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e know how hard mums work all year round, so with Mother’s Day just around the corner, we decided to dedicate our March issue to the mothers of Marbella. Wondering how to spend this special day? Turn to page 26 to see how a selection of ‘Marbella Mums’ will be treating themselves on this muchdeserved holiday. If you haven’t yet reserved a table for lunch, our Little Black Book offers you an abundance of decedent choices all across the coast, just be sure to book early to avoid disappointment! Sons and daughters, need some inspiration? SOCIETY MARBELLA’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide is guaranteed to provide you with the ideas you need to surprise you mum with a present she will cherish forever. If your mum is one who loves to be primped and pampered, turn to our dedicated health and beauty section for some of the finest beauty products, ideal for helping your mother feel beautiful inside and out. Being a mother herself, this month’s cover star, singer and actress, Brandy Norwood, shares with us

her decision to keep her daughter out of the spotlight, along with an insight into her latest album, Two Eleven. Despite currently promoting her new movie, Tyler Perry’s Temptation; Confessions of a Marriage Counsellor, alongside Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Williams, Brandy managed to spare a few moments to talk to SOCIETY MARBELLA in an exclusive interview, touching on her relationship with the late Whitney Houston, our March 2012 cover star, along with her career highlights to date. We all know Marbella attracts the rich and famous, but last month the coast truly became a celebrity playground, with everyone from X Factor judge, Tulisa and Barnsley FC dining at La Sala in Puerto Banus, to Roman Abramovich enjoying the Chelsea game in Aloha and Everton FC training at the MGM gym. With summer heading our way no doubt we will soon be welcoming a few more familiar faces to our shores! Until next time… Andy Clark

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CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT This month SOCIETY MARBELLA turns the spotlight on mother, singer and actress, Brandy Norwood.

From Moesha to Motherhood... By Christie Holland


he was only 15 years old when she arrived on the music scene with her self titled album featuring the monster hit, ‘I Wanna Be Down’, now nearly 20 years later the superstar is releasing a new album and starring in Tyler Perry’s latest movie alongside previous SOCIETY MARBELLA cover star, Kim Kardashian. Life in front of the camera is familiar territory for the singer and actress having grown up on our screens in the hit TV series, Moesha. However Brandy made the decision to keep her daughter Sy’rai Iman out of the spotlight. “… her father [Robert Smith] and I felt it was best for her to have as much of a normal life as possible,” revealed the singer. With Mother’s Day approaching we were interested in hearing Brandy’s approach to raising her daughter, “(I’m) raising [Sy’rai] in a different way than


how I was raised,” Norwood reveals. “A lot of mothers feel like they’re the mom first, with that authority,” she continues. “But for me, I’m a friend first. I believe that just being there for my daughter as a friend more than ‘I’m in charge…’ causes her to be more open with me as a person. I know I’ll probably get flack for being a friend first, but it really works,” she insists. “[Sy’rai]‘s really honest with me. I’m just teaching her how to trust herself. I tell her all the time that my life is not your life — you have your own life. At the end of the day we’re going to be friends,” Norwood predicts. “When she grows up, it’ll be about that friendship that we’ll have. She’ll come to me for any problems that she has.” This month Christie Holland caught up with the singer and actress to hear more about her sixth studio album, starring in Tyler Perry’s new movie and the highs and lows of her twenty year career.

“My inspiration is my daughter, my fiancé, my family and, my fans!” So Brandy, can you tell us a bit about your latest album? My latest album Two Eleven is a reflection of who I am, not only as a person but as an artist. It was a blessing to have the opportunity to not only make music again but to make the music that was true to who I am. RnB music birthed and raised me, so to contribute to that genre felt genuine and what I needed to reconnect with my core fans. Would you say this is your most personal album? All of my albums are personal as they represent a certain time in my life. Music has always been my deepest expression of my feelings within my life experiences. How has it felt re-introducing yourself as an artist again? The reintroduction or the come back to the grind and the work of my life has

been an interesting ride, full of ups and downs. It’s all worth it because I believe that my purpose is inspiring others through my music and the other works I do in the entertainment industry. How has your sound evolved over the years? My sound always evolves because I do. I’ve always challenged myself to try new things as an artist! I would never allow myself to become stuck in a box! Music is too free for that. Who is your inspiration? My inspiration is my daughter, my fiancé, my family and, my fans! Everything I do is for them! What has been the highlight of your career so far? I’ve had so many highlights in my career and I take no moment for granted but meeting and working with Whitney Houston was an unforgettable experience! Moesha was a big part of your life; do you find people still think of you as the character? So many people loved Moesha so it’s very natural for some of the fans to see me and blurt out “Moesha” even though they know my real name! I loved growing up through the eyes of Moesha because she brought a bit of normalcy to my life although she was a television character. Can we ever expect a Moesha reunion? We would love to see the cast get together again! I’m not sure that there would ever be a Moesha reunion because unfortunately two of the main characters (Lamont Bently, and Yvette Wilson) have passed away and it just wouldnt be the same without them. What do you prefer, acting or singing? Acting and singing are both important to me. I love doing both. You worked on America’s Got Talent as a judge, and competed on Dancing with the Stars, tell us about those experiences? It was rewarding being a judge on AGT because I was able to share my experiences with talent that was embarking on the same journey. And DWTS was one of the most challenging experiences of my life! The fear that I felt was unexplainable and almost crippling, but I confronted that fear by dancing through it in front of millions of people! It awakened a confidence and belief I thought I lost forever. DWTS prepared me for the path I’m on now. Last year you mentored the television series, Majors & Minors, what attracted you to the show? What attracted me to Majors and Minors were the children! I felt that because I started as such a young age, they could relate and I could connect with them. They inspired me so much and


How will you be spending Mother’s Day? “With my beautiful daughter, my mother and my family.” all I did was give advice and cry because they inspired me and made me so proud! You started out in the entertainment industry at a similar age to the contestants, who were your mentors growing up? My mentors growing up was my dad Willie Norwood and Whitney Houston! What advice would your offer aspiring musicians? My advice to aspiring musicians is never stop dreaming and believing! Stay prepared for every opportunity and always work on your craft! Stay true to who you are and don’t let anyone change you! Which artists are you listening to in the charts right now? I’m loving Miguel right now! His music and melodies really speak to my spirit! Who would you most like to collaborate with? I would love to collaborate with Sade! I think that would be an epic blessing for me. What would you say has been the biggest hurdle you have had to overcome professionally? And personally? My biggest hurdle personally and professionally was believing in myself again and not allowing people to tell me who I am! What does the next 12 months hold in store for you? It’s a great feeling doing what I love to do full time now. Music and acting simultaneously and just discovering more of who I am everyday! I will continue to inspire, entertain, and live my purpose as long as I’m suppose to!

“My mentors growing up was my dad Willie Norwood and Whitney Houston!”



Society Marbella brings you the best of this month’s action, horror, romance and comedy. Emperor Starring Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, and newcomer Eriko Hatsune, Emperor brings to life the American occupation of Japan in the perilous and unpredictable days just after Emperor Hirohito’s World War II surrender. As General Douglas MacArthur suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, he assigns an expert in Japanese culture - General Bonner Fellers, to covertly investigate the looming question hanging over the country: should the Japanese Emperor, worshiped by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved? Cast; Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, Eriko Hatsune, Toshiyuki Nishida

Spring Breakers Four sexy college girls plan to fund their spring break getaway by burglarizing a fast food shack. But that’s only the beginning… during a night of partying, the girls hit a roadblock when they are arrested on drug charges. Hungover and clad only in bikinis, the girls appear before a judge but are bailed out unexpectedly by Alien, an infamous local thug who takes them under his wing and leads them on the wildest Spring Break trip in history. Rough on the outside but with a soft spot inside, Alien wins over the hearts of the young Spring Breakers, and leads them on a Spring Break they never could have imagined. Cast; James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine Admissions They are finally joining forces, comical genius’ Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in this month’s funniest comedy, Admissions. Fey plays Straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan who is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the free-wheeling John Pressman. Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah, his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted, but in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having. Cast; Paul Rudd, Tina Fey, Nat Wolff, Michael Sheen


21 and Over From the writers of ‘The Hangover’ comes 21 and Over, a story of how a rite of passage can go horribly wrong. Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what’s expected of him but when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy. Cast; Justin Chon, Skylar Astin, Miles Teller, Sarah Wright, Francois Chau Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counsellor One of SOCIETY MARBELLA’s most stunning cover girls, Kim Kardashian stars alongside Brandy Norwood and Vanessa Williams in this explosive romance, written, produced and directed by Tyler Perry. Confessions of a Marriage Counsellor tells the story of Judith, an ambitious married women whose temptation by a married billionaire leads to betrayal, recklessness and forever alters the course of her life. Cast; Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian, Brandy Norwood, Vanessa Willams, Robbie Jones, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

The Host Following the phenomenal success of The Twilight Saga, Stephanie Meyer introduces her next masterpiece, The Host. The story begins when a parasitic alien soul is injected into the body of Melanie Stryder. Instead of carrying out her race’s mission of taking over the Earth, “Wanda” (as she comes to be called) forms a bond with her host and sets out to aid other free humans. Cast; Diane Kruger, Max Irons, Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel

Introducing SOCIETY MARBELLA’s favourite tracks set to hit the charts this month.


What About Now by Bon Jovi 2013 is set to be Bon Jovi’s year with the release of their twelfth studio album, What About Now. In an interview given to Classic Rock Magazine, guitarist Richie Sambora stated that the album was recorded before his solo album Aftermath of the Lowdown was completed. He and Jon started to write and before they knew it, they were in the studio with the band. Richie Sambora also characterised the new material as a compilation of “different elements”; yet reassured old fans that they will be just as pleased with the new work as they have been with the old for over 30 years. Comedown Machine by The Strokes This month sees the release of rock band, The Strokes fifth studio album, Comedown Machine. The latest release arrives exactly two years after their previous album, Angles. The Strokes are one of the most prominent indierock bands to hail from the US at the dawn of the 21st century and helped start the garage rock revival movement. Their debut album Is This It was ranked number 199 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake He’s back! Justin is returning to the music world with his new album, The 20/20 Experience. This will be the pop star’s first solo offering since 2006’s blockbuster sophomore LP, ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds.’ Talking of the album the pop star revealed, “I was just like, ‘Let’s make some music without all the hoopla of, like expectations. Let’s just make something that feels genuine from us.’ And I’m glad we were able to do that way because, for me, it’s the best stuff I’ve ever done.” Girl Talk by Kate Nash Alternative pop singer Kate Nash returned towards the end of 2012 with her EP Death Proof and now she’s set to follow it up with her third full length album, Girl Talk, via her own Have 10p label. According to Nash, Girl Talk, her first LP since 2010’s My Best Friend Is You, is her “mission statement of what it’s like to be a woman.”

Here We Go Again by Christopher Owens Here We Go Again is the second single from Christopher Owens debut album, Lysandre. Written almost entirely in one creative outpouring and recorded with former Girls producer Doug Boehm, Lysandre follows Owens from San Francisco to New York City and onto the French Riviera, before a melancholy return home and a beautifully articulated epilogue. Perfectly framed by intricate instrumentation, gorgeous backing vocals and pristine production, Owens’ enthralling, personal songwriting takes center stage and delivers a heartbreaking rumination on love, longing, friendship, adventure and the thrill of finding an audience for your art.


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Poor Lady GaGa has had to cancel all her upcoming ‘Born This Way Ball’ concert tour dates due to being unable to walk! The 26-year-old singer announced she was suffering from an inflammation of the joints but soon realized it was more serious than she had originally thought. It was revealed that the star has a labral tear in her right hip and will need surgery to repair the problem. Gaga has been on the road for two years, traveling across six continents. According to her website, the singer was due to play another 20 dates in the United States.

