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THE ESSENTIAL

12 Publisher’s Letter

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18 Comporta, Portugal’s Best-Kept Secret 32 Saving the Med 44 The Amàre Beach Hotel 50 Málaga City Escapade 62 The Marbella Design and Art Marbella Fairs 72 The New McLaren Elva 76 Harley-Davidson 84 Eiza González

GO TO THE TREND 90 What’s On at the Cinema 94 Harlan Coben Series on Netflix 98 50 Years of Glastonbury 104 Music Mix 108 New Book Releases 112 Printed Electronics 116 What’s Cool


GO TO THE STYLE 124 The Magnificence of Villa Jazmin 136 Impressive Interiors by AALTO 144 Décor by Missoni 146 Fashion by Lacoste 156 Öh My Collection

GO TO THE SPA 160 Celebrity Beauty Lines 164 Valmont Skincare 168 Heart Health: Atherosclerosis 172 María Fernández, Life Coach

GO TO THE SOCIAL 180 The Vibe 186 Back to La Tierra 194 Teen Talk: Back to School 196 Animal Love

GO TO THE PRO 200 Vista Lago 206 Ipanema 212 Protec 216 TraceMyFile 220 Swans School’s Ms Anne 224 Enterprise

GO TO THE GOURMET 238 Quique Dacosta 244 Gourmet Bytes 246 Marbella Blush Rosé


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opefully the searing heat of summer will have abated by the time you are viewing this and we can all enjoy the sweet month ahead, starting with this great read. Find out why Comporta in Portugal is reminiscent of Marbella in the early days and join us in an escapade around Málaga’s old town. We report on Marbella Design and Art Marbella, coming to the Palacio de Congresos later this month and on why we all need to start saving the Mediterranean. Glastonbury’s 50th edition may have been postponed this year, but how many of you know that the inaugural festival took place half a century ago on the weekend of 19/20th September? We rev up in the McLaren Elva Sports

Roadster, delve into the history of Harley-Davidson, and preview the new Autumn/Winter collection from Lacoste. Prepare to be impressed by the magnificence of Villa Jazmin in Nueva Andalucía and inspired by the décor artistry of AALTO Exclusive Design. You can also check out hot personalities, Eiza González and Quique Dacosta in these pages. Meanwhile, locally, Jesper Wiberg explains the concept and scope of TraceMyFile, Paul and Marina Arts show us round their permaculture paradise, Back to la Tierra, and Lucas Bricout de Burgos enlightens us on what inspired the newly created Marbella Blush Rosé. STAY SAFE!


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WE HAVE SO MANY FEATURES TO SPARK YOUR IMAGINATION AND INSPIRE YOU TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE – INCLUDING PORTUGAL’S GUARDED SECRET, COMPORTA, SAVING THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA, AND ESCAPING FOR A DAY TO MÁLAGA. WE ALSO HIGHLIGHT THE NEW MCLAREN ELVA AND MEET RISING STAR, EIZA GONZÁLEZ.

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GO TO PAGE 44 THE AMÀRE BEACH HOTEL

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CULTURE HISTORY PEOPLE MOTORING

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18 Comporta, Portugal’s Best-Kept Secret 32 Saving the Med 44 The Amàre Beach Hotel 50 Málaga City Escapade 62 The Marbella Design and Art Marbella Fairs 72 The New McLaren Elva 76 Harley-Davidson 84 Eiza González


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COMPORTA PORTUGAL’S

BEST-KEPT SECRET Most people know of the Algarve, a region of gorgeous sandy beaches and coves backed by golden cliffs, azure waters and a climate and culture not unlike that of the Costa del Sol, but a little further north, not too far from Lisbon, there is a secret natural paradise that lies as yet undiscovered. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY SHUTTERSTOCK AND COMPORTA SIGNATURE

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o you remember the times when Marbella was small, intimate and the private domain of local residents and international jet-set visitors? Probably not, for it was a while ago. Don’t worry, the same loss of virginal authenticity and exclusivity is shared by other beauty spots across the globe, which have long since lost the fight against mass-tourism and largescale development. This makes it all the more exciting to discover an untouched natural paradise, not

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in some distant and exotic land, but close to Europe’s summer playgrounds. The name of this virginal coastline backed by wooded groves and little country villages is Comporta, Portugal’s best-kept secret. Though there is a village at its heart, the name and concept of Comporta encompasses a natural and rural zone of some 150km2. The pristine shoreline is an extension of the equally untouched Alentejo coast, which extends north of


the Algarve for over 100 kilometres, much of it part of a protected national park. This almost vertical northward succession of bays, coves, long sandy beaches and pine forests meets the estuary of the Sado River just beyond the old fishing village of Comporta, a quaint settlement of 1,500 souls surrounded by nature and endless views.

Inland, Comporta encompasses rural scenery

The waterways of the Sado River estuary

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PURE NATURE There are no high-rise buildings here, no hotels or property developments. Comporta is a shabby chic village in an idyllic setting surrounded by the sights and sounds of the ocean, pine forest and dunes. Just to the north, the wetlands of the Sado estuary are also part of a natural reserve. It’s sandbanks and natural water canals glisten in the sunlight, a region rich in wildlife and aquatic birds. From Comporta, a long sand bank of beaches and dunes stretches out to the city of Setubal in the

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The estuary is a nature reserve of ever-changing forms and shades

Classic buggy territory – a pure, natural environment


The nature reserve of the Sado Estuary is rich in bird life

north, touching the point where the estuary meets the Atlantic Ocean. The historic city offers services, sites and famous seafood, but beyond it lies the Costa de Arrabida, a very different but equally beautiful shoreline where cliffs plunge into aquamarine waters. Lisbon is some 45 minutes away, and this is where most of Comporta’s high society visitors have traditionally come from. It has been a secret paradise for a lucky few and therefore protected from mass-development thanks to the fact that

most of the land here belonged to the Espirito Santo family, prominent Portuguese bankers whose Banco Espirito Santo fell onto hard times during the financial crisis. This, in turn, has led to the opening up of Comporta, where zonal planning is however extremely strict. The intention is to allow development, but control it by excluding high-rise structures or clustering of buildings. A few small, ultraexclusive boutique hotels will be permitted, but no major road building or big complexes.

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Comporta is a coastal paradise with a sense of space and seclusion

A HIGH-SOCIETY DESTINATION Instead, only cottage bungalows and villas can be built, with a ratio of land to construction space that ensures each one is surrounded by acres of ground. Gardens can be laid, yet the emphasis is on natural materials and sustainable building, with architectural styles

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that blend in with nature and are in keeping with the setting. The result is a gradually growing collection of low-rise homes enveloped by gardens and pine trees that usually blend modern architecture and a very natural, rustic chic feel. A perfect embodiment of this,


are the contemporary homes being carefully curated by Comporta–Signature. As a result, Comporta is the embodiment of shabby chic, and this extends to the charming eateries, shops and cafés in the nearby village. Not surprisingly, the area has become the new darling of European and international high society, discovered first by Spanish and French visitors and buyers, and now also by discerning people from across Europe and North America

The eco-inspired, natural raw chic style of Comporta Signature

keen to get away from the congestion, crowding, pollution and at times antisocial environment of mass tourist destinations. The names of those who visit and own properties here – Richard Branson, Philippe Starck, and it is rumoured also French, Spanish and American actors, royals and business tycoons – add to the mystery and standing of this coastal area, which not so long ago hadn’t been heard of by most people, let alone seen or visited.

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For many who are drawn to it now, this is exactly how they would like to keep it, for in a world of overdevelopment and spoiled former paradises, Comporta offers a natural utopia with simple, authentic pleasures that is a rarity these days. At one hour from Lisbon’s international airport, it is a gem that is free of heavy flows of traffic, crowded beaches and noisy throngs of tourists, though even so the village can become a little congested at the height of summer. In a process that

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stretches back to the 1950s, the locals must be bemused by all the fuss, but for those not fortunate to grow up in a natural coastal paradise, where pine groves merge into dunes, which bend into beaches, where the ocean and sky open up before you, this is more special than ever. Nature, space, big skies, simple but delicious seafood, a diversity of natural scenery, and the coming together of a gentrified class of visitor give Comporta an air that is hard to find in Europe. For

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Comporta, where sea, wetlands, oak forests and country estates meet

many who remember the halcyon days of summer holidays in iconic spots such as Marbella, Sotogrande, St Tropez and other centres of Mediterranean idyll, it represents a precious opportunity to rekindle memories of a more natural, gentle and innocent existence. e

Old traditions remain in this authentic corner of Portugal


CABANA CHIC BY COMPORTA SIGNATURE THE ESSENCE OF COMPORTA STYLE DISTILLING THE ‘RAW-CHIC’ SPIRIT BETWEEN MARBELLA AND COMPORTA

The story of a unique blend of cultures: a fusion between Marbella’s long established sophistication and Comporta’s ‘back-to-nature in style’ DNA.

IT’S ALL ABOUT RAW-CHIC! LIVIA CIOARA’S ETHOS: A deliberate focus on the essentials: earthy, ethnic, tactile and hygge. design@liviacioara.life

Livia’s Unique Finds “An exercise that starts from brainstorming at the preliminary architectural project, and ends with the coffee spoons “ explains Livia.

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WHEN OPULENT MINIMALISTIC MARBELLA MEETS COMPORTA’S NATURAL SPLENDOUR.

SPACE, LIGHT, NATURE, AND ROUGH TEXTURES COMBINED, BUT WITH A WARM CONTEMPORARY TOUCH This is the favourite playground of COMPORTA SIGNATURE “ARTISAN DEVELOPERS”, specialising in green-friendly houses.

QUINTA REFRESH: THE TRADITIONAL ‘QUINTA’ OF COMPORTA’S GENTLEMEN FARMERS, RE-INVENTED WITH A MINIMALISTIC TOUCH BY LIVIA CIOARA. Richard Branson, Madonna, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ex-French President Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni, Christian Louboutin and Philippe Starck are all discreet “Comportaddicts”. While Amancio Ortega (Zara) proudly announces the development of his planned GUCCI green-friendly resort on 200 hectares of unspoiled beaches.

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Livia’s Vision “I intend to integrate into my Marbella projects that sensation of untouched natural and timeless sanctuary which impacted and inspired me when I first discovered Comporta’”

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QUINTA REFRESH Livia’s Best Kept Secrets in Comporta GOMES : the century old village grocery shop where the traditional local almond cake is next to the best Dom Pérignon rosé vintages and the spectacular cheese display. A ESCOLA : between Comporta and the Highway to Lisbon, an old primary school converted into a ‘roots’ family restaurant providing delicious robust local gastronomy at old time prices. COMPORTA CAFÉ : the best sunset food experience. RICE : the Marta Mantero concept store remains a must in shabby-chic styling. SUBLIME : the pioneer of five star country chic accommodation and undoubtedly the best ambassador for Comporta. WALKING ON THE BEACH : anywhere, anytime, preferably alone. A unique experience for regenerating good vibes.

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SAVING

THE MED

The sea on our doorstep makes up a minnow-sized 1% of the world’s oceans but it’s a big fish in the blue economy, netting 20% of the fiscal catch. But the Med is in deep trouble. A ‘blue goldrush’ of commercial exploitation over decades and six months of coronavirus have created a perfect storm, wreaking havoc on its natural assets and setting the marine economies of 22 surrounding countries on a course for the rocks. In a global SOS to mark World Ocean Day this summer, the World Wildlife Fund unveiled the blueprint for a ‘Blue Recovery’ – one that could deliver healthier ecosystems and economies IF we can increase Marine Protected Areas to 30% by 2030. The Med’s not even a third of the way yet and the clock is ticking. Belinda Beckett reports.

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MARINE MIRACLES A short RIB ride from the packed summer beaches of L’Estartit, seven rocky islets rise up above a scuba paradise that has transformed the blue economy of villages along the Costa Brava. Divers and underwater film makers seek out the Illes Medes for their cavedwelling giant grouper. Thanks to a 75-metre cordon of protection thrown around the islands since 1983, which allows limited, well-regulated tourism, biodiversity has returned. This tiny marine miracle is one of 1,200 Marine Protected Areas in the Med. Managed by the countries in whose territorial waters they fall, they offer six levels of protection. They can be

entirely no-fish zones or they can be multi-use, helping to protect ecosystems while supporting local marine industries. The Pelagos Sanctuary allows commercial ships to pass through providing they’re fitted with a system to share sightings of marine mammals so that other vessels can plot routes to avoid them. Running the coasts of Italy, Monaco and France, Pelagos is half the size of all the Med’s MPAs put together. Despite a commitment to protect 10% of their waters by 2020, most countries have ‘blatantly underperformed’, says the WWF. The majority of MPAs still only exist on paper, leaving just 1.27% of waters fully protected – fathoms

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THE BLUE GOLD RUSH

The Med trawls in €396 billion a year, counting coastal tourism – equal to half the EU’s post-Covid Recovery Fun. But with too many marine enterprises panning for gold in the same pond, its bounty will run dry without a change of mindset. Belinda Beckett checks out the prospects.

Boat floating in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea

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from the 30% by 2030 needed for a sustainable restart. In contrast, offshore oil and gas exploration contracts will commandeer 40% by 2025. Over the last 50 years, the Mediterranean has lost one third of its fish and sea grass meadows, 40% of its marine mammals and all but 400 of its monk seals, considered pests by fishermen as they tear nets and steal catches. Its temperature is warming 20% faster than the rest of the planet and the amount of plastic we dump into it annually is equivalent to tossing 33,800 plastic bottles overboard every minute. “The slowdown in maritime activities since the pandemic has confirmed that if we ease the pressure on the natural environment, fish stocks and marine habitats may rebuild quickly enough to sustain our socio-economic relaunch,” says Giuseppe Di Carlo, Director of the WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative. “We need courageous changes if we want to give our young generations the chance to live and work in the Mediterranean of the future.”


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CRUISE BLUES The Med is the world’s second favourite cruise destination after the Caribbean. Think 30 million cruise passengers a year flushing waste and producing four kilos of rubbish a day each – not always ecologically disposed of. In a Friends of the Earth Survey only Disney Cruise Lines scored an overall ‘A’ for sewage treatment, water quality, air pollution reduction and transparency. Ships’ anchors tear up sea beds, their propellers scythe through marine mammal populations and their passengers descend in hoards on one place for a few hours like a plague of locusts. Mega cruise ships were still docking in

Venice this year, despite calls to ban them. Covid has sunk this year’s cruise market but specific routes, anchorage zones and tourist limits in sensitive areas is the way forward when the tide turns. MERCHANT MARAUDERS Over 15% of global shipping passes through the Med and traffic is forecast to swell by 4% a year over the next decade, along with a corresponding increase in oil, chemical and noise pollution. Oil spills since 1977 would fill the hold of one supertanker and container ships are getting bigger. HMS Algeciras, named after the world’s largest cargo

A giant cruise ship looms over Venice

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detect threats. Cleaner technology and the rerouting of merchant ships away from frail marine ecosystems are key to the Blue Recovery.

port just down the coast, is a 400-metre monster – 80 metres longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall. More whales and dolphins die from ship strikes than any other threat, while underwater noise is impairing their ability to hear, communicate and

YACHTIE PROBLEMS The number of people with car stickers saying ‘my other ride is a yacht’ is growing, and they’re dropping anchor just about anywhere, wreaking havoc on Poseidon grass meadows. These vital fish nurseries which double as carbon sinks are disappearing at a rate of knots. Off some coasts during the tourist season, an average five boats per hectare share an area of water the size

of a rugby field. Marinas are multiplying along fragile coastlines due to continued demand for berths. The Med boasts 940, half of them in Italy, Spain and France. Although most motor yachts are under 7.5m, many are still fitted with high-emission twostroke engines. But more than 50% of the world’s superyachts also spend eight out of 12 months of the year in the Med, putting additional stress on ecosystems from habitat destruction and pollution. Billionaire Roman Abramovich’s yacht Eclipse is a whopping 162.5m, bow to stern.

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FURTIVE FISHING Around nine million Europeans are licensed to fish for pleasure. Many more cast their lines under the radar. But the real can of worms is not so much the number of recreational anglers as where and what they fish. Vulnerable species poached from MPAs account for half their catch. Threatened grouper, scorpion fish and bluefin tuna are highly prized and 53% of Mediterranean shark species are on the brink of extinction. The use of exotic species as bait, along with lost lines and hooks, pose other threats to marine fauna. Cabo de Gata Nijar in Almeria is a shining example of good MPA management. Recreational fishers are required to report captures via a mobile app, along with where and when they were made.

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Traditional family fisheries are failing © Mathieu Foulquie

Spain’s Illes Medes, famous for the cave-dwelling giant grouper

ILL WIND Offshore wind farms already populate the North, Irish and Baltic seas and these floating windmills are on their way to the Med. Italy was due to get its first this year and pilot farms are due to launch off France and Greece. Offshore wind power is a promising renewable for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But like landbased wind farms, bird strikes and habitat loss are hazards. One turbine’s footprint on the seafloor can extend over 2,000m2 and its blades kill an average eight seabirds a year. In the Baltic Sea the death toll is already counted in hundreds.


Merchant shipping is a threat to marine life © Sylvain Cordier/ Biosphoto

ILL WIND Offshore wind farms already populate the North, Irish and Baltic seas and these floating windmills are on their way to the Med. Italy was due to get its first this year and pilot farms are due to launch off France and Greece. Offshore wind power is a promising renewable for reducing

greenhouse gas emissions. But like land-based wind farms, bird strikes and habitat loss are hazards. One turbine’s footprint on the seafloor can extend over 2,000m2 and its blades kill an average eight seabirds a year. In the Baltic Sea the death toll is already counted in hundreds.

Offshore wind farms are the next big thing

ENDANGERED SPECIES They’re the small fry of the ocean but family fisheries make up 80% of the 60,000-strong Mediterranean fleet. Fishing is woven into the soul of the region, providing a livelihood for families over generations. However decades of overfishing has put 80% of stocks on the overexploited list and 10,000 small scale fisheries have hauled in their nets for good in the last decade. By-catch caught in their nets also puts vulnerable species at risk, particularly sharks, rays, skate and turtles, while birds, dolphins and whales become entangled in longlines floating on the surface and drown. The good news is that fish revenues come in two to four times higher when there’s a Marine Protected Area nearby, regenerating habitat and allowing stocks to recover – a lifeline for endangered fisheries.

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Fish farms are proliferating

AQUACULTURE INVASION Half of the Mediterranean seafood we eat comes from fish farms and more is on the way. If you’re looking for wild-caught lubina or dorada, dream on! Aquaculture is an excellent idea for the most over-fished sea on the planet but it has its downsides: pollution, disease, seafloor damage, the spread of alien species and competition for clean, shallow water with MPAs. Shellfish farming in Catalunya’s Ebro Delta has

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introduced the invasive zebra mussel to this important wetland. Spain is one of the Med’s big four fish farming nations – numero uno for mussels and bluefin tuna. But a commercial shift up the food chain from herbivores like grey mullet to predatory species like sea bass and gilt-head bream is aquaculture’s biggest negative. These fish eat other fish and the wild stocks used for fish meal are already at their sustainable limit.


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ROLLING IN THE DEEP More people have flown into space than explored the deep ocean. Belinda Beckett dives into its multi-layered ecosystems to discover its darkest mysteries.

THE TWILIGHT ZONE DEPTH: 200M-1KM The deep ocean starts here, in murky depths that have inspired countless scifi thrillers. Sunlight and colours start to fade and fish grow huge bug eyes to see their way. Others use bioluminescence to make their own light, flashing it on and off like a torch to confuse predators, attract prey and lure potential mates. Plankton blooms turn the sea into an eery light show of bioluminescent blues and greens.

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THE MIDNIGHT ZONE DEPTH: 1-4KM Too dark for plants to photosynthesise, marine creatures have to compensate for food shortages. They move more slowly to conserve energy and adopt transparent, red or black colours which act like a cloak of invisibility in the darkness. Disguised from predators, they can grow to enormous size – two metre giant squid and shrimp the size of a human hand. Many thrive around hydrothermal vents, converting the mineral magma erupting from the sea floor into energy through their skin. Although the temperature is close to freezing down here, these undersea hot springs can raise it to a scalding 400C.

