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The Higuerón Hotel Málaga, Curio Collection by Hilton 60
The New Bang & Olufsen Store in Puerto Banús 64 Environmental Storm 68 Go Nuts in October 78 Halloween 84
The Lexus LC 500H 86
the spa 146 Juvia’s Place 148 Top Facial Oils 152 ARAṆĪ Yoga & Meditation
Centre at Finca Cortesin 154 The Surprising Beneﬁts of Hemp
Philippe Starck 90
158 Laguna Village
Karethe Linaae 92
160 The Vibe
Holmes Sotogrande 40th Anniversary 94
the trend New Cinema Releases 102
172 PewDiePie 173 Animal Love
The Joker 104
176 Grupo Otero
Music Mix 106
178 Tuscany Realty
Top Reads 108
Wearable Technology 110 What’s Cool 112
the style Classic Mediterranean Luxury at the Marbella Hill Club 118 Designer Crystal 126 LA Organic Experience 128 Boss Curated Women 134 London Fashion Week 140 Dior Autumn/Winter 2019 142
188 Succession Tax Developments for Andalucía
the gourmet 193 La Campana 194 Gourmet Bytes 196 Andrés Ruiz Morillo, New Wellness Chef at the Hotel Puente Romano 198 Quesos AGAMMA Montes de Málaga 200 Vinos del Viento
the guide 202 Listings 208 Stars for October
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fter the heat and bustle of the summer, welcome to the month when we can reclaim our coast and enjoy it to the max, and we intend to help you in this exemplary pursuit. Spend a day at Laguna Village, practise yoga at Finca Cortesin, check out the LA Organic Experience in Ronda, check in to the new Higuerón Hotel Málaga Curio Collection by Hilton, taste award-winning cheese from Montes de Málaga, visit the spectacular new Bang & Olufsen store in Puerto Banús, and dine out at magniﬁcent locations in Marbella. Go nuts in October with us and get the gen on Halloween. We visit London Fashion Week, present the new Boss Curated Woman Collection, and take some memorable time out in Milan. The Lexus LC 500h is a marvel that draws public admiration – see it in all its glory in these pages. We also proﬁle the proliﬁc talent of designer Philippe Starck. Finally, don’t miss our feature on Holmes Sotogrande which launched exactly 40 years ago this month, way back in October 1979. These are just a few of the highlights you will ﬁnd in your essential monthly read.
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IT’S AN EXCITING TIME FOR BUSINESS ON THE COAST, WITH THE RECENT OPENING OF THE HIGUERÓN HOTEL MÁLAGA, CURIO COLLECTION BY HILTON IN FUENGIROLA, AND A BRAND NEW BANG & OLUFSEN STORE OPENING IN PUERTO BANÚS. IT’S ALSO A MAGICAL MOMENT FOR CAR LOVERS – ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE A RESERVATION FOR THE VERY DESIRABLE LEXUS LC 500H!
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MILAN FOR THE MILLENNIAL
While many would consider London for a shopping trip, Milan is also an ideal city for fashion, with the added bonus of the delicious Italian food. There may be no carbs in Marbs, but there most certainly are in Italy, yet all the locals still manage to look fantastic. Take a weekend off and head to Milan, where the ﬂight time is only two and a half hours from Málaga, which is roughly the same as a trip to London. WORDS ALEXANDRA CARUANA
tay at the Mandarin Oriental for pure luxury right in the heart of Milan, near to all the great shops and restaurants. Located on a discreet side street, the hotel is a haven of peace and tranquility while being a safe enough distance from the hustle and bustle of Milan. With the Asian theme in mind, rooms have been created with the perfect Feng Shui, alongside classic Italian décor. The Hotel’s very own Michelin star restaurant, Seta, should deﬁnitely be on your list of restaurants
to sample. Enjoy a delicious and varied menu of Italian cuisine within the restaurant’s delightful courtyard, guaranteed to be full of ambience, being one of the most popular settings in the city. Savvy travellers should make use of the tram. With a total of 18 different connections, this form of transport also runs after midnight. Most sites are within walking distance, so don’t be afraid to have a wander and get lost in one of Italy’s most sublime cities.
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CULTURE AND COUTURE Based in the North of Italy in the Lombardy region, Milan is the largest city in Italy after its capital, Rome. Known for its large Cathedral, the ‘Duomo’, which has been around since 1306 when it was founded by the Archbishop Antonio de Saluzzo. It is easy to see why the construction continued for six centuries, from all the intrinsic detailing both inside and out. Gothic features stand guard on the exterior of the Cathedral, including the 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles and 700 additional figures. Inside, you can find 52 pillars to support the grandiose ceilings, one for each week of the year. Climb the
stairs to the rooftop to admire the brilliance of the Duomo further, as well as the view of the square below. Although the tour of the Cathedral may have ended, it does not mean you have to stop admiring this beautiful work of art. Study it further from the nearby Terraza Aperol, where you can sip on Italy’s renowned cocktail, the Aperol Spritz. This citrusy sour infusion of prosecco, Aperol and soda water is best enjoyed served with ice on a sunny day overlooking the Duomo and taking in the scene that Milan is famous for. People watching is inevitable, as you can admire the well-dressed Italians chattering effusively as they walk past. Don’t
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be surprised if the locals look you up and down too, as the Milanese will also admire your fashion choices (or not, depending on your style!) Milan is recognised as one of the fashion capitals of the world, along with Paris, London and New York. This fashion hub hosts Fashion Week once a year, where the streets and historical venues become catwalks. Naturally the Italians like to associate their history and culture with these events, presenting them in the main historical sites, including in the Piazza right in front of the Duomo. Due to this, shopping is a must when visiting Milan, where you can find some iconic items, whether
you wish to splurge or bargain hunt. Thrifty shoppers should head to the Outlet stores if they fancy picking up some serious deals. One of the best, Serravalle Designer Outlet, is well worth the 50-minute drive from the centre of Milan. Based outdoors, you can enjoy Milan’s beautiful sunshine as you explore both high street and designer brands alike, at up to 70% off normal retail prices. This shopping village has plenty of ground to cover, so you may want to go early to make the most of it. Buses also pick up and drop off regularly, providing a good alternative if you do not feel like renting a car. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is next to the Duomo and here you can find all the most luxurious designer brands. These include Prada, Versace and Louis Vuitton, where you can treat yourself to a luxury purchase to add to your wardrobe. This is Milan’s oldest shopping mall, stemming back to 1867, and spread out over a four-storey double arcade featuring classic Italian architecture. Naturally this is a heavily touristic area, so expect lots of chain stores and expensive restaurants where the food is mediocre. Make sure you do not waste any of your precious meals around here, and ensure you fuel up prior to arriving if you do not fancy Burger King for lunch.
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ITALIAN INDULGENCE The Milanese are big on two things: their dogs and healthy food. Expect to see plenty of these throughout the city, and do not be surprised if you notice people taking their faithful companions into shops and even some restaurants. As a result, most pets behave beautifully here, quite unlike in some other European countries. In terms of healthy eating, be sure to try a different version of a typical Italian meal. Bioesseri Milano Brera is one such restaurant, where you can savour wonderfully inventive Italian vegan and gluten free meals, including tasty pizzas and pastas in a beautiful romantic setting. Bioesseri pride themselves on the fact that everything served is organic, even their Bio Cola, which is actually nicer than the real thing! Spoil yourself with a look at their dessert tray afterwards, where you can be won over by the tempting selection before you make a decision. Stop off for a cocktail at the nearby Palazzo Parigi Bar, where elegance and intimacy are paramount, making it the perfect place for a nightcap. This is also a great location for a classy breakfast in the morning. If you fancy more of a party atmosphere, head to Bamboo Bar at the Armani Hotel, where you can enjoy some chilled music while overlooking the
fabulous views of the city below from the seventh floor. There are many drinks to enjoy, including a prestigious list of Italian wines, signature cocktails, and a range of spirits; whichever way, you can’t go wrong! An alternative evening out could involve a night at the fun-loving ME hotel, which offers an incredible restaurant onsite, and is also an ideal place to have a couple of drinks afterwards. This hip and happening hotel is a short distance away from the centre, so be sure to get a taxi. Its STK Restaurant is a trendy venue to dine in, especially if you’ve had your ﬁll of indulgent Italian carbs. Here they serve up some mouth-watering specialty steaks, including wagyu selections, alongside a variety of flavoursome sauces and sides, including Parmesan truffle chips which are to die for! After dinner, make your way to the Radio Rooftop Bar on the 10th floor, where you can watch the night go by from up above, buzzing with the vibrant Italian ambience that can be found here. If you haven’t had your ﬁll at dinner, enjoy the complimentary amuse-bouches that are presented with your drinks. They will give you that extra bit of energy you need to carry on into the night.
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Those looking to immerse themselves in Italian culture should spend an evening at the Teatro alla Scala, just a stone’s throw from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, to enjoy the ballet. According to their tagline, you are advised to ‘let your soul be touched’ by the beautiful music and dancing. The Theatre is steeped in history, having opened its doors back in 1778. It is one of the first venues to have staged ballet performances and is considered to have influenced other countries, including Russia, in this art. Today, choreographers within the Teatro aim to keep things relevant by using modern techniques and styles such as expressionist dance. This, together with a powerful orchestra and chorus, makes for an evening of pure Italian entertainment that cannot be missed. Be sure to buy your tickets well in
advance to avoid disappointment, as these ballets sell-out fast. If you would prefer to have more of a relaxing evening after indulging in retail therapy all day, look no further than the QC Teremilano Spa, which invites you to unwind in enticing outdoor pools and Jacuzzis overlooking original Roman ruins. The onsite tram, which has been converted into a sauna, makes for a unique spa experience where you can detox in a comforting peaceful environment. The best time to visit is at night, when you can enjoy the magic of the ruins lit up and admire the wonderful history that surrounds you. Once you have taken it all in, head inside for an aperitivo of delicious cheese, which is in good supply and can be washed down with a refreshing glass of Prosecco. With this, as well as an array of other healthy
snacks on offer, you can take your time before sampling some of the other rooms that the spa has to offer. These include steam rooms where you can help yourself to the Epsom crystals provided, which can be massaged onto the skin to reap the full benefits of the treatment. Follow this with a meditation session in the relaxing light and sensory room, where it would not be a surprise if you fell asleep on the comfortable beds provided, due to the relaxing sounds that surround you and the dimmed lights which take you to a place of ultimate calm. Stimulate the senses with calming essential oils that will help you ease any possible tension you may have left. You are guaranteed to leave this place with a great weight lifted from your shoulders, and will surely be ready for tomorrow’s adventures!
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The Bernina Express
DEVIATING DESTINATIONS Make the most of your trip and explore the beautiful areas surrounding Milan. Based in the North of Italy, Switzerland is within reach via the Bernina Express. This train ride is an experience in itself, given that it runs across a UNESCO World Heritage railway line. Board the train at Tirano, a small town adjacent to the Swiss border, a two-hour drive away. From here you will be taken up into the Swiss Alps where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, which looks straight out of the film The Sound of Music. This enchanting train ride covers more than 40km, and takes just over two hours. Once at the top, you can enjoy the town of St Moritz, one of the top ski-resorts in the winter. The lack of snow does not make this quaint little town any less popular in the autumn, as it abounds with water sports on the Alpine lake and hiking in the mountains. If sports aren’t your thing, you can take advantage of the many boutique shops on the high street or sit in a bar and enjoy a delicious authentic Swiss hot chocolate, where the views alone will be enough to keep you occupied.
Closer by, Lake Como is also a picturesque neighbour that cannot be missed on your trip to Milan. Located an hour and a half away, you could spend a day on the lake itself by hiring a boat to enjoy the beautiful calm waters. Alternatively, see the lake from the funicular train, which runs every half hour to the village of Brunate, where you can take pleasure in the stunning views below before heading back down. As with Milan, Como is a buzzing city with plenty of shops to visit and lots to see. Be sure to pick up a scarf or tie, as Como is known for its silk production. It produces beautiful pieces at reasonable prices, perfect as souvenirs to take back to family and friends on your return home. When it's time to head home, one thing is for sure: it won’t only be your suitcase that’s a couple of pounds heavier! Having indulged in everything Italian, you’ll make a vow to return next time you need a wardrobe update and a little pick-me-up in one of Italy’s most vibrant cities. For this, Milan is your place! e
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REDUCED PRICE Ref. VM08353 Private and secluded cortijo style villa close to San Pedro, Puerto Banús, Golf Courses and within easy reach of shops. Large living room, separate dining room, modern kitchen, 5 bedrooms, large garage, on a plot of 4.400 m2 with a mature garden. Used to be: € 1.795.000 New Price: € 1.290.000
NUEVA ANDALUCIA Ref. VM11565 Bright, luminous and cheerful renovated villa situated near golf courses, on an elevated plot with 4 bedrooms, facing south west, has an open view, outdoor entertaining with covered and uncovered terrace areas. Price: € 1.490.000
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The Hilton Hotel Group recently invested an impressive €22million in the complete renovation and renaming of what is now the Higuerón Hotel Málaga, Curio Collection by Hilton. There are only four other hotels in this collection. “What they have in common,” says Manuel Morales, Marketing Director, “is something characteristic that inspires curiosity in wonder. In our case, the ‘special something’ is art and gastronomy.” WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE HIGUERÓN HOTEL MÁLAGA, CURIO COLLECTION BY HILTON
t is indeed easy to be taken by the beauty of artworks all around you – from the dramatic sculpture by the entrance to the classic car (and jovial pig sculpture) by the reception. On the day of my visit there was a temporary exhibition by Enrique Brinkmann – a Malagueño who has exhibited his work at many of the world’s top museums – including MOMA in New York, the Reina Sofía in Madrid, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Also present are works by artists the calibre of Dámaso Ruano, a naturalised Malagueño who formed part of the famed Palmo group of artists, established in 1979 to promote the work of local artists. Joining Brinkmann are other artists from across Spain, including Suso de Marcos, David Moreno, and Lita Cabellut – an artist with a challenging childhood who was, in many ways, ‘saved’ by her artistic talent. It is only logical that this hotel should pay homage to national art; its General Director, Javier Rodríguez, is passionate about the subject, and has hand-picked some of the most prestigious works at the establishment.
Natural features complement the artistic offerings. Solid wood now graces the common areas as well as the rooms. This material, alongside esparto grass fabric features and white pebbled columns and walls, celebrates the beauty and strength of nature, exuding the kind of peace and calm that body and mind crave. Outside, the new outdoor gardens invite guests to rest on pristine white sunbeds perched upon a refreshing, shallow pond and surrounded by the fragrance of herbs like rosemary and thyme. Nearby is a modern woodendecked relaxation lounge with an outdoor ﬁrepit – the perfect place to relax with family and friends after playing tennis or padel at the Higueron’s elegant Sports Club. From the gardens, guests can contemplate the uniquely designed interior facade, decorated with rocks from an old mine located on-site. “The rocks are historically signiﬁcant; in the olden days, miners used to extract them and send them to Carvajal to make iron,” says Manuel. Everything at the hotel has been renovated, including the
rooms. Manuel takes me to a Deluxe Room and I delight at the gorgeous curves and wooden artistry of the walls, as well as at the standing tub, which looks over the gardens below. The hotel is currently home to 24 panoramic suites with their own balcony and terrace, housed in glass panels that offer seamless views of the Mediterranean. Also now being built is a third ‘tower’, which will contain 113 new premium suites. “The majority will measure 40m2, but we are also building duplex suites with their own private Jacuzzi,” says Manuel. The inﬁnity pool area boasts a bright, happy air, with more colour and life gracing the elegant Balinese bed area. The gym is also brand new. Measuring 800m2, it features the very latest Technogym equipment. To use the equipment, members simply swipe an electronic bracelet or mobile phone over a tiny computer, and the apparatus automatically makes height and weight adjustments so that progress can be monitored continuously. In front of the gym is a spinning room and a Pilates area, ﬁtted with top quality machines.
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Closeby is the brand new Picasso conference centre, measuring 1,360m2. It is the largest of its kind in Málaga, with a 1,000-person capacity. There will also be a ballroom for 400 people and many ‘breakout’ rooms. “The idea is to offer this space for everything from meetings and conferences to weddings and other events,” says Manuel. “Gastronomy is one of the pillars our name is built on,” he reports. The Hotel may have many restaurants, but the jewel in its crown is Michelin-starred
establishment, Sollo – with sturgeon at the heart of its culinary success. Also popular is MED – which serves a buffet breakfast in the morning and Mediterranean food by night. For something übertrendy, try Akira (at the inﬁnity pool area), serving Japanese delights by Chef Hernán Soria – Sushi Chef at the Japanese Club of Málaga. There are many bars and snack establishments, one of which is Chupadeo on the ground floor. “Everything served here is made with Malagueño products,” says Manuel, “even the coffee!”
Also appealing are Austin Bar (the ideal spot for the very latest in cocktails on the Coast) and Arara Bistro Bar by Chef Diego Gallego, featuring Peruvian, Brazilian, and Andalusian fusión cuisine as well as an extensive cocktail menú. Not to be forgotten is the wonderful Nagomi Spa, where singles and couples can enjoy fantastic facial and body treatments. The Spa is home to one of the most gorgeous circuit pools on the Coast hands-down, and is ideal for stressed executives wishing to soak away their cares.
Big things are up ahead for the Higuerón Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton. Thus far, the big investment made in converting the space into a haven of art, sport, and gastronomy has certainly paid off. At this Hotel, it truly is easy to feel like you have stepped into an oasis that celebrates one of the greatest bounties life has to offer: wild, beautiful, liberating nature.
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Marbella is known as a destination in which luxurious villas abound so it is only logical that its iconic nucleus – Puerto Banús – should now be home to a brand new Bang & Olufsen store. Featuring high-end entertainment systems that refract and reconfigure the essence of highquality sound and vision, Bang & Olufsen offers a range of televisions and speakers that make coming home the ultimate treat. Now boasting stores in select destinations ranging from Argentina to Switzerland, Saudi Arabia to Hong Kong, the brand is the ultimate choice for those who wish to interact on an intellectual and emotional plane with technology. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN
INTEGRATION WITHIN MODERN HOMES The brand new Bang & Olufsen store has two major components – its retail side (here you will find cutting-edge head phones and speakers in the hues of the season, as well as BlueTooth speakers) and its home entertainment system equipment and services. José Luis Cerezo, Store Manager, states that the brand’s ultimate aim is to connect people within a home. “Imagine a villa with eight to 10 rooms, connected by a fully integrated audiovisual system. One person listening to a track in the main living room can ensure those in the pool area are catching the same song at a touch of the button of a smartphone or iPad. Home dwellers can, likewise, ensure that someone in the main lounge can listen to the same news item they are watching in an upstairs bedroom. We may enjoy living in lavish surrounds, but we ultimately crave connection." Installing such a system in a large villa is a complex task that takes skill and experience. Bang & Olufsen customers can ensure that
all the work is performed without a hitch, considering that the new owners are Víctor Perriañez (of Illusion – a company dedicated to the design, installation and maintainenance of lighting, control and audio-video projects) and Nacho Porras (of high-end furniture Bulthaup and Rimadesio in Marbella). Both are familiar with the quality and service
demanded by discerning clients, having commenced their careers at Bang & Olufsen. Nacho worked at the first Marbella store from 1992 to 2003, and Victor did the same from 1995 to 2003. They are highly knowledgeable about the brand, know their clients well, and have been linked to Bang & Olufsen for over two decades.
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“What fascinates people is when there is a clear purpose to a product and you’re able to look at it for years without it losing its relevance” André Poulheim, Industrial Designer
“Integration is one of the three pillars Bang & Olufsen stands upon,” notes José Luis, the other two being design and sound. “When clients purchase a home entertainment system from Bang & Olufsen, we invite them to select from a wide variety of colours, styles, and finishes.” Take the popular BeoLab 50 speaker. Buyers can choose from various types of wood finishes for an organic, nature-inspired look, or go full New York loft and opt for the same item in a warm copper or bronze tone instead. Sleek black and pure white versions are also available, as are various types of metal. Think of it like buying a luxury car; even the fabric matters in speakers of this calibre and José Luis finds that “home buyers opt for colours that go with their current interiors as well as with their personalities.” Far from relying on the same person to give life to different items in a collection, each speaker or television is envisioned by a different designer or team, working in a collaborative fashion with engineers, acousticians, concept developers, etc. It makes sense that so much care should be given to each and every piece. Highend design is an onerous responsibility indeed. It must stand the test of time while capturing the zeitgeist of the generation it is addressing.
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The Management Team of the new store
BACK TO SIMPLICITY Bang & Olufsen has entered an era that embraces the perfection of simplicity. In the age of ubiquitous connectivity and the mental and spiritual toll that social media has taken, many see their home as their refuge; an escape from life on the Cloud. Bang & Olufsen has responded by defining a new minimalism; one that is completely devoid of coldness and emptiness, inhabited instead by forms and textures that are reminiscent of nature. Technology is almost an extension of the human form rather than the enemy. One speaker that springs to mind is the Beosound Edge, defined by the firm as “an unbroken circle of beauty, designed for intuitive touch and motion.” The circle can be propped on the floor (tempting you to ‘roll it along’), or affixed to the wall at shoulder height. The emotional factor begins when you walk into the room and the interface lights up, inviting you to tap on it to start, stop, or skip tracks. The magic intensifies when you touch the sphere’s steel rim, and the machine ‘reads’ the force of your touch, adjusting the volume as your hand moves back and forth.
they bear the same tone as your wall, or stand out as a modern art focus on their own. Brazilian clay, Parisian night blue, and Kvadrat Moss Green are just a few hues to choose from; all have in common an undeniable connection to nature, and a kind of subdued elegance that once again inspires a sense of timelessness.
VISIONARY VIEWING Bang & Olufsen is big on sound, but it is equally impressive in the visual sense. Its newest television is the BeoVision Harmony, touted as “a choreographed performance of acoustic clarity, vivid imagery, and human-centric design.” When the TV is turned off or playing music, its screen stays close to the ground, partially concealed behind stunningly crafted front covers. At the flick of a switch, the speakers fan out and the screen rises, ready to occupy centre stage and take you on a fully immersive visual journey. The
oak veneer speakers are a thing of true beauty, resulting from meticulous craftsmanship and a profound understanding of the ideal balance between acoustic performance and visual appeal. José Luis tells me that some clients visit Bang & Olufsen “when their home is still off-plan.” The excitement with which they react to the technology indicates the powerful impact that good design can have on body, mind, and spirit. Sound and visuals can transport you, enlighten you, take you to new worlds you have dreamed of since childhood. What better prize could there be than coming home to this every day after working so hard for such a beautiful life?
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CREATING ART A truly revolutionary speaker is one of the jewels in Bang & Olufsen’s crown: BeoSound Shape, which offers concert-level sound. BeoSound Shape comprises various individual units bearing a frequently found shape in nature: the hexagon. Homeowners can arrange the individual speakers as they wish, selecting from a wide array of colours and fabrics, and putting the hexagons together to form a particular shape. Each hexagon can have a different purpose – it can house speakers, an amplifier, acoustic absorption panel, etc. The shapes can melt into the background if
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WHERE WE ARE
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So, quite apart from all the wasteful, useless debates about whether there is global warming or not – I think that one has now been decided, ﬁnally – and even then, whether or not it was caused by us, it is fair to say that the world is awash in pollution. In some of the developed countries things do look quite nice and tidy, and the urban water and air are actually cleaner than a few decades ago, but on the whole the environmental ledger book does not make for happy reading: plastic litters the land and chokes much of the sea; deforestations, overgrazing, over-ﬁshing and over-building are depleting resources; chemical and petrochemical pollutants have seeped into the water, leeched into the soil and merged into the air; and rampant population growth is depriving most of the world’s species of their habitats and leading to an ever-accelerating rate of extinction and environmental degradation. Put simply, we are populating and consuming the world to death, polluting it to a point where the earth’s natural recuperative powers can no longer cope and compensate for our activities. You may not care about nature or the world’s species, but eventually this is something that will come to haunt us all. Our way of life is neither in harmony with our resources, nor sustainable or even inherently good for us. For one thing, the recent surge in allergies, food intolerances and also the on-going threat of cancer seen in the developed world is a sign that our exploitative, consumer-based way of life is catching up with us. But this is a global problem, not just an embarrassment of riches. In the poor Third World, it’s not over-consumption but overpopulation that is depleting the natural environment and turning living environments into smouldering hell-holes, like something drawn from Dante’s nightmares.
In the newly emerging countries, the desire to consume like the west is aggravated by populations that are still growing fast, so they’re kind of caught between two of the worst elements – high consumption and high numerical growth – and not surprisingly it’s in such countries that much of the worst environmental damage is being done. Think of China, Brazil and Indonesia, but also Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Mexico and many others. The west cannot tell others not to do what it has done, especially when even today it does little to change its ways. So for the foreseeable future we can expect more, not less, pollution and exploitation of the environment, as ambitious corporations and governments feed their dreams of growth and power, forever locked in a mental battle with a western world that once dominated and colonised it. The world now has close to eight billion people, and is adding 80-100 million more every single year. Eventually, the wars we have seen waged over oil and other economic resources will be added to by violent conflict for control of – or even access to – basic survival elements such as water, food and land space. As more people live on top of each other in megalopolis cities, the disparity between rich and poor grows, the middle class evaporates and climatic conditions worsen and become as extreme as the political environment, urban decay and violence. In this setting, the dystopian world depicted in the ﬁlms and TV series so popular right now might actually come to pass. Indeed, the way things are going it’s not just sweltering summers and the end of seasons that we have to worry about; the very state of civilisation is heading for a fall if we’re not careful, and in our treatment of the environment we may just have unleashed irreversible forces beyond our control.
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CLIMATIC PREDICTIONS Some laugh and say everything is okay, and they could be right, but who would gamble our existence on such optimism in the face of evidence to the contrary? Even if we haven’t caused the warming that is now clearly visible, wouldn’t it be wise to try to slow down or reverse this ‘natural’ phenomenon, rather than waiting for the earth to turn into a furnace? Enough people are warning of possibly dire consequencies in the near future, and while many are no doubt loonies or acting to agendas, they can’t all be entirely wrong. Here are some of the main potential impacts of global warming:
Z Using current and past trends, computer models are predicting a rise in average global temperature during the 21st century of between 1.8° and 4°, with the greatest impact over land and in highland areas yet the greatest damage done in the oceans and polar zones. Z Global warming leads to higher levels of evaporation, as seen in greater turbulence and more frequent/powerful storms, and it will cause some areas to dry up while others suffer monsoon-like inundations – thus adding to the severe weather we are already seeing more of. Z More evaporation means more clouds, resulting in more humidity, and this again could lead to the muchvaunted Greenhouse Effect, which sees an almost permanent tropical-style cloud cover trapping heat but possibly in the end also keeping out sunshine and producing a new Ice Age. Z Ice caps and glaciers are melting at an accelerating rate, raising sea levels, drowning low-lying land and releasing huge amounts of carbon dioxide and other gasses currently trapped in the ice. The disappearance of the ice will also negate its important cooling effect. Z By the year 2100 the oceans are expected to more than double their current levels of acidity, thus affecting coral and other marine life, while changes in temperature and rainfall patterns will also have an impact on vegetation and farming on land.
