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his means that it’s getting very close to Christmas party season, but the traditional hiatus between the summer events and the winter bashes doesn’t seem to have happened this year. So what did we do? Downed a few glasses of Alka Seltzer and kept our party faces on, that’s what – we’re a tough lot at Society! Late September and October featured some magnificent events and we are delighted to feature some of the best in this issue, from Nikki Beach’s fantastic Red Party to Redline Company’s lively 10th birthday celebrations. Over in the UK our friends from Sala Group opened their first British venture and what a night that was! Already creating some tidal waves on the party scene, Sala UK is already known as THE place to see and be seen and boasts an area, the Marqués de Riscal room, which has been decorated and furnished like a traditional Spanish bodega. Visitors from Marbella won’t even have time to feel homesick when they drop in to enjoy a meal or some of the great entertainment that the Sala team has lined up for guests. Take it from me, it’s a fabulous place – see the pictures of the opening party on page 78. One of our new favourite eating places on the Coast - D-wine has some excellent news for diners in the shape of a special deal – one of their gorgeous gourmet main courses and a glass of specially selected vino for less than 15€. Try beating that!

Society Marbella published and produced by: PUBLISHER Andy Clark DESIGNER Constanza Mtz.

We were also pleased to see that Las Dunas, one of our favourite luxury establishments, had reopened. It was very sad driving past that elegant building on Estepona’s Golden Mile and seeing it empty, but now it has been taken over by the global health and well-being brand, NaturHouse. Healthouse is already gaining a name amongst fitness fanatics as one of the best places on the Costa del Sol to enjoy a relaxing break. Our Features Editor Amber O’Shaughnessy went along to see what all the fuss was about and arrived back at the office looking very relaxed – and the air of Zenlike calm lasted all week, we’re pleased to say.

FEATURES EDITOR

During the past decade Marbella has seen a massive increase in the number of Russian people choosing to maintain a holiday home – or primary residence – in the city, so it’s hardly surprising that Russia has a healthy demand for luxury automobiles. Our Ian Kuah recently took the country’s new Top Car Stinger for a spin (lucky devil) and seemed very impressed by the results.

CONTRIBUTORS Dr. Ian Kuah, Padre Peter, Elle Morgan, Bradleigh Reed, India Baltran, Angelo Collins, Liza Mayne, Fatima Maria Al-Ani

It’s common knowledge that a magazine is only as good as its advertising revenue and we are very proud to be supported by some of the Coast’s finest clinics, clubs, bars, interior decorators, real estate companies and restaurants; two of our advertisers currently hold the Number One and Two position for best restaurant in Marbella on Trip Advisor.

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Clap along if you love Pharrell! And read our Top 10 of why we are in love with Mr. Happy

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The ‘it’ parties that took place last month – did you get papped?

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Health and beauty tips from professional make up artist Liza Mayne and a special review of Spa Hotel Health House Las Dunas

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Ian Kuah test drives the luxurious and unique Top Car Stinger

Little Black Book

Comprehensive directory of local businesses

Society Pinboard A round up of local news and events

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CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT Our list of reasons why everyone loves urban pop king Pharrell Williams

10 why we love Reasons

Pharrell Williams By Amber O’Shaughnessy

Rarely a day goes by at the moment without hearing the smooth tones of man of the moment Pharrell Williams on the radio or music TV channels. There is no shying away from the fact that 2014 was his year. However, when we think about it, our love affair with the singer-music producer goes way back. Here are 10 reasons why we LOVE Pharrell Williams.

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PLUCKED FROM OBSCURITY

We kid you not; bizarrely enough, it was when Pharrell was performing as part of a four-piece R&B group in his high school talent show, that he was discovered and signed. No showbiz family connections or expensive New York stage school involved, it was actually the most ordinary of circumstances that shot Pharrell into the music industry. And that makes us like him even more.

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A HAT-TRICK OF HITS

No doubt about it, 2014 was the year for Pharrell, as he brought us a trio of floor filling singles. The success of mega popular track ‘Blurred Lines’ with Robin Thicke was followed by that Daft Punk collaboration ‘Get Lucky’ and then ‘Happy’. All three singles sold over one million copies in the UK in less than a year, a sales feat only previously matched by The Beatles.

SLICK FASHION SENSE

Pictured wearing one of his statement hats or a jacket from the freshest new designer label, Pharrell has serious fashion credentials. It seems everyone knows it too, for in 2005 the 41 year-old was voted “Best Dressed Man in the World”. His attire is bold, daring and oh, so smart.


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A FAMILY MAN

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That’s right; Pharrell is one of the few who seems to have mastered happy family life within the world of showbiz. Williams married his long-term girlfriend, model/ designer Helen last year. Not only that, but the pair have the cutest six-yearold called Rocket and word has it that Pharrell wrote the Despicable Me song “Rocket’s Theme” in honour of his son.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER

Pharrell holds no prejudice or preference when it comes to casting girls for his various music videos and live performances. Actually, he makes a deliberate effort to recruit females from a rainbow of ethnicities. See, there’s a chance for all of us to be dancing by his side on the next MTV video.

HUMBLE IN THE FACE OF TALENT

Pharrell recognises talent when he sees it and, what’s more, he’s not afraid to get down on his knees and beg for the opportunity to work with such individuals. On a recent episode of the US version of The Voice, Williams was so

impressed by the singing ability of 15-year-old Katriz Trinidad, he got out of his chair and onto his knees to beg the teenager to join his team. Speaking to the youngster, who sang ‘At Last’ by Etta James, he said, “I’ve been dreaming for an artist like you all my career. I want you so bad and I’ve never done this. I’m on my knees.”

MOST DOWNLOADED TRACK OF ALL TIME

It was the biggest selling single in the UK in 2014 so far and sold 1.42 million copies. Yes, we are, of course, talking about the infectious track ‘Happy’. How could you not love the man who produced such a catchy, feel-good song that seduces listeners of all ages into tapping their feet?!

CHARITABLE MISSIONS

Alongside, his musical endeavours Pharrell dedicates a lot of time to a different kind of project. The music producer is building a $35 million afterschool centre in his home town of Virginia to help keep children off the streets and away from associated vices. His charity ‘From One Hand to Another’ focuses on empowering young people to learn through new technologies, arts and media, offering free after school programmes and ‘Summer of Innovation’ camps.

HE’S JUST GETTING BETTER

At one of Pharrell’s most recent gigs as part of the iTunes Festival at the Roundhouse in Camden, a reporter for The Observer, Kitty Empire, described Williams as “Urban Pop Perfection”, possessing “dazzlingly executed songcraft”. With rumours that the musical genius is currently collaborating with Daft Punk on his next new single, we are certain that Pharrell Williams will continue to dominate the radio airwaves well into the next decade.

MUSICAL MASTERMIND OF THE DECADE

It would be wrong to ignore the fact that Pharrell is responsible for writing and producing some of the music industry’s biggest hits of the decade. The long list of people he has worked with is breathtaking. We’re referring to the likes of Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Britney, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Kanye West, Madonna, Beyonce, Shakira, JLO, Robin Thicke, Sean Paul, Jay Z and Miley Cyrus to name just a few. The guy has serious musical know-how.

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“I’m a fan of music, first and foremost. So I do things from the perspective of a fan.”

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The Entertainment Charts

Listen. Watch. Read. By Amber O’Shaughnessy

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The Riot Club

Set at the world’s leading university, 10 of the smartest, most arrogant and charismatic Oxford students become members of the coveted Riot Club in this Lone Scherfig movie. It tells the tale of the filthy rich, the spoilt rotten and how decadent and debauched life can become for those individuals who have the world at their feet at the start of adulthood. This film, which stars the dashingly goodlooking Max Irons, Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth, will grip you by the throat and not let go until the final minute. Intoxicating and fascinating.

Fury

Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf star in this film set in the midst of World War II. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened U.S Army sergeant in the 2nd Armoured Division named Wardaddy commands an M4A3E8 Sherman tank called Fury and its five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. This daring portrayal of a little known story breaks serious popular cultural boundaries; any film that endeavours to do so most certainly deserves a watch.

Gone Girl

It was the book of the year in 2013 and now this compelling narrative has been made into an unmissable film. Gone Girl asks the question, how well do you know the person you’re married to? Thankfully, director David Fincher has succeeded in conveying that subtle, chilling edge from the novel in his movie without turning the production into another generic thriller. On his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his beautiful wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media whirlwind, Nick’s portrait of a blissful marriage begins to deteriorate. Soon his lies and strange behaviour have everyone asking the same dark question: did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

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My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

What does a murder do to a family, to an entire small town? These questions spark My Sister’s Grave, a deft blend of murder mystery and legal thriller that will wrench your heart as it takes your breath away.

‘International’ by Chase & Status This single from the British duo’s third studio album, Brand New Machine is drum and bass in style but features that unique Chase & Status sound that propelled the pair into global fame back in 2009

‘Animals’ Maroon 5 Though the video has been widely criticised for glorifying sexual violence, there is no getting way from the fact that this track is infectious and bound to be an instant hit.

‘Burn the Pages’ by Sia This uplifting and lyrically powerful song is another great single from the Australian singer famed for her vocals on the hugely popular track ‘Titanium’ by David Guetta.

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At the core of My Sister’s Grave is the poignant relationship between Sarah Crosswhite, who vanished without a trace 20 years earlier at the age of eighteen, and Tracy Crosswhite, her older sister by four years, who dedicates her life to finding out the truth about what happened to Sarah. This read will keep you on the edge of your sit until the heart-pounding end.

The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning

My father once told me that the happiest sound in the world is the chattering of a family gathered together, and from the moment you begin The Glassblower, that cheerful din reverberates off the page. The lovely Marie sings a beautiful song in the yard while fastidious Ruth leaves breakfast cooking on the stove to run upstairs and tear the covers off Johanna, who can’t bring herself to get out of bed. But the idyllic scene is shattered when the girls discover that their beloved father, who raised them on his own, has passed away in his sleep. The tragedy forces these three young women to band together, and they tap their diverse talents to keep their father’s glass-blowing business going. The Glassblower is the first volume in a trilogy. Petra Durst-Benning’s words shine like the refractions of light and colour in the hot glass the Steinmann sisters craft so elegantly.


Everyone’s Talking About Jolie honoured for campaigning work

Hollywood star, Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary dame by the Queen for her endless campaigning work fighting sexual violence. The actress was presented with the award by the Queen during a private Buckingham Palace ceremony and was then joined by her husband actor Brad Pitt and their six children. Jolie was recognised in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas Birthday 2014 Honours list and received the honorary DBE for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end sexual violence in war-zones.

Victoria Beckham opens her store in London’s Mayfair The designer and former Spice Girl star has finally opened the doors to her first store in London, something that has been on the cards for a while. “It’s taken about two years,” says Victoria. “We looked at a lot of different spaces but I fell in love with this one – it feels like my second home.”

Cheryl’s new music video Where did Cheryl Fernandez-Versini choose as the location for the promotional video for her new single ‘I Don’t Care’? Marbella, of course! While obviously designed to showcase Cheryl’s latest musical venture, this video also does a great job of showing off the best of ‘Marbs’, as the singer dances on the beach, lives it up on yacht, and plays around by the pool. ‘I Don’t Care’ features on the former Girls Aloud diva’s upcoming fourth studio album, Only Human, scheduled to be released on November the 24th.

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The shop décor is an imaginative mixture of graphic minimalism and welcoming touches, typified by raw, polished concrete floors and an abundance of epic floor-toceiling mirrors. Of course, the mirrors are essential features – how else can you admire yourself while trying on her full catwalk collection or the (slightly) more affordable Victoria, Victoria Beckham sister line (or ‘VVB’ as she calls it)? Even if you don’t have a model figure you can still have your very own piece of Victoria B with one of her stylish handbags, debut collection of shoes and those sunglasses she is so often spotted wearing.


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INSTAGRAM BLOGGERS MAKE CELEBRITY STATUS

his might be news to you, but there are more than a few blogs in the world. No, really, there are thousands upon thousands out there, just waiting for you to discover and bookmark them in your browser. Surely you must have heard of the blogs of show-off celebrities, like Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian, who blog exclusively to prove how like us they are? Ho hum. However, there are other blogs that are simply amazing and you will be hard pushed not to find something to tickle your fancy; whether it’s street style, vintage, or make-up you’re after, thanks to the endlessly regenerative nature of the internet, there is no end of fine blogging talent available. Check out three of my favourites.

he world t h t i Sharing their passions w YOGA GIRL

One of my favourites is Rachel Brathen (aka Yoga Girl). This is a power blogger if ever there was one. Rachel is an internationally renowned yoga instructor who has built a large and loyal following through her amazing yoga techniques and friendly approach. She has appeared in numerous magazines, has over a million followers and has just published her first book in the USA.

CHIARA FERRANGI

The Blonde Salad is now so much more than just a blog it’s a style-driven inspiration for millions of people in Italy and all around the world. Chiara Ferragni collaborates with the major fashion houses, appears in the most read magazines, is the creative director of her own Italian shoe company and has been named by Business of Fashion as one of the most influential personalities of the international fashion world.

TANYA BURR

Tanya Burr made her name by setting up a YouTube channel and posting regular make-up tutorials online with step-by-step beauty videos on how to recreate celebrity looks. She is also the founder of Tanya Burr Cosmetics.

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Línea Directa WHAT TO DO IF YOU’VE BEEN BURGLED STATISTICS IN SPAIN Crime rates in Spain remain among the lowest in the EU according to the latest Interior Ministry crime report. However, since the economic crisis began in 2008, there has been a steep increase in domestic burglaries and theft as a result. In 2012 the number of burglaries in homes rose by 25.4%. The message to expat residents is not to panic. There are some simple precautions to take, as you would back in the UK, such as fitting security grills, installing exterior lights and alarms, being careful about what content is posted on social networks, especially anything to do with trips and holidays away from home. It also helps to take out a quality home insurance policy that will cover your home and its contents should any unfortunate incident occur.

Then secure your home to avoid further damage, board up any broken windows, make a list of damaged or missing belongings, detail the damage to your home resulting from the burglary, taking photographs of damaged windows or door.

