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.

Belgian buyers head to Spain’s Costa Blanca as sales increase by 156%

Belgian buyers head to Spain’s Costa Blanca as sales increase by 156%

Spain
  • Belgian buyers up 43% in 2016 (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Belgians demand Costa Blanca property with sales growing 156% (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • “European buyers enjoy the friendly atmosphere on our Costa Blanca developments” (Taylor Wimpey España)

The number of Belgian buyers looking to Spain as a second home destination increased by 43% in 2016 according to Taylor Wimpey España.

In comparison to the previous year, the leading Spanish homebuilder experienced growing interest from Belgian buyers, representing 13% of all Taylor Wimpey España reservations made in 2016.

The latest figures from the National Statistics Institute (INE) revealed that as of November, over 2.2 million Belgian tourists had visited Spain in 2016 and it seems there is one location in particular that has caught their attention.

Spain’s Costa Blanca region is where property demand is highest, with sales to Belgian buyers increasing by 156% alone last year.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España, which has operated successfully in Spain since 1958, has observed firsthand the movement from Belgian buyers towards the Costa Blanca. He comments,

“The past twelve months have seen a real boost in sales to North Europeans, especially Belgian buyers. Easily accessible, with regular, direct, low cost flights, the Costa Blanca on Spain’s southeastern coast has become a holiday home haven for them in 2016.

“European buyers in particular enjoy the friendly atmosphere on our Costa Blanca developments; a great example being Panorama Mar, where there is a strong sense of family and community with three shared swimming pools and a children’s playground. The stunning and enjoyable site encourages international buyers to socialise and appreciate the gorgeous weather in the favourable communal areas.”

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. Whilst being an area of natural beauty right on the waterfront, Punta Prima is also blessed with excellent transport links. The San Javier Airport in Murcia is only a 30-minute drive and Alicante’s International Airport is just 45 minutes away.

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

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.

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.

Airside to poolside has never been easier as 2017 brings host of new flights from across the UK to Spain

Airside to poolside has never been easier as 2017 brings host of new flights from across the UK to Spain

Spain
  • 2017 will see new flights from London Heathrow, Luton, Cardiff, Manchester & Glasgow
  • Spain becomes even more accessible to those seeking a holiday home in the sun
  • Taylor Wimpey España provide sun-kissed holiday homes close to airports across Spain

2017 will indeed be a Happy New Year for Brits wanting to visit sunnier Spanish climes. Commencing throughout the year, an array of new flights will connect the UK and Spain, meaning 2017 could be the perfect year to turn that dream holiday home into reality.

28th March 2017 will see British Airways introduce two new flights per week from London Heathrow to Spain’s Murcia airport. Only a short distance from the airport, keeping the time between airside and poolside to a minimum, is leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España’s beautiful new beachfront apartments in Punta Prima.

From just €194,000 +VAT, La Recoleta III’s 2 or 3 bedroom apartments boast a well-designed layout, each with a private terrace with owners able to enjoy beautiful views over the Mediterranean Sea, swimming pool and private gardens of the development.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España, believes that Spain is a safe haven for overseas buyers and its popularity will continue to build throughout 2017. He comments,

“International buyers, especially Brits, have always been attracted to all that Spain has to offer and 2016 proved another popular year, welcoming over 4 million tourists in November alone! The influx of new flights being added between the UK and Spain only exemplifies the demand from Brits to experience a taste of the Spanish lifestyle.”

Other airlines adding new flights include budget Spanish airline Vueling who have introduced a major expansion in passenger capacity on flights from Cardiff airport for the summer season. Following strong demand some 190,812 seats are now on sale on flights to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga and Palma between April and October.

Thomas Cook are also introducing new flights to Malaga from Manchester Airport from January 2017.

In close proximity to Malaga Airport is Taylor Wimpey España’s stunning new residential development, Horizon Golf, part of the La Cala Golf Resort. From €270,000 +VAT, properties are ideally located between the sea and mountains and provide residents with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and direct access to the sun terrace with panoramic views of the largest golf resort in Spain.

Other additional flights are being launched by easyJet, as they introduce a new route from London Luton to Valencia from February 2017, and Ryanair who have revealed ten new routes from Glasgow airport. There will be four new weekly flights to Malaga and three new weekly flights to Alicante.

