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It’s May and things are heating up here at SOCIETY Marbella, not only have the beach bars started opening their doors (the official sign of summer) we have been inundated with fabulous events throughout April. If you’re anything like the SOCIETY team, this is the time to sample all the new venues opening for the season and enjoy the buzz returning to the coast. Head to page 100 to see the who’s who of Marbella and maybe, if you’re lucky, you might even find you have made an appearance. We have featured dozens of celebrities on the cover of SOCIETY over the years, but I believe this month is a first; a fully-fledged super starlet born in none other than our hometown of Marbella! And Millie is one for many firsts, being our youngest ever cover star, but don’t doubt this 15 year old, with a Screen Actors Guild Award and Saturn Award under her belt, there is no stopping this youth. Turn to page 22 to learn more about the ups and downs Millie has encountered in her quest to hit Hollywood. May is the time many of us think about planning our summer wardrobes and this issue’s fashion feature is sure to provide you with a dose of inspiration. Plus our Features Editor enjoys an afternoon with luxury salon, Lash Crowd, learning all about their latest treatments, products and everything this Pinterest-perfect setting has to offer. If you’re looking to treat yourself before a big event or need to indulge in some post-party pampering then this is the place for you!

Once again our fabulous columnists are on hand to share their expert knowledge including Holistic Nutritionist and Lifestyle Cleanse Expert, Elissa Goodman who reminds us it’s never too late to start your own journey to healing and Clare Navas of The Leaf Elite shares how CBD can help those who struggle with anxiety. Plus our favourite hairdresser, Jonathan Yeadon, bares all in a two-part warts-and-all style interview delving into the life of a celebrity hairdresser, including a few spilt secrets on his famous clients. If you are in need of a celebrity fix, then this month’s celebrity status has the low-down on what’s what in the A list world, including Gordon Ramsay’s latest arrival, Robbie & Ayda’s sudden departure and what happened when the world’s richest person gets divorced. Plus we have done the hard work for you and picked our favourite novels to accompany you to the beach with everything from thrillers to rom-coms we are sure there is something for everyone. On top of all this, Bettina shares with us all about the Retreat Chef Academy, taking place in October, something you want to start thinking about now, as no doubt this one-in-a-lifetime experience will fill up fast! ‘Til next time,

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By Christie Holland

t’s rare we have a Marbella born starlet grace our cover, but this month we have a special treat for you, as we look into the life of young actress, Millie Bobby Brown. Born on February 19th 2004 right here in Marbella, Millie is the third of four children. Her English parents Kelly Brown and Robert Brown, a real estate agent, lived on the coast during her early years before heading back to the UK when she was four years old and then immigrating to Orlando, Florida four years later. It was there during a weekend acting workshop that she was spotted by a talent scout who told her parents, “she has instincts you cannot teach”. Millie’s parents sacrificed everything moving her family to Los Angeles to help their daughter’s acting dreams come true.

I had to cry in the audition. My emotions were so raw, I hit it out of the park

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Within three months of moving Millie made her acting debut on the ABC fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland portraying the role of Alice. This followed with a starring role in BBC America paranormal drama thriller series Intruders and guest appearances on NCIS, Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy. Despite these smaller parts, Millie kept getting passed up for bigger roles. With no major jump in her career, her family became so financially strained they had to say goodbye to Hollywood and move back to the UK to stay with family. “I was devastated. I wasn’t getting work.

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I thought I was done,” recalled Brown in an interview with the Daily Mail. However Brown landed an audition for Netflix’s Stranger Things, “I had to cry in the audition. My emotions were so raw, I hit it out of the park,” she continued. A few weeks later Millie was on a plane to begin filming in Atlanta. It was her role as Jane ‘Eleven’ Ives in the series that transformed her into a fully-fledged superstar. Since taking on the role back in 2015 Millie has been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and has won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series with her co-stars. She also took home the 43rd Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series.

In April 2018 the then 14-yearold was the youngest person to be named in Time’s 100 most influential list and the youngest person to be appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Her new found fame resulted in being featured in the music video for Sigma and Birdy’s single, Find Me, as well as commercial advertisements for Citigroup. Millie made her modelling debut in January 2017 in Calvin Klein’s By Appointment campaign and was then signed by the agency IMG Models which followed with a Moncler campaign in 2018. In April that year, the then 14-year-old was the youngest person to be named in Time’s 100 most influential list and the youngest person to be appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Hawkins and Charles Dance. It is the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla and will be the 35th film in the Godzilla franchise and the third Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio. Millie stars as Dr Mark Russell and Dr Emma Russell’s 14 year old daughter, Madison who is kidnapped

But it’s this month’s new release that has everyone talking, as the young Marbella born beauty makes her feature film debut in the Godzilla sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, alongside Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Bradley Whitford, Sally Photo by Lauren Dukoff

alongside her mother. The film is the last by executive producer, Yoshimitsu Banno, as he died on May 7th 2017. This may be Millie’s first feature film, but with a sequel, Godzilla vs. Kong scheduled for a 2020 release, we’re sure it will be another of many firsts for this local celebrity.

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ordon Ramsay, the famously foul mouthed chef, had only beautiful things to say for once… as he announced the birth of his fifth child. The couple had previously suffered a devastating miscarriage so the birth was even more joyous with Gordon posting on Instagram, “After 3 baftas and one Emmy… finally we have won an Oscar.” In the cutest reference to their new son, Oscar James. “(He) touched down at 12.58 today for some lunch.” We wouldn’t expect anything else from a Ramsay! Oscar joins his four older siblings, Matilda, twins Holly & Jack and Megan ranging from ages 17 to 21.



obbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field have announced they will not be returning to the X Factor this year, after just one year on the panel. The couple announced their departure via Instagram revealing, “A quick update from Team Williams… it’s been a very busy year so far and Vegas has been incredible - we cannot wait for June and July to do it all again... We’ve got some very big announcements coming soon - but we can’t reveal all yet. Sadly as it’s impossible to do everything, we’re gutted to tell you we won’t be able to return to The X Factor this year. We will be working on projects with Simon going forward - and as huge fans of the show, we will still be tuning into The X Factor, voting and winding Simon up!” The future of the X Factor panel now faces many questions as One Direction’s Louis is yet to confirm his return, so who will be joining Simon in the judges seats this year?

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AMAZON A fter 25 years of marriage Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos has divorced his wife MacKenzie. The couple revealed via Twitter that Jeff would retain 75% of the couple’s Amazon stock shares meaning he will continue to be the largest shareholder of the e-commerce giant, valued at more than 900 million dollars, as well as gain voting control over his former wife’s remaining shares. Bezos will also maintain ownership of the couple’s shares in The Washington Post and his space exploration company, Blue Origin. MacKenzie Bezos will retain 4 percent of Amazon, worth about 35.7 billion dollars and tweeted, “Grateful to have finished

the process of dissolving my marriage with Jeff with support from each other and everyone who reached out to us in kindness. Happy to be giving him all of my interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75% of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares to support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies.” According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person and will remain in this position even after the divorce.


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he Duchess of Sussex is keen to follow in the footsteps of the Queen by giving birth in her new home, Frogmore Cottage, to avoid the ‘goldfish bowl’ of the hospital ward. Sources stressed that Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their first child within weeks, have not ruled out a hospital delivery because a woman having a baby over the age of 35 is at an increased risk of a premature birth or the need for an epidural or caesarean. But as she has sailed through her pregnancy she would love to have a safe delivery in the privacy of the cottage. If she does go ahead with the home birth, Meghan could give birth without any pain relief at all, but would also have the option of gas and air, a warm bath, a birth pool, TENS or relaxation techniques such as hypnobirthing, which Californian Meghan, who favours alternative therapies, is reported to have studied.

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anessa Hudgens has revealed she likes to challenge her body with different diets depending on what’s happening in her life. Selfdescribed as an exercise fanatic, Vanessa switches between Keto and Intermittent Fasting. “I’ve been intermittent fasting a lot, because for me, I love pasta, I love pizza, and when I’m not eating carbs I feel like a little piece of me dies,” Vanessa told PEOPLE magazine with a laugh. “Intermittent fasting is great, because when I am fasting – those first two weeks are definitely rough, I’m not going to lie, but after that I feel more grounded and powerful in my workouts. And I get the nutrients that I need when I eat, but I also eat what I want. Hudgens says she eats for six hours – between noon and 6pm – and fasts for the other 18. “I feel like it’s a recipe that works for me,” she continued. “Everyone’s different of course, but for me, that’s what’s been the most beneficial so far.”


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PAGES &... Did you know that reading enhances your memory; every time you read something new your brain “makes room” to fit it in. So, if you want to keep your memory on top form lie back and pick up one of our favourite fiction choices for May.

THE NIGHT BEFORE by Wendy Walker

Riveting and compulsive, national bestselling author Wendy Walker’s The Night Before takes you to deep, dark places few thrillers dare to go as two sisters uncover long-buried secrets when an internet date spirals out of control.

THE BRIDE TEST by Helen Hoang

TAKEN by Kiley Rebecca Zanett

As a mixed race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to move to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, believing this could be the break her family needs. However things don’t quite go to plan and Esme’s learns some lessons in love herself.

Stubborn ex-soldier, Hunter Holt, jumps to action when he is called on to help find a lost foster kid, even if it means working with the woman who broke his heart five years ago. Faye Smith has spent the last five years trying to get her life back on track, she knows she should of turned towards Hunter and not away from him, maybe now they will get another chance?

THE FARM by Joanne Ramos Nestled in the Hudson Valley is a sumptuous retreat boasting every amenity; organic meals, private fitness trainers, daily massages… and it’s all for free! In fact, you get paid big money to spend a few seasons at the Farm. The catch? For nine months you belong to them, you can’t leave the grounds, your every move in monitored as all that’s important is the all-consuming task of producing the perfect baby for your super wealthy clients!



Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for the insurance money in the 1970’s. With the help of a savvy lawyer he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted – thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.

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PICTURES ALADDIN Starring: Will Smith, Marwan Kenzari, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud The exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Richie and starring Will Smith as the larger-than-life Genie this Disney remake is one not to miss!

POMS Starring: Diane Keaton, Phyllis Somerville, Celia Weston This uplifting comedy tells the story of Martha, a woman who moves into a retirement community and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents, proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Michael Dougherty, Vera Farmiga Featuring Marbella’s own Millie Bobby Brown, the new Godzilla story follows the heroic efforts of the cryptozoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species, thought to be mere myths, rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

BOOKSMART Starring: Olivia Wilde, Natalie Portman, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell Booksmart follows the story of Dever and Feldstein’s characters, two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high school graduation, suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.


THE HUSTLE Starring: Anne Hathaway, Chris Addison, Rebel Wilson This hilarious new comedy stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the dirty, rotten men who have wronged them!

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Described as ‘my life in songs,’ Sting’s new album is comprised of the 17time Grammy Award winner’s most celebrated hits, each reshaped and reimagined for 2019. Speaking on his approach to the album Sting says, “some of them reconstructed, some of them refitted, some of them reframed, but all of them with a contemporary focus.” The album celebrates Sting’s illustrious musical career as one of the world’s most distinctive and influential artists. Since performing as The Police in 1977 with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summer, Sting has evolved into one of the world’s most iconic artists, selling 100 million records and earning the highest accolades along the way.

On the Radar 9 LIL KIM

9 will be Lil Kim’s first new album in 14 years! Whilst the rapper has released a handful of mixtapes in recent years, this will be the first proper album since The Naked Truth back in 2005. Lil Kim announced via Twitter her long awaited comeback. During an interview with Billboard, the artist described the album as a ‘happy medium’ that she wanted in her music saying, “things change, and I want to give my fans what I did and a little bit of something new. My fans have seen me on some hardcore ****…They’ve seen that. I’ve done that. And last but not least… I’ve lived that. So it’s like, let’s SHAGGY see another side of Kim. Why not? Let’s see a fun side, a sexy side.”



This month Carly Rae Jepsen drops her new album, Dedicated, her first full-length album following the success of 2015’s Emotion. A year later she put out a collection of outtakes from the album’s recording sessions called, ‘Emotion Side B.’ It has been confirmed the new album will feature the recent releases, ‘Now That I Found You’ and ‘No Drug Like Me.’ If that isn’t exciting enough, Jepsen will take this album on the road later this year in a newlyconfirmed US tour from June 2019.



Wah Gwaan?! Embodying Shaggy’s Jamaican roots, global reach, contagious joy and his introspective side, Wah Gwaan?! (a Jamaican patois greeting meaning ‘what’s goin’ on?) is a collection of 12 compelling tracks by the talented musical star. Both new and established artists of all genres influenced his rich sound including 19-year old Canadian vocalist, Alexander Stewart, superstar Shenseea and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Stacy Barthe. Wah Gwaan can be summarised as a robust musical journey by a musician/ songwriter/entertainer/armed forces veteran that invites the listener in with vibrancy, urgency and hope.


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.


Having recently travelled through parts of Southeast Asia I feel utterly horrified at the lack of worldwide education concerning environmental issues. The feeling gave rise to this article which I hope touches some nerves and inspires you all to continue the good fight in preserving this planet. One of the best contributions we can offer to our planet’s conservation is to educate the children, not just to recycle, but to show them the beauty this earth has to offer and why it is essential that they help to save it, and, just as importantly, how. Inspire them to watch David Attenborough, take them travelling, let them watch real-life documentaries on the matters at hand. We don't only want to show the negative effects of humans on the planet but also what it is we are trying to preserve; we need to show them that this place is worth saving and that they need to take some responsibility for it. If they understand habitats, eco-systems, the lifestyles of animals and then examples of how human activity destroys this, it may inspire them more to


conserve, preserve and make choices that make an environmentally friendlier impact. If a child knows that the consumption of beef worldwide has wiped out thousands of acres of rainforest, and contributes to the destruction of our ozone, perhaps they’ll refrain from eating it. Seeing the devastation with their own eyes and understanding it is the only way to pass on this knowledge. Perhaps if they came to realise that the demolition of rainforests destroys those eco systems, habitats and animals they have come to know about and be interested in, this knowledge may push them to help make a difference. Let’s encourage them to eat less, or no, meat and promote eating fresh fruit and vegetables instead. Reduce waste buy only buying foods that are not contained in a package. Always use aluminium water bottles and refill them, no single use plastic! All of this is beneficial to both the environment and their nutrition and health. Win win. If a child saw one of the most beautiful places on earth and returned a few years later to find it covered in plastic, perhaps it would inspire them to refrain from buying anything plastic. Just telling someone to do something doesn’t often have the impact required to instigate change, especially when it comes to human habits. I know this may not be possible so I’m trying to promote other, simpler methods we can use to make the necessary influences on their minds and hearts.


