Revel in retirement at Sun Park Living as over 55s cash in on improving UK economy

Revel in retirement at Sun Park Living as over 55s cash in on improving UK economy

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According to the Aviva Real Retirement report 2014 over-55s are most preoccupied with pursuing a lifestyle of personal interests and hobbies in their ‘golden years’. Top of the over-55s’ list of things to enjoy in retirement are:

  1. More time to do what I want (66%)
  2. Spending time on hobbies (45%)
  3. Travelling (41%)

Interest in pursuing individual interests accelerates with age too with the over-75s appearing most keen on having more time to do what they want (70%) and spending time on hobbies (53%).

The report further reveals Britain’s over-55s are cashing in on the improving UK economy, with rising incomes leading to more than £150 extra in their pockets each month compared to the same time last year. Findings show savings pots have increased too but the level of monthly expenditure has risen with the cost of living putting pressure on household budgets.

  • 41% of over-55s looking forward to travelling in retirement (Aviva Real Retirement Report 2014)
  • Over-55s cashing in on improving UK economy, leading to £150 extra savings per month (Aviva)
  • Sun Park Living resort offers a perfect alternative for active retirees such as Susan Levett looking for adventure

 

Gil SummersCo-founder of Sun Park Living, a Summers´ Villages private gated apartment resort dedicated exclusively to active over 50s on Lanzarote, comments,

“It’s encouraging to see that the over 55s seek a life in retirement in which they can fulfil their interests. Todays over 55s are independent, resourceful people who even into their later years enjoy their hobbies, learn new skills and travel.

“Here at Sun Park Living we provide the perfect environment for retirees looking for such a lifestyle. Of course the warm climate and fantastic Spanish culture serve to make the experience even more rewarding – and all of this in light of the resort offering affordable rental apartments, for short or long term, for a fraction of the usual cost of retirement properties in the UK, easing the pressure of living costs.”

Susan Levett, 63, a retired Holistic Therapies teacher from Northamptonshire heard about Sun Park Living whilst staying in a villa on sunny Lanzarote. She says,

“I saw an advert in an island magazine, liked the concept and it looked like lovely affordable long stay accommodation. I booked for a month to begin with and after 3 days booked to stay for a further 6 months!

“I have fallen in love with Lanzarote’s climate and landscape, not forgetting the excellent walking trails I’ve discovered through the tours organised at Sun Park Living. The activities are all organised by residents for residents, which I enjoy as it creates a great sense of community.

“Whilst here I have made lots of new friends and found my free spirit, I would definitely recommend this resort to others looking to stay active, spend time learning something new and practicing hobbies in their later life in the sunshine.”

So what are you waiting for? If you are over 50 and looking to meet like-minded people such as Susan on sunnier shores then why not consider a stay at Sun Park Living?

Self-catering apartment accommodation with all the benefits of community living at Sun Park Living costs €625/4 weeks for those enjoying 12 or more weeks a year (in 3 or more blocks of 4weeks each, consecutive or not) or for those wishing to sample the community, a 4 Weeks Taster Stay is available for €225/week. One week Taster Visit is 350EUR/week.

For more information contact Gil and the team on 0161 408 3360 or visit www.sunparkliving.com.

From the W.I. to WiFi. Tech-thirsty baby boomers increasingly targeted by overseas accommodation providers

From the W.I. to WiFi. Tech-thirsty baby boomers increasingly targeted by overseas accommodation providers

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It seems that a generation of tech-thirsty baby boomers is abandoning traditional retirement activities such attending the Women’s Institute (W.I.) in favour of the attractions of

Recently published research on the respected Buffer blog has revealed that the fastest growing demographic on Twitter throughout 2013 was the 55–64 year age bracket which has grown a whopping 79% since 2012. Meanwhile, the 45–54 year age range has proven the fastest growing users on both Facebook and Google+, jumping 46% on Facebook and 56% on Google+.

This impressive growth calls into question the prevailing assumption that social media is “just for teenagers” and highlights the importance to businesses of having a solid social media strategy in place in order to target these lucrative demographics.

