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									D e s t i n at i o n G u i D e s e r i e s

   marbella anD
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   highlights of MarBElla and costa dEl sol                                              3




   only ElitE                                                                            4
   The most exclusive VIP experiences, hand-selected by Elite Traveler




   conciErgE rEcoMMEndations                                                             5
                                                                                             EstEpona BEach
   Marbella and Costa del Sol top concierges share their personal suggestions for the
   perfect day and weekend




   WhErE to


                        ➤ stay                                                           6


                        ➤ dinE                                                          12
                                                                                             Malaga city

                        ➤ BE paMpErEd                                                   14




   What to do

                        ➤ during thE day                                                15


                        ➤ during thE night                                              18

                                                                                             BEachEs of MarBElla
                        ➤ shopping                                                      19




   nEEd to knoW

                        ➤ Marinas                                                       20


                        ➤ ExclusivE transport                                           21


                        ➤ usEful inforMation                                            22   puErto Banus




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highlights of marbella and costa del sol
Don’t miss out on Marbella and Costa del Sol’s wealth of attractions, adventures and experiences



 B    eing the largest coastal area of
      Southern Spain, the Costa del Sol
 is also one of the areas in the country
                                                   Marbella, often inaccurately labeled as a
                                                   low-budget destination, features some of
                                                                                                        much-celebrated wine tours taking place in
                                                                                                        Andalusia, and Marbella’s Old Town, which
                                                   the most expensive real estate in the region,        are both superb attractions for those with
 most visited by elite travelers. Translating      and is rapidly becoming a playground for             money to spend.
 as ‘Coast of the Sun’, the Costa del Sol          the rich and famous. The Costa del Sol
 holds some of the wealthiest residential          also boasts some of the most sought-after            Marbella and Costa del Sol is also a prime
 developments of recent decades, but still         marinas in Europe; Marbella and Puerto               destination for the high-end visitor, and
 maintains a relaxed and authentic charm           Banús are major destinations for luxury              has already played host to some of the
 in certain hubs. Our aim is to guide you          cruise ships and megayachts from around              entertainment world’s most discerning
 towards these cultural oases that host            the world - ideal ports of call for the elite        stars, all the way from Liz Taylor, Audrey
 some of the world’s most incredible hotels        superyacht owner. There are also the                 Hepburn to Tom Cruise and Rod Stewart.
 and beaches.


                                                                                                         COSTA DEL SOL NIGHTLIFE
                                                                                                         Marbella and the Costa del Sol has rich pockets
                                                                                                         of glamorous nightlife scattered across its shores,
                                                                                                         and Puerto Banús and Marbella are long-
                                                                                                         established party areas for the super-wealthy and
                                                                                                         famous. Close to the Golden Mile, these areas are
                                                                                                         firm favorites of the local style aficionados, and with
                                                                                                         their luxury cars, yachts and fashionistas, there is
                                                                                                         little doubt they are the ideal location for the Elite
                                                                                                         Traveler to be entertained at night. We recommend
                                                                                                         drinks in Babilonia or simply spending the whole
                                                                                                         night on the roof terrace of the Pangea Club,
                                                                                                         sipping cocktails whilst overlooking the marina.
 SUNSET IN COSTA DEL SOL
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ALHAmBrA PALACE                                                               mArBELLA’S OLD TOWN
Slightly further afield of Marbella and the Costa del Sol are the city        Marbella’s Old Town is the perfect place for the elite traveler to visit when
of Granada and the Alhambra Palace. Translating directly as ‘The Red          coming to the Costa del Sol. It is a relaxed and charming area full of cobbled
One’, the Alhambra was constructed in the 14th century on the hill of         streets and whitewashed buildings, and the perfect place for shopping – the
Assabica and is one of the country’s finest architectural attractions.        area is full of boutiques and craft stores. Dating back to 1485, the town’s
The palace is actually three palaces and has featured in many songs,          main building is the Baroque-period Church of Saint Mary. The Catholic King
stories and movies. It’s easy to understand why this magnificent              and Queen’s pendant is held in the town hall and is only displayed on June
highlight is considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world.         11th, to commemorate the date of the re-conquest of this historic area from
Elite travelers should not miss out on the Mexuar Palace and the Court        the Moors. We recommend that visitors try some of Marbella and the Costa
of the Lions during their visit. Set in a high-end area of Marbella and       del Sol’s most authentic Andalusian cuisine in Orange Square, which lies
the Costa del Sol, the Alhambra Palace is also within easy reach of           in the center of this romantic hub. In addition to the shops and restaurants,
Pueblos Blancos, a rich, white-hued town in the Mijas area.                   there is also an array of exclusive bars in the area.

 ALHAmBrA PALACE




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                                                                                                                           ENTRANcE TO THE fINcA LA cONcEPcIóN EvENT




  THE MILLIONAIRES’ ANNUAL WHITE SUMMER PARTY                                          and lovingly restored by the owners into one of the area’s finest country
  July 30, 2011 (annually)                                                             estates. The property’s crowning jewel is its lush tropical gardens which
  VIP contact: Caroline Hallett                                                        surround the villa and cover a generous 33,000 square feet. These gardens
  Phone: +34 67 315 5145                                                               have been tended and lovingly nurtured for over hundred years, and play
  Email: enquiries@millionairessummerparty.com                                         host to fantastic and carefully selected events and shows during the
  Address: Finca La Concepción, Ctra. de Istan, Km 2300,                               summer months.
  ‘La Laetitia’ 29600, Marbella
  Web Address: www.millionairessummerparty.com                                         Tickets for the White Summer Party are sold exclusively as VIP tickets.
  The Millionaires’ Annual White Summer Party is the newest and most                   There are limited spaces available so only those considered elite, or
  exciting event to arrive in the Costa del Sol for many years. This July              booking in advance, will have a chance of attending. An exclusive package
  they will be presenting An Evening from Las Vegas Live in Marbella, in               is available for Elite Traveler Destination Guide readers, including
  association with Chopard, featuring an outdoor concert with three great              reserved, preferential seating during the concert, delicious food from the
  singers, a live 22-piece orchestra as well as an after-show party with               Argentinean restaurant with reserved seating and an opportunity to meet
  more fantastic entertainment and a leading international DJ. This year’s             some of the great performers taking to the stage on the night, subject
  presenter will be Oscar Horacio. The location is a favorite for society              to availability. Contact the organizers for information about this great
  weddings and influential events and the gardens make a spectacular                   package, quoting the Elite Traveler Destination Guide.
  setting for the party. In addition to the fantastic musical line-up there
  will also be stunning sports cars from sponsors Cohen & Cunild, a Veuve               ENjOY LIvE PERfORMANcES fROM
                                                                                        WORLd cLASS SINgERS
  Clicquot champagne reception, an Argentinean restaurant and a charity
  raffle with two stunning Chopard watches to win. The raffle will raise
  money for the Red Cross Japan Relief Fund.

