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It’s not a property’s location or indeed what it looks like from the outside, interior design is just as vital when choosing a perfect holiday home abroad to relax in style.

Ana Garcia Maldonado is leading Spanish developer  Taylor Wimpey España‘s highly experienced head of interior design who has worked independently with developers for almost 15 years.

Forget dated wicker furniture and terracotta colour palettes, the design of Taylor Wimpey España’s abodes are very much on trend and well thought out. Ana frequently attends all furniture and decoration fairs to maintain a creative flow of ideas and to keep up to date with Spanish design.

Working alongside Taylor Wimpey España’s head architect, Pablo Live Sanchez and also her husband, Ana shares her trade secrets and what is it about interior design that she enjoys so much:

What is your vision for the interior design of Taylor Wimpey España homes?

In all Taylor Wimpey España homes the first premise is quality, comfort, and an aesthetic mix of modernity and elegance that pleases a wide range of buyers. Our goal through decorating is to offer not a house, but a home. 

What influences you in your design choices?

I try to follow and respect the line drawn by the Architecture Studio, which since the landmark Avalon development on the Costa del Sol, has been modern lines without leaving aside comfort and warmth of a home. When choosing colours and furniture, we usually take into account factors such as the name, location and even logo of the development, as each of them have their own identity.

What are the key materials / pieces of furniture / brands / colour palettes that you are using for Taylor Wimpey España interiors at the moment?

We always look for functional furniture with light lines that does not detract from the spacious feel of each property. We like wood or matte finishes, natural tones and textures such as linen and cotton. For the walls we prefer a large canvases or mirrors, wallpapers with personality but still discreet, and playing around with the same colour tones in a single environment. We use an endless number of national and international brands in furniture, fabrics, papers, carpets, lighting, and choose brand depending on the budget we are allocated.

What should owners avoid interiors wise when furnishing their holiday homes?

From experience I know that many clients give much more importance to furnishing the terrace than to the rest of the house, without taking into account the inclement weather. So my only advice is to equip the house with the same degree of comfort on the inside as the outside.

Finally, how do you find working so closely with your husband on the architectural side? 

It is a true privilege. We help and complement each other whilst enjoying our work. Can you ask for more?!

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.

In November Scandinavian Airlines will launch a new year-round service between Helsinki and Malaga.

The new route is served with an Airbus A320 and B737-800, on Saturdays all year round, starting November 4th of 2017. Including the new route, SAS is now offering ten departures to Malaga from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and now also Finland.

Malaga is the gateway to Costa del Sol and the route is an answer to the leisure travelers’ demand on popular destinations.

Anders Wahlström, Head of Sales for Sweden and Finland, said:

“Malaga is a popular destination amongst many of our Finnish travelers and we are happy to launch a new direct year-round route there.

“This route will be a great addition to our many flights from Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo to other popular destinations in Scandinavia, Europe, the US and Asia.

In addition to new routes, SAS is now introducing new cabins on all short and medium-haul flights. The new cabins will be installed between 2017 and 2019. From the second half of 2017, the installation of high-speed WiFi will commence.

For the summer season Vueling will have more than 190,000 seats available on its routes between Wales and Spain.

Low-cost carrier Vueling is increasing capacity on flights from Cardiff Airport to Spain for the new summer season by 16%.

The airline said it would result in seat capacity rising to more than 190,000 for the season that runs from this month to September.

The Spanish airline has scheduled routes from the Welsh Government-owned airport to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga and Palma Majorca.

Vueling launched services from Cardiff to Alicante, Barcelona and Palma de Majorca in summer 2012, before adding the Malaga route the following year

This year Vueling has increased its capacity by 26% on the Alicante service, by 16% on Palma Majorca and 18% on the Malaga service.

Chief executive of Cardiff Airport, Debra Barber said: ” It’s great to see Vueling is now so well established at Cardiff Airport as one of our key airlines.

“Awareness of the brand has really increased and is evidenced in the airline’s choice to add more capacity for the second year in a row due to demand from Welsh customers.”

Easter in the UK is usually a mixed bag of time off work, hyperactive children, threatening rainclouds and an overwhelming amount of chocolate. Though this combo does have a certain British charm, increasingly the temptation to spend the Easter break overseas is winning over the hearts of those looking for some springtime sunshine. And Spain is set to be the destination of choice in 2017.

According to the most recent data from beach holiday specialist On the Beach, Spain is the most popular destination for Brits during the Easter period this year. The beautiful island of Mallorca tops the list of holiday hotspots, with the sun-kissed province of Alicante also celebrating a place in the top five.

With Mallorca just a couple of hours’ flight from the UK, long weekends there are now easily achievable, allowing the island to be more than simply a summer destination. Long-term resident Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of leading Spanish homebuilder  Taylor Wimpey España, observes,

“No longer considered a one season destination, Mallorca’s popularity throughout the year is growing. With such a short flight time, spending Easter there is easy for those living in the UK and with temperatures predicted to stay firmly in the 20s over the course of the long weekend, the Balearics are definitely a tempting prospect for a short coastal getaway.”

Easter in Mallorca is a big event, with processions, feasting and celebrations held across the island. The processions have their origins in the 16th century, when the Christian church set out to present the story of the Passion of the Christ to laypeople through street processions. While the religious element is still strong today, the festival atmosphere is one that those of all denominations can enjoy and the food that accompanies it is something that everyone should experience at least once!

