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ISSUE 12 MAY 2010


SOCIETY Living SPYKER C8 AILERON cutting an intoxicating dash


FUNKY FIESTAS and lavish launches

POKER for BEGINNERS ... and stars

Cool white for


Fitness revolution with TRACY ANDERSON





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respect were well-directed. We have also noticed in recent months that the magazine is being picked up faster than ever, perhaps a result of other publications falling foul of the financial crisis and not being able to survive winter. The success of Society Living – and its three-monthly Beautiful Home sister, which was combined in a bumper issue in April and will return in July – has also enabled us to continue upgrading the content, with the popular regular sections complemented by new faces, places, trends and news. This month, for example, we welcome Tracy Anderson to the contributors’ team, revealing the secrets behind her revolutionary fitness methods for celebrity clients; while poker supremo ‘‘Marbella Slim’’ offers valuable tips on how to get into the action – whether you are a beginner or a more experienced hand at the game. We hope you enjoy this latest issue, which has a bright and fun spring theme while also offering a glamour-tinged preview of summer, something we are all longing for after the unprecedented rainy season – and volcano ash!


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No 12 – May 2010

Contents glamour digest 12

Chic style and stunning fashion trends

tech world 18

Cutting edge innovation ... state-of-the-art gadgets

Queen of Marbella social scene

Think different with the Spyker C8 Aileron

music notes 24 society 26

latest trends 76

Behind the scenes in the world of films and DVDs

Rock snippets from around the globe

Costa glamour... mixing business with pleasure


kristina szekely’s diary 44 on the road 48 fashion flair 60 health and fitness 74

movie lines 22



Cool white style for summer

The secrets of Tracy Anderson’s celebrity method

Tips, trends and new sensations in make-up and skincare


local trends 80

Friendly dental treatments – for the perfect smile

clinic and boutique 82

Health, fitness and beauty news from along the Coast

restaurant guide 96 Highly recommended for gastronomic pleasure

ask the surgeon noticeboard 103 84 Techniques and trends: your questions answered

Business and other news from around Spain

table talk 89

poker action 109

fine dining 92

in the stars 113

Restaurant news and culinary tidbits

Exotic haven with sumptuous cuisine

Expert tips for beginners ... and experienced hands

Astrologist Russell Grant looks into the future

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GLAMOUR DIGEST Designer flair for your little loved ones Vanilla Kids, the designer children’s boutique in Nueva Andalucía, offers some amazing brands for children’s clothing including this gorgeous dress – perfect for parties – from Jottum, a leading Dutch brand. The recently opened boutique also stocks Kate Mack, LoLo, Birkenstock and Havianas, as well as Oilily baby bags and Charm It children’s jewellery. The Ralph Lauren collections for boys and girls from birth to16 years are gorgeous and ensure your little sweethearts are kitted out in the coolest, chicest clothing. Vanilla Kids: Tel. 952 816 091

A scentsational fragrance Every girl should feel like a princess at least once in her life so why not wear Glam Princess perfume by Vera Wang and feel like one every day? The beautiful fragrance has sweet heart notes of orange blossom and vanilla orchard and follows on from the other Princess fragrances by Vera Wang – Princess, Flower Princess and Rock Princess. Its bottle is designed with stars and the cap is a crown perfect for any princess – available in 30, 50 and 100 millilitre eau de toilette.


Rock ‘n’ roll wine collection Fashion designer Christian Audigier has created a fabulous champagne and wine collection with striking bottle designs that are inspired by his rock ‘n’ roll street style and Hollywood glam. The wines are produced in the vineyards of the Montpeyroux Estates using grapes grown by the Roquefeuil family, who have produced wine since the 16th century. The range offers an intense Cabernet Sauvignon, a rich Chardonnay, a velvety smooth Merlot, a spicy Syrah from Vins de Pays d’Oc and a fresh, fruity AC Coteaux du Languedoc rosé. Shown here is the champagne, the Syrah in the black bottle, which is recommended for dishes rich in sauce, as well as Mediterranean cuisine; the Chardonnay in the green bottle, recommended with fish, quiches or white meat; and the rosé in the multi-coloured bottle – great for pasta, barbecues or even spicy Chinese. 12

Cute and sassy This cute hat from Primark is great for the summer heat. It can keep you cool and ensure you look stylish with the pink flowers, which are another big summer trend. Match it with a pretty floral bikini at the beach or with some high-waisted navy shorts and wedges at the bar. The best bit is… it won’t break the bank.

GLAMOUR DIGEST Seating concepts with flair Perfect for the modern boudoir, these stunning chairs and sofas are both cheeky yet elegant. La Perla joins the 49th edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, presenting Sensoreal, created by Silvio De Ponte. New seating concepts have been designed: the Bustier chairs play with feathers, silk and lace; while the Metal Lace sofa has a metallic garter belt – one of the most iconic pieces from the La Perla Black Label collection. These fabulous seats are ideal for the luxurious bedroom or a decadent dressing area.

Inspiration for summer The tribal look is one of the hottest trends this summer and Accessorize have a fantastic range of accessories and outfits that will make you stand out and be noticed, whether you’re at the beach or in a club. Find the animal within with this leopard print maxi dress, which looks great with lots of accessories such as bangles and the metal studded bando. The Accessorize collections are exceptional each season and this summer is no different: the jewellery is big and makes a statement, while the bikinis and other garments have take inspiration straight from the catwalk.

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Vibrant jewellery inspired by life Stephen Webster is known for his amazing collections and intricate, elaborate designs so we wanted to look behind the scenes – to see what gives Stephen his inspiration and gain an insight into the design process. It has always been Stephen’s passion to cultivate jewellery collections that push all creative boundaries and he says his love of music has really influenced his style – and all his work is a reflection of his personality. “I am fortunate that, selfishly, I have pursued topics and inspirations from my life’s experiences and translated them into our many collections. Within all of them there is vibrancy.” Historically Stephen has always worked in 18carat gold but he notes that nowadays this has changed and he has recently used titanium and palladium for very complex pieces. For the past 20 years Stephen has developed techniques and stone cuts for gems that did not exist before, which he says “can take a lot of patience and perseverance but when it works you have something others do not, and that is what being a designer is all about. “Jewellery has to do a lot of soul searching over the next few years…There is always a place for jewellery. Apart from giving life itself, it could be the most important, significant and emotional thing to give and receive. For this reason the future looks bright and, thankfully, the more creative, the more beautifully crafted and the more provocative the piece, the brighter it looks all round.” Puerto Banús Tel. 952 816 976



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TECH WORLD The perfect charge Philips’ new phone, the Xenium X312, is supposed to last up to a month without charging. Just imagine not having to fiddle with chargers and never running out of battery when you are about to make an important call!

A camera packing GPS This new camera by Leica includes GPS tracking, so you can map the location of where you have taken the photos – as well as taking amazing shots!

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Lines Five of the best movie releases


Date Night – 7 May in Spain A bored married couple becomes embroiled with a gangster and his henchmen in a case of mistaken identity, leading them into a night they will never forget – including being shot at, car chases and pretending to be a prostitute and her pimp. STEVE CARELL, TINA FEY, MARK WAHLBERG, RAY LIOTTA


Shrek Forever After – 21 May Shrek and his colourful friends return in the fourth and final instalment of the film series with more adventures, capers and a battle of good versus bad. Like the other films, this movie will also be significantly based on fairytale themes and will see Shrek battling to save everything he holds dear, including his own life. MIKE MYERS, EDDIE MURPHY, CAMERON DIAZ, ANTONIO BANDERAS, JULIE ANDREWS, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE


Robin Hood – 14 May Ridley Scott directs this version of the legendary heroic outlaw who returns to his village after fighting in the Third Crusade to discover the oppression caused by the Sheriff of Nottingham. RUSSELL CROWE, CATE BLANCHETT, WILLIAM HURT


Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – 28 May Set in sixth century Persia… a street urchin is adopted by the king as his heir, and must rescue the Sands of Time, a gift from the 22

gods that control time, which is in the hands of a villainous nobleman. JAKE GYLLENHAAL, GEMMA ARTERTON, BEN KINGSLEY


The Back-Up Plan – 21 May in Spain An unmarried woman is desperate for a baby and is artificially inseminated. Newly pregnant but unaware of this, she meets and begins dating a handsome man – complications arise when she reveals she was pregnant when they met. JENNIFER LOPEZ, ALEX O’LOUGHLIN

Five of the best DVD releases


Sherlock Holmes Sherlock and his trusty sidekick Watson race to capture Lord Blackwood, a clever serial killer dabbling in the occult, before more people die. Holmes learns that Blackwood and his followers plan to wipe out the House of Lords with all the politicians inside so he, Watson and his love interest Irene Adler must foil the plan. ROBERT DOWNEY JR, JUDE LAW, RACHEL McADAMS



St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold The schoolgirls start a new term with a treasure hunt for the legendary Fritton’s Gold. The girls must find clues that will lead them to the treasure, outwitting the villainous Pomfrey and his sidekicks along the way. RUPERT EVERETT, COLIN FIRTH, DAVID TENNANT, GEMMA ARTERTON, SARAH HARDING


DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? A recently separated couple, on the verge of divorce, witness a murder and must go into a witness protection programme, taking them from their beloved New York to Wyoming. With the killer hot on their trail they must stay unknown and out of sight until they can return – hilarious situations, including the presence of a terrifying bear, then arise. SARAH JESSICA PARKER, HUGH GRANT


Precious Touching movie about a young girl living in Harlem with her abusive, dysfunctional mother and a father who has got her pregnant twice. With the help of a kind nurse, a teacher and a social worker she manages to escape from her nightmare and vows to improve life for herself and her children. GABOUREY SIDIBE, MO’NIQUE, PAULA PATTON, MARIAH CAREY, LENNY KRAVITZ


Daybreakers In 2019, a disease has turned most of the world’s population into vampires. With a dwindling blood supply, the dominant race plot their survival, while a researcher looks for a way to save humankind and find a cure for vampires. ETHAN HAWKE, WILLEM DAFOE, CLAUDIA KARVAN

Quick clips I Director Phillip Noyce said he was a nervous wreck while filming action thriller Salt, due for release later this year, with Angelina Jolie as she insisted on doing all her own stunts. The film was originally going to star Tom Cruise but when he pulled out due to scheduling conflicts the script was rewritten for Jolie, who will star as CIA agent Evelyn Salt. I The new Jack Ryan adventure now has a title – Moscow. The fifth film in the series sees actor Chris Pine take over the role of CIA analyst Jack Ryan, following in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, who have all played the character. I Pine is also said to have signed up for the sequel of Star Trek, once again playing Captain James T. Kirk – many of the original cast are also said to be starring in the second film. I Meanwhile, there may be trouble behind the scenes of the new Bond film. Oscar-nominated

Movie of the Month Sex and the City 2 – 28 May Our favourite four fashionable ladies are back once again with drama, romance and some killer outfits. SARAH JESSICA PARKER, KIM CATTRALL, KRISTIN DAVIS AND CYNTHIA NIXON return to the big screen for the muchanticipated sequel to the 2008 blockbuster. We join Carrie (SJP) and her friends in New York two years after the end of the first movie: Carrie is surprisingly still happily married to Big (CHRIS NOTH); CHARLOTTE (DAVIS) and husband Harry (EVAN HANDLER) have their hands full with her two young children Lily and Rose; MIRANDA (NIXON) is juggling work, marriage and motherhood; and SAMANTHA (CATTRALL) is unsurprisingly single and loving it. Other big names such as LIZA MINNELLI, MILEY CYRUS and HEIDI KLUM make appearances in the film as themselves; while PENELOPE CRUZ appears as Lydia, a sultry temptress who catches Big’s eye, prompting Carrie to question her two-year marriage and admit to Samantha that she and Big are a little too “Mr and Mrs Married”. screenwriter Peter Morgan has apparently quit the film following the appointment of Sam Mendes as director. MGM, however, have quashed claims of Morgan leaving, insisting they are just speculation. Pierce Brosnan, who starred in four 007 movies, recently said he was never happy with his performance and felt he had not actually “nailed” the part. I The writers of the Sherlock Holmes sequel have announced it will be a “fun movie” and have hinted that Brad Pitt will step into the role as Holmes’ nemesis Professor Moriarty. Pitt also has a film due for release at the end of this year, The Tree of Life (co-starring Sean Penn), and has reportedly signed to appear in The Lost City of Z as British explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett, who disappeared while trying to find the lost city in May 1925. I Chace Crawford, star of the highly successful Gossip Girl, is reported to have quit the remake of Footloose – giving no reason for his departure. He is not the first star to leave: Zac Efron was originally signed but pulled out last

