Elements that should not be missing in a luxury home

Elements

What kind of elements should not be missing in a luxury home?

 When we say the word luxury brings to mind a lot of amenities, such as swimming pools, saunas, home gyms, tennis courts, garden, game rooms and fully stocked kitchens but ,what are the elements that luxury homebuyers want to have?

Below, we leave you a list for your house will be recognize as a luxury villa:

Private pool:

You can’t miss the pool and obviously it has to be private. In such a house, privacy is very important. But also if it is an infinity pool better than better. In addition to the pool has to contain water games.

Elements

External kitchen

Only one indoor kitchen is not enough, the villa must have an outdoor pool where you can not miss a built-in gas grill, a sink and a small fridge to always have very cold drinks.

Elements

Fully equipped kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the house. An opulent life requires a magnificent kitchen. We must know that a quality kitchen is a huge need when it comes to a villa of more than 1.5 million euros. An opulent kitchen will always have a warm atmosphere, wine fridges, quality appliances similar to a restaurant, and plenty of storage in a large pantry.

Sea views

It is one of the luxuries that if the villa we want is near the sea, we can´t  give up this pleasure of life. Being able to sit on your own terrace and listen to the sound of the waves is something that conquers everyone.

Cinema

Game rooms and movie cinemas are an absolute whimsical when we talk about luxury homes. With a room dedicated to the seventh art provided with a giant screen and accompanied by freshly made popcorn … what can go wrong? In addition, this type of room is designed for the little ones in the house who will love the plan.

Gym

Why do you have to sweat in front of other people you don’t know about anything. Have an open space to include machines and weights. And of course you can´t miss wireless speakers, televisions. In addition to an indoor sauna and pool to relax after training.

A huge main room

We must not leave the most intimate place in the house without being less.We spend a lot of time in our lives in the bedroom. It is imperative that the bedroom be a large open space with space for a huge bed and plenty of seating areas. It is important to have a first class technology to have everything you need for not get out of bed. For example, integrated automation systems for lighting, security, remote control curtains and climate control can not be missing in the main bedroom of the house or in the rest.

Dressing rooms

An extension of the room always has to be the dressing room. A high priority for a woman is to have a place to store and at the same time show all the extravagant shopping stories like shoes and bags. Women and men alike seem to have a growing desire for a large separate room to dress and display their high-end garments. This area of ​​the house requires walls lined with cedar shelves, racks to show shoes, bags and ties, and of course you can´t miss the lighting and mirrors for look handsome and make up.

Tennis court

Tennis court or paddle courts are conducive elements to practice your favorite sport or simply enjoy learning new ones. To do this, many of the luxury villas have a tennis court, where both adults and children can play and have fun for hours.

Outdoor spaces

Sit on an outdoor terrace reading a good book. Eating surrounded by your family and friends or sunbathing on a good sunbed is priceless. Therefore, a luxury house must have outdoor spaces such as gardens and terraces, from where it is possible to relax, or drink a glass of champagne watching the stars.

Elements

Babysitter

There are many parents who have to be working or traveling all day and need the smallest of the house to be in good hands. Therefore, the service of a babysitter is essential for children to be safe. In addition, they will surely have a lot of fun and will not feel alone at any time of the day. Besides, if the nanny speaks several languages, it is a great way to learn new languages.

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The most important racecourses in the world

Racecourses

It is the sport of kings and has diverse spots around the world. The following selection of racecourses includes emblematic places that become real focal points of the international jet set whenever a derby is run, in other words, an annual equestrian competition of special importance.

Horse racing is one of the most exclusive hobbies. But more than for the race itself, horse racing is chosen for the show and for many more factors as the festive air around the race or the enthusiasm for wearing elegant clothes.

It is one of the oldest sports, with its origins in the prehistoric nomadic tribes from Central Asia who first domesticated horses around 4500 BC. For thousands of years, horse racing flourished as the sport of kings and nobility. However, modern  races exist mainly because they are a perfect way to legalize gambling.

They started to become a professional sport during the reign of Queen Anne (1702-14), when match racing made way to multi-horse races. These races evolved in England, and they were offering bigger and better horses. Due to the rapid spread of the sport the need to form a central government authority became apparent. In 1750 horse  racing’s elite met at Newmarket and formed the Jockey Club, which to this day has complete control over the English races.

Other important types of horse racing are harness racing, jump racing and quarter horse racing.

Unlike France and England, Spanish horse races are not very well known. That’s why some professional  jockeys, such as Isabel Vaquero and Claudine Cazalis spread this exciting sport. They started a few years ago at the Zarzuela racecourses (Madrid) and now they are in Dos hermanas (Sevilla), so anyone can attend and learn everything that a day of racing involves.