HOW WE GOT HERE The earliest humans who began the process of ‘conquering’ the world made little impact on it. Small in number, they were scattered over vast distances as they relied implicitly on the land to survive. Life was a perpetual Groundhog Day of waking up, hunting/gathering and going to sleep. This kind of human posed little threat to the world, save for helping to drive cave bears, mammoths and sabre tooth tigers to extinction, but it was with the settling of farming communities that the big change began. Now capable of producing a surplus from their labour through agriculture, these quaint little creatures began to trade, establish the codes and ornaments of society, and wage war on a bigger scale. As they tamed land and animal alike, domesticating both for the purpose of food production, these nascent civilisations made their ﬁrst major impact on the surface of the earth, irrigating, building dams and raising crops or livestock where wild land had existed before. For all this, they maintained a precarious balance with the available natural resources, and while their numbers had grown signiﬁcantly, there was still a low ratio of population to land size and its productive yield capacity. Trading ports and merchant cities broke this rule in small, concentrated spots where large numbers of people lived on top of each other, producing enough wealth with their activities to draw in food and other resources from surroundings areas.
The colonial era disturbed things once again, as whole populations were displaced, eradicated and replaced by invaders, usually from Europe, the Middle East or Asia, but occasionally also Africa. It was, however, the industrial revolution that would have the biggest impact to date, for not only did it mechanise the world, rather violently extract resources and concentrate them in overpopulated points of production, but it also added the rather new factor of mass pollution of land, water and soil. Add the era of the train and car, and the grimy industrial cities mushroomed uncontrollably into massive agglomerations, many of which now extend for hundreds of square kilometres and house tens of millions of people. Another product of the industrial revolution is overpopulation, for the technological development that sparked it and ensued from it made it possible to keep people alive longer. In an era when many died in their infancy and few reached old age, having scores of children kept the population in balance, but when fewer died a huge population surge resulted from the delayed reaction in social attitudes. At ﬁrst, this applied to the industrial countries of the west, but since the Second World War it is the Third World whose population has exploded, with 97 out of every 100 babies being born there. This, together with over-consumption, now poses the greatest threat to our planet, and our ‘way of life’.
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LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM Though the industrial revolution began in Europe, by the early 20th century it was the USA that was dictating the pace. Increasingly, it developed the way of life we now call American, and gradually it has been exporting this consumer-based lifestyle across the globe. First came the car, the suburban house, the ofﬁce job and the annual summer vacation, not to mention lots of consumer goodies and a large daily dose of meat, preferably beef. It started in the USA, moved to Europe and other parts of the western world, and is now inﬁltrating much of the developing and third world, where those who can eat quickly become as obese as their American cousins. Then came the second car for every family, multiple cheap-flight
holidays spent stomping through other people’s home territory, readily available snacks and processed foods, a consumer-based disposable society and gadgets that allow you to be lazy. Several decades on, and lack of exercise, the rise of the couch potato, screen/computer game/ social media addiction, drug and alcohol problems, mental health issues and rising crime, violence and intolerance are just some of the hangovers we have inherited in the post-industrial, reality TV, shopping mall world we now live in. Old traditions and family and/or community ties have largely been replaced with solitary individualism and, in some cases, isolation in the midst of millions. You see, it’s a social and
economic — and therefore also political — problem as well as an environmental one, and how could it not be, for it was technology in the service of economic forces that shaped the social and environmental debacle we may well be facing sometime soon. We inherited a beautiful world, but trying to live a by now rather empty and meaningless life based upon material desire and the need to impress people we often don’t even know has brought us to a potential tipping point in which you would have to search long and hard to ﬁnd a ﬁeld, beach or river without some form of plastic or other pollutant contaminating it.
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THE CALL FOR CHANGE The call for change is a seductive one, and it has been chanted by many a zealot or revolutionary since time immemorial, but if you don’t qualify the change – and make it a feasible and worthy ideal – then the message is lost in hype and can be appropriated by those with other agendas. One thing seems increasingly evident, and this is that our ‘American’ way of life is not only unsustainable, but also in many ways undesirable, in much the same way that chocolate bars are delicious but you can’t live on them and expect to be healthy. For this reason there has been a growing groundswell of voices demanding action and change in the face of inaction by governments and corporations, who respectively hold expensive conferences every few years or use environmental terminology as a marketing tool, but continue to let the damage build up decade upon decade. For years it was the environmental zealots of Greenpeace and other eco-warrior organisations that drew headlines, or more benevolent institutions such as the World Wildlife Fund who sought to address the situation, but now students, school kids and consumers alike appear to be slowly mobilising. Recent strikes by pupils across Sweden and other countries have followed demonstrations by environmental activists and calls for more action on
the part of those with power. However, while this kind of lobby is important, we as everyday people are not as powerless as we may imagine. At the end of the day, the only unstoppable force is that of money, and if we begin to use our collective consumer power and demand cleaner, healthier, more ethical products, manufacturers will respond and jump on the bandwagon more quickly than any government or NGO could ever do.
LET’S NOT BE HYPOCRITES But to achieve this, we too need to make some sacriﬁces and change our habits a little. It’s very easy to blame everyone else – especially big ‘nasty’ governments and corporations – but in many ways we, as consumers, are as complicit as they are, and while many pay lip service to environmental issues and are even willing to criticise, strike or demonstrate for ‘change’, the majority are not willing to change anything themselves. A recent UK poll published through Sky News showed that 53% of British consumers oppose even a slight reduction in the amount they fly and only 28% would be willing to consider less air travel. It just goes to show how easy it is to be a hypocrite who condemns others but refuses to buy ethical products if they are even a little more expensive; uses huge amounts of plastic and other disposable waste; flies around the world at a whim; eats far too much meat and throws food away thoughtlessly. What we need is not more anti-globalisation activists snacking at McDonalds after throwing Molotov cocktails at police, but everyday people who vote with their feet, are willing to make some lifestyle adjustments, and in so doing give an example: recycling, reducing their impact on the environment, and forcing companies to follow suit. e
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GO NUTS IN OCTOBER It’s ‘hedgehog season’ in Spain when windfalls of spikey chestnut husks splatter winding mountain roads and the Copper Forest of the Serrania de Ronda puts on a show of fall foliage to outrival New England’s. Countrywide, from this month on, you can enjoy chestnuts roasting on open ﬁres as Nat King Cole never imagined… in the balmy Spanish sunshine weeks before Christmas! WORDS BELINDA BECKETT
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ctober transforms the sleepy white villages of the Genal Valley. Dormant, like their chestnut trees, through the quiet, cold winters, avoided by tourists during the long hot summers, the rhythm of life revs up with the popping of the ﬁrst ripe chestnut cases to reveal their glossy treasures. Then it’s everyone’s hands to the rake to bring in the harvest. And they do rake it in with poles, nets and (gloved) hands, the way it’s always been done in the Genal. In Galicia, Spain’s top chestnut-growing region, they’re vacuumed off the trees. While for those lucky enough to own a chestnut ﬁnca – as practically every Tomás, Ricardo and Javier in these parts has for generations – money really does grow on trees! One tree can yield 300 kilos of nuts @ €2-4 per kilo – hedgehogs from heaven! It’s a business worth €10 million annually to the Genal. There’s a forest the equivalent of 3,500 rugby pitches to cover, none of it flat, and a full bag of chestnuts can weigh 60 kilos. The average age of villagers is over 50 but they’re ﬁtter than most teenagers, used to scaling the vertiginous streets of their Moorish hilltop pueblos on a daily basis. However there aren’t many of them left, due to the Silicon Valley-style exodus of its young people to jobs on the coast. The head count at Igualeja’s primary school has dwindled from 260 to 60. Thus sons and daughters are recalled from the Costa fleshpots and, infants, grandparents, everyone mucks in. It’s Europe’s earliest chestnut harvest and it’s all over in four weeks. For years the mail service in Cartajima was pants in October because the postman’s nuts came ﬁrst.
So constant is the flow of chestnutladen lorries along the ribbon-thin mountain roads that town halls put up warning signs. Be patient, enjoy the autumn landscapes and don’t look down! The Genal Valley Chestnut Cooperative in Pujerra processes some 75,000 kilos a day and the queue of locals waiting to cash in their harvest, crammed into cars, 4x4s, tractor trailers and strapped to the back of bikes lasts way past sunset. Most people are surprised that chestnuts grow in Spain, confusing them with the horse chestnut whose toxic nuts were used by schoolkids for rowdy games of conkers in pre-PC Britain. The sweet chestnut, castanea sativa, hails from Turkey. Thanks to the travels of Alexander the Great and the Romans, who planted chestnuts for timber and made porridge from the nuts to feed their soldiers, the Iberian Peninsula is Europe’s largest exporter today. The Genal’s microclimate is perfect for chestnut trees which thrive on its hilly slopes and acidic soils and some of its trees may well have been planted by Romans as they live to a ripe old age. The
Holy Chestnut of Istán (girth 14 metres, pending Natural Monument status) is close to 1,000 years old. In fact the hedgehogs are heavensent all round. Boutique lodgings and authentic restaurants are springing up in villages that until relatively recently had no telephone lines or running water and chestnut tourism is becoming a vital branch of the local economy. From this month all the way to New Year it’s high season, and everyone will be working their nuts off!
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THE CHESTNUT VILLAGES Strung out along a loop route between San Pedro and Ronda, there are too many to choose from but you can do these four comfortably in a day. Bring binoculars for eagle and vulture spotting at the miradors en route. ZZ PUJERRA Andalucía’s chestnut capital boasts a Chestnut Museum (don’t miss the free Open Day during the festival) and an artisan bakery making bread and cakes from chestnut flour. Produced only from October to January at La Pujerreña bakery, the fruit and nut bread has to be tried. ZZ IGUALEJA The largest
pueblo with a relatively humungous 950 residents lies at the source of the River Genal, said to be the cleanest in Europe. The water springs from a limestone cave into a series of picturesque pools – a popular picnic spot. Igualeja is also the birthplace of two nefarious bandits who terrorised this notorious smugglers’ region during the 19th and 20th centuries. ZZ ALPANDEIRE Perched at kilometre zero, this miniscule village boasts a Cathedralsized church, a famous son beatified by Pope Benedict XVI, a cute boutique hotel (La Casa Grande) and one of the
best restaurants in the entire valley. Visitors flock here to follow the Fray Leopoldo pilgrim trail and make a beeline for the Bodeguita Cueva de la Higuera whose star attraction (after the home cooking) is the spring in the dining room as this charming spot is, in fact, a cave! (Open for lunch Saturdays and Sundays only, reserve on Facebook). ZZ JUZCAR Everything in this former white village, including the cemetery and the bank, was painted blue for The Smurfs 3D movie in 2011. The novelty factor brings in a very lucrative 250 tourists a day.
IT’S BEGINNING TO SMELL A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS After the harvest comes the festival and chestnuts mean el tostón (magosto in Galicia, amagüestu in Asturius). In a nutshell, it’s the traditional roasting of chestnuts over a bonfire in the woods ( or, these days, an electric brazier in the plaza). Usually free or subsidised by the town hall, the chestnuts are served piping hot in paper cones with a chupito of choice (cider in Asturias, muscatel in Catalunya, sweet aniseed mistela in Malaga). Most festivals are held during the All Saint’s Day (November 1) puente but Pujerra’s three-day shindig, coinciding with its patron saint’s day, is the biggest. Expect stalls heaving with home-baked chestnut goodies, the best marching bands in the valley (officially) and lively demonstrations of los fandangos, Pujerra’s unique traditional folk dance. The tostón tradition has spread to the Costas and on any day in October you can enjoy the surreal juxtaposition of chestnuts roasting on an open fire in front of a sundrenched beach!
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CHESTNUT CHAMPS The Ancient Greeks waxed lyrical over its medicinal properties… and the flatulence brought on by eating too many! And for centuries remote villages with scarce access to wheat flour relied on chestnuts for carbs. In some parts of rural Spain, chestnuts are still referred to as ‘pan del pobre’. But castanea sativa is being rediscovered as the new superfood. Chestnuts are packed with potassium, iron, calcium, folic acid, B and E vitamins, have zero gluten and are the only nuts containing Vitamin C – ideal vegan food. They’re also great for weightwatchers – high in ﬁbre, low in fat, salt and calories, ﬁlling not fattening. Chestnuts are gaining credence in the classiest of kitchens where they’re being added to stews and stufﬁngs, pureed into soups, preserved in syrup, ground into flour, baked into cakes and turned into creams and jams for the ﬁllings. It’s hard to believe that a wrinkly, white, bland-tasting nut that looks like a mouse’s brain wihout its glossy brown shell could be so versatile!
GALICIAN MARRONS GLACÉS Candied chestnuts have been a royal favourite since Louis XlV sat on the throne and France and Italy still ﬁght it out for
copyright to the original recipe. But who knew there was a Galician version? José Posada, an industrial chemist known as ‘maestro of the Galician marron glacé’ opened the ﬁrst factory in Ourense in 1980 to simplify the complex manufacturing process of over 20 steps. Posada described the peeling process as “something like undressing a geisha, adding that ‘between the chestnut and the marron glacé is a road as long as the one it took Beethoven to compose the Ninth Symphony or man to set foot on the Moon.”
CHESTNUT HAM Iberian pig farmers in the Genal have been adding chestnuts to their animals’ diets for eons but Jamón Ibérico de Castaña is ﬁnally getting the recognition it deserves as an ‘artisan’ product. Although chestnuts only make up 10 per cent of the animals’ diet, it’s enough to give the ham a taste and texture that’s out on its own. It’s also ‘healthier’ than Jamón de Bellota because it contains more protein and oleic acid and less fat than ham from acorn-fed pigs. e
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Genal Valley chestnuts are under threat from a tiny wasp from China. The chestnut gall wasp has been blamed for a 30 per cent drop in production since it arrived here this century. Known as an avispilla in Spain, the winged destroyer nips growth in the bud where it lays its eggs and compromises the health of the entire tree. With no natural predators, scientists are looking at introducing another invasive species to see off the eastern critters as burning infected trees could lead to mass deforestation.
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D THE SPOTLIGHT halloween Halloween is more than a big night in Spain, it’s the prelude to a three-day puente and this year’s falls on ‘Brexit Day’ so things could get very scary indeed… Belinda Beckett ﬁnds out who started it all, discovers a Spanish connection to Guy Fawkes and visits a spooky market in Cádiz where the produce dresses up in caricature. If you see a pumpkin wearing a Boris Johnson wig you won’t be dreaming!
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The Americans did NOT invent Halloween – even though they spend a spooky $9 billion a year on costumes and candies. They may have thought up the tacky trimmings but the Spanish had more of a hand in it, speciﬁcally the Celts. Around 500 BC, before Halloween became a holy day, Celtic tribes in Spain and Europe-wide celebrated the New Year holiday of Samaín – part harvest festival, part pagan rite. Led by Druid priests who acted as mediums, putting folk in touch with their dead relatives, bonﬁres, ghostly disguise and turnip lanterns (pumpkins came later from the New World) were other traditions that stuck. Samaín is still celebrated in Galicia on October 31 with Noite dos Calacús (Night of the Pumpkins). As well as pumpkin-
carving contests and trick-ortreating, the local witches get out their cauldrons and brew up Queimada from coffee beans, sugar, cinnamon, orange peel and orujo spirit - ﬁrewater even before it’s set alight. Served in hollowedout pumpkins, before you sip you must recite an esconxuro (magic spell) to protect you from evil and, hopefully, guard against singeing your eyebrows off. Expecto patronum! The Church sanctiﬁed Samaín in 610AD when it became Allhallowtide, made up of All Saint’s Day on November 1 – solving the problem of there being more saints than days of the year to honour them; All Souls Day on November 2 – tacked on to speed the passage of ordinary people through purgatory; and All Hallows Eve – a candlelit vigil build-up on
In the Jaén village of Begíjar, the locals make a sticky sweet porridge flavoured with sweet anis called cazuela de gachas. The younger generation stir things up by ﬁlling up every lock and keyhole in the village with dollops of the gloopy stuff. Say thank you – it’s supposed to ward off evil spirits
Huesos de Santo – Saint’s Bones – are heavenly marzipan tubes ﬁlled with rich confectioner’s custard. According to ancient Catholic lore, each one you eat releases another soul from purgatory. It’s more than a Snickers bar would do, America’s top-selling Halloween treat.
October 31, when church bells were rung, masses said and ‘soul cakes’ distributed throughout the community. ‘Souling’ beat America’s trick-or-treating by over 1,400 years. In Spain on Día de Todos Los Santos, entire families visit the cemetery to lay flowers and light candles for lost loved ones. Some take a picnic and make a day of it! Well, three days actually. The ﬁesta-loving Spanish take the other two as a puente. Ghouls and ghosts one day, cemetery soirées the next and a day to get back to the real world... it kind-of works.
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THE GHOST OF GUY FAWKES PENNY for the guy? Not likely! The Brits no longer give a toss for him. Guy Fawkes Night is pumpkin pie. The ﬁery ﬁxture celebrated in the UK since 1605 is a damp squib next to Halloween which even out-retails Valentine’s Day, speaking volumes about your average 21st century guy… Expat Mums currently knitting/sewing/ welding together ghoul and zombie costumes for Spanish Halloween will be hard-pushed to ‘Remember remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot’ when Fawkes and his fellow conspirators stashed gunpowder under Britain’s Houses of Parliament in a failed bid to blow it up. Times change. Who wants to shiver around a bonﬁre in the back garden in November any more, bobbing for apples in icy water and striking matches at a damp Catherine wheel nailed to the fence, which is how we celebrated Guy Fawkes Night what seems like an eternity ago. That’s if it’s even PC to burn
efﬁgies and set off ﬁreworks in memory of a terrorist any more. Besides, there are so many more merchandising opportunities with Halloween. We made our ‘guy’s from old pyjamas stuffed with newspapers and a balloon topped with grandad’s old Trilby hat, which did nothing for the GDP. In Spain, Bonﬁre Night is Noche de San Juan, celebrated on the beach in June and way more civilised. Most Spaniards have never heard of ‘Señor Forkeys’. However they jolly well should have done, considering he fought on their side against the Dutch during the Eighty Years War. His expertise in explosives was entirely acquired on the ﬁeld of battle with personal tuition from the Spanish military. Guy Fawkes is a ghost himself now but the master conspirator has not been forgotten entirely. He’s still fondly remembered in some circles as ‘the last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions’!
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In Cádiz city you’re more likely to be spooked by the strange goings-on at the local markets during Halloween week when the produce comes to life like Toy Story. You could come face to face with a Samurai sword-wielding suckling pig at the meat counter, or a school of cod wearing dresses and hats at the ﬁshmonger’s stall. Tosantos Cádiz, held on the Monday before All Saints’ Day at the Central and Virgen del Rosario markets, is quite possibly the weirdest Halloween retail experience in the world. Created way back in 1876 to drum up custom for harvest produce, it’s a chance for the Gaditanos – famous for their satirical Carnival costumes – to show off their artistry and humour with caricatures of famous ﬁgures carved out of caulies and carrots and elaborate stage sets lampooning the latest political scandals. If you’re looking for a Halloween pumpkin, it could well be disguised as Boris Johnson… or make that Donald Trump! However, as much of the humour is in the written cards accompanying the displays – known as exornos – you’ll need to be Spanish-fluent and au fait with current national issues to get all the jokes. e
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LEXUS LC 500H It’s certainly true that anyone with the means to buy a premium sports car isn’t going to fret too much about the cost of fuel, but most people care about the environment nowadays and that’s where products like the Lexus LC 500h come in. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LEXUS
he LC 500h is a hybrid and like all conventional hybrids, uses an internal combustion engine combined with electric motor power and associated batteries. The batteries are charged on a continual basis during normal driving. Toyota and its Lexus luxury division are
world leaders in hybrid vehicles and have been almost from the introduction of this technology. There have been several supercars of semi-hybrid design, mostly using an electric motor boost to enhance horsepower and offer nominal fuel savings. The Lexus 500h is a ‘proper’ hybrid using well-tried
synchronous technology to maximise both performance and fuel economy. Toyota has stated that it believes hybrid powertrains are an interim step towards hydrogen fuel cell technology and has chosen not to go the EV path followed by many carmakers. The LC 500h may be an ‘economy sports car’ as far as fuel consumption goes, but the Lexus designers have come up
with a stunning design that just about everybody seems to love. Buy one of these and you’ll get as many admiring comments as you would with an Italian exotic. The sculpturing of the bodywork is especially worthy of praise and there’s not a straight line anywhere. The design is very efﬁcient from an aerodynamic standpoint and this also contributes towards fuel economy and lower emissions. The front and rear lighting make for a dramatic view of the car from either direction.
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The LC 500h uses a 3.5-litre V-6 backed up by two electric motors with a lithium-ion battery pack. Dubbed the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System, the combination of V-6, electric motors and batteries produces 354-horsepower. As with other hybrid vehicles, the driver enjoys extra torque from the electric motors. Unlike conventional engines, electric motors develop peak power almost instantly and the driver enjoys a great feeling of lively response when taking off from a standing start. The 10-speed transmission is a melding of two gearbox technologies and features conventional gear ratios combined with a continuously variable (CVT) system. Handling was developed to maximise the full capabilities of the engine and motors and is very predictable and stable. The LC models have a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Buyers not wishing to go the hybrid route can get this Lexus with a 5.0-litre V-8, also with a 10-speed transmission. Get behind the wheel of this impressive grand tourer and you’ll soon grasp that Lexus
intended the driver to feel very much part of the car. The seats are super-grippy and supportive and there’s a great feeling of security, even when a corner is taken very fast. Lexus does a great job with seating and even on a very long run, you still feel comfortable and relaxed. Adding to the fun is a Mark Levinson 13-speaker sound system that was speciﬁcally tuned to the interior of the LC. One big bonus with buying any Lexus is the creditable reputation the maker has for quality, durability, longevity and good resale value. This is a GT that nobody should worry about on a long cross-Europe drive – not something that can be said about every upscale sports car. There are few better ways of making a ‘green’ statement while sacriﬁcing nothing in terms of sheer performance and downright driving enjoyment. That alone is a good reason for buying this outstanding Lexus. Looking around the industry it seems that almost all sports car builders are working on hybrid or EV designs and most of them will regard the LC 500h as something of a benchmark. e
Z ENGINE: 3.5-litre V-6 plus electric motors, 354-horsepower combined. Z TRANSMISSION: 10-speed automatic with shift paddles. Z ACCELERATION: Zero to 100 km/h 4.5-seconds. Z TOP SPEED: 270 km/h. Z I LIKED: Superb styling with numerous attractive design cues. Thrilling performance with lots of torque from the hybrid drivetrain. Great seating and driving position. Z I DIDN’T LIKE: As with just about all grand tourers, interior stowage space is limited. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES: Almost no direct competition right now, but many alternative drivetrain GTs are under development. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? Sports car lovers who want to make a statement about environmental concerns while not giving up on style and performance. GT owners who’ve had reliability problems with other makes on long runs. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Available now. LCs start at €120.000.
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Democracy by Design Beautiful design is perceived by many to be beyond their grasp, the preserve of the uber-rich and therefore simply unattainable. Advertising agents are thought to rub their hands with glee at the prospect of badging an item as ‘Designer’, as it will command greater attention and, commensurately, a higher price. I believe that most people, if offered the choice, would prefer to surround themselves with beautiful objects especially if they are highly functional and modestly priced. WORDS MARK WILKINS PHOTOGRAPHY SHUTTERSTOCK
hilippe Starck, one of the worlds most in-demand designers, is insistent that many of his striking products are available to all at reasonably competitive prices. Already responsible for over 10,000 creations, he believes that his work should interact with others, enrich the lives of its users and be considered as beautiful but, primarily, it must be useful. In the early 1980s, I lived and worked in Paris for an international law ﬁrm housed on the Champs Élysées. I was intoxicated by Paris – and still am – but it was not all Ricard Pastis and Gitanes. Starck was already well known there having been appointed in 1969 as the Artistic Director of Pierre Cardin’s publishing business where he designed furniture. Cardin had, apparently, been impressed by Starck’s inflatable circular house and furniture that he had designed in tribute to his fellow designer, Quasar Khanh. Philippe Starck was born on 18th January 1949. Following his studies at the prestigious school of product and interior design, the École Nissim de Camondo, on Paris’ Left Bank, he designed for Adidas. By 1970 he had launched his own design studio, Starck Product, later renamed Ubix. This led to his early
work with Alessi, the powerhouse of Italian Design. Alessi had also commissioned other noteworthy designers, including Michael Graves and Richard Sapper, to breath new life into their pedestrian and functional range of homeware. Starck’s contribution resulted in many modestly priced objects including, the Dr Skud fly swat, the Peltoo spatula, and, in 1990, the magniﬁcent and sculptural Max Le Chinois colander and the statuesque Juicy Salif citrus-squeezer. A designer should not be deﬁned by just one product however Starck’s Juicy Salif is probably his most iconic creation. It is deﬁnitive of an era when form and function were not wholly compatible and it certainly pushed boundaries, even sitting slightly at odds with the designer’s own ‘usefulness’ philosophy. For me it is a splendidly executed piece, exaggerated for dramatic effect and possessing its own beguiling beauty. Some say that the Juicy Salif is a triumph of form over function. Others argue, more simply, that it doesn’t work very well! Starck, rather hypocritically, is rumoured to have said: “It’s not meant to squeeze lemons, it is meant to start conversations.”
The idea for the Juicy Salif came to Starck during a lunch on the Amalﬁ coast. He realised that his plate of calamari hadn’t been dressed with lemon juice and scribbled some thoughts on a napkin that is now preserved at the Alessi Museum in Omegna. Its design has proved to be one of the most versatile and compelling influences on an entire generation of consumers. Early domestic projects included the refurbishment of the interior of the newly elected President Mitterrand’s apartment at the Élysée Palace (1983). This was followed by the interior design for the iconic Café Costes in Paris, for brothers JeanLouis and Gilbert Costes (1984), which also featured Starck’s now celebrated leather and bent wood, Costes Chair. In the late 1980s Starck designed various environmentally sensitive buildings, including the strikingly original, Nani Nani in Tokyo (1989). Following his conviction that a structure should be both ethical and humanist, the building is covered with living material contributing to, rather than detracting from, its environment. By 1990 his credentials as an avant-garde architect were conﬁrmed by the Asahi Beer Hall in Tokyo.
