Brazil further expands its global presence with plans to offer visa free travel to Oman

Brazil further expands its global presence with plans to offer visa free travel to Oman

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  • Oman and Brazil in talks to provide visa free travel to official passport holders of both countries
  • Ritz-G5 excited to improve touristic relationship with Oman encouraging further FDI
  • Oman’s Commerce and Industry minister Ali Al-Sunaidy emphasises “opportunities” in Brazil

Brazil is further expanding its global presence and fostering new relationships with the Middle East by announcing plans to offer visa free travel to Oman’s diplomats and tourists.

Oman and Brazil are currently in talks to provide visa free travel to official passport holders of each nation, diplomats and tourists intending to stay less than 30 days. According to the Undersecretary General for Africa and Middle East Political Affairs in the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, Fernando Abreu, the talks are now at advanced stages.

The news of potential visa free travel comes as part of Brazil’s trade extension with Oman and exemplifies the Latin American country’s intentions to work on numerous new projects with the Arab nation. One of the new exciting ventures includes plans for Oman to advertise food products made in Brazil later this year, extending the consumer and business reach of South America’s largest nation.

Shortage of food supplies in Oman was one of the main topics during the talks, which could be fulfilled with Brazil’s help. As a first step towards this, a trade show will be held in Oman this October which will help introduce Brazilian food products to the Oman market.

With a stable 4.60 percent GDP growth in 2014 and a promising FDI inflow of nearly US $1.2 billion, Oman is a strong economic partner. An avid supporter of foreign investment in Brazil, multi award-winning developer Ritz-G5, based in Natal, encourages new trade between the Middle East and Brazil.

Ritz-G5’s CFO, Paul Telfer explains,

“Working together with Oman will allow Brazil to expand its business further and open doors to the other Gulf nations, encouraging further FDI. We look forward to seeing this relationship grow further and witness not only a growing demand for Brazilian foods in Oman, but also an improved touristic relationship and trade influx between the two countries.”

This significant decision was made in early February during a meeting between Oman’s Commerce and Industry minister Ali Al-Sunaidy and the Brazilian minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Armando Monteiro.

During the Omani delegation’s visit to Sao Paulo, Ali-Al Sunaidy expressed his confidence in Brazil, talking about its potential as well as saying he wishes to increase the amount of Omani investment in Brazil in the future. The minister emphasised,

“I am visiting Brazilian enterprises over the next few days; there are opportunities here.”

The Commerce and Industry minister also noted that Brazilian businesses can, in turn, take advantage of the strategic location and infrastructure of Omani ports, which will help with extending Brazilian product reach in the Gulf.

Brazil already has companies operating in Oman such as the Brazilian mining company Vale which has an iron ore pellet plant and a sea terminal. The company has a total of US $2 billion in investments and generates approximately 3,000 jobs in the region.

One of Ritz-G5’s latest developments that highlights the potential investment opportunities in Brazil is Majestic Village. Winner of the highest 5-star award in the Best Mixed-use Development Americas category at the highly acclaimed Grand Final of the International Property Awards 2015, Majestic Village is one of the Shariah-compliant projects. Situated within close proximity to the city of Natal and its international airport, this sought after serviced land plot condominium development is set across 75 hectares and has an impressive build density of only 34%.

Majestic Village will present a condo neighbourhood, surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, and include exclusive facilities such as swimming pools, tennis courts and club, volleyball courts, football pitches, a children’s play area, a gym, a stunning feature river and a club house. With 1,800 residential building plots ranging in size from 350 and 961 m², and the opportunity to design your own villa to meet individual requirements, prices start from just R$157,500 / £42,000 for a 350 m² plot.

For more information on Brazil’s trade and new partnerships, contact the team on +44 207 183 7565 or visit www.ritz-g5.com

Brazil’s “City of the Sun” revealed as top 2016 beach retirement hotspot

Brazil’s “City of the Sun” revealed as top 2016 beach retirement hotspot

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  • Natal ranked in top five places to retire on the beach in 2016 (Live and Invest Overseas)
  • Winter sun and affordable living are key factors for those wanting to retire abroad
  • Brazilian Real drops against both the British Pound and the US Dollar meaning overseas buyers can get more than twice as much for their money (Ritz-G5)

Brazil’s “City of the Sun”, Natal, has been revealed as one of the world’s top beach destinations to retire to. The world’s most trusted source for information on living, retiring and investing overseas, Live and Invest Overseas, has highlighted the city’s mile-long crescent beach, which is sheltered by a giant sand dune, and its warm, shallow waters as two of the key reasons for Natal’s inclusion in its list of the five best places to retire on the beach in 2016.

The only beach destination in Brazil to make it into the top five, Natal was also flagged, as its nickname suggests, as one of the country’s sunniest cities – a factor often close to the hearts of those looking to retire to their dream home overseas. The city benefits from more than 300 days of sunshine annually, with a gentle, balmy climate throughout the year.

Miller Reis, Sales Director of award-winning property developer Ritz-G5, which has developed a number of projects in and around Natal, comments,

“Natal is such a beautiful place, it’s great to see it getting the international recognition that it deserves. The climate is perfect for retirees and the beach is simply stunning. Without question Natal is one of the world’s most enticing retirement hotspots.”