  The Millionaires’ White Summer Party will be held at Finca La Concepción,
  located just off Marbella’s most valuable stretch of real estate, the Golden
  Mile. In the hills behind the bustling coastal area it offers peace, quiet and
  high-class opulence for the lucky few. Amazingly, this stunning property
  remains privately owned but the exquisite gardens are also available
  for rental for high society business launches and events for the local
  elite. It was built for the owners of one of Spain’s first foundries in 1827


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CONCIERGE RECOMMENDATIONS
We asked Marbella and the Costa del Sol’s top concierges to share their personal recommendations

                                                                               maRbella aRch
 Roman Gonzalez Sanchez
 chief concieRGe, maRbella club

 Phone: +34 95 282 2211
 Email: concierge@marbellaclub.com

 I always recommend beginning the day with breakfast in the Winter
 Garden at the Marbella Club. It is the most luxurious spread of fresh
 fruit, cereals, Spanish specialties and desserts. Next, I recommend
 a day-trip to Ronda, a 45 minute drive through the most spectacular
 terrain and mountains. At 2,600 feet above sea level, high in the
 mountains, it is famous for its deep gorge and Spain’s oldest bullring,
 and the village is considered by many to be the prettiest in the area.
 Lunch at the Michelin-starred Tragabuches restaurant in Ronda
 would be highly recommended.

 Afterwards, I’d suggest returning to the Marbella Club to relax by
 the pool or take a walk through the gardens to Puerto Banús or
 Marbella’s Old Town. Then dine at the Classic Grill, the hotel’s fine
 dining restaurant and the most romantic place to dine on the coast,
 and finish the night with a cocktail or two. In the summer months,
 why not enjoy one of the most famous cocktails, the Sau Sau, made by
 our head cocktail mixer, Isidoro?

 beST ReSTauRanTS
                                                                               Rebecca KRaTz
                                                                               chief concieRGe, maRbella in-STyle
 My choice of the best local restaurants would be: La Taberna de
 Santiago in Marbella, the MC Café at the Marbella Club, and                   Phone: +34 66 604 7346
 La Meridiana, Marbella.                                                       Email: rebecca@marbellainstyle.com

 beST ShoPPinG                                                                 Rebecca Kratz has been Chief Concierge of the Marbella in-Style team
 The best place to shop is the frontline in Puerto Banús; here you will        for many years. Originally a TV travel presenter, she is able to make each
 find top brands from around the world. For something authentic, we            guest’s visit unique with elite levels of service that have made the Costa del
 recommend the Marbella Old Town, which has an array of wonderful              Sol a high-society destination. She shares with Elite Traveler her top choices
 boutique shops.                                                               of restaurants, shopping and activities.

 beST To Do                                                                    beST ReSTauRanTS
 Enjoy the day at the Marbella Club Beach Club. Famous for its                 Marbella and the Costa del Sol has a great choice of eateries. My personal
 international lunch, guests can enjoy the day lounging by the pool and        favorites are the Ocean Club and the Güey Restaurant and Sky Lounge in
 beach, sipping cocktails and tasting the most spectacular selection of        Marbella. Other great places to try are the Suite del Mar, Babilonia, Pedro’s
 Mediterranean cuisine.                                                        Beach, Garum and La Meridiana.

                                                                               beST ShoPPinG
                                                                               Try Gómez y Molina for jewelry, and Lady Russ and Boutique Ecstasy for
                                                                               clothes. Many designer brands have boutiques in the area, including
                                                                               La Perla, Gucci, Gianfranco Ferré, Bulgari and Louis Vuitton. Escada,
                                                                               Hermès, Jackie Jean and Soho NY are also very popular among the more
                                                                               discerning shoppers.

                                                                               beST To Do
                                                                               The choice is almost endless: charter a luxury yacht, spend the day playing
                                                                               golf or hire a personal assistant to take you shopping. If you’re looking for
                                                                               excitement, try a day’s motor racing at the Ascari race resort, take a ride in
                                                                               a hot air balloon, or go skydiving over Sevilla. Round off the perfect day by
                                                                               hiring a private cook to prepare something special for you.
                                                                   RonDa



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Where to stay




                                                                                    Resort building, and allow visitors to enjoy all the advantages, services and
                                                                                    comforts of a five-star hotel, but with the privacy of a suite.

  Don Carlos leisure resort & spa                                                   All 24 Deluxe Villas include one or two bedrooms, a fully equipped
  Phone: +34 95 276 8800                                                            kitchen, a spacious living room, a terrace in front of the swimming pool
  Email: dcreservas@expogrupo.com                                                   and views to the gardens and the sea. In addition, the Deluxe Villas’
  Address: Avda. Zurita s/n, 29604, Marbella                                        personal assistants will prepare your private villa, attend to you with a
  Website: www.doncarlosresort.com                                                  welcome drink and take care of the check-in in the comfort and privacy
                                                                                    of your villa.
  at Deluxe Villas, no request is unheard of – everything is possible.
  Personal assistants, a private car service, helicopter trips and private          Guests will be provided with a cell phone to contact your personal
  dinners are just a few of the luxury services offered at Deluxe Villas.           assistant, who will be available at any time. They will also take care
                                                                                    to arrange any other services you may require, such as car washing,
  Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa in Marbella offers a long list of options         organising ‘special moments’, private luxury car service, day trips,
  designed for you to enjoy luxury. Exclusive holidays full of relaxing,            golf services, helicopter trips and anything else you may desire.
  intimate and memorable moments are available to guests who choose
  one of the 24 exclusive Deluxe Villas, where you only have to enjoy the sun       about Don Carlos leisure resort & spa
  and the sea of the Malaga coast.                                                  It is one of Marbella’s most avant-garde, luxurious establishments.
                                                                                    Surrounded by the splendid beaches of the Costa del Sol, it offers all the
  This exclusive Deluxe Villas concept is based on the idea of a small luxury       comforts of a five-star hotel and boasts one of the world’s seventeen Nikki
  ‘hotel’ within a Resort. With a sophisticated design and furnishings, the         Beach clubs, an exclusive beach club which is bound to satisfy our guests’
  Don Carlos Deluxe Villas are located in a private enclosure near the main         leisure and entertainment needs.




