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ISSUE 4 2013


Paris, a lesson in History, Beauty and Art The Most Famous Cabaret in the World Classic Coco Chanel

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ISSUE 4 2013


Paris, a lesson in History, Beauty and Art The Most Famous Cabaret in the World Classic Coco Chanel

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Marriott’s Vacation Club THE FIRST WORD The festive season is over and as we move headfirst into 2013 I’m guessing most of us have probably already broken our New Year’s resolutions! As the New Year begins we here at Sunsearch Media are looking forward to what the New Year has in store for us. With the growing success of the magazine along with our other titles; Perfect Homes, Spotlight Magazine & The Marriott VIP Guide our expansion and growth has been dramatic so we have relocated our offices and will also be launching our brand new website portal in the next few months - in addition to this we have also teamed us with various other prominent businesses along the coast and will be producing and publishing other titles so watch this space…


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This month we have introduced a new section to our magazine “Horses in History” as a lover and owner of horses I felt that there was not to my knowledge any free magazines here on the coast with a dedicated Equine section and as you know this is a very popular and every increasing lifestyle. Keeping with an animal theme we also take a look at some very cute and sadly endangered animals which unless we as humans do something soon may become extinct and will be forever lost to our planet. I hope you enjoy this issue of the magazine and we here at Sunsearch Media would like to wish you all the best for 2013

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Feature Story Classic Coco Chanel In Pursuit of the Perfect Piece


Within this first edition of our magazine in 2013 we have been inspired by our French neighbours, we take a look at the majestic Eiffel Tower, the City of Paris and the most famous cabaret bar in the world The Moulin Rouge. We also bring you our regular features on beauty, dining and fashion and this month we feature the controversial Coco Chanel.

Dionne Warwick, Celebrating 50 years in music

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The Small Big City

San Sebastian is one of Spain’s pearls of touristic supremacy. The city, situated on the shores of the Bay of Biscay, in the Basque Region of northern Spain, is a modern, cosmopolitan hub for the best tourism and exploration in the country. San Sebastian, or Donostia for its true Spanish name, boasts a fashionable atmosphere, flanked by a number of promenades and amazing beaches, the most famous of which is the Playa de la Concha. The La Concha Bay houses a small offshore island, perfect for a few hours of enjoyment. The nearby popular Ondaretta Beach is much better for those searching for relaxation right by the sea, or swimming in somewhat chilly water. San Sebastian, despite being a relatively small city geographically, is divided into areas, all of which are worthy of visiting. The Old Part is peppered with a variety of cosy restaurants and pintxo (tapas) bars of an excellent reputation among locals and foreigners alike. 8


The city boasts the highest concentration of Michelin Star restaurants then any other city in the world, so finding something to eat of the finest quality is a doodle. If you wish, you can take a stroll by the seafront on a warm afternoon just as the sun sets – you are sure to find the best of fresh fish and shellfish. San Sebastian offers a charming and vibrant nightlife. Don’t forget to hit the back streets for some really affordable and homely menus plus the famous San Sebastian tapas like snacks called pintxos which is a bite sized morsel invariably served cold on a slice of bread similar to that of a canapés Elements to traditional & modern life are evident throughout the city which offers a dynamic cultural scene. San Sebastian is probably most famous for the Sebastian International Film Festival which since its creation in 1952 has established itself as the most important cinema festival in the world.

It has hosted several important events in cinema history with the international premier of Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock, and the European premier of Star Wars. San Sebastian also plays host to the Jazz festival (Jazzaldia) which is hosted throughout the month of July, and is the longest continuously running jazz festival in Europe.

and march in different processions through out various parts of the city – The origins of this festival derive from the 18th century where a walled military stronghold in the city were mocked by the then locals whilst performing there daily possessions.

Apart from International festivals San Sebastian also celebrates many traditional festivals notably every year on the 20th January the people of San Sebastian celebrate a festival known as the “Tamborrada”, the feast of San Sebastian where at midnight the mayor raises the flag of San Sebastian and the city becomes awash with the sound of drums, adults dress in uniforms as soldiers and cooks

Another traditional festival held in the city is the Semana Grande and Aste Nagusia “Big - Main week” this is held every August which again attracts international visitors as an international firework contest is held throughout the week. Across the city there are many other festivals held throughout the year such as “Sants Ageda Bezpera”, the “Caldereros” & “Santo Tomas” so for tourist San Sebastian has many wonderful events to see and never fails to entertain, so it is little wonder that San Sebastian has been selected as European Capital of Culture for 2013. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


Celebrating 50 years in Music




Dionne Warwick has been singing since the age of six and has carved out a path that has resulted in nearly sixty charted hits since “Don’t Make Me Over” which began its chart climb in December 1962. Dionne’s musical career is celebrating 50 years in music this year, which is remarkable given that it all began during a time when America was experiencing racial unrest and the Feminist movement of the 1960s was gaining momentum. One can only imagine the thoughts that went through her mind during this time as she began her artistic journey, but one thing is certain she was armed with The Vocals and a healthy dose of determination.

”Some people make things happen, some watch things happen, while others wonder what has happened”-

Gaelic Proverb

2002 that the neighbourhood in East Orange “was literally the United Nations of neighbourhoods. We had every nationality, every creed, and every religion right there on our street.” Dionne graduated from East Orange High School in 1958 and was awarded a Scholarship in Music Education to the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. It was at this time that Dionne along with Myrna Utley, Carol Slade, and her sister Delia, formed their own group, which they called The Gospelaires. Their first performance was at the Apollo Theatre, where they won the weekly amateur contest. As the group developed various other singers would join them including Judy Clay, Cissy Houston, and Doris Troy. Dionne recalled, in her 2002 Biography, that “a man came running frantically backstage at The Apollo and said he needed background singers for a session for Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor and old big-mouth here spoke up and said ‘We’ll do it!’ and we left and did the session. I wish I remembered the gentleman’s name because he was responsible for the beginning of my professional career.” This backstage encounter led to the group being asked to sing background sessions at recording studios in New York. Soon, the group was in demand in New York music circles for their background work for such artists as The Drifters, Ben E. King, Chuck Jackson, Dinah Washington, Ronnie “The Hawk” Hawkins, and Solomon Burke among many others. Dionne recalls, that after school, the group would catch a bus from East Orange to the Port Authority Terminal, and then subway to recording studios in Manhattan, perform their background gigs and be back at home in East Orange in time to do their school homework.

Dionne Warwick was born Marie Dionne Warrick on December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey, to Mancel Warrick gospel record promoter for Chess Records and Lee Drinkard Warwick. Dionne was born with music in her blood. Dionne’s mother, aunts and uncles were members of the Drinkard Singers, a renowned family gospel group and RCA Records, recording artists that frequently performed throughout the New York metropolitan area. The original Drinkard Singers (known as the Drinkard Jubilairs) consisted of Cissy (her aunt and the mother of the late Whitney Houston) Anne, Larry, and Nicky. Dionne singing began at the age of six at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey and from there she progressed to singing with The Drinkard Singers. Dionne grew up in a racially mixed middleclass neighbourhood. She stated in an interview on The Biography Channel in

While performing background on The Drifters’s recording of “Mexican Divorce,” Dionne’s voice and star presence was brought to the attention of the song’s composers, Burt Bacharach & Hal David. During the recording session, Bacharach asked Dionne, if she would be interested in recording demonstration recordings of his compositions to be used to pitch the tunes to record labels. One such demo, It’s Love That Really Counts which was destined to be recorded by The Shirelles caught the attention of Scepter Records President Florence Greenberg. Dionne was immediately signed to Bacharach’s & David’s Production Company and to Scepter Records in 1962. A Star is Born: In November 1962, Scepter Records released Dionne’s first solo single, Don’t Make Me Over, which reached Nº 21 in the U.S charts. Dionne’s surname had been misspelt on the single’s label (Warwick instead of Warrick) so she adopted the new spelling both professionally and personally. The two immediate follow-up singles This Empty Place and Make the Music Play charted briefly in the top 100. Her fourth single, Anyone Who Had a Heart, released in December 1963, was Dionne’s first top 10 pop hit peaking at Nº8 in the U.S. This also gained international recognition. Walk on By followed in April 1964, which became a major international hit cementing SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


the start of her musical career. The year of 1964 continued to be a good year for Dionne apart from her international success with Walk on By and six chart hits she was also named the Bestselling Female Vocalist in the Cash Box Magazine Poll. The mid-1960s to early 1970s became an even more successful time period for Dionne with a string of Gold selling albums and Top 20 and Top 10 hit singles. Message to Michael, became a top 10 hit for Warwick in May 1966. The January 1967 LP Here Where There Is Love was her first certified Gold Album which featured the song Alfie, and two previous hits from 1966: Trains and Boats and Planes and I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself. The single Alfie had been produced for the Michael Caine film of the same name by Bacharach with Dionne in mind but British producers had insisted on a British and white artist to record it so Cilla Black was selected. Dionne reluctantly recorded the hit as a B-Side to her ballad Beginning of Loneliness and instantly disc jockeys across America began to flip the single and turned the single into double-sided hit. Today, Alfie is considered one of Dionne’s signature songs. Later that same year, Dionne earned her first Gold Single for U.S. sales of over one million units for the single I Say a Little Prayer reaching Nº 4 in the U.S and Canadian Charts. Dionne’s followup (Theme from) Valley of the Dolls, was another massive hit it was the B-Side to her I Say a Little Prayer single, Dionne almost didn’t record the song. While the film version of Valley of the Dolls was being made, actress Barbara Parkins suggested that Dionne be considered to sing the film’s theme song, which was written by song writing team Andre and Dory Previn. The song was to be originally recorded by Judy Garland, but she was fired from the film so Dionne performed the song, and when the film became a success in the early weeks of 1968, disc jockeys again flipped the single and made the 12


single one of the biggest double-sided hits of the rock era giving Dionne another single with over one million units sold. More hits followed Do You Know the Way to San Jose, Who Is Gonna Love Me, with There’s Always Something There to Remind Me becoming another double-sided hit Promises, Promises, This Girl’s in Love with You, The April Fools, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, Make It Easy on Yourself, Who Is Gonna Love Me, Let Me Go to Him and Paper Mache. By the end of 1971, Dionne Warwick had sold an estimated thirty-five million singles and albums internationally in less than nine years and more than 16 million singles in the USA alone. In 1971, Dionne Warwick left the family atmosphere of Scepter Records for Warner Bros. Records, for a $5 million contract, the most lucrative recording contract ever given to a female vocalist up to this time. Following her signing with Warners, with her dream team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David as writers and producers she returned to New York City’s A&R Studios in late 1971 to begin recording her first album for the new label, the self-titled album Dionne, the album peaked at Nº57 on the Billboard Hot 100 Album Chart. In 1972 Burt Bacharach and Hal David left Warner Records and without the guidance and songwriting that Bacharach/David had provided, Dionne’s career stalled. There were no big hits during the decade aside from 1974’s Then Came You, recorded as a duet with the Spinners and produced by Thom Bell. It was her first U.S. Nº1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Other than this success, Dionne’s five years at Warner Bros. Records produced no other major hits. In 1977, Dionne’s contract with Warner Bros Records expired and she moved to Arista Records. The move to Arista Records paid off she released I’ll Never Love This Way Again in 1979 which was produced by Barry Manilow and went on to be sell over a million copies, with the accompanying album, Dionne, achieving a Platinum status peaking at Nº12 on the Billboard Album Chart. Dionne’s next single release was another major hit for her. Deja Vu , which was co-written by Isaac Hayes and hit Nº15 on Billboard’s Hot 100. In 1980, Dionne won the NARAS Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal for I’ll Never Love This Way Again and Best R&B Female Vocal Performance, for Déjà Vu. Dionne was the first female artist in the history of the awards to win in both categories in the same year. Her follow up album in1980’s No Night So Long sold over 500,000 U.S. copies and featured the title track which became a major success. In January 1980, Dionne hosted a two-hour TV special called Solid Gold ‘79. The show featured musical performances, dancing and music videos and was adapted into the weekly one-hour show Solid Gold, which she hosted throughout 1980 and 1981 and again in 1985-86. After a brief appearance in the Top Forty in early 1982 with Johnny Mathis on Friends in Love from the album of the same name Dionne’s next hit later that same year was her full-length collaboration with Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees for the album Heartbreaker. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


For the next few years Dionne took a break from the music industry and problems in her personal life appeared.

The song became one of Dionne’s biggest international hits, returning her to the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 - for the first time since 1979 - as well as internationally with Top ten 10 ratings in the UK, Australia, Japan, Canada, South Africa & Asia. In 1983, Dionne released How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye produced by Luther Vandross. The album’s most successful single was the title track, How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye, a Warwick/ Vandross duet, which peaked at Nº27 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1985, Dionne contributed her voice to the multi-Grammy Award winning charity song We Are the World, along with vocalists like Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Ray Charles. The song spent four consecutive weeks at Nº1 in the US and UK. The song was the year’s biggest hit. In 1985, Warwick recorded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) benefit single That’s What Friends Are For alongside Gladys Knight, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder. The single, was released in October and eventually raised over three million dollars for that cause. In 1988, Dionne claimed “You have to be granite not to want to help people with AIDS, because the devastation that it causes is so painful to see. I was so hurt to see my friend die with such agony. I am tired of hurting and it does hurt.” The single won the performers the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, as well as Song of the Year for its writers, Bacharach and Bayer Sager. In 1987 Dionne went on to score another hit with Love Power giving her, her eighth Nº1 single. The 1990’s saw a new stage in entertainment for Dionne, as a devote Christian went on to host infomercials for the Psychic Friends Network, alongside psychic Linda Georgian from 1991 to 1998. Dionne’s most publicized album during this period was 1993’s Friends Can Be Lovers, which was produced in part by Ian Devaney and Lisa Stansfield. Featured on the album was “Sunny Weather Lover”, which was the first song that Burt Bacharach and Hal David had written together for Warwick since 1972. A follow-up Where My Lips Have Been achieved little success and in 1994 Dionne’s contract with Arista Records was terminated. 14


In 2002 Warwick was arrested at Miami International Airport for possession of marijuana. It was discovered that she had 11 suspected marijuana cigarettes inside her carry on luggage, hidden in a lipstick container, she was also under investigation by the IRS due to unpaid taxes which had amounted to $2,665,305.83. The IRS eventually discovered that a large portion of the debt was due to an accounting error, and revoked $1.2mil of the tax. In 2006, Dionne signed a contract with Concord Records. Her first and only release for the label was My Friends and Me, a duets album containing re-workings of her old hits. Among her singing partners were Gloria Estefan, Olivia Newton-John, Wynonna Judd and Reba McEntire.

In 2008 after the sad death of her sister Dee –Dee, Dionne began recording an album of songs from the Sammy Cahn and Jack Wolf songbooks. The finished recording, entitled Only Trust Your Heart, was released in 2011, and peaked at Nº10 in the Jazz Album Charts. In February 2012, Dionne received the Golden Kamera Musical Lifetime Achievement Award in Germany, that same month Whitney Houston, her cousin was sadly found dead from an accidental drowning in her hotel room. With all the sadness of early 2012, the end saw Dionne reach a milestone in her musical career marking 50 years in music. To celebrate this she has released a new album Now, which reunites her with several friends from the past. Nothing seems impossible to Dionne, a woman who has inspired and empowered millions through her music, her performances, and her work as a humanitarian. In a recent interview she reflected on the words imparted to her by her grandfather; “If you think it, you can do it!” With a life filled with accomplishment and achievement, Dionne Warwick can proudly say that she has always believed in, and lived by, those words of wisdom.

“If you think it, you can do it!”








WELCOME TO MARRIOTT’S MARBELLA BEACH RESORT Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort is a large beachfront property with breathtaking views across the Mediterranean, situated just 8 km east of fashionable Marbella with its prestigious dining, nightlife and shopping.



Pools, Beauty and Fitness:

1 - Bedroom Apartment

• Beachfront access • Outdoor beachside pool, garden lap pool and whirlpool • Heated outdoor children’s pool, indoor family and adult only pools • Fitness centre and aerobics studio • Whirlpools, sauna and steam rooms Eating and Drinking:

• MarketPlace® mini-market • Full range of restaurants including Charlie’s American Sports Bar, El Med Poolside Restaurant, Chill Cocktail Lounge and Beachside Bar & Grill For Children:

• MAZE® (Marriott’s Activity Zone Experience) for children • Teen lounge and outdoor playground Other Activities:

• Daily activities programme for all ages • Many golf courses within short distance • Dining, shopping and local attractions within easy reach

• 1-bedroom / 1-bathroom apartment • Overall size approximately 84m2 • Sleeps up to 4 people 2 - Bedroom Apartment

• 2-bedroom / 2-bathroom apartment • Overall size approximately 109m2 • Sleeps up to 6 people 3 - Bedroom Apartment

• 3-bedroom / 3-bathroom apartment • Overall size approximately 112m2 • Sleeps up to 8 people


Living & dining area with LCD flat screen TV & DVD player Complimentary internet access for owners Fully equipped kitchen including microwave and dishwasher Master suite with king-size bed, oversize soaking tub and a separate shower • Utility room with washer and dryer • Furnished private balconies or patios

Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort, Ctra. de Cadiz Km. 193, Urb. Marbella del Este, 29604 Marbella, Spain All features, furnishings and amenities depicted throughout may be proposed and are subject to change. Some facilities may be open on seasonal basis only. © Copyright 2011, Marriott Vacation Club International. All rights reserved. Marriott Vacation Club International and the programs and products provided under the Marriott Vacation Club brand are not owned, developed, or sold by Marriott International, Inc. Marriott Vacation Club International uses the Marriott marks under license from Marriott International, Inc. andMAGAZINE its affiliates. IMG-11-049 SUNSEARCH 17


City of dreams In the middle of the bizarre mountain range SerranĂ­a de Ronda, at the edge of a 120 meters deep and 70 meters wide canyon, there is Ronda certainly one of the most incredible places in all the land and one of the oldest cities in Spain.






ardly anybody ever regrets the 60 kilometers journey from Marbella, the drive along the Ronda road from San Pedro is breathtaking with panoramic landscapes and views. Along the way you pass the beautiful and picturesque La Heredia an enclave of delightfully coloured houses set on the mountainside which also houses the Coasta del Sols best kept secret – Cafeteria & Panaderia La Heredia also know as the Dutch Bakery. It is the ideal place to stop off and have your breakfast or lunch en-route to Ronda and it also stocks many fantastic goodies which you can purchase and take away such as cakes, quiches, fresh breads, croissants and delicious selection of chesses.

El Coto Restaurant T: 952 786 688 The restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner

La Heredia also houses La Heredia Real Estates which specializes in property sales & rentals for La Heredia, and the exclusive residential urbanizations; of La Zagaleta & El Madroñal. Further on the delightfully scrumptious El Coto Restaurant which specializes in Belgian cuisine is located. Driving along the narrow mountain is not for the faint hearted, with its twists and turns and it is amazing how the suddenly Ronda appears like an apparition. “Nothing in all Spain is more surprising than this wild town”, said the writer Rainer Maria Rilke.

Cafeteria & Panaderia La Heredia T: 952 927 081 Opening hours: Tuesdays to Fridays 09:00 - 17:00 & Saturdays 09:00 - 16:00

The origins of Ronda, according to archaeological findings in the old city space belong to the Neolithic age. Proof of this are the sites found at the caves, the most important being the one found at the Pileta’s Cave, which is one of the best cave paintings examples of all the Paleolithic age in Andalusia. Despite being Andalucía’s fastestgrowing town it overtook Córdoba, Sevilla and Granada, in the early 21st century. Ronda retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town. It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the Rio Guadalevín through its centre. The famous and really breath-taking bridge alone is worth the travel. Visitors make a beeline for the 18th century Puente Nuevo ‘new’ bridge, which straddles the 100m chasm below, for its unparalleled views out over the Serranía de Ronda Mountains.



La Heredia Real Estates T: 952 780 966 Opening hours: 09.30 - 18:00

La Casita Restaurant T: 952 788 033 The restaurant is open every day for lunch 13:00 - 16:00 and dinner 19:00 - late

Above: El Tajo gorge with the Rio Guadalevín running through it, cave paintings at Pileta’s Cave and an ancient spring in the campo. Right: Lookout point overlooking the Serranía de Ronda



But Ronda

has more to offer:

Arco de Felipe V

Ronda Bullring

The only bullring in all Spain which is entirely made of stone, Ronda is famous as the birthplace of modern bullfighting, today glimpsed once a year at the spectacular Feria Goyesca. Held at the beginning of September, here fighters and some of the audience dress in the manner of Goya’s sketches of life in the region. Legendary Rondeño bullfighter Pedro Romero broke away from the prevailing Jerez ‘school’ of horseback bullfighting in the 18th century to found a style of bullfighting in which matadors’ stood their ground against the bull on foot – and hence the modern bullfighting was born. La Ciudad. Situated in the old district of Ronda, beyond the new bridge is full of twisting, narrow streets and leads to one of Ronda’s loveliest public space the leafy Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, which boasts a convent, two churches, including the toytown belltower of the iglesia Santa Maria de Mayor, and the handsome arched ayuntamiento (council) building and the Palacio de Mondragon. The former, on the site of town’s main mosque during Moorish rule, is a Gothic style cathedral that, inside, has elements of the Baroque and Rococo as well. The latter is a former Moorish palace with beautiful gardens, a fantastic view, and a small museum. Puente Viejo and Arco de Felipe V is situated on the eastern side of the old city, down the hill. This small bridge was the means of 22


crossing the Tajo before the completion of the newer, larger one. Also in this area is a beautiful arch, named for Phillip the Fifth. The town’s pedestrianized high street, calle Espinel, opposite the bullring, is nicknamed ‘La Bola’ and is where Rondeños (locals of Ronda) go for virtually everything. Ronda’s big central square is very lively, and several restaurants invite you to taste the specialties from the surrounding mountain range.

Palacio de Mondragon

Plaza Duquesa de Parcent

Freshly baked bread everyday, with a great selection of cheese, salads & cakes Come and do your grocery shopping or sit on the terrace and relax in the sun enjoying your breakfast, lunch or just a coffee Delicious home made meals available to eat in or take away... Carretera de Ronda Km 43, 29679 Benahavis

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You know what they say, ‘New Year, New Me’, and as we head into 2013 there has never been a more perfect opportunity to kick-start a new look. Whether you want to look more groomed, to break some bad habits, or learn new beauty tricks, there are plenty of ways to ensure 2013 is your most dazzling year yet.

