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Bedrooms: 7

Bathrooms: 9

Built: 2,644 m²

Terrace: 300 m²

Plot: 13,000 m²

Price on application

Ref: ES9858

Magnificent estate in Sierra Blanca Marbella’s most magnificent estate enjoying amazing views to the coast and offering 24-hr security. Set on a large plot of 13,000 m2 with beautifully landscaped gardens and tennis court. Magnificent courtyard, central patio, drawing room, library, billiard room, dining room, breakfast room, dining terrace, master suite with his & her dressing-rooms, 6 guest en-suite bedrooms, Turkish salon, spa area with indoor pool, cinema room and staff quarters.

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Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4

Built: 789 m²

Terrace: 142 m²

Plot: 1,750 m²

Price on application

Ref: ES9325

State-of-the-art villa, 150 metres to the beach! A stunning contemporary villa with fabulous sea views located in the east of Marbella, just steps to the best beaches and within a residential community with 24-hour security. Extensive outdoor spaces for entertaining, garage for 3 cars, wine cellar, gymnasium and cinema room. Recently built to high quality standards, it includes domotic system, solar panels and much more.

Regulated by RICS

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Ref: DM4105 Price: 3.490.000€

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Well-appointed elegant home on extensive plot with open sea views, very private, possibility to extend 847 m2

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Showcasing some of the very best properties available in and around Marbella in a variety of styles and location, from walking distance to the beach and centre of town, to the most exclusive golf and country club, representing sound investments for year-round living.

Ref: DM4008 Price: 3.500.000€

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Diana Morales Properties has an extensive selection of luxury villas and apartments for sale in the most sought after locations in Marbella and surrounding areas. For advice on any of your real estate needs please contact us.

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Over 418 offices in 60 Countries Ref: DM4054 Price: 2.950.000€

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Aloha Golf: Certainly one of the most impressive villas in this sought-after community. Situated close to the best golf courses, this designer villa offers luxurious, contemporary living with tropical gardens, guest apartment, cinema room. 5 beds, 5 baths. Built 514 m2, plot 1.307 m2. E&V ID: W-029JKG. Price: 2.450.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Beachfront Marbesa: Rare opportunity! Fantastically priced villa on a spectacular beachfront plot with private tennis court and entertainment area. 4 beds, 5 baths. Built 310 m2, plot 1.515 m2. E&V ID: W-029FY5. Price: 2.750.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 55 80.

Sierra Blanca: Magnificent panoramic sea views! Classic style villa with finest materials and high standards. Rooftop terrace with sauna, outdoor heated pool. 4 beds, 5 baths. Built 536 m2, plot 1.533 m2. E&V ID: W-0292E0. Price: 3.450.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Puerto Banús: Designer penthouse with stunning sea views. Large terraces with Jacuzzi. 24h security, concierge, gym, paddle court, outdoor pool. 3 beds, 3 baths. Living area 170 m2, terrace 180 m2. E&V ID: W-029LQS. Price: 1.750.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Marina Puente Romano: A rare find! Duplex penthouse with sea views in the Persian Gardens. The most desirable beach community. Direct beach access. 4 beds, 3 baths. Living area 141 m2, terrace 76 m2. E&V ID: W-0298KZ. Price: 3.650.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Office Elviria: 952 83 55 80 · Office El Rosario: 952 83 20 40 www.engelvoelkers.com/MarbellaAndEast


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Altos Reales: Fantastically priced! Contemporary living in the most prestigious and secure community on the Golden Mile. Exceptional villa with luxury features such as manicured garden, gazebo, elevator, gym, Hammam, 24h security. 7 beds, 6 baths. Built 675 m2, plot 1.000 m2. E&V ID: W-029IFF. Price: 2.950.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Beachside Marbesa: Stunning panoramic sea views! Unmatched in style, design and sophistication. Beautiful landscape garden and highest qualities. 5 beds, 4 baths. Built 485 m2, plot 905 m2. E&V ID: W-028TCK. Price: 3.400.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 55 80.

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

Frontline Golf Río Real: Contemporary style duplex penthouse, very spacious, with breathtaking panoramic views over the golf course towards the sea. 4 beds, 4 baths. Living area 232 m2, terrace 82 m2. E&V ID: W-029M5F. Price: 1.395.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 20 40.

Beachfront El Rosario: Modern beachfront penthouse with unbeatable sea views in a small exclusive community with direct beach access. 4 beds, 3 baths. Living area 244 m2, terrace 28 m2. E&V ID: W-027671. Price: 1.480.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 20 40.

Office Puerto Banús: 952 85 98 60 · Office Marbella: 952 86 84 06 www.engelvoelkers.com/MarbellaAndEast


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

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

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Bedrooms: 7

Built: 786 m²

Terrace: 184 m²

Plot: 4,550 m²

Price: € 3,150,000

BENAHAVÍS Mediterranean-style villa in El Madroñal. Sea and mountain views. Gated community. 10 minutes’ drive to Puerto Banús. Ref.ES9758

Bedrooms: 3

Built: 198 m²

Terrace: 33 m²

Price: € 1,395,000

GOLDEN MILE Apartment in luxurious complex of La Trinidad. Ref. ES8122

Bedrooms: 5

Built: 279 m²

Plot: 796 m²

Price: € 899,000

LA QUINTA Villa next to The Westin La Quinta Golf Hotel. Ref. ES9720

An International Associate of Savills

Bedrooms: 4

Built: 568 m²

Plot: 1,141 m²

Price: € 1,500,000

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Frontline golf villa in Los Naranjos Golf. Ref. ES10020

Bedrooms: 2

Built: 135 m²

Terrace: 67 m²

Price: € 595,000

GOLDEN MILE Renovated flat in Ancón Sierra, a 5-star complex. Ref. ES9711


Bedrooms: 5

Built: 985 m²

Terrace: 691 m²

Plot: 3,375 m²

Price: € 5,900,000

GOLDEN MILE Modern villa in an exclusive community opposite the Puente Romano Hotel. 24-hr security. Outstanding views. Recently built. Ref. ES8556

Bedrooms: 5

Built: 514 m²

Plot: 1,307 m²

Price: € 2,450,000

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Immaculate villa in Aloha, Golf Valley. Ref. ES10003

Bedrooms: 3

Built: 222 m²

Terrace: 150 m²

Price: € 1,250,000

GOLDEN MILE Apartment with beautiful views. 24-hour security. Ref. ES9809

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Bedrooms: 4

Built: 344 m²

Plot: 1,052 m²

Price: € 1,350,000

GOLDEN MILE Villa in La Carolina, walking distance to the beach. Ref. ES9735

Bedrooms: 6

Built: 627 m²

Plot: 2,480 m²

Price: € 3,999,000

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Outstanding contemporary villa. Sea views. Ref. ES7396

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


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contents the trend Cinema 40

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 42

the spa 114 Perfectly Matte Skin 116 Tropical Resins Line by Sisley

Music News 44

120 Energy Balls

The Hobbit 46

122 Health News

Mobile Payment 48

The New Bugatti Chiron 50

the focus

The London Design Festival 56 Symbols of Power 66 Democracy 72 Cillian Murphy 76 Ali Meehan of Costa Women 78 Else.House Lifestyle Homes 80

the style A Tastefully Modern Marbella Club Villa 84 Ambience Home Design: Transforming Living Spaces 92 A Stunning Home Renovation in Las Brisas 100 Cala Collection by Doshi Levien for Kettal 102 Autumn/Winter Fashion by Monsoon 104 Vintage Femininity by Laura Ashley 110

124 Sol Eyes

the pro 126 Enterprise 136 Aloha College Exam Results 138 High-end Insurance from Hiscox 140 Brexit News 142 The Vibe

the leisure 152 World’s Top Hotels 160 Six Reasons to Love the Puente Romano

the gourmet 167 Bono Beach 169 La Tapa by Casanis 170 Food News 172 Juando Flores of the Amàre Beach Hotel 174 Wine Profile: Miguel Merino

the guide 176 Listings 187 Pet News 188 What’s On 190 Stars for September 192 The Nintendo Super NES Classic Mini

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Exclusive Design Villa LAS BRISAS Golfside Contemporary Luxury Villa

Urb. Las Brisas, C/ Copenhague 30-D, plot 34, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella

luxury villa for sale you can see the project on the website www.p4arquitectos.com

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elcome to September, one of the nicest months of the year in Marbella, with endearing sunshine, temperatures that are more supportable, and room to move. To celebrate it, come with us on a joyous journey, courtesy of Magazine. As is our wont, this issue has something for everyone, although it specifically focuses on architecture and design. Take a look inside the confines of a brand new villa within the grounds of The Marbella Club, exemplifying modern interiors, marvel at a range of projects styled by Ambience Home Design, and witness the transformation of a villa at Las Brisas Golf, completed by Blackshaw Interior Design. We also preview this month’s London Design Festival, feature sartorial fashion from Monsoon and vintage femininity by Laura Ashley. There’s a new supercar that eclipses all others - the Bugatti Chiron - find out how in this month’s motoring column; read about making payments via your mobile; and consider staying at some of the top hotels across the globe, as selected by TripAdvisor. We review the phenomena of The Hobbit, published 80 years ago this month and still popular with young and old alike, Cillian Murphy, whose star is definitively on the rise, and the critically acclaimed Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Finally, after all this, it’s time to pause for some much-needed sustenance and we suggest the delightful locations of Bono Beach beside the sea or La Tapa in Marbella’s Old Town, both of which will certainly provide experiences you will want to repeat.

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SEPTEMBER IS MARBELLA’S FINEST MONTH – LIFE BY THE SEA CONTINUES, BUT THE PACE IS QUIETER AND MORE RELAXING THAN IN THE PEAK OF THE SUMMER. ENJOY A LITTLE ‘ME TIME’ WITH OUR FEATURE ON THE HOBBIT PLUS TOP FILMS AND MUSIC, AND IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO DRIVE THE WORLD’S LEADING SUPERCAR, THE NEW BUGATTI CHIRON.

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» DIRECTOR Destin Daniel Cretton (I am Not a Hipster) » GENRE Drama/Biopic » ACTORS Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson

» DIRECTOR Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) » GENRE Action/Thriller » ACTORS Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Colin Firth

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kingsman is an international, independent intelligence agency founded in Britain and known for its maximum discretion and the capacity of its agents – both physical and mental. The first film in the series (Kingsman: The Secret Service, 2014), starring Colin Firth, saw young boy Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin recruited to join the force. This time, Eggsy is better prepared to face a huge challenge – that of battling a rival secret service group from the United States, formed at around the same time as Kingsman. Both agencies will test each other’s mettle, joining forces to combat a dangerous enemy that could put an end to world stability.

» DIRECTOR Charlie Bean (The Powerpuff Girls Movie), Paul Fisher (in his debut film) » GENRE Animation » VOICES Jackie Chan, Justin Theroux, Dave Franco

American Made

The Glass Castle

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

This is the incredible true story of Barry Seal: a fraudster who was unexpectedly hired by the CIA to direct one of the most important secret missions in U.S. history. The operation lead by Seal gave rise to the Medellin drug cartel and almost brought down the Reagan administration. All the government’s shady secrets were revealed when the Iran-Contra scandal became public.

This is the true story of a bohemian family who raise their children in their own non-conformist way, moving from town to town and learning about life through their varied experiences. The father is an alcoholic and the mother, an artist. When their daughter grows up and finds her place in society, her parents’ hippy outlook becomes difficult to reconcile with her newfound values. “You were born to change the world, not just add to the noise,” the father tells his daughter, who struggles to find a balance between freedom and responsibility.

Six young ninjas (Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya) are ordinary teens in many ways – they go to school, hang around with their friends and do anything to avoid studying, but by night, they fight to keep their island home (Ninjago) safe. The team boast a futuristic fleet of vehicles, which they use to fight their enemies. Sometimes, battling monsters and villains can be a lot easier than getting one’s homework done.

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We normally devote this section to the cinema, but this month we are making an exception to celebrate the success of the series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which has turned many modern women and men into #GurlPower fanatics. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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he plot is basic: Rebecca, a successful lawyer at a cut-throat New York law firm, is horribly depressed. After a successful stint at Harvard, and brilliant performance at work, she is offered a partnership, which she turns down to do the unimaginable: move to the tiny town of West Covina in California, to chase Josh: an ex boyfriend she met at summer camp in her adolescence. Rebecca is incredibly transparent and desperate and worst of all, her craziness is encouraged by the equally insane Paula: a co-worker at her firm who is in a happy but relatively passionless marriage and who therefore ‘lives’ through Rebecca and her romantic schemes. Each episode sees Rebecca and Paula trying to wrest Josh away from the arms of his sexy girlfriend, Valencia. Josh is Filipino and Rebecca will stop at nothing to win his heart – even learning to cook Filipino national dishes such as dinuguan (pork offal stew) and adobo. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a musical series as well as a comedy. The cast can really sing especially Donna Lynne Champlin (who plays Paula), an Obie award-winning theatre actress who steals every scene she is in. The series’ target market is definitely not the Glee crowd, however. All songs are 100 per cent

original and made for the series. Titles include The Sexy Getting Ready Song, Friendtopia and The Math of Love Triangles. The songs are usually inspired on modern hits but sometimes, they have an old Hollywood feel, supported by spectacular sets, costumes and backup singers and dancers. The series is self-deprecating yet refreshingly feminist all at once. The female characters are strong, decided and sometimes, delightfully nutty. The script lovingly pokes fun at many stereotypes – the dumb jock, the depressed career woman, the unfulfilled mother and wife – turning them on their toes by having characters do unexpected things. We loved it when Paula, tired of living vicariously through Rebecca, decides to make important changes in her own life – by pursuing a Law degree, for instance, or when Rebecca’s boss makes a discovery about his sexuality which enables him to live in a more honest and happy manner. Rebecca, the main character, is incredibly narcissistic yet loveable all at once –

a caring friend who gets tangled in the ridiculousness of her disastrous love life. There are incredible characters indeed – one of which is Greg – an alcoholic barman who has great chemistry with Rebecca, but who has a bit of a ‘loser’ mentality, never actually going for what he wants. Another is Rebecca’s friend, Heather – a spaced-out university student who is actually smarter than she seems. Then there is Josh – Rebecca’s dream man – loveable yet incredibly innocent and gullible. Watching him being manipulated by the female leads is deliciously good fun, we must admit. Perhaps what makes Crazy Ex-Girlfriend so fulfilling to watch, is the situations the characters face – I am sure that every viewer will be able to relate strongly to at least one character – either the singleton looking for her perfect match, the woman struggling to balance a career and a family, the business owner who wishes to bring his company forward yet remain loyal to his workers, the woman who never feels good enough because she has been raised to aim for no less than perfection… the sky’s the limit. Regardless of the reason you watch this series, one thing is certain: you will definitely feel happier after every episode, than you did before watching it. Bring a bag of popcorn and beer – and enjoy the hilarious and sometimes surreal celebration of life. This series IS the antidote for a long, stressful day – consume it in liberal doses. e

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WORDS RIK FOXX

After a fairly busy summer there’s not much going on along the coast this month except for MTV’s Gibraltar Calling Festival which takes place over the weekend of September 2 & 3 (see below). But there’s bound to be lots of tribute acts playing so check your local weekly publications for any last minute arranged gigs. All info on this page was correct at the time of writing. MTV’s Gibraltar Calling Festival’s line-up continues to grow with RICKY MARTIN (Saturday) and CRAIG DAVID (Sunday) headlining and the festival’s closing act will be FATBOY SLIM. Ticket info and artist update: gibraltarcalling.com The site also has details of a coach service from the Málaga and Marbella areas. MTV will also have some coverage, check their TV listings over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd. As mentioned in our last issue the BLACK SABBATH grand finale gig in February is to be shown at 1,500 cinemas around the world and Marbella’s La Cañada is one of the chosen few. Tickets for the September 28, 120-minute showing of The End Of The End are available at www.cinesa.es/Cines/La-Canada. Will politics put a stop to the Starlite Festival? Hopefully everything will get sorted out in time for next summer’s event. The American football NFL season starts this month and several names have already been linked with the prestigious Superbowl half time show. BRITNEY SPEARS has offered her

The nominations for the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize Award have been announced and ED SHEERAN, STORMZY and THE XX are favourites but any one of the other nine nominees could land the award as in the past the judges have made some obscure decisions. The award takes place in London on September 14. BBC 4 is scheduled to have live coverage but no details were available at the time of going to press.

services but ADELE, BOB DYLAN, KANYE WEST and TAYLOR SWIFT are top of the wants list for the February 5 event. SHANIA TWAIN has been off the radar for 15 years due to nerve damage to her vocal chords but she is back with a new album, Now, on September 29. Also returning to planet pop on the same day is a 'more mature' MILEY CYRUS with a fresh offering, Young Love, which features her comeback single Malibu. She also wants to record with her 17-year-old sister, NOAH, whose debut disc, NC-17, will land later this year and includes her first single Make Me (Cry). MILEY will also appear on BBC Radio One’s annual Live Lounge Month on September 15, other artists include FOO FIGHTERS from LA (1st), CHRIS MARTIN (COLDPLAY) from Malibu on the 4th and THE KILLERS (11th). For the other 17 acts due to perform live, check the BBC Radio One website. With Glastonbury taking a year off in 2018, the BBC are organising a huge festival to replace it. The Biggest Weekend will take place between May 25 and 28 in four sites across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland but no acts have been named yet – with four venues in different areas at least tickets will be easier to obtain. And the channel has announced a new primetime music show for this autumn consisting of six 30-minute episodes featuring live performances, sketches and interviews with stars of the biz. Full details will be announced shortly.

ELTON JOHN & JAMES CORDEN GAGA has made a no-holds-barred fly-on-the-wall documentary featuring everything from the past 12 months including promoting last October’s comeback LP, Joanne, the love split from her fiancé and her acting appearances on TV’s American Horror Story. “The film will cover all these pivotal moments in a very candid Fashion”. It is due to broadcast on HBO in the States on September 22. The new FOO FIGHTERS album Concrete And Gold will fall on September 15 and DAVE GROHL announced “the biggest pop star in the world” will guest – is it PAUL McCARTNEY, who plays drums on one track or will there be added vocals from others? The former NIRVANA drummer has been keeping tightlipped about it all. On September 1st, the long awaited MOTORHEAD cover version album (in memory of LEMMY), Under Cover,

will see the light of day, featuring rock renditions of Heroes (DAVID BOWIE), God Save The Queen (SEX PISTOLS) plus Jumpin’ Jack Flash and Sympathy For The Devil (ROLLING STONES). The Carpool Karaoke TV series restarted last month but JAMES CORDEN has said they will not air the CHESTER BENNINGTON one without his family’s permission. The LINKIN PARK lead singer committed suicide a few weeks ago. And LIAM GALLAGHER says he will not appear on the above show as he thinks the host is a “k**bhead”. He also slated his big brother off again for “selling out” then on the other hand said he would rather be making a new OASIS album and not his forthcoming solo effort, As You Were, as he and NOEL “were better together”. You will be able to get your ears around the said LP on October 6. e

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THE HOBBITTurns 80! Z IT ALL BEGAN IN MIDDLE EARTH: Most writers begin with a set of characters and a situation or dilemma they must face but, for Tolkien, the mystery began in Middle Earth. Tolkien, an English professor specialising in Old and Middle English at the Universities of Leeds and Oxford, was a keen student of Germanic and Norse language, myth and religion and he created an entire mythology and a set of elven languages around 20 years before he started writing the book. The first sentence of The Hobbit popped into his head one day while he was grading exams. “In a hole in the ground lived a hobbit.” The book was completed several years later. Z THE BOOK WAS A RUNAWAY SUCCESS: Just two months after its release, The Hobbit (with an initial print run of 1,500 copies) was sold out. It was conceived of as a children’s book, yet the fascinating blend of dragons, trolls and adrenalin-rushing adventures garnered as much, if not more, interest from adults.

Z THE FIRST DRAFT RECEIVED RAVE REVIEWS… FROM A 10-YEAROLD!!: If you have little children, they may just be old enough to enjoy the magic of The Hobbit. In fact, the book’s first fan was young Rayner Unwin, the 10-year-old son of legendary publisher Stanley Unwin (of Allen & Unwin fame). Stanley gave Rayner a shilling to read and review the book… the boy fell instantly in love with the exciting page-turner and his father decided his son’s word was gold – the book was duly published. Its sequel, Lord of the Rings, would no longer be marketed as a children’s book; its complicated themes and philosophy suited a more grown-up audience. Z COMMERCIAL TAMPERINGS: The original sequel to The Hobbit was The Silmarillion – various drafts sent by Tolkien were rejected by publishers, since the latter demanded that the sequel be more hobbit-centred. When Tolkien eventually penned The Lord of the Rings, he rewrote an entire chapter in The Hobbit to enable it to fit in with developments

taking place in The Lord of the Rings – this chapter is called Riddles in the Dark. In the original, Bilbo wins the prize (the ring) in a game of riddles against Gollum. Yet since Tolkien subsequently changed the nature of the ring, making it a far more corrupting influence, he rewrote Riddles in the Dark, presenting Gollum as a selfish monster who chases Bilbo out of the mountain’s interior in a menacing fashion. Tolkien’s publishers didn’t make this change, so the writer corrected the error himself in Lord of the Rings, having Bilbo explain that he had lied about the way he had acquired the ring. Tolkien was shocked when he found that a new edition of The Hobbit contained his rewritten version (his publishers had never told him about the change). Therefore, the stories in both books once again failed to gel. The author made many subsequent changes to smoothen differences between the two works; at one point he attempted to rewrite The Hobbit completely to match the style and tone of Lord of the Rings, but his publishers stopped him, noting that they preferred the fast, entertaining pace of The Hobbit as it stood.

Z SMALL IN SIZE, BIG AT HEART: The Hobbit may have been seemingly unambitious in its aim, yet academics and theologians agree that there are important parallels between the work and the writings of Chinese Taoists, St. Thomas Aquinas and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Z TOLKIEN HAD HIS REGRETS: Despite the success of The Hobbit , its author was filled with regrets about his creation and much of the problem had to do with its style: “The Hobbit was written in what I should now regard as bad style, as if one were talking to children. There’s nothing my children loathed more. They taught me a lesson. Anything that in any way marked out The Hobbit as for children instead of just for people, they disliked-instinctively. I did too, now that I think about it. All this ‘I won’t tell you any more, you think about it’ stuff. Oh no, they loathe it; it’s awful. Children aren’t a class. They are merely human beings at different stages of maturity. All of them have a human intelligence which even at its lowest is a pretty wonderful thing, and the entire world in front of them. It remains to be seen if they rise above that.”

For many young viewers, The Hobbit film trilogy will be the very first time they come across J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic masterpiece. In case you weren’t aware of the films’ cultural impact, box office statistics show that the trilogy has earned approximately $3billion US for its producers, despite being panned by experts. “Some things may simply be critic proof,” concluded Wired, which is especially true in the case of this classic, considered the epitome of high fantasy literature and read and analysed at schools and universities. The Hobbit was first published on September 21, 1937, making this month its 80th anniversary. It continues to be a big seller among young and old readers alike, so it seems fitting to mention a few fascinating facts surrounding its writing and publication. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

ARE YOU READY TO PAY FOR PURCHASES

WITH YOUR

MOBILE?

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ou may have already received offers from banks for considerable discounts at shops or restaurants, if you ditch your heavy wallet and start paying with your mobile. The technology may sound new but in many countries (for instance, Australia), mobile payment is favoured by the majority of the population and hardly anyone carries cards, coins and notes in their purse anymore. They prefer to pay quickly and, apparently, in a safer fashion. Mobile payment is a free service that is touted as being safer than using credit cards yet, interestingly, it is far less popular in Europe, where polls indicate that the majority of clients are afraid of keeping important financial data on their mobile. Spain is ahead of the game – a recent study carried out by Osborne Clarke, found that 57 per cent of Spanish people use contactless cards to buy goods and services, and 59 per cent use their mobiles for payment. In Europe as a whole, an average of 45 per cent of shoppers

use contactless cards and only 47 per cent do so via mobile phone.

REQUIREMENTS FOR PAYING BY MOBILE The first thing you need is a phone with Near Field Communication, which allows data to be exchanged between two devices at a very short distance (i.e. between your mobile phone and the store’s payment terminal). For safety, if your purchase is over a specific amount (around €20), you will be asked to insert your PIN code. If the amount is lower, the payment will be automatically made. If you have an iPhone, you can make purchases via Apple Pay. If you have an Android or other phone, you will also have to use a specific App for mobile payment. If you are unsure about where to start, HelpMyCash has a free guide called ¿Qué opciones existen para pagar con el móvil? (What options do I have for paying with my mobile?). Search for the guide online and request that it be sent to you via email. The guide classifies different apps available

according to features, compatibility with iOS or Android, and different banks. The options are numerous so you should do your research before settling on one app. Some transform your phone into a credit card; therefore, you can make payments in any store which accepts payment by card. Other apps offer you the option of joining all the cards you have in one sole card, even if all your individual cards are from different banks. Still other apps allow instantaneous transfers to be made to third parties – the great advantage is, the transferee won’t have to wait one or two days to access the money.

HOW SAFE IS PAYMENT VIA MOBILE? There is a very small limit you can purchase items with; beyond this amount, you will be asked for your PIN number, which wrests from the attractiveness of stealing mobiles. Thieves probably won’t risk getting arrested to make a couple of purchases costing less than €20.

If your phone is stolen, all you have to do is cancel your mobile pay app. You can also take extra safety measures by tightening your security preferences; you may choose to always use your PIN, for instance.