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Where to stay
Whether a sumptuous bed, a spectacular view or service beyond compare – choose from our stunning selection

 enjoy VieWs froM tHe MarBella CluB Hotel




                                                            MarBella CluB Hotel
                                                            VIP contact: Franck Sibille, Area General Manager
                                                            Phone: +34 95 282 3018
                                                            Email: sibille@marbellaclub.com
                                                            Address: Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso
                                                            von Hohenlohe, 29600 Marbella
                                                            Website: www.marbellaclub.com
                                                            The Marbella Club Hotel, located in a natural paradise on the shores of the
                                                            Mediterranean, enjoys 325 days of sunshine each year. The renowned hotel
                                                            was once the private residence of Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, and since
                                                            opening its doors over half a century ago, has been regarded as the European
                                                            playground for the international jet-set, including aristocrats, stars of the
                                                            entertainment industry, and business and political leaders from all over the
 MarBella CluB Hotel                                        world; everyone from the Rolling Stones to the Duke of Windsor to the late
                                                            Elizabeth Taylor has stayed here. The beachfront retreat has it all: 84 luxury
                                                            rooms, 37 suites and 14 Andalusian-style villas spread over 26 square miles,
                                                            and features lush subtropical gardens, golf, riding, tennis and fitness facilities,
                                                            world-class restaurants, a stunning beach and pools.

                                                            top suite
                                                            el eliVo suite
                                                             Square footage: 500  Nightly rate: $4,000
                                                            Why we love it: The El Elivo Suite is located in the heart of the resort,
                                                            and the two-bedroom villa enables guests to enjoy home-style living in
                                                            the privacy of their own bungalow. The grand terrace and outdoor area
                                                            includes a heated pool and garden, a large furnished porch and a separate
                                                            grand seating area overlooking the garden. The villa features an oversized
                                                            living room, and each bedroom comes with an en-suite marble bathroom
 tHe BeaCH at                                               with hydro massage bath and rain shower. Recent guests have included
 MarBella CluB Hotel
                                                            Tom Cruise, Mick Jagger and the Spice Girls.




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Where to stay




 royal suite, KeMpinKsi Hotel BaHÍa



                                      KeMpinsKi Hotel BaHaÍ       KeMpinsKi Hotel BaHÍa
                                                                  VIP contact: Rüdiger C Hollweg, General Manager
                                                                  Phone: +34 95 280 9500
                                                                  Email: reservation.estepona@kempinski.com
                                                                  Address: Ctra. de Cádiz, Km 159, 29680 Estepona
                                                                  Website: www.kempinski.com/estepona
                                                                  Located between Marbella and Estepona, the beachfront Kempinski Hotel
                                                                  Bahía is a five-star property sitting within 28 square miles of lush, subtropical
                                                                  gardens, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel features 132 elegantly
                                                                  decorated rooms and 15 luxurious suites, all with a balcony or terrace and
                                                                  varying degrees of sea view. Also on offer are a host of fabulous restaurants and
                                                                  bars (some seasonal) where the hotel’s organic garden provides year-round
                                                                  supplies or organically grown fruit and vegetables. The Kempinski Spa features
                                                                  massage rituals, beauty and body treatments with renowned products by Ligne
                                                                  St. Barth and Terraké, and provides endless relaxation at the heated indoor
                                                                  pool, fitness studio and sauna. Excellent child-friendly facilities and activities
                                                                  are also available for elite travelers with children.

                                                                  top suite
                                                                  royal suite
                                                                   Square footage: 2,200  Nightly rate: $15,800
                                                                  Why we love it: The recently created Levante and Poniente Suites are the
                                                                  finest and largest in Southern Spain, featuring sophisticated and glamorous
                                                                  interior design, state-of-the-art technology, and refined, friendly service.
                                                                  The two suites combined make the 2,200 square foot Royal Suite, one of
                                                                  the country’s largest and most impressive suites with three bedrooms, two
                                                                  salons, dining room with fireplace, TV room and exclusive Sky Lounge dome,
                                                                  surrounded by spectacular terraces overlooking the sea and gardens.

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                                                                                                                                              playa anDaluZa resort




playa anDaluZa resort                                                                 top suite
VIP contact: Anco de Grebber, General Manager                                         playa anDaluZa suite
Phone: +34 95 288 0495                                                                 Square footage: 430  Nightly rate: $700
Email: guest.playa@vacationclub.com                                                   Why we love it: The resort has 203 stunning apartments, with a choice of
Address: Marriott’s Playa Andaluza, Ctra. de Cádiz Km 168, 29680 Estepona             two bedrooms with two bathrooms or three bedrooms with three bathrooms.
Website: www.marriottvacationclub.com                                                 Offering between 330 and 430 square feet of luxury air-conditioned living
Near the ‘Millionaire’s Paradise’ of Puerto Banús, 15 minutes from the                space, every apartment enjoys views across the Mediterranean Sea or
more traditional Estepona, sits the Playa Andaluza. This is the ideal place           lush tropical gardens, and guests can relax with a cool drink or dine on the
for guests looking to spend their days relaxing on the sandy beaches,                 furnished balconies and patios, taking in the spectacular views. The suites’
shopping, dining or playing golf. The resort benefits from a choice of four           open-plan living and dining areas contain elegant, comfortable furnishings
pools catering for to all needs. Take a rejuvenating dip in the whirlpool after       reflecting the traditions and warmth of Andalusia. The home-from-home
working out in the modern fitness center or aerobics studio. Ideal for the            feeling is completed with televisions in each room offering a full TV package,
Elite Traveler with children, the hotel has a wide choice of entertainment,           while iPod docking stations and complimentary internet are provided in the
including shuffleboard, an activity lawn and a miniature golf course.                 living areas.

                                                          playa anDaluZa suite                                                      liVing rooM, playa anDaluZa suite




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Where to stay




 Hotel puente roMano garDens



Hotel puente roMano                                                                      top suite
VIP contact: Julián Cabanillas, Director of Sales and Marketing                          tHe iMperial suite
Phone: +34 95 282 0900                                                                    Square footage: 330  Nightly rate: $4,000
Email: cabanillas@puenteromano.com                                                       Why we love it: The Imperial Suite at the Hotel Puente Romano defines
Address: Hotel Puente Romano, Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe,                    the word breathtaking; it comprises a bright living room, a private dining
29602 Marbella                                                                           area, a spacious bathroom which includes a Jacuzzi bath and a sauna
Website: www.puenteromano.com                                                            connecting to a large romantic bedroom overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
The Puente Romano Bridge, from which the property takes its name, is                     Its high ceilings and tasteful décor complement this beautiful suite, and
uniquely designed in the style of an Andalusian village, and originally                  the considerable terrace offers a truly picture-perfect view of the tranquil
intended for residential use. This 285-room resort is set in 3,5 square                  beauty of the Mediterranean Sea. A stairway connects to the two-bedroom
miles of lush sub-tropical landscaped gardens, gently cascading down                     Beach-Front Suite below. Even the most discerning elite traveler will
to the Mediterranean Sea. Accommodation is extremely spacious and                        appreciate that no indulgence has been spared; fresh fruit, flowers and wine
features private terraces or balconies, and past guests have included                    greet guests upon arrival, and the suite’s dedicated, round-the-clock staff
Blondie, Grace Jones, Phil Collins and Rod Stewart.                                      are at your beck and call.

