the consultant is the living embodiment of it in a very wide range of fields. In effect, this is exactly what the Macdonalds do through POLAR Global Marketing Direct, where POLAR stands for Promotional Organisation Launching Areas & Resorts. POLAR is not a real estate company, but the culmination of more than 30 years in the real estate business. “We already did things differently when we ran Ocean Estates International,” says Alasdair, who founded the company with Alice in 1985. “When everyone focused on the same markets, we also opened up news ones, such as South Africa and Hong Kong, to which we later added Australia, Singapore and Dubai.” The couple combined outof-the-box thinking to conventional property marketing and sales practice, but above all built their success on a very pro-active approach. “I guess you can say we lead by example,” says Alice, “because while we have always focused strongly on giving our staff proper sales training and support, we

were always there at the forefront, showing them exactly how it’s done.” Much of the sales success of Ocean Estates International was built on exhibitions, which formed the leading source of clients for a company which had 12 offices in Spain and in addition also sold real estate in Thailand, Bulgaria, Turkey and South Africa, where they had a 600m2 state-of-theart office on the Waterfront in Cape Town. “We were highly successful in established markets such as the UK – where we were at the Dorchester – Germany and The Netherlands, but also opened up new ones in places like South Africa, Dubai and Singapore.” Alasdair and Alice have come to read the market well, and it was the early trend to diversify their client base that saw the company grow through two recessions, starting with the 1989 downturn. “Before long, we had a prominent presence at the most important international property fairs and also organised our own in a variety of countries,” says Alasdair. No matter how gruelling the schedule, he and Alice were always there to lead the way and coach their team in situ. “It’s rewarding to see how many of our team members have had successful careers in the industry,” and indeed, with over 350 permanent staff and sales of over 2,500 properties per year in Spain alone, Ocean Estates International at its peak was one of the largest firms this region has seen. The formula for this

level of success can be traced back to the daily presence and commitment shown by this extraordinary couple who seem to have real estate in their blood. “We love what we do, especially the challenge to do well and the interaction with people, which is never boring because every situation is new and different.”

PROPERTY SALES CONSULTING Alasdair and Alice founded POLAR after they sold Ocean Estates International in 2007. “Having experience as both real estate agents and developer, we saw there was a niche in the market that is not catered for. Online marketing is a vital part of any modern company’s business strategy, but the competition in Marbella property is intense so you can’t sit back and passively rely on this alone, but should combine it with an active sales and marketing strategy. Few companies do this well, so those that do are richly rewarded in terms of results.” As Alasdair puts it, at the end of the day real estate remains a personal business with the salesperson at the heart of it all. Developing a rapport with your clients, and being proactive in terms of connecting with them and subsequent follow-up is often the difference between success and failure. “This is why exhibitions continue to be a great marketing and sales tool,” says Alice, “and it’s why we’ve continued to offer our services in

this regard – from training staff to managing exhibition stands ourselves – to local and international developers such as Taylor Wimpey, Knight Knox, Remax, FM Consulting, Siesta Homes, Real Capital Solutions and many others.” In essence, POLAR offers the success formula of Ocean Estates International to property developers, commercialising agents and also general real estate agencies in the form of a consulting service that incorporates exhibitions, fly-ins, sales and telemarketing training, product pricing and also a more global analysis of sales operations and marketing strategies. “Our years at the forefront of this business have taught us a lot, making us experts in offplan developments and kick-starting sales on re-launch or slow-moving developments. POLAR is a niche company through which we pass this knowledge on,” says Alasdair, “and yes, we don’t just explain, we show our clients how to take control of their business and raise their sales conversion rates typically from between 25 to 40 per cent.” Having earned investment clients good returns in the past, POLAR takes this ability as well as a loyal client base from a B2C into a B2B environment to add an extra dimension to a company’s sales and marketing capacity. g Tel: (+34) 609 562 951/53 info@polargmd.com www.polargmd.com

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s we saw, plusvalía tax is calculated as a percentage of the estimated gain in value of urban land, payable at the time it’s transferred. The presumed gain in value which constitutes the taxable basis is calculated as a percentage of the current cadastral value of the land, times an estimated annual increase in value over the number of years the land has been owned. Each Town Hall chooses the applicable percentages within the limits set by the law: not more than 3.7 per cent per year for land held up to five years, down to a maximum 3 per cent when owned for up to 20 years. The tax base is hence capped at 60 per cent of the current cadastral value. A tax rate, chosen by each Town Hall with a maximum of 30 per cent, is then applied to the base. Taking the current cadastral value of the land makes no sense: if anything, it should be the value when acquired. Cadastral values, aimed at reflecting at least 50 per cent of the market value, have often exceeded it. Reasons vary from more recorded metres than there actually are, to

changes in Planning. If you transferred property at a loss, the Constitutional Court has ruled plusvalía cannot be charged. However if the real gain was very small, having to pay for a large presumed rent as per the above calculus of the tax base may result in an overall loss, in no gain whatsoever, or in a disproportionately high tax bill. Only if the real gain is equal to or more than the presumed one is the legal formula fair or even favourable to the taxpayer, as it operates as a limit. The law will have to change to accommodate these situations, but for the time being you’ll have to complain for any excess paid. If you paid the tax despite not being liable by law (but by private contract) you’ll have to explain your legitimate interest. If several entities were liable for a certain payment, the Tax Office may claim the full amount from only one of them: however they must send notice of the tax liability to all those obliged to pay. If they don’t, the one receiving the notice may prove the Tax Office had reasonable means to know who the others were (because they were recorded at the Property

Registry and the Catastro). The value of the land is not the same as the price stated in your deeds. In the case of developed land, the deed will normally not show a separate price for the land and the construction. Values shown on a deed may be useful, but aren’t conclusive. In the case of losses, the Tax Office may want to consider that the construction lost value, as opposed to the land. This may be argued against. Another difficulty is that unless the law states otherwise, monetary amounts are taken at their nominal values, without any adjustments for inflation. Historical cadastral values, official market statistics used in determining cadastral values, as well as the surveyor’s valuation should there be a mortgage, are all valid means of proof you can use to defend your case. Relying only on what your deeds say will normally not be enough to prove the presumed increase in value of your land is higher than the real one. All these means are free and will save you the cost of an expert’s report. All protests should be registered from the beginning as only new

circumstances may be added later, but not those present initially.

THE PROCEDURE You have four years to claim back any excess tax paid if you filed selfassessment (autoliquidación), and your first step is asking your local tax office to rectify it. It will normally be rejected, in which case you must appeal via a recurso de reposición (RR), though it’s not mandatory if you live in a larger municipality with its own Tribunal Económico Administrativo (TEA) which, despite its name, is an independent administration, not a court. If you have received a tax bill (liquidación), you have one month to claim, going straight to the RR or the TEA. If the RR or the TEA dismiss your case, you’ll have to go to Court. In the meantime, you’ll have to pay; ask for installments or for deferred payment until the case is settled, offering a guarantee if the tax bill is over €30.000. Should you not be able to provide one, you may claim that payment would imply imminent economic harship, but it’s up to the administration to accept deferment of your payment. e

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OCEAN CLUB BLACK & GOLD CLOSING PARTY

Ocean Club, famed for offering discerning guests ‘the ultimate beach club experience’, recently said goodbye to yet another successful summer season at the glamorous Black & Gold party. Fantastic music, drinks and live performances reminded attendees of all they can look forward to in 2018. i www.oceanclub.es

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LA PERLA BLANCA PRESENTATION

Owner, Niklaus Haug, Magazine and Crest Group International welcomed invitees to the recently completed La Perla Blanca, a sumptuous villa on the seafront between San Pedro and Estepona. Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés and were able to tour the property and view the state-of-theart video created for it by Magazine together with Kamsyn. i www.essentialspotlight.com www.cresthomesarchitecture.com

“Luxury is attention to detail, originality, exclusivity and above all quality” – Angelo Bonati

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MARBELLA CLUB HILLS & MENA CAPITAL PRESENT THE PROJECT SALES OFFICE

Marbella Club Hills and Mena Capital recently held a party to launch the brand new Project Sales Office. Ensconced in Benahavís, Marbella Club Hills comprises stunning semidetached villas, apartments and penthouse apartments in a privileged setting with spectacular views. The new Project Sales Office will share the beauty of the project with potential clients. i www.marbellaclubhills.com

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home” – Anonymous

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FOOT & SPORTS CLINIC MARBELLA CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY

The Foot & Sports Clinic, headed by founder, Dr. Petr Spurek, recently celebrated 10 years of success at the trendy RokaBar in Elviria. Guests enjoyed dance music, drinks and canapés, while mingling with the talented team that provides a range of services, including sports medicine, gait analysis, custom made insoles, physiotherapy, personal training, pain therapy, wellness, acupuncture and golf swing improvement. i www.fscmarbella.com

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship” – Buddha

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AMANPURI PHUKET THAILAND

At the Amanpuri you stay in beautifully styled pavilions and villas whose wooden decks are enveloped by rich greenery and look out over an iconic azure-water tropical bay. The resort is located away from the tourist bustle and set within a coconut plantation, so you can relax in true comfort, enjoy an outdoor massage treatment or a private dinner on your deck terrace. As you would expect, a whole range of health and beauty treatments are available in typically Zen settings, but Amanpuri also offers the opportunity to discover the best of Asian cuisine while improving your health and wellbeing. You see, at a health resort spa treatments and fine dining are part of the same invigorating experience. i www.aman.com/resorts/amanpuri

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of Peace and Pampering An extension of the spa and hotel concept, the Health Resort offers sumptuous luxury and service accompanied by healthy detox pampering in truly spectacular locations. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

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he spa is not a new phenomenon, but one that has made its way out of classic spring settings such as Baden-Baden, Vichy and the original Spa in the Ardennes to become an integral part of any self-respected hotel or resort. Even private residential complexes and luxury villas – especially those in Marbella – often feature a spa of sorts, but to really qualify as such, a wellness and beauty centre requires not just an indoor pool, sauna and steam baths, but also a whole team of specialists whose only wish is to pamper you and make you feel great.

