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Club Med lays first brick on its return to Spain

A beautiful Marbella day greeted the official announcement and laying of the first brick marking Club Med's return to Spain. Club Med president Henri Giscard d'Estaing, Marbella mayor Angeles Muñoz, Dr Dokali Megharief, founder of Magna Hotel and Resorts and Jihad Megharief, president of Magna Hotel and Resorts, we present at the event, held in the resort's grounds.   The company's…

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El Paseo del Mar – eclectic, electric, unmissable!

We are witnessing a renaissance in the luxury hotel market on the Coast. Already this year Nobu Hotel has opened at the Puente Romano, while work has already started on the W Marbella to the east of town. Bringing its A game to the table in an increasingly competitive market, the Kempinski Bahia Hotel, took the bold move of rebooting and revamping. One of the best known hotels on the Coast -…

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Climbing La Concha for David

Popular Marbella DJ Russell Soden, who famously climbed Marbella's emblematic La Concha mountain an incredible 40 times in 40 days for charity, is lacing up his climbing boots for another great cause. This Saturday, April 21, Russell will be heading up La Concha to raise money for David Toms. The much loved photographer suffered life changing injuries in a near fatal motorcycle accident in 2016.…

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A new “Golden Era” for Marbella property

•  Report highlights price of housing in some areas of Marbella is still below the peaks of 2006 and 2007 • In other ultra-prime areas, prices have even almost doubled since 2011 • The new construction cycle is just beginning, reaching only 10.88% of projects approved in 2017 compared to the 2007 total The number of residential property sales in Marbella and its immediate surroundings,…

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Mutterings from the Lake – If they could talk to the animals…

‘Never work with children or animals’ the old theatrical adage goes and the same could justly be applied to that other branch of the entertainment world that is otherwise known as Marbella politics. The Town Hall has had more power struggles and shady dealing than a Sopranos’ season finale during the G.I.L era, more bloodletting and surprise attacks than the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones when…

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Looking after your eyes on World Health Day

Today 2018 is World Health Day and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 70th anniversary, with the theme this year being universal health coverage. The WHO estimates that in 2010, 285 million people were visually impaired. 80% of all causes of visual impairment, however,  are preventable or curable. In 2014 WHO launched a global action plan for Universal Eye Health and has just two more years to…

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Gibraltar: Spain hopes for “third time lucky” on airport deal

Spain hopes to sign off on a bilateral agreement with Britain over Gibraltar before October so as not to hinder a Brexit transition deal, as well as joint use of the airport, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis told Reuters yesterday. Failure to reach an agreement on Gibraltar, a could disrupt a planned 21-month transition period for Britain following its official withdrawal from the European…

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Club Med to return to Spain

An iconic Marbella hotel is set for a €70-million renovation after being closed for over ten years. The Hotel Don Miguel is due to reopen in 2019 after investors, who bought the abandoned property in 2013 under the name Magna Hotels & Resorts, reached a deal with top French hotel operator, Club Med. A VIP ceremony in April will mark the beginning of the refurbishment which will create some…

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Mutterings from the lake – The Rain Man…

As the saying goes “Careful what you wish for”. I have been bleating on for months about the lack of rainfall in Andalucía over winter with dire warnings about impending water shortages and widespread drought. My wooden fishing boats had become land locked, the normally submerged houses, abandoned when the reservoir that I live on was created in 1970, had started to appear and Marbella’s 4x4…

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CADI Charity at La Catarina

Funky Craft Brewery La Catarina is the venue for tonight's Charity Raffle in favour of Centro de Atención a la Diversidad Infantil. The funds will be going to CADI (Centro de Atencion a la Diversidad Infantil) an association created by parents of children with special needs and who organise events in order to raise money to go towards therapies that would otherwise be very expensive and towards…

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Work starts on the W

Work is due to start on the W Marbella next month The €300 million project, located on the east of Marbella, will consist of 200 rooms, including 26 suites as well The Residences at W Marbella - a hundred apartments and low-rise villas that will offer owners access to all the facilities and services of the hotel. With the opening of W Marbella in 2021, Spain will be the only European country to…

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Easter – Perfect for a little wine time

http://www.planetmarbella.com/wp-content/uploads/VID-20180326-WA0003.mp4 If you fancy indulging in your passion for wine that is a million miles away from a normal vineyard tour....

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Busy year ahead for Andrés Olivares Foundation

Cancer charity Andres Olivares Foundation presented its programme of activities in Marbella for 2018 at the Town Hall last week. As well as charity president Andres Olivares, the event was attended by Isabel Cintado, Delegate of Social Rights and Lourdes Romero, responsible for the charity in Marbella. Cintado thanked the foundation for choosing Marbella and predicted a great response from the…

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Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club finish season in style!

Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club 31 - 24 CD Arquitectura Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club finished their second season is some style on Saturday with a stunning last minute victory.     Marbella went into the game eighth in the league and playing CD Arquitectura, three places above them and one of oldest names in Spanish rugby -established in 1931 - who had brought vocal support from……

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Marbella Town Hall cancel controversial animal contract

Pet lovers and animal activists were celebrating last night as the contract that allowed the euthanising of abandoned animals was cancelled With just three days left before the controversial contract was due to come into force the Town Hall announced that they will be drawing up a new contract in consultation with animal welfare group Triple A. The decision comes after huge public outcry and and…

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Triple A crisis. Mayor releases video response but still nothing in writing.

Beleaguered Marbella mayor Ángeles Muñoz responded to mounting criticism in a video statement this afternoon. Faced with widespread public outcry at the decision to put the contract for receiving stray animals out to tender, and the possibility that this would be taken away from animal charity Triple A and awarded to a bid from one of the so-called "killing stations",  Muñoz stated in her video…

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Space Cowboy to play Starlite

The Cat in the Hat is Back! Jamiroquai is set to play Marbella this summer. The Acid Jazz pioneers, lead by front man Jay Kay, are best known for tracks such a "Virtual Insanity", "Cosmic Girl" and "Space Cowboy", will play Starlite on July 27. Although this is the first time Jamiroquai has played in Marbella, the band have appeared in Malaga and were set to play the ill-fated Hipodromo in Mijas…

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Triple A future hangs in balance

Hundreds of abandoned animals face the death sentence after Marbella mayor Angeles Muñoz and the Marbella Town Hall put the contract for receiving stray animals out to tender For nearly 30 years Marbella animal rescue charity Triple A have protected and rehomed abandoned animals at minimal cost to Marbella Town Hall, and have over 400 animals at their centre on the Ojen road This news leaves the…

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Warhol at the Picasso

  One of the most iconic artists of the 20th century is coming to Malaga Museo Picasso Málaga is hosting a major retrospective of Andy Warhol (1928-1987), with a special focus on the transmutations that his legacy underwent during his career, and the repetitive, schematizing and contrived nature of his visual work for more than three decades of feverish creative activity. Andy Warhol (1928…

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Marbella braces itself for more bad weather

More rain is forecast for Marbella this weekend. Storms are set to lash the Atlantic coast with yellow weather warnings issued for the Campo de Gibraltar and the Costa de la Luz. The latest weather warnings came after a week of heavy rain that caused disruption to roads, flooded rivers and severe damage to several of Marbella’s beaches, only weeks ahead of the Easter holiday period. The good…

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