Getting to Mallorca has never been easier as 2018 brings new flights to this property hotspot

Getting to Mallorca has never been easier as 2018 brings new flights to this property hotspot

  • Tourism to Spain continues to break records with nearly 40 million tourists arriving last summer (INE)
  • New airline operational on Mallorca from spring 2018 (Thomas Cook)
  • 250,000 extra seats added for summer 2018 (
  • Taylor Wimpey España serves up a brand-new development on Mallorca


Mallorca is set to receive even more British visitors in 2018 as new flights scheduled from the UK are announced by both Thomas Cook and

The news comes shortly after latest figures reveal that it was an excellent summer for Spain with a record number of overseas visitors flocking to the Iberian nation. According to National Statistics Institute (INE), Spain received nearly 40 million tourists during peak season and experts fully expect the number to increase next year.

The Balearic Islands are an especially popular destination for Britons as the Mediterranean jewel can be reached for as little as £30 if booked in advance through low-cost airlines such as easyJet.

And due to the largest island, Mallorca’s popularity, British travel firm Thomas Cook will launch a new Spanish airline based in the capital, Palma de Mallorca, from spring 2018. The new airline will be called ‘Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics’ and will provide greater flight flexibility from the island for both holidaymakers and those with second homes on the island.

“With more than one million Thomas Cook customers flying into Palma every year, we have a strong existing infrastructure on which to build.”

Christophe Debus, Chief Airline Officer, Thomas Cook Group

Budget airline is also supporting the growing demand by adding 250,000 extra summer seats from its Birmingham base to most popular destinations, including Alicante, Malaga and Mallorca. Last May, the popular low-cost airline unveiled already over 940,000 seats to Palma for next year.

This news is welcomed by leading Spanish housebuilder, Taylor Wimpey España, which has been headquartered on Mallorca for almost 60 years. The Taylor Wimpey España team are delighted to hear that Britons will have an even greater selection of routes available next year to Spanish airports including Palma as their latest trading statement revealed just how much Brits have contributed to the surge in international inquiries for property in 2017.

 “Low-cost airlines have a great exposure to Spain and often offer attractive flight deals for Brits. Accessibility is a key factor for those considering buying a home abroad and with an ever-growing number of flights from the UK, property owners can enjoy even easier access to their second homes on Mallorca.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Team GB Pentathlete Tom Toolis reveals what Generation Rent wants from the build to rent sector

Team GB Pentathlete Tom Toolis reveals what Generation Rent wants from the build to rent sector

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  • Modern, stylish home at be:here Hayes offers the ultimate living experience
  • Excellent connections for local and international travel
  • Safety and afforability both key priorities

I opted for a build to rent home because I was moving to London to live with my girlfriend. We needed an affordable apartment that we could enjoy living in. As soon as we came to visit the Gatefold building we knew it was the place for us.”

Tom Toolis, Pentathlete, Team GB


Fresh from his top 20 finishing position in the world competition in Cairo, Team GB pentathlete Tom Toolis is back in the UK and relishing the opportunity to relax in his sleek London rental apartment. With a tough training schedule and frequent trips overseas, having a base where he can relax and feel at peace is important.

Toolis moved into the Gatefold building from be:here Hayes straight out of his university accommodation. Having shared a rather worn down house with four other students in Bath, the clean, modern accommodation from Be was everything that he had been dreaming of. Toolis was also drawn to the community vibe, with the friendly, on-site management team making him feel very welcome and the shared roof terrace available for social events.


“Security was also a key concern for us. My girlfriend has said how safe she feels when I’m away, which means that we’re both wonderfully relaxed and that I can have peace of mind when I travel to compete. It’s also great to have a secure, private parking space – that was something I was worried would be an issue in London, but with Be I can park safely within my own building, which is fantastic.” 

Tom Toolis, Pentathlete, Team GB


The area’s excellent connections were also a draw. The Gatefold building is just two minutes from the nearest train station, providing easy access to central London, as well as to Heathrow Airport. The area also offers a wide range of local shopping opportunities, catering to residents’ needs perfectly.