Racecourses

So if you like horse racing today we want to recommend some of the most important racecourses in the world.

La Zarzuela, Madrid, España

It is located on the mount of La Zarzuela, in the neighborhood of El Pardo. It opened for business in May 1941 and many races have been held there until 1996. Later, it was reopened in 2005. Among other important prizes, the racecourse hosts Madrid Grand Prix and the Villapadierna Grand Prize, considered the Spanish derby.

Meydan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This is one of the most luxurious racecourses in the world. Its new sports complex is like a city. More than 1,300 million dollars were invested there. The public can attend the races at the 60,000-seat grandstand of 1.6 kilometers long. Another alternative to the grandstand is booking a terrace of one of the 290 5-star rooms of the only hotel located in the racecourse, or whach it from a yacht marina where you can follow the competition without getting out of it. The race course  has a race track that is 2,400 meters long and is the largest in the world. But there is also an all-weather track of 1,750 meters long. It has 10 restaurants, museum, theater and the headquarters of the Racing Club Dubai. However, gambling is forbidden by the Muslim religion.

Royal Ascot, Berkshire, Inglaterra

It is located in the small town of Ascot, and it is linked to the Royal Family because it is owned by the Crown and it is close to Windsor Castle. There the best hatters compete to dress the heads of the European jet set women. 

Longchamp, París, France

It was built in 1857 and inaugurated by Napoleon III. Its beauty inspired the painters Manet and Degas, among others, to capture the place in some of their works. It is located in the middle of the famous Bois de Boulogne park, and offers the most prestigious horse races:

The Ispahan Prize (in May)

The Grand Prix of Paris (in July)

or the Arc de Triomphe Prize (in October)

These races bring together the aristocracy with the most elite and selected people in Europe and where the stakes are high.

Churchill Downs, Louisville, EE.UU.

The first race was run on May 17th, 1875. It holds the Kentucky Derby, the most famous race in the United States; it is usually called  “the two most exciting minutes in sports” for its duration, and it is also referred  as “the “Run for the Roses” for the garland of 554 red roses that is placed on the winner.

Maroñas, Montevideo, Uruguay

It was inaugurated on February 3rd, 1889 by the Jockey Club of Montevideo. It has a main track of 2,065 meters and a training track of 2,000 meters. With a seating capacity of 2,426 people and around 5,500 standing.

It is specially famous for the José Pedro Ramírez Grand Prize that has been held since January 1st, 1889. Maroñas is, along with the Palermo Racecourse in Argentina and San Isidro, a reference point for the most important turf in the River Plate.

Other racecourses that are worth mentioning are: Argentino de Palermo, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ciudad Jardín, San Pablo, Brazil, or Epsom Downs, Surrey and England.

 

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A day in Puerto Banús: what is there to see, do and eat.

Puerto Banús

Living in Puerto Banús is one of the best options thanks to the climate and its surroundings.

Puerto Banús, was created in 1970, and its name comes from its creator and developer José Banús. This port has been declared Centre of National Tourist Interest and obtained the Gold Tourism Merit Medal. It is part of the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’ that includes from Marbella to Estepona and Benahavís. For 50 years it has attracted great fortunes and celebrities and it is the fourth most expensive marina where you can dock your yacht.

It is located around the marina, where you will find the best boats and luxury cars, but also the best clothing boutiques. It is a place where you can find the best luxury jewelry stores and restaurants.

Puerto Banús is considered a great social center. It has different areas and each one offers something different depending on location, lifestyle, properties etc.

For those who like to stay in the center and  walk all the way to the beach, bars etc. they sholuld look for properties for sale at the sport marina. This area has luxury apartments located in exclusive complexes that offer a privacy oasis and great views.

But if you wish to be close to the main area, but at the same time in a more private part and in sea-front, the western area is the best for you with complexes such as Jardines de Ventura del Mar and Las Mimosas, where we can find the most luxurious penthouses. It is a very quiet and private area. On the other side of the road we also find another luxury place where you can buy villas and luxury apartments: the complexes of Dama de Noche and Alcazaba.

If you spend a day in this amazing place we suggest the following plans:

The very first thing you should do at your arrival is to stroll along the promenade and see the beaches. Later, we suggest you to have breakfast at Rosas Café, one of the most photographed places in this area. Their  artisanal bread toast and organic coffee, are perfect for the most traditional ones; their activated black charcoal waffles and their fruit and granola bowls are the reason why everyone returns.

After a good breakfast, you can rent a boat or a yacht, to spend the day on its beaches or spot dolphins out at sea.

