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Somehow, it’s November and 2019 has nearly come to an end. How did that happen? As we bid a fond farewell to October, and welcome some much needed rainfall, we turn our attention to November. The days may be shorter and the weather not quite so warm but the traditionally quiet run up to Christmas appears it’s set to be anything but quiet here in Marbella. This issue’s cover star is the stunningly beautiful and talented Scarlett Johansson, plus did we mention she ranked first in 2018’s Forbes list of top-earning actresses, raking in 40.5 million dollars last year, so she is obviously doing something right! We all love a dose of celebrity gossip, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are rarely out of the media spotlight now, to learn more about Meghan and Harry’s American getaway and see which A-listers have recently said I do turn to this month’s celebrity spotlight. With these cold nights becoming more regular, what could be better than a movie night at the cinema. The highly-anticipated Frozen sequel sees the return of Anna, Elsa and all their friends and is one the whole family can enjoy or if you’re heading out child free, The Aeronauts re-unites Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones with on-screen chemistry that’s hard to beat. Plus, the latest Charlie’s Angels flick sees the next generation of fearless, highly trained women take flight. With director Elizabeth Banks at the helm this is a movie embracing women if there ever was one. As always, our fabulous contributors bring us a little bit of everything. Maria Erving is asking us to ask ourselves three revealing questions about our friendships, Joris Plu wants us to add a little bit of laughter to our day and holistic nutritionist and lifestyle cleanse expert, Elissa Goodman takes a detailed look at today’s Cryotherapy trend. Plus, Freelance writer and mother of three, Victoria Wood shares with us a series of parenting books that may just change the way you see your children. We all know parenting is a scary world, with no official guidelines but these groundbreaking and insightful suggestions should be on your list for a little helping hand. All this plus motoring author, racing driver and photo journalist, Ian Kuah continues to enjoy experiences most of us would kill for, reporting on the latest supercar, McLaren GT. ‘Til next time, Andy Clark

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Born Scarlett Ingrid Johansson on November 22, 1984 in New York City, Scarlett comes from a long line of creative artists. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from a Jewish family from the Bronx and her father, Karsten Johansson is a Danish-born architect from Copenhagen. A twin, her brother, Hunter Johansson, was born three minutes after her.


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I went through this realization that acting, at its heart, is the ability to manipulate your own emotions. to the top spot in Forbes' ranking of the world's highest-paid actresses in the summer of 2018.

Scarlett began acting as a child when her mother started taking her to auditions. She made her first professional acting debut at the age of eight in an off-Broadway production of ‘Sophistry’ with Ethan Hawke, at New York’s Playwrights Horizons. Minor movie rolls followed including fantasy comedy North in 1994, Just Cause is 1995 playing the daughter of Sean Connery’s character and If Lucy Fell in 1996 but it was the movie The Horse Whisperer starring Robert Redford and Kristin Scott Thomas that brought her critical acclaim at the tender age of 13. Her portrayal of a young amputee won her many fans and her co-star Redford described her as ’13 going on 30’. The following year she appeared in My Brother the Pig and starred in the music video for Mandy Moore’s single ‘Candy’. In 2003 Scarlett was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, one for Girl with a Pearl Earring and one for Lost in Translation alongside Bill Murray where she played a woman visiting Tokyo who forms an unlikely relationship with a much older man. She went on to star in, In Good Company and A Love Song for Bobby Long opposite John Travolta which garnered her third Golden Globe Award nomination. Woody Allen’s Match Point in 2005 was her next nomination before turning her hand at music in 2008 with her album, ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’, a collection of Tom Waits covers and featuring one original song. In the

same year she starred in Frank Miller’s The Spirit, teamed up again with Woody Allen for, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and played Mary Boleyn opposite Natalie Portman in The Other Boleyn Girl. But it didn’t stop there, as an engagement and marriage to Canadian actor, Ryan Reynolds, whom she had been dating for a year, finished the year in style. In 2009, Johansson took on a new career challenge with her Broadway debut in a revival of Arthur Miller's drama A View from the Bridge opposite Liev Schrieber. Johansson earned positive reviews for her convincing performance as Catherine, a teenage girl who is raised by her aunt and uncle. For her work on the show, she won a Tony Award but then returned to the big screen with the romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You. Iron Man 2 followed in 2010; the action flick became one of the summer's biggest blockbusters and set the stage for her role in numerous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The comedy drama We Bought a Zoo and Hitchcock continued her success in the subsequent years before the mega-hit The Avengers, where she appeared as Black Widow alongside Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Chris Evans as Captain America. Scarlett continued her high-profile role for a string of Marvel blockbusters, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014, Avengers: The Age of Ultron in 2015, Avengers: Infinity War in 2018 and Avengers: Endgame in 2019. Her involvement in the franchise proved highly lucrative, fuelling her rise

In December 2010, Scarlett and Ryan announced that they had divorced. After the split, Scarlett was romantically linked to actor Sean Penn, the pair holidayed and attended actress Reese Witherspoon’s wedding together in March 2011. Later that year she found herself at the centre of a nude photo scandal where photos were leaked from her mobile phone. The FBI initiated an investigation to find the individual behind the leak. In September 2013 a representative confirmed that Scarlett was engaged to journalist Romain Dauriac. The pair announced the arrival of their baby daughter, Rose, in 2014 before marrying a month later in Philipsburg, Montana. Sadly, the relationship didn’t last with the couple divorcing in 2017. Alongside the The Avengers hits, Scarlett continued her success with roles in Chef alongside Robert Downey Jr and Sofia Vergara, Luc Besson’s science fiction action film, Lucy and voiced Kaa in Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book and as Ash in the animated musical comedy film, Sing. Her 2017 credits included Rough Night and Ghost in a Shell where she portrayed a cyborg woman who battles criminals and last year saw Isle of Dogs, Marriage Story and JoJo Rabbit added to her list of achievements. The Avengers success continued throughout this year and the actress will reprise her role as Black Widow in her own upcoming solo prequel film in 2020. To date her films have grossed over $5 billion in North America and over $14.3 billion worldwide, making Scarlett the third-highest-grossing box-office star of all time both domestically and worldwide, proving once and for all, that she is much more than just a pretty face.


y a w a t e AMERICAN G T he Duke and Duchess of Sussex are planning a six week break for ‘much needed family time’ in the USA. This news comes after an outpour of support for the couple following an interview with the Duchess discussing the hardships of motherhood. #WeLoveYouMeghan


became the top trending hashtag with fans offering positive messages in the wake of the Duchess’s recent media scrutiny. This came after Meghan revealed that it has been a ‘struggle’ to be in the intense spotlight as she adjusted to being a new wife, mother and member of the royal family.


arbella regulars Gemma Collins and James Argent recently had a scare when Gemma called 999 over fears her on-off boyfriend had ‘overdosed’. James, who has previously attended rehab for drinking and depression, was thought to have collapsed when his parents were unable to get into his house, where he lives alone. Friends have revealed, “Gemma raised the alarm because after hearing from his mum and dad she thought the worst. When paramedics turned up and couldn’t get in everyone was beside themselves. It took the quick thinking of police to smash through the glass panel on his front door to undo the bolt and get in. Arg needs a wake up-call and hopefully this will be it.”





ennis Pro, Rafael Nadal has married his partner of 14 years, Mery Perello, at fortress, La Fortalez, in Mallorca. The original fort, which is now Spain’s most expensive property, was built in 1628 to defend Majorca against invaders. Mery wore a stunning longsleeved gown designed by internationally acclaimed bridal wear designer, Rosa Clara. She wore her brunette locks in soft curls with a classic veil matching her elegant bridal gown. Juan Carlos, the king of Spain from 1975 to 2014, was believed to have been in attendance, as well as Michelin-star chef, Quique Dacosta.

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ennifer Lawrence has tied the knot marrying her 34-year-old beau, Cooke Maroney. The two exchanged their vows at a star-studded ceremony with an audience including Adele, Kris Jenner, Ashley Olsen, Nicole Richie, Sienna Miller, Emma Stone, Any Schumer, Cameron Diaz and Joel Madden. The Rhode Island ceremony took place almost a year after the relationship was revealed to the world and was held at the Belcourt of Newport, an 1894 estate inspired by Louis XIII’s hunting lodge at Versailles. Talking previously of her now husband, Lawrence revealed, “Well, he’s just the best person I’ve ever met in my whole life. It was a very, very easy decision.” Congratulations to the happy couple!



rooklyn Beckham split with his model girlfriend, Hannah Cross, over the summer but the 20-year-old aspiring photographer didn’t stay single for long and is reportedly now dating actress Phoebe Torrance, who is five years his senior. The stunning brunette is believed to have worked as his mum, Victoria’s lookalike in the past. This hasn’t gone unnoticed, with the Brooklyn’s friends teasing him over how similar Phoebe and his famous mother look. Is someone a mummy’s boy?!


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Courage This month we welcome the twelfth English-language studio album by the iconic Celine Dion. Her first English album in six years, Courage is her first English release since the death of her husband, René Angélil, in 2016. The album is described as a mix of ballads and up-tempo tracks including songs, ‘Courage’, ‘Imperfections’, ‘Lying Down’ and ‘Flying on My Own’ and will explore new musical directions while also keeping the familiar style that Dion’s fans are used to. The title track is an anthem for strength though all life’s challenges with Dion singing, “Courage, don’t you dare fail me now. I need you to keep away the doubts. I’m staring in the face of something new. You’re all I’ve got to hold on to. So, courage, don’t you dare fail me now.”


Thanks for the Dance A collection of previously unheard Leonard Cohen material will be released as an album this month entitled, Thanks for the Dance. An album described by representatives for the late songwriter as “an unexpected harvest of new songs,” and “a continuation of the master’s work.” Cohen had asked his son, Adam, to complete the sketches left over from their prior collaboration on You Want It Darker, released in October 2016. Leonard died a month later, aged 82. Seven months after his father’s death, Cohen Jr began working on the material alone in a garage near his father’s old house, later inviting other contributors to be part of the process.


Lady Antebellum latest release, Ocean, is the trio’s first full length LP since 2017’s Heart Break and since departing from their longtime label Capitol Nashville. The album teams the trio with producer Dann Huff for the first time and marks their debut project with Big Machine Label Group. “It’s such a cinematic and theatrical melody with a message that became the cornerstone of this record for us,” Scott said in a statement. “Ocean is all of the things that we think and feel when we hear the word. This album is immersed in life stories about barely keeping your head above water all the way to those times that make you feel like everything is smooth sailing.”



Who has been announced as The Who’s first album in 13 years. “This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions,” shared Townshend. “There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice.” He added that, “Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are okay, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today.” Described by the band as their best album since Quadrophenia in 1973, this is one not to miss.




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Just after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones receives a letter learning not only the identity of her birth parents but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighbourhood, worth millions. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well and she is on course to meet them. Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy tenmonth-old baby cooing in her crib, but downstairs lay three dead bodies. The Family Upstairs tells us the story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest secrets.


The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky picks up where the New York Times bestselling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue leaves off as Monty and Percy fumble through


November has arrived and what better way to fill these cooler days than getting stuck into a can’t-put-it-down read. Here are our top pics for go-to novels this month.

their first time together. Now that they are finally a couple, Monty realises the most terrifying thing is getting together with the person you love. Will the romantic allure of Santorini make his first time with Percy magical, or will all the anticipation and build-up completely spoil the mood?


by Amélie Wen Zhao Blood Heir is the first book in an epic new series about a princess hiding a dark secret and the con man she must trust to clear her name for her father’s murder. When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life and to clear her name she must find her father’s murderer on her own.

THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, The Starless Sea is a timeless love story set in a secret underground world. A place of pirates,

painters, lovers, liars and ships that sail upon the starless sea. Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate in Vermont who discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. Entranced by its tails he is shocked to read something strange, a story from his own childhood. Bewildered and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues leading him to a doorway that leads far below the surface of the earth.


No one deserves a happy-ever-after quite as much as the second oldest Winston brother and his partner, Claire McClure. Cruelty and circumstance tore them apart almost twenty years ago. Secrecy and bitterness kept them separated. Billy Winston’s family are going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do. Well-meaning interference means the star-crossed lovers can’t stop tripping over each other, finding themselves thrown together at the mercy of the Winston siblings’ shenanigans. But will the meddling bring them together or push them apart?



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Starring: Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren This month Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen are paired together for the first time on the big screen in The Good Liar. McKellen stars as career con-man Roy who sets his sights on his latest mark; recently widowed Betty, worth millions. His intent is to take it all, but as the two draw closer and Betty opens up her life and home to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring for her, changing what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.


Starring: Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Toni Collette

With the trailer breaking Disney records, you could say the world is beyond excited for the highly anticipated return of Anna, Elsa and their friends from Arendelle. While the plot has been kept a close-guarded secret, we know that Frozen 2 tells the story behind Elsa’s powers and that along with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven she is sent out on a remarkable journey with the hope that her powers are enough.

This modern-day murder mystery pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.

THE AERONAUTS Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

Perfect for all the family Date night viewing Are you afraid of the dark?

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska

Laughing out loud Non-stop action One to keep your concentration


Director Elizabeth Banks takes the helm as the next generation of fearless Charlie’s Angels take flight. Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska star as Charlie’s Angels, working for the mysterious Charles Townsend, whose security and investigative agency has expanded internationally. With the world’s smartest, bravest, and most highly trained women all over the globe, there are now teams of Angels guided by multiple Bosleys taking on the toughest jobs everywhere.

Set in 1862, The Aeronauts follows the story of wealthy young widow Amelia Wren and ambitious scientist James Glaisher as they mount a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. This is a journey to the very edge of existence, where the air is thin and the chances of survival are slim. As their perilous ascent reveals their true selves, this unlikely pair discover things about each other, and themselves, that helps them find their place in the world they have left behind.



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TRADE WITH THE EXPERTS This month SOCIETY MARBELLA’s editor gets up close and personal with one of the founders of HiFX and gets to know the real Shaun and why he decided to launch his latest venture on our doorstep. Shaun why have you decided to launch Traders Club International here in Marbella?

Before his position as Chairman of Traders Club International, Shaun Taylor enjoyed an extensive and impressive career. From 1992-97 he managed 65 dealers as an equity trader for a London boutique stockbroker. In 1998, he launched HiFX plc which became one of the fastest growing companies in the UK. Over a 16-year period HiFX plc gained a world class reputation as the true alternative to the high street banks when making currency payments abroad. In 2014, HiFX plc was sold to Euronet a Nasdaq listed company for the sum of £145 million. Post the sale of HiFX Shaun has successfully bought and sold a number of property development projects both in the UK and Spain. In 2018, Shaun also became Chairman of Oceanline Marine, a highly successful independent yacht and chartered broking business in the Mediterranean.



I originally pioneered the concept of TCI when I recognised 92% of retail investors lose money trading, only 8% make money and of which 0.8% make most of the money. This is largely down to a lack of knowledge, experience and depth of understanding across a range of financial products. I then assembled a team of talented traders with a proven and accomplished track record spanning over 100 plus years in equities, bonds, forex and commodities while working for financial institutions, hedge funds and investment banks. At TCI we provide independent, unbiased market intelligence and pride ourselves in educating members to become superior traders in a world that operates 24 hour a day. Our goal is to guide members to become one of the 8% of smart investors that consistently make money. We offer a unique, unparalleled level of education in an academy of trading excellence delivered by market experts that make money. At TCI we passionately care about our members trading successfully. Our team of talented traders help members make informed, educated decisions about when, why and how to trade utilising simple, effective risk management strategies.

At a cost of only €500+IVA per month members receive the following benefits from joining our exclusive lifestyle trading floor here in Marbella. • Contemporary Trading Room tastefully designed with world class finishes (indoor/ outdoor lifestyle trading) • Your own personalised Trading Desk with computer • High Speed Internet • Access to Reuters, Bloomberg, CNBC & other independent market information providers • Unlimited supply of refreshments, soft drinks, coffees & juices • Your own multilingual Personal Assistant to deal with your every need, from booking flights, hotel accommodation, restaurants & club bookings • Access to an incredible board room for market training and educational sessions delivered by our in-house market experts, trading mentors and analysts • Weekly educational training sessions on market movement, volatility, risk management strategies, timing of trade and execution. Trading strategies utilising market orders, non-emotive trading,

What is your vision and plan to grow Traders Club International? We have a vision and plan to open over 100 trading floors all over the world in the next 5 years and build an online community in excess of 100,000 subscribers.

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charting and technical analysis along with fundamental market data analysis and interpretation. A focus on technical levels of support & resistance on an intraday, weekly & monthly basis. In addition, we educate you about Fibonacci, Elliot waves, Algorithm, market flows, patterns, statistics and above all confidence and psychology of trading • Lifestyle Trading Floor - Trade when there are opportunities and when it suits you • Gain Access to our live unlimited Educational Trading Signals, delivered by our in house, independent trading experts, market analysts and trading mentors. • Access to our exclusive trading platforms with institutional pricing delivering tangible and transparent savings on all transactions. • Access to our Live Squawk, an audio news service for traders providing up-tothe-second market news. This helps our traders react quickly and confidently to global events. Live Squawk’s analysts monitor all major news wires, television channels, news websites, blogs and social media platforms for headlines with marketmoving potential. •The best performing trader within the first 12 months will be entitled to join the Executive Traders Club where you will be selected by the board of directors of TCI to actively manage our funds. •This talented trader will initially have £150,000 to actively trade on our exclusive trading platform. •The trader will be financially rewarded with 50% of the profits derived each financial year. • All trades will be published and we will announce all profit/losses and overall ROI per month/ per annum for transparency.



