With a limited budget and a short amount of spare time, John and Marie think a timeshare deal might be the answer to their holiday dreams.
Dear Property Clinic,
My wife and I are regular visitors to Spain and love the climate, the food, the people and the atmosphere. We would dearly love to buy a property there, but would only be able to use it for a week or two every year. Because we would be spending so little time there, we would be very concerned about arranging maintenance of the property for the rest of the year, and keeping it safe. As we only have a small budget of £20,000 we had considered the possibility of buying one or two weeks' timeshare, but don't know much about the kind of resorts available and how to go about joining a scheme. Can Spain give us any advice, and point us in the right direction?
John and Marie Wilson, Tyneside
OUR TIMESHARE AGENTS RECOMMEND
The Organisation for Timeshare in Europe (OTE) is the trade body that represents the Timeshare industry in European countries. Its website lists a number of reputable firms that can help you with your search for a timeshare.
"Timeshare is a great product, offering flexibility and high quality accommodation in resorts which generally have extensive facilities and amenities for guests, including swimming pools, restaurants and leisure facilities" comments Peter van der Mark, secretary general of the organisation.
Alanda Club, Marbella
From €1,210 (£824) per week purchased
There are 155 apartments within this resort (formerly the Four Seasons Country Club), with a wealth of facilities to hand such as an indoor and outdoor pool, spa, bar, restaurant and gymnasium, all within a five-minute walk of the beach. The price shown is for a one-bedroom apartment in the winter months of November, December and January, and they go up to €27,000 (£18,500) for a three-bedroom duplex penthouse during a fixed week in August.
Alanda Club Marbella, tel: 0034 952 768 150,
Anfi del Mar, Gran Canaria
From £7,000 per week purchased
Anfi del Mar in Gran Canaria, 60km off the north-west coast of Africa, and within four hours flying time from most European airports. Gran Canaria offers 350 days of sun a year, golden sands, spectacular coastlines and beaches,cultural variety and exotic flora and fauna. Four extraordinary resorts make up Anfi del Mar, and every suite on each resort has two or more satellite TVs, luxurious marble bathrooms with whirlpool, a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious terrace. Prices range from £7,000 to £22,000 for one- and two-bedroom suites and from £26,000 to £38,000 for penthouses with a 50-year membership.
Anfi del Mar, tel: 0034 928 152 910 www.anfi.com email@example.com
Santa Cruz Suites, Costa del Sol
Prices on request
A range of one, two and three-bedroom interior-designed apartments and penthouses is on offer in a spectacular hillside setting overlooking the Mediterranean. Each apartment has a 'boutique hotel' feel and is equipped with ensuite bathrooms, state-of-the-art kitchens, DVD and TV, air conditioning and a large Jacuzzi on a private terrace with sea and mountain views. There are 24-hour security and concierge services on the resort, which is just two minutes from the beach and 15 minutes from Malaga and Marbella. Facilities in the area include a race course, golf courses, a marina and shopping centre.
Club La Costa, tel: 0800 028 0052 www.clublacosta.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Grangefield Oasis Club, Marbella
From £2.250 per points package
Grangefield Oasis Club sits peacefully above the beaches of the Costa Del Sol, a few minutes' drive from the beach, shops and bars of Riviera del Sol. The pueblo-style resort is self-contained with facilities including two outdoor pools and gym, entertainment programmes for adults and children, and tennis courts. Two restaurants and a pool bar run themed evenings such as barbecue and flamenco nights. Petchey Leisure's points club allows flexibility for customers at more than 3,500 destinations.
Grangefield Oasis Club, tel: 0034 952 850 218 www.oasisclub.com email@example.com