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S P O TT E D at La Sala t Restauran iCarly star, Miranda Cosgrove is hitting our screens in the new NBS comedy pilot, Girlfriend in a Coma. The show tells the story of Karen, played by Christina Ricci who wakes up from a coma after two decades to find out she has a 17-year-old daughter named Evie. The young actress plays the role of Evie, the small-town, overachieving loner who can’t shake the legacy of being the daughter of “Coma Lady.”


Last month, country star, Mindy McCready was found dead in her home aged 37, only one month after her boyfriend, David Wilson, died at the age of 34. Following Wilson’s death, Mindy’s two children, Zander, aged 6 and Zayne, 6 months, were removed from her care and placed in foster homes. “Since boyfriend (David Wilson) shot himself she has been in bed for 3 wks,” her father revealed in court documents. “Sleeps all day. Drinks all night and is taking Rx drugs. Not bathing or even helping take care of her 2 children.” Mindy was then ordered to enter an in-patient treatment facility. In her last interview before she died the singer spoke about the effect Wilson’s death had on her. “I have never gone through anything this painful,” she said. “He didn’t just touch my heart, he touched my soul. He was my soulmate.” Our thoughts and prayers are with Mindy’s family.

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have only just finished snapping up awards for their roles in Silver Linings Playbook, however the stars are set to team up again in another David O. Russel directed film formerly known as American Bullsh*t. This will be the third film that the 22-year-old actress and 38-year-old actor star in together: the smash hit Silver Linings Playbook being the first, and Serena, which is set to be released this September. American Bullsh*t focuses on an FBI sting operation in the 1970s called Abscam that leads to the conviction of United States Congressmen.

If they are hooking up or breaking up, we know about it!

It’s the story that has shocked the world; South African Paralympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius, the first amputee to compete in the able-bodied Olympics has been charged with the murder of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. While the circumstances of the incident are still unclear, there have been rumours that Pistorius fired the gun after mistaking Miss Steenkamp for an intruder. However a police spokesperson announced that this may not be the case, “The SA Police Service were just as surprised to hear on the radio that allegations had been made that the deceased had been perceived to be a burglar,” revealed police spokesperson Denise Beuke. Police are investigating if Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend in a fit of so-called ‘steroid rage’ - an explosion of aggression caused by performanceboosting steroids. The steroids were reportedly found in the athlete’s home when it was searched following the incident.

Love Actually star, Hugh Grant has become a father for the second time to a son he has named Felix Chang. Felix is the Latin word for lucky and Chang in Chinese means long-lasting. Tinglan Hong, the mother of the Notting Hill star’s 16-month-old daughter Tabitha, gave birth on December 29 and registered the new arrival on Valentine’s Day. According to the birth certificate, Felix Chang was born at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, West London, where the Duchess of Cambridge is expected to have her child. Grant posted a message on his Twitter page saying; “In answer to some journos. Am thrilled my daughter now has a brother. Adore them both to an uncool degree. They have a fab mum.” Followed by, “And to be crystal clear. I am the Daddy.”

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Topshop’s eagerly awaited opening in Los Angeles took place last month with the stars coming out in force. Demi Lovato, (who also performed at the event,) Kate Bosworth and Chloe Green all showed their support for the British brand with Lovato announcing (that Topshop,) “is my personal favorite brand since I was like 15 or 16 years old…” (having an L.A. store) “is dangerous for me because I love Topshop so much.”

It’s been a long and tedious battle but Kim Kardashian’s court battle with Kris


is finally ready to go to trial. The legal battle between the former married couple regards Kris’ claims that Kim committed fraud by never intending to be married. Kim’s attorney Laura Wasser insists that these allegations are false, and that the Keeping up with the Kardashians star is just trying to finalize the divorce.

They are both famed for starring in popular teen dramas, The O.C and Gossip Girl along with their roles in The Oranges alongside Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener, but it has now been confirmed the beautiful duo, Adam Brody and Leighton Meester, are officially dating. It’s like a teenage dream come true!


Línea Directa reports on driving in winter Línea Directa is one of the key players in the fight to reduce the number of accidents on our roads. For almost 20 years, it has promoted research into accident rates in order to encourage safe driving habits. Due to the risks involved with driving in winter months, it now offers advice on how to act in adverse weather conditions.

With respect to the car:

With respect to driving:

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• If it is foggy or raining, adapt your speed and distance from the vehicle ahead to the weather conditions. Do not brake suddenly to avoid skidding. • Aim the vehicle’s heating system at the windows to prevent them from fogging up as a result of humidity. • When overtaking, reaching crossroads, leaving tunnels and in open spaces, be careful with any sudden gusts of wind, which might lead to a loss of steering and the vehicle overturning.

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner we decided to find out how Marbella’s Mums will be spending their special day!

“This year, I hope to spend Mother’s Day just as I did last year, with my lovely husband and daughter waking me up with breakfast and a beautiful crayon drawing. Then the three of us travelling to the butterfly farm or the zoo for some quality family time.” Gabriela Morales Horcajada Smallworld Cafe

“I will be exercising my horses in the morning, which is my relaxation, and then eating and having a few drinks with my Mother and family in the afternoon. A perfect day!” Zoe Woods Wood Hairdressing

“I will be up at 04.30 to catch a plane from Luton to return to Marbella!” Pauline Bridgewater Reflections


“With my mum who will have just returned from 4 months travelling around Asia and Australia, while listening to a fraction of what she actually got to do and see, I’ll be thinking how lucky I am that I have someone to aspire to - my lovely mum - who taught me early on that life can be as fulfilling as you want it to be and with so much to see and try, its never too late for adventures. Something that will make that Monday morning school run in the rain easier to bear!” Claire Strutton Sala Group

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Getting to the root of it

This is the product every woman who colours her hair really, really needs. Color Wow Root Cover Up is a professional mineral powder which camouflages roots for perfect colour every day. Available in four shades, just stroke onto roots to cover up grey or dark re-growth instantly - it lasts till you wash it out again. Dramatically extends the time between colouring and puts an end to those “hide under your hat” days. A heart to heart

This fashionable and vibrant heart design mini cosmetic purse from M&S is the perfect place for all your favourite cosmetics. We also love the matching blusher containing little hearts in different shades of pink, pressed together into one compact, to blend together and give a rosy flush to cheeks.

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Roberto Cavalli has launched a new fragrance in collaboration with the house of Coty: a fashion mix of gold, intense pink and animal print, in true Cavalli style. Top notes of Just Cavalli offer luminous and sparkling drops of neroli, announcing the sexy heart created from Tahitian tiare flowers, along with warm, cuddly and creamy rosewood accords in the base. Clean and fresh, it is a perfect scent for spring and summer. It’s all about Choo

Introducing Jimmy Choo, the fragrance! This debut fragrance is an essential extension of the Jimmy Choo lifestyle brand, a key element in fully accessorizing the Jimmy Choo woman. In short, this is a fragrance for women with a sense of fashion and a taste for luxury. The fragrance is a modern Fruity Chypre with warm, rich, woody depths. We found it to be easy to wear, very uplifting, sensual and long lasting; one spray is enough, making it great value. Who’d have ever thought you would be able to say that about Jimmy Choo?




The eye is the most exotic and alluring feature of the human body. It engages and attracts others to you, so why is it so often neglected? Why not give it as much attention as you would your nails or hair? One of the easiest ways to draw attention to your eyes is by adding mascara. Mascara has the ability not only to make your lashes darker, but also to add length and thickness. But what happens if you are not blessed with Bambi like lashes? “The trend for false eyelashes is still going strong, but they are not ideal for everyone,” explains head hair technician and owner Zoe Wood. “Many of our clients can’t wear false eyelashes, whether it’s because they find them uncomfortable, or they are of a certain age group where


From Kim Kardashian’s eyebrow-touching lengths to Anne Hathaway’s crystalstudded red carpet falsies, lashes are very emphatically having a moment. Now available at Woods Hairdressing Salon, this season’s must-have beauty product, Relian Mascara, boosts your sparse eyelashes from nothing to fabulous. it simply doesn’t suit them. We have been searching the market for a while to find an alternative that will still give you that Lauren Bacall look, where you’re gazing through a veil of lashes. At a recent hair show in London we were introduced to Relian Mascara. We were so impressed with the results, that each member of the team bought one there and then.” Relian extends your eyes lashes by up to 300 per cent, giving the false lash effect. The combination of fibre and gel lengthens and thickens the lashes with immediate results. The more fibre you use, the more volume you will achieve. It is smooth and gentle when applying and very easy to remove. “Many of our more mature clients, who have lost the majority of their lashes, were a bit sceptical to say the least, but after giving them a quick demonstration, they couldn’t believe the results. To say that the mascara has flown out the salon would be an understatement.” The Black Box series also comes in a gorgeous gift box, making it the perfect pre-

sent - just attach a cute ribbon and you’re done. If you have been wondering how to pamper your mum this Mother’s Day (or you’re a mum in need of some pampering), Relian ticks all the boxes. Relian Mascara is the perfect combination; you obtain longer and thicker eyelashes without the use of eyelash curlers or fake lashes, the ideal solution for those of you who don’t have much time to spend on applying makeup. The Relian Mascara - No more shying away - it’s time to open your eyes to the world. All hair, make-up and styling by Wood Salon Tel: + 34 952 771 791/ +34 645 089 399

THE SECRET TO YOUTHFUL SKIN What do Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham and Madonna have in common? They are all devoted fans of Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion Facials, which are now available at the Pure Skin Beauty Room. You’re tired, your skin looks dull and dry, you have been burning the candle at both ends and people keep commenting on how much you are starting to look like your Mum. Not great when your Mum is in her 70s. If this sounds familiar, then look no further than the O2 Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion Facial with Sofia at the Pure Skin Beauty Room in the Wellness Studio, Los Naranjos Golf. e Intra I love th Facial ls a ceutic etents. G s Treatm e a mm k ting the o s l me fee ted and a rejuven . xo ed refresh ian ardash - Kim K



An Intraceuticals Oxygen facial is a unique experience, providing instant results that you can see and feel. Known as “Hollywood’s best kept secret”, these unique Oxygen Facials are used by many celebrities, including Madonna who offers a rare endorsement: “I love the Intraceuticals treatments and so does my face”. In fact Madonna loves them so much she has even bought her own machine (£10,000)

So how does it work? Dehydration of the skin is a condition that affects more people that you would think - a whopping 98 per cent, to be precise! The main component that combats this lack of water in our skin is Hyaluronic Acid, which is produced naturally by our skin; it is also one of the main elements that make up the tissue known as the extra cellular matrix. The best way to illustrate this is to imagine your skin cells as the bricks in a wall and the cement holding all of the bricks together and giving it structure, is the extra cellular fluid primarily comprising Hyaluronic Acid. So if you understand this you will see how impor-

tant it is to maintain the production of Hyaluronic Acid so as to give your skin structure and plumpness. Intraceuticals’ range of Oxygen Infusion facials consists primarily of low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid, the serums which contain a cocktail of vitamins such as A,C & E as well as soothing Green Tea and Aloe Vera and which Sofia would infuse into the skin. The treatment uses a technology called hyperbaric pressure to push in the serums which fill the intercellular spaces, plumping up the skin as well as giving it luminosity; the treatment is painless and refreshing. This procedure can be applied before special occasions, as make–up goes on beautifully afterwards and skin will look plump and hydrated. Celebrity makeup artist Gina Brooke says, “It really comes down to the skin; the foundation to beautiful make-up begins with the skin.” “A girl after our own hearts,” says Sofia. Pure Skin Tel: +34 661 279 575

This ad is for you if you want a great personal trainer to turn up and get you toned and fit… You’re feeling unfit and the gym beckons. But it’s the last place on earth you want to be. All those prying eyes; all those perfect pecs. It’s enough to make you want to stay at home! No problem. We’ll come to you - at a time that suits – so you can work out in comfort and privacy. So while you can’t get fit and healthy without flexing a muscle or two, at least it’ll only start once we arrive! Having trained people of all ages, shapes and sizes in their own homes extensively in the UK cities of London and Bath, we’ve developed techniques that don’t need bulky gym equipment. But they certainly work! And the health benefits don’t stop at a fitter toned body. Whether you want to lose or gain weight, we provide expert meal planning and nutrition advice. Please call 691 468 106 to arrange your initial free fitness appraisal, or visit for more details.