Get a hair makeover: Our hair is our crowning glory, and a great hair makeover not only has the power to make you look pretty, modern, and more slim it’s a key for how to look younger by a whole decade. Every woman suffers with hair troubles whether its damage and frizz, flyaway and wispy or an unflattering colour and cut that makes the skin look grey and older. A new hair style or colour retouch can trim years from the way we look and it is much cheaper and faster than a face-lift! This season the hairstyle trend is vintage inspired with a retro twist, the classic suave and sophisticated style sported effortlessly by Dita Von Teese and Christina Hendricks. Vintage hair is not just limited to long hair you can work a Marcel-esque wave into any length, from a crop to a bob. The sexiness of vintage hairstyles is the wave which certainly attracts the attention of people surrounding you. The reason is that it gives a lot of femininity and helps to soften the facial features. No matter what hair length you have you can easily wear a wavy hairstyle. The secret weapon for super fast vintage hair is simple - a set of hot rollers. Slim ones are the best. Plugged in first thing, they don’t take long to heat up, putting them in takes less than five minutes with practice. Let them cool as you get ready and then take them out last thing brush. Babyliss Curling tongs are also great at creating waves for longer hair. To secure the style in place spray with the vintage gal’s favourite Tresemme Freeze Hold.

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New base: The latest beauty buzzword for the Hollywood hotlist is BB or Blemish Balm creams. Like the beauty equivalent of a brand new iPhone, BB creams are multifunctional products that harness smart new technology and ingredients so you can replace your serum, moisturiser, primer, foundation and sun block, all presented in one neat little all-in-one package. This new hybrid product, which sits between skincare and make up, gives skin a natural luminous look - meaning BB creams are fast becoming the beauty secret of celebrities and their make-up artists worldwide. The success of these BB creams is based on SYNAKE, a neuropeptide, which inhibits the contraction of innervated muscle cells, thus providing a mild, non-invasive temporary Botox-like effect on fine lines and crow’s feet. Rodial, known as ‘the glamorous alternative to surgery’ and the go-to beauty brand of celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga, have just launched their new Rodial BB Venom Skin Tint (, which comes in three shades, rather fabulously named Capri, Hamptons and St Barts. For the eye area, there is a triple-action brightening concealer, Rodial BB Venom Eye (, which comes in two shades: a cooler pink-toned shade called Aspen and a warmer yellow tone called Malibu.

Get out of a rut and update: How long have you worn that beige eye shadow and trusted old lippy? Sometimes sticking to what you know isn’t always the best solution. Treat yourself to a beauty counter makeover at your local department store and try out something new, it will instantly give your look a new lease of life. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


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Timeless Classics with a Twist




classic glamour of the makeup that was popular in the 1950s is a look that has spiked in popularity in recent years. Clean and simple was most frequently seen as a daytime look, with pastel lip colours and natural-toned eye shadow, while the night time look was bold, with crisp and dramatic liquid lined eyes and full red lips. This season’s make up trends remains faithful to these timeless classics but adopts a modern twist. Vintage Glamour never goes out of fashion it is simply just re-invented According to the powers that be at MAC, there are four major trends to watch out for over the coming months and these are: Sense + Sensibility, Arti-Tech, Roam Antique, and Hone-Structure. These names or titles hardly give anything away so let us explain each one in detail.

Sense & Sensibility: The look is all about creating t h e quintessential look, effortlessly subtle, balanced, understated, healthy and elegant. The beauty of this blueprint includes stained cheeks; lots of grey eye shadows; the makeup complements but never overpowers your look. The focal point is the lips from Russian red to bold burnt orange. The lips are precise and sexy on a modern bare face which welcomes fuller brows. Elizabeth Taylor is a perfect example of this understated beauty.

Arti-Tech: As the name suggests trend is very artistic with a dark sexy appeal and delivers the black liner with a modern and unconventional vision. It’s strong on geometry on the face and is very precise and a refined new classic.

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While black liquid eyeliner brings back memories of so many eras: Twenties flapper, Forties feline, Fifties wings, Sixties flicks, Seventies punk and Eighties new wave, this trend is able to hold its own and look very modern. Think: geometric graphic lines precisely drawn on the lids. “This season isn’t about liner being classic. It’s about an etching, about it creating geometry on the face.”

Roam Antique: If you can imagine a ‘grown-up gypsy’, this is her. This girl is drawn to a rich and spicy palette of makeup. This look focuses around a strong colourful eye and minimal lip look. Think: desert rocks, sunset and sepia stains, driftwood browns, weathered tans, sand, minerals, pastoral shades of plum and cranberry, metallic greys from asphalt and concrete to slate and charcoal. The bohemian spirit of this season is about the fantasy of an elegant eccentric, a woman who is ornate but yet has exquisite taste”

Hone Structure: This makeup look is all about clever concealing, proper highlighting of skin and creating shadows through contouring. This look is very natural and is the most minimalist of all the four looks presented by MAC The trend is a wonderful blend of utilitarian in its contouring… think ethereal, androgynous, more definition, or very Tim Burton. The look is honed, nude and contemporary with the sculpted face as a canvas. “We’ve turned the light around this season - it’s now less about highlights and more about the depth of a contour, a shaded face that is slightly hollow and haunted but extremely beautiful and not alien.”



KEY BEAUTY New Year,New Career!

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Our Educators GISELLE BECK-DAVIES (Director of Marbella Beauty Academy) has been in the Beauty business for over 30 years, having trained at the world famous Champney’s College in Tring and gaining experience working on their Health Farm. She worked as Spa Manager at The Metropole Hotel and then went on to open several of her own Salons before training as a Teacher and assessor and being invited to teach in Further Education and then private colleges. Seeing the need for high standards on the coast, she gained accreditation from C.I.B.T.A.C, The British Association of Beauty Therapists and Cosmetologists own examining board which is the preferred qualification in the Beauty Industry Internationally. Giselle has successfully been running courses in Marbella for 5 years, and gets so much satisfaction from watching her students grow in confidence and self belief as they learn and then go on to reap the rewards of their hard work. Contrary to belief, it is an academic qualification equivalent to A level standards, so often students who have struggled through school and been told they are non achievers can gain this prestigious qualification including the stand alone Anatomy and Physiology diploma, because it is applied to a practical subject they enjoy!

JANE O’BRIEN Head Tutor at Marbella Beauty Academy. She has over 20 years’ experience and has enjoyed every minute of it. She trained at Doncaster College and went on to work for 4 years as a Beauty Therapist at Centre Parks in Sherwood Forest. She then became assistant Manager of a Spa which was voted Best Health Spa by Good House Keeping Magazine 2 years in a row. Jane went back to college and achieved her Teaching and Assessment Certificates, which 34


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is where she found that her real passion was in passing on her own experience to new recruits. After working as Beauty Therapy coordinator at Oracle Training and teaching Beauty Therapy and key skills, Jane moved to sunny Spain and went on to manage another 5 star Spa on the Coast for 8 years, but missed teaching and so came to join MBA where she feels truly happy striving for success by passing on all her knowledge and expertise to enthusiastic students.

LIZA MAYNE A well known Make-up Artist on the coast, involved in Magazine, Fashion, Video, and Wedding Make-up and resident Make-up Artist for Target Models, she achieved her degree in Make-up at the London College of Fashion. We feel very lucky to have her on the MBA team!

SUZANNE LEQUESNE Our queen of Holistics and specialises as a Nutritionist. She is a Nutrionist. She is amazing at StoneTherapy, Indian Head Massage, Raindrop Therapy, Reflexology and Aromatherapy.

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OUR COURSES The majority of our courses are listed in the advertisement below but here is a taster of some more: Anatomy & Physiology. Most modules attendance is 1 day a week for between 10 and 26 weeks, so you can train little by little or full time depending on your personal time and finance available. This qualification enables you to work in the Spa on board Steiner Cruise Ships. We will help you organise this as we work closely with the Steiner recruitment Manager.

You can see the world, whilst enjoying all the facilities that the guests enjoy, gymnasium, skating, cinema, theatre, water park and amazing food! Work hard and play hard! Other options are Beauty Treatments for first class passengers on the Airlines, again travelling on long haul flights and seeing the world, 5 star Spa’s anywhere in the world, Salons, Mobile, Hospitals, Ski Resorts, Cosmetic Surgeries, demonstrating and sales for top Cosmetic Companies, Journalism,Teaching. Fashion & Photographic Make-Up - This Module includes Make-up for Black & White, Colour Photographs, Wedding, Day, Evening, Fantasy, High Fashion, and intro to Hairdressing styling. On achieving this Diploma you are able to become a Make-up Artist and work in Films, Television, Magazine Shoots, Video, for Wedding planners, Cosmetic Companies and so much more!

Learn a skill in beauty therapy, make-up ,nails or hairdressing at marbella beauty academy and enjoy a variety of job opportunities; Guaranteed interview with steiner cruise ships Airlines Health farms and spas Self-employed mobile or salon owner Video and fashion shoots Ski resorts Journalism Teaching Sales for cosmetic company`s Hospitals and hospices Courses begin september and january with short courses inbetween, depending on which course you choose you may study 1 day a week for 10 to 20 weeks or full time for an academic year! courses include; Beautytherapy includes skin and eye treatments, nail treatments, waxing, make-up and body massage. these can also be taken as individual modules. Fashion & photographic make-up Gel & acrylic nails, nail art Indian head massage

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The courses can be full time or part time allowing you to change and improve your life with small or big career changes. The Academy also offers weekend and residential course packages.

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The Perfect Smile




witch on the television or open a magazine, and there they are perfect teeth.

More than hair and definitely more than waistlines, smiles and more importantly teeth are often the first thing you notice about someone, especially if they are bad. Americans are obsessed with their teeth they spend more than any other country on the planet maintaining and perfecting their pearly whites. However, over the last few years this obsession has crossed the pond and now creating that perfect smile has become big business. But is a perfect smile the same as a healthy smile?

We look at how with just regular maintenance you to can have a healthy smile You may think that by brushing your teeth twice a day you will help keep your mouth healthy. But do you brush for long enough? And do you keep up with your dental appointments? Many of us are avoiding regular sessions in the dentist’s chair, and more than one in five say we can’t afford dental treatment. And as for flossing, well sometimes it just seems like hassle. But neglecting our gnashers can have serious consequences. So how can we keep our mouths healthy? SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


See your dentist regularly Standards set by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) state that we shouldn’t leave longer than 24 months between dental appointments. But, many dentist claim this is not nearly enough. If you have gum problems you should see your dentist every six months and those with good oral hygiene should go every 10 months.

Brush thoroughly Twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is still enough, but brush properly. It has been recorded that the average person only brushes his or her teeth for 45 seconds each time when to achieve the best results it should be done for two minutes to clean the surfaces of all teeth and remove harmful bacteria that can result in a buildup of plaque. In addition you should always wait an hour to brush teeth after eating or drinking fruit juice, as acidic foods and drink soften the tooth enamel and leave it prone to damage. 38


Clean between teeth A lot of decay and gum disease occurs between the teeth caused by food debris and the build-up of plaque, so this area shouldn’t be neglected. Floss once a day by sliding it gently up and down between your teeth, then curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gum line.

Chew gum after meals Saliva is the tooth’s natural protective mechanism, and chewing gum helps produce it. When we eat, sugars in our food meet bacteria and create plaque acid, which eventually erodes the teeth and causes cavities. Saliva neutralises the plaque acid. Chew sugar-free gum after a meal or snack to increase saliva flow.

See a hygienist A hygienist will remove the deposits of tartar, hardened plaque that builds up on the teeth and teaches you how to prevent it coming back, which goes a long way towards slowing the progress of gum disease and tooth decay.

Scrape your tongue

Some contain antibacterial ingredients that work against the bacteria responsible for causing bad breath and plaque.

Many toothbrushes have a scraper on the back for cleaning the tongue. Contrary to popular belief, the bacteria it removes is not connected to serious health conditions but removing it may make us more pleasant to be around.

Monitor your gums

Tongue scraping gets rid of the sulphurproducing bacteria that lives on the back of the tongue that can cause halitosis (bad breath) So if you want fresh breath confidence, it’s well worth working this into your routine.

Look out for bleeding gums as this is the first sign of the condition and means you need to see a dentist. Gum disease can, if left untreated, cause tooth loss. More teeth are lost this way than through tooth decay.

Use a mouthwash

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This can be useful if it has additional effects, such as preventing decay or build-up of bacteria. But be warned, mouthwashes can’t replace brushing.

Teeth whitening has become the biggest craze in obtaining the perfect smile. Whiter teeth are associated with beauty and a healthier lifestyle.

Our gums naturally start to recede as we age, but this can also indicate gum disease.

When people have a brighter smile, they tend to smile more often and are less self-conscious. In addition, a whiter smile tends to minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles, giving way to a more youthful and energetic appearance. There are many home kits available however some of these tend to make exaggerated claims and have no impact or in some cases have a high dosage of peroxide which can cause extreme discomfort. It is therefore always best to seek professional advice and use a dentist who will be able to advice you about what colour you should expect to achieve.






oing to the drug store lately can feel a little like a Saturday morning trip to the candy shop, with dozens and dozens of colourful vitamin and mineral supplements to choose from with each claiming to improve your health in some shape of form or help you lose weight.

Supplement Savvy...

Vitamin and mineral supplements are extremely popular these days you can buy them just about anywhere the drug store, the supermarket, the internet, from the newspaper and through home-based distributors. But do you really need them? Will they improve your health? And more importantly are they safe?

Food for Thought Before you dash to the medicine cabinet and clear its shelf and stock up on every available supplement remember this truth: Food is still the Nº1 option for getting the nutrients your body need for healthy living. It is true that vitamins and minerals are essential in regulating various body activities. These nutrients do not function alone but work together with other nutrients. The best source of vitamins and minerals is food. Food provides the complete package. A balanced diet already contains the correct nutrients in just the right amounts. Individual foods also provide hundreds of other substances such as phytochemicals, zoochemicals, and antioxidants that help to prevent disease and boost the immune system. OK, so in today’s fast paced living eating correctly and healthily cannot always be accomplished, trying to balance work, children, and a social life (if your lucky to have one) often means we skip essential meals and just grab the easiest option therefore a balanced multivitamin supplement is highly recommended as these contain a combination of many vitamins and minerals and help to top up the levels your body may be lacking. Understanding which foods contain which vitamins is important for establishing a healthy diet.

l Vitamin A Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is essential for eye function, strong immunity, healthy skin and normal fetal growth. According to “Advanced Nutrition: Macronutrients, Micronutrients and Metabolism,” excellent sources of vitamin A include beef, fish and chicken liver, fish oils derived from liver and fortified dairy products. Beta-carotene is a precursor to retinol and found in fleshy, orange vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes and yams, but also plentiful in spinach, kale, watercress, cantaloupe, mangoes and apricots. 40


l B-Vitamins The B-vitamin complex includes eight varieties that participate in cellular metabolism, energy production and immunity. The B-vitamin group, comprising thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, biotin, folic acid and cobalamin, are usually found together in the same foods and include animal flesh, organ meats, dairy products, eggs, fish, seafood, nuts, legumes and green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale.

l Vitamin C Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is essential for strong immunity, collagen production and connective tissue repair. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, excellent sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits and include oranges, lemons and grapefruits, although rose hips, red and green peppers, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kiwis, strawberries, black currants and guava also contain abundant amounts.

l Vitamin D Vitamin D consists of five different compounds that are essential for strong immunity, bone growth and maintenance. Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D-3, which is produced within the skin, while other forms of the vitamin must be consumed. According to the National Institutes of Health, fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines are excellent sources of vitamin D. Other good sources include beef liver, shrimp, egg yolks and fortified cereals, dairy products and juices.

l Vitamin E Vitamin E consists of eight different compounds that are considered antioxidants and essential for strong immunity, healthy skin and blood vessel maintenance. According to “Vitamins: Fundamental Aspects in Nutrition and Health,” rich food sources of vitamin E include vegetable oils such as those derived from cottonseed and safflower, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, wheat germ, sweet potato, carrots and avocados.

l Vitamin K Vitamin K plays an essential role in blood flow and clotting, which is especially important for the healing of injuries. Good food sources of vitamin K include cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, fortified cereals and soybean True, it can be frustrating and possibly frightening to not know if you’re getting enough of a certain nutrient so who needs a supplement? The decision to take a supplement should not be made haphazardly. It is best to seek advice from your physician or consult with a registered dietician. This health professional should assess your dietary habits and intake, medical status, medication history, alcohol intake, and lifestyle habits. Some people who may need to take a multivitaminmineral supplement include:

• People with digestive diseases, illness or surgeries that can interfere with the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals and therefore increase needs • Pregnant and breastfeeding women (increased need for iron, folic acid, and calcium) • Vegetarians who avoid all animal foods and may have a deficit of vitamin D, vitamin B-12, calcium, zinc, and iron • People who smoke (because smoking increases the need for vitamin C) • People with certain major illnesses or injuries that can increase the need for healing nutrients • Women with heavy menstrual bleeding (may need more iron) • Menopausal women (might benefit from calcium) • Women who are trying to conceive (preconception warrants an increase in folic acid to decrease the risk of certain birth defects) • People taking certain medications that can increase or decrease the effectiveness of vitamins and minerals • People following weight loss programs that severely restrict food intake or calorie levels (less than 1000-1200 calories per day), which can result in poor nutrient intake

A number of substances like PABA, inositol, bee pollen, lecithin, have never been shown to be essential to humans. They do nothing but boost the price.

• People who abuse alcohol (increases nutrient needs)

• Beware of gimmicks. Synthetic supplements that are made in a laboratory are usually the same as socalled “natural” supplements. The body knows no difference, but your wallet does. “Natural” supplements cost more.

Being Supplement Savvy

• Do not give in to the temptation of added herbs, enzymes, or amino acids. This only adds to the cost.

• People with food allergies that require avoiding groups of foods and may result in nutritional deficiencies

Do not fall into the dangerous trap of thinking that, if a little is good, more is better. Excessive intake of vitamins and minerals can do no good. It is a waste of money. And in some cases, excessive intake can damage the body, have a toxic effect, interfere with medications, and may even result in death. To choose a safe, effective vitamin-mineral supplement, follow these tips: • Choose a balanced multivitamin-mineral supplement rather than one or two specific nutrients, unless it has been medically prescribed.

• Avoid supplements that claim to be therapeutic, high-potency, or for stress. This adds cost with no additional benefits.

• Keep supplements in a locked cabinet away from children. Don’t leave them on the counter or rely on child-resistant packaging. Be especially careful with any supplements that contain iron. Iron overdose is a leading cause of poisoning deaths among children. At the end of the day a poor diet plus supplements is still a poor diet. Food remains your best source of vitamins and minerals. So spend a little more time and money on delicious, tasty meals and snacks to meet your nutritional needs. And remember, a supplement is not a magic pill it is just a little boost in addition to your wise food choices. This little extra poses no danger and may be helpful at times if chosen wisely.

• Choose a supplement with an expiration date on the container. Vitamins can lose potency over time, especially in hot and humid climates. Follow storage advice. Supplements should be kept in a cool, dry place, with a tight fitting lid.

• Choose a supplement that provides close to 100-150% of the Daily Value (DV) for recognized nutrients. • Look for the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) logo on the label. This ensures that the supplement meets the scientific approved standards. • Read the supplement label carefully. Follow serving size recommendations. • Avoid supplements that contain unrecognized nutrients and substances. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE







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ew York Fashion Week has started gearing us towards Spring 2013. The runways proved to be nothing short of amazing, and there were some definite trends making major headlines. Here’s a look at some musts for next season! Take some notes ladies, and start vamping up your spring closets from now to get yourself ahead of the game! Absolutely love the juxtaposition of bold hues with neutral shades as it provides for a harmonious combination. The Spring 2013 color palette has a little something for everyone. The runways were filled with vibrancy and versatile looks created by fabulous color combinations.



Romantic Lace:

Lace is back ladies! Whether it was black lace or colored, the looks were both romantic and edgy. Designers sparingly worked lace in to their pieces in order to spice up their looks. Jason Wu’s lace insets were particularly eye-catching and sexy.

Prints :

Floral and Digital prints were huge on the Spring runways. These sundry prints were bright and bold. Rodarte’s use of prints was especially appetizing as multiple vibrant prints were used to create a powerful ensemble.



Gladiator Inspired Shoes:

These knee grazing pieces are edgy, dramatic, and daring, and they completely transform your look. Make sure to get your hands on a pair before next Spring.



Pointed Pumps:

The pointer the hotter! The pointed pump trend has started to pick up again for Fall, and now we’re are seeing it for Spring as well. The sharper the point, the more elongated and slender your legs look. Designers have now revamped the pointed pump by adding ankle straps, contrasting colored tips, and fancy detailing for an edgier appeal.



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Spring 2 013 Trend: Black and White: This season, designers put the emphasis on strong blackand-white looks.

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The World’s Most Expensive Perfumery

In 1999 Clive Christian took the reins to one of the oldest British Perfume Houses, The Crown Perfumery, first made famous 135 years ago when it was uniquely honored by Queen Victoria with the gift of her crown as a symbol of utmost quality and British excellence. Clive Christian revived the original values of the House to create pure perfumes in complex formulas with the most precious natural ingredients from the corners of the British Empire. This vision led to the creation of the Definitive Collection of perfumes - 1872, X and No.1- which was to be recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as The World’s Most Expensive Perfume.




The Creation: Long anticipated by perfume aficionados around the world, ‘C’, the first creation from his private collection the sensual and seductive complementing perfumes for a man and for a woman, celebrate this perfume release by Clive Christian. Responsible for reviving the luxury perfume industry with the release of No.1 in 1999, the World’s Most Expensive Perfume, This scent is very exclusive with only 1000 bottles released each year. Clive Christian was also commissioned to create a unique presentation of a matched pair of Clive Christian No.1 Perfumes – his and hers – for His Royal Highness Prince William and Catherine Middleton in honor of their union. Clive Christian’s new release contains only the finest ingredients for a pure perfume creation ‘C’, named after himself, is now ready to share this perfume from his personal collection, with loyal clients and perfume devotees around the world. Dominant and seductive ‘C’ for Men, and voluptuous and flirty ‘C’ for Women, embraces the charming character of the Clive Christian Perfume definitive collection of 1872, X and No.1. Ensuring subtlety and longevity on the skin, ‘C’, like all Clive Christian perfumes, is perfume concentration. Presented in a beautiful amber bottle, ‘C’ pays tribute to the origins of the Crown Perfumery, where all perfumes created under Queen Victoria’s royal crown in the late 1800’s were coloured amber or green. ‘C’ FOR WOMEN Embracing the Clive Christian Perfume House accord of Rose and Jasmine Absolute, and pushing it to crescendo in union with Violet and Tuberose, ‘C’ reveals a sensual perfume for women brimming with voluptuousness and dangerous pleasure. Violet, the ‘flower of modesty’, lies at the heart, exhaling a sweet, flirty scent, as the iodine present in violet flowers turns off the ability for humans to smell the scent for moments at a time. As a symbol of ceaseless romantic devotion, Napoleon sent violet bouquets to Josephine Bonaparte on each anniversary and after her death kept violets and a lock of her hair in a locket which he wore to the end of his life, symbolizing his undying love. Tuberose, signifying dangerous pleasure and voluptuousness in the Victorian language, brings a sensual and heady fragrance to the heart of the perfume, and requiring 3600 pounds of blossoms to produce one pound of the absolute, tuberose oil is one of the most expensive and luxurious perfume ingredients in the world.

