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ISSUE 16 SEPTEMBER 2010

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SOCIETY Living SOCIETY PANACHE Return of the A-LISTERS

CLASH of the TITANS CAYENNE vs AMG

BRIGHT and GLOWING BEAUTY TIPS

JULIO

ON LOVE, LIFE AND FOOTBALL

Iglesias

GETTING FIT FASTER

FASHION FUN in the sun with THE SCARLETZ

LIFESTYLE GLAMOUR PERSONALITIES STYLE LEISURE GASTRONOMY


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glamour digest 12

Chic style and stunning fashion trends

tech world 14

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

movie lines 18

music notes 20

fashion flair 30

Rock snippets from around the globe

local trends 48

Contents celebrity spotlight 24

Behind the scenes in the world of films and DVDs

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Julio Iglesias … Málaga’s ‘‘Adopted Son’’

Fun in the sun with The Scarletz

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Pacesetting treatments and pampering

latest trends 44

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

health and fitness 46

Getting fit faster with Matt Roberts

clinic and boutique 50

Health, fitness and beauty news from along the Coast

society 55

Costa glamour... mixing business with pleasure


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kristina szekely’s diary 64 fine dining cocktail bar 68 77 chef’s selection restaurant guide exclusive living snapshots 94 102 78 72 Queen of Marbella social scene

Seasonal delicacies… and the perfect combination

In the mix… with vodka

Sumptuous recipes with the wow factor

Highly recommended for gastronomic pleasure

table talk 74

Restaurant news and culinary tidbits

on the road 84

Clash of the Titans: Cayenne Turbo versus ML63 AMG

Stylish elegance in a prime setting

noticeboard 97 Business and other news from around Spain

Your view... special moments and occasions

in the stars 105

Astrologist Russell Grant looks into the future

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ast issue we noted how the Coast was returning to its golden years – back on the map again with top international concerts and stunning soirees. Now we are delighted to report that, in August, things moved up several more notches with a visit that focused an unprecedented international spotlight on the Costa del Sol. Michelle Obama might have been criticised back home for taking friends, family and her extended security entourage on an ultra-luxury five-day holiday to Spain, while oil still washed up on the Gulf of Mexico coastline, but tourism authorities on the Coast were in barely concealed raptures – falling over themselves to capitalise on the free publicity (valued at €800 million by one marketing company). As the US first lady flitted between dinner in Marbella, an afternoon by the sea in Estepona and a day visit to Ronda, two other celebrity heavy-hitters were also attracting international attention to the Coast. Antonio Banderas and Eva Longoria co-hosted the inaugural Starlite Gala at Villa Padierna and, even though Michelle Obama

did not accept their invitation to attend the event (held at the same hotel where she was staying), a glittering cast of national and international A-Listers made it the premier red-carpet extravaganza of the summer season. If Banderas is the favourite local-born son, Julio Iglesias is the Coast’s most fondly welcomed ‘‘Adopted Son’’. As our cover feature and exclusive interview confirms, the Spanish superstar, who has a home just outside Marbella, loves returning to the Coast when his schedule allows it. As he says, “Spain is a fantastic place to have a house and in Andalucía the climate allows you to enjoy the sun and the sea almost all year long.” Other visitors adding a colourful touch of glamour to the Coast the summer were the girls from The Scarletz. In town to support Alexandra Burke for her concert at the Nueva Andalucía bullring, Bryony, Claire, Katiya and Tahnee later joined us at Buddha Beach to provide some fun in the sun for this month’s fashion shoot. Out on the road, our motoring correspondent Ian Kuah decided to put

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two “titans” to the test: Cayenne Turbo versus ML63 AMG. Check out his special report this issue to discover if there was a clear winner among these two “serious driving machines”. In our new-look Society section we once again cover the most stunning events of the summer, from beach chic to spectacular concert performances; while our expanded fine dining section tantalises the taste buds and shares the secrets of some of the Coast’s finest cuisine. We hope you enjoy the remaining festivities and languid days of summer (officially ending in Spain on 22 September) and look forward to welcoming you back for an autumn that – after the difficulties of the past year – truly offers some positive sensations.

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GLAMOUR DIGEST Gorgeous undercover Ted Baker has designed a range of lingerie for department store Debenhams, who deliver abroad. The delicate, gorgeous designs offer something for everyone with bold colours, pretty prints and lace detailing. Whether it’s sweet and simple or sexy and va va voom that you are looking for, B By Ted Baker have a wide range of styles to offer. The collection also consists of nightwear and slippers so you look great under the sheets as well as under your clothes. We women always feel that a little bit better about ourselves when we are wearing great underwear, even if no one else is going to see them, so the launch of this very reasonably priced range is great news. Debenhams.co.uk

CHIC STYLES AND ALLURING IDEAS FROM THE WORLD OF FASHION... PLUS OTHER IN-VOGUE NEWS FOR TREND-SETTERS COMPILED BY JESSICA WHITE

H&M have a great new online service for those of us who love fashion and like to see how items look before we buy them. Their new fashion studio enables men and women to choose a model that they can then dress with items found in the H&M stores and online – you can even change the hairstyles and background to suit your look. All items available in the stores are there for you to play dress up and create looks that you would want to wear yourselves – each item has the price and which collection it is from, so you know if you are able to pick it up in-store that very same day. You can even share your look with friends to get their opinion on Facebook or Twitter, or just save it to your desktop for later use. The handy part is: you can print off your look and take it to the store so you can show an assistant exactly what it is you are looking for.

Voyage of creative discovery After the success of the Jewels Verne fine jewellery collection, acclaimed jewellery designer Stephen Webster introduces the stunning new women’s collection Jewels Verne Silver. The collection takes its inspiration from French author Jules Verne’s fantasy novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with an aquatic theme featuring the fantastic and fascinating creatures encountered during the odyssey. This exceptionally intricate collection of Victoriana-inspired pieces includes lobster 12

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earrings, octopus toggle bracelets, shark jaw clasps and engraved fish tails which are combined with pearls, rose gold rivets and blackened silver. Stephen Webster notes that, the more creative the collection the more customers enjoy wearing them, so this is the most creative collection he has done – and is a “voyage of constant discovery”. Stephenwebster.com (Puerto Banús): Tel. 952 816 976


GLAMOUR DIGEST Timeless style Dreyfuss and Co have a great selection of watches for men and women in a range of styles dating back to 1890, with limited edition hand-made stainless steel and 18ct gold timepieces. Most of the collection has the seafarer stamp, which means you can swim, snorkel and scuba dive as well as bathe with your watch – and never have to take it off. With straps either in stainless steel or leather you can choose which you prefer and you’ll be forever hoping people ask you the time so you can show your watch off. Dreyfussandco.com

Laidback and environmentally friendly The White Briefs is a company that brings you a new range of compelling everyday items that are comfortable and easy to wear. The range of white clothing for both men and women is available in different shapes and styles – with vest tops, shorts, trousers, underwear, kimonos and long-sleeved tops that you can relax in. The high-quality products are all about subtle adjustments and detailing on classic shapes, with the slogan, “your laidback necessities”. The White Briefs only use organic materials for their clothing range. Main distributor in Spain: QualityLife, Tel. 663 850 958

Fresh look for autumn As the summer comes to an end we can put away our summer clothes and bags and look forward to the new collections coming into stores. Cruise Fashion have a great new collection of autumn and winter accessories including this stunning handbag from Jimmy Choo and the clutch bag from Diane Von Furstenburg. We all tend to stick to lighter colours in the summer so its great to funk up your wardrobe a little and use the darker, more sultry colours for when the days get shorter. Cruisefashion.co.uk 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

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TECH WORLD

No need for key chains Don’t you just hate having to carry a big key chain in your pocket! This new Keyport slide organises all your keys into a smart universal key fob. You can have up to six in this device, even your car keys. mykeyport.com

CUTTING-EDGE INNOVATION STATE-OF-THE ART GADGETS, HIGH-TECH UPDATES AND CONSUMER ELECTRONICS NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Magic touch The perfect accompaniment to any computer… the new magic trackpad allows you to use a range of hand gestures to navigate your screen from swiping to scrolling, and even rotating. A perfect gift. apple.com

The Mac daddy of computers The new Mac Pro is the crème de la crème of computers. With over twice the power of the previous model, it is a flying machine. With so many options you can have your own custom-built computer specific for your every need. apple.com

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The young Picasso If you think your kids are budding artists why not give them a try on the new uDraw by THQ. They can sit back and enjoy doodling on their wireless pad. thq.com

The lazy way Need to tidy up your room but can’t be bothered to move off your sofa? Well, now you can get Roboscooper to tidy up for you! This little thing can be remotecontrolled or left to his own devices to pick up items. Perfect for messy children. wowwee.com

Kinetic mobile Do you always leave your phone on the table but are never aware if it’s calling or vibrating? Now British designer Jeremy Innes-Hopkins has come up with a prototype that flips up when you receive a call. Then, if you don’t want to answer, you simply flip it back down. A simple and elegant idea… looking forward to when it is produced. nokia.com

The future of transportation A collaboration between Segway and General Motors, this EN-V project is hailed as the future of city travel – to create a cleaner environment. Powered by electricity, it can travel up to 40km/h. segway.com/en-v/

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CULTURAL CORNER Movie of the Month Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps The sequel to the 1987 Academy Awardwinning Wall Street takes place 23 years after the original and revolves around the 2008 financial crisis. Gekko (DOUGLAS) has just been released from prison and is trying to reconnect with his daughter, Winnie, who wants nothing to do with him. He attempts to warn Wall Street of the forthcoming economic downturn but no one believes him due to his criminal past and conviction. Meanwhile, the mentor of a young Wall Street trader, Jacob, dies unexpectedly and the trader suspects his hedge fund manager of being involved in the death. Jacob is Winnie’s fiancéée and agrees to Gekko’s offer of help to gain revenge over the manager in return for reconnecting Gekko and Winnie. Starring MICHAEL DOUGLAS 23 years after his original role as Gordon Gekko; SHIA LABEOUF plays Jacob while CAREY MULLIGAN is Winnie and SUSAN SARANDON portrays Jacob’s mother.

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Kick Ass When Dave Lizewski realises that nobody has ever decided to become a superhero, he decides to be one himself and while patrolling the streets he defends someone from a gang and reveals himself to be “Kick-Ass”. When he is captured by a drug dealer’s henchmen two other superheroes save him and together they fight against a local crime syndicate. NICOLAS CAGE, AARON JOHNSON, CHLOË MORETZ

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The Last Song Written by author NICOLAS SPARKS, The Last Song is set during a summer in a quiet beach town and follows the life of a troubled teenager who reconnects with her estranged father and falls in love for the first time. Fans of The Notebook and Dear John – also

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JESSICA WHITE LOOKS AT THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MOVIES… WHAT’S ON THE BIG SCREEN THIS MONTH, WHAT’S BEING FILMED AT THE MOMENT AND WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE based on novels by SPARKS – will love this film. MILEY CYRUS, GREG KINNEAR, LIAM HEMSWORTH

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Prince of Persia When Prince Dastan, the adopted son of the King of Persia, is accused of the king’s murder he must go into hiding to try to clear his name. With the help of Princess Tamina from the sacred city of Alamut and the Dagger of Time, he must find a way to tell his brothers that their uncle is the real murderer and save the world from his evil plans. JAKE GYLLENHAAL, GEMMA ARTERTON, BEN KINGSLEY StreetDance 3D When the leader of a dance crew leaves and they lose their practice space, the rest of the crew must find a new location to practise and try to become the best

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dance crew in London. They are offered a ballet school on the condition that five ballet dancers are included in their routine, which the crew are not that pleased about but ultimately accept. With a dance battle approaching the crew must do all they can to make sure they win. DIVERSITY, FLAWLESS, GEORGE SAMPSON, CHARLOTTE RAMPLING, NICHOLA BURLEY

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Cop Out When NY cops Jimmy and Paul are suspended for failing to capture a felon they must think of a way to pay for Jimmy’s daughter’s wedding. Jimmy decides to sell a 1952 baseball card but is robbed of it on the way to the shop and so the pair must do everything they can to get it back, including retrieving a stolen car and bailing out the man who stole the card from Jimmy. BRUCE WILLIS, TRACY MORGAN, SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT


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Going the distance Romantic comedy about a couple, Garrett and Erin, who try to maintain a long-distance relationship between New York and San Francisco and deal with the trials and heartache of being separated from each other – probably one for the girls, or all you sensitive men out there. DREW BARRYMORE, JUSTIN LONG, CHRISTINA APPLEGATE

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The Town Based on the novel Prince of Thieves written by CHUCK HOGAN, the film follows four bank robbers as they are pursued by law enforcement officers including Special Agent Frawley from the FBI. The ring-leader, Doug MacRay, must evade the tenacious FBI agent while dealing with his newfound relationship with bank manager Claire and planning another bank heist. BEN AFFLECK, JON HAMM, BLAKE LIVELY, CHRIS COOPER

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You Again When Marni discovers her brother is about to marry Joanna, the girl who made her high school life impossible, she sets out to uncover her brother’s fiancée’s true colours. The weekend they all meet at her parents’ house becomes worse when Marni’s mother Gail meets Joanna’s aunt Ramona, who was Gail’s high school rival. Hilarious and touching events unfold and the women realise not everyone is as they seem. KRISTEN BELL, SIGOURNEY WEAVER, JAMIE LEE CURTIS, ODETTE YUSTMAN, BETTY WHITE

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Resident Evil: Afterlife The fourth instalment of the Resident Evil films sees Alice once again searching for remaining survivors before coming face to face with arch-enemy Albert Wesker. Joining other survivors she teams up with Chris Redfield, brother of Claire from the previous film, to help free a group held in prison. MILLA JOVOVICH, ALI LARTER, WENTWORTH MILLER

Dinner for Schmucks When Tim Conrad gets invited to his bosses’ “dinner for winners”, for which he must bring with him an eccentric person with a special talent, his girlfriend isn’t impressed when they realise it’s more of a “dinner for idiots”. After accidentally almost running over Barry Speck in his car, Tim realises Barry can be his eccentric person and takes him to the dinner, where they cause havoc and hilarious situations ensue. STEVE CARELL, PAUL RUDD, ZACH GALIFIANAKIS

Quick clips I Spice Girls fans were very excited to learn last month that another movie was in the works – unfortunately the rumours were untrue. Viva Forever is the title of the musical about the girls but it will not be made into a film. I Len Wiseman is in final talks with Sony to direct a “computerised animation” of the 1990 hit Total Recall – the news will be a blow to Bruce Willis, who wanted the talented director to work on Die Hard 5. I Bruce Willis has also just signed on to star in The Cold Light of Day about a young American played by Henry Cavill whose family is kidnapped while on holiday in Spain. He’s left with only hours to find them, and uncover a government conspiracy and the connection between their disappearance and his father’s secrets. I Everyone remembers watching The Yogi Bear Show or has at least heard his famous catchphrase, “I’m smarter than the average bear”, at some time in their life so be prepared this Christmas to hear it again. A live-action animated film is being released in December and will star the voices of Dan Aykroyd as Yogi and Justin Timberlake as his trusty companion Boo Boo.