The health resort has grown out of this trend, offering an elite version of the now familiar hoteland-spa combination, as it blends gorgeous five-star deluxe accommodation with an inspiring location and a complete luxury health experience that includes hydrotherapy, massage, beauty treatments, detox fine dining and total relaxation. Not to be confused with the strict regime of more old-fashioned detox retreats, the modern health resort offers the last word in refined comfort whilst ensuring that you really do feel much better when you leave.

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RAAS DEVIGARH RAJASTAN INDIA

Thailand is the more obvious choice for a spa getaway, but how about India? Or more specifically, a grand 18th century palace complex situated in the hills of Rajastan. Here the classical splendour of another era provides a dramatic and luxurious backdrop, with a picturesque village and farmland adding a typically Indian touch. It is a spectacular setting, and one that the resort uses to its advantage, with exotic landscaped gardens, panoramic terraces and suites that make you feel like you’ve landed the lead role in a Bond movie. The service and palace accommodation offers a true sense of privilege, enhanced by healthy Indian dining in inspiring venues, an ILA Spa that draws on India’s rich tradition in the field of physical and emotional wellbeing, and a serene ambience that the Raas Devigarh calls ‘curated experiences’. i www.raasdevigarh.com

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SIX SENSES DOURO VALLEY PORTUGAL

Set in the heart of wine country in Portugal’s north, the Six Senses Spa Hotel is a classic example of this new genre. The location, in a beautifully renovated 19th century estate overlooking the Douro River and the steep, terraced hills, is simply inspiring. There are also the panoramic views to be enjoyed from the rooms, restaurants, pools and other areas of the resort, with the landscape up to the nearby town of Lamego offering scenery fit to challenge the famous Rhine Valley. The accommodation is tastefully modern, the spa equally so, and the restaurants are a pleasure waiting to be explored. The hotel is surrounded by a beautiful garden – including its own organic farm – and rolling vineyards, both of which form the basis for experiencing ‘haute couture’ Portuguese and international cuisine inspired by the rich winemaking tradition of this region, which was once dominated by Port but is now also producing award-winning reds. Fresh produce and pampering treatments reveal an ethos that also includes a drive to be sustainable and in harmony with the breathtaking nature that surrounds the estate – and together with the wine-producing estate they form the basis of a rich variety of experiences that will not only revitalise you but make lasting memories. i www.sixsenses.com/resorts/douro-valley/

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HARAMARA RETREAT MEXICO

If you picture Acapulco or Cancun when you think of Mexico, the Haramara Retreat is something quite different. Set within the Riviera Nayarit, on the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PaciďŹ c coastline, its peace, serenity and astounding natural beauty are a world away from the bustling fleshpots of modern tourist resorts. This is a very private retreat on a gorgeous natural shore where life slows down and beats to the pulse of the waves. Spend time here, surrounded by tropical beauty in charming cabanas, being served fresh vegetarian gourmet meals and pampered with relaxing treatments, and you leave a different person. Then again, you may never want to leave a place so idyllically in harmony with its surroundings. i www.haramararetreat.com

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ARO-HA WELLNESS RETREAT GLENORCHY

NEW ZEALAND

Would you want to travel to the other end of the world to get away from it all? If you knew what was waiting on the other side you would, for Aro-Ha offers not just modern luxury in awe-inspiring country overlooking the Southern Alps and fjords, but what it calls ‘wellbeing adventures’. It’s just the place for adventures, looking like a scene from Lord of the Rings, which might well have been filmed nearby. From the low-impact wooden cabins that offer luxury mod cons amid fantastic views, the mountains and water call out to you to explore them and experience nature the way you never would back home. The owners describe Aro-Ha as a wellness retreat where yoga, personal treatments, detoxing, healthy organic food, rest and adventure come together to restore a healthy balance between relaxation and active rejuvenation. You will come back full of life! i www.aro-ha.com

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BRENNERS BADEN-BADEN GERMANY Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa is the original thing – a palatial hotel set within a gorgeous park in the beautiful spa resort of Baden-Baden. Where others have a modern or natural feel, this grand resort offers classical elegance and an almost aristocratic sense of privilege, which is not so strange since it is in places such as this that the European spa experience first evolved. Part of the Oetker Collection, it offers tasteful sophistication and beautifully appointed suites combined with the good things in life. The focus of dining and the health-based spa may be a little more classical than at some of the other resorts, but with over 140 years as a restorative retreat they know a thing or two about looking after you in style. Moreover, just wandering through the magnificent park, enjoying the finer things in life at one of the restaurants or bars, and being exposed to BadenBaden’s concours d’élégance of classical cars will in itself do wonders to your state of wellbeing. i www.brenners-park.grandluxuryhotels.com

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‘BEFORE OR AFTER’ BOOT CAMPS TAKE OVER

SHANTI SOM

For anyone who has a few kilos to shed after the summer excesses, there couldn’t be a more dreamlike way to do so, than at Shanti Som – the Balinese-inspired retreat in the midst of the lush Sierra de las Nieves natural reserve. Shanti Som is near (just an 11-minute drive up from La Cañada commercial centre) yet worlds away, seemingly suspended among the clouds, its giant reclining Buddha and serene waterfall wall marking a definite separation from the stresses of everyday life. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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he retreat, which boasts stunning Oriental design, its own organic garden, outdoor pool, thatched-roofed wooden yoga deck, spa and five-star accommodation in a boutique setting, offers a host of treatments, rituals and spa days (and half days), but this month, it’s all about getting fit before and after Christmas. Shanti Som is hosting two specialised programmes: the Before Boot Camp (from November 19 to 24) and the After Boot Camp (From January 15 to 21). For six days and five nights, those wishing to kickstart their fitness and weight loss programmes will avail of everything from cardio training to nutritional consultation, to mountain hikes, yoga, stretching, Pilates and meditation. Christine Vespermann, Shanti Som’s lovely Director, tells me that the resort is excited about a new

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addition to the boot camps: a full medical check-up, made possible by the purchase of a blood analysis machine. “All those taking part in the boot camps will be seen by Shanti Som’s resident doctor, to ensure they are suited to do so. They are also treated to two massages: one foot and one back massage, perfect after a day’s workout,” she says. Unlike other boot camps, Shanti Som’s is truly a one-stop experience. When you sign up, you won’t need to worry about culinary and alcoholic temptations, since the resort has its own restaurant – also open to the general public and incidentally one of my favourite restaurants in Marbella – not just because of the healthy ingredients served, but also the wonderful flavours and aromas of the often Oriental-inspired dishes. Christine explains, “We discourage juicing or fasting, since after working out

at the boot camp, it is important to consume the right number of calories. The food we serve is delicious – definitely not boring.” Of course, there is so much more to do – sunbathe by the pool, go on your own personal treks through the lush natural landscape, and enjoy great conversation by the fireplace in the inviting interiors. The management at Shanti Som are also big on art – fittingly, the permanent art exhibition featuring strongly in all common areas, is by Alejandro Hermann – one of Marbella’s most recognised artists, famed for his eloquent paintings of Buddhist children. The serenity and depth expressed in his subject’s eyes blend in so well with the ethos of the resort, which states that true health, beauty and wellbeing come from within. If you can’t make the boot camps but are interested in tapping

into Shanti Som’s philosophy of life, check out their website for more information on their treatments, half- and full-day offerings, and different programmes (focused on Yoga, Detox and Weight Loss). The resort is open to day clients as well as those who require accommodation. For instance, Christine says that “Our new medical check-up facility is available to everyone, just call us and come in for the day.” Leaving Shanti Som always provokes a unique blend of joy and sadness – the beautiful resort is unique in its vibe, ambience, luxury and beauty, and it is always so hard to leave. If you would like to look and feel your best before Christmas or early in the New Year, Shanti Som’s Before and After boot camps are just what you are looking for – within a setting you probably never thought you would find.

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TUCK INTO MOUTHWATERING JAPANESE AND CHINESE CUISINE AT RESTAURANTE ASIÁTICO ZEN, BE SPOILED BY THE WORLD OF INTERNATIONAL FLAVOURS AT COSY RESTAURANT, LA FAMIEKE, AND MEET ASHAN COREA – THE CHEF AND NUTRITIONIST BEHIND SUCCESSFUL NEW RESTAURANT AND HOME DELIVERY SERVICE, I-BITES. WINE LOVERS TAKE NOTE: JUAN CARLOS SANCHA IS READY TO BOOST YOUR ENJOYMENT OF GREAT WINE; HE IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON REDISCOVERING RIOJA’S ABANDONED GRAPE VARIETIES.