Alongside its idyllic climate, economic factors also contribute to Natal’s appeal. For those with a limited pension pot to spend on property, the weak Real means that retirees can get vastly more for their money than they could have done just a year or two ago.

Ritz-G5’s Chief Financial Officer, Paul Telfer, explains,

“The Brazilian real has been falling in value for around five years now, but it is the past two years that have seen the currency decline most steeply. It was worth BRL0.65 against the dollar back in July 2011. We saw it dip as low as BRL0.24 in January 2016, meaning that buyers from overseas can get more than twice as much for their money now.”

The start of 2016 saw the real drop even lower against the British pound, with OANDA Global registering an average rate of BRL0.17 in January. This fall means that the cost of living has become significantly cheaper for those on a fixed income. Everything from food, to cars, to Caipirinhas is cheaper than it has been for years for those with an income from abroad.

When it comes to choice of retirement destination, winter sun and affordable living are certainly important factors, but they are not the only considerations. Access to high quality leisure amenities and a thriving social scene are also requirements for many of those looking to spend their golden years overseas. Again, Natal ticks all the boxes in this respect with breath-taking beaches, historical sites, and extensive bars and restaurants on offer on the city’s doorstep.

Ritz-G5’s flagship development, Palm Springs, is just what retirees to Brazil are looking for. One of the city’s most captivating and exclusive beachside condominium developments, Palm Springs’ frontline position makes it the perfect place for those who love the beach.

The development boasts plenty to keep retirees occupied, from its natural springs, spa, swimming pools, hot tub and sauna to its football and beach volleyball courts. With the chance to design an individual villa to suit specific needs and wants, and with prices starting at just £44,000 Palm Springs is the perfect option for those looking slightly further afield for their dream retirement property.

Majestic Village is another ideal option for today’s retirees, located close to Ponta Negra beach and set in beautifully landscaped gardens. Also a condominium neighbourhood, it is comprised of 1,800 residential building plots starting from R$157,500 / £42,000 for a 350 m² plot.

A central square surrounded by bustling cafés and restaurants will create the ideal meeting point, while the site will also benefit from a supermarket, clinics, swimming pools, tennis courts and club, volleyball courts, football pitches, children’s play area, gym, stunning feature river and club house – the ultimate package for those seeking an active retirement.

For further details, contact the Ritz-G5 team on +44 207 183 7565 or visit www.ritz-g5.com.

Reports of 98% occupancy as €4 billion of investment set to make Brazil’s hotel sector boom

Reports of 98% occupancy as €4 billion of investment set to make Brazil’s hotel sector boom

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  • 5% increase in current hotel capacity by 2020 (Brazilian Association for Hotels)
  • Hotels in Rio de Janeiro reported 98% occupancy over the New Year period (Brazilian Association for Hotels)
  • Accor Group expanding in Brazil starting with new 4* Mercure in Natal

Brazil’s hotel sector is set to experience a significant boom, as research from the Brazilian Association for Hotels (FOHB) reveals that investment in the sector is expected to reach €4 billion over the coming years. The current capacity of 94,000 rooms is expected to rise substantially by 74.5%, to reach 164,000 rooms by 2020.

The highly anticipated Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in Brazil this summer are expected to boost international tourism not just during 2016 but for many years to come. Similarly domestic tourism in Brazil is also on the rise, with 86.4% of Brazilians planning to take a domestic break this year, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Tourism’s Consumer Survey.

The hotel sector is proactively seeking to plan for this increased demand, with a focus not just on expanding the number of rooms, but also on opening up beautiful regions of Brazil outside of the more traditional major city hotspots. According to the FOHB study, which was commissioned by the Ministry of Tourism, 59% of Brazil’s hotels are currently in major cities and therefore expanding outside of this is predicted to have a significantly positive impact.

As well as adding to the offering in the largest urban areas, with top hotels in Rio de Janeiro reporting 98% occupancy during the New Year period, there is a need to boost the availability and type of hotels offered in smaller towns and cities with fewer than 1 million residents.

Miller Reis, Sales Director of leading developer Ritz-G5, which is developing a range of projects in the northeast of Brazil, explains,

“We’re seeing an increasing demand for access to the ‘real’ Brazil. Visitors love the pace and excitement of the big cities like Rio and São Paulo, but they also want to see what else Brazil has to offer. Alongside this, people like brands in which they can trust and therefore we’ve witnessed a spike in requests for branded, western-style hotels in places like Natal, in the northeast of the country.”

One of the world’s leading hotel operators, the Accor Group, is one brand looking to expand their Brazilian presence. The four star Mercure Natal will be in one of Natal’s most fashionable neighbourhoods, Ponte Negra and visitors will be able to enjoy easy access to the city’s glorious beaches, as well as its extensive offering of shops, restaurants and nightlife.

When relaxing back at the hotel, they can enjoy the private swimming pool and 24 hour concierge service. Investment into Mercure Natal starts from just £110,000 for a 24m² suite, spread over 36 months and with a fixed 9% return per annum given on the full investment amount.