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Want to make her Mother’s Day really special this year? Then treat your Mum to the ultimate body wrap which guarantees inch loss at the Liporoom in Nueva Andalucia. Anyone can benefit from the Universal Contour Wrap’s treatment, regardless of your size and shape; whether you’re looking to kick-start a slimming plan, tackle those stubborn inches that hours in the gym just won’t shift or just wanting to drop a dress size for a big event. This scientifically proven treatment guarantees you’ll lose at least 6 inches in just 2 hours, making it the perfect solution when you have to look your best for that special occasion The Liporoom head therapist Lynn Shephard explained. “It doesn’t just deliver exceptional inch loss; the unique clay formula and special wrapping techniques also tighten and tone your body while exfoliating and cleansing the skin so you will not only look great, you’ll feel fabulous too, after just one treatment.”

all you have to do is relax and let the bandages sculpt and tone your body while the minerals are absorbed into your skin and the clay draws out toxins.”

How does it work?

Liporoom. Tel 952 90 66 88

Unlike other inch loss treatments Universal Contour Wrap doesn’t rely on dehydration to get results. In fact to maximise your personal results you’re encouraged to drink plenty of water after treatments to continue the inch loss, detox and cleansing process. So whether you’re looking to kick-start a slimming plan or target a few stubborn inches you can rely on Universal Contour Wrap to deliver instant results that will keep friends and family wondering how you did it.

Developed by Dr Richard Strem, after extensive research into beneficial minerals used in spa treatments, the treatment involves being wrapped in 25-30 elasticated bandages that have been pre-soaked in a warm, mineral-rich clay solution. Lynn then recommends 10 minutes on a powerplate to get your metabolism moving. “After this


TIPS T from a TRAINER Our resident fitness and nutrition expert, Paul Isaacs, looks at how we can overcome our dread of exercise to kick-start a new fitness regime that really delivers results.

wo of the key parts of my job are managing clients’ expectations and helping them to set achievable goals. Most of us are unrealistic when we set out to make changes to our fitness or nutrition patterns. Some of us simply don’t believe that we can ever make any significant progress and we get into the habit of using this ‘defence mechanism’ to sabotage our chances of success, while some of us simply expect too much too soon. This too is normally unrealistic. We can all dig out old photographs of ourselves at the age of 21 and in the best shape of our lives as a benchmark for how we would like to look, but if we are now in our 40s or 50s, can we seriously expect to effectively recapture the same body shape of someone half our age? The truth is that we can ALL make significant progress, but the level of improvement in your fitness and body shape will be dependent on your commitment and effort. Many of us use the excuse that there simply isn’t time to exercise, that life gets in the way. Deep down, we all know that this is nonsense. We seem to have no trouble finding the time to meet friends for lunch or sitting in front of the TV. And it’s ever so easy to get into the habit of seeing our friends and peers getting themselves into great shape and saying


“It’s OK for you, but I would never be able to stick to it”. All of us can get into great shape (whether our aim is to lose or gain weight, or simply to tone up) even if it seems to represent a challenge of momentous proportions! It’s really important to remain focused on your goal(s) and not to become disillusioned. One of the best ideas is to set yourself lots of short-term targets. For instance, rather than saying that you want to lose 10 kilos in time for the summer, it may be more realistic to say to yourself that you want to drop a dress or jeans size within the first 6 weeks of your fitness regime. Or perhaps you have a designer outfit that you bought a few years ago that’s been gathering dust on a hanger in the wardrobe as it doesn’t quite fit, but you still yearn for the day that you can fit back into it. Once this first target is reached and you realise just how great it feels to get there, it will give you the confidence and courage to set yourself further, attainable targets that can be reached within short-term timeframes. This will make you realise that your hard work is all worthwhile and that it is producing a series of results, rather than it feeling like a chore or a ‘long slog’ with no end in sight. For further information, contact Paul Isaacs on Tel: 691 468 106 or visit:

People love following celebrities beauty secrets... Here is one of them! Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion Facials Now available at PureSkin at the Wellness Studio, Los Naranjos Golf These treatments are very popular amongst celebrities and make-up artists due to its instant hydrating, calming, plumping and firming results. “When constantly travelling I get dehydrated and Intraceuticals is an absolute necessity to replenish my skin” - Naomi Campbell “To the team of O2 Intraceuticals, I love the treatment! so does my face” - Madonna

Pure Skin Beauty Room @The Wellness Studio Los Naranjos Golf Club Plaza Cibeles, Nueva Andalucia Oxygen Infusion treatment price ranges from 145 – 170 euros Call: Sofia 661279575 Special introductory price for SOCIETY MARBELLA magazine readers 20% off your frst treatment or buy a coarse of 6 treatments and receive 2 free. /pureskinmarbella

“I love the Intraceuticals Facial Treatments. Getting them makes me feel so rejuvenated and refreshed.” Kim Kardashian

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FRAC3 LASER REJUVENATION ( for the face ) This treatment stimulates the production of collagen through localized thermal destruction in the dermis, which then stimulates the production of new collagen. Treatments are every 10 days - 2 weeks. ACNE TREATMENT This is for mild to moderate inflammatory acne vulgaris infections due to an increase in blood supply in affected areas. Laser energy will be absorbed in the infected area heat is then generated there which will destroy the bacteria. Treatment in courses of 5 every 8 days 2 weeks.

TATTOO REMOVAL This laser system delivers powerful short laser light pulses which pass through the skin and break up colour images. The remnant of these images are then naturally removed by the body's natural defense system, hence why you only need to have a treatment once every 2-3 months. PIGMENTATION Pigmented lesions usually contain an increased number of melanocytes in the Basel area of the epidermis. The photoacustic effect of the laser causes a breakdown of the cells that contain the pigment.

ADDITIONAL TREATMENTS: Hair removal, scar tissue, open pores.



Beauty therapist Judith Robinson, owner of The Beauty Room San Pedro, combines all of her experience to create effective, bespoke treatments that yield immediate results, thus setting her apart from the ‘facialist’ pack. She offers a wide variety of salon, spa and aesthetic treatments to suit all ages and budgets Those in the know book in to see Judith every month for her bespoke approach. Her sound advice, amazing massage technique and down-to-earth demeanor guarantee results and have her clients coming back for more. “I believes in tailoring each facial and massage to the clients’ specific needs, carefully selecting the right products to achieve the desired result,” she explained. Judith settled on the coast in 2000, quickly building up a loyal client base. Having always had a passion and natural flair for beauty, she trained to be a beauty therapist in the U.K, passing the highest level of qualifications, C.I.D.E.S.C.O. and I.T.E.C Hons. She soon added postgraduate diplomas in Reflexology and Aromatherapy to her list of credentials and has even qualified as a Sports Injury Specialist with I.T.E.C. Credit Distinction. Wanting to get as much


experience as possible, she joined the world famous cruise ships for beauty company Steiner’s as a salon manager, before becoming a training supervisor, a post that she held for more than a decade.


A queen of ‘high-tech’ facial perfection, her CACI non-surgical facelift treatments are much in demand as they truly deliver visible and corrective results without the need for surgery or invasive procedures. The treatments lift the face by toning facial muscles, ‘smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles and preventing sagging skin.’ Society Marbella’s beauty expert, Nicola McGeorge swears by them.

crystals, approved by plastic surgeons and dermatologists; Judith ONLY uses disposable crystal cartridges so NO crystals can be re-used. Be careful of therapists who DO NOT use disposable crystals! In addition to the beauty treatments, Judith is able to personalise your treatment plan to include reflexology, aromatherapy or an energising massage to achieve that all-round feel good factor. “My mission is to welcome my customers with a service that exceeds expectation and to offer results that deliver, all in a modern, relaxing and calm environment. My job is my passion and I truly believe how you feel on the inside is directly reflected in your skin, so my aim is to assist you to relax and let go. When you leave my salon, I want you to feel radiant, glowing and truly pampered.”

If pigmentation or acne is an issue Judith can offer clients Microdermabrasion, a strong peeling facial with disposable

The Beauty Room San Pedro +34 655 013 064

Judith attends regular national and international beauty shows and enjoys keeping up to date with the latest technology and products, as she continues to bring innovative treatments to her salon.


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uenos Aires has been reinventing itself since the 19th century. The city has a unique buzz created by it’s contagious, creative energy. It’s this zest for life, plus the blend of gourmet eateries, vibrant designer boutiques, wild nightlife and abundance of intriguing attractions that makes Buenos Aires one of Latin America’s sexiest and most intoxicating destinations. One of the city’s most famed sites; the spectacular Cementerio de la Recoleta is an astonishing necropolis lavish enough to rival Père Lachaise in Paris and home to hundreds of renowned corpses including the famed Maria Eva Duarte de Perón, aka Evita. Wander for hours in this amazing cemetery embellished with impressive statues and marble tombs. Originally a public cemetery, it is now more difficult to get into than the grand surrounding residences! For another unique experience, take a trip to Tierra Santa, the world’s first religious theme park, where every thirty minutes a 20-metre plastic Jesus rises from the earth! The Museo Evita, dedicated to the world’s most famous Argentine, is situated in a mansion where her charity, the Eva Perón Foundation, once housed single mothers with children. Everything from historical books and newspaper articles to fingerprints and videos are stored in this captivating gallery, however the ‘shining stars’ have to be her fabulous outfits; dresses, hats, blouses and shoes, many of which she wore on her tours throughout Europe. You can’t visit the city synonymous with tango without hitting the dance floor yourself. Skip the touristy La Boca and head for El Niño Bien where the locals strut their stuff.


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It’s not just dance the Argentinians are besotted with, football is life in Argentina and a visit to the national stadium, where Argentina won the World Cup in 1978, is a fantastic way to experience the drama. When in Buenos Aires, be sure to sample a crispy medialuna (Argentinian croissant) at Café Tortoni, the city’s most traditional café. Founded in 1858, it has retained its delightful charm despite the daily plethora of animated tourists filling the tables. For dinner, try one of Argentina’s trendy parrillas, to sample some of the city’s worldfamous meat. Argentines eat, on average, 64kg of beef each year, that’s 1.2 kilograms per week! So follow the locals’ lead and head to El Trapiche to demolish a 300g steak for a pittance, or visit ‘the best parrilla in Buenos Aires’, Cabaña Las Lilas and taste their legendary grass-fed beef all supplied from the owner’s personal ranch!

Looking for a glimpse of the city’s past wealth and grandeur? Devour the opulent and expensive high tea at the Alvear Palace Hotel or further blow the budget at El Bistro. Headed by award-winning chef, Mariano Cid de la Paza, whose creations are as striking as the Philippe Starckdesigned interior, this notable restaurant attracts the rich and famous, much like the lavish Faena Hotel and Universe within which it is located. Housed in an historic former granary, The Faena combines Buenos Aires’ extraordinary past and present. More than a hotel, the Faena universe encompasses an art gallery, gourmet market, The ‘School of Good Living’ offering classes on dance, cooking and wine alongside the ‘archetypal’ spa, swimming pool and restaurants. Alternatively, the aforementioned, Alvear Palace Hotel is as sumptuous as its glorious high tea. Each of the 197 palace rooms and suites are individually decorated with Empire furnishings, fine art and antiques. Plus the views are out-of-this-world, from the highest floors, you can see Recoleta’s patchwork of plazas and parks, the river and (almost) Uruguay. Another Recoleta gem, Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, boasts a 25-meter swimming pool, so beautiful you will want to swim all day.

