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contents The People Korinna Kocsis 14

The Trend Cinema 20 Home Viewing 22 Music 24 Books 26 Gadgets 28 Cars: The New Rolls-Royce Wraith 30

The Focus 34 European Hotel Design Awards 42 Retro Style 48 Style Icons 54 Gentlemen Callers 56 Danny Avila


The Style 60 Décor: The New Baltus Collection 66 Fashion: Airfield Autumn/Winter 2013/14 72 Fashion News: ‘It’ Items for the Season

The Spa Beauty: Hot Hairstyles for Winter 76 Beauty News 78 Health: Wonderful Whole Foods 80

The Pro Enterprise 82 Property: The Sanctuary in Gibraltar 92 Ausbanc: New Office in Marbella 94 Finance: Some Good News for Spain! 95

The Vibe Marbella’s Social Scene 96

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The Leisure 100 Hotel Omm, Barcelona 102 Golfing in Style

The Gourmet 107 Venta El Jinete 109 La Trattoria 110 Food News 112 Chef’s Profile: Alejandro Álvarez of Café del Mar 114 Wines with Style

The Guide 116 Listings

The Blog 125 Pet News 126 What’s On 128 Stars 130 Kid’s Zone

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Marbesa: Unique in design, quality and location! Beachside, newly built villa in a striking contemporary style. Latest technology and highest qualities. Infinity pool, under-floor heating, domotic system. 4 Beds, 4 baths. Built 385 m2, Plot 815 m2. E&V ID: W-01NTW7 Price: € 1.900.000

Los Monteros Beachside: Fantastically priced! Beautiful, very private villa in modern Andalusian style situated close to La Cabane beach club. Under-floor heating throughout.4 Beds, 5 baths. Built 291 m2, plot 977m2. E&V ID: W-00BM12. Reduced from € 2.450.000 € to € 1.850.000

Beachfront Elviria: Bargain! Spectacular and unique! Elegant duplex penthouse with breathtaking sea views situated in an exclusive gated community with direct beach access. 3 Beds, 3 baths. Living area 160 m2, terrace 100 m2. E&V ID: W-013NCX. Reduced from € 1.100.000 to € 790.000

Beachfront Bahia de Marbella: Elegant semi-detached villa with private swimming pool and fantastic garden, situated directly on the beach front in a gated community. 6 Beds, 6 baths. Built 380 m2, plot 503 m2. E&V ID: W-01NXCO Price € 1.890.000

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Marbella Club, Golden Mile: Unique property in a unique location! Spectacular villa with 5.000m2 plot and fantastic sea views situated next to the Marbella Club Hotel, 50 Meters from the beach. Separate guest apartment. Private tennis court. 5 Beds, 5 baths. Built 1.251 m2, plot 4.981 m2. E&V ID: W-01FT6N. Price: P.O.A.

Sierra Blanca: Spectacular residence with majestic driveway, impressive entrance, luxury interiors and marvellous gardens. Sea views, cinema room, bodega room, games room, bar and disco. 6 Beds, 6 baths. Built 1.472 m2, plot 2.357 m2. E&V ID: W-01O59N. Price: P.O.A.

Beachfront Golden Mile: Rare opportunity to purchase a frontline beach villa directly on the beach promenade of the Golden Mile for a fantastic price. Breathtaking views from all rooms. 24 hours security. 4 Beds, 3 baths. Built 161 m2, plot 52 m2. E&V ID: W-01O417. Price: € 2.000.000

Sierra Blanca, Imara: Unique! Contemporary, very stylish townhouse in the most modern gated community. Private garden, highest qualities, underfloor heating, fireplace. 2 Beds, 3 baths. Living area 163 m2, terrace 114 m2. E&V ID: W-01O9WV. Price: € 695.000

Marbella Hill Club: Beautiful villa with lovely sea views situated in the exclusive community of Marbella Hill Club. Majestic driveway and separate swimming pool area. Very private. 4 Beds, 3 baths. Built 429 m2, plot 1.305 m2. E&V ID: W-01MSWE. Price: € 1.900.000

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CASCADA DE CAMOJAN , MARBELLA – 4.950.000€ BUILT SIZE 446m² . PLOT SIZE 8213m² . 7 BEDROOMS . 5 BATHROOMS Ref: 108857 Features: • Expansive plot • Mature Gardens • Enclosed outdoor entertainment area • Games room • Tennis court • Sea Views • Large Pool • Ornamental Lake • Security • 5 minute drive to beach and amenities



Features: • Frontline golf • Sea views • Self-contained staff apartment • Small gated community • New quality build • Indoor pool/ Spa Gym • Large Infinity pool • Two minute drive from amenities • 5km from Puerto Banus

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Style The way in which something is


said, done, expressed or perfor


tyle is present in Architecture, Design, The Arts, Music, Cuisine, Fashion, in how we look, dress & behave. It is highly pervasive and a determining factor in our lives. Style Edition – especially appropriate for Welcome to the a lifestyle magazine – which simply exudes style and finesse. Hotels are very often at the forefront of sophisticated architecture and design and this month sees the European Hotel Design Awards being announced at the Park Plaza Hotel in London. Take a look, too, at the marvel of Barcelona’s Omm Hotel. We also investigate current trends which include a revival of retro styles and a return to gentlemanly behaviour, and check out some worldly style icons. We interview Danny Avila on a whistle stop visit to Marbella and top Hungarian model, Korinna Kocsis, who is on this month’s cover, both great exponents of style. We also bring you elegant designs from Airfield, courtesy of Fashion Villa, and hot hairstyles for this winter. There are few vehicles more refined than a Rolls-Royce, and we relax in style aboard the new Wraith. For unparalleled luxury and distinguished design, it doesn’t get much better that at The Sanctuary in Gibraltar or with the Baltus Collection in Marbella, all reviewed in these pages. Finally, to finish off a great issue, relax with a grand glass from our Wines with Style feature.

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There is nothing more inspiring than youth, at least for the many of us who think of few things more laudable than achieving success when one is still a teen; a time when hormones are supposed to be running haywire, when one’s greatest preoccupation is usually what to wear to the next rave party or, perhaps, how to pass that dreaded calculus exam for once and for all this term!


discovery gave rise to Attila and Korinna’s new ‘baby’: the Look Your Best Fitness & Lifestyle Studio in the luxurious Marina Banús complex. Korinna trains “around three times a week” at Look Your Best, completing both cardiovascular and strength training workouts. She beams as she tells me that she also loves rising early in the morning and going for a jog along the seafront, her golden skin testimony to her love for the gentle rays of the early morning sun. She is delighted to be in Marbella and hopes to delve into the fashion scene here, to enable her to enjoy a few more days of the coastal life, during her hectic working year. Korinna is also honing her business skills alongside Attila, whom she defines as her “greatest inspiration”. Korinna elaborates: “He has achieved so much and it is amazing how much he knows about setting up and running businesses”. As our interview comes to a close, she tells me of another of her biggest dreams: that of being a Mum! “I love children so much!” she smiles, mentioning that she has been helping raise funds for Hungarian children’s charity, Children’s Village (www., for the past five years. As would be expected from one with such a clear vision as to where her life is heading, Korinna hopes to have “two children: a boy and a girl”. Thus far, she has COVER PHOTO: achieved some pretty impressive PHOTOGRAPHER Gergác Tibor ( goals, so we have no doubt that she MAKE UP Balassa Zita will one day be a great Mum, model HAIR Kiss Adrienn and businesswoman, all at once. STYLIST (CLOTHES) Blend Sárvár Above all, we hope that she never LOCATION Sárvár, Hungary stops aiming for the top. g Tel: 951 134 990.

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till, there is a deeper kind of desire, and an ambition that is known by a lucky few; Korinna Kocsis, the stunning 22-year-old Hungarian beauty Queen who won the chance to represent her country at the prestigious Miss Earth pageant in Manila, Philippines (where she came within the Top Ten), is certainly in a select group of young achievers who don’t let stereotypes hold them back. At the tender age of 16, she had already won her first beauty contest and her attitude was always worlds away from that of the typical shy adolescent who has little confidence in her own beauty. “I love pageants”, she says, though modelling is as keenly pursued a profession for her, largely because her required presence at Europe’s top catwalks allow her to indulge in another great passion: travel! Indeed, Korinna’s diary reads like an eternal adventure, with frequent flights between fashion Meccas like Paris, Milan, Budapest and her current ‘home-base’, Marbella. Korinna has the expected elegance and charm associated with an international beauty queen, yet although she stands proud at 174cm tall, she is somehow incredibly petite in person. Hers is a delicate, feminine brand of beauty, yet one also senses strength and determination behind her youthful appearance. Indeed, Korinna has been working hard on gaining a host of additional skills; she is a trained beautician and a popular fashion designer in Hungary, designing her own collection for the Analisa line, comprising youthful, casual items of clothing which are on the ‘must-have’ lists of Hungary’s trendiest young urbanites. Korinna’s love affair with Marbella goes back a long way, since she was first besotted by “the fantastic weather, the people, the atmosphere”, several years ago, when she visited the Coast with her fiancée, fivestar Golf Resort Entrepreneur, Attila J. Hegyi. Like Korinna, Attila, a former pro sportman, is also a keen fitness fanatic who chanced upon an excellent training programme which allows clients to burn fat, lose weight, build muscle and indeed achieve all their fitness goals, in just a few 20-minute sessions a week. These sessions involve personalised, one-on-one classes with University-qualified instructors and the use of high-end EMS (Electronic Muscle Stimulation) equipment. This


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Parcelas del Golf, Nueva Andalucía – Ref. MPV1824

FABULOUS LOCATION! Beautiful south-facing villa in a safe gated community with 24-hour security, in impeccable condition, with a beautiful mature garden and heated pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. The property includes a small 2-bedroom cottage for guests or staff. A great family home, only a short stroll away from restaurants, bars and all amenities and services! Beds: 5 • Baths: 5 • Built: 345 m2 • Plot: 1.022 m2 • PRICE: 1.350.000 €

La Trinidad, Marbella Golden Mile – Ref. MPA2007

Apartment in the heart of the Golden Mile, close to the beach and a short drive to Puerto Banus and Marbella town. The property is beautifully presented and tastefully decorated in a modern style. The community offers residents an indoor heated pool, gymnasium, sauna and summer bar. Beds: 2 • Baths: 2 • Built: 147 m2 • Terrace: 30 m2 • Price: 775.000 €

Lomas de la Quinta, Benahavis – Ref. MPA1236

GREATLY REDUCED! Very spacious, sunny 2-bed apartment in a gated complex with south-facing views over the beautiful community gardens from the terrace. In perfect condition and including garage space and store room. Close to La Quinta Golf Academy and driving range. Superb buy! Beds: 2 • Baths: 2 • Built: 129 m2 • Terrace: 37 m2 • Price: 249.500 €

Want to sell your property? What can you expect from MP Dunne? We will guide you through the entire process of selling your property, giving you sound and helpful advice along the way, and you can be assured that our pricing is accurate and honest, based on real research and our extensive market knowledge. Focusing on the greater Marbella area, and with specific market

expertise in the Marbella Golden Mile, Sierra Blanca, Guadalmina Baja and La Zagaleta Country Club & Golf Resort, it is our mission to deliver our clients a superior service. Conveniently located along Marbella’s Golden Mile, directly opposite the prestigious Marbella Club Hotel, MP Dunne Properties is your Link to Luxury Listings.

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Vega del Colorado, Nueva Andalucía – Ref. MPV1870

Exceptional south-facing villa in a gated community in the Golf Valley of Marbella, with spectacular views across beautiful manicured gardens towards the Mediterranean Sea. Magnificent terraces where cool summer evenings and outdoor entertaining can be enjoyed to the full. Professional home cinema, games room with snooker and pool tables, and large fully fitted gym. Simply stunning! Beds: 6 • Baths: 5 • Built: 1.140 m2 • Plot: 4.650 m2 • PRICE: 4.950.000 €

Last Green, Nueva Andalucía – Ref. MPT1883

FURTHER PRICE REDUCTION! HIGHLY MOTIVATED SELLER! Elegant, spacious townhouse in a premium golf urbanization, enjoying private garden with access to the community pool. Large roof terrace with entertaining area and spectacular views to the sea, golf courses and mountains. Beds: 3 • Baths: 3 • Built: 350 m2 • PRICE: 595.000 €

Embrujo Playa, Puerto Banús – Ref. MPA2039

Spacious ground floor apartment in a lovely beach side, gated community offering high level security including CCTV and 24-hour security. Residents can enjoy lovely gardens and 2 swimming pools in a well located urbanization which is walking distance from the beach, Puerto Banús and San Pedro. Beds: 2 • Baths: 2 • Built: 175 m2 • Terrace: 37 m2 • PRICE: 360.000 €

Altos Reales, Marbella Golden Mile – Ref. MPV1911

A fabulous opportunity for those looking to purchase a property to renovate and to make totally their own, in one of the best Marbella urbanizations by far. Spectacular roof terrace with BBQ area, and amazing sea views. This property has great potential and is going for an unbeatable price! Beds: 3 • Baths: 3 • Built: 274 m2 • Plot: 736 m2 • PRICE: 795.000 €

La Alquería, Benahavís – Ref. MPV1940

Wonderful south-facing luxury villa located in a quiet residential area overlooking the golf course, with views towards the sea and mountains. Beautiful private garden with swimming pool. Special features include high beamed ceilings, sauna, and home cinema. A property that should be viewed! Beds: 5 • Baths: 5 • Built: 574 m2 • Plot: 1.491 m2 • PRICE: 1.690.000 €

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This edition is all about style and we give free reign to our inner aesthete with stylish books, gadgets and the

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Lawrence (I Am Legen » ACTORS Jennifer erson, Lawrence, Josh Hutch Liam Hemsworth

» GENRE Drama/Biography » DIRECTOR Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy)

» ACTORS Tom Hanks, Catherine

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12 Years a Slave

This powerful film is based on the 1853 autobiography of the same name by Solomon Northup, a free man who was tricked, kidnapped and sold into slavery. Solomon struck up a remarkable friendship with his first ‘owner’, Baptist preacher, William Ford. Unfortunately, his time with Ford was all too brief and he was forced to endure terribly inhumane conditions during his 12-year life as a slave.

» GENRE Thriller » DIRECTOR Jorge Dorado

(in his debut feature film) ACTORS Taissa Farmiga, Mark Strong, Brian Cox


Mindscape is the mindblowing story of John, a gifted man who is able to delve into the thoughts and memories of others. The action begins when he is called upon to take the case of a young girl who may be a victim of her circumstances or a cold-blooded psychopath. Meanwhile, he must avoid becoming so united with her that the negative consequences of this powerful experiment begin to outweigh the positive.

» GENRE Documentary/Musical » DIRECTOR Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me)

» STARRING One Direction

This Is Us

Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis are names that may not mean much to you if you’re over 25, but to millions of teens around the world, the components of One Direction are what The Beatles were to 1960s teens. This Is Us is an enlightening documentary which delves into how the lads rose from their humble beginnings to competing on X-Factor and eventually performing at London’s famous O2 Arena.

» GENRE Crime/Thriller » DIRECTOR Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising)

» ACTORS Ryan Gosling,

Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm

Only God Forgives

Talented actor Ryan Gosling plays a drug-smuggler making a mint in Bangkok’s criminal underworld. Things are going surprisingly well, until his mother comes to him with a desperate plea: to find and kill whoever assassinated his brother. Winding Refn and Gosling have made tension-filled magic in the past in the unforgettable film, Drive.

» GENRE Crime/Thriller » DIRECTOR Denis Villeneuve (Incendies)

» ACTORS Hugh Jackman, Jake

Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis


Hugh Jackman plays a desperate father who kidnaps the man he suspects has caused the disappearance of his six-year-old daughter and her best friend. Yet the closer he comes to getting the man to confess, the closer he gets to losing his soul.


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» GENRE Comedy » DIRECTOR Pedro Almodóvar

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» ACTORS Javier Cámara, Hugo

Silva, Raúl Arévalo

» IMDB RATING 5.7/10

I’m So Excited

One of the most rewarding aspects of Pedro Almodóvar’s wide body of work is how unexpected and original each of his films is. In I’m So Excited, Spain’s most famous Manchego once again touches on an array of taboo subjects, including sex, death and madness. Don’t worry about things getting too serious, though: I’m So Excited is probably Almodóvar’s most light-hearted film ever, a campy romp centred on the crazy antics of a charismatic bunch of pilots, stewards and stewardesses, who discover that their plane is probably going to crash in a few minutes. The proximity of danger leads to a string of shocking confessions and to a musical number that will leave you in stitches. Only Almodóvar could still manage to shock, delight and present his loyal fan base with something incredibly new and different, after so many years in the business.



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» IMDB RATING 5.7/10

Our Spanish readers will probably find the name of Sylvester Stallone’s character in Bullet to the Head rather comical: Jimmy Bobo. Jimmy is a tough mercenary who is taken by surprise when a ruthless assassin murders his good friend and sparring partner. Determined to take revenge, Jimmy allies with an inexperienced detective (Sung Kan) to uncover one of the biggest mafia organisations in New Orleans.

» GENRE Biopic » DIRECTORS Joachim Rønning (Pirates » GENRE Action » DIRECTOR

Taylor Hackford (The Devil’s Advocate)


Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez

» IMDB RATING 6.1/10


Jason Statham plays Parker, a thief with a strict code of ethics who demands absolute loyalty from anyone he works with. During a heist, his crew double crosses him and leaves him for dead. Parker vows vengeance and follows their trail to Palm Beach, where he meets a struggling real estate agent (Jennifer Lopez), who knows the island like the back of her hand. Parker enlists her help to discover his former colleagues’ plans to steal jewellery worth a whopping $50 million.

of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Espen Sandberg (Max Manus) » ACTORS Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård » IMDB RATING 7.2/10

Kon-Tiki Kon-Tiki is the true story of Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian explorer who crossed the Pacific on a wooden raft in 1947, just to prove that in preColumbian times, South Americans could have crossed the sea to settle on the Polynesian islands. The voyage was 8,000 kilometres long and took 101 days to complete. Heyerdahl eventually wrote a biographical book which was translated into 70 languages and sold over 50 million copies around the world. To this day, his story is as inspiring as it is unique.


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2013 has been a brilliant year for DAVID BOWIE – and it’s not over yet. The return of the Thin White Duke has been welcomed by millions worldwide and the January released The Next Day album was favourite to win the prestigious annual Mercury Prize award which was due to be announced on October 30. The album is being reissued on November 4 with an extra 10-track CD of bonus songs and a DVD featuring the four videos made for the album. And he has reportedly signed up to be the face of LOUIS VUITTON – a TV ad is due to be aired before the end of the year. ONE DIRECTION are returning to Spain next July; as you can imagine tickets went faster than these words were written – but there were tickets for Barcelona still available at the time of writing from El Corte Inglés. Bet those boys won’t have much time to themselves while on tour as (Cruella) COWELL is insisting on a fourth album which they will record thanks to a mobile studio that will follow them around (just in case the bubble bursts?). Meanwhile their third album, Midnight Memories, drops on November 25. The band say it is “quite retro” – well I’m hearing Should I Stay Or Should I Go by THE CLASH in Live While We're Young and latest single Best Song Ever sounds like Baba O’Riley by THE WHO - quite retro indeed!

n Music Awards will be The prestigious MTV Europea in Amsterdam. Well when we 10 er emb Nov broadcast live on will be a slight broadcasting say live, what’s the bet there n – who knows what she will tow in is US delay as MILEY CYR a pancake”? get up to after a “shmoke and

Christmas is coming and every Tom, Dick and GARY (as in BARLOW) are pushing their wares this month. His new album, Since I Saw You Last (his first solo in 14 years), lands on the 25th and it has TV coverage of a different kind with a poster at the bus shelter on TV soap Coronation Street. But his old mate ROBBIE WILLIAMS will beat him to the shops by seven days with his newie Swings Both Ways. However both will have SUSAN BOYLE breathing down their necks with her festive offering on the 25th, Home For Christmas, which includes a mastered duet with ELVIS PRESLEY (who has The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Songs out on Nov 4). It’s said that WAYNE ROONEY likes to relax before a game listening to her songs. In February we told you about HAIM; last month the three Californian sisters went to number one with their debut album Days Are Gone. Another new name to note: LORDE, this 16-year-old New Zealand singer/songwriter has caused ripples the other side of the Atlantic by becoming the youngest person to top the Billboard singles charts in 26 years with Royals. She is 17 on November 7 and hopes to celebrate her debut album, Pure Heroine, which is released the week before, getting to number one.

Is ADELE ready to resurface? Since having her baby she has been lying low but talk around town suggests she is in line to portray the legend that was DUSTY SPRINGFIELD in a biopic which will be set in the late 1960s when the Son Of A Preacher Man singer recorded her classic album Dusty In Memphis. Adele has a lot of admiration for Springfield, who released 14 studio albums between 1964 and 1995 and passed away in 1999 following a battle with breast cancer, saying the late singer “put English women on the map”.

With the winter now here gigs are few and far between but the Coca Cola Experience 2013 takes place at Málaga’s Sala Paris on November 9 with Spanish boy band AURYN headlining plus XUSO JONES and Spain’s first girl band SWEET CALIFORNIA. Get tickets from Corte Inglés.

The end is nigh for JLS; they release their final single Billion Lights on November 10 with Goodbye: The Greatest Hits, out a week later. A farewell tour starts next month but MARVIN HOLMES could be in for a busy 2014. In January he will start presenting The Voice and he is also an official ambassador for the Ryder Cup golf tournament that takes place in Scotland next September. While on tour in Mexico last month, Spanish band DELOREAN were taken hostage by kidnappers posing as local police who called each band member’s family to demand a ransom of 5 million pesos (€283.000) for each person. The plot was foiled with a joint operation by Interpol plus Mexican and Spanish police. The prayers of many have been answered as MUMFORD AND SONS are said to be taking an “indefinite break” from the biz. After their recent appearance on Later With Jools Holland, a fellow musician on the show called them “Village idiots with instruments”.


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VOGUE: THE EDITOR’S EYE BY ANNA WINTOUR Vogue’s iconic Editor, Anna Wintour, brings us her latest gem: a compilation of some of the most stunning images appearing in Vogue magazine, captured by photographers such as Steichen, Horst, Avedon, Penn, Newton, Leibovitz and Testino. The Editor’s Eye is much more than a visual feast; it provides a colourful study of the importance of the role of the Fashion Editor in top fashion magazines. “With the same photographer, the same model and the same clothes, three different Fashion Editors would produce three vastly different images”, says the introductory blurb and, indeed, Fashion Editors are responsible for conceiving the idea for a shoot and selecting the tone and feel of a published photograph. The book focuses on some of Vogue’s all-time greatest professionals: Polly Mellen, Babs Simpson, Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman, Camilla Nickerson, Phyllis Posnick, etc., through a series of enlightening articles and interviews.


The best thing about this ‘DIY’ style guide is that it teaches you that looking effortlessly chic is a matter of careful planning and shopping for a set of basic outfits and accessories that don’t necessarily require a big budget. Style Clinic will also teach you how to dress for your body shape, personality and profession, so you can use the way you dress to express who you are and who you want to be.


Truly stylish people create universes of beauty around them – at work, at home and wherever they tend to spend a lot of time. Cupcakes and Cashmere is set to unleash the inner interior designer in you, providing a host of inspirational ideas to style yourself and your home, as well as present food and entertain guests in fresh new ways. The book is divided into seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter), and it teaches you how to make the most of every time of the year. You will find advice on everything from the five outfits you should have in your wardrobe, to how to navigate flea markets, organise jewellery and layer your accessories for the perfect boho-chic look.


Lauren Conrad, alias Olivia Palermo’s nemesis on hit reality TV show, The Hills, offers readers a host of style tips and dishes on her favourite designers, outfits and sources of inspiration. She says that the pursuit of style is a long-term journey for her and that her metamorphosis from scruffy Californian teen to chic cover girl was a laborious and rather well-planned effort! Lauren delights fashionistas with an array of little tips (including beauty and hair secrets and how to shop vintage), revealing how fun it is to play dress up, even when you’re all grown up. There’s plenty of practical advice here too, on everything from what to pack when you travel, to how to dress for work and how to make heads turn at parties.