SOUND GOOD? YOU MAY HAVE TO WAIT Even though mobile pay already exists in Spain, not all stores have ‘contactless’ pay terminals. You may also find that some stores only accept phones under contracts with specific providers (for instance, Movistar or its competitors). Currently, most major operators offer mobile payment. Each company offers different features – some require your card to be connected to a specific bank; others offer clients the use of prepaid cards which are not tied to any bank in particular. As with all new technologies, making your decision as to whether or not to use mobile payments, and which apps and companies to rely on, will take research and should be based if possible on recommendations. e

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BUGATTI CHIRON

The Bugatti Veyron was one of the most iconic supercars in history and broke all kinds of records, not least for its very high price. When you’ve built a sports car like that, what on earth do you follow it up with? Surely, even Bugatti has its limits, but apparently not, because the new Chiron is here and it’s even faster and also more expensive. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BUGATTI

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look back at founder Ettore Bugatti’s career shows the man to be an eccentric and creative automotive engineer in all kinds of ways, some of them wildly unconventional. He produced his first car in 1910, which preceded numerous fascinating models that always bristled with innovative – if sometimes peculiar – technological features. Never a follower of whatever trend happened to be popular at the time, Bugatti has been described as ‘an autocratic perfectionist’ and his cars reflected this. Racing successes were numerous

between the wars, but Bugatti was never able to grasp the concepts that saw MercedesBenz and Auto Union dominate grand prix racing in the 1930s. Bugatti cars disappeared from sight for quite a while and Ettore himself died in 1947, but there were numerous efforts to re-introduce the brand under various ownerships. Some attempts were quite successful and the EB110 of 1991 was much praised by well-heeled buyers, the list of which included no less than Michael Schumacher. The company foundered again

until revived by the VW/Audi group with new plans, which included the production Veyron. Bugatti’s newest hypercar is called the Chiron, honouring the great Monegasque racing driver Louis Chiron, who competed from the 1920s to the 1950s. He had a long career, interrupted, of course, by WW2. He’s in the history books as the oldest driver ever to have raced in Formula One and took 6th place in the 1955 Monaco Grand Prix when he was 55. In fact, the winner of many major races over the years entered and practiced at Monaco as late as 1958, but didn’t compete.

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It is fitting, then, that the latest Bugatti should bear his name. The production run will stop at 500 cars and 250 have already been sold, according to Bugatti. The Chiron features a mid-engines configuration like other cars from this maker over the years. Like the Veyron, the car uses the almost unbelievable 8-litre W-16 power unit with four turbochargers to develop a whopping 1,479-horsepower. The entire car is built from carbon fibre and this shows on the exterior with a fascinating textured sheen. Carbon fibre is noted for its stiffness and rigidity, so body flex is something you’ll have to look for on other sports cars. Given the car’s enormous power and light weight, it’s no wonder that it boasts astonishing performance figures. In a scant 2.5-seconds, you’ll be nudging 100 km/h and the Chiron will go right on running until it reaches 420 km/h when the engine is electronically limited for reasons of safety. Insiders believe the car is capable of over 490 km/h, but it would take a bold driver indeed to try it, though sooner or later, it’s bound to be attempted.

The styling follows along from what we got used to in the Veyron, but there are numerous tweaks and updates, though the rather voluptuous lines and the enormous side ducts remain. Naturally, the vehicle retains the famous Bugatti horseshoe grille, which has been a feature of the cars since the 1920s. The grille badge is solid silver and is hand-painted. Following current form, the headlights are narrow and rather menacing-looking LEDs and they function sublimely. As might be expected, the Chiron has an impressively appointed cockpit with all the technology that’s available today. Fit and finish are superb and only the very finest materials are used. The Chiron is ‘sports car as art’ in every possible way, but hopefully, fortunate owners will exercise the brute’s power on a regular basis and not keep it in an air-conditioned garage just to look at now and again. Of course, anyone who lays down the rubber in a 2.4-million euro car is brave indeed, but that’s the way the Bugatti Chiron just begs to be driven. e

Z ENGINE: 8-litre W-16 with four turbos and 1,479-horsepower. Z TRANSMISSION: Seven-speed, dual-clutch. Z ACCELERATION: Zero to 100 km/h in 2.5-secs. Z TOP SPEED: 420 km/h, governed. Z I LIKED: The ultimate hypercar with features that not even the most daring of makers can match. Engine configuration is innovative and intriguing and really delivers on its promise. Bodywork and interior is as good as it gets and more so. Z I DIDN’T LIKE: Of course, the price is astronomical – you can buy a twin-engined jet aircraft for that kind of money. Even so, Bugatti has already sold half the number they plan to build. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES: Not much out there to rival this Bugatti, though supercar builders like Koenigsegg and Pagani do their best. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? Obviously, someone with a great deal of money and a love of superlative automobiles. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Available now at around €2.4 million

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DESIGN FESTIVAL

From a single trade show held in the uninspiring surroundings of Kensington Olympia, the London Design Festival has evolved into a citywide extravaganza that has captured the imagination of locals and visitors. Now in its 15th year and as big as London Fashion Week, a blockbuster edition of 500+ events over nine days (September 16-24) will tempt tourists away from the capital’s more conventional attractions for a glimpse into the future. Belinda Beckett has the lowdown.

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f you’re in the vicinity of Liverpool Street Station this September, look out for a bunch of city suits letting their hair down in an inflatable ‘playground for adults’ during their lunch break. The psychedelic installation is this year’s Landmark Project at the London Design Festival, designed by tribal pop artist Camille Walala to help executives de-stress in their downtime. It will be positioned outside the station at Broadgate Circus, a grey concrete space which will live up to its name as 30,000 office workers take turns at working out their angst on puffed-up vinyl in Liquorice Allsorts shapes and colours. But Villa Walala is more than ‘a light-hearted antidote to the straight-laced busy City, injecting a sense of playfulness into just another day at the office’, as the artist describes it. It showcases the latest fabrics and digital printing

techniques; it promotes the cuttingedge talents of an exciting British designer; and it gives exposure to the festival’s headline sponsor, British Land, one of Europe’s largest real estate investment companies which promotes human-friendly environments under the slogan Places People Prefer. The ‘Landmark Projects’ – temporary, landscape-changing structures created by some of the most celebrated designers and sponsored by British Land since 2007 – have become the Festival’s emblem. Last year’s smile-shaped bridge and the giant mobile chess pieces that checker-boarded Trafalgar Square in 2009 were images shared on social media around the world. And who can forget Tom Dixon’s 2006 installation, Great Chair Grab, which made the Six o’ Clock news? The British designer filled Trafalgar Square with 500 of his polystyrene

chairs to give away gratis and the mob who turned up to claim their free collectible nearly caused a riot. Stunts like that have helped to turn the LDF from a single international trade fair for the corporate cognoscenti into an engaging, citywide attraction. During the last decade, the Festival has showcased 21,000 installations and exhibits to 3.3m visitors from 75 countries and contributed £313m to the British economy. The UK has the largest design sector in Europe and second-largest in the world and the Festival aims to position London as the new global capital of cutting edge design. Over nine days this month, the metropolis will be transformed into a designer Disneyland with funky expos, ingenuous pavilions, pop-up installations and over 500 city-wide events – many of them free. As well as fielding five trade shows, eight London boroughs

including posh newcomer Mayfair are creating their own Design Districts with walk-through itineraries that encourage passive passers-by to become active participants. Everyone who’s anyone in the local design scene contributes an ‘experience’, from boutique retailers to Selfridges and Harrods and from one-man galleries and showrooms to esteemed institutions like the Barbican and the Royal College of Art.

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The Great Chair Grab, Trafalgar Square

Somerset House – a magnificent 18th century neoclassical mansion on The Strand – will host Design Frontiers (September 18-24), a free exhibition illuminating the trade secrets of over 30 leading international designers including Jaguar’s Ian Callum, Swarovski’s Tord Boontje and Katie Greenyer for Pentland whose brands include Reebok, Speedo and Red or Dead. The V&A Museum – the festival’s prestigious HQ – is chipping in with two installations of its own. Transmission is a 3D tapestry inspired by the museum’s priceless 15th century Devonshire Hunting Tapestries, and touching it is encouraged. Created by British designer Ross Lovegrove, it’s a 25-metre long fabric ‘wave’ upholstered in Alcantara, a suede alternative to animal textiles interwoven with glinting gold and silver threads to emulate the rich colours, textures and forms of medieval tapestries. While We Wait is a stone latticework tower by Palestinian architects Elias and Yousef Anastas which takes visitors on a virtual journey to their native Cremisan Valley to explore issues surrounding a wall that has cut ties between a monastery and the local community. When the Festival ends, the tower will become a permanent fixture in the home of its inspiration.

There will also be talks, lectures, new product launches and, for the trade, Champagne lunches, cocktail parties, gala dinners and awards. The Festival is a platform where established designers are celebrated and new stars discovered. “People have established, run and successfully sold their sbusinesses via the Festival and our commissioning process for young designers really showcases their work early on in their careers”, says Festival Director Ben Evans. American musician/designer Roland Lamb whose radical keyboard won 2014’s Swarovski Emerging Talent Medal is just one example. Today he employs over 100 people and has a working relationship with NASA! London Mayor Sadiq Khan will be out and about during the festival drumming up business for his city. It’s an international event but he’s biased. “From the Tube to the television and the world wide web, London’s design talent has always been renowned for ingenuity and invention,” he crowed recently. “The Festival is a fantastic event which brings together designers from across the globe and underlines London’s position as the design capital of the world, attracting the very best companies and talent.” i www.londondesignfestival.com

While We Wait, V&A installation

Villa Walala, a playground for adults at Broadgate Circus

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Design Feast – 12 of the world’s top designers recreate a banquet at Syon House for Decorex

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Renault will debut its sporty TreZor concept car

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ive big trade shows collide in the capital during LDF17, each with their own public days giving visitors a sneak preview of the designs that will shape tomorrow’s world. Think everything from cars to digital tech, architecture to home décor and textiles to building materials – elements that make up a lifestyle. In contrast to these indoor, ticketed events, the Design District experience offers a walk through eight London boroughs where retailers and designers have come together to showcase their wares in thoughtprovoking ways. Belinda Beckett profiles the shows and picks out the highlights

designers gathered around the table. i www.decorex.com Z HIGHLIGHTS This year’s Champagne Bar, created by award-winning London designer Shalini Misra, is themed on The Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace. It features a hexagonal canopy bar festooned with rich velvets, palace ironwork, potted palms and Victoriana within a contemporary glasshouse – the perfect spot to uncork creativity! Discover how human hair can be used to create decorative patterns on metals. When applied to a heated surface, it carbonises into a form of printable ink. Invented by London brand The Colour of Hair, it’s one of the eye-popping exhibits showcasing British craftsmanship.

1. DECOREX INTERNATIONAL 2. FOCUS 17-20 SEPTEMBER, SYON HOUSE Syon Park, family seat of the Dukes of Northumberland, is the aristocratic setting for this high-end happening. Set in 200 acres of parkland, 400 exhibitors will field their collections while the industry’s creative elite host a packed programme of talks. Consumer Day on September 19 will allow the public to view groundbreaking next gen designs. To mark the show’s 40th anniversary and promote this decorative ‘feast’, a decadent banquet was recreated in Syon House’s Robert Adam-designed state dining room with 12 of the world’s top The Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

17-22 SEPTEMBER, DESIGN CENTRE, CHELSEA HARBOUR There’s nothing in the world of décor you can’t find at Europe’s largest retail interior design space, home to 120 showrooms and over 600 world-famous brands gathered under iconic glass domes beside the Thames. Z HIGHLIGHTS Browse specialist design titles in the Bookshop and soak up the arty vibe at the Design, Dome or Design Centre East Cafes where you are sure to bump into famous designers and one or two well-

known Chelsea Harbour residents, Frank Lampard and Robbie Williams among them.

3. 100% DESIGN 20-23 SEPTEMBER, OLYMPIA The trade fair that started it all, exhibiting the best of British and international design in five vast sectors – Interiors, Workplace, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Design & Build and Emerging Brands. This year’s theme of Elements explores the component parts that make up products, from the groundbreaking materials used to the stories of their development. i www.100percentdesign.co.uk Z HIGHLIGHTS Mobilane UK’s living walls – think wallpaper re-imagined as moss; Esthec Terrace’s 100 per cent recyclable and sustainable terrace systems; Finnish company Framery’s soundproof work pods for top secret phone calls and private meetings.

4. DESIGNJUNCTION 21-24 SEPTEMBER, KINGS CROSS Breaking the mould of traditional trade shows, designjunction takes over iconic public spaces in the Kings Cross district to provide a walk-through of 200 world class brands with design-led pop-up shops, interactive installations and highclass eateries creating a seamless visitor

experience. i thedesignjunction.co.uk Z HIGHLIGHTS Renault’s sporty new TreZor, voted the ‘Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year’ will have its UK launch in Granary Square. In the same space, Gateways is an installation of four-metre-high colourfully-tiled gates created by young designer Adam Nathaniel Furman for Turkishceramics.

5. LONDON DESIGN FAIR 21-24 SEPTEMBER, OLD TRUMAN BREWERY, BRICK LANE The biggie of the five trade shows, uniting 500 exhibitors from 28 nations under one roof with themed country pavilions where you can enjoy traditional food and drink while you browse the collections. i www.londondesignfair.co.uk Z HIGHLIGHTS America will be this year’s Guest Country Pavilion housing an exhibition of 13 independent designers driving the US design scene. Fernando Mastrangelo’s bespoke furniture made from surprising materials such as salt, sugar, coffee, sand and corn; Steven Haulenbeek’s resinbonded sand furniture harnessing the sands of Chicago’s Lake Michigan

Fernando Mastrangelo coffee table Steven Haulenbeek resin-bonded sand table

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RAZZLE DAZZLE, BRIXTON DESIGN TRAIL Street benches in Brixton are an endangered species but the remaining few will be getting a psychedelic makeover. The new paint jobs harness a camouflage technique known as Dazzle which hid warships in ‘plain sight’ during WWI by painting them in patterns which disrupted their outline, making them a more difficult target. The Take a Seat installation is a collective effort by the Brixton Design District to highlight the decline of benches in the locality which have been removed to stop anti-social behaviour, leaving only a few in uninviting spots which are practically invisible to passers-by.

MINUTE MINIATURES, BANKSIDE DESIGN DISTRICT Design your own bespoke Bramwell Brown Weather Clock at a hands-on workshop where you can choose from a cast of miniature figures to represent your family situation, pets, hobby or sport and personalise them further with paint. There’s £50 discount off of any clocks bought during the workshops plus guests can have their own characters put inside for free. “We’re often told that Bramwell Brown clocks remind people of their childhood so we’re excited to be launching our new Minute Miniatures as part of the London Design Festival,” says Co-founder Sarah Leigh-Bramwell. “The playful nature of the little characters makes these weather clocks very individual, like a piece of personalised artwork hanging on your wall”. The workshops run throughout the festival at the Oxo Tower. i Tickets from www.bramwellbrown.com

STAR WARS FOOTWEAR, NOTTING HILL A chance to walk in the shoes of Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Chewie and the Stormtroopers as Po-Zu launches its startling new Star Wars footwear collection. The ticketed exhibition at Notting Hill’s Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising runs from September 1 to November 12 and tells the story of this ethical brand through shoes inspired by some of the leading Star Wars characters. “We built the range to be collectible but also highly wearable,” says Po-Zu’s Creative Director Sven Segal. “We wanted the shoes to resonate with the Star Wars community whilst also being commercially designed by incorporating some strong trend-led cues.”

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Shaun Brownell, the genius behind Rhubarb London’s extraordinary ‘tailored upholstery’ antique chairs, will showcase his wares and share some of his trade secrets from a pop-up shop in the Marylebone Gallery from September 10-24. Authentic military uniforms, Victorian gents’ suits and Jackie Onassisstyle outfits inspire the upholstery of his head-turning antique chairs which weave exquisite fabrics and cutting-edge tailoring into playful, one-off designs.

From designs for the ageing population to driverless cars and an amusing prototype park on wheels, the Design Different exhibition at the Royal College of Art (September 18-22) presents innovative solutions to society’s most pressing issues. All designs were imagined by students from the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design.

British accessories brand Ally Capellino has cooked up a limited edition waxed cotton apron with removable leather straps, served in a tin with an autumnal recipe from Shoreditch restaurant Lyle’s. The aprons were made by inmates at Downview women’s prison in Sutton, a Making For Change scheme which helps offenders gain meaningful skills.

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DAME ZAHA HADID KITCHEN, CHELSEA DESIGN QUARTER The swooping designs of the late Pritzker Prize-winning Iraqi architect incorporated in a kitchen module. Boffi Chelsea is using the festival platform to launch the new Cove kitchen by Zaha Hadid Design at its flagship Brompton Road showrooms. The design distils the iconic architect’s signature style into a single island structure incorporating a sink, stovetop, drawers and a recessed cove for breakfast stools.

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convince St Paul’s Cathedral to allow British architectural designer John Pawson to install Perspectives in the Dean’s Staircase, which had never been opened to the public before. 2011 Textile Field was a vast expanse of soft, angled flooring on which people were invited to lounge and congregate in the hushed environment of the V&A: “One of the most amazing things is that an institution like the V&A – where you aren’t allowed to sit on anything – allowed a project of this scale and ambition,” said Festival

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Director Ben Evans. “It was a game-changing moment.” 2013 Endless Stair by Alex de Rijke, commissioned by the American Hardwood Export Council, was one of the Festival’s biggest attractions in 2013. The surreal architectural design even served as a stage for a performing brass band during its installation at Tate Modern. 2015 Alex Chinneck installed an upside-down electricity pylon – A Bullet from a Shooting Star – on the Greenwich Peninsula. One of the Festival’s most ambitious projects to date, it incorporated

1,186 metres of steel and weighed 15 tonnes. 2016 Alison Brooks Architects raised the profile of tulipwood and brought a big grin to everyone’s faces with The Smile (2016), a 34m-long, 3m-high upside down arc poised on the urban horizon that people could climb into. Brooks teamed up with engineering firm Arup and the American Hardwood Export Council to create this ‘happy pavilion’, the first project in the world to use large hardwood cross-laminated timber panels. e

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represent a part of London or an iconic building, some taking over 300 hours to make. The installation recreated the strategy at the Battle of Trafalgar, a turning point in European history. 2010 Outrace by Kram/ Weisshaar, featured eight Audi robots creating calligraphy from visitor’s text messages. Because the technology depended on headlights, it had to run until midnight as messages were easier to view after sunset. 2011 It took over a year to

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2007 The Festival has commissioned some of the world’s most celebrated designers to create sensational temporary structures. Zaha Hadid’s Urban Nebula at the Southbank Centre was the pioneer, propelling polished concrete into design stardom. 2009 Jaime Hayón’s Tournament incorporated a giant chessboard in Trafalgar Square, bringing to life an Alice Through The Looking Glass cityscape. Each of the 22 chess pieces were handcrafted with Bosa Italian ceramics to

A retrospective look at the Landmark Projects and installations that have transformed the cityscape during the last decade of London Design Festivals

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p THE FOCUS power Where it all began – the Roman imperial eagle

SYMBOLS OF

POWER

Throughout the ages, power has been represented and visually imposed through symbols that reflect the might and authority that a king, an emperor, dictator, state, religion, institution or even corporation wants to project upon the rest of society. From the earliest times, people have resorted to symbols that signal authority and power. The vestiges of Roman influence created in this way remained an inspiration long after their civilisation disappeared, reappearing many centuries later in the symbolism, architecture and titles of successive empires. Today, we continue to be surrounded by this intrinsically human preoccupation with the projection of power and wealth – be it on a national, corporate or private level. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

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t wasn’t long after the Neolithic period, when mankind evolved from roving bands of extended families into settled communities building villages and towns, that the first vestiges of power began to appear. To be fair, the tribal chieftains had already distinguished themselves from the rest of their kin by wearing longer mantels or elaborate headwear, but it was when the first civilisations developed that the classic sense of power projection was properly born. Kings, priests, warriors and other notables developed ever more elaborate forms of dress that immediately indicated their rank, wealth and authority, though it is through edifices, weaponry and heraldic insignia that they truly marked their territory as a message to both their immediate subjects and neighbouring leaders of note. To do this, leaders chose symbols in much the same way that companies today create logos to represent their business, philosophy and aspirations, and very often they took the form of stylised animals. Naturally, powerful creatures were chosen, so that the heraldic tradition that was born as far back as the Sumerian and Babylonian periods some 7,000 years ago included lions, eagles and bulls, while the ancient Egyptians also added subtler representations of snakes, hyenas and cranes. Each of these animals represents a specific characteristic of power or of a godlike deity, just as the pantheon of man/animal creatures in classical India and China did. Today, the elephant features of the Hindu God Ganesh are still highly visible in the street life of India, where in other parts of the world this type of symbolism has faded in importance but continues to surround us.

THE RISE OF SYMBOLISM

Anubis, an Egyptian God with the face of a coyote

Hindu God Ganesh

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THE SYMBOL OF MIGHT When symbols of power, such as roaring lions, flaring eagles or scary half man/half birds weren’t enough to scare off potential enemies, and armies marched into battle, they carried their own martial symbols with them. Once again, these focused on elaborate versions of the animals whose fierce characteristics leaders wished to imbue their soldiers with. More often than not the ideal vision was the raging lion or the soaring eagle, and especially in Europe and the Near East it was one of these two that came to be associated with martial prowess and a level of political might that ensured the leader in question could claim to be close to the gods – in those days the ultimate justification for wielding absolute power. The rampant lion of Persia persisted in the Iranian flag up to the 1970s, associated as it is with the power of kings, while the eagle provides an enduring alternative that is also linked to emperors, military leaders and dictators. Although

the Persian Empire predated that of Rome, it is said that the Persian royal title ‘Shah’ is derived from the word Caesar. The same is true of its Russian equivalent, Tsar, but whereas the Persian tradition is associated with the lion, the Russians adopted the Roman eagle, which also inspired the symbolism of the German, Austrian and Spanish empires. By the middle ages – the time of knights and fighting kings – the rampant lion had become dominant in the heraldry of much of Western Europe, from Scandinavia and the Low Countries to England. The eagle and the lion had thus migrated west, where the former became synonymous with the Romans and the latter with Christian kingdoms. Today, the rampant lion still dominates the national coats of arms of the descendants of those Christian kingdoms: Norway, Denmark, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium. When the Holy Roman Empire and Napoleon Bonaparte chose the eagle

as their symbol, it was not subtly meant, but as a direct reference to the might of Rome – a might which many over the centuries have been inspired by and sought to replicate. Representations such as the eagle carrying rods in its claws or said rods of power wrapped around an axe still appear in the shields of many a military or police force, and they too descend directly from Roman origins. In using such symbols, the leaders in question wished to bathe in the same glory as Julius and Augustus Caesar, alive with the dream to rekindle the grand old empire. This was also true of Benito Mussolini, the Fascist dictator who drew so heavily on Roman symbolism and was himself copied by the likes of Hitler. Indeed, the very word Fascist derives from the fasces – the rods of power – wrapped around an axe. While also bent on power and world domination, the Communists in Russia desperately avoided using such references, preferring new ‘Communist’ hammer

and sickle idolatry as a means of breaking with the past. It is interesting to note that many of the former Eastern Bloc countries have since shunned the Communist symbols and returning to old heraldry in the form of Czech lions and Polish eagles, even though none are actually monarchies. For the Americans and Mexicans, the eagle is a symbol of democracy and order, not despotic power, while in Arabic nations such as Egypt, Iraq and the Gulf States, it has long been associated with nationalism and the royal traditions of the region. The symbols of religions, likewise, have the power to rouse and even shock, as is the case with the instantly recognisable Christian cross, Jewish Shield of David, Buddhist wheel and Muslim crescent. The Nazi Swastika, in reality little more than a rip off of an ancient Hindu-Buddhist religious symbol, remains one of the most instantly impactful forms on the planet 70 years after the end of World War Two.

The Nazis also copied the eagle and borrowed the ts ancient swastika sign from the Hindus and Buddhis

The eagle as a symbol of empires

To the Americans, the eagle represents liberty

The entrance to a palace

The Rampant Lion is a common European heraldic symbol and alternative to the imperial eagle

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THE ARCHITECTURE OF POWER At the end of the day, buildings remain the ultimate projection of power, and this is something that has been craftily used since the dawn of civilisations, from the earliest palaces and temples to the mighty castles, fortresses, churches, mosques, mansions and royal residences. Mythical cities such as Babylon, Nineveh, Memphis and Persepolis, as well as Athens and Rome, were built entirely around this principle. Here not only palaces and temples, but also government buildings, squares and amphitheatres were used to show just how mighty and advanced the civilisation was. The massive, decorated columns used to hold up such edifices became the symbols of this architecture, and they reappeared in the neoclassical architecture of the 19th century, when France and Britain, but also Prussia, Austria and the USA sought to impress. This architecture of strength still impresses today in the historical sights of Rome and Athens, the classic beauty of Paris and buildings such as the National Gallery in London, as well as the broad avenues and

imposing government buildings of the city designed to be a capital – Washington DC. Even Brasilia, its 1950s equivalent, features the same wide avenues and large-scaled governmental complexes that aim to dwarf the individual and make them feel entirely at the mercy of the state. The same is true of the skyscrapers of New York, which evolved out of a practical need for space on scarce and expensive land but have since come to represent corporate power and are now the focus of a global ‘tallest building´ competition that has very little to do with practicalities and everything to do with psychology. Whether it be a tall, gleaming skyscraper, a towering religious building, an overly ornate palace or an imposing government building, the need to impress and project power is a typically human condition with primal roots. We may think that we’ve shed this necessity and that its main vestiges are now antiques from another era, but in reality the need to convey messages through symbols, icons and soaring architecture is as much alive today as it was in the time of the Romans. e

The Empire State Building in New York

The classic Greek architecture first exported by the Romans has had staying power

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p THE FOCUS democracy

DEMOCRACY, AN ENDURING IDEAL

The western world in which we live embraced democracy in the aftermath of the Second World War, an era that held much promise for the further evolution of mankind into a free and intelligent species finally capable of breaking the shackles of the past. The new millennium has, however, brought different challenges with it that threaten to reverse the process. Mostly, they take the form of ancient, regressive belief systems imported from less progressive parts of the world, the unrelenting pressures of corporate globalisation and disillusionment with the parliamentary system that is at the heart of our modern way of life. Democracy, therefore, remains as much an embattled ideal as ever. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

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here was a time when, at least in the prosperous, advanced countries of the world, we believed that the days of tyranny, warfare and barbarism belonged to a distant past. Now we’re not so sure; in many ways it seems as if the world is regressing, from the rise of fundamentalist Islam to the less militant but often equally conservative Orthodox Judaism, neo-conservative Christianity and hard-line Hinduism. Such belief systems are questioning much of the scientific progress made over the past century and a half, and in the process plunging us back into a world of dogma and superstition, not to mention intolerance.

IS OUR PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY REALLY FREE? The current backlash comes in the midst of ever-faster technological advance and change. In other words, the gap between science and large sections of the world’s people is growing rapidly, and some might say the accelerating rate of change is creating a sense of uncertainty and instability that is causing many to seek refuge in old certainties. The gap between ‘normal’ citizens,

businesses and even countries on the one hand and the ever more powerful globalised corporations on the other is also growing continuously, and with it the disparity between rich and poor. In economic terms we are in the midst of what is called Creative Destruction, and while much of this replacing of the old with the new is driven by technological development, many feel disenfranchised by an economic and political system that allows them to vote but doesn’t listen to them.