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HOME COUTURE This month, in her column for SOCIETY MARBELLA, Andrea Böck, Managing Director of Ambience Home Design, reports on Maison & Object. Andrea Böck, interior designer and founder of Ambience Home Design S.L. has, over the last decade, worked on a variety of projects throughout Europe, the Caribbean Islands and Middle East, assisting her clients in the very challenging task of refurbishing, decorating and furnishing their homes down to the very last detail.

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aison & Object – the mother of all fairs in Europe I dare say, but not too loud, lest my Italian friends get cross, but for me, the marking difference I see between Maison & Object and other known fairs, such as Milan, is, that something about Paris and its bazar-style, mix-match, and eclectic fair that gets your senses sizzling. It’s a great way to start the year for us designers as it’s the first big fair in January and showcases upcoming trends. I find Maison & Objet to be a source of inspiration, it’s a treasure chest full of surprises, and like a treasure hunter, you go from stand to stand and find creations that give you the next clue to the next best finding, and it simply leaves you inspired to create. You never know what you’re going to find, which makes it so exiting! You get to see all sorts of items and an extensive range of creations. From high-end products such as Kenzo, Baxter, Ger-


vasoni and co, a lot of French classic and rustic style suppliers of course, to more artisan style findings, such as handbags and accessories, artwork, lots of young and unknown artists hoping to be discovered, dog beds, dog toys, sculptors and their sculptures, fabrics, papers, lights, candles, Muppets, chocolatiers, jewelers and intriguingly enough, you also find artists offering you the most bizarre things that need peculiar explanation. It’s mindblowing how creative everyone is, so the whole combination of the human imagination put to use and rendered into something solid and meaningful, is what makes Maison & Objet what it is! A fabulous fair that gets you enthused. Although I didn’t see any big revelations or shocking new trends that would lead us in a completely new direction in 2013, I’d like to dedicate this piece to creativity, which is in fact the essence of any and all fairs in our design world, whether it’d be a subtle or outrageous creation, I love it!


MISSPRINT From recycled paper to organic pigments, this family run business from East London’s countryside, thrives on ecofriendly manufacturing. Their hand-drawn illustrations, are influenced by mid century and Scandinavian designs, and are inspired by nature. Their patterns convey a simplistic yet elegant accent that can be used to upholster furniture, lamps or decorate walls.

GAN RUGS Touareg is back! Gan Rugs had an enticing and beautiful stand. All you wanted to do was cuddle up on their seating islands and keep warm while looking at the snow fall on the Parisian streets. Their collection of braided cushions and patterned modular seating takes you back in time. Their flamboyant colors and modern twist and mix of patterns and textures are so brilliantly designed and executed, to create timeless pieces.



THE ECO TREND Thankfully the Eco trend is growing stronger. I found some amazing stands made solely from recycled products. Furniture, lamps and statues made of recycles driftwood or other reclaimed materials. So thumbs up to our Eco- designers, as their creativity to use these materials is really something else.

AY ILLUMINATE A Dutch company that sources natural waste materials from Asia, Ethiopia and Swaziland to make handcrafted lamps. They propose a unity of delicate and a slightly unpolished design combination, to create an ethereal accomplishment, which they have done so miraculously well. I can so easily see these in a beach house, or eclectic patio or minimalistic hall to bring a bit of life and an earthy feel...

A GOD IN COLOUR ‘Colour your Buddha’, is the name of this fun accessory. This cheerful version of a 1.6 meter Buddha offers an array of colors that will brighten any dull corner in your house.


A RAY OF KNITTED LIGHT The trend of industrial furniture was strong last year and now, beautified light-bulbs carry the legacy. I love these knitted lightbulbs, so original and different. As predicted in December’s issue last year – it is all about knitting in 2013, so I’m very pleased with this proposal by Llot Llov as well as their Ray lamp, another knitted knock-out. It hangs on to things, wraps objects together, it follows the user to where it is needed, forming sculptures as it goes. This flexible lamp and its 12 metre chord, is intended to adjust to one’s changing needs and visual intent. It can easily hang over a dining table, or readingcorner, as it can so elegantly lie on the floor or over a chair, - a more daring approach to exhibit a light. It travels from Baviera where it’s knitted from Merino wool imported from Italy, to Portugal where the shade is manufactured, back to Berlin for final assembly. A unique and complete European design and make that is designated to create a ray of light in a very distinctive way.


TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE For Misha, East meets West in 2007. They gather inspiration from traditional oriental patterns and preserve traditional craftsmanship in their hand painted techniques that embrace the elegance and simplicity of a new 21st century aesthetic. Based in Milan, we have at our fingertips one of the highlights for 2013, a mix of bold and pastel with mother nature as an inspiration. Building on the inheritance of culture and with the spirit of respect for the environment, their fabrics, silk wallpapers and natural fibers are mesmerized by a variety of finishes. Gold leaf, cobalt blues, mossy greens come together with a variety of spectacular drawings. They have some amazing glossy floor panels that remind us that walking on the wild side can be a beautiful experience.

RUNWAY GLAMOUR! Hitting the runway this season is the very fashionable Zinc’s ‘Runway’ fabric collection by René Gruau, an iconic and famed fashion illustrator. I love his artistic style and glamorous depictions of the runway. Zinc chose twelve of Gruau’s most iconic images to head their fashion-inspired Runway collection for 2013 which we can now exhibit as our very own pieces of art. This is what I call glamorous drama!


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Animal-shaped accessories have definitely hit a hype, with each artist expressing art in a different way. On my visit to this wondrous city and whilst wandering through this mesmerising fair, I couldn’t help but notice, animal eyes in form of lamps, side tables and statues staring at me from left, right and center.


We all saw that skulls became a hit last year, but Crânatomie brought this trend to a whole new level. These striking skulls by Benoit Peleran, are a vivid resurrection of an afterlife in our present time, an ironic tribute to immobility, yet a capturing rendition of color, through these smiling skulls. They are available in a variety of colors and finishes such as gold, silver or even elegant lace and tassle work.

Likewise, it appears to me that the horse, the owl, the rabbit, the pig and last but not least the dog have warmed some designers hearts, and now pose in splendor. &

Dog & Owl – By Kare Design Horse, Pig And Rabbit By Mooi


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As a dog lover and dog owner, I’m always on the lookout for a cool bed or chill-out corner for Nocona & Emma. So, I was delighted to find the following super-chic and trendy dog beds by Lord Lou, one of which is secretly being delivered to my home as an Easter break surprise for my doggies! If you are a shabby-chic lover and love your pet even more, then this is a must-have! So lush!




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Since its inception in 1987, the house of Christian Lacroix has electrified the fashion world with its many collections inspired by gypsy and Provencal traditions and by the flamboyant Haute Couture scene in Paris and London during the swinging 60s. Over the years, the brand has become synonymous with an innate, complex glamour and a vivacious confidence. Its reputation as the maison for haute couture was well founded and built upon a distinctive and passionate creative energy. With Spring around the corner, this new collection by Christian Lacroix brings a parade of color, beauty and exquisite taste and style to match the season.


Alessandra Rovati Vitali travels through branches, crystalizing their ramifications with a play on transparency, color and light, to create corallike and unique sculptures. So elegant and different.

FLAMENCO INSPIRED! Les Dames de Tours A bold little side table this is. It does have something about it: It’s daring, it’s intricate, it’s curvy, it’s playful, it’s feminine, it’s colorful, and has movement. Femme Fue Flamenco, is the name of this fiery beauty. If I have free hand in my design, I love to use quirky or unusual items, that spark curiosity and create a buzz, and therefore Paris has to be one of my favorite fairs. One new trend I saw this January is a huge tendency to soft pastel colors, such as dusky pink, African violet and medium aquamarine instead of the so predicted Pantone 17-5641 TCX EMERALD GREEN. Yellow was the accent used the most often paired with grey , black and white. I hope you’ve enjoyed a mini-journey to one of my favorite places in our design world!



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HOME COUTURE Watch Me Wall Clock £35.00

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The Watch Me Wall Clock by Normann Copenhagen is a colourful and charming wall clock designed to display a different colour for each hour. ‘Watch Me’ is inspired by an open colour swatch and will attract attention wherever you choose to place it!

Add a loving touch to your kitchen with this kitsch teapot by Disaster Designs. Simply beautiful, and evoking handwritten letters filled with sentiment and love, this vintage charm will bring a smile to your face every time you use it. Biche Dressing Table with Seat £1015

Moroccan Table Lamp £99.00 This Moroccan inspired table lamp has been hand-hammered and finished in silver nickel, resulting in a beautiful ambient light that will give any room a soft warm glow.



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Let this masterpiece unfold in your home. When folded away it has a stylish rustic appeal, when opened up it is remarkably functional and the chic black leather seat cushions and tray are ever so luxurious. The aged brass handles along with the dark tan leather handles create an attention grabbing antique charm. A beautiful way to give your home a distinct country manor feel!

Angelina Media Unit Available in cherry, oak, walnut, mahogany or painted; this chic unit features two front doors imitating drawers and beautiful decorative ironwork in antique brass all adding to its stylish allure.

Rustica Upcycled Stool £125

Pug Cushion £6

Now we know normally dogs aren’t allowed on the couch, but how can you say no to these eyes? The cute factor without the fluff; a perfect companion!


The Rustica Upcycled Stool is handmade from reclaimed hardwood that previously formed part of housing and general premises in India. In most cases this wood is hundreds of years old. Previously the timber would have been destroyed and lost forever, however in line with Little Tree Furniture's policy of ‘wood working with a conscience’, they have reclaimed this wood and ‘upcycled’ it to form this rustic range and hence its name ‘Rustica’.


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he eurozone is widely tipped to be one of the worst-performing regions in global economic terms for much of 2013. While the outlook in the US and China has brightened latterly, many European economies remain mired in recession. Despite the laudable initiatives taken by the European Central Bank last year to address the euro crisis, policy responses such as fiscal austerity, and the need for further deleverage, continue to undermine at least nearterm prospects for economic activity and unemployment (now at a record 11.8% for the eurozone as a whole).

So why has this gloomy scenario not resulted in a weaker euro? To

begin with, part of the euro’s recent strength can be attributed to anticipated further quantitative easing in the US, which has weakened the greenback. Another factor is the early repayment by eurozone banks of three-year loans to the ECB, which will drain €137 billion from the system and put upward pressure on euro-




zone interest rates, thus enhancing euro returns. However, once such euro-supportive forces have run their course, the continued absence of regional growth may require eurozone rates to fall. If, by that time, other countries have expanded sufficiently to raise rates, this will widen interestrate differentials between the euro and the currencies of those countries to an extent that will lower the former’s investment appeal. A weaker euro might be welcome news for eurozone exporters, but stiff competition, in particular from China, which is highly adept at manipulating its currency’s exchange rate as the situation demands, and a Japan that may seek to drive the yen to undervalued levels in a desperate attempt to revive its moribund export sector, imply only meagre benefits. Even the bright spots are dim at best The decision to postpone more stringent regulations in the banking sector via Basel III until 2019 (instead

of 2015) may encourage banks to expand lending activities in the interim, especially to those who need it, such as small- and medium-sized companies and homeowners, and this, in turn, may help spur growth. But, post-crisis, European banks have been highly risk averse in their lending behaviour, and an extension of present conditions is unlikely to have much economic impact overall, given the continued need for banks to deleverage. The ongoing eurozone crisis remains the single biggest threat to global growth. Although sentiment has improved of late, most recently due to evidence of a slowdown (but no turnaround) in manufacturing contraction and successful bond auctions in Spain and Portugal, it remains ultimately fragile. Confidence is likely to wane swiftly if the region fails to show signs of sustainable economic recovery soon, a possibility to which the euro will continue to be vulnerable going forward.




