Where to stay in New York – a travel guide to New York’s neighborhoods

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Trying to decide where to stay in New York City? From Midtown, the home of Times Square to the leafy green area surrounding Central Park, you can’t go wrong if you follow this neighborhood guide.

Midtown

Just south of Central Park, Midtown is the New York as seen in a thousand films – a street-scene of yellow cabs, pretzel vendors and soaring skyscrapers. On the West Side of Sixth Avenue, the neon billboards of Times Square and the theatres of Broadway dominate. On the East Side, the Radio City Music Hall and St Patrick’s Cathedral surround the Art Deco Rockefeller Center, home to broadcasters NBC and a 70th-floor observation deck. Along Fifth Avenue, shoppers duck in and out of grand department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman browsing acres of clothes and jewelry. A few blocks south is the imposing Grand Central Terminal station and gleaming spire of the Empire State Building.

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Central Park & the Upper East Side

Above Midtown to the east of Central Park, the genteel Upper East Side’s streets are lined with palatial apartment buildings and stately brownstone townhouses. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and

Gay San Francisco Travel Guide

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San Francisco’s historic Castro neighbourhood was hotbed to much of America’s gay rights movement in the 1970s Harvey Milk era, and remains one of the world’s most iconic gay villages. Today, The Castro hosts a plethora of gay bars and clubs, restaurants, the GLBT History Museum, the historic Castro Theatre, and a plethora of cultural activities.

Beyond The Castro, visitors will find many of San Francisco’s neighbourhoods to be quite gay-friendly. SOMA has developed into somewhat of a secondary gay neighbourhood, catering mostly to the leather crowd.

San Francisco Pride takes place each June, and it was at SF Pride in 1978 that the symbolic LGBT rainbow flag of today was first unveiled. San Francisco Pride consists of Pink Saturday street festival in The Castro, the parade on Sunday (Gay Pride Day), the Trans March, the Pink Triangle Installation atop Twin Peaks, the Dyke March, and more.
Other popular annual LGBT-inclusive events include SF Bear Weekend in February, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Easter Party (featuring Easter Bonnet and Hunky Jesus competitions in Dolores Park), Frameline SF LGBTQ Film Festival in June, Folsom Street Fair

Top 10 hotels in Dubai

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Want to pick one of the 10 best hotels in Dubai? You can’t go wrong with the Jumeirah Beach Hotel with its own private beach or better yet why not head to Dubai Marina and stay at the Grosvenor House West Marina Beach hotel. You can live in luxury while in Dubai if you stay at one of the top ten hotels by using this guide.

Top beach hotel – Jumeirah Beach Hotel

On a private beach next to Wild Wadi Waterpark, the wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a mini city on the sands. Beach volleyball, scuba diving, snorkelling and five swimming pools are among the attractions.

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Jumeirah Beach Road, 11416

Top gourmet hotel – Grosvenor House West Marina Beach

At Dubai Marina, the stylish Grosvenor House West Marina Beach has 11 wining and dining venues on site. From fine Turkish cuisine at Ottoman’s to late-night drinks with a beat at Buddha Bar, there’s something for every taste.

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Dubai Marina, 11 8500

Top historic hotel – Orient Guest House

Sleep under traditional wind towers at the Arab-style Orient Guest House in Dubai’s historic centre. A

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Chain hotels lead the way in going green, analysis finds

Chain hotels are doing a better job of going green than their independent competitors, according to a new analysis by Washington State University researchers.

The study, which started as an undergraduate honors project, found chain hotels are more likely to use energy efficient light bulbs; train staff to turn off lights, heaters and air conditioning in unoccupied rooms; buy in bulk to reduce packaging; use safer cleaners and chemicals; and give guests tips on how to save water and energy.

As a result, independent hotels may be losing a competitive advantage in drawing customers, says Dennis Reynolds, Ivar B. Haglund Endowed Chair in the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management.

1990s bring awareness

“I don’t know if independents are as aware of the importance of being green today,” he says. “If you have two hotels in a city at the same room rates, but one is green, are you going to pick it because it’s green? Is that important to you or not?

“The preliminary research suggests that it is,” he says. “I suspect a lot of independents haven’t realized that yet in terms of the marketability, the importance, of attracting customers.”

