mahiki beach - claire radford
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Tiki themed venue ‘Mahiki’ has been a hit with A-listers including Beyonce, Jay Z and Lady Gaga in London for 12 years now.

May 26 saw the launch of Mahiki Beach by La Sala (www.mahikibeach.com), a stunning beachside venue merging the two iconic brands. Marbella Rocks caught up with Claire Radford, a director of La Sala Group, to find out more about her and the new venue set to take Marbella by storm.

How did the joint venture with Mahiki and La Sala come about?
They loved what we do, we loved what they do – mix it all up and throw in a Marbella Beach location – it just had to happen. Both companies share a similar ethos of quality, elegance and a large dash of fun, we were made for each other!

What is the venue looking like?
The torrential rain last month means we are currently behind schedule but it is on course to be a naturally beautiful Tiki style chilled beach club with a welcoming Chiringuito feel. We’ve gone back to our beach roots and are creating somewhere we would love to go. Lux comfort/feet in the sand- Perfect!

What will set Mahiki apart from other beach club venues on the coast?mahiki beach - claire radford
The natural beauty of its location, the care to preserve that and the attention to detail in everything from décor to the care of the clients- including every plate and drink that they are served. The Mahiki team are fastidious in delivery and training of their Cocktails (which are unrivalled in my opinion).That level of professionalism makes them a pleasure to work with and will be noticeable.

La Sala and Mahiki are known for their celebrity clientele  – who is the most famous person you have met?
Janet Jackson was probably the most memorable for the incredible presence she had, George Clooney was nice but my favourites were Eric Sykes and John Challis. Legends of their time and incredibly humble.

We hear you have had your brush with fame too appearing on the first ever series of Big Brother, do you still get spotted?
Sometimes and I take it as a great compliment because it was 16 years ago, but I end up mumbling because I’m embarrassed!

How did you handle the fame at only 25?
I loved it! I looked at it as a “fifteen minute” adventure to be enjoyed while it lasted. Lovely to get a different perspective on the world and lovely for it to end also. Being famous is not all it’s cracked up to be.

If you could only take three things to a desert island, what would they be?
Bear Grylls, a radio and a raft.

What´s your greatest achievement?
My children and finding someone crazy enough to marry me!

Best advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, worry about what you are doing.

Funniest pick up line used on you?
“Listen, I don’t have any chat up lines, so can we just ****?” – I’m not sure it was meant to be funny but I was crying with laughter as he actually stood there waiting for a serious answer.

Best character trait?
Honesty.

Most embarrassing item in your wardrobe?
Too many to choose from!

Worst habit?
Being late.

What do you do to relax?
Absolutely nothing – with a glass of wine nearby.

What couldn’t you live without?
Music, love and laughter.

Best thing about living in Spain?
Mañana culture.

Worst thing?
Mañana culture!

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