For many of us, an ambition at some point in our lives is to own a house somewhere around the world that isn’t where we are now. Whether this is a permanent home or a holiday home depends on taste. But the idea of living even part of our lives in a beautiful villa or luxury apartment is something many of us aspire to. And looking at some of these properties, it’s easy to see why!
The idea of living on a tropical island for even a few weeks of the year is a dream of many people and the Seychelles is a perfect example of this kind of place. Villa 11 on the North Island is a resort of 11 villas that have two decks, a bathroom with a bath large enough for two and the most amazing views across the beach to the neighbouring islands of Mahe and Praslin. Just outside the villa are facilities to go scuba diving while there are mini buggies to hire to explore.
A place in the countryside is another idyllic home from home for many people the Hill Over the Woods villa is one property in a tiny village 60km from the city of Zagreb. It is currently owned by a Croatian vacation company (see more Cro Exclusive properties) but is a wonderful example of the luxury villas available in this stunning location. Local activities include horse and pony riding, fishing and biking while there are tennis courts and even a kid’s playground within the village.
Ever fancied owning a ranch in New Mexico? That’s exactly what businessman Jochen Zeitz has done and the house is often said to be one of the classiest houses in America. Part Mexican pueblo, part Spanish hacienda, the place looks like it should feature on a Wild West movie and sits amid dry, rocky scrubland with the Ortiz Mountains in the background. While the property is relatively modern, it contains a lot of authentic elements including replicas of clothing worn by the Plains Indian chiefs.
Greece has been having a few well-publicised problems lately but there’s no doubting its appeal for both tourists and those looking for a holiday home. Most of the islands have a wealth of beautiful villas with Skiathos being a popular choice since it was used in the Mamma Mia film. Sleek, modern interiors and large outdoor spaces are located just a five-minute walk from the beach with their beach bars, water sports and great food.
Tuscany is a blend of beautiful countryside, historic towns and cities and lush farmland. Known for its cuisine and especially its wine, the area is a favourite with foodies. Villa Lena is a haven for those who love the idea of an artist retreat style community amid the beauty of the Tuscan hills. With 14 apartments, two private villas and a hotel, the location is ideal for a summer long break and is often visited by artists, film makers and famous people from around the world.