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this is where we turn up the heat! As the temperatures begin to soar, the beaches and bars are packed with tourists and opening parties are being held left, right and centre, but of course SOCIETY Marbella is on hand to keep you in the know. This month we re-introduce our local news segment, The Business Bulletin, to share with our readers everything going on in the world of Marbella business, turn to page XX to find out about Finca Cortesin’s latest project, Las Albercas and Hermes’ return to Puerto Banus, plus much more. Always keeping things fresh, another new feature this month, Local Spotlight, focuses on local events, news and charity fundraisers including the recent summer fair at the British International School of Marbella and Les Roches’ charity cooking classes. We can’t go any further without talking about our beautiful cover star and the star of the new Spiderman, Zendaya. This young talent can list actress, dancer, singer and philanthropist on her list of achievements; pretty impressive for an (almost) 23 year old. It’s a month for movies as Spiderman isn’t the only must-see film to hit the big screens, the latest adaptation and live action remake of The Lion King starring Seth Rogan and Beyoncé Knowles is showing at TeatroGoya Cines, head to page XXX to see the rest of this month’s movie line-up. It wouldn’t be a summer issue if we didn’t take you to the beach so sit back, relax and read all about our latest food review at La Sala by the Sea’s evening restaurant on page XXX. Whether Thai cuisine takes your fancy or you prefer

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Zendaya Coleman has done a lot in her 23 years. Born on September 1st, 1996 she is the only child of Claire Marie and Kazembe Ajuma and has five older half-siblings on her father’s side. The actress and singer, whose name means ‘to give thanks’ in the language of the Shone people of Zimbabwe, started out appearing in productions at the California Shakespeare Theatre, where her mother worked as the house manager, and other local theatre companies in her hometown of Oakland, California. She appeared in numerous stage productions while attending the Oakland School for Arts including starring as Little Ti Mourne in Once on This Island at the Berkeley Playhouse and as Joe in Caroline, or Change at Palo Alto’s TheatreWorks. In additional to her theatre work, Zendaya modelled for Macy’s and Old Navy as well as a Sears commercial in her early years. Her first television debut was the popular tween series, Shake It Up, alongside Bella Thorne. A young comedy about two best friends who dreamt of becoming professional dancers and finally get their chance

when they audition for their favourite show. At just 14 years old Zendaya and Bella became tween idols with their young fan base. The premiere on November 7th 2010 was watched by 6.2 million viewers becoming Disney’s second highest-rated premiere in their 27 year history. Zendaya and Bella’s characters were so popular they even inspired their own fashion line and the songs they performed from the show were hit downloads. Watch Me released in 2011, peaked at 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. As a result Zendaya signed a recording deal with Hollywood Records and released her self-titled studio album in 2013. She then went onto voice a character in the animated television movie, Pixie Hollow Games as well as guest appearances on TV series A.N.T Farm and Good Luck Charlie before reuniting with Thorne in the 2012 movie Frenemies. In 2013 Zendaya made the move to an actual dance competition starring in Dancing with the Stars as the competition’s youngest contestant. She was partnered with professional dancer, Valentine Chmerkovskiy and the couple finished runner-up behind Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough. Whilst you may expect her ‘Shake It Up’ role would help not hinder her performance, she explained to Good Morning America, “I’m really used to hip hop dancing… so I kind of have to forget what I know and restart all over again.” For her 18th birthday, Zendaya, an ambassador for Convoy of Hope, celebrated with a campaign to help feed at least 150 hungry children in Haiti, Tanzania and the Philippines through feedONE. She also recorded John Legends’s 2013 All of Me with a portion of the proceeds going to the organisation. Her philanthropy continued throughout the years using her 20th birthday celebration to help raise 50,000 dollars to support Convoy’s Women’s Empowerment Initiative.



Zendaya then delighted her young fanbase by appearing in Disney’s comedy, K.C. Undercover for three seasons before jumping over to the big screen to star as Michelle

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‘MJ’ Jones in SpiderDETERMINATION. Man: Homecoming. The film grossed 117 NO MATTER WHAT million dollars in its first weekend and The FIELD YOU'RE IN, Hollywood Reported praised Zendaya as DETERMINATION a ‘scene stealer’. This went on to win WILL SURELY GET her the role of Anne Wheeler in The Greatest YOU TO THE TOP. Showman alongside Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams. Her character fell in love with Phillip Carlyle, played by Efron, at a time when interracial romance was a taboo. Critic Owen Gleiberman praised the duo’s performance in Variety stating, “Efron and Zendaya have a terrific chemistry – they never stop seeking each other out.”

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In June 2018 Zendaya was announced as Rue, a lying, drug-addicted 17 year old girl in the HBO drama series, Euphoria and as the voice of yeti, Meechee in Warner Bros animated film, Smallfoot. This month the young starlet is back on our screens as she reprises the role of Michelle in Spider-Man: Far from Home, available to view at Cines TeatroGoya in Puerto Banus from July, and if the past 23 years are anything to go by, we are sure Zendaya will be making waves in Hollywood for many more years to come.


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midst rumours of a feud between royal couples Meghan & Harry and Kate & William, Kensington Palace have announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially leaving The Royal Foundation, the joint charity with Prince William and Kate Middleton. “Later this year The Royal Foundation will become the principal charitable and philanthropic vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,” the statement read. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will establish their own new charitable foundation with transitional operating support from The Royal Foundation. In addition both couples will continue to work together on projects in the future, including on The Foundation’s mental health program, Heads Together.” The recent creation of a new household to represent Harry & Meghan, a new Instagram account and the subsequent unfollowing of William & Kate have fuelled the rumours… is it the end of the fab four for good?


hings don’t get much more exciting than this. Renée Zellweger recently revealed on TV chat show, Lorraine that there is a chance for Bridget Jones to return to our screens for a fourth time. “I know Helen’s written the book, so there’s that. So I guess that means there is a possibility. If anyone wants to do that,” explained Renée. After the delightful ending of the third instalment which saw our favourite spinster finally settle with Mr. Darcy and her new baby, what could the fourth film have in store?


t may not take place until the end of the year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited. The first list of rumoured contestants has been released and it’s getting us right in the jungle mood. Celebrity executive Michael Van Praagh, along with his casting team, are famed for creating magic with their diverse selection. Whilst other reality shows cast for conflict, I’m a Celebrity’s appeal stems from its warmth, “We never casted for conflict,” Creative Director, Richard Cowles explained, “If arguments go on for too long it can get a bit dull and relentless. We will always try and cast for warmth and for people to get on. But we want it to be as stressful as it can be because that’s when you see people’s true colours and how they would react.” This year’s rumoured list includes Coronation Street’s Lucy Fallon, Strictly Come Dancing Queen, Stacey Dooley, footballer John Terry, breakfast TV star Kate Garraway, Bake Off’s Rahul Mandal plus a whole host of Love Island stars including Georgia Steel, Eyal Booker and Dani Dyer.


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TWITTER truths 25 years after the killing of his wife, O.J. Simpson has joined Twitter and started things off with a video saying he’s got a “little gettin’ even to do.” Confirming his new accounts the former footballer stated “I’ve got some things to straighten out,” but refused to elaborate at the time. The 71 year old has kept a relatively low profile since his release from prison in October 2017 for robbery and kidnapping over an attempt to steal back some of his sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room. In a recent interview Simpson declared that neither he nor his children want to talk about the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman who were stabbed to death on the night of June 12, 1994. Simpson was ultimately acquitted of the crime after a televised trial that riveted the nation raising issues of racism, police misconduct, celebrity and domestic violence.



e thought Marbella knew how to throw a party, but no one does it quite like the Kardashians. Kim’s daughter North West turned 6 last month and to honour her big milestone she had a party like no other, celebrating with her cousin Penelope, who turns 7 next month. The Candyland themed party gave Willy Wonka a run for his money, with colourful wrapped gum-ball shaped balloons, giant gummy bears, toadstools and their very own ice cream van. After Stormi Webster’s extravagant 1st birthday celebration earlier in the year, would you really expect much else?



sraeli supermodel Bar Refaeli and her husband Adi Ezra have announced via Instagram that they are expecting their third child. The couple are already parents to daughters Elle, 20 months and Liv, 2 and a half and previously tied the knot in September 2015 in Haifia, Israel, exchanging vows in front of 300 friends and family. The model previously opened up to Hello! About being excited to start a family; “I think this will be a decade of family… I come from a family of four children,” she explained, “A lot of (mums) could read this and think, Yeah, try having one first. Hopefully, I’ll have a big family, but I’ll take it one by one.” Well it looks like Bar’s wishes are coming true!


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Summer is here and what better way to fill your days that relaxing in the sun with a can’t-put-you-down book! This month we share with you our top choices for lazy beach reading!

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Author Alisha Rai returns with the first book in her new modern love series, in which two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom but in sync in the bedroom.

The Me I Used to Be

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After serving time for a crime she didn’t commit, Evangeline returns home to discover her father left her solely responsible for the family’s failing ranch, her mother blames her for her father’s death and her brothers want her out of the way. With her family’s future squarely on her shoulders, she desperately searches for ways to save their home before they lose everything.

A Nantucket woman returns home to find that reunions aren’t always simple in this heart-warming novel from the New York Times bestselling author, Nancy Thayer. Keely Green always dreamed of leaving the beautiful shores of Nantucket to become a writer. Now she is a bestselling novelist living in New York City and dating a charming, paediatric surgeon, who looks great on paper but isn’t ‘the one’. She can’t bear to break it off until he announces his desire to settle down, on top of this Keely’s editor rejects her latest novel. With her personal and professional life in shambles, Keely longs for the soothing island way of life.

Kerrie O’Malley is jobless and in an unfulfilling relationship, she can isolate the singular moment in her life when things veered off course – the night she was irrevocably wronged by someone she looked up to. Eighteen years later, when Kerrie sees the very woman who destroyed her life on television, a fire ignites inside her. The risks are perilous. But she’ll stop at nothing to achieve the retribution she deserves.

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by Sarah Archer Twenty-nine year old Kelly is a go-getter, a brilliant robotics engineer and perpetually single. When her younger sister’s wedding looms and her attempts to find a date become increasingly cringeworthy, Kelly does the one logical thing, she builds her own boyfriend.


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THE LION KING Starring: Jeff Nathanson, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Kani, Beyoncé Knowles, Donald Glover, Billy Eichner Director Jon Favreau’s all-new ‘The Lion King’ journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles as Nala, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. 25 years after the original film’s release, the live action remake hits cinemas this month and is sure to be a box office success.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Starring: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Zendaya Peter Parker returns for the next chapter in the Spider-Man: Homecoming series where he decides to join his best friends, Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks disappears when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks that are creating havoc across the continent.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD BOTTOM OF THE 9TH Starring: Joe Manganiello, Sofia Vergara, James Madio A man returns to the Bronx following a 17 year stint in prison for a violent mistake he made as a young man. His imprisonment deprived him of a professional baseball career and ruined his relationship with the love of his life. This must-see drama stars husband and wife Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara.


Starring: Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino, Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio Quentin Tarantino’s 9th feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, the former star of a western TV series and his long-time stunt double, Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE Starring: Jess Eisenberg, Imogen Poots After he is attacked in the street at night by a motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey joins a neighbourhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei and hardcore brown belt, Anna, Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence for the first time in his life. But when he attends Sensei’s mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality and hyper masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor.




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Naïve “I have been labelled the positive guy for my entire career. The truth is that I am. But the positive guy is way more three dimensional than the world gives him credit for,” Andy revealed in a statement explaining the album’s title. “Unfortunately, the word ‘positive’ comes with the aftertaste of ‘simple,’ ‘sweet,’ and ‘naive.’” He adds, “To me, optimism is a full on war that’s fought every day. It’s hard to stay positive when so much around us is negative. The word positive to me feels way more rebellious, persistent, heroic. This album digs into the story behind the smile. If it’s stupid to see the good in everything, then lord help me please, to be Naive.”


Late Nights and Longnecks Late Nights and Longnecks is the 5th studio album by American country music star, Justin Moore. “I’ve been rooted in traditional country music my entire career,” revealed Moore. “On the last album (2016’s Kinda Don’t Care) there were moments we kind of stepped out of our proverbial box and stretched our legs a little bit and did things a little different than I would have earlier in my career. But with this particular album, 12 years into this now, I said, ‘Man I’m gonna make the most traditional sounding country album I can make,’ and I think we did that.” Moore co-write every track on the album, his collaborators include; Casey Beathard, David Lee Murphy, Paul DiGiovanni, Chase McGill and Rhett Akins.


Duck “It’s undeniably fantastic and undeniably Kaiser Chiefs,” revealed frontman Ricky Wilson, of their upcoming album release. “It came quickly,” he continued, “It’s a vibe. It’s about the internet and frustration with the internet, about how it rules our lives but we don’t really understand what it is and how we just click accept.” Duck was recorded and mixed with producer Ben H. Allen, in studios in England and Wales, who previously collaborated with the band on 2014’s number one album Education, Education, Education & War. The band’s previous album Stay Together was released in 2016 and fused their indie song writing and glossy pop.


No. 6 Collaborations Project Ed Sheeran’s latest album is loaded with collabs; the 15 track album set to drop on July 12 via Atlantic Records boasts team-ups with Chance the Rapper, PnB Rock and Justin Bieber along with a whole roster of other talents yet to be announced. The album follows in the footsteps of Sheeran’s extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project which arrived in January 2011. “Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called No.5 Collaborations Project. Since then, I’ve always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year. I’m a huge fan of all the artists I’ve collaborated with and it’s been a lot of fun to make,” the 28-year-old musician said in a statement.


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


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theories and ideas that may be good ways to pass on the best message we can based on methods used by child psychologists, buddhists and therapists. Who are you? First of all, are you a good person? I have had to check myself on a plethora of occasions and realise the image I am presenting to my children. What your norm is becomes their understanding of reality and so if you don’t want them to carry on traits of yours, you’re going to have to take them away from the day to day. So the first step in ensuring you’re doing everything possible to prevent any negativity passing on to your offspring, the best thing to do is to work on yourself rather than them. If I hear my kids acting out towards one another, I ask myself whether they’re just repeating what they hear and what I could do to prevent that kind of behaviour by changing my own. Providing children with a positive role model may not determine their personality or future actions but it will be their grounds for reflection; their innate knowledge of how they were brought up to be. No one is, or can be, perfect; what would we measure it on in the first place? All we can do is recognise the necessary grounds for living a positive and happy life.

Show me the love. Whenever a conflict comes to pass with another person, we all need to check our reactions. Are we being kind? Are we acting out of love? Or are we instinctively defending ourselves and acting aggressively? Are we thinking it through before reacting? If we consistently practice thinking before we speak, contemplating what is actually happening before exploding into upset or anger, and realising what the other person is saying or doing and why, we may come up with an entirely new, calmer reaction. If we don’t act immediately, if we contemplate and resolve quietly we may just be able to reverse the instinctive reaction to blurt out something extreme and instead act

out of kindness. See the other person’s reasons, and talk them through. Find a way to give rather than assume any kind of attack is actually directed at you, realise it comes from a reason deep inside the other person. If we get into the habit of acting from the perspective of love, this is an incredibly positive and effective way to pass this attitude on to our children. Instead of shouting at them when they do something wrong, take a look at what they're doing and why and try to find a rational way to explain to them what it is that is wrong about it. Don’t condemn but rather inform and teach, and ask them to show that they understand - empower them to be in control of their learning and their own actions.

