Key News #97 - 17th Oct. to 16th Dec. 2014


is situated at the entrance to Buenavista on the “Strip”, Avda de España, Calahonda (just behind Rumours Bar). Ambiente is a family-run business that has been established for 22 years and is set on two floors with a great selection of gifts, decoration, art, accessories and jewellery hand made from genuine wood plus other hand-crafted objects and amazing pieces from all over the world – something to suit every taste and budget. You will find a very warm welcome at Ambiente as well as a relaxing atmosphere. Gift wrapping is available. Are you looking for a special gift for Christmas, then Ambiente has a great choice of unusual objects. Ambiente is open from Monday to Friday from 11.00-14.00 or by appointment. Please see main ad in the Leisure section.


Bellydance, Bollywood, Zumba and Yoga for Fitness & Rejuvenation! A touch of the exotic comes to the Costa del Sol! Astra is a qualified UK and International BellyDance & Bollywood teacher, as well as Zumba & yoga. Having worked in India as a performer for weddings, corporate events and films, she is bringing these vibrant and exotic dance forms to the Mijas Costa & Marbella areas with regular weekly classes. Bellydance has increased in popularity and has great music, exciting moves, noisy coin belts and its own special dress code. You don’t need a dance partner and classes always guarantee laughter! Bollywood is lively, vibrant and the music makes you smile. Both are great for physical fitness with emphasis on posture, core stability and mastery of technique, making it a low impact workout that tones and conditions the body. Suitable for all ages, sizes and fitness levels. Yoga provides tranquility of the mind, mental and physical balance and helps aid in flexibility, toning and a unity of the body, mind and spirit. Through gentle stretches, relaxation and exercises, reach a new sense of peace and wellbeing. Zumba is an effective, easy to follow, Latin inspired, calorie burning dance fitness party that is moving millions of people towards joy and exhilaration. Take the “work” out of workout! Currently running special offers at “Sswing Escuela de Baile”, Fuengirola (near the Castle) discounts on all classes including Zumba, Bellydance & Bollywood as well as other classes run there such as Salsa, Tango, Hip Hop & Pilates! Come in and check out the classes, 1st class with Astra is free! Also teaching with Passion Studios who have moved to the newly built “Raquetas de Mijas” Padel & Tennis gym, near St.Anthony’s College, La Cala Hills. Zumba & Bellydance as well as many more such as Pilates, Toning, Nordic Walking, Salsa and Spin classes!

Astra also has new Yoga classes at “Namaste Holistic Centre” Cabopino (advert included in Key to Mijas), with Bellydance classes to follow and Bollywood with another fantastic teacher at Namaste. Please contact Astra for more info on any of her classes/workshops, group or private and she hopes to see you shimmying your way to happiness soon!

For more information email Astra: or call (+34) 622668948 or visit Please see main ad in the Leisure Section.


is situated next door to Snack Attack in Jardin Botanico, La Cala. Bowtique is now well established and is a modern, yet spacious boutique selling items of fashion, gifts, shoes and bags as well as jewellery and accessories – every girl’s dream! Bowtique is open from 10.00-18.00 Monday to Friday and from 10.00-16.00 on Saturdays. New stock arrives weekly so please come and browse at any time or try something on in the ample changing room – you know you want it! There really is a great selection in all colours and sizes and right on trend. Why not treat yourself or a friend or perhaps buy a gift voucher to take the headache out of choosing something for someone else. Ideal for Christmas shopping. Oh, and I forgot to mention, everything is under 50 Euros so you will be sure to find something to suit. Make someone feel a million dollars for under 50 Euros. Plenty of parking right outside so you simply have to pop in! Please see main ad in the Beauty Section.


was recently constructed (in April 2013) and is situated right in the heart of La Cala (see map in the advert and also at the back of this magazine). It is a family-run boutique hotel ideal for families as well, and is just 100m from the beach. Hotel Carmen has 12 bedrooms with parquet flooring, air conditioning, refrigerator, free wifi connection, desk, balcony, 32 inch TV screen and integral bathroom. Two of the rooms that are situated on the top floor have a large terrace and sea views. After many years, the old and well-known Hostal Carmen was demolished and then converted into a new, modern hotel under the direction of the same family who started the business more than 30 years ago and continue to offer the best service to its guests day in and day out. The hotel is completely adapted to guests with limited mobility, with one room set aside which conforms with all the security laws. In addition, Hotel Carmen boasts a modern café which is open to the public and serves the best coffee and English breakfast, snacks and tapas from 8.30am to 11.30pm. You can also enjoy free wifi from the comfort of the terrace of the cafeteria and watch the world go by. Hotel Carmen is open all year round to welcome guests. Please come and visit us and see for yourself or you can contact us – details are on the advertisement on page 29.


is located in the pedestrian side road by the chemist in La Butibamba and has been established in La Cala since 2006 having previously been located in Fuengirola. Melvyn, the owner of Ideas, is able to help you with all sorts of computer-based projects, whether it is a basic course on how to use the computer or internet, Windows and Office plus 2D and 3D graphic design, photo and video editing and much more. With over 30 software programmes and hours to suit you, (Ideas is open from 10.00-14.00 and 16.30-21.30) plus a world of patience and a little humour, learning can be most enjoyable at Ideas Computer Academy. Please see main ad in the Computer Section.


Senior World is well established in their large showroom in Los Boliches and sells or rents a wide range of Mobility Scooters, Wheelchairs, Nursing Beds, Living Aids, Riser Recliner Chairs etc. At Senior World you will receive a very friendly and helpful service and this is the place to go if you either need some help yourself or have a friend or relative coming to stay who might do so. Senior World has recently joined PodoMediSan, the high-quality, custom-made Orthotics specialist which was previously located near the post office in La Cala. So if you were wondering where PodoMediSan had moved to, you can now visit Sandra at Senior World in Los Boliches and she will always be happy to help you at the new location.


would like to welcome Belinda to the clinic. Belinda is an experienced dentist who specialises in Implants and Aesthetic dentistry. She has Masters degrees in Implantology, Oral Surgery and Periodontology. She worked in general practice in Bristol for five years both NHS and Private, and provided support services to the Bristol Dental Hospital. Kathryn and I have to return to the UK for a while to attend to my poorly Mother; we have to move her to a Nursing home and clear and sell her house. Belinda will be running the Clinic with Raquel, and the clinic will continue to be open as normal. Please see main ad in the Health Section.


Are you happy with your current UK TV viewing service? If so, fantastic! If the answer is no, then here is the solution. Tech Team Spain brings you problem-free UK TV with a Madrid based High Speed server for glitch-free viewing. You only need 2mb internet speed. Package includes HD channels and full TV box menu and guide as well as full Football package including all Premier League games. There is also a huge free-to-view video on-demand library for all subscribers. You don’t need any technical knowledge to use the system and there is 24-hour, UK-based Customer Service/Life support. All you need is the box which costs 150 Euros and then a monthly subscription of only 30 Euros which is far cheaper than the Sky packages – and you do not need a satellite dish. Please see the advertisement on page 2 for more information including the available channels. Just call to book a home demo – we are glad we did, as until now we have not been able to view a proper service since we lost the satellite connection in February, so this product comes with the endorsement of Key to Mijas Costa. Please mention that you saw the ad in the Key when you call for your free demo. Coming soon from Tech Team Spain is 4G Superfast internet, no ADSL or phone line required. Again, please call for more information and a demonstration. Watch out also for network solutions, CCTV and baby monitoring. You will soon be able to see more information on these and other products on the Tech Team Spain website.