Key bathroom trends for 2021

The bathroom of any home is no longer the old and tired place it used to be. People have been looking at having ‘spa-like’ features in a bathroom now and it is one of the key rooms checked out when people are buying a property. Here are a few of the key trends for bathroom style in 2021:

Full Marble Walls

Adding a real touch of elegance, full marble walls add unique style. A dramatic black marble backsplash shows the power of using marble slab, creating visual dimension, and contrasts the pale marble for graphic impact. Colour combinations are endless here.

Multifunctional Enclosures

How beautiful is this? The rationale for the glassed-in space is simple: it stays warm and cozy, so getting out of the tub is never jarring. This wet room also offers double showers, meaning there is never any waiting. It also makes the room look timeless and very stylish.

Bringing the outdoors in

In Spain this has long been the case with other parts of a property and in some luxury properties this is a key feature to enhance relaxation. Dress with plants and let natural light flow in.

Tubs all the way

A freestanding tub is once again more common amongst luxury properties but wherever you live freeing your tub to become a centrepiece for bathroom is practical as well as elegant. Tubs come in so many shapes, sizes and colours to your bathing space can be unique to you.

Home Spas

Who would say no to this? With lockdown in place we need to make the most of our home life and this is one area that would be used by many a spa-lover.

Colour is back

Ceramics have advanced so now there is no need to stick to standard white. It you are feeling creative in your space colour is one of the key bathrooms trends of 2021 whether that is sanitary ware, bold wallpaper, bright walls or a combination of all of these.

If you are thinking of updating your bathing space then contact us. We are well versed in converting any space into something special.

cycling in mallorca

Cycling in Mallorca

Mallorca has long been a place for cyclists to enjoy due to the fabulous climate and mixed terrain so you can enjoy a day in the mountains or flatter terrain depending on your experience level and likes. Cycling in Mallorca offers so much to both the seasoned cyclist and a beginner.

You can explore beautiful villages, coastal roads and of course lose yourself in the stunning Traumaunta Mountains. Whether you are new to cycling or a real enthusiast our stunning island is simply made for exploring. Spend some time cycling, then stop somewhere for lunch or coffee and cake and enjoy some stunning views.

If you’d like to time your visit to coincide with an event, then check out the Mallorca 312 sportive. This epic sportive is an annual affair which takes place in April each year with the 2021 race booked for 24th April. Initially, it circumnavigated the coastline – but the route has since been changed to allow for closed roads. You can ride 312km or 167km, and this event sees the island pretty much taken over by cyclists.

In March and May, maximum temperatures vary from 17 to 22°C, then 23-19°C in October and November. Weather is the deciding factor for many a cyclist. You can choose to bring your own bike with your or there are plenty of places on the island to hire bikes and relevant equipment. Bear in mind clothing wise that if you are heading into the mountains you may need warmer clothes or a least layers.

The vast majority of cyclists set up camp in the Northern coastal towns of Port de Pollença and Alcudia. The key attraction of this area is that it sits close to the edge of the Tramuntana Mountains. An alternative base is Port Soller, which is a little further down the coast line. The busy town can provide plenty of restaurants and a more energetic evening vibe but it is an uphill cycle out of the bay.

Cycling is taken seriously here but even as a beginner there are some good flat routes for you to take. If you need help with any places to stay or local information then we can help you.

 

 

 

December in Mallorca

If you ever wondered what December in Mallorca is like we would have to say beautiful. The island has mild winters that make it a great place for a winter escape, and you’ll find that the amount of rain’s reducing after the wetter autumn.

Mallorca is the largest of the Balearics and is quite mountainous, which means there’s different weather across the island. You’ll be warmest and driest in the south because of north westerly winds, and breezes will keep you cool on the coast along with the local embat wind.

The average high in here in December is 17ºC, so it’s still lovely and mild and perfect for getting out mountain biking, walking and of course for a game of golf. Things can get quite chilly in the evenings though as it cools to 8ºC so remember to to bring something warm.

The peace and quiet this time of the year makes this a fabulous place to live. With the busy tourist season over you can enjoy the best parts of the island in relative isolation. When you live here perhaps any other year than the one we have just had, you will find this is the perfect place for family.

After the restrictions of 2020 we are sure you are all looking forward to your next trip away. Pamper yourself on a spa break, take a wine tour or explore the markets and museums. Just walking on a beach is a real tonic so start planning your trip for 2021.

