Come What May!

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Welcome to the 24th Anniversary edition of essential! Over the years, we have established a loyal base of readers and advertisers. On behalf of all involved with essential, our thanks go out to them for their unwavering support.

We pamper the senses this month with a visit to Andorra, a taste of Mugaritz as it opens for its 25th season, and a relaxing stay at Hotel Soho Boutique Castillo Santa Catalina. Eurovision is coming, live from Liverpool, after last years winner, Ukraine, were unable to stage the contest for obvious reasons. Who are the hottest contenders? We profile rising star, Jenna Ortega, and learn how Sadhguru has established a global following.

Don’t miss our report on New Property vs Resale and check out the first Carbon Zero House on the Coast. Finally, for dining establishments par excellence, they don’t come much better that the new COYA at Hotel Puente Romano and Palodú in Málaga.

Happy reading!



Marbella Property

New VS Resale, That Is The Question

If you are contemplating buying a property on the Coast, you will have considered whether to opt for a new build or a resale. Check out their relative merits and distinct advantages as detailed by a number of top estate agents with many years of experience on the Costa del Sol.


Spiritual Leadership, Who is Sadhguru?

Sadhghuru has become synonymous as a world renowned seer who dispenses advice on how to live a better life. His unassuming approach and clear cut conclusions, delivered with clarity, have struck a chord with millions around the world, who are familiar with his videos.

Palodú, Málaga

Palodú, Málaga Cooking at its Best

With a pedigree that includes working at the legendary three Michelin-star establishments of Ferran Adrià and Mugaritz, Diego and Cristina have pioneered an award-winning kitchen at Palodú that is focused on local produce, achieving recognition as one of the best in Málaga.


Andorra, The ‘Hidden’ Principality

May is allegedly one of the best times of year to visit the principality of Andorra. Great for skiing in the winter, and shopping at any time of year with its multitude of discount stores, it is in the spring that this beautiful haven bursts into bloom with verdant greenery and Pyrenean flowers.


Peruvian Persuasion at COYA

Have you been for an Incan-descent experience at COYA yet? Newly opened at the Puente Romano Hotel, get ready for an enrapturing evening of delicious cuisine, slick service, and great vibes. Set to be one of the chic places to be this summer, make sure to reserve soon.

Soho Boutique Castillo Santa Catalina

Soho Boutique Castillo Santa Catalina

A modernised Palace in El Limonar, with outstanding vistas over the Bay of Málaga, the Santa Catalina is a Castle hotel under the auspices of Soho Boutique. Its graceful Renaissance architecture, with Arabian arches and Andalucían fountains, transport you to a haven of romance.


The First Carbon Zero House On The Costa Del Sol

This unique and luxurious villa, located close to Mijas, is the first to offer a hydrogen electricity generator, which will provide the house with off-the-grid independence. Powering it with carbon-free renewable energy, negating the need for fossil fuels, it’s a truly green dream home.

Maserati GranTurismo Folgore

2024 Maserati Gran Turismo Folgore

The 2024 Maserati Gran Turismo Folgore is the first EV from Maserati with the company planning that all new releases will be electric by 2030. The new Folgore marries classic design lines from the great Italian GT models of the 1960s with impressive technical capabilities.