SO WHAT IS DEMOCRACY ANYWAY? Democracy is a word and concept derived from classical Greece, where a democratic system complete with a legislative assembly evolved some 2,500 years ago. Ok, women, slaves, foreigners and non-landowners were not included, but then neither were they in medieval Iceland, home of the Althing, the oldest existing parliament, established in 930. Originally designed to be a system with checks and balances in which the elected executive government is responsible to the law-making parliamentary organ, itself made

up according to election results, its judiciary arm provides a legal filter right at the end. In the modern scenario, the power of the executive has indeed been curtailed, but often at the expense of rendering both it and parliament ineffectual in the face of the judiciary, which is spinning a stifling legal spider web around not just those parts of government that unlike itself have actually been elected by the people, but also around society as a whole. Yes, and then there are the supranational institutions, such as the EU and UN, which add yet another layer of bureaucracy and prescription without actually being able to contribute to major issues such as the environment, drug and people trafficking or the standardisation of international norms and regulations.

TRUE DEMOCRACY There is no single definition of true democracy. For some it is the system of direct involvement practiced by the Swiss, for others more or less government intervention, Communism, Authoritarianism, Theocratic states, post-liberal secular welfare states where the

main concern is with gay people and minorities, conservative central government where the principal focus is on the wealthy and corporations, constitutional monarchy, absolute monarchy, qualified franchise, Libertarianism, Anarchism and many more. As the world and its problems – and solutions – grow ever more complex, our instinctive desire to seek remedy in old answers will increasingly fall short of our needs. This said, an overly complex legal web does not provide a satisfactory system either, especially since its protagonists are unknown and unelected. At a time when the concept of democracy is being questioned and the perfect political and economic system remains as elusive as ever, I believe the basic tenets of it to be quite simple – namely that any system which calls itself democratic should provide personal liberty and safety to its citizens, but in return demand responsibility, participation and a commitment to the greater good from them. In other words, any system is only successful when the social contract upon which it was founded is alive and well. e

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Diploma results 2017

Swans International School is, once again, celebrating the best set of IB Diploma results in their history.

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Lucía Gómez Osuna 44 points

Marta Rodríguez Molina 40 points

The University of Edinburgh (Neurobiology)

Complutense University of Madrid (Medicine)

Ella Eva Gunilla Justh De Neczpal 40 points

Rafael Crossa Arteaga 39 points

The University of Warwick (Law)

The University of Stirling (Economics and Finance)

Pavel Saganov 38 points

Martina Tessore Janowski 37 points

We are extremely proud of our Year 13 students for their outstanding achievements in the IB Diploma. Our top performing student this year was Lucía Gómez Osuna, who equalled our highest ever points total of 44 points, putting her in the top 0.5% of all IB students worldwide. She will now go on to study at the University of Edinburgh, where she has achieved a full scholarship. Congratulations on her fantastic performance. We also had a large number of students achieving 38 points and above, which has given them access to some of the world’s best universities. They have been an excellent cohort of students and we know that they are now fully prepared for university and their future working lives. We wish them the best of luck.

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

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It is hard to forget the first time I saw Irish actor, Cillian Murphy, onscreen. It was in the film 28 Days Later: to date the scariest, most thrilling zombie/apocalyptic flick I had seen. Murphy played the lead role – that of a young man who wakes up from a coma in a London hospital, only to find that both the hospital and the City, are completely deserted. Soon, he discovers that the world has been taken over by victims of the ‘Rage’ virus – which a group of animal rights activists has unwittingly unleashed into the world by freeing monkeys (who have been purposely infected with the virus) from a research lab. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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Rebel With a Cause

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urphy was 27 at the time of the film’s release but already, his acting displayed the gravitas of far more seasoned actors such as Daniel Day-Lewis or Adrien Brody. His appeal had less to do with charisma (the kind that abounds in Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise) and more to do with subtlety. Murphy’s huge blue eyes and dark, always suffering expression, revealed a serious yet quirky actor was born. Murphy balks when reporters ask him how he has managed to give life to such a wide variety of roles. “That’s just an actor’s job,” he answers. So dedicated is he to his craft, it is hard to imagine him doing anything else, yet had his parents (who were teachers) had their way, Murphy would have become a lawyer rather than an actor. “My parents wanted me to do well academically,” he says, “so I foolishly enrolled in Law.” Murphy did terribly, failing his yearly exams

and dedicating most of his time to his band, The Sons of Mr. Green Genes, in which his younger brother also played. The band showed some promise, and was actually offered a record deal by London label, Acid Jazz. Murphy’s parents refused: “My little brother was only 16 and they said that I may have ruined my own life but they didn’t want my brother to do the same.” Today, the actor knows his parents were

right – “My brother and I would have ended up hating each other” – he concedes – yet his early dabbling in music enlightened him on his true passion – acting. He told The Independent: “I think there’s such a thing as a performance gene. If it’s in your DNA it needs to come out. For me it originally came out through music, then segued into acting and came out through there. I always needed to get up and perform.”

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It was at school – where he often misbehaved despite obtaining great marks – that he first came across acting. He took part in a theatre module offered by Pat Kiernan, director of the Corcadorca Theatre Company. He was fascinated both by the stage and the enigmatic director, who, after much haranguing on Murphy’s part, offered the young actor the lead in a play called Disco Pigs (2001). The play is centred on the fiercely close relationship between two 17-yearolds: Pig (Murphy) and Runt (Sarah Gallagher). The two characters are born on the same day, in the same hospital. Their relationship is intense and surreal – often, the line between dreams and reality is blurred and they allow their imagination to take over. When Pig develops romantic feelings for runt and raises the concern of the children’s school, they are separated, with disastrous results. Murphy explained what the play meant to his career, to The Irish Times, “Everybody knows Disco Pigs  changed everything for me. It was the first thing I ever did, and it formed me totally. It’s hard not to be nostalgic about these things. But it really was a brilliant time for me. It

was the confidence of youth – or the ignorance of youth. Maybe a combination of both. Trying to get to that level again was a struggle, certainly in terms of theatre work.” The play was a huge success, touring around the world to rave reviews. Disco Pigs also opened Murphy up to the American market – in 2002, he was offered the lead role in 28 Days Later by director, Danny Boyle. The film was a big success worldwide; casting director, Gail Stevens, noted that Murphy’s shyness worked perfectly well on screen; “He had a dreamy, slightly de-energised, floating quality that is fantastic for the film.” Despite being crushingly handsome, Murphy has a sad, ‘unavailable’ quality that translates beautifully into specific roles – including one of his most famous – that of Tommy in Peaky Blinders. The series, a gangster drama set in the 1920s in Birmingham, sees Murphy as the cerebral leader of an Irish gang – his experience as a decorated Sergeant Major in World War I has left him damaged and disillusioned enough to stop at nothing to gain

power. Murphy’s acting has been touted as sheer perfection; this despite the fact it is one of the most challenging roles the actor has had to face. He told Spin, “I’ve said this before, myself and Tommy Shelby, he’s the most unlike-me character I have ever played. Some people play a character and you go, ‘Yeah, I can see that. There’s a bit of me in there. That guy, he’s like me except different.’ But Tommy there’s just such a huge distance to travel for me.” Additional films that show off the actor’s versatility are Breakfast on Pluto, in which he plays Kitten – a transgender female in search of acceptance; The Wind that Shakes the Barley – winner of the Palme d’Or in 2006 – Murphy plays a young Irish lad who never wanted to take part in the Irish Civil War, but who has no choice but to fight to defend those he loves; and Anthropoid, based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the World War II mission to assesinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich. Today, the actor lives in Ireland with his wife and children and continues to work both in film and television. His work has earned him

much acclaim and he has taken home both The Irish Times Theatre Award and the Drama Desk Award. He has worked with Hollywood’s biggest stars (including Robert De Niro), shone in blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises and also starred in indie films such as British gem Broken, which earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the British Independent Film Awards. This year, in addition to starring in Peaky Blinders, he has appeared in four films – The Party, Hippie Hippie Shake, Dunkirk and H-Block. The latter, co-starring Jamie Dornan and Pierce Brosnan, is the true story of a breakout from the maximum security Maze Prison in 1938 – only 19 of the 38 prisoners who escaped were captured. We look forward to seeing much more of Cillian Murphy in upcoming years. His blend of talent, elegance and dashing good looks have already marked him as one of Ireland’s best – interestingly, for the young actor, success hasn’t come easily, since he has had to fervently pursue work many a time. He says, “The best roles you have to fight for. You have to really want to do it and you have to go after it.” e

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LEVERAGING THE POWER OF WOMEN ON THE COAST

COSTA WOMEN Costa Women, founded in 2010, is a free social and business network for women living in Spain or planning on relocating. Marisa Cutillas speaks to group founder, Ali Meehan, to find out about the work carried out by the eclectic group. WHAT LED YOU TO FOUND COSTA WOMEN? I originally started the group for women on the Costa del Sol as a meeting point and source of support. Today, the group comprises women from all over Spain. They meet up in 23 different locations, not just the Coast. Volunteers run the different groups and liaise with members on Facebook and our website. HAS BREXIT AFFECTED THE NUMBER OF WOMEN COMING TO SPAIN? Despite Brexit, many people are still moving to the Coast. At Costa Women we try to answer their questions about life here and hopefully help them with decision making regarding where to live, schools for children, jobs etc. WHAT NATIONALITIES ARE REPRESENTED IN COSTA WOMEN? Women from 60 different countries, including Spain, Japan, China, the United States… IS THE MAIN FOCUS OF COSTA WOMEN BUSINESS OR SOCIALISING?

A bit of both. I don’t think we are defined by what we do for a living. We are women first; if through these connections we create something together – a job, a new passion, a business opportunity… then that is secondary. HOW OFTEN DO YOU MEET UP ON THE COAST? We hold monthly coffee mornings west of Marbella (in Manilva or Estepona) as well as in Marbella, La Cala and Fuengirola. We also have monthly evening events in Mijas, Fuengirola, Málaga and Axarquia as well as further afield. Once a month we have a business group meeting in La Cala. Around 95 per cent of members are autónomos (freelancers) and they work in all sorts of fields – from hairdressing to real estate, coaching, social media, marketing, online products for women and more. This is quite a diverse group. One lady, Sam Bayley, actually paints kitchens (The Painted Kitchen). She goes into people’s homes and tries to reform them in such a way that people don’t have to buy brand new kitchens. She

also makes furniture and household items out of wooden palettes. We normally have a topic – everyone can talk about their own business – as long as the focus remains on the topic. Recently, we had a social media expert attend a meeting and we talked about different platforms – my preferred platform is Twitter but others favour Instagram or Facebook. We talked about challenges when using social media and came up with solutions and tips for each business’ problem. There is always something different happening. DO YOU TAKE PART IN FUNDRAISING EVENTS? Yes, we recently held a summer party at Avanto in La Cala – we raised funds for two charities: Acompalia (a Granada-based hospice charity working out of Motril Hospital at the moment and hoping to open its own centre) and Asociación Knitted Knockers Costa del Sol (a group dedicated to knitting free prostheses for women with breast cancer. The knit is made of a special cotton that you can put into a washing machine. They also make

one that can be used for swimming). Asociación Knitted Knockers Costa del Sol is keen on expanding in Spain, so it is important to raise awareness about them. The event was memorable; we even had live performances by Mr Maph and Simone, and DJ Lawrie Scott spun fantastic music. We presented a colourful fashion show by Mapuchi Moda, which makes affordable women’s clothing in different sizes. It was a fun evening with lots of women attending. HOW CAN COSTA WOMEN HELP WOMEN IN BUSINESS? Apart from enjoying the opportunity to network and learn vital skills, women can also avail of our challenges – for instance, in August, we had the ‘Action August’ challenge, in which all women were encouraged to adopt one goal. August is a tough time in which kids are off school and it’s hot – still, aiming to complete something can provide one with a big sense of achievement. In the last four years of running the challenge, two women actually set up businesses in this tough time of the year.

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WHAT INDUSTRY DO YOU WORK IN? Social media marketing through Sociomimetics, which looks at the way in which computers and people interact. We help startups making their first foray into business through marketing and social media management. My husband takes charge of the business development side – sales, planning… I help with the marketing side. We first look at social media and how our clients can make the most of it. We review the human side as well; social media is about being truly sociable. People don’t want to just read advertisements; they want you to help them; they are more likely to work with someone they know, like and trust. We launched our company in 2010. My husband and I knew we wanted to live in Spain and this was the perfect way that both of us could pool our skills together. WHAT WAS YOUR CAREER LIKE PRIOR TO YOUR MOVE TO SPAIN? I’ve had a diverse career; I spent 17 years working in a legal practice then became an export manager for five years at a company selling container glass for jars, wine bottles, etc. I was then a business consult for nine years in Dubai. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO HEAD TO THE MIDDLE EAST? I left my export role and another job came up in the UK. The day I started working the owner decided to close their UK operations. The owner asked if I would like to carry on working with them originally from home and then in Dubai and

I accepted. We lived in Dubai from 2004 to 2010. It was a means to an end; those years enabled us to eventually move to the Coast and live here. HOW DID YOU BUILD UP YOUR CLIENT BASE? We already had clients from the Middle East. We worked for a little while in Phuket as well. Now we have clients from all over the world. WHAT IS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS IN SPAIN? There are many opportunities. One of our members (Alyson, founder of Alyson’s Cakes) loved cake making and (after one Action August challenge) started her business. Now she makes absolutely phenomenal cakes, with flowers made from icing sugar, etc. She was recently asked by a local magazine to use photos of her cakes. Some of our members have written wonderful fiction and non-fiction books. I recommend that you read Joan Fallon’s Daughters of Spain – it is about women who lived in Málaga during the Franco era. Women are unique aren’t they! Being a woman in business is still a challenge, but it is getting better. We have to continue to push ahead and promote ourselves; things are slowly changing, progress is not an overnight thing. LET’S GET BACK TO COSTA WOMEN; HOW IS THE GROUP FUNDED? Until last year, we were funding Costa Women ourselves. The group started out as a hobby but it is now a large organisation that

has become expensive to run. We currently have three sponsors: My Lawyer in Spain (which was founded by Alex Radford and boasts 10 different locations), IFX (foreign exchange) and Caser Seguros. Sponsors should be businesses with a nationwide presence, since Costa Women is present in many

cities in Spain. The businesses should offer services where our members are located. HOW CAN WOMEN JOIN COSTA WOMEN? They can simply go online and sign up; it is completely free. i www.costawomen.com

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ELSE

Lifestyle Homes Following a different approach to property development, Else creates homes that are design-led, timeless and built around a lifestyle. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ELSE

When all those around you build and build it is good to stop and take stock of how to offer something that is special,” says Fabian Delle, project manager at ELSE.HOUSE, a specialist creator of luxury villas. “We come from a different business culture than the mainstream one on the Costa del Sol, so we bring with us a philosophy and approach

that is in many ways distinct. In broad terms, we design and build beautiful homes, but that is where the similarity ends – from here on out it is the manner of working and the detail that take over and create a very fresh interpretation.” Indeed, the passion that characterises else. house is reflected in the thought and effort put into creating real homes.

The company is relatively new and boutique, with a small collection of made-to-measure villas in top locations such as Sierra Blanca and Cascada de Camojan, but it has a long trajectory of diverse real estate development in Germany, where it is known as a leading creator of commercial and residential properties. “Our parent company has a reputation for quality and innovation, so our projects carry a seal of distinction that makes them stand out even in a country like Germany, where technical standards and attention to detail are very high.”

A CREATIVE PROCESS Yet if you think that this is a stereotypically solid but stern German outfit you’d be wrong. “There is a real passion for the creative process inherent in designing, building and finishing luxury homes,” says Fabian, “and nowhere is this more evident than

in our Spanish enterprise, which functions more as a design and product development studio than as a technical construction company. Moreover, the vision of director and founder Patricia Paulus to do something ‘else’ is at the heart of the concept.” Experienced property developers they may therefore be, but with the spirit of a designer. “This is what I mean when I say that else.house is different, as ours is not the invest-build-and-sell approach. We love to come from a fresh perspective, and this is visible in the villas we create for our clients.” When I ask him to elaborate he explains that far from being cold developers driven by optimal returns, else.house is a specialist, small-scale creator of luxury homes. “We enjoy the creative process and work hard to produce villas that are not only stunning by design but also designed around individual preferences, expressions of taste and lifestyles.”

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THE MEANING OF LIFESTYLE VILLAS As a result, there are no standard solutions that are repeated time and again. “We have no set formulas, but endeavour to create truly unique homes. We are great fans of handmade architecture and commit ourselves to a new design concept each time we look at a project. For this reason we chose Maurice Sainz of MS Design, who comes from a family business with a strong tradition in bespoke architecture.” Further personalisation is added through details such as the property’s layout, its aesthetic details, optimal orientation, the choice of materials and the final landscaping and dressing of the home. “Each of these stages deserves real consideration to ensure that you make the optimal use of the site, the available space, the diversity of materials and of course your budget, to guarantee that the villa is the very best it can be and also truly the home you’ve always wanted.” The approach is different and it shows in the homes created by else.house, for instead of being conceived as an out-and-out commercial project this company’s approach ensures the building of a modern villa is a far more personal process in which the property is designed for the lifestyle of its future owners. “We love what we do and we build a home with the same enthusiasm, commitment and meticulous attention to detail that we would if it was our own,” says Fabian. A fine example is the villa that is taking shape in Cascada de Camojan. Set in a very private part of this select gated urbanisation on the east side of Sierra Blanca, it offers a very personal interpretation of a contemporary Mediterranean villa, shunning the bright white of recent years for an earthier tone inspired by the Adobe homes of Arizona and New Mexico. “This finish is very popular among luxury properties in Phoenix and, since our climate and setting is compatible, it fits very nicely in Marbella, where it offers a sleek, fresh architectural language for a modern villa.” The villa is a study in classic modern design, but does this with a very personal touch that ensures it is a true reflection of its owners, not a copy or a pastiche of different influences cobbled together. “We specialise in creating state-of-the-art architectural homes that offer sophistication and refinement, are built to exacting German technical standards, are easy to maintain and which create a uniquely personal living space that is, after all, the ultimate definition of a home.” g Tel: +34 951 569 749. info@else.house www.else.house

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The Golden Mile is Marbella’s finest address, but within it there are pockets that stand out from the rest. Properties here are so rare and sought after that they don’t come on to the market very often, so imagine the excitement surrounding the release of this brand new villa, for not only is it in the most prestigious location in Marbella, it’s also modern and beautiful.

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sk Marbella real estate agents specialising in luxury properties and they will tell you there’s more demand for beachfront homes on the Golden Mile than there is supply. Indeed, for those with the means this is the prime location – right on the beach, close to Marbella town and Puerto Banús, and yet peaceful, private and secure. Those properties that are on the Marbella

Club estate are even more desired, as you not only have all the five-star deluxe amenities and services on your doorstep, but also the gold dust of one of the most iconic and refined establishments on the Mediterranean. The Marbella Club Hotel is synonymous with Marbella’s glamorous allure because it was fundamental in building it, so while there are other luxurious resort hotels and

residential areas, this remains the epicentre of chic in this region. To own a property or even get your hands on a plot or an older home to renovate is a prized thing indeed, and those who are in this lucky position don’t easily relinquish it, not even for a lot of money. For this reason, years can pass before a home in this most sought after of addresses become available – and it just has.

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Classic elements given a new interpretation

MODERN STYLE IN THE BEST LOCATION If you combine such a setting with a beautifully styled and finished modern villa it translates into one of the most exciting properties in recent times. Situated right in the sweetspot between the Marbella Club and the Puente Romano, in a peaceful, secure street with 24-hour gated security, the villa finds itself a stroll away from sandy beaches and all the many facilities of the two resorts that embrace it. Stylish beach clubs, fine dining, elegant nightclubs, a spa, tennis club and a host of other top-rank amenities form a perfect lifestyle extension to your home. Where ostentation rules in some parts, the tranquil street breathes an air of comfortable sophistication and understated taste. The villas are private and set back from the road, yet the gates and entrances have a charm about them that hints at what lays beyond. And indeed, cross the threshold on to the forecourt of this newly finished villa and you enter an oasis of privacy in the midst of lush greenery. It’s hard to imagine that this immaculately landscaped garden is not the product of many years of planting and growth. In addition to the prized location, this greenery is one of the main sources of true luxury that shape the property. A green blanket of grass extends around a large part of the home, flanked by mature trees that were not chosen randomly but selected with care and attention to detail. They include the ubiquitous palm tree, but also endemic pines, cypresses and olive trees, skilfully brought together to great effect. The forecourt gives only a hint of this, though, but it too has been subject to careful and loving consideration in the choice of cobbled paving stones, marble, wood and stone detailing.

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A contemporary villa in a prized Golden Mile setting

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Innovative touches define the villa

A LUXURY HOME TO LIVE IN A subtle water feature and architectural details add a touch of artistry to the exterior façade as you approach the large front door whose chrome ‘rope’ handle suggests that the creator of the villa is someone not just with taste but also a sense of creativity. This rope theme is occasionally repeated throughout the house, though always in a subtle, clever and also stylish way. Step inside and you notice immediately that this villa is somehow a little different to most on the Costa del Sol, and it takes a little while before you realise that this is down to its distribution, use of light and space, as well as the choice of materials and furnishings. Where many luxury Marbella homes are built primarily, if not exclusively, to impress, this villa has a more understated quality that draws on its superb location and tasteful design to establish its credentials. This has left the owner and the architect free to create not a reception house but a true home, with attractive proportions and comfortable, welcoming rooms that flow the one into the other without ever feeling cavernous. In fact, the rather self-indulgent expansiveness of some homes is notably absent here.

Modern comfort within peaceful idyll

A home that is elegant and made to live in

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The stylish main terrace

The bright central entrance hall, for instance, is not a big empty space but a generous breathing area that naturally also serves as a distribution point for the home. It connects the charming cloakroom, living areas, private quarters and also the three floors of the villa. From here the elegant, comfy living room beckons, its furniture pieces, lighting and soft furnishings personally selected from a wide range of sources by leading London interior designers Cocovara Interiors, who work with the likes of Candy & Candy. It shows in the distinct dĂŠcor, which, together with the choice of

light-toned marble, sets this villa apart from many in Marbella and gives it a timeless appeal. The living room, with its large modern glass fireplace, links to the terrace and garden it overlooks, as well as to a dining area that flows on to a clean, modern kitchen that minimises visual fuss to maximise aesthetic appeal. As a result, the Gaggenau appliances glide in and out of position at the touch of a button to leave a sleek, architectural look. In true British style, the kitchen also features an informal dining/breakfast area and lounge, which again connects with the covered terrace

A comfortable, modern kitchen and living space

and garden. Garden views can be enjoyed throughout, also from the pretty study and the guest bedroom on the ground floor, both of which offer access to the spacious terrace with its variety of dining, lounging and sunbathing areas. They look out over a stylishly designed modern swimming pool backed by the calming beauty of greenery that envelopes the home in an embrace of peace and privacy. Here, the interplay of stone and white plaster with the green is particularly attractive, and it is a feature that recurs in different parts of the property.

Indoor and outdoor living areas blend together

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The sweeping staircase that swirls upwards towards the private quarters on the first floor is another of many architectural details to be found in this home. Its design aids the inflow of natural light and provides the setting for a chandelier that is modern art in its own right. Bright and breezy, the upper corridor leads to three bedroom suites, including the master suite. Each features not only materials, textures, colour tones and furniture unique to it but also built-in wardrobes and bathrooms that establish the character and ambience of the different bedrooms. Again, the proportions are spacious but not wasteful, and the first floor terrace features cosy private corners from which to enjoy the views. The central theme of a well-planned villa continues downstairs, where the lower basement level offers the same functionality and refinement of space that allows a laundry with professional walkin cooling fridge and staff apartment to blend in harmoniously with a delightfully styled open entertainment area containing a bar, home cinema and lounging zones, as well as a gym and more private quarters. Conceived with a sense of creative refinement, designed with taste and intended to be a luxurious but also comfortable family home, this fantastic new villa on the Golden Mile is a fine example of impressive yet homely style in a timeless location. i www.callumswanrealty.com The stairs are an architectural detail in their own right

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Transforming Living Spaces More than simply arranging furniture, today’s interior designers also manage entire renovations that transform old spaces into an exciting new living environment that’s all about you. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

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nterior designers have come a long way. Once upon a time they were largely restricted to dressing a home, but these days their scope has expanded to also include the restructuring and indeed renovation of existing homes and living spaces. In the process, a skilled designer has an astounding capacity to take an old room or house and transform it into something entirely new. What’s more, a good one will not merely copy the styles du jour and create a testament to the latest trends, but design an interior space that is exciting, stylish and also timeless. “For this reason the best designs include a blend of new and classical elements that form the basis of a very personal space,” says Andrea Böck, the founder of Ambience Home Design. “We don’t like to simply dress a home up in the latest styles as it feels too much like painting

by numbers. Not only is this not very creative but it doesn’t always represent the client, their personality and lifestyle.” Andrea loves nothing more than to produce an environment that her clients love and feel well in, creating in the process not a continuum of design throughout the house but a rhythm that is suited to each and every individual part of it. “Indeed, the essence lies not in matching but in contrasting. Some spaces are functional, some are meant to be very stylish, others comfortable retreats, and then there should also be parts of the home that are just meant for enjoyment. And these have every right to be a little eccentric and fun, the kind of place that puts a smile on your face and where you feel great, surrounded by the things you love. If not done this way, a home’s décor can become

stale and indistinguishable from a catalogue’s, so don’t be afraid to add eclectic pieces, artwork or any other means of expressing your personal style and making the home uniquely yours.” Having discovered in herself a joint flair for design, composition and also project management, Andrea has skills that perfectly match the challenges facing an interior designer. “Add to this a fascination with creating unique living spaces and you have a sound basis,” says the woman behind the successful Ambience firm and design studio. She and her team listen very carefully to their clients, filling a broad view in with the details that ultimately create a clear storyboard of a home that reflects its occupants beautifully. “Over the years, we have completed many projects here and abroad, and I’m very proud to say no two are truly alike.”

