World Wildlife Day. Sonneil prioritises natural environments

World Wildlife Day. Sonneil prioritises natural environments

We are celebrating World Wildlife Day by highlighting the importance of living in harmony with nature

Open spaces. Terraces with sea views. Gardens. The pandemic has accelerated a long-standing demand: to live in areas that allow us to get away from our fast-paced lifestyles and, at the same time, to connect with nature and recharge our batteries. In short, we want to move away from the most crowded environments and look for places that guarantee peace and quiet while staying connected to the city.

Since the very beginning, at Sonneil Homes we have chosen property developments that focus precisely on these characteristics. And now, even more so, due to an increase in demand for communal areas and open spaces in which to spend more time.

Our residential developments stand out for the connection of the interior with the exterior, guaranteeing that the light from the coast enters the home while favouring energy savings thanks to natural lighting. Large windows and glass are essential elements in all Sonneil developments.

The sea-facing terraces with panoramic views are another essential element, ideal for breathing in the sea breeze and listening to the murmur of the waves. The terraces at Gran Canet are this impressive.

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Energy efficiency

The real estate developers we work with are also committed to systems and equipment that promote energy efficiency and reduce emissions to a minimum. As in Benidorm Beach, where the hot water is produced by an aerothermal system, while in Denia Beach it is generated by solar panels.

The double-skin façades are another way of insulating and protecting the residences from sudden changes in temperature. And in the communal areas, designed to make the most of the open air, care is taken to ensure that the vegetation is of local origin and is maintained with the best possible irrigation system.

Unique locations

It goes without saying that the location of Sonneil developments also seeks to offer natural spaces within walking distance of the homes. Some are as impressive as the Chacmuchuc Lagoon in Cancun. A protected site bordering La Amada Residences, the luxury residential development that Sonneil markets in the Mexican Caribbean.

Or the foothills of the Sierra de Bernia, where the Altea Bayview homes are located, with direct access to the mountain via a path that starts at the development.

World Wildlife Day

As our CEO, Alfredo Millá says, “We’d like residents to live a good life not only at home, but outside of it. We want to make it easy for them to enjoy nature and good weather away from the noise, stress and speed that cities impose on us”.

What to do in Jávea. Experience the best of the Mediterranean

What to do in Jávea. Experience the best of the Mediterranean

Jávea is one of the best-known towns on the Costa Blanca, and it will not disappoint visitors. It has everything one looks for when visiting this part of the Mediterranean: the sea, beaches, incredible views, endless sea breezes, a perfect climate to enjoy the outdoors…

That’s why at Sonneil we offer properties in Jávea where you can live the Mediterranean life at its best.

Discover what to see in Jávea and watch out: you might fall in love.

Visiting Jávea – historic centre

The centre of Jávea, as in other towns in this area, is a reminder of the town’s medieval past. Narrow cobbled streets, white façades to soften the summer heat, arched doorways, wrought iron balconies, flower pots… and traces of medieval architecture, for example, the defensive walls, which protected the town from pirate attacks.

Take a look at the ‘tosca‘, a type of porous stone that is very typical of this area and in which many of the lintels of the town’s old houses are carved.

What to do in Jávea

Stroll through its historic centre for a trip back in time and visit its old buildings, such as the gothic church of San Bartolomé, the Town Hall, the Abastos market, or houses like the Palau dels Sapena, from the 15th century, or the Casa dels Bolufer, from the 18th century.

Apart from the buildings, the town centre of Jávea has a warm and friendly atmosphere that makes you feel at home. Shops selling traditional products, bars and cafés… and a weekly street market where the locals shop. In short, this is a place where you can experience the Mediterranean with all five senses.

