- November 12, 2010 at 9:48 am #55972
The 2 paras below caught my eye in a recent press release. I’ve never been in a Champneys spa resort so can’t judge what they are like, but “prices starting at €675,000” in Ojén!!! I can’t imagine that will be easy to sell, not the way things are now. But what do I know. If they are going ahead they must have confidence in the sales potential. Can anyone imagine buying in Ojén at these starting prices (for flats, I presume)? Here’s a picture of Ojén – nice enough pueblo blanco, but is that enough?
Given Ojén’s credentials, it’s unsurprising that a wider audience is waking up to the village’s charm. British gardening detectives Rosemary and Thyme filmed against an Ojén backdrop for a 2006 episode in which they reconstructed a Moorish garden, of course finding a cadaver along the way, and luxurious Spa brand Champneys (http://www.champneysmarbella.com) has chosen the area for their first retreat outside of the UK.
Tucked into the mountainside just five minutes from the village centre, Champneys is building a Moorish-inspired resort of top-notch apartments and penthouses with a whole host of Spa facilities alongside a Clubhouse with restaurant. And, with prices starting from €675,000 euros (approx. £573,160 pounds), it’s clear how much value they place on a pristine Andalucian setting, not to mention sharing a postcode with Julio Iglesias.
- November 12, 2010 at 10:52 am #101522
I think we may have discussed this project before 😕 Certainly been around a couple of years. Wouldn’t touch it at half the price. Champneys are not the promotors, just reading the whole set-up sets alarm bells off. It is a long way out of the village and an even longer way from Julio Iglesias house which boders Elviria. Last time I passed the area not even a bag of concrete had been laid. 50% sold……yeah right 😆
- November 12, 2010 at 11:53 am #101525
You’re right Katy, we had a thread going on this in February last year.
After some of us ‘took a pop’ at the development, someone called Advent came on to defend (representing the company?).
I’m laughing because back then I criticised the fact that the loos were backing onto the same wall as the bed. He said he was going to pass my comments on and it looks like he did as looking at the floor plans now, they’ve moved the loos away from the bedroom wall to the far end!
It’s comforting to think I may have helped these pampered souls get a better night’s sleep! 😀
- November 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm #101526
Scrap that, the penthouses still have the loo against the bed. 🙁
- November 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm #101533
Seems my memory is shot to pieces.
- November 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm #101539
If they are 50% sold I wonder what the purchasers are thinking about the building progress 😯
Thanks Charlie, I thought I remembered it 🙂
- December 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm #101744
You may not realize, as many people don’t, that Ojén extends eastward in the hills for some 28 km. We live just near what some said would be the Champneys project (not), the first buildings of which are under construction. This Ojén project, however, is not the Champney’s project, it is supposedly an old-age home with spa, gym and infirmary, all situated in in the hills above Elviria, just next to La Mairena. http://www.ojen.net/2010/04/21/la-primera-piedra-de-la-residencia-de-mayores-monteverde-de-ojen/
In this same area there are already lots of apartments for sale. Those flats in the complex will have superb sea views but so do most of the others which are much less expensive in La Mairena and El Soto de Marbella.
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