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architectural brilliance

This ultra-modern villa boasts absolute beachfront in Australia


The elegant villa in Madrid is a mix of glamour and style


Beautifully designed villa offers a superior location in Barbados


Fabulous villa with priceless views in Phuket


One of Spain’s most prestigious golf and real estate communities

France is one of the best-regulated property markets in the world

Kitchen confidential FOOD & TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD


Welcome to THE ADDRESS Magazine - celebrating the world of Luxury Real Estate, Food & Travel THE ADDRESS Magazine recently won the Gold Award in the Hermes Creative Awards 2012 competition. Judged by the Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals, the competition has grown to one of the largest of its kind in the world. Being recognized with a Gold Award in the online magazine category is both a thrill and an honour. THE ADDRESS magazine showcases a curated selection of the finest luxury real estate from around the world. Each coffee-table-quality issue features luxury properties with destinations spanning from the familiar to the exotic; from Algarve to Umbria and Vietnam. The latest issue of THE ADDRESS Magazine – the largest ever at 255 pages – is brimming with features and articles about luxury real estate, food and travel. Mallorca continues to be the focus of attention and interest among international property buyers with a strong demand for luxury real estate. You will find some of the best properties currently for sale in Mallorca including a very special property with bold architecture and cutting-edge design, a wonderful country house with the charm of a bygone era and an elegant stone villa with sweeping views (page 126). Do not miss the statement villas in Australia. Striking in style with clean streamlined features, the villas are showcasing modern design at its best (page 26 and page 48). PGA Catalunya, one of Spain’s most prestigious golf and real estate communities, captures the essence of ultra-modern living in a scenic setting. The stylish residences with stunning contemporary design will certainly appeal to architecture lovers (page 10). An über-stylish penthouse in Phuket really offers the WOW factor with its panoramic views, contemporary glamour and dazzling design (page 4). 2

Buying Costa Brava property has become a natural extension of foreign visitors’ long-standing love affair with the area. Costa Brava is home to staggeringly beautiful beaches, historic towns and a rich cultural heritage. Marvel over some of the very best prestige properties in Costa Brava on page 82. Property Insights present in-the-know information with insightful ways to property acquisition. The property features in this issue include “As one of the best-regulated property markets in the world, France offers buyers excellent protection” (page 32) and “Buy Property, Get Residency” (page 202). Our Food & Travel features will appeal to inspired travellers with a passion to explore the world at its best. Alongside glamorous hotels and Michelinstarred restaurants, you will find the off-the-beatentrack gems in this feature (page 218). We asked our Food & Travel Insider, Claudia Juestel, to open her address book to some of her favourite places in San Francisco. Rich with history and culture, it is one of the most beautiful, vibrant and eclectic cities in the world. So to discover this unique destination in style, our San Francisco destination guide is a must (page 232). Our Kitchen Confidential features famous chefs with grown-up palates and sophisticated taste. In this issue, chef Morgan Meunier at Morgan M in London gives you a chance to try some of his favourite recipes (page 248). Enjoy the summer issue of THE ADDRESS Magazine.


Contents Summer 2012 | No.12 BEST PENTHOUSE Contemporary glamour BEST OF MODERN Contemporary, elegant, cutting-edge TROPHY PROPERTY Architectural gems PIECE DE RESISTANCE Fabulous and stylish LUXURY REAL ESTATE Algarve (Portugal) Australia Barbados Barcelona (Spain) Corfu (Greece) Costa Barcelona-Maresme (Spain) Costa Brava (Spain) French Alps French Riviera Lake Maggiore (Italy) Madrid (Spain) Mallorca (Spain) Paris (France) Phuket (Thailand) Provence (France) Silver Coast (Portugal) Tuscany (Italy) Umbria (Italy) Vietnam Wales (UK) PROPERTY INSIGHTS France, one of the best-regulated property markets PROPERTY INSIGHTS Buy property, get residency MARKET INSIGHTS FOOD & TRAVEL Discoveries from around the world FOOD & TRAVEL Insider’s Guide San Francisco FOOD & TRAVEL Fabulous foodie inspirations FOOD & TRAVEL Kitchen confidential: Leading Chefs share their recipes TA LIVING

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Contemporary Glamour

Truly spectacular and luxurious, the striking penthouse is designed to perfection, a blend of beauty, art and taste




lear blue waters, countless white sandy beaches, lush tropical forest, championship golf courses and some of the world’s best dive sites nearby have all helped to develop Phuket into one of the leading holiday destinations. It is a winning formula for those in search for that second home or dream retirement residence, too. With an international airport, first-class hospitals and one of Asia’s leading private schools, Phuket is the perfect environment for modern tropical living. The premier island is located right at the heart of Asia, a region highly regarded as the most likely to show the highest growth in the coming years. With a strong real estate market and an increasing number of wealthy people working in the Asian region, Phuket remains one of the world’s most sought-after destinations for second homes. Phuket properties unquestionably offer discriminating investors world-class architecture and magnificent views at prices well below their counterparts in Europe and the U.S. Phuket offers property buyers a rewarding lifestyle investment with good potential for capital appreciation. Nestled high on a hillside overlooking the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, discover a desirable community where tropical natural beauty fuses harmoniously with standout, modern luxury living. Within walking distance of the scenic beaches and the charming seaside village of Kata, this ultramodern penthouse offers not only a luxurious lifestyle, but a blue-chip investment in an area where demand is consistent. Conceived by the acclaimed Singapore-based modernist architect Hans Brouwer, the design of the property is a synthesis of the dramatic site, the stunning panoramic views and contemporary tropical architecture.


Encompassing all the glamour that the word “penthouse” evokes, the duplex offers elegant living and spectacular vistas. Escaping the ocean is impossible here: its omnipresence dominates the property’s design. Dramatically perched on a hillside location, the residence has been built to ensure the eye engages with the horizon. Sophisticated and sublime, the prestigious home-in-the-sky boasts 410m² of Zen-inspired perfection. The luxury home features three spacious bedrooms, a superb dining area and massive living room, plus a stylish kitchen. Masterfully decorated with designer furniture and dazzling art, the exclusive sky home combines contemporary flair with comfort. Phuket’s scenic beauty and sunny indooroutdoor lifestyle are showcased with expansive lounging and entertaining decks and walls of glass that capture the changing moods of the island from dawn until dusk. The penthouse boasts an impressive 300m² of outdoor space and a breathtaking 15-metre pool that becomes an integral part of the living room. Residents have access to a wide range of recreational choices, such as a free-form infinity pool, lap pool, children’s pool, sun deck, Jacuzzi, sauna, clubhouse, fitness centre, rental programme, room service and 24-hour security. Whether looking for a casual swim or an invigorating workout, one can do so with the sparkling waters of the Andaman Sea as a backdrop. The pinnacle of a luxurious ocean-view lifestyle awaits at this exceptional top-floor penthouse residence. Price: THB55 million. CONTACT

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Contemporary, Elegant, Cutting-edge.



