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contents the trend Cinema 26

The Amazing Miyazaki 28

Music 30

Reading 34

Emojis 36

The Tesla Model 3 38

the focus Hot New Trends 44 Global Food Trends 50 Top TV Series 52 Ronan Keating in Marbella 58 Dillyzzz 60

the pro

102 Enterprise 112 The Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality & Lifestyle Awards 114 Pivoting and Change in Business 116 The Vibe

the leisure 124 Experiential Dining 132 The Barceló Raval Hotel, Barcelona

the gourmet 137 El Grill at the Marbella Club Hotel 139 The Launderette

ARKitects – A Philosophy of

140 Food News

Design and Construction 62

142 Jill Lindberg of Los Bandidos

the style Global Stone Works 68 Décor News 76

144 Tomás Postigo, Winemaking Legend

the guide 146 Listings

Zadig & Voltaire 78

157 Pet News

Fashion News 86

158 What’s On

the spa

160 Stars for October 162 Family Fun

90 Thai Massage at Finca Cortesin’s New Thai Spa 92 Beauty News 96 Sustainable Eating 98 Health News 100 The Burn Calories Method

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e live in a fast-paced world and although it’s refreshing to relax and destress from time to time, it’s useful to also keep abreast with the latest trends. Reflecting this, we bring our valued readers an issue brimming with What’s Hot. Don’t miss, therefore, our great features on Hot New Trends, Global Food Tendencies and Top TV Series. We also present some exciting experiential dining options, preview the much-anticipated new Tesla Model 3, review the range of emotions that can be conveyed by Emojis, and profile winemaking legend, Tomás Postigo. As construction is apace once more here on the Coast, we gain an insight into some of its more specific aspects with impressive input from ARKitects and Global Stone Works. This month’s edition also carries exclusives interviews with Ronan Keating, who will be in Marbella mid-October and flamboyant Marbella personality, Dillyzzz. On the subject of leisure, we relish a stopover at Barcelona’s iconic Barceló Raval, savour the delights of the new Thai Spa at Finca Cortesin, enjoy an experience par excellence at Marbella Club’s El Grill, and live it up on a fun night out at new Puerto Banús venue, The Laundrette. Happy reading!

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» GENRE Action/ Adventure » DIRECTOR Scott Derrickson (Sinister) » ACTORS Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton

Doctor Strange

The magnificent Benedict Cumberbatch gives life to Dr. Stephen Strange, a visionary who lives through a terrible traffic accident and discovers a secret world of magical dimensions. The film, made my Marvel, promises to be one of the biggest box office hits of the Autumn season, with amazing effects, brilliant acting and the typically humorous scripts associated with superhero filmdom.

» GENRE Drama » DIRECTOR Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) » ACTORS Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy


This film is the latest, greatest adventure on Harvard symbologist, Robert Langdon. When our brilliant hero wakes up, he is in a hospital in Italy with amnesia. He joins forces with Doctor Sienna Brooks in the hopes that he will recover his memory and stop a crazy villain from releasing a plague that will end the world. Langdon’s greatest challenge is humanity’s last hope.

» GENRE Drama » DIRECTOR J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage) » ACTORS Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Sigourney Weaver

A Monster Calls This touching movie is the story of Connor, a ‘damaged’ boy who struggles against bullies at school and feels guilt, fear and anger when his mother becomes ill. Connor has one shining hope: a monster who visits him at night, who gives him the strength he needs to survive the biggest loss he will have to face in his life. A Monster Calls is an adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name by Patrick Ness; it has been deemed “a book that gets into your bones and stays there forever” by The New York Times and has won the Carnegie Medal for literary excellence.

» GENRE Animation » DIRECTOR Greg Tiernan (Hero of the Rails) and Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2) » VOICES Kristen Wiig, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Edward Norton

Sausage Party

Sausage Party is one of the most hotly awaited animation films for adults. Focussing on a group of supermarket foods who realise that their fate is to be cooked and consumed by ravenous humans, the film delves into the darker side of dining with plenty of humour and irony. Catch this gem in original version if you can, since it features some of the best voices in the business.


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Spirited Away

Z SPIRITED AWAY: This is such a painful yet beautiful film; it has produced a kind of welcome anxiety in me since I first saw it, since it blends bleakness and humour, making for rather delicious punishment. This is the story of Chihiro, a little girl who follows her parents into an abandoned amusement park. When her parents are turned into pigs, she accepts a job at a bathhouse for spirits and meets a series of frightening antagonists who teach her plenty but do not destroy her essence. Love for the environment, selfreliance and bravery are just a few of this

Princess Mononoke

film’s strongest themes. Z PRINCESS MONONOKE: The female fighter who gives her name to this film’s title has been raised by wolves and her fight is to save the sanctity of Nature. The Princess meets a young warrior prince (Ashitaka) whose life is doomed, unless he finds the cure he so desperately needs. Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a bloody war between the Gods and a violent group of iron workers, finding solace in the arms of Mother Nature. Z MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO: This is the

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

surreal tale of two sisters: Satsuki and Mei, who meet and grow close to a giant bunny called Totoro. Soon, they discover that it is actually he who makes the trees grow and winds blow. Totoro introduces them to new friends (including a cat who turns into a bus), whom they learn to rely on when life takes a dark turn. Z NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND: Nausicaa is a young princess who lives in a post-apocalyptic world that is devoid of nature and inhabited by gigantic insects. She is the only one who realises that peace between warring

Laputa: Castle in the Sky

factions is necessary if life on earth is to be restored. Z LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY: Laputa (we can hear our Spanish friends chuckling) is a floating city in the sky, built so that its inhabitants can live in harmony with Nature. The island is deserted owing to a catastrophic event, and two warring factions are keen to find the city and exploit it for gain. Yet the secret to finding the heavenly island lies with a little girl, Sheeta, who races to confront those who only wish to satisfy their own greed. e


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After a few months of outdoor activity on the concert front, autumn approaches both weather wise and musically but there’s bound to be a few tribute acts on stage so check your local weekly publications for info. All info on this page was correct at the time of writing. Colombian reggaeton singer MALUMA plays Málaga’s Palacio de Ferias y Congresos on October 11 (see for ticket info) and the city’s Teatro de Cervantes has a Spanish programme this month; check for details. Northern soul is as big now as it was in the mid 1970s and from October 7 to 17 the UK’s Gold Soul company have their annual Costa del Soul get together with nightly sessions (9.30pm until 2am) at the Moonlight Club next to the Sunset Beach Club resort in Benalmádena Costa (just after the Torrequebrada Casino) with lots of well known DJ’s, including the legendary Wigan Casino disc spinner KEV ROBERTS and HITSVILLE CHALKY, among others. According to the UK music press, the world can’t wait for the release of the OASIS docufilm Supersonic on October 7 (have seen a

preview and it looks fine). In the meantime the estranged brothers GALLAGHER continue to wind each other up – so much ribbin’ going on but if they were on a kid’s see-saw, NOEL would be in control. LIAM has signed a new contract with Warner Brothers and will release a debut solo album next year with 11 ‘original’ songs – with a cheeky grin on his face his sibling said, “I can hardly wait!” Also on October 7, the popular US pop punksters GREEN DAY return after a fouryear hiatus with a new album, Revolution Radio, and as a teaser the title track has already been doing the rounds on radio stations around the world. On the same day, there are also new albums from the KAISER CHIEFS and ELVIS PRESLEY(?). Also back are veteran rockers BON JOVI who release their first album without legendary guitarist RICHIE SAMBORA, who left the band in 2013 to spend more time with his family – much to the dismay of lead singer JON. The two fell out over the decision but recently ended their three-year feud. The new offering, This House Is Not for Sale, drops on October 16 and according to the band the title track is of rock anthem status.



October 16 sees a PRINCE tribute concert in his home city of Minnesota featuring his old stable mates MORRIS DAY AND THE TIME and SHEILA E plus his backing bands THE REVOLUTION and the NEW POWER GENERATION. Also invited are STEVIE WONDER and GAGA. The gig is being recorded for a future TV broadcast.

And fair play to GAGA, she has vowed to donate cash to the victims of the recent earthquake in Italy – how come the two Irish singers who have always asked for your money haven’t put their hands in their pockets yet? If they had we would all know about it! New York’s Madison Square Garden has staged many boxing classics in the past and the gloves nearly went on again at the recent MTV Video Music Awards with RIHANNA and RITA ORA. They had to be seated on opposite sides of the venue as the two have a long-running dispute which started when the latter signed for the JAY Z Roc Nation label in 2008. The former reckons ORA was only employed to make her buck up her ideas while RITA allegedly accused RIRI of playing a major part in the stalling of her career and her soon-to-be exit from the label which is currently being negociated. Had he lived, JOHN LENNON would have been 76 on October 9 and the abomination that murdered him has recently been turned down for parole

once again – shame – he should be released and see how many seconds (not minutes) he would last in the outside world! In their debut single Wannabe the SPICE GIRLS sang “friendship never ends” – well it seems that is not the case now after MEL C consulted lawyers to see if the planned reunion can go ahead without her. A few days later, MEL B appeared on a US TV chat show calling the above mentioned and lady BECKHAM “bitches” for having no interest in reforming to celebrate 20 years. Writer’s nightmare (this page is written over two weeks before hitting the streets): two days after last month’s page was penned, ADELE had a change of heart and turned down the Superbowl half-time show. Meanwhile, after her recent illness, which caused a gig cancellation, she has been advised to change her diet to help her voice – apparently the tomatoes in pizza are not good for her throat! e


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Sebastian Rudd is a lone lawyer who works for himself out of a customised bulletproof van, complete with a bar, fridge and leather chairs. He defends people whom nobody else would touch: vicious criminals and members of satanic cults because he believes that everyone, no matter their appearance or background, deserves a fair defence. Rogue Lawyer is being touted as one of John Grisham’s most fascinating, dynamic books, thanks to a lead character who is a blend of hero an anti-hero.


This is the romantic tale of Jo Marie Rose, owner of The Rose Harbor Inn, whose life is turned upside down when her romantic interest, Mark Taylor, leaves the inn to seek justice for a wrong committed. Meanwhile, Emily Gaffney is a young teacher who is a guest at the inn. Her heart has been broken many times over so she decides to let go of her dreams of marriage and to adopt a child. However, a chance meeting with the owner of the home she hopes to buy blossoms into something more than friendship and Debbie is forced to question her life plan. The inn seems to be casting its spell on its inhabitants once again… could there be a happy ending for both Jo Marie and Emily?

BULLSEYE BY JAMES PATTERSON AND MICHAEL LEDWIDGE Russia and the United States are reliving a new cold war. Their respective Presidents head to the United Nations to discuss contentious points, while a couple of deadly mercenaries comb Manhattan to eliminate their prey: a Professor who knows too much for his own good. Their next target is no less than the President of the United States. Detective Michael Bennett is called upon to put an end to this threat, but comes across information that could spark a war between Russia and the United States. Only Bennett can save the American President from the deadliest of fates.

THE BLACK WIDOW BY DANIEL SILVA This new novel has been touted as a blend of The Bourne Identity and James Bond. It centres on Gabriel Allon, a spy and art restorer who is ready to take the reins of Israel’s secret intelligence service. His enemy is a mysterious ISIS chief who hides behind sophisticated encryption software. Gabriel decides to send a beautiful young doctor to pose as an ISIS recruit in waiting, hoping that her bravery and intelligence will help him crack the hardest code he has had to decipher in his lifetime.


Those who are acquainted with American history know that The Underground Railroad was a complex network of safe houses and secret passageways utilised by African American slaves to escape from the South and head for the free North. Colson Whitehead’s novel is far from a simply retelling of events that occurred in this ear, though. The book is far more fantastical, containing features such as hidden doors in the safe houses and secret caves that bring the runaways to unknown destinations. This is the story of Cora, a young slave from a Georgia cotton plantation who is willing to do anything to achieve freedom – even kill those who seek to detain her.


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here are words for virtually any emotion, sensation or reaction yet, often, the old adage is true – ‘words don’t come easy’. Sometimes, it can be embarrassing to express affection, thankfulness, guilt, or elation. Images, however, are often capable of striking at the very core of these emotions and relaying them in a meaningful yet somehow less personal way – after all, we didn’t create the particular emoji of choice… Emojis have enjoyed a huge boom since their invention in 1998 by Shigetaka Kurita, a visionary designer who, at the time, was working on the world’s first major mobile Internet system. Kurita turned to the world of manga and created 176 images measuring 12-by-12 pixels in an effort to relay messages in a quick, easily comprehensible manner. The world’s first emojis may not have been as visually appealing as they are today, but all the core emotions are there – sad, happy, frustrated, angry… symbols such as kisses and punching fists, are also represented. Modern platforms currently support almost 2,000 emoji characters and indeed, the level of personalisation is admirable. For

instance, you can find practically all kinds of food and drink on a typical mobile communication app and in 2015, Apple released over 300 emojis that contain different skin tones and depictions of varying types of family (straight, gay, etc.). As for skin tones, you have to admit that it’s pretty cool to choose a tone similar to your own when selecting emojis such as the ‘okay’ symbol. The plethora of emojis adds something quite special to the way we communicate – tone. There are so many faces and expressions that it is possible to express everything from disappointment to tiredness, anger to frustration, without seeming aggressive or overly negative. These types of emotions often somehow seem considerably ‘heavier’ when they are relayed in text but who in their right mind could get upset at an emoji? Mind you, if a friend has used different images to their standard ones, have a think – are they trying to tell you something? Should you follow up with a call or meeting in person?

Emojis also save time – most of us write messages while waiting to cross the street or quickly before we start the car on the way to pick up the kids from school or head to a meeting – they permit us to be affectionate and expressive even when we simply don’t have a spare moment to dream up, let alone write down, our feelings. The argument against emojis states that these stock images are making us dumber and less articulate; after all, there are many ways to relay one’s message using language. However, there is little evidence that emojis actually have a negative effect on our linguistic abilities. It is all a matter of context. Thus, we may take the time at the end of a busy day to pen a traditional love letter or one explaining our side of an argument or our point of view, yet when we are on the go, the risk of arriving late to an appointment because we insist on using textual language,

is unpractical and frankly, a bit archaic. The truth is that emojis have given rise to a new language; many contain meanings which are impossible to duplicate in words. Additionally, some emojis are easily capable of relaying different meanings to different people (ever seen the emoji gritting its teeth in a forced smile? What the heck is that supposed to mean? I guess it would depend upon the context of the message). Additionally, the wittier emoji user will often use emojis creatively (by using several in a row, for instance, to convey rich meaning or a complex idea, or by using the symbols ironically). The development of emoji language has us wondering if we will soon be witnessing emoji poems, similar to haiku poems in their rich symbolism and brevity… Thus far we have already seen emoji stories, jokes, and representations of hit songs through symbolism. It is such good fun that we cannot help but admit that we, too, have jumped on the emoji train… and we look forward to newer, more personalised, more sophisticated emojis that show the extent to which a picture really is worth a thousand words. e


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We’ve looked at a Tesla, the Model S, in before and the success of that saloon has surprised everybody in the automotive industry, but the big question has been, “Where do they go from there?” WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TESLA


s always, Tesla has this all worked out and perhaps the answer is best set out by the company itself. Tesla Motors boldly points out that the upcoming Model 3 is “the next logical step of Tesla’s secret master plan and mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” The Model S is a full-size luxury saloon and apart from Tesla’s remarkably advanced electric motor and battery technology, it just happens to be a wonderful-looking car, easily a match for rival prestige brands with more illustrious names. Despite a fairly hefty price tag, the Model S sells in large numbers and in many major cities around the world, they

can be spotted several times a day. Tesla has followed the S up with a sport utility vehicle, the Model X, which is already on the streets in some countries. So that next ‘logical step’ is a smaller saloon at a more affordable price than the S. Whether this will prove to be ‘a Tesla for the masses’ remains to be seen but the company is aiming at a €31.000 base price for the Model 3, about the same as a well-equipped BMW 3 Series in the States. European prices will be announced in 2017. Production starts in 2017 and the company aims to build an ambitious 500,000 vehicles a year when the project ramps up. The car will be launched as a 2018 model, according to Tesla.

Like it’s larger sibling with which it shares some styling cues, the Model 3 is an impressively clean design with what must be very aerodynamically efficient lines. It seems to be silky smooth all over the bodywork. The front end will surprise a lot of people because it’s just plain sheet metal with no inlets of any kind other than below spoiler level. Of course, with an electric vehicle, there’s no radiator to worry about so designers have a much freer hand with the nose job. As with the Model S, the new car has its batteries arrayed low down under the floor, which reduces the centre of gravity and contributes towards good handling characteristics.


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Tesla has not published very extensive details of the car’s specification, but they’ve given us a hint or two. The aim is to make the Model 3 the safest car in its class once testing has been completed. The range of the car is put at something like 300 km, so it’s way beyond the capability of conventional EVs, which rarely reach above 120 km. Tesla is expected to offer larger batteries with longer ranges at some stage in the car’s development. Fast recharge will take less than an hour. The car’s high efficiency electric motor is expected to have enough power to take it to 100 km/h in something like six seconds and like all pure electric vehicles, the torque is available immediately with none of the ‘climb up the rev range’ effect you get with internal combustion engines. The car will be available with dual-motor all-wheel drive and this will be another contributor towards optimal safety out on the road. Base Model 3s will have front-

wheel drive and one motor. Interior space is cleverly maximised to ensure there’s room for five passengers and a decent amount of luggage, though as pointed out earlier, the car is a size smaller than the Model S. Reports on the interior indicate that the dash will be ‘very clean’ with everything taken care of with one large touch-screen. The bodywork is stated to be a combination of steel and aluminum. There’s no doubt that if this exciting new EV turns out the way Tesla expects it to, it will sell in very large numbers. After all, if the company can sell large numbers of a big luxury EV saloon, it should be able to move much greater quantities of something with the same technology but more affordable. The last time I checked, Tesla had claimed that 115,000 people (my son included) had put down deposits on the car even before its first public showing. e

Z ENGINE: Single and dual electric motor versions to be available. Z TRANSMISSION: No transmission in the conventional sense but front-wheel drive and allwheel drive variants will be available. Z ACCELERATION: Zero to 100 km/h in under 6-seconds, estimated (less than 5-secs for performance versions). Z TOP SPEED: Not yet available, but certainly over 200 km/h. Z I LIKED: Beautifully clean design with styling uncluttered by ‘radiator’ grille and air vents. Z I DIDN’T LIKE: All-new vehicle designs are always something of a risk, but Tesla has an excellent record for ‘getting things right first time’ so perhaps the Model 3 will be reliable from the start. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES: Rivals in the growing EV class include the BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, GM Bolt and Volt, Renault Zoe, VW eGolf. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? Drivers who want to make an environmental contribution with their car, but have been held back by the minimal range of many EV products. Owners of the big Model S who’d like another EV in the stable that’s a bit smaller and easier to park. Buyers who have never owned an EV and like Tesla products, but don’t want to spend too much. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Delivery will start towards the end of 2017 and prices currently being discussed are in the €31.000 range.


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NEW TRENDS for the 21st Century We live in an age of trend mania in which one craze follows another in rapid succession, often gripping the world in the process. Sometimes it’s short-lived, sometimes enduring. Here are some of the main trends that are shaping our world today. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ


here have always been trends, some local others global but, whether we’re talking about flash in the pan crazes or trends that have withstood the test of time, one thing is certain: modern means of communication make new ones spread around the world and catch on quicker than ever before. And this has fed the ‘trend-making trend’, if you know what I mean, for there seem to be more and more of them, holding the world in a zombie-like grip before being replaced by the next craze. Many of these hobbies, fashions and mini-movements that held so many so enthralled are subsequently completely forgotten, never to be seen or

heard of again, while others hang around and contribute to changing the fabric of society. We tend to think of them as frivolous crazes designed to keep bored minds occupied – and many are just that – but of course there are also trends that are beneficial, marking progress in technology, transport and social attitudes. In so doing they set the tone for future developments and trends, most of which we can only guess at. Here are some current and recent trends that have caught the attention lately, spanning the full range from the frivolous to the useful.