• At the end of each financial year and subject to performance, the board of TCI will look to potentially invest and back other talented traders. I am looking to find the next talented trader to manage our funds. How many members can join your trading floor in Marbella? There are only 24 exclusive members able to join our trading floor in Marbella. Membership is strictly on an invite only basis. The board carefully vet each potential member to ensure they are suitable likeminded individuals to work alongside our dedicated team of trading experts. What age groups are your members? They vary from our youngest member being only 17 years of age who is aspiring to become a successful trader, to individuals in their late 60’s who enjoy being able to socialise, network and discuss business and trading ideas on a lifestyle basis. Marbella is a very transient destination, one of the key benefits of our service is members come and go as and when they please.

We are planning to launch trading floors in London, Monaco, Dubai and Abu Dhabi by end of quarter 1 2020. I have challenged the board with some very exciting and ambitious growth plans in 2020... Watch this space! I am passionately excited about our journey, confident in the knowledge we can help educate and teach hundreds of thousands of individuals who desire to join our academy and learn how to trade successfully all over the world. Are you planning to hold educational seminars here in Marbella? Yes - we are working with ‘Owners Club’ at Puente Romano and plan to hold regular events about key financial topics that are of real interest to investors. What will you be sharing with us in our next issue? I can’t think of anything better right here right now than Brexit and the impact of the UK leaving the EU. Join Traders Club International today, if you want to be learn how to trade markets successfully by experts! Become an exclusive member of Marbella’s first educational trading academy! Are you one of the 92% of retail investors losing money trading, if so, why not join the 8% club that make money!

Is there an online version for the millennials wanting to learn how to trade successfully but unable to commit joining the trading floor? Yes - we offer an online version of our services with three different categories. You can join online and become a Junior Trader for only €50 per month or you can become and intermediate Trader for €100 or indeed if you are aiming to become an expert Trader you can pay €200 per month. For a limited time only, online members receive a 10% discount for subscribing for a minimum period of 6 months. If you subscribe for 12-month period we offer a 20% discount in order to build our community of active traders.

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HOW (AI) ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS TRANSFORMING TECHNOLOGY Artificial intelligence has been described as possibly the most astounding human creation yet, and it’s still being developed rapidly. By 2025, artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to become a $60 billion-dollar industry.


(ANI) Artificial narrow intelligence – This is the type of AI represents all the artificial intelligence we are surrounded by every day. Even the most complex AI bots falls into this category. Artificial narrow intelligence basically means that the AI system can only perform the specific tasks they are programmed to do and nothing more. Machine learning can be added into an AI algorithm to make ‘training’ of the machines possible without humans.


(AGI) Artificial general intelligence – AGI takes it to another level where the Artificial Intelligence has the ability to learn, understand and function completely like a human. These bots could independently build on their own competencies, replicating humans to make them just as multifunctional.


(ASI) Artificial superintelligence – This is the type of AI that is said to be a possible threat to humanity, or at the very least, our way of life. Think Terminator on steroids. Artificial superintelligence will not only be able to replicate the multifunctional intelligence of human beings, but it will do so with greater memory, faster speed, clearer analysis and better decision-making skills. Many of the world’s most intelligent people including Steven Hawking and Elon Musk, think it would be a bad idea to develop AI to this level.

n Deep Blue was the first ever AI robot, made in 1996. It was a chess-playing computer which won its first game against a World Champion in the same year. n The voices of AI assistants are almost always female! Whether it’s Alexa, Siri or Cortana, these AI bots were purposely built with female voices as studies suggested that both men and women preferred the female robotic voice compared to the male versions.





Yes Robo-journalism is a thing and there has already been a robot that wrote an article on an earthquake in California for the Los Angeles Times. When it comes to crime or weather stories, it can be far safer to use AI robots instead of actual humans to gather the information required and write it up into an article quickly. Robo-journalists can’t yet compete with humans on the quality of their writing, so human editors will always be needed. Rest assured, Society writers will always stay human!

The finance industry and artificial intelligence make a perfect match. As finance relies heavily on real-time reporting, accuracy, and processing of large volumes of data to make crucial decisions, artificial intelligence can save analysts hours of work. There are now automated advisors powered by AI, who are even capable of predicting the best portfolio or stock based on data by scanning millions of key data points in the market.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT Many businesses today are spending a huge amount of their resources on customer support, but this is changing rapidly as we see more and more online retailers use automated chatbot support on their websites. You would not guess the chatbots are not human and they can be just as efficient, if not more so than humans at finding answers to questions and providing support quickly. And they do so for a fraction of the cost of humans - harsh but true.

n In October 2017, an AI Robot called Sophia became the first robot to receive citizenship of any country, after being awarded Saudi Arabian Citizenship. n In 2017, Facebook was experimenting with teaching two chatbots, Alice and Bob, but the bots had to be shut down because they started spontaneously

TRAVEL & TOURISM SELF-DRIVING CARS Autonomous vehicles are said to be the future of transportation. They combine Artificial intelligence with sensors, sonar, cameras and software to control, navigate and drive the car. Self-driving technologies have already been developed by big names like Google, Tesla, Uber, Nissan and others. Partially autonomous vehicles require a human driver’s intervention, whereas a fully autonomous car may not even have a steering wheel! Autonomous vehicles with AI could cut transportation costs by as much as half, which could then potentially slash prices of food, postage and more. Not only that but if everyone had selfdriving vehicles, it could reduce road accidents by up to 90%.

talking to each other in their own language! n In 2019, Ai-Da (An AI Robot) named after Ada Lovelace (world’s first computer coder), became the first AI Robot Artist. n Artificial Intelligence does not possess emotional intelligence (at least for now).

As discussed in the UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations, organized by the World Tourism Organization, the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and the Digital Agenda of Spain, AI is at the forefront of plans for better travel and tourism. Artificial intelligence is already helping us reach our destination without us even noticing, but future plans include combining AI with other technologies like Blockchain, Cloud, and Internet of things, to create exceptional travel experiences, from reviews, booking, flights, hotels and excursions, to fully fledged AIpowered travel assistants.

As we can see, artificial intelligence is everywhere, not just in the form of robots, but right there in the apps and technology you use every day. Despite the initial slow progress of the technology, recent developments in AI mean that the technology we use could change more over the next decade than they have over the past 100 years!



These parenting books may change the way you see your children, Victoria Wood is a freelance writer and mother of three based in the south of Spain. Life for her is primarily based around a healthy diet, lifestyle and educating herself and those around her how to live well. Victoria has been a writer for the past twenty years and her work includes an environmental column, journalistic editorials and social media management. She is also a proofreader and editor, and is currently working on her first novel.

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We are always prepared to receive advice from those we trust, know and love, but venturing further afield, or even towards the world of therapy, often creates a fear that we are somehow failing, that to seek help reveals our weaknesses and that we can’t manage this alone. Well, guess what? Parenting is a scary world where there are no official guidelines, but to read up on subjects, to hear ideas and look into research and results from those who do the science and delve deeper into the psychology of different stages within a child, it helps. It helps us to create a deeper understanding of that younger person, why they are, what they are, and how they may be feeling when they present something entirely different or opposite. It isn’t admitting failure to seek help, it is admitting that you are willing to learn, understand and do your best! The following are incredibly insightful and groundbreaking parenting books that I have either read, been recommended to read or have on my list to read. Having children and knowing those children as well as knowing yourself as a parent is something to be proud of, not fearful of. You’ve got this!

B U D D H I S M F OR M OTHERS A calm approach to caring for yourself and your children, by Sarah Naphtali, embraces a different tack to most parenting books in that it addresses the spiritual needs of mothers, a concept which is often overlooked. The book takes the teachings of Buddhism and applies them to the ins and outs of raising children, the difficulties experienced by mothers, the challenges and the stresses it entails. There are techniques implied which when put into practice can help to approach motherhood with calmness and happiness. To take a journey inwards and explore that inner being, and find mechanisms with which to feel connected with the role of mother, to find the joys in those simple tasks and take parenting to a whole new, more manageable, deeper level.

THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD By Daniel J. Siegel M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson Ph.D. is an amazing book which outlines “12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind, survive everyday parenting struggles, and help your family thrive”. This is a practical guide which delves into the psyche of a child’s mind, looking at the scientific reasons why children act and react the way they do. It is a detailed and explanation of how a child’s mind is wired and how it matures. It explains that the “upstairs brain,” the part of our mind which deal with emotions and decision making is still ‘under construction’ until we reach our mid-twenties 38

and that in younger children the right side of the brain takes control and allows emotion to rule over logic. “Complete with clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles, and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives. Raise calmer, happier children using the twelve key strategies outlined in this incredible guide”, quote from

P EA C EFUL PA RENT, HAPPY KIDS A “groundbreaking guide to raising responsible, capable, happy kids”, by Dr. Laura Markham. Her simple and

clear message that “fostering emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting change. When you have that vital connection, you don’t need to threaten, nag, plead, bribe—or even punish” is based on extensive clinical research on the development of children’s brains. This guide offers parents step-by-step ways to relate to themselves emotionally in order to become capable to parent calmly, with empathy, understanding and healthy communication. This guide alleviates the struggles and helps to overcome parenting struggles by transforming the process into a positive, peaceful one.


‘WHAT TO EX P EC T ’ A series of books by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel,

were a great help to me when I was a first time mum. To have a simple, realistic handbook that lets you know what is happening and why at each stage throughout pregnancy and the early years is invaluable. They are comforting, detailed informative books which relate to real life and include personal anecdotes from other mothers as well as scientific facts. The range of books covers pregnancy, the first year, the second year, the toddler years, and what to eat when you’re pregnant, and have become the number one best-selling guides to parenting.

T H E T E E N A G E BRA IN A Neuroscientist’s survival guide to raising adolescents and young adults by Frances E. Jensen M.D. with Amy Ellis Nutt.

This can be a traumatic time for both parent and child, more often than not due to the clashing of personality, attitude and reactions between the two. It is a time of misunderstanding one another and so this guide can offer some extremely valuable scientific insight into the teenage brain. In The Teenage Brain, Dr. Jensen outlines astonishing findings that were only available if delving through medical or academic journals. It dispels the myth that was previously believed for many years that adolescents were in possession of a freshly adult brain, within recent years science has taken the new stance that the brain is in fact going through vitally important stage of development in these vulnerable years. If you want to get to the root of, know and understand the adolescent mind, this is the book for you.

TH E G I FT O F FA IL U R E How the best parents learn to let go so their children can succeed by Jessica Lahey. This book focuses on the reality that failure is

something essential and necessary for children to experience and come to terms with. That it should not be something which has a negative connotation, nor should it be something that parents fall over themselves to try to prevent a child from encountering. Understanding this and figuring out how to let that happen with your child’s best interests at heart is the root of this book. Basically the concept of overparenting needs to be quashed in order for children to have the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems. This book comes from the perspective of a middle-school teacher and offers insight into the fact that children thrive when they’re permitted to develop themselves. Lahey points out that “teachers don’t just teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. They teach responsibility, organisation, manners, restraint, and foresight—important life skills children carry with them long after they leave the classroom”, and with this in mind she offers the reader solutions and advice to help their child to tackle life for themselves and succeed.



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o the people you hang out with bring out the best in you, or the worst?

The signs can be subtle but the more aware you become about energy, the quicker you can tell if someone is friendship material or not. Some signs are very clear, like if you constantly feel you’re walking on egg-shells around someone, or if you feel you always have to explain yourself to your friends or you have to try to help them to understand you, which they never seem to be able to. Those kinds of signs are very clear indications that tell you that maybe it’s time to gracefully remove yourself from them and start seeking out other kinds of friends instead who ‘get you’ and with whom you can be yourself. The truth is that people either inspire you, or they drain you, and everybody that we choose to have around us and be with is always influencing us either negatively or positively. Just like you influence and affect the people around you. But that’s another article! The trick is to become aware of how people affect us emotionally and energetically and then release those from our lives that bring out the worst in us. Some people can trigger behaviours in us that are out of character, so pay attention if you, for


example, catch yourself gossiping about other people and are bad mouthing them when you’re with certain people. Or if you’re acting out of character somehow and can’t really explain why, then know that you’re being influenced by someone else’s energy and realize that some people just aren’t a very good match. Which is fine! It’s just a different vibrational frequency and that’s perfectly okay as we’re all different.

THERE ARE ALSO TIMES IN OUR LIVES WHEN WE NEED SOME SPACE TO GROW ON OUR OWN BEFORE WE CAN MEET UP WITH OUR OLD FRIENDS AGAIN The point is that when you become aware of acting out of character and you catch yourself doing or saying something that is not really ‘you’, then immediately take responsibility for your energy and actions. When you take responsibility you also take back your power and become the sole owner of your energy instead of giving it away to others or letting it be influenced by unfavourable energies. Here’s three revealing questions to ask yourself about your friendships that will help you see them, yourself, and your values in a clearer light.


Get clear on what your personaldefinition of friendships are



Finish this sentence by listing 5-8 things that immediately come to mind, without thinking too much or editing yourself. Just let the answers flow (I suggest you write them down). To me, friendships are a source of _______






Finish this sentence and list 5-8 things that immediately come to you. My ideal friendship is (with people who/with someone who) _______

Is there an alignment between what you value the most in a friendship and what you actually have in regard to the people you call your friends in your real life? Be honest with yourself and see if there’s a match between your friendship and your core values. For example; if you wrote that friendships are a source of support, laughter and fun, and that they are people/someone you can trust and be yourself with completely, now look at the reality of your relationships. Are they, in reality, a source of support, laughter and fun, etc. or is there most of the time a lot of drama going on between you, or maybe them not even fully accepting you as you are? When you do this exercise, you might even realize that you don’t even like some of your friends very much! Or it may dawn on you that maybe you’re not a very good friend yourself and that you can improve in that area and be more authentic or appreciative to the people you have in your life. To take this friendship evaluation exercise even further you can also become very clear about any deal-breakers, so you have that established for yourself too in the future.

Clarify your values Do this by first clarifying clearly for yourself the top 3-5 values that you want to have in common with your friends, and also a few (or a couple) of clear “deal-breakers”. You can do this with any love relationships too. Become clear about three top values you want to have in common with a potential partner, as well as three deal-breakers, and use them as guidelines when you meet new people. The important thing is to become clear about what you want and are looking for (in any kind of relationship) and then staying true to that. That way we can make better friendship and relationship choices in the future, and also become better friends ourselves and thus bring out the very best in each other! This is how you keep your vibe high and your tribe tight and your relationships aligned with higher values such as trust, love and respect.



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LAUGH TO LIVE LONGER Charlie Chaplin once said that a day without laughter is a day wasted. I suggest you read this again and don’t just try it, but do it every day. Make it your goal to laugh at least once a day.

“Laughter is, and will always be, the best form of therapy”

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"You don't stop laughing because you grow older. You grow older because you stop laughing"

Start with a little smile… If you have somehow lost your capacity for spontaneous laughter, start with a simple smile. Smile to yourself in the mirror. Smile at others around you. Laughter doesn’t come easily to everyone, but luckily the body can’t actually distinguish between real and fake laughter. So faking it has the same beneficial effect.

Laughter benefits the body and soul in many ways:

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• Boosts your immune system • Reduces blood pressure and anxiety • Relieves pain

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• Burns calories. Yes, laughter it’s the best work out, not only for our lungs. • Increases serotonin and endorphins in our brains • Relaxes muscles and eases tension in the body




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Laughing with oneself has a healing effect. It is said that Shakespeare himself wrote that laughing at your own mistakes can prolong your life.

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• Reduces the stress hormones in the body and eases feelings of depression • Increases connection with others • Boosts mood and confidence

Do you need another reason to laugh? Spread the word of laughter! Make it your daily commitment to add laughter in your life and to put laughter in the life of the people you interact with each day. See and feel how all those lives will change for the better. Drive in your car and start laughing out loud. Let people see you laughing. Some of them will start laughing to! How wonderful is that. You can make someone happy (and yourself) without even speaking one word. Teach your brain what happiness is, what laughter does to your brain.



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TOOTHS YER By Ian Greenland

I’ve not been to the dentist in four years. My last experience was enough to put me off for at least that long. Having had braces and several fillings as a kid, I was no stranger to the reclining chair, but I can’t say I was ever particularly fearful of it or that I fully appreciated others’ phobia.


s I got older and began to actually brush my teeth instead of just smearing them with sweets, my visits became more infrequent. Nevertheless, in 2015 toothache had me registering at the closest practise, to be told I had a large cavity in a wisdom tooth which would eventually require extraction or a root canal – it wasn’t the news I was after, mainly due to the projected bill, but the interim solution was a big, white filling. I booked a separate appointment for this, foolishly opting to begin proceedings with a hygienic clean - this being my first ever, the unnervingly gruff dentist told me it would need to be deep and potentially painful – it was. Thirty minutes of twitchy eyelids and clenched fists later, my teeth were smooth and my gums bloody and sore. I was already eager to leave but now it came time for the actual filling. I put it off for precious moments by swilling the hell out of the pink mouthwash but it was soon time to sit back.... What should have taken a further 20 minutes ran well into a second hour. The first anaesthetic didn’t land so the drill hit a raw nerve which made my toes curl and got my heart thumping. The dentist then struggled mightily to get a clamp


around the tooth for re-moulding. It subsequently slipped out of position twice to his very visible annoyance. Huffing and puffing in exasperation as he wrestled awkwardly with his tools in my face, I couldn’t help feeling he was holding me personally responsible.

ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS SWEAT FROM HIS FURROWED (UNI)BROW DRIPPED ONTO ME. THIS WASN’T AS SEXY AS IT SOUNDS. WAS HE TIRED?... HUNGOVER?... STILL DRUNK?? His harried attendant stood back, her full expression obscured by a surgical mask but wide eyes (not as wide as mine) demonstrating genuine concern. This only intensified my own. As laypeople, we put an extra level of faith in the professionalism of those responsible for our welfare and it rocks us when “experts” flap – heading off on your hols, you don’t want to see the co-pilot crossing themselves in nervous prayer while the Captain watches YouTube tutorials on how to fly a plane.