PGA Catalunya real estate is defined by its stunning scenery, pioneering architecture and world-class golf facilities. A wealth of opportunities await at one of Spain’s most prestigious golf and real estate communities.


atering to the insatiable international demand for the ultimate top-end properties, at the world’s best developments, in the world’s definitive locations, PGA Catalunya is unsurpassed as a golfing, real estate and lifestyle destination resort. Wonderfully situated in the Costa Brava region of Girona, the property enjoys a highly sought location, both in terms of beauty and accessibility. For the avid sun worshipper, food lover, golfer, skier or football fan, the location ticks all the boxes. Ideally placed on a highly acclaimed 36-hole golf course, the property is close to the gorgeous Costa Brava, the mountains and the historic town of Girona, as well as the fabulous city of Barcelona. Poised to become Spain’s premier residential resort community, PGA Catalunya

Resort is spread over 300 hectares of countryside and around two world-class golf courses, including the Stadium Course, which is No. 1 in Spain. Designed for ultimate convenience, enjoyment and style-conscious living, PGA Catalunya introduces a new era of aesthetics and design to the Costa Brava luxury real estate market. Architecturally an inspired expression, a seamless blend of cuttingedge design and the richness of the landscape, the resort, and each of its designer residences enjoys stunning scenic views, without a single compromise to privacy. Some of Europe’s finest architects showcase modern aesthetics at its best in the striking contemporary residences available for sale. The beautiful environs have been incorporated perfectly into


the living areas, via wall-to-wall sliding glass doors, expansive terraces, private gardens and double-height vaulted ceilings. Part of the attraction of PGA Catalunya is the beauty of its magnificent surroundings, from the meticulously manicured 300 hectares of estate grounds, to the majestic Pyrenees Mountains that lie beyond. Set amidst the Catalonia backdrop that inspired Dalí and Gaudí, PGA Catalunya Resort lies at the epicentre of some of Spain’s most spectacular scenery. This is the region with it all, unbeatable in terms 14

of lifestyle and accessibility. The golf resort is ideally situated just minutes from the charming town of Girona, within an hour of the vibrant city of Barcelona and slightly over an hour from world-class skiing on the slopes of the Pyrenees. Costa Brava, the jewel in the crown of the eastern Spanish coastline, is only 20 minutes away, with its 160 kilometres of coastline lined with expansive sandy, picture-perfect beaches and quaint Spanish seaside villages. Home to over 20 Michelin-star restaurants, Costa Brava is a gastronomer’s paradise.

Restaurants such as El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, currently holding the much-vaunted No. 2 spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, makes the region a culinary delight. Adding to the gastronomy and beaches are the countless activities available, from hiking and cycling, to diving and water sports, to sailing and horseback riding. The Catalan property market could further strengthen due to the planned extension of the high-speed rail service that will provide even faster connections to not only the rest of

Spain, but all of Europe. Imagine getting to the Barcelona city centre in only 27 minutes. There is a select number of ultra-modern villas, luxury town houses, stylish apartments and villa plots for sale. Some of the most eminent European architects – including De Blacam and Meagher, Lagula, Damian and Francisco Ribas – have designed the striking masterpiece residences. Carlos Ferrater, holder of the prestigious White Barcelona Chair and the architect behind some of Barcelona’s most impressive buildings, such as Paseo de Gracia’s Hotel


Mandarin Oriental and Group Azahar’s new headquarters, is working with PGA Catalunya to create a selection of stunning golf homes. The elegant homes offer a rare blend of cutting-edge architecture and timeless elegance. With sleek, clean lines that optimize bold and modern design elements, the exceptionally stylish homes have been designed to provide the utmost in space and light. The modernist residences enjoy views over sprawling fairways, mature forests and beyond to the majestic Pyrenees. This is a low-density project, with an average of approximately 1.4 homes per hectare, creating living environments that feel secluded, yet welcoming. Offering a perfect blend of fine living, luxury lifestyle and everyday convenience, the modern apartments are the perfect vacation home, primary residence or rental investment. Featuring 60-126m² of living space, they provide one, two and three bedrooms and 12-61m² of private outdoor space. Taking full advantage of picturesque views, full-length sliding glass walls extend living areas out to the expansive terraces. Perfect for entertaining, beautifully appointed kitchens feature central islands and high-specification appliances and elegant finishes. Impressive master bedrooms provide separate dressing areas, Jacuzzi tub, oversized shower and direct terrace access. Each residence includes storage room as well as car and golf buggy parking. The luxury semi-detached villas are a collection of spacious and exceptionally finished open plan homes for entertaining friends and family. Surrounded by the mature natural woodland of the estate and views to the mountains, they offer indoor-outdoor living at its finest. Master bedrooms feature large bathrooms and separate dressing areas with terrace access. Three additional bedrooms are complemented by a flexible space perfect for a children’s play area, office or guest room. The lower floor 16

provides exceptional lifestyle features that include double-height vaulted ceilings that flood the living space with natural light, stylish kitchen with separate utility room and study with direct terrace and garden access. The fabulous 180m² residences enjoy 117m² of outdoor space. They come with fireplace, oak wood flooring, air conditioning, underfloor heating and zoned security system with remote control. Representing the ultimate in luxurious contemporary living, the sleek detached villas blend bold ultra-modern design with state-ofthe-art systems and luxury finishes and fittings. Each of the 3-bedroom homes masterfully blends the living area and outdoor terrace area, bringing the surrounding nature indoors. They encompass 197-256m² of living space and over 233m² of outdoor space that maximises the beauty of the surrounding elements and highlights each area with natural light. The 4-bedroom, 2-level homes effortlessly meld with the exterior environment through expansive terraces on both the lower and upper levels. Each bedroom offers its own ensuite bath, while the downstairs is ideal for social gatherings with open plan living, dining and kitchen areas. The villas make dramatic style statements with 404m² of airy living space and 500m² of lovely outdoor space. There is also a remarkable collection of selfbuild home plots with optional turn-key villa designs. With plot sizes ranging from 1,000m² to 4,000m², each plot is capable of comfortably accommodating family villas up to 400m². The estate is home to two world-class golf experiences – the magnificently designed Stadium Course and the equally beautiful but slightly kinder Tour Course. The Stadium is ranked No. 1 in Spain, No. 3 in Europe and 88th on a list of world courses. Designed by Ryder Cup star Neil Coles and Spanish golfing legend


Angel Gallardo, the setting is second to none, surrounded by dense, mature pine forests and glittering lakes, the majestic mountains sitting on the horizon. PGA Catalunya Resort’s stunning clubhouse offers a member’s lounge with a bar and spectacular fireplace. There is a bistro and a large terrace that seats over 100 guests, all with impressive views over the Montseny Massif. Non-golfers will never struggle wondering what to do, with swimming, tennis, football, cycling paths, walking routes, gym and spa on offer. Alternatively, borrow a horse and go for 18

a ride through the 100-year-old forests that surround PGA Catalunya. Located at the epicentre of the estate, the PGA Residents’ Club is open for residents’ exclusive use and is just one part of the lifestyle PGA Catalunya offers. The private club features luxurious indoor and 20-metre outdoor swimming pools, Jacuzzi and saunas, gym, spa treatment rooms and two tennis courts. With the children’s pool and activity area, the Residents’ Club is set to become the active community hub of the resort. Owners also benefit from the affiliate relationship with the idyllic seafront

Hotel Santa Marta on the Costa Brava, offering access to a private beach club. Resident owners may also access a range of superb leisure facilities that include an internationally renowned hotel resort, Meliá Golf Vichy Catalán, complete with spa and restaurant. For those seeking a holiday home, there is an optional Residential Management Programme in place that includes services such as maintenance, rental management, maid service, food delivery and airport transfer. The elite residential enclave offers impeccable resort living for those who appreciate a

pampered lifestyle, extravagant residence, exclusive privacy and the rare natural beauty on offer in one of Spain’s most desirable communities. Price: Apartments from Є250,000; semidetached villas from Є695,000; villas from Є1.1 million; villa plots from Є380,000. CONTACT