Once the boat trip is over, you can visit the Avenida de Julio Iglesias or Antonio Banderas or Lola Flores, who also have their place in Puerto Banús.

For lunchtime, we recommend different places, there are Lebanese, Italian, Belgian, Fusion or Japanese restaurants.

In Puerto Banús we find Haute cuisine restaurants like Dani García’s (two Michelin star) restaurant or DOM Restaurante. But they are not the only ones: let’s learn about the best places to eat in Puerto Banús.

Puerto Banús

Cipriano:

We start with one of the best restaurants in Marbella that has already become a real classic.

Tango

Argentinian restaurant located in one of the interior streets. It stands out for its excellent meat and decoration.

La Pesquera

It stands out for its spacious rooms and the wide variety of dishes on its menu. It is located at the end of the Port.

 

Piza, amor y fantasía

One of the most recommendable Italian restaurants in the port. It stands out for the pasta and some other meat dishes.

 

La Pappardella

Together with the previous one, they are the two most famous Italian restaurants.

 

Antonio

 One of the most famous restaurants in Puerto Banús. Years ago, the top 4 restaurants were Cipriano, La Taberna del Alabardero, Marisquería Pepe and Antonio, so no one can deny its status.

 

Marisquería Pepe

Like the previous one, it is endorsed by many years of experience as a reference restaurant in Puerto Banús. Its menu offers the best  fish and seafood specialties and a wide variety of dishes.

 

You can also try one of the most luxurious personal care treatments. It is handmade, purifying and a perfect detoxifier. To receive this treatment you must visit the Glow Club where they apply Beldi black soap. And after a steam session you can have a deep exfoliation with a glove.

 

Let’s continue our journey with a stroll through the luxurious shops that crowd its streets, such as  Muelle Ribera street, which is also the promenade, and reminds us of the Serrano street in Madrid.

 

You can end your day, by having dinner at Los Bandidos, the best restaurant in the port. Its hanging garden, its Scandinavian dishes and its local atmosphere will make you want to extend your after-dinner stay.

 

If you fancy a drink at the end of your dinner, the best place is Pangea, one of the most exclusive clubs in the area. Another option is Hotel Benabola’s rooftop terrace to enjoy the exclusive views.

 

We hope these recommendations help and encourage you to visit this place and its surroundings. As you can see, Puerto Banús is a curious place to go for a walk.

 

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The luxury of setting up a home theater

home movie theater

Having a home theater is a great investment that not everyone can afford. Today we want to show you amazing home movie theater rooms, so you can be inspired if you are considering setting one up, and not missing a single detail.

Having a home movie theater room allows you to watch movies in the company of family and friends, a good excuse to get together and have a meeting.

It can also be used to play video games, watch soccer games with friends etc.

Essential elements that you need to set up a home movie theater and some aspects that you must take into account to come up with the perfect result:

Screen

It is one of the essential elements for the room. You have to choose the right size according to the room size. There are several types of screen.

 A white bed sheet:

It can serve as a screen but only as a quick-fix solution because small wrinkles can prevent good image quality.

Wall:

It can also be used as a screen. It is less recommended because it is very difficult to have a wall like that at home.

Rolling screen:

Another of the most economic screens. Its base is fixed to the wall and unrolls when we want to see a movie.

Motorized screen:

Same as above, the only thing that changes is that the screen rolls down with the help of a remote control. More comfortable and practical.


Projector screen stand:

They are usually used to make presentations but they also work great as a movie screen. Another economic option.

Fixed projection screen:

It is solely and exclusively for watching movies. It is fixed to the wall.

Stereo

Audio is a very important constituent for immersion in the storyline. A good home stereo system can make the difference. The 7.1 system is the best option for home cinema  offering a quite realistic and professional experience. You can find at the following link other audio system options.

 

Projector

The projector plays a crucial role in the viewing of the movie. There is a wide variety of types and prices. We recommend the following ones:

 

Projector Full HD/4K: The best option to watch your movies. The resolution of a Full HD projector offers a high level of detail for home theaters. Full HD projectors are only surpassed by 4K resolution. If you want to enjoy a good home theater experience, choose a projector with at least 1920 x 1080 pixels.

HD Ready Projectors: A 720p projector or one with a little less native resolution but without falling into the VGA system. It is the second best option to watch movies in a very good image quality.

VGA / SVGA / XGA / WXGA Projectors: More economical and with more limited resolutions. Most of these projectors offer a 4:3 quality, which is domestic quality but not a movie theater one. Good option for a slightly lower budget.

 

3D Projector: Indicated especially for films that have been planned as 3D and 3D video games.

Check these spectacular home movie theaters to inspire you.