Indeed, the boom of social media is set to be even more pervasive in 2014. Gil Summers, Co-founder of Sun Park Living, a Summers’ Villages, a private gated apartment resort dedicated exclusively to active over 50s on Lanzarote, has witnessed a huge increase of retirees using social media. The resort’s Twitter, Facebook and You Tube channels have been buzzing with activity since opening in September 2012.

“The majority of residents staying here at Sun Park Living are hugely active on social media, organising Skype sessions, updating their Facebook and Twitter pages with their daily activities here, uploading photographs on Pinterest and Instagram or videos to YouTube. This has been a huge and surprising boost to businesses for us, as our residents are sharing with others and showing them what they are missing by not being here. Often people come out after seeing how much a friend is enjoying their time at Sun Park Living through their social media feeds.

“The residents here find social media a useful means of keeping in contact with friends and relatives at home, making them feel connected with others, abolishing the feeling of isolation that old age can bring and keeping the mind active through the learning of new tips and tricks from the online world. Most Sun Rockers have chosen to leave a video testimonial on our site, which they share with all friends and family and potential new comers, as evidence of their successful stay, showing a whole array of different personalities and experiences all of which we currently share on the resorts social media sites and website”

Indeed the sense of both online and offline community spirit as seen at Sun Park Living is a huge draw for retirees looking for a lifestyle change. Of course the warm climate, flavourful local cuisine and fantastic culture of Lanzarote all serve to make the experience even more rewarding – not to mention the resort offering affordable rental apartments, for short or long term, for a fraction of the usual cost of retirement properties in the UK.

Self-catering apartment accommodation with all the benefits of community living with like-minded WiFi wizards at Sun Park Living costs €625 per four weeks for those enjoying 12 or more weeks a year (in three or more blocks of four weeks each, consecutive or not). For those wishing to sample the community, a four week Taster Stay is available for €225 per week or a one week Taster Visit for €350 per week.

For more information contact Gil and the team on 0161 408 3360, visit www.sunparkliving.com, like the dedicated Facebook page or follow on Twitter for the latest updates! You can also view all video testamonials here http://www.sunparkliving.com/video/

Retirement refugees: British retirees break the mould and branch out to pastures new, seeking a better life abroad

Retirement refugees: British retirees break the mould and branch out to pastures new, seeking a better life abroad

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New Office for National Statistics (ONS) data suggests that more than 30% of the UK population is now above the age of 50 – and that they control 80% of the wealth.

The research chimes with last month’s poll of 1,500 over-50s by charity Age UK, which found that 60% of older consumers are open to trying new brands, contrary to perceptions that older customers are likely to stick with tried-and-tested products and services.

With the older generation open to new ideas and holding 80% of the UK’s wealth, more and more are venturing further afield and seeking new options for retirement. A new wave of ‘retirement refugees’ has been created with older people feeling pushed out of the UK due to increasing costs of retiring, cold weather affecting their health and a lack of suitable accommodation.

Gil Summers, Co-founder of Sun Park Living, a Summers’ Villages, a private gated apartment resort dedicated exclusively to active over 50s on Lanzarote, has witnessed a huge increase of retirees visiting the resort since opening in September 2012. His clients are united in their quest for something different from the life they had in their home country. Summers explains,

“Moving to Sun Park Living means you’ll have daily access to the climate, culture, food, amenities and facilities that you’ve possibly only ever enjoyed on holiday. We see retirees visit Lanzarote in their droves, enjoying a near-perfect climate and a relaxing lifestyle. They all have one thing in common: they are not afraid to embrace a new adventure.

“Here we offer retirees a great chance to indulge in their favourite hobbies and activities, and maybe even try something new. Our Villages have great places where you can get together with new found friends, enjoy a cuppa (or maybe something stronger), or just take a bit of time out on your own.

“Moving abroad to the sunshine and learning new tricks – or brushing up on old ones – helps to maintain the grey matter and regenerate both the body and mind. Nothing is as important throughout your golden years as keeping stimulated and living life to the full both mentally and physically.”

Indeed, soaking up the sun has been medically proven to be beneficial. Vitamin D, which the body makes when exposed to natural sunlight, helps bones to absorb calcium, which is vital to bone health, communication between nerves and fighting inflammation.