Always explain why… When we do ask that they recycle, we need to explain why. Maybe a weekend project of going to your local recycling plant will help them to understand the way in which materials are recycled but we still need to tackle the actual purpose of doing it in the first place. Having lived not too far away from a landfill in the foothills of Casares I had to daily experience the horror (not to mention the smell) of the amount of trash we are piling into our earth. I began to imagine that landfill multiplied by the amount of people in the world and how devastating that will eventually be. I have shown this and explained it to our children and it seems to be taking effect. As is the fact that this is a country which is trying to deal with their waste; imagine all those that are not and the hearts start to sink. Take them to a landfill, show them what it is we are doing all over the world. All our waste either ends up in a place like that, being burned and causing toxic fumes to pollute the air, or in the oceans where it destroys sea creatures and life. If a child can understand the negative effects of pollution, they may decide against being a part of it. By opening their eyes to this we are empowering them to take control and make their own decisions. Another great way to encourage a positive impact is to organise a clean up; choose a beach, local park or forest, get a few friends together and make a day out of removing unwanted rubbish from our own habitats. We live near a river in Gaucin and each weekend a lot of people descend upon the swimming

spot there. Many of them sadly leave their rubbish behind as though there is a secret campo garbage collector that is going to magically appear to clean up after them. Sometimes they are even thoughtful enough to put everything in a plastic bag, tie it neatly and then dump it at the side of the track for him to find. Worse still some end up floating down the river headed for the sea! It’s heartbreaking to see but this is what happens when people are not educated as to why this is wrong. I’m thinking about asking the children to make a sign saying “please leave only your footprints behind” just to gently discourage the persistent littering. Our kids became aware of “rubbish in nature” I think inspired by a forest clean up they did once. Now, whenever we are out and about, in the car, walking on the beach or wherever we happen to be, and they notice something that has no place being in a tree or a bush or the sea or river, they demand we stop and retrieve it, take it with us and dispose of it properly. It doesn’t matter whether it is our rubbish or not, it is our environment and garbage doesn’t belong there, so we’ve got to make a difference and remove it before it does any damage. They've inspired me to do the same. If they appoint themselves as ecowarriors (they can even wear capes and masks if they want, whatever works!) we can encourage them that by doing this they are global super heroes rescuing the planet from drowning in rubbish. Because it is the truth! This purposeful

and positive notion will be seen by their peers, and of course grown-ups too which may pass on this message to more and more people and help to spread the word. Recycling in the home is a must as everything begins in the home. Having separate bins for plastic, glass and paper as well as fresh food scraps which can be made into compost is the first step. If recycling is a normal thing at home, it will become standard practice everywhere else. If we encourage them to reuse items from our own refuse we also inspire their creativity. We can encourage them to look up ways to reduce, reuse and recycle and let them make new stuff out of old. Our carbon footprint is something which can be monitored. If a child understands this concept and what affects it then they can conscientiously work toward reducing theirs and their family’s impact on the world. The eco-warrior attitude can be something they can really embrace and put to work. We are giving them the mission to make sure their own negative impact is kept to a minimum and why this is important. Let’s explain to them why we don’t waste water, or electricity, or any resources. It isn’t easy to achieve but if we try our best to teach the children we are making a huge step in the right direction. I’m pretty sure in a few years they’ll be teaching us what we could do to reduce our negative impact on the environment and help to make things better for their children to come.


Hold On By Ian Greenland



t's long been scientifically proven that babies require tactile affection to flourish both mentally and physically. Whilst bonding skills learned in early years set a template for future relationships, the consequences of insufficient human touch run even deeper than our ability to develop empathy and trust. As tragically improbable as it might sound, research into orphanages with high mortality rates discovered that even when provided adequate nutrition, babies starved of physical contact such as nuzzling, holding and cuddling actually stopped growing properly and eventually died.


a “love hormone” which promotes attachment and is present through pregnancy, birth and in subsequent early bonding. Secreted primarily in the brain's hypothalamus then released into the bloodstream via the pituitary gland, Oxytocin influences mood, behaviour and physiology, alleviating social anxiety and producing those feelings of trust. It can induce a reduction in the stress hormone cortisol, so a friendly embrace before a best man speech might just see you finish without fainting or diving out a window.


Zombie apocalypses notwithstanding, human contact clearly makes us happier, healthier and better adjusted. Proper contact that is. Not just saying “thank you” to the Amazon delivery guy but prolonged, physical touch with another human. Still not convinced? Answer me this. Before we all flew in planes and drove around in the little isolation pods we call cars, back when piggy-backs were the only reliable mode of transport, how many nuclear wars were there?? That's right, ZERO probably.

In a study of some 100 subjects over four years, scientists at the University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute found the very DNA of youngsters to be altered by the levels of affection and physical attention they received from five weeks of age. By studying age-related chromosomal markers, the scientists were able to compare and contrast the biochemical development of their snot-nosed little candidates. In effect, the very cells of the highly nurtured children were more mature, suggesting associated benefits to growth and development. As a species whose very genetic make-up thrives on physical touch, it's ironic we've found more and more ways to isolate ourselves from one another, whether that's the headphones we wear on the bus or the screens we stare into on the train. In an age where technology allows us to stay more connected than ever before, anxiety, stress, depression and feelings of loneliness are at an all time high. Are we too preoccupied trying to poke someone we Like on facebook to hold the people we love? It's not just babies who need affection medical studies confirm the health benefits of physical touch continue throughout our lives. Hugs can increase our self esteem, reminding us at a cellular level of the comfort and validation we received when held as children. Next time a pop-up ad snidely implies you're fat or old or have bad skin, a hug may just remind you of your self-worth. Meanwhile, that exchange of human affection builds trust, empathy and feelings of safety and security. Hugs are a mutually beneficial investment in a relationship. Further research shows those relationships which feature them tend to be stronger and last longer. They further alleviate stress by encouraging the release of oxytocin,

My partner and I, exhausted at the end of most days from the demands of work and toddlers are partial to a relaxing, but not particularly intimacy-inducing episode or three. We've toyed with the idea of sustained, tantric hugs whilst binge-watching but the physical logistics of it would require a computer screen either end of the bed, so we stick to sitting side-by-side and holding hands which is still nice. The only time Gemma breaks contact is to cover her eyes during a scary part. And what happens? Someone usually dies gruesomely! PROOF the boffins are right.

HUG YOU IDIOTS! Even a leg squeeze or reassuring hand on a shoulder can improve your physical health, with the sensation of touch encouraging pressure receptors called Pacinian corpuscles to send signals to the vagus nerve in the brain, an area responsible for lowering blood pressure and promoting better heart health. As stress effectively weakens our immune systems, increased human touch can be a potential remedy, rather than catalyst for the spread of viruses. Research of a pool of over 400 candidates showed that people with greater social support and more frequent hugs were less likely to catch a virus after exposure. Maybe if the characters on The Walking Dead spent a bit more time cuddling the zombies and a bit less time bashing their brains in with hockey sticks, everything would be ok....

According to the scientists, the magic figure is 20. That's the number of seconds you should hold a hug to get that proper heart rate-lowering, anti-stress, bondforming chemical kick. Now that might seem a lot in our ADHD-inducing modern world (and would certainly lead to some concerned “everything ok hun??” looks if unleashed on a mate unannounced) but if the payoff could be a longer life and greater sense of wellbeing, it's certainly worth a shot. Even aiming for the expertadvised minimum of 8 daily hugs (160 seconds or nearly 3 minutes invested) is totally viable and who knows what the impact might be on the UK's 15.4 million working days lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety last year. Of course if you're reading this while sipping Sangria on your sunny Spanish terrace, you might scoff at the necessity but still, it can't hurt... unless you're doing it very wrong. We're inherently social creatures and an expanding body of research confirms affection, cuddling, friendly touch, family visits, hand holding etc. improve not just our individual health and life expectancy, but the safety, security and cooperation of the societies we form, so HUG you idiots! Just remember to get consent, either explicit or implied before you cling onto someone like a stag beetle or you might inadvertently counteract those benefits with a rather stressful stay inside. iangreenland.uk






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An afternoon of pampering is most people’s idea of heaven, but when you have a ten month old learning to walk and are five months pregnant, it’s a total dream. This month my dream came true as I was invited to experience all that the new Lash Crowd sister brand, SKIN, has to offer.

Situated on the entrance to Puerto Banus, this contemporary salon caters to woman looking for a five star experience with a distinctively feminine touch. While the name showcases their speciality, eyelash extensions, you may be surprised to hear that this aesthetically stunning haven offers much more than just long lashes. With everything from nails and massage to make-up, waxing and threading in their portfolio. Lash Crowd’s Pinterest-perfect pink and grey interior is accented with plush velvet loungers and rose gold touches, which, in combination, creates not only an aura of serenity and calm but is also an Instagram dream. With the arrival of new manager,


Sharon Cassius, comes a wealth of five star spa experience and the arrival of award winning skincare Medik8, a range that is beloved by beauty editors, celebrities and fashion influencers alike as well as the Venus Legacy Body Contouring Machine. Being pregnant my colleague prepared to be contoured while I headed to one of the spacious and exquisitely decorated treatment rooms to sample a personalised facial with Medik8.

Whilst I couldn’t sample the body contouring, I was intrigued. Venus Legacy uses Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields to produce heat under the skin’s surface. “The process helps to naturally increase the collagen and elastin fibers, whilst also shrinking the volume of fat cells,” explained Sharon. “The adjustable pulsed suction also gently works to pull the skin upward, the result is a body that looks slimmer and more sculpted, skin that looks tighter and cellulite that has significantly reduced.” Now who doesn’t want that! Sharon went on to explain that they recommend 6-8 sessions per area for the most effective results. Before my facial began Sharon and I talked about my skin and what I wanted to achieve, she explained that Medik8 prides itself on delivering visible results and this was one of the reasons she was such an advocate of the range. With each facial experience carefully curated to rejuvenate and transform the skin, each treatment is designed to provide results not only you but your friends will notice. The experienced


therapists at SKIN tailor every treatment to the ever-changing needs of your skin to ensure you receive an entirely bespoke experience. For the next hour, I lay back in a state of total relaxation as I experienced a deep cleanse, a light peel and a face, neck and arm massage that almost had me drifting off to sleep. As the treatment came to an end, I touched my face and sure enough everything felt softer and bouncier. Whilst I could have lay on the bed all day, I was eager to see the results of my pampering session so I rose and walked over to the window to see my skin looking radiant, smooth and pillowy plus the stubborn puffiness under my eyes (from lack of sleep during the last ten months) was finally gone. I looked truly refreshed. So take it from a pregnant mum, if you’re looking to escape your day-to-day life for a few hours and walk away looking like you’ve had 12 hours of blissful sleep (if I only I had managed that too), then find a space for SKIN at Lash Crowd in your diary this week. T. 951 765 408 skinmarbella.com



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Eva George is a Marbella-based Certified Blockchain Consultant and Content Writer with a love for good coffee, yoga, and cool gadgets. For business enquiries visit www.evageorge.global E: contact@evageorge.global

We are living in a digital age where it’s become easier to access your financial credit record than it is to access your own health records. Companies can find out in-depth knowledge of your financial history, yet doctors cannot easily find out simple details about your medical history if you switch clinics or went on holiday... It’s also pretty hard to verify that all medical professionals are in fact licensed and insured. All that is set to change over the next decade as Blockchain paves the road for a more transparent, ethical and safer way to deal with our health and medical matters.

BLOCKCHAIN BASICS Originally built as the tech behind Bitcoin, Blockchain is a highly secure ledger that records and stores digital assets and transactions. All transactions are entered into ‘blocks’ and instantly linked to all previous blocks on the ‘chain’, secured by cryptography Anything entered onto a Blockchain is immutable (can’t be edited or deleted) Blockchains are peer-to-peer, creating a decentralized network without the middle man. A Blockchain can either be public or private with permission only access.

Let’s look at just four ways Blockchain could revolutionize the health and medical industry (there are many more).

SHARING YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION It is not uncommon for people to switch GP or healthcare provider, but when we do it becomes difficult to share the historical data. Medical data can often be lost in the process of changing provider. Blockchain would securely store and give access to complete, accurate medical records across healthcare organizations where ever you are in the world. Patients who are part of the Blockchain would then be able to approve or deny any sharing or changes to their data, helping to ensure a higher level of privacy and greater control. This could also include sharing information with your wearables like a heart rate watch with your GP, or with a hospital you need to visit while on holiday for example. Using Blockchain to store and share health data could lead to a significant improvement in treatments and aftercare, whether it’s obtained from medical devices, wearables, or from internal hospital procedures.

Using Blockchain to store and share health data could lead to a significant improvement in treatments and aftercare

REDUCING WAITING TIMES AT HOSPITALS If we go to a new hospital, we often have to waste time queuing and filling out appropriate forms for admission often repeating information on different documents for various departments to provide information about everything from your current health status, to your insurance details. Since Blockchain can allow sensitive information to be stored and sent securely, entrepreneurs are now using this to create mobile apps that would allow us to fill in digital admission forms and send them to the clinic or hospital ahead of arrival. This would mean less manual paperwork for both health professionals and patients, plus it would streamline the entire process.


It would finally give us the ability to check out any doctors or surgeons anywhere in the world, so we could make more informed and trusted decision for any health treatments or cosmetic surgery. Of course, if our health data was also on the Blockchain, then after their prearrival forms were sent in, it would be available instantly to doctors before we even reached the hospital. Think how much this could help in so many situations and emergencies!

CHECK THE CREDENTIALS AND QUALIFICATIONS OF DOCTORS AND SURGEONS Barely a week goes by when we hear about another botch job by backstreet cosmetic surgeons, or unlicensed physicians carrying on working anyway. This is another key aspect of healthcare Blockchain can help solve by ensuring that only genuine physicians with verified credentials make it into to the healthcare ecosystem. It would also finally give us the ability to check out any doctors or surgeons anywhere in the world, so we could make more informed and trusted decision for any health treatments or cosmetic surgery.