Hotels have the largest environmental footprint in the hospitality industry, using

Hotel Guests At Risk From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, According To Study

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning kills over 200 people every year in the United States. Although inexpensive CO detectors have been available since 1989, their use in hotels, motels and resorts is not widespread. In fact, while every guest room in the U.S. must contain a smoke detector, there is no federal mandate for CO detectors. In a study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers from LDS Hospital report on the incidence and impact of CO poisoning of hotel guests.

Using data collected at the LDS Hospital Hyperbaric Medicine Department and searches of legal databases and online news databanks, the researchers found 68 incidents of CO poisoning occurring at hotels, motels, and resorts between 1989 and 2004. In these incidents, 711 guests, 41 employees or owners and 20 rescue personnel were accidentally poisoned. Of those poisoned, 27 died, 66 developed pathological conditions, and 6 had conditions resulting in a jury verdict. Jury verdicts have averaged $4.8 million per incident (range=$1 million-17.5 million). Poisoning occurred at hotels of all classes.

According to Lindell K. Weaver, MD, medical director of the LDS Hospital Hyperbaric Medicine Center and Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah

How psychologists harness sociability to cut waste

Hotel guests can be gently persuaded to reduce the number of towels they use each day, psychology researchers at the University of Luxembourg have found. With fewer towels to wash, this reduces the waste of water, energy and detergent. This is good news for the environment and it cuts costs, so enabling hotels to reduce prices.

Two hotels in Swiss and Austrian ski resorts helped with an experiment in early 2013. Three different signs were placed separately in different bathrooms, all of which gently reminded guests of the environmental impact of towel use. However, one of the signs added that: “75% of guests in this hotel reuse their towels” with another sign talking of: “75% of guests in this room” reusing. 132 guests participated in this field experiment. Signs were in German and English, so would have been understood by guests in these Alpine resorts.

“We found that guests cut their towel use significantly when told of the behavior of previous guests in their room,” said the lead researcher Dr Gerhard Reese. In the “room” scenario, guests used, on average, one towel per person per day. This compared with 1.6 towels per person per day for those told of

Remote controls are one of the most contaminated objects in hotel rooms

An experiment of surfaces in hotel rooms finds television remotes to be among the most heavily contaminated with bacteria and items on housekeeping carts carry the potential to cross-contaminate rooms. Researchers from the University of Houston report the findings June 17 at the 2012 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

“Hoteliers have an obligation to provide their guests with a safe and secure environment. Currently, housekeeping practices vary across brands and properties with little or no standardization industry wide. The current validation method for hotel room cleanliness is a visual assessment, which has been shown to be ineffective in measuring levels of sanitation,” says Katie Kirsch an undergraduate student at the University of Houston who presented the study.

As the public becomes increasingly concerned with public health, hotel room cleanliness and sanitation are becoming consideration factors for consumers when selecting a hotel room. Contact with contaminated surfaces is a possible mode of transmission of illness during outbreaks in hotels. This, combined with the lack of standardization of hotel room cleanliness, poses a risk for hotel guests, specifically immunocompromised individuals who are more susceptible to infection.

“Currently, housekeepers clean 14-16 rooms per 8-hour shift, spending approximately 30 minutes on

Where to stay in Milan – a travel guide to Milan’s neighbourhoods

Wondering where to stay in Milan? From city centre Duomo views to the atmospheric Navigli canal quarter, find the right Milan hotel with this guide.

Duomo and city centre

The bustling heart of Milan city centre is the enormous Gothic Duomo cathedral. Tourists, business people and Milanese locals stroll through the main square, Piazza del Duomo, flanked by the 19th-century arcaded Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall, and the 18th-century Palazzo Reale. Leading east from the Duomo is the crowded, shop-lined Corso Vittorio Emanuele and to the north is the celebrated La Scala Opera House. The area is just south of the art gallery district Brera and the designer shopping around Via Montenapoleone. Two lines on Milan’s metro system converge at Duomo station and many Milan hotels are within easy reach.