I Actor Liam Neeson is no longer attached to Lincoln, a film about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, which Steven Spielberg has wanted to make for many years. No date for production has been set yet but Neeson, who previously wanted the role of Lincoln, has now backed out saying he is too old. I Another presidential film in the works is The Butler, which will be based on Wil Haygood’s report of Eugene Allen’s 34 years working at the White House. Allen worked for eight presidents, starting with Harry Truman in 1952 and ending in 1986 with Ronald Reagan. I Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet is having a make-over with an animation film entitled Gnomeo and Juliet about lovers from rival gardens – a number of stars are attached to the film including James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Jason Statham, Ozzy Osbourne and Patrick Stewart. I Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q have teamed up to star in Priest, about a warrior priest who disobeys the church and teams up with a sheriff and a priestess to track down vampires who have kidnapped the priest’s niece. The film is due for release in May 2011. I Josh Hutcherson, who auditioned for Spiderman, is to star in and be the executive producer of a new teen horror called Detention – the film will be about teens in their final year of high school when a slashermovie killer comes to life. I There is reportedly a sequel to G.I Joe in the works, with Stephen Sommers reportedly returning to direct and Channing Tatm reprising his role. The first film earned $302 million worldwide. I Fans of teen sensation Justin Beiber will be pleased to learn there will be a film about his life in which he will play himself – due for release in February 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

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Stars are apparently scrambling with each other to sing a duet with SUSAN BOYLE (pictured with Britain’s Got Talent judge PIERS MORGAN) on her next album, The Gift. LADY GAGA has already reported that she would like to perform with the Scottish star and now so has CLIFF RICHARD after Su-Bo attended one of his concerts. She certainly is a lady in demand. (Photo: Charlie Gray / Credit Syco)

Quick Clips Congratulations to ROBBIE WILLIAMS, who married fiancée AYDA FIELD last month; though unfortunately his band-mates from TAKE THAT were not able to attend. Trouble in paradise already? Apparently not: according to reports, the wedding was just too late notice for them to fly to LA where it was held. Images also surfaced last month of the boys from the band looking good rowing while filming the video for the first single as a five-piece once again – which is going to be called The Flood. JACK JOHNSON has pledged $70,000 for the oil spill relief efforts in the Gulf of Mexico and says he will ask fans to donate and volunteer their time to the spill as he reaches the region on his To The Sea 2010 tour. It seems LADY GAGA has taken the gaga part of her name seriously as she now claims be the re-incarnated spirit of a dead aunt 20

Music notes JESSICA WHITE BRINGS US UP TO DATE WITH LATEST CD RELEASES, CONCERTS AND ROCK SNIPPETS FROM AROUND THE WORLD who sadly passed away aged 19. She also went as far to say that she would prefer to die at a young age and be a legend. Rapper LIL WAYNE is apparently to release his next album while in jail. The rapper’s co-manager CORTEZ BRYANT released information that the album would be named I’m Not A Human Being and would be out digitally on 27 September – Wayne’s birthday. KAYNE WEST is also to release a new album on 5 November – as yet the album is untitled. British pop/ska band MADNESS have added matinee dates to their forthcoming Do Not Adjust Your Nut UK tour and have stated

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that they will release a new album some time in 2011. JAY-Z is to release his memoirs in November; they will be about the rapper’s life including days from his childhood in Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects, to his years as a teenage drug dealer before becoming a hip-hop superstar – the book will be called Decoded. Glamour girl turned DJ LAUREN POPE recently came to the help of BRITNEY SPEARS when she sent her some extensions after seeing the pop star’s awfullooking hair on television. Pope set up Hair Rehab London with the help of Dragon’s Den star PETER JONES in 2008 and the company are now doing very well

with celebrities all over the world including JORDAN and JENNA JAMESON reportedly asking for help with their hair. Speaking of BRITNEY, the singer looks set for a role on popular TV show Glee when it returns to our screens this autumn. Producers of the show have already arranged a Spears tribute episode similar to the MADONNA one from last season but reports now speculate that BRITNEY herself will appear. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS came through on his World Cup promise to water ski naked when he apparently did so in Miami last month. Grainy pictures were released of the star, whose spokesperson could not confirm or deny it was Iglesias but said he was in Miami when the pictures were taken. Reports have surfaced that the BEACH BOYS’ label Rondor Records is threatening to sue KATY PERRY for violating


Five new CD releases

one THE SCRIPT – Science and Faith The Script’s second album is released this month together with the first single from it, entitled For The First Time. The alternative Irish rock band had great success with their debut album, with songs from it featuring on video games and in the popular teen programme 90210.

two DAVID BOWIE – Station to Station The 10th studio album by the English musician was first released in 1976 and is being re-issued this month as a deluxe edition, which will include five CDs, a DVD and three 12” vinyls as well as a 24page booklet and two replicas of the David Bowie on Stage 1976 press kit.

album. The band are also planning a tour, which kicks off on 29 September to coincide with the release of the album.

four MARK RONSON & THE BUSINESS INTL – Record Collection The third album by music producer MARK RONSON is being released under the moniker Mark Ronson & The Business Intl and saw the first single Bang Bang Bang peak at number six in the UK charts. The second song is also released this month, entitled The Bike Song and featuring Kyle Falconer and Spank Rock.

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MANIC STREET PREACHERS – Postcards from a Young Man The alternative rock band bring us their 10th studio album this September, which they say is an unashamedly pop-orientated

PHIL COLLINS – Going Back The eighth studio album by the singer-songwriter features covers of ‘60s Motown and soul classics written by legends such as Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Carole King. Collins performed a series of live shows earlier this summer to promote the album – his first in eight years.

copyright with her summer smash hit California Gurls. Rocker ALICE COOPER is to perform two very special shows on 31 October and 1 November at The Roundhouse in London. For the shows Alice sought new performers to enhance his ghoulish shows and accepted video submissions on his website. MARY J BLIGE has released a fragrance called My Life, which is selling extremely well – with $1 from each bottle sold going to the Foundation of the Advancement of Women Now, a charity founded by the singer to help women in need. KINGS OF LEON have finally released details of their next album, which will be called Come Around Sundown and will debut on 16 October – it’s their first album in two years. Behind Closed Doors singer PETER ANDRE is releasing a series of children’s books after revealing he loves to make up stories for

his own children. Andre has said the first book will be called The Strawberry Barbecue and hopes to release it soon. BRANDON FLOWERS has revealed that songs from his forthcoming album were originally intended for THE KILLERS, saying that the band is all he has ever known and it felt strange once he started as a solo act. The album is entitled Flamingo and is released this autumn. THE TING TINGS have teamed up with CALVIN HARRIS for their comeback single Hands, which will be released in October and is the first song from their second album. MARK CHAPMAN, the man who fatally shot JOHN LENNON outside his New York home in 1980, has had his sixth parole hearing postponed. Chapman is currently serving 20 years to life for the murder but YOKO ONO, LENNON’S widow, has reportedly written to the parole board opposing Chapman’s possible release.

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CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT

JULIO IGLESIAS The Coast’s renowned ‘‘Adopted Son’’

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his holiday season, the Coast has been a magnet for A-listers – finally regaining its crown as a celebrity hotspot. However, one superstar in particular has stayed loyal to Andalucía through thick and thin. Julio Iglesias returned to Málaga this summer to the delight of his fans. Nicola McGeorge caught up with him, and found out about his view on love, Spanish life and, of course (and most

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importantly), Spain’s tremendous World Cup football victory. Julio Iglesias (born 23 September 1943) has sold over 200 million records worldwide in 14 languages and released 77 albums. He is one of the top 10 best-selling music artists in history. He rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s and soon became known for his romantic ballads. His success has continued as he keeps on re-inventing his music.


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CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT Before becoming a singer, you were the goalkeeper for Real Madrid's youth team… When I was 20, I had a car accident, which left me semi-paralysed for a year and a half. It was the toughest period I’ve ever gone through, which taught me to treasure each moment of life. After the accident, I could not play football any more, but life has been very generous to me and made me discover a whole new universe: music. After being semi-paralysed how did you deal with this? My family – especially my father, who was a doctor – were my biggest support. They gave me the strength to go on and kept my hope alive, in spite of the diagnosis, which was discouraging. Music was also a great medicine; the songs I composed in those months helped me unburden myself. Why did you decide to get into music? It was not a decision, but life’s circumstances. What was a mere pastime during my hospital stay turned into a career in the end. When and how did you know you had made it? The day I won the International Festival of Benidorm I realised that music might be the new path to follow in life, so I kept composing, making plans. That was in 1968. It’s been 42 years but it feels like it all happened yesterday. I am so grateful in life for these four decades of singing. It’s a privilege to return to so many beautiful places around the world, to perform again and to notice that people haven’t forgotten you. Your career and life highlights? The main highlight of my career is feeling that the audience’s love and passion are as strong as at the very beginning. In the personal field, my wife, Miranda, and my eight children are the most important achievements. I adore them all.

You were a big supporter of Spain during the World Cup… how did it feel when Spain finally won? Oh, yes. I love football and I never miss a match with the Spanish national team or Real Madrid. I saw the final in the US, as I was on tour there. It was a great match and a historic moment for Spain. Being European champions and world champions at the same time is more than we could have ever dreamt. I don’t have a favourite player as we proved that we have a game based not on individuals but on the play of a very solid team. Spain has been producing great names in sports lately, with excellent achievements, and it makes us so proud. You have worked with many of music's top stars… who did you like working with the most? Yes, I had the honour of sharing the stage with great talents, like Frank Sinatra, Simon and Garfunkel, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, Plácido Domingo, Willie Nelson, Sting, Paul Anka, Stevie Wonder and many others. I learnt a lot from all of them and they are all special to me.

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Do you still enjoying touring? Definitely: the stage is my life. Name a song that changed your life… La vida sigue igual… I won my first festival with it and its lyrics are still valid. What is your definition of love? Love cannot be defined. Feelings need to be enjoyed, not described. Tell us about your Starry Night tour… This tour is taking us to the five continents and we are all very excited about it. We have already performed in South and North America, Asia, Australia, Africa and, recently, we have started the European tour in Málaga, with a show in the bullring. It’s a tour focused on the main songs of these 42 years of career, which would have not been possible without those wonderful mothers, who have transmitted their passion for music to their daughters and sons, through the decades. What I enjoy most during my performances is to see three generations together.


CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT You have achieved so much… is there anything else that you would like to accomplish? Life has been so generous to me that I could not ask for more. I wish to be healthy, keep learning as an artist, as a person, and see my little children grow up. Tell us about your time spent in Marbella… I am lucky to travel a lot and to feel comfortable wherever I go, but my roots will always be in my country. Spain is a fantastic place to have a house and in Andalucía the climate allows you to enjoy the sun and the sea almost all year long. How did it feel to be one of the few Hispanic artists to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Grateful. Do you think you opened the door for Hispanic artists? I think it’s too much to say that I opened the door for them. If the Hispanic artists have reached such high standards, this is thanks to their hard work. I admire all of them. What inspires you? Life itself. Did you mind your children following your footsteps into the world of music? Not at all. What really matters is that they choose the career they will like most and are prepared to work and fight for. Your career spans more than four decades – very rare in the music industry… Long-lasting careers are based on hard work, high quality standards, complete dedication, passion, perseverance and continuing to learn. What does being Spanish mean to you? Spain is part of my brain and soul.