GREAT MINDS AT GRAN GATSBY Q+ Association, a non-profit organization that brings together local businesses and professionals, held its monthly meeting at the restaurant Gran Gatsby in Puerto Banus. The event was attended as speakers Elias Bendodo, President of the Provincial Council of Malaga and Angeles Muñoz, Mayor of Marbella and numerous businessmen and politicians of Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis. The meeting discussed several issues related to the business of the Costa del Sol, especially the current situation and the positive prospects that have begun to shine since early 2013.






Over 100 guests enjoyed an afternoon of tea, scones, sandwiches and Victorian sponge at this amazing beach side venue. Talented dance teacher Lia Mullins, also organises ballroom dance classes in TikiTano every Wednesday evening from 19.30hrs. Commencing on the 6th of March, this monthly event will be showcasing a different dance theme each month. All guests received a voucher for a free ballroom dance class. Organised by Vivian Benveniste, this event raised over 500€ in aid of cudeca. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment, as every event so far has been fully subscribed:





LA SALA GOLF DAY AT THE FABULOUS FINCA Former home of the world matchplay Finca Cortesin was the chosen venue for last month’s La Sala Golf Day. Over 20 teams competed for the vast array of prizes on offer. This month’s event will be held at San Roque new course on the 9th of March. Any teams wishing to take part should contact Gemma: 951 319 138 or



Our in-depth motoring review




Motoring author, racing driver and photo-journalist Ian Kuah reports on the Aston Martin DB9


first drove Aston Martin’s gorgeous but flawed DB9 in June 2004, and it has been steadily improved since. Now, nearly a decade later, the latest DB9 is not just the car I always hoped it could be, but is actually better.

Aston Martin makes cars that appeal to the heart as well as the mind. Their cars ooze class, breeding and wealth with a typical British understatement that is not as in-your-face as their more flamboyant Italian rivals. The company has also been



Aston Martin makes cars that appeal to the heart as well as the mind. wise to embrace and cultivate its James Bond 007 association, a priceless brand booster that money simply cannot buy. The original DB9 was the first Aston Martin model to use the then new VH (VerticalHorizontal) platform that endows the car with a good balance between low weight and high structural stiffness. Along the way, this balance has slowly been altered, with greater stiffness the key to even better ride and handling. For the 2013 Model Year, the DB9 is now based on the Generation 4 VH platform, which it shares with Aston’s all-new Vanquish flagship. This latest VH platform uses more carbon-fibre in its construction for even better stiffness and lower weight, and the dynamic improvements derived from this are significant. For starters, the overall structural rigidity of the body has been improved by 20% for the Coupe and 30% for the Volante, making it possible to use more compliant suspension settings with no compromise in handling. Kerb weight is also down by 15kg, although 12kg of this comes from the switch to carbon-ceramic brakes as standard. The tall, stubby noses of many new cars show that the latest pedestrian impact safety regulations are having a big negative impact on styling. As the


aesthetic wow factor shared by all Aston Martin models relies on a long, low bonnet line, short tail and a svelte Coke bottle shape in between, this is a serious problem.

clear of the now lower engine, and these two developments allow the new car to meet the pedestrian regulations with no styling compromises.

However, the changes in the latest VH4 platform have allowed the engineers to lower the V12 engine that powers the DB9 and Vanquish by a significant 19mm. In addition, a new bonnet structural design helps to absorb the impact of a pedestrian’s head sufficiently to keep it

A positive unintended consequence of the lower engine installation is the lower centreof-gravity, which, together with the near perfect 51/49 front/rear weight distribution, aids the cars dynamic behaviour. For once, government safety regulations have created a good result all round.


The new DB9 looks a lot like its predecessor, and in this respect Aston Martin have quite rightly taken the view that ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ In reality though, even though the cars form and proportions are similar, over 70% of its alloy body panels are new. The re-imagining of the iconic DB9 styling also gave the designers and engineers a chance to refine the details. Apart from further improving eye appeal in a way that brings it bang up-to-date, their aim was make the new car more aerodynamically efficient to the benefit of performance, stability and fuel economy. Starting at the nose, the new grille is slightly larger, which gives the DB9 a more assertiveness face while improving airflow to the engine cooling system. The sharp crease line on the deeply sculpted side sills running the length of the DB9’s flanks between front and rear wheel arches, visually beefs up the car, helping to create a more muscular and planted stance. The chromed trim over the side intakes, incorporating the side repeater indicators, now extends aft into the front of the doors, and is another element that helps to accentuate the long and low-slung look. The deeper front spoiler incorporates a larger air intake and carbon-fibre lip. At the rear, the deep valance

incorporates a dark coloured insert that highlights the polished exhaust tips, while simultaneously hiding the rear parking sensors. This insert also performs a visual light and shade illusion, reducing the perceived height of the rear panel. Finally, the bodycoloured diffuser below it finishes off the rear on a notional line that appears to sweep gracefully up from the side sills.

While the carbon-fibre front spoiler lip comes from last year’s Virage model, the integral boot lid spoiler takes its cues from the outgoing DBS, giving the new DB9 a more hard-core GT demeanour. The shape and size of these spoilers owe as much to wind-tunnel testing as they do to pure aesthetics, and significantly reduce lift at speed. The early DB9s handled quite well, but their ride-handling balance was not quite

... their aim was make the new car more aerodynamically efficient to the benefit of performance, stability and fuel economy.


TORQUE TALK right. The optional Sports Pack introduced in 2006 went a long way to sharpening up the handling, which was now impressive on a smooth road, but if you ticked that option the ride quality on bumpy roads went out the window. Since then, the DB9’s suspension set up has gone through several iterations, culminating in the DBS of 2007, which itself owed much to the DBR9 racecar. This also formed the basis of the short-lived Virage, launched in 2011, to bridge the gap between the DB9 and DBS. While the new DB9 takes most of its bodywork cues from the Virage and the rear spoiler from the DBS, 50-percent of its underpinnings in terms of platform, chassis and engine are new. The significant mechanical changes start with the lusty V12 motor, whose top end has finally gained variable valve timing. Looking back, Aston Martin’s 5,935cc, DOHC, 48-valve V12 hails from the era

when the company was Ford-owned, and was originally created in the late 1990s when Cosworth married two Ford Duratec V6 blocks on a single crankshaft. The first incarnation of this engine debuted with 420bhp in the DB7 Vantage of 1999, and it was producing 514bhp by the time the Vanquish S ceased production in 2007. With ever tightening emissions laws on the horizon, it has long been acknowledged that it is only a matter of time before Aston Martin will need an all-new turbocharged engine family if it is to meet future emissions and economy expectations.

In that respect, it is a wonder that the firm did not adopt variable valve timing earlier, as this technology has been used on mass production cars for two decades to boost power and economy and reduce emissions. VVT also enhances low-end torque, another weak point of this engine family. In its latest AM11 guise with VVT, the big V12 seems to have at last come of age, with 510bhp at 6,800rpm and a healthy 620Nm of torque at 5,500rpm. On the road, the improvement to low-end twist is palpable from the word go. From rest, or indeed any speed, the DB9 now has a spring in its step that I never felt with the previous versions. Where the old motor, even in the lighter, smaller V12 Vantage, does not really feel like it is cooking with gas till you have over 3,500rpm on the clock, the latest VVT-equipped version pulls with real urgency from just over 1,500rpm.

Accelerating firmly from a rolling start in second gear, there is now enough instant mid-range grunt on tap to break the big rear tyres free of the tarmac on a dry road. This sends the traction control warning light into a tizzy while the limited-slip differential and stability control frantically work to gather things together. Even the original six-speed automatic from 2004 was not half bad, delivering smooth upshifts and a lovely aggressive throttle ‘blip’ on the way down that made anyone sound like a hero on a twisty road. The latest Touchtronic 2 six-speeder with electronic shift-by-wire control is even faster and slicker, perfectly complementing the sharper throttle response and more incisive chassis. The latest generation engine and gearbox form a perfect partnership that is hard to beat, and feels as effective as a well measured dual-clutch setup. This faster shifting gearbox and the


TORQUE TALK enhanced torque help the 1,785kg DB9 rocket to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds, and on to its 293km/h (183mph) top speed. Most modern high performance cars have buttons you can play with to make them louder and friskier, and the DB9 is no exception. The Sport button on the centre console stiffens the suspension, sharpens the power steering, throttle and gearbox responses, and opens a control valve in the exhaust system that lets the car exercise its vocal chords to the full. Big wheels always look good, and the standard 8.5J and 11.0J x 20-inch five-spoke alloys with 245/35ZR20 and 295/30ZR20 Pirelli PZero rubber perfectly fill out the big wheel arches, helping to give the car its purposeful stance. My test car was fitted with the optional ten-spoke wheels in the same dimensions, which definitely look more sophisticated than the standard five-spoke version. While these large diameter wheels are a blessing for the designers, they are a nightmare for the chassis engineers whose task is to produce a suspension system that can maintain a comfortable ride despite the low profile rubber.

marginal level on roads that depart from billiard table smoothness. That said, on the right road, this setting is a real blast, with the all round sharper reflexes turning the DB9 into a big hooligan’s machine that belies its gentlemanly demeanour. If you can imagine a Savile Row attired city gent shedding his pin-stripe suit in mid flight to reveal a figure hugging costume and cape, that about sums it up. It is just as well then that the new carbonceramic brake system is a match for the potential exuberance on tap. This was an option on the previous DB9, but is now standard as it was on the short-lived Virage. The vented, cross-drilled front brake discs are 398mm diameter and clamped by six-pot-alloy monoblock calipers, while the rear axle carries 360mm diameter vented, cross-drilled discs with four-pot alloy monoblock calipers. No Aston Martin test can be filed without comment on its exquisite cabin. This is simply a wonderful place to be, and the quality of design and execution of

This is beyond the capability of conventional springs and dampers, and all the top supercars like the Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C have adopted active damping to overcome this ridehandling debacle. The DB9 now treads a similar path with a three-stage Active Damping System that gives the driver the choice of Normal, Sport and Track modes. This does exactly what it says on the tin, with a crystal clear difference between each setting. I started my drive in Normal mode, and was impressed by the perfect weighting of the power steering and the way the suspension breathes over bumps. A supple low speed secondary ride belies the short sidewalls of the low profile rubber, while body control is very convincing when you pick up the pace. This setting makes the DB9 a genuinely comfortable GT car for covering continents in. Sport is the setting of choice when you want to attack a twisty road enthusiastically. It noticeably sharpens up turn-in to bends and reduces body roll through them. Importantly, although the ride is firmed up, the suspension still retains good compliance to keep things on course when you encounter mid-corner bumps. Track mode? Don’t even go there unless you can find a really smooth road, as suspension firmness is ramped up to a



“Good things come to those who wait.” Aston Martin celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year, and the new DB9 and Vanquish are fitting birthday tributes. the leather and Alcantara interior trim is truly magnificent. The new DB9 has a much improved centre console control arrangement, and its new sat-nav system is halfway decent at last.

The new DB9 is also significantly cheaper than its Vanquish sibling, which shares the Gen 4 VH platform, but is powered by a hot-rodded 565bhp version of the AM11 V12 motor.

While the latest DB9 is more expensive than the outgoing model, it is cheaper than last year’s Virage, which is not a happy thought for the 1,100 buyers of that short lived model.

Speaking to a handful of friends whom I knew had signed up for both the new DB9 and Vanquish, I was keen to learn their respective reasons, knowing that money was not an issue for any of them.

