Health and Wellbeing

J-Lo to play the coast!

Let's get Loud. Jennifer Lopez is set to play Fuengirola next month! I know that the above is most unlikely sentence that I have ever written for Planet Marbella, but yesterday Maresnostrum Fuengirola confirmed that Jennifer Lopez will play on August 8 as part of her worldwide tour 'It's My Party:…

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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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Heavy Rain and Storms on the Way

The long awaited rains are set to arrive today While the UK shivers from "The Beast from the East", heavy rain, strong winds and thunderstorms will hit Marbella over the next few days. Spanish Metrological Office AEMET has put out a yellow warning for winds in Marbella today, as well as rain through the day. Tomorrow, March 1, the winds will increase, with an orange warning of up to 40Kmh, and…

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Marbella Mum to tackle Everest!

Marbella Mum of two and keen climber Hessia Fernandes has set her sights on Everest to raise 6,000€ for Malaga children’s charity the Nena Paine Foundation. Hessia aims to trek to Everest Base Camp on October 7 and is looking for support to raise funds to buy a second-hand minibus for the charity for underprivileged children. This is the third charity trek that Hessia has undertaken, previously…

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Alleged Russian crime boss bailed after Marbella arrests

The Malaga provincial court has released alleged Russian crime boss Arnold Spivakovsky (aka Tamm), on bail of €750,000. Spivakovsky, who is known to Interpol as one of the leaders of the Solntsevskaya mafia, was arrested as part of Operation Oligarch that saw 11 other Russians taken into custody on suspicion of money laundering and ties to the Solntsevskaya and Izmaylovskaya mafias. Marbella…

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Specsavers raise over €6000 for sight charity

Specsavers presented a cheque for over €6000 to ONCE earlier this month. The company raised €6,107 for the charity Fundación ONCE para la Atención de Personas con Sordoceguera (FOAPS) between July and December 2017. José Ángel Moral-Tajadura, Retail and Business Development Manager for Specsavers Spain presented a cheque to Marcelo Rosado, ONCE representative for Andalucía, Ceuta and Melilla and…

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Weather chaos continues across Spain

With apologies to Game of Thrones, "Winter has Come". The bad weather that brought much of Spain to a standstill earlier this week is set to continue. Weather warnings remain in place until Thursday for more snow, wind and rain. The bad weather continues to cause chaos across the country, with snowfall affecting flights, road and rail. Meanwhile amber and yellow weather warnings were issued for…

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Big Freeze hits Spain

Baby, it's cold outside Yesterday heavy snowfall affected over 140 roads across parts of Spain, and 70 flights were cancelled at Madrid Barajas airport. Railway lines were also closed as icy conditions affected the high speed rail network. 7000 homes were left without electricity, and nearly 42,000 children had an extra-long weekend when their schools closed. Weather warnings continue today…

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OSP – ‘Obliterate San Pedro’ as palms uprooted

The 'Dubai-ification' of Marbella continues. The Tenencia de Alcaldia San Pedro Alcantara, under the leadership of Rafael Piña,  pushed forward its plans for the destruction of one of the last green areas in the town. Early this morning excavators began clearing the land at the entrance to San Pedro's main street. Palms that have stood for decades were dumped onto lorries and moved. The…

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