Less than 20km from Alicante Airport is Taylor Wimpey España’s Brisas de Alenda Golf, Elche. From €145,000 +VAT it combines the tranquil area of the Alenda Golf Course with Alicante’s more lively beachfront nightlife. The 3 bedroom townhouses are split over 2 storeys with 2 bathrooms, a terrace, a private garden area and parking.

The growing number of flights to these popular destinations will provide British travelers with many more options for their European holidays and allow all areas of the county easier access to a second home. Where will the New Year take you?

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 00 34 971 706 244.

Think big – make your New Year’s resolutions to buy a holiday home in 2017!

Think big – make your New Year’s resolutions to buy a holiday home in 2017!

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  • Political and economic volatility to create big opportunities in 2017 (easyMarkets)
  • Emphasis on quality of life will be key this year (Kyero.com)
  • Sun-kissed Spanish holiday homes available from just €190k (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Achieve second home serenity through interior design in 2017 (Alexander James)

Let’s face it, New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat more healthily and drink less are all well and good, but they’re hardly likely to get 2017 off to an exciting start. So ditch the traditional resolutions to enjoy life less and instead resolve to enjoy it more – by buying a holiday home!

Evdokia Pitsillidou, Director of Risk Management at pioneering forex and CFD broker easyMarkets, explains,

“In many ways – certainly politically – the world was turned on its head in 2016. Thus many people are entering 2017 with a new mindset and looking at the way they live and their personal finances in a new light. Political and economic volatility may lead to big shifts in currency values and investors playing the markets successfully may consider putting their profits into property this year.”

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

“I think we’re going to see a lot of emphasis on enhancing quality of life in 2017. Certainly our own data has shown that since the Brexit vote British buyers are looking more intensively than ever at the possibilities that a second home in Spain opens up. Sterling’s drop has made them seek out cheaper destinations – Almeria and Alicante are the big winners so far – but we’re experiencing a record level of interest in Spanish property that we expect to continue throughout the year.”

The prices offered by the Spanish property market (as well as Spain’s fabulous climate, excellent cuisine, stunning golf courses and superb beaches), means that British buyers can pick up good value property, even once the drop in sterling has been taken into account.

Leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, for example, is selling spacious two and three bedroom apartments with generous terraces at La Floresta Sur (close to Marbella), from as little as €190,000+VAT. As well as the development’s two large shared pools, owners can enjoy free access to the facilities of El Soto Golf Club. Each apartment comes fully fitted with white goods and with private parking.

But an overseas holiday home isn’t the only option for those looking to buy in 2017. Robert Walker, Managing Director of Alexander James Interior Design, explains,

“We’re seeing a big trend for staycations at the moment and many holiday home buyers are looking at what they can pick up in the UK, rather than overseas. Jumping in the car and driving to your holiday home whenever the mood suits you is far less hassle than having to plan ahead and book a plane and the money you save on flights can be spent on the property itself.”

Using interior design architects to create a serene, harmonious environment within a holiday home is money well spent. The desire for relaxation is a key driver for many second home owners and with the right interior design service, the feeling of calm and peace as you walk through the front door can be almost palpable. Compare that to the stress of dealing with airports, flights, hire cars and the other trappings of a second home overseas and the attractions of owning a holiday home within the UK are clear.

If you still haven’t decided on how to improve your life in 2017, make buying a holiday home your goal this year!

For more information, please contact:

easyMarkets: +44 203 1500 748 or www.easymarkets.com

Kyero: www.kyero.com

Taylor Wimpey España: 08000 121 020 (00 34 971 706 972 from outside of the UK) or www.taylorwimpeyspain.com

Alexander James Interior Design: 020 7887 7604 or www.aji.co.uk

5 fitness-friendly homes to kick start your New Year’s resolution

5 fitness-friendly homes to kick start your New Year’s resolution

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2017 is here and it’s time to put those New Year’s resolutions into action. And as with every other January, many of us have pledged to get fit and healthy this year.

From student digs to million pound pads, and the very best interior design to entice you to exercise, an on-site gym is the must have motivation for 2017 in order to stick to that new fitness regime!

Here are 5 of the best homes here and abroad with on-site gyms and sporting facilities:

 

  1. Hoola, Royal Docks, London

Available from £450,000, the Hoola studio, two, and three-bedroom apartments, boasting stunning glass balconies as well as floor-to-ceiling windows, benefit from a range of onsite facilities including a gym, resident’s business lounge and concierge.

A spectacular garden is available to all residents with soft and hard landscaping that includes semi-miniature trees and dramatic water features making it the ideal home to hit the gym before or after work then relax and rejuvenate in the stunning gardens.