Alternatively, the Grande Mercure Piramide Natal, in a secluded setting on the beach by Parque das Dunas, offers the ultimate fun and relaxation for those who love the water. As well as its stunning beachfront setting, the four star hotel, currently under renovation and due to open in 2016, will include five swimming pools, a swim-up bar, a water park and a spa tub. Investment options for the Grande Mercure Piramide Natal are currently being finalised and will be released shortly.

Between them, the two hotels will add 567 branded rooms to Natal’s hotel sector, providing both domestic and international visitors with luxurious accommodation options from which to experience this beautiful city.

For further details, contact the Ritz-G5 team on +44 207 183 7565 or visit www.ritz-g5.com.

North East on top as Brazilians discover all their country has to offer in 2016

North East on top as Brazilians discover all their country has to offer in 2016

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  • Nearly 9 out of 10 Brazilians plan domestic travel this year (Brazilian Ministry of Tourism)
  • 9% of domestic travellers name North East as top destination (Brazilian Ministry of Tourism)
  • Brazilians look to North East region as an ideal holiday home location (Ritz-G5)

From Rio de Janeiro’s lively carnival atmosphere to the gourmet food and cutting edge culture of São Paulo, Brazil has a hugely diverse offering for both international visitors and domestic tourists, and recently it is the latter sector that is especially seeing significant growth.

According to the latest Consumer Survey – Travel Intent figures released by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism, nearly nine out of every ten Brazilians are planning to visit domestic destinations this year. The figure of 86.4% is an impressive 8% leap on the previous (December 2014) statistics, suggesting Brazilians’ increasing desire to explore all that their beautiful country has to offer.

And when it comes to the most sought after region, the North East leads the field, with 36.9% of domestic travellers identifying it as their top Brazilian holiday destination.

Luiz Fernandes, CEO of leading developer Ritz-G5, which is developing a range of projects around Natal in the North East of Brazil, comments,

“While the vast southern cities of Rio and São Paulo are fantastic places to visit, there is an undeniable charm in the vast beaches and laid back sophistication of the North East. We’ve found that a lot of Brazilians living in large southern cities look to the region as the ideal location to own a holiday home; the tranquillity of the local beachscapes are the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life.”

Interestingly, it is the younger generation that is behind the surge in domestic tourism, as Tourism Minister Henrique Eduardo Alves explains,

“Brazilians are increasingly interested in knowing the beauties and charms of our country, and this study proves the trend that has been led by the younger generations. They are discovering Brazil, and this should be celebrated.”

According to the Consumer Survey – Travel Intent data, 88.9% of Brazilians aged under 35 are planning to holiday within their own country this year – the largest proportion of any age group. For many of these youngsters, the appeal of the North East lies in its combination of cultural activities, beautiful beaches and gorgeous weather – an offering that is hard to resist.

And while many under 35s may not be ready to invest in a domestic holiday home just yet, many of their counterparts in the 35-60 age group certainly are. 82.7% of that age group are planning to holiday within Brazil and with high end beachfront developments like Ritz-G5’s Palm Springs in Natal to tempt them, it is easy to see why they would opt to invest in their own country when it comes to second home ownership.

From its humble beginnings as an ostrich farm, Palm Springs has been transformed into one of the most captivating and exclusive beachside condominium developments in the up-and-coming region of Natal. Nestled in a glorious 100-acre setting, the development is built at low density allowing enjoyment of the lush landscaped surroundings and spectacular beach and ocean views.

Palm Springs is a truly modern tropical oasis with natural springs, swimming pools, spa, hot tub, sauna, gymnasium, games room, and football and beach volleyball courts. The development provides the chance for the design of an individual villa to suit specific individual needs and wants, and with prices starting at just £44,000 it is the perfect option for people all ages.

For further details, contact the Ritz-G5 team on +44 207 183 7565 or visit www.ritz-g5.com.

12 reasons to invest in Natal this Christmas

12 reasons to invest in Natal this Christmas

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With the big day fast approaching, many of us will have spent time beautifully decorating trees, wrapping presents with the upmost precision and thought about the possibility of a White Christmas. Although somewhat unlikely in the UK, on the golden sands of the northeast Brazilian coastline this is impossible.

The Portuguese word for Christmas is Natal, and for the city of the same name, the concept of snow is merely a fantasy. However, the festive season is no less important here with residents just as excited.

Multi award-winning Brazilian developer, Ritz-G5, who provide projects in and around the north eastern city of Natal, strongly believes in Brazil’s future and the investment opportunities it has to offer.

Here are their top 12 reasons to invest in Brazil this New Year.

  1. Favourable, warm and sunny climate

Nicknamed the ‘City of Sun’, Natal has more than 3,000 hours of sunshine every year, coupled with an average low temperature that doesn’t drop below 20°C, creating the perfect tropical environment popular with visitors and locals alike, and in turn investment.

  1. Brazil has a strategic geographic position that is becoming more and more accessible

Two airlines have recently announced that they will operate new direct flights between Northeast Brazil and European destinations: Linea Aerea Meridiana Fly and LATAM Airlines Group (the latter being the largest airline in Latin America). The new Linea Aerea Meridiana Fly route flies between Milan, Italy and Natal in Northeast Brazil. The new route has opened up the Northeast region to property investors from Italy and neighbouring Southern European countries. Previously, there was only one direct flight to Natal in Rio Grande do Norte from Europe, operated by Portuguese TAP airlines out of Lisbon however the need to create more frequent flight routes from Europe to Natal and Northeast Brazil has been present for some time.

