What makes a retirement village the best? 35



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There are some things that can make or break a retirement resort or village – the kind of accommodation options, the facilities, the grounds, the social activities and clubs and the people. But what actually makes it the best?

Global authority on the ageing industry, Aged Care Housing Weekly News, awarded Living Gems the most outstanding over 50s resort in Australiasia at a national seminar last week.

The award criteria is based on performance, innovation and initiatives and the publication editor, Esmonde Crawley has said, “I am free of commercial links and able to make considered, balanced and impartial judgments.”

“My judgements are based on intellect, effort, commitment, honesty and the rewards for shareholders, stakeholders and customers. The award criteria is based on performance, innovation and positive initiatives.”

Living Gems have won numerous awards for their wonderful and vibrant over 50s lifestyle resorts in south-east Queensland. They are a family owned business and they have been managing and building resorts since 1982.

Their resorts have award winning architecturally designed homes, you have the option to design your own home, they house numerous recreational facilities including: a swimming pool and spa, country club with barbecue pavilion, bowling green, tennis court, croquet and golf lawns, cinema, gymnasium, workshop, grand ballroom with a theatre stage, art and crafts room and more. They are pet friendly and they provide boat and caravan storage.

They are great – they really are a resort complete with luxurious surrounds, first class facilities and great accommodation. But today we want to know, what to you makes a retirement or lifestyle resort outstanding?

What are the criterion that makes a difference to you? Tell us in the comments below…

To find out more about the retirement lifestyle you can enjoy at Living Gems, click here. 


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  1. Most definitely the people but we also have lots of space lakes and rainforest……. Very lucky!!!!!!

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    • Christine I’m giving serious thought to it after I retire in Dec as I am worried I will feel isolated as the only friends I have a work colleagues, do you really enjoy the lifestyle and was it easy to blend in as the “new kid”?

  2. I live at Waterford Park retirement resort and love everything about it, I must say though you do need to get involved in the different activities and then you would really appreciate your community.

  3. I have lived in a lifestyle retirement village for 8 years . It is a lovely environment for your latter years . We are allowed to plant and nurture our own little gardens and everyone takes a pride and we love to share with others outside the village . There are activities for everyone , no one is forced to participate but you are still regularly invited . I am proud of the whole complex and I went in with great reservations . We are 150 km from Perth in a thriving area . I recommend this life for the not so agile folk .

  4. the residents & management. Activities for all. love mine. doesn’t have everything this one does but it is one I can afford.

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