“Providing ideal build to rent accommodation is about getting a range of factors right, so that differing tenants’ needs can be met. As well as superb accommodation and dynamic social spaces, that means choosing the right location with the right amenities nearby – it’s about delivering an overall package.”

Akash Sharma, Assistant Property Manager, be:here Hayes


The modern aspect of the development was one of its top attractions for pentathlete Toolis and his partner. Neither had expected to find an affordable, contemporary home of the quality provided by Be – and certainly not one with outdoor space. The couple have been delighted with the spacious, light-filled apartment, which has been tastefully furnished to provide a stylish yet homely living environment.


“It just goes to show that being part of Generation Rent has its benefits after all!”

Tom Toolis, Pentathlete, Team GB


One-bedroom apartments at be:here Hayes can be rented from £1,200 pcm. Two-bedroom homes are available from £1,450. All homes include either a garden or a balcony.


For the latest availability and any questions, please contact the be:here Hayes team directly on 0203 845 4796 or visit

Luxury student accommodation provider Collegiate shortlisted for Best Operator of the Year award

Luxury student accommodation provider Collegiate shortlisted for Best Operator of the Year award

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Collegiate is proud to announce today its nomination for The Class Best Operator of the Year award presented by the Class of 2020, Europe’s leading platform.

Class of 2020 represents a vision for cities to attract and retain the brightest young minds, and for them to lead the way to social and economic success in return.

Winners will be announced during its annual Class Conference, which takes place this Wednesday and Thursday (15th & 16th November) in Lisbon, Portugal. This event will discuss all topics related to student housing with this year’s theme ‘Building Bridges Over Growing Barriers’.

The award celebrates the housing operator “that provides the best quality of living to the residents it serves. This operator will have gone the extra mile, ensuring the best provision of services that go beyond just meeting the needs and desires of the next generation of students.” ​

“It is a privilege to have received a nomination for The Class Best Operator of the Year Award.  Collegiate continually strive to better our product and service to nurture academic success and this nomination is a testament of that commitment.  Through our continued expansion and growing status as an international luxury brand in the student accommodation sector, we hope to continue this positive trend.”

Heriberto Cuanalo, CEO, Collegiate


Collegiate has been at the forefront of innovation in student accommodation for 6 years by delivering a growing portfolio of 40 luxury student accommodation sites worldwide. They combine superior accommodation with superior service and support over 65,000 students from 100 countries on their way to academic success.

The company’s flagship European development, Collegiate Marques de Pombal, will open its doors in January 2018 in Lisbon with an additional 11 projects across Iberia in build. Expansion over the next 24 months will also include Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands & Poland.

For more information, contact Collegiate on +44 1235 250 140 or visit  

Record summer for Spanish property reported

Record summer for Spanish property reported

  • 2017 set to be a record year for residential investment in Spain (JLL)
  • Expects forecast Mediterranean region to host 420 million tourists by 2020 (Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Estate Forum)
  • August Spanish houses sales up to 17% on the same month in 2016 (INE)
  • Enquiries up 16% during the 2017 summer tourist season (Taylor Wimpey España)


With record numbers of tourists visiting to Spain this summer just gone, international property investment also continues to thrive.

According to the latest research from property consultants JLL, total investment this year so far has almost overtaken the amount ploughed into Spanish real estate for all of 2016.

In fact, the market looks to exceed this total in the future as experts are predicting a further rise in the number of tourists visiting Spain. According to reports from the third Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Estate Forum, the Mediterranean region will receive 420 million tourists by 2020 with Spain being the most popular tourism destination.


In terms of when sales of Spanish properties have risen in 2017, it’s no surprise to see a marked increase in sales during August – the height of the summer holiday season. Latest figures from the National Institute of Statistics (INE) reveal Spanish homes sales were up to 17% this August compared to the same period last year.