In 1997, he was commissioned to design the new control tower for Bordeaux’s airport and in 1998 he delivered a new wing for the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. From the late 1990s and into 2000s Starck became deeply involved in the revitalisation of the hotel sector with various signature projects. These included Ian Schrager’s Paramount Hotel in New York, The Delano in Miami, Hotel Le Meurice in Paris, and The Sanderson in London. The latter, at 50 Berners Street, is housed within Reginald Uren’s 1950s Grade II listed building, previously the showroom of Arthur Sanderson’s fabric business deep in London’s Rag Trade district. From the 1980s onwards, Starck has worked closely with the Italian furniture business, Kartell. In an effort to reduce retail prices, they have collaborated to make several hugely successful ranges of chairs, including the Louis Ghost Chair (2002) and the Masters Chair (2009), as well as sofas in injectionmoulded, eco-friendly and recyclable polycarbonate plastic. The weatherproof Starck designed, Bubble Chair, was famously featured in the US TV drama series Boston Legal with William Shatner and James Spader.
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In 2007, in Rio de Janeiro, Starck redesigned the interior of the Faena Hotel and both the interior and exterior architecture of the Fasano Hotel, an eight-story hotel on the famous seafront. In homage to the Brazilian designers of the 50s and 60s, Starck used wood, glass and marble to echo the sophisticated and relaxed spirit of the city while maximising on the spectacular beach views. Starck is responsible for designing ﬁrst-class waiting rooms for the Parisian and London terminals of the Eurostar. Between 2006-7 he had the opportunity to revisit a childhood interest in space travel with the role of artistic director at Virgin Galactic. His interest in all things nautical has led him to create some of the world’s most stunning yachts. In October 2012, the Starck designed 78m long Venus was launched. Sadly, Venus’ owner, Apple Computer boss, Steve Jobs, died in October 2011 and did not see his commission realised. Russian billionaire, Andrey Melnichenko, commissioned Starck to build two yachts, the Motor Yacht A and Sailing Yacht A. In 2008, the 119m Motor Yacht A, which took four years to build, was launched at the German yard of Blohm and Voss. Sailing Yacht A is the biggest sailassisted motor yacht in the world. She was ﬁrst seen under full sail in
2017. These unconventional designs do much to re-write the norms of naval architecture, yet they are as graceful as they are revolutionary. In more recent years Starck’s interest has returned to some more fundamental design challenges. His design philosophies have been seen in various products that reflect his commitment to the ecological movement including wind turbines, solar-powered boats and hydrogenpowered vehicles. In 2012 he developed, apparently without charge, the Pibal bicycle, Bordeaux’s equivalent to the Boris Bike. Ever conscious of the need for his products to be primarily functional, Starck is quoted as having said, “I wasn’t interested in the aesthetic at all. It’s a workhorse; this is a rustic bike.” In 2014 Starck designed a range of four battery-powered e-bikes in partnership with Moustache Bikes. These ‘Starckbikes’ are customised to the environment of their use and include ‘snow’ that features a warm fur wrap used to protect the battery from extreme temperatures and ‘sand’ that has oversized tyres to cope with the shifting terrain. Matching sunglasses, helmets, leather backpacks and gloves complement this practical stylish collection. When I lived in Paris, the Metro and their aboveground sister bus
company operated a simple and cost-effective integrated travel card called a Carte d’Orange. In 2013 Starck redesigned this pass, which was renamed Pass Navigo. A potent symbol of design democracy, the sleek and elegant pass permitted the egalitarian designer to demonstrate, once again, just how beautifully designed objects can be enjoyed by all. With Paris hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics, it has fallen to Starck to design medals for the event. Echoing the game’s translated motto Made for Sharing, he has designed medals that can be divided into four to enable the successful athletes to ‘share’ their success with their families and friends. Many UK TV viewers will recall the 2009 BBC2 reality TV series fronted by Starck called Design For Life. Over several weeks, selected UK Design Students were encouraged – and sometimes berated by the Gallic Starck – to revive a British passion for design. The weakest were eliminated and the winner was given a six-month placement at Ubix’s Paris ofﬁce. Arriving on set with his wife, Jasmine, who rode pillion on his classic motorbike, Starck clearly engaged with the audience. Although a fluent English speaker, his
elaborate pronunciation left the viewer wondering whether it was part of his act. It was excellent and inspirational TV. Philippe and his wife constantly travel, immersing themselves in environments that fuel his passions for design, ecology and technology. He owns a property in Comporta on Portugal’s Troia Peninsula, South of Lisbon, near one of the last unspoiled beaches in Europe. His neighbours are said to include Madonna and fashion designer, Christian Louboutin. i More articles from Aestheticons – the Home of Iconic Design – can be seen at www.aestheticons.wordpress.com
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When Karethe Linaae decided to leave Vancouver to settle down in a small village in Andalucía in 2012, it might have seemed like a crazy, whimsical plan. Karethe was then working in media and public relations, and her son, Oskar, was born and raised in Canada. However, the independent spirit of a world traveller had always been in her blood and it seemed almost logical that she would not relent until she found a place in which to live her best life. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF KARETHE LINAAE ILLUSTRATIONS BY VIRGINIA JIMÉNEZ PÉREZ
arethe, who grew up in a little town in Norway, felt a need to see the wide world from her earliest years. “I came from a district where everyone knew your family name and who your grandparents were, so when I was of University age, I chose to study in Canada. I was a teenager and wanted to go as far away as possible.” At the time, says Karethe, “Canada was very much a country in the making. I probably could have gone to college in another province but I read that the French and the English Canadians fought in Montreal and decided it would make the ideal match for me.” In Canada, she would do more than rebel. She obtained a double MFA (Creative Writing & Film Production) from the University of British Columbia and a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal. Karethe’s initial move from Norway would be one of many. She has lived in numerous
cities in the world – including Paris and Los Angeles, and has worked in a plethora of creative pursuits. She was a lifestyle journalist in Paris, movie reporter in Montreal, scriptwriter in Los Angeles, and content writer for international non-profit organisations in Vancouver. At one point, she called Greece home: “I took a job as a tour guide despite not speaking a word of Greek. Then a friend of mine told me she was attending the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq (a mime and acrobatic school) in Paris. I decided to join her studying theatre while making ends meet writing for English-language magazines in Paris.” Karethe tried to move back to Norway after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. “At that time everyone thought the world would end and between that and the malaise caused by the AIDS crisis, I decided to pack up and leave everything behind except for my old Remington typewriter. I returned to Oslo
to work in news writing but, disillusioned by the blasé attitude I encountered there, I eventually reverted to Canada. When you move so much, the problem is stopping,” says Karethe, but of course, there is an upside to this. “Even now, as an adult, I could live almost anywhere in the world so long as I was happy and healthy – anywhere, that is, except Las Vegas.” Karethe’s maverick spirit has led her to fulfil many roles as well. In addition to writing and working in PR, she was an Art Director for 19 years in Vancouver and other areas in Canada, designing and overseeing sets for films, TV ads, and public service announcements. In 1994 (the year that Pulp Fiction won the Palme d’Or in Cannes) Karethe’s short film Off Key – which she directed and wrote – was chosen for the Short Film Competition. It additionally won awards at international film festivals in USA, Australia, Greece, and Norway.
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Another of Karethe’s greatest achievements was co-founding Art for AIDS Orphans, which raised monies for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund from 2005-2007. It was her way of reciprocating: “I had to do something to give back so I could justify selling Toyotas,” she laughs. It is probably clear to you by now that Karethe is a prolific artist, writer, and activist. What would lead her to settle in Ronda? Like many of Karethe’s biggest moves, Ronda seems to have been part of her destiny. She describes the exciting, humorous, emotionpacked experienced in her book, Casita 26 – an entertaining read featuring gorgeous illustrations by Ronda artist, Virginia Jiménez Pérez. Before settling in Spain, Karethe and her husband Jaime (a medical herbalist and integrative oncologist) had been wishing to lead a simpler life. At the time, Jaime was ready to retire. “We decided to emigrate, but weren’t sure where. We had been to Spain on holiday before and we chanced upon Ronda, staying for one night. It was awfully rainy and cold but we attended a jamón cutting competition by the bridge. The next morning, we woke up to a dramatic sky with a double rainbow. We went back to Canada and didn’t think of it again, but when we decided to try and move to Spain for an open-ended
amount of time, we thought we could make Ronda our temporary home-base.” When they moved to Spain, Karethe and Jaime sold, gave away, and recycled almost everything they owned, “except 50 boxes of books.” They didn’t have a clue as to what life in Spain would hold in store for them, but getting rid of their possessions was “liberating.” Karethe explains, “The lighter you travel, the freer you are; it’s a fantastic feeling, not to be tied down to things.” The couple rented a place in Ronda (initially for just a week) but little by little, they would grow to love the town and its people. “We were looking for a place that didn’t have a huge percentage of foreigners. In Ronda, less than 10 per cent of the population is foreign and they normally stick to themselves.” Karethe and Jaime, however, did anything but embrace isolation. Jaime took up wood carving and Karethe furniture restoration, an ideal way for her to learn Spanish and meet new people. They also become ‘amigos de la ópera’ and took part in community-organised walks. Karethe additionally co-founded Ronda Limpia – the town’s first volunteer environmental organisation. Currently, she writes articles on life in rural Andalucía, has a magnificent blog called SNOBB, and is planning her second book.
Without giving too much of the book away, I recommend it thoroughly. Not only is it a realistic, humorous, informative account of what it is like to make such a big life change, but also a loving narrative of the numerous surprises Karethe and Jaime encountered. From emotion-packed semana santa processions right through to funfilled ferias, there is so much that makes living in Andalucía unique and fulfilling. “One of the many reasons I love Ronda so much is all the quirky things it has. For instance, there is an ironsmith in our neighbourhood. He makes horseshoes, hardware for doors in the historic part of town, fences, etc. You don’t find that anywhere else in the world.” Far from being a rose-coloured picture of life in the south, Casita 26 tells it like it is, describing (always with humour and affection) Karethe’s first reactions to uniquely Andalusian concepts such as the ‘mañana philosophy’ and siesta hours. “Casita is my ode to Andalucía and Ronda,” she says, and indeed, the book highlights the unique characteristics of this small but breathtaking town. In Casita 26, Karethe thanks Andalucía for “taking us into her embrace.” She made more friends in a year in Ronda, she says, than she had after decades in Canada. Of course, the couple's integration into the local community says
as much about Andalusian warmth, as it does about their own determination to make a difference to Ronda. To learn more about Karethe, pick up a copy of her book. It is filled with hilarious anecdotes but also tugs at the heartstrings on many occasions. Leaving is never easy; being far away from family is difficult. However, forging your own path is vital for happiness, and this is something Karethe has always understood to the full. Her and Jaime’s move to Ronda has given the vitality, stimulation, and sense of renewal that only change can bring. Very few have the courage to take that first step; perhaps Casita 26 will inspire you to do so.
i Casita 26 is available on Amazon in paperback and ebook editions. www.snobb.net
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Celebrating 40 Years in the Community Founded in October 1979, Holmes Sotogrande has this month reached the milestone of 40 uninterrupted years in business – a unique feat during which time this family-run ﬁrm has become an integral part of the community. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN AND COURTESY OF HOLMES SOTOGRANDE
This is what Sotogrande beach clubs used to look like
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1985 Ian Bateman in front of his ofﬁce in the mid 80s
he seed was sown when a golﬁng holiday brought him to the verdant fairways of Sotogrande in the late seventies. Ian Bateman was smitten, and found it increasingly hard to concentrate when back at his ofﬁce in Ipswich. All he could think of was returning to that paradise on the Mediterranean Sea, where green ﬁelds undulated towards a sandy shore etched with the ancient outlines of Gibraltar and North Africa. Increasingly, he felt his destiny lay here, and he was right, for less than a year later he had brought his young family back here, taking the ﬁrst steps on a path that would lead to this very moment.
THE BIRTH OF REAL ESTATE IN SOTOGRANDE The famous resort ﬁrst founded in the country club fashion by Colonel Joseph McMicking in the 1960s had by then grown into a charming, upmarket little community with excellent amenities. “It was hard not to fall in love with it,” recalls
One of a series of postcards released this year by Holmes Sotogrande in El Periodico
Ian Bateman, whose wife Jackie took a little more convincing at ﬁrst. She had enjoyed the holiday spent here but was still reticent about a permanent move; that is, until she saw her two young sons have the time of their lives, and realised just how special a place this must be to grow up in. Before long, she too had caught the bug, and not only did the family never leave Sotogrande, but it thrived here, becoming active members of a slowly growing international community of kindred spirits. “Sotogrande is a place that offers peace and space, as well as privacy and a sense of togetherness,” says Jackie, "and for us and many others this is the ideal mix of personal independence and feeling you belong to something. In fact, quite apart from the beauty, climate and amenities of this spot, it is one of the things that makes living in Sotogrande so special.” Ian and Jackie founded Holmes Sotogrande, one of the ﬁrst property agencies in the area, and the only prominent one to have been in business
for 40 uninterrupted years. “The beginning was very new,” says Ian. “It wasn’t like England, where there was a longestablished professional property industry, so we all felt like pioneers in new territory, but together with other colleagues we laid the foundations for a Sotogrande real estate sector that acted within the established parameters of a resort whose master plan, traditions and philosophy were already well-established.” Since then, Holmes Sotogrande has not only gone on to be one of the leading members of this industry – involved in many of its real estate milestones – but has also become a highly respected part of the business and social community. Their business partner, the late Miguel Preysler, also embodied this principle, being not only an active local businessman and resident, but also achieving legendary status as a consummate sportsman who still ranks as one of the best sailors and especially amateur golfers Sotogrande has known.
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The Batemans and the Holmes Sotogrande team
A SECOND-GENERATION FAMILY BUSINESS Where others on the Costa del Sol have sought to expand rapidly and establish commercial empires, Holmes Sotogrande built upon its core strength and remained clearly focused on providing a five-star personal service and helping people find their ideal Sotogrande home to enjoy its unique lifestyle. “Many of our clients have become friends and neighbours over the years,” says Ben Bateman, who began working in the family business in the early years and has since taken over the reins. “I grew up with many of their children,
and while some have left for larger hunting grounds others have stayed, returned for holidays with their own families, and in some cases we are finding new homes for second, third and even fourth generations of the people that first vacationed and owned properties here.” It is a change of the guard that mirrors the cycle of life, and with it Sotogrande is evolving and rejuvenating, currently enjoying a new dynamism yet always remaining true to the principles that make it special and bind its community together. “We come back not just to the area, but also the ambience and what it represents.”
2005 reminds us that this is a golfer’s paradise
Ben and his brother went to the Sotogrande International School, played sport, explored the open countryside surrounding their home and, like their parents, form part of the very fabric of Sotogrande’s society. “We know every inch of it and love it. My parents didn’t expand the business beyond a solid, sensible point because they wanted to keep the service personal and also never had an exit strategy – i.e. to sell and move on. It’s because this is where they wanted to be, and Holmes Sotogrande is so much the more stable and service-orientated for this philosophy.”
Dining near the Holmes Sotogrande office with typical Sotogrande conviviality
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ARCHITECTS AND PROJECT MANAGERS SINCE 1991 JOINT BRITISH AND SPANISH QUALIFIED ARCHITECTS Sotogrande and Gibraltar Tel: (+34) 956 796 651 www.mclundie.com
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The Sotogrande shoreline in 2014. Note, no high-rise complexes
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS IN BUSINESS Over the years, the Batemans and the company they founded have been closely tied to the milestones and indeed the fortunes of Sotogrande. “It wasn’t always easy. There have been years of recession in which we had to buckle down, but we adapted, learned and worked together to overcome and flourish again.” In the process, many memorable moments were enjoyed, including Ian’s feat of bringing the Scottish football team to Sotogrande during the 1982 World Cup in Spain, Miguel Preysler’s many golf awards and excellent work for the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, and the fact that Holmes Sotogrande was involved in many of the most prestigious property transactions in the area. Now, however, it is enjoying the greatest milestone yet – 40 years in business, a feat not often seen on the still-young Costa del Sol. To celebrate this, many would have thrown a cocktail bash, but in true fashion the team at Holmes Sotogrande thought long and
hard about how best to share the moment with the community as a whole. The result is a collaboration with local newspaper El Periódico, as part of which a unique collection of 40 limited edition #detodalavida postcards appear to chronicle every year since the company’s founding in 1979. “Every postcard features an archive image of that year, with accompanying local and international highlights pertaining to it,” says Ben, who expected a positive reaction but has been overwhelmed by what has since become a very desirable collectible. “People are collecting the editions for nostalgic reasons and because they realise it is a unique, one-off initiative that captures what remains in your mind’s eye and indeed our hearts – whether you still live here or used to spend your summers in Sotogrande.” Ben and his team have seen the beautiful place they call home mature over the years but remain true to its founding principles. “The generations are evolving in what is
a very international community, and with this comes both change and continuity, so we continue to cherish our traditions while seeking to enhance the community we belong to.” Part of this is the desire to help the local rugby club, the Club de Rugby del Estrecho, develop and take its rightful place on the national stage. This has seen the company raise its commitment to become the ofﬁcial shirt sponsor of Holmes Sotogrande Club de Rugby del Estrecho, which will now be ﬁghting for promotion to the next level as well as looking to expand and improve both its male and female teams. “We have grown as part of Sotogrande, and as we evolve we always wish to give something back to the community we form part of, so we’re very pleased to be able to contribute in this way, and hope this 40th anniversary is simply a stepping stone to the next milestone in the history of Holmes Sotogrande.” i www.holmesotogrande.com
The new-look waterfront area
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Absolutely stunning South westerly views of the Almenara Golf course and to the lake, the coast and countryside are available from this uniquely styled villa. With typical Andalusian exterior and fabulously modern interior this villa offers high vaulted ceilings, 3 reception rooms, a gourmet Binova kitchen and Philippe Starck bathrooms. Underﬂoor heating, heated pool and fabulous foldaway doors. Ref. HSN3-860
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A young woman, Uma, wakes up one day to discover herself in Paradise – a brave new world where she was sent by her family so she can grow in their likeness. She dreams of ﬁnding a way to escape and be true to herself. She meets and falls in love with a young man she hopes to run away with.
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Yi is a young girl who dreams of travelling the world and escaping from her structured family life. Her wildest dreams come true when she meets the abominable snowman (who has escaped from his evil owner). The snowman dreams of going back to his family but only Yi can help him overcome obstacles and defeat his enemies.
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Five seconds into the trailer of Joker and my hair was already standing on end. The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and set for release this month, promises to get audiences’ creative juices flowing, with a script, cinematography, and performances that are inspired on some of the greatest films in history – Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and The King of Comedy (all by Martin Scorsese). The trailer, featuring horrific scenes played against the romantic song Smile (by Jimmy Durante), has already reached viral status on social media. All in all, the air of the film is artsy, black, and darkly humorous… so much so that the initial emotional impact is similar to that caused by Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS
THE DARKNESS OF JOAQUIN
Leonardo DiCaprio was originally slated to play the Joker, but the role went to Joaquin Phoenix instead. DiCaprio is a true actor’s actor, a chameleon of vivid hues. But for really dark, delicious roles, Phoenix is your man. He suits this role to a tee because it is, by nature, such an odd film – made with a small budget yet predicted to break box office records. Joker was pitched by director, Todd Phillips to Warner Bros, but his intentions were unique: to feature DC comic characters in stand-alone films that veered far from the spirit of the DC Extended Universe films (which tended to mesh a variety of characters and take an actionpacked, larger-than-life view of the superhero universe). Phoenix made clear that, unlike the latest string of superhero films which seemed to feature the ‘same old same-olds’, he was interested in performing the role of Joker, just once. He would then feel inspired to give
it his all and the results are said to be completely mind-blowing.
DELVING DEEPER INTO DC CHARACTERS
Wonder Woman, which broke various box office records, had already shown that audiences were ready to concentrate on just one DC comic character, but Joker shows that we aren’t only interested in the good guys. In fact, evil personas have always been far more interesting in the dark and deadly DC universe. Moreover, if we once thought that nobody would ever be able to match Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Night, Joaquin Phoenix is inviting us to reassess our judgement. In Joker, he takes us into a far more surreal world than we are accustomed to; one which, like the Scorsese films mentioned above,
bristles with violence and grace while plunging us into the dark underbelly of urban existentialism.
to turn Gotham City into his own personal comedic stage.
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If you’ve always been sympathetic towards Batman (he did, after all, lose his parents as a child), Joker will turn the tables around and show that Batman’s father, Thomas Wayne, was not as innocent as you thought. Rather, he was an ambitious billionaire who aimed to rule Gotham City, thinking little of stepping on a few toes to make it to the top of the political rungs. You can also expect to be seduced by Joaquin Phoenix and we predict you will be signing up for #TeamJoker before the movie’s up. This is because he has a tender side. “My mother always told me to smile,” he says, and he tries everything to make the one person he believes in (a young single mother who is cynical about love) happy. We also see Joker facing physical and mental abuse – so much so that when he finally decides to don his mask, it almost seems like divine justice.
In Joker, Robert De Niro portrays Murray Franklin, a talk show host who plays a role in the Joker character’s moral downfall. The persona is strongly inspired on De Niro’s character in The King of Comedy, Rupert Pupkin (a psychopath who was obsessed with a popular TV host, played by Jerry Lewis). There is also a connection between Pupkin and the Joker character (whose original name, pre-villainous transformation, is Arthur Fleck). After Arthur endures endless failure in his attempt to become an A-class comedian, he goes batty and decides
THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY SEEM
g Joker premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August and is due for release in Spain on October 4 (this information was accurate at the time we went to print but could change).
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and Saturdays) 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 spinners, GINGER TAYLOR and HITSVILLE CHALKY. Hitsville: The Making of Motown is a 113-minute Showtime docu-film about the birth of Motown in Detroit during 1958 until its relocation to LA in the early 1970s. It is compered by Mr Motown himself BERRY GORDY and top song writer SMOKEY ROBINSON and is airing from October 4. A big Motown rumour has been circulating – DIANA ROSS is considering a reunion with MARY WILSON and CINDY BIRDSONG for a SUPREMES performance. While pushing her new book, Supreme Glamour, WILSON said she would take part as long as her old school friend, who she refers to as Diane (Ross's mother actually named her Diane but there was a clerical error on the birth certificate), is equally committed. Mystify, a moving docu-film about the late INXS mainmain MICHAEL HUTCHENCE (the rock icon who committed suicide in 1997) will feature interviews with family, friends and ex-lovers including KYLIE. The film was due to hit cinemas on July 4 but was put back and now has a general European release date of October 18; and UK TV channel BBC2 will show the documentary later this year. While at the MTV Gibraltar Calling weekend last month GARY BARLOW suggested that now the TAKE THAT Greatest Hits tour is over he will start work on a solo project with an orchestra for an album coming out this time next year.
After a busy summer, attention now turns indoors and there are several gigs in Málaga (see below). Plus there are bound to be tribute acts all along the coast so check your local publications for dates. All information on this page was correct at the time of writing. At Málaga's Cervantes Theatre this month: ROKO & THE UNBEATABLE BIG BAND pay tribute to 'the King of the Rumba' XAVIER CUGAT, the pioneer in the emergence of Latin rhythms in America during the 1920s on the 3rd. Cuban guitarist PABLO MILANÉS plays on the 5th and on the 9th, blues legend JOHN MAYALL is in town to promote his latest album, Nobody Told Me. Ticket info on all the above: teatrocervantes.com Also in Málaga: DIRE STRAITS bassist JOHN ILLSLEY at Sala París on October 9; Spanish guitarist EL KANKA at Recinto Ferial Cortijo de Torres on the 12th; Spanish singer MÓNICA NARANJO at the Palacio de Deportes Martín Carpena on the 19th. Both at Sala París – Aussie heavy rockers AIRBOURNE plus the must-see US indie rockers the SUPERSUCKERS on the 24th; and Spanish rapper JUANCHO MARQUÉS on the 25th. Ticket info for all the above: ticketmaster.es Fuengirola hosts the Finnish Fugefest 2019 from the 17th to 19th at the Palacio De La Paz in the feria grounds. For line-up and ticket info: fugefest.fi/ The UK’s Gold Soul company have their 11th annual autumn Northern Soul bash from October 11 to the 20th with nightly sessions from 9.30pm until 02.00am (02.30 on Fridays
It looks like TAYLOR SWIFT has taken advice from KELLY CLARKSON and is rerecording her first six albums following losing all rights after her management sold the master recordings to the manager of JUSTIN BIEBER, SCOOTER BRAUN. CLARKSON, the inaugural American Idol winner in 2002, got the idea from her mother-in-law, REBA McENTIRE, a country icon who had the same problem earlier in her career. Meanwhile the August released SWIFT album Lover is topping charts worldwide.
Will ED SHEERAN take the well earned rest he said he was going to have after spending almost three years writing, recording and touring? Seems not as he wants to pen the theme to the new JAMES BOND flick, No Time To Die. Also the highly respected 22 year-old JORJA SMITH has submitted a tune for the movie which lands next April. Up and coming Spanish singer ROSALÍA is looking to boost her career by doing a duet with BEYONCÉ, who is a big fan of the BBC Music Sound Of 2019 poll runner-up and they are said to be recording a "mega summer anthem for 2020." Meanwhile the superstar's father said that despite the rumours, DESTINY'S CHILD will not reform in the near future. JAMES BLUNT, who is better known these days for giving as good as he
gets with online trolls, is going back to doing 'weepy ballads' hoping to reach the heights of his debut 2004 album Back To Bedlam which included the smash hit You're Beautiful. His new album, Once Upon A Mind, drops on October 25. The BBC say that June's KYLIE gig busted their all time Glastonbury viewing figures peaking with 3.9 million watching the closing minutes of her show – yet KYLIE herself said it "wasn’t good enough." Meanwhile organisers say they want PAUL McCARTNEY, FLEETWOOD MAC, MADONNA and PINK FLOYD for their 50th anniversary festival next year. And MEL B(ig mouth) said she is "hell-bent on securing a performance" for the SPICE GIRLS and has spoken to Mrs. BECKHAM about rejoining for it – only one problem – they haven't been invited yet. e
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This month, we bring you a select list of pageturners that will make the perfect companion on a nice October evening. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS THE NEW GIRL BY DANIEL SILVA
At an exclusive school in Switzerland, mystery surrounds a quiet girl who arrives in a heavily protected motorcade ﬁt for a top level politician. She is the daughter of the future king of Saudi Arabia – Prince Khalid, a man who had hopes of ushering in a new, more equal era for his people, but who is eventually drawn into a world of crime to get rid of his opponents. Detective Gabriel Allon is disgusted by Khalid’s behaviour, yet he cannot say no when the latter asks him to rescue his daughter, who has been mysteriously abducted.
THE NICKEL BOYS BY COLSON WHITEHEAD
Elwood is a bright boy who is stuck in a hellish reform school in Florida. Abandoned as a child, he has been raised by his grandmother and is doing well academically. However, when he is on his way to class one day, he is wrongfully implicated in a crime and (since he is black and the book is set in the 1960s), he is sent to the abusive school known as Nickel. The latter is modelled on the real-life Dozier School for Boys in Florida – the scene of countless abuses that were hidden for decades. We accompany Elwood on a nightmarish ride that sees him skate the ﬁne line between pleasing his entrappers and ﬁghting the injustice they bestow.