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AT THE PLAZA VILLAGE IN THE HOTEL PUENTE ROMANO

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

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TAI PAN chinese cuisine polynesian bar

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

SUKHOTHAI Exquisite Royal Thai Cuisine

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estaurante Asiático Zen in Puerto Banús has been delighting lovers of Asian cuisine since 2002, but everything about it spells youthfulness and style. Spacious and lavish, the restaurant boasts a luxurious dining interior with furniture covered in plush purple fabrics, imposing gold columns and designer lighting features. Lovers of al fresco dining nestle in the sexy thatched roof exterior dining area, complete with a stylish bar and lounge area, and a new teppanyaki table, perfect for birthdays and other celebrations all year round. At the lounge, you can sip on a cocktail pre- or post-meal, even on the coolest nights of the year, since the terrace is fitted with cosy heating that will make it seem like a warm spring evening. My most recent visit to the iconic establishment, alongside ’s Iain Blackwell, was just as pleasing to the stomach as the eye. We opted to sit inside, as we were in the mood for a bit of royal purple and sipped on a cool glass of Sapporo

beer while checking out the tempting menus – I say menus in plural, for here, you are faced with the task of selecting between Chinese and Japanese food. We chose to share a couple of starters from the Japanese menu, and to continue the feast with the sweetness and spice of Chinese. Having given in to our penchant for fish and seafood at various establishments in the summer, Iain and I consider ourselves tataki snobs. We were truly surprised with Asiático Zen’s take on this classic – as tender as expected, but bearing a unique soy-based marinade that titillated our taste buds and led to a rather ‘assertive’ competition for the lion’s share of the dish. We also enjoyed a magnificent Peking duck – perhaps the most famous and popular dish at Asiático Zen, owing to a variety of factors. Take the presentation; the chef brings out a plump, super crisp duck and carves it by your table. Then there is the taste and texture – crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside, rolled

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inside a heavenly rice pancake, filled with cucumber, diced onions and an irresistible sweet plum sauce. The portions at Asiático Zen are generous, yet the combination of flavours opened our appetite to two Chinese classics. I had the sizzling prawns in garlic – plump, juicy and enticing, and once again cooked at the side of our table by the staff. Iain ordered a black pepper beef – wonderfully tender and bearing a delightful kick. We were pleased with our choices, yet intrigued by the many options on the menu – clearly an excuse to return for lunch or dinner. The Chinese menu contains many entries, including tempting starters (think friend prawns with sesame seeds, chicken in lettuce and water chestnuts or a variety of dim sum). Fresh-from-the-sea lobster is also available – enjoy it with your selection of sauces. Mains include a plethora of ingredients, including king prawns, sea bass, scallops, tenderloin steak, ribs and vegetarian

options such as pak choi and tofu. The selection of rice and noodles is impressive. As for Japanese, seasoned sushi and sashimi fans will find a blend of traditional and creative takes on revered dishes. We watched as the friendly manager, Ismael, brought out a tray of colourful maki to the table next to us – and vowed to opt for sushi upon our next visit. We noted that the restaurant offers very reasonable menus for two or four persons – which makes it a good choice for business lunches or family meals. Restaurante Asiático Zen is a classic establishment with a seasoned staff that guarantees dedicated service and dishes imbued with tradition and true passion for two of the world’s most universally loved cuisines. Whether embraced by the regal interiors of enticed by the Balinese exteriors, this venue is definitely designed to bring body, mind and spirit to a far more enticing world.

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LA FAMIEKE A Pleasure for all Seasons

Cosy inside and set on a charming little square in the heart of Marbella’s Old Town, La Famieke makes fine dining a very sociable experience. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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he Old Town is an area that seems made for a pleasant evening out, gaining an additional glow when the lights come on and its cobbled streets and little squares acquire a picture postcard aspect. The ambience is lively yet gentle and laid-back, with restaurants, cafés, boutiques and little wine bars making this the true social heart of the town. La Famieke is a fine example, tucked into a corner off the main Calle Cruz, its terrace area forms part of a delightful little square that offers a little more privacy than some of the larger streets – making it possible to absorb the atmosphere and watch the world go by without being in the midst of it. This family-run establishment is a restaurant for all seasons, as the cosy interior is just made for intimate winter dinners while the terrace area offers the best mix of ingredients in summer. With the Indian summer we’re having it made sense to opt for the latter, though I made a mental note to come back for the winter ambience later in the year. The owners, Maryse and Benoit, are experienced restaurateurs, and it

shows. La Famieke is run smoothly and seemingly effortlessly, with attentive staff who are there when you need them but never hover around nervously. The restaurant invites you to relax, socialise and enjoy excellent food in a richly atmospheric setting.

A FINE BLEND OF CUISINES

Though the owners are Belgian, and draw on the country’s proud culinary tradition, this isn’t an overtly Belgian restaurant. The menu does carry some delicacies from their homeland but Maryse and Benoit also offer a handpicked selection of Italian, Mediterranean, Asian-inspired and classic French dishes. The menu is therefore a very personal one, representing the inspiration of the chef, and the popularity of La Famieke among those who enjoy a great meal and evening out, is down to the quality of the ingredients, the cooking skills and the ambience and service offered. You feel you’re in safe hands at La Famieke, where we were offered a tasty appetiser in the form of Manchego cheese and Serrano ham croquettes as we made our

g C/ Cruz 5, Plaza Puente Ronda, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 775 412.

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choices. Having set itself free from the restrictions of a national-based kitchen, the menu gives you a very broad range of complementary possibilities that avoid the repetition of pastas or steaks seen in some restaurants. You will be equally well served if you’re looking for meat, fish, seafood or even vegetarian dishes, and the experienced team barely blink an eye when faced with dietary requirements – they swiftly find an equally tasty solution. Our starters consisted of a Tartar Famieke, which features salmon, scallops, foie gras and nuts in a beautifully prepared and presented ensemble. Light and tasty in a very refreshing way, this is the kind of dish that allows you to avoid heavier options and still dine out well. The Terrine de Foie Gras with apple and fig compote on toasted brioche was hearty yet also light and together with a glass of the house white – a fresh, dry Viña Sanzo verdejo from Rueda – sets one up for the main course. The starters in some restaurants are so heavy that you’re a little too full when the main course arrives, but here the experience and expertise of

Maryse and Benoit shows again, for their offering is perfectly balanced and satisfying. Fortunately so, as it would have been a great shame not to do the delicious mains justice – the Roasted Provencal Turbot and Thyme being one of the most delicious fish dishes I have enjoyed in some time. The texture and flavour of the fish, accompanied by a lovely sauce, makes this the kind of main course you would return for. My companion enjoyed one of the day’s specials, a warm salad of fresh green beans, cherry tomatoes, baby potatoes, crispy bacon snippets and onions topped with fresh seared tuna cuts and a butter sauce. And so on to the desserts. We opted for the impressive Famieke Pavlova with fruits of the forest and Mascarpone cream and happily tucked into a fantastic new discovery, Brussels Ice Cream with coffee and Speculoos flavour – yum! For a fun, ambient night out you can’t beat Marbella’s Old Town, and when you’re there you’ll be supremely well catered for at one of its most charming and well-run restaurants, La Famieke.

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b THE GOURMET news

COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS

GK SPORTS PUB

Hosts Brunch in San Pedro

JORDI ROCA CREATES ICECREAM Inspired on new

Citroën C3 Aircross

Jordi Roca, one of the World’s top desert chefs, recently designed a special edition of ice-creams that reflect the originality and style of the brand new Citroën C3 Aircross. Roca, whose family restaurant boasts no less than three Michelin stars, was delighted to inspire himself from a car for the first time in his illustrious career. “I had a great time and let my imagination guide me,” he told the press, while presenting his colourful creation which, we are told, tastes as delicious as it looks. i www.rocambolesc.com

The crème de la crème of San Pedro residents and visitors attended a hearty brunch event at GK Sports Pub, hosted by General Manager Marco Oliveira. GK Sports Pub (whose motto is ‘GK Experience – Honest Food, Real Prices’) opened in the summer of this year, indulging sports buffs with live sports events or recorded broadcasts and a comprehensive menu. Cava and wine flowed while over 100 guests were treated to a feast incorporating all their mouth-watering menu appetisers including kebabs, mini burgers, wraps, cheese platters and mini pizzas. i www.grillkebab.com

AMÀRE MARBELLA Shines in 35th Málaga Barman Competition

Trendy hotel, Amàre Marbella was proud to take home a total of five prizes at the recent Málaga Barman Competition. The winning staff members were Juan Antonio Gil and Damián Domínguez (who took home second and third prize in the Young Barman and Barman categories, respectively), and Oliver Cintrano, who won three awards: first prize for Best Gin Tonic, first prize for Technique, and second prize for Barman. i www.amarehotels.com

Prat ‘Can Carriel’ wins BEST

ARTISANAL BUTTER CROISSANT IN SPAIN AWARD

VEGETARIAN AWARENESS MONTH at Hard Rock Café Marbella

Until November 12, diners at Hard Rock Café can enjoy a plethora of wonderful vegetarian dishes, offered to celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month. Tuck into tacos with sweet potato, black frijoles and guacamole, brown rice, quinoa and tofu, hearty salads and spicy quesadillas with hummus. i For further information, www.hardrock.com/marbella

