RETIREMENT VILLAGE IN PARADISE.
The Colina Club Retirement Village nestles on the lower slopes of the hills surrounding Calpe on the Costa Blanca area of Spain.
The land was purchased by its British owners in the mid 1980’s and commenced business in 1991. One of the main reasons for it being built there was its stunning views
Originally, it was purpose built for retirees, using a concept which had been popularised in Florida. Obviously, because of its elevated position on an exclusive conurbation of private villas, about three miles away from the town of Calpe; it is exceptionally peaceful and tranquil.
This particular area of Spain has one of the best climates for health, according to the World Health Organisation.
The founder, Dr Graham Young, exhaustively researched what older people required in a specific location, where they could live out their later years. You can see the fruits of this, with the attention to detail in many areas, from the under floor central heating in all the apartments and Rest Home, to the heart-shaped swimming pool and palm trees.
The apartments are compact and easily manageable for the older person. An example of this is that all power sockets are at waist height to save bending.
There is a selection of one and two bedroom apartments, which are available for long-term rent and there are two one bedroom apartments, which are used exclusively for short-term rentals (such as for friends and family of residents) and for those who wish to try out the Colina Club, before committing to a long-term contract.
The long term contract varies in length from six months to a year and is renewable. There is a special arrangement in place to discount money back to short-term renters, if they later opt to rent on a long-term basis. This is the ‘try before you rent’ option. The short-term contract is considerably more expensive, than the long-term one. A short-term holiday costs from 300.00 euros per week for two people, while on a long-term contract (‘Premium Package’) basis, this costs from 925.00 euros per month (see website for further details). A new option for younger residents is the ‘Basic Package’ where no extras are included and the price for this starts at 500.00 euros per month.
All the apartments have access to the Club’s satellite television system, which shows five of the main UK television stations, though many residents have installed their own satellite dishes, to provide themselves with more options. In other residential developments, these private dishes are disallowed and you have to take what is on offer.
The Club runs its own free minibus service to Calpe town, five days a week.
The on-site Nursing Home is fully functional and is staffed by nurses, seven days a week on a twenty four hour basis. The English-speaking Doctor holds a weekly surgery. For residents of the apartments, there is an emergency alarm call service, which is ‘attached’ to the Nursing Home and is numbered, so that in the event of an emergency, the nurses can detect who has pushed the button and can attend to it. This gives residents peace of mind and added security.
Within the Nursing Home, there is a social room with a television and DVD player, as well as numerous books in the ‘library’, which may be borrowed, free of charge. The social room doubles as a bar for residents, their friends and family only and is not open to the general public. Meals can also be arranged for residents in the apartments, which consists of mainly traditional British fare.
There is a two lane, all weather bowling green, which is free for residents to join and has other members from the surrounding area.
The management consists of Dr Young’s wife Caroline, who manages the apartments and Itziar Doval, who manages the Nursing Home. Itziar speaks four languages including English. They are both extremely efficient, as well as being tremendously caring. The management puts a high degree of emphasis on caring for all their residents.
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Contact: Caroline Young.
Telephone: (0034) 96 583 5226.