Interestingly, it came down to subjective styling, some preferring the sharpened up but still conservative DB9, while the others were attracted by the more futuristic lines of the Vanquish. If you fall for the DB9, be assured that this beautiful car is now thoroughly convincing in all aspects of its dynamic behaviour, engaging the keen driver with a synergy it has never possessed before. The punchline to a classic Guinness TV ad famously said, “Good things come to those who wait.” Aston Martin celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year, and the new DB9 and Vanquish are fitting birthday tributes. Thanks to Aston Martin SIngapore for the test car Dealer in Marbella: Salamanca




he processions of Semana Santa (Holy Week) have a long tradition, and are held all over Spain. But whereas in Spain north of the Sierra Moreno the processions tend to take place with all due solemnity, it is only here in Andalusia that one can experience the full and jubilant flowering of this centuries old tradition. At the risk of being regarded as a heretic, whilst it is generally held that Sevilla is preeminent in this field, I would maintain that Málaga is, in fact, far superior. In Sevilla the narrow and winding streets only allow small pasos (floats) carried on the shoulders of between thirty and fifty costaleros (from costal – the padded bag used to protect heads and shoulders). In Málaga the great tronos (floats – sometimes weighing 5000 kilos) need upwards of ten times that number to navigate the streets with a surprising dexterity. This is due to the skilled overseer (capataz), who guides the team with a ceremonial hammer (el llamador - caller) by ringing a bell


attached to the trono. And come Maundy Thursday the Spanish Foreign Legion appears to form a bodyguard to the Blessed Virgin and the Cristo de la Legión, as they sing the Novio de la Muerte (Bridegroom of Death), their regimental slow march. They join the hundreds of nazarenos and penitentes (now both men and women) who accompany the floats, each belonging to their own Cofradia or Hermandad (brotherhood) and each distinguished by a distinctive costume. The main purpose of the procession is for the laity to bring Faith to the streets, away from the narrow confines of the church. The only significant section of the community not represented is the priesthood. And it is significant that even at times of the greatest persecution of the Church, as during the Republic or the Civil War, the processions continued, virtually without intermission, and it was not unknown for avowed anarchists to take part!

This ceremony belongs to the people, not the church.

This tradition dates back in Málaga to the conquest of the city from the Moors in 1487. Dozens of churches and convents were founded, and soon fraternities were formed for their support and for the support and insurance of members. Such brotherhoods were bound by statutes framed in accordance with the dictates of the Council of Trent (15451563) to ensure that they were based on true Catholic teaching. To demonstrate their piety, the cofradias began to carry their imagenes into the streets to celebrate Easter and Holy Week. When in 1521 the Marqués de Tarifa returned to Spain from a pilgrimage in the Holy Land, he introduced the Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross) into church worship. From this grew the custom of forming a procession to perform these Stations in the open air. These processions became more and more elaborate, as brotherhood vied with brotherhood, gradually giving rise to the processions that we witness today, centered around representations of Christ and his mother. As can clearly be seen as the imagen slowly emerges onto the street, some of these representations are worth 350,000 euros or

following the Cristo del Perdón, whose fraternity members have petitioned for his pardon. Drums and trumpets play solemn music and occasionally a saeta is to be heard as someone spontaneously bursts into song in praise of Christ or the virgin. When this happens it is normal for the trono to pause, and for the crowd to remain silent. The Nazarenos and Penitentiales wear distinctive costumes which differ from cofradia to cofradia. The

tunics are different colours, depending on the Cofradia or Hermandad, and whilst the

Penitentiales wear a hood which covers the face and hangs behind the head, the Nazarenos wear a capirote inside the hood, which raises it to a high point. The origin of this cone is unknown, but may date from the practice of the Inquisition to make penitents wear such a garment (like a dunce’s cap!) The face is covered as a sign of penitence, but on Easter Sunday the headdress is removed to expose the face as a sign

of rejoicing. Whilst the Penitentiales carry their crosses, the Nazarenos may carry cirios (long wax candles) or ciriales (elaborate silver staffs as a sign of office). The candles are a target for the monaguillos; children who run alongside making bigger and bigger balls from the wax dripping from the candles. By the end of Holy Week some of these balls are large indeed! Unlike some parts of Spain, Semana Santa in Andalusia is not a grim and sombre affair. The crowds are cheerful, and people wear their Sunday best (it is bad form not to do so) in order to celebrate something that is at the very heart of the Christian faith. And if you are standing for hours on end, you very quickly begin to feel the need for some form of sustenance. This traditionally should take the form of a torrijo, which is a slice of bread dipped in wine and honey and coated with egg yolk, then fried. This is clearly a perhaps not-so-distant cousin of the English “Poor knights of Windsor”, which should be made with sherry, and is a dish which may well have had its origin in Spain!

more. The cofradias who own these tronos can be divided into three types: Penitenciales, De Gloria and Sacramentales. It is the Penitenciales who participate in the Holy Week processions. Until the late 18th century these were joined by the Flagellantes who bloodily whipped themselves around the route. They are still to be found occasionally today, but their beating tends to be rather more symbolic than penitential! Even so, today, some of the Penitenciales will walk bare foot and carry crosses to expiate for sins committed the previous year. This is no mean feat, considering that the procession can last up to or exceeding twelve hours! In Málaga a prisoner released from the penitentiary at Alhaurin in memory of Barabbas also takes part,



Class ACT By Nicola McGeorge

The innovative French cuisine at the renowned Albert y Simon restaurant in San Pedro is a unique, culinary experience which fuses flavourful, nutritious foods with beautiful presentation. Creating French food to this standard is an art form that takes a lifetime to master, yet requires that time stand still to appreciate its splendour.


deally situated on a bustling corner in San Pedro, everything about this restaurant clearly endorses the fact that it is family owned and managed. Award winning chef Albert Benisty works his magic in the kitchen while his brother, Simon, manages the front-ofhouse team. Passion for cooking has been passed down through the generations of the Benisty family. After training in Sweden, Albert became the head chef in his father’s restaurant, Le Soufflé in Estepona, where he was awarded one of the first Michelin stars in Andalucía. After this the brothers went on to open their first restaurant in Nueva Atalaya, followed by the San Pedro establishment, which is now rightly recognized as one of the premier dining experiences on the Coast. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted by the charming Simon and, after agreeing it was a little chilly to sit on the terrace, we were shown to our table. Much thought has been put into the decor


of this restaurant; with its classic tavern style, romantic lighting and vast wine cellar, it is elegant yet unpretentious. The à la carte and set dinner menus are suitably luxurious. It is rare to peruse a menu and conclude that everything, without exception, is worthy of consideration. Simon explained that the

tastes and dishes are regularly initiated, so diners would be well advised to ask for recommendations when ordering. I would also suggest that diners take advantage of Simon’s vast knowledge of wines. He was awarded the Outstanding Merit in Wines and Spirits WSET and he is more than happy to suggest wine pairings for each course.


Mastering the art of French cooking is considered by many to be the pinnacle of culinary achievement. We were served a selection of intricate dishes - foams, purées, uncanny textures and countless unexpected flavour combinations all guaranteed to persuade a greedy curiosity to sample as many as possible. We started with the exquisitely presented goat’s cheese, accompanied by the fabulously expansive, complex flavour of quince jelly and walnuts. Other options included an accomplished dish of scallops complemented by a parmesan and black truffle dressing and the marinated salmon with raspberry vinaigrette, served with apple and pineapple which added a sweet note to the dish. For mains, the wild sea bass was brought back to earth by the fresh, home-made pasta and black truffle sauce, while the berry sauce lent an acidic punch to the delicate venison.

My sweet tooth was satisfied by the decadent pud of “Torrija,” white bread soaked in milk and cooked in the oven, with caramelised banana, smooth coconut sauce and ice cream. Saving the best till last, the grand finale was Albert’s unmissable signature dish, the Grand Marnier Soufflé. Albert y Simon has perfected the art of making dishes which not only fill the stomach but also the heart of the person who eats them. This establishment is the epitome of high quality and creative French cuisine and all at very reasonable prices. Deserving of all their accolades and fiercely loyal following, the brothers bring a modern touch to an undeniably French fine dining experience. Albert y Simon Urbanización Nueva Alcántara Edificio Mirador, Bloque 4-B San Pedro, Marbella Tel: +(34) 952 78 37 14.





aving been engaged in the catering trade for many years, both as a practitioner and a teacher, I have had the privilege of meeting a vast number of very talented people, and also some who are proof that evolution can go in reverse.

“Name an edible fungus. Give a characteristic feature” came the reply “A mushroom. They grow in the dark and look like umbrellas”.

At times the intense pressure of the kitchen during a busy service can give rise to incidents which at the time are hair raising but which, when recollected in tranquillity, are the stuff of which comedies are made. On one such occasion the aboyeur (the chef at the hot plate) suddenly collapsed. The hotel medic was summoned, but, alas, to no avail. With three hundred diners the service could not be halted. With great gentleness the sous-chef shoved the supine aboyeur under the hot plate, and the service continued. When the last guest left, the defunct was pulled out from under the appliance and an ambulance and a doctor were summoned. “When did this happen?” asked the doctor. “Just now”, replied the Chef, “as we were clearing up, he keeled over.” “Ah!” said the doctor, bending down to touch the corpse. “Ah yes! He’s still warm!”. At times, when dealing with trainees and students, one wondered whether or not the being in question was indeed actually still warm. It was at times interesting to speculate on what was currently going on in what passed for a brain.

I remember Fiona. A pleasant and likeable girl, endowed plenteously by nature in many ways, but who lacked a certain something above the neck line. On one occasion, hearing a commotion, I turned round to behold Fiona with a tongue of fire coming from the top of her head. Confusing my sacred and secular callings, and mindful of the miracle at Pentecost, I was on the point of sinking to my

When I was head of a catering school the lecturer in charge of housekeeping handed me the examination paper of one of her students. Question: “What are you doing when you knead, rinse, press flat, shake and hang out to dry?” Answer: “Bread and butter pudding”. We had similar geniuses in the kitchen.

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knees in the presence of the Holy Ghost when the student standing next to her, with great presence of mind, smacked her smartly over the head with his cloth, thereby extinguishing the flames. I bore down on her. “What,” I enquired, “are you doing?” “Well, Chef, you see, I lit the grill thing, and put my head inside to see if it was on!” I fear that sarcasm overcame my better nature. “And was it?”. We just stopped her in time before she returned her singed hair to the salamander! Fiona was not alone. Two young female trainees were busy making asparagus soup. For some unknown whimsical reason, as I passed them I said “You know, ladies, when you eat asparagus your wee-wee smells!” As I moved away one said to the other “What’d ‘e say?” To which the reply came in broad Brummie, “If you eat this muck your piss stinks!” I pretended not to hear, but in a kitchen full of students one had to keep one’s ears and eyes sharply open. At ten o’clock one morning I observed Adrian with a vast bowl of mashed potato. “Adrian, dear boy”, I asked, “what time does the lunch service start?” “Twelve o’clock, Chef”. “And so, dear boy,” I asked, “how do you intend to keep your mashed potato warm?” His panicked reply was a sort of grunting quack. “Well, Adrian,” I suggested, “place the mashed potato in a bowl. Place the bowl


in the bain marie. Cover it, and pray that the lunchtime clients are all polite English people who will not comment on lukewarm potato.” About a minute later I heard an agonised squawk. “Chef! It’s gone all mushy!” I turned to find him carefully spooning his mash into hot water. On another occasion, when ordered to wash the lettuce, he used Fairy Liquid. And it was in the same kitchen that I asked a young female student sporting gargantuan grey leg warmers under her whites, resulting in a rather heated countenance, to watch the stove. The solid top was packed with pans on the verge of boiling. A minute or two later I was talking to a colleague when I noticed him looking over my shoulder with an expression somewhere between apoplexy and shell shock. I turned. The solid top was completely clear. In front of it stood Charlotte, gazing at it deep in concentration. “What!?” I spluttered. With unassailable logic she replied “I couldn’t see the top with all

those pots on it!” It was also she who on one occasion proffered me what looked like a very small yellow cake with cracked brown edges. Mystified, I enquired what it was. “A fried egg” she replied indignantly. For once I was rendered speechless. Seeing my reaction her friend remarked “See! I told you not to cut the fat off!”

had been so long. The attendant gave profuse apologies and explained “… and I fear, your highness, that there was somebody seated over the water hole…!”

