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An International Associate of Savills

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

Built: 835 m²

Price: € 13,900,000

Ref: ES9953

Plot: 1,860 m²

A beautiful and luxurious Marbella beachfront mansion with superb panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea. Built to exceptionally high standards, and exquisitely finished and decorated with designer furniture and signature art pieces. Radiating wow factor, the villa features a spa and indoor pool as well as the latest in lighting and smart home system design. Direct beach access and just a short stroll along the seafront promenade to Puerto Banús. Offered subject to obtaining certificate of first occupancy. Absolutely unique!

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


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• State-of-the-art design & the highest qualities • Walking distance to Puente Romano & the beach • Private pools on the terraces • 2 communal swimming pools • Luxury Spa with indoor pool, sauna, hammam • Gym, paddle courts and jogging path • Gated community with the ultimate security • Park and leisure area of 9.000 m2 • Full property management • Exclusive 24 hours concierge service • Prices start from 695.000€

up to 70% mortgage available

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Ref: DM4149 Price: 3.650.000€

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Spectacular south-west facing duplex penthouse next to Puerto Banús in luxury gated complex 3

340 m2

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Ref: DMV878 Price: 1.995.000€

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Modern south-west facing villa in exclusive frontline golf gated community within Nueva Andalucía

478 m


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Elviria Villa with panoramic views 7


612 m2

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A handpicked selection of some of the finest properties in the area. As Marbella Luxury Real Estate specialists for almost three decades and exclusive affiliates of Knight Frank for the Costa del Sol, we are committed to offering our clients the best property portfolio, excellence in service and a completely secure experience when selling or buying a property.

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Connecting people & property, perfectly. Diana Morales Properties has an extensive selection of luxury villas and apartments for sale in the most sought after locations in Marbella and surrounding areas. For advice on any of your real estate needs please contact us. MARBELLA Av. Cánovas del Castillo, 4 Tel. 952 765 138 NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Av. del Prado, Urb. Fuerte Aloha, Local 2A Tel. 952 908 415

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Ref: DM3332 Price: 1.950.000€

balcones de sierra blanca Elegant villa 4


492 m2

812 m2



Ref: DM3435 Price: 2.395.000€

meisho hills Corner semi-detached villa 3


823 m2

319 m2

Ref: DM3701 Price: 2.990.000€

CAMOJán Classic villa with sea views 5


602 m2

1.794 m2

You only live once,

Los Naranjos Golf: Contemporary architecture and prime location are combined to offer a true sophisticated modern living with gym, wine cellar, cinema room and spacious rooftop Jacuzzi next to one of the best golf courses. 4 beds, 4 baths. Built 575 m2, plot 1.412 m2. E&V ID: W-029ZUP. Price: 2.450.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Nueva Andalucía: Beautiful villa in one of the most prestigious residential areas, next to Puerto Banús, offering complete privacy and tranquillity. 4 beds, 5 baths. Built 321 m2, plot 925 m2. E&V ID: W-0291OI. Price: 1.495.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Los Monteros: Elegant villa with high quality materials in an exclusive urbanization, just minutes from the most beautiful sandy beaches. 5 beds, 5 baths. Built 456 m2, plot 1.095 m2. E&V ID: W-02A0QA. Price: 2.950.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 20 40.

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

Beachside Elviria: 100 meters from the beach! Situated in a luxurious gated community, this apartment boasts bright living areas and ample terraces. 2 beds, 2 baths. Living area 118 m², terrace 105 m². E&V ID: W-02A2TK. Price: 475.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 55 80.

Office Elviria: 952 83 55 80 · Office El Rosario: 952 83 20 40

we will show you where!

Beachfront Marbesa: Rare opportunity! Occupying a spectacular beachfront plot, this fantastically priced villa with lush gardens, private tennis court and entertainment area is certainly one of the best beachfront properties on the market. 4 beds, 5 baths. Built 310 m2, plot 1.515 m2. E&V ID: W-029FY5. Price: 2.750.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 55 80.

Sierra Blanca: Very attractive price! Built on a large plot, in a desirable gated community, classic style luxurious villa with elegant interiors throughout. 5 beds, 5 baths. Built 634 m2, plot 2.002 m2. E&V ID: W-029JSD. Price: 3.300.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Golden Mile: Fantastic sea views and the best of contemporary style. This recently completed villa offers the latest design, spaciuos interiors and cinema room 7 beds, 6 baths. Built 825 m2, plot 1.268 m2. E&V ID: W-02667L. Price: 4.500.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Beachfront Los Monteros Playa: A spacious duplex penthouse with breathtaking sea views in the most exclusive beachfront gated complex. Private lift. 4 beds, 4 baths. Living area 270 m2, terrace 140 m2. E&V ID: W-024MGE. Price: 2.960.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 20 40.

Marbella Hill Club: Breathtaking sea views! Beautiful small villa, very chic, designed and decorated by a renowned interior architect in Marbella. 3 beds, 2 baths. Living area 148 m2, terrace 100 m2. E&V ID: W-01HB7X. Price: 795.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Office Puerto Banús: 952 85 98 60 · Office Marbella: 952 86 84 06


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THE GRAND COLLECTION AT BENAHAVIS HILLS COUNTRY CLUB There are currently ONLY A FEW HOMES left. These properties have been specifically designed to represent expansive style and great investment value. There are no comparable properties at this price per square meter across the whole of the region. Benahavis Hills Country Club offers the “trinity” of luxury amenities: nearby exquisite signature Golf Courses, vast expanses of soft sandy beaches, the full

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service marinas of Puerto Banús and its very own relaxing private spas and wellness facilities. Located in a privileged position above the village of Benahavis, renowned for its gastronomic restaurants, this 24/7 guarded development offers security and safety as well as onsite concierge services. In addition, the clubhouse including restaurant, spa, and gym is only a few steps away.

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Bedrooms: 8

Bathrooms: 8

Built: 1,718 m²

Terrace: 304 m²

Plot: 5,375 m²

Price: € 6,500,000

Ref: ES7173

A unique residence with outstanding views Magnificent frontline golf villa within a gated community in La Quinta, enjoying superb sea and golf views. Built with excellent qualities throughout. Courtyard with flowing fountains leading to the main entrance; temperature controlled wine cellar with bar; interior patio; impressive gym with indoor heated pool, sauna, changing and shower rooms and 3 independent apartments. Beautiful landscaped gardens with pool and BBQ area. A truly unique residence with spectacular views!

An International Associate of Savills

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4

Built: 900 m²

Terrace: 486 m²

Plot: 3,405 m²

Price: € 5,900,000

Ref: ES8556

Magnificent modern masterpiece in Altos de Puente Romano Stunning contemporary-style mansion with outstanding sea views on the Golden Mile. Located in a prestigious community with 24-hr security, opposite the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. The property is set on a double plot, has been built to top specifications and features: impressive double height entrance hall, living room with open fireplace, wine cellar, heated infinity pool, extensive terraces, gazebo with barbecue area and five parking spaces.

Regulated by RICS

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

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Founded in 1996, with more than 1200m2 of showroom on Marbella’s Golden Mile Worldwide delivery - Easy parking Centro Comercial Expo, local 48, Opposite the Marbella Club Hotel, 29600 Marbella, Málaga Tel/Fax: (+34) 952 826 729 • Mo: 690 365 347 • •

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Exquisite 6 bedroom villa in the exclusive area of Sierra Blanca. V6179 - Sierra Blanca

A beautiful property with a unique traditional charm and stunning panoramic views. Situated in one of the most sought-after areas on the Costa del Sol, it simply must be seen! 6 Bed – 5 Bath – Plot 1,807m2 – Built 936m2

5.900.000€ ■ ■ Tel: 952 811 552

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Renovated 5 bedroom villa exuding charm, character and a contemporary open-plan layout. V5368 Marbella Country Club

A gorgeous property in a peaceful area, yet just a short car journey to all amenities. With a lovely private garden and pool, this recently refurbished villa is ideal for families. 5 Bed – 4 Bath – Plot 844m2 – Built 204m2

1.295.000€ ■ ■ Tel: 952 811 552

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Beautiful ground floor apartment with private plunge pool in exclusive gated community. A3815 Las Alamandas

Recently renovated, this three bedroom apartment has a unique villa feel to it while also enjoying the benefits of the on-site facilities and security Las Alamandas is renowned for. 3 Bed – 3 Bath – Built 195m2 – Terrace 118m2

1.895.000€ ■ ■ Tel: 952 811 552

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Refurbished 4 bedroom villa built on one level with a stunning contemporary style. V4492 - Las Brisas

Renovated to the highest of standards, with underfloor heating throughout, this modern villa nestled in the heart of the Golf Valley is a real ‘must see’ property! 4 Bed – 3 Bath – Plot 1,040m2 – Built 208m2

2.350.000€ ■ ■ Tel: 952 811 552

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contents the trend Cinema 42

Blade Runner 2049 44

Music News 46

Environmental Reads 48

Sustainable Technology 50

Tesla Models X, S and 3 52

the focus

Drowning in a Sea of Plastic 58 Talking Trash 64 Bio Fuel 72 Elon Musk 80 Al Gore 82 Dr. Kai Kaye of Ocean Clinic 84 La Reserva de Sotogrande 86

the style Décor News: JD Williams 90 Palatial Beachfront Living at La Perla Blanca 92 Viktor & Rolf Sustainable Fashion 104 Fashion News 110

the spa BB CC DD and EE Cream 114

the pro 128 Enterprise 136 The Costa del Sol Home Fair 138 Vertical Propagation with Ibiza Farm 140 Reclaiming Plusvalía Tax 142 The Vibe

the leisure 148 Idyllic Islands 156 Top Eco Hotels in Spain

the gourmet 161 Vincci Estrella del Mar Beach Club 163 Sakura 164 Food News 166 Agustín Perisi of Origen Asador Argentino 168 Wine: Juan Carlos López de la Calle of Artadi

the guide 170 Listings 179 Pet News 180 What’s On 182 Stars for October 184 Death Note

Beauty News 116 Magnesium 118 Hemp 122 Health News 124 Are Implants Always the Solution? 126

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t seems that our wonderful world is under duress on all fronts and, whatever selfinterested parties may say, it’s definitely of our own making. As a responsible component of the media and a lifestyle magazine, which has been printed on recyclable paper from issue one, it is additionally our duty to report on some of the worst excesses that need to be rapidly addressed, involving efforts from us all, but we also convey good news and hope, as there are many positive measures being adopted. Read about the plastic epidemic which is engulfing our planet and what we need to do NOW to reverse it; find our about our other waste problems and how they are being managed; and learn about bio fuels and what promise they provide for the future. With national governments very slow to react to the evolving crises, thank goodness for environmental crusaders like Al Gore and Elon Musk – both of whom are profiled in these pages – let’s hope they live for a very long time! Elsewhere in this edition, check out the eagerly-awaited Blade Runner 2049, which hits cinema screens this month, and imagine a paradisiacal life on one of several idyllic islands. Locally, we preview this month’s Costa del Sol Home Fair, talk with innovative aesthetic surgeon, Dr. Kai Kaye, and present La Perla Blanca, a palatial property fronting the beach. Finally, don’t miss our dining section, with recommendations of top restaurants and great wines.



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THE MONTH e BLOCKBUSTER OF Night) Waititi (Two Cars, One » DIRECTOR Taika dventure » GENRE Fantasy/A erbatch, nchett, Benedict Cumb » ACTORS Cate Bla Idris Elba

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» DIRECTOR Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) » GENRE Drama/Mystery » ACTORS Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Domnhall Gleeson


Darren Aronofsky is a master director when it comes to portraying the complexity of human emotions. In Mother! he tackles the subject of a loving couple (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem), whose relationship is put to the test when uninvited guests arrive at their home. The film’s poster has certainly garnered its share of attention; it portrays Jennifer Lawrence proffering her actual heart to someone with a blank expression on her face – eerie indeed!

» DIRECTOR Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) » GENRE Thriller » ACTORS Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Val Kilmer

The Snowman

Michael Fassbender plays a savvy investigator trying to solve the mystery of the disappearance of a young woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around a scary looking snowman. The investigator begins to suspect that it’s the work of a serial killer – one with a quick mind who beheads his victims, all of whom are women he disapproves of.

» DIRECTOR Stuart Hazeldine (Exam) » GENRE: Drama/Fantasy » ACTORS Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw

The Shack

Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) is a young man trying to recover from a family tragedy. His depression leads him to question his beliefs and the nature of faith. Everything changes when he receives a letter in which a stranger invites him to meet up at an abandoned forest shack. That fateful meeting will force Mack to face important truths, which will transform his idea of tragedy and change his life forever.

» DIRECTOR Marc Webb (Days of Summer) » GENRE Drama » ACTORS Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Bridges

The Only Living Boy in New York

Thomas is a recent graduate who befriends an alcoholic neighbor who is surprisingly lucid and strangely fascinating. Thomas’ world begins to crumble when he finds out his father is having an affair with a beautiful young woman. He meets her and finds that he can’t resist her charms either – with devastating consequences for himself and his family.


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t is difficult to improve on perfection, though in the case of the sequel to 1982 masterpiece, Blade Runner, we suspect the sequel may just do justice to the original. Blade Runner 2049 is set to premiere worldwide this month and filmmakers are being extra secretive about even the tiniest details. A few juicy pieces of information have been leaked, however, and of course, there is the cryptic trailer, which starts with a blind Jared Leto playing the scientist who ‘births’ new replicants. He says to his newest creation, “Every civilisation was built off the back of a disposable workforce but I can only make so many. Happy birthday.” Later in the trailer, we see the fabulous Robin Wright announcing the role that control plays in modern society: “There is an order to things. That’s what we do here: we keep order. The world is built on a wall that separates kind. Tell either side there’s no wall – you’ve bought a war.”


We are definitely excited about the presence of Oscar-winning actor, Jared Leto, in this film. Perhaps only one other actor of this generation, Heath Ledger,

managed to create the same level of hype with the mere announcement of his appearance in a new project. Leto proved himself as a dark, mysterious force in the amazing Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000) and would bring the audience to its feet and win an Oscar for playing a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club (2013). Here, he is perfect as an eccentric scientist who feels passionately about the role his replicants are fulfilling in the new world order. Fans are also excited about Harrison Ford joining the cast – Ford reprises his role as Deckard, the policeman (possible replicant?) whom the younger Officer K (Ryan Gosling) turns to for help. Joining these acting greats are Ana de Armas as a replicant (de Armas is Cuban born and moved to Spain when she was 18, making her name here before being seduced by the bright lights of Hollywood) and Mackenzie Davis (of The Martian fame – she will be playing a beautiful replicant, Darryl Hannahstyle. Edward J Olmos, who played the charismatic Gaff (the origami-making cop who seems to guide and follow Deckard) will also be back.


The small set of images visible in the trailer do not disappoint; once again,

the audience is ushered into the smokey, romantic world of film noir, thanks to imagery presented by master cinematographer, Roger Deakins (The Shawshank Redemption, Sid and Nancy, Jarhead, No Country for Old Men, etc.). Ridley Scott is executive producer and director’s credits go to Denis Villeneuve – the visionary French/Canadian filmmaker who has brought us gems like Sicario, Maelstrom and Cosmos). The script, meanwhile (who could forget Rutger Hauer’s Tears in the Rain soliloquy) shows big promises – it is being written by Hampton Fancher, who also penned the screenplay for the first film.


One of the most memorable aspects of the original Blade Runner was the music, created by Greek musical genius, Vangelis. Dreamlike, futuristic and mysterious, the composition was the perfect complement to the dark ambiance and script. The score for Blade Runner 2049 is expected to be equally eerie, as the job has been entrusted to Hans Zimmer – creator of soundtracks to groundbreaking films such as Inception, Interstellar and Pirates of the Caribbean.


The romance between Deckard and Rachael was sizzling hot and it looks like the producers hope that we will once again fall in love alongside our characters. Officer K seems once again to be attracted to a replicant who is warmer and more human than just about any other character in the film.


The biggest mystery Blade Runner left behind was whether or not Deckard was a replicant (remember when Rachael asks him if he has taken the Voight-Kampff test?). Ridley Scott has already told us the answer: “Of COURSE he’s a bloody replicant! He’s going to have to admit that.” The burning question will therefore be: How did Deckard manage to stay alive so long?


A rumour is being spread by The Terminator Fans movie site, indicating that one of the original replicants will be making a comeback. Somehow, we hope there is no truth to the gossip – characters such as Roy Batty are perfect as they are, embedded in our memories. Moreover, seeing Batty live and breathe would seem sacrilegious; almost like watching Hamlet’s father walk out of his grave. e


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VILLA IN NUEVA ANDALUCIA, LOS NARANJOS GOLF Estimated completion: early 2018 • Bedrooms: 4 • Bathrooms: 4 Built approx.: 359 m2 • Terraces & porches: 160 m2 • Plot: 826 m2 Price: 1.800.000 €

VILLA IN LA QUINTA GOLF Estimated completion: TBA • Bedrooms: 5 • Bathrooms: 5 Indoor swimmingpool • Built approx.: 750 m2 • Terraces & porches: 400 m2 Plot: 1.430 m2 • Price: 3.495.000 €

CALDERON DE LA BARCA, NUEVA ANDALUCIA Estimated completion: TBA • Bedrooms: 5 • Bathrooms: 5 Built: 511 m2 • Terraces & porches: 150 m2 • Plot: 1.178 m2 Price: 3.395.000 €

VILLA IN EL HERROJO, LA QUINTA GOLF Estimated completion: mid 2018 • Bedrooms: 5 • Bathrooms: 5 Built approx.: 500 m2 • Terraces & porches: 440 m2 Plot: 1.919 m2 • Price: 3.990.000€

Tel. (+34) 952 816 250 / (+34) 619 553 065


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Also breaking Spotify records is TAYLOR SWIFT, whose single Look What You Made Me Do rips into her music rivals KANYE WEST and KATY PERRY, got eight million plays on its first day. The song also crashed YouTube first day release figures with 19 million hits. Her first album in three years, Reputation, drops next month.

Australian rockers AIRBOURNE play Málaga's Sala París on October 6 and, if you like Latino Pop, Spanish singer ANTONIO OROZCO is at Málaga's Palacio de Deportes Martín Carpena on October 20. Ticket info for both: Northern soul is as big now as it was in the mid 1970s and from October 13 to the 21st 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 top UK DJ’s including the legendary Wigan Casino disc spinner KEV ROBERTS plus GINGER TAYLOR and HITSVILLE CHALKY. Well the moment he has been waiting for arrives this month – the first solo album from LIAM GALLAGHER, As You Were, which lands on October 6. But instead of promoting his offering, he prefers to keep bad mouthing his brother saying he would rather work in McDonalds than reform OASIS. This feud is starting to get out of hand as the offspring of the brothers are now involved on social media. In the meantime, NOEL announced that he will release a new LP with his HIGH FLYING BIRDS project in early November.

And on October 13, ROBERT PLANT is to release a new solo album Carry Fire featuring collaborations with CHRISSIE HYNDE (THE PRETENDERS) and folk singer SETH LAKEMAN and he will tour it during November and December. This squashes all rumours of a LED ZEPPELIN reunion after the singer left a cryptic message about touring on the band's website earlier this year. More rumours: when closing the Reading Festival, MUSE invited former AC/DC singer BRIAN JOHNSON to join them on stage and apparently he sounded good. This put the rumour mill wheels into motion: will he rejoin the iconic hard rockers? When asked, a band spokesperson just smiled. The singer was advised by doctors last year to quit the band due to a hearing impairment. And even more rumours: despite the recent release of their eponymous titled album in August, there seems to be dis-harmony among the members of FIFTH HARMONY. They might have been one of the biggest girl groups over the past few years but it all started to go wrong when CAMILA CABELLO jumped ship last December. There is now talk that label bosses want to split them up with solo contracts – which the band members are not so sure about. DAVID BOWIE recently passed the billion stream mark on Spotify; the most requested song is Heroes which on September 22 was released as a limited edition 40th anniversary 7" picture disc – this is expected to become a collector's item.


The big stage concert season is now over but there's still plenty of tribute acts along the coast so check your local weekly publications for gigs. All information on this page was correct at the time of writing.

ROLLING STONES axe man KEITH RICHARDS has said once the band finish their European tour at the end of this month they will heading for the studio. The veterans were really surprised last year when their blues cover versions LP Blue & Lonesome topped the charts and a second volume is in the pipeline. They will also record some new material, their first since the release of 2005's Bigger Bang album.

singles. There will also be a glow-inthe-dark vinyl version plus a poster unique to the format available from October 27.

Also studio bound is the new soul singing sensation RAG 'N' BONE MAN who is gonna make a hip-hop followup to his best selling Human album.

Hot on the trail of the BBC, who recently announced they are making a six week Top of the Pops style show very soon, MTV is considering bringing back its once popular Unplugged programme. It originally ran from 1989 until 2000 featuring artists playing stripped-back acoustic sets of their songs and their favourite cover versions with legendary performances from NIRVANA and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN among others.

To mark Halloween, CBS will premier its Michael Jackson’s Halloween, one hour animated special featuring a sound track with his music. This follows up the album Scream, which hit the ground on September 29 – this is not a greatest hits collection as some songs were not released as

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Marisa Cutillas brings you a select list of mustread books if environmental sustainability and the future of our Planet, are key concerns. STORMS OF MY GRANDCHILDREN: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE COMING CLIMATE CATASTROPHE AND OUR LAST CHANCE TO SAVE HUMANITY BY JAMES HANSEN

James Hansen is one of the world’s leading climatologists. In Storms of My Grandchildren, he explains the science of climate change and gives a pretty clear picture of what life will be like for the following two generations. He is realistic and precise, yet also hopeful and optimistic; his four-plus decades of work have shown that human beings can come together to battle ignorance and greed.


This is a passionate look at what hardworking scientists from across the globe are doing to stop the extinction of species. Programmes involving captive breeding, genetic management and de-extinction have the potential to save animals, yet also to make them less wild. M.R. O’Connor focuses on different animals in each chapter – from the northern white rhinoceros to the graceful passenger pigeon – asking us to decide what we should preserve of the wilderness around us, and how we can co-exist peacefully with animals that have as much of a right to life on this Planet as we do.


Let’s just say that you will definitely think twice before even contemplating cutting down a tree or uprooting a plant after reading this. It is the type of book that works far better than didactic or fear mongering literature, by enlightening us on why the Planet is actually worth fighting for. In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben argues that the forest is a social network he calls the Wood Wide Web. He states that if trees could talk, they would surprise us tremendously! Research shows that trees communicate with each other, feel pain, nurture each other and even organise themselves into communities. They are intricately connected through their root systems and behave, in a way, like a herd of elephants. The author notes that the very best thing we can do for trees, is to leave them alone, so they can look after themselves, create new networks and send vital signals about environmental and insect dangers.


In her introduction to this philosophical work, Mary Evelyn Tucker notes that in times of environmental uncertainty, “the nourishing of the human spirit and imagination is what is at stake… Kathleen Dean Moore sees how the human spirit and imagination are deeply entwined in the living forms around us. Their destruction is diminishing our capacity to dream and hope.” More than providing precise solutions, the book asks us a series of questions: What would we be without our vast forests and oceans? Why is it wrong to disregard the environment? What is our obligation to future generations? How can we battle the lies that stand in the way of change? Most importantly, what type of stories and ideas will motivate people enough to move forward with resolve and courage?


