News & Events

Round-up of business, charity, cultural and other general items of interest from the Costa del Sol, Gibraltar… and further afield

 

BROMLEY ESTATES MARBELLA

Launch of New Apartments at Benalmádena Hill Views Resort

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Bromley Estates Marbella have announced that they are the exclusive agents for the Benalmádena Hill Views resort, on behalf of Caja Sur. These stylish new twobedroom apartments and penthouses were officially launched onto the market in March and are now open for viewings. According to Bromley (established in 2009), the resort offers all the right ingredients for a holiday home, rental or investment property: “namely stunning views, superb features, excellent on-site facilities including a golf course, close proximity to local amenities and, of course, low prices starting from just €125,000”. As sales manager Justin Barber explains, “The Benalmádena Hill Views resort represents great value for money; high quality building, generous private outside space and incredible views from each and every apartment. Residents can take advantage of 100 per cent finance opportunities, and non residents up to 70 per cent finance available directly with Caja Sur bank, which are just a few of the benefits. Residents have access to a secure, low-cost, yet highly desirable sunshine lifestyle; with an on-site restaurant, golf course, gym, tennis and paddle courts, plus the beaches and town just a few minutes away.” Added director Hayley Bromley, “We are excited about the launch of Benalmádena Hill Views. We already have a waiting list of interested investors, and are expecting a fast sell-out due to the competitive pricing of these brand new apartments that effectively tick all the boxes. Today’s customer is extremely informed and knows what they want: sea views, newly constructed, clean lines, close to the beach and essential conveniences, with private parking and storage rooms, a tall order that we are pleased to say is filled with ease at affordable, financeable prices.” Benalmádena Hill Views info@benalmadenahillviews.com www.benalmadenahillviews.com

 

NORDI CA HOME STYLING

Presentation of New Website

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Nordica Home Styling’s business commitment is threefold: style properties to sell, help sellers get the price the property deserves, and create a home which buyers will love to live in. Their premises in Aloha Gardens (close to El Jardín) showcases a range of interior design options, styles and furniture packs to inspire clients, and their helpful team are on hand to answer any questions. To offer further inspiration and advice they have launched a new website that includes interesting articles, tips on property styling and more detailed information about their services. They are also organising regular free “home styling master classes” to give owners practical advice, inspiration and tips on how they can style their property for a quick sale. Nordica Home Styling info@marbellapropertystyling.com www.marbellapropertystyling.com

 

UNI RESTAURA NT

Exclusive Dining at Puente Romano Beach Resort

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Puente Romano Beach Resort in Marbella has expanded its culinary amenities with the opening of UNI, one of London’s standard-bearing restaurants. Offering Nikkei cuisine – a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian – UKI (which means sea urchin in Japanese) was named by the Daily Telegraph newspaper as one of London’s 10 best new restaurants in 2014, and is popular with celebrities, royalty and English society. The new restaurant is located in Puente Romano’s Plaza Village gastronomic area, and was decorated by Marbella-based French interior designer Jean Pierre Martel. Highlights of the new menu include strips of butterfish, tuna and salmon, with lobster ceviche; tataki of Wagyu beef with caviar; and miso black cod with Peruvian kebab sauce. In addition to an extensive menu of sakes, which marry perfectly with the Japanese cuisine, the restaurant also offers a meticulously selected range of Piscos, ideally for accompanying the Peruvian specialities. Then, after dinner, guests can relax and enjoy a superb cocktail from the new drinks menu. Puente Romano Beach Resort. www.puenteromano.com

 

REYNAERS ALUMINIUM

Diverse Range of Innovative and Sustainable Options

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A leading European provider of innovative and sustainable architectural aluminium solutions, Reynaers Aluminium was established in 1965 and headquartered in Duffel (Belgium), and now has offices in more than 30 countries worldwide. The company’s products include a wide variety of window and door systems, curtain walling, sliding systems, sun screening, conservatories, skylights, screens and systems to incorporate blinds and ventilation grids. Reynaers Aluminium www.reynaers.es

 