But why experience Mallorca just once this year? Coastal properties on the island are becoming increasingly popular with holiday home owners and Taylor Wimpey España have just launched two new developments to the growing market. Both already attracting the attention of buyers who are keen to make Mallorca’s coastline a more regular feature of their lives.

The new Cala Vinyes Hills residential complex offers 15 exclusive and spacious three bedroom apartments and duplexes within a modern, gated community comprised of 5 independent buildings. From €380,000+VAT residents will benefit from private terraces, a communal swimming pool with landscaped gardens and private parking.

Cala Vinyes Hills is located in the prestigious area of Cala Vinyes, in the south west of Mallorca, just 15 minutes from the island’s vibrant capital city, Palma. The exclusive marinas Puerto Portals and Port Adriano are also close by, providing a wide variety of elegant bars and restaurants such as the most exclusive designer stores.

Less than a 30-minute drive from Palma’s international airport, Serenity is located next to the Santa Ponsa II Golf Club in Nova Santa Ponsa, one of the most exclusive and highly sought-after areas on the island. This new residential complex offers beautiful 3 bedroom homes from apartments to top floor penthouses.

All units benefit from private terraces, with those on the ground floor enjoying spacious garden areas which are also private. From €545,000 +VAT for an apartment and €790,000 +VAT for a penthouse, residents will enjoy the private use of two swimming pools, surrounded by a solarium area, and luscious communal gardens.

With Spanish Easter celebrations lasting for around 10 days, Mallorca and many other parts of Spain may already be in full celebratory mode. Why not leave the chocolate at home and hop on a plane to see for yourself?

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.

Having sold Spanish property for almost 60 years to over 4,000 clients, house builder Taylor Wimpey España must be doing something right. In fact 98%* of clients would buy from Taylor Wimpey España again and many do keep that promise.

Putting customers first is what the established company believe is the key which is why Taylor Wimpey España operates a dedicated Customer Care department, headed up by Toni Valentin. We speak to him to find out more about his vital role within the team:

Welcome to the Taylor Wimpey España team! What is your role in the company?

My role in Taylor Wimpey España is Customer Care Manager.

What are your day-to-day duties and responsibilities?

Day to say I am responsible for organising, planning, managing and reviewing all Taylor Wimpey Espana’s customer buying journey. Along with our Customer Care Team we handle the organisation of the legal aspects of buying a property, any questions or issues that customers may have along with motivating and supporting the Customer Care team.

You hold a strong background in hotels and hospitality both through your qualifications and career, what made you interested to explore the real estate sector?

Here in Spain, as we mainly build holiday or second homes, our customers are most tourists so in many ways, my role at Taylor Wimpey España has many aspects in common with my past roles within the hospitality sector. For that reason, this job keeps me in touch with the tourism sector whilst at the same time challenging me as our clients, buy purchasing homes, are staying for longer and in a different capacity than hotels.

What expertise are you bringing from your hotel background to Taylor Wimpey España?

Over the past few years, I have worked for a number of companies to gain experience and establish contact with as many people as possible. As part of my six-years in my Ibiza apprenticeship, I learned about quality and customer service, team management, online and offline reputation and from working for a hotel operator, I gained good experience in leading people and customer service.

My goal is now to take my years of hands on experience in tourism and customer service to not only maintain but improve the already high standards of client care at Taylor Wimpey España.

How would you say Mallorca compares to Ibiza in terms of the hospitality sector?

Both islands are similar in terms of their appeals although I would say that people who come to Mallorca are looking for calmer holidays than people who might Ibiza. The standards of accommodation and offering from both Mallorca and Ibiza are very similar and I would say that Mallorca is catching Ibiza up quickly in terms of new openings, especially at the higher end of the market.

Is there anything Mallorca can learn from Ibiza?

Over the last couple of decades, Ibiza has become a well-established destination and brand in its own right. It’s become the “go to” destination for millennials, many of whom will go on to visit the island year after year. In my opinion, this is the target market that Mallorca should look to attract.

Customer satisfaction has always been a priority for Taylor Wimpey España, why do you feel this is so important to the company?

A good customer experience means that we can build and sell for the future and we must do the best every day to increase our customer’s satisfaction. Taylor Wimpey España has been doing a very good job for the past 60 years and that’s why the company works so well. It’s our obligation it’s to keep improving day by day in order to keep on working for at least 60 more years!

How does Taylor Wimpey España ensure it delivers the best customer service it can?

Here at Taylor Wimpey España, the team are always very well prepared and they work together to deliver results. We all have one goal in common – customer satisfaction which is why we undertake regular surveys to check our clients are happy – and 98%* are!

You are Mallorquin born and bred, what does it mean to you to be back working on Mallorca and for a Mallorquin based company such as Taylor Wimpey España?

It’s always nice to be at home, my family certainly likes having me back and being able to work within the Customer Care team at Taylor Wimpey España made the choice to move back to Mallorca an easy decision.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy learning about different cultures, travelling, listening to music, going to the cinema, spending time with family and friends, playing football and watching football matches.

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. 



(*) Data taken from Taylor Wimpey Espana’s “Customer Satisfaction Index”, a regular survey that asked to all clients after they have enjoyed their new home for a few months.