PEACE-OF-MIND WITH Línea Directa We understand that your peaceof-mind is important, especially in your home. Our claims department will take a full statement of the circumstances of the incident. We will check the insurance coverage with you explaining all the procedures. If emergency repairs are required from locksmiths to glaziers, we will help you swiftly handle your claim and get things back to normal as soon as possible. Fortunately, incidents of theft in Spain are relatively small compared to other EU countries, however should you be burgled, your homeowner’s insurance policy will cover the loss or destruction of personal property if it’s stolen from your home.

WHEN YOU DISCOVER YOU’VE BEEN BURGLED As soon as you discover you’ve been burgled, whether it’s a break-in or theft at your home, first call the police. Don’t touch anything until they arrive. A police report will be needed to process your claim.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What age can I actually start drawing my pension once switched to a QROPS? Usually from age 55, the same as an equivalent personal pension in the UK. Are QROPS expensive, what are the costs involved? When QROPS first appeared in 2006, the general consensus was that they were only appropriate for pension funds in excess of £200,000. Over the last 8 years we have witnessed more providers entering the market, this has resulted in charges reducing to more realistic and manageable levels. With the recent introduction of ‘Lite” schemes, we now believe that QROPS are cost-effective for transfers of £50,000 and above. What tax will I have to pay on pension income? A QROPS provider must deduct tax according to the laws of the jurisdiction in which the scheme is based - exactly as would happen with a UK pension provider.

However, there is an important exception. This is where you retire in a country which has a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) covering pensions with your QROPS’ country. This allows the pension provider to pay your pension gross - without the deduction of tax. We explain this in great detail and ensure you fully understand any tax responsibilities and liabilities before progressing with any transfer. What happens to my pension should I die? One of the major advantages of a QROPS is the ability to transfer any remaining pension funds to beneficiaries without it being taxed at source. The UK levies a death charge of up to 55% on pensions in drawdown. If your pension fund at the time of your death for every £100,000 then £55,000 is taken by HMRC. QROPS allow any unused funds to be paid directly to your beneficiaries, without any tax deductions. Remaining funds can also be held in trust for the purpose of transferring to beneficiaries on a future date.

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Does my pension have to be in the same country as I am living? NO. QROPS are for anyone who is no longer planning to retire in the UK. This does not restrict which scheme or jurisdiction is best for you. As previously stated, the tax treatment in certain jurisdictions is pertinent to your country of residence. One of our advisors can help you decide which scheme is best for you. Will payments to me be reported to HMRC? Yes. The QROPS provider is obligated to report all payments (both lump sum and regular income) to HMRC for a period of 10 years from the date of transfer. What pensions can be transferred? Most personal, company, occupational pensions and SIPPS may be transferred before you retire – with the possibility of transfer after retirement. However the UK State Pension cannot be transferred. It is also important to note that with certain Defined Benefit Schemes offering a


guaranteed future income, the annual yield required to guarantee the same level of benefits from a QROPS may be significant and therefore not suitable for transfer. Again we strongly recommend speaking with a qualified expert before taking any action. I have a UK SIPP in drawdown, can I still transfer? All UK registered pension scheme(s) qualify, even if you have commenced benefits. If I have several pensions, can they be consolidated into one single QROPS scheme? Yes. This is one of the main advantages of QROPS. The option to have all of your existing pension provisions under one umbrella being actively managed can be extremely beneficial. It can also make your QROPS more financially viable and cost effective. Many of our clients do this. What investment choices are available? The investment options are more or less endless. We will work with you to create a strategy that fits with your risk profile. We also work with a number of wellestablished Discretionary Fund Managers (DFM) who offer a complete bespoke service. We will then review your portfolio with you on a quarterly basis and provide

commentary on fund switches or changes to the overall strategy. Will I be able to review my plan on-line? Yes. You will have 24/7 internet access from underlying investment vehicle provider. This will allow you to view important information such as ‘current value’ at a touch of a button anytime day or night. I’ve started to take my pension benefits. Can I still transfer to a QROPS? If you have a ‘personal’ pension and have crystalised (received income or in drawdown) then the answer is ‘yes’. Benefits from a Defined Benefit pension however are generally more restricted and as such, cannot be transferred once payments have commenced, although we are aware of a few exceptions. If an annuity has already been purchased then this is a binding contract and as such cannot be transferred. Why is a Letter of Authority (LOA) required? In order for us to present an impartial review/report we must acquire certain information regarding your existing pension. We do this by way of a LOA. The LOA enables your financial adviser to gather key facts from your current pension provider such as transfer value

and summary of existing benefits. Please note that this authority does not in any way constitute a contract, is simply allows the advisor read-only access. They cannot take any action or make amendments to your existing pension plan. Is there a minimum transfer value? As a general rule we think QROPS become cost-effective for transfers of £50,000 and above. However, charging structures vary from company to company, and some providers accept transfers from £30,000 upwards. What about a maximum? There is no maximum that can be transferred, however if the total exceeds the Lifetime Allowance (which is currently £1.25m for the tax year 2012/2013 reducing to £1.25m), there may be a tax liability. I have other assets in my SIPP such as individual stocks, can these also be transferred? Yes. You can transfer cash, stocks and company shares into your QROPS. Cash is normally quicker, but we can transfer other assets by way of an “asset transfer/ in specie” transaction. Do I have to be retired to transfer my pension? No, you don’t. Any eligible pension can be transferred in full at any time. Do all overseas pension schemes qualify? No - a QROPS is what it says. Just being an ‘Overseas Pension Scheme’ is not enough, it also needs to be ‘Qualifying’ and ‘Recognised’ by HMRC. To do this, it needs to be independently authorised as a pension scheme by the appropriate authority in its own jurisdiction and meet all requirements laid down by HMRC.

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Is it possible to take 100% of my pension as a lump sum? No. Legislative changes introduced in 2012 now mean that at least 70% of the funds transferred into a QROPS must be used to provide an income for life. Is it only available to UK nationals? No - anyone with a UK pension is eligible. For example, an Indian IT technician who has worked in the UK for some time and acquired a UK pension, but is now retiring to Vietnam, would be eligible for a QROPS simply because he has a UK pension. Are QROPS for everyone as long as they are an expat? NO. Although we generally find that for approx. 90% of our enquiries the advantages by far outweigh the

disadvantages. In general, as long as you are non-UK resident and intend to remain so for a total of at least 5 years, the rewards can be substantial. An exception may be an individual with guaranteed annuity rates which were fixed many years ago when interest rates were much higher. In all instances we utilise the services of an international and independent pension technician to provide a critical yield report and illustration to ensure the switch is justifiable. How long does a transfer to a normally QROPS take? On average, between five weeks and two months. As you would imagine there is a lot of paperwork and we are also reliant upon the efficiency of the existing pension provider(s). We work closely with the scheme providers to ensure the process is as quick, efficient and carefree as possible.

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FEEL-GOOD FACTOR

A WALKING TOUR OF

Healthouse By Amber O’Shaughnessy

Before closing its doors for the last time five or so years ago, Las Dunas was one of the most popular luxury hotels on the Coast. Time passed and recently the hotel opened up once again, but with an entirely new focus. Being the first hotel of the global NaturHouse brand, Healthouse offers tailored programmes for weight loss, anti-ageing, anti-stress and detox. I was both intrigued and excited to be invited to take a walking tour of the pioneering Healthouse Las Dunas, which remains as spectacular as ever.

The Hotel For anyone stuck in the rat race of life, driving through the gates of Healthouse is like all your prayers being answered. A member of staff offers me an iced tea cocktail as I walk into the lobby and peruse the ‘Products Menu’ - on arrival at the hotel every guest selects the Naturhouse products they want in their room. “We think it is important that guests can choose the products they need during their stay, whether it is a

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shampoo for dry hair or an anti-wrinkle face cream,” Marketing Manager Sandra Huerga Kanzler tells me. “We prefer to offer this service rather than relying on the generic and often useless products you find in every hotel room around the world.” This, I soon realise, is Healthouse’s mantra – to create a custom made experience for each guest. We then embark on our tour. As my host talks me through the renovations, I grasp what a colossal task the Healthouse

management faced when they took over the premises. The end result is nonetheless flawless, contemporary and stylish. On the ground floor there is a spacious gym, yoga studio and several shops selling sportswear and staple food supplements, allowing guests to maintain their diet programmes after they have left the hotel. A library, complete with crushed grey velvet sofas, has also been incorporated into the layout, which plays host to the informal chats led by nutritionists and doctors for guests each


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pool and play area. Clearly Healthouse cater for just about every possible type of guest.

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The beauty of Healthouse is no more apparent than in the garden and pool area. As well as direct access to the beach, this outdoor expanse boasts a specifically designed yoga space that has uninterrupted views of the ocean and a water feature that runs from the foyer right down to the sea. We cross a large outdoor terrace where guests can enjoy their breakfast al fresco and proceed to the restaurant. Again in an innovative twist, the kitchen and dining area is completely open so guests can view dishes being prepared by the chef and learn how to recreate them at home. The restaurant offers nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that are all in keeping with specific dietary plans. The juice, water and tea menu available is quite frankly dizzying, making each guests’ dining experience enjoyable as well as healthy.

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After much deliberation over the extensive Spa Menu, I chose this treatment as I suffer from redness and blotchiness on my skin. I am treated to 50 minutes of unadulterated relaxation as my therapist cleanses, exfoliates and applies a purifying facial mask to my skin - all with products made from natural ingredients of course. The scalp massage was just the cherry on the top! Needless to say, my skin is positively glowing as I leave.

Alongside the 55 rooms and suites available in the main part of the hotel, there are also 34 self-catering apartments, which are ideal for families. Mum can indulge in an anti-ageing programme while the children can still have a normal holiday, enjoying the

Whichever programme you sign up for, the medical team conducts an initial consultation (including blood, urine and state of the art DEXA tests to evaluate body fat composition) to assess which treatments are most applicable. I am shown the aquatic massage room, the sauna, steam room, tepidarium, vitality pool and hot and cold plunge pools. Most impressive of all however are the ice cave, which firms the skin and is also perfect for migraine sufferers, the salt room, which is lined by walls of Himalayan salt to detox the skin and help with insomnia and the flotarium. Offering a weightless, gravity-free sensation, one hour in this large tub apparently will make you feel like you have slept for five hours.

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As the Healthouse team bids me farewell, I am left with a feeling of total calm. The staff simply cannot do enough to ensure each guest achieves exactly what they want from their stay. Whether you are the heavier lady who is tired of starving yourself to try and lose weight or the businessman who is burnt out from work, yet struggles to sleep at night, Healthouse can change your lifestyle or, at the very least, allow you to escape from it all for a short time. For those of you looking for a better quality lifestyle, whatever the reason, this retreat is calling your name.

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ver since Miss Kim Kardashian graced our screen and reintroduced the art of contouring, I have found that it has become one of the most popular and demanded looks when working with private clients, brides and high fashion editorial and I am constantly asked how to achieve a contoured effect at home. Well, ladies, here are a few home tips for you. Contouring is a technique previously reserved for runway models and high fashion photo shoots, but is now becoming part of our daily make up routine. So what is it exactly? In a nutshell, contouring is giving shape to an area of the face, enhancing the facial structure through make-up. It is not supposed to be noticeable, more subtle definition - and I do mean subtle! In other words, It’s all about the artistry and illusion. This is not the time to find one of your darker shades of blusher or bronzer and draw a line under your cheek bone. Highlighting is the process by which you accentuate the highest points of your face, such as the top of your cheek bones, just under your eyebrows or the bridge of your nose. The product should be one to two shades lighter than your complexion. You can use both shimmery and matte products for highlighting. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to trying out the contoured look at home: Contours should be matte, while highlighting is meant to have shimmer. Don’t get the two confused and, remember, texture is key!

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A lot of people contour with their bronzer, but I’m against that unless you have tanned skin. You need to find something that creates the illusion of an actual shadow, so choose a shade one to two tones darker than your skin; these will typically will be shades of beige and brown. If you’re using powder to contour, you’ll achieve a more matte finish. If you use creams the result will be more dewy. If you are a beginner, start with creamy products, since these will be much easier to build up and blend until you get your desired look.

Get an angled cream brush to hit under the cheek and jaw bones. Brushes are key to any good application of make-up! You should buy two, one for contouring and one for highlighting. Just about every make-up artist in the world swears by MAC #217. This will help with precision under the jawline and around the cheekbone for a flawless, airbrushed finish. There is one rule to keep in mind when it comes to highlighting and contouring hard lines are not elegant or chic. Use a regular foundation brush or a damp egg

sponge and tap it into the contour to make sure there’s no hard obvious lines. You absolutely need to BLEND BLEND BLEND! Once you have finished contouring your face, don’t forget to add some colour to the apple of the cheek and a bit of sheen to the cheekbones to enhance the complexion still further. A peachypink tone for a natural looking flush always works best and adapts to most skin tones, then add luminizer just at the top of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and a hint on the chin for super-fresh skin. My all time favourite is Benefit High Beam - its creamy liquid texture is easy to apply and has long lasting results.


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The beauty blender is a revolutionary sponge make-up applicator that has no sharp edges, unlike a traditional triangle sponge. When used properly, I find it blends your foundation flawlessly and seamlessly into your skin more effectively than a foundation brush or your fingers. I’ve had my makeup airbrushed by make-up artists in the past for various events and the beauty blender is the closest thing to achieving that same professional finish. So, as you can tell, I love it!

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The collection comes in a range of six shades - look out for 01 Pearly Rock if you want to achieve a highlighting effect. It has a silky smooth and comfortable texture and can be applied extremely easily, leaving your skin feeling super soft. This product can be built up until you feel you have reached the desired look and has a high concentration of pigments and pearls that help sculpt facial features and give an instant glow.

atural Bobbie Brown - N If you’re looking to contour with ease, there is no better shade than Bobbie Brown Natural. The amazing contour colour has a natural red base so it won’t give you that orangey look, which you should especially avoid during the winter months. It can also be used in the summer with a shimmery bronzer for a warm glow. This product offers the most beautifully sculpted effect and instantly gives skin the look of a natural tan. Remember, a little goes along way so you only need a tiny amount - build it up slowly.

Kryolan – Pan S tick If you want to achieve a stronger, longer lasting contour line, it’s best to use a cream based product. My favourite is the Kryolan - pan stick. Although thicker and heavier, this product provides full coverage to the skin and when blended gives a far more natural and dewy effect. Be careful however; if it is not applied properly you run the risk of creating a dirty, muddy, patchy look.