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Location is the most important factor when designing a home theater. It is more likely to use a room without windows that can dazzle the screen, the basement is the most common choice in order not to loose floor space or exterior views.

Sometimes you can choose small skylights when the room is not dedicated exclusively to audiovisual use.Soundproofing the room is also very common to prevent bothering other people in the house.

If you choose to use  the basement then you will need less soundproofing, since it only had to be executed in the ground floor slab. Even having a large room, having a home movie theater room is the dream of many home owners, and a more than interesting option to make the social area something unique.

If you want to have some more ideas on how to set up your home movie theater room we leave this link with some examples and decorations.

 

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Exclusive motorhomes: Luxury road trips.

Autocaravanas

To travel with all kinds of luxuries without privilege of the freedom offered by a caravan or the comfort to carrying your belongings with you. It’s time to make way for the imagination and find incredible places to sleep where you can enjoy the stars that are missing in the big cities in which we live. There are miles of motorhome models that have nothing to do with the modest image of a van or the typical van parked in summer parking lots.

With technology, housing, garage, terrace, cinema, helicopter, etc. According to the taste you have!

One of the most expensive but very complete: Furrior Elysium

motorhomes

75 inch flat screen, fireplace, spacious lounge, jacuzzi and even your own helicopter on the roof. With a price of 2.5 million dollars.

You can see it for yourself in this video ➡

We propose a different getaway in the Malibu Dream Airstream caravan, with stunning views of the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu, for 560 euros per night. We have inside the caravan a king size bed, kitchenette, chill out area, outdoor dining perfect to practice glamping, relax with nature.

Autocaravanas

On the other hand we have the Pilote G 781C, the most economical luxury motorhome.

This caravan has a 21 cm multifunctional double floor, isotek structure, reduced AL-KO chassis, 100% low consumption LED living area lighting, bultex foam mattress and slatted bed base in the fixed bed. And finally high density foam in the seats. Available in three finishes (Essential, Sensation and Emotion) with different features and equipment, depending on the model. Price: from 80,900 euros.

motorhomes

We have many more models like the following:

Bürstner Elegance: the most flexible luxury auto-caravan that exists.

Morelo: one of the most popular luxury caravans.

Class S Hymer: this type in terms of price and quality is one of the best.

Elemment Palazo: they will be the future of luxury caravans.

Motorhome I: the auto-caravan best valued for its design.

Traveling in caravan has its pros and cons but it is certainly a unique experience. You can move at your leisure, enjoy nature, discover landscapes that you don´t see if you go to a hotel. In short, it consists of launching yourself to adventure and enjoy.

What kind of trips can you make in a motorhome?

The mother of all routes is Route 66 in the United States.

Itinerary: Chicago to Los Angeles

Distance: 3.939 kms approximately

Known as “The Mother Road.” Every adventurer has to dream of traveling this road. It is one of the most mythical roads, although it should be noted that the original road no longer exists as such, you can still drive following its path, from Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through the entire Midwest and its attractions, such as the Grand Canyon .

 

  • Points you can´t miss: Chicago, Chain of Rocks Bridge, St. Louis and Meramec Cavern, Stanton, Missouri; The blue whale, Catoosa, Oklahoma; Rancho de Cadillac, Amarillo, Texas; Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari; New Mexico ; Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California.

 

  • Beware! Between Oklahoma and Texas the roads are endless. There are kilometers and kilometers of asphalt that go beyond the horizon. Do not hesitate to look for the stretches of the old Route 66, which keep the original asphalt of the 20s.

Another route that you can not miss is the “Garden Route” in South Africa

 

The route is from Cape Town to Port Elisabeth.

A distance of about 700 kilometers more or less.

 

  • You can not miss: the Table Mountain cable car, the jewel of the Cape Town National Park, from which you can see spectacular panoramas at sunset or Robben Island, where we can see Nelson Mandela’s old cell; the Robertson Valley, a delicious place to taste good wine and taste some cheese; the red rocks of Ashton; and the beaches of Jeffry’s Bay are perfect waves.

 

  • Beware! There is also the possibility of diving with white sharks, especially in Gaansbaii, or with crocodiles, in the Oudsthoorn area.

And finally we recommend the “Ring Road” in Iceland.

From Reykjavik and back to Reykjavik following the clockwise.

Approximately 1,340 kilometers, Highway number 1, Þjóðvegur 1, Road 1 or Ring Road. It’s practically the only road, but it’s spectacular.

  • Essential points: the Thingvellir National Park and its spectacular geysers, its powerful waterfalls, such as Gullfoss, Jökullsarlon lagoon with its formidable icebergs, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, or the black beaches of Vík, the Lake Mývatn or visit Akureyri, the most important city.