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>>>BEFORE APARTMENT ON LAGO DI GARDA, ITALY Picture an apartment in a beautiful setting with dream views to Lake Garda. Unfortunately the property itself was very outdated and felt small and dark, so Ambience was asked to fully refurbish it. “We started from a literal blank canvas, creating first a feature for the entrance by designing an L-shaped wall and landing slab in beautiful black marquina to contrast with the woodwork and oak floors.” The kitchen was opened up to create an open living area, while a partial dividing wall was created to house a built-in chimney and hide the radiators. Light effects were added to produce a homely, contemporary mood as well as highlight the decorate elements sourced for the apartment, which was now bright, uncluttered and sophisticated. Though compact, it breathes contemporary refinement, thanks in part to a stylish modern kitchen in smoked walnut oak and other warm natural materials such as teal green leather, textured linen and petrol blue velvet. These tones are also visible in the stunning Moroso armchair and the hip artwork that enlivens the home, showing just what can be done with an ordinary and tired looking property.

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LA ZAGALETA VILLA “We were requested to provide a complete makeover for this large six-bedroom villa in La Zagaleta. It’s located on a hilltop, so it was important to incorporate the striking sea views into the design, as this is a defining feature of the property,” says Andrea, who set about creating an interior décor in keeping with the elegant, sophisticated nature of the home. “The style was a blend of contemporary and more classical, earthier pieces that reflect the vibrancy and glamour of Marbella but also fit into the rarefied country estate setting of La Zagaleta.” Smokey mirrors, high-gloss Zebrano woods, aged brass, colourful artwork and a choice selection of luxurious fabrics provided the raw materials that set the tone for brands such as Arketipo, Poltrona Frau, Exteta and others. From the elegant bedroom and the living room to the formal dining room – where the four-metre table in American walnut by Riva 1920 is a stunning centrepiece – the home exudes a sense of calm, comfort and refinement.

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“Skin of Truth”, oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm, 2017 (detail)

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FRONTLINE BEACH APARTMENT, MARBELLA Showing the range of projects Ambience works on, the studio was also commissioned to take care of the transformation of a three-bedroom frontline beach apartment in the heart of Marbella. “In essence, the brief was to give this very rundown apartment a complete facelift. The apartment was dark, dingy and badly outdated, so our vision was to convert it into a bright, spacious and welcoming interior that makes the most of the fantastic sea views the property has to offer.” The client had a preference for contemporary styles and modern materials, wanting ultimately to turn the apartment into a true smart home. However, the brief diverged from the norm in that they also wanted a shabby chic look for the furniture. “We stripped it all – the floors, tiles and mouldings – and opened up the tired old kitchen and dining room to form one glorious open-plan living area.” This created space and turned small, dark boxy rooms into a bright open expanse. Under floor heating was added, a beautiful barn door sourced from Holland contributed to the shabby chic feel, and false ceilings with indirect lighting were installed to set it all within a contemporary context. Recessed wall lights cast a romantic glow over what was already a transformed living space, while in the kitchen, honeycomb tiles merged seamlessly with the wooden floor and the Clive Christian kitchen furniture. At the client’s request, a sauna was incorporated into the master bathroom thanks to a skilful rearrangement that allowed optimal use of space. Bespoke natural wallpaper provided the finishing touches along with luxurious fresh fabrics to complete a very comprehensive and successful make-over.

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COUNTRY ESTATE, ENGLAND The chance to work on a country estate in England offered a fantastic challenge that Andrea and her team eagerly embarked upon. The work was commissioned by an existing Marbella client but involved working in a different environment, not to mention a historical property. “I loved the fact that here we were modernising a classical country home, so that in the process of bringing it right up to date we also had to respect and indeed reflect its heritage.” The result is a classic yet contemporary design using beautiful glossy parquet floors, gorgeous carpeting and rugs with stylishly bold patterns. Textured wall panels, panoramic windows and a clean, crisp look give the property a contemporary feel, yet the furnishings and decorative elements are solid and sophisticated, using noble woods in modern finishes, different metals, crystal prisms, elegant chandeliers and luxuriant soft furnishings. “The result is an imposing, comfortable 21st century country home that retains its sense of history and tradition.”

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VILLA, LA PERLA BLANCA Ambience was hired to decorate this striking 12-bedroom beachfront villa and introduce new interior architectural details such as wall cladding, vertical gardens, fireplace designs and an impressive rooftop bar. “We had 2,000 square metres to decorate, so there was a lot to work on, but the design soon defined itself and we were able to create a spacious, luxurious interior marked by evocative styles, shapes and textures.” The colour tone is earthy yet elegant and sophisticated, the furniture solid and imposing, and the decorative detailing reflects the desire to imbue this residence with the highest standards of quality and creativity – as well as to provoke and challenge the senses in the process. “It is an outstanding home, so we employed a combination of bespoke furniture and brands such as Baxter, Arketipo, Moroso and Galotti & Radice, to name a few. This and the freedom to be relentlessly creative were key factors in creating a very special interior worthy of this fantastic property and location.” Ambience Home Design works on a wide variety of projects ranging from compact apartments to large villas, and decorative restyling to comprehensive structural renovation work. The main base is in Marbella, but the international nature of her clients also takes Andrea and her team to projects in different countries, including Italy, the UK and the Middle East. She draws inspiration from her travels and visits the main furniture fairs in Milan and Paris, aiming always not to match the client’s brief but to exceed it, “because it’s so rewarding when someone loves what you have created for them.” i www.ambiencehomedesign.com

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A VILLA RENOVATION IN LAS BRISAS BY BLACKSHAW INTERIOR DESIGN Since its foundation in 2008, Blackshaw Interior Design has brought new life to homes (both old and new) and commercial premises, offering an all-in-one service which includes construction, design, and all the final touches. The company recently completed a beautiful 480m2 villa in Las Brisas, now boasting a brand new look we are happy to share with our readers.

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he house had been used as a family holiday home for 15 years before the owners decided to give it a new lease on life. These before and after photographs reveal the extent of the renovations – in addition to the visible, the home now has air conditioning and underfloor heating. Blackshaw Interior design has carried out extensive building and design work on every single part of the property – including ceilings and floors. The villa now has a contemporary yet cosy feel that truly enables its owner to make the most of life by the scenic Las Brisas golf course, at the foot of the majestic La Concha mountain.

» A NEW DISTRIBUTION: The Blackshaw team partly changed the interior distribution, installing new, higher windows to lend the illusion of higher ceilings and to let in more light. A pale stone grey RAL colour was chosen for the exteriors of the windows, which was incorporated into additional details in the home. All flooring inside and out was replaced, with the same tile used inside and out – the tiles bear a pale, aged wooden board look, which adds a touch of warmth to the sturdy surface. Additional changes include: » THE ENTRANCE HALL: The space now has a bigger, airier feel, thanks to the glass panels installed on

each side of the door, which also increase the light flow. The ceiling was changed and now sports a ducted air conditioning system, enabling the team to include different types of lighting, with both recessed spots and diffused lighting provided by the LED strip. » THE KITCHEN: Warmth and light are combined in the brand new kitchen, constructed in marble and warm wood, with a comfy seating area by the central island. » THE LIVING AREA: This space was divided with a slate clad wall housing a double sided gas fire and televisions on both sides. Fitted decorative

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panels were used to create a corridor area to access bedrooms, providing welcome privacy in the bedroom area while maintaining the flow of light. Several corners were converted into right angles with frameless glass, to allow maximum light and undisrupted mountain views. The sills were updated from rust-hued individual tiles to single pieces of white Silestone for a seamless appearance. » THE BEDROOMS: The rooms now boast elegant headboards, designer touches (lamps, mirrors) and bespoke furniture pieces. Blackshaw Interior Design sells furniture in addition to providing

construction and design services; items are fabricated on a bespoke basis though furniture by renowned high-end brands is also available.

» THE BATHROOMS: The bathrooms have suspended wall hung vanity units and toilets, and clear glass shower screens as opposed to a curtain, lending a feeling of increased space, as more floor area is visible. The shower areas are also made from the same tile to further increase this spacious feeling. » THE POOL: The pool, once kidney shaped and smaller in size, was completely reconstructed. The new rectangular shaped pool is now perfect for

completing a few laps daily. Comfy yet elegant outdoor sofas and chairs make the perfect spot from which to enjoy a glass of wine while gazing at the majesty of La Concha or catching the latest happenings on the Las Brisas golf course. The villa is testimony to the value of renovation and reliance on a company that takes care of your entire project, from start to finish.

g Avda. Cánovas del Castillo, 25, Marbella. Tel: 951 403 787. www.blackshawinteriordesign.com

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Dining Chair

In 2016, the Cala chair established a new design language for Kettal by combining sizeable natural curves with a latticed rope weave, thus creating majestic designs with transparent and light surfaces alike. The idea has since evolved and, recently, Doshi Levien created additional pieces to craft a collection which includes a dining chair, a series of tables and low foot stools. These are just a few highlights from the collection:

CALA COLLECTION Designers Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien

by Doshi Levien for Kettal

Tables

Sofa Pouf

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ROMANCE IS ALIVE

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Monsoon’s Autumn/ Winter collection seems to have been created to make you feel like the star of your very own romance movie. Make sure you take home at least one of these gorgeous ensembles. COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS

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Make the most of what’s left of the warmest season of the year with these lovely garments, inspired on times gone by, designed by one of Britain’s most celebrated designers.

VINTAGE FEMININITY

COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS

y e l h s A a r u a L by Tabard jumpsuit

Frill sleeve ditsy print button blouse Mini strawberry print kaftan

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Ditsy floral archive dress

Striped circle dress

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Your Health & Beauty Clinic in Marbella Dr Kaye and his team have years of experience in all techniques, including Laser, Ultrasound and Waterjet assisted procedure. Ocean Clinic owns exclusively in Marbella one of the most advanced water jet machines on the market, the Human Med EVO. The basic principle of water jet assisted Liposuction is guided high pressure water jet inside the cannula which allows a simultaneous infiltration of liposuction fluid and extraction of fat resulting in a less invasive and less painful procedure with better aesthetic outcomes.

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Few things are quite as annoying as taking precious moments of your morning to apply your make-up, only to find that in a few hours, your nose and cheeks are shining with oil, and your make-up has faded. Excessive oil production is often accompanied by enlarged, visible pores, and sometimes, by acne. Regardless of age, it can cause embarrassment and frustration. The good news is that there are a plethora of fantastic products that will leave you with beautiful matte skin and help your make-up look as new literally all day. Follow these steps to a beautiful shine-free complexion. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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100% MATTE SKIN y a D l Al Z STEP 1: CLEANSE SKIN: Use a gentle non-foaming cleanser, since harsh products can dry skin excessively and stimulate the oil glands, which is counter-productive. Z STEP 2: WORK ON PORES: Sisley has an amazing product called Global Perfect Pore Minimizer. It has both an immediate and long-term effect and should be used in the morning and at night. In the morning, use it after toning and before your primer and moisturiser. At night, use it after cleansing and toning skin, then apply your usual moisturiser. The solution has a beautiful refining effect, making make-up look super smooth and your pores, tiny. Benefit is a company with a wide range of excellent pore minimising products – the range includes Pore Minimizing Makeup and the POREfessional Pro Balm (a pore

minimising primer). Z STEP 3: MOISTURISE: Use an oil-free moisturiser; Sisley’s Mattifying Moisturizing Skin Care is a fantastic product containing tropic resins. Another good option is Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream – very light and quickly absorbed by skin. Z STEP 4: DE-SLICK SKIN: Use Urban Decay’s De-Slick Oil Control Make-up Setting Spray. This amazing product will help your make-up last for endless hours, while controlling grease, blocking shine and lending skin a gorgeous matte finish. The spray is super effective yet free of oils and parabens. Z STEP 4: PRIME SKIN: Use a good pore minimising/mattifying primer. Too Faced’s Primed & Poreless lends skin a flawless look and also battles shine in a big way.

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Z STEP 5: USE A MATTIFYING FOUNDATION: The very best would have to be Kat Von D’s Lock-It Foundation – this one is ideal for those after optimal coverage and a very matte look. Avoid any oil-based make-up – this includes blushers and illuminating powders which are cream-based. Another excellent foundation for oily skin is the iconic Double Wear by Estée Lauder. It provides great coverage yet feels light on the skin. Z STEP 6: DE-SLICK AGAIN: Once your look is complete, spray your face with the De-Slick product once again. The spray should be a few centimetres from your skin and go on like a mist – your skin should not look wet after application. Spray on using a T-motion and then an X-motion, paying particular attention to the oiliest parts

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of your face (the T-zone – forehead, nose and chin). Z STEP 7: BRING BACK-UP: Regardless of how well you have prepped your face, if you live in a hot climate as we do in Marbella, perspiring is a given. Bring a mattifying powder to touch up your nose and forehead – once again Urban Decay is the way to go – their De-Slick Mattifying Powder is a wonderful complement to the spray. You should also pop a box of blotting paper in your handbag – which instantly absorbs excess oil. A very good alternative to blotting paper is Benefit’s the POREfessional License to blot (a blotting stick which promises to mattify skin for up to six hours after application. The stick has a specially designed triangular tip to target the sides of the nose, forehead and chin). e

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1 – DEEPLY PURIFYING MASK: The perfect remedy for acne prone skin. The mask instantly reduces imperfections and eliminates impurities. After a month’s use, you will notice that your skin has been intensely purified. Use up to twice a week, leaving overnight on problem areas. 2 – MATTIFYING MOISTURIZING SKIN CARE: This is a fantastic oil-free moisturiser that acts on three levels: marshmallow extract provides long-lasting hydration, bamboo powder and java tea extract mattify, and benzoin, burdock and lady’s mantle leaf clarify skin. Use this as your daily moisturiser beneath make-up, and at bedtime. 3 – INTENSIVE SERUM: This serum is a must for those with stubbornly oily skin. In seven days, it significantly reduces shine, unclogs pores and refines skin. It contains incense and myrrh extracts, D-panthenol, salicylic acid and many more complexion boosting ingredients. 4 – GENTLE CLEANSING GEL: If you have oily skin, the last thing

you should be doing is cleaning your face with a foaming cleanser; the latter can cause overdryness and make oil glands work harder to overcompensate. Use this gentle facial gel, applying it to a damp face and rinsing off afterwards. The tropical resin content purifies and softens your complexion, eliminating dirt from pores and lending skin a beautiful matte finish. It contains incense and myrrh extracts to soothe, benzoin extract to purify and marshmallow extract to trap water in the skin. 5 – PURIFYING RE-BALANCING LOTION: After cleansing skin, use this three-in-one skin care lotion to resurface and soften skin. It helps eliminate any impurities that remain on your skin, tightens pores and lends skin a luminous look. 6 – SOAPLESS FACIAL CLEANSING BAR: If you love the feeling of soap, use this nonalkaline, soap-free cleansing bar that purifies skin without drying it out. i www.sisley-paris.com

Cosmetics and skincare house, Sisley, is fast becoming the brand to own for men and women who are serious about taking good care of their skin. Sisley has various ranges targeted at different types of skin – from dry to super oily. Marisa Cutillas reviews a few of the many excellent products from the Tropical Resins line – catered to those with medium to oily skin.

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love your smile

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Visit our website to book an appointment

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We speak English, Spanish and Scandinavian

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Cirumed pairs high academic credentials with latest technologies in modern minimally invasive Plastic Surgery, to bring the best cosmetic surgery to Marbella. All our surgeons are specialist consultants at the Department of Plastic Surgery of Spain’s elite hospital, Hospital Quirón. As their particular field of interest, our team of surgeons has specialized in advanced technology for free fat transfer of the patient’s own fat, ideal for natural looking breast and buttock augmentation. Cirumed Clinic /// Edif. Panorama, Planta baja, Local 2 /// Ctra. De Cadiz, km 184 /// E - 29603 Marbella /// Tel: +34 952 775 346 /// www.cirumed.es /// www.alexanderaslani.com /// www.alexander-aslani.es

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Shocked by t he Power of…

ENERGY BALLS! WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CASA VIVA

One of the hardest things for parents on a health food mission, is finding nutritious sweet snacks their children will actually eat. The choice in supermarkets is usually limited to either boring rice crackers or nuts, so that in the end, the best solution is to make your own snacks.

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n our health page we rarely feature recipes, but these amazing ones for energy balls, sent to us by Casa Viva, look so good we just had to share them with you. Casa Viva actually sells all the utensils you need to make them – including blenders, digital weights, cutting boards and beautiful crockery to serve your creations on. The key to the amazing flavour of these balls, is the Medjool date – a super sweet natural delight which, when blended, creates a beautiful sweet paste that binds other ingredients together. Take your pick from these top recipes or better yet, make them all!

CARROT ENERGY BALLS

Ingredients: 2 medium-sized carrots 45gr walnuts 45gr toasted, peeled almonds 2 Medjool dates 4 pieces of dehydrated apricot 1 tsp powdered cinnamon 50gr desicated coconut Instructions: Blend the walnuts and almonds in an electric food processor or blender. Peel and slice the carrots, de-pit the dates and chop into small pieces; also chop the apricots. Add all the ingredients to the food processor except for the coconut (you can add a handful of dessicated coconut if you like, though you will need to leave enough to roll the balls in once they are formed). Blend and form the mixture into 1820gr balls. Roll in the coconut. Keep in the fridge for up to two weeks, or freeze.

SESAME ENERGY BALLS

Ingredients: 16 Medjool dates 60gr hemp seeds 60gr sunflower seeds 1 tbsp chia seeds 1 tbsp tahini paste 1 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tbsp coconut oil grated orange rind 50gr toasted sesame seeds Instructions: De-pit the dates and cut each date into around eight slices. Place in an electric food processor or blender with the rest of the ingredients except for the sesame seeds. Once the mixture is blended, form 18-20gr balls and roll in the toasted sesame seeds. Press down to ensure the seeds adhere. Store in the fridge for up to three weeks, or freeze.

SPELT ENERGY BALLS

Ingredients: 1 cup raw peeled pumpkin seeds 1 cup organic spelt puffs (called espelta hinchada in Spain) ½ cup almonds 6 Medjool dates ½ tsp powdered cumin ½ tsp powdered cinnamon 1 tsp powdered cocoa 1 tsp maple syrup the juice of half an orange Instructions: Blend the pumpkin seeds in a food processor or blender and set aside – set aside half the blend for rolling the energy balls into once they are done. Blend the almonds and spelt puffs. Add half the pumpkin seed blend, dates (de-pitted and sliced into small pieces) and the rest of the ingredients. Don’t over-blend; ensure the texture of the nuts and dates can still be noticed. Form into 18-20gr balls and roll in the pumpkin mixture you had set aside. Store in the fridge for up to three weeks, or freeze. e

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MAKE SURE YOUR TEETH ARE WHITENED SAFELY

DERMATOLOGISTS AT VITHAS XANIT CREATE NEW APP TO PROTECT

SKIN AGAINST SUN EXPOSURE

Haven’t you always wished that you could determine exactly how much sunscreen you needed to wear on a given day, or whether or not it was a good day to head for the beach? A new app has arrived which will enable you to do just that. Created by a group of specialists including dermatologists at the Vithas Xanit Hospital in Benalmádena, it is called UV-Derma – and it provides users with information regarding current solar radiation levels, as well as advice, information on risks and behaviours users can adopt to avoid exposure to harmful UV rays. i For further information, www.xanit.es

Doctor Ignacio Durán, specialist in odontology and orthodontics at the Centro Médico Quirónsalud Fuengirola, has issued a warning about unsafe tooth whitening. Although the latter is a relatively straightforward process, if it is not carried out according to strict protocols, patients can suffer from burns, sensitivity or irreversible harm to the tooth enamel and gums. Whitening should always be carried out under the supervision of a specialist. Another choice is to whiten teeth at home; if the product has been approved by the specialists and the amount of peroxide used is strictly controlled, neither your teeth nor gums should suffer any harm. i www.quironsalud.es

SHOULD WOMEN STOP

WEARING BRAS?

Forget about burning the bra… just stop wearing it! This is the advice given by Jean-Denis Rouillon, a sports science researcher and university professor who recently published the results of a 15-year study on the effect of bras on a group of 330 women. The study showed that women who did not wear bras had nipples that were 7mm higher than their bra-wearing counterparts. Rouillon concluded that bras can actually harm circulation and damage breast tone when used over a long period.

BE WATCHFUL FOR SIGNS

OF BULLYING IN CHILDREN

Did you know that bullying has many long-term effects on health? Even if a child has outgrown bullying and is happy and thriving, he or she will still have an increased risk of heart disease, depression and anxiety. It is vital for parents to be watchful for signs that their children are being victimised, so that help can be received quickly. Signs and symptoms to watch out for include mood changes (greater irritability or sadness), separation anxiety and improved symptoms when there is no school. Psychologist Mónica González of Quirónsalud Marbella notes that bullies should be taught to take responsibility for their actions, to empathise with their victims and to manage their emotions better. Victims, meanwhile, should be supported without being victimised. They should be encouraged to find alternative means to release stress and improve their self-confidence. 122 / SEPTEMBER 2017 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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SOL EYES THE FREEDOM THAT ONLY GOOD EYESIGHT CAN BRING

Of all our senses, that of vision is undoubtedly the one most of us would elect to keep, if forced to choose. Our vision protects us, enables movement and allows us to enjoy the full beauty of the outer world. Sol Eyes Clinic, with offices in Fuengirola and Puerto Banús (opposite the PYR Hotel) was founded over three years ago by Finnish ophthalmic surgeons, Dr. Petri Oksman and his wife, Dr. Erja Oksman. The couple have close to 30 years’ experience in the field of ophthalmological medicine and they employ the very latest techniques to restore as perfect sight as possible to their patients. Only those who wear glasses regularly know the full extent to which seeing well, can be an intensely liberating experience. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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t Sol Eyes, patients can look forward to a number of checks, treatments and surgeries. These include:

Z EYE EXAMINATIONS: Eyes should be checked regularly, at the very latest at the age of 40. A visit to Sol Eyes entails a thorough examination and the provision of vital information regarding suitable treatments, if required. During an eye examination, experienced specialists thoroughly evaluate one’s eye health and possible illnesses. Advanced techniques are employed to detect and diagnose even minor eye disorders. Z DRY EYES TREATMENT: If you are suffering from dry, itchy or tired eyes, you may benefit from MiBo Thermoflo – a cutting-edge, highly effective therapeutic device for the treatment of dry eye syndrome. The goal of treatment is to liquefy the obstructed contents of the meibomian glands (special sebaceous glands at the rim of the eyelids, responsible for the supply of meibum, an oily substance that prevents evaporation of the eye’s tear film). MiBo Thermoflo transfers heat via applied ultrasound gel, directing it deep into meibomian glands. Gentle, luxurious relaxing massage treatments give patients immediate relief. Thermoflo sessions typically last 10 to 12 minutes

per eye and three sessions performed at two-week intervals are suggested for optimal results that usually last up to six months. Z EYE SURGERY: The doctors at Sol Eyes have performed tens of thousands of surgeries and their equipment meets exacting modern standards, whether refractive or cataract surgery is required. The most common surgeries are: Z PRESBYOPIA CORRECTING SURGERY WITH IOL (INTRAOCULAR LENSES) OR LENS EXCHANGE: The loss of near vision can be corrected with multifocal intraocular lenses. This surgery is the fastest growing treatment for refractive errors. The ophthalmic surgeons at Sol Eyes have performed thousands of presbyopia correcting surgeries, and they have also chosen this operation for their own eyes, experiencing it from a patient’s point of view. The results of the surgery are permanent. More than 95 per cent of patients no longer need glasses after the procedure. The natural, non-accommodating, stiffened lens is removed and replaced by an artificial multifocal lens. This artificial lens corrects refractive errors such as far-sightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism, and offers a permanent optical solution

for all these conditions. In addition, it eliminates the need for glasses altogether. The results of the operation are permanent and the artificial lens will not need to be changed in the future. The future development of cataracts is also prevented, since cataracts cannot develop in an artificial lens. Hence, it is safe to say that a presbyopia operation solves four problems all at once. Z CATARACT SURGERY: This type of surgery will enable you to see brighter colours and may eliminate the need for glasses. Many patients say that their spirits are lifted by the surgery, since results are permanent. No subsequent operation or change of the implanted lens is required. Z LASER TREATMENT: Since 1989, tens of millions of people have been treated with laser surgery to correct refractive errors. Advanced equipment allows for excellent results with minimal risks. Today the leading techniques are LASIK and the newest less invasive laser surgery method, SMILE. Currently, results from laser eye surgery are better than ever before and the prevalence of risks and complications is the lowest in history. One can safely say that laser surgery has reached a level where anyone can undergo a procedure

provided that no contraindications have been identified in the pre-examination. In Autumn 2017, Drs. Petri and Erja Oksman will be adding two in-house doctors to their team: Dr. Jonathan Strauch and Dr. Pedro Narajno Bonilla, both of whom are specialists in ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery. They will also be taking on a consultant and aesthetic dermatologist with almost 30 years’ experience and an impressive skillset, acquired as an adjunct professor in experimental allergology – Dr. Hanna Raitio, who will be turning back the hands of time with treatments such as Botox and filler injections, laser, IPL treatments, chemical peels, mesotherapy, body slimming, etc. The dedicated team at Sol Eyes are constantly on the lookout to make their patient’s lives richer, brighter and more fulfilling. If you always thought that fantastic vision was out of your reach, pay them a visit – it could be life-changing. g Fuengirola: C/ Romería del Rocío 6,

Fuengirola. Tel: 952 470 073. Marbella: Avda. Rotary Internacional 34, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 635 719. www.soleyes.es

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ENTERPRISE LOCAL BUSINESS PROFILES FINANCE/LAW THE VIBE

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FIRST STONE LAID FOR FIRST HOTEL IN ESTEPONA’S OLD TOWN The Mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, recently joined other dignitaries to ‘lay the first stone’ of what is set to be the first luxury hotel in the Old Town of Estepona. The project involves an investment of €15 million and will be completed in Spring, 2019. The Mayor noted that the new hotel will satisfy “an authentic demand that has existed for many years. Estepona has various magnificent hotels but none within its historic centre.” i www.estepona.es

EPIC MARBELLA BY SIERRA BLANCA ESTATES Epic Marbella is a brand new project comprising 15 modern, innovative luxury villas, ensconced on Marbella’s famous Golden Mile. The fully licenced project has already commenced construction, which offers buyers and investors the security they need. The villas are spacious and boast high ceilings, large windows and natural light. They will measure 600m2, allowing dwellers to enjoy a spacious home with a beautiful indoor and outdoor design. They will also incorporate SISMO construction technology, which provides excellent thermic and acoustic isolation, energy savings and quality and comfort to homes. g For further information, www.epicmarbella.com

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SEAN HEPBURN AND ES.ARTE GALLERY PRESENT WORKS BY EUGENIO PARDINI Marbella will displaying works by famous Italian artist, Eugenio Pardini (1912-2003). The paintings are part of the private collection of Sean Hepburn Ferrer (son of Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer) and will be located in four different exhibition spaces across Marbella: Es.Arte Gallery, Fernando Moreno, Puente Romano and an exclusive social club. The first presentation of Pardini’s work will take place at Es.Arte Gallery on September 7 at 7pm. g For further

information, Tel: 670 063 867. www.esartegallery.com

SCHELLHAMMER BUSINESS SCHOOL UNVEILS NEW CAMPUS IN ESTEPONA Schellhammer Business School, the first English-speaking business school in southern Spain, has announced the opening of their new campus at the 60-hectare private estate of Valle Romano Golf & Resort in Estepona. The new campus offers students four-star quality accommodation, three outdoor swimming pools, a gym, paddle tennis courts, restaurant, snack bar, meditation room and an 18-hole golf course. The school’s ethos encourages students to explore the challenges that need to be addressed if the planet is to survive the current trends. From Politics and Hospitality to Entrepreneurship and Media, all programmes (at Diploma, Bachelor and Master level) include modules dedicated to personal growth. g To book a campus tour, Tel: 952 907 892.

