Owning one’s own private island is the ultimate residential dream for anyone craving privacy and isolation. St. Elmo Island, one of the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River on the USA-Canada border, delivers perfect seclusion but with easy access to a host of superior recreational and cultural facilities.
If a Grade II*-listed residence on the edge of the New Forest, standing in 3.62 hectares of manicured gardens with magnificent equestrian facilities appeals, look no further than Venards House.
The contemporary Villa Monserrat in the chic Nova Santa Ponsa district is a spectacularly well-appointed residence, ideal as a holiday getaway but also thoughtfully equipped as a ‘working from home’ base for longer stays.
In Greek mythology, ‘lotus-eaters’ are people who spend their time indulging in pleasure and luxury rather than dealing with practical concerns. Modern-day home buyers, in tune with that sentiment, might consider Villa Essential on Paros, one of the Cycladic islands, 200k southeast of Athens.
Speciality paraphernalia adds immeasurably to the enjoyment of the finer things in gourmet life. The accoutrements associated with the likes of Beluga caviar, white Alba truffles, champagne, cognac and Cohiba Behike cigars perfectly complement the delicacies themselves.
Haute properties: ideal for skiers, sailors, golfers, scuba divers and enthusiasts of Formula One and cricket, these four homes around the globe pair sophistication with recreation.
“You get the idea Mauritius was made first, and then heaven.” So said Mark Twain. Now, the pearl of the Indian Ocean with a magnetic allure is getting in touch with its family side, discovers Peter Swain
The hippy-chic attractions of Goa’s beaches have been on the radar for a generation, but discerning travellers keen to top up both their chi and their tan are now discovering the allure of the uncluttered south of India’s smallest state.
As it moves out of clean-up into reconstruction mode, Peter Swain discovers vitality coursing back into the this New Zealand South Island city. “We now have a unique opportunity to remake, in fact to resettle, a modern city.”