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Brera and Montenapoleone

The Brera district, renowned for its exclusive boutiques, upscale art galleries and trendy bars, lies just north of the central Duomo district. Narrow alleys invite aimless wandering. Its key attraction is the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Brera, or Brera National Art Gallery, packed with world-class art including works by Raphael and Mantegna. South-east of Brera is the Quadrilatero della Moda, where

Top 10 shopping ideas in Milan

The home of high fashion, fine foods and designer home interiors, shopping in Milan is part and parcel of a Milan city break. Shop till you drop and return to your Milan hotel with the latest fashions, food and homeware.

Designer paradise in the Golden Square

Italy’s fashion hub lies within the streets of the Quadrilatero d’Oro ‘(‘golden quadrilateral’) around Via Montenapoleone (‘Montenapo’), Via della Spiga and Via Sant’Andrea. Shop for Prada pumps and Gucci couture proudly on show in elegant window displays.

Galleria designer shopping

With its magnificent iron-and-glass structure and mosaic floor, the belle epoque 19th-century arcaded Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a designer shopping treat. It is just seconds from the Duomo cathedral. Shop (or window-shop) in Prada, Louis Vuitton and Dolce &Gabbana before a spot of people-watching from the gallery bars.

Piazza del Duomo, Milan, 20121

Markets of Milan

Away from the designer centres is Milan’s best-loved street fair, Saturday’s Fiera di Senigallia open-air flea market. Winding around the streets in the Ticinese canal quarter, browse for bargains and find retro 1970s disco tops, South American knitwear, CDs, fancy shoes, military gear and old comic books.

Strada Alzaia Naviglio Grande, Via Valenza, Milan

Surrealist shopping at Victor & Rolf

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A Milan travel guide – designer fashion, gourmet cuisine, cultural riches and lively nightlife.

Cosmopolitan and classy, a Milan city break is about cafe-hopping, designer shopping and fine wining and dining. Book a Milan hotel to explore its historic centre, cutting-edge culture and dynamic vibe.

Shopping central

No Milan city break is complete without shopping in the world-famous Quadrilatero d’Oro (‘golden quadrilateral’), a fashion square around Via Montenapoleone (‘Montenapo’), home to Armani and Versace. Brera, north of the Duomo (the cathedral), is popular for its boutiques and elegant art galleries. Browse clothes and fabrics at the Viale Papiniano street market, south of the centre, and find trinkets at the Fiera di Senigallia flea market along the wharf. Pick up antiques at canalside Naviglio Grande, southwest of the centre.

Gastronomic treats

Rustic trattorias, designer restaurants and canalside bars, Milan is a food and drink Mecca. Specialities include costolette Milanese (veal cutlets) and saffron-flavoured risotto alla Milanese. Trendy Brera, north of Duomo, serves everything from pizza to sushi. The southern Navigli and Ticinese canal quarters are packed with romantic restaurants while Milan’s Chinatown, tucked between the Porta Romana and Bocconi University quarter, dishes up ethnic cuisine. Afternoons are for espresso-sipping in Zucca’s mosaic-decorated cafe on Piazza Duomo.

Spring holidays in Milan

Sipping coffee outside pavement cafés and people-watching from the piazzas are all part of a spring holiday in Milan. Book a Milan spring hotel to enjoy alfresco aperitifs and the advent of spring fashion in the city of style.

Canalside aperitifs

Spring marks the start of the alfresco drinking and dining season. Come 6pm, the bars and restaurants which line the waterways of the Navigli and Porta Ticinese canal quarters are filled with locals and visitors sipping happy hour drinks and nibbling on tasty Italian cold cuts and cheeses. After, dine on outdoor terraces of the area’s traditional restaurants, try the wine bars and birrerie or stay out late in the canal quarter’s nightclubs.

Picnic in the park

A spring holiday in Milan is incomplete without a stroll or picnic in the 116 acres of landscaped grounds of Parco Sempione, Milan’s biggest park. Head to a deli and pack a picnic hamper with fresh Italian bread, Parma ham and Gorgonzola cheese and enjoy a picnic on the large meadow or by the lake. Don’t miss the De Chirico-designed fountain. Later, listen to music over a drink and snack from the decked terrace or the first-floor lounge of Bar

Spring holidays in Florence

A spring holiday in Florence means rejuvenating, mild days ambling through Renaissance gardens, fresh produce at farmers’ markets and high-octane Easter festivities. Book a spring hotel in Florence and see the city at its freshest.