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This month Society Living teams up with girl band The Scarletz for our fashion shoot – Bryony, Claire, Katiya and Tahnee from the band joined us at Buddha Beach for some fun in the sun! We also had a chat with them about the band and the music they love to perform. How did you all meet? Katiya: Claire and I have known each other for years and we wanted to put a band together so we asked friends and family if they knew anyone who would be good enough to join, and after auditioning a few people we found Tahnee and Bryony. Bryony: We always say Katiya and Claire planted the seed, I put the roots in and Tahnee is the flower on top. When did the band form? Claire: We’ve been together for two years now. What made you all want to become musicians? Tahnee: We just love it; we’ve all known since we were small that we wanted to perform. Katiya: Claire, Bryony and I have families who are musical as well so we were always around music at home. Why are you called The Scarletz? Tahnee: We like the ‘50s glam and always have red lips and nails so The Scarletz seemed like the obvious name.

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How would you describe your music? Claire: Quirky pop with an apple on top. Bryony: We’re sort of a mixture of Madness and The Specials, with a bit of Chas and Dave thrown in. Who do you admire in the music industry – favourite artists? Claire: I love No Doubt, The Libertines… Tahnee: The Beatles – we’d love to be the next Beatles. What makes you different from other girl bands? Katiya: We’re real, have our own style and play with our own band. Bryony: We do it for the love of it, not because we want to be famous; we really care about what we do. Claire: We like to entertain people and have them listen to us and enjoy it.

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FASHION FLAIR What did you do before you joined the band? Claire: I was an artist – I’m actually really good at it but it’s not my passion, that’s singing. Katiya: She’s a brilliant artist. Tahnee: I was acting; I studied it and hopefully I can still do some of it while I’m in the band. I love acting but singing’s in my heart. Katiya: I’ve always performed; I went to stage school and I’m quite dramatic, so love being on stage – my family call me the drama queen. Bryony: I was doing a music degree.

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What is the ultimate direction you want for the band – where do you see yourselves in the next few years? Tahnee: World domination. Katiya: Doing a world tour, that would be amazing. Bryony: Winning a Brit award. Claire: Oh yes, a Brit award, and performing on Top of the Pops – which may be difficult as it’s not on any more.

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FASHION FLAIR Left to Right Top – The White Briefs €60 Shorts - The White Briefs €25 Belt – Nina B €85 Top – The White Briefs €35 Shorts – The White Briefs €25 Black Hat – Fashion Villa €49 Long top – The White Briefs €35 Kimono – The White Briefs €100 Top – The White Briefs €35 Trousers – The White Briefs €60 White Hat – Scarletz own Jewellery by Stephen Webster

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Boutique Contacts Cose Belle Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 815 824 Elle Morgan Laguna Village Tel. 647 869 831 Fashion Villa Elviria Tel. 952 850 501 Nina B C/ Las Malvas, Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 907 020 Stephen Webster Puerto Banús Tel. 952 816 976 All jewellery – price on application. Twist CC La Colonia, San Pedro Tel. 952 781 493 The White Briefs Tel. 663 850 958

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FASHION FLAIR Left to Right Lace Dress – Elle Morgan €99 Hat – Fashion Villa €49 Silver dress – Twist €42.50 (50%off) Jacket – Fashion Villa €585 T-shirt – Nina B €89 Vest – Fashion Villa €95 Jeans – Fashion Villa €275 Jewellery by Stephen Webster

Photographer: Gary Tapp Tel. 600 545 032 garytapp.co.uk Hair and make-up: Liza Mayne Tel. 677 633 987 domayne.net Styling and Editorial: Jessica White Tel. 697 981 918 features@societylivingmagazine.com Shot on location at Buddha Beach: buddhabeachbanus.com

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GLAMOUR DIGEST Daytime chic The military trend has already seen us through spring and summer and will continue throughout the later months of the year. The military jacket will be the key item to have in your wardrobe – pair it with a pretty dress or skinny jeans for daytime chic.

Dressing up or down Camel is going to be a big colour this season and there’s a great many ways to wear it – don’t stick to the usual boring black but change things up a little. These trousers would look great, whether it’s a meeting with clients or drinks with friends – they can be dressed up or down.

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STYLES

Even though the temperatures are still soaring, Society Living brings you the top five styles that will see you through the autumn and into winter.

Always fashionable The trench coat has never really gone out of fashion and it really does go with anything. However, avoid the ones that make you look like Columbo, and keep them simple so that they stay on trend for as long as you need them to.

Hot fun Leopard prints are hot for autumn so stand out in a dress or playsuit if you’re bold enough and, if not, add a little fun to your usual outfits with a great scarf, belt or bag.

Pretty woman Whether it’s a lace dress or some lace tights that you snap up this season you will be bang on trend – think girly, pretty and chic but don’t overdo it. Never mix lace with more lace – you may end up looking like granny’s old curtains.

Accessorise with… Layered rings will be a huge hit this autumn so put as many on as you want to.

Cute look Berets can look cute on everyone – just make sure you don’t wear it on the very top of your head; wear to the side or tilted slightly back and it’ll look good. 40

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health&beauty COMPILED BY NICOLA McGEORGE

TOP NEW RANGES, TREATMENTS AND NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF MAKE-UP, SKIN CARE AND FRAGRANCE

thembefore GET THEY GO Bright eyes

After seeing many of my friends wearing Palladium Soft Touch Shadow Pencil by Nars I thought it was high time I gave it a go. To avoid looking like a clown I used it just to finely line my upper lid; it gives a pop of colour along the lash line. Combine with neutrals: for example, a beige base over the whole lid. I would recommend this for ladies with a tan – otherwise you can look washed out. narscosmetics.com

I have compiled a list of what I think are going to be September’s most wanted beauty products… if they don’t already have waiting lists, they soon will!

Model this

Tested at Marios Schwab’s springsummer 2010 show, St Tropez Skin Illuminator made sure that his models’ legs glistened and glowed like never before. Skin finishing (the latest beauty buzzword) is now being hailed as the new make-up. It gives the appearance that your legs have been lit by strobe lighting, making them appear slim, toned and super-shiny. I recommend using this over pre-fake-tanned legs for the best effect. st-tropez.com

Going nude

I have always liked Models Own polishes as they are extremely pigmented and glide on smoothly. However, I wasn’t that keen to try their nude beige. I've shied away from nude shades in the past, even though they are so in vogue at the moment, but I have to admit Models Own may have changed my mind. A perfect pastel for autumn, this shade of greige is glossy and smooth, great for both day and night. modelsownit.com

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Anti-frizz products have been my saviour of late. Without them.... well, let’s just say Diana Ross would have nothing on me. My latest must-have is Avon Lotus Shield Frizz Control, a leave in treatment which when applied to clean damp hair helps form an invisible shield, helping to block out frizzproducing humidity. After blow-drying my hair, it felt soft, more manageable and definitely less frizzy on the ends avon.uk.com


LATEST TRENDS MAC COSMETICS

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Feeling bumpy?

I was a bit dubious about Nivea’s Goodbye Cellulite 10 Day Serum, which claims to be “the world's fastest topical cellulite treatment”. Even with all the rave reviews it has received I thought it would be best to try it out myself. I like the thick gel texture that massages easily into the skin, leaving virtually no stickiness. The product combines the powerful active ingredients Lotus Extract and L-Carnitine, and to be fair it did firm my skin, but I didn’t notice a huge difference in my cellulite. Definitely worth buying, however, for smoother, firmer skin. nivea.com

This great-value purple lip gloss is loved by celebs everywhere. In fact, when I first tried to get a tester of Pulp from Top Shop’s press office, they had literally run out. After that I was on a mission to get my hands on it. My verdict? An ultra-shiny gloss that gives voluminous, plumped, wet-look lips. Nicely pigmented but not quite the colour it looks in the tube. I can see why it is making lips big news this season. topshop.com

A glorious golden glow

Bobbi's new Beach Shimmer Brick Compact is hand-made in Italy and features five bars of warm, pearlised shimmer to create a beautiful seaside glow. Every time a new Bobbi Brown shimmer brick hits the market, they immediately sell out. I loved it! I use the whole five shades on cheeks to one shade as a highlighter on brow bone. bobbibrowncosmetics.com

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HEALTH & FITNESS

Get fit faster

We are pleased to welcome our new health and fitness contributor, Matt Roberts, one of the world's most recognised and leading personal trainers. His name is synonymous with personal training in the UK and he is responsible for creating some of the most famous physiques… including Tom Ford, Naomi Campbell, John Galliano and Amanda Holden.

6 TIPS FOR RAPID FAT LOSS Whether you have over-indulged on your holiday, had the kids off school or just couldn‘t face training in the heat, many of us let our exercise regime slip over the summer. Here is some advice to help you kick-start your routine and get you back in shape in no time at all.

1 Eat small meals at regular intervals

3 Bodyweight exercise can get results

Rather than eating three large meals try to eat five to seven smaller meals and snacks throughout the day. This will help you regulate your hunger and provide a steady flow of energy, meaning you will not be tempted to start snacking.

Squats, lunges and press-ups from the knees are all great exercises for getting into shape. Not only this but they are also a great starting point for the inexperienced exerciser, or if you are just getting back into a routine.

4 Target the process – not the result

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Set your goals on factors that you can control. Often clients become fixed on a number such as “lose one stone” or “fit into a size 8 dress”. However, it is important to have smaller, short-term goals to give you a regular motivation boost. Take charge of your goals by focussing on processes, good habits, regular exercise and things that you can achieve – like the performance of a certain exercise. Focussing on drinking two litres of water a day or consuming five portions of fruit a day, or from an exercise perspective going for a run every other day, is a more realistic and motivating way of setting your goals.


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5 Try as many forms of exercise as possible Training in one way generally will not get the best results. Combining different types of exercise such as Pilates, running and weight training can help maximise your results. The celebrities who get the best results train in a range of methods for a number of hours a day. Generally they will credit one form of exercise but remember: they may

6 Match intentions with action be doing up to four hours a day of training. It’s pretty hard not to get a result with that volume of exercise. Varying your type of training when you start out will test your body in a number of ways, and will allow you to see what forms of exercise you enjoy and what you could fit into your routine in the long term.

How many people start a diet that is finished within four weeks? Re-focusing your goals and achieving your ideal physique is something that most people want to do but very rarely put the effort into achieving. Make the change this month and match your intentions with the right actions.

If this means starting an exercise routine or cleaning up your diet then get focussed. Set your goals, make a plan and do it so you achieve the results that you talk about.

The Matt Roberts personal training fat-loss training package, launched this month, is designed to achieve fast and efficient fat loss. For more information: info@mattroberts.co.uk; mattroberts.co.uk

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LOCAL TRENDS

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REFLECTIONS Pacesetting new treatments WORDS JESSICA WHITE PHOTOS RUTH JONES

eflections Salon in Nueva Andalucía has long been a favourite of residents and visitors on the Coast for its weekly or monthly treatments, as well as days when you just need a little pampering. So you will be pleased to learn the salon now has three new treatments available. The Tan Solutions Professional Airbrush Tanning System enables you to achieve a natural, deep, long-lasting tan instantly and lasting for up to six days. Fake tanning is a natural, safe alternative to sunbathing and creates the same effect with little hassle and time – perfect for a year-round tan or those special occasions when we just don’t want to look white.

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Tan Solutions contains natural ingredients and is quick-drying with streaks or smears, and the therapist applying the tan can visibly check that it is applied evenly and accurately. Reflections recommends exfoliating before having the tan applied, and wearing loose clothing for up to eight hours afterwards until you wash. The solution works in three stages: a bronzer; then bronzer and developer, which starts to work in the hour after it is applied; then, once the bronzer is washed off, at least eight hours after it is applied the developer will continue to work, leaving you with perfectly tanned skin for the days ahead. The second new treatment available at the salon is Gelish manicures, in which Gelish – a gel polish – is applied instead of nail varnish. Gelish applies like a natural polish but lasts like a gel, giving weeks of lasting colour with lowmaintenance results. Clients can choose between the 42 colours available, including French polish, and their nails will not chip or crack for up to three weeks. Every woman gets fed up when nail polish chips after a few days so Gelish is the way forward with lasting results that reinforce your natural nail. Clients can also return to the salon after three weeks to have Gelish soaked off or a new colour applied. Minx Nails is the third treatment introduced to the salon – the new glamorous way for women to enhance their nails with fabulous colours and designs. To create the effect that

has taken the celebrity world by storm, a flexible polymer is heated and applied The salon is offering three colours to begin with – silver, gold and red – so unleash the inner minx inside and head straight for Reflections. Reflections also offers haircuts, colours and other treatments; facials and body treatments using Elemis and Dermalogica; waxing; and other nail treatments.


CIRUMED CLINIC

MARBELLA

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.

Cose Belle

At Cirumed Clinic, patients enjoy a wide variance of treatments of aesthetic surgery as well as aesthetic medicine.

Cose Belle is a treasure trove of beautiful clothes, shoes and accessories which scream style and individuality and will make you stand out in a crowd.

They do so enjoying the security that these are provided by a surgeon with a substantiative academic appointment as director of a Plastic surgery unit in one of Spain's most prestigious private hospitals.

