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La Alquería · Marbella West

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EXPERIENCE LIFE THIS APRIL

Easter is a time of rebirth, when you can emerge from your cocoon and feel the sun on your skin. Find out about the many things to do and see in Málaga, or immerse yourself in nature in one of Andalucía’s National Parks. Consider going somewhere unique, such as Cuba, and making memories that will be with you always.

We feature Pablo Picasso, who is is in the spotlight, with 50 exhibitions across two continents marking the 50th anniversary of the year of his death.

Discover sustainable fashion brand, Adarche, check out the svelte lines of the Valentino Garavani Spring/Summer

Collection, and check into the new El Fuerte Marbella, now a Five Star hotel after a complete refurb.

We bring you an exclusive one-on-one with prolific Margot Robbie and we talk with Francisco Gómez Palma, who is standing for Mayor of Marbella in next month’s elections.

Envisage getting behind the wheel of the new Lotus EV SUV and see why Loriini Garden Furniture is likely to be all the rage.

Finally, make a point of visiting Nomad in Nueva Andalucía, the much-hyped new venue from the Metro Group, and reserve your place for The Boho Project in Marbella on 29th April.

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April is a great month for travelling and, apparently, this is a highly recommended time to visit Cuba. Nearer to home, indulge in nature in one one of andalucía’s National Parks, or become more acquainted with Málaga this Spring. envisage the rush behind the wheel of the new Lotus EV Suv, and don’t miss our one-on-one with Margot Robbie.

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HURRY TO HAVANA

Now is the time to visit this great country. Now that it has reached true prominence. Fashion stylists have already picked it for its current status of ‘focus of the world’: a focus that is now shining upon this uniquely troubled, special and intriguing island with its most dramatic of capitals.

Charm without the chaos
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Surely the best place to judge the readiness of Cuba to embrace any stampede of tourism is inside the control room of the annual tourism trade show for the world’s travel press. So I present my press card as I am booked in with them on a trip across the island. It’s all charm and chaos in equal measure! The intermittent WiFi allows some of the world’s press to switch off but leaves others frustrating with their deadlines. All bustle with the heady mix of the compelling viewing of business representatives getting temperamental to no effect in front of fazed and ineffectual Cuban administrators.

Cuba, they are only too keen to tell me, broke her own records last year with several million visitors; the main tourist spots outside of Havana being Matanzas, Villa Clara, Trinidad, Jardines del Rey, and Holguín. People flock to the island typically for the sun and sand, and for the cigars, the salsa and the old colourful cars. But they may well be newcomers to the real consequences of socialism. ›

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Some tourists may suffer the lack of both products on offer in the shops and of any modernity in technology. My hotel bookshop, for instance, stocked nothing but copies of Fidel Castro’s life and works, and other Communist bibles. But hopefully tourists will recognise that it’s about so much more than creature comforts. There’s the spirit of the country, the charm of the people and the music running through their bones! This lack of efficiency can only partly be

excused by the Caribbean sun and any attempts at manual work in the midday heat. It’s more that the entire sense of time has been frozen since 1959 when the revolution took hold of the island. While they are clearly highly articulate and intelligent, there’s simply no initiative on view or enterprise on offer. The State has stripped away any self-reliance, any desire to challenge. So Cuba is in one massive time lapse. A museum to Communism.

Cuba is nonetheless one of the world’s most sustainable countries, based on its own human welfare index (life expectancy, literacy and GDP) and an ecological footprint (the amount of land needed to fulfil a person’s food and energy needs). Luckily it’s also a blissful and providential land so food is plentiful for all. I had pineapple nearly every meal (or else guava, papaya and mango) and the waters are full of the very fish Hemingway was so keen to catch.

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In time I reached Havana. Almost cinematic. Certainly scenic. Beautiful old cars acting as taxis, from the 1950s, hoot and crank around the city, customised and often with the doors and side-mirrors held together practically with sellotape. The city has a strong resemblance to Naples with her laundry lines and systematic chaos, bustle and deprivation. All steamy. All frenzy. Very Tennessee Williams. Better at night and sundown for me than by daylight. For it’s then that semi-clad figures emerge from the balconies (that drip with rusty electric wiring) to express themselves, brandishing food, cigars and drink. The fading, peeling Art Nouveau buildings, with their intricate iron grills match the roads in their state of disrepair with deep potholes which means, as the taxi driver jokes, "You sometimes get a massage for free in this car!"

All this is preferable to the freshly

repainted touristic area currently backed by an UNESCO initiative, where the streets are very carefully manicured and the sweeping water-fronted Malecón, the famous promenade, looks exceptionally clean. There is an industrious air about the locals. Calle Obispo runs from Parque Central to the Malecón and is a good indicator of how the old town is doing. The stink has apparently gone so maybe there have been renovations to the sewer system too. ›

The Nacional Hotel in her full glory
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As I make my way along Calle Obispo I'm startled by the subtle changes. I pop in to the famous Bodeguita del Medio, where Hemingway enjoyed his mojitos. Many authors and musicians have passed through these doors including the great Gabriel García Márquez. At Cristóbal Cathedral, old ladies still wear white turbans and long lace dresses as they sell knitted dolls. I stop off in Nao, one of the new breed of self-owned ‘paladares’. These are restaurants set in local homes. Although there are only six tables set, it’s cosy and the menu offers a wide range of delicacies including the likes of octopus and rabbit. Then there’s the newly opened Casa Miglis serving an interesting fusion of

Cuban and Swedish cuisine, with dishes such as shrimp skagen (on toast) and saffron seafood casserole. While El Figaro offers stroganoff, ceviche and gazpacho as well as tuna tartare, baby-eel salad or suckling pig. All housed in an 18th-century colonial building, a bastion of Cuba’s former sophistication.

The top spot for luxury, and nowhere being more characterful, is the Hotel Nacional. This imposing 1930s structure is truly redolent of Cuba’s glamorous past. I love it! So wonderfully evocative of yesteryear glamour with a wall of fame in its own museum, boasting Frank Sinatra,

Walt Disney and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The stylish music hall and cigarreeking casino (there’s no ban on smoking indoors!) are highly nostalgic and the swimming pool is so retro and in need of repair that it has a cachet of its own. Most memorable are the specific room numbers of the historic guest list. All on the same floor are 218 for Nat King Cole, 214 for Sinatra, 228 for Fred Astaire and 235 for Errol Flynn. The prize restaurant is the ‘Comedor de Aguiar’ with penguinbesuited waiters and sparkling chandeliers. The Cordero lamb dish and the Santa Digna wine are excellent. I recommend a daiquiri in the Churchill Bar. ›

Old classic American maroon car rides in front of the Capitol
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Here it was, in a salon-styled waiting room, that I picked up a dictionary of Cuban Spanish only to rejoice in its similes and slang.‘Gordo como una buoya’ means fat as a buoy, while ‘orracho como una uva’ is drunk as a grape, and ‘flaco como un güin’ means as thin as a sugarcane flower. Similarly

graphic and pertinent in their descriptions are ‘ponchar’ to fail an exam (literally, to get a flat tyre) and ‘paton’ duck feet (said of someone who can’t dance). There are lots of great museums. One of the revolution, one for chocolate, another for rum. The Wilfredo Lam Center is perhaps my

favourite with his stunning oil paintings. There are echoes of the sultry sounds of salsa and now there’s a funky new era of urban soul.

I leave Havana the next morning to get a feel of the countryside. I pass small shacks, tumbledown houses with a slap of paint here and there and goats and hens roaming the gardens. The fields vary in size and undulate in most cases as the tractors are saved for the larger centrallyowned farms. It’s common to find tall palm trees standing in the middle of a field.

It is a four-hour bus ride to Cayo Coco among the archipelago of wetlands that make up the Jardines Del Rey.

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These mangroves are joined to the mainland by a lengthy causeway. There’s a divinely white sandy beach running along the back of my hotel. Every little comfort is included in the hotel package as Pedro and his donkey patrol the beach handing out beers and soft drinks to the hard-pressed sunbathers. Next day I take a trip on a catamaran and wild dolphins swim past as we set sail. The catamaran anchors close to a coral reef and it’s time for snorkelling. This is the Caribbean at its best.

It would be only too easy to have spent a week here but I wanted to see more of the island. The one regret was actually in not finding time to

visit Trinidad, a colonial jewel of a town. Anyway, I was en route to Santiago de Cuba and it’s important to remember that Cuba is an extremely long island. On my way I passed through Camaguey, a clean and beautifully preserved city and so different from Havana with more bicycles than old Cadillacs. The winding labyrinth of streets, hide a cornucopia of talented artists exhibiting their work and an abundance of clay pots for which the city is famous. That night I stayed at Santa Lucia and checked in at the lively Brisas resort to embrace the beach once more, savouring the shallow waters at bath temperature. ›

A glamourous Cuban Cadillac
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Beach Life at Jardines del Rey

The journey through the spine of Cuba was fascinating as the locals piled in and out of their ‘cooperative’ cars. Every horse and cart was packed to capacity but all the passengers shared in their good humour. My next stop was Holguín where the local beers Cristal and

Bucanero are brewed. The scenery changed the further south I travelled and bumps rose out of the landscape.

The final part of my journey shows up a contrasting mountainous backdrop, before I finally reach Santiago. This, Cuba’s second city, just

celebrated its 500th year since the Spanish founded it. The Tropicana cabaret is a wonderful excursion and the dancers come out into the crowd and perform the conga at the end of the show. The Casa de la Musica has a venue here and it’s from here that many of the original Buena Vista Social Club, that got the whole world swaying to Cuban music, hailed. It’s a beautiful city that stands alone and is the original site where Castro declared the socialist state on January 1st 1959. ›

Havana’s winning combination of an old car and iron grillwork
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More to the point or the national psyche are ‘resolver’ (to resolve or to work out) and ‘conseguir’ to get or to manage. And I have to say that I found grasping these concepts a truly enigmatic process. The world’s press had gathered for a weeklong invitation to the touristic delights of Cuba. Unfortunately our police car convoy, designed both to ease our way and to keep track on us all, broke down and caused untold delay. I tried to take a snap but was told it was illegal to take photographs of the police.

Something to do with the Cold War I had to imagine (as no reason was offered). And then the internal flight from Santiago of nearly a thousand kilometres back to Havana was itself delayed for half a day with the representative standing on a chair reading out the names of the lucky few who could take the next flight. And yet, all along, there were the welcoming drinks, the guitar ensembles, the iced sculptures. Prepare to be harried but never hurried! Charm and chaos in equal measure! e

The luminaries of the Nacional
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Typical Spanish architecture in Trinidad

MAGNIFICENT MÁLAGA

IN APRIL: THINGS TO DO AND SEE

April is one of Málaga’s busiest months, with tourists booking a break on the Coast for two main reasons – the beautifully warm weather and Málaga’s Semana Santa, which is steeped in cultural and spiritual significance. There are many more activities to immerse yourself in. Take a larger piece of ‘the real Málaga’ with you by embracing our curated list of cultural, culinary, and leisurely pursuits.

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CULTURAL PURSUITS

Let’s start with the many amazing museums in the capital, of which there are a whopping 36! Many are located within walking distance of each other, so you can definitely see two or three in a day. Read on to discover our list of favourites.

THE CARMEN THYSSEN MUSEUM IN MÁLAGA – A TREASURE TROVE OF 19THCENTURY ART

Take a colourful journey through the main genres that held sway in Spanish painting during the 19th and the start of the 20th century. The Carmen Thyssen Museum, which is housed in a 16th-century Renaissance building in the city centre, houses an assembly of over 250 works from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza

collection. Featured artists include Francisco de Zurbarán, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, and Julio Romero de Torres.

The first floor is dominated by the ‘preciosismo’ movement, led by Mariano Fortuny. This style sought to explain the fine details in a scene and featured both everyday subjects (such as Andalusian patios) and high society dances. On the second floor are 20th-century works by artists who looked to international movements such as impressionism for inspiration.

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THE CENTRE POMPIDOU

The lively Muelle Uno (Port One) in the city, with its myriad of shops and restaurants and

scenic walkways, is dominated by a large, vibrant, Rubik’s Cube-like structure – Málaga’s own Pompidou Museum. Its unique mission is to appeal to people who don’t usually visit museums. If you are a newcomer to modern art, book a guided tour for beginners. If you’re a bit of an expert, ask for the guided tours for connoisseurs.

Within the walls of the Pompidou, you will find 7,000m2 of exhibition space, divided into two floors. Featured artists as we go to print include Matisse, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, and Lucio Fontana. Exhibitions are continually changing, so keep up-to-date by signing up for the museum’s newsletter.

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Modern art reigns supreme at the Centre Pompidou in Málaga
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TOP EXHIBITION TO CATCH: JAVIER CALLEJA

Javier Calleja is one of the international art scene’s most exciting and popular artists. Hailing from Málaga, he is causing a frenzy in the US, Japan, China, Russia, Africa, and Latin America. His work comprises drawings, paintings, and large-scale sculptures –many of which feature childlike subjects that transmit innocence and the joy of discovery. The Centro Cultural Fundación Unicaja is currently housing the artist’s biggest individual exhibition to date, with over 200 works to enjoy. Entitled Mr. Günter the Cat Show, it can be viewed until September 6.

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THE PICASSO MUSEUM OF MÁLAGA

Like the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the Picasso Museum of Málaga is located in a stunning 16th-century palace, though this venue boasts a marriage of Renaissance and Mudéjar architectural elements. Although the museum opened its doors in 2003 (its launch was attended by the King and Queen Emeritus, Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofía), it was originally dreamed up by Pablo Picasso and Juan Temboury Álvarez, who was the Delegate of Fine Arts in Málaga.

The museum features a wide range of paintings and drawings by Picasso, who founded the Cubist movement alongside Georges Braque, as well as numerous temporary exhibitions. Must-see paintings include Still Life with Minotaur and Palette, Head of a Woman (Dora Maar), and Jacqueline Seated. There is also a wide range of sculptures and sketches on display.

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THE AUTOMOBILE AND FASHION MUSEUM

What do fancy cars and high fashion have in common? The fact that both drip artistry and are the product of talent, vision, and a penchant for perfection. The Automobile and Fashion Museum shows how seamlessly these creative genres merge via a host of set-ups that marry the two to perfection.

The cars are divided into 10 different categories – Belle Époque, The Golden 1920s, Art Deco, Popular Cars, Designer Cars, Dream Cars, Alternative Energy, the English Tradition, Dolce Vita, and Hot Rods.

Fashion, meanwhile, is represented by firms of the calibre of Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Balmain, and Prada. You will find six different categories to investigate – Individual Collections, Apotheosis, Fashion Victim, Black Room, Hats, and Fashion in Movement. The range of ideas represented in the museum include consumerism, artistry in design, and iconic outfits – including a Belle Époque dress once belonging to Napoleon III’s wife, the Empress Eugénie de Montijo.

THE MUSEUM OPENS FROM MONDAY TO SUNDAY, 10AM TO 2:30PM.

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THE MUSEUM OF IMAGINATION

An ideal establishment for those who like to take photographs that veer from the norm, the Museum of Imagination was created to invite us to return to our childhood and plunge headfirst into the world of illusion. It features a host of visual scenes that defy gravity, take you back to the age of the dinosaurs, and immerse you in fantasy-like scenarios. There is also a dedicated kids’ area with professional monitors.

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CULINARY EXPERIENCES

Málaga’s dining scene is filled with life, flavour, and aromas. We hope you try some of the restaurants in our curated list.

BYOKO

Byoko proudly calls itself ‘the first bio, zero-kilometre cuisine establishment in Málaga,’ and indeed, the main values in this warm, inviting restaurant are sustainability and a love of all things ecofriendly. Byoko’s interior design is urban yet biophilic, a combination of red brick

pillars and wooden tables with a modern, happening vibe. Diners tuck into hearty brunches, healthy lunches, and beautifully presented dinners. Servings are generous and every plate is packed with colour. Dishes to enjoy include the Kingsotto (a white, black, and red quinoa risotto with a mix of shiitake

and button mushrooms and Grana Padano cheese), the chickpea curry kale salad, and the matcha cake. Byoko has two restaurants – one in the famous Plaza de la Merced and another on Calle Strachán. WWW.BYOKO.ES

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TARÓ

This restaurant is named after a thick, persistent cloud which covers the city of Málaga in the hottest days of the summer without warning, protecting native plants against the heat by producing a notable and pleasurable drop in temperature.