Mallorca is the perfect place to live or have a second home. Property is stunning, the island has so much to do and boasts simply stunning scenery.

5 things to do at home during isolation

Wherever you are in the world, no doubt you are feeling some effects from COVID-19. Here in Spain we are on lockdown and stay at home to help lessen the spread of the virus. As we are scheduled to be at home now for a little longer on this beautiful island perhaps creating a routine during isolation wouldn’t be so bad.

Exercise

Whether you have a dog and can get out in the fresh air for a short time or not. There are plenty of online providers now offering daily lessens. Joe Wicks, The Body Coach and indeed Mr Motivator are offering daily classes to benefit both adults and children. Get those endorphins flowing. Meditation is an excellent way to zone out from the negativity and children can even get involved in this too. Yoga and pilates are great ways to stretch and keep yourself in good shape.

Cooking

If you are a fabulous cook then dust off those cookbooks and try new dishes with fresh local ingredients. Use those store cupboard staples and see how creative you can be making dishes that can be portioned and frozen. If you have little ones in the house why not spend a morning baking and an afternoon sampling the delights of your efforts.

Explore the world from home

Lots of museums are setting up their exhibits online, so we can still get our arts and culture fixes from the confines of our homes. Here’s a look inside the Met!

Learn a new skill

Have you always thought about learning Spanish or Mandarin? Perhaps now is the time to devote an hour or two a day to make your brain work. Whether you are still working from home or need to find something to do, it is important to use our brain and develop some new talent whilst doing so. Download a language app like Memrise or Duolingo and start practicing. Or, if you’re not interested in learning a new language, sign up for another kind of online class.

Volunteer Virtually

There are lots of communities to support right now, and though we can’t necessarily provide relief or comfort with our physical presence, we can certainly contribute what we can. That may be registering to be one of the people that talks to someone elderly and alone during this isolation. Online communities have risen dramatically over recent weeks and it is good to think you are doing something positive for someone else.

Of course, you could spend a few hours exploring the fabulous properties here on and choosing your favourites. Letting the mind wander is an excellent way to relax during this isolation period. Or you could plan your home refurbishment.

Stay safe out there.

 

 

Positives of self-isolating in Mallorca

Yes as heard in all the news reports worldwide, here in Mallorca we are on lockdown as is the whole of Spain, but as we are relaxing and working by the pool it got us thinking about the positives of self-isolating in Mallorca. Most of us have never had to deal with anything like the Corona Virus pandemic in our lifetimes and with so much negativity out there, let’s lighten the mood.

The weather

The climate is one of the main reasons buy homes here and whilst you are on lockdown you can relax on a balcony or terrace with a fantastic view of the countryside, golf course or Mediterranean life isn’t so bad. Whether you love the sunshine or not, it is something that lifts your spirits even in the darkest of moments. If you have a private pool, then working, sunbathing and a dip in the pool could be a typical day. What is not to like about that?

Community

In everyday life you may be too busy to be a part of your local community. During a time of crisis people are coming together and helping each other out. It is heart-warming to see more mobile people helping those less fortunate or in one of the high-risk groups. Like Italy, Spain is a very social place and to be isolated will not dampen the spirits of those singing on balconies or doing group exercise whilst socially distancing. If you don’t have a community surrounding you, there is sure to be one online.

Be adventurous

Your normality may have been taken away, so why not use this time to be more adventurous? The rise in online choirs has been phenomenal. You may not be able to get out but the sense of being amongst those that share your love of song is a powerful antidote to feeling isolated. If you are a person of routine, now is the perfect time to try something new. Learn a new language, do an online course, write letters to old friends or practice yoga. Perhaps the whole family, or whoever you are isolating with could both try something new.

Eat, drink and be merry

Here in Mallorca, being social is part of the culture. Dining out and enjoying the local fayre is one of the great pleasures. Although you may only be allowed out singularly you can still delight in the wonderful colours and flavours of delicious wines and tapas. Make a real effort in putting together tasty nutritious foods of the region and enjoy the company of whoever you are sharing your isolation with.