Pastry shop, Prat ‘Can Carriel’, owned by pastry chef Gil Prat i Parcet, is proud to have recently taken home the Best Artisanal Butter Croissant in Spain award at a competition which took place at the Escuela de Pastelería del Gremio de Barcelona. The competition, now in its 10th year, featured over 500 competitors and boasts a renowned jury that makes its decision based on taste, colour and finish, among other considerations. Just the sight of the winning croissant makes us feel like heading straight for Barcelona. Anyone interested in joining us? i www.gremidepastisseria.cat

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I-BITES

Lose, Maintain or Gain Weight with NEW HEALTHY RESTAURANT AND HOME DELIVERY SERVICE WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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o you want to lose weight, or simply eat a healthy, balanced meal every day, prepared by a professional Chef? It’s the stuff dreams are made of, isn’t it? Something only big name celebrities like J-Lo or Madonna have access to. This is no longer the case; a fabulous restaurant/home delivery service has just opened up in the very centre of Marbella called I-Bites, founded by business partners, Ashan Corea and Mariana Yarova. Ashan is the Chef, but also a qualified nutritionist, something quite rare in the restaurant trade. All meals prepared contain a healthy balance of proteins, carbs and vegetables, ensuring your tummy is pleased and your body is fuelled for an action-packed day. There are many ways you can enjoy I-Bites. One is to simply visit the restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and order from the menu, divided into various categories:

Z BREAKFAST BITES – How does a three-egg white omelette with veggies and toast sound? Or oatmeal with fruit, berries and soya milk? Z SANDWICHES AND WRAPS – We tried their chicken and veggie wrap – warm, toasty and so filling and delicious – this is just one of many options. Z SALADS AND SPECIALS – Try the chickpea quinoa salad or the spinach and chicken salad. Z SMOOTHIES – Choose a protein, energy or detox smoothie. Busy bees, meanwhile, may request a home or office delivery – can you imagine tucking into a hearty salad or wrap in the office at lunchtime instead of going hungry because you forgot to make yourself a sandwich? The meals are delicious, filling and beautifully presented. Yellow, red and green veggies make attractive companions to a lovely fish or meat dish (when ordering just say whether grilled or steamed is your thing). A third way to avail of I-Bites’ healthy meals is to purchase a meal plan, which includes three-course meals catered to help you either lose, maintain or gain weight. Meals can either be delivered to your home or picked up at the restaurant itself. You can follow the plan for as many days as you like, with many clients obtaining their full month’s meals from I-Bites. It

makes sense, considering that going to the supermarket these days can be expensive – and time-consuming. Moreover, anyone who wants to lose weight needs to cook at home. There is no way one can achieve weight loss goals without eating nutritiously every day. I-Bites therefore fills a huge demand in Marbella, where time is of the essence for the average resident. Indeed, the company has big plans, including the establishment of franchises in big cities, not just in Spain (we will keep you posted on any new developments). Meal plans are as follows: Z WEIGHT LOSS: Lunch, snack and dinner for a whole day with a total of 900-1,000 Kcal. Cost: €16 per day. Z WEIGHT MAINTENANCE: Lunch, snack and dinner with a total of 14001,600 Kcal. Cost: €18 per day. Z WEIGHT GAIN: Lunch, snack and dinner with a total of 1,800-2,000 Kcal. Cost: €22 per day. All meals are fully nutritious, each aimed at achieving a different goal. Interestingly, Mariana is an excellent example of how easy it is to lose weight while eating the kind of food you would order at your favourite restaurant. “I lost 30 kilos last year and all I did was eat the weight loss meal daily. You should see my house – my fridge is empty and my hob is

sparkling clean. I don’t eat anything else other than what is on the plan and the weight has just dropped off.” Seeing is believing. Mariana pulls out her phone and shows me pictures taken just a year ago – indeed, her transformation is impressive! The I-Bites team is young, creative, full of new ideas. Take their picnic concept, for example: imagine surprising the object of your desire with an unexpected picnic, full of delicious and nutritious treats! Just call I-Bites and they will prepare a lovely picnic basket with all the ingredients to make the experience magical – including the checked picnic cloth, cutlery, glasses and, of course, beautiful food that feeds your mind, body and soul.

g Open daily from 8:30am to 8pm. For meal plans and special order home deliveries, 24h notice is required. For food ordered from the menu, order from 11am to 8pm. Delivery charge: €4. Delivery takes place from 11am to 8:30pm, from Marbella to Estepona. Order online or by giving I-Bites a call. C/ Hermanos Salom 4, Edif. María 2, Local 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 886 679/650 626 222. www.i-bites.com

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BiSTROT CASANiS

CAFÉ FLORE À L’iTALiENNE

The Authentic

From our garden to your plate

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C/Ancha 8 (Casco Antiguo Marbella) tel . 952 900 450 www.casanis.es

Plz/Puente de Ronda 5 (Casco Antiguo Marbella) tel . 952 770 535 www.cafeflore.es

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b THE GOURMET wine

JUAN CARLOS

SANCHA

Rediscovering Rioja’s abandoned grape varieties Juan Carlos Sancha is an academic, has a doctorate in viticulture and oenology, and, having long researched Rioja’s minority grape varieties, felt passionate enough to have a go at resurrecting them in his own modest family winery.

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nce upon a time in Rioja there were 26 grape varieties and yet when the DO was founded in 1925/6 only four black grape varieties were authorised: Tempranillo, Garnacha Tinta, Graciano, and Mazuelo. Later, in the 1970s, a major vineyard restructuring programme commenced, often encouraged with official subsidies, which essentially involved grubbing up many wonderful old vineyards, many of which included less usual varieties in intermingled plantations. This was a drastic exercise which consisted of major re-planting on the basis of just a few clones of Tempranillo, and, as a result, much of the region´s historic biodiversity and valuable genetic resources has since been lost. Mass selected Tempranillo therefore currently accounts for some 86 per cent of the black grape varieties grown in the region and 80 per cent of production. Over a period of six years therefore, from 1988 through 1994, Juan Carlos, together with his colleague Fernando Martínez de Toda – Professor of Oenology at the University of La Rioja, where the former continues to teach – undertook a comprehensive sampling of more than 700

vineyards throughout Rioja and ultimately added their physical findings to the germplasm bank of minority grape varieties of La Grajera, which is funded by the regional government of La Rioja. Fernando would go on to specialise further as a high profile advisor in the wine world as far afield as China, winning accolades from many important institutions, but Juan Carlos, like his/their pupil Pedro Balda (see magazine’s June 2016 wine article), decided in 2008 to start his own smallscale winery, with the invaluable assistance of his wife Marián, and thus illustrate what all the fuss was about. His first wines were released in 2009 and his operation is – as is currently the case with many quality Spanish wineries – organic, dedicated to making wines that reflect their terroir, and are made with minimal intervention. Accordingly, neither pesticides, herbicides, nor chemical fertilisers are used in the vineyards, which are in Baños de Río Tobía, consist primarily of poor chalk soils with a little clay, and are planted primarily on south facing slopes that provide plenty of sunshine to ensure ripening and good air flow to reduce susceptibility to vine diseases.

This is perhaps the coldest zone of Rioja Alta – as well as one of the highest – some 30 minutes south of Briones, in the Alto Najerilla Valley, close to the Sierra de la Demanda mountain range, which has a marked Atlantic influence, with cold winters, warm summers, long and warm autumns. Large differences in day and night temperatures result in slow ripening of the fruit for optimum extraction of polyphenols and aroma development, conferring his wines with all the attributes of quality: primary flavours, expression, concentration, natural extraction, and elegant aromas. On his roughly five hectares of vineyards he has choice rarities, which include Maturana both white and black, Tempranillo Blanco, and the truly rare Monastel – of which he produces the only bottled example in the world. These are bottled under the name of Ad Libitum, which means ‘Free to do what you wish’. In addition, however, he has recovered some veritably ancient plots of Garnacha that grow around 750 metres above sea level in an area called Peña El Gato: a name

that supposedly derives from a local saying to the effect that even the wild cats of yore would not venture so high. Seven different Garnachas are made but only one in sufficient quantities to sell in its own right; and if you want to experience the joys of the other six they may only be purchased as a mixed six-pack. His 17 parcels are planted with no fewer than 27 different varieties so other surprises may yet ensue; and of the 30,000 bottles that he produces, some 60 per cent are shipped abroad. His reds are all fermented in large 500 litres Tronçais oak butts – of which he has 33; and he has a further four of just 400 litre capacity with which some of his wines are discreetly oak aged. Tellingly, in common with a further clutch of dedicated Rioja winemakers, as he points out in the many crowded workshops and seminars that he runs: “If our region has made a serious and long-running mistake it is that the main protagonist should never have been oak and its use, but the quality and diversity of its vineyards and varieties.”

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RESUSCITATED RIOJA GRAPE VARIETIES

A SELECTION Z AD LIBITUM TEMPRANILLO BLANCO 2016 Crisp, spare and dry, with delicately grapey notes, some steely minerality and a touch of incisive green gooseberry and lime. Production approx. 8,000 bottles. Z AD LIBITUM MATURANA BLANCA 2016 Appreciably richer and more densely textured, with an intensely flavoured character that combines marzipan and lychee fruit gums. There’s some very discreet oak here too but not so that you’d notice. Very long finish. Production approx. 2,800 bottles. Z AD LIBITUM MONASTEL 2015 Brambly, with lots of spice and upbeat perfume. Not a big wine but quite Rhône-ish, with a distinctly meaty character, a touch of fennel and an edge of tartness. Production approx. 1,200 bottles.

