Hello! Lionel Richie to play Marbella in 2020

International superstar Lionel Richie will play Marbella next summer.

The first big name to be announced for summer 2020, the "All Night Long"  and "Dancing on the Ceiling" singer will perform at Starlite on Monday July 27, as part of his greatest hits “Hello” tour.

“I am so excited to bring my Live from Las Vegas album to life and to share it with my fans," says Richie. "Also, I’m really looking forward to going on tour and performing for everyone this summer – it’s going to be one big party.”

Another killing on the Coast

And so it continues

Police were called to a beach in Mijas Costa on Wednesday morning with the discovery of another apparent drug related killing. The grisly find was made by  passerby at around 9am.

The body of a young man laying face down was found close to a beach bar at  Peñón del Cura. He had been shot several times, and the killers were so brazen that they left gun casings on the beach.

This is the third slaying on the Coast in a month. How much longer before an innocent bystander is killed?

Photo. GoogleEarth

Marbella Architects win Best in Europe

The recent finals of the International Property Awards in London saw a big win for architecture and design on the Costa del Sol, with the BRIGHT development company taking not only Best in Spain but also Best in Europe in the category Architecture Single Residence.

Their entry, Villa Alcuzcuz, located in the hills above San Pedro, is the Coast’s first luxury environmentally friendly home built to Passive House Regulations and Standards, guaranteeing more than 75 percent saving on energy costs compared with a standard new build.

The UDesign Architecture Studio is the creative force behind the Bright brand. “We’re very excited about this win, because it’s a win for the entire architecture and design sector in southern Spain,” saidJason Harris, CEO of UDesign, who, along with Michael Rodziewicz, current CEO of BRIGHT, set up the company with the express aim of creating exceptional spaces that improve quality of life through pure design.

They are also in the process of developing another project in the Marbella area: Vista Lago Residences, a luxury development of eighteen designer villas in Real de la Quinta.

“Everyone here is trying to build and design a better villa than the competition, contributing to a hotspot of creativity that keeps pushing the standards higher and higher,” adds Jason.

Held at The Savoy hotel, the International Property Awards cover eleven different categories in architecture alone. Judged by a panel of 80 international independent experts in all aspects of design and architecture, the emphasis is not only on design and innovation, but also on sustainability.

The victim's Audi is taken away

Gangsta's Paradise?

Another week in Marbella, another gangland slaying.

The victim's Audi is taken away

Local and national papers back in the UK ran lurid accounts of the death of Peter Andrew Williamson, gunned down in a professional hit as he sat in his Audi outside his house in Riviera del Sol.

The killing came less than a week after a man described as 'Arabic' was shot and killed and another serious wounded at their apartment, less than 15 minutes' drive from the latest shooting.

When you consider that 2019 also saw the murder of Puerto Banus personality Marco Yaquot, (above), gunned down outside his villa in San Pedro, as well as the discovery of bodies close to the Istan Road as well as on the main A7, you begin to get more than a little concerned about the direction that Marbella seems to be heading in.

Spanish business records show Williamson was registered as a self-employed agricultural sector intermediary specialising in “international trade”. He had been arrested by Spanish police in March for using a transport firm to send cannabis resin from Malaga.

As in the shooting in Marbella earlier in the week, Police are looking at the killings as a “settling of scores” between drug gangs. Those of a cynical disposition could argue that means the case is pretty much closed. There has been little in the way of leads in the Yaquot case, or the drug dealer machine gunned in his garage in Sierra Blanca the year before that, or the Spanish gym and beach bar owner who was shot by a gunman on the back of a motorcycle as he parked the car at his daughter's communion.

In the past two decades Marbella has changed beyond all recognition as the town has gained a reputation as party central for both wannabe bad boys (and girls) and serious criminals. You only have to see the number of powerful luxury cars driven by guys who look like they are filming a Rap Video to get the sneaky suspicion that perhaps they didn't all get their money from prudent saving schemes or a private equity venture.

For better or worse, Puerto Banus seems to have embraced the 'flash the cash' culture, and the Port has seen the arrest of several wanted criminals on a bit of down time, seemingly thinking they are untouchable in Marbs.

You could argue that Marbella has always been a sunny place for shady people, going all the way back to London crime figures Freddie Foreman and Charlie Williams in the 80s. But these latest slayings seem something different altogether.

While Marbella tries to entice the super wealthy with its gastronomy, climate and lifestyle, and the Police are seemingly stretched in keeping tabs on the drug smuggling free for all that its the Campo de Gibraltar, perhaps a settling of scores doesn't rate very highly.

But if the “Gangstas Paradise” attitude continues, where “What happens in Marbs, stays in Marbs” can include disappearances and killings, then Marbella needs to take a long, hard look at the problem before it spirals any further out of control.

Triple A launches 2020 calendar

Forget putting up your tree or decking the halls with boughs of holly.

In Marbella we know that Christmas is on the way when animal charity Triple A launch their calendar.

The 2020 Calendar, is full of the colour, smiles and optimism that the charity wants to continue.

