HELSINKI, Finland (August 8, 2012) — Holiday Club recently completed a total refurbishment of its Puerto Calma resort, located in Puerto Rico on the sunny south coast of Gran Canaria. All 109 apartments were re-designed in order to be both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. They are fitted and furnished to the highest standards, including fully equipped kitchens, air-conditioning and exterior chill-out area. Additionally, all common areas were completely renovated.
Initially the works were to be executed over two years: Phase 1 from May to October 2012 and Phase 2 from May to October 2013. But Holiday Club decided to carry on simultaneously with both phases, which included the upgrading of the common areas. In that way, members and guests could more quickly enjoy the spectacular resort. On the 21st of April 2012 works commenced and on the 7th of July 2012 the new Holiday Club Puerto Calma welcomed its first guests.
The works were carried out at record-breaking speed without compromising quality. A project of this scale and completion within such a tight timeframe is exceptional. Prior to starting the refurbishment, a thorough study was carried out over a period of five months. Five different construction teams were employed simultaneously. Coordination of all these different workforces was extremely challenging, but due to the excellent planning carried out beforehand it made this miraculous transformation of the resort in so little time possible. Thus far, all members and guests are extremely satisfied with the results.
The common areas were also vastly improved: the pool area is completely new and equipped with a relaxing spa-area including a variety of special water jets. The gardens and pool-bar were also upgraded. There is now also a large solarium somewhat separated from the pool where guests can relax in peace and quiet whilst enjoying the sun and stunning sea views.
Calvin Lucock, MD of Holiday Club Canarias says: “After listening to numerous requests from our members and doing an in-depth study of the resort, we immediately put together this ambitious plan. The results are incredible and even surpass our expectations. The speed at which we completed the works is unique in the Canaries. We look forward to enjoying – together with our members – this fabulous resort.”
The total investment for this project amounted to approximately 3,5 mil. Euros. This was financed partly by the owners and partly by Holiday Club Resorts. This venture also had a very positive impact on the local economy: creation of 200 jobs for the duration of the works and purchasing from local providers.
Lucock concludes: “During the entire refurbishment process, members were exceptionally supportive. We are very appreciative of this, as it was not easy for them. Many guests had to be relocated to our other resorts during their holidays. This venture does not only add value to our member’s investment, it also brings the resort to the high Holiday Club standards we are so proud of and wish everyone to enjoy.”
Holiday Club Resorts Oy was founded in 1986. The owners of the company are the Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company (the largest pension fund- and insurance company in Finland), the Finnish Industry Investment Ltd (Finnish state-owned investment company) and a group of Finnish private investors and senior management. Holiday Club owns 32 resorts and numerous cottages and villas. Seven of the resorts have extensive spa facilities. Eight resorts are located outside of Finland in Sweden, on the Costa del Sol in Spain and in the Canary Islands. In the fiscal year 2010-2011 (October-September), the Group generated revenues of 93.4 million€ and employed 588 employees