One of the less positive side effects that the social media revolution has had is the rapid development of a ‘selfie culture’ that seems to have become a true 21st century social phenomenon. It started with sharing the major or funny moments of our lives with an intimate group of friends and family, but before long degenerated to a form of reverse voyeurism that finds its match in reality TV. The mobile phone plays a central part in this, as people nowadays seem to often ignore those around them to interact with virtual friends via their handset. It’s no longer sufficient to take images of the things we’re seeing and experiencing; the focus has shifted so much to ‘sharing’ our lives that we now take selfies to record and share online just about every moment in our lives. Psychologists and sociologists agree this is a trend that may cause serious problems in the future.


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Another trend that has since become universal is social media, again in large part linked to our mobile handsets. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest have taken the world by storm, registering hundreds of millions of users daily. Social Media started out as a quick, convenient form of social interaction that enables people to stay in touch even they’re far away, but it has since also gained weight in commercial terms. The real-time connectivity and speed with which information is shared means news is now shared more quickly through social media platforms than traditional news agencies, though not always as accurately. Social media is also the main medium through which new trends, fashions and topics of discussion are spread across the world in record time, helping not just to distribute them but also to shape them.

Apps, or Applications, are a fine example of something that started as a bit of a craze but has since become an important field in its own right. When they first appeared we didn’t really know what to make of them. Were they games, would they last, or could this be a useful branching out of mobile technology? Fortunately it turned out to be the latter, and today apps are designed for just about every ‘application’ you can think of, from silly to very useful. Supported by the explosive growth in mobile phone usage and online connectivity, apps now represent a huge industry for those who develop them and exploit the commercial services made possible in the process. Thanks to them it is now possible to point your mobile phone at the stars and be told what constellations you’re looking at, bank via your phone and order a pizza. What’s more, many are free, so this is one trend that’s opening up a whole new world of possibilities.


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Online challenges

If we’re discussing the impact of online culture and wacky activities, it couldn’t take long before the periodic round of online challenges comes up. While they may seem silly or even self-indulgent to some, the vast majority of online challenges are actually used to raise awareness and funds for charities surrounding medical care, social issues and even personal situations. In this context it is an effective and very 21st century way of creating a sense of community participation in a world where that community is increasingly not made up of your neighbours but likeminded people across the world. Particularly memorable in recent times have been the ice bucket challenge, which raised over $100 million for the ALS Association, and the current ‘22 Pushup Challenge’ that supports war veterans.


Fitness crazes in the modern sense of the word first became a thing in the 1980s, when celebrities added their weight to promoting exercise videos and shows. Since then we have gone through various developments, including Pilates and Spinning-based exercise, with the latest fitness craze coming in the form of CrossFit. A registered fitness regimen based upon the kind of preparation used for iron man competitions, CrossFit is a bit too hardcore for most people, yet it’s finding a growing following across the world, where over 13,000 affiliated gyms form a global network of exercise fans whose WODS (Workouts of the Day) can consist of intense versions of weightlifting, gymnastics, interval training and calisthenics. The down side is it’s very hard to maintain, but in addition to getting you super fit and buff, CrossFit’s intense regime should also have you primed and ready to join the marines.


Building on the 90’s craze for extreme sports like skydiving, base jumping, wild water rafting and such like exploits, GoPro also exploits the sharing culture with high quality action cameras whose editing software and specially developed mobile apps enable you to film your adventures as though you were a professional cameraman. The result is an explosion in online footage that covers everything from moving experiences to hilarious moments. GoPro has made it possible for adrenalin junkies to record their hair-raising exploits, perhaps encouraging some to produce potentially dangerous ones too, but it remains a fantastic way to chronicle epic voyages and experiences from sailing and mountain biking to diving, kayaking, skydiving and racing fast cars. GoPro also has the potential to create amateur documentary makers and add visual impetus to charity drives and similar community initiatives.

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Naturally we couldn’t discuss current trends without mentioning the greatest current craze of them all, Pokémon Go. This ‘augmented reality game’ is the latest in a long line of computer games that harks back to Pacman in the early eighties and runs through different versions of football, Candy Crush, warfare, gangster and an almost infinite list of other gaming topics. Where the likes of PlayStation has turned thousands away from real exercise to become couch potato virtual heroes, Pokémon has at least used its popularity to draw people out of the living room and into the open air, where they can be seen hunting around so-called PokéStops in search of Pokémon to ‘capture’ in the wild, so to speak. A classic example of the kind of worldwide mass hysteria engendered by today’s trends and fads, Pokémon has at least been praised for adding an element of physical exercise in the great outdoors, which proves just how powerful trends can be in the 21st century.


We’ve known of electric cars – you know, those little plastic minis – for some time now, and even the latest electric bicycle craze is rather reminiscent of old-fashioned electric bikes, but you can’t help feeling that transport modes like Segways and so-called ‘Boosted Boards’ are very modern, even a little futuristic. Perhaps it’s because we’ve been seeing this sort of thing in sci-fi movies for years now, but the otherwise rather unimpressive sight of someone on a Segway still instils a sense of the future now. Not to be left behind, the trusty skateboard has also been given a ‘plugged-in’ boost for those who want to up power, go further and join the electric revolution while saving for a battery-driven Ferrari.


A product of technological and social innovation, social media and its diverse platforms is also subject to constant evolution. This means some of the trusted ones will perish and fill the social media graveyard while new formats take their place. The growing popularity of Pinterest and Instagram seems to be pointing towards a visually led trend, and Snapchat is the new kid on the block that caters to the combined need to share and do so with images and films. Divided into private and public areas, it allows users to ‘snapchat’, sharing visual content known as ‘snaps’ that stay up for a limited period of time. Not surprisingly, it has been picked up first by millennials, whose affinity with this kind of technology and interaction always makes them keen to catch on to the newest forum to share and communicate with others online. Whether or not Snapchat goes the way of Facebook remains to be seen, but already it belongs to one of the big trends of our time. e


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Forget the standard three-course meal, elegant tableware and fine bottles of wine. There is a brand new wave taking over the dining industry and it involves a whole new approach to food. These are just a few top trends, brought to you by Marisa Cutillas.

» SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD: If you haven’t sampled the fare at Michelin-starred restaurant, Sollo, yet, and you wish to discover what sustainable fish and seafood is all about, then a taste of the menu de degustación is in order. Sollo’s Chef, Diego Gallegos, sources his famous caviar (as well as a host of other ingredients) from the humble Andalusian sturgeon, grown sustainably thanks to innovative ‘aquaculture’ methods. The key is to reduce the insurmountable burden laid on our seas and rivers, and to convert waste material into primary ingredients. Gallegos cultivates his own organic garden, ensuring everything that touches his diners’ lips are pesticide-free.

» NEW CUTS OF MEAT: Many chefs are buying animals whole, so they can create new cuts that better suit individual dishes. ‘Chef cuts’ are taken from larger chunks of meat, to make them suitable for grilling as opposed to braising. Hanger steak (skirt), popular in Spain and in France, but once ignored in the United States, is now the ‘in’ thing in this country, owing to its affordable price (which will undoubtedly rise as the cut’s popularity increases). Other cuts, like the Tri-top, are great for carving and are also a popular choice for roasting.

» FOOD TRUCKS: These moving food havens haven’t made as big a splash on the Coast as they have in major cities, yet the trend is growing in popularity, as we witnessed at the recent Eatin’ Banús Summer Food Festival. Food trucks make particularly colourful additions to events of this sort, where cheap, tasty food is offered in a picnic-like setting and accompanied by live music and entertainment for kids.

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. . . Across the Globe » NO-WASTE KITCHENS: As global warming and pollution threaten to end the survival of our planet, consumers are demanding a more sustainable approach to everything from hotel accommodation to golf tourism. Diners, too, are favouring restaurants that take a zero-waste approach to so-called ‘ugly’ and leftover food, finding new ways to prepare these ingredients so they don’t make it to the bin when they could, in fact, make a diner very happy. The apothesosis of this movement is Dan Barber, Chef of Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant (in New York). For three weeks in March last year, Barber reinvented his restaurant as wastED, a popup establishment devoted to the theme of food waste and re-use. The menu utilised overlooked byproducts of the food system, such as discarded vegetables, misshapen pasta, vegetable pulp and pickle butts. Barber invited a stellar line-up of chefs, including Grant Achatz

and Alain Ducasse, to concoct a magnificent creative menu every night. The project, whose spirit was “to answer the critique of restaurants as places of pretension and waste,” was a huge success. The ultimate goal, says Barber, is to change our mindsets so that we begin to see what is unwanted or discarded, as a vital element for a knockout meal. » HYPER-LOCAL SOURCING: On the Coast, chefs like El Lago’s Diego del Río have long espoused the importance of relying on locally sourced produce. Thus, they are turning to nearby pueblos for everything from fresh-baked molletes to traditionally made cheeses. Hyperlocal sourcing aims to better the community as well as take a more sustainable approach to food. It also enables us to enjoy home-grown fruits and vegetables which are usually organic and produced with sustainable farming methods. » HOMEMADE EVERYTHING: The general zeitgeist can be described as

‘back to basics’ and ‘pampering’ and for discerning diners, that means everything has to be homemade – from the bread (La Famieke’s amazing fresh bread springs to mind) to the pasta (you just can’t beat the handmade varieties at Aragona) – both these restaurants are located in the centre of Marbella. Venues are taking it upon themselves to make everything from sausages to pickles and sauces and the results are worth every second of effort. Even cocktail shakers are shunning ready-made liquor, to make their own home-infused flavoured vodka, syrups and fruit sorbets.

» ANCIENT GRAINS: The anticarb movement is officially over. Welcome the new old grains: used for thousands of years in ethnic cuisine, they include amaranth, teff, quinoa and millet. One establishment that is embracing the grain is Starbucks, whose Chicken Santa Fe Panini is made with organic Khorasan wheat.

» AUTHENTIC INTERNATIONAL CUISINE: Expect to find authentic Lebanese, Thai, or Korean cuisine in establishments this year, made with the right ingredients, often sourced from small family producers in the chefs’ home countries. Calahonda restaurant, Hanuri, is one restaurant that takes tradition very close to heart. The soy sauce used to marinate and accompany dishes is made at the owner’s family property in Korea, and follows a recipe that has been developed and changed subtly over the centuries by his ancestors. Restaurant Yasmin in San Pedro de Alcántara, meanwhile, is an affordable restaurant serving real homemade tabouleh, fattoush and kibbe, to name just a few traditional treats. For sushi and sashimi that will make your mouth water, Sushi des Artistes is a little slice of Japan, where tender wagyu beef sourced from the owner’s family farm, can also be enjoyed. » GOURMET MARKETS Whether you live in the centre of Málaga or the coastal city of Marbella, chances are, you’ve already paid a visit to a gourmet market – think Ambrosía or the Mercado de la Merced. Food courts are in because they entice foodies with dishes from all over the world, bringing highly coveted local and national delicacies to our plates at a reasonable price. The secret is to enjoy the very best jamón ibérico or gourmet cheese, without table service. Just hop from stand to stand and bring back an international feast to your table and share it with friends or family. Gourmet markets always have an impressive bar with a wide range of wines and spirits, making them the perfect spot for a beer and tapas, or for a quick business lunch.

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f you grew up in the 1970s or 1980s and remember retiring to the sofa to find your perfect spot to catch the latest episode of Starsky & Hutch, Knight Rider or Saturday Night Live with the rest of your family, then you know that if for any reason you were away from home, you missed out and that was that. Today, the viewing experience has changed enormously, with streaming, downloading, and services like Netflix or Filmin making it possible to pick up where you left off, or start a series you missed entirely but have always wanted to get around to seeing. There have been many good series in 2016, some of which amused and entertained us; others made us think. The best, of course, combine all these qualities and add magnificent acting for good measure. If you haven’t managed to catch these series yet, make sure that 2016 doesn’t go by without allowing yourself to be captured by their magic.

Game of Thrones (GOT) is a bit like the Bible – too vast, meaningful and intricate to really capture its essence through textual description. It is also arguably the most acclaimed series of all time on a global scale. The magic begins with the script, created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, based on the epic fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin. Benioff has told the press that he and Weiss were extremely fortunate to land the series rights. They managed to convince George R.R. Martin that

they were better than rival producers, by answering one question correctly: ‘Who were (leading character) Jon Snow’s parents?’ The series, which tells the epic tale of the battle between several noble families for the rule of Westeros (and ownership of the Iron Throne) has thus far aired for six seasons and will run for another two. Season six was the most ambitious to date, featuring epic battle scenes and special effects audiences would normally expect exclusively from big budget films. It

TYRION The court ‘imp’ (a dwarf) who is arguably the most intelligent and likeable character in the series, as much a man of action as he is of thought, as brave as he is empathetic, as libidinous as he is noble.

garnered its creators a staggering 23 Emmy nominations yet interestingly, the events covered go beyond what George R.R. Martin had already written (the writer briefed the show’s writing team on the general direction his story would take). Therefore, the show is in the unique position of providing numerous spoilers for readers of the book series. Fans of the series often say that there has never been (and never will be) anything quite as good as Game of Thrones. As a series junkie myself (and die-hard fan of series

Lost I cannot like Breaking Bad or Lost), help but agree. If you had to take one box collection with you to a desert island, how could it not be Game of Thrones? At the crux of its excellence, is the writing. Kudos to George R. R. Martin for creating such charismatic characters and to the show’s talented team of writers (which has included Martin himself) for the witty dialogues. There are a wealth of characters – so many it would be hard to remember all their names, though some of the most memorable include:


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JAIME LANNISTER Brother and lover to the evilest Queen since Snow White’s stepmonster. When we first take notice of him, he is pushing a little boy to his possible grave from a high tower because the little one has caught him having sex with his sister. Jaime grows with each passing season, becoming infinitely more humane and sentimental. Like his brother Tyrion, he is intelligent and witty, and boasts a fantastically dry sense of humour. BRIENNE OF TARTH A stunning Amazonian warrior who embodies the spirit of duty, friendship and loyalty. DAENERYS Also known as the Khaleesi – a young noble woman with the mysterious ability to attract armies of followers. ‘Dany’ also has a very special relationship with dragons, whom she gives life to in an epic funeral pyre scene. ARYA A young girl whose father, the King’s hand, is mercilessly beheaded. Arya decides to avenge the suffering her family has been through by eliminating each and every one of their enemies. JON SNOW Arya and Sansa’s half brother – or so it is thought – who has sworn duty to the Night’s Watch, yet who manages to unite his army with its sworn enemy (‘the Wildlings’), in favour of the greater good.

SANSA Arya’s sister, a coveted match for young noble bachelors. Sansa grows exponentially throughout the series, showing that she is a brave Tully to her very core.

RAMSAY BOLTON The most sadistic ‘bastard’ (literally) ever to grace the small screen. THEON GREYJOY A young Lord who suffers more pain than is conceivable, at the hand of Ramsay Bolton. The acting skills of the young actor who plays Theon (Alfie Allen) are in a league of their own and worthy of mention. CERSEI Queen Mother of House Lannister. She is motivated, above all, by her children but once they meet cruel fates, it all becomes about power.

The characters are a joy to discover, but ultimately, what makes or breaks a series, is always the writing. There may be ice zombies, flying dragons, time travel, resurrections, bloody battles and bloodcurdling torture scenes, yet the very best moments often take place between two characters, as they share their philosophies, their pain, their experiences. One of the very best scenes has the much berated Tyrion, falsely accused of murdering the King (his nephew, Joffrey), crying out in court, before father, Tywin, “Yes, father, I’m guilty. Guilty. Is that what you want to hear? I am guilty of a far more monstrous crime than poisoning Joffrey. I am guilty of being a dwarf… I’ve been on trial for that for my entire life.” Another memorable scene takes place between Tyrion and Daenerys’ dragons… watch out for Tyrion – he may be small but his heart is mighty. There are many characters to keep pace with – something that some audiences found off-putting enough to stop watching during the first season – but as I recently told a friend, “Watch it – plough through Season 1 if you must. By the time you reach Season 3, you will be completely hooked.” The series also has the knack of ending every episode on a cliffhanger – and we’re not talking the Dexter- or Lost-type of cliffhangers as in ‘What happens next?’ No, we’re talking “I don’t care if it’s 2am, I’m watching the next bloody episode!” The Game of Thrones is ultimately about human aspiration and ambition, but also about larger themes like faith, friendship and unity. The books and series come at a time when we truly need to be reminded that no man is an island – that unless we become (as Arya Stark learns) ‘nobody’, we become incredibly vulnerable, both individually and collectively. Duty above self, honour above wealth, unity over the throne.


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An irony-laced script, savvy political knowledge and superb acting from Kevin Spacey make this series one to watch out for. Recently renewed for its fifth season, the political drama (a remake of an original British series, based on the novel by Michael Dobbs) centres on Machiavellian character, Frank Underwood (Spacey), a Democratic Congressman who plots

to rise up the political ladder after he is passed over for appointment as Secretary of State. Frank Underwood is not to be messed with. He is smart enough to mask his disappointment as he puts all his energy into hatching a brilliant plot that will bring his enemies down. If you enjoyed Kevin Spacey in American Beauty, you will love him

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in House of Cards, for here, he is on a winning deck, despite the many twists and turns in the plot. Barack Obama is a huge fan of this series, having begged his Twitter followers to avoid posting spoilers. Incidentally, the current POTUS is a big fan of a similar series (Homeland – which focusses on American-Middle Eastern foreign

affairs). Spacey is supported by a knockout cast, including Robin Wright (who plays Frank’s ambitious wife), Kate Mara (who plays a young investigative reporter aiming to tear Frank’s ambitions to shreds), and Michael Kelly (who plays Doug Stamper, the very pillar upon which Frank stands in the toughest of times).