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Make Up Forever Sculpting Kit The Sculpting Kit is a set of two compact powders suited to reshape and alter the size of the face using a light and shadow contrast. It is the perfect choice for beginners trying to achieve the art of facial contouring. If applied on the right strategic areas of the face and blended accordingly, it really helps to create a more sculpted face. It’s long-lasting and blends well.

eam Benefit – High B High Beam is a GREAT highlighter - it’s like applying liquefied pearls to your skin and really complements and adds a touch of glow to any look. It is easier to blend and looks more natural when applied over or mixed with liquid foundation. The satin pink colour doesn’t show up, instead a pretty, white, slightly opalescent shimmer/sheen is left on the skin. To achieve best results apply to cheekbones, eyebrow arches and cupid’s bow.


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here is a place of glorious excess, where the beautiful people bathe in champagne and lie on exotic silken cushions; where tinkling laughter rings out underneath the disco ball, and time is forgotten until the midday sun peeks through the blinds. For Autumn/ Winter 2014, Agent Provocateur returns to the flagrant hedonism and brilliant abandon of its formative years. A place of glorious excess where secrets go untold, memories are crystallized and boundaries are forgotten. You had to be seen at Le Salon, Maxim’s, The Palace, The 7 and then Chez Regine, sang Amanda Lear in 1979.

oeuvre. Larson is known for his direction of music videos for the likes of Kylie Minogue, and this supercharged energy lights up this Autumn/Winter campaign in these images, he tracks the journey of two first time visitors to the club and witnesses the story unfold through their eyes. Christian Larson: “I’ve always been a huge fan of Agent Provocateur... who isn’t? When they asked me to get involved with this great concept I jumped at the chance, especially as it was an opportunity to combine stills and film and work with such a great team of people. Storytelling that can be

developed and built up over the course of the year is really exciting.” Creative Director of Agent Provocateur Sarah Shotton says that, “The Autumn/ Winter campaign images mirror the luxurious excess of the glorious 1970s that I had envisaged when designing the collection. I wanted to make sure that everything from the decadent backdrop of the set to the breath taking beauty of Missy Rayder emulated the mystery behind our glamorous concept. Christian Larson was the perfect photographer choice for us as his dark and moody images always have just the right amount of sex appeal with an almost cryptic edge.”

Creative Director Sarah Shotton wanted to capture a spirit of languid vice and carefree luxury for this Autumn/Winter campaign. Missy Rayder is the dazzling star of the photo campaign, and she smoulders as the Salon’s main star. The Canadian brunette assumes her role masterfully, slinking around the backstage setting in opulent silks, toying with a glass of champagne as she considers her next move. For the images, Christian Larson settles comfortably into the director’s chair, bringing his signature Scandi-slick sex appeal to the Agent Provocateur

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PAINT THE TOWN RED Nikki Beach Marbella’s Annual Closing Red Party marked the end of another sensational summer season at the luxury beach club on the Costa del Sol. Nikki Beach Marbella’s white décor was transformed into red for one day only as party goers gathered for the ultimate beach party experience to bid farewell to the summer season. Dressed from head to toe in red to celebrate life and love, guests were treated to a host of Nikki Beach signature entertainment throughout the event, with live musical acts, glamorous Nikki Beach dancers and exclusive sets from world class DJs as they partied from day to night under the palm trees on the picturesque beach-front.

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Always keen to push boundaries and excite and amaze Marbella’s residents, Freudenhaus organised a unique event at the new cocktail bar last month. Graffiti artist Victoriano performed “speed painting” on a large canvas of cling film positioned in the square in which Freudenhaus is situated. The spray was applied to the huge transparent wall of cling film, giving off the appearance that the art was floating, seemingly suspended in mid-air. Guests at the event enjoyed Freudenhaus’s signature cocktails whilst the live graffiti act took place. Keep up to date with more Freudenhaus events through their page: facebook.com/freudenhausmarbella

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A MILESTONE MOMENT FOR JYSKE BANK Jyske Bank has had a presence in Gibraltar for over 27 years so it was an important milestone for the branch when it unveiled its newly refurbished premises on Main Street last month. Jyske Gibraltar has spent the past year further developing the team of nearly 100 staff and improving its systems to address the needs of local clients. Throughout the refurbishment programme, doors were open for business and the branch has continued to take on new clients, despite an almost overwhelming demand. The bank offers the most comprehensive range of banking services in Gibraltar, which includes Personal, Corporate and Private Banking. The refurbished premises were formally opened by His Excellency Lt General Sir James Dutton KCB CBE and the Minister for Financial Services and Gaming, the Hon Albert Isola MP was also in attendance.

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NEWSFLASH! SALA UK SET TO BE AN INSTANT SUCCESS A host of esteemed celebrities gathered for the Grand Opening of Sala UK in Chigwell, Essex last month, including the eminent newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald. The fabulous launch event, which featured Marbella’s favourite entertainment duo Masquerade, as well as a house violinist and percussionist, most definitely succeeded in bringing that signature Sala Group party atmosphere to the UK. With most weekends fully booked until February 2015, be sure to reserve a table well in advance for a unique social and dining experience.

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GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES After arriving at the picturesque Nueva Kaskada for a grand gala evening, Marbella VIP guests including Condesa Schoenburg and Princesa Maria Luisa of Prussia were treated to a spectacular evening of live entertainment and exquisite food. The glamorous event was held in honour of the restaurant’s third anniversary, as well as to celebrate Ewald Fichthaler’s continued expertise as a restaurateur. Ewald relocated to the Costa del Sol more than 16 years ago, having worked in many different parts of the globe. He wishes to extend his thanks to his dedicated team and, of course, the guests of Nueva Kaskada.

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A total of 107 players battled it out in the October round of Sala Super League, raising over 3,000€ for local charity Cáritas. Resident Pro Tom Coulson from the La Cala Golf Academy also challenged the players to ‘Beat The Pro’ although few succeeded. The contestants were keen to gain maximum points at La Reserva in the ninth edition of the league series. The winning team, The Mickeys, carded a huge 96 to win the team event, whilst Brett Little claimed the individual prize with 45 points! As usual, the après-golf drinks and snacks back at La Sala in Puerto Banús were wellearned and enjoyed by all. The next competition takes place on 8th November at Rio Real golf course, contact Sala Super League Manager, Lindsey Medina at: Lindsey@salagroupholdings.com or +34 693507628 for further information. salagroupgolf.com

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REDLINE ROCK OUT FOR 10TH BIRTHDAY Redline celebrated its tenth birthday last month at Marbella’s La Dolce Vita Chiringuito in Marbella. Guests enjoyed the free bar, Italian nibbles and of course a slice of the big red birthday cake. Redline provides innovative marketing services to all national and international companies whom are in need of support, guidance and professional backup. The team welcomed friends, colleagues, clients and collaborators to the special evening as a way to express their thanks for their continued support over the last ten years.

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THE NEW MERCEDES S-COUPE LAUNCHED AT FISCHER CAR GALLERY Once again F Immo Car Gallery put San Pedro in the spotlight. On Thursday, the 9th of October this prestigious car and real estate dealership, managed by Mr. Walter Fischer, celebrated a grande luxe event in the shape of the launch of the new MERCEDES S-COUPE, which was attended by more than 250 visitors. To the accompaniment of some wonderful violin playing by Edmond Fokker van Crayenstein, the new Mercedes S-Coupe was unveiled and presented to clients and friends by two charming models from GEMMA MELE, who presented a fashion show from her “HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION”. ANDREA ROSI of DIAMONDS & CO. also added sparkle to the grand finale with some of his valuable pieces. As usual a charity raffle took place and raised 2000€ for Aspandem and Princess Maja von Hohenzollern’s Foundation for Animals in Need. Thanks to all the sponsors that made this event a great success, especially to the Wine House’s CHAN DE ROSAS for the donation of white wine and to Johanna van den Berg for also lending her support.

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ust as in other countries all over the world, car tuning and customisation in Russia encompasses enthusiasts from two extremes; those who crave power and speed, and those who just like to cruise. The really hard-core speed junkies take part in the popular Moscow Unlimited 500+ event, a side-by-side standing mile drag race for standard and modified supercars held on the very long runway at the Minsk-1 Airport runway. There are two categories: Fastest car over one kilometre, and fastest car over one mile. While this event is not about trading pink slips, honour is most definitely at stake.

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The counterpoint is aftermarket customisation with the conventional blend of body styling, wheels, suspension and special interiors. While most of the well-known German tuners are represented in Russia through local partners, there is also a small but vibrant homegrown customising industry that caters to the specific tastes of Russian clients. Depending on social class and higher education, the taste of a Russian client can be either similar to or radically different from that of European as well as Arab and Far Eastern customers. Thus it is important that a local tuner or customisation specialist be able to

meet their client’s needs with a total understanding of what is expected in terms of style, materials and colour. For instance, Russia is the only market where crocodile leather is a popular material for car interiors. I have personally seen several Russian owned Bentleys and Mercedes in Marbella and Monaco with dashboard top rolls and other interior trim made from real or imitation crocodile skin. However, mimicking German tuners with homegrown body styling and interiors, but with a local twist, is far from where Russian car customisation begins and ends. In the former Soviet Union, new


TORQUE TALK cars and spare parts were relatively scarce, although not to anything like the extent they are in Cuba. During the communist times, the wealthy and well connected could always get imported cars and service support, but the average person had to put their name down for a Lada and wait several years. Needless to say, spares for the local machinery were also hard to come by, and you were advised to remove the windscreen wiper blades when you parked on the street! It was no wonder then that the best motor engineers and mechanics from the former Soviet Union countries exhibit world-class ingenuity and creativity, as they often had to make from scratch what was not readily available.

That ingenuity was allowed to shine on the world stage after the Berlin Wall fell, with a very special one-off car from a Moscow-based company called a:level that briefly become the doyen of the international press. A bespoke coachbuilder whose fanatical pursuit of exclusivity for their wealthy clients meant that they only ever made one of everything, a:level created their iconic Volga V12 Coupe from a stretched, widened and modified GAS 21 Volga saloon shell, underpinned by the mechanicals and interior from a BMW 850CSi.

Sadly, a:level no longer exists, as there was apparently a problem with their overseas investor after the debut of the convertible version of this car in 2006. But the vision and talent that made these and other unique cars possible showed the world that the Russians play second fiddle to no one in this business. Also Moscow-based, Top Car is a bit more conventional in their approach to tuning, using current Porsche models as the canvas on which they place their distinctive stamp.

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TORQUE TALK Rather than being a coachbuilder, for whom business depends on finding highnet-worth individuals as patrons, Top Car is organised along the lines of German Porsche tuners like Gemballa and TechArt, but with a unique Russian twist. The man behind Top car is Oleg Egorov, whose very successful advertising company in Moscow is his core business. A passionate car enthusiast, Oleg originally set up a company in 2002 to represent Gemballa in the Russian Federation. “As much as I loved Uwe Gemballa’s designs, I was frustrated by erratic supplies and other issues,” he explained. “It was at that point that I decided the only way to make the business work properly was to establish my own brand and control the supply chain from A to Z,” he said. Top Car was founded in August 2004 to do precisely this, and under Oleg’s watchful eye, has gone from strength to strength. “We had a 10th Anniversary party at this year’s Moscow Motor Show, where our Macan and 991 Turbo conversions debuted,” he said proudly. The Top Car concept took a lot of planning and organisation before it became a reality, but with the Gemballa experience, and his advertising and media awareness behind him, Oleg had

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a pretty good idea of all the potential pitfalls, as well as what was required to create a slick operation.

fraction of a millimetre. These readings form the basis of our prototype parts and the subsequent moulds,” he explained.

“I brought together a team of designers and engineers who now do everything from start to finish,” said Oleg. “Today, a decade down the line, we have almost 70 staff, 40 of whom are specialists in designing and crafting the special interiors that our clients are increasingly demanding.”

As a former concours judge, I tend to pick up flaws in fit and finish very easily. However, the aero kit on the yellow Top Car 991 Carrera S stood up to close examination when I first examined it outside Top Car’s recently opened HQ in Marbella, Spain.

At this level, only high quality carbonfibre will do for the aerodynamic styling components, he explained. “We make these in Russia so that we can keep a close eye on quality. However, the raw materials come from Western European sources like Germany and Luxembourg, who produce the best automotive grade carbon-fibre.” Of course using the best materials is of little consequence if the fit and finish of the parts is not also world class. “That is why we spare no expense to ensure that our tolerances are as exact as possible,” Oleg continued. “We use a state-of-the-art laser dimensioning machine on an actual car to get its measurements down to a

To my mind, this is a great achievement as it is a very difficult three-dimensional puzzle to create wheel arch extensions that compliment, both visually and physically, the complex compound curves of the 991’s sensuous lines. The finished article has a sense of flair that makes the Carrera look more purposeful, like a tame version of the RSR racecar for the road. Most importantly, it captures the Porsche 911 essence. Central to this tougher look, are the big wheel arch flares whose lines and contours suit the 991 perfectly. At first glance, they are reminiscent of the 993 GT2 arches, but sans the distinctive quick release attachment bolts. The deeper front spoiler and new rear valance continue this philosophy, with character


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and detailing that harmoniously blends with the rest of the conversion. These visual cues alone give the styling strong Porsche connotations, underlining how Top Car’s stylists understand the original design philosophy and go with the flow rather than trying to impose a conflicting design language on the base car. Judging by their equally successful takes on other Porsche models like the Macan and 991 Turbo, this critical part of good aftermarket styling is a consistent Top Car trademark. Used properly to show its presence as a structural material, naked carbonfibre can be used to emphasis a design theme. Unfortunately, it tends to be used by many tuners as a decorative material, which rather defeats this material’s intrinsic physical properties of high strength and low weight.

front splitter, the lower part of the side skirts, rear diffuser, and the rear wing. You can of course, choose to have all these parts colour coded too, but I personally think the stark contrast works very well. The only purely decorative parts of the kit are the vertical insert on the trailing edge of each front wheel arch, and the triangular pieces under the daytime running lights that give the illusion of larger air intakes. I commented on the stock interior in the yellow show car car, one of the first to be built and hurriedly shipped to Marbella

All the carbon-fibre parts of the Stinger aero kit, which include the front bumper/spoiler, bonnet, wheel arches, side-skirts and rear bumper are normally colourcoded to the bodywork. The parts left in lacquered carbon-fibre are the

On the other hand, considering the numerous large speed bumps that litter this part of Spain, looks apart, this is probably no bad thing for the driver’s sanity. But once again that choice will be left to the client. Oleg also told me that Top Car is in the process of making their own forged alloys, which will be far more bespoke than these off-the-shelf offerings. They are the Russian dealer for the world famous Akrapovic titanium exhausts, and use Brembo brakes if a client should want upgraded anchors. As Oleg lives in Miami, where Top Car’s US Headquarters is situated, he sought an engine conversion specialist who could do a good job with no comebacks.

