The recommendations below in alphabetic order are not companies that advertise with me in any way. They are the local businesses that I use myself and in my opinion are the ones I am confident to recommend others to use.
I have been in Marbella for 20 years and through my own experience, I have finally managed to find good and professional people. Hopefully I can save you some time and skip some bad experiences along the way!
Triple A is a fantastic non profit rescue shelter for homeless and abandoned animals. Costa del Sol is full with animals that need shelter and the local authorities does little about this issue.
Thanks to Triple A many animals get a second chance at life. Please contact them if you want a cat or dog and maybe you can also help them with dog walks or to transport foist pets to their new families in Germany, Sweden or Finland when you anyway are going back home from Costa del Sol. It is very simple and fantastic way to help out.
Miguel works for Securitas Direct and he installed my alarm and before me many friends of mine had alarms installed by him. Reliable, quick to respond and for those who don’t speak Spanish, he also speak English!
Ivan Sanchez at Banco Sabadell/ Solbank Banco Sabadell/ Solbank, Los Naranjos office in Nueva AndaluciaThis office has a great team of staff that all speak English as well as Spanish and are always professional and helpful. The director Ivan is very knowledgeable and is always giving good suggestions to benefit you as a client. They always make you feel welcome. I use the bank both for my business, privately and also for Maiti Nepal. For the charity they do all transactions free of any bank charges. Another positive is that there is very easy parking and rarely any long queues to be attended.
Nikki Beach Marbella opened in 2003 and is located on one of the finest white sandy beaches in Spain. The beach club is comprised of a swimming pool with sun beds on a raised deck, large open-air restaurant, centrally located octagen-shaped bar, Lifestyle boutique and terrace with spectacular views of the Sea. A Restaurant & Beach Club famous for Champagne tastings, opulent lunches, daytime dancing, signature White opening parties and Red closing parties. I would also like to add that they are generously hosting my annual Maiti Nepal charity gala on a non profit basis which for me makes them stand out from any other club or restaurant on the Costa del Sol.
Pedros Beach opened in 1978 so I remember it from the very first visit to Marbella with my parents. It is my preferred chill out place where I can bring Karlsson and just recharge my batteries. Nice ambience and, most of the times, quiet and relaxing. I normally would order a nice sallad down and eat by my sun bed but sometimes I also go to the neighbouring restaurant Los Espigones for the best paella on the coast.
Bicycle Hire Marbella Rent a Bike - the owners of this shop are my good friends but the reason I recommend Marbella Rent a Bike, is because loads of my clients have used them and they all have given me positive feedback! MRB have high end bikes which they deliver home or you can go to their shop where they also do bike sales and repairs and have clothing and nutrition for sale. They have been on the coast since 2008 and are the number one bike rental here in Marbella and the only ones who do guided rides and training with a fully qualified UCI trainer.
Bellasol awnings and blinds in San Pedro de Alcantara have been on the coast for many years and they are one of the few companies in their field that have proven to me that they are efficient and competitively priced at the same time as doing a great job. Not only do they deal with the traditional awnings to keep the sun out or to protect your home but they also do PVC windows for energy saving and various double glazing windows as well as glass curtains for your terrace. When I wanted to make my blinds wind sensitive to avoid it breaking, Vasile came and installed a wind sensor that works superb.Vasile Bota, the owner speak both Spanish and English and is very helpful so just give him a call.
Promas Construction and Design As I am in the real estate business I have seen many good and bad building sites and renovation jobs over the years. This is probably one of the sectors on the coast where you will find the most amount of cowboys. Construction is very important and is also something that can turn out extremely expensive if not done properly from the start. Since I came in contact with Promas construction, I have never had to worry of unhappy clients and bad work. They are extremely professional and always on time, which is highly unusual here. I have seen building jobs having years of delays. They have been on the coast for over 15 years and have everything from designers, architects and builders in house and specialise in bespoke residential re-modelling, home extensions and swimming pool construction which require workmanship and attention to details to the highest standard. They are fully insured and qualified in every field of expertise which gives me peace of mind when I recommend them to you. Another great thing is that they offer 3D renders, AutoCAD drawings and 3D videos and send you weekly updates of the progress of your home during the construction or refurbishment. I am also very proud to say that they are one of the companies that yearly give a donation to the charity Maiti Nepal and support the annual Nikki Beach gala in the fight against human trafficking.