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This spin-off and prequel of visionary series, Breaking Bad, is just about as slick and perfect as a discerning series junky could hope for. It centres on one of Breaking Bad’s most loveable anti-heroes: Saul Goodman, the shady lawyer who wheels and deals with meth producers, Walter White and Jesse Goodman. Dreamed up by Breaking Bad’s creator, Vince Gilligan, alongside Peter Gould, the series begins in Saul’s younger days. In episode one, we see that the young lawyer (played by the brilliant

Bob Odenkirk) is struggling to make ends meet, defending scumbags and working out of the backroom boiler of a Vietnamese beauty salon. His brother, Chuck, once a partner in a successful law firm, is stark raving mad, believing he has electromagnetic sensitivity and hiding away in his darkened home. Saul battles against Chuck’s firm to obtain the $17 million payout his brother is

due. As Season 2 unfolds, we begin to s see that despite coming across a serie (take cters of truly unsavoury chara Tuco Salamanca, the fearsome thug

Some say that this series is a little too ‘over the top’ but those who love it will tell you that precisely by being so surreal and mysterious, The Leftovers becomes a deeply symbolic work of art that each person can derive personal meaning from. The series, created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta and based on the novel by Perrotta himself, is set in the United States, three years after a worldwide event called ‘The Sudden Departure’, has taken place. On October 14, 2011, some 14 million people disappear, in the same millisecond, from the face of the earth. Children, parents, spouses… are there one minute, and gone the next. “We’re sick of series on that subject matter,” I hear you complain. God knows there have been a spate of shows dealing with disappearances (including The Returned and The 4400). The Leftovers is completely different to these series; if the latter focus on solving the mystery of why people disappeared and reappeared (Are aliens to blame? Could this be some sort of evil government plot?), The Leftovers centres exclusively on the effect that a loss of this magnitude has on the human psyche.

who gave us some of Breaking Bad’s most tense scenes), his biggest enemy, is none other than the person he has sacrificed so much for, his brother. Old Chuck simply cannot stand seeing his street-smart, more talented brother rise up the rungs of the corporate world so he pulls out all the stops to ensure Saul fails – with fatal results. It is easy to pinpoint what makes this series so sophisticated (much more so than the arguably more enjoyable, roller-coaster-like Breaking Bad): the script (filled with the little ironies that make tragedies seem almost funny);

Justin Theroux would have to be one of the most enigmatic actors of his generation; he does a magnificent job as the edgy, slightly depressed yet still courageous Kevin Garvey, a Chief of Police and father to two adolescents. ‘The Sudden Departure’ causes a breakdown in his marriage, as well as an existential breakdown for Kevin himself, who unleashes his fury on the Guilty Remnant, a genuinely creepy cult whose components all wear white and chain smoke as a gesture of self-destruction and as a comment on the transient nature of existence. The Guilty Remnant are relentless, not allowing those who wish to survive the tragedy to attempt to find some

the acting (Odenkirk kills every scene with his irony and naturalness); and the twists (some really unexpected events take place, evidently the product of Vince Gilligan’s brilliant mind). Of course, it is a joy to come across characters who were so important in Breaking Bad – everyone from Hector Salamanca (Tuco’s bell-ringing uncle who doesn’t say a word but who gives us one of the series’ most exciting scenes), right through to the mercenary grandfather we cannot help but love (Mike, whom Saul first meets, of all places, at a parking lot).

meaning from what remains of life. To make matters worse, Kevin’s wife joins the cult, abandoning him along with their two children. If the presence of the Guilty Remnant mar the enjoyment factor of Season 1 a tad, their smaller role in Season 2, alongside a marvellously surreal plotline, makes this series a true gem, one of the most special to have graced the small screen. The Leftovers combines love, horror, surrealism, irony, miracles and time travel with a thrilling plot that tells a story as devastating as it is beautiful. If life is but a dream, then the events in The Leftovers arguably make up the kind of nightmare you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. e


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RONAN KEATING at the Global Gift Celebrity Golf Challenge

Ronan Keating will be performing at the upcoming Global Gift Celebrity Golf Challenge event. On October 15, the action will begin with a round of golf at Estepona Golf. Later that evening, Keating will give an acoustic performance at an elegant gala dinner at the Gran Meliá Don Pepe Hotel. Funds raised will go towards the Global Gift Foundation (and in particular, Casa Global Gift – a multi-functional home offering treatment rooms and therapies and housing five local charities and foundations); the Marie Keating Foundation (for cancer awareness); and Cudeca. Keating will be joined by Maria Bravo, British actor and presenter, Vernon Kay, models Thom Evans and Jodie Kidd and singer/presenter, Alesha Dixon. Marisa Cutillas brings you an exclusive interview with the Irish crooner.


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ans of Irish pop star, Ronan Keating, know that the singer/composer/actor is arguably one of the most versatile performers of his generation. Keating, whose musical life began as

What enticed you to come to Spain in the middle of your hectic world tour? It’s been a long time since I’ve been in Spain. Through the Marie Keating Foundation, we are trying to reach as many countries as possible for cancer awareness. We’ve held fundraising events in South Africa, the UK, Ireland and Australia, so I was more than happy to join forces with the Global Gift Celebrity Golf Challenge, to raise money and help make a difference. What aims do you wish to further through the Marie Keating Foundation? We started the Foundation 19 years ago when my mother developed breast cancer. We found that we were very naïve about cancer; we knew very little about it. Despite the fact that cancer rates are growing worldwide (they say one out of every two people will be affected by the disease), the treatment success rate is very high if you catch it early. That is why awareness is so important. Your wife is Australian. Do you hop between Australia and the UK a lot? Actually, home is London. I do visit Australia a lot and was a judge on The Voice last season.

lead singer of Irish group Boyzone, penned one of the most beautiful ballads of all time: When You Say Nothing At All. He has shone on the West End (receiving rave reviews for his lead performance in Once), judged The X Factor and, more recently, served as judge on The Voice Australia. Recently married to Australian TV Producer/ Director, Storm Uechtritz, Keating is riding high. He released his latest album, Time of My Life, just this year. In the midst of all these achievements, one

Will you be judging The Voice again next season? That all depends. I’m currently working on my new album so it’s still up in the air. Your recently released album, Time of My Life, comprises many love songs yet manages to remain upbeat. That’s right. The album really reflects where I am right now. I’m newly married and I feel that I’m in a great place in my life. What is constantly being on the road like? I absolutely love performing. Every single concert has been amazing. We’ve still got the UK, New Zealand and Australia to go; the audiences have been great and we’ve been enjoying ourselves tremendously. How many months this year will you have been touring? Six months. My wife and I are trying to find a few days to head for the beach and relax; let’s see if we can find some time for that. Your wife sings On your new album; how did that come about? Quite by chance. She has a beautiful voice and usually sings along when I rehearse at home, so I asked her to actually sing on the album.

of the greatest is undoubtedly the Marie Keating Foundation, founded by the Keating family after Ronan’s mother, Marie, died from breast cancer in 1998. The Foundation aims to “make cancer less frightening” by increasing awareness on key cancers. Keating has always championed this special cause, running the London charity in 2008 to raise money for cancer research. In 2011, he took it a step further, swimming the 90km stretch from Dublin to Holyhead to raise funds for cancer and set a new Guinness World Record for open water swimming with an 11-member celebrity team. Keating and his friends raised an amazing £1 million for Cancer Research Britain and the Marie Keating Foundation. We catch up with this talented performing artist and discover more about his upcoming plans…

Does your wife join you on tour? She often visits me but she doesn’t actually perform on stage. Your performance on the West End was a huge hit; anything left for you to accomplish artistically? I’m actually going to be appearing in two films soon. One is a World War II drama and the other is a film with a well-loved Hollywood actor. I’m also currently composing a new album, so it’s keeping me busy. You seem to work non-stop. Do you wish you could take a break? ‘Make hay while the sun shines,’ they say. I enjoy working and have a great life. You have to work hard, especially when you are providing for a family. You also have a coffee shop… Since my wife is from Australia, I’ve become acquainted with the Aussies’ proud coffee culture. I’ve grown to love coffee so much that we decided to open a shop and we also sell coffee wholesale in the UK. We’ve always been passionate foodies and we’re happy to be able to bring good coffee to England.

Speaking of food, how do you stay fit? I have a personal trainer who tours with me. I work out before every concert; it gives me energy. Do you sing your older hits (like Roller Coaster and When You Say Nothing At All) in your concerts? Of course I do and I love doing so. I think one of the worst things is when you go see an act you love and they refuse to sing your favourite hits. The song When You Say Nothing At All is so special; a friend’s father had a stroke and was unable to speak. Your song was their family’s song, since it speaks of how much you can still say without speaking. ‘The smile on your face lets me know that you need me, There's a truth in your eyes sayin' you'll never leave me, The touch of your hand says you'll catch me if ever I fall, You say it best when you say nothing at all.’ That means so much to me. It is such an honour to see that my songs can affect people that way. It is amazing what music can do. g For tickets to the Global Gift Celebrity Golf Challenge and dinner featuring an acoustic concert by Ronan Keating, Tel: 609 142 864.


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Marbella came alive when jetsetters and music lovers alike discovered that Dillyzzz, mover and shaker and owner of arguably the most iconic club ever to hit the Port –Joe’s Bar – was back! This time, he would be bringing his particular brand of cool (and the most suave partygoers) to the doors of the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa’s La Plaza, which is also home to some of Marbella’s best dining establishments. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN


illyzzz, whose parents hail from the Bahamas, is a New York-born trendsetter who also spent many years in London, absorbing the musical cultures of these two iconic cities and distilling their essence in Marbella. Says Dillyzzz: “New York has such a rich culture of jazz, blues, hip hop and funk music. Living there, I managed to discover and partake in the latest happenings on the music scene.” Dillyzzz’s connection with Marbella occurred by chance: “I visited Ibiza and loved it, but noted that the party season was short; by the end of September everyone was going home. Everyone there was talking about Marbella, so I decided to visit and was immediately hooked. Marbella is more than just a party destination; it is also home to people who like to go out and enjoy great music so I decided to move here.” Dillyzzz initially took over Joe’s Bar in the Port, a veritable icon in Marbella’s history, the nightclub of choice for everyone from Michael Hutchence of INXS (“Michael actually asked me to become a partner at Joe’s,” recalls Dillyzzz) to the Rolling Stones (“They came to party after performing live.”). Joe’s Bar offered something very different to what was available anywhere else on the Coast: a blend of reggae, rock ‘n roll, blues, funk and disco

music that was far removed from the tunes on a Top 40 playlist. At Joes’ Bar, one of Dillyzzz’s best clients was Daniel Shamoon. “One day, Daniel invited me to lunch at the beach club that is now known as Suite del Mar. Back then, I suggested that it might be a good idea to convert the beach club into a hot night spot – one where people could get together after dinner to enjoy drinks and good music. Eventually, Daniel called me and we opened Suite del Mar in 1995. That was a great time. We didn’t do any PR or promotion yet it became a huge success; it was just Daniel, Rafa, Ángel and I – we were the four musketeers.” Suite del Mar didn’t spell the end of the DillyzzzDaniel alliance, though. “Daniel really loved Joe’s Bar and he wanted to do something similar at the Puente Romano, but with a different name. We then opened Suite; eventually, Suite (now known as La Suite) moved to La Plaza.” It is interesting to note, says Dillyzzz, that the origin of one of Marbella’s best loved discos (La Suite) is actually Joe’s Bar. Around four years ago, Daniel once again counted on Dillyzzz to carry out public relations work at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Dillyzzz, who teaches boxing and self-defence and

is a personal trainer and a naturopath by day, is frequently spotted in Marbella’s coolest spots by night. He has built up a vast and solid network of friends and acquaintances who follow his beck and call when it comes to setting the weekend on fire. A few months ago, Daniel again suggested bringing back Joe’s Bar. “He still wanted Joe’s and still wanted to work with me,” smiles Dillyzzz, openly sentimental about the strong bond built between the two over the years. The new Joe’s, ensconced by Uni at La Plaza, receives the wave of partygoers who move between the plaza itself, Joe’s, and La Suite. Music lovers sip on bottles of Champagne or designer cocktails (I recommend the chilli mojito) while they listen to funk and soul music from the 1980s onwards, mixed and given new life by talented DJs such as Aaron Phillips and Big D of Lick FM, as well as top national and international DJs like Luis Vega, DJ Mateo and Frankie Knuckles. “Mike Molinos, Music Manager of La Suite, also brings great music to the whole resort. We feature music of all styles, given a lively touch through new mixes,” notes Dillyzzz, who says goodbye with a big hug. Somehow, I, too, am enraptured by his irresistible charisma… g


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ARKitects A philosophy of design and construction

An icon of architectural design in Sotogrande with most of its projects in Marbella, ARKitects traces its success to a very clear philosophy. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN AND COURTESY OF ARKITECTS The Ark Team


he world we live in is defined by architecture; it shapes the buildings that surround us, influences landscaping and has as its starting point the engineering infrastructure and town planning around which our urban landscape evolves. Most architects are well qualified to discuss the merits of different systems and schools of thought that govern or describe the above, but few transcend the dialogue

surrounding aesthetics and function to create a rounded philosophy of design and construction that guides their everyday work. Manuel Jesús Ruíz did exactly this when he founded ARKitects. “I saw that we needed a change in the way things were done. The traditional Andalusian approach to construction and development was fine in an era when the world moved more slowly, land was cheaper and

foreign buyers were less demanding of the technical standards of their holiday homes, but it was increasingly ill-suited to a changing world that has not left this region unaffected,” says Manuel. He noted how this was leading to frustration on the part of buyers who endured long construction delays, big budget overruns and either poor finish or problems with their home’s technical infrastructure

– or both. “I shared this frustration as it affected us too when we were dealing with delivery times and were regularly told that our designs could not be realised without extensive compromises. In the end we decided to expand our architectural design role to also include engineering and construction, and bring it all together under one umbrella. This is the principle behind the founding of ARKitects.”


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Managing the Process Putting the main design and construction roles in the hands of a single management team enabled Manuel to control the process, from initial concept right through to final delivery. “We could now circumvent the more cumbersome conventional way of working in these parts and offer our clients guarantees in terms of delivery times, budget and build standards without having to compromise on the quality of design and finishing. Of course we could only achieve this if we worked in a different way, and in this I drew inspiration from my experience of working with Northern European architectural and engineering agencies.” ARKitects was organised accordingly and it wasn’t long before the company built a reputation for sophisticated design that was matched by its technical proficiency and efficient way of working. “Most of our clients are Northern European and by adopting a very similar work ethic – which as it happens suits my personal philosophy very well

– we spoke each other’s language and got things done thoroughly and without undue delay. Suddenly our clients saw that it was possible to work efficiently in Andalucía, and it allowed us to focus on challenging our creativity in the field of design,” says Manuel. This desire not just to meet their clients’ expectations but to surpass them has led to a reputation for quality and a full order book. “We felt the effects of the recession like everybody else but, as the market picked up, clients sought us out and we started constructing private villas for them again.” ARKitects specialises in designing and delivering luxurious individual villas no two of which are identical. “We set out to create unique homes because they are for individual clients and we don’t serialise our work, yet some villas share certain features as their owners have similar requirements and preferences.”

Two Distinct Markets Most of the latest projects naturally focus on modern architectural

styling, though Manuel notes that there is a growing tendency away from white minimalism to include a more diverse range of materials, tones, textures and design influences. “Most architects love the challenges and creative freedom offered by modern design, but in reality the most important thing is not the stylistic school but the quality and integrity that goes into shaping a home. After all, it’s good to remember that projects do not serve to offer us architects a platform for creative expression, but that it is our responsibility to deliver a quality product that will fulfil its role as a home and hold its value over time.” While ARKitects is regarded primarily as a Sotogrande firm, the majority of its projects are in Marbella. “It’s a larger market and the motor of the regional economy, though the planning problems and glacial licensing speeds at the town hall are jeopardising that position and pushing much growth west, towards Estepona, Benahavís and Sotogrande.” Manuel admits that Sotogrande and Marbella are as yet

very different markets – the one a burgeoning coastal city and the other a calmer resort built to a master plan. “Marbella is busier, more organic and draws a different kind of buyer to Sotogrande, but in many ways the two are complementary.” The latest trends could see the paths of growth in the region converge, as Estepona becomes more of a local dynamo and Sotogrande gathers momentum from the ambitious plans of the American investment fund behind Sotogrande S.A. and the take-over of Valderrama II by the La Zagaleta group. “Both have ambitious development plans, which if managed properly would allow Sotogrande to evolve to the next stage. As it already has a master plan in place and enjoys a tradition of sensible planning and development I wouldn’t bet against it succeeding,” says the founder of an architectural and construction company that plays an important role in shaping the luxury homes of both Marbella and Sotogrande. i


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Stone has provided the building blocks of noble edifices ranging from the pyramids to grand mansions and palaces. Just as they have withstood the test of time, so the many types, colours, textures and applications of stone provide a unique way to add timeless quality to today’s luxury homes.


he fact that Regis Sermontis is an expert in a very specialised field came about quite per chance, when an acquaintance invited him along on a stone-sourcing trip to India. “I was amazed by the sheer variety of stone types and finishes, and fascinated by their visual impact,” says the entrepreneur with an artistic spirit. Having spent much of his adult life in countries such as the US, UK, Belgium and France, he immediately appreciated the potential of stone both as a building material and a decorative element of infinite beauty. “Naturally there is nothing new in this. People have been building and decorating with stone since the dawn of the earliest civilisations, but in more recent times the focus has been so strongly on cutting back and therefore cutting corners that the art of stone masonry has changed.” He refers to the fact that the art of building with stone and cutting beautiful architectural and decorative elements out of different types of stone, marble, limestone and granite was gradually replaced by a trend of cladding walls and other features with thin coatings of such materials.  


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Technology-driven renaissance

Versatility in stone

Heavy stone blocks provide strength and lasting durability

The desire to add solidity, beauty, variety and quality, nay grandeur, to a home or stately building has remained as strong as ever, but the increasing cost of labour and materials, along with the gradual demise of master artisans, resulted in adapted ways of satisfying this demand. “People began slicing noble rocks into thin layers, cutting these into purposemade shapes and gluing them together in the form of reassembled puzzles,” says Regis. “For a long time this was the only way to embellish luxurious homes and buildings in this way, but new technology has opened the door to a revival of classic quality and artistry.” For much of history, technology led to the scaling down of quality and artistry, but it seems that we have now reached a level of sophistication thanks to which the above compromises are no longer necessary. “The machinery used to produce thin slices of onyx and other expensive materials is already pretty advanced, but the latest stone cutting technologies produce equipment capable of reproducing the skill of a master craftsman at a fraction of the time and price. In fact, it is now possible to once again work from a larger block of stone and create fantastic decorative features in a process that is reminiscent of traditional stonemasonry but cheaper than the rather labour-intensive method of slicing, cutting and then reassembling individual strips of stone or marble.”

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A NOBLE ARCHITECTURAL MATERIAL The beauty and impact of stone and marble takes little convincing – one has to assume that if it was good enough for pharaohs and kings it’s good enough for today’s affluent homeowner too. “The cladding of walls using pieces that are glued together was always a rather cumbersome compromise that still required skill but seldom produced perfect results. What’s more, you lose a lot of the visual effect and impact that stone can really stand for. Today there is no longer a need for this downgraded compromise, as with the new techniques and logistic possibilities we are able to produce the most amazing results, be it in a very wide range and scale of decorative and architectural pieces both for interiors and exteriors, or the construction of colonnaded terraces, stairs, pool decks and even entire homes." The choice of stone types, colours and textures is equally broad – far broader than most people can imagine. We know of marble, sandstone, limestone and granite, for example, but they are just a few of the many different kinds available, and within each of these categories there is again a very diverse range of choice that can vary from the more familiar sand-toned materials to highly exotic colours and richly veined patterns. To this incredible natural palette of visual beauty is added an extensive catalogue of manmade finishes that include brushing, polishing, flaming, shot-blasting and sandblasting. “Not only are thin slices of rock too fragile to produce the finest finishes, but working with larger blocks of stone produces deeper and more richly detailed veins.”

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APPLICATIONS It opens up a kaleidoscope of options that allow you to create a very personal effect and sense of style in your home, ranging from different colours and textures to shiny, matt and everything in between. The applications, likewise, are truly diverse, ranging from fountains, pathways, columns, skirting, pediments and entablatures to statues, planters, balustrades, fireplaces, wash basins, tables and pieces of furniture. “We can even create shower cabins cut from a single block of marble or onyx, but one of the most exciting applications is sections of wall, which create a magnificent effect both indoors and outside.” In the latter case they add greatly to the architecture of a villa, which is why Global Stone Works collaborates closely with a lot of leading architects. Look at the more classical applications of stone, and indeed its use in historic palaces, and you might be inclined to think that this material is suitable only for the classical grandeur of the past, but in reality it is also made for modern architecture. “Today the focus is on white, but already the trend is to refine that look and blend it with other materials such as wood, steel and stone. The leading architects look to make combinations of this kind and the many different kinds of stone that we source from around the world – along with the choice of finishes and textures – enable homeowners to create an ambience and design statement that is highly personal and unique, while they offer architects the means with which to impress.”