Ronda Carman presents the personal living spaces of today’s leading interior designers, including Ashley Hicks, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Jan Showers and Rose Tarlow. The homes range from sprawling country villas to luxurious penthouses and contemporary apartments. Style isn’t about how much money you have, however; the book is a treasure trove of inspirational ideas for those which much smaller budgets too.



“Serving luscious meals is an art form as intimate and varied as making love itself, and like good lovers, good cooks are experts on how to tantalize and satisfy”. So begins this beautiful testimony to the importance of creating visual splendour with every dish that you serve. Budding Chefs will find a wealth of fantastic recipes from Asia, the Mediterranean and North Africa.


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NUEVA ANDALUCIA Ref. 9223 Lovely large villa with panoramic views, situated in the heart of the golf valley, 2 on a large plot of 3.455 m . Built on one level, with large reception rooms, 5 bedrooms plus a study, separate snooker room, large garage, under-floor heating, huge basement. Price: €1.900.000

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Rolls-Royce built its original Wraith for just two years – 1938/39 – and its brief life was probably due to World War II interrupting the production of luxury cars. The all-new 2014 Wraith will certainly have a far longer run, though comparing the two cars is like discussing the difference between a Sopwith Camel and a Eurofighter Typhoon. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ROLLS-ROYCE


he new Wraith is claimed by Rolls-Royce to be the fastest and most luxurious motor car it has ever built and few people are likely to doubt that. Perhaps even more importantly, it’s being described by many who’ve seen the car (including me) as the best looking Rolls ever, though purists of the marque would have lots to say about that. Basically, the Wraith is a two-door fastback coupé and it’s obviously based in some respects on the four-door Ghost model – the nearest thing to a ‘compact’ the company has built in years. It’s also unusual for Rolls-Royce to create a sporty car rather than a stately saloon or a graceful drophead (Rolls-speak for convertible). Many years ago, back in the 1920s and 1930s, Rolls-Royce followed other luxury car builders by offering only the engine/chassis setup to buyers. After that, the owner would have a custom coachbuilder complete the body and interior. Back then, there were all kinds of sporty Rolls-Royce around,

WRAITH some highly attractive and others somewhat less so. There’s been talk for years about a smaller Rolls rigged out as a grand tourer and finally, it’s arrived, or will have by the end of the year. As a styling exercise, it works wonderfully well and is sure to be the most attention-grabbing Rolls for decades. It’s a front-engined, rearwheel drive car with a conventional boot which is power-operated. The design may indicate a hatchback, but Rolls baulked at this, probably because there’s a notion among luxury buyers that hatchbacks are ‘low end’ and belong on economy models. Clearly, the car is aimed squarely at the Bentley Continental GT, which has been very successful and quite the darling of sports superstars and A-list music artists. Many years ago, Rolls-Royce and Bentley were the same company, but as most people know now, Rolls is part of BMW and Bentley a division of the VW-Audi Group. Consequently, both cars use componentry from top end BMWs and Audis. Without these mergers with major international vehicle manufacturers, it’s more than possible that Rolls-Royce and Bentley wouldn’t be around anymore to add elegance and excitement to the luxury car market.


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The Wraith uses a silky-smooth and almost unbelievably refined twin-turbo 6.6-litre V-12 (with BMW origins) that puts out a whopping 624-horsepower. This kind of power puts the Wraith into some pretty rarefied territory and among the world’s top performance cars. The transmission is an eight-speed automatic and it uses the same GPS system as the SatNav system to sense when a downshift is needed – a “first,” I believe, for Rolls-Royce. It’s an exceptionally fast car by any standards at all and as with so many Rolls-Royce products, handling is outstanding without this affecting the refinement of the ride. Even the big Phantom handles surprisingly well for what must be one of the largest saloons on the world market. All-wheel drive would’ve been nice to have, though, with all those horses, you really don’t need any slippage coming out of a wet corner. Having said that, electronic stability control systems are a great benefit to a vehicle lacking all-wheel drive. It’s certainly a car that demands you keep a close eye on the speedometer because you can be doing twice the speed limit without even noticing the pace has risen. Naturally, the car has a wideranging ‘suite’ of electronic safety aids all of which are nice to have, but hopefully, never needed. Open up one of the rear-hinged doors – RollsRoyce calls them ‘coach doors’ – and you step into a world that’s something akin to the finest and most expensive of Pall Mall clubs. There’s luxurious (and wonderfully aromatic) leather in every direction and the hand-finished wood trim is a total delight. While

many luxury car manufacturers try and reproduce this effect in their flagship models, none of them quite comes close to Rolls-Royce. Apart from all this traditional opulence, this is a very state-of-theart high technology automobile and it has all the features you’d expect to find and probably a few more. The fit and finish and the detailing of all the knobs and switches is beyond criticism. I can’t imagine any owner, however jaded, not getting a thrill every time he or she got behind the wheel of this Rolls. The market in which this new Rolls-Royce competes is expectedly a very limited one and it goes without saying that this kind of quality and craftsmanship doesn’t come without a hefty price tag. And yet, when looking the car over, assessing its performance and checking out the detailing and the amount of labour that goes into it, the price seems fair. The work that goes into the wood trim alone is intensive and Rolls-Royce goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure that your car can be kept in top shape for years – decades if need be. One example of this care is found in the company’s policy of keeping a supply of matching carefully-numbered veneers from the same tree stored at the factory so that if ever the owner has an accident and the panelling is damaged, an exact match can be found to effect a repair. It’s the kind of fastidious care with which Rolls-Royce built its reputation and, thankfully, the people who run the operation today don’t plan to change that any time soon. e

Z ENGINE 624-horsepower V-12 Z TRANSMISSION 8-speed satellite-aided automatic. Z ACCELERATION Zero to 100 km/h in approx 4.5-seconds. Z TOP SPEED In excess of 300 km/h. Z I LIKED Truly distinctive styling that is possibly the most appealing from RollsRoyce for many years. A superbly-crafted sporting car that, at the same time, offers the unmatched cabin ambiance of the big saloons from Rolls. Surprising handling for a heavy car and, of course, stirring acceleration. Z I DIDN’T LIKE It would be nice to be able to get all-wheel drive with this very powerful car – the Bentley Continental GT does boast this feature. Fuel consumption is high, reflecting the weight of the car and its power levels. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES Bentley Continental GT V-12, upcoming new Mercedes-Benz CL V-12, Aston Martin Vanquish V-12, Ferrari FF V-12. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? Younger buyers who always thought the more traditional Rolls-Royce models were too ‘old’ for them. Bentley Continental GT owners who want to take a step up to even more opulence. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY Available late 2013 at around €245.000


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Design and fashion move millions so it’s only logical that they should take pole position in this month’s edition. We provide you with the highlights of the European Hotel Design Awards, travel in time to survey the major facets of Retro Style, profile some of the most celebrated Style Icons and interview one of the world’s top DJs, Marbella boy, Danny Avila.

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Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, Iceland

Principal Architects: Minarc Architects, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir

Once a dormitory for power station workers, now a luxury hotel for adventure seekers, the Ion’s use of natural light, outdoor living spaces and panoramic views creates a oneness with its wild environment. Raised on stilts in homage to the high seats found in the homes of Iceland’s first Viking settlers, large picture windows offer breathtaking views of Lake Thingvallavatn, mossy lava fields, crystalline waterfalls and the spectacular Northern Lights. Innovative materials and sustainable practices hold sway. Natural hot springs provide geothermal hot water and energy; driftwood and lava have been recycled into furniture; artificial lighting is restrained, allowing natural daylight to play the starring role. Colour schemes reflect the outdoor scenery: silver curtains cascade like water across a wall of glass in the restaurant, and upholstery in blue-green opalescent fabric emulates the underwater landscape of jagged lava rocks. i


industry consultants and commentators who travel widely. “They know what’s trending and what has been over-used,” says Ford. “Some entrants still seem to think that it’s okay to cut and paste from something they have already done without further thought. Well it’s not, and all the shortlisted entries reflect a strong standard of presentation.” “This year, shortlisting was a tough call”, he says. “We were looking not only for creative excellence, but also for commercial viability and evidence that the designs had met the needs of client and end-user alike. We needed to see an innovative approach and intelligent use of space and materials which, in some categories, had to be balanced against heritage and planning requirements. Also high on our agenda was sensitivity to the location, the surrounding environment and issues of sustainability. Guest comfort as well as the practicality of the design were other significant factors.” The die has already been cast and winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony in London’s Park Plaza Westminster on November 19. One special award winner Simon Ford can announce is Ian Schrager, who will be recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Hotel Design. Schrager, co-founder of New York’s iconic Studio 54 nightclub, is credited with introducing the lifestyle hotel and the urban resort to the world, epitomised by his Delano Hotel in Miami and Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood. Now join us on a visit to some of this year’s hot contenders.

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asil Fawlty mightn’t agree but great hotel design is very much part of the service in today’s hospitality industry. The top establishments of tomorrow’s world must tick many boxes to win one of the coveted European Hotel Design Awards, regarded as a benchmark of excellence worldwide. Avant garde new-builds, cool conversions and restored Grand Dames have fielded entries in 13 categories this year, ranging from best architecture to best interior design of public areas, suites and leisure facilities. A new bar category for 2013 reflects the emergence of hotel bars as destinations in their own right. “The range, design talent and fresh thinking seen in the work of all our finalists amply demonstrates the flourishing, diverse and sometimes pioneering quality of the hotel design sector today,” says Simon Ford, in his third year as Chairman of the judging panel. “From the ‘posh-packer’ hotels that dominated last year’s winning line-up to the venerable historic properties of the type that held sway in 2011, and lots more in-between, there is an air of the unexpected around the awards in 2013 which is particularly exciting.” The five shortlisted hotels in each category, which this year includes San Sebastián’s legendary Hotel María Cristina, are visited by at least one member of the judging panel before final votes are cast. Judges are active architects, designers and hotel

The Style


Leading style gurus meet in London this month to announce the winners of the 16th European Hotel Design Awards. Celebrating architectural and design excellence across a wide spectrum, this year’s record entries are more diverse than ever, judging panel Chairman Simon Ford tells Belinda Beckett in an exclusive interview for Magazine. Relax and enjoy our round-up of some of 2013’s stunning hot contenders for Europe’s Oscars of hotel design.

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Amsterdam Principal Architect: Marcel Wanders Studio

A lifestyle hotel that breathes the relaxed nature of the people and their city. Formerly Amsterdam Public Library, books – actual and deconstructed – provide inspiration for the wallpaper and other graphic décor. Video art is also showcased through 40 original artworks. Dutch heritage themes such as Delft pottery blue, navigation and exploration are also explored in the design to convey a sense of place, offering a local experience for visitors and a showcase venue for permanent residents. Consequent to being in the centre of ‘the capital of democracy’, a major overall design theme is the idea of ‘connected polarities’ – two individual, non-related elements stitched together to form a new logical whole. i


New-build Hotel

ME Hotel, The Strand, London

Principal Architect and Interior Designer: Foster + Partners

The triangular site of the ME on the corner of Aldwych, once home to the popular Gaiety Theatre, completes the grand sweep of buildings that make up this famous 1920s crescent. Designed inside and out by Foster + Partners, the building restores lost glamour to the West End and signals a new contemporary approach for London’s boutique hotels. Although modern, the structure corresponds in height, scale and materials to its neighbour. The Portland stone façade adds to the sense of cohesion while the glass cupola above the ME penthouse suite is a contemporary reinterpretation of the Edwardian-style domed roof of One Aldywch, directly opposite. The glazing uses pioneering technology to create an invisible joint, ensuring acoustic and thermal insulation. Windows can be screened by two layers of opaque glass sliding panels, rather than curtains, in keeping with the minimal elegance of the rooms. i

CitizenM, Bankside, London

Principal Architect: Concrete Architectural Associates

Non-conformist Dutch hotel group CitizenM has been busy creating a different experience for a new breed of traveller: ‘mobile citizens – people who value personal choice, contemporary design and friendly technology for an accessible price’. Cutting out traditional ‘givens’ to cater more efficiently for the modern traveller’s needs is the key concept. Like their first UK hotel in Glasgow, this is a help-yourself place. There’s no room service or front desk – automated screens at the entrance offer one-minute check-in – and the restaurant is also self-service. The savings made have been spent on free wifi, on-demand movies and tablets to control TV, music and lighting in the rooms. Located in the upcoming borough of Southwark, the design references the old sand-coloured London brickwork in this historically industrial area. The vibrant décor in the lobby – the social heart of the hotel – adds to the arty urban feel. i


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Interior Designer: Alfredo Häberli Design Development

Neni, 25hours Hotel, Zurich

True to the 25hours motto, ‘You know one, you know none’, the group’s latest hotel makes a special connection with its location. Zurich West is an up-andcoming area of the city, home to creatives, clubs and international companies. The hotel’s timeless interior greets guests with Zurich sophistication but the devil’s in the detail, with funky twists and splashes of colour that reflect its arty surroundings and set it apart from its sister hotels. One of those surprise twists is colourful Restaurant Neni, the brainchild of Austrian chef Haya Molcho, specialising in small dishes to combine and share in Middle Eastern tradition. To reflect this novel dining concept, the all-day dining area is an open space that’s part lounge, part restaurant, part bar where everyone can find their special corner. i

Café/ All Day Dining The philosophy at this South Kensington boutique hotel was less about traditional five-star luxury and more about providing a fantastic guest experience at the right price, with a design sympathetic to the Interior Designer: Dexter Moren Associates Victorian building. The Drawing Rooms required a split day-and-night personality, with distinct spaces for morning coffee/afternoon tea and Champagne cocktails to provide an overflow lounge for guests while also drawing in local clientele through a separate street entrance. The subtle distinction of these spaces is reflected through the artwork within each, which draws inspiration from the neighbourhood museums, referencing five central concepts – botany, music, geometry, ornithology and astronomy. The playful design is expressed with elegant wallpaper, in whimsical paintings of birds and beasts, on armchairs covered with prancing herons and in bird-embossed teacups and cocktail glasses embossed with birds. The spaces are warm and inviting with splashes of bold colour providing a welcoming environment for relaxing and socialising. i

The Wellesley Bar, The Wellesley, London

Interior Designer: Fox Linton Associates

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The Drawing Rooms, Ampersand Hotel, London


One bar, five distinct spaces – and the only place to enjoy that ‘Hamlet moment’ in London, designed expressly for cigar smoking. The Crystal Bar is adorned with glass display cases containing the hotel’s impressive whisky, cognac and Armagnac collections and a back-illuminated bar front made from individual crystal rods. The centrepiece is a bespoke 2m2 chandelier fitted with hundreds of faceted crystal beads. Walls panelled with timber and midnight blue faux crocodile leather give the Cigar Lounge the feel of a gentleman’s club, the distinguishing features being a large circular blue chandelier, cigar-shaped wall lights and artwork made from tobacco leaves. The climate-controlled humidor is the largest in Europe and features a laser-cut marble inlaid map of Cuba in the floor. Two private, covered heated cigar terraces with open fireplaces, screened by an artificial ‘hedge’, complete this quirky cigar-lover’s paradise. i

SUITE The architects took their cues from the fine tradition of Swiss craftsmanship and the natural beauty of Gstaad for this luxurious three-bedroom duplex. The living spaces of this chalet-style retreat flow from one into another, beginning in the lounge with its natural wood-burning fireplace, floor-to-ceiling, Alpine stone chimney breast and elegant seating. Materials are tactile and organic, mixing reclaimed local timber with embossed leather and bronze. The lounge opens onto a large furnished terrace with stunning views of glacial mountains and Alpine meadows. Wood-burning fires are features in the bedrooms, too, while the master also has a walk-in dressing room, a bathroom with a large free-standing tub and TV inset into the mirror. An elegant staircase leads up to the suite’s top floor spa, Jacuzzi, fitness and massage area where the ‘gimmwand’ timber latticework style of local farmland buildings allows light to filter through. Above, the view soars through skylights to the mountain peaks. i

One Bedroom Suite, The Wellesley, London Panorama Suite, The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland

Interior Designer: The Gallery HBA London

Dry Bar, Hotel María Cristina, San Sebastian

Interior Designer: The Gallery HBA London


The Wellesley harks back to its previous incarnation as iconic Knightsbridge jazz venue, Pizza on the Park, acknowledging its musical legacy with a modern take on the Art Deco style. Colour palettes for the One Bedroom Suites are in soft tones of ivory and cream, with gentle accents in gold. Walls are panelled with ivory faux reptile leather and stunning fashion photography from the 1920s and 30s Vanity Fair and Vogue archive. Bespoke Makassar ebony furniture, inlaid with leather and soft furnishings in sumptuous velvets, draped satins and rich pleated fabrics reflect the glamour of the period. Lighting is custommade and set differently for each room. The marble slab bathrooms with their decadent free-standing baths evoke a deluxe 1920s aesthetic. i

© Michelle Chaplow

Interior Designer: Fox Linton Associates

The legendary Hotel María Cristina has returned to queenly status with a design revamp that ‘celebrates the élan and sensuality of strong women’. Named after Spain’s Queen Consort, this previously faded landmark has been the social epicentre of the International San Sebastian Film Festival for decades. Fluid Art Nouveau detailing by the original architect behind the Ritz hotels in Madrid, Paris and London forms an exquisite canvas for this joint collaboration between the hotel and the Dry Martini Group. The masculine oak panelling and deep blues of yesteryear have been replaced with soft powder blue and bronze offset by cool white trim, a lacy rosette-patterned wool carpet and rich leather chairs, hand-stitched with the hotel’s insignia. A crystal chandelier, wall lights with coffeecoloured silk shades and twinkling mirrors enliven the ambiance. Dry’s signature image is a photograph of Bette Davis who, according to legend, smoked her last cigarette on earth here. i


The Wellesley Dining Rooms, The Wellesley, London Interior Designer: Fox Linton Associates


© Paul Harmer

The Oval Restaurant serves up glamour Roaring Twenties-style. The concertina mirror detailing is inspired by 1920s London interior designer Syrie Maugham, who established a glamorous new look for Art Deco interiors. The marble inlaid ‘sunburst’ floor is also very ‘of the period’. The Oval is one of two intimate dining spaces that, with the Jazz Lounge, form The Wellesley Dining Rooms. The spectacular circular coffered ceiling with feature chandelier and ivory faux ostrich wall panelling is repeated in the lounge, bonding these two separate spaces where fine dining, entertainment and relaxation come socially together in a sumptuous Belle Époque setting. i


Kaspia, Four Seasons Baku, Azerbaijan Interior Designer: Richmond International

Overlooking the Belle Époque rooftop turrets of Baku with views across the Caspian Sea, the Kaspia takes fire and ice as its theme. Aptly so, in the land of long hot summers and winter snow storms. A colour palette of ice blue, grey, amber and metallics runs through the architectural finishes, lighting and furnishings to create wow factor. A sloping wall made from vertical brass sections undulates through the space projecting a feeling of movement. The rich Asian influences of Azerbaijan are shown off in the main seating area, while a raw fish bar in contemporary Scandinavian style is a homage to the oil magnate Nobel brothers, who introduced Baku to Nordic trends in the 19th Century. Decorative glass and metalwork screens reflect the light to magical effect. i e

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ou may hardly have noticed it, because unlike some fashion trends this one didn’t arrive with a lot of fanfare and hype, but in the past few years there has been a gradual yet growing groundswell of retro fashions and styles. First there was the sultry Rock ‘n Roll chick look of Amy Winehouse, inspired no doubt in part by producer Mark Ronson and a perfect match for her soulful sound. Then the simple elegance of Adele’s styling, the whacky punk-retro persona of Paloma Faith and the modern crooner that is Michael Bublé. Imelda May, likewise, not only looks retro – in a very cool and contemporary way, it has to be said – but also sounds it, while even Plan B likes to mirror the kind of fitted suit/dark shades image of sixties Beatniks. Of course there’s nothing new about going retro; artists all the way back to Brian Ferry, The Ramones and The Stray Cats have been finding inspiration in earlier fashion and musical styles, themselves often the vanguard of a wholesale retro scene, but this time it really does feel like there’s a little more to it than the usual bout of periodic nostalgia.


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which, for all its commercialism, glorifies crime, violence, empty machismo and overt sexism. A whole generation of young people have now been conditioned by the words and sounds of this genre, played out in videos where crotch-grabbing ‘gangstas’ talk about life in the hood while surrounded by half a dozen squirming, semi-naked girls. The message is clear and as a result young men and women now confuse grinding with dancing, are proud to be called pimps or hoes and confuse sensuality with the kind of cattle market that makes the average brothel look tame. Inspired by female pop stars like Rihanna, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, young girls are heading out into the night dressed in less and less. Most feminists, who fought hard for women to be taken seriously, are horrified by this presentation of women as cheap sexual objects, while even the loutish behaviour that comes with it cannot be regarded as in any way emancipating. For many, the movement, in the form of its music, fashion and social impact, has nowhere else to go. It may just have done its destructive worst and bestowed society with no favours in the process, but, according to fashion gurus and social philosophers like Wayne Hemingway, a lot of people are looking for a new and rather more inspiring iconography to fill their lives with.


Time for a fresh perspective…

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Hemingway is one of many criticising the big stars, and the marketers who ‘create’ them, for manipulating their audiences in an overtly commercialistic manner. Fashion, music and indeed social behaviour are inextricably linked – now more than ever. So when stars like Rihanna are exploited more for their looks and car-crash lifestyles than for their musical abilities, with the media and fashion industries keen to serialise it all for millions of everyday consumers, the trickle-down effect is enormous. According to Hemingway, ‘bling’, ‘chaviness’, ‘rap culture’ and the sexual exploitation that is so readily accepted nowadays are driving society backward, not forward. “You can’t imagine looking back on Rihanna, Beyoncé and Jay-Z as a golden era, can you?” says the social commentator. “There’s nothing there you can visualise, apart from lots of flesh showing, that’s about style. It’s just pandering to the lowest common denominator. It has the art stripped out of it. It’s sheer unadulterated commercialism. Punk wasn’t that, mod wasn’t that, new romantic wasn’t that, rock ’n’ roll wasn’t that.” He’s also not keen on all the many nostalgia concerts, but sees them as a reaction to the poverty of the current music and fashion scene. In other words, with so little that’s new and exciting – not to mention positive – coming out of the so-called creative world at the moment, people turn back to earlier times. But isn’t that what the retro movement is all about? Yes and no. While there is nothing wrong with looking back for inspiration and handpicking what you like the look of, a society and its music, fashion and social scene should always be evolving, breaking new ground. The world around us is changing and we have to adapt, but this shouldn’t mean that we either hide in the past or stick with a nasty, worn-out creed simply because someone keeps telling us how cool, modern and ‘relevant’ it is. After almost two decades the time has come to look for a fresh perspective, and if the styles, sounds and especially the mores of a bygone era can inspire us to make our immediate world a happier and more attractive place, then isn’t that a good thing?

