Welcome to Sun Park Lanzarote and the community of Sun Rockers!
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Sun Park Lanzarote apartmentsThose of us who have followed the passage of time to a more mellow phase of life may find that what we crave most, is sometimes hardest to find: friendship and companionship. Especially on holiday. But if you hop on a flight to the Spanish-owned Canary island of Lanzarote you will find a holiday resort dedicated to the over 50s with a social aspect which is unique in Europe.
Situated in, Playa Blanca, an area much loved by silver travellers because it is quiet, has a vibrant yet sensible beach with bars and restaurants, two sensational hotels and for those sociable beings aged over 50, there is the holiday-living community resort called Sun Park Living.
This community style holiday resort is the brainchild of Gil Summers and Patricia Domingues whose dream is to provide a holiday lifestyle within a community base.
Sun Rocker Community“Humans are social creatures” says Gil, “and community is valuable in keeping a sense vitality and companionship as we age. We are developing a close-knit community known as Sunrockers, for active retirees where every day feels like a holiday yet the members socialise, create activities and look out for each other”.
Gil was brought up on a kibbutz and community life is something he is keen to promote on the resort.
There are 220 small ground or first floor one-bedroom apartment rated at three-star at Canary standards which in reality is basic self-catering offered on a rental basis only so there is no turn-down or cleaning service although the latter can be arranged at a small extra cost. Rent for a month or three or even call it home.
Meet new friends!In keeping with the local style, they are white with green painted window and door frames and are arranged around a huge courtyard with palm trees and flowering bushes, and a couple of large swimming pools with sunbeds and yellow parasols. There is also a small gym and tennis courts and mini-golf.
Apartments have a small patio and garden or a balcony and within hours of moving into mine, I had met and shared a glass or two of wine with my neighbours. By day three it had become almost impossible to leave the resort without pausing for a natter with other residents; unless it is yoga hour or a Spanish lesson or some other activity. Or even when Barney, a local musician, turns up to strum his guitar, sing songs and serve coffee and cake several afternoons a week.
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Sharron Livingston is an award-winning freelance travel writer,and the Travel Editor of The Travel Magazine. She has also published a series of Channel Hoppers Guides – fact packed, pocket sized guides for Channel Hoppers to Northern France.
Sharron has been the travel expert at Talksport Radio, regularly heard on Traveltalk radio and Play Radio UK and has also appeared on the BBC Holiday Programme, GMTV, CNN and Al Jazeera TV as an expert in travel.
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