  1. Low cost of living

When compared to many Western countries Brazil has a much lower cost of living, which in turn impacts the expense for tourists. The latest data released by Numbeo.com shows that the cost of living in Brazil is 51.90% lower than in the UK. Being significantly cheaper ultimately attracts visitors looking for a more affordable piece of paradise.

  1. Brazil will the host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games 2016

With Rio de Janeiro set to host the Summer Olympic Games in less than six months’ time, the eyes of the world will once again be focussing on Brazil with interest in investment prospects also high. China is investing US$50 billion to improve the country’s infrastructure partly for the Olympics. The US$50 billion development of the South America railway that China is planning will add a significant boost to the Brazilian economy overall.

In terms of tourism, Brazil expects a major boost with the staging of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. According to a report by the Brazilian Tourism Institute (EMBRATUR), Brazil expects to receive more than half a million foreign tourists.

  1. Easy access to raw materials

In relation to oil, Brazil is a self-sufficient country as well as being rich in mineral resources. These extensive raw material resources attract overseas investors to Brazil.

  1. Fantastic scenery and stunning, world-class beaches

From breathtakingly unspoiled beaches of white sands and azure waters in the North East, to the magnificent Iguaçu Falls and the mighty Amazon jungle, representing over half of the world’s remaining rainforest with unparalleled biodiversity, Brazil is a treasure-trove of natural wonders which draws visitors year-in year-out.

  1. Higher long-term growth average than in many other countries

Brazil has enjoyed a period of strong economic and real estate growth in the recent decade, and despite the current, temporary economic downturn, statistics from the Economist Intelligence Unit show a long-term average GDP growth of 3.6% over the last 10 years.

  1. Progressive real estate market with increasing opportunities, especially in the Northeast

With regards to residential property market, South America achieved 5.1% year on-year house price growth according to the Knight Frank Global Price Index in Q1 2015. As a stand-out country within Latin America, Brazil has been ranked 20th globally, just one spot below the United Kingdom, achieving 5.4% growth over the last 12 months.

Looking back, prices for some of the most attractive areas of Natal have shown an extraordinary growth. In particular, between September 2008 and August 2015 the house prices in upmarket Petropolis have grown by a total of astonishing 273% whilst in Lagoa Nova the house price increase amounted to incredible 146%. From a real estate investment point of view, such growth results show a fantastic house price progress over this time period for Natal’s prime districts.

  1. The Brazilian real has depreciated significantly over the last 12 months

Currently there is an opportunity to buy in Brazil at highly discounted prices for overseas investors with hard currencies such as the British pound, US dollar, Singaporean dollar, Euro and others. The real’s depreciation, which hit a historic low against the US dollar earlier this year, has created a favourable exchange rate and consequently enhanced opportunities for overseas buyers looking to invest in Brazil.

  1. Friendly, inviting and vibrant atmosphere

As a nation, Brazilians are sociable, cheerful and welcoming. Brazilian cities are cultural and with the majority hosting a wide range of carnivals with traditional Latin music.

  1. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and one of the eight largest economies

According to the size of its population and geographical area, Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world. In terms of its economy, The World Bank currently ranks Brazil as the 8th largest economy in the world, and with its growing Middle Class and developing consumer society, the country has a great potential for further growth. Some 30 million people have ascended from poverty to the middle class since the early 90s. The middle and upper classes now account for nearly 70% of the Brazilian population.

  1. FDI is encouraged and real estate buyers own 100% of land and property

There is significant interest in Brazil coming from overseas investors. In particular, over the last 11 years, foreign direct investment (FDI) figures showed a dramatic surge amounting to a 516% increase in the period from 2003 to 2014, with FDI amounting to 62.4 billion USD in 2014.

Brazil is one of a few countries where there are no restrictions for overseas buyers purchasing property and ownership is solid and secure, you own 100% of land and property. All property sales are titled and foreign investors receive the same investment and possession rights as Brazilians.

For more information contact local developer Ritz-G5 on +44 (0) 207 183 7565 or visit www.ritz-g5.com

‘City of Sun’ becomes the new ‘Sunshine State’ as Rio Grande do Norte emerges as the Brazilian Florida

‘City of Sun’ becomes the new ‘Sunshine State’ as Rio Grande do Norte emerges as the Brazilian Florida

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  • Brazil’s North-eastern cities top the list for domestic tourism for over 10 years (CVC)
  • Natal’s cost of living and price of a city apartment three times cheaper than Miami (Numbeo.com)
  • 700,000 US tourists visit Brazil in record-breaking year (Ministry of Tourism)

With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine every year, it’s no wonder that Natal has been named the ‘City of Sun’. Situated in the North-East of Brazil, Natal, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte state, is home to some of the country’s most spectacular beaches and has become famous for its plethora of dune buggy rides that take place on a daily basis. Due to its natural beauty, sense of adventure, and superior quality of life, Rio Grande do Norte has started to be compared by many to Florida, and is becoming known as the new ‘Sunshine State’.