VITALUX

Tailored Concepts for Real Estate Buyers

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Committed to the principle that “the exceptional is seldom enough”, from the outset Residencias Lujosas Vitalux S.L. offers clients efficient and personal advice on real estate. “Our properties aren’t ‘one size fits all’,” emphasises company owner Doris Kavcic, “but tailored concepts for each individual buyer, including those with the courage for individuality.” On the Vitalux.es website “you will discover a fine selection, a great mix of exceptional, traditional and high-quality homes, attractively presented. Identifying these needs means working closely together with customers, and sometimes it also requires a creative approach from outside.” Doris Kavcic explains that, as a real estate expert, she assists clients in this development process in order to meet customer requirements, explores their personal preferences and proposes a specially suited selection… “Earthiness, professionalism, many years of experience in the sector and proven contacts, to bring the results that convince buyers.” She notes that the upturn in Marbella is obvious. “There are premium estates as top investments, fantastic living staging and vacation properties where you feel like home.” Residencias Lujosas Vitalux S.L. Tel. (+34) 630 565 473 / info@vitalux.es / www.vitalux.es

 

DOMINGO MUÑOZ

Creating Stunning Designs in Mosaics

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Domingo Muñoz Jiménez was 19 years old when he began working on swimming pools, setting up a business called Decopools. He and his team provided pools for such important Costa del Sol clients as Kempinski Hotel & Resort, Las Dunas Hotel, Barceló María Zambrano Hotel, Guadalpin Marbella and Puente Romano. Then, at 37, he suffered a work accident that required several back operations, and he had to start from scratch again and re-think his options. With a passion for glass and stone, he set his sights on mosaics. Today he also includes LED lighting in his work to help bring the mosaics alive, and can produce a design from any photograph or graphic illustration. Every year (February) he holds an exhibition in Estepona at the Casa de Juventud. Domingo Muñoz Tel. (+34) 674 283 161 / domingomunozjimenez@hotmail.es

 

SALON DE SANA

New Beauty Treatments in Nueva Andalucía

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L’Oréal-trained Sanna Kurki has been hairdressing on the Costa del Sol for over 10 years and runs her own salon in Nueva Andalucía called, Salon de Sana. Sanna specialises in colour and hair extensions and is experienced in weddings. Now, Salon de Sana not only offers hairdressing but also massage, tarot card readings, Reiki healing, reflexology, aromatherapy, manicures, pedicures plus much more. Salon de Sana is situated in the Torre de Andalucía in La Campana and they are open from Monday to Friday from 10am-7pm and for appointments only on Saturday. Call Sanna on (+34) 636 651 914.

 

ARROCES DE MÁLAGA

Special Presentation of Rice Recipes Book at Alborada

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Fresh from the success of his fascinating book “Cooking Critically”, which traces the history of gastronomic journalism since its beginnings in France in the 19th century. Costa del Sol-based author Fernando Sánchez-Gómez has now released a new recipes book on rice dishes. A professional journalist and expert on food who writes regularly for the Andalucian press, Sánchez-Gómez made investigative trips throughout Málaga province to research the book, which contains 222 professional recipes for rice dishes from Michelin-star establishments and other restaurants, cafeterias, bars, gastrobars, chiringuitos and catering schools – including paellas, risottos, salads, fideuás, sushi, desserts and other rice specialities. The recipes are based on local ingredients, cooked using Málaga virgin extra olive oil and accompanied by Málaga Denomination of Origin (D.O.) wines. Sánchez-Gómez held a special book launch and signing at the Alborada restaurant in Arroyo de la Miel, where mine hosts Elisa and Juan – known in the area for their sumptuous traditional cuisine (with cod a main speciality) – were also hosting an appetising “Spring Fortnight of Rice Dishes”. www.facebook.com/arrocesdemalaga www.facebook.com/lacocinadelacritica / twitter.com/SnchezGomez

 

ANDALUCÍA LAB

New Developments Announced for 2015

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The Costa del Sol’s pioneering centre for innovation in tourism and business, Andalucía Lab, has launched an English version of its website and announced special plans and a packed programme of events to help small businesses in spring and summer 2015. The centre offers practical and innovative solutions for SMEs on the Costa del Sol using technology and innovation, as well as advice and support for improving and modernising their business and growing stronger. One of the new developments is to increase the number of single topic training courses and the length of these sessions, and they are now also offering snippets from their courses which can be viewed online to supplement the offline training. This highly important, yet little known, centre not only offers training and support to small businesses but also affordable office and event space for small businesses. Their co-working area is a business eco system which they say is changing the traditional way of working and how businesses interact with their work space. Everyone is also welcome to use their Café Lab, a comfortable area with free Wi-Fi, where people can work and hold meetings without the need to book, and attend their free training courses. Andalucía Lab info@andalucialab.org / www.andalucialab.org