Made with love by great professionals and better animal lovers Carolina Cuesta (design, info@canprint.es), Talia Giraudo (www.thoroughlygorgeous.com)  and Kevin Horn (www.photographermarbella.com) the calendar, that features picture perfect pets and heartwarming stories, can be purchased in the shelter, the Puerto Banús street market on Saturdays and at Triple A events.

Its is also available in Finland via info@secondchancerescue.fi and Germany via  jana2@helfende-haende-ev.com

Don't forget that Triple A is also holding a festive charity event at Seagrill at the Puente Romano on December 15. More information at www.tripleamarbella.org

Over 100 litres of rainfall in Marbella

It was a wet one. Three consecutive days of rain meant that 100 litres per square metre fell on Marbella in the past three days.

The much needed rains arrived on Wednesday and peaked the following day, when 49.5 litres fell on the town. The rainfall has alleviated the precarious water level of the reservior, although much more is still needed.

During these three days, the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) activated the yellow alert for rains on the Costa del Sol and the orange for strong waves.

In addition, there was a yellow alert due to strong winds, which is still active until this Saturday afternoon.

The forecast is for a sunny weekend, without precipitation,

El Lago keeps its star

Marbella shines at Michelin

Marbella's reputation as a gastromonic hotspot continues to grown. At the recent Michelin awards in Sevilla, four restaurants received recognition.

Restaurant Skina in Marbella's Old Town, gained its second Michelin star, while El Lago (pictured) and Messina retained their stars and Fernando Alcalá's Kava was awared the 'Bib Gourmand' distinction.

Spain now has 29 restaurants with two stars, three of which are in Andalucia. As well as Skina,  El Bardal de Ronda and Noor in Córdoba now boast two stars.

Congratulations to all concerned!

British Ambassador to address Brexit seminar

British Ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliott, will make his first official visit to Manilva as the keynote speaker at the town’s fifth seminar to update residents on the actions they need to take to prepare for Britain’s exit from the EU.

The ambassador will be introduced by Manilva councillor Dean Tyler Shelton and Laura Lopez Collado, the Councillor for Foreign Residents. Also speaking will be the Mayors of Manilva, Casares and San Roque, together with Derek A Langley, Regional Vice President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain, Alex Radford of My Lawyer in Spain and Joni Burnett, representative of the Colegio de Administradores de Fincas de Málaga. There will also be a Question and Answer session where the panel will be joined by British Consul Charmaine Arbouin and members of the consular team.

Consul Charmaine Arbouin said: “The Embassy and Consulate are delighted to take part in this, the fifth seminar that Manilva has put on to keep its residents informed. As a result many UK nationals have already registered as residents and exchanged their driving licences, but we know that others still have questions about what action they need to take.

“In the meantime, I urge all UK nationals to stay up to date with the latest news by signing up for email alerts to the Living in Spain guide on gov.uk and following our Brits in Spain channel on Facebook.”

Advice for UK nationals living in Spain can be found at: gov.uk/livinginspain

The event takes place this Wednesday 20 November (17:50-19:30) at Villa Matilde Sabinillas, Avenida Leopoldo Alas Clarin 51, 29692 Manilva. There is no need to register beforehand.

Kempinski teams up with Global Gift for final art event of 2019

Axel Bethke, General Manager of Kempinski Hotel Bahía, welcomed Maria Bravo, President and Founder of the Global Gift Foundation as part of the final event of Kempinski’s Art Series 2019.

Maria Bravo with her team were invited to join the event by Dragon Art who brought three international artists to exhibit at the hotel’s art zone. Maria was also joined by her long term friend, Jose Maria Garcia Urbano, Mayor of Estepona. Taking a moment to thank Dragon art for their support Maria also spoke to the select audience about the power and ability to help others in need within the community, focusing on her project ‘Casa Global Gift, a multifunctional centre for children with special needsthat is located in the city of Marbella, Spain.

Dragon Art, who represent the artists on display at the hotel explained to the guests that a percentage of sales from the art exhibition will go to Global Gift Foundation, to help continue its good work both locally and worldwide.

The exhibition which is open till the end of December contains an array of paintings, sculptures and crystalized works, by Anna Schellberg, San B and Hannes d’Haese, making it a spectacular exhibition and a fitting farewell to the Kempinski Arts Series 2019.

Photo  L- R. Anna Schellberg,  Maria Bravo (Global Gift Foundation),  Jose Mª Garcia Urbano (Mayor of Estepona), San B, Hannes d'Haese, Axel Bethke (General Manager)

Another fatal shooting in Marbella

Marbella witnessed yet another suspected gang related killing last night.

Emergency services received an anonymous call for help on Friday at around 7.30 pm. When police and paramedics arrived at the apartment at Urbanisation Andasol in Las Chapas, they found the body of the victim, described as Arabic in appearance, as well as another man who was badly injured. Both had been shot.

No arrests have been made so far and Police are viewing this as another settling of scores between drug gangs.