‘C’ FOR MEN ‘C’ for Men maintains the complex character of the Clive Christian Perfume House, and enhances it with reassured Saffron spice and rare Snow Lotus, bringing a dominant spirit and seductive strength throughout the perfume. Saffron, at the heart, is the most expensive spice in the world and worth its weight in gold. Historically held in the highest regard as a seductive essence by Henry 8th, it takes up to 250,000 saffron crocus flowers to create one pound of this seductive spice. Extremely rare Snow Lotus, a known aphrodisiac that lies in ‘C’ for Men, displays strength through adversity by growing only in the Rocky Mountains and glaciers near the snowline in Western China. With a legendary ability to prolong life, the inhabitants of Xinjiang, where Snow Lotus grows, have some of the longest life spans in China and the province is home to about four thousand centenarians, attributed to drinking a tea made from this charming, powerful ingredient.




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The Virtuous:

The second release from the Private Collection are perfumes that brim with absolute masculinity and with utter femininity, named ‘V’ after Clive’s eldest daughter, Victoria. Perfumes “V” are sophisticated compositions, rich in details and classic in their character. The feminine perfume is based on the alliance of floral and aromatic notes. Lavender and chamomile give a little masculine nuance to the classy floral heart. “V” for Women - Orange blossom traditionally associated with joy and betrothal is embraced by rose and jasmine and entwined with soothing chamomile and bright lavender to impart the spirit of a romantic perfume. Frankincense is a leading note in “V” for men. The fragrance is beautifully balanced, with spices and resins enhancing its warmth and the deep woody quality of the core ingredient. “V” for Men - Frankincense, the most important aromatic incense since antiquity, leads the hallmark intensity of precious woods and resins which underline the pink, white and black pepper interlocked at the core, to evoke the ardent vitality of a brave perfume. Bottles for both the Private Collections are made in the amber colour, a traditional way to protect their content from daylight. The bottles are crowned with caps whose design recalls the crown of Queen Victoria. The concentration of the juice is pure perfume, the richest fragrance form.

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by Clive Christian Creators of the World’s Most Expensive Perfume In 1872, Queen Victoria granted the use of the royal crown to a celebrated British perfume house as a mark of its quality and excellence. That perfume house, the Crown Perfumery, was acquired 125 years later by Clive Christian. Inspired by its history and tradition, Clive created a set of perfumes that embrace both tradition and modernity. Now available in a trio of travel friendly 10mL bottles, you can make sure that you always have your favorite Clive Christian perfume with you on your journey – wherever it may take you.



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“Stylishly innovative, Nichole de Carle London is the embodiment of the elegance and confidence that defines femininity. An exclusive brand, underlined by its rich tastes and its refined British craftsmanship, Nichole de Carle London lingerie has an attractiveness that is undeniably timeless. Strength, beauty and style, Nichole de Carle London is luxury personified� For more information on the latest collection or where to find your nearest stockist visit:






icole de Carle is an innovatively British luxury lingerie brand that uses the designers’ rich cultural heritage as an artisan to define the brands commitment to and love of beautifully crafted lingerie. With inspiration sourced from the World of art, literature and iconic architecture, Nichole de Carle London is the embodiment of design and fine craftsmanship.

By using only the finest fabrics available and with an exquisite attention to detail, each piece evokes the brands passion for the craft by delivering intimates that exude feminine strength, beauty, seductiveness, wit and sophistication. Since the brands birth, they have fortified a steady following of celebrities both national and international with names including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Alexandra Burke, The Saturdays, Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Cole. Nichole de Carle launched her career in the lingerie industry in 2001 after completing the world-renowned “Contour” course at DeMontfort University in England, with firstclass honours. She specialised in body contour and fit in lingerie, swimwear, corsetry and bridal wear. Nichole de Carle applied her talents whilst working as a tailor for the luxury design houses of Alexander McQueen in London, Donna Karan in New York, and Pleasure State in Australia. Nichole de Carle went on to found her company in 2008, crafting bespoke lingerie for private clients, through which she gained an international following of loyal and regular clients. It’s not often that underwear is given much of a voice in fashion, unless of courses if is for the wrong reasons like wardrobe malfunctions! And we all know the rule for matching underwear, and the age old warning ‘if you get hit by a bus, you’d want to wear a set that matches!’ but apart from the brief dalliance with underwear as outerwear trend, knickers have been, well, an afterthought. Lingerie designer Nichole de Carle, it seems, is determined to break out of that mould. Designing absolutely stunning underwear sets, made from the most sumptuous of fabrics in beautiful colouring, Nichole’s collection is quite frankly gorgeous. Combining traditional shapes and silhouettes with bang on trend touches, Nicole’s designs embodies femininity, grace and allows a woman to embrace her sensual side. Inspired by art, architecture and landscape, her designs are split into her ‘Signature Collections’, and ‘Classic Collections’. Her signature collections, named ‘Onyx’ and ‘Opal’ are inspired by the Art Deco Movement, and Spanish Architect Gaudi, respectively. The exquisite detailing in the pieces conveys the inspirational and meticulous line work Nicole so wonderfully combines within her own ideas. Colours are predominantly provocative nudes such as almonds, champagnes and ivories, juxtaposed with a heavily ‘lined’ black. The classic collections are the most successful pieces in Nicole’s collection adapted into timeless pieces. Inspirations are stated to be the iconic symbol in Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’, in which the female body is represented by the chalice. Other inspirations are the wondrous architectural design of Westminster Abbey and the opulent garden of the Chateau de Villette. For her spring summer 2012 collection, Nichole de Carle attached a certified 22ct diamond onto every knicker. The diamond is exclusive to the knickers and there are seven different knicker shapes available within this exquisite collection. Decadent and luxurious, Nichole de Carle’s underwear is something to celebrate, and something to show off. Having been featured in Vogue, Marie Claire and Grazia it seems that underwear is having a bit of a fashion moment thanks to Nicole de Carle

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David Beckham – Men’s Trends


he sexist man in the world has embarked on a creation of underwear for the Swedish brand H&M. The H&M David Beckham “Bodywear” line was released just before the Christmas Holidays and embraces cozy comfort with ideal pieces for the colder winter months.

David Beckham collaborated on the design of the clothing and has come up with the perfect range which is ideal for giving you some warmth and comfort for the cooler, chiller months like a hooded morning gown, draw-string pyjama pants, henleys and long johns with padded elbows and knees. The collection also includes lounging shorts and T-shirts, as well as a towel. Treat the man in your life this Valentines Days. 66








amed fashion designer Coco Chanel was born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel on August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France. With her trademark suits and little black dresses, Coco Chanel is famed for creating timeless iconic designs that are still extremely popular today. She herself became a much revered style icon known for her simple yet sophisticated outfits paired with great accessories, such as several strands of pearls. As Chanel once said, “luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.�




early years, however, were anything but glamorous. Her mother Eugénie Jeanne Devolle, was a laundrywoman, in the charity hospital run by the Sisters of Providence.

Gabriele was Eugenie’s second daughter, her father, Albert Chanel, was an itinerant street vendor who peddled work clothes and undergarments, living a nomadic life, traveling to and from market towns, while the family of five other children resided in rundown lodgings. Gabriele’s mother sadly died at the age of thirty-one when Gabriele was just twelve years old. Gabrielle’s father unable to cope sent his two sons out to work as farm laborers and sent his three daughters to the Corrèze, a convent of Aubazine, whose religious order, the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Mary, was founded to care for the poor and rejected, including running homes for abandoned and orphaned girls. It was a stark, frugal life, demanding strict discipline it was here that Gabriele was taught how to sew a skill that would lead to her life’s work. Having learned the art of sewing during her years at Aubazine, Gabriele was able to find employment as a seamstress. When not plying her needle, she sang in a cabaret frequented by cavalry officers. Gabriele made her stage debut singing at a café-concert called Moulins a popular entertainment venue she was among other girls’ dubbed poseuses, would entertain the crowd in-between star turns. The money earned was what they managed to accumulate when the plate was passed among the audience in appreciation of their performance. It was at this time that Gabrielle acquired the name “Coco”, possibly based on two popular 70 SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

songs with which she became identified, “Ko Ko Ri Ko,” and “Qui qu’a vu Coco”. It was at Moulins that Coco a carefree twenty year old met a young French ex-cavalry officer and wealthy textile heir Étienne Balsan. For the next three years, she lived with him in his chateau Royallieu near Compiègne. It was a life style of self-indulgence, Balsan’s wealth, and leisure allowing the cultivation of a social set who reveled in partying and the gratification of human appetites with all the implied accompanying decadence. Balsan lavished Coco with the beauties of “the rich life” diamonds, dresses, and pearls. In 1908 Coco began an affair with one of Balsan’s friends, Captain Arthur Edward ‘Boy’ Capel. In later years Coco reminisced of this time in her life: “...two gentlemen were outbidding for my hot little body.” Capel, a wealthy member of the English upper class, installed Coco in an apartment in Paris and financed Coco’s first shop on Paris’s Rue Cambon in 1910. Coco initially started out selling hats. She later added stores in Deauville and Biarritz and began making clothes. Her first taste of clothing success came from a dress she fashioned out of an old jersey on a chilly day. In response to the many people who asked about where she got the dress, she offered to make one for them. “My fortune is built on that old jersey that I’d put on because it was cold in Deauville,” she once told author Paul Morand. Sadly, Capel was not faithful to Coco and their affair finished after nine years in 1918, moving onwards with determination in 1918 Coco acquired the entire building at 31 rue Cambon situated in one of the most fashionable districts of Paris, and in 1921 she opened what may

be considered an early incarnation of the fashion boutique, featuring clothing, hats, and accessories later expanded to offer jewelry and fragrance. By 1927 Chanel owned an expanse of five properties on the rue Cambon, encompassing buildings numbered 23 through 31. In the 1920s, Chanel took her thriving business to new heights. She launched her first perfume, Chanel No. 5, Coco was presented with small glass vials of scent numbered 1–5 and 20–24, for her assessment, she chose the sample composition contained in the fifth vial. The Nº5 had a potent association for Coco. Coco told her master perfumer, Ernest Beaux, whom she was commissioned to develop a fragrance with modern innovations: “I present my dress collections on the fifth of May, the fifth month of the year and so we will let this sample number five keep the name it has already, it will bring good luck”. The perfume was the first to feature a designer’s name Chanel Perfume. It is said that Capel’s sartorial style influenced the conception of the Coco look. It is believed Coco took inspiration for the bottle design from the design of the whiskey decanter Capel used which Coco so admired that she wished to reproduce it in “exquisite, expensive, delicate glass.” In 1922, at a chance meeting at the Longchamps races, Coco was introduced to Théophile Bader, founder of the Paris Galeries Lafayette, and businessman Pierre Wertheimer. Bader was interested in inaugurating the sale of the Chanel No. 5 fragrance in his department store. Mr. Wertheimers agreed to provide full financing for production, marketing, and distribution of Chanel No. 5, licensing the name “Parfums Chanel”. The arrangement gave Mr.

Wertheimer seventy percent of the profits, and Théophile Bader a twenty percent share leaving just ten percent of the share for Coco. Coco was displeased with the arrangement and worked for more than twenty years to gain full control of “Parfums Chanel.” She later proclaimed that Pierre Wertheimer was “the bandit who screwed me.” In Monte Carlo in 1923, and thanks to her friendship with Vera Bate Lombardi, Coco now forty was introduced by Lombardi to the vastly wealthy Duke of Westminster, Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor, known to his intimates as “Bendor”. The Duke of Westminster idolized Coco and lavished Coco with extravagant jewels, costly art, and a home in London’s prestigious Mayfair district. In 1927, the Duke of Westminster gifted Chanel with a parcel of land he had purchased in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the French Riviera. It was on this site that Coco built her villa, La Pausa, “restful pause”, hiring the architect Robert Streitz. Streitz’s concept for the staircase and patio contained design elements inspired by Aubazine, the orphanage in which Chanel spent her youth. When asked why she did not marry the Duke of Westminster, she stated: “There have been several Duchesses of Westminster. There is only one Chanel” 1925 saw Coco introduce the now legendary Chanel suit with collarless jacket and wellfitted skirt. Her designs were revolutionary for the time borrowing elements of men’s wear and emphasizing comfort over the constraints of then-popular fashions. She helped women say good-bye to the days of corsets and other confining garments. Another revolutionary design was Chanel’s little black dress. She

took a color once associated with mourning and showed just how chic it could be for eveningwear. It was in 1931 in Monte Carlo that Chanel made the acquaintance of Samuel Goldwyn, the American film producer. Goldwyn offered Chanel a tantalizing proposition. For the sum of a million dollars, he would bring her to Hollywood twice a year to design costumes for MGM stars. Coco accepted the offer. En route to California from New York traveling in a white train car, which had been luxuriously outfitted specifically for her use, she was interviewed by Colliers magazine. Coco said she had agreed to the arrangement to “see what the pictures have to offer me and what I have to offer the pictures.” Coco designed the clothing worn on screen by Gloria Swanson, in “Tonight or Never,” (1931) and for Ina Claire in “The Greeks Had A Word for Them,” (1932). Both Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich became private clients. Her experience with American movie making left Coco with a dislike for the Hollywood film business and distaste for the Hollywood culture itself, which she denounced as “infantile.” Coco’s verdict was that “Hollywood is the capital of bad taste...and it is vulgar.” Ultimately, her design aesthetic did not translate well to film. The Chanel couture had become a lucrative business enterprise, by 1935 employing four thousand people. As the 1930s progressed, Coco’s place on the throne of haute couture came under threat.

The boyish look and the short skirts of the 1920s flapper seemed to disappear overnight. Coco’s designs for film stars in Hollywood had met with failure and had not aggrandized her reputation as expected. The onset of World War II, saw Coco close her shops, maintaining her apartment situated above the couture house at 31 Rue de Cambon. She claimed that it was not a time for fashion and three thousand female employees lost their jobs. The advent of war had given Coco the opportunity to retaliate against those workers who, lobbying for fair wages and work hours had closed down her business operation during the general labor strike in France in 1936. In closing her couture house, Coco made a definitive statement of her political views. Her violent loathing of Jews, inculcated by her convent years and sharpened by her association with society elites, had solidified her beliefs. She shared with most of her circle the conviction that Jews were a threat to Europe. World War II, specifically the Nazi seizure of all Jewish owned property and business enterprises, provided Coco with the opportunity to gain the full monetary fortune generated by “Parfums Chanel” and its most profitable product, Chanel No. 5. The directors of “Parfums Chanel,” the Wertheimers, were Jewish, and Coco used her position as an Aryan to petition German officials to legalize her claim to sole ownership. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


Coco aware that the Wertheimers, anticipating the forthcoming Nazi mandates against the Jews had, in May 1940, legally turned control of “Parfums Chanel” over to a Christian, French businessman and industrialist, Felix Amiot.

illogical design the “waist cinchers, padded bras, heavy skirts, and stiffened jackets.” Now over seventy years old, and with a fifteen-year absence, she felt the time was right for her to re-enter the fashion world.

wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.” Hundreds crowded together at the Church of the Madeleine to bid farewell to the fashion icon. In tribute, many of the mourners wore Chanel suits.

During the period directly following the end of World War II, the business world watched with interest and some apprehension the ongoing legal wrestle for control of “Parfums Chanel.” Interested parties in the proceedings were cognizant that Coco’s Nazi affiliations during wartime, if made public knowledge, would seriously threaten the reputation and status of the Chanel brand.

The re-establishment of her couture house in 1954 however was not received well by Parisians who felt her reputation had been tainted by her wartime association with the Nazis. However, her return to couture was applauded by the British and Americans, who became her faithful customers, her collaboration with jeweler Robert Goossens to produce bijouterie and gemstone jewelry, notably, long-strand necklaces of black and white pearls. The jewelry’s high contrast softened the severe design of the knitted-wool skirt and cardigan jacket.

1974, saw the House of Chanel now under the ownership of Coco’s partner and nemesis Jacques Wertheimer and managed by his son Alain, launch Cristalle eau de toilette, designed while Coco Chanel was alive, and the launch of the first non-couture, prêt-à-porter line and worldwide distribution of accessories in 1978. With sales dropping in the US Alain took to revamping No.5 sales by reducing the number of outlets and invested millions of dollars in advertising.

Ultimately, the Wertheimers and Coco came to a mutual accommodation, renegotiating the original 1924 contract. On 17 May 1947, Coco received wartime profits from the sale of Chanel No. 5, in an amount equivalent to some nine million dollars in twenty-first century valuation. Further, her future share would be two percent of all Chanel No. 5 sales worldwide. The financial benefit to her was enormous and was estimated to be in the vicinity of twentyfive million dollars a year, making her at the time one of the richest women in the world. In addition, Pierre Wertheimer agreed to an unusual stipulation proposed by Coco herself. Wertheimer agreed to pay all of Coco’s living expenses from the trivial to the large for the rest of her life. Unlike the pre-war era, when women reigned as the premier couturiers, the success of Christian Dior in 1947 brought to prominence a cadre of male designers Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Robert Piguet & Jacques Fath. Coco was convinced that women would ultimately rebel against the aesthetic favored by the male couturiers, what she called



In February 1955 the House of Chanel presented a new collection which as to be the last designed by Coco of leather handbags with either gold-colour chains or metal-andleather chains. The firm successfully ventured into masculine parfumerie, Pour Monsieur. Coco and her spring collection received the Fashion Oscar at the 1957 Fashion Awards in Dallas. In 1969, Coco’s fascinating life story became the basis for the Broadway musical Coco starring Katharine Hepburn as the legendary designer. Alan Jay Lerner wrote the book and lyrics for the show’s song while Andre Prévin composed the music. The show received seven Tony Award nominations, and Beaton won for Best Costume Design and René Auberjonois for Best Featured Actor. Coco Chanel died on 10 January 1971, at age 87 at her apartment in the Hotel Ritz. She never married, having once said “I never

This created a greater sense of scarcity and exclusivity for Nº5 and sales returned. He drafted in celebrities including Marilyn Monroe to Audrey Tautou to endorse the perfume. The glamour of Chanel No. 5 was reignited by Monroe’s unsolicited endorsement. In a 1954 interview, when asked what she wore to bed, the movie star provocatively responded: “five drops of Chanel No. 5.” A little more than a decade after her death, designer Karl Lagerfeld took the reins as chief designer to continue the Chanel legacy. He launched Antaeus, a new eau de toilette for men and changed Chanel’s fashion lines from the old lines to shorter cuts and eye capturing designs. Today her namesake company continues to thrive and is believed to generate hundreds of millions in sales each year. The interlooking C logo is revered as the most iconic logo in the world. In addition to the longevity of her designs, Coco’s life story continues to captivate people’s attention.







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In Pursuit of the Perfect Pieces

The AG collection of contemporary jewellery conjures feelings of elegance, luxury and sophistication. Inspired by a variety of sources from nature to architecture, Andrew Geoghegan has created a unique collection of traditional and contemporary jewellery designs Parties, Pearls and Prohibition: The History of the Cocktail Ring.


you gaze down at your sparkling cocktail ring adorning a finger of your right hand and admire its beauty, it’s unlikely that you’ve ever really considered how the piece came into being or tried to discover the dark yet delectable secrets the cocktail ring holds dear.

A relatively new addition to the jewellery world, the term ‘cocktail ring’ was coined only in the last one hundred years and is closely associated with the era of American prohibition back in the 1920s, when the manufacture and sale of alcohol was strictly prohibited. With rules meant to be broken, illegal cocktail parties would be held in secret, undercover locations. Women of the era, enjoying the clandestine nature of such events, would take full advantage to glam up and embellish their flamboyant outfits with equally grandiose rings. The rings became synonymous with the glamour of the woman who would ‘dare to wear’. Indeed, the larger and more ostentatious the ring, the more on trend the woman was deemed to be. Once the prohibition was lifted, the ring remained a fashion accessory and was named the “Cocktail Ring”.  The cocktail ring is designed to be eye catching and to make a statement about the woman’s personality. And indeed, woman will tend to have more than one piece so that she can change the ring depending upon her mood and the occasion.

The Andrew Geoghegan Celestial collection offers five stunning cocktail rings for women: 78


Celestial Fire A stunning Sunstone set in 18ct Rose Gold. This ring certainly creates some heat! The 7ct Sunstone sphere is visually unique and has a different appearance from each angle and in different light.

Celestial Rose

Celestial Ice

Andrew Geoghegan has created a rosecoloured version of his Celestial ring targeted at Valentine’s Day shoppers. The 18ct rose gold ring shows off a 7ct rose quartz spherical stone surrounded by a frame of diamonds.

The Celestial Ice is cool and sleek the perfect Cocktail Ring – Andrew Geoghegan’s Celestial Ice features a beautiful, spherical 7ct aquamarine, set in 18ct white gold and surrounded by white diamonds. Standing tall amongst most other cocktail rings, the Celestial Aquamarine has elegance, status and impact.

Andrew Geoghegan says: “This is a truly romantic piece which has been lovingly hand crafted for maximum impact. This spectacular piece combines the strength of the Celestial statement design with the delicateness of the rose shades. For me, this ring captures the essence of romance and femininity.”

Celestial Rutile A gorgeous 7ct Rutile is set with 14 brilliant cut diamonds in an 18ct yellow gold band. The Celestial is the jaw dropper of the AG collection. Each stone is visibly unique making each ring individual, the overall effect created by this ring is a warm and eye-catching piece of jewellery, perfect for party-wear. Unlike many precious stones which are valued for their clarity, rutile is prized for its criss-crossing and striking inclusions. The pattern of inclusions in each stone is wholly unique.

Celestial Tourmilated (black needles) The ‘Jewel in the Crown’, this 18ct white gold ring is set with a 10mm tourmilated sphere & 0.14cts brilliant cut diamonds. This piece is certainly a departure for the award winnng designer. An incredibly important feature of the design is that touch comes into play. The soft curves of precious metal and stone encourages the wearer to almost caress it! This clever approach means that there is more than just the visual sense being stimulated.

The Big Bang Creation - Luxury cufflinks made from space rock! Designer gents jewellery is something Andrew Geoghegan has always wanted to develop but for one reason or another he has not found the time... that is until now. When Andrew discovered the possibility of using Meteorite in jewellery his mind turned to cufflinks and not surprisingly the Celestial design.

