Clients´ demands on the exclusive Champneys Resort in Marbella have led to the developer combining apartments together, first and second floor apartments in suitable blocks, to create three bedroom duplex properties complete with terraces, gardens, pool and interior courtyards. Julia Norton, Sales Director Champneys Marbella comments “Because there are so many clients requesting prime properties on the resort, naturally we have adapted the construction in order to satisfy the demand for the larger properties”.
Although, this might appear excessive, possibly unbelievable, considering the current economic climate, one has to remember that Marbella has always been and still is the Mecca for the rich and famous. Regardless of what the rest of the world is doing with its´ finances, the very rich remain relatively unscathed by it all. In fact, despite the economic downturn in Spain, properties in the new Champneys Marbella development have been holding strong and all but 2 of the penthouses have been sold (22 of 24).
The statistics released by property experts Kyero.com show that the average property price in Marbella during the final quarter of last year was 654,000 Euros compared with just 247,000 Euros across the rest of Spain. Marbella´s house prices are on average 164.6% more expensive than the national average and this will come as no surprise to anybody who knows the resort. The stereotype of Marbella being home to the “jet set” is still very prevalent today and the members show no signs of leaving their spiritual home. There is nowhere else in Spain that holds that cosmopolitan feel, not unlike that of Monaco or Portofino, where its residents live an unrivalled lifestyle. For this reason celebs such as Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith continue to hold it in such high esteem because it offers them everything that they require in terms of leisure, shopping and relaxation.
And for those, who don´t live permanently in Spain, Marbella is still the hot holiday destination, in every sense of the word. In fact, last year according to the Office of National Statistics Spain received almost twice the number of visitors than France with 12,029,325 compared to just 7,581,688. A large proportion of the twelve thousand head loyally back to Marbella every year where they are guaranteed the essential holiday ingredients that they have come to expect over the years. Life carries on as normal in Marbella with those clients who can afford to opt for the ultimate in top end living and Champneys Resort in Marbella enables them to do just that. For more information contact Champneys Marbella on +44 (0)1442 291200 or visit
In the hills of the national park, above the prestigious resort of Marbella in Spain and with views down towards the sparkling sea, a dream is becoming a reality. The 1st March 2009 will see construction commence on the site of the new Champneys Marbella spa development, the first resort from the quintessentially English spa brand to be located outside of the UK, making this an exciting time for patrons and investors alike.
With apartments priced from €696,358 and penthouses from €971,729, and construction on the site starting very soon, now is the time to invest in the resort while there is still availability. For more information contact 01442 291200, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.champneysmarbella.com.
When one culture mixes with another, what lasts is often what works. In Britain it was Roman roads and baths. In Spain it was, and remains, the architectural heritage and style of the Moors. First introduced from North West Africa 1,300 years ago, the beautiful and striking essence of Moorish architecture remains and continues to be a template for property builders and developers in the area.
Their presence may have disappeared 500 years ago, but their Islamic architectural influence very much remains in the character and heritage of areas like Granada, often termed the ‘Moorish jewel’. The best surviving historical examples of it dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries are La Mezquita, the Roman Catholic Cathedral and former Mosque in Cordoba, and the Alhambra Palace in Granada.
The Moorish style features more than just horseshoe arches and intertwining patterns. Elaborate decoration, intricate mosaic work and ornate ceiling carvings also play their part, as do the regal surroundings. This is most notably characterised by the presence of an interior courtyard or ‘riad’, which has its origins in Morocco and other parts of the Islamic world in the Middle East.
Also at the heart of any Moorish building is the use of nature and light. Many Moorish features emanate from the desert-like conditions found in parts of North West Africa, on the edge of the Sahara. The use of water is central and hugely important to the Moorish style. Every part, be it a room, a courtyard or a garden, utilises water. Indeed, interior courtyards typically feature a spring of running water from nearby mountains. Fountains, reflecting pools and tiny canals that run through floors combine aesthetics with cool refreshment from the year round weather.
As important as the use of water is the use of light. Depending on the property and the room or courtyard, the light may be full, filtered, reflected, or made to create elaborate designs across floors according to taste. Double height ceilings are also typical, ensuring the retention of the Mediterranean light well into the evening. Both the use of water and light, introduced over 1000 years ago, were considered highly sophisticated at the time compared to existing practices throughout Europe.
Architectural history continues to have a direct link to the present and the future. This can easily be seen in the work of architects such as Francisco Pastor Gil and Alfonso Bermejo Oroz, responsible for the Champneys Marbella development. Their work on a Museum building at the historic Alhambra Palace, which is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, mirrors many of their property developments and their award winning pursuit of the Moorish style in a modern context. Their projects have been published in prestigious publications in Spain and throughout Europe.
Apartments and penthouses in the style are available in exclusive luxury resorts within the hills of Marbella’s National park at Champneys Marbella. This development boasts Moorish architectural features in an idyllic location overlooking the coast line of Marbella and Puerto Banus. The continued success of the Champneys Marbella development despite global financial pressures is no surprise, says Sales Director Julia Norton. “The reason why we’ve managed to buck any downward trends is because buyers recognise the innate attractiveness of the apartments and penthouses themselves, as well as the resort. Their beautiful, striking interiors and palatial, peaceful surroundings melt the heart of the most hardened individual. The whole development combines the best of the Champneys spa lifestyle with the stunning climate of the Mediterranean.”
Prices start from €696,358 for 2 bedroom apartments. There are just two 2 bedroom penthouses available at €971,729 and €1,026,705. Also available are 3 bedroom 3 bathroom vast duplex suites with private pool, two parking spaces and two store rooms at €1,700,000.
For more information contact 01442 291200, email email@example.com or visit www.champneysmarbella.com.
Based on an outdated stereotype, when you think of the spa, a retro image of the exhausted housewife or burnt out career women recharging their batteries with a massage or a manicure springs to mind. Today, that couldn´t be further from the reality of spa clientèle. Spas are no longer the reserve of ladies who lunch, then relax in a haven of lavender scented, pink chintz. In fact, in today´s spa emphasis is actually placed on creating a neutral gendered environment so that their market encompasses both men and women alike.
The overall perception of spas has changed enormously in society over the past few years. They used to be considered a place where you would go with the objective of coming out with an improved appearance. However they are no longer seen in such a superficial light nor as an indulgent experience but an essential part of dealing with wear and tear on the body when modern day to day living takes its toll. And as far as the word pampering is concerned that just isn´t enough anymore as according to their survey results,
International Spa Association (ISPA) President Lynne Walker McNees cites that “People continue to expect more from their spa visits than simply being pampered. They want results. More than 1 in 10 spa-goers treat spa-going as part of a larger health and wellness lifestyle.”
The concept of men hanging out at the spa is not an entirely new phenomenon. Champneys’ four UK resorts have been host to some of the biggest sporting household names for years such as Frank Bruno and the late George Best. Men, too, want to age well and live longer so they appreciate the importance of taking care of themselves in order to perform in areas of their life where vitality is needed.
With over half a million Britons each year saying their work-related stress makes them feel ill, it is no wonder an increasing number are exchanging the costs of British life with the Costa del Sol. After Australia, the most popular destination for Britons is the peaceful, sunny Spain with its fresh food, pleasant seas and relaxing spas. With an estimated two million people suffering from what is recognised by doctors as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or ‘winter blues’, it is no surprise 750,000 people left Britain last year to experience the more tranquil Spanish lifestyle.