Give not to receive. One thing many a human is guilty of is reciprocal giving; expecting to receive the same as they give. We need to learn to give out of love and kindness and not out of expectation that we will receive the same treatment in return. Teach the children to give for giving’s sake and this will reward them with the concept for the future, to not be hurt when others don’t react in the same way they do, but to know deep inside them that they have done the right thing, from a position of kindness. What other people do lies in their hearts, if they act badly or don’t deliver kindness in the same way, that rests with them.

Present a u nited front: If you are a couple raising children, one of the best motives they can have to develop healthy, respectful, trustfilled relationships of their own is if they have been surrounded by a united team of a parenting front. Disruption comes in many forms but seeing strain in relationships can be detrimental and hurtful. However, as I’m saying this I do not agree that couples ought to pretend life is a bed of roses, I don’t even agree that kids shouldn’t experience arguments between parents yet what they do need to see and realise is the way such quarrels are resolved. By listening to each other, discussing the matter rationally, and finding a solution as a unit. The other way they need to experience unity is that both agree on the way they decide to raise the child. If one parent says one thing and the other disagrees this can be so disruptive, confusing and cause conflict and siding within the family

Providing children with a positive role model may not determine their personality or futu re a ctions but it will be their grou nds for ref lection; their in nate knowledge of how they were brou ght u p to be. Spea k the truth. I am all for honesty being the best policy but as anyone would agree we all lie from time to time. To tell your kids the truth from the word go is hard, but I think it probably gives them more opportunity to realise that there are no grounds for lying, especially within family. To always be honest with them builds an innate trust that will not only bind you for life but will allow them to choose to act the same way with their friends and future families. Trust, honesty and openness go such a long way. But we of course need to show them this for them to realise it.

Ma n ners ma keth ma n. Some don’t seem to think this carries any weight any more, but if a person can carry themselves respectfully in any given situation then surely they will open more doors than they’ll have slammed in their face. I don’t just mean recognising which one is the salad fork at a formal dinner, but knowing how to behave at a royal gala as well as how to act when strolling through a foreign village, has a big impact on how you are received. Knowing how to connect with your fellow humans from any walk of life is a hugely important tool for any person in any situation, and can make or break the outcome being positive or negative. Knowing how to ‘read the room’ and carry yourself through any moment is a great attribute. So to teach, or imprint good manners on our children, plus an understanding that we are all different and that is never wrong, is a vital lesson in life. These are not commandments, and I hope they don’t sound preachy, I just wish someone had given me these ideas when our children came along, or more to the point, when I came along as its taken me a heck of a lot of learning and listening to even recognise that such a position in life makes it all the more simple, and gives a far clearer viewpoint from which to live it.



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Here at SOCIETY MARBELLA, you know we love to bring you the leading-edge on everything luxury lifestyle and discuss topics that invoke thoughts, inspiration and interesting conversations. So when the opportunity arose to hear from one of the very best in the Law of Attraction industry, we had to share it with you. INTRODUCING LORNA J, ONE OF THE HIGHEST PAID SUCCESS COACHES AND SPIRITUAL TEACHERS IN THE WORLD.

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o rna went from jobless single Mom, diagnosed as bipolar with several forms of ADD, to Spiritual Millionaire in just 10 months, in an overcrowded market and an industry where she’d had no prior experience… Two years later, Lorna has cemented her spot as one of the worlds leading success coaches and thousands of others are now learning from her teachings on the mechanics of manifesting on demand. Lorna’s clients now consist of world-changers, multi-millionaire entrepreneurs and visionary CEOs who want to unleash their true ‘genius giant’ nature and step into their most potent power. Familiar with the David and Goliath story? Lorna takes ‘Davids’ but instead of helping them slay the giants, she turns them into giants… From unknowns to authority. Where a ‘small’ company can win against multimillion-dollar companies, despite the perceived competition and reasons why it can’t happen. The ‘impossible’ made possible. How does she do it? First, let’s cover some of the basics of Lorna’s training:


Everything is energy, just different forms and densities of energy. The pages of this magazine are made from condensed energy, so it appears solid. The same goes for our physical bodies.

Consciousness – If you’re alive, you are

conscious. Your ‘self’ is essentially made from codes of consciousness that together create tones and frequencies. So we are essentially a collection of energetic tones and frequencies. This is why the Law of Attraction focuses on your frequency and vibration.

Shadow – Inner shadow is a misunderstanding of truth in your subconscious. When your daily thoughts and actions are running through shadow, it suppresses your magnetism and lowers your vibration. So you could be marketing the hell out of your business and do everything ‘right’ by the book, but if you are taking those actions through shadow, it will be weaker energy and will have poor or inconsistent results. Intuition – Following your intuition is old

news, what’s new is following your intuition when it is free from untruths, aka shadow. Intuitive marketing in your business for example means not going by the ‘rules’, or by what the latest guru or system says it should be. Rules and systems can work, but only so far. Once

Where a ‘small’ company can win against multimillion-dollar companies, despite the perceived competition and reasons why it can’t happen. The ‘impossible’ made possible. you reach that point, it’s either burnout and give up, or follow your intuition regardless of how uncomfortable, or unrelated it seems to your goal.

Masculine and feminine energy – Each of us

has masculine and feminine energy running through us (note this has nothing to do with sex or gender). There is lots of info in the LOA communities about the feminine energy as it’s the receiving energy and most people want to receive new experiences, feelings or things. So, we get told to work on our feminine energy to manifest the things that we want. But here’s the kicker – manifestation is merely a creation of an experience and by the laws of the universe, creation requires feminine AND masculine energy. The masculine is the providing energy of the universe. Once you know the laws and how to work with them, you can learn to manifest on demand. This is exactly what Lorna has been teaching through her coaching and Facebook livestreams that have seen hundreds of others experience massive success in short time.


Lorna’s points to remember about Law of Attraction if you desire to manifest something or someone in your life right now:


Having a strong desire is not necessarily enough to manifest it. How many times in the past have you really wanted something, but it has not come to fruition? Desire is the vibrational point of attraction and vibration is made from codes. The codes are made of 3 parts; shadow, light and dark. So it’s not the intensity of your desire to manifest, it’s whether your desire is created mainly with light codes (magnetic to the providing energy) or shadow codes (energetically ugly to the masculine providing energy). Visualizing and affirmations alone won’t get you far for long. ‘Action’ is required but only inspired action. Sometimes that could mean no action at all, which can go against many people’s internal beliefs about what it takes to make things happen.

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Taking loads of action and following systems to try and ‘make’ it happen just leads to exhaustion. If you are exhausted your vibration will be weak and it will become harder and harder to get the results like you used to, or like you truly desire. Not only that, but anxiety kills your magnetism, so it’s a no-win situation. So now you know, if Law of Attraction has been working inconstantly for you, or you seem to be manifesting things you don’t want, it’s because it works deeper than your thoughts, feelings and actions. It works within the codes that those thoughts, feelings and actions are made from. That’s where Shadow Alchemy comes in, but we will save that for another time.

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Where to find more

Lorna will be sharing more elements of Law of Attraction with us in next month’s issue of SOCIETY MARBELLA, but until then you can join her free Facebook group Masters of Energy Alchemy, or watch some of her epic livestreams on YouTube channel, Lorna J. If you have ever read the book, The Secret, stay tuned as later this year Lorna releases her new book to the public - The Dark Secret. Here she reveals the mechanics behind Law of Attraction, the shadow, light and dark codes of consciousness, and the roles of masculine and feminine energies in manifestation.

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Lorna recently held her first event, the Signature Temple Activation, in Chicago USA, which was described as Burning Man meets Cirque Du Soleil meets Tony Robbins meets Oprah, after its mind boggling (or unboggling), transformational effect on the guests. The Signature Temple Activation is soon to be made available as a virtual event for those outside of the US. Visit www.lornaj.com for more info.



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The StressReducing Nutrient


ame the first fact that pops into your head when I mention the words ‘Vitamin C.’ I would be willing to bet that some of the initial thoughts that crossed your mind were related to oranges and possibly your immune system. But, can you think of anything else about the well-known vitamin? If you answered no, it’s perfectly okay, most people are not Vitamin C connoisseurs. But, the more you learn about Vitamin C, the more interesting it becomes. It is worth reading up on because, believe it or not, the vitamin is pretty crucial to your overall health – and not just around cold and flu season. Did you know that humans cannot make their own Vitamin C? We need to get it from the food or supplements that we consume. But that is not true for all beings. For example, mountain goats are able to develop their own Vitamin C. And when mountain goats get stressed out, their own internal Vitamin C production increases exponentially. That is because Vitamin C and stress have a lot to do with each other, and not just in the mountain goat world…more on that later. Since we are not mountain goats, we need to obtain Vitamin C from external sources. Some of the best natural sources of Vitamin C include black currant, bell peppers, guava, broccoli, cantaloupe, pineapple, kale, papaya, kiwi, and gooseberries. Oranges do have some Vitamin C, but not as much as everyone thinks! Vitamin C is unstable and, thus, it is destroyed by cooking, so be sure not to char your Vitamin C-rich foods if you are heating them.

Now, for the lesser known benefit of Vitamin C. Aside from being a potent antioxidant, Vitamin C is also beneficial for adrenal health. Similar to how Vitamin C is directly related to stress in mountain goats, humans’ stress levels are also greatly intertwined with the C vitamin. Within the human body, the adrenal glands have a high concentration of Vitamin C. In fact, the adrenal gland is one of the organs that contains the highest amount of Vitamin C within the human body. Increasing cortisol levels can suppress Vitamin C absorption from the adrenal cells. This is significant because it means that being stressed out (a factor that can lead to increased cortisol levels) can reduce your levels of Vitamin C. Therefore, if you are experiencing a high stress time in in your life, it would not be a bad idea to increase your Vitamin C intake.

ON THE FLIP SIDE, VITAMIN C IS CHAMPIONED AS A STRESSREDUCING NUTRIENT Not only has it been found to minimize the effects of stress on individuals, but it also reduces the amount of time that it takes for someone to recover from a stressful experience.



In various animal studies, Vitamin C has proven to significantly decrease the secretion of cortisol – the fight or flight hormone that I mentioned earlier. Vitamin C is also a co-factor in creating norepinephrine (noradrenaline) and epinephrine (adrenaline) – hormones that directly impact the sympathetic nervous system.

IF VITAMIN C IS BEING ABSORBED BY YOUR BODY PROPERLY, YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM WILL BE ABLE TO REGULATE THE IMPACT OF STRESS MORE EFFICIENTLY Though many people seem to believe that you need to consume a large quantity of Vitamin C to reap the benefits of it (did anyone else’s mom make them drink multiple glasses of orange juice if she heard any sniffles?), for optimal adrenal health, it turns out you do not need an immense amount of the vitamin. It is tightly controlled by your system and only about 200mg can be absorbed into your body at a time. So, if your practitioner has you on high doses, you may need to spread it out. Aside from immune system boosting and stress prevention/relief, Vitamin C also helps with numerous other bodily functions such as cardiovascular disease, wound healing, collagen production and more.

It truly is an incredible nutrient and if you do not regularly consume high Vitamin C foods throughout the day, I recommend including a supplement into your regimen. Lyphospheric Vitamin C can break cells’ lipid barriers and increase absorption by up to 90% – I love Pure Synergy’s Pure Radiance Vitamin C Capsules. Another one of my all-time favorite supplements is Pure Encapsulations’ Ester-C. Be sure to spread consumption out over the course of the day to allow for optimal absorption. And the next time you feel a wave of stress coming on, try reaching for the Vitamin C as a way to support your body and mind. As always, check with a doctor before trying a new supplement.


Shiny Happy People By Ian Greenland


esearch conducted by the World Cup showing and an uncommonly Weather Channel and YouGov sunny summer, the entire country of concluded nearly 1/3 of British England would simply have taken to bed adults suffer from Seasonal Affective in a grubby pair of pants to eat HäagenDisorder (SAD), also referred to as “Winter Dazs straight from the tub. Depression”.... also referred to as “feeling shit cos the weather's shit”. So just why is it we're so much happier in Coinciding with the clocks going the summer? back on October 27, some 29 percent of us experience Nobody ever got symptoms of SAD stung by a wasp in ...Disrupted sleep, which go beyond January, but come simply despairing that July, thousands of irregular eating habits, the demon-spawn desperate, sweaty who wakes you with people are forced to low sex drive, poor an Action Man to hide underground on concentration, decreased the tube just to avoid the face each day at 5am will now be them. If you're lucky kicking things off at 4. immune system and enough to fight your Lethargy, plummeting way through the crush increased Netflix are all self-esteem, spiking and onto a train, you anxiety, disrupted try in vain to breathe potential pitfalls come sleep, irregular eating through the pores of habits, low sex drive, November... your skin rather than poor concentration, your nose, wedged decreased immune system and as it is into the damp armpit of a middleincreased Netflix are all potential pitfalls aged businessman. Someone's eating a come November, with 8% experiencing Peperami. Someone else just let rip. The them acutely and the remaining 21% whole place stinks. Nevertheless, you're suffering a milder, subsyndromal version. glad it's not January. This report was actually conducted in 2014. Remarkably, depression and associated conditions have increased in the intervening years despite the glorious, shining success of austerity whose 60% cuts to local coffers have squeezed youth programs, finances for schools, funding for charities, funding for arts, support for disabled and vulnerable people, support for mental illness, housing, welfare provision, fire services, police numbers.... With the added political chaos and social division wrought by Brexit last year, top scientists concluded that were it not for a good


And if you travel by car, you nip into the shops for 20 minutes on a hot day and return to find your Corsa's become a superconducting metal death chamber. The gleam off the bonnet gives you an aneurism as you approach. While scolding your fingers on the door handle, you shake your head once more at the decision to go for the leather seats now bubbling inside. You open all the doors, sit on the pavement and wait for it to cool, inviting not just those wasps, but mosquitoes and seagulls to descend on you and your shopping. You give solemn thanks it's not January.

