Stunning views of Mount Taranaki

Located in Whalers Gate close to the Base Hospital and Countdown, Jean Sandel Village is perfectly positioned on a sunny site with elevated views of the sea and Mt Taranaki and there's a lifestyle option to suit everyone. You can choose from a townhouse, an independent apartment or the extra support of an assisted-living apartment. If your needs change over time, our state-of-the-art care centre provides 111 care rooms offering resthome, hospital and specialist dementia care. Jean Sandel care centre is located within the same village community and, as a Ryman resident, you will have priority access.

The amenities include an all-weather bowling green, putting green, indoor heated swimming pool, spa, grand internal atrium, library, gym, hair and beauty salon, bar, shop and movie theatre.

There is always something to do at the village, with activities and events to suit everyone; from organised events and shopping trips, to activities that inspire movement. It’s certainly a place where you can live life to the full.

Take a virtual tour

Immerse yourself in our wonderful Jean Sandel Village by viewing our virtual tour. 

Stroll through the lovely gardens, explore our village amenities, and step into a beautiful townhouse, apartment or care room. You can navigate your way through each featured room or area of the village and really get a feel for the space. All without leaving your house. 

The menu at top left shows different areas of the village for easy navigation.

All upcoming village events at Jean Sandel

An Afternoon with Suzanne Paul

Location: 71 Barrett Road, Whalers Gate, New Plymouth 4310

Monday 23 May, 2pm

Suzanne made the move to New Zealand from the working-class poverty of Wolverhampton in 1991 with just $18 in her pocket. Armed only with her infectious optimism, incredible sales skills, and a lot of determination to succeed. She went on to build the country’s most successful direct marketing company. Within 5 years Suzanne had become a multimillionaire and one of the country’s most loved personalities. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Suzanne, when at 50 years of age she lost everything and was declared bankrupt shortly after. Suzanne’s resilience and determination was proven further when she chose to start again with nothing, rather than giving up, which she felt like doing many times. and went on to curate multiple successful businesses which allowed her to re-pay her creditors.

Join us for an afternoon with the delightful Suzanne, as she draws on her unique experiences to inspire and motivate others through an energetic presentation. This event will be followed by afternoon tea and is not to be missed! 

RSVP is essential, call Michelle on 06 751 4504 to secure your place at this event.

As a precaution, to ensure a Covid-safe event, we also ask that guests please complete a RAT test at home before visiting the village.

For more information, contact us

Ryman Pioneers Freedom

Jean Sandel Village offers living choices to suit everyone, so residents can live the way they want and blaze their own trails. Our apartments and townhouses are light and spacious, with clean lines and a clever open plan design layout that provides an easy flow throughout.

If down the track you need more support, we offer assisted-living apartments and a range of care options. That freedom and flexibility is empowering for residents and knowing care can be dialled up as needed means, quite simply, ‘no worries’. It's all part of what we like to call the Ryman Difference


Our pioneering approach to retirement living includes resident-friendly terms designed to protect you and your family. Our base weekly fee is fixed for the entire time you occupy your apartment or townhouse*, and our deferred management fee is capped at 20 percent – one of the lowest in the retirement sector.

These are just some of the ways we’re pioneering a new way of living for a new retirement generation.

*Some conditions apply. 


Enjoy all the upsides of living independently in a Ryman village. Easy living, security, plus a huge bonus – the support of a vibrant village community.


Assisted-living apartments come with support you can count on. A chef-prepared meal, housekeeping – it's great for you and reassuring for your family.  


It's hard to put your finger on why Ryman villages just feel different. For the inside knowledge, check out our guide. 

"The people here are absolutely fantastic. They welcome you, and I love that."

Jennett McGaw
Independent resident 

Independent and assisted-living amenities

Movie theatre

Connect and unwind

Community is central to the lifestyle so we offer amenities that encourage that sense of togetherness, such as a movie theatre, dining room, bar, hair and beauty salon, and shop. 

Pool table

Skills and passions

Retirement is a great time to sharpen your skills on the passions and pastimes that you love. Spend time enjoying the workshop, craft room, pool table, and library.