At the risk of sounding melodramatic, particularly to anyone reading this who’s either given birth, endured severe trauma or attempted to pass through customs in the USA, my experience began to feel like torture. Pinned to a chair, my throat dry, a bright light shining in my face and an angry stranger inflicting me pain, I had to check my rising panic and remember my stiff upper lip - 90 minutes with my jaw agape, lips stretched wide by a dental prop, this wasn’t hard. Humans feel naturally vulnerable when our mouths are tampered with, a biological survival mechanism. Several of our basic needs including intake of oxygen are serviced by the mouth, so there’s an evolutionary reluctance to having it compromised… especially by large, sweaty men who in our anxious state, we’ve begun to suspect we’ve somehow offended - the size of the bloody hands crashing about in my yap, maybe he was a goalie i’d put a few past at Sunday league...?? If so, he’d still have proved a better keeper than dentist... My cavity finally filled and wallet emptied, the ordeal was over and myself and the dentist exchanged numbers and went for a friendly pint together. We remain close friends to this day... in fucking OPPOSITE LAND! The truth is, despite waking up every night since screaming, sometimes falling asleep screaming, screaming in the shower, screaming at the gym, screaming whilst buttering some toast..... I’d completely forgotten about it. That is until I recently read an article detailing a science which might save future generations from the incomparable hell I went through (not much they can do about childbirth and US customs at present). Boffins in China’s Zhejiang University have developed a gel which encourages tooth enamel to heal itself. The hardest tissue in the human body, enamel is a mineralised substance with an extremely complicated but robust structure, encompassing interwoven rods in a fish-scale pattern. It’s white (America) to

off-white (England) in colour, constituting the generally visible part of the tooth, including the crown. Whilst it is formed biologically, once mature, it becomes acellular, losing the ability to self-repair like so many other parts of the body. Though tough, it’s susceptible to acids formed through eating and drinking. As such, tooth decay is prevalent throughout the entire sugar-loving world, with fillings the common, but imperfect fix for cavities. Whilst resin, ceramic and amalgam fillings will eventually come lose because they’re, well, not us, the ability to regrow human enamel with nothing more than a gel could see the dentist’s drill become a crude torture device of a primitive past, its high pitched whine no longer instilling dread in people who thought “flossing” meant showing off your new trainers.

Before you triumphantly hurl your toothbrush in the bin and start gargling with J.D. & Coke, we’re not there yet. Lab results for the gel show that whilst enamel regrowth occurred in just 48 hours, it amounted to just three micrometres (three thousands of a millimetre) - some 400 times thinner than undamaged enamel. Research and development is ongoing. In the meantime, brush and floss regularly, watch what you eat. Teach your kids good oral hygiene and make an effort to support Chinese scientists in any way you can. If we all pull together, we can work towards a bright, shining future where my fucking dentist is out of the job. Let’s make this happen. Ian Greenland doesn’t scream whilst buttering toast




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CRYOTHERAPY TREND I am a warm temperature gal through and through. Holistic Nutritionist and Lifestyle Cleanse Expert, Elissa Goodman has a mission to educate and encourage healthy mindful living by helping others embrace the concept that we are a product of what we eat and how we treat ourselves. After losing her husband to cancer plus fighting cancer herself, Elissa is passionate about cleansing your body and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


I grew up in the south-central part of Arizona and moved to southern California a number of years ago, so my body has very little experience with cold weather – and I like it that way. I rarely turn on my AC in the hot summer months because low 80s temperature is right about where I feel the most comfortable. As you have probably guessed, I am one of those people who would not dream of leaving the house without a sweater. All of this to say, that the thought of stripping down into my

birthday suit and hopping into a tank filled with below freezing air has me unenthused at best. But with all of the recent buzz around cryotherapy, I started to wonder whether my aversion to cold might be worth braving for all of the incredible benefits that I have heard everyone talking about over the last couple of years. Before I decided whether or not to take the icy plunge, you better believe I did my homework to determine whether or not cryotherapy is actually worth all of the fuss.

WHAT IS CRYOTHERAPY? Cryotherapy is a procedure involving cold air exposure where you enter a small room filled with freezing air for just a few minutes at a time. Three to four minutes may not sound like a very long time, but when your body is experiencing temperatures between -100C and -140C, you are going to feel it fast. But as psychopathic as that sounds, it has been all of the rage for some time now. The reason for cryotherapy’s recent surge in popularity is the fact that many professional sports players, like LeBron James, began using it as a way to treat their injuries. After that, the chilly trend was picked up by various A-List celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Aniston and more.

THE HEALTH CLAIMS The concept behind cryotherapy is a relatively simple one: as you probably already know, when you apply ice or other forms of cold treatment to an ailment, it reduces pain, sensitivity and inflammation. So instead of taking out the old ice pack from the freezer and applying it to an injury, people have turned to submerging their whole bodies in extraordinarily cold temperatures for similar effects within 24 hours after exercise or injury. Along with injury recovery, some of the claimed benefits of cryotherapy include weight loss, reduced anxiety and stress, enhanced mood due to endorphin release, improved athletic performance, enhanced appearance, improved blood flow, increased energy, decreased asthma symptoms, decreased overall inflammation, increased libido, treatment of painful conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and more. Many cryotherapy websites even claim that undergoing cold air exposure works for anyone who is interested in improving their appearance or overall health, which is part of the reason why this craze has taken the health community by storm.

THE SCIENCE It has not always been clear whether or not the benefits of cryotherapy are as profound as some make them out to be. In fact, the claims of cryotherapy have been disputed by many experts over the years. Many studies on cryotherapy vary significantly from one another, so it is difficult to reach a clear conclusion about the facts. The FDA seems to agree that the evidence is limited since the organization released a statement that noted, “if you decide to try [Whole Body Cryotherapy], know that the FDA has not cleared or approved any of these devices for medical treatment of any specific medical conditions.” However, a recent review of the science around Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC), had some interesting takeaways: WBC

did not change the amount of muscle damage after intense exercise.


may reduce short term soreness.


may be beneficial for people suffering from adhesive capsulitis – a condition where the shoulder loses ability to move.

RISK FACTORS Whole Body Cryotherapy has been deemed generally safe by the majority of health professionals, but some people are advised to avoid it. WBC may worsen conditions such as high blood pressure, neuropathy (or nerve damage), allergy symptoms that are triggered by cold temperatures, heart disease, poor circulation and lung disease. There have also been some reports of people obtaining frostbite from cryotherapy thanks.

The takeaway for me, personally, is that cryotherapy may not be worth all of the hype it has received – especially considering it can cost hundreds of dollars for a package (you are advised to undergo multiple sessions). With that being said, the risk factors and side effects are pretty low, and I am a fan of testing out all different kinds of health modalities. So even though I am practically allergic to the cold, you may see me lose the clothes and hop into a cryo tank the next time I feel some soreness coming on. If I do decide to try it out, I will be sure to document my experience on Instagram, so be sure to follow me at @elissagoodman!







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The Definitive House & Home Bible Covering all areas of property – from interiors and furnishings to gardens, construction and décor – as well as showcasing the very best agents on the Costa del Sol. UTOPIA is bursting with informative features, the latest property news, stats and facts – and of course, we feature some of the most sought-after private addresses in the Marbella vicinity. This sleek, chic and avant-garde magazine is the only property guide you need to be on the pulse with the market in Marbella. Following UTOPIA’s groundbreaking success in Marbella’s property market and its growing popularity with local developers, the exclusive magazine has attracted the attention of architects, interior designers and furnishing stockists alike. UTOPIA has incorporated all aspects of HOUSE and HOME so that whether you’re an agent, homeowner or in search of your dream home, you will find stockists, designers, features, properties and articles that are current, relevant and contemporary – all in the most stylish property magazine in town. Distributed from Málaga to Gibraltar, as well as at leading international property and interior design fairs around Europe, UTOPIA is delivered to golf courses, restaurants, fashionable bars and clubs, in addition to the hotel bedrooms of all of the coast’s leading hotels. UTOPIA is the first magazine of its kind, specifically aimed at aspirational individuals in search of their slice of the idyllic Marbella lifestyle.


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LAS ALAMANDAS - NUEVA ANDALUCÍA, MARBELLA Ref: MPA4275 New to the market!! Stunning Duplex Penthouse in Las Alamandas, one of the premium gated and secure urbanisations in Nueva Andalucía. South facing with magnificent views of the golf course. Great location close to several golf courses and only 10 minutes to Marbella, Puerto Banús and the beach. Living in this penthouse is comparable to live in a villa as you have the size and space but with the advantage of being in a secure community. Beds: 4

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LA TRINIDAD - GOLDEN MILE, MARBELLA Ref: MPA4270 Stunning Duplex Penthouse with a good size south-east facing terrace which has great views towards the mature gardens, swimming pool, and the sea. Fully refurbished. The development is on the Golden Mile area with easy exits to all areas on the coast and few minutes driving to Marbella and the beach. 24-hours gated security, several swimming pools, a brand-new gym and on-site cafĂŠ, and everything surrounded by mature gardens in a plot of 7.2 hectors of land. Beds: 3

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BOTANIC, BENAHAVÍS – Contemporary apartment with golf views Ref: MPA4267 Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Built: 173m2 Terrace: 63m2 PRICE: 530.000€

LA ALQUERÍA, BENAHAVÍS – Modern designer villa with sea & golf views Ref: MPV4148 Beds: 5 Baths: 5 Built: 625 m2 Plot: 1.246 m2 PRICE: 2.900.000€

LA MAESTRANZA, NVA ANDALUCÍA – Penthouse walking distance to the Beach Ref: MPA4294 Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Built: 176 m2 Terrace: 50 m2 PRICE: 599.000€

MANSION CLUB – GOLDEN MILE – Garden apartment within exclusive development Ref: MPA4265 Beds: 2 Baths: 2 Built: 232m2 Terrace: 40 m2 PRICE: 695.000€

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LAGOMAR, NUEVA ANDALUCÍA Modern refurbished villa Ref: MPV4161 Beds: 4 Baths: 4 Built: 290 m2 Plot: 984 m2 PRICE: 1.495.000€

ALTOS REALES, MARBELLA GOLDEN MILE – Luxury Villa close to Golf Ref: MPV4050 Beds: 3 Baths: 3 Built: 350 m2 Plot: 857 m2 PRICE: 1.850.000€

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Villa El Paraíso Luxury Villa recently refurbished to the highest specifications with 4 en-suite bedrooms and separate guest apartment. Set back in a private road with stunning landscaped garden, large pool and tennis courts. A great opportunity to acquire a luxury family house in one of Marbella’s most exclusive areas.

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Penthouse Aloha Bright and spacious three bedroom, three bathroom duplex penthouse, with views to the sea and La Concha. Located in the heart of the golf valley and directly opposite Aloha Golf Club. The complex is well maintained and has a large communal pool and seating area. There is secure off street parking with step free access from the car park to the apartment, via a lift. The apartment boasts a large open plan lounge and dining room, with windows on three sides making it lovely and bright. Off the dining area is a fully equipped kitchen with views out onto the terrace. Off the hallway is a guest toilet and the master bedroom with en suite bathroom. On the second floor is two further en suite bedrooms with private terraces and fully fitted wardrobes. There is a lot of terrace space (80m2) for ‘Al fresco’ dining and entertaining in a private courtyard style terrace. The apartment also has a working fireplace and is also equipped with air conditioning throughout.

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Caroline Wendelin: International artist of SwedishFinnish and German roots, raised in Spain and completely in love with art and nature. After travelling the world for several years, working in the modeling industry, she has now settled as a full-time artist in her studio in Marbella.


Scandinavian design has increased hugely in popularity in the last few years and become more prevalent in homes across Spain. Nowadays, more and more designers are combining Nordic elements into their design style. We tend to associate the Scandinavian design with minimalistic and sustainable materials and light colours whilst also always emphasizing nature and comfort. Some elements that work well in homes on the Costa del Sol are: n Interior surfaces: wood is often used on walls, ceilings, cabinetry, and furniture. If pine is used, it’s often greyed down with a special oil that reduces the yellow wood tones. n Floors: Scandinavian interiors typically have wooden floors, in light wood tones. If rugs are used, they are usually limited to area rugs. n Fireplaces: most homes have large fireplaces. Even though it doesn’t get as cold as in the Nordic countries, winters in Spain can be quite chilly and there’s nothing cosier than a warm fireplace. Designs are usually simple or sometimes embellished with beautiful tiles.


With regards to Mediterranean interior design, we could describe it as the embodiment of the sunny romance of Spain, the abundance of the warm colours of Italy, the marine freshness of Greece and the spices of Morocco. Some elements that we can find combined in beautiful ways with the Nordic design are:

Colours: white walls and cool blue, white and grey textiles.

n Marble surfaces and Moroccan style floor tiles, or mosaic, in bathrooms and even details in the kitchen or outdoors. n Mediterranean homes try to incorporate outdoor areas into the home as much as possible, with the use of glass doors or archways leading out to a patio or terrace. n Colourful pillows and plenty of plants, hanging baskets, and even trees, like palms and olive trees in the outdoor areas.

Accessories: this minimalist style promotes the design philosophy “less is more.� Accessories are usually scaled back to create less clutter and fewer visual distractions.

n Ceilings are often high and decorated with massive wooden beams. n Some of the walls are finished with natural stone.

Whether you live in a Scandinavian or Mediterranean styled home, I believe the most important aspect is that your home feels safe and a place where everyone finds peace. Apart from the main style you choose, having a few plants at home can have an immediate impact on happiness, and candles provide a fresh and often cosy ambiance. Finally, I like to follow one golden rule to feel happy in my home: clear your house from clutter - if you don’t love it, get it out.


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Heidi Gubbins is a Marbellabased interior designer with an array of projects under her belt. Heidi has transformed spaces for private clients and collaborated with design firms and architects on numerous projects.

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Her stylish approach, focus, attention to detail and sensitivity to her clients’ wishes attract clients from Spain, Europe and the USA. Each month, Heidi will offer design advice and spotlight some of her favourite and novelty items.

“I like contrast! The juxtaposition of sim grandeur; the infusion of something Just as with food or music, spaces sho feel something you never forget.”

“¡Me gusta el contraste! La armonía q I’m really happy to again have the opportunity to share with you través de la simplicidad y la grandeza a few of my findings and favourites for the month. In this issue, I’ve chosen pieces that explore materiality. We are often unaware lo diferente! Al igual queofcon la músic how a combination of color, materials, textures and shapes affects losand espacios conver us in a space; It can charm our senses visuallytambién captivatedeberían and enhance an experience. The pieces I will share with you do just that experiencias que nuncafrom se olvidan.” for me and, after extensive research, have been handpicked a variety of design houses. In each piece I found inspiration through their composition.

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I will also be sharing some easy tips on how to best capture your travel experience through photography.


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‘Doodles’ is Toogood ‘trying to reach a state where it’s as pure as you can make it in terms of creative language…

I wanted to get out of the parameter of a rectangle to get the kind of threedimensional quality that I knew cc-tapis had started to develop. - Designer Faye Toogood

Hand-woven art to decorate your floors or walls.

Let me begin with Doodles… CC Tapis, is one of my favourite European brands for hand-made funky rugs. I always look forward to their new collections and what inspiration they’ve brought to life for us to see. Doodles, a collection designed by British designer Faye Toogood, becomes one my favs from their collection… it includes six different designs and originates from Toogood’s textile artworks. Characterized by her unique abstract style and inimitable playfulness, the artworks perfectly embody the brand’s philosophy of creating handmade artefacts.


I love to see a piece from this collection against a minimal backdrop to make it a focal point... I also really like the Tidal collection by Germans Ermics.

Faye Toogood is a master in materiality. Her works have been acquired for the permanent collections of institutions worldwide. I have soft spot for the distinctive RolyPoly chair. It is a piece that is chunky and stout, curvy and graceful.

Now in Toogood’s new collaboration with Driade, the Roly-Poly collection is also available with upholstered cushions. From an array of colors to choose from, you can have a lot of fun with this piece.

Use the armchair version as a standalone piece in a corner, or in a dining setting. This collection can also be used outdoors. If you like this style, you can create an enjoyable and eye-catching space, with a seat that you can nestle in.


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I love the contemporary yet inviting and cosy feel of the Papilo Sofa. The taut and tidy look of the base juxtaposed by the “decomposed” look of the back cushions, makes it a great choice to create an informal chill-out corner or to stylishly divide one space from another.

How does light make you feel?

If you’re looking for a fine and dainty chair, try Mia. I also like this seat because you personalize it by choosing from a variety of different finishes and colors for both structure and seat.

It can be a daunting task sometimes to find a lamp that is understated and makes an impact.

The structure can be acquired in bronze steel, pink gold, black nickel or other color options whilst the seat can be coated in a variety of hides in different colors.

Noctambule, inspired by the night owl, designed by Konstantin Grcic, for Flos, shows just how beautiful transparency can be… Made of mouth-blown glass modules, they are seethrough and almost inexistent at day-time, and come to life in the dark, transforming into gorgeous, illuminated lamps. The Noctambule family consists of hanging, floor and table lamps in various sizes, making it a great and complete collection that serves each space, depending on the requirements. If you have double-height ceilings, hanging a few in different sizes and at different heights, will create your own captivating night story!


Choose this chair if you don’t have a lot of space and want to create a light and airy style for your dining, or even as an accent chair in a small bedroom.