But it is not only amongst the lowly ‘escrocs’ that incidents occur. Customers can also at times display strange behaviour. At one large hotel in west London, a middle eastern sheik is in the habit of booking an entire floor for himself and his entourage. The management wisely clears the floor, as his servants have a habit of lighting small fires in the middle of bedrooms, on which they cook, and round which they eat. On one occasion, as they ate, the sheik was very thirsty, and his attendant kept disappearing into the bathroom, returning with a glass of water. At one point he was gone for longer than usual, and on his return the sheik asked indignantly why he


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Location: Marbella Golf and Country Club, Ctra

Location: C. C Benavista, Puerto Banus and

@The Wellness Studio

de Cádiz, N-340 Km 188, 29604, Marbella

Fuengirola Tel. 951 272 267 / 952 810 408 /

Los Naranjos Golf Club Plaza Cibeles, Nueva

Tel. 663 048 477

952 917 164


Tel. 951 31 9080 / 695 845 416


Cru Hair Salon C/ Las Malvas Edif On Line

Tel. 951 319 175



Location: C.C Le Village, Ctra de Istan

Tel: 655 013 064

Local No. 10 Nueva Andalucia, Marbella Sara Tel: 628 936 396 GRANT FOSTER SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPIST

Tel. 679 386 198 WOOD HAIRDRESSING

Tel. 667 862 475 LIPO ROOM


Location: C.C Le Village, Ctra de Istan

Location: Av. Ramon y Cajal 7, Marbella

Tel. 952 771 791

Tel. 951 775 518

Location: Avd Manolete, Centro Romano, Local 5, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella Tel. 952 906 688

OCEAN SPA Location: El Oceano Beach Hotel Restaurant



& Spa, Urb Miraflores Playa, Crta A7 km 199, Mar-


Location: Plaza las Orquideas 2, Exit 173,5 Ca-

bella. Tel. 952 58 75 50

Location: Avenida Ramón Y Cajal 7, Marbella Tel. 952 900 140

sino, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 907 173




Location: Centro Plaza Tel. 902 325 324

Location: Avenida Ramon y Cajal 40

Location: Camojan Business Centre, Office 12

Tel. 952 588 795

Tel. 952 867 003

PAUL ISAACS Tel: 691 468 106

BANG & OLUFSEN Location: Puerto Banús Main Entrance. Tel: 95 281 72 50. GUNNEL’Z FASHION Location: C/Dublin 21, Poligono Industrial, San Pedro de Alcántara Tel. 952 785 602 HOT OFF THE PRESS Location: Calahonda Commercial Centre Unit 7, Calahonda Tel. 952 930 392 JEANS FACTORY OUTLET Location: Carretera de Cadiz, KM 184.5 Tel. 952 898 381 MARBELLA CARPETS Location: Edif. Casablanca, Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe Tel. 952 773 765 MONA BOUTIQUE Avenida Ramón y Cajal 7, 29600 Marbella THE EDIT Location: Sala Beach

Car dealerships F1 IMMO CAR GALLERY Location: Calle Pablo Ruiz Picasso s/n, Edif. Ferroman, San Pedro de Alcantara Tel. 952 799 260

Drink Supplier BEERS WINES AND SPIRITS Calle Manuel Franco Cubeiro 28 Nave 4 Poligono Industrial El Pinillo Torremelinos Tel:+34 952 373 233 MARBELLA WINE WAREHOUSE Tel. 638 161 514 / 951 894 026

Entertainment AVENTURA AMAZONIA Location: Avda. Valeriano Rodriguez Tel. 952 835 505 ESTUDIO61 Location: Calle Notario Luis Oliver 9 Tel. 672 296 074

Exclusively distributed throughout Southern Spain by Marbella Wine Warehouse / +34 638 161 514 / +34 951 89 40 26




Location: Plaza de la Merced, 15 Malaga

Location: Avda. de las Golondrinas, Estepona

Location: Urb. La Quinta Golf, Nueva Andalucia

Tel. 951 926 060

Tel. 952 882 812

Tel. 902 204 208




Location: Calle Jose Melia 2

Location: Urb. Calanova Golf Club

Location: Plaza Cibeles, Nueva Andalucia

Tel. 952 828 244

Tel. 951 170 194

Tel. 952 815 206




Location: Ctra. de Ronda Tel. 952 788 189

Location: Urbanizacion El Chaparral, N-340 KM 203,

Location: Ctra de Cadiz, N-340 KM 188

Mijas Costa Tel. 952 587 773

Tel. 952 830 500

Location: C/ Emanicipacion, s/n Fuengirola



Tel. 952 474 542

Location: Carretera de Casares s/n, Casares

Location: C/ Camino de Camojan s/n, Sierra

Tel. 952 937 883

Blanca Tel. 952 822 781

Location: Puerto Banus Tel. 619 987 093



Location: Ctra de Cadiz KM 166

Location: Urb. Elviria, Ctra. Cadiz-Malaga, KM

Tel. 952 889 157

192, Elviria Tel. 952 831 036



Golf Courses

LAURO GOLF 27 Location: Carretera de Malaga a Coin A-404, Al-



haurin de la Torre Tel. 952 412 767

Location: Ctra la Cala – Entrerrios, Mijas Costa

Location: Apdo. 141, Urb. Aloha Golf, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 812 388

Tel. 902 517 700 LA CALA GOLF RESORT Location: Urb. La Cala Golf, Mijas Costa


Tel. 952 669 000

Location: Avenida de los Cortijos, San Roque Tel. 956 791 200




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Gyms and Tennis Clubs




Location: Ctra de Istan, Centro Comercial Le Vil-

Location: Camino Padre Cura, Urb. Huerta

lage Tel. 952 775 021

Nueva, 14 Tel. 952 113 467



Location: Avenida Playas del Duque s/n Nueva

Location: Urb. Marbella Real, 13

Andalucia Tel. 952 811 875

Tel. 952 857 863/ 659 069 000

Happy Mothers Day!

QI SPORT Location: Inside Urb. La Alzambra, Puerto Banus


Tel. 952 907 090

Location: Camino de Campanallas Tel. 620 354 885

NCT Location: Urb. Monte Paraiso Golf


Tel. 952 866 843

Location: Nueva Andalucía and Estepona Tel. 952 906 626 / 952 804 165


Location: Avenida de Manolete 10, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 817 219

TRIPLE A Location: Ojen Road, up from La Canada


Tel. 952 771 586

Tel: 691 468 106 C

Interior Design Houses

Property Developers




Location: Ctra. Ronda, La Cancela De La Quinta,

Location: Ctra. Ronda, La Cancela De La Quinta,


Edificio 3 Local 3.2b Tel. 952 788 691

Edificio 3 Local 3.2b Tel. 952 788 691







Tel. 619 342 043

Location: Mellior Vasari La Alzambra Local 3-1, Puerto Banus Tel. 951 319 728

FOC DESIGN G VEGA CERAMIC Location: Polígono La Campana Nva Andalucía Tel. 952 816 848

Real Estate Offices CORTIJO DEL MAR


Location: Ctra N-340 Salida C.C Diana, Calle

Location: Calle Fragua 43, Marbella

Alqueria, Estepona

Tel. 952 778 500

Tel. 952 904 035



Location: C/Aluminio 6, Poligono Industrial La

Location: Avenida del Castillo 4, 1 Planta, 3

Hermita Tel. 952 857 439

Tel. 952 765 138



Tel. 660 676 322

Location: La Carolina, 8 Marbella


10 March 2013 Special Mothers day lunch menu €29 Including a gift for all mothers Reserve now for: The Rat Pack Live – 22 March West End Musicals in Concert – 28 March The Legends of Nashville – 29 March

Tel. 952 764 884 ROCHE BOBOIS Location: C.C Torre Real, Ctra Cadiz, KM 185


Tel. 952 777 858

Location: Avenida del Prado s/n, Locales 5 y 6,
Supermanzana G, Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 811 552 - Tel. 952 79 84 49 Exit164, N340

Cocina internacional, extensa bodega, cómodo aparcamiento, ambiente exquisito

Muelle de Honor S/N Ed. del Mar PUERTO BANÚS

951 77 87 97

952 92 95 78







Location: Urb. Fuente Aloha, Local 5, Avda. Del Prado, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 908 415

Location: Calle Marques del Duero, San Pedro MASALA

Tel. 951 506 249

Rent a car

Location: C. Com, El Pilar, Local 2

The first of a hybrid venue for La Sala, El Rincon

Tel. 900 525 801

de La Sala takes the irrevocable values of La

Classic and exciting Indian dishes in an efferves-

Sala, including terraces and prime location, then


cent setting.

overlays a more Spanish style of cuisine and

Location: Urb. El Pilar, CC Benapilar, Local 3C, 29688 Estepona.

atmosphere. Italian PUERTO BANÚS

Tel. 95 288 36 37 LA FIORENTINA



Centro Comercial El Pilar, Local 11 (opposite the



Authentic Italian cuisine in welcoming surroundings.

Location: Calle Ramón Areces Esquina Marina



Crowne Plaza) Estepona Tel. 952 885 765

Banús Tel. 952 908 024 Open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner, serving authentic American cuisine. SCHILO


Location: Ctra. de Casares


Tel. 952 937 800


Location; Calle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Marbella.

Gourmet, Asian-fusion cuisine created by world-

Urbanización Nueva Alcántara Edificio Mirador,

Tel: 95 281 36 25

class chef Schilo Van Corvorden at the Finca

Bloque 4-B San Pedro Marbella Tel: 952 78 37 14.

Cortesin Hotel and Golf Resort. Superb service,

elegant setting and an excellent wine list.


Try our new mini tapas menu Open for lunch from Monday to Friday 13.00-15.30 and dinner Monday to Saturday 19.30 a 23.00 (Sundays closed)

Urbanización Nueva Alcántara Edificio Mirador, Bloque 4-B San Pedro, Marbella Tel: +(34) 952 78 37 14

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Little Black Book Italian

ing cocktails or private business meetings. A set

952 812 358

lunch menu from Monday to Friday is available

Serving excellent Argentinean cuisine. Its unri-


for 15€ for two courses, and complimentary valet

valled meat dishes and imaginative menu make

Location: Front Line Tel. 952 812 898

parking is available from 10am.

Tango one of the best options in Banús.



The perfect setting for a romantic dinner, with classic Italian dishes.

Location: Avda. Lola Flores PIZZERIA PICASSO

Tel. 952 908 137


Location: C/ Muelle Ribera
Local 48 / 49

Luxurious beachfront restaurant and beach club

Location: C.C. Cristamar

Tel. 952 813 669

located in the heart of Puerto Banus, offering

Tel. 952 815 319

Extremely popular restaurant, serving classic Italian

traditional French cuisine with a Mediterranean

dishes. Fast service, perfect for all ages.

twist, and a selection of Asian specialties.

Wide range of exquisite and exotic dishes en-



and dinner. Takeaway and full catering service

Location: Urb. Marina Villa (beachside)

also available.

joyed in stylish surroundings. Open daily for lunch


Tel. 952 813 882

Location: Puerto Banus

Luxurious Balinese setting with an al fresco res-


taurant serving an appetising selection of dishes

Location: Puerta de Banus Tel. 952 818 392

A vanguard concept of the Mediterranean

ranging from fresh seafood platters to Thai fusion

kitchen in the best spot of Puerto Banús, offering

cuisine, sushi, creative salads and lighter dishes.

Creative Thai cuisine with professional service

you an author’s kitchen with magnificent views over the Mediterranean sea

and lively atmosphere. Open daily for dinner. SALT AND PEPPER CAFÉ BAR Location: C.C Cristamar, Puerto Banus


Tel. 678 127 359/600 798 986

Location: Calle Belmonte

Seasoned to perfection, a healthy and whole-

Tel. 952 814 145

some café and bar with a Swedish touch, an ideal

Open from 10am to midnight, seven days a week,

location to enjoy an al fresco lunch or light bite.