This is the perfect time to dream about your future. What plans do you have in place to make the most of your life. Wherever you are in the world, have you dreamt about owning property in Mallorca? This is the time to put those plans into action. Do you want a beachside apartment in Portals Nous or a luxury villa with a pool? You may be living here in Mallorca and thinking of how your property could be improved. Let us help you make those dreams into reality. We are still working here in the sun, so contact us today with your property requirements. Self-isolating in Mallorca isn’t so bad at all.

 

 

 

 

House prices in Spain increasing year on year

We are almost at the start of Spring when temperatures here in Spain are rising to enable lovely beach days and great days on the golf course or out sailing. Earlier this month valuations firms Tinsa published a new report on Spanish residential property prices. Data in this report suggests house prices in Spain in February 2020 were an average of 2.4% higher than the same period last year.

Within the Tinsa report Spanish territory is divided into 5 categories: provincial capitals and large cities, metropolitan areas, the Mediterranean coast, the Balearic and Canary Islands and all other areas.

In previous reports, provincial capitals such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Málaga are more dynamic and are often the catalysts for pricing change. Last month, the inter-annual change was +3.3% and obviously our markets have been affected by the economic situation and Brexit, but not quite as much as we thought it might. The draw of the lifestyle here in Mallorca is evident – owning a property here is a sound investment.

In the Costa del Sol property prices saw a healthy average 1.4% year-on-year gain. Property prices in the Balearic and Canary Islands soared a massive 7.6% year-on-year, making February’s figure the eleventh significant annualised increase in the last twelve months.

All this data on house prices in Spain suggests this is the perfect time to buy here in Mallorca. Whether you are looking for a long-term investment, a retirement property, a holiday home or to increase your property investment portfolio, now is the time to start looking for your 2020 purchase.

House prices in Spain are still significantly less than many other European destinations, so why not indulge yourself and take a look at some of these fantastic homes in the sun. Our experienced multilingual team are here to help you make that property purchase with ease. If you need help deciding which area is best for you, check out our area guides.

5 things to look for in a holiday home

When clients are looking for a holiday home in Mallorca, often the list of considerations vary, but the common ones are below. They can be a real investment opportunity if you choose wisely.

Location

Naturally location is top of the list, and it’s not difficult to work out why. Holiday makers truly value a properties proximity to the area they are visiting, even if just for convenience more than anything else. Another bonus of fabulous location is the potential property views, especially if sea views are involved.

Interior Style

Interiors are an extremely personal thing, but the styling of a property can make or break a selection. Every individual is looking for something different in terms of style, but the aesthetics of the home are more important than you may think. Considering it’s going to be the focal point of the holiday, guests want to feel at home as soon as they enter a property, so it’s important that the decor invites a welcoming atmosphere. Neutral is always best. Should the ideal property be found and it needs a small reform to bring it up to standard, we can help.

Privacy

Half of the reason a holiday is selected is to be able to unwind from the busyness of everyday life, and part of relaxation is privacy. More and more holiday makers are looking for holiday lets that have private terraces and outdoor areas to enjoy outdoor living in peace.

Space

Space, space and more space. One of the biggest and more important aspects of any holiday home selection is ensuring that there is plentiful space for the whole party, after all, being on top of one other certainly isn’t relaxing. Create an illusion of larger spaces by ensuring minimal clutter and well-lit rooms. Also consider if you let out the property having twin beds in one bedroom and a sofa bed in another so it increases the party size to 6. With blended families and grandparents taking grandchildren away nowadays, space is key.

Wow factor

If the home has that little something extra, it’s more than likely going to be extremely popular with holiday renters. Hot tubs and private pools are a draw and would be extremely popular with holiday makers, as they are generally looking for something that they don’t have at home, to make the trip extra special. Onsite facilities such as children’s pools, tennis courts and restaurants and bars also draw in renters.

Of course, everyone is different and you may want completely different things out of your holiday home, but if you are looking to rent it out considerations need to be location near amenities; space and number of beds; plus points (to help market it), ie on site facilities. Talk to one of our team if you are thinking of buying a holiday home. Their experience will help point you in the right direction. Property in Mallorca is always popular as a rental and is a wise investment.

Buying & selling property in Mallorca post Brexit

Brexit has dominated the headlines over the last few years and now that it is finally done, things aren’t drastically different. The Withdrawal Agreement signed by the British allows for a transition period until 31st December 2020.