Taró is the kind of venue that is ideal for celebrating special events such as important business dinners or anniversaries. Avant-garde cuisine is created meticulously by whiz chef, Pachu Barrera. He transforms traditional recipes into works of art with unique flavours and textures. One of his most famous dishes, the Malagueño salchichón tartar, is a perfect example of the level of creativity you will encounter at Taró.

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LA ANTXOETA ART RESTAURANT

‘Canalla y acogedor’ – ‘Roguish and welcoming,’ is how this restaurant, located in the heart of the Malagueño Soho, likes to describe itself. Market-fresh produce, creativity, and a dash of rock ‘n roll, plus an exquisite wine list, are the pillars that give La Antxoeta Art its reputation for an unbeatable, flavour-packed experience.

The chef, Pablo Caballero Larios, entered into the competitive world of gastronomy owing to his passion for travel. Honing his craft in a myriad of cities and restaurants was a way for him to immerse himself in a wealth of cultures while making a living. For Caballero, a great meal is one that is free of artifice and based on excellence of produce. His dishes are characterised by their Mediterranean focus and alluring creativity.

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KALEJA

Head Chef, Dani Carnero obtained Málaga city’s second Michelin star (for his restaurant, Kaleja) in November 2022, after many years consolidating a stellar career that has seen him achieve nationwide renown. ‘Kaleja’ is a Sephardic word meaning ‘narrow street or alley’. It is a fitting name for a restaurant that is located in a tiny

street in Málaga’s ‘judería’ (old Jewish quarter), with views over the Moorish Alcazaba.

The chef prepares his dishes in a traditional cocina de candela, which imbues ingredients with a smoky aroma that rescues the flavours he first encountered as a child. At Kaleja, you will find numerous Andalusian recipes that Carnero has rescued from

VINO MÍO

oblivion. There are two tasting menus on offer – Memoria and Gran Memoria – made with market-fresh produce and plenty of love. Carnero owns two other trendy spots in the city – La Cosmopolita and La Cosmo, both of which offer casual dining experiences.

Vino Mío restaurant, located in front of the Teatro Cervantes, has achieved an amazing feat this year – its 20th anniversary! This establishment is known for having one of Málaga’s best terraces. The latter is open all year, climatised, and covered so that diners can enjoy a great meal even on rainy days.

The restaurant presents highly acclaimed flamenco shows, which are celebrated from Thursday to Sunday, as well as art exhibitions and a plethora of musical evenings. On the menu are a host of international dishes and tapas, as well as vegetarian dishes and tempting desserts. You will find inspirations from all over the world, including Morocco, Australia, and Italy. WWW.RESTAURANTEVINOMIO.ES

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Head Chef Dani Carnero of Kaleja
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JOSÉ CARLOS GARCÍA RESTAURANT

A stalwart on Málaga’s gastronomic scene, José Carlos García is one of two restaurants in the capital city with one Michelin star. Located in the port of Málaga, it exudes elegant, minimalistic vibes and has an impressively-sized open kitchen, which enables diners to observe the discipline that goes into running a fine dining restaurant. The

chef is known for his love of local produce and his interest in preserving the traditions of Málaga. His tasting menu features seaside delights (including red mullet, shrimp, and cuttlefish), as well as meat, game, and vegetables.

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A LEISURELY DAY IN MÁLAGA

Unlike many other European capital cities, Málaga isn’t one where you usually have to queue up to see the main sites. Moreover, you can simply enjoy a day out in the city without having to enter museums or the Cathedral, and still feel like you have caught a good balance of cultural enrichment and laid-back fun. Below are five suggestions for those who like to enjoy a casual stroll through their favourite cities.

VISITING THE ALCAZABA AND THE ROMAN RUINS

One of the most romantic visits possible in Málaga involves a visit to the Alcazaba – a 16thcentury palace and fortification ensconced at the skirts of the Gibralfaro mountain. It measures over 15,000m2 – just half of its original size in its golden age. One of its most scenic spots is the Patio de Armas, with beautifully manicured gardens and a traditional fountain upping the relaxation factor. The palace

is a stone’s throw away from another must-see monument –the Roman Amphitheatre, built during the height of the Roman Empire and utilised for the performing arts until the third century.

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SHOPPING AT CALLE LARIOS

Calle Larios is hands-down one of Málaga’s most beautiful shopping areas, in my view comparable in beauty only to Marbella’s Old

Town. This elegant pedestrianonly street is more like an avenue in width, and from start to finish there’s something interesting to view. Affordable and designer boutiques mingle (both in the main street and the tiny streets and alleyways that branch off it) with jewellery stores, the elegant Larios Hotel, and classic tapas bars and restaurants serving traditional food with modern flair. Calle Larios is just minutes away from Málaga’s most important sites—including the Cathedral and the city’s main museums.

Málaga’s stunning Alcazaba and Roman amphitheatre
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MUELLE UNO AND MUELLE DOS

The port in Málaga is over 3,000 years old, making it one of the oldest in the world. Today, it is one of the most vibrant cruise ship terminals in Spain, welcoming thousands of tourists to our shores every year. Muelle Uno and Dos (Quays One and Two) are a 15-minute walk from Calle Larios. Muelle Uno is home to a 14,000m2 shopping and commercial centre and has underground parking for over 1,000 cars. It is also dotted with lively cafés and bars.

Muelle Dos, meanwhile, is known for its stunning shaded waterfront promenade, called ‘The Palm Garden of Surprises’. It is, as its name would suggest, flanked by stately palm trees and home to numerous kids’

playgrounds, water features, gardens, benches, and quiet spots in which to spend a relaxing day alone or with loved ones.

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THE SOHO CAIXABANK THEATRE

A stunning theatre in the centre that is the dream child of Academy and Tony Awardnominated actor, Antonio Banderas. The star’s pulling power has drawn big Broadway stars to our shores, including Baayork Lee, who co-directed A Chorus Line – an all-time favourite musical whose original cast she formed part of. The Soho Theatre continually presents shows of the highest calibre, ranging from dramas to

musicals and more. Keep your eyes glued to its website to discover its updated programme.

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THE PARQUE DE LA ALAMEDA

This is one of my favourite alltime spots, as it was a frequent hangout during my first years living in the heart of Málaga. This park is an oasis of subtropical trees, shrubs, and plants with a host of benches where you can read a book, enjoy a quick lunch, or just watch the world go by. Designed in 1876 as a means of expanding the port, it measures 30,000m2 and is considered the green lung of Málaga.

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Walking along the promenade is a popular activity in Málaga

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CELEBRATING PICASSO

Master, myth, misogynist – Pablo Picasso’s life, work and attitude to women will all come under the spotlight as 50 exhibitions across two continents mark the 50th anniversary year of his death.

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Fashion designer Sir Paul Smith’s colourful exhibition in Paris © Servicio Cultural de la Embajada de España en Francia
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It’s 50 years this month since Pablo Picasso died in his bed on the French Riviera, aged 91, after one of his famous Saturday night dinner parties. He left 45,000 artworks, no will, and grounds for a court battle that took his feuding family six years to resolve. Happily, half a century on, the heirs have come together in an artistic entente cordiale with the governments of France and Spain and 38 heavyhitting museums to present Celebración Picasso 19732023: 50 exhibitions opening across Europe and America over the next 12 months in the most ambitious art collaboration yet.

More of Picasso’s prodigious legacy will be out on loan for public view than has ever seen gallery walls before. Artworks insured for fortunes will be flying between New York’s Solomon Guggenheim, the Musée Picasso in Paris, The Prado in Madrid – one of 16 museums staging

exhibitions in Spain – and eminent institutions in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Monaco and Romania.

It will be the most highprofile retrospective ever bestowed on an artist, let alone one on the ‘cancel culture’ hit list – and precisely for that reason.

Picasso paired with Goya, El Greco, Velázquez and Chanel; Picasso and Cubism; Picasso and Feminism –the artist will be scrutinised through 50 different lenses, with seminars on top, in an extravagant bid to validate his legacy in a post-#Me Too world.

“If there is an artist who defines the 20th century, who represents it with all its

cruelty, violence, passion, excesses and contradictions, this is, undoubtedly, Pablo Picasso,” said Spain’s Culture Minister Miquel Iceta at the Madrid launch, held in front of the Reina Sofía Museum’s prized Guernica mural. “Celebración Picasso will allow us to confront him from a contemporary perspective, helping us to understand with today’s eyes an artist who is still alive 50 years after his death.”

Málaga’s most famous son is still influencing art worldwide and fetching record nine-figure sums for his own. But can his legacy survive the glare of a very public year ahead? Was he ‘a Harvey Weinstein of his time’, as Danish artist Olafur Eliasson described him? And should it prevent us from appreciating his art? This year, it will all be up for debate. ›

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Picasso, 1962 Fashion designer Sir Paul Smith’s colourful exhibition in Paris © Servicio Cultural de la Embajada de España en Francia
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“IF I PAINT A WILD HORSE, YOU MIGHT NOT SEE THE HORSE... BUT SURELY YOU WILL SEE THE WILDNESS!”

CANCELLING PICASSO?

One show unlikely to be too celebratory, Picasso and Feminism, opens at New York’s Brooklyn Museum this summer. It has been co-curated by Aussie comedian and self-confessed Picasso hater Hannah Gadsby who called him out in her stage show, Nanette, for ‘suffering the mental illness of misogyny’.

“Picasso’s behaviour is often framed as evidence of his magnetism and unbridled passion, despite the fact that, in France in 1927, corruption of a minor was a crime punishable by imprisonment,” she said, referencing his affair with an under-age muse. “Our mistake was to invalidate the perspective of a

17-year-old girl because we believed her potential was never going to equal his.”

PICASSO REHUNG

British fashion guru Sir Paul Smith has curated the artist’s works as you’ve never seen them before in a whimsical re-hanging of the Collection at the Musée National Picasso Paris. Instead of white walls, the avant garde menswear designer uses his trademark stripes as backgrounds for Picasso’s works. “My approach was very spontaneous and visual, not at all attached to the history of Picasso,” he said. Picasso Celebration, the Collection

Takes Color! runs until August 27.

PICASSO’S LAST WORDS (DRINK TO ME) …

… is the title of a track on the Paul McCartney and Wings album, Band on the Run, written for Dustin Hoffman who bet the Beatle couldn’t write a song off the top of his head. McCartney opened the daily paper on the story of Picasso’s death and turned his famous last words into lyrics and music on the spot. Spoken at his final dinner party, they were: “Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can’t drink any more”. ›

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Picasso/Chanel at Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (concluded)

PICASSO MANIA IN MÁLAGA

Prepare for a Picasso explosion this summer with Cubist-inspired tapas, Blue and Rose cocktails and chocolate minotaur stencils floating on frothy capuccinos! A birthday party atmosphere will prevail in the artist’s native city to mark another important anniversary: the opening of the Museo Picasso Málaga by the King and Queen of Spain, 20 years ago, which transformed a city famous only for its airport into a world capital of culture.

“Pablo could never have imagined that 50 years after his death he would have become the Málaga brand,” said MPM’s Artistic Director, José Lebrero. “We want to celebrate the major contribution the Museum has made to the cultural transformation of the city. Everyone is being invited to think Picasso this year.”

Along with four major exhibitions, parallel events will take Picasso out into the streets to celebrate his life in classical music, theatre, art and cuisine.

Restaurant chefs will compete to create dishes with a Picasso twist, and amateur photographers to capture the essence of ‘Pablo’s Pueblo’. A virtual attraction offering ‘an immersive walk through the artist’s world’, a mega edition of the Picasso Bullfight during August feria week, and a free audio tour around the artist’s childhood haunts are events announced so far. ›

“IT TOOK ME FOUR YEARS TO PAINT LIKE RAPHAEL, BUT A LIFETIME TO PAINT LIKE A CHILD.”
Plaza de la Merced
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© Área de Turismo del Ayuntamiento de Málaga

Thanks to the Picasso Effect, Málaga has become a point of pilgrimage for visitors who come to to see his Twilight in the Port of Málaga for real (totally changed, except for the sunsets); to gawp at the baptismal font where Pablito received a litany of official names (25, all told); and to take selfies in La Malagueta bull ring, the subject of eight-yearold Picasso’s first painting and the inspiration for his tortured tauromaquia images of later life.

None of his early work looks like ‘a Picasso’, as we’ve come to know him. The boy received a strictly classical training from his art professor father who believed in disciplined copying of the masters, and drawing from life. It was a lesson his son never forgot. “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist,” Picasso said. ›

Picasso bronze, Plaza de la Merced The MPM turns 20 Pictures in this page © Área de Turismo del Ayuntamiento de Málaga
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Plaza de la Merced

DIARY DATES

Museo Picasso Málaga

» May 8-September

10 Picasso: Matter and Body. The largest collection of Picasso sculptures ever exhibited in Spain.

» October 2-March 24

2024 The Echo of Picasso. Exploring Picasso’s liberating effect on 20th century art.

» Throughout 2023: Dialogues with Picasso. A 1958 tapestry version of Cubist masterpiece Les

Demoiselles d’Avignon by French master weaver Jacqueline Dürrbach is a highlight of the 2020-2023 Collection. Picasso said it was ‘far better than the original’, which hangs in the MOMA, New York.

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Jacqueline Dürrbach, after Pablo Picasso: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Cavalaire-sur-Mer 1958, after original 1907 painting. Wool tapestry 272 x 255 cm. Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, Madrid. On temporary loan to the Museo Picasso Málaga © FABA photo: Hugard & Vanoverschelde Photography © Estate of Jacqueline de la Baume-Dürrbach, all rights reserved.

DIARY DATES

Museo Casa Natal Picasso

» June 21-October 1 The Ages of Pablo. A chronological journey through the artist’s stylistic periods.

» October 18- March 3 2024 The Image of Picasso. How the media covered Picasso in his lifetime, through press cuttings, books, TV interviews, cinema and pop music.

PABLO’S PIGEONS

Picasso’s iconic Dove of Peace harks back to the pigeons pecking the dirt in Plaza Merced opposite the family home in 1880s Málaga (now the Casa Natal Museum). They were one of the first subjects the little boy learned to draw, first with a stick in the dirt, later under his art professor father’s tutelage, who bred pigeons for life-drawing classes.

Picasso drew on those childhood lessons when he was invited to design a poster for the 1949 World Peace Council, an image of a dove he later refined into the simple line drawing adopted by the 1960s Peace Movement.

Picasso kept a dovecot in his garden and named his fourth daughter Paloma, who keeps the motif alive in her jewellery designs for Tiffany and Co.

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ARTIST AND MODEL

Picasso once remarked that his stylistic periods could be categorised by the women in his life: his muses. Whoever was in his bed influenced his art and he swapped partners as often as he changed styles. In between, he used prostitutes.

Picasso depicted many of his models as objects of sexual abuse from predatory Minotaur figures thinly disguised as himself. Connections have long been drawn between his art and treatment of women in real life but Marina Picasso painted the darkest picture of the artist/muse relationship in Picasso, My Grandfather (2001).

‘He submitted them to his animal sexuality, tamed them, bewitched them, ingested them, and crushed them onto his canvas’, she wrote. ‘After he had spent many nights extracting their essence, once they were bled dry, he would dispose of them.’

Of his seven most famous modellovers – and there were many more – two committed suicide, two had nervous breakdowns and one became a nun. Two were his wives, three were the mothers of his four children. Mostly they were articulate artistic women who put Picasso’s career before their own. All but one professed him to be the love of their lives. ›

The representation of women in art will be thrown open for debate at PICASSO. Artist and Model – Last Paintings, 10 works depicting Picasso and muse during the creative process. It runs until May 1st. Credit: Installation view ‘PICASSO. Artist and Model –Last Paintings’ at the Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, 2023 © Succession Picasso/2023, ProLitteris, Zurich.
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THE SEVEN MUSES

These were the women who most a-mused Picasso, dated according to the time they lasted in the role.

» Fernande Olivier (1904-1912) shook Picasso out of his melancholic Blue Period into his happier Rose Period and on to Cubism, posing for over 60 paintings. In her memoirs – which Picasso paid her not to publish until after his death – she wrote that he’d kept her locked up in his apartment ‘due to a sort of morbid jealousy’. She never fulfilled her own artistic potential and died penniless but she’s got her own back, becoming the first Picasso muse to be given a retrospective. Fernande Olivier and Pablo Picasso in the Intimacy of the Bateau-Lavoir, a fly-on-the-wall exhibition of her paintings, portraits and journals, opened Celebración Picasso in Paris.