Beaches of Jávea

The northern part of Alicante is famous for its coves with crystal clear waters. While some of them are difficult to access, it is well worth exploring them and admiring this marvel of nature. These are our top picks:

  • Granadella Cove. This is the most popular, the most sought-after, the one that receives the most visitors, the most beautiful… To access Granadella cove you have to wear suitable footwear and be very attentive to what you step on, but you will be blown away by what awaits you in this corner in the rocks. It also has beach bars where you can spend some time eating and drinking with stunning views of the sea. It is best to come in the months of June and September.
  • Moraig Cove. To reach this beautiful cove you have to travel a little to the south of Jávea. What stands out most about it is the contrast between the deep blue of the sea and the great cliffs that plunge into it. This is a 500-metre-long stretch where life is reduced to swimming and marvelling at the clear waters. And don’t miss the Cova dels Arcs, which seems to be carved out of the rock.
What to do in Jávea
  • Sardinera Cove. The best thing about this small beach is the peace and quiet, as it is not very crowded, even on summer days. It is a pristine cove that can be reached on foot from the Creu de Portixol viewpoint. Don’t you worry, the path is very easy and at the end you will be rewarded with a crystal-clear sea.

What to eat in Jávea

As usual on the Costa Blanca, the Mediterranean is the star of Jávea’s cuisine. Top quality ingredients, prepared to the highest standards and of the healthiest possible quality. We are staying for lunch in Jávea.

Gastronomy and typical products of Jávea

Jávea’s gastronomy speaks of its location on the Mediterranean coast, its history and its climate, favourable for the cultivation of fruit and vegetables. Rice, pulses, spices such as saffron and dried red pepper, tomatoes, figs…

The fertile fields and vegetable gardens, as well as the use of all that the sea has to offer, make Jávea’s cuisine something you cannot miss.

What to do in Jávea

There is even a quality brand, “Fish and seafood from the Bay of Jávea”, which guarantees the origin of the fish and seafood. There is also a very peculiar product that is one of the signs of identity of the town: the sea urchin.

Not to mention the salted fish, a method for preserving fish that dates back to Roman times and today produces such authentic products as salted anchovies, tuna, bonito, sardines…

Restaurants in Jávea

  • Bon Amb. Bon Amb, a two Michelin-starred restaurant set in a restored country house surrounded by beautiful gardens, is not to be missed by the most discerning gourmets. Its chef, Alberto Ferruz, takes advantage of the best ingredients from the Marina Alta region to create spectacular dishes based on fish, seafood, vegetables…
  • Tula. Tula, situated in a privileged location in front of the Arenal beach, also has a Michelin star and is run by Borja Susilla and Clara Puig, former students of the renowned Quique Dacosta. Market cuisine is their forte, and they use innovative techniques such as Ike Jime, a way of sacrificing fish that intensifies its flavour. The Michelin Guide recommends their caramelised rice pudding.
  • Embruix. We love a meal by the sea at Embruix, as it is one of Jávea’s favourite eateries, and that says a lot in its favour. From the old town house in which it is located to the tradition that radiates from its dishes, Embruix is definitely a safe bet.
What to do in Jávea
© Embruix

What to see around Jávea

If there is one thing that makes the province of Alicante stand out, it is its coastline. And the north of the Costa Blanca is a perfect example of the natural wealth, tradition and good climate of this corner of the Mediterranean.

In the area around Jávea we find exceptional places such as the popular town Denia, one of the most sought-after destinations for those seeking to relax and unwind. Its castle and the Baix la Mar neighbourhood are its hallmarks, along with its incomparable gastronomy, represented by the famous chef Quique Dacosta.

To the south of Jávea is Poble Nou de Benitatxell and its well-known Moraig Cove. Next stop is Moraira, also famous for its old town, its watchtower and its coves. And of course Benissa, with its “Cathedral of the Marina Alta” and a beautiful medieval old town. Finally, we recommend Calpe and the iconic Penyal d’Ifac Natural Park, one of the most identifiable rock formations in our country.

If you are more of a mountain person, the Marina Alta has picturesque villages nestled in the rock, rugged caves, walls, castles… and valleys where walking and enjoying the views is a luxury.

We really hope you will be able to visit Jávea soon and discover all this and much more in first hand. And now you know, at Sonneil, we can help you find your home in Jávea. We can’t wait to see you!

