Maria Bravo & Pamela Anderson opening Playa Padre in Marbella

Maria Bravo, international businesswoman and philanthropist, unveiled her new leisure venue Playa Padre on the beautiful playa el Cable in Marbella on Saturday. was of course there to bring you images of the opening together with a few words from Maria and her special guest Pamela Anderson.

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Interview: Charley Caradas and the opening of MIRAGE’s Roz James was delighted to catch up with Charley Caradas this week to discuss the launch of her new nightclub in Puerto Banús, which will be called “MIRAGE”. It opens on Friday 28 April and will be offering a wide range of amazing entertainment.

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Sala Group opening Mahiki in Marbella

Mahiki beach bar Marbella

Mahiki, the well known London celebrity destination, opened its doors in 2005. In 2011, a second Mahiki opened in Dubai. Now, the Sala Group will be opening a Mahiki in Spain – at a stunning beachfront location in Marbella.

We will keep you posted on its progress and let you know about the opening party when we get details.

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Abastos & Viandas Mercado Gourmet opens in central Marbella

Official opening

Exciting news: The Abastos & Viandas Mercado Gourmet (Gourmet Market) opened its doors in the centre of Marbella on Friday 17 March. The official opening was attended by José Bernal (the Mayor of Marbella).

It is great to see this important addition to Marbella’s main street, the Avenida Ricardo Soriano. Located on the ground floor of the Alfil Building, the market has three access points – Avenida Ricardo Soriano, Padre Joaquín Belón and Alonso de Bazán.

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Kylie Minogue launches debut glasses collection at Specsavers

POP ICON and style maven Kylie Minogue shows she has a real eye for fashion as she launches her first ever eyewear collection, exclusively at Specsavers.

A stunning combination of elegance and edginess, the collection reflects Kylie’s own personal sense of style. Launching in the 8 Specsavers Opticas stores in Spain this February, the range features 24 pairs of glasses and four prescription sunglasses and they are available as part of the two pairs with single vision lenses for 129€ offer.

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Our Space in Marbella

Official launch of Our Space in Marbella

Roz & Derek James of were delighted to receive an invitation to the official launch of the new Our Space co-working venture at the Oasis Business Centre on Marbella’s Golden Mile on Wednesday evening. See all the images and interview with the CEO as well as contact details.

On entering the impressive foyer, we enjoyed a welcome glass of Cava poured in a unique way. A young lady, supported by a ribbon suspended from the ceiling, poured Cava into glasses while upside down.

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Oasis Dental Practice opens new clinic

The Oasis Dental Practice is welcoming patients again at its brand new clinic in the Elvira Medical Centre. The clinic, which was originally established in 2010, has evolved into a dynamic partnership of two talented dentists, Dr. Nina King and Dr. Sacha Miller-Wojtan, who together bring almost 30 years of international experience.

The multilingual dentists and support team provide patients with a caring and comfortable service in their own language, from Spanish and English to Danish/Swedish or Norwegian. The clinic offers general and cosmetic dentistry services, including cleaning, whitening, white fillings, crowns, bridges, implants and veneers.

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Bromley Estates Marbella announces launch of luxury contemporary apartments

Marbella real estate professionals, Bromley Estates Marbella, announced the launch of a brand new residential complex of 2 and 3 bed luxury apartments and penthouses – Le Mirage de Santa Vista – located at the heart of Cancelada on the New Golden Mile. Acting as the sole agent for this project, on the 1st of November 2016 Bromley Estates Marbella released these fabulous ultra-contemporary residencies onto the market for sale (completion is due in August 2018).

Since the company was launched in 2009, Bromley Estates Marbella has achieved a well-earned reputation as a leading real estate agency on the Costa del Sol. As longstanding property stalwarts, they have the experience needed to identify projects that present the best value for money as holiday homes, permanent residences and investment opportunities for buyers. Le Mirage falls firmly into all 3 categories.

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Mundo Mania (fun for everyone) – opening December 2016

Mundo Manía is under construction in Cancelada, Estepona. Due to open on Saturday 3rd December, this will be the biggest family entertainment centre in the area offering something for all the family (babies, toddlers, kids, teens, mums and dads and even grandparents!)

The centre will offer children the chance to play, learn and develop in a fun, stimulating and safe environment.

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The launch of Fontana – Pacific Investments PLC

The launch of Fontana, 5 new Torras y Seirra designed villas by International developer, Pacific Investments PLC.

Launched with a glamorous party in the presence of Councillor for Development Isabel Mª Pérez Ortiz on the 13th of October 2016, Fontana is a collection of five new, architecturally curated villas, developed by Sir John Beckwith of UK based Pacific Investments, in conjunction with Penna Property Partners. The evening featured a champagne reception, live music and a performance from famous Soprano Laura Wright. Guests included the Marbella Councillor for Development Isabel Mª Pérez Ortiz, Head coach of the National Spanish Basketball Team Sergio Scariolo, journalist Amparo de la Gama and Sir John Beckwith CBE and many more distinguished guests. Fontana promises to be an exceptional development for the most discerning buyers.