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According to many the fashions, music, body architecture and indeed morals of the past two decades have not only become stifled, but ugly and downright negative. It seems I’m not alone in thinking the subtleties in the evolution of rap, hip-hop, techno and kiddie-pop are lost on me, and that much of the commercial music of the past 15 or so years sounds like one continuous yawn. Gone is the variety of old, the free experimentation that drives music and society forward – for better or for worse. In a world so strongly dominated by mass marketing and access to the world’s main merchandising channels, playing it safe and ‘creating demand’ by moulding the tastes of the young does not jell with allowing an eclectic music scene to thrive. Naturally there are numerous and vibrant counter scenes that do produce real artists, but they live in the shadows, not enjoying the same market share that allowed other musical/fashion/social movements like punk or heavy metal to break through to the mainstream. As a result, local music is suppressed and kids everywhere, from Detroit, London and Paris to Rio, Jakarta and Ubrique, are brought up on an undiluted diet of rap and pop

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Just as a well-balanced society needs the energy of the young and the experience of the old(er) to get the best out of humanity, so a little mix of old and new might just be the spark that moves us out of the current rut and back on to the road of progress. Such a process need not, and in fact should not, follow one major trend, but rather be made up of lots of little streams that offer us as individuals the variety of choice we need. While this goes against the nature of the mass-marketing beast we have created around ourselves, there are some indications that people are embracing the retro scene as a way not only out of a dead music and fashion scene, but also out of a social code that isn’t leading us anywhere good. And when the likes of Christina Aguilera and David Beckham, who have already been there and done the grunge thing, take the retro route and run with it, you know a lot of people will follow. Judging by the number of blokes sporting the ‘Beckham’ haircut they already have. People like Amy Heidemann of independent American band Karmin are also embracing retro fashions as a means of standing out from the commercial masses. A great fan of Bettie Paige, Amy wears her hair in a similar chignon as the 50s sex bomb, and while her skirts may have a 50s look to them they are definitely brighter and shorter. Many also combine Rockabilly and Punk to produce a kind of Betty Boop meets Nina Hagen in which the tats and attitude of the ‘girl next door’ are disconcertingly smokin’. It all means that you can combine old and new to create a fresh look, and that revisiting some of the old moral codes doesn’t have to be done to extremes either. For too long we have followed angry young men and been driven by their negativity and aggression, feelings which tend to dissipate after they’ve made their first $10 million, but which are turned on like artificial duende to help push the merchandise. If being creative with the past can help us out of an impasse and into a more exciting and diverse fashion and music scene, then I’m all for it.


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THE FOCUS style Canadian model, Coco Rocha, is not just one of 20 high fashion models ‘lucky’ enough to be mentioned in Kanye West’s much-touted single, Christian Dior Denim Flow; she is a perfect example of how fashion models can use their fame to encourage social commitment and to foster healthy minds and bodies in models and young women around the world alike. Coco, who boasts a stunning blend of Russian, Welsh and Irish ancestries, was first spotted by a talent agent at an Irish dancing competition, when she was just 14. Within two years, she had already been signed by the SUPREME modelling agency in New York and in another two years, she had landed the cover of Vogue. Coco is a top choice at the world’s most famous fashion shows, where she is often chosen to model

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stunning ensembles designed by everyone from Anna Sui to Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Christian Lacroix. In February 2007, she opened Jean Paul Gaultier’s 2007 show by performing an Irish dance down the runway. Dubbed by Vogue as a “Coco moment”, her performance also marked the official return of the phenomenon of the “super model”. Rocha’s defining attribute as a style icon and model is her chameleonic ability to pay justice to extremely eclectic looks. If she wasn’t so famous, she could be mistaken for dozens of different girls; every cover she graces is completely different– and Rocha is a current favourite on Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Time Magazine’s Style & Design and more. Coco is also known for her quirky fashion sense; so unique that she was hired by the Vogue website to provide a daily rundown (pics and descriptions) of what she wore every day for a whole month. Coco is likewise idolised by girls the world over for her outspokenness against the fashion industry’s obsession with thinness. In an open letter to The New York Times, she said, “How can any person justify an aesthetic that reduces a woman or child to an emaciated skeleton? Is it art? Surely fashion’s aesthetic should enhance and beautify the human form, not destroy it.” In an e-mail to the Associated Press, she complained: “I’ll never forget the piece of advice I got from people in the industry when they saw my new body... They said, ‘You need to lose more weight. The look this year is anorexia. We don’t want you to be anorexic but that’s what we want you to look like.’” Coco is renowned for her work with the underprivileged; she launched a collection called Coco Rocha for Senhoa, to help Cambodian survivors of human trafficking; she was seen delivering supplies to survivors of the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and, recently, she and her husband, James Conran, were recognised for all their philanthropic work. Coco is, perhaps, so well loved because of her ability to take what has always been classed a superficial industry, and turn it on its head, using fashion to promote greater social good instead of separating the haves from the have-nots.


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There was a time when being considered truly stylish was a gift; it meant having an eye for picking out the components of a perfect ensemble. Style makers veered drastically from contemporary fashion; Coco Chanel, for instance, sported a boyish yet terribly chic look marked by generous lashings of black, beige and cream hues. She broke free of uncomfortable, arbitrary definitions of ‘femininity’ and her rebellion went beyond the realms of fashion. In many ways, she redefined what a modern, determined woman was all about.


owadays, critics argue that style is just another accessory that can be bought by the rich and famous. Starlets and divas of the screen and theatre alike all employ fashion stylists, making red carpets little more than perfectly crafted (and visually seamless) collections of similarly cut Marchesa, Reem Acra and Dior ensembles. Yet, a true sense of style is personal: an expression of one’s inner realities, desires and individuality. There may have been only one Coco Chanel, one Jackie O., one Audrey Hepburn yet youth, like Nature, is constantly in bloom and a crop of young actresses, designers and entertainers are proving that it always pays to push boundaries, experiment with fashion and above all, express yourself.

Deemed ‘the Kate Moss of this generation’ and “one of the world’s most stylish women” by Vogue Magazine (whose cover she has graced three times already), British TV presenter, Alexa Chung, has sparked more trends than we can remember: brogues, pinafores, Barbour jackets with mini skirts and ankle boots and even babydoll smock dresses, Chung’s unabashed homage to Nabokov’s Lolita. There are more blogs chronicling her every move than you can poke a stick at: Daily Alexa Chung, alexachungworld. com and Fashionista, to name a few. Despite the careful consideration that goes into every element of her eclectic outfits, there is something ‘devil-may-care’, efortless, almost grunge, about Alexa’s look. Funnily enough, she credits Nature with her particular sense of style: “I just dress to suit my own figure… I am tall with skinny legs and no boobs and I try to dress to flatter my own figure”. Likewise, she admits to not being the only one in her circle to dress that way; “A lot of my friends dress like this, and so I feel somewhat bad about how I’ve made a career out of it,” she told The New York Times. Alexa is a fashion thoroughbred yet, if not for a chance meeting with a modelling scout, she could very well have ended up as an English teacher, having been accepted at King’s College, London, to read English. Her exotic beauty (her father is half-Chinese) and tall frame logically led her to be signed fairly early in her career by the prestigious Storm Model Management and soon she would be a favourite on a bevy of magazine covers, including Elle Girl, Cosmo GIRL! Etc. Knowing how to put an outfit together isn’t the only thing she’s good at, of course; Alexa is a great communicator and a natural at interviews (there was so much chemistry during her first interview with Chanel genius, Karl Lagerfeld, that they have since collaborated on various

projects together). Alexa has presented shows both in the UK and in the US, covering everything from celebrity news to fashion. She has also worked as a journalist and, in 2009, was made a contributing Editor of British Vogue. She recently published a book called It, an eclectic collection of illustrations, photographs and musings on fashion. She truly is her father’s daughter, crediting her dad, a successful Graphic Designer, with having instilled an eye for proportion and “putting things next to things” in her young mind. Despite receiving a bevy of compliments from veritable Gods of the fashion world like Vogue’s Anna Wintour,

Alexa Chung who called her “a phenomenon”, Alexa has just one piece of advice when it comes to finding your sense of style: Be yourself!: “I see old ladies on the street who have fabulous style and realise it’s because they are probably wearing really classic items that they’ve had for years and years. I think if you find something that suits you, you should just stick to it!”.


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Consistently topping every list worth its salt of the world’s most fashionable women, Kate Middleton has somehow struck the perfect balance between elegance and youth, so much so that she only need sport a particular hat, dress or skirt for “the Duchess effect” to seize the nation, with crowds of women rushing into shops to purchase the exact same item of clothing. Fervent fashionistas often muse on the tough challenge faced by Kate when dressing for public appearances; she isn’t really free to dress as youthfully as most women her age, yet somehow, she manages to show off her great figure by donning snuggly fitting dresses, figurehugging jeans and sporty ensembles that show off her passion for fitness. It is often said that Kate has managed to perfectly fill Lady Dianna’s shoes, her warmth and charisma taking over more superficial musings on her appearance and tastes. Yet she goes a step further than Lady Dianna, seamlessly blending high street outfits with the intricate designs of fashion houses like Alexander McQueen or Diane von Furstenberg. Kate is known for her simplicity, preferring ‘laid-back’ to ‘overthe-top’ styling in everything from her hair to her shoes; the affordability of many of her outfits speaking volumes about her understanding of the tough economic times the world is going through.

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a ma b O e l l e h c i M Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of the USA, was at the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan in 2010 when a moderator asked a question which would understandable irk any self-confessed 21st-century feminist: “Which designers do you prefer?” Clinton replied, “What… designers of clothes? Would you ever ask a man that question?”, her indignation receiving thunderous applause from the audience. Like it or not, the President and First Lady of the US have always been deemed the equivalent of royalty in The States, with the press keeping a watchful eye on the attire of the President’s wife, in particular. Yet Michele Obama, a qualified lawyer who held an important post at the law firm where she first met her future husband, Barak Obama, seems to take her role as fashion idol in her stride, revealing great sartorial flare while still dressing comfortably and, often, casually – so much so that when prompted by talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, to do a few push-ups live, she didn’t think twice before hitting the floor and showing off her athletic prowess (thankfully, she was donning a comfie top and pair of trousers that day). Michelle Obama is known for making fashion choices which are no less than inspired. Take her penchant for the designs of Tracy Reese, an African-American designer who was hardly known before Mrs. Obama decided to take her designs to a whole new level. Obama has professed a commitment to US designers, whose names she has helped take to the farthest corners of the globe. And it’s not all about brand names for Michelle; she often sports casual wear by low-budget fashion houses like J. Crew and Zara and always manages to look just as amazing in sports clothing as she does in a pricey Marchesa gown. When her husband was first sworn into office, Italian designing legend, Valentino, said of the First Lady: “She’s a very good-looking lady. She has this sort of beauty that is very strong. She must be dressed with things that are elegant, beautiful and young, but not too much… I’m sure that very, very soon, she will be like Jackie Kennedy”. One would argue that Michele has the added value of exuding happiness, humility and a sense of belonging; qualities that very much add to her widespread appeal.


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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Who would have thought that the twins who played baby, Michelle Tanner on hit 1980s series, Full House, would make such a big splash in the fashion world? Ranked by Forbes as two of the 11th richest women in the world, the twins have made forays into everything from home décor to fragrance, though there is no doubt that the area they really shine in, is fashion. Mary-Kate and Ashley put the words ‘bohemian-bourgeois’ into our fashion lexicon, combining high-end outfits with chic ‘grunge’ accessories like hats, long cardigans, oversized sunglasses, flowing skirts and boots, giving rise to a series of ensembles that were subsequently copied by style wanabees the world over. The twins may not have shone on the small screen of late, but they are keen entrepreneurs who have worked on an array of fashion lines, including a collection for girls aged four to 14 (sold at Wal-Mart) and a fashion and beauty line called Mary-Kate and Ashley: Real Fashion for Real Girls. They also launched a couture label called The Row, a vintage line called Elizabeth and James and a women’s line for JCPenney called Olsenboye. Most recently (in August, 2013), they launched a new fashion line in Oslo, Norway.

It’s fair to say that the stunning set of twins live for fashion; in addition to design work, they also published the book Influence, which contains interviews with some of the biggest movers and shakers in the worlds of fashion and art. Some of their most influential ‘friends’ include John Galliano, Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin and Margherita Missoni. The book is surprisingly well-written, containing a plethora of thoughtful, provocative questions which afford a unique insight into the sometimes self-indulgent lives of the rich, famous and talented.

American socialite, Olivia Palermo, has certainly come a long way since her beginnings as a reality TV star. She first graced the small screen in The Hills, a programme about young, upcoming rich women trying to make it into the fashion world in California. In the series, Palermo plays the nemesis to the star of the series, Lauren Conrad, yet in real life, she is miles ahead in the fashion stakes. Olivia, born into one of New York’s wealthiest families, was seemingly made for fashion, having attended the American University of Paris and subsequently studied at The New School in New York. In The Hills, we were able to take a peak into Olivia’s glamorous life, as she worked in the PR department for Diane von Furstenberg and the accessories department of Elle. Olivia’s elegant features have graced the covers of everything from Elle to Marie Claire magazines. She is the face of luxury jewellery firm, Carrera y Carrera, and has judged prestigious competitions such as Project Runway. Meanwhile, her website is popular with aspiring fashionistas. Look up ‘It Girl’ and Olivia Palermo’s name is bound to crop up; the girl simply oozes old world European elegance, wrapped up in a bit of all-American charm.

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When it comes to sheer perfection on the red carpet, few young stars can beat Lea Michele… The actress, who plays university student, Rachel Berry in hit TV series, Glee, very much echoes her character’s love for fashion and innate elegance. Lea, like Rachel, is every inch a ‘diva’: sheer perfection from head to toe. Sporting slinky wear by everyone from Oscar de la Renta to Giambattista Valli and Giorgio Armani, Lea manages to epitomise glamour without renouncing an ounce of sizzle, interspersing long, elaborate bead-and-lace gowns with cute little minis which appeal to her younger fan base. She ‘keeps us guessing’ with her wide range of styles, lengths and designers, yet her personality definitely shines through in every outfit. Lea is confident, determined and incredibly elegant, so it’s easy to see why she’s always the one to watch out for at every award show or A-list gettogether. e


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There was a time when a gentleman was the ultimate form of male humanity. If such a personage was also a bit of a dab hand at war, sports and the seducing of ladies, well so much the better. But it was the more serious characteristics of a gentleman that earned the greatest respect, making qualities such as good manners, refinement in appearance and intellect, a strong moral code and steadfast reliability the marks that made the man. You could rely on a real gentleman, and as the refined form of a ‘real man’ he was not confused about his gender role, but strong, resolute and also gentle and respectful towards ladies. THE DEATH OF THE GENTLEMAN


Of course, such a representation is more of an ideal than a day-to-day reality, but it gave people – especially young men – something rather lofty to aim for. In the end, it was not so much the shaking up of the ancient class system that undid the gentleman, but the coming of the social revolution of the 1960s. This about turn in society’s norms meant the rules regarding sexual and social conduct suddenly changed, altering in the process the roles in which men and women had been locked for so long. And so the arrival of youth culture sounded the death knell for the gentleman. Before long, the word stopped having a positive connotation and eventually it practically disappeared from the vocabulary altogether. The very concept of a gentleman was engrained in a past world that was no longer relevant or desirable in an environment where female emancipation, male gender confusion, homosexual rights and other forms of social change surged forward with a force that would not be denied. Each hurdle cleared led rapidly to the next. Rightly or wrongly, it has resulted in a society where a significant proportion of boys seem to have devolved into scruff y, weakwilled pleasure seekers with little or no goal in life but to indulge their immediate urges.

Naturally, not everyone fits this description, but it isn’t too farfetched to say that manhood is in a sorry state these days. Given this, it isn’t really so surprising that a new generation of young gents is slowly rising out of the ashes of the original gentleman. Perhaps tired of spending so much time, money and preening to ultimately appear scruffy and listless, the new gentleman is rediscovering style, manners and good taste. Drawing inspiration from the past, he is enjoying the novel concept of clothes made to fit, rather than being too tight or too loose, as well as the idea of looking smart and feeling rather dapper. Childish sportswear is replaced with quality shoes and jackets, bands and beads with good watches, and painstakingly crafted ‘messed up’ hair with cuts that are stylish yet manly. Dressed this way, his spine appears to straighten of its own accord, and as there is much more to a gentleman than appearances alone, his newly acquired selfrespect begins to translate into greater respect and courteousness towards others, most notably the women in his life. As a result of this trend, tailors and shoemakers are experiencing a revival, their customers now able to look beyond brand labels and appreciate the quality of fine materials, craftsmanship and the

pleasures of made-to-measure clothes that carry a discreet personalised monogram. In combining old-fashioned bespoke quality with modern cuts and designs, tailored clothes, shoes and accessories such as leather driving gloves provide the means not so much to express monetary success as a desire to revive the look, behaviour and values of the gentleman – and in so doing give the men who have chosen this path a sense of purpose and direction. It might sound like our chappie has won the lottery or suddenly joined the upper classes, but it costs little more to look smarter, speak better and have a more useful attitude towards your life and the world in general. At the end of the day being a gentleman is more about what is within than without, and the ultimate mark of a gent is his character. While there is no place for macho chauvinism, snobbery or even snivelling or insincere courtesies in today’s world, there is most definitely a need for strong-willed, respectful and ambitious young men with the conviction to chase their own happiness. As for ladies and girls, the revival of gentlemanly behaviour will no doubt be welcomed by women of all ages. As Modern Gentleman magazine says: “Style, manners and taste never go out of fashion”. e


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hen people hear about DJ Danny Avila’s meteoric rise to fame, their first reaction is usually one of astonishment. Who wouldn’t trade their day job to play a different city every night, receiving utter adulation from a crowd of thousands? The reaction is even more dramatic when one considers that he has just turned 18, yet has been a professional DJ for some three years. Danny is no less than a prodigy. He is the youngest ever resident DJ at Sin City (he performs at Hakassan, the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino), resident DJ at Ibiza’s coolest venues (Pachá, Space, Blue Marlin), touted as “one to watch for” in Billboard Magazine’s 21 Under 21 power list… Danny has played alongside the most lauded DJs in the world: Fedde Le Grande, Tiësto and Deniz Koyu, to name a few. Danny, who composes House and Electro music, released his debut mix album, Ministry of Sound Presents: Danny Avila Live a couple of months ago and is currently on his World Tour. When I ask him when his tour schedule ends, he answers, “It doesn’t stop. It’s one city to the next for me”. On the day I meet him at his hotel, the Villa Padierna Palace, he pauses to recall all the places he has been that week. “Yesterday I was in Ibiza, the day before that, I played New York, before that I played in three different cities in three days: Las Vegas, Miami and Los Angeles”. To meet this tight schedule this time, he “had to fly by private jet”; it’s tiring, he admits, “but lots of fun”. And don’t think he had much chance to enjoy chilling out at his luxury hotel; in less than 24 hours, he would be flying off to his next gig. Danny was born in Madrid yet to him, home is Marbella, since his family moved to the Coast when he was just five. One of the hardest things about travelling, he says, is “missing my family and friends”. When in Marbella he takes the opportunity to reconnect with those who were such an important part of his childhood.

I’m not sure if he’s still up-and-coming or already there, but DJ Danny Avila is doing really good at the moment. He’s going to be big, I think… And I think Hardwell, as well. There’s a difference between up-and-coming and the next superstars. They’re going to be the next mega-superstars”



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Mozart started composing at age five; Pablo Picasso began painting at eight; Magnus Carlsen was a chess grandmaster by age 13. It is inspiring and enviable to encounter great talent at such a tender age. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS


It’s All About the Music Danny’s love affair with music began early; he was only seven when he learned to play the piano; soon after, he delved into the challenging worlds of the violin and the guitar. As soon as he started making an allowance, he would save every penny to buy the equipment he needed to make his first forays into sound. He was 15 when he decided to set out and conquer the world, leaving everything he knew in Marbella to find his destiny in Madrid. “I couldn’t move to a higher level here”, he says, telling me that by age 14, he was already performing at clubs. Indeed, fledgling talent seems to run in the family, for his brother Sandro, a year older in age (who is also a successful DJ in Madrid), took charge of “all the promotion work” required to introduce Danny into this competitive world. It must have been odd, indeed, for club owners to even consider hiring a DJ who wasn’t even old enough to drink, yet Danny’s drive and indisputable talent was a formidable force to reckon with. In Madrid, Danny had a tough time at first. “It was really hard to get shows for the first six months or so”, he says, yet by the time he was 16, he had already nabbed his first residency. Influential DJs like Tiësto (who requested that Danny completed a residency alongside him at Pachá), no doubt paved the way for the young artist, who still pinches himself when he realises

that he is working with people who used to be untouchable Gods for him just three years ago. At one stage, I ask Danny if he feels old for his age and he answers, “No, I still feel young, because I’m just 18, but I’ve experienced a lot. I’ve travelled so much, met so many interesting people, DJs and performers”. Of course, I’ve never met an 18-year-old who has had to hire three companies to perform tasks like travel bookings or P.R.. “Oh no, no, there is no way I have the time to book my flights myself,” he says, with the steely self-confidence of a Fortune 500 CEO. I ask Danny if he still has time for hobbies and he admits to indulging a second passion: wakeboarding. If you thought he was born beneath a lucky star, you’re right, for he is as equally adept at sports as he is at creative pursuits: Danny placed second in the Spanish Wakeboard Championships in his youth, seventh in the European Wakeboard Championships and 12th in the World Wakeboard Championships. He also verges on pro skate- and snow-boarder status. He actually considered being a pro wakeboarder at one stage, though a nasty knee injury would soon put an end to those plans. Still, here he is, living the life the stuff that

dreams are made of. Earning more in an hour-long gig than most of us make in a month, meeting and working alongside the music world’s movers and shakers and having fun while he’s at it. Yet surely what is most enviable about Danny, is something within the reach of everyone: the way he loves what he does with his heart and soul. In person, he oozes joy, kindness and a rare maturity which is warmed by his youthful smile. This kind of pure energy only comes from being true to oneself. Danny has no set plans for the next few years; right now, he is too busy taking the world by storm, playing club after club, racing through the skies and most importantly, making great music. Watch out for his new singles, Tronco and Rasta Funk which can be purchased on your favourite music sites. Danny also has his very own radio show: Ready to Jump, broadcast by SiriusXM, the largest purveyor of dance music in North America.



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In our style section, we feature stunning interior design pieces by Baltus, vibrant fashion by Airfield and the latest must-have items for your wardrobe this season.

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Décor: The New Baltus Collection


Fashion: Airfield Autumn/Winter 2013/14 Collection


Fashion News: ‘It’ Items for the Season

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There’s a new wind blowing through the design world. It’s not a revolution as such, and you can’t really speak in terms of a ‘modern’ design movement because we’ve had modern design in our midst for so long. Rather, it’s more of an evolution of modern styles as they seek new directions and inspiration.


s a result, architects are redefining ‘modern’ design, industrial designers are becoming more experimental and interior styles are breaking away from the shackles of rectangular minimalism. In moving forward, all these specialists are allowing themselves to be inspired by the past, seeking useful references from the 1950s, 60s and other eras of great creativity when futurism was less about being conformist and doctrinal and more about being optimistic and joyful.

Décor as a source of pleasure It’s a philosophy that the designers at Baltus share too, for to walk through their new showroom on Marbella’s Golden Mile is to feel your spirits rise. Naturally it is still all about quality and aesthetic refinement, but at Baltus the feeling of exclusivity exuded by its furniture and interior décors is also allowed to be accompanied by a sense of experimentation of form that breaks moulds and injects new life into high design.




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For too long chic bordered on sterile and avant-garde was confused with playing it safe and creating much of a sameness. Baltus is in touch with the latest zeitgeist when it infuses rounder, more irregular shapes to its designs, replacing formality with an elegant playfulness that recalls the pioneering spirit of the 1950s and 60s. The fact that many of the greatest architects – in Marbella and internationally – are drawing inspiration from the same modernist era means Baltus furniture and décors are a perfect match for the new villas being created now. In this philosophy of quality materials married to free-flowing creativity lies the formula behind the international success of the Baltus brand, which does not stem from the Italian or Scandinavian design traditions but builds on Spain’s growing reputation as a creator of world class designs and an increasingly important exporter of luxury goods. In a country abounding with talent, Murcia-based Baltus has design and production teams that can measure themselves with the best in the world – and the critical and commercial acclaim of Baltus not only in Spain, but in markets from the USA and Latin America to Russia and the Middle East confirms it as such.