Active and thriving

Incorporate regular activity into your everyday routine or enjoy the camaraderie of a little game time. Amenities include a swimming pool, spa pool, terrace, gym, bowling green, croquet lawn, and putting green.

Pioneers Care


Care is not an ‘add on’ at a Ryman village, it is built into the fabric of our villages from the very beginning. It’s comforting for couples and friends to know they can still be near each other even if their health needs are different.

Jean Sandel care centre offers a range of care options including resthome, hospital and specialist dementia care. Like all aspects of our villages, we constantly look for ways to improve both the care we provide and the innovation behind it. Care is customised using our myRyman care app and residents love the food in our seasonal Delicious menu, which is prepared fresh on site by village chefs. 

Jean Sandel is one of over 91 percent of Ryman villages that have been awarded 4-year certification by the Ministry of Health. It’s recognised as the ‘gold star’ standard in care.

JS 4-year cert - Dec 2018 - Dec 2022 - White space



Personal attention, warmth and building trusting relationships are all crucial to the customised care we provide at our care centres.


Nurturing and caring dementia care communities. Residents are supported to live in the moment, and to feel kindness, love, and security.


It's hard to put your finger on why Ryman care centres just feel different. For the inside knowledge, check out our care guide. 

Accommodation premium

At Jean Sandel Village, our private care rooms provide superior accommodation – you'll enjoy a spacious room with a private ensuite.

The price of your private care room depends on the type of room you select. This will be clearly outlined in your admission agreement.
Accommodation premiums range from $36 to $62 per day

If you would like more information our village manager will be happy to help. 

"My wife is being looked after very well. It gives me a sense of relief."

Independent resident 

Care centre amenities

Beauty Salon

A little pampering

Treat yourself to a pamper session in our hair and beauty salon or a sweet treat in the shop. 


Relax and connect

Lounge and dining areas provide spaces to relax and enjoy mealtimes. The food tastes great and the social interaction is good for the soul.


Calm spaces

Tranquil indoor and outdoor spaces dedicated to our care residents allow you to relax and meet with family and friends.

Village location

What's in the neighbourhood?

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

Coastal Walkway

Take a stroll along the award-winning Coastal Walkway, a 13.2km path that forms an expansive sea-edge promenade and stretches from Pioneer Park to the eastern side of Bell Block Beach.

Puke Ariki Museum

Puke Ariki

Expand your knowledge with a visit to Puke Ariki — the regions combined museum and library. Built on the old Puke Ariki pa site, the museum houses a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Pukekura Park

Pukekura Park

Spend a day in this Garden of National Significance in the heart of the city. Take the grandchildren for a picnic and a play in the playground, or enjoy lunch with friends at the Teahouse.


Pioneering is part of who we are



That’s why each Ryman village is named after a Kiwi or Aussie trailblazer. Anthony Wilding, Lady Diana Isaac, Evelyn Page to name a few. They lived with passion and purpose, they pushed further, they went beyond the ordinary. That’s exactly what we strive to do every day at Ryman. To pioneer a new way of living, for a new retirement generation.

Jean Sandel (1916–1974)

With a reputation for being a meticulous operator, Jean Sandel grew from a talented school student into a respected surgeon known for going above and beyond for her patients. Her patience, stamina, technical skill, and deep knowledge of surgical anatomy set her apart.

Following her studies, Sandel spent the war years as a surgeon at Wellington Hospital before relocating to England for 4 years of postgrad work. Here, she broke new ground as a female surgical registrar.

Sandel returned to New Zealand in 1950 to be one of two surgeons at New Plymouth Hospital. An avid cricket fan, she often snuck away to watch matches at Pukekura Park. If she were needed for emergency surgery, the match commentator hung a white towel from the commentary box.

During surgeries, would often stand on a box so her taller, usually male, assistants wouldn’t have to bend over for long operations. By 1964 she was leading a staff of 8 and focusing her remaining energy on the need for a new hospital. A hard worker with clarity of thought and fearless determination, Sandel performed more emergency duties than required and tended to her patients at all hours. Later in her career, she pioneered cardiovascular surgery for provincial hospitals.

Sandel’s biography was written by Victor Hadlow and can be found online in the Te Ara Dictionary.