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THE ABYSSAL ZONE DEPTH: 4-6KM Only the hardiest creatures can be found at these crushing depths, where the water pressure is equal to the weight of 48 jumbo jets. Life at this level can survive because it’s made of jelly and cartilage rather than brittle bone, and lacks air sacs that can be crushed. The flexibility also helps with digesting larger prey. Not that there’s much to eat down here except for marine snow, the detritus from dead fish and decaying plants that drift down to the seafloor like manna from heaven.


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Don’t be deceived by the mushroom coral’s flower-like tentacles. They are mouths covered with poisonous stinging cells and this Twilight Zone dweller can make short work of a jellyfish.

THE MARIANA TRENCH DEPTH: 11 KM You’ve reached rock bottom. This vast underwater valley in the Pacific off Japan is two kilometres deeper than Mount Everest is tall. Found in the deepest Hadal Zone, only a handful of humans have ever seen it, among them Titanic film director James Cameron who took part in one of only four manned descents in 2012. Regrettably, even at these depths, the last man down found plastic and sweet wrappers, while traces of carbon from nuclear bomb testing have been detected in the few invertebrates that can survive here. e

This spiny sea toad inhabits the Midnight Zone and it’s no amphibian. A relative of the deep-sea angler fish and just as ugly, it can swim upright, walk along the seabed on its fins or freeze to catch its dinner. Resembling the Hogwarts Sorting Hat in Harry Potter, Psychropotes is a species of sea cucumber found in the deepest oceans. This slithering bottom feeder has a sail-like appendage used for swimming during its larval stage which flops over in adulthood like a witch’s hat.

The Casper octopus is a dead ringer for the cute cartoon ghost. Discovered in the Abyssal Zone in 2012, the life cycle of the female will spook you. She wraps her tentacles tenderly around her eggs until they hatch, which can take several years, slowly starving to death

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AMÀRE BEACH HOTEL IBIZA ENTICES IN THE SUMMER WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE AMÀRE BEACH HOTEL IBIZA/FUERTE GROUP

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Ibiza is one of Spain’s most revered party destinations in the summer, but it is also a beautiful spot to visit all-year-round, with beaches like Cala Jondal, Cala D’Hort and Ses Salines attracting celebrities and everyday beach lovers alike, year after year. The Amàre Hotel in Marbella now has a sister hotel in this famed oasis: the Amàre Beach Hotel Ibiza, run by the renowned Fuerte Group of hotels. Amàre is an adults-only brand, making it a great choice for those after a child-free holiday in a frontline beach location.

A GREAT START TO YOUR Marbella and Ibiza HOLIDAY are pretty similar. The Amàre Beach Hotel Ibiza is home to 366 rooms, over 80 per cent of which have a sea view. Oliver Cramer, Director of Operations of Amàre Hotels, notes that the launch was a breeze after having experienced similar challenges in Marbella: “The implementation of our standards was easier than we think. On the one hand,

Moreover, some of the group’s most experienced managers moved to Ibiza to share their expertise and make the transition easier.”

SOMETHING SPECIAL

The Amàre brand is known for a wealth of details that make a stay special. These include special natureinspired fragrances

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in common areas and rooms, music to suit areas where people congregate, and happy, neutral, Mediterranean colours in the interiors. All these ingredients inspire relaxation and the kind of mood that spells the start of a great holiday.

barman Diego Cabrero (whose Madrid establishment was named one of the World’s 50 Best Bars). At this hotel, you can sample his fare at Belvue – the rooftop bar, which is the perfect spot from which to take in the mysterious beauty of the Ibicenco sunset.

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As is the case with her Marbella sister, Amàre Ibiza has a strong gastronomic appeal. Michelin-starred Chef Mauricio Giovanini (of Messina fame) has opened Restaurante Hayaca on the Hotel’s rooftop. There, guests will tuck into fantastic Latin fusion cuisine. No beachside holiday is complete without a cocktail in hand and you won’t be disappointed by the impressive list of drinks created by 46 / SEPTEMBER 2020 WWW.ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

The Amàre Ibiza is meant to be as social or as private as you wish it to be. The Amàre Club is divided into three zones: Amàre Lounge, Amàre Pool, and Amàre Beach. Here, you can de-stress, suntan on a comfy sunbed, or enjoy a swim in the swimming pools or by the beach. The rooftop area has an elegant infinity pool. In these spaces, guests will enjoy live performances, including some by renowned DJs.


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The Amàre has a big health focus, with many options for those seeking to take greater care of their physical and mental wellbeing. The Mare Nostrum restaurant contains a wealth of topquality local produce. Before enjoying an energising meal, however, why not head to Amàre Fitness by Technogym, which is open 24/7 and boasts cutting-edge equipment? You can also avail of the Wellness by Germaine de Capuccini service and take part in activities such as yoga, bike rides, jet skis, and diving. The Hotel is located in a privileged spot in Cala de Bou and it has a small pier from which you can sail via boat to other parts of the island. If you are on a romantic vacation there is plenty of reason to stay indoors, of course; rooms have appealing names like Oh là là, Dolce Vita, Keep the Secret and Make it Happen, which pretty much sum up the appeal of this luxury island escape. i www.amarehotels.com @ESSENTIALMARBELLAMAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2020 / 47


IGCSE RESULTS 2020 Congratulations to our wonderful Year 11 students for their amazing (I)GCSE results. They achieved an outstanding 97% A**- C, with 50% of grades being A**- A grade. They are an excellent group of students and the ones pictured here will all be pushing for 40 points or above at IB as they continue their studies in Swans School with the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

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12 A** - As Mencía Castaño García Valdecasas

12 A** - As Nabil Aldihni García

11 A** - As Lorena Peral Sánchez

11 A** - As Severino Cristiano Bonvini

10 A** - As Lucía Solé Bravo

10 A** - As Roni Masri

10 A** - As Mia Anne Rose Gale

10 A** - As Axel Roman

They already have designs on attending top universities and we have high hopes that this will be our best ever cohort going forward. Not only are they talented academically, but they are incredibly active in all aspects of school life, serving as a great example to younger students. NB: AQA and Edexcel grades of 7-9 have been converted to grades of A-A*

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Our Head Girl, María Moro Bermudo, has been accepted by the University of Cambridge to study Human, Social and Political Sciences.

IB RESULTS 2020

45 points Bárbara Láinez Millán

44 points Alexia Collot d’Escury Ariza

44 points Michelle Zheleznyakova

It is with great pride that we announce that Bárbara Láinez Millán has been awarded 45 points for the International Baccalaureate. Her “full marks” score is a feat managed by only 0.5% of all students worldwide. She will now go on to study Medicine at the University of Glasgow, while our second highest achieving student, Alexia Collot d’Escury Ariza has been awarded a scholarship to study Law at IE University in Madrid. In total, 10 students achieved a brilliant 40 points and above this year, putting them in the top 9.5% of students in the world. They now go on to study at some of the world’s best universities, including:

43 points Casilda Dopico Murga

41 points Aaron Gäbriel Yvel

41 points Javier Parras Rodríguez

41 points Inés Illes Mejias

41 points Esmee White

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Plaza de la Merced when the Jacaranda trees are in bloom

THE NOT SO KNOWN CORNERS OF THIS WEEK’S ESCAPADE

OLD TOWN MÁLAGA There is nothing as exciting as an escapade – a spontaneous trip to a place of one’s desire. Whether visiting for the first time, or wanting to see a place again with fresh eyes, an escapade, like a good laugh, must surely prolong our life. Defined as an act involving excitement, daring or adventure, the concept in itself is so tempting, that I don’t understand why people don’t do it more often. WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY KARETHE LINAAE

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his year, my husband and I decided to get ‘serious’ about our escapades. We agreed to put aside one day a week for unplanned adventures (not that we really need to get away from our life in Ronda). Friday is our chosen day to run away. We hit the road first thing, travelling by car, bus, train, or on foot, whatever we choose. Any location within a couple of hours' range is on our radar, and might be added to our ever-growing list of potential run-away destinations. It feels a bit naughty or even illicit, taking off for the sole purpose of our own enjoyment. And I have to admit it. I look forward to our Friday outings like a child looks forward to a birthday party. There are always unknown surprises when

escaping, especially if one goes without too many set plans or preconceived expectations. WHY MÁLAGA? This Friday, we decided to explore some hidden alleys and forgotten corners of the old quarter of Málaga. Though we have been in the city plenty of times, it is still one of our favourite urban jaunts. Often ignored by tourists in favour of the smaller beach towns on the Costa del Sol, Málaga is well worth a day of explorative free-style strolling. Plus, being the museum capital of the Spanish south, there are always fabulous art exhibits with a wide selection of works and styles.

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However, this time around, we intend to stay off the beaten track. After all, we are here as escapees, about to enjoy the city’s vicarious pleasures of yet to be known kinds. For us who live in a quintessential big mountain village, an occasional city spree is a healthy diversion. Málaga isn’t the metropolitan centre of the universe, but with near 600,000 people, it offers us a much-needed urban fix. The city is just the right size to get lost in and to find one’s way again. It has pretty much the right amount of pollution, city dust, shopping variety, ethnic diversity and population density to tempt us by its urban splendour, while reminding us how lucky we are not to partake in its daily traffic jams. Málaga is only 1.5 hours drive from Ronda, but we decide to leave the car and take a bus instead. Using public transport adds an

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additional dimension of freedom to our escape, allowing us to enjoy the journey without thoughts of speed traps or parking fines. Getting chauffeured to our destination, and for a modest fee at that, we can be as reckless as we want to, neither of us being the designated driver. Should we loiter about the streets too long, we can always grab a later bus, jump on a train, or find a place to spend the night. Or maybe we just travel on? One doesn’t want to limit one's options too much, does one, or it would not be a true escapade? BLOOMS ABOUND After having a shamefully cheap breakfast in a place that boasts about serving eight types of café con leche, all in the same type of glass with varying degrees of milk and espresso, we are ready to roll. Our first stop is a completely unassuming park,


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which meanders along one of the main traffic arteries leading into the downtown area. One is guaranteed never to meet tourists here, as who, other than I, will insist on walking blocks on end just to see trees. But, it is worth taking this quick detour, as these particular trees are a sight to behold. While they have trunks covered in cone-shaped lethal spikes, their crown is a delicate filigree of pink blooms. Málaga’s flora is something that always impresses me, being so

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very different from what one will find merely an hour inland. Wherever you go, there are planters with crimson hibiscus flowers. Even the smallest balconies seem to manage to squeeze in half a dozen pots of geraniums or a trailing bougainvillaea, and the city’s avenues are lined with rows of tall, slender palms. One of my favourite squares here is Plaza de la Merced. You might have passed it on your way to visit the house where Picasso was born,

another of the town’s many museums. The neighbourhood is admittedly becoming a bit worn around the edges. The garbage is not emptied as often as it could be and the spray paint artists work faster than the town’s anti-graffiti squad. However, this raunchiness cannot outweigh the almost childlike joy I feel standing in the middle of the square when the jacaranda trees are in bloom and the plaza becomes awash with purple flowers.

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Málaga market, looking towards the old town

POPSICLE COLOURED WALLS Speaking as a designer, the colours of Málaga are one of the city’s true inspirations. Whereas Ronda is one of Andalucía’s Pueblos Blancos or White Villages and therefore stays within a safe all-white colourtheme, Málaga’s architecture is a lively contrast. The beautiful lowrise edifices in the old town can have the most surprising colour combinations. While most remain within the family of warm earth tones, other buildings may combine bold egg yolk yellow with bright Malagueño wine

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emerald green or bright pink. I stop and admire one of these 19-century classics with semicurved walls. This one is facing a smaller plaza. It has six stories of flats, each with a French balcony embellished by art nouveau ironwork. The walls are sand dune coloured, with cool khaki green detailing and cream bisque shutters. It is a combination I would have never thought up. Seen apart, they could almost appear clashing, yet when combined, they look nothing short of spectacular, particularly when augmented by the soft rays of a late afternoon sun. I walk on in awe, admiring the playful palettes of aubergine, champagne and over-ripe nectarine. Almost enough to make you hungry… Málaga market


TENTENPIÉ There is never a wrong time to stop for a tentenpíe, which is the Spanish slang for an appetiser or titbit to hold one off until the next real meal. Often, we stop in Málaga’s lovely old public market for this purpose, but this time we want to escape the line-ups. Possibly the best place to enjoy a drink and a couple of appies is in one of the city’s historical almacenes (warehouses). Nowadays, these traditional food

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vendors are more like a bar combined with a traditional deli. Their escaparates or shop windows, like the shelves inside, are filled with a tempting array of local wines, cheeses, meats, canned seafood, and other malagueñas specialties. It is no better place to meet the locals while getting a taste of real Málaga. We decide to plop ourselves down outside one of the almacenes, enjoying a break, while sipping a frosty glass of local Fino and some wedges of to-diefor oveja (sheep milk) cheese. Hoards of tourists will come home from their Spanish holiday with an abanico (fan) that hardly opens, castanets that will never be used, or an imitation flamenco apron Made in PRC, but how many will drop by one of these delightfully authentic delis and buy some smoked, ground Spanish red pepper to bring home instead?

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RIBBONS, BOWLERS AND CHOKERS In between the dime a dozen chain stores selling cheap shoes and cell phone covers, Málaga still has a few of its traditional family run shops. Some are hidden away in secret alleys, while others can be found squeezed between Italian lingerie emporiums and international frozen yoghurt outlets. Most have discretely faded signs and a dusty window display. But this is where you really can do some authentic shopping. Forget about the Chinese dollarstores that have everything – all poorly made. These stores are the mom and pop kind with over-thecounter service, specialising in one type of item. Their goods are of decent quality and might even be Hecho en España (Made in Spain).  One of my favourite examples of these is the traditional Spanish Mercería or Haberdashery. Here, the local housewives will line up to buy 20cm of three different kinds of ribbon. The process of purchase is painstakingly slow since everything has to be brought out from the back room, but it is ever so interesting to observe the tassel-purchasing process from a socio-anthropological point of view.  Next are the traditional ferreterías (hardware stores). To be sure that

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Manila shawl detail,

your chosen location is an authentic one, the wall behind the counter needs to be lined with small drawers. These might contain everything from doorknobs and powdered chemicals, to curious looking rodent-traps and poisons outlawed in 1965. Equally interesting are the old stores that sell church supplies and religious paraphernalia. This is where you go if, like me, you are tempted to buy one of those silver incense burners suspended from chains that they whiff about during Catholic mass.  As for my husband, he loves the small shops that remind him of visiting his family in Bilbao as a boy. We are talking way back in the last millennium, when Franco was the autocratic ruler. First, there are the little-old-lady owned perfume shops that sell weird brands of splash-on colognes that nobody uses anymore.

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Then, there are the traditional linen stores, looking as far from Zara Home as you can imagine. These will usually have a crowded window display with piles of hideous synthetic blankets, practical polysomething tablecloths and a selection of could be handmade doilies and baby bibs. Though we have never bought anything in the latter type of store, they are always cool to peak into. The prices are also a hoot, as I once noted childrens' cotton undershirts for €1,70 and baby shoes for

a whooping €2,30. Like most large Spanish cities, Málaga also has a couple of the traditional hat stores, where they will still measure your head and display hats on wooden cranium-shaped domes. The owners of these businesses tend to be far beyond retirement age, so it is wise not to wait too long to visit these premises, or they might have closed down. Here is where you will find a Fedora, a genuine Panama hat, or (not by the store owner’s intention) brand new, yet now vintage hats for any festive occasion.

I also enjoy visiting a Flamenco store. I am not speaking about the souvenir shops that sell poor ruffled imitation dresses. This is the real thing, where they design and sew the colourful flamenco gowns from scratch and where you can find a genuine Manton or Manila shawl for several hundred euros. I love their ever so stylish Flamenco leather shoes, though I cannot for the life of me dance the Sevillana. But their outrageously huge loped Flamenco earrings are another matter...

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REFUELLING Being quite shopped out, though we hardly have bought anything, it is time for some grub, of which Málaga has got aplenty. The old town is usually crawling with tourists, but you can still find decent restaurants with mostly local clientele, merely a couple of blocks off the main drag. Wherever you go, it is advisable to avoid places that hand you a voucher as you pass by, as well as those who offer a €10 daily plasticised menu written in seven languages with pictures of their sad excuse for a paella and

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canned rabo de toro. Though we usually go for ethnic food when in the big city, this time we decide on a new organic place. Located on a corner in a residential street, we appear to be the only out-oftowners. I am certainly the only non-Latina. From our street-side table, we are able to do some quality people watching, as the real malagueños – fashionable, traditional, risqué or retro punk – go about their daily lives. Business people bike back from work (some female lawyers with

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8 cm heels), parents pick up the kids from preschool, workers deliver cases of wine and neighbours chat from one window to the next. During another escapade here, we got to watch aspiring ‘actors’ and ‘actresses’ enter the casting session for what appeared to be a not completely legit adult movie. This time around, we are just as lucky, catching a band practice in a building across the street. Though we do not see the musicians, we get a free Spanish guitar concert, and this, just a handful blocks from Calle Larios, Málaga’s busiest walking mall.

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Restaurant in old town Málaga

LOOK UP, LOOK DOWN I should mention that this very same pedestrian-only avenue, which crosses the Casco Histórico, has the most beautiful rust coloured marble paving (for those who manage to tear their eyes away from the wallto-wall shopping bonanza). Each piece of marble is so remarkable that I would take any of them home and put it as art on the wall. The stone looks particularly stunning when it has been recently polished, around Semana Santa and before Christmas. They also look great after a downpour, though water makes the stone lethally slippery, so consider yourself forewarned. Actually, this is yet another great thing about escaping to a place where we usually do not trot daily. We tend to look up more, or down as in the case of the pavement. At home, walking the same old streets, I often forget to see what really surrounds us. During an escapade, on the other hand, my head continually swivels, enjoying both horizontal and vertical splendours. Escaping

allows one to see life from a slightly different angle, inspiring one to observe and sense more intensely, even as one returns to familiar surroundings. The evening has come upon us. Though there is still much urban exploring to be done, such as enjoying the sunset from Málaga’s Cathedral roof or watching a foreign movie in its original language. But we feel more than content. Filled with new sights, sounds and tastes, we wander back to the bus station, where the same driver chauffeurs us home. As I watch the beautiful sculptural landscape of Andalucía flying by, I know that we will escape again a Friday or two from now. But where we will go is yet to be decided. g About the writer: Karethe Linaae is a Norwegian writer and author living in Ronda, Andalucía. Her book, Casita 26 – Searching for a Slice of Andalusian Paradise was published in the USA in 2019. For more information, please go to snobb.net

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MARBELLA DESIGN AND ART MARBELLA FILL OUR WORLD WITH DESIGN AND ARTISTRY

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If art and design are two of life’s great passions for you, then pencil in two upcoming fairs: Marbella Design and Art Marbella, to be held simultaneously at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos from September 24 to October 3. These are, hands down, Marbella’s two most prestigious art and design events, though in the past, each was held on a different date. It makes sense to hold both simultaneously, however, since art is such an integral part of interior design in highend homes.

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THE THIRD EDITION OF MARBELLA DESIGN BETTER THAN EVER This is the third year that art collector and entrepreneur, Alejandro Zaia, will be bringing Marbella Design to our shores. If you have attended past events, then you know they are ‘the bomb’ in terms of the talent they bring (past attendees include high flyers from the design, advertising, and tourism sectors – including Architect, Teresa Sapey; Mini designer Frank Stephenson, and advertising whiz kid, Borja Borrero). Of course, the visual splendor of the art and design on view is worthy of a visit in itself. The common thread that runs through both fairs is the ‘design for life’ concept – the idea that great design enhances life and, in some cases, it can actually last a lifetime (thereby supporting the idea of sustainability).