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Eleven architectural gems One elegant collection An eclectic showcase of ultra-stylish holiday homes in an iconic setting




uch beloved and famed, the Greek island of Santorini is a place of jaw-dropping beauty and bewitching atmosphere. Often described as one of the most stunning places on earth, Santorini is not only beautiful, but cosmopolitan and seductive. Located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 kilometres southeast of the Greek mainland, Santorini is the largest island in a small archipelago of volcanic islands of the same name. It is located at the north of the island of Crete, only a 40-minute flight from Athens. During the summer, Santorini is also connected with flights to Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete and Thessaloniki. Nowhere else in the world can be found such an impressive and magical combination of landscapes and backdrops: breathtaking Caldera views, unforgettable sunsets sinking into the deep cobaltblue sea, lovely beaches surrounded by high volcanic rock cliffs, sparkling snow-white cube-shaped houses carved into the cliffside. The island is awash in archaeological finds, historic churches, monasteries and Venetian castles, as well as charming villages. Several spectacular beaches are very distinctive in character due to the volcanic nature of the area. The eruption of the Santorini volcano thousands of years ago resulted in the creation of some of the most dazzling beaches in the world, with colourful sand and pebbles, such as the red and white beaches near Akrotiri, and the black and grey beaches in Kamari, Monolithos, Perissa and Perivolos. Santorini is home to some of the oldest vineyards in Europe, which cover over 1,400 hectares of the island. The volcanic soil produces complex wines with distinct aromas. More than 50 white and red varieties of grapes can be found on the island. As for the whites, Assyrtiko (covering 80% of the viticultural region of the island), Aidani and Athiri are those included in the AOC Santorini, dry white wine and the AOC Vinsanto, dessert white wine. Red regional wines are also produced form the varieties Mandilaria and Mavrotragano. Attracting an international jetset crowd, yachters and wealthy Greek families, it comes as no surprise that Santorini captured the No.1 spot as the “World’s Top Island Destination 2011” by the leading magazine Travel + Leisure – beating Maui, Bali and the Galápagos. Here is a rare investment opportunity to acquire a stunning collection of nine premium holiday home villas and two very popular restaurants in Santorini. It is a place where style, opulence and perfection meet the world of beauty and tradition. 22


Superbly located in the unique natural environments of Megalohori and Imerovigli, the idyllic Santorini dream houses express the ultimate in luxury, exclusivity and privacy. An extensive, multimillion-Euro renovation has transformed the property into a sensational work of art. Graciously restored to maintain their historical significance, the elegant collection of holiday homes ranges from an ancient 5-bedroom Santorini mansion with private pool, expansive terrace and sea views, to an authentic 3-bedroom mansion with a delightful olive garden, pergola and dazzling terrace with sea views, to a 4-bedroom traditional Canava house complete with huge courtyard featuring colourful flowers and plants native to the Cyclades Islands. Renovated with the skills and attention of local craftsmen, the villas have been restored with traditional local materials, including rock and wood, using understated, organic colours from the five elements of the earth. Masterfully decorated, the gorgeous mansions and villas in Megalohori come furnished with rare and fine antiques from France and Russia, original features and exquisitely restored furniture. Sumptuous fabrics, wrought-iron details, vaulted ceilings, whitewashed walls and hand-picked objets d’art meld with stunning bathrooms and kitchens, gloriously simple, yet sybaritically luxurious. Standing alone in one of the most beautiful spots in Santorini, the villa in Imerovigli is the most eye-popping property on the island. The traditional villa’s glass façade allows the inside and outside to merge, highlighting the untamed splendour of nature. Heart-stopping, magnificent panoramas of the volcano and the surrounding islands and spectacular sunsets are at the doorstep. Rare is the opportunity to secure such premium real estate in a sought-after destination such as Santorini, offering the perfect combination of both an investment and leisure portfolio. The 30-bedroom property is suited for the investor seeking a world-class trophy property of exceptional quality and value. Alternatively, it would appeal to someone who is looking to operate a successful, well-established group of exquisite holiday homes to rent in Santorini. Truly one of the most incredible luxury properties in the world, here is a prestigious real estate offering not to be missed. Price upon request. The 11 properties are for sale strictly as a package, not as individual villas. CONTACT

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piece de resistance


Fabulous & Stylish


A world-class residence with awe-inspiring, panoramic views and stunning architecture


yron Bay is the jewel in the crown of coastal living in Australia. Situated in the far north of New South Wales, the iconic destination enjoys a subtropical climate with clean air, crystal clear water and plenty of natural beauty. Bordered on one side by the beautiful coastline and the other by magnificent rainforests, Byron Bay is famed worldwide for its breathtaking beaches, scuba diving, whale watching, scenic beauty and laid-back lifestyle. Located in the heart of the Northern Rivers, Byron Bay is surrounded by quaint villages and small but bustling towns. Many are located in the picturesque hinterland and offer boutique shopping, art galleries, fine dining and cafÊs. They are also located in or near national parks and reserves, providing ideal gateways through which to explore the natural attractions. A haven of unspoilt beaches, Byron Bay is renowned for its fine white powder sandy beaches, as well as its first-class surfing opportunities. Aficionados rate Byron as one of the best surfing spots in the world. The number of world champions who come from the area is indicative of the exceptional conditions. Good year-round swell and brilliant breaks draw a constant wave of surfers. Byron Bay is a naturally exquisite place. It is easy to experience the natural surroundings and partake in activities such as kayaking with the dolphins, surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Many head inland to discover world heritage parks and lush rainforests. Ideally positioned close to several national parks and nature reserves, and incorporating a marine park, Byron Bay is a natural gateway for those wishing to visit all of the region’s magnificent natural attractions. Subtropical rainforests, waterfalls, superb headlands, scenic drives and nature walks are all on offer. 28


Conveniently located between Brisbane and Sydney – it is a 2-hour drive to Brisbane and a short flight from Sydney to the Gold Coast Airport – Byron Bay offers an idyllic lifestyle, with the perfect mix of stunning beauty and cosmopolitan flair. Highly acclaimed, the area is widely recognised as having some of the most desirable real estate in Australia. Byron Bay’s prestige property market is heating up as the North Coast lifestyle haven draws increasing interest from national and international buyers. One of the most impressive residences in Byron Bay, this exclusive villa enjoys a commanding position, overlooking the area’s sensational beaches and mountains beyond. The villa’s stunning architecture and innovative design, with lavish living areas, gorgeous pool and spectacular vistas, spell the ultimate in decadence. Strong, sleek and purposeful 30

lines define the contemporary and timeless structure, an elegant and harmonious blend of glass, fine woods and textured stone that invite the interplay of light, ocean breeze and captivating seascapes. Created to foster the ultimate in indoor-outdoor comfort, vast living spaces are highlighted with clean lines, premium finishes, lustrous open spaces and expanses of glass that evoke a sensuous blend of warmth and coolness. Encompassing 216m2 of living space, the tri-level home features four bedrooms, a double-height entry foyer, stylish open-plan living-dining area and a designer kitchen with Corian worktops, wine cabinet, pantry and Miele appliances. The master bedroom occupies the entire top floor and features access to a private terrace, a walk-in wardrobe and ocean views from a free-standing stone bathtub.

The living room windows invite inside the exterior light and water views, which complement the interior design. A palette of white plays wonderfully against the dramatic coastal views which are undeniably the dramatic focal point of the home. Exceptional in every respect, the sophisticated villa enjoys the finest luxury touches that could be expected in the utmost in stylish modern homes. Refined features include Italian marble floors, Blackbutt timber floors with a red mahogany border surround, and a front entry with a stone water cascade and a lit onyx sculpture. Seamlessly incorporated into its paradisiacal setting, the deluxe villa overlooks Byron Bay’s renowned surfing beach, The Pass. It is complemented with 831m² of amazing gardens and a glamorous 12-metre black-tiled swimming pool from which can be enjoyed panoramic

vistas. Ideal for outdoor living and entertaining in every season, there are expansive terraces, built-in barbecue and a timber gazebo in a mini rainforest. Boasting sweeping, uninterrupted views of the ocean, the property adjoins Cape Byron State Conservation Area and is a few metres from the Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk. The village is a 7-minute walk along the beach. Elegant, bold, exquisite and captivating – the extraordinary villa truly redefines luxury living in the very popular and much-admired Byron Bay. Price: AUD5.5 million. CONTACT

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As one of the best-regulated property markets in the world, France offers buyers excellent protection The process of buying and selling real estate in France is well supported by consumer protection laws: It is structured and very strictly defined by French law, with a series of checks and balances designed to ensure a fair and legal transaction takes place. The system is one of the safest and most equitable in the world. By Fabien Cordiez, Director and Co-Founder of ECD Avocats & Solicitors 32


rom a legal standpoint, the key benefit to buying property in France is buyer protection. Numerous aspects of the buying process are biased in the purchaser’s favour. Issues such as title deeds and planning permissions are very strictly controlled and monitored, making it very rare for property transactions to go awry. Regulations governing the sale and purchase of property in France are long established and strictly governed and enforced by the notaire assigned to the contract. A notaire is a government official, responsible for receiving the deeds. The notaire is under the authority of the French Department of Justice and is appointed by decree.  This profession has a monopoly in matters relating to purchases, sales, exchanges, co-ownerships of real estate, leases, mortgages, etc. Thus, transfer deeds must be prepared by a notaire, whose role consists of authenticating the parties’ signatures. Notaires do not represent the interest of either party in the transaction. Nevertheless, many people believe having their own independent legal advisor is necessary.  There are mandatory precedent conditions for the sale contract, which make completion subject to the buyer’s ability to obtain the financing of the property in question. The seller is legally bound to assume a guarantee to the property’s precise surface and is under a legal obligation to disclose certain defects (specifically termites, asbestos and lead). Buyers are protected by a 7-day cooling-off period, during which time they may withdraw from the contract and receive a full refund of their deposit. 