Deciding they need a bit of glamour, Samantha takes them on a week-long, all expenses paid decadent trip to Abu Dhabi where they meet several faces – old and new. Fans of the TV show will be pleased to see a familiar face from series four, Carrie’s former fiancé AIDEN SHAW (JOHN CORBETT), who by chance bumps into the leading lady at a street market, leaving Carrie re-evaluating her life and telling Charlotte, “We bump into each other half way round the world – I think it means something.” Fans have been waiting for this movie since the first smash hit and will certainly not be disappointed with what they see. The original cast is almost complete with DAVID EIGENBERG playing STEVE BRADY once more, JASON LEWIS as JERRY “SMITH” JERROD, WILLIE GARSON returning as STANFORD BLATCH and MARIO CANTONE as ANTHONY MARENTINO. MICHAEL PATRICK King is again writing and directing and the legendary Patricia Fields is taking charge of the costumes and wardrobe. year. Director Kenny Ortega was supposed to direct the film but had to pull out because of scheduling conflicts with the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It, but the film is still going ahead – and planned for release in 2011. I Fans of our Movie of the Month will be pleased to hear that Kim Cattrall has hinted there may be a third Sex and the City film. I Most people at one point or another will have watched the hilarious American Pie and perhaps one of its sequels… now a fourth film is being written by Hurwitz and Schlossberg – of Harold and Kumar fame. The film is expected to reunite the cast of the original films though no deals have been made yet. I Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger and Justin Bartha are coming together once more to star in the third National Treasure film – in the first two, the trio are searching for lost treasure before Cage’s arch rivals find it. Director John Turtletub has not confirmed the idea behind the movie yet but the release date is set for 2011. w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m





nternational jewellery brand STEPHEN WEBSTER are hosting an exclusive party in Marbella this summer with special guest BRIAN FERRY, who will be playing, along with his band, classics such as Slave to Love. The brand and STEPHEN WEBSTER himself are known for their rock ‘n’ roll vibe so BRIAN will fit in very well at the party. Fans enjoyed the American version of Glastonbury last month at Coachella with some great headliners including JAY-Z, MUSE and GORILLAZ. BEYONCE, who performed on stage with husband JAY-Z, caused some controversy with an X-rated T-shirt, while KATY PERRY wore a very revealing outfit that left little to the imagination. MS PERRY has an album out at the end of the year, probably some time before her upcoming marriage to lothario RUSSELL BRAND in India – a secret RIHANNA, her bridesmaid, let slip last month. Legendary rocker OZZY OSBOURNE is also said to be releasing a new album entitled Scream – his 10th album to date. It is produced by OZZY and KEVIN CHURKO, who worked on the 2007 worldwide hit Black Rain. OZZY will also embark on an 18-month world tour in support of Scream later this year. Following on the heels of some American bands who have


released albums exclusively with major chains such as Walmart and Target, dance band FAITHLESS are releasing their next album exclusively with iTunes and Tesco. New album The Dance is released on 17 May, while the band has confirmed they are playing at Glastonbury, V, T in the Park and Global Gathering. X Factor finalist DIANA VICKERS has announced a string of live dates including opening for fellow finalists JLS – the singer has included Cardiff to her tour to take it to 10 dates up and down the country. The pop star releases her debut album Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree on 3 May and will also be taking part in the Get It Loud in Libraries campaign. LEE RYAN, currently working on his solo album Confessions and releasing his first movie, The Heavy with VINNIE JONES, is reuniting with fellow band mates SIMON WEBBE, DUNCAN JAMES and ANTHONY COSTA to release more songs. BLUE disbanded in 2004 after ELTON JOHN suggested their popularity as a group was waning, and all the members went on to have solo careers – DUNCAN JAMES released a few singles and has recently starred in the West End Musical Chicago; SIMON WEBBE released two albums with success; and ANTHONY COSTA released

songs, starred in Blood Brothers and was a contestant on I’m A Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here. UK pop star ELLIE GOULDING has revealed she never planned to be famous and isn’t particularly very rock ‘n’ roll. She recently said that sitting next to JAY-Z and GIRLS ALOUD at the Brits was very bizarre and didn’t happen to girls like her. It’s nice to see some musicians really are down to earth.

ELLIE’S debut album peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart in March and her third single entitled Guns and Horses is released on 7 May. MARK OWEN has been reunited with his family after he checked himself into The Priory to be treated for alcoholism, and confessed he had had 10 affairs since getting together with his wife Emma Ferguson. The TAKE THAT star is not the first member to confess to secrets about their personal life: HOWARD DONALD revealed he had taken drugs in the past and sparked controversy when he expressed the view that cannabis should be legalised; and former member ROBBIE WILLIAMS has reportedly suffered mental illness, alcoholism and substance abuse during his career. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, or LADY GAGA as she is better known, reportedly got her moniker after singing Radio Gaga every time she entered the studio. One day, when music producer ROB FUSARI sent her a text saying Radio Gaga, his predictive text changed radio to lady and the name stuck. Unfortunately things haven’t stayed amicable between the pair as FUSARI is reportedly suing GAGA for a cool $30.5 million, claiming he co-wrote her songs and helped her get a record deal. Poor GAGA!


Latest CD Releases TONI BRAXTON: Pulse – 4 May This sixth album by the singersongwriter is a mixture of uptempo and contemporary R&B ballads and is her first album in five years. The first three singles are Yesterday, which was released last November, Make My Heart and Hands Tied. KEANE: Night Train – 11 May Night Train is an EP that was born out of the group’s Perfect Symmetry Tour in 2008; the first single, Stop For A Minute, featuring K’NAAN, was released in April. The alternative rock album is already being hailed as “brilliant”. KATIE MELUA: The House – 24 May KATIE’S fourth album brings more up-tempo songs as well as the classic ballads she is famed for – watch out for Red Balloons, Tiny Alien and The Flood.

ROLLING STONES: Exile on Main Street Originally released in 1972 to a great reception, the famed rockers have re-issued the album as a deluxe package with new songs including Plundered My Soul and Dancing in the Light and new versions of Soul Survivor and Loving Cup. R&B singer songwriter KERI HILSON is currently in the studio working on her next album. The twice nominated Grammy star first began writing in 2001 for BRITNEY, CIARA and USHER then released her first album, In a Perfect World, in 2009 with great success. With the backing of TIMBALAND and POLOW DA DON she will be releasing her next album in later 2010.

Forthcoming Concerts JAMIE CULLUM will be at the Sala la Riviera in Madrid on 26 May, while ALICIA KEYS will be at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on 2 June presenting her album The Element Of Freedom. U2 will also be in San Sebastian and Sevilla on 26 and 29 September, respectively. MICHAEL BUBLE, the Canadian singing sensation, is appearing in concert in Spain

towards the end of the year – BUBLE will be in Barcelona on 30 October then in Madrid on 31 October. The star, whose debut album was released in February 2003, has had great international success over the years and released his fourth album Crazy Love last October, with the first single Haven’t Met You Yet doing well on the UK and US charts.

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Rimma and Zulia

Seven years of success at top nightclub Suite nightclub invited past, present and future clients to a special evening to celebrate their seventh anniversary. The evening’s theme was “Purple Glamour Raining over Suite”, and guests enjoyed cocktails and canapés in the Asian Lounge with a live performance of Prince hits by singer Thomas Henry. Photos: Ruth Jones Society compiled by Jessica White:



Rimma and Maria



Kiril, Sonia, Ilona, Zulia, Rimma, Maria, John

Tara, Johnny and friends

Natasha, Naia and Olga

Natalia, Angel and Sandra

Singer Thomas Henry

Zoe and Tara

James and Joanna

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Charity golf tournament in stunning surroundings Fischer Car Group and Royal Crown Motors invited guests to a charity golf tournament in aid of Aspandem, Concordia and SOF-DI – supporting farmers in Kenya – at Club de Campo La Zagaleta, which began with breakfast in the clubhouse followed by a shotgun start. After the tournament guests enjoyed a cocktail reception on the terrace and an exclusive dinner, prize-giving, and acrobatic and fashion show by Patricia Nahmad. The event, which also served as an official presentation of the new cooperative agreement between Fischer Car Group and Royal Crown Motors, raised a total of €10,625. Photos: David Toms





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Raising funds for children worldwide Hotel Incosol hosted a gala for the Children of Peace Foundation where guests enjoyed a champagne reception and sumptuous dinner followed by an art exhibition and live music. Sponsored by Stephen Webster, Arthur Harutian and EuroImagen TV, the evening raised funds for an important charity that comes to the aid of traumatised children throughout the world. Photos: David Toms





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Lavish birthday celebrations in Marbella Thierry and Natasha Benillouche invited friends to celebrate Natasha’s birthday at the Aloha Golf Club where, following a champagne and cocktail reception guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and a gorgeous birthday cake. Guests danced the night away to the sounds of Marbella duet Pilar and Carlos. Photos: David Toms





Nicolas and Brit

Friend, Marta, Mario and Augustina

Presentation of new BMW in Marbella Mario Guarnieri invited friends and guests to a special presentation of the new BMW 5 Series at the BMW Guarnieri showroom in San Pedro. Guests were treated to a special performance by local schoolchildren and had the opportunity of admiring the new car as well as the many other top models showcased at the prestige car dealership. Photos: Ruth Jones


The performance on the night


Ian and friends

Adnan Khashoggi and friends

Jose, Maria, Martina and Angel

Stine, Cheryl, Lola and Lilo

Augustina, Augusto, Marta and Pablo

Chris, Jorje and Mau

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Kate with the models

Special showcase of funky new collection Chinese brand JNBY, who opened a boutique in Puerto Banús last year, celebrated the arrival of their spring/summer collection with a fashion show for friends and guests. Those attending were able to enjoy mojitos while viewing the collection of both the men’s and women’s ranges. Photos: Ruth Jones


Gale, Denis and Kate


Adolfo, Barbara, Toni and Gonzalo

Maria, Nadia and Usilia


Gale and Sandra

Mireya and Liliyana

Gonzalo, Tony and Gaetan


Anniversary celebrations at popular restaurant Popular Nueva Andalucía restaurant Regina’s celebrated their 15th anniversary with friends and guests who savoured sumptuous cuisine and a great atmosphere throughout the evening. Champagne flowed as guests enjoyed live entertainment and dancing until the early hours. Photos: David Toms



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Jennifer, Joakim with head chef and friend

Monica, Jayne, Nigel, Dawn and Barrie

Colourful launch of Marbella bistro Nerman’s Restaurant and Bistro Bar invited friends and family to their opening party, which featured a bright fuchsia and black theme – with most of those attending dressing up especially for the occasion. Guests enjoyed canapés, champagne and cocktails at the well-attended party. Photos: Ruth Jones


Jennifer with guests on the evening


Giles and friends

Linda and Patrick


Guests dressed in the black and fuscia theme

Nina, Jennifer and Peter

Paul, Carly, Lillian and Vera

Natasha and Roxy

Joakim and Hans

Carlo and Karen with the staff

Fun-filled opening of new restaurant

Carlo, Paul and Cristina

Guests enjoying drinks on the terrace

The restaurant has a great atmosphere

Linda and Peter

Da Carlo restaurant opened its doors to friends and guests for a fabulous opening filled with fun and laughter. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception on the terrace listening to great entertainment provided by a harpist, singers and Spanish guitarists, before sampling some of the sumptuous cuisine. Photos: Ruth Jones

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Memorable celebrations for special birthday Anthony Barnes, from Anthony’s Diamonds in Fuengirola, celebrated his 60th birthday with family and close friends at Naga Thai in Puerto Banús. Guests enjoyed champagne and a sumptuous dinner during a fabulous evening to mark this special occasion. Photos: David Toms



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Kristina Szekely’s DIARY


here was a flurry of very positive activity in Marbella last month. I attended the inaugural Annual Assembly of International Businesspeople’s Associations at the Palacio de Congresos where the mayoress, Angeles Muñoz, reported that the eagerly-awaited Plan General de Ordenación Urbana (PGOU) town plan is now in its very final phase. Providing legal and urban security to boost Marbella’s future development, with private enterprise paying a key role, the new urban plan includes provision for nearly five million square metres of land earmarked for green and other “public use” areas – one of the highest proportions in Andalucía, and quite impressive for a small town – and 2.1 million square metres for public amenities including cultural and educational institutions. The mayoress noted that, of the 18,000 homes that had been built outside the legal parameters of the previous urban plan, 16,500 (over 90 per cent) are being normalised under the newly approved plan. Of the remaining 1,500, 1,100 have not been finished yet and no one is living in them; and the other 400 will probably end up in the courts. That is unfortunate for the owners but it is important to highlight that they are the only ones left having serious difficulties. According to Angeles Muñoz, a recent report by the Patronato de Recaudación showed that, in the first trimestre of this year, the number of real estate transactions was three times more than during the same period last year, and was the highest since 2006. This business initiative – part of the tourism department’s “Marbella Open City” project – is all about showing the world that, “united we are strong”, something the mayoress was able to highlight on an important international stage when she presided over the “Closing Bell