Quieter museums

During the Easter holidays, dodge the queues on your spring holiday in Florence at the busier Accademia and Uffizi galleries and discover some of the city’s lesser-known museums. Treasures from Egyptian expeditions are on view for free at the Museo Archeologico in the 17th century Palazzo della Crocetta on Via della Colonna. Marvel at Galileo’s original telescope at the Arno riverfront Museo di Storia della Scienza in Palazzo Castellani. Treasures like Michelangelo’s statues from Florence’s centrepiece, the Duomo, are easier to see in the comparatively uncrowded Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo behind the cathedral.

Springtime markets

Artisans’ stalls fill the exhibition centre behind Fortezza da Basso’s battlement walls for Mostra Internazionale dell’ Artigianato. Find one-off ceramic pieces and handmade dress jewellery at this arts and crafts show during April’s last week. Off-season market shopping on a laidback San Lorenzo street market can mean discounts on leather prices, which can go up in summer. Time your spring holiday in Florence with the

A Tuscany travel guide – Renaissance cities, cypress-clad hills and world-renowned wines

Holidays in Tuscany take you to walled medieval towns and Renaissance cities brimming with art. Book a Tuscany hotel to catch a local festival or follow tranquil back roads past vineyards and olive groves.

Get your bearings

Situated in the north of ltaly, to the west of the Apennines, Tuscany has a roughly triangular shape. Its coastline runs from Liguria in the north to Lazio in the south. The River Arno connects the lively university town of Pisa with Florence, the powerful Renaissance city of creative geniuses da Vinci and Michelangelo. South of Florence, the vine-covered hills of Chianti are topped by hill towns like Siena and San Gimignano. To the north of Tuscany, Lucca nestles near the foothills of the Apuan Alps.

Tuscan culture

Cultural holidays in Tuscany begin in Florence, where there is art and architecture at every turn. Take in the nougat-coloured cathedral with its enormous red dome and matching campanile by Giotto. Visit the Uffizi Gallery to see Botticelli’s graceful Birth of Venus. The medieval laneways surrounding Siena’s sloping Piazza del Campo can be tricky to navigate. Use the multicoloured Gothic cathedral, with its artworks by Donatello and Pisano, as a landmark. There are

Top 10 Romantic things to do in Florence

A glass of chianti in a piazza, sunset over the River Arno and passionate paintings and frescoes – Florence wears its heart on its sleeve. See the city of romance in soft focus.

Walks in Boboli Gardens

Stroll through manicured avenues past fountains and statues in the regal, hilltop Boboli Gardens of Pitti Palace, just south of the River Arno. Stop for postcard panoramas of Florence’s terracotta rooftops.

Pitti Palace, Florence

The romantic backdrop at Piazza Santissima Annunziata

Walk under shady arches and porticos through arcades that line the edges of the picturesque Piazza Santissima Annunziata. This intimate square was the romantic setting for the costume drama A Room with A View.

Piazza Santissima Annunziata, Florence

Jewellery gifts on the Ponte Vecchio

Browse the gleaming jewellery shops and goldsmiths’ workshops in the old merchant stores built into the arches of the medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge for love tokens, while serenaded by street musicians.

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Intimate dining in Santa Croce square

Restaurants in Florence are found in some of the most idyllic settings. Choose a trattoria and dine on rustic Tuscan dishes – Fiorentina steak or the heart-warming white bean soup, ribollita. Choose Il Francescano for softly lit intimacy and rustic décor near the

Top 10 art gallery destinations in the world

From old masters and Impressionists to contemporary installations, book a hotel in an art-lover’s city with this guide to the top 10 art gallery destinations in the world.

Renaissance art in Florence

Botticelli’s sublime Birth of Venus is just one of the highlights in the home of the Renaissance, the Uffizi Gallery. Works by early Renaissance masters like Giotto and Fra Angelico are joined by masterpieces by Leonardo and Michelangelo in this elegant palace designed by Vasari in 1560.

