Happy Halloween!

Get ready for the marauding gangs of hyperactive children dressed as vampires, mummies and various other members of the Undead that we have come to expect for Halloween.

Even the weather has got in on the act, with thunderstorms forecast and the official Halloween activities in San Pedro and Marbella- including the parade and Passage of Terror, will now take place on Friday November 2. See http://www.marbella.es

for more details.


But if you do feel like getting your Halloween freak on, you might want to check out the following.

La Sala are holding Rocky Horror Wednesday with 2 for 1 on Halloween Cocktails and a complimentary shot if you are infancy dress. Rocky Horror sounds will come from Tony Capo and Wall Street band, so you can eat, drink and be scary

Halloween at Los Arcos in Benavista is an institution with a host of spooky activities including best dressed prizes, face painting, scary menus for the kids and creepy cocktails for the grown ups!

This weekend the team at Posidonia in Puerto Banus are putting on two spooky spectaculars

On Friday November 2 electronic DJ duo ETHER are playing at their Vampires' Ball from 9pm to 2am. With bone chilling decorations, delicious food and prizes for the best costume, this will be a great night of music, dancing and frightening fun. The following night, November 3, Cuban band Habana N Talla will be playing their great mix of salsa, merengue, bachata and kizomba. At 9pm dance teacher Yas is offering a Bachata workshop to give you all the moves you need to hit the dance floor from 10pm to 2am. The best costumes can win prizes and special offers, so go all out this Halloween weekend. The person in the best costume will win a dinner for two and everyone wearing a costume will enjoy a free welcome drink.

Personally I have decided not to partake in the annual fright fest this year. After all, I live in Marbella where I have to deal with blood suckers, ghouls, freaks, the criminaly insane and the undead on a daily basis...



Modern Art and Italian Cuisine - a delicious combination!

Contemporary art and authentic Italian cuisine combined in an exciting new venture that opened this weekend.



Art Caffe and Excellence Art Gallery combines Italian food and showcases the work of modern artists, represented by Excellence Gallery, including award winning Italian artist Massino Cedrini.

At the opening evening, curator Giuseppe Carnevale welcomed Marbella's art aficionados to to this new concept, that brings together artists from Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Argentina, Finland and Switzerland, many of whom were in attendance.

Art Caffe is open from Monday- Friday, 9am-8pm.





Brit film Solo! scoops Best Feature at Marbella International Film Festival

It may have been in its 13th edition but it was lucky number 13 for Nic Cornwall whose film Solo!  picked up Best Feature at The Marbella International Film Festival earlier this month.

A romantic comedy musical, Solo! is about a young Englishman who arrives in a remote, run-down Spanish village and has to reform their band - before they find out that it was his dad who ruined the village in the first place.

Director Nic Cornwall picked up the prize at the Gala Awards Dinner, held once again at the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel, where guests also included Craig Fairbrass - in Marbella  to shoot the latest in the Rise of the Footsoldier franchise, and legendary, actor, writer and director Steven Berkoff, who took best actor for Tell Tale Heart.


Marbella International Film Festival Winners 2018

Best Newcomer - Andrea Martinez for Shadow
Best Shorter Short - Trigger Finger
Best Short - Easy Way Out
Best Actress - Catia Ojeda for Closure
Best Actor - Steven Berkoff for Tell Tale Heart
Best Director - Tony Farjallah for Morine.
Best Feature - Solo!





Be Lagom connects with Nature

Amazing Acroyoga, acapella girls, organic vegetables, dream catchers and a hang drum performance. It was certainly one of most innovative launches that Planet Marbella has attended!

Altur Homes official launch for Be Lagom, described as one of the most exclusive and innovative promotions on the Costa del Sol, saw more than 300 guests attend to find out more about the unique concept behind the project.

Be Lagom will consist of 13 luxury villas conceived, designed and inspired by the current trends  of sustainability, organic food and the circular economy.