Oleg had come over to Marbella from Miami during my visit, so I had the chance to interview him face-to-face. He grabbed a Stinger front wheel arch off the showroom wall and handed it to me to demonstrate how little it weighs, as well as to show me the fine surface quality of this unpainted panel. As applied to the whole car, the carbonfibre Stinger body kit weighs no more than around 15kg, but the extended front spoiler lip and TechArt rear wing are able to significantly reduce lift over the front and rear axles at speed.

because it lacks the H&R fully adjustable suspension kit that normally goes with this conversion.

The kind of customer who buys a Top Car conversion wants more power with no downsides, so exotic tuning with displacement increases for naturallyaspirated cars, and huge power outputs that tax reliability and engine life of the turbocharged models are a definite no go area for Oleg.

for the opening of the new showroom. “Wealthy Russians love the individual interiors we create that can cost up to 30,000 euros depending on materials,” Oleg explained. “It would have been a waste to find that a prospective buyer did not like the one in our test car, so we decided to leave this as a blank canvas until the car is sold.”

After a negative experience with a German tuner, Top Car has settled into a comfortable relationship with Champion Motorsport in Pompano Beach, Florida. Champion’s background with the Audi and Porsche factory ALMS race teams has given them legendary status in the aftermarket tuning world, and their drive for perfection in quality and reliability are exactly what Oleg was looking for in his search for a technical partner.

Sitting on its American-made 9.0J and 10.5J x 21-inch ADV1 forged alloys, shod with 255/30ZR21 and 305/25ZR21 Michelins, the car rides at stock height

Champion has a nice conversion for the Carrera motor, which consists of BMC free flow air filters, GIAC software for the ECU and Tubi exhaust. This conversion

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delivers about 30hp and 38Nm (28 ft lb) of peak torque, with low-end torque gains of as much as 54Nm (40 ft lb). Throttle response and soundtrack and also improved. While this is a really good result for a naturally-aspirated motor, the really big power gains remain the province of the Turbo and Turbo S conversions. The Akrapovic titanium systems that Top Car sells in Russia work equally well in lowering back-pressure, and save additional weight from that critical area in the tail. However, the test car just had Top Car’s fluted end pipes that fit to the stock exhaust silencer.

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Moscow, Miami, Monaco and now Marbella. Purely by coincidence, Top Car’s dealerships are all placed in cities or towns beginning with M that happen to have a high concentration of wealth. Certainly, exotic spots like Miami, Monaco and Marbella are where the typical Top Car customer usually has a second or third home. A lover of fine wrist watches as well, Oleg commissioned a limited, numbered edition of 25 special Top Car watches from Hubot earlier this year. As watch manufacturers of this calibre do not collaborate with just anyone, this is a good indication of Top Car’s standing.

Ten years is an eternity in the motor industry, but Top Car has come a long way in that time. Russia no longer exports the cars of its miserable state run auto industry, but in the aftermarket tuning and customisation business, Top Car can hold its head up high with standards of design and quality that match the best of its world famous German and American rivals. Local Dealer: Top Car, Centro de Negocios, Puerto Banús


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the most important factors when buying property. We have all been told this a million times, so why then is there surprise and suspicion where the apparent stabilising of the property market in Marbella is concerned? The theory states that the Spanish property market is in recession, therefore the buyer is king and, by default, can offer what he or she likes and the vendor should gratefully accept. Well that’s simply not the case in Marbella. A good property in a good location will fetch very close to the vendor’s asking price and, indeed, all the vendors that were desperate to sell have already done so. Now it is very important to add this is not a general reflection of Spain’s property market, but just Marbella and not even everywhere in the Marbella area, but the best urbanisations and locations have shown that they hold their value. This is exactly what we would expect in key postcodes throughout the UK, London in particular, so why not here? Knightsbridge and South Kensington, for example, are always going to buck national trends because people desperately want to live there and therefore demand is outstripping supply -

the property market’s favourite recipe for inflation. Now couple this situation with the best climate in the Mediterranean and it’s not hard to see why real estate in this part of the world regularly defies downward market tendencies. Marbella has also had a no-nonsense, sensible development policy for many years, thereby imposing relatively low building volume compared with the concrete jungles in most of the other coasts of Spain. Combine this with excellent municipal services and security, wonderful infrastructure, challenging golf courses and other sporting facilities, five-star marinas and great restaurants and it’s easy to see why Marbella and its fabulous micro-climate enjoys 12 month tourist season. This is precisely why it attracts discerning visitors from all over Europe and worldwide. Not only has the local property market improved in sales volume from 2012 to 2013 by more than 22 per cent, but this figure was repeated in 2013 and the sales volume increased even more in annual terms during the first half of 2014 (according to figures published by the Spanish Ministry of Public Works), making Marbella the leading city in Spain in sales volume growth. In doing so it outstripped major international resort areas, including Aspen, Pebble Beach and the

Turks & Caicos Islands. The reason for this is clearly because, even though the economy in Spain is in crisis, the demand for property purchase in Marbella is more than 85 per cent from foreign purchasers wanting to live here and, therefore, not as dependent on the national economy. Even Hollywood’s finest are reportedly returning, with reports of George Clooney having bought a house in Marbella’s upmarket Sierra Blanca. Piers Morgan’s famous television exposé about Marbella, although a little stereotypical, on the whole painted a glamorous picture of the famous seaside town. So if you are searching for a holiday home or considering investing in the area, remember a house or property in the right location that meets your particular requirements is probably right for you. Always use an established and trusted agent familiar with your particular urbanisation or area of choice and check around - what sold close by and for how much? Good luck and we hope to see you on the paseo, in Orange Square or in one of Marbella’s many wonderful restaurants. Viva the Marbella lifestyle!

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e wanted to introduce a fresh new approach in real estate and development to the Costa del Sol and used our previous experience in Southern Spain, the US and Central London markets to achieve this. Bespoke Villas have been around for years but improvement in technology and an innovative way of thinking has made the whole experience of building your dream home that much more enjoyable. “This was key to the development of the service that we wanted to offer our clients” explains Luke Davis, Director of Propana Group. The Propana team is on the ball and is excited to demonstrate this fresh and unprecedented consulting experience that enables clients to streamline their tailored property service every single step of the way. The offices demonstrate the luxury and design elements that they want to implement into the properties that they are building. It is the result of a close collaboration between a team that they know and trust that has enabled Propana to provide the right quality and flair that their clients expect. Every client is appointed a bespoke design consultant who is a direct point of contact and is responsible for translating the client’s ideas into reality. Customers can sit in the Propana office and look at the floor plans, etched onto backlit perspex panels, therefore changes and adjustments can be made there and then.

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“People use their homes in very different ways and what may be a priority for one family may not even be of any interest to another home owner” comments Hayley, Creative Designer at FOC Design, who work closely with Propana’s clients in order to establish the right interior distribution and design elements for the end user. “With the luxury service provided at Propana, the client can opt for a gym or a playroom, a bodega, his and hers offices or all of the above, depending on how THEY wish to use their space. It is not pre-packaged and we are here as a close-knit team to ensure that every request is fulfilled to the best of our abilities”. Once the clients are happy with the layouts and materials chosen, the house can be viewed through 3D glasses in

Propana’s 3D cinema. Clients can really start to get a feel for their home even before a brick has been laid. This system not only allows the clients to enjoy the design and build experience but can also highlight potential problems and allow them to visualize certain elements of the design which were hard for them to imagine. This approach also allows for a more transparent and adjustable format to the cost of building a dream home – clients can now see very clearly where the costs lie and can modify budgets by their choice of materials and finishes. Building what was once an unobtainable dream, is now comparable to buying a resale property, but with the huge advantage that you can achieve exactly what you want.


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for architecture, and is now run by his sons, Pablo and Matias Villaroel, both accomplished architects in their own rights.

Their first major project here on the Coast is a three house, ultra-exclusive micro-community: El Madroñal Residence. The sizes of the properties will range from 410 to 1,200 square metres, with plot size a minimum of 2,600 square metres and will sit high above the bright lights of Marbella and Puerto Banús. Nestled in the heart of an abundant cork and pine forest, surrounded by wildlife and nature with stunning views down over sweeping golf fairways, the Coast and the glistening Mediterranean, the private communities of El Madroñal and La Zagaletta are home to some of the most exceptional luxury properties in Spain. From this idyllic location, perched 400 metres above sea level in a haven of complete serenity and calm, it’s hard to imagine you are only a short distance from the hustle and bustle of one of the most fashionable destinations in Europe, such is the secluded beauty of this elite neighbourhood. Situated within a 24-hour guarded gated complex and set among acres of unspoiled land that enjoy complete privacy, El Madroñal is idyllic, yet only a short drive from the main coastal highway. Due to its elevated position, perched upon the hills of the sierras, this stunning area is afforded some of the most spectacular views around. However the attraction does not stop there - this particular project has one factor singling it out from the rest - it is flat! Built on the site of the old tennis club of El Madroñal, this superb plot is on level

These cutting-edge contemporary villas will have a light and bright feel. The plans are based on open-plan layouts, generous proportions and plenty of glass, affording an abundance of natural light to maximize the bright and airy sense of space. Featuring demotic home automisation and underfloor heating throughout, these superb properties will boast all the latest modern technologies, allowing for a home of sheer comfort. Additional special features such as gymnasiums, indoor ground. Unlike other properties which are built into the mountain, or perched upon levels with uneven land and gardens that run irregularly down the sweeping hills, El Madroñal Residence will have all the benefits of its elevation but on an entirely uniform plot. The houses will be bespoke villas designed by the renowned Melvin Villaroel Architects SL, whose previous work includes the Puente Romano and Kempinski hotels as well as some of the most exclusive developments in Spain (Torre Bermeja, Ventura del Mar and La Alzambra). Founded by Chilean-born Melvin Villaroel, the practice has won countless awards

spas, swimming pools, infinity pools and padel tennis courts can all be offered for clients who are looking for that truly unique home and lifestyle. Quality and exclusivity are at the forefront of this project and will remain so for all of the future works of the Propana Group, along with a close working relationship between architect, designer and constructor to ensure that the client’s every need is considered. The utmost care and attention to detail are at the foundation of creating a tailor-made dream home and Propana embodies this philosophy, providing the client with maximum security and peace of mind.

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BETTERING your BATHROOMS By Bradleigh Reed from FOC DESIGN

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f you are sick of that leaky tap, chipped sink and crooked shelving now might be the perfect time to revamp your bathroom. All too often we put up with such imperfections for years, always thinking we will get round to addressing it some day, but never quite finding the time! Whether you want to go all out and replace virtually everything or simply want to invest in a few new bits and pieces, here are some interesting and innovative ideas that may appeal. Whether you’re looking for a serene retreat, a glitzy primping space or a sleek design, these unique bathroom ideas from FOC Design are sure to inspire.

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all or nothing Not a case of There’s always a danger when designing a new bathroom that combining stunning bathroom walls and designer products can create a monster. While designer products are fantastic and beautiful walls are eye catching, as the old saying goes, too many cooks spoil the broth. No one wants to have to go into a new bathroom wearing sunglasses to protect themselves from over the top bling. If you’re designing your own bathroom, it’s worth remembering that each angle only needs one stand-out item. Whether you´re dying for that accent wall backdrop or have your eye on the walk in rain shower, below FOC has highlighted some of our favourite ideas and pieces that can transform your basic bathroom into a pampering haven.


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lutter Control that C It is all too common for us to be fighting a losing battle to keep those bathrooms tidy; cosmetic clutter taints the appearance of what could be your beautiful bathroom. The simple way to make life easier and to help ensure that this part of your abode is the height of style and elegance, is to invest in new bathroom storage. There are so many products to choose from and, with the right guidance, it should be easy to find something to match both your aesthetic and practical requirements. If you’ve been hunting the web in search of bathroom furniture, then you could be forgiven for thinking all bathroom furniture looks the same. In fact, most of the cheap pieces of bathroom furniture resemble an ugly white box and a lot of the designer pieces available to the public look like a carbon copy of the previous. Picking bathroom furniture can be a gruelling process, an influx of cheaply copied bathroom furniture results in designs that are already five years out of date. If the mass market is out of date, to get truly fashionable furniture you’ll have to stay clear of the mainstream. This is where talking to a design team such as FOC can really help. We source the best and latest furnishings from all over the world and are constantly updating

our suppliers to make sure we can help you create a bespoke, idyllic and relaxing environment. If you’re fed up of the same old rectangular vanity unit and want something a bit different then use your full wall as a fully bespoke built in storage unit. A bespoke design could be the solution to all of your storage and aesthetic needs. Rather than utilising a two meter wall by filling it with a 180cm vanity unit, a bespoke design built into your wall makes use of all the space, surrounding that one basic vanity unit with extra storage and make it a real feature of the room! The ideal solution to clear your clutter plus concealing all those ugly pipes! Equally you might not wish to be quite so adventurous. There is nothing wrong with the very popular rectangular unit as long as the finish and quality are right. A high gloss, soft-close floating vanity unit never goes amiss with us here at FOC Design and can, of course, be bespoke itself. For extra storage try adding a dual vanity unit and recessed cabinets and complete the look with a gorgeous, oversized mirror. Better yet, if done well even a recessed mirror cabinet can free up the tightest of spaces and make your bathroom look bigger too.