The legalities

If you live in Spain for three months or more a year you should get your documents in order. That means becoming a resident with an NIE and Spanish drivers licence. This will entitle you to free healthcare here in Spain.
The process of buying and selling property in Spain will not change for the British. It’s already the same process for non-EU nationals like the Swiss, Norwegians and Americans, so there’s no reason to expect it to be any different.

We don’t yet know whether Brexit will affect British demand for buying property in Mallorca, but it shouldn’t. The British were buying here long before they were in the EU and if anything, buying a home here is now more straightforward due to legislation passed in 2019.

Why buy here?

The Spanish government encourages other nationalities to invest here and The Golden Visa is a prime example of that. Over the last decade the Spanish property market has seen a steady increase in prices, standards and quality. Last year the price of property in Spain generally was up 3.6% in the 12 months to December 2019 according to valuation firm Tinsa. These statistics are a national average and the price of property in Spain does vary from region to region.

The real thing to watch is the value of the GBP. Choosing the right time to buy when you will get the most for your money is wise. Speak to one of our property specialists who can introduce you to currency specialists who can lock in an excellent rate for you on the exchange.

If you are thinking of buying or selling your property in Mallorca, talk to us today. Our team have many years’ experience in dealing with EU and non EU property transactions so they can guide you through a stress free process.

Spring in Mallorca

Spring is just around the corner and what better time to enjoy a break on the island to find your perfect holiday home.

For a relatively small island, Mallorca offers a seemingly infinite variety of landscapes and rich and diverse cultural experiences. Whilst you are here get out in the fresh Spring air with a hike or cycle ride in the Sierra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World heritage site. If walking and cycling aren’t your thing then golf, tennis and horse-riding are all here to be enjoyed.

If you are looking for a home in the sun exploring resorts during the Spring is a deeply pleasurable experience as temperatures are just right. Getting a feel for the resorts you love in different seasons is especially important if you are looking to move here permanently and just as important for a holiday home.

The island is quieter in Spring but does come alive for the Semana Santa celebrations (Easter). Everyone should be a part of these celebrations at least once as it will be moments you treasure forever.

City Life

Palma is a really stunning city, however, exploring its streets in the intense July and August heat can be tough. Spring is a great time to visit as you won’t feel you are walking inside a sauna and its streets are not crowded with tourists. Take your time and enjoy the shopping and dining experience that Palma presents, and we are sure you will make it a regular occurrence.

History & Culture

Whether it’s an historic castle, a tranquil monastery, an ancient Talayotic site, a fascinating museum or a sumptuous estate with a Moorish legacy – Mallorca has history and culture in bucket loads. Superb places to take your visitors when they come to stay.

Relax

The beaches at this time of year are quieter and though there can be the odd cool day, there are likely to be many more where you can relax on the beach and take long lazy lunches in beachside restaurants. This will definitely cement the idea that living here in Mallorca can be the ideal lifestyle choice.

Contact us if you are looking for a resort that suits your lifestyle as we have a superb selection of properties in Mallorca to view.

Putting the luxe in luxury Mallorcan property

Do you want the very best that money can buy? Not got time to search? Then look no further. We sell homes that are luxury as standard, so for a home that is guaranteed to surpass even your wildest dreams talk to us today.

We understand that searching for property, especially abroad, can be a time-consuming task. That’s why we provide a dedicated area on our site, pulling together the crème de la crème of Mallorca homes into one easy-to-search place.

What’s so special about luxury collection property?

We like to think that all of our properties exceed expectations, but the luxury collection goes that little bit further. Typical features include:

  • Vast amounts of space and privacy
  • Prime location
  • Stunning views
  • Indoor/outdoor pool
  • Jacuzzi/spa
  • Home automation systems
  • Internal lift
  • Cinema room
  • Wine cellar
  • Fully fitted kitchens with all mod cons and appliances
  • Gym
  • Helipad
  • State of the art security system

Why Lifestyle Properties?

If you’re looking for something extra special, you need an extra special real estate agency. At Lifestyle Properties we believe all our clients deserve a service that goes above and beyond – as standard.

Working with us, you can expect detailed knowledge of all the locations of our luxury homes. Boasting a multilingual team, ensuring that nothing gets lost in translation and your property criteria are always fully understood.

Contact us and we can guide you through the process of buying property in Mallorca, every step of the way, until you’re holding the keys. And even then, we don’t stop – offering an unrivalled service to assist you with everything you need to fully enjoy your new home.