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28 Armature, by Bocci, is a lamp I particularly like because of its matt-black branch-style frame smartly contrasted by the colorful and glossy smoky-effect spheres. I proposed this lamp in one of my projects over a dining table because it makes an elegant statement. It is a captivating choice and is cleverly designed so that it can be used with a variety of Bocci spheres and installed in different ways.

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I don’t think spilt pistachio ice-cream EVER looked so good!

As we all know, using photography to decorate is a great way to give your home a personal touch and showcase memories you’re fond of.

edition to help you easily implement them on your next photo journey, and bring back captures to display.

Camel and his caretaker walking in the Sahara Desert... there is always a subject that can tell that story. Use it.

Here are three tips he shared:

I was recently invited to go on a Worldwide Photo Walk with Charly Simon, an expert in photography and entrepreneur in the international photo scene. He shared some very good information on travel photography whilst us - 50 amateurs - took photos of Marbella’s old town. It was a fun and enriching experience, and now, with holiday season fast approaching, I asked Charly, to kindly share a few of his tips in this

Try to tell ONE story in each photo. The main reason we take travel photos is to remember the situation once you are back home with your loved ones, so make sure you find something that tells the whole story of the situation you were in...

And lastly, do not take hundreds of photos of the same place or situation. If you are a photography lover, take 5 minutes and look around a place and find that soul, that nice framing. Once you have it, play with it. But if you take hundreds of photos... chances are you are not enjoying your vacation and your companions will not have a great time either...

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and invite you to also explore materiality. Next time you walk into a space, have fun analysing the elements that are in it, and how their combination makes you feel.

Find a subject. Sometimes the story is told by one single subject... A police officer directing traffic at rush hour in Tokyo, a If there is something in particular you’d like me to write about in the next issue, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you. Wishing you all a blissful November month. +34 653561867


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ProMas Construction and Design S.L. are a professional and trustworthy team of builders and developers with over 20 years’ experience in Spain and the UK specialising in construction, design and total villa reforms. They cover all aspects of interior and exterior design and assist clients throughout the entire planning process ensuring all requirements are met. Managing director Andy Prozhmi and his team carry out any type of building work from small home improvements, to a total villa reform and restoration. Past projects include new kitchen design, refurbishments, home extensions, swimming pools and converting commercial premises. They have experts in every field such as masonry, plumbing, decking, plastering, air conditioning,


pergolas, tiling, electricity, patios, pools, painting, carpentry, kitchens, interior designing, architecture…all bringing their experience and knowledge to any custom project. Here we look at one of their most recent projects, a dated townhouse in La Quinta. This renovation needed to provide luxurious accommodation for guests. The owner wanted a very different layout for herself and her business. ProMas created plans and went through all the steps for planning application and building licences. The top floor was two bedrooms and one bathroom; the

client wanted this changed into a large master bedroom using the whole of the top floor, complete with a fire place, seating area and a beautiful balcony to sunbathe and enjoy the views. In addition, a large walk in wardrobe area was created with a space for a mini-fridge and a coffee machine.

Before The bathroom is spacious and well-lit with a walkin shower and a free-standing bath. The middle floor was transformed with a large bedroom, en suite and private balcony as well as two smaller bedrooms and a bathroom to share. The ground floor boasts a very modern, openplan kitchen, living room and terrace all on the same level. All new windows were fitted with `intelligent´ glass which reduces heat coming in from the sun but also keeps the warmth in during the winter months. The brief also included


underfloor heating, heated mirrors, a beautiful and practical laundry room, bijou kitchenettes, walk-in wardrobes and the redesigning of the layout to enable a previously separate garage to have direct access to the internal space with space for two cars. The expert design team at ProMas fulfilled this bespoke brief through to the beautiful interior furnishings and what´s more it came in… on time. Clients love this about Promas; they finish when they say they will!

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To an outsider this nomenclature can be a bit confusing until you get your head around its logic. In stark contrast the fact that the latest addition to the McLaren range is simply called the GT is not just refreshingly simple, but also makes its role in life immediately clear. Grand Touring cars have traditionally been front-engined two or 2+2 coupes designed to whisk their occupants across continents in comfort. But ever since its inception in 2012 McLaren Automotive has became known as a specialist manufacturer whose innovative rule bending has been rewarded by significant commercial success. Some of the best inventions have come


about simply because forward looking pioneers questioned the parochial mindset that says, “Because we’ve always done it this way.” Thus, when McLaren came round to exploring the brief for a GT back in 2015 it was based on the 570S and did certain Grand Touring things very well such as exhibiting an unusually low level of road noise intrusion, and offering more luggage space than we are used to in a mid-engined car. The formula seemed to hit the mark with some McLaren buyers, but they asked for even more space and so the race to develop a roomier, bespoke GT model with all its long distance touring facets

properly worked out was on. The GT project took three and a half years to complete from its inception. Interestingly, the mid-engined Bugatti Veyron and Chiron hypercars were also designed as the finest and fastest grand touring machines rather than worldbeaters on a racetrack. However, you could almost buy one of each model in the McLaren range for the price of a Chiron. And as it weighs nearly 2.0 tons it would not be as nimble as the 1,530kg GT on a twisty mountain road, nor can it carry anything like as much luggage for that drive to the South of France.









While it is admittedly a bit more generic looking than the P1 inspired 570S or 600LT, its longer wheelbase and overall length have allowed the designers to better articulate its simple lines.

T H E R E S U LT I S A R E A L H E A D T U R N E R , A N D U N L I K E I T S A S TO N M A R T I N A N D B E N T L E Y C L A S S R I VA L S T H E S L E E K M C L A R E N G T S E E M S TO L O O K G O O D IN ALMOST ANY COLOUR. Open one of the butterfly doors and the GT’s cabin reveals its distinctively McLaren architecture, the duotone leather draped tightly over the organic shapes of the door and dashboard mouldings. The new infotainment system with a seven-inch portrait format touchscreen works much faster and better than before, while the top Bowers & Wilkins 1,200 Watt, 12-speaker audio system sounds quite spectacular. It is not merely the lack of engine noise and a cossetting ride that defines the comfort value of a true GT over distance. If that were the case then a Mercedes S-Class Coupe would be the ultimate long distance motorway express. Seat comfort, driving position, lack of intrusive road noise, good ride quality, cabin ambience and effortless performance are also key factors. Evaluating these one at a time we find that the McLaren GT’s comfortable seats can be electrically adjusted for height and rake. Together with the adjustable steering column it is not difficult to find the ideal driving position.


Tyre and road noise is much more wearing than most people think, and this is one of the things that can make a long journey unconsciously more stressful.


The 570GT was first McLaren to use tyres featuring noise suppression technology, and their refinement was a wakeup call to the sportscar industry. The unique technology behind such tyres usually entails a band of sound absorbing material being bonded to the inner surface of the tyre opposite the tread. However, with a supercar capable of over 300km/h the extremely high centrifugal forces in the centre of the tyre would cause this foam layer to delaminate. The ultra high-speed tyres used by McLaren feature two slimmer bands attached to the outer edges of the tyre’s inner walls opposite the tread instead. Road noise is conspicuously absent in the GT’s cabin, the major sound being the twin-turbo flat-plane crank V8 behind your head. Based on the existing McLaren 4.0 litre twin-turbo, flat-plane-crank V8, the engine has been re-purposed with characteristics aligning it more closely with its new GT credentials. The motor is also positioned slightly lower in the chassis to increase the luggage space above, and this partly makes up for the greater ground clearance.

The significant technical changes to the engine were sufficient to warrant the new M840TE designation. These begin with a modified engine block with the bore remaining the same but the stroke slightly lengthened. A pair of smaller turbochargers whose lower inertia improves low-speed response are used,

the intake manifold is modified from the 720S, and the compression ratio is raised to 9.4:1 from 8.8:1 to further aid pick-up. The greater emphasis on low speed response as opposed to ultimate topend power and high-revving ability expected of its 720S stablemate draws the important distinction between their respective characters. The output propelling the carbon-fibre GT is 620hp at 7,500rpm, underpinned by 630Nm of torque from 3,000 to 7,250rpm. Tipping the scales at a best-in-class 1,530kg, but hefty by McLaren standards, the GT still boasts an impressive 405hp/ton power-to-weight ratio. Thanks to the rapid and seamless shifting of the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox the 3.2 sec 0-100km/h sprint, 0-200km/h in 9.0 sec, and 326km/h top speed are numbers firmly in current supercar territory. The twin active exhaust valves are engine load and speed dependent, so you can cruise on a light throttle in Comfort mode enjoying conversation or the B&W audio system at a modest volume. But when you really drop the hammer in Track mode the full and deeper tones of the V8 soundtrack shine through. The bespoke MonoCell II T carbon-fibre tub gives the car tremendous structural rigidity, which in turns makes it easier for the suspension engineers to tune in a good ride/handling balance.



While McLaren has shown just how well it can balance ride and handling with the active suspension on the 650S and 720S, it has also proven its mastery of the art of matching conventional steel springs to active dampers on the Sports Series models. The GT sits in its own class and uses steel springs with the new Proactive Damping Control, a predictive system that anticipates bumps on the road ahead based on past experience. In use it felt pretty normal but that is probably a good thing as the fully active suspension on the 650S can feel a bit ‘digital’ and remote at times.

THE EMPHASIS ON RIDE COMFORT PUSHED THE E N G I N E E R S TO M A K E A FEW CHANGES. THE MOST OBVIOUS OF THESE IS THE RAISED RIDE H E I G H T T H AT M A K E S T H E G T A M O R E P R AC T I C A L D A I LY D R I V E R T H A N I T S M O R E O V E R T LY S P O R T Y S TA B L E M AT E S . With an inch of extra ground clearance to start with that can be further increased with the frontlift system, the GT is able to clear ramps and speed bumps as well as a Mercedes C-Class. The greater spring travel gives the GT a more absorbent secondary ride compared to other McLaren models, especially in Comfort mode. Sport mode ratchets things up and you can feel the extra firmness underfoot as well as the improved body control in corners. Add to this the sharper throttle response and gear shifting and the demeanour of the car moves significantly towards how you expect a McLaren to feel. Although it is a GT, Track mode is still on the cards as the third dynamic option, but the ride then becomes a little too fidgety for anything but billiard table smooth roads. Also of note is the meatier hydraulic and slightly less aggressive steering ratio that makes the GT feel more stable when cruising at high speeds by reducing the ‘sneeze’ factor. While this makes the front end feel less pointy when turning into a bend than the shorter 570S for instance, it is perfectly calibrated to the GT’s longer wheelbase and inspires terrific confidence when you are pressing on.


Crisp turn-in and tenacious front-end grip are critical to the handling and agility of any high performance car and here the McLaren has its front-engine rivals soundly beaten. The resolute grip of the front-end becomes even more apparent should you need to increase the steering angle when a bend suddenly tightens up. At the point where heavier and indeed nose-heavy rivals begin to lose the fight with the laws of physics, you can lean on the GT’s front end even more and it comes to your aid with no drama while the back end follows round in unison. This kind of responsiveness and reserve of mechanical grip is more supercar than GT territory. But the fact is that while the McLaren might lose some comfort points to its Aston Martin and Bentley rivals in terms of restful long distance motorway refinement, it really comes into its own when you are charging hard on a twisty road. In this respect the GT is a far more multi-dimensional answer to the ageold dilemma that leaves a keen driver feeling the need for more than one car to fulfil tasks that are seemingly at odds with one another. On the challenging mountain section our test route offered there is no question that longer nosed, front-engined rivals would not see which way the McLaren went after a few decisive bends and hairpins. So while we might take away a point on our score out of ten for restful cruising, we also add two when the tarmac turns twisty. This is a balancing act that the McLaren GT masters with great conviction. The only weak dynamic point I found with the GT comes with a caveat based on personal preference. In very hard driving up in the hills I found that the standard steel brakes do not inspire the

confidence I have come to expect from McLaren models equipped with carbonceramic stoppers. In normal use the steel brakes provide very good retardation, but their heavier than normal pedal weighting requires a more solid push than in other McLaren models. The counterpoint is that this can make gentle braking in town or check braking on the open road smoother by reducing the amount of weight transfer imposed per millisecond at the start of retardation. However, ceramic brakes are on the GT options list and I would recommend them to keen drivers who intend to use their cars for more animated driving than a gentle saunter to the South of France entails. The area that benefits from sound deadening and heat insulation is the rear luggage compartment that sits above the engine bay. Offering a significant 420-litres of stowage space - enough to take two golf bags or one golf bag and a decent assortment of luggage - this is 200-litres more than the 570GT’s rear luggage bay offers. Not only does the bespoke NASAdeveloped insulation material covering the load space reduce road and engine


noise from reaching occupants ears it also acts as a heat shield that effectively reduces the temperature of the luggage area to no more than 40 degrees C. As the melting point of chocolate is 37 degrees C your after dinner delight needs to go in the large and regular shaped 150-litre front luggage compartment. The total 570-litre luggage carrying capability beats all class rivals. It would be wrong to conclude that McLaren has re-invented the GT genre for the 21st Century because it has not. What the McLaren GT does do is offer an alternative interpretation of the Grand Touring car for those who appreciate the dynamic advantages of a mid-engine configuration coupled to reasonably comfortable mile munching ability. On that basis we contend that the McLaren GT is not the logical headon competitor to the Aston Martin and Bentley that it might appear to be based on price and straight-line performance. Rather it is a unique solution for those who want to travel far and fast without giving up on adequate luggage capacity and the ability to enjoy a rewarding blast down a suitably twisty stretch of road.



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NOBU SHOWS SUPPORT FOR BREAST CANCER CHARITY WE ATTENDED… the annual Breast Cancer Charity Dinner at Nobu Marbella.

WE WERE AMAZED BY… the incredible 5000€ in donations raised for AECC Cancer Association and all the fabulous participants including the fashion show by Ellie Luu, a multi-brand shop in Puerto Banus.

WE LOVED… the OMAKASE course created by Head Chef Eleni Manousou and the welcome cocktail sponsored by Larios.

CONGRATULATIONS AND A BIG THANKS TO… everyone at Nobu Marbella for hosting a fabulous event for a very worthy cause and all the businesses who donated raffle prizes including SeaGrill, Hotel Puente Romano and Puente Romano Tennis Club.


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Happy Birthday BREATHE™ We attended… the first anniversary celebration for oneof-a-kind eatery, BREATHE™, located in Nueva Andalucia.

We enjoyed… the vibrant jungle theme enhanced by fabulous drummers, dancers and acrobats, all dressed in tribal attire.

We loved… the surprise, camouflaged host, who gave all the guests, us included, a shock arrival.

Congratulations and a big thanks to… all the guests in attendance for adding to the wonderful atmosphere and of course the brilliant BREATHE™ team who have given the coast a year of unbeatable events, with no doubt many more to come.


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O U T DO O R OP UL E N CE WE A TTE N D E D . . . the sensational Autumn Season Party at La Terrasse by La Suite.

WE E N JOYE D . . . the fabulous drinks and canapés by the talented team at La Terrasse and dancing the night away in La Suite to the sounds of DJ Veronica Castro, DJ Nilo & Andrea.

WE A D ORE D . . . partying outdoors regardless of the season; it may have been an October evening, but this stunning open-air terrace offers a laid-back ambiance combined with beautiful cocktails and an impressive bar snack menu available all year round.

CONGRA TUL A TI ON S & A BIG T HANKS T O ... the La Suite team for not only a fantastic night but also for providing this fabulous al-fresco venue for us to enjoy Marbella’s mild winter weather.


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VIVA LA VISTA WE ATTENDED… a VIP event at the breath-taking luxurious residential complex, The View in Marbella.

WE ENJOYED… a taste of the exclusive lifestyle The View has to offer and its wonderful surroundings whilst enjoying food catering by i-Bites and the extensive wine selection provided by Bodegas Lara.

WE WERE IMPRESSED BY… the exclusive setting, surrounded by nature, away from the crowds and noise, but only a stone's throw away from the bustle of Puerto Banus and the beaches of Marbella.

CONGRATULATIONS & A BIG THANKS TO… The View for giving us a glimpse of life at its finest and for already achieving sales of 40% of this first-class complex.




NATURAL INSPIRATION WE ATTENDED… the ‘Towards Nature’ event, put together to inspire environmental awareness in Marbella at the Palacio de Congresos.

WE ENJOYED… meeting one of the world’s greatest activists, Johan Ernst Nilson and helping to raise awareness at a time where our environmental crisis is a reality.

WE LOVED… being surrounded by like-minded people all striving for a legacy that we can leave for the younger generation… a habitable planet.

CONGRATULATIONS AND A BIG THANKS TO… everyone in attendance for taking a step in the right direction and contributing to helping to protect our environment and of course Johan Ernst Nilson for inspiring all the attendees.


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Call for all artists and art lovers… We attended…

the inauguration for the latest exhibition ‘Call for Artists’ at Art Caffé Marbella.

We enjoyed…

meeting the artists from Italy, Egypt, the north of Spain and Poland, all who were exhibiting for the first time in Marbella and hearing each of them speak about their works.

We loved…

the combination of delicious food and divine art by talents including Pilar Sagarra, Mayfee Hernandez, Consuelo Buesa, Tancredi De Aguilar, Giuliano Zorloni, Joan Mañe, Nicolas Delgado, Miquel Prat and Annabel Encontra.

Congratulations and a big thanks to…

Massimo Cedrini and Giuseppe Carnevale, owners of Art Caffé for giving a voice to an array of art through the free exhibitions in Marbella.


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the Mind Body & Spirit Festival at the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel featuring over 50 stands & inspirational speakers.


learning about the great benefits of mediumship and the demonstration of clairvoyance plus talks on how true health starts in your gut, your inner child and controlling your health with essential oils.


experiencing the wealth of knowledge and treatments available on the Costa del Sol and the comradery of the men & women at this inspirational event.


everyone involved including organiser Jacinta Hannon for another great event.