  1. Fusion Tower, Bristol

Providing exceptional student accommodation, Fusion Tower enjoys an incredible location within Bristol’s city centre. Offering elegant and innovative student apartments, Fusion Tower has been designed by a team of leading architects, interior and graphic designers.

On-site facilities include a private gym which provides Bootcamp, Dance and spinning classes to make sure that students are kept on track with for fitness goals, all included in the £134 per week rate.

 

  1. Whitelands, St Georges Hill, Surrey

The award-winning Alexander James Interior Design architecture team redesigned the basement of this stunning 6 bed, 5 bath property to appeal to any fitness fan.

The grand 14,500 sq ft property, located on one of Surrey’s most premier private estates benefits from a hydraulic swimming pool, dedicated vitality spa and gymnasium designed and dressed by Alexander James Interior Design.

And for those that want to take their training on vacation, homes in Spain with outdoor and indoor fitness activities can help ease the January blues.

 

  1. Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain

This stunning unique 10-bedroom villa located within the super exclusive gated community of La Zagaleta on the Costa del Sol features a fabulous spa on the ground floor with saltwater swimming pool and choice of saunas (classic, steam bath, salt bath, caldarium), all with access to a large covered terrace and Jacuzzi. The second floor also houses a separate gym for those who want a more intense, private workout.

 

  1. Horizon Golf, Mijas, Costa del Sol, Spain

As well as the three 18-hole golf courses, hydrotherapy centre and spa on site, the exclusive apartments of Horizon Golf also enjoy access to the golf school (La Cala Golf Academy) and an array of sports facilities including two running circuits and specialised trainers on hand to improve technique.

From just €270,000 +VAT for an apartment, residents of these exclusive properties will enjoy breathtaking view of the prestigious golf course and the Costa del Sol’s sun kissed coastline, spacious terraces perfect for al fresco dining and the convenience of a private garage space.

 

For more information, please contact:

  1. Hoola, London: Properties of the World: http://propertiesoftheworld.co.uk/ or call +44 20 7624 5555
  2. Fusion Tower, Bristol: Collegiate AC: www.collegiate-ac.com or call 01235 250 140
  3. Whitelands, Surrey: Alexander James Interior Design: www.aji.co.uk or call 020 7887 7604
  4. La Zagaleta villa, Spain: visit www.kyero.com
  5. Horizon Golf, Spain: Taylor Wimpey España: 08000 121 020, +34 971 706 972 or http://taylorwimpeyspain.com
The true taste of a Spanish Christmas

The true taste of a Spanish Christmas

Spain
  • 83% of Spanish say Christmas is too focused on spending money (ING)
  • Mantecados recognised as the essential dessert for those spending Christmas in Spain
  • Stylish second homes available from €145k for the ultimate Spanish festive season (Taylor Wimpey España)

Owning a second home overseas provides the chance to experience a country in a way that just holidaying there rarely does. With your own home you can live, cook, eat, drink and be merry in just the same way as the locals do – something which is impossible from even the largest of hotel rooms.

In Spain, owning a property to spend the Christmas holidays in means feasting in true Spanish style. Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, explains,

“In the UK, Christmas is a much more commercial holiday than it is in Spain. The UK’s emphasis on gift buying is much greater – here it is more about investing time in making intricate meals and spending precious moments with family. It’s a very different kind of holiday season and one that feels really special to experience: it’s less about money and more about family time.”

In the most recent ING International Survey for Christmas 2016, respondents were asked if Christmas is too focused on spending money. And across Europe 70% answered yes, with a substantial 83% agreeing in Spain, higher than any other country featured in the report. The figures also revealed that 42% of people in Europe agree with the statement “I feel forced to spend money at Christmas”, again with the largest share in Spain at 57%.

Spending Christmas with family and loved ones is an important tradition in Spain and with such a strong emphasis on food and drink to accompany these gatherings, many of those with a second home there delight in experimenting with local dishes in the kitchen over the holiday season.

The feasting begins in earnest on Christmas Eve night – La Noche Buena – when families gather together to dine at length over the course of the evening, often spending hours at the table and finishing past midnight.

Shellfish, Iberian ham, garlicky mushrooms, grilled shrimp, garlic soup, clams with salsa verde, roast lamb, roast suckling pig, lobster stew… the list of delicious delights is long and complex. Nor do the Spanish neglect the sweeter side of the culinary spectrum when it comes to Christmas dishes.