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Every part of the design can be individually tailor made in stone

Designed and made to measure It’s the combination of the latest technologies combined with handcrafted creativity that is making it possible to produce architectural features to a level of quality, style and opulence not seen for decades. This coincides with the emergence of wealthy homeowners looking to create homes that are truly special. “Naturally stone is particularly well suited to the top end of the market,” says Regis, “but you would be surprised at how affordable it can be and how much it can do for today’s homes, be it beautiful stonework or stylish interior or outdoor walls in a gorgeous finish. There is no limit to creativity, we can draw virtually any shape, have it made to measure and installed to perfection.” With a client base and projects in different parts of the world, from Canada and the UK to Spain and the Middle East, Global Stone Works adds style and value to homes, restaurants, offices, hotels, spas, shopping centres and public buildings. “We work directly with the client or architect to produce unique pieces, add sections to a home, in landscaping or even the building of entire homes from stone,” says Regis, whose stone was used to great effect in the complete renovation and modernisation of a villa in Nueva Andalucía. “Quite frankly, the sky is the limit for the ultimate architectural material that has produced the world’s greatest buildings and is capable of beautifying even the most modern designs.” g GLOBAL STONE WORKS Calle Ana de Austria, 2-5, Marbella. Tel: 951 196 753 / 645 149 030. Stone framework detail at a recent project in Nueva Andalucía


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Excellent service and a high standard of finishes with our team of top professionals working in all areas of renovation and bespoke, design and build. Visit the studio to see a range of furniture, fixtures and fittings. BLACKSHAW INTERIOR DESIGN Avda. Canovas del Castillo 25 Marbella 29601, Mรกlaga, Spain Tel: +34 951 403 787 Mob: +34 681 662 000 w w w. b l a c k s h aw i nt e r i o rd e s i g n . co m

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Marisa Cutillas brings you items and looks that can breathe new life into your home.

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Chest by KARE

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Start your Journey to Wellness The Mediterranean Lifestyle inspires Marbella Club’s new wellbeing programmes, comprising personalized nutrition and medical pathways.

Marbella Club provides an all-encompassing wellness experience based on Mediterranean principles, healthy cuisine, activities, effective medical, holistic, therapeutic and thalassotherapy treatments. Led by our dedicated and supportive team of professionals, you will experience immediate and sustainable results.

We offer a 10% discount on the 2 or 4-day Wellness Programmes. Valid from 1st October 2016 - 31st March 2017, both included. Half Term and Christmas periods are excluded: 21st October - 1st November 2016 / 23rd December 2016 - 1st January 2017.

If you wish to receive further information about our Wellness Programmes please contact our dedicated Wellness team: Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602, Marbella, Málaga, Spain (34) 952 822 211 Fax (34) 952 82 88 84


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SAMARA JOYAS dazzles Spain

Samara Joyas is a new high end jewellery brand established by upcoming Madrileña designer, Samara, who has found a fascinating way to express her creativity. “Jewels are small works of art you can take with you wherever you go… you build emotional ties to them, share your life with them, forge memories together,” says the designer, whose life really began to make sense when she started creating.

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Plenty to smile about at Ocean Clinic with launch of new

Dental Division

Ocean Clinic opens its cosmetic dentistry division this month, headed up by internationally recognised specialist Dr. Paul Arts. Specialised in porcelain and composite veneers, as well as lumineers – an ultra-thin veneer system that can be applied over existing teeth without the need to drill or file down – Dr. Arts offers our patients the most advanced cosmetic rehabilitation of their teeth. The brand new dental unit boosts a panoramic X-ray unit for accurate planning and diagnostics and a specially designed dental chair comfortable even during longer treatment sessions. “So many people are frightened of going to the dentist that they put up with their imperfections, preferring simply not to smile instead,” he says. “My mission is to help those people reclaim their smiles by dealing with their anxiety, talking them through the treatment options and showing them how quickly and painlessly we can fix flaws.”

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here is an ambience of family, luxury and exclusivity at Finca Cortesin which truly merits being experienced when relaxation is on the mind. Graced with tall olive trees, a stunning hilltop view over the Mediterranean and traditional Andalusian architecture, the Finca is also home to one of the most beautiful spas in Spain. Measuring over 2,200m2 and boasting 11 individual treatment rooms, all equipped with heated floors (including four designed for oriental treatments, one for hand and feet treatments and one double suite for couples, with a twin-sized bathtub). The Spa also features a 25m indoor saltwater pool and three thermal areas: male, female and a mixed area with a steam room, Finnish Sauna, snow cave and plunge pool; a relaxation area; a hairdressing salon; and a fully equipped fitness centre. The Finca also now boasts its very own Thai Spa, which aims to bring the healing power of ancient Oriental techniques to those whose vital energy systems may be blocked. The new treatment menu is based on venerable healing therapies, dating back 5,000 years. Greeting me on my recent visit was Ana Gutiérrez Valle, recently appointed Spa Director, who toured me through the Thai Spa, beautifully


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decorated in warm, welcoming hues. Ana, who has honed her craft in spas the calibre of the Six Senses in Punta Cana, is passionate about the rich and millenary Thai health and wellness culture. “In Thailand, massage is a vital part of preventive medicine and not just a luxury, as it is perceived in the Western world,” she notes. Finca Cortesin, always a standard bearer in terms of offering the ultimate luxury holistic experience for their discerning guests, has not only created a new area offering traditional treatments, but also brought over highly experienced professionals from Thailand. Says Ana, “What really makes us different is the fact that we don’t follow a standard protocol in massage therapy; rather, each therapist employs their own style and adapts the therapy to the client’s specific needs.” At Finca Cortesin, expect to find a completely personalised experience. Some clients are seeking a sporty or Swedish style massage – the Spa has an ample, well trained staff which includes specialists in Western massage (who can provide relaxing, sports and therapeutic massages, great for soothing pain after a full day on the golf course) as well as antiageing facials and body treatments by Biologique Recherche. Those after the

healing benefits of Oriental massage, meanwhile, are ushered in to the Thai Spa, where no two treatments are alike. Guests can indulge in the Oriental massage offerings, ranging from Therapeutic Thai, to Four Hands Oriental or Shiatsu and Ayurveda treatments. I had the pleasure of experiencing, first-hand, a massage by the incredible Jintana. Thai massage aims at unblocking energy in the body, enabling it to flow freely. It also improves circulation, addresses muscular ‘knots’ and enhances flexibility, thanks to the many stretches involved. The experience was simply unlike any I had undergone

before; far from being a mere relaxing massage where you leave tired and fragrant but little the better for it, this massage was immensely vigorous, Jintana putting heart and soul into removing the many blockages she noted, especially in my lower back and neck. There are a plethora of techniques involved in Thai massage, which differs further from the typical in that instead of being naked, you are actually fully clothed, in a light, comfy, airy pyjama. The massage takes place on a tatami, a lovely wide bed made of wood, upon which you first lie on your belly and then turn around, the therapist also atop the tatami, since she will often need to kneel or stand and apply the force of her body weight to work on specific areas or move you into a stretch. The massage was active from the start. Jintana worked on my feet, calves, legs, buttocks, back, neck, hands, arms and even my head! Time flew by as she pressed and kneaded, stretched and placed my body into positions that resulted in delicious pops and cracks, freeing up tired, stressed areas that sorely needed release. The knots near my shoulder blades felt slightly tender to the touch, while the part in which Jintana gently stepped on my calves and thighs nearly sent me to slumber. It was also lovely to have each toe and finger stretched, the tension flowing out as I began to feel an intense sleepiness and bliss. I woke up late the next day; the massage had done plenty of good for my stress levels, since I had the deepest sleep (filled with dreams – which I normally do not have) and woke up feeling like my spine and muscles were more flexible; in a word, I felt liberated. Finca Cortesin has once again managed to set a new benchmark, this time for healing Thai treatments that replenish your physical, mental and emotional health all at once.

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If the highlight of your day is stepping into the shower or bath and soaking away your stress or rubbing fragrant potions all over your skin, you’ll love Bronnley’s marvellous range of products, all of which are handcrafted and expertly blended, using nature’s finest ingredients. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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Supporting the Future of the Planet

With the incessant conflicts brought to our attention day after day, we are prone to ignore yet another major issue humanity faces: sustainability. It is one we have plagued ourselves with – draining our earth’s resources – and we cannot expect to sustain our current rate indefinitely. This is why the Food and Agriculture Organisatin of the United Nations (FAO) is promoting the sustainable diet – based on procuring locally-sourced ingredients, curbing our currently excessive food waste and reducing our consumption of meat. Such a project, however, can only succeed with everyone’s collaboration – so what can you do to help? WORDS ANNA SOFIA BREGSTEIN REDUCING WASTE WITH SOUPING

Close to eight million tonnes of food was wasted in Spain in 2014; a problem so perturbing, that the Spanish government was spurred to take action. Although waste occurs in various sectors, we can always do something to help at home. Introducing souping: a new alternative to juicing that is already catching on in LA. Where juicing discards the rind, seeds, and pulp of fruit and vegetables, soup keeps this wonderful fibre. Any vegetable, meat, rice, pasta or beans leftovers from the day before make an effortless addition, without any extra cooking time required. For that reason, it aids sustainability by preventing unnecessary food wastage. In winter especially, the addition of spices, such as ginger, garlic and turmeric, can do wonders for your immune system. Experiment, innovate – it’s hard to go wrong.


The livestock market is one of the most

significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, generating 14.5 per cent globally. Not only this, but the production of grain to feed animals leads to major deforestation, and consequently, a harrowing loss of biodiversity. Thus, we can conclude that limiting the amount of meat we eat is essential – those unwilling to resort to absolute veganism could participate in the ‘Meat-free Mondays’ campaign. Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney introduced this concept, to raise awareness of the detrimental impact of eating meat on the environment and our health, by giving it up only once a week; in the UK, renowned chef Jamie Oliver has furthered this movement. Little by little, we can help alter our lifestyle to improve the future state of our planet.


The United Nations has labelled 2016 the official International Year of Pulses (IYO), in the hope that this

quintessential, yet underrated, food group will spike in popularity. The reason: to ensure a sustainable diet for our future, at a time when our immoderate consumption threatens the environment. As pulses can fix their own nitrogen in the soil, there is less need for fertilisers, which plays a part in reducing greenhouse emissions. Their low food wastage footprint means that they can be stored for long periods of time without losing their nutritional value; further, they are vital in the developing world, due to their drought-resistance and affordability. Unfortunately, this is why they have been stigmatised as a ‘poor man’s food’ – we remain unaware of the health benefits of these minute nutritional powerhouses. They are densely packed with proteins, making them an important source of vegetable protein for vegans and vegetarians, as well as rich in complex carbohydrates and numerous micronutrients – the benefits are endless.

LOCAL AND SEASONAL AT ITS BEST Enter any supermarket and you’ll

see pineapples imported from South America, strawberries from Turkey, bananas from the Canary Islands. Although we may not realise it, the transportation and refrigeration of these on the way harms the environment immensely. By purchasing local produce, we not only lessen greenhouse gases, but also enrich the local economy, as well as enjoy seasonal goods at the peak of their ripeness. The additional advantage of buying organic products, is that you can assure no chemicals have been used (these can seep into groundwaters and unsettle the natural balance). With Spain’s fruitful plains, you can find exceptional produce straight from the fields in Coín, or even easier, in the weekly markets in Marbella and San Pedro. We cannot deny that there is a certain element of enchantment in selecting from heaps of fresh fruit and vegetables – perhaps you will even be encouraged to grow your own! e


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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) consists of a patient being placed into a hyperbaric chamber where increased atmospheric pressure in used in order for the patient to breathe100% oxygen. Under these conditions, oxygen becomes a medicine and begins therapeutic treatments on the body. The treatment is particularly recommended for reducing inflammation, generally helping wounds to heal, as well as wounds that are difficult to heal, such as ulcers or diabetic foot. It can even be used to prevent cases of amputation. Furthermore, its effects on the post-operative recovery process have been proven as have its support for plastic and reconstructive surgery. It is also recommended for sports injuries, bone fractures, neurological damage, autism, providing relief from the effects of radiotherapy or burns, and reducing stress and chronic fatigue. Specifically, it is the oxygen going through the blood in greater concentration that helps the body on a general level. The hyperbaric chamber at the Hyperbaric Medical Centre is made from entirely transparent material, and has room for one person, allowing for direct communication with medical staff; as well as offering hygienic, comfortable and exclusive conditions with the greatest possible availability of times.

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The reason why one person may try an addictive drug like cocaine then leave it behind, while another becomes addicted, is a mystery. A new study on lab rats suggests that it may all have to do with specific genetic factors. The study, carried out by scientists in Michigan, is the first to show that the tendency for addiction in selectively bred animals is related to different gene expressions of specific molecules in certain parts of the brain. The study is also the first to show that a so-called ‘epigenetic marker’ (a DNA tag) can make it more likely that a person will become involved in addiction and relapse.

GO BAREFOOT at Home for Better Health If you have ever balked at characters in a film asking guests to leave their shoes by the front door, you might be interested in knowing what your shoes actually bring home! Nearly all footwear is littered with a host of disease causing bacteria, including E.coli, around 90 per cent of which is transferred to home tiles or carpets. The situation is even more serious in the case of families with toddlers and little children, who tend to crawl and frequently insert their hands into their mouths. To prevent disease, remove your shoes at the entrance to your home (purchase shoe storage furniture, which takes up little space and actually makes the entrance area look nicer) and wash the soles of your shoes frequently.


Make for Smarter, Healthier Women The Kardashian klan may have made big derrières de rigueur, yet far from being a mere accessory, abundant buns are actually a sign of better health and better functioning brains, if the findings of a recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Oxford, are to be believed. The study showed that those with large booties have lower cholesterol levels (because of hormones that lead to faster processing of sugar) and a lesser risk of heart disease and diabetes (thanks to an abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids, which improve brain function). Femmes with badonkadonks also have lower glucose levels – which is good news, considering that high amounts of glucose are linked to inflammation and a host of diseases.

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Breast milk contains nutrients that no artificial milk can imitate, which is why it is so important for all babies to obtain as much of this milk as they can. For the first time in history, scientists in Denmark have found the extent to which breast milk is customised to each baby’s precise needs. The results showed that mothers who give birth to premature babies have a different micro and macro nutrient content, to the milk of mothers who have given birth to full term babies. However, a few weeks after a premature baby is born, the milk becomes identical to that of full term babies. With their findings, the scientists hope to look intensely at babies’ development, to see if specific nutrients in the milk are vital for growth. Additionally, in the long term, it is hoped that new nutrients can be added to milk to customise it to each infant’s needs.


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Helping You Lose Weight, Gain Fitness and Look Fantastic

I must admit to having been a bit of a gym junkie in my youth, and I’ve been to some of the most beautiful gyms on the Coast, yet nothing quite prepared me for my recent visit to the brand new Burn Calories Method centre, newly opened at the Vasari Centre in Puerto Banús.




urn Calories Method is not just a gym, however, but rather, as its name suggests, a whole new method, aimed at helping you look and feel your very best through a combined training and nutritional perspective. The Burn experience begins with a technologically savvy experience – two cutting edge pieces of equipment precisely measure the circumference of your entire body (think the size of your upper arm, thighs, hips, waist, etc.) and another analyses your body fat, muscle, water levels, etc. in great detail. The point to this quick yet informative experience is to enable the staff to create a highly personalised programme for you to follow. After all, each client has a different goal; why subject us all to the exact same regimen or training programme? Let’s begin with nutrition; Burn Calories has a host of middle-of-

the-range priced supplements that can help you with weight loss, muscle building, nutritional requirements, etc. Fran, the friendly trainer whom I recently visited at the centre, explains, “Depending on your personalised programme, we may advise you to substitute certain meals with our products… this will help you achieve your goals faster.” However, the supplemental shakes and other products are by no means obligatory and this is what I most like about the Burn Calories Method: you are provided guidance, yet given the freedom to choose the path that best adapts to your individual goals (and your budget, though as mentioned, the supplemental sachets and drinks are far from pricey). Personalisation also exists with respect to training; you can visit two or three times a week, or as many times as you like but we suspect that once you actually try a class,

you will probably become completely addicted and need your fitness fix every day. The group training session takes Burn Calories Method into a league of its own. Having met Fran, I felt so motivated to take up exercise again, something I have guiltily neglected for too long. He was very dynamic, energetic, inspiring (he informed me that he had lost three kilos of fat on the method himself in just three weeks), and he specialises in sports and the body. “You can lose around six or more kilos on this method per month if you follow your personalised plan strictly,” he says, noting that it isn’t all about quick weight loss and yo-yo dieting; “Your plan includes maintenance. Exercise and sound nutrition are things you should ultimately be pursuing your entire lifetime.” Fran explained that clients can opt for group training sessions or a private trainer. The group sessions need to be booked beforehand and have a maximum capacity of 24. The classes are super dynamic, incorporating everything from pure cardio to strength training and rowing… the training area is ultra modern, bearing primarily red and black hues and reminding me of a chic disco; I have to say the power and dynamism of the room inspired

memories of the amazing feeling that sweeps over you after a tough workout. Fran explains, “Half the class may be rowing while the other half is on the machines… there is constant change and movement and participants burn up to 1,000 calories per class. That makes it much easier to meet their weight loss goals.” The amazingly slick looking yet reasonably priced Burn Calories Method centre in Puerto Banús is the first of its kind in Spain though centres will soon be popping up in Madrid and Barcelona. César Sobrado, Club Manager, explained that the savvy company chose Puerto Banús owing to the latter’s capacity for attracting high level investors from all over the world. The plan is for the company to eventually open centres and sell franchises worldwide and we have no doubt that their revolutionary method will appeal to those who want fast, lasting results and the freedom to mark their own pace. Are you ready to burn the old you and be born again as the fit, fabulous person you have always known you were capable of being?

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GC32 Catamaran Racing Competition Comes to Sotogrande Sotogrande recently enjoyed the exciting GC32 Racing Tour, a catamaran competition which took place over three days and featured the participation of some of the top names in the sport, including Franck Cammas (winner of the Volvo Ocean Race, leading the Norauto team); and Pierre Casiraghi (son of Princess Caroline of Monaco, aboard the Malizia). This is the first time this prestigious event has been held in Sotogrande, the celebrated resort which is continually attracting high-level events such as the RC44 race, celebrated last May. i

Dr. Alexander Aslani Awarded Prestigious Prize at Medical LiveWire Global Awards 2016 Following an intensive screening process, Cirumed Director, Dr. Alexander Aslani, has been awarded Best Aesthetic Surgeon in Spain at the Medical LiveWire Global Awards 2016. The event founders invited over 100,000 professionals working within the medical industry, from the general public and doctors’ subscriber bases to nominate medical practices, companies and individuals for the awards, based on their reputation, performance and achievements. This year saw an unprecedented number of nominations, providing strong competition in every category and the judging panel had the unenviable task of selecting the firms and professionals most worthy of an award. The award reflects Cirumed’s position as a leading European clinic, especially in the body contouring sector. i


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LUXURY DEVELOPMENT SETS NEW STANDARDS IN MARBELLA New luxury development, Palo Alto, designed by acclaimed architects Villarroel Torrico has taken Marbella by storm, selling 40 per cent of phase one in just eight weeks! Situated five minutes from La Cañada on a spectacular 50-hectare site with stunning sea and mountain views, Palo Alto blends modern aesthetics, comfort and amenities with the very best of Mother Nature. Key features include: 24-hour security, a health club with indoor pool, business centre and kids club, and large outdoor pools. Contemporary spacious apartments start at €440.000 for a two-bed and €530.000 for a three-bed. g To book a tour or for more information, visit or call +34 900 102 322.