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Zaia tells me that despite the current health crisis, “this year will have a larger number of participants than last year. Around 150 brands and interior designers have confirmed their attendance, which represents a 35 per cent increase in attendance.” Indeed, the construction industry has continued its activity during the crisis, making the demand for design and art as strong as ever. “We have worked alongside the Palacio de Ferias to ensure that all safety and preventive measures recommended by the government are followed to the letter.”

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Marbella Design has always had various facets to it and it will continue in a similar style this year. Each exhibitor will have dedicated spaces with a height of over three metres. This will allow them to display their respective concepts and show off cutting edge materials, new efforts in the area of sustainable design, and a plethora of wall and floor designs. Last year, for instance, some of the most talkedabout spaces included the bathroom by Erico Navazo for Villeroy & Boch (featuring nature-inspired wall prints and backdrops, a standing bath, and gorgeous relaxation spaces)

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and the luxury suite by Adriana Nicolau for Grohe (with its amazing Aqua Symphony shower, which allows homeowners to ‘play’ with a wide array of lights and music and control the flow and temperature of water with the minimalist ‘push and turn’ buttons). This year promises to be just as cool, with the list of confirmed designers including JUNG, Sara Folch, and Marisa Gallo.


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Interior designer, Erico Navazo

NEW AESTHETICS AND MEDITERRANEAN INSPIRATION The ‘pavilion route’ will boast a new aesthetic this year, designed by Alfonso Castellón. Zaia explains, “This route will comprise both Marbella Design and Art Marbella, which will be joined in harmonious fashion.” This year’s main sponsor and partner, FINSA, will provide materials and biocide-containing boards, as well as sustainable materials with certifications from organisations the calibre of Cradle to Cradle

Work by Susana Urbano in collaboration with Hager

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(which requires products to be designed in such a way that all materials are either biodegradable or recyclable/ reusable). CastellĂłn found his inspiration in the Mediterranean and in the unique spirit and ambience created in Marbella by artists and intellectuals in the 1960s.

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special space at the fair. Here, viewers will find new advances in technology for hotels (including domotics). Currently, smart tech is aiding hotels rise to the challenge of rebuilding the industry, with developments in a wide range of areas – including smart energy management, predictive maintenance, and intelligent visitor experiences (featuring personalised services and suggestions for guests).


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The fair will have a central space comprising some 200m2. It will also have a spacious outdoor terrace measuring 150m2, as well as an exclusive area decided by Art Director Susana Urbano. Here, the very latest in materials for the interior design of leisure yachts will be on display.

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A SIXTH YEAR OF ARTISTRY

This year marks the sixth that Art Marbella will be bringing works from prestigious galleries from far and wide to the Coast. The event, whose official lifestyle partner is Quintessentially, will feature VIP programmes for discerning guests. The latter will include private guided tours to cultural hotspots in Málaga (including the Museo Picasso and the Centre Pompidou) and exclusive dinners with art collectors. If you have been to former Art Marbella fairs, then you know that big sales are made here, since

back to CONTENTS the art featured is highend. Zaia tells me that in the past, works have been sold at €1 million, though you will also find more reasonably priced pieces. Past editions have seen some of the world’s most prestigious galleries from Brazil, the U.S., Mexico, Switzerland, Austria and more, take part in the event. Its popularity is owing to the success of entrepreneurs like Alejandro Zaia, who are keen to turn Marbella into a hub of art and design. Zaia has founded and directed numerous fairs in his

illustrious career, including PINTA London and New York. He was awarded a prize by the Observatorio D’Achtall in recognition for his support of culture and the arts. Without a doubt, it is precisely in challenging times that art and design can do things that few other mediums can – above all, inspire us to reach for higher ground and to continue to push our creative limits. Life without beauty is just survival. i Marbelladesignfair.com marbellafair.com

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MCLAREN ELVA SPORTS ROADSTER One thing’s for sure about the upcoming McLaren Elva. It won’t be your first choice to take your partner and the family dog on a road trip. It’s unashamedly a two-seater roadster offering pure driving fun and excitement by the bushel but little else by way of creature comforts. Don’t even ask about any kind of roof. There’s no windscreen whatever and cargo space amounts to almost nothing, though there is space under a rear tonneau for two helmets. Despite the restrictions of an open cockpit car, your 2-million euros will get you a motoring experience like no other. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MCLAREN

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he Elva name goes back to a British sports car manufacturer of the 1950s and 1960s whose cars were once modified for racing by the great Bruce McLaren. It’s an interesting nod towards nostalgia that McLaren should revive the Elva name for such an awesome product. The Elva is exceptionally light being, in fact, the lightest road car McLaren has ever built. The chassis is carbon fibre, as is the bodywork. The seats

are carbon fibre too and the brakes are of sintered carbon ceramic. It all adds up to a highly exotic car in every respect. The missing windscreen is covered by aerodynamic body design elements that direct air over the cockpit aided by a deflector at the front of the bonnet that rises automatically. A fixed windscreen is available as an option, but that would seem to work against the real point of this car. As might be expected, this McLaren boasts some mightily

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impressive performance figures. Behind this pace is a 4.0-litre twinturbo V-8 that develops 804-horsepower. It drives the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch automatic. The zero to 100 km/h figure of under three seconds should give the driver an experience much like piloting a Formula One car at the Monaco Grand Prix. The car will top 200 km/h in 6.7-seconds but no top speed is given by McLaren. It should certainly be beyond 300 km/h. McLaren describes the car as ‘ferociously fast’ and nobody’s going to argue with that. Although performance is the Elva’s first priority,

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the car doesn’t entirely lack comfort and convenience features for the driver and passenger. A centrally mounted high-resolution 8-inch touchscreen acts as a hub for all vehicle functions, including satellite navigation. The screen is mounted on a carbon fibre arm and tilted towards the driver. As far as cockpit trim goes, McLaren offers a broad portfolio of interior materials for buyers to choose from, including full aniline leather specially developed to meet the requirements of an open cockpit car. There’s no

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audio system as standard since many buyers will reason that there’s little point in a car like this. For customers who can’t live without a sound system, McLaren will throw in a bespoke stereo at no extra cost. There’s no point in trying to justify what many people would regard as an outrageous roadster. For those with the means, it’s vast


amounts of fun with a Formula One driving experience thrown in. Even McLaren wouldn’t describe it as a grand touring car but few owners would make it their sole set of wheels. It’s a machine that functions superbly in good weather and it’s guaranteed to upstage all those mundane Ferraris and Lamborghinis. For many, that’s what makes it worth the money. e

Z ENGINE: 4.0-litre V-8 twin-turbo. Z TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dualclutch automatic. Z ACCELERATION: Zero to 100 km/h in under 3.0-secs. Z TOP SPEED: 300 km/h-plus (estimated). Z I LIKED: Astonishing performance. Impressively light structure. McLaren’s admirable boldness in developing a car that’s purely for fun. Z I DIDN’T LIKE: Open cockpit layout is bold, but will deter many would-be

buyers. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES: Lots of supercars on the market with convertible tops, but none matches the Elva. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? Perhaps a buyer who already owns a highend McLaren and would like to add something very different to the garage. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Starts at around €1,560,000 euros and up. Available late 2020/early 2021.

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLES

Sometimes you don’t know exactly why you love a product, you just do! Equally, there are well-known brands that have featured in favourite films that have drenched your psyche with admiration. As a result, you have become a passionate supporter. WORDS MARK WILKINS PHOTOGRAPHY SHUTTERSTOCK

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ne such product is Harley Davidson Motorcycles. I am readily prepared to admit that big motorbikes scare the bejeezus out of me. I had a Vespa for several years in London. While two-wheeled aficionados will scoff, it was very easy to enjoy. Big motorbikes are heavy, and I perceive them to be unwieldy and, above all, dangerous. Several friends, owners of Ducati, Indian and Triumph, have waxed about the open road

on their two-wheeled companion; I am yet to be convinced. Harleys, for me, are altogether different. They sound wonderful, a throaty growl that can be heard several streets away. They are bulbous, resplendent in chrome or matt black with a wide-butt sprung leather saddle that looks thoroughly inviting. HARLEY-DAVIDSON EARLY YEARS Harley-Davidson, Inc. was founded in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) in 1903 by

a team of four including William S. Harley, and his childhood friend, Arthur Davidson. They worked together on a design for a simple engine that would sit inside a bicycle frame. Initially, it was not a great success and required pedalling! A later and much bigger version proved more successful and an early prototype – the very first HarleyDavidson – was raced in September 1904, at Milwaukee’s State Fair Park.

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JUNEAU AVENUE – HOME TO HARLEY-DAVIDSON FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY In 1906, Harley-Davidson built their first factory making an initial 50 cycles a year. Production was expanded to 150 per year by 1907. The factory was on Juneau Avenue (Milwaukee) and is still the location of HarleyDavidson’s corporate headquarters.  The V-Twin engine – with a 45-degree angle between the cylinders – was the next major development in 1909 and by 1913 the majority of Harley-Davidsons were V-Twins.  1912 heralded the arrival of the patented, and very recognisable, adjustable sprung seat which was used until 1958. 1917 saw the US military purchasing over 20,000 motorcycles. They survived the Great Depression by controlling expansion and by the late 1930s, Harley-Davidson was again producing motorcycles for the US Army. They delivered more than 90,000 for military use. 

Off London’s King’s Road, at the Wandsworth Bridge Road end, is a showroom named Warrs. It is home to the oldest Harley-Davidson dealership in Europe, founded in 1924 by Captain Frederick James Warr, the same year they became an official HarleyDavidson outlet. The business is still run by the Warr Family, with John Warr as MD. In 1941 the FL was introduced to the HarleyDavidson model line with its Knucklehead OHV engine that was changed to the Panhead engine in 1948 with aluminum cylinder heads and improved cooling.

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THE POST WAR DECLINE In 1949, the FL – being renamed the Hydra Glide in 1950 – was given a new front suspension featuring distinctive hydraulically damped telescopic forks. The third and final change given to the basic FL model occurred in 1965 when Harley-Davidson engines were equipped with electric starters, an innovation that resulted in a new model name of the Electra Glide. Post War the company struggled and in 1969, American Machine and Foundry (AMF) bought Harley-Davidson, rationalised production and reduced the


workforce. Sadly this resulted in a reduction in quality. Additionally, their products failed to compete with the cheaper Japanese imports. HARLEY-DAVIDSON’S REBIRTH  In 1981, AMF sold the company to a group of investors led by Vaughn Beals and Willie G. Davidson, a relative of the founders. They conscientiously built models that exploited the brand’s retro appeal.  The iconic Softail series of motorcycles was introduced in 1984 and in 1990 this was joined by the Fat Boy. In doing this, they regained their preeminence in the heavyweight market. In 1994 the company

unsuccessfully sought trade-mark protection for the distinctive sound made by a V-Twin engine. In 2008, a 12,000m2 HarleyDavidson Museum opened in the Menomonee Valley which houses the company’s heritage collection.  HARLEY OWNER’S GROUP It is said that the experience of driving a Harley-Davidson, with its telltale rumble, is more than merely riding a powerful motorcycle. Many commute on their preferred two-wheels and spend their evenings and weekends pursuing their passion.  The Harley Owners Group (or HOG) is a community-orientated

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club operated by HarleyDavidson. It has a worldwide membership in excess of one million and its merchandising offer gives those who are not yet owners the chance to indulge in branded leather jackets, Tshirts and bandanas. Founded in 1983, it is said that HOG members spend around 30% more than non-member owners on events and merchandising. To become a member of HOG there is, as you’d expect, one rule. You must be an owner of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.  There are valuable membership benefits including discounted insurance. Once you are a HOG member you can

join a local Chapter that has a link to the local Harley dealership. The Chapters organise events and may collect dues from members. In 2007 the Marbella HOG Chapter was founded. It now has over a hundred members from eighteen different nationalities. It was the 4th Chapter in Spain. As of 2013, it holds an annual Costa del Sol Rally. HELLS ANGELS  Another club with worldwide membership is the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, many of whose members ride Harleys. The Club was founded in 1948 from the ashes of World War II and now has 500 chapters in 60 countries. 

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To join, the applicant requires a driving license and a minimum 750cc motorcycle. Following a lengthy and seemingly democratic process, the applicant is described as ‘Patched’ as a full member, which allows them to wear the iconic Hells Angel woven patch. The Hells Angels have been beset by accusations of criminal activities and in 2019 the entire club was banned in the Netherlands.

STARS OF SCREEN No matter what your age is, a Harley will have appeared in one of your favourite movies. These include Peter Fonda’s 1951 Panhead Chopper, ‘Captain America’ in the cult 1969 movie Easy Rider; Bruce Willis’ character Butch’s Chopper in Pulp Fiction; Arnie’s Fat Boy in Terminator 2; Chris Evans’ character, Softail’s Cross Bones in Captain America: The First Avenger and

the 1973Aermaachi HarleyDavidson 350 S in Live and Let Die. This is a combination of very clever product placement, if such a commercial concept had been properly developed by the late 1960s, and the recognition that HarleyDavidson is simply the coolest motorcycle ever made! There is little wonder that hordes of celebrants of 25th Wedding anniversaries, 50th birthdays, or recent divorces, head to the open roads of the US, Route 66 and Highway 101 in particular, to drive a Harley in its homeland. The aim is to relive, albeit temporarily, a sense of visceral freedom that only the combination of wind and petrol fumes in your face and the open road can offer. Giving my above comments, I really prefer to look at and listen to these alluring vehicles, as they have a wonderful aesthetic quality. Sadly for me, however, they are at their very best when ridden by someone else! e

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WHY EIZA GONZÁLEZ IS A STAR TO WATCH OUT FOR

Eiza González may be new to international cinematic audiences but in her native Mexico, she has been a huge star since her early teens; the lead in the series Lola: Érase una vez, in which she played the role of Lola, a sassy teen from a humble background who falls madly in love with a real-life ‘Prince Charming’. The show is fun, emotional and a little comical, and despite being quite a light, teen-centric series, it put Eiza’s many talents to the test. It was during her time playing Lola that she began to shine at singing as well. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, young actors are often required to show musical talent, with many holding concerts that are attended by thousands of teens in the summer season.

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iza seems to have landed in Hollywood ‘out of nowhere’ and she somehow fit right in. Firstly, her English is amazing; she speaks with an American accent, the product of her education in an Englishspeaking school since her childhood. Her mother,

famous Mexican model (now model agency owner) Glenda Reyna, prepared her well for ‘the big leagues’, ensuring her language skills were up to scratch (Eiza speaks fluent Italian as well). Eiza is close to her mum, and the latter can often be seen

accompanying her to interviews with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and the like. Glenda practically raised Eiza on her own since husband, Carlos González, lost his life in a motorcycle accident when Eiza was just 12. As a self-made entrepreneur, Glenda

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has a strong work ethic that she shared with her daughter. When Eiza graduated from the American School Foundation, her mother encouraged her to study at the prestigious Centro de Educación Artística. Eiza would complete two out of three years of study, since by the time she was 16, she had landed the principal role in Lola: Érase una vez. In 2008, Gloria made another brilliant ‘momager’ move: she sent Eiza to complete an acting course at famous ‘method acting school’, the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Eiza didn’t move straight to Hollywood, however. She returned to Mexico to record

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her album Contracorriente, which reached number 13 on the Mexican charts. She then emulated actor/ singer Miley Cyrus, starring in tween musical series, Sueña Conmigo (like Miley, she played two characters – an everyday girl and her alterego, pop sensation Roxy Pop). She completed various TV roles afterwards, appearing in her first English-speaking role in American horror TV series, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Eiza’s big break was undoubtedly in smash teen/young adult hit, Baby Driver, starring the fabulous Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver whose only wish is to escape from a life of


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crime. Eiza played the wife of a crime boss – a character she described as a “crook space-cadet woman who has no attachment to reality.” Things have been all uphill for her since then. She has shone in films like Paradise Hills (costarring Emma Roberts) and Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw (with Jason Statham and The Rock). She is appearing in three films in 2002: Bloodshot (with Vin Diesel), Cut Throat City (alongside Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes), and Love Spreads

(with newcomers Alia Shawkat and Chanel Cresswell). Next year will be even more exciting; it will see the release of Godzilla vs. Kong, an homage to nostalgic monster flicks that co-stars Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown as well as Woody Allen muse, Rebecca Hall. Eiza may be a big presence on the screen and a top-class singer, but for this writer, the very best thing about her is her infectious personality. If you have seen her TV interviews

then you probably have already perceived how bubbly, empathetic, and fun she is. She is indeed reminiscent of her Disney counterpart, Miley Cyrus, who is always willing to take on a fun challenge, tell an embarrassing true story, or sing or dance at the drop of a hat. Eiza is a show woman through and through and with her preparation, ambition, and work ethic, we have no doubt she is only on the first rung of what will hopefully be a very long ladder. e

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RELEASES

Cinemagoers are once again venturing forth to their favourite theatres. The list of releases is a little smaller than in years past but there are always a few gems that are worth leaving Netflix at home for. We suggest the following. COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS

TROUBLE

This is a fun one for kids, directed by Kevin Johnson (The Jungle Book). It tells the tale of Trouble – a pampered pooch who is living the good life in a palatial home with his owner, Sarah (his trainer is none other than Cesar Millan). One day, his beloved owner passes away and he is left alone in the mansion, unaware of her death. Sarah’s greedy family members soon arrive to claim their inheritance and they get rid of Trouble, only to discover that they must bond with him for a specified time if they are to inherit Sarah’s estate. The result is a goose chase aimed at finding the dog and convincing the authorities that they do, indeed, ‘love him’.


THE KING’S MAN

Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service) directs a talented cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Tom Hollander, and more in this dramatic film about the origins of the firstever independent intelligence agency. It tells the story of a man who races against time to stop an allegiance of the world’s deadliest tyrants as they gather to plot a war that would wipe out millions of human beings.

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A QUIET PLACE PART II

A Quiet Place, written and directed by talented actor John Krasinski, was a mindblowing film which left one completely glued to the screen despite its ostensible simplicity. Krasinski and real life wife Emily Blunt played a couple forced to remain completely silent or risk being destroyed by a monster that sensed the presence of humans via sound. The last film ends rather tragically, with the husband getting mauled to death while the wife and children flee to safety. This film follows the family from that point onwards, as they struggle to live, love, and find joy in a life that is utterly devoid of sound.

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TWO OF US

Nina and Madeleine, two retired women, have been secretly in love with each other for decades. Everyone else thinks they are nothing more than neighbours and the ladies are happy to keep their romance under wraps‌ until an unexpected event makes it impossible for them to move freely between their apartments. This film is directed by Filippo Meneghetti (Deux) and stars Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier.

FALLING

Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut, Falling, received great acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was first presented. Did you know that Viggo, best known for his role as Strider/Aragorn in Lord of the Rings, is also a talented musician, photographer, painter, and poet? He not only directed, but also penned Falling. The film delves into the fractures and secrets that characterise many modern-day families. Viggo stars as a gay man who lives with his partner and adopted daughter in California. Their peaceful life is put to the test when his

father (a farmer tied to traditional ideas of family) comes to Los Angeles for an indefinite stay and their two worlds collide. Starring alongside Mortensen are Lance Henriksen and Sverrir Gudnason.

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HARLAN COBEN ON NETFLIX

With over 70 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben has hit the number one spot on the New York Times’ bestseller list 31 times, with gems like The Boy from The Woods, Run Away, Fool Me Once, Tell No One and the Myron Bolitar series. His works have been translated into 43 languages and many have been turned into films and series – including No Second Chance (a Netflix miniseries whose finale broke a 10-year record on the network, as it was viewed by nine million people) and Stay Close (a Hitchcockian mystery that was made into a feature film). The thread that runs through these and most of Coben’s other works, is the idea of digging up the past, with characters experiencing many twists and turns until the truth resurfaces.WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

THE WOODS

This series is the latest in the line-up. It is based on the novel of the same name and it tells the story of Pawel Kopinski – a prosecutor whose sister went missing in the woods near her summer camp 25 years ago. He never quite gets over the loss but when the boy who disappeared with her is suddenly found, he becomes hopeful that she is still alive. As the

episodes progress, the audience becomes privy to more and more family secrets and Pawel is forced to remember many things – including his first love, Lucy, his mother (who abandoned his family),and the secrets that his Russian parents were hiding even from those they loved the most – their children. Pawel must decide which secrets need to be revealed, and which are best kept undercover.