In line with INE figures, Spain’s leading housebuilder Taylor Wimpey España also saw an increase in reservations for properties over the summer. The company’s latest report reveals the highest number of reservations taken between June to September in the last six years with enquiries up 13% compared to the same period in 2016.

“The latest INE data confirms our confidence in Spain’s real estate market and we believe that this growing interest in Spanish property will continue throughout 2018. This summer has been very positive for us with the market attracting a wide range of buyers and we see no signs of this slowing over the coming winter months.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

After a period of uncertainty, buyers in the UK wanting to relocate or invest in a home abroad are flocking to Spain once again in significant numbers with British reservations for Taylor Wimpey Espana’s properties up 92% alone compared to last summer.

The Costa Blanca is the area that has seen the most growth this year with buyers from more than 20 different international markets. Indeed, as Spain’s property market has recovered, it is now appealing to a wider group of buyers and whilst Britons are the most significant buyers, they are now competing with those from Scandinavia, Russia, Belgium and other North European countries.

The Panorama Mar development in Torrevieja, which has been in high demand this summer, is a strong example. Amongst its buyers, 23% are Russian, 20% are Scandinavian and 7% are Belgian.

“Europeans enjoy the friendly atmosphere on our Costa Blanca developments because the site encourages international buyers to appreciate the Mediterranean lifestyle and gorgeous weather in the favourable communal areas. This combined with easy, direct and regular flight access into Alicante makes this region a popular choice with our European clients.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España


Homes remain for sale at Panorama Mar, situated on Punta Prima Beach in Torrevieja which offers an array of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, all designed for both comfort and convenience, with 2 bathrooms and an underground parking space.

With prices starting from just €309,000 +VAT, every resident is granted direct access to the beach promenade. And whilst being an area of natural beauty right on the waterfront, Punta Prima is also blessed with excellent transport links. The San Javier Airport in Murcia is only a 30-minute drive and Alicante’s International Airport is just 45 minutes away.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit for more information. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 244.


Is PBSA now more popular with students than traditional HMOs?

Is PBSA now more popular with students than traditional HMOs?

  • 85% of HMO landlords not up to scratch with new regulations (Simple Landlords Insurance)
  • 84% of students worry about having enough to live on (National Student Money)
  • 22% increase in first-year students choosing PBSA accommodation (Collegiate)


Tuition fee hikes, soaring rents of HMO properties and rising concerns from students over the value for money of accommodation have all changed the landscape of UK student housing. Tighter restrictions around HMO properties, which have long been a popular choice of accommodation for higher education students, whilst many would argue necessary have made it even harder and more costly for private landlords to accommodate the demands of 21st century students.

New government proposals, outlined originally in a consultation paper in October 2016 suggest that landlords who own HMOs will require new mandatory licenses to operate. The government also plans to impose a new minimum size of 6.52 square metres for a single person resulting in some HMOs needing to be reconfigured, potentially losing an income generating room.

However, recent research by Simple Landlords Insurance reveals that more than 85% of landlords are not familiar with these new laws set to come into effect in Spring 2018 with students the first to suffer from the confusion, inevitable disruption and potentially higher rents imposed to cover costs.

Burdened with sizeable debt upon graduation, today’s students are already struggling to fund rising rents with the National Student Money Survey reporting that 84% of students are worried about having enough to live on at the end of the month.

“Students just want a decent home. They want to enjoy the standards of housing that they are accustomed to but unfortunately, some private landlords fail to understand today’s students’ needs.”

Heriberto Cuanalo, CEO, Collegiate

Although most higher education students in the UK live in privately owned rental properties, levels of satisfaction with this type of accommodation have fallen in recent years.

The relationship between landlord, letting agent and student is often a difficult one, sullied by horror stories of the rental experience coming from all sides. But with the boom in investment in purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) over the past decade, students are seeing a more desirable, and in many ways, better value for money, alternative.

This growing interest for PBSA units is witnessed by luxury accommodation provider Collegiate which has seen a 22% increase in first-year students opting for PBSA accommodation for the 2017/18 academic year compared to traditional university-operated halls.