Saturn & Celestial Cufflinks The Meteorite used within his first design is called Gideon and was discovered in Namibia, experts tell us that they landed in a rainfall style and are a combination of Iron, Iridium and Nickel which gives these galactic rocks there distinctive surface pattern.




Cartier Rotonde Repiticion Minutos Tourbillion Volante A manual18K pink gold case watch with a beaded c r o w n set with a s a p p hir e cabochon, s a p p h i r e crystal. White, galvanised, guilloché dial with silvered openwork grid, sunray effect, black transferred Roman numerals, sword-shaped bluedsteel hands, sapphire case back. Black alligator-skin strap with double adjustable deployant buckle in 18K pink gold. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 metres). Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding, calibre 9402 MC, certified Geneva Seal, individually numbered and comprised of 447 parts including 45 jewels. Total diameter: 39.7 mm, thickness: 9.58 mm, balance:21,600 vibrations / hour, power reserve: approx. 50 hours. The Cartier Rotonde Repiticion Minutos Tourbillion Volante is offered with a limited series of 50 pieces.

CLASSICS Bulgari Papillon Voyageur Daniel Roth Papillon Voyageur automatic watch, with a second timezone, in a 18kt pink gold case. It features an a anthracite dial and a brown alligator strap with an 18kt pink gold folding buckle. Bulgari’s new travel watch offers an elegant and artful display that takes a few seconds to grasp. First: the local hours are displayed digitally in “jump-hour” fashion in the large window at 12 o’clock. The second time zone is indicated by the pointed end of the blued, centrally-mounted, tear-drop-shaped hand, which points to a skeletonised, guilloché 24-hour sub dial. The local time is set via the crown, while the 24 hour hand is adjusted forward and back with push-buttons located at 10 o’clock (+) and 2 o’clock (-). The Bulgari Papillon Voyag eur is issued in a limited edition of 99 pieces. Mechanical selfwinding calibre with dual-time display by a central hand and +/- time-zone adjustment via dedicated p u s h button.



Auders Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Michael Schumacher A tribute to Motor racing Timing. Precision. Integrity. Exceptional engineering. All of the above can be applied to the highest level of motor racing as readily as they can be applied to the creations of Audemars Piguet. Now the two worlds come together in a special edition of the Royal Oak Offshore dedicated to the man regarded as the greatest race car driver of all time - Michael Schumacher. Winner of a record seven world championship titles, Michael Schumacher has achieved more race victories, more pole positions and scored more points than any other driver in the history of his sport. The Royal Oak Offshore Michael Schumacher comes in three case material choices, titanium with a black rubber strap (at a production of 1000 pieces), rose gold with a black rubber strap (at a production of 500 pieces) and platinum with a blue rubber strap (at a production of 100 pieces). Self-winding chronograph with date display and small seconds at 12 o’clock.

Chanel Camélia Flying Tourbillon” Calibre A beautiful complication that is both mysterious and poetic. The tourbillon movement is hidden by the camelia. The owner is the only one to know the real value of the watch. This exceptional tourbillon is the product of close collaboration between CHANEL and the Swiss designers, engineers and master watchmakers of Renaud & Papi (APRP SA), the centre of advanced research and development for Audemars Piguet. It represents a “first” for both companies. Mechanical movement with manual winding. Polished black ceramic dial with 18ct white gold hands set with 15 brilliant-cut diamonds. Available on either a black alligator or black stain strap Limited to 20 pieces



Chopard Imperiale The Imperiale collection symbolises a timeless chic, subtly combining simplicity and majesty, sophistication and sensuality. The Ladies watch is set within a 40mm 18ct rose gold & stainless steel case with glareproof sapphire crystal glass. Swiss made SW300 mechanical self-winding movement which beats at a frequency of 28,800 VpH. The movement is made up of 25 jewels and has a power reserve of 42 hours. Finely curved rose gold hands and indexes contrast with the elegant mother-of-pearl dial which has been delicately engraved. The date is displayed at the 3 o’clock position. The lotus-shaped crown is set with an authentic 0.15ct amethyst briolette. This watch is secured by black alligator leather strap with pin & buckle, and is water resistant to 50 metres.

TIMELESS Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Collection Unlike most others, the Montblanc Rieussec chronographs have no large elapsed-seconds hand at the centre of their dial, but pay homage to the first Rieussec chronographs from 1821 with a pair of rotating counter discs, one of which counts the elapsed seconds in the lower part of the dial at “8 o’clock,” while its counterpart tallies up to thirty elapsed minutes at “4 o’clock”. In addition to all this, the dial also boasts idiosyn- cratic, instantly recognizable styling on its upper half, where an off-centre sub dial shows the ordinary time. This sub dial has circular apertures inside its hour-scale, behind which the partly skeletonised twelve- hour disc rotates to show the hour in a second time zone. The elegant but sporty case in 18ct red gold weighs about 95 grams which gives this watch a solid weight and high value. It’s screwed back houses a sapphire crystal that also has antireflective coatings on both sides so that the artistic finish of the movement can be admired. The case has a polished bezel and straight, finely stepped horns. The grooved crown is inlaid with Montblanc’s logo in mother-ofpearl. The strap is black alligator with as red gold buckle.



Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Collection The new generation Planet Ocean CERAGOLD watches for men & women. For Men: Available in 18ct Rose Gold with striking black polished zirconium-based ceramic bezel inlay with Ceragold diving scale. Available as either a Chrono (XL only) or Three hands. Like all of the watches in the Planet Ocean collection, the Ceragold models have professional dive features including a unidirectional rotating bezel and a helium escape valve. The 18ct red gold applied indexes are coated with white SuperLumiNova emitting a blue light as are the polished, facetted 18ct red gold hands. The exception is the minute hand which emits a green light, as does the dot on the diving bezel. This feature makes it easy for divers to keep track of the elapsed dive time at a glance. The watches in the Planet Ocean collection are water resistant to 60 bar/ 600 metres / 2000 feet. For Women: The OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Ceragold 42 mm White Planet St. Moritz combines a 18ct red gold case and a white ceramic bezel with a Ceragold diving scale. It is dedicated to the Swiss mountain resort town of St. Moritz where each winter, OMEGA times some of the world’s most prestigious bobsleigh races. The brushed screw-in caseback is engraved with “Si14” (a reference to its silicon balance spring), “Ceragold”, “White Planet” and “St. Moritz”. The caseback also has a sapphire crystal that allows a clear view of one of the world’s finest mechanical watch movements.

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Paris is

named the City of Lights due to the fame it acquired as a centre of education and philosophy during the Age of Enlightenment. Yet, the sparkle of this most romantic and beautiful capital goes far beyond education and literature, Paris is multi facetted; it is an important centre of science, industry, fashion, luxury and furthermore, art in all its diverse expression. Paris offers a shimmering nightlife, luxurious boutiques as well as the most sumptuous hotels and amazing fine dining restaurants. Strolling through the streets of Paris, one will, necessarily every few steps come across one of the cities 3,800 monuments. The most famous and frequently visited is of course the Eiffel Tower, which since its construction as a temporary entrance to the World Exhibition in 1889 has become the foremost landmark of Paris. Named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world with over 7 million people visitors in 2011. The tower stands 320 metres (1,050 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building. The tower has three levels for visitors. Visitors can ascend, by stairs or lift (elevator), to the first and second levels. The walk from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the walk from the first to the second level. The third and highest level is accessible only by lift - The third level observatory’s upper platform is at 279.11m the highest accessible to public in the European Union and the highest in Europe. The Eiffel Tower has been replicated in smaller forms in different parts of the world: Las Vegas, U.S.A, Chinese and Gaunchzhou Shenzhen, Romanian Slobozia, Copenhagen (Denmark), Varna (Bulgaria), Aktau (Kazakhstan) and other cities. When standing atop the Eiffel Tower you can overlook the entire



city and it offers a view of the Champ-de-Mars and the Gothic masterpiece the Notre Dame cathedral. Notre Dame de Paris, French for Our Lady of Paris also known as Notre Dame Cathedral is the historic Roman Catholic Marian cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité. Widely considered as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and is one of the largest and most well-known churches in the world. Notre Dame is the spiritual heart of the French capital as it contains the “cathedra” which is the official chair for the Archbishop of Paris. It is also a shrine that preserves the Crown of Thorns, said to have been forced upon the head of Jesus Christ before his crucifixion, a fragment of the True Cross and one of the Holy Nails – all instruments of the Passion of Christ and a last remaining important Catholic relics in the world. This magnificent building is one of the first Gothic cathedrals to have been constructed in Paris. The construction of this unique cathedral spanned over 180 years thus the many differing styles of sculptures and artwork. The construction of the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris began in 1163 after the Archbishop of Paris claimed that he had a vision of a mighty new cathedral in Paris. It was under the rule of Louis VII that the construction of the cathedral was initiated. Since the construction of the building spanned over a long period of time, a number of architects worked on the site. This resulted in a unique amalgamation of different styles incorporated within the same church building. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


Notre Dame de Paris is often reputed to be one of the most prominent examples of Gothic architecture in both France and in Europe as a whole, and the naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture.

the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum, to display the nation’s masterpieces quoting that the Louvre would be “a place for bringing together monuments of all the sciences and arts”.

Every year, approximately 13 million worshippers and tourists visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, or Our Lady of Paris. As a destination, the cathedral attracts more visitors than the Eiffel Tower. Paris is a lively, cosmopolitan, but undeniable French city and it is absolutely worth taking time to discover the city of lights. For nostalgic art and literature lovers the Louvre Museum is unquestionably one of the finest art galleries in the world. Home to thousands of classic and modern masterpieces, the Louvre is the jewel in the crown of French culture, offering a towering testament to European civilisation and history.

The museum opened on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings, the majority of the works being royal and confiscated church property. Its quality and importance is highlighted through its popularity as the Louvre is the globes most-visited museum.

The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) which began as a fortress built in the late 12th century under Philip II. In 1682, Louis XIV chose to move residence to the Palace of Versailles, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection. It was during the French Revolution in 1791, that 90


To walk through the Louvre Museum is to walk through the history of France and into the minds of kings and revolutionaries. The Louvre Museum contains over 35,000 pieces of artwork across numerous departments including Near Eastern Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Paintings, Prints and Drawings. Masterpieces by great artists such as Da Vinci and Delacroix are part of the permanent collection of this prestigious gallery.

Off the beaten track Paris has countless hidden gems to offer that one only tends to discover when leaving the frenetic monument hunting and sightseeing tours behind, to indulge in the true Parisian style one should dine out at one of the many fancy places Paris has to offer. Paris is one if the culinary centres of Europe and many of the great names, such as Joël Robuchon, Alain Ducasse (who has a restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower), Pierrer Gagnaire or Hélèn Darroze, and many others of equal fame have their signature restaurants in the city. In Paris, the restaurant trade started over 500 years ago and continues to thrive; many young chefs come to Paris to learn their trade with the bustle of the fresh food markets, the street restaurants and demanding patrons Paris provides a culinary delight to any young aspiring chef. There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris. Ernest Hemmingway… SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE





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The Belle Époque of 1871 – 1914 translated as the Beautiful Era stands out in French history by its lack of concern and passionate faith in progress.

The peace and prosperity in Paris allowed the arts to flourish, and many masterpieces of literature, music, theatre, and visual art gained recognition.

It was a period characterized by optimism, new technology and scientific discoveries. France was in a phase of growing because of the second industrial revolution.

French society got carried away by happiness. The Upper class grew coarser and less concerned with conventionalities which lead to a cultural mixing …. During these frivolous times “Cafes Concerts” and Cabarets such as Le Chat Noir, Le Mirliton , Les Folies Bergères and others opened. They were places where aristocrats and workers alike distracted themselves in full disrespect of the social rules, in these places customers could feel free, they could watch a show or meet friends and even socialise or indulge in prostitutes. The Moulin Rouge translated as the Red Mill the most famous of these Cabaret Halls, first opened it doors on the 6th October 1889 and was directed by Joseph Oller together with Charles Zidler close to Montmartre in the Paris district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy. As soon as the Cabaret opened it attracted crowds, appealing to the Parisians who were looking for the dazzling and extravagant. Beautiful women mostly courtesans hosted exotic evenings called “Grandes Revues” with intermingling circus, dance, theatre and music hall routines. This brought about astonishing success and led to its nickname “Le Premier Palais des Femmes” translated as the First Palace of Women.

The popularity of the Moulin Rouge increased and it gained a reputation for being the place where men could view young Parisian girls whose unique and amazing dance moves were as flexible as their morals. At this time the French Cancan created by Nini Pattes-en-l’ Air was a popular dance of the working class ballrooms. The courtesans of the Moulin Rouge turned this boisterous eight minute dance into a form of seduction by teasing the gentleman in the audience by lifting their underskirts as well as there legs causing much public outrage. For the next ten years the Moulin Rouge continued its whirlwind of extravagant themed Cabaret with a 10pm show hosted every evening. The stage of the Moulin Rouge offered an opportunity to the most talented dancers of the capital city such as La Goulue, who immortalised the French Cancan and became famous in her own right however by the beginning of 1900’s the dance routines were starting to become unfashionable. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


In 1902 under the leadership of M. PaulLouis Flers, a well know director off opera & theatre in Paris the Moulin Rouge changed style and tried to steer itself into a more prestigious place, however this was not the character of Moulin Rouge and M. Paul-Louis Flers quit after lasting for only 9 months… What followed was a succession of mangers and until the onset of World War 1 the Moulin Rouge dedicated itself to operetta with the music of Offenbach successive shows in lightness, contentment, joy with laughter, sadness and an array of emotions filled the great dancehall and the talent of the young Mistinguett was revealed. Her exceptional portrayal of the languorous jig of Max Dearly and Valse Chaloupée (swaying waltz) catapulted her to a shining star. After the First World War, Francis Salabert with the help of Jacques-Charles directed the Moulin Rouge, both men were inspired by Broadway and dreamt of setting-up a show with American dancing girls, they created “New York Montmarte” and at the top of the bill were the Dolly Sisters Rosy and Jenny, the first twin sister in the history of the Cabaret bar. The Broadway style of entertainment made an immediate impact. Mistinguett, already a star and known as the Queen of the Moulin Rouge continued to liven up the Cabaret shows and it was at this time that the legendary creation of the “Revue Mistinguett” was born. At the time of Mistinguett death in 1929 the impact of Cabaret music halls had changed in French society, Cinematography was becoming popular and the once famous Moulin Rouge Cabaret shows now languished in the shadows of this new popular and fascinating invention. 96


The Moulin Rouge was thus changed into an ultra modern night-club. The onset of the Second World War did little to further rejuvenate the Moulin Rouge, the night life of Paris had almost disappeared and the Parisians did not feel frivolous the only ray of sunshine for those five years was a few days before the liberation of Paris a performance by Edith Piaf perfumed at the Moulin Rouge. It was six years after the Second World War before the Moulin Rouge recovered. In 1951, George France brought the Moulin Rogue and set about renovating it in order to allow the famous establishment to once again hold wonderful nights of entertainment and regain its splendour of yesteryear. It was during this period

that the “diner spectacle” appeared and attracted a great deal of Parisian attention. Stars were born again and the nightlife of Paris exploded, the Moulin Rouge had lost none of its prestige and capsulated the symbol of Parisian night time leisure. In 1962 Jackie Clérico took over the management of the most famous cabaret in the world, two years after his arrival at the Moulin Rouge he embarked on a new adventure: the construction of a giant aquarium where nude dancers moved like delightful mermaids and aquatic ballet. Jackie was very superstitious and only titled his revues with the letter F with revues titled Frou Frou, Frisson, Fascination, Fantastic, Frénésie each one exceeding the others

until the unforgettable Formidable‌.(this tradition continues today) Today, a visit to the Moulin Rouge is still very poplar with adult visitors to Paris, and the grandeur of the Moulin Rouge continues to vibrate in the heart of Paris, displaying the radiance in the aesthetic side of the show via its costumes, gorgeous dancers, special effects and backgrounds. The Moulin Rouge, a magnificent cabaret of singing, dancing and wonder and the glitter and glamour of the show has become the legacy of its founders‌



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Do men prefer blondes?


lfred Hitchcock certainly did. The director’s flaxen heroines were aloof beauties; frosty, but with fiery streaks beneath.

They made the best victims. As Hitch once quipped: “They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.” His obsession with casting (and, well, torturing) fair-haired leading ladies has been documented in two new films, out this fall. Both movies take close looks at his troubling relationships with his stars. In HBO’s The Girl, Sienna Miller plays Tippi Hedren, who survived a ferocious flock of live birds and worse before breaking her contract with the esteemed director.




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take a look at the man behind Alfred Hitchcock and the leading ladies of his life.

Born in London on August 13, 1899, Alfred Hitchcock was raised by strict, Catholic parents. He described his childhood as lonely and sheltered, partly due to his obesity. He once said that he was sent by his father to the local police station with a note asking the officer to lock him away for 10 minutes as punishment for behaving badly. He also remarked that his mother would force him to stand at the foot of her bed for several hours as punishment (a scene alluded to in his film Psycho).

Ingrid Bergman Notorious 1946

At the age of 14, Hitchcock went to study at the London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation, after leaving, he became a draftsman and advertising designer with a cable company called Henley’s. It was while working at Henley’s that he began to write, submitting short articles for the in-house publication. From his very first piece, he employed themes of false accusations, conflicted emotions, and twist endings with impressive skill. In 1920, Hitchcock entered the film industry with a full-time position at the Famous Players-Lasky Company designing title cards for silent films. Within a few years, he was working as an assistant director.

Joan Fontaine Rebecca 1940

Carole Lombard Mr.& Mrs. Smith 1941

Marlen Dietrich Stagefright 1950

Grace Kelly Rear Window 1954

In 1925, Hitchcock directed his first film and began making the “thrillers” for which he became known the world over. In 1926 Hitchcock married film editor and screenwriter Alma Reville this relationship was to prove sexless. With the exception of one isolated occasion when they somehow succeeded in conceiving their daughter, Patricia — an experience in which he would admit to finding the ‘mechanics unpleasant’. His 1929 film Blackmail staring Anny Ondra is said to be the first British “talkie.” On the set of Blackmail, Hitchcock’s obsession with his blonde leading ladies began to surface he made innocent sexual remarks to actress Anny Ondra during a sound test which one wouldn’t have expected from a man so overwhelmed by the practice of sex.. In the 1930s, he directed further classic suspense films as The Man Who Knew Too Much and The 39 Steps. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


“I never said all actors are cattle;


the onset of World War II loomed over Europe, Hitchcock emigrated to the U.S. to direct Rebecca (1940) starring Joan Fontaine Hitchcock’s streak of ruthless sadism began to materialize. Joan Fontaine was deliberately isolated by him. ‘He would constantly tell me that no one thought I was any good except himself,’ she said. He then undermined her by saying that her co-star, Laurence Olivier, disliked her and that she was liable to be replaced. The film went on to win an Academy Award for best picture.

Doris Day The man who knew too much 1956

Janet Leigh Psycho 1960

Kim Novak Vertigo 1958

Tippi Hedren The Birds1963

Eve Marie Saint North by Northwest 1959

Dany Robin Topaz 1969

1950-1960 was an amazingly productive decade for Hitchcock. The Hitchcock Blonde reached its apex in three films with Grace Kelly (Dial ‘M’ for Murder, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief). Kelly epitomized his idée fixe: the ice goddess who could unleash unexpected flames of passion and the camera clearly worshiped her. Hitchcock adored Kelly but he was not deceived by her sedate, ladylike, and refined facade. He would dine out with glee on her convoluted love life he would declare that ‘That Grace!’ ‘She’s slept with everyone! His attitude towards his blondes however darkened after what he perceived as betrayals: Kelly’s abandoning acting to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco; and Vera Miles’ opting for pregnancy rather than starring in Vertigo. Vertigo, starring Kim Novack and Psycho staring Janet Leigh followed and his anger towards his leading blondes captivated audiences with the vicious iconic shower scene murder of Janet Leigh’s character half way through the film. In the notorious shower scene in Psycho, the blade of the knife was employed to convey the impression of violent rape and sexual invasion. As one of his screenwriters, Arthur Laurents remarked: ‘He lived in the land of kink. Perverse sex, kinky sex, that fascinated him . . . essentially he was a voyeur.’ Hitchcock was riding high in the early ’60s. His most recent movie, Psycho, had been nominated for four Oscars and he wanted his follow-up to be bigger and scarier than ever. While watching a TV commercial for a diet drink, Hitchcock glimpsed his greatest blonde obsession of all, Tippi Hedren. Naturally she was at first elated to be cast in a film by one of Hollywood’s hottest directors. Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren in “The Girl” 2012





what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.” .........Alfred Hitchcock


ecause Hedren was an unknown, Hitchcock could take his proclivities to extremes, obsessions he would never have dared entertain with stars such as Bergman or Kelly, he placed her under an exclusive contract of $500 a week a paltry sum for Hollywood scarlet’s he chose her clothes, her make-up, her jewellery, her coiffure, advised on what she should eat, whom she should see, and how she should live. He sent her inappropriately personal notes and expensive presents. To Hedren’s daughter (Melanie Griffith), Hitchcock sent a doll of Hedren, resting in a small pine box shaped like a coffin. The gift traumatized the 5-year-old.

To film The Birds Hedren had been told the birds would be mechanical but for the final attack, Hedren was ordered to crouch in a corner as animal handlers hurled seagulls and ravens at her. Toward the end of the week’s shooting, Hitchcock decided the birds were backing off too soon, so he had stagehands wire some of them to Hedren’s costume, so the confused animals would continue flapping and scratching against her. When Hedren sustained a gash near her lower left eyelid, shooting had to be suspended. For Hitchcock’s next outing he had planned Marnie as Grace Kelly’s comeback to the screen. When she refused the role, he cast Hedren again and resumed his cat-and-mouse game with her again sending her notes, gifts, suggestive remarks. When Hendren declined to work with him on a third film, Hitchcock went on to personify the casting couch cliche. Furiously jealous, he tied Tippi Hedren to him with a multi-year contract that effectively prevented her working with anybody else ever again. ‘He said he would ruin my career – and he did,’ she says. It is believed that Hitchcock never recovered from the blow to his pride that Hedren’s rejection inflicted. He went on to make four further films after Marnie — Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy and Family Plot — but none of them vintage Hitchcock.

Tippi Hedren & Hitchcock at the Academy of Awards The Birds 1963


hroughout his career Hitchcock directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning more then six decades. Hitchcock was the genius of suspense and thrillers but underlying he was a predator craving adoration and commitment from his leading blondes but sadly his obsessions and harassment only lead to drive them away…

By 1980, when he was belatedly knighted, he had utterly withdrawn into himself, was declining food, refusing to get out of bed, and staring coldly at the very few visitors he received. He died on April 29, 1980, three months short of his 81st birthday.