ANTONIO BANDERAS COLLECTION SHINES AT PASARELA LARIOS Every year, the main street of Málaga’s Old Town, Calle Larios, lights up with a spectacular fashion show featuring many of the province’s top designers. Thousands of people gather to catch beautiful ladies’ and mens' wear, by a host of designers, including Protocolo, Sir Lucky and Carolina Morató, to name a few. This year was extra special, however, since it featured male models donning ware designed by Antonio Banderas himself! The name of his brand is SELECTED and it features casual wear (jeans, leather jackets) as well as elegant suits. i © Pablo Souviron


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Brustor, the leading European brand for state-of-the-art bioclimatic aluminium pergolas, just added an innovative model to its range: the B-600 convertible pergola. The new model’s roof louvers (panels) not only rotate in a 150° position, allowing easy sun and wind channelling, but can also move partly or completely to the side for a spacious look and feel. When fully open, the compressed louvers only occupy 13 per cent of the total roof surface, another unique feature in the world of aluminium design pergolas. The product permits users to filter the sun in between seasons, and allows a maximum of light and warmth into the house when desired. Besides the standard automatic waterproof roof, useful options such as dimmable LED-RGB lighting, elegant electric side wind and privacy screens can be integrated in this modular concept, also at a later stage. Furthermore, Brustor’s official dealer for the Costa del Sol, TipTopShade, can integrate the popular glass curtains for year-round use. TipTopShade will be demonstrating the versatility of the B-600 with a full-option showcase during Home Fair Costa del Sol, on November 4 and 5 at the Palacio de Congresos in Estepona. g For tickets and further information,

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The third Tarifa Beach Polo World Cup, organised by Isabel de Borbón, took place recently at Playa de Los Lances in Tarifa. The winning team was Hotel Club Marítimo de Sotogrande, captained by Guillermo Steta. Three other teams competed, each comprising three polo players: Balms Lawyers (who finished in second place), Scapa and Credit Suisse (both returning for the third time as participants in the tournament). At the awards ceremony, a plethora of prizes were given out, including glasses by Raquel Meroño, Juvé & Camps Magnum bottles and polo-related items (courtesy of the Marbella Cool TV show). i

OCEAN CLINIC LAUNCHES NEW DENTAL DIVISION Ocean Clinic Marbella will unveil a new cosmetic dentistry division in October, headed up by internationally recognised specialist, Dr. Paul Arts. Dr. Arts is returning to Spain after a period working in The Netherlands and Belgium. He previously practised in Marbella for 20 years and is delighted to take this opportunity to return. He brings his extensive skill in dental veneers to Ocean Clinic, complementing the clinic’s existing expertise in oral and maxillofacial surgery for the treatment of dentofacial deformities. A fully qualified dental assistant will also be joining the team to offer teeth whitening and oral hygiene appointments. Dr. Arts specialises in porcelain and composite veneers, and Lumineers – an ultrathin veneer system that can be applied over existing teeth without the need to drill or file down. Lumineers can be used to cover discolouration, chips or irregular gaps, offering patients an instant smile makeover without the pain associated with traditional dental work. i For further information,

THE MIND BODY & SPIRIT FESTIVAL AT THE H10 ANDALUCÍA PLAZA HOTEL The Mind Body & Spirit Festival is one of the most eagerly awaited events for lovers of all things holistic and spiritual and, once again, it will take place at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel, from Saturday, October 29, to Sunday, October 30. The event will feature demonstrations of mediumship; a cutting-edge new Japanese technology that transforms ordinary water into alkaline hydrogen- and oxygen- enriched water; Tao, scenar and transference healing; galactic healing transmissions; tarot, palmistry, mediumship healings and psychic readings; healthy food, and so much more. The entrance fee of €10 grants access to all talks and demonstrations. g For further information, Tel: 670 628 468.


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z THE PRO enterprise BIG TALENT SHINES AT THE PLAZA MAYOR! The Plaza Mayor mall in Málaga recently delighted shoppers with an event to be remembered: Big Talent, a musical and theatrical show attended by 4,000 people. The occasion featured talent of all kinds, in the style of popular television hit, Got Talent. The winner of the show was young singer, Charlotte Summers, who received a prize of €3.000. Additionally, €200 was awarded to all participants. i



The Quirónsalud Medical Centre in Fuengirola is pleased to announce that it has undergone extensive refurbishments and now boasts a modern look, more comfortable rooms and offices with better lighting, carpentry, furniture, climatisation and WiFi. Quirónsalud is constantly on the lookout for ways to improve its services and installations. i

LES ROCHES PRESENTS ONLY LUXURY TOURISM MANAGEMENT MASTERS IN SPAIN Les Roches has earned its well deserved reputation as one of the most prestigious hospitality management schools in Spain and, now, it is offering a new Masters qualification in Luxury Tourism Management, the only one of its kind in Spain. There is a growing demand for professionals specialising in the tourism sector, which is the second largest employer in the world. Within the next decade, it is estimated that some 75 million jobs will become available on a global scale. i

Christmas is the perfect time to help the needy, so why not take part in Costa Christmas Collections, an effort to collect presents for six orphanages along the Coast as well as for the charity, Amusuvig, which provides support for children of domestic violence? Businesses across the Coast volunteer to be drop-off points so locals can purchase a gift, wrap it with festive paper and label it with the age and sex of an intended child before leaving it at the designated drop points, to be collected and distributed to the children at Christmas. Gifts are especially required for the 15 to 18 age group. Costa Christmas Collections is also holding a fundraising event at The Boardwalk Restaurant in Marbella on Saturday 29th October at 8pm entitled Hollywood Night. Tickets cost €60 and include a three-course meal. Guests are required to dress as their favourite Hollywood icon or in red carpet attire for what is sure to be a spectacular night of fun and fundraising. The night will showcase tribute acts including Jordana as Madonna, Tabitha as Rihanna, J-Lo and Beyonce, Gary as Neil Diamond and Mehran as Frank Sinatra. Evento Shop, Arques Clinic and Kaftans by Sera - Que Sera have sponsored the event to make sure it is one of the best nights of the year. Drop off points so far include: Mick Mahon Tattoo, Benalmádena IPIN Global, Los Boliches Robs Barbers, Los Boliches Bar Marie, La Cala Hills Streets of London, La Cala The Jammy Olive Cafe, Calahonda The Playwright Restaurant, Elviria Loft and Roomers, Marbella – Mijas The Boardwalk Restaurant, Marbella Becketts Restaurant, Marbella Bardou Salon, Puerto Banús Loulou Jane, Puerto Banús Slainte Restaurant, Puerto Banús Reflections, Centro Plaza Puerto Banús Kids Kingdom, Estepona g If you are able to donate a prize for the raffle

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Ecovidrio and the Senior Masters Cup (recently held at the Puente Romano Tennis Club) joined forces to lend greater sustainability to the tournament. The champions of the tournament took home a trophy made of recycled glass and for the first time in the event’s history, containers were placed on the courts near the players’ benches, to remind us of the importance of recycling. Ecovidrio is a non-profit association which manages the recycling of glass residues in Spain. i

4DAYS WALKING TAKES OVER MARBELLA If you love taking long walks and you’d like to do your bit to aid the needy, take part in Marbella 4Days Walking, which will run from October 13 to 16 and feature different routes varying in length. Kids from local schools will be joined by their parents, to help out charities like Butterfly Skin charity, DEBRA, and more. i For precise dates and locations,


Butterfly Skin charity, DEBRA, recently signed an agreement with Obra Social La Caixa, with the latter donating €24.000 towards the charity’s new project, Well Being. Present at the signing were Nieves Montero (Founder and President of DEBRA), Juan Carlos Martin (Director of Negotiations of CaixaBank, Costa Del Sol) and a Delegate from Social Rights. i

ASSOCIATION BATTLING KIDNEY DISEASE (ALCER) NEEDS YOUR HELP ALCER, an association dedicate to battling kidney disease, is currently looking for partners to help achieve its aims. It lacks the funds required to improve patients’ quality of life and to raise awareness on the importance of organ donation. g To be a partner, simply donate any amount you are able to, to the

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The tireless staff at Cudeca has been working hard as usual to raise funds to continue giving that ‘special kind of care’ at the Benalmádena hospice. On October 15, the talented Ronan Keating will be holding an acoustic concert at the Global Gift Celebrity Golf Challenge, to be held at the Gran Meliá Don Pepe Hotel, with benefits going to the Global Gift Foundation, the Marie Keating Foundation, and Cudeca. The charity also enjoyed the benefits of an event called Music to the Max, held at Max Beach Club and featuring live music from West End shows, as well as Motown and pop music. Similarly, Cudeca received a generous amount from JOCAVI restaurant and the GUIRI group, raised at a memorial dinner for Frank Lees. Cudeca has also opened a new furniture shop in Torre del Mar, and continues to request donations to support the John Gow 12-month running challenge. i 108 / OCTOBER 2016 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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LIONS GOLF WORLD CUP & EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 Keen golfers know that one of the most entertaining sporting events of the year is the Lions Golf World Cup & European Championship, and this year is no exception. The event will be taking place from November 4 to 5 at the Almenara Golf Resort, featuring outstanding prizes, including a Mercedes Smart, donated by Fischer Car Gallery, as well as top brand watches, hotel and golf vouchers, etc. Players will be welcomed by Bob Corlew, International President of Lions Club International. g For further information,

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LAUNCH OF OPTIMA-CRM SOFTWARE FOR REAL ESTATE IN MARBELLA Optima-CRM is a revolutionary new software system for real estate agencies, recently launched at AndalucĂ­a Lab. The system has been developed by OptimaSys Spain, which focusses on real estate agencies and the property sector. The new concept combines the positive features of existing administrative systems with additional elements capable of revolutionising real estate management. The software is multilingual and 100 per cent integrated with WordPress. It enables the management of construction products, real-time sharing, and so much more. i For further information,

NEON NIGHT MARBELLA TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 Neon Night Marbella will light up the streets of our town, in an attempt to raise money for CADI (The Centre of Assistance for Child Diversity), an association dedicated to helping children with disabilities and special needs. The event will start at 7:30pm with musical performances, sporting exhibitions and surprises, and at 9pm, the multi-coloured neon snake (comprising keen walkers) will overtake the streets. The walk will begin at Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo de Marbella. i For further information,


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Mrs Nicola El-Mouelhy, CEO & Founder SSLHLA presenting an award on stage


he Villa Padierna Palace Hotel will soon play host to the premiere event of the luxury tourism sector: The Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality & Lifestyle Awards, to be held on October 15. This is the fourth annual event for the Awards, which were founded in 2012 by Khalil El-Mouelhy (Chairman) and Nicola ElMouelhy (CEO). The event has been designed to identify and separate the exceptional from the very best, with a fully transparent voting system which allows any nominee to view exactly where their votes are coming from. All nominees can also see their ranking at any given time, so there are no surprises when it comes to the results. Attendees of the awards hail from a host of nations, including Jordan, UAE, Turkey, Thailand, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Morocco, Malaysia, Cook Islands, India, Germany, Greece, South Africa, Ukraine and many more. The awards seek to recognise and prize excellence in a number of sectors, including Airlines, Hotels & Resorts, Medical Wellness/ Longevity, Restaurants, Seven Star Experience, Spa, Golf, Luxury Car Rental, and more. Companies can nominate themselves if they wish; once a nomination is approved, they

HSH Prince Max della Torre e Tasso, Katara Hospitality, Khalil ElMouelhy

are given an official Silver Seven Stars ‘Approved Nomination’ Crest, which they can publish on their respective websites alongside links to the voting page. All voting takes place online, and both the public and members of the industry are free to vote. Each voter can only vote once per country in any sector. Winners receive a gold ‘Ordained Winner’ Crest, which they also proudly publish as a sign of their excellence in their respective sector. The Gold Seven Star Crest is completely free, as all are other aspects of the competition. All winners are officially announced at the gala, accepting their reward onstage at the hand of members of the organisation’s Luxury Panel, which comprises movers and shakers in the luxury tourism sector. The Villa Padierna Palace Hotel is a logical choice for an event of this calibre. The Black Tie/ Long Dress event will take place in various areas of the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel, including Palacio Linares and

the Amphitheatre. Says Khalil ElMouelhy, "The Villa Padierna Palace Hotel is where it all began for our organisation, back in June, 2013. We are big fans of Spain and Marbella and are delighted be returning to this exceptional property for our 2016 Gala Ceremony. We are all looking forward to welcoming our 2016 Winners." Last year’s Awards at the Trans Resort Bali were a resounding success, and this year, the industry’s top CEOs, Managing Directors and General Managers will be flying in to the Coast, to attend the cocktail reception, gala dinner and awards presentation. The guest list will certainly read like a who’s who of the hospitality and lifestyle sectors, with past events having played host to members of royalty as well as top dignitaries. This year, attendees will include Luxury Panel Members Prince Massimiliano della Torre e Tasso, Princess Costanza della Torre e Tasso, and Princess Bhargavi Kumari

Frank M Pfaller, President & Founder of the International Hospitality Hall of Fame, Honorary Chairman and Luxury Panel member of the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards

Mewar (also Executive Director of HRH Group of Hotels), in addition to notable personalities from the Golden Triangle. The Villa Padierna Palace Hotel will also be hosting the world’s first International Hospitality Hall of Fame, founded by Frank M Pfaller (who is also Honorary Chairman of the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality & Lifestyle Awards). Ricardo Arranz de Miguel of the Villa Padierna is actually Honorary Chairman and Custodian of the International Hospitality Hall of Fame, which seeks to immortalise the achievements of exceptional individuals in the industry of luxury hospitality. If you are a luxury hotel or luxury tourism service provider, and you are competing in the awards, we wish you the best of luck. The gala event will provide entertainment and a fantastic night for all, with prominent Turkish broadcaster and media personality, Ece Vahapoğlu, performing the honours as MC. g For further information on the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality & Lifestyle Awards, For further information on the International Hospitality Hall of Fame,

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his is my last article in this series and, while there is still a lot more to do and look at, I think we have covered some basics. For my closing article I would like to tackle the subject of pivoting and change. One of my favourite quotes comes from Jeff Bezos: “If you don’t destroy your own business, someone else will do it for you”. This is pretty much true for all existing businesses and revenue models at some point. Something new will replace your skill or product and if you don’t adapt or change, you will die with it. However, this kind of change is rather different at the beginning when you are starting. When you are trying to disrupt, invent and create something new, there is no certainty of success. Without a doubt, you are passionate about your idea, you know it is good and know it will work. You have a vision and you are determined, like all entrepreneurs including myself, to make it work. But this can only happen when the market tells you that, and confirms what your idea is really worth. If no one signs up, if you get lots of sign ups and no one pays, or if you get loads of users but still no-one pays then you are faced with the difficult choice of either persevering or pivoting. Persevering in this case

is not easy. You have to have a clear vision and belief, and be free from the fear of failure. It takes tough skin and a cool head and in some cases plenty of cash. Yet against all odds many have made it: Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Josh Ostrovsky (aka The Fat Jew) and Zoella are among the many. This is much in line with the popular view of a real entrepreneur, with the big vision, and a stubborn determination to charge straight ahead through any obstacle and make it happen. The vision part is fine, but the reality is that many entrepreneurs have found that the extreme uncertainty of a new product or service usually requires many course corrections, or ‘pivots’ to find a successful formula. The following are the top 10 pivots taken from Eric’s Ries book, The Lean Startup. Z ZOOM-IN PIVOT. In this case, what previously was considered a single feature in a product becomes the whole product. This highlights the value of ‘focus’ and ‘minimum viable product’ (MVP), delivered quickly and efficiently. Z ZOOM-OUT PIVOT. In the reverse situation, sometimes a single feature is insufficient to support a customer set. In this type of pivot, what was considered the whole product becomes a single feature of a much

larger product. Z CUSTOMER SEGMENT PIVOT. Your product may attract real customers, but not the ones in the original vision. In other words, it solves a real problem, but needs to be positioned for a more appreciative segment, and optimised for that segment. Z CUSTOMER NEED PIVOT. Early customer feedback indicates that the problem solved is not very important, or money isn’t available for purchase. This requires repositioning, or a completely new product, to find a problem worth solving. Z PLATFORM PIVOT. This refers to a change from an application to a platform, or vice versa. Many founders envision their solution as a platform for future products, but don’t have a single killer application just yet. Most customers buy solutions, not platforms. Z BUSINESS ARCHITECTURE PIVOT. Geoffrey Moore, many years ago, observed that there are two major business architectures: high margin, low volume (complex systems model), or low margin, high volume (volume operations model). You can’t do both at the same time. Z VALUE CAPTURE PIVOT. This refers to the monetisation or revenue model. Changes to the way a startup captures value can have far-reaching consequences for business, product,

and marketing strategies. The ‘free’ model doesn’t capture much value. Z ENGINE OF GROWTH PIVOT. Most startups these days use one of three primary growth engines: the viral, sticky, or paid growth model. Picking the right model can dramatically affect the speed and profitability of growth. Z CHANNEL PIVOT. In sales terminology, the mechanism by which a company delivers its product to customers is called the sales channel or distribution channel. Channel pivots usually require unique pricing, feature, and competitive positioning adjustments. Z TECHNOLOGY PIVOT. Sometimes a startup discovers a way to achieve the same solution by using a completely different technology. This is most relevant if the new technology can provide superior price and/or performance to improve competitive posture. A startup’s runway at the end of the day is not really about money, but the number of pivots that it can still make. g Ali Parandeh is Founder of Urbytus™, The Presidents Club™ and Electronbox & PC Doctor. He has written five books in the fields of Internet and Biotechnology and can be contacted at


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Experiential dining is the new culinary catchphrase firing up restaurants’ focus beyond good food and beautiful décor to deliver multisensory magic acts. Belinda Beckett reviews the world’s top tables catering to our taste for adventure.


ould you pay a four-figure sum to eat in a restaurant without windows, accessed by a goods lift? Lots of people do, and dress up for the occasion although maybe that’s not surprising on the party island of Ibiza, where every summer heralds a new hot ticket attraction. Sublimotion has been dominating that slot for three solid seasons since it opened at the trendy 5-star Hard Rock Hotel in Playa d’en Bossa. A concoction of virtual reality and kitchen chemistry conjured up by two-star Michelin maestro Paco Roncero from Madrid, the food is said to be as awesome as the technical trickery, by everyone from actress Paz Vega to singer Alejandro Sanz. And that’s not the only twinkling star on the conceptual dining scene, a trend that

is setting gas rings aflame globally. Show cooking was just for starters! There’s touchy-feely Dinner in the Dark, where customers stumble to tables, fumble for food and dribble their soup in the aid of enhancing the sensory experience. You can do that at O.Noir in Toronto and DID at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok. Dinner in the Sky is a moveable feast on hire around the world, where diners and table plus food and chef are hoisted skyward by crane for a banquet (let’s hope everyone’s been to the bathroom first). There’s even a café in Paris choc-full of cats, where fondling a feline is offered as therapy, along with your café au lait, which is ok if you don’t mind a bunch of mangy moggies muscling in on your millefeuille.