As well as the medicinal advantages of its warm, sunny climate, Sun Park Living allows residents to get involved with all manner of social and sporting activities. The activities and events are organised by those living on the resort, fondly called ‘SunRockers.’ They vary from Village to Village, but generally include outdoor and indoor bowls, reiki, yoga and even dancing classes, arts and crafts, gardening groups, Spanish and computer lessons, many competitions, charity work and movie nights.

There are also social events to look forward to such as Village dinners, ‘happy hours,’ morning teas, Social Fridays for those not living at the resort to come and meet residents, or group outings to local restaurants and shops, island tours and attractions.

So what are you waiting for? If you are semi or fully retired over 50 and looking to meet like-minded people on sunnier shores then why not consider a stay at Sun Park Living? Become a SunRocker today for the affordable year-round rate of €625 for each four-week (28 day) stay.

Alternatively, if you are thinking of visiting Sun Park Living for the first time to see if the village lifestyle is for you, take advantage of the Taster Week rate of just €250.

For more information, visit www.sunparkliving.com or call 0161 408 3360. You can also follow Gil and the team onTwitter or Like them on Facebook.
Apartment accommodation on the up in the Canaries

Apartment accommodation on the up in the Canaries

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According to the latest figures released by ISTAC, the Canarian Institute of Statistics, 33 million overnight stays were made in apartment accommodation throughout the Canary Islands in 2013, an increase of over 1.8% compared to 2012.

  • 33 million overnight apartment stays made in 2013, up 1.8% on 2012 (ISTAC)
  • English dominate with 11 million overnight apartment stays in 2013
  • Apartments at Sun Park Living, Lanzarote fully booked for 2013/4 winter season

A popular winter sun holiday hotspot, 3.2 million overnight stays in apartments (as opposed to hotel accommodation or with friends and family) were recorded in December 2013 alone with the Islands welcoming both international and domestic visitors alike.

By nationality, once again English visitors dominated with 11 million overnight apartment stays in 2013, followed by the Nordic nations at 6 million. A trend attributed to the overall increase in tourism to the islands over the last 12 months.

Gil Summers, Co-founder and Co-owner of Sun Park Living, a Summers’ Village, a private gated apartment resort dedicated exclusively to active over 50s on Lanzarote, comments,

“2013 was a record year for the Canary Islands as a whole with 10.63 million foreign visitors arriving on our beautifully sunny shores. Lanzarote welcomed almost a quarter, at 2.1 million, with British tourists dominating, at nearly 1 million, followed by the Irish, French, Russian and Italian visitors, where there´s been a significant gain.

“ISTAC reports a 4 point increase in apartment occupancy rates across the Canaries for 2013 compared to 2012; in Playa Blanca, the south of Lanzarote, occupancy levels were up at 88.62% in November last year. At Sun Park Living, we´ve been fully booked for the entire 2013 winter season and, today, a year ahead of next winter, we have already reached almost full capacity for the 2014 season so we are very happy indeed.”

So what makes apartments such an increasingly popular accommodation option?

In Gil’s eyes it´s all about the magic combination of safety, affordability, comfort, convenience and flexibility. In this specific case, Sun Park Living is about creating a home from home for all guests, he explains,

“Compared to a traditional holiday accommodation in a hotel, apartment accommodation offers visitors the opportunity to relax and set the tone to their own stay. Today’s travellers want variety and experiences, as much as the freedom to explore and enjoy on their own terms and not be restricted by set meals, closing times, daily intrusions in their space, or even being bombarded with repetitive entertainment. Touristic hotels usually operate a 7 or 14 day stay model, and travellers spend most of their time within the complex, with no need or interest in eating out and experiencing the local cuisine and culture, and hence missing out on everything the island has to offer.

“By comparison, apartments, by their nature, lend themselves to longer term stays. They are usually set within a resort enabling guests to make use of the communal facilities such as the swimming pools and recreation areas, and meet with like-minded people as and when they wish. The apartments are more spacious than hotel rooms and feature kitchen areas to prepare you own food, to your own liking on your own timescales. And additional services, such as laundry, housekeeping, transfers and even doctor services can be arranged of course.