UK Inheritance Tax And The Expatriate In Spain By Bill Blevins, Financial Correspondent, Blevins Franks Your liability to UK inheritance tax is not directly linked to where you are resident; instead it is determined by domicile. Many British expatriates remain liable for this tax even if they have lived abroad for many years.

Inheritance tax threshold and rate Inheritance tax is a combination of a death duty and in some circumstances a gifts tax. If you are a British domicile, it is charged on your worldwide estate at the time of your death, plus any assets you have given away as gifts over the last seven years. It is also payable on certain lifetime gifts. The tax rate is a fixed 40%. Since April 2012 this will be reduced to 36% if you leave at least 10% of your estate to qualifying charities. The first £325,000 is taxed at 0% – the “nil rate band” per individual. This threshold usually increases each year in line with inflation, but as part of austerity measures it has been frozen since April 2009, and will not increase until at least April 2015. UK assets remain are always liable to inheritance tax regardless of domicile.

Spouses / civil partners There is no inheritance tax on assets passing between spouses and civil partners.

There is one exception. If you are a UK domicile but your spouse is not, they do not benefit from the blanket spousal exception. They would currently only receive a one-off allowance of £55,000, on top of the general £325,000 nil rate band (so a total tax free allowance of £380,000). This should improve following plans announced at the 2012 Budget. If it goes ahead, from April 2013 the one-off allowance will increase to £325,000, giving non-UK dom ici led spouses a tota l a l lowa nce of £ 650,0 0 0 . When it comes to leaving assets to the next generation (or indeed to anyone you wish), spouses and partners can benefit from double the nil rate band. Since April 2008, any unused portion can be carried forward and used by the second partner on their death, giving a couple a potential combined threshold of £650,000. It is the unused portion that gets carried forward, rather than the actual value. So if the first spouse uses 50% of their allowance, the second spouse will have a nil rate band of £487,500 on their death (£325,000 of their own, and £162 ,500 from the first deceased spouse).



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In most cases, inheritance tax bills should be settled within six months of the end of the month of death; after this interest starts to be applied. This can cause problems for your heirs if your estate does not have enough illiquid assets, or if it takes longer than six months to obtain probate.

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Defying Natural or Unnatural Selection With a new year comes new opportunities, and for some in the animal kingdom January & February signifies the start of the mating season or the birth of the next generation, below we look at some of our planets most beautiful and sadly endangered species.



Snow Leopards nown throughout the world for its K beautiful fur and elusive behaviour, the endangered snow leopard (there are only

between 4,000 and 6,500 snow leopards left in the wild), is to be found in the rugged cold, barren mountains of Central Asia. The snow leopard is a graceful creature that prefers to live alone. They are recognized by their beautiful fur; the base colour of their fur can vary from light gray to a darker gray with solid spots located on the head, neck, and limbs; while the remainder of the body is covered in unique spots called “rosettes” this distinctive fur is a causative agent to their diminishing numbers. Humans, being the snow leopards only enemies, hunt them to sell their fur on the black market with furs selling for as much as €75,000. The bones of a snow leopard are also used in Chinese medicine which is another reason why they are hunted. The mating season for the snow leopards occurs typically in the late winter months between December and March. This mating season is dictated by the harsh winter conditions, since food is scarce and difficult to obtain the snow leopards choose to mate as this will guarantee that their offspring will be born during the warmer months of spring where food will again be plentiful. Attracting a mate during the late winter months isn’t that easy, primarily because of the harsh weather, the female snow leopards will spray rocks or protruding objects with urine which informs the nearby males that it is mating season. This is not the only technique snow leopards employ when seeking a mate. They will also produce a soft moan to alert others in the area of the mating season. If they are successful in attracting a mate they will great each other with quiet “chuffing” noises. After mating the male mate has no further role in the reproduction process. A female snow leopard’s litter can range from one to five cubs however the average is two to three cubs. When the baby cubs are born they have a full coat of fur and are blind for about a week. However they are helpless until they are six weeks old; during this time they sleep and drink their mother’s breast milk. Snow leopards are dependent upon their mother for about two years or until they reach sexual maturity, if they have not already, they will leave their mother and begin life by themselves.. Snow leopards are listed on the IUCN’s Red list of Threatened Animals as Endangered, to ensure this magnificent creature is not lost entirely snow leopards are now breed all across the world in zoos. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


Polar Bears anuary and February are important J times for Polar Bears. While popular opinion has them sleeping away the

winter months in a state of dormancy, female bears wake up briefly in January or February to give birth to one (often two) tiny bear cubs. Bears mate in late March or June. Female polar bears usually become sexually mature by their fourth summer, however do not successfully reproduce until there eighth or tenth year. During the breeding season, males and females find each other by congregating in the best seal-hunting habitats. Competition for females is intense as females breed about once every three years; therefore, there are about three adult males to every breeding female. Once females come into season, they may leave scent trails, and male bears quickly hone in on the scent. More than one male may catch the female’s scent and this can lead to some potentially violent showdowns between competing males. The mating pair will go on to spend several days getting to know each other. As time passes, they may get closer, and even nuzzle each other, and with the preliminaries out of the way, mating begins, usually lasting only a few minutes at first. The pair mate repeatedly over several days, and some of the later copulations may last as long as an hour. Sows may mate with one or several bears over the course of about a week. Once mating has finished the sow will move on having nothing more to do with the male. Like most aspects of polar-bear life, the pregnancy process is about energy conservation. A pregnant female feeds heavily in the spring to build up her fat reserves. In late autumn, the female will dig a cave in a snowdrift, either on a mountainside very close to sea ice or on the sea ice itself. This den is protected from the wind, and provides a secure place to sleep. In early winter, the female gives birth after an approximate eight-month gestation period. However, it only takes four months for the unborn cub to actually develop. There are typically two cubs per litter, and they’re surprisingly small. A cub weighs about a pound at birth and measures about a foot long. It’s also blind, toothless, and lacking insulation, with only very short, thin fur. Polar bear cubs have no chance of survival without their mother. The family stays in the maternity den until early spring, and the mother doesn’t drink, eat, or defecate during that time. All she does is protect and feed her young. Even after they leave the den, cubs stay with their mom until they’re about two years old, learning to hunt, clean themselves, and survive in the harshest of habitats.



Polar Bears are the worlds carnivore and are listed on the IUCN’s Red list of Threatened Animals as Vulnerable, and have also been also been deemed threatened on the U.S. Endangered Species List. These assessments have been based on the population reduction of approx 30% over the last three generations (45 years). Polar bears rely almost entirely on the marine sea ice environment for their survival so global climate change posses a substantial threat to the habitat of polar bears. The dramatic loss of sea ice habitat is the biggest threat to the survival of polar bears. In the southern range of polar bears, the shorter sea ice season has decreased the amount of time bears can hunt for their prey. Sea ice break-up keeps these bears on shore. This forces them to spend the summer without significant feeding, relying on their fat stores from the previous summer to survive. Many polar bears now suffer from malnutrition and others face starvation, especially females with cubs. Polar bear populations in Canada’s Hudson Bay have declined by 22% since the 1990s and researchers predict up to 73 percent of pregnant females in this population could fail to bring their cubs to term, given current and anticipated sea ice conditions. Polar bears do not adapt to warmer climate so if climatic trends continue polar bears may become extinct within 100 years. Governments and conservations groups around the world are now joining together to try and act to save these magnificent creatures however unless we (humans) take notice of the man-made issue surrounding global warming I fear the polar bear will become an animal confined to the history books of our planet for future generations.





Siberian Tigers iberian tiger or the Amur Tiger, are the world’s largest cat, sadly S it is amongst the most endangered species on our planet, nowadays, these magnificent animals are mostly found in south eastern Russia where it is estimated that there are only around 350 - 400 tigers left in the wild and 490 in zoos.

The Siberian tiger is huge and possess and imposing body frame. These burly creatures can weigh up to 650 pounds and are about 10 to 12 feet in length. Their average weight is about 400 to 650 pounds. Skin colour is pale-orange with black coloured stripes. White Siberian tigers have chocolate coloured stripes lined against their white coat. Although it is illegal to kill a tiger, tigers are still poached today because their body parts can be sold on the black market for great sums of money. The tiger parts are sold for their fur and are used in traditional Chinese medicines. Forest fragmentation and poaching have both taken their toll on tiger numbers; however, in Korea logging of Korean Pines seems to pose the greatest threat. Korean pines produce a good quality wood which is used mainly for pencil production. The pine is critical to the survival of the tiger population because its nuts are a vital food source to elk, deer and boar the tiger’s main prey. The survival of the Siberian tiger is largely dependent on the protection of the Korean Pine. Russian law now protects the tree yet in many areas there are very few trees left remaining. Much work is needed to restore the forest ecosystem back to health. ‘Trees for Tigers’ project: - ‘Trees for Tigers’ is the newest Global Releaf restoration campaign run by the American Forests. Its aim is to restore and link habitats suitable for the Siberian tiger through an extensive tree-planting programme. The project started in 2000 and is intended to continue for five years. Its main goal is to plant one million tree seedlings. Fortunately for the Siberian Tiger this is just one of a number of projects currently being undertaken to help preserve tigers in the wild. Many zoos around the world also have active breeding programmes to maintain genetic diversity and thereby improve the prospects for the survival of this wonderful species. The Siberian tiger’s mating season tends to be from December to January with the birth occurring usually in mid March – mid April. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


he Red Panda, or “firefox,” is often T referred to as the “lesser panda” in deference to giant panda because of

its size as it is much smaller than the giant panda. The Red Panda resembles a raccoon in size and appearance and lives in mountain forests with a bamboo understory, at altitudes generally between 1500 and 4800m. The red panda is found in a mountainous band from Nepal through north eastern India and Bhutan and into China, Laos and northern Myanmar. It is rare and continues to decline. It has already become extinct in 4 of the 7 Chinese provinces in which it was previously found. The major threats to red pandas are loss and fragmentation of habitat due to deforestation (and the resulting loss of bamboo) for timber, fuel and agricultural land; poaching for the pet and fur trades; and competition from domestic livestock. Red pandas almost exclusively eat bamboo. Once living in many parts of Asia including greater China, the red panda is now confined to parceled territories that collectively are a fraction of its original habitat. These isolated parcels interfere with feeding, migration, and breeding activities. Many facts indicate that reproduction rates are on the decline. The foods it must eat to maintain its lifestyle and reproduction cycle has been reduced by habitat loss, global warming, hunting, and poaching. Their greatest threat is therefore mankind. Research facts show many baby red pandas do not survive to adulthood. The red panda is classified as endangered. In fact it is now extinct in several countries according to information from conservation groups. Adult Red Panda’s lead solitary live except when mating or when they are rearing their young. The breeding season for the Red Panda is between January and mid March, with a gestation period of about four months. Baby red pandas are born in an average litter size of one to four babies and are born in the late spring and early summer. The mother Red Panda builds a nest or uses hollow tree trunks or small caves to give birth to their newborn. She will take care of her cubs until they reach adulthood, with adulthood being approximately reached in 16 to 18 months. Sadly the red panda, like many others has been classified as vulnerable in the IUCN Red List since 2008 because the global population is estimated at about 10,000 individuals, with it population continually decreasing. Due to their shy and secretive nature, and their largely nocturnal habits, observation of red pandas is difficult. Therefore, population figures in the wild are determined by population density estimates and not direct counts this said conservation efforts to ensure we do not lose the Red Panda have been taken seriously with the authorities in China, Burma and Nepal introducing protected zones in the Red Panda’s habitat to stop the de-forestation and loss of its natural habitat



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lack spider monkeys also known as the B Guiana or red-faced spider monkey are New World monkeys native to South

America, north of the Amazon River. Specifically, they can be found in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, and Suriname. Black spider monkeys can be found in dense forest habitats that are isolated from human populations. With their disproportionate long limbs and long prehensile tail, Black Spider Monkeys like to live in the upper layers of the rainforest. Their primary food is fruits, leaves, nuts, flowers, and insects. They also feed on bird eggs, and spiders. As they are big in size, the Black Spider Monkeys require large expanse of moist evergreen forests and do not like to get disturbed. They spend a majority of their time in the middle to upper regions of the forest canopy. Preferred habitat typically includes forests with canopy heights exceeding 25m. Forest habitats bordering large rivers tend to have low population densities, possibly due to increased hunting pressure in these locations Black spider monkeys are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, which means it is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future with at least a 10% probability of extinction within 100 years. Currently, population numbers are declining, due to deforestation, hunting by humans, and its slow reproductive rate. Relative to other primates, black spider monkeys reproduce very slowly, mating once every 3 to 4 years. Gestation typically lasts for 7.5 months, resulting in a maximum of four offspring. Black spider monkeys initiate courtship by wrestling and playing with members of the opposite sex. This behaviour often includes vocalizations like growling and heavy panting along with head-shaking. Courtship usually initiated during May – June resulting in their offspring being born in the later winter months of December or January. Females may select a single mate during her breeding cycle or mate with three to four different males per day. Black spider monkeys are independent by 15 to 18 months and reach sexual maturity around 4 to 5 years old. After reaching sexual maturity, males often remain members of their natal group. Females, however, leave to find potential mates, and return to their natal group to give birth and possibly mate with males from their natal group.







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year fans of horse racing we have seen two of there brightest stars disappear into retirement. Kauto Star the French bred National-Hunt champion racehorse who, was trained by Paul Nicholls is embarking on a new career in dressage and the fabulous, the freakish, the fantastic Frankel is now set to end his days in luxury in stud. I have been a fan of the sports since a young lad growing up in Buckinghamshire, England, and I was very lucky to be able to spend my tentative years around horses, I grew up surrounded by acres of fields and seeing horses cantering down the road. I longed to own a horse or my own, and would often visit the stables surrounding the Newmarket Downs.

I would seek out the trainers and bombard them with questions of “what to look for in the perfect horse” and in the early 90’s purchased my first horse. My first furore into owning a horse did not go well, after running its first race it became lame and sadly could not continue this taught me a valuable lesson as with everything in life you pay for what you get and in horse racing that’s a lot! I was also fortunate enough to meet Sir Henry Cecil and like many other horse racing fans I have been awed by his most famous horse the phenomenal “Frankel”….






story began in box number 5 of the foaling unit at Banstead Manor Stud, a picturesque farm on the outskirts of Newmarket, in the village of Cheveley, England. It was here, late in the evening of the 11th February 2008, that the eight-year-old listed winning mare Kind gave birth to a smart bay colt sired by leading sire Galileo, whom she had visited in Ireland just over 11 months prior for owner/ breeder Prince Khalid Abdullah. Weighing in at 123lb, the new foal was described by Stud Manager Simon Mockridge as “a quality colt, tall with size and scope”, and it soon became apparent that this colt had something special about him.

“He was very inquisitive and attentive to what was going on around him, whether he was in the stable or the field. He was always the first one to come up to you and was the type of foal who would defy you not to take notice of him. A bit like how he is now when he’s racing!” said Jim Power, the now retired stud groom. After a threemonth trip to Ireland with his dam (who was again visiting Galileo), Frankel returned to Banstead, where he continued to grow in both size and in character. Jim continues: “He was a straightforward 128


yet sensitive horse, with a slight air of arrogance about him but really top class racehorses often have that character. I think you have to have character to be a champion, in the same way the best academics, sportsmen or musicians for example often do. It sets them apart from the norm.” That first summer, Frankel spent his days in the paddock with Kind and two other mare-and-foal pairings. Then in mid-July, at five months of age, the time came for Frankel to be weaned. Jim recalls: “He took weaning very well as with most of horses on the farm, he had already weaned himself really by becoming more and more independent from his mum. On the day of weaning, we gave him his breakfast, the feed went down and he didn’t even realise he’d been weaned!” Frankel and the other foals then joined a larger band of weanlings out in the paddocks of Banstead, before being sent to Ireland to commence the first part of their training for life as racehorses. Although the as yet unnamed Frankel was clearly a foal of some standing, as he left the care of Jim Power no-one could have guessed what the colt would go on to achieve.

Frankel & Tom Quellly

Frankel’s Early Years of Training: Frankel arrived at New Abbey Stud on 17th September 2008,” remembers Rory Mahon, Farms Manager for Juddmonte in Ireland. “My rating for him at the time was 7++. He was a wellbalanced colt with a very good walk, and he stood on good limbs. His temperament was also very good.” Frankel spent the next year in Ireland growing and becoming gradually accustomed to the routines of a grown-up thoroughbred, first in the tranquil surrounds of New Abbey and then at nearby Ferrans Stud. On September 2009, the one-and-a-half-year old Frankel was broken in accepting the saddle and bridle and becoming used to a rider on his back at all paces a process which Frankel took to with ease. “He was a quick learner,” recalls Rory. At the time of his departure to Henry Cecil’s yard in January 2010, he was doing a mile trotting and a mile cantering, and was showing lots of potential. Frankel arrived at Sir Henry Cecil’s yard in Newmarket on 14th January 2010. After demonstrating a huge amount of talent both in training and on the racecourse, from his very first race in a maiden at Newmarket to his run of Group 1 successes, Frankel has

since been labelled a ‘freak’ by some racing followers. The man who helped bring him into the world, Jim Power, however doesn’t agree. “I’m not sure I agree with people calling Frankel a ‘freak’. He is the epitome of what you want to achieve when you breed the best to the best. He’s not a freak he’s a true racehorse he lives to run.”

Season One: Frankel’s racing career as a two year old began with Jockey Tom Queally (the only jokey who would ever have the pleasure of racing him competitively) on the 13th August 2010 in a one mile maiden race at Newmarket. Frankel broke slowly, before making headway two furlongs out to win “readily” by half a length. Four weeks later, he ran again in the Frank Whittle Conditions Stakes over seven furlongs at Doncaster. He accelerated past his opponents and drew away to win by thirteen lengths in impressive style marking the start of his impressive wins. On 25 September 2010, Frankel tackled the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes Group at Ascot, a race sponsored by his owner Prince Khalid Abdulla. The race was notable for Frankel’s mid-race SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


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move around the home turn, and the colt won impressively by 10 lengths. Trainer Henry Cecil noted after the race that “He was very impressive. He has been ticking all the right boxes. In the last two months he has started to really improve, improve and improve”. Frankel’s last race of 2010 was the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on 16 October, and his first race at Group 1 level. The race was billed as a “clash of the titans” as it also featured two other unbeaten colts; Dream Ahead and Saamidd. Frankel won the race comfortably by two and a quarter lengths. Having won all four of his races as a two-year-old Frankel had set the bar high for himself for his three year-old season and was the horse to watch.

Season Two: Season two for the three-year old began with a prep-race for the 2000 Guineas at the Greenham Stakes at Newbury on 16 April 2011, over seven furlongs. He defeated Excelebration by four lengths, showing his customary turn of foot around a furlong from home. On 30 April, Frankel produced one of the greatest performances ever seen on a British racecourse when running away with the 2,000 Guineas, propelling him firmly into the hearts of racing fans. Incredibly, the manner of this victory matched the wildest hopes held for the colt, whose reputation had grown with every appearance on the gallops since his maiden as well as with each of his six wins. Frankel won in spectacular style he jumped straight to the lead, surprising many of the jockeys in the race. Frankel had a lead of around 15 lengths by half way and won by a total of six lengths the biggest winning margin since Tudor Minstrel in 1947. 130


The performance was described as “barely believable”, while television pundits described it as “an astonishing performance that puts him firmly in the superstar status”. The St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot followed on 14th June. Notably the race pacemaker, Rerouted, set a break-neck pace and opened up a sizeable lead by half-way. Frankel however passed Rerouted to open up a lead of six lengths on the rest of the field with two furlongs to go but in the final furlongs the 20-1 shot Zoffany began to gain ground, and Frankel just held on by 3/4 of a length to win. Following the race, Jockey, Tom Queally received criticism from many for what some saw as an ill-judged

Frankel & Tom Quellly

ride, since the mid-race move looked to have taken too much of a toll on the horse. Despite claims from Henry Cecil and Tom Queally that Frankel was merely idling in front, many observers saw the race as the first time that the colt looked vulnerable. On the 27th July, Frankel with questions to answer took to The Sussex Stakes at Goodwood and was billed as “The Duel on the Downs” viewed by many as the most eagerly awaited confrontation in years. Frankel scored a five-length victory over the world’s top-rated older miler and five-time consecutive Group 1 winner Canford Cliffs. After the race it transpired that Canford Cliffs had suffered an injury in the race and was retired on veterinary advice. “I think it’s a facetious thing to say, but he’s the best I’ve ever seen. I suppose the only ones I could compare would be Shergar and Blushing Groom at his best. I can’t go back to the days of Tudor Minstrel and match races, but he’s the best in my lifetime.” Sir Henry Cecil. After the victory, the British Horseracing Authority raised Frankel’s official rating from 130 to 135, making him officially the best racehorse in the world. Despite his rise to the greatest racehorse in the world, Frankel didn’t scare off the opposition for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on October 15, as a strong eight-horse field was declared. The runners included Excelebration, Immortal Verse, Dick Turpin, Poet’s Voice, Dubai Gold, Side Glance, and Frankel’s pace maker and half brother Bullet Train. Frankel won by 4 lengths with Group 1 winner Excelebration taking the second position this was the third time that Excelebration had lost to Frankel.

Season Three: Frankel remained in training as a four-year-old, winning his first race, the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, by five lengths in May. He followed up with an amazing performance in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes on the first day of Royal Ascot, beating a high class field by 11 lengths after starting as one of the shortestpriced runners in the history of the Royal meeting. After this scintillating victory, Timeform awarded Frankel a rating of 147 the highest mark ever given to a racehorse. This put Frankel ahead of the likes of Sea Bird II (foaled in 1962), Brigadier Gerard (foaled in 1968) and Tudor Minstrel (foaled in 1944), marking Frankel the greatest horse to have raced in over sixty years of the Sport of Kings according to official ratings. His third race of 2012 was the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on the 1st August where Frankel repeated his previous year’s victory and became the first horse in history to win this prestigious race more than once. With this victory, Frankel equalled the record for consecutive European Group 1 victories (seven in a row) set by Rock of Gibraltar. After the race, his Jockey Tom Queally said: “Every moment spent on Frankel’s back is a special moment. He is amazing and had all the others cooked at halfway. It was a nice prep for his next race. He is a class apart from any other horse around and does it all very easily... Turning into the straight, I slipped him an inch of rein. You don’t have to do much on him. He’s so competitive and he has a will to win like no other horse I’ve ridden.” It was then on to the Group 1 Juddmonte International at York on 22nd August, this race was over 10 furlongs and was the first SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


At Ascot Bullet Train & Frankel

time that he raced over more than a mile. Consequently there was much anticipation as to whether he would stay the extra distance. Frankel won easily by seven lengths. After the race trainer Sir Henry Cecil said “It’s fantastic. It’s great for Yorkshire and they deserved to see him.” Henry Cecil, who has battled stomach cancer since 2006, was at York to see his prized asset extend his perfect record said the win made him feel “twenty years better.” Talk was now rife, Frankel was expected to have only one more race left in his career before standing as a stallion. Having demonstrated at York his ability comfortably to stay ten furlongs, there was much speculation that that there might be a change to his programme, with his final race being the twelve furlong (mile and a half) Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October. However it was the Champion Stakes at Ascot on the 20th October that marked the end of Frankel’s race career. The ground was more testing than he had faced hitherto, being soft, heavy in places, and the colt’s participation had been in doubt. The race had attracted a sell out crowd of 32,000 and in spite of losing several lengths at the start Frankel lived up to fans’ expectations and was cheered home to win by one and three-quarter lengths. After his win Sir Henry Cecil commented: “He’s the best I’ve ever had, the best I’ve ever seen. I’d be very surprised if there will ever be anything better.” After the Champion Stakes and Frankel’s fourteenth straight victory it was as anticipated announced that the four-year-old would be retiring from the world of racing. Frankel during his three-year career had amassing nearly £3 million in prize money and had established a reputation as one of the sport’s greatest competitors. Frankel’s dubbed “the Usain Bolt of the racing world” aggregate winning distance the total winning distance of all 14 races combined was 76 lengths, an average of over five lengths per race.