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basins s baths and er ow sh ue iq un Sinking into a lovely warm bath can be incredibly comforting, particularly as we approach the time in the calendar when, even on the Coast, we are starting to feel the chill. With this in mind, why not go all out and invest in the ultimate in bathing apparatus by buying a free-standing bathtub? There is a certain air of luxury that comes with a stand-alone tub, a real style statement. While adding products like this to your home costs a little money,

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it will also serve to raise the value of your property. If you’re looking for some bathroom inspiration then this unique and natural bath by Swiss bath company; Bagno Sasso really does get the creative juices flowing. Its organic form, complemented by a floor comprising small pebbles and a fantastic slate tile backdrop, allows you to begin to get the feeling that this unique bathroom idea is pretty idyllic if you are inspired by all that is Zen. If you’re thinking about going ultra modern, we here at FOC have absolutely fallen in love with this stunning black Vessel freestanding bath by Splinter Works and its matching basin. Not looking for this stunning minimal look for your bathroom? Well vintage is back, so if you wanted to go all-out and buy a black and white claw-foot tub as your statement piece, we wouldn’t blame you and, of course, the better the view from your bath, be it a view of the ocean or a view of your chrome framed recessed TV, the better the bath experience!

If it is your home’s reception toilet that is need of a facelift then this futuristic basin design by FOC might be perfect for you. The shaped basin flows with an organic feel towards the floor, creating a natural stream-like effect with any water running into the smallest of gaps in the floor. Rather than overpowering the basin with bold colours, we kept the rest of the room subtle, instead choosing to complement the basin with a harmony of neutral tone and visible wood grain painted in the softest bronze metallics. This statement basin certainly is the centrepiece of the bathroom, as intended.


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Wet rooms have become more and more popular over the past few years. When you think of a wet room, your mind generally drifts to daydreams of beautiful spa resorts in tropical locations, with stunning tiling and wooden features. Getting rid of a shower cubicle or bath and creating a more open-plan area can be a clever way to turn a relatively small bathroom into one that has a feeling of space. They are a fantastic way to

help create a stylish, contemporary and practical bathroom. One of the major advantages of a wet room area is the flexibility to change the size, depending on your room. The exclusion of a shower tray allows you to customize your own shower area with the use of fixed glass panels, or even none at all. A wet room gives your bathroom a minimalist, open feel while also having a very modern, stylish appearance. This Magic Shower, walk-in wet room system is a simple yet beautiful example, with its clean geometric lines and its totally open space. Rather than over complicating the setting for this shower, the design team behind this masterpiece instead used oversized plain floor tiles that they have cleverly side-lit to allow the shower itself to have maximum effect on the user. What really brings this room to life, other than the shower, is this fab lighting! In a world where floor to ceiling tiles are becoming a bit old fashioned, this glorious down light is a great example of how a simple change can make a world of difference. Statement lighting doesn’t need to cost a fortune, an LED light strip and, as this bathroom design shows, it can make a pretty simple bathroom stand out a mile; guess that view doesn’t hurt either!


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lls Wonderous wa Ten years ago bathroom tiles were a pretty simple affair, plain or with wavy lines, your choices were limited. Today there’s an abundance of options available, ranging from plain white to wood. Yes, we did say wood. In fact the wood effect in modern tiles is so realistic they’re now being produced in plank form and you can’t spot the difference. If you angle more towards a rustic, shabby-chic style, why not try some imitation wooden tiles? Woodlook surroundings add a homely, warm feel to a bathroom, but you can keep it chic with white porcelain basins and tubs. With the addition of underfloor heating to soften that cold tile feel, and with dark walnut being very popular right now, why wouldn’t

you experiment with these fantastic tiles? Wood effect tiles aren’t just available in walnut, there’s a huge range of effects available and it doesn’t stop there. You can now get stone and brick look tiles too. We love how this Porcelanosa design uses a slightly different combination of the same wood tiles to create a natural feel to what could have been a very lifeless bathroom wall. Contrasting the wood grain against neutral colours has allowed the tiles to become a feature of the bathroom, rather than just another tile which gives this bathroom that extra punch. Like we keep saying, you only need a couple of statement features

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to achieve your stylish bathroom. Perhaps the easiest way to do this is by making your walls pop using tiles, glass panels or even a sturdy vinyl wallpaper. Mosaic tiling is a classic concept that has held its own in the interior world for years. Now it is being used far more subtly and in a much more contemporary way. Check out this fabulous mosaic tile design by manufacturer Dune - beautiful, assertive yet still subtle, just goes to show you don’t need much to go a long way.

Turn up the heat If you have ugly bathroom pipe work, worry no more because beautiful stylish electric towel warmers have arrived. Have you ever noticed that when someone wants a bathroom they go into great detail about the vanity unit or bath they want, but when it comes to a designer towel warmer to match, they glaze over with boredom? The fact is, in most bathroom designs

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the radiator is often an afterthought, purchased on the cheap in order to bring a budget back down. Well not at FOC. It’s time we started thinking differently. For a while now there have been some great towel warmer designs coming on to the market that don’t just have to be an added extra. Designer towel warmers like this collection of masterpieces from

Bagno Sasso can add a bit of style to your bathroom, over shadowing a bland vanity unit. So if the only thing stopping you from achieving a designer bathroom is that issue with over spending, well luckily, these new breeds of designer towel warmers aren’t that expensive either.

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ere is a confession: we love Magna Café! If ever there is a chance to whizz off there for an extended lunch break on a Friday or after work we never miss an opportunity. In fact, if you ever find yourself near the Society office on a Magna Café day then please be careful or you might be mown down in the stampede!

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Although the food is always reliably magnificent we also enjoy the relaxed ambience and the amazing views from the terrace. Due to its plentiful outside seating and warm and welcoming interior, Magna Café is a favourite for many Marbella residents throughout the year and it is certainly a place where you can be sure of bumping into the Society team, from January to December. On our most recent visit we decided that we would put the Magna team to the test by straying from our tried-andtested favourites and sampling some different dishes.

There is certainly a world of choice, including some fabulous fish and seafood recipes, plenty for the most avid carnivore to sink his teeth into and some terrific vegetarian options too. We ordered our drinks and spent some time browsing the menu. Everyone agreed that the Goat Cheese Gratin with Honey, Pine Nuts and Caramelised Apple accompanied by Rocket Salad and a Balsamic Reduction sounded delicious. So did the Magna Toast with Shrimps and Marinated Salmon served with a Mustard and Lime Mayonnaise Sauce. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the problem with choosing to

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dine at Magna Café; leave some time to read the menu carefully because if you skim over it you are bound to miss a few real treats. In the end we were ready to order our starters: the final choices were the Tuna Tartare with Avocado accompanied with Mezclum and served with Marinated Ginger and Wasabi and Soy Cream, Mussels in a White Wine, Onion, Shallot and Parsley Cream and the Chef’s Starters Platter. This final selection is an excellent way of gaining an understanding of what Magna Café is about and, especially if you are a fairly adventurous diner, this is a splendid way to sample the myriad ways that the chef demonstrates his expertise, with a full range of skills and mouthwatering flavours the result. Our platter included taster portions of Marinated Salmon stuffed with Goats’ Cheese and Dill Sauce, Pineapple with Skagen Prawns, Goose and Duck Foie Mi-Cuit, served with Candied Lemon Gelée, Honey Bread and Port Reduction, Rollmop Herrings and Tomato and Mozzarella.

We made embarrassingly short work of these wonderful dishes (everyone knows about speed dating, but have you every heard of speed eating?) and agreed that they were the ideal introduction to Magna’s philosophy of providing customers with inventive and tasty recipes, most of which have a distinctly international flavour.

typically revolutionary ideas of how best to answer the ‘sweet ‘n sour’ question, so that selection was perhaps the easiest of all. The ‘Africana’ veal Strips in a Curry Sauce served with Caramelised Banana, Peanuts, Mandarins, Mango Chutney, Pineapple, Pepper and Coconut Rice was, to say the least, a memorable new way of enjoying an old favourite.

Our main courses were equally inspired, the first two choices making use of the amazing fish and seafood that we enjoy on the Costa del Sol. We were especially impressed by the Roast Turbot served with Herb Potato Confit, Olives and Cherry Tomatoes, a dish cleverly designed to ensure that the main ingredient was the star of the show. We also enjoyed the fabulous Seafood Cannelloni with a Crayfish, Fino Sherry and Saffron Sauce, a satisfying and successful alternative to this much loved Italian classic. The dedicated carnivore in our party was looking forward to some

Having eaten so much there was little room left (a very stupid move, since Magna Café serves some gorgeous desserts) but we decided to be brave and ordered the Chocolate Fondant and the Meringue with Raspberries and Fresh Cream, both of which were excellent. Afterwards, over a café con leche, we tried to pin down what makes Magna Café such a roaring success and concluded that its attraction lies primarily in its impeccable customer service. It is one thing for a restaurant to develop a

menu that promises the best of world cuisine, but quite another for the staff still to be delivering those delicious dishes with flair and paying minute attention to the requirements of each and every guest week after week, day after day, service after service. Magna Café has what it takes and is clearly in the business for the long run and it is primarily for this reason - amongst many others - that we will remain devoted fans.

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renache appears to have originated in Spain, most likely in the northern province of Aragon, and ampelographers (grapevine specialists) believe that it was the basis of Aragon’s excellent vin rouge du pays. From Aragon, it spread throughout the vineyards of Spain and the Mediterranean. Back in the 80s, there was a period of dormancy in which vast garnacha vineyards were

abandoned, but recently the precious grape has been given power and prestige to reconquer “the Crown of Opulence”. Grenache - garnacha is undoubtedly the second best Spanish red grape. Responsible for some of the most delicious and expensive wines of Spain from newly praised regions like Campo de Borja, Madrid and Mentrida

to established Priorat & Monsant wine country, Grenache is just as important in the Spanish wine world as Tempranillo. The noble grape’s profile includes weak colour, soft tannins, and high alcohol content. Red wines made completely from old grenache varieties commonly smelled of sweet mulberries, black cherries, violet petals, liquid chocolate and plum liqueur, with a peculiar touch of cinnamon.

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You can find an extensive collection of all of these incredible wines at D-wine Marbella. Come and taste Spain’s finest wines. Centro Comercial Azalea, CN340 Km 173, Edificio A, Nueva Andalucia Reservations: 952 814 446 Wine Shop : 951 339 309 eat@d-wine.es info@d-wine.es D-winecollection.com

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Banks & Financial Services ABBEYGATE Tel. 902 87 77 28, abbeygateinsure.com BANCA MARCH Location: Camino de Camoján, 0, Marbella, Tel. 952 76 48 10, bancamarch.es BANCO POPULAR Location: Av Ricardo Soriano, 36, Marbella, Tel. 952 76 57 05, bancopopular.es CURRENCIES DIRECT Location: C. Orquidea, Local 6, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 90 65 81, currenciesdirect.com FIDUCIARY Tel. 956 79 69 11, fiduciarywealth.eu FLUENT FINANCE Location: Tales de Miletos 11, Edif. Banana Beach, Blq. C3, Marbella, Tel. 952 92 64 81, fluentfinanceabroad.com GLOBAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT Tel. 952 768 376, gwm-ltd.com HOLA CREDITO Location: CC Negocios Puerta de Banús (opposite Iceland). Tel. 951 319 538 holacredito.com HiFX Tel. 951 20 39 86, hifx.co.uk IBEX Location: CC. Benavista, Local 3, Estepona, Tel. 952 88 71 25, ibexinsure.com IIG BANK Suite G2 The Eliott Hotel 2 Governor’s Parade, Gibraltar. Tel. +350 200 64746

LLOYDS BANK Tel. 902 02 43 65, lloydsbankinternational.es MONEYCORP Tel. 952 587 657, moneycorp.com/ spain NORDEA BANK Tel. 952 816 925 nordeaprivatebanking.com SANTANDER Lugar Muelle de Ribera, 3-4, Puerto Banus, Tel. 952 81 76 45, bancosantander.es

Bars AQWA MIST Location: Beneath La Sala Tel. 951 506 248 aqwamistbanus.com ITAPU Location: Calle Revuelta 18, Cancelada, Estepona, Tel. 952 88 79 04 FREUDENHAUS Location: Urbanizacion Jardines del Puerto 6, Puerto Banus Tel. 633 35 99 34 freudenhausmarbella.com LINKS BAR Location: Aloha Pueblo, Marbella, Tel. 650 16 01 89, linksbaralohapueblo.es MOSAIK Location: Avenida Manolete, esquina C/ Los Lirios Puerto Banús, Tel. 952 92 94 67 OLD JOY’S PUB Location: Frontline Puerto Banus, Tel. 952 81 42 83, oldjoyspub.com SINATRA BAR Location: The Marina, Puerto Banus, sinatrabar.com


SLAINTE Location: CL Manolete CC Iberico 7, Tel. 951 27 93 14, slaintebanus.com SUITE Location: Hotel Puente Romano Tel. 630 962 852 suiteclubs.com THE BANANA TREE Location: Avda Duque de Ahumada, Marbella, Tel. 952 82 48 52 THE LIVING ROOM Location : Avda. Del Prado, Urb. Aloha Gardens bloque 1, Tel. 619 06 11 47 THE PLAYWRIGHT Location: C. Manzana, Local 18, Pueblo Los Arcos, Elviria, Tel. 952 86 88 98, theplaywrightmarbella.com

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THE STUDIO Location: Avda. Del Prado, Urb. Aloha Gardens bloque 1, Tel. 951 31 97 42

Beach Clubs FINCA CORTESIN Tel. 952 93 78 00, info@hotelcortesin.com fincacortesin.com NIKKI BEACH Location: Hotel Don Carlos Tel. 952 836 239 nikkibeach.com PLAZA BEACH Reservations: Tel. 677 64 47 37 info@ultimapromotions.com plazabeachbanus.com SALA BY THE SEA Location: Urb. Villa Marina, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 81 38 82, salabeach.com THE BOARDWALK Paseo Maritimo 1 (next to Garum), Marbella, theboardwalkmarbella.com

Feel great, relax amongst friends and dine in style at El Campanario Golf & Country House El Campanario Golf & Country House is run by a small handpicked team who share a passion for good service and a desire to make each of your visits better than the last. Join Nicole Schneider and her team at Restaurante El Campanario every Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening for dinner and live music. • • • • • • • •

