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contents g The Trend Cinema 24 Home Viewing: Box Set Series 26 Home Viewing: Nature Series by Sir David Attenborough 28 CDs 30 Gadgets 32 The New Porsche Boxter 34

The Focus British TV 38 US TV Series 46 Famous TV Ads 52 Cookery Shows 54 Reality TV 56 What’s On Next? The Future of TV 58 Top TV Celebrities 60

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The Style

The Leisure

74 Décor: Loft & Roomers 82 Fashion: Matilde Cano: Homage to the Flapper Era 88 Fashion News

124 International Travel: Bali 132 Hotel: The Barceló Estepona Thalasso Hotel

The Spa 92 Beauty: Saying Goodbye to Unsightly Cellulite 94 Beauty News 96 Health: Herbal Supplements for Stress 98 Health News 100 Health Profile: Dr. Francis Dhobb of the Marbella Vein & Beauty Clinic

The Pro 104 Enterprise 114 Business Profile: Andalucía Verde 116 Vibe

The Gourmet 137 Sea Grill 139 TikiTano 140 Food News 142 Chef Profile: Ravi Deulkar of Chowka 144 Scotch Whisky

The Guide 146 Listings

The Blog 157 Pet News 158 What’s On 160 Stars 162 Kid’s Zone

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Los Monteros: Unique, impressive and luxurious! Newly built palace with breathtaking views. Magnificent entrance hall, large reception area, staff quarter, indoor pool, steam room and gym. 9 Bed., 10 bath. Built 1.933 m2, plot 8.000 m2. E&V ID: W-00Z394. Price: P.O.A.

Hacienda Las Chapas: Contemporary, newly built villa with stunning, panoramic sea views built to the highest standards with the latest home technology. 4 Bed., 4 bath. Built: 635 m2, plot 1.790 m2. E&V ID: W-0138BN. Price: 2.995.000 €.

Beachfront Los Monteros: Exclusive first beach line penthouse in a luxurious complex in Los Monteros Playa. Stunning views from all rooms. Community with mature gardens, pool and security. 4 Bed., 3 bath. Living area 260 m2, terrace 170 m2. E&V ID: W-01FE6N. Price: 2.195.000 €.

Beachfront Elviria: Luxurious first line beach penthouse with spectacular views situated in the exclusive complex of White Pearl Beach. Community with tropical garden, heated pool and security. 3 Bed., 3 bath. Living area 160 m2, terrace 100 m2. E&V ID: W-013NCX. Price: 998.000 €.

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Sierra Blanca: Beautiful modern villa in the gated and secure community of Sierra Blanca. Classic design with high quality fittings, beautiful sea views, privacy, stunning gardens with large pool, pool house, separate outdoor kitchen with dinning area. Spa with Turkish bath, fitness, Jacuzzi. Guest apartment.7 Bed., 6 bath. Built 800 m2, plot 1.700 m2. E&V ID: W-01FN0A. Price reduced from 5.500.000 € to 3.990.000 €.

Sierra Blanca: Beautifully designed villa offering lovely sea views, situated in the most exclusive gated community. High quality materials. Cinema room, bodega. 6 Bed., 5 bath. Built 800 m2, plot of 1.445 m2. E&V ID: W-00BHQA. Price reduced from 3.800.000 € to 2.800.000 €.

Sierra Blanca: Stunning house on a double plot with magnificent panoramic sea views. Large reception rooms, ample bedroom suites, separate plot with pool area, pool house & guest apartment. Cinema, games room, office. 7 bed., 6 bath. Built 890 m2, plot 2.888 m2. E&V ID: W-0099HC. Price reduced from 6.500.000 to 3.950.000 €.

Sierra Blanca: Bargain! Beautiful villa, situated on an elevated plot and offering fantastic sea views from all levels. Large reception rooms and bedrooms, manicured gardens and good qualities. 4 Bed., 4 bath. Built 568 m2, plot 1.524 m2. E&V ID: W-013HPP. Price: 2.250.000 €.

Marbella Hill Club: Grand estate built in traditional Andalusian style with countless unique details. Antique stone staircase, library, paddle court, cascades, separate staff apartment. 5 Bed., 5 bath. Built 2.080 m2, plot 7.150 m2. E&V ID: W-00YCVQ. Price: 5.950.000 €.

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Beautiful villa, benefitting from the ultimate privacy and seclusion yet situated on a frontline golf position.The glorious expansive landscaped gardens have a pond with ornamental bridge and a very large swimming pool with chiringuito/pool house.This classically styled, elegant property is divided into two parts, a main house and a guest house with separate staff quarters, both having very spacious accommodation throughout.Views of the golf course and Mount Concha can be enjoyed from either the exterior or interior of this wonderful property, a haven in the heart of the Golf Valley.

Very high quality villa of recent construction, only a three minute drive from the centre of Marbella and the exclusive Golden Mile and its beaches. This property has breath taking views of the coast, Gibraltar and the coast of Africa from its elevated and very expansive plot and is set in beautiful landscaped gardens with a heated swimming pool. This elegant villa, which has been constructed to the highest standards, would fulfil the dream as a perfect permanent residence or a temporary holiday home.

ALOHA PARK, NUEVA ANDALUCIA, MARBELLA – 995.000€ (reduced from 1.195.000€) BUILT SIZE 229m² • TERRACE SIZE 124m² • 3 BEDROOMS • 3 BATHROOMS Ref: 105084 Luxury corner apartment situated in this sought after urbanisation, which has enchanting gardens with swimming pools, waterfalls and ponds as well as a gym and indoor swimming pool. The apartment has been lavishly decorated throughout and the furniture can be negotiated in the sale. It has a terrace all the way around it with a main terrace with Jacuzzi and glass curtains, so the wonderful mountain, golf and partial sea views can be utilised throughout the year.

NUEVA ANDALUCIA, MARBELLA – 685.000€ (reduced from 785.000€) BUILT SIZE 260m² • PLOT SIZE 153m² • 3 BEDROOMS • 4 BATHROOMS Ref: 104920 Situated in a sought after location in the heart of the Golf Valley, this is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a contemporary, totally renovated villa, with all the benefits of living in a community. Recreational facilities at this tranquil residential urbanisation include outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa, gym and floodlit tennis courts whilst there is also parking for two cars at this property which is a true find.

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publisher’s letter WORDS BY IAIN BLACKWELL


n the history of technological innovation there can be few devices which have had such a momentous and global impact as TV. Over the last five decades, the box in our living rooms has brought the world and beyond into our homes, delivering breaking news, education and entertainment of an endless diversity, at the flick of a switch, completely transforming our lives. Fittingly, we dedicate this month’s anniversary edition of magazine to Television. We light up the screen with a review of the best of British TV and American Series, evoking many memories evolved through thousands of hours of viewing. In our broadcasting bonanza, we profile some of the celebrities who have achieved cult status from their involvement in television and we look at today’s phenomenon of

Reality TV where it would appear that anyone can be famous. Also, check out our round ups of the best box set series, Attenborough extravaganza, riveting TV ads and top cookery shows. Elsewhere in this dynamic edition, we take a trip in the new Porsche Boxter 2013, find out why Bali is a brilliant option for relaxing and shopping, and discover some exemplary Danish design styles at Loft & Roomers. If fine dining in elegant surroundings right on the seafront is your penchant, you can’t do it much better than at the new Sea Grill at Hotel Puente Romano or iconic TikiTano which has just celebrated it 10th birthday – congratulations! Here at , we are also celebrating 14 years of the magazine this month! Slange Var!

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For many of us, television has played a major role in some of our most cherished memories‌ watching a favourite comedy with a loved one, waiting avidly for our favourite childhood series, even emulating our most revered small screen stars. This month we focus on the past and present of television, with hip suggestions for top series and documentaries

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Home Viewing: Box Set Series


Home Viewing: Nature Series by Sir David Attenborough






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Trance » GENRE Thriller Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) » DIRECTOR Danny Avoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel » ACTORS James Mc eer in cahoots a corrupt art auction James McAvoy plays worth millions art of ce pie a steal with a criminal gang to blow to the a es robbery he receiv of dollars. During the ber where em rem ’t can he , kes up head and when he wa ture him tor d an gang threaten he hid the art work. The they hire ul, ssf ce suc are s ir effort but when none of the truth out the pry sario Dawson) to a hypnotherapist (Ro between s line the e, ch psy into his of him. As she delves blur. to gin be n notic sug gestio desire, reality and hyp

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Zackham (Going Greek)

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Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon

The Big Wedding » GENRE Comedy/Drama » DIRECTOR Paul Andrew Williams » ACTORS Terence Stamp, Gemma

Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, Vanessa Redgrave

» GENRE Action/Thriller » DIRECTOR Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) » ACTORS Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart,

Angela Bassett

Olympus has Fallen

Gerard Butler plays a former Presidential bodyguard who happens to be inside the White House in the wake of the most personal terrorist attack lived by a US President. He bravely decides to join forces with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.

Unfinished Song/ Song for Marion

Arthur (Terence Stamp) is a grumpy old man who loses his will to live when his wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) becomes terminally ill. Determined to make her last days as joyful as possible, he agrees to join her choir group, reluctantly mouthing the words to hits like Let’s Talk About Sex and unwittingly finding a strong support group that will stand him in good stead when the day he most fears, arises.

The Hangover Part 3

This time there’s no wedding to ruin, no bachelor party and no excuse to lose a tooth or get a tattoo. Still, boys will be boys and when this gang gets together, you can never underestimate the mess they are capable of getting themselves into.

» GENRE Drama/Thriller » DIRECTOR Chan-wook Park (I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK)

» ACTORS Nicole Kidman,

Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode


When India’s father passes away in a tragic car accident, an uncle she never even knew she had comes to live with her and her mentally unstable mother. She grows infatuated by him but begins to suspect that he has ulterior motives. Still, she cannot wrest herself away from his arms.

Ellie (Diane Keaton) and Don (Robert De Niro) play a divorced couple who are forced to see each other again after 10 years when their adopted son, Alejandro (Ben Barnes) invites them to his wedding. When Alejandro announces that his biological mother, a strict Catholic, is attending the wedding, he asks Ellie and Don to act like they are still married, so as not to ruffle her religious feathers. The only problem is that Don is now living with Bebe, Ellie’s former best friend, who broke up their marriage and who is not about to allow Ellie to ‘rule the roost’ once again.

» GENRE Comedy » DIRECTOR Todd Phillips (Starsky & Hutch) » ACTORS Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms


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In line with our theme of the month, television, we forego traditional DVDs and suggest top box sets which will keep you entertained for hours and days on end. One piece of advice: please don’t attempt to watch a whole collection in one go… try to hold yourself back, though in the case of these gems that may be an impossible feat!



The Complete Collection

The numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42. Black smoke that rises like a hurricane. A hand that reads: ‘Not Penny’s Boat’. If any of these words strike at your heart like a dagger, then you are probably one of the millions of viewers around the world who think there will never be anything quite like Lost, the hit series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof. The first episode starts quite ‘normally’, when a passenger plane crashes on an unidentifiable island and we are introduced to the main characters: Kate, a beautiful yet untrusting excon; Sawyer, a male version of Kate – yet a little sneakier and perhaps even more appealing; Jack, a perturbed doctor with major issues with his deceased father; Hurley, a young lottery winner who can’t seem to shake off the bad luck that has accompanied his win; and many more. And who can forget Charlie: wonderful, innocent, Christ-like Charlie, whose demise in arguably the most spectacular episode of all? The writers may not have found the missing link that would enable them to bring this magical mystery to a close, but the journey of some of the most appealing protagonists television has seen still leaves us in awe.




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Breaking Bad Seasons 1 to 4

This harsh, often violent series, created and produced by Vince Gilligan, is the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who turns to a life of crime after discovering that he is suffering from an incurable disease. Determined to leave his family with enough money to withstand his absence, he hooks up with his former student, Jesse, to produce and sell drugs. If you enjoyed 1990s series, Malcolm in the Middle, then you undoubtedly appreciate the immense talent of Bryan Cranston, an actor awarded three consecutive Emmys in a row for Best Actor. What makes this series so special is its morally reprehensible yet somehow appealing main characters. Equally interesting is Walter’s progression from good to evil, a process that makes the audience feel increasingly uncomfortable about rooting for him to succeed anyway. Let’s face it – without Walter, there would be no Breaking Bad. (Further seasons can be purchased individually)

Prison Break, a series created by Paul Scheuring, is a fine example of perfection in plot and pace, at least as far as the first season is concerned. The protagonist is Michael, an intellectual who gets himself arrested to become imprisoned and help his brother, Lincoln, also an inmate, break free. Lincoln has been arrested for a crime he did not commit; additionally, he is about to be subjected to the death penalty, so time is of the essence. Tattooed along Michael’s body is an intricate map of the jail, which will ensure they find their way out, but Michael soon finds that prison is a highly political structure wrought with adversaries who are more capable than he ever expected.

If you like your comedy strong and black, you will effortlessly fall in love with Weeds, a Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning series created by Jenji Kohan. Weeds tells the story of Nancy, a mother of two who is widowed suddenly when her husband dies of a heart attack. In order to get by, Nancy starts selling marijuana on a small scale but by the time the first season closes, she and her family are fully embroiled in a string of illegal activities. Seeing Nancy struggle through life and survive a series of unlucky love affairs reminds us that flawed characters often make the best heroes. (Further seasons can be purchased individually)


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Planet Earth

This 2006 television series took an amazing five years to complete and was the first nature documentary to be filmed in high definition. Shown in 130 countries worldwide, it comprises 11 (55-minute) episodes, each of which covers a different habitat. These include the intriguing Jungles (jungles and rainforest comprise only three per cent of the Planet’s land, yet house over half the world’s species!), through which we can enjoy an exciting race by saplings to occupy the space vacated by the death of a tree; delight in the playful sounds of siamangs, orangutans and tree frogs; and join a clever bunch of chimps as they forage through the forest floor and swing through the vines in search of food. Other biomes covered include: Z FROM POLE TO POLE: Discover how emperor penguins in the Antarctica withstand four months of darkness with no food, in gelid temperatures of –70ºC!). Z MOUNTAINS: Explore Planet Earth’s main mountain ranges through expansive aerial photography and watch cute little grizzly bear cubs emerging from their den for the first time in their lives. Z FRESH WATER: Watch the journey of the World’s greatest fresh water rivers, discovering their origin as mountain streams and following them as they fragment into rapids then descend to the Earth in dramatic waterfalls. Learn all about the erosive power of rivers, as demonstrated by the Grand Canyon. A number of interesting animal species are featured, including mugger crocodiles, spectacled caimans and piranhas. Z CAVES: Did you know that Mexico’s Cave of Swallows is so deep that it could house New York’s Empire State Building? Caves are home to a number of exotic species, including the blind salamander, the shortfin molly fish and wrinkle-lipped bats! Z DESERTS: Feel the heat in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert (where the

temperature ranges from –40ºC to 50ºC), fly above dramatic dust dunes and join a pack of African elephants for an 80km walk in search of food! Z ICE WORLDS: This episode focuses on the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as beautiful animals like Arctic foxes and wolves and polar bears. Z GREAT PLAINS: The savanna, steppe, tundra, prairie and other treeless ecosystems are the main subject of this episode, which takes us to lands as far-off and appealing as the Tibetan Plateau. Z SHALLOW SEAS: Seas comprise eight per cent of the World’s oceans but they contain most of its marine life! Z SEASONAL FORESTS: Make your way through lush green coniferous and deciduous forests, such as the Valdivian forests of Chile or what is left of the Bialowieza forest in Poland. Z OCEAN DEEP: Known as the least explored part of the Planet, the world’s oceans house around 30,000 underwater volcanoes, some of which are taller than Mount Everest. They are also home to a myriad of sea creatures, large and small.

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The Blue Planet

Presented in 2001, this set, comprising eight 50-minute episodes, has been described as “the first ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world’s oceans”. Stunning underwater photography allows us to discover strange new species and their curious behavior and to marvel at the magnificence and mystery of the ocean’s profound depths.

The Living Planet

Aired in the UK in 1984, this documentary consists of 12 episodes, which study the way animals and plants in vastly different habitats, adapt to their surroundings and fight for survival. Episodes include The Building of the Earth, The Frozen World, Seas of Grass, The Baking Deserts, The Open Ocean and New Worlds. The filming of this documentary was a major challenge for Attenborough and his team, who had to wait for over two years to film an erupting volcano. They also reared a flock of red-breasted geese by hand, to photograph them as they flew past their moving convertible car.

Life on Earth

Presented in 1979, Life on Earth consists of 13 episodes covering a number of areas including South American rainforests, Moroccan limestones and the Kimberley ranges in Western Australia. Discover the complex relationship between flowers and insects, the evolution of fish and the evolution of amphibians and reptiles. Birds, mammals, herbivores and humans are also studied in-depth.


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ONE DIRECTION mania is on its way to the Iberian Peninsula with three sell-out concerts and Spain becomes the only European country with two 1D World stores when Madrid follows Barcelona opening its doors this month. The lads are known to enjoy the pleasures of alcohol but they are not allowed any on their rider (artists pre/after concert demands list) thanks to a seven-figure sponsorship with Pepsi that only allows their drinks backstage.

UK has DAVID BOWIE. While Spain has 1D mania, the rman is the fashion Sta ted Interest in the resurrec museum, which V&A s ’ don Lon at on ibiti and an exh ame the bec 11), ust Aug opened in March (until Bowie’s legacy r. eve w sho ing sell est fast museum’s artefact s, including is revisited with 300 related , handwritten lyrics and igns des set lm, fi hs, photograp m, The Next Day, hit albu new 60 sta ge costumes. His including the UK (number number one in 20 countries BBC2 has a featureth mon two in Spain) and this his life and career: David length documentary about ) is named after the TBA te Bowie – Five Years (da and Fall of Zigg y Stardust Rise The from k opening trac The film looks back to LP. s and the Spiders from Mar 3, his recent comeback 1971, 1975, 1977, 1980 and 198 and interviews. e tag plus unseen archival foo

KISS legend GENE SIMMONS was given $200 million by a promoter to try and persuade his LED ZEPPELIN buddies to reform for a tour. Once again ROBERT PLANT said no; instead he has recorded vocals with UK indie rockers PRIMAL SCREAM for their album More Light, which is out on May 13. More on the SCREAM – they have been added to Spain’s biggest festival, Benicàssim (July 18-21) along with UK indie newcomers BASTILLE. Festival headliners include THE KILLERS, ARCTIC MONKEYS and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE.

IT’S AN EARACHE – NOTHING BUT AN EARACHE On May 18, the annual audio atrocity commonly known as the Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Malmö, Sweden – a competition that many no longer want to win as the victorious nation has to play host the following year and with the global recession, not everyone can afford the show! Already several countries have returned their invites including former winners Turkey. Is this the real reason Britain always selects some ancient has-been with little chance of winning? This year’s sacrificial lamb is BONNIE TYLER – a 62-year-old who has not had a UK hit since 1984’s Holding Out For A Hero. She originally burst on the scene in 1975 with Lost In France, and ironically had a number one in that country with Si Demain (Turn Around) in 2003 but she is best known for It’s a Heartache (1977) and Total Eclipse of the Heart, which topped the UK charts in 1981. A Eurovision expert said “She should be one of our strongest contestants in many years.” Wasn’t the same said about the second but last finisher HUMPERDINCK 12 months ago? This competition is so 20th century and more interest is shown in most countries versions of such shows as the Y Factor, The Voice and Britain’s Got (No) Talent. But as always the English press will no doubt over-hype their entry just as they do with the football team in any major competition – then there will be cries of “sacrebleu” when the null points start rolling in. But many still take the competition seriously, especially in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe where Armenia drafted in BLACK SABBATH legend TONY IOMMI to pen their entry, a rock ballad, Lonely Planet – to be performed by DORIANS. BBC3 has coverage of the semi-finals on May 14 & 16 with BBC1 showing the final on May 18 at 21.00 (CET). Spanish coverage will be on TVE1.

GA GA has been quiet of late due to a severe case of synovitis which experts say was probably caused by her wearing those ridiculously high platform shoes. She recently turned 27 and conspiracy theories suggest she will join the notorious 27 Club – a group of famous names who all died at that age. Members include JIMI HENDRIX, JANIS JOPLIN, BRIAN JONES, JIM MORRISON, KURT COBAIN and AMY WINEHOUSE.

The BIEBER Barcelona gig passed with no major happenings apart from his minders threatening photographers when leaving the hotel before the concert and him going on stage 50 minutes late blaming an argument with support artist CARLY RAE JEPSEN as the reason. He now reckons he only has four friends: “Literally my phone never rings”. But one number that did ring was website TMZ’s office phone on April Fools’ Day when the dick posted their number on Twitter as his own costing them a fortune as it’s a toll-free number. Then there was that monkey business in Germany when his entourage kicked up a fuss at customs when told about the country’s quarantine laws to which the primate said “but he’s supposed to be playing a gig tonight”.


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the oldest types of HDTV in existence. LCD images comprise pixels, each of which is broken down into tinier pixels made up of green, red and blue light. Fluorescent lamps force a white light through these pixels. The latest technology has improved colour, black tones and viewing angles, and many LCD TVs now boast ‘smart TV’ features and 3D viewing modes.

What is LED TV?

LED TVs are quite simply LCD TVs boasting LED backlighting. There is little difference in quality between LCD and LED TVs, though LED TVs consume less power and have a faster response time. In some cases, LED TVs don’t display even brightness across a screen as well as LCD TV does.

What is Plasma TV? Plasma TV consists of tiny

cells comprising two glass panels separated by a narrow space injected with charged ionised gas (plasma). In the past, viewers would complain of screen images getting stuck and trails following image onscreen, but the newer plasmas have a higher refresh rate than any other type of TV, affording superior fluidity to the viewing experience. Plasma TVs are less energy efficient than LCDs or LEDs, though.

What is Projection HDTV? The latter normally comprises a gigantic screen and Digital Light Processing technology, which uses a rear projector to magnify images onto the screen. The lamp needs to be replaced frequently and images aren’t as crisp, but this TV is still a top choice for gamers, as screens can reach up to 82 inches (208.28 cm) in size!

What does ‘1080p’ or ‘1280p’ mean? ‘P’ in

this case refers to the number of vertical pixels per line afforded by different television sets. The higher the pixel number, the higher the resolution (detail). Bear in mind that larger sized televisions can have lower resolutions and relatively small sized TVs, higher resolution; size and resolution are two separate matters. Opt for a minimum resolution of 1080p. If you are after a TV sized less than 40 inches (101.6cm), 720p is fine.

What is a Refresh Rate? The latter basically measures the smoothness with which fast scenes can be viewed. The higher the refresh rate (and the resolution, for that matter), the better. When buying a TV, opt for a minimum refresh rate of 120Hz.

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What is Smart TV? So-called ‘Smart TV’ normally includes a plethora of computer-like features; for instance some TVs allow you to directly download apps, surf on the Internet, stream content digitally and use social networking sites like Facebook directly (think of them as a huge iPad you can also watch TV on). What is an HDMI Cable? A High Definition Multimedia Interface Cable. It allows you to experience ‘full HD’ video in your home. If you want to enjoy the full video potential of external sources like HD set-top boxes, ‘upconverting’ DVD players and Blu-Ray players, you need to connect them to your TV with an HDMI Cable.

