COAST OF PLENTY – Malaga
Numerous expats we spoke to gave up this restaurant as the secret they wanted to keep and the place they chose to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays etc.
It’s a family-run Italian, furnished by mother and daughter Prasuna and Mouji in cutesy, painted rustic furniture with cut-out hearts on the back of the wooden chairs and dove- (or Malaga) shaped place mats.
Propose over the crème brûlée and take the “mmmm” as a yes. Please book to avoid disappointment.
If you’ve endured one salad too many and want some “proper” food that still boasts fresh ingredients then this high-end Indian restaurant run by husband and- wife team Navine and Craig is where curry gets luxe. A glass or two of red wine will set you right up for a splendid night
The magical al-fresco venue has just hosted a glam Bollywood event and Cuba Gooding Jr begged for the secret ingredients of their famous signature chicken dish, chicken maken palak. “Show me da masala!”
+34 971 330 017
Club en La Posada, Marquess de Vinci, La Cala Golf
A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
If you miss the happy hippy days when Spains accommodation was a cave or a teepee, this stylish and happening hotel may change your mind.
Watch one of the regular fashion shows with local designers, enjoy a free yoga class or rent the private speedboat which holds nine and, for half a day, costs less per person for a once-in-a-lifetime experience than a haircut. Unfortunately, it won’t leave you with a great “do”. +34 971 338 838
www.atzaro.com Carretera San Jose, Marbella
This could be your only chance to share a bed with Richard Gere. OK… the spirit of Richard Gere. The Zen One was smart enough to know that this beautiful collection of villas around a main house dating back to 1880 offers unparalleled privacy.
Whether he took home a bottle of their homemade olive oil is not known but it’s fitting that Gere should enjoy the benefits of agroturismo accommodation where the business is sustained off the land and the scent of orange blossom puts you to sleep at night.
+34 971 197 700
www.casgasi.com Camino Vateu, Puerto Banus
East of Malaga towards Rincoln Victoria there’s a secret stretch of sand where the nudies let their dingles dangle down one end of the beach and the in-the-knows hang out at Cima del Mar restaurant at the other with the charismatic dude of an owner, Justin Mallett, and the surfers at play for entertainment.
Try the meaty tuna steak, dorado or mero caught fresh each morning and the homemade ice cream, made with local organic fruits. +34 971 335 023
Benirras Being voted Europe’s fourth best beach by a national newspaper a few years back is a bit of a deflated balloon of a compliment. Oh, this beach is so much more. Netted and still as a pond, it’s an ocean swimmer’s dream for a sunrise front crawl.
It’s also a musician’s dream for a sundown jam. The pine-covered hills make for an epic approach. Don’t forget your bongos.
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To keep up to date with what’s going on each day to make you feel good see the well being calendar on malagatravelguide.net
To get someone to nominate themselves the
drunken nominated driver head on over to the price comparison minibus post to save you the hassle and some pennies they dont ever have car problems.
Theres also much more “on it” to do all the work for you, www.iconmalaga.com can put together tailor-made packages to VIP you from beach club to sundowner cocktail, and hook you up with some Hummers with Icon Cars.