Tenerife tops the table as Brits can’t get enough of the Canaries

Tenerife tops the table as Brits can’t get enough of the Canaries

Spain
  • Canary Island visitors jump 11.2% in a year (ISTAC)
  • Jet2 and Norwegian announce new Tenerife routes
  • Hidden villages, mountains and pyramids all waiting to be discovered (Cheap Holidays Tenerife)

Newly released figures have revealed a jump of 11.2% in visitor numbers to the Canary Islands in 2016.

The most southerly region of Spain, the Canaries enjoy superb weather year-round, making them a popular destination in all seasons. Now, data from the Instituto Canario de Estadístca (ISTAC), has revealed that the islands’ combination of great weather, stunning beaches and relaxed lifestyle served to attract 14,981,113 visitors in 2016 – 1,679,862 more than the previous year.

Topping the table, with 5.7 million visitors, is Tenerife. With average temperatures ranging from 17°C in winter to 24°C in summer, and between six and ten hours of daily sunshine year-round, the island is something of a haven for families seeking guaranteed sunshine. Even the sea temperature obliges, ranging from an average of 19°C at its coldest (February and March) to 24°C in September and October. according to Holiday Weather.

Part of Tenerife’s attraction lies in its appeal to all ages. From the buzzing commercial scene and nightlife of the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, to the peace and beauty of the volcanic beaches and tranquil golf courses, the island’s mass appeal ensures a steady stream of visitors. In fact, Tenerife has become so popular that it attracted over 1 million more visitors than the second most popular Canary Island in 2016 (Gran Canaria, with 4,223,679 visitors).

ISTAC’s figures also reveal that it is UK travelers whose love for the Canaries burns brightest. More tourists travelled there from the UK in 2016 than from any other country, accounting for 4,892,535 arrivals by air in total. German visitors were the next most populous, at 3,020,296, while Spanish tourists accounted for 1,648,652 arrivals.

“Tenerife is one of those places that can’t help but charm. Many visitors are drawn here by the beaches, and it’s only once they arrive that they realise how much more the island has to offer. Taking a cable car up Mount Teide is an experience not to be missed, as are the Guimar Pyramids and the ‘hidden village’ of Masca. The sea pools in the lava flows at Garachico are also an absolute must. Many visitors find that they are soon yearning to come back, hence the booming tourism figures!”

Jodi Beard, Marketing Director, Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com.

Extended flight schedules for summer 2017 indicate that airlines are expecting this year to be another strong one for the Canary Islands. Jet2 has announced additional flights to Tenerife as part of its summer schedule, while Norwegian has just proposed a new short-haul route from Bilbao to Tenerife twice weekly from mid-April.

For more information, please visit www.Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com or call Cheap Holidays Tenerife today on 0800 0124 300.

Notes to the Editors

 

Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com offers flights from UK airports, and accommodation in the popular tourist resorts of Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas in south Tenerife. Their team scours the web for the most competitive holiday prices on the market… and then beat them*!

The UK and Tenerife-based call centres are staffed by British advisors, all of whom are dedicated specialists in Tenerife holidays. What’s more, their Tenerife-based advisors have lived on the island itself for an average of ten years, which means they have the ultimate first-hand knowledge to offer great advice to travelers!

Now for the serious bit: The discounts available via Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com are subject to qualification criteria relating to the traveller(s). Please be sure to read this criteria, which can be found in point 4 of the Terms and Conditions. A holiday consultant will then contact you to arrange a Personal Orientation Meeting during your stay, which will involve showing you how to receive similar discounts on all future holidays (not just to Tenerife).

Of course, no customer travelling with Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com is under any obligation whatsoever to accept or to buy any holidays or offers during their Promotional Holiday to Tenerife with Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com. However, to qualify for the discounted prices, you’ll still have to meet the qualification criteria mentioned above.

All bookings are subject to availability, and are specific to hotels and/or apartments in these areas of Tenerife.