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SONY XBR-46HX929 LED HDTV Beautiful colours, deep blacks and a super thin screen make this TV a firm favourite around the world. SAMSUNG LN46D630 LCD TV We love the amazing colour accuracy, deep black tones and excellent refresh rate. PANASONIC OLED UHD TV This stylish TV has a high-definition panel boasting four times the resolution of the LG EA9800 OLED TV, though it doesn’t have its nifty curved screen. e 32 / MAY 2013 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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MARBELLA SIERRA BLANCA Ref. 8799 Magnificent villa with panoramic views, situated in a prestigious area with security. Grand entrance, spacious living room, 4 large en-suite bedrooms plus an apartment, large semi-basement with indoor pool, Jacuzzi and garage for several cars. Price: €4.350.000

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ake the 2013 Boxster, for example. It dates all the way back to 1996 and has gone through three generations, but it takes almost an expert eye to tell the difference between the first one that rolled out of the factory and the very latest model. And yet, changes have been so numerous over the years that a 1996 and a 2013 have almost nothing in common but their basic configurations. The first Boxsters were quite ‘low rent’ compared to the more recent generations. There was bare painted metal in the cockpit and some of the trim looked as though it was cut from kitchen countertop material. There were some rough edges, but the way the car drove and handled was always beyond reproach. I’ve done countless road trips in Boxsters over the years, both in Europe and North America and the one sentiment that always grabs me is that motoring simply can’t get any better than this. On one drive, I covered over 1,000 km in heavy rain and at high speeds and the Boxster was so stable and predictable, it just never put a wheel wrong. Part of this stability comes from the car’s mid-engine layout which provides optimum weight distribution. As with Porsche’s iconic 911 cars, the Boxster has always used a horizontally-opposed or ‘boxer’ engine. In fact, the name ‘Boxster’ is said to be derived from the words boxer and roadster. The only other carmaker that perseveres with boxer engines is Subaru, but the configuration was once widely used – in the original VW Beetle, for example.


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3 1 0 2 R O F R E T S ROAD Over the years, the Boxster has become a more sophisticated and certainly a more powerful sports car. Many variants have spun off – including a rather wonderful Spyder in 2011 – and there’s always been a more potent ‘S’ variant. The Porsche Cayman coupé is a derivative of the Boxster, but it has a character of its own and is in many ways a different car. Boxsters have always been roadsters with fabric hoods, Porsche never having experimented with folding hardtops. This would probably be an impossible task with the mid-mounted engine and at any rate, the hood is so well made it looks just fine. It also folds down electrically until it’s completely flush with the rear bodywork. At one time, the rear window was of plastic and this misted over all too easily, but Boxsters now have a glass panel with heating elements. The 2013 Boxster is a total redesign that was first revealed last year. It looks a lot like a 911 convertible at first glance and that’s all part of Porsche’s new ‘design language’. Other revisions were made to the power unit, suspension and interior. You’d have to put one alongside the older model to confirm, but in effect, it’s an all-new car. The basic Boxster uses a 2.7-litre, 265 -horsepower, engine and the S is equipped with a more powerful 3.4-litre, 315-horsepower unit. I’ve tried both and each is a delight to drive and for those who don’t necessarily yearn for the power and torque of the S, the basic model is certainly no slouch. Buyers can opt for 6-speed manual or 7-speed PDK automatic/manual transmissions. The latter shifts so fast, no driver will ever match it with a manual box and that’s why it would be my choice. Both variants have the same predictable handling and excellent road manners. I’ve always said that a Porsche Boxster can make a good driver out of almost anybody. The cars are very forgiving and difficult to get into serious trouble with. Unlike some

sports cars, the Boxster is very easy to drive in heavy traffic or through congested villages and towns. Out on the open road – and especially on a winding mountain pass – the real fun begins with this car. And if danger threatens, the brakes are outstanding and about as good as you’re going to find on anything short of a competition car. One element of the Boxster that often surprises people is the fact that there are two ‘boots’, one at each end. As the engine is mounted amidships, there’s room for these handy cargo areas, each of which is accessed by a hinged panel in the usual way. Both are deep and commodious if your luggage isn’t an odd size. Stowing enough gear for two people is easy, even for a fairly long trip. The downside is the cockpit is a little on the snug side with not too many places to stow things like cameras, map books and other stuff you may take on a trip. As for the engine, it’s so cleverly tucked away, there’s not much to see – its not one of those engine compartments you can show off to car-minded friends. Neither is it easy to work on, but who works on their own engines these days? The 2013 Boxster is fitted out in much the same way as the 911 Carrera and seems just as luxurious. As is common these days, the cockpit is a mass of convenience technology with all the usual toys such as SatNav there for the asking. On the road, the car just seems part of you and it goes exactly where its pointed – and at an impressive speed, if needed. In fact, the Boxster S will run pretty well neck-and-neck with a 911 on a track. You can pay a lot more money and not get a sports car that’s any better than the Boxster. Its certainly not cheap, but at least you’ll know that it won’t look out of date even if you keep it for a decade or more. And best of all, it has the most respected sports car badge in the business on the bonnet. For many buyers, that alone is worth the money. e

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Take a walk down memory lane with us as we feature the very best of British, American and reality TV and delve into the worlds of popular cookery shows and creative advertising. We also analyse future trends and discover the coolest TV celebrities.

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British television used to be the envy of the world but is it still the best on the box? Ex-professional couch potato Belinda Beckett (a former Daily Express TV critic) reviews the highs and lows over six decades.


oes Spotty Dog from The Wooden Tops fill you with nostalgia? Do you instantly bond with anyone who loved The Clangers? The TV shows from our childhood can have a formative effect on our lives, and not always in a good way. Captain Pugwash? Let’s not go there! My earliest memory is of Watch with Mother (in monochrome) every weekday afternoon. Was I warped for life by Andy Pandy sharing his basket with Teddy? The jury’s still out. But from the moment I saw those little furry animals (real ones) sailing in toy boats in Tales from the Riverbank, I was captivated by ‘the box’. Not everyone was lucky enough to own one. In the early 1950s, only nine per cent of us did. Ten years later, 75 per cent of British households had a TV set. Blue Peter, the longest-running children’s show, is only three years younger than me. Petra the dog was cool but Valerie Singleton wound me right up with her tips for making models out of detergent bottles. Mine were always dismal failures. Viewing was rationed in our house and, for a very long time, the theme from Z Cars was my lullaby. But TV, and my viewing habits, were about to undergo a radical change…


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POP GO THE 60s The reason I dance the way I do today is entirely down to Pan’s People. Pop music took TV by storm in The Swinging Sixties, creating the great family viewing divide. My parents, Sunday Night at the London Palladium stalwarts, were appalled by ‘that dreadful racket’. Juke Box Jury, where celebrity panellists pronounced records a Hit or a Miss, with relevant sound effects, became my essential viewing. I first saw ‘the Fab Four’ on Thank Your Lucky Stars, which gave teenage judge Janice Nicholls her 15 minutes of fame with her heavy Midlands-accented catchphrase, ‘Oi’ll give it foive’. She went on to become a chiropodist. In 1964, the Rolling Stones christened Top of the Pops, lip-syncing to I Wanna Be Your Man, and 15 million viewers a week were hooked. Jimmy Savile co-hosted the first show. He looked dodgy then… The older generation was entertained by naff game shows like Take Your Pick and Double Your Money but, in 1960, along came a new programme to fuel their square-eyed addiction: Coronation Street, Britain’s longest-running soap. And to think they only planned it as a 13-week series! Ken Barlow, played by Ken Roache, was a 21-year-old student in the first episode. Now he’s 81 and still in it! Crossroads (1964) never had the same impact as the cast had all learned their acting from trees. Z 1963 W Emergency Ward 10 and Dixon of Dock Green were compulsive adult here Z 1966 Ove were you when John F. viewing but the blockbuster I yearned to see was The Forsyte Saga. Sadly, Kennedy w r 32 million as assassin fans watch to a 4-2 vict it was deemed too racy for my tender years. But ‘now for something ated? ed Bobby M ory against o o re lead Engl W W e st e m G bley – the m ermany in completely different’. In 1969, Monty Python’s Flying Circus changed my and the World ost viewe Z 1967 Fi Cup final at nally, we co d programme in British view on life forever. The Cheese Shop sketch, the Dead Parrot sketch, uld see th TV history. programme e balls at to showcase The Lumberjack Song… oh joy! Fortunately, the parents couldn’t Wimbledon colour broad ITV stayed , the first black and w casting on understand a word of it or I’d never have been allowed to see it! Also, hite until 19 BBC2. BBC1 Z 1969 W 6 9 and . e w e The Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan, was another momentous late and Neil Arm re awestruck as Apo llo st ro 11 n la g stepped nded on th 60s TV series. immo on e

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THE CEREBRAL 70s From 1970 to 1984, the BBC’s groundbreaking Play for Today series of some 300 new and adapted dramas set the benchmark for quality television and showcased a new stable of talent (Dennis Potter, Stephen Poliakoff, Ken Loach, Kenneth Brannagh). Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party and Jack Ronsethal’s Bar Mitzvah Boy were my favourites. We were also introduced to the lives, loves and staff problems of the Bellamy family in Upstairs Downstairs, while riding the high seas on The Onedin Line for its 10-year, eight-series run. And we began our love affair with actor John Thaw as D.I. Jack Regan, who starred with Dennis Waterman in a hard-hitting new police drama called The Sweeney. Humour topped the bill, with debut sitcoms Last of the Summer Wine, Rising Damp and Are You Being Served? Best Newcomer award went to Fawlty Towers (Farty Towels/Fatty Owls – loved those signpost jokes). Voted Best British TV series of all time by the British Film Institute,

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John Cleese’s hotel landlord from hell, his dragon wife Sybil and their endearing Spanish waiter, Manuel, became national treasures. Which is your favourite episode? The Germans? Basil the Rat? If only they’d made more than 12! Two big comedy double acts dominated the decade: Morecambe and Wise and The Two Ronnies. Both sketch shows ran for over 15 years. Eric and Ernie got off by ribbing their guest stars (Elton John, introduced as Elephant John; newsreader Angela Rippon, made to reveal her legs in a high-kicking dance routine). Their catchphrase, “‘What do you think of it so far?” (Answer, “Rubbish”) entered the English language. Ronnies Barker and Corbett specialised in word-play, fondly remembered in the clever Four Candles (Fork Handles) sketch. With a career nearly as long as television itself (didn’t he do well?), Bruce Forsyth headed the BBC’s Saturday night line-up with The Generation Game, famous for its conveyor belt of prizes, not forgetting the cuddly toy!

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EL ROSARIO • 1.450.000 euros NEW BUILD. Modern contemporary villa set in the secure urbanization of El Rosario. The villa has fantastic sea views, is extremely private and is surrounded by green private gardens. Large terraces, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a pool area bathroom. The upper tower level consists of a master bedroom suite, its private terrace has panoramic views of the mediterranean sea. The main entrance level has an interior patio surrounded by living room, fully fitted kitchen, dining area and direct access to the garage, porch and terrace. The lower level has three bedrooms, one en-suite, a separate lounge area, utility area and bathroom. Beds: 4 • Baths: 3.5 • Plot: 1.050 m2 • Built: 486 m2 • Ref. 01-141

EL ROSARIO • 725.000 euros

EL ROSARIO • 1.745.000 euros

Detached light and airy villa, situated on a level plot in a tranquil location. 3 beds and 3 baths, living-dining area, fully fitted kitchen. Most rooms overlook the terrace and pool area. The villa is surrounded by large green private gardens and the villa was refurbished in 2006. Beds: 3 • Baths: 3 • Plot size: 1.025 m2 • Built: 235 m2 •

Beautiful 6 bedroom villa in the heart of El Rosario. South facing offering sea views from the mature gardens. A very private pool area with jacuzzi. Living/dining area with fireplace, separate sitting area with tv, winter terrace, fully fitted kitchen, master bedroom en suite with salon and dressing area, 5 guest bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Marble floors, under floor heating, A/C with heating, solar panels for hot water, sauna and alarm. Beds: 6 • Baths:

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EL ROSARIO • 685.000 euros Beautiful villa in a quiet area of El Rosario with spacious roofed terrace overlooking the large green plot with its swimming pool and trees. Fully fitted kitchen, three bedrooms and two baths in the main house, a separate apartment with en-suite bathroom for guests and direct access to pool and garden. In the rear garden area there are two wooden houses with possible use as office, gym, hobby room or as private guest apartments! Plus 2 separate wooden houses. Beds: 4 • Baths: 3 • Plot size: 1.279 m2 •

EL ROSARIO • 825.000 euros Situated on the upper part of El Rosario, this villa is placed on a large plot with impressive panoramic south facing views. The villa has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The master suite covers the entire first floor and comprises lounge, bedroom, bathroom a large wrap around terrace and of course even more impressive views. The potential for future development of this property is excellent. Beds: 4 • Baths: 4 • Plot size: 1.747 m2 • Built: 238 m2 • Terrace: 52 m2 • Ref. 01-151

Built: 230 m2 • Ref. 01-144 • Tel: 952 836 646 • M: 607 602 020 Sands Marbella Property Centro Comercial Nuevo Rosario, Local 1, Urb. El Rosario, 29604, Marbella

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THE GAY 90s That’s gay in the ‘jolly’ sense. Humour, in its many guises, had us laughing our socks off. There was biting satire from Have I Got News for You, buffoonery from Mr Bean, irreverent humour from Father Ted, intelligent wit from A Bit of Fry & Laurie and brilliant parody from Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders who were Absolutely Fabulous as two middleaged career women going-on teenagers. We also met Dawn French, disguised as The Vicar of Dibley, the dysfunctional Royle Family and a professional moaner called Victor Meldrew who had One Foot in the Grave.

There was high drama too. Helen Mirren gave us the ballsy D.S. Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect, John Nettles showed us picture postcard crime in Midsomer Murders and Colin Firth played the sexiest Mr Darcy ever in Pride and Prejudice. And it was raining money. The new no-limit rule on the value of TV cash prizes paved the way for the National Lottery Draw and big money game shows like Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Ian Woodley, a Sainsbury’s employee, was the first £1million winner on Channel 4’s TFI Friday. He used it to stake a successful career as a poker player.

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Z 1953 Panorama is the longest-running current affairs programme on British TV. Presenters of the BBC’s flagship documentary series have included Richard and David Dimbleby and Robin Day. One landmark programme was Martin Bashir’s 1995 interview with Princess Diana, after her separation from Prince Charles, when she openly admitted: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded,” referring to Camilla Parker-Bowles. That same year, Panorama announced the ‘discovery’ of the spaghetti tree. Aired on April 1st, not everyone realised it was a prank! Z 1957 The Sky at Night is the longest-running programme with the same presenter in television history. That honour goes to astronomer Patrick Moore who waxed lyrical on the calibrations of the cosmos until his death in 2012. And the show still goes on. Z 1958 The Black and White Minstrel Show would be regarded as very un-PC today, with its blacked-up singers and dancers, but it ran for 20 years. Before colour TV, the minstrels’ makeup was actually red, as black didn’t film very well! Z 1958 David Coleman, Frank Bough, Des Lynam and Steve Rider were the four main presenters of Grandstand during its 49-year history. Famous firsts include the streaker captured on camera at Twickenham during the 1974 England v France Rugby Union match, The Hillsborough football ground disaster in 1989 and Ayrton Senna’s fatal accident during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Z 1963 DR WHO HAS BEEN PART OF BRITISH CULTURE FOR GOING-ON 50 YEARS AND ELEVEN ACTORS HAVE PLAYED HIM. Z 1967 News at Ten has had a chequered history. It was originally planned as a 13-week project, because ITV bosses didn’t think the masses would be entertained by a permanent evening news programme! Axed twice, reprieved twice, there was also talk of dropping the famous Bib Ben ‘bongs’ at the start of the programme. Celebrity newscasters over the years included Alastair Burnet, Reginald Bosanquet, Anna Ford and Trevor McDonald. Z 1970s Current programmes Newsround, Mastermind, Antiques Road Show, Question Time and Top Gear all began this decade. Z 1979 Sir David Attenborough’s magnum opus, Life, a nine-series inventory of our natural world, took 20 years to film and set the benchmark for documentary wildlife film-making. He amazed us, as his irreplaceable photographic archive will undoubtedly amaze future generations.


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THE HARSH REALITY OF THE NOUGHTIES Reality TV has been around since Candid Camera but, almost overnight (how did George Orwell get it so wrong in 1984?), we were all watching Big Brother. Well, some of us were. Cue an avalanche of ‘talent’ shows, home and body makeovers and B-list celebrity contestants skating on thin ice and consuming creepycrawlies in the jungle. It’s nothing to be proud of but Britain dominates the global trade in unscripted TV programmes. Worldwide, there are 22 clones of Wife Swap, and 44 foreign versions of Britain’s Got Talent. Among the few people to be pleased about this was Simon Cowell, whom no one had heard of until The X Factor. During these dark days for British TV, The Office was a beacon of light. Starring and directed by Ricky Gervais, and nearly cancelled due to initially-low ratings, we soon warmed to its ‘mockumentary’ style and the Slough paper company boss who was a social faux pas on steroids.

‘Wossy’ must have liked it too, as Gervais make eight guest appearances on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, which debuted the same year. Ross was famous for his irreverent style of questioning, £6 million salary and inability to ‘pwonounce’ his ‘r’s. The final curtain rang down on his ‘theatre of cruelty’ (as some people called the show) when Ross overstepped the mark with ‘Sachsgate’ (Google it). He ate humble pie and came back in 2009 to an even larger audience. Other highlights saw Kevin Whately return in Lewis and the first series of the multi-awardwinning Downton Abbey. This gripping period drama marked a turning point for ITV which earns brownie points for a delicious package of plays that included Mrs Biggs, The Bletchley Circle and the compelling Mr Selfridge. For the rest of the best, turn to our feature on American TV imports because they’re the programmes we’re all watching right now!



MY MEMORABLE TV MOMENTS Z Alf Garnett saying “randy Scouse git” in Till Death Us Do Part. (1965) Z Lulu the baby elephant running amok in the Blue Peter studio. (1969) Z Chat show host Michael Parkinson being wrestled to the floor by Rod Hull’s puppet, Emu. Fellow guest Billy Connolly warned, “If that bird comes anywhere near me, I’ll break its neck and your bloody arm!” (1976) Z Pamela Stephenson singing The Ayatollah Song in Not the Nine O’ Clock News. (1980) Z EVERY EPISODE OF SPITTING IMAGE. (1984-1996) Z Michael Fish failing to forecast the worst storm in Britain in 284 years. In the meteorologist’s own words: “Earlier on today, a woman rang the BBC and said she’d heard there was a hurricane on the way; well, if you’re watching, don’t worry, there isn’t.” (1987) Z A drunken Oliver Reed rolling on top of feminist author Kate Millett and slurring, “Give us a kiss, big tits” in the late-night discussion programme, After Dark. (1991) Z Eldorado. A bad joke at the time, I’ve since come to think it had some aspects of expat life in Spain down to a tee. (1992-1993) Z Clive Anderson’s infamous interview with the Bee Gees, who stormed out of the studio after he joked about their work and referred to them as “tossers”. (1997) Z Jonathan Ross asking Conservative leader David Cameron whether, as a teenager, he’d ever had sexual fantasies about Margaret Thatcher. Cameron would not be drawn. (2006)


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t had to be the über cool decade of the 1970s that first gave rise to the Simpsons sofa phenomenon – you know the scenario: mum, dad and the 2.1 glued to the tele, eager to catch the latest episode of Starsky and Hutch, Charlie’s Angels, Kojak or The Streets of San Francisco. The 1950s and 1960s had offered their fare share of hit series, including I Love Lucy, The Beverly Hillbillies, Hawaii Five-O and Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, but the 1970s marked a real boom for the television industry, with men and women taking their fashion cues and street lingo from the coolest dudes and gals on American TV. In previous decades, American television had been a reflection of what American society hailed as ideal: the white, middle class nuclear family whose most cryptic conundrum lay in how to stop Cindy and Bobby from arguing over their toys. Things really took a turn in the late 1970s, with shows such as Eight is Enough tackling reallife issues like how to balance family and work, infidelity and


marriage break-downs. Risque comedies like Three’s Company proved that two hot singletons and their over-sexed flatmate make for far fresher fodder than the nuclear family. The 1970s also saw the boom of the detective/special agent genre, with futuristic series like Wonder Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man proving that men and women don’t mind their stars genetically enhanced, whenever they’ve got a face and body like Lynda Carter and Lee Majors. And who could forget our favourite cranky Editor Lou Grant, whose newspaper was as much a source of office humour as it was a vessel for the discussion of serious issues like nuclear proliferation, prostitution, gay rights, abuse and mental illness? This series took home a total of 13 Emmy awards in six years, proving that an audience likes to laugh, but also wishes to see the real world reflected on the small screen. The ‘cop-buddy’ genre was another big hit in this decade; the coolest scene in every Starsky and Hutch episode may have been the finale, when the duo raced at break-neck speed along the streets of Southern California in their red and white-striped Gran Torino in pursuit of the week’s demonic drug lord. The show was also a marvellous testimony to male friendship, with the main characters somehow reconciling their vastly different personalities and views.

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COOLER THAN COOL, BADDER THAN BAD The 1980s were far less groundbreaking in terms of content and definitely a lot less glam. This decade saw a boom in the family sit-com genre, the kind that elicits a barely audible groan from unfortunate audiences. Some of the most viewed series of the time include Family Ties, Full House, Cagney and Lacey… are you yawning yet? Complementing cutesy comedies populated by picture perfect children (played by annoying tykes the likes of Kirk Cameron and Michael J. Fox (way too good for Family Ties, incidentally), were cheesy comedies such as Fantasy Island. The show’s extreme kitsch value almost prompts us to forgive sexist fantasy resort Manager, Ricardo Montalban’s macho ways. And who could forget his incredibly annoying sparring partner, Tatoo, whose most memorable (and oft repeated) line in the show has got to be, “The plane, boss! The plane!” The show that really takes the raspberry for cheesiness has got to be The Love Boat, officially born in the late 1970s and reaching its apotheosis in

the 1980s. It didn’t matter if a couple were on the brink of divorce and throwing the kitchen sink at one another; the important thing was that the cruise was booked and they were taking it. With a little help from cute little dimpled stewardess, Julie, mustachioed mojito maker, Isaac, or Captain Stubing’s cunning little daughter, Vicki, it was easy for the couple to fall in love all over again… even before they reached Puerto Vallarta! The 1980s also revealed a marked penchant for high-octane action scenes, with audiences delighting in detective, cop and military themed series like Knight Rider, Airwolf, Magnun P.I. and Remington Steele (which saw the magnificent Pierce Brosnan in his least challenging role). New genres arose as well, like Baywatch with David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson and Michael Landon’s Highway to Heaven: a show aimed at believers but extolling the virtues of kindness and social awareness as a whole. American Producers did their best in the 1980s, but the best they could come up with was Bosom Buddies (starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari), a short-lived yet fresh series about two young men who disguise

themselves as women to live in the apartment of their dreams. These dudes would have saved a fortune if they had decided to rent another apartment instead of spending their entire life savings on fake boobs, Farrah Fawcett/Dianna Ross wigs (respectively), lycra dresses and jewellery, but then again, Tom Hanks did look awfully sexy in a skirt. Another quite nouvelle show at the time was Golden Girls, a series about four elderly women sharing a home in Miami and having more sex than university students at a toga party. Except, that is, for the oldest of the lot, Italian mamma Sophia Petrillo (played by Estelle Getty), who was far more interested in sabotaging her daughter’s romantic interlude by bitching and passing wind at inopportune moments, rather than fanning the long-deceased embers of her desire. A super-silly but fun series the whole family used to get together to watch was The Greatest American Hero, which centered on a clumsy school teacher (played by William Katt) who dons an alien’s superhero suit and finds he has amazing (and uncontrollable) powers. Then there was V, the one-of-a-kind series about an alien, rateating population determined to take over Planet Earth.

