PRESTIGE & VILLAGE
Prestige & Village announce exciting new partnership with Desert Springs Resort
08 June 2023 3714 Views
In an exclusive interview with Estate Agent Today, Simon Coaker, Sales & Marketing Director of Desert Springs Resort, shared captivating insights into the unique concept and offerings of this prestigious award-winning development. Coaker discussed the remarkable transformation of a barren land into an idyllic desert resort, highlighting the exceptional USGA desert golf course, sports & leisure facilities, and their harmonious coexistence with nature. Additionally, he shed light on the collaboration with Prestige and Village (P&V) and their role in promoting Desert Springs Resort to a discerning clientele.
Located in Cuevas del Almanzora, Almeria, Spain, the only designated desert region of Europe, Desert Springs Resort was conceived in 1985 by Stephen Hitchins of The Robert Hitchins Group in the UK, one of the country’s most consistent and successful private residential and commercial developers.
Recognizing the climatic advantages of this newly accessible region, and one that was vastly different from Europe's existing tourist regions, in 1999 Hitchin’s envisioned creating a truly one-of-a-kind desert golf course and family resort. His vision aimed to set Desert Springs apart from conventional Spanish golf destinations by leveraging the natural surroundings and climate, offering a remarkable experience closer to home for visitors from the UK and Northern Europe.
The resort's centrepiece is an 18-hole championship USGA specification desert golf course, rivalling the renowned courses in California, Arizona, and Dubai. With a flight time of less than two and a half hours from the UK and Northern Europe, Desert Springs provides golf enthusiasts with an exceptional experience combined with the charm and service ethos of Spanish culture.
Since its inauguration in 2001, Desert Springs Resort has flourished, boasting over 300 properties, ranging from apartments to townhouses and luxurious villas. The resort proudly showcases a distinguished cricket ground, the only ICC-accredited facility on the European continent. Notably, Desert Springs has become a sought-after training and match venue for international cricket teams, including the England Test and ODI squads.
Beyond golf, cricket, football and tennis, Desert Springs offers a range of activities and amenities to cater to various interests. Visitors can delight in exploring Europe's largest cactus garden, embarking on trim trail tracks designed by Olympic gold medallist Daley Thompson, or simply relax and immerse themselves in the serene desert environment.
Desert Springs Resort has garnered recognition for its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. With a focus on minimal water usage compared to other golf courses in Spain, the resort channels its irrigation efforts exclusively towards the grass. This eco-friendly approach has resulted in the return of migratory bird species to the area and the establishment of a thriving wildlife ecosystem. Consequently, Desert Springs was honored with the prestigious Madera Verde award, a Spanish governmental accolade celebrating sustainable practices.
Coaker further discussed the collaboration between Desert Springs and Prestige and Village, emphasising the alignment in values and clientele. With his long-standing relationship with Matthew Dixon, the founder of Prestige & Village, Coaker saw an opportunity to work with like-minded real estate agencies to promote Desert Springs to their discerning client base. The partnership aims to offer a range of properties at various price points, starting from €195,000 for a two-bedroom apartment and extending to over €1 million for the most exclusive villas.
To facilitate prospective buyers' experience, Desert Springs offers a ‘Discovery Package’, allowing agents to bring clients for a three-night stay. During their visit, guests have the opportunity to explore the area, view properties of interest, play golf, and experience the resort's amenities first-hand. Coaker emphasised that the decision to purchase a property ultimately depends on the benefits and lifestyle it offers, beyond the physical structure itself.
Desert Springs Resort not only provides an exceptional living environment but also cultivates a sense of community among its residents. Coaker highlighted the importance of creating a space where individuals can connect, share experiences, and enjoy the resort’s benefits together.
With its unique concept, exceptional golf course, world-class sporting facilities, and unwavering commitment to sustainability, Desert Springs Resort continues to captivate individuals seeking a quality lifestyle within an extraordinary desert oasis.
Coaker expressed his enthusiasm for the new development of 14 townhouses currently under construction that overlook the ICC accredited Cricket ground, two of which have already been sold. These properties have the potential to become part of the successful property rental program managed by Desert Springs, accommodating international cricket teams during their training camps and generating income for the owners when they are not residing at the resort themselves. This collaboration between Desert Springs Resort and Prestige and Villa, a renowned agency, signifies the resort's dedication to promoting the development to a discerning client base.
Coaker also highlighted the significant impact the upcoming high-speed train, known as the AVE, on Desert Springs Resort. Set to open in 2026, with a station stop in the nearby town of Vera, just a five-minute drive away, the area is projected to experience a 25% to 30% increase in property values. Coaker emphasised the convenience of the train for international buyers, enabling them to enjoy golf at Desert Springs, and reach Madrid City Centre within two and a half hours.
Coaker firmly believes that the collaboration with Prestige and Village will establish a strong identity for Desert Springs Resort. The resort aims to provide prospective buyers with an authentic experience by organizing visits to the resort and showcasing the unique features that photographs and videos can't capture.
Throughout the interview, Coaker's passion for Desert Springs Resort shines through. He explains that the goal is to enable people to discover the epitome of tranquillity, where luxury and natural beauty converge to create an unforgettable retreat with an exceptional sports and leisure lifestyle for home owners at Desert Springs Resort. His dedication to the development is further demonstrated by his 24-year tenure, during which he has overseen multiple projects and expansions.
Simon Coaker's unwavering commitment to Desert Springs Resort is evident in this interview, and the partnership with Prestige and Village reflects the resort's ambition to appeal to a discerning clientele. With Coaker's passion and the exciting prospects on the horizon, Desert Springs Resort seems poised for continued success and growth in the luxury real estate market.
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