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THE STRANGER

Another more recent gem is The Stranger, released in January, 2020. Hannah John-Kamen (of Ant-Man fame) plays a mysterious woman (‘the stranger’) who shares a secret with family man, Adam: his wife, Corinne, faked her pregnancy and he should get a DNA test as soon as possible. When the man’s wife goes missing, a police investigation commences to find out the connection between this event and the stranger. Co-stars include Richard Armitage as Adam, Siobhan Finneran as Detective Sergeant Johanna Griffin, and Dervla Kirwan as Corrine.

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SAFE

Those subscribed to Netflix can catch various Harlan Coben-based series on the platform – including Safe, which stars the magnificent Michael C Hall (from Dexter). The actor plays Tom Delaney, a surgeon who is trying to overcome the loss of his wife. When one of his two daughters goes missing, he puts all his energy into finding her, discovering shocking secrets along the way. Starring alongside Hall are Amy James-Kelly as Tom’s elder daughter, Isabelle Allen as his younger daughter, and Marc Warren as Pete – the town doctor and Tom’s best friend.


NO SECOND CHANCE

This series, released in 2015 on Netflix, tells the story of a doctor who, while searching for her missing baby, becomes entangled in a web of ruthless criminals, corrupt cops, and dark secrets. It stars Alexandra Lamy, Pascal ElbĂŠ, and Lionel Abelanski.

mysterious message. It is a This highly recommended phrase only he and his dead film, winner of the Lumiere wife know and it awakens award for Best Film and the idea in his mind that winner of four Cesars, is she may still be alive. Too available on DVD, stars bigscared to share this delicate league actors Francois Cluzet information with anyone, he and Kristin Scott Thomas. embarks on a hunt to find The plot begins when Dr. the person who has sent it Alexandre Beck, a man who to him. Little does he know has lost the love of his life that he is being hunted down when she is brutally taken and is headed straight to a by criminals, receives a delicately laid trap.

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GLASTO

No, we haven’t got our dates wrong – the original Glastonbury Festival cropped up on a farm in southwest England 50 years ago this month. Locked down by Covid to an online party for its Big 5-0, it’s the perfect excuse to revisit the wildest and (frequently) wettest greenfield gig in the world, writes Belinda Beckett.

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SOWING THE SEEDS In 1970 an eccentric Somerset dairy farmer snuck through a hedge to see Led Zeppelin play at a neighbouring festival and decided he could put on a much better one. “I was playing Lola to the cows through a sound system in the

milking parlour when the idea struck,” explains Michael Eavis, an 84-year-old true son of the soil. “I had a better site, facing Glastonbury Tor in the Vale of Avalon – it was all a bit romantic. So I phoned the Kinks and booked them for £500. My favourite band

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coming to the farm! It was an amazing feeling.” His headline act backed out on discovering that Pilton Pop, Folk & Blues Festival was a paltry 1,500-ticket affair but Marc Bolan rode along on his White Swan to save the day. Staged over the weekend of September 19/20, the £1 entry fee included free milk. Since then, the psychedelic tented city that materialises across Worthy Farm’s green acres like an LSD hallucination has become Glastonbury’s other Holy Grail. Now held during five days and nights over June’s summer solstice, tickets for this year’s cancelled gig cost £265 apiece and all 135,000 sold out in 34 minutes! It would have been the 37th edition, counting fallow years to allow the farmland to recover from the aftershock. The record crowd was 300,000 in 1994, including fence jumpers.

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MASSIVE APPEAL Sprawling over as many fields as can fit into 500 football grounds, you have to climb the 17-metre Ribbon Tower to appreciate the scale of Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. Interspersed between a patchwork quilt of tents are 80 stages headlining every genre from jazz, trance and indie pop to RnB and electronica, each with their attendant music bars, food stalls, themed nightclubs and electronic sculptures fashioned from last year’s rubbish. Arcadia’s fire-breathing 50-tonne scaffold spider stole the show for 17 summers. Shangri-La is a postapocalyptic walkthrough ravecum-art-gallery;

Cineramageddon offers drive-in movies in vintage cars; learn to trapeze and take in a comedy show at Theatre & Circus; or follow cryptic coded signposts to The Rabbit Hole, a secret underground Wonderland where Prince Harry and Kate Moss boogied the night away in 2013. If you’re not packing a tent, you can hire a tipi with solar showers and a log-fired yurt sauna a stoner’s throw from your wigwam flap. MYTHOLOGY AND MYSTICISM Glasto takes its cue from the farm’s setting in the kingdom of King Arthur, a

rural idyll steeped in legend and covered in ley lines. Glastonbury Tor inspired the island of Avalon where the sword Excalibur was forged, while the ancient Abbey was once said to house the Holy Grail. Glasto’s Healing Field keeps the spiritual vibe alive with naked yoga, therapeutic gong baths and solstice rituals enacted around a contemporary Stone Circle. It’s a nice little earner for Glastonbury town’s thriving New Age community of crystal healers, tarot readers and chakra aligners. Gardeners too. In 1999, cannabis plants were found among the municipal flower beds!

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WORTHY CAUSES Starting in 1981 when it championed the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Worthy Farm festival has raised millions for Oxfam, Greenpeace, Water Aid and local charities. A lot of it’s down to the 2,000 volunteer stewards, litter pickers and cleaners who have to muck out 4,000 loos. Glasto is also lot greener than the days when everyone left their rubbish and tents behind. Tractors are run on waste vegetable oil, refuse is recycled and tent pegs are biodegradable since a cow choked to death on a metal one. Over the years this family farming firm have taken Glasto pilgrims into

their hearts and home, tending to chemically over-enhanced revellers, returning lost children to anxious parents, and giving back to the community.

bit of woodchip in the south of England.”

GLASTO 2021 If 2020 was the first festival to be a washout without rain, next year’s gig will doubly make up GLORIOUS MUD for missing its Big 5-0, Straddling flood plain, pandemic permitting. Glasto is famous for Scheduled for June 23it. Festival-goers wear 27, as many of this year’s their mud spatters like headliners as possible badges of honour and – Taylor Swift, Kendrick the soggiest Glasto on Lamar, Macca (again), record is hotly disputed. Diana Ross – will be The original ‘Year of the rebooked alongside new Mud’ in 1997 required a top billers. As most Glasto slurry tanker to suck up fans are rolling over their the overflow. In 2005, deposits, returns will b'e enterprising punters rarer than gold dust when paddled around in they come up for grabs inflatable canoes. Michael next month. But you can Eavis declared 2016 the go there virtually any time winner. “I’ve never seen of year via the website. mud like it, we must have bought up every single i glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

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Musicians galore including ELTON JOHN, GREEN DAY, REM, GUNS N' ROSES, BLONDIE, LIONEL RITCHIE and RIHANNA have joined up with the Artists Rights Alliance to sign an open letter demanding politicians seek approval playing their songs at US election campaign rallies. And NEIL YOUNG has put the wheels in motion to sue D. TRUMP over the unauthorised use of his music at campaign rallies. In a style the

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Local lad SAM FENDER performed at the UK's first official socially distanced gig at the new Virgin Money Unity Arena inside Newcastle's racecourse. The venue, which has a capacity of 45,000, allowed 2,500 fans sitting in pens surrounded by metal barriers permitting five people in each one. Other artists scheduled to play the venue last month were the LIBERTINES, September 3 to 6: Fuengirola's TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB and Salon Varietés has the The Purple SUPERGRASS. This month VAN Revolution – a tribute to PRINCE. MORRISON is scheduled to play Ticket info, Tel: 952 474 542 on the 3rd. Monday to Friday (11:00 to 14:30) or email boxoffice@ Sticking with Van the Man – if salonvarietestheatre.com you are at one of his concerts beware – allegedly during If there are no pandemic guitar breaks he goes off stage problems, Málaga's Cervantes towelling down his sweaty Theatre has several concerts undercarriage then throws the listed this month. For concert towel out to unsuspecting fans info and tickets: teatrocervantes. during the encore. com Now that the main outdoor concert season is behind us, who knows what will happen in the coming months gig wise as Covid-19 continues to play a real life game of snakes and ladders with the world? So check your local weekly publications to see what's happening. All information on these pages was correct at the time of writing.


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world has become accustomed to, the P.O.T.U.S. replied, "For the nonbeliever, here is a photo of Neil Young in my office and his $5 request – total hypocrite". He was also recently served with a cease and desist order by LINKIN PARK for the unauthorised use of their music. The memoirs of MARIAH CAREY, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, drops on September 29. Promoting it she said, "I want to tell the story of the moments – the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams, that contributed to the person I am today." As well as the above, there will be additional ‘rarities’ in the coming months to mark the 30th anniversary of her 1990 debut album and new music in the near future.

Describing the cassette as "the unlikely comeback kid of music formats," the Official Charts Company say there was a 103 per cent increase in sales in the first half of 2020 with GAGA, DUA LIPA and THE 1975 as best sellers. Meanwhile vinyl sales continue to rise and April's cancelled Record Store Day (RSD) is now taking place over three months – August 29, September 26 and October 24 – there are plenty of special releases available for collectors – interested? Then check the official RSD site for lists. Recently a 7" single – the northern soul/Motown classic Do I Love You by FRANK WILSON – sold for a world-record £100,000. The story behind the song is that there are only two playable original copies in existence as allegedly the rest were destroyed in a warehouse fire and it was never repressed.

On September 24 K-Pop sensations BTS see their concert film, Break The Silence: The Movie, hitting silver screens worldwide featuring the heartthrobs during last year's global tour at such hallowed surroundings of London's Wembley Stadium, Chicago's Soldier Field, New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, and a stopoff at Saudi Arabia’s King

Abdullah Sports City Stadium. In June they secured their fifth Guinness World Record – the most viewers of a music concert live stream for an online performance with 756,000 fans in more than 100 countries.


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JIMMY PAGE has finally accepted that LED ZEPPELIN will never go on the road again saying, "It seems really unlikely that there would be a tour in the future, unfortunately." But the legendary guitarist is popping up on the upcoming deluxe edition of 1973’s ROLLING STONES Goats Head Soup album featuring 10 unreleased tracks and a full concert from the same year. He guested on the track, Scarlet, which has been in the vaults along with another song, Criss Cross, and both will finally see the light of day on September 4. The big album release clash this month comes on the 25th when new indie favourites IDLES return with Ultra Mono and 63 first time released PRINCE tunes surface on the expanded reissue of 1987's Sign O’ The Times. Other offerings expected to chart high are LANA DEL REY

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with Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass (TBC) and Angel Headed Hipster: The Songs Of Marc Bolan and T. Rex by various artists (including U2 featuring ELTON JOHN, KESHA and NICK CAVE) (both on the 5th); The Universal Want by DOVES and a resurrected MARILYN MANSON with We Are Chaos (both on the 11th); and ACR LOCO by A CERTAIN RATIO on the 25th. The current social climate is causing havoc as many artists withhold releases due to the pandemic but TAYLOR SWIFT completely caught the music biz offbalance with the unexpected rush release of Folklore which has topped charts worldwide. A joke circulating Stateside said last month she accused D. TRUMP of autocracy – it's a shame he doesn't have anyone to ask the meaning of it! e


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SEPTEMBER As temperatures cool (slightly) and children go back to school (hopefully), it is the perfect time to get your teeth into one of these highly anticipated new reads. WORDS ALICIA DUGGAN OF THE BOOKSHOP IN SAN PEDRO DE ALCÁNTARA, CC LA COLONIA LOCAL 21, SAN PEDRO DE ALCÁNTARA. TEL: 951 779 785. WWW.THEBOOKSHOP.ES

THE EVENING AND THE MORNING BY KEN FOLLETT

Norman woman who finds that life is Ken Follett returns with the prequel to not what she expected when she follows his epic bestselling saga The Pillars of her husband across the sea; and a monk the Earth. Beginning in 997CE, the end who aspires to turning his abbey into a of the Dark Ages and a time of conflict renowned centre of learning. Each must with England fearful of attacks from the face a ruthless bishop only interested in Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the increasing his own power and wealth. east. Those with power twist it to their Follett is a master who quickly transports personal advantage, often in conflict with readers to the Dark Ages with his eye the king. The story follows three tales – a for the detail of everyday life at the time. young boat builder whose dreams are A must read for fans of The Pillars of the destroyed after a Viking raid; a noble Earth and new readers alike.

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THE KINGDOM

BY JO NESBO

Nesbo’s latest novel sees a departure from the Harry Hole series. This new standalone story from the master of crime noir is set in a rural village deep in the mountains. Roy and Carl are brothers. Roy, the elder by a year, always saw himself as his brother’s protector. For fifteen years he has lived alone in his ‘wilderness kingdom’

working as a mechanic while Carl went to America to study business. Now Carl is back with his wife Shannon in tow and ambitions of building a hotel and selling the family property. Carl’s return dredges up old secrets and reignites an investigation into their parent’s tragic death. An engrossing, tense and atmospheric page turner.

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TROUBLED BLOOD

BY ROBERT GALBRAITH

The eagerly awaited fifth instalment in the critically acclaimed series featuring detectives Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. While visiting his family in Cornwall, Strike meets a woman whose mother has been missing for 40 years. Strike has never tackled a cold case before and is reluctant to take this one on, however, he is intrigued by the mysterious circumstances surrounding the disappearance. As the investigation intensifies, Strike and Robin find themselves dealing with unreliable witnesses, tarot cards and a psychopathic serial killer. Filled with twists and turns, this is an epic, sprawling labyrinth of a story that will not disappoint fans of the series.

RAMBLE BOOK

BY ADAM BUXTON

This charming, warm, and selfdeprecating memoir is stuffed to the gills with humorous anecdotes as well as his thoughts and recollections of time spent with his father (Bad Dad as he was known on the Adam and Joe show). In this volume he revisits his childhood and explores his obsession with pop culture, David Bowie, and his

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friendship with Joe Cornish and Louis Theroux. Whether you’re already a fan of his podcasts and his ‘ramble chat’ format or not, he’s got such an easy good humoured style that you can’t help but be won over by his wit and insight. As the quote that he pulled off YouTube about Dynamo said – “Dis guy must be a alien or sutin.”


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BY NICK HORNBY

Hornby takes his time to release new work, but when it eventually comes it’s worth waiting for. This time round Hornby lends his wit and wisdom to the topic interracial relationships during the run-up to the Brexit referendum and switches up the age gap clichÊ by having the woman as the older partner. Lucy is a white 41-year-old single mother and schoolteacher. Joseph is

a black 22-year-old part-time butcher and aspiring DJ. They have absolutely nothing in common. They are from different backgrounds and social circles and yet love blooms. It is the idea that opposites attract, but it is not always easy for opposites to stay together when family and friends disapprove. Hornby, as always, tackles some quite difficult issues with warmth, compassion, and a fair amount of humour. e

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PRINTED ELECTRONICS MAKING LIFE SAFER, SMARTER, AND MORE EFFECTIVE FOR KEY INDUSTRIES

The printed electronics market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 21.5% from 2020 to 2025, according to a Top Markets Report. Print is overtaking everything from health to engineering, with solutions such as printed Magnetic Resonance Imaging Coils ensuring a perfect fit in machinery and significantly reducing costs. What are the top 5 industries in which printed electronics are making their presence felt? WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PERSONAL HEALTH AND BEAUTY Printed electronics are doing plenty to prevent disease and reduce medical errors, driving down costs and improving product performance while doing so. A fine example of their use in the beauty sector is Estée Lauder’s printed electrophoretic skin patch, which transmits active ingredients that reduce blotching and creasing in skin up to 16 times faster

than manual application can achieve. In the health sector, printed electronics are being used to develop medicated patches, biosensors, and wearables for wellness purposes, as well as self-monitoring of health issues for preventive care. For health and beauty purposes, printed material needs to be lightweight, comfortable, and adaptable to the human body. This is

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achieved through the use of metallic inks which, when placed through a screen printer, result in organic polymers that have a lower metal content. THE AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR Print technology is being used in modern vehicles for technologies such as ‘smart interior surfaces’, in which car interiors feature switches, sliders, and electronic controls that are


seamlessly integrated into door panels, instrument panels, and steering wheels. They are also being used for flexible printed heaters, in-mold electronics (in which printed electronics are designed to fit in with traditional components), and presence detection (i.e. to detect the presence of human beings close to the vehicle). THE INTERNET OF THINGS In a study by L Zheng et al, researchers state: “Due to its flexibility, bendability and deformability, flexible large area printed electronics (FLAE) has found a unique position for smart things, and it becomes a coretechnology that bridges the real world things to cloud.” Just a few ways this technology can be used alongside the IoT include intelligent packaging (for instance,

to advise users when items are about to expire), medical wearables (including the use of printed electronic pressure sensors at the bottom of feet to prevent diabetic foot ulcers or of Tshirts that measure your heart rate), and intelligent packaging of medications (which inform the user when they need to be taken). In many ways, printed electronics bridge the gap between the provision of products and services, since they provide continuous feedback throughout a product’s lifetime.

SMART BUILDING Printing can be used to create flat home appliance touch controls, but it can also be used on floors and in walls. Major parts of buildings can be made with materials that have embedded printed sensors and special components that are used for various functions – including the measurement of temperature, building quality, moisture levels, gas levels, and the like. These can be aligned with home automation systems to control and adjust heating and ventilation.

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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS 5G promises to bring faster data transfer capabilities to modern consumer electronics and printing will also be making these devices more design-friendly. 3D printing, for instance, can be used to create gorgeous curved or folding displays (think of an iPad you can fold in two). Another application of printed electronics are electrophoretic displays. The latter combine low power consumption and high daylight suitability. Their ideal use is for e-readers and smart price tags. They can also serve as secondary displays for the indication of important notifications and

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messages when your gadget’s main display is deactivated. This allows for significant energy savings. The only way is up for printed electronics, which is set to play an important role in everything from preventive health to ßbermodern car interiors. Thanks to this technology, we will be reminded when food needs to be consumed, or medicine taken. We will also have smarter buildings that rely on real-time information to control our indoor temperature, tell us it is time to ventilate, or warn us if there are dangerous gas readings within our homes or offices. e


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MARC CAIN VIRTUAL FASHION SHOW The Sky is the Limit was the motto of Marc Cain’s first virtual Fashion Show, which was accompanied by a small streaming event in Berlin. This time around, the new collections were premiered differently: not as a classic Fashion Show during Berlin Fashion Week, but as a digital film streamed on YouTube Premiere. The beautifully designed Marc Cain headquarters at the Bodelshausen production site set the perfect architectural stage for a new way of enjoying fashion. i www.marc-cain.com

LAMBORGHINI SHINES IN SARDINIA Automobili Lamborghini headed to Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda to launch its Lamborghini Lounge in Porto Cervo. Open until September 6, the Lounge was set up on the Promenade du Port, linked to Porto Vecchio – where super yachts moor during summer months. The 600-square meter lounge area hosts the latest Lamborghini models, including the Huracán EVO rear-wheel drive Spyder launched this year: the perfect open-top super sports car for exploring the island. i www.lamborghini.com

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POLO FINALS IN SOTOGRANDE Mansion-LaLigaSports took home the Isolas 1892 Silver Cup at the Santa María Polo Club de Sotogrande, after beating Sainte Mesme 10-6 in an exciting match. The Mayor of San Roque, Juan Carlos Ruiz Boix and the Vice-Counsellor of Tourism of the Junta de Andalucía, Manuel Alejandro Cardenete, were in charge of awarding the prizes. Congratulations to all players, many of whom travelled from across the globe to compete. i www.santamariapoloclub.com

TROPICFEEL COMBINES SUSTAINABILITY WITH A PASSION FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Tropicfeel is a startup that is now creating sustainable fashion aimed at globetrotters with a passion for protecting the environment. The company’s main market is in the U.S., the UK, Germany and Asia, but it is currently aiming at the Spanish market as well, with a host of products that are comfy, sporty, and above all, eco-friendly. i Check out their latest collections on www.tropicfeel.com

AMAZON LAUNCHES PRIME GAMING Amazon has already hit a sweet spot for many with its Amazon Prime viewing content but it also recently launched Amazon Prime Gaming, featuring Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Dead Online, Apex Legends, EA Sports FIFA 20, League of Legends, and more for PCs, consoles, and mobiles, plus free, updated games every month. i www.amazon.es/prime

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A HOME THAT MAKES YOU FEEL SPECIAL

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Over the past few years Antima has earned a name as a boutique developer specialised in creating properties that not only look beautiful but also make you feel special. An Antima villa is so much more than just a house; it’s an experience to relish – and Villa Jazmin is the perfect example of a philosophy of development born out of a passion for design and detailed consideration for the quality of life.

