There is nothing more welcome than an oasis in a desert and in several respects Desert Springs Resort and Golf Club is just like an oasis. For a start the lush fairways and perfect greens of the golf course contrast with the arid countryside all around. But in a country like Spain, where outstanding new developments can be hard to come by, Desert Springs is also an oasis of quality and excellence.
Desert Springs is a holiday resort, golf club, and residential development with plenty of personality. For all the right reasons it is not somewhere you can easily forget, nor confuse with any other new development in Spain. Any development that is unforgettable, and unmistakeable, in a positive sense, will always enjoy advantages over the mass of developments that aren’t. This is especially true from an investment point of view.
You know something is up when you first turn off the main road from Cuevas de Almanzora into Desert Springs. The slightly scruffy, rustic charm of the area gives way to a perfect infrastructure, and an immaculate landscape. Even an untrained eye can see that expensive, quality materials have been used for things like sidewalks and street lighting, and that the landscape is being carefully maintained. Such details are always a good sign, as they reveal a lot about the quality and values of the developer.
One of the reasons why Desert Springs is so unforgettable is because of the resort’s architecture and design. There is a wide choice of properties, but all of them are designed and built by the developer, which ensures a consistent architectural theme throughout the resort. As a result, Desert Springs has an attractive Spanish colonial architecture that suits the landscape perfectly. To compliment this romantic architecture, homes are finished in earthy colours, with rustic materials, and stylish wrought iron work details.
Properties at Desert Springs range from apartments and townhouses with communal gardens and pools, to spacious country villas lining the fairway with individual gardens and pools. There are also country cottages set around pools, courtyards and gardens. Properties are available key in hand or off-plan.
The 72-par Indiana golf course at the heart of the development reinforces the unique identity of Desert Springs. It was inspired by the top quality desert courses of Arizona, and is a visually stunning affair. Vivid green fairways strike a vibrant contrast to the surrounding arid landscape of cactus, rock, and desert flowers. The desert golf course design, and the Spanish colonial architecture make an attractive combination. The golf course also has a golf academy, with the latest technology to help improve your game.
Desert Springs is also full of surprises. The Crocodile Club, created specifically with families in mind, has an amazing pool, lots of fun things for kids, and various informal bars and restaurants. The design of the club is based on an African game lodge – probably the only one in Spain. Then there is the Cave Bar, with its outlandish furniture, and for sophisticated, elegant dinning, the ‘El Torrente’ restaurant in the Club House. The Sierra Club provides tennis, paddle, beach volleyball, a well-equipped gym, and various other sporting activities.
It is still early days for Desert Springs as a development, so the community will grow with time, and even more facilities will be added. There is an ambitious project to build a luxury hotel on an island, surrounded by a large artificial lake, in the middle of the resort. This will further enhance Desert Spring’s unique identity, and value.
The Desert Springs property management services include a holiday rentals service for owners. This is a full service that takes care of all aspects of renting property at Desert Springs to holiday makers. This means that owners can rent out all types of property such as apartments, townhouses and villas without any hassle. Holiday rentals can be a useful source of income for owners of property at Desert Springs.
Desert Springs is in Almeria, in South East Andalusia. This part of Spain has the warmest, sunniest, and driest winter climate of all mainland Europe.
Millennia of endless sunshine and low humidity have created a rugged, desert landscape that is both austere and dramatic. Spectacular sierras (mountain) rise out of the desert behind the coast. ‘The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly’ and many other spaghetti westerns were filmed here because it resembles the deserts of the US Southwest.
Desert Springs has an unbeatable location on a plateau that rises above the Almanzora river plain, just a few kilometres inland from the beach resorts of Vera and Villaricos. This elevated location offers breathtaking views of the mountains from pretty much everywhere on the development. There are also sea views from the east side of the resort.
The nearest town is the market town of Cuevas de Almanzora, 10 kilometres away. There are also shops in Palomares, just 3 kilometres away. Beach, and the pretty harbour town of Villaricos, are just beyond Palomares, and have a wealth of good bars and restaurants, including an excellent beach bar. For convenience, there is a mini-market selling basic provisions on site at Desert Springs.
Beyond relaxing at the resort, lying on the beach, or playing golf and other sports, there is plenty to explore in this beautiful, rugged region. If you are looking for ‘real Spain’ you will find it in Almeria. Fortunately, you can enjoy these traditional charms from the comfort of one of the most modern and luxurious resorts in Spain.
Colonial style 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments in private gated communities built around courtyards, communal pools, gardens, and classic Spanish patios. Great views over the golf course to the sea and the mountains.
These cottages are modelled on the traditional ‘casas del campo’ of the Almanzora Valley. Designs and materials are rustic, and each cottage has a private garden and use of landscaped communal gardens and pools.
Large 3 & 4 bedroom detached country villas ranged along the fairways of the golf course. Designs are Spanish colonial, and all properties come with a private pool and garage parking.
Luxurious and substantial Spanish colonial style villas on plots of 1,000 m2, with private pools and garage parking.
The developer of Desert Springs is Desert Springs S.L. This company belongs to the Almanzora Bay Group, a group of Spanish companies, including Villaricos SL, Bahia del Almanzora SL, respectively developing the village of Villaricos and the beachfront at Palomares nearby. The group is a sister group to the UK’s Robert Hitchins Group, a successful British developer of private residential and commercial projects, a subsidiary of which, The Almanzora Group Ltd, is the UK and northern European sale agent for these Spanish projects.
The Almanzora Bay Group has been rewarded with two Bentley International Property Awards, for Best International Architecture and for Best Spain Development for the resort.
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