All conditions must be fulfilled

An initial agreement sets the sale’s terms and conditions. There is a provisional contract

while the notaire prepares the Title Deeds. The preliminary contract is legally binding upon both the buyer and the vendor: the two parties agree – one to sell, the other to buy – subject to specific conditions called “conditions suspensives”, and only if all these conditions are complied with. The property transfer only becomes effective once all the conditions are fulfilled. Precedent conditions may, for example, include obtaining a loan, clearance from a structural survey or obtaining a planning permission. Prospective buyers should carefully review the contract’s terms and ask questions of their own advisor. In the same way, buyers should not hesitate to negotiate the clauses of the contract. Do not make any payment before signing. Buyers are expected to pay the notary or the estate agent a deposit, but should never pay anything to the vendor or the developer directly.   One of the main advantages of the French two-stage conveyance process lies in the fact that, once the initial contract has been signed, sellers cannot pull out and sell the property to someone else. Gazumping, the practice of sellers pulling out of a sale at the last minute without penalty, is non-existent in France. Where a seller decides to pull out, a court may order him to sell or pay the buyer high damages as compensation. In French law, there are limited situations where gazumping can take place. A pre-emption (preference) right may arise in favour of one or several local authorities. Also, all purchases made by joint owners can be subject to the pre-emption right of the other joint owner. Once the initial agreement or ”compromis” has been signed by both buyer and seller, there is still a 7-day cooling-off period. During this time, the buyer may withdraw from the sale without penalty, but the vendor cannot. In


order to exercise this right, a registered letter must be received by the notaire before the seven days have elapsed. Property transfer takes place only at the time of the signature of the Title Deeds (Acte Authentique) at the notaire’s office. The notaire will have previously carried out the relevant planning checks and Land Registry searches and ensured all precedent and legal conditions are met. The purchaser is given a provisional ownership certificate whilst the title deed is being registered. The notaire pays the vendor the balance of the price and hands over the keys to the purchaser. Pre-sale surveys also bring purchasers a fair degree of protection. The “dossier de diagnostics techniques” includes all the mandatory reports that must be provided to protect both the vendor and purchaser.  These are increasing regularly in number and are all provided at the vendor’s expense. The tests required vary depending on the region and property. Since 2002, a survey mentioning the presence or absence of building materials containing asbestos (walls, posts, beams, floors, etc.) must be carried out before the sale of those buildings whose planning permission was delivered before September 1, 1997. For dwellings built before 1948 and located in designated areas, another survey must be carried out by a qualified technician in order to establish the risks of lead poisoning. In other designated areas, a further compulsory survey reveals whether the property is infested with termites. The surveyor’s report must be less than three months old at the time of completion and is attached to the title deeds. The price stipulated in the contract is deemed to take account of any financial consequences arising from the condition of the property, such as with regard to termites, asbestos, lead poisoning, energy performance and major natural and technological risks.  34

High-end property at the lowest possible price

French off-plan real-estate purchases offer investors the ability to acquire high-end property at the lowest possible price and achieve maximum potential return on investment. Some investors are concerned about buying off-plan as they have heard frightening stories from other markets where developers have disappeared with their money without completing the work. Buying off-plan in France is, however, very formalised and the buyer of new-build properties is highly protected. The French construction industry is highly regulated and developers by law must meet rigorous government standards. All new properties must meet the new building regulations and energy efficiency measures. Contracts for the sale of new off-plan properties provide for payment of a deposit (up to 5%) and subsequent stage payments and precedent conditions. The initial security deposit is paid into a client escrow account and is fully refundable should the transaction not be completed. The reservation contract is a comprehensive document that must contain a full description and plans for the proposed dwelling and its precise location. It must also include a technical description of the materials and equipment used in the construction, and list the communal facilities and their conditions of use. This document is called the “notice descriptive” and is contractually binding on the builder. The deed of sale is signed before the building work is complete, usually once the foundations have been laid, and purchasers acquire ownership of the land and whatever buildings have been built upon it at the time the deed of sale is signed. Buyers automatically acquire ownership of the rest of the building as building progresses. French builders and developers are required

by statute to obtain a completion certificate in place to ensure that the property is being completed.  It is advisable to insist on such a certificate being provided by a third party, such as an independent architect.

France’s off-plan record excellent

These statutory safeguards throughout the conveyance process are a huge advantage for off-plan property buyers.  There are welldocumented problems regarding off-plan purchases in Spain and several other counties. However, the good news is that France has a very good record in this respect. For example, the process guarantees that beyond a certain stage of the development and payments, whatever may happen to the developer (e.g. if the developer goes bankrupt) the property officially belongs to the buyer and will be completed to the agreed standard by another builder appointed by the guarantor, usually a bank or an insurance company. The guarantee of completion is mandatory. It ensures the purchaser that the developer will be able to continue construction until completion of the building. In practice, the backup guarantee rarely proves necessary, but it means that if the builder goes bankrupt, the project will still be finished. This is a particularly salient point when compared to the situation in Eastern European countries such as Bulgaria, or in Spain, where this safety net does not exist. Buyers cannot lose their investment, nor can the price be raised.  Another safeguard lies in the 10-year building guarantee rule. The property is guaranteed to be free from structural building defects for 10 years by the builder and his insurers. Several other mandatory guarantees apply, such as a 2-year guarantee for non-structural defects. French off-plan purchase agreements set fixed delivery dates, but most contracts include a waiver in case of force majeure, such as an act of God. Very bad weather over a long period of time, for example, may be regarded as an

act of God.  In any event, delays in completion of new off-plan developments are rare and usually are for no more than a couple of weeks.   Where delays are unreasonable and substantial, off-plan property buyers may cancel the agreement and receive full reimbursement. What can amount to unreasonable delays is a matter for judges to decide, depending on the circumstances of each case. Buyers may be awarded compensation where they suffer damage as a result of the delay, but in order to also obtain penalties, a suitable clause must be included in the reservation contract. Another example of French consumer protection laws that offer good security lies with the fact that buyers are entitled to pull out and get a full refund if the property upon completion differs from what is set out in the reservation contract, and these differences reduce the value of the property by 10% or more. These laws are strictly enforced but given the differences in language, culture, law and ethics, it remains advisable to obtain a qualified French lawyer to proceed through the purchase or sale process. Investors should exercise due diligence and choose wisely, making sure that the builder and developer have a track record of building high-quality real estate and that their property will be situated in the right location. Fabien Cordiez is a dual-qualified Franco-British lawyer with extensive experience in advising private clients on French property law issues. Having practised in a London firm of solicitors, and in-house counsel for Swiss Bank UBS in the City of London and Zurich, Mr. Cordiez set up his own practice in France in 2002, where he successfully developed a specialty in French property law. The firm, which is based in Provence and the French Riviera, is exclusively dedicated to helping non-resident clients seeking assistance with French property law.


luxury algarve


A flawless example of modern architecture The striking villa with golf course frontage achieves the ultimate in contemporary sophistication


ortugal is one of the world’s most popular golfing destinations, with the Algarve coming in as a firm favourite. The region has more than 30 exceptional golf courses set in stunning surroundings and a fantastic year-round climate, making it one of the leading golf destinations in the world. The Algarve continues to be the place chosen to host several international competitions, such as the Portugal Masters, one of the leading European golf tournaments, the Algarve World Cup and the Taça das Nações or Nations Cup. All this makes the Algarve a golf destination par excellence. The region also boasts some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery along a fabulous coastline, an abundance of watersports, picturesque villages and natural attractions.