 

  • You can not go more than 90 km / hour. And be careful with the nights, in summer they are cold.

 

There are many more routes we can do, such as the landscapes of “The Lord of the Rings” in New Zealand or The Pacific Coast Drive in Australia.

The route of the Fjords in Norway or the route of Don Quixote in Spain.

If you want to know more about exclusive motorhomes or luxury trips. You can contact us at iluxenio@iluxenio.com

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The personal Real Estate shopper

Personal Real Estate Shopper

Taking the step to choose and decide on a house is not a simple task. Rarely you will be completely sure if the most eye-catching option will be also the best one. The uncertainty due to lack of experience or knowledge of the real estate market when buying or renting a home is a feeling that you have experienced, if you have gone through this process. Indeed you may not have decided to buy or move into a new house for fear of facing this adventure. However, although you have never heard about it there is a magnificent figure. He will solve your life and help you jump in the deep the  personal Real Estate shopper.

The concept of personal shopper not only applies to the world of fashion, but it is possible to transfer it to the Real Estate sector.

These professionals have a longer presence in Anglo-Saxon countries where their services to buyers is more common. Here, in Spain,their participation in the search and purchase of houses has been gaining more and more weight for some years now. If you want to know which companies provide this service we recommend you inform yourself at the Spanish Association of Personal Real Estate Shopper (AEPSI). This association is in charge of grouping the different companies  of the Spanish market that are associated with this entity. Enric Jimenez, the president  and founder of the company Somrie, was one of the first to encourage the presence of these experts in the processes of buying real estate assets.

What exactly does a personal Real Estate shopper do?

Simple: looking for the property of your interest, negotiating the price and sealing the best option. As an expert in the real estate market, they offer personal and exclusive assistance to individuals and investors, speeding up the procedure so you can save time. Also, guaranteeing that the final choice is protected by technical and objetive notions. Thanks to them, buying hastily  out of fear that someone may go ahead, or doing it just because a house looks more beautiful are things of the past.

Personal shopper vs agent

There is a really interesting point that we need to talk about so that you understand what we mean by personal Real Estate shopper. He is not just a real estate agent. The latter has the role of mediating between buyer and seller. However, the personal shopper is a professional who works solely to meet the needs of the buyer. His main mission is to protect his client and find the house that really fits his needs and desires. In this way clearing all the doubts that we mentioned before.

Likewise, caring about the client’s wishes, the possibilities to choose house are much greater, since unlike the agent, the personal Real Estate shopper  not only has the offer that a specific agency has in its portfolio.

 

Why does the personal Real Estate shopper figure appear?

As we already commented, it is strange not having lots of doubts before accepting to buy a house. And even when we choose to rent.  Price, benefits, hidden defects location are some of the issues that come to mind before accepting a property. Not to mention the great amount of paperwork that you must face. The personal Real Estate shopper is able to facilitate your purchase and offer solutions. It is estimated,  that you can save between 5% and 20% of the initial price.

 

Is hiring a personal shopper very expensive?

Obviously, we can consider it a figure more connected to the luxury real estate market. Although  many people considered  it dispensable, it shouldn’t be  this way. We cannot consider the hiring of a personal Real Estate shopper as an expense. Why? Because the final result of the operation can mean a considerable savings. That’s why paying his fees does not constitute too much.

 

Prices may vary depending on each client’s demands. In order to offer more options of customization you will not be able to know the price of his services until you meet the professional beforehand. Only after interviewing you and knowing your conditions and needs, they will be able to set a budget.

 

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The 5 best places to celebrate the night of San Juan

San Juan Night

One of the most magical nights of the year. Enjoying bonfires on the beach, swimming in the sea, pyrotechnic shows, traditions and superstitions, music … It is a tradition that lives with special intensity throughout Spain, the San Juan Night. It is a special night that that take place on 23 June that welcomes the summer in a big way.

Depends on how it is celebrated, the protagonist can be fire, water, the religion or the tradition of each locality. However all have a common goal: to give up the bad and attract good luck.

Do you want to know what are the best places to celebrate the San Juan night in Spain?

What is the origin of the festival of San Juan?

 The celebration of the summer solstice is as old as the appearance of humanity.

Our ancestors, aware that the days were getting shorter, always lit fires to give strength to a sun that made them afraid that they would not come out again. The Celts celebrated the Alban Heruin, the Berbers, the Ansara, the Aztecs oriented their constructions so that the sun affected them on this date, the Hindu shamans read the future in the flames, the ancient Greeks crossed the Door of the Men.