» Eva Gouel (1912-1915), Fernande’s best friend, the subject of Picasso’s famous Woman with a Guitar, was his next conquest. His interests strayed after she developed TB, from which she died.

» Olga Khokhlova (1918-1934)

A dancer with the Ballets Russes and Picasso’s first wife, he left ‘the castrator’ as

he called her, soon after she produced an heir. She refused to divorce him and stalked him until her death.

» Marie-Thérèse Walter (19271935) hung herself from grief after Picasso left her. A 17-year-old minor when the 45-year-old artist seduced her, she was the muse or his most explicitly erotic paintings. After daughter Maya was born, she found herself sharing him with Surrealist photographer Dora Maar and gave him an ultimatum: choose. Picasso invited the women to wrestle it out physically, recalling it ‘one of my choicest memories’. He painted the scene in Birds in a Cage (1937), depicting black dove Dora fighting white dove Marie-Thérèse.

» Dora Maar (1935-43) won the contest and remained in favour long enough to photograph the entire production process for

Guernica. Her intellect challenged the artist but when The Master moved on, she converted to Catholicism, stating: “After Picasso, only God”.

» Françoise Gilot (1943-52) mother to Claude and Paloma Picasso and the only woman to dump him. She became a successful artist and is living happily ever after, aged 96, on the royalties from her kiss-and-tell. In Life with Picasso, she wrote of Picasso’s ‘lust for seduction as a form of exercising power over women, unshakable narcissism and the drive to do evil by damaging the lives of the women who became his partners’.

» Jacqueline Roque (1953-1973) Picasso based more works on his devotional second wife than any other muse –more than 400 pieces. She never got over Picasso’s death and shot herself in 1986, aged 59. e

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EXPLORE NATURE ANDALUCÍA’S NATIONAL PARKS

Those of us who live in or visit the Costa del Sol tend to fix our focus on its sea, beaches and leisure facilities such as golf courses. Every now and again those majestic peaks that rise up behind the coastal towns draw our attention, and rightly so, for they harbour a spectacular world waiting to be discovered.

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The mountain range and lakes seen from the air

SIERRA DE LA NIEVES

Officially designated a national park in 1991, the Sierra de las Nieves was also declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1995 and in 2006 became part of the Intercontinental Mediterranean Biosphere. It is a little-known jewel in the crown of Marbella, as it offers a Rocky Mountain style nature reserve right on our doorstep, with almost 23,000 hectares (230km2) of open mountain ranges, valleys, forests, waterfalls and cascading streams, not to mention a wealth of fauna and flora. Roughly translated as ‘snowy mountain range’, it is named for the extensive white blanket that descends upon the mountains in winter. ›

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The nature reserve is unique for its Pinsapo trees – or Spanish Fir – a relic of the Tertiary period that is endemic to this region and extends over 2,000 hectares within the park, forming the upper part of the larger Serranía de Ronda system of mountain ranges. Its tallest peak, Torrecilla, rises to 1,919 metres above the sea surface at Marbella’s beachfront, the landmark of a verdant biosphere that

extends east of Ronda and passes Benahavís, Ojén and Guaro along the way. Once upon a time, workers used to quarry the ice collected in these mountains and distribute it among the local villages –another origin of the range’s name.

Thanks to its height and topography, the Sierra de las Nieves becomes a snowy landscape in winter, when many of the animals and indeed

plants hibernate, leaving it to rabbits, mountain goats and roe deer to roam about in their winter fur. In other seasons, they are joined by martens, genets and otters, while high above eagles and vultures can be seen riding the thermals that rise up from the land. Falcons and owls headline a wide array of other birds and insect life, as well as lizards, salamanders and snakes, including also rare river crabs. It is a protected natural expanse rich in animal and plant life that is also home to some of the most important tracts of forest in the region.

For all the above reasons, the Sierra de las Nieves is popular with hikers and mountaineers. There are trails that are accessible from Benahavís, the Ronda road, Istán, the Refugio de Juanar, Guaro, Ojén, La Mairena and many other locations in the region. Besides exercising in the fresh air they offer spectacular scenery, the chance to spot wildlife, and of course incredible views across the mountain ranges, valleys and from some perspectives back down to the sea. The Sierra de las Nieves may no longer house bears, wolves and lynx, but it remains a formidable natural reserve right on the doorstep of Marbella.

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Spectacular mountain scenery at a short distance from Marbella

SIERRA NEVADA

For anyone on the Costa del Sol, and Spain for that matter, the name Sierra Nevada conjures up images of skiing and other alpine sports as practised at the winter resort of Pradollano just two hours from the coast. However, this extensive mountain range stretches from Granada in the north to the coastal region in the south and near Almería in the east, with peaks that include the tallest in continental Spain – Mulhacén at 3,479 metres. At the heart of this high-altitude biosphere is the Sierra Nevada National Park, which lays within the provinces of Granada and Almería and covers an area of almost 86,000 hectares (860 km2).

Declared a national park in 1999, it is the secondlargest nature reserve in Spain and the largest that consists of land only. Within the park are many little villages that belong to the Alpujarra cultural region, which retained much of the earlier Moorish traditions and architecture. Besides 20 peaks over 3,000 metres height, this vast complex of mountains is also home to almost 50 high-altitude alpine lakes, which in turn feed a great number of streams and rivers that flow down into the hinterland and the coastal region.

In terms of fauna and flora, the Sierra Nevada occupies a rather unique blend thanks to its southerly

location.This includes dozens of plant species that are endemic to the mountain range, as well as wild boar, martens, badgers, wildcats and Spanish ibex. Eagles, kestrels and owls rule the air, along with a plethora of smaller birds, insects and reptiles, including a limited variety of snakes and rather more numerous salamanders and lizards. Apart from the intrusion of winter sports enthusiasts and the associated ski runs, the Sierra Nevada is a rather untouched haven for nature, and an important gathering point for migrating birds, as a result of which there are birdwatching facilities at various points, as well as cabins that facilitate an overnight stay. ›

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The Sierra Nevada offers fantastic night sky views

For lovers of nature, the Botanical Garden of Cortijuela is of interest, as it is here that the indigenous species of the mountain range are displayed and studied, while the reserve is also the setting of the Sierra Nevada Observatory and the IRAM radio telescope thanks to the very low levels of light pollution and the spectacular clarity of the night skies here. In fact, some people visit the national park not just for its natural beauty but also to gaze in awe at the kind of star-studded skies that put science fiction movies to shame.

DOÑANA NATIONAL PARK

You will have to travel a little to reach the Doñana National Park, but it is well worth it. Situated near the coast on the far side of Cádiz, this reserve within Huelva Province consists of wooded groves set within a maze of sand dunes and wetlands. Created a national park in 1989 and expanded in 1997 and again in 2005, it measures almost 122,500 hectares (1,225 km2), of which 54,250 hectares is designated national park and 68,250 hectares natural park. Farming villages surround the park, but at its heart is a wildland area where animals and birds –especially wetland species – thrive. During the mating season in spring, up to 200,000 birds congregate here, making it one of the main birdwatching spots in Europe. In all, there are over 300 species of birds, including a large number which gather for the seasonal move to Africa, and for

Wild horses graze at the side of mirrored lakes
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Europe’s southern-most alpine expanse

avian enthusiasts the park provides suitably low-key observation posts as well as an information centre. Not surprisingly, Doñana received UNESCO heritage status in 1994, and now draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Many will spot deer, wild boar and if they are lucky also the Iberian Lynx, for whom the reserve has become one of the main sanctuary habitats where this once severely endangered species has been able to recover. What was long a hunting domain has now become a domain of preservation.

Doñana also has a

fascinating human history, as local legend holds that a statuette of the Madonna once hurriedly hidden by local Christians at the time of the Muslim invasion in the eighth century was rediscovered by shepherds centuries later. Taken to what has since become the Hermitage of El Rocío in Almonte, it forms the basis of an annual pilgrimage that is uniquely Andalusian in culture and ranks as one of the most iconic and important events of its kind in Spain. Each year, the rocío draws up to one million visitors to a tiny village still devoid of tarred roads. As a result, the village of Almonte

feels somewhat like the setting of a Western.

This religious shrine on the edge of the waters of the Doñana National Park casts a spell, as you can see wild horses grazing against the liquid reflection of the marshes – a spectacle that merely adds to the special atmosphere of the place. Visited by Pope John Paul II in 1993, El Rocío is an icon of Andalusian music, food and culture as well as its religious traditions, while the expansive nature reserve on its flanks forms one of the most important sanctuaries for plant and wildlife not just in Spain, but all of Europe. e

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EL FUERTE MARBELLA

AN ICON SHINES BENEATH THE LIGHT OF FIVE BRIGHT STARS

The El Fuerte Marbella Hotel is now a five-star establishment and renowned designer, Jaime Beriestain, is breathing fresh life into its interiors and taking the hotel to new heights of aesthetic appeal. His inspiration hails from the resort’s heritage and the culture and craftsmanship of Andalucía. Marisa Cutillas brings you all the news on what to expect from the brand-new, one-and-only El Fuerte Hotel.

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SPRING AWAKENINGS

Spring 2023 is the projected reopening time for El Fuerte Marbella, a hotel with an over-60-year history and the historical privilege of being the first such establishment to open in the city centre.

MARBELLA’S GOLDEN AGE

Historians will know that in 1957, Don José Luque (who owned a chocolate factory and an oil mill) took the plunge into the tourism sector, opening a hotel by the sea in what was once a small fishing town. The hotel received its name El

Fuerte (The Fort) from the 16th-century fortress that stood proudly before it. The latter was built by King Charles V to stave off pirate attacks and served as an ammunition storage point for many years.

EL FUERTE AND WALT DISNEY

Since its origins as a fourstar hotel, El Fuerte Marbella has attracted the crème de la crème of the celebrity sector, with creative icon, Walt Disney enjoying a working holiday at the resort and quickly transforming it into ‘the place to be’ for the

rest of the jetset.

Disney lived at El Fuerte for various weeks alongside his beloved dog, Pluto. During his visit, which was undertaken to find locations for upcoming films, the talented cartoonist and producer forged a friendship with Pedro Guerrero (the hotel’s bell boy). The latter would walk Pluto twice a day in exchange for succulent tips. When Disney left the hotel for his villa on the Coast, their friendship was consolidated via daily visits, long chats, and afternoon tea at Disney’s home. ›

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Since then, many other stars have sought refuge from the hustle and bustle of their busy lives at the resort – including Penélope Cruz, Lola Flores, Diana Dors, and the poet, Rafael Alberti. The 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s all formed part of Marbella’s “Golden Age,” but initiatives such as the Fuerte Marbella’s investment-heavy reformation are doing their share to bring back high-end glamour and elegance to the Coast.

José Luque García, General Director of Fuerte Group Hotels, explains that “the complete remodelling of

the hotel, and its upgrade to a five-star hotel, will attract clients with a higher purchasing power. This will benefit both the city centre and the Old Town, and will give rise to many new jobs, within the hotel and beyond.”

The hotel’s fascinating history has served as a starting point for Beriestain’s studio, which has chosen to highlight Andalusian traditions, without resorting to stereotypes. Prominence has been given to the colours and materials of Southern Spain, to transform the Fuerte Marbella into an oasis of relaxation and luxury.

RELAX. EAT. REPEAT

In addition to sporting a brand-new look, the resort will boast 251 rooms, 80 of which will be suites. There will also be a spa area (featuring treatments by Clarins) and gastronomic offerings that reflect Marbella’s seabased traditions. The list of restaurants is still to be announced, but it is rumoured that the Fuerte Group is looking into providing Michelin-star-level experiences to please the palates of the savviest of guests. ›

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SUSTAINABLE LUXURY

Warm, harmonious, open spaces characterise the new hotel, which will feature many attributes found in Andalusian palaces, haciendas, and farm houses. Natural hues such as terracotta and earth abound and sustainable, durable materials proliferate. Local artisans and marble experts have worked hard to create beautiful bespoke materials that lend the interiors a luxurious, artistic feel. The result is a blend of countryside warmth and modern design touches that please those with an eye for design while also soothing clients’ mental health with the power of biophilic design. ›

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NATURE TAKES THE LEAD

A passion for nature and its intricacies proliferates. The walls are covered in handpainted, washed ceramics, the floors have a clay effect, lamps are inspired on the equestrian world, and an array of carved furniture

pieces bear details of the Andalusian Holy Week.

Beriestain explains, “When I embark on a project of this type, I immediately connect with local artisans. I don’t follow trends. Instead, I immerse myself in the history and tradition that surrounds a project. My

aim is to create spaces where guests find beauty in every corner, without losing a connection to the site’s origins.”

The renovation works are now in their final stages, and the relaunch will pay testimony to Walt Disney’s words: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

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ADARCHE

‘Let’s go back to the beginning.’ This is the idea behind Adarche, a fashion brand with a unique approach to its operations. Adarche is more a fashion concept than a brand itself; it’s an idea for a better future through circular and sustainable fashion practices that started in Spain but aims to reach as many countries and people as possible.

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The rationale behind Adarche is the belief that there is a better way to create fashion which doesn't involve polluting and wasting our planet's resources. The brand challenges the fast fashion industry, believing that an alternative means to create high-quality fashion that is just as exclusive is possible.

WHO IS BEHIND ADARCHE?

Hailing from Ecuador, but now a resident of Spain, Jhon Jairo Vaca Montalvo is the driving force behind Adarche. After being awarded with a scholarship to study in the United States, he first caught the entrepreneurial bug. The American education system was different from what he was used to, and the

idea of developing his own business stuck with him. He wanted to create something unique, that could not only generate money but also make a difference.

For a long time, Jhon had been contemplating the idea of starting a clothing brand, but he wanted it to be distinctive – original in design, diverse in approach. After some research, he found a supplier for the organic materials who also introduced him to the concept of circular fashion.

But that wasn't enough for Jhon. He was committed to building a socially responsible company, one that cared not just about products but also about the people who made the clothes. And that's how Adarche was born.

Jhon applied the circular production system, making Adarche one of the few brands that is committed to reducing waste and promoting sustainability in the fashion industry. ›

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CIRCULAR IS BETTER: ADARCHE’S APPROACH TO PRODUCTION

So, what makes Adarche different? Adarche is committed to the idea of circular production, where materials are recycled, energy is drawn from renewable sources, and clothing that is no longer used can be repurposed to create new

garments. The brand’s commitment to this approach ensures that its production process has minimal environmental impact. But Adarche doesn’t want to stop at just creating sustainable fashion; it wants to be accountable for the impact of its actions and contribute to activities that can have an even greater

impact on the planet. The brand has a dashboard to track the impact of its actions, and it works with organisations to reduce pollution by planting trees, cleaning rivers and oceans. Adarche believes that small actions matter and wants to help reduce the environmental impact of every garment it produces. ›

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By using recycled materials, the brand reduces the need to extract virgin resources, which is a significant contributor to pollution. Additionally, by utilising renewable energy sources, Adarche reduces its carbon footprint, and the brand’s circular production process ensures that less waste ends up in landfills.

Their approach doesn’t just help the environment; it also creates high-quality fashion garments that are just as exclusive as fast fashion brands, if not more so. What they do is a testament to the brand’s commitment to creating a better, more sustainable future. The brand is showing that it’s possible to create high-quality fashion without harming the planet.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Adarche has taken a thoughtful and innovative approach to clothing production, making it easy for you to do your part in caring for the environment. Their website offers a selection of beautiful garments made from 100% organic cotton that is ethically sourced and grown without harmful chemicals. When you order, the garment is not produced until that moment, ensuring that resources are not wasted on items that will go unsold.

But the commitment to sustainability doesn’t end there.

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Adarche’s garments are designed to be returned to them once they have served their purpose. When you’re finished with your garment, simply scan the QR code on the label, and Adarche will take it back to give it a second life. This creates a circular cycle that helps minimise waste and reduce our impact on the planet.

Once you receive your new garment, you can use it as much as you want, knowing that it was produced with care for the environment. But if you ever have an issue, Adarche’s customer service team is there to help. And when it’s time to

part with your garment, don’t hesitate to return it to Adarche so that they can continue to make a positive impact on the world. With Adarche, you can look and feel great while contributing to a more sustainable future.