With PBSA sites such as those operated by Collegiate, students can count on a more reliable housing provider where they benefit from living in a place where safety and security is paramount, utilities are included in the rent and a wide range of on-site amenities are complementary.

PBSA provided by Collegiate is more reliable and less disruptive for students. We strive to ensure a consistently high quality of accommodation and service across all our sites, taking away the hassles of renting and allowing residents to just focus on their studies.”

Heriberto Cuanalo, CEO, Collegiate

 Take Collegiate Crown House in Sheffield as an example. One of Collegiate’s Prestige Collection, the purpose-built development offers students 24-hour concierge services with CCTV cameras, contemporary accommodation all with en-suite bathrooms and complemented by first-class amenities including fitness suite, indoor and outdoor cinemas, gaming rooms and cold stores.

The benefits of living in accommodation owned by a professional, registered company versus a private landlord are significant. Collegiate sites are specifically designed with students in mind with bedrooms configured to maximise space and light, providing ample room to study and rest.

Professional interior designers are employed to deliver a stylish and modern look and feel to both the accommodation itself as the communal areas. The amenity spaces from the study rooms through to the private dinner party rooms and outdoor terraces are also carefully crafted to create the ideal community environment.

Not just this but the on-site concierge teams mean that there is always someone on hand to answer queries, not matter how small, and deal with any maintenance issues in a timely fashion.

Being an award-winning limited company and with an established track record in the market, over 60,000 residents have trusted Collegiate to deliver the exceptional experience they demand. Collegiate’s scale and scope also offers students (and their parents) extra reassurance.

“Our focus is on delivering excellence in all that we do – from the very first conversation with our development partners through all the stages of design and construction, to delivering an exceptional experience for all of our residents. Why? Because we believe that this combination delivers superior value for everyone.”

Heriberto Cuanalo, CEO, Collegiate

Not satisfied with changing the face of student accommodation in the UK alone, Collegiate has plans to wider its property portfolio with a launch of new PBSA sites across Europe in 2018 with its first, Marques de Pombal, in Lisbon.

“Collegiate Marques de Pombal will provide domestic and international students with a unique living experience, enabling them to make the most of their university careers both studiously and socially. The lifestyle-led apartments and social spaces have been carefully designed to create an environment where students can feel safe and looked after.”

Heriberto Cuanalo, CEO, Collegiate

For more information and to book accommodation in university towns and cities across the UK and Europe, contact Collegiate on +44 1235 250 140 or visit   

The future of property marketing: What’s in store for 2018 and beyond?

The future of property marketing: What’s in store for 2018 and beyond?

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 The UK property industry’s first step in future-proofing itself should be to look outside of itself at how consumers are communicating with and purchasing from other verticals.

There has been a rapid and significant evolution in the sophistication of these interactions, driven largely by the rising importance of brand storytelling, targeted content delivery, customised channel experiences and – finally – the technology able to support these marketers’ ambitions.

So, what’s in store for 2018 and beyond? James Fenner, Founder of Silk Road, has highlighted 5 top strategic marketing trends that he believes will impact most property organisations in 2018.


  1. Rise of the robots – from mobile first to AI first.


For marketers, Artificial Intelligence and machine learning is creating a world where advertising and branding are becoming increasingly invisible, smart and automated. Smart off-the-shelf tools now include machine-learning algorithms which can churn vast quantities of data to identify which of your ads perform best on which audience at what stage of the buying process. Chatbots have also joined the fray – it allows you to provide a reliable, 24/7 service that is both mobile responsive and completely pressure-neutral.


AI is driving efficiency in marketing automation across industries and property should be no exception. Given that research indicates that 90% of estate agents’ time can be taken up in prospecting, (Real Estate Marketing Academy 2013) it is unsurprising that AI-powered property chat platforms are already amongst us as customer service tools. “Rebecca” from iProperty Group and “Zoombot” from Zoomsquare can initiate conversations with potential customers in the process of researching property.