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Modern art in New York

Monet’s Water Lilies and Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans are just some of the star attractions at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. MoMA’s collection offers an unparalleled overview of modern art in all its quirky forms, from film and photography to performance art and design.

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Legendary collection in Paris

Its massive collection runs the gamut from ancient Egypt and classical Greece to 19th-century paintings, but the Louvre is voted one of the top 10 art gallery destinations in the world because of one artwork – the surprisingly diminutive Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.

Museum of Art in Sao Paulo

The finest art gallery in Latin America, Brazil’s

Where to eat in Barcelona – a food and dining guide

While visiting Barcelona make sure to sample the local favourite, ‘Escudella i carn d’olla’. A Catalan soup traditionally made during winter, this popular dish consists of a mixture of meat (usually chicken, lamb and pork) and seasonal vegetables.

Ciutat Vella (Old City)

Amongst the winding cobblestone streets of the Old City, you will find some of the most appealing restaurants and tapas bars in Barcelona. A mixture of Catalan, Mediterranean and Nouvelle cuisine, this charismatic area has a lot to offer the hungry traveler. Away from the touristic and overpriced stretch of La Rambla, the regions of El Raval and El Gòtic have hundreds of authentic and more affordable dining options. Head to Bar Mingus to enjoy a mouthwatering selection of tapas, beer on tap and a lively jazz-fueled atmosphere. • Bar Mingus, Carrer d’Ataülf, 6, 08002 Barcelona. Tel: +34 630 90 16 90

 

City Centre (Eixample and La Sagrada Família) 

Full of uplifting music and captivating atmospheres, Barcelona’s city centre restaurants certainly know how to pull in the crowds. Wrapped around tree-lined squares and busy streets of the Eixample and La Sagrada Família neighborhoods are restaurants serving up all kinds of cuisine. For a

Where to shop in Barcelona – a guide to where to go and what to buy

Passeig de Gràcia 

The Champs-Élysées of Barcelona, Passeig de Gràcia offers extensive shopping opportunity.  A picturesque tree-lined avenue, here you will discover hundreds of exclusive shops and designer makes. Spend the way people-watching in a cozy cafe or venture into one of the many shops to exercise your credit card. You’ll find luxury brands such as Gucci, Prada, and Burberry merge into local Spanish brands including Adolfo Dominguez and Roberto Verino. Don’t fret if these are all a bit above budget, however; high-street brands Zara, Mango and H&M are also present as more affordable options. 

El Raval 

Silhouetted by vintage stores and second-hand shops, El Raval is an ideal place for alternative shopping and unusual gifts. A grittier part of the city, here you will discover antique shops tucked around every corner. Head to Rambla de Raval on the weekends to discover the colourful local market – Raval’s Independent Design Market. Here you will find a wide range of jewelry, handcrafted gifts and unique cosmetics.

Gràcia 

In between Passeig de Gràcia and El Raval in terms of budget, Gràcia is another popular shopping spot in Barcelona. Attracting a cool, hipster crowd, this trendy area

Where to stay in Barcelona – a neighborhood guide

Ciutat Vella (Old City) 

The oldest section of the city, the Ciutat Vella is perhaps the most charismatic area in all of Barcelona. Dominated by winding cobblestone streets, historic buildings, shaded cafes and sought-after restaurants, the Old City has a lot to offer. Make your way over to the Barri Gòtic to discover a warren of traditional shops and modern boutiques, dotted around hidden squares and secluded alleys. 

Hotels in Ciutat Vella 

Sprawling across many of Barcelona’s main districts and located close to nearby attractions, hotels in the Ciutat Vella are ideally situated. With a wide range of accommodation options available, from two to four-Star hotels, visitors can select to stay in the more upmarket areas of La Rambla and the Barri Gòtic or opt to stay in more affordable areas such as El Raval. 

Eixample 

Located right in the heart of the city, Eixample is a buzzing part of Barcelona. Divided into a grid-like structure, with relaxed Esquerra to the left and the trendy Dreta district to the right, Eixample has both a varied and compelling atmosphere. Filled with rows of shops and cozy restaurants, not to mention Gaudí’s Casa Battló and Casa

A Barcelona travel guide tapas bars, seaside promenades and Catalan culture

A Barcelona city break can mean relaxing on sandy beaches, strolling through medieval streets and bar-hopping from dusk ‘til dawn. Book a Barcelona hotel to see the best of the city by day and by night.

