Marbella

Sunday Morning Mutterings – Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the water…

As my friends and family will readily agree, I’ve done some pretty foolish things in my time, usually late at night and undoubtedly with alcohol involved. Since my, ahem, ‘lifestyle change’ of a few years ago (You did Dry January? Welcome to my world) I've decided to ‘put something back’ whenever I…

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Marie-Noëlle Erize honoured at Malaga Awards

Popular Marbella Media professional Marie-Noëlle Erize (pictured above, left)  won Most Outstanding Woman in Business at the recent Farola awards. Now in its fourth year, the Farola Awards, organised by the Centro Provincial de la Mujer in Malaga of the Instituto Andaluz de la Mujer (IAM), was held at the Instituto Andaluz del Deporte. The awards brought together the most outstanding women in the…

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Specsavers Ópticas seasonal collection for foodbanks

Specsavers Ópticas Marbella and Fuengirola have launched a campaign to collect non-perishable food for those in need on the Costa del Sol. It has joined the Operación Kilo Campaign, thanks to a collaboration with the Costa del Sol’s Food Bank (Bancosol). Bancosol distributes food via charities and associations to help the most vulnerable people in society. They contribute to a network of food…

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Last of the Summer Fines

Now that the summer crowds have migrated north, you don’t have to approach each trip into town like a cross between the Dakar Rally (water, GPS system, local currency for parking meters) and 'Mad Max'. It's not all plain sailing, however. The, ahem, ‘eccentric’ driving styles of many of the chromed up 4x4s and AMG Mercs with German number plates that you may have seen roaring along the coast…

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Kempinski’s lavish Christmas!

Kempinski Hotel Bahía has certainly put the sparkle into the festive season this year, not least with an €11 million Christmas Tree! The five metre tall tree has been decorated by Debbie Wingham with €11 million worth of jewels and precious metals. Debbie, a world famous haute couture designer turned couture cake designer, has created some of the world’s most exclusive couture cakes, decorated…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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The victim's Audi is taken away

Gangsta’s Paradise?

Another week in Marbella, another gangland slaying. 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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Last Orders at Dani García

It's the end of a foodie era in Marbella. Dani García's eponymous restaurant is due to serve its last meal this Saturday Dani García at Puente Romano, where the chef won his third Michelin star only last November, will close its doors on Saturday evening."The Last Supper", as it is being called,  will be marked by an exclusive cocktail reception with friends and family, as well as chefs…

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Hannes d' Haese

Kempinski Hotel Bahía ends its Art Series 2019 on a high

Kempinski Hotel Bahía brings its Art Series 2019 to a close with an incredible exhibition of artists in conjunction with Global Gift Foundation and Dragon Art. Running from November 14 till the end of December,  three international artists - Anna Schellberg, San B and Hannes d’Haese  - will be on display in  hotel Art Foyer and Art Gallery. Hailing from Germany, Belgium and the UK, these artists…

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Marbella celebrity journalist jailed for child abuse

Marbella celebrity reporter Felix Ramos was sentenced to eight years in prison on Thursday after a Tangier judge found him guilty of statutory rape and indecent assault of two minors. The prison term came after one of Ramos’s victims filed a complaint against the Spanish national in June last year. Although the 20-year-old Moroccan withdrew his complaint in September this year,  prosecutors…

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Sunday mutterings – Crutch control

I’m still recovering from last month’s tumble when I managed to jangle most of the nerves in my left ankle. The face long sprawl down a friend’s steps and the resultant sprain meant that I have been hobbling around Marbella like an extra from “Pirates of the Caribbean” for the past few months – all crutches, bags and pouches about my person and frequently muffled oaths. As a writer – though…

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Panorama scoops top Prize

Panorama, Marbella’s longest established real estate agency, won the highest award in the category of Best Real Estate Agency Spain (Single Office) at the European Property Awards recently. Panorama won the 5-star classification of the award recognising the hard work and know-how of the company, led by Christopher Clover, founder and Managing Director of Panorama, who established the agency over…

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Kempinski Hotel Bahia takes international award

Kempinski Hotel Bahía was voted Best Hotel at the recent EURHODIP awards in Istanbul. Director of Human Resources, Pedro Hidalgo, receieved the award that recognises a the training of students internationally. More than 200 hotel and tourism education professionals from all over Europe were at the gala dinner organised by EURHODIP, the leading international association that focuses primarily on…

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