Z PEÑA EL GATO GARNACHA 2015 From a small plot planted in 1917 by JC’s grandfather; bright red, this is a most attractive middle weight with lively slightly sweet jammy fruit, attractive mineral zip, plenty of energy and a nice snappy finish with a hint of sour red cherries and tobacco. Z PEÑA EL GATO GARNACHA MANOLO LÓPEZ 2015 A tad darker, this comes from a single 105-yearold plot and while still exuberant is much more savoury and flavoursome; floral, with elements of pepper, raspberry fruit, and an alluring twist of spice. Good acidity too.

RIOJA GRAPE VARIETIES NOW FOREVER LOST

In 1912 there were 44 grape varieties in Rioja; by 1942 this was down to 11; and by 2000 only 7 remained. Those now extinct and that we will sadly never have the pleasure of experiencing include: Royales, Morisca, Yjaurel, Granadina, Mollar, Morate, San Jerónimo, Anavés and Cirujal

MILESTONES IN THE DEFINITION OF RIOJA 1991 The region goes from DO to DOCa. This was good in the sense that from here on, Rioja wines could only be bottled in the region. Previously it had been possible for export shipments to be made in bulk, which meant that there was no control of what would really be bottled at its final destination. This was not so good as, given the increasing decline in sales of native whites, made primarily from Viura, officialdom authorised the introduction of outside, populist varieties Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo.

2008/09 The authorities finally authorise a series of historic minority grape varieties thereby encouraging an inspired few to tackle the renaissance of the region´s forgotten heritage. 2017 A long overdue official rehash: Z Sees the three official sub zones become Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental. Z Allows a sub category of Vinos de Municipio, roughly equivalent to French Village Wines, on the basis of at least 85 per cent of the grapes coming from specific municipalities, and therefore at last promoting

very specific local character as has long been the case in areas such as Burgundy. Z Creates at long last a further sub category of Rioja de Paraje or Viñedos Singulares, which effectively at last sanctions single vineyard wines on the basis that the vineyards be at least 35 years old and that the maximum yields be – for Tintos – 5,000 kilos a hectare as opposed to the general average of 7,000. Given these parameters – which are equivalent to the French idea of Grand Cru – this will at last offer major excitement to serious wine aficionados as only one or two per cent of all Rioja will qualify.

Z MATURANA BLANCA This is a light-skinned variety that is susceptible to rot and ripens early. It produces wines of quite high acidity and alcohol with interesting flavours ranging from citrus to more exotic fruits such as quince. One of Rioja’s first documented white varieties, it appears in texts as early as 1622. Z MATURANA TINTA NAVARRETE This is a late-ripening variety of small clusters and grapes with high acidity which has a good resistance to vineyard diseases. Its great tannic structure and deeply coloured fruit give it good potential for premium red wines that will stand the test of time. Once upon a time planted widely in the region, it was largely decimated by the phylloxera plague of the 1860s and has never made a comeback. Z MONASTEL The history of this variety goes back in the archives to 1853, but it is an awkward one to look after and behaves in a random and sporadic fashion. Juan Carlos has a quarter of a hectare under this grape. Not exactly comparable or equivalent to any other variety; it produces big, compact bunches, flourishes in poor soils and produces wines of quite high acidity that have a spicy, slightly meaty character. Though not genetically related, it is similar in some ways to the Moristel variety still commonly found in Somontano (eastern Zaragoza). Interestingly, meantime, though authorised in Rioja, it has yet to be approved by Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture, giving a tendency for people to confuse it with the truly different Monastrell/Mourvèdre. Z TEMPRANILLO BLANCO A natural, albino mutation of black Tempranillo first discovered in 1988 in an old vineyard in Murillo de Río Leza. Both Tempranillos share identical leaves, clusters and grape form, as well as short ripening cycles and a sensitivity to pests and diseases. Of medium yield, medium to high vine vigour, and high alcohol content; although it has many clusters, they are small and of medium weight.

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. . THE GUIDE listings

the guide

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

*restaurants american

HARD ROCK CAFÉ

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

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

under €25

€25 – €40

Plaza Antonio Banderas 17/29, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 136 333

YANX

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

argentinean BUENOS AIRES SOUTH

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

JACKS SMOKEHOUSE

EL BANCO

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

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

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

GAUCHOS

ROUTE 66

HACIENDA PATAGONICA

Open 10am until midnight every day.

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ de la Acera de

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

LISTINGS PET NEWS WHAT’S ON STARS FAMILY FUN

€40 – €60

€60 plus

la Marina 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 968

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

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

french

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

CASA MONO

belgian

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

MYTILUS

LE BISTROMAN

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

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

eco

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

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

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listings THE GUIDE .

gluten-free

EL GAUCHO

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

EL GAUCHO DE BANÚS

CELICIOSO

greek

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

grills

Open daily for dinner from 7.30pm. Galerías Paniagua. Sotogrande. Tel: 956 795 528 Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle Benabola 9-11, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 812 167

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

ASADOR CRIOLLO GRILL

MARBELLA CLUB GRILL

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

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

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

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

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

EL CARNICERO

VOVEM

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

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

EL CARNICERO 2

VOVEM

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

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

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

indian CORIANDER

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMANHAVIS

MASSALA

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

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

ARENAL BEACH BAR & RESTAURANT

MUMTAZ

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

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

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

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

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

ACINIPO

BAHIA BEACH

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

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

AIDAN’S BAR & GRILL

Open every day for lunch and dinner. C/ Jacinto

BARBQ ARTESANAL BURGERS

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BEACH HOUSE

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

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

CAMURÍ

BECKITTS

CASANIS

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

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

BIBO

CELIMA

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.

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

BONO BEACH

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

CERRADO DEL ÁGUILA

CLARO! RESTAURANT & BEACH CLUB

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

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

EL CAMPANARIO

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

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

EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL RESTAURANT & SPA

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

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

EL CASTILLO

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

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

EL OLIVO

EL CHIRINGUITO

EL RESTAURANTE DEL CASINO

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

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

EL CORZO

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

FABIOLA

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

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

BRUNINGS

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

EL GRAN GASTBY

D.O.M

EL JARDÍN DE LUTZ

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

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

EL JINETE

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

DON LEONE

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

FONDA RESTAURANTE EL POSTILLÓN

EL LAGO

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7:30pm to 11pm. Ctra.

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

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

CAFETERÍA KE

CORTIJO FAIN

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

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

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

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de Mijas, km. 1, A-387, Alhaurín El Grande. Tel: 951 254 520

CN340 km 200, La Cala de Mijas Costa. Tel: 674 636 321

GALERIA SAN PEDRO

KARMA

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

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

LA GRANADA DIVINO

GD GOURMET DELI MARBELLA

KAVA

LA LOGGIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOTEL MARBELLA CLUB BUFFET

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

Open nightly for dinner except Sunday. C/ Cruz 5, Plaza Puente de Ronda. Old Town Marbella. Tel: 952 775 412 Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesday. C/ de las Piedras, Gaucín. Tel: 951 709 075

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

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

LIMA

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

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

LA TERRAZA

LES CUBES

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

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

LA BRISA

LA TIENDA

L’OLIVE

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

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

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

LA PLAGE DE CASANIS

LOS ARCOS

LA CABAÑA DEL MAR

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

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

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

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

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

IL MARE

LA CANTINA DEL GOLF

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

JOFFREY’S

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

Open everyday evening for dinner from 5.30 pm.

LA FAMIEKE

LA TERRAZA

LA TAPA

LOS BANDIDOS

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

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

LA VERANDA

LOS NARANJOS RESTAURANT

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

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

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M10

Tel: 951 531 777

Open Monday to Saturday from 5pm and Sunday from 10am. Frontline of Estepona Puerto Deportivo. Tel: 952 636 430

SEA GRILL

MACAAO BEACH

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

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

TROCADERO SOTOGRANDE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Paseo del Parque s/n, Cádiz. Tel: 956 795 012

SHANTI-SOM – AMRITA

VENTA GARCÍA

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

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

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

MARE NOSTRUM

SKINA

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

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

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

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

MAGNA CAFÉ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VILLA PADIERNA CLUB DE MAR 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

SOLLO

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

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

italian

SUITE

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

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

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

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

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

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

AL DENTE

LOMBARDO’S

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

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

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

TANINO

AMORE E FANTASÍA

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

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

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

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

ARAGONA

THE ENGLISH GARDEN

CARPACCIO

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

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

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

THE LITTLE GERANIUM Open Tuesday to Saturday from 7pm to 11pm. CN340, km 178.5, Marbella. Tel: 951 354 213

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

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 dinner. Avda. del Mar 3, Marbella. Tel: 951 134 322

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

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

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

DA BRUNO Open all day. Da Bruno Cabopino: CN-340 Km. 194,7. Tel: 952 831 918. Da Bruno a Casa: Marbella Mar, Local 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 857 521 – closed 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 GIOVANI Open every night for dinner from 7:30pm. At Hotel Finca Cortesin, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VILLA TIBERIO

FRASCATI

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

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

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

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

SAVOR

TROCADERO ARENA

GOLD RESTAURANT

mediterranean

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

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

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

ROJO

TROCADERO BEACH

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

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ASIAN FUSION BING

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

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

SUSHI DES ARTISTES (HIDEYOSHI WAGYU)