Hotel Villa paDierna tHerMas De CarratraCa                                               top suite
VIP contact: Teo Gomez, General Manager                                                  pentHouse anD presiDential suites
Phone: +34 95 248 9542                                                                    Square footage: 230  Nightly rate: $700
Email: info@thermasdecarratraca.com                                                      Why we love it: We like the building’s historical setting and the attention
Address: Avda. de Antonio Rioboo 11, 29551 Carratraca                                    the hotel pays to its holistic healing experiences, activating all your
Website: www.thermasdecarratraca.com                                                     senses. Elite travelers can enjoy therapies such as chromotherapy and
The Villa Padierna Thermas Hotel is often referred to as the finest holistic             aromatherapy in the privacy of their own room; special chromotherapy
healing retreat in Europe. Its location in Carractraca, has been called the              lights feature in the best suites while the essential oil burners lit at
Diamond of Málaga for its natural sulphur spring water, flowing since the                turndown activate guests’ senses. The luxuriously comfortable feather
Roman era. The hotel is set in an historic boutique building, now completely             beds will assure even the most discerning traveler a good night’s rest,
restored, and traces its roots back to the early 1800s. The Thermas was the              and each bathroom has its own unique design, including full-door
height of fashionable travel in the 19th century when it attracted such famous           windows with views of the mountains. The bathrooms feature either a
visitors as Lord Byron, Rainer Maria Rilke and Empress Marie Eugénie, wife of            rain shower or a soaking bathtub and shower, and the hotel’s range of
Napoleon III. A warm welcome is provided at the hotel’s lavish lobby, while their        aromatherapy amenities have been carefully selected to relax, detoxify
thermal baths can be reached by an exclusive underground tunnel.                         and balance VIP guests.

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Where to stay

  lets rent MarBella
  Phone: +34 95 283 8688
  Email: angela@letsrentmarbella.es
  Website: www.letsrentmarbella.com




  Lets Rent Marbella offers a selection of the most beautiful properties
  available in Marbella and the surrounding areas. Our experienced team
  offers more than just a rental service - we also offer the VIP visitor
  a complete package tailored to individual requirements. For more
  information on our services visit www.letsrentmarbella.com, call us or
  email angela@letsrentmarbella.es



                                                                                  The property also has a Polynesian pavilion bungalow area with two
                                                                                  double beds, sauna, bathroom and multi-shower areas. This area can
                                                                                  also be used as ‘chill out’ health spa zone.

                                                                                  Villa la paZ
                                                                                  An oasis of peace and tranquility, Villa La Paz s in insurpassable. Totally
                                                                                  private, yet only half a mile to Alhaurin Golf and the Village of Alhaurin
                                                                                  El Grande. The present owners have spent two years designing, building
                                                                                  and decorating their home down to the smallest details, employing the
                                                                                  best European professionals to realize their dream.
                                                                                  The results speak for themselves.

                                                                                  Strategically situated 25 minutes drive from Malaga airport and
                                                                                  Marbella Town / Puerto Banus. Villa La Paz is no ordinary home.
  Villa Moana                                                                     Encompassing 2,600 square feet and with over an acre of landscaped
                                                                                  garden, this unique property offers comfortable and luxurious living at
  Offers an experience to be shared and never forgotten.
                                                                                  its best.

  Hidden away from the outside world, it nestles in the heart of the Costa
                                                                                  For more information on these & other properties please contact us now.
  del Sol’s exciting Mediterranean paradise. The villa features eight
  elegantly appointed bedrooms and a large presidential suite, each with
  an incredibly beautiful bathroom plus a private terrace area and 180
  degree views of the sea. The finest bed linen, French antiques, Persian
  rugs, daily maid service – all just small features of a night at Moana.

  Villa ottoMan
  A luxurious seven bedroom villa – representing the days of the Ottoman
  Empire – overlooking the spectacular, famous & demure stature of
  ‘La Concha’ mountain.

  This palatial villa has a unique pool design, spacious terraces, Italian
  marble fountains and a dining pagoda with a summer kitchen and
  barbeque surrounded by lush gardens for total seclusion and privacy.

  Special features include the lavishly appointed Presidential suites,
  with unusually beautiful bathrooms, featuring private terraces and
  incredible views.



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Where to Dine

                                                                                                       W
 LA CONDESA
                                                                                                             ith internationally recognized
                                                                                                             restaurants becoming firmly
                                                                                                       established in Marbella and the
                                                                                                       Costa del Sol’s rapidly growing luxury
                                                                                                       areas, the elite traveler has such a
                                                                                                       cosmopolitan variety of fine cuisine to
                                                                                                       choose from that it may be hard to settle
                                                                                                       on one for that special dining experience.
                                                                                                       We’ve chosen some of the area’s best.


                                                                                                     MoDern

                                                                                                     TA-KUMI
                                                                                                     VIP contact: Alvaro Arbeloa, Head Chef
                                                                                                     Phone: +34 95 277 0839
                                                                                                     Address: C/ Camilo José Cela, S/N,
                                                                                                     29602 Marbella
                                                                                                     Website: www.restaurantetakumi.com
                                                                                                     Cuisine: Japanese & Mediterranean
                                                                                                     Style / Ambiance: Ta-Kumi is widely based on a
                                                                                                     fusion between the east and the west, in this case
                                                                                                     between Japanese and Mediterranean. With both
                                                                                                     cuisines paying special attention to preparation, it
                                                                                                     is the ideal cuisine for those looking for elegance
                                                                                                     and detail from a meal. This open kitchen
                                                                                                     restaurant is known locally as the most authentic
                                                                                                     Asian venue on the Costa del Sol – unsurprisingly,
                                                                                                     their most famous dish is the Takumi. Head Chef
                                                                                                     Alvaro Arbeloa has accomplished cooking skills
                                                                                                     from both Uruguay and China, and also trained in
CLASSiC                                                                                              the Hotel Kempinski over the last decade.