This New York Times Bestseller delves into the extraordinary life of visionary German naturalist, Alexander Von Humboldt (1769-1859), an explorer and scientist who has sailed the Orinoco, climbed the highest volcanoes and braved anthrax-ridden Siberia, all in the aim of discovering more about the interconnected global force that is nature. Humboldt is famous for having predicted climate change and inspiring many of the world’s greatest thinkers, including Darwin, Goethe and Thoreau. This fascinating book reveals how our fragile planet can be destroyed by our destructive actions.


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Not all is lost when it comes to the future of our Planet. These are just a few technologies developed to make our world beautiful, functional and clean again. COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS 1 – SEPARATING OIL FROM WATER: Researchers at Purdue University in the United States have developed a new technology that removes oil and other toxins from water. It involves simply coating melamine sponges in a solution containing a type of silicone rubber called PDMS and the solvent hexane – the coating repels water and absorbs oils and organic chemical pollutants. “The reason we’re excited about this is that it is manufactured using a very inexpensive one-step process to coat the melamine sponges, and the material can be reused many times,” said Suresh V. Garimella, Purdue University’s executive vice president for research and partnerships and the Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. “We believe this can be readily adopted for the cleanup of oil spills and industrial chemical leaks.”

2 – COCKTAIL OF GEOENGINEERING TOOLS TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS DAMAGE: New research published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters has revealed that an international team of atmospheric scientists is currently working on using various geoengineering technologies to reduce changes in temperature and precipitation caused by CO2 emissions. The technologies include scattering sunlight (to reduce the warming caused by greenhouse gases) and thinning high cirrus clouds (in order to regulate the heat we emit). The researchers are attempting to use the two methods simultaneously, since the first method reduces rain too much and the second reduces it too little. Through experimentation, scientists hope to find just the right balance for their purposes. 3 – CLEANING ROBOTS FOR INCREASED SOLAR PANEL EFFICIENCY: Cleaning robots, currently used at a solar energy farm close to Budapest,

Hungary, are helping solar panels work more efficiently, by keeping them clean. The process may seem straightforward but it is actually more complex, since solar farms extend over several kilometres, no chemicals can be used and the environment should not be harmed. The robots currently work by spraying micro drops of water and a micro cleaning pad to remove dirt particles, without scratching the panels’ sensitive glass surfaces. 4 – AUTONOMOUS DRONES FOR FIELD EXPERIMENTS: As we go to print, experiments are being carried out by researchers at the Lulea University of Technology in north Sweden, with a view to using autonomous drones to inspect wind turbines from an aerial perspective. Drones are fast, cheap and safe and best of all, they remove much of the difficulty involved in inspecting large wind turbines, which usually require cranes and involve risk. By using drones, engineers can examine rotor

blades and the overall functionality of the turbines, ensuring they continue to provide energy safely and at optimal capacity. 5 – CONVERSION OF CARBON INTO MULTICARBON FUELS: Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have found a new way to create multicarbon fuels from CO2. They identified a new additive which converts CO2 into fuel containing multiple carbon atoms. The aim is to develop renewable liquid fuels which are not sourced from coal or oil. Lead researcher, Jonas Peters, noted, “The results were quite shocking. Usually, in these types of reactions with CO2, you see a lot of by-products like methane and hydrogen. In this case, the reaction was highly selective for the more desirable fuels that contain multiple carbons… we saw an 80 per cent conversion to these multi-carbon fuel products, with only 20 percent or so going into hydrogen and methane.” e


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MODEL S, MODEL X AND MODEL 3 Tesla co-founder Elon Musk has been called many things in recent years, both positive and negative, but nobody can deny the man’s brilliantly innovative approach to building electric vehicles. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TESLA


he Palo Alto, California, carmaker was founded in 2003 and initially built an electric sports roadster that was related to a Lotus design. The car never made much of an impact on the fickle sports car market, but the Model S luxury saloon launched in 2012 put the entire vehicle industry on alert. Few could have predicted that by March 2017, Musk would have produced 211,000 cars. The one thing Tesla vehicles had going for them from the start was long range and impressive performance. Buyers who tried

early electric cars were often disappointed that they could only drive 120-km or so on a good day before recharging and that performance was closer to that of a golf cart than a touring car. Even Tesla’s early vehicles boasted a range of 320-km per charge and very lively acceleration and top speed. From a technology standpoint, the company got started using AC electric motors directly descended from an 1882 design by pioneering Serbian electrical engineer and physicist Nikola Tesla. To

eliminate ‘range anxiety’ in owners, large banks of lithium-ion batteries were used. These are the kind of batteries you’d find in a laptop or similar device. The approach worked exceptionally well and, today, only the Nissan Leaf EV has sold more units than Tesla, though the car can’t match Tesla’s range and performance. Today, Tesla produces three models, the Model S large luxury saloon, the Model X SUV/crossover and the Model 3, an affordable mass-market car of compact dimensions.


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The Model S was the first Tesla to really make a mark in the car business, not least for its handsome and elegant styling. The car is slippery smooth and is very efficient from an aerodynamic point of view. It quickly caught the imagination of upscale saloon buyers who would normally be looking at rivals like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ. At 100 km/h, the car has a range of 594 km if you buy the 100D. Of course, higher speeds will give you less range, though this is still way beyond that of any other EV out there. Acceleration is very brisk and a Model S can top 100 km/h in as little as 2.7 seconds thanks to the hefty torque characteristics of electric motors. The interior is much like any other large car in this class and is very opulently equipped.

Tesla followed the Model S with the Model X, a product for the booming luxury SUV/ crossover segment. It’s a large and roomy all-wheel drive rig and because of its purpose in life, does not have the sleek stance of either of the manufacturer’s saloons. Even so, it has the same smooth treatment around the panel lines and door handles. Unlike anything else in the SUV market, it has what Tesla calls ‘falcon wing’ rear doors that swing upwards electrically with a couple of pushes on the key fob, hinging above the glass to help avoid parked cars or other obstacles. These are highly sophisticated engineering features, but their practicality has been questioned by some critics. Even so, you’ll attract lots of attention when you open and close them and they do make it easier for rear occupants to climb in. The front doors are of conventional design. Thanks partly to its aerodynamics, the Model X performance (P) variant has 475 km of range and can rocket to 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds. Tesla’s promotional material calls this ‘ludicrously fast,’ which is a good indication of Elon Musk’s brash attitude in marketing his products. The P has a launch control system operated by selecting what Tesla unashamedly calls Ludicrous Speed Mode and it will rocket off the mark like a 700-horsepower supercar. Another intriguing option is Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving technology.


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Tesla’s latest product is the Model 3, which targets one of the most populated car segments on the planet – mid-sized saloons. Technically, it’s a development of the Model S and even has a basic resemblance to it. The car has been subject to various production delays, but Tesla is poised to build substantial numbers of them. Already several examples are being driven by employees for real-world testing. The Model 3 is another sleek design and will certainly be judged among the best styling jobs in its class. Although it’s a mass-market car with planned production in the hundreds of thousands, it has to be deemed a luxury product thanks to its exterior lines and an interior that will still impress a Model S owner. Basic cars are rearwheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available as an option. Early reports indicate a zero to 100 km/h time of around 5-seconds. The envisaged price is US $35,000, but this figure may climb a little. With three models, Tesla can now claim to offer something for most buyers who fancy the idea of a pure electric vehicle. Those who lean towards large saloons and have previously opted for the ‘big three’ German manufacturers, or perhaps Jaguar and Lexus, will love the Model S. In North America, the car has already taken a bite, albeit a small one, out of a market

dominated by established luxury car builders. For SUV/crossover fans, The Model X offers spaciousness and luggage capacity in a stylish and luxurious package with the added novelty of falcon wing rear doors. It’s a refreshing change from conventional products in this class and the major bonus is that, as with other Teslas, petrol stations will be a thing of the past. The X also boasts remarkable performance for an SUV, especially in P guise. The Model 3 will attract a lot of attention from people who currently drive cars like the BMW 3 series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. If pricing is competitive, it could take Tesla’s market share way beyond what has been achieved with the Model S and Model X. There’s not much doubt that Tesla has achieved major success with its innovative vehicles. Right now, the company employs over 30,000 people and has a very advanced plant, once operated by Toyota and General Motors. The future looks bright, though much depends on the success of the Model 3, which reportedly attracted global reservations of 325,000 at launch time. Tesla vehicles are not carried by car dealers in the conventional way, but are sold from small ‘boutiques’ around the world, including several in Spain. e

Z ENGINE: Teslas use electric motors with power matched to specific vehicles. Z TRANSMISSION: EVs have no transmission in the conventional sense. Z ACCELERATION:Zero to 100 km/h in 2.7 secs (high-end Model S). Z TOP SPEED: 250 km/h (Top Model S variant). Z I LIKED: Smoothness and high torque of electric vehicles. Exceptional performance and range of all Teslas. Slippery styling helps maximise range and looks great too. Z I DIDN’T LIKE: Lack of available quick charge stations when they are needed. This is not so worrying with Teslas thanks to their impressive range. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES: Lots of rivals in the pipeline, but most available EVs can’t match the performance and range of current Tesla models. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? Drivers with some money to spend, and who would rather opt for an electric vehicle than continue to pump expensive petrol into their cars. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Tesla prices vary widely across Europe and although the S is around 95,000 euros and the X, approximately 80,000 euros; the best source of solid price information would be the Tesla boutiques in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.


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If the tone of this article offends you, I apologise in advance. It’s not easy to address this subject without emotion. Instead of nurturing our planet, for the sake of future generations and our longterm survival as a species, we humans are systematically abusing it and treating it as a rubbish dump. One of the most telling examples of this desecration is plastic disposal. WORDS IAIN BLACKWELL


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lthough the earliest origins of plastic date back to the late 19th century, it wasn’t until the 1930s that the industry started to take off with the patenting of Polystyrene by BASF and Neoprene, Nylon and Teflon by DuPont. The first polythene bags were introduced in the 1960s and plastic bottles arrived soon after. What appeared to be a boon to humanity, used in everything from medical equipment to parts of planes, is rapidly becoming a curse. Some of the very traits that have made plastics so popular – they’re cheap and therefore easy to throw away – have also made them an insurmountable problem in our landfills and oceans. A huge part of this predicament is the nature of the material itself. Plastics are in general

non-biodegradable and merely break down into smaller and smaller pieces with exposure to sunlight. Some plastic products are known to take decades if not hundreds of years to completely erode. Almost every piece of plastic we've ever made still exists and, in less than a human lifetime, plastics have become the principal type of waste material found in our seas. Ocean Conservancy, a non-profit organisation that arranges annual coastal cleanup events in over 150 countries worldwide, has reported that plastic waste comprises more than 85 per cent of all the litter collected from beaches, waterways and oceans – and that’s just the stuff we can see! As well as the vast quantities of plastic floating on the surface of marine waters,

which in some areas have collected into seemingly endless platforms of debris such as the now famous Great Pacific Garbage Patch, starving our oceans of light and oxygen, there are also untold amounts of extremely small plastic fragments underwater. Included with these microplastics are a relatively recent phenomenon – microbeads – tiny pearls of plastic which are added to health and beauty products. These are unfortunately being consumed by marine life and we in turn are in danger of ingesting quantities of them when we eat fish and other species from the sea. For this reason, many countries have now banned their use, including the U.S., and the UK government will also disallow microbeads in cosmetics and cleaning materials by the end of this year.


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Recent studies have additionally shown that microplastics can also be released when washing synthetic clothing, such as those made from acrylic or polyester. A 2016 research project concluded that a single cycle of a washing machine could discharge more than half a million microplastic fibres into the environment. Most of this kind of dispersal ends up in the sea, of course, along with trillions of other pieces of plastic and estimates now run to some billions of kilos of plastic garbage being released into the world’s oceans every year, with this sacrilege likely to double by 2025 unless something is done, swiftly and on a global scale, to stem the tide of garbage. If we don’t ALL act decisively, it won’t be long before the volume of plastic in our seas will surpass that of fish in terms of weight! There are serious concerns on land too – The Guardian reported as recently as 15th May this year that a staggering 38 million pieces of plastic waste had been found on Henderson Island, an uninhabited coral atoll in the South Pacific. It’s time to wake up, world!   The crisis we are facing is not in the main being provoked by Lego, kids toys, cooking utensils, flower pots, inflatables, or even zips; it is the ocean of single-use disposable plastic that is submerging our Earth – food cartons and packaging, plastic cutlery, straws, cotton buds, containers such as those with cleaning materials and oil for our cars, and worst of all, plastic bags and bottles.  Polythene bags are plastic bags and are nonbiodegradable, which cannot be broken down by the environment – air, sunlight, water, or ground soil substances. Plastic bags have a huge impact on our atmosphere as well as on biodiversity. Up to 100 million barrels of oil are required to manufacture a year’s worth of plastic bags worldwide adding tonnes of carbon emissions into the air and around one trillion plastic bags are being used each year globally. They are known to cause the deaths of over 100,000 sea turtles and other marine and terrestrial species deaths every year when animals mistake them as food – think of this next time you are being asked in the supermarket if you require any bags!


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Plastic bottles, on the other hand, are a veritable scourge on the environment – they are everywhere and most are non-biodegradable, particularly HDPE (High-density polyethylene) bottles which can take hundreds of years to completely degrade. That’s a long time, for even the smallest bottle, and more than 90 per cent of them aren’t even recycled. Makes you think twice about that water or soft drink, right? Aside from this, once again, millions of barrels of oil are used every year to make the bottles and in transporting them, and far more water is required for their manufacture than what they actually contain. If that’s not enough, most of the time the water inside the bottles has more contaminants than regular tap water from a good source, meaning you could be consuming some harmful substances. It has also been shown that, under the effects of heat and light, such as sunlight, chemicals from the plastic leach into the water affecting its purity. Plastic bottled water is nothing short of madness and should be prohibited, as it have been in China, Taiwan, Macedonia, Rwanda, Eritrea, Kenya and Tanzania. Many cities such as San Francisco are now also effecting similar bans – see ban Long-term exposure to air, light and water can cause synthetic materials like plastic to emit toxic pollutants, sinking harmful chemicals into groundwater, affecting water supplies. Constant exposure to heat or incineration in rubbish dumps melts plastic, discharging toxic gasses into the atmosphere including further carbon dioxide. However, the environment is not the only victim of plastics, so is human life! Some hard plastics such as water and baby bottles are produced using a chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA). A 2007 study released by the Environmental Working Group showed that low doses of BPA filtrate into foods and water over time, causing permanent alterations to breast and prostate cells that precede cancer, insulin resistance and many other effects.


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How could we ever, in our right minds, have become so dependent on a product that is clogging up our surroundings, submerging our seas, harming our environment and contaminating what we eat? One answer of course is that the plastic industry is a multi-billion dollar one and those controlling it want to produce even more. So what can we as individuals do to make a difference? Some immediate steps to adopt are to refuse plastic bags when shopping – take your own reusable bags which are in any case much sturdier and more spacious; install a water filter machine at home and at work thus negating the need for endless plastic bottled water; if you have to buy water, buy glass bottles and discard them in a bottle bank; wherever possible, try to purchase products that are not wrapped in plastic or at least have a minimal amount of plastic packaging; and collect together all of your plastic refuse for the yellow recycling bins which are all over the Coast – don’t throw plastic into the organic residue basuras. Recycling, is part of the answer, especially as estimates show that only between five and 10 per cent of the world’s disposable plastics are currently

being recycled. There is a possible light at the end of the tunnel as governments and communities are becoming aware of the problem and reacting positively to it. In Norway, for instance, people pay a surcharge when buying products in plastic bottles, which they can later deposit in automatic collection machines and receive a printed credit note to use against future purchases. In Scotland too, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has backed plans for shoppers to trade in bottles for cash. There is also hope from Indonesia, a country with massive plastic waste problems, where a revolutionary bag has been pioneered that looks and feels like plastic but is made from derivatives of the plant yuca, meaning that it will readily break down in the environment without causing problems to soil, water or animal species, even if eaten. We need these biodegradable ‘plastic’ bags everywhere NOW! Another brilliant initiative is that of making roads from recycled plastic. Sounds like garbage, literally, but it’s true! Engineer Toby McCartney has paved the first plastic road in the UK by replacing bitumen with recycled plastic pieces. The new road is 60 per cent stronger than a regular asphalt

road and can last 10 times longer. More and more countries are paving the way with plastic roads; India is fixing potholes with plastic waste and the Netherlands plans to pave roads entirely from recycled ocean waste. Billions of litres of oil make up the world’s roads and, as we have seen, there are trillions of pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans. By paving roads with recycled plastic, we can help solve our plastic waste epidemic, reduce global carbon emissions, and make our roads more durable! Watch the recently broadcast Sky News Documentary: A Plastic Tide I #OceanResue on WxM – further information on: Since writing this article, a new study has revealed further information that raises serious concerns, as published in The Guardian on 6th September. Apparently, contamination from plastic fibres has been found in 83 per cent of recent tap water samples taken from more than a dozen nations and analysed by scientists. It remains to be seen what will be the effects of ingesting such microplastics on global health in years to come. e


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Refuse, garbage, basura – call it what you will – the world is sinking under its own waste and rubbish is a serious conversation. Belinda Beckett lifts the lid on a global problem and some not-so-trashy solutions.


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10-metre plastic whale made waves along the banks of the River Thames this summer. The monster mascot of Sky TV’s Ocean Rescue Campaign was built from 250 kilos of single use plastic – the same amount that pollutes our oceans every second. Its design recalls the starving and exhausted whale that washed up in a Norwegian fjord this January with 30 plastic bags in its stomach... a macabre message from the deep that the world’s oceans are in trouble. “There is a real problem when one year you can take your fish home in a plastic bag, and the next year you take that plastic bag home in your fish” quipped Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at the time. But it’s no joking matter. By 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic, by weight, than fish. Plastic has only been around since the invention of Bakelite, 100 years ago, but it makes up 53 per cent of our domestic rubbish today. One million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute, while the average daily city trash bag in OECD countries weighs in at 2.2 kilos. And, as the world hurtles towards an urban future, the amount of waste in its many other forms – medical, chemical, human – is growing faster than we build new cities. Landfill creates beautiful landscapes and

methane for renewable energy, incineration can power cities and reduces a large problem to a smaller one, but both have their downsides. The Environmental 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – have become the new global mantra as the world searches for a way out of a mess of its own making.

ECO-FRIENDLY MICROBEADS Scientists have found an organic alternative to microbeads – the tiny plastic spheres that go into body scrubs and toothpastes but take hundreds of years to biodegrade. Too small to be removed by sewage filtration systems, 100,000 microbeads are washed down the sink with a single application of some products, ending up in the sea and the food chain. Britain will become the fifth country to ban them at the end of this year, after Holland, Canada, America and Ireland. But the University of Bath's Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies has developed a biodegradable bead from cellulose which can be broken down at treatment works or in the environment over a short period of time. The cellulose could be harvested from the papermaking industry as a renewable source of raw material.

THE PACIFIC TRASH VORTEX A soup of revolving rubbish spanning an area somewhere between the size of Texas and north America, containing six kilos of plastic to every kilo of natural plankton. The low density and microscopic size of the particles make it difficult to estimate the exact dimensions of this gigantic whirlpool of waste . Located between California and Hawaii and discovered in the late Eighties, it’s one of five trash vortexes now known to cover 40 per cent of the world’s oceans. They are created by circular ocean currents which pick up rubbish along coastlines and swirl them into the centre. It only takes a year for trash to reach the Pacific vortex from Japan. But some plastics in this flotsam of filth will not break down in the lifetimes of the grandchildren of those who threw them away. Trials for what has been billed as the largest rubbish roundup in history will start this autumn, when Dutch organisation Ocean Cleanup will attempt to filter the plastics from the vortex without removing vital plankton.

Greenpeace highlights the ocean plastics problem on Kahuku beach, Hawaii © Greenpeace / Alex Hofford


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SHOCKING STATISTICS Z The number of disposable nappies a European baby gets through weighs the same as a family car! Z Food waste in rich countries (222 million tonnes) comes close to equating all of the food produced in Sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes). Z An average kitchen rubbish bag contains enough energy to power a 100-watt light bulb for 24 hours. Z Plastic bags take hundreds of years to decompose in the environment. Before the introduction of a 5p charge in 2015, British shoppers were using 500 per capita per year. Now nine in 10 shoppers bring their own carrier bags. Z Some 30 per cent of fruit and vegetables are rejected by supermarkets before they even hit the shelves because they don’t adhere to ‘cosmetic standards’. Z Americans throw away 40 per cent of the world’s toys but only four per cent of the world’s children live in America Z Someone worked out that it would take nearly 3,500 years to sing Six Billion Green Bottles, which is the number of glass bottles and jars the world uses annually. Z We bin 50 million tonnes of electrical waste globally every year. That’s nearly four million double decker buses worth of old computer equipment, TVs, stereos and kitchen appliances, enough to stretch to the moon three times over! Z At Christmas, as much as 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper – the same size as Sunderland – will end up in UK dustbins.

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Emma Watson models Calvin Klein rubbish Jewellery made from coffee grounds by Rosalie McMillian

The fashion industry is a huge waste generator with its ‘so last season’ mantra. But as consumer demand grows for responsibly-sourced clothes, brands are starting to think about sustainability too. Last year, Adidas collaborated with Parley for the Oceans to create a trainer made from recycled ocean waste and illegal deep-sea gillnets; Hungarian brand SegraSegra reworks used bicycle inner tubes into soft, leather-look jackets and t-shirts; and London designer Rosalie McMillian makes jewellery from recycled coffee grounds collected from offices which she dries, compresses and processes into a material called Curface which has similar properties to hardwood. Even couturiers of the calibre of Calvin Klein are inspired by rubbish. Actress Emma Watson was the talk of New York’s Met Gala in a CK creation woven from yarn extruded from recycled plastic bottles. Madrid entreprenur Javier Goyeneche is another name cropping up in eco style circles. His company

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Ecoalf is turning waste plastic fished out of the Mediterranean into high-end fashion. Over the last three years, more than 2,000 fishermen working at 28 ports in Valencia and Catalunya have been sorting through their catch of the day and dropping the plastic caught in their nets into Ecoalf containers. Plastic bottles, packaging, old fishing nets and discarded tyres all go into the textile mix. “Where others see garbage, I see raw material," says Goyeneche. However, there’s a Catch 22 to upcycling ocean trash into synthetic fabrics. New research shows that millions of microplastic fibres released into the water during the weekly wash can slip undetected through treatment plants, only to end up in the ocean and, ultimately, onto your dinner plate.  

A RUBBISH SHORTAGE Sweden is running out of trash. It actually has to import garbage from other countries to keep its lucrative recycling industry going. The Nordic nation shipped in more than 1.3 million tonnes of waste from other European countries in 2015 to burn in its 32 incineration centres, which

produce electricity and heating for hundreds of thousands of homes. Swedes recycle almost everything, claiming a record of 99 per cent. They burn 50 per cent of their waste for energy, one per cent goes to landfill, waste water is purified to drinking quality and rubbish trucks run on biogas fuel harvested from composted food. City dwellers are used to separating their newspapers, plastic, metal, glass, electric appliances, light bulbs, batteries and, in some towns, food waste. Most can simply drop their segregated waste into containers in the basement of their apartment block. Local

recycling stations take the big stuff and there’s generally one within 300 metres of most residential areas. This spring Sweden opened the world’s first shopping mall dedicated entirely to repaired and upcycled goods. ReTuna Återbruksgalleria in Eskilstuna, near Stockholm, combines a traditional recycling centre with specialist outlets selling everything from furniture and audio equipment to toys, bikes and building materials. People can drop off goods they no longer need, browse for something ‘almost new’ and grab a bite in the cafe. The recycling centre has become a social meeting place!