According to travel agency CVC, regardless of the season, the North-eastern cities have been at the top of the list of destinations for Brazilians’ to visit for over 10 years. Today, Natal ranks as the 4th most sought-after domestic destination, with the stunning coastline, array of water sports and relaxed atmosphere offering everything that its American counterpart could and more.

One important comparison between Rio Grande do Norte and Florida is the cost of living, which naturally impacts the expense for tourists. The latest data released by Numbeo.com shows that whilst there are huge similarities between the two destinations, the overall cost of living is at least three times cheaper in the city of Natal than it is in Miami.

Another profound difference is the price of a city apartment. Natal’s city centre price per square metre is R$4,268.50 (US$1,093) for a prime location whilst in Miami the corresponding price is US$3,498 (R$13,661), at least three times more costly than its Brazilian equivalent, according to the same data.

Award-winning Brazilian developer Ritz-G5, whose projects are based in Natal, believe that the comparisons being drawn between Rio Grande do Norte and Florida are helping to attract visitors to the region.

Luiz Fernandes, CEO of Ritz-G5, explains,

“In recent years Rio Grande do Norte and Natal have become beautiful must-see hotspots for both domestic and international visitors. Sharing many of Florida’s alluring qualities that holidaymakers are looking for, but with a significantly lower price tag, the Natal region in particular is on track to become a popular alternative to its US counterpart, subsequently gaining a more diverse tourist population.”

And it is not just Brazilians who have noticed the similarities between the two holiday hotspots, with a new survey released by the Ministério do Turismo (Ministry of Tourism) showing that 2014 was a record breaking year for Brazil, welcoming over six million international tourists, with almost 700,000 visiting from America.

During last week’s Thanksgiving celebrations many Americans will have consumed a Turkey based feast whilst surrounded by family and friends. However, a recent report from Switchfly shows that those taking the slightly less traditional approach spent the day on the beach, with Brazil ranked as the number one international Thanksgiving travel destination providing ocean views, sunshine and an unparalleled level of relaxation.

With a laidback lifestyle guaranteed to lead to a superior quality of life, Natal offers both an affordable cost and better standard of living for both its working and retired population, as well as the increasing number of tourists flocking to its golden sands.

As Luiz Fernandes concludes,

“Natal is definitely a destination for the future, the ‘new Miami, and as its popularity continues to increase so too will the strength of its residential market. We can’t wait to see it reach its full potential!”

An example of a property within the city centre of Natal ripe for both holidaymakers and investors is the luxury residential project by Ritz-G5, Costa Azul. Having recently received the Highly Commended Residential High-Rise Development Brazil Award at the International Property Awards Americas 2015, Costa Azul or ‘Blue Coast’ is a new, modern and luxurious 168-apartment development in Petrópolis, one of the most exclusive and exciting districts in Natal to live, work and play.

Its prime hill-top positioning enables the residents to enjoy captivating beach and ocean views as well as first class amenities including a swimming pool, gym, private bar and spa. Petropolis offers excellent commuter links into the city and is in close proximity to some of Brazil’s best beaches.

Spread across three freestanding towers: Potengi, Atlantico and Forte, the luxury high rise development offers two-bedroom apartments of 53 m² and 56m ²and three-bedroom apartments of 96 m². Prices start from £43,028 for a two-bedroom 53m² apartment.

For more information about buying in Natal, the ‘City of Sun’, contact local developer Ritz-G5 on +44 (0) 207 183 7565 or visit www.ritz-g5.com.

Clean and healthy living overseas – the healthiest holiday homes around the world

Clean and healthy living overseas – the healthiest holiday homes around the world

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  • One hour in Beijing reduces life expectancy by 20 minutes (Berkeley Earth)
  • Just 12% of global population lives in cities with clean air (WHO)
  • Brazil has the purest air in South America (WHO)

A recent air pollution survey conducted by Airport Parking and Hotels warned that many popular holiday destinations may be harmful to visitors’ health due to the quality of their air. Dubai’s air quality ranking, based on data gathered during October 2015, was considered ‘very unhealthy,’ while Beijing was considered ‘hazardous.’ Indeed, according to a study by Berkeley Earth, every hour of exposure to air pollution in Beijing can reduce an individual’s life expectancy by 20 minutes. Globally, air pollution kills more than 3 million people every year and the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that just 12% of the world’s population is living in cities with clean air.

But not all is lost for those looking overseas in search of a cleaner and healthier lifestyle. Many destinations offer an enhanced quality of life and/or health benefits when considered as the location of a second home.

“If you want to breathe some of the purest air in the world, you have to head to Brazil,” claims Luiz Fernandes, CEO of award winning Brazilian developer Ritz-G5. “The quality of the air here is just beautiful – it’s like giving your lungs a holiday from the moment you arrive, so it’s a great place to own a property!”

It’s a claim that is backed up by data from the WHO. According to a report issued in 2014, the city with the cleanest air in the whole of South America can be found in Brazil. The OECD Better Life Index also notes that Brazil ranks above average in subjective well-being, work-life balance, and social connections, having made substantial progress in recent years.

