The Heat Is On!

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Welcome to the August edition of essential which, like the weather, is almost too hot to handle in terms of searing content.

We step aboard Sir Richard Branson’s new Mediterranean Virgin Voyages and experience the pleasures of going to sea in a catamaran.

Back on dry land, marvel at the new Aston Martin Valhalla Hybrid, and relive iconic cars from yesteryear on their special anniversary years. This month we also bring your a timeless design in the Marbella Hills. Find out why there is an explosion going on in the luxury watch market and see how trying on clothes virtually is changing the industry.

Enjoy our exclusive interview with Anne Hathaway. We also talk with Darryn Welch, owner of Hustle n’ Flow about his new baby, House of Flow.

Rene Zimmer presents a stunning new hotel project in Mallorca and Giles Brown delivers some amusing anecdotes about his life as a radio presenter.

Finally, don’t miss our report on The Beach at La Reserva Sotogrande, the place to be this summer.

Happy reading!




Finca Cortesin’s New Son Net Mallorca

Hotel Finca Cortesin’s dynamic General Manager, Rene Zimmer, presents Son Net Mallorca which will debut in the Spring of 2023. Co-owned and managed by the acclaimed Finca Cortesin team, Son Net is set to become another oasis of luxury within one of the most prestigious residential estates on the…


Pablo González And La Finca at La Bobadilla

Having garnered two Michelin Stars for famed restaurant, Cabaña Buenavista in Murcia, Pablo González is also making waves at the prestigious Royal Hideaway Hotel, La Finca de Bobadilla. Here, the talented chef is delighting palates with refined versions of traditional Andalusian cuisine.


Club Catamaran Les Rivages

The boutique developers of Les Rivages in Estepona and Le Grand Large in Marina del Este have introduced a private catamaran service for owners of the luxury apartments, penthouses, and modern villas in these projects, giving entitlement of 12 days of free usage throughout the year.


Classic Pinnacles Of The Past In The World of Motoring

Check our spreads on these all-time iconic classics which, in common, with absolutely everyone wanting to jump behind the wheel, all have important anniversaries this year. 2022 sees the swinging 60th of the MGB, the 30th birthday of the McLaren F1, and the Ferrari Enzo turning 20.

Virgin Voyage

Virgin Voyages: No Kids, No Kidding

Step aboard Richard Branson’s Valiant Lady and cruise the Mediterranean in style. Enjoy multiple amenities and diverse entertainment on a variety of all-inclusive cruises with à la carte dining and enticing itineraries. Another option is to cruise the Caribbean on sister ship, Scarlet Lady.


The Beach – La Reserva Club Sotogrande

La Reserva - The Beach has it all: a gorgeous white-sand beach fronting a sumptuous shallow lake, a 17,000 square metre lagoon offering a wide variety of water sports, and a versatile restaurant for leisurely lunches or drinks with friends. To top it all, Michelin-starred chefs are presenting…


Timeless Design in the Marbella Hills

Come with us on a tour of an outstanding villa gracing the hills above Marbella, in a peaceful setting overlooking the Marbella Club Golf Resort. Contemporary architecture has been blended with a timeless design in which dimensions, practicality and aesthetics are all in gorgeous harmony.


Aston Martin Valhalla Hybrid Supercar

Check out the streamlined Aston Martin Valhalla Hybrid, arising from a collaboration involving Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing. The result is a stunning supercar which can hit 100km/h in 2.5 seconds, reaching a top speed of 350km/h. It will be powered by a 4.0 twin-turbo V-8 with two electric…