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A REPAIR REVOLUTION The Edinburgh Remakery is a second hand outlet, repair shop and classroom rolled into one successful social enterprise. It sells refurbished computers and furniture, hosts workshops where people can learn how to fix their own things and offers its own low-cost repair service. Started by Sophie Unwin, 2016’s UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year, her inspiration came from spending a year in Nepal in a household of six. “We created less than a dustbin of rubbish in a year,” she


says. “We reused all our containers, bought vegetables unpacked from the market and, if our precious stove ever broke down, we would go and get it fixed. This seeded the idea for creating a reuse and repair centre

Copenhagen is going way off-piste with its latest waste-to-power plant. The new state-of-the-art Amager Bakke waste incinerator will boast one of the world’s longest artificial ski slopes on its rooftop. The 440-metre year-round track descends from the top of the plant and will offer green, blue, red and black runs accessed by lifts, as well as a climbing wall and a landscaped hiking slope.

with a business model of repair education. What began in 2011 with £60 and a group of volunteers has grown into a thriving business offering workshops in everything from upholstery and electronics to carpentry. “Previous generations knew how to fix things,” says Sophie. “This generation just needs some re-skilling, access to the tools to do it, and some encouragement to give it a go. We want to generate a repair revolution.”

Clad in shiny aluminium and surrounded by parkland, the plant will keep winter sports enthusiasts happy while converting 400,000 tons of waste a year to clean energy, enough to power 60,000 homes. It was designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, the celebrated Danish architects, also working with 2012 Olympic cauldron designer Thomas Heatherwick on Google’s new £1bn London HQ. It is expected to open in early 2018.

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Landfill has transformed rubbish tips into parkland and barren scapes into tourist attractions with the help of Mother Nature


1 3 1 – MOUNT TRASHMORE This leafy Virginia Beach park built on rubbish opened in 1974 and has become a firm family favourite, attracting over one million visitors a year. It’s 195 acres enclose lakes, playgrounds, volleyball and basketball courts, mountain trails for walkers, joggers and bikers and a massive state-of-theart skate park used by the pros. And the name is so much pun!

2 – NORTHUMBERLANDIA A green goddess made of mining waste known as Slag Alice in less polite circles, this gigantic land sculpture of a female nude reclines across a quarter mile of countryside. Her curvy contours follow the lands and her pert breasts each rise to 100 feet, giving the phrase ‘breasting the hill’ new meaning! Made from 1.5million tonnes of clay, rock and soil excavated from neighbouring Shotton

Surface Mine, she is an artwork that will mature over time and change with the seasons. Her vital statistics encompass a picnic park, four miles of footpaths, a café and visitor centre and this trashy siren brings an extra 200,000 visitors to Northumberland annually.

3 – FLUSHING MEADOWS The Long Island park home of US Open tennis and the aptly-named Arthur Ashe Stadium literally rose from the ashes. It was built on cremated garbage, originally to host the 1939 World Fair, and what was once a landscape of slag heaps is now New York’s fourth largest green space. The landfill also has an interesting literary connection, being F. Scott Fitzgerald's infamous ‘valley of ashes’ in The Great Gatsby where the eyes of optician T. J. Eckleburg stared down from a giant billboard.

4 4 – THE GLASS BEACH A beach of multi-coloured sea glass pebbles in MacKerricher State Park, California, it resulted from the dumping of glass waste off the coastline between 1906 and 1967. Time and the pounding surf have turned one of man’s mistakes into a gem of a landscape. Indeed, so many tourists have helped themselves to the sea glass crystals that the beaches have had to be topped up and souvenir hunters discouraged.

5 – SEMAKAU ISLAND An island nature reserve that’s also a working landfill site, built to last until 2045 and designed to ‘evolve’ with the trash. Coral reefs, mangroves and knobby sea stars thrive around Singapore’s only rubbish dump. Created by enclosing the islands of Sakeng and Semakau with a sevenkilometre perimeter wall, Phase II has space for

enough incinerated trash to fill 6,700 Olympic-size swimming pools. Great care is taken to protect the reefs and marine life and boat tours are led by National Environment Agency guides. Email:

6 – FRESHKILLS PARK It will be three times the size of Central Park when it’s finished in 2040. Built atop the world’s largest landfill site on Staten Island, this 2,200-acre green space will one day offer mountain bike trails and woodland walks, kayaking and bird watching, golf and tennis. Already,

5 more than 200 species of wildlife have returned to the area including osprey, turkey vultures and snapping turtles. It will also boast athletics fields, a floating dock, an equestrian centre, largescale art installations, New York’s biggest solar energy farm and a monument to 9/11 in a section that was built almost entirely from World Trade Centre rubble. The estuary park’s curious name comes from the Middle Dutch word kille, meaning riverbed, and dates from the days when New York was known as New Amsterdam. e



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The golden era of petroleum came to an end with the Arab Oil Crisis of 1973. Since then people have been dreaming of alternatives to fossil fuels that are not only renewable but also environmentally clean. As this desire slowly becomes more of a necessity, is bio fuel the answer to our hopes? WORDS MICHEL CRUZ



n the debate about different energy forms, as elsewhere, descriptive terms are so loosely bandied about that their meaning – and significance – can gradually become obscure, and with them the actual content of the discussion itself. Ever since the emergence of environmental groups and a growing anti-fossil fuel lobby in

the 1970s, there has been an ongoing battle between the beleaguered but as yet dominant oil industry, and those who wish to see the petroleum era replaced by alternative energy sources. Terms such as ‘renewable’, ‘sustainable’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ are the artillery of the ‘green’ movement, regularly parried with the ordenance of ‘oilers’, which

centres upon issues of economic viability, cost and economic impact. What was once a philosophical debate between nurturing our planet and nurturing our economies is becoming an increasingly pressic topic, and one to which geopolitical concerns – not to mention a confusion of descriptions and available options – add further layers of complexity.


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Rapeseed is one of the leading bio-crops in Europe and North America

‘ALTERNATIVE’ ENERGY SOURCES Most of us are agreed that in an ideal world we’d like to replace smelly, costly and polluting fossil fuels with kinder alternatives. But what are the options available to us and how do they weigh up as viable replacements for the energy sources that have sustained our way of life for well over a century? In truth, many possibilities have been put forward, ranging from the ludicrous to the extremely promising, but as time passes and oil

remains surprisingly resilient and hard to push off top position it has become clear that, for now at least, we will need a combination of renewable sources to meet our ever-growing energy needs. While we wait for breakthroughs in nuclear fusion the main focus is therefore on a varied mix of solar power, aeolic (wind) energy and hydrogen-based technologies supplemented by new developments in the harnessing of

geothermal, tidal and wave energy. All of these resources are already increasingly serious players in the energy field, but while they retain great potential for further growth and development, it is the conversion of organic matter such as biomass and bio crops into electricity, hot water and especially bio fuels that offers perhaps the greatest scope for the near future.


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Solid wood pellets are a major biofuel in European countries TERMS DEFINED To avoid the usual confusion of meaning it is useful to clearly define what we’re talking about. What, for instance, are the true criteria and characteristics of renewable energy sources, and are they per definition sustainable and ecofriendly? Just to be clear, a renewable energy is one that isn’t mined and therefore depleted over time, but that can be produced in a nonexhaustive manner. Like an agricultural crop not dissimilar to the food we’ve been growing for millenia. And yet, true long-term sustainability of this resource and the creation of a more or less closed circle between supply and demand would depend on the proper management of the factors involved, most notably land, water and also labour and capital. Free of unforseen climatic or other disasters, this can be achieved, but even then a renewable/sustainable energy isn’t automatically and by definition environmentally friendly, so each and every new technology and alternative to ‘ghastly’ oil has to be critically examined

from a practical, cost, geopolitical (supply) and environmental perspective.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FOSSIL AND BIO FUELS? Though both are derived from an originally bioorganic mineral source, the immediate difference between fossil and bio fuels is the fact that oil, coal and gas are the product of prehistoric biological matter that has decayed over millions of years while bio fuels are made from special crops grown ‘fresh’ for the purpose. Not surprisingly, fossil fuels are far more combustible and therefore more efficient, but the greater amount of carbon they burn and release into the atmosphere contributes greatly to the buildup of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere and land, air and water pollution in general. This is especially visible in ecologically vulnerable production areas such as the Niger Delta in West Africa, where oil pollution has spoiled land, water sources and also killed off fishing stocks.

The huge attraction of bio fuels is that, unlike fossil fuels extracted in mining processes, they can be grown and are therefore renewable sources of power, albeit one that requires far greater volumes to produce the same amount of combustible energy. However, even bio fuels are not perfectly ‘green’ as they require large land and water resources and do release pollutants into the air. The potential competition for land that could be important for food production has also been criticised, as is the fact that most bio-crops are heavily dependent on genetic modification for continuous improvements in yield and output quality. However, much of the production of bio fuel crops can be achieved on land of marginal quality not really suitable to normal agriculture. In terms of the ideal vision of creating a sustainable cycle of energy to meet our needs that doesn’t damage the earth (and our health), crop-based bio fuels therefore fall short of perfect, but they remain one of the most interesting options available to us right now.

Sugarcane, one of the earliest biofuel crops

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Biofuels made from special crops are not entirely free of pollutants but they are renewable DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIO FUELS In reality, bio fuels are hardly new. Bioethanol has been a major fuel in Brazil and to a lesser extent the USA since the 1970s. Though it is usually produced from sugarcane, maize, sugarbeet and sorghum are among the other possible sources. It pollutes less but is less efficient than petrol and also corrodes car engines more quickly. In Europe, restrictions regarding GM-crops have limited the development of Jatropha and other highly successful plantation crops specially developed for the production of biofuel – a field that Asia is forging ahead in. In our part of the world it is biodiesel, made from recycled cooking oils and fats, that forms the main source of organically derived sustainable energy. Solid biomass fuels such as wood pellets and waste from domestic, garden and agricultural sources are also making a comeback in Europe, though their potential is

sullied by high levels of pollutants such as nitrous oxide.

APPLICATIONS AND POTENTIAL Bio fuels exist in a wide range of products and applications that power cars, trains, trucks, aeroplanes and ships, as well as provide heating. Even naval vessels are increasingly ‘driven’ by them, used by many countries as much out of a tactical desire to secure fuel supplies for their armed forces as out of ecological considerations. Yet, in spite of their potential as renewable sources, bio fuels still contribute only roughly five per cent to global energy needs. It might also surprise many to know that up until now they have been used more as ‘green’ additives to conventional fossil fuel products rather than as frontline petrols and diesels in their own right. This process looks set to evolve quite rapidly

in the coming years, as the authorities across the world move progressively to banish first diesel and eventually petrol and other petroleum-based fuels and replace them with sustainable ones such as bio fuels. It forms part of a strategy that has seen the quotas for public services, commercial airlines, transport companies and manufacturers gradually moved up over the past few decades. However, to make a major impact on global energy sources, the bio fuel sector will depend on a new generation of technologies, production systems and end-user fuels that successfully address existing issues of cost and viability, supply reliability, energy output and also environmental concerns that currently temper its potential. Once unleashed in this way, bio fuel could match or outstrip the importance of solar energy to become one of the building blocks of a clean, sustainable future. e

Biofuel processing plants tend to be smaller and cleaner than petroleum refineries

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Diploma results 2017


Swans International School is, once again, celebrating the best set of IB Diploma results in their history. We are extremely proud of our Year 13 students for their outstanding achievements in the IB Diploma. Our top performing student this year was Lucía Gómez Osuna, who equalled

Lucía Gómez Osuna 44 points

Marta Rodríguez Molina 40 points

The University of Edinburgh (Neurobiology)

Complutense University of Madrid (Medicine)

Ella Eva Gunilla Justh De Neczpal 40 points

Rafael Crossa Arteaga 39 points

The University of Warwick (Law)

The University of Stirling (Economics and Finance)

Pavel Saganov 38 points

Martina Tessore Janowski 37 points

our highest ever points total of 44 points, putting her in the top 0.5% of all IB students worldwide. She will now go on to study at the University of Edinburgh, where she has achieved a full scholarship. Congratulations on her fantastic performance. We also had a large number of students achieving 38 points and above, which has given them access to some of the world’s best universities. They have been an excellent cohort of students and we know that they are now fully prepared for university and their future working lives. We wish them the best of luck.

39 points at IB is equivalent to A*A*A*A* at A level

Success at IGCSE At IGCSE, we also had some excellent performances from our Year 11 students. We are very proud of their efforts and know that they have the makings of a great Sixth Form.

Alejandra Cortés Funes 11 A*-A

Ekaterina Fortova 8 A*-A

Elizaveta Fortova 8 A*-A

The University of Warwick (Economics, Politics and International Relations)

Olivia Sullivan 8 A*-A

Morgan Liggan 8 A*-A

The University of St Andrews (Psychology)

Lara Kratzer 8 A*-A

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One possible look of the Hyperloop rapid transport system

V isionary of the Fut ure


In an age when we desperately need visionaries to lead the way, Elon Musk is a multidisciplinary engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and futurist with the drive to do what today’s politicians can’t – change the world for the better. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ


here have always been visionaries and inventors, from Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo to Jules Verne, but more than anyone else today, South African-born Elon Musk is the renaissance man of the hour. This is an era where we look in vain to our leaders for answers to the pressing environmental, social and economic issues that beset humanity. Decade upon decade, there is no change, no action and no transparency. We seem to be locked in an ever-increasing spiral of uncontrolled technological development that has the potential to disrupt our economic system and the fabric of society. Global warming, population growth, pollution, growing disparity in wealth and the rise of artifiial intelligence are the spectres that stare us in the face yet, somewhat ominously, they are barely addressed by those in power.

A GLOBAL VISION What has all of this got to do with a technological entrepreneur such as Elon Musk, you might wonder. Indeed, but for one thing this North American magnate born in Afrikaans-speaking Pretoria could just be another tech tycoon like Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates, a ‘geek in a suit’ growing incredibly rich on new innovations in digital engineering. But Elon Musk is different. Yes, he is a technology freak and yes, he has the ambition to make his commercial enterprises multi-billion dollar success stories, but with Musk you sense that these objectives are not the goals themselves, but tools that will help him achieve his real ambitions. You see, Elon Musk is also a passionate man with a vision for the world. As much as we need visionaries, history teaches us that many of the most dangerous people in the

past have been driven by ‘visions’. One person’s utopia is another’s nightmare, but what sets Elon Musk apart is that, for once, he is not seeking to create a better world by furthering an ideological agenda, but plans to use science and technology to solve many of our problems. By veering away from politics and ideology he consciously – and intelligently – steps away from that which divides us and instead applies the secular rational integrity of science. The latter is increasingly apropriated by corporations and (ab)used for commercial means, but this technology magnate seems to follow a humanistic approach that places advancement back in the popular good. A man of many talents and doubtless energy, his prime focus is on those factors relating to transport. At the heart of it is

The Tesla Model X cross-over

a desire to greatly advance the development of renewable energy sources that would create a sustainable cycle between demand and output capacity. A breaktrough here would represent a vital step in our relationship with the planet, and it would also greatly affect transport, which is at the very axis of human mobility and economic activity. It is in this field that Elon Musk displays the big thinking and macro view typical of the visionary, having already established groundbreaking companies in electric car and battery manufacture, transport infrastructure, solar energy, aviation and space travel. Though not all are expected to be equally successful, all are developed from an ambitious premise of wanting not just to lead and innovate industries and develop new technologies, but to actually change things for the better.


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The shape of things to come?

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Tesla’s sleek Model S

FROM SMALL BEGINNINGS… A graduate in physics and economics, the academically gifted Musk subsequently abandoned plans to pursue a PhD at Stanford in favour of founding the first of many business enterprises. From a bullied teenager who taught himself how to programme computers he has gone on to found a technology-based business empire. It all started with Zip2, a pioneering online city guide that he co-founded with his brother Kimbal in 1995 and sold four years later, netting $22 million with which to launch his next venture, The latter would lead to PayPal, the secure online payment system that has taken over the world. The company was sold after three years and Elon Musk’s share amounted to $165 million.It was at this point that he differentiated himself from the typical tech magnate and founded a series of visionary companies conceived not just to earn money but to make a contribution to the world as well.

SPACEX Born out of the desire to reboot space travel and partly founded with $100 million of his own money, SpaceX is a developer of launch rockets that

are not only cheaper but also highly innovative. It is the first commercial company to have launched a satellite into space, and its Dragon was the first commercial spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station in 2012. Another first was the successfull launching and landing of a reused rocket! Though so much has been achieved in a short period of time, Musk believes this is just the beginning of a new golden era of space exploration, and his ultimate objective is to establish a colony on Mars.

TESLA The best-known of all his endeavours, Tesla has done more to promote electric cars and rejuvenate the automobile industry than anyone else. What’s more, in less than 15 years it has caught the German carmakers napping and placed the hitherto floundering US car industry back at the forefront of innovation. The sleek, modern Roadster, Model S and Model X have become the darlings of Hollywood celebrities and are gaining broad popular recognition, but Tesla is also a leading supplier of electric powertrains and batteries, most notably to Mercedes. As the chief designer and CEO of

the company, Musk is lauded for his open attitude in wanting to share the technology with other carmarkers in a drive to promote electrically powered cars.

SOLAR CITY Just as Tesla serves as a vehicle to transform the way we drive, so SolarCity was founded to speed up the development of solar energy and the movement away from fossil fuels. In fact, the two ‘sister’ companies are working together to help achieve this.

HYPERLOOP This revolutionary high-speed transportation system is not new in concept, but it was Elon Musk who created design teams tasked with producing a workable, practical foundation for what are effectively pods channelled through long-distance tubes. Though still at the prototype stage, the rapid development of this technology initiated by Hyperloop could see it economically and technically viable within less than a decade.

OTHERS More recent initiatives include OpenAI, Neuralink and The Boring Company, all of which reveal the same

SpaceX’s commercial spacecraft, the Dragon

humanistic foundations that are far removed from most corporations, no matter how convincing their Social Responsibility communiques. Neuralink is a neurotechnology firm looking to develop artifical intelligence that could remedy or enhance our human capabilities, while OpenAI is a non-profit organisation that studies ways of creating artificial intelligence applications that are safe and of benefit to society. Musk is one of several leading thinkers, including Stephen Hawkins and Bill Gates, who have been voicing concerns about the potentially disastrous impact of AI on employment and our social and economic systems. The Boring Company, meanwhile, is looking at developing a tunnelling infrastructure that could provide a car-based traffic solution for large urban areas the way undeground metros have done for trains. Apart from philanthropic efforts and plans to design an electric jet aircraft, Elon Musk also manages to raise emotions across the planet, and while not everyone may share his vision it is clear that, having achieved so much by the age of 46, we can look forward to a lot more innovation from one of the most far-sighted people of our time. e


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Had destiny played out differently for Al Gore, he could very well have been the 43rd President of the United States (Gore narrowly lost out to no less than George W. Bush in the 2000 elections). Irrespective of one’s political leanings, it can safely be assumed that the world might have been a much better place, at least as far as climate change is concerned. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS


l Gore has always been an active, ambitious man – many say that his ambitions truly centred on making a change rather than just making a mint, which his talent would almost inadvertently lead him to do. Gore was born with politics in his blood – his father served in the House of Representatives and later the Senate, while his mother made history by being one of the first women to obtain a Law degree at Vanderbilt University. Aware that he could be accused of using his ‘silver spoon’ background to further his career, Gore tested his mettle in the

Vietnam War, enlisting because he knew that he would be accused of abusing his privilege if he had tried to stay at home. Gore was violently opposed to war and most of his classmates at Harvard avoided being drafted, yet by serving, he said, he would avoid someone else having to go in his place. He sought to make a change from a very early age; on his second day at Harvard University, he began campaigning for the presidency of the freshman student council and won. During his sophomore year, he signed up for a class with global warming specialist, Roger Revelle, and in

1969 graduated cum laude. His time with Revelle birthed a keen interest in the effect that climate change would have on the planet. In his first year as a congressman, he would try to educate his fellows on environmental affairs, holding the first congressional hearings on climate change. He saw green issues as crucial to success for his political party. Throughout his political career, Gore made several attempts at stopping environmental degradation. In 1990, he joined prominent politicians from over 40 countries in an attempt to formulate a Global Marshall

Plan, in which well-off countries would aid third world economies while maintaining environmental sustainability. Almost a decade later, he would push for the passing of the Kyoto Protocol; unfortunately, he was unsuccessful, the U.S. negation of the protocol doing plenty to nullify its utility (the United States produces 35 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gases, according to the Kyoto Protocol). In the early 2000s, Gore divided his time between the private sector and environmentalism, founding The Alliance for Climate Protection in 2011 and supporting Live Earth benefit concerts.


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In 2006, he released An Inconvenient Truth: the documentary that would arguably establish him as one of the world’s most fervent eco warriors. Directed by Davis Guggenheim, the film followed Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former Vice President aimed to enlightened the world on important changes that had taken place due to global warming. Expert predictions on rising temperatures and their devastating effects on climate stability, had all come true. The documentary was alarming indeed. It established a list of undeniable truths: Global warming exists. Humankind has caused it. If we do not take action immediately, we will set about catastrophic changes that no future action will be able to remedy. In the film, Gore presented the world climatic situation, using detailed statistics, graphs and footage to show the changes that had taken place over the previous decade – the rise in

temperature had caused the first ever hurricane in South America, CO2 levels in polar ice cores to sore at the highest levels present in 250,000 years, record breaking typhoons in Pacific countries. As if all this weren’t bad enough, a second danger loomed ahead: the manipulation by politicians and members of the media who, like Trump, wished to spread the fallacy that global warming did not exist. Gore was realistic about the level of devastation caused, but also hopeful. “We can turn this around just as we reversed the hole in the ozone layer. But it takes action right now, and politicians in every nation must have the courage to do what is necessary. It is not a political issue. It is a moral issue.” An Inconvenient Truth won two Oscars for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song, grossing over €40M worldwide. A couple of months ago, Gore reviewed new developments

since An Inconvenient Truth, with An Inconvenient Sequel. The latter is, surprisingly, far more intimate than its predecessor. We see a ‘post politics’ Gore take on global warming in a personal way… as though it was his very own crusade. The future of the Planet is genuinely close to his heart and as he approaches his winter years, it is the one legacy he wishes to leave behind. Donald Trump was actually elected to the Presidency as the film neared completion, stumping the effects of the Paris Climate Accord and indicating that the fossil fuel industry will continue to be a thorn in the side of vehement environmentalists. Regarding the election of Trump and its effect on the Paris Protocol, Gore says, “I had a plan for my life, to quote Mike Tyson: ‘Everybody has a plan until he gets punched in the face.’” Gore has been bold in his opposition to Trump, likening the

American withdrawal from the Paris agreement to the losses suffered by other moral causes such as the abolishment of slavery and universal suffrage. He said it was “clearly wrong to destroy the prospects of living prosperously and sustainably on a clean Earth, to condemn future generations… it was wrong to allow slavery to continue… to deny women the right to vote… to discriminate on the basis of skin colour or who you fell in love with… to allow apartheid to continue.” All these movements, he adds, faced “voracious resistance that led to despair of the part of many advocates.” Still, Gore continues to be optimistic… “we have already made great strides in commitment to environmental goals, but we cannot stop our fight. The future of our children and their children stands to lose everything, if we don’t continue to advocate for climate change, to lead this movement by example.” e


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The world of plastic surgery continually evolves and improves, with new equipment and techniques enabling surgeons to work more quickly, efficiently and creatively. For Dr. Kai Kaye, founder of the renowned Ocean Clinic, however, the aim is not so much to offer patients ‘the latest’ but rather the best possible care, for optimal results. Dr. Kaye is pleased to have acquired various machines and additional equipment necessary to carry out water-assisted liposuction and water-assisted facelift techniques as standard procedures for his clinical practice. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN


he new technology, known as Body-Jet®, allows surgeons to remove a sufficient amount of fat without damaging the regenerative cells in fat. “This is possible because instead of removing fat mechanically, the water jets remove fat in a very efficient yet gentle way. Less trauma is caused, bruising is minimal and down-time is shorter.” The water jet in effect detaches fat cells from surrounding

tissues, enabling the suction cannula to move freely and limiting damage to skin, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, etc. Dr. Kaye notes that there are additional advantages to the BodyJet® technique: “The procedure is shorter in that there is a simultaneous injection of fluid and aspiration. Older technology involves infiltrating the body with fluid first, waiting 20 minutes, then aspirating. With Body-

Jet®, because both processes take place at once, we can work deeper in one area or enhance another, thereby obtaining more precise results.” There is another important benefit: the fat harvested remains intact. “This fat is in a perfect state for transfer. It can be used to add volume in the face, rebuild breast tissue, even to perform a Brazilian Butt lift (in which volume is added to the buttocks). The fat obtained can also

be used to extract stem cells, which can be used for skin rejuvenation or for the treatment of degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis and other joint problems.” Body-Jet® is generally suitable for patients who are undergoing a liposuction and the good news is that it can be used to remove both small and large amounts alike, since, says Dr. Kaye, “we are continuously infiltrating and removing fat.”