La Sala offers eight individually styled settings to

NUEVA ANDALUCIA French LA PARISIENNE Location: Centro Plaza Tel. 951 279 056

suit whatever mood you are in – for breakfast,


An authentic Parisian patisserie and café, serv-

lunch, dinner, afternoon drinks with friends, even-

Location: Avenida de la Rivera, Puerto Banus Tel.

ing a blend of delicious sandwiches, quiches,

tartines, salads, soups and Plat du


Jour. Freshly prepared daily with

Location: Near Andalucia Plaza

locally sourced produce to eat in or

Tel. 952 814 529

take away.

Elegant surroundings with high-quality Italian dishes ranging from traditional


to creative.



Location: Urb. Fuente Aloha Tel. 952 906 748


Exotic blend of fantastic fragrant

Location: Av. Manolete, 20

food, with an ambiance inspired by

Tel. 952 814 964

rich culture, all topped off with excel-

lent service.

Innovative and tantalising sushi creations at competitive prices.

International GOLDEN MILE EVITA BY BUENOS AIRES Location: Avda. del Prado


Tel. 952 929 620 Superb Argentinean cuisine. Golf


views on a beautiful terrace.

Location: Hotel Puente Romano Tel. 630 962 852


Conventional cuisine in stunning

Location: Urb. Los Naranjos de Marbel-

surroundings, with typically Spanish

la Tel. 952 907 364

dishes cooked in traditional wooden

Fresh food, simple ingredients, always


freshly prepared to order. MC CAFÉ MAGNA CAFÉ

Location: Marbella Club Hotel

Location: Magna Marbella Golf

Tel. 952 822 211

Tel. 952 929 587

Creative and affordable fine dining

Exquisite cuisine in stunning surround-

open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

ings. Bar and large terrace with breathtaking views.

SMALL WORLD CAFÉ Location: C.C. Le Village


Tel. 952 771 046

Location: Benavista, Urb.El Pilar,

Small World Café is a cool, contem-

Benapilar locales 8-10, Exit Km 168

porary restaurant where diners can

(opposite the Crowne Plaza Hotel)

enjoy lazy breakfasts, a quick bite for

29680 Estepona. 95 288 36 66

lunch or a relaxed dinner from the simple yet creative menu.

STARZ MARBELLA Location: C.C. Centro Plaza


Tel. 952 816 313

Location: Hotel Puente Romano

International food with all-day break-

Tel. 952 820 900

fast and extensive lunch menu. Open

Stunning restaurant and lounge serv-

Monday to Saturday 8.30am-5pm.

ing superb Moroccan and Mediterra-

Free wifi.

nean cuisine in luxurious surroundings.



Location: Centro Plaza

Location: Marbella Mar

Tel. 952 818 861

Tel. 952 771 799

A prized location and lively atmos-

Highly popular restaurant set within

phere make this a great choice

stylish surroundings; al fresco at it’s










FREE WINE! (see below)

s ’ y t t o g g Pe

FANTASTIC EXTENSIVE MENU Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6pm till 11pm Sundays closed


Benavista, urb. El Pilar, Edf. Benapilar locales 8-10, 29680 Estepona, EXIT KM 168 (Opposite the Crowne Plaza Hotel)

Reservations: 952 883 666

With this voucher receive a complimentary bottle of QUALITY house wine when two main courses are ordered to eat in the restaurant. (1bottle per voucher)

Little Black Book TAJ MAHAL


Location: C/ Jazmines 17 Local 1

THE BEACH HOUSE Location: frontline beach Elviria

Tel. 952 814 719


Tel. 952 839 458

Location: Paseo Maritimo

Exotic Indian cuisine, perfect for intimate dining

Tel. 952 858 858

Idyllic location by the sea with stunning sunsets

and takeaway.

Great for drinks, snacks and a la carte dining.

over one of the Coast’s best beaches. Open

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner,

daily for lunch and dinner.


seven days a week.



Location: Hotel Don Carlos (beachside)

Location: Hotel Puente Romano

Location: Urb. La Montua, Calle Chorreadero,

Tel. 952 836 239

Tel. 630 952 852

Marbella Tel. 952 864 478

Prime Japanese restaurant over-spilling onto the

Open everyday from 7pm, enjoy fresh cuisine on

Nikki’s signature ‘global’ cuisine served in

Hotel Puente Romano courtyard, adjacent to

their vast terrace.

luxurious beach club surroundings either on he



palm-shaded al fresco terrace, or from on the PACO JIMENEZ CULINARY ART RESTAURANT


Location: Plaza de los Naranjos, 11 (Orange

Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 770 550 suk-

Square, 11) Marbella City Centre

Tel. 952 77 36 10 / 627 625 952

oversized beach beds. MIJAS COSTA International

Fabulous Thai cuisine with intimate surroundings and cosmopolitan décor.




EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL & RESTAURANT Location: Puente Romano Tel. 952 777 893 MARBELLA

Location: Miraflores Tel. 952 587 637 El Oceano is an oasis of laid-back luxury,


privately owned and operated, where guest

Location: Carretera de Cadiz

comfort and satisfaction is paramount. The three

Km 192, Elviria. Tel. 952 768 150

restaurants serve up flawless food and the views

are breathtaking.

INDIAN RESTAURANT Bollywood Restaurant, Bar & Terrace

We offer a unique dining experience, serving an exotic blend of fantastic fragrant food in an ambiance inspired by rich culture with excellent service. We can accommodate tables for 2–20, inside the restaurant or outside on the terrace. Conveniently situated in the heart of Nueva Andalucia minutes away from the famous Puerto Banus and Aloha Golf courses.



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For Take-away, Home Delivery and Reservations, please contact: T. 952 906 748 Avenida Del prado. Local 4, Edificio Picaso, Aloha, 29660 Nueva Andalucia

Little Black Book

Useful websites EXPLORE MARBELLA A comprehensive business directory with real reviews and daily deals. LINEA DIRECTA Insurance for your car, motorcycle, and home. REDLINE COMPANY Tending to all your marketing needs. SALA EVENTS Dedicated wedding and event planners, offering you the complete experience and ensuring your dreams become a reality. SERVIFONE Telecom/IT company offering cheap international calls SIMPLY GOLF HOLIDAYS Specialising in golf holiday packages in Spain, Portugal and Turkey, bringing you the best deals and the latest special offers. SOCIETY MARBELLA An extension of Society Marbella magazine with guest blogs and local event information.


PRIDE OF MERSYSIDE AT MGM Everton FC visited Marbella in February for a warm weather break from the rigours of their push for a european place in this season’s Premiership. They held two midweek training sessions at MGM Gym in Puerto Banús. Players included: Darren Gibson Sylvain Distin Phil Neville Steven Pienaar Johnny Heitinga Victor Anichebe Thomas Hitzlsperger

Latest news on the coast

50 SHADES OF PINK You would never have said that it was a winter midweek evening, it certainly didn’t feel grey, cold or boring! Quite the contrary – it was an overwhelmingly pink, exciting and fun held in Nueva Andalucía, as over 140 of the coast’s most fashionable and generous ladies came together, flying the flag of Costa Women, in aid of Positively Pink charity. Many sponsors and supporters ensured the night definitely went with the loudest bang heard in a while in winter Marbella – from plush pink decorations courtesy of Reviva Weddings, to beautiful floral arrangements (you can imagine the colour!) from Virginia Florista, delicious cupcakes and macaroons from Sweet Things By Fi, gift cava bottles, champagne prizes and a la copita for each guest from Marbella Wine Warehouse, and many more brilliant prizes from other sponsors, including FashionVilla.

their endless efforts to fight cancer with their free breast screening programs for the British women along the Coast, as well as improvement of equipment and medical treatment.

business networking community of 1,500 women.

The event was organised by Marina Nitzak, with PR & Marketing by Bea Gyutai PR, photos by Agata Jensen Photography. Costa Women is a free social and

There was no shortage of entertainment either – DJ Rob-Rocks-the House, Male models from MyCheekyButlerMarbella, two-part Fashionshow, including sexy Lingerie from A La Folie Boutique, and a live performance from Tene Sommer. A grand total of €1,040 was raised for Positively Pink charity to help them with


SOCIETY PINBOARD Photo courtesy of solarpix

VALENTINE’S WINNERS Doug and Beverley Neale from Nueva Andalucía were the lucky winners of a splendid dinner at Tikitano. Beverly’s review of Rincón de la Sala was voted in first place in explore marbella’s Valentine’s competition. Keep posting your reviews of your experiences in Marbella!

LA SALA HAS THE X FACTOR Vacationing with friends, the X Factor judge visited La Sala Restaurant in Puerto Banus on Saturday night to kick off her party weekend. Arriving at 10pm Tulisa and her pals ordered a selection of fine cuisine all washed down with a couple of bottles of Laurent Perrier Rose. Barnsley Fc enjoyed a break from their championship campaign with a training trip to Marbella organised by Hi Sport and Travel. A sister company to Sala Group. The players enjoyed a few days training and some winter sun. Barnsley was sitting bottom of The Championship until new manager, Gary Flitcroft took over and they have since won eight from ten games. The players and management spent the afternoon watching the League Cup final in La Sala, and enjoyed dinner in La Sala in the evening. Hi Sport and Travel have been organising training and matches for proffessional football clubs from around the world since 1992. It handles requirements for over 50 top teams per year including the majority of the Premiership.


NIKKI BEACH IS BACK NIKKI BEACH MARBELLA re-opens in April for another sizzling summer. Come and join us for lunch, cocktails or chill out and experience the ultimate beach club atmosphere. Sample our creative, globally-inspired cuisine, refreshing signature cocktails and world-class entertainment while enjoying the magical view over the lapping waves of the glistening Mediterranean. Opening Hours 11am –8pm. For reservations and more information email: NIKKI BEACH MARBELLA SOFT OPENING: Thursday 25th of April at 11 a.m.



MASALA ON THE MILE Masala Marbella brings their innovative Indian cuisine to the golden mile, situated opposite Marbella club the former Taj Mahal restaurant will still operate with the same owner and friendly, welcoming staff but with some exciting changes to the menu.


EXCLUSIVE Interview with Leading

The restaurant, boasting an open terrace and private parking will officially open on march the 20th for all information visit: or phone 952 857 670

Bridal Designer



Thai THE KNOT TAKE ME HOME! This is Bruno, he is one year old. His weight is around 25-3O kilos. He has an amazing character, very gentle and good on a lead. He is in good health, and soon to be castrated. He has no problem with other dogs. Unfortunately his owner is no longer able to keep him. Bruno is the most handsome boy whose photos do not do him justice. He has ice blue eyes, which are amazing. We think he would be more suited to a home with a garden. If you would like to meet Bruno or find out more about him please call: Pat on 620 354 885 or Fama’s policy is never to have a healthy dog put down

A new fashion boutique selling the world renowned Italian brand Elisa Cavaletti, will be opening this month at Avda. Ramón y Cajal no 7 (next to Antonio Seijo and Ocean Clinic). The shop will open on the 11th March at 10.00. Opening hours will be Mon-Fri 10-20hrs. (no siesta) Saturdays: 10-15hrs. Opening hours will be extended in the Summer. Friends and new clients will be welcome to drop by to see the new ranges with a complimentary drink. The official opening event will be in April with a Fashion Show. Details to be published in SOCIETY MARBELLA‘s April issue.





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of Gorgeous Monique Lhuillier

Spain, Gibraltar and The Balearics’ dedicated wedding bible

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FREE PHONE: 900 525 801 or 951 272 149 OPEN / ABIERTO 13:00-24:00 CC El Pilar, Local 2 29680 Estepona CN340, km 167 (Opposite Crown Plaza Hotel, next to Opencor)

Society Marbella March 2013  

Society Marbella is the most avidly read monthly magazine on the Costa del Sol. It is not just read as a lifestyle magazine: it is used as a...

Society Marbella March 2013  

Society Marbella is the most avidly read monthly magazine on the Costa del Sol. It is not just read as a lifestyle magazine: it is used as a...