*subject to Terms and Conditions

Passenger numbers go sky high as Spanish airports enjoy best year in history

Passenger numbers go sky high as Spanish airports enjoy best year in history

Spain
  • 161.7 million international travellers and 67.5 million domestic passengers passed through Spanish airports in 2016 (Aena)
  • Alicante-Elche airport enjoyed a historical 2016 with 12.3 million passengers (Aena)
  • Spain welcomed record 75.6 million foreign tourists in 2016 (INE)
  • Taylor Wimpey España’s La Recoleta III and Panorama Mar new developments are ideally located on the beachfront and close to the record breaking Alicante International Airport

Spain enjoyed a record breaking 2016 when it came to the number of travellers visiting the country by air according to the latest figures from Aena, the state trading company which manages Spanish airports.

161.7 million International travellers passed through Spanish airports last year, confirming its global reputation for connectivity with 67.5 million domestic passengers also travelling during the same period. In particular, Alicante-Elche airport in the popular south-east of the country recorded a historic high in 2016, handling 12.3 million passengers, an increase of 1.7 million passengers in a single year. Interestingly, almost half (42%) of the passengers through Alicante-Elche were from the UK, indicating that the pull for British tourists to the Costa Blanca remains strong.

And even in the face of Brexit, the outlook remains bright with budget airline Jet2 announcing that between April and November this year, they will increase flights by 40% from 9 destinations in the UK including London-Stansted, Edinburgh and Leeds to Alicante-Elche airport, reaching a peak of 93 flights per week in high season.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey España, the renowned housebuilder which has operated successfully in Spain since 1958, has observed first-hand the rising numbers of both flights and passengers entering Spain by air over the last year.

“Living here in Spain and travelling frequently myself both for work and pleasure, you can just see that the airports are busier. More flights, especially from the UK and Northern Europe, bigger aircraft and higher passenger numbers are being witnessed which, in my opinion, is a very positive indicator of the health of the country’s tourism sector.

“Not only did the airports enjoy a record 2016 but Spain overall welcomed the most foreign tourists ever last year, some 75.6 million according to the latest INE data which is an impressive 10.3% increase year on year and we look forward to welcoming even more in 2017.”

Inextricably linked to accessibility and tourism, Spain’s holiday home sector is also optimistic for another good year in 2017. As Marc Pritchard explains,

“As we reported last month, the Spanish market during 2016 was positive for us here at Taylor Wimpey España with an order book increase of 8.5% and completions up 21% on 2015 figures. The latest airport and tourism figures, combined with sentiment here on the ground means that our outlook for 2017 is positive, especially for the Costa Blanca, despite wider macroeconomic uncertainty created by the EU referendum result.”

Taylor Wimpey España are committed to an optimistic 2017 and are therefore launching new developments; Panorama Mar and La Recoleta III.

Property buyers wishing to soak up the sun in the fantastic region of Alicante then look no further than La Recoleta III. This site is near the beachfront with access to the sea and beach just a few metres away, with the Costa Blanca, famed for its fabulous white sandy beaches.

La Recoleta’s Mediterranean style buildings, wide avenues leading down to the sea, immaculate garden areas and well-run services make this a perfect place to relax and enjoy the fantastic climate all year around.

With prices starting from just €194,000 +VAT, the 2 or 3 bed apartments have a well-designed layout, each with a private terrace. Enjoy beautiful views over the sea, the pool and private gardens of the development. The unique penthouses include solariums and outstanding views and to top it off, Alicante’s International airport is just a one hour drive.

Taylor Wimpey España’s complex, Panorama Mar, is a new first line development, situated on Punta Prima Beach in Torrevieja. This private residential complex offers an array of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, all designed for both comfort and convenience, with 2 bathrooms and an underground parking space. Each apartment in the first phase is south facing and therefore blessed with spacious terraces and stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea.

With prices starting from just €234,000 +VAT, every resident is granted direct access to the beach promenade. Alicante’s International Airport is just 45 minutes away and Punta Prima is also blessed with excellent transport links.

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

Follow Cupid’s arrow to star-studded Mallorca this Valentine’s Day

Follow Cupid’s arrow to star-studded Mallorca this Valentine’s Day

Spain
  • Mallorca welcomes a wealth of famous faces from James Blunt to the Beckhams
  • “Mallorca has a special hold on me as the place where I met my wife and where my family and I call home” (Marc Pritchard, Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Follow in the sandy footprints of today’s elite with Taylor Wimpey España array of properties to fall in love with on Mallorca

The Balearic island of Mallorca has attracted the world’s rich and famous for centuries. Its picture postcard scenery has become a sublime setting of both inspiration and relaxation for those in the spotlight, emerging as the perfect romantic getaway destination.