ASIATICO ZEN

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

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

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

TA-KUMI

GENJI SUSHI BAR

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

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

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

GOLDEN WOK

THAI GALLERY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUKHO THAI

TEPPANYAKI SAMURAI

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

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

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

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

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

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

scandinavian ALOHA RESTAURANT

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

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

seafood

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

RESTAURANTE LA MARINA Open every day from 1-4.30pm and 8pm until midnight. Paseo Marítimo s/n, La Atunara, La Linea

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de la Concepción, Campo de Gibraltar. Tel: 956 171 531

LA TORRE

*golf guide

18 holes. Tel: 952 113 088

Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm

THURSDAY ALHAURÍN EL GRANDE

ALCAIDESA LINKS

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

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 956 791 0400. www.alcaidesa.com

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

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

MARISQUERÍA LA PESQUERA

ALHAURÍN GOLF

REAL CLUB DE GOLF LAS BRISAS

MÁLAGA

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

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 595 970. www.alhauringolf.com

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 810 875

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

RESTAURANTE EL BOTE

ALMENARA GOLF

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 785 014

SAN PEDRO

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

27 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 582 027. www.sotogrande.com

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

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

PALAPA

ALOHA GOLF CLUB

SANTA CLARA GOLF

TORRE DEL MAR

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

18 holes. Tel: 952 907 085. www.clubdegolfaloha.com

18 holes. Tel: 952 850 111

Avda. Europa, 9am-1pm

SANTA MARIA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

TORREMOLINOS

SANTIAGO

ATALAYA GOLF

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 831 036

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

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

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 882 812. www.atalaya-golf.com

SOTOGRANDE CLUB DE GOLF

VÉLEZ MÁLAGA

18 holes. Tel: 956 785 012

CABOPINO GOLF

VALDERRAMA

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

18 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 850 282

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 791 200. www.valderrama.com

FRIDAY BENALMÁDENA

*post offices

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

spanish

REAL CLUB DE GOLF SOTOGRANDE

BAHÍA

CERRADO DEL ÁGUILA

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

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 951 703 355

CASA DE LA ERA

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 956 794 100

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

EL PARAISO CLUB DE GOLF

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

Calypso, 9am-2pm

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 883 835

EL CORTE INGLÉS

LAS CHAPAS

CASA FERNANDO

ESTEPONA GOLF

Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

La Víbora, 9am-2pm

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

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 937 605. www.esteponagolf.com

FUENGIROLA

RINCÓN DE LA VICTORIA

Tel: 952 467 843

Málaga. Plaza de la Iglesia, 9am-1pm

FINCA CORTESÍN GOLF CLUB

ESTEPONA

HACIENDA

18 holes, Par 72, Tel: 952 937 883. www.golfcortesin.es

C/ Málaga 82–84. Tel: 952 800 537

SATURDAY COÍN

CLUB DE GOLF LA CAÑADA

CALAHONDA

CALAHONDA

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

FUENGIROLA

C/ Urbano Pineda, 9am-1pm

FLAMINGOS GOLF CLUB

Pza. los Chinorros. Tel: 952 474 384

LA CALA

18 holes, Par. Tel: 952 889 157. www.flamingos-golf.com

MARBELLA

Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm

Jac. Benavente, 14. Tel: 952 772 898

MARO

LA COCINA

GOLF RÍO REAL

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA

Close to the Nerja Caves, 9am-1pm

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

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 756 733

C/ Jazmines. Tel: 952 810 887

MIJAS COSTA

GOLF TORREQUEBRADA

SAN PEDRO

Las Lagunas, 9am-2pm

LA MÁQUINA

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 442 742

Pizarro, 41. Tel: 952 780 39

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA

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

GUADALMINA GOLF

*street markets

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

LA MORAGA BISTRÓ

54 holes, Pars 71, 72 and 73. Tel: 952 669 033. www.lacala.com

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

36 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 883 375

LA CALA GOLF RESORT

MONDAY BENAHAVÍS

SUNDAY BENAHAVÍS

Arts & Crafts. Village Square, from 8pm

Arts & Crafts. La Ermita Park, from 10pm

LA DAMA DE NOCHE

MARBELLA

ESTEPONA

9 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 818 150

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

Puerto Deportivo, 9am-1pm

LA RED

LA DUQUESA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

FUENGIROLA

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

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 890 425

TUESDAY CHURRIANA

LA QUINTA GOLF

9am-1pm

MÁLAGA

LA TABERNA DEL ALABARDERO

27 holes, Par 72.Tel: 952 762 390. www.laquintagolf.com

FUENGIROLA

Next to Rosaleda football stadium, 9am-2pm

SOTOGRANDE

LA RESERVA SOTOGRANDE

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

18 holes. Tel: 956 695 209

MONDA

*tennis clubs

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

Recinto Ferial, 9am-2:30pm

At the Marina, 9am-1pm

LA ZAGALETA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

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

MESÓN EL ADOBE

18 holes. Members only. Tel: 952 695 209

NERJA

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

LAURO GOLF 18 HOLES

C/ Chaparil, 9am-1pm

Alhaurín de la Torre. Tel: 952 412 767

LOS ARQUEROS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

WEDNESDAY ALHAURÍN DE LA TORRE

MI TABERNA

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 784 600

Avda. del Limón, 9am-2pm

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

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

LOS NARANJOS GOLF CLUB

BENAHAVÍS

CLUB DEL SOL

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 815 206

Arts & Crafts. Village Square, from 8pm

PAELLAS Y MÁS

MARBELLA CLUB GOLF RESORT

BENALMÁDENA COSTA

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

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

18 holes, Par 73. Tel: 952 113 239

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

CLUB DE TENIS DON CARLOS

MARBELLA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

CALAHONDA

VILA DO GROVE

18 holes. Tel: 952 830 500

Calypso, 9am-2pm

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

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

MIJAS GOLF

ESTEPONA

CLUB INTERNACIONAL DE TENNIS

36 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 476 843

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

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

MIRAFLORES GOLF

ISTÁN

CLUB MADROÑAL

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 931 960

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

Benahavís. Tel: 617 647 223

MONTE MAYOR GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

LA CALA

CLUB NUEVA ALCÁNTARA

AZTEC COUNTRY CLUB

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

BEL AIR TENNIS AND PADDEL CLUB

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San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 788 315

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

LEW HOADS TENNIS CLUB Ctra. de Mijas, Km 3,5. Mijas. Tel: 952 474 858

MANOLO SANTANA RACQUETS CLUB Ctra. de Istán, Km 2. Marbella. Tel: 952 778 580

MARBELLA HILL TENNIS CLUB Avda. El Fuerte, Marbella. Tel: 659 677 539

MARBELLA PLAYA TENIS CN340, km 189, Marbella. Tel: 657 619 630

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

PUENTE ROMANO TENNIS CLUB Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

ROYAL TENNIS CLUB MARBELLA El Rosario, Marbella. Tel: 952 837 651

SPORT CLUB RESERVA DEL HIGUERÓN Avda. del Higueron, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 565 761

*tourist offices Benahavís Tel: 952 855 500 Benalmádena Tel: 952 442 494 Estepona

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

*train

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

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WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

NEW NOTECARD SETS

FIVE COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS

by Pemberly Fox

for Senior Cats Cats never appear to really grow old – their immense agility and speed make them seem like they will live forever, yet it is important to watch out for signs of diseases that can affect them, so that help can be obtained quickly. Common issues include: Z ARTHRITIS: A high percentage of older cats will show signs of this disease – including difficulty jumping up or down, peeing outside the litterbox and failing to groom themselves. Z LYMPHOSARCOMA: Also known as lymphoma, this disease is a cancer of the lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell associated with the immunity). Watch out for any bumps on a cat’s body, or loss of appetite, wounds, bleeding, lethargy, and difficulty walking/limping. Z CATARACTS: This condition is also very prevalent in older dogs. Cataract surgery is a possibility in both species, though surgery should be carried out before cataracts develop into glaucoma

or retinal detachment. Discuss options with your vet. Z CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE: When a cat ages, its kidneys can cease to function well, leading to a buildup of toxins in the bloodstream. Watch out for symptoms such as weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting and increased thirst. Z HEART DISEASE: Cardiomyopathy (a disease affecting the heart muscle) and degenerative valvular disease can affect older cats, eventually resulting in congestive heart failure (the heart is unable to pump blood properly). Signs include lethargy, blue gums/tongue, difficulty breathing, collapse, and hind limb paralysis. Additional illnesses faced by senior cats can include dental disease, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes mellitus. If you suspect your cat is ill, take them to your vet to obtain a diagnosis. With many of these diseases, survival is a matter of nipping the problem in the bud.

Humans who battle dermatitis regularly know how itchy and annoying this skin condition can be… it is no less so for dogs, who tend to develop this disorder as an allergic response, often to dust mites and pollen. Symptoms include itching, scaly skin and skin patches, as well as chewing on paws and other areas. If your dog shows any of these signs, see your vet for diagnosis and treatment. They may prescribe anything from immunotherapy (injecting your dog with allergens to build up your dog’s tolerance) to anti-inflammatory medications, and/or the use of special shampoos and antibacterial or antifungal medications. Dermatitis can be a long-term problem, so you may need a combination of approaches to keep symptoms to a minimum.

Is Your Dog Suffering from ATOPIC

DERMATITIS?