  1. Marketing to Alexa


What does your brand sound like? A decade ago this would have been about a jingle or pneumonic, for 2018 it’s about your tone of voice in the Alexa era. Personal digital assistants are transforming consumer research, discovery and purchase behaviour. It is estimated that there will be 1.8bn users of voice-enabled digital assistants worldwide by 2021. (Tractica 2016). By 2020 30% of web browsing will be done without a screen. (Gartner 2016). It is clear that these invisible gatekeepers will force a shift in the way brands in every industry target and respond to consumers.

 How can a development be described verbally? Take away the CGI and tell me why I should buy a home at your development. Often the messaging and verbal strategy is left to the end if it is tackled at all and this needs to change.


  1. Niche Engagement


There is no mainstream. The biggest opportunities for brands and marketers lie in engaging with niches. Brands from Citroen to All Saints have shifted focus towards online micro-influencers, who can now galvanise their fan bases more effectively than the big social media stars. As technology enables marketing to become ever more hyper- focused in 2018, brands targeting the niche will turn customers from loyal fans into powerful advocates.


  1. Take a stand


In the property industry, it means that you must stand for something. It could be local to where your development is. It could be a cause that means a lot to you and your team. Whatever it is be prepared for some negativity but that’s a good thing. It means you’re getting noticed. But you’ll get disciples and it’s always better to be loved than liked. Think Marmite.

With consumers struggling to make sense of an increasingly volatile world, there’s a big opportunity for brands to play a more meaningful role in their lives. But this is no time to sit on the fence – be prepared to take strong positions or risk irrelevancy. Savvy marketers are striving to reshape culture, rather than simply reflect it.


  1. Storytelling


Much importance has been placed on storytelling in the past and this isn’t going away. It’s particularly relevant to property as it helps to create the emotional connection – something a floorplan and spec sheet can’t do.

Storytelling works because stories:

  • Make people react to emotion
  • Put a face to an issue (nobody cares about process; they care about people)
  • Connect us
  • Humanise brands (people want to see your personal side)
  • Raise the stakes (appeal to universal, shared values)
  • Are about “show/don’t tell.” It’s one of the best things stories do. Don’t just make claims. Tell the stories that substantiate them.

In the property industry, the story could be about the area, history of the building, the design. If there isn’t one, developers should create a story and develop the product around it.


For more information on the top property marketing trends for 2018, contact James at Silk Road by visiting or calling +44 (0) 20 7024 8977.

Buy a home today and have yourself a merry little Christmas in Spain

Buy a home today and have yourself a merry little Christmas in Spain



  • 41% of Brits feel low when the clocks go back (David Lloyd Clubs)
  • 58% of Brits want to head overseas for Christmas (
  • Villas ready for Christmas are found in sunny Mallorca (Taylor Wimpey España)


The weekend just gone was that time of the year when the clocks change again to mark the transition into winter.

Research by David Lloyd Clubs reveals that almost half (41%) of Brits say they feel low when the clocks go backwards. Days are shorter and grey skies are coming – it’s certainly time to look at way to beat the winter blues.

One of best ways to handle the transition is to turn attentions to winter sun destinations. According to The Weather Channel, a number of Spanish holiday hotspots have enjoyed an October with temperatures soaring well above normal.

The weather is the main motivator for second home buyers, especially those in the UK and Northern Europe, to look to Spain over the winter months as the perfect escape.

“The journey into winter is not always easy as days grow shorter, the temperature falls and grey skies loom. Only a couple of hours away and things are very different – Spain is the perfect place for those who want to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle and warm temperatures near enough year-round and with second homes on the “Sunshine Coast” that is the Costa del Sol, Brits can easily beat those winter blues. “

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

A second home under the Spanish sunshine can be of benefit to the whole family as children also are susceptible to the lack of sunshine. Trips to the seaside and alfresco dinners are what British people miss when the winter months arrive, according to a poll conducted by David Lloyd Clubs.