So just why is it we're so much happier in the summer? You're standing in a queue at an overpriced, overcrowded music festival. The heat and humidity compound one of the worst hangovers of your life, so much you question if your sunburn is actually sunstroke. You definitely can't check symptoms online because there's no reception in this field for the phone which ran out of batteries shortly before you drunkenly lost it anyway. The festival has many queues. The queues have many loud, drunk, shirtless dickheads. This particular queue is for the porta-loos. By day three, they are an affront to nature. As you finally reach them, shield your eyes against the horrors of the interior and realise you'll have to use a sock in lieu of long-since-exhausted toilet paper, your nose yearns for that middleaged businessman's sweaty tube pit. Anything but this. Anything except January. Bile rising in your throat, you grin to yourself and thank CHRIST and the seven dwarves it's not January. So what makes us smile come summer? It can't just be all the extra flesh on show because a) Some of the most miserable people cry-wank their way through hours of porn a day and that's full of the stuff, and b) A lot of the flesh on show in the UK is ropey as fuck. No, one key reason is that perception of sunlight triggers in the brain the production of serotonin, a hormone which stimulates our mood, bringing an increase in calm and focus. Serotonin also plays a part in our restfulness, acting as a chemical precursor to melatonin, which governs our sleep cycle. You don't need a scientist to tell you most of us are less grumpy after a good night's sleep. Crucially, UVB rays from sunlight interact with our exposed skin, (ropey or otherwise)

to encourage production of vitamin D, which not only helps to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy, but also helps maintain high levels of that serotonin. Bare more flesh for the sun and get more chemically enhanced good vibes. Maybe that's why the gigantic, barely-dressed, lobster-red creatures drunkenly wobbling their way into Yates as the sun sets generally look dead pleased with themselves.... but then a lot of them are toothless so that theory falls down... It's not the only contradiction present in this topic. Experts who for years told us to ward ourselves from the harmful UV rays of the sun are in many cases now advocating some unprotected exposure. It seems vitamin D may play a part in preventing and even treating many types of cancer, including lymphoma, prostate, colon, lung and ironically, skin. Many experts believe approx 15 mins without suncream a few times a week could not only be “safe� but actually beneficial to health. Of course, if you're reading this while sipping an ice-cold drink on your

terrace in Marbella, having enjoyed a siesta in the shade, the distant sound of a guitar carried on the warm breeze reminding you just why you moved to the uninterrupted sunshine of Spain.... err...fuck you. In the UK, where we're chronically deficient in both vitamin D and consistent rays, it seems it might be wise to snatch those 15 minutes wherever you can. Research shows loading up on vitamin D in the brighter months can help maintain serotonin levels during those where our tears mingle with the torrential rain. Of course, if you've got some of those demon-spawn, don't even worry about suncream. By the time you've chased them thrice round the house and de-escalated two separate tantrums over them not wanting to wear the stuff, then headed off a third tantrum over the missing bucket and spade, then found the bucket and spade they forgot they hid in the washing machine, then remade the packed lunch they got into while you were looking for the bucket and spade, then found the car keys the little bastards hid while

Of course, if you're reading this while sipping an icecold drink on your terrace in Marbella, having enjoyed a siesta in the shade, the distant sound of a guitar carried on the warm breeze reminding you just why you moved to the uninterrupted sunshine of spain.... Err... Fuck you. you were remaking the packed lunch, then herded everyone out the door.... it will have fucking clouded over again anyway. Ian Greenland apologises for his negative tone and bad language.... He wrote this back in January. www.iangreenland.uk



When I Was DRINKING i loathed myself. Now, I AM VERY PROUD OF THE PERSON I’VE BECOME. One morning, at the end of a drinking binge, I’d spent all my money, maxed out my credit cards, it was hot outside, but I couldn’t face going back to see my girlfriend or family to get some rest,” says Andrew, a 43-year-old business executive. “So I went to my car parked in the underground parking lot, but realised I couldn’t drive as I could barely walk. I sat there, wanting to be alone and isolate myself from everyone and everything. “Then I cried and cried and contemplated ending my life – but realised I didn’t have the courage or the means to do it. If I’d had a gun in the car, I would have probably used it on myself. “That was one rock bottom I had that was caused by my drinking and the way I lived then, but there were several others – including watching my girlfriend and mother cry because they didn’t know what to do and their love for me didn’t seem to be enough to stop me doing what I was doing to myself.” It’s frequently unfathomable like this to people who care about someone drinking too much. But likewise as Andrew explains, the person drinking often doesn’t know why they do it, or continue despite vowing never to touch another drop. “I always made excuses before about stopping and I blamed everyone else, especially those closest to me. I thought I was going crazy as I really didn’t want to go out on another bender, but found myself doing it over and over again anyway. “I would often come in to the office with virtually no sleep, and sit at my desk physically ill from the binge, hands shaking, avoiding eye contact with my colleagues, hoping that if I kept to myself long enough no one would notice…” Growing up, Andrew had seen his parents drink especially at parties they had hosted. He’d also experienced rage and


constant criticism, particularly from his father. Andrew started drinking aged 11 – “to escape my life and change the way I felt”. Aged 18, he also used illegal drugs for the first time, starting with marijuana, then ecstasy, ketamine, psychedelic mushrooms, opiates, and finally lots of cocaine. He realises now that as he got older he also used relationships, sex, eating and work in the same manner. “My aunt was the first person who showed concern about my drinking when I was just 18,” says Andrew, now settled on the Costa del Sol near Marbella. “I brushed that off as nonsense. But looking back on my drinking and drugging career, it was always a problem almost as far back as I can remember: the only real thing that I consistently looked forward to was the next bender. “However, I only realised it was a problem much later in life, aged 34: I’d met someone and didn’t want ‘that life’ any longer, but found myself – despite my own will – going back to it over and over again with increasingly worsening consequences to myself and people around me. “After probably hundreds of successive unsuccessful attempts to control my drinking, a few violent incidents, a relationship that was falling apart, at risk of being fired professionally for regular tardiness and poor results, deeply in debt, the tears of my mother and concern of all my family, I finally agreed to speak to someone about it.” He saw three therapists, without any result. Then someone introduced him to a member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

“At my first AA meeting I was surprised at how many people there were, and how ‘normal’ they were. I had no idea what it was going to be like, but I went only because one of the people I met prior to going to my first meeting suggested it was ‘just information’ that I would find there. I liked that idea. “I was also surprised at how welcoming and non-judgemental people were. It gave me a place where I could breathe, a place where I felt safe and loved. “Now I’ve been free from alcohol and all mind-altering substances since June 2012. I also realised I had to stop any other behaviours that I’d used to change the way I felt – if not, it wouldn’t be long before I drank or used drugs again. “The 12 Steps we do in AA are an amazing path for coping with life and learning to have a happy life, sober. In fact, I would rather be a sober alcoholic with the 12 Steps, than be a nonalcoholic drinker without them as they have profoundly changed my life and the way I look at the world. “When I was drinking I loathed myself. Life’s infinitely better now, and I am very proud of the person I’ve become.” Andrew’s message to someone who might be struggling with alcohol is a clear: “Ask for help by calling the AA Helpline, or reach out to someone who you’ve heard goes to AA and is sober, go to a meeting, and keep going to meetings. Things will definitely get better if you do those things.”


Jane is a 53-year-old full-time mother of children aged 16 and 11, who has an “unbelievable” life living close to Marbella. But it wasn’t always that way - far from it… Here she tells her amazing story. There was always drinking in my family, my dad was a mentally abusive alcoholic. There was constant rage and criticism towards both me and my sister. It was horrific. Then I discovered at the age of 11 that booze blotted out my fears and the loathing I developed due to the continual criticism. So I thought it was fun to sneak into pubs and drink a bit… A year later I started to use cannabis too. As well, I always tried to change the way I felt with relationships, which were almost always extremely abusive ones. Looking back, the only relationship I’d known was like this, because I learned about relationships from what I saw behind the closed doors of my family home. My drinking had already become a problem by the end of my teenage years. I think everyone must have known. But I just couldn’t stop and stay stopped. Another decade later and it was extremely noticeable. Even so, I carried on drinking too much too often for another five years. Then aged 35, I realised I really needed help – I simply couldn’t control my behaviour after the first drink. But even though I knew this I couldn’t

How I went from DRINKING EVERY DAY and being too TERRIFIED to leave MY HOUSE to having a LIFE beyond my Wildest Dreams stop myself from taking that first drink. I suppose I’d convince myself that each time it would be different. It was always the same though. So I’d wake up ashamed at what I’d done or said while drinking – and full of such huge remorse that yet again I’d been powerless over my drinking. My rock bottom was when I was living in Holland. All I did was stay in the house. I lived there for a year and was too terrified to go further than the corner shop – and that was only to buy drink. I had no life. I was in an extremely horrible relationship then. The man I was with had other women. So I just drank and took drugs alone. I could see no hope and no way out. Then a friend of mine mentioned Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). I had what I now know is called the “gift of desperation” and so I went to my first meeting. Although I didn’t get it immediately to stay sober, many things that were shared there at the meetings by other people who’d once drank like me but who now had their lives back on track – and, in fact, even better lives than they’d ever known – sunk in. I kept hearing people at the meetings say they had a “life

beyond their wildest dreams”. I wanted what they had, I so wanted that. Very quickly I found that the more I went to the AA meetings and the more people there that I got to know, the more I loved AA. I loved how the people at the meetings made me feel like I was the most important person in the room. The meetings were so much better than I expected. Now I’ve been clean and sober since January 2002. To stay sober I still go to meetings, and a large part of this is that I can now be one of the people who helps some of the people who come to their first meetings, in the same desperate state that I was in. Doing this helps me stay sober because it feels fantastic to help. As I did when I first went, people can really relate to someone who’s actually been where they are. I came from an extremely abusive and unhappy childhood, but thanks to AA my life is unbelievably happy now, one that’s filled with love and laughter. I have two beautiful confident loving daughters, who thank God have never seen me drink. I am also so lucky that I have a considerate loving husband and we hear each other. My advice to someone struggling with alcohol is please just speak to another alcoholic who’s in AA. Call the helpline number and try some meetings, and see what happens.”




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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.



This month Jonathan encourages you to pump up the volume, whether it’s blow-dries, tongs or extensions… bigger is always better.

Bored of being straight? Are all you ladies finally listening to me or have you all had your straightening irons nicked? We are seeing less and less hot iron damage to the hair nowadays. Ten years ago, it was the norm for my clients to come in with singed hair, looking like they had leant over the gas ring to light their fag and set their hair on fire. Don’t even get me started on clients who had chemically processed hair and continued to use their straighteners daily. We were basically on the highway to hell. I am ever so thankful for the bouncy blow-dry becoming the must have look. The bang on trend, beach waves, also gets another big thank you from me. The fashion for an increase in volume is such great news for the health of hair and has basically stopped me from having a nervous breakdown. Well just about! Now this doesn’t mean you can’t ask for straight hair ladies. Just replace it with the word sleek. We just want to avoid the 90s Kate Moss heroin chic look. So, why do straightening irons cause so much damage? You are basically using two nuclear hot plates to seal one tiny defenseless piece of hair with heat that could probably melt marble. On top of that you are pulling at the hair causing tension damage. Compare this to using tongs or a wand, which you gently wrap the hair around, count to ten and then release. The hair is put through much less trauma.


I AM EVER SO THANKFUL FOR THE BOUNCY BLOW-DRY BECOMING THE MUST HAVE LOOK. THE BANG ON TREND, BEACH WAVES, ALSO GETS ANOTHER BIG THANK YOU FROM ME. When it comes to roller blow-dries versus the poker straight version, again the latter causes more damage. With the roller blow dry, while the hair is still warm, you wrap it round a roller and leave to cool for an hour. This will give you a blow-dry that will see you right through your hangover. With a straight blow-dry you are keeping intense heat on the same piece of hair, while pulling at it over and over. I had to laugh the other day, I overheard a conversation between Lauren and her client. Lauren being the queen of bouncy blow-dries was asking her client want kind of finish she wanted. When the client requested a straight blow dry, Laurens face just dropped. ‘Straight???’ she squeaked, like it was a dirty word. These youngsters don’t remember the days when everyone wanted to look like Neil from The Young Ones.

Hair Play Another way to add volume without damage is using GL Tape extensions, which I am liking more and more. We recommended them recently to one of my regular clients because she wanted an extension service that she could reuse. First I applied a full head of highlights jam packed


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How the mighty has fallen Now I can’t go without mentioning the show that Madge made of herself at the Eurovision song contest. I was and still am embarrassed on her behalf. It promised to be amazing. Madonna performing Like a Prayer at the campest TV show of the year. What she actually delivered was quite shocking and to be honest... flat. Each of the 41 contestants in the Eurovision Song Contest sang better. It wasn’t just that her vocals were pitchy, (hasn’t she heard of autotune?) or that her new song Future was lackluster, but watching a pop icon of her stature having to endure Eurovision stilted comedy was excruciating. AND what was with the eye patch? Did she think she was Johnny Depp. She would have been better with a gag. Let me tell you I was glad I’d a glass of brandy before I watched her performance.

Ta-Ra Love Jonathan I would like to welcome a new super talented hair stylist to our team, Jeffrey Elie. With over five years’ experience at John Frieda in Mayfair and having been featured in Glamour magazine I knew he would be good. I didn’t, however, think he would be THAT good! Within 30 seconds of his first day, my bestie, ‘the death-star’ had bonded with him and grabbed his number. Well if he was good enough for Claudia Schiffer! His past clients Paloma Faith, Ellie Goulding and Queen Rania of Jordan have nothing on our Death-Star. I am sure Jeffery will love working and living in Marbella, having spent two summers in Ibiza managing the John Frieda salon based in the Nobu hotel, he will be used to our crazy and transient way of life. Jeffrey is an extremely skilled haircutter and stylist, who I know will be an asset

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Astin Beachy Head is a 19 year old South African fashion designer, currently studying at Marbella Design Academy. The garment was inspired by Picasso’s painting “The Goat Skull, Bottle, and Candle”, and focuses on geometric shapes and fabric


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Edificio La Rotonda, Avd.Manolete Nueva AndalucĂ­a (opposite La Sala)

Middle Floor Apartment New Golden Mile Amazing apartment in the New Golden Mile, between San Pedro and Estepona. Second floor , south orientated apartment, comprising an entrance hall, fully equipped kitchen with private terrace and separate laundry room. Living dining area with independent south facing terrace, main bedroom with en suite bathroom, and dressing area. 2 more double bedrooms sharing a second complete bathroom. Immaculate condition, ready to move in. Underground parking space included. Communal swimming pool and gardens.

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Spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. This property with southwest orientation has 230 square meters that are distributed over 4 levels. On the main floor large living room with fireplace, double height ceilings, open kitchen with breakfast bar, access to terrace with magnificent sea views, a separate dining room that can easily become the fifth bedroom of this house and a double bedroom with an en suite bathroom. On the first floor the second bedroom with bathroom and private terrace. On the second floor, the mezzanine, there is a large room that can be the third bedroom or a second living area, very cozy with wooden beams on the ceiling and a bathroom with shower. On the lowest floor of the house, the fourth bedroom with bathroom en suite and access to the garden and the communal pool. A few minutes’ walk from the Golf Club, restaurants and bars. It has a communal pool and well-kept gardens. Covered parking space and parking for the buggy or for a second car.