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Made to measure for Marbella In fact, though most of its design, manufacture and management is based within Spain, the brand is already better established outside the country than within, with showrooms in Miami, Santo Domingo and Panama City catering to a rapidly growing clientele and an expanding range of luxury outlets across Europe, Asia and the Americas carrying the Baltus range. In Spain, the main showrooms of the Baltus Collection are in Madrid and Marbella, the latter of which opened its doors this year not just as a showcase store of the collection, but also as the main interior design centre of Baltus in Europe. Using a refined styling sense that follows the creative genius of its founder, Javier MartĂ­n Muriel, the design teams mould shape and texture, form and function, to produce furniture and dĂŠcor pieces that complete not just an interior but form the backdrop for a lifestyle. They build their design philosophy around this lifestyle concept, always remembering that they are creating products for real clients in real homes, not art projects with little practical purpose. As a result the tables, sofas, cabinets, beds, chairs and other furniture pieces within the Baltus range are by nature aesthetically pleasing and sophisticated but also solid and durable.


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Harnessing both handmade skills and modern technologies, the collection stands out not just for its design but also the materials, textures and finishes used. Elegant and durable lacquers feature prominently in the current collection, and though white is a popular tone there is ample opportunity to add colour and make statements through shapes and compositions. To accompany the larger pieces and artwork from within the Baltus catalogue, the interior designers that form an integral part of the business also source specially selected ranges of lighting, materials and smaller decorative pieces from luxury suppliers such as Hermès, of whom Baltus is the official representative in the Marbella area. Working with a broad palette, the design team at the Marbella showroom can count on a wide range of options and a flexible production system that allows them to create made-to-measure interiors for their clients in Marbella and beyond. Naturally, people are more than welcome to come in and choose furniture and decoration, but the brand stands out for its professional interior design teams, which combine Baltus products with those sourced to accompany them within the brief of each individual client. The range has proved itself to be highly flexible in terms of architectural and decorative home styles, yet naturally it shows a bias towards modern interiors – and the current modernist revival in particular. This, together with light tones, elegant lacquer finishes and luxuriant


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quality makes these interiors well matched to the modern Marbella home, be it a villa, a penthouse or a luxury apartment. Not surprisingly, the style is also well received in hotels, restaurants and other commercial venues, a market for which Baltus maintains a dedicated department. For these applications Baltus designs special product ranges, often bespoke and unique to individual projects, but also draws on an impressive diversity that includes the grand opulence of the Betty and Madrid sofas, the refined styling of the Caddy or Arena, and the quirky chic of the Mondrian or Gemma. Armchairs, likewise lend themselves to beautiful styling and finish, as seen in the modern elegance of the Roma and Lazio range, the design-led quirkiness of the Barco and Linate, and the classically-inspired Picasso, Verdi and Rocio. Such pieces are designed to live in conjunction with stylish coffee and side tables in lacquer, chrome, stone and corrugated steel, each representing a broad range of shapes, geometry and textural combinations. Such elegance finds its continuation in cabinetry that is made to fit perfectly, desks that add a contemporary touch to the classic workstation and poufs and chaises longues that amplify the comfort and sophistication of the interiors thus created. Further dressed with its own collection of contemporary art, soft furnishings from top international brands and accessories that complete the scene, a Baltus home is a place that oozes elegance, style and sophistication – combined with an innate sense of fun and discovery. e

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THE STYLE fashion




AT FASHION VILLA MARBELLA Airfield’s Winter 2013 collection is a true festival for your senses. It features a myriad of elegant hues such as Sapphire, Night Blue and Black on cashmere, leather, jacquard and silk, giving a breathtaking feminine look. Animal prints never fail to produce the ‘Wow effect’, while slimfit trousers combined with over-sized shirts, cardigans, jumpers or fitted blazers make a dazzling fashion statement. Best of all, all these beautiful items are available exclusively at Marbella boutique, Fashionvilla!


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The Airfield Collection is available exclusively at FASHIONVILLA MARBELLA. Paseo de Suiza 394, Elviria. Tel: 952 850 501. Fashion Villa Marbella.


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THE STYLE fashion

Michael Caine: We fell in love with him in Alfie and, since then, he has always enticed us with his inimitable blend of vulnerability and London cockiness. Street style meets Gentleman’s smoking room in every outfit he sports.

Sean Connery: The man looks cooler than Clooney in a suit and it may have less to do with an interest in fashion than in his smouldering good looks and buff bod, which do justice to any garment lucky enough to come into close contact with the quintessential Bond. Daft Punk: They’re up all night to get lucky in the coolest garb on the planet. Italian leather and metallic accessories never looked so good alongside a helmet.

Audrey Hepburn: The monochrome black look, capri trousers, beehive hairdos… these are just some of the trends sparked by the ethereal Audrey Hepburn.

Photography Limited edition prints available at

If you had to select a handful of history’s most famous style icons, who would they be? Marisa Cutillas brings you just a few style makers who definitely hold pole position on her personal list.


Sultans of

Marilyn Monroe: We must say we can’t blame JFK for succumbing to Monroe’s curvy charms; who says style is the exclusive realm of skinny minnies? Her perfect proportions led her to do justice to any outfit she wore, whether she was sporting a Chanel suit or a simple bikini on the beach.


Style Has No Age

Why so glum?

Flower buds

It’s never too late to immerse your kids in the creative, liberating, expressive world of style. It’s never too early to aim high. We bring you the best from this season’s Baby Dior collection.

Style check

Shy guy

In bloom Crimson dreams




Check out Winter’s hottest hairstyles, discover how Whole Foods respect the natural order of things and read up on the latest Beauty News!

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Beauty: Hot Hairstyles for Winter


Beauty News


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Are you tired of your sun-streaked locks or long, grown out mane? Autumn/ Winter is the perfect time to change your look. If a visit to the hairdresser’s is on the cards, be inspired by these trendy styles, which will be making waves this season: WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

HOT HAIRSTYLES for Winter 2013-2014

Z 1 – SEVENTIES STYLE ‘BIG HAIR’: Volume is back in a big way, but rather than opting for a frizzy style, go for carefully manicured curls that ooze glamour and sophistication. Z 2 – LONG FRINGES: This ‘do’, is perfect for those who like to ‘hide’ behind a full fringe. It differs from last season’s Cleopatra styled bangs in that the fringe is so long it actually caresses your lashes. Z 3 – LOW KNOTS: During the last two years, ‘donut’ buns, placed high on the head, conjured up images of Audrey Hepburn and other screen goddesses of the 1950s and 1960s, but this season the look is much more masculine and easy to master, with knots just touching the nape of the neck. Z 4 – PLAITS: Subtle plaits will be seen on top celebrities this season; plait one or two small areas of hair and pull hair back for an elegant style. Z 5 – SHORT CUTS: Teased and spiky looks will abound, alongside punk rock and grunge fashions, which is great news for bolder, more daring femmes. Z 6 – SLEEK PONYTAILS: Brush all your hair back with a bristle brush and spray on some shine serum for a fresh, youthful look. Z 7 – THE ‘OUTGROWN BOB’: This hairdo is as cute on girls as it is on women; marked by a choppy, shoulder-length look, it’s easy to maintain; a quick blowdry, sans brush, is all you need to look your chicest. Z 8 – SOFT CURLS: Messy, wavy looks are ‘out’ and large, billowing curls, in. Keep them long and feminine with a semi-permanent or simply with the use of large curlers. Don’t forget the gel or mousse beforehand, for a longer-lasting hairdo. Z 9 – DIP-DYED ENDS: The ombre look very much belongs in the past; this season is all about starker contrasts, with colours like purple and pink making a major comeback.

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Autumn This month, Marisa Cutillas brings us the hottest looks for what is arguably the best season in Marbella: Autumn!





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1 – NAVY & NUDE SHADOW BY BOBBI BROWN A really big colour this season will be navy blue. We love this long-lasting shadow, with a dark, rich navy shade you will likely wear to the most important parties. i 2 – FOR THE TWILL OF IT POLISH BY ESSIE This beautiful polish shines in pink, brown and green – the ultimate sparkly choice for the season. i 3 – EYE QUARTET MINERAL PALETTE BY CLARINS Boasting a high concentration of mineral pigments, these beautiful shades light up the eyes and are gentle on skin. A perfect match for Nature-loving fashionistas. i 4 – LES 4 OMBRES QUADRA EYESHADOW BY CHANEL Light metallics will be seen by day and night. i 5 – RIDE UP TO THE MOON EYESHADOW BY NARS This shimmering palette contains earthy tones with the trend of the season: metallic shine! i 6 – DRAGON NAIL POLISH BY CHANEL Deep reds are also in this season, and will be seen on lips and nails alike. i


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Advanced Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery for Face, Body and Bust

Cirumed pairs high academic credentials with latest technologies in modern minimally invasive Plastic Surgery, to bring the best cosmetic surgery to Marbella. All our surgeons are specialist consultants at the Department of Plastic surgery of Spain’s elite hospital, Hospital Quiron. To have been elected amongst Spain’s best surgeons to represent Quiron’s specialist department is not only our best reference, but also our obligation.

DR. ALEXANDER ASLANI Chairman of the Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Hospital Quiron Málaga Hospital Quiron Marbella Director of Cirumed Clinic Marbella

Cirumed Clinic /// Avenida Ramón y Cajal 7 – 4 /// 29601 Marbella /// Tel: +34 952 775 346 ///




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The Second Law of Thermodynamics prescribes that all non-living things are subject to a process of degradation and disintegration; a process which we, as living beings, continuously defy.


hat stops our body and minds from decay, is the energy we consume through food and the greater our food’s structural integrity (or ‘wholeness’), the higher is the quality of the energy we consume. Physicist Erwin Schrödinger, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933, espoused that authentic health can only be achieved when we literally “consume order”, from Nature; we do this when we eat whole, natural foods, which support optimal growth from the time we are babies. Those who see little value in whole, organic foods often claim that Vitamins can still be obtained from processed foods, yet the actual nutrients food contains (i.e. vitamins, minerals, protein, anti-oxidants, etc.) are only one part of a healthy diet; a second, vital component is the complexity with which these nutrients are present in the foods we eat. Processing food destroys its vitamin and mineral content and tampers with the structural complexity and perfection that whole foods possess. Making a commitment to feeding our families organic, whole foods can be difficult; it can be incredibly easy to ‘give in to temptation’ when carrying out the weekly shopping, buying muesli bars, bottled/packaged juices, high-sugar cereals, white bread and processed snacks. Yet in doing

so, we are playing with the natural integrity of our children’s bodies and minds, interfering with optimal development and lowering their immunity. We can also open the floodgates to an array of mental/emotional issues which many studies have linked to a diet that contains sugar, gluten, processed ingredients and unhealthy fats (such as trans fats, which are present in solid vegetable fats like margarine). If you’ve always wanted to adopt a whole and organic food lifestyle, start out by doing a bit of home cooking; it takes just a little more time to make your own healthy meal than it does to heat up a pre-packaged meal. Take a delicious bowl of lentil soup or a broccoli pasta (kids go particularly gaga over this strange ‘green’ pasta sauce, made with mashed broccoli, sautéed in a little olive oil and garlic and blended with a little home-made béchamel sauce). These meals take less than half an hour to make; most delicious soups, meanwhile, can be made by popping a host of veggies in a pan and heating them up for a few minutes. Another reason that turns most people off is cost; sadly, in Spain, organic vegetables do cost more than commercial produce; sometimes double the price or more. The key is to avoid large supermarket chains and head for small green-

grocers that have a smaller, but more affordable range of organic produce. If you commit to a healthy whole foods lifestyle, don’t forget to let your children know the value of this choice. Get them involved in the kitchen so they begin to value the foods they consume on a daily basis. Moreover, help them become aware of the cut-throat nature of the processed food industry. Kids should be able to identify the tactics many companies use to make toxic food seem appealing and irresistible to children in particular. If your children have any remaining doubts about the value of whole foods, enlighten them with some quick facts. For instance, a study carried out by UK consumer group, Which? found that 31 per cent of top-selling cereals contain over four teaspoons of sugar per serving, which is more than is contained in a bowl of ice-cream! Companies often trick us with health claims, boasting that their cereals are made with honey and (dried) fruit. Yet honey is pure sugar and dried fruit contains exceedingly high levels of sugar. One of the most popular types of cereal, made from clusters of ‘whole-grain’ oats, contains over 44 per cent of fat in every serving. Some high-fibre cereals, meanwhile, contain high sugar contents (i.e. over a third of their carbohydrate count comes from sugar), so make sure to check the labels!). Try making your breakfast cereal yourself, using organic oats, nuts, a few raisins or small portions of dried fruits and a sweetener like Agave syrup. If you would rather buy your cereal, opt for varieties which contain between three and five grams of fibre and less than three to five grams of sugar per serving. A good cereal should also be low in saturated fat, it should contain whole grains and it should have less than 120 calories per serving; otherwise, not only will you impede your family’s return to ‘the natural order of things’; you may also pack on a heap of unwanted kilos! e


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Russian Dignitary Visits Marbella

Photo: Oti Ga Diaz-Ambrona

Text: AJ Linn

Marbella is becoming quite a staging post for foreign dignitaries visiting Spain. The latest high profile visitor was the Georgian Head of the President’s Administration, Andro Barnovi. The President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, was due to visit as well, but had to cancel at the last minute in order to attend a state funeral. President Saakashvili wishes to establish an international winemaking school in Georgia, and the focus of the visit was mainly on this aspect, with tours of the Jerez and Ronda regions on the agenda. The visit was co-ordinated by Marbella Town hall and the Georgian Chamber of Commerce in Andalucía. Barnovi also extolled the attractions of investing in Georgia, and had meetings with local dignitaries and politicians.

Lladró Exhibition at the Polígono Gallery in Marbella Prestigious porcelain house, Lladró, recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, exhibiting a series of beautiful designer pieces at the Polígono Gallery in Marbella. Pieces included items from the Belle Nuit collection of lamps, art works created by prestigious designers like Jaime Hayon and jars, trays, plates and much more from the L’Art de la Table collection. g


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Sauer Real Estate Wins European Property Award Sauer Real Estate received the European Property Award for Best Retail Development, Spain, for the Laguna Village Shopping Centre at the International Property Awards. The awards, held at the glamorous Grosvenor House Hotel in London, were sponsored by Virgin Atlantic and Yamaha. Laguna Village comprises a select collection of boutiques and restaurants, as well as a dental clinic and an art gallery. The centre is the perfect first stop for your Christmas shopping. g www.laguna-

Primark Opens at Parque Miramar Shopping Centre The Parque Miramar Shopping Centre is one of the Costa del Sol’s most varied, popular places to shop and it was more packed than usual recently, during the opening of the latest clothing shop: Primark. The international brand, famed for its lowcost items for adults and kids alike, is also present in Málaga’s Larios Shopping Centre. g


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Equinatural: An Equestrian Paradise Situated in the valley of Barranco Blanco between Coín and Alhaurin, Equinatural, at Finca Los Potros, is a newly inaugurated stable offering livery services and horse riding classes in the midst of one of the most scenic countrysides on the Costa del Sol. The finca offers a huge grazing area, riding lessons for all levels and ages and fabulous hacking opportunities. It also hosts workshops on topics like Equine Podiatry and Natural Horsemanship and has a popular Pony Club for kids on weekends. Equinatural is a horse paradise in all senses; the founders have created a true natural haven and rescued many horses.

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Specsavers: Caring for Eyes on the Costa del Sol and in the Third World Specsavers Opticas in Fuengirola recently held an eye health information day, featuring talks on various ocular diseases including glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Visitors learned how to identify the signs of these conditions and were advised to seek treatment before their vision deteriorated. The event also marked the launch of a three-month campaign to improve the sight of the world’s poorest people through a project involving the collection of 3,000 pairs of glasses, which will be sent to developing countries. If you live in Fuengirola or Marbella, take your old glasses into your nearest Specsavers store.

Marbella Carpentry: For All Your Bespoke Carpentry Needs Marbella Carpentry is a family run company that has been flourishing on the Coast for the last five years, thanks to its experience and expertise. The company provides clients with a vision of future works thanks to realistic 3D Designs so whether you are after a bespoke kitchen, office, bedroom, piece of furniture or a complete reform, this is the company to call. g Tel: 952 803 741/ 648 606 780.


Maiju Tirri Painting Exhibition at Houses of Art Gallery Finnish painter, Maiju Tirri, renowned for her contemporary style, will be launching her latest exhibition at Houses of Art Gallery at the Marbella Club on November 29. Maiju paints abstractions of experiences and feelings she absorbs from life itself. “My philosophy as an Artist is to seek harmony and goodness through beauty and grace. This I have tried to reach by picturing natural elements filtered through my own mind and feeling,” she says. g

Debra Spain Celebrates 20th Anniversary Debra Spain, the charity dedicated to aiding sufferers of Butterfly Skin disease and their families, recently celebrated a true feat: their 20th anniversary. The charity held its annual Butterfly Children Families Meeting at the Alameda Park, inviting its many supporters to meet and greet with children and their families. Congratulations to Debra; here’s to another ‘20 years of caring’. g


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La revista danesa en España / Det danske magasin i Spanien


NORSKE Det norske månedsmagasinet på Costa del Sol




Sesongen er godt i gang på Europas sørligste skisportssted, Pradollano i Sierra Nevada.

Et ægte boutique-hotel

De vinder mere og mere frem, særligt i de europæiske storbyer, og nu også i de spanske. La Danesa har studeret det hippe boutique-fænomen.

Mandesnak hos Mærsk

Torben Gram forlod sit job i Danmark til fordel for et liv i Spanien uden på forhånd at have arbejde, bolig eller kendskab til sproget.

• Intervjuer • Nyheter • Utflukter • Sport • Fakta • Kultur • Profiler • Politikk • Mote • Helse • og mye mer...

Jacob Haugaard er tilbage

La Danesa har mødt manden, som den 17. februar besøger Kysten med sit show ”Jacob – Solo”.

Spanske barn møtte Karius & Baktus

Siesta - myter og realiteter

Nesten 200 spanske barn og deres foreldre fikk nylig sitt første møte med de norske tanntrollene Karius og Baktus.

Du trodde kanskje at siestaen var en så inngrodd del av spansk kultur at ingenting kan rokke ved den. Tro om igjen!

Loja - en blomst blant torner Loja ligger 60 km vest for Granada, og det var selveste Isabel la Católica som i 1486, da byen overga seg til de kristne, kalte byen en blomst blant torner – “flor entre espinas”.



Med inspiration hentet i Spanien og i Wien har Kirsten Vaupel begået sin første roman, og kan nu tilføje titlen forfatter til rækken af kulturelle hverv på sit farverige visitkort.

El Mercadillo

Les mer om aktiviteter på Costa de Sol i ¿Qué pasa?

Kirsten Vaupel debuterer med roman

Tomatkrig, vikingeslag og tyreløb, religiøse optog, pilgrimsfærd og menneskepyramider er blandt højdepunkterne på Spaniens kuriøse, kulturelle kalender.


Januari 2013

Sesong i Sierra Nevada

• Interviews • Nyheder • Bolig • Finans • Udflugter • Sport • Fakta • Kultur • Profiler • Politik • Mode • Helse

Kuriøse fiestas año 2013


Fler och fler upptäcker kustens kanske hälsosammaste marknad


El Escorial tronar på minnen om makt och historia.


Trike – trehjulingar för vuxna.


Läs ett vykort från Aten.


Lennart Lundquist är mannen bakom Internetsidorna Svenskar i Spanien.


Det nya året inleds med stora rabatter.

FUNDACIÓN BANÚS PADDLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT FOR KIDS The José Banús and Pilar Calvo Padel Pro Kids tournament saw kids battle it out at Los Naranjos Club for a total prize booty of over €6.000. More than 200 players took part in the competition, enjoying a refreshing splash in the Los Naranjos Pool, delicious snacks at the restaurant and fun and laughter within the comforting walls of an enormous bouncy castle. At the end of the day, €1.200 worth of sports wear by Corus Padel was won at a fun-filled raffle draw. g


ROTARY CLUB MARBELLA RAISES €3.000 FOR HOMELESS SYRIAN REFUGEES Celebrating the culmination of a busy summer season, the Rotary Club Marbella-Guadalmina’s annual End of Summer Beach Party raised €3.000 for homeless Syrian refugees. Held at Restaurante El Arenal for the third year running, the party was attended by over 80 members and guests, who came together in the Rotarian spirit of friendship, fellowship and fun. Speaking at this dinner-dance event, Club President, Einar Askvig, emphasised that the money raised would be put to best use by being channelled through fellow Rotarian organisations in the countries bordering Syria. The Rotary Club meets every Thursday at Restaurante El Cortijo de Ramiro in Guadalmina Baja, San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella. g

ITV'S THE BIGGEST LOSER TRAINER JOINS BOOT CAMP MARBELLA Boot Camp Marbella has joined forces with TV celebrity trainer Rob Edmond. Rob will be spicing up the successful Boot Camp Marbella formula and representing BCM in the UK in order to raise awareness of the brand. Rob’s SAS background and high-end training experience in the corporate arena will provide a major boost for Boot Camp Marbella’s exciting and exclusive corporate events and team building. Boot Camp Marbella specialises in half and full week fitness/weight loss holidays and personal training. g Tel:

Has your villa been on the market for a while and not received the attention it deserves? Then Luxury Villa Sales, a whole new concept in the marketing and sales of high-end luxury homes, could well be your solution. Founded by James Johnston, a successful entrepreneur with 25 years’ experience owning property agencies and developing luxury homes in Marbella, Luxury Villa Sales provide a state-of-the-art personal website showcasing your villa. With 87 per cent of property buyers now using the Internet, Luxury Villa Sales utilise advanced Google advertising to match your villa to potential buyers. Their interesting system has proven particularly effective for villas over €3M. Luxury Villa Sales offer innovative commission structures, starting from only 1 per cent. All fees are on a ‘no sale no fee’ basis. To see one of their luxury villa sales go to then call James Johnston directly on 677 794 060 for a free valuation.