REAL ESTATE IMPRESARIO, INDEFATIGABLE PARTY-GOER, PATRON OF THE ARTS, GENEROUS CHARITY SUPPORTER… KRISTINA SZEKELY IS THE QUEEN OF MARBELLA SOCIETY Ceremony” at Nasdaq in New York – a fantastic promotion for Marbella, arranged by local businesswoman and British Chamber of Commerce in Spain representative Laura Stanbridge. The promotional campaign included a video presentation on Times Square and interviews with such prestigious newspapers as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and the four biggest American TV channels. Back in Marbella, the main social event of the month was our traditional Easter hat party at La Meridiana. There were about 300 people at the lunch, and everyone was so pleased it was a perfect day; we were all very positive, cheerful and happy, and there were different awards just to have more fun and highlight the event. We had a very active few days when the general assembly of Rotary District 2203, which takes in Andalucía, Murcia, the Baleares, Valencia, Ceuta and Melilla, was held in Marbella. There were 200 people here, representing 64 clubs. During their stay, we organised special excursions including a visit to the Cortijo de Miraflores museum, the meeting room at the town hall, the Dali sculptures in Alameda Park, the Museo de Grabados, etc.; and the general assembly concluded in grand style at La Meridiana, the previous dinner at the Hotel Don Pepe having featured opera in between our courses. I watched the final of the Andalucía Tennis Experience at Puente Romano, an exciting match between the crowd’s favourite, Carla Suárez from the Canary Isles, and the higher-ranked

Italian Flavia Pennetta. Unfortunately, Carla was unable to win her first WTA Tour title, but she put up a good fight for over two hours, eventually losing 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. A handicapped people’s tennis clinic was held in Marbella in conjunction with the Andalucía Tennis Experience, where I was honoured to present the prizes to the very inspiring winners, who have special wheelchairs for competition. I was thrilled when Gilbert O’Sullivan, the famous Irish singer-songwriter, came into the office with his wife and two daughters to say hello. He recalled having met me 25 years before, on real estate business, and it was a great opportunity to share some old memories. One of the most important charity events was a glamorous gala at Incosol in aid of the Children for Peace organisation. They had nine different performances, including Montserrat Caballé solo and singing a duet with her daughter Montserrat Martí Caballé, Los del Río (Macarena) and Kimera, as well as flamenco, salsa and Spanish coplas. The 400 guests included Adnan and Lamia Khashoggi. Long-time residents will recall the golden era two decades ago when he held the most amazing parties here with A-list celebrity guests. At the time he was considered the richest man in the world, and his yacht the Nabila, which was berthed in Puerto Banús, was the largest in the world, had solid gold letters “Nabila” engraved on the boat, and was used in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again. It was nice to see him back in Marbella. I was very honoured to be invited by Antonio Belon to join his brotherhood’s procession in Marbella during Easter week. I’ve seen processions up close before in Sevilla and Málaga but this was the first time I had participated with one of the fraternidades. After four and half hours walking in the procession, my favourite moment came when three of the thrones arrived together in Orange Square around 1 am, very close together, all swaying and being raised in time, the candles flickering in the night air. It was solemn and very beautiful. Every year a prisoner is freed as part of the ceremony and this year it was the former manager of a popular Marbella restaurant who was in the final stages of his sentence. This was happening there and then on the night: he wore one of the traditional hoods while the prison director officially released him. Finally, back to business again and the increasingly optimistic forecasts for this area. Marbella got into recession before anybody

because of the political turbulence, then suffered the property meltdown and the global crisis, but – as the mayoress Angeles Muñoz said – it is the first to be showing signs of coming out of the recession. Marbella tourism is now 49 per cent “national”, or Spanish, whereas before it was just one-third, but I think the foreigners will come back this summer, especially if – in the case of the British – the pound continues to rise. There are other attractive holiday areas for them to visit, like Ibiza, but that’s a wilder place and Marbella has much more to offer for both parents and their children. The navigating is great around the island, but here we have golf, tennis, horseriding, sailing, polo in summer, nightlife, shopping… It is the only small resort city in the world with so much – and such variety. We have the best private schools after Madrid and Barcelona, the best health amenities and sports facilities, including 18 golf clubs, and the best transport communications – just two or three hours from any major European city, and with high-speed rail links to Madrid and Barcelona. In fact, it’s quite fun on the train – you can read or catch up on work – and I’m doing a lot of to-ing and fro-ing between Málaga and Madrid thanks to the AVE train. Our Madrid office is very active at the moment, with apartments in the exclusive Barrio Salamanca suburb starting at €300,000 and with an average price of €600,000-€700,000. Here locally, we have exclusive sole agency rights for the La Corniche project in Nueva Andalucía, with fantastic views and very spacious apartments; and an apartment building, Señorio de Guadalmina, in San Pedro de Alcántara, wellpositioned near the beach – both with on-site offices. Great opportunities! Now that the spring weather is finally here, it is the perfect time to have a look around a reinvigorated real estate market that has rarely been so attractive. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our offices, or just call us.



“Our pearlescent white Spyker C8 Aileron cut a dash, attracting eyeballs and cameras like an A-rated movie star arriving at the Oscars�


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ne of the most annoying things for a Ferrari owner must be to turn up at an owners’ club meeting, only to find 20 similar cars in the same shade of red already sitting there. It is the kind of situation that really annoys wealthy people who value their own individuality. Such people want to own an architect-designed house, low-volume car or limited edition watch that reflects their status and unique personalities. The commonplace does not figure in their life’s equation. This leads some people to seek a car other than the usual suspects like Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari and Lamborghini, whose recent drive to expand their business model with entrylevel models has diluted their brand exclusivity. This is where smaller, specialist manufacturers like Pagani and Spyker enter the frame. But unlike Pagani, whose amazing carbon-fibre supercars come with a price tag that makes a Lamborghini Murciélago seem like a bargain, the new Spyker C8 Aileron offers rarity and hand-made exclusivity for similar money to a well specced Ferrari 599GTB. Priced at £194,000 in the UK, and 198,500 Euro plus taxes in Europe, it is just on the right side of the £200,000 psychological barrier for British buyers. It is very hard for any car to turn heads in Monaco, where money seems to ooze from the very pores of the place, and where Ferraris, Bentleys and Porsches are almost as commonplace as taxis. But even against this


AILERON backdrop of fabulous wealth our pearlescent white Spyker C8 Aileron cut a dash, attracting eyeballs and cameras like an A-rated movie star arriving at the Oscars. As we decamped round the corner from the famous Casino to set up the camera and make sure the car was spotless, tourists and locals alike flocked around, trying to guess the pedigree of this unfamiliar sportscar. “Gee, is this a new Lamborghini?” asked a middle-aged American after he saw the driver’s door swing upwards in the trademark fashion of the Italian supercar marque. “Spyker? Dutch? I didn’t know the Dutch made sportscars,” was his reaction and that of other bystanders. In front of the Casino, the stares and obvious curiosity polarised. Then as we cruised past the street cafes next to the Casino, I glanced at the people who sit around drinking coffee and looking at other people. I could just picture eyes growing wider behind the sea of expensive sunglasses. Had there been a Ferrari or Lamborghini sitting on our bumper, it could consider itself upstaged. The Spyker carries it’s own catwalk with it. Compared to previous Spyker C8 models, the new Aileron is a completely different car under its aluminium skin. Where these cars use racecar style horizontally opposed dampers, a new Lotus developed double wishbone suspension and a longer wheelbase are the keys to the Aileron’s more accomplished ride and handling.

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“The civilised ride comfort supports Spyker’s claim that the Aileron is designed to be a daily driver rather than a toy for holidays” 50

ON THE ROAD The double wishbones are forged from aluminium, and are supported by linear rate Eibach springs and Bilstein gas-filled dampers. An anti-roll bar at each end provides the means for fine-tuning. The 8.5J and 10.0J x 19-inch alloy wheels on the test car were the optional lightweight forged Rotorblade design, shod with 235/35ZR19 and 295/30ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport rubber. The 10 spokes on each wheel are angled to extract cooling air past the brakes at speed. The AP Racing brakes are huge 350mm cross-drilled, vented discs in front and 332mm cross-drilled, vented discs at the rear, with a four-pot calliper at each corner holding Ferodo DS2500 fast road pads. The brakes on this pre-production car produce superb retardation, but are grabby on first application. Spyker say the test cars all have this problem, which will be cured by the time customer cars go into production. In line with Spyker’s philosophy of driving purity, there is no ESP or any form of electronic driving aid beyond ABS and EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution). With 3.0 turns lock-to-lock, the car is manoeuvrable around town, and tackles tight hairpin bends on mountain roads with gusto. The power-assisted rack and pinion steering has been calibrated for medium weight and lets you feel what the front wheels are doing, with a gentle movement over undulating road surfaces like on an old Porsche 911.

Spyker claim a torsional stiffness of 29,500Nm/degree for the Aileron, whose aluminium space-frame construction produces a very rigid structure. This gives the car its very all-of-a-piece feeling on the road, and allowed the Lotus engineers to use fairly supple suspension settings. The civilised ride comfort supports Spyker’s claim that the Aileron is designed to be a daily driver rather than a toy for high days and holidays. An optional hydraulic ride height adjustment system raises the front by 40mm at the touch of a button to clear ramps and speed bumps. Coincidentally, this was the third time in three weeks that I had driven on these roads around Monaco, the two previous outings being in the SLS AMG and Audi R8 Spyder. This made for an interesting comparison,

and it quickly became apparent that the Spyker rides a lot better at town speeds than the SLS AMG, whose secondary ride can be a bit sudden at times. However, like the Aileron, the Audi’s low speed damping is very well resolved for a sportscar. Where the more hard-core sporting nature of previous Spyker models made a manual gearbox appropriate, the raison d’être of the Aileron as a GT finds it paired with a six-speed ZF Tiptronic automatic gearbox, which greatly expands the car’s appeal to customers in markets like the US and Far East. This is the gearbox normally linked to the Audi V8 motor, with its control software suitably remapped for the lower weight of the Spyker. There has always been a big debate about whether paddle shifters should be fixed to the steering column or rotate with the wheel. Spyker choose to fix their aluminium paddles to the column, but they are long enough to be operated easily when you have 45 degrees of steering angle applied. If you love details, you will be delighted with the Aileron’s cabin. One of the highlights of all Spyker models, the turned aluminium dashboard and the bespoke switchgear and instrument faces hark back to an era where everything was hand-made from metal rather than mass-produced from plastic. Spyker interiors are so H G Wells you can imagine Captain Nemo driving this car when he is on dry land. Unfortunately, one change necessary for safety homologation was replacement of their distinctive nautical style tiller with a more conventional Audi R8 based airbag wheel.

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“It is just on the right side of the €200,000 psychological barrier”

For clients who want to take the pursuit of detail even further, Spyker have teamed up with Chronoswiss to offer an optional package where every instrument bezel and switch is given black dials and the famous Chronoswiss knurled bezel and onion crown finish. This costs €5,000, and a Spyker Chronoswiss watch is also available to match. Spyker take their aviation heritage very seriously. Previous Spyker models used the propeller motif extensively. With the debut of the Aileron, the company has moved into the jet age, with the turbine motif reflected in the design of the alloy wheels and jet engine-like intakes. In the cabin, the aeronautical influence continues with the turbine-look air outlets, the ignition switch with its safety cover and the mechanical gear linkage. Although the latter now controls an automatic gearbox, its fore and aft operation has a raw mechanical feel to it that is quite different from the damped and remote sensation you normally experience in a modern car. This supports the much higher level of tactile interaction Spyker have created to engage the driver. Another delightful detail is the “key”. Reminiscent of the remote control for the Sonic 52

“Visibility is also better so you don’t feel particularly intimidated on narrow streets”

ON THE ROAD Frontiers CD player I once had, this objet d’ art is machined from solid aluminium blocks and bolted together. Like a fine watch, a glass window on its underside shows off its innards, although in this case, instead of a delicate mechanism, it showcases the circuit board and battery. Like the centre caps of the alloy wheels and the exhaust tips, the key has the Latin motto for the original Spyker Company stamped into it. “Nulla tenaci invia est via” literally means “For the tenacious no road is impassable.” This ideology runs through all of Spyker’s activities, whether they are building road cars or racing at the highest levels of international motorsport. Thankfully, the Aileron is not as wide as a traditional mid-engined supercar, and visibility

is also better so you don’t feel particularly intimidated on narrow streets. It is a very easy car to drive, and as the kilometres pass under its wheels, and you pick up the pace, it becomes apparent that its handling is very well resolved. Pushing on a bit in the bends, mild stabilising understeer and good front-end grip can be turned into a more neutral cornering attitude with throttle and steering. I was surprised that Spyker do not offer a limited slip differential, but they say it is not necessary as the Aileron is a GT rather than a hard-core sportscar, and its 45/55 percent weight distribution gives it very good traction anyway. The way the gearbox software has been programmed, the Aileron responds to two distinct ways of driving. When you are very

smooth and progressive with the throttle, even in Sport mode, upshifts are seamless and you could be gliding along effortlessly in a limousine. In maximum attack mode, things speed up commensurately. But you quickly realise that this is a gearbox from a normal road Audi, as its responses are more “normal” than those of the specially calibrated automatic gearboxes in the Aston Martin DB9 or a Mercedes-AMG. A good soundtrack is something the Aileron possesses in spades. The stainless steel exhaust system is made by Ricardo, and has been perfectly tuned to amplify the American muscle car grade V8 rumble within the limits of EU legislation. A full throttle second and third gear sprint through the famous tunnel on the Monaco Grand Prix circuit produced some immensely satisfying ear candy. Later, up on the mountain roads that are part of the Monte Carlo Rally route, the sound of the exhaust echoing off the rock face as the engine sang its full repertoire from low revs

“A full throttle second and third gear sprint through the famous tunnel on the Monaco Grand Prix circuit produced some immensely satisfying ear candy”

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coming out of hairpin bends, to the redline on the straights, was quite intoxicating. In absolute terms, with 400hp at 6,800rpm and 480Nm of torque at 3,500rpm, output of the 4.2 litre Audi V8 is not earth shattering stuff, but unlike some GT cars, which weigh 1,700kg or more, the Spyker Aileron tips the scales at a mere 1,425kg. This is just 45kg more than a Porsche GT3 RS or Pagani Zonda, so it is light for a GT, whose character is better supported by a torquey engine, rather than one with big horsepower at high revs. On paper, the Aileron’s 0-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds, and 300km/h top speed are adequate for a GT, but its performance is not going to move the earth on its axis. However, it is the way the Aileron picks up speed effortlessly in real world conditions that counts and, as Spyker say, this car is not about breaking any speed records. Customers who buy this as a fifth or sixth car will usually have another machine to do that job. The Aileron is happy cruising all day long at 160km/h, and gets up there so quickly even on part throttle that you have to watch your speed where there are limits.