RESTAURANTE LA CONDESA                                                                                                                 jApANESE CUISINE

VIP contact: Teo Gomez, General Manager
Phone: +34 95 248 9542
Email: info@thermasdecarratraca.com
Address: Avda. de Antonio Rioboo 11, 29551 Carratraca
Website: www.thermasdecarratraca.com
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Style / Ambiance: Sumptuous Mediterranean dishes are created by the Chef at the Restaurante
La Condesa with the region’s finest ingredients, and in harmony with any of the treatments that
guests choose to take at the hotel. Andalusia’s most popular dishes are interpreted with a healthy
twist for an exclusive, high-class menu. In fine weather, guests may dine on the Andalusia patio.
The restaurant is named after the wife of Napoleon III and Empress of France, Eugénia de Montijo,
a frequent visitor to the thermal baths. The restaurant is also home to one of Marbella and the
Costa del Sol’s only dry bars, Bar La Emperatriz.




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Where to Dine
 SpANISH CUISINE




roMAntiC                                               MoDern                                                   roMAntiC

THE CLASSIC GRILL                                      MESSINA                                                  LA MERIDIANA
VIP contact: Juan Gálvez, Head Chef                    VIP contact: Pía Ninci                                   VIP contact: Francisco Diaz, Floor Leader
Phone: +34 95 282 2211                                 Phone: +34 95 286 4895 or +34 67 9 770 062               Phone: +34 95 277 6190
Email: reservas@marbellaclub.com                       Email: info@restaurantemessina.com                       Email: info@lameridiana.es
Address: Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa,       Address: Avda. Severo Ochoa 12, 29603 Marbella           Address: Camino de la cruz, 29600 Marbella
Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe,                Website: www.restaurantemessina.com                      Website: www.grupolezama.es/portal/
29600 Marbella                                         Cuisine: Oriental                                        la-meridiana-del-alabardero/home
Website: www.marbellaclub.com/grill.html               Style / Ambiance: This charming restaurant               Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish
Cuisine: Grill                                         has earned itself a superb local reputation since        Style / Ambiance: This restaurant, recommended
Style / Ambiance: The Classic Grill is the Marbella    it first opened in the Old Town of Marbella.             by both concierges in this guide, has been dubbed
Club Hotel’s gourmet restaurant. Long-established      Head Chef Mauricio Giovanini is regarded as the          Costa del Sol’s most romantic. Along with a terrace,
as a veritable culinary landmark, its famous menu,     key to Messina’s success, demonstrating that good        there is also often a piano player present, playing at
which changes five times a year, is made up of         cooking is a matter of sensitivity, intuition and art.   a delightful volume for dining. The cuisine is a mix
the most exquisite classic and traditional cuisines.   His wife, Pía Ninci, knows the menu’s every detail,      of Andalusian and Italian specialties and changes
They place particular emphasis on seasonally           describing it as a restaurant where the diner can        seasonally, with extravagant dishes such as
available ingredients, enhancing the historical        experiment with new flavors and textures, with both      monkfish, truffles or sea bass frequently appearing.
dishes served on the hotel’s evocative patios.         traditional dishes and daring incursions into oriental   La Meridiana holds the traditional late timings of
One of Europe’s most incredibly romantic settings,     cuisine, all presented to perfection. Elite travelers    other luxury restaurants in the area, with diners
the Classic Grill is ideal for intimate dinners by     will enjoy the good music, friendly, professional        most commonly making reservations for later
candlelight and the starry Mediterranean skies.        service and, above all, the amazing food.                than 9pm.

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Where to be pampered
Discover a world of relaxation, rejuvenation and beauty at these fabulous spas

 El hammam Spa




                                                       El hammam málaga
                                                       VIP contact: Lola Bueno, Spa Director
                                                       Phone: +34 95 221 2327
                                                       Email: info@elhammam.com
                                                       Address: Calle Tomás de Cózar 13, 29008 Málaga
                                                       Website: www.elhammam.com
                                                       Treatment & facilities: The traditional Hammam consists of three rooms, each at a different temperature.
                                                       While hot stones work to relax and open the pores, guests can mentally prepare their bodies for cleansing
                                                       and their minds for relaxation. The spa is particularly renowned for its exceptional aromas and the slow
                                                       pouring of water over guests’ bodies, and tailor-made programs are developed to ensure that each
                                                       individual benefits fully from the treatment. Perhaps surprisingly, the Hammam doesn’t have a swimming
                                                       pool, and focuses instead on traditional Arabic bathing techniques with bowls or buckets. The water is
                                                       collected from small, nearby fountains, and treated at different temperatures.
                                                       Signature treatments: The Hammam’s signature treatments include therapeutic, lymphatic drainage,
                                El hammam’S baTh
                                                       relaxing and exfoliating massages.

EglEE Spa                                                                             ThalaSSo
VIP contact: Eglee Roddis                                                             VIP contact: Magdalena Szaszkiewicz
Phone: +34 61 956 1993                                                                Phone: +34 95 282 2211
Email: guest.playa@vacationclub.com                                                   Email: reservas@marbellaclub.com
Address: Ctra. De Cádiz, Km 168, 29680 Estepona                                       Address: Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso
Website: www.marriott.com                                                             von Hohenlohe, 29600 Marbella
Treatment & facilities: Eglee Spa is located at the Marriott’s Playa Andaluza         Website: www.marbellaclub.com/thalassospa.html
and takes its name from its director; British qualified beauty consultant,            Treatment & facilities: Thalasso Spa is equipped with state-of-the-art
make-up artist and massage therapist, Eglee who launched the Eglee                    facilities. These include a dynamic indoor seawater pool, Turkish baths,
Spa after years of success in the UK. Eglee and her consultants offer                 saunas, a relaxation room and 12 treatment rooms. This Spa not only offers
outstanding beauty treatments using the very best products, including facials,        a full range of beauty treatments, with rejuvenation, weight-loss and
hydradermie lift, body slimming treatments and other cleansing, toning and            anti-stress programs, they also offer exclusive treatments such as holistic
revitalizing body treatments using ingredients such as wine, chocolate, clay          ShiTao massages and facial massages.
and seaweed.                                                                          Signature treatments: The Thalasso Spa has a unique therapy including
Signature treatments: Our favorite treatments at the Eglee Spa include the            exfoliation under seawater rain, a special body mask and a massage with
Swedish massage and reflexology.                                                      exquisite ingredients from the Orient.

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What to do ➤ during the day

 M     arbella and the Costa del Sol offers
       more than beautiful sandy beaches and
  year-round sun; there is a wealth of things to
                                                          do during your visit. Whether it’s visiting the
                                                          world’s largest Picasso exhibition, an ancient
                                                          museum such as the Carmen Thyssen,
                                                                                                                   or playing a little golf, there is something
                                                                                                                   for everyone. We have picked some of our
                                                                                                                   favorites for the perfect day and night out.