BREAST CANCER TALK AT THE QUIRÓN HOSPITAL IN MARBELLA Cancer specialist Dr. Arboal, of the Quirón Hospital in Marbella, recently gave a well attended talk to commemorate World Cancer Day. Attendees included members of the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC) and students from the Victoria Kent Institute. The talk, entitled Breast Cancer: Historical Paradigm of Western Medicine, ran through the 3,000-years history of the treatment of breast cancer. The Doctor enlightened his audience on interesting subjects like witchcraft, magic and chemotherapy, reporting, “The latest advances mean that mortality rates are much lower than they were in the past”. The key to battling breast cancer lies in early diagnosis. g


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WEDDING OPEN DAY AT LA CALA RESORT La Cala Resort held a swish wedding open day, offering potential brides and grooms everything they need to make their big day as special as they have always dreamed. Information was provided on everything from wedding music to wedding meals, décor, photography. g


GET INTO THE SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE AT CROSSFIT ELVIRIA If you haven’t heard of Crossfit yet then it’s time you did a little research into this total fitness and lifestyle methodology that is all the rage in the US and Europe. Crossfit can help you improve things like co-ordination, agility, speed, strength, balance, power, stamina, endurance and flexibility. It incorporates a series of different exercises from many different modalities, including metabolic conditioning, gymnastics and Olympic weight lifting. You can now start your Crossfit training on the Coast, thanks to Karl Wall, a former Royal Marines Commando and Personal Trainer. Karl, who is used to a life filled with adrenalin and excitement, recently opened Crossfit Elviria to bring this amazing training programme to anyone who wants to get fit, lose weight or simply get more ripped. g Book your free

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The Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice celebrated World Palliative Care Day, by holding a charity concert entitled Voices for Hospices at the María Cristina Hall in Málaga. World Palliative Care Day is organised by the committee of the Global Alliance of Palliative Care, a network of centres, national and regional organisations which support the development of palliative care. Over 400 Hospice Centres in more than 60 countries offered fun-filled concerts simultaneously. The Trustee of Cudeca, Emilio Alba, opened the concert with warm words and introduced the 10 soloist singers and pianists from Málaga who gave a magical charity performance of music by Mozart, Dvorák, Verdi, Bellini, etc. A total of €708,23 was raised at the event. g

WENDY MARBELLA KIDS CLUB OPENS AT THE HOTEL PUENTE ROMANO If you thought few things could make the Hotel Puente Romano a more perfect place to enjoy a family holiday, you may be pleased to learn that the five-star establishment now has a marvellous kids’ club called Wendy Marbella, with a host of fun game areas and activities to keep kids entertained, stimulated and overjoyed! g

FIELD OF DREAMS FOOTBALL CLUB AT ST. ANTHONY’S SCHOOL The football field of St. Anthony’s School in Mijas is the perfect setting for the coolest new football club on the Coast: Field of Dreams, for kids aged three to 16. Headed by Matt Gore, an FA/UEFA qualified coach, the club teaches kids a host of useful football skills, teamwork and confidence building. Classes take place every Wednesday at 5pm and Saturday at 10am. Check out their g Facebook page on


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Lose Weight for Christmas at Shanti-Som If you aim to decrease body fat levels, change your diet, make better nutritional choices or get fitter, obtain the results you want at Shanti-Som Wellbeing retreat. Their Life Changing Detox Retreat, developed by Nutritionist and Detox Specialist, Amanda Hamilton, is an inspiring, enjoyable and effective way to kick start a healthier way of life. Shanti-Som also offers yoga classes, which are open to non-residents, on Monday and Thursday at 10:30am and Tuesday and Friday at 11am. Experience the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual charge that yoga can bring in Shanti-Som’s scenic outdoor yoga studio, which is embraced by idyllic mountain scenery. g

Toni Nadal Gives Tennis Clinic at the Royal Tennis Club Rafael Nadal’s Trainer, Toni Nadal, recently wowed kids at a special tennis clinic held on a Saturday at the Royal Tennis Club. The event was a resounding success, and Toni promised the kids that he would convince Rafael Nadal himself to make it to next year’s clinic. The event was attended by family, friends and the Mayor of Marbella, María Ángeles Muñoz. g


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Luks Marbella Meeting at La Meridiana del Alabardero La Meridiana del Alabardero hosted the first gathering of Luks Marbella VIP Club, a club which brings nearly 150 companies together. The attendees, some 130 entrepreneurs and managers from Costa del Sol companies, joined the group to obtain Russian customer loyalty by providing quality products and services and offering highly personalised treatment. Guests included representatives from the hospitality, fashion, beauty, legal, marketing, education, health and real estate sectors, to name a few. g

International Connecting Plus Conference at the Palacio de Congresos BPW Spain’s International Connecting Plus Conference filled the Palacio de Congresos de Marbella with a special kind of buzz, with a host of enlightening talks being given by economists, lawyers, journalists and more. The two-day conference was divided into four topics: the Economy; Culture, Creativity and Awareness of a New Productive Model; Leadership, Innovation, Team and the Internet; and Brands and Cross-Selling. g

Swans School Celebrates World Peace Day Swans Primary School celebrated International Peace Day, which is observed around the world in order to increase society’s awareness of the importance of peace. The pupils were invited to attend school dressed in white and took part in special assemblies. The children were then allowed reflection time in order to consider all that they had heard. Finally, teachers and students alike engaged in an aggressive bout of mud wrestling. g

Survey Spain Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Budding Artists Raise €1.000 for Marbella Charity

Staff at Survey Spain are set to pop Champagne corks for the company’s ten-year anniversary. The Costa del Sol’s leading company of chartered surveyors, now with a network of 12 British born and trained, English and Spanish-speaking professionals, has successfully helped thousands of clients during their decade in business. The multi award-winning company is regulated by RICS (The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) in London and Brussels, and primarily deals with market valuations and building surveys of Spanish properties. Founded by Scotsman Campbell D. Ferguson in 2003, the Estepona based firm works with associates based all round Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar and the Balearic and Canary Islands.

Arty youngsters at the British School of Marbella are celebrating after they helped raise €1.000 for charity at their annual art exhibition. The event saw more than 150 parents turn up, who then tried to outbid each other for their children’s magnificent masterpieces. The exhibition at the school followed on from Art Week, where the budding artists swapped their pencils for paintbrushes to create paintings, which were then proudly displayed on the school walls. The cash is being given to Bancosol Food Bank, a charity helping out around 12,000 people in the Marbella area.

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© Richard Paine-Smith Launch in San Pedro Brand new property and service centre,, recently held a launch party at their office, which is located in the heart of San Pedro de Alcántara. Around 100 guests enjoyed fine wines, cava and an array of sumptuous canapés, as they were personally introduced to the company’s many services, which range from property sales, rentals, management and services, to mobile phone deals, ADSL Internet and Internet TV, insurance and an array of fantastic tours and activities. g Edif. San Pedro del Mar, Local 3A,

San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: +952 783 980.


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THE PRO property


hesterton Gibraltar works with individuals and companies seeking to establish a Gibraltar footprint and provides a myriad of relocation services within the property and taxation arena. Perhaps the greatest challenge currently facing new high net worth individuals is that of sourcing the right property. Given the size of Gibraltar, less than 7 km2, and the continued demand for property, supply is probably at its lowest level for a number of years. Just a few minutes from Gibraltar’s thriving Main Street and driving up towards the Nature Reserve, one cannot escape the awe-inspiring emerging structure of the development known as The Sanctuary, adjacent to the Upper Nature Reserve. The development consists of just five super prime luxury villas. Commonly known as the ‘Maida Vale’ site, the first construction began in the 1960’s with foundations and a concrete structure to three levels for a hotel, before works terminated without any building being completed. The current developer has completely demolished and cleared the abandoned site, before embarking on the

luxury enclave, which also has an extensive tree planting plan. A spokesman for the developer, Forefront Ventures Limited, described the inspiration behind The Sanctuary: “Given such a stunning elevated location and views, the primary aim for The Sanctuary has been to create the very highest level of luxury and sophistication for discerning individuals. This peaceful location within Gibraltar demands nothing less than the ultimate contemporary haven.” These villas are by some margin, the largest single residential properties in Gibraltar, with extensive terraces, gardens and private parking for at least six cars. The location and elevation permit breath-taking views of the sea, across to North Africa. The design ensures uninterrupted vistas from all key rooms, the pool area, spa and gardens. Each villa is crowned with a stunning roof terrace and pavilion, allowing relaxation, entertainment and jaw-dropping panoramic views – day and night, whatever the season.


Asking the developer for a summary of the key features leads to a very long answer full of enthusiasm and energy. “The main kitchens are fitted with top of the range appliances, for example: Sub-Zero wine fridge, full size refrigerator and freezer, under counter cooler drawers, two Wolf ovens with warming drawers beneath, full surface Gaggenau induction hobs, Wolf Convection Microwave with Grill Oven, two extra large Miele dishwashers and two Wolf electric griddle plates in the outdoor kitchen. There is a further fully equipped staff kitchen on the ground floor.” “Whether it’s entertaining, partying, chilling or – if you must – working, the villas are an artful blend of necessities and luxuries, with emphasis on the latter. All bedroom suites have their own Gessie Milano designer bathrooms and bespoke dressing areas. There is separate accommodation for staff, (or even


Gibraltar has not only withstood the economic plight of the last few years, but has continued its economic growth seemingly unabated. The low tax base in a well regulated EU jurisdiction ensures that Gibraltar is an attractive proposition at any time of an economic cycle. With corporation tax at 10 per cent, income tax peaking at an effective rate of 25 per cent, and no wealth, capital gains or inheritance tax, Gibraltar is appealing to both individuals and companies willing to relocate to save costs. WORDS MIKE NICHOLLS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CHESTERTON

Mike Nicholls is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a member of the Gibraltar Society of Accountants, a member of the Gibraltar Funds and Investment Association and a board member of the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce. Mike operates the Chesterton estate agency in Gibraltar. g 20 Ocean Village Promenade, Gibraltar. Tel: 697 287 438/ +350 200 40041.


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more friends and family), an entire wellness level complete with dance studio, gymnasium, treatment room, sauna, bespoke steam room, and there’s a cinema for discovering new blockbusters and reliving timeless classics.” The Sanctuary villas will be equipped with sophisticated Crestron home automation systems which control lighting scenes, audio, video, room temperature, hot water, window blinds, security cameras, alarm, gates and house entry – all to the owner’s specific requirements. You can even view your property through the security cameras, from anywhere in the world. So how much is one of these villas? At the time of writing, the prices are still being set. Whatever the figure, buyers will compare the property, lifestyle and fiscal advantages of buying a Sanctuary villa to what is on offer in other low tax jurisdictions, Singapore, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Monaco for example. According to a report by international estate agent Knight Frank for house prices in 2012 across the

world, property prices in Singapore average £16,500 per m2 and the government is struggling to keep house price inflation manageable. Singapore hosts the world’s densest population of millionaires, and limited land for development (the country is only 700 km2 in size), meaning that property prices are not expected to plummet anytime soon. In Switzerland, Knight Frank believes prices in Geneva are set to rise as the country is forecast to see a 27 per cent increase in its high net worth population between 2012 and 2022. The average house price in Geneva is £19,500 per m2, the popularity of the city being explained by its position as a global financial centre with excellent schools, a safe environment and the Alpine ski resorts on its doorstep. The Hong Kong property market is hot, averaging £33,000 per m2. The government is fighting to cool it down. Knight Frank put the city’s popularity down to strong demand from both local and international owners, and investors who see the city as an international financial hub

with a strategic geographic location and a liberalised economy. Sounds like Gibraltar to me. Monaco has a reputation for being a playground for the super-rich. With only 36,000 people, its population is just 20 per cent greater that Gibraltar’s. Property prices average £38,000 per m2 according to Knight Frank, many times more expensive than Gibraltar. The fact that neither individuals nor companies resident in Monaco pay income or business tax, keeps Monaco property as the most expensively priced in the world. Using the above benchmarks,

a Sanctuary villa in Monaco would fetch in excess of £55m (assuming 50 per cent value for the terraces and outside space), £50m in Hong Kong, £30m in Geneva, and £25m in Singapore. An international investor seeking a low tax jurisdiction, which couples as a financial centre, has good schools, offers a very safe environment and is geographically located close to other popular locations and international hubs could well see an opportunity to invest in The Sanctuary, Gibraltar and save themselves a few million pounds. e


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New office in Marbella


What is Ausbanc? Ausbanc is an association of consumers which specialises in banking products It was founded 27 years ago and its headquarters are located in Madrid. Ausbanc has delegations in the main capitals of the different provinces; one of these delegations is situated in Málaga. Thanks to the resources we have available and the incessant efforts of our team, AUSBANC CONSUMO has achieved great things over the past 25 years with respect to the defence and consolidation of the rights and legitimate interests of consumers and users of banking services. We don’t just take part in presenting courts with important legal doctrine and jurisprudence which protects the rights of Ausbanc members and users of banking services in general; we also play an important role in influencing new norms and laws that guarantee effective protection.

“The eradication of ‘suelo’ clauses (mortgage collars) in mortgages is one of our priorities”

Why has Ausbanc opened a new office in Marbella? Although Ausbanc’s offices in Málaga have always provided excellent service to residents of the Costa del Sol – especially Marbella residents – we aim to offer closer proximity and better service. Thanks to the new office, those living closer to the Marbella end of the Costa del Sol won’t have to travel all the way to Málaga to receive legal advice on banking matters. This is great news for thousands of residents who live closer to this end of the Coast.

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In addition to general banking problems (undue commercialisation of mortgage collars, preferred stocks, swaps, etc.), the Costa del Sol has had to face an additional array of problems derived from / related to the real estate sector: single foreign currency mortgages, harmful crossproduct placements, pure investment products, the inefficient management of Sicavs, etc.

The Málaga delegation of Ausbanc has been campaigning against mortgage collars. Does this affect a significant number of mortgages?

How many lawsuits related to mortgage collars have you won thus far? Obviously, the eradication of pernicious mortgage collars in the mortgages of Costa del Sol residents is one of our priorities. The Supreme Court verdict of 9th May saw AUSBANC CONSUMO’s legal team achieve an important victory. The verdict ordered BBVA, Caixa Galicia and Cajamar to eliminate mortgage collars from their mortgages. People should also be aware that even though their mortgages have been taken out with other banking entities, they can also have these clauses eliminated from their mortgages by taking their cases to court. They also have the right to be compensated for the amounts these clauses have forced them to pay. The average amount they can recover comes to approximately €7.000 per mortgage, as decreed by the Mercantile Courts of Málaga in over 20 different verdicts. This issue affects a large number of Costa del Sol residents; a prudent estimate deems the number of families affected to be around 40,000.

For years, the relationship of Ausbanc with Marbella has been very close. Marbella has hosted a number of events like the Ausbanc Forum. Will you be holding more events of this type? Yes. Ausbanc and Marbella have always enjoyed a very close relationship. This is why we have opened a branch here. Our proximity will intensify our activity in Marbella. One thing we will be doing is hosting a number of Ausbanc Forums here. These events have garnered us recognition from a host of institutions, including the Town Hall, Business Associations, etc. e

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business THE PRO


he Costa del Sol has been in recovery for six months with tourism booming and the property market becoming active. This mirrors the recession of the early 1990s when the Costas showed the earliest signs of growth. The Government has at last provided a meaningful business stimulus with the Ley de Emprendedores, which completed its passage through the legislature with great fanfare on 27 September. The key provisions are:



Another attempt has been made to streamline new company setups. Spain has been subject to much criticism for bureaucracy, which causes excessive cost and delay although this has already improved greatly compared to 10 years ago. The new regulations are meant to allow individuals to set up a company online with all the various official registrations. Hopefully, new business set up will soon be even simpler.



Newly registered self-employed will get a discount of 80% of the normal €260 monthly contribution for the first six months, 50% for the next six months and 30% for a further six months. Normal levels of contributions are crippling for newly self-employed so, if they can, most keep a low profile until they are making enough money to join the club. This new deal should enable at least some of the thousands of hidden self-employed to legalise their existing activities.

Businesses that get into financial trouble will be able to resolve their problems by making binding agreements with creditors, without a slow and expensive court process. A mediator may now be appointed to restructure creditors, arranging to write off up to 25% of debts and with up to three years to pay off the rest. Approval of only 60% of creditors is needed to force restructuring on all creditors.

As a professional adviser specialising in helping foreign businesses and individuals in Spain, it is easy to criticise the Government for its lack of imagination in economic management. Is the latest social security deal for newly self-employed really generous enough to persuade the enormous number of unregistered businesses to come clean? There must be hundreds of thousands, some suggest more than 50% of the total unemployed, making a living somehow, as labourers, plumbers, cleaners, gardeners, etc. Why not give the ‘unemployed’ two years, not six months, at the new €75 Social Security minimum monthly contribution rate? Why not exempt income and value added tax on incomes below €10.000 p.a.? Surely it would be better that they contribute something? Imagine the Spanish Government press announcement that they have ‘found’ employment for 2-3 million people! The Ley de Emprendedores is welcomed, even if it does not go far enough. Hopefully, Spain’s recovery will soon allow the Government to be brave enough to let out its bureaucratic reins properly on the Spanish people and business community. e


In an attempt to attract wealthy foreigners to Spain, the rules for residency have been relaxed. EU citizens already have This idea has been floating about for years in Spain. the right to live in Spain so the new rules apply to the rest of Presently, businesses pay IVA on sales invoices regardless of the world. The main conditions are either: whether they have been paid. Businesses with • A business investment that will annual sales of less than €2million can now opt create employment LIMITED LIABILITY FOR for a system that removes this problem. • Investment of €2million in state THE SELF-EMPLOYED Most small businesses avoid the problem by bonds, or €1million in Spanish bank Self-employed traders and not invoicing until they have been paid so the deposits or Spanish companies professionals will be able to new system is a good idea but not likely to have • Purchase of a home of at least have partial limited liability much impact. It’s probably 20 years too late as €500.000. without setting up a company. sidestepping IVA rules is now deeply ingrained.


The protection only applies to a person’s home but, for most self-employed, this is reasonable. A few simple registrations will be needed and the house value cannot exceed €300.000.

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30th ANNIVERSARY OF ROCHE BOBOIS Roche Bobois, the Parisian firm known for its impressive selection of ultra-stylish furniture pieces, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary in Marbella with a swish party attended by the crème de la crème. Guests marvelled at the new Autumn collection, tucked into delicious canapés from Goyo and chocolates from Darcis, while sipping on endless glasses of Champagne.

“Fashions fade, style is eternal” – Yves Saint-Laurent


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CORTIJO CARE MARBELLA LAUNCH Cortijo Care Marbella is a brand new private clinic specialising in physical and mental well-being. It recently celebrated its launch, which was attended by the Mayor of Marbella and other important dignitaries. The Clinic will be offering medical and therapeutic treatment for mental issues, addictions, eating disorders and more.

“The wish for healing has always been half of health” – Seneca

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15th ANNIVERSARY OF AMANHAVIS Amanhavis is one of the Coast’s most lauded boutique hotels. Featuring an exclusive selection of themed rooms, it offers tranquility in the scenic area of Benahavís. Hotel Founder, Burkhard Weber and his wife Leslie recently held a lavish party to commemorate the Hotel’s 15th anniversary, which coincided with Burkhard’s birthday.

“The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life” – George Bernard Shaw


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he Omm is also a kind of cultural Mecca; a place where Barcelona’s top poets, designers, architects and entrepreneurs meet and greet. It is, in many ways, starkly different from the standard five-star, with its futuristic façade and trendy night club. Before the Omm, few people would dare venture forth into a high-class hotel to party the night away. The Omm epitomises everything Barcelona stands for, with surreal white structures ‘peeling back’ from the window of every room like bent pages of a book, in order to allow natural light to bathe each and every room in a warm golden glow. The vertiginous spaces between the windows and the curved structures contain small balconies, perfect for gazing at the city’s most iconic avenue, the Paseo de Gracia. Indeed, the


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Hotel is just a stone’s throw from Gaudi’s most iconic ‘Casas’ and a 10-minute walk from Las Ramblas and the city’s trendiest boutiques. The reception desk is but a small component of a large lounge area with contemporary fireplaces and a plethora of comfy, bold-hued sofas which take on new life on Thursday nights, when the Catalán jetset take over the Omm and chill out with colourful cocktails and tempting snacks at the Roca Bar. The Omm is also home to renowned Michelinstarred restaurant, Roca Moo, overseen by the three-Michelin-starred team of El Celler Can Roca, recently voted the Number One Restaurant in the World by Restaurant Magazine. Here, Chef Felip Llufriu and his team reinterpret Catalán

cuisine with creativity and panache, offering two tasting menus featuring an array of dishes which are thoughtfully paired with a selection of some of the world’s most exclusive wines. The rooms at the Hotel Omm reveal an incredible attention to detail; a simple, g

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If there’s one city in Spain where avante-garde rules supreme, it has got to be Barcelona. With its dreamlike Güell Park, myriad of marine/ fantasy-inspired houses by Gaudi and some of the coolest galleries and theatres in Europe, Barcelona is also home to the Hotel Omm, as highly praised by the people of Barcelona as it is by the many urbanites and travel writers who have helped garner the Hotel a host of prizes for its future-forward design.




Scandinavian-inspired influence can be gleaned from the dominance of light hues and wooden flooring and furniture. Minimalism and comfort hold sway, while delightful designer pieces like sexy curved chairs, anglepoise lamps and solid wood desks, make it very easy to truly relax. One of the most appealing aspects of the rooms is the lack of clutter; everything is ‘hidden’ behind modernistic pieces of furniture and walls: the light sockets and mini-bar, for instance, may be a bit of a challenge to find. The unique pieces of furniture very much exude a sense of individuality. There are beautiful flat-screen TVs, high-tech sound systems and even a selection of CDs specially mixed by OMM for its clients. If the rooms are all about light, the hallways are just the opposite: stark black walls instill a sense of comfort and

peace and pay homage to minimalist perfection. The bathrooms, separated from the bedroom by a lacquered wall divider, are flooded with natural light. Instead of the usual plastic bottles of shampoo and gel, they boast silver soap holders filled up daily by the Hotel staff, which is a nice touch as far as environmental sustainability is concerned. Guests staying for any length of time will love the myriad of bathroom accoutrements, which include a hair brush, sewing material, shoe polish and a generous bottle of body lotion. The bathroom has deep, spacious drawers so you can keep your personal items safely tucked away from the public eye. If you’re in Barcelona to sightsee, then your sore muscles will definitely require a bit of R‘n’R after a day of bus-hopping and walking up and

down the winding interiors of Gaudi’s many masterpieces. The Hotel Spa is definitely an ideal place to unwind, with its spacious, rectangular Jacuzzi, nice and dark with a bit of golden lighting and the flirtatious flicker of candlelight. The massage menu is ample, containing everything from neuro-sedating massages to Japanese and Thai treatments. An absolutely smashing place to enjoy the sunset, meanwhile, is the rooftop terrace, with its gorgeous wooden-decked pool and comfy lounge area, peppered with white parasols that keep you cool on a sunny day. As you sit on the deck and look out to views of Gaudi’s graceful Casa Mila and the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, you realise that you have been caught in the magic spell that Barcelona has cast on millions of travellers far and wide. e ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM NOVEMBER 2013 / 101

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THE LEisure golf

When the Publisher asked for a golf column to match the issue’s style theme, I immediately thought what the great golf writer Henry Longhurst said in his day, and here it is: “sic transit Gloria.” He was referring to the defeat of Gloria Minoprio, the first woman golfer to wear trousers, in the 1933 English Women’s Championship. (For non-Latin scholars the phrase means the glory days are gone).

Golfing in style Words David Wishart


t took a good lunch to flesh out the topic to include the paraphernalia we grew up with, in times when we walked with a few sticks, probably including a hickory putter, and a matched set was for hotshots who could break a hundred. Personally I like to have good equipment but don’t feel the need to fill my bag with 14 clubs. I know a group of seniors who walk the magnificent turf of Turnberry in Scotland with half a set each. When it gets to mid-season, they stick these clubs in the garage and play the rest of the year with the other half set. That way, they experience the joy of walking with their clubs, which of course makes for a much faster game as they eye up their shot on approaching the ball, step up and hit it without a practice swing. Consequently, a round of golf on this Open course can be played in three hours, although four hours is considered quite acceptable. A major factor is unhurried, but quick green play, because when a hole is won, the others pick up their balls. Their style is getting on with it. If only a similar ethos prevailed here, but we are stuck with an obsession for stroke-play competitions which can dither on for five or six hours. Even without a competition, the scoring mentality is

like a ball and chain. I can see it now: four highhandicappers marking their cards at the edge of a green while the next group is waiting to play. To quote Henry Longhurst again, “No, it is match play, man against man, that is the true essence of golf. Beside it, stroke play, as a famous champion of earlier days contemptuously put it, is ‘no better than rifle shooting’”. And so golf becomes like flying – hurry and wait. There’s time to check messages on your phone, possibly already in use with its GPS app. Club committees try to restrict phone use which ignores the times we live in – the fact is that the mobile phone has liberated the golfer by not requiring him or her (usually her) to wait in all day for the plumber to call by. I only use tradesmen who carry phones. What should be disallowed is golfers talking loudly, and at length, while they arrange their social lives. But there are more important issues, such as what was worn at this year’s Solheim Cup. Was the American team’s clothing more skimpy than stylish? Are nautical shorts right for the golf course, and do women look good in long socks? Of course, what is appropriate is one thing, but it would be a brave man who stepped on to the

minefield of women’s fashion. We men have style issues of our own. For example, Prestbury, one of the top golf clubs in the north of England, recently took the trouble to inform members that men playing in shorts must have white ankle socks. This is the kind of edict presumably handed down by Swedish golf clubs because black shoes appear to be the national favourite. Anyway, I can report that when one Prestbury member checked in at the pro shop in beige (beige!) socks it caused shock and horror. Professional golfers of the male variety rarely have these kind of problems. Take John Daly’s trousers for example – they make Ian Poulter’s look ultra conservative. Rory McIlroy may not have been using his new Nike clubs to great effect of late, but he certainly looks a lot smarter in his sponsor’s clobber, which may be one reason why Nike has shot ahead of Adidas in the sportswear business. We’ll save the last word for Bob Hope, who was a very useful golfer with a handicap of four, and played in the 1951 British Open at Porthcawl. He was also a great joker about golf, such as his boast about hitting the ball so hard on a Florida course that he hit an alligator. “He’s now my golf bag.” Now that would look good. e


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Chinese, Japanese and Teppanyaki


The most luxurious Asian restaurant on the Costa del Sol, and the only place to sample the best glazed duck among many other delicacies



CASINO < San Pedro

CN340, km 174


Marbella >

Open every day for lunch and dinner except Tuesday for lunch.Take away available. Private parking. Fabulous outdoor terrace.