We stock a beautiful collection of hand picked ranges. Our Boutique is home to top labels such as Fran and Jane, Siste’s Oma Farho, Scarlet Roos plus Fitflops. Because Cose Belle stays a step ahead by offering you the newest looks for every season.

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A ROUND-UP OF HEALTH, FITNESS AND BEAUTY NEWS FROM ALONG THE COAST

THE BODYWORKS HEALTH CLINIC Two new specialists join the team The Bodyworks Health Clinic have announced two exciting new additions to their team: Joma Ormrod, an osteopath; and Carole Dumenil, an acupuncturist. Joma has a bachelor of osteopathy degree from the British School of Osteopathy and also a sports science diploma, giving her an ideal, all-rounded approach to patient care. 50

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Specialising in spinal health, she has fitted well into the Bodyworks holistic ethos and is already making full use of their state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment. Carole trained at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading (UK) and went on to complete a one-year apprenticeship in classical five-element acupuncture. She specialises in

women’s health, menstrual and fertility problems, and stress-related conditions including tiredness, insomnia, depression and headaches, as well as digestive and bowel problems. If you are looking for the best treatment available or for more details on any of the modalities that Bodyworks offer, call 952 883 151 or visit: TheBodyworksClinic.com


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ULTRA SCULPT Fabulous competition… and new treatments Ultra Sculpt have three new fantastic treatments available to make you feel instantly better about yourself. At the cutting edge of treatments for the body and face, Ultra Sculpt offer the Ultrasonic BIO non-surgical facelift that reduces fine lines and gives the skin a non-surgical, noninvasive facelift – for a younger, healthier and firmer look. Using ultrasound and BIO

technology unwanted fat deposits are broken down, leaving you feeling and looking fantastic. Also available is the Ultrasonic BIO nonsurgical neck and chest lift, which is the same treatment that is used for the face but in another area, reducing the appearance of the turkey neck and a creased appearance on the chest area.

individual eyelash extensions that offer a full, sexy flutter for up to 12 weeks. There is a choice of length, design and colour, and an in-fill service is also recommended every three weeks. The full set of lash extensions are €50 and the spray tans are €25. Hair treatments at the studios are very reasonable – wash, cut and blow dry is ?35; full head of highlights is €65; children and gents are €25; and the Global Keratin treatment is only ?50. Princess Studios’ classes have been a massive hit on the Coast, with adults and children in regular attendance. With the new treatments, which use the best products and are great value, Princess

Microdermabrasion is also offered at Ultra Sculpt from October to February; it delivers instant visible results and is suitable for all skin types. Acne scaring, pigmentation and sun-damaged skin can all be helped with this treatment, which visibly improves the texture and appearance of the skin, leaving it rejuvenated. Ultra Sculpt are also offering one lucky winner the chance to change their lifestyle, taking them on a journey to reinvent “The New You”. Each week the winner will meet with a personal trainer who will give tips and advice to help them change from flabby and frumpy to fit, firm and fabulous. They will also have a dietician and nutritionist to help them make the right choices when it comes to food. Entries must be sent to Global Radio by email (info@global.fm) or normal post (Torre Nueva Playa, 29649, Mijas Costa) before noon on 3 September. List your full name, address/email, height, weight, what your goals are and why you deserve to win the competition. The prizes are valued at over €4,000. Ultra Sculpt: Tel. 952 907 077

Studios is the definitive place to make yourself look beautiful. Princess Studios: Tel. 952 905 119; princessstudios.com I Exclusive for Society Living readers: receive a DECLEOR one-hour facial (which includes a back and shoulder massage) and blow dry for only €70 when you bring this voucher with you to the studio. Offer valid until 31 October 2010; not redeemable; and limited to one treatment per person.

PRINCESS STUDIOS New beauty trends… and popular classes Princess Studios are now offering treatments as well as classes at their studios in Marina Banús, with hair and beauty treatments available that include facials, waxing, spray tans and semi-permanent lashes. Beauty therapist Sara Bryett is CIDESCO-qualified and has worked as the in-house beauty therapist for Disney; while hair stylist Michelle Hadden-Deering has over 25 years’ experience and has worked in many salons around the world. The Princess lashes are semi-permanent eyelashes from Los Angeles and are 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

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Kristina Szekely’s DIARY

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his has been a great summer – the best in Marbella for four or five years. The restaurants have been full, people are having a great time and the summer evenings have been simply beautiful – no wind, no humidity, warm and lovely. My friends visiting from Madrid have been delighted with the atmosphere; many of our visitors from the Middle East have said they will spend Ramadan in Marbella next year, because it’s too hot back home; and it is fantastic that Marbella is once again back in the spotlight. Having Michelle Obama here on holiday was such great news. It’s a bit like “Before Michelle Obama” and “After Michelle Obama”. In recent years the number of Americans holidaying on the Costa del Sol has dropped considerably but the visit by the First Lady is expected to have a significant impact. In fact, I was talking to people from travel agencies and they said Americans were already re-routing their holidays to Spain from such other destinations as Greece. One marketing company estimated the value of free international publicity for her visit at an incredible €800 million. We should all be thrilled about that. Marbella Town Hall’s promotional efforts have also had an influence

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REAL ESTATE IMPRESARIO, INDEFATIGABLE PARTY-GOER, PATRON OF THE ARTS, GENEROUS CHARITY SUPPORTER… KRISTINA SZEKELY IS THE QUEEN OF MARBELLA SOCIETY on the town’s resurgence, especially the widely publicised presence of the mayoress, Ángeles Muñoz, at the Nasdaq in New York earlier this year, when she presided over the Closing Bell Ceremony. And, of course, here locally we in business have been doing our bit to spread the word. Last month, for example, I appeared on the national TVE magazine show España Directo three times, showing them some of the amazing properties we have in Marbella. Another huge boost for the Coast last month was the inaugural Starlite Gala, co-hosted by Antonio Banderas and Eva Longoria, at Villa Padierna, with the idea started by Sandra García San Juan and María Bravo. Michelle Obama was staying in the same hotel with her entourage but – in spite of a personal invitation by Eva Longoria – decided to rest and have a quiet dinner in Marbella. The next day she and her younger daughter, Sasha, flew to Mallorca for a protocol lunch with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía, just a short

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visit for a couple of hours, then left for the States. The Starlite Gala was still very much a glamorous affair, however, with dozens of national and international celebrities supporting the cause. Apparently they raised a staggering €1.5 million for the three charities involved, which is unheard of for such an event on the Coast. Antonio Banderas was absolutely charming, oozing friendliness, and he even got his wife, Melanie Griffith, a set of earrings during the charity auction. The gala was actually a two-day event, and on the previous day guests visited the home (now a museum) where Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga, for an exhibition by José María Cano. I didn’t join them for that but I made sure I didn’t miss a bullfight that evening in Marbella. It was the first time I had been to a night-time bullfight, and it was a spectacular atmosphere. At the time of the “ovation” the bullring turned off all the lights and, if we thought the bullfighter had done a good fight, we lit up the candles we had

been given at the entrance. One of them was rewarded with two ears. Another very worthy charity, the Spanish Heart Foundation, held a special event at Olivia Valere’s restaurant Babilonia, where I was honoured with the presentation of the “Corazon de Oro” (“Golden Heart”) award. Spanish radio personality Luis del Olmo received the same award in 2009 so I was thrilled to be the recipient this year. On the social scene, friends were “competing” to find a free date for their summer parties during August – there were so many! Some hosted wonderful dinner parties at their homes while others chose to celebrate in grand style at one of our magnificent restaurants. We are so lucky to have such a choice. One new one opening last month was the Bistrot des Artistes in Cascada de Camojan, where we enjoyed belly dancing and great Arabic food. Carmen Lomana, who has become quite a popular TV personality lately, including appearances on Más Que Baile (the Spanish version of Strictly Come Dancing), celebrated her birthday at the Tirana restaurant, where there was – not surprisingly – a great atmosphere for dancing the night away, with my favourite musicians present. Another thoroughly enjoyable event was the Silver Cup polo tournament in Sotogrande – so elegant yet also low-key and informal. As for business, people are buying – and showing a lot of interest for properties with a view to buying. Some British clients, for example, are seeking frontline beach homes; while Middle Eastern buyers are interested in the bigger properties. With few homes having been built lately, there will be a shortage of beautiful homes on the market, so if you are looking to sell don’t hesitate to contact us.


We have three developments for first-time owners, and we are seriously promoting them for their competitive prices, position and design quality. At Señorio de Guadalmina, beachside in San Pedro de Alcántara, prices start at €300,000; at La Corniche, in Nueva Andalucía, they are from €500,000; and at El Embrujo Banús, they start from €640,000. We stayed open at our Puerto Banús office until after midnight

last month as there were so many people in town, and we are expecting many who were here over the summer period with families to come back in September to make decisions to acquire the property they may have chosen. With the good weather we are having, I am sure September will be one of the best months for investing – as well as enjoying holidays.


Do you like to eat in a relaxed atomsphere with excellent service?

Wine and Dine in style on our summer terrace with live music

Come and enjoy the best in live music in a unique live music venue

In the heart of the Golden Mile Reservations: 952 764 648 Ctra. de Cadiz, km 177,8 In front of Puente Romano Hotel www.restaurantemarbellaforum.com www.maxwells.es


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FORUM & MAXWELL’S

The perfect combination WORDS JESSICA WHITE PHOTOS RUTH JONES

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orum Marbella restaurant and the adjoining Maxwell’s piano bar may only have been open a few months but I would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting delicious cuisine followed by after dinner drinks in a fantastic atmosphere. The restaurant sits proudly on Marbella’s Golden Mile with ample al fresco dining space, perfect for balmy summer evenings, and a chic indoor dining area for when the nights turn a little chilly. With a pianist performing throughout the evening on the terrace you can relax and forget the troubles of the day while enjoying a Kir Royale and looking forward to the delightful meal to come – which is exactly what we did when we dined at Forum. Friendly, attentive staff were on hand to inform us of the taste sensations that head chefs Alvaro Santiago and Carlos Blanco were preparing for us in the kitchen and we began the meal with chanquetes – a tiny fish – accompanied by foam of alioli and a lemongrass soda. The menu, which is changed regularly so that seasonal produce is always used, is creative and modern with the chefs making their own interpretation of the dishes. To experience the full and varied menu, the chefs recommended that we share a range of dishes and we were more than happy to agree. To start with we had coconut and lemongrass soup with satay of king prawns and scallops and a Mediterranean tomato salad with anchovies ice-cream – which was new to me but complemented the dish perfectly. This was followed by ravioli with foie and pine nuts topped with slices of Iberico ham and an

Idiazabal cheese sauce; sea bass with summer chop suey; and loin of lamb with tapenade and cous cous – all cooked to perfection. Each dish has obviously been meticulously thought out, being served on a differentshaped plates to show it off to its full potential – the presentation was truly beautiful. We finished the meal with a white chocolate muffin with a blackberry sorbet – the ultimate dessert for chocolate lovers like me… pure heaven. The restaurant also has an extensive wine list with many Spanish and French wines available to accompany the dishes. After dinner, guests can retire to Maxwell’s piano bar and enjoy sumptuous cocktails and listen to the amazing sounds of Paul Maxwell and the other performers. Paul has brought his talents to the bar after previous successes with The Piano Man and Marvelous Bar in Puerto Banús – and talent is exactly what he has, singing Elton John and Lionel Ritchie covers with ease and brilliance. With his range of songs and amazing piano playing, it is no wonder that people are already flocking to the bar even if they haven’t been for dinner beforehand. The bar opens at 10.30pm and continues until the early hours, with music beginning at midnight when different performers take to the piano each night, including Paul and (on the night we were there) Andrés Martinez – whose versions of She and I’ve Had The Time Of My Life were fabulous. Requests are welcome and dancing takes place every night of the week at Maxwell’s – so my advice is to head down there as soon as you can to enjoy this great bar.


FINE DINING

THE BEACH HOUSE

Exquisite seasonal delicacies by the sea WORDS JESSICA WHITE PHOTOS DAVID TOMS

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he Beach House is a firm favourite of those on the Coast who enjoy a great atmosphere and sumptuous cuisine. Diners can enjoy relaxing on the beach followed by a light meal in the summer and a cosy ambience in the winter. Guests at the restaurant, located in Elviria beachside, can enjoy cocktails and lighter bites such as paninis, wraps and salads in the side bar during the day or drinks before dinner in the evening. This year the bar is bigger and better with a waiter service available on the beach, so you can enjoy delicious sushi without even getting off your sun bed. There is also new furniture in the bar, made by Nelson, a friend of The Beach House, specifically for this purpose. If you are looking for something a little more substantial then the restaurant has a great menu that changes seasonally – with a new menu introduced this month. A selection of daily specials is also available with dishes that tempt the taste buds and have your mouth watering instantly. On our latest visit we were able to sample some of the delicious dishes and enjoy the true Beach House experience. Friendly, attentive staff see to your every need without being too intrusive, and allow you time to decide on what to choose from an extensive menu that features many different dishes – I could not decide as everything sounded so appetising. Starters available on the menu include Manchego cheese, tomato and basil tartlet with Welsh rarebit granitée, beetroot and fennel salad; and sesame-seared tuna and crunchy

Asian salad with sesame, lime, soy and wasabi. Main dishes include rack of lamb with herb crust, Parisian potatoes and French beans; and pan-roasted fillet of salmon with a maple and ketcap glaze, anis-scented egg fried rice, pak choi and herb crème fraiche. We decided to sample a few of the dishes and shared the sushi plate to start with, probably my favourite cuisine at the moment and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Next time I must get a sun bed and enjoy it relaxing on that! For the main course we savoured a roast beef deli sandwich with horseradish mayonnaise, caramelised red onions, cheddar cheese, confit tomato and rocket; and the daily special of smoked haddock with black pudding mash, poached egg, asparagus and a hollandaise sauce. For dessert we shared a chocolate mousse, which was light and rich and delicious – perfect for chocolate lovers like me. The Beach House is the ideal place for a quick bite between sunbathing, a romantic meal for two by the sea listening to the waves lapping the shore at night, or a special occasion with friends and family.