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Dr. Kaye notes that when it comes to selecting systems such as BodyJet®, the paramount consideration is the end result for patients. “As a leading clinic, it is only logical that we should perform procedures with top quality equipment.” Due to his outstanding experience with this technique during the last two years and his scientific publications on Waterjet Assisted Facelift and Lipotransfer, Dr. Kaye has been appointed Clinical Instructor and Key Opinion Leader by systems developer company human med, to teach those techniques in clinical workshops worldwide. Ocean Clinic is not only breaking ground in terms of its services; the

Clinic also recently held the second edition of the Marbella International Plastic Surgery Summer School (MIPSS), attracting over 110 doctors to our shores. “The number of attendees was double that of last year so we are very pleased,” notes Dr. Kaye, adding, “Experts from all over the world joined us to discuss new techniques and to share information. We also had live surgeries taking place at Ocean Clinic, broadcasted to the audience at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel.” The meeting was endorsed by five separate professional associations, including the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a testament to the high scientific

level of the event, which featured 35 lectures on topics such as facial rejuvenation, body contouring, breast augmentation, reconstructive and transgender surgery. Dr. Kaye says, “Everyone had a wonderful time; great interest has been garnered for next year’s MIPSS, although we are limiting places to 125 to maintain the intimate atmosphere that we believe best facilitates collaboration between peers.” For further information on the event, see Ocean Clinic also makes sure to help the needy, with Dr. Kaye and his team travelling to impoverished countries to perform life-enhancing surgery. Last year, the team headed to Kenya, treating nearly 40 patients

living with problems including congenital malformations, tumours, burns, and scars. “We are really delighted with the number of people we were able to treat and by the alterations these surgeries will make to their lives. For some people it will be the difference between being able to work or not and therefore provide for their families; for others it’s about social inclusion and being able to live a normal life.” Dr. Kaye’s work in Kenya is very much in line with his philosophy of approaching beauty as an integrated concept that is inexorably linked to health. g Avda. Ramón y Cajal, 7, Marbella. Tel: 951 775 518.


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p THE FOCUS property Views across the La Reserva golf course to the nearby shore

A country club community within a luxurious resort destination, La Reserva adds another lifestyle dimension to the exclusive appeal and heritage of Sotogrande.


La Reserva has been designed to offer a lifestyle, not just residences


ou don’t have to tell Marc Topiol that property in this part of the world is about much more than bricks and mortar. It’s a lifestyle proposition that buyers, particularly those in the upper segments, are looking for, and in this regard southern Spain competes within a global market, so what it offers had better be pretty special. “Of course we have quite a few winning features, such as the climate, amenities and easy access to the rest of Europe, not to mention the beauty of this region, but beyond that you have to create a truly special environment to appeal to people who travel the world and have many options,” says the CEO of Sotogrande S.A. Having worked in leisure management and related property development in a wide range of countries, he is in a good position to judge the relative strengths of different destination markets. Following working together before, it was Marc Topiol that Orion Capital chose to lead the

rejuvenation of Sotogrande when the investment fund took over its assets and management from NH Hotels in 2014, and since then there has been a quiet revolution in the luxury resort half an hour to the west of Marbella. “We realised that a certain amount of restoration was in order; firstly of the infrastructure, which needed updating and beautifying, but also of the brand itself. Our task has been to restore Sotogrande to its former glory and take it beyond that. And in doing this, it was always understood that a partnership between ourselves and the area’s businesses, investors and indeed residents was vital.”

BROADENING THE APPEAL The first steps were therefore highly visible improvements to roads, landscaping and also initiatives such as the charming Mercado de Levante and range of summer activities that have made the quayside area come to life. “In addition to the market and the food trucks, eight shops and ten restaurants have been opened in that area alone, which shows the fertile ground we’re working with.” It has been part of a two-pronged programme to ‘fix’ Sotogrande and adding to its content. “Our first mission was to put Sotogrande firmly back on the map again, which has been succeeding, but we also realised that this is an area at a generational crossroads. Promoting

Sotogrande to its classic target audience is relatively easy, because they are part of its unique DNA and heritage, but to remain vibrant and have long-term potential the challenge is to appeal to a new, younger and more widely spread market.” This includes updating beach clubs with the special Sotogrande touch, as well as further developing the appeal of classic elements such as golf, polo and the unique equestrian lifestyle, but at the heart of it all is La Reserva, a luxurious residential resort community set around the golf course that sprawls across undulating hills not far from the marina. “The elegant clubhouse and beautiful course are already icons of Sotogrande, and while both have been improved and taken to a new level, this is just the beginning,” says Marc. Far from offering the conventional series of urbanisations bordering the golf course, this country club, measuring roughly the same area as La Zagaleta, will also feature the first sandfloor lagoon pool in Europe, complete with a sophisticated beach club, as well as a twohectare sports lagoon that ‘takes sailing to the hills’. “La Reserva is a luxury living environment built around family life, the kind of place that offers exactly what people leave their busy lives behind to enjoy. In other words, a beautiful setting in which to reconnect with family, friends and oneself.”


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The elegant clubhouse is at the heart of La Reserva

The golf course is the green heart of the resort Lifestyle

The unique Sotogrande way of life

A world of golf and sophistication

La Reserva is a large private country club within Sotogrande

Sotogrande’s marina is five minutes away

AN ALLURING ALTERNATIVE TO MARBELLA Marc Topiol sees Sotogrande and Marbella, once diametrically opposed, coming much closer together in the next few years as a result of continued development along the coast. “Sotogrande is a complementary alternative to Marbella, offering a different ambience and pace of life in a way that is selfselecting.” Indeed, he doesn’t ‘sell’ properties, saying that “our clients are highly informed people who study the market and look at the alternatives. They choose La Reserva if it is right for them.” He jokingly dubbs himself “a salesman of sadness,” for when potential buyers greatly regret leaving one of the fullservice villas they have been staying at he knows he’s done something right. The approach to developing La Reserva de Sotogrande is that of engendering a sense of belonging through the creation of

independently planned and themed sub-areas that offer full privacy and security. In this, the true meaning of community is a central element, a place where residents know each other, spend time together and where children find a natural environment in which to grow up. Each of the areas caters to different tastes and needs, offering villas ranging in price from €2 - €18 million, with The Seven as the pinnacle. “It represents the crème de la crème of Sotogrande real estate, with seven magnificent individually designed homes set upon a parkland landscape of 14 hectares designed by Jean Mus, who is merging beautiful touches of Provence into the local scenery to create an environment which, while entirely secure, conceals boundaries to produce an iydllic setting,” says Marc

Topiol. Seven leading architects both local and international have designed the €13 - €18 million properties from within a concept of minimal impact upon and integration with nature. “We are doing things differently, not following the usual patterns of property development on the Costa del Sol, as we want to create a resort living experience that stands out on an international level. All the conditions are there in this beautiful location, and the fact that we are selling these full-service homes at prices not achieved in Sotogrande before indicates we were right to be a little daring,” says the CEO, who is currently working on an equally unique concept for a wellness spa that offers something different to the expected. i


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Décor News: JD Williams


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Stag Print on Wood Feather Trio Framed Print

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Portmeirion Let's Go Wild Plate Set



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There are dream locations in Marbella but few that combine an impactful frontline beach location with a modern villa of this calibre. La Perla Blanca is just that – a white pearl on the Marbella shore.


he finest properties are not located at the side of the highway for all to see, but discreetly ensconced in exclusive residential areas. The very best also command the kind of settings upon which the classic real estate adage of ‘location, location, location’ is built. Prime among these is a frontline beach location right upon the sand, but if yours is a property with a wide frontage set upon a spacious private plot overlooking a very secluded stretch of beach, you really do belong to the upper echelons of the Marbella real estate market. This is true of La Perla Blanca, a 12-bedroom villa that is luxurious in the true sense of the word. “We could have fitted two villas on this beachfront plot but the owner wanted to create something special that does justice to what is a uniquely beautiful location,” says Ian Waudby, project leader of Crest Group International. And indeed, while the beautiful trees that surround one as you enter the grounds firmly place the home in the Mediterranean belt, the uncluttered, open views out to sea are somehow of an international standard. Niklaus Haug, the owner, is a property developer with a large portfolio of projects in Switzerland. He specialises in creating added value through beautiful architectural design and top specifications, and has outdone himself with La Perla Blanca: “We have put an enormous amount of effort into the building and furnishing of this magnificent property and are thrilled with the results we have achieved. La Perla Blanca represents in many ways the culmination of my life experience in building quality homes, and I take enormous pride and satisfaction in it.” Standing on the terrace overlooking the pool, garden and the sea that stretches out beyond, this could be Hawaii, California, the Cote d’Azur or some gem of the Australian coast, so while it is very centrally located between Marbella and Estepona, this sophisticated villa rises well above the norm even for a luxury resort area like this. What’s more, a modern beachside mansion of this kind is rare, and perhaps not surprisingly given the fact that the best spots are always chosen first, La Perla Blanca has arisen on the site of an older beachside villa.


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THE PROJECT Indeed, it would be against the odds to expect a site such as this to have remained untouched over decades, so when it became available the present owner took it with existing property and all. “We studied the market, but always from the premise that we wanted to create a truly special property on this spot,” says Niklaus. The location therefore demands a uniquely luxurious and sophisticated villa, but rather than follow the latest trends slavishly, Ian and his team looked at ways of creating a home that exceeds Marbella expectations. “The first inspiration lay in the existing house, which was designed some decades ago in the style of an Arabic villa. While we knew the architectural style and decorative finishing of the new villa would be quite different, it became clear that the original home’s layout had a lot to offer.” Its low-slung look would provide the blueprint for the modern property, which makes the most of its broad sea-facing plot to shy away from a tall structure and offer more appealing proportions in which the property’s flanks provide a very efficient and pleasing distribution of living spaces. As a result, the upper floor is mostly made up of the private master suite which, besides offering exquisite comfort and style within its own wing, also has direct access to the rooftop area with its extensive lifestyle zones. These include a panoramic bar and lounge area with a state-ofthe-art Jacuzzi. Half a level up is another chill-out lounge from which the views across the garden, the park-like expanse behind the house and of course the sea add to the relaxing ambience. This area also includes a small indoor gym and spa with massage treatment rooms, sauna and steam bath, completing a sophisticated leisure zone that also communicates with the garden and terrace below.


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A RHYTHM OF LIFE Good architecture can produce a rhythm that sets the tone for a lifestyle in which the different parts of the home each evoke a particular atmosphere and mood. In the case of La Perla Blanca there is a discernable slowing down of pace as soon as you enter the forecourt surrounded by tall pine trees and views of lawns and the waves crashing on the beach nearby. This is also the soundtrack to this villa, which the largely level plot notwithstanding, the designer has endowed with several split levels that add intimacy to the living spaces and break down their volumes – linking them while also providing an intimate scale and mood for each room.

This is true of the rooftop lounge zone, the terrace and the cosy poolside seating area set half a level down from the surrounding lawn. The built-in seats are arranged in a circle around what can be a table or a warm glowing fire in winter, proving that creative features of this kind can add value to a home both in an aesthetic and a practical way. From this snug, chilled position you would look out over the immaculate lawn, the sleek swimming pool with its specially sourced sea green tiles, the wooden pool deck and the terrace that runs along the length of the villa and offers unique outdoor spots in which to lounge, entertain, dine, take breakfast or simply enjoy some peace and privacy.

If the flow of the house provides a peaceful, refined and very private ambience in a way that was partly inspired by the original property, then the surroundings round the process off beautifully, for this is a setting that is not just hard to beat, but also one where the waves, birdsong, the landscaped floral beauty and the blue hues of sea and sky combine to produce a very harmonious beachfront experience. La Perla Blanca exudes the sophistication and privacy of a personal estate yet finds itself within a few minutes of San Pedro, Estepona, Benahavís, Puerto Banús and Marbella. Moreover, as public parking and access to the area are limited, this is a very quiet stretch of coastline.


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DESIGN WORTHY OF THE SETTING From the architect and the developer to the landscaper and the interior designer, this is a property where each was given a very particular brief: to create something especially unique, a home truly worthy of its privileged setting. Each worked in conjunction with the other to achieve this, led by Ian Waudby and his team: “We added a lower level to provide ample room for a private cinema, an indoor heated swimming pool and an area in which to create any combination of leisure spaces. As always, natural light, style, comfort and easy access to different parts of the property such as the garden were criteria we set ourselves, of course not forgetting continuing the pleasing flow of the villa on this floor as well.” The result is a luxurious beachfront villa that follows modern Mediterranean architectural lines but manages to surprise even the trained eye with its use of light, space and features that are both aesthetically pleasing and practical. Thanks to its arrangement, the villa is spacious and imposing, with open, interconnected living areas that are also intimate and inviting. In this way the home is made up of different areas each with an ambience that follows its function, ensuring that the entrance hallway flows on to the elegant living room, dining room and kitchen, and on to two different ground floor wings that house the villa’s main bedroom suites and guest quarters respectively. Though it doesn’t seem so, this is a property with twelve bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, though none are to be found along a long, narrow corridor.


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The decorative styling of a home of this calibre is the crowning glory of a design that runs all the way from original concept through to soft furnishings. Andrea Böck of Ambience Home Design in Marbella was chosen to undertake this important role and dress the different parts of this imposing villa. Using a blend of contemporary and timeless elements brought together with a knowing touch, she has created an interior that reflects the property in how it exudes quality and taste yet also manages to surprise and delight the senses. The tones are refined and well-balanced, the materials, furnishings and artwork solid and eye-catching, and though the décor follows the flow of each area of the villa, the overall feel is of contemporary finesse and distinction. Together with a singular location, they are the building blocks of beachfront splendour. As Christopher Clover, Managing Director of Panorama Properties, which markets the villa, says: “The qualities of La Perla Blanca, as well as the amazing décor, make this property one which is unique on the market and wonderfully suitable for a large family looking to live in a sophisticated modern beachfront property within a truly privileged setting. We are proud to be offering this home and believe it sets the benchmark for future villa construction in the Marbella area.” i


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Really exceptional properties currently on the market can beneďŹ t tremendously from having a state-of-the-art video to present them to a global audience. Even better if the production presents a story with a human element and the ďŹ nal edit can be uploaded to a range of prestigious platforms. To demonstrate the potential of this concept, Magazine, in collaboration with Kamsyn, recently made an HD video of La Perla Blanca, the palatial property featured on the previous pages, involving Rolls Royce, Bentley Marbella, Pixel Perfect, Skyshooters, HeliAir Marbella, Champagne Le Gras, and Roger M Jewellery, with the model Ana Santos. You can see some stills from the shoot here. To view the video in its entirety: PHOTOGRAPHY EMILE ISSA


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VIKTOR&ROLF & Viktor&Rolf’s stunning haute couture collection, called Boulevard of Broken Dreams, once again reveals the brand’s passion for imaginative upcycling of existing elements. Designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have relied on their concept of ‘conscious design’, using vintage cocktail and eveningwear from various decades as their base material. Existing, often damaged dresses are taken apart and pieced back together as surreal collages, their components forming new ensembles bearing unexpected shapes and colour combinations. The collection celebrates the beauty of imperfection and the value of recycling. Asymmetrical forms, a medley of colours and fittings and voluminous shapes alike make for garments which are as stunning as they are sustainable. COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS


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Boucheron is the first ever jewellery house to call the Place Vendôme home. Founded by Fréderic Boucheron in 1858, it has been forged by four generations of his direct descendants. Boucheron now boasts 55 sales points around the world. Its latest collection, Hiver Imperial, takes its inspiration from the Russia of the Czars. We bring you just a few stunning designs… COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS

Joya ring

Hiver Impérial Lumière de Nacre ring

Baïkal necklace

Noeud ring

Epure Tourbillon Loup watch Laïka, le Husky ring



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BB CC DD and EE Cream


Beauty News






Health News


Are Implants Always the Solution?


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unveil the beauty that lies beneath

Dr. Kaye O. Kai / Plastic and Aesthetic Surgeon / Director of Ocean Clinic

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WHICH CREAM DO YOU NEED? The advent of BB cream in the 1960s brought something new to women seeking to hydrate their skin and conceal their imperfections: a product which was both a light foundation and a moisturiser, perfect for those who don’t want to spend an hour before the mirror every day, applying different kinds of toners, moisturisers, foundations and powders to their skin. BB cream, which enjoyed an enormous boom in South Korea and East Asia, was actually invented by dermatologist, Dr. Christine Schrammek, creator of the famous green peel for beautiful skin. These days, BB cream is not the only all-in-one product for busy gals and guys; CC, DD and EE creams vie for your attention and deciding which one you need can be difficult. We take the confusion out of the equation and share the difference between each of these products. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS Z BB CREAM: The one and only, the original BB cream, is ideal for normal to dry skin that does not need too much coverage. The best BBs will have SPF protection – try to opt for one with higher coverage (an SPF of at least 25) if you are out in the sun a considerable amount of time. Do not use this cream if you have oily skin; it adds shine, which is something you don’t need. Use alone or before foundation. ’S FAVOURITE BB CREAM:

Dior Diorksin Nude BB Cream: Unlike many other products, this one actually contains good coverage and adapts very well to your skin tone. Z CC CREAM: This is the nextgeneration cream for really busy

types; it contains a primer, sunscreen, moisturiser and colour control product, all in one! CC creams are perfect for those seeking a matte look, since they are oil-free. Owing to their vitamin C and E content, they also help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making them a great all- rounder. Use alone or before foundation. ’S FAVOURITE CC CREAM:

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream: We love how hydrating yet easily absorbed this product is. It also contains an SPF of 30. If you have oily skin and sun spots, we suggest using CC cream before a highcoverage foundation such as Estée Lauder Double Wear, a stay-on-place product that contains an SPF of 30.

Z DD CREAM: This product is similar to CC creams but it has a stronger anti-ageing focus, so if wrinkles are a problem, this might be your best bet. In addition to battling signs of ageing and sagging, the cream also balances skin tone and protects sensitive areas with its in-built sunscreen. Use alone or before foundation. ’S FAVOURITE DD CREAM:

Autograph DD Cream Daily Defence is a great ally against fine lines and imperfections. Z EE CREAM: Around three years ago, Estée Lauder launched the first ever EE cream, created to break the cycle of irritation and sun exposure that leads to hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Hyperpigmentation/

melasma can be very difficult to treat with over-the-counter products, so the best approach should always be that of prevention. Estée Lauder’s EE cream contains baicalin – an ingredient that stops skin from forming dark spots, and battles against the irritation caused by the sun and pollution. The cream also contains colour correcting pigments and fine optics, to give skin a smooth, glowing look. The product, called Enlighten E.E., contains an SPF of 30. You can either wear this cream alone or under foundation. ’S FAVOURITE DD CREAM:

It’s got to be the original – Estée Lauder Enlighten EE Cream, which corrects imperfections while it softens, smoothens and hydrates skin. e


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1 – CLARINS SUPER RESTORATIVE TOTAL EYE CONCENTRATE: This light, non-greasy product is a fantastic antidote to dark circles and swelling under the eyes. It lifts the upper lid, smoothens wrinkles and illuminates the eyes. 2 – KIEHL’S MIDNIGHT RECOVERY EYE: A restorative concentrate containing essential oils and botanical ingredients (evening primrose oil and lavender) as well as Butcher’s Brown – an extract which promotes circulation. Wear it over clean skin at bedtime and wake up to less puffiness and wrinkles. 3 – OLAY EYES ILLUMINATING EYE CREAM: An affordable yet wonderful cream which reduces the appearance of dark circles and hydrates the eye area for a luminous glow.


4 – LA MER THE EYE CONCENTRATE: The secret to this product’s success is hematite: a magnetically charged mineral that works hard to reduce discoloration, dark circles and uneven skin tones. Pricey, but very effective. 5 – SHISEIDO FUTURE SOLUTION LX EYE AND LIP CONTOUR REGENERATING CREAM: Another pricey yet efficient product, which has the added bonus of working well on the lip contour area as well as the eyes. It battles dark circles, adds luminosity and promotes firmness. 6 – BENEFIT EYES IT’S POTENT! EYE CREAM: Another efficient dark circle remover, thanks to its blend of natural extracts such as apple, cocoa and Japanese loquat.