Are you, or anyone you know, dog mad? If so, then these gorgeous new notecard sets from Pemberly Fox, created by renowned artist, Susanna MacInnes, might be just the thing you’re looking for! Available in six individual designs, the cards are the perfect gifts for anyone who may be dotty about dachshunds, crazy for cockapoos, loopy for Labradors, soppy about spaniels, joyous for jack russells or wacky for Westies! Each set features six textured 350gsm notecards and tissue lined envelopes. i Available exclusively online on www.pemberlyfox.com

PLANET DOG ORBEE-TUFF® LINK Whenever we find a new pet toy we like, we just have to share it with our readers. Our latest discovery is the Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff® LINK toy, comprising translucent links that can be joined to create different shapes, with the aim of intriguing your dog enough so that they spend hours on end tryings to obtain treats locked inside. Dogs of all ages and sizes are spellbound by this gizmo, making it an ideal present for their birthday or Christmas! i Available from www.planetdog.com/link

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS Until November 5 FILM – MÁLAGA

CAC Málaga presents Children’s Crusade: a video by Austrian artist Markus Schinwald. The film explores the subject of hysteria among the masses. www.cacmalaga.eu

Until November 30 ART – MARBELLA

Galería Yusto/Giner presents an exhibition by Madrid-born artist, Ana Barriga, entitled Ni Trono Ni Reina. Barriga attempts to renew figurative painting through the use of photographic images, filling her works with humour, colour and theatricality. www.yusto-giner.com

ART – ESTEPONA

The Auditorio Felipe VI in Estepona will be hosting a stunning display of work by acclaimed Japanese anime director, Makoto Shinkai. The exhibits are based on his best known works, including the recently released Your Name. www.estepona.es

Until September 16, 2018 WARHOL – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso de Málaga will be hosting Warhol. Mechanical Art: an exhibition which examines the complex oeuvre of the artist from Pittsburgh, (1928-1987), highlighting the transmutations in his body of

work during the consecutive creative phases of his career. www.musepicassomalaga.org

NEW AND REGULAR EVENTS

Weekly on different days WALKING FOOTBALL – MARBELLA

Weekly sessions of Walking Football (non-contact walking football) for men and women of all ages to keep fit and meet new friends. Further information, www.walkingfootballspain.com

Monthly on different days AMERICAN CLUB – MARBELLA

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

AMIGOS DE LA CULTURA – COSTA DEL SOL

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

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

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

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

Every Tuesday and Friday PAINTING CLASSES – MARBELLA

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

PILATES AND YOGA – BENAHAVÍS

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

Every Wednesday ART – MÁLAGA

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

for free. www.museopicassomalaga.org

FLAMENCO – MIJAS

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

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

Every Thursday NETWORKING – MARBELLA

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

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

Saturday November 4

Friday November 10

Talented singer and composer (of When You Say Nothing at All fame) will be performing in Puerto Banús, with proceeds going to the Global Gift Foundation. For tickets, Tel: 952 814 131. www.globalgiftgala.com

The first ever Gibraltar Jazz Festival will be filling St. Michael’s Cave with the sound of music, with Al Di Meola and Matt Bianco headlining. For tickets, www.buytickets.gi

RONAN KEATING – PUERTO BANÚS

JAZZ FESTIVAL – GIBRALTAR

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BUSINESS LUNCH – MARBELLA

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

Every Saturday 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.

Wednesday November 1 ALL SAINT’S DAY – SPAIN

Wednesday is a bank holiday throughout Spain – don’t forget to do your shopping the day before as all stores will be closed.

Saturday November 4 ART – MARBELLA

In collaboration with the Italian art gallery Toro Arte Contemporáneo, Magpie International presents Red & Fire: an exhibition by late French artist Bernard Aubertin. Born on July 29, 1934

in Fontenay-aux-Roses, France, Aubertin started his life as a monochrome painter in 1957, after meeting Yves Klein, by creating his first ‘rouge total’. The exhibition will last until the end of November. Further information, www.magpie.international

Wednesday November 8 to Friday November 10 JAZZ FESTIVAL – MÁLAGA

The Barceló Hotel in Málaga will be hosting a three-day jazz festival in its trendy B-Lounge, featuring saxophonist Steve Coleman on Wednesday, bass player Ron Carter on Thursday, and pianist, composer and vocalist, Eliane Elias, on Friday. All shows start at 8:30pm. For tickets, Tel: 952 047 494.

Wednesday November 8 to Sunday November 12 NUTRITIONAL SEMINAR – AMANDA HAMILTON

Amanda Hamilton, alongside the Wellness team at Marbella Club, have created a personalised seminar featuring informative sessions, spa treatments and delicious detox menus. For further information, www.marbellaclub.com

Monday November 13 JAZZ – MÁLAGA

The 31st Málaga International Jazz Festival presents FANCINEMA JAZZ – a concert highlighting the most beautiful Oscar winning songs of all

time – including Secret Love and Over the Rainbow. The show starts at 8:30pm. For more jazz concerts, see the full line-up for the festival on www.teatrocervantes.com

CULTURAL LECTURE – FUENGIROLA

The Arts Society Costa del Sol presents the lecture A Marvel of Nature: The Life and Art of Painter Sofonisba Anguissola, by Angela Smith. At the Salón Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola at 4:30pm. www.theartssociety-costadelsol.org

Tuesday November 14 CULTURAL LECTURE – MIJAS

The Arts Society Costa del Sol presents the lecture Pouring Scorn on his Fellows: The Work of William Hogarth, by Angela Smith. At The Danish Club in Mijas at 10:30am. www.theartssociety-costadelsol.org

Thursday November 16 to Sunday November 19 BLUES AT MOONLIGHT – BENALMÁDENA

An amazing blues festival will be taking place at the Hotel Sunset Beach in Benalmádena. Featuring an Elvis tribute show by Patrick Ouchene, A.J. & The Rockin’ Trio, Crystal & Running Wild, and more. www.bluesatmoonlight.com

Friday November 17 to Saturday November 18 POP FESTIVAL – MÁLAGA

The Málaga Pop Festival will be taking over the city, featuring performances by some of Spain’s top-selling artists from the 1980s, including La Unión, Mikel Erentxun, Nacho García of Nacha Pop, Javier Ojeda of Danza Invisible, Carlos Segarra of Los Rebeldes, and more. For tickets, www.ticketea.com

Saturday November 18 AMERICAN MUSIC CONCERT – MARBELLA

Enjoy a fascinating concert by Alborada Moreno and Ignacio Torner, entitled The American Dream: Concert to Two Pianos, featuring the music of George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and John Adams. At 8pm at the Clínica Buchinger. For tickets, Tel: 689 000 944.

Friday November 24 PICASSO AND MUSIC – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso de Málaga presents Picassares: a concert by famed guitarist, Daniel Casares, who pays homage to Málaga’s best-loved artist alongside dancer, Sergio Aranda, fellow guitarist Manuel Peralta, violinist Nelson Doblas, and percussionist Miguel ‘Nene’ Ortiz. www.museopicassomalaga.org

Wednesday November 22 to Sunday November 26

SARA BARAS – MÁLAGA

Saturday November 11

DOCUMENTARY – MARBELLA Música con Encanto will be screening Glenn Gould: Beyond the Time, a documentary about the talented, eccentric Canadian pianist who left an indelible mark on Bach’s best works. At 7pm at La Virginia Church in Marbella. www.musicaconencanto.org

She is Spain’s most renowned flamenco dancer and she will be giving heart and soul at a series of concerts to be held at the Teatro Cervantes. The shows start at 8pm every night except Sunday, when it commences at 7pm. www.teatrocervantes.com

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Russell Grant’s

Monthly Horoscope November 2017

The New Moon on the 18th will encourage you to change your look in one way or another as you feel you need an image and style that reflects your ideas and ambitions

SCORPIO (October 24th – November 22nd) Your star power will attract opportunities for love, adventure and fun in the beginning of November. Taking a risk will pay off nicely during this golden period. On the 4th, the Full Moon will prompt you to give an affectionate tribute to someone special. Whisk your romantic partner off on vacation, give your best friend a gift certificate for a spa treatment or take a dreaded chore off a business associate’s plate. Towards the middle of the month, you’ll have an opportunity to share your expertise with an appreciative audience. Getting paid to pass on your knowledge will be a very satisfying experience. The New Moon on the 18th will encourage you to change your look in one way or another as you feel you need an image and style that reflects your ideas and ambitions. As the month draws to a close, serious financial talks and a long term monetary outcome will improve your income.

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ARIES [21 MAR - 20 APR]

Devoting yourself to cultural pursuits will be good for you at the start of November. Dive into a good book, listen to beautiful music and enjoy a movie marathon or a box set night in. The Full Moon on the 4th brings an impressive payment for a job well done. Use some of these earnings for a solitary trip. Staying at a tranquil place by the water will give you the peace and quiet you feel your soul needs. You’ll be celebrated for your unique style towards the middle of the month. Don’t be surprised when you’re asked to share your inspired ideas with others. Your audience will love the innovative spin you put on traditional forms. On the 18th, the New Moon will mark an exciting turning point in a close relationship. You may decide to make a serious commitment to a loving partner or pool your resources to start a business venture. Follow your conscience when faced with an ethical choice at the end of month.