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The best beaches in the Valencian Community

The best beaches in the Valencian Community

Beaches all over the world have just received the Blue Flag award, which rewards beaches for their cleanliness, safety, sustainability, accessibility… In other words, it is a way of guaranteeing visitors that they will feel comfortable and enjoy a day at sea in complete safety. ✅

If you don’t know about the Blue Flag certificate, in this post we tell you all about what it represents and how important it is to obtain it.

The Valencian Community has beaten its own record in 2021, and leads the ranking as the region with the most Blue Flag beaches in Spain, with 137 awarded beaches! Here are some of our favourites, so you can start planning your summer. 🏖

Because the good life is best lived near the sea.

Blue Flag beaches in the Valencian Community

The Blue Flag beaches of the Valencian Community are known for their calm, clean, blue waters and large areas of fine, golden sand. Alicante, Valencia and Castellón add up to 518 km of coastline. Makes it hard to choose, doesn’t it?

The good thing is that, no matter which beach you choose, you are bound to get it right. 😉

Blue Flag beaches in Alicante

Many of the best beaches in the Valencian Community are in the province of Alicante, which has received a total of 74 Blue Flag awards in 2021. It is the province of the Valencian Community with the most awards of this type, and also the first in the country. So we could spend a lifetime touring its beaches. But today we have chosen these:

Les Deveses, Denia. This beach is three kilometres long and is the furthest away from the town centre of Denia, thus fully preserving its natural essence. There is also a windsurfing school!

Cap Blanch, Altea. The most impressive thing is its waters, which look as if they were made of glass. You can choose between fine gravel and pebbles, and it never gets too crowded. Here at Sonneil we have a soft spot for Altea.

The best beaches in the Valencian Community

La Fossa beach, Calpe. This beach is famous for the quality of its sand and the calmness of its waters. Its short length of just one kilometre makes it very comfortable.

Sant Joan Beach, San Juan. This is Alicante’s beach of choice, full of life, covering an area of seven kilometres! Beach volleyball, football goals, water sports… There is no such thing as boredom on this beach.

Poniente Beach, Benidorm. The most peaceful beach in Benidorm, and the longest, stretching for more than 3 km. And it has everything you could ask for from a beach: clean waters, a promenade, a reading area, floating platforms, children’s play areas…

Blue Flag beaches in Valencia

In 2021 there are 32 Blue Flag beaches in Valencia, spread along its 135 kilometres of coastline. Here are our top 3:

Racó de Mar, Canet de Berenguer. Sand dunes, environmental value, 1250 metres long, fine sand… This beach has been chosen by the followers of Antena 3 Noticias as the best beach in Spain for two consecutive years. Find out more about Canet de Berenguer here.

Port de Sagunt, Sagunto. A very popular beach both for tourists and locals alike. Its fine sand, dunes and reed beds make it a real natural haven.

El Saler, Valencia. This is a very special beach, because it is in the heart of the Albufera Natural Park of Valencia, so it is perfect to find peace and quiet surrounded by nature, very well protected and preserved!

The best beaches in the Valencian Community

Blue Flag beaches in Castellón

With 31 Blue Flag beaches, Castellón is not far behind. As the least known of the Valencian provinces, its 120 kilometres of coastline with marvellous beaches and coves give it an extra sense of tranquillity. Such as these:

L’Arenal, Burriana. Located to the north of the port of Burriana, it is an ideal beach for water sports and for enjoying the Mediterranean coast at its best: 1,000 metres long, vegetation, calm waters and golden sand.

Voramar, Benicasim. This is one of the quietest beaches in the area, with a promenade along the early 20th century villas that made Benicasim famous. It is not a very crowded beach and has services such as showers, sun lounger hire, sports equipment…

Knowing the best beaches in the Valencian Community has probably made you want to put on your swimming suit and dive into the sea. Can you imagine living near one of these beaches and being able to do so at any time? At Sonneil, we have exclusive developments with sea views. Now, all you have to do is choose.

Adapting your home for remote working. It’s super easy!

Adapting your home for remote working. It’s super easy!