Reservations T: 952 817 691 C/ Lirios, 10b. Nueva Andalucía, located opposite. Playas del Duque, Puerto Banús.

Come to Calahonda to enjoy the best, most authentic Asian cuisine, including Chinese, japanese and Thai delicacies, as well as the fine fare from our Teppanyaki table. Some of our most distinguished clientele include members of the Chinese Royal Family and the Chinese Consulate

centro Commercial Los Jarales, 6, Calahonda • Tel: +34 952 935 818

Open every day for lunch and dinner except Tuesday for lunch. Take away available. Private parking.

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The Gourmet: Warm your cockles at rustic restaurant, Venta El Jinete, give in to your penchant for authentic Italian cuisine at La Trattoria de Marbella, discover the inner world of Café del Mar’s Head Chef, Alejandro Álvarez, and get ready to taste some Wines With Style.

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THE ART OF FINE THAI CUISINE RESERVATIONS: 952 818 392 Open Every Evening for Dinner Ctra. de Cรกdiz Km. 175 PUERTO BANร S (Behind The Shell Petrol Station) Marbella

TAI PAN chinese cuisine polynesian bar

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

SUKHOTHAI Exquisite Royal Thai Cuisine

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

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inete is one of a select group of businesses that has seemingly laughed in the face of the Spanish crisis, serving soul-satisfying food to as many as 150 diners a night (its record is 280 diners in one day). This is definitely one venue where booking is of the essence if you don’t want to be disappointed. Roque himself is surprised by his great success, which he chalks down to having “an excellent team”. Jinete is often touted as a haven of grilled delights (Roque is Argentinean and his knowledge and selection of meat and cooking technique are legendary), yet he doesn’t really consider himself a ‘parillero’; rather, he feels much more comfortable in the solitude of his kitchen, engaging in the careful process of whipping up an array of delicate sauces, side dishes and surprising salads. When I ask him what he most enjoys, he answers in a second: “Making meals for my staff”. Just like clockwork, Roque cooks for his staff at the end of every working night. That is when he really lets his creativity loose: new sauces, dressings and combinations are met with oohs and aahs by the grateful team. It can, indeed, be a bit of a challenge to define the secrets of Jinete’s success; we could start by mentioning what it is most famous for: tender steaks bursting with juiciness and flavour; hearty sides and mouthwatering salads. The fish offering is likewise impressive and entrées like the homemade duck and chicken paté, smooth and creamy, are often cited in a plethora of blogs by foodies and critics alike. Jinete is also well-known for its wine list, which boasts a wide array of Spanish and international wines, including renowned bottles like the Finisimo Canepa Gran Reserva and the Torres Mas La Plana. The staff is eager to please, quick, efficient and warm – so much so that the thought of visiting Jinete is always a joyful one. Then there is the music; every Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday night, diners enjoy Roque’s signature dishes (including his legendary filet mignon with a brandy and mushroom sauce) with performances by a myriad of artists including Monkey Tennis, Michael Kinross Dickinson, Drew and Susan Valerie. During a lovely meal in the cosy rustic interiors of Jinete, you can

Venta Jinete Where Vision and

“A cook’s ego is the downfall of his dishes”. So pronounces Roque Martínez, Owner and Chef of Jinete Restaurant, in Mijas, and Aroma, in Fuengirola. It is one of many sayings he likes to recall, for he is a thoughtful soul who is as much a philosopher, as he is a Chef. delight in jazz, soul and pop music (featuring songs by The Beatles, Coldplay, Van Morrison), and on some nights you can really chill out with cool tunes by a talented Russian saxophone player. On Tuesday and Wednesday nights, the musicians have a rest while guests tuck into a €17 menu including a delightful entrecote steak and heavenly starters like the goats cheese salad. My most recent meal at Jinete took me back to my traditional favourites: for starters, the gratinated salmon and prawn dish: a creamy, flavourful and soulful choice that really hit the spot on the first cool night of the autumn. My main dish, a hearty filet mignon slathered in an amazingly creamy brandy sauce, served with roast potato mash and seasonal vegetables, was an amazing medley of tantalising textures and flavours. Not one to shy away from surprises, I also tried a new dish from Roque’s ‘Something More than Green’ menu, which offers a variety of seasonal vegetable dishes and salads with some surprising yet incredibly satisfying dressings. I found the wild asparagus in a gratinated béarnaise sauce to be crisp and sinfully smooth all at once. On a totally different note, the gratinated aubergine with tomato sauce was the ideal dish to be enjoyed in such a unique setting, for Jinete is embraced by the verdant campo in Mijas, though it is just a short drive from Mijas pueblo. Despite possessing a hefty degree of charisma, Roque prefers to let his capable team be the

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meeting point between himself and the client; and listening to his diners, is a crucial part of his success. “What truly makes a Chef is the selfconfidence that comes from happy clients”. The thoughtful Chef can ponder on few more fruitful pursuits than thinking of new ways of combining the ingredients in his kitchen. “Even just walking through a market or supermarket and seeing the produce, gives me a high. I delight in dreaming up all the things I could theoretically cook, even though there isn’t enough time in the day to bring all these dreams to fruition”. Dream, however is one thing Roque never fails to do and his youthful enthusiasm is present in the sparkle in his eye, the flavour of his cuisine and the smiles from his enthusiastic team. “We are nothing”, he says, “if we don’t surround ourselves with good people”. e


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BELGIAN RESTAURANT бельгийский ресторан

Menú de Caza / Game Menu Paté de liebre encroute con salsa cumberland Home made hare paté with cumberland sauce Ensalada de codorniz con vinagreta de frambuesa Quail salad with raspberry vinagrette Croquetas de faisán Pheasant croquettes Estofado de jabalí con croquetas de patatas Baby wild boar stew with croquette potatoes

Faisán "Brabançonne", endivias con croquetas de patatas Pheasant "Brabançonne", chicory with croquette potatoes Lomo de ciervo al oporto, peras con arándanos Stag medallions with porto, pear with cranberry Perdiz "Buena Mujer" con croquetas de patatas Partridge "Buena Mujer" style

Open all day, every day. Ctra. de Ronda. Opposite Madroñal, nº 3 29679 Benahavis. Tel: 952 786 688.

открыты ежедневно. дорога Ronda. напротив Madroñal, No 3, Benahavis. телефон: 952 786 688

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La Trattoria de Marbella Campanilismo at its best

For many, staples of the Italian kitchen such as pasta, pizza and risotto define the country’s gastronomy. Though these are indeed among its most important building blocks, Italian cuisine is so revered exactly because of its rich diversity. The origin of such great gastronomic variety, where even neighbouring valleys and towns jealously guard their ancient traditions, is campanilismo. WORDs Michel Cruz Photography ©


n a country so regional and so long divided, the concept of campanilismo offers a strong feeling of association with your local town, village or district. It is in such places all across the length and breadth of Italy, that beautifully varied interpretations of the national cuisine have long since taken root, using local produce as their guiding principles.

Italian food made by Italians As an exported commodity, the Italian restaurant has too often become syndicated and standardised, but La Trattoria de Marbella brings the pleasures of authentic, mostly regional Italian food to our midst. Established in August, this atmospheric restaurant near the casino and the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel builds on the longstanding success of its original namesake, La Trattoria de Tarifa. Here owner Paolo has created nothing short of a local institution in a restaurant whose reputation has continued to grow over the years. It was his large following of Marbella weekenders who finally convinced him to open a restaurant here that would offer the same level of quality and authenticity that has made La Trattoria de Tarifa perhaps the finest Italian restaurant in the province of Cádiz. Originally hailing from Verona, he has assembled a team of Northern Italians and Italo-Argentineans who focus not just on creating real Italian food – but in particular bring the rich flavours of Northern Italy to life. Along with some unmissable classics from across the country, this is the kind of food Italians make for themselves, and that in itself is g Calle Las Malvas 14, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 591. 172 ReR trattoria.indd 109

about the best recommendation you could have. We may have been in Marbella in body, but in spirit we travelled via Genoa to the fertile lands of the Po Valley and up, into Veneto, as we sampled the first wine of the evening, a crisp white Lamberti Soave, made from the Garganega grape. Dry, with just a hint of the sweetness for which the grape is known, it was the companion of an assortment of classic Italian starters: crisp-breaded pizza margherita slices with soft melted cheese, salted bresaola beef with soft, milky burrata cheese and finally a wafer-thin carpaccio of tuna from – appropriately – Tarifa. It just so happens that Tarifa is one of the best places in the world for tuna, and it showed in this simple but delightful dish. The beauty of a lot of Italian recipes is their lack of over-preparation in favour of good, honest ingredients and simple presentation. For the main course we changed to a Lamberti red from Valpolicella. It took a little while to assert itself, but when it did this proved to be a light but wonderfully fragrant wine. By the time we were savouring our main dishes we could see what all the fuss in Tarifa was about. Deciding to sample as broadly representative a range of dishes as we could, we chose one pasta – Linguine agli Scampi, a seafood lovers dream with langoustines and cherry tomatoes on a bed of perfect, slightly spicy linguine, one pizza – Gitana: fresh tomato, mozzarella, aubergines, sweet peppers, wild mushrooms and a spicy pepper salami, and two meat dishes. The latter consisted of a tagliata tenderloin steak

with rucola and slivers of Parmigiano Reggiano, while I for one am going back to have that fantastic ossobuco alla Milanese again. Once again a relatively uncomplicated dish, the veal delicacy’s delight lies in its rich flavouring and tenderness. Though more a winter than a summer plate, it was light yet full of flavour. Even when a touch of rain came our spirits could not be dampened, for La Trattoria de Marbella is the kind of restaurant where you enjoy great Italian food in an ambience of informal comfort. What came next required another ‘note to self’, a series of gorgeous homemade desserts accompanied by a tender, gently fizzy pink Moscato dessert wine. Made with Muscat grapes from Piemonte, I’d call it a discovery: a refreshing pink wine that is lighter and not as sweet as a regular muscatel, and almost made us overlook the desserts themselves. But how could we, for the mamma that makes such creations must look like Sophia Loren or even Carla Bruni. The profiteroles in hot chocolate were beautifully light and delicate, the fragrant tiramisu made to Paolo’s (secret) personal recipe, the limoncello sorbet delicate and creamy, and the panna cotta incredibly refined with a soft texture replacing the ‘sticky’ one and a more rounded fruit flavour in which the bitter undertones added a touch of maturity. Those who know, La Trattoria need no further confirmation, but those who visit Marbella’s La Trattoria will soon find out what all the hype is about! e ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM NOVEMBER 2013 / 109

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Gastroarte Meeting Point AT THE AC HOTEL MÁLAGA PALACIO The AC Hotel Málaga Palacio formed a perfect backdrop for the 11th edition of Gastroarte, a culinary event attended by dignitaries from far-off places like Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Medellín and Río de Janeiro. Over 100 foodies gathered to enjoy a special dinner whipped up by some of Andalucía’s most renowned Chefs, who delighted guests with an array of fantastic wines and delights like a heavenly prawn crunch, free-range chicken bites, cooked adobo-style and goose ravioli. i


Four of Spain’s most popular food bloggers have published a book which promotes heart health. Entitled Menús con Corazón, it contains a host of recipes that are as easy to prepare as they are healthy. The bloggers are Espe Saavedra (of famed blog Espe Saavedra en la Cocina),), Alfonso López (of Recetas de Rechupete), Nieves Soto (of Cocina Igloo Cooking Cooking) and Alma Obregón (of Objetivo: Cupcake Perfecto). Only 15,000 copies have been printed. i Order you free copy on

BESWEET Creative Cakes

Come to Marbella If you’re throwing a party and you’d like everything to be just perfect, end it on an original note with Bewseet’s creative cakes, cookies and cupcakes. Every cake is unique, handmade and bespoke. Just tell the staff what you’re after, at least seven days before the big day, and they will happily make your dreams come to life. Besweet also specialises in kids’ birthdays and teaches fun cupcake decoration classes to kids. g C.C. Guadalmina, Marbella. Tel: 661 214 966.

Chocolatemmmaking Experience


Your Autumn with Fine Wine Da Bruno Sul Mare began the Autumn Season with its traditional Grape Harvest Festival, sharing glasses of the new Cortijo Los Aguilares Da Bruno wine with friends, clients and members of the media. The wine, created specifically for Da Bruno, is made at the Cortijo Los Aguilares bodega in Ronda, from the very best grapes from the 2009 harvest. Only 9,000 bottles have been created for Da Bruno restaurants so make sure the season doesn’t pass without trying a glass, or maybe even a whole bottle! i

AT THE MAYAN MONKEY MIJAS Enjoy a hands-on introduction to the history and origins of chocolate, the craft of the chocolatier, and the art of chocolate tempering, involving a tasting session of chocolates from around the world. Design, make and take your own chocolate home with you! The workshop duration is approximately 50 minutes, with a one-hour break so the chocolate can set. Enjoy this time exploring Mijas’ pretty streets, views and attractions or over a wonderful meal at one of the mountain village’s fine eateries. On return to the chocolate factory, you will find your unique chocolate creations wrapped and labelled. Mayan Monkey Mijas accommodates birthday parties, school excursions, family outings, etc. and their adult workshops explore the technical, historical, geographical and scientific aspects of chocolate in greater depth. The shop can customise a workshop just for you: team-building events, hen parties, social club outings, are all accommodated. g Tel: 951 052 772.


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ALEJANDRO ÁLVAREZ of Café del Mar IN SEARCH OF HARMONY Alejandro Álvarez, who heads the busy kitchens of new culinary hotspot, Café del Mar, seems at peace with himself and the world on the morning I meet him at the restaurant’s dreamlike setting by the sea; it is just gone 11am but he has already been hard at work for a couple of hours and, despite being a very mature 26-year-old, there is a natural joviality about him that is highly contagious. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY © KHPHOTOGRAPHY.CO.UK


here is no great secret behind Alejandro’s choice of profession; his passion for cooking has been simmering consistently since he was a child. His mother, a more-thanable cook herself, made a point of welcoming Alejandro into her kitchen when he was little and he took to the culinary craft as a duck does to water, enrolling at a renowned cooking school in his home town of Gijón, Asturias, where he completed classical and haute cuisine courses. Since his student days, he says, he has always been “a thief by sight”. One of the most important skills he learned was that of observation and he drank in the artistry of Michelin-starred masters like Martín Berasategui and Isaac Salaberria, who taught him lessons of incalculable value. The young Chef further sharpened his talent in Grupo Lezama’s La Taberna del Alabardero in Madrid and the Café de Oriente Museo del Traje, in Madrid’s prestigious Moncloa area. But it is in Marbella that he is truly beginning to shine in his own right; as Head Chef of Café del Mar, he has the challenging task of satisfying a savvy clientele who regularly dine at some of the best establishments in the world and who expect


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the same level of excellence at this elegant beachside venue. Café del Mar is, indeed, a unique setting in which to unleash one’s culinary creativity. Part-beach club, part-fine dining restaurant, part-snack venue, with two glorious bars to enjoy a nibble and a drink at, it boasts a series of distinctly defined areas, including a chilled lounge, beach hammocks, fine dining areas (indoors and al fresco) and a laidback snack zone. The distinct ambiences provide a myriad of inspirations for Alejandro, whose dishes help define the spirit and vibe of each corner of Café del Mar. Although he admits to being inspired by avante-garde cuisine, at Café del Mar Alejandro’s creations can be defined as “neoclassical; mainly traditional with touches of creativity”. Star dishes include a knockout tuna tartare, made with exquisite Almadraba tuna and jazzed up with capers, onions, herbs and a subtle hint of wasabi. Another favourite is the watercress velouté served with pear and membrillo chutney, seared scallops and fine slices of Iberian ham (this medley of flavours and textures perhaps best encapsulates Alejandro’s obsession with creating harmony

in every dish). My personal favourite is the squid filled with creamy red lentils and served with squid ink biscuits and fennel – so good it remains in your memory bank, so that you simply must have it again. Alejandro also tries to adapt his cuisine to the demands of his clientele: if, in the Basque Country, he is used to working with a whole different kettle of fish, in Marbella, he serves freshly caught local varieties which are particularly suited to dining by the sea shore. He hopes to incorporate Japanese dishes into the menu, believing the lounge and snack areas to provide an ideal setting for everything from a soul-soothing sushi roll to a hearty bowl of Japanese noodles. As the interview comes to a close, Alejandro returns to his kitchens, where he will be whipping up an array of colourful dishes ‘til way past sunset. He smilingly admits that he has little spare time to indulge his hobbies (such as going to the cinema with friends or dining out to check out what the competition is up to), yet his burning enthusiasm for his profession outweighs all others. Alejandro is, at this point in time, exactly where he was meant to be. e

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Wine. There can be few other consumable products that get described in so many diverse ways, and about which there is less agreement. Eric Asimov, the veteran New York Times wine critic, doesn’t mince words. For him such descriptions as blueberries, tobacco, pepper and chocolate are ridiculous. ‘Have you seen anyone choose a wine because they prefer strawberries to gooseberries?’ he asks.


ost wine drinkers will agree that Robert Parker and his acolytes have disproportionate influence, and common sense dictates there is only one way of rating wine: searching it out on the basis of pedigree and breeding, as you would an Arab thoroughbred. Tough on new wineries and new wines, but the law of supply and demand dictates that established brands have a head start. The French classification of Bordeaux still lists the chateaux in the same order as in 1855 with only minor changes since then, but the Spanish are more pragmatic, and here the drinking public has no need of such inflexible cataloguing. With an impeccable history that dates back to Shakespeare’s time, few things can be classier than taking a copita of ice-cold fino sherry on a terrace looking out over the vineyards, or in the bar of a luxury hotel. Sherry sales are finally recovering, and the old iconic brands like Tio Pepe and La Ina have pulled through. The smaller Valdespino bodega of the Estevez Group has not changed the label on its wines for 60 years and just reeks of style. Tio Diego single-vineyard amontillado is a drinking experience like no other; a bargain at €20. Red wines are by default more stylish than whites, and the greatest, classiest, granddaddies of them all are from La Rioja. The superb wines of López de Heredia and CVNE (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) were valid currency half a century ago, and the history of these wineries is the history of Spanish wine. CVNE’s beautifullypresented Viña Real Crianza costs only €6,95, although the bodega’s sensational Contino Graciano will set you back nearly €60, but worth it. So what about the Marquises you may ask, Riscal, Murrieta et al? They unquestionably have

residual style but have been overshadowed by the likes of Muga and Martínez Bujanda, makers of superior wines. The latter’s Finca Valpiedra Reserva is made by Lauren Rosillo (who now makes his own superb Sedella wine in Málaga), and is a classic at €22, while Muga’s Reserva Selección Especial 2009 is one of Spain’s greatest at only €24. Their Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2005 at €35 is just sensational, so it is unsurprising that these wines are the best selling Riojas in the USA. Roda did not produce its first wine until 1992, with grapes sourced from 17 selected vineyards: a blend of tempranillo, garnacha and graciano. Roda I is only made in good years, the last being 2008, which explains why it is often difficult to find, even at €43. That’s true style. There is also Roda II and Corimbo at more modest price levels. La Rioja Alta SA is another selective-vintage producer, and its Viña Ardanza has only declared a vintage in nine years since 1964; the current version is 2004. What could be more intriguing than having to wait half a decade for a new vintage? Amazing value at only €20. What about the Navarra region’s chances of being included under this title? Well, there are some spectacularly classy wines, starting with Viña Magaña’s Calchetas. This €28 wine has harvested a mountain of praise internationally, and although the most expensive of a trio with its Dignus starting at €8, the price is not excessive, but the identity of the grapes used is a secret. Of course the Chivite brand leads Navarra and exudes class, with its Colección 125 range established as a showcase of the region’s best. Its Arinzano selection has the coolest presentation and the La Casona 2008 (tempranillo and merlot) is still improving in the bottle. Viña Salcedo, now part of the Group, started in business in 1969, makes impeccable wines that you can be proud of ordering in a restaurant. The Puente de Salceda 2009 is a snip at €12. If you get the impression that it is necessary to




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pay top euro for a stylish wine, the impeccable pedigree of the Pascual family, traceable back to the 14th century, gives its name to Bodega Pascual’s faultless Ribera del Duero reds. The Buró de Peñalosa Crianza is backed by decades of lineage yet only costs €12, and the Heredad de Peñalosa Tinto Roble a sensational €7. Is the famous Vega Sicilia a classy wine? There is no doubt its bloodline is above reproach, and counting Churchill as a fan was a marketing coup like no other. Nevertheless perhaps in the style rankings it loses out to cooler competitors like Pingus, Carmelo Rodero, Viña Sastre, Alion, Pago de Carraovejas, and Hacienda Monasterio. All these wines ooze class and quality and any drinker would be proud to be seen enjoying them, although Arzuaga, López Cristobal and Abadia Retuerta are the unquestioned style kings of the Duero. The Arzuaga family is originally from Navarra, and Amaya Arzuaga is a well-known fashion designer who has a wine made for her, Amaya, costing a very cool €60, while the regular Reserva 2009 is excellent value at €35. López Cristobal is the newest of the bunch but makes wine that everyone wants. Founded in 1994 in Roa, at the heart of Ribera del Duero, the quality of its products have made it a trend-setter. The Roble Tinto 2012 is €7 while the superior and beautifully-presented Bagús 2010 is €26. Abadia Retuerta is just outside the boundaries of the DO but none the worse for that, and in 2005 it was voted the Best Wine in the World at the International Wine Challenge. Around €18. Are there any other Spanish regions that produce wines with style? Undeniably, and precisely owing to the fact these other regions are newer, do a lesser number of stylish wines stand out. In the Galician Rías Baixas, for class you can cut with a knife, the long-established José Pariente bodega is supreme. Its Cuvée Especial 2012 Verdejo looks, feels and tastes like the quality champion it is; €30. Style can also be projected by ownership, and the Ronda bodega of Cortijo Los Aguilares, established by Basque businessman José Antonio Itarte in 1990, is elegance personified. It took his winemaker, Bibi Garcia, who had never made Pinot Noir previously, no time at all to bring home three international gold medals for her Pinot Noir (€25), but its trendy Tadeo 2009 (€ at €30 is the star turn. No tour around Spain’s trending wineries would be complete without a mention of Somontano’s Viñas del Vero (owned by Gonzalez Byass.). Try the Gewürztraminer Colección 2012 at €9,95. Toro’s Fariña bodega has made classy wines from tinta del país grapes for decades, but El Bierzo’s Dominio de Tares wins top mention. Using the fashionable Mencia grape from 60-year old The Viña Real Rioja vines, its Cepas Viejas sells for €13 with a stonkingly good white Godello available at €13,50 Spain boasts some of the world’s most stylish wines, as would be expected from a country with such a fascinating history, but they are generally not sitting on store shelves waiting to be bought. A little research is usually a good idea and can also be great fun. e ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM NOVEMBER 2013 / 115

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


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

Jacks Open seven days a week from noon till late. Puerto Banús, Tel: 952 813 625, Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 563 673

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

ROUTE 66 Open 10am until midnight every day. Plaza Antonio Banderas 17/29, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 136 333


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€25 – €40

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

::: ARGENTINEAN ::: Buenos Aires South

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

Clericó Open every day for lunch and dinner. Avda. Antonio Belón, 22, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 683

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

Tango Open daily for dinner except Sundays.