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hether you use it to flip channels, surf the internet, brew up a cuppa or visit the bathroom, you can never completely escape the commercial break. Some 85 per cent of us see 73 minutes of TV advertising daily. And though the brainwashing doesn’t always work (in tests, viewers confused Samsung’s Galaxy with Apple’s iPad), when a lyric or jingle lodges in on our brain, hey presto, Beanz Meanz Heinz! I don’t remember the date of the Battle of Waterloo but I can quote the annoying Fairy Liquid ad verbatim: ‘Now hands that do dishes can feel soft as your face, with mild green Fairy Liquid’. It wasn’t true. (I

know. I did the dishwashing in our house.) takes the honours for being the most irritating ad on the box today. Television commercials first hit British screens in 1955, generating £2.4 million in the first three months. Today, in America, that’s roughly what you’ll pay for a 30-second slot during Superbowl. Then, as now, celebrities were sought out to endorse products. For nearly as many years as Gary Lineker has promoted Walker’s Crisps, the peerless Tony Hancock was telling us to ‘Go to work on an egg’. The black-and-white Egg Marketing Board commercials are still funny today. In those days, advertising was squeamish about sanitary towels and undertakers yet, until 1991, tobacco advertising was not only welcomed but aided and abetted by a ban on commercials for smoking cures! But, then, we might never have known that ‘Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet’, a favourite from the 1960s and ‘70s. Whether it was Michelangelo accidently lopping off the arm of the Venus de Milo, or a man with a comb-over having trouble in a photo booth, the protagonist was always consoled by lighting up a Hamlet to Bach’s Air on the G String. One iconic campaign of the early years starred the unlikely double-act of comedian Leonard Rossiter and actress Joan Collins. In all 10 commercials, Rossiter’s pretentious oaf (borrowed from his Rigsby character in Rising Damp) manages to chuck his Cinzano Bianco


over an immaculately-dressed Collins. She recalls, “When ITV went on strike, viewers wrote in complaining not about the lack of programmes but about not being able to see Joan and Leonard!” Ironically, consumers were so focused on the stars, they confused the product with the ‘Any time, any place, anywhere’ drink, Martini. Clearly, glam works better than ham. Sex works even better – although the Cadbury’s Flake Girl made peeling back a chocolate wrapper and biting into its contents so sensual that one ad was taken off air during the Mary Whitehouse era. We females fulfilled our sweet fantasies with a James Bond type who used crocodiles as stepping stones and went through hell and high water, ‘All because the lady loves Milk Tray’. Life can only be a box of chocolates for so long and the Nimble girl gave us a reality check, advertising the low-cal loaf while flying ‘like a bird in the sky’ in a hot air balloon. More down-to-earth types preferred Hovis, sold by a flat-capped ‘Yorkshire lad’ pushing a bike up a steep cobbled street (in Dorset) to Dvorák’s New World Symphony. Serial commercials had us hooked like soap addicts during the ’80s and ’90s. The slow-percolating romance between ‘Tony and Sharon’ over a cup of Gold Blend boosted UK sales by 50%. And many of us will never see actress Lynda Bellingham as anyone other than the Oxo Mum. I wonder if she ever used Smash? Instant mash was sold to us by little tin Martians

Z It does exactly what it says on the tin Ronseal Z I’m lovin’ it McDonalds Z Wassssuuuuppp Budweiser Z Just do it Nike Z It’s good to talk BT Z Good things come to those who wait Guinness Z You’ve been tangoed Tango orange drink Z They’re grrrrreat Kelloggs Frosties Z The future’s bright, the future’s orange Orange Telecommunications Z Should’ve gone to Specsavers Specsavers Opticians laughing their Kermit-shaped heads off at our primitive method of peeling and boiling potatoes before smashing them to bits. Campaign magazine voted it the TV Ad of the Century. Cute animals have always sold products. Chimps in clothes guzzling tea like humans promoted PG Tips for 45 years, until pressure from animal rights organisations ended their tea-break for good. The Dulux dog, advertising paint since 1961, has become a nickname for the Old English Sheepdog breed. The Andrex Puppy has its own website. Generations of young Labradors featured in 130 commercials for the toilet paper company before their replacement by a digital dog, for PC reasons. But a quirkier species is responsible for turning a spoof online marketing company into a worldwide phenomenon. If you ever doubted the power of TV advertising, Aleksandr Orlov’s 806,000 Facebook fans and 60,000 Twitter followers are pretty convincing. He is, of course, the founder of As to the shape of advertising to come, it’s really a no-brainer, given that women influence 85 per cent of all purchasing decisions. Ripped torsos are always going to do it for us in ways that a housewife dancing the Shake ‘n’ Vac never could. And from the moment I copped that hunky construction worker baring his six-pack to I Just Wanna Make Love to You, I’ve been a Diet Coke gal. Well, I can always dream… e


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When Kate Middleton’s kid sister, Pippa, took over from Delia Smith as ‘the face of Waitrose’ this year, it made bigger headlines than the resignation of Pope Benedict. Celebrity chefs are hotter than Hollywood (and I don’t mean Paul Hollywood from Great British Bake Off ). And they’re monopolising the airwaves in many guises: Two Fat Ladies, Hairy Bikers, homely bakers ( Mary Berry), globetrotting gourmets ( Rick Stein) and mad molecular scientists (Heston Blumenthal) cooking up a chemical storm with liquid nitrogen and dry ice. And, if it’s not pro chefs, it’s wannabees competing to immortalise their grandma’s apple pie recipe. WORDS BELINDA BECKETT

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ast autumn, 10,000 amateur cooks applied to take part in the 7th season of MasterChef UK. With only 20 places up for grabs, the heat was on and the knives were out. The show that began in 1990 as a slow simmer with Lloyd Grossman, bubbled over into a global phenomenon when Gregg Wallace and John Torode spiced up the format with their boyish banter. Now we also have Celebrity MasterChef and MasterChef: The Professionals, fronted by Wallace with Michel Roux, Jr. and scary food dominatrix Monica Galetti. And there are foreign versions in 35 countries. Cookery shows are as old as television itself. But, until 1955, there had been nothing to compare with the waspish cookery columnist who burst onto the small screen in her ball gown to show housewifess a more refined cuisine than bangers and mash. With her white pan-stick makeup and pencilled-in eyebrows, Fanny Craddock was the wicked witch of western cuisine, advising viewers to “think of a neighbour you don’t like when you’re pricking the turkey breast”. But it wasn’t for the recipes that most viewers tuned in. It was to see how she was going to butcher Johnnie the kitchen boy (who was actually her partner). She berated him with a relentlessness that was actually quite frightening! Whatever Galloping Gourmet Graham Kerr was cooking, generally in large quantities of clarified butter, there was always wine – on the menu, in the menu and in his bottomless glass. He cultivated a light-hearted approach to cooking, with lines like, “Madam, you could go outside and get run over by a bus and just think what you would have missed!” Keith Floyd also enjoyed a close relationship with his wine glass but his eccentric manner and chaotic

style endeared him to viewers as he took cookery away from the studio and out on location. Rustling up a fourcourse dinner while afloat on a boat in the choppy North Sea was no problem for this cheery chappy, so long as it had a wine cellar. Too much good living hastened his death at 65 but Anthony Worral Thompson gave him a nice epitaph: “I think all of us modern TV chefs owe a living to Floyd. He kind of spawned us all.” Delia Smith was already well into her reign as the nation’s Culinary Queen. Undeposed for 40 years, she hung up her TV apron for good this year but remains Britain’s best-selling cookery author, with 21 million book sales. Renowned for her classic, no-nonsense approach to cookery, by the turn of the millennia the ‘Delia effect’ had entered the English language to describe the buying stampede for ingredients featured on her programmes. From cranberries to vegetable bouillon powder, she had the power to influence a nation’s eating habits. By now there were more chefs and shows than you could shake a rolling pin at: Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery, Ken Hom’s Chinese Cookery, Farmhouse Kitchen, Food and Drink (remember zany wine reviewer, Jilly Goolden? She once detected notes in a wine that reminded her of “diving into a Gooseberry bush”.) In 1999, a new star rose in the culinary cosmos: Jamie Oliver, in The Naked Chef. The show’s title (which Oliver hated) was a reference to the simplicity of his recipes and this chirpy Essex barrow boy soon won the nation’s hearts with his campaigns to promote fresh, organic produce and ban processed food in school dinners. Although slated for slaughtering  a

fully-conscious lamb on his show, he was awarded the MBE in 2003 and has achieved iconic status as a restaurateur, TV personality, author and all-round family man. The voluptuous Nigella Lawson employed different tactics on her trajectory to immortality as a Domestic Goddess. With her sexy curves and sinfully calorific recipes, prepared with much revealing of cleavage and licking of sticky fingers, the ex-Chancellor’s daughter had soon been dubbed The Queen of Food Porn. The Guardian got it spot on with the comment: ‘Men love her because they want to be with her. Women love her because they want to be her’. The last word is reserved for a chef who never minced his own words on any show. Long before The F-Word was a television programme, Gordon Ramsay had used it 84 times in a single episode of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, in which he helped to get failing restaurants back on track. But this stickler for culinary perfection, who at one time held 15 Michelin stars, was something of a nightmare himself. As the food critic A.A. Gill wrote after Ramsay ejected him from his restaurant: ‘Ramsay is a wonderful chef, just a really second-rate human being’. With more shows on the way, and EU research telling us that 36 per cent of our diet consists of ready meals, I’ll leave you with this final thought. Why? e


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Turn the radio on and let the negativity begin‌ this morning, on the way to work, hard-hitting Spanish radio DJ, Javier Cårdenas rightfully complained about the news that the Spanish government is under pressure from the EU to raise taxes once again. Catfish: Nev, right, and his friend, Joost, left


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ith newspaper headlines telling truths of corruption and unfair treatment everywhere from the boardroom to the courtroom, says Cárdenas, Spanish politicians should inform the EU that its citizens are simply not able to meet a further rise in costs and a corresponding decrease in their standard of living, especially considering that many politicians are laughing all the way to the bank, despite some of the most serious allegations of laundering the country has seen in decades. One can hardly blame those who prefer to done rosecoloured shades, turning on their television, skipping the news and winding down with their favourite reality series. Of course, when viewing often fabricated versions of ‘reality’, our own lives loom somewhere in the back of our minds and it can be pretty difficult to digest news of Jersey Shore ‘meatball’, Snooki, taking home no less than $2 million for shooting one season of drunken mayhem. Some of the highest rating reality television shows have, indeed, provided little more than superficial fodder for voyeurs and song-and-dance junkies: Jersey Shore, So You Think You Can Dance, Big Brother, X Factor, American/Pop Idol/Operación Triunfo in Spain spring to mind. Interestingly, despite Operación Triunfo once boasting record-breaking ratings for Tele5, only one of its many contestants managed to achieve more than 15 minutes of fame on an international level: David Bisbal, a force that would have shone, it could be argued, even if OT had never made it to the small screen. Reality TV isn’t all about shameless boozing, sexing and shocking viewers, of course; a new breed of show is proving that, like fictional series or film, this genre can be thought-provoking, socially relevant, even life-changing. In this article we discuss a small selection of programmes that don’t actually transport us away from the real world, but make the latter seem a whole lot more interesting or fun.

discovered Abby and Megan lying about various things. The alarm bells sounded loudly and clearly when he discovered that Megan’s songs were, in fact, ripped off from another artist’s YouTube videos. This is the stage at which Nev’s brother, Aaron, convinced him to record a documentary of the strange occurrences. The two brothers travelled to Michigan to make an impromptu appearance at Megan’s house. Her ‘mother’ (Angela) answered the door but Megan was nowhere in sight. The next day, Megan texted him saying she was in rehab and could not meet him. Shortly afterwards, the ‘mother’, Angela, admitted that she had been fooling Nev all along, playing various roles to personally live fantasies of the lives she would have led if she had made different choices. Angela’s husband, Vince, told Nev the story of how when live cod were first shipped to Asia from the US, the cod grew completely inactive, and that fishermen discovered that the way to liven them up, was simply by putting catfish into the tanks with them. Vince said his wife Angela was like a catfish; she kept other people alive through fantasy. In the documentary, Nev eventually met up with the woman Angela used to portray Megan: a beautiful young model whose photographs were easy to pinch from a photography site; Nev felt a mixture of sadness, longing and repulsion at suddenly discovering that his intense and all-tooreal feelings were actually formed from an idea that never existed. His desire to share his experience and help others in the same situation led him to accept an offer from MTV to star in his own reality show. Nev currently reunites various Internet lovers with their real-life deceivers, and hardly ever is there a happy ending. Is Nev now anti-Internet relationships? No, but make sure, he says, that whoever you meet agrees to Skype and meet you in person relatively quickly. Otherwise, they are likely to be a Catfish.



The MTV show, Catfish, is based on the film of the same name about (current host) Nev Schulman’s disastrous experience while dating the girl of his dreams on the Internet. It all began quite innocently: Nev, a successful photographer working in New York, received an unexpected present in the mail: a painting of one of his photographs from an eight-yearold girl called Abby, who lived in Michigan. Abby and Nev became Facebook friends and this extended to Abby’s family (her parents and stunning older sister, Megan). Nev and Megan (a prolific singer who sent Nev her songs on MP3) begin flirting and eventually, began an online relationship. But this love story was doomed from the start. Nev’s suspicions were first aroused when he

Stunning British model, Louise Roe helps a bevy of unfortunate ‘plain Janes’ prepare for a date with the man of their dreams. Since none of the young women have managed to muster the courage to let the object of their desire know how they feel, Louise arranges for said stud to be whisked off to an exotic location (Marbella featured as one of these last season) while she gives the women a pretty hard time, encouraging them to complete difficult challenges (like abseiling down a mountain or bungee jumping from a vertiginous bridge). Louise is a stylist so she takes them shopping, teaching them how to make the most of their figures. She also watches them cringe through a string of blind dates, to loosen them up and boost their confidence.

Finally, the ‘Janes’ undergo a fashion, hair and make-up transformation and meet their confused date in the remote location, revealing their feelings and desires in a highly romantic setting. The date hardly ever goes as planned (most couples end up as friends), but it is interesting to see the girls go from shy to confident and serene; it’s almost like an initiation into womanhood.

MY STRANGE ADDICTION Eating chalk. Falling in love with objects. Exercising compulsively. You would not believe some of the things people are addicted to and this show sets out to prove that if you thought you were crazy, you should check out the rest of the population! Discovering addictions we had never heard of is fascinating yet quite depressing, until we see the value therapy can bring to the addicts’ lives. The negativity of the first part of the show is counterbalanced by the positive progress made by otherwise fully functioning people who are able to enjoy a full and joyful life despite a colourful past.

SUPERNANNY The UK version of this show, which now has its own versions in countries as far as Brazil and Argentina, first aired in 2004, performing a major social mission for mums and dads around the world who often felt they were the only ones going through the terrible 2s, 3s and 6s! Having difficult children is often something parents will not admit to in public, and as the show sets out to prove, the problem nearly always stems from the parents. Silly little mistakes like giving a child attention when they are acting up, giving in to tantrums and letting children eat what they want (and not what they need) can turn any lovely baby into a raging monster. Luckily, Supernanny, her ‘reward charts’ and her film crew are there to save the day.

MADE Made is an MTV Show focusing on a teen and their dreams of being ‘made’ into something: a motocross rider, footballer player, beauty queen, cheerleader or simply a slimmer version of themselves. MTV sends each child a mentor, an expert in their field, who trains and motivates then to achieve their goals. The show poses quite an emotional journey for its viewers sometimes, especially when tackling important issues like childhood obesity (an authentic plague in the US at the moment and one threatening to cost the public health system millions). The most interesting part of the transformation is psychological; it is sad that so many parents don’t have the time, knowledge or dedication necessary to bring out the best in their children, something that can be done in just a month’s time or less! e


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What’s on


It’s not quite a century old, yet television plays a central daily role in most of our lives. Conceived as a communications platform to inform and entertain us, it has done significantly more than that – it isn’t too far-fetched to say that television has been one of the main agents of change that have revolutionised the world in the past half century.


ut where will its evolution take it next? The early part of the 20th century saw TV’s technical birth at the hands of John Logie Baird and others, followed by the first official broadcast by the BBC in 1936, but it was really with the onset of post-war prosperity and mass consumerism that the television reached into every household of the developed world and began to change it socially. Looked at from this perspective, pop culture may been a catalyst for change in the 1960s, but it was delivered to the masses via television. The Vietnam War, student protests and even the miners’ strikes of the eighties are embedded in our memories in the form of television images. As

the large, heavy wooden and bakelite televisions of the 1950s became plastic and eventually grew big screens before evolving into today’s razor-thin plasma screens – a technology first demonstrated in 1936 by Hungarian inventor Kálmán Tihanyi – the whole television experience was set to change as well.

FROM BROADCASTER’S PROGRAMMING TO ONLINE CHOICE Broadcasting itself evolved from the prim and proper programming of the early black and white days to the more open and liberal offering of the colour era, which coincided with the coming

of age of youth and popular culture in the latter 1960s. From then on the borders shifted along with changes in society’s mores and values, just as state operated broadcasting corporations began to lose out to commercial networks. When cable and satellite TV reached our homes the number of stations grew exponentially, to the point where we can now watch anything from dedicated all-day cartoon stations to TV shopping, travel, news and special-interest channels. Additional information sources presented in basic graphics evolved too, and formed the prelude to the world of on-demand options available now that television has gone digital. Those with money to spend not only got the largest, widest possible flat screen TV, but soon enough it came with High Definition, 3D and surround sound. Home cinemas became a popular feature of luxury villas, not least of all in places like Marbella, where the television screen was replaced by top-end projector systems to recreate the cinema experience at home. Via the video to the DVD and the rise of commercial organisations such as Sky, television reflects the world we live in. Like much of the world around us it is now dominated by the digital revolution and faces potentially huge changes. Gone are the days when a TV show was still watched by upwards of 40 per cent of the population. Today’s viewers have the choice of conventional TV programmes, iPlayer catch-ups from the broadcasters’ websites, ondemand movie downloads and a whole new world of watching their favourite programmes and alternative news channels straight off the Internet. It seems the days of sitting around The Box as a family have been superseded to make television a more individual experience that you access as and when you need news, information and entertainment. Before long traditional broadcasters may all have gone online, with access menus eventually making your plasma screen look more like a giant computer monitor than the telly most of us grew up with. e


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Barbara Windsor Though almost universally identified with two iconic characters, Barbara Windsor has graced British television screens for over five decades. Born Barbara Ann Deeks, the spicy pint-sized pin-up of yesteryear became a national treasure when starring in the Carry On… series of the 1960s and 1970s. She came to be so closely associated with the role that her very name was like a byword for Carry On…, a fact that put a damper on her career for many years thereafter. Faced with this she returned to her original calling on the stage, picking up film rolls on the way. By now her star had faded somewhat and even her fascinating love life – which included trysts with Sid James and George Best, not to mention marriage to one of the Kray Brothers’ associates – couldn’t rouse the tabloids. Barbara Windsor burst back onto the screen as the tough-talking Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders’ thinly veiled take on Violet Kray. There were few actresses with as much first-hand experience of this world, yet Windsor would go on to recapture her audience just as she had before, earning her place in the British hall of fame as the classic little East End lass.


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The concept of the TV celebrity is a relatively new one, but one that has become ingrained in our culture and everyday lives the way few other things have. In fact, looking at the mass adulation today’s celebrities enjoy it is hard to credit the fact that this is a phenomenon not much more than a century old – and in the case of TV celebs far less than that. Some even say celebrity culture has replaced religion as a form of idolatry, but like it or loathe it we all have our favourites. Those who moan about the ‘mindless’ hysteria surrounding the likes of One Direction or Justin Bieber were perhaps themselves overcome when confronted with their own idols. From the Beatles and the Rolling Stones through Michael Jackson and Madonna to the present day, the need to adore is a constant phenomenon that has come to chart the evolution of pop culture among the young in particular. An even greater constant on the firmament of showbiz stars are the TV personalities – some of whom are of a fleeting acquaintance while many accompany us through the decades like distant members of our own family.

Simon Cowell Where Barbara Windsor is thought of with loving nostalgia, this mogul of the music and television world is very much a modern phenomenon. His main gift has been not so much any particular talent as a burning ambition to become big in showbiz – and that he has. Ok, his dad got him his first job at EMI Music, but it was in the mailroom, so while many vilify the blunt-spoken critic of his own talent shows there can be no denying Cowell’s drive and determination. His breakthrough seems to have come about almost by sheer force of will, and now the man known to the public as television critic extraordinaire and music industry svengali is one of the most influential people in both TV and pop music. His shows gross hundreds of millions, and his creations, er bands, almost make it to number one by predetermination. Big on both sides of the Atlantic, his entertainment empire spans the globe thanks to a stable that contains the likes of male singing quartet Il Divo and TV shows like Britain’s Got Talent and, of course, the X Factor. If the vainglorious, creaseless Cowell is less than universally liked he is nonetheless one of the icons of our era. Thanks to him, we now know that practically anyone can be a star.




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Golden oldies In some ways Britain’s very own mix of Oprah Winfrey and Ralph Nader, Esther Rantzen has been a part of the British TV family since the 1960s, when she first broke through as a television presenter. Her penchant for politics and social issues showed through in her television work, with programmes like That’s Life! increasingly focusing the public’s attention on the issues of the day. In the end Esther’s contribution has stretched beyond the realms of television and entertainment to encompass such major innovations as the children’s charity Childline. If longevity is the stuff legends are made of then Bruce Forsyth is certainly a living treasure. After all, there are few TV personalities today who can claim to have made their debut before the Second World War. Already no spring chicken when he presented The Generation Game in the 1970s and 90s, his energetic performances on Strictly Come Dancing are living proof that age needn’t be a barrier to a legend of his calibre. Though originally from Limerick, Terry Wogan has shown the same ability over the past four decades or so to become a darling of the British public. A mainstay of the BBC both on the radio and on the small screen, his calming voice and cheeky manner have helped many a British public live through an increasingly incredulous Eurovision Song Contest experience. Thanks in part to skills such as these he too maintained a presence on television long beyond the age when most people have been pensioned off.

Oprah Winfrey A mogul he may be, but even Simon Cowell fades in comparison with the grand lady of television. Where he is white, male and middle class she is the exact opposite. Once again we’re not talking about someone with an angelic voice, acting presence or the ability to create lyrical sounds, but Oprah Winfrey has earned respect for the way she has overcome adversity to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful people in television. With an estimated net worth of almost $3 billion, the superlatives are never-ending, including one of the wealthiest women in the US, most influential woman in show business, etcetera, etcetera. She emerged from a childhood of poverty and sexual

abuse to become first a radio presenter, then a television presenter and eventually the producer of some of the highest-grossing programmes in television history. Her personal and emotional style, devoid of years of journalistic training at an Ivy League institution, has had a magnetic effect on the ratings wherever she went, and this is primarily down to her ability to connect with her audience. One way or another it is the mysterious formula behind the success of the globally famous Oprah Winfrey Show, itself the pillar of her impressive entertainment empire. More than the show itself, though, Oprah’s main legacy is the example she has set for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.


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Stephen Fry Ant & Dec Dermot O’Leary Another Irishman you might think, but no, though of clear Irish extraction, Dermot’s vocal tones are more greater London than Wexford, where his family roots lie. Where his almost-compatriot Terry Wogan reminds us of a different era, Dermot is very much of the moment. He rose to fame above all as a presenter of Big Brother and – what else – the X Factor, but is also a popular radio presenter and sex icon in his own right. His cool, modernsuave persona notwithstanding, Dermot has also followed in the footsteps of Sir Terry as the presenter of Children in Need, something that will do his reputation with the ladies no harm at all.