Not such a loopy idea is Alton Towers’ new Rollercoaster Restaurant which brings theme park thrills to dining. With visitor figures to the Staffordshire adventure centre languishing after 2015’s Smiler tragedy, this culinary caper is ramping up turnover after the park closes and proving as much of a draw for grown-ups as kids. We also have to hand it to Budapest’s Four Seasons Hotel and Hungary’s State Opera which is putting its magnificent 18th century auditorium to full use as a pop-up restaurant when the orchestra’s not in town. Thailand’s jungle treepod tables are totally cool while, closer to home, Bland’s Travel Gibraltar will whisk you to a table in the Sahara Desert for an Arabian night’s feast. If that’s whetted your appetite, read on.

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Paco Roncero and his backstage brigade

Virtual Victualling in Ibiza It costs an eye-watering €1,500 + IVA for a seat at Sublimotion’s table for 12, making it the most expensive restaurant in the world. Mastermind, Paco Roncero, dubbed Madrid’s answer to Heston Blumenthal, prefers to call it “The cheapest lifechanging experience anyone can have”. Not so much dinner as a magic show, selfmixing cocktails and paint-your-own desserts are among the culinary concoctions unveiled at twicenightly sittings, orchestrated by a brigade of 27 who number as many lighting technicians, musicians and illusionists as chefs. White-chocolate foie gras doughnuts that float in on balloons and pillows of nitrogenised olive oil pegged to a miniature washing line are among the avant garde offerings. Described as ‘Disneyland on acid’, the 20-course, three-hour experience begins with a journey to the earth’s core via a service lift. It’s the first of many

clever illusions that continue in the dining ‘capsule’, where extraordinary settings are projected onto the walls, floor, ceiling and table to create 360 ‘worlds’, with dishes to match the theme. Guests are transported to the seabed to eat fish in the company of virtual sharks and manta rays; to the North Pole for chilled snacks carved on their own iceberg; to a fairytale orchard to picnic on edible grass, flowers and soil. The box of test-tubes containing ingredients for a Bloody Mary which mixes itself like one of Harry Potter’s magic potions is a star attraction. One Trip Advisor reviewer raves about the edible entry tickets and the Who’s Who of guests around the table, while even Forbes Magazine’s restaurantsfor-millionaires critic Maridel Reyes was impressed, calling it “The most show-stopping and memorable meal of my life.” i


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Zippy service © Cat Vinton

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Treepod Treat in Thailand If you like zippy service and being at one with nature, the treepod tables at Six Senses Soneva Kiri on Koh Kood island dish it up in double measure. Guests are seated in nest-shaped pods on the forest floor, winched up into the treetops and left to ponder the menu while dangling metres above the jagged coastline in the tropical rainforest canopy. They’re not left hanging around for too long before a waiter comes whipping through the well-pruned foliage on a zip wire with their starter. Canapés in the canopy, high tea, haute cuisine – even breakfast, when these four-seater nests give new meaning to being ‘up with the lark’– anything is possible at this eco resort which promises no native masang tree has been drilled or screwed during construction of the rattan and bamboo pods, a concept nearly three years in the planning. The food is eco too. The taro chips, the Thai pistou and much of the fresh veg and fruit originates from the hotel’s organic gardens. Dishes are designed with location and high speed transport in mind. The popular Forager’s Basket includes young coconut prawn, scallop escabeche and pomegranate. What started as a limited edition has turned into a craze. And with the more adventurous customers looking enviously at the flying waiters, a self-service option is being considered, allowing Boris Johnston types to enjoy the zip-line experience too.

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Theme Park Thrills in Staffordshire

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Waiters are redundant at Alton Towers’ new restaurant where meals arrive by rollercoaster. Diners sit around the base of this monster fairground attraction which fills the entire restaurant. The fun comes in watching their orders helter-skelter along a 1,300ft track, doing two loop-the-loops before dropping 26ft the height of two double-decker buses – along a tornado spiral to their table. And it’s not fast food, although dishes travel at the speed Mo Farah won Olympic Gold on a route equivalent to a full-size athletics track. Proper entrées and desserts include lamb shank and Eton Mess (a safe choice, given that it looks a mess to start with) but apparently dishes really do arrive at the correct table hot, intact and without the gravy slopped. It works by straps, gravity, centrifugal force and a lot of prepping in pots. Every table has its own number and track so meals don’t go astray. “It’s a little bit more detailed than a normal restaurant,” says Executive Head Chef Dan Wilbraham, clearly a master of understatement. “First we cook the food, and then there’s a process where it needs to go into the stainless steel pot into the dispatch area, which is then launched down a track.” Each pot travels 173 miles a week and it seems that half of Britain is doing the same, to get to Staffordshire and experience this loopy attraction. Open to ticket holders all day and the general public at night when the park closes, it’s proving such a popular adult entertainment it can even be booked for corporate events. i


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STARRY NIGHT IN THE SAHARA For living out your Arabian Nights fantasies, this is the real deal – a date to dine under the palms, with sundowners in the dunes and midnight at the oasis (send your camel to bed); although guests usually stay for one night, not 1001, on this adventurous side-trip from Marrakech. Getting there by helicopter, jeep and camel, is part of the adventure. And this is glamping Berber-style in luxurious khaima tents decorated with handmade cushions and traditional carpets, sprung mattress beds with cotton sheets and duck down pillows, bathrooms

with shower and loo en suite and solar-powered electricity backed up by a generator. Count the stars in the clear night sky as Berber chefs prepare a traditional three-course meal with ethnic entertainment and a wine waiter to uncork your favourite tipple. Morocco may be as dry as the desert but this particular oasis offers a full bar. You’ll be in the mood to share campfire stories until the wee small hours. Contrary to popular belief, desert nights are not teeth-chatteringly cold outside the depths of winter although the summer sun can heat the sand to

a simmering 80 centigrade, so don’t forget your slippers. “It’s so still and quiet the silence is almost deafening,” says Nuria Saccone, Head of Destination Services at Blands Travel, whose partner Travellink Morocco, a company with Berber roots, arranges this divine desert experience. “People want a deeper involvement with a destination’s people and culture than they get on the usual package holiday or sight-seeing tour and it’s also our policy to give back to the local communities where we operate,” she adds. i

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Everyone’s Raving about the



he inviting purple lights that dot the interior of the conically-shaped Barceló Raval provide just an inkling into the chic, hip ambience that holds sway at one of the Barceló Group’s newest hotels. By day, the Hotel seems to blend into the skyline, curving gracefully into the azure background, but by night, the colourful interiors come to life through clever lighting and, before midnight, the Raval is the coolest place to be in the centre of Barcelona. Riding a trend intelligently means picking the right location and you could not ask for better if you wish to be in the thick of things. The Raval is strategically located in the Rambla del Raval, a wide, tree-flanked avenue famed for its multi-cultural feel. The area has become an oasis for trendy urbanites, who gather at buzzing art studios, galleries and cool book shops. The area is also home to the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), which features exciting exhibitions such as the recent Punk. Its Influence on Contemporary Art. Nearby is the Contemporary Cultural


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Centre of Barcelona (CCCB), which regularly hosts exhibitions, cultural conferences, multimedia events and more. Fashion lovers meet their match in this area, too; the neighbourhood is peppered with gorgeous boutiques featuring items by local designers. One of the best things about the Rambla del Raval is its proximity to other popular tourist areas such as trendy shopping haven, Eixample, and the scenic Gothic Quarter. It is also within short walking distance of La Boqueria and Mercat Sant Antoni: two of the most beautiful and colourful markets in the world. Finally, don’t leave town without visiting the Palau Güell, a marvellous exponent of Catalan modernism, built by Antoni Gaudí himself. While the Rambla del Raval will undoubtedly envelop you in its youthful vibe, there is plenty to enjoy at the Hotel itself. The interiors definitely live up to the Barceló Group’s fame for cutting edge design, with bright, bold colours, hanging lights and cosy lounge areas graced with an almost disco-ish feel.

The rooms are just as dynamic – bright red, lime green and black hues make for rich, lush interiors that express a bold statement. There are 100 Superior and 82 Deluxe Rooms, and four Junior Suites. Although all are beautifully designed and as comfy as they are chic, if views are your thing, then we suggest booking a Junior Suite. Spacious windows and electronically controlled curtains offer an unbeatable view of the city, which can be enjoyed from the privacy of the living room. Whether work or play is the order of the day, the Junior Suite won’t disappoint, with its two flat screen televisions (with 73 international channels), Nespresso machine, free Wi-Fi desk, full mini-bar and more. All Junior Suites can be connected up with Deluxe Rooms for the ultimate family stay. Between sleeps, keep your fi tness level up while you’re on holiday at the gym (fi tted with top-of-the-range Technogym equipment), or detox at the Finnish sauna, cooling off your worries with an essence shower or soothing massage. If business is on the mind, you will be pleased

to know that the Hotel has four meeting rooms, all with natural light, Wi-Fi and an integrated sound system, completely soundproof and conveniently located on the first floor. The Hotel’s restaurant, B Lounge, is as trendy and as richly designed as the rest of the common areas. Intricately patterned standing lamps are married to artistic sculptures of pigs, regal chairs and slickly lacquered tables. B Lounge serves fusion cuisine as well as tapas. It opens for lunch and dinner and the bar is open until midnight. Even if you aren’t staying at the Hotel, savour the best that B Lounge has to offer on Sundays, when a hearty brunch is served with live DJ sessions! The pièce de résistance of the Barceló Raval is undoubtedly its rooftop, where one of the most gorgeous wooden decked pools in the city is flanked by tables offering a 360º view of Barcelona, with its iconic buildings and rolling mountain ranges. The bar is famed for its refreshing cocktails, making it an ideal pre-disco venue or secret spot to enjoy great conversation. i

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Tempt your taste buds at funky new Puerto Banús eatery, The Laundrette, experience fine dining par excellence at El Grill at the Marbella Club Hotel, and learn more how Los Bandidos’ Jill Lindberg plans to celebrate her iconic restaurant’s 30th anniversary.

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Puente Romano Hotel, Blv. Principe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, Marbella.

Tel: 952 818 392

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

SUKHOTHAI Exquisite Royal Thai Cuisine

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

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Join us for a spooktacular Autumn Break at the Kid’s Club Memories to last a lifetime

An entire programme full of terrifyingly fun activities, from Zombie Zumba - yes there is such a thing! - and Spooky Olympics to the concoction of Witches’ Brew and ... a Scary Science Show!

Our mini witches & wizards will prepare foolproof perfumes and potions in our aroma workshop.

We will build a home for all of Halloween’s creepy crawlies…a huge spider’s web with eggs and loads of spiders moving about.

For more information please contact Daniela Isler /

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

Parents and children will love the exclusive club Halloween Party with haunted treats, games and terrifying surprises!

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Fine Dining by Candlelight




t is not often that I walk into an establishment and feel as though my mind, heart and soul have been arrested by an ambience so appealing, that it impresses as much as it welcomes. El Grill at the Marbella Club was the one restaurant at the famous Hotel that had eluded me, largely because I more often enjoy lunch, rather than dinner out. This gastronomic haven, however, is definitely one to be enjoyed by night. Although it has a cosy indoor setting for the colder months, the ideal time for a visit would have to be right now: when the nights are cool and breezy yet still warm enough to dine under the stars. The setting offers a unique chance to enjoy an intimate meal in the midst of a verdant paradise, where vertiginous palms are surrounded by quaint olive trees. Fairy lights embrace the foliage and add a touch of magic. Gracing one olive tree, is a pristine white candle sculpture, made, like the restaurant itself, patiently, with the passage of time. The slowly melting wax has formed a large abstract artwork topped by a bevy of lit candles – which makes for an incredibly

romantic sight. There are too many tiny details to mention – the exquisite crystal and cutlery; waiters uncovering dishes mysteriously hidden beneath silver cloches; the impressive variety of wines, Champagnes and liqueurs. This is as good as a dining experience gets. In the background, a pianist tickles the ivories on a baby grand. The elegantly dressed waiting staff immediately arrives at your table to ask you what you would like to drink. They are always extremely helpful, ready to suggest the most favoured dishes and clearly passionate about what they do and the food they serve. El Grill is often touted as Marbella’s most exclusive restaurant and this certainly applies to the produce. My dining companion and I delighted in the complimentary aperitif – a scrumptious foie gras and cabbage bite. We shared a starter – El Grill’s famous cheese soufflé, rich and creamy and bearing an amazing texture – slightly crisp outside and buttery soft inside. We sinfully dipped our bread (taken from the bread basket, which bore a wide variety of breads) into the cheesy sauce, feeling

not the slightest bit guilty about indulging after a hard day at work. The dish, like all the others we sampled, showed off the passion for perfection exercised by Head Chef, Juan Gálvez – who worked for nine years at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa, venturing forth to found a restaurant in Tenerife which garnered a Michelin star. He was enticed once again to join the Marbella Club team, and today, he continues to display a respect for tradition and passion for innovation in equal measure. We decided to keep our mains healthy, sharing two legendary dishes: the baked fillet of turbot (served simply with al dente green beans, roast garlic baby potatoes and a smooth Hollandaise sauce – made in-house, of course) and the chateaubriand (which we ordered rare, as meat of this calibre merits). The latter, bearing a wonderful flavour and melt-in-the-mouth texture, was served alongside creamy spinach and roast potatoes, as well as a spicy Argentinean tomato sauce. The wine, too, was excellent, with a list comprising some of the best labels from around the world. We chose a Château La Fleur Petrus Merlot (2009)

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– fruity, smooth, and wonderfully earthy. For dessert, we gave in to the raspberry soufflé, made at the moment and served, once again, with plenty of panache; the waitress brought the fluffy dessert to our table then spooned a little hole in the centre, pouring in a tiny jug of freshly made raspberry purée. The bottom of this dulcet ‘well’ bore pieces or raspberry, which complemented the cloud-like meringue to perfection. We enjoyed our dessert with a wonderful Tokai 5 Puttonyos from Hungary. Finally, who could resist a cup of freshly brewed coffee with mignardises such as chocolate and candied fruit? The menu bears a quote by Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, which states, “Dressing for dinner is like taking off the day’s worries and slipping into a relaxed and celebratory evening mood.” His words perfectly capture the appeal of this unique haven, favoured by connoisseurs across the Coast and beyond. Top notch produce and traditional cooking methods are married to service that impresses and a romantic candlelit ambience. The result is sheer perfection.


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The Launderette Cocktail and Carbs offers a fun twist on dining in the port, with light, tasty and healthy meals accompanied by delicious cocktails. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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o need to tuck your napkin into your collar, for at The Launderette they’re just keen for you to tuck in and enjoy yourself. A funky new Puerto Banús eatery with a cool American feel, The Launderette offers a modern twist on Italian cuisine in a menu that also includes other highlights. This combination, along with a breezy spot from which to admire the fast cars and beautiful people, provides an appealing recipe, but above all it is the fun, fresh concept behind the restaurant that makes it stand out – ensuring you’ll enjoy being here and eat well. Life should be happy and stylish, and The Launderette is a good example of how this can be achieved. Choose the open terrace deck or head for the tables and booths inside, the waiters will look after you and the sights, atmosphere and cooling breeze will flow in and blend with the trendy interior that is a mix of urban chic and beachside cool. Seated here your eye might drift off to the cocktail menu, which includes well-known classics as well as some truly captivating creations that you might want to try.

It’s just the thing to get an evening going and whet your appetite.


Creativity is at the heart of The Launderette, which besides an inspired selection of cocktails also offers tasty treats that promise a new take on classic dishes such as hamburgers, pastas, salads, meat dishes and tempura. Once you’ve chosen yours there is a top selection of dips, sauces and side plates, so in a way you’re not just ordering off the menu but designing your own dish in a question of minutes. It’s fun, easy and tasty, especially as you wash down the complimentary handmade crisps and pink cumin dip with a glass of refreshing Portuguese Dão rosé, as we did. We went Italian for the starters, choosing the fresh Peach Caprese Salad, which like most dishes on the menu, is a contemporary variation on a time-honoured classic. The sliced peach accompanies the mozzarella di bufala well to create a real summer dish that is light and refreshing. Arancini is a less well-known Italian

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dish made up of mini meatballs with rice that look like Spanish croquetas but are different in taste and texture. This filling starter is also an ideal accompaniment to a glass of beer, so be sure to include it if you pop in to The Launderette for a pre-port snack. Still enjoying the Dão, a real wine in rosé form, we ‘left’ Italy and headed for the USA and Portugal for our main courses. The Launderette is clearly proud of the range of burgers it offers, and quite rightly so, for they don’t only sport funky names like the ‘Tumble Burger’, the ‘Hand Wash Burger’ and the ‘Laundromat Cajun Beef Burger’, but the ingredients and variations are creative and tasty too. I chose a slice of urban America in the Wash Line Burger, which comes with rucula, cheddar, caramelized onion with bacon and also a compote of coriander seeds, cider vinegar and brown sugar. It was a lovely deviation from the

standard burger, meanwhile the spit roasted chicken takes on a Portuguese tint when combined with spicy peri peri sauce. The latter is one of several options available, but try it and see why everyone who’s been to Portugal raves about it. As the menu suggests, you might get your fingers sticky while tackling one of the American or Italian-inspired desserts, but we went for the Big Apple and chose a New York cheesecake. At The Launderette it comes in a funky jar and is soft, creamy and simply delicious – not unlike the restaurant itself!


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A Unique Experience with

Martin Miller’s Gin

It’s been a great win for Martin Miller’s Gin, voted World’s Best Gin at the Worlds Drinks Awards. The prestigious brand (made with pure Icelandic water) has recently teamed up with some of the iconic hotels in Spain, offering discerning travellers a special pack under which they can enjoy the experience of a lifetime (including special tasting dinners, nature experiences and the like) as well as the special flavour of Martin Miller’s Gin. The hotels involved are Aire de Bardenas (on the edge of the Natural Reserve, Bardenas Reales in Navarra), Mil Estrelles (pictured here, featuring dome-like structures which enable guests to sleep under the beauty of the stars of the Girona sky), Casa de Tomillares (Parisian in its style and inspiration and located in Ávila) and Hotel Domus Real Fuerte de la Concepción (the only hotel in Spain situated in a fort in Salamanca). i For further information, visit the website of each of the hotels.

Sabor a Málaga and Carrefour Confirm Collaboration The President of the Provincial Council of Málaga, Elías Bendodo, recently signed an agreement with the President of Costasol de Hipermercados, Aurelio Martín, for the distribution and promotion of ‘Sabor a Málaga’ products at Carrefour centres along the Coast. These products, which highlight traditional Malagueño fare, can also be found in other supermarkets, including Carrefour Estepona, Mijas and Torremolinos, Makro, Eroski, Maskom, El Corte Inglés, Mercafrutas and more. i

First Conference on Healthy Eating at the Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella The Hospital Quironsalúd recently hosted a conference on the subject of healthy eating, the first of its kind at the Hospital. Organised by Endocrinologist and Nutritionist, Dr. Cristina Maldonado, the event focussed on the nature of ageing and the anti-oxidant rich diet and featured a fun show-cooking spectacle featuring an antioxidant menu. i

Kava Marbella

Opens in the Old Town Talented young Chef, Fernando Alcalá, has announced his aim to revolutionise the Old Town with his brand new restaurant, Kava, ensconced in the quaint Plaza de Los Naranjos. Alcalá aims to delight locals and savvy international diners with original, cosmopolitan fare baring unusual blends that surprise and please the palate. Some of his most popular dishes include the pancetta and citrus salad, dim sums filled with rabo de toro, tuna dashi and thyme, pork tail with white prawns, carne mechada Ssäm and much more. g Open nightly for dinner. Plaza de los Naranjos, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 824 108.