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If an Antima home is the product of loving dedication to the above, then the starting point is the concept, and this is where the company begins to stand out from the crowd. Not overtly commercial nor interested in scaling up its operations, Antima is a bespoke developer specialising in finding the finest locations and homes, and converting them into timeless villas that offer the latest comfort and sophistication while also retaining elements of character that connect the property with its surroundings. “We choose projects that satisfy a strict list of 19 requirements and that feel right to us,” says founder John Brendmoe.

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that is an oasis of privacy between Aloha Gardens and “If we’re excited about it, we Las Brisas, the plot is hard know that the many hours to better while the home of hard work and dedication itself is modern refinement we’ll put into creating an and comfort personified, Antima product to be proud lovingly blended with of will be reflected in the authentic Marbellaend result.” The beautiful Mediterranean touches. villas already bearing the That this is a property of Antima name showcase an quality and distinction approach to development is visible as soon as you that is grounded in the enter, following a stone product – the home – not pathway to an entrance the need to sell something. rich in Zen-inspired detail For this reason, the sense that sets the tone for the of perfectionism and villa’s atmosphere. Don’t get creative passion that me wrong, this is neither a goes into the process Buddhist temple nor does produces properties it have the ambience of that sell themselves, for a spa; Villa Jazmin is a they are outstanding in sophisticated contemporary concept, design, execution, villa with timeless style, but decoration and detail. More passing through a hallway than this, the elements flanked by Zen-style patios are brought together so with 300-year old cork beautifully that they exude oaks creates a sense of the ultimate ambience wellbeing and ease that you’re looking for in a luxury continues throughout the home. house. Villa Jazmin is a perfect example. Situated in a peaceful gated community

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A HOME YOU WANT TO BE IN

Not only does Antima “build homes that we would love to live in ourselves,� but in the case of Villa Jazmin the developer has done just that, and as a result this immaculate property really does feel like a home and not a showroom. Symmetry and natural light prevail, noble natural materials add textural delight, while the views over the garden and the greenery surrounding Las Brisas make the heart glad. For all its size and grandeur, this is a villa whose volumes are broken

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course the inviting dining table near it. All the rooms enjoy natural light, views over greenery and access to terraced areas, large and luxuriant as well as small and intimate. There is a wealth of visual detail that leaves much to be discovered and enjoyed, with bedrooms, dressing areas and bathrooms each having their own character and style. The ground floor level also features a private office and a delightful spa with Himalaya salt swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, changing and relaxing facilities, complete with retractable roof and fireplace. A few steps away is another one of the delightful little patios that offer natural down to create a succession of air circulation with or without interconnected spaces that feel mosquito nets drawn. Sitting here, open-plan yet also offer a great surrounded by the ever-present many cosy areas – by the fireplace, gentle trickling of water features, in the lounge, the comfortable you’ll find yourself drifting into a sitting area near the kitchen, and of world of wellbeing. 130 / SEPTEMBER 2020 WWW.ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM


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systems, the choice of materials and even John speaks of the ‘Low mosquito-repelling Shoulders’ concept in cashmere throws to a Antima homes, namely new level. The property that it should be a place also has its own organic where you can relax, vegetable garden with feel safe, enjoy and be historic 18th century yourself. Besides being greenhouse, and the beautifully styled and master bedroom not fitted with the finest only boasts a luxurious comforts you could his and hers bathroom, wish for, Antima homes but also its own private such as Villa Jazmin in and outdoor sections. also contain first-class It is this kind of non-intrusive security individuality that marks and take sustainability in all the Antima homes, everything from natural such as the perspective airflow, insulation, views from the corridor energy-efficient that are such a stunning

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design feature in Villa Victoria, one of the latest of a series of projects that range from Los Angeles apartments and the Alexandra V yacht to Marbella villas


that are already becoming timeless icons. This is a family business in which Sander is the commercial project leader and Synne is a skilled designer who not only works with top decorator and designer, Helene Hennie, in the home décor, but also designs the furnishings that are made-to-measure and installed by the company’s own team of master craftsmen and women. This collaboration is also set to produce Antima’s very own collection of indoor and outdoor furniture, designed by Helene and Synne and hand-manufactured by the Antima team. It’s the result of a growing call for Antima’s uniquely ScandinavianMediterranean furnishing and decoration touch, which is now available online through the Antima Living brand – both in the form of individual decorative items or full interior design projects.

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That Antima has a philosophy, a way of working, is undeniable, and it has been the foundation of the firm’s success, but within this each individual project represents a new beginning, for in creating beautiful, one-

off homes the team reinterprets its design ethic in a multitude of possible ways, each unique and grounded in the plot, its heritage and possibilities. “In many properties we leave original elements in, such as grand doors, wood-beamed ceilings and of course ancient

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trees,” says Synne. This is also the case in Villa Jazmin, where the transversal hallway that forms the main point of distribution in the home is crowned by beautifully restored Moroccan ceilings that simply add lustre to the contemporary style of the house.


The lower level of the property is not dark; quite the opposite, this is an intimate, inviting space whose openplan leisure room with games area and cinema flanked by a professional studio and modern wine cellar are either ideal for watching movies or – at the opening of the curtains – reveal a sunny patio terrace that floods the area with light. “We chose to keep the integrity of the main house intact by not adding guest rooms

here,” says Sander, “and instead placed them above the garages, not unlike a classical stable house.” This ensures optimal privacy for guest and host alike, for the former step out of their apartments onto a private terrace with swimming pool and straight up to the airy gymnasium rich in inspiring garden and golf views. Though large and luxurious, modern and impressive, and endowed with the latest

refinements, Villa Jazmin is not only a timelessly styled, opulent villa but above all a wonderful home that offers its occupants the ultimate expression of lifestyle, quality and wellbeing in a personal oasis at the heart of Nueva Andalucía. EXCLUSIVELY LISTED BY SOLVILLA For viewings and more information contact: Tel: (+34) 952 765 060. info@solvilla.es www.solvilla.es

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Over the years, Marbella has developed a style of its own, born out of a very special way of life. Michel Cruz speaks with Jana Novakova, Interior Design Director at AALTO EXCLUSIVE DESIGN Marbella about how the Marbella design touch is brought to life in contemporary furniture and décor creations.

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arbella has a certain something that draws people, then keeps them coming back for more. It is not the only beautiful place in the world, it’s not even perfect, but Marbella has a certain mix of ingredients that give it a very particular appeal. Perhaps it’s the unique blend of Andalusian culture and cosmopolitan vibrancy; the Mediterranean beachside vibe and green mountain ranges;

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or the ancient heritage and modern can-do philosophy, but this little corner of Europe offers an easy-going yet exciting lifestyle that is as stylish and glamorous as it is laidback. Over more than half a century, this mingling of cultures and trends has created a unique sense of architecture, decorative design and even landscaping that is a central element of life in Marbella. From its showroom and design centre on the Golden Mile, AALTO Marbella celebrates the Marbella style in offering bespoke design concepts that are not only resonating with local clients, but also finding their way into homes around the world.

A Marbella brand that embodies the local sense of style and sophistication

HOW HAS COVID-19 AFFECTED YOUR WORK? The two-months period of confinement was actually very busy. We had a lot of projects on the go and by adapting to a new home

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A newly designed AALTO interior for The Edge, by Kronos Homes


office environment, we attended to clients through Zoom, Skype and email, providing design solutions as normal. Although nothing replaces personal contact and selecting materials together, working from a home office works too. We took the opportunity to streamline our processes and improve our service, and we also designed new collection pieces. I believe the confinement made people realise that they are more comfortable with working from home and shopping online than they were aware of, so the trend is here to stay. With this in mind, we had already created a furniture E-shop platform dedicated to the

AALTO furniture collection before Covid-19 struck, and we’ll continue to expand the offer with more items. WHAT SERVICES DOES THE AALTO DESIGN STUDIO PROVIDE? Since Ness Yammine took over the ownership and management of the company in collaboration with myself a year ago, AALTO has created a series of customised interior design services for both residential properties and commercial projects. As a result, we cater to both private and professional clients, offering madeto-measure design solutions in combination with showcasing

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AALTO works for both private and commercial clients

our own luxury furniture collection and the international brands we work with in our 800m2 multi-brand showroom on the Golden Mile. Pivotal in all of this is the AALTO interior design studio, in which we harness the know-how of a team of architects, interior designers and graphic designers, supported by the expert craftsmen in our

manufacturing plant in MĂĄlaga, to offer bespoke projects, tailor-made to our clients needs and budgets locally and abroad. WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN RECENTLY? Among our latest projects is the interior styling of one of the exclusive beach villas of The Edge by Kronos,

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marketed by Nvoga. These unique properties are awash in open-plan space, panoramic sea views and natural light, so we allowed ourselves to be inspired by the surrounding greenery, the peace and serenity right by the beach, and of course the expansive sky and seascapes. This blend of factors provided the basis for a very personalised


AALTO’s dÊcor collections offer contemporary made-to-measure design

interior design style created for the living room, which blends with the luxurious terrace area to create an ideal indoor-outdoor lifestyle space. In the bedroom suites too, we brought the sea into the house, though each room has a look and feel of its own, an ambience unique to the different family members and their personal preferences and tastes. As with all our projects, we approached the styling of the beach villa at The Edge as a one-off creation, using high quality finishes, bespoke furnishing items and art, and awardwinning design lighting and brand decoration, in combination with our own AALTO collection pieces. The atmosphere created emphasises the natural beauty of these unique sea villas by Kronos Homes, and it all comes to life with everchanging hues of sunlight, sunset, evening and dawn, and with shadow effects that define the living spaces in a spectacular, unique way.

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The AALTO design team works from a rich palette of tones, textures and materials

Unique AALTO furniture collections made in Europe and designed for the Marbella lifestyle

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW? We’re completing earlier projects and beginning on new ones, and one of the most imposing among them is a stunning beach villa designed by Rodolfo Jacobson in a completely futuristic style not commonly seen in Marbella. Completed this summer, it coincides with other wonderful projects at the Puente Romano, Bahía de Marbella, and Nueva Andalucía to add to others in Luxemburg. The future will bring changes and challenges, but we’re confident that our industry has the capacity to

adapt to them and continue to provide the level of service and creativity that has seen AALTO become a respected name in Marbella and abroad. We’re proud to be flagbearers for the Marbella style and to give shape to its lifestyle in new collections of stylish contemporary furniture and interior design that complements luxurious homes and commercial projects locally as well as in further-reaching parts of the world. g Tel: (+34) 951 919 092 info@aaltoexclusivedesign.com www.aaltoexclusivedesign.com

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MISSONIHOME FILLS YOUR HOME WITH COLOUR

I had always associated the name Missoni with the stunning, colourful, striped dresses hanging on the racks at some of Puerto Banús’ most prestigious boutiques but the brand is equally strong on interior design. Launched in 1953 as a knitwear company by visionary couple Ottavio and Rosita, the company continues to seduce and entice, for one important reason: everyone loves colour! We bring you a few cool items by MissoniHome to liven up your interiors with. COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS

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WOODEN CURVATURE

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NATURAL LANDSCAPES

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LACOST AUTUMN/WINTER 2020 COLLECTION

COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS

Lacoste presented its stunning Autumn/Winter 2020 collection at the swish Tennis Club de Paris. The show is the third act in Creative Director Louise Trotter’s intimate foray into the bold spirit of René Lacoste. The latter’s passion for excellence was matched by his wife, Simone Thion de la Chaume’s competitive

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spirit (she was a champion golfer). Together, they represented the zenith of the power couple. Today, Louise Trotter celebrates their union, applying modern technology to the sartorial aplomb of a century ago. Future classics have been imbued with the timeless appeal of this quintessentially French brand.


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of the e n o s i lection around, with g l o C y Öh M st brands o havin ie b m e i o d P tren María super cute t y r e c n e influ y sported a mmer u s a l n t i recen ini and top you g n i r b k i dye b am post. We their latest Instagrew items fromtures tops, just a f ion, which fea r in sky blue collect and swimwea shorts, by pink hues. and ba BY MARISA CUTILLAS ED COMPIL

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CELEBRITIES ARE RULING THE BEAUTY GAME; DISCOVER WHICH LINES ARE WORTH CHECKING OUT. DON’T MISS OUR ARTICLE ON A COMMON HEART DISEASE (ATHEROSCLEROSIS) BY SPECIALIST DR. MANUELA REISBECK OF CARDIOCARE, AND LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW LIFE COACH, MARÍA FERNÁNDEZ CAN HELP ENLIGHTEN THE PATH TO A MORE MEANINGFUL LIFE.

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Y T I R B E CEL S E N I L Y T BEAU H C T A W TO OUT FOR DIFFERENT STROKES In many ways, the influencers are the last people who should be criticising celebrities for branching out into beauty. Many critics pointed out that they were hardly experts on formulations and chemical compositions of makeup when they launched their own lines. Others stated that celebrities, of all people, were fully in line with the transformative effects of makeup and many were quite expert at ‘beating’ their

own face. Why shouldn’t they launch beauty lines if their passion lay therein? In the end, there truly is room for everyone to make a killing, since fan bases vary considerably in age, backgrounds, and tastes and, at this precise moment, squabbling seems to be the last thing that interests any serious beauty fan. TOP LINES TO WATCH OUT FOR Some of the most recent collections launched by celebrities include:

Z HAUS LABORATORIES BY LADY GAGA: A small but cool collection featuring lip liners, glosses, eye palettes, shimmery liquid eyeshadows and lash and brow toppers. The selection is high quality, long-lasting and practical in nature. For instance, the Glam Room Palette No. 1: Fame is not exactly something you might expect from Gaga, since it contains mainly neutral shades that can be worn every day. The second palette, called Stupid Love Eyeshadow Palette, contains mainly blue hues, with a few neutral and orange/bronzey shades thrown in for good measure.

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Z GOOP BY JUICE BEAUTY BY GWYNETH PALTROW: Her name is much maligned owing to her ability to say the wrong thing at the wrong time, but there is no doubt that this Oscar-award-winning actor is as knowledgeable about beauty as she is about food. She has a small range of organic products that includes a replenishing night cream, enriching face oil, perfecting eye cream, and exfoliating instant facial. These products don’t come cheap (most cost around €100) but at least you know they don’t contain any toxic components.

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Z KORA ORGANICS BY MIRANDA KERR: Without a doubt, I recommend this brand, having tried quite a few items – including the Noni Glow Face Oil (a lovely way to seal in serum and other anti-ageing products), the Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum (great for targeting dark spots), and the Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask (a fantastic shortcut to smooth, glowing skin). My favourite of all their products is the Calming Lavender Mist, which I use after cleansing skin; it is especially wonderful in the summer so keep it in the fridge for a refreshing boost. The mist also comes in Balancing Rose and Energising Citrus. Most products made by Kerr’s company contain a ‘secret ingredient’ called Noni, derived from the noni fruit that is super high in antioxidants.


WHAT CAN ALICIA KEYS BRING TO THE GAME? The details of Alicia Keys’ beauty line are still being kept under wraps, but e.l.f. has announced that it will represent “”a culmination of Keys’ personal skincare journey and her passion for bringing light into the world; this new lifestyle beauty brand will enable Alicia to further explore conversations about inner beauty, wellness and connection.” Moreover, it will be inclusive, authentic, dermatologist-developed, and cruelty-free. It definitely sounds like something exciting and new, reminiscent of ethical companies like Isun Skincare, which respect the connection between the natural and human worlds and which deem sustainability and kindness to be core values.

INFLUENCERS STILL ROCK The world of beauty influencers seems to be far removed from that being delved into by celebrities like Alicia Keys or Gwyneth Paltrow. For one, influencer brands like Jeffree Star, James Charles for Morphe, Manny MUA and the like seem more centred on makeup than skincare. Of course, you never know when these two industries will cross and, so long as products released are made with a true commitment to quality and results, we couldn’t be more excited about it all. e

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VALMONT

SKINCARE TO TONE AND FIRM UP YOUR BODY

Valmont is a renowned skincare company from Switzerland, founded in 1905 and specialising in the physiological ageing of skin. Its products contain a combination of active molecules, pure plant extracts, and glacier water obtained from Valais. Some of Valmont’s top-selling products include the Deto2X Cream (known to oxygenate and restore vitality to skin) and the Clarifying infusion, which works like a gradual ‘peel’ to liberate the skin from dull residue. This month, however, we focus on the body – bearing in mind that it is bikini season. If home confinement has resulted in a few extra pounds or greater flaccidity, these body boosters will help you feel more confident on your next trip to the beach. We also bring you a cream that will target loose skin and lines in the face and neck area. COMPILED BY MARISA CUTILLAS

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after
Quarantine

This
is
far
less
effective
and
it
is
impossible
to
reach
deep
tissue
 freezing
temperatures
without
damaging
the
skin.
This
is
the
 reason
why
Coolsculpting
works
and
the
abundance
of
copycat
 “crylipolisis”
do
not.

Most
patients
opt
for
Coolsculpting
makeover
packages
with
 treatment
 to
 3-4
 different
 body
 zones.
 These
 makeover
 packages
can
indeed
produce
results
comparable
to
liposuction.

Coolsculpting
is
a
very
good
treatment
option
for
patients
who:

•Are
within
reasonable
weight
range
and
physically
active.

•
Have
some
very
stubborn
fat
deposits
that
are
impossible
to
 tackle
even
with
extreme
dieting
and
excercise.

It
 is
 the
 only
 non-surgical
 fat
 removal
 technique
 that
 can
 compete
 with
 the
 results
 of
 surgical
 liposuction,
and
where
results
are
achieved
in
only
 one
to
two
sessions.
Coolsculpting
is
the
leader
in
 non
surgical
liposuction
in
the
United
States
and
is
 FDA
(Food
and
Drug
Administration)
approved.

Zeltiq
 Coolsculpting
 has
 got
 a
 track-record
 spanning
 more
 than
 one
 million
 succesful
 procedures
in
the
United
States
already,
with
over
 200
 centers
 all
 over
 the
 country.
 This
 sets
 Coolsculpting
apart
in
non-surgical
fat
removal.

The
 procedure
 requires
 neither
 incisions,
 anaesthesia,
nor
any
physical
recovery.
Depending
 on
area
treated,
treatment
duration
is
usually
one
to
 two
hours.

Coolsculpting
works
via
extraction
of
heat
(energy)
 from
the
deep
fat
in
the
area
of
the
treated
tissue.
 The
 heat
 extraction
 is
 extremely
 effective
 and
 produces
temperatures
down
to
12
degrees
without
 damaging
the
skin.
In
contrast
to
Coolsculpting,
the
 abundance
of
copies
in
“cryolipolisis”
try
to
apply
 cold
instead
of
extracting
heat.

•Have
 further
 understood
 that
 they
 either
 live
 with
 those
 unwanted
deposits
forever
or
do
something
about
it •
Do
not
want
to
accept
the
stubborn
fat. •
Definitely
do
not
want
surgery.