Spain’s most international tennis player, Rafal Nadal often returns home to Mallorca to relax with girlfriend Xisca; look out for his silhouette sailing around the island which also hosted the popular ITV show, Love Island and the hit BBC drama, The Night Manager.

Singer-songwriter James Blunt not only celebrated his wedding on Mallorca but continues to be a frequent visitor to the island with his wife, Sofia. They wanted to show their affection for the island by making sure that their big day gave back, buying the bridal gown from Mallorquin designer Rosa Esteva and using Palma based event planners to organise the celebration.

The Beckhams are the most recent celebrity couple to fall in love with the island and they know how to celebrate their love for one another in style. The luxurious setting of Mallorca is where the world’s power couple now enjoy time away from their star-studded lifestyle.

It is clear that Mallorca is the top destination for a romantic getaway and Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, for leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, agrees as he himself fell in love with the island when he first visited on a family holiday in 1975.

He comments, “Having visited a great number of Spanish destinations, Mallorca has a special hold on me. It’s where I met my wife, started my career in property, and it’s the place my family and I call home.

“There are many reasons why Mallorca has a unique and romantic feel; the coastline is truly stunning with an amazing 200 beaches, many of which boast Blue Flags, all over the island. It is also an absolute paradise for nature lovers, my favourite is the Tramuntana mountains. Nothing beats taking my motorbike up through the winding mountain roads to enjoy the most breath-taking views and see the local wildlife at the weekend.

“Mallorca is an island full of life; the capital Palma plays host to half of the island’s population offering style, sophistication and a buzzing nightlife. The Mallorquin people are passionate and I have no doubt that the island will steal your heart just as its stolen mine.”

For those ready to follow in the sandy footprints of today’s elite, leading Spanish homebuilder, Taylor Wimpey España offer an array of properties perfect for an A-list romantic retreat. The Marina Golf complex is less than 30 minutes from the capital Palma and is located next to the celebrated Santa Ponsa III Golf Club.

This new Mediterranean style village has spacious townhouses with private terraces, gardens and allocated parking spaces. In the communal area there is a swimming pool for the exclusive use of owners, surrounded by a solarium with views over the golf course and a large communal garden.

Prices start from just €600,000 +VAT and every townhouse has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, with air conditioning, under floor heating in the bathrooms, double-glazing, a security door, TV aerial and satellite dish. In order to ensure the maximum amount of light the properties are southwest facing and have several terrace areas so the sun can be enjoyed for most of the day.

Santa Ponsa is surrounded by some of the top golf clubs on the island including Golf Santa Ponsa I, II and III. It is also near the coast, in an area dotted with beautiful coves and beaches and some of the island’s most exclusive marinas such as the Puerto Adriano. Designed by Philippe Starck and just 1.5 km away, Puerto Adriano has a wide variety of elegant bars and restaurants ideal for that much needed date night.

For those with a more modest budget, Taylor Wimpey España’s most recent development is the gorgeous Bahia Sant Pere. The development is situated in the traditional north east coastal village of Colonia de Sant Pere, perfect for those wanting a more rural escape.

Less than an hour from Palma’s international airport and only a short distance from the local fishing port and Mallorca’s golden coastline. From just €215,000 +VAT all apartments have two bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen with breakfast bar and the use of a private parking space. Each resident will have access to the development’s two swimming pools and luscious communal gardens.

Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the village of Colonia de Sant Pere allows visitors to experience the more rustic side of Mallorca, being the perfect location to enjoy both the stunning landscape of the mountains of the Peninsula de LLevant Natural Park and the beautiful coast with the white sandy beach of Sa Canova.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit http://taylorwimpeyspain.com. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Brits look to Spain to bag a bargain holiday home in 2017

Brits look to Spain to bag a bargain holiday home in 2017

Spain
  • 37% of Brits currently regretting their Christmas spending (Nationwide)
  • Bargain hunting particularly important to second home buyers in the New Year (Kyero.com)
  • Playa del Ingles and Almeria named top destinations for making a saving (Kyero.com)

According to Nationwide, 37% of Brits will currently be regretting the amount they have spent over Christmas, while 19% will still be paying off their festive spending in March. Across Europe, Christmas spending was projected to hit £77.56 billion in 2016, based on research by the Centre for Retail Research and RetailMeNot. Meanwhile, while in the US, Deloitte’s 2016 Holiday Survey predicted that spending would pass the $1 trillion mark.