BEYOND FASHION: ADARCHE’S MISSION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

In a world where 99% of T-shirts end up in landfills, Adarche is proudly part of the 1%. They make clothes that are designed to be returned and transformed into brand new pieces, reducing waste

and giving new life to materials that would otherwise be discarded. It’s not just about using organic, plastic-free materials, but also about creating a circular cycle where every garment can be repurposed and nothing goes to waste.

For Adarche, that’s what true sustainability is all about, and they’re committed to making it a reality, one piece of clothing at a time. Join them in their mission to create a more sustainable future, and let’s make sure that our clothes don’t end up in a landfill.

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More than a few eyebrows were raised when Lotus announced it would build an SUV. Was this what visionary founder Colin Chapman had in mind when he contemplated the future of the iconic British sports car builder? We like to think that he may well have looked at the Range Rover, over a decade old by the time he died, and imagined some kind of Lotus variant.

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Now Lotus has announced with considerable fanfare that its Eletre is headed for production quite soon. Expectedly, the Eletre uses all-electric power and offers an intriguing Lotus take on what a sports-oriented luxury SUV should be. Of course, Lotus is simply following in the tire tracks of many other luxury sports car builders.

When Porsche, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Audi and BMW enter the utility field, it’s time to take notice. And it’s worth considering that several of those exalted makers have been saved from obscurity by SUV products.

Lotus is heralding its new product as ‘The world’s first electric hyperSUV’ but only time will tell if a new class has been created. It certainly has some Lotus DNA and doesn’t look much like

the kind of luxury sportsfocused SUV we’ve been used to. It’s very sleek with a low-profile roofline and a ground-hugging stance. Some key attributes of SUVs have likely been sacrificed but people who buy vehicles

like this are unlikely to be troubled by that. Like many rivals, the Eletre’s stamping ground is more likely to be upscale city locales than rugged mountain trails. Surprisingly, the Eletre will be built in China. ›

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There will be three versions of the Eletre, deliveries of which are scheduled to begin some time later this year. Buyers will be able to choose either an Eletre, an Eletre S or a line-topping Eletre R. The Eletre and the Eletre S use two electric motors with a combined output of 603-horsepower. The twin-motor R model boasts a massive 906-horsepower, an output that not long ago you could only approach by buying a Bugatti with a 16-cylinder, quad turbo petrol engine. Clearly,

electric motors are starting to show their amazing performance potential.

According to Lotus, it has “taken the heart and soul” of the Emira sports car and the impressive aerodynamic performance of the Evija EV hypercar to create the Eletre. If these qualities are effectively transferred to the Eletre, it promises to be a truly remarkable vehicle. Commendably, Lotus has managed to keep prices within bounds and certainly production in China will have

helped there. This is very much a global product with input from the UK, Germany and China. As Lotus points out: “Born British, raised globally.”

From a practical standpoint, the Eletre has great promise. A rapidcharging time to 80 per cent charge of

just 20-minutes is targeted along with a range of 600-km for the two base models and 490 for the R variant. Lotus has been testing the Eletre extensively at the famed Nürburgring track in Germany and reports that performance targets are being met. ›

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The cabin of the Eletre was designed to be bright and spacious and Lotus used a wide range of high quality materials to create a luxury ambiance. Customers can opt for either four individual seats or the usual five you get in a midsized SUV/crossover. The instrument array was inspired by Lotus sports cars and a lot of time was spent looking for ways to save weight, very much a tradition for the company. Electric vehicles are especially difficult products for lightness-seeking designers to work with, mainly because of battery pack weight. There are fullsize SUVs and pickups out there with battery packs that weigh as much as small petrol-powered

commuter hatchbacks. The Eletre may be sports car-oriented but it boasts every convenience and comfort feature you’d expect in any SUV model. Nothing is missing on the spec sheet and as an added treat, the sound system was supplied by British brand KEF, a name very familiar to audiophiles. Lotus claims thousands of customers around the world have laid down deposits for an Eletre and it certainly looks like an exciting prospect. The main problem Lotus marketers will face is the fact that the highend SUV/crossover segment is getting very crowded and not all the entrants are going to prosper. e

» ENGINE Two electric motors, 450 kW or 675 kW.

» TRANSMISSION Direct drive.

» ACCELERATION Zero to 100 km/h in 2.95 secs (Eletre R).

» TOP SPEED 265-km/h (Eletre R).

» I LIKED Very competitive price for an iconic name electric SUV. Great looks with lots of Lotus design cues. Outstanding all-round performance targets.

» I DIDN’T LIKE It’s a pity the Eletre couldn’t be built at Hethel in the UK where the company was founded, but today’s economic climate has no place for nostalgia.

» MARKET ALTERNATIVES

Jaguar I-PACE, BMW iX, Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron S.

» WHO DRIVES ONE? Existing Lotus sports car owners will be first in line for this one and there are enough of them to swallow as many as Lotus can produce.

» PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

Starting at €95.990. Delivery late 2023.

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Margot Robbie, at just 32, is recognised across the Planet. Her film roles have been nominated for two Academy Awards, five British Film Academy Awards, five Screen Actor Guild Awards, and four Golden Globes. The stunning Australian star maintains a hectic schedule, having completed nearly 20 works in the past five years, even producing 12 of these.

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And yet career anxiety, and a sense of pessimism over her ability to continue to perform at the top of her game, is there and is present… but as she explains, it’s perhaps the one thing that drives her forward harder and faster than anything else.

You have the live-action version of Barbie coming up – a film you star in and produce.

I think it’s every girl’s dream to be Barbie, and every adult’s dream to make a girl’s dream come true, so this does feel like a very special project.

Barbie has been with so many girls growing up all over the globe and we know how vital it was that we got this just

right. We’re all thrilled with the outcome and hope that the audiences are too.

It’s something I’ve been busy working on for some time, now – I think about five years, to be honest.

Was it difficult to put such a ‘young’ story into an adult context?

Yes and no. It’s a playful take on Barbie – it has to be. Film is about detaching expectations and transporting yourself to a different world, and that’s what we did with this film. I’m very proud of it.

I am so thankful and relieved that Greta (Gerwig) agreed to direct. It was quite a stressful period when we were discussing who we wanted and it’s never a certainty that you’re going to get the one you want.

When Greta said yes, it was genuinely one of the happiest days of my life. You can’t believe the amount of work which has gone into it and I’m confident that many dreams will be realised.

You’ve also got Asteroid City on the way – what was it like working with Tom Hanks.

There are no words. It’s strange how actors exist for a long while and then, almost unnoticed, ascend into icon territory, and Tom Hanks is definitely at that level.

He has such a calmness, such a presence. So much kindness, but huge professionalism. I was in awe of him before we did the film and am even more in awe of him now. ›

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Your movie Babylon was the ultimate tale of Hollywood excess, in an era when the brakes were off as far as how people lived and partied… It was a golden era, that’s for sure. It was that post-War period when people were getting back their energy and ambition; when success was seen as a good thing, not a bad thing. It was a race to the top and it didn’t come packaged with any notion of guilt or shame. People could just go out there and pursue the dreams they wanted.

It was about effort and reward. Of course, not everything works that way, and I think we’re more aware of

that in this generation.

People have described the movie as both a love letter and a criticism of the industry…

I think that’s about right. I like stories that challenge the perception – it’s like the villain in a movie who you end up secretly backing. I think film should challenge our perceptions of what we see, and the movie definitely does that.

Were you disappointed that Amsterdam didn’t reflect in the box office the fact that everyone liked the originality of the movie?

It’s interesting – financiers

will take a different view of a movie to everyone else, and understandably so.

They are looking at the bottom line and a return on investment. For an actor, a director, a producer, and everyone else working on a movie, we gauge it on whether the potential of the project, from the basic material of a script, has been fulfilled artistically.

Amsterdam was a really interesting break for me. It had humour, irreverence and a quirkiness that few of my movies have had, so speaking personally, I count it as one of my best successes.

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And a nice filming location too?!

It had its perks!

You have resisted the option to revisit Harley Quinn, when opportunities have come along to do so. Why is that?

I’ve actually found it very therapeutic to step away from Harley, but it’s also terrifying. It’s like having all the security you ever need or crave sat right in front of you, yet you find yourself tossing it out the window, then needing to replace it.

So why do it?

For me it’s about fear – it’s about never accepting you need to take the easy option.

Most actors need constant proof or reassurance that they’ve still got it – whatever ‘it’ is. I am no different on that front. I need to keep taking chances, because standing still with the same project or the same concept is, in fact, going backwards, and I have already felt in certain moments that my career is at risk of a downward trajectory.

It’s fair to say I will do absolutely anything to avoid that from happening.

Does this pursuit of always moving forward come from growing up around several siblings?

You mean, can I blame it on them?! I think the way we grew up was reflective of most other families –the general bickering and snapping, fighting over the front seat, fighting over clothes, fighting over toys… just fighting as all good families do!

But we were always loving each other. I loved it – I look back at my upbringing and it just makes me smile. We’ve all grown up so close. We’re really tight.

What were you like as a kid?

I was really dramatic. Not in throwing tantrums, pulling my hair… well not much but I

loved putting on shows –there was always a show in my house.

I was obsessed with movies and with anything on TV, and whatever I saw, I would re-enact it for my mum who had enough on her plate running a house, looking after four kids and all that.

I’ve read you used to put on shows but charge family members to watch them. It sounds like you were a very shrewd kid who was cut out for this industry! Yeah, I like to think I was quite savvy. I remember stealing my older brother’s stuff and then setting up a stall down the road and selling it all… just terrible! ›

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Babylon

Did you always want to be an actor?

I did, but my parents were trying to steer me towards being a lawyer. I think I would have been good in the courtroom, but law wasn’t where I saw myself. For a long time, they thought film was just a hobby of mine. They were surprised when they saw a poster of me on a huge building in Times Square.

When I came to America that was the dream – to be in Times Square. I did it the hard way – I had to move across to the other side of the world, and did all those menial jobs before getting a break. I know I have been lucky in many ways, but I do believe as well that you make your own luck.

Do you reward yourself enough? Yes and no. In the current era it seems we all have to hold back our pursuit of anything that means self-reward.

I admire the societal view that we need to look after each other – I just worry how genuine it is; and I say that as someone who sees a lot of the things I talk about, from both sides.

I think it’s okay to give ourselves a pat on the back and not feel bad about it or that we’re taking something away from someone else.

Do you sense your first Oscar win is just around the corner, after two nominations? Who knows? For a long time, the nomination was the dream. I kind of worry that if I did win an Academy Award, I would tick off that

childhood dream and wonder where I was going to go next.

I mean, I’m sure I’d find somewhere, but when you dream of something, then you achieve that, and you can’t top it… well, it can be difficult to then think up a new target.

That sounds like a scary personal conundrum…

It is scary, but fear has played a role in where I’ve got to today. I know that sounds strange, because I always play quite loud, confident, bombastic characters, but the fragility of the industry and of being an actor is there all the time.

And the reality is it goes so far beyond past success, or bank balance. Actors are exhibitionists, and for as long as the exhibition is running, everything is fine. But once people stop coming to watch the show, the exhibit is useless, and rejection – ultimate rejection – is a familiar but horrible feeling for any actor.

But you really secretly want to win though? C’mon, be honest. Being nominated has always felt like winning for me, it means more people go to see it, it keeps the conversation going; but yes, I guess I would like to win at some point! e

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With the Easter holidays upon us, check out great movies to watch on the big screen and enticing new series on the horizon. We talk with Francisco Gómez

Palma who is standing for Mayor of Marbella in the Municipal Elections, and we preview the muchanticipated Boho Project coming later this month.

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FRANCISCO GÓMEZ PALMA THE

NEXT MAYOR OF MARBELLA?

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Francisco Gómez isn’t a professional lifelong politician, yet he feels the need to stand for mayor in the coming municipal elections that will be held in Marbella and San Pedro Alcántara on Sunday 28th May this year. The businessman with long family roots in Marbella believes it is time for a change, away from established parties and towards a new municipal model that is focused upon effective management of the city and the creation of a clear vision and action plan for its near and medium-term future.

A MANAGEMENT APPROACH

From Francisco’s perspective, what Marbella needs is the foresight of where it wants to be in the future, and a roadmap of how to get there.

“Any sizeable business worth its salt works with an action plan for the next five years or more, that forms part of a greater strategic plan for

the coming two decades, or indeed longer,” says Francisco Gómez, who studied Business Management in Madrid, London and Paris, where he also worked before joining a long-established family business in his hometown, Marbella. “It is a telling detail that shows the difference between politicians and businesspeople, as very few municipalities have such an action plan, much less a strategic one.”

Francisco highlights the fact that after a good start the current Marbella administration has lost its impetus and appears to be freewheeling. “If you look back over the past 50 years, every town hall administration contributed something tangible to the town, from the sports facilities and parks contributed by 1970s mayor, Paco Cantos to the infrastructure and beautification projects of Jesús Gíl. The present mayor has no such legacy to call upon after 16 years in office.”

You might want to point out the creation of the Bulevar ‘park’ in San Pedro, but that was a central government project, not one authored by the Marbella municipality Meanwhile, Marbella’s municipal tax rates are among the highest in the country, outstripping even far more affluent districts of Madrid and Barcelona. “A growing number of people, both locally born and foreign residents, are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with this state of affairs, as we see Marbella slipping down the rankings and in danger of losing some of its appeal to high-networth visitors and residents if things continue this way. Add the situation of crumbling roads and pavements, poorly managed green zones, the chopping of trees that added much-needed shade, and a dire lack of parking, sports facilities, and affordable housing for the people Marbella needs so badly to keep its service economy running.” ›

If you haven’t heard of Francisco Gómez Palma, maybe it’s time to become acquainted, as this Marbella businessman will be running for mayor of the city we live in.
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“At the moment, there is little or no action or direction coming from the town hall, so it seems like there isn’t much of a plan. In a competitive world, standing still in this way means you begin to forfeit your strong position and are in danger of losing the right kind of tourist, homebuyer or investor,” says Francisco, “especially when it takes years for a global hotel group to get planning permission for a luxurious new resort hotel.”

BUILDING ON GREAT POTENTIAL

Instead of resting on the town’s laurels, he wants to move forward, nurturing the important tourism and property development sectors while also improving public services and diversifying the economy. “We have a clear vision and action plan in mind for the coming years that involves improving the key elements of our local infrastructure, including the roads, public spaces, sports and conferencing facilities, building a modern business park to complement Málaga’s growing technology park, as

well as creating affordable rental housing on land that belongs to the city.”

“Providing affordable housing is a key element that will enable people to live and work in Marbella, and it won’t cost the city anything as it provides currently unused municipal land that specialised developers will build and rent out at fixed (controlled) rates during the period of the concession grant, after which Marbella will receive a valuable new asset. In other words, it is a future investment that helps the local economy to flow and forms one of the steps in our desire to restore and

build upon the Marbella brand for the benefit of residents, visitors and the economy.”

Above all, Francisco and his colleagues at Por Mi Pueblo believe Marbella needs strong, effective management that makes the most of existing resources. “Things have got slack, but other examples such as Estepona and Málaga show how it can be otherwise, and we will be using them as inspiration to get Marbella back on top and give local citizens and foreign homeowners alike the value they should have from a town like this.” e

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THE BOHO PROJECT

AN EXCLUSIVE ONE-DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL

DJS FROM IBIZA, MUSICIANS AND PERFORMANCE ARTISTS, ON APRIL 29 AT FINCA LA CONCEPCIÓN

Party season will officially start this Spring – The BOHO Project will be bringing Ibiza party vibes to the stunning Finca La Concepción in Marbella for a one-day affair on April 29. It’s an event that lovers of all things boho-chic and outdoorsy can’t miss, for it will be blending a specially curated selection of music, food, and entertainment.

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The first edition of this boutique festival will feature a line-up of talented DJs from Ibiza and Marbella playing the hottest music to get the party started. Dance the day and night away to a mix of electronic, house, and trance music, while enjoying the full The BOHO Project experience.

Ibiza favourites and Pacha, Amnesia and Ushuaia regulars, DJ and sax duo Lovely Laura and Ben, will headline a line-up of some of the best world-renowned DJs and performers. The couple has performed regularly at venues on the island such as Space, Hi, Pacha, Ushuaia, Amnesia and Privilege

while also holding down residencies at Café Mambo and Ibiza Rocks. They are just as busy off the island. with regular main stage sets at Creamfields every year. They play many additional festivals such as Tomorrowland, We Are Festival, Lollapalooza etc.