Another pair of ‘Irish Englishmen’, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are the nice guys of modern TV. They have the ability to be popular funny men and still fall on the right side of the 9 o’clock watershed, yet seem to appeal to everyone from grannies and young girls to cool adolescents and grumpy middle aged men. Perhaps this is because they have never tried to fool the public into believing they are anything but two funny blokes from Newcastle whose chirpy banter makes for welcome light-hearted entertainment in an age when everything has to be so ‘hard-hitting’. Ant & Dec add a light note to programmes such as I’m a Celebrity… and Britain’s Got Talent, proving that the secret to enduring television celebrity is the simple ability to connect with your viewing public.

Just to prove that even a modern television personality can have a certain ‘old-world’ appeal, Stephen Fry has made a successful career in spite of his posh voice and on the back of his intellectual and creative intelligence. Fry is nothing if not diverse, and even somewhat contradictory, but this seems to add to his popularity rather than diminish it. Modern and traditional at the same time, the eloquent East Anglian to the manor born is also a gay rights activist and avid supporter of Norwich City FC. While he dresses in the handmade suits of a traditional gentleman his sense of humour has always revealed a hint of radical rebellion. Belonging to the rich crop that also brought forth Hugh Laurie, Ben Elton and Rowan Atkinson, his brand of contradictory posh-revolutionary comedy will live on in the likes of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Blackadder and QI – proving that there is still a place for celebrities that are not entirely vacuous. e


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What started as a small shop of just 36m2 in the Danish town of Holstebro some 33 years ago has grown into a leading international creator of contemporary furniture and decoration. Employing that famous Danish flair for stylish minimalism that also gave rise to the likes of Arne Jacobsen and Bang & Olufsen, Actona Company supplies major retailers across the world, including John Lewis in the UK and El Corte Inglés in Spain. What’s more, Actona Company is still run as a family business, and now its full range of products is available here through its independent Marbella store: Loft & Roomers.

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he company’s success formula is encapsulated in its slogan – Nordic living for less – as it specialises in offering high design values at affordable mid-range prices. “We can offer this level of quality in the design, materials and finishing of our furniture and decorative pieces at the prices we do because we control the whole supply chain back to design and manufacturing,” says Kenth Boutrup, who together with his family, decided to expand

the company’s presence in this area with the opening of Loft & Roomers last year. “We love Marbella and have been coming here for 15 years, and when we felt that there was a gap in the market between Ikea on the one hand and the elite designer brands on the other, it made sense to open this furniture store on the Golden Mile.” Though an independent brand in its own right, Loft & Roomers is inextricably linked to Actona Company and its broad range of modern contemporary beds, sofas, tables, cabinetry,

garden furniture, carpets, lights, soft furnishings, utensils and decorative items. Actona Company prides itself on being one of the standard bearers of contemporary Danish design, and to that effect employs top designers to work in close collaboration with its product developers. To ensure production standards are always maintained, the company has its own dedicated factories in China, Turkey and the Ukraine, producing a core product range around which additional accessories are sourced to offer an ideal accompaniment.


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High-brow design at mid-range prices Ikea has become famous by applying attractive modern design to mass-market products, and though only a small portion of the range at Loft & Roomers features a flat-pack, the philosophy is in many ways the same. “Our products are more grown-up and mid-range,” says Kenth, “but we also aim to achieve high standards of design combined with good quality offered at far more affordable prices than you’d think.” Actona Company’s approach is that good design does not cost extra, and with production and materials sourcing under its own control the firm is well positioned to present product ranges that reflect the finest international furniture trends – though always building upon its Danish design heritage. The Loft & Roomers name, meanwhile, refers

to the inspiration around which much of the range has been created. “The ‘Loft’ range is modern, minimalist and urban in a way that conforms with the classic perception of Danish style,” says Kenth. “It has its own display areas in our shop, where the feel of a New York loft or similar modern home is recreated and you get an idea of the many possibilities and combinations that are available.” Here it becomes clear how the stark, impressive lines of modern black or white leather sofas can be matched with equally sleek cupboards and sideboards that are together offset by warmer, earthier elements such as rugs and decorative details. “A modern minimalist décor doesn’t have to be black-and-white, it’s not that limited. Fortunately

there is a lot more scope for creativity and personalising, and in Northern Europe in particular the trend is towards interiors that are modern yet also homely and welcoming. This can be achieved by combining harder-edged shapes and colours with softer-edged and even earthy ones, and adding touches of concentrated colour through art or accessories.” The other main element in the current product range is referred to as ‘Roomers’, a contemporary interpretation of chic country styles that feature somewhat lighter tones and more rounded shapes. In its dedicated display areas in the shop, it highlights another facet of Danish design that invokes a sense of nature and a modern-rustic ambience well suited to our particular part of the world.


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“In all, these collections represent just a relatively small part of the entire range that is available,” says Kenth, “but rather than fill the shop up with furniture we have purposely chosen to ‘decorate’ it in ways that allow people to stand back and take pieces in, as well as see how they could fit in to rooms and be combined with other furniture and textures.” This also includes all-inclusive furniture packages from 9.999 euros that include everything from beds, kitchen accessories and ironing boards to cutlery, curtains and modern designed furniture. Though the displays are updated on a regular basis and special outlet offers are often available in-store, the entire range can also be viewed at the Loft & Roomers web shop, from which deliveries are made throughout Spain. Within a 100-kilometre radius from Marbella delivery is free and can be on your doorstep within 48 hours if the item is in stock. “You cannot provide a quality product if your service is poor, so we focus strongly on developing a good relationship with our clients and providing the kind of service that makes them want to come back.” In practice this translates into small but important details such as offering to take away your old furniture when a new piece is delivered. “We charge a small fee of 20 euros for this, and rather than dump old furniture or somehow sell it on we are working with local charities to put such pieces at their disposal for them to use directly or to raise funds with.” Backed up by this kind of service, the ever-evolving designs and products of Actona Company bring a fresh dose of international inspiration to Marbella through the stylish new Loft & Roomers store on the Golden Mile.


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The Danish design tradition At the heart of Loft & Roomers is a rich Danish design tradition that stretches back to the beginning of the 20th century but really made sleek, modern Scandinavian design a worldwide phenomenon from the 1950s onwards. Institutes such as the Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi and Kunsthandvaerkerskolen in Copenhagen produced inspired architects and designers like Poul Henningsen, Harald Nielsen, Jacob Jensen, Verner Panton and of course Arne Jacobsen. They, together with many other industrial designers, formed the vanguard of a supremely talented generation whose clean, elegant lines became synonymous with Nordic minimalism – a style that would come to embody modern design for many years and continues to be a driving force in it today. Henningsen, whose colourful career matched his personality, was to provide the blueprint for much of today’s stylish ambient lighting, while the legacy of Arne Jacobsen is undoubtedly his modernist architectural thinking and the simple elegance of his furniture designs. His chairs, as featured in the famous Swan, Egg and Ant models, embody the creativity of the 1950s and 60s, and have gone on to be much-copied modern classics. Harald Nielsen was likewise responsible for some of the most beautifully simplistic designs in the fields of cutlery and home accessories, a field often taken for granted but which requires extreme skill and an eye for subtle details. Perhaps the most famous example of all for more recent generations is the iconic Bang & Olufsen Beogram 4000 record player created by Jacob Jensen. It was a study in simple perfection that has been the inspiration for B&O’s design language ever since.

It is this rich tradition and prominent position in international modern design that Actona Company joined when it began designing furniture and accessory collections. Now a leading contributor to and exponent of that very tradition, Actona Company’s creations continue the Danish design ethic of offering ever-evolving modern styles of furniture and decorative items that are stylish, functional and accessible. The brief the company has given itself over the years is to create cutting edge designs matched to good quality and make it available at mid-range prices, and it remains the central philosophy today. Clean-cut coffee tables that add a stylistic element while also performing practical functions fit with sleek, comfortable sofas finished in quality materials that are pleasant to the touch and easy to clean. Building on its powerful design culture, Actona Company has revived delightful modernist classics of the 1950s and 60s as well as being inspired to produce new ones. Though clean and minimalist, the firm’s collection proves that modern design need not be two-tone black & white, with fun bubble chairs and accessories in a wide range of fresh and lively colours. Matching solid Scandinavian quality and comfort with its tradition for highbrow modern styling, the collections available at Loft & Roomers invite you to mix, match and create an environment that features the colours, textures and shapes that make your house the kind of place you want to call home. e

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We’ve all seen it and wondered how it could possibly be so; a lithe, slim figure mysteriously riddled with orange peel skin (cellulite). By the same token, many overweight persons boast hand Nature and genetics have bestowed on them. That is by fartight, beautiful, smooth skin, seemingly availing of the gentle dieting, it sometimes cannot be avoided, which makes the Summthe worst thing about cellulite; despite exercising and er a challenging time indeed for those wanting to show off the results of their hard work in a bikini or G-string.

What Have I Done to Deserve this?


Despite plaguing beauty conscious bathers for centuries, the medical community has still not managed to pinpoint the exact cause of cellulite. Contributing factors are said to include: Z HORMONES (oestrogen, insulin, thyroid hormones and prolactin are thought to be involved in the production of cellulite). Z DIET AND LIFESTYLE (diets marked by a high fat and processed food intake, smoking and a lack of exercise are said to exacerbate cellulite). Z CIRCULATION Wearing tight lycra-type clothing around the hips and buttocks area limits the blood flow to typically affected areas. Z GENETICS Factors such as gender, race, fat distribution, circulatory insufficiency and a slow metabolism, all stem from our genetic make-up. A handy summary of how cellulite is formed is provided by Dr. Alan Golf of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: “Cellulite is caused by bands of fibrous tissue connecting muscles to the skin. When the bands are tight, the fat between the muscle and the skin bulges out between them and dimpling forms over each of those bands.”

Dimples Away! Battling Cellulite from the Inside Out Thus far, completely eliminating cellulite has proven to be an impossible dream. One of the most promising treatments combines the use of pulsed laser treatments with autologous fat transplantation, followed by massages to distribute fat, and physiotherapy treatments lasting between one and three years. A recent study undertaken in New York of 52 women aged 18-47 showed promising results, with 85 per cent of women rating their results as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’. Endermologie, a treatment available at many of Marbella’s top spas and clinics, involves the use of a machine with two motorised rollers and regulated suction. The doctor or technician runs the rollers over skin, allowing deep tissue mobilisation to occur. Endermologie has been a popular treatment for the past 10 years though the results are less visible than with pulsed laser. Just last month, an even newer and

more promising (though certainly more invasive) procedure hit the headlines: carried out in Maryland in the US, it is a surgical treatment performed under local anaesthetic. The probe area is numbed and a tiny canulla is inserted through miniscule punctures in the skin. The fibrous bands are sliced, some of the fat is eliminated and skin is tightened. The downside is recovery, defined as being similar to liposuction, it involves a little bruising and swelling, making compression garments necessary for at least two weeks. The results become visible in a few months.

Battling Cellulite the Natural Way Nature can also lend us a helping hand, particularly through the powerful aloe vera plant, whose juice helps detoxify the body and eliminate waste owing to it´s high proteolytic enzyme content. These enzymes aid in breaking down hardened tissue. Aloe vera juice also enhances the development of capillaries and improves circulation, reduces water retention and inflammation and stimulates cellular reproduction. For maximum effect, obtain the juice from an aloe vera plant that is at least four years old and drink it when you wake

up, in the hours between breakfast and lunch, between lunch and dinner and at bed time. If you are using processed rather than fresh aloe vera, make sure it has been heated at extremely low temperatures. Organic silica supplements can also be helpful, since this substance enables cells to build collagen and elastin. Since modern day farming methods rely on a host of chemicals and pesticides, most of the fruits and vegetables we eat are deprived of silica, making supplements necessary. Take between 20 to 30 mg a day and watch the amazing change in your hair and nails! The connective tissue in your body will benefit at the same amazing rate. Seaweed also provides metabolic support, whether kelp, dulse, nori or kombu rock your boat, try to include seaweed in your salads or learn to make sushi at home; it’s surprisingly easy and will be appreciated by the whole family! Lastly, you can make your own anti-cellulite lotion. Mix 300ml of aloe vera liquid with 25ml liquid fucus vesiculosus extract. Add 30ml of kola liquid extract. Shake and refrigerate. Apply to problem areas after showering and use an anti-cellulite glove or roller to massage the product in. e


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BEAUTY 1 1 – JUICY COUTURE LA LA PERFUME Juicy Couture’s youthful new fragrance is a blend of fruity, citrus, sweet and fresh accords. i 2 – THE BODY SHOP WHITE MUSK LIBERTINE EAU DE PARFUM, AND LIP GLOSS, BY LEONA LEWIS Stunning singer Leona Lewis has attached her name to this musky yet floral scent, and this shiny new lip gloss. i 3 – VERA WANG LOVESTRUCK FLORAL RUSH This exquisite new fragrance by legendary wedding wear designer, Vera Wang, features accords of Champagne, pink passion flower and cashmere woods. i 4 – CLARINS FIX’ MAKE-UP This ultra-fine, refreshing mist is meant to be sprayed onto a fully made-up face, for a longlasting hold. i

5 – NARS COLOR COLLECTION DRESSED TO KILL LIPSTICK This long-lasting matte shade is a perfect complement to the bare-complexion look that will be popular in both Spring and Summer. i 6 – BOBBI BROWN SPARKLY LIP GLOSS An ideal shimmery gloss for lovers of the night. i 7 – DIOR VERNIS We love Dior’s cool new mango shade, which lasts for days and shines like a brand new car. i 8 – NARS DISCO INFERNO NAIL POLISH This shimmery polish varies in shade from grey/green to pearly pink. Wear it under the brightest of disco lights. i








is the New Black This season, the penchant for pink can be appreciated in everything from make-up hues to the prettiest of packaging. We bring you an irresistible line-up of rosecoloured items that every self-respecting girly girl will be rushing to stock in their make-up bag.



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Relax. An easy word to say but somewhat of a pipe dream for most of us. Luckily, Nature is wise and she provides us with a host of stress busters that not only help us relax, but also enable us to take a lot more pressure than we are accustomed to, without cracking under the strain. This month Marisa Cutillas looks into the world of herbal supplements and recommends the very best for your health. Types of Herbal Supplements Two types of herbal supplements can be used to counteract stress. Adaptogens (which keep mental and physical fatigue at bay) and the socalled ‘fire-fighting’ herbs like Valerian (much gentler on the body than chemical tranquilisers) and Echinacea (which boosts the immunity and should be taken during stressful periods).

Adaptogens: Giving Rise to the Superhuman


Known as youth and vitality boosters, adaptogens help to normalise the bio-chemical effects of stress. Russian Scientist, Dr. Israel Brekhman, is considered the Father of Adaptogenics, since he has led the most intensive studies to date to discover natural substances with adaptogenic properties, and to test their effect on animals and humans. One of his first breakthrough discoveries was of Panax ginseng, which was first used as medication over 4,000 years go.

* Panax Ginseng: Sourcing ‘The Real Thing’ Ginseng has thirteen active compounds, called ginsenosides. The latter hold the key to the potent root’s ability to calm body and mind. When purchasing ginseng extract, make sure to buy a standardised variety with a guaranteed percentage of ginsenosides. If possible, consume the root itself; over-processing and heat destroy many of the health benefits afforded by ginseng in its natural state. The type of root is likewise relevant; big, red Panax Ginseng roots are the best, followed by white roots; there is a third, red variety (Japanese ginseng) which is effective. It is best to forego the typical tablets and powders you will find at most commercial establishments – they contain fillers and are therefore far less powerful. Ginseng is non-addictive, and will not

cause insomnia, despite being an amazing energy booster. The longer you use it, the more powerful its effects, which last long after you consume it.

Siberian Ginseng: New Kid on the Block This newly discovered adaptogen is a member of the same family as ginseng but is technically a different species. It also helps the body stave off illness and fatigue, and is considered a mild stimulant whose effects appear gradually over a few weeks. Research indicates that it affords a host of desirable benefits, including increased stamina, a clearer memory, better sleep and improved sporting performance.

Suma (Pfaffia paniculata): A Herb for all Seasons This herb has been widely used in Brazil for centuries as an aphrodisiac; like other adaptogens, it improves physical and mental activity, detoxifies cells and acts as a natural anti-ageing supplement.

Beyond Adaptogens: Echinacea and Valerian to Fight Stress Echinacea, known as Purple Coneflower, is actually a member of the Daisy family. Its roots, known as E. purpurea and E. angustifolia, have been used to detoxify the body and fight infection for centuries. Echinacea helps the body bounce back from stress-induced damage and is an excellent weapon for avoiding colds and flus in the Winter season. If you feel like you’re coming down with an infection, stock up on this potent supplement. Valerian has a unique ability to normalise the complex workings of the nervous system. It helps induce sleep but does not interfere with the quality of rest or leave you with a tired, hung-over feeling the next day. It is an ideal way to get over jet lag and is not addictive.


Using Herbal Supplements to De-Stress WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS


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Sleep More, Eat Less!



At the turn of the century, scientists made a cool discovery that was cherished by lovers of both fruity and full-bodies reds: wine was good for you! It all had to do with resveratrol, a polyphenol that naturally occurs in the skin of grapes. Resveratrol was found to promote heart health and provide antioxidant benefits, by stimulating a gene called SIRT1 to produce proteins that protect cells against inflammation and oxidative stress – the primary causes of ageing and a plethora of degenerative diseases. This finding has since received its fair share of criticism, because the scientists had used a fluorescent chemical group to show how resveratrol stimulated SIRT1 (it was argued that without the fluorescent chemical group, which does not exist in normal cells, resveratrol failed to activate SIRT1). The good news is that as recently as March this year, scientists at Harvard Medical School were able to demonstrate resveratrol’s ability to stimulate SIRT1 by replacing the chemical group with tryptophan, an amino acid found in living cells. Scientists are currently working on building large molecules to increase the beneficial effects of resveratrol within cells. Until then, we can all enjoy our daily glass or two of wine. Indeed, resveratrol has been found to promote more than heart health; by drinking four or more glasses of red wine a week, men can reduce their chances of prostate cancer by a whopping 60 per cent!

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Most of us don’t need to be informed of the benefits of a good night’s sleep… we crave it, worship it and would do anything to stay in bed for just a few minutes more every morning. A recent study undertaken by the University of Colorado in the US indicates that sleeping less can make us fat, by prompting us to eat more calories than our bodies actually need. The researchers are unsure as to the cause of the midnight munchies, though simply being awake requires an expenditure of energy we try to compensate for by snacking.

for Sperm r e v Fe The seasons of Winter and Spring have long been considered ideal times to cosy up with our loved ones indoors and give in to a bit of Spring fever, but did you know that most pregnancies occur at this time of the year, not as a result of increased rates of lovemaking, but because it is when sperm are at their optimum quality? This was the conclusion reached by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, which studied over 6,00 men who were in the midst of fertility treatments. Researches found that in Winter and early Spring, sperm swims faster and presents less anomalies. Which makes right about now the perfect time to think about making babies!

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f you are a regular reader of magazine, then you will surely have read about the cutting edge techniques Dr. Dhobb uses, including Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), which eliminates the need in most cases for open varicose vein surgery. The amazingly painless treatment, which uses laser energy to seal incompetent veins shut, is a walk-out procedure performed under local anaesthesia. As the ‘Before and After’ gallery on Dr. Dhobb’s website proves, one day can make an incredible change to a patient’s aesthetics and their health. Far from growing complacent in his success, Dr. Dhobb recently expanded his range of treatments, offering patients an integrated service that includes some of the most modern techniques in the field of aesthetic medicine. Dr. Dhobb completed a Masters in Aesthetic Medicine, and seriously upped the machinery in his Clinic by purchasing two of the best machines in the business: the Endymed3 Prodeep radiofrequency system and the Alma Laser Harmony platform including the Pixel Laser. Z ENDYMED 3 PRODEEP: FACE AND BODY BEAUTIFUL: This highly praised, FDA-approved machine (ranked among the best radiofrequency devices in the world), is used both on the face and body, to firm and tighten skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles and treat acne scarring,

When it comes to veins, there is one man in Marbella who is renowned for zapping them into oblivion: Dr. Francis M. Dhobb, a highly experienced, boardcertified vascular surgeon who has been committed to venous insufficiency for over 20 years, offering the most up-todate, minimally invasive techniques to his patients. age spots, hyper-pigmentation and unsightly skin texture. It is also often used on sun-damaged areas such as the face, neck and décolleté, as well as the hands. The machine basically turns back the hands of time through a technique called 3 DEEP RF fractional technology, a totally safe, energy-based system that simultaneously delivers deep heat in to the dermis, enabling the doctor to personalise the treatment parameters and ensure minimal discomfort, minimal downtime and maximum safety. What makes the Endymed 3 Prodeep so special is its ability to deliver energy deep into the skin, stimulating collagen fibres so skin becomes taut and firm immediately, and in the long term. Moreover, the machine works not only on the dermis but also the more superficial epidermis, allowing for the removal of damaged skin cells. Pores are tightened, and roughness and hyper-pigmentation are eliminated. The technique is suitable for all ages and skin types and can even be used at the peak of summer. Z ALMA LASER HARMONY: This machine uses a Pixel Erbium laser to treat age spots and wrinkles, tighten pores, target problem skin in the contour of the eyes and around the lips. The laser basically works by dividing heat into small pixels, enabling doctors to highlight specific areas that require skin resurfacing.

This platform includes other handpieces for various treatments: Hair removal, age spots and superficial wrinkles treatment, facial vein treatment that eliminates redness and, generally, to give skin a healthy, shiny look. When I ask Dr. Dhobb the particular circumstances in which he would use each machine, he says that rather than being mutually exclusive, they actually work extremely well together, enabling him to work on various areas, sometimes in the same session. In addition to using these effective machines, Dr. Dhobb also provides treatments like Botox and fillers injection. The filler – mainly Hyaluronic acid (HA) – is injected by inserting a fine canula under the skin, which allows for even and precise distribution, producing little to no bruising and it is not painful. HA is used to volumise areas in the skin like nasal labial folds on the side of the mouth, tear troughs or sunken temples. “When it comes to injections, it is vital that the face still looks natural,” says Dr. Dhobb. As you can imagine, as a specialist who has undertaken thousands of highly complex vascular surgeries, his technique with the canula, is supreme. His ‘Before and After’ photographs leave me in awe, as women with deep eye bags, severely deep wrinkles and sunken cheekbones, are made to look 10 or 15 years younger and undeniably more beautiful, through resurfacing, contouring and volumising. Interestingly, Dr. Dhobb tells me that there are many densities of fillers. The densest can last up to two years, making them a very costeffective aesthetic procedure. Indeed, in the area of price, Dr. Dhobb is highly competitive, with various treatment packages that don’t hurt the pocket. Fillers can be used in areas most of us probably never imagined; Dr. Dhobb shows me a photograph of an old, veiny hand now plump and glowing, thanks to a blend of venous treatment and HA injections. “By extending my services to aesthetic procedures, I am able to offer my patients a global solution to their problems and the feeling of seeing them so happy with their newfound health and aesthetic appearance, is priceless,” he says. g Dr. Dhobb also treats patients in Gibraltar, at The College Clinic (+350 200 77777). Carretera de Camojan, Edificio Camojan, Office 12. Tel: 952 867 003.

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“Doctor, does my son

just have a cold?”



What is a cold?

Upper respiratory infections (URIs) in children are one of the biggest worries for parents and are the main reason for taking children to the pediatrician. The most important points to remember are: why does a cold start, what function it has, how to treat the symptoms and, above all, how to tell when it is NOT a common cold?

A cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract. That means it only affects the nose, the throat and/ or the ears. When you get a cold, it is because you have caught a virus and it makes you ill. Colds help children to strengthen their immune systems. There are more than 800 viruses in the air – a child must contract the same virus various times before becoming immune. That is why we get the impression they always have a cold. Children under two have an average of two infections a week that are usually viral, mild and self-limiting; that is, colds pass by quickly in children, with an incubation period of about 24 hours, lasting about three days.

For the fever and to relieve the pain, we can use paracetamol and ibuprofen. A high temperature points to an infection, but fever itself is not related to how serious the illness may be. The most important thing is how badly the child’s general condition is affected.

Treating a cold

When is it NOT a cold

There is no treatment for the actual cause of a cold – what we can treat is what makes the child feel unwell – the pain, fever and cough. We treat the symptoms to relieve them. In the case of an infection of the upper respiratory tract, we have, on the one hand, objective symptoms, like mucus, a cough and a high temperature. On the other hand, there are the symptoms that make us feel unwell – irritability, pain, listlessness and drowsiness, which are subjective. A cough is sometimes treated with opiates and cloperastine. We can also use home remedies like honey, herbs, lemon and onion. 102 / MAY 2013 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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If any of these symptoms are observed, it is important to stay calm and not make the child nervous. Head for the pediatrician, as it is not a case of the common cold. It could be bronchiolitis, bronchitis, laryngitis or any other respiratory condition.

Myths and legends

It is important for parents to learn to see when a child does not simply have a cold. How can we tell the difference? When the child has trouble breathing or has laboured breathing. To be able to assess the situation, we must take note of the child’s respiratory rate, how often the child breathes per minute. Look out for the intercostal retraction, that is, if the ribs stand out when the child breathes, for respiratory sounds like wheezing, stridor, moaning or nasal flaring. Increased effort or laboured breathing can affect other organs: it can increase the heart rate, cause skin paleness and affect the nervous system, causing irritability and listlessness.

There are hundreds of myths and legends passed from generation to generation, which we should not simply believe: Z ‘A BADLY CURED COLD’: Children go through colds very quickly, which last two or three days, and do not usually relapse – they are different colds. Z ‘GREEN MUCUS, WHITE MUCUS’: The color of the mucus is not an indication of the seriousness of the condition – it just indicates that there is more or less water in the mucus. Z ‘HIGH FEVERS CAUSE CONVULSIONS’: A convulsion can happen at 38ºC – they do not necessarily happen with high temperatures, there is usually a genetic predisposition. In summary: colds are frequent, common, mild and self-limiting; we cannot and should not eradicate them. They do not respond to treatment with antibiotics and we only treat the symptoms. Parents must learn to assess the child’s effort when breathing to distinguish a cold from other conditions and the pediatrician will confirm whether it is simply a cold or another condition and recommend the corresponding treatment. e

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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.



Diamonds by El Corte Inglés Launch The recent Diamonds by El Corte Inglés launch attracted Spanish celebs Sonia Ferrer and Cecilia Gómez, who revelled in the plethora of sparkly, contemporary jewellery designs. The new brand will be present in 40 different El Corte Inglés stores in Spain (including El Corte Inglés Puerto Banús) and will be sold for as little as €1.000. All diamonds belonging to the range are certified by the Gemological Institute of America, an organisation which rates diamonds and guarantees their weight, purity, colour, proportions, dimensions and finish, and which states the imperfections that have been found in each stone.


Engel & Völkers: Plans for Expansion in Cádiz Engel & Völkers, the German real estate firm focusing on high-end property sales, is pleased to announce that it has plans to open six new franchises in Cádiz in the near future. Augusto Vidal, Expansion Manager, identified Cádiz as an area of great opportunity, saying, “Many people don’t know that in Cádiz, the value of real estate transactions has risen to €1.000 million. Our first new office this year will open in Sotogrande and this will be followed by stores in Jerez, Cádiz, Chiclana, Algeciras, Tarifa and Puerto de Santa María.” g


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Star-Studded Ship Launch for DouroAzul The Douro, famous for its port wine, flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Porto and it was in this strikingly beautiful city that the AmaVida and Queen Isabel (on charter to Uniworld) of DouroAzul were christened by film stars, Andie McDowell and Sharon Stone. Also there, on a night worthy of anything Hollywood can produce, were Rainey Qualley – daughter of Andie MacDowell – and singer/composer Michael Bolton (the latter entertaining a black-tie crowd to several of his hits). What they did not see was the third addition to DouroAzul’s fleet, the Spirit of Chartwell, which lay regally aloof across the river. This vessel, lavishly decorated with golden mermaids, was used by Queen Elizabeth for her stately procession down the River Thames in London as she celebrated her diamond jubilee. g

11th Edition of Butterfly Children Golf Tournament and Ball in June Tick the first weekend of June on your calendar for an extraordinary golf and social event in aid of Butterfly Children, supported by Magazine. The event will kick off with a golf tournament on Saturday (June 1) at the prestigious Aloha Golf Club, where players will be welcomed with strawberries and Champagne. The match will award some €10.000 worth of prizes for ladies’ and gentlemen’s teams, as well as prizes for each hole. On Sunday night (June 2), a delicious meal will be served under the stars on the terrace of the Aloha Club Restaurant and a spectacular show will be presented by the big T.A.P.A.S. Choir, the fabulous Ratpack, and the ‘Impossible not to dance to’ Mel Williams, all for just €60 per head. Funds raised will support projects of The Butterfly Children Charity (DEBRA Spain). Golf and dinner tickets will be sold separately.

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HOTEL FUERTE MARBELLA LAUNCHES NEW ‘EXCLUSIVE FLOOR’ The Hotel Fuerte Marbella recently completed extensive refurbishment works and the result is the brand new ‘Exclusive Floor’, where guests can enjoy the ultimate in personalised treatment and exclusive services, including a continental room service breakfast, welcome bottle of cava and a late check-out service. The new floor comprises 18 rooms, all of which offer magnificent views and a host of additional comforts.


COMIC RELIEF SHOW RAISES €750 AT BRITISH SCHOOL OF MARBELLA Youngsters helped raise €750 for Comic Relief after taking part in a Talent Show at the British School of Marbella recently. Around 70 pupils were involved in the two-hour event, which saw acts including a Punch and Judy show, piano solos and hip-hop dances. Staff also got into the fundraising spirit by putting on a surprise rendition of Gangnam Style for parents and pupils and more than 100 parents packed the school hall to watch the show. Comic Relief is a fundraising event held every other year that raises vital funds for poor and vulnerable people in the UK and Africa. g

LAS BRISAS FASHION SHOW IN AID OF CUDECA Members of the Real Club de Golf Las Brisas held a highly successful fashion Show in aid of Cudeca Hospice. Elviria boutique, FashionVilla, provided the garments for the show and the club restaurant served a superb lunch. A fun raffle was also held, which raised a total of €2.155 for Cudeca. These funds will help the Hospice continue to provide special care to people suffering from cancer and other advanced and non-curable illnesses and will also aid their families. g

YAMAIA LAUNCHES NEW FASHIONGYYRL TSHIRT COLLECTION Following on from the success of her Spring/Summer fashion event showcasing her latest collections at Kasser Rassu Gallery-Showroom, Yamaia has now launched her latest collection of signature Tshirts. Fashiongyyrl is a concept she developed while working with modelling agencies and Fortune 500 companies in California. Over the years, she has helped many businesswomen, aspiring models and mothers, assisting them in improving their image and developing their own sense of style.


SWANS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL CELEBRATES POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR WEEK Teachers and students at Swans International School recently launched a new initiative, designed to recognise and reward all forms of positive behaviour within the school. The system allows teachers to award points for good behaviour including the following: helping others, politeness, good table manners and keeping their classrooms tidy. Marina García Hunter, in Year 8, was presented with an iPod Shuffle for being the student with the most points overall. A grand total of 7,000 points were awarded.



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Busy Days for Aloha College Students Aloha showed its interest in the sciences recently, with IB and A-level students visiting the Quirón Hospital in Marbella and enjoying a comprehensive tour of the Radiology, Diagnostics and Dialysis departments. Students also enjoyed a video of laparoscopic surgery and delighted in seeing how medicine works from up-close. Elsewhere, students celebrated World Book Day and took part in an exciting Athletics Meet, organised by the Marbella Town Hall. Some students even made it as far as Vienna, where three talented Year 9 mathematicians took part in the ISMTF Middle School Maths Competition. g

Shout: New Nightclub on the Golden Mile Brand new nightclub, Shout, recently held its launch, delighting guests with cool cocktails and live music from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Partygoers agree that Shout has all it takes to be Marbella’s new hotspot: a lively yet relaxed ambience, excellent drinks and music to die for. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, guests will enjoy a live performance from the Club’s resident group, The Shout Band. g CN340, km 176, Marbella. Tel: 618 850 942.

10th Anniversary Celebrations for the Sommelier Association of Málaga

Unicaja and Arboretum Marbella Join Forces for Reforestation Project Unicaja has officially committed to funding the reforestation of the zones affected by last summer’s fire, which affected Coín, Ojén, Marbella, Mijas and Monda. Unicaja will also be organising Nature activities for its employees and clients, with the aim of carrying out various reforestation tasks.


The Sommelier Association of Málaga celebrated its 10th anniversary recently, with a gastronomic fair at the Vinoteca-Museo Los Patios de Beatas which highlighted the very best of Málaga wines. During the event, Juan Manuel Serrano Galán took home the Best Sommelier of Málaga award, after passing a series of tests which included a tasting test, correction of a wine list and a decantation competition.


Ferrari Concentration at La Cala Resort Ferrari buffs recently held a concentration at La Cala Resort, networking and enjoying a magnificent lunch at Terraza Laurel, the Resort’s signature restaurant, helmed by renowned Chef from Málaga, Iván Bravo. In addition to speaking on all things car-related, the Ferrari owners expressed their passion for Formula 1 motor racing and watched a repetition of the recent F1 Grand Prix held in China. g


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NEWS FROM SPECSAVERS Specsavers is pleased to announce that it is now stocking two new brands of stunning glasses: Emporio Armani and Aurora glasses. Clients can take home any two pairs of Emporio Armani glasses for only €150, though mature women will probably be more tempted by the Aurora line, specifically catered for them. Specsavers is also interested it sharing the important news, that smoking can double the risk of contracting Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a degenerative retinal eye disease which is the leading cause of severe vision loss for people aged over 55 in the Western world. According to the World Health Organisation, smokers have a two-fold risk of contracting AMD. To find your nearest Specsavers or book a free eye test, g

CESARE SCARIOLO FOUNDATION HOLDS ARMANI MARKET TO RAISE FUNDS The Fundación Cesare Scariolo, which raises money for children suffering from cancer, is one of the Coast’s most active charity groups, and recently, it showed its fashion flair by hosting a fun clothing sale of items donated by luxury firm, Armani. The event took place in the centre of Marbella, attracting a myriad of thrifty fashionistas who took home beautiful Armani outfits, all for less than €35!



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Costa Women – Diversity Meets Creativity Costa Women – Diversity Meets Creativity is a joint initiative by members of Costa Women. It is a selfhelp book to help inspire others and offer support and strength. Filled with personal experiences, it covers various topics including health tips, thoughts on wellbeing, spirituality, self-confidence and holistic healing. The book also offers advice from life coaches, as well as recipes, poetry, art and illustrations. Available from Amazon, Apple iBooks and Kobobooks, with the paperback version to follow shortly. All proceeds will be pledged to Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice.


An Exciting Day for Rotary Club Marbella-Guadalmina Rotary Club Marbella-Guadalmina spent a wonderful day courtesy of the spectacular Ascari Race Resort near Ronda, driving their own cars around the test track and enjoying a delicious lunch afterwards at the Club House. In the afternoon, the bravest of Rotary Club members drove the race school’s cars, while others were whizzed along the track by professionals. All returned safely with ambitions to be the next Fernando Alonso.


Bioparc Fuengirola Lowers Prices Bioparc Fuengirola, an animal sanctuary where various specialised breeding and rearing programmes for endangered species are undertaken, is pleased to announce that, owing to the challenging economic times, it has reduced its entry fee to only €10 on weekends and €15 from Monday to Friday. The park is carrying out extremely important work and it is crucial for locals and tourists alike to show their support.


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Marina Estrella and Marina Marbella Join Forces Marina Estrella and Marina Marbella, two of Spain’s most consolidated nautical distributors, have formed an alliance in order to offer their clients even better service. Under the new agreement, Marina Marbella will sell boats by Italian brands Azimut, Atlantis and Magellano; as well as by Spanish brand Minorchino, represented by Marina Estrella in Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Additionally, both companies will sell used boats and offer brokerage services. Marina Marbella will likewise be providing services to Marina Estrella clients on the Costa del Sol and will collaborate actively in Marina Estrella’s new Charter division. The agreement covers the entire Costa del Sol and Morocco. g

Groundbreaking Implant for Sleep Apnoea at Quirón Hospital Marbella The Otorhinolaryngology and Anaesthetics Departments of the Quirón Hospital recently conducted the first somno-endoscopic implant operation to treat snoring and sleep apnoea. The technique is painless and lowrisk and the patient can leave the hospital on the same day. Dr. Juan Carlos Casado, Dr. Carlos O’Connor and Dr. Blas Rodríguez are extremely pleased with the operation and hope to help many more patients suffering from the same condition.


Gibraltar World Music Fest: Passage to aSIA Gibraltarians are revving up for the musical highlight of the year: the second edition of the Gibraltar World Music Festival, which will take place on June 19 and 20 in St. Michael’s Cave. Entitled Passage to Asia, the event will feature a bevy of talented performers, including En Chordais, My Sweet Canary Ensemble, Mark Eliyahu Ensemble, Yasmin Levy and the Mediterranean and Andalusian Orchestra Ashkelon.

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Art and Jaguars at the Hotel Kempinski The Hotel Kempinski Bahía Estepona recently launched an art exhibition by Stefan Szczesny, one of Germany’s top-selling artists. Szczesny presented a series of large-scale paintings and impressive sculptures, which he refers to as ‘Shadows’. The exhibition, which can be viewed until July, includes a series of colourful, upbeat works that reflect a passion for the Mediterranean sea and light. Complementing the art were an array of vehicles by luxury marque, Jaguar, which has often chosen the Kempinski to show off its elegant vehicles.


Soroptimist International Club Costa del Sol Wins Award To commemorate Women’s International Day, the Mijas Department for Equality recognised the work of local women during a commemorative ceremony in the Las Lagunas Theatre. An award for the promotion of gender equity was handed to Jenny van de Mark, President of the Soroptimist International Club Costa del Sol, who received it on behalf of all the club members. The SI Club Costa del Sol works on many different projects to protect the rights of women and girls. Some of their recent projects include working with the Junta de Andalucía on an ongoing programme to eradicate violence against women. g

Premier Olive Oil Presentation at MelioR Vasari The Melior Vasari Business Centre in Puerto Banús hosted a private tasting of extra virgin olive oils by Castillo de Canena, a family-run business that has been steeped in the olive oil trade since 1780. Guests sampled three different types of ‘Andalusian liquid gold’: Arbequina, Royal and Piqual, which vary in aroma, density and persistence on the palate.


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THE PRO business or those who might occasionally wonder what lies behind the mountain ranges that run parallel with the Mediterranean coastline the answer is simple: go and find out for yourself, but prepare to be amazed, for this is a world of deep green valleys bounded by pine-covered hillsides and soaring peaks where the sun catches the whitewashed walls of pretty mountain villages. It is a landscape dominated by national parks, agricultural land and pastures, dotted among which you will find country villages and towns where time seems to have passed at a different pace. It is a region of charm and beauty that retains an authentic Spanish ambience and rightly calls itself the real Andalucía. No longer as isolated as it once was – good communications have brought modern comforts and amenities to these parts – it is a rustic world at little more than half an hour’s drive from the coast.

Cottages and fincas This hinterland of the Costa del Sol has long cast a spell on foreign visitors and residents in search of the real thing. Though perhaps not as glamorous and exciting as the coastal region, it

is also devoid of its traffic, crowds and built-up areas, and this appeals to many. Over the years a significant number of people have chosen to have their holiday homes here rather than on the coast, while others have even settled permanently. They include among them Marbella residents with a weekend getaway, and though village properties are popular the majority still prefer to be in the open country near a village or town and within easy reach of the coast. Many of these people will know the founder of Andalucia Verde, Margarita Frankenhauser Taylor, personally or by reputation, for she has

been sourcing, renovating and building country houses in the region for over 30 years now. From Ronda in the east to Cortes de la Frontera, Gaucín and beyond Jimena de la Frontera in the west, Margarita has created stylish country homes to suit a wide range of tastes, preferences and budgets. Ranging from pretty little cottages through to fincas and grand estates, she has recovered and constructed rustic properties in a variety of styles and sizes, including the restoration of historic buildings such as mills. “We’re neither conventional builders nor property developers,” says Margarita, who



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together with long-time friend and business partner Anthony de Sigley – himself a specialist in property development – sources land with building permission or existing properties suitable for renovation and extension in what is a very bespoke service. “Our way of working is very flexible, so it can vary from just finding the property to include renovating, building and even interior design, depending on what the client wants.”

Finding a bit of rural idyll Though adaptable in style, her touch is recognisable and built upon an expertise many years in the making. Working with her own teams of craftsmen she has completed dozens of projects, and over the years has developed an unparalleled knowledge of the area, its land, properties, building and restoration techniques, as well as know-how in dealing with the local authorities. “Our clients have come from many different backgrounds and countries, and have varied greatly in their needs and requirements, but they all share a love of this region, its beauty and the lifestyle it makes possible, so this is what we try to imbue each and every home with.” Believing that every house should have a spacious terrace or similar open space that

brings the outdoors in and makes the most of magnificent views, she creates a touch of rustic idyll in which it is a delight to relax, dine and socialise. “Open French doors on to the terrace and you connect the interior living spaces with the outdoors. To be surrounded by open country and enjoy the sunlight, the sounds of nature and the magnificent views and sunsets of this region, that is what makes living here so special.” Though Andalucia Verde is known for its ability to create elegant homes in which classic Andalusian country styles, are matched to modern comforts and amenities, the actual architectural styling can vary. “In addition to typical rustic styles, this area also lends itself well to more classical or indeed modern designs,” says Margarita. “What is important is the use of natural materials and processes that are in keeping with the surroundings.” As a result her experienced painters use not chemical paints but beautiful natural dyes, while her carpenters create stunning wooden beams, doors, tables and other cabinetry from Spanish walnut, stone oak and olivewood. Combined with the efforts of other craftsmen, who produce quality plastering, masonry and wrought iron work, it culminates in homes whose authentic feel and look belies their modern luxuries. Not satisfied with pastiche copies,

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she sources original furniture, antiques and architectural details in Spain and Morocco, occasionally combining them with modern artwork and furniture pieces. The fact that the resulting homes and decors are frequently featured in international design magazines speaks for itself.

Green Andalucía – on the edge of Marbella

Such a way of life exists on the edge of Marbella making it possible for those who wish so to enjoy the best of both worlds. With their experience of how things work here and their unmatched knowledge of the region and its market, Margarita and Anthony are able to source the best land in the finest locations, complete with hard to come by planning permission for renovation or construction. Combined with that expertise comes the ability to create beautiful country homes in a region that is enjoying a renaissance in interest. “Prices have dropped to very attractive levels since the beginning of the financial crisis,” says Anthony, “and now we’re seeing renewed demand for the beautiful properties and the real estate opportunities, but above all the lifestyle that this authentic Andalucía on the edge of the Costa del Sol has to offer.” e

To many of the foreign residents and visitors here, Southern Spain is about the beaches, resort hotels, golf clubs and luxury residential areas that extend along the coastal plain of the Costa del Sol, yet there is a different, largely undiscovered side to this region and it begins little more than half an hour from Marbella.

an alternative lifestyle on Marbella’s doorstep WORDS Michel Cruz Photography courtesy of Andalucía Verde

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The American College of Marbella Launch The American College of Marbella (ACM) held its launch at Manolo Santana Racquets Club recently. The new College aims to offer students two years of studies before they head of to American Universities. The ACM is an affiliate of the American College of Dubai, which is already enjoying great success.

Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them” – Victor Hugo


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10th Anniversary for Suite Suite is one of the most happening hotspots in Marbella, so it was only logical that it should have celebrated its 10th anniversary with a glamorous party, attended by Marbella’s it crowd and Brazilian soccer star, Julio Baptista (Julio is a mid-fielder for the Málaga Football Club). Congratulations to Suite for standing the test of time!

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



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Puro Beach Season Launch Puro Beach is revving its motors for one of the hottest summer seasons of all: Summer 2013! At the launch, guests enjoyed a performance by famous DJ, Jan Blomqvist, as well as a host of delicious snacks and cocktails and partied well into the night.

“Every summer has a story” – Unknown


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Penthouse for sale DIRECT FROM OWNER

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A 3 bedroom duplex apartment located on the hill in central Calahonda in a well maintained and popular complex. Bright and spacious property with windows all around, featuring an unusually large living room, dining area and terrace overlooking the Coast towards Gibraltar. The downstairs level also includes a guest toilet and a bedroom with balcony and en-suite bathroom, with two further bedrooms upstairs sharing a bathroom and a large exterior terrace. All windows have been replaced with quality double glazed turn and tilt fittings and all bathrooms are tastefully retiled, as are the terraces. Marble floors throughout, A/C Hot & Cold, Satellite TV, Alarm. The complex boasts a heated indoor pool for year-round use and a large external pool with children's area in lovely mature communal gardens. Sold fully furnished, very low maintenance, perfect for holiday home or a year-round residence.

Telephone Martina on Tel: (+34) 605 986 778. For more photos and information:

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Jaguar F-Type Launch at C de Salamanca The New Jaguar F-Type wowed Marbellís at its recent launch at the C de Salamanca showroom. The F-Type is a luxury convertible two-seater that seems like the ideal vehicle to roll down the Coast in on a warm summer’s day.

“A beautiful car is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life” – Unknown


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TikiTano Turns 10! Staying at the top of the game in the restaurant business is no mean feat so when TikiTano turned 10, Scarlett and the team celebrated with much revelry, hosting a 300-guest party and offering guests delicious canapés and cocktails and a fantastic performance by the Rat Pack!

“I get way too much happiness from good food” – Elizabeth Olsen



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JiveSpain Turns Five JiveSpain recently celebrated its 5th birthday with a splendid party at the Atalaya Park Hotel. Guests savoured fabulous food, wines and liqueurs from around the world and performances by some of the Coast’s most popular singers: Johnny G, Quincy Sax, Mel Williams, Our Jo and Stevie Nelson.