Watch
our
Video
to
Learn About
The
Coolsculpting
Technique https://vimeo.com/95763479

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it
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together.

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ATHEROSCLEROSIS

ONE DISEASE, SEVERAL FACES!

Everybody has heard about heart attacks, strokes and clotted leg arteries but people rarely realise they are all pretty much the same thing just affecting different parts of the body. The disease is called atherosclerosis, the thickening and calcification of arterial walls, causing decreased blood flow to wherever the artery is leading. When a heart artery clots up completely, the result is a heart attack; when the same thing happens in the brain artery, we call it a stroke, and when a leg artery is occluded, we get black feet and toes called gangrene.

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ther organs can also be affected, like the intestine or the pelvic arteries causing even sexual impotence in certain cases. Sometimes the problem occurs only in the heart, in others just in the legs, but in many patients we do find it in different places at the same time. The good news is, modern technology has made it quite easy to screen for the presence of atherosclerosis and treatment has also seen tremendous progress – if the patient makes it to the doctor in time! The journey starts with a symptom. This is mostly pain in the area where blood flow and oxygen delivery is being decreased: chest pain is the red flag of the coronary artery disease, leg pain is the symptom of leg arteries being occluded, and stomach pain can

be induced by diseased abdominal vessels. Even impotence can be a cause of atherosclerosis of specific pelvic arteries. Cardiovascular centres use high tech equipment to evaluate all the vessels of the body and report the damage: where it is exactly and how bad is it! The Eco-doppler examination is the best known to most of us. Ultrasound waves produce clear pictures of our arteries and the extent of protruding, calcified plaques can be measured accurately, for example in the vessels going to our brain. In addition, the actual blood flow can be analysed and quantified, providing a good picture of the real issue. Angio-CT scans of coronary arteries or body arteries are also very accurate in showing where exactly the problem is to be found. For early detection and

risk stratification doctors use the IMT measurement of the carotid artery (neck artery), which gives a reliable prognosis of the patient's risk for developing significant atherosclerosis in the future. The same applies to the ABI measurement (Ankle Brachial Index of blood pressure) performed on arm and leg arteries. The results of these simple tests help formulate individual risk profiles leading to the optimisation of risk factors derived from our personal lifestyle and our genetic predisposition. As for the risk factors that we can influence ourselves – they are no secret and surely the most published and propagated in the medical and lifestyle literature. There is hardly anyone who is not aware of the danger of smoking, being over-weight and the lack of physical exercise.

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Elevated blood pressure, sugar levels (diabetes) and cholesterol levels are medical risk factors screened by doctors regularly because the optimisation of treatment will help reduce the risk for atherosclerosis tremendously. As for the genetic predisposition, it can be determined in certain cases but cannot be changed – at least not today. The treatment also involves high tech equipment. Endovascular procedures are the gold standard in most cases nowadays. Instead of opening the chest surgically for a coronary bypass operation, the interventional cardiologists/radiologists are entering the arteries through a small puncture in the wrist or groin, then using small straw-like catheters and wires to navigate to the culprit calcified plaque lesion, opening the narrowed area with a balloon and

placing a stent. The same kind of procedure is being performed in the case of other atherosclerotic arteries in the leg or neck. These procedures are very well tolerated by patients nowadays, the hospital length of stay is mostly only one day and there is no convalescence period involved due to the minimally invasive approach. Nevertheless, it is always best to opt for early detection and prevention, rather than fixing the damage. Optimal control of chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure and cholesterol are important measures reducing the risk of

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LIFE COACH: KNOCKING DOWN THE OBSTACLES TO PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS

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When we think of our ideal life, we often see obstacles that have stood in our way, not realising that the greatest of them all is sometimes our mindset. María Fernández, author of El Pequeño Libro Que Hará Grande Tu Vida (The Little Book that Will Make Your Life Big) taps into this idea, noting that human beings often fall back on excuses because making authentic change can be challenging. This month, we enjoy a Q&A interview with the author, who also provides readers with tips on how to best negotiate the current health crisis. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY GONZALO PÉREZ

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A LIFE COACH? I was working in the Tourism sector abroad. I was happy but I didn’t feel that I was utilising the full extent of my abilities. There was an energy inside me that wasn’t being channelled into helping myself or others. I decided to leave the industry, sell my car, and prepare with the best trainers in Spain. It was the hardest but also the best decision I have ever made. I had always had a deep sense of empathy and although my life wasn’t easy, I developed resources to bounce back from difficulties. I realised that my purpose lay in coaching – something I grew passionate about.

LEAVING A STABLE JOB TO PURSUE YOUR DREAMS IS ALWAYS A RISK… It was a challenge but it was also the first time I was listening to my inner voice. Precisely because I had burned bridges with the past, I didn’t give myself permission to fail. When you promise yourself that you will achieve a goal and you put your heart and soul into it, you obtain the results you are hoping for. When I started out, it was the year 2011 and we were in the midst of a global financial crisis. Then, in 2018, I started writing my book. Its success opened many doors for me. Precisely because I had taken such a big leap myself, I felt

more capable of helping others. WHAT TYPE OF COACHING DO YOU UNDERTAKE? Life coaching, executive coaching, and team coaching. Every day is different and it can involve visiting companies to train management, or coaching individuals in my own office. Since COVID I have been doing a lot of tele-coaching. I find that there isn’t much of a difference between coaching in person and doing so via video conferencing. HOW MANY SESSIONS DOES THE AVERAGE PERSON REQUIRE? You really can’t speak in

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‘averages’ when it comes to coaching. Some people need just a couple of sessions to feel ‘unblocked’ while others ask for follow-ups every month or month and a half until their goals are achieved. WHAT DOES COACHING INVOLVE? The aim of coaching is to work on the person’s thought patterns and emotions; to help them obtain a winning mindset.

they want to be in five years’ time, or the goals they wish to achieve. It is important to avoid making endless lists of goals because it can be impossible to achieve them all. It works better to focus on one goal and to give it everything you’ve got. The second obstacle is a lack of strategy (this is the easiest to work on), and the third is self-defeating thoughts and beliefs. When there is no conflict or fear standing in your way, you can finally be true to yourself and do what you genuinely love doing and are best suited for.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN OBSTACLES HOLDING PEOPLE BACK FROM THEIR DREAMS? There are three. Firstly, some people WHAT IS YOUR BOOK, EL PEQUEÑO don’t know what they want. They LIBRO QUE HARÁ GRANDE TU VIDA, haven’t worked out a plan of the person ABOUT? 

“In order to be happy you have to have the sensation that you are using the gifts life gave you and that you are improving others’ lives. The aim isn’t to be better than everyone else but rather, to grow personally and professionally.”

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It is centred on three themes: how to live authentically (in line with your values and vision of life), to have enriching personal relationships (through networking and cherishing friendships and family relationships), and to overcome challenges. When we are at peace within, we give and receive love in an enhanced manner and this also happens when we knock down our own internal walls. In order to be happy, you have to have the sensation that you are using the gifts life gave you and that you are improving others’ lives. The aim isn’t to be better than everyone else but rather, to grow personally and professionally. HOW HAS THE CURRENT COVID-19 CRISIS AFFECTED THE HUMAN PSYCHE? It has made us more aware of how vulnerable we are and in a way, it is good to recognise that. It is possible to embrace this vulnerability while being conscious of our inner strength. To aim for security and surety as a whole is ridiculous because we were born into uncertainty and that is what makes life beautiful. Human beings have always faced challenging times. Some have faced world wars and bombings; our cross is COVID-19. We cannot

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get angry at life or at the system. We need to ask ourselves what each of us can do to help ourselves and others in this situation. Don’t feel sorry for yourself; think of how you can find a golden seed in the middle of the devastation. True happiness doesn’t lie in living securely; it lies in knowing how to surf the wave of insecurity. g María Fernández’s book El Pequeño Libro Que Hará Grande Tu Vida is available on www.Amazon.es. Further information, www.coachingandmedia.com


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FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE SOCIAL SCENE, VISIT PERMACULTURE PARADISE AND RETREAT, BACK TO LA TIERRA, AND DISCOVER HOW TEENS VIEW THE CONCEPT OF GOING BACK TO SCHOOL.

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ROCCABOX ESTATES LAUNCH

Roccabox is a new Marbella-based property company specialising in short term holiday rentals and sales. Knowledge, personalised service, and an impeccable reputation are the values the company prides itself on. The team is ready to make the process of finding the right property, negotiating pricing and completing contract paperwork easy and simple. i www.roccabox.com

“The ultimate luxury is being able to relax and enjoy your home” – Jeff Lincoln

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SOLVILLA OPEN HOUSE – VILLA ALEXANDRA

Solvilla recently wowed guests at the open house presentation of Villa Alexandra – a newly renovated home featuring spacious interiors, a beautiful pool area, garden, and more, ensconced in the leafy suburbs of Nueva Andalucía alongside one of Spain’s most exclusive golf courses – Las Brisas. i www.solvilla.es

“If you go anywhere, even paradise, you will miss your home”– Malala Yousafzai

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ENGEL & VÖLKERS OPEN HOUSE – VILLA WAGNER 4

Engel & Völkers Marbella recently held an open house event to present Villa Wagner 4 in Sierra Blanca. The home has five bedrooms and six bathrooms and is built over 1,227m2, with a plot size of 2,002m2. Guests marvelled at the elegant interiors and heavenly outdoor pool area, which blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings. i www.engelvoelkers.com

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort” – Jane Austen

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ENGEL & VÖLKERS MARBELLA OPEN HOUSE – VILLA AMADEUS

Engel & Völkers Marbella recently held an open day event to present the stunning Villa Amadeus in Sierra Blanca. The home boasts an innovative modern contemporary design that captures the balance between style and comfort to perfection. i www.engelvoelkers.com

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DEBRA HOLDS ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

Butterfly skin charity, DEBRA, recently held its annual golf tournament, with over 100 players taking part to raise money for children with this condition. DEBRA’s team urges those with a giving heart to continue making donations, since “the state of emergency from March through to June resulted in an 80% drop in income for the charity. Funding has recovered to a point but in essence the drought continues.” i www.debra.org

”Your greatness is not what you have, but in what you give” – Alice Hocker

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BACK TO LA TIERRA Dr. Paul Arts and his wife Marina de Boer have opened a rural getaway in Mijas; one that is conveniently close to the hustle and bustle of urban life yet ensconced in a secret natural nook that seems like a whole other planet. At Back to La Tierra, rural tourism meets wild nature in a marriage made of passion. Marisa Cutillas visits the couple at their paradisiacal retreat. PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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hen we first featured Dr. Paul Arts in our report focused on something very different: aesthetic dentistry, a profession which seemed genuinely fitting for a Renaissance-type man who was also an artist and keen follower of the permaculture movement for some 25 years. I remember Dr. Arts telling me what a big difference a smile can make and recalling an episode in which one of his patients cried with happiness when seeing his new smile. At that time, I didn’t know he was housing a secret of his own: his own

discomfort at perceiving tension in his patients. “I can’t wait to get to the dentist,” no-one ever said, and Dr. Arts, an empath through and through, absorbed this anxiety. Over the years, it became evident to him that it was time for a change. A few years after our last meeting. Dr. Arts (whom most people simply call ‘Paul’ nowadays) headed back to Holland, where both he and his lovely wife Marina hail from. Their children were at the stage between adolescence and adulthood. Holland was convenient for their schooling and for Dr. Arts

to work freelance while exhibiting his artwork (one of his paintings, called Daniel – a semiabstract portrait of a child with a soul-searching gaze – was one of 200 selected to be exhibited at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam from almost 10,000 works). Paul’s work is a spectacle of colour; mysterious, contemplative, and profound as the artist is himself. “When I started painting,” he says, “my style was more figurative. As time went on, I began approaching the abstract as a way to add an interactive element to my art. I enjoy seeing

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people guess at what the painting expresses as ultimately, their truth is the ultimate judge of what they are contemplating.” Paul comes from an artistic, inquisitive, and active family. His twin brothers built both the heating system at home and Paul’s art house, perched above the garden. The shed was made using sustainable chestnut wood from Jubrique. “I work in the garden in the morning then paint in the afternoon,” says Paul, who takes part in art fairs and who is just about as passionate about art as he is about sustainability. A BEAUTIFUL RETREAT Paul and Marina have a lovely finca, called Back to La Tierra, in Mijas, comprising three main houses. They live in the top house, since their children, now aged 20 and 21, live independently.

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There are, additionally, two accommodations used for holiday rentals, retreats, and weekend breaks. THE BACK TO LA TIERRA APARTMENT This two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment can house four guests. Measuring 68m2 and boasting floods of natural light and views to the lush garden, it also affords direct access to a beautiful pool and to the orchard itself. The Apartment is divided into two suites: Sienna and Ochre, both of which contain beautiful antique furniture pieces, many of which hail back to former generations of the family. Here, natural materials like wood and clay abound and Paul’s gorgeous art graces signature areas in the suites. For instance, Marina shows me an antique chair once belonging to her family. “We were always looking for the


perfect spot for it and we found it here. We acquired cushions that complement its upholstery beautifully and I am so happy others can now enjoy and rest on it.” The Apartment has all the amenities you could wish for – including air conditioning, heating, a kitchen and lounge, washing machine, and more. The ensuite bathroom and beautiful corner-side bathtub in the Sienna Suite is just about as Instagrammable as it can get. Ask Marina about the little details such as the handles on the kitchen cabinets made by Paul using cane obtained from the garden, which is fitting in a place where nothing goes to waste. So many magical parts of this luxurious yet totally sustainable oasis were designed and created by different members of the family – including the gorgeous table setting beneath the 300-year-old oak in the garden or the poolside relaxation area, covered with a palm leaf roof.

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THE SAND STUDIO This is a smaller abode, comprising one bedroom, one bathroom, and a kitchen. It can be rented alongside The Apartment or on its own and it is ideal for couples and BFFs, since it accommodates two guests. It has a kitchen, ensuite bathroom, air conditioning and heating, and all essential amenities. There are some lovely details here as well that I have to inquire about when talking to Marina – including the stonework in the shower

that look as if they are picked from the garden but are in fact bought at a DIY shop and then turned into something artistic. “We love to turn natural elements into artistic touches by combining them with other materials.” WORKSHOPS AND COURSES DURING YOUR STAY Paul and Marina are so laidback and eager to inform guests about their unique lifestyle that it is a joy to be around them. Marina tells me that she

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teaches yoga classes in the spacious outdoor yurt, made of canvas and placed directly into the Earth. Guests can also check out Paul’s artwork at the gallery, though many stunning works are also casually placed around the houses. You can also opt for an introductory permaculture course and lunch, lasting four hours, which delves into how you can make the transition from being a dependent consumer to a responsible producer.


A FAMILY WITH HEART Paul and Marina take me through the gorgeous garden. Here, ‘swales’ (or channels) built by the family collect rainwater. Vegetables, trees and shrubs grow boundlessly and their son works endlessly alongside a HelpX volunteer, using cardboard to block the sun and kill weeds without the need for pesticides (since the sun doesn’t reach the weeds, they simply die, and can then be used for mulch – a necessary ingredient in this permaculture ‘forest’). Regarding volunteers, Marina tells me, “We invite them to stay in the camper van for free and we share meals with them, and in turn they work on the land a few hours a day. Most people who ask to stay are those interested in setting up a permaculture system back home.” THE SWALES Paul explains a bit about how water is collected: “When it rains, our lower driveway turns into a river. If we do nothing, the water runs off the land again and that is a waste because Andalucía is so dry and we need to conserve water. Permaculture techniques allow us to slow down the water, spread it, and soak the land. It takes years for the soil to become fully saturated but once it does, you no longer need to water it.” @ESSENTIALMARBELLAMAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2020 / 191


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THE COMPOST TOILET Back to La Tierra has its own well. Moreover, as part of various ongoing experiments, the property has a compost toilet in the garden which means no more flushing and a valuable gain for the compost heap. If you know little about compost toilets then you might think they smell. I checked it out and am pleased to say there was literally no smell at all. The solution is super simple and you should check out Back to La Tierra’s website if you wish to know more about it.

THE REED BED FILTER All the home’s waste water goes into a three-chamber septic tank. Solids and grease stay behind and the dirty water runs into a deposit with a pump. From there, it runs in small quantities and in short time intervals to the filtre bed. Paul says, “for the reed filter, we built a 9m3 basin, laid all the required tubing and filled it with rock wool as a substrate for the plants.” The rock wool, he adds, was obtained from a greenhouse in El Ejido – Spain’s largest agricultural

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area. “It meant two long journeys with a van to one of the most depressing landscapes you have ever seen: plastic, plastic and more plastic, as far as you can see.” The rock wool was then covered with marble gravel (to eliminate smells) and the pump placed. The dirty water goes through the oxygen-supplying reeds and is released as clear, odourless water that can then be used to water the plants. THE SWIMMING POND As I sit beneath the ancient oak and happily chat with Paul and Marina, life suddenly seems infinitely more positive and beautiful. It is a joy to watch their son working relentlessly. I’ll admit that I know people this age and you wouldn’t catch them working outside or separated from their devices and phones for


more than a few minutes. Paul’s son beams with a huge smile when he sees me; he has every inch of the kindness and gentleness of his parents, who are doing this, Paul says, “not for ourselves but to leave something to them.”

dog Beno (whom the family adopted from Triple A) coming up to say hello, and three cats (Pipo, Semy, and Shiva) lazing around. As I leave Back to La Tierra, with its lovely breeze and leafy surrounds, life somehow starts to feel smaller. INTO THE WILD There is something Paul and Marina’s indescribably vast about children have not grown living the permaculture up the way most have. lifestyle and about Marina laughs as she sharing your knowledge tells me, “They never with others, the way wanted to swim in Paul and Marina do the (main) pool. They every day. Working on have always preferred the land, finding creative to have a swim in the ways to establish a pond because they many-layered forest, and loved being surrounded inviting others to join you by frogs, tadpoles, and is incredibly meaningful. dragonflies.” Indeed, the “I hope to one day create orchard is home to many a community of people animals – including doing the same thing,” plump chickens clucking says Paul. “In a town away happily, the ‘smiling’ called Davis, in the U.S.,

there is a self-sustaining community created in the 1980s that now comprises 240 houses. They produce so much food that they cannot consume it all and have to bring it to market.” Paul and Marina’s plans are endless and varied. He says, “We all know we are on a dead-end track and I don’t want to say, ‘You knew about it, why didn’t you do something about it?’.” Marina adds, “We are enjoying our journey and constantly developing new insights and understanding. Permaculture is an entirely new way of life; one that addresses the causes of imbalances rather than finds quick solutions to its symptoms.” i www.backtolatierra.com

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school we have been told that they will be required when we are in hallways and other spaces in which social distancing is impossible or difficult. However, it seems that within our classes, we won’t have to wear masks – something that my mum in particular is worried about, since it is precisely in small gatherings and in airconditioned rooms that many people have been infected. I have no doubt that this year will be different, particularly in terms of classes like physical education, where in the

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past much of the activity was centred around contact sports. We will most likely be engaging in more individual types of sport, something that suits me as I am into running and other ‘lone ranger’ means of keeping fit. I also wonder how things will be for senior students. Last year, of course, there was a big issue in the UK when the closing of schools meant that students were not able to take their A-levels. As many of you may know, teachers were told to submit the grades they thought each student


would have received if they had sat for the exams and the grades were later reviewed by the regulatory body, Ofqual. The latter felt that the teachers had been too generous with their grading and worried about the possibility of ‘grade inflation’. They therefore created an algorithm to decide grades instead of trusting the teachers. The new algorithm resulted in around 40 per cent of the teachers’ predicted grades being downgraded (only two per cent of students’ marks improved). This led to public outcry, with many students complaining that the algorithm punished high achievers from less affluent families, whose schools had not achieved high A-level scores in the past. They also argued that the algorithm appeared to favour students from exclusive private schools (since the percentage of students from feepaying schools who had obtained high marks was more than double that of those awarded to students from public schools). There were many heartbreaking stories of students who had already been accepted into top universities, only to lose the chance to do so because the offer was contingent on them achieving the requisite number of A grades (something they would in all likelihood have done if they had actually sat the exams). Finally, Ofqual

changed its policy, allowing students to use whichever estimate was higher (i.e. the teachers’ estimate or the algorithm results). All’s well that ends well but the process certainly caused much upset. There is no doubt that next year will be another unique one. Some predict that part-time attendance will eventually be the norm (i.e. students attending school in person twice a week or so instead of every day). Others think the government will once again impose online learning. In reality these drastic measures can be reduced if we all just do our share. Less parties, less risk-taking, less denying the evident problem. The way each of us behaves has such a big impact on everyone else so, as far as I am concerned, this is more a matter of duty than discretion. e

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NEW TOYS FOR CURIOUS CATS Outward Hound has just released a new line of popular Nina Ottosson Interactive toys made just for felines! The collection comprises three puzzle toys that encourage kitties to hunt for food by using their mind and creating their very own strategy! The puzzles are called Buggin’ Out, Melon Madness, and Rainy Day and each one can keep your cat occupied for hours on end. i Available on www.amazon.co.uk


CAN DOGS SENSE PREGNANCY?