The concept was presented by José Carlos León, head of NVOGA, the real estate agency at the forefront of this project: "Be Lagom is a project unparalleled in the area and will mark a before and after in the real estate sector in Spain."

The price of the villas starts at 1.2 million euros and they are aimed at buyers from countries such as Norway, Sweden, Belgium and the UK who are looking for a second high quality and environmentally friendly residence.

The 13 Be Lagom villas are located in the Benahavis municipality, in a total area of 14,000 m2 that has 360º views of the sea and Marbella, Gibraltar and Africa . The promotion also includes 5000 m2, of Mediterranean gardens, rest areas and viewpoints, as well as a co-living space, thus promoting networking and a collaborative community


Be Lagom´s landscaping is truly one of its finest assets. Boasting Mediterranean gardens of more than 5000 m2, an organic vegetable garden, fruit trees and a great variety of flowers, its landscaping will prioritise the natural aspect and will create communal spaces. Laura Pou, responsible for the landscape project commented : "The project is unique because absolutely everything in it has life and has utility. The vegetables and fruit trees will be those that give life to this arid zone. The plants and trees and the living areas with pergolas serve to shelter, to share, to dream."

During the presentation, the guests were able to approach, through different sensory actions, the vital experience that Be Lagom will provide. This unique promotion invites you to enjoy all five senses: immersing yourself in the pool, smelling the flowers, tasting your own homegrown fruit, appreciating the sea, the orchards and gardens. And if you were wondering what "Be Lagom" actually means -"Lagom" is a Swedish word that enhances the virtue of the midpoint. Lagom means "the right amount", avoiding excess and extreme limitation, which allows us to better understand what makes us happy and what works for our mental well-being. In this way, the term is combined with the idea of ​​"Be" or "Being" and implies the meanings derived from the philosophy of life to which the term Lagom refers.

Guests were invited to enjoy the culinary delicacies of Michelin chef, Dani García, who prepared a seasonal menu in line with the food promised by the promotion, as well as an outstanding demonstration of acroyoga and live accapela music from The Vintage Girls.


Congratulations to Marie Noëlle and the at MN Comunicacíon for a truly unique and refreshing event, with guests leaving with essential oils, lavender soaps and even seed pots for them to create their own little Be Lagom style garden at home!

The investment in Be Lagom is around € 15,000,000. Work will begin in January 2019 and the construction time will be approximately between 18 and 20 months.






"Impactful, delicate and unique" - Nimrod Messeg exhibits at Kempinski Hotel Bahia

The new exhibition of sculptures by Nimrod Messeg at the Kempinski Hotel Bahia was described as impactful, delicate and unique at the recent launch

During the event, 15 stunning sculptures by the artist were showcased in the lobby of the hotel. The Mayor of Estepona José María García Urbano officially opened this exhibition, alongside many art lovers from around the Costa del Sol, the new General Manager of the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Axel Bethke and the Sales and Marketing Manager Francisco Sa Teixeira. Guests enjoyed the wonderful art, delicious food, fine wine and live music, on the evening.

Nimrod Messeg uses innovative forging techniques to create delicate and extraordinary sculptures out of iron. Among the 15 sculptures on display are 14 metal torsos celebrating the beauty of the female form and one striking sculpture of a bull. In this exhibition visitors can admire two of the artists’ favourite pieces, the impressive El Vuelo, which is in the centre of the lobby and his latest piece Alya, which has never been exhibited before.

The Marbella based artist commented that he was, “delighted with exhibiting in such a stunning location and receiving the reaction of the public to his works”. He added, “it isn’t usual for me to exhibit here, I normally hold most exhibitions in major art centres such as Paris and London, but I am so happy to be here, speaking to people and seeing how they relate to my pieces.”

Part of the Kempinski Hotel Bahía’s Arts Series, the exhibition is open to the public until November 21.

