Retirement Redefined


Julia Millen spoke to Paulo George CEO of Cork Tree Residences to find out how they’re redefining the retirement market abroad

A brand new retirement village – The Cork Tree Residences – is launching in Comporta, Portugal. The financial backers and project managers have over 30 years’ experience in real estate investment and development in four continents. The luxury development will include assisted living facilities and nursing home care, with 68 full-time employees attending to residents’ every need.

The village will welcome active retirees and provide them with a home for life, regardless of how their physical or mental needs may change.

When someone buys a luxury villa from Cork Tree Residences, they are acquiring a brand new purpose-built fully detached two bedroom villa with a private landscape garden, not only for themselves but also to receive family and friends for holidays up to eight weeks per year. It’s an exquisitely located hidden gem close to the Portuguese coast, in an area referred to as the ‘Hamptons of Europe’.

The homes are surrounded by lush countryside and just 60 minutes from Lisbon. Here clients will have everything they need to live a fulfilling and wonderful life, whilst living in a glamorous and sophisticated complex with all the creature comforts as well as necessary medical care.

As a self-contained and self-sustainable resort, The Cork Tree Residences guarantees its residents full access to food, water, electrical power, heating and medical care, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week, regardless of global political, health or climatic volatility.

Paulo Jorge explains “Our policy is that our residents will live in their homes for life. That means planning for all eventualities, from physical ailments and dementia to external factors such as global pandemics. It’s about honouring the individuals who will live here and creating a safe and nurturing environment for them, no matter what.”

If the current pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that the most fragile members of society are affected the most. Care homes have been hit hard, with the highest percentage of infected and fatalities.

Cork Tree Residences had already put procedures in place to prepare for such global crisis’ whereby infected clients could stay in the comfort of their homes and gardens receive all the necessary care from a team rotating on a 14 day rota, facilitated by staff accommodation in the Retirement Village.

A monthly fee covers most services, including medical care that ranges from weekly appointments and physiotherapy sessions to full 24/7 nursing and dementia care. It covers on-site activities, such as language, computing, fitness and creative courses, as well as digital TV, internet access and utility costs. Cork Tree Residences also provides four meals per day, as well as soft drinks, beer and wine with meals. Residents can dine in the resort’s restaurant or have meals delivered to their homes.

Housekeeping services are provided, and pets are allowed. A concierge is available to book events and excursions, while a range of on-site social events is also provided, including concerts, lectures, films, readings and exhibitions.

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