ONE GOOD DEED BY DAVID BALDACCI
Author David Baldacci introduces us to a brand new character, Aloysius Archer, a war veteran who has just been released from prison after a wrongful conviction. Archer moves to a little town and takes on a job as a debt collector. Soon, however, he ﬁnds himself involved in a series of murders he needs to solve if he is to avoid an even longer prison stay than his last one.
EDUCATED: A MEMOIR BY TARA WESTOVER
This true story is told by Tara – a young woman who was secluded from the everyday world by her fundamentalist Mormon father, who feared that everyone was ‘out to get’ him and his family. Wading her way through abuse, gaslighting, and fanaticism, Tara grew determined to get an education and leave her fear behind. She went on to achieve great things in academia, receiving degrees from Harvard and becoming a best-selling author.
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN BY GARTH STEIN
Enzo is a smart dog who is ready to die and be reincarnated as a man so “his tongue can be the right shape for his mouth,” and so that he can talk and share his opinions. Through his thoughts, we ﬁnd out that his owner, Denny (a race car driver), has just lost his wife to illness. Once a vibrant, positive man, Denny is crumbling under the weight of legal issues, betrayal, and loss. Enzo is forced to sit and watch his owner’s decline, knowing that he could be of much greater help if he were human. “Here is why I will be a good person. Because I listen…” he says, while acknowledging that one of the hardest things about being human is going against your desires in order to “do the right thing.” e
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WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY PROMISES A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR MEDICINE WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS
earable technology – which comprises devices worn as accessories, embedded in clothing, or implanted in the user’s body – is one of the fastestgrowing areas in the medical tech sector and also one of the most groundbreaking. In September this year, an Arizona-based medical device company called NeuroEM Therapeutics announced that it had discovered a way to suppress the effects of Alzheimer’s: a new device called MemorEM. The device, which delivers electromagnetic waves to the brain via sophisticated emitters worn in a head cap, was found to reduce forgetfulness by 50 per cent, and to signiﬁcantly improve cognitive performance. The news is something to be celebrated, shared, and applauded. There are 44 million people in the world living with Alzheimer’s. Imagine the change that these tiny emitters can make to their lives.
EXAMPLES OF WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY CURRENTLY IN USE Alzheimer’s disease is by no means the only condition that is already being aided by wearable devices. Others include hearing aids, cardiac devices, insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors, electronic skin patches, and more. As far back as 2017, Korean and US scientists developed KurzweilAI: a soft, flexible,
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self-adhesive patch that is powered wirelessly and can be stuck on any part of the body. The device tracks heart rate, breathing, muscle movement, and electrical activity in the heart, muscles, eyes, and brain, transmitting this information to a smartphone for continuous monitoring. Speaking of the latter, continuous glucose monitors have taken the sting out of insulin testing for diabetes, removing the need to draw blood for this purpose. This is great news for children in particular.
WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY AND HEALTHCARE IDTechEx’s recently published report, Wearable Technology Forecasts 2019-2029, reports that wearable devices wield great potential from a healthcare perspective as well. That information obtained through these means can potentially be used for numerous public health purposes, including collecting data for trials, incentivising good lifestyle choices
Not all wearable devices gleam and feel cold to touch; in fact, some clothing items that can monitor the heart and breathing rate, supply electrical muscle stimulation, and which provide heat for injury, are made of cloth. Currently, the list of smart clothing items includes shirts, blankets, bandages, caps, trousers, etc. They are made with ‘e-textiles’, which contain interwoven or printed circuitry, sensors, haptics, and additional hardware. Many smart clothes connect to apps via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. One of the best-known exponents of this tech is heated apparel by Mobile Warming, featuring innovative panels that can be placed into jackets, gloves, socks, etc. Can you imagine the joy of donning a super warm jacket when braving the snow and ice in a place like Alaska?
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF HEALTH SENSORS AND WEARABLE TECH? In September this year, IDTechEx held a conference called Healthcare Sensor Innovations, attended by various innovative companies specialising in health sensors. According to this company, medical futurists are looking beyond wearable tech to remote monitoring of medical conditions. For instance, optical
sensors may be used in upcoming years to take various physiological measurements. Additionally, scientists are looking at the potential of conductive yarns to produce macro-electrodes capable of monitoring heart rate and generating electrocardiogram waveforms. Imagine a car seat that takes ECG readings, or electrodes that send speciﬁc signals to your body to obtain a desired effect. Scientists are also developing chemical biosensors that can detect speciﬁc chemical species in the blood, urine, or sweat. From items that can measure a child’s temperature to those that can warn you that your stress levels are reaching ﬁght or flight levels, wearable technology holds great promise for both preventive and therapeutic medicine. Today, the average athlete is already hooked to their FitBit – a device that not only measures the user’s heart rate but also records the sleep stages they go through at night. Some devices (like non-invasive glucose monitors) would have seemed like something out of a sci-ﬁ flick just a decade ago but they are already part of daily life for many lucky wearers. Clearly, we have only just begun to scratch the surface of a phenomenon that proves that, these days, technology has become an extension of the human body. Don’t believe me? Are you by any chance reading this on your smartphone? e
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THE PIMPI FOUNDATION REPRESENTS MÁLAGA
The Pimpi Foundation was chosen to represent the city of Málaga in the Cities for Fair Commerce programme, owing to its reputation for supporting charity and promoting culinary enrichment. Partridge with chocolate was the dish chosen by Chef Samuel Perea for the programme. It is a traditional dish recipe that marries sweet and savoury flavours to perfection. i www.fundacionelpimpi.com
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LEGO lovers on the Coast delighted in a visit from the LEGO bus – a typical American school bus where kids and older fans were invited to play with LEGO’s Hidden Side collection, which includes augmented reality features! i www.lego.com
Cirque Du Soleil’s latest show, KOOZA, took place recently in Málaga, featuring spectacular feats in acrobatics, dance, and theatre. This year, the company is celebrating its 35th anniversary, with tickets sales showing that its dreamlike shows continue to excite and inspire. i www.cirquedusoleil.com
ROBERTO LEAL FIGHTS LITTER ON THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO Roberto Leal is one of Spain’s most popular TV presenters and recently, he showed that the environment matters greatly to him by joining the Camino del Reciclaje programme. The latter aims to protect the Camino de Santiago’s natural heritage by promoting responsible use of the land and recycling. i www.ecoembes.com
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Set in the foothills above the Golden Mile, this villa is pure Marbella in its blend of classic design and contemporary comfort. In similar style, it offers the space, privacy and views of an almost country setting with a Golden Mile address, just minutes away from it all. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY CHARLY SIMON
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t’s a peaceful, secluded area known by few and visited by even fewer, yet this corner of the exclusive Marbella Hill Club is all the same highly central – in fact, just minutes removed from Marbella town, Nueva Andalucía, Puerto Banús and the La Cañada shopping mall. You wouldn’t imagine it as you approach on peaceful, leafy suburban roads with little passing traffic, making this a wonderfully private and undiscovered part of Marbella. The villa makes the most of this sense of space within a personal domain, with a driveway that runs elegantly down to a parking area and forecourt, amid delightful views of gardens and the Mediterranean Sea. Here, an impressive fountain greets you, with water cascading down a rock face alongside an independent guest apartment with double garage that can also be used as an office or studio. Inside, the entrance to the home is both imposing and welcoming, with a graceful hallway lined with art and a stairway that leads both up to the private quarters on the first floor, and down to the guest rooms and entertainment areas on the lower level. The ground floor, however, is the quarter of the main living spaces, and it combines contemporary décor with eye-catching artwork and the pleasant colours and textures of Asian decorative artefacts.
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LUXURIOUS & ORGANIC DESIGNS FOR AUTHENTIC LIVING Established in 2002, Ambience is an International recognized Interior Architecture & Design firm based in Marbella. We are experts in full refurbishments and deliver breathtaking turnkey projects to our clients around the globe. From the initial design concept, to the placement of the last design detail, our talented and multilingual team will supervise all aspects of the project to transform our clients’ two-dimensional dreams into a three-dimensional reality. The projects range from interior design and furnishings, to full refurbishment projects. Our absolute #1 goal at Ambience is to clearly identify our client’s visions and needs in order to deliver spaces that are not only distinguish, vivacious and dynamic but make them feel instantly at home. Luxury Interiors - Interior Architecture - Building & Refurbishments - Bespoke Furniture Design - 3D Renderings - Project Management
OPULENCE IN A HOME DESIGNED FOR ENJOYMENT In its scale, amenities and finishing, the villa is certainly impressive, and as such provides an ideal venue for entertaining, yet throughout the feel is also of a comfortable family home made to be lived in and enjoyed. The lounge is a case in point; spacious, sunny and bright, with fantastic sea views set off by attractive furnishings and a large, beautifully detailed fireplace. From here you step on to an extensive covered terrace with ample lounging and dining spaces, as well as gaining direct access to the pool below. Flanking the lounge are a cosy family room full of engaging décor items and a classic gentleman’s study complete with boardroom area. The opposite wing contains a formal dining room with lovely garden and sea views that flows straight on to the outdoor dining area, and a cosy modern country kitchen with independent access and pantry. Enlivened by stylish décor and Asian touches, it makes for a wonderful living space in which to enjoy the Marbella climate and lifestyle. The latter is also the case on the lower floor which, due of its positioning, doesn’t feel like a basement level.
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LUXURIOUS HOME FEATURES Stairs open up onto a spacious central area where natural light enters and from which the various parts of the lower floor can be reached. These include practical areas such as a well appointed laundry and machine room, as well as three superb guest suites reminiscent of a luxury hotel, a fully equipped wine cellar, cinema room and one of the star features of the villa â€“ a private home spa. Once again not unlike those found in luxury resorts, intimate and cosy, it features a Hammam, herbal showers and cold bath, Jacuzzi and gym, all adjacent to a shaded terrace and section of the garden. This zone, dedicated to health, beauty and relaxation, even has its own treatment room and small hair salon â€“ a feature seldom seen in a private home. Though looking out onto its own intimate terrace and green zone, complete with Zen ambience, the lower floor connects directly with the immaculate lawn, which leads on to a large heated swimming pool with hot tub. Flanking this panoramic setting, with its imposing sea views, is a pavilion just made for relaxing or entertaining. Stroll down the pathway from this very private area and you come to a series of tennis and paddle courts shared among a few neighbours, completing what is in effect a large personal estate on the edge of the Golden Mile.
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This sense of privacy amid spectacular sea views and vistas across Marbella is perhaps even more accentuated in the upper floor of the property, where the master suite takes pride of place, complete with an ornate stone fireplace, sumptuous bathroom, and made-to-measure dressing room, as well as a spacious private terrace from which to take in the world at your feet. As elsewhere in the villa, delightful artwork in the form of tasteful paintings and sculptures complemented by equally engaging artisan pieces from the Indian subcontinent add to the stylish décor, to create an additional sense of colour and form. Classic style valise suitcases that function as cabinets are another characteristic feature of the home’s interior, to be found in various guest rooms, though the one that adorns the main suite is of particular note. Adjacent to the large main bedroom are two smaller rooms that share a bathroom, designed specifically with children in mind, and once again reminding us that, while it is a luxurious grand villa, this is above all a family home made to be lived in and enjoyed. Christopher Clover, Managing Director of Panorama Properties, says: “There is something magical about this property; not only is it in one of the finest residential areas of Marbella with spectacular views, but the quality of the finishes and architecture are second to none.” g Panorama – Marbella’s longest established real estate agency Blvd. Alfonso Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: (+34) 952 863 750. www.panorama.es/villaesperanza
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Ronda in southern Andalucía is world-renowned for its stunning views, fascinating past, and for the famous artists who have come here to write and paint throughout history. What Ronda is not known for is cutting-edge architecture, innovative global marketing, forward-thinking ecological production, and least of all, world-famous designers. It might therefore come as a surprise to some that merely a couple of kilometres outside our town-centre lies Spain’s most progressive and unique olive oil production and Oleo Tourism facility – LA Organic Experience. WORDS KARETHE LINAAE PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SNOBB.NET AND LA ORGANIC EXPERIENCE
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magine the chatter in our little town some years back when a local company engaged none other than Philippe Starck to design their olive oil bottles! At that point, the words ‘organic’ and ‘cutting edge’ were rarely seen together, certainly not here in rural Andalucía. Yet LA Organic went against the current, creating a line of organic olive oils using Starck’s vanguard product designs. I have been an admirer of his ever since I got his space-age lemon press thirty years ago. For those who do not know of him, Philippe Starck is a French designer, inventor and architect with 10,000 creations to his name, ranging from cooking tools to wind turbines. For some rondeños, many of whom make their own oil or buy magnum bottles directly from the mill, hiring a celebrity designer for such a ‘basic’ task must have been seen as extremely extravagant or even foolish. However, for the creators of LA Organic Experience, it was time to give the national industry of Spain the attention it deserves. Olives have grown on the Iberian Peninsula for millennia. The Romans started mass-producing and exporting millions of litres of Spanish olive oil. Later, the Arabs improved on the production process and expanded its uses, and while they were exiled from Spain ﬁve centuries ago, the Arab name for oil, aceite, still remains. Spain is by far the world’s largest producer of olive oil accounting for more than 50% of the current global production, and most is produced right here in Andalucía. It is therefore vital for the economy to scrutinise and at times rethink its production and marketing process. In contrast to Italy which has a reputation for supreme quality and design, made in Spain is still often regarded as ‘cheap and cheery’ by international consumers. LA Organic Experience aims to change this perception.
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Santiago Muguiro, The General Director and CEO of LA Organic Experience
international visionaries like Starck and wine expert Michel Rolland, LA Organic Experience now covers 25 hectares with 9,000 olive trees of 20 varieties. The fully organic crop is planted with variable spacing to demonstrate the difference between traditional and new intensive farming methods. The latter area is composed of the fast-growing Oliana olive, which future visitors will be able to harvest and bottle themselves as part of the Experience. But LA Organic Experience goes far beyond oil. It is a journey that combines culture, nature and gastronomy. The Experience starts immediately as one enters the property through industrial design gates. The iconic symbol of Mediterranean gastronomy is everywhere, including the window in the guard booth in the shape of an olive. The parking lot also has a Starck signature – a vast terra-cotta-coloured plaza framed by rust and stone walls with massive artistic photographs. In fact, everything including a bespoke adjacent hotel, has a touch of the master, whose designs tend to be subversive, ethical, ecological, political, and last but not least, humorous.
Starck designed parking lot, LA Organic Experience.
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To know more about the Company, I made an appointment with the General Director, Santiago Muguiro. Coming to meet me straight from the olive fields, it immediately became clear that running this Oleo Tourism facility is no desk job. Santiago is young, passionate and full of ideas. “I come from a wine background” he tells me, adding that his family are the proprietors of the venerable Marqués de Riscal winery. “Like some Rioja vineyards have done with wine, we want to educate the public and become pioneers of olive oil tourism in Spain,” he says. Whereas Marqués de Riscal engaged architect Frank Gehry to create a luxury hotel for wine lovers, LA Organic partnered up with Starck to create the branding, packaging and the landscape of LA Organic Experience. Just to clarify, the name has nothing to do with Los Angeles. It refers to La Amarilla, a Ronda farm owned by the Gómez de Baeza family, located in an area where nuns produced olive oil for centuries. In 1990 the family decided to re-establish the Sisters’ tradition and founded LA Organic. The company expanded to their present location due to increasing demand for their premium oil. With investments from six
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Tour of various Mediterranean olive trees. LA Organic Experience.
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Santiago offers to take me on their guided tour, which starts and ends in a brightly painted warehouse where olive tasting and mill demonstration take place. From here we begin a one-kilometre route lined by newly planted poplars and fragrant lavender bushes. Our ﬁrst stop is an Arab-inspired organic vegetable and herb garden, designed by Navarra horticulturist Floren Domezáin. The tour continues past ﬁelds of olives, a shallow resting pool surrounded by orange trees, an austere 19th Century chapel, as well as a stunning plaza of century-old olive trees framing the footprint of where once an old farmhouse stood. Since olives and wine go hand in hand, the property also includes a sloped hill of a thousand grapevines of the Pinot Noir variety, perfectly suited for growing at these altitudes (approx. 800 meters above sea level). The vines are planted in terraces, thus recapturing a tradition the Romans established here 2,000 years ago. With internationally acclaimed oenologist Michel Rolland at the forefront of this particular project, visitors should be able to enjoy world-class LA Organic wine in a couple of years’ time.
En route, we pass several architectonic elements called the Six Surprises by Starck. For me, however, the surprise of LA Organic Experience is the overall effect. With utmost attention to detail and deep respect for the natural surroundings, the company has managed to create an unforgettable living tour – a visual, sensory and olfactory experience where something as small as an olive is the grand protagonist. What we see today is only the tip of the innovative iceberg. Future plans include a sustainable bottling and labelling plant and the ﬁrst-ever designer organic olive mill. Another Starck invention, La Almazara olive press and museum will be a high-quality production facility with cutting edge technology dedicated to ecological agriculture and organic olive oil production. Wherever the future takes them, the LA Organic team is on the right track with their oil already available in 25 countries. In the meantime, I wonder if the creator of the emblematic Alessi lemon press will become the inventor of an avant-garde design home olive press? What do you say, Philippe?
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While Brexit turmoil continues to cast a shadow over the future of Britain’s fashion industry, London fashion scene hasn’t lost any of its creative edge. Quite the opposite. Emerging talents and innovative collections were aplenty across the platforms of British Fashion Council, Fashion Scout and On/Off. British Fashion Council’s Positive Fashion initiative has inspired catwalk designers like Christopher Kane and Fyodor Golan to create eco-friendly and upcycled collections. It’s great to see Victoria Beckham is in London to stay with three consecutive seasons. We are witnessing the return of uplifting colours, especially pastels, splashes of bright colours, neon green and skin tone. Dresses are layered with fringing or feathers and pleats are adding dimension to asymmetric silhouettes. Vibrant floral prints are like freshly picked bouquets of flowers. Sporty vibes are adding wearability and those cycling shorts are still going strong from last season.
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PASTELS • SPLASHES OF BRIGHT COLOURS AND NEON GREEN • SKIN TONE • FRINGING FLORALS • ASYMMETRIC & PLEATS • ATHLEISURE & CYCLING SHORTS
In an unexpected contribution to London Fashion Week, we saw nettles from the Prince’s Highgrove garden turn into fabric at Vin + Omi’s spring/ summer collection. Having met the designer duo at Positive Fashion reception last year, the idea came about to utilise nettles destined to go to waste. Given the unique nature of this sustainable project, the Victoria and Albert Museum will be acquiring garments from the catwalk for their permanent collection.
own struggle with burnout, anxiety and depression. Abstract artwork is featured by grafﬁti artists MadC, Remi Rough, Augustine Koﬁe and Nicky Hirst. The purpose led business raises money from each sale for the Pjoys Foundation whose primary beneﬁciary is Samaritans, the mental health charity providing support to anyone in emotional distress. Pjoys care labels and packaging carry the charity’s helpline number. i Pjoys offers worldwide shipping, pjoys.co.uk
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If you have melanin-rich, dark skin and you have trouble ﬁnding the right foundation shade or eyeshadow palette, welcome to Juvia’s Place. The brand is huge in make-up right now, and it is recommended by everyone from Nikki Tutorials to the King himself – Jeffree Star. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS
WHAT IS SO COOL ABOUT PLACE?
This brand harks back to Africa, “the birthplace of humanity and of all beauty.” Its website proclaims: “Juvia’s Place was created to celebrate the rebels, rulers and queens of the African kingdoms of long ago, who emulated and honoured beauty through their soulful and innovative techniques that the top beauty gurus still use today.” If you look through the history of beauty, you will ﬁnd that techniques such as the ‘cat-eye eyeliner’ and the use of pigmented dyes, hail from the African continent. Juvia’s place evokes the ancient African penchant for richly pigmented products. Just a small dab of their foundations, eyeshadows, and highlighters, provides the ultimate in coverage and radiance.
WHO FOUNDED JUVIA’S
Nigerian-born wife and mother, Chichi Eburu, founded the brand a little over ﬁve years ago, though she often says that she can’t quite believe how quickly it has expanded. Inspired on African culture and art, she developed the idea to create ultra-vibrant, rich products that reflected everything from her favourite spices to buzzing African music festivals. It is impossible indeed
not to notice – from the moment you gaze at the packaging – that this brand is completely groundbreaking. Many palettes bear gorgeous drawings of African women, and once you open them, their deep, shimmering, ultrapigmented hues make patent that these are products of unique quality. Chichi’s very ﬁrst eyeshadow palette, The Nubian, featured a stunning illustration of Queen Nefertiti on the inner cover. Bronze, gold, and blue hues instantly transported her ﬁrst buyers to ancient Egypt – its fertile Nile valley, the bronzes and browns that graced priceless artworks, the blue pigments that Nefertiti used to embellish her outstandingly beautiful eyes.
JUVIA’S PLACE IS FOR ALL TONES
This brand has a wide gamut of products, ranging from foundations to eyeshadows, highlighters, and even brushes. Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty was arguably the very ﬁrst brand in history to create a plethora of shades for all skin types. Juvia’s Place has followed suit, its I Am Magic Foundation range boasting 42 shades ranging from very light tones to Nubian goddesslike hues. The foundation has made a signiﬁcant mark on the world’s top
to back non-black beauty influencers than black ones. Controversy also ensued when Chichi thanked beauty entrepreneur Jeffree Star for his glowing review of her foundation. It seems only logical that Chichi would be thankful; Star has closeto 16 million followers, with many ‘stans’ who quickly purchase the few products he recommends.
beauty influencers, who have given it glowing reviews for three main reasons. Firstly, the product is full-coverage – i.e. any spots and blemishes are instantly covered. Secondly, the product is suitable for oily skin (i.e. it will not crack, separate, or cause shine even on the hottest of days). Finally, I Am Magic Foundation lasts all day – literally. This makes it the ideal product to reach over when you need to look perfect from sunrise to sunset.
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Like all successful make-up brands, Juvia’s Place has had to face its share of controversy. Recently, top beauty influencer Jackie Aina expressed her annoyance at the brand, noting that its founder, Chichi, had been quicker
PRODUCTS TO GO FOR Having tried a few of Juvia’s Place top-selling products, I can deﬁnitely recommend the foundation, especially if you have combination skin. The Queen Palette (the result of a collaboration with beauty guru Fumi Desalu-Vold) is another winner, with six beautiful shades ranging from bright fuschia to gentle shimmering sand/gold. This simple palette is special because it can be used to create super bright, daring looks, as well as more neutral, bronzy ones. Finally, I have fallen in love with the I Am Magic Concealer, which is super weightless yet which provides the ultimate coverage – ideal for those with dark circles or eyebags. Remember to ‘bake’ the eye area afterwards with your favourite micro-ﬁne powder! i www.juviasplace.com
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SHOULD BE PART OF YOUR DAILY SKINCARE ROUTINE
Normal-, combination-, and oily-skinned beauty lovers used to run to the hills at the mere mention of ‘oil’ for the skin. Doesn’t oil clog pores, cause breakouts and result in your complexion taking on an unattractive sheen? The year is 2019 and much has changed since this initial aversion. Today, facial oils are seen as key to beautiful, soft skin. Worn after your DNA serum and before your moisturiser, quality oils help lock hydration in without clogging pores. They ensure that you wake up with plump, smooth skin that isn’t the least bit oily looking. If you are willing to introduce a few facial oils into your routine, these are some of the best. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS
1 – DRUNK ELEPHANT VIRGIN MARULA LUXURY FACIAL OIL
This oil has been reviewed more times on YouTube than Loreal’s 24-hour Freshwear Foundation (if that is even possible). Comprising virgin marula oil, it is completely silicone- and fragrance free, literally sinking into skin and helping reduce the appearance of ﬁne lines, wrinkles, and redness. Marula oil is a natural bacteria ﬁghter, making it ideal for skin that tends to break out. 2 – SUNDAY RILEY U.F.O. ULTRACLARIFYING FACE OIL
great for tackling blackheads and excess oiliness. Tea tree oil and black cumin seed oil clarify skin, while hexylresorcinol and licorice battle acne discolouration and promote a more evenly toned complexion. 3 – BIOSSANCE SQUALANE + VITAMIN C ROSE OIL
If you have dark patches and an uneven skin tone, Vitamin C should play an important role in your skincare routine. This wonderful oil also contains hydrating squalene and brightening Damascus rose extract.
4 – TATA HARPER RETINOIC NUTRIENT FACE OIL
This is a 100 per cent natural face oil that contains Vitamin A, obtained from rosehip. It hydrates, smooths wrinkles out, and creates a more even skin tone. It also gives dull skin a lovely sheen.
models. The oil contains noni extract, rosehip oil, pomegranate oil and sea buckthorn oil, which combine to create a powerhouse of antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Easily absorbed, the oil nourishes and brightens while lending skin renewed suppleness.
5 – KORA ORGANICS NONI FACE OIL
We love this 100 per cent, certiﬁed organic oil by Kora Organics, whose founder, Aussie stunner Miranda Kerr, is one of the world’s best-loved
This lovely product contains 1.5 per cent salicylic acid, which makes it
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Why everyone’s talking about the Arques ‘Aesthetic Medicine’ Clinic Arques seems to be the name on nearly everyone’s eye-catching lips in Marbella and surrounding areas when it comes to recommending a leading-edge beauty and anti-ageing clinic. And its reputation resonates way beyond The Golden Triangle. Arques’ advanced treatments for such conditions as obesity, skin ageing, wrinkles, cellulite, varicose veins and other age-related and lifestyle conditions is now attracting patients from over 30 countries.
So the clinic’s ‘Responsible Aesthetic Medicines’ are based on new techniques that fight these influences and wherever possible prevent them from happening. In many cases, the clinic asserts that it can not only prevent the signs of ageing but can even reverse them. The techniques to do so are surprising.
“We offer the world’s most innovative cosmetic techniques plus exquisite modern facilities”
“I feel really proud of our commitment to social responsibility, an approach shared by every member of our team,” he said “We are very gratified to be able to earmark a percentage of our profits to various foundations to help the needy.
So what’s the secret? “We believe that the real revolution is quite simple,” explained the clinic’s principle, Dr Arques “We offer the world’s most innovative cosmetic techniques plus exquisite modern facilities, including a spa environment, a relaxed and harmonious setting and a very professional service. Added to that we source with great care the world’s number one laboratory products and we obtain the most competitive prices to pass on to our patients. We constantly seek the latest tried and tested scientific advances to ensure the quality we offer is always the best you can obtain anywhere in the world.” "Our joint objective then, as it continues to be is to use the latest and most effective aesthetic medicine in a responsible way so that results are totally natural.” “Unfortunately the signs of aging are increasing all around us,” said Dr Arques. “They reflect our current lifestyle: our inadequate diet, lack of exercise and sports practice, lack of oxygen, work and home pressures, pollution, and not least, the sun’s damaging ultra-violet rays.”