DRAMATICALLY REDUCE COUNTERFEIT DRUGS One of the biggest challenges that affect the pharma supply chain is rampant counterfeit or fake medicines. These fake or compromised drugs are the result of poor manufacturing practices & techniques, ineffective storage, theft of drugs and medicines, and production of low quality or counterfeit products. The estimated

value of this counterfeit drug market, ranges from €150 to 200 billion globally! Blockchain is able to track each step that a medicine or drug product takes on its journey from production to the end consumer, as well as store every tiny detail of information about it. This would give pharmacists clear insights into the quality/content of the products they are selling and it would save millions from the effects of counterfeit drugs and medicines.

WHY ISN’T IT HAPPENING NOW? Blockchain is still a relatively new technology and while it has been used extensively in the financial industry, the health industry is still facing some teething problems. It is currently still too complex to scale up to the size truly needed. There are blockchain-based health businesses up and running, but more development is needed as the current solutions aren’t yet optimised to handle such large volumes of data. Experts agree that the scalability issue is one of the biggest obstacles for this promising new technology in healthcare, but it’s still a priority to incorporate it.

The estimated value of the counterfeit drug market, ranges from €150 to 200 billion globally!

Join me in next month’s edition of SOCIETY Marbella where we discuss how Blockchain could completely transparentize charities and donations once and for all.



Hi my name is Clare Navas and I’m the founder of TLE the mother of two boys and a hemp enthusiast! I am dedicated to changing the perception of the cannabis industry and committed to producing the best organic range of hemp based products that will truly benefit the mind body and soul of my customers. Let’s kick off this month with a fresh mind set to help improve our overall health and wellbeing! The Leaf Elite theleafextracts@gmail.com theleafelite.com

It’s May and Spring is truly here with the beautiful sunshine and warmer weather naturally bringing a smile to all our faces. However, the weather doesn’t always bring us the happiness that we desire and stress and anxiety can still be a part of many peoples lives. We will be looking at how CBD and other natural remedies such as exercise and diet can help relieve this problem. I’ve also got a great mood boosting recipe for a quick pick me up and finally the TLE journey, what’s been happening behind the scenes.

So what is anxiety and why do so many people suffer from it? While we don’t normally think of anxiety as desirable, it’s actually a critical adaptive response that can help us cope with threats to our safety and welfare. These responses help us recognise potential threats; it literally activates flight or fight mode! In modern day this could help to motivate us to take action to improve our situation (work harder, pay bills, improve relationships, etc.). The problem arises when we don’t manage these natural responses effectively, they can become maladaptive and impact our work and relationships. This can lead to clinically diagnosable anxiety-related disorders. We’ve all heard the saying, “stress kills.” And It’s true! So we need keep an eye on what we are feeling and learn to read the signs.

whom also received a prescription for such drugs in both of the two previous years. 1.6 million people prescribed antidepressants in the past year were “new” users, meaning they were not being prescribed such drugs in either 2015-16 or 201617.


More than four million people in England are long-term users of antidepressants. Data released under the Freedom of Information Act shows that more than 7.3 million people were prescribed antidepressants in 2017-18, 4.4 million of


According to The Guardian they examined data from NHS England, so these figures exclude drugs prescribed or dispensed by hospitals, prisons and private practice.

NHS figures released to The Times show some 1,844 children aged under 10 are taking the drugs and more than half a million people aged 18-24 were given antidepressants last year, 11 per cent of the age group. (Independent UK) I also discovered that the mental health organisation in the UK carried out a survey and the results were staggering.


74% 81% of women said this compared to 67 percent of men. year-olds said this compared to 65% of people aged and over. 83% of55 18-24 said they had experienced suicidal feelings as a result 32% ofof adults stress 35% of women said this compared to 29 percent of men. 18-24 year-olds said this compared to 25 percent of adults 39% ofaged 55 and over. 16% of adults said they had self-harmed as a result of stress. 18% of women said this compared to 13 percent of men. 18-24 year-olds said this compared to 6 percent of adults 29% ofaged 55 and over. of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

I feel the reason for the huge number of people feeling like this is due to the amount of environmental influences that we are faced with on a daily basis which we just didn’t have before. The fact that we can be reached 24/7 with the invention of mobile phones, increasing pressures on the young with exams and the society’s obsession with social media putting utmost stress on the youth of today. We have access to everything but so many people feel lost and out of control of their situations.

What is truly worrying is that we are turning into a society that craves quick fixes and more doctors are prescribing numerous drugs to treat anxiety-related disorders, to both the young and the old. Unfortunately, we have no idea of the detrimental long term effects especially for these younger patients. In my opinion the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac and Zoloft to tranquilizers such as Valium and Xanax maybe a short term answer for some severe cases but definitely should be avoided at all costs and not prescribed to any youths at all.


So what is CBD and how can it help us …. CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the naturally occurring 118 compounds found in the cannabis/hemp plant, the plant with an infamous history which is finally making a comeback thanks to the undeniable amounting evidence supporting its medicinal benefits. When I found out about the miraculous properties of this plant I made it my purpose in life to change the perception of this plants current image. CBD is now being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world as a safe, non-addictive substance. This is one of the “phytocannabinoids,” along with THC, CBG and CBN which are unique to cannabis and endow the plant with its robust therapeutic profile and ultimately perfectly synchronises with our endocannbinoid system. Recently CBD has generated a tremendous amount of interest among consumers, clinicians, and scientists. The fact is that there are thousands of testimonials online supporting its beneficial effects and numerous animal studies suggest that CBD has powerful anti-anxiety properties. It also appears safe, well-tolerated, and may be beneficial to treat a number of serious health issues and one of them being anxiety-related disorders, including: Panic disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Social phobia Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Depression CBD exerts several actions in the brain that explain why it could be effective in treating anxiety. Future research comparing CBD and SSRIs effect on neurogenesis could open up promising new avenues in how we understand anxiety and how to most effectively treat it.



Quick Recipe Exercise should be a part of every body’s life and it certainly helps stimulate the endocannabinoid system thus improving mood. No one has ever said I regret doing that work out. Keeping active is a great way to push the troubles out of your mind. Spend time in nature, do some meditation or join us at Dynamic Gym, they have a number of great programs that could help combat stress including JUIJITSU. Natural Remedies are the best! When clients come to visit me I always recommend diet and exercise alongside any CBD combination to help improve the absorption and effectiveness of the cannabis plant products.

SELF LOVE SMOOTHIE This is a super smoothie to help you boost your mood and ease anxiety, enjoy anytime you feel the need for a bit of self love. Ingredients ½ AVOCADO ¼ BANANA 6 BLUEBERRIES SQUEEZE OF LEMON 1/4 TEASPOOON TUMERIC 1 DROP OF TLE CBD TINCTURE 200ML HEMP MILK 400ML ALMOND MILK Blend and pour over ice … Enjoy!


Foods to help combat stress and anxiety: Turkey, Bananas and Oats: These are good sources of the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted to serotonin in the body and may promote relaxation and anxiety relief. Eggs, Meat and Dairy Products: All provide high-quality protein including essential amino acids that produce the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, which have the potential to improve mental health. Whole Grains – Chia, Hemp Seeds, Brown Rice and complex carbohydrates: Chia seeds are another good source of brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help with anxiety. Citrus Fruits and Bell Peppers: These fruits are rich in vitamin C, which has antioxidant properties that may help reduce inflammation and prevent

damage to cells that may promote anxiety. Almonds: Almonds provide a significant amount of vitamin E, which has been studied for its role in anxiety prevention. Walnuts: Theses help reduce depression, are a good source of protein and its omega 3’s supports brain health. Blueberries: Blueberries are high in vitamin C and other antioxidants, such as flavonoids, that have been studied for their ability to improve brain health and thus help with anxiety relief. Fatty Fish: Mackerel, blue fish, wild salmon, and tuna. These are rich in Omega 3 and fatty acids. These fish have amazing brain boosting properties, improve circulation and overall risk of heart disease. Dark Chocolate: Helps release serotonin and relaxes the blood vessels of the cardio vascular system. Green, Chamomile & Hemp Tea: Rich source of antioxidants. Spices: Turmeric improves mood and is an anti inflammatory.


Testimon ial I have been using the 5% TLE elite tincture for 1 month now. I have found that its improved my sleep, I feel calmer and more focused, the diet recommendations really helped as well. Tara Flethcher 39, London

Foods to avoid:. Processed grains, such as white bread Alcohol (specifically, chronic use or binge drinking) Refined sugar Trans fats Foods fried in vegetable oil Non-organic foods that contain pesticides Anxiety and stress are things that we will always have to deal with, it's how we address them. The most important factor is finding the strength within and by using a combination of natural therapies including CBD and hemp based products we can help combat these sensations and experiences which will help us lead a happier and more balanced life.

TL E the journey continues After a hectic month of meetings and interviews finally we will be able to launch our new range. We are still fighting legislation issues due to the fact that it is part of the cannabis plant. Unfortunately, due to the nature of this industry and the huge pharmaceutical influence in the government this is looking like there will be constant challenge. There will be changes that we will have to address as they arise, but we will not stop as we believe in the power of the plant and the benefits that it can bring to its consumers and the sustainability of the planet. Our great new products include new strengths of TLE organic tincture 20% and Organic hemp capsules 3,5% for ease of use. Limited edition reusable glass jars are available to help us save the environment. We’ve also crafted a fantastic muscle rub, and soothing body lotion to ease pain and inflammation whilst addressing a number of other skin related issues. Please do not hesitate to contact us at www.theleafelite. com or by email theleafextracts@gmail.com regarding the featured subjects and or new products.

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“The human body is forever forgiving. Your body wants to heal. It CAN heal.” Anthony William, Medical Medium


he statement above is a game-changer IF you believe it. Think about it, those are powerful words. YOUR body will fight for you like nothing else and no one else. Yet, why is it the first thing you blame when it starts to fall apart? You can mistreat it, abuse it, ignore it, and take it for granted, yet it will come out swinging for you. Think about what you put your body through in only a week’s time.

SLEEP DEPRIVATION, CHRONIC STRESS, PROCESSED FOOD, AN OVERLOAD OF CHEMICALS If you’re eating anything and everything under the sun without a care, you’re subjecting your liver, gallbladder, pancreas, heart and everything in between to dangers. When you’re sleep deprived and chronically stressed, it’s your “success” badge of honor, yet disrespectful to your body.



At the core of it is much more than the inability to resist food temptations, relax, and get some sleep. The crux of the issue is the disjointment between your body and soul. You aren’t born with this divide. Your life path dictates much of the damage to your soul, but life itself doesn’t create the divide, you do. You lose touch with your spirit and convictions and make thoughtless choices as a result. We all have been guilty at some point of using mindlessness to fill the emptiness and pain with what I refer to as soul ‘killers’. Food becomes a natural medication to erase the emotions you aren’t capable or ready to deal with and while we all know that the food form of therapy doesn’t work, the path to resolve isn’t a jog. Starting your journey to healing begins with kindness. It takes a lot of compassion, being a little kinder to yourself, loving yourself. When you begin to care for it in the right way, your body has the ability to rejuvenate and restore from the most extreme conditions and diseases. It is when you truly listen to your body that you connect to it. Give your body the nourishment you’re yearning for and everything will change. Your mindset has to be that YOU deserve to heal. YOU deserve happiness. YOU can feel whole. YOU deserve to be well. And the foundation of a good life is

good health. You deserve to heal, to tap into your body’s restorative mechanisms. You deserve to be happy and well.

ARE YOU READY TO BEGIN YOUR OWN JOURNEY TO HEALING? Be kind to yourself and take the time to care for yourself in all ways; emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally. The first part of being kind to yourself is to remove judgement and remove time. There is no clock to race against, there is no need to feel shame for your wounds. Caring for yourself goes well beyond clean eating and physical exercise. Your relationship with yourself is the most important one you will ever have. Talk to yourself in a loving manner, make time for yourself, challenge yourself, and even date yourself! Remember, healing is a process. As you begin your personal growth process, situations arise that will test you. The spotlight will shine on the parts of yourself that need work. Healing is not for the faint of heart. You may have heard it in other arenas, but healing is very much a “trust the process” type of experience. It’s not unusual for those feelings we don’t want to feel to pop up. Anger, sadness, fear… those aren’t fun. Accept it, release it, and move forward in your process. Embracing the process allows us to embrace the parts of ourselves that are who we are. You accept the limitations, you recognise the role ego plays, and you begin to heal wounds. This healing is higher consciousness progress and meeting your needs at the deepest levels. This is the path to enlightened living, the path to receiving all that you need.




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We are once again joined by Reflections’ celebrity hairstylist Jonathan Yeadon, whose A-List clientele includes Victoria Beckham and Simon Cowell. Jonathan is loved not only for his mindblowing colouring skills but his outrageous personality as well.



For those of you who are new to reading Jonathan’s column, or simply for anyone who would love to find out how one of the coast’s top colourists got to where he is now, then sit down, grab a cuppa and let us take you on a journey that started in Bradford in the 80s and ends up in Marbella. This two part interview will delve into Jonathan’s colourful career from opening a salon with a rather insane business partner to his glittering celebrity clientele. This is a warts and all confession style look into the life of celebrity hairdresser Jonathan Yeadon.


a ving spent a life time as a young child in hair salons it was as much in my blood as working down the bar. If you ever wanted to find my mum, she was either at the cash and carry or getting her hair done. My grandma, mum and aunties all had their hair done twice a week, come rain or shine, money or no money. My earliest memory as a child is my mum’s hairdresser letting me take the rollers out, after my mum had been baked under the hood dryer. I remember being absolutely amazed, (I will never forget that feeling,) at how my mother’s hairdresser brushed out her hair and backcombed it up into... my mum! That began my love of hairdressing. I was 16 years old when I finally plucked up the courage to tell my Mum that I wanted to be a hairdresser. She turned to me and said, ‘You bloody well won’t. You think I’ve spent ten years pulling pints behind a bar for you to be a hairdresser. You will go to university and get a degree.’ After many a night arguing I eventually agreed to do my A Levels on the terms that if I still wanted to be a hairdresser, my mum would support me in every way. This was the first time I caught her out lying. Did she let me apply to

hairdressing college? Did she heck! She instead brought home a job application for the Commercial Union, filled it out for me and sent me off to the interview. I only ended up getting the job didn’t I? I absolutely hated my time working there, but it you want to know anything about personal insurance, I’m your man.