For those in search of some of the finest golf in the Algarve, Vilamoura is famous for its world-class courses, which attract discerning golfers in all seasons. Probably the biggest and best golfing destination in Europe, Vilamoura’s impressive collection of five championship courses offer a variety of features and tests that will entice both experienced and occasional golfers alike. Vilamoura and the golf courses have been carefully planned in order to enhance and protect their tranquil natural surroundings. In fact, four of the courses, Millennium, Oceanico Laguna, Pinhal and the Old Course, were among the first in Europe to gain environmental certificates. The beauty and quality of the courses has made Vilamoura a golf property hotspot with buyers looking for attractive investments as well as a sophisticated lifestyle.


This elegant and luxurious villa enjoys an in-demand frontline golf position, occupying a privileged plot on the Oceanico Laguna Golf Course. The stunning villa is defined by its peaceful views, a spectacular modern style and luxurious amenities. Visually striking with its dramatic architecture and cutting-edge design features, the contemporary villa is an eye-catching home. Set in the perfect location, the exclusive villa features sweeping and 38

impressive views of the golf course’s emerald green fairways. Successfully blending stylish modernity with practicality, the villa offers 346m² of living space that includes four bedrooms with private balconies, an expansive living room, wonderful dining area, gorgeous kitchen and office. Complementing the deluxe golf villa are first-class amenities such as a wine cellar, fireplace and double garage. The villa provides a glamorous and sophisti-

cated ambience. The interior is infused with natural light and offers views of the beautiful grounds, while the clean design and warm furnishings create refined gathering spaces and a perfect backdrop for a collection of modern art. It is an oasis offering the ultimate indooroutdoor lifestyle, with panoramic entertaining deck, top-of-the-range finishes and walls of glass. The villa enjoys the privacy and exclusivity that come with the 1,380m² private

grounds, complete with a fabulous overflow swimming pool. The immaculate second home, with the allure of the exclusive golf front lifestyle, epitomises the elegant sophistication of modern living. Price: â‚Ź1.95 million. Modern Homes Worldwide +44 (0)20 7095 8701



Supreme Style & Luxury A deluxe villa offering refined elegance and modern informality



he Algarve property market is still one of the most popular in the world. It has long been high on the wish list of international buyers seeking a second home in an area with a warm year-round climate, fantastic championship golf courses, golden beaches and rustic charm. In the luxury real estate segment, buyers are typically motivated to purchase property in the Algarve for their own lifestyle purposes whilst being aware of the capital appreciation potential, rather than purely for investment reasons. Recently voted No. 1 in Trip Advisor’s list of “15 destinations on the rise”, Lagos in the Algarve could be a smart financial move for a lifestyle investment. Superb beaches, a glistening marina, the winding cobbled streets of the beautifully preserved Old Town and an eclectic nightlife are all solid reasons that the region enjoys a long rental season. This exceptional villa offers a welcoming home and an enriched lifestyle to connoisseurs of fine living. Sophistication and flair define every aspect of the beautiful home, its clean, classical lines highlighting the elegant layout and fine features. The sophisticated blend of contemporary and traditional styles has created a warm and inviting home that guarantees an exclusive lifestyle. Impressive in size without losing the very essence of comfortable family living, it is not just a home to be admired, but also enjoyed. With the perfect blend of elegance and functionality, the architecturally magnificent villa offers 689m² of opulent living space in sophisticated 42

luxury. With five generous bedrooms, a large kitchen, lovely lounge, fabulous dining room, home cinema room, library, bar and disco area, here is all one could wish for and more. The deluxe villa also enjoys an indoor spa equipped with pool, gym, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Offering every imaginable feature for enjoyable living, the splendid villa also boasts a tapas room with bread oven and an awe-inspiring traditional wine cellar. Built to the highest standard, the gorgeous villa’s high-end finishes include a fireplace, first-class ceramic paving, wood flooring, natural stone staircases and bathrooms, surround sound system, underfloor heating, air conditioning, central vacuum, alarm system and remote-controlled electric shutters. The villa has been designed to embrace the outdoors and features an immaculately landscaped garden of 1,541m², complete with wonderful verandas, a heavenly outdoor lounge area, barbecue and outdoor heated pool with Jacuzzi and bar. Exceptionally elegant and beautifully detailed, the prestigious villa enjoys a glorious setting in Lagos, with stunning views toward Porto Mos Beach. Bask in luxury at the exclusive villa, where a fine lifestyle is the reward for a sound investment. Price: €1.95 million. CONTACT

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Beachfront Beauty The modern villa is an oceanfront paradise offering a stylish seaside living environment



anking amongst the likes of France and Spain as a top second-home destination for overseas buyers, Portugal is rightly labelled a prime international property location. Boasting sweeping beaches, the best golf courses in Europe, scenic beauty and good quality of life, Portugal has much to offer property purchasers seeking an attractive real estate market with high rental potential. Motivated by the lifestyle, Algarve second-home owners appreciate that the area, with its easy accessibility and year-round sun, offers better value than many other European destinations. Properties in unique positions, such as those with beach access or located on the front line of golf courses, remain the most sought-after, as many purchasers consider that they will sustain their value over time. This home offers the allure of waterfront living, 46

overlooking the ocean and sandy shoreline of the beach at Praia da Luz. With endless and enchanting sea views, a spectacular beachfront setting and architectural flair with amenities to please the most discerning owner, the luxurious villa offers accommodation steeped in modern comfort and a contemporary, yet timeless style. The truly gorgeous home offers a perfect combination of elegance, functionality, firstclass construction and unmistakable quality, coming together to create an inviting and totally enjoyable family home. Its thoughtfully designed floor plan is relaxed, yet elegant – everything a contemporary beach house design overlooking the ocean should be. The oceanfront home boasts plenty of wide windows and an amazing outdoor living area from which to take in the dazzling views of sun, sand and surf.

Blending modernity with practicality, the stylish coastal house offers 252m² of tastefully done interiors. It features four bedrooms for the finest convenience of luxury living. It provides a spacious open plan living and dining area and a luxury kitchen. Patio doors in the living room and kitchen open onto terraces with wonderful panoramic views. The newly built villa comes with premium finishes that include an array of high-end fixtures such as a barbecue terrace, air conditioning, underfloor heating, central vacuum, central sound system and electric shutters. A stunning roof terrace, with Jacuzzi and shower room, allows for the ultimate indooroutdoor lifestyle, and with the oceanfront mere steps away, the home is a water lover’s paradise. It is situated in a prime position only a few minutes’ walk from the beautiful village of

Praia da Luz, which has retained the charm and character of a traditional Portuguese seaside town. Praia da Luz lies just seven kilometres from Lagos, around a large bay with a wonderful soft sandy beach and breathtaking backdrop of jagged cliffs. Behind the beach is the village of charming whitewashed villas, which integrate well with historic fishermen’s homes. Discover the privileged coastal lifestyle where modern design, fine living and a unique location are turning the beachfront house into a dream home. Price: €825,000. CONTACT