ON THE ROAD It is an effortless cruiser, and wafting along on the motorway you can happily converse without raising your voice. Up the ante and you will find that stability is beyond reproach. The flat-bottomed Spyker has a little downforce over both axles at speed. So where does the Spyker Aileron fit into the automotive world? It is a radical departure from the mass produced GT, and is very much a car for individuals who like to think different. Thankfully the Spyker is an extremely wellmade car, whose toughness and durability has already been proven at Le Mans and other long distance races. Another upside is that your local Audi dealer can fettle its near standard Audi S4 powertrain. At this price point, taking into account its unique design and character, the Spyker Aileron actually does not have any direct rivals as such. This makes the decision to buy one both easier and harder at the same time than choosing between an Aston Martin, Bentley or Ferrari. Easier if you go with your heart and assert your individuality; harder if you are influenced by the opinions of your peers.

“The turned aluminium dashboard and bespoke switchgear and instrument faces hark back to an era where everything was hand-made from metal rather than massproduced from plastic”

To “get” what the Spyker marque has to offer, you must be actively seeking or be able to appreciate a car that goes beyond the mainstream. But whether recognition that this car is for you comes after Zen like introspection, or is simply the result of love at first sight, the Spyker C8 Aileron might just turn out to be your automotive Holy Grail.

WHO ARE SPYKER? A hero from zero Two brothers, Hendrik Jan and Jacobus Spijker, both blacksmiths, founded the original Spyker Company in 1880. With a business founded on building and maintaining carriages, they built their first Benz-engined car in 1898 and received critical acclaim for its quality. The “Golden State Coach” they delivered to Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands the same year is still used today on special occasions by the Dutch royal family. Pioneers in engineering terms, the brothers made the world’s first car with a six-cylinder motor, permanent 4WD and four-wheel brakes in 1903. This was the Spyker 60/80HP. Four years later, a privately entered Spyker 14/18HP Tourer finished second overall in the gruelling Peking-to-Paris raid. Interestingly, its driver, a Monsieur Godart, carried Louis Vuitton luggage in what may well be the first sponsored rally raid car in history. When the revived Spyker company was reminded of this relationship recently, they were more than keen to continue the partnership. In an unusual move, Spyker merged with the Dutch Aircraft Factory NV in 1914, at which point their Latin motto, “Nulla Tenaci invia est via”, was born. Spyker made 100 fighter aircraft and 200 aircraft engines during World War I, and after the war Spyker cars began to show the influence of aeronautical design on their streamlined car bodywork. Spyker cars went on to set new speed and endurance records until the company closed in 1925 after one of the brothers was killed when the cross channel ferry he was on sank with all hands. The Spyker marque was reborn 75 years later, when Dutch entrepreneur Victor Muller, founder and CEO of Spyker Cars NV, unveiled the C8 Spyder at the 2000 Birmingham Motor Show.

The revival of the old marque’s competition pedigree began a year later with the debut of the C8 Double12 R Le Mans endurance racer. A street legal version of this was shown in 2002. Spyker Cars NV went to IPO in 2004, and was listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Competition successes began to roll in the year after, with the Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R finishing second in the Le Mans GT class of the LMES 1000km of Nurburgring. The same car finished second in the GT2 class at the Dubai round of the FIA GT Championship. A brief foray in Formula One after Spyker bought out the Midland F1 team at the end of 2006 saw them pick up a championship point when Adrian Sutil scored a ninth place finish in the 2007 Japanese GP. Spyker MF1 Racing was sold off to a consortium at the end of the season, to later become the Force India team. Spyker’s race successes continued in endurance racing, and the Spyker Squadron’s best year was 2009 when they finished third overall in the Le Mans Series, and fifth in class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Their portfolio of unique road cars and race wins makes Spyker Cars NV more than worthy of the original name. As I write this, Spyker Cars NV have moved production to Coventry, which makes logistical sense since the bulk of its components are UK sourced. Victor Muller has also just acquired the ailing Swedish carmaker Saab. He and his team plan to revive this once great marque with the same kind of enthusiasm and individualistic thinking that bean counter-led General Motors quite clearly showed they lacked during the dark years of their tenure. The Spijker brothers would be proud.

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TECHNICAL FILE SPYKER C8 AILERON Engine: 4.2 Litre V8 Maximum power: 400hp at 6,800rpm Maximum torque: 480Nm at 3,500rpm Transmission: Six-speed automatic Top speed: 300km/h 0-100 km/h: 4.5 sec Price: â‚Ź198,500 plus local taxes


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This is the time of year when I get inundated with new products to review and there are only so many

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Perfect Pout

If you are not blessed with Angelina Jolie lips, rather than turn to collagen injections and risk a trout pout, I recommend Bobbi Brown’s Brightening Lip Gloss. This sheer, reflective formula wakes up your face and helps create the illusion of fuller lips. While on the subject of Bobbi Brown, I am also loving her Smooth Skin Foundation. This formula adjusts to the skin's needs by minimising oil and shine in oilier areas like the T-zone, while hydrating dry areas as needed. Magic. Stockist: El Corte Inglés

The Daly Beauty Regime

Tess Daly’s love life may have taken a knock, but her exclusive range for Marks & Spencer is doing better than ever. It has just won the highly regarded Best New Beauty Range & Packaging prize at the Rodial Beautiful Awards. In fact, the Tess Daly Beauty range has proved so popular that four new products have been added. However, it is the Tess Daly Sun Essentials that gets the thumbs up from me. It contains five mini body beautifiers for sizzling summer glamour. Steal Tess’s summer regime for glowing sun-kissed skin


Paint it Pastel

Ohhhh these colours are colourful and girly and perfect for spring. Models Own is a fashion and trend colour accessory brand with cosmetics and makeup for eyes, lips, nails and face. However, I think their polishes are their strong point. Cream or pearly, glittery or neon – they are designed for fashion and fun. Stay on-trend right down to the tips of your toes.



Over the Moon

I must admit I have not been paying as much attention to our male readers as I should. After being told off on a few occasions, I have promised to start including male beauty products once more. First up is Espa Shavemud. This unique product combines an effective shaving preparation with a deep-cleansing mask. Ideal for sensitive skin, it leaves your face feeling smooth, cool and refreshed. A rich-textured shaving mud, it helps your razor glide across the skin for the perfect close shave, while the white China clay (Kaolin) renowned for its highly absorbent properties will help to draw out excess oil and impurities. For the best results leave on while brushing teeth, shave, then rinse off.

Every now and then I get bored with my usual scents and need a change. I have just been introduced to the Thymes Moonflower collection, which has gone down a treat. I am very picky about the scents I choose to wear, plus I am allergic to so many fragrances, but this one is a winner! It is a very feminine fragrance without smelling too girly. My favourite has to be Thymes candle, with its aromas of gilded cinnamon, clove and sugared quince sparkle on fresh myrtle leaves, while rich mahogany dances with dark amber and smooth cognac.

Prime Suspect

Just like a canvas needs primer so does your face. However, I do get bored with applying my day cream, SPF, primer and FINALLY my make-up. So I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Cover FX BritePrep FX. An "anti-UV" primer that protects skin against the signs of photo-ageing, which are sun spots, hyper-pigmentation, and sallow/dull tone. With an SPF of 50 this product is great simply as sun protection, even if you're not wearing foundation over the top.

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Tracy Anderson's unique training regime is the secret weapon behind the bodies of A-Listers Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakira, Courtney Cox and Kate Hudson. Over the next few months she will be sharing her advice with Society Living readers on how to achieve the body of your dreams. in an attitude position (slightly bent) behind you. You want your foot go to the ceiling as much as possible. Do 25 reps.


On hands and knees bring both knees together and rotate the right knee out sideways, so that your foot is out to the side. Then lift your leg straight to the ceiling and extend at the knee. Keep your toe pointed. Do 50 reps.

4. Stay on your hands and knees while lifting and extending the right leg directly behind. The leg should be slightly higher than hip level and, with the knee facing down, swing the leg from right to left. Do 50 reps.


THE WORK OUT It’s really important to change up your toning exercises on a regular basis so you don’t over work any muscle groups and create bulk. By changing up the sequences, it keeps the muscles really awake and alert and pulls the larger muscle groups in so that your muscular structure is teeny-tiny but strong, with lots of sexy definition.

Abs: This series of movements will pull


Keeping the legs shoulder-width apart, return the hands to behind your head and lift the leg straight up, toes pointed out; 25 reps on each side. Pike… with legs straight out in front and together, overlap your hands under the tailbone. Raise the legs together to a 90-degree angle before lowering to the floor. Do 50 reps.

Butt and thighs: This sequence

your abs in together and make the skin really tight next to the muscle. Start on a mat or put a towel over a carpeted area so that your back is supported.

allows me to shape the deepest butt and thigh muscles, creating lift and firmness exactly where you want them without adding bulk. Do all movements on the right leg first followed by all movements on the left leg.



Lay back on the mat, hands behind your head, and keep your elbows out to the side. With the legs straight out in front, cross the right leg at the ankle over the left leg. Lift up for 25 reps then switch legs.

2. With legs shoulder-width apart and knees facing the ceiling, lift and reach your hand through the legs, alternating palm up and palm down; 25 reps then switch arms. 76


Second position plie… stand with your feet in second position; feet a little further than shoulder-width apart with heels facing one another and toes facing out. Squat down to a 90-degree angle then return to a standing position. Do 50 reps.

2. Kneel on your left knee, right leg out to a 45-degree angle in front of you. Stretch out on the right leg then return back and lift up

Continue to hold your leg up and take the knee to the shoulder before extending back again. Remember to keep the knee lifted to the side. Do 50 reps.

6. Stay on your hands and knees while crossing the right knee behind the left knee. Lift the knee to the side and kick the leg out, extending at the knee. Keep the toe pointed. Do 50 reps.


Arms: This exercise works several small muscles at once and use no more than three-pound (1.4-kilogram) weights to combat bulking.


Arm circles… stand with the feet shoulder width apart and extend your arms to the sides at shoulder height. Keeping the shoulders down, do 25 small arm circles going backwards, then 25 circles going forward.

2. Single-arm pull… continue to stand with the feet shoulder-width apart, placing your left hand on the hip, right arm straight out to the side with the palm facing the floor. Pull the right elbow to the hip, twisting the palm to the ceiling, and then raise arm to a high “V”. Do 50 reps on each side.


Hold a one to three-pound weight above your head with the elbow bent at a 90degree angle. Then lift the weight straight over your head. Do 50 reps on each side.

4. Diagonal pull-up… with weights in each hand, both arms to the left side of the body. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold the left arm in place while pulling the right arm across your body to the right side of your hips. Then raise the right arm up to a high diagonal before returning to the starting position; 50 reps on each side.

Cardio: If you want to shed fat, cardio is the key. Dance aerobics is great because the constantly changing choreography really targets the often-ignored accessory muscles. If dance classes are not readily available to you try a combination of skips, sashays, grapevines, knee lifts and sprints. Remember: it's crucial to break a sweat every day. More information at:

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Cirumed Clinic Marbella is the private practice of Dr.Alexander Aslani. Dr.Aslani is the director and chief surgeon of the department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of Hospital Quiron in Malaga. At Cirumed Clinic, patients enjoy a wide variance of treatments of aesthetic surgery as well as aesthetic medicine.