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THE FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION GIBRALTAR PRESENTS THE NATIONAL CELEBRATIONS ART EXHIBITION 2017 The Fine Arts Association presents the National Celebrations Art Exhibition 2017, to be held at the Fine Arts Gallery from Thursday, September 7 to Wednesday, September 27. Following on from last year, the exhibition has a theme as a topic and guideline for artists. The idea behind this is to plant an inquisitive seed in the minds of all Gibraltarians so that they give thought to their identity and what it really means to be a Gibraltarian. Prizes will be awarded to outstanding work. g Further information, Tel: +350 200 521 26.

MUNDO MANIA – A WORLD OF FUN FOR EVERYONE If you are wondering what to do with your little ones, head straight to Mundo Mania – a fantastic play and party centre offering hours of fun for the whole family. Indoors, there is an interactive baby and toddler playframe, main playframe for kids aged four to 12, air hockey, table tennis, pool tables, a café bar and more. Outdoors, your little ones will relish in the magical wet play zone, trampolines, multi-sport pitches, atrium bar, etc. To visit the centre, take the Cancelada exit on the A-7. i www.mundo-mania.com

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The lively Bono Beach in Elviria holds theme evenings regularly and one of the recent best was Circo Bono – featuring music and dancing, the atmosphere of CIRQUE and COMEDY, artists, acrobats, mimes, dancers and a fantastic set menu. On September 4, the restaurant will be hosting a full moon Out of Africa party. g Tel: 952 839 236. www.bonobeachmarbella.com

Perez Legal Group’s partners at Smart Currency Exchange have produced three useful, informative guides to answer the most pressing questions relating to Brexit. Whether you’re planning to buy a property in or emigrate to the EU, it’s likely that you will have been thinking about the possible impact that Brexit could have. These guides will help you plot your way through a myriad of possible post Brexit scenarios, to ensure you can fulfil your dream life in Spain. i They can be downloaded for

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14TH BUTTERFLY SKIN GOLF & DINNER EVENT A SUCCESS DEBRA-BUTTERFLY CHILDREN CHARITY celebrated the first of its two annual Golf Tournaments and Dinners at Marbella Club Golf and Casa Club Marbella, respectively. Together, the events successfully raised €24.700 for the rare condition, Butterfly Skin. Marbella Club Golf welcomed 61 golfers who were all there to improve the lives of those living with Butterfly Skin. The golfers enjoyed 18 holes in a Texas Scramble modality and a presentation ceremony and dinner at Casa Club Marbella. There were three winning teams and prizes for the longest drive, ladies and men. Guests enjoyed an exquisite cocktail and dinner followed by a dramatic tombola with more than 300 lavish prizes generously donated by prestigious companies. i www.pieldemariposa.es 128 / SEPTEMBER 2017 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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‘IT’ FASHION IN COLOURFUL COCKTAILS BY THE AMÀRE HOTEL ‘It’ colours change with every season and the Amàre hotel, keen to consolidate its reputation as one of Spain’s most fashionable hotels, has gone the extra mile with cocktails that reflect the upcoming autumn colours. There are five new cocktails in total, all chosen by the Amàre team. They are the Special Aperol Martini (Autumn Maple Pantone), Marbella (Golden Olive Pantone), Feel Pleasure Amàre (Flame Scarlet Pantone), Fantasy (Lemon Curry Pantone) and Blue Amàre (Flame Scarlet Pantone). i Further information, www.amarehotels.com

NEW STORE FOR ORLEBAR BROWN IN PUERTO BANÚS Exclusive British brand, Orlebar Brown, recently opened its first store in Spain in Puerto Banús. The company celebrated its launch at MC Beach at the Marbella Club Hotel with a lively cocktail event featuring cocktails and gin tonics by Bulldog. At Orlebar Brown, fashionistas will find different collections and styles of swimwear, inspired on traditional tailoring. g Calle

Ribera 5, Puerto Banús. www.orlebarbrown.com

VILLA 25: NEW HOME RETAIL SHOP OPENS IN MARBELLA Villa 25 recently opened its doors in Costabella, East Marbella, offering customers an eclectic and stylish mix of home accessories and gifts designed to appeal to those looking for something refreshingly different. Interior Decorator and owner of Villa 25, Rita van Dijk, spent months sourcing products she believes are unique to the Coast. Customers are welcome to spend time exploring the packed shelves and items on offer and, for those looking for larger pieces that are not displayed in the shop, Villa 25 has a digital catalogue that customers can look through and purchase on a special-order basis. Additionally, Villa 25 also offers a bespoke decorating service. g At Costabella (between El Rosario and Elviria) and offers free parking. Tel: 952 939

300. www.villa25decor.com

DAMA DE NOCHE GOLF COURSE NOW THE MARBELLA INTERNATIONAL GOLF CENTER (MIGC) The Dama de Noche gold course will be radically transformed into a new golf centre called the Marbella International Golf Center (MIGC). Located opposite Puerto Banús, it will be an important centre of golf entertainment and will include a top-of-the-range golf academy, putting green, areas for short games, and top quality golf holes for training. The opening is foreseen for late 2017 or early 2018. i www.migc.golf

BRAND NEW EXPANSION PROJECT FOR QUIRÓNSALUD HOSPITAL MÁLAGA The Quirónsalud Hospital in Málaga is pleased to announce that work has commenced on an expansion project which will see an extension of the hospital grounds, as well as improvements in installations and brand news services. Some of the most important additions will include 15 new outpatient consultancy rooms; the expansion of 42 single rooms, the emergency area and the obstetrics area; and a brand new building for surgery. i For further information,

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LOTIS SUPER CARS AT MAGNA MARBELLA Lotis Super Cars is a new car parking space for luxury vehicles, located at Magna Marbella. Company founders, Enrique Ramallo and Manolo García, are keen to offer car owners a top security facility in which to keep their cars. The company is being marketed as 'a six-star hotel for luxury cars,' where owners can leave Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bugattis and any other top-of-the-range cars they may have. g Tel: 616 917 283.

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LEVÁNTATE Y ANDA: WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU LOST YOUR JOB?

SUMMER PADEL TOURNAMENT AT RESERVA DEL HIGUERÓN RESORT

Personal coach and mentor, Fernando Navas, has written a book called Levántate y Anda, aiming to answer lifechanging questions such as “What would you do if you lost your job tomorrow?” Navas has spent over 25 years managing teams in different multinational corporations; in his book, he teaches readers how to transmit optimism and excitement about what they do; to live and not merely survive; to be true to one’s passion and to enjoy one’s daily work. i www.erideediciones.es

Reserva del Higuerón Resort recently hosted the Turkish Airlines summer Padel Tournament, featuring prizes, raffles and more. Accolades were awarded to winners in the male, female, mixed and children’s categories, which included trophies, sportswear, and cash. All registered players also took part in a raffle draw to win a plane ticket to one of over 300 destinations in 120 countries. Reserva del Higuerón boasts impressive installations, including 12 crystal and six panoramic courts. i For further

information, www.reservadelhigueronresort.com

NEW CLINIC FOR BODYWORKS After 13 years in Cancelada, Bodyworks has outgrown its home and now has a brand new clinical location in San Pedro – offering the same high standards for clinical excellence that Estelle has always demanded but with new and better services in a more convenient location. Friday 22nd September is the big day for the launch opening. Bodyworks will feature the launch of three brand new services for patients as well as upgrades to existing treatments. The opening event is not to be missed! i For further information,

www.TheBodyworksClinic.com

VILLA PADIERNA RACQUET CLUB PRESENTS FIRST CLINIC BY FERNANDO BELASTEGUÍN The Villa Padierna Racquet Club recently presented a clinic and demonstration by Fernando Belasteguín, number one player on the World Padel Tour. Belasteguín delved into the techniques and skills that enable a player to be his or her very best, inspiring attendees to excell at their favourite sport. i www.villapadiernaracquet.com

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APRIL TO APRIL: MY YEAR BEATING PROSTATE CANCER KINDLE EDITION BY IAIN MCLEAN

PICK UP POLO WITH POLO VALLEY IN SOTOGRANDE In August, the world’s top polo players headed to Sotogrande to showcase their skills in the highly anticipated tournaments. Spectators watched the elegant and powerful display of athleticism and horsemanship in awe at the captivating setting of Santa María Polo Club. With Polo Valley, it is now possible to learn this incredible sport, with tailored lessons and experiences to suit all ages and skill levels including those with absolutely no riding experience. Enquire today and immerse yourself in the unrivalled polo lifestyle. g Tel: 951 979 528.

APRIL TO APRIL is a fantastic new book about the experience of being diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer. Says author, Iain McLean, “In April last year I got the first indication that I might have prostate cancer. The highly aggressive nature of the cancer that followed could easily have taken me out. By the following April, I had completely beaten it… Although all the information is scattered around the Internet, there is not one single book that covers all the bases. This book does.” The book begins with an introduction to the ten basic tenets for the battle ahead and deals with ways to beat prostate cancer by conventional treatment, alternative therapies, mind games, emotions, diet, exercise and love. An audio version is also available, narrated by Iain and his daughter. i Available on www.amazon.co.uk

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FUNDRAISING EVENTS BY CUDECA Cudeca’s team of volunteers has been busier than ever in recent months, with a host of events lined up over the summer. Top events included a concert by José Manuel Soto, a golf tournament at Magna Marbella Golf Club, the annual sunflower campaign, a jazz concert at the Buchinger Wilhelmi Clinic and much more. The Cudeca Goldies were proud to present Iceland food stores with a Diploma of Appreciation for allowing volunteers to raise funds at the tills of the Mijas Costa store, which has raised over €3.000 to date. i www.cudeca.org

CHIVITE AND ARZAK CREATE ONE OF THE TOP TEN ROSÉS IN THE WORLD Decanter magazine has officially selected a rosé made by J. Chivite Family Estates, for inclusion in its list of Top Ten Food Friendly Rosés. The wine, called Chivite Las Fincas, is dedicated to master chef Juan Mari Arzak, who describes it as “clean, fresh, incisive, with a delicious acidity.” The wine is fermented at low temperature for 21 days in stainless steel deposits and aged on its lees. It is an excellent choice to accompany rice dishes, barbecue meat, white meat, fish, seafood and salads. i www.grupochivite.com

THIRD FUNDRAISING PADEL TOURNAMENT AND GALA FOR INFANCIA SIN FRONTERAS The third Fundraising Padel Tournament and Gala for Infancia sin Fronteras took place recently at Club Nueva Alcántara in San Pedro de Alcántara. The event included a fun tournament, a padel clinic with world champion player, José Solano, and a fundraising dinner featuring a prize draw for items such as a racquet belonging to Feliciano López and a guitar signed by Dani Martín. Funds went to the maternity/child health unit that Infancia sin Fronteras is overseeing in Matagalpa. i www.infanciasinfronteras.org 132 / SEPTEMBER 2017 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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THE ART OF OUTDOOR COOKING WITH OFYR – NEW TO ACOOLA ACOOLA proudly presents the OFYR, a brand new way of outdoor cooking, boasting a unique design and incredible versatility. Cooking with an OFYR is a unique experience, allowing you to quickly prepare a wide range of food outdoors as a magnificent showpiece. The cone-shaped fire bowl features a wide, flat rim that doubles as a high-efficiency cooking surface. Heat radiates from the centre in a perfectly fluid gradient, enabling you to cook at different temperatures on a single hotplate. The base and cone are made of corten steel, creating a rustic eye-catching art piece to be used for years to come. i For further information, www.acoola.eu

SPECIAL OFFER FOR SUMMER RETREATS AT SHANTI SOM The stunning Shanti Som wellness resort is offering special deals on retreats in September. These include weight loss retreats (developed by nutritional experts and featuring a fantastic spa cuisine menu), detox (an inspiring, enjoyable and effective way to kickstart a healthier way of life) and Pilates retreats (focusing on fluid movements performed with control, in addition to improving strength and overall body flexibility). g For further information, contact the staff at Shanti Som on Tel: 952 864

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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ALOHA COLLEGE NOT-FOR-PROFIT EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

International GCSE and IB Results Aloha College is once again celebrating another fantastic year for its students. who have taken the prestigious Cambridge International GCSE and IB Diploma qualifications.

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ome 92 per cent of all IGCSE examinations taken resulted in a Grade A* to C, and an impressive 47 per cent were at A* or A grades. Furthermore, over 20 per cent of students who sat IGCSEs in Aloha College this year gained 9 or more A*/A grades.

Congratulations go to Antonio León Villón (10 A* grades), Eva Noritsyna (9 A* and 1 A), Khalil Fakhry Ortega and Felipe Ramón (8 A* and 2 A) and Rosie Rainer (7 A* and 2 A). An impressive average of 34.3 (out of 45) points was achieved at IB, a figure well above the world average.

Five students attained 40 points or above, a score only obtained by a small percentage of students who take IB across the world. They were Aránzazu de la Linde Martín (44 points), Laila Forstmane and Lucía Rodríguez (41 points), Yazmin van de Merwe and Roberto

Holmes (40 points). The school wishes to congratulate their highly successful students and looks forward to seeing them continue their academic achievements as they go on to attend some of the world’s most prestigious universities.

ANTONIO LEÓN VILLÓN

EVA NORITSYNA

KHALIL FAKHRY ORTEGA

FELIPE RAMÓN

ROSIE RAINER

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LAILA FORSTMANE

LUCÍA RODRÍGUEZ

YAZMIN VAN DE MERWE

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HISCOX Luxury Insurance Founded over 100 years ago, Hiscox is one of the leading international specialists in highend insurance. For over a decade now, it has been extending this service to high net worth individuals in Spain as well. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

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hough its current headquarters are in Hamilton, Bermuda, Hiscox Insurance is a renowned specialist insurer first established in 1901 in London, where it is now a company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Indeed, Ralph Hiscox was appointed as chairman of Lloyd’s in 1967, and in 1970 his son Robert took over the reins at Hiscox. In the following years the business grew along with its rising reputation as an international expert in high-end insurance, and today it forms part of the FTSE 250 index with revenue of over €2.5 billion. Fiercely protective of its independent status, the company has fought off take-over bids and remains an undiluted specialist in niche insurance fields that cater to the needs of high net worth individuals not just in the UK but across the world. The Bermuda office helps facilitate this service, but in addition Hiscox maintains a network of localised operations that offer on-the-ground service and attention on a global scale. It is the reputation of a prestigious London insurer combined with this personal attention that marks Hiscox Insurance stand out as a leader in the luxury insurance segment.

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE Though in broad terms this kind of insurance follows some of the same principles as mainstream retail and commercial cover, the specific needs of high net worth clients necessitate a significant degree of focused expertise that is based as much on personal service and consulting as it is on technical know-how and the sound financial foundations of the insurer. The company’s roots lie in marine insurance, but today one of their main fields of activity includes insuring

luxury homes, classic cars, yachts, jewellery, fine art collections and other prized possessions. “Less common but also included in this category are valuable collections of items such as wine, coins, stamps, antique furniture pieces and historical artefacts,” says Gonzalo de la Puente, Director of Private Estates at Hiscox Insurance’s Spanish operation. “Our regional headquarters are in Madrid, but we service the main concentrations of wealth in the country, notably Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, the Balearic Islands, the Costa Blanca and, of course, the Costa del Sol, where Marbella and Sotogrande are the main focus.” In addition to insuring luxury homes, their contents and private assets, Hiscox Insurance also provides cover for the more unusual types of risk experienced by HNW individuals, such as: kidnap and ransom cover, professional indemnity, hacker cover, political risk insurance and reinsurance. “We are specialist experts in all these fields, but of course in Spain the main body of our work thankfully focuses more on providing cover for beautiful items such as homes, fine art, jewellery and luxury cars, and Marbella addresses such as La Zagaleta and the Golden Mile are a particular area of activity.”

expertise lies in assessing and insuring private estates. “Naturally we cater to the luxury market, but Hiscox is a highly selective company because it isn’t enough merely to be rich. We investigate potential new clients as we have to be sure that we act in a legal manner at all times and therefore that our clients are legal too.” The company’s reputation is at stake, but client behaviour with regard to previous claims is also researched as, at the end of the day, all insurance companies owe it to themselves and their clients to properly assess risk. “The reason we pay out so promptly is that we will have ensured that we take on only honest and careful clients and avoid irresponsible risk. Properly assessing the value of the

estate and risk probabilities is another part of this process, and in doing so we tailor the insurance coverage entirely to the client’s needs and also build in travel, security costs and the transportation and/or usage of art, classical vehicles and yachts.” This, when done properly, allows Gonzalo and his team with the help of specialised insurance brokers to create a tailor-made product and service that not only pays out promptly when you need it, but also provides full support wherever you are. “We call it bespoke specialist insurance.” i www.hiscox.es

UNEQUALLED COVER Much of Hiscox’s renown is based on a reputation for paying up when its clients need it, and doing so with the ease and discretion expected of a company in this segment of the market. “In life, it is often not just what you do but how you do it that makes all the difference,” says Gonzalo, whose personal

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he United Kingdom (UK) has initiated the process to leave the European Union (EU), by means of formal notification to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, on 29 March 2017, of its intention of invoking Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, which allows the member states to exit the union. The EU will negotiate an Agreement with the UK, which will regulate the manner of its withdrawal, and determine the framework of future relations between both parties. The European Agreements, and in consequence the Law of the EU, will continue being applied in the UK until the entry into force of the Agreement of exit or, by default, two years after the notification of the intention of leaving the EU, unless the European Council, in concert with the UK, unanimously decide to extend the above mentioned term, for whatever period is deemed necessary. Brexit, if it were achieved, will take

a considerable time. In addition, the UK will always have the opportunity to apply for re-entry to the Union, in accordance with Articles 49 and 50 of the Treaty. If the exit actually takes place, the future relations between the UK and the EU will be governed by one of three possible legal frameworks: 1. The UK will effectively become a third State in relation to the EU. 2. The integration of the UK into the European Economic Area (EEA). This compact is composed of the States of the EU and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, these latter being member states of the European Free Trade Association. 3. The ‘Swiss solution’, in which the UK would be part of the European Free Trade Association, but not the European Economic Area. Its relations with the EU would be regulated by a multitude of Agreements, more than 120 in total. If the ‘Swiss solution’ was enacted for the UK, the situation

we have nowadays would not change significantly for companies and private individuals, in due course. This process has been initiated with the activation of Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, which will lead the UK to leave the EU. Setting the new structure of relations between the UK and the EU is creating much uncertainty in all economic sectors, and especially with tourism, which has benefited from open borders and free movement of persons and capital. According to the Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE), in the year 2016, more British tourists (over 16 million) visited Spain than from any other nation. In August, 2016, the number of British tourists amounted to 2,200,000, the highest figure in recent years. In the first quarter of 2017, according to the INE, the arrival of British tourists increased by 5.8 per cent. In accordance with the same

source, the expenditure of the British tourist increased during the year 2016, reaching the figure of 2,300 million Euros in August 2016, despite the depreciation of the British pound. Furthermore, in the first two months of 2017, the expenditure of the British tourist increased by 18.3 per cent. Consequently, there are serious concerns, especially if the depreciation of the pound continues, as this would impact acquisition levels of the British market and would diminish the volume of expenditure and average stays in Spain. We must ensure that the structure of relations between the UK and the EU is clarified as soon as possible to overcome the existing uncertainty. g Pérez de Vargas Abogados is one of the leading law firms in Andalucía specialising in multidisciplinary aspects of the law in Spain. Tel: (+34) 952 778 848. www.perezdevargas.es

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LAGOON EXPERIENCE DAY AT ALCAZABA LAGOON

Prime Invest and OSIM Investors recently held a Lagoon Experience Day, to present the new, man-made Alcazaba Lagoon. Attendees enjoyed various activities in the enormous crystalline lagoon, which is graced with soft artificial sand. The lagoon is part of a stunning new urbanisation comprising 100 two- and three-bedroom apartments and townhouses. i www.alcazabalagoon.com

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AUTOBELLO EVENT AT MAGNA MARBELLA

Autobello was a glam-filled event which brought together the cognoscenti at Magna Marbella to share their passion for luxury cars and watches. A competition was held in the watch and car categories, with an eminent jury making some very tough decisions. i www.autobello.es

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SOTOGRANDE CELEBRATES WHITE PARTY AT LA RESERVA

La Reserva was a fittingly elegant backdrop to Sotogrande’s White Party, one of the most hotly awaited events of the summer. Guests enjoyed a fantastic party featuring a cocktail bar, tasting stations, oysters, ham cutting, and live spun DJ music, as well as performances by magicians, jugglers, etc. The event was sponsored by Rolls-Royce, Marbella Casino, Cape Reed, Gigi’s Beach, Tourbillon and Bodegas Collado. i www.lareservaclubsotogrande.com

“No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep” – Anonymous

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10TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT OCEAN CLUB

Ocean Club, everyone’s preferred venue for beachside dining and relaxation, recently celebrated a magnificent milestone: 10 years in the business! Guests enjoyed great music, fantastic food and drinks at Marbella’s favourite place to eat, relax and party! i www.oceanclub.es

“B.E.A.C.H. Best Escape Anyone Can Have” – Anonymous

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10TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT TANINO

José and his team celebrated 10 years in style at iconic restaurant, Tanino, which has become one of the most popular venues in Estepona. A stilt walker, juggler and fire-eater met the many regular diners who thronged the restaurant exactly 10 years to the day from its launch. A fun evening, full of live entertainment, fantastic food and cocktails followed, finishing with fireworks and DJ spun dance music. i www.tanino.es

“One cannot think well, love well, or sleep well, if one has not dined well” – Virginia Woolf

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BA R • R E S TAU R A N T • GA S T R O Mediterranean and International Cuisine

Tel: 952 868 396 / 619 984 539 reservas@lescubesmarbella.com lescubesmarbella.com Marbella, Milla de Oro, Pto. Banús Urb. Oasis Club. Ctra. 340, km 183. 29602 Marbella Open 1pm - 2am

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FIFTH EDITION OF WORLD VISION GALA

The World Vision Gala took place at the beautiful Sea Grill restaurant at the Puente Romano. The evening included canapés by Nobu Restaurant, cocktails by Grey Goose and a candlelit fourcourse dinner designed by Puente Romano’s Executive Chef, Thomas Stork. Guests’ tables surrounded the pool with first class views to the stage, where an array of live performances kept them entertained all evening. The party atmosphere continued until late and culminated with a spectacular fireworks show.

“Giving is not just about making a donation. It’s about making a difference” – Kathy Calvin

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P U E N T E RO M A N O T E N N I S & F I T N E S S Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, 29602 · Marbella · España Recepción, info & reservas · T (+34) 952 82 61 03 · ctenis@puenteromano.com


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HOTELS IN THE WORLD We all have an idea of what a home away from home should be like. For some, it’s all about fun; for others, luxury is key, or personalisation; still for others, it is all about location. Sometimes, however, the majority speaks – as has occurred once again in TripAdvisor’s Traveler Choice Awards. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

“ONCE IN MANY MOONS DO ALL THE STARS ALIGN WHERE YOU GET AN AMAZING HOTEL, FOOD ALONG WITH A STAFF THAT YOU WANT TO HUG EACH ONE OF THEM EVERY TIME THAT YOU SEE THEM” Bob R, TripAdvisor

>>>>>> THE ARIA HOTEL BUDAPEST BY LIBRARY HOTEL COLLECTION (BUDAPEST) It’s all about culture at The Aria Hotel Budapest, set in a restored 19th century building that was once a bank and celebrating the Hungarian and world musical heritage. The Hotel comprises four wings, each of which is inspired on a different musical genre: Classical, Opera, Contemporary and Jazz. Every room and suite pays homage to one composer or artist, with names including Béla Bartók, Bob Dylan and James Brown. The jewel in the crown of the Aria is its High Note SkyBar rooftop garden. Boasting panoramic views of the city, it is home to an elegant lounge and a happening bar called Satchmo’s. The hotel is ensconced beside no less

than St. Stephen’s Basilica and is just a few steps away from a quaint pedestrian square featuring elegant boutiques, restaurants and cafés. Also within five minutes’ distance are the verdant Andrássy Avenue, the Budapest State Opera House and the romantic Chain Bridge. This hotel is the idea choice for music lovers – it boasts its own onsite Music Director, who gives guests advice on cultural activities in the area. As the sun sets over the ‘City of Smiles’, head for the Music Garden Courtyard, with its tiled piano path and cosy seating areas, set within a transparent glass enclosure which envelops you in the delicate sound of tinkling ivory.