When Christianity arrived, the San Juan Night became a religious festival based on sacred texts. The texts say that John the Baptist was born on June 24 and that his father, Zacarias, had a bonfire ¡lit to announce the arrival of his son.

As we can see, one way or another, sun worship and the cult of fire have always been part of our history.  In the times we live, you are the protagonist of the most magical and spiritual night of the year, so read on and choose where you will celebrate the next San Juan.

10 destinations to enjoy the San Juan Night:

A Noite Meiga in Orzán Beach, La Coruña, Galicia

 Undoubtedly, the celebration of San Xoan in the Coruña beach of Orzán is one of the festivals of San Juan that you should not miss. This celebration is full of old traditions and especially remembering meigas and witches. The flames of the bonfires of San Juan burn to welcome the summer. It is a magical night where we free the evil spirits. Our tradition says that the Night of San Juan opens the door to the beyond (the world of Alén) where the typical cachelos and sardines roast in the shelter of the fire.

The night of the júas in Málaga

In Málaga, the tradition is to write a wish on a piece of paper and throw it into the fire. Always with good company, food and drink. A wonderful city and very fun to squeeze the shortest night of the year to the maximum between concerts, “espetos”, fireworks and the burning of the júas. The júas are enormous rag dolls that, like a wimp, satirize the popular characters of the moment and end up being burned by flames. The most popular beaches are “La Malagueta” and “La Misericordia”. On the other hand it is important to take a bath at midnight to preserve your beauty.

Festes de Sant Joan in Ciutadella, Menorca

In Ciutadella on the island of Menorca the day of San Juan coincides with its patron. This is why the celebration is so special. In addition to the bonfires of San Juan and the pyrotechnics, the real protagonists are the horses, which take the center of the city. The “caixers”, riders, are in charge of making them jump among all the neighbors as a symbol of power and nobility. If you go, you can not leave without stopping to try the “pomada”. This is a typical drink based on Menorcan gin with lemonade. If you did not know where to go or what to do in the Night of San Juan in Spain, now you have a plan!

Sant Joan in Tarragona, Catalonia

In Tarragona on June 23 is celebrated in each neighborhood with dinners, parties and firecrackers until dawn. In Catalonia, the bonfires of San Juan are lit with the “flame of Canigó”. This is  a fire that lights up on the top of the mythical mountain of Canigó, in the Pyrenees. Neither you can miss the human castles that the castellers of Tarragona raise during the day or the rain of fire under which the Diables dance for the Night of San Juan.

Burning of Monuments in Alicante

In Alicante the day of San Juan is very similar to the “Fallas” . Although, with better weather, very close to the beach and with a lot of fun. They install the “monuments” with the bonfires in the street so that tourists can enjoy of this tradition. It’s a unique experience. There, fire and the Mediterranean go hand in hand with the pyrotechnic show that is launched from the hill of Mount Benacantil.

We hope you enjoy this wonderful night anywhere in Spain

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Spanish decoration events and fairs

Decoration fairs

Decoration is our passion. That’s why once more this will be a post full of references to this world of interior design at home. On this occasion this post is addressed to those who still do not have very clear what style to apply at home. Also to those who are considering to change their furniture and ornaments. How to find inspiration? At the best home decor events and decoration fairs of our country!

On the other hand, we also want to indicate the best chances for professionals in the sector to meet other colleagues and build useful relationships.

Decoration fairs are a perfect place to get a first-hand look at trends. You will know the newest on furniture market  and decoration in general. That’s why we recommend you keep an eye on the following dates:

 

Casa Decor (Madrid)

We cannot start this article without mention this exhibition in Madrid. It is the great event par excellence in Spanish interior design and many editions endorse its importance. More than 25 years celebrating an event where decorative art have a main role. It has designs that go from  traditional works to the most avant-garde ones.

To the prestige of the event we must add the personality of the venues that host its editions. Examples of them are the Núñez de Balboa building or the Francisco de Rojas building. The last two exhibitions have taken place in these two places.

Visitors can live an incredible experience surrounded by the most special proposals of many professionals in the sector. For them, the interior designers and architecture and decoration studios, is a perfect place to show their work. Also, it is an opportunity to meet other colleagues and companies. More than 40,000 people attend the event and although it’s too late to attend this year’s edition, it took place last February, keep an eye out to know when the next one will take place, it’s worth it!

Intergift (Madrid).

If instead of decorating your home you are thinking of how to make the best decorative gifts for a friend or family, we recommend you to go to Intergif, the Lifestyle and gift fair in Spain and Portugal. It takes place twice a year, so if you missed the winter edition, do not hesitate to visit them in September. At the exhibition you will find differents interior design and furniture projects. In addition, you will find national and international brands. They reserve the “Handmade” for craft-focused makers.