Whatever the total cost of the holiday season, the early months of the New Year are certainly a time when bargain hunting becomes a priority for many. Whether it’s the weekly shop or something altogether larger – such as a holiday home overseas – achieving value for money in January and February is a serious business.

Richard Speigal, Head of Research at Spanish property portal Kyero.com, comments,

“Clearly, everyone who buys a second home wants that property to be good value, but at the start of the year we see a particular emphasis on bargain hunting. Buyers are looking for properties that offer something exceptional for the money. Price reductions, even small ones, can make for quick sales at this time of year, as buyers are keen to snap up homes that mean they can make a saving while still achieving their dream of owning abroad.”

Those looking for a bargain holiday home would do well to make use of Kyero.com’s extensive data on market trends to scour Spain for the best areas to pick up under-valued property. The portal offers a dedicated data site to enable this (data.kyero.com) and also regularly reviews their latest search data for the most up and coming areas and those places where prices are lagging behind the national average.

Right now, Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria is the place to buy for those looking for an up and coming area. Enquiries for properties in the Canary Islands always rise in the winter months, but 2017 has seen Playa del Ingles knock Torrevieja off the top spot of Kyero.com’s trending locations list for the first time ever.

The average property price in Playa del Ingles is €165,000, against €249,000 nationally, making it ideal for bargain hunters looking for all the benefits of Spanish property ownership but without the usual price tag.

For buyers looking for an area lagging behind the rest of the market, Almeria province is an excellent choice. Prices there are currently averaging €129,000 – nearly half the national average.

Despite a spike in sales since the Brexit vote, prices in Almeria have yet to catch up to those in the rest of Spain, creating excellent potential for future capital gains. Mojacar (average property price €165,000), Albox (€126,000) and Palomares (€84,000) are the three top spots, according to Kyero.com’s data.

Of course, discounted properties can be found in many areas of Spain, by those who know where to look. This spacious, three-bedroom frontline beach penthouse in Estepona has been reduced by a staggering €250,000, to €999,000.

Buyers looking for something more traditional can enjoy a €20,000 discount on this five-bedroom cortijo with private pool and terraces, now just €130,000. Meanwhile golfers can take advantage of the €40,000 discount on this three-bedroom villa near La Marquesa, now priced at €159,000.

“Spain offers something for everyone when it comes to bargain hunting,” concludes Kyero.com’s Richard Speigal. “There are plenty of price reductions available to buyers right now and some fantastic areas that offer excellent potential. It’s a buyer’s market for Brits looking to pick up a bargain holiday home.”

For further details, visit www.kyero.com.

Half-term holiday hotspot for the whole family – minus the eye-watering price tag!

Half-term holiday hotspot for the whole family – minus the eye-watering price tag!

Spain
  • London to Tenerife flight costs up by 581% for half-term (FairFX)
  • Average holidaymaker can save £146 by booking accommodation through Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com
  • Stunning beaches and family-friendly restaurants all perfect for those on a budget

 

Recent figures from FairFX have shown that return flights from London Gatwick to holiday hotspot Tenerife during half-term are 581% more expensive than they would be two weeks earlier, at £293 during half-term versus £42 beforehand.

However, with some savvy choices around accommodation, restaurants and other activities, families don’t need to rule out their break in the Tenerife sunshine just yet.

Jodi Beard, Marketing Director of holiday planning specialists Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com, is an expert in enabling families to enjoy the popular southern part of the island without the eye-watering price tags. She explains,

“Tenerife is an incredibly beautiful island, which offers plenty of activities for the whole family. Just because flight prices go up during half-term week you shouldn’t rule it out as a destination. Families who think ahead about where to dine and which activities they want to participate in can often make significant savings, as well as getting a more authentic Tenerife experience.”