Many of us are now used to working from home. Remote working came unexpectedly, but it has become part of our routine.

Therefore, our new ‘office’ has to be comfortable, welcoming and designed to help us focus, be productive and efficient.

Here are some tips on how to adapt your home for remote working. If you haven’t tried it yet, go for it. You will notice the change and it will be good for your body and mind. Because living the good life often involves having the right chair. 😉

A place without distractions

Checking the fridge every ten minutes, your neighbors’ laughter, folding the laundry in your pile… There are many distractions that can affect your efficiency when working from home. 👩‍💻

Avoiding them is easy. Choose a space in your home and turn it into your office. It should be a quiet or soundproofed space, as calm and simple as possible (too many decorations can be distracting!).

Simple, minimalist lines are great because they create a clean, uncluttered space where you can focus and be creative. And of course, make sure that there’s a good Internet connection.

Adapting your home for remote working

Air and light

When it comes to adapting your home for remote working, two essential elements to feel comfortable in your workspace at home.

Natural light is great not just to avoid damage to your eyesight, but also to get you in the right frame of mind to perform at your best at work. ☀

Sunlight cheers you up, helps your ability to think and be alert, provides you with vitamins and energy… If you set up your home office in a sunny corner, you’ll start working every day much differently. Try to position yourself near a window or glass door. This is one of the home trends that Covid-19 has brought with it.

And, needless to say, working in a well ventilated space certainly makes a difference. Renewing the air from time to time for extra freshness is good for you. The more fortunate ones can step out to a balcony or terrace every now and then to rest their eyes and minds. 🌬

And if you have views of the sea or green, natural areas, then working from home is a real luxury! Our exclusive developments could very well be the best offices in the world. 🌅

Adapting your home for remote working
Sea views from our homes in Denia Beach

Watch your posture

This is important for those of you who work long hours sitting in front of a computer, whether you work from home or still go to the office.

If you’re at home, don’t use the first chair you find, and get an ergonomic one that supports your back and helps you maintain a good posture. 🪑

We take note of the advice of the National Association of Opticians, which includes basic key points: feet, back, wrists and positioning of the screen.

Adapting your home for remote working

Break and relaxation areas

Yes, it is important to adapt your home to remote working, but it is also important to adapt it to your break times. Did you have a hard day at work? Are you particularly tired or feeling down and out? Sometimes working from home can become exhausting, making it difficult to switch off from work.

Also, working from home can lead you to believe that you always have to be available, but this is pointless if you’re under stress or your mental health is on edge. To avoid getting to that point, it is important to know when to take a break. 🧖‍♀️

Allow yourself time to think about other things, even if it is just a 5 or 10 minute break every hour. You will notice how your productivity improves.

Having a place to unwind at the end of the day is essential for many people. It could be a terrace with a view, a chill-out area, your own solarium where you can breathe in the fresh air, or a beach-style pool where you can float away and relax.

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Chill-out roof terrace in Gran Canet Residencial

Perhaps a spa in your own residential complex with hydromassage jets to relieve body tension, or a gym where you can release some energy and get your muscles moving after so many hours in front of the computer.

And, if you are close to natural areas such as mountains, trails, rivers, coves and beaches… even better! Our Altea Bayview homes, for example, are connected directly to the Altea mountain area by a footpath. The perfect place to get some fresh air!

Order and harmony

Working surrounded by pieces of paper, clutter, clothes… is a great way to keep your mind wandering and your attention focused on the mess that needs to be picked up. 📚✏📐✂

Take advantage of the many ideas you can find online to organise your workspace at home. Shelves, drawer units, boxes, desks with storage space… There are many solutions for tidying up and trust us: you will notice the difference.

Before you start working, place all the things you will be using within easy reach, such as chargers, pens, paper… you name it. That way, you won’t have to worry about tracking them (and finding them) every few minutes.

When you finish your work, tidy up and leave the place clean. It may seem a trivial thing to do, but it also helps to let your mind know: “Hey, you can relax now. The job is done”.