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“Among our other awards, the two most desirable were when we were in competition with an international field and came out top for aesthetic medicine and for responsible innovation in our sector.” For further information about the Arques Medical Clinic or to make an appointment, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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CULAR NOW CELEBR ATING THE SPECTA
Just before the summer, luxury hotel resort Finca Cortesin opened a brand new yoga and meditation centre called ARANĪ . – which means ‘pillar’ in Sanskrit. The centre goes a step further in establishing the resort as a place to get in tune with mind and body in a uniquely beautiful setting. Yoga and meditation are now practised by millions of people worldwide. With numerous studies showing that these practices are among the most efﬁcient natural stress busters, it is only logical that they should be included in the wellness offerings of the luxurious Finca.
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RAṆĪ is perched upon a hill boasting views of the serene mountain ranges and the Mediterranean sea. It is located a mere 350 metres from the hotel, and is an ideal place in which to unwind and give yourself fully to the present moment. The new centre comprises two studios and carefully manicured gardens, the ideal setting for a nature-ﬁlled yoga class. Here, followers of holistic health methods can enjoy general practices like Hatha yoga, meditation, as well as speciﬁc activities like Iyengar, Pilates mat sessions, and hypopressive exercises. The latter stimulates the abdominal and pelvic muscles in order to tone the abs and strengthen the core. The list of offerings at ARAṆĪ is as follows:
GENERAL YOGA PRACTICES – THESE INCLUDE: Z CLASSIC HATHA: A traditional
yoga technique that combines flowing sequences with more static asanas (postures). In Hatha, importance is given to prāṇāyamic breathing – found in many studies to signiﬁcantly lower stress hormone levels and promote relaxation. An ideal class to hone your coordination, balance, strength, and flexibility. Z SLOW FLOW VINYĀSA: A flowing sequence of postures at a leisurly/ medium pace. Ideal to boost flexibility and coordination. Z POWER VINYĀSA: A flowing sequence of postures at a high pace. Perfect for improving strength and cardio.
Z CHILDREN’S YOGA: Introduce children to the mindful practice of yoga in this dedicated class. For kids aged six to 12.
MEDITATIVE YOGA ACTIVITIES – THESE INCLUDE:
Z PRĀṆĀYĀMA: Comprising a series of
techniques which enable practitioners to control the vital energy (prāṇā) through the regulation of breathing. Z YOGA NIDRĀ: This meditative technique enhances “the union with Self through conscious sleep.” During a class, you can experience the peaceful state between wakefulness and sleeping. Z SOUND BATH: A gentle yet powerful experience for the mind and body. It exposes the body to various sound vibrations to invite profound rest and relaxation, (and to encourage selfinquiry). Z GUIDED MEDITATION: Meditation in line with guidance provided by a highly experienced teacher.
SPECIFIC YOGA PRACTICES – THESE INCLUDE: Z IYENGAR: This technique works
speciﬁcally on body alignment, detail,
and precision in the performance of posture and breath control. Ideal for those wishing to sharpen their strength, flexibility, and balance. Z ASHTANGA: A method comprising six dynamic series of postures, coordinated with breathing and speciﬁc gaze points. An athletic, energetic yoga method that requires a certain degree of ﬁtness. Z KUNDALINI: Take a voyage through your chakras and practice breathing, gestures, mantras, and meditations, while revelling in the power of sound. ‘Kundalini’ means energy that is coiled like a serpent at the base of the spine – where the ﬁrst of the seven yoga chakras are found. Z YIN YOGA: A slow-paced, passive yoga method featuring asanas that are held for longer periods of time. During a session, you will perform deep stretches that release accumulated tension in the connective tissues and joints. The method unlocks and promotes the flow of energy, soothes stress, and boosts concentration. Z ANUSARA: Align body and mind with the Divine by practising 'the three As': Attitude (Awaken your heart and let
it guide your practice); Alignment (Be aware of the connection between the different parts of the self); and Action (Experience the natural flow of energy and enjoy greater stability and joy).
PILATES MAT: Featuring a combination of exercises that work together to improve muscle toning. Based on focus, precision, control, and fluidity of movement. HYPOPRESSIVE TECHNIQUE:
Originally created to help postpartum women with pelvic floor dysfunctions, hypopressive exercises are now a popular, low-impact workout that is also used to enhance sports performance. Strong focus is placed on diaphragmatic breathing, which is also a key component of many popular yoga methods.
g Choose from 60- or 90-minute classes on your visit. To learn more about scheduling and to ﬁgure out which type of yoga or exercise technique will help you achieve your speciﬁc needs, contact the Hotel on Tel: 952 937 800. www.ﬁncacortesin.com
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BENEFITS OF HEMP
From beauty shops to pharmacies, clothing to food, one ingredient that is making its mark on cutting edge products is hemp – obtained from a strain of cannabis sativa plant species that is grown speciﬁcally for the industrial uses of its derived products. Many parts of the hemp plant can be used – seeds, leaves, and ﬁbre, to make a wide range of products that are as eco friendly as they are useful. These are just a few of the many unknown beneﬁts of Snoop Dogg’s favourite plant family! WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS HEMP IS A STURDY, UVPROTECTIVE CHOICE OF FABRIC
Hemp is one of the most eco-friendly fabrics in existence because it grows in abundance without pesticides, it improves the quality of the soil, and it has a high yield (and quick growth rate). It is also an extremely strong, durable material, since it is made up of tough ﬁbres that resist wear and tear throughout the seasons. Because it is natural, it does not irritate skin and is hypoallergenic. It has insulative properties, making it warmer than cotton. It also keeps the cold at bay, being equalled only by flax in terms of its ability to leave skin feeling cool and fresh, even on humid days. Finally, hemp provides excellent protection against the sun’s UV rays.
SEEDS PACK A POWERFUL NUTRITIONAL PUNCH
Hemp seeds are high in alpha linolenic acid (Omega-3), which is vital for heart and brain health. One 2015 study showed that adding hemp seeds and hemp seed oil to the diet of hens lead to eggs with higher levels of Omega-3s in the yolk, and a more optimal Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio. They are excellent sources of protein, with over 25 per cent of their total caloric content comprising this important nutrient. They also contain Vitamin B6, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine Vitamin E (which supports heart health and boosts immunity) and key minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. They taste good raw but for a lovely crunchy texture, toast them for a couple of minutes in a hot pan!
HEMP AND WEIGHT LOSS
If you’re up for shedding a few pounds, hemp seeds can help you reach your goal. Since they are such potent sources of ﬁbre, they can help you feel full throughout the day and provide you with enough protein to keep up your muscle quotient while you lose excess fat. Hemp seeds also stabilise blood sugar levels, which can help you avoid the dangerous cravings that can Inflammation is a process that causes lead you to fall off the premature ageing, heart disease and bandwagon. cancer. Hemp oil can help keep it at bay, because of its quotient of essential fatty acids. Various studies have shown that hemp oil can help soothe inflammatory skin conditions like acne as well.
HEMP OIL FOR HYDRATION
You may have seen CBD products at your favourite health/supplements shop, but for something different, why not try hemp oil? The difference between the two is that CBD oil utilises stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant, while pure hemp seed oil comes from the plant’s tiny seeds. These contain a lower concentration of CBD, but are still rich in healthy oils that can be deeply hydrating.
HEMP OIL FOR SKIN CONDITIONS
A 2104 review study published in the uniquely named journal Pharmacognosy Review found that hemp seed oil is useful for the treatment of a host of major skin diseases, including eczema, dermatitis, seborrhoeic dermatitis/ cradle cap, varicose eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus and acne rosacea. In essence, hemp seed oil makes the skin more resistant to bacteria, viruses, and fungal infections. The researchers also recommended that crushed hemp leaves be used to treat scabies (an infestation that causes a nasty rash and intense itching).
HEMP AND PMS
Studies on hemp oil have found that it can contribute to women’s health in many ways. One 2011 study found that it could decrease premenstrual symptoms, owing to its high gamma linolenic acid (GLA) content. GLA is important because it aids in the production of PGE1– a hormone which, when present at low levels, contributes to physical and emotional symptoms of PMS. Another study found that hemp seeds can help reduce menopauserelated complications and anxiety, owing once again to its optimal GLA levels. If you are already hooked on hemp, you know that you are boosting your health in many ways. From keeping cravings at bay to promoting your heart health, hemp is an ideal product to add to your daily life. Don’t forget hemp clothing either, which will keep you cool in the summer and warm in winter, as all the best natural fabrics do! e
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RELAX AND UNWIND AT LAGUNA VILLAGE THIS AUTUMN, CATCH THE WHO’S WHO OF MARBELLA AT A MULTITUDE OF RECENT EVENTS AND PARTIES, AND DISCOVER WHY PEWDIEPIE HAS SUCH A POWERFUL MULTI-GENERATIONAL APPEAL.
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he New Golden Mile is one of the hottest residential and business hubs on the Coast, with many homebuyers and entrepreneurs attracted by the lovely beaches, proximity to Marbella, and Estepona’s vast cultural offerings. If you haven’t visited the area lately and you are a culture vulture, then feast your eyes on everything from lush green areas to vivid city murals, tiles painted with poetic words, and of course, big installations such as the Orchidarium and the Felipe VI Auditorium. Estepona is also home to a haven of peace and tranquillity –
Laguna Village, with businesses of many kinds – including fashion and jewellery shops, a well-stocked wine shop and so much more. In the autumn, as summer revellers return to their northern origins, this is an ideal spot to unwind and connect with your inner world.
RETAIL THERAPY If you work long hours during the week, then nothing beats taking a Friday off and heading to Laguna Village for a full day’s shopping. Elle Morgan Beach and Elle Morgan Boutique are two of the Coast’s most revered stores for elegant
beach and swimwear. Party and cocktail outﬁts are also available, and what many items have in common is a light, airy quality that is perfect for the warmer season. Also featuring an excellent blend of designer and affordable items are: Z VIVA LA MODA (for clothing and accessories) Z SONIA TROYANO CHOICES (national and international fashion) Z SAINT-TROPEZ (stunning swim and everyday wear) Z CHILLY (beautiful women’s wear and gift ideas) Z DREAMSGIRL (lively, youthful designs)
Z DEHA (luxury sportswear) Z ENRICO (day wear for men and women) Z RAQUEL TROYANO (featuring the very latest costume jewellery brands) Z JUSTY (a top store for clothing and special gifts) Z 69SLAM (selling Indonesianmade beach and pool wear designed by local and international artists) Z LA BOUTIQUE (a family-owned business selling everything from colourful kaftans to chic casual wear, dresses, and of course – bikinis)
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BUSINESS COMES FIRST
FEEDING BODY, MIND, AND SOUL
Your mental health and wellbeing are intricately tied to the fuel you feed on, and there are few places with quite as many dining establishments in one convenient venue. From the fragrant spices emanating from Top-Thai to the warmth of oregano and thyme at La Papardella, you will ﬁnd food from a variety of countries. Camurí is famed for its Meditteranean delights as well as its super-fresh sushi; Carmen is Spanish through-and-through (order your paellas here!); Terrasana is known for its healthy, organic food; and Palapa is the ultimate choice for a wide range of ﬁsh and seafood platters. Also recognised for their excellent fare are beach clubs Purobeach (serving fusion cuisine) and Claro! Beach Club (for fusion and international treats).
If you love alternating between the pool and beach, Purobeach is a top choice. Catch a few rays while lying on a comfortable hammock or Balinese bed and order a platter of sushi and Champagne either at the beach or the club itself. Claro! is another beach club that serves top Belgian and international food. It also has a well-stocked bar where talented bartenders whip up traditional and new-fangled cocktails alike. Camurí is both a restaurant and beach club; in fact it is divided into three areas: the beach (featuring sunbeds and Balinese beds), the restaurant (enjoy sun or shade as you desire), and the lounge (perfect for a platter of ham and a chilled glass of Rueda).
You may be enjoying a day off, but this doesn’t mean you can’t do a little business – after all, Laguna Village is meant for a full day out! Every ofﬁce locale at the centre is occupied – once again testimony to the appeal of the New Golden Mile for business, pleasure, and home life. Some of the top businesses at Laguna Village include Boat Business (if you have always wanted a boat of your own, start here); Dental Care (have your teeth checked or cleaned, or a cavity ﬁlled before starting your day on the beach); Property Pioneers (for your real estate needs); Vinoteca Laguna (selling an impressive selection of national and international wines); a Press Shop ( for newspapers and magazines in a variety of languages); and the Nix Wellness Center. The latter is the ultimate place in which to pamper and transform yourself. Step inside for a few minutes and emerge with a whole new look, thanks to services such as makeup, nails, hair styling, and hair extensions. Nix helps you be your best self through coaching, personal training, and therapeutic massage. It also offers a host of non-surgical beauty treatments – including mesotherapy and micropigmentation , as well as vitamincentred therapies. The addition of the Nix Wellness Centre has done plenty to establish Laguna Village as the ultimate choice in which to unwind, relax, and rejuvenate. Enjoy a therapeutic massage after a swim, and afterwards, call it a day with a glass of wine and freshly grilled ﬁsh. Regardless of what Zen means to you, you will ﬁnd it in this exotically designed shopping centre aimed at lovers of fashion, jewellery, business, and of course – nature! g Open every day. C.C. Laguna Village, A-7, km 159, Estepona. Tel: (+34) 952 798 172. www.laguna-village.com
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BOHO HOUSEWARMING PARTY
Boho Club recently invited guests to a cocktail party to celebrate the official opening of Boho Restaurant. The good news, for anyone who knows a thing or two about cuisine, is that the Executive Chef is none other than Diego del Río – a highly experienced Chef with stellar achievements. i www.bohoclub.com
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
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BENTLEY 100TH ANNIVERSARY AT C DE SALAMANCA
Bentley has just celebrated a big achievement indeed ― its 100th anniversary! C. de Salamanca held a swish soirée, inviting clients, friends, and members of the media to enjoy cocktails and conversation, and to view some of the marques famous models. i www.marbella.bentleymotors.com
“There’s a lot of stress... but once you get in the car, all that goes out the window” ― Dan Brown
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ANTIMA OPEN HOUSE
Antima, famed for its outstanding interior design services, recently held a breakfast event at Villa Christina ― a frontline villa with stunning Las Brisas Golf and La Concha mountain views, listed exclusively by Solvilla. Guests enjoyed wonderful food while delighting at the unique features of this beautiful home. i www.villachristina.es
“Home is the nicest word there is” ― Laura Ingalls Wilder
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NORDICA MARBELLA OPEN HOUSE
Nordica, the firm specialising in real estate in Nueva Andalucía, recently held an open house event for agents, to present the gorgeous Casa Aquila. The property, located frontline at Aloha Golf Club, epitomises modern luxury, with its attractive grey-and-white colour scheme and high-tech features throughout. i www.nordicamarbella.com
“If you go anywhere, even paradise, you will miss your home” ― Malala Yousafzai
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PANORAMA/DM PROPERTIES OPEN HOUSE
Panorama and DM Properties held a joint open house event to present a beautiful home in Sierra Blanca. Boasting six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 77m2 of terraces, the villa is located in one of the Golden Mile’s most desirable areas, offering privacy and elegance throughout. i www.panorama.es www.dmproperties.com
“Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark” – Pierce Brown
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BINCKBANK LAUNCH PARTY
BinckBank recently celebrated the launch of new services for English-speaking investors. Over 150 guests attended the party at BinckBank’s offices in Marbella. The ‘Warren Buffet buffet’ featured stock marketthemed food ranging from Danish Futures Frikandellers to FTSE Fish and Chips. Kaspar Huijsman, director of BinckBank Spain and Portugal, gave a speech highlighting the importance of investing due to the current low interest rates. He went on to explain the advantages of Saxo Bank’s platforms and technology in conjunction with local support from BinckBank Spain. i www.binckbank.com
“Never lose money. Stay rational and stick to your homework when researching businesses in which to invest” ― Warren Buffet
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NOBU EVENT RAISES OVER €76.000 FOR CHARITY Nobu Hotel Marbella hosted a charity dinner to raise funds for Cat Cay Medical Clinic Foundation, which is helping those affected by Hurricane Dorian – one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the Bahamas. Guests enjoyed a welcome cocktail, followed by a delectable Caribbean-themed dinner and live music at Nobu Restaurant. Thanks to this event, € 76.138 was raised for the Foundation. Congratulations to Nobu and supporters for making a true difference to the lives of victims of the hurricane. i www.marbella.nobuhotels.com
“Bounty always receives part of its value from the manner in which it is bestowed” ― Samuel Johnson
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LA PLAGE CASANIS END OF SUMMER PARTY
La Plage Casanis is one of the Coast’s sexiest spots to enjoy a great meal, wine, and cocktails by the sea. The hardworking team said goodbye to summer with a party called Boho Experience Edition. The event featured cool people, live music, dancing, and of course, the exquisite range of food La Plage Casanis is famed for. i www.laplagecasanis.com
“Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach” ― Michelle Held
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EXXACON SMART LIVING HOSTS A MAGICAL EVENING Exxacon Smart Living recently invited guests to a Magical Evening at Purobeach Marbella to present its corporate goals and reveal its brand new promotions, including Las Terrazas de Cortesin Bon Air (featuring 51 apartments in Finca Cortesin de Casares) and Golden View (48 semidetached houses in Bahía de Las Rocas in Manilva). Music, cocktails, networking, and magical surprises were enjoyed by all in attendance. i www.exxacon.es
“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment” ― Norman Vincent Peale
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NINE LIONS PRESENTS NEW CLUBHOUSE AND EXTERIOR POOLS
Nine Lions Residences held a party to celebrate the official opening of the clubhouse and exterior pools. Guests sipped on drinks as the sunset approached, marvelling at the quality and design of the spa installations and new exterior pools, which indeed invite rest and relaxation ― after a workout at the gym, of course. i www.9lionsresidences.com
“I think being in love with life is a key to eternal youth” ― Doug Hutchison
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BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN GENERATIONS
When PewDiePie raged at the camera earlier this year, practically begging for more subscribers in order to keep his number one ranking on YouTube, you would have to be a newcomer to his channel to think he was actually being serious. PewDiePie was ofﬁcially debunked from pole position on February 22, 2019 by Bollywood channel, T-Series, after being the world’s most followed YouTuber for an amazing six years. On the day of his ‘loss’, Pewds (Felix Kjellberg in real life) raised a glass and toasted to T-Series’ success. It wasn’t actually a true loss, of course; it is difﬁcult to compete with a channel founded in a country of millions, and Felix continues to be the world’s most followed individual! WORDS JOFFREE KING
he lead-up to Pewd’s ‘defeat’ was fun indeed; every day, the Swedish vlogger’s number rose like bubbles in Champagne, and it was ‘hit and miss’ for various months as T-series’ follower numbers also increased. There were entire channels dedicated to ‘live sub counts’, and Pewds’ many followers tried their best to keep the King on his throne. With typical irony, he reacted by releasing a single called Bitch Lasagna (a dish, his lyrics indicated, he wished to serve to his ‘enemy’, T-series). Maintaining a 90+ million following on YouTube is a difﬁcult feat indeed. Even superstar vloggers like David Dobrik have a ‘mere’ 13 million subs; Jeffree Star (beauty guru) stands proud at 16 million. To elicit how much these stars are making from YouTube alone, click onto their Adsense statistics. The latter show how much they make per week, month, etc. In David Dobrik’s case, earnings of €1 million per month are typical. PewDiePie makes up to €2 million in the same time frame. Remember that with YouTube, views are everything. Having a big following is one thing, but what really matters as far as payment is concerned, are views. Pewds is a proliﬁc content creator indeed, sometimes posting a video every day (Dobrik posts one vid a week if you’re lucky). Felix’s channel has had over 22 billion views and counting! At our house, it isn’t uncommon for me to be watching PewDiePie and to see that my Dad is doing the same thing on his tablet
or desktop. What differs is the type of video we are watching. Minecraft is enjoying a bit of a comeback after having been ofﬁcially dropped by most kids for Fortnite. Pewds is a big Minecraft fan, and frequently collabs with other gamers to enjoy online battles. However, he also posts very different types of content that appeals to millennial-aged viewers and up. Unlike most channels (which have a far more limited demographic), PewDiePie attracts viewers aged around eight to 45 and older. All you need to do to enjoy his channel is be aware of the latest happenings on YouTube and of the drama and scandals faced by the channel’s top creators (think Logan Paul and his video of Japan’s suicide forest, Jake Paul’s shenanigans at the Team 10 household, the James Charles vs Tati Westbrook scandal, etc.). PewDiePie uploads a great deal of social commentary vids that delve into issues like celebrity obsession, materialism, and media manipulation, all with a grain of salt and a very humorous take on sometimes serious matters. One of his most watched content types is his ‘meme review’ videos, in which he plays some of the funniest memes online. From laughing at the Genius show (and its not-so genius lyric writers and singers) to featuring new Keanu Reeves memes (for some reason, everyone is in love with Keanu – including PewDiePie), meme reviews are an absolutely guaranteed good time that kids and parents can watch together and have a chuckle at.
Sometimes PewDiePie takes a more serious turn, delving into the wheelings and dealings that some top contributors use to manipulate their audiences. Recently, he complained about the abuse of ‘copystrike’ – a feature on YouTube that allows content creators to effectively end another channel that uses their content, even if the latter is modiﬁed or simply used for the purpose of commentary. One last ingredient of PewDiePie’s success is his private life. He allows audiences to enter his surprisingly humble, simple home life, which he shares with his wife Marzia and his two pugs (Edgar and Maya). The couple is laidback but super Instagrammable. Marzia has become somewhat of a fashion icon. Her own YouTube channel has almost eight million followers, despite the fact she ofﬁcially said goodbye to her account around 10 months ago. She simply didn’t want to force herself “to keep going when I know that I am ready to do something different.” That is a brave decision indeed for someone enjoying millions of views per week (her ‘Goodbye YouTube’ vid garnered almost 12 million views!). However, there has always been something independent, courageous, and different about this couple, who recently celebrated their wedding. I can’t think of a day in which I don’t look forward to PewDiePie’s videos. His humour, wit, and unique view of life appeal to me today and I hope they continue to do so until I’m Dad’s age! e
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HOMEMADE CAT FOOD COULD BE RISKY, SAYS NEW STUDY A recent study undertaken by scientists at the University of California-Davis has found that most homemade cat foods are unlikely to provide cats with the nutrition they need to thrive. Some recipes, said researchers, even contain ingredients that are toxic to cats, including garlic powder, onions, and leeks. Others contain bones yet do not mention that this ingredient should always be ground so as to avoid intestinal tears. Researchers stated that many provided less than half the recommended levels of several important nutrients like iron, zinc, Vitamin E, etc. “Homemade diets are not necessarily better,” said lead author and veterinary nutritionist, Jennifer Larsen. “If you are going to use one, you have to make sure you do it safely and it should be balanced and appropriate for your individual cat.”
HAVING A PET PROMOTES
A new study published in the Mayo Clinic journal has found that owning a pet promotes heart health – particularly if you have a dog. The researchers obtained data from 1,769 people, scoring them on body mass index, diet, exercise levels, smoking status, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. They found a strong link between pet ownership and good heart health, and the association was even more dramatic for dog owners. Researchers believe that the findings can be explained by the fact that pooches prompt owners to “go out, move around and play regularly”. Earlier this year, another study showed that dog owners walk hundreds of kilometres with their pets every year.
TEXAS OPENS DOG-FRIENDLY CINEMAS
What is the thing you love doing most in the world? If it is catching a film while snuggling up with your dog, then consider moving to Texas. This state has just opened the very first pooch-friendly cinema (called K9 Cinemas), which allows customers to sit beside their pooch while munching on their favourite flavour of popcorn. The theatre shows only pet-related movies, and costs $10 for adults and $5 for pooches!
IS THE NUMBER ONE PROBLEM FACED BY PETS IN SPAIN Around 138,000 dogs and cats were taken to shelters last year, according to a study by Fundación Affinity. For the past four years, abandonment numbers have remained the same, indicating that more needs to be done to stop pets from living their lives in a shelter or (worse yet) being euthanised because of a lack of space. The main reasons for ditching animals are the birth of unwanted pups, ‘poor’ pet behaviour, economic factors, and (brace yourselves) holidays. It is clear that all these causes have an easy solution. If you have a pet, ensure it is neutered. Don’t bring more pups into an already overcrowded world. Finally, research into the costs and time investment involved in having a pet and if you aren’t 100 per cent able to be a responsible owner, buy a Tamagotchi instead. e ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2019 / 173
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An all-in-one ﬁrm that offers architectural design, technical teams, construction, legal and planning departments as well as landscapers and designers, Otero offers turnkey villas that are ﬂexible, made-tomeasure and affordable. From land acquisition to delivery, the clear, transparent process is completed in one and half to two years. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF GRUPO OTERO
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tero’s roots lay in northern Spain, where the two generations preceding current CEO Ruben Otero constructed some 3,000 homes and built a reputation for technical skill, straightforward dealing and delivering quality. It was a good company to inherit, but when a young Ruben Otero stepped into his father’s shoes and took over the ﬁrm he had a different vision, drawn by the uniquely exciting market of Marbella and indeed its lifestyle to resettle and re-establish himself here. “It’s been a wonderful lifestyle choice but also a bold move in business terms,” says the thirdgeneration head of the company he re-founded in new environs. “Marbella is a place of challenges and opportunities, and in many ways more competitive and demanding than many of the primary housing markets found in other countries
and other parts of Spain, but it’s a market I love and understand well, and the one around which today’s Grupo Otero is built.”
AN ALL-IN CREATOR OF VILLAS Though the company has its roots in construction, which remains the core activity, the Grupo Otero is now an all-in-one concern that also brings architectural design, engineering, technical installation, legal and planning, and ﬁnal delivery together under a single roof. “We have become known for our modern villas but are of course adaptable to the times and the preferences and needs of our buyers,” says Lionel Lunshof, senior sales advisor within the company, who liaises with clients to ensure the properties are delivered exactly as they envisaged. In fact, the ﬁrm’s leading architect, Juanjo Viñuales, has been ahead of the trend in moving
away from the ubiquitous white geometrical style and diversifying the range of core designs around which many Otero villas develop and evolve. “We have a very flexible approach when it comes to design and speciﬁcations,” says Lionel, “and Juanjo encourages buyers to show or tell him what styles they like and amenities they need within a certain budget, so that he can create a series of architectural proposals that form the starting point for further development.” It is out of this process that the ﬁnal made-to-measure home is created, complete with a wide range of possible additional features, such as sunken poolside ﬁrepits or modern terrace bioethanol gas burners, rooftop terraces with bars, barbecue, plunge pools and/ or Jacuzzis, not to mention private gyms and spas with heated indoor swimming pools, sauna and steam
baths. “These and many other features can be added to create unique homes designed around our clients’ individual needs and preferences,” says Lionel.