Specialist beauty carried out by a fully trained medical professional Treatments for both men and women including Endolifts, Soft Lifts and Diamond peelings

Avda Ramon y cajal 7-4, 29601 Marbella For appointments and consultations please call Tel/ Fax 952 – 77 53 46 Mobile: 620 66 86 66

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health&beauty MARBELLA’S COSMETIC DENTAL CLINIC Friendly treatments – for the perfect smile WORDS JESSICA WHITE

et’s face it, we all want teeth to rival a superstar’s – perfectly straight, gleaming white and a with a smile that shines like a star. Well, Dr Gerhard Steinruck from Marbella’s Cosmetic Dental Clinic is the man to go to for that perfect smile. The clinic offers many treatments that can help with any ailment in the mouth, such as full ceramic crowns, veneers, laser whitening and, the most impressive, minimally invasive implants. Now I must confess that going to the dentist has never been one of my favourite pastimes but Dr Steinruck’s manner and charm had me at ease as soon as I entered the clinic, and once he explained some of the treatments he carries out I was easily assured that they are now less invasive and not something to be worried about. Not knowing much about dentistry I wasn’t sure what “minimally invasive implants” were. Dr Steinruck explained that there was now a much easier way to fill a gap in the mouth if a tooth had fallen out. An artificial root is made out of titanium and inserted into the bone via a three-millimetre hole; the new tooth is then screwed onto the root.


I Marbella’s Cosmetic Dental Clinic Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 907 173 / 24h. 677 355 301 80

The combination of the implant and the technique used dramatically reduces swelling and the pain as no stitches are used and no cuts are made. The area surrounding the tooth isn’t damaged and patients can carry on with everyday life as soon as the procedure is finished. Dr Steinruck has also discovered that many patients would rather be sedated when having certain treatments, which he can accommodate easily – patients can sit in the relaxing massage chair for the two hours after sedation during which they are required to stay at the clinic. Another amazing piece of technology used by Gerhard is the Easyshade computer. One of two on the Coast, the machine matches the colour, shade and warmth of your teeth so that new teeth inserted into the mouth will be exactly the same colour and look part of your original set. Dr Steinruck is also the emergency dentist for Helicopteros Sanitarios and speaks four languages – thus further putting his patients at ease – while the clinic is bright and modern with the kind of friendly atmosphere all of us need when we are at the dentists.

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POSITIVELY PINK Xanit Hospital supports free breast screening initiative Breast cancer affects thousands of women and is the most common cancer for women worldwide, so early detection really offers important protection. Positively Pink, in association with the Xanit Hospital in Benalmádena, is offering 3D ultrasound breast screening so women can have their breasts checked. Ladies can call into Oceano Spa between 11.30 and 4.30 until October to collect a form enabling them to receive the screening funded by the Positively Pink charity – all you need to do is take your British passport. Positively Pink: Tel. 952 492037 (Oceano Spa)


THE WORKS Half price treatments in May at well-established salon The Works salon in Elviria has a dedicated team of hair, beauty and massage professionals specialising in hair and beauty therapy for both men and women. Well-established for over 15 years, The Works has always had a fresh, evolutionary approach to hair, beauty and massage. Embracing and driving new trends, this stylish and friendly salon is at the forefront of the hair and beauty industry on the Coast. Trained beauty therapists provide a comprehensive range of services from specialised facials to waxing, manicures, pedicures and relaxing massages. With a wedding and event/party department, as well as gift vouchers, The Works can build a tailored hair and beauty package just right for any occasion. To help maintain looks in-between visits, the salon also

stocks a range of professional hair and beauty products – so drop in for a free hair or beauty consultation to discuss any aspects of your personal grooming requirements. Throughout the month of May, The Works is offering half-price Saturdays. The Works: Tel. 952 836 899

CLINIC & BOUTIQUE BLISS HAIR AND BEAUTY SALON Fabulous products to make you look and feel younger Bliss Hair and Beauty Salon has been beautifying women for over five years and prides itself on the professionalism of the staff and the great products they use. One of the prime products owner and hairstylist Lance has been using for 20 years, Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor, has been voted best reconstructor by stylists for nine years in a row. The treatment is an intensive protein reconstructor that rebuilds damaged hair and improves the structure, leaving you with hair that is shiny, strong and in a

healthy state. Used as a home treatment with 30 per cent extra, the 200ml treatment costs €31.50. Newly available on the beauty side of the salon is a Guinot treatment called Beaute Neuve – a facial peeling treatment that contains fruit acids, glycolic acids and pure vitamin C. It is a 45-minute treatment with great results, including anti ageing cell renewal, anti pigmentation actions and a youthful radiance to the skin. Bliss: Tel. 951 278 137

OASIS DENTAL CLINIC State-of-the-art equipment and personalised service Recently opened in Marbella is the Oasis Dental Clinic run by Dr Nina King, who has over a decade of experience and is one of a few dentists in the UK who is registered in prosthodontics. Her approach to dental care is based on encouraging patients to maintain healthy teeth and choosing the appropriate treatment to ensure healthy teeth in the longterm. Her practice is based on prevention, function and beauty – offering whitening, cosmetic dentistry, implants and rehabilitation for the whole mouth as well as general dentistry. Located close to the Alameda Park on Avda. Ricardo Soriano in Marbella, the new practice comprises two surgeries, a comfortable reception area and an outdoor terrace for patients to relax. With state-of-the-art equipment including a digital X-ray facility and a laser tooth whitening system, the clinic is a highly professional environment. Dr King’s professional team includes a highly qualified British dental nurse and multi-lingual receptionist, while her friendly and personalised service instantly puts patients at ease. Oasis Dental Clinic: Tel: 952 766 357

WOOD HAIRDRESSING Amazing new "permanent blow dry" Wood Hairdressing brings you this revolutionary keratin hair treatment that naturally removes curl and frizz from the hair without damaging it in any way. The keratin hair treatment is an innovative process that transforms the hair by increasing smoothness and softness, achieving greater shine and instant manageability, and is great for those of us living in a hot climate as it protects highlighted, coloured or bleached hair from sun, salt and chloride. Clients who have hair that goes curly in damp weather and fizzy in the summer heat will really benefit from this treatment, as the results last between two and four months. Wood Hairdressing: Tel. 952 771 791 645 089 399 w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m





Is there a minimum age to undergo rhinoplasty?

The size and shape of a nose change during adolescence and growth. Therefore, plastic surgeons generally recommend waiting until at least 16 years of age to consider rhinoplasty. Boys should generally wait longer because they complete their developmental phase later than girls. An exception to this rule is a baby that is born with congenital facial deformity such as a cleft lip. In this child, surgical corrections are made to the nose very early on so that the nose will grow in a normal fashion.

Q What facial features can affect the

appearance of the nose?

A The proportion of a nose to that of the rest

of the face, especially when viewed from the side, is closely linked to the proportions of the chin. Often a weak chin can make a nose appear too large for the face, or vice versa. Attention to this relationship is very important in the assessment of the nose and surgical planning. There are times when surgery on the chin (genioplasty) is an essential adjunct to a rhinoplasty. At this time, the chin can be augmented or brought forward (advancement genioplasty), or reduced or pushed backwards (reduction genioplasty or setback).


What are the goals of "cosmetic" rhinoplasty and how are they achieved?

A The first intranasal rhinoplasty was

performed in the 19th century on a young man whose large nose caused him so much embarrassment, he was afraid to appear in public. The size and shape of your nose is largely an inherited characteristic. Bone and cartilage create the skeletal foundation of your nose, over which skin is draped. Rhinoplasty can reduce the


skeletal structure of a large nose by removing the nasal hump or by narrowing the bony and cartilaginous structures. On the other hand, for people with a lack of nasal projection or flat nasal bridge, such as those of African or Asian descent, the nasal framework can be augmented with a graft or an implant. The nasal bony and cartilaginous frame structure can also be straightened in the case of a crooked nose, while the shape and slope of the bridge can be made more natural. Rhinoplasty can also alter the size, shape, projection and angle of the nasal tip. A hanging nasal tip can be lifted and the angle between the nose and the lip can be altered. A small pinched tip can be made more natural looking, while an overly projected "Pinocchio" tip can be reduced. A wide, boxy or bulbous nasal tip can be shaped to a more natural form. Rhinoplasty can also reduce the size of the large and flared nasal nostril, or open and widen a pinched nostril.

Q What is the difference between an “open” and a “closed” rhinoplasty technique?

A With the “open” technique, the

plastic surgeon reaches the nasal bones through incisions inside the nostrils and across the columella – the tissues separating the nostrils. With the so-called “closed” technique, the surgeon accesses nasal bones through an incision inside the nostrils, and then lifts the skin away from the underlying bones and cartilage. Some call this a “scar-less rhinoplasty”, which is misleading, because the scars are only placed hidden inside the nostrils.


Open" or "closed" rhinoplasty: which one is better?

A A decision that you and your plastic

surgeon will have to discuss is whether the "open" or "closed" technique of rhinoplasty is best for you — closed being the more traditional kind, but open allowing a better access and overview, especially in complicated cases.


Is the operation done under general anesthesia and does the patient have to stay in the hospital?

A A correction of the nasal tip only can

be performed under sedation (twilight anesthesia) and often as a day-case surgery; a reduction of the bony frame or extensive septal work mostly requires a general anesthesia. In the second case most plastic surgeons keep the patient one night in hospital.

Q How long does the recovery take? A Depending on the extent of the

surgery, primary recovery takes between seven (nose tip) and 14 days (full rhinoplasty); if an external splint has been used (bone correction) it can come off after 10-12 days. The final result, especially if the internal work is extensive and there has been a lot of work performed on the tip, can take six to eight months to achieve, until all of the swelling is gone and the skin of the nose has adapted itself to the new shape.  Ocean Clinic Marbella Tel. 951 775 518 / 670 770 455

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he Costa del Sol might be best known for sun, beaches and glamorous parties but it is also a paradise for discerning foodies who delight in fine cuisine. This month we continue our special section on restaurant and gastronomic news from along the coast.

MARCO’S KITCHEN BURNOUT Russell Grant joins celebrity cooking challenge Marco’s Kitchen Burnout started last month on ITV in the UK with 12 celebrity guests cooking for diners in a professional kitchen under the watchful gaze of Marco Pierre White. Stars including Tupele Dorgu from Coronation Street, Ruth Langsford from This Morning, Nancy Dell’Olio, former girlfriend of Sven-Göran Eriksson, and our very own astrologer Russell Grant take to the kitchen in four separate heats of three celebrities in the


hunt for Britain’s top amateur celebrity chef. Marco teaches the celebs all he knows before they have to design and cook their own menu for 25 diners each. On the night they can ask for Marco’s help but for every minute he spends with them a point is deducted from their overall score. At the end of the evening Marco reveals the scores: the celebrity with the highest points wins automatic passage to the next round, while the other two plead with Marco for their survival. The celebrity he chooses goes to the next round and the other one faces automatic “kitchen burnout”. The team at Society would like to wish Russell the best of luck!

Buddha Beach is bringing us an exciting line-up of musicians throughout July and August including A mouth-watering May by the sea ‘80s band Imagination with flamboyant lead singer Buddha Beach’s excellent spring menu continues Leee John, soul group The Drifters, The Gypsy throughout May, offering a pre-season lunchtime Kings featuring Manolo and Lito, and ‘70s soul menu which is great value at €15 per head for two sensation Gwen Dickey. All performances will be courses – allowing guests to enjoy the first of the with a live band and last a minimum of 75 minutes. spring sunshine by the sea. The full a-la-carte Tickets for The Drifters, Imagination and Gwen menu will be available from the beginning of June. Dickey, including buffet with seafood, meat and If you fancy a little side order of groove with vegetarian dishes and Thai buffet, are priced at your lunch, then join Thursday’s legendary €125-€145, but Buddha are offering an early price of Limelight sessions, with Buddha Beach’s own DJ €95-€125 if booked before 31 May. Tickets for Mark E Strutt taking to the decks to bring you Manolo and Lito are priced at €50 & include paella. the very latest in R ‘n’ B, Dance and whatever else he feels like throwing into the mix! Broadcasting live along the coast and on the internet, Limelight also brings you sexy dancers plus a few surprises, as well as the best party crowd in town. In addition, Buddha Beach is hosting famed London promoters Love Juice on Saturday 29 May and Lick.FM will be broadcasting live from Buddha Beach every Wednesday in May. Buddha Beach: Tel. 952 813 882

GARUM Perfect for any occasion – even at home! Garum, located on the Paseo Marítimo (promenade) in Marbella, has been a firm favourite of residents and visitors to the Coast for many years – as they have much to offer. Garum can offer most of their dishes to go including starters, main and desserts, as well as going to your home to cater for an individual menu or buffet – they will bring everything from the wine and staff to the cutlery and china, leaving you relaxing with guests. Garum also offer a gift voucher, a perfect present for those who love good food and a fabulous atmosphere; and can arrange parties or tasting events for food, wine and tapas. In addition, the restaurant can cater for conference or big events such as exhibitions – the next artist exhibiting will be Lars Persson from Sweden, with fellow Swede Helena Swärd later in the summer. In May Garum switch to their summer menu with lighter dishes including: chilled yellow fruit gazpacho with mango and pineapple, spiced with chilli; foie gras crème brulé served with rocket and orange vinaigrette; grilled filet of dorada (gilthead bream) and fresh tagliatelli with saffron, sauvignon blanc foam and chorizo oil; Argentinean spiced beef steak tartar; and double Pannacota with lemongrass and ginger. They also re-write their breakfast and desert menu for the daytime to better serve those looking for a coffee or wine and a sumptuous cake. Garum: Tel. 952 858 858 / w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m