Despite Frankel’s impressive collection of prize money, the real benefit for his owner, Saudi Prince Khalid Abdullah, will come now from stud fees. With his impressive winning record of 14 out of 132


14, Frankel will command fees of around £100,000 the estimate is slightly on the shy side to be fair. At £100k a time and with him covering up to 120 mares in one breeding season it would only take him 8 years to have pocketed his owner £100m, provided his offspring prove as good as he is. As a result of these very high fees, Frankel has been valued at £100 million and if anyone wanted to buy him today they would probably have to find in excess of £75m to prise him out of the Prince’s hands. His astronomical value is equal to the price of 500 Ferraris, 600 Lamboughinis, three Gulfstream jets, or a couple of Premiership footballers. Frankel’s sire Galileo has sired twenty-six individual Group one or Grade 1 winners worldwide. His grandsire, Sadler’s Wells, sired over 100 winners in European Group One, including Galileo, Montjeu and Istabraq. Five of the last eight Epsom Derby winners were grandchildren of Sadler’s Wells: Authorized, Motivator, Pour Moi, Camelot and New Approach. This breeding and bloodstock prove Frankel is from a line of champions and now we must all wait in wonder to see what the next generation from this champion of champions’ will bring… And I for one cannot wait!



GALILEO (IRE) b. 1998 URBAN SEA (USA) ch. 1989

MISWAKI (USA) b. 1978 ALLEGRETTA (GB) ch. 1978


DANEHILL (USA) b. 1986

DANZIG (USA) dkb/br 1977 (IC) RAZYANA (USA) B. 1981

KIND (IRE) b. 2001 RAINBOW LAKE (GB) ch. 1990

RAINBOW QUEST (USA) b. 1981 (CS) ROCKFEST (USA) ch. 1979




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WELCOME TO MARRIOTT’S PLAYA ANDALUZA This stunning seafront resort is located on the Spanish Riviera of the Costa del Sol, near the “Millionaire’s Paradise” of Puerto Banús, an exclusive marina made famous by royalty, and just 15 minutes from the beautiful seaside town of Marbella.



Pools, Beauty and Fitness:

2 - Bedroom Apartment

• 3 outdoor pools including children’s pool with slide and interactive water feature • Indoor heated pool, whirlpools, sauna and steam rooms • Beauty and fitness centres

• 2-bedroom / 2-bathroom apartment • Overall size approximately 100m2 • Sleeps up to 6 people

Eating and Drinking:

• Matas Verdes Beach Bar and Solera Restaurant & Bar • MarketPlace® mini-market

• 3-bedroom / 3-bathroom apartment • Overall size approximately 135m2 • Sleeps up to 8 people

For Children:


• MAZE® (Marriott’s Activity Zone Experience) for children • Teen lounge and outdoor playground Other Activities:

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Daily activities programme for all ages Paddle tennis court 9-hole miniature golf course Over 40 golf courses within 30 km range

3 - Bedroom Apartment

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Living & Dining area with LCD flat screen TV & DVD player Complimentary internet access for owners Fully equipped kitchen including microwave and dishwasher Master suite with king-size bed, oversize soaking tub and a separate shower • Utility room with washer and dryer • Furnished private balconies or patios

Marriott’s Playa Andaluza, Ctra. De Cádiz Km. 168, 29680 Estepona, Spain All features, furnishings and amenities depicted throughout may be proposed and are subject to change. Some facilities may be open on seasonal basis only. © Copyright 2011, Marriott Vacation Club International. All rights reserved. Marriott Vacation Club International and the programs and products provided under the Marriott Vacation Club brand are not owned, developed, or sold by Marriott International, Inc. Marriott Vacation Club International uses the Marriott marks under license from Marriott International, Inc. and its affiliates. IMG-11-049

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Aston Martin Virage The Triumph of Style & Substance

Aston Martin introduces the new Aston Martin Virage supremely elegant and powerful, yet revered as an understated sports car. Aston Martin can now provide customers with a class-leading range, all with different characters, yet all with the same unique soul and luxury. Beautiful, dynamic, and prestigious, the Aston Martin Virage combines outright sports car performance with luxury, comfort, and refinement. The front mid-mounted V12 engine’s torque delivery provides outstanding performance, coupled with the car’s inherent agility and perfect weight distribution delivering the ideal balance between outright sports car performance and trademark sporting luxury exemplified by modern Aston Martins. The Aston Martin Virage sits between the enduringly elegant DB9 and overtly sporting DBS, providing customers with a car that remains luxurious and understated but delivers increased performance and crucially performance that is always accessible for effortless driving.



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Performance Sitting at the heart of any Aston Martin sports car is an evocative engine and no more so in the new Virage which adopts the famous hand-built 6.0 litre V12. The Aston Martin Virage engine produces 490 bhp and 570 nM of torque and is identified from other V12s in the family with a black plenum. The plenum houses a new ‘five pillar design’ increasing the rigidity of the manifold delivering an improved sound quality. The V12 has been designed to deliver over 85% of Virage’s peak torque at only 1,500 rpm providing for instant and crucially, real-world useable traction. The Touchtronic II transmission features as standard, and contributes to Aston Martin Virage’s refined power delivery making gear changes tangible yet effortless, the six-speed automatic has optimally placed ratios to remain quiet on motorway stretches and deliver an engaging response when driving spiritedly. Controlled through finely polished glass switches depicting P, R, N, D on the facia, the driver can engage automatic mode, and the intelligent control system will decide precisely the right time to change gear in order to achieve the smoothest ratio move and the optimum fuel economy. In addition, the driver has the option to engage manual mode, mounted on the steering column so that the driver can always easily locate either up or down, the manual mode gives the driver complete control. The Virage also features a Sport button on the facia which when depressed will create a heightened driving experience through faster gear changes and the system will override the automatic change-up so the driver is able to hold the gear on the revolution limiter.



The new Aston Martin Virage features a new Adaptive Damping System (ADS) which has been tuned to suit the particular character of Aston Martin’s latest sporting GT. Each damper has five individual computer controlled stiffness settings. This allows the Virage to ‘read’ the road via strategically placed sensors around the car, constantly adjusting the ride at each corner. Using yaw, accelerometer, steering wheel, throttle and brake (ABS) sensors, the intelligent system can take into account the demands the driver is making of the car at any given time. The Adaptive Damping Electronic Control Unit (ECU) uses these measurements to determine the most appropriate damper settings required at any given time, becoming stiffer for better handling and control during dynamic driving, and becoming softer for greater ride comfort during ‘normal’ driving conditions. The Virage is delivered to customers with Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes as standard - bucking the trend in this market. Critically acclaimed to provide the ultimate in progressive stopping power, the CCM discs take advantage of six piston callipers at the front and four at the rear. Giving the driver tangible control when braking, they are much more resistant to fade than conventional cast iron discs and at 12.5 kg lighter than a conventional system they contribute to a lower unsprung mass aiding ride comfort and handling. The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system has been specifically tuned for the Aston Martin Virage. A three-stage DSC system allows the driver to tailor the level of electronic intervention according to the type of driving. In default mode, the system is set to ‘on’ which will limit any tyre slip in difficult conditions, and provide the maximum amount of security possible without being intrusive. Holding the DSC button for four seconds will engage ‘Track Mode’ which delays the electronic intervention further, creating a safe yet purer experience. Depressing the button for a further five seconds will disengage the system completely.



Interior Simplicity runs throughout the car with the new fully integrated Satellite Navigation system that has been developed in conjunction with Garmin. The new system simplifies operation through the existing four-way joystick mounted on the facia. A new 6.5 inch high resolution display uses the latest graphics and maps to visually and aurally guide the driver to their destination. Standard equipment includes heated seats (Sports seats only), cruise control, satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephone preparation and the powerful 700W Aston Martin Premium Audio System with Dolby速 Pro Logic II速 and full iPod速 integration.

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Design, Refinement and Comfort Aston Martin sought to create a sports car that offers customers the highest levels of refinement yet combined with the increased power and control desired by customers. To this ends extra sound insulation has been applied to the front and rear bulkheads to create a relaxed ambiance when cruising. Each Virage features seven hides of the finest leather sourced from Scandinavia with each interior taking in excess of 70 man hours to hand craft. It is this attention to detail which creates one of the finest and opulent moving interiors in existence today. As the driver or passenger opens the swan wing doors - which open up and out at 12 degrees to prevent any scrapes on nearby kerbs - they are greeted to pinstriped leather seams which are hand stitched by one seamstress just to be sure of a consistency throughout the car. The 10-way adjustable sports seats are sculpted to provide maximum support and comfort while the two-stage heated seats instantly shake the chill on a frosty morning. The option of an alternative lightweight seat arrangement is available with the 2+0 layout on the coupe. Contributing to the feeling of luxury, finely polished glass buttons adorn the facia inviting the driver to select their desired setup or control. Aston Martin’s design team have stayed true to the ethos of using material honestly where facia are real hand finished and polished woods, dials are milled aluminium, and leathers retain their patina and aroma years into their life. In coupe form, Aston Martin Virage is available as a 2+2 or a 2+0, the latter providing a rear parcel shelf ideal for soft bags, while also reducing weight. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE




The Pinnacle of Stylish Discretion



year on from the first unveiling of the EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style multi-purpose helicopter concept at last year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Eurocopter has shown the first finished aircraft at EBACE 2011.


Interior versatility is enhanced with all seats fixed to rails so they can be easily re-arranged into a number of different seating configurations to suit four to eight passengers. The seats can even be removed altogether to provide space for luggage, with the load area offering a range of anchoring options on the floors and walls in such circumstances.

Inspired by Mercedes’ high-end vehicles, the twin-engine Mercedes-Benz Style helicopter features a versatile interior enabled by a modular approach that allows the aircraft to be tailored to suit a range of travel needs for the well heeled be it taking the family for a weekend away or ferrying corporate clients around in style.

Falling into the medium-sized, twin-engine helicopter category, the EC145 is a turbine-powered aircraft that incorporates a hinge less rotor system and enhanced rotor blades that are claimed to reduce sound and vibration levels.

The helicopter’s interior design, which was created in the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Como, Italy, was inspired by the automaker’s luxury-class saloons and offers top-shelf materials, wood panelling and spacious multi-function boxes with various equipment options.

“Only one year after Eurocopter presented the EC145 ‘Mercedes-Benz Style’ concept at EBACE 2010, we now are unveiling the first aircraft and can already announce the initial sale to a European corporate operator,” said Olivier Lambert, Eurocopter’s Senior Vice President Sales and Customer Relations. “These achievements confirm Eurocopter’s successful approach in developing products that meet the demanding expectations of executives and private customers worldwide”

There’s also ambient cabin lighting that can be adjusted to a number of different colour and brightness settings like that found in the S and E-Class to ensure the sensitive traveller doesn’t receive a shock to their system when transferring from their car to the helicopter.



The interior design of the EC145 ‘Mercedes-Benz Style’ helicopter represents the classic passion of the MercedesBenz design language and fulfils the very highest expectations in terms of elegance, luxury and comfort.

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Black Series – Following on from the SLK 55 AMG Black series from 2006, the CLK63 AMG Black Series 2007, the SL 65 AMG Black Series 2008, and the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series 2011, the fifth exponent sees the Black Series entering a new dimension with the gull-wing model.


nspired by the SLS AMG GT3 racing version, the fifth Black Series model from Mercedes-AMG boasts a fascinating mix of breath-taking design, outstanding driving dynamics and uncompromising lightweight construction in accordance with the “AMG Lightweight Performance” strategy.

“The new SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is a perfect study in the one hundred percent transfer of technology and engineering from motorsport to the road. We have drawn inspiration from the worldwide success of the SLS AMG GT3 customer sport racing car on both a conceptual and a technological level. Boasting numerous lightweight components and fantastic driving dynamics, our fifth Black Series model guarantees pure, unadulterated ‘Driving Performance’. The SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is the ultimate choice for fast laps and highly emotional driving experiences”, says Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

AMG 6.3 litre V8 engine a byword for thrilling driving dynamics The uprated AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine generating a power output of 631 hp and 635 Newton metres of torque is a byword for thrilling driving dynamics, making the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series the most powerful AMG high-performance automobile with a combustion engine at present. Only the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive with a maximum output of 552 kW comes with greater power reserves. The engineers at Mercedes-AMG have further optimised the crank assembly in the interests of optimum stability in tough racing use. The measures carried out here include modified oil bores in the crankshaft, new crankshaft bearings, a new oil pump and high-strength screwed connections for the conrods. The entire water and oil cooling system for the engine and transmission has also undergone further optimisation. The AMG V8 engine in the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is additionally provided with a special support system. A gas-filled strut braces the eight-cylinder engine on the body, effectively eliminating undesired load change reactions in highly dynamic driving on the race track. 152


The SLS AMG Coupé Black Series accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. The top speed stands at 315 km/h. The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine is handbuilt at the AMG hand-finishing section in Affalterbach, according to the philosophy “one man, one engine”. This hand-made quality is confirmed by the black AMG engine badge bearing the responsible engine fitter’s signature which is a hallmark of the Black Series models.

The switch from steel to titanium has spawned substantial weight savings: at just under 17 kilograms, the new AMG sports exhaust system is around 13 kilograms lighter than its predecessor. The new system features the performance-enhancing fantype exhaust pipes which have been in use to date.

The eight-cylinder naturally aspirated engine installed as a front mid-engine behind the front axle boasts racing car-style responses and livelier than ever revving ability. The powerful AMG V8 engine’s race track aspirations are also apparent in its sound: the newly designed AMG sports exhaust system, produced in titanium for the first time, features distinctive centre and rear mufflers which result in a more powerful and even more striking engine sound.

Systematic application of the AMG Lightweight Performance strategy Lightweight at its core: with a kerb weight of 1550 kilograms (DIN), the new SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is not only 70 kilograms lighter than the SLS AMG, but also attains the best power/weight ratio of all AMG Black Series vehicles to date by far.

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series

The figure of 2.45 kg/hp will also bear up to comparison in the super sports car scene. Such a ratio is made possible by systematic application of the “AMG Lightweight Performance” strategy. Numerous body elements, such as the bonnet, the rear panel behind the AMG sports bucket seats, the diagonal braces on the underbody and the torque tube between engine and transmission consist entirely of the motorsport material carbon fibre (carbon fibre-reinforced plastic). In contrast to its 26.6-kilogram counterpart with sand-cast aluminium housing, the carbon-fibre torque tube weighs only 13.3 kilograms. As previously, power transmission between the engine and the dual clutch transmission (transaxle principle) which is flange-mounted on the

rear axle is effected by means of a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CRP) drive shaft weighing only 4.7 kilograms. A number of parts on the aluminium spaceframe have also been replaced by CRP components. A lithium-ion battery which is used in place of the conventional starter battery saves a further eight kilograms.

Dual clutch transmission for even more emotional dynamism The overall power transmission system is also a major contributory factor to the outstanding driving dynamics of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission is installed ten millimetres

lower in order to achieve a lower centre of gravity for the vehicle and is braced against the body by gas-filled struts in order to avoid stress cycles. The dual clutch transmission features four driving modes (C, S, S+ and M). “Sport plus” and “Manual” in particular provide for markedly sportier performance than with the SLS AMG and SLS AMG GT models. In addition to an increase in shifting speed, the reduced response time to shift commands from the driver and the shifting hardness provide pure dynamism. An even more thrilling feature is the automatic double-declutching function during downshifting: the throttle blips when shifting gear are more pronounced and more strikingly audible than ever, due to the AMG titanium sports exhaust system. There is also a new temporary M mode. In C, S or SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


S+ mode, this enables the driver to activate manual mode without having to remove a hand from the steering wheel, by pressing the “up” or “down” shift paddle once. In temporary M mode the driver experiences the dynamism and performance of gearshifting in manual mode in all of the automatic driving programmes, with automatic up- and down-shifting into the bargain. This allows the driver to devote his full attention to the vehicle’s impressive performance.

New, electronic AMG rear-axle differential lock A newly developed, electronically controlled AMG rear-axle differential lock with a shorter rear-axle ratio replaces the mechanical variant; it is integrated in the compact transmission housing. This system operates with a variable locking effect in acceleration and deceleration mode; in addition, the electronics respond more sensitively than to date, enabling excellent traction for the driven wheels at all friction levels. The electronic AMG rear-axle differential lock also benefits driving safety: in slaloms or when changing lane at high speeds the system has a stabilising effect, as it is able to attenuate the vehicle’s yaw rate around its vertical axis. The standard-fit 3-stage ESP® system featuring the functions “ESP ON”, “ESP SPORT Handling Mode” and “ESP OFF” is precision-tuned to the electronic AMG rearaxle differential lock. The same applies to the RACE START function, which provides for perfect traction when accelerating from a standing start in conjunction with the electronic differential lock.

AMG RIDE CONTROL performance suspension and sports tyres The chassis and suspension of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series are also new. The basic layout with double wishbones allround in aluminium remains unchanged, but barely a component has gone untouched 154


in the interests of much enhanced race track performance.

AMG ceramic highperformance composite brake system as standard The brake system of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series boasts excellent deceleration performance and outstanding stability. The AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system comes as standard. The ceramic brake discs measuring 402 x 39 millimetres at the front and 360 x 32 millimetres at the rear feature increased hardness for enhanced thermal stability, accompanied by a weight reduction of around 40 percent. As a result of the reduced unsprung masses, they optimise both comfort and grip. The reduced rotating masses on the front axle provide for more direct steering response. Weight savings with the AMG

ceramic high-performance composite brake system compared to a conventional steel/ aluminium brake system: 16 kilograms.

Design inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 customer sport racing car The design of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series derives a special authenticity from its similarity to the SLS AMG GT3 customer sport racing car. The gull-wing racing car developed in accordance with FIA GT3 rules has quickly become established as a serious contender among the super sports car elite. In the 2012 motorsport season the SLS AMG GT3 is competing in more than 15 series on four continents. The triple victory in the 24-hour Dubai race in January 2012, three driver and team titles in the FIA GT3 European Championship, the ADAC GT Masters and the FIA GT3 World Championship along with numerous places

the bottom at the sides continue the line of the carbon-fibre front splitter along to the rear. AMG forged wheels in a series-specific 10-spoke design, painted in matt black with a high sheen finish, provide glimpses of the AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system. AMG forged wheels in matt black with a high-sheen rim finish are also available. The rear of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series presents a brawny appearance on a par with that of the front end. The wide wings and the striking rear diffuser are the predominant features here. The diffuser extends beyond the profile of the rear apron and produces additional down force at the rear axle. This results in greater driving stability at high speeds. Visible air openings behind black grilles serve to control the discharge of hot air in the area of the AMG titanium sports exhaust system.

on the podium at various short-distance, 4and 6-hour races demonstrate the SLS AMG GT3’s sporty performance in impressive style. To date, the car has notched up 37 victories in the 2012 season (as per 28 October 2012). Wide flared wings with an added width of 13 mm (front) and 26 mm (rear) on each side create the necessary space for the 275 mm and 325 mm sports tyres. Darkened headlamps and black surrounds for the rear lights provide the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series with a muscular and aggressive look. The vehicle’s aerodynamic balance is optimised by the front apron and rear apron with diffusor along with side sill panels in Black Series-specific design featuring carbon fibre-reinforced plastic front splitter, carbon inserts in the side sills and the rear apron made of carbon fibre. The enlarged air intakes with carbon-fibre flics additionally ensure an optimum air inflow into the cooling modules at the front.

As on the SLS AMG GT3, the carbon-fibre bonnet features a central air outlet. Apart from effectively discharging the engine heat, this outlet also increases downforce at the front axle and improves the Cd value. The wing-like cross-fin and the star recess in the radiator grille are finished in high-gloss black to match the exterior mirrors and the fins on the bonnet. The carbon-fibre insert on the sides, with an air outlet and a black fin is also reminiscent of the GT3; this feature also helps to reduce the temperature level in the engine compartment. The upshot is maximum stability, even in tough race track use.

Matt black AMG forged wheels in Black Series-specific design A striking feature on the sides is the attractive integration of the side skirts, which combine with the side feature line in appealing fashion. The carbon elements fitted along

The two sets of twin chrome tailpipes with a square cross-section provide a visual demonstration of the gull-wing super sports car’s power and dynamism – an impression that is backed up by a corresponding sound. The exclusive AMG logo with contrasting Black Series lettering in black adds a discreet yet striking touch at the top right of the boot lid.

AMG Aerodynamics package with carbon-fibre components The SLS AMG Coupé Black Series can be upgraded with the optional AMG Aerodynamics package. This package features a static, adjustable carbon-fibre rear aerofoil in the style of the SLS AMG GT3 in place of the standard-fit aerofoil which extends automatically at speeds of over 75 mph. The rear aerofoil is braced by aluminium elements on a special insert on the boot lid and provides for even greater negative lift over the rear axle – not least of all as a result of the Gurney flap, named after its inventor, Dan Gurney, a former racing driver, designer and team owner. This eight millimetre-high spoiler lip fitted to the rear aerofoil at an angle of 90 degrees SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


results in a further increase in downforce without significantly increasing drag. The rear aerofoil is complemented by additional carbon-fibre flics on the front apron which further increase downforce at the front axle, as opposed to the more inward-lying standard-fit carbon-fibre flics which serve to optimise the inflow of air into the cooling modules. The optionally available expressive colour AMG Solar Beam is exclusive to the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series. Six other exterior paint finishes from the SLS AMG range are available, including the matt paint designo Magno Alanite Grey.