€40 – €60

€60 plus

Puerto Banús (opp. the car park). Tel: 952 812 358

Chateau Mona lisa

Calderón Estébanez 19, Marbella. Tel: 952 774 578

::: BELGIAN :::

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Muelle Ribera 8, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 808

El Coto

rendez vous

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

Open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6pm and Sunday from 9am to 2pm. Closed Tuesday. Avda. del Prado, Aloha Gardens, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 813 912

El niño Open every evening. Saturday and Sunday open all day. Calle Rosa Linda 2, El Rosario, Marbella. Tel: 952 836 469

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

::: FRENCH ::: Casa mono

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

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

::: GREEK ::: Red Pepper

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


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::: GRILLS :::

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Piratas flame grill

Open every day for lunch and dinner except Sunday. Puerto Deportivo de Marbella, Locales 37-40, Marbella. Tel: 952 865 940


Restaurante Rancho


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

Open from 7 pm ‘til late night every day. Parque de Elviria, local 7-9, Las Chapas (take second exit, after Hotel Don Carlos), Marbella. Tel: 952 830 146

The Grill House restaurant Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. C.C. Cristamar, Local 32, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 319 842

::: INDIAN ::: Chowka

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 380

Jaipur palace

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

::: INTERNATIONAL ::: Albert & simon

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 8pm. Ctra. Arroyo de la Miel, s/n, Benalmádena. Tel: 902 102 675

Bar d’o restaurant & Lounge Open daily from 11am to 2am (3am on weekends). Avda. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Edif. Milla de Oro, Local 567, Marbella. Tel: 952 821 229

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

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



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

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

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

Black and white Marbella

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



Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Strachan 11, Málaga. Tel: 951 500 022

Jaipur Purple


Open for dinner Monday to Saturday from 7 pm. Las Palmeras 19, San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 786 156

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

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

Little India Open daily for dinner from 7pm. Conj. Buenavista, L 21-22, Avda. de España, Calahonda. Tel: 952 931 829




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

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

Mr. india

baboo lounge and restaurant

Open daily from 6pm. Milla de Oro (next to Da Bruno a Casa), Marbella. Tel: 952 867 868

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

Open every day for lunch and dinner, closing

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

Café del mar Open daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Coral Beach s/n, km. 176, Marbella. Tel: 952 777 299

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

camurí Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 176,


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under €25

€25 – €40

€40 – €60

€60 plus

Marbella. Tel: 952 765 533

km. 0.9, C.C. Le Village, Marbella. Tel: 952 775 021

Casa Tua

El Bolero

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

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


El Campanario

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

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

Finca El Forjador

Herrero del Puerto

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

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Casas de Campos, 1, Málaga. Tel: 952 122 075

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

El Corzo

Finca las brasas

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

hotel marbella club buffet

cerrado del águila


Open daily for lunch and dinner. Ctra. FuengirolaMijas, between CN 340 and highway. Tel: 952 580 513

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

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

c’est la vie

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


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

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

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

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

Dynamic Café Open Monday to Sunday for lunch. Ctra. de Istán,

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

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

Marbella. Tel: 952 929 250

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

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

Galeria San Pedro

Ikni Banús

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

Open daily for for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C.C. Cristamar, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 929 978


fonda restaurante el postillón

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

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

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


GD Gourmet deli marbella

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

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

El lago

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

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


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

khala Open Monday to Saturday for dinner. NH Alanda Hotel, Marbella. Tel: 952 899 600

LA biznaga


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

Open nightly for dinner. Plaza de las Orquídeas 4,

la brisa

Open daily for dinner from 6.30p.m. Avda. del Prado, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel: 952 813 859


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

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

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

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

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

los arcos


Open Monday to Sunday from 5pm to 2am. Urb. La Alcazaba, CN 340, km 175. Tel: 952 816 100


puente romano beach club

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday. Urb. Las Chapas, Marbella. Tel: 952 839 901


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

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


Open daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. Hotel Villa Padierna & Flamingos Golf Club, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 166 (Cancelada exit), Benahavís. Tel: 952 889 150

los bandidos

Nueva Kaskada

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

Open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Urb. La Montua, C/ Chorreadero 39, Marbella. Tel: 952 864 478

La Menorah

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


Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Arena Beach, CN 340, km. 151.2, Estepona. Tel: 952 792 734

Los naranjos restaurant

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

Miraflores Golf Restaurant

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

La Loggia


Open daily from 12pm to 3am. Avda. Manolete, esq. C/ Los Lirios, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 929 467

Open daily for lunch and dinner, except Tuesday. La Campana, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 814 041

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

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

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

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

Mc café


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

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

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

La Terraza


passion café

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

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

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

Open Monday to Thursday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Friday and Saturday from 1:30pm to 4.30 pm and 8pm to 10.30pm. Ctra. de Ojén, km 22, A355, Marbella-Monda. Tel: 952 864 455

La Veranda




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

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

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Playa Hermosa, CN 340, Km 189, Marbella. Tel: 952 836 170

Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Puerto Deportivo, Local 15, Marbella. Tel: 952 778 334

La Terraza

shanti-som – amrita


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Andalucía. Tel: 952 908 844

Open for dinner Monday to Saturday. C/ Aduar 12, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 277

The meeting room

SMALL WORLD CAFé Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ctra. Istán, km 1, C.C: Le Village 15, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 046

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

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


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

The orange tree

Al Dente


Amore e Fantasía

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

trocadero beach



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

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Avda. Mediterráneo, Edif. San Pedro del Mar. San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 780 114

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

Open Monday to Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nueva Andalucía next to the Casino. Tel: 952 906 205. Marina Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 977. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 951 901 050. C/ Camilo José Cela s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 772 686.

Venta garcía

The Clubhouse Bar & Brasserie Open Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Urb. Los Naranjos de Marbella, Nueva

::: ITALIAN ::: Open 7 days a week for dinner. Closed on Mondays. Urb. Jardines del Puerto, local 12, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 181

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

€25 – €40

Open Monday to Saturday for dinner from 7.30pm-12am. Plaza Altamirano 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 858 868

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

Open from 12-4pm and 7.30pm until midnight. Closed Wednesdays. Arena Beach, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 151, Estepona. Tel: 952 796 320

Terra Sana

under €25

€40 – €60

€60 plus

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

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

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

Open Monday to Saturday for dinner. Urb. El Pilar, C.C. Benapilar, Estepona. Tel: 952 884 687


Open nightly for dinner. At the Finca Cortesín Hotel Ctra. Casares, km. 2, Casares. Tel: 952 937 882

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

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

Caruso Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday 7pm until midnight. Avda. de la Constitución, corner C/ Andalucía, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 782 293

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

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

la fiorentina

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

casa tua

What’s cooking deli and takeaway

Da Bruno

la pappardella di estepona

Open daily from 10am to 7pm. C.C. Guadalmina, Local 34, Marbella. Tel: 952 886 748

Open all day. Pasta Da Bruno: Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 27, Marbella. Tel: 952 860 348 – closed on Sunday. Da Bruno Cabopino: CN-340 Km. 194,7. Tel:

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


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

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


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LA pappardella sul mare

Tel: 952 909 990

Pinares de Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 850 060

365 / 658 646 829

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

Pizzeria Picasso

asiatico zen


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

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

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

Dragón de Oro

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

la trattoria de marbella Open nightly for dinner from 6:30pm. C/ Las Malvas, Edif. Online, Local 4, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 591

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

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

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

mesana Open nightly for dinner. At the Gran Hotel Gvadalpín. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 133

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

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

O mamma mia Open every day except Sunday for lunch and dinner. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús.

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

Ristorante Regina Open every night for dinner and Sunday for lunch. Edif. La Ruleta, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 814 529

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

trattoria l’impronta Open daily for lunch and dinner except on Tuesday. Avda. Salamanca, Edif. San Pedro del Mar, Local 14, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 785 943

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

::: Mediterranean ::: tempora

Open nightly for dinner. C/ Tetuán 9, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 857 933

::: Oriental ::: Asia Food

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Centro Comercial,

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

golden wok


RestaurantE asiático Bangkok

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

Open daily for lunch and dinner. P. de las Orquideas, C/ Iris, 11B, Edif. Excelsior no. 1, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 813 603



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

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

Kaiden Sushi


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

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

Kama Kura

Sukho Thai

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

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


Sushi des artistes

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

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


Sushi Katsura

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

Open for lunch from Monday to Friday and for dinner from Monday to Saturday. C/ Ramón Gómez


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under €25

€25 – €40

de la Serna, 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 863 193

Restaurante La Marina

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

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


La Torre

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

Teppanyaki samurai

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

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

Marisquería La Pesquera

Thai Gallery

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

Open seven days a week for dinner from 8pm. CN-340, km.175, Edif. Rimesa, Bajos, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 392

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

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

top thai Open daily for lunch and dinner. Centro Plaza, 64, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 319 778

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

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

Wok Away Open every day for lunch and dinner. Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 907 304

Wok Buffet

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

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

::: SPANISH ::: Bahía

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

€40 – €60

€60 plus

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

taberna del volapié Open daily from 11.30am to midnight. C/ Ramón Areces, Cjto. Marina Banús, Blq. 3-4, Local 7, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 542 820

Tragabuches Open from Tuesday to Sunday for both lunch and dinner. C/ José Aparacio, 1, Ronda (pedestrian street between bullring and Parador). Tel: 952 190 291

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

::: VEGETARIAN ::: loving hut

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

CINEMAS & THEATRES AUDITORIO MUNICIPAL MIJAS Plaza de la Libertad 2. Mijas. Tel: 952 590 380

beach club restaurante grill


Open every day for lunch. Hotel Fuerte, Castillo de San Luis s/n and Hotel Fuerte Miramar Spa, Plaza José Luque Manzano s/n, Marbella. Tel: 902 343 410

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

Casa de la era

Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035

Open every evening for dinner. Ctra. de Ojén, km 0.5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 625


Casa Fernando

AUDITORIO PARQUE DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN Garcia Morato, s/n. San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 968

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


Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. El Pilar, 22, Estepona. Tel: 952 887 092

Wok Wang

El Portalón

Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 810 077

Open every day for lunch and dinner. C/ Camilo José Cela, C.C. Plaza del Mar, planta 0, local 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 925 478

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



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

::: SCANDINAVIAN ::: Aloha restaurant

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

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

::: SEAFOOD :::

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

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

La fishita Open Tuesday to Saturday from 1pm to 11pm and Sunday and Monday from 6pm to 11pm. C/ Las Violetas, Local 7, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 813 598

Open from 1-4.30pm and 7.30 -11pm. Closed on Sunday afternoons and Mondays. Urb. La Alcaidesa, La Linea de la Concepción. Tel: 956 582 700

La Cañada. Marbella. Tel: 902 333 231

cines gran marbella C.C. Miramar, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 198 605



La máquina

Recinto Ferial. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 589 349

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


La Meridiana del alabardero

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

Calle Córdoba 9, Málaga. Tel: 952 213 412


Open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays. Camino de la Cruz, Marbella. Tel: 952 776 190

Plaza Ramón Martínez, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 159

La Taberna del Alabardero

Emancipación 30. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 474 542

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


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

mi taberna Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and


Veracruz. Estepona. Tel: 952 800 056

YELMO CINEPLEX Plaza Mayor. Tel: 902 220 922


C.C. Alhamar, CN-340 km 197.


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Tel: 952 934 684

ATENAS Barquilla 1. Marbella. Tel: 952 776 240

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


Gardens, N. Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 357

qi sport Urb. La Alzambra, Marbella. Tel: 952 907 090

SATURNIA REGNA Marbella Tel: 952 761 475, Elviria. Tel: 952 834 835


Av. El Fuerte s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 861 624

Tai Chi & yoga. Pasaje Estrecho, Estepona. Tel: 952 923 055



Ramón y Cajal 21. Marbella. Tel: 952 773 804

CENTRO PLAZA GYM Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 074

Cerrado del águila Mijas Costa, Málaga. Tel: 951 773 523

CLUB DEl SOL Tennis /paddle classes. Calahonda. Tel: 952 939 595

Dynamic training centre C.C. Le Village, Marbella. Tel: 952 775 021

Ctra. Mijas, 1.5km. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 461 648

SPORTING CLUB ATALAYA PARK HOTEL CN340, Km 168,5. Estepona. Tel: 952 888 212

TICKET-TO-RIDE Cristamar, Pto. Banús. Tel: 952 905 082

Vitality studio C.C. Le Village, Marbella. Tel: 952 902 362


Basilica Vega del Mar


San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 781 360

Amapolas, s/n Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 916

Bonsai Museum

Fuerte Gym

Parque Arroyo de la Represa. Marbella. Tel: 952 862 926

Avda. El Fuerte, Marbella. Tel: 952 861 624

Bull-fighting Museum


Museo Cortijo Miraflores

Trav. Huerta de los Cristales, Marbella. Tel: 952 828 217

Plaza de Toros. Estepona.

Marbella. Tel: 952 902 714


Museo de Bella Artes

Atalaya Park Hotel, Marbella. Tel: 609 571 920

C/ San Agustin 8. Málaga. Tel: 952 218 382


Museo del Grabado

CN340, Km77,5. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

Hospital Bazán. Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035


Museo de la Villa

At Hotel Pyr, Puerto Banús. Tel: 655 689 455

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

Museo Ralli


Urb. Coral Beach. Marbella. Tel: 952 857 923

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

Museum of Málaga Wines


Carrera 39. Ojén. Tel: 952 881 453

Monda. Tel: 952 112 161


Museum of Miniatures Carromato de Max

Km 171.5. San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 788 315

El Compas. Mijas. Tel: 952 489 500


Pablo Ruiz Picasso Foundation

Avda. Picasso 27. San Pedro. Tel: 952 782 801

New Concept Training Monte Paraíso Country Club, Camino de Camoján s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 843

02 CENTRO WELLNESS Plaza del Mar. Marbella. Tel: 952 900 420

P-E SPORTS CLUB Urb. Parcelas del Golf, Aloha

Plaza de la Merced 15. Málaga. Tel: 952 060 215

Picasso Museum Málaga Palacio de Buenavista, C/ San Agustín 8. Málaga. Tel: 952 127 611

Roman Public Baths Guadalmina Baja. Tel: 952 781 360


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

Tel: 952 782 051 Benalmádena. Tel: 952 562 103

Aloha College

English InteRnational College

Saint George’s School

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

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

Ages 2-8. San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 606

Angela’s School

Hijas de María Auxiliadora

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

Ages 3-12. Marbella. Tel: 952 771 396

Sotogrande International School

british school of marbella

III language schools

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

Ages 3-18. Tel: 952 930 080

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

Calpe School

Inlingua Language School

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

All ages. Marbella. T: 952 774 942

Childrens placE Bilingual nursery

the InteRnational SCHOOL of ESTEPONA

Ages 4-16. Tel: 952 900 453

Atalaya, Estepona. Tel: 952 928 444

Ages 2-12. Estepona. Tel: 952 884 789

Ages 2–18. Torremolinos. Tel: 952 383 164

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

Laude San pedro international college

Swans international school el capricho

Colegio Alemán

Ages 2–18. San Pedro. Tel: 952 799 900

Ages 3–10. Marbella. Tel: 952 773 248

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

Mayfair Academy

Colegio Las Chapas

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

Swans international school Sierra blanca

Calahonda International College

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

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

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

Stagecoach Theatre Arts School Sunny View School

Ages 11–18. Marbella. Tel: 952 902 755

Monseñor Rodrigo Bocanegra

TLC Tutorial College

Colegio San José Guadalmina

Ages 3-16. Marbella. Tel: 952 770 077

Tel: 952 883 858 Estepona. Tel: 952 800 148

Performing Arts Academy

Ages 13-18. Calahonda. Tel: 952 933 249

Dolphin Nursery

Ages 3-18. Marbella. Tel: 952 906 865

wendy kindergarten

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

Peter Pan School

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

Ages 0-3. Bilingual nursery. San Pedro.


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Natalie Fantuzzi is the perfect example of how true animal lovers go beyond the call of duty to try their best to remedy a situation which should, in theory, be the responsibility of the government and society as a whole. Natalie, who recently won an award in Marbella for being ‘Volunteer of the Year’, devotes her free time to taking care of stray and abandoned cats east of Marbella. Natalie says, “Stray and abandoned animals are a huge problem especially in this crisis! What we find is people shoot and poison the animals and many die a horrible death”. Natalie catches the cats, takes them to the vet, gets them spayed and has blood tests done for AIDS and leukaemia, the most common diseases in felines. If positive, they are put down. This costs her €55 each time and she has already cared for over 60 animals this way, with no help (financial or otherwise) from anyone. “Everyone says what a great job I do and the only thing I get is a pat on the shoulder! I urgently need some help!”. She is not a Charity or Animal Rescue organisation, she has limited funds and in many occasions cannot take care of an injured or pregnant cat if her money has run out. If you’d like to help Natalie out, please send her an e-mail on

Chiropractic for pets If you’ve never heard of chiropractic for pets, then you may be surprised to learn that this practice has been around since 1895, when human chiropractic began. The specialty advanced considerably in the late 1980s, when Veterinarian and Chiropractor, Sharon WilloughbyBlake, taught vets and chiropractors how to ‘adjust’ animals. Some of the most common conditions treated include head and neck injuries and painful swelling. Equine Chiropractic is a particularly popular specialty, treating horses suffering from a loss in their level of performance, behavioural changes, short striding, arthritis, muscle issues, gait problems, injuries and stressful situations.

Did you know that around 50 per cent of all visits to the vet owing to poisoning are caused by pets ingesting medications in our purses or handbags? Commonly used, non-prescription painkillers like paracetamol can be as toxic to our dogs and cats as a Valium, so it is vital to store handbags on high pieces of furniture so that dogs cannot access them, or inside tightly shut drawers so cats can’t claw their way into them. Also, it might be worth replacing open bags with those that can be sealed with a zipper, or even installing a ‘bag hanging’ coat hook area in your foyer, for easy drop-off when you get home. Additional items we may never think would pose a risk, but which do, are asthma inhalers, artificially sweetened gum and lollies, cigarettes and e-cigarette fillers, anti-bacterial gels (which contain alcohol), etc.

CAT SENSE: the feline

enigma revealed

Cat owners often say that their moggies are far more mysterious and enigmatic than dogs, and we often wonder why they do things like place their paw above our reading material while we’re trying to work, or swivel their whiskers forward when they are ‘hunting down’ their favourite mouse-shaped toy. If you’d like to brush up on your cat facts, we recommend the recently published book, Cat Sense: The Feline Enigma Revealed, by John Bradshaw. The book provides an in-depth look at everything from the feline anatomy to genetics, psychology, cat family dynamics and hidden abilities. Most interestingly, the author has conducted a wide range of experiments which reveal that despite their apparent phlegmatic character, cats feel incredibly strong emotions we can learn to comprehend through observation.

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The Polígono Art Gallery will be presenting a collective exhibition entitled Beyond Abstraction: Explorations in Contemporary Chinese Ink, featuring works by five artists: Qin Feng, Lian Quan, Zheng Chongbin, Wei Ligang and Lan Zhengui.


The Red Penguin Art Gallery will be presenting the exhibition Street and Urban Art at El Corte Inglés (Capricho) on the Golden Mile. The exhibition will feature around 30 works by various artists who are united by their fascination with life on the street.


Joaquín Nebro presents his latest collection of photographs at Galería Martin & Reich. The exhibition is entitled Lost Footsteps and portrays life in Yemen, China, India, Egypt and many more countries. galeriamartinreich

Until November 23 ART – MARBELLA

The Yusto Giner Gallery presents Extraños Transcursos del Tiempo, the first individual exhibition by Mexican artist, Hugo Lugo, in Spain. The artist presents a series of paintings and drawings focussing on the inherent duality of the act of representing time.

Until November 29 ART – ESTEPONA

Sediments of Memory is the title of a solo exhibition of works by Spanish artist, Javier Infantes at the STOA Gallery in Estepona. Infantes, who currently lives in new York, creates works from the Abstract Expressionism school of painting.

Until November 30 ART – BENALMÁDENA

Soulful Painter, Alejandro Hermann, whose figurative works bring exotic peoples and landscapes to life, will be exhibiting his work at the THB Reserva del Higuerón Hotel in Benalmádena.

Until January 8, 2014 ART – MARBELLA

ahead of her time, creating an enigmatic body of work that aimed to depict a reality beyond the visible.

partner or reserve a space. Just come along and join the fun! Tickets cost €10 per person. For precise times,


Every first Tuesday of the month INTERNET – MARBELLA

Monthly on different days AMERICAN CLUB – MARBELLA

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


Meets at different times and places for lunches, lectures, concerts, ballet, theatre, opera, etc. Further information, Tel: 669 445 809.


Learn how to shake your hips like a true Latino at El Campanario, under the guiding hand of professional dancer, Rafa. At 7:30pm. Prior booking is necessary. Tel: 952 904 233.

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday LANGUAGE WORKSHOPS – MIJAS PUEBLO

Spanish/English and English/Spanish conversation with fellow native speakers, 10:30am to 12pm and 6:30pm to 8pm. Mondays in La Cala, Tuesdays in Mijas Village and Thursdays in Las Lagunas. At the Pensioner’s Day Centres. Further information on meeting points, Tel: 952 589 010.

Every Monday and Wednesday YOGA – MARBELLA

Lori Sjollema teaches Gentle Hatha Flow yoga on Mondays at 10:30am and Intermediate Vinyasa Flow on Wednesdays at 10:30am at the Manolo Santana Racquets Club. Tel: 639 845 285.


Integral Psychotherapist Gabriella Kortsch helps you with everything from relationship breakdowns to depression, poor communication with loved ones or financial stress, at her weekly group meetings, from 7:30pm to 9pm. For information on locations,

Grupo Rhea, comprising Fátima Conesa, Yeyo Argüez, Javier Plata, Miguel Ceballos and Pablo F. Pujol, present their latest joint exhibition, featuring a range of styles that veer from figurative to modern/abstract.


Until February 9, 2014 ART – MÁLAGA

Every Tuesday JIVE – ESTEPONA

The Museo Picasso Málaga presents, for the first time in Spain, the unique work of Hilma af Klint, the Swedish artist who, at the start of the 20th century, embarked on a surprising path that led to her love for abstract art. She was

Hone your craft in ceramics or start at the very beginning, with daily classes at Totem Ceramics. Tel: 952 887 364.

Café Ideas is an informative event that takes place from 9:15am to 11am at the Hotel Meliá Banús, aimed at entrepreneurs who would like to learn more about how the Internet and online networking can grow their business. Entrance costs €15. To reserve your spot, Tel: 952 902 961.

Every Second Tuesday of the Month JAZZ – ESTEPONA

The Coast’s Jazz Appreciation Society meets at Benavista Country Club at 8pm. Classic videos followed by a live jazz performance then dinner. To book, Tel: 952 888 106. Further information from Brian Parker, Tel: 669 504 942.

Every Third Tuesday of the Month FLORAL ART CLUB – ESTEPONA

Meets 3-5pm monthly with NAFAS demonstrators at El Campanario Golf & Country Club. Further information from Marilyn Pemberton, Tel: 952 928 197.

Every Wednesday TOASTMASTERS CLUB – MARBELLA Weekly meetings of this public speaking organisation, 7:30pm at Aloha Gardens, Nueva Andalucía. Further information,


If you’re feeling the Latino vibe, brush up on your salsa moves at Buddha Bar Marbella’s special salsa nights (featuring the Nicolás Valiente Dance Academy), which take place every Wednesday at 10:30pm. Tel: 655 480 748.


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


Taekwondo expert Justin Menchen, who studied and received First Dan in Los Angeles (from Master Keith Jones) teaches Taekwondo to children and adults, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at MGM gym. Further information, Tel: 666 756 692.

Every first Wednesday of the month CULTURE AND COCKTAIL – MARBELLA

The Association of Art and Culture Marbella holds a monthly cocktail at Magna Café, Magna

Marbella Golf, from 8pm-10pm. Tel: 627 833 262.

Every Wednesday and Thursday CINE CLUB – MARBELLA

Cine Club Buñuel presents films in their original language at the Marbella Instituto Río Verde at 8pm and 10:15pm. Tel: 952 774 638.