Jodi thoroughly recommends exploring further afield as one way to keep costs down. Resort shops, bars and restaurants can be pricey and there are some superb venues just waiting to be discovered by those who care to look.

Authentic restaurant Rincon del Pollo de Adeje in Los Cristianos is a great choice for a family visit and certainly won’t break the bank. The Safari Centre at Playa de las Americas is also a good bet for those with little ones in tow.

The traditional tapas and seafood restaurants in La Caleta are well worth a visit and are a great choice for couples and those with older children who are looking to enjoy a tapas tour on a budget that lasts well into the evening.

When it comes to entertainment, Carnival St Cruz in February is a lively event that the whole family can enjoy, with music and laughter high on the agenda. The event spans several weeks, from late January to late February, with tickets to different days costing different amounts. Families on a budget will be pleased to learn that ticket prices for some events cost as little as €1.

Tenerife is of course famous for its watersports, with parascending a particularly popular option in recent years. However, the miles of stunning coastline also offer some excellent swimming conditions, meaning that visitors need little more than a bathing suit and a bottle of sun-cream in order to enjoy themselves thoroughly.

Fañabe, Las Vistas and La Teresitas are the beaches that the Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com team particularly recommends. Other essential spots to visit include Puerto de la Cruz, Mount Teide and Los Gigantes, all of which can be enjoyed on a shoestring.

For shoppers, the markets at Fañabe on Saturdays and Thursdays, and at Los Cristianos on Sundays, are a lovely way to explore the tastes of Tenerife without handing over too many euros.

When it comes to accommodation, Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com has some excellent options available, with holidaymakers able to choose anything from self-catering to half board, depending on their whims and budgets.

The company promises to beat the price of any other genuine accommodation-only seven-night holiday by a minimum of £100, with the average customer saving £146 – perfect for families facing costly half-term flight prices.

One final tip for those looking to enjoy Tenerife without breaking the bank is to book items such as car hire and airport transfers through a company like JiveHippo.travel, which offers great travel experiences at discounted rates. Those kind of savings quickly add up and can make all the difference when it comes to having spending money left over for the holiday. To get the best possible prices become a Jive Hippo Member, visit www.JiveHippo.club for more information on how.

“Tenerife doesn’t have to cost the earth,” concludes Cheap-Holiday-Tenerife’s Jodi Beard. “If you’re on a budget and in need of some winter sun this half-term, a little careful planning can go a long way towards getting you the holiday you deserve!”

For more information, please visit www.Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com  or call Cheap Holidays Tenerife today on 0800 0124 300.

Notes to the Editors

Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com offers flights from UK airports, and accommodation in the popular tourist resorts of Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas in south Tenerife. Their team scours the web for the most competitive holiday prices on the market… and then beat them*!

The UK and Tenerife-based call centres are staffed by British advisors, all of whom are dedicated specialists in Tenerife holidays. What’s more, their Tenerife-based advisors have lived on the island itself for an average of ten years, which means they have the ultimate first-hand knowledge to offer great advice to travellers!

Now for the serious bit: The discounts available via Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com are subject to qualification criteria relating to the traveller(s). Please be sure to read this criteria, which can be found in point 4 of the Terms and Conditions. A holiday consultant will then contact you to arrange a Personal Orientation Meeting during your stay, which will involve showing you how to receive similar discounts on all future holidays (not just to Tenerife).

Of course, no customer travelling with Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com is under any obligation whatsoever to accept or to buy any holidays or offers during their Promotional Holiday to Tenerife with Cheap-Holidays-Tenerife.com. However, to qualify for the discounted prices, you’ll still have to meet the qualification criteria mentioned above.

All bookings are subject to availability, and are specific to hotels and/or apartments in these areas of Tenerife.

*subject to Terms and Conditions

Sun shines on the Costa Blanca as property sales soar 91% in 2016

Sun shines on the Costa Blanca as property sales soar 91% in 2016

Spain
  • British buyers increase by 60% on the Costa Blanca in just 12 months (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Spanish buyers grow by 260% as demand for property on the Costa Blanca soars (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • “We are delighted to present Arenal Dream after the success of its neighbouring development, Jardín del Mar, which has now completely sold out” (Taylor Wimpey España)

Taylor Wimpey España has confirmed an encouraging trend within the Spanish property market’s recovery with the leading homebuilder seeing sales on the Costa Blanca rise by a significant 91% last year.