I REMEMBER BEING ABSOLUTELY AMAZED, (I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT FEELING,) AT HOW MY MOTHER’S HAIRDRESSER BRUSHED OUT HER HAIR AND BACKCOMBED IT UP INTO... MY MUM! THAT BEGAN MY LOVE OF HAIRDRESSING. In 1989 my friend opened a salon and I got a job working for her on a Saturday. From the first day I KNEW it was exactly what I wanted to do. I eventually told my Mum I was leaving my job and joining the salon team full time as a junior. She didn’t take it well. ‘Do what you bloody like, I am sick of you,’ she snapped at me. It goes without saying that from that day on she didn’t pay for her hair. Later on she confided to my auntie, ‘It’s a good job that he is an alright hairdresser, can you imagine the shame of having to go to another hairdresser to do your hair, because he was no good. Oh the shame.’

Next month...we will find out how Jonathan managed to open his first salon only 2.5 years after becoming a certified hairdresser and why he decided to swap the grey skies of Manchester for the sunny shores of Spain.



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My career highlights are... well, there have been a few, so just give me a minute to think. I guess I would have to start off with being asked to look after Victoria Beckham’s hair whilst she, David and the family were staying at The Marbella Club. She was absolutely fabulous and thankfully we got on like a house on fire. She has a fantastic sense of humour, very very dry. Honestly, I could quite easily have gone on a night out with her and had a ball. She is a fantastic Mum and the kids were delightful. Victoria doesn’t take herself that seriously in real life, the business and the brand is simply a machine.

production CD's that I am after, couldn't you?’ He only bloody did. Simon was charming, charismatic, funny and a very kind man. We WON’T mention me working with that vile Rebecca Loos. Maybe she can go in a column of career regrets.

Getting to cut and style Mr. Simon Cowell’s hair on a few occasions has to be up there. One of my good friends was working for Max Clifford, who at that time was the publicity adviser to Simon. Through Max, I was introduced to many high profile clients and celebrities. One night I was having dinner with Max, Simon and a large group of friends at the old Aretusa and I turned to Simon and said, ‘Hey forget HMV, I bet you could get your hands on a few out of

Some people would call a six week waiting list a highlight, but I call it a logistical nightmare. I am however extremely grateful for my loyal client following. My mother liking the way I did her hair has to go to the top of the list of career highlights. Nothing will come close to beating that feeling.

I am known for my... colouring work, but I don’t know how that happened. I am an all-round hairdresser and love every aspect of

MY MOTHER LIKING THE WAY I DID HER HAIR HAS TO GO TO THE TOP OF THE LIST OF CAREER HIGHLIGHTS. my job, but somehow I have got the name of being a colour specialist. It’s a title deployed on me by other people as I have never called myself that. I am simply a hairdresser, full stop.

My favourite period in hairdressing was... the end of 80's, early 90's. Why? Big hair of course! You just can’t beat scrunch dried, bleached hair. I became known for my perms, mainly because I was one of the few who could create perfect spiral perms without snapping your hair off.

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PUENTE ROMANO, MARBELLA GOLDEN MILE Ref: MPV4056 Second line villa at the Puente Romano Hotel, one of the most sought-after locations in Marbella. Just a few minutes walking to the beach. It has been entirely renovated and rebuilt in a modern contemporary style, using top materials. Bright and luminous with an exquisite interior decor. Private swimming pool and low maintenance Zen gardens. Terraces with direct sea views. Garage with a built-in turntable. Beds: 4

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Detached Villa Golden Mile Independent villa in one of the best areas of Marbella, the golden mile. The house is accessed through a closed and private street, at the entrance there is a large terrace with garden area. A glazed entrance hall, living room with fireplace, a small office that was previously a guest toilet, on a slope the living room and a double door gives way to the kitchen that has been remodeled and has a dining room for daily use, a bedroom for service and a full bathroom or laundry room. On the upper floor, 4 good sized bedrooms, 2 of them with en suite bathroom and a third bathroom for the other two bedrooms. The plot is very private, without road noise; the garden surrounds the entire house there is an outside area next to the private pool that is ideal for spending the summer evenings.

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But this is Audi we are talking about, and the e-tron exudes every hallmark of the world-class design and build that we have come to expect from the marque with the four rings. To prove that their first ever production full electric car has the right stuff and a decent enough range to be practical in the real world, Audi took us to Abu Dhabi where we drove it on urban and suburban roads, highways, a twisty mountain road, and even a desert off-road course. While we had the chance to photograph the e-tron in a studio in San Francisco back in September, this and indeed a motor show stand is never a realistic or indeed flattering place to judge a new design. Abu Dhabi gave us the chance to see the e-tron in a real world environment. This first contact situation was enlightening, the e-tron perfectly blending in, its modern, elegant lines clearly identifying it as a currently generation Audi SUV, sans any pretentious, pseudo-futuristic features adopted by some electric or even hybrid cars. While the e-tron comes with 19-inch wheels standard, our test cars all wore the optional 21-inch diameter wheels, shod with 265/45ZR21 Goodyear Eagle tyres that visually shrink the car. In reality, with an overall length of 4,901mm on a 2,928mm wheelbase the e-tron sits between the Q5 and Q7 in size. The accentuated haunches over each wheel arch add muscle to the e-tron’s flanks, giving this elegant design a purposeful stance that befits its full-sized SUV status. Comfortable, well designed, and beautifully crafted, the cabin offers plenty of room in the back, along with a decent sized boot. The cabin architecture is a product of the same school of thought we have seen with the new Q3, and uses stepped horizontal layers to define different functions such as the telematics and ventilation system. This accentuates the apparent width of the car while at the same time creating a 3D effect that usefully diminishes the visual mass of the dashboard. The Audi Virtual Cockpit instrument pack will be familiar to drivers of current Audi models, with only the bespoke readouts pertaining to the cars electric drive as new features. Meanwhile the big touch activated MMI widescreen in the centre console will also be a familiar element to owners of the current generation A1, A6, A7, A8 and Q3.



With a rear compartment that offers plenty of leg and headroom for passengers, the e-tron might even become popular with VIP chauffeur companies operating in emissions conscious urban areas like Central London where free entry is granted to electric cars. Relative silence is a big part of any luxury car experience, and here Audi’s engineers pushed the boat out to reduce road and wind induced noise to an absolute minimum to match the whisper quiet electric drivetrain. “As an electric car has no internal combustion engine noise, every other sound is no longer masked,” explained Wolfram Jähn, the engineer responsive for Sound System Development. “That means road and wind noise suddenly become more prominent to occupants. While engine noise mostly changes in pitch and frequency unless you are cruising, wind and tyre rotational noise are more constant, and so become tiring over distance.” The engineers thus launched a two-pronged attack on road and wind noise, with both axles and motors receiving a blanket of sound deadening material to prevent road noise reaching the cabin. This is a fairly straightforward process with the front axle since it is further away from the cabin and occupant’s ears. However, the rear electric motor transmission unit is positioned in the centre of the multi-link rear axle right under the rear of the cabin and so requires more sound deadening as well as elastic mounts to reduce mechanical vibrations. In addition the sub-frame is decoupled from the bodyshell by bespoke rubber bushes. The double-glazing option was fitted to all our test car, along with the virtual rear mirror system whose slim aft facing cameras have a fraction of the physical size of conventional mirrors. This helps to reduce both aerodynamic drag and wind noise. The larger (20 and 21-inch) wheels available on the e-tron feature tyres with a special foam band on the inside. This technology arrived with the Mercedes-Maybach in 2015, and is even used to good effect on the McLaren 570GT. Achieving a reduction of between 6-9dB in rolling noise reduction depending on the road surface, this is a critical component for the super quiet e-tron experience.



The e-tron is powered by two asynchronous electric motors, the rear one being more powerful to achieve the desired rear-biased handling balance. The two motors jointly produce 95kWh, which is the equivalent of 402hp and 490Nm of torque. To maximise efficiency the rear motor does the driving under light load conditions, and when the car is ‘gliding’ on level ground the motors operate free of magnetic drag torque.


play. In town where they are most used the range might go as high as 530km, with recuperation accounting for up to 30% of that range. Because of this and other real world use issues EV users will have to learn a whole new paradigm based on practical range that varies with the weather and terrain amongst other things.

However, the e-tron tips the scales at a hefty 2,500kg, which takes its toll outright performance. Thus 5.7 sec to cover the 0-100km/h sprint and a 200km/h top speed are far from mind blowing.

Whether petrol or diesel, a combustion engine thrives on cold, dense air, and its fuel consumption is only slightly affected by ambient temperature. In parenthesis the power delivery and range of an electric car can drop off significantly according to downward changes in ambient temperature.

Range is a constant issue with electric cars, and the quoted 400km range is more realistically around 320km in real world conditions with a lot of highway driving where throttle off and brake recuperative charging hardly come into

However, while the e-tron can eke out 530km in careful urban driving in mild temperatures, this plummets dramatically in cold weather, with a similar level of range degradation seen in highway driving.

Thus, the combined average urban and highway range of 418km in mild temperature conditions drops to around 320km in cold weather. In addition, terrain, driving style, and heating and air-conditioning usage all affect power consumption, and hence range. Another (current) downside of EVs is their long charging times, but by developing its own fast charging system Audi has won a leg up over the Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes EQC400 4matic and Tesla Model X 75D. If you charge the e-tron from the 11kW AC mains charger provided with the car it will take all of nine hours to top up the battery. But Audi’s wall mounted 150kW three-phase DC fast charger can deliver enough juice in half an hour to take you 296km. In comparative terms this is 38%, 21% and 22% faster respectively than the e-tron’s above mentioned marketplace rivals.


TO M A N A G E E X P E C TAT I O N S L E T ’ S MAKE ONE THING CLEAR FROM T H E G E T- G O. T H E E - T R O N ’ S S I Z E , W E I G H T, A N D S U V H E I G H T M E A N T H AT I T I S N E V E R G O I N G TO B E T H E L A S T WO R D I N P E R F O R M A N C E O R H A N D L I N G O N A T W I S T Y R OA D. Once you accept this you will find that Audi’s first all-electric production car does exactly what it says on its elegant and faultlessly crafted tin, providing an admirably seamless and serene driving experience. Once you have ‘energised’ the system by pressing the Start button you select either D or R to go forwards or backwards. In D you can then select the driving mode you want such as Sport. The standard Adaptive Air Suspension hardware is shared with the Q7 so its effectiveness in providing good ride comfort is a given with Comfort, Normal and Sport settings on tap. The system has an operating height adjustment range of 76mm, and in Off-road mode the ride height is raised by 35mm. Meanwhile the four position ESC (Electronic Stabilization Control) has Sport and Offroad settings, and can also be de-activated completely. The power steering is a variable ratio system that becomes a bit more responsive when you are in Sport mode, and has quite natural feel and feedback.

To illustrate that the e-tron handles well Audi gave us the chance to push it hard through the bends on the mountain road leading to Jebel Hafeet, the highest point in Abu Dhabi. This recently constructed road has two lanes per side and so is plenty wide.

Even a Q7 equipped with the optional rear steering feels much more agile and is also lighter. Despite the more powerful rear electric motor that is supposed to deliver a more driver oriented handling balance there is simply not enough grunt to throttle steer the e-tron much.

Selecting Sport mode and reducing the ESC we charged the corners on mountain road, using both lanes on a racing line, and going deep into some of the bends on trail braking to settle the front axle and rotate the tail into the turn to reduce the inherent stabilising understeer.

We think Audi was being over ambitious in tempting us with this curvy mountain road, where it quickly became apparent that the e-tron is not a sporting SUV. Until such time as Audi offer an S or RS version, the e-tron should be considered a comfortable town and highway cruiser par excellence. Here it is in its element and cossets occupants with a level of refinement and comfort worthy of high praise indeed.

As the heavy battery pack is mounted on the floor in the middle of the car, literally the lowest point of the e-tron, it should help handling and make for a lower polar moment of inertia. That said you really feel the sheer weight of the vehicle, and despite adopting late apexes to mitigate understeer the e-tron does not respond with the agility of the much lighter Q3 or Q5.



On the sandy off-road course where we drove cars wrapped in the white, black and orange disruptive camouflage seen on the roll-out in Copenhagen earlier in the year, we soon came to appreciate the strengths of the electric drive on loose surfaces. It was very apparent that unlike with a combustion-engine vehicle where too much power can be applied, and is then cut back by the electronic traction control system, the sensors that feature millisecond response will only deploy the right amount of power to the driven wheels. Couple this to the electric motors that deliver peak torque just off ‘idle’ speed, and you have an ideal powertrain for off-road driving that offers the built-in advantages of low and high ratio gears. Thus, we made it round the off-road course with ease and no sign of wheelspin or any other traction histrionics normally encountered while negotiating loose surfaces on gradients. As the sun began to set we left the desert road and turned onto the highway that would take us back to Abu Dhabi. Cruising serenely once again at the enlightened 140km/h speed limit, the most prominent noise we heard was the constant splattering of local insect life coming to a sticky end on the front windscreen. Our drive in and around Abu Dhabi, encompassing urban, highway, and off-road driving highlighted in no uncertain terms that the e-tron is a well conceived, well engineered, and comfortable vehicle that performs as advertised.



To verify that the e-tron is no one trick pony we rated the multitude of objective qualities mentioned above during our test drive. On top of that we also scored the cars subjective feel good factor, which had been an open question before we got behind the wheel. In this regard the e-tron felt so well sorted it even managed to convince this EV sceptic just how well rounded and mature an EV can be even at this relatively early stage of the electromobility game. The only thing we never quite got used to or indeed liked was the rear mirror

camera system. While we appreciate that they reduce the cars drag coefficient from 0.28 to 0.27, the fact that the screen are flush with the door panels means that the reverse image sits at almost 90 degrees to the reality. And with the image also several inches below where you expect to find it on a normal exterior door mirror you tend to take your eyes off the road that little bit longer as you try to find it and then interpret what you see.

That freaked us out at the beginning and we were still not comfortable with it at the end of the day. Since it hardly benefits fuel economy this is one cost option we can live without. In any case this camera mirror system is not legal in a number of countries including the US, so the argument may well be a moot point where you live.

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the stunning Missy collection of beautiful, colourful, lightweight and high quality clothing suitable for all ages and ideal for the Costa del Sol weather.

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… the free flowing bubbles and a visit from Elliot Wright who opened the store by cutting the ribbon!

Congratulations and big thanks to… owner, Christina, all the

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A colourful affair at theSea Grill We attended...

designer, Katrine Korsun’s presentation of her luxury brand KORSUN’s SS19 collection at SeaGrill Puente Romano.

We marvelled at...

KORSUN’s experimentation of fusing patterns and colours to create a sophisticated collection ideal for the summer season.