YANX Top sporting events combined with fine dining

OCEAN CLUB Breathtaking setting and creative cuisine Ocean Club Marbella, one of Europe’s biggest beachside venues, offers guests a large swimming pool, cosy beds, a deluxe bikini shop and a massage and beauty area. The beachfront restaurant and bar enjoys a breathtaking view and is the ideal location for making the most of sun, sea and sand. The restaurant offers a creative kitchen run by Stephane Bruylant, who is experienced in Michelin-rated restaurants, and offers classical French cuisine fused with Belgian and Mediterranean dishes. The kitchen uses the best ingredients and gives an excellent presentation of the dishes, which range from sushi, fish, salads and succulent meats to exquisite homemade deserts. The cocktail list also warrants its own mention, with some sensational delights that will excite every taste bud. Seven types of mojito grace the list including: the Ocean Club

Classic Mojito; the Royal Mojito, consisting of 10 Cane rum, lime, sugar, mint and Veuve Clicquot champagne; and the Black Mojito – Belvedere Black Raspberry, Chambord, blackberry liqueur, lime, sugar, mint, blackberries and soda water. Other cocktails include the Ocean Club Signature Bloody Mary – Belvedere Vodka, balsamic chilli glace, spicy salt, pepper and tomato juice, served with celery and celery salt; and the Ocean Club Bellini, consisting of peach puree and Veuve Clicquot champagne. Ocean Club was due to open its doors for the opening party on 30 April, with the signature white and silver theme, and continues the great events throughout May with a champagne party on 2 May and 30 May. Meanwhile, the restaurant offers the a la carte menu and specials every day. Ocean Club: Tel. 952 90 81 37 /

THE BEACH HOUSE Enjoying spring and summer by the sea Although we may have had a lot of rain recently, at The Beach House in Elviria, like all of us on the Coast, they are already preparing for the sun and a great summer. Their lounge beside the main restaurant will cater for more laidback dining, with guests able to grab a wrap, salad or light bite in between working on their tans on the beach. In the evening the lounge will operate as a bar for drinks before and after dinner, when guests can enjoy their favourite tipple including a sumptuous summer cocktail. The Beach House has many events scheduled on the entertainment calendar for the summer including live entertainment with different styles from the chilled house DJs to their resident live jazz duo New Life. In addition, summer a la carte menus will be launched on 1 June with new additions including seafood platters. The Beach House: Tel. 952 839 458 90

Yanx restaurant in Nueva Andalucía has had a pre-summer revamp to cater for the sports lovers among us and to prepare for the World Cup in June. A large screen has been added, mainly for sporting events but also a great display screen for book launches, wine tasting and slide shows for their different lunchtime events.

Formula 1 is currently being shown on Sundays although this does not interfere with the Sunday brunch meetings of the American Classic Car Owners Club on the first Sunday of every month – which everyone is invited to. The new menu has also been launched and, along with the classic and legendary dishes, there are several new inventions such as the Sticky Fingers combo – a large silver platter of Asian sticky ribs, Yanx’ famous hot wings, loaded cheese and bacon skins with sticks and dips (which is recommended to share). The new cocktail list deserves another special mention as the Limoncello Sangria with cloudy lemonade and freshly sliced strawberries is a huge hit; as are the Melon Margaritas and Espresso Martinis. The restaurant is launching a new wine list mid-May for those who like a glass of something chilled – including the fashionable Blush wines – in the summer heat. Yanx: Tel. 952 818 861 /



Exotic haven with sumptuous cuisine WORDS JESSICA WHITE PHOTOS RUTH JONES

I Nikki Beach Playa Hotel Don Carlos Marbella Tel. 952 836 239



hite sand, blue sea, fruit platters and champagne… they could easily make you think you were on the beach of a Caribbean island. In fact the location is Nikki Beach Marbella where – with white sand imported from Miami – the staff are able to create a relaxing yet funky haven away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Nikki Beach has always been known as the place to go for either a sumptuous lunch or a wild, fun day at one of their famous parties such as the Amazing Sundays, and this year is no different. With a fresh, lighter menu of which almost 80 per cent features new dishes, diners can enjoy a delicious meal and then relax on one of the many white beds sipping champagne or one of the beach club’s worldfamous cocktails. Dishes on the new menu include: togarashispiced, honey-glazed chick salad mixed with greens, grapefruit segments, red onions, red beets and cashew nuts in a lemon dressing; mixed melon lasagne – of watermelon, green melon and cantaloupe – especially refreshing in the summer heat; crab meat and lobster summer rolls – rice paper filled with rice noodles, crab and lobster meat, cucumber and coriander with a mango and yoghurt dressing, served with calamari rings, a shot of gazpacho and a shrimp salad. The sushi menu has been revamped and includes “Me and You, Sushi for Two”, consisting of Picasso roll, deep sea roll, salmon, tuna,

shrimp, sashimi and nigiri. And there are some fantastic fish dishes such as the grilled Atlantic salmon served on a stack of corn and jalapeno tortillas with avocado, tomato and lime salsa topped with sour cream; and grilled seabass served with lamb’s lettuce and baby tomato salad in balsamic dressing with sun-dried tomato pesto on a bed of grilled potato scallops. The traditional classics are still on the menu, for example, Kobe Beef Sliders – a favourite of all diners – and some other dishes have a 2010 twist. While head chef Mario Larese produces his culinary delights in the kitchen, bar manager James Burton knocks up some taste sensations at the cocktail bar. As well as Nikki Beach classics such as the mojito, new cocktails include Blackberry Mint Smash – fresh blackberries, cachaca, cassis, fresh mint; Jumbled Fruit Julep – sky vodka mixed with fresh strawberry and mint topped with apple and pink grapefruit juice; Koh Samui Slinger – sky vodka, black current liqueur and grapefruit, topped with Red Bull or champagne. This month kicks off a fabulous summer of events with the ever-popular Amazing Sundays beginning on 2 May, the opening White Party on 27 May, a Hawaiian party on 28 May and a Moroccan Charm party on 29 May. Residents and visitors to the Coast can look forward to many more events throughout the summer, as well as Nikki Beach opening for dinner from 2 July with a more elaborate, fine dining menu.


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Puerto Banús


Take Away Available

TEL 952 811 827 Centro Commercial Cristamar 24 (Next to El Corte Inglés)


Tel: 0034 952 815 736 (Opposite The Andalucia Plaza Hotel)

Calle Las Violetas, Local 7 Cjto Andalucia, Garden Club 29660 Nueva Andalucia, Marbella

Bar Open 12:00 – 00:00 Kitchen Open: 13:00- 16:00 & 20:00 – 00:00

Tel: 952 774 578 Calle Estébanez Calderón 19 29602 Marbella




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Location: Frontline port Tel. 956 793 333 Chic venue ideal for watching the world pass by with snacks and full meals.


Location: Crta. de Ronda Tel. 952 812 794 Creative inexpensive cuisine, in elegant surroundings including stunning garden setting .

Location: Frontline port Tel. 956 790 390 SAN PEDRO Lively Irish bar and restaurant with well-priced snacks and full International dishes – fun ambience and live music evenings. PASSION CAFÉ Location: C.C. La Colonia Tel. 952 781 583 CASARES Fresh and creative food served International throughout the day. Fantastic breakfasts, salads, wok dishes, SCHILO fajitas, burgers, wraps and Location: Ctra. de Casares sandwiches. Daily specials and Tel. 952 937 800 superb evening menu. Eclectic Gourmet Asian-fusion cuisine décor and pleasant ambience. created by world-class chef Schilo Van Corvorden at the PUERTO BANÚS Finca Cortesin hotel and golf resort. Superb service, elegant Italian setting and excellent wine list.

WEST OF SAN PEDRO Italian LA PAPPARDELLA Location: Laguna Village Tel. 952 807 354 Popular Italian restaurant group which made its mark in London and Puerto Banús. Extensive list of dishes made using finest Italian ingredients, and great service. A fine dining experience in chic, luxurious surroundings.






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

Location: C.C. Centroplaza Tel: 952 816 313 International food with all-day breakfast and extensive lunch menu. Open Monday to Saturday 8.30am–5pm. Free wifi.


Location: Opp. El Corte Inglés High-quality, classic American fare on offer, including such house favourites as burgers, southern-style sandwiches and signature smoke house specialities.


GOLDEN M ILE Oriental SUKHOTHAI Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 770 550 Fabulous Thai cuisine, with intimate surroundings and cosmopolitan décor.

TAI PAN Location: Puente Romano Tel. 952 777 893 Enjoy cocktails at Polynesian bar before sampling oriental cuisine in beautiful surroundings.

International VILLA TIBERIO


Tel. 952 771 799 Location: Magna Marbella Golf, Highly popular restaurant set THAI GALLERY within stylish surroundings, al Tel. 952 929 578 Location: Puerta de Banús fresco at its best. Tel. 952 818 392 Exquisite cuisine in stunning Creative cuisine with professional surroundings. Bar and large service and lively atmosphere. terrace with breathtaking views. Open daily for dinner.




Location: El Ancon Playa Tel. 639 553 088 International A Costa del Sol institution, popular with visiting celebrities ZOZOÏ and residents alike. Location: Plaza Altamirano Tel. 952 858 868 SUITE Old converted house provides Location: Hotel Puente Romano perfect atmosphere for cuisine Tel. 952 820 900 TERRA SANA with a difference. Naruto Location: near Andalucía Plaza Stunning restaurant and lounge serving superb Moroccan and OPEN 7 days a week from 13:00 Tel. 952 906 205 SANTIAGO Mediterranean cuisine in Renowned for its tasty and – LATE Location: Paseo Marítimo luxurious surroundings. healthy dishes. Centro C. Cristamar 24 Tel. 952 770 078 Puerto Banus (Next to El Corte de Inglés) EVITA BY BUENOS AIRES Italian Considered the “dean” of Tel 952 811 827 Location: Avda. del Prado Marbella restaurants, specialising Tel. 952 929 620 TERRAZA DUAL in fish and seafood from Superb Argentinean cuisine. Golf Location: Marbella Mar International throughout Spain. views on a beautiful terrace. Tel. 952 925 250 BUDDHA BEACH GARUM Italian Great service and attractive Location: Urb. Marina Villa Location: Paseo Marítimo surroundings. Home-made (beachside) Tel. 952 858 858 REGINA’S dishes. Take away also available. Tel. 952 813 882 Luxurious Balinese setting with Location: near Andalucía Plaza Great for drinks, snacks and à al fresco restaurant serving an Tel. 952 814 529 DA BRUNO la carte dining. Open daily for appetising selection of dishes Elegant surroundings with high- Location: (also San Pedro, breakfast, lunch and dinner ranging from fresh seafood plat- quality Italian dishes ranging from Marbella and Cabopino) Open seven days. ters to Thai fusion cuisine, sushi, traditional to creative. Open for Tel. 952 857 521 dinner, Monday to Saturday. creative salads and lighter Fresh and fabulous Italian food THE ORANGE TREE dishes. A “snack and wrap” served in lively surroundings. Location: Orange Square YANX CAFÉ menu can be enjoyed from Open daily for lunch and dinner. Tel. 952 924 613 / 680 224 457 Location: Centro Plaza Buddha’s beach beds. Creative contemporary cuisine, Tel. 952 818 861 with innovative new menu BUBLÉS every six weeks. Open daily for A prized location and lively Location: Plaza Antonio dinner from 6.30 till late; early atmosphere make this a great Banderas, TIBV evening menu until 8pm. choice all-round. Tel. 606 070 979 Superb international cuisine and Oriental cocktails in stunning Balinese roof terrace setting. Menu THAI BANGKOK includes selection of hot and Location: Plaza de Las Orquídeas cold starters, creative sushi and Tel. 952 813 603 sashimi, fresh fish and delicious Traditional Thai and Asian cuisine meat dishes. made from the freshest ingredients. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Location: Avda. del Prado Location: Jardines del Puerto Tel. 952 813 859 Tel. 951 703 175 Superb service and excellent Fashionable pizzeria serving food from award-winning chefs authentic Italian specialities. Michel and Paul. Attractive Takeaway available. Open every surroundings and pleasant patio night from 8pm. terrace overlooking golf valley.






BECKITT’S Location: C/ Camilo José Cela Tel. 952 868 898 Creative cuisine and fine wines in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Excellent service. Open daily for dinner from 6.30pm with “early bird menu”; seasonal specials and full à la carte.

TERRA SANA Location: Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 906 205 Freshly made, lovingly prepared food which uses the best possible ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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BONO’S BEACH Location: Costabella beachside Tel. 952 839 236 Fine cuisine in a stunning location on one of the most beautiful beaches in Marbella.



Location: frontline beach Elviria Tel. 952 839 458 Idyllic location by the sea with stunning sunsets over one of the Coast’s best beaches. Open daily for lunch and dinner.



Location: Calle Ancha 8 Tel. 952 900 450 Exquisite bistro serving menu del día as well as à la carte, aperitifs and cocktails. Open Monday to Saturday for dinner.