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The Mandapa is one of a handful of hotels in the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Reserve collection, dreamed up for only the most discerning travellers seeking the ultimate in personalised, meaningful escapes. The common areas are romantic and fragrant, thanks to the colour and bouquet of indigenous flowers. Butler service, a top-of-the-range spa experience and recreational opportunities will entertain and pamper you. The Mandapa, named after the entrance to a traditional Hindu temple, is situated alongside the serene Ayung River, where it meets the wild jungle in Ubud (known as Bali’s spiritual

heart). The resort aims to heal as well as please, as it offers individually tailored health, detox, wellness and spiritual programmes within a beautiful sanctuary. It is infused with natural materials that blend effortlessly into the lush surrounds. The resort contains only 35 suites and 25 private pool villas, whose interiors have been designed by Jeffrey Wilkes of renowned Asian firm, DESIGNWILKES. Access to nature is key at the Mandapa, with its traditional rice field. Here, guests can witness the intricate workings behind the planting

and harvesting of this staple Asian product. Visitors can also take a walk to the educational Mandapa Camp and the organic garden, where they can enjoy exciting, nature-based activities. A stay at Mandapa isn’t just about ‘returning to innocence’, of course; there are many hedonistic treats on offer at the resort’s four restaurants and at The Spa, which is based on five pillars – the Balinese Spa experience, detox and nutrition, alternative therapy, body therapy, and healing. The aim is for guests to leave the Hotel feeling relaxed, content, and spiritually enriched.

“MANDAPA WAS RECOMMENDED TO ME BY A FRIEND, BUT NO RECOMMENDATION CAN PREPARE YOU FOR THE STUNNING BEAUTY AS YOU WALK INTO THIS PROPERTY” laurenluna2017

>>>>>> MANDAPA A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE (UBUD, BALI)

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This elegant hotel is located in what is arguably Barcelona’s most mysterious spot – the Gothic quarter, with its stunning buildings and twisted metal sculptures, which instantly conjures up imagery from Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Cemetery of Forgotten Books tetralogy. The Serras overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and the stunning Port Vell, home to luxury yachts from all over the world. Its style is serious and chic, with natural colours and authentic wood abounding in rooms and common areas. The rooftop terrace, embedded into a wooden deck embellished with an elegant bonsai-shaped tree, is a beautiful spot in which to unwind and stretch your legs after a day’s shopping or sightseeing. Enjoy innovative Catalonian cuisine at the Hotel’s restaurant, Informal, run by renowned Chef Marc Gascons; Informal was deemed one of the Best New Restaurants (2016) by CNN. Local produce gives rise to exquisite dishes such as honeyed gnocchi with black truffle or octopus salad. The service is topnotch here too; the staff greet you by your name when you arrive and offer you Champagne, fresh orange juice and a moist towel to cool off while you check in.

>>>>>> THE TURIN PALACE HOTEL (TURIN) “THE CARE AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL THAT HAS GONE INTO THE RESTORATION OF THIS LANDMARK BUILDING CAN BE SEEN IN EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY. WE FELL IN LOVE IMMEDIATELY WITH THE DÉCOR AND INTERIOR DESIGN WHICH HAS SUCCESSFULLY RESPECTED THE GRANDEUR OF THE ORIGINAL GRANDE ALBERGO TORINO OF 1872 WITH A MODERN FLOURISH” livia073, TripAdvisor

Situated opposite Turin’s Porta Nuova railway station in a reformed 19th century building, this beautiful hotel stuns in terms of location, views and dining. It is five minutes away from the historical city centre, and 10 minutes by foot from Turin’s most renowned contemporary art gallery (the GAM). The interiors are stately yet inviting, and some of the building’s original features have been preserved – including an early 20th century door in the breakfast room and a graceful wrought-iron staircase that winds up to the rooms. Features such as soft velvet armchairs, hand-blown glass lighting installations and contemporary paintings in common areas add an inviting, aesthetic touch to the equation, while the restaurant, Les Petite Madeleines, famed for its creative cuisine, pays homage to traditional Piedmont recipes. One feature many reviewers mentioned on TripAdvisor was the breakfast – which includes a sizeable chocolate fountain that celebrates Italy’s love for fine chocolate. The most romantic spot at the Turin Palace is undoubtedly the rooftop terrace – graced in colourful orange furniture, it offers unbeatable views of Turin’s historical centre, including the 15th century Cathedral and the Alps.

>>>>>> HOTEL THE SERRAS (BARCELONA)

“A PLEASANT SURPRISE WAS THE HOTEL OFFERING A COMPLIMENTARY CELL PHONE TO BE USED THROUGHOUT THE CITY FOR MAPS AND AT NO ADDITIONAL COST INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL CALLS TO PARTS OF EUROPE, CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES” JDSoui, TripAdvisor 154 / SEPTEMBER 2017 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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>>>>>> BOHO PRAGUE HOTEL (PRAGUE) “I WAS HERE FOR A CONFERENCE FOR FIVE NIGHTS. IT WAS A WONDERFUL STAY. THE HOTEL IS IMPECCABLY CLEAN AND BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED IN A MODERN, CLEAN YET CHIC STYLE. A NICE WELCOME AMENITY, A SMALL PLATE OF BROWNIES, WAS IN MY ROOM AFTER I CHECKED IN” mespena, TripAdvisor Located in Nove Mesto, Prague, the Hotel is just a short walk away from Prague’s most famous sites – including the Municipal House (and its famed concert venue, Smetana Hall), the Jindrisska Tower (built in the late Gothic era and offering a 360º view of the city centre) and Hybernia Theatre (a repertory theatre built within a 17th-century Irish Franciscan monastery). It is also close to Wenceslas Square,

Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and a plethora of churches. Complimentary wireless Internet, satellite TV and homemade brownies welcome you in your room, while bathrooms have complimentary luxury toiletries and hair dryers. The rooms are graced with natural light and are refreshingly modern and simple in design.

The BoHo is famed for its wellness facilities, which include a luxury spa and fitness centre. The massage pool is inviting and peaceful, dressed in dark wood and bold metallic hues. The BoHo’s restaurant serves both traditional and innovative cuisine, while the bar has a bustling atmosphere and makes for a great pre- or post-dinner stop.

>>>>>> THE PORTRAIT FIRENZE (FLORENCE) “FLORENCE IS A MAGICAL OLD CITY AND PORTRAIT FIRENZE IS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ACTION, LESS THAN A BLOCK FROM THE PONTE VECCHIO AND A SHORT WALK FROM ALL THE SIGHTS. IF WE COULD GIVE IT SIX STARS, WE WOULD” Mttravler624, TripAdvisor

What better way to take in the beauty of Florence than by staying at The Portrait Firenze, with its enviable location overlooking the Arno River and the Ponte Vecchio? Many TripAdvisor readers praised the meals they enjoyed on the balcony with views of the bridge, considered one of the most romantic in the world. Rooms are simply yet beautifully decorated, with features such as vintage photographs of Florentine celebs from decades gone by. The Hotel is wonderfully close to the city’s best restaurants, sites and boutiques and the staff is specialised in local tourism, so if you visit The Portrait, do ask for their advice on must-see places. Dine bistro-style at the Caffè dell’Oro, the new Lungarno Collection restaurant bistro referred to a ‘salon with a kitchen’ – ultra warm and inviting and offering one of the most beautiful views of the Vecchio. If contemporary cuisine is your thing, head for the elegant Borgo San Jacopo (serving modern Italian dishes) or The Fusion Bar & Restaurant (delighting the senses with the zingy flavours of Oriental cuisine).

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This boutique resort is located in the leafy French Quarter between The Royal Gardens and the Old Market and just 15 minutes from Angkor Wat. The rooms embrace a courtyard and bear mirrored walls, custom designed iron beds and handcrafted light fittings. The artistic blend of contemporary and traditional design features, with gorgeous art works on display, was designed by Bill Bensley, ‘King of exotic luxury resorts’ (Bensley has designed over 100 luxury hotels in 26 countries). The Spa is a sanctuary of serenity, offering relaxing massages and nourishing facials. The Resort boasts five restaurants, including the popular Bai Tong (offering all-day dining and serving international comfort and Khmer street food), Kroya (offering an authentic Khmer culinary experience) and Bensley’s Bar (famed for its colourful cocktails and sinful deserts).

“THE HOTEL IS AN OASIS OF CALM IN AN OTHERWISE BUSY AREA. THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS STUNNING FROM LITTLE TOUCHES LIKE AN INCENSE BURNER IN THE BATHROOM (WHICH IS REFRESHED EVERY TIME THE ROOM IS CLEANED) TO THE LOTUS BLOSSOMS FLOATING IN URNS ALONG THE CENTRAL CORRIDORS” SLS2907, TripAdvisor

>>>>>> SHINTA MANI RESORT (SIEM REAP)

>>>>>> HANOI LA SIESTA HOTEL & SPA (HANOI) “FANTASTIC LOCATION, REALLY NICE RESTAURANT TOO. BUT WHAT REALLY MADE IT WAS THE SERVICE – EVERY STAFF MEMBER THAT WE DEALT WITH WAS INCREDIBLY FRIENDLY, INCREDIBLY HELPFUL, AND REALLY KEEN TO GIVE GOOD SERVICE. THE STAFF ARE CLEARLY ALL VERY PROUD OF THE HOTEL GROUP THAT THEY WORK FOR, AND THAT PRIDE SHOWS IN THE SERVICE” YerManThere, TripAdvisor

The newest member of the Hanoi Elegance Hotel Group aims to capture the spirit of luxury and the heart of a family home. Situated close to Hanoi’s serene Hoan Kiem Lake and the city’s major attractions, it is modern in design, its spacious rooms decorated with simplicity and a deference to the very finest materials and craftsmanship. Suites such as the two-level Club Duplex Premier are spacious and cosy, with cherry wood floors and handcrafted wooden bed boards. Features include luxurious tiled bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, walk-in wardrobes, a fully equipped kitchen and a guest powder area. Enjoy the feast of a lifetime at Red Bean Restaurant, serving modern Vietnamese cuisine that stimulates the senses. Don’t overbook in terms of activities; ensure you have enough time to wind down at Hanoi La Siesta Spa, with a bevy of treatments focusing on health and overall wellbeing.

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Costa Rica is a hot spot among lovers of nature travel and venues like Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, set within 33 acres of untouched jungle, make it easy to see why. Embraced by verdant surrounds and boasting the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity, the bungalows and villas are also refreshingly close to Manuel Antonio Park and popular restaurants. The resort even has its own private beach, where you can sit back and relax while the staff bring you chairs and towels and take your drink order. The staff is famed for their warmth and friendliness. They will make sure you make the most of your stay in Costa Rica, booking you ziplining adventures and massages, and going out of their way

to ensure your stay is memorable. Some of the many fun activities you can enjoy include visiting the cute animals at The Sloth Institute Costa Rica (a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of wild and captive sloths), paddle boarding, white water rafting, horseback riding, snorkelling and visiting the nearby Butterfly Garden at Fincas Naturales. You could be forgiven for not venturing too far from your villa, of course – with a private pool, full kitchen and dining area, a day in sounds more appealing than ever. The design varies in each bungalow and villa, though there is a general Balinese inspiration, and rustic-chic vibes hold sway.

“WE BROKE UP OUR COSTA RICAN VACATION BETWEEN LA FORTUNA AND MANUEL ANTONIO. I WISH WE HAD STAYED HERE THE ENTIRE WEEK. THE VIEWS WERE AMAZING, THE ROOMS ARE AIR CONDITIONED. I LOVED THAT TULEMAR HAD ITS OWN PRIVATE, QUIET, UNCROWDED BEACH. WE SAW MACAWS, AGOUTIS, MONKEYS, A HUGE IGUANA (LIVED RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR FRONT DOOR), AND A SLOTH. OH, AND I ATE THE FRESH MANGOS THAT FELL FROM THE TREES” LalaInTally, TripAdvisor

>>>>>> TULEMAR BUNGALOWS & VILLAS (COSTA RICA) >>>>>> JA MANAFARU (MANAFARU ISLAND, MALDIVES) “DURING THIS WEEK WE MADE CLOSE FRIENDS WITH SOME STAFF WHO PLAYED CRICKET WITH MY HUSBAND AND INVITED US TO WATCH THEIR LOCAL SPORT, BASHI. IT WAS TRULY A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE” – sissyc747, TripAdvisor

The Maldives have always been the ultimate getaway for discerning couples celebrating their honeymoon. The turquoise waters and clear blue skies undoubtedly stun the senses, but much of the magic has got to do with resorts the calibre of the JA Manafaru, comprising luxurious thatched villas ‘floating above the water’, for the ultimate spectacular holiday. Highlights include having a personal host, who organises everything from couples massages to dolphin boat trips and all your restaurant bookings. Take a dip in your very own infinity pool and turn back the hands of time with a massage at the Calm Spa. One of the best things about your stay at the

Manafaru is the seaplane ride, which takes you directly to your very own piece of paradise. Despite being one of the most luxurious destinations in the world, the Manafaru boasts a friendly staff who are warm and helpful, and who go out of their way to ensure your stay is one-ofa-kind. Gastronomes will also be impressed – the Resort boasts no less than seven restaurants, serving everything from Japanese cuisine to grilled seafood and light healthy snacks. Wine lovers should visit The Cellar, an elegant restaurant boasting its own ‘wine cave’, featuring an extensive selection of wines from around the world.

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In the summer, we previewed The Marbella Club Hotel · Golf Resort & Spa, delving into the reasons it is considered a hotel for all seasons, yet its sister Hotel, the Puente Romano, is an equally revered institution, owing to its design, gastronomic offerings and reputation for quality service. The Puente Romano boasts an ambience which is luxurious and laidback all at once, relaxing yet fun and indeed, its famous La Plaza, housing a wealth of top quality restaurants atop a cobblestoned square and the ancient Roman bridge, is the very nucleus of the social scene throughout the year. These are six reasons why it is difficult not to give in to the charm and elegance of the Puente Romano. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE MARBELLA CLUB HOTEL PUENTE ROMANO, MARBELLA 1 – THE FOOD FACTOR: In one alluring square, a wide range of restaurants vie for your attention. La Plaza is home to the brand new Nobu (serving ‘Nobu New Style Japanese cuisine); Thai Gallery (tempting you wtih traditional yet creative Thai dishes bearing an inimitable blend of citrus, sweet and spicy flavours); Dani García restaurant (with two Michelin stars), just to name a few. The Resort is also home to gluten-free and organic restaurants, perfect for health buffs. Enjoy a meal by the sea at swish beach club, El Chiringuito – serving catch-of-theday fish and seafood, as well as a host of meat dishes, salads and sides, or visit Sea Grill – a true haven of international and Mediterranean cuisine. 2 – WELLNESS OFFERINGS: The Puente Romano is home to the only Six Senses Spa in Spain, which offers screening and performance testing with Fusionetics to 160 / SEPTEMBER 2017 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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enable guests understand, monitor and improve their personal fitness levels. This is supported by yogic and sleep enhancement programmes, as well as nutritional guidelines to help you achieve your full personal potential. Specialists from all over the world visit the Six Senses Spa Marbella – try acupuncture to quit smoking, take a hair test to empower your food choices, maximise your gene expression and optimise many aspects of your life. 3 – TENNIS AND FITNESS: The Puente Romano Tennis Club, featuring clay and hard tennis courts, padel tennis courts and a fitness and relaxation area, hosts many prestigious national and international tournaments. The Club and tennis academy were inaugurated in 1979 under the management of Björn Borg and in 1983, Wimbledon champ Manolo Santanta took over. Many world renowned players

have tested their mettle on these courts, including Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Serena Williams and Henri Leconte. 4 – SOCIAL APPEAL: Aside from its restaurants Puente Romano has an ample variety of venues to socialise, gather with friends or meet people from all over the world. La Plaza and Nobu Lounge are great venues to enjoy quality drinks with nibbles on the side. For house music lovers, La Suite Club with its open-air terrace is a great meeting spot and is all year round. 5 – NATURE: The gardens at the Puente Romano boast over 400 different plants, so they are lush and in bloom all year round. They make a perfect spot to disconnect, read a book, or listen to the birds singing. Enjoy a tranquil walk or host the event of a lifetime, celebrating your wedding by ‘Swan Lake’, next to the first century bridge, surrounded by tropical gardens.

6 – A 365-DAY-A-YEAR DESTINATION: The Puente Romano is a lively destination 365 days a year – with most of its restaurants and nightclubs remaining open all year. In the autumn/winter season, the hotel will be hosting international guest-practitioners at the Six Senses Spa. Visitors can also play tennis or take part in Nordic Walk classes outdoors. The hotel hosts a plethora of events around the year; coming up are the Senior Masters Cup this month at the Tennis Club, two grand charity galas in October and festive galas in December. In the spring time, there are numerous fashion, art and culinary events. Easter is always celebrated with a series of events, featuring guest DJs and artists. In the summer, aside from pop-up exhibitions and musical events, don’t miss out on concerts by famed international artists at the Tennis Club. i www.puenteromano.com 25/08/2017 12:23


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BORA BORA BEACH CLUB MARBELLA Paseo Marítimo de San Pedro de Alcántara. Marbella T. 952 789 100 www.boraboramarbella.es

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SINCE WE ARE DEFINITELY STILL ENJOYING BEACH WEATHER, MAKE THE MOST OF SEASIDE DINING VENUE BONO BEACH, OR SHARE A FANTASTIC SNACK WITH FRIENDS OR LOVED ONES AT LA TAPA. DISCOVER WHAT IGNITES THE PASSION OF EXECUTIVE CHEF, JUANDO FLORES, OF THE AMÀRE BEACH HOTEL, AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE FASCINATING LIFE OF WINEMAKER, MIGUEL MERINO.

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AT THE PLAZA VILLAGE IN THE HOTEL PUENTE ROMANO

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

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TAI PAN chinese cuisine polynesian bar

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

SUKHOTHAI Exquisite Royal Thai Cuisine

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

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The Costa del Sol is home to over 130 beaches but Playa Arenal, home to trendy dining spot, Bono Beach, enjoys a particularly well-earned reputation for its clean, powdery, soft sands. Located just 10 minutes away by car from Marbella’s town centre, it boasts a chilled island vibe that takes it worlds away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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ono Beach Marbella comprises two dining areas: one, located on the beach, with elegant Balinese beds and sun loungers, where diners can enjoy a meal of a lifetime while sunbathing. The other is a wooden decked area with both indoor and al fresco dining, overlooking the glistening Mediterranean. Bono Beach was already an established restaurant when the savvy Metro Grupo took over a few years ago. This group owns and runs 11 restaurants on the Coast (including Cibo, Jacks Smokehouse, Gaucho Grill and Mumtaz Indian Restaurant). Its newest establishment, Kaleido, brings sexy tapas and drinks to the scenic Puerto Marina port in Benalmádena. Each of Metro Grupo’s restaurants has its own unique vibe, though all venues offer top quality cuisine, served with panache by a dedicated staff with a true passion for service.

It was a perfect day on my recent lunch visit to Bono Beach – the sky was a vibrant turquoise and the sea breeze was welcoming on a hot summer’s day. My husband and I sat right by the beach dining area, close to the lapping waves and families and groups of friends enjoying a refreshing dip in the sea. The menu contains dishes that tempt and entice – fresh salads, chargrilled steaks, seafood both grilled and fried. Traditional chiringuito dishes (such as Málaga-style fried baby squid chipirones) vied for our attention alongside Nikkei (JapanesePeruvian) and Thai delights. Then there were the cocktails – long, tall and wonderfully icey. We started our meal with a sweet caipirinha, made with cachaça, lime, brown sugar and orange bitters, which seemed to instantly erase any ounce of stress from our minds. The menu offers a host of snacks to enjoy

with your cocktails – including slow roast pork gyozas, Cajun chicken nachos or Indonesian chicken satay. We enjoyed a bottle of chilled Pinot Grigio with our shared starters – the Sashimi Salad (bearing tender slices of tuna and salmon sashimi, topped with black sesame and served over a refreshing seaweed salad with a chilli, soy and yuzu dressing); and the tuna tartare – comprising generous cubes of tender tuna served with freshly sliced avocado. We continued to be inspired by the sea for our main courses, as we tucked into a plump seabass fillet, lightly grilled, topped with a moreish herb butter and served with steamed spinach and baby potatoes. The healthy simplicity of the fish was perfectly complemented by another shared main – the Nasi Goreng (Indonesian fried rice) – a colourful, sweet and slightly spicy blend of chicken pieces, shrimp, and

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vegetables. We loved the presentation of this dish – the rice was served with various sides, including a sweet soy sauce, crushed peanuts and chives, which we added to taste and mixed with the rest of the ingredients. We instantly fell in love with the inviting flavours – somehow, Oriental and fusion cuisine seems to fit so well when dining on the beach. Bono Beach is as famed for its desserts as for its savoury temptations. The portions at this restaurant are generous, so although we were more than satisfied, we could not resist sharing a slice of Key Lime Pie – devilishly delicious and worth every calorie. The pie was tangy, creamy and invitingly sweet all at once – a sweet end to a magnificent meal by the sea and definitely the stuff that the very best summer memories are made of. g Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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LAbyTAPA Casanis If you like Casanis you’ll love La Tapa, the new bistro-inspired tapas bar in the Old Town. It offers all the classics you love, but with a delicious twist. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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ituated a little up from the now famous Casanis, La Tapa is the newest in a range of diners inspired by this successful bistro style restaurant. Passing Casanis you walk on for another twenty metres or so before reaching Plaza Santo Cristo, a pretty square in the heart of Marbella’s Old Town. Straight ahead is a charming little church, with on the right the ochre-toned tablao, Flamenco Ana María, which ranks as possibly the most iconic flamenco venue in this region. La Tapa is nestled in-between the church and the tablao, a position that adds to an already richly atmospheric setting looking back down the square towards the hustle and bustle on Calle Ancha, where the outdoor diners at Casanis are just out of sight. In terms of classic Andalusian and Old Town charm, it doesn’t get much better than this, and with the pedigree behind it, La Tapa offers an exciting new dimension to the Spanish dining tradition that has taken the world by storm.

SAMPLE AND SHARE

The whole tapa experience is built on ordering smaller quantities – often raciones – of a variety of dishes that can be shared around the table. It’s far more sociable and also a lighter way of dining than the conventional sit-down-and-eat format where everyone orders a starter, main course and dessert, keeping them all to themselves. Tapa dining is a fun way to make food part of a night out, accompanied by beer or a glass of the broad range of natural wines that La Tapa is pioneering in southern Spain, and it allows you to sample lots of different flavours. No wonder it’s become so popular. As the founder and inspiration behind Casanis and the group of eateries inspired by it, Guy Sirre has developed a reputation for being one of the most creative restaurateurs in the region, both for the décor, ambience and of course the flavours he brings to the table. While he has remained faithful to the spirit and

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look of a traditional Spanish tapas bar, his latest creation bustles with the inventiveness that characterises his restaurants. “We’re offering the classic, much-loved tapa experience but with an added twist,” says Guy, who loves the creative progress and the experimentation that comes with it but is not one to overembellish things. “Our philosophy is that creativity needn’t be overcomplicated and that it should never be self-indulgent. The food we offer is about our diners, not about me or my chefs, so while we want to be inspired and create a menu that will surprise and delight we believe in good, honest food and quality ingredients.” The latter is at the heart of all of his eateries, along with a bistro spirit, and in this La Tapa can count on the fresh, organic produce that comes from Guy’s very own town huerta, or allotment. “Everything tastes so much better when the

ingredients are fresh and natural, so these are the building blocks for our menu, which contains a list of regular dishes and daily specialities.” The latter naturally vary with the seasons, offering a tempting variety of options. On a classic Marbella summer evening we sampled a good crosssection of tapas, ranging from deliciously creamy Farci mussels – definitely a novel offering – and hearty little meat pies to flavoursome mini lamb hamburgers topped with goat’s cheese. The Gyozas – Japanese pan-fried dumplings – are particularly tasty. The best way to eat them is to place them on the little cogollo lettuce leaves, add some soy sauce, and just enjoy the rich flavour. Guy is particularly proud of his signature cheese croquettes, not to mention the smooth delight of La Tapa’s cheesecake. He says: “I’m almost entirely satisfied with the menu,” but we think La Tapa is already a main marker on any tapas route.

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COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS

JACKS SMOKEHOUSE

Enjoys High Ratings on TripAdvisor Jacks Smokehouse is delighted with its current ranking on Trip Advisor, which places it as one of the top rated restaurants in Puerto Banús, based completely on diner reviews. Jacks Smokehouse wishes to say “Thank you, keep them coming, and we’ll promise to uphold our side of the deal with great American-style food, stunning views and a fun atmosphere.” i www.jacks-smokehouse.com

THE TERRACE WITH LOULOU JANE OPENS IN EL PARAÍSO Guests gathered on Thursday 10th August for the opening of The Terrace with Loulou Jane, an exciting new bar and grill in El Paraíso behind the Benavista commercial centre. This charming venue is inspired on the British Gastro Pub tradition served within a Spanish setting and boasts a cosy indoor bar and sunny outdoor terrace where you can enjoy a variety of beers, cocktails, delicious snacks, homemade cakes and also a selection of Spanish and French wines and cheeses. The Terrace is a great place to relax, listen to live music and meet up with friends. g C/ Claire 2, El Paraíso. Tel: 951 600 372.