We loved...

the first-class hospitality provided by SeaGrill and the Puente Romano team.

Congratulations & a big thanks to...

Katrine Korsun and the team at SeaGrill for an effortlessly elegant event.





Style meets power @ Centro Plaza We attended...

the Easter event with Maserati and Dea Kudibal at Gunnel’s Fashion in Centro Plaza.

We marvelled at…

Maserati’s entire range of spectacular high performance cars on show outside Gunnel’s Fashion.

We loved…

Danish designer, Dea Kudibal’s lastest Flash collection of silk pieces combined with unique prints.

Congratulations & big thanks to… Maserati, Dea Kudibal and Gunnel’s Fashion for an evening full of colour, laughter and beauty combined with Asian food and party music.






an impressive night of music and DJ’s at exclusive members club, Kitch.


DJ Bia, DJ Johnny Damix, Mr. Saxi and MC SO, Sorina Ionita’s unique sounds. These world champion performers and world renowned artists put together a collective masterpiece showcasing their undeniable talent.


all the performers for creating a night to remember and Kitch for hosting a musical event like no other.






the first Legal Seminar organised by Prime Invest and taught by Manzanares Abogados.


the talk by Kika Caracuel, Town Planning Delegate of the City of Marbella and Vice President of the Diputacion de Málaga, who highlighted the important role that the real estate sector holds in the Costa del Sol economy.


the purpose of the meeting; legal issues within the real estate sector such as the costs involved in the process of a buying a property.


all the speakers, ADN Agencia Creativa for organising the logistics of the event and Prime Invest.





Villa Brisas We attended... the picturesque open house of Villa Brisas 48 situated on the front line of Las Brisas Golf.

We were impressed with... this stunning modern home inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, built and finished to the highest specifications.

Congratulations to... the developer, Lifestyle Villas, and Solvilla, the exclusive listing agent on such an impressive property and a successful event.





IT’S ALL ABOUT THE VIEW WE ATTENDED… Wilma Sierra Blanca’s event to announce the boutique complex, The View Marbella.

WE ENJOYED… mingling with the coast’s most prestigious real estate agencies and learning of this luxurious project.

WE ARE EXCITED FOR… the construction to begin on the first phase of The View Marbella which will commence this summer and include 49 spacious apartments in seven emblematic buildings.

CONGRATULATIONS & BIG THANKS TO… Wilma Sierra Blanca for holding such an elegant event and on obtaining the construction license for The View Marbella, which is sure to be a welcome addition to the Costa del Sol.






the launch party for BJURFORS stunning new office in Centro Plaza.

We marvelled at…

the picturesque views from the corner location and the impressive array of properties in their portfolio, ranging from Malaga to Estepona.

We loved…

that the sun chose to make an appearance in the final hour and the delicious food and drink provided by Chilli Gourmet.

Congratulations & a big thanks to…

BJURFORS on your delightful new location.






Blackshaw’s very first open house event at one of their latest exclusive properties, Villa Eden.

We marvelled at…

this spectacular contemporary style villa with 5 bedrooms distributed between two independent residences.

We loved…

the breath-taking mountain views from the exquisite outdoor lounge area with pool.

Congratulations & a big thanks to…

Blackshaw founder, Sally Blackshaw and the entire team for inviting us to view this luxury Costa del Sol villa.


By Ian Greenland


n my youth, I had what appeared a bulletproof approach to boozing - I did it... often and lots, but never truly paid for it the next day. Whilst girlfriends and flatmates were retching in the bathroom or groaning mournfully from the sofa, I seemed to sail through unscathed, bemused by the gulf between our notions of a hangover. I wouldn't have troubled Mensa the morning after a big night out, but I'd never thrown up, didn't get headaches, nausea, memory loss or paranoia. No matter how blotto, my in-built homing beacon always got me back intact, with wallet, keys, mobile and generally dignity accounted for. Some people are good at sports, art or academia but my gift seemed to be pissing my student loan up against a wall whilst avoiding the immediate splashback. It was a truly fun time in my life which produced great memories and better friendships but you have to know when to pull the plug and in my case it was some six years ago when I woke up after an epic binge which began in Fulham and wound its way back home to Brighton via East Croydon, taking in two house parties, one nightclub and many, many pubs.... as I'd only later recall. Finding myself on a Monday morning, the wrong side of 30, still dressed in the bespoke disco-leopard onesie I'd donned for the Fulham party Saturday night, I was left to piece together my weekend. Staggering around my flat, looking for a bag and phone a niggling feeling told me I'd long since lost, I caught my reflection in the hallway mirror - the dishevelled lovechild of Cats, Starlight Express and Rab C Nesbitt stared back through red eyes, squinting against a gnawing shame it couldn't yet identify. With my flatmates all out at the type of 9 to 5's I'd chronically avoided, no means to call any of my fellow partygoers and no clues yet posted on facebook, events remained consigned to flashbacks. “The fear” began to set in. In over a decade of debauchery I'd never woken up in a jail cell or next to a corpse and despite having a big mouth, people were generally entertained, not offended by the things that came out of it, even when three sheets to the wind. Nevertheless, in the last couple of years, that bulletproof armour showed signs of


serious wear, no doubt accelerated by my status as a 30-something, habitually single, habitually pissed, budget Russell Brand. Each time I attended a friend's wedding which clearly cost more than my endeavours as a “creative” earned me in a year, getting blind drunk and kissing a bridesmaid were poor substitute for bringing a meaningful +1.

In an amazing show of solidarity for their unworthy but equally loyal clientele, the tavern paid the three figure sum to have her repaired by a specialist. Despite, or maybe because I couldn't even remember actually doing it, it was a wake up call which finally roused me from my perpetual state of “morning after”. In the intervening years, I've cleaned up my act, found an incredible lady, became a devoted dad, developed a meaningful career, bought a house and a sensible family car. I'm not saying I've been a choirboy – I've also broken bones on a stag do, been thrown in a skip and had an entire hotel in Berlin evacuated, but regular next-day jitters are thankfully a thing of the past.

As my stamina and tolerance for intoxicants decreased with age, lost belongings, lost hours and lost pride took an uptick and the blasé confid.... arrogance of my youth was replaced with the type of niggling self-doubt and post-party anxiety which now drove me nervously back to my local pub / second home that Monday lunchtime to search for my phone and see if anyone required an apology.

The last time I experienced them was nearly six months ago when a friend's 40th birthday celebrations took a turn for the absinthe. Coming round on the sofa at home, clothes strewn on the floor and partner and son now out, my total lack of recollection of the night's end had my nerves a little frayed.

The look on my friend the manager's face when I walked in made me cringe before I even knew why and I soon learned that no amount of Jaeger bombs bought for the staff the night before would quite compensate for the damage I'd later cause. She filled me in on the lowlights while I shrank in my chair. Apparently inspired by my own wild attire (and 24 hours of drinking), I'd gone full feral, attempting the worm whilst diners tried to enjoy their roasts, enthusiastically teaching a confused TV celebrity a snail/squid/velociraptorbased fist-bump (don't ask...) and finally, in my coup de grace, knocking the beloved, antique pub mascot from its plinth on the bar whilst play-wrestling with Coco the pub dog to “prove once and for all who's hardest out of a leopard and alsation”. One of the oldest, most decorated boozers in the country, its pride and joy this ancient stone statuette of a beguiling lady with magnificent lobster claws who's graced the bar since long before the oldest regular was born.... and i'd snapped her fucking head off! I might as well have killed a barmaid.

Where had we finished up? How had I got home? Had I spoken to my family? What had I done? Ringing friends, it seemed yes, we'd been pretty spangled, but a good time was had by all and I'd left of my own volition around 3am on two legs as opposed to all fours, which was something I guess. So why did I feel like I'd done something naughty? My girlfriend wasn't answering her mobile, but I reassured myself that she never bloody does. I checked my clothes - no bloodstains or loyalty cards for brothels... no photos on my phone of passed-out mates with their eyebrows shaved. Maybe middle aged maturity really had snuck up on me. As marmite on toast filled my tummy, I allowed myself to relax. Yes I enjoy a party, but I also have a decent moral compass. I'm too grateful for the love and respect of my friends and family to really jeopardize it, even when paralytic. To use a crude phrase, don't shit where you eat! (I've always said if you're gonna get an entire hotel evacuated, go to Germany to do it!) Notching up another win for the

“hangxiety” experts now recognise as a physiological reality, it seems my grey matter was simply messing with me. As alcohol targets the Gaba (gamma-aminobutyric acid) receptor, the brain and central nervous system receive chemical messages inhibiting the activity of nerve cells. The brain calms, less neurons fire and blissful chill / uninhibited debauchery ensues. This de-stressing effect is exacerbated by blocking of glutamate, the brain's main excitatory transmitter. In this state, even shy or typically anxious people begin feeling invincible, but behind the scenes, the brain is panicking and attempting to chemically right the ship. Remove the booze, glutamate spikes, gaba

plummets and you start worrying that that Berlin hotel has a bounty on your head. Add a dose of memory loss into the mix and it's easy to see why so many of us worry unnecessarily the day after a skinful. Research shows already shy or anxious people experience it the worst. In my experience at least, 9 times out of 10, acute hangxiety proved not to be the result of any bad form, but an unpleasant and unfounded symptom of a restless disposition. There was something missing back in my alsation-wrestling days; a hole that's now been filled by my family. As I settled my own nerves that groggy morning six months back I accepted with a somewhat nostalgic sigh I'd clearly left all that hedonism and foolishness behind.... “There's nothing wrong with driving a sensible family car I thought. There's nothing wrong with being 'mature'.... I'll always have Berlin.” And then my fiancé returned from buying a hat....


Padre Peter, cleric for wedding ceremonies and regular contributor to SOCIETY Magazine

May is Mary’s month, and I Muse at that, and wonder why…


hese lines are perhaps amongst the most uninspired of any written by one of the greatest Victorian poets, Gerard Manley Hopkins S.J. (1844–89). But as a Jesuit he was, of course, making a point which is often ignored today, particularly in Protestant countries. Having said that, it is often overlooked that the month of May had a specific designation long before either Catholicism or Protestantism were ever thought of.

This is perhaps an answer to Gerard Manley Hopkins! In Ancient Greece and Rome the month was dedicated to Artemis and Flora, goddesses of the Spring and Fertility.

Indeed, Christians publicly followed the worship of Isis as a convenient cover for their true faith. One is reminded of the Jewish “Marranos” in Spain, or the Muslim “Moriscos”.


But perhaps mention of the word “Moriscos”, deriving from the word “Moros” (Moors), enables us to reconcentrate our attention upon the month of May itself. Quite apart from its association with ancient goddesses – it is even named after one, Maia – the month has long been a time of great celebration, particularly in the northern hemisphere.

When Christianity became prominent within the Roman Empire, replacing Paganism, so the attributes of various goddesses became imposed upon the worship of the Virgin Mary. “Both Virgin and Mother” had in the past applied to such deities as Isis, who also rejoiced in the titles “Our Lady”, “Queen of Heaven”, “Star of the Sea”, “Mother of God”. Her cult had been introduced into the Empire by Caligula, and she was the favoured protectress of Vespasian, Titus, Trajan and Hadrian. The name “Isidore”, so common in Spain and the name of perhaps her greatest saint, means “Gift of Isis”. During the persecutions of the Christians at various times during the Empire, it became a simple matter for statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the infant Christ to be disguised as statues of the Mother God Isis with the infant Horus.

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In England it was often marked by performances of “Morris” dancing. Shakespeare himself mentions a dance as being “fit as a morris for May Day”. The name is first recorded in the mid15th century as “morisse daunce”, and entered English via the Flemish “mooriske danse”. The deliberately “exotic” flavour of the performance apparently arose as part of a wider 15th-century European fashion for supposedly “Moorish” spectacle. The Great London Chronicle records “spangled Spanish dancers” performing an energetic dance before Henry VII at Christmas of 1494, whilst there is also further mention of “pleying of the mourice dance” four days earlier.

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Morris Dancing joined a somewhat older custom at the beginning of May which was often marked by dancing round a “May Pole”. The earliest recorded evidence for this comes from a Welsh poem written by Gryffydd ap Adda ap Dafydd in the mid-14th century, in which he described how people used a tall birch pole at Llanidloes to mark the beginning of spring. The pole is decorated with garlands and long ribbons. Dancers each take a ribbon and dance around the pole in a prescribed pattern until the pole is covered. It may well be that the custom dates back to tree worship, and its joyous nature indicates general thankfulness at the return of spring. The custom did not meet with the approval of the Puritans under Oliver Cromwell. The Long Parliament’s ordinance of 1644 described maypoles as


and the May Pole has had a somewhat rocky history over the years. Be that as it may, the celebrations for May Day marked the end of the harsh winter months. The Anglo-Saxon name for May was “Tri-Milchi”, which means “thrice milked”, in recognition of the fact that the spring grass upon which cattle grazed was now thick enough to enable them to be milked three times a day. Its lush nature also enabled it to collect copious quantities of early morning dew. On the 1st May young maidens would rush out to wash their faces in it to ensure that their complexions remained fresh and beautiful throughout the year. It

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May Pole

was also reputed to remove spots and pimples. Despite this it was also believed that it was unlucky to get married during the month, “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day”, whilst babies born during the month were very likely to be sickly. This unfortunate birth effect extended also to cats who, if born in May, were not only very unlikely to be good rodent operatives, but also very likely to have a penchant for bringing snakes into the house. The good housewife also had to be very careful as to her household duties. “Wash a blanket in May; Wash a dear one away”! Whilst being too personally clean might also cause problems: “Those who bathe in May, Will soon be laid in clay”. Quaint beliefs aside, May 29th was once a very important date in the English calendar, and a public holiday. Even today many monarchists celebrate Charles II’s birthday and his escape from the Roundheads on this day. It is called ‘Oak Apple Day’ in memory of the time when the king hid in “the Boscobel Oak” in the grounds of Boscobel Hall, Staffordshire, following the Battle of Worcester. Thanks to the protection of this tree, Charles was eventually crowned king of Great Britain and Ireland on 29th May 1660; and his supporters celebrated in a manner that would surely have been condemned by Cromwell! The wearing of a sprig of oak on the anniversary of Charles’ crowning showed that a person was loyal to the restored king. Those who refused to wear an oaksprig were often set upon, and children would challenge others to show their sprig or have their bottoms pinched. Consequently, this day became known as “Pinch-Bum-Day.” Subliminally, it is also likely that the royal association conceals a pagan tradition of tree worship.