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The ultra-modern villa boasts absolute beachfront and glorious ocean views Coffs Harbour, halfway between Sydney and Brisbane and nestled between a high mountain backdrop and dozens of unspoilt beaches, has become in recent years a soughtafter destination and is now one of the most preferred locations along the east coast of Australia, known as the Mid-North Coast. The area is famous for its natural beauty, with wonderful beaches and subtropical

rainforests and, according to CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), Coffs Harbour has the best climate in Australia. The Coffs Coast is also home to the Solitary Islands Marine Park, providing idyllic conditions for diving, fishing and whale watching. Popular with nature enthusiasts and people wanting to relocate to the coast to find get


a better lifestyle, Coffs Harbour continues to grow at a steady rate. Southern Cross University, North Coast TAFE (Training and Further Education institution) and scores of sporting opportunities make the place an ideal location for residents as well as holiday home owners. Noted as one of Coffs Harbour’s finest private residences, this striking villa is a spectacular home capturing the essence of a private retreat as well as all of the glamour of coastal living. Breathtaking design, awe-inspiring panoramas and a tranquil scenic oceanfront setting are combined with luxury, privacy and serenity to create a property that has it all. Finished with cutting-edge contemporary design and exquisite attention to detail, the home offers the ultimate in Coffs Coast living. The perfect synergy between stunning design and luxurious functionality, the showpiece 50

residence offers elegance, high aesthetics and modern comfort. Intelligently merging clean, linear architecture with floor-to-ceiling glass, exotic woods, sleek concrete and natural stone, it is a triumph of aesthetically modern and cutting-edge architecture. Created to maximise its privileged setting, the villa enjoys breathtaking vistas from virtually every room, as well as the sound of the waves gently lapping the shoreline. With 500m² of open, airy and liveable space, the luxurious villa is composed of up to seven bedrooms – depending on configuration selected – several stylish living areas, an elegant dining room, gourmet kitchen, home theatre room and executive office. The California-style designed villa consists of four pavilions or separate living spaces, offering privacy and an ideal environment for

entertaining. The pavilions are all connected by bridges and breezeways, with wraparound balconies, all positioned to take in the amazing vistas. Architecturally designed and positioned for the views, the deluxe villa is spectacularly set in a highly desirable location in the exclusive Korora Bay enclave, just north of Coffs Harbour. The glamorous, architect-designed waterfront villa boasts a jaw-dropping setting with a private beach at its doorstep, on one of the coast’s prettiest bays. Local wildlife is in abundance at the beach house, and includes rosellas, kookaburras, parrots and wallabies. Seamlessly blending outdoor living with indoor comfort, the modern villa features seductive outdoor spaces on a private plot of 700m². There is an impressive swimming pool with a large pool deck, a huge covered enter-

tainment area with room for a Bali-style bed and hammocks. There are also a barbecue and outdoor shower. Surrounding tropical plants and trees create a private oasis in paradise. With unparallelled luxury and absolute beach frontage, the sublime and contemporary house is the ideal holiday retreat to escape to, or the perfect private lifestyle haven to call home. Here is a rare opportunity to purchase what can be considered to be the finest location on the entire east coast, in a house that is an architectural masterpiece. Price upon request. CONTACT

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Design perfection, Architectural beauty The prestigious riverfront residence encapsulates a modern private haven of grand proportions


he Gold Coast is one of Australia’s leading holiday playgrounds and Gold Coast City has been identified as one of the most desirable places in the world to live, ranked on political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health. Enjoying an ideal climate year round and an amazing variety of natural landscapes – including 70 kilometres of coastline and more than100,000 hectares of nature reserves and World Heritage-listed national parks – the region continues to attract keen interest. Leading up to the Commonwealth Games in 2018, it is also one of the fastest growing regions in Australia. Located in one of the Gold Coast’s most sought-after positions on the banks of the Nerang River, this prestigious villa is one of the highest quality homes in one of the most serene and scenic positions in the region. Boasting a 1,658m² river frontage plot, overlooking the aweinspiring water views and night lights of the Surfers Paradise skyline, the flawlessly appointed masterpiece provides an indoor-outdoor lifestyle of unmatched luxury and exclusivity.


Superlatives cannot adequately describe the vista and understated elegance of the beautifully presented residence. The sleek lines of the architectural design infuse each lightfilled space with modern, elegant finishes, turning it into a work of art. Raising the bar for deluxe waterfront homes, there is 595m² of gorgeous living space, with both levels finished to perfection with a dash of alluring glamour. Designed for everyday living and unforgettable entertaining, the villa features four bedrooms, media room, plus formal and informal living and dining areas. The truly sensational master suite showcases magnificent panoramas and comes with parents’ retreat, walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom that includes a spa bath and shower with body jets. The cool, minimalist kitchen is both a visual delight and technically masterful in enabling owners to comfortably cater for themselves and friends. The immaculate kitchen comes with stone bench tops, Miele stainless steel appliances and pantry. The villa’s luxurious lifestyle features are unrivalled, with the inclusion of a wet bar with glass servery, wine cellar, fireplace, skylight and roof deck. Sleek materials such as glass, marble and granite highlight the stylish design statements introduced throughout the property: internal glass balustrades, frameless glass showers and granite and marble tiling. The villa also offers built-in speaker system, air conditioning, VacuMaid, alarm system, remote-controlled blinds, home automation system and a 4-car garage. Embodying the highly prized Gold Coast lifestyle, the ultramodern villa boasts a luxury infinity swimming pool affording spectacular views. The family home also offers access to a jetty with two mooring pylons, as well as a covered patio and terrace areas. The villa is nestled in lush gardens, adding to the ambience of privacy and seclusion. For the passionate connoisseur of style, here is a visually stunning, yet eminently liveable residence, epitomizing contemporary waterfront beauty. Price upon request. Leading Luxury Real Estate +44 (0)20 7095 8703





Colonial Elegance Timeless Setting Sophistication and style define the magnificent family villa


place where tropical island living meets total luxury, Barbados is indeed a piece of paradise and a wonderful country in which to have a home. Despite its small geographical size, Barbados consistently ranks as the top most liveable country in Latin America and the Caribbean. With its excellent infrastructure, business-friendly environment and high quality of life, the island is a very attractive place to call home.


Barbados boasts the third oldest Parliament in the British Commonwealth and has a stable government, strong economy, well-developed legal system and a tax regime that includes an expanding network of double taxation treaties. Barbados’ first-class health care and education services, as well as its standard of living, are borne out in the country’s ranking of fifth in the Americas and 47th in the world on the Human Development Index 2011, published by United Nations. With two major hospitals, over 20 clinics, many experienced medical laboratories and over 100 private doctors in practice, Barbados has a well-established and high-quality health care sector. As one of the world’s leading vacation destinations, Barbados offers superb dining and entertainment choices, along with a wide range of world-class lifestyle activities, including golf, sailing, polo and cricket. All of these factors, plus the naturally welcoming character of the Bajan people, have made Barbados the choice country of residence for an increasing number high-networth individuals. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a residence whose setting, pedigree and elegance put it at the very top of the finest offerings in Barbados real estate. A profound luxury of space, classic architectural details and a prized address, along with dazzling fairway and ocean views, mark this rare villa. Perfect for both large-scale and intimate entertaining, the grand villa of supreme quality and style showcases an immaculate and sophisticated décor and design with exceptional finishing touches. Glamorous in every detail, the quintessential Caribbean villa offers 5,000 sq.ft. of luxurious living space, exquisitely designed and executed to perfection. It is a magnum opus showcase for its five ensuite bedrooms 58

with amazing views, providing a lifestyle that supersedes the boundaries of ordinary living. The Colonial-style property boasts an imposing lobby, 65-foot-long reception and sitting room area, multiple living rooms and a state-of- the-art open design kitchen, fully equipped with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances by Miele. Set in two acres of luscious gardens, the prestigious villa boasts panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and the golf course. The fine villa is the ultimate tropical luxury, complete with a large infinity pool, covered and openair terraces, as well as a Jacuzzi. Royal palms flank the villa’s driveway while waterfalls, bridges and fish ponds are strategically set amongst the mature gardens of flowering shrubs and trees. The standout feature is the 170-foot-long cantilevered greenheart deck with a dining gazebo at one end and a summer pavilion and wet bar at the other – perfect for dinner parties and entertaining. An elegant, tropical lifestyle is assured in the most desirable area of Barbados. The elite villa is situated in the successful, private and secure community of Royal Westmoreland Golf Resort, one of the finest championship golf courses in the world. Conveniently located near the onsite clubhouse restaurant and bar, gym and tennis courts, the exclusive villa offers an idyllic living environment. Elegant and sophisticated, the stunning villa provides a modern lifestyle of prestige and luxury. Price: USD4.25 million. CONTACT