Positive news for the expat community was also reported with sales to British buyers increasing by 60% in comparison to 2015, however, it is domestic buyers that are leading the charge towards the Costa Blanca.

Property transactions by Spanish buyers have grown by an incredible 260% during the last 12 months on the Costa Blanca as they reignite their love for Spain’s white coast.

This excitement surrounding the Costa Blanca property market has definitely driven demand for property in the area and Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey España, believes this trend is set to continue throughout 2017. He explains,

“As both domestic and overseas buyers return to the Spanish market, the Costa Blanca is once again emerging as the firm favourite. It’s sought after sunshine, chiseled coastline and laidback lifestyle has granted the region a new lease of life and second home buyers are showing a real desire to be a part of it.

“In response to buyer demand, we are delighted to be presenting our new development, Arenal Dream, to the market. Especially after the success of its neighbouring development, Jardín del Mar, which has now completely sold out in less than a year.”

Situated only 300 metres from the beach of El Arenal, awarded with a Blue Flag and one of the best beaches in the Valencian Community, the stunning development consists of 47 properties, comprised of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Luxurious communal areas include a swimming pool and luscious gardens creating a beautiful environment in which to relax.

With prices starting from just €220,000+VAT, all residents can enjoy the spacious terraces integrated as part of the living room which benefit from natural light through large French windows. Each property includes an underground parking space and ground floor apartments also offer private gardens to the front and rear. It is a privileged location with many services within walking distance such as leisure amenities, restaurants, banks and supermarkets.

For more information, please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit www.taylorwimpeyspain.com. Those residing outside of the UK should call 0034 971 70 69 72.

Interior design resolutions: 2017 is the year to ‘think pretty’ says Alexander James Interior Design

Interior design resolutions: 2017 is the year to ‘think pretty’ says Alexander James Interior Design

United Kingdom
  • Impact of external influences on inner peace more widely appreciated
  • Demand for professional interior design in sub £2 million homes on the up
  • Homeowners, sellers and landlords all looking to use interior design to their advantage

 

Many people are glad to see the back of 2016, heralding 2017 as a fresh start, with all the promise that a new year brings. Achieving inner strength and peace are high up the priority list for many working diligently on their New Year’s resolutions, but there’s more to inner peace than eating kale and enjoying regular yoga sessions, as Stacey Sibley, Creative Director at Alexander James Interior Design, reveals,

 

“The look and feel of a property has a huge impact on how those who live there feel. An expert interior design service can transform a ‘nice’ home into a real sanctuary – a place of calm that helps you to shrug off the cares of the world the moment you close the front door. Many people work hard at self-improvement during January in order to feel healthier and happier, but don’t appreciate how much of a difference changes within the home can make.”

 

According to the team of experts at Alexander James, who have more than 20 years’ experience of interior architecture, the benefits of interior design are gradually extending their reach. The sub £2 million property market is booming when it comes to demand from new clients, particularly in London and other large cities across the UK. Homeowners are beginning to appreciate the serenity that interior design can bring – a message that the Alexander James team is keen to spread more widely.

 

Stacey Sibley continues,

 

“Homeowners have an unprecedented opportunity to access interior architecture expertise as the market expands to bring beautiful interiors to a broader client base. We’re seeing rising demand from individual property owners seeking to give their home the interior it deserves, as well as from those looking to maximise their home’s sale value. Interior design for rental property also looks set to expand rapidly in 2017, with landlords keen to boost their yields by offering homes that stand out from the crowd.”

 

The natural hues and warming tones and textures of 2017’s top interior design trends should certainly appeal to those looking to make their home (and their life) more tranquil as part of their 2017 New Year’s resolutions. Natural woods and pastel tones will create personal havens for those seeking the path to inner peace this year.

 

Alexander James Interior Design has showcased this beautifully at this modern, rustic barn in Surrey. The stunning building has been dressed in a way that highlights its outstanding features, at the same time as creating a serene, welcoming home.

 

As 2017 gets underway, those seeking inner peace as part of their New Year’s resolutions would do well to turn to interior design in order to achieve it!