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Last year was a huge year for my family and I; my now husband and I got married in July, we moved house, and embarked on an adventure of a lifetime; a year travelling the world with our three children. Nothing was booked except the first flight out of Spain. This is where I will be sharing some of the highlights with you and bringing new and interesting places in the world to your attention from a different perspective to that of your regular travel guide.

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...

South Goa



ollowing our month in Sri Lanka, the next stop was India. Friends of ours suggested we follow them to Goa and settle in for a month. We flew in from Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, to Bangalore and then a domestic flight to Goa. From here our destination, or home for a month was Patnem, a small village near the larger more touristic area of Palolem in South Goa. We found a place to rent for the month, which on arrival seemed like a bit of a strangely located skeletal offering, but as we got accustomed to our new surroundings, realising we could walk everywhere (three minutes to the beach and village) and came to understand that no long term rentals offer crockery or a cup to drink from, we managed to turn it into a home. For holiday purposes there are plenty of beachfront resorts to stay in here but if you’re looking for upscale or luxury, the choices are limited. Most accommodation

is relatively basic, but you can find some really cute, affordable apartments literally on the beach next to all the restaurants, bars and shops. Everything works on the season here, quite literally when we arrived the beachfront properties, being mainly wooden constructs, were not yet finished as they are taken down and reconstructed every year for the main season. This area doesn’t offer the party scene that usually resonates with mentions of Goa, here you can guarantee a peaceful night’s sleep and plenty of early risers. In fact I think they banned loud music and partying has depth, the aromas are heady and in this region of Goa to prevent that there’s a delicate freedom in the air. scene developing. One place found Renting a moped (or go up a level an a way around this by introducing the opt for a Royal Enfield) is the way to ‘Headphone Party’ that goes on every travel. Rules are relaxed and only the Saturday at the Silent Noise Club at driver is required to wear a helmet. This Neptune Point between Colomb and law varies from town to town so make Palolem. If you haven't tried one of sure you have yours with you if you’re these parties it’s part ridiculous and choosing not to wear it as the local part hilarious and then actually pretty police occasionally dish out the odd fun. You each get a set of decent fine to a foreigner. I think the maximum headphones and make your way to the number of people we saw on one dance floor gilded by three DJ’s playing moped was seven! different types of music which you can flit between We chose to put the STOPPING AT LITTLE LOCAL children in a little outdoor by switching the input on your international school here ROADSIDE PLACES TO TRY headset. Everyone for a few weeks where THEIR VEGETABLE THALI knows which DJ they learned some OF THE DAY (A TRAY OF you’re listening to Indian traditions, art and by the colour of VARIED INDIVIDUAL DISHES dance. They went on the light on your nature walks, did sports GENERALLY INCLUDING headphones. So at the beach, played everyone is dancing RICE, DAL, VEGETABLES, ROTI, cricket, ate homemade three ways, singing food, and read books in PAPAD, DAHI, CHUTNEY, out loud to no trees. To be barefoot was sound; if you walked PICKLE AND SOMETHING compulsory and we all SWEET, ALL FOR ABOUT 2€ A made some great friends in without any awareness of the HEAD) WAS THE BEST THING in the little community; concept you may let’s just say we all cried SINCE SLICED BREAD. run away worrying when we had to leave. for the mental health of the people attending. Mornings on Patnem beach are somewhat sacred with cows resting Life in South Goa is generally soft and on the cool sand, dogs alike, and the simple. The sun shines daily, the food smattering of yoga centres in full flow


as visitors balance their chakras and get in touch with the energy of India. I often took a morning run, followed by an ocean swim to cool off and a moment on a rock to meditate and prepare for the day. Then off to the bakery to sit and get some work done while feasting on local delicacies; fruit, banana bread and chai! Nearby Palolem is the more wellknown area which is further advanced in tourism. There’s a long stretch of roadside shops, selling the local wares, leading to the beach which is a beautiful sweeping bay but quite overrun with restaurants, bars and people. This is more the younger couples type destination whereas Patnem feeds the family crowd, especially those staying longer term. If you head a little further south you’ll find some practically untouched beaches, where development’s claws have not yet managed to pierce. Rajbaga, Talpona, are Balgibag beaches are quiet and undeveloped, though a highway is creeping its way along and soon a bridge will connect this currently unspoilt corner of Goa to the rest of India! Just north of Palolem you’ll find Agonda, a hip spot to hang where you may occasionally find some surf, but nothing to write home about. The beach is beautiful,and the boutique shops and cafes are raising the game for the area. Cows, being sacred, are free to walk the streets, or lie right in the middle of the road, the beach, wherever they want; we must simply swerve them and leave them to do their thing. They can startle you on your way home when you forgot your torch; amazing how you can miss noticing a huge cow standing in your


path, not fun walking right into it! Our days always involved time at the beach, making its purpose known as our back garden, playground and meeting place. The post-school gatherings, the temperature and sun strength, the lazy sunlight of the afternoon often all gave way to staying on at one of the beach restaurants for drinks and food with whoever we had happened to run into that day. These meals were an extravagance, being on a travellers budget rather than on vacation, so we tried to keep this to a minimum but it was hard to refuse watching yet another sunset and lounging on a bean bag with a cold Kingfisher beer! Still far cheaper than eating out in Spain, but to compare, one of the local eateries could feed our family of five for less than ten euros and this would set us back up to 30! Local people are friendly and warm yet looking to make a dollar or two. It’s haggle culture here, and there’s a lot of interaction when you’re walking around in an attempt to lure you into their shop “come look my shop madam” being a frequent heckle. There’s no aggression whatsoever, just gentle manipulations to try to get you to put your hand in your pocket. I’ll never forget the smell of Goa, in a good way! Snaking through the roads

to go exploring on the moped while the kids were in school, feeling the soft, warm wind and noting the natural earthy aromas was a soothing and peaceful moment in the day. It makes me feel almost sleepy and warm just thinking about it. Stopping at little local roadside places to try their vegetable thali of the day (a tray of varied individual dishes generally including rice, dal, vegetables, roti, papad, dahi, chutney, pickle and something sweet, all for about 2€ a head) was the best thing since sliced bread. The expat community here is strong, there are all sorts of folk making this place their home for a few months a year, some more permanently. I was asked frequently whether I was there “for the season” as is common practice for many. It would be easy to slip into a life here, though for us it wasn't what

we were looking for at this moment, plus if the surf isn’t epic, then life isn't worth living apparently! There are excursions and things to do here as well as soaking up the beach life. We took an evening boat ride with a local fisherman, through a friend of a friend, to ride out and see the phosphorescence.

Gliding through the pitch black was a little daunting but relaxing at the same time as you realised this man does this every single night to go and check on his nets and haul in the catches of the day. We reached an area where we could see nothing but the nearby rocks and stopped to jump off the boat and watch the glowing algae fizz all around us. My son was the first one in and it really was quite an amazing sight to see him surrounded by ocean glitter. You can also go dolphin watching which consists of two guys taking you out in their boat one spotting, the other driving, shouting out when they see one, bombing it over to the potential sighting and hanging quietly in the hope to see it. It worked though, we saw quite a few oddly hanging out individually. One of the best parts of this trip was being by a local fishing boat while about eight men were standing in the boat facing us while they hauled in their net, singing merrily while they worked. It was almost a chant, and it was enchanting as the sun was setting, and the birds were circling, while they quite literally sang for their supper.

If you’re in HEAD TO THE this region SATURDAY FOOD you’ve got MARKET IN CHOWDI. to head to the Saturday IT’S A CRAZY food market EXPERIENCE THAT in Chowdi. WILL LEAVE YOU It’s a crazy experience EXHAUSTED, SWEATY that will AND WONDERING leave you WHAT ON EARTH exhausted, sweaty and YOU JUST DID AND wondering BOUGHT AND WHY, what on earth BUT YOU’LL BE GLAD you just did and bought YOU DID IT. and why, but you’ll be glad you did it. If you do it again you’ll get the hang of it! Aside from this we were happy just to explore locally and waltz right into the easy rhythm of Goa until our month was up and it was time to head south to enrich our historical senses in Kerala. Follow our travels! @50_toes



Bettina, our resident healthy travel foodie, will give us tips on hidden gems in places across the globe. Food has become such a big part of travel that peole will spend hours scouring the best places to stay and eat. Here are some insider tips.


RETREAT CHEF ACADEMY Are you uninspired cooking in the same kitchen day in, day out? Do you long for the freedom and knowledge to play with culture, flavour and variety in your recipes? Are you ready to travel around the world while getting paid to feed people? Do you want to use your recipes to make a difference in the lives of people on transformational health and wellbeing journeys? I am so excited to finally launch the The Bettina’s Kitchen Retreat Chef Academy to teach you how to master the art of retreat cooking and implement it into a career you love.   I spent seven formative years as a retreat chef. Cooking on retreats gave me an arena in which I could experiment with my style, working methods, and flavour profiles. Twenty four hours a day for a seven day trip was a long time to be gifted with to discover ingredients and the ways in which what I did with those ingredients add value to someone else’s life. It’s intimate and growth-promoting and kept my feet steadily on the ground and in direct relationships with my clients and my craft. I now want to pass that onto you.   This course has been years in the making and planning and I am so proud to finally be able to offer this intensive learning experience to teach you:


The nuances of retreat cooking How to deliver exceptional cuisine within a retreat setting How to curate delicious, healthy plant based dishes to nourish and inspire guests on their transformational journeys. How to live your dream and enjoy a successful career as a retreat chef Being a great retreat chef is about so much more than just cooking lovely meals. The role also requires you to be an excellent menu planner, budget-er, accountant, and contract negotiator. The best retreat chefs know how to handle stress and time management, insurance, food allergies, and demanding clients and bosses with ease. All whilst delivering memorable, balanced meals to support yoga, exercise and the overall style and environment in which the retreats are held.  


The Bettina’s Kitchen Retreat Chef Academy is open to anyone currently working as a chef or a retreat chef, a venue owner, a course leader, or anyone about to embark on a career in the retreat industry, to learn the intricacies and skills required to create menus, develop recipes, manage operations and run a kitchen within a retreat setting.   I invite you to come prepared to explore and learn every detail behind creating extraordinary, unforgettable retreat food. Get ready to delve into the art of crafting a functional menu to perfectly align the flow and focus of each day on a retreat. Learn how to use food to enhance the profound lessons and experiences of guests, whilst supporting the aims of the retreat facilitators. Please get in touch with any questions you have. There will only be 10 spaces available and they will be accepted through applications only. bettina@bettinaskitchen.com www.bettinaskitchen.com

WHEN IS THE COURSE? 28th of October to 3rd November 2019    WHAT TO EXPECT   As a Retreat Chef Academy student you will: Gain a full understanding of how retreat cheffing works from the inside out. Benefit from one on one coaching with Bettina for the full 7 day course, from 8:30 to 17:30 each day.

Receive access to a closed Alumni Members Facebook group for: Exclusive opportunities to secure work on upcoming retreats and placements all over the world. The invaluable ability to ask questions and have them answered while on a job. Tips and technique sharing and longlasting work connections. Each day we will eat what we make together and go in depth with every technique.  


Ellen Wallace is longtime international news journalist and the author of the popular book Vineglorious! Switzerland's Wondrous World of Wines. She writes regularly about European wines and travel and splits her time between La Costa del Sol and the Swiss Alps. Ellen’s blog: ellenwine.com

What's that Grape in my glass? The other night I cracked open a bottle of Regent wine. That’s not the brand, not the name of the winery, but the name of a relatively new grape, which was given to this varietal (meaning single grape) wine. You’ve probably never heard of it – I picked up the bottle while visiting Zurich.

It’s a German grape, an early hybrid from a whole new class of diseaseresistant grapes known as Piwis, a shortened version of the German name. This is big business, about to grow much bigger as European agricultural research laboratories race to get their new grapes on the market. It takes about 20 years with modern methods to develop a new grape variety, and then growers need to try it in the real world. Regent, was developed by German researchers in 1967 and released to growers in 1997. Swiss and Dutch researchers geared up in the 1990s, French and Italians at the turn of this century. I’m now drinking 21st century newcomer grapes Solaris, Divico and the really lovely light gold, fruity and dry white Divona, released last October and named after the Celtic goddess of spring. In southern France you might find your café carries Rebelia, Recybel or Reclia. Italy? Try whites Fleurtai, Soreli, or the red Cabernet Eidos or Merlot Kanthus, introduced as Italy’s first new Piwi wines in 2016.


WINE DRINKERS, WINEMAKERS: BOTH WANT TO CUT CHEMICAL USE Whoa, why would anyone switch from that old familiar and beloved Syrah or Chardonnay to these wines with no history and often oddball names and mixed reviews? They are being called the future of wine - keep in mind that the history of wine is a continuum of new grapes arriving on the scene. Today we have more than 10,000 wine grapes worldwide, although most are hyper-local, produced in minuscule amounts – enough for you and me. Wine Grapes, the encyclopedic reference book by British wine writer Jancis Robinson et al, lists 1,368 of the most common grapes. Most of the new Piwi grapes are not even listed because the book was published in 2012 and they were not yet out.


New grape varieties were once the domain of Mother Nature, with spontaneous crossings occurring in vineyards and fields. Growers, and later professional nurseries, became adept at creating crossings. Climate change has pushed us to look for new varieties that work better in cold northern climates as they warm up enough to grow grapes. Diseases have been widely treated chemically for the past 80 years but as concern grows today about the use of herbicides and pesticides, the race is on to develop diseaseresistant grape varieties. Vineyards account for only about 3.3% of Europe’s farmland, but they use more than 65% of the fungicides. Wine producers are keen to cut down on chemicals from concern for their own health and the toll they see taken on soil after 30 years of treatments. Organic growers with traditional grape varieties treat their vines with non-herbicide plant protection products 6 to 15 times a year, depending on their location, a burden in terms of labour and therefore cost.

Enter the new grapes. Switzerland’s Divico was introduced in 2013, the first grape to be multi-resistant to all three of Europe’s main fungal problems; it cuts down hugely on the need for treatments in the vineyard and it’s better for everyone’s health and less costly. On the other hand, winemakers ask, how do you make wine from it? And there is the rub, for a grape like Syrah has been around for a couple hundred years. We’ve had time to learn how to make good wine from it, discarding methods that leave you with plonk. Some French growers are sceptical about the new grapes. Château Guiraud coowner Xavier Planty, chairman of the Sauternes appellation area, told Vitisphere magazine that “the basis of appellations of origin is the suitability of a site and a native grape variety that has been selected locally down through the ages… It is continuity through the ages that forms the basis of the AOC. Disease-resistant varieties come from nowhere. If we switch to them, the brand is dead.”