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TOUGH TEST AT ALFERINI WE ATTENDED… the October edition of the La Sala golf competition at Alferini golf course within the grounds of Villa Padierna.

WE ENJOYED… the copious amounts of beverages and snacks on offer to the players and the glorious late October weather on this very challenging layout.

CONGRATULATIONS AND A BIG THANKS TO… team winners Kabouters and the individual winner Andy Nicholson. The next event is the Christmas special at La Reserva in Sotogrande on the 14th December. For more information about the tournament or to join us for next year please contact Lindsay Medina on +34 603507628 or


“Remember, Remember the Fifth of November…”


rom 1568 to 1648 northern Europe was embroiled in what the Spanish call the “Guerra de los Ochenta Años” , but what is known in English as the “Dutch War of Independence”. Seventeen provinces of what are now the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg revolted against the rule of King Philip II of Spain. The Spanish initially achieved success against the Dutch led by “William the Silent” (1533-1584), but in 1581 the “Republic of the Seven United Netherlands” was establised, with Belgium and Luxembourg remaining part of the Hapsburg Empire. The new republic was recognised by Spain and the major European Powers in 1609, although it was not until 1648 at the Peace of Munster that its independence was fully guaranteed. Competing armies often numbered mercenaries in their midst, some playing prominent rôles. Indeed, later, when the Spanish defeated the French invaders at the Battle of Bailen (1808), the first open field defeat of a Napoleonic army, they were led by General Theodore von Reding, a Swiss.


In the Dutch War of Independence many of the mercenaries on the Dutch side were English Protestants, fighting for the Reformed religion, whilst on the Spanish side were to be found many disaffected English Catholics. Such a one was a provincial gentleman by the name of Guy Fawkes (1570 – 1606). His parents, Edward and Edith Fawkes, were Anglicans and regular communicants at the church of Saint Michael le Belfry in York.

EDWARD WAS A PROMINENT LAWYER, WHILST GUY´S GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD BEEN LORD MAYOR OF YORK. His mother´s family, however, were recusant Catholics. (Recusants were people who refused to attend Anglican services, and who paid a fine in lieu.) His cousin Richard Cowling went so far as to become a Jesuit priest. When Guy´s father died in 1579 when he was eight years old, he came increasingly with his mother under the influence of her family. She eventually

remarried, to the Catholic Dionis Baynbrigge, whilst Guy was sent to St Peter´s school, where the headmaster, John Pulleyn, was a noted recusant. It is hardly surprising, given such a background, that Guy converted to the Catholic faith. Following his conversion, in 1591 Guy sold his property in York and travelled to the Low Countries, where he joined an Irish army which had been raised by the Catholic Sir William Stanley. He became an officer, and adopted the Italian name, “Guido”. He then travelled to Spain where he petitioned King Philip III, seeking support for a Catholic insurrection against the new King, James I, whom he described as a “heretic” who intended “to have all of the Papist sect driven out of England”. Philip received him politely, but refused his request. Whilst there he was introduced to Thomas Wintour by the exiled Welsh spy, Hugh Owen (who had become Constable of Castile) and Sir William Stanley. Wintour told Guy of a plan to “doe some whatte in Ingland if the pece with Spaine healped us nott”.

Philip III did not help. In 1604 together they returned to England for Wintour to introduce him to Robert Catesby, who was busily engaged in the plot to assassinate King James and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne in the person of the King´s third daughter, Princess Elizabeth. He was warmly received. His former school friend, the Jesuit priest Oswald Tesimond, described him as “pleasant of approach and cheerful of manner, opposed to quarrels and strife… loyal to his friends”. He also claimed that he was “a man highly skilled in matters of war”.

THE PLOTTERS MET ON SUNDAY, 20TH MAY, 1604, AT THE “DUCK AND DRAKE” IN THE STRAND IN LONDON. IT WAS DECIDED TO BLOW UP “THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE WITH GUNPOWDER”. One of the conspirators, Thomas Percy, rented a house owned by John Whynniard, Keeper of the King´s Wardrobe, close to the parliament, and Guy was installed there under the name of John Johnson. He discovered that Whynniard owned another house adjacent to the parliament, which had just become vacant. Its undercroft ran under the House of Lords. The plotters purchased the lease of the property, and installed a stock of gunpowder, which they covered with firewood. It was decided that Guy, a

trained soldier, would light the fuse before escaping across the Thames. Some of the conspirators, however, were concerned that fellow Catholic friends might be present at the State Opening of Parliament on the 5th November. On the 26th October the recusant Lord Monteagle received an anonymous tip-off: “retyre youre self into youre contee whence yew maye expect the evento in safti for…they shall receyve a terrible blowe this parteament”. A suspicious and loyal Monteagle showed the letter to the King. James was a highly intelligent man who instantly ordered a seach to be made of the cellars. Guy was discovered and arrested. Interrogated by members of the Privy Council, when asked what he was doing in possession of so much gunpowder, “Johnson”, the name which he had given, replied “to blow you Scotch beggars back to your native mountains”. His steadfast demeanour earned him the admiration of King James, who nonetheless ordered him to be tortured until he had revealed his real name and those of his follow conspirators. He eventually cracked. At his trial, along with eight of the other plotters, he pleaded “not guilty”, but was found to be so. They were condemned to be drawn backwards to their deaths by a horse to Old Palace

Yard, Westminster. There they were to be “put to death halfway between heaven and earth as unworthy of both”. They were to be cut down whilst still alive, their genitals cut off, and their bowels removed to be burnt in front of them. They were then beheaded and their bodies cut into quarters. Weakened by torture, Guy escaped this gruesome fate. As he mounted the scaffold he fell sideways and broke his neck. He was not a bad man. It has been said of him that he was “the last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions”.

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How do you start a global environmental movement? Last month the Climate Strikes rang out around the world with millions of people taking part in activities, protests, and marches.

Two organisers from Fridays for Future in Sweden – Andreas Magnusson, 15, (far left) and Ell Ottosson Jarl, 18 (centre) – spoke to one of the founding members of Greenpeace, Rex Weyler, 72, (right)about what got them into the movement, what keeps them going, and some tips for building resilience. © Simon Black / Greenpeace

Do you remember the moment you first decided you had to take action? What was it? Andreas Magnusson (AM): I always lived close to the forest and nature and it was always nice to go out there and to just be. My father took me out there every day since I was a child. I started learning about things like climate change in school but then they went to the next topic and continued. And I thought… that film you showed just told me we are going to die in 30 years and you are continuing [with the class]? I’ve been reading and watching documentaries and learning and I felt so sick, thinking what can I do about this? Now I’ve been an activist for over a year and it’s been a hell of a year. Ell Ottosson Jarl (EO): I watched a YouTube video about mass extinctions. It was something I didn’t know about before and I got really interested, so I started researching and I found lots of papers on a bunch of different things, so I binge-read for about two weeks straight. I read the IPCC report and a lot of other things and I understood it at a new


level. It was an “oh fuck” moment. You distance yourself a lot; I go a bit numb from it and don’t feel it. But there are times when you hear something and it hits you like a brick. This was such a moment for me. I was like “oh it’s real, I need to act now” and I felt a little bit braver and I decided to go out. Rex Weyler (RW): I first became politically active in the peace movement. I was in university and I was a physics student and in the summer I was working for the aerospace industry, which was making weapons among other things. I was a young engineer and I never knew what I was working on. We would just get an assignment to design a circuit or something but we didn’t know what it was going into. That made me feel uncomfortable. The first summer I was at university, the Vietnam war was going on. There was no internet, there were no videos, but we did have television and I remember seeing pictures of the war. I specifically

remember seeing pictures of poor children from little villages – villages burning and children running down the road and crying and mothers holding their babies and I think that was the moment for me. That was the moment I said, “I don’t want to have anything to do with that world, I don’t want to be involved in any way. I don’t want to work as an engineer, I want to do something to stop this. This is insane, this is crazy.” So I started going to more peace marches. And when military recruiters came to our school we occupied the building. It’s not always through logic that you come to this. You realise at an emotional level this is totally wrong – and I feel the same way now with what’s happening with global heating and the acidification of the oceans and the disappearance of so many species.


It can be difficult to maintain your energy and hold all of this horrifying information in your head. What do you do to help take care of yourselves and keep going? AM: I talk to my friends. I talk to friends in Australia and in the US and I talk to Luciana in Switzerland and I talk to Ell in Stockholm. That’s how I manage to keep it up. I can write to them and say I must talk about this. That’s how I vent. You need to get it out sometimes. To get everything out of my head and have it out there and then you’re ready to take in new information. Being able to talk to friends all over the world is helping a lot. EO: Anger is quite a big motivator for me. I get pissed off that I have to do this. I shouldn’t have to deal with all of this. This gives me quite a lot of energy to just get this done. We need to fix this now – it’s not fair. Whatever I’m feeling if it’s sadness or feeling overwhelmed or tired it always grounds me because I think I shouldn’t have to sacrifice my whole peace for whatever it might be. That drives me. RW: I have felt overwhelmed many times. It is so huge and the system moves so slowly. A lot of what drives me has been anger at the slow pace and the stupidity of some of the people in positions of power and authority. Not just the stupidity, but the greed and selfishness. I think in a way I’ve already gone through so much depression and being overwhelmed that I know how bad it is, so I don’t have to go there. I just keep going. I know how bad it is, I know how dysfunctional human society is.

Rex Weyler: You’ve done so much in a year: how do you see your life going forward? How do you imagine keeping all this going? EO: Oh, it can be quite overwhelming at times. The future is so unpredictable. We have no idea if what we are doing is going to work. I feel like I will prioritise this over anything – everything – in my life. This is the one thing we need to fix otherwise nothing else is going to matter. So just keep going and see what happens and where we end up. AM: I feel the same. This is the one thing I will prioritise and I will continue to work on. I feel some kind of responsibility to keep this pressure on world leaders, but to continue to lay that pressure on all the time is a hard thing. That’s why we have all these people around the world to talk to and exchange ideas with and learn from. You know Belgium managed to get their environment minister to resign – how did they manage to do that? It’s some kind of responsibility to keep this pressure because if we lose the pressure we lose the movement and I don’t want that to happen so I will continue with that. It’s my future.

EO: It can feel quite heavy sometimes, like the world relies on us. But there’s a lot of us now. Which makes it a lot easier than it was in the beginning. People are starting to wake up and to want a change. I notice ads on TV are starting to have a lot more greenwashing – and for me I actually think that’s quite a good sign because it means that more people want that thing that they’re trying to get at. I try to find positive things everywhere I can. AM: And there are positive things everywhere now. People are talking about it and Tweeting about it and writing Facebook posts and they’re getting a lot of media attention and that is a positive thing. That is what drives us I think; when we see there is an article about Greta or us our about the movement, it’s positive news – we are getting the attention we need. We managed to get Trump a bit angry the other day because he isn’t getting the attention that he wants. So he doesn’t like us now. And that got us even more attention and that’s good. It’s exactly what we need.

AC T I V I S M I T S E L F G I V E S M E E N E R G Y – I F I WA S J U S T S I T T I N G A N D N OT D O I N G A N Y T H I N G I T H I N K I W O U L D G O C R A Z Y. AM: Yes – me too. RW: But when I am active on something I realise I can’t do everything in the world, I can’t fix the whole world but I can do this thing I’m doing and I stay focused on that. I think being active is like a medicine for the frustration and the depression. Also the community – your friends and family all over the world who are all working and doing their part – we stay in communication with each other, we give each other energy and support. It’s the community and it’s staying active.


Ell Ottosson Jarl: When you were organising in the early days of Greenpeace, was there a lot of fighting between the chapters? You said there were a lot of offices that started to pop up around the world, how did you get it connected? This is something we are struggling with now. We are a grassroots movement and everyone wants such different things so getting everyone connected internationally is really hard. Do you have any tips? RW: We should start a university for this! Yes, there was a lot of fighting, a lot of disagreements. There were different ideas, different priorities, and there’s nothing particularly wrong with that. It’s a good thing, there’s diversity and diversity of opinion. The difficult part, in my experience, is people, individuals have other personal priorities. Even unconsciously. They want to be recognised, they want to be important, they want their wounds healed, they want to feel better, they want people to listen to them as much as somebody else. They will see somebody who is very good at speaking and has charisma and people want to talk to them and they will want this notoriety for themselves. People see someone and they might think “why should they have all this notoriety and fame, we are working as well”. So people get jealous, you have seen this I’m sure. It’s normal, it’s natural, and it’s what happens when you have a large movement because suddenly you’re working with real people. People have insecurities and selfishness and all of those things. Things were hard in the early years of Greenpeace. It took us about 10 years to develop the international coalition and there was a lot of infighting and bickering. AM: Hahaha, so nine years to go now? RW: Nine years to go! A lot of bickering. But here’s what I think is needed. It’s important for the leaders of a movement to really work on their own selves. Meditate. Study other leaders who have done this. The goal is to become a better agent of change yourself and to encourage calming the ego. One of the biggest obstacles to success in a movement is ourselves. How are we at bringing people in, helping them feel useful and wanted and helping them participate, let people contribute. Then you have to manage all the desires of people to want to be more important or whatever. To help people calm down emotionally. To understand that if we are going to have an international


Rex WeylerThe first public Greenpeace office in Vancouver, BC, Canada. © Greenpeace / Rex Weyler movement each one of us is only going to be a tiny part. How can you have a movement of millions of people if you’re not just a tiny part? Help everyone get used to being a tiny part. And if there is conflict you work with that. You can’t just say, “that person is crazy, get out of here” you have to actually take the time. For me I did a lot of meditation. I know many of the people in the early Greenpeace like Bob Hunter did a lot of meditation. We studied Buddhism and the Daoists and Martin Luther King and Gandhi. I think the most important thing is

to learn how to quiet the ego and to help other people and to become an example of somebody who has learned to quiet your own ego as an example to other people. It’s a very, very difficult thing. People are wounded, and angry. Anger to the world might turn on you. These are the wounds of every person. Every person has wounds that they want to heal and cure in their work and in the world. That’s a long and delicate process. I would say practice and learn how to help people calm down their own ego.


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e once thought stupidity and ignorance were the result of a lack of access to information, believing that with proper recourse to data, we could collectively lift ourselves from the various mires of modern living. But then a near limitless font of knowledge (and the odd nudey pic) arrived with the internet aaaaand.... proved us wrong. Turns out we're actually just a bunch of argumentative idiots. Divisions rent by lightning rods such as Brexit, Trump and crucially, climate change, bring this unwelcome truth to the fore. Whilst we place endless faith in precise application of the sciences to deliver us our food, build our cars and safely land our planes, when those same sciences tell us we might actually need to reconsider what we eat, how often we drive or whether we fly, suddenly for many, they become inconvenient, irrelevant or inflammatory. As people voice concerns for the planet, message boards light up with righteous indignation, knee-jerk denial, genuine selfishness and stultifying incomprehension. Despite the fact tornadoes, earthquakes, famines and tidal waves won't give a shit for our politics as they shuffle us off en masse, we seem to be more divided then ever.



We really should be doing more with what we already know but we're too busy taking misguided potshots

SOME SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS SNIFF COCAINE. SOME VEGETARIANS DROP LITTER. SOME MEAT-EATERS RECYCLE. SOME VEGANS ARE HOMOPHOBIC. SOME POLITICIANS TELL THE TRUTH. at one another on social media to coalesce for significant change. It's not so much a lack of access to the facts as an unwillingness to engage with them or disseminate them fairly from all the bullshit and agendas, our own included. In the new world, apparently opinions are just as valid as certified data, prejudices as powerful as essential truths. We love the sounds of our own online voices, especially if they might get us a pat on the pack from a like-minder or rile up someone whose own comment (or mere existence) got under our skin. And nobody likes the sound of their own voice more than Jeremy fucking Clarkson. The eternally smug presenter whose career has endorsed fossil fuels far more successfully than it has denim, publicly condemned climate activist Greta Thunberg's recent UN appearance in which she passionately, angrily called out the previous generations - the politicians, the policymakers, the leaders of industry and nations – for their inaction on climate change. The 59 year old, 6 ft 4 inch millionaire appeared deeply offended by the outrage of a tiny 16 year old with Asperger's who had the courage (or in his words, “temerity”) to sail across the treacherous waters of the Atlantic in a


carbon-neutral yacht to voice her concern about ohhh, the potential end of life on earth. The grown man who punched a Top Gear producer because his food wasn't hot called a vegan activist depriving herself of a range of modern comforts “spoilt”. How dare she be outraged, he reasoned, when she hadn't built the boat herself?... AND it had a backup diesel engine??!

Of course. Because if you can't circumnavigate the world on wings you sprouted from your own body to make a point about climate responsibility, then the only remaining option is to shut the fuck up and travel round spraying aerosol into the sky and burning tyres. If it ain't a perfect solution, it's not worth bothering people. Let it all burn. The fact that the existence of a BACKUP diesel engine shouldn't negate Thunberg's achievement or intentions, alongside the fact the boat didn't actually have a backup diesel engine are beside the point. The message these days is clear. When entering public discourse, even as a “journalist”, never let the truth or application of any reasonable level of nuance get in the way of being a big, selfaggrandizing, xenophobic, misogynistic, tight jeans wearing, crap shirt owning, jowly, red faced tosser.... I think that's the message anyway. A similar disregard for rational discourse can be levelled at those haphazardly attacking climate protesters such as striking students who deem it's more important to draw awareness to saving the planet than learning the pythagorean theorem that 99% of said planet never use..... ever. Yes, some of those involved just wanted to get out of P.E. Yes, some of them may have drunk Coke from a plastic bottle in the last week, and yes, some of them probably enjoyed the media attention, but when entire, crucially important movements are summarily dismissed with comments like “Oh, but they're happy to use mobile phones imported from China”, it makes you wonder how we as a race got smart enough to ever invent mobile phones.

about is deeply unhelpful, though understandable to an extent. It's existentially terrifying to consider spiralling waste, exploding populations, increasingly savage natural disasters, droughts, floods and depleted resources, but our best chance to do something is to collectively accept at least to some extent, the reality of the situation. Covering our ears and humming, or pointing out that the not-humming people actually doing something have suspicious, communistlooking ears is not going to cut it. It doesn't help that we're so often on the defensive these days, entrenching ourselves into positions we might not wholeheartedly believe in because we don't like how we're made to feel by the “other” side, be it guilty, uninformed, pompous or inferior. Proper dialogue falls by the wayside and battle lines are drawn. We double down. Everyone shouts, nobody listens.