53-YEAR-OLD PET TORTOISE READY FOR A NEW HOME

Many families will tell you that their pooch can sense when a baby is on the way – even though exactly how much they know is conjectural. The American Kennel Club reports that because dogs have a keen sense of smell, they can most probably detect changes in a woman’s body when she is expecting. Dogs have 60 times as many smell receptors as humans and they can differentiate up to 100,000 aromas! This might explain why they suddenly become more clingy, hypervigilant, and protective of pregnant women. The humancanine bond is a mysterious and wonderful thing indeed.

The world seemed to have ended for Ms. Jennifer, a 53-year-old tortoise, when her owner passed away due to COVID-19. The reptile was taken to an animal adoption centre in Boston and it wasn’t long before floods of calls came in from people wanting to take her home. Ms. Jennifer’s previous owner was a woman who “absolutely doted” on her, “showing her off to friends and strangers alike,” the adoption agency said. Staff recently held a birthday party for the sweet tortoise, who will soon go to a worthy owner who can give her the love she deserves. Pet tortoises have an average lifespan of more than 70 years, so they are a long-term commitment indeed!

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WE HIGHLIGHT TWO NEW RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS: VISTA LAGO AND IPANEMA. WE VISIT THE INSTALLATIONS OF WINDOW, DOOR AND

CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, PROTEC; AND WE MEET RETIRING SWANS SCHOOL’S TEACHER, MS ANNE.

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One of the most luxurious projects in recent times, Vista Lago Residences is a select collection of 18 designer villas overlooking the lake at Real de La Quinta. Set in a country club environment surrounded by nature and designed for the ultimate lifestyle, it is the product of an award-winning development team. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BRIGHT

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DESIGNED FOR EXCEPTIONAL LIVING

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t isn’t easy to stand out in Marbella, as this is a market known for its luxury homes, exclusive gated communities and great locations. Architects work hard to produce winning designs in collaboration with experienced developers, but ultimately there are only a few that not only stand out but also become timeless examples of development in which concept, design, location, amenities, finishing and services come together harmoniously. Vista Lago Residences is such a project, for the elements that have gone into its creation are not only rich in inspiration, passion

and quality, but they are also carefully thought out by an experienced and creative team of architects, interior designers, landscapers and specialists in property development. Vista Lago Residences, set in the beautiful surroundings of Real de La Quinta, is the product of BRIGHT, itself a collective of property experts supported by the creative skills of UDesign, an award-winning company that specialises in the architecture and interior design of singular homes. It is a blend of product vision coupled with an expert design studio that produces BRIGHT, and enables it

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to create homes of exceptional style and quality. It all begins with a concept grounded in offering quality of product and location; its further development, through design, construction and finishing, is marked by painstaking attention to detail whose aim it is to create luxurious homes with timeless

appeal. The goal set is ultimately to offer the best lifestyle available in Marbella – and Vista Lago Residences is a fine example of it.

GATED LUXURY ON THE EDGE OF MARBELLA

If the concept is the seed from which excellence comes, then the location is the soil in which it grows.

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and briefing sessions involving the developers, architects and render artists, the latter of which have earned UDesign a reputation for excellence. With renders that are hard to tell from actual photos, the process is refined until a beautifully styled and detailed design concept is in place, from which the architectural styling and interior dressing of the exclusive villas take shape. Natural light, the daily movement of the sun, temperature, wind, views and sunsets are all taken into account, not least indoors but

also on the terraces and gardens that envelop these homes, which invite the opening of sliding doors to let nature and spectacular vistas into your life. Interior styling is key to allowing the villas to achieve their full potential and offer their owners a unique quality of life and sensory engagement, and in this the choice of tones, textures, proportions and materials is of vital importance. All these elements are to blend harmoniously with the volumes and natural light fall created by the architect, and in their

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quality and how they are applied, aspire to take it to a new level of perfection. Art plays another important role, injecting colour and vibrancy into open-plan rooms that become joyous living spaces; a pleasure to be in. Naturally all of this is accompanied by the latest in advanced technology, not only in terms of build sophistication, home comfort and entertainment options, but also in achieving the kind of low-consumption sustainable homes that Bright works hard to realise.


A BEAUTIFUL HOME SHOULD villas remarkably lowBE A JOY maintenance and However, within the Vista Lago Residences, technology also serves to add to the beauty and living experience of your villa as a whole. It provides the technical and functional solutions that do away with the design compromises and limitations of the past; helps to make these luxurious, spacious

practical, and importantly, contributes to making your property an even more joyful and inspiring place to be. If luxury is in the details and opulence in the quality, then options come in the form of amenities and enjoyment in the way the home makes you feel. It is the last of these elements that is so hard

to define, so elusive in achieving, but by looking at the creation of residences in a bespoke way, with the passion of an artisan, BRIGHT is capable of executing just that – wondrously exciting villas that surpass the expectations of even luxury home buyers to offer something truly special. Indeed, in a place where it is hard to stand out, Vista Lago Residences shines brightly. g Tel: (+34) 648 981 111 info@by-bright.com www.by-bright.com

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One of the most luxurious projects in recent times, Vista Lago Residences is a select collection of 18 designer villas overlooking the lake at Real de La Quinta. Set in a country club environment surrounded by nature and designed for the ultimate lifestyle, it is the product of an award-winning development team. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BRIGHT

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LIFESTYLE APARTMENTS PURE BY DESIGN

#PUREDESIGN is the guiding principle behind the creation of all the projects and properties created by Kronos Homes. A leading developer in Madrid, Barcelona, The Algarve, Lisbon and Mรกlaga, the company has been responsible for such noteworthy projects as The Edge in Estepona, Panorรกmica in Fuengirola, La Finca de Sotogrande, Oasis 325 in Estepona, and Eden in El Chaparral, Mijas Costa. Now, with the launch of Ipanema, the concept evolves even further. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF KRONOS HOMES

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he luxury apartments that make up Ipanema are part of a select collection of modern lifestyle developments by Kronos Homes. They follow the creative concept and quality benchmark set out in the company’s #PUREDESIGN philosophy, whose mission is to produce homes of exceptional appeal in which form, function and enjoyment are harmonised in handpicked locations that stand out for their views, their private setting and their convenience. “It’s a tough goal we’ve set ourselves with the above,” says Kandy Paterson, Commercial Director of Kronos Homes in Málaga, “but as a company we believe that this is nothing

short of what modern property development entails.” Indeed, Kronos Homes has committed itself fully to a new, modern era, and this includes not only contemporary design, modern construction materials and techniques, but also 21st century technical standards, comfort levels and lifestyle aspects, not to mention a growing commitment to sustainable development and customer care. “New technologies and attitudes must be reflected in the homes being created, regardless of whether they are second homes, fulltime residences, or where they are located on the Costa del Sol,” says Kandy. Ipanema, the newest of the brand’s

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projects, is a complex of 146 two and threebedroom apartments and penthouses that not only reflects this philosophy but is a product of it. #PUREDESIGN IN A PRIME LOCATION “You cannot separate location from the process, so finding the right setting for our projects is very much a part of the overall philosophy. In fact, it is the starting point and in many ways the most

demanding part of all. You won’t believe how many locations are discarded for a whole range of reasons before all the criteria we set are fulfilled.” Ipanema occupies just such a carefully sourced position overlooking the Calanova golf course, the nearby sea and the rolling hills of Mijas. Though just minutes from the amenities and lively ambience of La Cala de Mijas, Ipanema is also within easy range of Fuengirola,

Mijas Pueblo, Elviria and Marbella – all of which are within a 20-minute drive. “It feels like a country and golf setting, but within a short distance of the beaches and coves of La Cala, and as such offers the kind of location we strive for— namely one that offers peace and privacy as well as convenience within beautiful surroundings.” When found, such a prime position deserves the finest design and

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build quality, and this is where the second and third ‘pillars’ of the #PUREDESIGN philosophy of Kronos Homes come together. “It all begins with a lifestyle concept in which location and design form the foundations for homes that offer the best in contemporary quality and lifestyle,” says Kandy. Leading Marbella architects González & Jacobson were chosen to create the design for the apartments and large rooftop penthouses. The result of the interaction between brief and architect is a stylish development with timeless appeal. The blocks in which the apartments and penthouses are located are lowrise, small, intimate and elegant, surrounded by lush communal gardens and each endowed with its own perspective of mountain 210 / SEPTEMBER 2020 WWW.ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

and sea views. The entrance creates a sense of arrival, leading through an internal road meandering between greenery to parking bays and carports. LIFESTYLE LIVING BETWEEN BEACH AND GOLF “The brief was to create homes that provide the optimal Costa del Sol lifestyle and experience,” says Kandy, and it has taken shape in the form of sleek architecture with attractively rounded features. A key element are the expansive wrap–around terraces of the penthouses, which offer a pure lifestyle setting in which to enjoy the Marbella way of life amid wonderful 360-degree views, not least of the attractively landscaped greenery and pool decks of Ipanema itself.


Providing space, optimal build quality, amenities and technically advanced homes is the next part of the #PUREDESIGN pedigree, and with it come solidly constructed spacious apartments that equate quality spec with a tasteful use of materials, form and light. Design and detailing are carefully balanced to great effect, with a broad range of luxurious features amid open-plan living, modern kitchens and elegant bathroom suites. These are homes made for ultimate enjoyment, so slide open the doors from your living room or master bedroom to a large terrace, and you’re enticed to make the most of life in a beautiful spot.

Within the complex is a beach and lagoon pool surrounded by joyous gardens, while an indoor spa features a heated swimming pool for year-round use, sauna, steam bath and also a gymnasium with professional standard equipment. This is fivestar resort living between beach and golf, with all the attractions and amenities of Calanova Golf, La Cala, Mijas, Fuengirola, Marbella and MĂĄlaga on your doorstep. Sport, leisure, culture, nightlife and nature in a #PUREDESIGN concept waiting to be explored. g Tel: (+34) 951 568 553. www.kronoshomes.com

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GRUPO PROTEC

CONSTRUCTION, WINDOWS AND DOORS, AND HIGH-END PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION The Protec Group, comprising a team of over 40 talented specialists in their fields, has grown from strength to strength since its establishment in 1996. Back then, CEO and founder André Jensen, who at the time worked in sales, chanced upon the opportunity to launch a company that was centered on windows and doors, and Protec Ventanas S.L. was born. Just four years later, in 2000, the company expanded into construction and Protec Construcciones S.L. was born. Today, the group has a third fundamental pillar: Protec Distribuciones, dedicated to the acquisition and distribution of high-quality construction products which are otherwise unavailable in Spain. As is evident, André Jensen and his wife Silvia are a forwardthinking couple who are constantly ready to adapt to changing and extended demands. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN AND COURTESY OF PROTEC

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n my recent visit to Protec, I was impressed by the sheer scale of their operations. They have three large warehouses and offices, with numerous departments filled with dynamic teams of technicians. Silvia explains, “We specialise in top quality windows and doors, offering discerning clients features like thermal insulation, anti-theft protection, and energysavings.” Windows that are made-to-measure

can help a home save up to 60 per cent of lost energy, by keeping heat out in warmer months and bringing warmth in, in colder ones. Silvia takes me through the installations, telling me about the fascinating history of Protec. “Our first big construction project was a villa in El Rosario,” she says. “We got into construction because as our client base grew, many began asking us if we knew of someone reliable to take on large-scale

construction work. We knew many trusted suppliers so we began creating vital synergies with them, and today, we have a tight-knit group comprising reliable professionals in everything within the construction industry.” Renovations are another big source of business for Protec. Some clients simply request the refurbishment of their pool and garden areas; others might require a complete change. “All

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our workers have ample experience in Germany, UK and Spain and they are familiar with the construction methods used in each of this countries, including those pertaining to cold/ heat insulation, antihumidity protection, etc. “We essentially provide all the construction work required, from start to finish, offering a complete turnkey service so that clients do not have to worry about licences and bureaucratic matters.” One of the many qualities that makes the Protec Group so fitting for the Costa del Sol is that the team is multilingual. Staff can attend to clients in a plethora of languages, including Spanish, English, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Arabic and Russian. “We are an international company and our aim is to make construction and window selection easy for clients

wishing to speak in the language they are most comfortable with.” The international nature of the company

see a window maker holding a six-meter-high window frame. “This is nothing compared to some of the largest

is symbolised by André and Silvia themselves. The couple met when Silvia (who, like André, is German) was in Spain for the holidays. Her mother needed new windows, and André, who was already enjoying great success in this sector, stepped into their home and a spark was lit. Despite having branched out into construction, windows and doors are still an important source of activity for Protec. “People give us a call and we send our technical representative to their home so we can provide them with a quote.” Silvia takes me to the window manufacturing area and I am surprised to

ones we make,” says the designer, indicating the type of high-end villas, buildings, and other projects Protec serves. The key value that has led the Protec name from success to success, says Silvia, is dependability. The team works in close conjunction with architects, ensuring all projects have appropriate building licences – a matter that has become far more stringent in the past few years. Over the years, Protec has also built key relationships with plumbers, electricians, floor specialists – just about every service required to build a home. Protec’s current projects extend from Nerja to Sotogrande,

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varying greatly in nature and size. As we walk through the vast buildings in the PolĂ­gono (located in Fuengirola), Silvia introduces me to everyone, ranging from those attending clients for window and construction matters, to those working in admin, workshop heads, members of the sales team, accountants, and more. The impressive home base also has a large meeting room to attend visitors. Here, high-end TVs and other tech

equipment make it easy for clients to envision the way their home or building will look like. Protec is a friendly, international team that is ready to take all the work of reformation or complete construction off your hands. If you simply wish to change a door or window or you are after energyefficient solutions for your home, give them a call. The responsible team members of the Protec Group are ready to provide you many options which can make a significant change to your quality of life.

g PROTEC GROUP Camino Pera de Agua 81-104 Pol. Industrial Los Perales Mijas, MĂĄlaga. Tel: 952 587 573. www.grupo-protec.com

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WHEN YOUR DATA MATTERS TO YOU

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There are some who say the Costa del Sol is only about tourism and property, but did you know that gradually and quietly, a tech services sector is evolving here? It’s happening thanks to people such as Jesper Wiberg who, drawn to the area by its quality of life, are sharing their international knowledge and working in tech-based companies with the ambition of becoming market leaders in their industry. Michel Cruz talks to one of the founding partners of TraceMyFile about an innovative service that helps web users protect and recover not just their data, but their privacy too. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TRACEMYFILE LTD

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he Internet gives us a world of knowledge, news, entertainment and the ability to connect with friends and make new ones, but it comes at a price. Privacy is increasingly a thing of the past, and while mass marketing companies use your online behaviour to profile your interests and direct accompanying advertising at you, there are other, more sinister forces at work too. Think

not only of hackers who steal your data, your intellectual property and even blackmail people, but also of trolls and bullies who spread personal information and images across the internet. The cloud is meant to offer full protection against this, but it is primarily designed to hold vast amounts of information in a protected environment, like money in a bank,

and it doesn’t entirely work as a fireproof vault, so like a bank it can be attacked and robbed. TraceMyFile is a concept and a company born out of a desire to provide solutions to this problem by creating a virtual vault where you can store and protect your data with complete security, safe in the knowledge that it is specifically designed to keep hackers and other online parasites at bay.

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A SAFE DATA STORAGE AND RECOVERY SERVICE TraceMyFile was founded by Swedish couple Gunnar and Diana Nilsson in Marbella with the belief that online privacy should be accessible to everyone, not only to professional players and established companies that can afford it. Though the company is now based in London, a lot is done from Marbella thanks to Danish business and sales professional Jesper Wiberg. Jesper’s working career led him through Denmark, England, Australia and the USA to Marbella where he joined TraceMyFile shortly after it was founded. “Our Swedish developers have created state-ofthe-art image recognition technology that has many potential applications – from guarding trademarks and rights-protected material, not to mention the reputation of large corporations, to helping the police and security agencies in their work. Yet our initial focus is not so

much on commercial and institutional clients but on everyday internet users like you and me,” says Jesper. Most new firms of this kind would use a top-down approach that begins with lucrative big corporate clients and then gradually trickles down to private users, but TraceMyFile has adopted the opposite approach, focusing for now on creating a range of data protection and recovery services aimed at normal people. The service is under full development, with new applications being launched all the time, but at present the core service consists of providing comprehensive image protection in its storage, sharing, tracing and monitoring. These services protect the digital assets, copyright and intellectual rights, privacy and reputation of its users, and in addition to placing your new material in an online ‘vault’ safe from hackers and trolls,

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g To Invest in TraceMyFile and help create a safer Internet for our future, contact: Jesper Wiberg Tel: (+34) 662 958 493. jesper.wiberg@ tracemyfile.com www.tracemyfile.com

it also has the ability to trace lost and stolen files, and provide full legal support when the client wishes or needs to take action. PROMOTING A SAFER INTERNET Just as in the real world, it is unfortunately necessary


to protect yourself online, as many photographers, concept developers and also celebrities and teenagers have found out. Young girls are particularly vulnerable to image theft, only to see their intimate photographs splattered across various platforms in an age where copy and grab is still remarkably easy. TraceMyFile will not only help you prevent this from happening in the future, it will also scan the internet for stolen material, find it, and help you recover it, if needed with effective legal assistance.