“At Sun Park Living apartments we go the extra mile by offering guests a breath of fresh air, they get a wonderful community spirit, the complex is very safe and is quickly becoming the ideal meeting point for community minded singles and couples. We have also recognised the need to go beyond the expected and necessary; going back to our initial point of “creating a home from home” we have made it possible for all our guests to arrange for long term storage, enabling them to keep their cherished personal belongings in the complex, travel light, and have their things always ready when they return to the resort.

“This apartment style accommodation is particularly popular with older British guests, we are seeing ever increasing numbers staying for 4 to 6 months or even a year at a time, many even changing their lifestyles completely, by renting out their home back in the UK to come to live here and spend holidays back at home with the family, making this a great option for anyone considering an over 50s senior gap year”.

So if you are over 50 and looking to meet like-minded people with whom to spend a long term in sunny shores then why not consider a long term stay at a Sun Park Living apartment? Become a ‘SunRocker‘ today for an affordable year-round rate of €625 for each four-week (28 days) stay.

Alternatively, if you are thinking of visiting Sun Park Living for the first time to see it this is for you, the rate for a Taster Week is only €250.

For more information visit the website at www.sunparkliving.com or call 0161 408 3360. You can also follow Gil and the team on Twitter or Like them on Facebook.

Only boring people get bored. Kick the retirement blues and become a SunRocker today!

Only boring people get bored. Kick the retirement blues and become a SunRocker today!

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The relationship between physical activity and vitality is well-documented but multiple studies have also revealed an increasingly strong link between social interaction and mental and physical well-being for retirees.
•After just 10 months of retirement, boredom starts to kick in (Skipton Building Society) 
•24% of retirees complain that the British weather affects their desire to get out of the house
•Every Friday is Social Friday at Sun Park Living, Lanzarote 
While socialisation is critical for all people, regardless of age, seniors can be more susceptible to isolation. Upon reaching retirement age, and with children flying the nest, the opportunities for socialisation often decrease but research has indicated that an active social lifestyle is more important than ever in helping seniors maintain a sharp mind, remain connected to the world around them, increase feelings of happiness, develop a sense of belonging and beat boredom.
Indeed, according to Skipton Building Society after just 10 months of retirement boredom starts to kick in. The research reveals that more than half of those surveyed (54%) said the retirement glow wore off because they missed the camaraderie they had at work, while 4 in 10 felt they weren´t being mentally stimulated enough at home and 24% complaining that the British weather affected the desire to get out of the house.
Gil Summers, Co-founder of Sun Park Living, a private gated community resort exclusively for those who are retired and active, located on the year-round sunny and warm Canary Island of Lanzarote, comments,
“As people get older boredom and loneliness can start to creep its way in but it doesn’t have to be that way. Rather than choosing an expensive care home in the UK why not choose a sunshine resort that encourages physical and social activity?
“Here at Sun Park Living we have devised a way of combatting boredom and isolation in your golden years. The joy is that residents, fondly referred to as ‘SunRockers’ can lead an active and independent community life within a permanent holiday environment of like-minded individuals.
“The residents organise their own events and activities whilst staying here. You may find some doing gardening, practising yoga, learning Spanish, painting, singing, dancing, organising BBQs, the list goes on! Everyone here is free to join in, meet new people, learn new things and enjoy their golden years as much or as little as they want. A Summers Village is neither merely a holiday resort, nor a retirement home; it is a unique private ‘village-like’ community within a holiday resort, where friendships and camaraderie develops easily.”
Every Friday between 10:30am and 2:00pm at Sun Park Living is Social Friday, where the expat community of Playa Blanca in the south of the island meet for coffee/tea and socialising. This is also an opportunity for non-residents to explore Sun Park Living, view the accommodation and meet the SunRockers – watch out, their thirst for living life to the full is infectious!
So what are you waiting for? Don’t get bored in Old Blighty! Escape to Lanzarote for some fun in the sun!
The one bedroom self-catering apartments at Sun Park Living are non-smoking and come fully furnished, offering a comfortable and spacious homeaway from home with bathroom, open plan kitchen-diner, living room with sofa bed and large terrace overlooking the beautiful mature gardens and swimming pools.
For more information about being a SunRocker at Sun Park Living visit the website at www.sunparkliving.com or call 0161 408 3360. You can also follow Gil and the team on Twitter or Like them on Facebook.