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Edificio La Rotonda, Avd.Manolete Nueva AndalucĂ­a (opposite La Sala)

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Edificio La Rotonda, Avd.Manolete Nueva AndalucĂ­a (opposite La Sala)

Detached Villa Las Chapas with 668m2 of contemporar y and spacious living space located in th e highly sought-a fter and prestigiou s area of Hacienda Las Chapas in a spacious open-plan living room wit h large sliding doors and over looks th e beautifull y-maintained gardens and space to the best advantage , boasting

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In June, Spain became home to the largest and most superior 3D printing facility on earth as HP inc opened their 150,000 sq. foot 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Middle of Excellence in Barcelona, Spain. To mark the occasion, we went on the hunt for some cool lifestyle objects that you could have 3D printed right now…

Printed Lifestyle Objects


Looking for the most perfect engagement ring or piece of jewellery for your special someone? It’s now possible to design and 3D print the most stunning one-off pieces of jewellery using 18k gold, sterling silver and other precious metals. They can be designed with the most intricate details, and even ‘hidden’ details that would only be visible under a magnifying glass for those who knew about it. For example there could be a message, symbol or even a figure that is revealed when magnified to give the piece of jewellery a Since the art world has been embracing 3D whole new depth of printing, it was only natural that interior designers meaning that would be picked up on it to create the most beautiful oneimpossible to achieve of-a-kind pieces for their clients. You don’t have without 3D printing. to be an interior designer to get your hands on Some are even using custom-made 3D printed homeware. Right here 3D printing to replace in Marbella we have companies like Kinetic 3D lost engagement or printing where you can get vases, gifts, lamp wedding rings as they shades and other items designed exactly how can replicate the design you want them for that extra touch to your home. and have it remade! However, it’s not just unique luxury items, 3D


printing can be used to make everything from cutlery to Tupperware.

Shoes Houses The world’s first 3D printed community was unveiled in May 2019 in Latin America and I have a feeling we will be seeing a whole lot more of these projects here in Spain too. Not only could they work out more cost effective, 3D printed homes are also frequently made with materials that don’t rot, have better insulation, fire and waterproof, as well as better resistance to earthquakes! 3D printed homes do require some manual labour, but never before has it been possible to build such high- quality properties in as little as 24 hours!


From stilettos to sneakers, 3D printed footwear is on the rise as an eco-friendly alternative to the mass-produced options we have available now. Plus, they are completely custom made to fit your feet precisely, and they can be personalized to look how you want. Big brands such as Adidas and Reebok are already using 3D printing to produce bespoke, high-performance sports footwear. These are likely to remain in the higher end of the luxury category for some time, but they make a historical investment for fashion lovers and artists.

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We can download all kinds of random things from the internet, but imagine being able to download and ‘print’ actual food... 3D printed food was first highlighted when Nasa used the technology to make pizzas for their space crew, but it has since become a food trend worldwide and several pop up 3D print restaurants opened as a result. Foods like cereal, chocolate and crackers are easily 3D printed with intricate details. 3D printing food could also be better for the environment and make it easier to convert proteins from foods like algae, insects and vegetables into fine tasting cuisine!

What’s awesome about cars and 3D printing is that not only does it make it easier and more cost effective to produce concept cars, but it also gives the possibility of restoring classic cars that would be impossible to find parts for now. BMW gave us a perfect example of this when they renovated Elvis’s classic BMW 507 It’s still to hit the highstreets but 3D printed with brand new ‘old’ clothing has been around for a while and parts. Rolls-Royce first came to our attention when Dita Von are also utilizing 3D Teese famously wore a 3D printed dress printing for cars, designed for her by Michael Schmidt back enabling them in 2013. The ability to print fabric that’s soft, to speed up light, flexible and durable is the challenge production and that has kept 3D printed clothing from taking eliminate waste off in a bigger way. That hasn’t stopped some as they only melt creative architects and designers from continuing the materials the mission though and it’s come a long way since required. the first productions. It’s even possible now to have Formula 1 race luxury bras 3D printed to your exact measurement for cars use 3D optimum comfort and support! printing as well, with some teams even bringing 3D printers to their race venues for rapid alterations or repairs!








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T H I S I S N OT T H E F I R S T T I M E W E H A V E DRIVEN AN ALL-ELECTRIC MERCEDES ON N O RW E G I A N R OA D S . W E D R OV E T H E S L S AMG E-CELL ZERO EMISSIONS SUPERC AR H E R E I N 2 0 1 2 . S E V E N Y E A R S L AT E R W E A R E B A C K TO D R I V E T H E E Q C 4 0 0 4 M AT I C , T H E F I R S T M A S S P R O D U C T I O N M E R C E D E S E V. While Norway is best known for its breath-taking fjords and mountain scenery, most outsiders do not realise that by utilising the natural wealth of their hinterland, its people have progressively turned their country into the most eco-friendly developed nation on the planet. With over 90 percent of its electricity generated by hydroelectric power, and a thriving offshore oil industry, Norway is a major exporter of electricity and oil, and its air quality is outstanding. Over 40% of the cars here are EVs with the percentage rising all the time. It was certainly a fitting backdrop for Mercedes to launch their first mass production EV. If volume sales are the key to recouping the enormous development costs of developing electric cars and their charging ecosystem then manufacturers have to package the technology in the type


of vehicle that people most want. Right now that is the compact SUV, a worldwide trend that shows no sign of slowing down. In 2017 Mercedes design chief Gorden Wagener told us that it was very important for the new EQ models to clearly express their power source in an authentic Mercedes way. With strong family styling ties to other Mercedes SUVs the EQC looks like a slightly larger, more muscular GLC, with a proportionately lower and sleeker roofline that gives the new electric SUV its sleeker, more rakish appearance. The EQC is built on the Mercedes MRA (rear drive) platform shared by the C-Class and GLC models. With the same 2,873mm wheelbase of the latter the EQC uses the rear floor panel from the GLC Coupe to achieve its longer rear overhang. It

thus ends up 105mm longer overall than the GLC at 4,761mm. Width (including door mirrors) and height are 2,096mm and 1,623mm respectively. Although it does not have a combustion engine the EQC still needs a radiator and liquid heat exchangers for battery cooling and air-conditioning. Look past chrome edged slats and you will see the powered flaps that open or close according to speed and temperature. That big grille emblazoned with the three-pointed star is indeed ‘authentic’. That said the two side intakes flanking the front spoiler have black plastic inserts with no actual function. Judicious use of black paint on the lower parts of the nose, side sills and rear valance visually reduce the body height. The full width rear light strip is only be applied to Mercedes models in the EQ range and helps the EQC stand out at night. The rest of the time, it visually helps to give the car a sleeker and more purposeful stance. Even with conventional door mirrors the EQC boasts a drag coefficient of 0.28, a dramatic improvement over the GLC’s 0.31, and a match for the Audi e-tron equipped with the optional exterior camera mirrors. A special aero package to be available later will further reduce drag to around 0.27.




Thanks to an asynchronous electric motor powering each axle the EQC has permanent four-wheel-drive. The total output of its two motors combined is 300kW, which equates to 408hp and 760Nm of torque. Developing peak power just off idle an electric motor delivers its maximum output near instantaneously, so the EQC has the strong and linear thrust appreciated by anyone who has driven an electric car. However, power-to-weight ratio is another issue, and the EQC and its 652 kg of Lithium-ion batteries tips the scales at a whopping 2,495 kg.

THE ZERO EMISSIONS E Q C S P R I N T S TO 1 0 0 KM/H IN JUST 5.1 SEC, UNDERLINING ITS S T R O N G L O W- E N D TO R Q U E A N D U N E R R I N G 4 W D T R AC T I O N . Top speed of the EQC is capped at 180 km/h. Electric cars deplete their batteries very rapidly indeed when pushed to high speeds, and while the EQC has a claimed NEDC range of 445-471 km, this is drastically eroded by high speed driving and big throttle openings. The Mercedes Lithium-ion battery was designed to be a compact package useable across different EQ vehicles and features a modular system comprising two modules with 48 cells, and four modules with 72 cells.


Charging times are always the bane of EVs and Mercedes has been working very hard to extract shorter times from their dedicated three-phase high performance DC charging system. This can apply a 10-80% charge in just 40 minutes, while the domestic AC socket still takes a yawning 11 hours to bring the big 80 kWh battery from 10-100%.

If you own a current Mercedes with the MBUX system like the A-Class and GLE, the ‘floating’ super widescreen display in EQC will find you in familiar territory. Thus, the dashboard is layered with more individual elements than you will find in other Mercedes SUVs. For instance, the central vents are housed


The air vents contained in this moulding and repeated vertically either side of the dashboard are part of the new EQ design language. Like the ribs on the tops of the front doors these appear to be machined from aluminium but are actually plastic mouldings with a metallic coating.

Using the Mercedes me App route planning responds dynamically to changes in its parameters and can be used on-board or off-board. The driver can pre-plan a route, enter a departure time and set the interior temperature to warm or cool the cabin according to the ambient temperature. And of course if the car is charging at the time this can be done with no drain on the battery.

The seats are typical Mercedes in their design, comfort, and range of adjustability, and the driving position and steering wheel controls are also familiar. In the rear compartment the bench seat offers plenty of legroom and headroom, and the EQC with its quiet cabin will make a very good VIP chauffeur vehicle.

The intelligent navigation will plan the route taking into account stops, charge status of the battery, charging stations, the weather, topography and traffic. As the system will always find the optimum combination with as few charging stops as possible it will also seek out quickcharging stations.

The boot holds 500 litres and expands to 1,460 litres with the rear seats folded flat. In parenthesis the GLC offers 550 litres and 1,600 litres of space respectively, reflecting the slightly lower loading floor and taller roofline of the conventionally powered car.

Those familiar with the AI voice recognition function of MBUX can use phrases like “Hey Mercedes, show me the nearest charging station,” or “Charge the vehicle to 85%.” And the system will respond accordingly.

in a unique moulding that cantilevers out from the area under the MBUX screen.

Electric cars that have been on sale up till now have largely existed in isolation as self contained EVs. However, when you press the Start button in the Mercedes EQC the “Electric Intelligence” features that make this car part of a mobility ecosystem that goes far beyond the vehicle itself become readily apparent.

A S YO U W O U L D E X P E C T T H E E Q C C A B I N I S A H AV E N O F QUIETNESS AND C ALM. Standard double glazing, front bulkhead insulation originally designed to keep out diesel engine noise and special layers of

insulation around the rear electric motor and wheel arches markedly reduce e-motor whine and road noise. The EQC comes with 19-inch wheels as standard with 20 and 21-inch options. The 21-inch tyres feature a layer of foam insulation to help reduce rolling noise. Our test car had 20-inch wheels shod with 295/50ZR20 Pirelli Scorpion tires and proved very quiet on most road surfaces. This means you can have conversations at comfortably normal levels and don’t have to crank up the volume on the excellent optional Burmester audio system to hear all the fine details. It also makes for stress-free journeys, since excessive road noise is a recognised source of fatigue. Secondary ride at low speeds is good on the 20-inch footwear, with fine poise when you step up the pace. The base 19inch wheels would no doubt improve this further while trading some grip at speed. The relatively low centre of gravity conferred by the combination of the battery pack under the floor and the self-levelling ability of the rear axle air suspension keeps the roll angle in check. The electric power steering is nicely weighted and its turn-in rate perfectly aligned to the chassis, which helps to deliver a high level of driver confidence.



Having an electric motor on each axle results in a different 4WD experience compared to an internal combustion engine that drives both axles through a gearbox, propshaft and differentials. Electric drive means no pumping losses and the ability of the electronics to seamlessly alter the torque distribution to optimise traction and efficiency in near real time. On the efficiency score the engineers configured the two motors differently to address the polar opposites of high performance and battery range. Thus, the front motor is configured for maximum efficiency in the low to medium speed ranges while the rear motor is set up to deliver the maximum dynamic experience. Mercedes set up a pedestrian avoidance test for us to determine how the car handles in extremis, and the way the motors are configured does indeed make it feel more agile than its massive kerb weight would suggest. In place of the PRND modes of a normal automatic transmission the EQC offers Comfort, ECO, Max Range, Sport and Individual programs. In a conventional car, the right and left steering wheel paddles trigger up and downshifts respectively. In the EQC the right paddle reduces the level of brake recuperation while the left paddle increases it. Pulling the paddles sequentially cycles you through the following modes: D Auto (recuperation via ECO Assist to suit the situation), D + (coasting), D (low recuperation), D - (medium recuperation) and D - - (high recuperation). Since recuperative deceleration is often enough that the brakes are not required in this makes one-pedal driving possible in many situations. The EQC 400 4Matic is good to drive and easy to live with, but in the brave new world of EVs that is simply not enough. As customers grapple with the concept of moving from internal combustion engine cars to electric power they will be glad to know that Mercedes has plotted a very well conceived course to help them. So when you buy a Mercedes EQC you are plugging into a well thought


out eco-system of intelligently linked charging stations that appear on your satellite-navigation data to make all your journeys easier and more efficient. Some of the big worries for owners of hybrid and electric cars are reliability, warranty and residual values, and here Mercedes has pushed the boat out. Their standard EQC “Maintenance Service” package covers all maintenance work up to six years or 150,000 km in Europe, with particular attention paid to electrical and safety related components. In addition to this is the six years or six times “Pick-up & Delivery” service. With each service scheduled at your convenience the car will be picked up and dropped back at your home, office, or anywhere within a defined radius of the dealership.

Beyond this are the customer paid packages like the “Vehicle Warranty Extension” that takes battery cover to eight years or 160,000 km. There is even a “Wearing Parts Package” that includes replacement of consumables such as brake linings, brake discs and wiper blades so you know what your costs will be up to the six-year point. This will help to maintain the EQC’s residual value with the next owner better able to gauge running costs. In terms of its design, dynamics and supporting driver aids the Mercedes EQC 400 4Matic is a very well conceived and resolved car whose debut will no doubt have many people signing up to an electric future. Most of all we are pleased that Mercedes has put so much into the EQ support structure, which bodes well for the people who take the plunge.




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A WHITE & GOLDEN EVENING TO REMEMBER! WE ATTENDED... La Sala by the Sea’s annual White & Gold Party; the official launch of the season.

WE ENJOYED... a celebrity filled evening packed with an abundance of entertainment from Cool Fire Band, Menllizon, DJ Junior D’Acosta plus dancers and acrobats in inflatable spheres gliding across the pool.

WE LOVED... the electric atmosphere, free flowing drinks and of course the delicious canapes. Be sure to turn to page 144 to read our review of La Sala by the Sea’s evening restaurant.

CONGRATULATIONS & A BIG THANKS TO... La Sala by the Sea for yet another White & Gold celebration to remember, a true highlight of any summer season.


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ore-some new collection WE ATTENDED… the inauguration of the new Nimrod Messeg collection at Casino Marbella.

WE ADMIRED… the stunning collection of art by the Israeli sculptor. For the next month clients, friends, gallerists and the media have the opportunity to see his work first-hand and be seduced by a world of sensations.

CONGRATULATIONS & A BIG THANKS TO… Casino Marbella for hosting the event and to Nimrod Messeg for sharing his talented works of art with the Marbella community. Exhibition will be open to the public at the Casino Marbella in Nueva Andalucía until 15th July.


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Art goes with a

at the Kempinski We attended… the presentation of the latest collection of iconic Pop Art by Javier Melus as part of the Kempinski Art Series 2019.

We loved… the irony, humour and ambiguity along with influences from advertising, fashion, urban art, comics, television, graphic design, music and of course countless icons of Pop Art culture.

Congratulations and a big thanks to… Javier Melus for sharing his impressive portfolio and Kempinski Hotel for hosting the event.


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Live like a ROXSTAR... the Only Choice We attended...

the first official finish line of the 6th annual Runball Rally held at an outstanding contemporary villa situated in one of the most sought-after areas in Marbella, La Cerquilla.

We marvelled at...

this remarkable 7 million euro residence packed with the latest innovations including an indoor pool and spa area, vast living areas, unique water features and exceptional views of the famous Golf Valley, the La Concha mountain and the Mediterranean Sea.

