Nº 296 JULY 2024

Summer Days, Driftin’ Away

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The summer is upon us and it’s time to live life to the fullest. Let essential help you in this pursuit with this month’s entertaining issue, full of interesting content and diversion.

Join us in previewing the Paris Summer Olympic Games, which will run from July 26 to August 11, showcasing the pinnacle of human sporting achievement in a myriad of categories.

We visit Monaco – Europe’s 2nd Best Destination for 2024 after Marbella, and enjoy lounging at Tenerife’s iconic Iberostar Grand El Mirador, recently selected as one of the best luxury hotels in Spain by Travellers’ Choice Awards voters.

For sheer unbridled top end adrenalin, it does not get more exciting than the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 superyacht and the McLaren 750S supercar.

Get away from it all in a haven of tranquility at the Viluz wellness retreat in the hills on the edge of Marbella, or consider the merits of living in the valley paradise of Monte Mayor in the vicinity of Benahavís.

Check out our one-on-one with Hugh Jackman who is once again lighting up the big screen in this month’s release of Deadpool & Wolverine, and our recent interview with Málaga’s dynamic Mayor, Francisco de la Torre Prados.

We see if Sublim Beach at the new Laguna in Estepona lives up to the hype and we find out why there is so much talk about orange wine these days.



Andreas Nygren

Inside the Creative Mind of Chef Andreas Nygren

With the new season upon us, Ocean Club’s Executive Chef, Andreas Nygren, talks about what changes diners can expect to find when visiting the emblematic AMAÏ by OC and sister restaurant Dune Beach at Costabella, as well as at the popular Zozoï in the old town of Marbella.

Sercotel Rosaleda Málaga

Sercotel Rosaleda Málaga

Recently opened in the busy La Rosaleda area in central Málaga, the new four-star Sercotel is ideally located for exploring the many charms the city has to offer. It features the Arte Sano café in association with Granier, and a panoramic rooftop terrace with a pool.

Leiro Residences

Luxury for a New Age, Leiro Residences

The renowned Higuerón Resort in the hills above Fuengirola has undergone a sustained evolution through recent years, culminating now with Leiro Residences, featuring luxurious apartments, penthouses and villas that offer private ownership within a fully fledged resort.

MARXA SO/ Sotogrande

Get your taste buds salivating with a review of what’s on the menu at MarXa this summer. Then go and enjoy lavish barbecued specialities from chef Leandro Caballero in the gardens of the Hotel SO/ Sotogrande, with sweeping views across the rolling hills to the Mediterranean.


Fall In Love With Kathmandu

With an astounding depth of history and culture, as well as a rarefied location and spirituality, Kathmandu has been honoured as the World’s Best Natural Destination in 2024 by TripAdvisor. A visit to this renowned gateway to the Himalayas could literally change your life.

Porche 911 ST

Porsche 911 ST: The Ultimate 911?

What better way to celebrate 60 glorious years of Porsche 911 than with the new ST variant? Drawing on this prestigious heritage, its timeless design philosophy and favourable power to weight ratio are set to provide a driving experience that will be coveted by enthusiasts.


AMMOS: For The Love Of Greek Food

Following the success of its iconic Italian diner, Isola, Giannis Toman, the Executive Chef at the METT Hotel and Beach Resort Marbella – Estepona, has concocted another winner with AMMOS, the hotels’s new Greek restaurant that already has diners flocking from near and far.

Vertical Gardens

Transforming Cityscapes into Green Oases

Vertical gardens are now a key component in contemporary urban design as a result of diminishing land space and the influence of climate change. As well as beautifying the surroundings, they enhance air quality, reduce temperatures, and improve mental health.