 

For more information, visit Alexander James Interior Design at www.aji.co.uk, email info@aji.co.uk or call 020 7887 7604.

Students kick-start a healthy 2017 with cooking and cardio

Students kick-start a healthy 2017 with cooking and cardio

Uncategorized
  • Most popular 2017 resolution is to achieve a healthier lifestyle (American Express)
  • Third of Brits set goals to exercise more and 30% plan to eat better (American Express)
  • Free fitness, dance and “get fit after Christmas” sessions in state-of-the-art gyms available at Collegiate AC accommodation

According to new research from American Express the most popular New Year’s resolution set for 2017 was to achieve a healthier lifestyle, with a third of Brits setting goals to exercise more and a further 30% planning to eat better.

Amongst the health conscious are today’s students, eager to achieve both their health and academic goals in order to make the most of their university experience. With increasing pressure to attain top grades, a well-balanced body, mind and soul is becoming essential for students, at any level of study.

Providing students with the facilities essential for maintaining a healthier lifestyle, Collegiate AC the leading provider of luxury student accommodation in the UK, installs high-tech kitchen appliances to give their residents the opportunity to cook meals from scratch.

And with tea and coffee prepared at the start of each day by the 24/7 concierge at the Nova residence in Nottingham, students are able to get ready for a day of lectures with ease.

Collegiate’s Saxon Court property in Reading also benefits from an exclusive dinner party room to host friends and put their healthy cooking skills to the test, providing a fun and relaxing evening in.

As well as altering food options, many New Year’s resolutions begin with a trip to the gym. To inspire students to make time for a fitness regime, regardless of skill level, most Collegiate AC residences offer on-site gym facilities, including Water Lane Apartments in Bristol, Nova in Nottingham and Gateway Apartments in Edinburgh.

In Newcastle, Plummer House provide classes such as Dance, Bootcamp and spinning classes all included with the rate.

Heriberto Cuanalo, CEO of Collegiate AC, explains the advantages of having additional facilities available onsite that enhance a balanced lifestyle,

“Many of our residents have said that the range of additional facilities available in our properties enhances their student experience and provides them with the tools they need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Whether it is using the space to experiment in the kitchen, working up a sweat in the gym or letting off steam by exchanging stories in the common room, we believe that these aspects are of key importance.

“This is especially important after the Christmas break when getting back into the routine of healthy eating and exercising before January exams is important. At Collegiate AC, we take into careful consideration exactly what students need and for instance at Fusion Tower, Bristol, we have an onsite personal trainer that has arranged ‘get fit after Christmas’ group sessions in the on-site state-of-the-art gym.”

Evidence shows, according to findings by mobile health and fitness company HealthifyMe, approximately 82% of people didn’t stick to their New Year’s fitness resolution for more than a week on the app in 2016. It is crucial therefore that your surroundings help motivate your goals and Collegiate AC are the perfect accommodation for focused and well-rounded student-living.

Fusion Tower is a fine example of facilities that help maintain a balanced lifestyle. On-site facilities include a cinema, private gym, club lounge and a resident’s bar as well as a choice of generously-sized rooms, along with high-speed broadband, Wi-Fi and 24-hour security and CCTV.

From £134 per week, Fusion Tower has an incredible city-centre location, perfect for enjoying the wealth of culture and entertainment that Bristol has to offer, with a range of accommodation available from studios to five-bed apartments.

For more information, visit www.collegiate-ac.com or contact Collegiate AC on 01235 250 140.

Out with the old! Make a New Year resolution to get rid of that unwanted timeshare

Out with the old! Make a New Year resolution to get rid of that unwanted timeshare

United Kingdom
  • Timeshare Compensation supporting owners to know their rights
  • New compensation calculator tool launched
  • 9 consecutive court cases lost by timeshare industry (Timeshare Consumer Association)

 

January is the perfect time for having a clear out. With the overindulgence of Christmas firmly behind us, it’s time to adopt a lean, healthy lifestyle and save some money. For those with an unwanted timeshare, 2017 brings with it an unprecedented opportunity for doing just that.

 

There’s a strong appetite for getting rid of timeshares. Some 10% of all timeshare sales are now resales, according to Interval International. As resales take an ever-larger share of the timeshare sales market, it’s clear that there are plenty of families out there who’ve had enough of their ownership and are looking for a way out.