But it’s not just the good weather alone that motivates Brits to seek sunnier climes.  For 13 million of us, Christmas is ‘boring’ and a winter break is the ‘perfect escape’, according to discount website Over half (58%) of Brits are more likely to book a trip over Christmas this year.


“Spending Christmas overseas in a hotel can be nice, but to truly experience a Spanish Christmas it is better to feast in your own private home where you are free to decorate the living room and cook in your own kitchen. At this this of year, many clients are purchasing with a view to spending Christmas in their new home in Spain.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

Indeed, the latest data from leading Spanish housebuilder Taylor Wimpey España reveals a significant rise in Christmas property related enquiries for the Balearic island of Mallorca where latest key-ready homes at Marina Golf development are located.

Nova Santa Ponsa, where the development is situated, boasts some brilliant sunny beaches. With prices starting at €549,000, the townhouses and villas stand out for their terraces where owners can let the sunlight – and Santa! – in. The complex also has a large communal swimming pool ideal for kids and gardens for those who are keen on organising community events for the festivities.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit for more information. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 244.

Hayes is happening as West London town chosen as home of new “Lidl of the Future”

Hayes is happening as West London town chosen as home of new “Lidl of the Future”

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  • New Lidl store opens in Hayes on November 2nd 2017 (Lidl)
  • Store to be the “Lidl of the Future” with glass fronted façade, LED lighting, in-store bakery & customer toilets (Lidl)
  • Be:here Hayes and the rest of the Old Vinyl Factory development are just a short walk away

Top supermarket chain Lidl is pressing ahead with rapid expansion in West London with a new store opening this Thursday 2nd November in Hayes. After recently launching stores in Shepherds’ Bush and South Ruislip, Lidl will open a large store well located in the Hayes town centre on the site of the former municipal swimming pool site.

The new store will be one-of-a-kind, set to be the ‘Lidl of the Future’ with a glass fronted facade, LED internal lighting, in-store bakery and customer toilets. It will also offer an ample parking for both cars and bicycles. The German food retailer, voted ‘Best Supermarket 2016’ by readers of Good Housekeeping, is expanding at a time when customers are making more frequent trips to local convenience stores than ever before.

It is widely known that homes within easy reach of a high-end supermarket such as Waitrose are highly valued however recent Lloyds research also revealed that homes located near lower priced grocers such as Aldi and Lidl have seen the most rapid value growth in recent years.

The new Lidl store opening in Hayes will bring 40 new jobs to the town as well as increased choice and convenience for nearby residents at be:here Hayes. The Gatefold Building is just a 12 min walk from the new Botwell Lane store making picking up those everyday essentials even easier.


 “Hayes is a great location to live and work, and its selling points seem to be growing almost every day, with new businesses and shopping options popping up regularly. With the new Lidl alongside the retail, entertainment and food offerings being developed across the rest of the Old Vinyl Factory development, our residents at be:here Hayes will be spoilt for choice.

Akash Sharma, Assistant Property Manager, be:here Hayes


The wider regeneration of The Old Vinyl Factory will bring shops, restaurants, a cinema and more at more residents’ doorstep. Spacious apartments, at be:here Hayes completed with either a private garden, terrace, or a balcony, are available to rent today from £1,200 pcm for a one bed and from £1,450 for a two bed.


For the latest availability and any questions, please contact the be:here Hayes team directly on 020 3369 1646 or visit

Proactive property companies embrace rewilding for happier, healthier homes

Proactive property companies embrace rewilding for happier, healthier homes

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  • Plants saved more than £1 billion in healthcare costs in 2015 (ONS)
  • 80% of tourist boards now promote adventure tourism as a standalone sector (Travel Weekly)
  • More people want homes connected to nature than technology (Silk Road)

Newly released figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have highlighted the role that nature plays not just in promoting people’s mental health, but also in boosting their physical health. Undertaken on behalf of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the research shows that the removal of pollutants from the air by plants resulted in 27,000 fewer life years lost, 1,900 fewer premature deaths and 1,300 fewer cardiovascular hospital admissions in 2015, saving more than £1 billion in healthcare costs over the course of the year.