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching” – William W. Purkey


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Mopeds and taxis whiz past as Made, my driver, transports me to my five-star villa, neatly tucked away in Canggu amid verdant green rice paddy fields and flowering frangipanis. You can live like a superstar in Bali and it’s not all that expensive. Stunning villas complete with in-house chefs, plunge pools, tropical outdoor showers and manicured gardens are commonplace in southern Bali and, these days, they’re the preferred style of accommodation among discerning travellers. I’m staying at Puro Blanco with a group of seven friends. The fourbedroom villa is an architectural delight with its elegant design and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. An open kitchen and living area create a relaxed and inviting space where guests can loll around the gorgeous lap pool that sits in the centre of the villa. The interior is all white: white cane sun-loungers, white curtains, white linen. It brings a touch of classic Mediterranean living to Bali. A five-minute walk from the villa and my friends and I stumble upon a Robinson Crusoe-style beach where we need to cross a centuries-old, rickety bridge to reach the ocean. The dark blue signpost reads: “max three people – don’t shake it”. I tiptoe across, holding on for dear life. It’s sunset: my favourite time in Bali. Barefoot, we walk along the beach towards Seminyak where more of the action takes place and find

our way to Ku De Ta, a chic bar and restaurant. Ku De Ta is the place to see and be seen in Bali. At this time of the evening tourists scramble for a seat, lounge or a patch of grass to sit and soak up the vibe at the beachfront bar, watching in awe as the sun slowly sinks behind the Indian Ocean. With its lush coconut trees and designer sun-beds, Ku De Ta brings sun-kissed holidaymakers together to sip delicious cocktails and tuck into exotic dishes with a strong Mediterranean influence. My friends and I join in. I order a lychee and rose martini from the extensive cocktail menu followed by a vanilla passion foam highball infused with fresh vanilla bean. After that, I begin to lose count. A visit to Ku De Ta is a must-do experience when you’re in Bali. In 2000 when the bar opened, it set the standard high for several other trendy drinking venues that began to pop up on the island, including the super glam Rock Bar in Jimbaran Bay and Potato Head Beach Club, which features three restaurants, a boutique hotel and another fabulous cocktail list. For a more laid-back sunset experience, La Plancha is a great option thanks to its oversized beanbags and ice-cold Bintangs (local Indonesian beer). When the sunset is as good as it is in Bali, it almost doesn’t matter where you are – as long as you have a drink in hand.

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Dine like a king (or queen!) There’s no better reward following a hard day’s shopping (sigh) than dinner reservations at one of Bali’s hottest restaurants. After watching another stunning sunset at our local Robinson Crusoe beach, we don our newest threads and call a taxi to Sardine. Located next door to Seminyak in Petitenget, Sardine is the aforementioned restaurant that overlooks a pristine rice paddy field. With a gorgeous bamboo thatched roof, outdoor lanterns, lily ponds and lovely, welcoming staff, this is Bali at its best. We start with frozen raspberry and passion fruit daiquiris at the outdoor lounge area so we can admire the lush rice paddy field to its fullest. We’re then seated inside to delve into the menu and the mouthwatering dishes on offer. As its name suggests, fresh seafood is the star of the show at Sardine. For my starter, I opt for chilled lobster, asparagus and leeks topped with a lemony vinaigrette and for my main I can’t go past the steamed barramundi served in a banana leaf – how very Balinese! The ginger crème brûlée is the perfect end to a divine meal. If you prefer to dine by the beach, the options are endless in Bali. A host of fine dining restaurants line the edge of Seminyak beach and serve culinary delights from all over the world. For some of the best Italian food you’ll find outside of Italy with sweeping beach views to match, classy La Lucciola – just a short walk from Potato Head Beach Club – is a winner. Chez Gado Gado offers pan Mediterranean cuisine in a romantic setting and serves dishes, including grilled pork neck with corn fritters and pan-seared grouper with mango salsa. Breeze restaurant at The Samaya is another firm favourite among Seminyak’s food-savvy clientele and brings new meaning to ‘dining under the stars’. Although not boasting beach views, other fabulous local eateries include The Living Room and Sarong. But no holiday to Bali is complete without a trip to Jimbaran Bay, about a 30-minute taxi ride from Seminyak. A former fishing village set around a charming bay, Jimbaran is Bali’s seafood hotspot serving up the freshest produce on the island. For a pre-dinner tipple head to the Sunset Beach bar & Grill at the lavish InterContinental. If you fancy something really intimate, the resort also offers private beachfront dining in candle-lit tented canopies where guests can gorge on succulent seafood beside loved ones. It’s the ultimate Balinese experience.


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Say ‘Om’ During each of my 10 visits to Bali I’ve had two goals: to get a tan and relax. This trip is no different. Following Elizabeth Gilbert’s (Julia Roberts’) soul-searching journey to the region in the hit chick flick Eat Pray Love, Bali has become known the world over for its plentiful Zen-like offerings. The hippy heart of the island is found in the mystical mountains of Ubud, but you can find any number of soulful experiences all over.

To kick-start my morning, I drop into the eco village resort Desa Seni for a yoga class. Overlooking an abundant garden, the open-air structure of the studio is deeply relaxing and, within minutes of being in the Downward Dog pose, I’ve forgotten all about the worries of the world. It doesn’t get much better than this! Limber and relaxed postworkout, I head to Bodyworks in Petitenget to treat myself to a full body massage followed by a lovely soak in a flower-filled bath. By the time my 90 minutes are up, any lingering signs of stress have vanished. Bodyworks is the place to go for a great spa that’s cheap and efficient. If you want a more luxe experience, try the Ayur Spa at The Kayana or the SPA at The Samaya. Featuring a selection of elegant private villas, both The Kayana and The Samaya are superb places to stay during a sojourn to Bali. If you’ve come here on a romantic getaway, the Kayana is particularly fabulous. Book in for a romantic retreat package at the Ayur Spa with your

loved one and get pampered by a Balinese massage, floral footbath, citrus body wash and Jacuzzi. It’s important not to underestimate the power of a good beachside massage from one of the many Balinese women who roam the beach. At just $5-10, you can get a decent half-hour massage while you lay on a sun-bed shaded by an umbrella. Although they love to barter and have a tendency to hassle, the Balinese are some of the most gentle and friendly people you’ll ever meet, so give them a chance. A holiday to Bali can indeed be solely hedonistic if that’s what you want, but ultimately it’s the harmonious way of life on the island that makes it such a charismatic destination. The best way to experience this harmony is to interact with the locals and watch their daily routines, such as their simple yet devout act of making offerings to the Hindu Gods. That way you’ll get under the skin of the real Bali before returning home refreshed, rejuvenated and eager to return to this gorgeous island paradise.

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Seminyak is a shopaholic’s dream. Many well-known international fashion designers spend several months a year on the island seeking inspiration and embracing the local craftsmanship. The Balinese specialise in embroidery, beading and printing, leading them to produce fabulous wares that sell for a fraction of the price you’d find outside of Asia. This has lead to an influx of highend boutiques setting up shop in Seminyak. Leaving our villa for a day of shopping, my girlfriends and I head straight for Jalan Oberoi, one of the main shopping strips in Seminyak. First stop is Shakuhachi, a popular Sydney-based label, where beautifully tailored garments with pretty details and bold prints don the racks. I pick up a bargain party dress for just $45. Next is French designer Magali Pascal’s boutique to sift through chic, edgy pieces inspired by the Parisian spirit. Having come to Bali from chilly London, I’ve brought no swimwear, so I pop into C Boutique to browse the beautiful bikini brands on offer, including the likes of Camilla and Marc, Zimmerman and Anna & Boy. SKS (Simple Konsep Store) stocks fashion and lifestyle items from designers across the globe and although prices are more expensive, it’s worth a visit. We stop to refuel at Café Bali and grab some lunch. A casual restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere, the menu here is a mix of Western and Indonesian food with Dutch and French flavours. The décor has a lovely French feel, too. I order prawn dumplings, some freshly made sushi and a coffee – the perfect pick-me-up for more afternoon shopping. Next, we make our way to Jalan Kunti, another popular shopping drag. Allegra is one of my favourite boutiques here due to its elegant silk items, accessories, bags, shoes and fabulous holiday dresses. We also stop by Word of Mouth, a seriously cool concept store selling pop-up books, custom-designed furniture and original fashion pieces by designers such as Alice McCall. Shop 5, Toko and Hussy are also on our shopping hot-list. Bali is renowned for its fabulous leather goods, which you can get tailor-made on the island at a bargain price. Since I’m only here for a fleeting one-week holiday, I’m determined to put my order in for a leather jacket immediately. We hail a cab to Merry’s Collection on Jalan Padma Utara in Kuta – it’s my go-to shop for all things leather. I give the owner Aristo a cutout picture from a fashion magazine with the type of jacket I want. He tells me it’ll be $100 and ready to pick-up in five days. Despite running in and out of air-conditioned boutiques, it doesn’t take long before the sweltering Bali heat zaps our energy. We catch a cab back to our villa exhausted yet laden with bagloads of wonderful goodies. Success! e

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The Barceló Estepona Thalasso Hotel


he Selenza Hotel and Spa was always known as one of the premiere spa destinations in the South of Spain and since it was taken over by the Barceló Group in June, it has been whizzed into the 21st century with important changes – it now boasts a youthful new decorative style and is officially an adults-only hotel. This makes sense; the sizeable spa (measuring over 2,000m2) is a health and wellness dream, with costly, cuttingedge machines ready to turn back the hands of time and a sophisticated circuit pool that is one of the few venues in Andalucía to bear sea water, sourced through the use of underground pipes that reach some 500 metres into the water. Adults deserve to enjoy this fully – that means spending two or three hours a day enjoying sensation showers and jet massages and receiving long, leisurely treatments comprising massages, scrubs, firming treatments and aromatic baths, without having to worry about rushing back for the little ones. The Hotel is, indeed, an ideal

choice for both tired businesspeople and coupes seeking to reconnect; it is also conveniently close to Marbella’s Centre (which is a short drive away) and equally near to luxury shopping and dining haven, Puerto Banús.

LET THERE BE LIGHT One of the most appealing features of the Barceló is the abundance of light in its interiors. A scarcity of concrete in its construction and a serious amount of glass, mean that everywhere you go, the sun goes along with you.

LIVING IN THE LAP OF LUXURY The rooms belie the Hotel’s four-star status; even Double Rooms have King-sized beds, with characteristic Barceló touches like Egyptian cotton sheets, snug bathrobes and a pillow menu that makes your stay a bit more personal. There are 92 rooms (83 Superior and six Deluxe rooms, as well as three Junior Suites), which

bear modernistic décor dominated by beige, cream and brown hues. All rooms boast beautiful views of the mountains and sea, though for a particularly precious al fresco experience, we recommend the Junior Suite, with its sizeable terrace and inviting sun beds (there is also an inviting private Jacuzzi on the terrace of one of the Junior Suites and two of the Deluxe rooms).

POSH NOSH As befits a hotel for adults, the Barceló offers guests a sophisticated dining experience at Restaurante Aguamar. The gourmet experience comprises an express tasting or more sizeable degustation menu, but guests can also opt for the ‘healthy menu’. In the warmer months, diners tuck into a hearty buffet, or select à la carte creations. The magnificent al fresco Aguamar terrace, filled with the flickering of candles by night, is peppered with peaceful statues of Buddha and refreshed by the surrounding greenery.

PEACE. QUIET. ZEN. WORLD OF SPA The path from the Hotel to the Spa is marked by art, music and the spirit of Zen. A lengthy wall bears stunning installation art made of various recycled materials and to the left, the outdoor relaxation area is very much Balinese in inspiration; long bamboo stems, Asian lounge beds and a tropical aquarium bearing exotic species take the mind to far-off lands. The walk towards the reception reminds you that you are entering another word, the aroma of raspberry, strawberry and vanilla awakening the sense of smell. The Spa has to be seen to 132 / MAY 2013 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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be believed; few others boast 35 treatment rooms or technology that is quite this cutting-edge. Machines like the Ultratone Future Pro or the Electroporator keep complexions youthful and bodies firm. Clients can also opt for traditional beauty treatments like hair styling, manicures and pedicure. A particularly popular room is the Sala Duo; specifically catered to couples, who delight in sharing a scrumptious cherry treatment. The bath is curiously futuristic, which is not surprising considering it has been designed by Ferrari. As I make my way through the different treatment rooms, I see that the spa offers absolutely everything the most sophisticated spa-goer could request; water jet treatment areas, two saunas, a Turkish bath, ice fountain, cold shower, pressotherapy room, and a host of high tech baths (like the renowned Niagara II and Jamaica), as

well as physiotherapy and even anticellulite treatment machines. Hedonists will also find their match here, at the stunningly designed ‘Zen Ritual’ rooms, reserved for treatments like the Cleopatra (where chocolate therapy is served) or Ocumare (home to luxurious treatments by Thalgo, featuring ingredients like vanilla). At the entrance to the Spa and around the Hotel, guests are informed of special offers, though treatments are refreshingly affordable. There is also a well-equipped gym bearing machines by Technogym. Flotation and chromotherapy baths really take the Spa into a league of its own. The Hotel is further a hot spot for business meetings and events, with three different conference rooms catering for 25 to 100 people. It is also an ideal venue for wedding receptions, parties and romantic evenings for two. Barceló’s newest ‘baby’ is certainly bridging the gap between wellness, health and pure, sweet leisure.

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Read all about the newest dining haven: Sea Grill, the Hotel Puente Romano’s very own luxury beach club. Give in to your cravings for fresh fish and seafood and tender meat dishes at TikiTano and be enticed by the light, healthy Indian/International cooking of Ravi Deulkar from Chowka.

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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 BANรšS (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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Fine International Cuisine on the Beach

SEA GRILL When the Hotel Puente Romano recently opened its elegant new beachside dining haven, Sea Grill, members of the local jet set and international hotel guests alike flocked through its exotic thatched roof entrance to see what the buzz was about.


aising the Hotel’s glam factor by several notches, Sea Grill has transformed what was once a quaint seaside restaurant into a spectacular beach club rivalling the Coast’s most luxurious getaways, yet offering something quite unique: a chic yet laid-back atmosphere where families are as welcome as couples and where regardless of where you are seated, you are always looking out at the sea. Sea Grill’s stunning look, borne of the creative vision of renowned architect’s studio, ATD, and the unabashed talent of trendy interior designer, Andrew Martin, boasts knockout features including white wooden beamed ceilings, aged light wood decking, appealing Balinese-style teak furniture and white pebble-strewn walkways, not to mention a stunning pool just a few meters up from the beach. Tara Lorimer, Press Executive of the Puente Romano and Marbella Club, beams with pride as she shows me the most dazzling areas in the restaurant, saying, “all of this took months… choosing the flooring, furniture… even the menu took weeks to design.” Within the restaurant, a spectacular seafood display bearing catches of the day (rock lobster, sea bream and King crabs, to name a few) vies for one’s attention with a spacious bar and inviting lounge areas featuring Andrew Martin’s penchant for a fusion of cultures. Ultra-modern metallic chairs, metal-framed, studded mirrors and Oriental materials are married to African-inspired fabrics and natural wood tables and the result is nothing short of a visual feast. Getting Andrew Martin on board was no mean feat for the Puente Romano, considering the talented Briton has Tony Blair, Madonna and the Beckhams on his client list. The cuisine at Sea Grill has been whirled into the present by Master Chef, Thomas Stork, deemed Best Chef in Andalucía at the Andalucía Gastronomy Awards 2013. Thomas, now Executive Chef of the Hotel’s numerous restaurants, honed his craft at legendary establishments like Heinz Winkler’s three Michelin-starred restaurant, Residenz Heinz Winkler, and continued to make a name for herself in trendy restaurants in Munich as well as in Marbella. But it is at the Hotel Puente Romano that he has found his calling: “I love what I’m doing and that means that work is never laborious. Most people work 9 to 5 then enjoy their hobbies when they get home. But cooking is my hobby so I’m overjoyed.”


Thomas defines his cuisine as international: “In the past,” he says, “the term ‘international’ connoted traditions hailing from France or Germany… now it comprises influences from South America, North America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East.” He likewise insists that food bear two fundamental qualities: quality and freshness. My dining companions and I marvel at succulent dishes like the tender Tandoori oven-cooked chicken wings or the grilled red mullet in vine leaves, a very original way of presenting a traditionally Malagueño fish. Thomas’ creations are beautifully presented and wonderfully light; as a vegetable fan I was delighted by sides such as crisp Kenyan green beans, crunchy mangetouts and oven-cooked broccoli, lying over a creamy bed of Indian-inspired yoghurt sauce. Our meal included utterly unexpected treasures like the grilled brie, wrapped in vine leaves; irresistibly crunchy on the outside and creamy inside. An absolute must is the meat; savvy diners will find everything from Kobe beef to American buffalo on the menu; intrigued by the latter, we ordered it rare, topped with sprinkles of cracked pepper. The unique, game-like flavour

(somewhat reminiscent of ostrich in its buttery texture) was to-die-for and merited every single ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ elicited. Thomas’ penchant for the surprise factor is aptly proven from the array of delightful desserts we enjoyed: everything from a myriad of mini icecream sandwiches (pistachio, vanilla and coffee ice-cream housed within the same respective flavours of sponge cake) to one of Thomas’ star dishes: Dough Nuts: batter-fried pieces of banana served with a host of syrups (chocolate and maple, to name a couple), an array of chopped nuts (including pistachio), toasted coconut shreds and grated chocolate, served alongside refreshing coconut icecream. “Adults are all big kids inside,” says Thomas, “and this dessert is the perfect excuse to play around and get creative.” As we capped off our meal with a warm coffee, gazing out at the lively seashore, we had to conclude that Sea Grill very much encapsulates the style, taste and chic yet laid-back atmosphere that makes Marbella the place we know and love. With live music day and night in peak season, Sea Grill also promises to offer an experience that is as entertaining as it is satisfying to the palate. e

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BELGIAN RESTAURANT бельгийский ресторан

NEW MENU Open every day Ctra. de Ronda Opposite Madroñal, nº 3 29679 Benahavis Tel: 952 786 688 НОВОЕ МЕНЮ открыты ежедневно дорога Ronda напротив Madroñal, No 3, Benahavis телефон: 952 786 688



BELGIAN SPECIALITIES Mussels and fries, steak tartare, vol au vent etc. Open every evening. Saturday & Sunday open all day. Puerto Deportivo Sotogrande Tel: 956 790 212

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Pol edge of the Med ynes ian inspiration on the iterr ane an Set on a sweeping curve of the coast on the New Golden Mile, TikiTano is blessed with one of the most panoramic locations of any restaurant in Marbella. It’s not surprising that people like to come here for a bite of lunch or to enjoy a drink with friends as they take in the expanse of sea that carries the eye all the way to Gibraltar – and on a sunny day to North Africa as well.


ut TikiTano is not only known for its views. As the restaurant’s name suggests, its appearance is inspired by the wood and thatch architecture of Polynesia, creating a very elegant setting in which to enjoy the fine cuisine and active agenda of events that TikiTano has become associated with. These include live music by individual artists, but also shows such as the West End Musicals in Concert, Encore! Tribute to Il Divo & the Three Tenors, The Rat Pack and the Jersey Boys. Such events put the restaurant in the spotlight and draw a loyal clientele, but in addition to also being a popular corporate and wedding venue TikiTano remains at heart a place where you can enjoy good food in a beautiful setting.

SEASIDE DELIGHTS The bar area is an inviting spot to have a drink before going on to your table, which at this time of the year will be migrating along with the dining area from the cosy interior towards the panoramic inner and outer terraces. On the night we visited most of the other diners were on the outdoor terrace enjoying an al fresco meal but I’m afraid we chickened out and elected to take it all in from within a glassed in dining area that offers scenic views of the coast while keeping out the evening chill that still rises off the sea in April. This close to the Mediterranean, it is somehow appropriate to honour it with a selection of fish and seafood dishes, beginning in this case with an aperitif of anchovy, capsicum pepper paste and tomato on angel bread toast, which looked great



but tasted even better. We then shared the starters of avocado and marinated prawn salad with delicious spicy ginger, and the Japanese-inspired stir-fried prawns with crispy noodles and sweet & sour chilli sauce. They went down particularly well with a lovely Rueda, Condesa de Eylo, a crisp but fruity white wine with more body than you often encounter in wines of this kind. We were more than happy to stay with this fine choice as the main course consisted of an amazing whole turbot baked in salt bread pastry. This dish for two – the house speciality – is an innovative take on the traditional fish baked in salt, and likewise results in beautiful fresh and juicy white fish expertly de-boned and presented by the maître d’ in that classical way that frees you from having to resort to your own awkward filleting skills. Accompanied by dauphinoise potatoes, fresh vegetables and optional Béarnaise sauce, this is a classic dish that, when well made, requires no faddish add-ons. After this we were spoiled for choice – having tasted the delicious house tiramisu before – but opted for a combination of sweet Sofia muscatel from nearby Gaucín with nougat cream, toasted almonds and walnut ice cream. It’s a combination that dances delightfully on your tongue, and those with a sweet tooth will especially be in seventh heaven when indulging in the After Eight ice cream set upon a bed of red

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and black berries marinated in black tea. After all that, this is just the place to sit back and take in the surroundings.

A VENUE WITH A DIFFERENCE With the lights twinkling all the way along the coast towards Estepona, this is a setting with a special ambience, just made for romantic dinners and grand occasions. It’s position, combined with the rather unique Polynesian style architecture of the restaurant and the fact that you can go for a wander around the nearby beach and lawns of a seaside park, make TikiTano popular not just with diners and those who come to enjoy a drink on its sunny sea-facing terrace, but also with wedding parties and large groups. The recent 10th anniversary party drew over 300 people, but with regular live music, Wednesday tea afternoons with the Chicago Tea Dance Club and a supervised kids club during the popular weekend lunches that feature open air BBQs and specially priced set meals, TikiTano is a place where there is always something happening. As if to underline that, and make the most of the wonderful setting and facilities, the recently launched ConneXions Room near the dining room offers classes and activities such as yoga, dance, fitness and book club gatherings – all against the same glorious seaside backdrop that has made TikiTano an institution among Marbella’s diners. e


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Bar D’o – Restaurant & Loung Opens in Marbella

TERRA SANA OPENS on the Seafront

Terra Sana is a revered dining institution for lovers of healthy, fresh food and the restaurant group is pleased to announce that is has just opened its latest branch at Centro Ocio y Deporte Plaza del Mar, more commonly known as the site of the O2 Wellness Centre. Diners can look forward to their favourite wholesome treats, which bear influences from around the world. The restaurant opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner and whips up an amazing Sunday brunch which is hearty enough to satisfy even the largest of appetites! g C/Camilo José Cela s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 772 686.

This is the place Marbella was waiting for… whether you are after a fine dining experience or a more casual affair comprising sharing platters with a cocktail in the lounge, new restaurant, bar and lounge, Bar D’o Marbella is the place for you. Belgian chef, Steve Dekerf, has dreamed up a mouthwatering menu based on Belgian-French cuisine with an international twist, enticing customers to come back for more! The music by resident DJ, Pierre Ladoux, combined with the tastefully classic décor, make for a warm and memorable night. Open all day, every day from 11am to 2am (3am on weekends). The kitchen is open from 12 noon to midnight. g Avda. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe,

Edif. Milla de Oro, Local 567, Marbella. Tel: 952 821 229.

New Management for ZOZOI RESTAURANT

Zozoi, the beautiful eatery nestled in the heart of Marbella’s charming old town, has always been one of Marbella’s coolest restaurants and now, it boasts exciting new Management, who have jazzed up its look yet continue to serve inventive international dishes. Zozoi strikes the perfect balance between good food, service and reasonable prices, making it an excellent choice for a romantic dinner or a meal out with friends. There are four different Chef’s suggestions every week, comprising fresh, quality ingredients. g Plaza Altamirano 1,

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Kabuki Raw, the Finca Cortesín Hotel’s newest restaurant, is causing quite a stir amid foodies, with its wide range of appetising dishes bearing Japanese and Mediterranean ingredients and focusing on the use of prime raw materials and simple preparation techniques. The restaurant is staged in a unique setting which permits guests to view the Head Chef, Rafael Carrasco, at work in the kitchens. Rafael uses only the highest quality raw materials and outstanding seafood sourced from sustainable fisheries in the Straits, as well as organic produce from the Hotel’s vegetable garden. This talented Chef has honed his craft under the guiding hand of greats like Martín Berasategui and Juan Mari Arzak. g Crtra. de Casars km. 2, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800.