 

However, resale isn’t the only option available to those looking to turn an unwanted timeshare into money, as a spokesperson from Timeshare Compensation explains,

 

“Timeshare compensation claims – and successful outcomes to those claims – are on the up. The supreme court has been instrumental in encouraging owners to come forward and claim compensation for their mis-sold timeshare, with nine supreme court rulings in a row going against major timeshare companies in the past few months, according to the Timeshare Consumer Association.”

 

Timeshare Compensation exists to support individuals to understand their options when it comes to claiming compensation. The company’s compensation calculator offers a quick and easy way for timeshare owners to calculate how much they might be owed. In addition, there is a team of dedicated advisors who can explain to owners what their options are.

 

Timeshare Compensation’s mission is to educate timeshare owners regarding their rights. Recent supreme court rulings have determined that compensation may be payable if a timeshare contract is found to be illegal. Contracts that last longer than 50 years, are for floating week products and involved taking money during the cooling off period are all now considered to be illegal. However, many owners remain unaware of this and are instead stuck with a timeshare that that no longer want.

 

“The landscape is shifting for timeshare owners,” comments Timeshare Compensation’s spokesperson. “Owners now have more options than ever before when it comes to turning an unwanted timeshare into money – the law is there to protect their rights and their wallets.”

 

For more information, please visit www.TimeshareCompensation.co.uk, call 0800 046 5855 or email Info@TimeshareCompensation.co.uk.

Spain’s laidback lifestyle lures second home buyers

Spain’s laidback lifestyle lures second home buyers

Spain
  • Spain has second best life expectancy on the planet (OECD)
  • More than 15,000 people over the age of 100 live in Spain (OECD)
  • “Many move to Spain for a healthier, happier way of life” (Taylor Wimpey España)

The average person born in Spain today can expect to live to the ripe old age of 83.3 years according to the latest data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Home to more than 15,000 people aged over 100 years, Spain officially has the second best life expectancy on the planet, just behind Japan. In comparison, those that live in the UK and Ireland have a lower average life expectancy than most of Western Europe and Scandinavia, at 81.4 years.

The main reasons suggested for Spain’s impressive life expectancy are the more relaxed lifestyle, keeping active and strong family connections.

Marc PritchardSales and Marketing Director for leading homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España and long term Spanish residents comments on the attraction of Spain as a destination,

“The relaxed lifestyle of sea, sunshine and siestas is what draws many Brits to Spanish shores. Life here is very different from the UK; there is greater focus on quality living, getting out and enjoying the natural environment and regularly taking the time to share good food with friends and family.

“That’s not to say that this way of life comes at the cost of 21st century living – far from it! Here in Spain we enjoy every technology available in the rest of Europe and operate some of the most successful companies in the world. It’s just about balance.”

Indeed, a lower cost of living and higher amount of paid leave than in the UK make finding that balance between work and play easier in Spain, not to mention the Mediterranean climate which offers significantly greater inspiration to keep fit and healthy year round

Pritchard continues,

“Having lived and worked in Spain for over 20 years now, raising my family here on Mallorca, I know firsthand why the Spanish way of life is so appealing and I speak to many clients looking to realise that dream lifestyle. Quality of life is becoming an ever growing driver for Brits buying second homes abroad with many moving to Spain for a healthier, happier way of life.”

For those lured by the laidback Spanish lifestyle, Taylor Wimpey España has a range of superb properties in a variety of prime locations to choose from.

Panorama Mar for example is Taylor Wimpey España’s newest frontline development, situated on Punta Prima Beach in Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca. This private residential complex offers an array of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, all designed for both comfort and convenience. Each apartment in the first phase is south facing and therefore blessed with spacious terraces and stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea to relax and unwind with friends and visiting family.

With prices starting from just €234,000 + VAT, every Panorama Mar resident will be able to use the three communal swimming pools and Jacuzzi facility, as well as being granted direct access to the beach promenade.

Whilst being an area of natural beauty, situated 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 with regular direct flights to a choice of UK airports.

For more information, please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit www.taylorwimpeyspain.com. Those residing outside of the UK should call 0034 971 70 69 72.