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A CLEAR, TRANSPARENT FORMULA In addition to being creative and personalised, the process used by Otero is also highly transparent and intuitive, designed to offer clarity rather than obscure details. “We are not developers in our own right but build homes for people who either already have their own land on which they want to build a private villa, or for those who are searching for the whole process from land acquisition to delivery.” In addition to sourcing land for individual plots, the ﬁrm also offers land parcels it has acquired using its established network and scale of operations, and sells individual plots on to private clients at ﬁxed low mark-ups that are well below the standard margin. “We aim to cover only our time and costs in land acquisition, and make our living out of the building of the homes, so by doing it this way and keeping it all under one roof we are able to avoid multiple mark-ups
and offer quality homes in good locations at prices that are not only highly competitive, but consistently below the standard market level,” says Lionel, whose clients come from a wide range of nationalities including above all Scandinavian, Benelux and German buyers. “The advantage of buying a plot from us in this way is that all the preparatory work has already been done, the land surveyed, parcelled out and the initial licences obtained.” Anyone familiar with the process knows that this can save anywhere between six months and two years, as well as reduce the accompanying costs, which is why a lot of people looking to build their own home choose to do it like this. “Currently, we offer a series of villa and location options that vary in size and budget, but starting from €495.000 for a three or four-bedroom villa – land, construction and ﬁnishing included.”
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What’s more, once the land, house design and specs are agreed with the clients, a clear and easy to follow costing is provided for each element, which is presented for ﬁnal agreement. The spreadsheet-style system is designed in such a way that it is easy to see how any changes and tweaks affect the ﬁnal price, thus giving architect and client alike the tools with which to arrive at the ﬁnal make-up of the villa, and therefore the ﬁnal, deﬁnitive cost, which is then frozen. “From the moment the ﬁnal price and its breakdown are clear and agreed upon, and the contract is signed, Otero freezes the price and commits itself to delivering the property for that sum,” says Lionel. “A clear, transparent and professional description of the costing factors is therefore in our interest as well as the client’s, as is an efﬁcient construction process and timely delivery.”
Construction is typically achieved in under a year, with the additional time coming from the relevant town hall’s process of ﬁnal approval, which can take as little as three months in Benahavís or six months in Estepona. “We work with a wide range of quality materials and luxury brands such as Siemens, Hansgrohe, Villeroy & Boch, Rocca and Schneider Electronics as standard, but can also adapt to the speciﬁc wishes of the client, always intent on ensuring that the villas we build have an A-certiﬁcate for energy efﬁciency and are above the norm in terms of build and technical standards,” says Ruben Otero, who has brought the more stringent northern Spanish build standards with him to Marbella, saying: “we bring together the elements in which to optimally enjoy the Marbella way of life.” i www.otero.com.es
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A Meeting of Creative Forces
THE EXCLUSIVE SALES AGENTS FOR EXXACON’S TWO NEW PROJECTS
Founded and headed by Juan Jesús Martínez Villa, Tuscany Realty Group is the exclusive representative for the two new developments of Marbella based developers Exxacon – an alliance that brings together the best in local know-how and creative energy. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TUSCANY REALTY GROUP
uan Jesús Martínez Villa is a seasoned professional with a distinguished background in both real estate and the hotel business, and more importantly, has many years’ experience promoting both sectors in this region on an international scale. Early qualifications in tourist management were followed by an MBA and a post-graduate doctorate in Tourism Planning and Development, which saw an initial career in the hotel industry rewarded with his appointment as General Tourism Director of Expo 92 in Sevilla, an event whose global promotion he directed. This led to the Cartuja 93 project, as part of which the Spanish state sought to ensure an enduring economic legacy for the Expo site, a process that resulted in the establishment of a science park and also the Isla Magica theme park on the site.
In 2000, he returned to Marbella to join FM Consulting and now Juan Jesús is harnessing almost 35 years of experience in tourism and property development in his Tuscany Realty Group, which provides a bespoke commercialising and property management service for developers and investor groups. “Right now, our main commitment is to Exxacon, a leading real estate developer on the Costa del Sol with nearly 20 years in the business and an impressive list of projects across the region to its name,” says Juan Jesús. “Exxacon brings corporate professionalism and expertise to the field, but it likes to match this with personal service and local presence by working with companies such as Tuscany Realty Group, so we complement each other very well.”
RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT The shared passion for creating value-added homes across the different price ranges and geographical zones of the Costa del Sol – and now also beyond, with Exxacon’s first projects in Madrid and Valencia – is the kindred spirit that links these two companies, whose alliance is otherwise built upon a blend of personal service and marketing expertise on the one hand, and the technical and financial know-how on the other. “Exxacon is a successful, fast-growing company that is highly adept at creating a new generation of stylish and comfortable smart homes built with the latest technologies in mind, and with its in-depth local knowledge and understanding of exactly what today’s clients seek in a Costa del Sol property, Tuscany Realty Group is the ideal partner that completes the picture.”
As Juan Jesús stresses, buying a property remains a highly personal, emotional process, and in an age where luxury is increasingly defined not just in terms of goods and services, but also in the form of quality time, space, privacy, personalised amenities and the creation of lifestyle options and special experiences, this is more valid than ever. “It means that you can’t, or certainly shouldn’t, just build, sell and leave. Attention to detail and thinking about the little touches that make the difference set you apart from the rest, and they are greatly appreciated by an increasingly knowledgeable buying public that is no longer satisfied with mass-produced standard choices.” For this reason, Exxacon listens to its buyers’ wants and needs, builds small-scaled boutique developments regardless of the price segment, and seeks to always offer the best lifestyle option available.
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LAS TERRAZAS DE CORTESIN · BON AIR Building on the success of earlier phases of Las Terrazas de Cortesin, Exxacon has created a new boutique offering of 51 two- and three-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom penthouses. As before, these low-rise, low-volume homes find themselves surrounded by the fairways and natural greenery of the Finca Cortesin country club, which comprises not only an outstanding clubhouse and championship gold course, but also the magnificent five-star deluxe spa hotel – rated one of the best in the country. “The security, natural setting with mountain, golf and sea views, and the concierge services, spa and fine dining of the
hotel, which features a Michelinstar restaurant and a stylish beach club, speak for themselves,” says Juan Jesús. “This also sees itself reflected in the quality, finishing and amenities of these luxurious properties, created by the only other property developer within the country club, aside from its original founding company, Single Home.”
GOLDEN VIEW · BAHIA DE LAS ROCAS The standard of construction and post-sale service, offered through the Tuscany Holiday Living concept, that blends the experience of hotel and home into one, is a product of a partnership between two companies rooted in their home market. “For other firms this may
be just a place where they are developing properties, but for us the Costa del Sol is our home, where we live, work and build our reputation through the homes we sell and the service we provide to owners,” says Juan Jesús. A case in point is Golden View, one of two Exxacon projects that he is promoting in exclusivity. Situated in a gently raised position close to the beaches, golf courses and marina of Sotogrande, Golden View is named for the truly unequalled vistas it enjoys of the meeting of two continents at the Pillars of Hercules, where the shoreline merges into the Rock of Gibraltar, with just across the Straits the rocky coast of Africa. It’s a stunning backdrop for the
49 luxurious modern townhouses that feature villa and penthouse luxuries, including private garages and gardens with optional swimming pools, interiors that can be personalised, and rooftop terraces with the additional option of Jacuzzis and outdoor kitchens with barbecue. “Golden View is a fine example of the kind of design, quality, technology and lifestyle amenities that Exxacon calls ‘smart living’, and which forms the basis of its collection of boutique homes in highly appealing locations. For us, this is property development for 21st century tastes.” i www.tuscanygroup.es www.exxacon.es
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CARDIOCARE COMES TO MARBELLA CardioCare is an international cardio-vascular centre specialised in diagnostic and interventional procedures for all heart and vascular problems. The new clinic comprises a team of international medics including Dr. Bernd Reisbeck – an Interventional Cardiologist and Medical Director who was trained in Germany. The clinic offers state-of-the-art, high tech equipment for all non-invasive cardio-vascular procedures like ultrasound and dynamic stress test procedures like Stress-Echocardiography, Cardiac CT and MRI and (in the endovascular hemodynamic catheterisation laboratory, called ‘cath lab’) the entire spectrum of interventional procedures, including coronary and peripheral vascular angiograms involving stent placement, pacemaker and defibrillator implantation, heart valve repairs, etc. CardioCare is co-located at HC-International Hospital Marbella and benefits from the unique high standard hospital infrastructure available there. i Further information, www.cardiocaremarbella.com
BRIGHT: BRILLIANT IDEAS FOR BETTER LIVING Bright, a company creating homes that improve quality of life through pure design, was set up shortly after its CEO, Michael Rodziewicz, met his counterpart in UDesign, Jason Harris – who he asked for help in turning his Marbella house into a home. Bright is currently developing two projects in the Marbella area to be launched in the coming months: the first is Vista Lago Residences, a luxury development of 18 designer villas, located twelve minutes from the coast on one of the highest plots of Real de la Quinta. The second is Villa Alcuzcuz, a 1,460m2 home that is Marbella's first avant-garde luxury house designed and built under Passive House Regulations and Standards. Just 10 minutes from Marbella by car, it is located in the gated community of La Reserva de Alcuzcuz, on the Ronda road. Bright has just been notified that the architects of Villa Alcuzcuz, UDesign, will be honoured at the European Property Awards in London on October 24, 2019 in the category Architecture Single Residence. As a winner in Spain, Villa Alcuzcuz will be entered into the next stage of the competition to compete against other properties throughout Europe. i Further information, www.by-bright.com
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ENVIRONMENTAL CHARITY EVENT AT THE PALACIO DE CONGRESOS If all things eco fascinate you, why not attend the environmental charity event, Towards Nature, to be held at the Palacio de Congresos de Marbella on October 14 and 15 (Monday and Tuesday)? Speaking at the event will be Johan Ernst Nilson – Ambassador of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Photographer, and Coach. Nilson will be addressing audiences on climate change and teaching teens and adults how to work with motivation, dreams, and the desire for change. All funds raised will go to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (for climate change) and the MarbellAyuda Foundation (pediatric care, Hospital Costa del Sol). The event will take place from 6pm to 8:30pm on Monday October 14 (for students and children aged 13 and above) and from 5pm to 8pm on Tuesday October 15 (for children aged eight to 12 and their parents). E-tickets for adults and free entrance for registered children and students. i www.johanernstmarbella.org /
FIRST SPACE & UNDERWATER TOURISM UNIVERSAL SUMMIT AT LES ROCHES MARBELLA The first ever Space & Underwater Tourism Universal Summit took place recently at the Les Roches school, featuring international leaders discussing the biggest challenges to luxury tourism: space and water. The event featured Sam Scimemi (from NASA), Bernard Foing (ESA), Tony Gannon (Space Florida), Arthur Paolella (Harris Corporation), Nancy Vermeulen (Space Training Academy), Javier Noriega (Clúster Marítimo-Marino de Andalucía), and Ana Bru (the first Spanish woman to travel to space). Topics discussed included tourist space voyages, the cost of the latter, and the physical requirements for space travel. i www.lesroches.es
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FUNDACIÓN ANDRÉS OLIVARES CELEBRATES SECOND ANNUAL CHARITY DINER The second annual charity dinner for the Fundación Andrés Olivares recently took place at Dantonelas Beach Restaurant. The foundation is currently aiding 432 families, 42 of which are based in Marbella. It works to improve the lives of children and adolescents who are affected by cancer and other chronic illnesses and gives vital support to their families through a well-developed assistance program. i Further information, www.fundacionandresolivares.org
SHOLEH ABGHARI ART GALLERY BRINGS CULTURAL ENRICHMENT TO MARBELLA If you have driven or walked past Sholeh Abghari – the elegant new gallery that has opened in the centre of Marbella – then you have probably become enamoured by the stunning exponents of high-end Iranian and international art on display. The Gallery, founded by art historian and expert Sholeh Abghari and her husband, Tarek Beshara, recently presented a wellreceived exhibition of works spanning six decades of Iranian art. The visionary couple plans to make major changes to the art scene, with educational workshop programs for kids and students, sensory exhibitions, private dinners and exclusive film viewings for those wishing to immerse themselves in the transformative power of art. i For further information, stay
tuned to our feature in our November edition or visit www.sholehabghari.com
MARBELLA 4 DAYS WALKING 2019
JAVIER DE JUAN AT THE ISOLINA ARBULU GALLERY IN MARBELLA
Marbella 4 Days Walking, an annual event involving routes of 10, 20, or 30km will be taking place once again from October 17 to 20. The walks will begin at Plaza del Mar on the Paseo Maritimo and the formal launch will be on October 16 from 6pm to 8pm. After the inauguration, there will be an opening party from 8:30pm where everyone is invited to enjoy festivities and music at Plaza del Mar. i Further information,
Javier de Juan, winner of the National Engraving Prize and the Pop Eye Prize, recently launched his new exhibition at the new Isolina Arbulu Gallery in Marbella, which continues through October. Javier, a painter who also studied architecture, was a key figure in the Madrileño movement, La Movida, and has been baptised by critics as a member of the New Spanish Figuration. In reality, he is an ‘independent sniper’ with a unique style that breaks all moulds. In addition to painting, he is an audiovisual artist, engraver, draftsman and writer. He has worked as an author, screenwriter and image creator, leading his technical teams to the development of innovative technologies in search of the perfect movement. His work is intricately tied to the time and places in which he lives. i www.isolinaarbulu.com
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CYD SANTAMARÍA NEEDS YOUR HELP
OJÉN FESTIVAL IN AID OF CUDECA
The dedicated team at CYD Santamaría, a home for abandoned horses, need your help after the heavy rains destroyed their shelter, erasing many hours of work in one fell swoop. If you wish to volunteer or donate, visit their website and pledge your support. The CYD team are also worried about the state of care of carriage horses in Málaga. Recently, the sister team that runs the shelter, Virginia and Concordia, invited Málaga residents to visit the place where these noble animals are living in dire conditions. i Further information, www.asociacioncydsantamaria.es
Ojén recently held a Charity Festival to help raise funds for Cudeca. The event brought together 20 artists of different musical styles, offering non-stop entertainment from midday until late at night. Guests also enjoyed food and drinks, and received information on Cudeca’s different care programmes at a dedicated stand. There was also a fun tombola with gifts for all who bought tickets. i www.ojen.es
BEACH CLEAN-UP DAY AT EL CHIRINGUITO Our seas and oceans are suffering from the effects of too much litter so it is good news to hear that the Puente Romano took part in World Clean-Up Weekend with their own beach clean-up day at El Chiringuito. The event started at noon and was followed by a fun laid-back lunch featuring music by DJ Camilo Franco and special treats by Celioso. Everyone taking part in the event enjoyed a refreshing cocktail ‘on the house’ as well. i www.puenteromano.com
ESCAÑUELA WINS BEST PUEBLO 2019 AWARD The small town of Escañeula (Jaén), with a population of just 2,000, was voted Best Pueblo 2019 in a competition organised by Thyssenkrupp Home Solutions. Escañuela received 273,993 votes from the public, and was closely followed by Arbuniel, also in Jaén. Third place went to Garciaz in Cáceres. Andalucía was the comunidad autónoma with most votes, with a total of six pueblos in the Top 25. i www.thyssenkrupp-homesolutions.es
OVER 200 ANDALUSIAN RESTAURANTS SUPPORT ACCIÓN CONTRA EL HAMBRE Over 200 Andalusian restaurants will be taking part in Restaurantes Contra el Hambre, an initiative created to reduce child hunger (which is responsible for 45 per cent of deaths in children under the age of ﬁve). This is the 10th year in a row that this campaign will be celebrated, with proceeds going to Acción contra el Hambre. On November 15, participating restaurants will be serving a fundraising dish or menu, donating part of its price to helping the children. i For the full list of restaurants involved, see
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BEAUTY TALKS AT HUSTLE & FLOW ON OCTOBER 10 RONAGH WHEELER EXHIBITS AT MAGPIE GALLERY IN MARBELLA Up until October 20, feel free to step into Magpie International Art Gallery to view an exhibition of paintings by Scottish artist, Ronagh Wheeler, born and educated in Scotland, and boasting 25 years’ experience as an artist. Inspired by travel and nature, she translates her impressions onto canvas through landscapes and seascapes. Her works render atmospheric subtleness, while adopting a deductive and emotional posture. i Further information, www.magpie.international
Join photographer Melanie Sievernich and hair and makeup artist Anne-Marie Simak as they talk about beauty and what makes it so difficult for women to love themselves. In a series of open and honest conversations they will share their experiences from behind the camera and within the fashion industry. The 5 topics are: The ideal of beauty; How retouching images influences our self perception; What is a positive body image; Why ageing is so difficult in today's society; and The importance of being kind to oneself and to others. The events will take place on Sundays during October and November at Yogazone in San Pedro and are open to women only. Entrance is free. i www.melanie-sievernich.com,
MIND BODY & SPIRIT FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE ONCE AGAIN AT THE H10 ANDALUCÍA PLAZA HOTEL It’s that time of the year again! The Mind Body & Spirit Festival will be held on Saturday October 27 and Sunday October 28, 11am to 8pm, at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel. It will feature a host of inspirational talks and demonstrations on a plethora of subjects, including light therapy, mediumship, psychic eye reading, essential oils, past life regression, animal communication telepathy, Kangen alkaline water at Jacinta Hannon’s stand, and more. i Further information, www.mindbodyspiritmarbella.com
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TROCADERO/BAQUE WINS THE SIXTH EDITION OF TARIFA BEACH POLO
QUIRÓNSALUD WARNS: 90 PER CENT OF MEN BELOW 75 HAVE PROSTATE PROBLEMS
The Trocadero/Baque polo team, headed by professional polo player Álvaro Muñoz Escassi, recently achieved victory at the sixth edition of the Tarifa Beach Polo event. The competition took place over a weekend and was attended by a big crowd. Beach polo, introduced in Spain by Isabel de Borbón, was inspired by a similar tournament in Miami, which is now in its 10th year! For Isabel, Tarifa was the ideal choice because “It has the best beaches I know and its sand is very compact owing to the frequent movement of the tides.” i www.tarifabeachpolo.com
The Quirónsalud Hospital in Málaga warns that around 90 per cent will have experienced a prostate-related problem before they turn 75. Doctors therefore recommend periodic checks after the age of 50. Men should consume a diet that is low in saturated fats, and they should exercise regularly and avoid smoking. Prostate cancer is actually the most frequent malignant tumour among men and has the third-highest mortality rate. Thankfully, new techniques such as the HoLEP Laser have been invented. This laser differs from older technology in that it allows doctors to extract tissue intact. It is considered highly efficient for various types of urological surgeries. i Further information, www.quironsalud.es
TOWNHOUSE RETREATS FOR POST-COSMETIC SURGERY RELAXATION AND RECUPERATION Marbella is a centre of excellence for cosmetic and transgender surgery, with clients travelling from all over the world for treatment. A patient’s priority is always finding the best surgeons and practitioners but what about recuperation? Jo Bayliss is the force behind Townhouse Retreats, a stunning house restoration offering a safe and discreet place for you to rest and recover before heading home. Townhouse Retreats is nestled in the Benahavís hillside, just 15 minutes from Marbella centre. The company offers private transfers to and from the airport and your chosen clinic and a five-star bespoke concierge service for anything you need during your stay. You can enjoy a number of treatments in your own room from alternative therapies to aid recovery, from reflexology to hair and beauty treatments. i Further information, www.townhouseretreats.com
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If you are living in Spain, you should have taken steps to ensure your ﬁnancial and tax planning have been adjusted for your life here. This needs to include reviewing your estate planning, since succession law and inheritance tax in Spain work very differently to the UK. WORDS CHRIS MCCANN, PARTNER, BLEVINS FRANKS
DEVELOPMENTS FOR ANDALUCÍA
e live in a changing world, so even once you have established an estate plan for Spain, you need to keep up to date on regulatory changes that may affect your family. Reforms can often work against us, but this year there have been two welcome succession tax developments for Andalucía residents.
SPANISH INHERITANCE TAX – THE BASICS Spanish Succession and Gift Tax (SSGT) is due when: Z An asset being inherited or gifted is located in Spain (even if the beneﬁciary lives outside Spain). Z A resident of Spain receives an inheritance or gift (even if the assets received are located outside Spain). This tax is paid by each recipient and spouses are not generally exempt. The SSGT state tax rates range progressively from 7.65% to 34%. Additionally, multipliers, based on the familial relationship and beneﬁciary’s net worth can take rates much higher in certain scenarios. The state reductions and allowances are low. Spouses, descendants and ascendants receive a reduction of €15.957 and it is lower or nil for everyone
else. There is a 95% reduction against the value of the main home when passed to spouses or descendants, capped at €122.606 each and it must be kept for 10 years. The Autonomous Communities can adjust the tax rates, reductions and allowances to make them more beneﬁcial for regional residents.
ANDALUCÍA REDUCES SUCCESSION AND GIFT TAX FOR SPOUSES AND CHILDREN Last year, the local Andalucía government introduced a €1.000.000 reduction for inheritances (but not for lifetime gifts) for Groups I and II beneﬁciaries (spouses, children, grandchildren, ascendants) with pre-existing net worth of less than €1 million. Then in April this year a new, additional 99% relief was introduced for the same beneﬁciaries, this time for both inheritances and lifetime gifts. This means that, effectively, spouses and children will only pay 1% of their Succession and Gift Tax bill in Andalucía, if not less. Note that gifts must be recorded in a public deed and cash gifts (including bank deposits) will need proof of source of funds.
AN END TO SUCCESSION TAX DISCRIMINATION Spanish Succession and Gift Tax is often more expensive under the state rules than regional ones. Prior to 2015, only beneﬁciaries who were ‘habitually resident’ in a region could beneﬁt from the advantageous regional rules. However, after the European Court of Justice ruled this treatment was discriminatory, Spain amended its legislation so the regional SSGT rules extended to EU and EEA residents. This was a welcome development, but it still discriminated against non-EU/EEA beneﬁciaries – a concern for UK nationals with Britain set to become a ‘third party’ after Brexit. However, following continued pressure, both the Spanish Supreme Court and DGT (General Directorate of Taxes) recently published rulings conﬁrming that the SSGT rules should apply to all non-residents, regardless of whether they live in the EU or a third country. Although the tax law itself has not yet changed, it appears the Spanish tax authority now ofﬁcially accepts that the regional rules also apply to beneﬁciaries outside the EU. The European Commission seems satisﬁed (it dismissed its ofﬁcial denouncement) and some taxpayers have successfully claimed refunds for
SSGT previously paid under the discriminatory rules (within the statute of limitation period).
ESTATE PLANNING FOR SPAIN Estate planning for UK nationals in Spain is complicated because you have to take both the Spanish and UK rules into account. Besides planning to reduce Spanish and UK inheritances tax for your heirs, be aware that Spanish succession law imposes ‘forced heirship’ rules. This is the default position, even for UK nationals living in Spain, unless your will speciﬁcally states that you elect for the relevant UK jurisdiction succession law to apply to your estate. This is a specialist area and every family is different. Take professional, personalised advice on how to set up the most effective estate plan to achieve your wishes for your family, so the right money goes to right hands at the right time, with as little tax as possible. The tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; an individual is advised to seek personalised advice. i www.blevinsfranks.com
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GETTING THE BALANCE BETWEEN FOOD, SERVICE, AND AMBIENCE IS A TOUGH TASK, BUT HOLM AND HIS FAMILY AT LA CAMPANA HAVE MANAGED TO ACE IT. WE ALSO MEET ANDRÉS RUIZ MORILLO (NEW WELLNESS CHEF OF THE PUENTE ROMANO), AND ENJOY AWARD-WINNING CHEESE BY MONTES DE MÁLAGA ACCOMPANIED WITH WINE FROM VINOS DEL VIENTO.
AT THE PLAZA VILLAGE IN THE HOTEL PUENTE ROMANO
Puente Romano Hotel, Blv. Principe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, Marbella. www.thaigallerymarbella.com
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tyrbjörn Holm has donned many hats in his lifetime, directing hotels, running popular restaurants like Magna Café, and even starting up his own vodka brand. Without a doubt, however, he has met his match in his current position – that of owner and Head Chef of his own restaurant, La Campana (in Nueva Andalucía). Holm took over this venue around three years ago, giving it a much-required design shakeup. He also upped the ‘family factor’ by bringing his two daughters in to manage and attend to diners. Anita and Anna are as much a part of La Campana as Holm. Anna, for instance, told us that she had personally created the artistic ‘blackboard menu’, ﬁlled with appealing illustrations and colours. Holm is a perfectionist through and through. We recall an occasion on which he invited to dine at Magna Café, which he had just started managing at the time. He had hired a talented Latvian Chef whom he asked to prepare 20 dishes for our small table. The result was, as you can imagine, perfect. Holm knows how to attract, retain, and reﬁne top talent. His eye for detail is present in the
brand new décor of La Campana, which adds plenty of sophistication and sartorial flair to the space. Serious grey-hued walls are married to designer chandeliers, modern art, photography, and an eye-catching image of a leopard at one end of the restaurant. The ambience is elegant yet laidback – quite a hard balance to achieve yet one that seems effortless at this establishment. A brand new terrace was added to the restaurant for outdoor dining, perfect for a romantic dinner on a balmy evening. Every Chef is famed for a dish, product, or technique. In Holm’s case, the secret is deﬁnitely in his sauces. He has assistants in the kitchen, yet he makes every elaborate one of these by himself. Arguably best known at La Campana is the lobster sauce, which makes a lovely dipping treat for the selection of ﬁsh and seafood dishes. Thus, one dining companion ordered a monkﬁsh and prawn skewer, served with the creamy, flavour-packed dipping treat that brought the ‘wow’ factor into the equation. Speaking of the monkﬁsh, the presentation is worthy of mention. Served on a vertical skewer that rocks gently when the plate is moved, it highlighted the
colour and quality of the ingredients in a visually impactful manner. Expect to ﬁnd Holm’s creative interpretations of classic dishes at La Campana. One ﬁne example is the foie gras, served with green apple, gel made from violets, and berries. Holm flambeed the apple in Calvados, creating a ﬁne caramelised top layer that is delightfully delicate. Our large and loquacious table shared many delightful starters, some of which were Scandinavian throughand-through, such as the toast skagen, as traditional and irresistible as you might imagine. Holm has also reenvisioned marinated salmon toast, slicing his salmon into tender cubes rather than the typical paper ﬁne slices. The result was inﬁnitely juicier and more satisfying. We tucked into a few hot starters as well, including the ultra-crisp spring rolls (made by a talented Filipina cook) and the delicately light yet juicy king prawn tempura. One choice we all went ga-ga over was the French onion soup – so tender, fragrant, and ﬁlled with flavour. Our mains were equally exquisite. They included a generous plate of pil-pil spaghetti (an ideal choice if
spicy food entices you), a lightly fried John Dory served with a creamy moral mushroom sauce and seasonal veggies, and the soulsoothing Africana beef ﬁllet with an aromatic curry sauce, plantains, and exotic additions like nuts and diced mandarins and pineapple – a lovely blend indeed of sweetness and spice. If produce, technique, ambience, and service are the secrets to a restaurant’s success, then Holm has certainly found the right buttons to press. By creating a family feeling and hiring staff like the waiter Imad (who was quick, attentive, and happy to be at the restaurant on his very ﬁrst day of work), he has created the type of venue that families and couples alike wish to return to. The idea of being able to travel the world through Holm’s dishes is a joy indeed, but so is knowing that restaurants like these are one reason why Marbella continues to be a choice destination for discerning travellers who rate a destination through the value of its gastronomy. g Open daily for lunch and dinner from 1pm to 1am. Avda. Miguel de Cervantes 68, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 814 041. www.lacampanarestaurante.es
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SHAKERS URBAN & FOOD CRITICS VS CHEFS: KGBBAR RESTAURANT OPENS IN PUERTO BANÚS
TURNS THE TABLES ON FOOD CRITICS Shakers Urban Bar & Food is a brand new venue where those with a hearty appetite can enjoy everything from sizzling burgers to fantastic fries, delectable vegetable and seafood dishes, refreshing cocktails, and more. The restaurant recently held its launch, inviting diners to tuck into bite-sized menu appetisers and sip on KGB Restaurant in Málaga put top food critics to the test, asking them to complimentary drinks. The event also featured live entertainment by Swiss DJ, whip up dishes that would be judged by a chef-based jury. The winners of Jora. g At Avda. de Julio Iglesias 9, Puerto Banús. Tel; 665 410 974. the contest were Arantxa López and Toñi Sánchez, both of whom will serve as guest chefs at the restaurant in September. If you haven’t been to KGB Málaga yet, what are you waiting for? The restaurant is one of the trendiest in the capital city, and is famed for its amazing rabo de toro burger with Havarti cheese! g C/ Fresca 12, Málaga. Tel: 952 226 851.