Joining them will be Marbella-based DJ, Miss Martha, the internationally renowned DJ Godoy, talented Colombian duo, the JJ Brothers, Japanese violinist, Lamaya, percussionist, Gustavo Gottardi, and Bela C from Sevilla.

The event will also feature pop-up boutiques, entertainers, art, and food and drinks: sample a variety of dishes from fantastic local caterers, or simply relax and

enjoy a drink at one of the many bars.

Attendees are encouraged to embrace the vibe and dress in their best boho-chic attire for a fully immersive experience.

VIP AND HOSPITALITY PACKAGES

Take your festival experience to the next level with exclusive VIP and Hospitality packages, designed to make your day truly memorable. Indulge in the ultimate luxury and fully submerge yourself in the festival’s vibrant atmosphere while you sit back and relax with dedicated table service, bringing drinks and delicious food throughout the day and evening. ›

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Both VIP options get dedicated tables in the most exclusive area of the gardens with unparalleled views of the artists and performers.

VIP Bottle Service includes a complimentary bottle of Moët & Chandon for every group of four, premium bottle drinks list and waitress bottle service throughout the day and evening. The VIP Hospitality package, meanwhile, offers a

complimentary bottle of Moët, a bottle of Puerto de Indias Gin, mixers, delectable tapas to savour and waitress service throughout. With a reserved area, VIP bar and toilets, these strictly limited packages offer you the best seats in the house. So sit back, relax, and let the festival come to you

with The BOHO Project’s VIP and Hospitality packages.

Don’t wait, they’re selling fast! Book now for an unforgettable day out. The event will start at 2pm and run until midnight.

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BACK MARKET

WELCOME TO THE AGE OF RECONDITIONED TECHNOLOGY

Over 50 million metric tons of e-waste are generated globally every year, averaging around seven kilograms of weight per capita. To give you an example of how expensive and potentially contributory to global warming this is – in 2022, some 5.3 billion smartphones were thrown away, as reported by the International Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Forum.

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any people also choose to store their old phones and gadgets at home rather than recycling them. However, precious minerals that are not extracted from waste electronics (such as cobalt in rechargeable batteries or copper in wire) need to be mined. All the seemingly useless devices we have at home contain significant amounts of materials that could have a myriad of purposes. Back Market is

Mhere to enable other users to love what you no longer want.

WHAT IS BACK MARKET’S MISSION

The company’s aim is as simple as it is laudable: to make reconditioned items trendy so that more people are inspired to buy secondhand units and get rid of their unwanted devices responsibly. Every single product is revised and restored by an expert and is sold in a fully functional state.

WHAT DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE ON BACK MARKET’S SITE?

You will find a host of gadgets on this website, including MacBooks, smartphones, iPads, AirPods, iMacs, Apple Watches, iPhones, and more. The site also has a host of computers and accessories, headphones, televisions, sound systems, gaming consoles, electric scooters, small home equipment, cameras, and drones. ›

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TRANSPARENCY IS KEY

Back Market conducts a thorough inspection of each item, providing users with information on its quality. Every item is placed into one of the following three categories, based on its appearance and technical condition:

CATEGORY ONE: CORRECT

» Appearance: The screen may have a few marks or scratches that are invisible when turned on. The body or frame of the device may also have signs of use or impact.

» Technical Condition: Its lifespan is average and it complies with Back Market’s Quality Guide.

CATEGORY

TWO: VERY GOOD:

» Appearance: The screen looks new and is scratch-free. The body has a few signs of usage. The item may have an external scratch that would be invisible at over 50cm of distance.

» Technical Condition: The device has a longer lifestyle than average and the risk of technical problems is low.

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CATEGORY THREE: EXCELLENT

» Appearance: The screen is in perfect condition. The body may have tiny scratches that are invisible at a distance of 20cm.

» Technical Condition: An excellent device has an elevated lifespan and its risk of technical issues is close to zero.

TOP DISCOUNTS

If you aren’t looking for a specific gadget but you’d like to go shopping, check out the Top Ofertas (Top Sales) section of the site. On my recent look, there were numerous, tempting devices on offer – including an iPhone 12 for around €490, a pair of AirPods for around €105, and a MacBook Air 13 for around €780. Items come with a two-year guarantee.

STUDENT DISCOUNT

If you’re a student, take note! You will have a five per cent discount on anything you buy on the site. “We can’t raise your marks, but we can lower prices,” say the Back Market team.

As I search through the site, I can’t help but make a list of must-haves. It strikes me as a handy service for remote workers, students, and other consumers who need to update their gadgets frequently but don’t want to break the bank while doing so! If you have gadgets you’d like to sell, you can also contact the company and wait to hear their offer.

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SUMPTUOUS STYLE WITH LASKASAS

Portuguese brand, Laskasas, famed for its elegant furniture design and sophisticated interior styling, recently revealed a stunning penthouse project in London’s prestigious Regent’s Crescent area. The £18.4M property, one of nine premium lifestyle townhouses, has been extensively remodelled by awardwinning Alex Kravetz Design.

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WOMEN – A CENTURY OF CHANGE

Don’t miss Women – A Century of Change at the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea

La Térmica in Málaga until May 5. Curated by photojournalist, Marisa Flórez, from the archives of National Geographic, the exhibition comprises a selection of inspiring, moving, and extraordinary photographs of women who pushed boundaries and overcame adversity.

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A NEW GENERATION OF LUXURY TRAVEL

With partners including Nobu Ibiza, IBZNFT is an exclusive members’ club dedicated to elevating the experience of the most demanding travellers through unique proposals. Using blockchain technologies, IBZNFT offers exclusive access to a series of perfectly designed weekends in Ibiza, setting a new standard for luxury travel on the island.

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DEJAVU PERFUMES SWEET SPACE

Dejavu Brands, Spain’s leading company in olfactory marketing, has transformed Madrid’s Sweet Space Museum into a complete sensory experience with the incorporation of vanilla, chocolate and candy fragrances. The museum features 10 themed rooms in the purest Hansel and Gretel style, all coutured by prestigious designers and artists.

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MARRIOTT MASAI MARA LODGE

Located on the banks of the Talek River, the Marriott Masai Lodge offers privileged accommodation from which guests can discover the Masai Mara National Reserve in South West Kenya. Opening soon, the luxury lodge will feature 20 guest tents, all with private terraces overlooking the river, as well as a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and a spa.

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THE OITAVOS 5*

Located at Quinta da Marinha in Cascais, just 20 minutes from Lisbon airport, the Oitavos 5* is a paradise ensconced in nature where one can truly escape and rejuvenate. This Easter, until April 16, the hotel is offering a special package for families permitting two children under 16 years of age to stay free of charge in the same room.

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HOTEL VIBRA DISTRICT, IBIZA

Following a meticulous renovation, the former Vibra Pisces has reopened as the Hotel Vibra District with predominant red tones offset by black. Located in one of the best known party areas in Ibiza, close to the centre of San Antonio de Portmany and only 150m from the beach, the new Vibra is an adultsonly venue with 366 rooms and a host of amenities.

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MERCEDES GARCÍA RUPÉREZ

Since being appointed as the oenologist in charge of Bodegas Montecillo 15 years ago, Mercedes García Rupérez has transformed what is Rioja’s third oldest winery. Her leadership has led to success with many prestigious awards, medals, and the recognition of Bodegas Montecillo as one of the most renowned in the wine sector.

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HOT NEW MOVIES

Many of you will be enjoying a few days off this month during Holy Week. This means you will have more time to do the things you love –like heading out with the family for lunch and a film. There’s plenty on at the cinema, so take your pick!

COCAINE BEAR

» Genre: Action/Comedy

» Director Elizabeth Banks (Charlie’s Angels)

» Cast: Ray Liotta, Keri Russell, Alden Ehrenreich Millions of dollars worth of cocaine ‘fall from the sky’ in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the unwitting victim of it all is an innocent forest bear. The animal consumes a bag of ‘powder’ and becomes aggressive, attacking locals and causing mayhem. A young mother loses her cool when she realises that her daughter is in the same forest as the bear… and she heads straight to the heart of danger to keep her child safe.

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CHEVALIER

» Genre: Biography

» Director: Stephen Williams (Soul Survivor)

» Cast: Minnie Driver, Samara Weaving, Lucy Boynton

This film is based on the true story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner. George had a unique gift as a violin player, fencer, conversationalist, and composer, and his star shone brightly since his early years. His talent propelled him to heights in French society as a composer before he became embroiled in an ill-fated love affair.

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RENFIELD

» Genre: Comedy/Horror

» Director Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War)

» Cast: Nicolas Cage, Nicholas Hoult, Awkwafina

Nicholas Hoult plays Renfeld, a servant to no less than Count Dracula himself. Renfeld’s job is to bring Dracula all the victims he needs to satiate his bloodlust. Whether he asks for “a handful of nuns or a bus-load of cheerleaders,” Renfeld must comply. There is just one problem: the young man yearns for a normal life and looks for a way to break free from his toxic working relationship with his boss.

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THE THREE MUSKETEERS: D’ARTAGNAN

» Genre: Drama » Director: Martin Bourboulon (Eiffel)

» Cast: François Civil, Vincent Cassel, Eva Green

After attempting to prevent a young woman from being abducted, D’Artagnan, a brave young man from Gascon, is left for dead. In an effort to track down his attackers, he travels to Paris, unaware that his search will lead him to a serious conflict where the future of France is at stake. D’Artagnan confronts the sinister Cardinal of Richelieu with the help of Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, the King’s musketeers. His biggest dilemma, however, arises when he falls in love with Constance Bonacieux, the Queen’s confidante. His passion will awaken the interest of his fatal foe: Milady de Winter, the Cardinal’s deadliest spy.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOR AMONG THIEVES

» Genre: Adventure

» Directors: John Francis Daley

(Vacation), Jonathan Goldstein

(Game Night)

» Cast: Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page

A charming thief and his band steal ‘the wrong relic’, unwittingly unleashing the greatest evil the world has ever known. They switch to the right side of the law to correct the wrong they have done, while trying to save themselves from the attacks of a myriad of fantastical creatures. The film brings the rich tapestry and playful spirit of what is arguably the world’s most iconic role-playing game to the big screen in a fastpaced, comical adventure. e

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SERIOUS SERIES

GREAT EXPECTATIONS (HULU)

» Genre: Drama » Creator: Steven Knight (Closed Circuit)

» Cast: Olivia Colman, Fionn Whitehead, Ashley Thomas

Great Expectations is the BBC’s adaptation of Dickens’ classic 1861 novel. Olivia Colman plays Miss Havisham

– a healthy woman who, once jilted at the altar, insists on wearing her wedding dress eternally. She finds a new subject for her prying mind when she meets Pip – an orphan who has been abused by his family. Miss Havisham sees something special in Pip, and he believes that she has good things in store for him… only to discover that it won’t be quite so easy to climb up the rungs of the social ladder as he thought.

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DEAD RINGERS (AMAZON PRIME VIDEO)

» Genre: Psychological Thriller

» Creator: Alice Birch (Normal People), Rachel Weisz (Disobedience) and Morgan Creek Entertainment (The Crush)

» Cast: Rachel Weisz, Michael Chernus, Britne Oldford, Poppy Liu

A remake of the 1988 psychological thriller directed by David Cronenberg starring Jeremy Irons. Rachel Weisz plays identical twin gynaecologists, Elliott and Beverly Mantle. Although little has been shared about the series, we do know it will parallel the original film quite closely. In the latter, one of the twins, Beverly, becomes infatuated by Claire (a successful actor struggling with infertility, who turns to the siblings for help). Dead Ringers invites the audience to tackle difficult questions about individual identity, eroticism, narcissism, and masculine-feminine dichotomies.

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CARNIVAL ROW, SEASON 2 (NETFLIX)

» Genre: Crime

» Creators: Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim), René Echevarria (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

» Cast: Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Tamzin Merchant

A neo-noir fantasy series about mythological beings forced to live as oppressed refugees by human beings. Season 2 picks up with former inspector Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom) investigating a series of gruesome assassinations. Meanwhile, Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) and the criminal organisation, Black Raven, plot their revenge for the unjust oppression inflicted by two inhumane leaders.

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THE POWER (AMAZON PRIME VIDEO)

» Genre: Science Fiction

» Creators: Raelle Tucker (True Blood), Naomi Alderman (author of The Power), and Sarah Quintrell (The Trial: A Murder in the Family) » Cast: Toni Collette, Josh Charles, Ria Zmitrowicz

Based on the best-selling 2016 novel by Naomi Alderman, The Power is set in a very different world – one in which women are the dominant sex. The change begins when teenage girls suddenly develop the ability to release electrical jolts from their fingers. This phenomenon occurs in a myriad of settings, from London to Seattle, Nigeria to Eastern Europe. The reversal of the power balance brings forth important questions about relationships and interactions between women and men.

LOVE AND DEATH (HBO)

» Genre: Biopic

» Creator: David E. Kelley (Doogie Howser)

» Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Jesse Plemons, Lily Rabe

An American housewife has been a little bothered lately. She has been doing ‘everything that is expected’ of her – keeping a clean house and cooking healthy meals for the family – but she isn’t getting the payback she yearns for. She therefore starts having an affair with a family friend and unleashes the passion and fury she hides within. Love and Death is based on the true story of a tragedy that took place in a quiet suburb in 1980. e

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APRIL’S HOTTEST NEW ARRIVALS

ARTHUR AND TEDDY ARE COMING OUT BY RYAN LOVE

This heart-warming novel is a must-read for fans of Beth O’Leary, Mike Gayle, and Alice Oseman. The story follows 79-yearold Arthur Edwards as he comes out to his family, including his 21-year-old grandson Teddy, who is also gay but not ready to reveal it. The novel explores the complexities of family dynamics and the struggle to find acceptance in a world that can often be unforgiving. The characters are welldeveloped, and the relationship between Arthur and Teddy is particularly touching. The novel delves into the challenges faced by those coming out later in life and the impact it can have on family and friends. The writing is engaging and emotive, and the author’s skilful use of humour and pathos makes for an enjoyable and uplifting read. Overall, this is a feel-good story that will leave readers with a warm and fuzzy feeling.

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IN A THOUSAND DIFFERENT WAYS

Cecelia Ahern’s latest novel introduces Alice Kelly, a young woman with synaesthesia, a neurological condition that allows her to associate colours with people and emotions. For Alice, this unique ability is both a blessing and a curse. Growing up in a difficult family environment, she learns to navigate the world around her by relying on the colours she sees which help her understand the moods and intentions of those around her. However, when she encounters people with no colour at all, she becomes overwhelmed with fear and uncertainty and when she meets one such man, she is drawn into a dangerous and unpredictable world. Cecelia Ahern’s storytelling is captivating, and Alice is a complex and fascinating character who will stay with readers long after they finish the book.

THE LOCK-UP

Booker Prize-winning author John Banville presents his most ambitious crime novel to date. Set in 1950s Dublin, The Lock-Up follows the probe into the murder of Rosa Jacobs, a young history scholar found dead in her car. Dr. Quirke, a renowned pathologist, and DI St. John Strafford are on the investigation, but it’s Rosa’s older sister, Molly, a journalist, who discovers a lead that could crack the case wide open. As they dig deeper, the detectives learn that one of Rosa’s friends is from a powerful German family that arrived in Ireland under mysterious circumstances after World War II. But as they close in on the truth, their personal lives become entangled, and the case puts them all in danger, including Quirke’s daughter. Banville’s masterful storytelling makes this an ambitious and captivating mystery, solidifying his place as one of the world’s most celebrated authors.

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SIMPLY LIES BY DAVID BALDACCI

Mickey Gibson is a former detective and a single mother who must balance the demands of raising two children with working for ProEye, a global investigation firm that focuses on uncovering wealthy tax and credit cheats. One day, her colleague Arlene Robinson asks her to inventory the vacant house of an arms dealer who defrauded ProEye’s clients and fled. However, when she reaches the mansion, she discovers a dead body in a secret room and soon realises that nothing is what it seems. To make matters worse, the arms dealer doesn’t exist, and the victim is Harry Lancaster, a man with mafia ties who was once under witness protection. Gibson becomes the prime suspect in the murder investigation, and her job is in jeopardy unless she can prove her innocence. She soon finds herself locked in a dangerous game of wits involving a mysterious woman with a hidden past and unknown motives. A thrilling and intriguing page-turner.