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Beauty & Health ARIA MEDICAL GROUP Location: Centro Peninsula 8, Camojan Tel. 951 276 748 / 671 639 353 ariamedicalgroup.com BODYWORKS Tel. 952 883 151 thebodyworksclinic.com BOUTEE HAIR AND BEAUTY Location: Avenida del Prado, Plaza de Aloha, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 816 031 CENTRO CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE Location: Centro Comercial Casablanca, Office 3, Crta de Cadiz Tel. 952 900 626 acupuncture-marbella.com CIRUMED CLINIC MARBELLA Location: Avenida Ramon y Cajal 7 to 4, Marbella Tel. 952 775 346 cirumed.es

Little Black Book CORTIJO CARE MARBELLA Location: C/ Joaquin Turina, Cortijo Blanco, San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella. Tel. 952 780 181 cortijocare.com COSMOCLINIC AND ISABELLE’S Location: Carretera de Cadiz N340, Urb. Marbella Real, Local 1. Tel. 952 815 944 COSTA COSMETICA BEAUTY Location: C/Marqués del Duero 68, San Pedro de Alcántara Tel. 952 703 304 CLASSICAL ACUPUNCTURE Tel. 952 883 151 / 693 939 188 5element-acupuncture.com DENTAL CARE: C.C. Laguna Village, A-7, km.159, Estepona Tel. 952 936 552 / 615 071 563 dentalcaremarbella.com DYNAMIC TRAINING CENTRE MARBELLA Tel. 952 775 021 dynamicmarbella.com

EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL RESTAURANT & SPA Urb Miraflores Playa, Crta. A7 km.199, Marbella. Tel. 952 587 550 oceanohotel.com ENN CARE Location: Marbella Golf and Country Club, Ctra de Cádiz, N-340 Km 188, 29604, Marbella Tel. 663 048 477 enncare.com GRANT FOSTER SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPIST Tel. 667 862 475 sportstherapymarbella.com HEALTHOUSE Urbanizacion Boladilla Baja, Esetepona 29689 Tel. 951 082 090 healthhouse-naturhouse.com LOOK YOUR BEST Location: Calle Ramon Areces, Marina Banús, Edificio III Local 3, Puerto Banús Tel. 951 134 990 lookyourbest.es


Little Black Book LONG LIFE CLINIC Tel. 952 77 07 14 team@longlifeclinic.com MARBELLA’S COSMETIC DENTAL CLINIC Location: Plaza las Orquideas 2, Exit 173,5 Casino, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 907 173 marbelladentalart.com MARBELLA CHIROPRACTIC Location: Urbanizacion Guadalmina Alta, Centro Comercial 4, Local 8, San Pedro de Alcantara. Tel. 952 880 398 marbellachiropractic.com MARBELLA VEIN CLINIC Location: Camojan Business Centre, Office 12 Tel. 952 867 003 marbellavein.com MARION DIAS Tel. 711 771 972 info@hypno-therapeutiques.co.uk hypno-therapeutiques.co.uk

MARK DENTAL CLINIC Location: C. C Benavista, Puerto Banus and Fuengirola Tel. 951 272 267 952 810 408 / 952 917 164 markdentalclinic.com

PURE SKIN BEAUTY ROOM @The Wellness Studio Los Naranjos Golf Club Plaza Cibeles, Contact Sofia Tel: 661 279 575 pureskin.es

MIND, BODY & SPIRIT FESTIVAL Tel. 670628468 mindbodyspiritmarbella.com

THE BEAUTY ROOM SAN PEDRO Tel: 655 013 064 beautytherapistmarbella.com

OCEAN CLINIC Location: Av. Ramon y Cajal 7, Marbella Tel. 951 775 518 oceanclinic.net

THE NAIL PLACE Location: Av Manolete, Tel. 952 818 636 thenailplacemarbella.com

Q MAX LASER TREATMENTS @ THE WELLNESS STUDIO Los Naranjos Golf Club Plaza Cibeles, Nueva Andalucia. Contact Sara Tel: 628936396

TITANIUM CLINIC Location: CC Marbella Mar,2. Local 8 CN 340, Km179 Tel. 952 901 442 / 615 350 476 titaniumclinic.com

REFLECTIONS HAIR NAILS AND SKINCARE Location: Centro Plaza Tel. 902 325 324 reflectionsmarbella.com

VILLAR-ARAGON CLINIC Plaza Joaquin Gomez Aguera 4, Marbella Tel. 952 823 155 clinicavillararagon.com


Little Black Book WOOD HAIRDRESSING Location: C.C Le Village, Ctra de Istan Tel. 952 771 791 wood-hairdressing.com

BOWTIQUE Location: 25 Jardin Botánico (Next to Snack Attack)

Boutiques

ELLE MORGAN BOUTIQUE Location: Unit 31 Laguna Village (next to Purobeach) Tel. 647 869 831

AMIRA BOUTIQUE Location: CC Laguna Village, Local 19, Estepona, amiraboutique.lv@gmail.com ANTONIO SEIJO Location: Avenida Ramón Y Cajal 7, Marbella Tel. 952 900 140, antonioseijo.com ANTHONYS DIAMONDS Location: Avenida Ramon y Cajal 40 Tel. 952 588 795 anthonys-diamonds.com BANG & OLUFSEN Location: Puerto Banús Main entrance. Tel: 95 281 72 50. Bang-olufsen.com B-CHIC Location: Local 14, C. C Plaza, Urb. Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 610 10 28 43, bettinachic.com

FASHION VILLA Location: Paseo de Suiza, Elviria, Tel. 952 85 05 01 GUNNELS Calle Dublin 21, Pol. Ind. San Pedro 29670 Tel. 952 78 56 02 gunnelsfashionmarbella.co,

MARBELLA CARPETS Location: Edif. Casablanca, Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe Tel. 952 773 765 marbellacarpets.com MARBELLA DRESS COMPANY Available at Golden Tarts Puerto Banus, marbelladresscompany.com MINI MI Location: C.C La Colonia No22, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tel. 952 78 62 33 ROSATO COLLECTIONS Location: 40/ 41 Galerias de Paniagua, Sotogrande, Tel. 630 685 994 rosatocollections.com

HOT OFF THE PRESS Location: Calahonda Commercial Centre Unit 7, Calahonda Tel. 952 930 392 hotpgreen.com

SIMPLY LOVE DESIGNER Tel. 667 076 859 simplylovedesigner.com

MÁLAGA FASHION OUTLET Avenida de Velazquez, Malaga 29004 Tel. 952 00 02 33

TWIST BOUTIQUE Location: Centro Comercial La Colonia, San Pedro de Alcantara


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Cafes BELLARIA Location: Calle Azahar (next to Casino H10 Hotel), Marbella, Tel. 951 31 90 23. D’ALICIA Location: Centro Commercial El Pilar (opposite the Crowne Plaza Hotel) Estepona Tel. 952 823 761 DEZENTRAL Location: Calle las Malvas Ed. Online 19 -20, Marbella Tel. 952 81 86 48 NELI G’S Location: Complejo Los Palmeras de Benavista El Paraiso, Estepona, Tel. 952 928 576, neligs.com PAN Y MERMELADA Location: Urb. Marbella Real16, Avda. Bulevar Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, Marbella Tel. 952 86 63 23, panymermelada.com

PASSION CAFÉ Location: Calle Marqués del Duero, 68, Marbella, Tel. 952 78 03 44, passioncafe.eu/es STARZ Location: Avd Manotete, 60-61, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 81 63 13, starzmarbella.com TERRA SANA Location: Calle Las Malvas, Edificio On-Line, Local 8-9 Tel. 952 90 62 05 restaurantesterrasana.com ZEST Location: Avd. Manolete 1, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 951 31 91 51

Car dealerships F1 IMMO CAR GALLERY Location: Calle Pablo Ruiz Picasso s/n, Edif. Ferroman, San Pedro de Alcantara Tel. 952 799 260, F1cargallery.com

Car Rentals C. DE SALAMANCA Location: Ctra.N 340, Km.171, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tel. 952 78 52 50 ELEGANCE (AUDI) SAFA C/ Juan de la Cierva 7, Marbella, Tel. 952 77 10 97 EUROPCAR Tel. 902105055, europcar.com HARO Location: Urb El Pilar, Estepona, Tel. 952 883 122, haro-rentacar.com. MALAGA CAR Tel. 952 17 62 25, malagacar.com RACING LEGENDS Location: Urb. Nueva Andalucia Pol. Ind. Nueva Campana, nave 86, 29660 Marbella Tel. 637 93 79 59


Clubs

Delis

AQWA MIST Location: Beneath La Sala Tel. 951 506 248 aqwamistbanus.com

DELISH Location: Calle Las Malvas 12. 29660 Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 907 627 / 609 500 340 / 610 733 050 delishmarbella.com

LEMMON Location: Local 12, Puerto Deportivo, Marbella, Tel. 952 77 45 73. NEWS CAFÉ Location: Lugar Muelle de Ribera, Tel. 952 81 21 31 SEVEN Location: Avenida Muelle de Ribera, Puerto Banús, Tel. 672 70 20 85, sevenpuertobanus.es TIBU Location: Plaza Antonio Banderas, Puerto Banus, Tel. 952 81 09 18, tibubanus.com

KOBE Location: Plaza Las Orquideas 6 y 7, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 951 398 618 / 628 330 396 / 665 119 263 SALZILLO COFFEE AT DELICIAS DE LA HUERTA Tel. 968 26 12 12, cafes-salzillo.es

Drink Supplier BEERS WINES AND SPIRITS Calle Manuel Franco Cubeiro 28 Nave 4 Poligono Industrial El Pinillo Torremelinos, Tel:+34 952 373 233 bwsdrinksdistribution.com

D-WINE Location: Calle Norte 2, Marbella, (Take exit for Cortijo Blanco, immediately after the San Pedro) Tel. 952 81 44 46, d-wine.es MARBELLA WINE WAREHOUSE Tel. 638 161 514 / 951 894 026 isi-spain.com

Entertainment AVENTURA AMAZONIA Location: Avda. Valeriano Rodriguez Tel. 952 835 505 aventura-amazonia.com ESTUDIO61 Location: Calle Notario Luis Oliver 9, Tel. 672 296 074 estudio61.com FUNDACION PICASSO Location: Plaza de la Merced, 15, Málaga Tel. 951 926 060 fundacionpicasso.es

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Little Black Book HOUSES OF ART GALLERY Marbella Club Hotel Blv. Pr. Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Marbella, Tel. 952857196 PALACIO DE CONGRESOS MARBELLA Location: Calle Jose Melia 2 Tel. 952 828 244 marbellacongresos.com PEDRO SANCHEZ RIDING Location: Ctra. de Ronda Tel. 952 788 189 SALON VARIETES THEATRE Location: C/ Emanicipacion, s/n Fuengirola Tel. 952 474 542 salonvarietestheatre.com SELWO Autovia Costa del Sol, KM 162,500, Estepona, Tel. 902 19 04 82, selwo.es TEAM4YOU Location: Puerto Banus Tel. 619 987 093 team4you.es

Event Venues

Gardening

LE PAPILLON Location: Urbanización Marbesa (Exit Camping Marbella Playa) Carretera de Cádiz Km. 193 Marbella T: 952 834 113; restaurantepapillon.com

GARDEN CENTER LINDAVISTA Urb. Linda Vista s/n San Pedro de Alcántara (next to Mcdonalds Tel. 952 78 5206 grupolindavista.es

SALA BEACH Location: Urb. Marina Villa (beachside) Tel. 952 813 882 salabeachbanus.com THE COURTYARD MARBELLA Location: Carretera Ojen 2.8Km, enquiries@thecourtyardmarbella.com, thecourtyardmarbella.com TIKITANO Location: Urb. Guadalmansa, Ctra de Cadiz 340 – KM 164 Estepona. Tel. 952 798 449, tikitano.com VILLA DEL MAR: Loation: Marbella Club Hotel, Av. Alfonso de Hohenlohe Tel. 952 822 211 marbellaclub.com

Golf Courses ALOHA GOLF CLUB Location: Apdo. 141, Urb. Aloha Golf, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 812 388 clubdegolfaloha.com ATALAYA GOLF CLUB Location: Avda. de las Golondrinas, Estepona Tel. 952 882 812 atalaya-park.es CALANOVA GOLF CLUB Location: Urb. Calanova Golf Club Tel. 951 170 194 calanovagolfclub.com EL CHAPARRAL GOLF CLUB Location: Urbanizacion El Chaparral, N-340 KM 203, Mijas Costa Tel. 952 587 773, golfelchaparral.com


Tel: +34 952 92 95 78 | reservations@magnacafe.com | Calderón de la Barca s/n, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella | www.magnacafe.com

EL PARAISO GOLF CLUB CN 340, km 167, Estepona 296880 Tel. 952 883 835 elparaisogolfclub.com FINCA CORTESIN GOLF CLUB Location: Carretera de Casares s/n, Casares Tel. 952 937 883 fincacortesin.com FLAMINGOS GOLF CLUB Location: Ctra de Cadiz KM 166 Tel. 952 889 157 flamingosgolf.com LAURO GOLF 27 Location: Carretera de Malaga a Coin A-404, Alhaurin de la Torre Tel. 952 412 767 laurogolf.com LA CALA GOLF RESORT Location: Urb. La Cala Golf, Mijas Costa Tel. 952 669 000 lacala.com LA QUINTA GOLF ACADEMY Location: Urb. La Quinta Golf, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 902 204 208 laquintagolf.com

LOS NARANJOS GOLF CLUB Location: Plaza Cibeles, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 815 206 losnaranjos.com

SANTANA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Ctra la Cala – Entrerrios, Mijas Costa Tel. 902 517 700 santanagolf.com

MARBELLA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Ctra de Cadiz, N-340 KM 188 Tel. 952 830 500 marbellagolf.com

VALDERRAMA GOLF CLUB Location: Avenida de los Cortijos, San Roque Tel. 956 791 200 valderrama.com

MONTE PARAISO Location: C/ Camino de Camojan s/n, Sierra Blanca Tel. 952 822 781 monteparaisogolf.com

Gyms and Tennis Clubs

SAN ROQUE CLUB CN 340, Km 127, 11360 San Roque, Cádiz, Tel. 956 61 30 30, sanroqueclub.com

DYNAMIC TRAINING CENTRE Location: Ctra de Istan, Centro Comercial Le Village Tel. 952 775 021 dynamicmarbella.com GLOW WELLNESS & FITNESS

