Renew Yourself!

278 Essential Contents

Following months of careful planning, we unveil the stylish new look for essential in 2023. January is the best month to take stock of your personal situation and to resolve to effect whatever changes may be required to improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

Use this month’s issue as a sounding board to aid you in this pursuit. Have a look at a possible future for many of us with the sustainable Living Pods from Ocean Builders, preview tech trends for the year ahead, get fitter with your pet, and consider healthier eating and better sleeping in 2023.

We start the year skiing down the slopes of the magnificent Sierra Nevada, enjoying a pampering stay at Málaga’s Palacio Solecio on the return journey. If you’re travelling further afield, consider experiencing a number of other palatial hotels featured.

2023 sees the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the first degrees from the Open University, and the 100th year of Disney – we commemorate both in these pages.

Take on board the luxury and security furnished by the new Ferrari Purosangue SUV and check out Men’s fashion trends for this spring and summer.
Setting the mood for some gourmet pleasure, we suggest a great evening at Thai Gallery in Plaza Village, and we present Cristóbal Muñoz, Spanish Young Chef of the Year.

Happy New Year!



Walt Disney

The Walt Disney Company, A 100 Years Of Wonder

Believe it or not, the startup of the Disney empire dates all the way back to 1923. Find out how an American small-town boy established a global household name, as the Walt Disney company kicks off a year of centennial celebrations which will take place around the world.

Eco Living Pods

Sustainable Living Pods, Eco-Restorative Futuristic Homes

Marvel at the pioneering prowess and technological accomplishment embodied by Ocean Builders revolutionary sustainable living pods. The company aims to have their luxurious SeaPods, GreenPods and EcoPods available for many of us to call home in the not too distant future.

Hotel Palacio Solecio

The Hotel Palacio Solecio Málaga

Awarded Best Urban Hotel 2022 by Conde Nast Traveler, the Palacio Solecio is an architectural gem close to the Cathedral in the centre of Málaga. Dating back to 1798, the hotel is indeed palatial, and visitors can also savour the creations of renowned chef, José Carlos García.

Luxury European Hotels

Luxury Stays In Some Of The Best European Palaces

What do the best hotels in European capital cities have in common? Luxurious splendour, exceptional comfort, and a gastronomic offering able to satisfy the most discerning palate, of course. They also feature unique experiences, sumptuous wellness areas, and great concierges.

Sierra Nevada Spain

Sierra Nevada: Where The Alps Come To The Costa del Sol

Where can you wake up in luxurious Alpine-style lodgings, spend the morning skiing the slopes, and be lounging on a Mediterranean beach soaking up the afternoon sun? Sierra Nevada, of course, with the highest peak in mainland Spain and 115 km of glorious white pistes.

Thai Gallery Marbella

Thai Gallery: Dining In Ecstasy

Since relocating to Puente Romano’s La Plaza. Thai Gallery has gone from strength to strength. Its owner, Ping, who is at the restaurant every evening ensuring its consistency, together with her Head Chef of more than 15 years, has perfected a winning formula for lovers of Thai food.

Ferrari Purosangue SUV 62

Ferrari Purosangue SUV 62

It has taken Ferrari a long time to bring us an SUV and the result, as you would expect from the Maranello automaker, is nothing short of spectacular. Flawless styling is married to a 6.5-litre V-12 engine that can hit 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds and stokes up to a maximum 310 km/hr.


Málaga Living: The Grace of Clarity

Clarity is a stylish new urbanisation in Málaga’s most exclusive residential area of El Limonar. This boutique development of only 16 luxury apartments and penthouses, all with spacious terraces, graces a lovely hillside position with mesmerising views over the Bay of Málaga.