Location: Elviria Tel: 952 836 208 Traditional Lebanese cuisine including a wide variety of vegetarian dishes..



Location: Hotel Don Carlos (beachside) ZAFFERANO Nikki’s signature “global” cuisine Location: Calle Gloria 12 served in luxurious beach club Tel. 952 863 125 surroundings either on the palmBeautiful renovated old town shaded al fresco terrace, or from house with modern Italian one of the oversized beach beds. cuisine in elegant surroundings.

CASA NOSTRA Location: C/ Camilo José Cela Tel. 952 861 108 Local dining institution since 1988, with extensive selection of superb Italian cuisine.

SOL I LUNA Location: Las Lomas de Marbella Club Tel. 952 866 627 A fusion of fine Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in a tranquil al fresco setting. Special menus, wine tastings and weekend buffets are a highlight.

DA FABIO Location: Marbella & El Rosario Tel: 952 823 376 / 952 833 467 Friendly, authentic Italian restaurant offering traditional cuisine and special dishes prepared by the chef. Delicious homemade pizzas and pastas served in relaxed interior setting or heated terrace of this family-run restaurant. Open daily 11am-midnight, with easy parking.


International MIJAS PLAYA Location: La Cala seafront Tel. 952 493 749 Popular restaurant overlooking the sea, with entertainment and dancing every evening. Superb food in elegant surroundings.

VALPARAISO Location: Ctra de Mijas Tel. 952 485 996 Excellent Italian and international cuisine served in charming and elegant surroundings.

THE TERRACE Location: Golf Hotel Tamisa Tel. 952 585 988 Stunning views across Mijas Golf. Extensive à la carte and moderately priced menu of the week.

FUENGIROLA International PUEBLO LÓPEZ Location: off C/ Valencia Tel. 952 471 929 Well-established, family-run restaurant in charming Pueblo López cobbled courtyard offering excellent, well-priced international cuisine. w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m










Location: Edif. River Playa Tel. 952 580 640 Location: Crta. Mijas, Km. 4.2 Superb Japanese cuisine in chic Tel. 952 590 727 Polish and international cuisine – surroundings with excellent service – moderately priced but original creations, well-priced ample dishes. and generous servings – in a relaxed and comfortable setting, with easy parking and live BENALMÁDENA entertainment twice a week.




NIRVANA Location: Altos de Higueron Tel. 952 568 564 Wide selection of excellent, moderately priced Indian cuisine in friendly atmosphere.

Location: C/ Santa Isabel 8 Tel. 952 586 031 Salad buffet with hot dishes of LA CARIHUELA the day at lunchtime; a la carte selection in the evenings, fresh Spanish juices and homemade desserts. Open Monday-Friday lunch; RÍAS DE GALICIA Friday and Saturday dinner. Location: Paseo Marítimo Tel. 952 385 974 / 629 535 887 Oriental Basque and Galician cuisine in frontline beach setting. Extensive THAI LANNA à la carte selection and Location: C/ Francisco Cano moderately priced menu del día . Tel. 952 587 139Exquisite selection of well-presented Thai dishes in attractive BAR PLAYA ambience, with friendly and Location: C/ Bulto attentive service. Tel. 952 386 235 Cosy, family-run establishment specialising in home-style fish International and seafood dishes, and varied tapas… excellent quality and HAPPY DAYS moderately priced. Location: Edif. Sierra Mijas Tel. 952 664 004 Superb, well-priced DanishGIBRALTAR style dishes, including traditional open sandwiches. International



Location: Queensway Quay Tel. (+350) 200 43731 Location: Avda. Jesús Cautivo Relaxing setting overlooking Tel. 952 477 267 the marina, with flexible The best seafood in town, in opening hours (11am to 11pm) pristine surroundings with and menu, including light professional and friendly service. dishes, exquisite a la carte and weekly specials – at reasonable MESON BRAVO prices. Open seven days a Location: C/ Francisco Cano week; closed Sunday night. Tel. 952 585 417 Wide selection of traditional Spanish and original international cuisine for all tastes.





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PASSION CAFÉ NEW TAKEAWAY HOME-BAKING SERVICE AT TOP RESTAURANT Malcolm and Kaitriona have opened a special takeaway home-bake section at the everpopular Passion Café restaurant in San Pedro de Alcántara. After months of research they came to the conclusion there was a lack of proper home-baked patisserie that clients would be proud to display on their table. They selected the ingredients based on their quality: Kerrygold butter, Homepride flour and Belgian chocolate – and you can taste the difference! Freshly baked daily, the range of products on offer includes breads, scones and muffins, patisserie and whole cakes available to order for all occasions. With just two days’ notice you can receive an individually designed cake for your child’s birthday or celebration. All products are

ready-boxed and ready to go – ideal for an impromptu party or just a nice treat to take to friends. There are old favourites such as crumbles, lemon meringue pie and chocolate éclairs; as well as more inspired creations such as individual packs of cup cakes, Mars bar cheesecake and cranberry flapjacks – an extensive selection not available anywhere else on the Coast. There is easy parking in the La Colonia commercial centre, and the home-bake section is open seven days a week, all day 9am to 6pm. Trade enquiries are welcome. Cake order hotline: Tel. 678 132 042; (Photos: Ruth Jones)

EL CORTE INGLÉS CIRCUIT GOLF TROPHY EVENT HELD AT LA CALA RESORT The latest leg of the El Corte Inglés golf circuit was held at La Cala Resort in April. Over 70 players took part in the trophy event, played at Campo Europa. The competition was part of the 16th annual El Corte Inglés Trophy competition, with the regional final to be held in early June. Forty-three teams will contest the regional final and the best four will qualify for the

national final in late June. At La Cala, the junior section “Mito Trophy” was won by 17handicapper George Twyman with 41 points. The best overall score was recorded in the men’s section by 11-handicapper Domingo Gutiérrez Orta with 42 points. La Cala member Sylvia McGarvie (handicap 20) was the winner in the women’s section with 38 points.

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Many of the world’s leading women tennis players took to the Puente Romano courts in Marbella for the second Andalucía Tennis Experience tournament – part of the international WTA Tour. Local Spanish fans were delighted when Carla Suárez from the Canary Isles made it to the singles final, but she was up against the higherranked Italian Flavia Pennetta and eventually succumbed in just over two hours, losing 6-2, 4-6

and 6-3. Third-ranked Kim Clijsters, winner of last year’s US Open in her comeback to the game, made it past the first round before losing to Spain’s Beatriz García Vidagany. Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci made it an Italian double when they prevailed in the doubles final, winning 6-4 and 6-3 against Maria Kondratieva (Russia) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan). (Photos: Ruth Jones)

would like news or contact details for your association included in this section, email:  F.A.M.A.: Looking for a home this month at the Foundation for Abandoned and Mistreated Animals is TJ, a small, young and very friendly cross dachshund. He is approximately five months old, gets on well with other dogs and is house-trained. If you

IN BRIEF  CLASSIC ON WHEELS: More than 150 classic cars from across Andalucía are expected to take part in the first edition of the Classics on Wheels motoring event on 27 June in Marbella. More information:

are interested in TJ, you can contact Pat Coleman on Tel. 620 354 885. Or, if you are looking to give a home to another dog, visit the adoption tab

COSTA PETS Marbella-based photographer Toni Cochrane would like to hear from owners interested in having their pets photographed with a view to being featured in future issues. Contact her on Tel. 952 865 509 or visit This month… Noel and the lovable Sessa.  Meanwhile, we are pleased to offer space in these pages to Costa associations looking after and trying to find homes for abandoned or mistreated animals. If you


 MAPS: The next Charity Golf Circuit competitions organised by the Málaga Animal Protection Society (M.A.P.S.) are scheduled for 26 June at Santa María Golf; 25 September at Almenara; and 19 November at El Chaparral. More information:  Other associations: ADANA: ANBAD: SEPE: SOS: TRIPLE A:

 ART FESTIVAL: One hundred artists have confirmed their participation in the second Festival Internacional de Arte Marbella, from 17 to 20 June. More information:

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JESSICA DARCH RHYS DANIELS TRUST CELEBRITY GOLF CHALLENGE ON THE COAST This year is the 10th anniversary of the Butterfly Ball and Celebrity Golf Challenge held on the Costa del Sol in aid of the Rhys Daniels Trust, which provides "home from home" care for seriously ill children and their families. The Max Clifford Celebrity Golf Challenge will be played at La Cala Resort from 3 to 6 June, with each team comprising one top celebrity. The event includes a full itinerary of entertainment and dining, culminating in the glamorous Butterfly Ball at Hotel Puente Romano in Marbella on 5 June. Other events scheduled for the UK this year include the Epping 5-Mile Fun Run (Epping Forest)

on 23 May; and the Woolston Manor Golf Classic on 1 October. The aim of the Rhys Daniels Trust is to “provide ‘home from home’ accommodation, in support of major children's hospitals across the UK as a perfect environment for children and their families at such a stressful time. The charity has a very positive attitude to the care and well-being of children and families whose lives are severely affected by serious illness.” More information: (UK Charity Registration Number: 1036041)

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL MARBELLA HOSTS KEY DISTRICT ASSEMBLY The third assembly of district 2203 of Rotary International was held in Marbella in April. The assembly served to prepare new governors and secretaries for the next term of office starting on 1 July. It was presided over by Vicente Juan y Verdu of Alcoy as outgoing governor and Pedro Valenzuela Godoy of Sevilla as incoming governor. Among the key subjects discussed during the assembly were the current economical crisis and its consequences. Rotarians and guests are pictured during one of the social events held at La Meridiana. 106

DECORATIVE ART EXHIBITION IN ESTEPONA An exhibition of mural and decorative painting by English-born artist Jessica Darch attracted keen interest from art lovers when it went on show at the Padre Manuel Cultural Centre in Estepona. Jessica has been painting for 20 years, working with decorators, architects and private clients throughout Spain as well as overseas – covering a variety of styles while specialising in what is known as “decorative art”. (Photos: Ruth Jones)


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BY ‘‘MARBELLA SLIM’’ ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS Those of you familiar with my articles in the Daily Star and Daily Express will know I like to try to cater to everyone from outright beginners to the more serious players among you. For the beginners you’ll find the “HAND RANKING” insert published with this article useful to keep beside you at all times. I would further suggest you sign up for free with one of the big established sites like PokerStars or Victor Chandler where you can play on their “play money” areas for as long as you like for nothing while you pick up the basics of Texas Hold’em. Both sites have excellent free tutorials available which will point out some of the deeper aspects of the game. Nothing really beats the act of playing itself and when you become fully familiar and bored with the “play money” games you can begin to safely graduate to the low stakes real cash games and start your poker entertainment with valuable experience under your belt.



Okay, newbies, here’s a simple test to keep you on your toes. Come up with your own answer before you read our solution. Question: You have been dealt a pair of Fours as hole cards in a No-Limit Texas Hold’em game. You are at a full table of 10 players sitting in an early position. The cagey player in the under-the-gun seat ahead of you has been quiet for several hands but has opened the betting on this hand. What should you do? Answer: With pocket Fours you have approximately a one in eight chance of landing three-of-a-kind when the flop comes down. The threat is posed by the pre-flop raise from a conservative player in the early position, which suggests he’s holding at least an Ace and more likely a big premium pair. Almost any high card paired (or worse) by the outcome of the flop is going to beat your pair of Fours if you fail to make a set. You’ve also got a lot of players left to act after you, and if you call this bet you might find the pot being re-raised again.

You’re up to $9,000 in tournament chips and the blinds are now at $200-$400. A new hand is dealt and action folds to you in middle position. You take a peek at your cards, King of Diamonds-Queen of Clubs. Good enough for a raise based on your previous play so you take it up to $1,500. The players in the blinds have slightly bigger stacks than you and both of them call to see the flop deliver Ace of SpadesSix-Two of Hearts. Both your opponents check. You’ve got position on them and after your pre-flop raise they are expecting you to make a continuation bet. Why not mix things up and check back with the intention of making a delayed C-bet on the turn? When you check the flop as well, they will likely get suspicious of your play. Wait for the turn card to come out and if they both check again throw your bet out there. With $4,500 in the pot, a delayed C-bet sized around $3,000 should take it down for you.

HISTORIC HAND: DAVID vs. DANIEL vs. DOYLE Episode nine of the latest High Stakes Poker series saw Daniel Negreanu in unfamiliar territory as he struggled to read the game and paid the price for it. Doyle Brunson kept grabbing the wrong end of the stick too. In one hand, Negreanu raised the pot to $3,000 with Ten-Jack of Spades. Doyle Brunson called with pocket Queens and so did David Benyamine with Seven-Five of Spades. The flop came Nine of Clubs-Eight-Three of Spades. Negreanu raised with his flush draw and both his opponents called. With $36,900 in the pot, the turn delivered another Queen for Doyle to make his set – but it was the Queen of Spades! Negreanu and Benyamine both completed their flushes. All three players checked cagily. When an Ace of Hearts appeared on the river, Benyamine check-raised when Negreanu made it $26,200 to play on and was called by Brunson. The 38-year-old Frenchman raised to $101,200. Negreanu looked gutted and confused and eventually folded the best hand. Doyle was in similar territory as far as the confusion went but called with the worse hand on the chance that Benyamine was bluffing. Negreanu kicked himself when he saw what Benyamine was holding.