                                                                                                                                                       MUSEO PICASSO




 THE MUSEO CARMEN THYSSEN



MuSeuM                                                                                    gaLLery

THE MUSEO CARMEN THYSSEN MÁLAGA                                                           MUSEO PICASSO MÁLAGA
Contact: Cristina Botija Almazán                                                          Phone: +34 95 212 7600
Phone: +34 90 230 3131                                                                    Email: info@museopicassomalaga.org
Email: info@carmenthyssenmalaga.org                                                       Address: Palacio de Buenavista, Calle San Agustín 8, 29015 Málaga
Address: Calle Compañía 10, 29008 Málaga                                                  Website: www.museopicassomalaga.org
Website: www.carmenthyssenmalaga.org                                                      The Museo Picasso Málaga was created to honor Picasso’s wish to have
The Colección Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza de Málaga offers a history of                     his work displayed in his city of birth in 1881. Both his daughter-in-law
the most important genres in 19th century Spanish painting, with a particular             and grandson, Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, agreed to donate the
focus on Andalusia. It is housed in the Palacio de Villalón, a 16th century palace        core of his work to the Museo Picasso Málaga art collection when the
located in the centre of Málaga, and the permanent collection comprises 230               Junta de Andalucía regional government launched this major museum
works that offer an outstanding overview of Spanish art. The display begins               project devoted to the artist. It is also home to the Picasso Foundation.
with the magnificent Saint Marina by Zurbarán, one of the most characteristic             Focusing on the artist whose styles and techniques changed the course
artists of the Spanish Golden Age, and concludes with outstanding works by                of modern art, the collection features 233 works demonstrating the
Sorolla and Zuloaga, created at the height of their careers; these two painters           revolutionary innovations and array of styles, materials and techniques
spearheaded the international recognition of Spanish art in the early 20th                that he mastered. Art lovers should not miss out on some of his first
century, when Picasso was already achieving fame in Paris. A tour of the                  academic studies and his own personal view of classicism, from Cubism’s
galleries reveals the evolution of the artists and trends that defined Spanish            overlapping planes to his exploration of ceramic art, his interpretation
art during this period, and includes examples of works by the leading artists of          of the great masters and his last paintings in the 1970s. The Museo
the time such as Marià Fortuny, José Benlliure, Raimundo de Madrazo, José                 Picasso Málaga is located in the Palacio de Buenavista in the city center,
Moreno Carbonero and Emilio Sala. Private viewings and guided tours can                   which blends Renaissance and Mudéjar forms with pure, contemporary
be arranged, and VIP guests can also host events with a private guided tour               lines. Exclusive guests can arrange a private viewing of the Palacio’s
followed by dinner. The museum is a favorite of celebrities visiting Marbella and         underground archaeological site, comprising Phoenician, Roman and Arab
the Costa del Sol, including Antonio Banderas.                                            ruins dating from the 7th century onwards.




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 THE BULLfIGHTING ARENA IN RONDA




SPortS                                               adVenture                                          Further aFieLd

ASCARI RACE DRIVE                                    HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE                               RONDA DAY TOUR
VIP contact: Julio Fraile Montoro                    VIP contact: Julio Fraile Montoro                  VIP contact: Viator Tours
Phone: +34 69 084 0484                               Phone: +34 69 084 0484                             Phone: 866 648 5873 (US toll free) or
Email: julio@marbellainstyle.com                     Email: julio@marbellainstyle.com                   +1 7 02 648 5873 (International)
Website: www.marbellainstyle.com                     Website: www.marbellainstyle.com                   Email: info.uk@viator.com
Location: Ronda                                      Location: Ronda                                    Website: www.viator.com
Treat yourself to the drive of your life with a      Elite travelers can discover the Costa del         Location: Ronda
Ferrari, Lamborghini or even a Formula 3 race        Sol from the air with a luxury hot air balloon     On Viator’s ten-hour Ronda and Tajo Gorge day
car. The private, exclusive Ronda race track is      ride near Marbella. As an alternative to           trip, led by expert Spanish and English-speaking
one of the most stunning race courses in the         conventional sightseeing tours, a balloon          guides, elite travelers can enjoy the mountainous
world. Hidden within an oak forest and protected     ride is a great opportunity to learn about         region of Ronda, a town that spans the plunging
by a mountain range, this purpose-built circuit      lesser-known landscapes. The anticipation          river gorge known as El Tajo, crossed by the
is a motorsports enthusiast’s dream come true.       before the trip, the preparation phase and the     impressive 18 century Puente Nuevo bridge.
Marbella in-Style and their Team Xtreme can give     actual lift off all contribute to this exclusive   Tour highlights include the Plaza de Toros
you unrivalled access to this private luxury race    experience; leave the hustle and bustle of the     Maestranza (the oldest bull ring in Spain), the
resort, where you will be instructed and guided by   streets behind and glide peacefully through the    1485 Church of the Holy Spirit and the Plaza de
a former professional race car driver who knows      incredible landscapes of Andalusia. To make        España (town square), The tour usually departs
all the in and outs of the breathtaking course and   the trip even more memorable, Marbella in-         in the morning from locations throughout the
will share his knowledge with you.                   Style offers VIP riders a champagne breakfast.     Costa del Sol, including Marbella and San Pedro.

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ViP MeMBerS CLuB

BUDDHA BEACH
VIP contact: Claire Strutton
Phone: +34 95 281 3882
Email: info@buddhabeachbanus.com
Address: Buddha Beach, Urbanización Villa Marina, Puerto Banús, Marbella
Website: www.buddhabeachbanus.com
Buddha Beach is definitely for the enlightened few. Marbella’s first boutique
beach club is located just a short walk from the jet-set marina of Puerto Banús,
and has become the favorite beach club for celebrities, residents and visitors                                                                             WINE TASTING TOUR
who enjoy the relaxed, bespoke location. Regular VIP guests include well-known
international footballers such as David Bentley, Shay Given, Paul Robinson                 Wine tour
and Aaron Lennon, as well as international singing stars Alexander O’Neal,
Alexandra Burke, Gwen Dickey, Lee John and Tito Jackson. Taking its inspiration            WINE TASTING TOUR
from Thailand and the exotic Far East, the main beach club area at Buddha                  Contact: Boris Bidorff
Beach is set back from the shore with raised wooden decked sunbathing                      Phone: +34 615 314 304
and seating areas with views around the pool and out to the Mediterranean.                 Email: boris.bidorff@winetasting-spain.com
Buddha Beach also features a discreet VIP area with its own large rock-pool                Address: Málaga wineries, addresses vary
Jacuzzi, while the beach area itself has a hundred beds, all with waiter service.          Website: www.winetasting-spain.com
Drinking and dining are two of the main pleasures at Buddha beach; as well                 WineTasting-Spain offers relaxation and total immersion in the Southern
as the beachside bar, Buddha Beach’s main bar area is the perfect place for                Andalusian atmosphere by seeing and tasting what other tourists do not, and
elite travelers to take a break from the strenuous task of sunbathing, or enjoy            this luxury wine tour goes where no bus tour could ever. From Marbella, or
a drink as the sun sets. A live DJ adds to the ambiance, playing smooth tunes              any other resort on the Costa del Sol, a maximum of four guests can enjoy an
throughout the day. Buddha Beach’s restaurant is open for evening dining                   exclusive tour of the wineries in a luxury car with an experienced guide. It is
throughout the summer and offers an appetizing selection of dishes, from fresh             a superb way to taste the most lavish Spanish Sherry or Málaga wines, and
seafood platters, Thai fusion cuisine and sushi to a light bite and all tastes in          offers an opportunity to discover the unique specificity of Andalusia, its culture,
between. Buddha Beach hosts a packed schedule of summer events, including                  history, cuisine and traditions. This VIP tour includes on-board champagne,
Funky Fridays, with the hottest beach party to get the weekend going, as well as           visits to venues awarded gold and silver medals by the International Wine Fair,
the legendary Limelight sessions on Thursdays.                                             and tapas galore for lunch in a typical white village.




