With environmental issues under the spotlight worldwide everyone is trying to do their bit to provide a better future. Andalucia is leading the way with an injection of funding into sustainable buildings meaning more than €75 million is set to be pumped into sustainable building projects across the region in a major green campaign over the coming years.
The Junta is financing environmentally-sound and long-lasting projects that are due to come to fruition before 2020 meaning that more building work and smarter environmentally friendly property options will be available over the coming years here on the Costa del Sol.
José Sánchez Maldonado, head of the department for employment and business, said the funding has been drawn from the region’s energy agency. It is excellent that Andalucia is leading the way pumping this kind of investment into the property market.
A report in The Olive Press says some of the money will also go into renovating existing buildings to make them more environmentally friendly, installing thermal insulation to bring down energy use and eco-air conditioning. This investment makes up part of the Junta’s new three-pronged energy efficiency programme report The Olive Press.
We are finding that developers are taking a greener view with eco-friendly features being introduced to selected contemporary developments like a recent energy efficient development near Estepona. Helping both the environment and keeping the owners’ costs down. Eco friendly designs take advantage of the best aspects of a site such as making the most of natural light so minimizing energy use.
A further report in the environmental section of The Olive Press states that the local government are looking to make the area a centre for green energy production: “The Junta has once again committed to making Andalucía a green energy powerhouse. Officials want to reduce the region’s energy consumption by 25% and increase the amount of energy created by renewable sources by 25%. This further highlights Andalucía as a prominent place to live with its investment in the environment.
With the economy growing and more interest from overseas buyers seeing Spain and particularly the Andalucian coastline as a sound investment, investing in the sustainability of its buildings and property is a must.
Marbella’s many retreats
You’ve read it here before on Bromley’s blogs, but it´s worth repeating – Marbella property is super-hot right now. It´s not just our personal view – we have recently shared some amazing statistics and facts regarding Marbella real estate. We even provided our readers with exclusive access to our own predictions about the Marbella property market in 2017. With so much good news on the horizon, we think it´s time to explore the many retreats on offer in Marbella and the whole of the Costa del Sol… Some even more affordable than you thought!
Marbella Retreats – Experience just about everything
You’ll find that most resort-type coastal cities provide just about everything you’d expect. White sandy beaches, lounge chairs, cocktails and of course incredible food. But not many visitors to the Costa del Sol truly know about the hidden gems situated throughout the area. Hidden gems that can dazzle you, teach you something new, relax you, or leave you in complete peace and solitude. Marbella and the surrounding areas offer a great variety of different retreats and today we’re going to list the top Marbella retreats you’ll definitely want to try.
#1 – Well-being Treats
Let’s face it, we all need that get away sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a little quiet and pampering. Marbella provides you with the solitude and meditation you crave. Believe it or not there are several spots outside Marbella’s city walls that surround you in scenic beauty and even solitude.
Here are our top picks:
Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat
You certainly get your pick here at Shanti-Som, but if it’s relaxation you want, they offer you a special package that promotes “from burnout to freedom”. They have a Chakra experience, conscious living experience and plenty more.
Molino del Rey – Yoga Retreat
If you love Yoga or even want to learn about Yoga and its many benefits, then Molino del Rey is the perfect escape. Molino del Rey sits in one of the most beautiful reserves in Andalucia – the Sierra de las Nieves. The owners of this retreat have been building on the resort since 1994, and with their very own hands. All aspects of the retreat have been improved, providing the most luxurious comforts you would expect.
#2 – Creative Retreats in Marbella
Are you a writer? Or perhaps you want to be a writer some day? You can include Marbella on your bucket list of the best place to get creative in 2017. There are locations situated throughout the outskirts of the coastal city, much like the well being retreats that offer creative writing retreats. You can even learn from some of the masters.
#3 – Master Spanish Retreats
Want to brush up on your Spanish while enjoying the sites in a beautiful sea side town? Then Nerja is the place you want to be. This 1 week Spanish immersion course starts at all levels, so even if you’re just getting started with Spanish, you get to learn the language and explore its culture.
#4 – Cooking vacations in Andalucia
Put your culinary expertise to the test with a wonderful cooking vacation in Andalucia. One thing you might not have known is Andalucia stands apart from the rest of the country because of its very unique history. Here in the south of Spain you will find a blend of Middle Eastern tastes and the very best sea food the country has to offer.
Imagine relaxing in a fully-restored traditional Andalusian farmhouse, where the owners will teach you how to prepare the finest of Spanish and Mediterranean foods. You get the full experience which includes stunning views and excursions to Cordoba, Zuheros and Granada.
Marbella Spain is so much more than sunshine and cocktails. You have a chance to escape the ordinary while learning and enjoying everything Andalucia has to offer. Because the Costa del Sol is breaking records in tourism, it might be a good idea to book early for a Marbella retreat making sure you get to travel when you want too.
Remember if you are looking for any information on Marbella real estate or looking to buy property in Marbella, Bromley has an extensive database of exclusive properties.
Marbella has beautiful beaches, a thriving nightlife and some of the best bars and raved-about restaurants to be found on the Costa del Sol. However, sometimes it can be a breath of fresh air to escape all the hustle and bustle of this cosmopolitan town by spending the day being pampered at a spa and letting all your worries slip away. Be it a muscle relieving massage, a sizzling sauna or a relaxing retreat somewhere in the countryside, Marbella has dozens of spas to suit all tastes and prices.
Here are five of the best that Marbella has to offer.
Shanti-Som Wellness Retreat, Marbella
This is a beautiful spa and hotel surrounded by tropical gardens, orange groves and trickling streams, where you can take a break from busy lifestyles. The spa specialises in weight loss, detox and yoga programmes that enable visitors to regain energy through daily yoga classes and meditation. There is also an array of spa therapies combining eastern and western traditions, which combined with the beautiful surroundings and pampering service are just what the doctor ordered.
The Vincci Estrella Del Mar Beach Club Spa, Elviria
In this adult-only spa you will find plenty of peace and tranquillity. The spa offers beauty treatments, a thermal spa, two pools (an outdoor infinity pool and indoor pool with loungers), pressure jet and a pressure stream. There is also a sauna, ice pool, Turkish bath, a waterfall and a bucket shower – and it’s right up on the beach.
H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel Spa, Puerto Banús
Located in Puerto Banús, this pretty little spa offers the usual Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, power showers and swimming pool with pressure jets. A budget spa, it provides treatments from around 20 Euros per person for two hours and offers excellent value for money.
The Marbella Club Thalasso Spa, Marbella Centre
One of the most exclusive in Marbella, the Thalasso Spa has an indoor sea water pool, saunas, a relaxation area with sea view, 12 treatment rooms, slimming and anti stress programmes, beauty treatments and massages. Quite a complete package for those who wish to spa in style.
Glow Wellness and Fitness, Puerto Banús
Located in the Playas del Duque area of Puerto Banús, this trendy spa offers a variety of wellbeing areas; the indoor swimming pool, the Jacuzzi zone, the sauna area, the aesthetic centre with facial treatments and therapies, body treatments, hydrotherapy, jet showers as well as slimming and firming treatments.