My absolute favourite boutique and luckily located just around the corner from my home, at Centro Plaza shopping center in Nueva Andalucia.Gunnel Bergman, has such a great eye for trends and she has that gift that she can pick out the things that suit each individual customer´s style and body shape.She always finds me things that fit perfectly when I try them on!Her shop has a unique mix from every corner of the world of fashion. Both me, my mum and my sister can shop in the same boutique even through we have very different styles.Gunnel travels to the fashion fairs and hand picks most of her fashion items and have many different brands like Mou, Please, Wildfox, Cosabella, Berenice, Busnel, Caroline Svedbom, Samsoe&Samsoe and many more.Another great thing is that she models new arrivals on her instagram @gunnelsfashionmarbella and you can order online as well !
Nordic Dental Centre
Are you happy with your smile and the way you feel about it? Dentist Christina Radics and her dental team are specialised in aesthetic dentistry. They make you feel completely confident about your dental choices and dental issues before even starting your dental treatment. With the help of the latest knowledge and technology they are able to show you the results before even starting your treatment and giving you the most comfortable dental treatment possible.I have both had fillings and teeth whitening done there and couldn’t be happier. As I grind my teeth they also ordered me protection to where at night to avoid hurting my teeth. I got it in my favourite color; pink 🙂Behind Nordic Dental Centre is a professional team of four dentists, each one with their speciality , one dental hygienist and dental assistants. Valentina is their receptionist who will take your call and answer your emails as soon as possible. They speak English, Spanish and Swedish. They have been kind enough to offer you all a 10% discount of all your dental and aesthetic treatments at Nordic Dental Centre if you mention my name when calling to book your appointment. Also I want you to know that they actively support Maiti Nepal and will travel to the shelters in Kathmandu August 2020 to help everyone with their dental needs.Nordic Dental Centre
Calle Alfonso XIII, 2, 2 c
Tel: +34 952665306
One of my passions is fitness and body building and in 2018, I stood on stage competing in bikini fitness. This means that I spend a lot of time at the gym. I have for the last 4 years been going to Panatta Gym in San Pedro de Alcántara. Most gyms are in a basement or dark spaces while Panatta is upstairs in a bright and nice local full of windows where I have spent many mornings training to the sunrise. Another important thing is their opening hours. Most gyms in south of Spain open at 8 am, which for a business woman is way too late. Panatta open at 6am weekdays and they stay open all day until midnight for those who like to train in the evening instead and of course they are open both Saturdays and Sundays. They have a large gym area and also boxing hall and an aerobic studio. Easy parking.Tel: +34- 674 61 44 77
Location: Calle Santa Monica 1, San Pedro
Carita Henningsson at Liberty Seguros helps me with all my insurances such as home insurance, car insurance and private health insurance. She always gives good suggestions and at the same time she tries to find best price and campaigns when possible. She is also always on the ball and helpful when something does happen. For those who prefer speaking Swedish, she is Swedish which can be a plus sometimes.+ 46 70 517 54 30
+ 34 654 818 099
Lucia Melgarejo is currently drawing up my will. Something we don’t always want to deal with but is so important. Lucia has more than 15 years experience working with expats in Spain with their pensions, investments, wills and Inheritance tax. She can guide you on reducing your Tax bills, increasing your savings and help you make smart decisions for your future.+34 636 072 820
Ambience Home Design
Andrea Böck and I used to work in the same company many years ago. I continued in the real estate business and as she is an interior decorator, she opened Ambience Interior Design. She has a great eye for detail, get a good feel for what style the client like and is very professional and thorough.
Her business has grown over the years but she always keep the personal touch and keep in touch with every client to make sure everyone is content. Everyone I have recommended her to have been over the moon with the service she has given them. Many of my clients are fin a different country and this makes chasing furniture more complicated. They have told me that Andrea send them very clear plans with photos and specifications so it has been such a pleasure to decorate their homeTel: +34 952 858 699
Jonathan has been my hairdresser for 15 years now and since I started going to him, no other hairdresser touches my hair. I have sent friends and family to him and they have all been so happy. Many clients book themselves in with Jonathan especially for their visit to Marbella even though they don’t live here which you can tell by his busy schedule so make sure to book your appointment well in advance. Jonathan has worked as a hairdresser for thirty years, and had his own salon in the UK before moving to Marbella nearly eighteen years ago. He is an all round hairdresser that seem to have become a specialist in colour and chemical services, an area of the industry that he truly love. He has an excellent eye and mix colors as nobody I have ever known before. Another little secret is that Jonathan has done the hair for many famous starts over the years 🙂Jonathan speaks English, Spanish, French and German and is available five days a week.
tel: +34 678 303 837
Hair by Linda Rise
Maria Rubiño at Martinez-Echevarria Abogados is my lawyer and she is incredible knowledgeable and professional. She is always on top of everything and give me great advise even when I don’t ask for it. She has also acted as lawyer for many clients of mine when buying property in Spain. I actually met her through a client of mine for the first time as they recommended her to me when I needed a good lawyer. Martinez-Echevarria are also my accounting firm and the fact that they have everything in-house makes my day to day work so much easier.