 CASA DEL GIGANTE                                                                           EL CAMINITO DEL REY



gaLLery                                                                                    WaLKing tour

CASA DEL GIGANTE                                                                           EL CAMINITO DEL REY
VIP contact: Remedios Ruiz Jiménez                                                         VIP contact: Steve Payne
Phone: +34 95 287 0818 or +34 66 591 0772                                                  Phone: + 35 05 401 5063
Email: gerente@turismoderonda.es                                                           Email: info@barbaryrockadventures.com
Address: Plaza del Gigante s/n, 29400, Ronda                                               Address: El Caminito del Rey, El Chorro
Website: www.museojoaquinpeinado.com                                                       Website: www.barbaryrockadventures.com
The palace of the Marquises of Moctezuma houses the permanent collection                   El Caminito del Rey is a walkway along the steep walls of El Chorro. Running
by Joaquín Peinado, Ronda’s most famous painter and one of the most                        approximately 350 feet above the river, it fell into a state of disrepair over many
important artists from the School of Paris. Leading contemporary art and 19th              years and it has even been described as the ‘world’s scariest walkway’. However,
century architecture come together in this museum, and Elite travelers and                 access has been made possible by using a Via Ferrata climbing system and safety
art enthusiasts alike will be dazzled by the strength of the work on display. It is        equipment. Barbary Rock Adventures provides an exhilarating day of adventure
also the ideal place for VIP guests to hold special events; Aston Martin recently          on the walkway as well as a thrilling abseil down at the end of the day, making it a
hosted an exclusive VIP lunch in the Casa del Gigante.                                     unique and exciting experience for the elite traveler.

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                                                                                                                                                  PANGEA NIGHTCLUB



                                                             NIGHTCLUB

                                                             PANGEA CLUB
                                                             VIP contact: Martin Quinn
                                                             Phone: +34 95 290 8336
                                                             Email: info@pangea-club.com
                                                             Web address: www.pangea-club.com
                                                             Address: Roof Terrace, Edificio Club del Mar, Muelle de Honor,
                                                             29660 Puerto Banús
                                                             Known by the elite crowd as a club on an endless pursuit of perfection, this most exclusive venue
                                                             in Marbella has just been refurbished. Pangea now features Dom Perignon tables on its luxurious
                                                             rooftop terrace and continues to offer quality service together with breathtaking views unrivalled by
                                             SEATING AREA,   any other venue in the marina. With the soul of the old Pangea and the flair of the new, the club is
                                         PANGEA NIGHTCLUB
                                                             widely considered to be the heart of Marbella. VIP tables are available for high-end guests.

BAR

TIBU BANÚS BAR
Phone: +34 62 784 7637
Email: lina@linekersgroup.com
Web address: www.tibubanus.com
Address: Plaza Antonio Banderas, 29660 Puerto Banús
Tibu Banús is, by far, the most exciting clubbing nightspot in the heart
of Puerto Banús, and is a truly sophisticated club for beautiful people
looking to enjoy all the glamour that the town has to offer. This is the
place for the elite traveler who wants to be seen on the Marbella scene.
Table reservations are highly recommended.




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What to do ➤ shopping

 A    s you would expect from a major
      destination, Marbella and the Costa del
 Sol does not disappoint where shopping
                                                is concerned. With high-end fashion brands
                                                alongside modern designer boutiques, we
                                                feel the elite shopper will be able to find
                                                                                                    whatever they are searching for. Ideal for a
                                                                                                    great day out or for buying gifts from some of
                                                                                                    the world’s most exclusive craft stores.


                                                                                                                  MARBELLA’s OLD TOWN sHOppiNg DisTRiCT




                                                                                                     MARBELLA OLD TOWN AND FURTHER AFiELD
                                                                                                     As previously highlighted in this guide, Marbella’s
                                                                                                     Old Town is the perfect place for the elite traveler
                                                                                                     to visit when coming to the Costa del Sol. It is a
                                                                                                     relaxed and charming area, full of cobbled streets
                                                                                                     and whitewashed buildings, and the perfect place
                                                                                                     for shopping – the area is full of boutiques and craft
                                                                                                     stores. The town’s main building is the Baroque-
                                                                                                     period Church of Saint Mary, which dates back to
                                                                                                     1485. Other highlights include the town hall, which
                                                                                                     houses the Catholic King and Queen’s pendant,
                                                                                                     which is only shown on June 11th to commemorate
                                                                                                     the date of the re-conquest of this historic area from
                                                                                                     the Moors. We recommend that visitors try some
                                                                                                     of Marbella and the Costa del Sol’s most authentic
                                                                                                     Andalusian cuisines in Orange Square, which lies in
                                                                                                     the center of this romantic hub. There are, however,
                                                                       ENjOy sHOppiNg AT sOME OF     newer areas on the Costa del Sol offering modern,
                                                             COsTA DEL sOL’s MOsT ELiTE BOUTiqUEs
                                                                                                     luxury stores, especially in the area of Malaga.




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  W     ith access to over a hundred miles of
        stunning coastline, and with many
  islands to explore off its shores, beautiful
                                                     waters and opportunities for clear ocean
                                                     sailing, the Costa del Sol is ideally positioned
                                                     to attract superyacht owners from around
                                                                                                              the world. With year round sun even the most
                                                                                                              discerning yacht owner will be impressed by
                                                                                                              the stunning horizons on display.