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Habitat (Valencia).

This is the light and furniture fair in Valencia that over 50 editions later, is considered an international showcase of the Spanish sector. In this case, the fair is exclusively reserved to the professionals. It is a decoration event that acts as an access point to markets of great importance, from Eastern Europe to Asia. The next edition will take place on September 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th, 2019.

Expohogar (Barcelona).

The venue: Fira Barcelona – Montjuic held this biannual Catalan event. In addition to the exhibition they organize activities, workshops and informative lectures which are carried out by experts specialized in interior design, window dressing, retail, marketing, social networks, crafts, design or demonstrations of floral art and gift packaging. The new edition of Expohogar will be from September 27th to 30th.

Fira Hogar (Alicante).

This is the furniture, furnishing and home decoration fair. There you will find all kinds of decorative proposals ranging from furniture and interior design to lighting and exteriors. This is for all types of audiences. There you can find everything, from ideas for decorating your home based on new trends to  offers of different types of products.

 SurMueble (Sevilla).

Unlike the previous decoration fairs, SurMueble does not stand out for being very long-lived. This only taked place twice. However, in its short history it has already reached more than 10,000 people visiting this event where the Andalusian furniture industry meets. Its headquarters, the Palace of Exhibitions and Congresses of Seville (FIBES) brings together many professionals from the furniture sector during its celebration.

These are some of the decoration events of our country. However, if we expand our horizons a little, we will soon discover that the meetings and decoration fairs are still on the agenda. From the Furniture Fair in Milan to Expoambientes in Mexico City, through the 48HDeco International Fair, in the French city of Lille (one of the most important in Europe). As you can see, the list of options is wide. If you are interested in decoration, you have no excuse! Plan the trip and visit one of them.

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The most spectacular caves in Spain

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Spain has amazing tourist attractions from beaches to mountains along with a great gastronomic offers and other countless leisure possibilities. Surely, coast activities on, such as diving, surfing or simply sun and beach tourism are the most popular choices and the best known options to everyone. However, today we will not talk about any of them but rather about another incredible alternative which is also attractive and that will impress you on your visit to the Iberian Peninsula. Let’s talk about the best caves in Spain!

Our country’s natural wealth, even hard to believe, also resides in the Earth’s interior. The caves which are listed below, were genereted there. They are natural treasures that have been formed over the years, and have reached our days with beauty and a conservation status that is worth seeing in itself.

These are the Spanish caves that we recommend you visit:

Cueva del Drac (Mallorca)

Mallorca is a clear example of what was metioned before. This city does not only stand out for its coves and beaches but also for its four wonderful caves connected together that make up the Cueva del Drac. Cova Negra, Cova Blanca, Cova de Lluis Salvador and Cova dels Francesos were formed by the action of rainwater. Some experts date the appearance of the cave in the Miocene. If you visit it, during the tour (which lasts one hour), you can also attend a classical music concert on the shores of an underground lake.

Price: € 15

 Cueva del Valporquero (León)

The beauty of this place is stunning.  It is one of the most beautiful caves in Spain and it is located in León. Its remarkable stalactite columns make up a structure of seven different halls open to visitors. Some of them are considerably high. An example of this is the 40-meter long gallery called Gran Vía, named after its length although not especially wide, barely 8 meters wide. Under the tourist zone, there are passageways only suitable for speleologists and experts.

Price: € 8.50.

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 Cueva El Soplao (Santander)

It is located in Cantabria among the villages of Herrerías, Valdáliga and Rionansa. It is best known for its natural formations: it is the area with the highest concentration of eccentric helictites. They are a very peculiar type because they grow in all directions. Since 2005, it is possible to visit this cave that is more than 20 km long. The Fantasmas, Coliflor or Bosque galleries are some of the areas that you can visit.

Price: € 12.5

Grutas del Águila (Ávila)

In 1963 it was discovered by pure chance by some hunters who were crossing Valle del Tiétar. To date its origin, we must go back more than 10 million years ago. It is estimated that it is approximately 12 million years old.

Price: € 8

Cueva de Mendukilo (Navarra)

Although it has been open to the public for only a few years (it has been reserved for speleologists) and it is not even possible to visit it completely, the amazing nature of this place has earned a place on the best Spanish cave list. If you happen to go to Navarre, we recommend you to see the three halls that are open to visitors at the Cueva de Mendukilo.