OVERLOOKING PLAZA ANTONIO BANDERAS IN THE HEART OF PUERTO BANUS Open for Dinner

Reservations: +34 606 070 979


CHEF’S SELECTION

CASAMONO

Sumptuous recipes with the wow factor PHOTOS RUTH JONES

GLACÉE DE PARMESANO A variant of the Vichyssoise, this soup is perfect for the summer as it is served chilled and is very easy to make. Ingredients: (serves two people) 2 potatoes 1 leek 2lt chicken stock For presentation: 150gr bacon Chives

300gr grated Parmesan cheese 30gr butter Salt and pepper to taste

Croutons

Cut the potatoes and leeks, cook the butter over low heat until the potatoes are tender, then add the chicken stock and cook over medium heat for 45 minutes. Add all little cheese and melt it, pass through a fine sieve and cool. Serve with the crispy bacon (cut this small and cook in the oven until crisp), chives and croutons. Serve chilled.

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asamono, in Marbella, has fast become popular with locals and visitors to the Coast due to its sumptuous cuisine, lively atmosphere and friendly staff. This month you too can cook some of the delights served in the restaurant with help from head chef Tulio Zampieri – each of the three dishes listed below are easy to make and will wow whoever you decide to cook them for. The key to these dishes is to use fresh produce like the restaurant does, and then once you’ve cooked them head to the restaurant for some more inspiration – as other dishes on the menu are sure to tempt your taste buds.


M O A N S O A C BRASSERIE

SEA BASS WITH WHITE ASPARAGUS This light, colourful, fresh dish is great for dinner parties – but make sure you use the freshest fish from the market. Other white fish can be substituted such as guilt head (dorada) or John Dory (San Pedro). Ingredients: 1/2kg sea bass 8 peeled white asparagus Snow peas – cut julienne White butter

Salt Pepper Sakura mix

Cook the sea bass skin side down and set aside before finishing cooking in the oven. Cook the asparagus and snow peas in advance, and serve the fish accompanied by the sakura mix and a white butter sauce.

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

CASANIS Bistrot Restaurant Gourmet and Wine Store

LEG OF ROASTED LAMB This is a creative change to a traditional dish, which uses sweet potatoes to give greater flavour to the accompanying lamb. The dish of the day in Casamono… it will be one you cook again and again at home. Ingredients: 1 leg of lamb 4 sweet potatoes 50gr sugar (for a syrup) Black peppercorns Sichuan pepper

Salt 250gr cherry tomatoes 2 garlic cloves Butter Stock

Cook the leg of lamb on the grill and set aside. For the sweet potato mash, cook as with a normal mash. To add flavour, use the syrup (equal parts sugar and water) and two ground peppercorn, and add to the mash when cooked. To serve: cut the leg of lamb, add the mash, tomatoes and garlic confit, and sauce with the stock.

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R E STA U R A N T RO U N D - U P

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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.

NERMAN’S RESTAURANT AND BISTROBAR New lunch menu for September… and exciting touches for special occasions Nerman’s Restaurant and Bistrobar in Nueva Andalucía are re-opening for their popular lunches, which include daily set menus and a special Sunday lunch from Tuesday 21 September. Their new international autumnwinter menu will also be implemented in September when they offer “Fancy Home Cooking”, vegetarian alternatives and daily chef’s specials for those who want great cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Renowned for their extensive cocktail selection, Nerman’s specialise in a wide variety of mojito and daquiri cocktails such as the blueberry, melon and vanilla mojito and the dark chocolate and strawberry daquiri.

For those special occasions Nerman’s offer a champagne/cava sabre show that is performed at your table. Champagne sabreing, or "The Noble Art of Sabrage", first made famous by

Napoleon’s army officers on returning from victory, adds excitement and a special touch to any occasion! The new opening hours for September are: Monday – closed; Tuesday-Sunday – lunch 124pm, dinner 7-11pm. Nerman’s Restaurant & Bistrobar: Tel. 952 815 398; nermansrestaurant@yahoo.com

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sushi selection and many other dishes that have a hint of the Orient. The experienced head chef and his team have created a varied menu with plenty to offer for different palates – the favorites of diners are the West Coast toast; carpaccio; duck; fillet steak; and seared tuna. Desserts are mouth-watering and chocolate aficionados will love the chocolate souflé. The restaurant also has a large wine selection including its popular house wines, and the menu is very reasonable considering its great location. Large parties are catered for, making it the perfect restaurant for a romantic meal for two or a special celebration with friends and family. Bublés Restaurant: Tel. 606 070 979; bubblesmarbella.com


SUITE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Stunning fusion specials for autumn Suite Restaurant and Lounge re-opens on 16 September after a summer hiatus, with a sumptuous menu that guests can enjoy every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9pm until 4am. Head chef Elquin, whose style is described as a creative fusion of oriental and occidental, has created some delicious dishes that are sure to tempt the taste buds this autumn. Starters on the menu include crispy wonton served on a tian of spicy tuna tartar; cream of pumpkin and miso soup, crispy nest of Chinese noodles, caviar and dry tuna fish; white fetuccini with melanosporum truffle; and lobster cooked in court bouillon, garnished with guacamole, mango and apple.

The main course menu features grilled fillet steak, béarnaise sauce, chunky chips and baby vegetables; kefta Lebanese, Arabic salad and tahini salsa with yoghurt; tagine of veal with prunes, cinnamon and almonds; and grilled sea bass with Wafu Japanese vinaigrette and purée of vegetables. The lively atmosphere and luxurious surroundings make Suite the perfect venue for this autumn – guests can dine on delicious cuisine then dance the night away.

7.30pm–00.30am Plaza Altamirano 1 • Marbella Suite: Tel. 952 820 900; suiteclubs.com

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COCKTAIL BAR

Getting into the right spirit Sea Breeze

A large measure of Exakt vodka, cranberry and grapefruit juices. Served over ice (cubed) and garnished with lime wedges.

Moscow Mule

Exakt vodka, fresh lime juice, a dash of sugar syrup and a few drops of Angostura bitters. Topped up with ginger beer and served over ice cubes. Garnished with a lime wedge and a mint sprig

Go onto the Exakt Vodka website for a full menu of exciting cocktail suggestions! www.exaktvodka.com

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P U E R TO B A N U S I BUBLÉS Location: Plaza Antonio Banderas, TIBV Tel. 606 070 979 Superb international cuisine and cocktails in stunning Balinese roof terrace setting. Menu includes selection of hot and cold starters, creative sushi and sashimi, fresh fish and delicious meat dishes.

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA International

N U E VA A N D A L U C I A I

Italian

MARBELLA

THAI ELEPHANT

Location: opposite Marbella Club Tel. 952 779 166 Location: near Andalucía Plaza www.yakudza.es Tel. 952 814 529 Sumptuous original Thai and Elegant surroundings with high- Japanese cuisine including sushi quality Italian dishes ranging from and a selection of curries, with traditional to creative. Open for large terrace area perfect for al dinner, Monday to Saturday. fresco dining. Take-away and delivery service also available – Oriental with full menus and online order service. THAI BANGKOK

REGINA’S

Location: Plaza de Las Orquídeas International Tel. 952 813 603 Traditional Thai and Asian cuisine GIRASOL made from the freshest ingredients. VILLA TIBERIO Tel. 952 771 799 Location: Avda. del Prado Open daily for lunch and dinner. Highly popular restaurant set Tel. 952 813 859 within stylish surroundings, al Superb service and excellent GOLDEN M ILE fresco at its best. food from award-winning chefs Michel and Paul. Attractive Oriental VICTOR’S BEACH surroundings and pleasant patio Location: El Ancon Playa terrace overlooking golf valley. SUKHOTHAI Tel. 639 553 088 Location: Marbella Mar A Costa del Sol institution, MAGNA CAFÉ Tel. 952 770 550 popular with visiting celebrities Location: Magna Marbella Golf, Fabulous Thai cuisine, with FROM TRADITIONAL MEDITERRANEAN TO A WIDE SELECTION and residents alike. Tel. 952 929 578 intimate surroundings and OF INTERNATIONAL CUISINE www.magnacafe.com cosmopolitan décor. SMALL WORLD CAFE Exquisite cuisine in stunning Location: C.C. Le Village surroundings. Bar and large TAI PAN Tel. 657 277 713 terrace with breathtaking views. Location: Puente Romano Italian ingredients, and great SOTOGRANDE Oriental Small World Cafe is a cool, service. A fine dining experience Tel. 952 777 893 STARZ MARBELLA in chic, luxurious surroundings. THAI GALLERY International Enjoy cocktails at Polynesian bar contemporary restaurant where Location: C.C. Centroplaza Location: Puerta de Banús before sampling oriental cuisine diners can enjoy lazy breakfasts, a quick bite for lunch or a Tel: 952 816 313 BENAHAVIS Tel. 952 818 392 KE BAR in beautiful surroundings. relaxed dinner from the simple www.starzmarbella.com Creative cuisine with professional Location: Frontline port yet creative menu. International service and lively atmosphere. International food with all-day Tel. 956 793 333 breakfast and extensive lunch Open daily for dinner. Chic venue ideal for watching menu. Open Monday to the world pass by with snacks TABERNA DEL Saturday 8.30am–5pm. Free wifi. ALABADERO and full meals. NAGA THAI Location: Crta. de Ronda Location: C.C. Cristamar TERRA SANA Tel. 952 812 794 Tel. 952 815 319 FLAHERTY’S Location: near Andalucía Plaza www.alabaderoresort.com Wide range of exquisite and Location: Frontline port Creative inexpensive cuisine, in exotic dishes enjoyed in stylish Tel. 952 906 205 Tel. 956 790 390 Renowned for its tasty and Lively Irish bar and restaurant elegant surroundings including surroundings. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Take away and healthy dishes. with well-priced snacks and full stunning garden setting . full catering service also available. dishes – fun ambience and live EVITA BY BUENOS AIRES SAN PEDRO music evenings. Location: Avda. del Prado NARUTO International CASARES Location: Cento C. Cristamar Tel. 952 929 620 Superb Argentinean cuisine. Golf Tel. 952 811 827 views on a beautiful terrace. PASSION CAFÉ Contemporary cuisine, International Location: C.C. La Colonia presented by Sushi des Artistes Tel. 952 781 583 (Golden Mile) – sushi, sashimi YANX CAFÉ SCHILO www.passioncafe.eu and Japanese tapas. Takeaway Location: Centro Plaza Location: Ctra. de Casares Tel. 952 818 861 Fresh and creative food served available. Open seven days a Tel. 952 937 800 www.cafeyanx.com throughout the day. Fantastic week from 1pm to late. www.fincacortesin.com A prized location and lively Gourmet Asian-fusion cuisine breakfasts, salads, wok dishes, atmosphere make this a great fajitas, burgers, wraps and created by world-class chef International choice all-round. sandwiches. Daily specials and Schilo Van Corvorden at the superb evening menu. Eclectic BUDDHA BEACH Finca Cortesin hotel and golf NERMAN’S RESTAURANT resort. Superb service, elegant décor and pleasant ambience. Location: Urb. Marina Villa AND BISTRO BAR setting and excellent wine list. (beachside) Location: Avenida del Prado PUERTO BANÚS Tel. 952 813 882 Luxurious Balinese setting with Tel. 952 815 398 WEST OF SAN PEDRO Italian al fresco restaurant serving an nermansrestaurant@yahoo.com appetising selection of dishes Sumptuous home cooking in a Italian MACCHERONI ranging from fresh seafood plat- relaxed atmosphere, with Location: Jardines del Puerto ters to Thai fusion cuisine, sushi, attentive staff and good value LA PAPPARDELLA for money. Tel. 951 703 175 creative salads and lighter Location: Laguna Village Fashionable pizzeria serving dishes. A “snack and wrap” Tel. 952 807 354 menu can be enjoyed from Popular Italian restaurant group authentic Italian specialities. which made its mark in London Takeaway available. Open every Buddha’s beach beds. and Puerto Banús. Extensive list night from 8pm. of dishes made using finest

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SUITE

CASAMONO

TERRA SANA

NIKKI BEACH

Location: Hotel Puente Romano Tel. 952 820 900 Stunning restaurant and lounge serving superb Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine in luxurious surroundings.

Location: Calle Estébanez Calderón Tel: 952 774 578 The sister restaurant to Casanis, Casamono’s cuisine is in the style of a classic French bistro with a delicious array of cocktails.