To find out more about the exhibition and how to get to the Kempinski Hotel Bahía visit: www.kempinski.com/estepona. To find out more about the artist and his work visit: www.nimrodmesseg.com


Wet weather set to continue through weekend

It's good to know that even in these troubled and uncertain times there are some things we can always count on.

Like rain during San Pedro Feria.

True to tradition the rains duly arrived in force in the early hours of Thursday morning, with a tremendous storm in Marbella this afternoon. In an uncanny co-incidence I was delivering a lecture to the U3A about Marbella's recent history. I mentioned the name of disgraced former mayor Jesus Gil y Gil and as I did a tremendous clap of thunder wrung out. If further proof of divine retribution was needed Stag and Hen Party Central - otherwise known as the Hotel PYR in Puerto Banus - was struck by a bolt of lightning.

Biblical retribution aside - and we'll be checking to see if the entire back line in Banus has been turned into pillars of salt a little later - and if so bring your own tequila and lemon - the Spanish Meteorological Agency AEMET has forecast a yellow alert for strong winds and thunderstorms for Saturday, with the rains continuing until Tuesday. Friday will bring more thunderstorms.

Enjoy the feria!



Back to the Roaring 20s!

There were Scandi-style celebrations as The View Marbella and Los Naranjos Golf Club organised a tournament and a 20s themed party to celebrate the return of the Scandinavian residents after the summer.

Every October thousands of Scandinavian residents return to the Costa del Sol, after spending the hot summer months in their own countries. This figure increases every year and is one of the  one of the most important communities in Marbella.



Since the 70s, when Scandinavian tourism first began in Spain with the first charter flights, the Costa del Sol has been a favourite destination not only to visit but to live.

The team behind The View Marbella, noted the high level of Swedish enquiries, the second largest behind the Belgians.

“In the last two years, these two nationalities have represented the majority of our clientele” remarked Simon Boxus, head of sales of The View Marbella. “In the past the market was controlled by the British public but since the news of Brexit broke, the Swedish and Belgian markets now head the majority of listings in the real estate market”.

Nordic buyers have been visiting the Costa del Sol for years and have extensive knowledge of the local real estate market, making them highly informed clients. Initially, the clientelle opted for the standard two bedroom house for use during the winter but  now they are looking for high-end housing with spacious rooms and modern architecture, with price ranges starting from one million euros for the apartments and 2.5 million for the villas.

More rain on the way as "Zombie" storm approaches

Storm battered Marbella is bracing itself for more rain on Sunday.

After the chaos of Tuesday's downpour that brought widespread flooding and damage to the town, Spanish Metrological Office AEMET issued a yellow warning for storms tomorrow from 7am-8pm.

The heavy rain is a result of Hurricane Leslie crossing the Atlantic Ocean heading toward Portugal and Spain. Forecasters saying the "Zombie" storm will bring heavy rain, high winds and dangerous surf to western parts of the Iberian Peninsula.

Forecasters said sections of Portugal will see near hurricane-force winds, while parts of western Spain are expected to be hit with tropical storm-force winds.).

Portugal’s weather service issued red warnings — its highest level— for high winds or dangerous coastal conditions for 13 of its 18 mainland districts, including Lisbon, where it said the storm’s effects will start to be felt around 6 p.m.

Looks like it's time to batten down the hatches. Again!

BREAKING NEWS: Double bomb blasts in drug feud

Marbella was rocked by two explosions last night as a fatal drug gang war re-ignited. Sources say the target was an alleged informant on the summers killings of "El Maradona" . More to follow....


BREAKING NEWS. Marbella placed on RED alert as storms continue

Marbella has been placed on Red Alert for extreme rainfall

Spanish Metrological Agency AEMET issued the warning of extreme weather until 9am, with between 50 and 150 mm of rain expected.

Inland Alhaurin El Grande was hit by floods as 120 mm of rain fell in two hours.

Under a Red alert, schools and colleges are closed, and all but vital travel is discouraged.