 

COSTA WOMEN

Making It Happen… and Supporting Worthy Causes

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Costa Women hosted their International Women’s Day Conference at Andalucía Lab for a second consecutive year. The 2015 focus was #MakeItHappen, with 92 women planning on doing just that when they attended the event, held in conjunction with “1230 The Women’s Company” from the UK. In addition to various speeches and opportunities for local businesswomen to network with other entrepreneurs, “Make it Happen” was the focus for raising money to support the AMUSUVIG charity (Asociación de Mujeres Supervivientes de la Violencia de Género”). Specsavers Opticas were also at the event with their campaign to collect glasses as part of a Lions Clubs International initiative to help people in Africa and India – “changing lives by improving vision”. Costa Women is a free social and business networking group for women living in Spain, or women who would like to relocate here. www.costawomen.com. (Photographs by Eloy Munoz Photography)

 

BOTA NICAL PAR K

A Special Flower for Estepona’s Garden Project

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More than 100,000 visitors a year are expected to enjoy the stunning attractions of Estepona’s newly opened Botanical Park. Presiding over the inauguration, Estepona mayor José María García Urbano said the building was a key part, the “special flower”, of the town’s transformation into “The Garden of the Costa del Sol”. Known as the “Pulmón Verde-Parque Botánico” (“Greenbelt-Botanical Park”), the project comprises three domed areas. The building housing the orchid collection is designed in a “vanguard” style crowned by a 30-metre high dome as well as a 17-metre waterfall, and is divided into two distinctive areas: for species from the Americas and Asia, respectively.

 

AIRFIELD LAUNCH

Austrian Brand Opens Boutique in Marbella

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Women’s fashion label Airfield has opened its second flagship store in Spain. Following the opening of its shop in Palma de Mallorca last October, the Austrian fashion company has now inaugurated its second shop in the main boulevard in Marbella. Numerous Spanish and international guests, including Marbella councillor and Provincial Council of Málaga vice president María Francisca Caracuel, enjoyed the inauguration celebrations while admiring the clothing collection for spring/summer 2015. Airfield Calle Ricardo Soriano 14, Marbella www.airfield.at

 

RÍAS BAIXAS

Tunnel of Wine” Presentation in Marbella

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Representatives of the Rías Baixas wine area, known internationally for its Albariño variety, presented their top products in Marbella during a “Tunnel of Wine” event at Los Monteros Hotel & Spa. Professionals, sommeliers, chefs and other industry representatives from the Costa del Sol were welcomed by a total of 34 bodegas, offering 76 brands grouped under the Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin moniker. D.O. Rías Baixas www.doriasbaixas.com

 

PANORAMIA ESTEPONA

Unveiling of Major New Residential Project in Estepona

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Hailed as the start of a new real estate cycle in Estepona, the iKasaScenic project has been officially presented as the first phase of a major urban development, Panoramia Estepona. A total of 400 exclusive homes are planned to be built by Madrid developer iKasa in eight phases over the next few years, representing an investment of €205 million. The development is located in the north-western part of the urban area, surrounding the Parque de Las Mesas. iKasaScenic has been designed by local architect Melvin Villarroel and will carry BREEAM sustainability certification. Panoramia Estepona. www.ikasa.es / www.wootravelling.com

 

D&M PROJECTS

Specialists in Top-Quality Windows and Doors

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D&M Projects are specialist manufacturers and installers of the highest quality UPVC windows, doors and patios, terrace enclosures and bespoke items and colours. All their installations meet energy efficiency standards, and all glazing and profiles are covered by a 10- year guarantee. They have their our factory/showroom on the Camino de Coín road in Mijas Costa. D&M Projects Tel. (+34) 952 667 761 dandmprojects@hotmail.com www.dandmprojects.com

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