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os Bandidos is one of the most iconic restaurants on the Port – the ultimate choice for those seeking top service, exquisitely prepared dishes and the lovely, buzzy vibe that only the frontline can offer. Its heart is undoubtedly Jill Lindberg, the stunning Swede who, 30 years ago, chose an oddly quiet locale to delight diners with dishes she had carefully crafted – Jill is, above all, a great cook who, despite studying political science and French, chose to dedicate her life to making diners truly happy. “Back then,” she notes, elegantly seated at her regular table at Los Bandidos, “this side of the Port wasn’t even lit – everyone came in from the other side, stopping midway to head back.” Today, of course, the opposite is true – the Los Bandidos entry, in front of the Cristamar shopping centre and right next to Louis Vuitton, is the most popular choice for access to the Port. Throughout the many changes that have taken place in this area, one thing has remained constant:

Los Bandidos is still the ultimate establishment to visit – one where tables are booked four times over in one night, and the client list includes sheiks, princes and celebrities. Turning 30 is a big feat in such a competitive industry and Jill thought long and hard about how to celebrate it well. “We have served over two million diners during our 30-yearhistory. How do you reward all those people?” laughs the restaurateur, who notes that of this number, “around 60 per cent are regulars who visit us often, while 40 per cent are regulars from the high season. In the summer, many of our regulars are tourists.” Jill adds that her clients hail from all over the world – in the winter, mainly from England, Sweden, Spain, Ireland and Norway but in the summer, “they visit us from all over the world, including the Middle East and Russia.” Jill chanced upon the perfect solution to her dilemma: “From October 15 to December 1, I will be giving our regular clients a special gift and asking them to provide us with

their email or with a confirmation of their email,” she smiles, without revealing the contents of said gift despite my prodding. And that’s not all; “On December 2, we will be holding a draw for an incredibly special present that involves something I love greatly and which I hope will make the winning client very happy.” Although I cannot share the nature of the gift with our readers, I will admit that Jill revealed its contents to me – trust me, it is truly special and well-selected. Jill is a generous soul and delightfully friendly and downto-earth, which is perhaps one of the keys to her success. She has hobnobbed with everyone from kings and sheiks to celebrities and athletes the likes of Sean Connery and James Hunt, who were friends of her late husband, Kurt Lindberg – the latter created the ‘Los Bandidos’ group of golfers that gave name to this restaurant. For Jill, however, it is all about providing an excellent experience to every single diner, and

her greatest joy is simply receiving many generations of families in her restaurant. “We have clients who have been visiting us regularly for 25 years… their children are starting to come too. Many are excited to note that the restaurant is just as they recall it from their childhood memories,” she smiles. Jill is also keen to highlight the important role played by her staff in Los Bandidos’ success. Chef, Juan Sepulveda, for instance, has been here for 15 years; Cashier, Yolanda Silva, for 22 years; and Maître d’, Juan Carlos Rivera, for 27. Most staff have been here for over a decade, and all smile and greet Jill with the camaraderie that is present in all the best workplaces. Congratulations to Jill and her fantastic team for 30 years of dedication, hard work and passion for a restaurant we hope will be around for another 30! g Open nightly for dinner. Muelle Ribera, Casa M, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 915.


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1, 3 and 6-month passes Spa Facilities, Gym, Treatments, Health & Wellness Assessment. Discounts at the Tennis Club, the Sea Grill Restaurant and room nights. Personalized Integrated Wellness Programmes

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Tomás Postigo is a legendary winemaking name in Ribera del Duero and, over the last 30 years, he has become one of the key figures responsible for consolidating the region’s reputation as one of the most exciting in Spain.

The Quiet Crusader




orn in the small village of Cantimpalos, in Segovia province – known to foodies for its hard, fabulous smoky chorizo – he studied Chemistry at the Autonomous University of Madrid followed by Enology at Valladolid University and started his career as the first serious winemaker at the Peñafiel Cooperative (one of Spain’s first – founded in 1927) in 1984, long since privatised as Protos. This was where I first met him around 1985 and boy did he have his hands full, for here was an archaically managed set-up consisting of several hundred growers. From the beginning, with immense patience and no airs, he would begin a career that would go on to achieve major heights, as this practical, quietly

spoken man, small in stature but imbued with simple, sparely expressed authority, set about educating his rural flock as to the necessity of proper vineyard management, the importance of decent and well maintained oak barrels and in essence the fact that only quality would do, which was ultimately in everyone’s interests. Meantime, with the creation of the DO in 1982, as investors realised that Ribera del Duero could be a money-spinner and at last something to challenge Rioja, in 1988 Tomás was lured away from his ongoing crusade at the Co-op by José María Ruiz Benito – a well known entrepreneurial restaurateur from Segovia – to create Pago de Carraovejas. This he planted from scratch,

complete with a drip irrigation system, in its own valley just east of the village, with Cabernet on the slopes in order to achieve proper ripeness and Tinto Fino/ Tempranillo down below. It would prove to be one of the biggest hits of the emerging Ribera del Duero by virtue of its modern style, achieved by Tomás’s use of gravity fed grape movement, vinifying the fruit from particular plots separately, fermenting the grapes whole and using only their own wild yeasts – in order to achieve exuberant primary fruit – followed by the complementary and judicious use of very specific new oak barrels for particular batches of wine bought from a major array of different coopers, and invariably made to his

specifications and under his supervision. Twenty years later, this starstudded and phenomenally successful estate had grown to some 160 hectares and Tomás moved on, buying a former boilermaking facility next to the old railway station in Peñafiel – the advantage being that there was still a mobile crane facility on site which meant considerably less hassle in converting the building into a winery which would, as ever, incorporate natural gravity as one of the all-important features of his winemaking. Perhaps at this stage – with apologies for being technical – a brief explanation of what this actually means and the winemaking process might be appropriate.


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The freshly picked grapes are delivered in small plastic boxes at a precise time and on a day previously agreed by those involved in the winery whose job it is to help the growers manage their vineyards; on arrival the bunches are hand sorted on selection tables. The grapes are then de-stemmed and fed into a small, gentle and very expensive calibrated device (termed an optical sorter) to eject through its sides any abnormally underweight berries. The now immaculate fruit goes into a mobile hopper, which once full, is picked up by a crane and tipped straight into the appropriate steel fermentation tank. The impact of the fall splits a proportion and the must ferments, temperature controlled (the tanks are covered with steel jackets through which cold water is circulated) for some 10 to 12 days, after which the free run juice is extracted from a sluice, and the mass of skins with a significant number of still whole berries is transferred into a basket press to extract a second much denser wine. Tomás’s grapes are bought at three times the going rate (around €2,60 a kilo) – Vega Sicilia, Pingus and Pago de Carraovejas are among the few others to do this – from a hard core local network of some 200 growers: typically around

30 for each vintage, which enables rejection with no questions asked if anything is deemed sub-standard, right up to the point of delivery, and this means that each grower’s fruit is vinified separately, as described above, in a free run juice and press version of each batch. The new oak barrels purchased every year tend to come from French coopers of the category of Saury and Demptos and though all of medium toast, they confer remarkably different flavours and so different batches of wine are destined to distinct oaks. One most exciting development in this respect is his discovery and use of the rarely seen Quercus pyrenaica – a rare protected species of Spanish oak discovered by a German, although erroneously named, as it grows primarily in the Castilla/ León area and in particular in the Salamanca area. Achieving this involves ear-marking specific trees and obtaining permission to cut one down, and true to form, Tomás has respected nature and gone through the legal hoops and already has a cooper in Santander preparing him customised barrels of this exceptionally dense and aromatic oak which may well provide the basis of a second red. Meantime, not having vineyards – although Tomás has recently

bought four hectares where he intends to plant Cabernet as this is the trickiest ripener of all and can impart seriously (unwanted) green attributes – in an area famous for its extreme and unpredictable climate, affords him the privilege of only making what he wants to. This has meant that since his first (2009) vintage, production in an excellent year (say 2014) might be a maximum of 130,000 bottles but in a difficult one (say 2013) just 70,000 bottles.


Tomás Postigo currently makes just a single red. In a typical year it is usually 85% Tinto Fino/Tempranillo, just under 10% Cabernet, with the rest Merlot and recently around 1% Malbec. Tasting notes: Effusive purple crimson in hue, packed with dark black fruits and with overtones of violets, not to mention the multiple nuances of so many oaks (vanilla, custard and a whisk of treacle toffee) but also lush, ripe, and friendly tannins – and above all silky substance. Invariably, in addition, his wines tend to be just over the 15% mark, but as already implied, this is to do with the all important ripeness that characterises his wines and makes them so harmonious. The awesome 2014 was

released this June but the 2013 – which is appreciably dancier by virtue of only having Merlot to accompany the Tinto Fino as the Cabernet did not ripen properly – is also well worth a go if you can find it... Tomás has elsewhere been described as the alchemist of Peñafiel and this may well be true; but for me he is above all the quiet, wise and passionate crusader; and despite our relatively advanced age, I’ll always be available to mount up yet again and continue to be his standard-bearer. When you’ve tried his wine you will be too.e


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


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Calderón Estébanez 19, Marbella. Tel: 952 774 578


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

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

le bistroman

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 Banús, Tel: 952 813 625, Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 563 673

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

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

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



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

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

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

Hacienda patagonica

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

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

Valderrama Restaurant


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

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


El Coto

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



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


Casa mono

Red Pepper

Open Monday to Saturday from 1pm to 11pm. C/

Open daily for both lunch and dinner.


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Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 812 148


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

international 11&11 Restobar

Asador Criollo Grill


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

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

Open Monday to 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

Old Town Grill

Aidan’s bar & Grill

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

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

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

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

Restaurante Rancho

El Carnicero


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

Arenal, Avda. Cervantes s/n, El Rosario, Marbella. Tel: 951 507 426

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

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

Bahia beach

Al Rolo

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

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

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

Albert & simon

beach house

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

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


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

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

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

El gaucho de banús

Jaipur Purple


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

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

el rancho del puerto


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

Open Monday to Thursday for lunch, Friday and Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for lunch. Urb. Coral Beach s/n, km 176, Marbella. Tel: 952 777 299

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

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



Grill del puerto


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

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

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

Arenal beach bar & restaurant

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

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

El Gaucho

La pArrilla

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


Jaipur palace

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

barbq artesanal burgers

beckitts Besaya Beach

Open daily from 11am until late. Urb. Playa del


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

bono beach

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

Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro, CN-340, km. 132, Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 695 114 / 619 694 484


Finca Besaya

c’est la vie

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

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

el grill

Finca El Forjador

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

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

Open daily from 11am to 9pm. Urb. Costabella, Avda. Cervantes s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 839 236

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

bora bora beach

cortijo fain

Open daily from 11am to 2am. Paseo Marítimo de San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 789 100

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


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

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

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

El lago


Don Leone


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

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

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

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

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

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


El Campanario

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

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



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


cerrado del águila

El Corzo

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

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

El oceano beach hotel Restaurant & Spa Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 199, Miraflores Playa, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 587 550

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

El Restaurante del Casino

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

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

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

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

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 Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sundays for lunch. Cortijo Los Canos,

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


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hotel marbella club buffet

Sunday. Flamingo Golf Club, Cancelada, Benahavís. Tel: 951 318 815

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


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

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

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

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

La Loggia

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

Laguna Beach Restaurante

la plage de casanis

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

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Zaragoza s/n, Las Chapas (exit km 190.5), Marbella. Tel: 952 900 450


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

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

La cabaña del mar

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

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

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

weekends for lunch and dinner, closed Tuesdays. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 136. Playa Guadiaro, Torreguadiaro, Cádiz. Tel: 956 615 998

La veranda lobby bar

Mc café

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Macaoo beach

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

La Veranda


La Verandah

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

Open for breakfast and lunch until 8pm. Closed

Open week days for dinner at 7:30pm and

Mare nostrum

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

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

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

Magna Café

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

mos eisley Open Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 12am. Closed Mondays. Urb. El Pilar, C/ Ojén, km 166, Marbella. Tel: 951 196 609

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

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

ocean club Open daily for lunch and snacks. Avda. Lola Flores


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s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 137

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

Orange Beach Club

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


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

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

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

Trocadero Sotogrande

Open daily from 10am to 8pm. At the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa. Avda. Zurita, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

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

passion café

smart café

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

Open 8:30am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9:30 am to 6pm on weekends. C/ Los Olivos 1, above the Enjoy Golf Academy in front of Aloha College. Tel: 690 001 045

the little geranium


The meeting room

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

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

villa padierna club de mar

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

shanti-som – amrita

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

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

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

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

the launderette Open daily 10am to midnight. Avda. Julio Iglesias s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 319 292 Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. C/ Ronda, La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa (pedestrian street behind the Town Hall). Tel: 952 493 602

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

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

Venta garcía Open daily for lunch and dinner every day except Monday. Ctra. de Casares km 7, Casares. Tel: 952 894 191 Open daily for lunch from 1pm to 6pm. CN 340, km 166, Marbella. Tel: 647 791 515



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

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

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

Trocadero arena

italian Al Dente

Open every day for dinner. Closed on Mondays. Urb. Jardines del Puerto, local 12, Puerto Banús.


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Don giovanni

Amore e Fantasía

Open Friday to Monday for dinner. At Hotel Finca Cortesín. Ctra. de Casares, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800

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

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


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

gold restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

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


Il Tartufo

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

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


la fiorentina

O mamma mia

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

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

la pappardella di estepona

Pizzeria Picasso

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

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

portofino laguna village

Asian fusion bing

LA pappardella sul mare

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

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

ristorante san martino

asiatico zen

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

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

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

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

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

Metro Open every day for lunch and dinner. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 446 460 Open daily for lunch and dinner. At the Caleta Hotel. Catalan Bay, Gibraltar. Tel: +350 200 76501

Rosmarino della piazza Open every day from 12pm ‘til midnight for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pinogolf de Don Carlos 34, Elviria.

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


Restaurante bar carmen Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 806 739

oriental Asia Food

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

BAMBOO Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.


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


Dragón de Oro

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

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

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

Hanuri KOREAN BBQ & BAR Open Tuesday-Friday dinner only from 6pm ‘til late and Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner. C.C. Los Jarales 6, Calahonda. Tel: 951 406 082/ 952 932 011

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

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

Kaiden Sushi

top thai

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

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

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


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

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




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

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

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

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. CN340, km. 166 (Benavista). C.C. Costa del Sol. Tel: 952 885 751


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

scandinavian Aloha restaurant

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

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


cervecería ostrería santiago

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

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


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

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

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

sushi des artistes (HIDEYOSHI wagyu)

El Barlovento

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

La Torre

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

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

Sushi Katsura

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

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

Marisquería La Pesquera Restaurante El bote Open every day for lunch and dinner. Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 660 084

palapa Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna


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Village, CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 808 165

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

spanish Bahía

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

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

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

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

Hacienda 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

vegetarian loving hut

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


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

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


CENTRO CULTURAL EL INGENIO Garcia Morato, s/n. San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 968

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

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


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

36 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 883 375

18 holes. Tel: 952 113 088

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

La Cala Golf Resort

Parador Málaga del Golf


Aloha Golf Club

18 holes. Tel: 952 381 255

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

18 holes. Tel: 952 907 085.

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

La Dama de Noche

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 810 875


Atalaya Golf

9 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 818 150

Real Club de Golf Sotogrande

Mijas. Tel: 952 663 738

La Duquesa Golf & Country Club

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 785 014


18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 882 812.

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 890 425

San Roque Club

Recinto Ferial. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 589 349

Cabopino Golf

La Quinta Golf

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 613 030


18 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 850 282

Calle Córdoba 9, Málaga. Tel: 952 213 412

Cerrado del águila

27 holes, Par 72.Tel: 952 762 390

18 holes. Tel: 952 850 111


18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 951 703 355

La Reserva Sotogrande

Santa Maria Golf & Country Club

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

Club de Golf La Cañada

18 holes. Tel: 956 695 209

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 831 036


18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 956 794 100

La Zagaleta Golf & Country Club

Sotogrande Club de Golf

Plaza Ramón Martínez, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 159

El Paraiso Club de Golf

18 holes. Members only. Tel: 952 695 209

18 holes. Tel: 956 785 012


18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 883 835

Lauro Golf 18 holes


Emancipación 30. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 474 542

Estepona Golf

Alhaurín de la Torre. Tel: 952 412 767


Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 791 200

Veracruz. Estepona. Tel: 952 800 056

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


Finca cortesín golf club

Los Naranjos Golf Club

Plaza Mayor. Tel: 902 220 922

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

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 815 206

Flamingos Golf Club

18 holes, Par 73. Tel: 952 113 239

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

18 holes, Par. Tel: 952 889 157.

Marbella Golf & Country Club

Angela’s School

18 holes. Tel: 952 830 500

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

Golf Río Real

Mijas Golf

british school of marbella

Alhaurín Golf

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 756 733

36 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 476 843

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

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

Golf Torrequebrada

Miraflores Golf

Calahonda International College

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 442 742

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 931 960

Ages 3-18. Tel: 952 930 080

Almenara Golf

Guadalmina Golf

Monte Mayor Golf & Country Club

Calpe School

*golf guide Alcaidesa Links

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

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 784 600

Marbella Club Golf Resort

Real Club de Golf Las Brisas

Santa Clara Golf


Aloha College


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

Childrens placE Bilingual nursery Atalaya, Estepona. Tel: 952 928 444

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

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

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

Colegio San José Guadalmina Tel: 952 883 858 Estepona. Tel: 952 800 148

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

Ecos College Ages 1–18. Elviria. Tel: 952 831 027

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

Hijas de María Auxiliadora Ages 3-12. Marbella. Tel: 952 771 396

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

Inlingua Language School All ages. Marbella. Tel: 952 774 942

the InteRnational SCHOOL of ESTEPONA Ages 2-12. Estepona. Tel: 952 884 789

Laude San pedro international college Ages 2–18. San Pedro. Tel: 952 799 900

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

Monseñor Rodrigo Bocanegra Ages 3-16. Marbella. Tel: 952 770 077

Performing Arts Academy Ages 3-18. Marbella. Tel: 952 906 865

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

Saint George’s School Ages 2-8. San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 606

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

St. Javier’s International School Ages 1-7. Marbella. Tel: 952 823 457

Stagecoach Theatre Arts School Ages 4-16. Tel: 952 900 453

Sunny View School Ages 2–18. Torremolinos. Tel: 952 383 164

Swans international school el capricho Ages 3–10. Marbella. Tel: 952 773 248

Swans international school Sierra blanca Ages 11–18. Marbella. Tel: 952 902 755

TLC Tutorial College Ages 13-18. Calahonda. Tel: 952 933 249

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

*tennis clubs Aztec Country Club

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

bel air tennis and paddel club Urb. Bel-Air, Estepona. Tel: 952 883 221

Club deL Sol Tennis/paddle classes. Calahonda. Tel: 952 939 595

Club de tenis don carlos


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

Club Internacional de Tennis Ctra. Cádiz, km 173. Marbella. Tel: 952 813 341

Club Madroñal Benahavís. Tel: 617 647 223

Club Nueva Alcántara 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


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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pets THE GUIDE .