We loved...

the great atmosphere, stunning cars, the fabulous venue and most importantly the great friends creating greater memories together.

Congratulations & a big thanks to...

everyone involved in putting this event together fuelled by Roxtar Estates and First Choice Spain.


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Viva la Vista We attended…

the open house for the stunning Casa Arbequina in Sierra Blanca, Marbella on The Golden Mile.

We were impressed with…

this unique property and its exquisite finishes, extreme attention to detail and panoramic views.

Congratulations and a big thanks to… the developer, Puroform, and the exclusive selling agent, Solvilla, on selling the property within days of the open house.


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Luxury hits NEW HEIGHTS We attended…

the launch of Otero Homes latest project of luxury villas on La Resina Golf, The New Heights.

We marvelled at…

the incredible panoramic golf and sea views afforded to this remarkable and exclusive plot.

We loved…

the delicious cocktail brunch; canapes, Iberian ham, wine and cava all provided by Chilli Gourmet.

Congratulations & a big thanks to…

Otero Homes on this stunning development and everyone involved in the launch event and a special thanks for the free hats! :)


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LEAD FOR SUCCESS WE ATTENDED… the seminar ‘Lead Your Ship to Success’ by Tim Storey in collaboration with Devide, Rexuniversal and Puente Group at the exclusive Puente Romano resort.

WE LEARNT… how to lead our own life by ‘one of the leading thought leaders on the planet,’ described perfectly by Oprah Winfrey.

WE ENJOYED… the post seminar exclusive dinner in collaboration with Nobu restaurant with Tim Storey in attendance.

CONGRATULATIONS & BIG THANKS TO… Puente Romano resort for hosting this motivational event, collaborators Devide and Rexuniversal as well as Tim Storey for returning to Marbella to share his remarkable words.


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BREATHTAKING BEAUTY IN BENAHAVIS WE ATTENDED… tthe open house for two new villas in La Alqueria hosted by sole agents MPDunne – Hamptons International.

WE MARVELLED AT… Villa Ángulo and Villa Verano; two stunning five bedroom properties located in one of the most exclusive locations in Benahavis offering panoramic sea and golf views and boasting unique architectural features.

WE LOVED… the extraordinary catering service provide by Estudio Gastronomico and the brilliant ambiance.

CONGRATULATIONS & A BIG THANKS TO… MPDunne – Hamptons International for putting together a professional and enjoyable showcase of these impressive properties.


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COLLECTIVE EFFORT RAISES OVER €14.000 We attended… this fabulous charity gala at the ever glamourous Kitch Restaurant and Club.

We mingled with… the glitterati of Marbella who turned out in great numbers to support this fantastic event.

We were proud… to part sponsor this effort to help raise awareness for Collective Calling and the “Centre of Hope” in Tanzania which works to rescue, rehabilitate and reunite the children of Kasula.

Congratulations & a big thanks to… Veronica Tye and her team at Kitch for hosting this event and to Paul and Gemma Carr whose tireless and selfless dedication to their charity is an inspiration to us all... well done guys you really are making a huge difference and uniting the Marbella people towards a greater good.


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The Magic of Midsummer

We attended. . . the traditional Midsummer Swedish celebration at BREATHE™. We marvelled at. . . the emotional and beautiful moment numerous butterflies were released following the reciting of a Swedish poem. We loved. . . the degustation menu honouring some iconic Swedish dishes including meat balls, pickled vegetables, Skagen and shots of Skane Akvavit as well as the upbeat summer tunes by resident DJ SonSo. Congratulations & a big

thanks to. . . the team at BREATHE™ for putting together a magical event.


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the grand opening of the Paradise Cosmetic Salon and their new International School of Beauty and Make Up showcasing their exclusive top quality cosmetic brands for both professional and retail customers.


the award-winning revolutionary skincare range, Beauty Lab of London, the red carpet celebrity secret which has attracted the attention of media worldwide combining cutting edge technology and providing sophisticated salon treatments and a salon strength retail line. Plus A-list brand Jessica Nails from the USA combining professional salon formulas packed with vitamins making it the number one choice for top spas, salons and beauty editors worldwide.


the MII Make Up, a UK Award winning cosmetics brand, dedicated purely to salons, spas, and their customers, and now to you here in Spain.

CONGRATULATIONS AND A BIG THANKS TO… to all you beauty lovers, beauty professionals and our loyal clients, inspiring us to provide first class training to build your professional dream, and to provide brands that listen to their customers, providing confidence that every beauty choice you make is the right one for you.


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Small Actions, Big Changes We attended...

The GC Rivera Foundation fundraiser at the beautiful boutique hotel, Paloma Blanca.

We adored...

the mission behind the charity, started by Dr. Rebecca C. Rivera M.D. that offers surgical, medical, integrative medicine, autistic and humanitarian services to underprivileged individuals and special needs children (autism spectrum disorder), through paradigm-shifting. They are the only medical mission to integrate western medicine with advanced, alternative medicine with the world’s top experts.

We loved...

the beautiful flowers by Lemonface Deco, the delicious catering provided by Paloma Blanca and the unbeatable atmosphere of locals getting together to support such an important organisation.

Congratulations & a big thanks to... everyone behind the GC Rivera Foundation and all the incredible actions the foundation achieves as well as sponsors La Catarina Brewery and BWS. Please contact Sophia at +34 660 857 060 for donations and sponsorship.


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Gina Victory putting her best foot forward We attended ...

the launch of shoe designer Gina Victory’s debut collection at The Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa.

We marvelled at ...

the collection of 13 timeless shoes boasting butter soft leathers and suede, Swarovski crystals and beach wood. All the materials, embellishments and even the type of wood used on some of the intricately carved heels have been sourced personally by Gina.

We loved ...

the delicious canapes served throughout the event and the informative video showcased detailing the handmade production of the shoes in Elda, Alicante by world renowned third generations master shoemakers.

Congratulations and big thanks to ...

Gina Victory for treating us to the first glimpse of this striking collection and La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa for hosting.





SHAPING POETRY We attended...

Andrea Di Carlo’s ‘Shaping Poetry’ exhibition of collectible design at Wadström Tönnheim Gallery.

We loved...

how the designer explored the boundaries of form and function with her work using multiple techniques ranging from sand casting and hand forging processes to the use of singular materials such as rare woods, natural stone and an array of metals.

Congratulations and a big thanks to... everyone at Wadström Tönnheim Gallery for once again presenting such an exquisite offering of craftsmanship and timeless design and Andrea Di Carlo for sharing her talent with us.




n 1940 a Dutch anatomist studying the body of a rather unique young goat made a discovery which came to revolutionise our understanding of the human skeleton. The recently departed billy had been born minus normal front legs, but the plucky critter showed true determination once adopted by a veterinary institute and placed in a grassy field. Before long, he developed a style of locomotion somewhere between a kangaroo and a hare, drawing his hind legs forwards underneath his body, then jumping semi-upright. Despite the success of his adaptation, an unfortunate accident saw him off not long after his first birthday. What a post-mortem revealed was that the animal's skeleton had actually morphed to facilitate its novel mode of travel, with thickening of the bones in his hips and legs, elongation of those in his ankles and abnormal angling of his hips and toes to accommodate a more upright posture. In a matter of months his frame had taken on characteristics of animals typically evolved to hop. The discovery flew in the face of centuries of perceived scientific wisdom that the body's bones were fixed, growing in a predictable way according to our biological inheritance. Today, it's an established reality that our skeletons are in fact malleable, alive with blood vessels and in a perpetual state of flux, continually broken down and rebuilt as we travail our modern environments. Whilst DNA sets a rough skeletal template, our bones adapt to the dictates of our lives. In the case of the “Strong Men of Guam�, lives of burden left an indelible mark in remains which initially stupefied those who unearthed them. In 1924,


the skeleton of a “gigantic” male on the Pacific island of Tinian astounded its discoverers. Nicknamed Taotao Tagga (“man of Tagga”) by archaeologists in reference to the island's mythologically super-powered chief Taga, his skull, arm and lower leg bones suggested he had been immensely strong and unusually tall. The findings were dated to the 16th or 17th Century. Far from an anomaly, subsequent skeletons unearthed in the vicinity suggested a whole tribe of tall, burly strongmen, initially supporting local legends of colossal ancient rulers capable of extraordinary feats of brawn. A study of their surroundings soon gave a more grounded explanation – The men of Guam were grafters, constructing their homes with enormous rocks and huge stone pillars. The largest of these measured five metres and weighed some thirteen tonnes! Where myth inferred mysticism, reality suggested sheer hard work and exercise. So what do our skeletons tell us about our modern lives? How do we measure up to those supermen of the Pacific? Provided we pull ourselves out of our ecological nosedive such to be around in 300 years time, what will archaeologists deduce about contemporary existence? Well...... we're forming weird lumps on ourselves from looking at our phones too much.... Yep, named the “external occipital protuberance”, the spiky growth where the neck meets the base of the skull – have a feel, you may well have one – has become much more commonplace

in recent years and the experts think our dependence on our smartphones is to blame. Heads are heavy - even those with seemingly little between the ears. Whilst our necks have evolved to support the roughly 4.5 kg of bone, muscle, recentlywhitened teeth and pouty lips, they evolved to support them eyes pointing forward, not staring down into our laps as we ignore everything and everyone that's not got 4G. A 2018 survey found Android users spend an average of 3 hrs 42 minutes per day gazing slack-jawed at their devices.t Stick another hour on that if your phone has an apple on it!!?? If those figures sound a bit far-fetched, congratulate yourself you're clearly not one of the sad bastards pushing our average usage up by taking part in every time-wasting survey that pops up on their screen. Nevertheless, glance around any bus or train carriage and you already know most people will be gawking straight down.... and those looking up are only doing so because they're using the screen as a fucking mirror to check there's nothing in their teeth.... plus hopefully the driver. So where the mightily-skeletoned folk from those Pacific islands may well have benefitted from bodily adaptations such as “Pillar pecs” or “Boulder biceps”, modern society is increasingly afflicted with “text neck”. Shoulder, neck and back pain, headaches and increased spinal curvature are the price many of us pay for letting Mark know we can come

to his party or LOVING Sandra's photo of her kale and quinoa salad #Healhty4Life (...Oh piss off with the sanctimony anyway Sandra, everyone saw you Friday night falling out of Chicken Cottage at 3am, stinking of jaeger, with barbecue sauce in your hair.... oh and you spelled “Healthy” wrong...) In times past, our ancestors walked up to 30km each day which equates to around 40,000 steps. These days we have to strap Fitbits to our wrists to encourage us to walk to the toilet instead of using our micro scooter. Any member of the ancient tribes who spent 3 hrs and 42 minutes per day not hunting or gathering would likely grow hungry and die, but since we've altered the whole “survival of the fittest” paradigm, those same blights on the gene pool need merely dedicate a few minutes of that time to having Deliveroo courier sustenance straight to their gobs. Some experts think this new neck growth is the skeleton's answer to our constantly drooping heads, effectively spreading the load across a little more scaffolding. It's hard to know just what the future holds for our bones but thanks in part to a hopping goat, we now know they'll adapt to reflect their usage and the duress of our environment. Given what we're currently doing to the environment, we're gonna need more than just a longer selfie arm.... Ian Greenland www.iangreenland.uk



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... he build up for this next stop on the (imaginary) itinerary had been predominantly centred around our excitement towards the food. We are foodobsessed, not in a gorging obese kind of way but from a ‘can’t get enough of new flavours, cuisines, and cultural influence’ approach. So Vietnam had been high on our impatience-to-eat-there list for many a month. Arriving in Ho Chi Minh without a local clue was tough, you want to avoid suggestions from the big name online advisors however a sprawling city is a tricky place to navigate when you wish to unearth the best of local delicacies. Fortunately street carts provide you with a guideline as to what the people eat, from here you can scour and search for restaurants and eateries offering similar fare. We weren't particularly successful in old Saigon and actually ended up having Dim Sum at one point in desperation for something authentic and underpriced. Mui Ne was our next destination, we took a five hour bus ride in some very interesting seats slash beds and luckily got the top back row of five all together. Here we spent a lengthy ten days resting at the beach, renowned


for its epic kite surfing conditions there were plenty of gusty days and having chosen a resort away from the town our restaurant options were limited and a little underwhelming. So far, so not what we were picturing from the food-angle but sliding down the enormous moonscapelike red dunes was great fun. The beaches were sadly very littered and not much seemed to be being done about the pollution. The children and I spent a few hours pulling plastic from the shore in the hope it wouldn't end up back in the South China Sea. After heading back to Ho Chi Minh City our next port of call was a 17 hour train ride away in Hoi An, we had heard amazing things from many travellers as to the wealth of spectacles and range of restaurants in the area and the bustling market town on a river did not disappoint. The little boats all lit up at night, couriering devoted tourists up and down made for a pleasant, if not slightly overcrowded, place to stop and everything-watch. Many overpriced restaurants met our path which we avoided as non-tourists (we are travelling, not on holiday and have to learn the art of avoiding getting lured into a false reality)

and headed for the backstreets where you could hear locals wailing alongside their portable karaoke machines. This was a little more of the Vietnamese cuisine we were expecting, but still not quite the authentic version that you would receive in a home kitchen. Still, we spent a week here exploring on bicycles, finding gorgeous little places to stop on the river to cool off and have a cold drink, sometimes served from a person’s own kitchen - it was difficult to tell whether some places were actually establishments or if you were sitting on someone’s patio furniture; either way they never seemed to mind. Hoi An has some fantastic high end resorts and hotels as well as cute little home-stays, which we opted for and immersed ourselves in a bit of local community. The kids were playing football with the locals right away and cycling around laughing with them in the dusty streets and municipal ground which backed onto our homestay, we could sit and watch them becoming part of the lifestyle from the balcony. On we went to Hanoi with its interestingly persistent French influence; baguettes and small groomed dogs aplenty. Here we really felt submerged in a combination of sightseeing with other foreigners and