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PRODUCTS TO PAMPER Your Eye A rea Even if you have a fantastic anti-ageing or moisturising cream, you are doing yourself a disservice if you apply it to your eye zone. The delicate skin surrounding the eyes require gentler ingredients and any product you apply to this area should not contain any irritants or fragrance. Eye creams and serums contain tightening ingredients, which can reduce wrinkles and swelling. In case you were thinking of adding eye products to your skincare collection, Marisa Cutillas brings you a select list of must-haves…

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Magnesium is a vital mineral for our bodies, since it plays an important role in muscular contraction and the proper functioning of the nervous system. Despite its importance, around 80 per cent of adults have below-minimum magnesium levels, largely owing to the abundance of chemical fertilisers in crops, which wrest important elements from the soil, including magnesium. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS




agnesium is one of six major minerals we should aim to consume over 250mg of every day; the other five are calcium, potassium, phosphorous, sodium and chloride. Magnesium has an impact on nearly all bodily systems. Some of its most important functions include: Z Boosting energy Z Soothing stress, nervousness and anxiety Z Preventing migraines Z Relieving muscular pain and cramps, Z Promoting heart health Z Aiding with digestion Z Aiding bone and teeth formation Z Allowing nerves to send messages within the brain and nervous system Z Regulating the metabolism of various nutrients, including proteins, carbohydrates and fats Z Regulating blood sugar and insulin sensitivity Z Keeping cell membranes throughout the body healthy Z Helping reduce blood pressure Z Reducing the likelihood of

developing Type II diabetes Z Soothing asthma symptoms Z Improving memory Z Relaxing blood vessels Magnesium regulates more reactions than any other mineral, though all essential minerals are utilised as ions, which our cells need to carry out everyday activities such as energy generation, hormone production, cell maintenance, etc. In individuals with low magnesium levels, the risk for conditions such as osteoporosis, diabetes and heart health issues can be greater. If you tend to feel fatigued, have unexplained muscle cramps, feel irritable or have an irregular heart rate, you may be low on this mineral. The heart actually has the highest need for magnesium of any organ – the left ventricle in particular requires magnesium to function well. Just a few possible effects of magnesium deficiency include high blood pressure, arrhythmia, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and sudden cardiac death. It behaves like many popular heart

medications – it prevents blood clots, thins blood and blocks the uptake of calcium. To ensure your magnesium levels are acceptable, consume foods such as cacao (dark chocolate), wheat germ, almonds, toasted peanuts, sunflower seeds, parsley, walnuts, green beans, lentils, black beans, green leafy vegetables, and fruits such as bananas, apricots and avocado. Wholemeal rice and fatty fish (such as salmon) are also good sources of magnesium. According to vitamin and supplement company, Aquilea, men should aim to consume around 410mg of magnesium a day, while women should aim for 315mg daily. Just 100 gr of cacao contains 420mg, which makes a pretty good case for consuming sugar-free, quality chocolate daily; ideally, you should try to obtain your magnesium content from a variety of sources. Aquilea has four different types of magnesium products, in effervescent and granulated and powdered form. If you enjoy a daily smoothie, the

powdered form would make an ideal daily addition. Try to add dark leafy greens to your juicing blender. Greens containing the highest levels of magnesium include spinach, broccoli, kale and romaine lettuce. The greatest risk factor for magnesium deficiency is a high-processed food diet. As health guru, Dr. Mercola notes, “The reason for this is because magnesium resides at the centre of the chlorophyll molecule. If you rarely eat leafy greens and other magnesium-rich whole foods (listed above), you may not get enough magnesium from your diet alone.” Magnesium levels can also drop because of stress, or excessive alcohol or sugar consumption. There is no test that can easily test your magnesium levels. Therefore, it is important to be on the lookout for symptoms such as weakness, nausea, tiredness and muscle spasms. Next time you see your doctor, find out whether or not supplementation is indicated in your case. e


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Medical Spa

Medical spas have become more popular in recent years for both men and women; they are a kind of hybrid between the traditional day spa and a medical clinic. Unlike day spas, medical spas are run by a medical doctor, just like in our clinic. At Cirumed Medical Spa we offer treatments ranging from luxury facials to facial thread lifts, Scandinavian sugaring hair removal to botox and filler, facial peels to laser skin resurfacing and plenty of other non-surgical treatments. Our most popular non-surgical treatment is probably CoolSculpting, with over 4000 cycles of experience and the only clinic to dispose of two Zeltiq machines, which halves the treatment time, it’s no wonder we are Spain’s largest coolsculpting practice. The procedure is a clinically proven method that selectively reduces unwanted fat using a patented cooling technology. The CoolSculpting procedure has been cleared by the FDA for cold-assisted lipolysis (breakdown of fat). It works by gently cooling targeted fat cells in the body to induce a natural, controlled elimination of fat cells without affecting the surrounding tissue, and the treated fat cells are gone for good. This non-invasive fat removal technique only takes a mere hour per applicator, but the busy lifestyle of not only our local Marbella patients but also our out of town patients who are only around for a limited time, leads many of them to opt for combining this procedure with our other non-surgical treatments, to make the most of their time. We have many package deals available for patients who wish to maximize the use of their time. What sets our Medical Spa apart from others is our position in also offering plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery carried out by the “Best Aesthetic Surgeon in Spain” (as awarded by Medical Livewire), our director Dr. Alexander Aslani. All of our surgeons are elected and contracted staff at Spain’s largest private healthcare provider, proving the true skill behind their surgical techniques and experience.Our specialty surgery, which our surgeons are experts in, is the Brazilian Butt lift. Commonly known as a “BBL”, it is the ideal Plastic surgery procedure: it removes unwanted fat from one part of the body and uses it for the shaping of tight, perky, round and feminine buttocks. Brazilian butt lift surgery is capable of achieving very impressive body reshaping without much scarring or use of silicone. Cirumed Clinic Marbella is one of very first and few clinics in Europe specializing in Brazilian butt lift surgery. Our surgeons operate hundreds of cases every year, and they are consistently invited to share their experience with this procedure at scientific surgery panels. The combination of all the relaxing, rejuvenating and enhancing treatments offered at our clinic with the outstanding levels of plastic surgery, creates the perfect environment to set up a Medical Spa, in order for us to offer the widest variety of treatments to suit all patients desires and needs.



SILHOUETTE SOFT // FILLERS // BOTOX // COOLSCULPTING // FRAXEL // SUGARING // ENDOLIFT MICRODERMABRASION // MICRONEEDLING // RADIOFREQUENCY // COOLSCULPTING // Cirumed Clinic /// Edif. Panorama, Planta baja, Local 2 /// Ctra. De Cadiz, km 184 /// E - 29603 Marbella /// Tel: +34 952 775 346 /// /// ///

Chairman of the Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Hospital Quirón Málaga Hospital Quirón Marbella Director of Cirumed Clinic Marbella

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If all things to do with health fascinate you, you’re probably well versed on the benefits of hemp. Indeed, hemp is now a popular ingredient in everything from skincare products to supplements. But it has a rich history that dates back more than 10,000 years and it’s possible that hemp was the world’s first agricultural crop. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF POWEREDBYNATURE


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Although hemp and marijuana are obtained from the same plant genus, they are actually different. Hemp comprises the strains of cannabis bred specifically to obtain fibre for use in clothing, oil, skincare products and nutritional supplements. Hemp derived products do not produce a ‘high’.



In the early 1990s, researchers discovered the previously unknown endocannabinoid system (ECS), which controls key functions including mood, memory, sleep, appetite, pain tolerance, body temperature and inflammation. It also plays an important role in the maintenance of homeostasis, the body’s natural internal equilibrium, which maintains temperature, blood oxygen and salt levels, and hydration. The ECS is made up of receptors located throughout the body and is activated by signalling molecules called endocannabinoids. The cannabinoid compounds found in hemp are memetic, meaning they mimic the body’s endocannabinoids and have the ability to influence key functions in a positive way.


Hemp contains a CBD cannabinoid component, which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant and anti-psychotic effects. It can also boost the immune and circulatory systems. Some of its benefits include: Z Hemp promotes heart health.


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A large-scale study found that consuming hemp seeds significantly lowers the risk of heart disease by lowering inflammation and blood pressure. Z Hemp is a complete protein that’s easier to digest than meat, eggs, cheese and other highprotein foods. Hemp contains all 20 known amino acids, including the nine amino acids which our body cannot produce on its own. About 65 per cent of the protein in hemp comprises edestin, only found in hemp seeds, it’s considered the backbone of cell DNA. Z Hemp is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, including Omega 3 and 6 fats in a perfect 3:1 ratio. It is vital to preserve the right balance between essential fatty acids, since failing to do so is linked to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes, and skin and mood disorders. Z Hemp is also rich in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an Omega 6 fatty acid found in breast milk and evening primrose oil that reduces inflammation and promotes cell growth. Z Hemp is rich in Vitamin E (which promotes healthy skin, hair and cell

rejuvenation), and in minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc. Z Hemp is a food (similar to chia seeds) and can be consumed by those with allergies or intolerance to nuts, gluten, dairy, etc. There is no known intolerance to hemp; it does not cause adverse side effects and is not addictive.

TOP HEMP PRODUCTS If you are interested in obtaining hemp products, buy bio (organically farmed) hemp. PoweredbyNature is a Benalmádena-based online shop which sells top-grade bio products, ensuring you obtain all of hemp’s most potent health benefits. PoweredbyNature products are made with raw hemp seeds that include the shell (de-hulled seeds are not as nutritious). The seeds are geminated, a process which converts nutrients into their

most digestible form. Kasper Kristiansen, CEO of PoweredbyNature, notes: “We created our Botanical Oil Blend, a hemp oil blended with cannabinoids and vitamin D, specifically for people who are interested in trying hemp oil because they’ve heard about its health benefits but aren’t sure where to start. We wanted a product that not only delivered the very best nutrients hemp has to offer but also feels as comfortable to buy as any dietary supplement. There’s no reason why hemp products can’t be a staple of every medicine cabinet. We believe hemp is the future of preventative healthcare.” Some of PoweredbyNature’s hemp products include Botanical Oil Blend, Germinated Hemp Seed Protein, Germinated Hemp Seed Oil and Healing Balm.

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Research carried out at the University of Illinois has revealed that middle aged individuals with higher levels of lutein (a nutrient contained in leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale, as well as avocado and eggs) have younger neural responses than those who do not consume this nutrient. The study is important because most previous research was carried out on older adults; this one involved participants aged 25 to 45. The findings show that cognitive decline can start earlier than initially thought – in our 30s! Said the researchers, “If lutein can protect against decline, we should encourage people to consume lutein-rich foods at a point in their lives when it has maximum benefit.”

Did you know that bullying has many long-term effects on health? Even if a child has outgrown bullying and is happy and thriving, he or she will still have an increased risk of heart disease, depression and anxiety. It is vital for parents to be watchful for signs that their children are being victimised, so that help can be received quickly. Signs and symptoms to watch out for include mood changes (greater irritability or sadness), separation anxiety and improved symptoms when there is no school. Psychologist Mónica González of Quirónsalud Marbella notes that bullies should be taught to take responsibility for their actions, to empathise with their victims and to manage their emotions better. Victims, meanwhile, should be supported without being victimised. They should be encouraged to find alternative means to release stress and improve their self-confidence.






We know that walnuts are one of the world’s best Omega-3 sources, but studies show that they may also promote health by changing the makeup of gut bacteria. Tests on lab mice have shown that when walnuts are consumed, the numbers and types of bacteria in the gut change, as does the bacteria’s functional capacity. Consuming walnuts basically increases the diversity of gut bacteria; a lack of diversity has been related to obesity and inflammatory bowel disease. The bacteria increased by walnuts include lactobacillus, which may act as a prebiotic, promoting the numbers and activity of beneficial bacteria.



A recent study published in online journal The FASEB Journal, has found that EGCG (the most abundant catechin and biologically active component of green tea) can help fight memory impairment and alleviate insulin resistance, which is also linked to obesity. The study, carried out on lab mice over a 16-week period, found that mice fed with a high fructose diet had a higher final body weight than their counterparts; they also took longer to complete a maze test. However, when the mice were also fed EGCG, they performed significantly better and showed improvements in memory. Thus far, green tea has been found to have many benefits, including cardio-protective, neuro-protective, anti-carcinogenic and anti-diabetic effects. Green tea also protects the liver and promotes blood vessel health.

HIGH PROTEIN DIET MAY SOOTH INFLAMED GUT Inflammatory bowel disease results when the balance between the cells that trigger inflammation and those that protect the body, is skewed. New findings by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have found that a protein rich diet may work to restore this vital balance, soothing inflamed guts and preventing the myriad of symptoms that accompany inflammation. The study, carried out on lab mice, showed that the more tryptophan mice had in their diet, the more soothing immune cells they had. Tryptophan is found in a myriad of protein-rich foods, including turkey, nuts, eggs, seeds, yoghurt, poultry, chocolate and cheese. According to the researchers, the development of gut-soothing cells “is probably something we want to encourage since these cells control inflammation on the inner surface of the intestines. Potentially, high levels of tryptophan in the presence of L. reuteri (probiotic bacteria) may induce expansion of this population.”


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Over the past few decades, implants have certainly improved appearance and functionality for countless patients. When various teeth are missing, people can become more reticent about smiling and have lesser quality of life, since chewing and speech can also be affected. For Drs. Nina King and Sacha MillerWojtan, however, implants aren’t necessarily always the answer. The friendly and passionate dentists, who together re-opened the Oasis Dental Clinic at the Elviria Business Centre, believe that each person should be viewed individually, to determine which choice is best for them. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN


r. King notes, “There are various options you can take when a tooth is missing. You can fill the space with an implant, bridge, denture or also simply leave it alone. The choice that is best for each patient depends on a range of factors, including the patient’s oral hygiene, the size of the gap, and for implant surgery, whether or not the patient has any other predisposing health conditions such as diabetes and if they smoke. If for any reason they are not suitable for surgery, then we would probably advice against an implant.” For Drs. King and Miller-Wojtan, the first step is always the creation of a treatment plan. The goal is for implants to last a lifetime, and thorough planning is necessary to ensure that all factors are favourable such as the bite, to avoid overloading and breakages, etc. Dr. Sacha Miller-Wojtan states that long-term success is of prime importance. “If the mouth itself isn’t healthy, then the implant probably won’t last long-term. An implant and crown can look marvellous at first but the mouth must be properly prepared to receive it or it will fail

later down the line. Moreover, it is important that implants are placed at the right angle and position, so that cleaning (both at home and during dental visits) is possible.” Dr. King muses that she has seen crowns that are so large or oddly positioned that the tooth becomes impossible to clean – therefore hampering the long-term success of the implant. Drs. King and Miller-Wojtan work alongside a talented surgeon, Dr. Carmen Díaz. Says Dr. Miller-Wojtan, “We clearly let Dr. Díaz know what we need in terms of positioning, and listen to her valuable advice so we work as a team. Usually, around three months after implantation takes place, we place the final crown/s.” In addition to ensuring you are the right candidate for an implant, the use of top quality implants is vital. Says Dr. Miller-Wojtan: “We use Straumann implants, made by one of the most recognised companies in the world. Straumann implants have existed for 60 years and are present in over 100 countries.” Dr. King adds, “You definitely don’t want to use a little known system; with a

company like Straumann, you know that if you need a change or update, all the components you need will be available. I have had patients come in with low-cost implants which are unfortunately impossible to work with, as the necessary components are discontinued/inaccessible.” Dr. Miller-Wojtan adds: “One of the best things about Straumann is that since it is the third largest system globally, if you are travelling anywhere in the world, you know there are dentists who are familiar with the system and equipped to deal with your implant.” Dr. King stresses the importance of recognising that each patient has different needs. “Every smile is different; some patients show more gum when they smile, others may have teeth which are not in a perfect straight line and the system we use needs to have flexibility and offer a wide range of options so it can fit each patient exactly and blend in naturally.” The dentists at Oasis Dental Clinic also feel that implants should not be rushed. “We live in a world where everyone wants instant results,” notes Dr. King, adding, “yet it is important that the implant not

be overloaded and that the mouth has time to heal after surgery.” When implants are carefully planned and well placed, say the Drs., there is no reason why they can’t last a lifetime, although the overlying crowns, etc. may need some reparative work later. Maintenance is crucial. “It is important to clean implants at home and at the dentist every three to six months, just as you would for normal teeth.” If you are interested in filling a gap with an implant, discuss your needs with Drs. King and MillerWojtan. For these dentists, the most important value should always be health and functionality. Dr. MillerWojtan notes, fittingly, that “having a cheap implant is like buying a fake watch on the street instead of a real Rolex… ultimately, the difference in quality shows up in performance, appearance and durability.”

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• All types of general dentistry • Specialists in cosmetic dentistry • Professional, caring environment • Modern up-to-date equipment

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HOTEL BARCELÓ MONTECASTILLO GOLF RECEIVES ANDALUCÍA EXCELENTE 2017 PRIZE Hotel Barceló Montecastillo Golf is the proud recipient of the Andalucía Excelente 2017 Prize, which it took home for the quality of its installations and client service. The resort, one of the most emblematic in Jerez, was recently renovated, its rooms now boasting Queen size beds, panoramic showers, kettles, a large HD television and free WiFi. There is also a beautiful spa and wellness centre measuring 1,400m2. i

MIND MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE WITH SWAMI JYOTHIRMAYAH The Mind Management VIP Conference took place recently at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Marbella, in order to raise awareness of ethics in business, with a special focus on the mind. The conference was organised by non-profit organisation The Art of Living Foundation (present in over 156 countries) as part of the OpenMindFest, a charity event promoting harmonious living and family values. The conference was hosted by Swami Jyothirmayah, a renowned international figure of yoga and spirituality. His teachings are in such demand that he has already visited more than 50 countries and he comes to Marbella as part of a major international tour entitled Ethics In Politics and Business, having already visited Europe, Iceland and Russia. i


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PASARELA LARIOS 2017 A RESOUNDING SUCCESS The highlight of the fashion industry in Málaga is undoubtedly Pasarela Larios: a lavish fashion show which takes over the main street of the city, Calle Larios. This year’s event featured shows by 12 national and international fashion houses. Young designer Celia Pérez was chosen by the Ribera del Duero Regulatory Board to transmit the essence of Ribera del Duero through her designs and Pasarela Larios recognised the firm Protocolo Novios for its professional achievements. Over 15,000 audience members attended the fashion shows. i

LA QUINTA REAL ESTATE GROUP PRESENTS REAL LA QUINTA La Quinta Real Estate Group has commenced construction of Real de la Quinta, a new residential tourism development which will comprise 1,600 homes in the Marbella-Benahavís area. The project, the first to boast the BREEAM® sustainable construction certificate, covers an expanse of 202 hectares and is being marketed to international buyers. It is the second resort for the La Quinta Real Estate Group, following the development of La Quinta Golf, a project which commenced some 30 years ago. Borja Pascual, CEO of the Group, stated: “We offer much more than spectacular homes in a privileged location. We stand out for bringing grand quality resorts to life that are sustainable and integrated with the natural surrounds.” i


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The Villa Padierna Group is pleased to have obtained a permit from the Police to create a corporate security department. The group has been taking part in Red Azul, a programme founded by the Police in 2012, aimed at consolidating the national police as a collaborator in private security initiatives. The new security department will guarantee the protection of persons, goods, values and businesses belonging to the Villa Padierna Group, and will also offer clients top level security. i

Restaurant and boutique hotel Castillo de Monda and the Marbella Dutch Business Club are organising a charity night for Free a Girl on November 1. The main goal is to raise money for this international organisation and to support them in the fight against child prostitution and impunity. With the money raised, Free a Girl will liberate girls from child prostitution in India and Brazil, providing victims with a new future through education and vocational training. i Further information,

FIDES PROPERTY SERVICES OPENS IN MARBELLA Fides Property Services is a young, dynamic company based in Marbella serving the Costa Del Sol, which aims to deliver the highest quality, personally tailored property service packages to clients and their properties, ensuring their home in Spain is just as they like it every time they arrive. The key-holding service and regular inspections give peace of mind in the knowledge that your home is always safe, secure and looked after by a reliable and trustworthy company. The company offers a range of additional services which, following a personal consultation, it can incorporate into an individually tailored package to ensure all clients’ needs are met. i Further


NEW WEBSITE FOR PEDRO PEÑA Pedro Peña Interior Design is proud to announce the launch of its brand new website, created to help users “experience design as (the team) feels it.” The stylish site features imagery of the showroom, recently completed projects and news regarding upcoming events. i

JUSTIN BAUTISTA IS BACK WITH NEW MAMA LOTTIES COOKBOOK Mama jumps back into the kitchen to bring you fresh new recipes and flavours inspired by Gibraltar’s heritage. Using ingredients that make up most of Gibraltar’s culinary melting pot, Justin Bautista has brought together a fusion of the traditional and modern. From vegetarian alternatives to adaptations of the most common dishes you can expect to find on the Rock, the book features simple recipes to inspire you back into the kitchen, so you can cook up fresh and tasty meals every day, no matter your skill level. Justin is also back on the small screen with Mama Lotties’ Third GBC series. This year’s theme will be 'Everyday Cooking’ where Justin will be joined by members of Gibraltar’s community to help him make three easy everyday recipes that you can adapt and fit into your lifestyle. Join Justin and his guests every Tuesday night, repeating Thursday and Sunday, or follow him on YouTube to catch up online. ( mamalotties). i 130 / OCTOBER 2017 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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If you enjoy taking part in charity events, mark October 7 on your calendar: a fun walk will be taking place, organised by Rotary Club MarbellaGuadalmina to raise funds for two local charities: FUNDATUL and Homeless Angels. The walk will start at 11:30am at Bel Mare Restaurant (at the end of the Paseo Marítimo de San Pedro de Alcántara). There are three different routes to take part in: Promenade (a 5km walk to Puerto Banús), Parade (a 10km walk to Victor’s Beach) and Power Walk (an 18km walk to the Sport Port). The registration fee is €20 per person. After the charity walk, participants will enjoy a fantastic (optional) meal at Bel Mare. i

For the fourth year in a row, Tarifa Beach Polo saw the Game of Kings taking place on the powdery beaches of Tarifa. The event, organised by Isabel de Borbón (Polo4Ever) and supported by the Tarifa Town Hall and the Andalusian Polo Federation, took place over two days and featured prizes by ASCARI, Starlite Shop, Hansa Realty, Clínica Campos in Marbella, Taquito Polo Mallets, Puente Romano, Coastfield Proejcts, Scapa Sports, Hotel Riad, Fischer Group, Moët Chandon, Vilarnau Cava, Tío Pepe, Brutus Beer, Schweppes, Viñas del Vero and Pedregosa Cava. Portuguese player Diogo Gallego took home the prize for Best Player, while the Credit Suisse Team (Carlos Piñal Álvarez, Diogo Gallego and Álvaro Muñoz Escassi) was the winning team. An after party was held at Chiringuito de Carbones 13, featuring music, drinks and dancing. i

NEW APPS FOR FUERTE HOTEL GROUP The Fuerte Hotel Group is known as much for its respect for the environment as it is for its passion for technology. Recently, the Group made it easier than ever for clients to communicate with staff through the creation of new channels of instant communication, including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and chats on the web. Clients needn’t make a call or wait long periods for their queries to be answered. Now, everything that happens is instantaneous! i


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SPECIAL DONATION FROM AMERICAN CLUB OF ESTEPONA TO CUDECA As part of their American Independence Day celebrations, the American Club of Estepona presented a generous cheque for €3.000 to Susan Hannam, Vice-President of cancer hospice charity, Cudeca. The hospice is sincerely grateful to the American Club of Estepona for their ongoing support, which will help volunteers to continue ‘Giving Life to Days’ to people with advanced and non-curable illnesses and support to their families. i

SMILE is a new laser vision correction technology available at Sol Eyes (in Puerto Banús and Fuengirola), which is suitable for corrections of refraction errors such as myopia, long sightedness and astigmatism. It is less invasive and has made a revolutionary change in modern ophthalmology and laser vision correction surgery. SMILE means Small Incision Lenticule Extraction; the name explains the essence of the technique, but also reflects the smile on patients’ faces after the operation, when they are finally rid of their glasses! SMILE surgery is the advanced successor of the traditional laser vision correction technology known as LASIK. Before the operation, the patient goes through an extensive eye test, performed by experienced ophthalmic nurses, an optician and a surgeon on ultramodern OCT tomographs and other optometric devices. Sol Eyes Vision Clinic founder and surgeon, Dr. Petri Oksman, has ample experience after performing tens of thousands of operations, including SMILE lasering on his own daughter – years later, she is still happy with the results. Feel free to ask the team about other services such as multifocal lens surgery, cataract surgery or treatment and diagnosis of dry eyes. i Further


MIND BODY & SPIRIT FESTIVAL AT THE H10 ANDALUCÍA PLAZA HOTEL The H10 Andalucía Plaza will once again set the scene for the annual Mind Body & Spirit Festival, which will take place on October 21 and 22 (Saturday and Sunday) from 11am to 8pm. Activities include empowering spiritual talks and demonstrations. Featuring demonstrations of mediumship by international mediums and healers; a cutting- edge Japanese technology that transforms ordinary tap water into alkaline ionised Hydrogen-enriched water; past life reading and healing with Jayne Fitzgerald; holistic body massage treatments; tarot; mediumship; astrology; healing or psychic readings from a variety of readers; unique jewellery; crystals; beauty products; delicious healthy food by Valerie and so much more. i Further



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Held at the Palacio de Congresos in Marbella from 27th – 29th October, the Home Fair Costa del Sol is the coming together of this region’s new homes, architecture, landscaping, décor and legal and fiscal advice all under one roof. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

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he return of the property and home fair to these shores is a sure sign that the Marbella real estate market and economy are back to full health and things are as they should be. During the boom of the 2000s, property fairs held across Europe were a vital component in the marketing of Costa del Sol homes abroad, as well as an important meeting point for industry professionals and clients alike when organised locally. The financial crisis put paid to that for a while, greatly diminishing the volume of such events throughout much of the recession years. The latter also coincided with the rise to prominence of digital marketing. Some even claimed that conventional forms of marketing would be a thing of the past, but while it is true that SEO, social media, optimised content, Adwords and other digital marketing tools are now of vital importance to the commercial success of businesses, early predictions of the demise of ‘off-line’ means of communication and promotion have proven to be well off the mark.