It's impossible to “get it right” all the time, but tearing others down on one point to deflect from an entirely different point doesn't serve a constructive dialogue and can't hope to catalyse the positive change we need. We're only here once and of course we want to enjoy ourselves while we are but that shouldn't stop us thinking about what's left behind when we're gone. We can't do it all, but we all need to do something, even if that's simply getting out of the way of those with the bottle to stand up, sanctimonious as they may sometimes appear. I'd tolerate a little sanctimony if it saved the world. Let's all keep our opinions to themselves when they don't align with the facts. Climate change is real: FACT Jeremy Clarkson is a tosser: FACT

Society's perceptions of what is and isn't acceptable are in constant flux and contention. It's a complicated world and we're a complicated lot, full of flaws and moral contradictions, different strengths and weaknesses. Some social justice warriors sniff cocaine. Some vegetarians drop litter. Some meat-eaters recycle. Some vegans are homophobic. Some politicians tell the truth.


Picking tiny holes in huge issues and universal truths rather than even contemplating what they're


Living his best life, Rob Greenfield is an adventurist, environmental activist, humanitarian and a dude making a difference. He is dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world.

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Last month we introduced you to ROB GREENFIELD… adventurer, activist, humanitarian. This month he begins his story…


n August 24th, 2016, I took a big step. I cut up my driver’s license, social security card, debit card, and cheque. I cancelled my bank account, vowed not to take social security, and made the plan of never having a driver’s license again. For me, this was a huge step forward. For others, it would be considered a huge step backward. Some people think of me as on a path to ultimate freedom, others think I’m an idiot. I understand both perspectives. I’d like to start by saying that I cannot give a short, concise, simple answer that explains my actions in entirety. I’ve seen a common thread in humanity over the last few years, and that is to make issues black and white, and to want black and white answers. But the reality is that there is little to no black and white in the world. Instead, there are varying shades of grey. Nothing is perfect, perfection is imperfect in another light. Nothing is completely “wrong” or completely “right”. The different perspectives that exist between the seven+ billion living people are as varied as the infinite shades of colour on Earth. With that being said, I would encourage you to go into this article, and life, without judgment and instead an open mind and listening ears. I don’t aim to convert you to anything. I don’t aim to prove that I am right. I aim to simply provide my perspective, be of service to those that I can, and answer questions.


Cutting up my driver’s license, social security card, debit card, and cheques may seem bold. To some, it may seem abrupt. But there is plenty of background to this story. I did not just wake up one day, living the standard narrative, bust out a pair of scissors, and start cutting up my IDs. This story dates back to 2011. I was living a fairly normal American life in many ways. I was working hard, in the way that is considered “work” by the mainstream narrative. In university, I had worked up to 90-hour weeks as a salesperson during my summer breaks. Afterwards, I got into selling advertising as an independent contractor, and in 2011 I started my own marketing company. I had a nice car that I shined up every Sunday. I had a three-bedroom apartment full of stuff, and I had the biggest room in the apartment. One of my big goals was to be a millionaire by the time I was thirty. I was the centre of my own world. In other ways, I didn’t fit the standard narrative. I didn’t want a mortgage, large debt, to get married, or to bring children into the world. Of course, the “standard narrative” is an illusion anyway. It’s not standard. There is no standard. It’s a total farce portrayed by mainstream media and culture. We are too diverse of a race to have a standard.

IN LATE 2011, I STARTED TO WAKE UP TO THE WORLD. I REALISED THAT IN MANY WAYS MY LIFE WAS A LIE. I wasn’t choosing my actions as much as I thought. I was doing what companies had sold and told me to do, with their combined multi-billiondollar advertising budgets. I was doing what I was doing because that’s what I saw around me. I was a product of the media I consumed, the society I was raised by, the people around me, and the government that governed my country, among other things. I started to realise that my life was causing destruction to the world, to my fellow humans, to other species that share the world, and to the world as a whole. Nearly every one of my daily actions, from the food I was eating to the oil I was pumping into my car, to the cheap crap I was buying, was causing destruction to the world and supporting corporations that I didn’t ethically support. At that point, I decided I had to change my life. Over a period of five years,

I made hundreds of changes in my life, big and small, to align my actions with my beliefs. One of my early changes was starting to ride my bike more and drive my car less. The more I rode my bike, and the less I drove my car, the happier and healthier I was becoming. Instead of sitting in traffic on my butt, I was getting exercise. I no longer had a trunk to fill up with stuff, which meant I bought less stuff that I found out I didn’t need anyway. I started to shop more locally and stopped supporting the big multinational corporations that were wreaking havoc on the world. Eventually, in 2012, I decided to get rid of my car completely. This saved me about $7,000 per year by not having to pay for insurance, registration, maintenance, gas and other miscellaneous costs such as the occasional ticket. That meant I could work less and instead spend my time following my passions in life. That $7,000 is right in line with what the average American spends per year on their car. This means that the average American works January and February of every year just to pay for their car. It wasn’t until four years later that I decided to take the next step and get rid of my driver’s license. Considering what I had done already, this was just another small step forward for me. One more step forward in reducing my dependence on fossils fuels and reducing my involvement in the monetary system. Going driver’s license free is a step towards living in the service of others, rather than in service of car ownership. Through all of my life transitions, I am always aiming to move away from the ownership of resources towards the sharing of resources. Many people live without a driver’s license. I am not unique in that sense.


I do still burn fossil fuels and I do still get into cars. But by not having a car or a license, it drastically reduces the amount. I am not aiming for perfection. I am just aiming to do a much better job. I am a hypocrite, yes. I’m fine with saying that because I have realised that we are all hypocrites. And I’ve realised that anyone who cares deeply about the world, animals, humanity or a social cause is probably always going to be a hypocrite to some extent. I want to affect change in society, not go live in the woods on my own (although that is tempting), and thus I must be a part of society.

(to be continued)


I’M POSSIBLE Exclusive Interview with JOHAN ERNST NILSON By Eva George Johan Ernst is one of the world’s leading explorers and motivational speakers. He has done things no other person has done before. Like traveling from the North Pole to the South pole by foot, bike, kite-ski, and dog sledges, or building a flying boat! The acclaimed explorer has completed over 50 other incredible expeditions and has held Guinness World Records several times. When people told him that these things would be impossible, simply because no one had ever done it before, he found a way to make it possible. Along his travels, Johan became known as the ‘environmental explorer’ because of his passion for the environment and reducing climate issues. For over 20 years, he has been raising environmental awareness and supporting numerous charity projects including the recent Towards Nature event in Marbella. Since Johan has got himself through treacherous conditions on several occasions, from sheer exhaustion, to deadly animals, we’re kicking off the conversation talking about fear…

What’s the scariest thing about your expeditions?

It’s not always what you think it would be. Take bungee jumping for example. Even though I have climbed Mount Everest, when I bungee jumped at the Niagara Falls, going up there and standing out on the wooden ledge with 1500 feet below you… even though


you’re attached, that was scarier. Everyone thinks that the freefall will be the scary part, but afterwards most people agree the scariest part was before the jump. So, it can be more scary before you do something than when you actually do it.

What would your advice be to prepare yourself for potentially scary situations in life?

Well, I look at it from more of a scientific angle. Like when I was sleeping in a tent in Nicaragua, there were cockroaches all over me inside the tent. And I was like, ‘ok fine these are very uncomfortable, yes. I don’t like them, but are they dangerous? No. Ok, let’s go to sleep!’ I could not do anything about it, there were hundreds. If there’s a snake, it’s dangerous and I do care, but I have learned with time that if I cannot do anything about it, why worry? It won’t

I HAVE LEARNED WITH TIME THAT IF I CANNOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, WHY WORRY? IT WON’T HELP. help. If I’m up on a mountain, if I can’t do anything about it, then fear will just be an obstacle, fear will just be something that makes the situation worse. I have respect and I prepare to avoid things, but I try not to be scared as it doesn’t help me.

How do you find the strength to keep going even when you are in rough situations, tired and injured?

I will tell you a little story as an example. Just outside the Spanish coastline, there was a bay and I thought it would be much faster to cross the bay in my kayak than to go around it. Halfway across the bay, the wind came against me and I was still far from the coastline. Soon it became evening, then nighttime and so dark I couldn’t see the waves. I still hadn’t reached the coastline, it’s pitchblack everywhere, I was just trying to balance with the invisible waves moving the kayak. All I could do was follow this lighthouse in the distance... After 3 hours, I realized it wasn’t a lighthouse I was following, it was a boat and I was on my way to Morocco going the wrong way! So I had to go all the way back with strong winds trying to force me the other direction. Seventeen hours of kayaking later it was hard, but I knew if I stopped, I would turn over. If you asked me to kayak for 17 hours against the wind now, I couldn’t do it, but for some reason then I could. It was survival. Some people have said to me ‘Johan you are so strong kayaking for 17 hours’, but I didn’t want to kayak that long, I had no choice! So, in those moments it’s not about motivation or strength, it is survival. I understand that some things I did then in a survival situation, I could not do again on demand.

What would you say to people who want to go out on expeditions to push their own limits?

Well, you don’t have to go out on an expedition to push your own limits. Climb your own mountain. But to answer your question, I do think people should go out in nature more and do things every now and then to push their own limits, but the main thing I want to teach is that whatever Everest you have in life, try to climb that. And don’t be afraid of failures because you need to do failures on the way up and learn from others. Like back in the 90’s when I was climbing Mount McKinley and I asked people around, ‘what is your biggest failure?’ Those answers became my knowledge. Do plenty of research on whatever it is you want to do.

You have been doing some great work with kids, how do you think we can guide them for a better world for the future and do you think social media has the right impact?

Things that are possible now that were not possible before, a lot of jobs that will exist, don’t exist today. For instance, in the future there will be lawyers

available on an online apps with artificial intelligence and doctors the same. Even models can be replaced with AI, so it’s not easy to tell kids today what they’re going to do when they grow up.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO OUT ON AN EXPEDITION TO PUSH YOUR OWN LIMITS. CLIMB YOUR OWN MOUNTAIN. I saw a survey that asked kids what they wanted to be when they grow up and many said ‘famous’. I think Instagram promotes a certain lifestyle with appealing images, whereas Facebook allows you to talk more and creates millions of dollars for charity every year through initiatives like the donate buttons. I think there is still room for Instagram to use its power among young people to make the world a better place. What I advise kids to be following is their gut feeling, their dreams and what makes them happy. Do not be afraid to walk over that bridge from

where you are now, to where you want to be.

Do you have any more expeditions planned?

Well firstly, define expeditions…I start to realize the biggest exploration you do is actually the inner journey. I climbed the Seven Summits for what I thought was an egoistic reason to prove to myself that I could do it, but afterwards I realized that was not the reason. It was to overcome my fears, to try to do things I never thought were possible. This is what I call the 8th Summit. It’s about understanding the actual knowledge from the Seven Summits was not the geographic points it was more about the inner learning. Next year I am doing a 108-day silence meditation in Tibet to study all scriptures and try to understand more about the background of life from different perspectives. I will have no access to internet, but I will have a laptop with Word. During that time, I will be going through all my expeditions, evaluating my experiences like, ‘why did I do 52 expeditions and what did I learn?’ That inner mountain is the 8th Summit for me.



Bettina, our resident foodie, offers her insider knowledge on plant based cuisine and takes us on a culinary journey as she travels the world in search of gastronomic inspiration

Is living a

sustainable life achievable?


ustainability has to become more than just a buzzword. It has to become part of your everyday life, and it’s easier than you think.

Trying to live a sustainable life can sometimes be overwhelming. There’s a lot of false knowledge, scare-mongering articles and a lot of complexities surrounding the issue; they can be just as scary as the main issue at hand. But it shouldn’t have to be that way. I’ve been pro-sustainable for a large portion of my adult life and it’s something I try to impart onto others – at my retreats, events or just over a well-needed coffee with a friend. Living sustainably shouldn’t just be sustainable for the planet, it should be sustainable for you too. It’s about finding a balance between practices that work in line with your values and daily schedule. If we encouraged more people that it’s okay to just do what they can, rather than make them feel guilt or anxiety for not doing it all, at once – we would see a more positive, accepting reaction and overall impacting change on the environment.



WE ARE ALL A B L E TO C O N T R I B U T E TO T H E M OV E M E N T I N S O M E WAY A N D T H AT ’ S W H AT I WA N T TO I N S P I R E Finding your passion for the purpose is key. Why are you doing what you’re doing? For me… my love for sustainability comes from eating seasonally and locally grown produce as a child. Growing up in various small towns across the world my family would always ensure we were celebrating the local small businesses as much as possible. These historically untold stories that were so full of passion and culture taught me more about life and food than I could ever imagine. But more ironically – they taught me about the future. And how we need to go back to our roots and honour those traditions in order to move forward. We should eat seasonally, locally and from farm to table as much as we can; we should support small businesses within our communities and those around us; we should use roots, shoots and all. Cooking waste free is particularly important to me; and we must let our vegetables do the talking – the best plant food is fuss-free, simple, easy, inexpensive and speaks for itself... and it’s telling us that we can do this… together!

Through simple daily tasks such as simply reducing your meat and dairy intake or taking public transport, riding your bike or walking where possible we can reduce a large industrial scale of transportation, congestion and carbon emissions. Buying local, seasonal products provides your body with more nutrients and less pollution for the environment – and bringing your own containers, jars and bottles to stores helps to cut out unnecessary single-use plastic. Cooking meals from scratch helps to reduce food waste, as you can control the portion sizes; make sure to utilise your freezer to help even further. Each little step you take is one step closer to us reaching a greener existence.

There’s this preconceived notion that being sustainable is difficult and expensive. But guess what? It’s not.

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Victoria Wood is a freelance writer and mother of three based in the south of Spain. Life for her is primarily based around a healthy diet, lifestyle and educating herself and those around her how to live well. Victoria has been a writer for the past twenty years and her work includes an environmental column, journalistic editorials and social media management. She is also a proofreader and editor, and is currently working on her first novel.

Off the beaten track...

Thailand This is a bit of a throwback as Thailand was actually the first place we visited on our year long journey. We bought one way tickets to Bangkok and that is where it all began.


angkok was a shock to me, I was not expecting such modernity and diversity. The city is bulging at the seams but it is organised, it functions and every walk of life has its place; sometimes where you least expect it. We went to the Golden Mount, an ancient Buddhist temple in the heart of the city. The views from here were spectacular, as was the energy, and the entire panoramic sprawl of Bangkok is in eyeshot from the highest point. Below you are the monk’s dwellings which surround the base of the temple, and around this are shanty looking townships, and around this you come to high-rise, multi-level shopping malls with designer stores and hi-tech everything. The food here was rich and diverse, we loved grabbing all the unknown fruits from the carts on the streets and trying to work out what on earth they even were, and whether we even liked them! This was a quick stopover and so unfortunately we didn’t get to explore


the city as much as I would have liked so it is definitely on the ‘return-to’ list. Next stop was Chiang Mai, a short flight north from Bangkok, where we rented an apartment for a week. We could walk all over the town from our perfectly central location and generally wherever we walked we found unbelievably delicious food. There are food markets everywhere and they are not your touristy, built-for-western-taste type markets, they are incredibly varied and delicious Thai food markets with SO

many amazing dishes that I am feeling incredibly sad right now that I am not there eating them! We would find a table in the middle of the food market (these are generally all at night time, but you can find some during the day), give the kids some Baht each and all go off in different directions to choose our culinary delights from the huge range of stalls, bring them back to the table and all try a bit of everything. We had stuffed green peppers (with what I have no idea but they were incredible), tom yum, gyozas, dumplings, green papaya salad, mango and sticky rice (all the time and absolutely every single day), grilled scorpion, all sorts of spicy soups and stews, pad thai, freshly made juices of any mixture you choose, fresh coconuts, and so many more delights that I could go on for days. There is a lot to do in Chiang Mai, attractions such as the local zoo where you can see a huge range of animals, and even feed giraffes and hippos.

We also took a ride up to an elephant sanctuary where you can get really close to the huge creatures, sit on their knee, feed them and even take a ride - which we refrained from doing as it just doesn’t seem right to exploit them in that way. However they are well taken care of, get plenty of exercise and look very healthy so it didn’t feel like a place where business was overriding the care of the elephants. As well as taking trips out of the city there is also plenty going on in town, there are boutique shops and a huge modern shopping centre, plenty of massage parlours, bars, restaurants, and music - lots of live music. The Thai musicians are amazing at copying western songs to a tee and performing them exactly like, sometimes even better than, the original - often you cant even hear that they have an accent and they’re brilliant musicians.


