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The Costa del Sol is a unique Mediterranean paradise with Marbella as the jewel in its crown. Those in the know enjoy an enviable lifestyle in its year round sunshine and visitors are experiencing it in ever-greater numbers.

Gone are the days when the main pursuits were centered around the beach, playing golf/tennis and dining out. You can still, of course, revel in all of these, but now the stakes have been raised.

The hotel offering is second to none, with establishments the calibre of Puente Romano, The Marbella Club, Finca Cortesin, Villa Padierna Pallace, Kempinski Bahía and the Hotel Almenara in Sotogrande, among many others, vying for the visitor's favour.

In addition to these illustrious addresses, the quality and extensive variety of the current dining options ensures that life on the Coast has never been more complete.

There has been a cultural renaissance too, with countless live music concerts, theatrical productions, specific-interest group meetings and there are lavish launch events, grand charity galas and many top parties to look forward to, clearing defining the Costa del Sol as a glamour-seeker's Shangri-La.

Hence the launch of this new Essential Spotlight portal. Here we will highlight the very best Marbella has to offer, via dynamic videos, high-end photoshoots, and impressive stories. So put yourself in the picture with essential magazine, its digital version, and find out what's in the Spotlight near you this month.