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PERSONAL INTERACTION “The more digital and ‘remote’ the world becomes, the more people appreciate human contact,” says Yves Sirejacob, who organises the Home Fair Costa del Sol. “This is true both of service and opportunities to interact with other professionals, suppliers and of course clients.” A firm believer in actively engaging all the above and building one’s business on personal contacts rather than passively waiting for the phone to ring, Yves has enjoyed success both as a legal and fiscal adviser, and an entrepreneur. “Everyone can profile themselves through corporate presentation, but it is

in the personal interaction that you truly define yourself and also meet the people behind the other organisations you deal with.” He has witnessed the revival of trade fairs and in particular property shows across Europe, and has been an active contributor to exhibitions promoting the Costa del Sol in the Netherlands and his native Belgium. “The enthusiasm around such events is growing along with attendance figures, and as visitors are increasingly well informed about the subject matter, they tend to be more focused than in the past. The format works very well both on a B2B and a B2C level because it provides an ideal platform for visual presentation of your products and services, along with the chance to make personal contacts.” As the founder of Sirejacob Legal & Tax in Marbella, he is a regular speaker at the seminars that accompany the fairs. “Having experienced the success of these events in Northern Europe, we believe the time is ripe to fill the gap for it in Marbella and organise our

own platform for promotion, networking and interaction between professionals and clients in all fields related to real estate and homes.” Yves emphasises that the Home Fair Costa del Sol is not a commercial venture in its own right, but a vehicle for the many participants to promote their products and services in a direct and personal way.

A LOCAL MEETING POINT Having enjoyed success with a Dutch-Belgian home fair in Estepona last year, which drew over 600 visitors, Yves is creating a multilingual, multinational base through the Home Fair Costa del Sol. “It is a three-day event focused not just on real estate and interior design but on all aspects related to buying, owning, maintaining, renovating, decorating and ultimately enjoying your home on the Costa del Sol. The exhibitors are therefore mixed, including property developers promoting new projects, leading real estate agents, architects, landscapers, constructors, interior designers, lighting and home automation

experts, suppliers of materials as well as niche specialists and legal and fiscal advisors such as myself. This provides a broad but related field of expertise and information that makes the fair interesting and engaging because it is varied in its offer.” In addition there will be free talks and seminars on a range of topics, as well as presentations of the latest design trends. “We have a great list of exhibitors and participants, and it continues to grow,” says Yves, who together with a good schedule of events and catering by Da Bruno is expecting an excellent event in the heart of Marbella. “We are encouraging the exhibitors to provide discounts and special offers that are only available at the fair. Events of this kind have continued to evolve and become more advanced in their offer, so the Home Fair Costa del Sol will be taking the trade fair format in this area to a new and exciting level that serves industry professionals, suppliers and clients in a modern and engaging way.” i


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It is always exciting to hear of a new way of bringing healthy, pesticide-free produce to the table, but the Ibiza Farm project takes it a step further, by producing beautifully flavoured, nutritious, clean vegetables grown while saving an impressive 95 per cent of water used – a far more impressive figure than that achieved by organic farming. THE TOWER GARDEN® AEROPONIC SYSTEM Ibiza Farm is the first vertical garden in Europe using aeroponic towers to grow food naturally. Over a decade ago, American horticulturist, Tim Blank, invented a vertical aeroponic system that could be used by professional farmers, as well as by the residential market, schools, restaurants and urban farms. In addition to boasting 95 per cent water economy, the Tower Garden® Aeroponic System saves 75 per cent of space, yet delivers up to 50 per cent crop yield increase! Best of all, the towers take up only one m2 of space, yet can grow up to 44 different plants simultaneously.

NO SOIL REQUIRED Unlike hydroponics, aquaponics and geoponics, aeroponics does not require a growth medium like soil. The roots of plants are not immersed in water or submerged in soil; rather, they simply dangle in the air within a protected semi-closed environment. The plants are watered with a natural mineral solution called Aeroponic Power-Gro®, which

is diluted in water and stored in the 100-litre reservoir located at the base of the tower.

HOW DOES IT WORK? The water reservoir is equipped with a low wattage submersible pump which draws the nutrient solution to the top of the tower. The solution is then funnelled through a special device that ‘drizzles’ water down the tower while gently massaging the roots with nutrients on its way down to the reservoir.

LOW ELECTRICITY COSTS Imagine using a blender for five minutes; that is just about as much electricity as a residential Tower Garden consumes in two days. The system relies on a timer, which turns the pump on for three minutes and off for 12 minutes, 24 hours a day. The roots are fed 12 minutes of every hour.

A UNIVERSAL FERTILISER The Tower Garden® Aeroponic System relies on Aeroponic Power-Gro®: the first and only natural ionic mineral solution which can be used indifferently to grow absolutely all types

of crops. This is pretty amazing, considering that in hydroponics, a different fertiliser mix is required for each type of crop.

THE RIGHT TO BE INFORMED Did you know that over 90 per cent of the products vegans and vegetarians consume are grown using animal fecal matter, or that a large percentage of non-organic crops are fertilised with human fecal matter, euphemistically labelled as ‘biosolids’? If you are a Muslim or you are Jewish, did you know that many conventionally grown crops are fertilised by pig manure? Aeroponics is open and honest about the components it relies on; its founders are opposed to the abusive world of intensive animal farming and rely on mineral nutrients and plant-based fertilisers. If you thought organic was the way to go, think again; organic farming releases nitrates into the air. Nitrate pollution is unhealthy for people; it harms the environment and kills bees and organic farming produces a huge amount of it. Interestingly, crops grown off the ground are far less prone to problems related to pests and fungi.


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AEROPONIC PRODUCE IS MORE NUTRITIOUS A study carried out on 162 different crops has shown that aeroponically grown vegetables have 35 to 60 per cent more nutrients than crops grown in other ways. Moreover, they taste great, unlike hydroponically grown veggies, which can sometimes have a soggy or blackened appearance, depending on the produce concerned.

STURDY AND EFFICIENT Tower gardens can be used indoors or outdoors, and have a capacity for withstanding even the strongest winds! They can be set up on your terrace, backyard, rooftop, etc.

LAIDBACK GARDENING Forget about bending down to the ground to pull out weeds or till the soil; Tower gardens require absolutely no weeding, therefore being an ideal pastime for young and old horticulturists alike.

BRINGING TOWER GARDENS TO SPAIN Ibiza Farm is the official distributor of the Tower Garden® Aeroponic System in the United States, Canada and Europe. The founders are lovely couple Mathias Levarek and his wife, Iris. Mathias, who is FrenchAmerican, hails from Hawaii, where for many years he owned his own IT company. “I moved to Amsterdam when I met and fell in love with my Dutch-Indonesian wife, Iris. Having grown up in Hawaii and loving the beach life, I found the grey skies downheartening. Iris has half her family in Ibiza so we decided to make the

move to Spain. I enjoyed farming in Hawaii as well and in Amsterdam I came across these amazing Tower Gardens, which produce healthier, water-saving and ultra nutritious crops. I was excited about bringing the Towers to Spain, Europe and beyond.”

IBIZA FARM GOES NON-PROFIT Ibiza Farm is currently in the process of becoming a non-profit organisation. Says Mathias, “Our aim is to function as an educational centre for kids; a place where they can learn all about how food is grown and how to care for fruits and vegetables. We will be working alongside local and national schools and eventually seeking to establish a nationwide presence. We will be donating the profits obtained from the sales of the Tower Gardens to schools and providing educational workshops and activities for kids with an interest in gardening. Eventually, helping schools set up their own gardens.” Mathias and Iris, who have five children between them and a true passion for children’s education, as well as for the environment, have certainly brought a worthy, immensely interesting project to life. Towers for industrial premises as well as residential homes are currently available for purchase. In addition to yielding beautiful tasting, nutritious food, they will also be going a long way towards helping children discover the beauty of nature, unravelling fantastic mysteries of the food chain which sustains all life. i For further information,


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When purchasing or inheriting property, transfer and inheritance tax seemed the only two taxes that applied. However, plusvalía, a local tax often not taken into account, has been the subject of debate lately. The reason is the way in which the presumed taxable gain is calculated (a fixed percentage times the current cadastral value of the land times the number of years it was owned).



uch an absurd formula has led the Constitutional Court to declare it non-compliant with the Constitution, forcing a partial legal reform, surely with more to come. The only three taxes any town hall must by law charge are property tax (IBI), tax on economic activities (only for larger businesses) and vehicle tax. Levying any other taxes is voluntary, included the construction license tax (ICIO) and the plusvalía tax, also called IIVTNU (meaning Impuesto sobre el Incremento de Valor de los Terrenos de Naturaleza Urbana). Since the crisis began in 2008 and property market prices plummeted, cadastral values saw a steady rise, with Town Halls and other administrations scraping every euro they could. Even if each municipality is free to choose the tax rate, with a cap of 30 per cent, instead of lowering it, there has been a certain tendency lately to increase it, should the rising cadastral values not have been enough.

WHAT IS PLUSVALÍA TAX? Plusvalía (IIVTNU) is a tax levied on

the gain in value of urban land — not constructions — charged on occasion of its transmission. Land is regarded urban if it falls under that category per the Catastro (fiscal registry) Law. It may match – or not – planning land classification. Land is taxable as urban if developed or likely to be so in the short term. Hence developed rustic land (contravening planning) will be classified as urban for tax purposes with IBI, plusvalía and other taxes applying as if development had been legal. Rustic land is exempted from plusvalía tax, as is property included in the Spanish heritage when conservation, improvement and rehabilitation were carried out by the present owner. Also the law changed to exempt bank repossessions of your first home from plusvalía tax. Second homes are however subject to a plusvalía tax bill, even if you lost it to the bank. Plusvalía doesn’t apply between the spouses or in regard to your children, when in fulfillment of court rulings of divorce, separation or null marriages.


Transmitting ownership is the main type of transaction giving rise to the tax, but not the only one: transfer of a usufruct, a lease or a right of use all generate plusvalía tax. Should a price be involved, plusvalía is paid by the person transmitting the land; if no price is involved, such as in the case of inheritances and gifts, the person acquiring the land is responsible for paying the tax. An exception applies when land is transferred by a non-resident physical person. In this case, the buyer – whether resident or not – is in charge of declaring and paying the tax. The fact you might have by contract agreed that the other party should be taking care of the tax is irrelevant to the Tax Office, who shall seek payment, regardless of your contract. It is however not legal that plusvalía tax is passed on to consumers by developers. Hence make sure your counterparty has paid the tax should the contract say so. If selling, you’ll still be legally responsible for the tax if unpaid; if buying, be aware all real

estate is subject to paying any tax related to its transfer.

WHEN CAN YOU RECOVER PLUSVALÍA TAX? Depending on whether you received a bill from the Tax Office – called liquidación – or if you completed a self-assessment – autoliquidación – you will have one month to complain… or up to four years, to claim any undue tax paid. The period of one month is counted from the day after having received your ‘liquidación’. The four years are counted from the day after the voluntary period for self assessment terminated. This voluntary period is thirty working days after urban land was transmitted; and in the case of inheritances (not gifts) its six months, extendable for up to one year. When counting the thirty working days, for periods prior to the 2nd October 2016, Saturdays are included. Not all hope is lost for unchallenged ‘liquidaciones’, though the costs of the lengthy and complex procedure might not be worth the effort. Should you receive a liquidación now though, we strongly advise you challenge it. e


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Puente Romano always manages to be the hottest place to see and be seen, regardless of the time of year. The resort recently held an opening party for the seasonal launch of La Terrasse and La Suite: two fantastic places to party or enjoy an all-round great night out with friends. i

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The Bodyworks Clinic recently celebrated its move to San Pedro after 13 years of success in Cancelada. Estelle will be offering the same high standards clients have become accustomed to. The new clinic will include additional services as well as upgrades to existing treatments. i

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ISLANDS In literature, film and art, the sea has always played a powerful symbolic role, so much so that when asked what we would do if we won the lottery, many of us would probably answer, “Fly to the Maldives.” The mountains boast their own grace, as do fragrant forests and serene lakes, yet there is something about soft white sand and crystalline blue waters that make us seem a little bit closer to paradise. Marisa Cutillas brings readers a small selection of beautiful islands which definitely merit a spot on every keen traveller’s bucket list…


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Coron, Palawan

PALAWAN ISLAND – PHILIPPINES Palawan in the Philippines is one of those islands that consistently makes it to renowned selections of the world’s best islands (including Condé Nast Traveler); in fact, Travel + Leisure has named it the Best Island in the World for three years in a succession – based on a sizeable survey of readers, who vote on an island’s attractions, food, service, beaches, and value. What most stands out about this island is its majesty – deep blue and emerald hued waters, jutting rock masses and emerald coloured cliffs that reach to the sky that are no less than awe inspiring.

ZZ HOW TO GET THERE: The quickest way is by plane from Manila. Upon arrival, your resort will organise a jeepney (local transport vehicle) to take you to your hotel, located about half an hour’s drive from the airport. ZZ WHAT TO DO: The beaches in Palawan are powdery and soft, and the water is deliciously warm so you might chose to simply spend most of your days at your luxury resort and enjoying swims, massages and snacks. However, the island is ideal for those who like a bit of adventure. An absolute must is the island-hopping tour, which will take you around the Bacuit archipelago on a bangka (Filipino wooden boat), which you will jump off to swim through tiny sinkholes and dip in lagoons completely surrounded by vertiginous cliffs. For a fun activity, take a kayak and paddle through the mangroves… you will discover different beaches and even local villages and fishermen in the sea. A top spot for dining is Puerto Princesa – where you can savour deep fried fish and the sweetest of tropical fruit. During the island hopping tour, you can look forward to dining in a floating hut while your feet dangle in the water. Finally, make sure your tour includes a visit to the nearby hot springs, with a variety of pools and temperatures to choose from. Also, make sure to visit the subterranean river, named one of the most unique in the world by UNESCO. ZZ WHEN TO GO: The Phillipines is a tropical country, so the ideal time to visit an island is between October and May. ZZ WHERE TO STAY: We suggest El Rio y Mar, which provides five-star service at very reasonable prices and offers guests various exciting tours. The accommodation comprises rooms and cabanas, featuring natural wood interiors and a frontline view to the sea.

Nature rules in Palawan

A stunning lake in Palawan


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Swimming in Kauai © Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa The Nā Pali Coast

Wailua Falls in Kauai

KAUAI – HAWAII Kauai and its better known younger sister, Maui, have been the preferred setting for nearly every rom com we can recall – who can forget the site of Adam Sandler or Jennifer Aniston, dressed in Hawaiian print and sipping on an icy cocktail? Kauai, known as ‘The Garden Isle’, is the oldest, northernmost island in Hawaii. Kauai has earned its reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful, entertaining islands for many reasons, but without a doubt, its most attractive feature is its spectacular sunsets from the beach of Poipu, where you can watch the sun plunge into the horizon in dramatic fashion. From Hanalei Bay, see the sun’s rays dance on the gorgeous cliffs at Nā Pali.

ZZ HOW TO GET THERE: If possible, fly directly to Kauai to avoid a long layover in Honolulu and a second plane ride. ZZ WHAT TO DO: Apart from its technicolour sunsets, Kauai is also a fun spot for sports lovers – take your pick from canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing and diving. Make sure not to miss the local wildlife, which includes blue, killer, sperm and pilot whales, as well as bottlenose and striped dolphins. Since Kauai is Hawaii’s wedding capital, it meets the demands of even the most discerning couples in terms of its gastronomical offerings. Take your pick from affordable fare sold by local food trucks, or dine in style at the Grand Hyatt’s star restaurant, Tidepools: a thatch-roofed, floating bungalow restaurant overlooking a koi-filled lagoon. ZZ WHEN TO GO: Hawaii has great weather nearly all year round though for a quieter holiday, we suggest either September to November, or April to June. ZZ WHERE TO STAY: As is to be expected, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking five-star accommodation. Some of the most highly rated include the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa and the Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach. Ask for a room with a private pool and ocean views, and head to the Activities Hut, where the staff will help you plan an active, fun stay that takes in all the beauty and entertainment opportunities that Kauai has to offer. Dining at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa


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A beach on Bartolomé Island in the Galápagos

THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS – ECUADOR These islands are famed, above all, for their stunning wildlife, which include powerful marine iguanas, short-feathered penguins, graceful sea lions and of course, the majestic Galápagos giant tortoise. There is certainly a sense of having ventured into the wild from the moment one steps upon the most famous islands in the Galápagos, including Santa Cruz, Bartolomé, San Cristóbal and Santiago. The Galápagos archipelago was actually formed between three and five million years ago, when explosive volcanic eruptions created it, which today comprises 19 islands and dozens of islets. The islands boast such a diverse animal life mainly because humans were absent for millions of years, appearing only in the 19th century (Charles Darwin introduced the Galápagos islands to the world after spending many days there conducting research on the wildlife).

Swimming with a whale shark in the Galápagos

A giant Galápagos tortoise

A land iguana on the Galápagos

ZZ HOW TO GET THERE: Visitors from afar will have to fly to Ecuador then take another flight to an island airport (the most popular of which is Baltra Island). From the airport, take a bus and ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island. Once there, you can book day trips to some islands from Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz, but the best way to really see all the islands is by taking a small cruise with a licensed guide, who will have access to most of the them. ZZ WHAT TO DO: Tourists who head to the Galápagos Islands will centre their holiday around wildlife watching – check out blue-footed boobies, albatross and penguins, or test your diving skills while marvelling at whale sharks, eagle rays, hammerhead sharks and more! To make the most of the sunny weather, you might wish to surf, kayak or sunbathe. For a land-based activity, try trekking over dry lava beds on one of the islands’ many active volcanoes! ZZ WHEN TO GO: The weather is pretty good all-yearround, though December to May can be a little rainy. Peak season is July to August. ZZ WHERE TO STAY: For the ultimate in luxury it’s got to be the Pikaia Lodge, ensconced on 31 hectares of private grounds, where giant tortoises walk freely and all rooms have amazing views of scenic volcanic cones, lush rainforests, heavenly islands and the cream-hued savanna belonging to the Galápagos National Park. Sleep in an elegant suite with bamboo floors, your own private pool and showers overlooking the sea.

Roca León Dormido in the Galápagos


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THE MALDIVES For many, the Maldives represent the ultimate honeymoon vacation, right on par with a stay in the Seychelles. Turquoise waters, snowy soft sands and countless thatched-roof ‘overwater bungalows’ make it easy to seem like you have just claimed your very own piece of paradise. Imagine waking up, enjoying five-star breakfast in bed and jumping straight into the inviting Indian Ocean. There are 26 ring-shaped atolls in total, made up of over 1,000 coral islands with colourful reefs, white beaches and blue lagoons.

Living on the water in the Maldives © Jack Brown, Soneva Jani

Beach life on the Maldives © Stevie Mann

The arrival jetty at Soneva Jani © Marco Fugazzola

Water slide to paradise at Soneva Jani © Stevie Mann

ZZ HOW TO GET THERE: Take a plane to Male International Airport on Hulhule Island. You will then be transferred to your resort by boat, seaplane or domestic flight, depending on the distance involved. Some resorts have their own landing stage, so you can land right on the beach!

ZZ WHAT TO DO: It almost seems sinful to visit the Maldives and forego water sports; the islands are one of the World’s premier diving destinations. If you have never been diving, then it is worth training before your trip; the sensation of swimming among stingrays, sharks and sea turtles is indescribable. Go shark watching, snorkelling or dolphin spotting. As tempting as it may be to work on your tan all day, make sure to get about and do a bit of island hopping. A flight over all the islands is imperative, if you want to take in the beauty of the Maldives from the air. There are many sporting activities available as well, including stand-up paddle boarding and surfing. Most top resorts will have a strong relaxation focus; treat yourself to a massage or facial – if you are travelling with a partner, booking a couples treatment is a must. As a high-end luxury destination, the Maldives are also known for their culinary temptations. A spectacular meal can be enjoyed at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, where you dine beneath an aquarium filled with fish, sharks and other sea life, while you enjoy dishes like a saffron Champagne risotto and yellowtail kingfish. ZZ WHEN TO GO: During the dry season: from December to April. ZZ WHERE TO STAY: It almost seems superfluous to suggest a resort in the Maldives, where even the most discerning travellers are spoiled for choice. The ultimate luxury destination would have to be Soneva Jani, located on Medhufaru Island in the Noonu Atoll. Crystalline beaches, verdant surroundings and 360º views of the Indian Ocean make this resort stand out among all others.


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Fine living at the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita © Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

MAURITIUS – AFRICA Mauritius is one of Africa’s wealthiest tourist destinations – a tropical paradise where stunning natural attractions, an exquisite gastronomic culture and a wealth of opportunities for sport both on land and in the water, compete for your attention. Its beauty prompted Mark Twain to declare: “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.”

The white beaches of Mauritius

ZZ HOW TO GET THERE: Take a flight to Mahébourg Airport, on the south east side of the island. ZZ WHAT TO DO: The island is a good choice for those who wish to give free rein to their inner explorer. Dazzling wildlife (including rare birds, powerful lions and playful dolphins), ancient temples and stately colonial mansions are just a few of the most attractive offerings. The gastronomy, meanwhile, boasts a wealth of influences from French, Indian Creole and Chinese traditions. Mauritius has all you could require from the world’s very best islands, at a more affordable price. The Mauritians are known for their friendly, service-oriented nature, so at your resort you can look forward to being pampered as though you were royalty. Turn back the hands of time at your resort spa, take in a game of golf or engage in virtually every watersport you can think of – including kayaking, jet skiing or sailing. By night, don’t stay in; Mauritius is famed for is fantastic beach clubs, where you can sip on delicious cocktails and enjoy the very best DJ-spun music. By day, meet and greet other travellers at clubs such as C Beach Club (famed for its Sunday brunch) and for a romantic dinner, try The Beach House, featuring terrace dining overlooking the ocean. ZZ WHEN TO GO: The best time to visit is during the dry season (May to December). ZZ WHERE TO STAY: There are numerous five-star resorts to choose from though the ultimate choice has got to be the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, where you can spend all day sailing, get close to a giant tortoise or enjoy a game of golf at an 18-hole, par-72 championship course designed by Ernie Els. e An underwater waterfall in Mauritius


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Welcome to the Marbella Club Kid’s Club Memories to last a lifetime

Come and join us as we open the doors to our Kids Club, a place where all the We are delighted to announce a unique ingredients have been carefully chosen to form a playful and dynamic space that invites to explore, discover and experience. There will be something for everyone to enjoy and to be inspired by. Our programme has been specially designed to help children aged 4-12 develop and nurture special talents, teach essential life skills and offer a truly extraordinary childhood experience.

opportunity to become a member of our Kid’s Club. We are now offering a limited number of memberships for families here in the Marbella area and also for those who are not based here but who visit Marbella on a regular basis.