SANTA MARIA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Urb. Elviria, Ctra. Cadiz-Malaga, KM 192, Elviria Tel. 952 831 036 santamariagolfclub.com REAL CLUB DE GOLF GUADALMINA Urb. Guadalmina Alta, A-7, Km.170, San Pedro de Alcántara, Tel. 952 88 33 75, guadalminagolf.com

Location: Avenida Playas del Duque, Edificio Sevilla, Puerto Banus Tel. 952 908 507 glowplayasdelduque.com

QI SPORT Location: Inside Urb. La Alzambra, Puerto Banus Tel. 952 907 090 qi-sport.com

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NCT Location: Urb. Monte Paraiso Golf Tel. 952 866 843 nctmarbella.com MGM Gym Location: Avenida de Manolete 10, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 817 219 mgm.com.es

Interior Design Houses AMBIENCE DESIGN Location: Ctra. Ronda, La Cancela De La Quinta, Edificio 3 Local 3.2b Tel. 952 788 691 ambiencehomedesign.com ANDALUCIA GLASS & STEEL Location: CC. Aloha, Avenida del Prado, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 81 04 43, andaluciaglass.com COCINAS PLUS Location: La Cala de Mijas Showroom, Bulevar de La Cala, Local 1, Mijas-Costa Tel. 952 58 77 59, cocinasplus.com

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DESIGN BY PENANC Tel. 619 342 043 penanc.com DESIGN SPACE Location: Avda. De Salamanca, Urb. Nueva Andalucia, Edif El Mirador, local 6, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tel. 952 799 440, designspace.es

MESSEG DESIGN Location: C/Aluminio 6, Poligono Industrial La Hermita Tel. 952 857 439 messegdesign.com LA CASA BLANCA Location: La Colonia, Exit San Pedro, next to McDonalds, Tel. 952 78 91 98

FOC DESIGN Av. Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, 16 Nueva Andalucía info@wearefoc.com T. 952 817 129 focdesign.es

LOFT & ROOMERS Location: Oasis Business Center, Ctra. De Cadiz km 183, Golden Mile, Marbella Tel. 952 77 21 39

G VEGA CERAMIC Location: Polígono La Campana Nva Andalucía Tel. 952 816 848 gvega.com

MARBELLA CARPETS Location: Edificio Casablanca, Golden Mile, Tel. 952 77 37 65, marbellacarpets.com

INDIA EXOTICA Location: Calle Fragua 43, Marbella Tel. 952 778 500 indiaexotica.com

MOBILE & DISEÑO Location: A7 – Km. 189, 5, Marbella, Tel. 952 83 76 01, mobiledis.com

JENSEN BEDS Location: Poligno Nueva Campana 23, Nueva Andalucia, tel. 952 90 88 55, jensen-beds.com

POSH Location: Urb. Panorama, Loc. 17, Marbella, Tel. 951 38 81 00, poshmarbella.com


Little Black Book RDMCs Location: Camino de Coin, Mijas Costa, Tel. 952 47 79 63, rdmcsglass.com

SPECSAVERS Location: Avd. Ricardo Soriano, 12, Tel. 952 863 332, specsavers.es

ROCHE BOBOIS Location: Centro Comercial Torre Real, Marbella, Tel. 952 77 78 58, roche-bobois.com

OPTIPRIX C.C La Canada, 30, Marbella, Tel. 952 82 03 56

THE FIRE PLACE Location: Local 7, Calle Zinc, Edf La Marina, Marbella, Tel. 951 89 82 50, thefireplaceshop@gmail.com UNIQUE FIRES Tel. 951 16 13 11, unique-fires.com NALIPEMI Tel. 660 676 322 nalipemi@gmail.com

Opticians ÓPTICA MARBELLA Location: Avda. Ricardo Soriano 21, Marbella, Tel. 952 77 46 24

Pets ADANA Location: Camino Padre Cura, Urb. Huerta Nueva, 14 Tel. 952 113 467 adana.es CLÍNICA VETERINARIA ZARPAS Y BIGOTES Location: Urb. Marbella Real, 13 Tel. 952 857 863/ 659 069 000 zarpasybigotes.com FAMA Location: Camino de Campanallas Tel. 620 354 885 famaspain.com MOBILE VET Location: Calle Santa Lucia, 23, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tel. 952 78 07 33, mobile-vet.com

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POINTER VETERINARY CLINIC Location: Nueva Andalucía and Estepona Tel. 952 906 626 / 952 804 165 pointerclinic.com TRIPLE A Location: Ojen Road, up from La Canada Tel. 952 771 586 aaahelps.com

Photographers & Artists ANNA GAZDA Tel: 633 654 476; limelight.pl DAVID TOMS Tel. 690 65 61 20, davidtoms-weddings.com DWC PROPERTY PHOTOGRAPHY Tel. 603 54 68 60, dwcpropertyphotgraphy.com IMAGE GURU Tel. 662 434 400 peter@imageguru.es, imageguru.es


Little Black Book JAYDEN FA Tel. +350 54000029, jaydenfa.carbonmade.com JEREMY STANDLEY Tel: 607 717 565; jeremystandley.com JB FORT jbfort.com MARIA CARRERA Tel. 605 97 87 84 / 619 25 89 86 mariacarrera.es OWEN FARELL Tel: 670 664 341, (+35) 387 268 28 32 owenfarellphotography.com NANI & ANTONIO PEREZ nanideperez.com, vimeo.com/antoniodeperez, Tel. 615 31 44 46 REYNARD PRODUCTIONS Tel. 673 505 838, info@reynardproductions.com

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SOL WEDDING Tel: 678 486 069; solwedding.com

Property Developers AMBIENCE DESIGN Location: Ctra. Ronda, La Cancela De La Quinta, Edificio 3 Local 3.2b Tel. 952 788 691 ambiencehomedesign.com FOC DESIGN Av. Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, 16 Nueva AndalucĂ­a info@wearefoc.com T. 952 817 129 focdesign.es QUAY PROPERTY GROUP Location: Mellior Vasari La Alzambra Local 3-1, Puerto Banus Tel. 951 319 728 quaypropertygroup.com

Radio SPECTRUM 90.4 FM Location: Centro Comercial Diana Blq 3

Local 27 y 28, Urb. Nueva Atalaya, Estepona, Tel. 952 90 50 00, spectrumfm.net TALK RADIO 91.9FM Tel. 952 799 953, talkradioeurope.com

Real Estate Offices CORTIJO DEL MAR Location: Ctra N-340 Salida C.C Diana, Calle Alqueria, Estepona Tel. 952 904 035 cortijodelmar.com CHESTERTONS AFFINITY affinityspain.com Tel: 952 812 897 EXCLUSIVE MARBELLA ESTATES exclusive-marbella.com FINE & COUNTRY Location: Marbella Club Hotel Boulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Marbella Tel: +34 952 764010, marbella@fineandcountry.com fineandcountry.es


PRIME PROPERTY MARBELLA Tel. 951 082 367 primepropertymarbella.com

SAN PEDRO

PROPANA GROUP +34 600 971 295 info@propanaholdings.com

ALBERT Y SIMON Urbanización Nueva Alcántara Edificio Mirador, Bloque 4-B San Pedro Marbella Tel: 952 78 37 14. albertysimon.com

Restaurants CASARES FINCA CORTESIN EL JARDIN Location: Carretera de Casares S/N Tel. 952 937 800, info@hotelcortesin. com fincacortesin.com

International

C’EST LA VIE Location: Avenida Las Palmeras 15 Tel. 952 783 394, c-estlavie.es PASSION CAFE Centro Comercial La Colonia, San Pedro de Alcantara. Tel: 952 781 583 passioncafe.eu

BENAHAVIS Indian MASALA Location: C. Com, El Pilar, Local 2 Tel. 900 525 801 masalamarbella.com Italian LA FIORENTINA Centro Comercial El Pilar, Local 11 (opposite the Crowne Plaza) Estepona Tel. 952 885 765 lafiorentina.com.es Authentic Italian cuisine in welcoming surroundings. International HEAVEN BEACH BAR Location: Playa de Guadalmansa km. 164, Estepona, Tel. 659, 220 570, heavenbeachclub.com TANINO Location: Calle Pino Real, 5 Saladillo Benamara, Benahavis Tel. 952 883 259, tanino.es PEGGOTTY´S Location: Benavista, Urb.El Pilar, Benapilar locales 8-10, Exit Km 168 (opposite the Crowne Plaza Hotel) 29680 Estepona. Tel. 95 288 36 66

MR. BURGER Avenida Luis Braille no 20 San Pedro de Alcántara Tel. 952 785 257 mrgourmetburger.com Spanish EL RINCON DE LA SALA Location: Calle Marques del Duero, San Pedro Tel. 951 506 249 lasalasanpedro.com The first of a hybrid venue for La Sala, El Rincon de La Sala takes the irrevocable values of La Sala, including terraces and prime location, then overlays a more Spanish style of cuisine and atmosphere. ALABARDERO BEACH CLUB Urb. Castiglione s/n San Pedro de Alcantara T. 952 780 552 grupolezama.es/portal/alabarderobeach-club PUERTO BANÚS American HARD ROCK CAFÉ Location: Calle Ramón Areces Esquina Marina Banús Tel. 952 908 024 hardrock.com JACKS AMERICAN BRASSERIE Location; Calle Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Marbella. Tel: 952 813 625 metrogrupo.com

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Italian CARPACCIO Location: Muelle Ribera, Casa M Local 20, Tel. 952 813 357, carpacciobanus.com PIZZERIA PICASSO Location: C/ Muelle Ribera
 Local 48 / 49 Tel. 952 813 669 pizzeriapicasso.com Extremely popular restaurant, serving classic Italian dishes. Fast service, perfect for all ages.

and beach club located in the heart of Puerto Banus, offering traditional French cuisine with a Mediterranean twist, and a selection of Asian specialties. THE GRILL HOUSE Location: C.C. Cristamar, local 32 Tel. 951 319 842, grillhouse.es

ARABIA Location: Front Line Puerto Banus, bluegourmet.es

SALA BY THE SEA Location: Urb. Marina Villa (beachside) Tel. 952 813 882 salabeachbanus.com Luxurious Balinese setting with an al fresco restaurant serving an appetising selection of dishes ranging from fresh seafood platters to Thai fusion cuisine, sushi, creative salads and lighter dishes.

International

Oriental

EL GRAN GATSBY Location: Puerto Banus elgrangatsby.com A vanguard concept of the Mediterranean kitchen in the best spot of Puerto Banús, offering you an author’s kitchen with magnificent views over the Mediterranean sea

NAGA THAI Location: C.C. Cristamar Tel. 952 815 319 naga.es Wide range of exquisite and exotic dishes enjoyed in stylish surroundings. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Takeaway and full catering service also available.

INFUSCHIA Location: Plaza Antonio Banderas, (Within the club Tibu Banus), Puerto Banus. Tel. 952 815 325, tibubanus.com/ infuschia

THAI GALLERY Location: Puerta de Banus Tel. 952 818 392 thaigallery-restaurante.com Creative Thai cuisine with professional service and lively atmosphere. Open daily for dinner.

Lebanese

LA SALA BANUS Location: Calle Belmonte Tel. 952 814 145 lasalabanus.com La Sala offers eight individually styled settings to suit whatever mood you are in – for breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon drinks with friends, evening cocktails or private business meetings. OLD JOY´S PUB Location: C/Muelle Ribera, Lc. 58-59 Puerto Banús, Marbella Tel. 952 84 283 OCEAN CLUB Location: Avda. Lola Flores Tel. 952 908 137 oceanclub.es Luxurious beachfront restaurant

NUEVA ANDALUCIA French LE DISCRET Location: Av. del Prado. Urb. Los Naranjos Country Club, lediscret.com Indian BOLLYWOOD RESTAURANT Location: Urb. Fuente Aloha Tel. 952 906 748 Exotic blend of fantastic fragrant food, with an ambiance inspired by rich culture, all topped off with excellent service.


International

Oriental

D-WINE Location: Calle Norte 2, Marbella, (Take exit for Cortijo Blanco, immediately after the San Pedro) Tel. 952 81 44 46, d-wine.es

ASIATICO ZEN Location: Calle Lirios s/n T el. 952 817 691

GUEY Location: Plaza de las Orquideas, 4, 29660 Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 92 92 50, gueymarbella.com THE FRESH FOOD CAFÉ Location: Urb. Los Naranjos de Marbella Tel. 952 907 364 thefreshfoodcafe.es Fresh food, simple ingredients, always freshly prepared to order. MAGNA CAFÉ Location: Magna Marbella Golf Tel. 952 929 587 magnacafe.com Exquisite cuisine in stunning surroundings. Bar and large terrace with breathtaking views. NUEVA CAMPANA Location: Avenida de Miguel de Cervantes, No. 68,La Campana Tel. 952 814 041 nuevacampana.com STARZ MARBELLA Location: C.C. Centro Plaza Tel. 952 816 313 starzmarbella.com International food with all-day breakfast and extensive lunch menu. Open Monday to Saturday 8.30am-5pm. Free wifi. YANX CAFÉ Location: Centro Plaza Tel. 952 818 861 cafeyanx.com A prized location and lively atmosphere make this a great choice all-round. Italian REGINA’S Location: Near Andalucia Plaza Tel. 952 814 529 Elegant surroundings with high-quality Italian dishes ranging from traditional to creative.