THE LITTLE GERANIUM Opens on the Golden Mile

The Little Geranium Marbella is a new boutique fine dining restaurant on the Golden Mile in Marbella. Brought to you by TV celebrity and Fellow Master Chef Steven Saunders and his wife Michele, the venue follows in the footsteps of the couple’s successful Little Geranium in Mijas Costa. With menus personally designed by Steven, serving international cuisine à la carte or five- and seven-course tasting menus with a wine pairing option, be prepared to be taken on a gastronomic journey you won’t forget, set within a beautifully decorated and picturesque home. g Tel: 633 289 047. www.thelittlegeraniummarbella.com

FOURTH WORLD HAM COMPETITION at Estepona’s Paseo Marítimo

The Fourth World Ham Competition took place recently at Estepona’s Paseo Marítimo, with over 70 different companies taking part. Presided over by the Mayor of Estepona (José María García Urbano), ham-cutting sensation José María Téllez ‘Popi’ and the director of Sabor a Málaga (Leonor GarcíaAgua), the event included ham cutting shows, ham tastings and musical performances by Nuria Fergó, José Manuel Soto, Roció Cortés and Las Seventies. i www.estepona.es

FINCA AMALUR LAUNCH

The Arrocha family is proud to announce the official opening of Finca Amalur, which will be managed by renowned company, Alabardero Catering in Marbella. At the launch event, guests contemplated the Finca’s beautiful gardens (with views to the Mediterranean), marvelled at the fabulous décor and enjoyed a cocktail and dinner with live music and a Champagne bar. Finca Amalur is ready to host your special event; it boasts a 450-person capacity and is supported by Alabardero Catering’s reputation for organising top events. i www.alabarderocatering.com

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JUANDO FLORES OF THE AMÀRE MARBELLA BEACH HOTEL

A CHEF WHO WAS

MEANT TO BE

Juando Flores can hardly contain his energy on the day of our meeting. He greets me with a warm smile and generously shares Instagram stories of his dishes which reveal his respect for tradition and his eye for innovation, all at once. The affable chef started in the culinary game relatively late in life; in his youth, economic circumstances forced him to work long and hard enough to save for the day when he could finally take a couple of years off for culinary school. When asked if anyone else in his family shared his passion for food, he replies, “Actually, I am the only one in my family who really loves cooking. Mum knew how to cook well but she wasn’t really into it.” WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF AMÀRE MARBELLA BEACH HOTEL AND KEVIN HORN

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ust six years ago, the man who is now Executive Chef of the trendy Amàre Marbella Beach Hotel, began attending cooking school in Benahavís and Mijas, where he learned important concepts, products and trends. Soon after, (in 2012) he started working for the Fuerte Group. The latter had committed to hiring the nine best young chefs in Andalucía that year – Juando was deemed to be the very best of this batch. The Chef honed his craft at the Hotel Fuerte Estepona, then tried his luck in Castellón for a few months “That short move taught me a lot, culturally and gastronomically. I learned to prepare fish and rice dishes, always made with fresh, top grade produce. After this experience I returned to Estepona and in October 2015, I was offered my post at the Amàre. I was instantly impressed by all the tiny details that go into making a stay here perfect – the fragrances, sounds and views, lend a uniquely inviting touch to the hotel.” At the Amàre, Juando is in charge

of various culinary spaces, including Mare Nostrum Restaurant (a perfect spot for the hearty buffet breakfast), Verité (offering an al fresco Mediterranean dining experience), the Amàre Beach Restaurant (featuring Mediterranean and fusion delights) and Amàre Lounge (where you can enjoy fabulous themed dinners with live music and Mediterranean/ international cuisine). The Belvue Rooftop Bar is an idyllic place to meet for a cool cocktail and a panoramic view of the sea and the entrance to the Old Town. Finally, in The One Lounge, guests staying at The One rooms can enjoy magnificent snacks and treats from 11am to 11pm, every day. In the Winter, the Amàre closes – during this time, Juando takes advantage of the free time to learn new techniques and take part in gastronomic events. The quiet pace, though, is not something he necessarily looks forward to. “I truly love what I do, so it never seems like work.” He smiles from the heart, his sincere passion for gastronomy

shining through his eyes. Juando is a proud dad to a four-year-old daughter whom he loves cooking for. Indeed, his girlfriend and daughter are his most demanding customers. “They like me to surprise them and that is always a challenge.” He also finds time for his hobbies – “I have an aquarium with fish, which I love, and I am also into arts like bonsai, music and cinema. I do a lot of arts and crafts with my family and play padel when I get the time.” At Amàre, Juando delights in preparing fusion-style cuisine that is based on tradition yet is modern in its outlook. “Our pillars are twofold: topgrade produce and tried-and-tested cooking techniques such as sousvide, slow cooking, etc. We value quality above all things and always strive for it.” Some of the Hotel’s most famed dishes include the crab and prawn salad with tobiko and shiso leaves; the tomato, mango and avocado tartare with lobster legs; and the grilled Barbate tuna and vegetable wok. For dessert, the Not a Brownie,

containing a walnut base and crisp and fluid chocolate, is a clever play on a classic treat. Artistry is always on Juando’s mind. “In Spanish we have a saying – people eat through their eyes. We play at including elements of surprise, flavour and memory… the ingredients that make a meal unforgettable.” Juando reminds me that all achievements have been made possible thanks to his great team and the professionals who accompany him in each new challenge, of which he is very proud. "To think that we still have so much more to achieve…" If you’ve never visited the Amàre for dinner before, we suggest attending one of the Hotel’s themed events, when Juando and the team’s full talents really shine through. His authentic love for food is present in everything he produces, which makes igniting your passion almost effortless.

g Avda. Severo Ochoa 8, Marbella. Tel: 951 56 07 14. www.amarehotels.com

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MIGUEL MERINO The Heart and Soul of a Boutique Winery Miguel Merino is a bit of a legend among those who know anything about Rioja. His earlier careers – until 1990 – were primarily in the Export Department of Berberana (towards the end of its legendary era), and later it was he who truly put Navarra in the frame worldwide as a source of excellent quality, unbelievably well-priced young wines, both red and white, which would persuade international consumers that Spain was modern and funky. WORDS CARLOS READ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MIGUEL MERINO

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s a consequence of this, he would also become a lifelong friend of Javier Ochoa, who was the first Navarra producer to move away from the often clumsy Garnachas of the era and produce nifty, well balanced Tempranillos as well as most attractive sweet zippy whites primarily from Moscatel; and – personal projects apart – double as his Export Manager... Miguel had, however, primarily been up to this point a salesman, though one with a vision: championing and creating styles that after years of experience abroad he knew would be the future. Comes a Time… check out the

incomparable Neil Young song; so in 1990 Miguel decided to downscale and create something personal that would bear his own very particular stamp. Accordingly, he bought a dilapidated farmhouse in the magical hill town of Briones, appended a small annexe with winemaking facilities and a barrelageing cellar, not to mention planting a small experimental vineyard immediately outside; and set about finding interesting old, low yield vineyards that were/would be of minimal interest to the giants who control the region – given the epic labour involved (mechanisation impossible given bush vines and the rugged terrain) – but producing intensely flavoured fruit of major substance capable of producing serious wines. Today, a few years on, he controls some 10 hectares locally, of which he has managed to buy almost 50 per cent – with the rest managed on the basis of exclusive contracts with long-established families – and

produces some 35,000 bottles of a handful of styles on the basis of an average total of 42,000 kilos from the various properties. Says Miguel: “Since the beginning of my exporting career, I had long dreamt of having my own small bodega, where I could make a few bottles of wine of the best quality possible. Briones, in the heart of the Rioja Alta, fulfilled all the conditions I was looking for: old steep vineyards of Tempranillo grapes, chalky soil and a climate showing a marked Atlantic influence. It is of course easy to obtain an average wine from fantastic vines, but it is impossible to create a great wine out of bad grapes, and that explains my obsession for finding the small, old vineyards that nobody else wanted to work. Some were planted so long ago that they were originally tilled by horses, and even today we still employ traditional methods which are nature-friendly, managing eight vineyards in and around the town.

Currently, as one of the smallest and youngest wineries in Spain; though, my God, time passes quickly – our first vintage was 1994 – our wines are much sought after, and we are exporting them to over 30 markets. This is most exciting as it means that some 80 per cent of our production has found favour in discerning and hugely competitive export markets, and I am therefore, with the aid of my very skilled son Miguel, ever more interested in improving our styles and achieving the best and most enjoyable results in order that our growing fan base be as pleased as we are.” What does he think of the rather edgy relationship between the say 20 major players out of currently some 600, who produce around 90 per cent of Rioja’s wines and, which though largely undistinguished, command the headlines largely due to the help of politicians who seem not at all interested in singing the glories of the myriad of smaller producers making quality offerings, often on the basis of terroir?

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as overnight everybody became DOCa…” So how do you see the future? “Speaking personally, as my son Miguel has an oenology degree from La Rioja Uni, and has for some time been the cellar-master at Bodegas Gómez Cruzado in Haro – in addition to making a series of rather tasty organic whites over in Cuenca – I’m rather hoping that he’ll take over my own small enterprise sometime soon. Needless to say he’s already also been part of the family project for a while; and it’s interesting to

“In Rioja there are a growing number of wineries whose artisanal efforts are creating renewed excitement about the region so it’s hardly surprising that the big battalions should be obliquely taking advantage of the resulting prestige – although the scope of Rioja has diversified most upliftingly in the last couple of decades, widespread public perception has unfortunately not run in tandem. Some years ago, the region went from being a DO to a superior DOCa but sadly, this turned out to be a lost opportunity

contrast my top wine (a rather savoury updated classic 2009 Gran Reserva made from the fruit of a vineyard planted in 1946) with his more immediate French-oaked Unum 2011 which though at the same quality level, is perhaps more straightforward and primary fruit orientated. I’m also rather pleased that there appears to be a certain synergy between him and our recently incorporated Erika, who’s basically our PR lady; but at this stage I’ve probably said rather too much.” e

TOP PICKS: MAZUELO DE LA QUINTA CRUZ 2012 (13 PER CENT) – production approx. 3,000 bottles

MIGUEL MERINO VIÑAS JÓVENES 2013 (13.5 PER CENT) – production approx. 14,250 bottles

One of the first pure Mazuelos from Rioja Alta and made from vines planted in 1981. Pale garnet in colour with slightly mentholated notes intermingled with a pronounced red cherry character; but zingy, savoury and reminiscent of aged Pinot Noir. Those of you in search of brighter, more primary fruit should opt for the altogether more youthful but still nicely savoury 2013.

Pure Tempranillo from vineyards planted in 2001, this is middling garnet plum in hue, medium-bodied, with gentle but persistent red plum fruit and nicely balanced, clean, unassuming oak. Very nice indeed and elegantly understated.

MIGUEL MERINO TINTO RESERVA 2010 (14 PER CENT) – production approx. 8,000 bottles

Upping the ante, this is mainly Tempranillo with perhaps 4 per cent Graciano from a mixed vineyard dating back to around 1960. Middling intensity plummy garnet in colour, not only does it have deliciously savoury red fruit qualities with nicely balanced toasty oak but a most impressive finish with elements of coffee liqueur. 2010 was famously cold in Rioja (it even snowed) and so its more pedigree offerings – such as this – are beginning to unravel most pleasurably.

A POTTED AUTOBIOGRAPHY

“I was born in Palencia in 1949 and my surname turned out to be most appropriate given my father’s proclivity for transhumance: for before I could even speak we had moved to Zaragoza, and by the time I was 15 we were living in Alicante. Clearly nomadism was in my blood too, as at the age of 17, I managed to obtain a grant to study in the United States and a year later finished up with a high school diploma from North Carolina. On return, however, my father had trumped me by moving the family down to Cádiz; this was followed by a final move – much to everyone’s consternation – up to Logroño the following year, in 1968. I decided to study Law, did so initially in Granada and then switched to Zaragoza (almost a full circle), but as I paid for my own studies I did so by being a salesman of various items: from chemical products through to orthopaedic devices, until in 1976 I responded to an ad from one of Rioja’s most prestigious wineries, who were seeking an Export Manager, and found myself at Berberana, in a whole new fascinating and comforting environment.”

BRIONES

This ancient and enchanting hilltop village lies some 10 minutes immediately east of Haro and has a population of just under 900. The perfect weekend bolt hole for those in search of peace and quiet, it has a multitude of well-conserved medieval buildings, a quiet square at the top with a handful of bars down one side and a glorious church in the far corner, and in addition to Bodega Miguel Merino and Finca Allende, the spectacular Vivanco Wine Museum is just a short walk away on the old road heading east towards Logroño. The locals are friendly, there are a couple of totally unpretentious local restaurants where the Patatas a la Riojana in particular are to die for and serious carnivores can indulge in delicious lechazo. It is de rigeur to stay at Los Calaos, which is modestly priced, has its own very good restaurant and just a few (but most spacious) rooms with panoramic views of Rioja Alavesa stretching spectacularly to the North – but make sure you book in advance. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2017 / 175

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. . THE GUIDE listings

the guide

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

*restaurants american

HARD ROCK CAFÉ

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

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

under €25

€25 – €40

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

YANX

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

argentinean BUENOS AIRES SOUTH

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

JACKS SMOKEHOUSE

EL BANCO

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

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

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

GAUCHOS

ROUTE 66

HACIENDA PATAGONICA

Open 10am until midnight every day.

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

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

LISTINGS PET NEWS WHAT’S ON STARS FAMILY FUN

€40 – €60

€60 plus

la Marina 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 968

ORIGEN

french CASA MONO

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

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

RUTA 40

LE BISTROMAN

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

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

belgian

VALDERRAMA RESTAURANT

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

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

eco

gluten-free

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

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

MYTILUS

THE ORGANIC CAFÉ

CELICIOSO

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listings THE GUIDE .

greek

EL RANCHO DEL PUERTO

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

GRILL DEL PUERTO

RED PEPPER

grills

Open for lunch and dinner every day. Muelle Benabola 4, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 252 Open for lunch and dinner every day. Muelle Ribera 47H, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 686

ASADOR CRIOLLO GRILL

MARBELLA CLUB GRILL

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

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

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

CABAÑA NAGÜELES

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

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

RESTAURANTE RANCHO

EL CARNICERO

VOVEM

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

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

EL CARNICERO 2

VOVEM

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

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

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

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

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

indian CORIANDER

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

JAIPUR PALACE Open every night except Tuesday for dinner. CN340,

km 194, next to Camping Cabopino, Marbella. Tel: 951 310 004

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

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

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

international 11&11 RESTOBAR

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

ACINIPO

Benalmádena. Tel: 952 661 174

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

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

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

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

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

AVANTO

AIDAN’S BAR & GRILL

BABOO LOUNGE AND RESTAURANT

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

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

AL ROLO

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

Open from 1pm to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm daily. At Reserva del Higuerón. Avda. del Higuerón 48,

Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 146.5,

BAHIA BEACH

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Casares. Tel: 951 704 884

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

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

BECKITTS

Las Palmeras 19, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 786 156

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

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

Tel: 956 704 131

D.O.M

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

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

EL JARDÍN DE LUTZ

DON LEONE

EL JINETE

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

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

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

D-WINE

EL LAGO

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

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

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

CASANIS

EL BOLERO

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

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

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

CELIMA

EL CAMPANARIO

BLACK AND WHITE MARBELLA

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

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

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

CERRADO DEL ÁGUILA

EL CASTILLO

EL OLIVO

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

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

EL CHIRINGUITO

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

BORA BORA BEACH CLUB

CLARO! RESTAURANT & BEACH CLUB

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

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

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

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

EL CORZO

FABIOLA

BRUNINGS

CORTIJO FAIN

Kitchen continuously open Monday to Friday from 1pm to 11pm. Saturday – dinner only. Closed Sunday.

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Algar, km. 3, Arcos de la Frontera, Cádiz.

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

Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sundays for lunch. Cortijo Los Canos, Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro, CN-340, km. 132,

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

BIBO

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

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

CAMURÍ

EL GRAN GASTBY

EL MIRADOR

EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL RESTAURANT & SPA

EL RESTAURANTE DEL CASINO

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Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 695 114 / 619 694 484

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

Monday. Dinner by reservation is possible on Friday and Saturday. Tel: 952 856 171

HORIZON STEAKHOUSE

FINCA CORTESIN CLUB DE PLAYA

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

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

HOTEL MARBELLA CLUB BUFFET

FINCA EL FORJADOR

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

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

IL MARE

FONDA RESTAURANTE EL POSTILLÓN

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

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

JOFFREY’S

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

GD GOURMET DELI MARBELLA

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

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

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

KAVA

HERMOSA

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

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

HILLS CAFE Open every day for breakfast and lunch, except

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

LAGUNA BEACH RESTAURANTE 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

1, Urb. La Virginia, Marbella. Tel: 626 273 882

LA BRISA

LA PLAGE DE CASANIS

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

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

LA CABAÑA DEL MAR

LA TAPA

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

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

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

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

LA VERANDAH

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

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

LA LOGGIA

LA VERANDA LOBBY BAR

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

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

LA TERRAZA

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

LA GRANADA DIVINO

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

LIMA

LES CUBES

LA TIENDA

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

Open nightly for dinner except Mondays. C/ La Tienda

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

LOS ARCOS

Tel: 952 768 800

THE LAUNDERETTE

Marbella. Tel: 951 712 227

PASSION CAFÉ

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

CIBO

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

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

PUENTE ROMANO BEACH CLUB

LOS BANDIDOS

PURO BEACH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAVOR

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

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

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

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

TIKITANO

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

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

TROCADERO BEACH

MC CAFÉ

SHANTI-SOM – AMRITA

TROCADERO SOTOGRANDE

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

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

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

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

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

SOLEO MARBELLA BEACH CLUB RESTAURANT

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

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

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

ZEST

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

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

MOMO MARBELLA

SOLLO

ZOZOI

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

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

MONKEY CLUB

SUITE

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

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

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

NELI Gs

SUTTON

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

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

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

TANINO

AMORE E FANTASÍA

NŌMŌ BRASSERIE

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

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

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

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

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

ORANGE BEACH CLUB Open daily from 10am to 8pm. At the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa. Avda. Zurita s/n, Marbella.

TERRA SANA

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

GOLD RESTAURANT

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

Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Friday and Saturday for dinner only. Closed Sunday and Monday. C/ Aduar 12, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 277

DON GIOVANI

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

SEA GRILL

SKINA

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

TROCADERO ARENA

MARE NOSTRUM

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

DA PAOLO

FRASCATI

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

MESSINA

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

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

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

MAGNA CAFÉ

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

italian AL DENTE

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

ARAGONA

THE ENGLISH GARDEN

CARPACCIO

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

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

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

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

CASA TUA Open every evening for dinner. C/ Ortiz de Molinillo 14,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PORTOFINO LAGUNA VILLAGE

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

ASIATICO ZEN

Tel: 956 613 030

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

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

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

RISTORANTE SAN MARTINO

BAMBOO

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

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

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

ROSMARINO DELLA PIAZZA

DRAGÓN DE ORO

NOBU

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

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

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

GENJI SUSHI BAR

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

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

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

VILLA TIBERIO

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

MECA

OMBÚ

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

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

SUSHI DES ARTISTES (HIDEYOSHI WAGYU) Open every day for lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 178.5, Marbella. Easy parking. Tel: 952 857 403

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

TAI PAN

OSAKA

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

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

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

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

GOLDEN WOK

TA-KUMI

KABUKI RAW

PAPAYA

TEPPANYAKI SAMURAI

mediterranean

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

Open daily for dinner. C.C. Pinares de Elviria 18, Marbella. Tel: 952 831 994

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

SAKURA

THAI GALLERY

RESTAURANTE BAR CARMEN

KAIDEN SUSHI

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. Centro Com. Guadalmina Alta, Guadalmina 4, local 2, lower floor, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 896 508

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

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

SANTOKU

THAI STYLE

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. Avda. Playas del Duque s/n. Edif. Gaviotas IV, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 675

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

oriental

ASIAN FUSION BING

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

SAPPORO

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

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

Mondays. Puerto Deportivo de Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 790 370

Avda. del Mediterráneo s/n, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 853 344

RESTAURANTE LA MARINA

HACIENDA

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

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

TSE YANG DIMSUM CLUB

MARISQUERÍA LA PESQUERA

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

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

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

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

WASABI

PALAPA

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

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

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

RESTAURANTE EL BOTE

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

spanish BAHÍA

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

CASA DE LA ERA

CN340, km 178, Marbella. Tel: 952 827 880

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

VILA DO GROVE

LA COCINA

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

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

*cinemas & theatres

LA MÁQUINA

AUDITORIO MUNICIPAL MIJAS

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

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

LA MORAGA BISTRÓ

AUDITORIO PARQUE DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN

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

Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035

LA RED

CINESA LA CAÑADA

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

La Cañada. Marbella. Tel: 902 333 231

LA TABERNA DEL ALABARDERO

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

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

CINESUR

MESÓN EL ADOBE

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

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

CINES TEATRO GOYA C.C. Miramar, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 198 605

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

seafood

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

MULTICINES MEDITERRÁNEO

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

EL BARLOVENTO

CASA FERNANDO

MI TABERNA

Recinto Ferial. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 589 349

Open from 11am-4pm and 7.30-11pm every day except

Open from Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.

TEATRO ALAMEDA

Mijas. Tel: 952 663 738

PALACIO DE LA PAZ

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Calle Córdoba 9, Málaga. Tel: 952 213 412

CABOPINO GOLF 18 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 850 282

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

18 holes. Tel: 952 850 111

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

CERRADO DEL ÁGUILA

LA RESERVA SOTOGRANDE

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 831 036

TEATRO CIUDAD DE MARBELLA

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 951 703 355

18 holes. Tel: 956 695 209

SOTOGRANDE CLUB DE GOLF

Plaza Ramón Martínez, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 159

CLUB DE GOLF LA CAÑADA

LA ZAGALETA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

18 holes. Tel: 956 785 012

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 956 794 100

18 holes. Members only. Tel: 952 695 209

VALDERRAMA

TEATRO SALON VARIETES

EL PARAISO CLUB DE GOLF

LAURO GOLF 18 HOLES

Emancipación 30. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 474 542

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 883 835

Alhaurín de la Torre. Tel: 952 412 767

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

ESTEPONA GOLF

LOS ARQUEROS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

VERACRUZ CINES

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 784 600

Veracruz. Estepona. Tel: 952 800 056

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

YELMO CINEPLEX

FINCA CORTESÍN GOLF CLUB

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 815 206

Plaza Mayor. Tel: 902 220 922

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

MARBELLA CLUB GOLF RESORT

DON CARLOS RESORT, LEISURE & SPA

18 holes, Par 73. Tel: 952 113 239

CN340, Km 192. Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

FLAMINGOS GOLF CLUB

MARBELLA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

FINCA CORTESIN HOTEL, GOLF & SPA

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

18 holes. Tel: 952 830 500

Crtra. Casares, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800

MIJAS GOLF

GRAN HOTEL GVADALPÍN PUERTO BANÚS

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

GOLF RÍO REAL

36 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 476 843

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 756 733

MIRAFLORES GOLF

Arroyo El Rodeo, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel: 952 899 700

ALHAURÍN GOLF

GOLF TORREQUEBRADA

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 931 960

GRAN MELIÁ DON PEPE

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

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 442 742

MONTE MAYOR GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

José Meliá s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 770 300

GUADALMINA GOLF

18 holes. Tel: 952 113 088

HOTEL PUENTE ROMANO

ALMENARA GOLF

36 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 883 375

PARADOR MÁLAGA DEL GOLF

CN340, Km179. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

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

LA CALA GOLF RESORT

18 holes. Tel: 952 381 255

HOTEL TRITON

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

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

Avda. Antonio Machado, 29. Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 443 240

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

LA DAMA DE NOCHE

REAL CLUB DE GOLF SOTOGRANDE

KEMPINSKI HOTEL BAHÍA ESTEPONA

9 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 818 150

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 785 014

CN340, Km159. Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

ATALAYA GOLF

LA DUQUESA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

SAN ROQUE CLUB

LA CALA RESORT

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

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 890 425

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 613 030

La Cala de Mijas Tel: 952 669 000

LA QUINTA GOLF

SANTA CLARA GOLF

LOS MONTEROS SPA & GOLF RESORT 5*GL

*golf guide ALCAIDESA LINKS

ALOHA GOLF CLUB

LOS NARANJOS GOLF CLUB

SANTA MARIA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

*hotels

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CN340, km 187, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 700

HOTEL FUERTE ESTEPONA

HOTEL DIANA PARK

MARBELLA CLUB HOTEL

CN 340, km 168.5, Estepona. Tel: 952 887 659

Arts & Crafts. Village Square, from 8pm

CN340, Km 180. Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211

Avda. Vaquero Playa. Ctra A-7, Km 150, Estepona. Tel: 952 808 020

HOTEL PYR MARBELLA

BENALMÁDENA COSTA

HOTEL VILLA PADIERNA

HOTEL FUERTE MARBELLA C/ El Fuerte s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 861 500

Avda. Rotary International, s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 353

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

CN340, Km 166, Exit Cancelada. Benahavís. Tel: 952 889 150

HOTEL IPV BEATRIZ PALACE & SPA

NH SAN PEDRO

Calypso, 9am-2pm

VINCCI SELECCIÓN ESTRELLA DEL MAR

CN340, Km 207. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 922 000

ESTEPONA

CN340, km 190.5, Marbella. Tel: 951 053 970

HOTEL MELIÁ MARBELLA

C/ Jerez 1, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 853 040

CN340, Km 175. Pto. Banús. Tel: 952 810 500

SISU BOUTIQUE HOTEL PUERTO BANÚS

ISTÁN

ALANDA CLUB MARBELLA

HOTEL PLAYA BONITA

CN 340, km 173, Puerto Banús, Tel: 952 906 105

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

CN340 Km 192. Marbella. Tel: 952 902 537

ALMENARA GOLF HOTEL & SPA

CN340, Km 217. Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 442 840

Avda. Almenara s/n. Sotogrande. Tel: 956 582 000

HOTEL PRINCESS PLAYA

AMANHAVÍS HOTEL & RESTAURANT

Paseo Marítimo. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 944

C/ Pilar 3. Benahavís. Tel: 952 856 026

NH MARBELLA

ATALAYA PARK HOTEL

Arts & Crafts. Village Square, from 8pm

MÁLAGA

CN340, Km 168,5. Estepona. Tel: 952 889 000

C/ Conde Rudi, s/n. CN340, Km 178. Marbella. Tel: 952 763 200

MARBELLA

BENABOLA APART HOTEL

PARADOR DE RONDA

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

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

Benabola. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 000

Plaza de España, s/n. Ronda. Tel: 952 877 500

BLUE BAY BANÚS HOTEL

SENTIDOS HOTEL

TUESDAY CHURRIANA

CN340, Km173. N. Andalucía. Tel: 952 811 517

9am-1pm

GOLF HOTEL GUADALMINA

CN340, Km185, Urb. Golf Rio Real s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 765 732

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

FUENGIROLA

TORRE DEL MAR

Guadalmina Baja. Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211

SUNSET BEACH CLUB

GRAN HOTEL BENAHAVIS

TORREMOLINOS

Huerta de Rufino, Benahavís. Tel: 902 504 862

Avda. del Sol, 5. Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 579 400

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

MONDA

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

H10 ANDALUCÍA PLAZA

TAMISA GOLF HOTEL

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

VÉLEZ MÁLAGA

CN340 Km 174. Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 812 000

Camino Viejo de Coín. Km 3.3. Mijas Golf. Tel: 952 585 988

NERJA

HM GRAN HOTEL COSTA DEL SOL

C/ Chaparil, 9am-1pm

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

La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 587 710

TRH EL PARAÍSO

HOTEL AMÀRE MARBELLA BEACH CLUB

CN340, km 167, Estepona. Tel: 952 883 000

WEDNESDAY ALHAURÍN DE LA TORRE

FRIDAY BENALMÁDENA

Avda. del Limón, 9am-2pm

In the area between Tivoli World

Avda. Severo Ochoa, 8, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 400

BENAHAVÍS

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

LA CALA

*street markets MONDAY BENAHAVÍS

Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm

THURSDAY ALHAURÍN EL GRANDE By the Guardia Civil Offfices, City Centre, 9am-1pm

SAN PEDRO

Avda. Europa, 9am-1pm

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and the Plaza San Pedro, 9am-1pm