Enter the consumer. What do you like in your glass of wine, besides that nice little buzz. I tasted Divico red wines this week, 35 of them, and I came home with mixed reactions but enormous respect for the cellars that are experimenting with making these wines: stainless steel tanks or oaking it in barrels, using the grape on its own or blending it with others. Our experience with these wines is in its infancy. I loved six of these: gorgeous deep purple, black fruit and spice aromas, a smooth mouthfeel with rich body. On the down side, the purple seemed to seep everywhere, including onto my lips and teeth and in particular my hands after pouring several wines. We’re learning that they need more time to develop and for all the parts to come together. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither were our favourite wines. We’re not likely to give up on them, but we might want to encourage wineries to do as their forebears did and keep improving wines from new grapes.



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Banks & Financial Services TOURBILLON LIMITED Suite G2 The Eliott Hotel 2 Governor’s Parade. Gibraltar T. +350 200 66660 info@tourbillon-limited.com tourbillon-limited.com ABBEYGATE Tel. 902 87 77 28, abbeygateinsure.com BANCA MARCH Location: Camino de Camoján, 0, Marbella, Tel. 952 76 48 10, bancamarch.es

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

Bars & Clubs BAR SIX Avd. del Prado, Aloha T. +34 951 319 436 AQWA MIST Location: Beneath La Sala Tel. 951 506 248, aqwamistbanus.com ITAPU Location: Calle Revuelta 18, Cancelada, Estepona, Tel. 952 88 79 04 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, oldjoyspub.com SINATRA BAR Location: The Marina, Puerto Banus, sinatrabar.com

MONEYCORP Tel. 952 587 657, moneycorp.com/spain

SEVEN Location: Avenida Muelle de Ribera, Puerto Banús, Tel. 672 70 20 85, sevenpuertobanus.es

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

NORDEA BANK Tel. 952 816 925 nordeaprivatebanking.com

LA SUITE Location: Hotel Puente RomanoTel. 630 962 852 suiteclubs.com

FIDUCIARY Tel. 956 79 69 11, fiduciarywealth.eu

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

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

BANCO POPULAR Location: Av Ricardo Soriano, 36, Marbella, Tel. 952 76 57 05, bancopopular.es

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THE PLAYWRIGHT Location: C. Manzana, Local 18, Pueblo Los Arcos, Elviria, Tel. 952 86 88 98, theplaywrightmarbella.com 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, tibubanus.com

Beach Clubs PURO BEACH Carretera de Cádiz, km 159, Estepona T. +34 952 800 015, purobeach.com FINCA CORTESIN Tel. 952 93 78 00, info@hotelcortesin.com fincacortesin.com NIKKI BEACH Location: Hotel Don Carlos Tel. 952 836 239, nikkibeach.com PLAZA BEACH Reservations: Tel. 677 64 47 37 info@ultimapromotions.com plazabeachbanus.com SALA BY THE SEA Location: Urb. Villa Marina, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 81 38 82, salabeach.com

Beauty & Health

SALON LA VIDA Urb. Aloha Pueblo, Local 23, Nueva Andalucia. T: 952 92 91 06/680 238 480, hairdressermarbella.com BARDOU Location: Playas del Duque, Puerto Banús. thebardou.com MEGAWHITE T. +34 671 404 393 contact@anettabeauty4u.com ARIA MEDICAL GROUP Location: Centro Peninsula 8, Camojan Tel. 951 276 748 / 671 639 353 ariamedicalgroup.com BODYWORKS Tel. 952 883 151, thebodyworksclinic.com BOUTEE HAIR AND BEAUTY Location: Avenida del Prado, Plaza de Aloha, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 816 031 CENTRO CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE Location: Centro Comercial Casablanca, Office 3, Crta de Cadiz Tel. 952 900 626, acupuncture-marbella.com

CIRUMED CLINIC MARBELLA Location: Edif. Panorama, Planta baja, Local 2 Ctra. De Cadiz, km 184 Tel: 952 775 34 cirumed.es alexanderaslani.com/alexander-aslani.es CLASSICAL ACUPUNCTURE Tel. 952 883 151 / 693 939 188 5element-acupuncture.com CLINICA DENTAL SORIANO Location: Edificio Marbelsun, Calle Calvario 8, pl. 6, arpt. 11, Marbella, Tel. 951 317 021, cdsoriano.com CORTIJO CARE MARBELLA Location: C/ Joaquin Turina, Cortijo Blanco, San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella. Tel. 952 780 18, c ortijocare.com COSMOCLINIC AND ISABELLE’S Location: Carretera de Cadiz N340, Urb. Marbella Real, Local 1. Tel. 952 815 944 COSTA COSMETICA BEAUTY Location: C/Marqués del Duero 68, San Pedro de Alcántara Tel. 952 703 304 CRYSTAL HEALING ENERGY CENTRE Location: No.35 A7 Centro Comercial Costasol - (166km). Bel-Air Estepona. Tel: 697 972 032 thecrystalenergyhealingcentre.com DENTAL CARE: C.C. Laguna Village, A-7, km.159, Estepona Tel. 952 936 552 / 615 071 563 dentalcaremarbella.com DYNAMIC TRAINING CENTRE MARBELLA Tel. 952 775 021 dynamicmarbella.com EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL RESTAURANT & SPA Urb Miraflores Playa, Crta. A7 km.199, Marbella. Tel. 952 587 550, oceanohotel.com ENN CARE Location: Marbella Golf and Country Club, Ctra de Cádiz, N-340 Km 188, 29604, Marbella Tel. 663 048 477 enncare.com HC MARBELLA Tel.952 908 628 marbellahighcare.com HEALTHOUSE Urbanización Boladilla Baja, Esetepona 29689 Tel. 951 082 090 healthhouse-naturhouse.com LOOK YOUR BEST Location: Calle Ramon Areces, Marina Banús, Edificio III Local 3, Puerto Banús Tel. 951 134 990 lookyourbest.es LONG LIFE CLINIC Tel. 952 77 07 14, team@longlifeclinic.com

MARBELLA’S COSMETIC DENTAL CLINIC Location: Plaza las Orquideas 2, Exit 173,5 Casino, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 907 173, marbelladentalart.com MARBELLA CHIROPRACTIC Location: Urbanizacion Guadalmina Alta, Centro Comercial 4, Local 8, San Pedro de Alcantara. Tel. 952 880 398 marbellachiropractic.com MARBELLA VEIN CLINIC Location: Camojan Business Centre, Office 12 Tel. 952 867 003 marbellavein.com MARION DIAS Tel. 711 771 972 info@hypno-therapeutiques.co.uk hypno-therapeutiques.co.uk MARK DENTAL CLINIC Location: C. C Benavista, Puerto Banus and Fuengirola Tel. 951 272 267 / 952 810 408 / 952 917 164 markdentalclinic.com OCEAN CLINIC Location: Av. Ramon y Cajal 7, Marbella Tel. 951 775 518 oceanclinic.net Q MAX LASER TREATMENTS @ THE WELLNESS STUDIO Los Naranjos Golf Club Plaza Cibeles, Nueva Andalucia. Contact Sara Tel: 628936396 REFLECTIONS HAIR AND NAILS Centro Plaza Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 906 524, reflectionsmarbella.com PURE SKIN BEAUTY ROOM @The Wellness Studio Los Naranjos Golf Club Plaza Cibeles, Contact Sofia Tel: 661 279 575 pureskin.es RAFAEL BUENO PELUQUEROS CELEBRITY HAIR STYLIST Tel.: 952 107 196 info@rafaelbuenopeluqueros.com rafaelbuenopeluqueros.com SINERGIA PILATES Avda. de Espana 62, Estepona Sinergiapilates.es THAI MITICA Calderon de la Barca, 48, Nueva Andalucia + 34 951 279 250 thaimitica@my.com THE HOUSE HAIRDRESSING Pino Golf de Don Carlos, Coto de los Dolores, Local 28, Elviria +34 952 835 317 Thehousehairdressing.com THE BARBER CLUB Ed. Online, Local 6. Calle Las Malvas Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 907 202/203 thebarberclubmarbella.com THE BEAUTY ROOM SAN PEDRO Tel: 655 013 064, beautytherapistmarbella.com THE NAIL PLACE Location: Av Manolete, Tel. 952 818 636 thenailplacemarbella.com

TITANIUM CLINIC Location: CC Marbella Mar,2. Local 8 CN 340, Km179 Tel. 952 901 442 / 615 350 476 titaniumclinic.com VILLAR-ARAGON CLINIC Plaza Joaquin Gomez Aguera 4, Marbella Tel. 952 823 155 clinicavillararagon.com WOOD HAIRDRESSING Location: C.C Le Village, Ctra de Istan Tel. 952 771 791 wood-hairdressing.com

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

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


Boutiques & Stores

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BOUDOIR BOUTIQUE Locaton: Cl Las Violetas nº4-5, Marbella. Tel. 952 813 068, info@boudoir.es, boudoir.es 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, loftroomers.com MISTIQUE FASHION Calle Nerja 1A La Cala de Mijas, +34 672 773 834 NIMROD MESSEG Calle Aluminio 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 85 74 39, nimrodmesseg.com UNIQUE FIRES Tel: 951 27 74 43, uniquefires. com ANTONIO SEIJO Location: Avenida Ramón Y Cajal 7, Marbella Tel. 952 900 140, antonioseijo.com

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ANTHONYS DIAMONDS Location: Avenida Ramon y Cajal 40 Tel. 952 588 795 anthonys-diamonds.com

C. DE SALAMANCA Location: Ctra.N 340, Km.171, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tel. 952 78 52 50

MARBELLA POLO CLUB info@marbellapoloclub.com, Tel. 639 30 85 55, marbellapoloclub.com

BANG & OLUFSEN Location: Puerto Banús Main entrance. Tel: 95 281 72 50. Bang-olufsen.com

EUROPCAR Tel. 902105055, europcar.com

PALACIO DE CONGRESOS MARBELLA Location: Calle Jose Melia 2 Tel. 952 828 244, marbellacongresos.com

ELLE MORGAN BOUTIQUE Location: Unit 31 Laguna Village (next to Purobeach) Tel. 647 869 831 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, feydom.es HOT OFF THE PRESS Location: Calahonda Commercial Centre Unit 7, Calahonda Tel. 952 930 392 hotpgreen.com MARBELLA CARPETS Location: Edif. Casablanca, Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe Tel. 952 773 765 marbellacarpets.com

Cafés D’ALICIA Location: Centro Commercial El Pilar (opposite the Crowne Plaza Hotel) Estepona Tel. 952 823 761 DEZENTRAL Location: Calle las Malvas Ed. Online 19 -20, Marbella Tel. 952 81 86 48 NELI G’S Location: Complejo Los Palmeras de Benavista El Paraiso, Estepona, Tel. 952 928 576, neligs.com PAN Y MERMELADA Location: Urb. Marbella Real16, Avda. Bulevar Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, Marbella Tel. 952 86 63 23, panymermelada.com PASSION CAFÉ Location: Calle Marqués del Duero, 68, Marbella, Tel. 952 78 03 44, passioncafe.eu/es SMALL WORLD CAFÉ Location: C.C. Le Village Tel. 952 771 046 smallworldcafe.com

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


HARO Location: Urb El Pilar, Estepona, Tel. 952 883 122, haro-rentacar.com. MALAGA CAR Tel. 952 17 62 25, malagacar.com RACING LEGENDS Location: Urb. Nueva Andalucia Pol. Ind. Nueva Campana, nave 86, 29660 Marbella Tel. 637 93 79 59

Delis DELISH Location: Calle Las Malvas 12. 29660 Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 907 627 / 609 500 340 / 610 733 050, delishmarbella.com KOBE Location: Plaza Las Orquideas 6 y 7, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 951 398 618 / 628 330 396 / 665 119 263 DELICIAS DE LA HUERTA Location: C.Comercial Odeon, Local 1, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 816 796, 628 330 396

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

Entertainment CINE TEATRO GOYA Carrer de Av. Julio Iglesias, Marbella. T.951 196 665 / 951 196 666, cinesteatrogoya.com COSTA JUMP Poligono Industrial, fase 2, Calle Carril de Picaza, San Pedro de Alcantara (ITV & Parque 3 Jardines) Tel: 952 787 018, costajump.com AVENTURA AMAZONIA Location: Avda. Valeriano Rodriguez Tel. 952 835 505, aventura-amazonia.com ESTUDIO61 Location: Calle Notario Luis Oliver 9, Tel. 672 296 074 estudio61.com HOUSES OF ART GALLERY Marbella Club Hotel Blv. Pr. Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Marbella, Tel. 952857196

PEDRO SANCHEZ RIDING Location: Ctra. de Ronda Tel. 952 788 189 SALON VARIETES THEATRE Location: C/ Emanicipacion, s/n Fuengirola Tel. 952 474 542 salonvarietestheatre.com SELWO Autovia Costa del Sol, KM 162,500, Estepona, Tel. 902 19 04 82, selwo.es TEAM4YOU Location: Puerto Banus Tel. 619 987 093 team4you.es TIMELESS GALLERY Location: Avda. Jose Banús S/N, Edificio Málaga II, Marbella. T +34 670 25 62 75 W timelessgallerygroup.com

Event Venues CORTIJO DEL MARQUES Location: Albolote (Granada). Tel. 958 340 077, cortijodelmarques.com 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 salabeachbanus.com THE COURTYARD MARBELLA Location: Carretera Ojen 2.8Km, enquiries@thecourtyardmarbella.com, thecourtyardmarbella.com TIKITANO Location: Urb. Guadalmansa, Ctra de Cadiz 340 – KM 164 Estepona. Tel. 952 798 449, tikitano.com VILLA DEL MAR Loation: Marbella Club Hotel, Av. Alfonso de Hohenlohe Tel. 952 822 211 marbellaclub.com

Golf Courses ALOHA GOLF CLUB Location: Apdo. 141, Urb. Aloha Golf, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 812 388 clubdegolfaloha.com ATALAYA GOLF CLUB Location: Avda. de las Golondrinas, Estepona Tel. 952 882 812 atalaya-park.es

Welcome to Besaya Beach En plena “orilla del mar”, 365 días al año, acompañados por una sensación incomparable “de estar sobre el agua” sin renunciar al máximo confort de sus espacios, a su detallada atención, y a su exquisita gastronomía mediterránea.