New Teens ‘Health & Cook’ Workshops Food and healthy living is very important for all age groups. The Marbella Club Wellness Nutritionist will be leading a series of workshops full of education and inspiration to encourage wholesome eating habits in a fun and active way. Age group: 11 to 15 years.

If you wish to receive further information about our Memberships 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




A study carried out by researchers at Cornell University, has revealed that hotels in Spain boasting sustainability certifications, are more profitable than those which are uncertified. Nowadays, tourists care more than ever about environmental standards and this month, we bring you a select list of hotels that are helping make the world a better place. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE RESPECTIVE HOTELS

Z THE HOTEL ARTS IN BARCELONA: The Hotel Arts is famed not only for its stunning, futuristic design, but also for its green practices, which include the use of water efficient shower heads and energy-efficient led light bulbs in areas of highest consumption, the recycling of materials and electronic equipment, the use of cooking oil from bio-diesel fuels, the elimination of individual plastic water bottles, and the reliance on local producers and food vendors. The Hotel is also cultivating an outdoor garden to grow ingredients for its restaurants – aromatic herbs, citrus fruits, seasonal fruits and vegetables will soon be upping the nutritional consumption of health conscious guests. i Z THE ARTIEM MADRID: This hotel markets itself as an ‘urban-green’

destination, famed for “raising guests’ endorphin levels and making them happier.” The mood is definitely ‘Zen’ here; guests can lie on yoga mats to stretch their bodies post-flight and tuck into complimentary snacks at midday. The hotel is marketed to ‘Fresh People’ – those who prefer to take public transport, dine on slow food and take part in environmental initiatives such as cleaning the beach, planting trees in areas affected by forest fires, etc. The Hotel has a host of sustainability measures in place involving waste reduction and energy saving and deals whenever possible with local producers, charities and groups, promoting wellbeing and local culture. i Z MELIÁ HOTELS: This international hotel group sees sustainability as a crucial element of success – “We

seek to foster a sustainable business model which will lead the company’s stakeholders to choose it because it is a responsible hotel company,” say the management. Efforts undertaken include Green Mobility (involving the setting up of recharging points for electric vehicles at Innside by Meliá hotels), Eco Touch (responsible events for guests, with a minimal impact on the environment, and the provision of wholesome, healthy food) and awareness activities (for guests to learn more about the importance of sustainability). The Meliá Group has been awarded various certifications (including the ISO 14001, EMAS, Biosphere Hotel and Earth Check). i Z SEASIDE HOTELS: Seaside Hotels’ four hotels have all recently been awarded the TUI Umwelt Champion

Z FUERTE HOTELS: The Fuerte Group is proud to hold the prestigious UNE-EN ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certificate, one of the hardest to achieve in the industry. The Group has a savvy website offering readers a virtual tour of all the sustainability measures applied, which, owing to their nature and number, are no less than impressive. For over five decades, Fuerte has been part of the responsible tourism movement – the aim is to coexist in harmony with the environment as well as the cultural and socio-economic surroundings of each hotel. The measures adopted are carried out throughout the Hotels – in exteriors, gardens, rooms, bathrooms – any and every area you could think of. The Fuerte Hotel in Marbella, for instance has its very own ecological garden, where healthy, pesticide-free produce is grown to feed to guests. Main efforts include waste collection, the use of mineral paint, low irrigation plants in gardens, the use of thermostats to set room temperatures and to disconnect heating when limits are reached, and the reliance on zero kilometre cuisine, to help the local economy and reduce fuel costs associated with distribution. i

prizes, in recognition of their respect for environmental sustainability and social responsibility. The Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia *****GL is the only hotel in Gran Canaria to form part of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’. Moreover, it is designed in spectacular Spanish colonial style, with 94 stunning rooms located in quaint two-storey villas. The Hotel is firmly committed to the environment, with measures in motion such as sustainable awareness (training employees, customers and suppliers on sustainability), waste management, water usage and recycling, CO2 emission reductions, and contribution to the improvement and wellbeing of the local community through social projects. The hotel has been recognised numerous times for its efforts and was deemed TUI Environmental Champion 2017. i


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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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Beachside delights at


At Vincci’s Estrella del Mar beach club the delights come in many forms, for this is a beachfront pool club, restaurant and spa right by the sea. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN


icture this: a wonderful beachside setting overlooking the sand and Mediterranean Sea, chilled music wafting across on the warm air, a stylish restaurant, a panoramic pool deck and a spa. Open your eyes and you see the Estrella del Mar beach club just past El Rosario, on Marbella’s east side. Part of the Vincci Hotel yet a destination entirely in its own right, the beach club welcomes both hotel guests, outside visitors and members to its beautiful setting and amenities. This part of Marbella is becoming a favourite for beach clubs thanks to having the best sandy shores and dune landscapes in the region, but Estrella del Mar stands out from the norm because it offers a true haven of relaxation and pampering within less than fifty paces of the waves. Not surprisingly, this is a spectacular setting in which to enjoy a spa circuit, gym workout, health and beauty treatments, aqua aerobics or simply laze by the pool.


At the heart of all of this is the restaurant which, like the rest of this stylish complex, is open throughout the year, offering both indoor and

terrace tables where it serves the summer and winter menus. We caught the restaurant in a period of transition between the two, when the chef sources the best seasonal produce to enliven this year’s winter menu with new offerings as well as popular classics. The latter focus on healthy regional and international dishes, as well as the light and refined starters we sampled. In fact, the wonderfully refreshing watermelon and cheese salad with a gently curried dressing and black olives is a highly popular choice that has become something of a signature dish at Estrella del Mar. The same is true of the equally innovative salad of fine fideo noodles with scallops and prawns. Try this light but wellseasoned dish and you’ll know why. An equally favoured accompaniment is a glass of Anima de Raimat, a refreshing blend of chardonnay, xarello and albariño from the Costers del Segre in Lleida, though the crisp albariños from Galicia are also a much-loved partner to the fish and seafood dishes that dominate the summer menu. An example is the delicious and beautifully presented seabass served on a bed of Mediterranean vegetables

with creamy purée and a cheese crisp. It is perfectly complemented by the slices of Black Angus set upon black rice with caramelised onions and refreshing diced mango, and since the barbecue is kept going there is the added choice of grilled fish and meat. Both of these dishes are well-prepared, tasty and also very light, lest we forget that this is a spa in a beachside setting where the opportunity is taken to offer delicious but also healthy and refreshing cuisine. The dessert once again displays creative presentation and innovative planning, for while the green apple sorbet is wonderfully cool and tasty, the gin & tonic version tricks you into thinking it’s a lemon sorbet before unleashing freshness of a different kind. We also sampled small browny cakes and chocolate and cream gateaux that round off the meal as you contemplate the good life in this idyllic setting.


From here the choice is yours. You could hop into your car perfectly contented with a delicious lunch in inspiring surroundings or extend your stay in paradise and take a beach or poolside sunbed, both complete with

g CN340, km 190.7, Avda. José Rivera, Urb. Estrella del Mar, Marbella. Tel: 951 053 990.

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waiter service. There is also a firstclass spa waiting to be discovered that offers hotel guests, members and day visitors their choice of gym workouts, massages, hydrotherapy, yoga and pilates classes, health and beauty treatments and of course a relaxing circuit of Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath and warm and cold pools, which are, by the way, chlorinefree. Find out about their active programme which includes special offers throughout the year. If you fancy treating yourself to a delicious lunch in a wonderful seaside setting, perhaps accompanied by some pampering and relaxation amid fantastic sea views, then Vincci’s Estrella del Mar is a place that needs to be discovered.


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The Authentic

From our garden to your plate


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

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





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Gran Experiencia de Tapas by Casanis

Plz/Santo Cristo 6 (Casco Antiguo Marbella) tel . 952 901 040 latapacasanis@gmail .com

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akura is one of Marbella’s best loved restaurants and this year marks its 20th anniversary, a milestone to be proud of, especially considering the rate at which restaurants tend to pop up, only to close somewhere down the track. There are several secrets to Sakura’s success – one of which is location – the restaurant is ensconced in one of Puerto Banús’ most iconic streets: Avda. José Banús, the street that leads to the main entrance of the Port. The other is top quality yet affordable food – just about everything the Japanese culinary tradition is famed for – fresh sashimi, delectable sushi, warm dishes such as roast duck, gyudon or crisp tempura. Sakura is the perfect spot for families and friends, with a wide range of dishes to choose from and attentive service that never leaves diners waiting.


My most recent visit to Sakura was on a Friday; a colleague and I had the afternoon off and chose to celebrate it the best way we know how – with a Japanese meal, downed with a glass or two of sake. The menu at Sakura is ample and with so many temptations vying for our attention,

we opted for the suggestions made by Meiyan, the lovely owner, who brought out a medley of colourful, beautifully presented dishes that were as scrumptious as they were healthy.


The magic began with a plate of warm edamame (the chit-chat died down as we munched on the crunchy beans), followed by two warm starters: the tuna tataki (beautifully tender and buttery soft, served over a bed of salad) and the shrimp miniroll (wonton-wrapped, deep fried shrimp). Nicely sized portions, quality ingredients and traditional cooking techniques characterised these and the dishes that followed. We tried several types of sushi, debating afterwards regarding which was our absolute fave. Two rolls which stood out for their texture in particular were the wasabi role (salmon, tuna and avocado wrapped in wasabi caviar) and the California tobiko (crab meat and avocado wrapped in caviar). The ‘popping’ sensation of the caviar was simply delightful and the flavour of each bite revealed the quality of the rice and fillings – as true sushi experts know, texture is everything when it comes to this dish, the rice has to be

g Avda. José Banús, Local 5, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 536.

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cooked to the perfect point. Another winner was the flamed salmon sushi, comprising warm salmon served over a bed of rice, drizzled with sweet teriyaki sauce. This is one of those dishes that you dream about just a day or two after trying it for the first time. Beautifully tender were the ichiban roll (butterfish, salmon and avocado) and the Tokyo roll (avocado and surimi wrapped in salmon). The cuisine at Sakura is light yet surprisingly filling. We made it a long, leisurely meal, reading the menu and noting that there were an array of dishes which would be perfect for sharing (ideal the next time the girls at the office feel like lunch together). These include a beautiful sashimi funamori boat (featuring sashimi of all the colours you can dream up served within a pretty wooden boat), fondue varieties (beef or seafood) and varioussized mixed sashimi suggestions. You can also downsize and order your favourite nigiri in two-piece portions (for instance, the yellowtail, fatty tuna or sea urchin egg

varieties). For something different, the rice-free temakis, elegantly rolled up and served by the piece, sound ideal. After a coffee and a walk along the Port, my colleague and I felt like our lunch had officially kickstarted the weekend. The great service provided by Meiyan and her team, combined with the rich variety of dishes we sampled and the great location lent our day the perfect blend of wonder and familiarity that has come to characterise our favourite establishments on the Port. g Open daily from 12pm to 4:30pm and 7pm to 12am.


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From 9pm onwards, trendy hotel La Bobadilla in Loja, Granada, will be closing the doors of its spa to celebrate elegant ‘sparties’, which will include a hydrotherapy circuit and the very best premium gin brands, with a maximum of 10 persons in attendance. La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, is included in Condé Nast Johansens’ Luxury Spa Guide, where it is considered one of the top four in Spain. i



presents Fiesta Pop in December Marbella All stars, the gourmet group headed by Chef Diego del Río, recently signed an agreement with the Hotel Don Carlos to celebrate the first ever Fiesta Pop on December 5 (to recognise the very best extra virgin olive oils in Spain). Chef del Río told the press: “We were after a venue in which light was integrated with nature, a Mediterranean spot with exclusive installations and services. The Don Carlos definitely fits the bill. Moreover, the iconic olive tree standing in its main entrance is the perfect symbol for an event that celebrates excellence in olive oil production.” i


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Trendy food stall establishment, Abastos & Viandas (in the centre of Marbella) is pleased to extend to busy Marbellís an excellent offer from Monday to Friday: a hearty menu comprising an entrée and main, in addition to dessert and a drink or coffee for just €13,50. i

NATIONAL ESPETOS Competition Málaga is famed for making the best espetos in Spain, but which are the three chiringuitos that stand out from their competition? The dilemma was solved at the recent National Espetos Competiton. Nicolás Garvín Muñoz of Chiringuito Carmen (an institution in the Benalmádena area, known for its amazing food and cocktails) took home the third prize; Miguel León Navarrete of Chiringuito Los Leones in Torremolinos won the second prize, and José Antonio Moreno of Chiringuito Dieguichi in Manilva was deemed champion. This is the third edition of the competition, which is always hotly contested by the many chiringuitos that line the coast from Málaga to past Manilva.

Restaurant Week 2017 is a fundraising event taken part in by over 300 restaurants in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla and Málaga, from October 25 to November 12. For each menu sold, participating restaurants will donate €1 to charity Ayuda en Acción’s Aquí También programme, which works to end child poverty in Spain. Haute cuisine menus will be offered for only €25. The event is being organised by ElTenedor, an online reservations app. For a full list of participating establishments,


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PERISI Fanning the Flames AT ORIGEN


“People don’t come to Origen because they’re hungry; they come for the experience.” Thus notes Agustín Perisi, the Head Chef of popular restaurant, Origen Asador Argentino. Perisi hails from Argentina, as do the founders and many of the staff at this venue , where an open kitchen, natural wood interiors and ranch-style décor, set the scene for a meal that nearly always centres around exquisite meat, cooked with love over olive, oak and almond wood. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN


gustín has been with the Patagónica Group (who also own trendy tapas restaurant, Hacienda Patagónica) for almost a decade yet he is surprisingly youthful in appearance. His entire working life has been dedicated to the kitchen, a passion which stems from having grown up on a cattle ranch and a produce farm, belonging to his family. Agustín recalls the ambiance that characterised his childhood – where farmers would work through the morning and meet at midday for a hearty asado. “It didn’t matter what cut of meat you used – you might just have tiraditos or chicken on a given day… what makes these gatherings special is the time spent conversing with friends and loved ones.” At these congregations, friends would “share various salads and perhaps freshly fried chips or a baked potato,” very much echoing the type of meal diners can expect to find at Origen. The emphasis is two-fold for Agustín and the restaurant’s founders: quality of produce and

perfection in cooking techniques. A flame-grilled meal may seem more simple in its nature than so-called creative cuisine, yet creativity is actually a crucial component of the ‘dance’ the Chef performs daily, using different types of woods to keep the flame alive and at a particular temperature – a feat that differs in its nature every night. “Some days are more humid while others are more arid; you never know what you will encounter,” he says. Agustín tells me that midway into his career, he returned to his hometown of Tres Arroyos in Argentina for a few years, before again heading to Marbella to open Origen. The reason for his home stay was, ironically, borne of a need to “return to my own origins,” to learn more about the complex art of the asador, in the best place to learn – the cattle farm. He smiles as he recalls the many cooking methods used there – one of which involved placing the meat directly over equipment recovered from old sowing machines.

The Chef very much met his match in the founders of Origen, who highly value creating a pleasant family ambience – “one that is informal yet where diners can expect top service and excellent quality meat and sides.” Agustín notes that the waiters are always on hand to make suggestions or pair meat with a fitting bottle of wine (bottles are sourced from various producers, including Santi’s in Marbella), from Argentina, Spain and more countries. At Origen, expect to find everything from hearty ribs to spicy sausage, tenderloin or dry aged côte de bouef. “We import our meats directly from providers in Argentina, Galicia and Ireland,” says Agustín, adding, “We travel regularly to ensure the cuts and varieties are as we require. Removing a middle man from the equation means we can access better quality at a reasonable price.” Agustín whips up his fabulous dishes over a grill but also within a charcoal oven, which “heats up to 500ºC and is perfect for rare meat

that is perfectly caramelised on the outside.” Diners are also spoiled for choice when it comes to grilled starters, salads and sides (the Provoleta – Provolone grilled cheese – is an ideal starter) and despite being a meat expert, Agustín is big on desserts. For the ultimate sweet end to a meal, he says, “it’s got to be panqueques (crêpes filled with dulce de leche – also known as Argentine caramel). Another popular choice is the warm chocolate brownie with walnuts, dulce de leche, whipped cream and vanilla ice-cream.” Watch him conjuring up this and more dishes and desserts at Origen’s famous open kitchen, which symbolises the restaurant’s penchant for food which is, purely and simply, delicious.

g C/ Gregorio Marañón s/n equine Camilo José Cela, Marbella. Tel: 951 352 164.


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The Quest for Purity

This quality-driven, much lauded family enterprise started life in 1985 as a small cooperative on the fringes of the hilltop town of Laguardia in Rioja Alavesa until, in 1992, its winemaker, Juan Carlos López de la Calle, bought the business together with its allimportant, old, high altitude Tempranillo bush vines dry grown in cold soils in the lee of the Sierra Cantabria mountain range. These vineyards amount to some 84 hectares and comprise around 50 very specific quite distinctive plots. WORDS CARLOS READ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ARTADI

Artadi’ is incidentally a Basque word that means ‘the place of the holm oak trees’, splendid examples of which stud the ridges of some of the vineyards. Organic long before it was fashionable, and in some instances bio-dynamic, fertiliser is total anathema here and the vineyards are nourished by ploughing in the multitude of naturally occurring herbs and flowers: poppies, dandelion, clover, veronica, mustard, alfalfa, violet, daisy, thistle, fennel and many more. Oaks, wild roses and honeysuckle abound. Pest control is via sulphur and copper sprays. New vineyards are not planted with root stock bought from nurseries but with local, handselected and propagated cultivars. “Authentic expression in wines is [from] the soil,” says Juan Carlos, and though his vineyards are spread over a diverse selection of soils and sites, it is chalky limestone with clay and gravel that predominates. The yields are tiny, amounting on average to about a kilo per vine

(not quite a bottle!); and though the vineyards are fundamentally Tempranillo, there is a little Viura in the oldest vineyards, amounting to perhaps 8 per cent. Son Carlos, when asked recently why they had not experimented with Graciano, like a few of their neighbours, simply retorted, with a smile: “We think that the name of the variety speaks for itself – gracia no.” For it is precisely for their grace, finesse and elegance – partly due to their respect of nature and natural practices, and partly due to their gentle treatment of the grapes (gravity rather than pumping), the use of wild yeasts for fermentation, and elaboration more often than not effected in small French oak barrels with discreet ageing afterward – that their wines reflect their terroir and are so sought after. Fittingly therefore, some years ago, when Juan Carlos was pressed to sum up his philosophy in just a few words, he said: “This might be our aim: to feel and follow the life of the vineyard and the authenticity of

its wines under a base of balance and respect for Nature.” Unfortunately, however, in the meantime, the bureaucrats who run Rioja and favour the industrialist producers would soon present a problem given their long time official categorisation of the region’s wines purely in terms of oak-ageing and who, even now, still prohibit reference to the many single vineyard or village wines made not just by Artadi but a growing repertoire of other small, prestigious producers who have for the last four decades or so truly established the heights to which Rioja can ascend and gained international recognition. Artadi Export Manager Ana Isabel Rodríguez takes up the story: “We stopped using the designations Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva – words that have no bearing on either quality or regional/vineyards characteristics, let alone soil and site differences – with the 1997 vintage. That year, the winemakers believed the wines

required a shorter time in barriques because of the nature of the season. But the Reserva law demands a minimum two years in barriques so we opted for a shorter period of oak maturation and were happy to live with the fact that the wine was not labelled Reserva. Further, we think the consumer is ready to have different experiences of Rioja; it is time for a change, and the regional appellation communicates uniformity, which is wrong. We need to move into the terroir concept, but the power in the Consejo Regulador is with the big companies, and they don’t want to change. We, like other small wineries here, are miffed that supermarkets like Carrefour are selling Rioja Reserva in Spain and France as cheaply as 3,65 Euros as this simply serves to give Rioja the wrong image. It’s time for the Rioja appellation to go to the next level.” In January 2016, therefore, Artadi abdicated from the DO and its wines are simply labelled Álava – after the name of the province. Curiously, to date, no other like-


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minded producer has quit though the inadequacies of the tripartite DO are a hot topic of debate and one of the very few other dissenting voices to publicly challenge the status quo, has in fact been eminent wine writer Tim Atkin, who suggested earlier this year that, “It might make sense to divide Rioja, Chianti-style, into Clásico and non-Clásico zones, or better still, along Burgundian lines, using vineyard designations based on soil type, altitude, drainage and historical fame and, below that, a series of wines from Rioja’s 142 communes. Rioja, too, should have its equivalent of Grands and Premiers Cru. Should Rioja also do away with the terms Sin Crianza, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva, which have a certain resonance with consumers, even if they have nothing to do with wine quality? A high placed official at the Consejo admitted to me over a cup of coffee that if he were creating the DOCa today, he wouldn’t use those terms or classify the region’s wines in such a way. For now, I think it makes sense to keep them,

however misleading they may sometimes be. (Sin Crianza wines often spend some time in wood, for instance.) But 20 years from now, my hope is that Rioja will have adopted a classification system that truly recognises its best vineyards and villages and celebrates and talks about the differences between them. The future lies not in uniformity, but in diversity.” It is precisely along these enlightened lines countenanced officially elsewhere, without so much hoo-ha, that Artadi – Juan Carlos, his son Carlos, and long-time collaborator and cooenologist Jean François, work more tranquilly in two further projects: one, dating from 1996, in Navarra, utilising only old Garnacha again from a myriad of small plots primarily in the village of Artazu and another, started in 1999: El Sequé: way down in Alicante and dedicated, on identical principles, to getting the best out of Monastrell – as ever, on the basis of scrupulously made village wines or single vineyard offerings. e


Z EL SEQUÉ 2015 (14.5%) DO Alicante Made from low yield (just one kilo per vine) dry farmed Monastrell, this intensely coloured offering is tight, fresh, and vinous with a clean, concise red berry character. Good acidity too so either drink now with vigorously flavoured dishes of whatever nature or cellar short term.

Z SANTA CRUZ DE ARTAZU 2015 (14.5%) DO Navarra Pure Garnacha and pale damson in colour, though slightly foxy, this is quite grippy and exudes bilberries, red and black plums and is simultaneously floral with more than a hint of red cherries and an alluring touch of caramel that made me think of the Chupa Chups that we all liked so much as children. Z VIÑAS DE GAIN 2015 (14.5%) DOCa Rioja Made purely from some seven very specific Tempranillo vineyards growing in mountainous clay-limestone soils, this purple hued wine brims and buzzes with finely hued energetic floral, red cherry and berry fruit. Splendid subtle background herbal notes too with ever so faint elements of French oak. One to keep for a while. Sells in Spain for just under €19.