Other studies have shown positive correlations between human health, intelligence and nature. Studies reveal that children are healthier, happier, and perhaps even smarter and more creative when they have a connection to nature. Nature has positive effects on children with attention deficit disorder, asthma, and obesity, and being in nature relieves stress and improves physical health. The trend towards ‘forest school’ elements in nursery settings in the UK is evidence of these findings being embraced.

Nor is it just children who can benefit from connecting with nature, or ‘rewilding,’ as the process is becoming known. The desire to rewild is prevalent in tourism, especially at the higher end. Eight years ago, 40% of tourist boards had adventure tourism as a standalone sector, now it’s up to 80%, according to Travel Weekly. At the super high-end of the tourism sector, holidaymakers are happy to part with thousands of pounds for a few days in the wilderness, where they can’t get mobile phone reception.

Interiors, too, reflect this trend towards rewilding. Adults who work in spaces incorporating nature into their design are more productive, healthy and creative; and hospital patients with a view of nature from their window heal faster.

“For the first-time ever we’re an urban species. Over half the world’s population now lives in a concrete jungle and urbanisation is continuing to grip the globe. At the same time, we’re seeing a rise in mental health disorders and physical conditions such as obesity. Rewilding to our barest, basest selves is one way to combat this.”

James Fenner, Founder and MD, Silk Road


According to NYU’s Langone Medical Center, the number of Americans suffering from serious mental health issues rose from below 3% in 2006 to 3.4% in 2014. Urbanisation can be seen as playing an important role in that increase. Rewilding and finding new ways to bring nature into our cities are essential if we are to reverse the trend.

Silk Road is working with property brands to find innovative ways to address this. The company’s research has found that more people want their homes connected to nature than technology. Nor is it just in the home – it’s also happening in the office. Google’s new HQ in London has a huge garden planned on the roof for employees to enjoy. The company is likely to benefit from happier, healthier staff as a result.

“Being close to nature is better for all of us and should be embraced at every opportunity. If not we’ll be surrounded by concrete and screens – Darwin would be appalled”

James Fenner, Founder and MD, Silk Road


For more information, contact Silk Road by visiting or calling +44 (0) 20 7024 8977.

Holiday homes get personal with new customisation options from Taylor Wimpey España

Holiday homes get personal with new customisation options from Taylor Wimpey España


With the Spanish property market showing strong signs of recovery once again (so far this year sales have risen by 14.7% over the same period in 2016, according to latest data from JLL), buyers are becoming more demanding when it comes to choosing what they purchase and where.

No longer satisfied with four white walls and a terracotta roof, Spanish property buyers want more from their dream home in the sun, the realise one of the true joys of homeownership – the ability to truly make your home yours by customising and personalising it to your taste.

“Buyers today yearn for something more from their second property, they want a space that they can truly make their ‘home away from home’. We have taken this demand on board and can help makes their dreams a reality by giving buyers on our newest development on Mallorca the opportunity to personalise their home before receiving the keys.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España

At the new exclusive development Las Villas de Dalt de Sa Rapita on Mallorca, Taylor Wimpey España is offering buyers a wide range of customisation options for the minimialist villas located on the south coast of the island. And it’s not only a choice of tile colours and bathroom suits on offer, Taylor Wimpey Espana has gone one step further by offering a wide selection of optional extras.

Depending upon the build stage, clients can choose to add to a swimming pool, heated flooring, air conditioning, a garage or a fireplace to their villas.

“We are open to suggestions! From minor layout changes to more substantial alterations, everything can be considered. It is part of the beauty of buying off-plan – purchasers can shape their homes to perfectly suit their needs and desires.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España


With prices start from 390.000€, the villas in the Dalt de Sa Rapita complex are situated in a beautiful spot where residents and visitors can enjoy typical Mediterranean coastal surroundings.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit for more information. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 34 971 706 972.