Every Wednesday and Saturday FOOTBALL – FUENGIROLA

Every Wednesday afternoon at 5pm and Saturday morning at 10am, the Field of Dreams Football School teaches kids aged three upwards to learn or hone their skills at football. Featuring English UEFA-trained coaches. www.


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


Enjoy magnificent jazz music by Agustín Carrillo, Oliver Lepinat and Markus Schneider at Trocadero Arena restaurant from 10pm onwards. Tel: 952 865 579.

Every first Friday of the Month CINE CLUB – ESTEPONA

Top films shown weekly in Spanish or original soundtrack at Padre Manuel Cultural Centre, 9pm. Tel: 952 802 002.

Every last Friday of the Month COFFEE MORNING – ESTEPONA

ADANA animal rescue charity coffee morning at Plaza Manilva (outside Longman’s Bookshop) 11am – 2pm. Kennels open 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 10am – 2pm Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Further information, Tel: 952 797 405/ 606 274 206.


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


Head for the Puerto Banús bullring every Saturday for a fun street market featuring everything from clothing to music, accessories

Learn to dance and feel confident on the dance floor at the three-hour jive dance sessions led by Colin and his team from Jive Spain at TikiTano restaurant. People of all ages attend every week and you don’t have to bring a


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Every second Saturday of the month ECOLOGICAL MARKET – ELVIRIA

stunning tango performances and this year, they bring us a special show, A Puro Tango, featuring dance, song and poetry by a plethora of artists including Orlando di Bello, Óscar Guida, Hernan Hock, Patricia Nora and Gonzalo and Carolina. Tel: 676 929 479.

featuring live performances from a host of international acts, including Mouse Zinn, Louder Dales, Kick ‘Em Jenny, Lord Rochester, Ric & the Rocks and The Sun Rockets. Pre-paid ticket sales only. Tel: 952 913 285.

Every First Sunday of the month OPEN DAY – MIJAS


Saturday November 23 DANCE – MARBELLA

The Guadalhorce Ecological Association will be holding an organic fruit and vegetable market in front of the Supersol in Elviria.

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

Thursday November 21 to Sunday November 24 CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – MARBELLA

The Palacio de Congresos de Marbella will be hosting a fundraising Christmas Bazaar, the proceeds from which will go to Caritas. Featuring decorations and food.

and home ware. Starts at 9am and ends at 2pm.


Talented artist, Ricardo Alario, teaches budding artists to paint and draw using oils, acrylics, water colours, etc. Tel: 952 859 671.


Enjoy a beautiful art exhibition and art sale from 6pm to 11:30pm at Plaza de la Encarnación, Marbella. The event, organised by the COART Association in conjunction with the Marbella Town Hall, brings local artists and art buyers together in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. For further information,


If healthy, pesticide-free fruit and veg are your thing, don’t miss out on this hip market. At the Paseo de la Alameda from 10am to 2pm every Saturday.


Marbella’s Diva of Disco and Soul, Yanela Brooks, performs at La Cabaña del Mar Beach Club at the Hotel Kempinski Bahía Estpona. Enjoy a three-course dinner while Yanela belts out your favourite pop and R ‘n B hits. From 8pm to 1am.

Friday November 1 THEATRE – FUENGIROLA

The Salón Varietes Theatre in Fuengirola presents Murder by Misadventure, a play by Edward Taylor about a thriller writer who decides to get rid of his partner in the quickest way possible: by murdering him! For tickets and precise times, Tel: 952 474 542.

Saturday November 2 SHOW JUMPING – ESTEPONA

The Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa del Sol presents an adrenalin-charged show jumping competition throughout the day. For precise times,


Kim’s Animal Rescue feeds, medicates and cares for a great number of dogs and cats, much more than its founder can afford. Give Kim a helping hand by going to the special fundraising markets for the animals at Olive Tree restaurant in San Pedro. Tel: 608 989 165.


Centro Escénico Pupaclown presents The Three Little Pigs, a fun play for children, at the Teatro Echegaray at 11am and 1pm.

Monday November 4, November 11 and November 18 COMPUTERS– MARBELLA

Justin Menchen of Marbella Mac Solutions will be teaching workshops on Pages, iWork, iBook Author (on November 4), Backup, System Maintenance, DropBox and Google Drive (on November 11) and will be having an Open Day on November 18 to discuss issues of interest.

Thursday November 7 WINE TASTING – MARBELLA Saturday November 9 AURYN – MÁLAGA

Spain’s answer to One Direction, Auryn, plays alongside Xuso Jones, Critika and Saik and Sweet California at Sala Paris 15 at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased on line on

The Nueva Kaskada restaurant will be holding an informative wine tasting of wines by Bodega Martin Kieninger at 8pm.

Friday November 8 TANGO – NERJA

Producciones Lastra is renowned for its

Valparaíso Restaurant in Mijas will be hosting a fundraising dinner to buy Christmas presents for children without families. Featuring canapés, Champagne, a three-course dinner and live entertainment.

The Palacio de Congresos de Marbella will be hosting an exciting dance competition featuring some of Marbella’s best-known dance schools, including Eli García, Hnas. Maldonado and Karina Parra.

Sunday November 10 THEATRE – MÁLAGA

Monday November 25 MUSIC – MÁLAGA

Thursday November 14 OPERA – FUENGIROLA


Shalambá Teatro presents Adventures in the Jurassic, an incredible performance about the Jurassic era featuring actors, animatronics and the latest technology to bring dinosaurs to life. At the Teatro Cervantes at 12pm.

Watch a live performance of Verdi’s Aida by the Paris Opera at the Parque Miramar cinema at 7:30pm.

Saturday November 16 YOGA – ELVIRIA

The Amore Yoga Club will be holding a workshop for both advanced and beginner yoguis. From 4pm to 8pm at the BioBea Heal Yourself Centre in Elviria. Tel: 672 154 044.


Vega is one of Spain’s most popular young composers/singers, having completed a magnificent sting on hit show, Operación Triunfo. She will be performing her latest songs at Sala Eventualmusic at 10pm. Tickets can be purchased on


The Estepona Floral Art Club will be holding a flower arranging demonstration on Tuesday, November 19, from 3.15pm to 5pm at TikiTano Restaurant, Estepona. The demonstrator will be Muriel Simpson from Lancashire. Tel: 952 798 449.

Friday November 22

The first Stock Trader Workshops will be taking place at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel. The Workshops will focus on a host of topics, including the art of growing an account, profitable trading for those with little time and how to trade breakouts. For further information,

Friday November 22 to Saturday November 23 BLUES AT MOONLIGHT – BENALMÁDENA

Miguel Corchón presents Blues at Moonlight,

The Chamber Orchestra of the Superior Conservatory of Music of Málaga presents the Concert for Saint Cecilia, featuring music by Corelli, H. Villa-Lobos and J. Haydn. At 9pm at the Teatro Echegaray.

The Convent Christmas Fair will fill Gibraltar with over 40 seasonal stalls selling an array of Christmas treats and holding fun Raffles to raise Money for charity. From 12pm to 7pm. Carol singing by the Sacred Heart Middle School from 5:30pm.

Friday November 29 ART – MARBELLA

Finnish painter, Maiju Tirri, renowned for her contemporary artwork, will be launching her latest exhibition at Houses of Art Gallery at the Marbella Club. Maiju paints abstractions of experiences and feelings she absorbs from life itself.

Friday November 29 to Sunday December 1 WEDDING FAIR – MARBELLA

The Palacio de Congresos de Marbella will be hosting the third edition of Salón Marbella de Boda, a wedding fair featuring all the information prospective brides and grooms could wish for.


Famed eco-holistic and healing arts fair, Festival Arte Sano, will be celebrating its 7th edition at the San Pedro de Alcántara fairground. Featuring classes, workshops, conferences, international food (vegan, raw, vegetarian), Christmas gifts and much more. Entrance costs only €1 and all proceeds will go to Cudeca and the Fibromyalgia foundation.

Aloha College Christmas Bazaar

Aloha College will be holding its annual Christimas Bazaar at the school from 11am to 4pm. Featuring Christmas gifts and decorations, cakes, international dishes, games, face-painting, Santa’s Grotto, a bouncy castle and much more.


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Russell Grant’s

Monthly Horoscope November 2013 SCORPIO October 24th November 22nd

A power struggle erupts between you and a colleague in early November. You’re tired of walking on eggshells with this thin-skinned character. Unfortunately, the more direct you are, the more strained your relationship becomes. It may be necessary to get a mediator to referee this fight. You have to admit, you can be harsh and hot headed when you’re annoyed. A powerful leader will champion one of your brilliant ideas around the 3rd. Get ready for your close up! An intriguing email, text message, or voice mail sends shivers up your spine mid-month. It looks as if an admirer is intent on seducing you. The turning point will arrive on the 17th, when you decide to cast your fate with this passionate lover. An unusual earning opportunity arrives at the end of November, giving you a great deal more freedom. At long last, you’ll be able to take more time for vacations and other leisurely pursuits.

At long last, you’ll be able to take more time for vacations and other leisurely pursuits


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ARIES [21 MAR - 20 APR]

The opening days of November will find you squaring up to an intimidating authority figure and winning hands down as you cut a dash in a public setting or professional forum. Once you have established your position you can use your knowledge and know-how to stabilise your finances and build a more reliable budget for the future. Once you know what you can afford you might buy yourself the latest techno gizmo or gadget, especially if it will enhance your connectivity and boost your productivity. Someone who is older or younger will express romantic interest in you as the month matures, but you will probably prefer not to get involved as you think through what the possible consequences might be. Take care not repeat the details of a private conversation around the 24th. You’ll be called upon to share your expertise with a receptive audience as the month draws to an end.

TAURUS [21 APR - 21 MAY]

An engagement or marriage will be announced in the opening days of November; this is cause for celebration! There’s a good chance you will be half of the couple that is being toasted. It’s nice to know so many people rejoice over this happy announcement. If you’re celebrating someone else’s good fortune, you will meet someone special at this festive occasion. Keep your eyes open for a mysteriously attractive figure. The two of you will feel an instant connection. A programme of personal improvement pays off around the 17th. You’ve never looked better, as evidenced by the swarms of admirers that will be swirling around you. Take this opportunity to go on a romantic vacation with the object of your affection. The two of you will have a lovely time exploring a beautiful rural setting. Money from an inheritance, refund, or legal settlement lands in your bank account in the final days of the month. Use this sum to buy a new computer, phone, or PDA.


November kicks off with an exciting work opportunity. This job will involve restoring shabby items to their original beauty, or protecting the environment from abuse. Fortunately, your boss will be receptive to your suggestions. Being able to deploy and display your brilliant intellect will give you tremendous personal satisfaction. Don’t worry; you won’t have to spend all of your time cooped up in an office. In fact, starting on the 15th, you’ll be able to devote all of your attention to domestic pursuits. Fix a big meal for your nearest and dearest; food always tastes better when you have good company. An exciting engagement or wedding announcement reaches your ears toward the end of November. It looks like you’ll be making the rounds of a lot of parties. If you’re the one who is making a romantic commitment, let your friends throw a big party in your honour. It’s only right to share your happiness with others.


November adds heat to a romantic relationship. It will be practically impossible to keep your hands off your lover. The two of you may decide to take a few days off to enjoy each other’s exclusive company. Your passionate encounters will give you a new lease on life. Don’t be surprised if you are inspired to write a song, poem, or short story based on this interlude. A group project comes to a successful conclusion towards the end of the month. You’ll emerge from this endeavour with a lot of wonderful friends, one of whom will teach you a valuable skill. Fortunately, your

teacher has good instincts about the way you process information, so you’ll be able to master a technique that once eluded you. Launch a health regimen in the final days of November. If you start cutting calories now, while you’re not surrounded by temptations, you’ll avoid putting on weight that usually comes with the holiday season.

LEO [24 JULY - 23 AUG]

The opening days of November are ideal for property deals of all kind. Whether you want to sell or buy a property, you’ll get a very good deal. If you move to a new home, you may want to restore a shabby place to its original beauty. You’re ingenious about blending charming old details with modern conveniences. Don’t worry if you’ve been turned down for bank loans in the past. You’ll get the green light this time. Alternately, a generous relative will give you the necessary money for a down payment. An award, promotion, or raise will be rewarded to you in the second half of November. All of this favourable publicity will increase your earning potential. If you have your own business, go ahead and raise your rates. People will be happy to pay more money for your expertise. One of your customers will become an ardent admirer. The two of you could embark on a passionate romance, if you’re so inclined.

VIRGO [24 AUG - 23 SEPT]

The opening days of November are perfect for launching a blog or joining a social network site. Several people from your past will get in touch with you, triggering some fond memories. It’s even possible you’ll be tempted to rekindle a romance with an ex-lover. The two of you have learned from your mistakes, and can make a successful go of things this time around. If you’re already in a relationship, take a short trip with your amour, and leave the kids at home. This should be an adults only vacation. A degree, award, or contract will be awarded to you midmonth, allowing you to attract bigger and better work assignments. Putting your expertise to work will increase your confidence, and make it easier to hold your ground with demanding relatives. Think about making some home improvements as November draws to a close. Building an addition or redecorating your bedroom will be a wonderful use of your time.

LIBRA [24 SEPT - 23 OCT]

An exciting moneymaking opportunity falls into your lap in early November. This is cause for celebration! Happily, your friends and family are delighted with your good fortune, and will be eager to raise their glasses to you. If you want to make a success of this endeavour, make friends with people at every level of the organisation. When the rank and file feel appreciated, they’ll do everything in their power to advance your reputation. Money from an inheritance, refund, or legal settlement will arrive mid-month, helping you buy some creature comforts. Onlookers will excuse you of being overly extravagant, but that’s only because they are jealous of your good taste. Once November turns into December, you’ll be ready to take a short trip for pleasure. If you’re in a relationship, invite your amour to choose the locale. Don’t be surprised if you end up visiting a place that’s far off the beaten path. The stimulating surroundings will rekindle your passion for your romantic partner.


A profound spiritual breakthrough will occur on or around the 3rd. This will prompt you to extend an olive branch to

a neighbour or relative with whom you’ve been warring. At long last, you’ll be able to put a lingering resentment to rest, leaving you free to pursue more rewarding activities. An old lover will try to make their way back into your life in the first half of November. Be careful about getting involved with this charmer again. You’re better off making a fresh start with someone new. The results of a fitness regimen pay off mid-month, attracting a lot of favourable attention. Don’t be surprised when several admirers try to win your heart. Cast your lot with the person with an earthy laugh. You need a lover who doesn’t take life too seriously. The month closes on an exciting note, when a creative project gets rave reviews.


Your social circle expands in exciting ways at the beginning of November. You’re about to meet some impressive experts in your favourite field. Use these contacts to get a job or favour. Your friends will be happy to grant your requests. Don’t worry; you’ll have a chance to repay them as the month progresses. This will be a great time to host a glamorous party. If you’re single, you’ll meet someone special at this gathering. The two of you will share an earthy sense of humour and will spend the majority of your time laughing at each other’s jokes. By the end of November, you should scale back your social life. A little rest and relaxation will help you recharge your batteries, just in time for the festive season. Let relatives run errands while you indulge in regular naps. Usually, you’re the one who does all the heavy lifting around the house. It’s time to hand off your duties to somebody else!


The 3rd thrusts you into the spotlight. This is a great time to run for office or apply for a high powered job. Fortunately, your popularity will be so strong that you’ll easily land the top spot. As a result, you’ll become extremely desirable on the romantic market. Power is a tremendous aphrodisiac. If you’re single, you’ll have the chance to team up with a witty, intelligent suitor who makes you laugh. Resist the urge to take things too fast. If this relationship is going to last, you need to enjoy a long courtship phase. Resist the urge to buy your lover’s affection with expensive gifts and lavish outings. The two of you can be happy living on very little money. That’s because you share so many interests. You don’t need luxurious surroundings to have a stimulating talk. Besides, the chemistry between you is intense. A friend will invite you to take a short trip at the end of November. This will be a welcome chance to relax before Christmas get underway.

PISCES [20 FEB - 20 MAR]

Someone will pressure you for a loan in the first days of November, but you’re not in the position to give it. You work hard for your money, and shouldn’t feel obligated to give it to an irresponsible friend. A chance to teach, write or travel for money will be presented to you on or around the 3rd. You’ll even be able to take along a friend for company. Getting away from the stresses of home will be the answer to a prayer. The change of scenery will also stimulate your creativity, especially midmonth. Take this opportunity to write, play music, paint, or dance. Too often, you suppress your artistic desires for the sake of family responsibilities. This time around, you’ll be able to focus on the activities you love without a qualm. Sign up for a class in the second half of November. The intellectual stimulation will bring a welcome relief from all the commercialism that comes with the festive season. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM NOVEMBER 2013 / 129

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THE GUIDE family

l o o h c s y a l P w e N at Funky Forest Funky Forest, in Benahavís, is well known for its fun summer camps and activities for kids (everything from birthday celebrations to flamenco and Heartbeeps classes) but, now, they are opening the new bilingual Funky Feet Playschool, for children aged one to four, from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. Kids will be provided with early stimulation through play, workshops and activities in a cosy, safe and rural environment. There are limited spaces available, so make sure to book your space soon. g Tel: 952 883 224.

FAMILY FUN ANCRAA Giant Donkeys Cuddle

a donkey or become a volunteer to help save this humble but threatened animal. CN 340, km 164, Finca los Pajaritos, Estepona. Tel: 952 790 511 Bioparc Fuengirola Award winning zoo covering Madagascar, Africa and the Far East. C/ Camilo José Cela, 6. Tel: 952 666 301. Black Box Teatro Dramatic Arts School for all ages. C/ Notario Luis Oliver 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 779 172. Born to be Wild Jeep and dolphin eco-tours for the whole family. Open 9am-8pm. Blue Dolphin Beach Club, Estepona Beach. Tel: 639 720 246 Cable Ski Marbella Water ski cable system and pool. Open 11am-9pm (closed Mondays). Urb. Las Medranas, San Pedro. Tel: 952 785 579 Camelot Fun play centre in La Cañada with a wealth of games and activities and qualified child minders. Special events include baby and toddler mornings and a baby grow clinic, for mums to be and newborns. Ctra. de Ojén s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 764 766 Crocodile Park Educational park with more then 300 monsters. Pose with baby crocodiles. Open 10am6pm. C/ Cuba, 14, Torremolinos. Tel: 952 051 782 Danzzas Ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, theatre craft and hip-hop for kids. Classes at the Manolo Santana Racquets Club and at Plaza Gym. Contact Fiona on Tel: 663 646 040. El Refugio del Burrito Donkey sanctuary just 40 minutes north of

Málaga. Open 11am-7pm. Fuente de Piedra, Málaga. Tel: 952 735 513 Flamenco Classes Children aged 5 to 8 can learn to dance flamenco with Isabel Gil, a professional dancer. Classes on Monday and Wednesday at the Nueva Alcántara Tennis Club. Tel: 952 788 315 Funny Beach Kids paradise with go-karts, trampolines, minimotorbikes, mechanical bull. Open daily. East side of Marbella. Tel: 952 823 359 Galaxia Versatile and fun play centre for children of all ages, with separate areas indoor and outdoor. Mega slide, mini planetarium, birthday parties, summer camp. Life size characters. C.C. Guadalmina, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 885 530

Ice Skating Rink and Indoor Swimming Pool New sports

centre with public ice skating, indoor pool, children’s pool. Avda. García Lorca, Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 577 050

Inter Marbella Football Academy Football Academy

for boys and girls of all ages, at Estadio Santa Maria in Las Chapas, Marbella. Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm. Tel: 646 427 589. Karting Club Málaga Go-kart circuit for kids and adults who feel a need for speed. Open 10ammidnight. Ctra. De Coin, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 581 704 Kids Multi-Sports Club A plethora of sports for children of all ages and abilities, from tennis through to football, cycling and skateboarding. Parties with games, activities and bouncy castles. Urb. Parcelas del Golf, Avda. del Prado,

Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 656 618 712 Kidz Kingdom Fun play centre and birthday party area for kids, with a mini disco. Urb. Bel-Air, CN 340, km 166.2, Estepona. Tel: 952 925 936

Kidz Kingdom 2 – Space City

Space theamed play centre for daily visits or parties. Life size Barney and Sponge Bob. Urb. El Rosario, CN 340, km 188.5, Marbella. Tel: 952 839 275

Le Petit Milk & Roses

Pampering sessions for little girls, including manicures and dress-ups. C/ Estebañez Calderon 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 859 223 Little Fishes Swimming classes for newborns to 3-year-olds in Marbella, Estepona and Riviera. Tel: 686 498 561/ 607 875 949.

Little Gem Swimmers

Swimming courses for babies and toddlers in Benalmádena. Contact Emma on Tel: 628 567 129.

Marbella Stage School

Kids can take accredited courses in dance, drama, musical theatre and singing after school on weekdays and all day on Saturdays. Tel: 952 906 865. Musical Babes Babies and toddlers aged 6 months to 3 years enjoy singing, playing simple instruments and playing games. Tel: 952 853 027. Los Jazmines 11, Bajo B, Nueva Alcántara, San Pedro de Alcántara.

NMA The Nelson Music Academy Kids aged 4 to 12 are

introduced to music in its funnest aspects. Classes on Tuesdays

and Thursdays from 5pm to 7pm, Saturdays from 11am to 1pm. Edif. Jupiter 44, Local 3, C/ Jesús Cautivo, Los Boliches, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 478 416. Original Dolphin Safari The original dolphin safari, established in 1969! Daily sailings from Marina Bay, Gibraltar. Tel: +350 200 71914. www. Parque La Batería Kids will have fun in this park, built in the civil war era and featuring four replica cannons, underground bunkers and passageways. Urb. Montemar Alto (near the train station), Torremolinos. Plaza Mayor Family entertainment with multi-screen cinema, bars, restaurants, bowling alley and kids play area. Málaga. Tel: 952 247 580 Scouting Kids will have fun being a boy or girl scout. The programme followed is the same as that in the UK. Tel: 680 870 270 Sealife Centre See 2 metre long sharks. Touch pools and walkthough glass tunnel. Open daily 10am-6pm. Benálmadena Port. Tel: 952 560 150 Selwo Adventure Park Over 2,000 animals, 4x4 tours, plus adventure activities. Open 10am9pm. CN340 Km 162.5, Estepona. Tel: 902 190 482 Selwo Marina Dolphins Exotic birds, penguins and virtual reality shows. Open 10am-6pm. Parque de la Paloma, Benalmádena. Tel: 902 190 482 Stagecoach Renowned performing arts school for singing, dancing and acting skills. The academy is open to four to 16-year-

olds. Tel: 952 900 453/666 838 213. Steam Train Ride Enjoy a steam train ride crossing the Andalusian mountains with a scenic trip from San Roque to Ronda. Tel: 952 931 186 Swim Bebé Swim Swimming classes for under 4’s and AquaNatal classes for mums-to-be. Tel: 617 520 588 Teleférico Benalmádena Cable car to top of Calamorro mountain, falconry, trekking and horseriding. Arroyo de la Miel. Open 10am-6pm. Tel: 902 190 482 Tennis Camp Tennis lessons for kids from 4 years on, with professional coaches. Open 10am1pm. Club del Sol, Calahonda. Tel: 952 939 595 The Music House Kids learn, grow and have fun making music. Open to children from 2 years on. Edif. San Pedro del Mar, Blq 7, local 12, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 785 515. Tivoli World Biggest amusement park on the Costa del Sol. Open daily from 1pm. Avda. de Tivoli, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 577 016 Trenecito de Marbella Take a relaxing train ride to view the main sights of Marbella. Daily 10am-1pm. Paseo Maritimo. Tel: 639 765 981 Yaina’s Park Indoor play centre with staff speaking Scandinavian, English and Spanish. Open seven days a week from 10am to 9pm. Children’s parties, parent’s coffee shop with pool tables, television, food. Avda. Gamonal 4, Edif. Hercules, Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena. Tel: 622 005 068


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