Here’s a trend we love: Instagram is on fire with the new cloffice concept. Basically, it is a small office space ‘inserted’ in a closet at home, consisting of a computer area and shelves to hold everything you need. It takes up very little space and you can adapt it to the decoration of your home. In this article from Elle magazine you have some examples.

We hope these tips for adapting your home for remote working will help you, so keep up the good work from home! And, if you want to work in a paradise, full of light and gentle sea breezes, check out our exclusive deals. This will make your working day much more bearable. 😊

Investing in housing: advantages, tips and types of investment

Investing in housing: advantages, tips and types of investment

Are you considering investing in housing? Then, you are on the right track. Real estate is one of the safest investments and, if it is managed well, it can be very profitable.

In fact, according to El Mundo Financiero, real estate represents between 80% and 98% of the household’s assets in Spain. Moreover, the coronavirus crisis has reinforced the perception of housing as a safe asset to secure the future of our families.

We will explain the advantages, the types of investment you can choose from and give you some tips. As you know, the good life is also about making decisions. 😉

Real estate investment: advantages

Investing in real estate offers certain advantages that other types of investments lack, therefore making it more attractive. These are the main advantages:

  • Stability of liquidity. Real estate can provide consistent and constant income. Particularly on the Spanish coast, where thousands of tourists come every year to rent holiday homes.

    Investing in real estate is also an excellent option for retirement, because it helps supplement pension benefits and other retirement funds you may have. 💶
  • Affordable financing. The financing conditions given by Spanish banks when granting mortgages are very good in historical terms. Thus, financing the purchase of a home will not be as expensive as it was years ago, since you can find mortgages with an interest rate of 3%, 4%… ✅
  • Diversify your investments. If you are already an investor in stocks, bonds or any other financial product, real estate is a good way to diversify your investment portfolio and mitigate risks.

    This way, you can offset losses more effectively, should they occur. In the long run, you will be able to weather market fluctuations more safely and, in many cases, get more cash as a result. 👌
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  • Real estate assets drive your net worth higher over time. In other words, if you choose the property well, its market value will increase. Moreover, by renovating the property you can increase its value even more for a possible sale at a later date. On top of that, real estate always has an intrinsic value, because it is a tangible asset that will always have the value of the land on which it is located.
  • If you are a foreigner who wants to invest in a property in Spain, you can obtain a Golden Visa. By investing at least 500,000 euros in real estate, you can obtain a residence permit and Spanish nationality. Read this article in our blog to find out more.
  • It is not an abstract asset. This means that your home is there, it is a tangible asset, unlike shares or other investment products. It is always a good thing to have a home that you can enjoy. 🏠

Real estate investment: drawbacks

Like everything else in life, real estate investment also has its downsides. We hope that they will not discourage you, because with good information and professional advice, these minor issues should not affect you:

  • The initial investment is high. Obviously, buying a home does not happen overnight and you will need savings to be able to cover the initial costs. If you apply for a mortgage loan, these expenses correspond to taxes and incorporation costs (notary, agency, appraisal…).

    If you do not apply for a loan, clearly you will have to pay the full price of the property when you sign the deed of sale. What is the solution? Simple: make sure you have the necessary capital and you can forget about problems and unpleasant surprises.
  • Home values vary. A property in the centre of a big city or on the coast is not the same as, say, one in a remote outback town. The profitability may also be higher at certain times of the year, for example if you rent out your property for holiday rentals. 🌅

    Same thing: make an investment recovery plan and buy accordingly. Sonneil’s homes, in particular, are located in places on the coast that are active all year round, close to urban areas that remain busy even in the winter season.
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Benidorm Beach, marketed by Sonneil
  • If you buy a property in order to rent it out, bear in mind that it will take a few years for you to recoup the investment. This is a very long-term investment. On the bright side, The revenue will be constant and will provide you with liquidity with each monthly payment you collect.

