Feliz Navidad 

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Enjoy a Christmas to Remember at DSV Collection in Marbella

The Spanish enjoy some quirky and unique Christmas traditions.   Why not immerse yourself in a different culture this December with a Christmas break at Villa El Cano in Marbella. From December 22nd-29th up to 20 of your friends and family can experience some of the incredible Spanish traditions in the local area, whilst still embracing your British roots and enjoying an delicious Christmas meal cooked by your own private chef on the 25th.

Nochebuena or Christmas Eve is the most cherished of all family gatherings in Spain.  Most families eat their main Christmas meal on Christmas Eve, before going to Midnight Mass or ‘La Misa Del Gallo’ (The Mass of the Rooster). It is called this because a rooster is supposed to have crowed the night Jesus was born.  

The traditional Spanish Christmas dinner was 'Pavo Trufado de Navidad' which is Turkey stuffed with truffles (the mushrooms, not the chocolate ones!) or 'Pularda asada' (a roasted young hen), although they are not commonly eaten now.  Check out the incredible sample menus that you could be enjoying for this year’s festivities (insert hyperlink)

After the midnight service, one old tradition was for people to walk through the streets carrying torches, playing guitars and beating on tambourines and drums. One Spanish saying is 'Esta noche es Noche-Buena, Y no Es noche de dormir' which means 'Tonight is the good night and it is not meant for sleeping!'

Traditionally Spanish children don’t get their presents on Christmas Day but you may have a few issues trying to get your little ones to embrace this part of the culture.  Children have a few presents on Christmas Day, but most are opened at Epiphany on January 6th. 

On December 28th, you’ll have to have your wits about you as 'Día de los santos inocentes' or 'Day of the Innocent Saints' is very much like our April Fools Day.  Friends and families go to great lengths to play tricks on each other.  

New Year's Eve is called 'Nochevieja' or 'The Old Night' in Spain and one special tradition is that you eat 12 grapes with the 12 strokes of the clock at Midnight,making a wish for good fortune in the months ahead.  Some say that this tradition started in 1882 when a group from Madrid headed to the famous central plaza of Puerta del Sol and ate grapes as the clock struck midnight to mock the upper classes who drank champagne and ate grapes all night long. Others say it was a clever marketing gimmick when in 1909, grape farmers had an overly abundant harvest and needed a way to quickly sell their grapes. By saying that eating grapes brought about good luck, it quickly became a household institution.

 

Children believe that the Three Kings bring presents and not Santa Claus. The children send letters to the Three Kings of Orient – Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar – who travel bearing gifts for children who have been good throughout the year, and coal for those who have been a bit naughty. On the evening of January 5th, the Kings arrive in Spain and visit every city and village, where they’re welcomed with a fun-filled parade.

 

On the morning of January 6th, families eat the Roscón de Reyes, a delicious, brioche-like cake with candied fruit on top. Hidden within the cake is a small toy king and a bean. Whoever gets the slice of the cake with the small king will have good luck for the rest of the year and whoever gets the bean must pay for the Roscón!

 

As well as these unique traditions, the Spanish really know how to bring Christmas to life in their towns and cities.  With stunning light displays, nativity scenes and festive themed concerts in the streets and plazas, you’ll have a truly magical experience.

 

Emailinfo@dsvcollection.comfor details of our Christmas break at Villa El Cano

The Ultimate GOLFING break on the Costa Del GOLF

‘This year it’s all about the ladies’

Lady Golfing

It’s all about ladies golf in Marbella this November.  With a superb choice of 15 fabulous golf-courses, and with over 320 days of sun each year, you’re pretty much guaranteed great weather and a fantastic game or 2, or 3...

Whether you play golf yourself or enjoy watching it, you’ll be spoilt this autumn as The Ladies European Tour have just announced that the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España will be contested at La Quinta Golf & Country Club in Benahavís from 22-25 November.  Only 15 minutes from our DSV Collection villas, join us for the ultimate golf break.


With only 15% of UK golfers being women, we’re really excited to watch England’s Georgia Hall in her contention to be World Number 1. She claimed both the LET Order of Merit and Players’ Player of the Year titles in 2017, and is currently leading the pack for the 2018 LET Order of Merit, which will be announced at the November event.  English players Dame Laura Davies and Mel Reid both triumphed in winning the national title in the region in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

 Long gone are the days of golf just being about the men. As well as the international award-winning players, there are also a large amount of female celebrities that feel right at home on the fairway.  Brits include Jodie Kidd, Catherine Zeta Jones and Jane Seymour and they’re joined in their passion by the likes of Cameron Diaz, Eva Longoria, Vera Wang and Tea Leoni.  Celine Dion is so passionate about golf that she even owns her own golf course in Quebec.

Why not get your golfing buddies together and book a 5* luxury break with us?  You could always bring the men along because there’s plenty of room for up to 25 people in our 10 luxury bedrooms.

 With the garden of Villa El Cid overlooking the golf courses at Villa Padierna, you can plan your shots for the next day over a delicious cocktail or if you want to have a bit of downtime from the game you could relax with an evening swim and hot tub in your own private garden. 

The incredible view from Villa El Cid

The incredible view from Villa El Cid

 As well as golf and relaxation, our villas are perfectly located for a fantastic range of restaurants and world-class shopping and nightlife in Puerto-Banus.

Puerto Banús : ‘Like No Other’

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Just an 8 minute drive from the DSV Collection villas, the beautiful marina town of Puerto Banús really is ‘Like No Other’ and the tourist board have just launched a new digital campaign to showcase this.

 

Its nautical facilities, its unique luxury shopping and its enviable climate, with more than 300 days of sunshine, seduce millions of visitors every year.

Since its creation in 1970, this must-visit Marbella destination really has become a playground for the rich and famous - attracting celebrities, royalty and aristocrats.  From Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant of yesteryear through to the likes of Robert de Niro, Hugh Grant and Michelle Obama.

 

Fortunately Puerto Banús is close enough to our villas to enjoy the world-class shopping, stunning beaches & coastal views and superb gastronomic experiences but it’s far enough away to give your credit card a few hours of necessary respite. 

 

Just a few of the brand names that will test your shopping impulses include Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Tom Ford.

 

Multi-million pound yachts and impressive sports cars adorn the marina.  So if you’re looking for inspiration to buy your own, or you just like to dream of what to buy with your future lottery win, the fantastic restaurants and bars provide the perfect vantage point.

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Whether you’re a big or little kid, it really is a place not to be missed on your visit to Marbella and the DSV Collection villas will provide the perfect base for your visit.

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