Welcome to Besaya Beach In full “seashore”, 365 days a year, accompanied by an incomparable feeling “of being on the water” without renouncing the maximum comfort of its spaces, its detailed attention, and its exquisite Mediterranean cuisine.


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CALANOVA GOLF CLUB Location: Urb. Calanova Golf Club Tel. 951 170 194 calanovagolfclub.com

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

EL CHAPARRAL GOLF CLUB Location: Urbanizacion El Chaparral, N-340 KM 203, Mijas Costa Tel. 952 587 773, golfelchaparral.com

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

EL PARAISO GOLF CLUB CN 340, km 167, Estepona 296880 Tel. 952 883 835 elparaisogolfclub.com

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

FINCA CORTESIN GOLF CLUB Location: Carretera de Casares s/n, Casares Tel. 952 937 883 fincacortesin.com

SANTA MARIA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Urb. Elviria, Ctra. Cadiz-Málaga, KM 192, Elviria Tel. 952 831 036, santamariagolfclub.com

FLAMINGOS GOLF CLUB Location: Ctra de Cadiz KM 166 Tel. 952 889 157 flamingosgolf.com LA CALA GOLF RESORT Location: Urb. La Cala Golf, Mijas Costa Tel. 952 669 000 lacala.com LA QUINTA GOLF ACADEMY Location: Urb. La Quinta Golf, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 902 204 208 laquintagolf.com LOS NARANJOS GOLF CLUB Location: Plaza Cibeles, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 815 206 losnaranjos.com

REAL CLUB DE GOLF GUADALMINA Urb. Guadalmina Alta, A-7, Km.170, San Pedro de Alcántara, Tel. 952 88 33 75, guadalminagolf.com SANTANA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Ctra la Cala – Entrerrios, Mijas Costa Tel. 902 517 700, santanagolf.com

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

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


La Discret Restaurant, Grill & Garden is a lovely Spanish Hacienda recently renovated with Taste, Style and Elegance. Our chef Herman Stephan has designed an exquisite menu with French influences. A list of the most iconic cocktails will provide you with another “excuse” to extend you dinner with us!


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DESIGN SPACE Location: Avda. De Salamanca, Urb. Nueva Andalucia, Edif El Mirador, local 6, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tel. 952 799 440, designspace.es

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

EZ HOME SOLUTIONS Location: Poligono Industrial Norte C/ Carril De Picaza, 23, San Pedro De Alcantara, Marbella, 29670 Tel. 952 799 344, info@e-z-home-solutions.com e-z-home-solutions.com FOC DESIGN Centro de Negocios Puerta de Banus, Local 18, Puerto Banus, Tel +34 952 817 129 info@wearefoc.com, focdesign.es

SPECSAVERS Location: Avd. Ricardo Soriano, 12, Tel. 952 863 332, specsavers.es OPTIPRIX C.C La Canada, 30, Marbella, Tel. 952 82 03 56

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

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

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

GRASSIFY Tel. 694 442 331, marbella@grassify. es, grassify.es

FAMA Location: Camino de Campanallas Tel. 620 354 885 famaspain.com

INDIA EXOTICA Location: Calle Fragua 43, Marbella Tel. 952 778 500 indiaexotica.com JENSEN BEDS Location: Poligno Nueva Campana 23, Nueva Andalucia, tel. 952 90 88 55, jensen-beds.com MESSEG DESIGN Location: C/Aluminio 6, Poligono Industrial La Hermita Tel. 952 857 439 messegdesign.com LA CASA BLANCA Location: La Colonia, Exit San Pedro, next to McDonalds, Tel. 952 78 91 98 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, marbellacarpets.com MOBILE & DISEÑO Location: A7 – Km. 189, 5, Marbella, Tel. 952 83 76 01, mobiledis.com ROCHE BOBOIS Location: Centro Comercial Torre Real, Marbella, Tel. 952 77 78 58, roche-bobois.com NALIPEMI Tel. 660 676 322 nalipemi@gmail.com


MOBILE VET Location: Calle Santa Lucia, 23, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tel. 952 78 07 33, mobile-vet.com POINTER VETERINARY CLINIC Location: Nueva Andalucía and & Estepona Tel. 952 906 626 / 952 804 165, pointerclinic.com TRIPLE A Location: Ojen Road, up from La Cañada Tel. 952 771 586, aaahelps. com

Photographers & Artists JULIA RODER Tel: 678 521 108, julia@juliaroder.com, juliaroder.com

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ANNA GAZDA Tel: 633 654 476; limelight.pl IMAGE GURU Tel. 662 434 400, peter@imageguru. es, imageguru.es JEREMY STANDLEY Tel: 607 717 565; jeremystandley.com JB FORT jbfort.com OWEN FARRELL Tel: 670 664 341, (+35) 387 268 28 32 owenfarellphotography.com

+34 952 814 446 www.d-wine.es LUNCH & DINNER Centro Comercial Azalea Nueva Andalucía, Marbella dwine_marbella

NANI & ANTONIO PEREZ nanideperez.com, Tel. 615 31 44 46 REYNARD PRODUCTIONS Tel. 673 505 838, info@reynardproductions.com SAVE THE ROBOTS FILMS Tel. 600 625 520 SOL WEDDING Tel: 678 486 069; solwedding.com

Property Developers FOC DESIGN info@wearefoc.com T. 952 817 129 focdesign.es

PRIME PROPERTY MARBELLA Tel. 951 082 367 primepropertymarbella.com WASA INMOBILIARA Centro Comercial Plaza 65-66, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella, Tel. +34 952 818 000, Wasa.es


Avenida Luis Braille no 20 San Pedro de Alcántara Tel. 952 785 257 mrgourmetburger.com URBAN BISTRO Av. Mediterraneo, ed. Los Arqueros Beach, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel. 951 518 105 Spanish ALABARDERO BEACH CLUB Urb. Castiglione s/n San Pedro de Alcantara T. 952 780 552 grupolezama.es/portal/alabardero-beach-club PUERTO BANÚS



QUAY PROPERTY GROUP Location: Mellior Vasari La Alzambra Local 3-1, Puerto Banus Tel. 951 319 728 quaypropertygroup.com

Trocodero Sotogrande Paseo del Parque s/n, 11310 San Roque, Cádiz. Tel. 678 456 047, trocaderosotogrande.com

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

PROPANA GROUP Centro de Negocios Puerta de Banus, Local 18 Propanaestates.com

L’Olive de La Reserva La Reserva Golf Club, Avda. La Reserva, s/n +34 956 785 252 sotogrande@sotogrande.com sotogrande.com

JACKS AMERICAN BRASSERIE Location; Calle Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Marbella. Tel: 952 813 625, metrogrupo.com



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

Real Estate Offices CROWN ESTETS Hotel Puente Romano. T: 952 765 620 crownmarbella.com MARBELLA FOR SALE Edificio Marina Banús, Calle Francisco Villalón, Bl.4, Local 8, Puerto Banus. T: 952 90 73 86, marbellaforsale.com ENGEL & VÖLKERS MARBELLA Blvd. Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, La Poveda, local 5 (CN 340, Km 178.2), 29602 Marbella, Málaga Teléfono: 952 86 84 06, marbella-ev.com DIANA MORALES Av. Cánovas del Castillo, 4, 29601 Marbella, Tel. +34 952 765 138, DMproperties.com JACKSON GRUNDY Ed. La Rotonda, Av. Manolete Nva. Andalucía & Centro Plaza Nva. Andalucía T: +34 952 90 75 21 sales@jacksongrundy.es


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

FINCA CORTESIN EL JARDIN Location: Carretera de Casares S/N Tel. 952 937 800, info@hotelcortesin.com fincacortesin.com BENAHAVIS Indian MASALA Location: C. Com, El Pilar, Local 2 Tel. 900 525 801, masalamarbella.com International HEAVEN BEACH BAR Location: Playa de Guadalmansa km. 164, Estepona, Tel. 659, 220 570, heavenbeachclub.com TANINO Location: Calle Pino Real, 5 Saladillo Benamara, Benahavis Tel. 952 883 259, tanino.es SAN PEDRO International ALBERT Y SIMON Urbanización Nueva Alcántara Edificio Mirador, Bloque 4-B San Pedro Marbella Tel: 952 78 37 14, albertysimon.com PASSION CAFE Centro Comercial La Colonia, San Pedro de Alcantara. Tel: 952 781 583, passioncafe.eu MR. BURGER

Italian CARPACCIO Location: Muelle Ribera, Casa M Local 20, Tel. 952 813 357, carpacciobanus.com PIZZERIA PICASSO Location: C/ Muelle Ribera Local 48 / 49 Tel. 952 813 669 pizzeriapicasso.com International MISTER NOODLES Avda. Manolete 14, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 40 00 08, misternoodles.com 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, johnscotts.se LA SALA BANUS Location: Calle Belmonte Tel. 952 814 145 lasalabanus.com La Sala offers eight individually styled settings to suit whatever mood you are in – for breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon drinks with friends, evening cocktails or private business meetings. OLD JOY´S PUB Location: C/Muelle Ribera, Lc. 58-59 Puerto Banús, Marbella Tel. 952 84 283 OCEAN CLUB Location: Avda. Lola Flores Tel. 952 908 137 oceanclub.es

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SALA BY THE SEA Location: Urb. Marina Villa (beachside) Tel. 952 813 882 salabeachbanus.com Luxurious Balinese setting with an al fresco restaurant serving an appetising selection of dishes ranging from fresh seafood platters to Thai fusion cuisine, sushi, creative salads and lighter dishes. Oriental TOP THAI Centro Plaza, Av Manolete, 1, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951-31-97-78, topthai.es

NAGA THAI Location: C.C. Cristamar Tel. 952 815 319 naga.es Wide range of exquisite and exotic dishes enjoyed in stylish surroundings. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Takeaway and full catering service also available. THAI GALLERY Location: Puerta de Banus Tel. 952 818 392 thaigallery-restaurante.com NUEVA ANDALUCIA

MAGNA CAFÉ Location: Magna Marbella Golf Tel. 952 929 587, magnacafe.com Exquisite cuisine in stunning surroundings. Bar and large terrace with breathtaking views.

TAJ MAHAL Location: C/ Jazmines 17 Local 1 Tel. 952 814 719, tajmahalmarbella.com Exotic Indian cuisine, perfect for intimate dining and takeaway.

STARZ MARBELLA Location: Centro Comercial Plaza, Local 60-62 Nueva Andalucía,Marbella. Tel. 952 81 63 13, starzmarbella.com


YANX CAFÉ Location: Centro Plaza Tel. 952 818 861 cafeyanx.com A prized location and lively atmosphere make this a great choice all-round. Oriental ASIATICO ZEN Location: Calle Lirios s/n T el. 952 817 691 SENSATIONS DELI & SUSHI Location: Av. Manolete, 20, Tel. 952 814 964 sensationsdeliandsushi.com

TUK TUK Location: Urb. Aloha Gardens Tel. 951 279 188 GOLDEN MILE

MASALA Avda. del Prado, Nueva Andalucía, Masalamarbella.es

MC CAFÉ Location: Marbella Club Hotel Tel. 952 822 211, marbellaclub.com Creative and affordable fine dining open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. SMALL WORLD CAFÉ Location: C.C. Le Village Tel. 952 771 046, smallworldcafe.com


VILLA TIBERIO Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 771 799 villatiberio.com

THE FRESH FOOD CAFÉ Location: Urb. Los Naranjos de Marbella Tel. 952 907 364 thefreshfoodcafe.es



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.

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

Oriental SUKHOTHAI Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 770 550 sukhothai-restaurante.com Fabulous Thai cuisine with intimate surroundings and cosmopolitan décor. TAI PAN Location: Puente Romano Tel. 952 777 893, taipan-restaurante.com MARBELLA

Indian CURRY LEAVES Avda. del Prado, Centro Comercial Aloha Local 1d Nueva Andalucia, +34 951 319 669, Curryleavesmarbella.com

CIBO Bulevard Principe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, 11, 29600 Marbella, Málaga Tel. 952 90 03 80, cibomarbella.com

Indian MASALA MARBELLA Location: Ctra. Cadiz Km.179 (opposite Marbella Club)Tel. 952 857 670, masalamarbella.com

International BECKITT’S Location: Calle Camilo José Cela, Nº 4 Tel. 952 868 898, beckittsmarbella.com GARUM Location: Paseo Maritimo Tel. 952 858 858, garummarbella.com Great for drinks, snacks and a la carte dining. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. NUEVA KASKADA Location: Urb. La Montua, Calle Chorreadero, Marbella Tel. 952 864 478, nuevakaskada.com 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, restaurantepaellasymas.com

VOVEM PASEO MARÍTIMO Avda. Duque de Ahumada nº 9. Marbella Reservas: 952 00 88 22

VOVEM NUEVA ANDALUCÍA C/ Yedras S/N. Marbella Reservas: 952 00 34 34




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 LA DESPENSA DE ALANDA Location: Carretera de Cadiz Km 192, Elviria. Tel. 952 768 150 restaurante@alandaclubmarbella.com THE BEACH HOUSE Location: frontline beach Elviria Tel. 952 839 458 thebeachhousemarbella.com NIKKI BEACH Location: Hotel Don Carlos Tel. 952 836 239 nikkibeach.com


EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL & RESTAURANT Miraflores. Tel. 952 587 637 MAX BEACH A7, Km 198.1, 29649 Mijas Tel. 952 93 08 58 maxbeach.es

GRASSify Tel. 694 442 331, marbella@grassify.es, grassify.es EXPLORE MARBELLA A comprehensive business directory with real reviews and daily deals. exploremarbella.com LÍNEA DIRECTA Insurance for your car, motorcycle, and home. lineadirecta.com

OLIVIA’S LA CALA Location:Calle Torreon La Cala de Mijas Tel. 952 494 935, oliviaslacala.com

MEDIA OVEN whatsup@mediaoven..es

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PROPERTY PAINTERS Tel. 606 788 630, propertypainters@hotmail.com propertypainters.es

CABIFY Download the app! - cabifyl.com CONFLICT INTERNATIONAL +44 (0)20 7917 2939, conflictinternational.com

REYNARD PRODUCTIONS Tel. 673 505 838, info@reynardproductions.com SAVE THE ROBOTS FILMS Tel. 600 625 520



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