Closer to home, Portugal has also made progress when it comes to quality of life, which has been following an upward trend for more than a decade, based on newly released data from Statistics Portugal. The Mediterranean diet also has an array of health benefits.

With its emphasis on vegetables, fruit, olive oil, beans, fish, chicken and red wine, the Mediterranean diet has been proven to reduce the chances of developing type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cancer and heart disease, amongst others.

“Buying and regularly using a holiday home in Portugal can certainly have a positive impact on your health,” comments Chris White, Founding Director of boutique estate agency Ideal Homes Portugal, “And of course there’s the added benefit that the cuisine here is not only absolutely delicious, but far healthier in general than that of the UK.”

The price of property in Portugal also seems designed to reduce stress and thus benefit general health – a three bedroom apartment in the stunning Lagos Marina complex costs just €150,000. The property is just 1 km from the beautiful golden sands of Meia Praia and comes with large balconies and a shared pool.

In neighbouring Spain, the Mediterranean diet certainly seems to be having a beneficial effect. According to the WHO’s 2015 ranking, Spain is one of seven countries tied for enjoying the second longest life expectancy in the world, at 83 years (Japan enjoys the longest life expectancy, at 84 years).

The health benefits of a holiday home in the sunshine are certainly not insignificant when it comes to buyers’ decisions to purchase in Spain, according to Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España. He explains,

“A lot of our buyers are looking to engage in healthy pursuits during their time in Spain. We’ve got buyers who wanted a second home by the beach, so that they can swim in the sea or go running along the sand, like they can at La Recoleta III, and we’ve got others who spend their time playing golf, based in a golf property like those at Brisas de Alenda Golf. Spain offers some wonderful opportunities for healthy living when it comes to holiday home ownership.”

Sufferers of asthma, arthritis, eczema and psoriasis are known to particularly enjoy the benefits of the 320 days of sunshine Costa Blanca climate. Further along the coast, the town of Adra in Andalusia enjoys an even more impressive 360 days of sunshine per year. Property in Adra is also excellent value, according to Martin Dell, Director of Spanish property portal Kyero.com. He comments,

“The climate in Adra has a number of health benefits and it makes a great location for a second home or as a destination to live on a more permanent basis. Sea views for under €100,000 are easily achievable, which is fantastic value for Andalusia.”

As winter brings rain and high winds to much of the UK, along with the annual proliferation of coughs, colds, sneezes, flu and other maladies, it might be just the right time to turn to that healthy holiday home overseas.

For more information please contact:

Ritz-G5: +44 207 183 7565 or www.ritz-g5.com

Ideal Homes Portugal: 0800 133 7644, +351 289 513 434 or www.idealhomesportugal.com

Taylor Wimpey España: +44 08000 121 020 or www.taylorwimpeyspain.com. Those residing outside of the UK should call 0034 971 70 69 72.

Kyero.com: www.kyero.com

Clinton confident in Brazil’s future as nation leads the way in green living

Clinton confident in Brazil’s future as nation leads the way in green living

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  • Bill Clinton “optimistic about Brazil”; praises continued eco efforts
  • Brazil and US launch joint initiative to enhance cooperation on climate change
  • Award-winning Majestic Village to provide modern eco space for all residents (Ritz-G5)

Former US President Bill Clinton has recently revealed his positive views on Brazil’s bright and increasingly green future. Addressing an audience brimming with businessmen, Clinton exclaimed “I am optimistic about Brazil!” Touching on the importance of the relationship between Brazil and the United States, Clinton suggested that it is of global interest that Brazil’s economy is successful.

Enthusiastic about the nation’s economic potential and confident in its ability to blossom in the future, he then went on to discuss the significant progress made by Brazil over the last 25 years and the important role the country plays in leading the world in the preservation of natural resources.

Looking to continue their prominent work in environmental issues and addressing climate change, this summer witnessed the launch of a Joint Initiative between Brazil and the US in an attempt to enhance cooperation on sustainable land use, clean energy and climate adaptation.

Inspired by Brazil’s efforts to protect the environment from the effects of climate change, award-winning Brazilian property developer, Ritz-G5 alsostrives to protectthe natural habitat that surrounds their residential developments.

Luiz Fernandes, CEO of Ritz-G5, explains,

“The natural landscape of our country is so important to the Brazilian way of life, which is why we at Ritz-G5 try to incorporate and integrate it as much as possible throughout our projects; contemporary living in harmony with the local environment.

“We are thrilled that an induvial as highly-regarded as former US President Bill Clinton has highlighted Brazil’s efforts and ultimate success in the environmental area and continues to show his support. Brazil is definitely focussed on the future and we are excited by our nation’s dedication to eco living and how this can be translated to the real estate market.”

The concept of eco living is set to flourish in 2016 and beyond with Reuters reporting that the Brazilian government has given the green light to construct 29 new clean energy power plants across the country. These will consist of windmills, hydroelectric plants, biomass and gas installations. From their continued efforts to ‘go green’ now starting to influence the residential housing market, it is apparent that Brazil has not lost its innovation or ambition with Bill Clinton concluding that,

“In five years, there is a strong chance that Brazilians will look back and wonder what they were worried about. The Brazilian ship is not sinking.”