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Beachfront Luxury

Beautifully designed villa offers a superior location


ith its cosmopolitan culture, first-class recreational activities, superb dining and glamorous reputation, Barbados is both alluring and sophisticated. Add the unique charm and warmth the island is famous for and it is easy to see why the Caribbean island continues to generate a strong interest for premium second (and third and fourth) homes. The tiny coral island, measuring just 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, is lined with over 70 miles of magnificent white sand beaches, lauded as some of the finest in the Caribbean. Widely considered to be the sporting heart of the Caribbean, Barbados offers world-class golf, horse racing, polo, cricket, yachting, scuba diving and endless water sport activities. The island’s calendar is brimming with events, including music festivals, sporting events, culinary affairs and the performing arts. Barbados’ outstanding cuisine has earned the country its nickname as The Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. It even has its own Zagat Guide to prove it. With its idyllic climate, social and political stability and friendly people, Barbados is the perfect place to purchase that retirement house or holiday home. It is an attractive place to live, with a vibrant economy in a stable setting with excellent infrastructure. Barbados real estate offers a great way to own a piece of the Caribbean. Beachfront homes with the Caribbean Sea at their side, command some of the most desirable, exclusive locations in the world. Refined and prestigious, this fabulous beachfront home offers luxury living, seclusion and privacy, with wonderful direct ocean access. Offering ultimate comfort with designconscious living, the deluxe villa features contemporary style, versatility and a balanced 60

conception between elegance and restrained luxury. With a most compelling combination of effortless style and quality finishes, it promises an enviable lifestyle for its owners, affording an air of quiet luxury. The interiors are clean and modern, with a refined palette of white against wood, stone and glass. Light wooden floors, stylish doors and windows and contemporary lighting, along with high vaulted ceilings and coral-rendered feature walls, distinguish the home from the more traditional. The 4,500 sq.ft. of stylish living space includes four bedrooms, a modern kitchen, large openplan lounge and minimalist bar. Ideal for outdoor relaxation and entertaining, the house is complemented by 22,000 sq.ft. of lush tropical gardens, terraces and multiple outdoor living areas, including an attractive dining gazebo and lounge area. It boasts magnificent views of the ocean and a well-maintained garden facing the shores of the Caribbean Sea. The prestigious villa is wonderfully located in the exclusive Church Point area on the Platinum West Coast of Barbados, minutes from the fine dining and shopping delights of Holetown, as well as the Sandy Lane, Royal Westmoreland and Apes Hill golf courses. The combination of architecture, design and location gives a uniquely contemporary Caribbean flair to the home and ensures a stunning backdrop for a relaxing, comfortable and luxury lifestyle. Price: USD4.75 million. CONTACT

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Grand Style, Glamour & Elegance Architectural excellence, gracious living and a coveted address make the house a world-class home


uxury properties continue to be the best performing segment of the Barcelona real estate market, as investors seek high-end and prestige homes they know will keep their value over the years ahead, while providing quality living in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Investors choose Barcelona because the quality of life makes it an attractive place to work, live and raise a family. The city offers a vibrant lifestyle, pleasant weather, international schools – including major business schools such as IESE and ESADE – and safe environment. 62

With a long and glorious past, Barcelona has become one of Europe’s most fashionable addresses. It is the quintessential modernist city, where avant-garde flair and tradition are masterfully melded to give Barcelona its edge and allure. As a Mecca for top architects, Barcelona is home to some of the finest examples of architecture in the world, ranging from Gothic to unique modernist styles. A design connoisseur’s delight, this magnificent turn-of-the-century mansion represents a rare offering in today’s market for high-end homes in a desirable central location.


It is a work of living art set in a prestigious community, a flawless property that creates a timeless monument to style and designer pedigree. From the grand design to the contemporary flair, the gracious mansion house evokes a sense of refinement, indulgence, elegance, modernity and prestige. Modern sophistication, architectural excellence, lavish living areas, a coveted address and masses of glamour are all hallmarks of this luxurious residence. A 4-bedroom extravaganza, the significant and exquisite property is a triumphant marriage of Old World charm and modern design, offering 700m² of lavish living space. 64

Providing a host of amenities to create a great living and gala entertaining environment, the family home features a majestic entrance hall, an imposing double living room with access directly to the garden as well as a lift, connecting all floors. There is also a sprawling entertainment area with a vast kitchen and an impressive dining room with fireplace. No need to worry about 50-person dinner parties – there is plenty of space. The patio is perfect for al fresco dining. The extraordinary residence enjoys a lovely outside space that includes lawned gardens of 400m², complete with mature trees. A delightful English courtyard provides addi-

tional dining space. The large roof terrace, complete with private heated swimming pool and great views, is a real standout feature of the character property. The listed period home sits in the heart of the Zona Alta. Located in Sant Gervasi – one of the city’s finest residential areas – the deluxe villa sits in a charming pedestrian passageway, next to other modernist villas of the 19th century. With its narrow streets and enchanting villagetype feel, the much-in-demand neighbourhood offers fabulous restaurants, bars and shopping. The area is close to Plaça Molina, the beach and the international airport. Its proximity to many of the best international schools and private

Catalan schools makes Sant Gervasi a popular area for international families in search of the perfect Barcelona address. It is extremely rare to find such a large property in such a central, yet peaceful, location. The architectural showpiece is one-of-a-kind, one of Barcelona’s great properties, where life is lived to the fullest. Price upon request. CONTACT

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Architectural Jewel

Prestigious location, aristocratic beauty and period features are the hallmarks of the magnificent modernist residence As Barcelona is in the centre of attraction among property buyers from around the globe, demand for luxury real estate continues to climb. Barcelona is a wonderful city - it is cosmopolitan, culturally fascinating, has its own unique Catalan heritage and a perfect Mediterranean climate. A city that seduces in so many ways, Barcelona remains a hotspot among those looking to live abroad. The city ticks all the boxes for the discerning buyer. Apart from the picture postcard image, it offers easy access, internationally recognised schools, world-class health care, a community of like-minded people and safe, attractive neighbourhoods that present the buyer with a wide range of quality residential properties. All of this makes Barcelona real estate a sound investment, too. This modernist mansion provides a singular opportunity for the discerning investor and property buyer. It is a rare find, showcasing a sumptuous style and architectural excellence in one of the city’s most coveted neighbourhoods. Opulence and luxury unite in the once-in-a-lifetime offering of the peerless 1,770m² property. The allure of this masterpiece is immeasurable and irresistible. It is not only one of the largest and finest properties in Barcelona, it is one of the world’s finest city residences, a refined setting for enjoying that second-to-none lifestyle. Adorned with the finest sophisticated finishes, the property features gracious principal rooms of superb proportions and impeccable pres66

entation. Resplendent in elegant details, the stately residence showcases mosaic decorative features, marquetry parquet floors, original murals and coffered ceilings. The ambassadorial masterpiece sits on a private plot of 1,657m², complete with garden and terraces. It is equipped with a lift and there is parking for 22 vehicles. Reflecting the absolute prestige and privilege of this extraordinary residential offering, the grand family residence could also be suitable for an embassy, corporate headquarters, small boutique hotel or corporate entertaining (subject to permission). Standing majestically along a famed boulevard of beautiful modernist houses – built by the city’s tycoons at the beginning of the 20th century – the trophy property is located in one of the most exclusive areas of Barcelona. It is in close proximity to some of the most fashionable shopping areas such as Paseo de Gracia and Diagonal, as well as the best international schools. With Barcelona’s ring roads within easy access, the airport is less than 15 minutes away. The signature residence is a triumphant encapsulation of the good life, evoking the elegance and style of a bygone era. Price upon request. CONTACT