Get your bearings

Barcelona flows inland from the promenades and marinas of Port Vell and Port Olímpic on the coast. The lively tree- lined avenue of Las Ramblas runs for a mile southeast through the old city centre, the Ciutat Vella. The Gothic Quarter, known as the Barri Gòtic, and the nightlife hubs of La Ribera and El Born meander east of Las Ramblas. The suburb of Eixample, with its sought-after Art Nouveau Modernista architecture, leads north to the spiky towers of Antoni Gaudí’s La Sagrada Família church. Overlooking Barcelona to the south, Montjuïc mountain is topped by a crop of museums and sporting facilities from the Summer Olympics, held here in 1992.

Centuries of history and culture

Barcelona has almost two millennia of history and culture to explore. Follow medieval lanes winding through the Gothic Quarter to the old city’s focal point, the 13th-century cathedral, and see Roman-era ruins at the City History Museum. Barcelona once thrived as a maritime power

From private villa to five star spa – where to stay in Marbella

Budget accommodation 

Although Marbella is synonymous with the rich and famous, if you’ve indulged your wallet to its extremes, the PYR Marbella Hotel in the heart of Puerto Banus gives you everything you would need should you be tightening the purse strings. Being walking distance to everything means you’ll save on taxi fairs, and the rooms are affordable and stylish. And with room service, tennis and paddle courts and an outdoor swimming pool, you get a lot for your buck. 

Luxury resort 

Marbella is lined with luxury resorts like The Marbella Club Hotel and Villa Padierna, where actress Audrey Hepburn and first Lady of the United States Michelle Obama have stayed respectively. But for a more peaceful stay, it’s advised to head slightly further than Marbella’s city center. Set slightly out of the hustle and bustle, in the heart of the Golf Valley, the Melia La Quinta Golf and Spa Hotel is a great location for discovering all of the Costa del Sol. Each room is highly luxurious and all have their own private terrace overlooking the sea, gardens, pool or golf course. The five-star resort provides everything you could want

Where to shop in Marbella – the best places to splash the cash

Designer brands 

Marbella is affectionately known as the playground for the rich and famous, and boy does it have the designer price tag to match. Puerto Banus is lined with designer boutiques; from Versace, Dior, D&G, Chloe, Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo, so you can really splash your cash on the latest styles. You can’t walk through the port without passing someone carrying a designer bag! 

High street 

Many of the streets in and around Marbella are lined with shops, swarming with shopping-bag clad tourists and locals alike. Whether you’re looking for affordable high street chains Zara and Mango, you’re bound to be spoilt for choice and desperate to get spending with shops you know and love right on your doorstep. 

Shopping centers 

If the thought of the hot, busy streets sends you spinning, Marbella is also home to a great number of shopping centres and department stores, with everything you need under one, air-conditioned roof. 

El Corte Inglés in Puerto Banus is a top class department store and known as the Spanish equivalent to John Lewis. Its six air-conditioned floors are bursting with quality clothes, shoes and homeware. It even offers interpreters for

Marbella city guide – the playground of the rich and famous

Central Marbella 

Central Marbella is split into two halves, each as exciting as the other. Modern Marbella is the epitome of chic; developed over the past 50 years, starting with the Marbella Club Hotel, which opened in 1954. Visitors can either wear themselves out with the endless water activities or simply relax by the pool or at one of the many beach clubs with a cocktail and a book. The Old Town or ‘Casco Antiguo’ is far more traditional and comprises ancient architecture and historical haunts, centered around Orange Square. The area is much calmer than the bustle of the beachfront and consists of cobbled streets, boutiques and smaller, more authentic tapas bars. 

Marbella East 

Heading in the direction of Malaga, Marbella East is a sprawl of villages and suburbs dissipating out of the city. Due to the space, there is an abundance of golf courses, which nestle alongside a plethora of accommodation. Ranging from opulent villas to quaint fincas away from the hubbub of the city centre, the property is in high demand. Drawing crowds from afar due to the sandiest beaches on the Costa del Sol, the area is also home to some of the best restaurants in