The real way to have fun in retirement… 10



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Retirement is all about one thing – having fun! Where else do you think the Seven Sundays slogan came from? There are some things people can do to increase the opportunities to have fun; one of these is moving into a lifestyle resort.

Lifestyle resorts are host to an incredible range of services and facilities that are designed to make life more enjoyable. They are there to use at your leisure, you can do as little or as much as you like.

See the great range of activities you can enjoy in a lifestyle resort and tell us which one you would enjoy.


The pool

Lifestyle resorts come complete with a pool, some are heated too. You can enjoy aquatic classes, swimming laps or simply cool down with friends on a warm day.


The fitness centre

Fitness centres are fitted with gym equipment and activity rooms. Enjoy a gentle workout or try a class with friends. Better yet, if you have skills in something like Pilates or dance you can host your own classes. It’s healthy and it’s fun!


Movie theatre

Several lifestyle resorts have private cinemas with comfy seats and a beautiful big screen. Enjoy lazy afternoons or evenings watching your favourite films or sports on the big screen.



They say a book is the most reliable happiness source and lifestyle resorts often have a community library that allows everyone to donate books and borrow.


Games Rooms

There’s nothing like a game of snooker with a cold drink in the afternoon! Games rooms are kitted out with a pool table and some have table tennis. You can organise a fun night out with neighbours and it’s only a short walk home!


Restaurants – just a walk from your door

If you don’t feel like cooking or entertaining at home head to the country club where you can dine, enjoy coffee and snacks or a drink or two. It’s perfect for a change and a great place to host events.



Here’s one for the men and women who enjoy a challenge. Downsizing doesn’t mean you have to give up the tools, trade in your old ones for new ones. Many lifestyle resorts have workshops; it’s a great way to make friends while being creative. Handmade guitars are among the most popular projects.


Arts, crafts and music rooms

There are heaps of hobbies to try out, learn and enjoy. Whether it’s music, art or crafts everyone can get involved and learn new skills. Like the workshop, it’s a great way to make friends, learn a new skill and share your skills with the community.


Caravan or boat storage

Lifestyle resorts don’t mean being locked into one place. You can enjoy the nomad dream knowing your home is secure. Park the boat or caravan on site, take off when you want to. It’s even more fun when you don’t have to worry about the lawn.


Living in a lifestyle resort with likeminded people who are at a similar stage in life means you’re never short of conversation. Earlier this year Starts at 60 spoke with Living Gems Opal Gardens lifestyle resort residents Marilyn and David.

David shared an insight on living in an active community. “We might spend 30 minutes organising the library but the walk back to our home often takes very much longer because we get talking to our friends on the way,” he said.

When you want some fun, think about creating the lifestyle that suits you.

Tell us, what is the most fun and enjoyable part of retirement for you.


This article has been sponsored by Living Gems Lifestyle Resorts for Active Over 50s. Living Gems is recognised as an international over 50s housing industry leader. Independent industry monitors presented Living Gems with The Best Over 50s Housing in Australasia Award last year. These lifestyle resorts have now been nominated for The Global 2015 Best in the World Awards to be announced in London later this year. Contact us now on 1800 785 594 to discuss the best active lifestyle options for you.


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  1. Advertising for unattainable lifestyle for people on gov pensions ? and if you believe the government that is most of the aged population!

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    • Agree. This is a lifestyle for ‘rich’ people. Have
      Looked at a few of these lifestyle villages and 2 bedroom villa/unit with all the ‘extras’ $500,000 plus…..would love to live with all the added extras, but pension just won’t cut it..all the high ongoing fees too. Just a dream..where are the developers to build ‘reasonable’ lifestyle villages?

  2. Way out of our reach, only for people with lots of money. Would love to be able to share in all those activities though.

  3. Retirement, I have never been so busy in my life. What with babysitting and being on call as Dads taxi, making toys and things for the grandkids and fixing things for others, well I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  4. Would like to hear from people who have actually made the move to lifestyle resort and what it is really like and if they still get to have the grandchildren come and stay after they moved. They look great but not sure, so would be really interested to hear from people who have made the move to have a bit of money after sellhome

  5. We found we could not afford the top of the range resort style places. We were able to buy, freehold, a villa in a community with a heated pool and a library etc. We do pay body corporate fees and we pay our own electricity etc as if we owned our own home, which we do. But it is ours and there are no entrance or exit fees etc. Probably why the real estate agents are constantly phoning to see if we want to sell.

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