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

Location: Hotel Don Carlos (beachside) Nikki’s signature “global” cuisine served in luxurious beach club surroundings either on the palmshaded al fresco terrace, or from one of the oversized beach beds.

Italian

GARUM

TERRAZA DUAL

French

Location: Paseo Marítimo Tel. 952 858 858 Location: Marbella Mar www.garummarbella.com Tel. 952 925 250 Great for drinks, snacks and à www.terrazadual.com la carte dining. Open daily for Great service and attractive breakfast, lunch and dinner surroundings. Home-made dishes. Take away also available. Open seven days.

CASANIS

MARBELLA

Italian

THE ORANGE TREE

Location: Orange Square Tel. 952 924 613 / 680 224 457 International Creative contemporary cuisine, with innovative new menu ZOZOÏ every six weeks. Open daily for Location: Plaza Altamirano dinner from 6.30 till late; early Tel. 952 858 868 Old converted house provides evening menu until 8pm. perfect atmosphere for cuisine with a difference. BIJOU BAR & BISTRO Location: Plaza Juan de la Rosa Tel. 952 776 468 SANTIAGO www.bijoumarbella.com Location: Paseo Marítimo Varied and well-priced cuisine, Tel. 952 770 078 www.restaurantesantiago.com designed to include fresh ingredients, in comfortable Considered the “dean” of Marbella restaurants, specialising environment with excellent, friendly service. Open Tuesday in fish and seafood from to Sunday at 6pm. throughout Spain.

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.

MIJAS COSTA 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.

ZAFFERANO Location: Calle Gloria 12 Tel. 952 863 125 Beautiful renovated old town house with modern Italian 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.

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

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 international cuisine.

Superb entertainment, elegant surroundings and excellent service

MIJAS PUEBLO International

DA FABIO

VILLA VARSOVIA

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. Open daily 11am-midnight, with easy parking.

Location: Crta. Mijas, Km. 4.2 Tel. 952 590 727 Polish and international cuisine – original creations, well-priced and generous servings – in a relaxed and comfortable setting, with easy parking and live entertainment twice a week.

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LOS BOLICHES

International

Oriental

BONO’S BEACH

THAI LANNA

Location: Costabella beachside Tel. 952 839 236 www.bonosbeach.com Fine cuisine in a stunning location on one of the most beautiful beaches in Marbella.

Location: C/ Francisco Cano Tel. 952 587 139 Exquisite selection of wellpresented Thai dishes in attractive ambience, with friendly and attentive service.

THE BEACH HOUSE

Italian

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

Authentic and innovative Italian cuisine

5 SENSI Location: C/ Francisco Cano 15 Tel. 617 909 805 A chance to enjoy all five senses in tasteful, intimate surroundings – delicious selection of starters, pastas and meat dishes.

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LA CARIHUELA

VEGETALIA

Spanish

Location: C/ Santa Isabel 8 Tel. 952 586 031 www.restaurantevegetalia.com Salad buffet with hot dishes of the day at lunchtime; a la carte selection in the evenings, fresh juices and homemade desserts. Open Monday-Saturday lunch; Friday and Saturday dinner. Closed July and August

Oriental THAI LANNA Location: C/ Francisco Cano Tel. 952 587 139Exquisite selection of well-presented Thai dishes in attractive ambience, with friendly and attentive service.

Spanish LA GAMBA DORADA Location: Avda. Jesús Cautivo Tel. 952 477 267 The best seafood in town, in pristine surroundings with professional and friendly service.

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CAYENNE TURBO

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MOTORING AUTHOR, RACING DRIVER AND PHOTO-JOURNALIST IAN KUAH BROUGHT OUT THE BIG GUNS FOR THIS ISSUE – TWO CLASSIC HIGHPERFORMANCE SUVs FACING OFF AT 20 PACES

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ML63 AMG

Stirring the emotions This is a clash of the titans; a place where big, heavy SUVs endowed with 500 horsepower duke it out. With sub-5.0 second 0-100km/h times, these mighty metal monsters can Hoover up most so-called performance cars at the stop lights, and corner well enough to fill their mirrors on a twisty road too. Scary stuff!

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high-performance SUVs, the ML63 AMG is the one that better looks the part. While the more heavily sculpted standard ML already looks more butch than the smooth Porsche, the AMG version looks like a thug. Where the sleeker and more rounded Cayenne hides its performance light under a bushel, the AMG is like a nightclub bouncer in an Armani sports jacket. It looks the part in a way even the BMW X5M would aspire to. Its more aggressive demeanour is carried through to the way the ML63 AMG sounds and drives. Where the Cayenne’s twin-turbo V8 starts and idles relatively quietly – its V8 rumble fairly subdued even under full throttle – the ML comes alive with the loud bark shared by every car using the bespoke AMG 6,208cc quad cam V8. The aggressive V8 rumble is clearly audible every time you go into the throttle, and this is a big plus for the keen driver. In a straight drag race, the normally aspirated ML63 AMG proved capable of holding its own against the Cayenne Turbo. In the course of six standing starts, swapping drivers halfway to even things out, we found that if the two cars launched together they were neck and neck. And if one left the line first it kept the exact same lead all the way to the finish line. The fact that the Porsche and Mercedes are a generation apart in conception shows on the road, but not to the extent you would think. That said, any comments on ride and handling have to be tempered by the fact that the Porsche test car rode on 20-inch wheels, while the AMG was shod with massive 21-inch wheels, which are a cost option. You can also specify 21-inch wheels on the Porsche. Where the Porsche was clearly designed to run these large wheels from day one, the sports suspension of the ML63 AMG was adapted from the base ML, and it shows. When it was launched in 2006, the AMG was originally shod with 19-inch wheels. At facelift time last year, 20s became standard; the 21-inchers worn by our test car, available as a cost option. While the Cayenne rides serenely over bumpy surfaces and off cambers with no adverse reaction at the helm, the AMG jiggles a little here and there, and you can sometimes detect slight bump steer as the big front tyres follow the ruts in the road. Call it sporty character if you like, but it is not something most drivers would criticise unless they had driven the car back-to-back with the Cayenne. From memory, the standard 20-inch AMG wheels with 295/40R20 rubber do not exhibit such a propensity to bump steer, and the 19s fitted when the car first debuted in 2006 most certainly did not. This is a case of looks versus real world road behaviour, and it would be interesting to see if the optional 21-inch rubber on the Cayenne has a similar negative impact on its chassis and steering. 86

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ON THE ROAD CAYENNE TURBO Even after a day of driving the new Cayenne Turbo, I was hard pressed to find any obvious weaknesses. In fact, one of the most outstanding things about the new Cayenne is the overall smoothness in the way it drives. From the steering to chassis, it impresses as a very refined and capable all-rounder. Yet behind that veneer of smoothness and refinement is real bite when you demand the full performance of the 4.8-litre twin-turbo motor. As well as sharing its more powerful, more economical and cleaner direct-fuelinjection V8 motors with the Panamera, the second-generation Cayenne also benefits from the shedding of 185kg over its predecessor. The result is a car that feels not just lighter and more agile on its feet but also more responsive all round, and much more finely honed. A prime example of this is in the feel of the new Servotronic power steering. The perfect weighting of the helm is no surprise coming from Porsche; nor is its natural feel and linearity of response in relation to the car’s turn in and balance through a given bend. My fingertips tell me that this power steering system is easily as linear and creamy smooth as that in any Porsche Cayman and GT3 RS included. It is simply one of the best to come with any contemporary car, period. The fact that it is the helm of a two-tonne SUV is all the more remarkable, and adds to the pleasure of driving this big car. Incidentally, the new Cayenne Turbo tips the scales at 2,170kg. Standard footwear is 8.5J x 19-inch alloys with 265/50R19 tyres, and the largest factory option is 21 inches. My test car had the middle optional of 20-inch wheels with 275/45R20 rubber. Even on these wheels and with Sport mode engaged, the car rides well. In Normal or Comfort modes, it is a limousine. Air suspension with PASM is standard on the Cayenne Turbo and an option on all other models. A first for the Cayenne is the option of PASM active damping with steel suspension, which provides better comfort at one end of the spectrum and better handling at the other. As with other Porsche models, PASM provides Comfort, Normal and Sport settings. I left the suspension in Normal mode most of the time because it is the best all round compromise. Comfort does make a very slight positive difference to the secondary ride at town speeds, at the expense of some body control when you pick up the pace on a country road. At the other extreme, Sport tightens things up nicely when you start pushing on, limiting roll and improving all round response. It is never uncomfortable like the old Cayenne was when the road turns lumpy; you just feel that the wheels and body are being controlled that much better. Overall, however, Normal does such a good job that most owners will likely 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

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Given that the Cayenne is the family Porsche for car enthusiasts, it is important to judge it on its practical merits as well as its performance. Fold the versatile 40/20/40 split rear seat back and its 40/60 split bench, and you have a massive load area.

ML63 AMG The current ML has been around since 2005, and its AMG derivative was one of the first to get the all-new 6,208cc litre normally aspirated V8 motor a year later. In the ML63 AMG, the output numbers are 510bhp with 630Nm of torque. The ML63 AMG weighs 2,310kg, so its 5.0second 0-100km/h time is all the more astonishing. That said, gearing is always used to make up for weight, so the seven-speed 7GTronic gearbox runs a lower final drive of 3.45:1. As with all AMG cars, the top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h, but you can have it delimited as a ?2,000 option. Even so, a


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restricted top speed of 275km/h is still imposed because of the speed rating of the semi-off-road tyres. AMG say that the ML63 AMG is at least as quick as the heavier first generation Porsche Cayenne Turbo S around the Nurburgring. To achieve this sort of pace, the AMG car needs vast power, a superb suspension system and strong, fade-resistant brakes. AMG revalved the Airmatic air suspension units to their own specifications. With different parameters, the uprated units provide more roll resistance and faster reaction to inputs. The Adaptive Damping was also re-programmed to suit and runs a more sporting curve. Finally, they altered the geometry to improve turn-in and aid stability in fast curves. All that work has paid off because, in Comfort mode, the ML63 AMG has a suppler ride than the original Porsche Cayenne Turbo. While not quite as cosseting as a standard ML, it is still very comfortable thanks to its well-

judged air spring and active damper control. Because the Adaptive Damping resists roll so well, we mostly did not find the need to use the Sport setting even when driving quickly on fast country roads. On bumpy roads, a more compliant suspension provides better stability anyway, since a stiff car is thrown off line by bumps. As with other Mercedes Airmatic and ABC systems, ride height is dropped slightly at speed to help stability and cut drag. The optional 295/35R21 tyres on 9.5J x 21inch five-spoke alloys provide very high levels of grip, and the 40/60 front/rear torque bias means that so long as you enter a bend at reasonable speed applying power through the bend sets up a near neutral balance. Although this is a big, heavy car, it can cover ground indecently fast and deliver plenty of driver satisfaction too. It seems an anomaly to be revving a 4x4 engine to 7,000rpm in the gears, but you soon get used to the idea. That said, the big V8 has so much low-end grunt you can also just waft along. If you really gun it out of tight turns, that 60 per cent rear power bias allows you to exit with a whiff of oversteer, especially on slippery surfaces. With the powerful V8 growling up front, this is quite satisfying if you have the space to play. Big and heavy also means that a hard-charging ML63 AMG carries plenty of momentum. Eager to make their car a good all-rounder, AMG paid a lot of attention to the brakes, and huge calipers clamp massive vented discs. Since offroad vehicles carry the risk of getting small stones lodged in their brakes, the high performance calipers are of a different design from those on normal AMG cars. Looks are very important to the buyers of this type of vehicle. In this very sophisticated market segment, big is not enough, and the car has to look the part as well. The cabin is little changed from the stock ML, apart from the seats and instrument pack. That makes it contemporary, but not as up-tothe-minute as the new Cayenne’s. That said, the AMG multi-contour sports seats are covered in Nappa leather with Alcantara panels at shoulder level and provide good comfort over distance. They also hold you firmly in place in hard cornering. The gearshift stalk is on the right side of the steering column, but the AMG Speedshift version of the ubiquitous Mercedes 7G-Tronic gearbox can be controlled manually by the proper left and right paddle shifts on the steering wheel. Rear seat leg and headroom is enormous and four people will find the ML to be very comfortable cross-Continental transport. The luggage compartment is huge and aided by the optional Easy Pack system and keyoperated electric tailgate open/close device. At a practical level, the ML’s rear seat folding mechanism is from the school of thought that goes for forward hinged squabs to allow the backrests to form a totally flat loading floor. 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

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CONCLUSION The original Cayenne went head on with the sporty BMW X5, but offered real off-road capability. Like the BMW, it could not match the Range Rover Sport for comfort, even if it ran rings around it in performance and handling. The new Cayenne still runs rings around any Solihull-built competitor on a racetrack or a fast sweeping road, but now plays in the Range Rover’s ballpark when it comes to comfort and refinement. Now five years old, the ML is two-thirds of the way through its life cycle. But it still feels current and is no pushover for the brand new Cayenne Turbo. In performance terms, they are pretty equal but, as you would expect, the new Porsche is lighter and has better fuel economy and emissions. Twin-turbocharging is certainly the way forward, and the next generation 5.5 litre AMG

V8 due out in late 2010 is also a bi-turbo design. This engine will be fitted to the all-new ML63 AMG due in 2012. As it stands, the new Cayenne Turbo is the pinnacle of the high performance SUV breed, combining superb straight-line performance with fine ride and handling. However, the older AMG-Mercedes exhibits more character. While the new Cayenne is super refined and smooth in every aspect, the slightly rougher edges of the ML can come across as a more endearing trait to the enthusiast. So is there a winner here? As big SUVs go, both are serious driving machines and practical family cars but, while the slick and rational Porsche appeals to the head, the more charismatic AMG does a better job of stirring the emotions.