Da Bruno celebrated the arrival of the most pleasant season of the year in Marbella (Spring) with a special asparagus menu, which was available for three weeks at Da Bruno restaurants. “We selected the best asparagus from the first harvests of the year, so our clients could enjoy this vegetable at its best,” said Bruno Filippone, Owner of the Da Bruno Group. Some of the most delicious dishes on the menu included scrambled eggs with asparagus, white and green asparagus risotto with parmesan and asparagus soup. Da Bruno also celebrated a special French/Italian gastronomical event at Da Bruno Sul Mare, offering friends and customers some of the very best seasonal dishes bearing influences from these famed traditions. Additionally, international singer, Rino Lombardi delighted guests with a performance comprising popular Italian and French songs. g

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THE GOURMET profile Ram Nandkishore, Director of Marbella’s newest hotspot, Chowka (which literally means ‘mother’s kitchen’), welcomes me into his newest restaurant with a warm smile. An energetic, exciting vibe abounds, for has brought something and someone quite new to Marbella: contemporary, light, healthy Indian cuisine that nods to Mediterranean and especially local cuisine, created by the hand of a true mover and shaker in the culinary scene: Ravi Deulkar, formerly Chef of trendy Michelinstarred London restaurant, Trishna.

Heralding the New Wave of Indian Cuisine

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he idea,” says Ram, “is to bring something original to Marbella. In the past, regardless of the Indian restaurant you’d go to, the menu was practically identical; yet in India there are so many home-cooked dishes that are incredibly delicious, yet never appear on the typical menu. At Chowka, we are proving that Indian food does not have to be high-fat or heavy on the stomach; indeed, home-cooked meals are lighter, healthier, yet beautifully flavoured.” At this point, the enigmatic Ravi makes his entrance; youthful in appearance and upbeat in manner, his mentor is no less than Vineet Bhatia, a veritable legend in Indian cuisine who has brought a favour for fusion to cities as far and wide as London and Dubai and who undertakes all the catering for British Airways First Class. Ravi had been working for the prestigious Oberoi Hotel Group in India, when he was headhunted by Bhatia to run the popular Michelin-starred restaurant, Zaika, in London. Bhatia also sent Ravi to Miami, where the talented chef had the pleasure of cooking for a plethora of celebrities, including TV diva, Oprah Winfrey. Ravi essentially ran Rasoi in London, one of Vineet Bhatia’s most critically acclaimed restaurants, and later, opened his own restaurant in India, where he delighted diners with coastal seafood and vegetarian dishes. He has always been seduced by local colours, flavours and textures. Ravi makes the seemingly impossible possible, with dishes that shun heavy ingredients like butter and cream, in favour of lightly grilled and fried dishes made with fresh dressings comprising


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mouthwatering ingredients like water, lime and ginger. He is very much impressed by the Spanish tradition: “When I first arrived, I spent a long time just dining at top establishments. By trying local dishes, I developed ideas of components that could substitute traditional Indian ingredients and viceversa, to come up with new combinations that were still familiar to the palate.” Ram smiles as he recalls, “When Ravi first arrived, he used to make me get up at 4am to visit market after market.” Ravi brings me a steaming jar of tomato rasam soup, which he pours over a bowl containing a tasty rice cake, spring onions and a bright green basil chutney, made with market-fresh herbs. The rice cake is surprisingly meaty in flavour and texture and the soup slightly spicy, waking up the palate to exciting fare like the seafood biryani: “Diners in Spain are used to paella so I offer them my seafood biryani – made with basmati rice, mixed seafood and a kind of gravy, to tempt them both with familiarity and originality.” Another surprisingly Indian/Andaluz dish is the almond fig tikki cake, made of almond flake, paneer, ginger and coriander stem, a must on your first visit to Chowka. Everything at Chowka is made in-house – even the paneer. Ice-creams are also a big hit, bearing original flavours like cardamom, rose water, ginger,

saffron, pistachio, coconut and mint and fennel. “We don’t use egg in our ice-cream, to make it lighter,” he says, adding, “Our pistachio and saffron flavours pay homage to some of Spain’s most highly prized ingredients.” Ravi’s penchant for European cuisine stems from his three-year course at a prestigious European Culinary School in Mumbai. He is also very health-conscious, frequently resorting to ingredients like ginger for their digestive properties. Finally, no report on Ravi would be complete without mentioning his enjoyment of the surprise factor: “I love seeing diners’ reaction when they try my strawberries with a roasted cumin and lime granita… they are very surprised when they discover its spice. This dessert pays homage to my childhood; we used to drink cumin and limeflavoured granitas.” If you are one of the few foodies who haven’t found their way to Chowka yet, you’ll be pleased to know that the restaurant is wonderfully priced, with dishes as low as €6,50 and many dishes for under €10. There are also two set menus for €26 and €22 (the second of which is vegetarian), featuring six wonderful dishes. They say that when it comes to restaurants, they either have the ‘X’ factor or they don’t… Chowka’s got the whole alphabet when it comes to flavour, presentation and originality. e

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History shows that alcoholic drinks follow more or less the same trajectory during their development. They start out as something made at home for private consumption, later being sold to neighbours and friends, and ultimately develop into commercial operations with bottling lines and delivery vehicles.


n the good old days before the Scottish distilleries and their customers were held to ransom by the excise men, whisky was usually drunk straight from the still. As demand increased, bulk storage became necessary and back then the only materials available were wooden barrels and stone jars. It became apparent that oak barrels had qualities not shared with other materials, and since English oak was not suitable as it cannot be sawn easily, most of the timber was imported from central Europe: France’s Limousin, and Spain’s Galician region. It is not recorded what caused the quantum leap which resulted in someone discovering that whisky matured in used sherry barrels was better than whisky matured in new barrels, but suddenly every distillery wanted old sherry casks. When I used to import sherry into England it always came in wooden butts. Empty barrels were cheap to buy, but when sherry started being shipped already bottled, the supply of casks dried up. A substitute had to be found. Bourbon must by law be matured in new barrels, so there was something of a glut in parts of the Deep South. The canny Scots distillers commissioned coopers in the US to manufacture barrels which they rented out to bourbon makers. This paid the cost of eventually shipping the barrels to Scotland – broken down into staves for reassembly in the distillery. While sherry barrels give the matured whisky a fruitier, rounder taste, old bourbon barrels impart a drier touch and lighter colouring. Like sherry, maturing whisky needs to oxidise, and oak casks’ ability to ‘breathe’ aids this process. Whether the maturing barrels are Spanish or American, the biggest one in use is known as the ‘gorda’. A whisky cannot be too old, but extended cask exposure can make it ‘woody’. Too little time and it will be aggressively alcoholic. Malt whiskies have the age quoted on the label, and this is the time they have spent in the cask. Like sherry, once bottled they will not improve. A 1960 whisky bottled in 1970 is 10-years old, no matter how long you keep the bottle before opening. The year of distillation should appear somewhere on the label, as should the year of bottling.

The Whisky-Sherry

CONNECTION Personally I am a malt man, preferring the subtle flavours of malted barley to the more familiar blends using grain whiskies. Malt whisky is made only from malted barley, water and yeast, and has been described as distilled beer. It is made in a pot still, while grain whisky is made in a patent or coffey still, with malted barley, unmalted barley, rye, wheat and corn. Both types must be matured in oak for a minimum of three years. Blended whiskies employ a variety of different malts and grains to achieve the final product and 95% of all scotch is sold as blended whisky, the price only varying according to the cost of the whisky used in the blend. The famous Chivas Regal is not, as many people believe, a malt whisky, rather a blend using expensive ingredients. So next time you see someone (who will never be Scottish!) ordering a Chivas and Coke, you don’t have to feel bad about it. What you can get steamed up about is the wrong way to drink a single malt. First, the glass. The perfect receptacle is the sherry copita, with its narrow opening. If you don’t have one to hand,


a brandy snifter will suffice, or in emergencies the classical straight tumbler provided it is squat. Inhale the aroma and then add a little water – only a thimble-full. Good malts need some water, and to drink them neat or, even worse, drowned, is frowned on by true aficionados. Ice? Are you serious? Hopefully, having persuaded you to try a fullstrength single malt whisky, you should be aware that out of the 80-odd distilleries in Scotland producing this precious liquid, about half are in Speyside, south of Inverness. Every distillery’s product is unique, and while whiskies from this area tend to be sweet and fruity, the island malts, such as Islay, usually have a smoky taste. The variation is due to the different varieties of peat used to fuel the distillation, and since the taste is more pronounced in the islands, a highland whisky made using the same type of peat can taste like an Islay. Rather like when a manzanilla sherry is taken to Jerez becomes a fino… Never underestimate the Spanish connection.

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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


under €25

€25 – €40

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

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

::: ARGENTINEAN ::: Buenos Aires South

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

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




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

€40 – €60

€60 plus

Open daily for dinner except Tuesdays. Puerto Banús (opp. the car park). Tel: 952 812 358

::: BELGIAN ::: El Coto

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

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


Valderrama Restaurant

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

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

::: FRENCH ::: Casa mono

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

::: GREEK ::: Red Pepper

Open daily for both lunch and dinner.


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Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. T el: 952 812 148

::: 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

Tel: 952 867 306


102 675

Piratas flame grill

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

Bar d’o restaurant & Lounge

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

::: INDIAN ::: Chowka

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

Jaipur palace

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

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

El Gaucho

Jaipur Purple

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

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

el rancho del puerto

Little India

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

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

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


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

::: INTERNATIONAL ::: Albert & simon

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

Open daily 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

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


Black and white Marbella

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

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. C/ Strachan 11, Málaga. Tel: 951 500 022

Open for dinner from 8pm. Avda. La Fontanilla, esquina Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 860 583

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

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


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

Mr. india

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

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

baboo lounge and restaurant

Old Town Grill


Open Monday to Saturday for dinner and Sunday for lunch. C/ San Lázaro, 3, Pza. Victoria, Marbella.

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

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

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

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

camuri Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 176, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 533

capitán Open for lunch and dinner every day except


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THE GUIDE Price guide ::::::: per head for a three-course meal with wine Wednesday. C/ Avila, Blq. 5, Local 1, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 799 635

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

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

cerrado del águila

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

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

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

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


cortijo fain

El lago

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

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



Open every night for dinner from 7pm. Paseo de Las Palmeras 25, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 087 899

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

Don Leone

el oceano beach hotel restaurant and spa

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

Don Quijote Open every evening for dinner (7pm-12am). Urb. El Rosario, km. 188, Marbella. Tel: 952 834 748

Dynamic Café Open Monday to Sunday for lunch. Ctra. de Istán, km. 0.9, C.C. Le Village, Marbella. Tel: 952 775 021

El Bolero

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

under €25

€25 – €40

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

€40 – €60

€60 plus

Closed Monday. Local 1A. Puerto de Cabopino. Tel: 952 837 483

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

Finca Besaya

hotel marbella club buffet

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

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

Finca El Forjador


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

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

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


Galeria San Pedro

LA biznaga

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

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

GD Gourmet deli marbella

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

la brisa

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

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



La cabaña del mar

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

El Restaurante del Casino


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

Open every day for dinner from 8pm-4am. Hotel

Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner from 7pm.


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


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

weekends for lunch and dinner, closed Tuesdays. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 136. Playa Guadiaro, Torreguadiaro, Cádiz. Tel: 956 615 998


Málaga. Tel: 952 937 800

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

Sea grill

La Esencia

los arcos


Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. Hotel Incosol, Urb. Golf Rio Real, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 831 303

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

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

los bandidos

passion café

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

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

Mc café



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

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




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

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

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


puente romano beach club


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

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

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

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

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

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

La veranda lobby bar

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

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

La Verandah Open week days for dinner at 7:30pm and

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

shanti-som – amrita

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

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

Miraflores Golf Restaurant



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



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


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

Open Thursday to Saturday for dinner. Hotel Finca Cortesín. Crta. Casares s/n, Casares,

Open from 12-4pm and 7.30pm until midnight.

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



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THE GUIDE Price guide ::::::: per head for a three-course meal with wine Closed Wednesdays. Arena Beach, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 151, Estepona. Tel: 952 796 320

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

Terra Sana 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.

The Clubhouse Bar & Brasserie Open Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Urb. Los Naranjos de Marbella, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 908 844

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

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

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

Beach, Marbella. Tel: 952 865 579

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

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

What’s cooking deli and takeaway Open daily from 10am to 7pm. C.C. Guadalmina, Local 34, Marbella. Tel: 952 886 748

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

::: ITALIAN ::: Al Dente

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

Amore e Fantasía

under €25

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

la pappardella di estepona

Da Bruno

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

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: 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

LA pappardella sul mare 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

Luna Rossa Open daily for both lunch and dinner, closed on Sundays. Paseo Marítimo Benabola, local 12, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 810 543

Da Paolo


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

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

De Medici

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

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


Benabola 13, Beach Side, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 929 055 Open every day for lunch and dinner from 1pm to midnight. Puerto Deportivo de Estepona. Tel: 952 802 144


Open every day for lunch and dinner. Torre Real

€60 plus

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

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

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

€40 – €60


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

Trocadero arena

€25 – €40

Frascati gold restaurant Open every day from 10am to 12 am. Complejo

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

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


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Tel: 952 909 990

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

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

salotto Open Monday to Saturday for dinner. Avda. del Prado, Via 1, local 2, Aloha Golf, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 112

terraza dual Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Marbellamar s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 925 250

trattoria l’impronta

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Monte Paraíso Golf, Casa Club, Camino de Camojan s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 861 457

2, lower floor, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 896 508


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

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, Pinares de Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 850 060

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

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

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

golden wok

Villa Tiberio

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

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

::: Mediterranean ::: Sala mirador

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


Kaiden Sushi Open daily for lunch and dinner. Centro Com. Guadalmina Alta, Guadalmina 4, local

Kama Kura

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

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

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

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

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

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


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THE GUIDE Price guide ::::::: per head for a three-course meal with wine Sushi des artistes Open every day for lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 178.5, Marbella. Easy parking. Tel: 952 857 403

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

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

Thai Gallery 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 every day for lunch and dinner. Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 907 304 Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. El Pilar, 22, Estepona. Tel: 952 887 092

Wok Wang

Restaurante La Marina

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 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

Wok Buffet

Yuan Open every night for dinner. Hotel Torrequebrada, Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 441 414.

::: SCANDINAVIAN ::: Skandies

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

tHapa thai

the little mermaid

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

Open daily from 9.30am to 5pm except Sundays. C.C. Centro Plaza, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 929 181

::: SEAFOOD :::

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

cervecería ostrería santiago


El Barlovento

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

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

Wok Away

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

€25 – €40

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

Tse yang Dimsum club

under €25

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

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

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

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

beach club restaurante grill

€40 – €60

€60 plus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Taberna del Alabardero


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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

Garcia Morato, s/n. San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 968

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

Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035


GOLF GUIDE Alcaidesa Links

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

Alhaurín Golf

La Cañada. Marbella. Tel: 902 333 231

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

mi taberna

cines gran marbella

Almenara Golf

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

Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 810 077


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

C.C. Miramar, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 198 605

Aloha Golf Club



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

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

18 holes. Tel: 952 907 085.


Atalaya Golf

Mijas. Tel: 952 663 738

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


Cabopino Golf

Recinto Ferial. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 589 349

18 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 850 282

loving hut


Cerrado del águila

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

Calle Córdoba 9, Málaga. Tel: 952 213 412

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 951 703 355


Club de Golf La Cañada

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

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 956 794 100


El Paraiso Club de Golf

Plaza Ramón Martínez, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 159

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 883 835



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

Emancipación 30. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 474 542

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


VERACRUZ CINES Veracruz. Estepona. Tel: 952 800 056

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

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


Flamingos Golf Club

Plaza Mayor. Tel: 902 220 922

18 holes, Par. Tel: 952 889 157.



Estepona Golf Finca cortesín golf club


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Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 074

Golf Río Real

Cerrado del águila

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 756 733

Mijas Costa, Málaga. Tel: 951 773 523

Golf Torrequebrada


18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 442 742

Guadalmina Golf

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

36 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 883 375

Dynamic training centre

La Cala Golf Resort

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

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


La Dama de Noche

Fuerte Gym

9 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 818 150

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

La Duquesa Golf & Country Club


18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 890 425

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

La Quinta Golf

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

27 holes, Par 72.Tel: 952 762 390


La Reserva Sotogrande


18 holes. Tel: 956 695 209

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

La Zagaleta Golf & Country Club


18 holes. Members only. Tel: 952 695 209


Lauro Golf 18 holes

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

Alhaurín de la Torre. Tel: 952 412 767


Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club

Monda. Tel: 952 112 161

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 784 600

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

Los Naranjos Golf Club


18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 815 206

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

Marbella Club Golf Resort

New Concept Training

18 holes, Par 73. Tel: 952 113 239

Marbella Golf & Country Club

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

18 holes. Tel: 952 830 500


Mijas Golf

Plaza del Mar. Marbella. Tel: 952 900 420

36 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 476 843


Miraflores Golf 18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 931 960

Urb. Parcelas del Golf, Aloha Gardens, N. Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 357

Monte Mayor Golf & Country Club

qi sport

18 holes. Tel: 952 113 088

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

Parador Málaga del Golf


18 holes. Tel: 952 381 255

Real Club de Golf Las Brisas

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

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 810 875


Real Club de Golf Sotogrande 18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 785 014

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

San Roque Club


18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 613 030

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

Santa Clara Golf


18 holes. Tel: 952 850 111

CN340, Km 168,5. Estepona. Tel: 952 888 212

Santa Maria Golf & Country Club


18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 831 036

Cristamar, Pto. Banús. Tel: 952 905 082

Sotogrande Club de Golf

Vitality studio

18 holes. Tel: 956 785 012

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



18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 791 200


Atalaya Park Hotel, Marbella. Tel: 609 571 920

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


CROWNe PLAZA CN 340, km 168, Estepona. Tel: 902 875 730


Don Carlos resort, leisure & spa

C.C. Alhamar, CN-340 km 197. Tel: 952 934 684

CN340, Km192. Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800


finca cortesin hotel, golf & spa

Barquilla 1. Marbella. Tel: 952 776 240

Crtra. Casares, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800


Gran hotel gvadalpín puerto banús

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


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

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

Gran Meliá Don Pepe


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

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

hotel los monteros


CN 340, km 187, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 700


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Hotel Meliá La Quinta Urb. La Quinta Golf, Marbella. Tel: 952 762 000

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

Hotel Puente Romano

Hotel Princess Playa

CN340, Km179. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

Paseo Marítimo. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 944

Hotel Torrequebrada

NH Alanda Hotel & Spa

Avda. del Sol s/n, Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 446 000

CN340, Km176,6. Marbella. Tel: 952 899 600

Hotel Triton

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

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

Kempinski Hotel bahía estepona CN340, Km159. Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

La Cala resort La Cala de Mijas Tel: 952 669 000

Marbella Club Hotel

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

pierre & vacances CALEDONIA GOLF resort

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

CN340, km 165, Cancelada exit. Estepona. Tel: 952 889 999

hotel Villa Padierna

playabella spa gran hotel

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

Urb. Costalita s/n, Estepona. Tel: 959 528 253

vincci selección estrella del mar


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

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

Alanda Carib Playa

Sunset Beach Club

CN340, Km 194. Tel: 952 902 537

Alanda Club Marbella

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

CN340 Km 192. Marbella. Tel: 952 902 537

Tamisa Golf Hotel

Almenara Golf Hotel & Spa

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

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

Amanhavís Hotel & Restaurant

TRH el paraíso CN340, km 167, Estepona. Tel: 952 883 000

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

Atalaya Park Hotel

Hotel diana park

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

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

barceló Marbella C/ de Granadillas, s/n. Urb. Guadalmina Alta, Marbella. Tel: 952 889 099


Beatriz Palace & Spa

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

CN340, Km207. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 922 000


Benabola Apart Hotel Benabola. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 000

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

blue Bay banús hotel

sisu boutique hotel puerto banús

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

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

Coral Beach Golden Mile. Marbella. Tel: 952 824 500

el oceano beach hotel Miraflores Playa, Torrenueva, Marbella. Tel: 952 587 550


Basilica Vega del Mar San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 781 360

Golf Hotel Guadalmina

Bonsai Museum

Guadalmina Baja. Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211

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

Gran Hotel Benahavis Huerta de Rufino, Benahavís. Tel: 902 504 862

Bull-fighting Museum

H10 Andalucía Plaza

Museo Cortijo Miraflores

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

Marbella. Tel: 952 902 714

h10 Estepona palace

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

Avda. del Carmen 99, Playa de Guadalbón, Estepona. Tel: 952 790 040

Museo del Grabado

HM gran hotel costa del sol

Museo de la Villa

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

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

Hotel El Fuerte

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

Avda. El Fuerte, s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 861 500. Spa & Beauty Miramar. Tel: 952 920 000

Museum of Málaga Wines

Hotel Fuerte Miramar Spa

Museum of Miniatures Carromato de Max

Pl. José Luque Manzano. Marbella. Tel: 952 768 400. Spa & Beauty Miramar. Tel: 952 768 410

Plaza de Toros. Estepona.

Museo de Bella Artes Hospital Bazán. Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035

Museo Ralli Carrera 39. Ojén. Tel: 952 881 453

El Compas. Mijas. Tel: 952 489 500

Pablo Ruiz Picasso Foundation

Hotel Meliá Marbella

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

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

Picasso Museum Málaga

Hotel Playa Bonita

Palacio de Buenavista, C/ San Agustín 8. Málaga.


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THE GUIDE Tel: 952 127 611

Roman Public Baths

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

Gualalmina Baja. Tel: 952 781 360

Monseñor Rodrigo Bocanegra


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


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

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

Peter Pan School

El corte inglés Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

Ages 0-3. Bilingual nursery. San Pedro. Tel: 952 782 051 Benalmádena. Tel: 952 562 103


Saint George’s School

Tel: 952 467 843

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

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

Sotogrande International School


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

Pza. los Chinorros. Tel: 952 474 384


St. Javier’s International School

Jac. Benavente, 14. Tel: 952 772 898

Ages 1-7. Marbella. Tel: 952 823 457

Nueva Andalucía C/ Jazmines. Tel: 952 810 887

Stagecoach Theatre Arts School

San Pedro

Ages 4-16. Tel: 952 900 453

Pizarro, 41. Tel: 952 780 393

Sunny View School


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

Park near CN340 and walk upwards, 9am-1pm

Aloha College

Swans international school el capricho

Sunday benahavís

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

Ages 3–10. Marbella. Tel: 952 773 248

Arts & Crafts. La Ermita Park, from 10pm

Angela’s School Ages 6-14. Marbella. Tel: 952 823 042

Swans international school Sierra blanca

Puerto Deportivo, 9am-1pm

british school of marbella

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


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

TLC Tutorial College

Recinto Ferial, 9am-2:30pm

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


Calahonda International College

wendy kindergarten

Next to Rosaleda football stadium, 9am-2pm

Ages 3-18. Tel: 952 930 080

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

Childrens placE Bilingual nursery

Tourist offices Benahavís Tel: 952 855 500 Benalmádena Tel: 952 442 494 Estepona Tel: 952 802 002 Fuengirola Tel: 952 467 625 Gibraltar Tourist Board Tel: 956 774 950 Marbella Tel: 952 822 818 Málaga Tel: 952 213 445 / 952 216 061 Mijas Tel: 952 485 900 Ronda Tel: 952 871 272 San Pedro Tel: 952 785 252 Tarifa Tel: 956 680 993 Torremolinos Tel: 952 381 578


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

Performing Arts Academy

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

Street Markets Monday benahavís

Divina Pastora district, 9am-2pm Torre del Mar Avda. Europa, 9am-1pm Torremolinos El Calvario, near Town Hall, 9am-1pm Vélez Málaga Opposite the Guardia Civil Offices, City Centre, 9am-1pm

Friday Benalmádena In the area between Tivoli World and the Plaza San Pedro, 9am-1pm Calahonda Calypso, 9am-2pm Las Chapas La Víbora, 9am-2pm Rincón de la Victoria Málaga. Plaza de la Iglesia, 9am-1pm

Saturday Coín C/ Urbano Pineda, 9am-1pm La Cala Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm Maro Close to the Nerja Caves, 9am-1pm Mijas Costa Las Lagunas, 9am-2pm Nueva Andalucía Next to the bullring.


