Mercedes-Benz Fashion Show Weekend in Ibiza

The second edition of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend will be held in Ibiza and is to feature top Spanish labels Alvarno, Andrés Sardá and Jorge Vázquez as well as 2nd Skin Co. and Custo BCN as well as beach and swimwear by  London-based Melissa Odabash.

These top labels in Spanish fashion will return to strut the catwalk  this summer resort collection at the Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel on 25th May.

Custo BCN

This year will see a more comprehensive collection of labels, a greater number of catwalks and more presentations from Spanish brands. The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend or MBFWIbiza for short,  has become the country’s second biggest Spanish fashion show after the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid.

Andrés Sardá beachwear

The catwalk programme offers a unique opportunity to discover the most cutting edge and top class brands in Spain in a Mediterranean beachside setting. Bringing not only the most current labels to Ibiza but also  marking one of the biggest social gatherings in Ibiza. It will also position the Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel as a meeting-place for key fashion influencers from around the globe.

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel the luxurious 416-room hotel features the Ushuaïa Club, with an amazing poolside stage, and The Ushuaïa Tower, with breathtaking views. Ushuaïa is designed for the traveller seeking the fun and entertainment associated with Ibiza. Ushuaïa offers Swim-Up room options, daytime parties hosted by celebrated DJs, “chromotherapy,” the ability to set the room-mood with LED lights, ensuring that the party never stops.

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel

Its range of dining options is one of the island’s best, from Ibiza’s first premier steakhouse Montauk Steakhouse Ibiza and Minami Japanese Restaurant to The Oyster and Caviar Bar beside the pool, the relaxed Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Club providing the perfect fuel for Ibiza party-goers and Sir Rocco Beach Club serving the best Italian cuisine.

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, The Tower Restaurant


Jaen’s Best Gourmet Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The Jaen Selection 2016 prize-winning extra virgin olive oils from Elaia Zait come with a fine price and story.
_mg_00025-copiaRealising that extra virgin olive oils (evoo)  weren’t being presented as a gastronomy/gourmet produce Elaia Zait set out with this challenge to produce that very product.

The gift presentation box Premium 2016 features the Jaen Selection, prize-winning oils, and paying tribute to the local painter Quesada Rafael Zabaleta and one of his best works “Formas en tierras de Secano” which can be seen in the painter’s museum in Jaen._mg_00033-copia
Deconstructing the painting into two parts gave rise to the two parts of the presentation pack which is made from olive wood and contains not only eight of the best evoos but a limited edition numbered lithograph of the original painting.

The presentation packaging places the bottles upright  like an olive tree and for this reason the inside also is made of gorgeously-grained olive oil. Only 100 of this series has been produced._mg_00018-copiaProduced totally in Jaen province using various providers it has been a careful and detailed project from the fine oil produced to the laser engraving and special varnishes used.

For more information and/or puchase contact Elaia Zait

Malaga Cruise Stop – What to Do

If it’s your first or fifth port stop in Malaga there is plenty to see and do in this vibrant, great-for-shopping city. Or if a spot of relaxing is in order then La Malagueta Beach is only a short walk away.

Museo Automovilistivo, Car Museum, Malaga
Car & Fashion Museum, Malaga

My Favourite Visits in Malaga

Calle Larios (opposite the port) for shopping

Car and Fashion Museum

Muelle Uno for shopping

The Alcazaba and Roman Theatre

Mercado Atarazanas great fresh food market

Mercado Atarazanas, Malaga
Mercado Atarazanas, Malaga

Where I like to Eat

Beach Bars on Playa La Malagueta

Balneario – a decent walk along the beaches

Mercado Merced – Gastro Market, usually busy with an incredible chose of tapas and rations

Pimpi – a great traditionally decorated bar

Playa La Malagueta, Beach Bars, Malaga
Playa La Malagueta  Beach Bar

A Bit Different

If you’ve been to Malaga several times and want something different and unique to do why not choose A Cooking Day. A cookery day with a Malaga local, Maite who speaks excellent English. She will collect you from the port and whisk you inland to her family farmhouse and you will gather fresh ingredients from her vegetable garden, cook and eat together.

What about a Hammam Al Andalus experience. A unique, sensual massage and cold, tepid  and hot Arab Baths to cleanse both body and mind right in the heart of old town Malaga.

Hammam Al Andalus, Malaga
Hammam Al Andalus, Malaga


Spanish Leather Fit for a Queen

Spanish Leather – Ubrique, a small town with a big name in Cadiz province near the Malaga border and better-known Ronda, is famous world-wide for its leatherwork.

Since the 19th century when Italian leather workers arrived bringing the tools of their trade leather production has thrived in Ubrique. In the 20th century leather manufacturing was Ubrique’s main industry and today using traditional and modern methods its leather, mainly cow hide, is highly sort-after across Spain as well as by French designers includung Loewe, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, as well as Chloe.

While dogs may be a man’s best friend I think bags are a girl’s best friend. Here are some of my favourite from El Potro online shop.

In 2014 when Letizia was crowned queen her choice of bag was a Spanish design, Magrit, made from Ubrique leather. Ubrique produces around 75% of Spain’s leather goods and some factories, which include Milli Millu, El Potro, Barada and Piel&Mer make up to 1,500 bags a day (that’s a lot of lovely bags). There is also a huge range of boots, purses, wallets and travel bags.

The town has a Leather Museum – Museo de la Piel with original machinery and a gallery with tooled marroquineria  leather which originates in Morocco. You can also see how leather is made into gorgeous  bags. Of course while visiting the town there are plenty of opportunities to browse, buy and inhale all that wonderful leather.

Spanish Hampers in Hand Weaved Picnic Baskets

Bring a touch of Spain in the UK with these classy hampers from George Scott. The best Jamon Iberico de bellota is chosen by George himself a born in Spain of English parents bilingual guy who travels regularly between the exquisite family-run hotel Trasierra in  the wilds of Seville province and London.

There´s a range of jamons and smaller  hampers available in gorgeous hand weaved picnic baskets via the families hotel website.

Visit the Trasierra hotel website and feel the pull from the touches of pure Englishness in a historic 16th century house in the heart of the mountains of the Sierra Morena to the north of Seville.

Sol Melia´s YHI Spa Brand is to Use Natura Bissé Products

Sol Melia one Spain’s most popular resort hotel companies and one of the largest in the world is to open it’s sixth hotel in Valencia, Spain. Sol Melia  founded in the Spanish Island of Palma de Mallorca in 1956  has  formed an alliance with another Spanish company Natura Bissé  whose products are to be used by YHI Spas, the brand created for Sol Melía in 2006.

 YHI Spas using Natura Bissé products in Spain include the resorts of:

• Meliá Palas Atenea – Mallorca
• Meliá Valencia – Valencia
• Meliá de Mar – Mallorca
• Melia La Quinta – Malaga
• Meliá Royal Tanau – Lleida
• Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora – Tenerife • Meliá Sol y Nieve – Granada
• Meliá Barcelona – Barcelon
• ME Barcelona – Barcelona

Exclusive Spanish Fan by Designer Vicente Gracia

This is a really exquisite  fan for your travels to Spain. It’s been  hand-carved  from elm wood and hand-painted with a Spanish garden design with flowers and birds.

Hanging from the painted wooden guards is a gold chain adorned with  enamel birds and hand-carved coral, turquoise and white agate roses, finished with a black silk tassel.

Spanish Garden Fan by Vicente Garcia for CoutureLab Uk