GOIKO GRILL OPENS FIRST RESTAURANT IN MARBELLA
#HUEVODETORO SHINES ATfounded EL LAGO Goiko Grill, a renowned hamburger restaurant chain in 2013 in
Madrid and now present in numerous provinces in Spain, has opened its RESTAURANT
ﬁrst restaurant in Marbella. Goiko is famed for serving a wide variety of #HuevodeToro is a seasonal event that takes place from July to October, sky-high burgers that feature a vast array of ingredients, including fried bringing a bevy of talented chefs to El Lago. Some 15 chefs from high-end eggs, sliced tomato, caramelised onion and more. Also on offer, are an restaurants headed to our shores, with each preparing a dish containing impressive variety of starters and healthy salads. g The restaurant is the delicious huevo de toro tomato, which is known for its unique flavour, open daily for lunch and dinner and is located on Avda. Ricardo Soriano, texture, and consistency. i www.restauranteellago.com/ 15. Tel: 951 829 935. www.goikogrill.com
HAUTE JAPANESE CUISINE AT 99 SUSHI BAR & RESTAURANT AT ANANTARA VILLA PADIERNA PALACE
99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant at Anantara Villa Padierna Palace is the latest outlet of this renowned group, following international success in Madrid, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Innovative dishes fuse East with West, marrying the freshest Spanish produce with classic Japanese presentation. The surprising interior design combines the reﬁnement of English classicism with touches of modernity and oriental inspiration. It has different spaces like the sushi bar, where you can observe the precise movements of sushiman; a private lounge for 10 people; and a magniﬁcent terrace where you can enjoy the stunning sea and golf views. Serving haute Japanese cuisine using the freshest locally sourced seafood and the best regional ingredients, 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant offers guests modern Japanese dining alongside classic sushi favourites prepared live for diners. Tiger Prawns Tempura, Chicken Pyo Gyozas with saffron glaze and the laureate Alaskan Black Cod gratin with two layers of red miso are some of the mouth-watering delicacies not to be missed. g Open nightly for dinner from 7:30pm to 11:30pm. www.anantara.com
SUMMER CULINARY VOYAGE AT L’OLIVE RESTAURANTE ARROZANTE OPENS AT THE OCCIDENTAL FUENGIROLA HOTEL The new Occidental Fuengirola Hotel aims to establish itself as a leader when it comes to a classic Spanish dish, arroz! Arrozante is the name of its new restaurant, part of a chain that is also present in Barceló hotels in Granada, Almería, Cádiz, and Huelva. From arroces caldosos (risotto-style rice) to flavourpacked paellas, and ﬁdeuas, an array of dishes tempt and excite at this new establishment, which has a gorgeous terrace upon which to enjoy a flavoursome meal with friends and family. i www.barcelo.com
If you read our recent review of L’Olive at La Reserva Club Sotogrande’s Casa Club de Golf, then you know that ﬁne international dining is the name of the game at this establishment, presided over by Head Chef, Javier Rebollo. Visionary Chef, Jesús Escalera (a famed dessert chef from Mexico) joined L’Olive’s talented team recently, taking diners on a gastronomic voyage that was very much inspired on the beauty of nature. i www.lareservaclubsotogrande.com
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ANDRÉS RUIZ MORILLO NEW WELLNESS CHEF AT THE MARBELLA CLUB HOTEL
Andrés Ruiz is the perfect fit for the Wellness team at the Marbella Club Hotel. Unlike many stressed-out chefs who work too many hours and neglect their health, he is passionate about health and fitness. Andrés is a keen long-distance runner, having recently completed races upon the peaks of Europe and finishing the 101km Ronda race. As a dedicated athlete, he knows the importance of feeding mind and body the fuel they need. Sound nutrition is as much a part of his daily life as of his work. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE MARBELLA CLUB
he Marbella Club Hotel has worked hard to raise the bar for the wellness industry on the Coast. Wellbeing, spa, nutrition and fitness are the four cornerstones of its wellness offerings, which comprise a seafacing thalassotherapy spa, a range of deepy nurturing Detox, De-Stress and Sleep rituals, and the new Holistic Studio (where you can target issues ranging from adrenal burnout, to insomnia, weight loss and fitness or nutrition). The Club also has a daily agenda of activities, ranging from aerial yoga, Pilates and kundalini energy healing to meditation and nutritional wellbeing workshops. Andrés joined the team only recently but he is already working to create bespoke wellness menus for guests following one of the resort’s lifestyle programmes (detox, sleep-enhancing, stress-reduction, relaxation, etc.). He works closely alongside Naturopath Nutritionists Paloma Ruiz and Carolyne Ji, who see wholesome nutrition as a way to achieve the state of homeostasis that the body needs to function well. On the day of our meeting, Andrés is excited about what is to
come, yet very much ‘in the here and now’. He has the energy of a visionary and the serenity of a chef who has headed top-level kitchens – including those of the five-star Villa Padierna Thermas de Carratraca Hotel and Restaurante La Alternativa – famed for serving ecological food. At the Marbella Club, he has a huge task ahead of him, since different health needs and conditions have specific nutritional requirements. In addition to crafting menus, Andrés is also on hand for any special wishes diners may have. The MC Group is known for its highly personalised approach to client service. “Yesterday, a family asked me to create a menu with various vegetarian dishes – including salads, lasagna, and tofu options. Last week, a client who had digestive issues asked me to teach him how to cook healthy dishes, so I gave him a private workshop.” It’s all in a day’s work; Andrés likes to please and surprise. At the MC, Andrés will be concocting creations made primarily with lean chicken and fish, foregoing red meat for an extra health push.”Many of the
dishes will be vegan, made with tofu, seitan, tempeh, beans, and seeds – without sacrificing an iota of flavour.” The Chef is also big on superfoods; he introduces antioxidant-rich ingredients like matcha, turmeric, and spirulina, into many recipes. This summer, he has already displayed his talent with a host of refreshing marvels such as a creamy gazpacho/salmorejo made with mango, cherry, and watermelon, as well as a clean fennel and leek crème. “The resort has its own organic garden, so we source many herbs and spices directly from our backyard,” he says. Andrés wants diners to know that nutritious food need not be boring – quite the contrary! “Healthy haute cuisine is my thing. Vegan dishes, for instance, can taste just as good as those containing meat. In fact, there is nothing you can’t do with the right technique. You can make delicious soups, stews, and even meat-free ‘steaks’ that don’t make diners feel that they are making any sacrifices.” Andrés is as mad about healthy desserts and sides as he is about mains. Thus, he makes wonderful gluten-free bread, protein balls,
and desserts such as brownies and carrot cake – all of which contain zero sugar. Instead, he uses alternatives like honey and Xylitol. The cakes don’t even contain flour! Here’s a secret: Andrés pulverises almonds instead to give his cakes consistency and ‘body’. He shows me one of his star creations: a delicate peach carpaccio served with caramelised date and a blueberry vinaigrette – talk about indulging in guilt-free pleasures! Andrés is excited about joining the MC team, which is famed for its passion for keeping up with the latest international trends. The management has an open, supportive attitude towards staff, thus fostering the kind of creativity and innovation that abounds in this visionary yet down-to-earth Chef with a thirst for learning. His latest area of research? Nutrigenomics – the study of how nutrition and genes interact. By continuing to experiment and expand his mind, while working hard on his fitness, he is a fine example of how treating yourself right can result in an optimal level of health and happiness. i www.marbellaclubwellness.com
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Our Upcoming Gastronomic Events CHAMPAGNE ROOM AND THE GRILL
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For reservations please call (+34) 952 822 211 Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602, Marbella, Málaga, Spain (34) 952 822 211 marbellaclub.com
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MONTES DE MÁLAGA WINNER OF WORLD CHEESE AWARD! Many gourmet buffs across the globe would say that cheese is the quintessential comfort food. Bearing an unbeatable fragrance and texture, this gourmet delight works just as well on a tray with fruit and crackers as it does on top of toast. If you never associated Málaga with ﬁne cheese, it’s time to discover Agamma, the cooperative society that makes the famous Quesos Montes de Málaga. Its queso curado emborrizado (cured cheese rolled in bran) took home the Silver Medal at the World Cheese Awards, celebrated in winter 2018 in Bergen, Norway. The award was a huge achievement, considering that 3,500 cheeses from across the globe competed for a handful of prizes. The jury comprised 235 experts from 29 countries, who enjoyed an intense tasting session of all the cheeses on display. “We have won more than 10 international prizes over the past 10 years,” says Juan Andrés Gaspar, Agamma’s Director, “and one of these was a Gold Medal at the World Cheese Awards.” WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF AGAMMA QUESOS MONTES DE MÁLAGA
STEEPED IN HISTORY Agamma, based in the tiny village of Colmenar (3,200 inhabitants) was founded in 1985, when 48 partners decided to pool their resources to stablish the Agrupación de Ganaderos de los Montes de Málaga (AGAMMA). Currently, the group has 170 active members, all of which produce goat’s milk, obtained from goats of the Malagueña breed. The society collects around nine million litres of milk, turning this commodity into a ﬁne selection of cheeses.
WHAT MAKES AGAMMA QUESOS MONTES DE MÁLAGA SO SPECIAL? The best way to answer this question is by tucking into the cheese yourself, and there are many to choose from! According
to Juan Andrés, “All our goats are raised on pastures and their unique diet gives rise to speciﬁc flavours and fragrances that have garnered plenty of praise.” Cheeses are made by following traditional recipes, all of which “are more than 20 years old.” The process of cheese making starts with the transportation of the milk, and is followed by pasteurisation, fermentation, curd ‘cutting’, molding, pressuring, salting, ‘brushing’ and ﬁnally, packaging.
AGAMMA QUESOS MONTES DE MÁLAGA'S WONDERFUL CHEESES The range of cheeses is wide, and includes everything from lighter semi-cured cheeses to mature cured varieties. Choose from: • QUESO FRESCO DE CABRA: A
fresh, light, slightly sweet cheese boasting a soft texture and a subtle aroma. • QUESO SEMICURADO DE CABRA: This cheese is ﬁrm yet tender. It is matured for between one and two months and boasts a lovely fragrance and notes of toffee and butter. • QUESO CURADO DE CABRA: This variety bears the characteristic goat’s cheese aroma and a slightly piquant after-taste. It is matured for between three and four months and is ﬁrm to the touch. • QUESO LECHE CRUDA DE CABRA: Made with a process known as ‘enzymatic coagulation’, this cheese is matured between three and four months. It has a lovely pungent odour with clean notes and its texture is ﬁrm.
• QUESO CURADO EMBORRIZADO: Matured for between three and four months, this cheese is immersed in extra-virgin olive oil, which lends it a beautiful, unique flavour. It is then covered in bran. If you are a true cheese connoisseur, then it might be time to try out the full collection. Agamma Quesos Montes de Málaga has an online shop, but it is also available in some stores (check the website to discover where). With Christmas coming soon, these gorgeous cheeses, presented in attractive rounds and bottles, are guaranteed to please the person who has everything – except one of the world’s top cheeses! i www.agamma.es
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Cooper, as he likes to be known, is a tall, rangy, straight-speaking Californian who’s on a crusade to make seriously interesting and affordable wines of character in beautiful and relatively far ﬂung Aragón.
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eeply rural and largely dedicated to the production of grapes; other crops such as almonds, peaches, pears, and apples are important here too and these are usually cultivated in the lee of the extensive river valley network as it provides a modicum of protection from the often radical frosts that can strike during some six months of the year. Olives are important too though sadly the many co-ops, notably in Campo de Borja, have for some years concentrated their efforts in selling bulk olive oil directly to Italy. The local cherries are also awesome with many trees dotted in particular around the old vineyards of Calatayud which attract myriads of beautiful, enthusiastic butterflies. Cooper, meantime, originally from Montecito – an affluent Californian community just east of Santa Barbara – landed in Spain in 2002, having fallen in love with Rosario in Rome that very same year. He followed her back to her native land and the couple spent two years in Madrid. He is a man of many passions and
talents and is best friends with Michael Douglas’s son Cameron, whom he met at school. Cooper studied ﬁlm and theatre at UCLA and while he was a student, he worked in the Douglas’ ﬁlm production company. As a major ﬁlm buff, he’s particularly fond of Tarantino and Scorcese, as well as the quirky and individualistic Spanish luminaries, Julio Medem and Álex de la Iglesia. Wine, of course, also played an important part in his upbringing and while still a teenager, his divorced mother dragged him not so reluctantly off on various European cultural interludes. This would ultimately prove a major spur and, also while witnessing as a youngster the renaissance and evolution of California, the seeds were sown for him to become a devout but critical fan of Condrieu, Chablis and good French Viognier. He would not, however, take up the challenge of personally leaping into the wine-making arena until ﬁnally landing in Zaragoza. He initially put his other many talents to use, setting up his own video production company in 2005 and
specialising in corporate work. This in no way prevented him having fun, however: check out his most alluring and playful spare-time, 55 million hit Rappin’ for Jesus on YouTube. In 2009, Cooper leapt into the fray to begin informally experimenting with Carignan from the nearby Cariñena Appellation. He had just moved to Zaragoza with Rosario, who was now in charge of the important family farmacia. At the time, Cooper was running a local wine store in addition to a corresponding blog despite not having ofﬁcial winemaking qualiﬁcations nor experience. Instead of investing in a central winery, Cooper decided to cut down on costs by sourcing the highest quality grapes he could ﬁnd directly from individual growers. He started out by making small quantities of excellent handcrafted wines on borrowed local premises. He opted to produce three Aragonese DOs and one Catalan DO, since his quest for quality Garnacha Blanca forced him to migrate.
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COOPER’S WINES Z VINOS DEL VIENTO GARNACHA BLANCA 2017 (15%) • 85% old vine Garnacha Blanca & 15% Chardonnay • DO Terra Alta • Full flavoured, savoury, and slightly peppery with lush, nicely peachy overtones. • Production approximately 4,000 bottles. Z VINOS DEL VIENTO CARIÑENA ROSÉ 2017 (12.5%) • Single vineyard north-facing old vine Cariñena/ Carignan from gnarly old bush vines and slate soils with some iron and clay • DO Cariñena • Pale, watery pink apricot with zippy, salty, sour tangerine and pink grapefruit notes and tremendous uplifting uncorrected acidity. Unﬁltered, so may have a small crystalline deposit which is nothing to worry about. • Production 1,200 bottles. Z VINOS DEL VIENTO GARNACHA 2018 (13.5%) • DO Calatayud • Light, fresh, and zingy with lively red fruits, hints of rosehip and violets, and a touch of sultry plum pudding lurking in the background. • Simple, yummy and unoaked. • Production approximately 4,000 bottles.
Z VINOS DEL VIENTO SINGLE VINEYARD CARIÑENA 2015 (13.5%) • Dry farmed, old vine Cariñena/Carignan together with 15% Syrah • 12 months in new French oak • DO Cariñena • Dark fruits – notably plum – with elements of ginger, fruit cake and medicinal herbs, a hint of Savlon, and suggestions of Fernet Branca, plus an elusive sweetness in the ﬁnish recalling Coca Cola. Subtle oak too and gentle tannins. • Production approximately 2,200 bottles. Z VINOS DEL VIENTO ERMITA DE SANTA BÁRBARA 2016 (14.5%) • Old vine Garnacha from a family vineyard in Tabuenca • DO Campo de Borja • The 2nd vintage from a formidable old vine family vineyard in this pocket handkerchief of a village. Goes through three quite different viniﬁcations which resulted in just 1,200 bottles. • Medium intensity in colour with elements of strawberry, white pepper, pine resin, and medicinal herbs with lovely ripe blueberry fruit on the palate, accompanying myrtle, and though endearingly gentle has enormous length. i www.vinosdelviento.com
Autonomous since 1982, while accounting for almost 10 per cent of Spain’s land mass. Its roughly 1.3 million inhabitants represent barely 3 per cent of the national population with more than half living in its capital Zaragoza. Mega scenic, with impressive mountain ranges and major river networks, thanks to the Ebro Valley. Its widely varying terrain is spread over the provinces of Huesca, Zaragoza and Teruel, covering some 48,000 square kilometres. It has a formidable cultural history too: Celtic, Roman, and Islamic so it is great for culture vultures.
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Some 19 wineries are spread over 16 municipalities between the plains of the Ebro Valley and the Sistema Ibérico, with Moncayo (the Father of Iberia) dominating. Garnacha is king (accounting for some 5,000 of the area’s 6,300 hectares) and is grown at heights varying from 350 metres to 700 metres. An Atlantic climate with low rainfall; its best wines are rich ruby in colour, floral, and with pronounced red fruits.
Further west, on the other side of the Sistema Ibérico, with a similar climate but higher – from 550 to 1,100 metres – prone to radical frosts, and with at least half a dozen other rivers radiating from the all-embracing Ebro Valley. Here, winemaking is centred around
some 46 municipalities comprising around 5,600 hectares. Despite boasting 11 different varieties, Garnacha again predominates but tends to be darker and more minerally because of older vineyards and poorer soils with signiﬁcant elements of stone, slate, and underlying limestone.
Despite being one the oldest denominations in Spain and at interesting heights of 400 to 800 metres, this area produces rather standardised wines. This is partly due to the fact that the region is on a homogenous plain and also because the 1990s saw a determined shift into big volume formulaic wines. Exports alone have apparently quadrupled since 1995, and there are currently around 29 wineries and some 14,000 hectares of vineyards. From a wine aﬁcionado’s point of view, however, it is the acknowledged origin of the Carignan grape variety, though this tends to be called Mazuelo rather than Cariñena
Beneath the Mountain is the smallest Aragonese DO and by far the hardest to pigeon-hole. Its 4,000 hectares stretch over three sub-zones from the foothills of the Pyrenees down to the Ebro Valley. Some 15 varieties are grown here, and it’s a region that’s yet to ﬁnd itself despite having 33 wineries. Its best offerings are white: look out in particular for Gewürztraminer and the most excellent Chardonnays from Enate. e
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. . THE GUIDE listings
PRICE GUIDE per head for a three-course meal with wine
Open seven days a week from noon till late. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 563 673
JACKS SMOKEHOUSE Open seven days a week from noon till late. Puerto Banús, Tel: 952 813 625
MR. GOURMET BURGER Open from 6pm ‘til late every evening. Avda. Luis Braile 20, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 785 257
YANX Open from 9am Monday to Saturday and Sunday from 11am for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Centro Plaza, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 861
€25 – €40
€40 – €60
C’EST SI BON
Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. C/ Virgen del Pilar, 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 779 297
Open daily from 12pm to midnight. Ctra. De Ronda, km 45, C.C. Monte Halcones, Local 9-10, Benahavís. Tel: 951 275 109
Open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to midnight. Urb. Aloha Pueblo, Local 35, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 907 570
GIOIA Open daily from 1pm to 8pm except Mondays. C/ Velázquez 1, Marbella. Tel: 630 441 834
THE ORGANIC CAFÉ
Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ de la Acera de la Marina 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 968
Open daily from 9am to 10pm. Esquina C/ Martínez Catena and Paseo Marítimo Fuengirola. Tel: 951 255 563
Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Gregorio Marañón s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 968
BUENOS AIRES SOUTH
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos, Puerto Sotogrande. Tel: 956 790 212
ALBERT & SIMON Open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday and for dinner only on Saturday. Closed Sundays. Urb. Nueva Alcántara, Edif. Mirador, Bloque 4-B, Marbella. Tel: 952 783 714
Open daily 1pm to 11pm except Mondays. C/ Iris 12T, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 635 771 122 Open daily for lunch and dinner. El Corte Inglés, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990
MAISON LÚ Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for lunch. Blvd. Alfonso von Hohenlohe 269, Marbella. Tel: 951 210 000
MONSIEUR BISTRO Open daily for lunch and dinner. Open for lunch only on Mondays. C/ Antonio Herrera 6, Local 8, Marbella. Tel: 744 612 790
VALDERRAMA RESTAURANT Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner only and on Sunday for Buffet Lunch. Apartado 1, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 132.2 Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 791 200
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EL GAUCHO DE BANÚS
Open Tuesday to Saturday 12pm to 2am. C/ Ramiro Campos Turno 4, Marbella. Tel: 600 919 541
EL RANCHO DEL PUERTO
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the Puente Romano Hotel on the Golden Mile. Tel: 952 820 900
RED PEPPER Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 812 148
ASADOR CRIOLLO GRILL Open nightly for dinner. CN340-A7, km. 166, Cancelada, El Saladillo. Tel: 952 784 463
ASADOR GUADALMINA Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Urb. Guadalmina Alta, C.C. Guadalmina, Local 3, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 883 003
CABAÑA NAGÜELES Open Monday to Saturday from 1pm to midnight. Urb. La Carolina, Marbella. Tel: 951 134 083
EL CARNICERO Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Pueblo Viejo Cancelada. Between San Pedro & Estepona. Tel: 952 886 307
EL CARNICERO 2
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle Benabola 9-11, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 812 167 Open for lunch and dinner every day. Muelle Benabola 4, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 252
GOIKO GRILL Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 15, Marbella. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Tel: 951 829 935
GRILL DEL PUERTO Open for lunch and dinner every day. Muelle Ribera 47H, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 686
MARBELLA CLUB GRILL Open every night for dinner. Marbella Club 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 every day from 5pm till late. Ctra. Cádiz, exit Las Chapas. Tel: 952 831 922
T-BONE GRILL Open daily for lunch and dinner. At the Gran Meliá Don Pepe, Avda. José Meliá s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 300
VOVEM Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Odeon, Locales 9-10, C/ Las Yedras, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 003 434
VOVEM Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Duque de Ahumada, Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 008 822
Open every day for lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 176, Marbella. Tel: 952 867 599
Open daily from 1pm to 11pm. Paseo Marítimo Rey de España 4, Local 2-4, Fuengirola. Tel: 951 903 807
Open daily for dinner from 7.30pm. Galerías Paniagua. Sotogrande. Tel: 956 795 528
JAIPUR PALACE Open every night except Tuesday for dinner. CN340,
km 194, next to Camping Cabopino, Marbella. Tel: 951 310 004
Monday and Tuesday at 8pm. Ctra. Arroyo de la Miel, s/n, Benalmádena. Tel: 902 102 675
Open daily for dinner. CN 340, km. 166, Estepona. Tel: 952 888 353
Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 146.5, Casares. Tel: 951 704 884
BALTAZAR BAR & GRILL
Open daily for dinner. 57, Duquesa de Arcos (Sabinillas seafront). Tel: 952 897 358
Open daily for lunch and dinner. El Paseo del Mar, Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona, CN340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500
MUMTAZ Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Casa No.7, P. Banús. Tel: 952 812 090
99 SUSHI BAR & RESTAURANT Open nightly for dinner. At Anantara Villa Padierna Palace. Urb. Los Flamingos Golf, CN340, km. 166, Marbella. Tel: 952 889 150
11&11 RESTOBAR Open Monday to Thursday from 7pm ‘til late, on Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and from 7pm ‘til late and on Sunday from 10am ‘til late. Dársena de Levante, Local 39, Estepona Port. Tel: 951 703 060
BARBQ ARTESANAL BURGERS Open every day for lunch and dinner. C/ Jacinto Benavente 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 656
BREATHE Open from 12.30pm ‘til late, seven days a week. C/ Los Lirios s/n, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 036 494.
CAFÉ DE RONDA Open daily for breakfast and lunch until 7pm. Avda. Ramón Gómez de la Serna 23, Marbella. Tel: 952 862 149
CAFETERÍA KE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Puerto Deportivo de Sotogrande, s/n. Tel: 956 790 333
Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesday. C.C. El Zoco, Sitio de Calahonda, Mijas Costa. Tel: 607 680 999
Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, local 24-25, Estepona. Tel: 951 217 871
Open every day from 6pm except Sundays. C/ Ancha, 8, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 450
Open from 1pm to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm daily. At Reserva del Higuerón. Avda. del Higuerón 48, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 661 174
ALBERTS Open daily for lunch and dinner. Puerto Cabopino. Tel: 952 836 886
AMANHAVIS Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday from 8.00pm. Calle del Pilar 3, Benahavís. Tel: 952 856 026
BABOO LOUNGE AND RESTAURANT Open every day for lunch and dinner, closing Sunday,
CASANIS 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
CHARLIE’S CORNER Open Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 11pm and Friday from 10am to 4pm. Closed Saturdays. C/ Los Jazmines 409, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 275 384.
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. THE GUIDE listings CLARO! RESTAURANT & BEACH CLUB Open every day from 10am to 11pm. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 873
D.O.M Open nightly for dinner. At the Hotel Meliá Marbella Banús. C/ Mario Vargas Llosa s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 912 764 747
D.O.MAR Open daily from 1pm to 2am. Urb. Oasis Club, CN340 km 183, Marbella. Tel: 952 868 396
EL JINETE Open daily for dinner except for Friday. Ctra. La Cala Golf, km 45, La Cala de Mijas. Tel: 952 119 170
EL LAGO Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. Urb. Elviria Hills. Avda. Las Cumbres s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 832 371
EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL & RESTAURANT Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 199, Marbella. Tel: 952 587 550
Tel: 952 774 049
HAYACA Open Monday to Sunday from 7.30pm to 11pm. At the Amàre Hotel Marbella. Avda. Severo Ochoa 8, Marbella. Tel: 951 562 083
HERMOSA Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner from 7pm. Closed Monday. Local 1A. Puerto de Cabopino. Tel: 952 837 483
HILLS CAFE Open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Closed on Monday. Tel: 952 856 171
Open every night for dinner. Puerto Banús, Marbella. Tel: 952 811 716
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 11am to 2am. Artola Alta, Marbella. Tel: 952 000 772.