There is a lot of tourism in Chiang Mai which mostly stems from in and around Asia, but it never feels like your typical tourist destination that has been moulded into what the foreigners expect, it is a fun, young, bustling friendly place void of beaches, souvenir shops, and pizza pasta restaurants that you would find on the more exploited coastal resorts. Whilst here we made plans to go to Sri Lanka to meet friends which left us with two weeks to spend exploring Thailand. We weren’t sure where to go so looked at flights to various places and ended up heading to Phuket. This was a bit of a disappointment as it had everything I listed above that doesn’t appeal to us at all about touristy resorts. Phuket is tired, it’s dirty, and being there off season you can really feel this. Everything is geared towards the tourist, the menus are ten pages long and feature all the obvious cuisine from around the world, and maybe a page of Thai food if you’re lucky. Here you won’t be excited about trying new dishes, because you probably won’t find any. The beaches are beautiful as were the sunsets but nothing spectacular that would draw me back here. Despite all those things we had a great time there just getting into a rhythm of school and work and beach time. I would definitely like to return to Thailand.

Next time I go there I would head for Bangkok and really explore the city, I would venture north again and head for Chiang Mai for the food alone, then get out there more into the jungle in Pai, have a look at the city of Chiang Rai and visit some of the many national parks, waterfalls and amazing natural sights. I would also try to seek out a more refined coastal area, where the tourists haven’t yet taken over, if that even exists any more!



Each month gourmet food company, Delicias de la Huerta will be sharing their gourmet produce with us offering exclusive cheeses, select wines, fresh fruit and vegetables, unique meat cuts and much more. The growing company already has four stores in Marbella; Delicias de la Huerta (Nueva Andalucía), Delicias Kobe World Meats (Nueva Andalucía), Delicias Gourmet Shop Elviria (Elviria) and Delicias Urban Gourmet (Marbella center). However, they are more than just a shop. They offer home delivery, private catering plus a two-hour express delivery service… they will even deliver to your boat! Whatever your requirements, you can count on Delicias de la Huerta to offer the finest in quality produce.


- BLACK LABEL Granazul black label is a cured blue cheese obtained from raw goats milk sourced directly from the livestock by means of an enzymatic coagulation with baby rennet.

GRANADILLA, THE CHEESE FACTORY This high-quality artisan cheese factory run by cheese masters, Sergio and Javier García, was launched in 2014 for the research, experimentation and development of new textures in raw milk cheeses from their own livestock. Being the owners of a herd of goats in grazing allows them to obtain fresh milk with different aromatic nuances. The milk is very nutritious and elegant, thanks to the physical exercise of the animals and the lack of allergens


caused by medicines supplied to animals in intensive housing farms.

This cheese factory develops raw milk cheeses in less than 60 days, including its fresh goats’ cheeses, which requires having the herds free of any disease. Great expertise goes into transforming the raw milk. They use their own lactic ferments from their own milk to achieve a differentiation in their cheeses that results in creating their own flavours and aromas.


ABOUT THIS CHEESE The Black Label Granazul is a small blue pasta cheese made from raw goats’ milk, handcrafted with fresh milk from livestock in a grazing regime, matured for 60 days, during which it develops a thin grayish natural crust.

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS It pairs particularly well with a fresh and elegant white wine from the area. It is delicious spread on a slice of bread and accompanied by nuts, ripe pears or grapes.

Inside it is very rich and creamy with delicate blue veins, the result of penicillium roqueforti mold. To taste it boasts a full but delicate flavour, with fruity notes that develop alongside an intense goats’ cheese aroma. Galera is a food supplier specializing in quality cheeses. They deliver to restaurants and professionals and among its main objectives is to spread the word about quality cheese culture in the province of Málaga.


PUENTE ROMANO SUPPORTS TRIPLE A CHARITY The Puente Romano Hotel and Spa shows its support for animals with a collaboration with Trible A Marbella. Celicioso, the exquisite gluten free restaurant and baker at the hotel, will give guests the opportunity to donate €1 of every bill towards Triple A animal charity, serving as a great help to the cause while experiencing the delights of Puente Romano. The campaign will last until the end of 2019, a great way to end the year on a philanthropic note. Triple A Marbella is a fully registered non-profit animal shelter dedicated to the care of abandoned or abused animals on the Costa del Sol. The charity solely relies on volunteers and donations to run the shelter and cover things like vet bills, food, and medication.

AND THE WINNERS ARE... The glamorous awards ceremony for the winners of Marbella Film Festival 2019, held at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel, was a prestigious event with directors, producers and actors from countries including China, Paraguay and the US showcasing their projects. Winners included Trick or Treat, directed by Edward Boase, which took the ‘Best

JUNIORS AT ALOHA Learn the game from a leading lady professional! Three European tour professionals will be holding golf clinics for juniors at Aloha Golf Club. For under 18s that would like to be a part of this fantastic initiative, please register at Aloha Golf Club reception from 12am on the 11th of November. This is to receive one FREE hour tuition on Saturday 30th at 10am and 12am from the greats of the game. There are spaces for 45 lucky participants! With thanks to the team at Aloha Golf for preparing our youngsters for a future in the game.


Feature Film Award’, as well as ‘Best Actress’ for Frances Barber and ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for Kris Marshall. Other winners on the night included Rise of the Foot Soldier 4, which saw debut director Andrew Loveday win ‘Best Director’ and Emily Wyatt ‘Best Supporting Actress’, while Larry Lamb won ‘Best Actor’ for the film Brighton.

MARBELLA SENIOR MASTERS CUP 2019 The 4th edition of the Marbella Senior Masters Cup 2019 saw tennis stars David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Tommy Haas, and Tommy Robredo compete at the Puente Romano Tennis Club, with Feliciano Lopez ending as the winner. Feliciano joins the previous winners of the Senior Masters Cup Marbella, Juan Carlos Ferrero (2018), Carlos Moya (2017) and Albert Costa (2016). This edition of the Marbella Senior Masters Cup 2019 was a showcase of exceptional talent, with four great matches. The Senior Masters Cup is an event from Tennium, a global tennis platform company that owns the ATP 250 tournaments in Antwerp and Buenos Aires (European Open and Argentina Open) and represents world-class players including Feliciano López.

AN EVENING OF LUXURY SHOPPING If there is one thing you can guarantee in Marbella, it’s that you will find an abundance of beautiful and exclusive items! This was certainly the case at a recent shopping party, hosted by Casa de Tesoros and 2nd heaven Marbella. The lovely event gave local fashionistas a chance to enjoy some drinks and nibbles with the chance to purchase some fabulous high-end jewellery and pre-loved luxury designer items. Casa de Tesoro is the only online company in Spain that have the rights to sell the irresistible jewellery from Caprice Decadent Bohemian. The collection is designed by talented Gunilla Sterud from Norway, with stunning Swarowski crystals as the main ingredient, resulting in extremely high-quality pieces with extra dazzle. 2nd Heaven provides luxury preloved fashion items from a wide range of designers.

PHOTOGRAPHY & RETOUCHING WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY Learn about Photography & Retouching from the best in the business as we join renowned fashion photographer Joanna Kustra for an insightful workshop here on the Costa del Sol. Be inspired and master your art learning new skills in portrait, fashion, beauty, and location photography. Alongside Joanna Kustra will be Profoto, a great team of stunning models and a beautiful setting to work from. The Photography & Retouching workshop is running from 23rd-24th November and is open to all levels of photography enthusiasts who want to gain insider knowledge and tips from the professionals. Book your place by contacting:


DELICIAS WORLD FISH & MEATS The coast’s popular gourmet group, Delicias, have now added a fourth gastronomic space to the brand with the opening of a new delicatessen in Calle Yedras, Nueva Andalucia. The new venue is just around the corner from the first establishment, Delicias de la Huerta, and is the go-to place for the finest meats, fish and gourmet foods in

stylish surroundings. Of course, you can also find a fantastic selection of cheeses, wines, condiments, and other exclusive products to take home and enjoy. Delicia’s World Fish & Meats is calving up gourmet delights from 9:30 to 21:30 every day. TEL: +34 952 816 796

OCEANS APART AT HARVARD The founder and head surgeon of Ocean Clinic, Dr Kai Kaye, received recognition and certification from one of the most renowned establishments in the industry, Harvard Medical School. The award was given on completion of the Surgical Leadership Program, of which only 130 doctors were granted a place out of over 800 applicants. The course provides intensive education for surgeons to build the necessary skills to successfully lead departments, divisions, programs and, ultimately, organizations. The graduation ceremony took place at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center in Boston, MA, USA.


HYPE EYEWEAR ARRIVES IN SPAIN HYPE, one of the UK’s most notorious streetwear brands, is bringing its trendsetting designs to Spain thanks to an exclusive collaboration with Specsavers to create a brand-new glasses collection. Distinctive prints, combined with future-focused shapes form the 16-piece collection, with prices starting at €129 a pair, making it a must-have for trend conscious glasses wearers. Styles include classic aviator-inspired styles, bold, yet versatile camo, tortoiseshell glasses with contrasting black sides and classic yet cool matte black sunglasses with a round retro shape. Find your nearest Specsavers Ópticas store at

MADE IN MARBELLA BOTANICAL BEAUTY Astarté Diosa is a vegan, cruelty-free, botanical cosmetic brand with a vision of creating innovative, consciously made products, minus the harm to the planet and animals. This ethos continues not only throughout the products but also the eco-friendly, recyclable, hand-made packaging that is made here in Marbella. The ethical brand has created six different vegan, cruelty-free and botanical false eyelashes for all occasions. Most commercial false eyelashes are made using Mink, a small furry animal kept in horrific conditions. The fur of these animals is then used to make the lashes. That’s why the company formulated a vegan, mink-free alternative to using animal fur. The lashes come in six very unique different styles; Long, fluffy, full, light and natural. All six lashes are named after goddesses such as; Freya, Astarté, Medusa, Hera, Luna and Gaïa. Astarté Diosa’s mission is to combine the luxury world and the conscious world together.

THE COAST’S FLOURISHING ART SCENE Since Art Caffe opened its doors in Marbella, creatives and art lovers from all over have been stopping in to enjoy the fabulous mix of delectable cuisine and the Excellence Art Gallery. Massimo Cedrini and Giuseppe Carnevale, owners of this extraordinary gallery, aim to give voice to any type of art through their free exhibitions in Marbella and their international fairs. Joining them as media partners will be one of the Icon Publishing stables own titles, UTOPIA magazine, Marbella’s definitive house and home bible. The partnership will further place Marbella on the map internationally as one of the hotspots on the art scene. At the time of writing, the next fair is the C.A.R. - Contemporary Art Ruhr in Essen, celebrating emerging artists from all over the world.

CARBON-FREE DINING AT BREATHE ™ Marbella restaurant, BREATHE™, is proud to announce a collaboration with Carbon Free Dining, a global initiative that offers restaurant diners the opportunity to plant a life-changing fruit tree with their restaurant bill. BREATHE™ restaurant is already known to be passionate about the environment with freshly made-locally sourced produce, vegetarian and vegan menus, and the

eco-friendly design concept. Joining forces with Plant for The Planet @CarbonFreeDining is another step in helping us to be aware of and off-set some of our contributions to carbon emissions. The fruit trees provide food, education, income and opportunity to communities in the developing world. Dine with Breathe to make a difference.



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Banks Services& Financial TOURBILLON LIMITED Suite G2 The Eliott Hotel 2 Governor’s Parade. Gibraltar T. +350 200 66660 ABBEYGATE Tel. 902 87 77 28, BANCA MARCH Location: Camino de Camoján, 0, Marbella, Tel. 952 76 48 10, BANCO POPULAR Location: Av Ricardo Soriano, 36, Marbella, Tel. 952 76 57 05,

FLUENT FINANCE Location: Tales de Miletos 11, Edif. Banana Beach, Blq. C3, Marbella, Tel. 952 92 64 81,

BAR SIX Avd. del Prado, Aloha T. +34 951 319 436

GLOBAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT Tel. 952 768 376, HOLA CREDITO Location: CC Negocios Puerta de Banús (opposite Iceland). Tel. 951 319 538 HiFX Tel. 951 20 39 86, IBEX Location: CC. Benavista, Local 3, Estepona, Tel. 952 88 71 25, JYTSKE BANK Location: 76, Main Street, Gibraltar +350 20072782, LLOYDS BANK Tel. 902 02 43 65,

HAVANA 65 Calle Marqués del Duero San Pedro de Alcántara NEWS CAFÉ Location: Lugar Muelle de Ribera, Tel. 952 81 21 31 OLD JOY’S PUB Location: Frontline Puerto Banus, Tel. 952 81 42 83,

MONEYCORP Tel. 952 587 657,

SINATRA BAR Location: The Marina, Puerto Banus,

CURRENCIES DIRECT Location: C. Orquidea, Local 6, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 90 65 81,

NORDEA BANK Tel. 952 816 925

LA SUITE Location: Hotel Puente RomanoTel. 630 962 852

FIDUCIARY Tel. 956 79 69 11,

SANTANDER Lugar Muelle de Ribera, 3-4, Puerto Banus,Tel. 952 81 76 45,

THE LIVING ROOM Location : Avda. Del Prado, Urb. Aloha Gardens bloque 1, Tel. 619 06 11 47

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THE PLAYWRIGHT Location: C. Manzana, Local 18, Pueblo Los Arcos, Elviria, Tel. 952 86 88 98, THE STUDIO Location: Avda. Del Prado, Urb. Aloha Gardens bloque 1, Tel. 951 31 97 42 TIBU Location: Plaza Antonio Banderas, Puerto Banus, Tel. 952 81 09 18,

Beach Clubs CLARO RESTAURANT & BEACH CLUB Laguna Village - Carretera Cadiz, Km 159, 29680 Estepona, Málaga T. +34 952 80 08 73, FINCA CORTESIN Tel. 952 93 78 00, NIKKI BEACH Location: Hotel Don Carlos Tel. 952 836 239, PLAZA BEACH Reservations: Tel. 677 64 47 37 SALA BY THE SEA Location: Urb. Villa Marina, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 81 38 82,

Beauty & Health BARDOU Playas del Duque, Casas Sevilla 2, Local 7 Puerto Banús. +34 951 518 680 MEGAWHITE T. +34 671 404 393 BODYWORKS Tel. 952 883 151, 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, CIRUMED CLINIC MARBELLA Location: Edif. Panorama, Planta baja, Local 2 Ctra. De Cadiz, km 184 Tel: 952 775 34


CLASSICAL ACUPUNCTURE Tel. 952 883 151 / 693 939 188

MARION DIAS Tel. 711 771 972

CLINICA DENTAL SORIANO Location: Edificio Marbelsun, Calle Calvario 8, pl. 6, arpt. 11, Marbella, Tel. 951 317 021,

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

CORTIJO CARE MARBELLA Location: C/ Joaquin Turina, Cortijo Blanco, San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella. Tel. 952 780 18, c

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

COSMOCLINIC AND ISABELLE’S Location: Carretera de Cadiz N340, Urb. Marbella Real, Local 1. Tel. 952 815 944

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

COSTA COSMETICA BEAUTY Location: C/Marqués del Duero 68, San Pedro de Alcántara Tel. 952 703 304

REFLECTIONS HAIR AND NAILS Centro Plaza Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 906 524,

DENTAL CARE: C.C. Laguna Village, A-7, km.159, Estepona Tel. 952 936 552 / 615 071 563

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



EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL RESTAURANT & SPA Urb Miraflores Playa, Crta. A7 km.199, Marbella. Tel. 952 587 550, ENN CARE Location: Marbella Golf and Country Club, Ctra de Cádiz, N-340 Km 188, 29604, Marbella Tel. 663 048 477 HC MARBELLA Tel.952 908 628 HEALTHOUSE Urbanización Boladilla Baja, Esetepona 29689 Tel. 951 082 090 LOOK YOUR BEST Location: Calle Ramon Areces, Marina Banús, Edificio III Local 3, Puerto Banús Tel. 951 134 990 LONG LIFE CLINIC Tel. 952 77 07 14, MARBELLA’S COSMETIC DENTAL CLINIC Location: Plaza las Orquideas 2, Exit 173,5 Casino, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 907 173, MARBELLA LIFE & RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING Greater Marbella area House calls possible - 24/7 Help MARBELLA CHIROPRACTIC Location: Urbanizacion Guadalmina Alta, Centro Comercial 4, Local 8, San Pedro de Alcantara. Tel. 952 880 398 MARBELLA VEIN CLINIC Location: Camojan Business Centre, Office 12 Tel. 952 867 003

SINERGIA PILATES Avda. de Espana 62, Estepona THAI MITICA Calderon de la Barca, 48, Nueva Andalucia + 34 951 279 250 THE HOUSE HAIRDRESSING Pino Golf de Don Carlos, Coto de los Dolores, Local 28, Elviria +34 952 835 317 THE BARBER CLUB Ed. Online, Local 6. Calle Las Malvas Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 907 202/203 THE BEAUTY ROOM SAN PEDRO Tel: 655 013 064, THE NAIL PLACE Location: Av Manolete, Tel. 952 818 636 TITANIUM CLINIC Location: CC Marbella Mar,2. Local 8 CN 340, Km179 Tel. 952 901 442 / 615 350 476 VILLAR-ARAGON CLINIC Plaza Joaquin Gomez Aguera 4, Marbella Tel. 952 823 155 WOOD HAIRDRESSING Location: C.C Le Village, Ctra de Istan Tel. 952 771 791

GIBRALTAR & SOTOGRANDE APHRODITE BEAUTY Location: 26/27 Ocean Village, Gibraltar Tel. +350 20062422 STEPHANIE’S BEAUTIFUL BEGINNINGS Tel: +350 54012896 / +350 54015841,

SUSANS SKIN CARE Location: Specialist Medical Clinic 1st Floor ICC, Gibraltar Tel.+350 20049999

Boutiques & Stores GLAMOUR HUNTER Calle Ramón Gómez de la Serna, 23, Marbella centre +34 951 51 88 25 BOUDOIR BOUTIQUE Locaton: Cl Las Violetas nº4-5, Marbella. Tel. 952 813 068,, DE LA FUENTE Calle Sierra Blanca 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 90 20 80 LOFT & ROOMERS Oasis Business Center, Ctra. De Cádiz KM 183. Tel: 952 77 21 39, NIMROD MESSEG Calle Aluminio 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 85 74 39, UNIQUE FIRES Tel: 951 27 74 43,

DEZENTRAL Location: Calle las Malvas Ed. Online 19 -20, Marbella Tel. 952 81 86 48 GROUND ARTISAN CAFE & BAKERY Location: Calle los Lirios, Puerto Banús, Tel. 952 036 494, NELI G’S Location: Complejo Los Palmeras de Benavista El Paraiso, Estepona, Tel. 952 928 576, PAN Y MERMELADA Location: Urb. Marbella Real16, Avda. Bulevar Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, Marbella Tel. 952 86 63 23,


PASSION CAFÉ Location: Calle Marqués del Duero, 68, Marbella, Tel. 952 78 03 44,

Car dealerships & Rentals CAR GALLERY Location: Calle Pablo Ruiz Picasso s/n, Edif. Ferroman, San Pedro de Alcantara Tel. 952 799 260, C. DE SALAMANCA Location: Ctra.N 340, Km.171, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tel. 952 78 52 50

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

EUROPCAR Tel. 902105055,

ANTHONYS DIAMONDS Location: Avenida Ramon y Cajal 40 Tel. 952 588 795

HARO Location: Urb El Pilar, Estepona, Tel. 952 883 122,

BANG & OLUFSEN Location: Puerto Banús Main entrance. Tel: 95 281 72 50.