Ritz-G5’s latest project has been designed with the preservation of the surrounding environment as a priority. The award-winning Majestic Village is committed to providing a relaxing, modern eco space for all its residents. Whilst constructing this stunning condominium development the natural area was celebrated and not disrupted, with plans successfully maintaining the flow of the nearby river and ensuring that approximately 2.5 acres is protected as it is home to the rare plant species ‘Mata Atlantica’.

Located just 12km from the city of Natal, close to the popular beaches of Pirangi and Ponta Negra, Majestic Village is comprised of 1,800 residential building plots starting from R$157,500 / £42,000 for a 350 m² plot. The development features the first energy efficient LED street lighting in Natal, solar panel technology and recycled water collection allowing residents to partake in Brazil’s strategy to preserve its nature against climate change. In addition to this there are also a range of exclusive facilities such as swimming pools, tennis/volleyball courts, a gym and a club house.

For more information contact Ritz-G5 today on 0207 183 7565 or visit www.ritz-G5.com.

Best beach cities for the perfect winter break in the perfect second home

Best beach cities for the perfect winter break in the perfect second home

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  • Shop till you drop and then sink into the sand in Barcelona
  • Go island hopping from Istanbul to discover the Princes’ Islands
  • Enjoy ancient ruins and stunning sea views in Paphos

Winter holidays can be a tough call. Beach breaks are ideal for soaking up some much-needed sunshine, but what about opting for a city break instead, for a spot of overseas Christmas shopping? Thankfully, some of the world’s most exciting cities come complete with their own beach, offering the perfect solution.

Barcelona is a great example. Not only does it have some of the best shopping in Spain, along with stunning architecture and an internationally renowned foodie scene, but it also has a vast stretch of golden sand just ten minutes from the city centre. Martin Dell, Director of Spanish property portal Kyero.com, which covers sales, long-term rentals and holiday lets, comments on its appeal for those looking to buy property,

“Many of our buyers are looking at second homes in Barcelona that they can use year-round. It’s an ideal city for a winter break. When the sun is shining the beach is a fabulous retreat from city life and when the weather doesn’t oblige then there are plenty of cultural activities to choose from and enough retail therapy to keep even the most dedicated shopaholic happy.”

In neighbouring Portugal, Lisbon is another wonderful coastal city. From chic shopping streets to quaint cobbled alleys that twist and wind their way up and down the city’s hills, it is a great place to explore. Lisbon is surrounded by beaches, all of which are easily reachable by a quick rail or road journey from the city centre. Costa da Caprica to the south is one of the most beautiful and has a lovely, relaxed vibe throughout the year. The beaches are Cascais are perfect for people-watching, while Guincho offers some world-class surf. For those looking for a second home from which to enjoy Lisbon and its beaches, a luxury two-bedroom townhouse looking out to sea at Guincho is available through Ideal Homes Portugal for €950,000.

Heading further south in search of some winter sunshine, Taylor Wimpey España offers a range of second homes perfectly positioned for enjoying the city and beaches at Marbella. La Floresta Sur, which offers spacious apartments with communal pool close to Elviria beach from €192,000, is ideally located for second home owners looking to enjoy both the bustling Marbella scene and the tranquillity that such a beautiful area provides.

Another excellent choice within Europe for a beach/city break is Paphos in Cyprus. The city is a delightful blend of ancient sites and modern convenience. Ancient tombs and fortresses provide fascinating glimpses of past millennia, while individual beach gazebos provide a wonderfully luxurious way to relax. Some of the best sea views can be appreciated from the Marina Sea View Villas, available through Ideal Homes International, with a three bedroom/three bathroom home with pool available for €307,000.

Chris White, Founding Director of Ideal Homes International, comments,

“It’s a great time to buy in Cyprus right now as the properties there offer excellent value. Paphos is undoubtedly one of the best locations on the island for those who like to have it all. It blends the ease of having access to a modern city with the advantages of living by the sea – it’s the perfect combination.”

Heading to the outskirts of Europe, where East meets West, Istanbul offers a range of stunning beaches spread across the nine Princes’ Islands, just a short ferry ride from the city. With no cars allowed, the islands offer a haven from the frenetic pace of city life, making Istanbul the perfect place to combine a hedonistic city break with a tranquil beach holiday.

Back on the mainland, the exclusive Alkent area also provides peaceful surroundings within easy reach of the city. The stunning Oceanic Bay View villas from specialist local property company Universal21 offer luxurious homes looking out over the Bay of Buyukcekmece, from TRY4,825,274 (£1,077,211). Ideal for use in all seasons, the villas include an organic winter garden as well as a summer garden. The open-plan, split-level accommodation also includes four bedrooms, maid quarters, an open dining room, a grand dining room, two sitting rooms, a cinema room, a sauna, a Jacuzzi room and much more. Five terraces provide fabulous views that are the perfect tonic after the pace of city life.

Continuing around the globe all the way to Brazil, the thriving city of Natal provides postcard-perfect sands backed by extensive dunes that are ideal for zooming across in a dune buggy. The bright lights and modern amenities of Natal include everything that one could wish for from city life, while exclusive beachfront communities offer a superior standard of living to second home owners.