Z VIÑAS DE GAIN 2013 BLANCO VINEYARD SELECTION 2013 (13.5%) DOCa Rioja A delicious and most characterful white made purely from Viura; although honeyed, its overall feel is that of an aged Chenin Blanc. Dry and spare with an irresistible subtext of ginger marmalade. Z EL CARRETIL 2013 (14.5%) DOCa Rioja This deeply coloured crimson offering comes from a single 5.3-hectare Tempranillo vineyard of shallow clay soils lying over sandstone planted in the 1930s. Packed with purple fruits but with accompanying meaty/ gamy elements and dark forest spicy aromatics, it has a delicious overlay of dusty chocolate. Fresh and with enormous length, it is surprisingly strident for its vintage as 2013 was a cool and somewhat anaemic vintage; this is for serious carnivores looking for something to go with their venison or reindeer. Sold en primeur, in the manner of claret, should you find it, expect to pay from GBP Sterling 120 upwards.


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. . THE GUIDE listings

the guide

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

*restaurants american


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

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

under €25

€25 – €40

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


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


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



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

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

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




Open 10am until midnight every day.

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

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


€40 – €60

€60 plus

la Marina 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 968


french CASA MONO

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

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



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



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

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

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





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listings THE GUIDE .


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EL RANCHO DEL PUERTO Open for lunch and dinner every day. Muelle Benabola

4, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 252


Tel: 952 836 886


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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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


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

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

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


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

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

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

BAHIA BEACH Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 146.5, 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 daily from 1pm to 11pm. Paseo Marítimo Rey de España 4, Local 2-4, Fuengirola. Tel: 951 903 807




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

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

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

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Puerto Cabopino.

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



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. THE GUIDE listings

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

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

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

BORA BORA BEACH CLUB Open daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Linda Vista Playa, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 789 100

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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




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

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




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

Open daily from 11am to 8pm. CN340, km 146, Bahía de Casares. Tel: 952 937 800



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

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



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



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



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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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


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


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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

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

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

snacks. Hotel Villa Padierna & Flamingos Golf Club, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 166 (Cancelada exit), Benahavís. Tel: 952 889 150

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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




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

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



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

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

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


Open daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon



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

LIMA Open 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

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

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

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

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

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

M10 Open Monday to Saturday from 5pm and Sunday from 10am. Frontline of Estepona Puerto Deportivo. Tel: 952 636 430

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

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


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

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



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 for lunch and dinner. C/ Moncayo 12, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 460 232 / 648 502 822



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

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

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



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

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

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

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




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

Open daily 11am-8pm, in May, 11am-9pm in June, 11am-10pm in July and August, 11am-9pm in September and 11am-7pm in October. At Laguna Village, Playa El Padrón, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 015

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

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

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

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

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

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

daily except Sunday evenings and Monday. Avda. Andalucía 6, Local 4, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 531 777

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



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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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



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

Open 1pm to 3:30pm and 7:30pm to 11:30pm


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

TIKITANO Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. Guadalmansa, CN340, km 164, Estepona.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Finca Cortesin, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800

Tel: 952 934 667



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

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



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

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


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

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


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

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



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

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

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




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

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


Open every night for dinner from 7:30pm. At Hotel

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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



Open daily from 12:30pm to 12am except Mondays. C/ Sierra Bermeja 27-39, Marbella. Tel: 951 903 406

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

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


SERAFINA Open from Monday to Saturday for dinner at the


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Puente Romano Hotel on the Golden Mile. Tel: 952 771 798

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



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

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

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





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

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

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

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




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

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


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


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

ALOHA GOLF CLUB 18 holes. Tel: 952 907 085.

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

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



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

18 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 850 282

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

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


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

TA-KUMI 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



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

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


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

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

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





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

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Tel: 956 790 370


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



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

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



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



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


CERRADO DEL ÁGUILA 18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 951 703 355



18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 956 794 100

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




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

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



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

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


18 holes, Par. Tel: 952 889 157.

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

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 883 835

FLAMINGOS GOLF CLUB GOLF RÍO REAL 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 756 733



18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 442 742

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




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

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


9 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 818 150

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


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


27 holes, Par 72.Tel: 952 762 390.

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



18 holes. Tel: 956 695 209

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




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

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



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

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 784 600



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

18 holes, Par 73. Tel: 952 113 239


18 holes. Tel: 952 830 500

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




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

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 931 960

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


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



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



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

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

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



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

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

36 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 883 375

LA DAMA DE NOCHE 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 890 425

LA QUINTA GOLF LA RESERVA SOTOGRANDE 18 holes. Members only. Tel: 952 695 209

LAURO GOLF 18 HOLES Alhaurín de la Torre. Tel: 952 412 767

LOS NARANJOS GOLF CLUB 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 815 206

MARBELLA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 36 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 476 843

MONTE MAYOR GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 18 holes. Tel: 952 113 088


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

REAL CLUB DE GOLF LAS BRISAS 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 810 875

REAL CLUB DE GOLF SOTOGRANDE 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 785 014

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

SANTA CLARA GOLF 18 holes. Tel: 952 850 111

SANTA MARIA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 831 036

SOTOGRANDE CLUB DE GOLF 18 holes. Tel: 956 785 012

VALDERRAMA 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 791 200.

*post offices CALAHONDA

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

EL CORTE INGLÉS Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

FUENGIROLA Tel: 952 467 843

ESTEPONA C/ Málaga 82–84. Tel: 952 800 537

FUENGIROLA Pza. los Chinorros. Tel: 952 474 384

MARBELLA Jac. Benavente, 14. Tel: 952 772 898

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA C/ Jazmines. Tel: 952 810 887

SAN PEDRO Pizarro, 41. Tel: 952 780 39

*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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Brunello cashmere dog pullover



Copycat art scratcher – Girl with the Pearl Earring

Arthur upholstered anthracite wheaten bed


As the winter season pops around the corner, items such as bedding and warm clothing for dogs begin to grow in importance. This month, Marisa Cutillas brings us a small selection of luxurious, hand-crafted miniature furniture by Lord Lou®. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

Wheely bed

Pet feeder and gift box

Edoardo limited edition bed

George bed

Arthur bed Antoinette bed



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meet new friends. Further information,

Art Moves present an exhibition by street artist Victoriano at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel. The artist was the classic ‘bad boy’ who, at age 15, plunged into Street Art and specially Graffiti art when these weren’t even considered real art forms. Today, many of his works form part of important collections. Further information,

Monthly on different days AMERICAN CLUB – MARBELLA

Until Monday October 2 ART – MARBELLA

Until November 5 FILM – MÁLAGA

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

Until November 30 ART – MARBELLA

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


Weekly on different days WALKING FOOTBALL – MARBELLA

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

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

Every Tuesday and Friday PAINTING CLASSES – MARBELLA

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


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

Every Wednesday ART – MÁLAGA

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


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

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.


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,

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


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

Tuesday October 10 to January 28, 2018

Saturday October 7

The Museo Picasso de Málaga will be hosting an exhibition entitled We are Completely Free. Women Artists and Surrealism, featuring works by Eileen Agar, Claude Cahun, Leonora Carrington, Germaine Dulac, Leonor Fini, Valentine Hugo, Frida Kahlo, Dora Maar, Maruja Mallo, Lee Miller, Nadja, Méret Oppenheim, Kay Sage, Ángeles Santos, Dorothea Tanning, Toyen, Remedios Varo and Unica Zürn.

The Universal Bad is a rock/pop group from Liverpool, with Terry Shaughnessy featuring as frontman. The band’s style is retro/mod, reminiscent of The Beatles and other 1960s/1970s bands. They will be playing at the Teatro Auditorial Felipe VI at 8pm. Further information,




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Every First Sunday of the month OPEN DAY – MIJAS

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


Club Hípico El Ranchito presents Ritmo a Caballo. An Andalusian Night featuring stunning horses performing choreographed routines. For tickets,


Enjoy a tough workout on the beach next to Restaurante Los Andaluces in Fuengirola. Qualified trainers will be leading a session suitable for all fitness levels, featuring CrossFit, TRX, boxing and more. Further information, Tel: 663 468 840.


The Marbella International Film Festival brings together artists and their films from all corners of the globe to display their talents to the commercial world. Attendees include filmmakers, industry professionals, exhibitors, dignitaries, celebrities and VIPs. For a full programme of events,

Friday October 6 to Thursday October 12 FERIA DEL ROSARIO – FUENGIROLA The annual Feria del Rosario will be taking place in Fuengirola. Featuring dance, drinks, music, fireworks and fairground rides.

Saturday October 7 FILM – MARBELLA

Música con Encanto presents Dancer, a film by Steven Cantor about Sergei Polunin, the ‘bad boy’ of Ukrainian dance who was the youngest ever lead dancer in the London Ballet. Two years later, he would abandon dance, overwhelmed by fame and responsibility. At Iglesia de la Virginia. To book tickets, Tel: 689 000 944.

Wednesday October 11 to Wednesday October 18 23RD FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL – MÁLAGA

The 23rd edition of the annual French Film Festival will be taking place at Cine Albéniz in the Old Town of Málaga. For a full programme of events,

Thursday October 12 BANK HOLIDAY

School and work are out today, as Spain celebrates Día de la Hispanidad.

Friday October 13 to Sunday October 27 SOUTH PACIFIC – FUENGIROLA

Salon Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola presents one of the most beloved

Saturday October 21 to Sunday October 22


The H10 Andalucía Plaza will once again set the scene for the annual Mind Body & Spirit Festival, which will take place from 11am to 8pm and feature tarot, mediums, healing, nutrition, yoga, Pilates, herbalists, Reiki, bio energy, Lebanese food, hypnosis, crystals and so much more. Further information,

musicals of all time – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific. For tickets,


Compañía Flamenca Antonio Andrade presents Mi Carmen Flamenca, featuring renowned dancer from Sevilla, Antonio Andrade and flamenco dancer from Málaga, Úrsula Moreno. At the Teatro Cervantes at 7pm. For tickets,

Monday October 16 to Sunday October 22 FERIA – SAN PEDRO

The annual San Pedro Fair will be taking place. Featuring dance and drinks by day and casetas and fairground rides at night.

Tuesday October 17 GISELLE – MÁLAGA

The National Russian Ballet presents the classical ballet Giselle at the Teatro Cervantes de Málaga at 8pm. For tickets,


Enjoy hit tracks by Pink Floyd at a tribute concert, to be held at the Teatro Municipal Miguel de Cervantes. For tickets, Tel: 902 360 295.

Wednesday October 18 to May 17, 2018 ART – MÁLAGA The Pompidou Centre in Málaga

presents BlobTerre: a creation by Matali Crasset comprising a multi-sensorial space dedicated to exploration, creation, and the imagination. BlobTerre is a new type of ‘natural space’ filled with ‘neo-vegetation in constant evolution’. Further information,


The Voice judge and hit singer Antonio Orozco will be playing all his best loved hits at the Palacio de Deportes José María Martín Carpena at 8pm. For tickets,


Enjoy a concert by the Philharmonic Octet of Málaga, featuring music by Franz Schubert. At Les Roches Marbella. For tickets, Tel: 689 000 944.

Friday, October 27 BOMBAI – MARBELLA

Upcoming band from Valencia, Bombai, recently released hit single Solo si es contigo, which formed part of the soundtrack for the film Señor, dame paciencia. They will be performing at La Catarina Craft Beer Bar at 9pm. For tickets,


Featuring trick or treating and events at malls, etc.

Saturday October 21 to Sunday October 22


The Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Marbella will be hosting MARBECON II: A festival centred on manga (Japanese comics), videogames and alternative culture. Further information,


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Russell Grant’s

Monthly Horoscope October 2017

If you’re looking for a new place to live, this is the time to launch a search. You’ll find the ideal place in a naturally tranquil setting LIBRA (September 24th – October 23rd) The first days of the month are perfect for making home improvements. Extra money will be available for an upgrade to your bathroom or kitchen. If you’re looking for a new place to live, this is the time to launch a search. You’ll find the ideal place in a naturally tranquil setting. The Full Moon on the 5th will draw your attention to a close relationship. Be more attentive to your best friend, romantic partner or workaday colleagues. You’ve been wrapped up in your own affairs; taking the focus off yourself will strengthen this bond. There will be plenty of ways to make money in the middle of the month. Take this opportunity to build some financial security for you and your family. On the 19th, the New Moon will tempt you to change your image. Don’t do anything radical that will permanently alter your appearance. An impulsive decision will be a cause for regret. Family time will be rewarding at the end of October.


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ARIES [21 MAR - 20 APR]

Thanks to your efforts, productivity will soar at the beginning of October. Don’t be surprised if you’re given a bonus or even a promotion in appreciation of your hard work. On the 5th, the Full Moon will tempt you into commanding the spotlight. Instead of taking all the credit for an accomplishment, you would be wise to share it with the entire team. A gracious attitude will win the approval of both your colleagues and bosses alike. Towards the middle of the month, you’ll notice your sensual desires growing stronger. This is a great moment to devote more time and attention to your partner. If you’re single, you could meet someone special while you are out and about enjoying your favourite pastimes. The New Moon on the 19th will find you bending over backwards to get someone’s attention. Instead of making a spectacle of yourself, it would be better to adopt a nonchalant attitude. Playing hard to get will pay off.

TAURUS [21 APR - 21 MAY]

Early in the month, travelling could put you on the path of romance. Falling in love with someone who has a charming manner is a distinct possibility. Are you already in a relationship? Take this opportunity to go on a trip you’ve both been dreaming about for ages. The Full Moon on the 5th will bring an unpleasant secret to light. Be ready to own up to your mistakes, apologise and make amends. A close relationship will give you added strength at the middle of the month. This would be a good time for getting engaged or married or signing a business agreement. On the 19th, the New Moon will disrupt your regular routine. You may have to change your diet and exercise routine to accommodate a health issue. Don’t hesitate to lean on your best friend or romantic partner for extra support as October turns into November. Two heads will be better than one.

GEMINI [22 MAY - 21 JUN]

You could find an ideal living situation in the early days of October. This is a terrific time to buy a home, sign a lease or refinance your mortgage. On the 5th, you’ll seek the company of friends. Beware of overindulging at a party or you’ll regret it later. Employment prospects will improve towards the middle of the month. You may land a job with excellent fringe benefits at this time. The New Moon on the 19th warns against falling for an unconventional newcomer. Although you’ll be utterly smitten by someone who defies authority, they won’t be a good partner for you. Hold out for someone with a good character. If you’re already in a relationship, you’ll be disappointed with the results of a creative project. Try not to dwell on this setback. Bigger and better opportunities will arrive as November approaches. Getting a grant or business loan will give you a welcome opportunity to develop your natural talent.

CANCER [22 JUN - 23 JUL]

A close and loving ambiance at the beginning of the month will make you feel as if you can move mountains. Take this opportunity to tackle a project that used to daunt and intimidate you. The Full Moon on the 5th will mark a big shakeup on the career front. You may not want to stay with your current employer as a result. Taking a prolonged vacation is a distinct possibility in the middle of the month. You’ve always been the epitome of caution and conscientiousness. Taking a gamble will be good for you. On the 19th, the New Moon will put strain on your domestic life. Instead of maintaining an expensive lifestyle, you may prefer to downsize. Moving

to a smaller, cosier abode is a distinct possibility. You’ll notice your priorities will undergo a radical change as October draws to a close. Find a way to spend more time on the things you love.

LEO [24 JUL - 23 AUG]

Finances are looking good in the first few days of October making this a great time to land a new and better paid job, ask for a rise or increase your fees. On the 5th, the Full Moon will bring a disappointing decision about a legal or official matter. Look at this as an opportunity to make a fresh start. You’ll get an exciting chance to embark on your dream career towards the middle of the month. Work involving research, restoration or revivals will be especially rewarding. The New Moon on the 19th will darken your normally sunny outlook. Try not to feel too gloomy. Listening to uplifting music, watching upbeat movies and reading inspirational books will be welcome diversions from troubling current events. As October turns to November, you’ll get a chance to improve your work conditions. Confront a colleague who has been saying unpleasant things behind your back. It’s time to clear the air.

VIRGO [24 AUG - 23 SEPT]

A love affair will put a special spring in your step that’s impossible to ignore in early October. Don’t be surprised if people want to know the cause for all your joie de vivre. On the 5th, the Full Moon will put an unexpected strain on your budget. It may be necessary to cover expenses while your business or romantic partner looks for work. Your schedule will become much more manageable in the middle of the month. Take this opportunity to get on with doing those things that bring you the most pleasure. The New Moon on the 19th will bring more demoralising news about a money matter. You may not earn as much as you expected for a job well done. Let this be a lesson about working for unscrupulous companies and conglomerations. The next time they come at you with a job offer, turn them down politely, but firmly. As November approaches, you’ll get positive feedback from your world of work.


Your social life will scintillate with excitement at the start of October. Have a great time attending parties and catching up with friends. On the 5th, the Full Moon will bring the end to a stressful situation. You won’t be satisfied with the results, but you will be relieved to put this particular problem behind you. Don’t be surprised when your star begins to rise in the middle of the month. Suddenly, you’ll be surrounded by people who think you are great. It will be easier to find an audience for your plans and projects. Take full advantage of this increased prestige; you have earned it. The New Moon on the 19th will create some difficulties with a bureaucratic matter. You’ll have to submit paperwork several times before making any headway. The approach of November will change your outlook about a political or social issue. Don’t be afraid to admit you were wrong in the face of compelling evidence.


You have the potential to reach new heights in your career at the beginning of the month. Don’t hesitate to apply for a promotion or a better paid position during this golden period. The Full Moon on the 5th will make you long for a break, but will there be

time for one? Obligations to your community, family and colleagues will keep you busy. Take a vacation towards the middle of the month. Choose a solitary destination where you can hear yourself think. You need to replenish your energy, not drain it. On the 19th, the New Moon will mark the start of a creative project. Working with a team will be stressful; there will be several hot-headed players who try to test your patience. Conserve your resources at the end of October. You’ll want to have some money in reserve to cover unexpected expenses in November. A medical expense or tuition bill could be higher than you expect.


Don’t be shy about sharing your expertise in the early days of the month. You may be surprised when your in-box gets flooded with requests for your services. On the 5th, the Full Moon will put a strain on your domestic life. It may be necessary to get some emergency repairs done on your electrical or plumbing system. Friends will be especially supportive during the middle of October. Accept offers of help, especially if you feel a little overwhelmed. The New Moon on the 19th could bring some unwanted attention. It may be necessary to take the blame for someone else’s mistakes. Your gracious attitude will earn the respect of both your peers and superiors. Your personal life will be a welcome haven from professional pressure with the approach of November. Meet with friends who can always make you laugh. The secret to your success is your ability to see humour in every situation.


October begins on a romantic note. Spending quality time with your amour will strengthen your mutual devotion. If you’re single you might meet someone special at a professional conference or training programme. The Full Moon on the 5th will bring your attention to routine tasks you’ve been neglecting. Clear your schedule to run errands, return messages and submit paperwork. Your career prospects will get a boost towards the middle of the month. If you’ve ever wanted to start your own business, this will be the ideal time to try. On the 19th, the New Moon could create legal troubles. Instead of going to court, it may be better to pay a fine or settle with your adversary. Getting involved in a long, protracted tussle will be expensive. As the month winds down, you’ll be able to take charge of a troubled division. Your innovative leadership style will reveal hidden talents in several members of the team.

PISCES [20 FEB - 20 MAR]

A close partnership will help you get through a period of profound transformation at the start of the month. Cast your fears aside and take the first step towards a bold dream. You’re on the way to a landmark success. On the 5th, the Full Moon will put a strain on your budget. Instead of accepting lacklustre pay for an important job, demand a rise. If your demands aren’t met, you could find a good position elsewhere towards the middle of the month. Apply for work at a cultural, religious or educational organisation that is famous for treating its staff well. The New Moon on the 19th will cause an argument to break out between you and a business or romantic partner. If you are going to maintain ties, it will be necessary to make compromises on the financial front. You’ll both have to tighten your belts to achieve the security you need. Make some sacrifices with the approach of November. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2017 / 183

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DEATH NOTE If, like me, you are a Netflix subscriber, you may have been watching the streaming service’s latest hit programme, Death Note: a psychological thriller in which two geniuses battle it out to save (or destroy) the world as we know it. WORDS JOFFREY KING


he Netflix series was panned before the first episode even aired, largely because it is a remake of such a magnificent classic: an anime broadcasted in 2006-2007, comprising 37 spine-tingling episodes. The original series itself is based on a 2003 manga of the same name. The anime presented such iconic characters (idolised both for the artistry of their design as for the intelligent script) and stunning urban Japanese scenery, that any remake (particularly featuring American actors) was bound to be criticised by fans. To put it simply, Death Note’s characters have been idolised by millions, with main characters (in particular the investigator, L, and the death God, Ryuk,) being the subject of everything from paintings to tattoos. My personal suggestion would be to pass on the remake and to catch the magnificent 37-ep anime (each ep lasts less than half an hour). A word of warning though: you will surely suffer from major L withdrawals once the series ends… fulfill your cravings by catching the Japanese live action film version, whose cast very much resembles the anime characters. After that, if you’re up for big changes in style (and, likely, disappointment), give the Netflix series a go. Death Note is definitely not just for teenage anime buffs. I myself saw the series just this year after much haranguing from fans in my family. At the time I was also watching my very best series of all time (Leftovers, right up there with Better Call Saul), yet once I started on Death Note, I admit that everything else was put on hold. From the very first episode, I was hooked, and rather than wait with baited breath for what would happen in the next episode, I watched various in one sitting, finishing the entire series in just a few days. Death Note is a major mental and ideological battle between the series’ two protagonists. One is Light Yagami: an intellectually gifted first year university student who is called upon to investigate the mysterious deaths of scores of criminals, all of whom have one thing in common: their names and faces have been broadcast or published. The fascinating aspect of the investigation lies in the fact that Light Yagami is actually the perpetrator of these murders, since in his hands is a powerful diary belonging to a shinigami (death God). The diary, is called the Death Note… and Light, who has long been disillusioned by the nature of humanity, is determined to use the note to eliminate the

most undesirable members of society. The way the Death Note works seems simple at first, but it turns out to be highly complicated. To effect a death, its owner has to write down the name of the person they wish to eliminate and the date of death while they think of their face (this will prevent the death of someone who happens to have the same name). The Note wields greater powers that Light discovers as time goes on: for instance, there is a secret way to ‘read’ others’ names just by looking at them, a trick that will come in very handy when people become vigilant of their true identities, to avoid falling prey to the Note. Facing Light is the magnificent L, another young genius who is strikingly similar to Light in appearance, and fiercely protective of the human right to life. L, who keeps his energy levels up by constantly eating sweets, figures out the case almost from the start by sheer instinct, yet to prove the identity of the author of these mysterious crimes is a seemingly insurmountable challenge. In addition to being very exciting (L and Light ‘talk’ to each other frequently in their minds, while they feign friendliness), the series is also rich from the perspective of human relationships. That of Light and his father, the head of the investigative team, is worthy of analysis, as is the admiration/ hatred felt by L and Light for each other. Romance

also makes its way into the series in the form of Misa – a model who fully supports Light’s cause, since she has lost those she loves the most to violent criminals. One of the best things about Death Note is that each episode is short yet tense – with a running time of around 20 minutes. Watch one or two episodes and you will surely agree that it is one of the most addictive, exciting series to have hit the small screen. The series can be viewed in its entirety in English on YouTube. e


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