Tips for investing in real estate

Even though there are many advantages, and even though it may seem easy, you need to be clear about many things before investing in real estate. Do not let yourself get carried away by an impulse and think carefully about what is involved. Here are our tips:

  • Is the location good? There are homes in areas that might not look great today, but if there are plans to improve these areas (metro, parks, schools, new services…), their value will surely increase over time, so you can (if you wish) resell your home and make a profit from the transaction. 📍

    Then, if you want to resell the property immediately, or rent it out, bear in mind that even if properties in unpopular areas are cheaper, you may find it more difficult to find buyers or tenants.
  • How is your bank account? Before you dive in, take a look at your financial situation. You need to be prepared not only for the purchase, but also for the associated expenses. That way, you will know if it is the right time or if it is better to wait.

    Take a look at your savings and make sure you can afford the investment and possible unforeseen costs. Examine your expenses. What do you spend the most on? Are there any expenses you need to cut back on? That way you can see what percentage of your income can be used to buy a home. 🔎
  • Stick to your budget. Establish a price range within which you can move, and avoid going over it. Sometimes you may feel pressured to get ahead of other buyers. But be very aware of what you can afford and stick to it.
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  • What type of property are you looking for and what do you want it for? It seems self-evident, but there are people who invest in housing without having fully answered these questions.

    First of all, ask yourself: “Do I want a single-family home? A flat? A duplex? Do I want it to be close to work? And furnished? Do I need a large kitchen?”. Assess the life project that you have ahead and the type of home that best suits you.

    If you want to rent it, you will have to go through the same process: What kind of tenants are you looking for? What monthly rent do you want to ask for? You will then be able to decide whether you prefer a loft, a family home, higher or lower quality finishes…
  • Seek advice and read the fine print. Buying a home involves a lot of paperwork and, unless you are a professional, you will need help. Mortgages, interests, notarial instruments, deeds… 🧐

    Before buying, look for professionals who can advise you on each step and who will inform you, among other things, of the associated taxes, the different steps in the buying and selling process, your rights and obligations, etc.

    At Sonneil, we offer you advise on everything you need when it comes to investing. In this article, for example, we tell you why it is a good idea to get a notary public.

Types of property investment

There are different types of investment in real estate that are worth evaluating. These are the main ones:

Investing in newly built homes

After the halt in construction caused by the 2008 crisis, new construction has been reactivated and there are already developments recently built or in the process of being built in many Spanish cities.

Firstly, according to El Economista, new-build homes meet the requirements that covid has created: large energy efficient houses with balconies and outdoor areas… And they give a piece of advice: invest in peripheral areas, which will increase in value due to the rise of home working. 👩‍💻

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New construction in Denia Beach

Secondly, buying a new build property as an investment is very attractive if you intend to rent it out, especially in cities, where rental prices are rising due to the increase in demand.

Moreover, the high quality of newly built properties is a bonus compared to pre-owned properties.

At Sonneil, we sell new-build homes in the most privileged areas of the Spanish coast.

Investing in pre-owned homes

This is a good option if the house is acquired at a low price and renovations are carried out. For those who are looking for properties in central areas of the city, you can find properties at a very good price, invest in renovations and then put it up for sale or rent.

As a result, returns are guaranteed! The city centre and other well-valued areas will always be high in demand.

However, it is a good idea to have some skills (or know people who do) in renovations, so as not to pay too much and to achieve a higher profitability when you put the property up for sale. 🔨

And assesses certain aspects before making the investment, such as the state of the property, the energy rating of the house, the condition of the supply installations… just to avoid any surprises.

Investing in housing

Real estate investment funds

Do you want to invest in housing without being tied to a property? Then real estate mutual funds are the answer. These private funds are used for buying properties to sell or rent out, and they are listed on the stock exchange with shares that you can buy in order to get your share of the profits. This way, you do not have to worry about finding a property, managing it, etc.

On the other hand, if at any given time you need liquidity, it is as easy as selling your shares, without having to look for buyers for the home or anything like that. A manager and a team of specialised analysts will take care of that.

As you can see, the options for investing in real estate are many and can be tailored to each investor’s situation. If you are interested in making this move, do not hesitate to contact the Sonneil team, who will assist you with their experience and professionalism.