SENSATIONS DELI & SUSHI Location: Av. Manolete, 20 Tel. 952 814 964 sensationsdeliandsushi.com Innovative and tantalising sushi creations at competitive prices. TUK TUK Location: Urb. Aloha Gardens Tel. 951 279 188 GOLDEN MILE International CAFÉ PUENTE Location: Hotel Puente Romano Tel. 630 962 852 puenteromano.com Conventional cuisine in stunning surroundings, with typically Spanish dishes cooked in traditional wooden ovens. MC CAFÉ Location: Marbella Club Hotel Tel. 952 822 211 marbellaclub.com Creative and affordable fine dining open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. PLAZA VILLAGE Location: Puente Romano Hotel Tel. 952 820 900, puenteromano.com SMALL WORLD CAFÉ Location: C.C. Le Village Tel. 952 771 046 smallworldcafe.com Small World Café is a cool, contemporary restaurant where diners can enjoy lazy breakfasts, a quick bite for lunch or a relaxed dinner from the simple yet creative menu. SUITE Location: Hotel Puente Romano Tel. 952 820 900 suiteclubs.com Stunning restaurant and lounge serving superb Moroccan and


Mediterranean cuisine in luxurious surroundings. VILLA TIBERIO Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 771 799 villatiberio.com Highly popular restaurant set within stylish surroundings; al fresco at it’s best. Indian CHOWKA Location: Bulevard Principe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, 11 Tel. 952 900 380 chowka-marbella.com MASALA MARBELLA Location: Ctra. Cadiz Km.179 (opposite Marbella Club) Tel. 952 857 670 masalamarbella.com TAJ MAHAL Location: C/ Jazmines 17 Local 1 Tel. 952 814 719 tajmahalmarbella.com Exotic Indian cuisine, perfect for intimate dining and takeaway. Oriental NAMAZAKE Location: Hotel Puente Romano Tel. 630 952 852 Prime Japanese restaurant over-spilling onto the Hotel Puente Romano courtyard, adjacent to Suite. SUKHOTHAI Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 770 550 sukhothai-restaurante.com Fabulous Thai cuisine with intimate surroundings and cosmopolitan décor.

BECKITT’S Location: Calle Camilo José Cela, Nº 4 Tel. 952 868 898, beckittsmarbella.com GARUM Location: Paseo Maritimo Tel. 952 858 858 garummarbella.com Great for drinks, snacks and a la carte dining. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. NUEVA KASKADA Location: Urb. La Montua, Calle Chorreadero, Marbella Tel. 952 864 478 nuevakaskada.com Open everyday from 7pm, enjoy fresh cuisine on their vast terrace. PACO JIMENEZ CULINARY ART RESTAURANT Location: Plaza de los Naranjos, 11 (Orange Square, 11) Marbella Centre Tel. 952 77 36 10 / 627 625 952 PAELLA’S Y MÁS Location: Calle Jacinto Benavente 33, Entrance Ricardo Soriano 40, 29601 Marbella, Tel. 952 82 25 11, restaurantepaellasymas.com THE ORANGE TREE RESTAURANT Location: Plaza General Chinchilla, (right off Orange Square), Marbella Centre Tel. 952 924 613 YAMAS MARBELLA Location: Avenida Miguel Cano, 6, Marbella Centre. Tel. 952 903 827

TAI PAN Location: Puente Romano Tel. 952 777 893 taipan-restaurante.com MARBELLA International

EAST OF MARBELLA International ALBERT´S BAR & GRILL CABOPINO Location: Puerto Cabopino, Edf. B, Lc. B5 Tel. 952 836 886


COCINA MEDITERRÁNEA & LOUNGE DANCE BAR

Reservations: 951 77 87 97 | www.elgrangatsby.com Muelle de honor S/N Edificio del Mar, Puerto Banús. Marbella Complimentary parking for two hours in Playas del Duque

DON QUIJOTE Urbanizacion El Rosario, Marbella 29604 Tel. 952 83 47 48 restaurantedq.es

luxurious beach club surroundings either

METRO RISTORANTE ITALIANO

on he palm-shaded al fresco terrace, or

Puerto Marina, C/Dársena de Levante,

from on the oversized beach beds.

Lc. A2, Tel. 952 446 460

LA DESPENSA DE ALANDA

MIJAS COSTA

Location: Carretera de Cadiz Km 192, Elviria. Tel. 952 768 150

International

restaurante@alandaclubmarbella.com

Schools ATALAYA SCHOOL

EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL

Location: Calle Pico Alcazaba 24-28.

THE MAIRENA LODGE

& RESTAURANT

Urbanización El Marqués. Estepona. Tel.

Location: Altos de Elviria,

Location: Miraflores

952 003 171

Urb. La Mairena,

Tel. 952 587 637

colegioatalaya.es

Tel. 952 85 20 03

El Oceano is an oasis of laid-back luxury, privately owned and operated, where

MARBELLA DESIGN ACADEMY

THE BEACH HOUSE

guest comfort and satisfaction is para-

Location: Camino Hoyanca, Monda, Tel.

Location: frontline beach Elviria

mount. The three restaurants serve up flaw-

952 45 70 90,

Tel. 952 839 458

less food and the views are breathtaking.

designschool.com

BENALMADENA

MARBELLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

thebeachhousemarbella.com Idyllic location by the sea with stunning sunsets over one of the Coast’s best

Location: Calle las Adelfas, 64

beaches. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

International

Tel. 952 78 73 79

NIKKI BEACH

GAUCHO GRILL

MAYFAIR INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

Location: Hotel Don Carlos

Puerto Marina, C/Dársena de Levante,

Location: Avda. De Las Golondrinas,

Tel. 952 836 239 nikkibeach.com

Lc. A20, Tel. 952 446 460

Atalaya Park, Estepona,

Nikki’s signature ‘global’ cuisine served in

Tel. 952 78 49 23, mayfairacademy.com

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Little Black Book INSTITUTO DE IDIOMAS CALIFA

info@5stardrycleaning.com

REYNARD PRODUCTIONS

Location: Conjunto Las Lolas, Local 2,

5stardrycleaning.com

Tel. 673 505 838,

Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 90 85 58, iiischools.com INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ESTEPONA

info@reynardproductions.com HELICOPTEROS SANITARIOS Tel. 952 81 67 67,

SERVIFONE

helicopterossanitarios.com

Telecom/IT company offering cheap

Location: KM 167 A7 Benavista

international calls servifone.com

(Opp. Crowne Plaza Hotel),

GILLIAN MCATEE VOCAL COACH

Tel. 952 884 789, marbellaschool.com

Tel. 603 54 73 25, gillianmacatee.com

SIMPLY GOLF HOLIDAYS Specialising in golf holiday packages in

SOTOGRANDE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

LÍNEA DIRECTA

Spain, Portugal and Turkey, bringing you

Location: Av. La Reserva S/N 11310

Insurance for your car, motorcycle, and

the best deals and the latest special of-

Sotogrande. Tel. 956 795 902, sis.ac

home. lineadirecta.com

fers. simplygolfholidays.com

MAID TO PERFECTION

SIMPLY SHUTTLES

Tel. 693 469 347 maidtoperfection.es

The Costa del Sol Transfer Company

Useful websites

Tel. 951 279 117 simply-shuttles.com

EXPLORE MARBELLA

MALAGA ENTRADAS

A comprehensive business directory with

Your one stop shop for event tickets on

SOCIETY MARBELLA

real reviews and daily deals.

the coast. malagaentradas.com

An extension of Society Marbella maga-

exploremarbella.com

zine with guest blogs and local event REDLINE COMPANY

FIVE STAR TINTORERIA

Tending to all your marketing needs.

Location: Calle Califa, Los Lolas, Bloque

redlinecompany.com

information. societymarbella.com TATTOO FASHION

C, Local 5, Nueva Andalucia.

Calle Jesus Puente 19B, Puerto Banus,

Tel: 951 31 99 58.

tel: 662 02 12 34, tattoofashion.es


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D-WINE THE BOSS OF THE BUNCH FOR BUSINESS LUNCHES

L

ooking Looking for a discreet destination to discuss a deal? Seeking somewhere sophisticated to schmooze a new client? Or perhaps you’re simply hungry halfway through the working day and hunting out a haunt to enjoy a tasty dish? Whatever the motive, D-wine can fulfil your needs. Launching a brand new lunch menu this month, D-wine - until now - has been known as a high-end restaurant and wine shop, boasting exquisite produce and flawless service. That will change slightly this month for the new lunch menu will offer a large choice of dishes from just €8. Each lunch dish can also be professionally paired with a glass of white, rosé or red wine for an additional €3-4.

Yes, the price is changing but all your favourite things about D-wine will, of course, remain the same. For example, the lunchtime dishes will still be made with locally sourced ingredients, fish will still be brought in fresh from the famed fish markets of Cadiz and Marbella and the meat chosen by the D-wine grill chef in MercaMadrid. Wine recommendations will still be offered with each dish and that flawless service which has become synonymous with D-wine will most definitely remain on point.

For a quick hour or 45-minute lunch break throughout the working day, look no further than the conveniently located D-wine. Much like the 4000 wines housed at D-wine, the restaurant has also struck the perfect balance that of unpretentious lunchtime cuisine combined with highly polished service. D-winecollection.es Centro Comercial Azalea, Nueva Andalucia 952 81 44 46

CAFÉ CULTURE

M

y favourite part of the day in Marbella is the morning. It’s before the heat of the sun has become too intense and you can take a moment to enjoy a coffee and a snack, confident in the knowledge that you still have the whole day ahead to carry out all your errands. My mornings will only be more glorious now that Kafe Katerina has opened its doors. Brand new, it has everything you could want from a café and more. Offering freshly baked pastries, fresh juices and – yes, you’ve guessed it - fresh coffee, Kafe Katerina is set to become a regular hang-out for Marbella locals. Alongside tasty milkshakes and crepes, there are also healthier options for fitness fanatics including porridge made with almond, soya or coconut milk. For those of you who are not early risers, do not fear as the café offers an all day English breakfast as well as a scrumptious lunch menu. Dishes include Lightly Smoked Salmon, Roasted Vegetable Salad and Duck Breast with Berry Sauce. Everything is available to take away if you are looking for lunch or a morning coffee on the run and the café also

welcomes larger groups celebrating a special occasion, such as a baby shower or birthday party.

Open Monday to Saturday, 8:30 – 5pm Aloha Gardens, Local 11, Avda Del Prado, Nueva Andalucia kafekaterina.com

Don’t just take our word for it, try it out for yourself!

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THE MARBELL A CLUB GOLF RESORT

Exclusive Golf Maximum 80 Tee Times Per Day Design by Dave Thomas Exceptional Course Layout Superb Service Stay in our hotels Marbella Club Puente Romano and benefit from courtesy green fee with us Marbella Club Golf Resort Km 3.7, Carretera de Benahavís, 29679, Benahavís, Marbella · Spain Telephone (+34) 952 880 608 marbellaclubgolf.com reserv.golf@marbellaclub.com


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L

ast month, Siesta Homes presented Campeones Juniors with their new football kits at the Instituto Mediteranneo in Estepona. The event was preceded by an opening ceremony, after which the boys displayed their football skills on the pitch.

VAMOS CAMPEONES!

Morten Remo founder of Siesta Homes explains, “Siesta Homes is assisting Campeones Junior with professional help, ranging from marketing and equipment to financial support and we are excited to witness our great champions flourish into the confident little winners they deserve to be!”

Campeones Junior was born from a father’s desire to see his child play in a football team. When he discovered that no one would take his child, due to lack of sporting ability, he decided to take matters into his own hands and hired a pitch, inviting children to play for free. Within minutes, children from all walks of life had approached him, all of them with one thing in common; they had all been rejected from football teams for various reasons ranging from poverty to family problems. Many never thought they would ever be part of a football team.

G

Pablo Reinoso realised that there was a genuine need for these children to be incorporated into a team sport and to be valued, not just by their peers and the community, but more importantly by themselves.

For further information about Campeones Junior contact Eddie or Jess at Siesta Homes on + 34 952 828 443. siestahomes.com

THE MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH… GARUM!

arum Restaurant, located on Marbella’s busy Paseo Maritimo, has long been a favourite dining spot for local residents and tourists. Boasting sumptuous cosmopolitaninspired cuisine and unparalleled views of the Mediterranean Sea, the Garum team delivers a flawless experience for every guest.

There really will be no better place to be throughout autumn and winter for that special dining experience. garummarbella.com

However, to enjoy Garum at its best, we urge you to visit the restaurant on one of their special live music nights. Garum started welcoming live acts more than seven years ago, so the place is now widely known for its entertaining dinner shows. Spicing up any ordinary dining experience, especially throughout the winter months, couples and families can sit back and enjoy an entire evening of fun, dancing and good food. Garum offers a special four-course set menu for 38€ on these evenings, which includes a mixed starter plate, three main courses to choose from and a mixed dessert platter. Live music acts who will be gracing Garum with their presence include Carly, who performs both golden oldies and some newer hits and Monica Silverstrand, a professional Swedish singer who has travelled the world singing with famous stars like Celine Dion and Michael Bolton. Finally, Amanda Rosa, a classically trained singer with a vast repertoire, sings everything from jazz, blues, swing, rock, opera and Broadway classics.

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A SECRET TOO GOOD TO KEEP

F

rench restaurant ‘Le Discret’, located on a beautiful tree lined street in Nueva Andalucia, is a firm favourite with the SOCIETY Marbella team. When print deadline is upon us and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything finished, we often find ourselves stopping by Le Discret for a quick soup, quiche and to replenish our thought processes. We were therefore delighted to hear that the team is introducing an Autumn/ Winter repertoire. The new menu features many of the classic French dishes that guests have come to expect from Le Discret, such as Foie Gras and Sole Meuniere. However, there are some welcome new additions, which will be ideal for the slightly cooler winter season. Perhaps a warming French Onion Soup

Lediscret.com Avenida del Prado, Nueva Andalucia T.+34 952 929 321

LIFE IN THE FAST LANE

T

he Hayabusa III International Meeting 2014 took place last month. The 32 motorcyclists came from various European countries including France, Portugal and Spain,

tackling routes around Casares, Sotogrande and Ronda. The threeday event finished at the prestigious Ascari Racetrack, dubbed ‘the most spectacular in the world’. For further

FINE WINE TASTING AFTERNOON

W

ine lovers gathered together for a special tasting afternoon at La Sala in Puerto Banús last month. Guest speaker Maria Nieto, who is a sommelier at the Comenge Bodega, told guests about the distinctive characteristics of the exceptional Ribera del Duero grape. The following wines were enjoyed during the afternoon event - Comenge Verdejo 2013, Biberius 2013, Comenge 2009

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tickles your fancy or maybe the hearty Seafood Cassolette would be your winter dish of choice? The very reasonable three-course set menu is a further reason why you should make a visit to Le Discret in the coming months. Enjoy a starter, main and dessert plus a glass of house wine all for just €15. The only negative we can think of is that Le Discret will soon be Marbella’s worst kept secret!

and Don Miguel Comenge 2010. The Sala team was also on hand to offer some tasty nibbles to accompany the wines. lasalabanus.com

information about the motorcycle club visit: facebook.com/hayabusaclubmarbella


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