MALAGA CAR Tel. 952 17 62 25,

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

RACING LEGENDS Location: Urb. Nueva Andalucia Pol. Ind. Nueva Campana, nave 86, 29660 Marbella Tel. 637 93 79 59

FASHION VILLA Location: Paseo de Suiza, Elviria, Tel. 952 85 05 01


FEYDOM MUEBLES Pol. Ind. Nueva Campana, Nave, Nueva Andalucia, 15, 29660. Tel. 951 51 87 87,

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

HOT OFF THE PRESS Location: Calahonda Commercial Centre Unit 7, Calahonda Tel. 952 930 392 MARBELLA CARPETS Location: Edif. Casablanca, Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe Tel. 952 773 765



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D’ALICIA Location: Centro Commercial El Pilar (opposite the Crowne Plaza Hotel) Estepona Tel. 952 823 761

C/Pablo Casals 17, Ed. Atrium Marbella centre, +34 952 636 Gourmet Deleyte

Playas del Duque Puerto Banús SALON.THEBARDOU.COM/MARBELLA Tel. 951 518 680

Drink Suppliers WORLD FISH AND MEATS Calle Yedras Nva Andalucía +34 952 816 796

BEERS WINES AND SPIRITS Calle Manuel Franco Cubeiro 28 Nave 4 Poligono Industrial El Pinillo Torremelinos, Tel:+34 952 373 233 D-WINE - WINE GALLERY Location: Calle Norte 2, Marbella, (Take exit for Cortijo Blanco, immediately after the San Pedro) Tel. 952 81 44 46,

Entertainment DELICIAS GOURMET SHOP Centro Comercial Pino Golf, Elviria, +34 952 816 796

CINE TEATRO GOYA Carrer de Av. Julio Iglesias, Marbella. T.951 196 665 / 951 196 666, COSTA JUMP Poligono Industrial, fase 2, Calle Carril de Picaza, San Pedro de Alcantara (ITV & Parque 3 Jardines) Tel: 952 787 018, AVENTURA AMAZONIA Location: Avda. Valeriano Rodriguez Tel. 952 835 505,

DELICIAS DE LA HUERTA Av. de los Girasoles, Nueva Andalucía +34 952 816 796


ESTUDIO61 Location: Calle Notario Luis Oliver 9, Tel. 672 296 074 HOUSES OF ART GALLERY Marbella Club Hotel Blv. Pr. Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Marbella, Tel. 952857196



ART CAFFE MARBELLA & EXCELLENCE ART GALLERY Urb. Alhambra del Mar, Tembo bloque 3, Golden MIle +34 951 507 845 MARBELLA POLO CLUB, Tel. 639 30 85 55, MESSEG DESIGN Location: C/Aluminio 6, Poligono Industrial La Hermita Tel. 952 857 439 PALACIO DE CONGRESOS MARBELLA Location: Calle Jose Melia 2 Tel. 952 828 244, SALON VARIETES THEATRE Location: C/ Emanicipacion, s/n Fuengirola Tel. 952 474 542 SELWO Autovia Costa del Sol, KM 162,500, Estepona, Tel. 902 19 04 82, TEAM4YOU Location: Puerto Banus Tel. 619 987 093

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Event Venues CORTIJO DEL MARQUES Location: Albolote (Granada). Tel. 958 340 077, LE PAPILLON Location: Urbanización Marbesa (Exit Camping Marbella Playa) Carretera de Cádiz Km. 193 Marbella T: 952 834 113; restaurantepapillon. com SALA BEACH Location: Urb. Marina Villa (beachside) Tel. 952 813 882 THE COURTYARD MARBELLA Location: Carretera Ojen 2.8Km, enquiries@thecourtyardmarbella. com, TIKITANO Location: Urb. Guadalmansa, Ctra de Cadiz 340 – KM 164 Estepona. Tel. 952 798 449, VILLA DEL MAR Loation: Marbella Club Hotel, Av. Alfonso de Hohenlohe Tel. 952 822 211

Golf Courses ALOHA GOLF CLUB Location: Apdo. 141, Urb. Aloha Golf, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 812 388 ATALAYA GOLF CLUB Location: Avda. de las Golondrinas, Estepona Tel. 952 882 812 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, EL PARAISO GOLF CLUB CN 340, km 167, Estepona 296880 Tel. 952 883 835 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 LA CALA GOLF RESORT Location: Urb. La Cala Golf, Mijas Costa Tel. 952 669 000 LA QUINTA GOLF ACADEMY Location: Urb. La Quinta Golf, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 902 204 208 LOS NARANJOS GOLF CLUB Location: Plaza Cibeles, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 815 206

MARBELLA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Ctra de Cadiz, N-340 KM 188 Tel. 952 830 500 MONTE PARAISO Location: C/ Camino de Camojan s/n, Sierra Blanca Tel. 952 822 781 SAN ROQUE CLUB CN 340, Km 127, 11360 San Roque, Cádiz, Tel. 956 61 30 30, sanroqueclub. com SANTA MARIA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Urb. Elviria, Ctra. Cadiz-Málaga, KM 192, Elviria Tel. 952 831 036, REAL CLUB DE GOLF GUADALMINA Urb. Guadalmina Alta, A-7, Km.170, San Pedro de Alcántara, Tel. 952 88 33 75, SANTANA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Ctra la Cala – Entrerrios, Mijas Costa Tel. 902 517 700, VALDERRAMA GOLF CLUB Location: Avenida de los Cortijos, San Roque Tel. 956 791 200,



Gyms and Tennis Clubs DYNAMIC TRAINING CENTRE Location: Ctra de Istan, Centro Comercial Le Village Tel. 952 775 021, GLOW WELLNESS & FITNESS Location: Avenida Playas del Duque, Edificio Sevilla, Puerto Banus Tel. 952 908 507 NCT Location: Urb. Monte Paraiso Golf Tel. 952 866 843 MGM Gym Location: Avenida de Manolete 10, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 817 219 TITAN ACADEMY Location: Gaudi N. 11/13, Estepona, Málaga, 29680 Tel. 951 518 057 ; 608 337 171

Iberian Meats, National and international cheeses, Cantabric anchovies, Bonito Tuna, English jams, Ecological Honey, Dry fruits, Fresh milk, Vegen Milk, Belgium Chocolates, Fresh Sourdough bread, Tropical Fruit, Tea, Coffee...

Interior Design DESIGN SPACE Location: Avda. De Salamanca, Urb. Nueva Andalucia, Edif El Mirador, local 6, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tel. 952 799 440, EZ HOME SOLUTIONS Location: Poligono Industrial Norte C/ Carril De Picaza, 23, San Pedro De Alcantara, Marbella, 29670 Tel. 952 799 344, G VEGA CERAMIC Location: Polígono La Campana Nva Andalucía Tel. 952 816 848

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FOC DESIGN Centro de Negocios Puerta de Banus, Local 18, Puerto Banus, +34 952 817 129, GRASSIFY Tel. 694 442 331,, HEIDI GUBBINS +34 653561867,

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

FAMA Location: Camino de Campanallas Tel. 620 354 885

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

MOBILE VET Location: Calle Santa Lucia, 23, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tel. 952 78 07 33,

NALIPEMI Tel. 660 676 322


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

TRIPLE A Location: Ojen Road, up from La Cañada Tel. 952 771 586,

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

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

Photographers & Artists

LA CASA BLANCA Location: La Colonia, Exit San Pedro, next to McDonalds, Tel. 952 78 91 98

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

JULIA RODER Tel: 678 521 108,,


ANNA GAZDA Tel: 633 654 476;

ADANA Location: Camino Padre Cura, Urb. Huerta Nueva, 14 Tel. 952 113 467

IMAGE GURU Tel. 662 434 400,,

CLÍNICA VETERINARIA ZARPAS Y BIGOTES Urb. Marbella Real, 13. Tel. 952 857 863/ 659 069 000,

JEREMY STANDLEY Tel: 607 717 565;

LOFT & ROOMERS Location: Oasis Business Center, Ctra. De Cadiz km 183, Golden Mile, Marbella, Tel. 952 77 21 39 MARBELLA CARPETS Location: Edificio Casablanca, Golden Mile, Tel. 952 77 37 65,



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OWEN FARRELL Tel: 670 664 341, (+35) 387 268 28 32 NANI & ANTONIO PEREZ, Tel. 615 31 44 46 REYNARD PRODUCTIONS Tel. 673 505 838, SAVE THE ROBOTS FILMS Tel. 600 625 520

MARBELLA LIVING Urb. Marbella Real, L21 Golden Mile Marbella +34 952 765 428


SOL WEDDING Tel: 678 486 069;

Property Developers FOC DESIGN T. 952 817 129

MP DUNNE Centro Expo 11-12 (Opp. Marbella Club Hotel) +34 952 866 072

QUAY PROPERTY GROUP Location: Mellior Vasari La Alzambra Local 3-1, Puerto Banus Tel. 951 319 728 PROPANA GROUP Centro de Negocios Puerta de Banus, Local 18.

Radio BEACHGROOVES 97.1 Tel. +34 616 353 623,, SPECTRUM 90.4 FM Location: Centro Comercial Diana Blq 3 Local 27 y 28, Urb. Nueva Atalaya, Estepona, Tel. 952 90 50 00, TALK RADIO 91.9FM Tel. 952 799 953,

Real Estate Offices BRIGHT Calle Países Bajos nº 6, Polígono Industrial San Pedro Alcántara +34 648 981 111, ENGEL & VÖLKERS MARBELLA Blvd. Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, La Poveda, local 5 CN 340, Km 178.2 +34 952 86 84 06, DIANA MORALES Av. Cánovas del Castillo, 4, 29601 Marbella, Tel. +34 952 765 138, EXXACON Centro Comercial Guadalmina Edf. 3 Planta 1a Ofi. 4 +34 952 906 110 JACKSON GRUNDY Ed. La Rotonda, Av. Manolete & Centro Plaza Nva. Andalucía T: +34 952 90 75 21

NORDICA SALES & RENTALS Av. del Prado, s/n - C.R. Lorcrigolf, Locales 5 Y 6, Nva Andalucia, +34 952 81 15 52 OTERO GROUP Avda Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe. Carolina park, local 36B, +34 951 56 97 22 info@ PALMERAS PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT PRIME PROPERTY MARBELLA +34 951 082 367 THE VIEW MARBELLA Urbanización La Alborada Benahavis, +34 951 664 390 VILLA MARKETING Avenida Manolete, Conjunto Casaño +34 952 81 06 95

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Restaurants SOTOGRANDE Trocodero Sotogrande Paseo del Parque s/n, 11310 San Roque, Cádiz. Tel. 678 456 047, L’Olive de La Reserva La Reserva Golf Club, Avda. La Reserva, s/n +34 956 785 252 CASARES FINCA CORTESIN EL JARDIN Location: Carretera de Casares S/N Tel. 952 937 800, info@hotelcortesin. com,

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PEGGOTTY'S FINEST FISH AND GRILLS Urb El Pilar 8-10 Estepona +34 952 883 666 peggottysfishandchipsspain. com

ALABARDERO BEACH CLUB Urb. Castiglione s/n San Pedro de Alcantara T. 952 780 552 portal/alabardero-beach-club PUERTO BANÚS American

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HARD ROCK CAFÉ Location: Calle Ramón Areces Esquina Marina Banús Tel. 952 908 024,

JACKS AMERICAN BRASSERIE Location; Calle Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Marbella. Tel: 952 813 625, +34 673 17 50 42


MASALA Location: C. Com, El Pilar, Local 2 Tel. 900 525 801, International


HEAVEN BEACH BAR Location: Playa de Guadalmansa km. 164, Estepona, Tel. 659, 220 570,

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TANINO Location: Calle Pino Real, 5 Saladillo Benamara, Benahavis Tel. 952 883 259, SAN PEDRO International ALBERT Y SIMON Urbanización Nueva Alcántara Edificio Mirador, Bloque 4-B San Pedro Marbella Tel: 952 78 37 14, PASSION CAFE Centro Comercial La Colonia, San Pedro de Alcantara. Tel: 952 781 583, MR. BURGER Avenida Luis Braille no 20 San Pedro de Alcántara Tel. 952 785 257 URBAN BISTRO Av. Mediterraneo, ed. Los Arqueros Beach, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel. 951 518 105


Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 818 861 Italian CARPACCIO Location: Muelle Ribera, Casa M Local 20, Tel. 952 813 357, PIZZERIA PICASSO Location: C/ Muelle Ribera Local 48 / 49 Tel. 952 813 669 International MISTER NOODLES Avda. Manolete 14, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 40 00 08, INFUSCHIA Location: Plaza Antonio Banderas, (Within the club Tibu Banus), Puerto Banus. Tel. 952 815 325, tibubanus. com/infuschia JOHN SCOTTS Location: Muelle Ribiera Casa F, Local 24, Marbella, T. 644 954 872, OLD JOY´S PUB Location: C/Muelle Ribera, Lc. 58-59 Puerto Banús, Marbella Tel. 952 84 283

BREATHE™ Calle Los Lirios S/N, Puerto Banús +34 952 036 494 OCEAN CLUB Location: Avda. Lola Flores Tel. 952 908 137 SALA BY THE SEA Location: Urb. Marina Villa (beachside) Tel. 952 813 882 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.

MAGNA CAFÉ Location: Magna Marbella Golf Tel. 952 929 587, Exquisite cuisine in stunning surroundings. Bar and large terrace with breathtaking views. STARZ MARBELLA Location: Centro Comercial Plaza, Local 60-62 Nueva Andalucía,Marbella. Tel. 952 81 63 13, Oriental ASIATICO ZEN Location: Calle Lirios s/n T el. 952 817 691 SENSATIONS DELI & SUSHI Location: Av. Manolete, 20, Tel. 952 814 964

TUK TUK Urb. Aloha Gardens Av. del Prado, 71 +34 951 27 91 88

LA SALA BANUS Calle Belmonte, Puerto Banús. +34 952 814 145 Oriental TOP THAI Centro Plaza, Av Manolete, 1, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951-31-97-78,

CURRY LEAVES Avda. del Prado, Centro Comercial Aloha Local 1d Nueva Andalucia, +34 951 319 669, MASALA Avda. del Prado, Nueva Andalucía, 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 D-WINE Location: Calle Norte 2, Marbella, (Take exit for Cortijo Blanco, immediately after the San Pedro) Tel. 952 81 44 46,

BECKITT’S Location: Calle Camilo José Cela, Nº 4 Tel. 952 868 898, GARUM Location: Paseo Maritimo Tel. 952 858 858, 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, PACO JIMENEZ CULINARY ART 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,


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MC CAFÉ Location: Marbella Club Hotel Tel. 952 822 211, Creative and affordable fine dining open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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SMALL WORLD CAFÉ C.C. Le Village. Tel. 952 771 046

THAI GALLERY Location: Puerta de Banus Tel. 952 818 392



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



VILLA TIBERIO Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 771 799 Indian MASALA MARBELLA Location: Ctra. Cadiz Km.179 (opposite Marbella Club)Tel. 952 857 670, TAJ MAHAL Location: C/ Jazmines 17 Local 1 Tel. 952 814 719, Exotic Indian cuisine, perfect for intimate dining and takeaway. Italian CIBO Bulevard Principe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, 11, 29600 Marbella, Málaga Tel. 952 90 03 80,

TAHINI Location: Hotel Gran Melia Don Pepe, Tel. 952 902 936 EAST OF MARBELLA International ALBERT´S BAR & GRILL CABOPINO Location: Puerto Cabopino, Edf. B, Lc. B5 Tel. 952 836 886 THE BEACH HOUSE Location: frontline beach Elviria Tel. 952 839 458 NIKKI BEACH Location: Hotel Don Carlos Tel. 952 836 239 MIJAS COSTA International EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL & RESTAURANT Miraflores. Tel. 952 587 637 MAX BEACH A7, Km 198.1, 29649 Mijas Tel. 952 93 08 58 OLIVIA’S LA CALA Location:Calle Torreon La Cala de Mijas Tel. 952 494 935,


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