Sporty, functional interior exuding high quality A functional, sporty racing-car atmosphere is prevalent inside the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series, with high-quality materials demonstrating precision workmanship and exquisitely designed details. There is a choice of two colour variants: Alcantara® black or Alcantara® black/red. With the two-tone variant, the door centre panels and the applications on the centre console and above the glove compartment are finished in red. The AMG Performance steering wheel with flat- bottomed rim section features Alcantara® all round for a good grip. In the top section the steering wheel features a sporty red 12 o’clock marking. The real metal bezel features a high-gloss black paint finish to match the high-gloss black surrounds of the air vents. A particularly high-quality and exclusive Black Series detail is the so-called “3D seam” which runs horizontally along the dashboard: a fine Alcantara® strip in anthracite features across the entire width of the leather covering. Red contrasting stitching in the leather lends an accomplished finish to the 3D seam, underscoring the interior’s handcrafted character. The combination of designo leather and Alcantara® features throughout the interior – on the bottom section of the dashboard, for example, on the door centre panels and on the AMG sports bucket seats, whose centre sections are covered with Alcantara®. Embossed AMG emblems on the head restraints are further exclusive eye-catchers. In addition to providing firstclass lateral support at high cornering speeds, the AMG sports bucket seats are also 15 kilograms lighter than the standard AMG sports seats.

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system

The absence of the COMAND APS multimedia system reduces the vehicle’s weight by an additional six kilograms as a further demonstration of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series’ uncompromisingly purist character. In place of the screen between the air vents, a carbon-fibre trim element exudes an authentic racing atmosphere. COMAND APS is optionally available. The vehicle’s occupants will also discover the motorsport material carbon fibre on the entire centre console with the AMG DRIVE UNIT. Bold highlights are added by red seat belts and red contrasting stitching on the AMG sports bucket seats, the centre console, the upper and lower section of the dashboard and the door panelling. The floor mats similarly feature red edging.

A highlight among the optional equipment and appointments is the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system, developed by Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG together with renowned Danish audio specialist Bang & Olufsen. The Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system with Dolby Digital 5.1 enables an exclusive music experience of the very highest standard. This is made possible by a 1000 W amplifier and 11 loudspeakers in conjunction with precise distribution of the music signals by the sound processor according to the selectable seat positions – driver, co-driver or central. The DSP digital sound processor additionally enables the user to switch between the high-end studio sound (“Reference”) and a surround sound option. All functions are



controlled via COMAND APS (optional item) in a special Bang & Olufsen menu. The illuminated 50 W lens tweeters are a special highlight on the dashboard. The 250 W subwoofer is accommodated in the rear shelf. High-quality loudspeaker covers sporting the Bang & Olufsen logo indicate the highend system’s exclusive character. The market launch of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series will begin in June 2013.

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Marriott Vacation Club Holiday Package from only €299 per couple! Luxurious apartments in a stunning seafront resort, with access to all amenities Offer includes: • 4 days / 3 nights in a well-appointed two-bedroom apartment • Car hire for up to 4 days The use of all resort facilities, including restaurant and bar, beauty & fitness centre, indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools, sauna, kids club, barbecue area, mini golf, paddle tennis court and more is included in the package. You will also receive a 90 minute presentation and personal tour of the resort. You will also receive a 90 minute presentation and personal tour of the resort. This offer is valid for bookings made before March 12th of 2013th

This offer is valid for bookings made before September 30 2012.

Reserve your place today: Call: +34 951 082 370 Email: Reference: UP06Sunsearch There is limited availability, so book now to avoid disappointment. Additional nights may also be available on request at an additional cost and subject to availability. This invitation is not available to residents of Andalusia; please contact us for local resident offers. The offer is for couples aged between 30 and 70 with a joint annual income in excess of €65,000 Full terms & conditions apply. Contact us for details. © CopyrightSUNSEARCH 2012, Marriott Vacation Club International. All rights reserved. 158 MAGAZINE






urse of the Michelin STAR A Michelin recommendation is one of the highest accolades in catering and while chefs around the world aspire to win an elusive Michelin Star, some restaurants have handed their stars back. Sunsearch Magazine takes a look at a select few who believe the Michelin Star is cursed!





Petersham Nurseries – 2012 Celebrity chef Skye Gynell quits Petersham Nurseries complained she couldn’t live up to the accolade or expectations of a Michelin Star The award-winning chef Skye Gynell resigned from her restaurant and erased the Michelin star from its website after claiming that the honour had become “a curse”. Miss Gyngell had run the kitchen at Petersham Nurseries Café in Richmond, south-west London since it opened in 2004. The restaurant, which is located in a garden centre and was awarded one Michelin star in 2011, had been praised for its shabby chic décor and rustic feel as well as its simple, seasonal food. However Miss Gyngell quit after saying that the award raised diners’ expectations to a level she felt she was unable to match. She said: “It’s been a curse. That probably sounds very ungrateful. Since we got the star we’ve been rammed every day, which is really hard for such a tiny restaurant. And we’ve had lots more complaints. People have certain expectations of a Michelin restaurant but we don’t have cloths on the tables and the service isn’t very formal. You know, if you’re used to eating at Marcus Wareing then they feel let down when they come here.”

Star Restaurant, the fresh, seasonal food was also not enough to satisfy all the new customers used to more traditional fine dining with many complaining about the lack of options. It appears that as soon as any restaurant is awarded a Michelin star, people’s expectations seem to rise to a different level and sometimes the restaurant starts to attract a certain type of hypercritical guests who want to see if it is “worth its star” which is a sorry state of affairs. At the end of the day even Michelin starred restaurants are just restaurants and the food is cooked by human beings. It’s an art, not a science and a right to perfection does not exist however lax Michelin makes the rules. There is always someone there to judge!

Enjoyed by celebrities such as; Madonna, Richard E Grant, Mick Jagger and Stella McCartney. Petersham Nurseries was one of the first restaurants to receive an award under the new relaxed rules for Michelin. The tables are rickety wooden tables, there is soil on the ground and the toilets are housed in a wooden shed - Not what you would expect from your usual Michelin SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


Le Lisita Restaurant - 2011 The only Michelin-rated restaurant in the southern city of Nimes handed back its star to become a humble brasserie, in the hope of enticing back people put off by the higher prices that come with the accolade.

In France, Michelin is king. Ambitious chefs slave away as apprentices in three-star kitchens for years in the hopes of learning what it takes to gain stars themselves. Careers and reputations rise and fall. So, most people take it for granted that this prestige is good for business. But Le Lisita restaurant, which sits across the street from the famed Nimes coliseum in southern France, thinks otherwise. 162


Since it won its first Michelin star in 2006, the restaurant’s owners have felt increasing pressure to maintain high quality, which involves hiring many more waiters and cooks than they otherwise would need. Chef Olivier Douet said he had initially cherished the coveted accolade but that the 2008 financial economic crisis forced him into a painful rethink.

With the economy still in limbo the cost to maintain the quality of service, food and perfection attributed to a Michelin Star has become too high so Le Lista Restaurant decided to give back their Michelin star and take a new route and have re-branded Le Lisita into a more informal “brasserie,” called “Tendances Lisita Restaurant,”

Cote d’Or– 2003 The saddest day in Michelin history, afraid of losing one of his converted Michelin Stars’ French Chef Bernard Loiseau committed suicide. French Chef Bernard Loiseau was an acclaimed chef with fanatic attention to detail, he had frenetic work ethic and a discerning palate which propelled him to the top of his profession and earned him a knowledgeable and loyal but unforgiving and demanding clientele. In 1991, his restaurant, the Cote d’Or, was given three Michelin stars. Loiseau’s style of cooking rooted in the basics of the foods he served became the latest thing a trend setter and during the ‘90s he was riding a wave of success. But trends are fickle, and Loiseau a man whose vacillations from energetic enthusiasm to sudden depression led some to believe he was bipolar found the pressures of maintaining Cote d’Or’s excellence too much. He was deeply wounded by a review written by Gault Millau another restaurant publication which had downgraded his restaurant from 19/20 to 17/20, he worried constantly about losing his third Michelin star, which would drop him from the ranks of the absolute best to the merely very, very good. So on February 24, 2003, Bernard Loiseau put a shotgun to his head and killed himself. He was 52. Loiseau had made a life’s ambition of becoming a 3-star chef, a goal which had required 17 years of hard work at La Côte d’Or to achieve. Today Bernard Loiseau SA remains a is in the capable hands of hands of Bernard Loiseau’s wife who holds onto the same vision her husband once had. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


Oak Room Kitchen, Le Meridan Hotel - 1999 Chef and reformed enfant terrible Marco Pierre White, was the youngest chef ever in the world to be awarded three Michelin stars when he was 33, before handing them back five years later and quitting cooking.

Expectation is our worst enemy but there is nothing we can do, apart perhaps to try our best in controlling it.  Given the price, given the prestige, most do naturally expect a 3 Michelin star dinner to fulfill the expectation of excellence of a lifetime memorable dining moment. But since more and more people are dining in 164


restaurants, chefs recipes are losing more and more of their exclusivity, culinary trends provoking clashes between traditional and modern fares. “I was tired of being judged by people who had less knowledge than me. I used to be condemned for being controversial, but I

stand up for what I believe in and, at the end of the day, I wasn’t going to be bullied by the hierarchy of my industry because of their insecurities. Marco Pierre What more can be said this is exactly what you would expect from the bad boy of Haute Cuisine…..

Le Relais Gourmand - 2008 French chef Olivier Roellinger sadly handed back the three Michelin stars awarded to his restaurant Le Relais Gourmand on France’s Brittany coast and has closed up shop because of ill health. After 24 years in the Michelin guidebook, Roellinger, 53, said problems with his leg meant he could no longer be on his feet all day, running his restaurant that boasts the top Michelin rating after starting as a guest house and restaurant in 1982. His skilful marriage of local seafood with the area well known for its oysters and South Asian spices, earned the restaurant a Michelin star in 1984 and a second in 1988. Roellinger, stated that the pressures of running a Michelin Star Restaurant are immense, to run a Michelin Restaurant you have to train like a high performance athlete you are on your feet for hours every day and to maintain that level of perfection, you need to have huge talent and above all, an enormous capacity for work. “The restaurant obtained the third star in 2006, which was marvelously satisfying. I was 50 years old, and already had physical problems, a leg problem, and I that I wasn’t going to be able to continue for very long, but I gave myself three years which I have accomplished”




is a happening place, somewhere to really live the moment!

tanino is one of the most welcoming open air venue on the Costa del Sol which has made it one of the most popular restaurants in Estepona, situated only five minutes from Puerto Banus.

tanino is the perfect place to enjoy dining under the stars or a fresh summer fruit caipirinha cocktail with live music on our chill out terrace with friends or family.

Not only is it a surprising and special place for any first time visitor but it also offers fantastic value for Money. Our International cuisine offers a wide range of dishes from home-made pasta, char-grilled steaks, fusion dishes such as stir fry’s and our new concept of Indian cuisine plus home-made deserts including our delicious cheese cake and Tiramisu.

We also have an exquisite selection of cocktails and specially prepared Gin and Tonics for the more discerning. Inside we offer comfortable seating and relaxed dining experience with free wifi.

With this tantalising variety of dishes tanino offers a fresh gastronomic concept, influenced by its two sister restaurants in Madrid.

tanino was created to invite people to experience our relaxed rhythm, style and design, to share any day, any time‌

Ctra. de Cadiz Km 168, Estepona by Hotel Crowne Plaza - Reservations 952 883 259 166




Restaurante Asiatico Thai or Chinese Freshly prepared from our menu.

Menu a’la carte

All You Can Eat!

€20.95 € 20.95 or

All you can Eat & Drink Come and Visit our lovely terrace with seating for up to 100 people and enjoy some of the best Thai & Chinese Cuisine on the Coasta del Sol.

€26.95 €26.95 soft drinks draft beer, house wine, “tinto de verano” coffe & tea

All included UNLIMITED!! Visit us on

or our website

Children up to 8 years old Unlimited food only €9.95 €9.95 Unlimited food & drink €13.95 €13.95 Prices are per person (Dessert not included) Each table must choose the same menu as the €20.95 20.95 and €26.95 26.95 menus can not be mixed at the same table.

We also have a take away menu!

Opening Hours: Lunch 13:00 to 16:00 Dinner 18.30 to 24:00 For reservations: +34 952 81 36 03 Plaza de las Orquideas, next to Casino Nueva Andalucia, Marbella 168






A Marbella Tradition

Opening hours: Daily 19:30 - 00:30 Carretera N-340, Km. 178.5 (Next to Marbella Club), Marbella - Costa del Sol - Spain Tel: (0034) 952 77 17 99 - Fax: (0034) 952 82 47 72 E-Mail: SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE









GÜEY has carefully carefully blended ancient Mediterranean recipes with INTERNATIONAL cuisine combined with irresistible repertoire of the freshest creative dishes of our inspirational menu, from the lightest Sushi and Salads, fine Fish, to hearty roast Meats, not forgetting some Mexican dishes truly representing the authentic Mexican kitchen, whatever your mood you will find a dish to please your taste buds at GÜEY. We have recently launched our summer terrace so pop by and try out their new summer’s delicious!


Our restaurant includes the “Mexican Corner” where you will find an exclusive TEQUILA display with the best variety of tequilas, Güey is the second biggest variety of Tequila in Spain!!!

Free WIFI ACCESS, Valet parking, smoking areas, & Shisha Pipes.

GÜEY’S spectacular split-level venue is one of Marbella’s hidden gems - encompassing a inviting international restaurant, beautiful tropical lush garden, chill-out terrace and a “bijou” exceptional underground design WINE CELLAR that you have the opportunity to see by walking through our restaurant. GÜEY’S beautiful outdoor tropical garden area is the prefect place to spend a sunny afternoon or a relaxing evening under the Costa del Sol skies. Add to our outstanding repertoire of live music program, including the best blend of sexy soul, jazz, latin songs, 100% Mexican Mariachis, Motown, Caribbean style, urban classics and our famous “Karaoke Nights” every Sunday. GÜEY also surprises with fashion, art and inspirational events.”






February 14, 2013

Your Table for 2

Valentine’s € 30.00pp



“RESTAURANT GÜEY (Say: WAY) Restaurant, Garden Terrace and Sky Bar has introduced a new management; offering fabulous international cuisine together with the excitement of live music, cocktails and Dj’s .

OPENING HOURS Sunday - Thursday RESTAURANT from 7pm till Midnight / SKYBAR 7pm till 2am Friday & Saturdays RESTAURANT from 7pm till 1am / SKYBAR 7pm till 3am RESERVATIONS: +34 952 929 250 Plaza de las Orquídeas 4, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella 173




Thai Gallery

The art of fine Thai cuisine

Exquisitely Oriental T

he trendy Thai Gallery has been one of the restaurant success stories of Puerto Banus, a beautifully designed restaurant, situated in one of the first commercial centers on the outskirts of Puerto Banus.

against dark natural wood makes this restaurant elegant, relaxing, and perfectly balanced. As the name suggests the artwork displayed is an ever changing gallery and this stems from owner and manager Lani Zimmerman’s love of interior design and art.

This restaurant offers the highest standard of Thai food, service, decor, and ambience. During the warmer months a serene bamboo courtyard offers a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere where one can enjoy al fresco dining & cocktails. From the moment you walk through the doors your first feeling is of having come to the perfect place to enjoy a traditional Thai meal.

Thai cuisine has long been loved for its complex, lively flavours, which comes from the liberal use of herbs and ingredients like lemongrass, chillies, lime leaves, and basil. In fact, most Thai dishes are not considered satisfying unless they combine all four flavours of sweet, salty, sour, and spicy.

Lavish reds and oranges are the colour palette of choice, and bring a seductive vibe to the restaurant. Fresh orchids and modern art set

The cuisine of the Thai Gallery is a combination of dishes inspired by these traditional factors and is finished with modern tones and is simply divine.



The chef not only puts together a mouthwatering selection of ingredients to create an amazing end result and extensive menu but so much thought has gone into the presentation. Every dish in the Thai Gallery is served with real panache and the kitchen prides itself on its artistic flair. Fruit and vegetables are sculpted into flowers and each plate is presented in an innovative way or adorned with something special. Unlike many other restaurants the staff of Thai Gallery offer you a feeling of relaxation and you are left to enjoy your meal at your leisure while the waiters quietly observe and respect your pace it is little wonder that the Thai Gallery has built up such a loyal clientele of residents and holiday makers alike.

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Centro Comercial Rimesa s/n, Carretera Cadiz Km175, Nueva Andalucia Reservations: 952 81 83 92




An Indian restaurant unlike any other! Jaipur Purples menu is based on the highest quality produce & seasonal ingredients available to us, locally and from all corners of India. They’re then enhanced with a contemporary twist for that truly memorable experience. Renowned for its subtle spicing & authentic flavours, Jaipur’s food is faithful to its origins but presented in a style in-keeping with the restaurants deeply seductive surrounding. An Indian restaurant unlike any other, Jaipur Purple boasts a stunning traditionalist design full of high-end design touches and emotions, the



restaurant is named partially after the city that was once the capital of Indian royalty and a playground to the Rajputs and the Royal family and known as the ‘Pink City’ because of the colour of its houses), Jaipur Purple continues to grasp the majesty of Royal Indian traditions. As impressive as the exquisite surroundings are, Jaipur Purples menu is the heart of the enterprise. Combining Northern and Southern Indian cuisine, the menu of head chef & owner Dev is a complex list of intriguing, stylish dishes taking traditional Indian

recipes as their starting point, the menu also offers original new dishes which complement eastern flavours to the western pallet with a wide array of meat, seafood and vegetable dishes, all of which can be prepared to specific customer requirements / dietary needs. The wine list is a superb effort to match the subtle spicing of the cuisine, with vintages that enhance the flavours and it succeeds beautifully. Undoubtedly a landmark restaurant on the Costa Del Sol dining scene, Jaipur Purple is an utterly unique proposition.


Serving traditional Indian cuisine with a modern twist. Renowned for its subtle spicing & authentic flavours, Jaipur’s food is faithful to its

origins but presented in a style inkeeping with the restaurants deeply seductive surrounding of deep reds and purples and subtle lighting.

Jaipur Purple is the ideal venue to relax and enjoy an evening out with friends & family. We also cater for parties and large bookings.

Opening Times:

Everyday: 13:00 - 15:00

18:00 - Til Late


952 888 353 / 649 116 239 10% DISCOUNT FOR VIP CARDHOLDERS

Centro Comercial Costasol, Local 17, Ctra, N340, km 166 Bel Air next to Repsol Petro Station (Estepona)




Book now for Valentine’s Grill del Puerto

Grill del Puerto, Puerto Banus - First line, Next to Picasso T. 952 811 686 Daily Menu 19,50 (+vat)

Two of the finest grill restaurants on the coast specialising in Charcoal Grill & Stonegrill Groups & Celebrations Welcome Opening Hours: 12:30 ‘non stop’ till late

Rancho Grill

Grill El Rancho, Las Chapas, T.952 831 922 Daily Menu 17,50 (+vat) 10%DISCOUNT FOR VIP CARDHOLDERS VALID FOR BOTH RESTAURANTS 178


GOLDEN SUN Authentic Chinese & Cantonese Cuisine

Serving the Finest, Freshest Food to eat in or take away

Steamed Sea Bass, Fried Battered King Prawns, Sizzling Fillet of Beef with Black Pepper or Cantonese Sauce Crispy Aromatic Duck with Fresh Homemade Pancakes, Hoisin Sause & Cucumber

Open Everyday from 12:30 - 24:30 Easy Parking


Centro Comercial Benevista, 28 CN 340 km, 167 Opposite the Crowne Plaza Hotel 29680 Estepona (Malaga)

T. 629 736 685 or 952 887 386

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Buffet / a la Carte

Specialists in Chinese, Thai & Japanese Cuisine Enjoy authentic Chinese, Thai and Japanese Cuisine with our Teppenyaki & Sushi Bar Chosse from our large selection of wines and cocktails

Open everyday Lunch 12:30 – 16:00 Dinner 19:30 – 24:00

Tel: 951 96 90 47 Avda. Luis Braille Nº10 San Pedro de Alcántara 29670





NEW MENU Open every day Белъгийский Ресторан


Отскрытъ каждый день

Ctra. de Ronda Opposite Madroñal, Nº 3 29679 Beneahavis Tel: 952 786 688


MYTILUS BELGIAN RESTAURANT BELGIAN SPECIALITIES Mussels and fries, Steak Tartare, Vol au Vent, Etc. Open every evening Saturday & Sunday Open all day

Белъгийской кухин

Моллюски и картофелъ-фри стейк тартар валован Открытъ каждый вечер

Суббота и воскресенъе открытъ весъ денъ

Puerto Deportivo Sotogrande Tel: 956790 212 SUNSEARCH SUNSEARCHMAGAZINE MAGAZINE

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Pancho Villa, situated in El Saladillo, Cancellada is a family run restaurant which has been serving delicious, authentic Tex-Mex food here on the Costa del Sol for over 25 year. Ran by father & son team Diego & Wayne with mum Helen in the kitchen! Pancho Villa is the ideal meeting place for friends, families and lovers. At Pancho Villa you can expect a thoroughly warm and friendly welcome that will make you feel at home the second you walk through the doors. The vivid colours of the interior with original Mexican murals on the walls give this restaurant a rustic and traditional Mexican appeal, combined with the welcoming atmosphere, delicious home-made food, attentive service & relaxing music will leave you wanting to dine with us time and time again. Mexican food can sometimes be very spicy, however at Pancho Villa we know that not everybody enjoys hot foods so our food is subtly spiced & uses only the highest quality ingredients, of course extra spices can be added for those who like the hotter things in life! A visit to a Mexican restaurant would not be complete without an Margarita, so try our famous Margaritas, relax, unwind and enjoy your evening with us. TAKE AWAY with FULL DELIVERY SERVICE Available for Marriott’s Playa Anduluza Patrons only



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Pancho Villa

El Saladillo Petrol Station

NEW TASTING MENU 8 tasting courses €16pp Served daily Reservations only

LIVE MUSIC Latino Music Every Saturday night from 8:30pm

Pancho Villa is considered by many to be the most widely known Mexican throughout the world. He is seen as a Robin Hood and a hero of the Mexican revolution. The legends begins in 1894 when the sixteen years old after returning home from work one day found his mother and the ranch owner arguing Pancho became angry and shot the ranch owner Lopez in the foot. He then fled into the mountains, this is when he began his life as an outlaw and the legend was born….

OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK (closed Wednesdays) Opening hours 17:00 - 24:00 every day except Sunday Sundays 12:00 -16:00 / 18:00 - 24:00 Telephone: 952 88 36 12 Reservations: 667 957 153 / 650 364 795 Urb. El Saladillo, Ctra. Cadiz km 166, Estepona (Saladillo garage exit) SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE



La Fiorentina

“PIZZA & FRESH PASTA AT IT’S VERY BEST” ENTERTAINMENT EVERY NIGHT! MONDAYS Elvis Presley Tribute TUESDAYS Mel Williams (Rolling Stones / Rod Stewart) WEDNESDAY Marilyn Monroe ( Also on Mondays and Tuesdays) THURSDAY Saxophone FRIDAY & SATURDAY Nel Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin SUNDAY Italian Opera & Argentinian Tango

Open everyday 13:00 - 16:00 for lunch 19:00 - 24:00 for dinner (Reservations are recommended) Urb. El Pilar, Estepona (entry from Benavista side) T. 952 885 765 M. 609 516 526 184


Dinner to Saturday Dîner : du: Monday lundi au samedi Lunch : Tuesday to Saturday Dîner : du lundi au samedi LunchTel: : du mardi au samedi 952 780 114 : du mardi au samedi Tél: 952 780 114

Tél: 952 780 114

Spend over €30 and receive a bottle of wine voucher on your next visit....


Mention this advert and receive Free glass of Cava on arrival!

C.C. La Colonia, Local 9-B, San C.C. PedroLa Alcántara Colonia, Edif. San Pedro del Mar Local 4, Avenida Mediterranean San Pedro de Alcántara (Close to Fishing Boat)

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POKER FACE During the month of April Casino Marbella hosts the Marbella Poker Festival which will include three intense weeks of Poker tournaments. This is a prestigious circuit of Poker that tours throughout Europe, and after it success in the World Poker Tour last year, Casino Marbella will once again be a compulsory stop for this great festival yet again, plus the Superstack 888 will be held for the second time in just one year and the GSOP Grand Series of Poker or Poker Tour Cirsa. Therefore, everyone who passes through Marbella who enjoys Poker must visit Casino Marbella.


ast year, the World Poker Tour registered over 1,800 registered players of almost all nationalities there was a significant increase in occupancy at luxury hotels and the prize money reached 547,080 â‚Ź. In addition, this year Casino Marbella also presents the CPT Cirsa Poker Tour circuit. The CPT will attract more than 5,000 national and international players and 188


will be hosting a total of 11 tournaments across Marbella, Valencia, La Toja & Agadir. In addition to these Poker Tours Casino Marbella also holds Weekly To u r n a m e n t s which are also more affordable tournaments within the Poker Room at the Casino.

Weekly tournaments

Hours Casino Marbella:

The weekly tournaments start at prices from 50.00 € entrance, with the league, held every Tuesday and Friday, a freeze out tournament held every Wednesday within the WOSP Tournament, or Mini Bounty Poker tournament held every Sunday with a buy-in of 125.00 € and a bounty of 25.00 €.

The engine room is open daily from 12:00 am until 4:00 am.

Fat Bounty Tournament

The tournament that no one should miss! The Fat Bounty tournament will be held on the 16th and 17th February, with an enrollment of 300.00 €. This is the tournament that all players will convene in Andalusia with a maximum of 100 participants. For those who do not want to pay that much, you can play a qualifying tournament, 14th February paying an entry of 55.00€.

The game room is open daily from 20:00 until 4:00 am. Information and reservations: 952 814 000 or Find us on Facebook: / casinomarbella or Twitter: @ Casino_Marbella

For those who do not want to participate in a tournament but want to enjoy a game a poker there is also an option for groups, where friends and family can dine in the restaurant and hire a private table for 85.00 €, including entry and drink. You can make reservations at 952 814 000 or send an email to infocasinomarbella@

Casino Marbella also offers cash game tables. Participants can access all the information, dates and purchase your seat through the website, in the tournament schedule: http:// html



A bottle of housewine for a spend of over â‚Ź20.00 per table for VIP cardholders


he Perla Restaurant is located in Marbella, on the beach with stunning views of the Mediterranean, Africa and Gibraltar. We offer a variety of fish, seafood, meat and high quality rice dishes. For over 35 years we have dedicated ourselves to offering the best food made with natural ingredients and traditional recipes, which has given us an international reputation. We are open everyday providing a high class service and succulent cuisine.

Ctra. de Cadiz, Km 192 C/ Agata, s/n Urb. White Pearl Beach 29604 Elviria Marbella

+34 952 83 59 14 190


C.C. Cala Sol, Boulevard La Cala, Edif. B Local 10 29649 La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa Quoting reference T. +34 952 857 657 code 10387272

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WELCOME TO MARRIOTT’S CLUB SON ANTEM Situated on the lush green fairways of the Son Antem East golf course, Marriott’s Club Son Antem is one of Mallorca’s premier golf and spa locations. The luxurious townhouses are equipped with private backyards and barbeque facilities.



Pools, Beauty and Fitness:

2 - Bedroom Townhouse

• Son Antem Spa with treatment rooms (massage, mud packs, thermal water and beauty services) • Outdoor pool, heated indoor pool and children’s pool • Fitness centre • Whirlpools, sauna and steam rooms

3 - Bedroom Townhouse

Eating and Drinking:

• MarketPlace® mini-market • A full range of dining venues: La Vista Verde on site, and El Olivar, Lobby Bar Llevant and Es Trenc pool bar at the adjacent Mallorca Marriott® Son Antem Golf Resort & Spa For Children:

• MAZE® (Marriott’s Activity Zone Experience) for children • Teen lounge and outdoor playground Other Activities:

• Daily activities programme for all ages • Two 18-hole championship golf courses • Tennis courts

• 2-bedroom / 2-bathroom townhouse • Overall size approximately 88m2 • Sleeps up to 6 people

• 3-bedroom / 2-bathroom townhouse • Overall size approximately 110m2 • Sleeps up to 8 people


Living & dining area with LCD flat screen TV & DVD player Complimentary internet access for owners Fully equipped kitchen including microwave and dishwasher Master suite with king-size bed, oversize soaking tub and a separate shower • Utility room with washer and dryer • Private terrace/garden area with barbecue

Marriott’s Club Son Antem, Carretera Ma 19, Salida No 20, 07620 Llucmajor, Mallorca, Spain All features, furnishings and amenities depicted throughout may be proposed and are subject to change. Some facilities may be open on seasonal basis only. © Copyright 2011, Marriott Vacation Club International. All rights reserved. Marriott Vacation Club International and the programs and products provided under the Marriott Vacation Club brand are not owned, developed, or sold by Marriott International, Inc. Marriott Vacation Club International uses the Marriott marks under license from Marriott International, Inc. and its affiliates. IMG-11-049

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“Where there’s bubbles” by Xavier Peddington images provided by Juvé y Camps



How often have you heard ‘I’m a Rioja man’, or ‘I prefer Duero wines’? Perhaps these statements do not tell you much about the speaker, but get started on champagne and the vista opens up. English literature – and history – is littered with famous figures’ preferences for this or that champagne. There are 24 producers of the Club de Grandes Marques, formed in 1882 as the Syndicat de Grandes Marques de Champagne, and most people will be familiar with names like Bollinger, Canard Duchêne, Vueve Cliquot, Heidsieck, Krug, Lanson, Mercier, Moët & Chandon, Mumm, Pommery & Greno., Louis Roederer, Ruinart, and Tattinger. Winston Churchill, who was a fan of Pol Roger, said in 1918, ‘Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!’ More has been written about champagne than any other alcoholic beverage. I am looking at an article by Serafín Quero Toribio in his book El Vino, 120 Preguntas, (Málaga 1997). which is worth quoting:

‘To open a bottle of champagne the bottle should be slightly inclined. With one hand take firm hold of the cork and with the other the bottle. Twist the bottle, not the cork. In this way the gas will escape saliently and not a drop of foam will be lost. If we commit the error of letting the cork fly out of the bottle the pressure inside will drop too fast and a good part of the bubbles will be lost. You should hear a sigh not a pistol shot. To serve champagne the thumb should be placed in the base [punt] of the bottle and grasped with the other fingers, in such a way that the label is visible’.

Lily Bollinger’s famously stated: “I only drink champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I’m thirsty”. Napoleon Bonaparte hit the cork on the head when he famously said, “In victory, you deserve champagne; in defeat, you need it.”

Well, have you ever read anything even vaguely similar to this with reference to opening a bottle of claret or cava? No; champagne has always been rather special.

There are roughly 200 ‘houses’ in the Champagne region, and if you stick to one of the famous brands you will be concentrating on a very small and rather incestuous section of the market. Moët & Chandon accounts for 25% of the all export sales and is owned by the giant LVMH; (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, which also owns Pommery and Veuve Clicquot. Combined, these four houses represent almost 50% of the export market.).

Santiago, of Marbella’s Marisquería Santiago restaurant, will cut off the neck of a champagne bottle with a sabre if you ask him nicely – and pay for the bottle. It is exciting the first time you see it, but as with all tricks, you soon realise that it is a carefully-acquired knack.

Many wine snobs claim to drink nothing but vintage champagne. Its price is higher than for the non-vintage since it is only produced in good years so production is limited, but in fact you will get better value for your money if you buy the Prestige Cuvées from the top houses, expensive as they are. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


These are the crème-de-la-crème, and about as good as you can get in the champagne world. Made with the best grapes from the best vineyards, always from the first pressing, aged in the bottle longer than most other wines, and only produced in vintage years - if you have to ask the price you cannot afford them. Cristal, La Grande Dame, and Dom Pérignon are among the best-known. Purists maintain that no other wine can ever be like champagne. There are only 58,000 hectares of vineyards, sitting on the largest single chalk deposit in the world. When the Romans settled the area they used the chalk as a building material, so they excavated kilometres of underground caves and tunnels, now used as champagne cellars, that spread out from the city of Rheims in all directions. Whereas the Spanish cava is made from many local grape varieties, champagne makers invariably use a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. However it is the labour involved in producing a bottle which partially accounts for the price. Being the only wine where a second fermentation takes place in the bottle, the deposit that this produces must be taken out. By inclining the bottle sufficiently to allow the deposit to gradually form around the cork, a procedure hastened by giving each bottle a daily shake, typically by hand, it can be removed. In reality though, any champagne, or cava for that matter, costing less than a small fortune will have been helped along in this process by huge machines capable of turning hundreds of bottles at a time. A few points to be borne in mind when drinking cava or champagne: The more 196


expensive the wine the more acidic it will be. (The figures are quite interesting, as Brut Nature has 3 grams per litre of sugar added, Brut up to 15g, and Sec between 17 and 35g per litre.) In addition demi-sec is often ‘softened’ by the addition of sweet wine. The smaller the bubbles in the glass the better the wine, and talking of glasses, I am sure we all know by know that those unaesthetic champagne bowls were invented in Victorian times when champagne was drunk mainly as a toast, and the large surface allowed the bubbles to dissipate more quickly than they do in the correct champagne flute.

As usual, specialist wine stores offer superior value to supermarkets, although the selection can be confusing. Do not necessarily assume that the most expensive is always the best, and many producers have opted for that very common tactic of putting a high price on the bottle in a (deceitful) attempt to fool buyers into thinking that it is a premium product.

Oh, and non-vintage champagne does not improve with age, so forget about laying it down; it is ready to drink when you buy it.

Many drinkers of bubbly would agree that a good cava is better than a poor champagne, and

the best cavas are very good indeed – with prices to match. It is actually rather pathetic to see Marbella socialites posing as wine snobs serving Möet & Chandon at their parties, when there are dozens of excellent cavas on sale at a fraction of the price of this very mundane champagne. Cava is the name of a wine, not a wine region. Practically all of it is made in the Catalan Penedés region, specifically in San Sadurní de Noya. To those accustomed to drinking champagne, cava has a rather more earthy taste, due to the grapes used (macabeo, known as viura in Rioja, parellada, and xarel-lo). Since 1986 chardonnay has been permitted and pinot noir is used for the increasingly popular cava rosado. There is no big difference between the way champagne and cava are made, and the quality control is as good in Spain as it is in France throughout the process. The large bodegas that produce thousands of container-loads of cava, often bound for the States, are Codorníu and Freixenet, and they have just buried the hatchet after two decades of public infighting that started when Codorníu accused Freixenet of selling cava that had not been fermented for the regulation nine months. Codorníu, which traces its roots back to the 16th century, views Freixenet as the ill-mannered new kid on the block and probably felt put out by the company’s more aggressive sales methods. Both companies refuse to comment on the terms of the settlement but according to news agency Efe, Codorníu paid

Freixenet €4m in cash and 2 million bottles of cava. So, rather amusingly, the next time you are drinking a bottle of Freixenet it may in fact be Codorníu. Good cavas at decent prices are made by Juvé y Camps, Marqués de Monistrol, Mestres, Nadal, Parxet. and Seguras Viudas. But the Catalonia-Spain political situation has motivated many Spaniards to boycott Catalan products, and this has affected wine producers of the region. The resulting tendency to make cava outside the traditional area of Penedés to cater for the boycott-led demand has, according to traditional cava wineries, resulted in a drop in standards. Consequently nine producers have already renounced the cava denomination and five more have stated their intention to leave. The result will possibly be more confusion in the market place, with consumers having to search harder than before for quality wines. However there are some excellent nonCatalan cavas now being made in almost every wine region of the country. As a fine example, Yllera Cantosan Brut costs €10 and is available from Vinacoteca La Cartuja in Marbella, as well as most of the other brands mentioned; also El Corte Inglés.



Liquid Elegance in a Glass…






ognac is a city, a color, a digestive, a state of mind. In fact, it’s fascinating how one word can evoke images of crystal snifters, formal dinners, Cuban cigars, and crackling fireplaces. And though some may prefer diluting its distinctive flavors with Coca-Cola or a mixer, Cognac remains the ultimate in liquid elegance.

“Cognac is more complex than a wine or any of the spirits,” says Patrick Peyrelongue, managing director of Delamain, and a direct descendant of the family that founded one of the smallest yet most prestigious Cognac producers. “Not only is it complex (in the glass), but in five minutes (after aerating) it will be completely different. So if you should try to describe it now, you will have to do it again five minutes later, and then half an hour after that, and so on. It is constantly evolving.” Although each Cognac has its own distinguishing aromatic components, commonly used descriptors include nuts, fruit, caramel and various spices plus honey and vanilla, all in varying degrees. Even with close to 200 different Cognac producers, no two are alike. Each Cognac house has a distinctive style, whether it be the wood-and-leather ambiance of Hennessy, the light fruitiness of Remy Martin or the delicate floral sweetness of Hine.

Perhaps that is why this classic after-hours drink can be intimidating, for rather than ask for a specific brand with an unknown flavor profile, most people simply say, “I’ll have a Cognac,” and wait for the sommelier or bartender to suggest something. Approximately 90% of Cognac is produced by four companies: Courvoisier, Hennessy, Martell, and Rémy Martin. The other 10% is produced by brands which include: Bache-Gabrielsen/Dupuy, Braastad, Camus, La Fontaine de La Pouyade, Chateau Fontpinot, Delamain, Pierre Ferrand, Frapin, Hine, Marcel Ragnaud, Moyet, Otard, Camus and Cognac Croizet. Cognac is distilled from wine in Charentais copper stills, thus giving it many of the complex taste characteristics of the wine grapes themselves. These include a certain amount of acidity,

often masked by the higher alcoholic proof of Cognac, plus flavors such as dandelion, red berry and other fruits. Only a double-distilled wine brandy made in the Cognac region in west France just north of Bordeaux can be called Cognac. Thus, Cognac is both a distilled spirit and a geographical designation. This is why the excellent double-distilled brandies produced from California grapes by Germain-Robin in Ukiah are not called Cognacs. Ugni Blanc known as Trebbiano in Italy is the main grape used in Cognac production, and it is prized for its high yields, hardiness, and natural acidity. Ugni Blanc is so important in the production of Cognac and other spirits that it is France’s mostplanted white grape variety. There are four primary designated districts from which grapes are grown for the production of Cognac. In order of prestige, they are Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois. In this case, the name “Champagne” has nothing to do with sparkling wine or the region where the famous bubbly is made instead; it’s an old form of “campagne,” which means countryside. Cognacs made strictly from grapes from the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne districts with a minimum of 50% Grande Champagne grapes in the blend are often sub-labeled “Fine Champagne.” If Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne are the top two districts, one might wonder why all Cognacs are not made from just these areas or from Grande Champagne alone. This is due to the cost of the grapes and the quest of the maitre de chai, or cellar master, (Cognac house’s master taster) for a specific taste profile, because the growing conditions of each region impart definite characteristics to the grapes. The grapes are fermented into wine, and that wine is then distilled into what’s called eau-de-vie (“water of life”). Eaux-de-vie are then aged in barrels to become the components of Cognac. Eaux-devie made from grapes harvested from Fin Bois tend to be full and forward in flavor, while those from Borderies are more floral. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE


This is where blending becomes crucial, for it influences not only the final taste of the aged Cognac, but its ultimate retail price, depending on which grapes were used for distillation. Grande Champagne eaux de vie are long in the mouth and powerful, dominated by floral notes. The most prestigious. “Champagne” derives from the Roman “Campania” meaning Plain, but is often explained with similarity in soil with the Champagne area at Rheims.

175 years, which produces an unparalleled depth of honeyed strawberry and cherry. Although Cognac drinkers often refer to “average age” (for example, a 50-50 blend of 10- and 20-year- old Cognacs would have an average age of 15 years), Cognacs are actually categorized by the age of its youngest component eau-de-vie, the official quality grades of cognac are the following:

Petite Champagne eaux de vie have similar characteristics to those from Grande Champagne but are in general shorter on the palate.

V.S. (“very special”), or (three stars) designates a blend in which the youngest brandy has been stored for at least two years in cask.

Borderies eaux de vie from the Borderies are the most distinctive, with nutty aromas and flavour, as well as a distinct violet or iris characteristic. Cognacs made with a high percentage of these, eaux de vie, for example, “Cordon Bleu” by Martell, are dominated by these very sought-after flavours.

V.S.O.P. (“very superior old pale”) designates a blend in which the youngest brandy is stored for at least four years in a cask, but the average wood age is much older.

Fins Bois eaux de vie are ideal for establishing the base of some blended cognacs. Fins Bois is rounded and fruity, with oiliness. By law, Cognac must be aged in French oak cooperage for at least 2½years, but most age far longer. Cognac doesn’t begin to develop until it’s at least 5 years old and character rarely builds in less than a decade. In fact, some exceptional Cognacs are allowed to mature as long as 60 years the maximum the finest eaux-de-vie can evolve before their flavors become overpowered by the wood. To halt the aging process, the spirits are transferred from barrels to glass demijohns (unlike wine, Cognac will not improve with age in bottles).

XO (“extra old”) designates a blend in which the youngest brandy is stored for at least six years but on average for upwards of 20 years. Extra Old, is a category created in 1870 by Hennessy for the family’s private blend.

In addition the following grades can be mentioned: Napoleon is a grade equal to XO in terms of minimum age, but it is generally marketed in-between VSOP and XO in the product range offered by the producers. Extra designates a minimum of 6 years of age, this grade is usually older than a Napoleon or an XO. Vieux is another grade between the official grades of VSOP and XO. Vieille Réserve is, like the Hors d´Âge, a grade beyond XO.

These demijohns are sequestered in dark, musty recesses of ancient cellars, waiting to be blended with other Cognacs some older, some younger to create an assemblage, or blend, that fits the cellar master’s interpretation of the house style.

Hors d’âge (“beyond age”) is a designation which BNIC states is equal to XO, but in practice the term is used by producers to market a high quality product beyond the official age scale.

Often, these prized Cognacs are stored for generations. Hennessy has the industry’s largest stock of old Cognacs, some of which date to 1800. Its top-of-the-line Richard Hennessy brand is composed of more than 100 Cognacs ranging in age from 75 to

However, few Cognac producers confine themselves to these minimums. For example, Courvoisier VS is composed of Cognacs ranging in age from 4 to 8 years, Landy VSOP has an average age of 12 years and Remy Martin XO Excellence is a blend of 350



Cognacs ranging in age from 10 to 37 years, with an average age of 23 years. There are also numerous prestigious proprietary blends. The elegant meatiness of Hennessy Paradis Extra comes from its blend of 200 eaux-de-vie aged between 25 and 125 years. The House of Hine, the chosen Cognac of Queen Elizabeth II and thus the only Cognac house holding a British royal warrant, cites a blended average age of “over 40 years” for its spicy fruit-andtobacco-like Triomphe. And Martell Cordon Bleu, which dates from 1912 and was chosen to toast the Armistice that ended World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, is a blend of almost 200 eaux-de-vie, averaging 25 years in age. No matter what a Cognac’s age or classification, the one overriding factor and most challenging aspect for the master blender is maintaining its consistency through the years. The blending or marriage of different eaux-de-vie will change year-on-year in order to accommodate different vintages, harvests, and growing environments. “Our Hennessy XO, for example,” says Maurice Hennessy, eighthgeneration descendant of company founder Richard Hennessy, “must taste the same if you drink it in Los Angeles or San Francisco, New York or Hong Kong and whether you drink it now or tasted it 10years ago”. Sadly you can’t use a formula to recreate a Cognac for example, three parts of a 7-year-old eau-de-vie and four parts of a 20-yearold, and so on because next year, when you try to remake that same Cognac, the 7-year-old wine will be from a year that is one year later in the harvest, and so the taste will be different. So the blending becomes a matter of trial and error this is why the work of a master blender is so important. The master blender will have several hundred Cognacs in stock, and will know them all because he will have tasted them all scored them according to flavor, aroma, strength, colour & taste for reference. It is because of this constant balance that experienced Cognac drinkers develop loyalties to specific brands.

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Cognac Culture Cognac has always been regarded as the drink of the elite, the rich and the powerful, but in today’s society Cognac plays a significant role in the pop culture, hip-hop and urban music industry. Since the early 90’s Cognac has seen a significant transformation in its clientele, from a predominantly older, affluent white demographic to a younger, urban, consumer. Cognac has become ingrained into the hip-hop culture celebrated in songs by Jay Z, Kayne West & Lil John among many others.

It is estimated that in America alone between 6o% - 80% of the Cognac market now comprises of African American consumers who are influenced by the popular hip-hop culture and prestige associated with it. Many have credited the hop-hop culture as the saviour of Cognac after sales floundered in the late 90’s due to the economic crisis in Asia - Cognac’s main export market at that time. This celebrity growth has also seen a rise in the process of Cognac and today we see Cognac being auctioned or sold at exorbitant prices, below we have listed the 10 most expensive Cognacs in the world.

1 Henri IV, Cognac Grande Champagne - $2 million 2 Hennessy Beaute du Siecle Cognac - $200,000

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