The War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City - you will probably struggle to leave there without feeling disturbed, horrified and shedding some tears. An absolute must experience in my opinion. There was so much we were not told or taught about the atrocities that became standard during that horrific war and this place personifies and brings it all home like you wouldn’t believe. Find someone who sells bun rieu cau’ because it will change your culinary life. Try Cha ca la Vongon - a traditional dish of fried fish with herbs and rice noodles You must try the ‘no daa’ vietnamese for used drip coffee - just say ‘no daa’. The rest is up to you, it’s all about personal taste… track-crossing to local neighbourhoods; where some welcomed you, and others saw a dollar sign and disappointingly charged twice the cost for a Banh Mi (filled baguette) than they did in the tourist areas. A stunning city nonetheless with vast diversity and a plethora of monumental landmarks, a far cry from the confusion and mental smog of Ho Chi Minh. The eventuality of our culinary expectations to this point was unfortunate in that we needed to have had a guide to be able to find what we were searching for. Lucky for us in Hanoi an old friend, having lived there for a few years, kindly handed us his sacred ‘black book bible’ of places to eat around the city. Some of which were just incredible. We love a backstreet, old lady making one dish only type place where you have to crawl into what seems like her living room and sit on tiny stools; and we found some sights and tastes to knock the senses into tomorrow. Finally we felt as though we had tasted real Vietnamese food. In particular the Bun Cha we experienced in an exclusively local people place (it’s kind of fun being a novelty in a place people would least expect to see you) which is basically noodles in broth but not like anything else you’ve ever tasted. And you’ve got to try Cha ca at Cha Ca La Vong in the Old Quarter, if for no other reason than that is the only dish they serve Cha ca is pieces of local red river fish (carp or catfish) marinated with turmeric then fried at the table with heaps of dill and spring onion, and served over rice noodles with peanuts and a dipping sauce (mam tom tong); there is nothing that good, fullstop. Even the incredible culinary offerings of Hanoi couldn’t suffocate the inability to cross a road without fearing for the

kids’ extremities; it was getting overwhelming. And having no pavement for walking - mainly they’re used as land extensions for shops and restaurants, or places to park your motorbike - we had had our fill of traffic dodging and the sounds of horns and feeling like there are just too many people in the world; it was time for some landscape and peace (and hopefully more good food). A suggestion from a friend met our fancy, Ninh Binh, it looked stunning, there were barely any cars and local food was on the cards. We eventually opted for the even quieter and smaller location very nearby named Tam Coc. We found a bungalow hotel on the river which was everything and more that we needed and hoped for. Tranquil, and a banquet for the eyes, the natural beauty and unrivalled greenery of this place will never leave me. We rode bicycles everywhere, every day along rivers, through rice fields, and through some of the most stunning rocky valleys I have ever seen. We took river tours and marvelled at all the rowers’ ability to paddle with their feet - they do it to be able to have hands free to manoeuvre any walls or caves. If you got a guide rowing by hand, you’ve got a novice! One day we rode out to a spot I can only describe as a purposely groomed Utopia, it was as though someone had the foresight to convert this unbelievably

stunning land into a potential site for another world if the rest of it went to pieces. There is a bird sanctuary, natural underground caves to paddle through, walks and hills with incredible natural beauty that remains untouched, there are then some seriously thought out areas where literally every fruit and vegetable you can think of are growing, flower gardens, beehives, and all being tended to night and day. There is more land being shifted to make way for further agriculture, beautiful pagodas dot certain sections and there is also an event centre on site which was the worst part about it as it brought a commercial invader to the otherwise trade-free zone. I am inclined to investigate further as to who this utopian love child belongs to and what their plans for it are! We extended our stay three times in Tam Coc because it was a literal breath of fresh air; the next leg of the journey was another train trek back from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh before flying to the Philippines so we took in as much clean living as we could.


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uietly taking my ease at a venta near Carmona, having just officiated at a wedding in its magnificent Parador, and therefore suitably be-collared, I observed what was obviously an American making his way towards me.

“Excuse”, he said, “Moron”. I felt somewhat taken aback. To call an inoffensive elderly cleric a moron perhaps overstepped the bounds of normal propriety. “Moron?” he said again, but this time a questioning inflection crept into the equation. “Moron?” I repeated. “Yes, Moron, where is?” he said. The penny dropped. “Ah!” I said, “you are looking for Morón-de-laFrontera.” “Ah yes!” he said “You speak English!” And so we settled to a pleasant and informative conversation, during which I outlined the use of the word “moron” in English. It transpired that he was not actually seeking the town, but the vast “Aeródromo Militar Vázquez Sagastizabal” situated to the north west of the town and about 50 kilometres from Sevilla. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of President Barack Obama who visited the base in 2016.


Construction of this base began in 1940, and the following year saw it operational in the training of fighter pilots for the Spanish Air Force. With the foundation of NATO in 1948 the United States began to look for bases in Europe from which

they could bolster the weakened countries of Europe from falling under the influence of the Soviet Union. Spain was still suffering from the effects of the Civil War, and Generalisimo Franco was desperately seeking foreign aid to shore up his faltering economy. On the 26th September 1953 he signed the “Madrid Pacts” with President Eisenhower (pictured left) whereby four military bases in Spain were ceded to the United States. These were the air bases of Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), Zaragoza, Morón-dela-Frontera, and the naval base of Rota (Cádiz). With the ending of the “Cold War”, the United States began a policy of gradual withdrawal, and withdrew from Torrejón de Ardoz in 1991 and Zaragoza in 2004. It remains in Morón-de-la-Frontera and Rota. The Americans pumped considerable sums of money into Morón-de-la-Frontera, and

commenced operations from the base in 1958. Initially under US sovereignty and operating under US law within its boundaries, the base reverted to Spain in 1963 with the signing of the “Joint Declaration”. This Declaration recognises Spain as a strategic ally of the United States. This alliance has grown over the years until in June 2015 the Spanish government signed an agreement with the United States whereby the US military presence in Spain at the base became permanent with 2,200 soldiers, 500 American civilians, and 26 aircraft located there. Increased installations allowed for possible military interventions in Africa. Number eleven wing of the Spanish Air Force, equipped with the latest generation of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, is also stationed there. Naval Station Rota (NAVSTA Rota) is a Spanish naval base covering some 24 square kilometres in the Province of Cádiz, commanded by a Spanish Rear Admiral, but fully funded by the United States.

SITUATED HALFWAY BETWEEN SOUTHWEST ASIA AND THE UNITED STATES, NAVSTA HOUSES THE LARGEST AMERICAN MILITARY COMMUNITY IN SPAIN. The US government regards NAVSTA as the key to the Mediterranean, whilst it was used as a refuelling stop by C-5 and C-141 aircraft in the Gulf War in 1991. 2001 saw a busy year as the most active base during the invasion of Afghanistan, and this was mirrored in 2003 with Iraq. The base provides support to both the US Sixth Fleet units in the Mediterranean and to USAF Air Mobility Command units transiting to both Germany and Asia. In

the 1970s it saw the refit and replenishment of US submarines with the Polaris missile, although this facility is now located in Georgia at King’s Bay. At its peak in the 1980s NAVSTA Rota was home to 16,000 sailors and their families, although this has now dwindled to some 4000. Originally home to US Submarine Squadron 16 (SUBRON 16), this left in July 1979, and the base housed two permanently deployed aviation squadrons, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 2 and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 22, until the early ‘90s. This was the period when a patrol squadron of P-3 Orion aircraft regularly tracked Soviet naval vessels and submarines in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean. The Naval Station also has an important peacetime rôle in supporting NASA Space Shuttle missions. It also remotely controls the antenna of Torreta de Guardamar, Alicante. This is a 370-metre tall radio mast erected by the US Navy near Guardamar del Segura in 1962 and is the tallest architectural structure in both the Iberian peninsula and the European Union since the height reduction of Belmont TV Mast. It is used to transmit orders to submerged submarines. Originally under the control of the US navy, it has now been transferred to the Spanish Navy,

and is used for transmitting orders to submerged submarines stationed in Cartagena during their operations. Regular readers of this admirable magazine may recollect reading about the day the US “nuked” Spain. Two hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped near the village of Palomares. One spread radioactive content over the entire area, which is evident still today, whilst the second was lost 20 kilometres off the coast, resulting in searches being undertaken by 12,000 military personnel over ninety days, until the troops were guided to the spot by a local fisherman. As a result of this incident, US bombers were forbidden to use the base facilities, and it was not until 1983 that they were permitted to return. Nowadays the emphasis is on cargo freight rather than a warlike payload, although the United States navy still maintains a watchful presence. Four Ægis warships bolster the missile defence of NATO as part of the European Phased Adapative Approach, whilst since 2015 four US destroyers are permanently forward deployed to Rota. Despite this, the place remains technically a Spanish navy base under the Spanish flag. The US flag is not displayed without the express permission of the Spanish Rear Admiral.


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Whether you prefer somewhere tranquil with great food, a lively venue that’s child friendly or a beach club to dance and let your hair down, whatever your vibe we have your beach day covered. Here are our magnificent seven choices for the perfect day at the beach... Enjoy!

Finca Cortesin Beach Club LOCATION: Bahia de Casares beach STAND-OUT FEATURES Outstanding 35m infinity pool The ultimate 5-star beach club experience Remains exclusive away from the crowds Unparalleled service Available for private hire THE VENUE: In the words of VOGUE UK: “The natural setting is, quite simply, breathtaking”. Finca Cortesin Hotel’s Beach Club is an impressive 6,000 sqm space of tranquility with a regal ambience throughout. The beach club features picturesque gardens with Balinese beds and sun loungers surrounding the breath-taking 35m infinity pool. The Beach Club at Finca Cortesin is also an elegant location for weddings and other celebrations or corporate events.


FOOD AND DRINK The restaurant at Finca Cortesin’s Beach Club looks out directly onto the white sand and serves the very best fresh Mediterranean cuisine. The expert barmen are on hand to mix a special cocktail as you settle back in the height of luxury. ENTERTAINMENT You can enjoy various exclusive parties and events at Finca Cortesin Beach Club throughout the summer, check their social media for updates.

C laro! Beach C lub LOCATION: New Golden Mile, Laguna Village Commercial Centre STAND-OUT FEATURES Family friendly Shuttle service and easy parking Open all year round Luxury quality and passionate service Various seating areas to suit your mood THE VENUE: Set in a tranquil corner of one of the coast’s pristine blue flag beaches, Claro Beach Club has fast grown into a favorite amongst locals due to it’s welcoming atmosphere, beautiful

Olivia’s LOCATION: La Cala de MIjas STAND-OUT FEATURES Fantastic live entertainment Perfect for both relaxing and partying Available for weddings and hen parties Delicious Sunday roast dinners Open every day from breakfast to late night

décor and numerous comfy areas to unwind. As you enter Claro, the beautiful fountains and water features immediately set the tone for serenity, a theme that continues throughout the ‘earthy-chic’ restaurant, terrace and beach areas. It’s easy to slip into paradise mode here relaxing in exotic style on one of the hammocks, or visiting the dedicated massage area, where you can choose from various massages from their resident therapist. Claro Beach Club & Restaurant won the Certificate of Excellence on Trip Advisor this year after achieving many top reviews. Parking is right outside the front in the Laguna Village carpark and if required, Claro provides a courtesy shuttle for their guests, so you get back to your home or hotel safely. THE VENUE: Olivia’s La Cala is a place where you can go and relax or go to party, it’s a place that genuinely offers both! The main downstairs restaurant with a stunning large terrace is perfect for soaking up the sun as you enjoy the food, drinks and live acts. In the upstairs terrace and bar, you can enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere and lounge in the abundant sunlight with panoramic views of the Mediterranean. The upstairs area is also available for private hire for weddings parties, birthdays and hens, with its own bar and VIP restaurant service.

FOOD AND DRINK Choose from the inside or outside restaurant seating areas, plus enjoy a selection of finger foods on the beach with service right to your hammock! The restaurant boasts a lovely wine menu and the cocktail bar on the beach serves tasty, refreshing classics. The menu is a mix of local and international dishes with no minimum spend so you can be free so pop in for coffee or stay for the day. ENTERTAINMENT Throughout the day it’s laid-back beats, then stay on until the evening for live performances, flamenco shows and late-night fiestas. FOOD AND DRINK The luxe beach vibes combined with global flavours on the menu makes Olivia’s a favorite for both special occasions and frequent dining. The Raw Fish and Champagne Bar is ideal for some light seafood bites and bubbles during the day or evening. ENTERTAINMENT Olivia’s hosts regular live performances from some of the coast's much loved artists, from singers, to saxophonists, pianists and top DJs.


La Reserva C lub de Sotogrande LOCATION: Sotogrande STAND-OUT FEATURES


Family friendly

Easy upfront parking

Water sports onsite

Spectacular views

Unique lagoon setting

Adult only swimming pool

Beach yoga

Max gym onsite

Wide range of high-quality facilities

Attentive service

THE VENUE: La Reserva is a spectacular resort designed for memorable experiences for the whole family. You can take a break on the sunbeds and chambaos, receive a massage, or take a dip in the adult pool. The little ones can have great fun in the kids club! If you’re feeling up for some fun on the water, you can book a wide variety of water sport activities on the sports lagoon including SUP, kayaks, water bikes, windsurfing and jet-surfing! FOOD AND DRINK The stylish restaurant at The Beach, La Reserva, serves a delectable lunchtime buffet and à la carte dishes that are healthy and made from natural, organic ingredients. ENTERTAINMENT La Reserva beach is entertainment in itself! Whether you want to take part in all the activities there is to offer here, or you just want to sit back and watch the action, either way you are guaranteed a great day out.


Max Beach

THE VENUE: Renowned for its stunning views from everywhere in this venue, Max Beach gives a truly panoramic experience of the Mediterranean and Marbella coastline. The beach club features spacious terraces with sunbeds and Balinese style beds surrounding the large swimming pool, all overlooking the beach. Max Beach is great for group bookings of all occasions including corporate events, birthdays, and hen parties. If you love to work-out, head to the upper floor of Max Beach, you will find Max Gym along with incredible sea views. FOOD AND DRINK The restaurant at Max Beach provides the perfect setting for a summer meal for groups of all sizes. Pop in for breakfast with freshly made juice, lunch by the pool, or dinner with an international menu including fresh salads, chargrilled steaks, seafood and more. Drinks and light bites are served all day, plus you can enjoy sushi and freshly cooked pizza right at the pool terrace. ENTERTAINMENT Throughout the season you can enjoy exciting events at Max Beach from live music and performances, to themed pool parties. Check out their calendar for special events this summer.

La Sala by the Sea LOCATION: Puerto Banus STAND-OUT FEATURES Perfect for large groups like hen parties Features live performances from some world-renowned artists Swimming pool, beach and jacuzzi Massage and Spa treatments available Delicious Thai style cuisine THE VENUE: Situated at the shore of one of Puerto Banus’s beautiful beaches, La Sala by

FOOD AND DRINK the Sea is a stylish and luxurious beachfront venue with three tropical bars to choose from. If you can’t find a parking space close enough, there is a buggy Service available daily between 11:00 and 19:00 that will take you straight to the entrance. Kick back under the sun on one of the sun loungers and beds around the pool or experience the luxury of the jacuzzi beds, VIP jacuzzi loungers and plush cabana beds with supreme views of the Mediterranean. For the ultimate relaxation experience you can also indulge in a massage or beauty treatment from fully qualified and professionally trained specialists.

Enjoy a mouth-watering lunch at La Sala by the Sea’s al fresco restaurant serving an appetizing selection of dishes from fresh seafood platters to Thai fusion cuisine, sushi, and much in between. The waiters can also serve a selection of dishes right at your sunbed and keep you topped up on sangria, so you don’t even have to move! ENTERTAINMENT During the day, La Sala by the Sea is a laid-back vibe with chill-out music playing against the sound of waves. On the weekends it’s all about the best funky grooves from live DJs and performers. Keep your eyes out for special events from international artists and spectacular parties throughout the season.

Diblú LOCATION: Paseo Marítimo Marbella. Playa Casablanca. STAND-OUT FEATURES Family friendly Fresh catches of fish everyday Barbeque on the beach, "Espeto" Perfect position for sunsets THE VENUE: You will find Diblú on the beach, just across from Meliá Don Pepe Hotel. The restaurant is one of the only built right there on the sand, giving spectacular views as you enjoy your meal. FOOD AND DRINK Diblú receives fresh catches of delicious seafood daily and turns them into creative Mediterranean cuisine.