CYD Santa María is a non-profit association which rescues poorly treated or abandoned horses, offering them refuge, health care and affection here in a dedicated animal shelter. The charity has just launched a new Teaming effort, asking animal lovers to donate just €1 a month to their cause. Who actually notices one euro less per month? Why not encourage your whole family and circle of friends to join? i Sign up on

ARISTOPAWS Presents New Luxury Travel Handbag From serious crime to serious fashion, former lawyer, Julia Bell, today introduces a unique and new concept in designer accessories: a luxury canine travel accessory handbag in black, fit for the runways of London, New York and Milan. The Rosie Bag is a beautifully styled, soft Nappa leather handbag designed for travelling with a dog. The luxury bag holds everything a dog and its owner might need for travel across land, sea or air, without compromising the A-lister wardrobe. Special features include a detachable leather ‘poo bag’ holder, two inner waterproof compartments for collapsible feeding/ water bowls, and an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap. i

The Seven Benefits


Fundación Affinity has just shared some great news with us: cats bring many more good things to our lives than we could ever imagine! The seven scientifically proven benefits of cats include: Z A lower likelihood that children will develop allergies and asthma. Z A lower risk of cardiovascular problems; pet owners generally have lower blood pressure and less cardiovascular reactivity to stressful situations. Z Emotional support in tough times. Z Lower triglyceride levels in blood. Z Greater general health (both physical and mental). Z Company and entertainment. Z Happiness and well-being – if you don’t believe us, spend a bit of time with a cat and enjoy the show they are likely to put on, if only for a few spectacular moments.


Dr Jean-Loup Rault at the University of Melbourne in Australia says that the idea of robotic pets is not as far into the future as we may imagine. In a report published in the journal, Frontier in Veterinary Science, Dr. Rault states that overpopulation will make having pets impracticable, leading human beings to embrace technological replacements. Says Dr. Rault, “It’s not a question of centuries from now. If 10 billion human beings live on the planet in 2050 as predicted, it’s likely to occur sooner than we think. If you’d described Facebook to someone 20 years ago, they’d think you were crazy. But we are already seeing people form strong emotional bonds with robot dogs in Japan.” While pet robotics have certainly come a long way in the past decade, we somehow feel that robots will never quite make the cut when it comes to filling the void that real life pets do… and they certainly won’t be able to impart all the numerous health benefits that pets bring. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2016 / 157

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forthcoming events


The Marbella International Film Festival will be taking place, bringing together artists and films from all over the world. For a full programme of events,

Until October 27 ART – BENALMÁDENA

DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Reserva del Higuerón presents an exhibition of modernist art by Mercedes Sola (paintings and sculptures).

Until December 4 ART – MÁLAGA

The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (CAC Málaga) presents Inspired by True-Life Events, a painting exhibition featuring 32 works by New Yorker, David Salle, who has exhibited his art at some of the most renowned museums in the world, including the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Opera House.

Until February 5, 2017 ART – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso de Málaga presents an exhibition by Uruguay-born artist, Joaquín Torres-García, who had the courage to experiment as an artist throughout his life, in the same vein as Pablo Picasso himself. The exhibition,

entitled Un Moderno en La Arcadia, includes 170 of his best works.

on Wednesday and El Goleto at Duquesa on Friday. For precise times,


Every Wednesday ART – MÁLAGA

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.


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.


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

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

Learn to dance with Colin and the team from Jive Spain at Miraflores Restaurant on Tuesday, El Campanario

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


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

Every 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.


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

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.

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


Every First Sunday of the month OPEN DAY – MIJAS

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,

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

Saturday October 15

DIANA NAVARRO – MÁLAGA Spanish crooner, Diana Navarro, will delight audiences with her dulcet tones at the Teatro Cervantes de Málaga at 8pm.

Saturday October 8

NEON NIGHT – MARBELLA Neon Night Marbella is a nighttime event in which the people of Marbella walk through the city dressed in bright neon adornments, to raise money for CADI (The Centre of Assistance for Child Diversity), which aids children with disabilities and special needs. The event will start at 7:30pm at Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo de Marbella. For further information, 158 / OCTOBER 2016 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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Saturday October 1 to Sunday October 2 FERIA – EL ÁNGEL, aloha

The El Ángel fair features food, music and activities for kids.


by various talented disc spinners, including Ginger Taylor and Hitsville Chalky, plus the legendary Wigan Casino DJ Kev Roberts. For further information,

Saturday October 8 show cooking – marbella

Brothers in Band is a Dire Straits tribute act, who will be performing live at the Málaga Auditorium Club at 8pm. For tickets,

Les Cubes Marbella presents a show cooking event featuring Michelin-starred restaurant, Sollo’s Diego Gallegos and Punto MX’s Roberto Ruiz. At 8.30pm. Reservation necessary. Tel: 952 868 396.

Thursday October 6 to Wednesday October 12 EL ROSARIO FAIR – FUENGIROLA


The El Rosario Fair will provide fun for the whole family, with drinks, music and games and activities.


Pérez Legal Group presents an interesting conference in collaboration with the Marbella Town Hall, covering Spanish Property Law, Taxation for Residents and Non-Residents, and Inheritance Procedure and Spanish Wills.

Friday October 7 to Saturday October 15 SOUL MUSIC – BENALMÁDENA

The annual Gold Soul Northern Soul Convention is a musical event that will be setting the Moonlight Club at the Sunset Beach Club on fire, with nightly sessions

Thursday October 13 to Sunday October 16 4DAYS WALKING – MARBELLA

Marbella’s most active charity event, Marbella 4DAYS WALKING, will see parents and children walk several routes to help raise money for the needy. For precise dates and locations,

Friday October 14 to Sunday October 23 THEATRE – FUENGIROLA

Peter Mitchell will be directing one of the best loved musicals of all time – Fiddler on the Roof, also a hit film about a family and their aspirations, hopes and dreams. For tickets,

Saturday October 15 RONAN KEATING – MARBELLA

Talented singer, Ronan Keating will be performing at the Global Gift Celebrity Golf Challenge Gala, to help raise money for various charities. Earlier in the day, Keating will be taking part in an 18-hole tournament at Estepona Golf. The Gala, meanwhile, will take place at the Gran Meliá Don Pepe Hotel. For further information,


The Arboretum Foundation will be hosting three activities to inspire us to care more about our environment, become more sustainable and make a change. The activities include an ARTivism Workshop, a screening of the film A Quest for Meaning and an inspirational talk on Being an Agent of Change by Satish Kumar, one of the world’s leading activists and pacifists. From 10am to 8pm at the Hospital Real de la Misericordia in the Old Town. For further information,


Ricky Lavazza, who will delight audiences with hits old and new.

Saturday October 29 DX1C NIGHT RUN – MARBELLA

The DX1C Halloween Night Run will be taking place, starting at the Parque Arroyo de la Represa in Marbella at 8:15pm. An entrance fee of €10 will go to towards DEBRA (the Butterfly Skin charity) and AVOI (a charity aiding children with cancer).

Saturday October 29 to Sunday October 30 MIND BODY SPIRIT FESTIVAL – MARBELLA

The Mind Body & Spirit Festival will take place once again at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel. Featuring demonstrations of mediumship; Tao, scenar and transference healing; galactic healing transmissions, tarot, palmistry, mediumship healings and psychic readings, and much more. For further information, Tel: 670 628 468.

The Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa del Sol will be hosting an exciting showjumping competition, featuring talented equestrians of various ages. For precise times,


Monday October 17 to Sunday October 23 FAIR – SAN PEDRO

Friday November 4 to Saturday November 5 GOLF – SOTOGRANDE

Enjoy rides, food, flamenco music and so much more at one of San Pedro’s biggest celebrations.

Thursday October 20 ART – Marbella

The H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel will be hosting the launch of an exhibition of paintings by impressionistic artist, Andrés Rueda, and of modernist sculptures by Jesús Hilera. The event starts at 8.30pm.

Friday October 28 to Sunday October 30 RICKY LAVAZZA – FUENGIROLA

The Film Symphony Orchestra will be playing at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga at 7:30pm. For tickets,

The Lions Golf World Cup & European Championship will be taking place at the Almenara Golf Resort, featuring outstanding prizes, including a Mercedes Smart donated by Fischer Car Gallery, as well as top brand watches, hotel and golf vouchers, etc. For further information, Tel: 630 794 369.


Accompany your kids on a trick or treat expedition in your neighbourhood and bask in all the fun and fear that Halloween brings young and old alike.

The Salón Varietes Theatre will once again be hosting a concert by one of the Coast’s best loved singers:

Saturday October 29

ARIEL ROT – MÁLAGA Argentinean rock ‘n roller, Ariel Rot, will be performing live at La Trinchera at 9pm. For tickets,


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Russell Grant’s

Monthly Horoscope October 2016 More money for luxuries will become available during the first half of October. Take this opportunity to buy some beautiful furniture and artwork. You could find some impressive pieces at antique shops and flea markets

LIBRA September 24th - October 23rd Updating your look will bring good results from the very start of October, when the New Moon makes you yearn for a change. Adopting a more fashionable look will boost your confidence. More money for luxuries will become available during the first half of October. Take this opportunity to buy some beautiful furniture and artwork. You could find some impressive pieces at antique shops and flea markets. Don’t let a loved one’s erratic behaviour ruin your plans during October. The Full Moon on the 16th marks a turning point in an intimate relationship. This may be a chance to break free of an oppressive business or romantic alliance. Landing a new job is a distinct possibility at the end of October. Take this opportunity to build some financial stability for yourself. Don’t let a former friend lay a guilt trip on you. The last thing you need is to get pulled back into a troubled relationship.


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ARIES [21 mar - 20 APR]

The New Moon on the 1st presents a golden opportunity to find love or launch a business partnership. You will have to work hard to strike a healthy balance between your personal and professional lives during the first half of October. Don’t be resentful if your nearest and dearest wants to spend more time with you. Your career success is reliant on a rewarding social life. Stop pouring all your energy into work. The Full Moon on the 16th prompts you to make a change. You may decide to radically alter your appearance as the first step on this journey. Conserving resources is strongly advised for the final days of October. Find ways to make materials stretch as far as they possibly can. Fix broken appliances instead of buying new models. Prepare meals at home rather than eating at restaurants. Rent movies online as an alternative to going to the cinema.

TAURUS [21 apr - 21 may]

The New Moon on the 1st is ideal for launching a fitness routine. Taking up a graceful sport like dancing or ice skating will appeal to your artistic side. Don’t push yourself too hard to impress someone who has taken your fancy. The last thing you need is to incur an injury. An argument with a colleague could erupt in October. Do your best to fulfil your responsibilities, even if it means dealing with a hypercritical know-it-all. The Full Moon on the 16th will put an end to a period of isolation. Solitary pursuits won’t seem so lonely during the second half of the month. If you’re looking for love, you could find it with someone who shares your deep appreciation for beauty and luxury. Are you already in a relationship? Your amour could get a big pay rise or promotion. Go and celebrate.

GEMINI [22 MAY - 21 JUN]

The New Moon on the 1st will put you on the path to love. If you already have a partner, let your amour wine and dine you. Are you single? You could meet someone special at a restaurant, nightclub or spa. It will be hard to resist the charm of somebody with a musical laugh. Don’t let a creative block get you down. Inspiring breakthroughs can occur while you’re doing routine chores. The Full Moon on the 16th is ideal for attending a party. You could make friends with a provocative rebel who prompts you to look at life differently. A close partnership will show signs of strain at the end of October. Try not to push a business or romantic partner into a hasty decision. If you show respect for their boundaries, the two of you can hammer out a compromise. An engrossing work assignment will bring you lots of intellectual stimulation during the final days of the month.

Cancer [22 Jun - 23 JUL]

The New Moon on the 1st is ideal for finding a new home or welcoming an addition to your family. A relative or roommate could bring some stability to your household. Your love life will be a source of profound pleasure during the first half of the month. Don’t let nosy relatives interfere with your private life. Setting healthy boundaries is critical to the health of a romantic relationship. Career demands could become increasingly stressful in mid-October; it may be necessary to miss a family gathering. The Full Moon on the 16th could present an opportunity to get ahead, provided you are willing to make some personal sacrifices. Working unusual hours or adopting an unfamiliar role could be on the cards. It will be difficult to devote much time to your

best friend or romantic partner during the second half of the month. Be honest with loved ones about your limited availability. Don’t make promises you cannot keep.

LEO [24 Jul - 23 Aug]

The New Moon on the 1st is ideal for taking a course to boost your qualifications or launch a new creative project. Intellectual pursuits can bring tremendous pleasure. Domestic activities can also be fulfilling during the first half of October. Take this opportunity to shop for beautiful furniture and artwork. Don’t get drawn into a power struggle with a contentious colleague. It’s better to develop a reputation for being a good team player. The Full Moon on the 16th will bring a legal matter to an abrupt close. Although you may not be happy with the result, it will be a relief to have this situation resolved. A romantic relationship will resemble a rollercoaster ride as October draws to a close. Work on your communication skills as a means to resolve these differences. Listening more than you speak will keep this alliance alive. If you’re single, stop looking for love and focus on a creative hobby instead.

VIRGO [24 AUG - 23 SEP]

A moneymaking opportunity will arrive at the beginning of the month. This will be a great time to create some financial security for you and your family. Putting a deposit on a home is a distinct possibility. Resist the urge to spend more than your budget will allow. When it comes to spending, trust your head instead of your heart. It may be tempting to take advantage of a last minute sale around the middle of October; don’t fall prey to a slick sales pitch. The Full Moon on the 16th could bring about some unexpected expenses. Try not to be overwhelmed by these bills. You can fulfil these obligations if you stick to your budget. As October draws to a close, you will be given a chance to acquire new skills. Seize this opportunity while it lasts. The more you know, the easier it will be to land the kind of work you want.

SCORPIO [24 Oct - 22 NOV]

The New Moon on the 1st is ideal for retreating to a private corner and getting some rest. Taking a break from your social activities will give you more time and energy for a passionate romance. If you’re looking for love, you could find it at a house of worship or adult education course. Changing your views and values will put you on the road to romance. Are you already in a serious relationship? Take a glamorous holiday with your amour during the first half of the month. You could hear lots of criticism from a neighbour or relative. Don’t let these negative remarks bother you; people tend to be very jealous. The Full Moon on the 16th marks a turning point with your health. Resist the temptation to push yourself too hard. Gentle exercise will have a better effect than rigorous workouts. Money will be tight as October turns to November; be resourceful.


The New Moon on the 1st will be an ideal opportunity to pursue a cherished dream. Your hard work and experience will help you forge the lifestyle you’ve always wanted. Whether this means setting down roots in a beautiful community or travelling the world for work is immaterial. The important thing is to visualise what you want and start doing things to achieve it. Don’t expect your loved

ones’ approval. Cautious types will warn you not to do anything hasty. They don’t share your need for adventure. The Full Moon on the 16th will prompt you to launch a bold creative project. Your charisma will attract lots of romantic attention during the second half of October. If you’re single, you could meet someone special at a nightclub, antique shop or environmental organisation. As the month draws to a close, you will be given more responsibility at work. Your diligence and efficiency will result in a big promotion.

CAPRICORN [22 DEC - 20 Jan]

The New Moon on the 1st presents an exciting career opportunity. Getting paid to do what you love will be the answer to a prayer. You might be operating from behind the scenes, which is a welcome escape from intense public scrutiny. Beware of making enemies in the early stages of your new job. Concentrate on building bridges instead of instilling fear during the first half of October. The Full Moon on the 16th will prompt you to make some important changes to your domestic life. Moving to a stimulating area will make you feel less isolated. During the second half of the month, your social life will pick up. Attend as many parties and get togethers as possible. Being surrounded by affectionate, supportive people will give you an optimistic outlook. Devoting more time to artistic pursuits will help you find creative solutions to mundane problems. Allow yourself to think outside of the box at the end of October.


The New Moon on the 1st prompts you to expand your horizons. Taking up a course of study, exploring different spiritual philosophies and travelling overseas are among the possibilities. Exploring unfamiliar vistas will make you aware of options you didn’t previously see. Don’t let fear get in the way of taking risks during the first half of October. Treat mistakes as learning opportunities. The Full Moon on the 16th will prompt you to make changes to your daily routine. Divest yourself of odious responsibilities that make you tired and anxious. Career opportunities will start arriving during the second half of October. Don’t be hasty about accepting the first offer that comes along. You should set your sights on a position that draws upon your unique vision and strong managerial skills. A social gathering at the end of the month will put you in contact with influential people. A well connected friend will be happy to write you a reference.

PISCES [20 Feb - 20 Mar]

The New Moon on the 1st could attract an additional source of income. Money from an inheritance, legal settlement or insurance refund will allow you to launch your own business or pursue your dream career. Instead of spending these resources on creature comforts, you will invest them in your own happiness. Friends may not understand this impulse, but don’t go all prickly or defensive. Those who love you unconditionally will suspend their judgement and give you their full support. You don’t need to maintain relationships with anyone else. The Full Moon on the 16th will attract a sudden windfall. You might have to assume some new responsibilities, but don’t let that scare you. Acquiring cutting edge skills will take time and patience, but it can be done with the help of a tutor. Resist the temptation to exaggerate your experience. It’s better to admit your ignorance and take a beginner’s course. Don’t worry about impressing arrogant authority figures. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2016 / 161

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OCTOBER CALENDAR Autumn in Marbella may seem like summer to the rest of the world but families here are also focused on getting back into school routines and taking care of family medical and dental responsibilities. Here are some tips from the community on local doctors, dentists and related services that families have recommended and kids have loved. The Triay Medical Centre is a wellknown family practice in San Pedro offering complete GP services, covering everything from cardiology to urology. Conveniently located near the San Pedro Boulevard, this is a local clinic trusted by many families in Marbella. Tel: 952 780 540.

Marbella residents have recommended Crooke & Laguna Dental Clinic for creating a relaxed and comfortable environment for families with children of all ages. This clinic also offers four, easy-to-find locations on the Costa del Sol. Tel: 951 500 100.

If you’re looking for a paediatrician with numerous recommendations from local expat families, Dr. Luzdivina prides herself on delivering compassionate services to children of all ages. She also does house calls for those who can’t make it to the clinic. Tel: 673 383 945.

Vithas Xanit is a large international hospital with more than 680 medical specialists that speak 16 different languages. This is a full service, private hospital that has three established locations on the Costa del Sol. Tel: 900 200 116.

The Puerto Banús Dental Group is a Swedish owned and operated dental group in Puerto Banus that has been frequented by the Scandinavian community for general and cosmetic dentistry as well as complex surgical procedures, including implants. Tel: 952 814 572.

Hospital Ceram is a family-centric, full-service hospital offering 24-hour emergency adult and paediatric care, four operating rooms, a recovery centre and complete child fertility programmes. It is also the only hospital on the Costa del Sol offering water-birthing facilities in private rooms. Tel: 952 899 350.

If you’re not sure about which health insurance company is best suited to your local and international needs, thousands of local families have used the multilingual team at Op de Beeck & Worth. This agency has been working with expat families in Spain for over 45 years and the company covers the entire range of insurance services. Tel: 952 882 273.

This is a popular celebration in honour of the Virgen Rosario in Fuengirola. You will find a funfair during the evenings and food, drink and dancing all day.


An event for all family members, kids, friends – even pets! Glow in the dark in procession through the streets of Marbella.


This is a very popular annual community walking event and you can participate on all four days or just one. A perfect opportunity to discover new parts of Marbella!


This is a huge festival complete with flamenco dresses, fireworks, Spanish music, food tastings, fun rides and a great ambience.


Dress up in halloween costumes and run 6.66 km through the streets of Marbella, spooking each other on the way and raising funds for charity.

One of the largest and fastest growing health insurance providers in Marbella, Sanitas focuses on providing fast and comprehensive support for international families with their local multilingual support team. Tel: 951 273 444.


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The Spanish really love to party and Halloween is becoming a super popular party for all ages throughout Marbella, from kiddie clubs to night clubs.

This event offers a unique chance to explore the topic of spirituality. Activities include workshops and live demonstrations at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel.


i There are many kid’s parties that you can find in the events section of Have a safe, healthy & happy autumn.


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