TAURUS [21 APR - 21 MAY]

Enjoy the good things that come along with your world of work at the beginning of the month. On the 4th, the Full Moon will put you squarely in the spotlight. This is a wonderful opportunity to show off your creative knowledge and know how. A prestigious organisation will give you a grant, loan or scholarship towards the middle of the month. As a result, you’ll be able to add to your qualifications, study with a seasoned expert or take a world tour. The New Moon on the 18th finds you irresistibly drawn to someone with a commanding personality. Embarking on a romance or starting a business are all worth considering. A legal matter could go against you at the approach of December; you will have to decide whether it’s better to carry on or settle now and cut your losses. Conserving your resources is more important than creating trouble for someone who cheated you. Christmas is coming; don’t spoil it by seeking revenge.

GEMINI [22 MAY - 21 JUN]

Your creative work will earn you a reputation for innovation and skill at the start of the month. Don’t be surprised if you’re given more artistic assignments as a result of a job well done. If you’re looking for work, you could find an excellent career opportunity involving film, fashion or photography. Alternatively, you might join a charitable or humanitarian organisation. The Full Moon on the 4th will bring a welcome opportunity to rest, relax and reflect. Clear your schedule of responsibility and give yourself permission to daydream. At the middle of November, you’ll receive tremendous moral support from a capable partner. Let your best friend, lover or business associate encourage you to pursue an unusual dream. As the month draws to a close, your expenses are bound to rise. That’s only natural with the approach of Christmas. Set limits on your spending and give yourself enough time to shop for gifts. Some you can buy and others you can make.

CANCER [22 JUN - 23 JUL]

Use the opening days of November to satisfy your wanderlust. Whether you go on a spiritual pilgrimage, visit a bustling metropolis or enjoy some armchair travel is immaterial. The important thing is to enjoy the sights, sounds and sensations of another culture. On the 4th, the Full Moon will inspire you to attend a party. Don’t be surprised if you start turning heads at this get together. Don’t leave until you have gathered a few phone numbers. An unusual career opportunity will fall into your lap in the middle of the month. Be sure to follow it up, even though it involves some heavy responsibilities. You’ll find this job to be one of the most rewarding you’ve ever held.

The New Moon on the 18th will mark the announcement of an engagement, marriage or pregnancy. Indulging your own whims could result in an argument at the end of the month. Don’t feel guilty about doing what you want to do.

LEO [24 JUL - 23 AUG]

Spend the opening days of November catching up with your nearest and dearest. Domestic pursuits, like fixing lavish meals for a family dinner, will be good for the inner you. You could be in line for a rise, promotion or both on the 4th, when the Full Moon highlights your considerable professional skills. If you’ve been looking for work, you’ll land a new position on or around this magical day. You’ll be able to travel for both business and pleasure towards the middle of the month; embrace the chance to visit an exotic country that’s not a typical tourist destination. The New Moon on the 18th is perfect for buying or selling a piece of property. Moving to a secluded area that helps you decompress from public appearances is strongly advised. As November draws to a close, you’ll be attending a bewildering array of parties. Make sure to wear something special to these festive occasions; all eyes will be on you.

VIRGO [24 AUG - 23 SEPT]

An intimate relationship will be a profound source of comfort at the beginning of the month. Clear your schedule so you can spend quality time with your favourite person. On the 4th, the Full Moon brings the successful conclusion of a legal or official matter. At long last, you’ll feel free to travel. Schedule a trip to a destination that is famous for its natural beauty. You could receive a generous gift from a relative at the middle of the month. Don’t worry; there will be no strings attached to this tribute. Write a heartfelt thank you note for this present. The New Moon on the 18th will inspire you to sign up for a challenging course. Acquiring valuable skills will dramatically expand your professional opportunities. As the month winds down, you’ll be spending more time at home with your nearest and dearest. Arranging a big Christmas party will appeal to your love of planning.

LIBRA [24 SEPT - 23 OCT]

There will be a market for your impeccable taste at the beginning of November. If someone asks you to plan an event, don’t do it for free. Your skills are valuable; charge accordingly. The Full Moon on the 4th brings an impressive windfall in the form of a work bonus, inheritance or legal settlement. Use this money to splash out on some new clothes, luxurious bed linens or fluffy towels. Anything aimed at making daily life more pleasant is more than a good idea; it’s a brilliant idea! An unusual partnership will open doors for you at the middle of the month. You’ll benefit from your partner’s contacts and vice-versa. There’s also a chance you’ll obey an impulse to exchange wedding vows in an offbeat setting. On the 18th, the New Moon brings a fantastic job offer. Being able to earn money while working from home will be the answer to a prayer. Keep your work and living areas strictly separate.

SAGITTARIUS [23 NOV - 21 DEC]

Working as part of a team will be rewarding at the start of the month. You’ll enjoy entertaining the group at your home. Take this opportunity to host or plan a festive dinner; playing the genial host appeals to your natural generosity. The Full Moon on the

4th brings the successful conclusion to a demanding job. People will be so impressed with your work that you will be offered a chance to take on a more influential role. Choose a path that offers the most creative satisfaction. At the middle of the month, you’ll fall under the spell of a wild rebel. Let them introduce you to an unusual hobby, cuisine or travel destination. On the 18th, the New Moon will prompt you to spend more time on solitary pursuits. While everybody else is getting ramped up for Christmas, you’ll turn your attention inward. Exploring your spiritual needs will relieve stress and allow you to enjoy the true spirit of the holiday season.

CAPRICORN [22 DEC - 20 JAN]

Working behind the scenes will boost your professional reputation in the early days of November. On the 4th, the Full Moon will mark the end of an incredibly busy period, allowing you to take a long trip for pleasure. Visiting a destination that appeals to your spiritual side would be well worth thinking about. At the middle of the month, you’ll get some surprising news from a relative that sparks a string of celebrations. This is a great chance to come together in a spirit of harmony. The New Moon on the 18th is ideal for attending a party. Your powerful charisma will attract admirers from far and wide. If you’re single, you may decide to steer a friendship into romantic waters at this time. You’ll have a showdown with a pushy person as the month draws to a close. If you decide to move on and find employment elsewhere, keep your job search a secret. Apply for work at hospitals, government agencies, and universities.

AQUARIUS [21 JAN - 19 FEB]

A moneymaking opportunity that is both financially and spiritually rewarding will arrive at the start of the month. You are proof that one can earn a living from making the world a better place. The Full Moon on the 4th brings your attention to the home front. Throw a party for a relative who is celebrating a birthday, anniversary or even an academic achievement. Exciting news could arrive via a social media site at the middle of the month. You’ll be relieved and delighted by a friend’s bill of clean health. On the 18th, the New Moon will bring an impressive career opportunity. Working for a dynamic go-getter will make good use of your organisational skills. You’ll enjoy the challenge of sharing their hectic schedule. As November turns to December, you will reap the benefits of a club membership. Don’t forget to pay your dues or you will be left out in the cold.

PISCES [20 FEB - 20 MAR]

Your idealism will be rewarded in the opening days of November. Don’t compromise your principles when it comes to art, romance and the finer things of life. By holding out for the best, you will get precisely that. On the 4th, you’ll receive positive feedback on a creative project. You might even find that word of your skills is all set to reach a much wider audience. You’ll be paid handsomely for your unique abilities at the middle of the month. Take this opportunity to apply for a promotion or launch your own business. The New Moon on the 18th will find an intimate relationship taking a torrid turn. Enjoy a rendezvous with someone who makes your pulse pound. As December approaches, your intuition will grow stronger and stronger. Trust your instincts when searching for the perfect gifts. You’ll find exquisite items for friends, relatives and colleagues by closing your eyes and reflecting on the recipient’s best qualities. A professional presentation will go very well at the end of the month. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM NOVEMBER 2017 / 153

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official launch date for this game is November 3, 2017. The game brings us to the heart of WWII, promising to reveal what it was like for common men who were forced to fight for freedom in a world at a risk of falling prey to tyranny. The makers promise to bring the game “back to its roots,” with traditional combat once again taking centre stage. It is predicted that jet packs will be out and boots on the ground back in again; as a whole, the game promises to be a treat for

those into nostalgia. The game will feature a new Zombie Mode, with a whole new series of adrenalin-charged adventures. Z LIFE IN STRANGE 2: This open story game broke records in its first part, which left players with a very difficult choice to make at the end. Few details are known thus far about what the second part holds in store, but DONTNOD Entertainment, producers of the game, have hinted that Max Caulfield will once again be a protagonist. In the original game, Max discovered she had the ability to manipulate time and space – a power she used to save friends and family, while facing typical young adult themes such as anxiety, bullying and even suicide. Many players admitted to having cried in the final scene; will this new game be as emotionally charged?

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released game that is making record sales. Once again we take on the role of famous vampire hunters, choosing one of three categories: Hunter (with shooting and melee skills), Archane Mechanic (master of deadly devices) or Thaumaturge (magic skills). The game boasts a fun eight online mode which I expect will be impossible to resist. Z ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS: This game was released a few days ago (October 27, 2017). The action is set in the ancient Egyptian Empire; players can use an open map which permits them to sail across the Nile and climb the pyramids. Our adventure is filled with famous historical figures to interact with. The hero of the game is Bayek: a soldier and tomb raider fighting against the Order.

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are the heroes of the recently released version of this game. The courageous femmes will embark on a journey to India to search for the lost fang of Ganesha. Will they find what they are looking for? Regardless of the outcome, we are certain that the game will be as tough and action-packed as the makers have accustomed us to.

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Essential Magazine November 2017  

This month we focus on health issues and suggest lifestyle changes which will hopefully maintain our well-being and vitality. If you are in...