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POKERSTARS’ SPANISH TOURNAMENTS! Nothing like getting involved in big prize pool tournaments in your own backyard. PokerStars are running a series of massive tournaments around Spain during the summer. Here are the important details for those of you who want to get into some bigtime bricks and mortar action. PokerStars are bringing big-money poker action to Spain with the Estrellas Poker Tour – a new series of live events sponsored by the world’s largest poker site. Satellites are running for the next event now, with buy-ins that start from just a few euros. The tour will cover the whole of the country, with events taking place in Málaga, Alicante and the nation’s capital Madrid. The action will then head to Barcelona for the grand final, held as part of part of the European Poker Tour EPT Barcelona festival. In fact, as well as a huge cash prize, the winner of each leg on the tour will be awarded an EPT Barcelona prize package that includes main event buy-in, accommodation and expenses. What’s more, there’s also an Estrellas Poker Tour leader board that awards points at every event. The player with the most points at the end of season one wins their buy-in to every event in season two, plus the chance to be a Team PokerStars pro ( The biggest stars from the European scene will be playing at every event, including Spanish Team PokerStars pros Juan Manuel Pastor and Juan Macerias. This is the tour that all players in Spain and beyond have been waiting for, and you can qualify with PokerStars now. To register for a satellite, open the PokerStars lobby and click “Events” & “Special”. In case you didn’t know, the tour is associated with the poker TV show Estrellas en Juego. It’s back for a new season on Antenna 3, and will now include coverage and all the latest news from the Estrellas Poker Tour.



Straight Flush: Five cards in sequence, of the same suit. (The best possible straight flush is known as a royal flush.)

Three of a kind: Three cards of the same rank, and two unrelated side cards.

Four of a Kind: Four cards of the same rank, and one side card or ‘kicker’.

Two pair: Two cards of a matching rank, another two cards of a different matching rank, and one side card.

Full House: Three cards of the same rank, and two cards of a different, matching rank.

One pair: Two cards of a matching rank, and three unrelated side cards.

Flush: Five cards of the same suit.

High card: Any hand that does not qualify under a category listed above.

Straight: Five cards in sequence.

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In the stars ... with Russell Grant TAURUS April 21st – May 21st

CELEBRITY TAURUS Megan Fox Born 16 May 1986, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee Stunning actress and model who began her acting career in 2001 with several minor television and film roles, launched her film career with a role in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and In 2007 was cast as Mikaela Banes in the blockbuster Transformers. Last year she starred as the titular lead character in the film Jennifer's Body. FHM readers voted her the "Sexiest Woman in the World" in 2008. (Photo: Doane Gregory and 20th Century Fox Film Corporation – Jennifer’s Body)

The 3rd is perfect for applying to a religious, cultural or educational institution. If you want some fast money, hold a yard sale near the 7th. Revamping your look with a new hairstyle or fashionable wardrobe is favoured on the 14th. Neither a lender nor a borrower be, on or around the 17th. The 18th prompts you to take the helm of a large organisation. You could get fantastic publicity for your creative work on the 19th. The pace of daily life becomes slow and pleasant as the 20th approaches. Attracting more moneymaking opportunities will be easy in the days surrounding the 21st. Don't let a friend tempt you into abandoning your responsibilities on the 23rd. Acquiring a new skill will be more difficult than you think near the 24th. A legal settlement, tax refund or inheritance puts more money in your bank account around the 27th. Your private life could undergo exciting changes on the 28th. After lots of work, a youngster could finally make progress on the 30th. It may be necessary to revise your role at work around the 31st.

GEMINI May 22nd – June 21st Behind the scenes negotiations are favoured on the 3rd. An admirer pays you a sincere compliment on the 7th; let it sink into your bones. You get a great opportunity to rest, relax and rejuvenate on the 14th. All the charm in the world won't get you out of a work responsibility near the 17th; accept your fate and roll up your sleeves. A relative doesn't think much of your style on the 18th, but stay true to your instincts. Stay close to friends and family near the 19th; they'll help you withstand a terrible disappointment. More money for luxuries becomes available in the days surrounding the 20th. The 23rd finds you facing off with an authority figure that expects too much. Resist the urge to splurge on the 24th. A close partnership leads to success on or around the 27th. Your dreams undergo some unusual twists and turns near the 28th. Be ready to confront some painful emotions on the 30th; working through this issue will be very liberating. Be sure to confirm travel arrangements before embarking on a trip around the 31st.

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June 22nd – July 23rd

July 24th – August 23rd

August 24th – September 23rd

Trust your intuition about a magnetic person's attentions on or around the 3rd. Working behind the scenes puts more money in your pocket near the 7th. The 14th finds your social circle expanding in exciting ways; a sexy foreigner is making their way into your life. Don't accept a person's claims of expertise without seeing some documentation on or around the 17th. The 18th forces you to defend yourself from unfair accusations. Your knowledgeable comments on the 19th attract a big fan base. A friend may invite you on a last-minute trip around the 20th. Mood swings overtake your life on or around the 23rd; seek out friends who can lend a more balanced perspective. A lack of consideration could undermine a close relationship near the 24th. The results of a fitness regimen are evident to everyone in the days surrounding the 27th. Pursuing an unusual career path will become increasingly attractive in the days surrounding the 28th. Furthering your education becomes much easier once the 30th arrives; sign up for a class and work toward a certificate.

Your superior communication skills help you get a plum position on or around the 3rd. Let a friend set you up on a blind date around the 7th. A fresh career opportunity arrives near the 14th, and both the salary and perks will be significant. The 17th prompts you to cut back on luxury purchases. Decline an invitation to an expensive restaurant on the 18th, or you could waste your hard-earned money on an indifferent meal. The 19th is perfect for finding a higher paying job, although your work hours will be extended. Accept responsibility for a creative project on or around the 20th. The 23rd finds you biting off more than you can chew in a relationship; stop promising more than you can deliver. A colleague could betray you in the days surrounding the 24th. The 27th marks an exciting turning point in a relationship; let a lover take you away on an exotic break. Keep your passport up to date near the 28th, as you may need to go on a lastminute trip. Hard work yields impressive profits on or around the 30th.

Someone special has their eye on you so trust your instincts when it comes to love and romance at the start of May. You make a great impression on authority fixtures around the 7th. The 14th brings a chance to teach, write or travel; this opportunity could put you on the road to romance. Don't undermine a female friend's enthusiasm on the 18th; just because you disagree with her plans doesn't mean you have to voice your opposition. The 19th finds you developing a latent artistic talent; sign up for a class with an inspiring teacher. Take the lead in a partnership on or around the 20th. Try not to take a loved one's generosity for granted around the 23rd. Your obsession with someone close could be hurting your social life in the days surrounding the 24th. Finding a healthier living arrangement will be good for you in the days surrounding the 27th. The 28th sends a jolt of electricity into your love life. A stalled plan for self-improvement roars back to life on the 30th. Work takes on a more creative aspect at the end of May.

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September 24th – October 23rd

October 24th – November 22nd

Resourceful use of money helps you create a more financially secure future near the 3rd. Venturing into new territory on the 7th puts you in contact with some stimulating people. A steamy physical encounter gives you a sexy glow on the 14th. Don't overestimate your expertise on the 17th; a colleague may have something to teach you on this fateful day. The 18th is perfect for planning a romantic, fun-filled vacation. Your sex appeal attracts the attention of someone who is much older or younger on or around the 19th. Don't be surprised if a colleague starts looking at you with lustful eyes on the 20th. Don't give in to your worst fears on the 23rd, especially as far as your health is concerned. Resist the urge to tell your boss what you think they want to hear on the 24th; it's better to state the plain, unvarnished truth. Good news regarding your best friend, business partner or amour reaches your ears on the 27th; this is cause for celebration! You'll start attracting some unusual people into your life starting the 28th.

Anticipating a loved one's wants and wishes at the start of the month draws you closer together. The 7th finds you in a passionate embrace with a magnetic lover. An exciting relationship gives you a new lease of life on or around the 14th. Don't make an expensive purchase without asking a loved one near the 17th. You could find yourself on the path to romance on or around the 18th; take your time instead of rushing into bed. The 19th favours secret alliances and backroom business deals. An attentive admirer could take you by surprise in the days surrounding the 20th. Don't neglect your friends on the 23rd, even if you are embroiled in a passionate romance. The 24th finds you wrangling with a manipulative relative who is threatened by your expertise. You finally get paid for a big job on the 27th, enabling you to buy some expensive new equipment. Unusual job opportunities abound after the 28th. Friends will be more helpful than they have in the past after the 30th. It may be necessary to take a more realistic view of a relative's self destructive behaviour as the month of May draws to a close. Can you help them? Possibly.



December 22nd –January 20th Your powers of seduction will prove irresistible on or around the 3rd. A creative work assignment fills an emotional void in the days surrounding the 7th. A romance, baby or creative project takes your life in an exciting new direction on the 14th. Flattery will get you nowhere with a delusional colleague near the 17th. Avoid getting in an argument about religion or politics around the 18th. A masterful friend or partner captures your heart in the days surrounding the 19th. The 20th is perfect for taking time out of your schedule to visit a nearby friend. Beware of discouraging a friend from pursuing their dreams on the 23rd, just because you think he's being impractical. Try not to be selfish in the days surrounding the 24th, or you could drive a loved one away. The 27th finds you emerging from a long period of loneliness; a close partnership is starting to fill the emotional void. It may be hard to get a handle on your emotions around the 28th. A stalled business trip could go back on schedule after the 30th.


January 21st – February 19th Positive changes on the home front will occur on the 3rd; a relative or roommate could soon join the fold. A casual flirtation turns red hot in the days surrounding the 7th. A real estate deal on the 14th will increase your financial fortune; this is a great time to buy or sell a piece of property. Resist the urge to buy a youngster's affection on the 17th; your young friend wants your attention more than expensive gifts. Keeping separate bank accounts may be the secret to a relationship's success in the days surrounding the 18th. The 19th warns against lavish expenditures; you need to keep your money safe in the bank. The 20th is ideal for adding new items to your wardrobe. Spending lots of money on someone you fancy on the 23rd won't win or buy their affection. A hidden enemy may cause trouble for you at work on or around the 24th. The pace of your daily life becomes frenetic after the 28th. A group effort comes to a successful conclusion near the 27th, and word will spread of your talent. Revise a creative project on the 31st.

SAGITTARIUS November 23rd – December 21st You can talk your way into a fantastic job at the start of May. Let an expert take you under his wing in the days surrounding the 7th. Launching an exercise regimen on the 14th will lift your spirits. Your family may try to meddle in your personal affairs around the 17th; beware of giving them too much access to your private life. Your reputation as a hard worker helps you land a terrific work assignment on the 19th. A loved one gives the inspiration you need to pursue a cherished dream in the days surrounding the 20th. Beware of overloading your credit card with expensive purchases near the 23rd. Your boss could deliver some painful criticisms on the 24th; be willing to listen and learn. Exercise restraint with your budget around the 25th, or it could take years to emerge from debt. You have to be willing to discipline a badly behaved youngster in the days surrounding the 26th. A self-improvement programme yields exciting results near the 27th. The quickest way to a lover's heart as the month comes to an end is through their mind.

PISCES February 20th – March 20th Go out and celebrate a friend's good fortune around the 3rd. Working from home proves productive on the 7th. Taking a short trip for pleasure near the 14th will give you a sexy glow that attracts lots of romantic attention. Don't have too much faith in an unreliable relative in the days surrounding the 17th. Meddling relatives could derail your love life on the 18th if you're not careful. Follow through on your promises to a family member on the 19th, or you'll put her in a difficult situation. You'll finally get news of a moneymaking opportunity in the days surrounding the 20th. A workmate, friend or loving partner won't be able to accompany you on an exciting adventure near the 23rd; don't let this stop you from going. Indulging a young person will lead to more trouble than it's worth on the 24th; it's up to you to uphold the rules. You could be given an award or promotion in the days surrounding the 27th, giving you a great deal more freedom in the workplace. Your financial situation becomes erratic on or around the 28th.

ARIES March 21st – April 20th If you put your mind to it, you can negotiate a pay raise or share of the profits on the 3rd. A steamy communication makes your heart thump with excitement around the 7th. A new source of income becomes available on the 14th; working independently will be wonderful. Try not to take a piece of constructive criticism the wrong way on the 17th. A colleague could accuse you of being too frivolous around and about the 18th. The 19th is great for finding a new job, going on an interview or launching your own business. Spend the 20th close to home, fixing your favourite meal, chatting with loved ones, or both. Beware of a jealous workmate on the 23rd; someone who pretends to be your friend is actually sabotaging your efforts. An authority figure may not grant you the vacation time you want around the 24th. A surprising legal decision on the 27th works in your favour, giving you more time for the activities you love. The 28th may prompt you to try a new look. Work becomes much easier around the 30th, when important decisions are made. A friend may move far away on the 31st; don't worry, they'll be back!



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