Sotogrande At the Marina, 9am-1pm

TENNIS CLUBS Aztec Country Club

Atalaya, Estepona. Tel: 952 928 444

Arts & Crafts. Village Square, from 8pm

Colegio Alborán


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

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

bel air tennis and paddel club

Tuesday Churriana

Club deL Sol

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

Colegio Las Chapas

Urb. Riviera del Sol, Mijas-Costa. Tel: 952 934 477 Urb. Bel-Air, Estepona. Tel: 952 883 221

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


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


Club de tenis don carlos

Colegio San José Guadalmina Tel: 952 883 858 Estepona. Tel: 952 800 148

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

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

Dolphin Nursery


Club Internacional de Tennis

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

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


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

Ecos College

C/ Chaparil, 9am-1pm

Club Madroñal

Ages 1–18. Elviria. Tel: 952 831 027

Benahavís. Tel: 617 647 223

English InteRnational College

Wednesday Alhaurín de la Torre

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

Avda. del Limón, 9am-2pm

San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 788 315

Fiona Jones School of Dance


Hofsaess tennis academy

Ages 9–14. Manolo Santana Racquets Club. Fuengirola. Tel: 610 764 439

Arts & Crafts. Village Square, from 8pm

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

Hijas de María Auxiliadora Ages 3-12. Marbella. Tel: 952 771 396

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

III language schools


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

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

Calypso, 9am-2pm

Manolo Santana Racquets Club

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

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

Benalmádena Costa

Club Nueva Alcántara

Lew Hoads Tennis Club


marbella playa tenIs

Inlingua Language School

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

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

All ages. Marbella. T: 952 774 942

La Cala

Miraflores Tennis Club

the InteRnational SCHOOL of ESTEPONA

Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm

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

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

Laude San pedro international college Ages 2–18. San Pedro. Tel: 952 799 900

Mayfair Academy

Thursday Alhaurín El Grande By the Guardia Civil Offfices, City Centre, 9am-1pm Málaga Opposite the Guardia Civil Offices, City Centre. 9am-1pm San Pedro By the sports pavilion, in the

Puente Romano TEnnis club Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

royal tennis club marbella El Rosario, Marbella. Tel: 952 837 651


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The Freedom to Grieve

If you’ve lost a loving pet and you’re struggling to cope, it may be because you feel that friends and family are somehow ‘censoring’ your grief; not permitting you to express your sadness or find positive meaning from your loss. You may be surprised to learn that there is a whole body of literature and philosophy surrounding this topic. It is normally referred to as ‘disenfranchised grief’, and defined as “withholding permission, disallowing or prohibiting the process of grieving.” This is normally done in a number of ways; people will sometimes try to make you feel silly or childish for mourning a pet to such a great extent; they will tell you it is time to get over it; that you have many other things and people to live for. Eminent experts allege that denying someone the right to grieve is a political and ethical failure, since it denies the bereaved both of the right to mourn, and the right to find meaning from loss. In a wonderful essay entitled Meanings of Death Seen through the lens of Grieving, author, Thomas Attig, reveals how grief can lead to enlightenment: “Through the lens of grief we can discern many meanings of death, human If you’ve ever left a clingy dog at existence, suffering, the life of home then you know that boredom the deceased, the life of the can lead to major damage, including mourner, and love.” chewed sofas, tattered cushions and mangled slippers. Isareli cable television recently launched Dog TV, a channel aimed at pooches, featuring content that meets the criteria of canine vision and hearing – including enhanced colour, special sound effects and soothing music. All programmes last only six minutes and are specifically designed, say their makers, to stimulate and comfort dogs. Interestingly, the Humane Society of America recommends leaving the television on for dogs when we leave them at home, since the sounds and images can reduce separation anxiety. The next question for pet lovers is, when will they let us take our little ones to the cinema? Can you imagine the mayhem?

Yellow Dog Project Takes World by Storm

TV Channels for Dogs Launched in Israel

A growing movement around the world involves tying a yellow ribbon around your dog’s collar if they do not like to be approached or petted. The movement began in Sweden and is spreading like wildfire across the USA, so if you think it’s a good idea, why not bring it to the Costa del Sol, using your social networks to spread the word? People often associate biting with particular breeds but their preconceived ideas are usually wrong; even little tykes can bite like crazy; the Yellow Dog Project is an easy way that kids and adults alike can appreciate dogs who don’t want to be petted, from a distance.

Society often refuses to allow people to grieve in a number of cases, including where the loss is deemed insignificant because it involves a pet or even a person who is very elderly (and therefore ‘expected’ to die), or a person who is mentally disabled. Likewise, people are sometimes censored from grieving someone who has died in unusual circumstances (for instance, if the deceased has committed suicide or has died from AIDS). If you have a friend who has just lost a pet, allow them to grieve as they need to; give them the time they need and remind them that the very reasons they are feeling such pain are the reasons that will enable them to find meaning in life once again, when they are ready; allow them to recall special memories with their pet; pitch a few such memories of your own if you have them; encourage your friend to reconnect with people without rushing them to do so; listen to them, for as long as they need you. If you are the bereaved, remember that grieving is a necessary process to enable you to grow positively from your painful loss. Try to remember that life will have meaning again; do not feel guilty about hoping for a positive outcome. The most important thing our pets leave behind is their legacy… in so far as their love inspires us to be better people, to work to improve the lot of those who are suffering or to accept the often unapproachable subject of death, they will never be forgotten.


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Local artist, Roger Cummiskey, presents works from his latest collection, Los Colores de Roger, at Café-Academia Picasso in Fuengirola. Viewing times are from 4pm to 9pm from Monday to Friday. C/ Miguel de Unamuno 5, Fuengirola. Tel: 951 135 252. www.facebook. com/CafeAcademiaPicasso


English artists, Elaine Carlton, Don Widdall and Richard Wood, will be joined by Sinikka AhokasGröhn from Finland for their Spring exhibition, which will be on show every day from 1pm to 10pm at Jinete restaurant. Tel: 952 119 170.

Until May 15 ART – MARBELLA

The Polígono Gallery presents The Voice of the Body – an exhibition by photographer Isabel Muñoz, who has travelled the world capturing photographs of different tribes, ethnic groups, clans, races and cultures. Tel: 952 898 998.


Uzbekistan-born artist, Spartak Sharipo, will be presenting a series of paintings, most of which are portraits. Spartak, who has lived and worked in Moscow for many years, is currently working as an independent artist in Marbella. At the Kasser Rassu Gallery on the Golden Mile.

Until May 16 ART – MARBELLA

Lovers of contemporary art will delight in a stunning exhibition of etchings and sculptures by Oksana Kuzmenko. At El Campanario Golf & Country House. Tel: 952 904 233. www.

Until June 9 ART – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso de Málaga presents 55 works from Picasso’s earliest period, as well as a host of important documents that enable us to glean information on Picasso’s youth and earliest influences.


The Fuengirola Town Hall will be holding Spanish classes for foreigners on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Tel: 952 589 349.

Until June 22 ART – MARBELLA

To commemorate its 20th anniversary, the Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo presents an exhibition of winning and selected works from the 20th National Etching Awards, as well as prize-winning works from previous years. Tel: 952 765 741.



The Casa de la Cultura de Fuengirola and the Tenencia de Alcaldía in Los Boliches will be holding ballroom dancing classes on various days (morning and afternoon classes available). For further information, Tel: 952 589 349.

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

Until September 29 DENNIS HOPPER – MÁLAGA

Every Tuesday JIVE – ESTEPONA

Actor, Director and Photographer, Dennis Hopper, presents an exciting narrative of black and white shots that captures the cultural revolution that took place in the US in the 1960s. At the Museo Picasso de Málaga.


The Hotel Hydros Boutique Spa & Wellness will be hosting a series of monthly exhibitions featuring hot artists like Eugenia Arias, Chico Repullo, José María Camacho and Álvaro Cabrera.


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, tickets to 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. www.

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. www.

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.

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 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

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.


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 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 Friday MARTIAL ARTS – MARBELLA

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 Third Tuesday of the Month FLORAL ART CLUB – ESTEPONA

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

Every Wednesday FLAMENCO – MIJAS


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

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

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

Thursday May 9 Encore! Tenors – Estepona

Popular international tenor, Stephen Lloyd-Morgan joins forces with Raúl D´Abreu and Paul Anthony to bring you Encore!, a show which celebrates the music of The Three Tenors and Il Divo, at TikiTano Restaurant at 9pm. Book your table in advance on Tel: 952 798 449.


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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.


Enjoy a fun evening filled with mod (garage and soul) and rockabilly (rhythm and blues) at Pub Maverick in Marbella’s Old Town. Tel: 951 506 227.

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


Bootcamp Marbella presents a fun beachside training session at 9:30am on the beach in Marbella. Prior booking is essential. Tel: 620 126 351.


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


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,

ORGANIC FRUIT AND VEG MARKET – MARBELLA If organic 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.


Enjoy a VIP Terrace Party with Sintillate, featuring live DJ music, Champagne and a chic

ambience at Tibv in Puerto Banús. To book a table,

Every second Saturday of the month ECOLOGICAL MARKET – ELVIRIA

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

Every First Sunday of the month OPEN DAY – MIJAS

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

Thursday May 2 to Saturday May 4 ECOLOGICAL FORUM – MARBELLA

The first Ecological Forum will be taking place at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Marbella. The event will comprise speeches and discussions on issues including Efficient Energy, Reducing the Carbon Footprint and Public Transport in Cities. For a precise programme of events,


One of Fuengirola’s most hotly awaited yearly events, the Feria de los Pueblos features a host of stands from different countries from Africa, South and Central America and Asia, featuring traditional cuisine, dress and music. At the fairgrounds in Fuengirola from noon ‘til late. Tel: 952 467 457.


The Iglesia de la Virginia in Marbella will be filled with the sensual sounds of the flute and guitar, played by Alegría Muñoz and Daniel Riquelme, respesctively. Tickets cost €20 (€5 for students and under 18s). Tel: 689 000 944.

Saturday May 4, 11, 18 and 25 ENGRAVING WORKSHOP – MARBELLA Talented artist Ricardo Alario will be hosting workshops from 10:30am to 1:30pm, with a maximum of four students per workshop. Students will learn a number of printing processes including rotogravure (on copper) and etching. Tel: 952 859 671.


Enjoy a fun Champagne party by the pool at Ocean Club in Puerto Banús. For precise times or to book a table, Tel: 952 908 137.


The Salon Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola presents a fun tribute to Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond. Enjoy songs like Memories, I Am, I Said and many more. Tel: 952 474 542.


The Symphonic Orchestra of Málaga is joined by chorus singers and soloists from the Music Conservatory of Málaga for a performance of Carl Orff’s dazzling Carmina Burana. At 9pm.


One of flamenco pop’s most renowned singers, Niña Pastori, will be performing at the Teatro Cervantes de Málaga at 7pm.

Thursday May 9 and Friday May 10 SMART LIVING CONGRESS – MARBELLA

The Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Marbella will play host to the technological conference, Smart Living Marbella 2013, which will focus on the subject of intelligent housing. For further information,

Friday May 10 to Tuesday May 14 THEATRE – FUENGIROLA

Following a sell-out season late last year, the dramatic play, Calendar Girls, is back. Written by Tim Firth and directed by Peter Brooks. Show starts at 7pm. Tel: 952 474 542.

Sunday May 12 and Sunday May 29 FOOTBALL – MÁLAGA


The Estepona Floral Art Club will be holding a flower arranging demonstration from 3:30pm to 5pm at TikiTano Restaurant in Estepona. The talk will be given by David Thomson, NAFAS National Demonstrator from Chelmsford, Essex. Make your reservation on Tel: 952 798 449.

Friday May 24 to Sunday May 26 and Friday May 31 to Sunday June 2 ART GAUCÍN – GAUCÍN

Every year, Spanish and foreign artists from the beautiful area of Gaucín, one of the most scenic white villages of Andalucía, open their studios to the public and exhibit their paintings, photographs, sculpture and prints. Many of the artists have an international standing and have held exhibitions of their work abroad. For information on artists and times,

Friday May 24 to Wednesday May 29 MOVIE MANIA – FUENGIROLA

The Málaga Football Club pays Sevilla at 7pm at the Estadio La Rosaleda on Sunday, May 12, and Deportivo on May 29 at 7pm. For tickets,

Enjoy a filmtastic musical extravaganza at the Salon Varietés, featuring the best songs from the greatest movies, nightly at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm. Tel: 952 474 542.



Innova is a conference for and about the Costa del Sol and the challenges it is currently facing. Speeches and discussions will cover new ideas, sources of inspiration and leadership initiatives to bring more business to this area. The day will begin at 9am and end at 9pm and will be followed by dinner at 9:30pm. For further information, Tel: 952 830 806.


Don your chicest black and white party outfit and head for Ocean Club’s 2013 Summer Opening Party. Tel: 952 908 137.


Spence Clarke & Co. host the 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association UK at the San Roque Club – Old Course, including a BBQ lunch with drinks. For information, Tel. 952 834 642,

Talented piano duo Emilio González Sanz and Sofya Melikyan will be playing dramatic pieces by classical composer, Richard Wagner. At the Aula Universitaria of the Hospital Real de la Misericordia at 8:30pm. For tickets, Tel: 689 000 944. Tickets are also available at El Corte Inglés.

Thursday May 30 WEST END MUSICALS – Estepona

Stephen Lloyd-Morgan, Steve Shappelle, Adele Lee Peters and Gemma Lloyd will be singing songs from your favourite West End musicals at TikiTano restaurant at 9pm. Book your dinner table in advance on Tel: 952 798 449.


The Marbella Luxury Weekend comprises four days of sheer luxury, with cocktail events, fashion shows and exhibitions by luxury brands. At the frontline of Puerto Banús.


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Russell Grant’s Monthly Horoscopes May 2013

TAURUS April 21st May 21st

Take a gentler approach with loved ones in the opening days of May. Being too abrasive can cause a fragile alliance to fall apart at the seams. You have a chance to travel, write, and explore new vistas. Don’t screw things up by pushing your greatest supporter past the brink of endurance. Showing off your artistic talent on or around the 8th will yield impressive results. There’s a good chance you will earn money from your creative endeavours. Repaying a debt will be difficult in the days surrounding the 25th. Take this opportunity to assess what you owe, and devise a plan for repaying your creditors. The sooner you face the truth of this situation, the easier you will sleep. As the month comes to a close, you’ll be tempted to take a short trip out of town. Do it; a nearby relative will be happy to see you and catch up on old times.

Showing off your artistic talent on or around the 8th will yield impressive results


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ARIES [21 MAR - 20 APR]

Be careful of overspending in early May; if you’ve not got enough ready cash then this would be a good time to negotiate a pay rise or find a better paid job. Pouring your energy into a project that is near and dear to your heart will have an unexpected payback for you. It’s not something you expected or even looked for, but it will certainly help your future prospects and may very well have unanticipated consequences for your challenging financial position. As the month matures so you will learn to see the openings and opportunities that seem to be invisible for so many people around you. So that’s the time to launch a personal crusade, put your innermost feelings into words, or take an unusual and unorthodox approach to someone who has been a thorn in your flesh for far too long. The end of May brings a slight setback but because you’re thinking positively you will see this as just another great opportunity!

GEMINI [22 MAY - 21 JUN]

You won’t get much cooperation from a bureaucratic institution in the opening days of May. Keep submitting paperwork and keep copies of everything you send. Eventually, the pencil pushers will realise you’re serious and give way to your demands. Treat this matter as an exercise in persistence. Trust your intuition around the 10th regarding a flirtation. The object of your affection returns your feelings, but is too shy to admit them. You’ll have to make the first move. Tiptoe around an authority figure at mid-month; this executive isn’t in the mood to entertain any of your bright ideas. A business or romantic partnership will undergo a critical change in the final days of May. You won’t be able to delude yourself about your partner’s shortcomings any longer. Facing the truth will be painful but therapeutic. Fortunately, a trusted friend will help heal your broken heart. There are plenty more fish in the sea.


More time for social pursuits makes early May one of the happiest times of 2013. Be sure to go out with friends as often as possible. You may even be inspired to throw a birthday party for your favourite Taurus. A close friendship takes a romantic turn on or around the 10th. It’s as if the two of you are looking at each other with new eyes. A writing project brings you great pleasure in mid-May. This is the perfect time to write a short story, memoir, or screenplay. Words will flow from you like a mighty river. Breaking a bad habit will be difficult but rewarding in the final days of May. Steer clear of a well-intentioned friend who doesn’t want you to change your ways. When you fall prey to temptation, write about it in your journal. This will help you exorcise any demons that threaten to drag you down.

LEO [24 JULY - 23 AUG]

Your star will be on the rise throughout early May. Your powerful sex appeal will open doors that were previously closed to you. What your rivals may not realise is there is more to you than physical allure. You possess tremendous creative talent, and will use it to develop luxury products and services that are incredibly successful. Even if you’re just working on a volunteer basis, you will create a respected name for yourself during this red-hot phase. Take care to always look your best this month, especially in the days surrounding the 10th, when you will be interviewed for a television show or magazine article. A romantic relationship experiences some bumps and bruises in the second half of the year. You will decide

to make up or break up for good in the last days of May. Whatever choice you make, you’ll place greater emphasis on your friendships, understanding just how important platonic relationships are to your emotional health.

VIRGO [24 AUG - 23 SEP]

Don’t worry if you’re turned away from an educational or cultural organisation in the beginning of May. An influential friend will reverse the decision, helping you draw on its considerable resources. There’s no reason you should be held back by a set of stuffy, outdated rules. Besides, you’re just as talented as the other members of the group; you just lack the pedigree. That will come with time and experience. By the middle of May, you’ll be one of the most respected members of the group. You might even be offered a leadership position. The closing days of May will prompt you to rearrange your household. It’s even possible you will decide to move to a new home. A neighbour or relative will help you find a more suitable living situation. You’re better off moving to a bustling city that affords plenty of cultural diversions. That way, you won’t feel cut off from the things that make life meaningful.

LIBRA [24 SEPT - 23 OCT]

Early May is sure to be a very fulfilling time, especially in the area of sex. If you’re single, you’ll meet a masterful lover at a gourmet restaurant, public garden, or fashionable store. Keep your ears open for someone with a throaty laugh. The two of you will feel an instant connection. If you’re already in a relationship, you and your lover will be spending lots more quality time together. Reduce your work schedule in favour of intimate dinners, long walks, and movie nights. A handsome inheritance, legal settlement, or insurance payment will help you buy some beautiful artwork, clothing, and furniture. Forgo fleeting fashions for elegant works that will afford a lifetime of pleasure. Distressing news about a relative’s health will arrive at the end of the month. Take this opportunity to band together with your kin, so that the patient gets optimal care. Recovery will be swift if you work together in a spirit of harmony.


Adopt a more open-minded attitude toward a business or romantic partner’s plans in early May. You’re worried about making changes at this stage, but the real danger is standing still while everybody else is moving forward. Go ahead and give your friend the green light; this will make your bond stronger than ever before. A surprising love affair, engagement, or marriage will be revealed on or around the 10th. This exciting turn of events renews your faith in true love. You might even be inspired to make a serious commitment of your own. A source of income dries up quite suddenly at the end of the month. There won’t be much money available for leisurely pursuits. Fortunately, you’ve always been very resourceful. Finding inexpensive ways to amuse yourself will be relatively easy for you. In the meantime, tell your friends you are looking for work. Who you know is more important than what you know as May draws to a close.


Work will be scarce at the beginning of May. Instead of worrying about the situation, abandon yourself to fun. Take this opportunity to meet with friends, spend more time with family, and develop creative projects. A plum

assignment will arrive on or around the 10th, making you glad you took a break when you could. Your new job will involve art, music, or luxury goods. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience in this field. Your energy and enthusiasm will make up for your lack of knowledge. Resist the urge to change your look towards the end of the month. This is not a good time to for a radical overhaul of image or style. Focus instead on developing a healthier self-image. Embrace your most attractive qualities instead of despairing over your minor flaws. There’s no cosmetic in the world like confidence. Model your behaviour after an unconventional sex symbol you’ve always admired.


You’ll have to choose between a lover and a friend in the earliest days of May. Don’t be so quick to cancel plans with an old chum for the sake of a hot date. Your friend has stood by you in good times and bad; it’s time to return their loyalty. A love affair or engagement will spice things up around the 10th; it will be impossible to keep your hands off your amour during this passionate time. By the middle of the month your daily life will undergo a radical change. You might be inspired to write a book or compose a song. Let your creativity run wild! An embarrassing secret could come to light in the days surrounding the 25th. Be careful about whom you trust with personal information. Keep your journals under lock and key, and strengthen your computer passwords. You don’t want any sensitive emails fall into the wrong hands.


May gets off to an exciting start, when a vivid dream inspires a creative project. You’ll get lots of favourable publicity for your work. You have a knack for finding practical applications for revolutionary ideas. An exciting family reunion will take place on or around the 10th. A birth, marriage, or graduation causes everyone to gather together in a spirit of harmony. Take this opportunity to extend an olive branch to a relative with whom you’ve been quarrelling. This is your big chance to put all of your quarrels to rest. Mid-May will be a tremendously romantic time for you. If you’re single, you will meet someone special at a book club, writing class, or debate society. If you are already in a relationship, take up a hobby with your amour. Having a shared interest will reignite your passion for each other. Your social circle experiences some upheaval towards the end of May, when one of your friends moves away.

PISCES [20 FEB - 20 MAR]

Don’t contradict an expert at the beginning of May. Although their methods seem antiquated and silly, there is actually merit to these ways. Put your scepticism on hold and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Going on a short trip for pleasure will be unexpectedly romantic around the 10th. If you’re single, you’ll meet someone special at a garden, gourmet restaurant, or art supply store. If you’re already in a relationship, your amour will surprise you with a beautiful piece of jewellery. Spend more time at home throughout the middle of May. Focusing on your family will ease some of your restless energy. The final days of the month will be stressful. It will feel as if everyone is blaming you for things beyond your control. Be ready to defend yourself. The more documentation you have of how you’ve dealt with this problem, the better off you’ll be. If you’re released from a position, take heart. This will give you more time for the creative projects you’ve been longing to launch. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM MAY 2013 / 161

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THE GUIDE family

PLACES 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, just opposite La Cañada in Marbella. Training is on Mondays and Wednesdays. Call Craig on Tel: 609 310 409. 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

The nature of giving has changed vastly over the new millennium, with online sites like JustGiving making it possible to do one’s share instantly and networking sites like Facebook making it easy to share one’s cause with an audience of thousands or more. One Million Bones is a perfect example of a future-forward charitable endeavour. Children around the world are currently making ‘bones’ out of materials like paper and clay, for a collaborative art installation which will be displayed in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. from June 8 to 10. The installation will serve as a collaborative site of conscience to remember the millions of victims of genocide in areas like Sudan. Each ‘bone’ sent to the organisers will be met by a $1 donation from the Bezos family foundation, up to a total of $500,000. The total amount raised will go to CARE, a humanitarian charity carrying out important work in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Children can get involved by making their own bone and sending a digital photograph to the organisers, or by making a $5 donation, so other children can make a bone on their behalf. i For further information,

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 walk-though 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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Essential Marbella Magazine May 2013  

Lost in transmission! Fabulous TV features, news, culture, people and trends in marbella with all you need to know about the expatriate life...