You can try the fish of the day, tuck into a delicately cooked seabass or their famous lobster salad, and even watch your sardines be barbequed on the beach.

ENTERTAINMENT This is where people come to enjoy the views, sunsets and generally enjoy the relaxed ambience of Diblú’s unique shore-front location.




RESTAURANTS... This month we decided to get up close and personal with the culinary genius behind one of Marbella’s finest gastronomic destinations, BREATHE™. Chef Alfonso Lillo talks Michelin stars, respecting the planet and how BREATHE brought him to Marbella, as well as an insight into AIR, the final piece of the puzzle.

What attracted you to the BREATHE™ concept? I had never been to Marbella before I joined BREATHE™. It was entirely the project, its concept and the mission that excited me. Whilst previously

How would you describe GROUND in your own words?

Can you share with us a bit about your career to date, before you joined BREATHE™? My career began in Bournemouth at The Royal Bar where I was working as a Kitchen Porter. I had been studying economics, but being amongst the bustle of the kitchen, I just knew I wanted to be a chef, much to my parents’ disappointment! Whilst at the time they felt I was wasting my studies, my economics background has proven hugely advantageous in my career as 50% of my job is budgets and working with numbers, it’s not all in the kitchen! I studied Culinary Arts at the University of London before embarking on 15 years working in the city for Gordon Ramsay and at various Michelin star awarded venues. I have also worked as the private chef to the King of Qatar and most recently at the best boutique hotel in Palma de Mallorca, Sant Francesc, before coming to BREATHE™.


chefs all strived for Michelin stars, now I feel people are starting to care more about the food itself. Where it comes from… the effect it has on the environment, the quality etc. I loved the idea of being part of something that had the utmost respect for our planet, whilst still offering the best quality you can buy.


Casual, healthy cuisine with a strong Mediterranean influence. We aim throughout the entire venue to use local produce wherever possible. In GROUND we use no refined sugar, only natural fruit sugars, honey, pollen etc. GROUND opens up the BREATHE™ offering to a new clientele and is proving particular popular with fitness enthusiasts and mums with young children, which is great to see. What can customers expect from the food at BREATHE™? Real, quality products. The most important aspect to me is that the products speak for themselves, they don’t need elaborate cooking methods or decedent sauces as they are the best quality products you can buy. My focus is on the product itself, whether its meat, fish or fresh vegetables.



What can we expect from AIR when it opens? We wanted to offer something a little different, there are an abundance of sushi restaurants in the area, so we decided to go down a different route with a raw menu comprising of tartars, ceviches and carpaccio. The concept is sharing plates and the food is designed to accompany the impressive drinks menu. It won’t be an extensive menu, a small collection of quality, raw produce, and like nothing you have seen before in Marbella. And finally, we couldn’t leave without hearing your recommendations? Hmmm, in BREATHE™ I would say the Tomahawk Steak or if you’re a fish fan, the Seared Tuna Tataki with Pineapple Salsa and Seaweed Salad or the Salmon Tiradito! Well, we know what we are having this weekend… do you? C/ Los Lirios, s/n breathe.life @breathemarbella @ground_marbella



Happy Food

Happy Gut


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Bettina, our resident foodie offers her insider knowledge on how to stay healthy and introduce more plant based foods into our diets.

We all know food has an intrinsic ability to make us happy. There’s nothing quite like the excitement you get when you see your plate making its way to your table in a restaurant, or the contentment that comes with the first bite of homemade pancakes on a Sunday morning. But research is emerging to show that what we eat can have far more of an effect on our emotions and mental health than just transient happiness when we taste our favourite flavours. In fact, to understand just how important food can be to our mental wellbeing, we need to travel past our tongues, down through our bellies and into our guts to take a look at the wondrous phenomenon that is our microbiome.

What is The Microbiome The gut microbiome is an enormous ecosystem of organisms including bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses and protozoans that resides in our intestines. Your gut contains around 100 trillion bacteria which, among many other things, help you to break down food and toxins, strengthen your immune system, and make vitamins and hormones. The gut has such a big influence on so many of our bodily systems that scientists are now increasingly treating it as an organ in its own right. Science is now also suggesting that levels of serotonin, our 'happy hormone', within our brains are regulated by the amount of bacteria in the gut, particularly during childhood.


Levels of serotonin, our 'happy hormone', within our brains are regulated by the amount of bacteria in the gut, particularly during childhood. Because your hormones are produced and regulated by your gut microbiome, if your microbiome is depleted or out of balance, your ability to regulate and produce essential happy hormones will be impacted. This means that what goes on in our bellies is likely to have a direct impact on our mood. It’s pretty empowering stuff! Along with our environment, stress levels and early life, food plays a huge role in how healthy our microbiome is and how our mood is affected as a result. When we eat, we’re not only eating for ourselves, but for the billions of microbes in our gut, too. There’s a reason I named my book Happy Food—because the recipes in it not only fill your soul and taste buds with joy, they also help keep your gut bugs, and in turn your mind, happy too! So how can we help keep our gut thriving with mood enhancing friendly bacteria? There are many ways to positively influence our microbiome, one of the easiest—and my favourite— lies in plants!

Plant Power! Different plants provides different types of fibre, or ‘prebiotics’, available to different species of our good gut bacteria. These different bacteria ferment prebiotics in order to replicate themselves to perpetuate and populate their species within our guts. One study found that people who get more than 30 different types of plants onto their plates each week have the most resilient, most diverse, and least pro-inflammatory microbiota. And interestingly, studies have also shown that a diet plentiful in prebiotics might play a part in the reduction of anxiety. A healthy gut comprised of a wide variety of microbiota means that when one species of bacteria is wiped out for some reason, there are others in there ready and able to take the reins to help prevent us from becoming unwell, undernourished, fatigued, and stressed. Western guts, though, are becoming increasingly sparse in species within, meaning we are more susceptible to illness from invading bacteria and yeasts. So by choosing lots of different types of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and changing them up regularly, we can actively nurture all of the important types of bacteria needed for a thriving and diverse microbiota. I love gaining plant inspiration by visiting exotic local markets when I travel to hunt out unusual fare to add to my plate and get my good bacteria feeling happy and diversified!


Eat the Rainbow A good way to ensure you are getting in a wide variety of different plants is to fill your plate with colour. The more colour you’re eating, the more vitamins, nutrients, minerals and happy hormones your bacteria will be able to produce for your body to use. Each differently coloured plant food represents the different range of bioactive compounds found within it. One thing you’ll notice in Happy Food is the spectrums of vibrant colour I add to every dish. Give my Bibimbap Korean Rice Bowl (p.86) a go. All those differently coloured plants indicate that it is full of prebiotic goodness to help you populate your gut with lots of brain beneficial bacteria.

Ferment to Feel Good Whereas prebiotics feed the bacteria in our guts, probiotics are strains of bacteria (that thrive on prebiotics) which help populate healthy gut flora in symbiosis with prebiotic fibres. Both are needed in a healthy diet to maintain a diverse, happiness-promoting gut. Probiotics include Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis that are found in ‘live’ yoghurts and fermented foods. It is easier than you might think to make your own fermented foods to help keep your happy hormones flourishing. Try my Soljee’s Kimchi (p.124) or quick Sweet and Sour Pickles (p.125) to create your own fermented goodies at home, and my probiotic rich Cashew Yoghurt

(p.140) and Macadamia Ricotta (p.144) will give you a hit of happiness straight to your gut as well as to your taste buds!

Eat Mindfully Stress has an immediate impact on our moods, and also a fundamental impact on the health of our gut and its ability to regulate our mental states. Just think about how your tummy turns when you remember a looming deadline, or how you feel physically sick when you face confrontational situations. That is how directly and immediately stress can affect what goes on in our bellies. If we eat when we are feeling stressed or our minds are somewhere other than on what’s on our plate, digestion is compromised, creating an unnecessary stress response within the body. This is one of the reasons I promote a fuss-free approach to diet and eating. I believe that if we are constantly stressing

about whether what we are eating fits within the confines of a specific label, be that ‘vegan’, ‘Paleo’, ‘Keto’, etc., then we are creating a breeding ground for poor digestion, compromised absorption, and an unhappy gut. A simple and easy-to-remember way to calm your nervous system and bring yourself to the present moment to aid efficient digestion is to develop a mindful eating practice. I teach mindful eating and pre-dinner mindfulness exercises on my Bettina’s Kitchen Retreats to calm our minds and systems before we tuck into our plant powered meals. I find it so empowering that we’re able to take control of our own physical and mental health simply by being aware of what we put on our plates, and that something as fun and exciting as food really can have such a profound influence on how we feel and function.

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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

Vintage, old& new

The 2018 vintage is ready to drink!

Zing! The first bottles of the 2018 Rioja vintage, with wines from a few other Spanish regions, are now on shop and winery shelves. These are white wines harvested last September, matured over the winter then bottled in late winter, many in March. They are young and often brightly fruity and energetic, meant to be drunk within a couple of years. Look out for new grape varieties, small in quantity in 2019 but fun to try.



Rioja’s official wine board in April of this year declared 2018 to be a “good” vintage, despite early uncertainty due to weather problems. The board samples several thousand wines; for 2018 It highlights the quality of the whites, saying they have very good structure and aromas.

Vintage is a great word, even if you don’t know much about wine, but you should know what you are talking about.

My first understanding of the word had nothing to do with wine. We used to visit a museum with old cars when I was a kid, and my parents would chuckle about how the Fords of their youth were now vintage cars. I equated the cars and my aging parents (I’m the youngest of four) with antiques, so for a long time I thought the word meant simply “old” or old-fashioned. While that’s true for non-wine objects, vintage remains very much a wine word. It has its origins in Old French meaning harvest time, and it has been in use since the 15th century to mean mainly that: wines harvested in a given year.

The exceptions – Port & champagne

from great vintages: you get the idea. A 1985 Chateau Margaux is going to set you back far more than a 2017.

Vintage in wine terms has a specific meaning – with a couple of important exceptions.

It’s not just about money, though. Mass market industrially-produced wines are made to taste alike from one year to the next; the large wineries that make these adjust and tweak them to make sure drinkers don’t find a change from one year to the next. Sadly, you’ll never get a great or even a very good wine this way, or a wine that can develop into something finer over time. These are very ordinary alcoholic beverages, the kind you get for a couple of euros at the supermarket, designed to give you a quick high and a lingering headache.

Port muddied what vintage means by using the term to officially designate rare wines made only in exceptionally good years and according to strict regulations. And yet you will find Port wines listing the vintage for virtually every year. These are known as Single Quinta Ports. Mike Hall, who writes for MVH Wines in the UK, notes that only 3% of all Port is labelled Vintage. “A Vintage Port is a wine made from a single, exceptional year that spends no longer than two years in barrel before being bottled. This stipulation as to how long a Vintage Port may spend in barrel may seem odd but Ports age far more quickly in barrel than in bottle.”

If what you want is wine that tastes good and that you can match with foods for

a wow! meal, you need wines that have been made skilfully, taking into account the grape variety and soil/sun exposure/ climate that make up the terroir, as well as the weather that creates the vintage. If you have a good vintage wine it will age into something far more interesting than the teenager it was on bottling day, feet too long and nose too big for the lanky body. This doesn’t mean you need to wait five years to drink it, although if you have a decent place to cellar bottles you might want to. I recently opened a bottle of 2008 Syrah at home that was exquisite – every sip we had with grilled lamb chops that night prompted a word of praise. We had the same wine when it was two years old and again when it was five years old, and each time it was better.

Portugal is perhaps responsible for planting the idea that vintage means quality, but champagne, too, uses it that way. Champagne is traditionally a blend of different grapes but also different vintages, with “reserve” wine from earlier harvests accounting for up to 50% of the blend. “Vintage” on the label is used in the same way as in Porto: for single-harvest wine from rare, exceptional years. New World wineries did their bit in the 20th century to confuse the European notion of vintage because these countries typically have fewer weather extremes from one vintage to another, so the need to include the vintage on the label has never been as great.

Why vintage matters Money comes into play here, of course. You only have to recall the outlandish prices paid for some Bordeaux wines

Vintage in Spain Vintage has a special sense in Spain, in particular in Rioja. The wine board makes an official declaration every year about the quality of the vintage. New Rioja rules went into effect in January 2019 that allow wineries to make single grape white wines from more grape varieties and label them with the grape: Chardonnay, Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc, Garnacha Blanca, Malvasía, Maturana Blanca, Tempranillo Blanca and Turruntés. Viura will continue to be the region’s most traditional and widely available white grape for several years, but the new options mean more fun for wine drinkers.





n its 12 years La Sala by the Sea has made a strong name for itself as one of the best beach clubs on the coast. This month the evening restaurant returns every Friday, Saturday and Sunday offering you the chance to enjoy the stunning La Sala by the Sea setting and dine on their fusion menu under the stars. From 8.30pm the popular beach club transforms into a Thai inspired haven offering a relaxed, intimate dining experience with the ocean waves lapping against the shore as a backdrop and fragrant aromas filling the air. The vast menu includes the signature La Sala by the Sea Thai inspired dishes such as Por Pia Thod – Crispy Vegetarian Spring Rolls or Moo Ping - Sticky Thai Style Pork Skewers with a Thai Dipping Sauce to start followed by Kaeng Kiew Wan Kai – Thai Green Curry with Chicken or King Prawns and Pad Kratiem – Chicken with Pepper and Garlic. But it’s not just oriental delights featured at this beachside eatery, Sala Group regulars will be delighted to hear that many of their


iconic specialities have not gone amiss. Choose from the Chargrilled Steak served with Hand-Cut Fries, Vine Roasted Tomatoes & Mushrooms or the Buddha Burger made up of 100% Pure Fillet Steak Burger topped with Lettuce, Pickles, Tomato, Onion, Melted Cheese and served with Hand Cut Fries. The Lobster Burger also stood out; filled with tender lobster and king prawns and dressed with a lemon and Sriracha sauce. SHWINGS also make an appearance; served buffalo chicken style with the infamous blue cheese



dip or coated with seven spice, sweet honey and chilli sauce… if you read last month’s review of Villa Toscana you will know these are worth a visit alone. This month they are even offering something special for the ladies, ‘Ladies who Dine’ is available every evening and offers women complementary unlimited cava from 8:30pm-11:30pm when ordering a main course from the menu. As if you needed an excuse? We decided to sample an array of both the fusion and classic options starting with Por Pia Thod - Thai Dumplings with a Garlic, Soy and Vinegar Dipping Sauce; these meltin-your-mouth bundles were rich in oriental flavours and complemented perfectly by the soy dip. A mixed sushi platter as vibrant in colour as in flavour

was the next to arrive… well fresh sushi by the beach, what more can I say. La Sala by the Sea offers small, medium and large platters, so you can opt for sushi as your starter, main meal or even to share amongst the table, as we did. Next up was Sala’s iconic Chateaubriand, I have sampled a fair few restaurants on the coast and I have to say I am yet to find a Chateaubriand that rivals in quality; everything from the succulent meat to the creamy pepper sauce to the roasted vine tomatoes bursting in flavour was impeccable. The heavenly Crispy Duck with Pancakes and Hoisin Sauce (another

Sala speciality) and the Kaprow – Stir Fried Beef with Chilli and Basil concluded our evening selection. What truly amazed me was the diverse menu and how each dish excelled individually. On this occasion I couldn’t even pick a shining star as they all shone as bright as each other, all I would say is don’t miss the chance to sample this exquisite beachside dining experience this summer. La Sala by the Sea Av José Banús. T. +34 952 81 38 82 lasalabythesea.com lasalabythesea


HERMES MARBELLA IS BACK WITH A LARGER STORE Hermès announced the reopening of its store in Puerto Banús, Marbella, on 13th June 2019. With the new larger space, Hermès reaffirms its presence here on the coast with its abundant collections for men, women and home. Each section of the store has been carefully designed with the finest materials reflecting the essence of the brand.