Price: € 8

Cueva del viento (Tenerife)

Outside the peninsula, particulary in the Islas Canarias which is another of the main beach tourist destination, we also have a grotto to know. Although  it would be better to say, that it is the longest volcanic tube in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. It’s the Cueva del viento. With more than 2000 years of history, it stands out for its volcanic, biological and paleontological importance.

Price: € 20

Cueva de Nerja (Málaga)

While the Grutas del Águila cave was discovered by chance by some hunters, in this case, the Cueva de Nerja was discovered by a group of children. The Sala de la Torca is well-known for its cave paintings. With more than 4,800 meters in length, it is one of the most developed in Andalucía.

Online price: € 11. Tourist guide price: € 13. 

Cueva de Los Enebralejos (Segovia)

It is the most important one in the province of Segovia, located particulary at a short distance from Prádena de la Sierra. It is a cave packed with history because inside of it, many paintings and engravings have been found. The grotto was a necropolis that now is millions of years old. Price: € 6.20

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Best bilingual schools to educate your children

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Today at iLuxenio we want to help you find the best bilingual school for your children. We believe that the education of children is a fundamental issue for families. For this reason, it is very important that parents know and evaluate a wide range of possibilities.

In Spain we have many academic centers that open up their doors every year to welcome tomorrow’s professionals. First of all, we bring you some of the most outstanding centers in the province of Seville:

Buen Pastor bilingual school:

It has been 25 years since a group of educational professionals took ownership of the Buen Pastor bilingual school.

Since that time, they have been extremely focused on adapting the ideals of The Free Institution of Education, Siurot and Padre Manjón, to the 21st century, with the goal of forming free citizens, educated and involved in the regeneration of the country.

The Buen Pastor has a group of teachers involved in their ideas. They are in continuous training and their reputation is proved in different subjects. This is reflected in their success. Year after year, at the university Olympics of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, etc. The students of the Buen Pastor school have represented our country in international Olympics. They have won scholarships such as the “Amancio Ortega” or have got a 100% approval rating on the university extrance exam, with one of the highest grade point averages in Seville.

The school is 100% bilingual so,  we highly recommend it. The students of this center participate in the Ruta Quetzal project, the Magallanes. They also make exchanges with schools in Münster, Nantes, Quebec or London. The English language (the Buen Pastor school is an official test center of the Trinity College of London), French, German and Portuguese are part of its educational offer, as are study trips through Spain and Europe

The educational center organizes internship programs at NGOs and companies. It is committed to local and international solidarity. For this reason, it supports community kitchens like the one at the Adolfo Kölping School, in Ecuador. Besides, it also supports a lot of other projects. The list will go on forever if we had to name all the projects!

 Entreolivos / Tabladilla School

The bilingual schools Entreolivos and Tabladilla have been helping families of Seville educate their children for more than 40 years.

The keys to its success are bilingualism, innovation, educational quality and personalized attention.

The learning of English begins at 3 years in Pre-School Education and they incorporate French lessons in Primary education. The students of Entreolivos and Tabladilla take the Cambridge English exams at the school: B2 (FIRST) in 4th grade of ESO, B1 (PET) in 2nd grade of ESO and A2 (KET) in 6th grade of Primary.

At Entreolivos and Tabladilla schools teachers provide a complete educational coaching with tutorial support and personalized attention to their students and families.

If you are looking for an educational center for your children on the Costa del Sol, we recommend these schools in Malaga:

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Patrocinio San José bilingual school:

It is a well-known bilingual school in Andalusia. With more than two centuries of history, offering a teaching program in Spanish reinforced by English, French and German lessons.

It has a dining room, a swimming pool, music program, sports club, interactive whiteboards and they frequently use tablets in the classrooms. All of this contributes to the productivity of the classes and children’s well-being at the school.
It has two different centers, one in Estepona and the other in San Pedro de Alcántara. Sports are one of their key points because they understand it as something essential for students’ personal development.

It is also a language test center (Cambridge / Trinity).

 Salliver:

This bilingual school founded in 1971 provides comprehensive training from Preschool to High School. It stands out from the rest because it follows a very interesting teaching methodology. It focuses on keeping educational quality and that’s why students don’t take exams until high school, nor do they have to do homework.
For this reason, it has been awarded the EFQM +400 European Seal of Excellence This way of teaching is directly supported by four points: multilingualism; multiple intelligences; cooperative learning; and communication and information technologies.

English lessons start in preschool, but Salliver also offers a German teaching program from primary to high school. His bilingual program seeks to develop linguistic competence in English. For this reason,  teachers use these languages ​​and never in Spanish for any type of communication.

These are just some examples of bilingual schools we can find in Andalucia. However, the list of outstanding centers with a  high-quality foreign languages ​​ program in our country is very broad. You can check this useful ranking here.

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