Holidays in Puerto Banus, Spain

Puerto Banus is the playground of the famous and is very close in destination to its other rich cousin Marbella. The port was built and designed by Jose Banus, an intimate friend of the former Spanish dictator. Until ten years ago this resort area was exclusive to the rich and famous. The marina still aesthetically displays this austerity with huge yachts, some belonging to royalty, berthed or recently visited.The wealth does not just stop there, fashion shops with the latest designs and must-have labels pamper to the affluent shoppers wanting the latest in-thing. After a busy day’s retail therapy there are many excellent restaurants: Asian exquisites such as Thai, Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Lebanese; authentic traditional Spanish fare, ‘al dente’ Italian pasta and hot Mexican ‘muchas gracias’.Fine grey sanded beaches stretch like red carpets underfoot each with their own unique personality: Pedro’s Beach offers a Caribbean style vibe with recently caught fresh fish dishes and smooth cocktails to lull; Buddha Beach – a boutique beach with close affinities to Far Eastern influences where you can relax to a massage or chill in the spa; Mistral Beach is more active with its Italian manna and Spanish sangria, it also offers a water sport centre where you can hire equipment such as jet skis, wake boards and other vessels to course through the coastal waters. There is also the Ocean Club that simply has one of the largest swimming pools in Europe; it also offers exclusivity too with champagne parties for VIP’s. The Muelle Rivera is ideal for evening entertainment with its cocktail and wine bars and attracts many revellers and celebrities.Besides the polished exterior of the port, the latest acquisition of the in-fashion and the preening of the palate, there is also more relaxing activities and notably so is the game of golf. There are over 50 champion golf courses in the area of Andalucia and Puerto Banus specifically pays good homage to this sport. The quality of the courses, facilities, and the stunning surroundings ensure regular visitors. All the enthusiast has to bring besides themselves is appropriate attire and a golfing certificate (as some courses require them). Of course, clothing can be bought locally, equipment too, but there are hire facilities available and buggies to hire.Like Marbella, the microclimate offers an annual average temperature of 17°C. It rarely falls below double figures in the winter and in the warmer seasons it is usually in the late 20’s or early 30’s. So it is ideal for nearly all these activities all the year round. Malaga is the nearest airport and it is well provisioned with transfers. Shuttle services and car hire and private limousine travel arrangements should be booked in advance. Puerto Banus is nearly an hour’s drive so taxis may work out expensive. There are car rental desks at the airport but ensure you arrive at opening times.


7 Steps to Implementing a New Telephone System

Business telephone systems are typically vital to the pulse of any company. Businesses must go through the process of purchasing and transitioning from one telephone system to another on average between 5 and 7 years. Whether a company is upgrading their old digital system, installing a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) enabled system or implementing a Hosted PBX or Virtual PBX from Hosted VoIP Providers, the transition is usually painful. This does not have to be the case, though. Here are some steps that will reduce the disruption in changing telephone systems:1. Do Not Wait Till the Last Minute to Make a Decision on the Phone System. Telephone system vendors will agree to almost any installation time frame in order to make a sale. However, the less time they are given, the sloppier the installation will be. Planning a proper installation takes time that is not always under the control of the vendor or Hosted VoIP provider. Small systems need a minimum of 3 weeks for preparation. Larger systems require more time and some may require several months. If telephone service is being switched from one carrier to another, then time for porting telephone numbers should be factored into the equation. Carriers should be able to estimate the time that it takes to port which can be as much as 60 days.2. Identify All Telephone Lines and What They Do. This should have been done before the decision was made on the phone system. If it has not been done, do it immediately. Use phone bills or call the Local Exchange Carrier (LEC) to identify the lines and numbers. If there is still some uncertainty around specific lines and circuits, call them. Eliminate any that are not being used and make sure the new system or Hosted PBX service accommodates all that are needed.3. Know the Installation Schedule of New Telephone Circuits. Will the new circuits be ready in time for installation of the new telephone system? Each type of telephone circuit requires different hardware components inside the telephone system. If there is a chance that the new circuits will not be ready, then discuss with the new telephone system vendor how the old circuits will be handled with the new system.4. Have All Individual and Departmental Needs Been Met? Hopefully the new telephone system vendor helped review all individual and departmental needs to make sure the new telephone system or Hosted PBX service could handle them. Review each department to ensure their needs are known. Organize how individuals and departments will use each phone system or Virtual PBX feature.5. Know who will get each type of phone. If different models of phones were purchased, decide ahead of the installation who within the company will get each type of phone. Make sure that phone will handle the features used by each individual or department.6. Make Sure the Network is Ready for VoIP Telephones. If the new phone system includes VoIP telephones with an IP enabled telephone system or a Hosted PBX service from a Hosted VoIP provider, check the data network to make sure it is ready to handle the VoIP traffic. Does data cabling exist to all phone locations? Do remote VoIP users outside of the office have access to broadband Internet? How will the remote VoIP user’s phones connect back to the IP enabled telephone system? Will it be exposed to the Internet? Connected via private network, VPN or Session border controller? Does your telephone vendor know this answer?7. Have an Implementation Meeting with the Vendor’s Project Manager. The implementation meeting will make sure that everyone is on the same page. Dates should be set for installation during the meeting. Know how long the transition will take place. Will it take place during the business day, after hours or on the weekend? How will calls get answered during the transition? In addition, the answers to steps 2 through 6 should be discussed.Telephone system transitions can be exciting and painful at the same time. Although following these 7 steps will not guarantee a perfect installation, it will reduce the odds of nasty surprises.

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