HOMECOMING BY KATE MORTON

Homecoming, from the bestselling author of The Clockmaker’s Daughter, Kate Morton, is a compelling historical mystery novel that spans generations and explores the power of love, motherhood, and the consequences of secrets. The story follows Jess, a journalist who, after losing her job, returns to Sydney to care for her grandmother, Nora, who raised her. While going through Nora’s belongings, Jess discovers a connection between her family and the unsolved Turner Family Tragedy of Christmas Eve 1959. The novel expertly weaves together multiple timelines, exploring themes of family, home, loss, purpose, and identity. The vivid descriptions of the Adelaide Hills in 1959 create a rich and immersive setting that draws the reader into the story. Morton’s writing is captivating, and her ability to craft complex characters and plotlines is masterful. Homecoming is a thrilling and satisfying read, sure to appeal to fans of historical fiction and mystery novels. e

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A new brand of superlative outdoor furniture has just launched in Marbella – check out Loriini – which impresses both by its quality and its designs. Take in the svelte lines of the new Valentino Garavani Spring/ Summer Collection, and consider the advantages adopting a pet will confer on your life.

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LORIINI OUTDOOR FURNITURE THE NATURAL WAY

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Loriini outdoor furniture is

The fusion of craftsmanship and modern design leads to great things, for the first imbues the product with a passion for quality and the second adds a sleek, sophisticated visual impact. Loriini brings this unbeatable combination to outdoor furniture with a fresh new collection launch in Marbella.

The new showroom recently opened in Puerto Banús houses a collection of outdoor furniture pieces and accessories that in many ways shines a new light on the decoration of terraces, gardens and other outdoor home areas. Featuring a diversity of styles and finishes from a choice of 22 different collections, the core offering consists of outdoor lounge and dining sets, side tables, planters, lighting, sun loungers, Balinese beds and even cabanas.

What sets Loriini apart as a brand is already visible in the design of the collections described above, and while they can range from lighter to solid, in texture, finish and colour tone, as well as in design style and detailing, all Loriini products come from the same source of inspiration: a philosophy of concept and production that is rooted in a love for nature, the raw materials it produces, and the crafting thereof by the artisan’s touch. ›

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“Loriini is a modern company but one that cherishes the tradition of craftsmanship and wishes to merge it with modern technologies and possibilities,” says Jessica Finney, who runs the brand in Marbella and Spain with Octavius Kaczor. “The designs may vary from retro-chic to very modern,

but quality is at the heart of what Loriini produces because this is a brand that does not compromise on prestige and values.”

CRAFTSMANSHIP MEETS MODERN DESIGN

Every piece within the Loriini collection is born of the same principle, beginning with the sourcing of natural

wood, primarily from Robinia (False Acacia) forests in Poland. “It is a fast-growing hardwood that is not only beautiful and warm to the eye, but also solid, robust, hardwearing and resistant to the elements,” says Octavius. “Moreover, all the wood used by Loriini is certified by the FSC to be from renewable sources.”

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Sunbeds with and without wheels

But Loriini takes it another step further, voluntarily committing itself to being certified at every step of the processing and manufacturing cycle, including ensuring fair pay, and it is dedicated to not using chemical glues or varnishes in any part of the production. “The wood is entirely natural, yet also extremely rain, heat, sunlight and even spillage-resistant,” says Jessica, “making it possible to simply treat it lightly with the natural oils that Loriini has tried and tested over the years.” ›

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Durable quality made in Europe

The same is true of the fabrics, which are made from natural fibres which, without using resin coatings or other chemical treatments, will allow gentle rainwater to flow off the surface and a heavy downpour to drain out. Sunlight and heat similarly have virtually no impact on the natural colour immersion process used – and the Loriini range comes in many different tones and textural finishes. “You can even wash spilt food or drink off the fabric with a wet wipe and it will clean beautifully.”

OUTDOOR FURNITURE GOOD ENOUGH TO HAVE INSIDE

Environmentally sound furniture production of this kind that produces beautifully natural, weatherresistant and hardwearing outdoor collections such as those of Loriini is rare even in Europe’s largest manufacturer in the industry, but for the founders of the brand it all forms part of a commitment to natural production within a closed cycle that produces no waste. “Loriini pieces are all

made in Europe to European standards of quality,” says Octavius.

“Instead of the throwaway culture of the past few decades, these items can be with you for life, offering the kind of quality and flexibility that is rare these days, as screws, legs and other pieces continue to be made and anything can be fixed when you need it to be.” Indeed, with the exception of the large cabana loungers, there is no assembly and all pieces are delivered to your home and placed in situ by professional carpenters. ›

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One of the finest examples of a craft-based quality ethos married to an environmental way of working and modern technology is the table top surface offered in a variety of tones and a broad range of tables within the Loriini collection. “Their look and feel makes you think of slate or the more common resin-based coating, but in reality this high-quality, hardwearing surface is produced from compressed recycled paper (HPL).” ›

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Furniture made by people passionate about quality

“MOREOVER, ONE OF US WILL ALWAYS ACCOMPANY THEM TO ENSURE EVERYTHING IS TO THE CLIENT’S LIKING,” SAYS JESSICA. “IT’S PART OF A TRUE AFTERCARE COMMITMENT THAT FITS INTO OUR PHILOSOPHY. WHILE WE DON’T OFFER OUR OWN INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICE, WE DO ADVISE BUYERS ON OUTDOOR DECORATION AND ALSO WORK WITH INTERIOR DESIGNERS, AS WELL AS WITH RESTAURANTS, HOTELS, SPAS, OFFICES AND OTHER BUSINESSTO-BUSINESS CLIENTS.”

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Octavius expands, saying that no chemical glue, lacquer or paint touches the collection, and where we have been taught that this kind of environmental and health/ wellbeing-oriented approach usually forms a compromise on style, or degree of functionality, the Loriini collection of outdoor furniture and accessories appears more weatherresistant and practical than its competitors, with less than 2 per cent stretch or sag in the fabrics after ten years of use. ›

Natural wood is at the heart of Loriini furniture
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Though there are steel and aluminium structures for additional strength and support, the pieces you touch are made of wood, so you’ll never burn yourself when you leave the furniture in the sun. Loriini blends quality and sustainability with practicality and a range of stylish designs in a way that redefines furniture in general and outdoor furniture in particular. “The range is so attractive that many of our clients actually

buy the table sets for their dining rooms,” says Jessica, who is proud to bring an innovative new brand to Marbella that has already established itself to great acclaim in Northern Europe.

“We are lucky to be working with producers who are so passionate about what they design and manufacture, and the new Marbella showroom effectively launches the brand in Spain. The collection, inspired in

part by architecture and engineering, is still growing, and will also include artwork sourced in collaboration with the Polish Academy of Art. Loriini is a world of possibilities for the outdoor areas of your home.”

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Since its conception in the 1960s, Italian fashion house Valentino Garavani has dressed some of the world's most iconic women, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, and Princess Diana. Valentino has continued to innovate and evolve, and once again, with their new ready-to-wear collection, Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli stayed true to its legacy of timeless elegance and luxury. The SS23 presents countless sophisticated and modern designs using luxurious fabrics that feature bold colours, intricate prints, and a surprising variety of textures. On the runway, for added dramatic effect, the hypnotic Valentino Toile Iconographe pattern extends onto the model's face and skin, spilling causally from coats, trousers and jumpsuits tailored for a highly inclusive audience. Noteworthy is the super popular Locó bag, which makes a tribute in a never-seen variety of materials, including the soft calfskin version now available in beautiful powdery nude colours.

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Caudalíe is a French skincare brand developed by Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas in Bordeaux in 1995. In 1993, the couple (who were only 23 years old at the time) met a professor and laboratory director called Joseph Vercauteren. He shared a fact with them they had been

A STORY OF LOVE, NATURE, PASSION… AND DESTINY CAUDALÍE

completely unaware of: grape seeds contain the most powerful antioxidants in the world!

The couple enlisted his help to launch three products containing grape polyphenols. Today, all their products are made with natural ingredients from grapes and vines and the brand’s mission is to achieve renown for clean, natural, environmentally-friendly beauty.

Caudalíe is a firm believer in giving back to the Planet. It donates one per cent of its global sales to funding reforestation projects. Since 2021, it has planted and protected over four million trees across the globe. Read on to discover some of its best-sellers.

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1. RESVERATROL-LIFT FIRMING CASHMERE CREAM

Enriched with a patented combination of vine resveratrol, hyaluronic acid and a vegan collagen booster, this luxurious cream hydrates skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

2. VINOPERFECT RADIANCE SERUM

Corrects dark spots, acting on sun, acne melasma, and age spots.

3. VINOPURE BLEMISH CONTROL SALICYLIC SERUM

Unclogs and tightens pores, giving skin a smoother appearance and producing a shine-free glow.

4. BEAUTY ELIXIR

A mist that tightens pores, helps skin glow, and sets make-up.

5. VINOSOURCE-HYDRA S.O.S THIRST-QUENCHING SERUM

This serum captures and continuously diffuses hydration to your skin, all day long.

6. VINERGETIC C+ BRIGHTENING EYE CREAM

An excellent ally in the battle against under-eye darkness.

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THE UNRULY MIND

“Who do you think you are, to do this?” she sniped bitterly. “Who am I, not to?” she retorted defiantly, reaching for a piece of cake – for comfort. I was sitting in a café in London writing my book and it was hard not to be distracted by this dialogue –because it was happening in my head.

Ilived with a vicious inner critic for years. It followed me everywhere. As I presented on TV. As I went on dates. As I lay down to sleep at night... it was exhausting – as maybe you know.

Dr Claire Zammit, founder of the Institute for Woman-Centred Coaching, having worked with 60,000 women, found a critical sense of not being enough is one of the top three inner barriers blocking women. A rocket scientist, a three-times nominated Grammy Award singer, and a Harvard doctor are just a few of the women who were plagued with a variation of this critical self.

WORDS ALI LOCHHEAD
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HOW TO TAME A VICIOUS INNER CRITIC

Of course, it’s not just women who have a tendency to put themselves down. Neuropsychologist and founder of the Neuroencoding Institute, Joseph McClendon III, calls it the curse of high achievers.

The inner critic shows up differently for different people. In itself, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. It can motivate us. It can keep us safe – it can help us set boundaries and learn from past errors. As making mistakes is an intrinsic part of being human, it follows that we all feel down on ourselves sometimes.

But when the inner critic is excessively negative, it’s hard to live with. It can erode our self-confidence, cause us to make poor decisions, and form unhealthy relationships – it can show up as negative emotions such as anxiety, stress, fear, or depression – that critic can mess up our lives if it gets out of hand.

I tried different strategies to control it over the years. A common tendency is to outright reject the overly critical part of us. I tried that. Mine was definitely not invited to the party. Or the first date. But we can’t really cut off part of ourselves – the critical self is part of our psychology. We can change our psychology if we choose to.

Not all of us have an inner voice – a 2006 study found ninety-six per cent of adults said they have an internal dialogue – other studies say it’s less – but psychologists widely agree the private voice develops in childhood.

Sometimes the inner critic sounds like the voice of a parent, or primary caregiver. Developmental Psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, found this is because the words caregivers used to help us control our behaviour as children can be ‘turned back on the self’

as we learn to regulate our own behaviour. In time, these dialogues can become internalised – they can become unseen and unheard. Until they pop up in the café, or wherever, in the form of uncomfortable thoughts or emotions!

So, it’s clear to see drowning the critic with wine won’t work. Neither will eating to push it down. Watching TV will drown it out for a while. But it will invade the silence at 3am. What’s more, by banishing the critic we meet criticism with criticism! We get caught up in a maze. And we can also dismiss the healthy s of selfregulation.

Understanding this vicious critic might just be a confused kid at heart helps us to be compassionate. What worked all those years ago might not work for us now.

When did you last update your inner operating system? ›

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If you want an upgrade, although it might be counter-intuitive, one way is to give up trying to control your critic and get to know it better instead. Get curious. Journalling brings out what’s inside and gives a fresh perspective. And studies show the process of writing by hand helps form new neurological pathways. Get creative. How does the critic show up for you? What does it say? Make it into a character – give it a name.

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Realising the critic is not who we are increases our capacity to choose which parts to keep and which parts to update. We can write new scripts for ourselves. We can interrupt the old patterns and reprogramme the critic. We can balance self-criticism with self-praise. With practice, a powerful inner critic can be transformed into a healthy companion and powerful inner friend who loves being invited to the party!

This article does not replace medical advice. If you find negative self-talk or emotions overwhelming, consult your doctor. e

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ADOPTING A PET

CAN BE THE BEST DECISION YOU EVER MADE

–Anonymous

Around 285,000 pets enter the gates of rescue centres in Spain annually and approximately 147,000 of them are adopted by families. While we still have a long way to go, the figures are more promising than they were just a decade ago, when buying a breed dog was less frowned-upon and many fell in love with traditional and new breeds. This is not to say that breed dogs and cats don’t have a strong appeal; many are beautiful and bred for specific weather conditions, activities, or functions.

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However, it is hard for the average homeowner to justify buying a pet in current times, when many shelters are overflowing and unable to keep up with costs. This is not only the case in Spain, but also in many other parts of the world. Most people who rescue a pet say that it was actually their pet who saved them. Any cat or dog lover will know that fourpawed friends have an uncanny way of getting under your skin, making you wonder how you ever lived without them. In case you were thinking of giving a rescue pet a ‘forever home’, these are just a few of the many surprising benefits you may enjoy or experience.

» LOWER COSTS

Adopting a pet isn’t usually free, as it entails costs such as the pet’s microchip, and, in some shelters, neutering the pet. In Spain, the cost of adoption generally ranges from approximately €100 (for adult pets) and €180 (for puppies under six months) – though prices may be much lower, depending on the specific shelter. Even higher estimates are far lower, however, than the €1.000 and upwards you can expect to pay for a breed dog.

» PRESERVING A LIFE

It’s a sad fact, but one we should not turn our heads away from. Many centres do not

enable pets to live their natural lifespans, owing to issues like overcrowding and the cost of food and medications. Couple this harsh reality with the fact that Spain heads Europe in terms of pet abandonment and you have a pretty good reason to choose to save a life. National Geographic reports that 700 pets are abandoned in Spain daily – more than in any other European country.

» A LONGER LIFESPAN

A study of over two million dogs found that mixed-breed dogs live for slightly longer than purebred dogs (14.45 vs 14.14 years). The study also showed that small dogs have a longer median lifespan (14.95 years) than ‘giant dogs’ (11.11 years). Mixed-breed cats also have greater longevity than their purebred counterparts, as, like mixed-breed dogs, they have a broader gene pool and a lower risk of inherited disease. The average spayed or neutered house cat lives to 15 years.

» THE WORD-OF-MOUTH EFFECT

If you’ve never adopted a pet before, and you love dogs and cats, then without a doubt you’ve fallen in love with a friend’s four-pawed BFF. Viewing the tight bond between humans and their adopted pets has probably

inspired you to have a pet in your life as well. Those who adopt know how much joy and positive energy their pet brings to their home and they are pros at convincing others to follow their lead!

» ADOPTION FIGHTS PUPPY MILLS

Breeding is sadly still poorly regulated in many European countries. Many breeders keep numerous dogs and cats in small, crowded precincts, giving these animals little room to exercise, play, and develop healthily. Puppy mills often keep their ‘studs and bitches’ outdoors or in cold, inhospitable places where pets can develop illnesses or catch infections. By making a dent in the pockets of backyard breeders, you can do your share to dissuade them from making a quick buck by using and abusing our furry friends. If you needed any more reasons to adopt a pet, here’s a good one – there is a dog or cat right now in a cage who doesn’t know the feeling of being in a loving home. They don’t know what it’s like to rest in a warm spot by the fireplace, where blankets abound and there are people who give them affection, take them for walks, and call them a good boy or girl. Pets are family. You wouldn’t buy a family member, so why would you buy a pet? e

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Some superlative property projects are taking shape in Marbella and its surrounds – get the latest on two of the best: Real de La Quinta and the Royal Marbella Golf Resort. Catch up with local business news, including some recent events and business launches.