*post offices

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

CALAHONDA

Benahavís. Tel: 617 647 223

LAS CHAPAS

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

CLUB NUEVA ALCÁNTARA

La Víbora, 9am-2pm

EL CORTE INGLÉS

San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 788 315

RINCÓN DE LA VICTORIA

Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

HOFSAESS TENNIS ACADEMY

Málaga. Plaza de la Iglesia, 9am-1pm

FUENGIROLA

SATURDAY COÍN

Tel: 952 467 843

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

ESTEPONA

LEW HOADS TENNIS CLUB

C/ Urbano Pineda, 9am-1pm

C/ Málaga 82–84. Tel: 952 800 537

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

LA CALA

FUENGIROLA

MANOLO SANTANA RACQUETS CLUB

Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm

Pza. los Chinorros. Tel: 952 474 384

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

MARO

MARBELLA

MARBELLA HILL TENNIS CLUB

Close to the Nerja Caves, 9am-1pm

Jac. Benavente, 14. Tel: 952 772 898

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

MIJAS COSTA

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA

MARBELLA PLAYA TENIS

Las Lagunas, 9am-2pm

C/ Jazmines. Tel: 952 810 887

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA

SAN PEDRO

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

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

Pizarro, 41. Tel: 952 780 39

MIRAFLORES TENNIS CLUB

*tennis clubs

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

AZTEC COUNTRY CLUB

PUENTE ROMANO TENNIS CLUB Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

ESTEPONA

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

Puerto Deportivo, 9am-1pm

BEL AIR TENNIS AND PADDEL CLUB

El Rosario, Marbella. Tel: 952 837 651

FUENGIROLA

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

SPORT CLUB RESERVA DEL HIGUERÓN

Recinto Ferial, 9am-2:30pm

CLUB DEL SOL

MÁLAGA Next to Rosaleda football stadium, 9am-2pm

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

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

SOTOGRANDE

CLUB DE TENIS DON CARLOS

At the Marina, 9am-1pm

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

CALAHONDA Calypso, 9am-2pm

SUNDAY BENAHAVÍS Arts & Crafts. La Ermita Park, from 10pm

CLUB INTERNACIONAL DE TENNIS

CLUB MADROÑAL

ROYAL TENNIS CLUB MARBELLA

*tourist offices Benahavís Tel: 952 855 500

Benalmádena Tel: 952 442 494 Estepona Tel: 952 802 002 Fuengirola Tel: 952 467 625 Gibraltar Tourist Board Tel: 956 774 950 Marbella Tel: 952 822 818 Málaga Tel: 952 213 445 / 952 216 061 Mijas Tel: 952 485 900 Ronda Tel: 952 871 272 San Pedro Tel: 952 785 252 Tarifa Tel: 956 680 993 Torremolinos Tel: 952 381 578

*train

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

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WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

KEEP KITTY ENTERTAINED

with a Cat Tunnel

We love this great cat tunnel toy by Premium Choice Products, featuring a cute peep hole, hanging toy and safety features, plus three different tunnels your cat can run through or simply hide in for a short rest when it feels like some down time. The tunnel collapses to a mere 5cm and comes with a bonus storage bag, making it an ideal gift even for cat lovers with smaller homes or apartments. i Available on www.amazon.co.uk

The Benefits of

BRINGING DOGS TO WORK If you work in a pet friendly office, you probably already know of the benefits dogs bring, including that of fostering a warm, friendly environment. One study carried out in the United States found that employees who brought dogs to work had much lower levels of stress hormone, cortisol. Pets also boosted the mood and gave workers a better sense of wellbeing. Top companies all around the world are welcoming furry friends into their offices, including Google and Ben & Jerry’s. Don’t lag behind; if everyone in the office agrees, suggest the move to your boss – make sure to establish guidelines such as obtaining written consent from employees. Ensure dogs are well socialised, and provide beds, water and treats for any four footed ‘employees’.

If your dog is constantly tearing, it could be suffering from a host of problems including allergic rhinitis, foreign bodies lodged in the eye and even eye ulcers – which are very painful and can lead to the loss of an eye if not treated immediately. Your dog might also be suffering from dry eye – a condition in which insufficient tears are produced by tear glands. Despite the seeming irony, dry eye causes discharge, in addition to redness, repeated conjunctivitis and ulcers, etc. If your dog is scratching or pawing at its eye, or one or both eyes are half closed, see a vet immediately for a diagnosis and treatment. If it is something serious like an ulcer, your vet will probably clean the eye out, prescribe specific antibiotic drops/ointments and recommend the use of a cone to keep your dog from scratching the eye. Dry eye will also require drops/ artificial tears/possible surgery. Consider any eye problem an emergency, since the consequences of taking your time to see the vet can be tremendous.

Why are Your Dog’s

EYES WATERING?

HOW TO TREAT A DOG WITH HEAT STROKE There is no reason why any dog should have to undergo heat stroke; dogs should never be left in a car/in hot closed spaces or under the sun, yet we must be doing something wrong because statistics indicate that almost 50 per cent of vets treat dogs for heat stroke in the summer months. Dogs are prone to heat stroke as it is, since they are covered in fur; the risk is even higher for brachycephalic (e.g. pugs, bulldogs, Boston Terriers), obese and dark coated dogs, as well as those with narrower than normal breathing passages. If your dog has a heat stroke, it is vital that you take certain measures which could save their life. Take your dog to the vet immediately and state that it is an emergency. Cool your dog down by removing them from the hot area and using lukewarm (not cold) water. Use a hose if you like or cover them in wet towels. Leave the car windows open while driving them to the vet. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2017 / 187

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS Until September 6 FIESTAS DEL CARMEN – BENALMÁDENA

This festival honours the patron saint of fishermen. Featuring a full programme of events including theatre, music and outdoor cinema for all audiences at the Auditorio Municipal Parque de la Paloma. www.benalmadena.es

ART – FUENGIROLA

Popular local artist Roger Cummiskey will be exhibiting his wonderful lithographs at the Casa de la Cultura in Fuengirola. www.rogercummiskey.com

Until September 17 ART – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso Málaga presents the exhibition Bacon, Freud and The School of London, featuring works by famous artists from The School of London – a small group of painters in the 1950s who shared the same artistic concerns and were connected by ties of friendship and mutual admiration, who explored the appearance and vulnerability of the human body, with the city of London as their surrounding context. www.museopicassomalaga.org

Until September 22 ART – MARBELLA

The Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo presents Susurro Hispánico: a painting exhibition by contemporary artist, Miguel Herrero. At

the Centro Cultural Cortijo de Miraflores. www.marbella.es

NEW AND REGULAR EVENTS

Weekly on different days WALKING FOOTBALL – MARBELLA

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

Monthly on different days AMERICAN CLUB – MARBELLA

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

AMIGOS DE LA CULTURA – COSTA DEL SOL

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

LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE – MARBELLA

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

Until September 3

NATIONAL BEACH VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – FUENGIROLA Reserva del Higuerón will be hosting the Campeonato de España de Vóley Playa, the last leg of the Madison Beach Volley Tour 2017 (National Beach Volley Circuit). Featuring top players battling it out to crown the very best in Spain. For further information, www.reservadelhigueronresort.com

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

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

Every Tuesday and Friday PAINTING CLASSES – MARBELLA

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

PILATES AND YOGA – BENAHAVÍS

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

Every Wednesday ART – MÁLAGA

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

adults. Children enter for free. www.museopicassomalaga.org

FLAMENCO – MIJAS

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

Every first Wednesday of the month CULTURE AND COCKTAIL – MARBELLA

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

Every Thursday NETWORKING – MARBELLA

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

Every last Friday of the Month COFFEE MORNING – ESTEPONA

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

Until September 15

ART – ESTEPONA As a result of the collaboration with two galleries specialised in Korean artists, one from Seoul (South Korea) and another from Los Angeles (USA), STOA Art Gallery in Estepona presents the East Wind group exhibition of Korean artists. Including works by Il Hwa Hong, Susan Hwang, Yu-Kyoung Kim, Han Hong Park and many more artists. Available for viewing from 11am to 2:30pm and 5pm to 6:30pm (afternoon viewing by appointment only). www.stoagallery.com

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BUSINESS LUNCH – MARBELLA

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

Every Saturday MARKETS – PUERTO BANÚS

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

Every First Sunday of the month OPEN DAY – MIJAS

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

Monday September 4 CIRCUS EVENT – MARBELLA

Bono Beach Marbella presents a themed dinner evening with circus and comedy acts. Featuring artists, acrobats, mimes, dancers, etc. To book a table. Tel: 952 839 236. www.bonobeachmarbella.com

Tuesday September 5 to October 2 ART – MARBELLA

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

Thursday September 7 and Friday September 8 ART – MARBELLA

View works by talented Italian artist Eugenio Pardini, from the private collection of Sean Hepburn. The first presentation of Pardini’s work will take place at Es.Arte Gallery on September 7 at 7pm. On September 8 at 7:30pm, works of large dimension will be on show at Hotel Marbella Club’s Salón Buganvilla. For further information, Tel: 670 063 867. www.esartegallery.com

Thursday September 7 to Wednesday September 27 NATIONAL CELEBRATIONS ART EXHIBITION – GIBRALTAR The Fine Arts Association presents the National Celebrations Art Exhibition at the Fine Arts Gallery in Gibraltar. The event focuses on Gibraltarian identity. For further information, Tel: +350 200 52126.

Wednesday September 13 and Friday September 22 DJ SAMMY PORTER – MARBELLA Enjoy fantastic club music by renowned DJ Sammy Porter. On Wednesday at Aqwamist and on Friday at Mirage Marbella. www.aqwamist.com, www.miragemarbella.com

Friday September 15 ROCK FESTIVAL – MARBELLA

The Plaza de Toros de Marbella will be hosting an amazing rock show featuring some of Spain’s most famous bands, including Danza Invisible, Rebeldes and Trogloditas as well as local group, Pantano. For tickets, www.taquillanet.com

Saturday September 16 FARRUQUITO AND MELODY – MARBELLA

The Plaza de Toros de Marbella presents two fantastic acts – Farruquito (a talented flamenco dancer) and Melody (famed for her hit tune, El Baile del Gorila). For tickets, www.taquillanet.com

MELENDI – MÁLAGA

Melendi is one of Spain’s biggest selling rock singers. He will be giving it all at a performance at the Auditorio Municipal Cortijo de Torres at 9:30pm. For tickets, www.elcorteingles.es

Monday September 18 and 25 INTRODUCTION TO OPERA – MARBELLA

Música Con Encanto will be holding an introductory course to the opera, which will cover topics such as the birth and evolution of the opera, operatic language, and how to listen to operatic music. At Les Roches Marbella from 6:30pm to 8pm. The course will continue until December. www.musicaconencanto.org

Tuesday September 19 and 26 MUSIC APPRECIATION COURSE – MARBELLA

Música Con Encanto will be holding an introductory course to music, which will cover topics such as musical styles, composers, the evolution of music, elements of musical language and more. At Les Roches Marbella from 6:30pm to 8pm. The course will continue until December. www.musicaconencanto.org

Wednesday September 20 to Saturday September 23 MINDFULNESS CONGRESS – MARBELLA

The Mindfulness, Compassion and

Sunday September 17 to Saturday September 23

FANTASY FILM FESTIVAL – ESTEPONA

Enjoy the 18th edition of the Fantasy Film Festival Costa del Sol, featuring a host of fantasy films showing at the Felipe VI Auditorium in Estepona. This year, the festival pays home to the Star Wars saga, which celebrates its 40th anniversary. For a full programme of events, www.cinefantasticocostadelsol.com

Psychotherapy Congress will be taking place at Hotel NH Málaga. All profits from the event will go to cancer hospice, CUDECA. Featuring talks on mindfulness and psychotherapy, health, education and organisations by eminent scholars from the University of British Columbia, the University of Bangor and the Harvard Medical School. For further information, www.cudeca.org

Saturday September 23 DOCUMENTARY FILM – MARBELLA

Música con Encanto presents a documentary film by Bruno Monsaingeon. The director follows pianist Piotr Anderszewski on a tour through Poland, Hungary, Germany, London, Paris and Lisbon. The pianist gives his opinions on everyone from Beethoven to Szymanowski (his favourite composers). At 7pm at Iglesia de la Virginia. For further information, www.musicaconencanto.org

Saturday September 24 #BLACK & GOLD CLOSING PARTY – PUERTO BANÚS

Ocean Club will be completing another successful season with the #Black & Gold Closing Party. For further information, www.oceanclub.es

Saturday September 30 ITALIAN FRIENDSHIP DAY – MIJAS

The Mijas Foreigners Department is organizing a Friendship Day with Italy in Mijas on the 30th of September and is offering the opportunity to Italian businesses, artists, musicians, etc. on the Costa del Sol to participate and collaborate with this special event in Mijas. For further information, www.mijas.es

Sunday September 17

RAPHAEL – MARBELLA Raphael is a true icon of Spanish music, famed for his powerful ballads. He will be performing at the Plaza de Toros de Marbella at 9pm. For tickets, www.taquillanet.com

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Monthly Horoscope September 2017

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd) You’ll receive a surprising windfall at the beginning of September. Use this money to upgrade your car, computer or phone. On the 6th, the Full Moon will prompt you to take a break from work and enjoy a romantic interlude. This is a great time to go on a minibreak with your loving partner or post a profile on a dating website. Clashes with a conventional family member will occur at the middle of the month. Instead of seeking this relative’s approval, continue following your instincts. You’ll never see eye to eye with those who can’t see further than the end of their noses. The second half of the month will be perfect for developing a creative project. Someone who admires your work will ask you for a date. This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Resist the temptation to push a friend into an important decision as October approaches. Give your opinion, but know that strong arm tactics will only cause resentment.

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ARIES [21 MAR - 20 APR]

At the beginning of September, you’ll fall under the spell of an attractive newcomer. If you want to win their heart, be sure to stand out from the crowd. Your unique sensibilities and unusual ways will make an instant impression. On the 6th, the Full Moon will cause you to slow down and smell the flowers. This is a great time to visit a retreat and enjoy solitary activities. During the middle of the month, your work responsibilities will change dramatically. It’s possible you’ll be trained to take over an important new role. The New Moon on the 20th will bring your attention to a nagging ache or pain. Go for a medical consultation as soon as possible. Treating this condition in the early stages will bring about a swift recovery. Be accommodating to a conventional friend at the end of the month. Forcing them to adapt to your methods will only make them unhappy.

TAURUS [21 APR - 21 MAY]

A home improvement job will keep your spirits high at the beginning of September. You’ll find all sorts of innovative ways to make your living space more comfortable and efficient. The Full Moon on the 6th will prompt you to attend a gathering or get together, perhaps against the wishes of your romantic partner. It’s important to maintain ties with people who have loved and supported you for years. The sooner your amour understands what an important priority this is, the better. If you’ve been longing to buy a home, a relative could give you the money for a down payment towards the middle of the month. Be sure to express your appreciation. On the 20th, the New Moon will tempt you to take a gamble. Instead of risking your money or emotions, play it safe. Otherwise, you could be heading for a bitter disappointment. A job you never expected to end will do just that as October approaches; be prepared.

GEMINI [22 MAY - 21 JUN]

You’ll get terrific feedback at the start of September. It feels wonderful to be appreciated by your friends and colleagues. The Full Moon on the 6th will bring a career matter to a successful conclusion. You won’t be sure which direction to take after this door closes. Instead of pressuring yourself to take on more responsibility, enjoy your freedom. Your business or romantic partner will express anxiety over your relaxed attitude. Don’t let their panic infect your calm. On the 20th, the New Moon may prompt you to look for another living situation. Explore neighbourhoods that appeal to your desire for community. You’re not suited to live in a place where people rarely meet and pass the time of day. The second half of the month will prompt you to decide whether it’s time to break off an intense relationship. You may decide to opt for freedom over companionship. Your spirits will soar with the approach of November, which seems alive with possibilities.

CANCER [22 JUN - 23 JUL]

You’ll be offered a unique opportunity to take a new creative direction. Your attentive approach will bring out the best in the entire team. On the 6th, the Full Moon will prompt you to break out of a stifling routine and further your education. Take this opportunity to explore the potential of new ideas and technologies. Spending time with family will be rewarding in the middle of September. Don’t be surprised if a relative gives you a generous gift. The New Moon on the 20th may bring some upsetting news about a work situation. Take the precaution of looking for employment elsewhere. Your boss will experience a great deal of pressure towards

the end of September. Stay out of their way and weigh up your own options. Your first loyalty is to yourself and your family. Fortunately, your best friend or romantic partner will give you lots of moral support during this trying time. Lean on them when your courage falters.

LEO [24 JUL - 23 AUG]

You’ll be fairly and squarely in the spotlight at the beginning of September, which is just the way you like it. Accept an opportunity to go on an exciting trip. The Full Moon on the 6th is perfect for a romantic getaway. Enjoy an intimate outing with your amour. Are you single? You could meet someone special at a play, concert or movie. You’ll feel a financial pinch in the middle of the month. This is not a good time to indulge your love of luxury. By the 20th, the New Moon will prompt you to accept an unpleasant job. You won’t be given any creative freedom with this task. Instead of making your own contributions, follow instructions to the letter. You’ll save yourself a great deal of heartache this way. Although your knowledge and skills are superior to your employer, they won’t be appreciated. Don’t feel pressurised into putting your name on this work if it embarrasses you.

LIBRA [24 SEP - 23 OCT]

The start of September finds you forming a powerful alliance. Your partner has tremendous artistic talent; you’ll create some impressive work together. The Full Moon on the 6th will bring a rewarding job assignment. You’ll not only enjoy the project, but appreciate your employer as well. Your warmth and generosity will attract an exciting educational opportunity towards the middle of the month. Taking a challenging course of study will give you the intellectual stimulation you crave. On the 20th, the New Moon will force you to step out of the spotlight. Working behind the scenes will dampen your spirits, but it can’t be helped. Treat this situation as a chance to prove your ability as a team player. As the month draws to a close, you’ll be forced to deal with a loved one’s erratic behaviour. Don’t be afraid to issue an ultimatum. You deserve to be treated with respect. Anyone who thinks you’re a pushover is in for a rude awakening.

SCORPIO [24 OCT - 22 NOV]

You can reach new career heights at the start of September. Thanks to your willingness to pitch in wherever needed, you’ll earn a big promotion. On the 6th, the Full Moon will tempt you to take a relaxing vacation. Heading off to a beautiful location by the sea will renew your zest for life. If you’re single, you’ll meet an attentive admirer on this trip. Are you already in a relationship? You’ll feel like you’re on a second honeymoon with your amour. The middle of the month warns against being too lax with your hard-earned cash. Invest in something that boosts your professional reputation, but stay away from expensive luxury goods. The New Moon on the 20th will mark some upsetting changes to your social circle. A long standing friendship could fall apart at the seams. Instead of clinging to the past, keep your eyes trained on the future. You’ll make a splash on social media as November approaches.

SAGITTARIUS [23 NOV - 21 DEC]

The opening days of September could very well be highly romantic. If you’re not in love already, you soon could be. The Full Moon on the 6th will bring the

end of a job well done. Give yourself a handsome reward for all your hard work. Your expertise will captivate a romantic interest towards the middle of the month, but won’t impress a grumpy relative. On the 20th, the New Moon will bring an unpleasant work assignment and you’ll have no other choice but to accept this job. The position will involve lots of work for very little money. Try to fulfil your duties as quickly as possible so you can move on to better things. The final days of the month will make it difficult to balance your love life with your social life. Friends will demand your undivided attention when you would prefer spending quality time with your amour. Be honest about where your priorities lie.

CAPRICORN [22 DEC - 20 JAN]

Exciting family news will set off a string of celebrations in the early days of September. Petty arguments will be set aside for the sake of fun. On the 6th, you’ll get a chance to catch up on errands that have escaped your attention. Take time out of your busy schedule to fill the pantry, pay bills and catch up on your correspondence. The middle of the month will bring some nice little career successes. Don’t be surprised when you’re awarded a cash bonus or an award. The New Moon on the 20th could signal some legal difficulties. It may be better to ditch a dispute than pursue it in court. Disruptions at home will make it difficult to focus on professional responsibilities. You might want to take a few days off to help a relative into a more stable living situation. Talk to a health specialist; they’ll give you a variety of options.

AQUARIUS [21 JAN - 19 FEB]

An intense flirtation will make the start of September a stimulating time. Whether you’re single or attached, you’ll enjoy this playful give and take. The Full Moon on the 6th will find you looking for ways to market your creative work. Whether you’re selling a book, jewellery or furniture, you can make a nice little profit. Taking a relaxing break will be fun during the middle of the month. If you’re looking for love, you could find it on a sun-drenched island. On the 20th, the New Moon will put some strain on your finances. Some unexpected expenses will force you to dip into savings or go into debt. Resist the temptation to borrow money from friends. You’ll be much better off keeping your commitments on your own. The end of the month will cause you to exchange angry words with someone who has deliberately given you misleading information. Try your best to control your temper.

PISCES [20 FEB - 20 MAR]

An unusual moneymaking opportunity will arrive in the opening days of the month. You’ll enjoy working for an offbeat company. On the 6th, the Full Moon will invite you to pamper yourself. Enjoy a spa treatment, gourmet meal, day away from work, or all three. An influential friend can help you get paperwork through a bureaucratic agency. Don’t hesitate to ask for help and advice towards the middle of September. The New Moon on the 20th could mark the beginning of an uneasy alliance. You won’t be comfortable working with someone who lords their superior knowledge over you. It may be better to go your own way than try making this relationship work. Going solo will put a drain on your resources, but don’t worry, it will all work out for you in the long run. A windfall will arrive in the nick of time as September turns to October. Tighten your belt and keep the faith. Any problems and predicaments will soon sort themselves out. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2017 / 191

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Gaming Inspiration from the 1980s

THE SUPER NES

CLASSIC MINI

The brand new Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic Edition system is here, boasting the look and feel of the 1990s console and a smaller, more practical size. Parents will feel a twinge of nostalgia while playing alongside their children, as they show off their skills in classic games such as Zelda or Super Mario.

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he system, retailing at less than €80, will be officially launched on September 29. It will feature 21 of Super Nintendo’s most classic games, as well as an HDMI cable, USB connector for charging and two wired retro Super NES Classic Controllers, so two players can test their mettle against each other. The Super NES is easy to use; just plug it into any HDMI televison and let the games begin. The system can be purchased on www.game.es and other sites specialising in gaming. The list of games includes: Z SUPER MARIO WORLD: This game centres on Luigi and Mario’s mega quest to save Dragon Land by defeating Bowser. The protagonists have to travel across seven worlds, completing tasks and getting closer to their mission with each passing second. Z SUPER MARIO KART: Players race against competitors in different courses, with the three top players receiving their trophies at an awards ceremony. Z SUPER MARIO RPG: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN STARS: Help Mario and friends eliminate the dangerous Smithy, who has stolen Star Road’s seven star pieces and stopped wishes from coming true. Z YOSHI’S ISLAND: Luigi has been kidnapped; help his baby brother Mario make his way through 48 different levels across six worlds to rescue him and defeat their evil enemy, Kamek. Z SUPER METROID: This sidescrolling action-packed game takes place on the mythical planet of Zebes – a mysterious world where different

zones are connected by doors and lifts. The aim is for the main character (Samus Aran) to find a Metroid stolen by enemy Ridley. Weapons, reserve tanks and maps help the hero reach her goal. Z SUPER PUNCH-OUT: This game is all about knocking your opponent out and eventually becoming WVBA champion! Guard yourself, use the right punches and cause as much damage to those who seek to take the victory belt home. Z CONTRA III: THE ALIEN WARS: This game is set in the 24th century; mankind must defend themselves against an all-out alien invasion, destroying a series of targets as well as their vicious enemies. Z DONKEY KONG COUNTRY: Donkey Kong must recover his prized banana collection from the evil King K. Rool and the Kremlings, who are determined to keep the loot for themselves. Z EARTHBOUND: The hero in this game is Ness: a little boy who

discovers that aliens have totally transformed life as we know it, turning humans, animals and things into violent monsters. Ness and his friends must find a way to defeat their enemy by discovering his greatest weakness. Z FINAL FANTASY III: The earth has become enveloped in darkness, but all is not lost. Four souls are blessed with light and they are determined to banish darkness and bring happiness back to their world. Z F-ZERO: A super fun racing game that involves beating opponents and evading dangerous obstacles such as landmines. Z KIRBY SUPER STAR: Inhale enemies and spit them out, copying their abilities and working alongside helpers to fight your way to the top. Z KIRBY’S DREAM COURSE: In this dreamlike golf game, the winner aims to hit a character called Kirby into the hole, using the right powers and angles to connect with and defeat various enemies.

Z THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST: The player takes on the persona of Link – a courageous fighter who has to save a kingdom, defeat the enemy and rescue maidens, all while facing parallel worlds and learning to fight with otherworldly weapons. Z MEGA MAN X: A virus has caused a powerful group known as the Reploids to turn against humans. X is the hero who must save Earth from the enemy, by foiling a series of diabolical plots. Z SECRET OF MANA: Learn magic and master the elements, casting devious spells to defeat your enemy. Z STAR FOX: Fox McCloud and friends fight Andross, an evil enemy who is threatening to overthrow the star system that they call home. Z STAR FOX 2: This game continues the Star Fox team’s war against Andross, who once again seeks to subjugate the Lylat system. The game features semi-real time gameplay, and introduces us to new Star Fox team members. Z STREET FIGHTER II TURBO: HYPER FIGHTING: Defeat your enemy by learning the techniques and tricks it takes to be a top fighter. Z SUPER CASTLEVANIA IV: Attack your enemies with a whip that moves in eight different directions as you jump and run through various combat zones. Learn to use additional weapons such as daggers and axes. Z SUPER GHOULS ’N GHOSTS: You are Sir Arthur; you must rely on a series of supernatural weapons (including a mysterious bracelet once belonging to a Goddess) to face a golden armoured demon called Sardius. e

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