Mantecados, mainly produced in the quaint little town of Estepa in the region of Andalusia, are a baked mixture of toasted wheat flour, sugar, pork lard, cinnamon and roasted almonds. There are different varieties depending on the extra ingredients that may be added, for example cocoa, lemon peel or sesame seeds.

For those looking to experience the true taste of Spain this Christmas, Taylor Wimpey España is offering a range of homes for sale 150 km to the Mantecados heartland in Andalusia. Set in beautiful surroundings declared a natural biosphere reserve by UNESCO, the new phase of La Floresta Sur is situated only a short drive away from Elviria and its beach, close to Marbella and Malaga.

Designed in a typical Mediterranean style, from just €190,000 +VAT, the 2 and 3 bed apartments and penthouses include an Italian-designed integrated kitchen with Silestone worktops, perfect for creating a spectacular Spanish feast, thermal and acoustic insulation and air-conditioning. Benefitting from stunning views towards the oak and pine forest as well as towards the sea, the resort boasts communal swimming pools, landscaped gardens and external private parking.

With large terraces on which to enjoy the beautiful sea views, La Floresta Sur is a ten minute drive from two of the best known golf courses on the Costa del Sol, La Cala Golf Resort and Santa Maria Golf, and has direct access to El Soto Golf Club. It is also just a few minutes from the exclusive Nikki Beach Club.

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.

Explore the continents of the world on this botanical journey in Southern Spain

Explore the continents of the world on this botanical journey in Southern Spain

Spain
  • Costa del Sol now home to spectacular gardens representing five continents
  • New Botanic development protects and preserves the world’s gardens, holding a ‘B’ energy certificate
  • “Botanic is a luxurious yet eco-friendly holiday home with panoramic views of the gardens and courses at Los Arqueros Golf” (Taylor Wimpey España)

Southern Spain’s Costa del Sol is now home to a collection of spectacular gardens that allow residents to partake in a botanical journey through five different continents’ vegetation.

The stunning 4.5 acre grounds include pine trees and cork oaks representing Europe to more exotic varieties of flora such as the ginkgo tree and the Himalayan cedar to represent Asia. This outstanding assortment of species are exactly what any keen gardener would have on their Christmas wish list.

Leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España carefully designed the gardens, located adjacent next to their brand new site, Botanic, by starting with the European area. The intention was then to integrate it with the adjoining Mediterranean landscape using pine trees, cork oaks and gall oaks, in addition to the typical Mediterranean bushes and other species found locally.

A wide range of botanical species can be found in the other ‘four continents’. In the African area, species such as the date palm or the drago palm represent the north and the coral tree represents the south. The space dedicated to Asia seeks the notoriety of arboreal specimens with spectacular flowering, like the Judas tree and the purple orchid together with more exotic offerings, such as the ginkgo tree or the Himalayan cedar.

To represent the Australasia, species known to all amateur gardeners such as the cultivar, mimosas and the lilawarra flame tree can be found. The American continent presents a truly diverse habitat, with a variety of cacti and succulent plants to the jacaranda and silk floss trees that are known for their spectacular blooming.

Excited to unveil the gorgeous gardens, Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España, explains,

“It has taken careful and extensive planning to create the perfect collection of gardens representing five diverse continents of the world. We are excited to reveal the beauty of the world’s gardens which we are helping to sustain at our brand new Botanic site. The site is purposely located to take advantage of such spectacular vistas; it is a luxurious yet eco-friendly holiday home with panoramic views of the gardens and the courses at Los Arqueros Golf.

“The development boasts minimal energy consumption (holding a ‘B’ energy certificate) with the use of solar panels, high quality thermal insulation, sound-proofing and the gorgeous botanical journey is a stunning and unusual asset that is certain to attract second home owners looking for something special.”

With prices from just €350,000 +VAT, this new build residential complex is found in one of the most exclusive areas of Benahavis – La Reserva de Alcuzcuz, situated between the courses at Los Arqueros Golf, La Quinta and Zagaleta. An extremely well connected location, the amenities on offer in Benahavis, Marbella, Puerto Banús or the new San Pedro Boulevard are all within close proximity.

Phase one of the development comprises 42 bright and spacious 3 bedroom homes with large terraces, all of which are southwest facing. The 4 storey buildings are crowned by spacious penthouses of modern design with spectacular solariums from which you can enjoy the views from dawn to dusk.

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 00 34 971 706 972