WHEN celebs arrive in the Costa del Sol, they call at La Cala.
While Marbella usually means one thing: a full-on, hardcore, hangover-for-a-week partying where dawn means it is time for bed, and breakfast happens at about four in the afternoon, La Cala offers something a little more refined.
This is where Europe’s hip and moneyed rent villas and waft around in their yachts, calling in at the secret the culinary capital of the Costa del Sol.
Take Olivia’s for example, where the atmosphere is always luxurious, relaxed and grown-up.
The sprawling dining area is fresh, clean and very sparkling — not dissimilar to its new wine menu which has been spruced up recently by new recruit and head sommelier Rafael Cebrian.
After coming third in a search for Andalusia’s best sommeliers in 2017, Rafael has arrived at Olivia’s to revitalise the wine list, with a focus on the best local and regional wine from Spain.
“I want to shine a light on what is made right here,” said Rafael who is a qualified winemaker himself. “There is something for everyone. We have all the old favourites that you would expect to see but we are also exploring vegan wine and biodynamic wine too…