Open every day for dinner from 8pm-4am. Hotel Andalucía Plaza s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 814 000
HOTEL MARBELLA CLUB BUFFET
Open Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. C.C. Azalea, Edif. A, CN340, km 173, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 339 309
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 every day for lunch. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211
EL BOLERO Open every night for dinner from 8-11pm. The San Roque Club, CN 340, km. 127, Cádiz. Tel: 956 613 030
FINCA CORTESIN BEACH CLUB
Open 11am to 7pm. Bahía de Casares, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800
Open every day for lunch. Open for dinner on Friday and Saturday. CN 340, km. 168, Estepona. Tel: 952 880 126
FINCA EL FORJADOR Open daily for lunch from 1-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Ctra. de Casares, km. 10. Tel: 952 895 120
Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. C/ El Pilar s/n, Benahavís. Tel: 681 294 442
Open daily except Monday, 5pm to 11:30pm. Plaza Santo Cristo 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 901 040
GALERIA SAN PEDRO
Open daily for dinner. Hotel Los Monteros, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 187. Tel: 952 771 700
Open from 11am until midnight. Closed Sundays. Avda Las Palmeras 15, San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 780 927
EL JARDÍN DE LUTZ
GD GOURMET DELI MARBELLA
Open every night for dinner from 7:30pm. At Hotel Finca Cortesin, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800
Open 9:30am to 9pm from Monday to Friday and Saturday from 12am to 6pm. Closed Sundays. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 7, Marbella.
HORIZON STEAKHOUSE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Antonio Machado s/n, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 560 094
IL MARE Open every evening for dinner. Playa del Rodeo, Marbella. Tel: 951 319 372
KAVA Open nightly for dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 824 108
LA BIZNAGA Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sunday for lunch only. Ctra. Ronda, km. 46, Urb. Las Medranas, local 4, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 275 750
LA BRISA Open for dinner Thursday to Monday from 7pm. Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona. CN 340, km. 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500
LA CAMPANA Open for lunch and dinner every day from 1pm to 1am. Avda. Miguel de Cervantes 68, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 814 041
LA CANTINA DEL GOLF Open for breakfast and lunch until 8pm. Closed Sunday. Flamingo Golf Club, Cancelada, Benahavís. Tel: 951 318 815
LA CASA DEL HUMMUS Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 11pm and Sunday 11am to 8pm. Plaza Puente de Málaga, C/ Mendoza 16, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 104
LA FAMIEKE Open nightly for dinner except Sunday. C/ Cruz 5, Plaza Puente de Ronda. Old Town Marbella. Tel: 952 775 412
LA GRANADA DIVINO Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesday. C/ de las Piedras, Gaucín. Tel: 951 709 075
LA LOGGIA Open daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. Hotel Villa Padierna & Flamingos Golf Club, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 166 (Cancelada exit), Benahavís. Tel: 952 889 150
LA TERRAZA Open everyday lunch and dinner. Golf Hotel Guadalmina, Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211
LA TERRAZA Open daily for dinner. La Cala Resort, La Cala de Mijas, Mijas. Tel: 952 669 000
LA TIENDA Open nightly for dinner except Mondays. C/ La Tienda 1, Urb. La Virginia, Marbella. Tel: 626 273 882
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 VERANDA Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner. Hotel Villa Padierna, Urb: Flamingos s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 889 150
LA VERANDAH Open week days for dinner at 7:30pm and weekends
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listings THE GUIDE . for lunch and dinner, closed Tuesdays. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 136. Playa Guadiaro, Torre-Guadiaro, Cádiz. Tel: 956 615 998
LA VERANDA LOBBY BAR
Open for dinner Monday to Saturday. Avda. Severo Ochoa, 12, Marbella. Tel: 952 864 895
Open for lunch and dinner every day. C.C. La Colonia, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 781 583
MIRAFLORES GOLF RESTAURANT
Open daily for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 199. Urb. Riviera Golf. Tel: 952 931 941
Open 11am to 8pm in May, 11am to 9pm in June and September and 11am to 10pm in July and August. C.C. Laguna Village, Playa El Padrón, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 015
Open every day for lunch and dinner. At the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona. CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500
LIMA BY MOMO Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm to 12am. Closed Sundays. Plaza Practicante, Manuel Cantos 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 036 115.
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
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
MARE NOSTRUM Open daily for breakfast and dinner. At the Hotel Amàre Marbella. Avda. Severo Ochoa 8, Marbella. Tel: 800 843 493
MC CAFÉ Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Marbella Club Hotel. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n. Tel: 952 822 211
MOJO Open from Monday to Saturday for dinner from 8pm ‘til late. Monte Paraíso Golf, Marbella. Tel: 951 217 272
MOJO 3.0 Open very night for dinner except Sunday. C/ Ramón Gómez de la Serna, 4, Marbella. Tel: 952 185 207
MOMO MARBELLA Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm to midnight. C/ Tetuán 7, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 560
MOMO MARBELLA GOLDEN MILE Open nightly for dinner, except Sunday. Avda. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 30, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 760
MONKEY CLUB Open nightly for dinner. At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 951 607 018
RESTAURANTE FELIX Open nightly from 7pm to 11pm. Urb. Boladilla Baja, CN340, km 163.5, Estepona. Tel: 951 082 090.
SUITE Dinner and afterwards dance to music by resident DJ. Thursday to Saturday. Hotel Puente Romano, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900
TACOS & TIKKA
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the Hotel Torrequebrada, Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 441 414
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 168, Benamara, Estepona. Tel: 952 883 259
ROSAS CAFÉ Open from 9am to 10pm daily. Avda. Playas del Duque 3, Marbella. Tel: 951 569 392
ROJO Open every day for lunch and dinner except Sunday. C/ Granada, 44, Málaga. Tel: 952 227 486
SAVOR Open 1pm to 3:30pm and 7:30pm to 11:30pm daily except Sunday evenings and Monday. Avda. Andalucía 6, Local 4, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 531 777
Open for lunch and dinner every day except for Sunday. Bulevar de San Pedro, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 702 168
SHANTI-SOM – AMRITA
Open from 11am to 9pm. Avda. de Lola Flores, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 908 137
Open Monday to Thursday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Friday and Saturday from 1.30pm to 4.30 pm and 8pm to 10.30pm. Ctra. de Ojén, km 22, A355, MarbellaMonda. Tel: 952 864 455
Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. C/ Moncayo 12, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 460 232 / 648 502 822
Open nightly for dinner except Sundays. Urb. Reserva del Higuerón, Málaga. Tel: 951 385 622
Open 1pm to 12am Monday to Sunday. CN340, km 192, Las Chapas. Tel: 952 355 561
SKAKERS URBAN BAR & FOOD
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C.C. Benavista, Estepona. Tel: 952 928 576
Saturday for dinner only. Closed Sunday and Monday. C/ Aduar 12, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 277
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Julio Iglesias 9, Puerto Banús. Tel: 665 410 974 At the Puente Romano Marbella. Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 187, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900
TANINO TERRA SANA Open Monday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Marina Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 977. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 951 901 050. C.C. Parque Miramar, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 663 937. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 951 915 069
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 MEETING ROOM Open 9am to 11pm every day except Sundays. Avda. Ricardo Soriano 1, Local 1 (Edif. Portillo), Marbella. Tel: 952 772 577
THE ORANGE TREE Open every evening from 6:30 pm-11 pm. Plaza General Chinchilla 1, Plaza de los Naranjos, Marbella. Tel: 952 924 613.
THE PLAYWRIGHT Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Manzana, Locales 8-11, Pueblo Los Arcos, Elviria. Tel: 952 830 868
Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Friday and
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TIKITANO Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. Guadalmansa, CN340, km 164, Estepona. Tel: 952 798 449
TROCADERO ARENA Open every day for lunch and dinner. Torre Real Beach, Marbella. Tel: 952 865 579
TROCADERO BEACH Open daily for lunch and dinner. Playa de la Carolina, Marbella. Tel: 610 704 144
Truffles is open daily from 6:30pm to 10:30pm nightly. The kitchen is open daily from 12pm ‘til late. C.C. Pinares de Elviria, Local 18, Marbella. Tel: 951 569 173
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
Open every day for lunch and dinner from 1pm to midnight. Puerto Deportivo de Estepona. Tel: 952 802 144
LA PAPPARDELLA SUL MARE Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 952 807 354
LA TRATTORIA Open daily from 7pm to 11pm. At the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa. Avenida Zurita, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800
LEONARDO DA VINCI Open every night for dinner. Urb. Doña Lola, Local 21-22, Calahonda, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 934 667
LOMBARDO’S Open daily from 7pm. Galerías Paniagua, Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 795 924
MADE IN SARDINIA Open every night for dinner. C.C. Cristamar, Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 608
Open every day for lunch and dinner. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 446 460
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 daily for lunch and dinner. At the Caleta Hotel. Catalan Bay, Gibraltar. Tel: +350 200 76501
ZOZOI Open Wednesday to Monday for dinner. Closed Tuesday. Plaza Altamirano 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 858 868
italian AL DENTE
Open every day for dinner. Closed on Mondays. Urb. Jardines del Puerto, local 12, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 181
AMORE E FANTASÍA Open every day for lunch and dinner from 7pm onwards. Muelle Benabola, Casa 5A, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 464
ARETUSA Open daily for dinner. Front line P. Banús. Tel: 952 812 898
CARPACCIO Open every day for lunch and dinner. Frontline Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 357
CASA TUA Open every evening for dinner. C/ Ortiz de Molinillo 14, Marbella. Tel: 951 712 227
CIBO Open daily for lunch and dinner. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 11, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 380
DA BRUNO Open all day. Da Bruno Cabopino: CN-340 Km. 194,7. Tel: 952 831 918. Da Bruno a Casa: Marbella Mar, Local 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 857 521 – closed on Sunday. Da Bruno A San Pedro: Avda. del Mar, local 1E, San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 860 – closed on Monday. Da Bruno Sul Mare: Edif. Skol, Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 318/19. Da Bruno Mijas Costa: Ctra. de Mijas, km. 3.6, Mijas. Tel: 952 460 724
DA PAOLO Open everyday for lunch and dinner. Muelle Ribera, casa G-H, local 43, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 453
DON GIOVANI Open every night for dinner from 7:30pm. At Hotel Finca Cortesin, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800
FRASCATI Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos s/n, Sotogrande. Tel: 952 790 392
GOLD RESTAURANT Open every day from 10am to 12 am. Complejo Benabola 13, Beach Side, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 929 055
LA LOCANDA DEL PARADISO Open daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Paraíso Barronal, km. 167, Estepona. Tel: 951 272 371
NUNOS O MAMMA MIA Open every day except Sunday for lunch and dinner. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990
RISTORANTE SAN MARTINO Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pinares de Elviria s/n, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 832 702
ROSMARINO DELLA PIAZZA Open every day from 12pm ‘til midnight for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pinogolf de Don Carlos 34, Elviria. Tel: 952 850 148
SERAFINA Open from Monday to Saturday for dinner at the Puente Romano Hotel on the Golden Mile. Tel: 952 771 798
Cortesín Hotel. Ctra. Casares s/n, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800
KAIDEN SUSHI Open daily for lunch and dinner. Centro Com. Guadalmina Alta, Guadalmina 4, local 2, lower floor, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 896 508
KAMA KURA Open Tuesday to Saturday from 8-11pm. The San Roque Club, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 127, San Roque, Cádiz. Tel: 956 613 030
MAKITAKE Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Ribera s/n (above disco Seven), Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 592
MECA Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pino Golf, Don Carlos, Local 1, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 830 365 / 658 646 829
NIKKEI 55 Open daily for lunch and dinner. Conjunto Benabola Local B2, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 229 470
NOBU Open nightly for dinner. At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 778 686
OMBÚ Open from 7pm to 11pm, Wednesday to Sunday. At the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa. Avenida Zurita, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800
OSAKA Open every day 13:30-16:00 & 19:30-24:00. CN 340, km. 166 (Benavista). C.C. Costa del Sol. Tel: 952 885 751
SAKURA Open every day for lunch and dinner. Avda. José Banús, 5, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 536
SANTOKU Open daily for dinner. At the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel. CN 340, km 166, Marbella. Tel: 952 889 180
Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Costa del Sol, upper level. CN 340, km. 166 (Estepona). Tel: 952 888 710
Open every day for lunch from 1pm to 3:30pm and for dinner from 6:30pm ‘til late. C/ Tetuán 9, Marbella. Tel: 951 087 323
Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday. Centro Comercial Marbellamar. Tel: 952 770 550
VALPARAÍSO Open nightly for dinner. Ctra. Mijas – Fuengirola, km. 14, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 485 996
VILLA TIBERIO Open Monday to Saturday for dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 178, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 799
SUKHO THAI SUSHI KATSURA Open for lunch from Monday to Friday and for dinner from Monday to Saturday. C/ Ramón Gómez de la Serna, 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 863 193
Open seven days a week for dinner. H. Puente Romano, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 177, Marbella. Tel: 952 777 893
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 806 739
Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Gregorio Marañón 4, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 839
RESTAURANTE BAR CARMEN
oriental ASIATICO ZEN
Open every day for lunch and dinner except Tuesday lunch. C/ Lirios s/n, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 691
BAMBOO Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Ctra. Istan km 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 906 674
DRAGÓN DE ORO Open every day from 12.30-4pm and 7pm until midnight. Closed Monday lunchtime. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 141, Urb. Hacienda Guadalupe, Manilva. Tel: 952 890 956
GENJI SUSHI BAR Open from 1:30pm-4pm and 8pm to 11pm. C/ Ramón Gomez de la Serna, 4, Edificio Balmoral. Marbella. Tel: 951 530 955
GOLDEN WOK Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. Marbellamar, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 840
TA-KUMI TEPPANYAKI SAMURAI Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Manolete 20, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 549
THAI GALLERY At Plaza Village at the Hotel Puente Romano. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 818 392
THAI STYLE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Playas del Duque s/n. Edif. Gaviotas IV, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 675
WASABI Open daily from 1.30 pm for lunch and dinner. C.C. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 577
scandinavian ALOHA RESTAURANT
Open every evening for dinner from 6pm to 11.30pm. Avda. del Prado s/n, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 811 285
SKANDIES Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7pm to 11pm. Closed Mondays. Avda. Antonio Belón, 26 (behind the lighthouse), Marbella. Tel: 952 776 323
EL BARLOVENTO Open from 11am-4pm and 7.30-11pm every day except Mondays. Puerto Deportivo de Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 790 370
RESTAURANTE LA MARINA Open every day from 1-4.30pm and 8pm until midnight. Paseo Marítimo s/n, La Atunara, La Linea de la Concepción, Campo de Gibraltar. Tel: 956 171 531
LA TORRE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle de Honor, Club de Mar, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 561
MARISQUERÍA LA PESQUERA Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de la Victoria, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 170
RESTAURANTE EL BOTE Open every day for lunch and dinner. Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 660 084
PALAPA Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 808 165
SANTIAGO Open daily for lunch and dinner. Paseo Marítimo, 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 078
Open every evening for dinner. At Hotel Don Carlos. Avda. Zurita s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800
HACIENDA Open from 1-4.30pm and 7.30 -11pm. Closed on Sunday afternoons and Mondays. Urb. La Alcaidesa, La Linea de la Concepción. Tel: 956 582 700
LA MÁQUINA Open daily for lunch and dinner except Sunday. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990
LA MORAGA BISTRÓ Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Ramón Areces s/n, in front of El Corte Inglés, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 448
LA RED Open daily from 9.30am to 6pm. Playa La Fontanilla, Marbella. Tel: 952 821 450
MESÓN EL ADOBE Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesdays. Avda. La Fontanilla, Edif. Balmoral, Bajo 3, Marbella. Tel. 600 003 144
MI TABERNA Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 178, Marbella. Tel: 952 827 880
*cinemas & theatres AUDITORIO MUNICIPAL MIJAS
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
Plaza de la Libertad 2. Mijas. Tel: 952 590 380
TSE YANG DIMSUM CLUB
Plaza de España, Recinto Ferial. Tel: 952 379 521
Open daily for lunch and dinner except Sundays. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990
WAGAMAMA Open daily for lunch and dinner. 19 Ocean Village promenade, Gibraltar. Tel: +350 200 44182
AUDITORIO MUNICIPAL TORREMOLINOS AUDITORIO PARQUE DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035
CENTRO CULTURAL EL INGENIO Garcia Morato, s/n. San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 968
Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner. At Finca
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La Cañada. Marbella. Tel: 902 333 231
Veracruz. Estepona. Tel: 952 800 056
CINES TEATRO GOYA
Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 196 665
Plaza Mayor. Tel: 902 220 922
CINESUR C.C. Miramar, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 198 605
*post offices CALAHONDA
C.C. El Zoco. Tel: 952 932 175
EL CORTE INGLÉS
Avda. Camilo José Cela, s/n. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 800 056
Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990
Tel: 952 467 843
Mijas. Tel: 952 663 738
C/ Málaga 82–84. Tel: 952 800 537
PALACIO DE LA PAZ
Recinto Ferial. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 589 349
Pza. los Chinorros. Tel: 952 474 384
Jac. Benavente, 14. Tel: 952 772 898
Calle Córdoba 9, Málaga. Tel: 952 213 412
MARBELLA NUEVA ANDALUCÍA
C/ Jazmines. Tel: 952 810 887
Ramos Marín, 199, Málaga. Tel: 952 224 109
TEATRO CIUDAD DE MARBELLA
Plaza Ramón Martínez, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 159
TEATRO SALON VARIETES Emancipación 30. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 474 542
Pizarro, 41. Tel: 952 780 39
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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RUSSELL GRANT’S Monthly Horoscopes October 2019
The New Moon on the 28th invites you to practice the power of positive thinking. Instead of staying awake nights worrying about money, you’ll be able to drift into a deep, satisfying slumber. There’s no better gift to give yourself than peace of mind
LIBRA (September 23rd – October 22nd) The Full Moon on the 13th is a great time to strike a compromise with your best friend, romantic partner or business associate. Instead of clinging stubbornly to a particular point, be willing to negotiate. You can back down from your position without losing respect. If you’ve been collaborating on an original project, you’ll bring this work to its satisfying conclusion. Word of your talent will spread like wildfire. A moneymaking opportunity is worth pursuing, but don’t spend your first paycheque on luxury purchases. Instead, use this income to satisfy debts. It may take a few months before you’re back in the black, so be patient. Achieving economic independence will make your confidence soar. The New Moon on the 28th invites you to practice the power of positive thinking. Instead of staying awake nights worrying about money, you’ll be able to drift into a deep, satisfying slumber. There’s no better gift to give yourself than peace of mind.
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ARIES [21 MAR – 19 APR]
You’ll be coming into your own on the 13th, thanks to an empowering Full Moon. Take this opportunity to command the spotlight. Instead of deferring to others, march to the beat of your own drum. Promote your agenda, challenge rivals and satisfy your urges. In the past, people have accused you of being selfish, implying this was a character flaw. That’s not the case in mid-October, when you’ve earned the right to satisfy your needs. Although you’ll want to achieve intimacy with someone special on the 28th, this will be easier said than done. The object of your affection will question your motives and pull away at the critical moment. Don’t let the forbidding New Moon stop a promising relationship from getting off the ground. If you’re already in a serious relationship, an argument about joint finances could cause a headache. If this talk gets tense, back off and take deep breaths.
TAURUS [20 APR – 20 MAY]
Hidden information will come to light on the 13th, due to a revelatory Full Moon. Now that you understand a loved one’s past, it will be easier to achieve intimacy. Do your best to ease their fears and encourage their dreams. Knowing how to support your best friend or romantic partner will strengthen your bond. It will also dissolve any hidden resentments that have been building up for years. The New Moon on the 28th will pave the way to a partnership. This alliance won’t be entirely easy. It will be complicated to satisfy your unusual tastes and sensibilities. At times, your other half will have difficulty anticipating your needs. Try not to subject them to wild mood swings. The more considerate you are, the easier it will be to use this association to your advantage. When you argue, don’t make personal remarks. Stick to the subject and don’t say anything you might live to regret.
GEMINI [21 MAY – 20 JUN]
The Full Moon on the 13th is an ideal time to attend a social gathering. If you’re single, you will meet someone who makes your pulse pound. Throw caution to the wind and get romantically involved; you won’t be sorry. If you’re already in a serious relationship, your amour will enjoy showing you off. Wear something special that draws admiring glances. You’ll have fun being the centre of attention and making your partner proud. On the 28th, the New Moon will mark a difficult work assignment. This job will command every ounce of your energy. Working with a group of highly eccentric people will be both amusing and frustrating. The final days of October will sap your energy. Try to rest at every opportunity. Eating nutritious meals on a regular schedule will keep your system strong and repel illness. The last thing you want is to get sick when you’re facing a tight deadline.
CANCER [21 JUN – 22 JUL]
The Full Moon on the 13th trains the spotlight firmly on you. You’ll enjoy showcasing your talent and working before the public. Instead of trying to blend in with the crowd, emphasise your differences. This will allow you to land the creative assignments you enjoy. Travelling for work will be both intellectually stimulating and spiritually rewarding. On the 28th, the New Moon could mark the beginning of a passionate romance. You’ll be irresistibly drawn to someone who belongs to an unusual social circle. Although you’ll have lots in common with the object of your affection, it will be difficult to fit
in with their friends. Instead of ingratiating yourself with this social set, be true to yourself. If this relationship is meant to be, it will take flower. If not, you will have learned a valuable lesson about yourself. Are you already in a relationship? Your amour may take up an unusual hobby that gets on your nerves.
LEO [23 JUL – 22 AUG]
Taking an ethical stance will be rewarded on the 13th, thanks to a satisfying Full Moon. You may prevail in a legal matter or vanquish an immoral enemy. Give yourself a reward for putting personal interest aside for the sake of principle. If you’ve been engaged in a course of study, you’ll graduate with honours. As a result, you’ll have a choice of excellent job offers. Being paid to travel the globe will be a dream come true. The New Moon on the 28th will mark a professional opportunity that shakes up your domestic life. This job will require you to move far from home. Living in an unusual part of the world will be challenging. At times, you’ll feel isolated. It’s important to develop coping strategies and relaxation techniques to deal with this transition. Immersing yourself in unfamiliar surroundings will be a wonderful growth opportunity. Release the familiar and embark on an adventure.
VIRGO [23 AUG – 22 SEPT]
On the 13th, an enriching Full Moon will put more money in your bank account. An inheritance, refund or settlement will allow you to make some extensive home improvements. If you’ve always wanted to buy your own place, you’ll finally be able to do so. Any property that has special accommodations for your pets is worth checking out. Have you always wanted a cat or dog? This will be your chance to get one. A course of study could be overwhelming on the 28th, thanks to a tense New Moon. You’ll be expected to process enormous quantities of information in a short amount of time. The results of a test will be less than spectacular. Don’t let this outcome deter you from your studies. By refusing to back down from this subject, you will eventually master it. An erratic teacher who rubs you the wrong way at first will eventually worm their way into your favour.
SCORPIO [23 OCT – 21 NOV]
You’ll see the results of a health regimen on the 13th, thanks to a gratifying Full Moon. Your efforts to eat well, be more active and get more rest will pay off handsomely. Give yourself a handsome reward for your diligence and sacrifice. If you’ve been working on a cutting-edge project, you’ll bring it to a successful conclusion in mid-October. You can expect a big cheque from this job. On the 28th, the New Moon will tempt you to change your appearance. Don’t undergo any radical transformations at this time. You’ll be displeased with the results. Temporary alterations can satisfy your urge to experiment without causing despair. Don’t rush to colour your hair, get a tattoo or undergo a cosmetic procedure. Instead, borrow clothes from a stylish friend. Taking on a whole new image or look is a great way to have fun without falling victim to serious regret.
SAGITTARIUS [22 NOV – 21 DEC]
After a long period of drudgery, you’ll be able to relax and have some fun on the 13th. That’s when an uplifting Full Moon
invites you to come out and play. If you’ve been yearning for romance, you’ll find it with a wild rebel. The two of you share a love of adventure; lots of far-flung trips are in the cards for you both. Are you already in a relationship? Your amour will give you an extravagant token of their affection. Accept it with a grateful heart; there are no strings attached to this tribute. You’ll want to retreat from public view and develop an independent project on the 28th, but the tense New Moon won’t allow you to do so. An annoying colleague will continually bother you for information they should already possess. It may be best to turn off your phone and hang a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door.
CAPRICORN [22 DEC – 19 JAN]
Home, family and real estate command your attention on the 13th. That’s when a stimulating Full Moon draws your attention to domestic life. If you’ve been trying to wrap up the purchase or sale of property, mid-October is the time to do so. It’s also possible that one of the family will leave the nest or you’ll finish a home improvement job. On the 28th, the New Moon pushes you into an unfamiliar environment. You’ll feel like a fish out of water in this group. Fight your instinct to flee the scene. It’s much better to stay and make new friends. Certain people in this crowd will rub you the wrong way. You’ll find their tastes pretentious. If you force yourself to stay on the scene, you’ll encounter someone else who deems these attitudes equally absurd. At that point, a dreadfully boring gathering will become lots of fun.
AQUARIUS [20 JAN – 18 FEB]
The Full Moon on the 13th invites you to clear your desk and finish tasks. The middle of the month is the ideal time to process paperwork, tackle correspondence and pay bills. Fill the pantry, clean the bathroom and clear out clutter. These tasks will be time consuming but satisfying. Signing official paperwork will be especially fortunate for you at this time. A financial deal will put extra money in your bank account. Buying a travel package will be worth its weight in gold. On the 28th, the New Moon warns against accepting a career opportunity that has lots of strings attached. If the initial terms aren’t favourable, negotiate for better ones. If you can’t reach a satisfactory agreement, refuse this job and wait for a better one. Don’t back yourself into a corner at the end of October. It’s important for you to have enough free time to spend with your family; an allconsuming position isn’t suited to you.
PISCES [19 FEB – 20 MAR]
Don’t hesitate to ask for what is rightfully yours on the 13th, when the Full Moon sheds lights on your material needs. Demand payment for services rendered, ask for a loan to be repaid or indulge in a luxury purchase. There’s nothing shallow about loving luxury and comfort. If you’ve been trying to improve your income, you’ll have a good chance of landing a lucrative job in mid-October. Apply for a position that appeals to your sense of adventure. The New Moon on the 28th invites you to expand your horizons. The thought of earning an advanced degree is daunting; you’re not sure if you can compete with students who have quick minds and sharp insights. Don’t worry about the competition; seek to satisfy your own goals. Instead of taking a course in a practical subject, choose a form of study that is off the beaten path.
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Spend a day at Laguna Village, practise yoga at Finca Cortesin, check out the LA Organic Experience in Ronda, check in to the new Higuerón H...
Published on Oct 1, 2019
Spend a day at Laguna Village, practise yoga at Finca Cortesin, check out the LA Organic Experience in Ronda, check in to the new Higuerón H...