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REAL D E LA QUINTA

THE CREATION OF A UNIQUE LANDMARK IN MARBELLA

“Real de La Quinta is not a property development, it is way of life that is an expression of the very best that Marbella has to offer, but in a style that is rather new to these parts.“
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Marbella is a mosaic of independent urbanisations of varying sizes that have shaped its residential and resort areas in a rather organic fashion. This stands in contrast to the larger country clubs and residential resorts such as Sotogrande, which have benefited from an original concept enshrined in its master plan, but in a beautiful valley just beyond Nueva Andalucía, Marbella’s first country club estate is taking shape.

The first indication of how Real de La Quinta is different comes from the private road that winds through panoramic greenery on the way to the community’s security

entrance. Pass through the gateway and you step into a private domain of luxurious villas and apartments set along the panoramic hillsides surrounding a green valley, with at its heart, an ecologically designed manmade lake. Real de La Quinta is a unique country club resort nestled between Marbella and open nature.

LIFESTYLE WHERE MARBELLA MEETS A NATURE RESERVE

The focal point of life at Real de La Quinta is the lake, which is surrounded by a pathway and a six-hole golf course designed by former Ryder Cup winner Manolo Piñero. The lake is entirely free of motorised boats and divided into a natural section reserved

for kayaks and paddleboards, and a bathing area complete with fresh water beach, children’s play areas and eatery. Just above is a racquet club with tennis and paddle, all part of the El Lago Club due to open in 2025.

The project designed by architect Alex Steward and teams in Madrid and South Africa, features sleek design that merges with and complements the natural surroundings. The finedining restaurant with stylish décor and beautiful lake and mountain views will be operated by the exclusive Madrid-based Azotea group, while the sports and wellness services are provided by Le Max Club, using the indoor spa, gym and treatment areas as a base. ›

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HOTEL ANGSANA REAL DE LA QUINTA

An agreement was recently reached with the Banyan Tree group, who will manage the 90-room hotel and the 42 sumptuously styled branded apartments adjacent to and serviced by it. Hotel Angsana will also feature a state-ofthe-art spa and become a

hub within the focal point of this environmentally and wellbeing-focused residential country club resort that was one of the first in Spain to achieve BREEAM certification. Those buyers who shared in the vision of the creators of Real de La Quinta – the family-run La Quinta Grupo Inmobiliario

– and bought in its first developments such as Olivos, Quercus and the Palmitos apartments designed by Rafael de La Hoz, have been well rewarded. Not only has the value of their properties risen strongly, but as one resident put it: “This will become a little piece of heaven on earth.”

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AN OASIS WITHIN MARBELLA

Those who bought here originally banked upon the experience and integrity of a developer with more than 35 years of uninterrupted experience and commitment to the creation of La Quinta, now a well-established luxury residential area. “We wanted to bring the best of that experience and know-how to Real de La Quinta and make it go far beyond a typical Marbella development,” says Borja Pascual, CEO of the group.

Having qualified for the coveted BREEAM certification of environmentally sound property development and received the full building licence for El Lago Club, work is now also starting on finalising the concept and design of Encinas, new luxury apartments that will arise near the hotel. Meanwhile the first phase of Sabinas, designed by Pablo Villarroël, is already 70% sold, with many of the buyers consisting of existing residents. ›

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“A lot of our current sales are coming from owners at Real de La Quinta who are either buying additional properties for family or as an investment, or indeed upgrading from one property to another within the resort.” Sales have exceeded expectations, but with quality homes set within a green valley surrounding a lake club, hotel and sports facilities in the midst of nature bordering the Sierra de Las Nieves National Park yet close to Marbella, this is hardly surprising.

“Real de La Quinta is the product of a dream we had,” says Borja. “We found the perfect setting for

it, a scenically beautiful valley surrounded by hills with spectacular mountain and sea views. It is perfect Andalucía on the edge of Marbella, and it is here that we have created a country club resort in the American tradition but very much focused on life in Spain that I think we can all be proud of. Real de La Quinta offers a way of life that really does bring out the best of the Costa del Sol lifestyle.”

LA QUINTA GRUPO INMOBILIARIO

TEL: (+34) 952 764 200.

INMO@GRUPOLAQUINTA.COM

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In a leafy suburb just off the El Paraíso golf course there is a residential resort that offers hotel services and amenities combined with the independence and convenience of an apartment – the perfect mix for enjoying the Marbella lifestyle to the full.

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The Royal Marbella Golf Resort is the idealised confluence of many different elements: private apartments with the services and benefits of a resort hotel; privacy close to many leisure amenities, starting with one of the Costa del Sol’s most famous golf courses; a panoramic hillside location near the beach; as well as a blend of modern style and comfort with Mediterranean charm and ambience.

The resort offers private

parking that leads to a manned reception and the kind of facilities you would expect from a hotel, such as a restaurant, gymnasium with professional equipment, a spa and two swimming pool areas with large Balinese beds and a sunbathing deck surrounded by the same landscaped greenery that characterises all of the Royal Marbella Golf Resort. Residents also have access to a co-working space with business support services.

“It’s a lifestyle resort

designed to offer the best of all worlds: independent residential living with hotel amenities and service on your very doorstep, not to mention the maintenance and concierge conveniences that come with it,” says James Lavelle, Sales Director of Idiliq Group that created the project using its extensive experience in both the real estate development and hospitality sectors here and abroad. “We will soon also be adding another exciting sister resort near La Cala Golf.” ›

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A PRIVATE BOUTIQUE RESORT

Nestled on a leafy residential hill overlooking the El Paraíso Golf Club, the Royal Marbella Golf Resort finds itself at a kilometre from the beaches of the New Golden Mile, within easy reach of tennis clubs, horse riding,

nature trails, water sports, beach clubs and nine golf courses, not mention within less than 15 minutes from Marbella, Estepona and Benahavís. For all this, it is a private boutique resort set within a secluded green oasis.

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VISITESSENTIALMAGA

The hotel facilities are close at hand, but the 120 one, two and threebedroom apartment suites offer the comfort, space and independence of a private home, complete with stylish contemporary décor by the award-winning FOC studio, mod cons and quality finishing. The suites combine this with optimal privacy being placed around atmospheric little squares in the classic Mediterranean tradition, where the trickling sound of fountains blends with the fragrance of bougainvillea and lemon blossom. ›

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The luxurious finishing makes these ideal holiday homes in which to enjoy Marbella’s climate, leisure opportunities and lifestyle to the full, but owners can also add them to the pool of available suites to be rented, managed and maintained as part of the hotel – thus earning solid returns during the periods of time they do not use the property. “Owners have the capacity to earn well from their properties, which comes with a secure storage room for their personal belongings,” says James.

All designated personal items are safely stored there while the suites are rented out, and returned to their rightful place as part

of the preparations for their owners’ return. “We make sure that the property is just as you left it when you want to use it, complete with maintenance and cleaning, and of course owners too have the full advantage of owning an independent property within a hotel resort. For people who want a holiday home that earns income and offers hotel services, it’s the perfect combination.”

IDILIQ DEVELOPMENTS

TEL: (+34) 951 127 087.

INFO@ROYALMARBELLAGOLFRESORT.COM

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OWN A LUXURY HOLIDAY PROPERTY IN A STYLISH ANDALUSIAN BOUTIQUE RESORT SURROUNDED BY SEA, MOUNTAINS AND SOME OF THE BEST GOLF COURSES ON THE COSTA DEL SOL. INFO@ROYALMARBELLAGOLFRESORT.COM | +34 951 127 087 | ROYALMARBELLAGOLFRESORT.COM A Private Oasis On The
Of El Paraiso Golf MODERN SUITES WITH HOTEL SERVICES ROYAL MARBELLA GOLF RESORT BLENDS THE SERVICES AND AMENITIES OF A FIVE-STAR HOTEL WITH THE CONVENIENCE AND INDEPENDENCE OF A LUXURY APARTMENT.
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BREATHE™ Launches Urban Garden in Marbella

BREATHE™ is known for being an innovator in Marbella hospitality, with its New York-style coffee shop and bakery, GROUND, and exciting dining and nightlife experiences at the BREATHE™ restaurant and AIR sky bar. Recently, the team launched the Urban Garden, which extends from the bar and terrace area to provide a warm, cosy environment in which to enjoy a meal, socialise and watch live entertainment. Experience a sophisticated urban environment from Thursday to Saturday and keep an eye out for the upcoming events and themed party evenings that make BREATHE™ even more fun!  WWW.BREATHE.LIFE

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Strand Properties is one of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® is the home of the world’s market-leading independent residential brokerages in over 70 countries, with 550 firms and 136,000 sales associates producing 1.2 million global transactions. The network is based on the unparalleled performance and trusted relationships that result in exceptional client experiences. All invited companies are recognised for their expertise, and superior knowledge of both local and global markets. All brokers are vetted, not just for performance, but a continued commitment to quality customer experience. The brokers at Strand Properties are happy to help you to buy and sell properties in Spain, and now they can also help you to sell or buy properties all over the world through their network.

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Banyan Tree Presents Angsana Real de La Quinta Benahavís Marbella

Prestigious hoteliers, the Banyan Tree Group, has signed an agreement with La Quinta Grupo Inmobiliario to develop a hotel and residential complex called Angsana Real de La Quinta Benahavís Marbella (with a predicted completion date of 2026). The complex will comprise a luxury hotel, branded residences, apartments, and commercial spaces.

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La Fonda Heritage Hotel is Open

Following a lengthy period of refurbishment involving a €7.5 million investment, the new La Fonda Heritage Hotel in the heart of Marbella’s Casco Antiguo has finally opened its doors. The first Relais Châteaux Hotel in Andalucía, the boutique hotel’s 20 unique rooms, lovely garden patio, and public spaces all show a meticulous attention to detail. Diners, including those who were patrons of the original La Fonda Hotel, will be very impressed by restaurant JANE, helmed by new Executive Chef, Pascal Silman.

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Ikuzai Opens its First CBD Boutique in Marbella

Ikuzai, a company whose motto is ‘Redefining Lifefstyle’, has chosen Marbella to open its first-ever CBD boutique. The shop, located on Avda. Ricardo Soriano 7, offers an impressive range of CBD oils, cosmetics, food products, books, home items, apparel, and more. All CBD sold at the shop is 100 per cent ecological and sustainable.

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Cool Down in Style at Soho Pool Club, Torremolinos

Few things appeal in the warmer seasons as much as spending a day at a luxury beach club and Soho Pool Club in Torremolinos invites you to do just that. Touted as an experimental evolution of music, food, and sunshine, the club comprises a large pool with sun loungers, an outdoor nature-filled terrace, and an indoor lounge suitable for all types of events. Relax on a lounger, sip on a signature cocktail, and savour top quality international cuisine at this chic pool club.

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Vithas Acquires Hospital Cenyt de Estepona

The Vithas Group is forging ahead with its plan of expansion, having purchased the Hospital Cenyt de Estepona (which will be called the Hospital Vithas Xanit Estepona). The building is situated in front of the Estepona promenade and has two sister hospitals – Vithas Málaga in the capital and Vithas Xanit Internacional in Benalmádena. It measures 2,500m² and has two operating theaters, 10 rooms, a 24-hour emergency service, and more.

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Fundación Grupo SIFU Presents La Gala Más IN

The Grupo SIFU Foundation recently presented La Gala más IN – an inclusive event featuring over 50 artists with and without disabilities, all of whom demonstrated that when it comes to art, what matters is how it’s done. The event took place at Teatro Soho Caixabank, featuring a host of musical and dance performers, some of which were recipients of the SuperArte scholarships, granted by the Fundación Grupo SIFU.

First Feria de Eventos –Grupo Networking at Villa Domus Vesta

The first edition of the Feria de Eventos – Grupo Networking took place recently at Villa Domus Vesta in Marbella. Over 80 exhibitors – including events and communication directors, musical producers, owners of wineries and gourmet products, and more – took part in the event. Entrepreneur and actor, Ivonne Armant, presented a host of novelties in the sector. Guests enjoyed live performances by DJs, violinists, singers, and more. The event was created and directed by Rafael Guerra Montañez, Director of Catering De Violeta.

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Marbella-Guadalmina Rotary Club Holds Fundraising Great Gatsby Party

The Marbella-Guadalmina Rotary Club will be holding a fundraising Great Gatsby party at TikiTano by Besaya on Saturday, April 22. The event will feature dinner, dancing, and entertainment. Tickets cost €125 per person, with funds raised going to the Dental Mavericks charity – specifically, to their efforts at providing fluoride treatment for 6,000 children in Morocco.

The Small Satellites & Services International Forum (SSSIF) Takes Place in Málaga

The fourth edition of The Small Satellites & Services International Forum (SSSIF) saw over 350 experts from the space sector gather in Málaga for a three-day conference. Topics discussed included industry news, challenges, current technology, and more. Attendees hailed from 142 companies comprising 20 countries. WWW.SSSIF.COM

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High End Homes Marbella Boasts Brand New Showroom

Exclusive Puerto Banús store and interior design studio, High-End Homes, is celebrating its second anniversary with a new look for its showroom and the launch of a unique concept in VIP kitchen design. Ann Sand, the founder and interior designer, incorporates inspiration from exotic islands and iconic designs. The company designs interiors for tomorrow's contemporary homes and is an ambassador for a carefully selected group of leading Scandinavian interior brands on the Costa del Sol. The store's central location and complete package of interior design and real estate services make it a preferred choice for premium clients. WWW.HIGH-ENDHOMES.COM

Marbella-Guadalmina Rotary Club – La España Azul Battle Plastic Pollution

The Rotary Club Marbella-Guadalmina hosted a press conference in which famous adventurer, Nacho Dean delivered an address about investigating plastic pollution along the Spanish coasts. Dean is part of La España Azul – a scientific and informative expedition sailing around Spain until June 2023 (their voyage began in September 2022).

Rotary End Plastic Soup is supporting this project on behalf of the three Rotary Districts in Spain and actively helping during the stops in various harbours.

Rotary Club Marbella-Guadalmina is an Ambassador club of the Rotary movement, EndPlasticSoup, which involves over 300 Rotary Clubs across the globe.

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MICE Tourism is Back at the SO/ Sotogrande

Business tourism has grown by 11.2 per cent in Spain, generating some €7 million annually. For this reason, the SO/ Sotogrande Spa & Golf Resort is positioning itself as an ideal place in which to host meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE events). Its wide variety of spaces, privileged location, wellness centre, and gastronomic offerings enable it to satisfy demands from discerning clients from across the world.

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IBSA Derma Ibérica Presents Everyone is a Masterpiece Awards

Multinational pharmaceutical company, IBSA Derma Ibérica, has created a new award called Everyone is a Masterpiece. The first edition will reward the most beautiful lips and the greatest technical difficulty. Over 100 professionals from the aesthetic medicine sector have signed up, providing ‘before and after’ photos of their work. Dr. Natalia Ribé, a specialist in aesthetic medicine, reports that lips are the most in-demand treatment. They also pose one of the biggest challenges in terms of obtaining a full effect without losing facial harmony. WWW.IBSADERMA.ES

María Bravo and World Select Support Casa Ángeles Marbella

María Bravo and World Select recently signed an agreement to sponsor the VUELA project. They will be financing the full year’s salary of a monitor for the VUELA project, which promotes autonomy among young people with special needs in Casa Ángeles Marbella. World Select Club is a luxury group that serves as a communication platform among members. It comprises five companies from different sectors including finance and construction.

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The Marbella Town Hall Recognises the Vital and Professional Trajectory of María Bravo

The Marbella Town Hall recently honoured the great contribution that María Bravo and 14 other women have made to society, in commemoration of International Women’s Day. The ceremony took place at the Palacio de Congresos Adolfo Suárez, and was attended by the Counsellor for Equality, Isabel Cintado. María Bravo dedicated her prize to her mother, Ángeles Bravo, who once told her, “Daughter, you can be whatever you want to be in the future. The only obstacles standing in the way is yourself. Dream big!”

Franke & de La Fuente Abogados – New Office in Estepona

Franke & de la Fuente, a multilingual speaking law firm specialising in property transactions, urban and international tax law, recently opened a new office in Estepona. Founded two years ago by partners Miguel Angel De la Fuente, Julian de la Fuente and Peter Franke, the firm now has three offices on the Coast. Francesca Pienariu, who was recently made partner, will head up the new office. WWW.FRANKEDELAFUENTE.COM

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ENGEL & VÖLKERS OPEN HOUSES

ERenowned German real estate firm, Engel & Völkers recently hosted open house events, presenting prestigious listings to real estate agents, associates and the press. Invitees were able to view first hand a beautiful Andalusian-style mansion in the heart of the Golf Valley, a contemporary property with outstanding views in Monte Mayor, and a stylish villa in Marbella Sierra Blanca.