Palm Springs, from award-winning developer Ritz-G5, is spread across 100 acres of prime beachfront land, with residents enjoying the best that nature has to offer in combination with all the delights of a modern tropical oasis, including natural springs, swimming pools, a spa, a hot tub, a sauna and football and beach volleyball courts.

With such an array of fabulous city beaches around the world, choosing the ideal winter sun location need no longer be a chore – travellers and second home owners alike can opt for the perfect blend of city living with beachfront relaxation.

For more information please contact:

Kyero.com: www.kyero.com

Ideal Homes Portugal: 0800 133 7644, +351 289 513 434 or www.idealhomesportugal.com

Taylor Wimpey España: +44 08000 121 020 or www.taylorwimpeyspain.com. Those residing outside of the UK should call 0034 971 70 69 72.

Ideal Homes International: 02477 050 898 or www.idealhomesinternational.co.uk

Universal21: 0203 287 8700 or www.universal21.com

Ritz-G5: +44 207 183 7565 or www.ritz-g5.com

New industry report projects bright outlook for Brazil’s hotel sector

New industry report projects bright outlook for Brazil’s hotel sector

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  • Brazil’s urban and condo hotels register positive revenue per available room growth of 1.4% in 2014 (JLL)
  • Number of hotel rooms across Brazil increases by 3.1% (JLL)
  • Ritz-G5 present latest hotel development projects, both to be managed by global group Accor

With the release of Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) latest ‘Lodging Industry in Numbers, Brazil 2015’ annual publication, it is clear that despite the challenges that the Brazilian economy is currently facing, the nation’s hospitality market has registered another year of positive results.

The publication, which surveys 460 Brazilian hotels, provides an excellent insight into Brazilian hospitality market changes during the previous year and this year has revealed that Brazil’s hotel industry continues to go from strength to strength.

Year-on-year data reveals that for the tenth year in a row, Brazil’s urban and condo hotels posted positive RevPAR (Revenue per Available Room) growth of 1.4% for 2014. In terms of hotel supply, in 2014, there was also a 3.1% increase in the number of rooms across the country, boosting the supply in Brazil. Alongside this, the rise in branded hotel rooms, of both national and international hotels, was even more significant, growing by 7.9% in 2014.

With regard to the top hotel brands ranking in Brazil, once again the report has ranked Accor at the very top for 2015, a position maintained by the global group over the last few years. At present, in Brazil, Accor has 36,636 hotel rooms under management across 219 hotels, marking them out as the brand that has the largest number of hotels and rooms in the country.

Thanks to the demand for good quality hotel brands and the top ranking of Accor in the country, award winning Brazilian developer Ritz-G5 has launched two hotel development projects that extend the brand’s reach still further. Four-star hotels the Mercure Natal and the Piramide Natal will both be managed by Accor upon opening and Ritz-G5’s CEO, Luiz Fernandes, comments,

“We are thrilled to be involved in Brazil’s affluent hotel sector at a time of such growth and potential. Over the next 12 months, the international gaze will be firmly on Brazil, especially in light of the forthcoming Olympic Games, with many tourists visiting the country for the first time. It is essential that the hospitality industry flourishes at this time, laying the foundations for a bright future.

“The demand for hotel rooms is rising throughout the country, especially those from a recognisable brand, and here at Ritz-G5 we couldn’t be more proud to be working alongside the world’s leading hotel operator, Accor.”

Another positive piece of news highlighted in the JLL report is that in 2014 Brazil saw the highest level of investment transaction volume in the country’s history, with the three major investment transactions all involving private equity funds: the Quantum Fund, the GTIS Fund and the HSI Fund. These recent transactions not only demonstrate that Brazil continues to attract institutional capital given the right investment opportunities, but are also a testimony to the growth potential in the country’s hospitality industry.

Looking ahead, JLL forecasts that the expected spark to the country’s economic recovery, and the staging of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, will bring greater prospects for hotel performance in 2016. One project hoping to continue the current success of Brazil’s hotel industry is the Mercure Natal, a contemporary 252-suite, 4-star hotel located in the upmarket district of Ponte Negra.

Currently under construction with a grand opening set for 2017, this development occupies the last available plot on the prestigious Via Costeira and will offer excellent amenities. These will include a business centre, private swimming pool, 24-hour concierge and underground parking. Residents of the hotel will enjoy stunning direct views towards the Atlantic Ocean and a Brazilian landmark, the Morro do Careca (Bald Man’s Hill).

The second of Ritz-G5’s hotel development projects is the Piramide Natal hotel. Sitting directly on the doorstep of the Atlantic Ocean this 4 star hotel has 315 guestrooms, a water park, five swimming pools with a swim-up bar, a rooftop terrace, a fitness centre and spa tub, two restaurants, 24hr concierge and a business centre with a capacity for 2,500 seats. Piramide Natal hotel is currently under refurbishment (following Ritz-G5 acquisition in 2014) and is set to open its doors in January 2016.

For more information on how to invest in our hotel projects, please contact the team on +44 207 183 7565 or visit www.ritz-g5.com.