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Join Specsavers in celebrating their 4th birthday

On Saturday 5th November, Specsavers Opticas in Marbella will be celebrating their fourth birthday with a special event in store, with music, cakes and cava and a prize draw to win a pair of designer glasses. As part of Specsavers Opticas’ commitment to the Lions Club, local residents are being asked to bring in their unwanted glasses on the day, enjoy the party and make a real difference to people in the developing world who are unable to afford glasses.

Store Director Nerea Galdos explains, “There is always a shortage of glasses in developing countries as they have no medical support, so donations are absolutely vital to people with poor vision. We want to reward people who bring in their old glasses and celebrate our birthday by throwing a fun party with great discounts and prizes, so come and join us and give the gift of sight!”

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Benezra Gallery opening in November 2016

Laurence and Maureen Benezra are opening a new gallery in Marbella on Wednesday 2 November in La Quinta – a beautiful residential area close to the road to Ronda. This new iconic building has been created by premier architects ATD and the Benezra Gallery is a contemporary white space in the tranquil setting of the courtyard.

Their art collection is eclectic, contemporary and of outstanding quality. The Benezra Gallery will be showcasing international artists, encouraging emerging art and exhibiting exciting pieces that will resonate profoundly.

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La Sala Gibraltar becomes a licensed wedding venue

We are delighted to announce that the Head of Civil Status and Registration office has approved La Sala Gibraltar Restaurant & Bar as an official venue for civil ceremonies in Gibraltar.

After successfully hosting hundreds of engagement parties and weddings since the opening in June 2015, La Sala Gibraltar is proud to become one of the 10 licensed wedding ceremony venues on The Rock. La Sala Gibraltar Restaurant & Bar is now offcially the home for all wedding celebrations, whether it’s the engagement party, the rehearsal dinner or the big day itself.

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Vision Matters Specsavers and RNIB

National Eye Health Week takes place from the 19th to the 25th of September in the UK. This is a campaign to encourage everyone to take better care of their eyes and have regular sight tests. Specsavers Opticas in Spain are taking this opportunity to announce their partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to support its vital work, help educate people about eye health and to raise awareness of how regular eye tests can help reduce preventable sight loss.

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Specsavers “Spectacle Wearer of the Year” Winners

Specsavers Opticas have announced the winners of the Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards 2016. The first prize of €500.00 and a pair of designer glasses has been awarded to Tynesha Dudgeon, who submitted a sassy, fun picture of herself in her oversized black frames. The judges felt the image really expressed her style and how central her glasses were to her identity.

She commented, that she loves her glasses because “They are a great fashion accessory and now everyone wants to wear glasses!”. The judges thought that this was an excellent message and so combined with her fantastic look, they felt she was a worthy winner. Congratulations to Tynesha.

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Spectacle Wearer of the Year Competition 2016

Optical group Specsavers Opticas want to celebrate specs as a fashion statement and great accessory, not merely a visual aid. To highlight and reward the millions of ordinary people in Spain who look amazing in their glasses as well as celebrate their 10th anniversary in Spain, they are running the Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition 2016. People can enter now until the 29th of May via Facebook SpecsaversOpticas and online at

Entrants simply need to submit a recent colour photo of themselves wearing glasses. Anyone from the age of 16 or over can enter and there are five age categories; 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59, 60+. The person crowned the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year will win 500€ and a pair of designer frames There will also be a semi-finalist from each age category who will each win a pair of designer frames worth 159€.

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Global Optical Group Specsavers Celebrates 10 Years in Spain

Specsavers Opticas is part of the World’s largest privately owned optical group which has revolutionised the eyecare industry. Founded 31 years ago in the UK, it is now an International retailer with more than 1,600 stores across 10 countries and is the third largest optical group in the world. Specsavers Opticas benefits from economies of scale and brings low cost, high quality optics to the market. Specsavers arrived in Spain 10 years ago and is celebrating this important milestone in April and May with birthday events, giveaways and special offers. They are inviting the local community to come and celebrate with them at their nearest store.

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The best way to learn a language is to talk regularly with native speakers. LanguageLinker is a great way to learn a new language – and it is totally FREE OF CHARGE.

LanguageLinker was launched in June 2011 by Kathryn Stride (English) and Ismael Sánchez (Spanish) and it is set to become the leading online social network for language exchanges. The idea came from their difficulty in finding people to practice languages with and hearing from friends and family who were experiencing the same problem. There was clearly a need to help others in the same situation.

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