Tel +34 952 765 000
Lucia Hernandez is from Marbella and has excellent knowledge in the urbanist situation in Marbella townhall. She has solved several due diligence issues for clients of mine with regards to property purchases.
Her husband is also an excellent architect and have done several projects for friends and clients of mine over the years.
Tel +34 620 973 454
Macarena Rein-Loring is a lawyer that I have known for many years and worked with since my very start in real estate in Marbella. She finally opened her own firm in 2005 and specialises in advising private investors and companies on legal and financial/tax related issues with regards to buying and selling real estate, wills, court claims to developers / vendors, etc.. She is also great with regards to legal and tax advice in relation to inheritance law (wills, inheritances award and acceptance of intestate, etc.) to both; nationals and foreigners with assets in Spain.
Tel +34 639 181 676
Lashes by Sandra Marbella.
Classic and Russian volume lashes . The very first eyelash extension application takes from around 1.5 to 2.5 hours. It includes not only the application but also a personalised PROFESSIONAL consultation.Sandra has skills in many beauty treatments such as make up, nails, tan spray, lash extensions, waxing and more. Although, after several months of working in a beauty salon, she decided to focus on what she does bestShe completed her first Eyelash extensions training course back in 2012. Since then she mastered her craft, completing many courses and undergone intense training with brands which includes, Flirties, Starlash academy and Franki Widdows.
+34 674 805 850
Emanuel Oliveira, Solutions For Homes, and I have worked together for 9 years in the same company before we both decided to open our own businesses. He is one of the most reliable people I know and great with all general maintenance as well as building work.
Tel +34 662 351 734
Lynne Moreno is amazing when it comes to giving sports massages. As I train a lot, my body often get contracted and as I am not the best when it comes to stretching. I honestly don’t know what I would look like if it wasn’t for Lynne! She is certified in sports massage, Myoskeletal therapist for 18 years, Personal trainer for 22 years, specialising in core fitness.
Tel: +34 628 916 301
Rachel at Perfectos Nails and Beauty has done my nails and pedicure for the last 5 years and she is excellent. I am very fussy and have tried many nail places previously. I highly recommend Perfecto´s.
Tel +34 604 192 192
Autumn 2018, I started having pains in my left shoulder and biceps. I continued training but the pain got worse and in February 2019, I had to stop training my upper body. I rested for 2 months and also went to see a local fysio without seeing any improvement.
A good friend of mine recommended me to Sandra at Saga Salud in Estepona. She did a thorough check and assessment of my shoulder and then started to work on healing with both acupuncture, fusion and other type of treatments. I have been going weekly but already after 3 sessions my pain started disappearing and after 6 sessions, I am now able to slowly start training again with low weights. She is absolutely amazing and I can highly recommend her.
+34 691 316 552
Organic cold pressed juicery
Sabine Schemann of Viajes Mundial Schemann has made my travelling much easier without costing more. She put together trips that suit my stop overs and she also make arrangements when I travel with my dog. Even for short trips within Europe, I use Sabine, as she reserve my seats and do my check in and keep an eye on any delays or issues. Round the clock support is invaluable especially on long hall travels. She work very quickly and reply to my mails almost instantly and always find good solutions for my travels. She also help with car hire, hotels, cruises and both group and business trips worldwide.
Tel: +34 952 904 862
Whatsapp: +34 609 501 400
Clinica Veterinario Diana.
Lucia is the most caring and professional vet on the coast by far. She has a small practise in Diana Park commercial centre just after the turn off to Benahavis. I started using her already for my dog Davidson over 10 years ago and towards the end of his life, he suffered several health problems that she dealt with impeccably. When he needed a neurologist at one point she sent me to one that was equally great and he recovered. I like the fact that she never have you do 100 of unnecessary exams just to make money out of you, when you are the most vulnerable with your loving pet ill. She is honest and caring and always guide you through each procedure and why it is needed. I now again use her for my little Karlsson and of course hope we will not need to go very often but I am grateful to know that if he need it, she is always there to help.
Tel: +34 675 653 749