It is therefore an important tool in reputation management, and can be used to make dating sites more honest, protecting users from phoney profiles designed to lure in customers under false pretences. It’s also an invaluable method available to photographers and other commercial users of imagery and logos to protect their trademarks, photos and product development. “The service range will be greatly expanded in the near future,” says Jesper, “but right now we wanted

to focus on the core reason why we developed TraceMyFile, and that is to provide a safe storage and image/data protection service for normal users, be they private individuals or businesses.” With the on-going development of services such as TraceMyFile, the possible applications are endless and identity theft and trolls could become a thing of the past, making the online experience a safer one more exclusively focused on the positive things the Internet gives us. e

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Over the past 50 years Swans School has developed from a single villa in Marbella to now provide some of the finest educational and sporting facilities on the Costa del Sol

MS ANNE SMYTH A PART OF SWANS SCHOOL’S HISTORY, AND ITS FUTURE

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This summer, much-loved teacher Ms Anne Smyth retired from Swans School, after an amazing forty one years of service. Over all those years of incredibly meaningful and loyal contribution to the school, she saw generations of children arrive as nervous three year olds and leave as confident, educated adults with a bright future ahead of them. She had been their teacher, their swimming coach but, more importantly, she had been a wise, positive, inspiring and stable presence in their lives, someone they could always turn to in moments of doubt. WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY SWANS SCHOOL

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nne arrived in Marbella from the UK in 1979, feeling (by her own admission) a little disillusioned with teaching. She had worked at a tough British school and had begun to wonder if the career was right for her. She had set off travelling around the world, but she met Ms Tessa Swan-Liggan, founder and owner of Swans School, who encouraged her to work for just a few terms at the school, which was still fairly new. Ms Tessa has many wonderful memories of that time, in which the school was housed in just a few small

buildings in El Capricho, and had an impressive number of school pets including donkeys, horses, goats and rabbits. Those few terms that Anne had originally intended to work at the school before going off travelling turned into a few more terms, and then into years, and then into decades. Swans School has always been very much a family affair. It is family-run and owned, and many former students grow up and send their own children to the school. Unsurprisingly then, Anne has watched generations of families pass through the school

(including her own two sons). One of her former students was Jayne Hunter, now Managing Director of Swans School. She remembers vividly her inspiring geography lessons, earning swimming badges under Anne’s tutelage, the weekend camping trips, and being taught karate by Anne’s husband Mick. Jayne chose to educate her two daughters at Swans, and very much values the meaningful role Anne has played in their lives too, as well as the privilege of working alongside her. More recent years have seen Anne branch out into

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charity work. As Director and School Liaison Officer for charity RifCom, she has travelled many times to Morocco, to the Rif mountain range, where she oversees projects that improve the lives of poor rural populations. This desire and determination to make the world a better place is something she has brought to the school – over the years, she has led many trips to Morocco, where students have had the opportunity to see the disparity between their lives and those of

people in a country that neighbours their own. Even those students who haven’t travelled themselves have been encouraged to do what they can, either by donating money, clothes, shoes, stationery, toothbrushes, or by helping to sort and pack the goods that are collected to be taken to the projects. The philosophical effect this has had on the entire culture of the Swans community cannot be understated – we all think of the world differently now that we have been inspired

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by Anne’s can-do attitude. We can make a difference, we can change the world – it starts with a single step. Fellow longstanding staff member and primary teacher Janice Adamson said that Anne is “the person that everyone turns to for honest advice and support, always there to listen.” On behalf of Swans’ current Student Council, Teresa Urbano said Anne “embodies the word encouraging; she always tries to help everyone, and always manages to make


Ms Anne in 1984 at the annual Swans ‘International Day’ celebrations! • Ms Anne beside the original Primary School swimming pool in 1976

everyone’s day much better,” and Deputy Head Student Alexia Collot D’Escury said “if there is one thing that all Swans students can agree on, it’s that Ms Anne is a role model for all of us. I don’t think that words can truly describe what an inspiration she has been for our generation.” Ms Tessa says that Anne is “a part of Swans’ history and its future,” and we are so glad that Anne will continue to oversee Swans’ collaboration with RifCom and be a part of enriching our students’ school experience. She is a one-off, who truly practises what she preaches, living the life she means to inspire in others. Just like the fact that she isn’t just a swimming coach – she is a member of a local swimming team who swims competitively and wins races for her age group regularly – she isn’t just someone who talks about the

importance of charity, she lives by it. Long after graduation, it has always been Ms Anne that alumni remember. When her photograph appears on the school Facebook page, it gets more likes and comments than any other, and for good reason. Ms Anne is a true Swans legend. i www.swansschoolinternational.es Miss Anne is not only a swimming coach but also competes herself – and wins

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enterprise to highlight the very best providers in the luxury tourism and travel design sectors. The Marbella Club also recently presented its brand new website, which contains key information regarding everything from accommodation to services. i www.marbellaclub.com

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MARBELLA CLUB HOTEL SHORT-LISTED FOR THE BEYOND LUXURY AWARDS The Marbella Club Hotel is pleased to have been shortlisted for the first edition of the Beyond Luxury Awards, which will be celebrated at a glamorous gala in Barcelona. The event aims

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ESTEPONA HOTEL & SPA RESORT PRESENTS LOS VERANOS DEL ESTEPONA RESORT Estepona Hotel & Spa Resort is a new concept hotel on the Coast. The resort recently celebrated Los Veranos de Estepona Resort – which combined gastronomy and music and which was marketed at residents, guests, and residential tourists. The first

show featured was with Spanish singer and composer Carlota Mad, and other acts included pop singer Lara Alcázar, duo Merino Música, and composer and singer, Alex Wall. The resort also recently opened Ponja – a Nikkei (Japanese/Peruvian fusion) restaurant that now joins its main restaurant, Dama de Noche, as well as La Terrace Bar and the Palapa Grill Gastro Bar. i www.esteponaresort.com

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PUERTO BANÚS – FIRST MOTOR SHOW Puerto Banús recently held its first Motor Show, featuring over 100 luxury vehicles. Visitors marvelled at the plethora of high end vehicles from Ferraris to Jags, Lamborghinis, and more. The event highlighted the value of Puerto Banús as a luxury destination; one in which motor vehicles, fashion, and gastronomy combine to perfection. i www.cohencars.es

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DÍAS BOX – CURATED BEAUTY EXPERIENCE DíAS BOX is a box of cosmetic essentials that offer an authentic in and out self-care routine, comprising six beauty boxes designed to address different beauty needs: Antiageing, Youth care, Men care, Sport and Home care. By opting for the Subscription Box, you can indulge yourself with top quality products assembled especially for you. Inside each box you will find carefully selected cosmetics from original Spanish brands as well as healthy supplements to boost your inner beauty as well. A new beauty approach that supports local manufacturers awaits you. i www.diasbox.com

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LOLA CASADEMUNT LAUNCHES NEW CORNER AT EL CORTE INGLÉS PUERTO BANÚS Trendy fashion house Lola Casademunt now boasts a brand new space at El Corte Inglés Puerto Banús. This is the 17th such space in Spain for the brand, which also has 13 of its own shops. The company is currently headed by Paco Sánchez, exexecutive of Pronovias. The space will comprise clothing and accessories and it can be found on the ground floor of El Corte Inglés. i www.lolacasademunt.com

MI COLCHÓN OPENS NEW STORE IN SAN PEDRO DE ALCÁNTARA For a wide array of mattresses and sofas, head to the brand new Mi Colchón in San Pedro de Alcántara. The store measures over 500m2 and sells items by numerous respected brands – including Treca, Himolla, Huckla, Vispring, Tempur, Sealy, Flex, and luxury brand, Estrella Nessen. The store also sells items online. i www.micolchon.com

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RUBIK’S DEBUTS DIGITAL CONNECTED CUBE AT THE RED BULL RUBIK’S WORLD CUP The 2020 Red Bull Rubik’s World Cup, the first ever digital speedcubing competition, will witness the debut of the new digital Rubik’s Connected Cube. The digital Cube relies on the same platform as GoCube and both connect to the Rubik’s Arena, allowing amateur and professional competitive cubers to compete virtually. The

World Final, which will take place on November 7, is a global competition designed to challenge the most accomplished speedcubers in the exhilarating emerging sport. Now in its third season, the World Cup advocates speedcubing as a professional mind sport and gives cubing athletes the opportunity to compete in new formats. i www.rubiks.com

TELEMEDICINE IS HERE TO STAY, REPORTS VITHAS Grupo Vithas reports that telemedicine, far from being a temporary aid during the pandemic, will be a vital tool in the long-term. In the case of the Vithas Málaga, Vithas Xanit and Vithas Rincón, around 70 per cent of specialists can attend to patients via chats or video conferences, which is handy, especially for follow-ups and revisions. The Vithas Group also wishes to inform readers that around 40 per cent of children have myopia and that regular eye checks are key so as to treat the problem as early as possible. i www.vithas.es

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COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION AT THE PEDRO PEÑA ART GALLERY If you enjoy viewing art in person, then head to the collective exhibition by Pedro Peña, Paula Vincenti and María Egea. The exhibition, curated by Elena Caranca, started in August and will continue until the end of September. The works reveal the personality of their creators, highlight their lack of conformity, and stress the importance of risk taking. g The exhibition can be viewed via appointment. Tel: 952 824 962. artgallery@pedropena.com

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MARBELLA – FIRST CITY GRANTED COVID-SAFE STATUS Marbella recently became the first Spanish city to obtain the COVID-safe certificate, granted by the Instituto para la Calidad Turística Española (ICTE). The latter’s Director, Fernando Fraile, praised the Marbella Town Hall for having “worked for various months” to adopt sanitary measures that could help reduce the spread of the virus. These measures include disinfection of specific areas and controlling the capacity of beaches. i www.marbella.es


NEW WEBSITE FOR SHANTI-SOM Ojén-based wellness retreat, Shanti-Som, recently launched a brand new website, featuring 20 per cent discounts during the entire month of August for all bookings. The new site offers information on all their programmes, which are centred on yoga, detox, Pilates, fitness, weight loss, wellness, holistic treatments, and healthy food. i www-shantisom.com

MARIPOSA ENERGÍA LAUNCHES MONEY SAVING SOLAR PV GREEN ENERGY PRODUCT San Pedro-based Mariposa Energía has just added Solar PV panels to their sustainable energy offering, giving businesses and homeowners alike the opportunity to instantly lower their electricity bills, while helping to save the planet. Embracing the latest technology, the green energy broker is able to conduct the survey remotely via satellite and will take care of the whole process, including installation, registration paperwork and maintenance support, while providing a 20-year guarantee and low-cost financing options. Those who opt for Solar PV panels will also receive payments for any surplus energy they produce. g For information, Tel: 951 120 830 or email info@mariposaenergia.es

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PUERTO BANÚS CONCEPT STORE Puerto Banús recently launched a Concept Store, selling sustainable, limitededition items, inspired on nautical themes. The collection includes technical clothing, gourmet food items, jewellery, accessories, and more. All items are made with sustainable materials and boast an FSC certificate (which is controlled by Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund). i www.puertobanus.es

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BLEVINS FRANKS – NEW OFFICE IN LA CALA DE MIJAS Blevins Franks continues to expand in Southern Spain. After opening a new office in Marbella last year, the company is now relocating its Mijas Costa office to larger, more prestigious premises in La Cala de Mijas. As its client base grows, it has recruited more partners and staff to maintain a high level of service. The new office, located alongside La Noria golf course, is a convenient place for clients to attend meetings and its main terrace overlooks the ninth green. The restaurant/ clubhouse and first hole are beside the office entrance. There is also ample parking for the convenience of clients. g The new office is located at: Urb. La Noria Golf, La Cala de Mijas.Tel: 952 198 029. www.blevinsfranks.com


HIGUERÓN WEST – PHASE VI LICENCE GRANTED Eco-friendly development, Higuerón West, is pleased to announce that it has just been granted a licence to commence work on Phase VI. The development comprises luxury homes and beautiful landscaped

areas known for their careful finishing, layout, and design. It is within a 10to 25-minute radius of Fuengirola, Benalmádena, Mijas, Marbella, Málaga and the international airport and boasts beautiful views over the Mediterranean. i www.higueronwest.com

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FIND OUT WHAT MAKES MICHELIN-STARRED CHEF, QUIQUE DACOSTA, TICK, READ UP ON THE LATEST NEWS ON FOOD, AND CHECK OUT

WHY A CHILLED GLASS OF MARBELLA BLUSH ROSÉ HAS BECOME THE TALKED-ABOUT TIPPLE OF THE SUMMER.

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“Cuisine knows no frontiers but it does have roots and we give them wings in the form of unique sensorial experiences – gastronomically imaginative ones that are evolutionary, avante-garde, and innovative.”

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QUIQUE DACOSTA

HARNESSING THE FLAVOUR OF CUISINE WITHOUT FRONTIERS He is one of Spain’s best-loved and most highly lauded chefs. Quique Dacosta, born and raised in Jarandilla de la Vera, is the founder of an eponymous restaurant in Dénia, Alicante – an establishment that has garnered an enviable three Michelin stars and a reputation for cuisine that blends vision and tradition to perfection. One of the most striking things about this chef is that he is entirely self-taught. Curious and passionate about food since his youth, he recalls discussing this profession when he was 14 years of age with his mother. Sacrifice, she warned him, would be required for a life dedicated to food: “Cooking transports you to places, it embraces you, it gives and takes away in equal measures, but it seduces you, enamours you and when you wake up there is no turning back; you are caught in its grasp.” WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF QUIQUE DACOSTA RESTAURANT

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uique decided to put all his time and effort into being a chef in 1986 (at El Poblet, now Quique Dacosta restaurant). Back then, all he really wanted was “to make a living in a simple way; to run a humble, artisanal business; to give our clients food and drink, to feed the soul as well as to provide fuel for the body.” Many days have passed since then but, interestingly, he says that his team’s ideology remains virtually the same. “Our territory is our signature; tradition and memory lend us stability and authenticity… the table is the best place to express identity.”

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In 2012/2013, Quique Dacosta restaurant received three stars from the Michelin Guide and it has featured consistently in Restaurant Magazine’s The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. It was also named Best Restaurant in Europe (2012 and 2013) in the prestigious list, Opinionated About Dining, by Steve Plotnicki. In 2013, the chef was declared Doctor Honoris Causa in Fine Arts by the University Miguel Hernández. These are just a tiny representation of the many awards garnered by Quique and his team. Without a doubt one

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of the most memorable things the Chef has done is appear in the excellent Amazon Prime special Una Vida, Una Cena, in which he takes on his biggest challenge yet: that of expressing (through food) the memories of six of Spain’s most famous celebrities/ artists/athletes. The list includes Najwa Nimri, Inma Cuesta, José María Manzanares, Garbiñe Muguruza, Andrés


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sourced from.” The chef is keeping busy in many other realms aside from running a successful restaurant. He recently designed a line of domestic kitchens alongside Porcelanosa and features in the latest campaign by Swiss watchmakers, Breitling. He has also published De Tapas con Quique Dacosta, which features 80 recipes of his own creation. Quique is additionally an ambassador for Velencoso, and of course, owing to the passage of Acción contra el Hambre. multi-Grammy-award time and to the current Finally, he has launched winner, Alejandro Sanz. state of affairs, have ArrosQD – an innovative From July 1, the taken on an incalculable concept in the heart of restaurant decided to beauty.” Quique wishes London. He is also the offer diners one (and only to embrace the sense of owner of three additional one) menu, called Quique appreciation – a value establishments: El Poblet Dacosta Restaurante he has held close to his (which has one Michelin XX–XX. Through his heart since he started star), Llisa Negra, Vuelve creativity, the chef hopes 30 years ago. “Produce Carolina, and Mercatbar “to reconstruct and always takes prime value, in Valencia. i www.quiquedacosta.es relive memories which, as does the territory it is 242 / SEPTEMBER 2020 WWW.ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM


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DIVOT LAUNCHES IN MARBELLA

DIVOT is a gastro grill restaurant that offers prime quality meat dishes as well as a variety of fish and pasta options made with the finest of produce. Featuring an open plan kitchen, it is the perfect place in which to see beautifully presented, tasty dishes being prepared for enjoyment by the whole family. It was launched by top professionals, who boast over 20 years’ experience in the restaurant trade. Situated in Camino del Ángel, close to Urbanización Dama de Noche, Divot is open daily from 12pm to 11:30pm. i www.divot.es

NORDÉS GIN PRESENTS LIMITED EDITION CAMINO DE SANTIAGO BOTTLES Galician gin brand, Nordés, has just launched a limited edition collection called Camino de Santiago. The bottles feature an illustration of a pilgrim – the ultimate symbol of ‘the path’ itself. The bottle’s design is inspired by traditional ceramics from Sargadelos and the gin preserves Nordés’ refreshing, balanced flavour. i www.nordesgin.com

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PACHA MAMA – THE COOKBOOK If you would love to adopt a plant-based lifestyle but you don’t know where to start, the book Pachamama – The Cookbook might just be a perfect fit for you. It is the culmination of 10 years of learning, testing, tasting, tweaking, exploring, and experimenting with plant-based foods. Authors Anne Marie and Benjamin live beside a small river in Tarifa. Their book features 120 of their most treasured, cherished, finger-licking recipes, perfect for everything from breakfast to a big brunch, light lunch, or even an easy dinner. i Further information, www.pachamamaorganic.eu

MARBELLA CLUB WELLNESS MENU

AMPERSAND LAUNCHES NEW MANGO CHILLI GIN

One of the hottest trends around in the trade is flavoured beverages and Ampersand hasn’t disappointed this summer, launching a Mango Chilli variety with a wonderful spicy ‘bite’. Accompany this one with a lime-lemon sparkling beverage and serve in a tall glass with ice and a twist of lemon! i www.osborne.es

The Marbella Club has always been a place where you can unwind while restoring your health and wellbeing and its new Wellness Menu makes these goals more achievable. Offered at all the resort’s restaurants, the menu comprises healthy haute cuisine based on vegan and vegetarian principles, whipped up by Chef Andrés Ruiz. The menu is as delicious as it is nutritious and it comprises a total of 160 dishes, many of which are made with local cuisine. i www.marbellaclub.com

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INTERVIEW WITH

LUCAS BRICOUT DE BURGOS

5TH GENERATION OF BODEGAS MÁLAGA VIRGEN & FOUNDER OF MARBELLA BLUSH ROSÉ TELL US ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE MARBELLA BLUSH ROSÉ Firstly, for those not familiar with our winery (Bodegas Málaga Virgen), we are a family winery founded in 1885, so we have more than 135 years as experts in the refinement of Classic Fortified Málaga wines from the Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel grape varieties. For the last 2 decades we have been developing our Still range of wines with 246 / SEPTEMBER 2020 WWW.ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

recent varieties grown in the region such as Syrah, Merlot, Tempranillo, Chardonnay, Verdejo, etc. We now have more than 35 wine references, comprising the two categories (Fortified and Still). The new Marbella Blush Rosé wine is a very personal project with a historical connection. Back in the old days we also produced Marbella Verde, which was a sweet white wine. So, the expertise for the production of


Marbella wine has been within our family for many years. As regards the innovative Blush Rosé, I would simply say that it has been developed for the same reason as all the good things happen in life, because of a woman, the woman of my life. Together, we have enjoyed many of the beach clubs and restaurants around the area, and I was always surprised how often she would order Rosé wines from one specific region outside of Spain. And the explanation was quite simple too, it was a pale wine, light in

aroma and taste and at the same time very lively and refreshing. Therefore, it was clear that there existed an opportunity in the market to produce something locally.

by the sun. The wine comes from a rigorous selection of the best Sierras de Málaga Syrah grapes, with only the prime grape clusters from several plots. When the grapes arrive at the HOW IS IT PRODUCED? winery, immediately When the grapes after de-stemming, attain the optimum we accomplish a level of ripeness, direct pressing we proceed with using gravity the harvesting. We followed by low undertake night temperature harvesting in order fermentation to benefit from lower of the freetemperatures, so the run must (virgin vine will suffer less grape juice). when the clusters are It is quite a cut, and also so that difficult and the grapes arrive at risky process the winery undamaged because all @ESSENTIALMARBELLAMAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2020 / 247


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the production goes in at once. From this, we obtain a fragrant, slightly intense wine with red fruit aromas and floral notes. It constitutes a fresh and broad palate, harmonising a good balance of acidity with light saline touches and fruity accents that leave a pleasant sensation of freshness. I strongly recommend a food pairing with Thai food and Sushi but also as a quality drink to enjoy with friends on an afternoon or evening.    HOW COME IT IS NAMED MARBELLA?  As mentioned before, our family was also previously producing a Marbella wine, but we wanted to do something special. And if we were going to make a Blush Rosé, there is not a better brand to name it after than ‘Marbella’ as it consists of more than just a place, synonymous with a lifestyle which matches very well with the Rosé vibe! Also, we have been very careful in designing the presentation, from

the spectacular sensual bottle, silkscreened label, and the exclusive crystal vinolok closure. WHERE CAN WE FIND THE WINE? This may not be the best year to release a new product onto the market but here we are! We already had the production in our wine tanks so we had to bottle it and launch it. We can say that we are very proud of the tremendous acceptance Marbella Blush Rosé is having since its release back in May.  For the time being, we are present in some of the most exclusive restaurants, clubs and beach clubs in the area such as Trocadero, Lov Olivia Valère, Occo, Naô Pool Club, Naga, Divot Gastro Grill, La Sole del Pimpi, and many others. You can also find it in luxury cafés such as Rosas Café and lounges like Blend in Puerto Banús. It is additionally available in flagship

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