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TECHNICAL FILE

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Porsche Cayenne Turbo

ML63 AMG

Engine: 4.8 litre V8, twin-turbo Maximum power: 500bhp at 6,000rpm

Maximum power: 510bhp at 6,800rpm

Maximum torque: 700Nm at 2,250-4,500rpm

Maximum torque: 630Nm at 5,200rpm

Transmission: Seven-speed automatic Top speed: 278km/h 0-100 km/h: 4.7 sec Price: Check with local dealership

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Transmission: Seven-speed automatic Top speed: 250km/h (electronically limited) 0-100 km/h: 5.0 sec Price: Check with local dealership


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STYLISH ELEGANCE IN A PRIME SETTING

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he real estate business is a fickle one in the best of times. When things become especially difficult, as they have in recent years, exceptional effort, initiative and professionalism is paramount. In times like these the crème de la crème comes to the top, as companies struggle to discover the right formula to appeal to an increasingly discerning buyers’ market. One Costa del Sol company that does tick all the right boxes –and some – is FM Consulting Realty Group, which this month celebrates its 20th anniversary. During those 20 years the company has shown an astute awareness of what people want in their dream homes in the sun, and a commitment to ensuring a high-quality lifestyle. Most importantly in today’s climate, FM Consulting has shown a capacity to adapt to the characteristics of the market and its “demands”. The company’s projects over those two decades are a veritable “who’s who” of luxury property on the Costa del Sol, such as Monte 94

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Paraiso, Monte Paraiso Country Club, Bahía del Velerín, Costa Galera Country Club and Las Lomas de Conde Luque (more than 1,800 properties in all). In March 2008 they took up a new challenge, acquiring Cortijo del Mar, and this month a gala fiesta will be held at the development to celebrate its official inauguration and the company’s anniversary. As to be expected with a FM Consulting project, Cortijo del Mar Resort offers the complete property experience: wellestablished developer, location, quality construction, comfort, security and a taste of luxury. Just as important, people are already living in the development, able to enjoy such key completed amenities as an expansive communal pool, relaxing garden areas and a poolside chiringuito. So the ambience is eminently welcoming. Comprising 250 Mediterranean-style apartments and townhouses, Cortijo del Mar is located on the “New Golden Mile” between Marbella and

Cortijo del Mar Resort FM Consulting Realty Group C.C. Centro Plaza, Nueva Andalucía Marbella Tel. 952 810 000 / 605 900 905 fmconsulting.es / cortijodelmar.com


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Estepona, four kilometres from Puerto Banús, one kilometre from the beach, close to shopping amenities and in the midst of one of the Coast’s most concentrated golfing areas. The development is a secure gated complex with 24-hour security guard and with hi-tech video entry and intelligent home automation systems (domótica) available as standard in all properties, controlling, music, lights, shutters and much more – including by remote control. The main characteristics defining the interiors are “space, light and spacious rooms, numerous details and functional fittings”. The properties are equipped with Siematic kitchen with Siemens electrical appliances, alarm, satellite dish, security doors, electric blinds, interior carpentry, bathroom fittings, and garage and storage rooms. One of the consequences of the current economic situation has been a shortage of credit for mortgages but FM Consulting has been able to negotiate highly favourable terms from the

banks. When the project began, financing was available for just 70 per cent of the total cost; now clients at Cortijo del Mar can obtain up to 95 per cent (at the Euribor rate plus 0.75 per cent). In addition, and taking into account the market and as a result of the new banking arrangements, prices have been re-adjusted down from, for example: three-bedroom, threebathroom townhouse, 160 square metres, with private garden from €550,000 to €380,000. The FM Consulting team are responsible for the entire process, from purchasing the land and processing town planning formalities to project design, awarding contracts and marketing. In all of these areas their mission is, according to chairman and founder Fausto Martínez, “To use our knowledge, experience and technology, not only to deliver what our clients need, but also to do it in such a way that… we deliver way above their expectations.” As the FM Consulting slogan notes, “We don’t build properties… we make homes.” 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

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What is my liability as a company director? By Dimas Cuesta

Limited liability companies in Spain

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n Spain all stock companies are considered to be limited liability companies, with S.L. and S.A. companies being the most frequent stock companies. This means that, in principle, the company’s potential liability is limited to its own assets and this is irrespective of, and distinct from, its shareholders’ and directors’ assets. This limited liability is the primary reason for a businessman to operate under these kind of companies: to limit the risk of potential failure of the business and protect their personal wealth, dwelling, car and all the assets accumulated with a whole life of hard work, to preserve their life and the life of their loved ones at the end of it. Nevertheless, regarding the liability of the directors’ assets in relation to the company’s debt, there are various exceptions arising from insolvency situations that are frequently overlooked and which could lead not only to the financial ruin of the company but also to the financial and personal ruin of the director and his or her family. This article has the intention to create awareness of this liability system among directors, with the aim of promoting preventive advice which easily avoids situations of personal liability in regards to the company’s debts. This awareness should lead directors to perform all their obligations more carefully than at the present moment and thus avoid

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personal liability of the companies’ debts before it is too late. Liability of the directors The Corporate and Criminal regulations, along with the Insolvency Act 22/2003, regulates the widest and most severe liability system ever for directors in Spanish legal history, and sets forth very serious sanctions. Insolvency situations have increased dramatically in the last year and the number of sanctions and director’s liability is increasing enormously day by day. The situations of personal liability of the directors are more common than they should be, basically because of lack of insolvency practitioners specialised in this matter and the lack of diligence of the directors at the time of getting appropriate advice. Directors need to speak to a corporate lawyer or an insolvency practitioner when the company cannot generate enough revenue on its own to pay all its creditors. The directors or the partners should not have the obligation to pay the company’s debt from their own pockets as long as they fulfil all their legal obligations. Among the different obligations that will generate a personal liability if breached is the obligation to apply for voluntary administration before the Mercantile Courts (concurso voluntario) within two months of

awareness of the insolvency in the company. Failure to do so shall give way to the obligation of the director on a personal basis to pay the balance of unsatisfied debts after the liquidation. There are also other kinds of personal liabilities for directors of companies with debts in a situation of insolvency, such as infra capitalisation (articles 104 LSRL and 260 LSA) and operations of the directors against Spanish law or against the by laws of the company damaging a third party (articles 133 LSA). Along with these personal liabilities there are other common criminal liabilities related to certain situations of company insolvency (article 257 and following of Spanish Penal Code). Directors will not be released from such liability by simply dismissing and appointing a new director, as directors of the last two years may also be liable. Even “shadow directors” or “de facto” directors will be found liable, along with the formal director registered in the Mercantile Registry. In order to avoid these liabilities it is essential to obtain specialised professional advice in order to comply with all directors’ legal obligations and ensure, first, a complete discharge of liabilities of the directors of the business and therefore protect their private wealth from the company’s debts; and, second, also ensure that all the advantages of the Insolvency Law have been effectively used, and as much as possible has been done to facilitate the survival of the business. It is a fact that directors put themselves into the above-described situations very often without being aware of it. If you are the director of a company under an actual or imminent insolvency situation, this article intends to let you know that you urgently need advice on how to best discharge your liabilities with immediate effect. If you are a creditor of a company which may be in an insolvency situation, you have an urgent need to look for professional advice on how to best claim these personal liabilities from the directors and obtain full satisfaction of your credit, interests and damages arising from the breach of the obligation to pay. Dimas Cuesta, a lawyer and partner of Lexland Abogados, has vast experience in commercial law and insolvency proceedings, and advises UK-owned groups of companies in relation to multi-jurisdictional commercial and insolvency issues. He is included on the list of Judicial Insolvency Practitioners of the Spanish Bar and is part of the Creditors’ Rights and Insolvency Proceedings Section of the International Bar Association. Lexland Abogados Ricardo Soriano 34 1º1 Marbella Tel. 952 778 899, Fax 952 766 966 dcuesta@lexland.es www.lexland.es www.foroconcursoacreedores.com


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ROUND-UP OF BUSINESS, CHARITY, CULTURAL AND OTHER GENERAL NEWS FROM THE COSTA DEL SOL AND ELSEWHERE IN SPAIN

SEVE BALLESTROS FOUNDATION CHARITY GOLF DAY AT LA QUINTA England’s football manager, Fabio Capello, and good friend Manuel Piñero hosted a special charity golf event at La Quinta Golf and Country Club this summer to raise funds for the Seve Ballesteros Cancer Foundation. Involving teams from Spain and overseas, the tournament was followed by a gala dinner attended by numerous celebrity guests, where Capello and Piñero – the European Tour and Word Cup champion who is director of the La Quinta Golf Academy – thanked supporters of the worthy cause for their generosity. Nearly €10,000 was raised through the event and charity auction.

BUDDHA BEACH NEW LUNCHTIME MENU FOR SEPTEMBER Buddha Beach are offering a post-season lunchtime menu at excellent value for €15 per head for two courses. Guests can enjoy the remainder of the summer sunshine by the beach throughout September, and sample some of the sumptuous dishes that the restaurant has on the menu. Buddha Beach offer a lively atmosphere and you can relax at the beach club all day using the pool area and sun beds. Celebrate the end of a fabulous summer with great cuisine at Buddha Beach. More information: Tel. 952 813 882 buddhabeachbanus.com

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LIZA MAYNE HIGHLY EXPERIENCED AND VERSATILE MAKE-UP ARTIST

COSTA PETS LOOKING FOR A HOME 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 would like news or contact details for your association included in this section, email: editorial@societylivingmagazine.com I F.A.M.A.: Looking for a home this month at the Foundation for Abandoned and Mistreated Animals is Lily, approximately six months old and “a pretty, sweet young girl who gets on well with other dogs and will grow into a small to medium-sized dog”. If you

Organised around the theme “The Power of Optimism”, the eighth European Meeting and Friendship Days of the Soroptimist International Organisation will be held in Mijas from 15 to 17 October at the Hotel Mijas. The theme will be reflected in the presentations by leading speakers in politics, neuroscience and sociology. It was chosen, according to the organisers, “in order to infuse the participants with good vibrations and renewed energy (as) there is already too much focus on the negative in the world, which can hinder the motivation to try and make the world a better place.” Simultaneous interpretation will be offered in three languages. Around 200 women from all over Europe, together with visitors from Africa, are expected to attend the event. It is being organised by Spanish Soroptimist clubs from the Costa del Sol, Madrid, Marina Baixa, Sitges and Valle D’Aran. 98

are interested in Lily, 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 at: f-a-m-a.net. I Other associations: ADANA: adana.es ANBAD: anbad.wordpress.com MAPS: mapss.eu SEPE: sepeonline.net SIEMPRE CONTIGO ROTA: siemprecontigoprotectora.org SOS: sos-animals.org TRIPLE A: aaahelps.com

Talented make-up artist Liza Mayne has a broad portfolio that includes bridal, editorials, beauty, fashion shows, music videos and photographic commissions; and she has worked with actresses and pop stars in both London and Marbella. Since studying as a make-up artist at the London College of Beauty and Make-Up and furthering her studies at London College of Fashion, where she graduated with a diploma in hair styling and make-up, Liza has been making a name for herself both here on the Coast and in England. Her knowledge, professionalism and personality have encouraged success, and her passion for her work is reflected in the quality and standard that she produces. The variety of work enables Liza to hone her talents and she relishes the opportunity to work with and for an array of clients – including Society Living’s fashion shoot this month. Contact Liza: Tel. 677 633 987; domayne.net

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL MEETING AND FRIENDSHIP ON THE COAST

Local authorities from Mijas will inaugurate the conference, which includes a reception at the town hall and specially arranged visits to the town and surrounding area. The president of the European Federation of Soroptimists, Eliane

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Lagasse, from the Geneva-based headquarters, will be present as well as international president Hanne Jensbo. Together they represent over 90,000 Soroptimist members worldwide. Spain was chosen as the venue for this event in order to

promote the Soroptimist organisation in this country and to encourage more women to join and more clubs to be created. Information Daphne Theunissen: amistad.soroptimist@gmail.com; si-es.org


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THAI ELEPHANT SUPERB CUISINE IN A SELECT SETTING Thai Elephant opened to great success in its first month – the Thai and Japanese restaurant has a varied menu offering something for every taste and palette. Set in a great location on the Golden Mile, they also offer a take-away and delivery service. Diners visiting the restaurant can enjoy the end of summer on the large terrace area and sample some of the delicious dishes on the menu such as beef massaman mua – a medium-spiced creamy red curry; Thai scallops; ped pad khing – stir-fried duck with sliced ginger and Chinese mushrooms; sushi; and sashimi. More information: Tel. 952 779 166; info@yakudza.es