 PUERTO BANUS MARINA




PUERTO BANÚS MARINA                                                              ESTEPONA MARINA
Radio VHF: Channels 9 and 16                                                     Once chosen by Walt Disney as Disneyland Europe’s original destination, Estepona
Phone: +34 95 290 9800                                                           Marina is now a working fishing port offering entertainment to the higher-class
Address: The marina, Puerto Banús                                                community. During the day it is possible to dock boats here and buy fresh seafood
Website: www puertobanus.info/marina                                             on the daily markets — don’t miss out on the Sunday market, which is generally a
The marina at Puerto Banús is known worldwide as a high-class, high-             bigger event. It is renowned for its beaches which stretch over 12 miles, and as a
price destination for travelers looking for luxurious amenities, boutique        pleasant place for a night’s walk; the marina is home to some magnificent boats.
shopping and exclusive leisure pursuits. The marina has berths for 915           While a huge variety of restaurants are open for lunch and late dining, there is
boats, with many belonging to royalty and celebrities, and boats or ships        also a wealth of nightlife by the marina. Known as a ‘late marina’, it is not until
ranging from eight to 50 meters (26–160 feet) in length can be docked.           past midnight that the majority of bars and nightclubs really come to life. Just
Alternatively, boats are available for hire, many of which come with an          like the Tango in Buenos Aires, Estepona Marina has its own dance tradition, the
unobstructed view of La Concha Mountain, one of the coast’s landmarks.           Andalusian Sevilliana, and it often comes as a surprise to visitors that it is not just
Located just a few minutes to the west of Marbella and only 35 miles             the old generation who dance in this style; the dance tradition also flows down to
from Málaga airport, the marina has a lazy atmosphere during the day,            the younger, energetic crowd.
where food and drink are the main sources of pleasure, along with the
multi-screen movie theater and aquarium. By night, the area turns into a
playground for some of the world’s wealthiest individuals, as behind the
harbor lie streets filled with exclusive bars and nightclubs.

Area: 15 hectares (37 acres)
Depth (inside): 3–6 meters (9.8–20 feet)
                                                                                  ESTEPONA MARINA
Depth (outside): 7.5 meters (25 feet)

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 EXCLUSIVE TRANSPORT




BLUE SKY LUXURY CAR HIRE                                                             EXCLUSIVE TRANSPORT
VIP contact: Carlo Mason, Owner                                                      VIP contact: Julio Fraile Montoro
Phone: +34 95 177 5510                                                               Phone Number: +34 69 084 0484
Email: info@blueskyluxurycarhire.es                                                  Email: julio@marbellainstyle.com
Address: Guadaiza de la Quinta, Calle de Pedro Alvarado 47, 29600 Marbella           Website: www.marbellainstyle.com
Website: www.blueskyluxurycarhire.es                                                 Exclusive Transport, in association with Marbella in-Style, provides an
Blue Sky Luxury Car Hire in Marbella specializes in world-class luxury.              efficient chauffeur service for those who want to enjoy their time on the
Aimed directly at the high-end driver, Blue Sky is the perfect choice for            Costa del Sol without the inconvenience of driving themselves. All cars
the elite traveler looking to hire a Ferrari, Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin,        are fully-featured with leather seats and climate control, and their expert
BMW or Range Rover. A chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce is also available for             drivers are multi-lingual and are at your service 24 hours a day. Top cars
VIP clients.                                                                         include the Bentley Continental Flying Spur and the Mercedes CLS.

                                                                 ROLLS ROYCE




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                                                                           further afield
WHEN BEST TO GO                                         LOCAL CUSTOMS                                             ATTIRE
With year-round sun, Marbella and the Costa             Etiquette is an important part of Spanish culture,        Western-style dress is tolerated in virtually all
del Sol is the perfect place to visit during any        and locals can easily be offended if they feel you are    places. While there is a generally relaxed and
season; its mild climate can require some               mimicking them or attempting to ‘out-speak’ them.         liberal policy on what to wear during the day, some
warmer clothes in the winter months, however.           Expect periods of procrastination and delays in           restaurants and bars may have their own formalwear
We suggest going in spring or fall, when it is          service; this is not considered rude, but the way of      requirements at night, such as black and white
warm enough to enjoy this yachting destination          life on Marbella and the Costa Del Sol. The tipping       clothing only or ties and shoes for men. Shorts are
without it being overcrowded.                           system, however, is much like that of the US.             very uncommon, even during summer months.

LANGUAGE                                                                                                   Mean Temperature (°C)                         Number of
                                                                                                                                        Total Rainfall
Spanish, with English widely spoken                                                                                                                       rain days
                                                                                                           Daily           Daily            (mm)
                                                                            Month                                                                        per month
                                                                                                         Minimum         Maximum
CURRENCY                                                                   January                           7               17              81               6
EURO
                                                                          February                           8               18              55               5
EXCHANGE RATE                                                               March                            9               19              48               4
$1 = EUR 0.70; £1 = EUR 1.15
                                                                            April                            10              21              41               5

COUNTRY DIALLING CODE                                                        May                             13              24              25               3
+34
                                                                            June                             17              27              12               2

24 HOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT                                                    July                            20              30               2               0
Ambulance: 061
                                                                           August                            21              31               6               0
Fire: 080
Police: 091                                                              September                           18              28              16               2
Coastguard: +34 900 202 202
                                                                           October                           14              24              56               4
Helicopter: +34 902 111 444
                                                                          November                           11              20              95               5
EMBASSY CONTACTS
                                                                          December                           8               17              88               6
US +34 915 872 200
UK +34 913 342 194

TIME ZONE
GMT +1

POPULATION
1.6 million

RELIGIOUS DEOMOGRAPHIC
Mainly Catholic

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS                                          MULTI-COLORED SCARVES, SOUK MARKET
Jan 1 – New Year’s Day; Jan 6 – Three Kings Day
Mar 19 – Fathers Day; May 1 – Labor Day                 FURTHER AFIELD
Aug 15 – Assumption of the Virgin; Oct 12 – National
day of Spain; Nov 1 – All Saints day; Dec 6 – Spanish   MOROCCO
Constitution; Dec 8 – Immaculate Conception             Contact: Maurice Birdorff
                                                        Phone: +34 615 314 304
TYPICAL OPENING HOURS                                   Email: maurice.barail@gmail.com
Shops open from around 9am until 8pm weekdays,          Address: Málaga – Tangier
closing slightly earlier on Saturdays. Be warned:       Another world, yet so close. Morocco is the perfect day tour for the elite traveler looking for a little more.
some places close for lunch, which can be as long       Only 9 miles south of Spain by luxury transport, discover the magical city of Tangier, its covered souk
as three hours. The majority of places will be closed   market where bargaining is a must, and its ancient monuments overlooking the Gibraltar straits. Enjoy
on Sundays in this region, but buying essentials is     couscous, tajine or the most lavish seafood in Northern Africa. A truly unforgettable excursion to another
usually possible.                                       continent and another civilization, we recommend this for the fast-paced elite traveler.

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