LIFESTYLE

Going for gold: Take ‘home’ the medals with these pads with top-class sporting facilities

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  • Train like Adam Peaty in Tenerife Top Training’s Olympic sized swimming pool
  • Serve like Olympic flag-bearer Andy Murray in stunning Portuguese villa with tennis court
  • Golf’s return as an Olympic sport initiates golfing villas as the fitting investment
  • Train like the Brazilians with your own sand beach volleyball court

1With the Summer Olympic Games in Rio now in full swing, it is inevitable that many of us have caught the fitness bug. The sporting stars of Team GB have already motivated us to get involved but to follow in their footsteps and become the next gold medalist it is important to have top class facilities close-by both at home and away.

The first success story for Team GB in Rio 2016 was in the pool with Adam Peaty breaking the world record to win gold in the 100m breaststroke. Those inspired to emulate the 21-year old’s achievements can combine training with this year’s summer holiday as T3, Tenerife Top Training, boasts an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Jodi Beard, Marketing Manager of Cheap Holidays Tenerife, comments,

2“Many professional athletes travel to Tenerife for altitude training due to the elevation and heat of the El Teide volcano. Tenerife’s agreeable year round climate adds to its appeal and T3 provide optimal training camps for those wanting to test their abilities in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.”

Having led his country out at the Opening Ceremony as flag-bearer, Andy Murray is keen to impress after his remarkable win at Wimbledon earlier this summer. As the first tennis player to be chosen it’s clear that the sport’s popularity is rising and Ideal Homes Portugal have just the property for an avid player.

3One immaculate villa located in the beautiful hillsides beside Loulé has countryside views down to the coast and the all-important picturesque tennis court to perfect your serves in the sunshine. Only a 15-minute drive from the golden beaches, golf courses and restaurants of the central Algarve, this property is available at €1,750,000. Other facilities include terraces with a private pool, double garage, impressive driveway with gated entrance and an outside kitchen. The four large double en-suite bedrooms, all with access to the garden or a terrace and basement activities such as a games room and a cinema means that you can watch the Olympics and play with your teammates all in one luxurious property.

Golf is another key discipline to watch this year as it has been classed as an Olympic sport for the first time in 112 years. Known as the ‘Costa del Golf’, Spain’s southern coast is the ideal location for those looking to perfect their swing. Situated in the beautiful Valley of Mijas, Horizon Golf is Taylor Wimpey España‘s second development at La Cala Resort within the complex’s famous Campo Asia golf course.

4From just €267,000 +VAT for an apartment and €397,000 +VAT for a penthouse, residents of these exclusive properties will enjoy breathtaking view of the prestigious golf course and the Costa del Sol’s sun kissed coastline, spacious terraces perfect for al fresco dining, and the convenience of a private garage space. All properties benefit from 24-hour security, communal gardens and swimming pool, as well as three 18-hole golf courses, hydrotherapy centre and spa, golf school (La Cala Golf Academy) and an array of sports facilities all close by including two running circuits and specialised trainers on hand to improve technique. What more could a future Olympic champion need?

As the Paralympians wait for their turn on the world stage, Team GB weightlifter Zoe Newson is hopeful for a medal in Rio 2016. Having powerlifted since the tender age of 14, Zoe is inspiring the rest of us to get to the gym from an early age and what better way to continuing training through university by choosing accommodation with a private onsite gym? At Collegiate AC‘s 333 Bath Street site in Glasgow, there are not only deceptively spacious premium apartments but also access to a fully equipped private gym exclusively for residents. Luxury student living like this is available from just £179 per week so swap that famous ‘fresher’s stone’ weight gain for the body of an Olympian this academic year.

5Finally, to celebrate the Olympics being held in Rio, the iconic Brazilian sport of beach volleyball is a must to try. Brazil are definitely the ones to watch having won more medals in the sport than any other country since it was first introduced in 1996 and Ideal Homes Portugal has the perfect luxury pad for you to practice in time for the next Olympics. Featuring a sunken, sand volleyball court as well as a heated infinity pool, poolside games / TV room and mini gym, this 5 bedroom, 7 bath villa is a true gold medal winner!

Priced at €3,249,950, this luxury villa is located in a privileged location overlooking the 10th fairway of the Vale do Lobo golf course, perfect for a sporting getaway. The gardens are landscaped with paths throughout for easy access and to enjoy the spectacular views.

If our Team GB stars haven’t inspired you enough to get active, these stunning properties with top-class facilities certainly will.

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