EL CORTE INGLÉS NEW CARD OFFERS GREAT PROMOTIONS AND DISCOUNTS El Corte Inglés’ quarterly magazine What’s Hot for English-speaking residents on the Coast has been a great success since its launch four years ago and, following this response, the Coast’s favourite shopping centre has introduced a What’s Hot loyalty card to further enhance the shopping experience. Tailor-made for residents in Spain, the card offers special discounts on brands, in-house promotions including beauty product give-aways, spa treatments, car washes and golf packages, and discounts on food and drink – to name just a few. To apply for a card, shoppers need to fill in a form at the customer service desk on the second floor of El Corte Inglés Puerto Banús to receive it immediately; or apply online (whatshot.es) and collect the card in the wedding department on the next visit. Exclusive offers are sent to cardholders each month – enabling them to enjoy better shopping and leisure. More information: Tel. 952 909 990; whatshot.es

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SNAPSHOTS As it is not always possible to cover every party, launch or general celebration we would like to in our Society pages, the Snapshots section features other events along the coast – and further afield. If you would like your special occasion featured in the magazine, send us a selection of high-resolution photos and a brief write-up about the event (maximum 50 words), by 10 September (for the October issue) to: editorial@societylivingmagazine.com

C DE SALAMANCA “FERRARI NIGHT” IN MARBELLA

VALLE ROMANO OLAZÁBAL UNVEILS PLAQUE ON BEHALF OF BALLESTEROS

Prestige car dealership C. de Salamanca invited friends and clients to a “Ferrari Night” at Finca Besaya, where a highlight was the presentation of the new Ferrari California and a 250 GT Cabrio from 1959 (belonging to Pablo Hohenlohe’s private collection). The cocktail reception was presided over by managing director José Carlos de Salamanca and Ferrari’s country manager for Spain and

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Portugal, Louis Colmache. The California pays tribute to the 1957 Ferrari 250 GT, famous as the car involved in an accident in Ferris Bueller’s 1986 film Day Off. It is the only Ferrari in the history of the Italian manufacturer’s celebrated stable to have a front-engine V8 and direct fuel injection, as well as a convertible hard top that opens and shuts in just 14 seconds. More information: cdesalamanca.com

Dual US Masters champion José María Olazábal represented Severiano Ballesteros when Valle Romano inaugurated their installations with a proam tournament and official opening ceremony. Ballesteros, the official image of the development, who was unable to travel to Estepona, sent a video message to mark the day. The inauguration event and subsequent press conference were presided over by Xabier Iturbe, chairman of Caja de Ahorros de Guipúzcoa-San Sebastián (Kutxa); David Valadez, mayor of Estepona; Ángel de la Riva, president of the Royal Andalucian Golf Federation; José María Olazábal and fellow European Tour champion Gonzalo FernándezCastaño; course designer Cabell B. Robinson; and Ildefonso Esquivel, Valle Romano course manager.


IN THE STARS

In the stars ... with Russell Grant LIBRA

VIRGO

CELEBRITY VIRGO Guy Ritchie Born 10 September 1968 in Hatfield (Hertfordshire) Director and screenwriter Guy Ritchie first came to prominence with his 1998 film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and followed that up with Snatch two years later (starring Brad Pitt). His most recent film was Sherlock Holmes, with Robert Downey Jr in the title role and Jude Law portraying Dr Watson. On a personal level, Ritchie is best known as the ex-husband of Madonna.

September 24th – October 23rd

August 24th – September 23rd A short trip near the 3rd puts you on the path to love, luck and fortune. The 4th invites you to splurge on clothes, cosmetics and accessories. People will be very receptive to you on the 8th; this is a great day for job interviews, first dates or public presentations. The 9th finds you getting lots of help from an attentive friend, lover or business partner. Be the voice of morality at work on or around the 10th. Let a flattering compliment on the 12th sink into your bones; it's nice to feel appreciated. Your sex appeal is at an all-time high in the days surrounding the 14th; you can get virtually anything from anyone during this golden period. Upgrade your communication system on the 19th; this will keep you in closer contact with your friends and business contacts. Don't overestimate your importance on the 21st; a loved one will cut you loose unless you are more attentive to their needs. Breaking a bad habit at the end of September will help you adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Spending time on solitary pursuits restores your peace of mind on or around the 3rd. Your powers of seduction are at an all-time high near the 4th; use them to get favours, kisses and luxurious love offerings. Trust your instincts when it comes to a pet or small animal on the 8th. Life becomes much easier in the days surrounding the 9th, when you get help in both your personal and professional lives. Putting an artistic impulse into action on the 10th will pay off handsomely. A shared sense of values brings you even closer to a loved one around the middle of September. A stalled home improvement project moves forward in the days surrounding the 14th. Work takes an exciting turn near the 19th, forcing you to be spontaneous, creative and daring. Beware of making enemies at work around the 21st; you need all the help you can get from colleagues during this critical period. The days surrounding the 23rd bring news of an engagement, marriage or business deal. The 26th warns against locking horns with a bossy relative; keep your cool.

Horoscopes SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

October 24th – November 22nd

November 23rd – December 21st

December 22nd – January 20th

January 21st – February 19th

Attention to detail makes you a popular member of the group on the 3rd. Spending time with family on or around the 4th proves divine; it's good to be with people who understand you. The 8th puts you in contact with a group of tasteful, accomplished professionals. Your love life fairly sizzles when a host of admirers swarm around you on or around the 9th. You could turn up some juicy secrets while researching your family history near the 10th. Your powers of persuasion are at an all-time high in the days surrounding the 12th. Don't be afraid to be a little more aggressive than usual on the 14th; by exerting pressure, you can win a handsome work assignment, lover or prize. An electric sexual attraction prompts you to do something entirely out of character around the 19th. Don't promise a youngster something you can't deliver near the 21st, no matter how much you want to please them. You could be given an inheritance, refund or dividend on the 23rd, allowing you to go on a romantic trip. The end of September is not a good time for discussing controversial subjects like politics and religion.

Your words have a serious impact on the people around you as September takes over from August; use this time to promote a pet project. A sexy exchange makes you glow on the 4th; everyone will wonder if you've been to a spa or have lost weight. An exciting career opportunity on the 8th gives you the intellectual stimulation you crave. Spending time on emotionally rewarding pursuits becomes possible after the 9th. The 10th is perfect for working as part of a team on a creative project. An intense sexual encounter gives you a much-needed ego boost on or around the 12th. Keep your activities a secret in the days surrounding the 14th; it's important to lull rivals into a sense of complacency. A surprising turn of events at home around the 19th helps you live abroad or travel with your family. Don't challenge your boss's authority on the 21st, or you could be out of a job. A romance reaches intoxicating heights near the 23rd; the two of you could make an impulsive decision. Financial limitations could force you to scale back a personal project on the 26th.

A legal matter could be decided in your favour around the 3rd, giving you a happier outlook on life. Luxuries become more affordable after getting a high-powered job near the 4th. The intellectual stimulation you crave arrives in the form of a respected teacher in the days surrounding the 8th. The daily pace of life becomes more leisurely after the 9th, giving you a muchneeded chance to rest and relax. The 10th is perfect for landing your dream career; opportunities related to art, music and hospitality are especially favoured. Friendship could turn to romance with very little encouragement on or around the 12th. The 14th finds you getting involved with a big group effort; it's nice having an extensive support system for a change. A sudden opportunity to travel overseas could fall into your lap on or around the 19th; keep your passport updated. Don't let a bully make you feel worthless for having differing political or religious opinions on the 21st. The 23rd brings an end to a painful family matter, allowing you more freedom in your daily life.

You could finally get good news around the 3rd regarding a sum of money that is owed to you. The 4th is perfect for furthering your education; take an advanced class in a subject you love. A grant, scholarship or legal settlement could be awarded to you near the 8th, and it feels more like a burden than a blessing. Making money becomes easier in the days following the 9th. Fight for your rights on the 10th, or a bully could steamroll right over them. You could be given a highly secret work assignment on the 12th, because your boss admires your discretion. Don't be afraid to get tough at work around the 14th, especially with a rival who seems to want your job. You could get paid to travel, write or teach in the days surrounding the 19th. Beware of racking up debt on or around the 21st, or it will take ages to get back into the black again. The 23rd prompts you to race through chores like a hot knife through butter. Push past your fears on the 26th and accept a tough work assignment.

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ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

February 20th – March 20th

March 21st – April 20th

April 21st – May 21st

May 22nd – June 21st

The start of September is ideal for forming a business partnership, signing a contract or enlisting the aid of a professional. A valuable work of art or piece of jewellery could be given to you on or around the 4th. A close friendship, romance or business alliance could be strengthened on the 8th after a heart to heart chat. A strong desire to study, travel and write could take your life in a new direction in the days following the 9th. A secret love affair adds a welcome dash of spice to your life on or around the 10th. Ask a powerful friend to write you a letter of recommendation near the 12th; one word from them will give you access to an exclusive organisation. Stand up for your beliefs in the face of powerful opposition during the middle of the month. Your openminded attitude attracts a variety of exciting travel opportunities around the 19th. Be generous and giving to a business or romantic partner on the 21st as a means to keeping your bond strong. Politics makes strange bedfellows on the 23rd, when you stand up for someone you've always disliked.

The 3rd is great for devising more efficient systems at work. A close friend or lover's support helps you to make a cherished wish come true on the 4th. A new job could be offered to you around and about the 8th, thanks to your superior decisionmaking skills. Spiritual pursuits prove fulfilling around the 9th. Push a friend, colleague or lover into taking a creative risk on the 10th. The 12th finds a sexy authority figure expressing romantic interest in you. Career opportunities move full steam ahead on the 14th. An exciting opportunity to travel by yourself comes your way on the 19th. Don't divulge any secrets to a colleague around the 21st. A personal project comes to an exciting conclusion on the 23rd, giving you a greater measure of independence. The 26th is bad for mixing business with pleasure.

You could get favourable attention for your creative work on or around the 3rd; you've been blessed with considerable talent, particularly with handicrafts like pottery and woodwork. Your job situation becomes much more pleasant as the 4th approaches. News of a pregnancy or romance is cause for celebration on the 8th. You will be the recipient of a friend's generosity near the 9th. The results of an exercise regimen pay off in the days surrounding the 10th. A steamy love affair with a sexy foreigner could take root on the 12th. Encourage a workmate, lover or friend to take a wee risk near the 14th. An unusual person joins your social circle around the 19th, helping everybody to lose their inhibitions. Friends won't understand your desire to spend every waking moment with a lover or child on the 21st. A shocking secret will come into the open in the days surrounding the 23rd. Launch a fitness routine on the 24th; yoga, dance or swimming will lengthen and strengthen your muscles. The 26th warns against discussions about religion or politics in the workplace.

Have a heart to heart talk with a close relative on the 3rd; you may gain special insight into their motivations. You will be very creative at the start of September, making it a wonderful time to look into ways of putting your roots down. New household responsibilities force you to change your routine on or around the 8th. Career opportunities abound in the days surrounding the 9th; you could find a wonderful job involving teaching, writing or travel. The desire to venture into unknown territory will be overwhelming on the 10th; schedule a glamorous trip overseas. Falling in love with a colleague is a distinct possibility in the days surrounding the 12th. A delayed refund, inheritance or legal settlement could finally make its way into your bank account near the 14th. You could be sent on an exotic business trip on the 19th. Try to ease a relative's fears about your career on the 21st. The 23rd brings a successful end to a group project, giving you more time for personal pursuits. Don't put undue pressure on a partner near the 26th.

CANCER

LEO

June 22nd – July 23rd

July 24th – August 23rd

Positive feedback reaches your ears on the 3rd, giving you newfound confidence in your creative abilities. A physical encounter prompts you to fall deeper in love in the days surrounding the 4th. Advertising initiatives are crowned with success in the days surrounding the 8th; this is also a good time to launch a blog. Opportunities to travel, study and write will abound on or around the 9th. Go after the object of your affection on the 10th. It may be virtually impossible to take your eyes off someone sexy near the 12th. An all-consuming relationship prompts you to give up your independence on the 14th. The 19th finds you trying something new, and loving it. You'll have to focus if you're going to acquire a technical skill on the 21st; listen carefully to your instructor. The 23rd finds you basking in the spotlight, thanks to a recent career success. Spending more time at home will be fulfilling in the days surrounding the 24th; schedule a dinner or cocktail party for your nearest and dearest. A potently persuasive newcomer at work could cause your willpower to crack on or around the 26th.

The 3rd is ideal for negotiating a pay raise or finding a higher paying job. An attractive admirer could make you an offer you can't refuse in the days surrounding the 4th. A new source of income becomes available near the 8th; make a sensible savings plan so this money will grow into a small fortune. Your love life improves by leaps and bounds starting on the 9th. Be forthcoming about your religious, political and ethical beliefs on the 10th; they will prompt a powerful executive to join forces with you. Add some decorative touches to your workspace on or around the 12th. Tackle a home repair project around the 14th; the sooner you get this job finished, the happier everyone will be. Your personal and professional hopes get a welcome boost of adrenaline near the 19th. Don't buy any hi-tech equipment in the days surrounding the 21st, or you'll be the proud owner of a lemon. A business trip or educational endeavour pays off around the 23rd, bringing unexpected rewards. The 26th warns against pushing your body too hard; take your exercise routine down a few notches.

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