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P PICU ANNIVERSARY

Restaurant PiCú on Muelle de Honor in Puerto Banús recently celebrated its first birthday in style. The venue, whose name derives from Pipí Cucú, meaning precious, perfect, specialises in seafood, with lobster being a mainstay of the house, under the watchful eye of Head Chef, Leonardo Zarate.

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LORIINI FURNITURE LAUNCH

LPrestigious Polish brand, Loriini, recently hosted a grand opening for their showroom at Centro de Negocios Puerta de Banús. The new store presents a range of the finest garden furniture, combining craftsmanship and modern design in the production of beautiful, natural, weather-resistant, hardwearing collections.

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The latest project from the Metro Group is the muchanticipated Nomad, set to become one of Nueva Andalucía’s trendiest venues. Tim van Buchem, the Executive Head Chef of Breathe restaurant explains how his kitchen has reached optimum efficiency, and we muse over the age-old question on whether corks are the best stoppers for wine.

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HAS ARRIVED NOMAD

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We checked out what all the noise is about regarding the newest restaurant in Marbella, Nomad in Nueva Andalucía. What we found was a place that must be experienced.

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As you arrive at the valet parking area fronting the restaurant and gaze up at the impressive edifice, you can already sense that something special awaits. On ascending a few stairs, you enter a

luxurious domain with an extensive terrace leading off it.

DESIGN WITH PANACHE

The interior is an eclectic mix of elements combining rattan, cane and wooden ceilings, white marble-topped tables surrounded by avant-garde seating – many of the chairs are upholstered with a zebra patterned base – while the sofa surrounds are a mixture of leather and suede in canary yellow. This stylish décor by Studio Hick extends to the terrace which is partially covered and features a 250-year-old olive tree as the magnificent centrepiece. The upper lounge, meanwhile, with outstanding views over Nueva Andalucía, is recommended

for meeting friends for drinks, great entertainment, and bar snacks.

ENTICING INTERNATIONAL MENU

In tune with the entire setup, the menu is refreshingly distinct from other establishments. The range of international dishes has been curated by Executive Chef, Alexandru Craciun, whose resumé includes involvement in several Michelin-star restaurants. The General Manager, Andras Vincze, who hails from Budapest, also boasts extensive international experience, meanwhile mixologist, Alessandro Ferretti, is already famed on the coast for his irresistible cocktails. ›

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Our starters certainly lived up to the hype – Cevich€e of Sea Bream, with Tiger milk, chilli, red onion, grilled corn, and sweet potato was fresh and spicy, while the Wild Bluefin Tuna was addictively tangy. The Super Green Salad, both vegan and gluten-free, delivered a genuine immune booster, and the Wood-Fried Salmon Tataki simply melted in the mouth.  These set us up nicely for a selection of main courses that

included a succulent Tel Aviv Fish Shawarma – sautéed marinated sea bass, garlic, tomato, sesame, pickled red onion and chimichurri dressing, a Turkey Schnitzel with slow-cooked egg, chive and truffle dressing, and a Dry-Aged Premium Beef Fillet with foie gras sauce and aromatic butter. These were sumptuously accompanied by Jalapeño Potato Purée and Fries with Truffle, Garlic, and Parmesan. ›

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These welcome offerings were supremely paired with a blush Miraval Rosé from Côtes de Provence, fresh and citrusy on a sunny lunchtime. The wine list, meanwhile, is a veritable connoisseurs dream. Assembled by sommelier, David Trillo, it features an impressive range of Champagnes, international vintages, and signature cocktails.

On this occasion, we didn’t have time for dessert, which is a shame as, among others, the Chocolate Pistachio Cake and Strawberry and Calamansi Eton Mess were more than tempting.

Our faithful photographer returned in the evening and can be quoted as saying, “Nomad is amazing! Brilliant show, excellent food and lovely atmosphere.”

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live entertainment, elegant deluxe surroundings, superlative service, and food that really hits the spot, Nomad is the place to be this Spring.

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DINE UNDER THE STARS AT LA VERANDA

Enjoy the elegance and old-warm charm of La Veranda, which is going ‘back to its roots’ by serving a new menu offering its most iconic dishes and guests’ all-time favourites from 20 years ago. Savour mouth-watering flavors created by chef Santiago Altuna. Steeped in nostalgia, complemented by exceptional service and a fairy-tale setting on the property’s iconic veranda terrace.

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Head Chef of the natureinspired, three-floor culinary haven, Breathe, always knew he wanted to be a chef. Unlike many others in his profession, his family didn’t have a restaurant, nor were his parents or grandparents involved with gastronomy. His father was a teacher and his mother worked in business and teaching. Tim was born to be a chef; he felt it in his blood from his early boyhood.

TIM VAN BUCHEM

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THE KITCHEN AS A BATTLE-GROUND

He was born in Indonesia but spent most of his youth in Apeldoorn, Holland, where he enjoyed the best of many worlds.

“We ate different foods at home – including Dutch, Caribbean, Chinese, and Indonesian cuisine. We dined out frequently, always trying something new.”

Tim’s first job at a restaurant was at the age of 15. “I wasn’t interested in the newspaper route,” he says, and the world of the culinary arts beckoned. He began working as a

dishwasher, but the chef noticed he had talent and quickly gave him kitchen duties. Subsequently, Tim obtained a degree in Hotel Management, then enrolled at a chef’s college. Throughout his education, he worked at restaurants to make a living.

When he was 24, he moved to Amsterdam, gaining experience at various establishments. He honed his craft at the prestigious Dylan Amsterdam Hotel, where he came across the renowned Chef Schilo van Coevorden. He was delighted by the quality of

the fresh, seasonal produce employed at the kitchen.

“There were hardcore chefs there, everybody wanted to be the best. The kitchen was an army. It was very regimented and everything had to be done precisely,” he recalls, adding, “We worked hard, but also had a lot of parties. Schilo convinced me to accompany him to Dublin, as he needed a Head Chef. Later, when he opened his eponymous restaurant at Finca Cortesin, he called me again. My wife (whom I had met in Ireland) was happy to come to Spain and we have lived here ever since.” ›

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Tim has shone at many prestigious establishments since. He was Executive Chef at Healthhouse Las Dunas (during Andoni Luis Mugartiz’s reign). “That was an amazing experience. I would send his team a concept and soon after, they would send me books filled with ideas and techniques. Mugaritz taught me that nothing is impossible.”

He was a private chef for a family with homes in Marbella

and London and also worked as sous chef at the Puente Romano (which raised the bar for excellence) before landing in Breathe. In 2020, Tim became the Executive Chef of Breathe, during one of the restaurant’s most challenging moments. Tim and his team adapted to the pandemic, “preparing takeaway meals and serving coffee at the door.”

Today, the kitchens are

running at full capacity and Tim and his staff are creating spring and summer dishes. There is plenty to manage, indeed, as Breathe has three floors. Ground, on the first floor, is a healthy breakfast/ lunch establishment. The main restaurant, Breathe, serves international cuisine with Asian influences. In the warmer season, the rooftop sky bar, Air, offers raw food, sushi and signature cocktails.

The new menu features dishes like the slow-cooked wagyu brisket marinated in yakiniku sauce, and barbecuegrilled cauliflower with an Indian spiced marinade, hummus, and tabbouleh. “We don’t use a lot of butter or cream; we like to keep it light and healthy.”

The kitchens run as smoothly as they do because of teamwork. “There is a saying that goes, ‘Every chef has a better right-hand man’, and that hits the nail on the head when it comes to Martin (Head Chef for Breathe restaurant). He’s my right-hand man, my sparring partner, my partner in crime. I know that if I had an emergency and couldn’t be here, the restaurants would still be as efficient.”

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As our interview comes to a close, Tim escorts me to the entrance, pointing to the sky and telling me to be careful – it’s raining! Within the verdant oasis that is Breathe, it is difficult to imagine that anything –even the weather – could be less than perfect. Much of this has to do with

the confidence that the chef exudes. Tim is a warrior in the kitchen; one who understands that the kitchen is not only a battlefield, but also a delicate setting for creativity and passion.

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THE ANANTARA VILLA PADIERNA PALACE BENAHAVÍS MARBELLA RESORT PRESENTS SPRING DELIGHTS

The Anantara Villa Padierna is set to keep foodies busy in the spring season, with various new culinary initiatives. La Loggia, the resort’s Mediterranean cuisine restaurant, will be highlighting asparagus in many of its dishes. 99 Sushi, a standardbearer for Japanese cuisine, will be serving a new tasting menu. Tuna will play a starring role in a wide array of dishes in May and June, and special Holy Week preparations will be served in the first few days of April. La Veranda’s terrace and the beach club, By The Sea will be opening, enticing guests with its cool seaside vibes.

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WOMEN’S DAY WINE TASTING AT THE MARBELLA CLUB HOTEL

The Marbella Club Hotel’s Clubhouse was the perfect backdrop to a recent women’s day tasting event, featuring wines created by women, with Silvia García of the Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Bibi García of Cortijo Los Aguilares, and Victoria Ordoñez of Bodega Victoria Ordoñez e Hijos. Talented sommelier, Ángel González, recommended a host of excellent wines and afterwards, guests enjoyed a delicious dinner at El Grill.

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LA FINCA RESTAURANT PRESENTS NEW MENU

La Finca, the restaurant of La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel in the La Loja mountain range (Granada) recently presented its new menu, which is heavily focused on local produce. The new dishes were designed by chef Fernando Arjona and his team, who received the invaluable advice of Pablo González of two-Michelin-starred establishment, La Cabaña. When dining at La Finca, look out for exciting Andalusian ingredients such as pistachios from Antequera, asparagus from Huétor Tájar, quisquillas from Motril, chirimoya from the tropical Coast, and flavourful olive oil that is harvested at La Finca itself.

NEW TASTING MENU AT SOLLO

Diego Gallegos, the chef of Michelin-starred restaurant, Sollo at Higuerón Resort, is pleased to have launched his brand-new tasting menu, called Caminho 2023. Its myriad of dishes boast Mediterrean flavour and reflect the chef’s LatinAmerican heritage. River fish and vegetables grown by Gallegos in his greenhouse hold sway and dishes to enjoy include caviar, seasonal cold soup, tilapia loin in a hot ceviche, ecological trout, and more. WWW.SOLLO.ES

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CHEFSFORCHILDREN ANNOUNCE FUNDRAISING EVENT ON APRIL 24 AT THE ANANTARA VILLA PADIERNA

ChefsForChildren, a group of talented chefs from Málaga who believe in the value of ‘paying it forward’, recently visited the Hostelery School of Benahavís to share the latest news about a fundraising event, to be held at the Anantara Villa Padierna on April 24. Some 47

chefs from Michelin-starred establishments (including Ángel León, Martín Berasategui, and Quique Dacosta) will be preparing meals alongside 150 children from the Fundación Pequeño Deseo (The Small Wish Foundation), and children from the Daidín and Atalaya schools.

CORTIJO SANTA MARÍA 1962 PRESENTS SPRING MENU

The SO/Sotogrande’s gourmet restaurant, Cortijo Santa María 1962, recently presented its new spring menu, which pays homage to Andalucía and lends creative vision to many of its most traditional dishes. Chef, Leandro Caballero is ready to entice you with a selection of plates that includes long-fermentation sourdough bread, Iberian salchichón tartar with truffles and a potato mille-feuille, grilled stingray with a guiso from Cádiz, Iberian pork presa, and much more.

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ART BAKERY & WINE LAUNCHES IN MARBELLA

Art Bakery & Wine is a new artisanal French bakery and café nearby the Club Med Magna Marbella. The friendly team offers long-fermentation sourdough bread, real butter croissants, top-quality cakes baked with all-natural ingredients, and an impressive selection of desserts and pastries. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, a dedicated brunch menu, and specialty coffee in the cosy atmosphere of Sierra Blanca, with gorgeous sea and mountain views from a Mediterranean garden terrace. Open from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 10pm. Also open on Sundays from mid-April onwards.

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NEW LOCATION FOR MEKSIAN IN PUERTO BANÚS

Trendy establishment, Meksian Restaurant, has re-opened its doors in a brand-new location in Puerto Banús. Elegance, refinement, and haute design mark this gastronomic project, which was conceived to attract a cosmopolitan clientele. Meksian is divided into a reserved area with capacity for 20 people, a restaurant area for 100 diners, and an oyster and Champagne bar for 20 customers. It also has a south-facing terrace with great natural light. The interiors marry Mexican and Asian design features, which reflect the appealing menu. Must-try dishes include the lobster thermidor, sole a la meunière, cured and grilled beef ribeye, traditional Mexican tacos, and a wide variety of sushi options.

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ESSENTIAL CORKS

Unlike other wine-related inventions such as gravity-fed presses and stainless-steel tanks, the first use of corks is not recorded. Prior to becoming the standard closure method, practically anything would do the job, from wooden strips to clay-soaked rags.

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Although the cork has become the accepted way to keep wine in a bottle, it is not the perfect solution, but it definitely gets full marks for sustainability. It is also the most pleasing aesthetically. There can be few wine lovers who do not get an almost sensual pleasure from hearing that ‘plop’ as the corkscrew does its job. In a domestic setting the act is often hasty and impulsive, but in a quality restaurant it is a class performance. The sommelier will pull the cork and hold it to his nose, inhaling deeply. The cork will then be handed to the customer, who, more often than not, has precious little idea of what to do with it. The sommelier will already have checked the cork’s imprint against the label as validation of the wine’s authenticity. This rather quaint ceremony is mandatory, and at this stage there is no question of the wine being anything but in perfect

condition. Most importantly, it will not be ‘corked’.

What is a corked wine?

Regrettably many people pronounce a wine as ‘corked’ simply because they do not like it. They have probably never had a genuinely corked wine in their lives and ignore the fact that when the sommelier pours a sample into their glass, the main purpose is to check the serving temperature. If it were indeed corked, it would have been immediately rejected on opening.

As someone who has consumed thousands of bottles over many decades, I cannot remember the last time I encountered a genuinely corked wine. If it is not in optimal condition, we might say it is ‘picado’ but more usually it is just plain 'malo'. The commonest reasons for rejecting a wine are oxidisation in the bottle and/or it having been subjected to high temperatures while being stored or transported. Or it may simply be ‘over the hill’.

Currently the battle between the cork lobby and the alternative closure lobby is at its fiercest, and while countries like New Zealand and Australia do not use corks except for expensive reservas, Spain has no plans to renounce them any time soon. One of the only in-depth studies of cork infection on record is a Robert Parker tasting at Spain's Wine Future in 2009 for 600 professionals. A subsequent analysis showed barely one per cent of the wines to have been affected by cork taint. ›

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What advantages does cork offer over other types of bottle closures? Innumerable technical studies show that crown and screwcaps are better ways of sealing wine bottles and are comparable for maturing wine. In fact, a correctly fitted cork will keep wine in good condition for many years, thanks to its elasticity and grip. It will also allow miniscule amounts of air into the bottle to help the wine develop without seepage. This micro-oxygenation comes from the cork and the oxygen contained in its millions of cells. For a wine intended to be matured for, say, 15 years, an expert winemaker’s recommendation

is to lay it down for the first five years and then alternate annually between vertical and horizontal positions. This ensures the cork is kept sufficiently moist at both ends.

The giant wine producer Penfolds, based in Australia, where 80 per cent of bottles are closed with screwcaps, seals its best wines with cork. It is not alone. Wines worldwide of any quality tend to have corks, even if great names like Château Margaux have allegedly been experimenting with alternatives. There is still a long way to go. Can we imagine Pingus or Lafite sealed with screwcaps?

The principal advantage of

alternative closures is their cost and convenience, and the fact that wine doesn’t need to be stored horizontally. Being made in high precision factories they are very accurately produced; no corkscrew is needed and there will never be fragments of cork floating on the wine.

The Elvax seal, as one example, consists of a glass stopper with a tasteless seal on its shoulder which is alcohol and acid resistant and allows the passage of a little oxygen. It looks good, is recyclable, although, like other alternative seals, it remains to be seen if it will be any good for fine wine over the long term. e

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