MARBELLA INTERNATIONAL PLASTIC SURGERY SUMMER SCHOOL HOSTS ITS 4TH ANNUAL EVENT WITH COURSE DIRECTOR DR KAI O KAYE The MIPSS, held at the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel, saw plastic surgeons from all over the world come together to share experiences, knowledge and

contribute to the in-depth scientific presentations. The event, directed by Ocean Clinic’s Dr Kaye, consisted of internationally renowned speakers covering a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, hands-on workshops, as well as two mornings of live surgery performed by recognized experts. 2019 was the biggest year yet for the MIPSS, with attendants limited to 150 and all spaces filled.

CLARO BEACH CLUB LAUNCHES ZIELO July 6th sees the public launch of Zielo by Claro – the new evening terrace and fun kitchen with exquisite tapas, customizable dishes and delicious cocktails. Tucked away in a beautiful corner of Laguna Village, West Marbella, Zielo by Claro brings live music, good vibes and a comfortable new evening spot to enjoy year-round.


AMARE BEACH HOTEL LAUNCHES HAYACA BEACH RESTAURANT From the 14th June to 15th September Latin American pop-up restaurant, Hayaca by Mauricio Giovanini, will be located at the beautiful Amàre Beach Hotel. Hayaca serves authentic dishes from Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, Peru and Brazil with an impressive cocktail menu and show cooking. A background of Latin beats, comfortable areas to relax and impeccable views, ensure a real treat for the senses.

DA BRUNO HONOURED TO RECEIVE CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE The Da Bruno Restoration Group has received the TripAdvisor 2019 Certificate of Excellence after receiving 92% positive reviews in the past year. In the words of Bruno Filippone, head of the Da Bruno Group, "It is a great honour to receive a new Certification of Excellence as prestigious as this from TripAdvisor. This is the result of great teamwork."

MAITI NEPAL CHARITY GALA AT NIKKI BEACH A wonderful day was had by all at Nikki Beach, raising funds and awareness for Maiti Nepal Marbella. Maiti Nepal homes almost 300 children from newborn, up to all ages and more than 1000 children in Nepal use Maiti Nepal services every day. The gala raised over 36.000â‚Ź on the night from ticket sales, auction and 'wish tree' gifts for this important cause. The event was organised by Marianne Steneholm, with Promas as one of the main sponsors.

FINCA CORTESIN INTRODUCES COLLECTION OF STUNNING RESIDENCES, LAS ALBERCAS Finca Cortesin, luxury hotel and real estate has launched Las Albercas project, an exquisite new development of stunning residences with custom features and all the benefits of living on the grounds of Finca Cortesin. Owners of these new properties have access to the Las Albercas Clubhouse, lavish spa, outdoor and indoor pool, gym, hammam and treatment rooms. They also benefit from the Finca Cortesin lifestyle, including concierge services, top-class restaurants, the beach club, pools, tennis centre and a world-class golf course. Every last detail of Las Albercas has been designed with the utmost care and attention, featuring high levels of insulation, sustainable plumbing, heating and air conditioning, plus a centralised solar energy per block, to minimise the developments’ impact on the environment.


COSTA KIDS IN THE KITCHEN AT VILLA TOSCANA FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN. If you want cool things to do with the kids during the school holidays, every Wednesday & Friday between 5pm and 7pm you can take the little ones over to Villa Toscana in Puerto Banus where they can make their own pizzas! While the kids are being fed and entertained, the adults can relax and enjoy some authentic stone baked pizzas and other succulent dishes.

THE UNVEILING OF THE NEW FERRARI F8 TRIBUTO AT C. DE SALAMANCA The impressive car weighing 40kg less than the Ferrari 488 GTB but with 50hp more. Voted “Best Engine” in the International Engine of the Year awards in 2016, 2017and 2018 this motor also features a suit of cutting aerodynamics that contribute to a 10% improvement in efficiency.

EIC FOOTBALL TOUR NICE 2019 EIC under 13s recently returned from a fantastic football tour of Nice, France. Playing in their El Oceano sponsored kit the boys played 9 matches over 3 days, losing to International School Nice 0-1 in the final. They were congratulated on their style of play by Brazilian International footballer Dante! The tour concluded with a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix circuit and tickets to witness Nice v Nantes (Ligue 1), an entertaining encounter which finished 1-1 at the majestic Allianz stadium!


SUMMER FAIR IN MARBELLA RAISES FUNDS FOR HOMELESS CHARITY A summer fair at the British International School of Marbella has raised €1,555 euros for Hogar Betania, a hostel run by volunteers that cares for homeless people in the border town of La Linea, next to Gibraltar. The charity also provides food to about 520 poor families and tries

to put young people into apprenticeships. Families and staff took part to raise the funds and enjoyed plenty of food and drink with live music and performances, including a ukulele orchestra from Year 4. The proceeds raised will be put towards renovating the kitchen facilities at the charity. For more information visit FB page britishschoolofmarbella

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IMPRESSIVE EQUESTRIAN DISPLAY FOR OFFICIAL OPENING OF "VIX EQUESTRIAN" Last month saw the eagerly anticipated official opening party of "VIX Equestrian" just outside Monda. Finnish dressage rider Joanna Robinson and her professional team put on an impressive display of the latest technology and training methods on offer for sport horses. Guests that travelled from around Europe were also treated to luxury clothing items and horse accessories from the onsite stylish "VIX Boutique". For more information visit www.vixequestrian.com

LES ROCHES MARBELLA HOLDS CHARITY COOKING CLASSES FOR DEBRA-PIEL DE MARIPOSA The 5th Annual Family cooking class featuring celebrity chef, Enrique SĂĄnchez was attended by more than 100 participants and declared a success thanks to the selfless work of a group of Les Roches Marbella chef lecturers and student volunteers. The charity event began thanks to the initiative of an Indonesian student with an interest in helping children with Butterfly Skin. Through the sale of tickets, the raffle and a gift auction, Les Roches Marbella were able to raise more than â‚Ź1,800 for the association.



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Banks Services& Financial 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

FLUENT FINANCE Location: Tales de Miletos 11, Edif. Banana Beach, Blq. C3, Marbella, Tel. 952 92 64 81, fluentfinanceabroad.com GLOBAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT Tel. 952 768 376, gwm-ltd.com HOLA CREDITO Location: CC Negocios Puerta de Banús (opposite Iceland). Tel. 951 319 538 holacredito.com HiFX Tel. 951 20 39 86, hifx.co.uk IBEX Location: CC. Benavista, Local 3, Estepona, Tel. 952 88 71 25, ibexinsure.com 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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CRYSTAL HEALING ENERGY CENTRE Location: No.35 A7 Centro Comercial Costasol - (166km). Bel-Air Estepona. Tel: 697 972 032 thecrystalenergyhealingcentre.com

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

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

RAFAEL BUENO PELUQUEROS CELEBRITY HAIR STYLIST Tel.: 952 107 196 info@rafaelbuenopeluqueros.com rafaelbuenopeluqueros.com

DYNAMIC TRAINING CENTRE MARBELLA Tel. 952 775 021 dynamicmarbella.com

SINERGIA PILATES Avda. de Espana 62, Estepona Sinergiapilates.es

SALA BY THE SEA Location: Urb. Villa Marina, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 81 38 82, salabeach.com

EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL RESTAURANT & SPA Urb Miraflores Playa, Crta. A7 km.199, Marbella. Tel. 952 587 550, oceanohotel.com

THAI MITICA Calderon de la Barca, 48, Nueva Andalucia + 34 951 279 250 thaimitica@my.com

SALON LA VIDA Urb. Aloha Pueblo, Local 23, Nueva Andalucia. T: 952 92 91 06/680 238 480, hairdressermarbella.com

ENN CARE Location: Marbella Golf and Country Club, Ctra de Cádiz, N-340 Km 188, 29604, Marbella Tel. 663 048 477 enncare.com

BARDOU Location: Playas del Duque, Puerto Banús. thebardou.com

HC MARBELLA Tel.952 908 628 marbellahighcare.com

Beauty & Health

MEGAWHITE T. +34 671 404 393 contact@anettabeauty4u.com

HEALTHOUSE Urbanización Boladilla Baja, Esetepona 29689 Tel. 951 082 090 healthhouse-naturhouse.com

ARIA MEDICAL GROUP Location: Centro Peninsula 8, Camojan Tel. 951 276 748 / 671 639 353 ariamedicalgroup.com

LOOK YOUR BEST Location: Calle Ramon Areces, Marina Banús, Edificio III Local 3, Puerto Banús Tel. 951 134 990 lookyourbest.es

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


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

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

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

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 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 ANTHONYS DIAMONDS Location: Avenida Ramon y

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Poligono Industrial El Pinillo Torremelinos, Tel:+34 952 373 233 bwsdrinksdistribution.com

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

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

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

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 MARBELLA POLO CLUB info@marbellapoloclub.com, Tel. 639 30 85 55, marbellapoloclub.com PALACIO DE CONGRESOS MARBELLA Location: Calle Jose Melia 2 Tel. 952 828 244, marbellacongresos.com

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

PEDRO SANCHEZ RIDING Location: Ctra. de Ronda Tel. 952 788 189

EUROPCAR Tel. 902105055, europcar.com

SALON VARIETES THEATRE Location: C/ Emanicipacion, s/n Fuengirola Tel. 952 474 542 salonvarietestheatre.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


CINE TEATRO GOYA Carrer de Av. Julio Iglesias, Marbella. T.951 196 665 / 951 196 666, cinesteatrogoya.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 CALANOVA GOLF CLUB Location: Urb. Calanova Golf Club Tel. 951 170 194 calanovagolfclub.com EL CHAPARRAL GOLF CLUB Location: Urbanizacion El Chaparral, N-340 KM 203, Mijas Costa Tel. 952 587 773, golfelchaparral.com EL PARAISO GOLF CLUB CN 340, km 167, Estepona 296880 Tel. 952 883 835 elparaisogolfclub.com FINCA CORTESIN GOLF CLUB Location: Carretera de Casares s/n, Casares Tel. 952 937 883 fincacortesin.com FLAMINGOS GOLF CLUB Location: Ctra de Cadiz KM 166 Tel. 952 889 157 flamingosgolf.com 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 MARBELLA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Ctra de Cadiz, N-340 KM 188 Tel. 952 830 500 marbellagolf.com MONTE PARAISO Location: C/ Camino de Camojan s/n, Sierra Blanca Tel. 952 822 781 monteparaisogolf.com SAN ROQUE CLUB CN 340, Km 127, 11360 San Roque, Cádiz, Tel. 956 61 30 30, sanroqueclub.com SANTA MARIA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Urb. Elviria, Ctra. Cadiz-Málaga, KM 192, Elviria Tel. 952 831 036, santamariagolfclub.com REAL CLUB DE GOLF GUADALMINA Urb. Guadalmina Alta, A-7, Km.170, San Pedro de Alcántara, Tel. 952 88 33 75, guadalminagolf.com SANTANA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Ctra la Cala – Entrerrios, Mijas Costa Tel. 902 517 700, santanagolf.com

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

Gyms and Tennis Clubs

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

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

FOC DESIGN Centro de Negocios Puerta de Banus, Local 18, Puerto Banus, Tel +34 952 817 129 info@wearefoc.com, focdesign.es

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

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

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

GRASSIFY Tel. 694 442 331, marbella@grassify.es, grassify.es INDIA EXOTICA Location: Calle Fragua 43, Marbella Tel. 952 778 500 indiaexotica.com

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


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

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

MESSEG DESIGN Location: C/Aluminio 6, Poligono Industrial La Hermita Tel. 952 857 439 messegdesign.com

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

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

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


Pets ADANA Location: Camino Padre Cura, Urb. Huerta Nueva, 14 Tel. 952 113 467 adana.es CLÍNICA VETERINARIA ZARPAS Y BIGOTES Location: Urb. Marbella Real, 13. Tel. 952 857 863/ 659 069 000, zarpasybigotes.com FAMA Location: Camino de Campanallas Tel. 620 354 885 famaspain.com MOBILE VET Location: Calle Santa Lucia, 23, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tel. 952 78 07 33, mobile-vet.com 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 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 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 QUAY PROPERTY GROUP Location: Mellior Vasari La Alzambra Local 3-1, Puerto Banus Tel. 951 319 728 quaypropertygroup.com

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

Radio 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 PRIME PROPERTY MARBELLA Tel. 951 082 367 primepropertymarbella.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 American

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

WASA INMOBILIARA Centro Comercial Plaza 65-66, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella, Tel. +34 952 818 000, Wasa.es

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


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

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


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

SOTOGRANDE Trocodero Sotogrande Paseo del Parque s/n, 11310 San Roque, Cádiz. Tel. 678 456 047, trocaderosotogrande.com L’Olive de La Reserva La Reserva Golf Club, Avda. La Reserva, s/n +34 956 785 252 sotogrande@sotogrande.com sotogrande.com CASARES 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 Avenida Luis Braille no 20 San Pedro de


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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

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.



MISTER NOODLES Avda. Manolete 14, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 40 00 08, misternoodles.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

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 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.

THE FRESH FOOD CAFÉ Location: Urb. Los Naranjos de Marbella Tel. 952 907 364 thefreshfoodcafe.es MAGNA CAFÉ Location: Magna Marbella Golf Tel. 952 929 587, magnacafe.com Exquisite cuisine in stunning surroundings. Bar and large terrace with breathtaking views. STARZ MARBELLA Location: Centro Comercial Plaza, Local 60-62 Nueva Andalucía,Marbella. Tel. 952 81 63 13, 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 International 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 Indian MASALA MARBELLA Location: Ctra. Cadiz Km.179 (opposite Marbella Club)Tel. 952 857 670, masalamarbella.com TAJ MAHAL Location: C/ Jazmines 17 Local 1 Tel. 952 814 719, tajmahalmarbella.com Exotic Indian cuisine, perfect for intimate dining and takeaway. Italian CIBO Bulevard Principe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, 11, 29600 Marbella, Málaga Tel. 952 90 03 80, cibomarbella.com 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 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 Japanese 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 MIJAS COSTA International EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL & RESTAURANT Miraflores. Tel. 952 587 637 MAX BEACH A7, Km 198.1, 29649 Mijas Tel. 952 93 08 58 maxbeach.es OLIVIA’S LA CALA Location:Calle Torreon La Cala de Mijas Tel. 952 494 935, oliviaslacala.com

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

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