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luxury CORFU

An oasis of serenity and calm Luxury villa showcases classical elegance with timeless appeal




nce a holiday destination for aristocracy and royalty, Corfu, with its balmy climate, azure seas and beautiful scenery – along with its distinctive architectural and historical legacy – has always attracted some of Greece’s leading families. Known as Greece’s Emerald Island, Corfu is considered by many to be the country’s most beautiful island, with rolling green hills covered in pines and olive groves, majestic mountains and 217 kilometres of coastline that boasts stunning golden sand and pebbled beaches that shelve gently into turquoise, clear waters. Its lush, subtropical vegetation, superb climate and a laid-back lifestyle have made the island a popular choice for second-home buyers and a very attractive destination for retirees. Corfu is the perfect place to get away from it all, while staying within easy reach of all major European cities. The majority of those buying Corfu property are lifestyle buyers, making the resale market a strong one. Its delightful capital, Corfu Town (Kerkyra), is regarded as one of the most charming and romantic places in modern Greece. Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the 70

sophisticated little gem of a city glows with a profusion of picturesque reminders of its Venetian, French and British past. The island is a breeze to get to, with scheduled flights from Athens and Thessaloniki throughout the year, charter flights from many European cities during the summer and daily ferry service that links it to Italy and mainland Greece. Regarded as the elite residential enclave of Corfu, the picturesque Kommeno is one of the most-sought areas. Only a 20-minute drive from Corfu Town, Kommeno is an enchanting place with a backdrop of richly wooded forest and rolling hills. An oasis of tranquillity, outstanding natural beauty and an incredibly beautiful bay with several lovely beaches, it is where many wealthy Greeks have built their luxury villas. This impressive villa enjoys a privileged position on the prestigious Kommeno Peninsula. It offers breathtaking views across the sea toward Corfu Town and is located conveniently to Gouvia Marina, one of the top yacht harbours in the Mediterranean.

Constructed to the very highest standards and finished with excellent quality materials, the villa’s elegant architecture provides sundrenched tranquil spaces and eye-catching views, blending architectural luxury with natural splendour. The deluxe villa features timeless design, enduring materials and picture-perfect views. Exquisitely appointed on both levels, the villa enjoys 440m² of gorgeous living space. It features four fabulous 40m² bedrooms with ensuite marble bathrooms, a family/media room and modern 40m² kitchen with centre island and dining area. The centrepiece is the lavish octagonal 100m² living room that comes with towering ceilings, fireplace and large glass walls opening onto dazzling views of the Ionian Sea and Corfu Town. The villa is furnished in an elegant style with fine designer furniture, including Dall’Agnese and Eileen Gray. Among the spectacular amenities are marble and wood flooring, electrically operated window shutters and underfloor heating, together with air conditioning, staff quarters and laundry room.

The exclusive villa boasts multiple indoor and outdoor living and lounge areas, perfectly complementing the subtropical climate and awe-inspiring world-class vistas. Wrapped in perfumed, exotic gardens, the prestigious property is built on a large plot of 2,200m² with ample outdoor entertaining area, including large granite swimming pool, marble-tiled veranda, Iroko hardwood decking and barbecue area. The villa has an underground passage that leads from the garden to a small secluded cove, shared only by two neighbouring houses. This wonderful home affords a sophisticated lifestyle at one of Corfu’s finest residential addresses. Price: €4 million. CONTACT

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Sleek, Dramatic, Grand-scaled

The villa’s ultra-modern design makes that stunning architectural statement



s one of the most desirable areas in Spain, the Costa Maresme/Barcelona Coast will entice anyone looking for a luxury property. Among the many extraordinary properties on offer are magnificent Mediterranean-style homes, prestigious mansions on huge estate lots with dazzling sea views, contemporary seafront villas and elegant apartments on the promenade. The Maresme Coast offers a great Mediterranean lifestyle within proximity to the bustling city of Barcelona. It boasts a mild microclimate, superb infrastructure that includes regular trains to Barcelona and convenient access to motorways, top-class international schools, a renowned wine growing region and gastronomic richness. The top-rated sporting facilities include golf courses, marinas and equestrian centres. The idyllic landscape, with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and long sandy beaches, draws more people every year from all over the world, eager to buy a primary residence or second home on the Catalan Coast. This sensational ultra-modern villa is located in one of the most exclusive residential areas of Catalonia – Supermaresme in Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, approximately 25 minutes north of Barcelona. This is one of the ultimate expressions of modern luxury available today in a home that has been described as a “work of art property”, a place of masterful architecture and stunning design. Defined by magnificent openness and high ceilings, sleek lines and simple shapes, the cutting-edge architectural design creates a sculptural living space ideal for family life as 74

well as modern living. In addition to the inside/out modernist design, the home has countless breathtaking features, including walls of glass that beckon inside the breathtaking panoramas. The striking look of the villa’s exterior is matched by a luxurious interior, lending an airy, open feel to the sundrenched living spaces. Combining timeless elegance with sumptuous contemporary architecture, the grand and exceptional home boasts large-scale proportions. Encompassing 800m² of living space, the dream home features six bedrooms, multiple living rooms and a stylish gourmet kitchen with a stainless steel island. A crisp, white palette sets the stage for the dramatic centrepiece: the living area with its double-height ceiling, a sweeping staircase and gallery area. From its stunning hillside vantage point, the prestigious family villa enjoys spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and coastline. Designed for that seamless indoor-outdoor living experience, the elegant villa sits on a private plot of almost one acre, boasting a breathtaking swimming pool, pool decks, covered terraces and a private tennis court. The meticulously executed home, with captivating views, provides the perfect platform from which to access the highly desired lifestyle that is synonymous with the Mediterranean coastline. Price: €6.9 million. Modern Homes Worldwide +44 (0)20 7095 8701


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The extraordinary country home enjoys a spectacular setting, with opulent volume and sweeping sea views



osta del Maresme property, near some of Spain’s most in-demand beaches, has become highly prized by overseas investors and Spaniards in search of primary residences and holiday homes. City dwellers are attracted to the region’s coastal towns, which offer quick access to the vibrant city of Barcelona. As one of the main commuter belts, Costa del Maresme attracts buyers for its quality of life, climate, beaches, marina and golf courses. Situated on five lush and sprawling acres and with Barcelona at its doorstep, this exclusive country house is a rare offering, a place that features that sense of timeless elegance, along with privacy and panoramic views. With understated sophistication, an almost impossibly beautiful setting of awe-inspiring ocean views and seclusion, the villa is an elegant place to escape the distractions of a busy world. Majesty and drama, with breathtaking coastline and dazzling waters, make the panoramas from the villa truly exceptional. 78

The stunning private oasis radiates tranquillity, beauty and sophistication. It combines style, grace and Old World charm, with the most modern comforts and conveniences. Designed in classic Catalan architecture, inspired by the traditional country house masia, the property features all the benefits of new construction, while maintaining the rustic charm for which the region is renowned. The exterior of the spectacular country home is both majestic and imposing. The interior matches perfectly with its expansive rooms of exquisite taste and charming ambiance. Impressive in size without losing the very essence of comfortable family living, it is not only a home to be admired, but also enjoyed. The 5-bedroom residence offers 1,000m² of pure elegance and artisan touches, from the magnificent entrance hallway, to living area with fireplace, dining room and 40m² kitchenbreakfast room. There is a wine cellar with fireplace and multi-purpose room with ample

space to install a gym and swimming pool, all with direct access to the garden. The light-filled mansion employs the finest materials, with meticulous attention to detail and Old World craftsmanship, making it a showpiece of elegant classical architecture. The luxurious manor house features sophisticated architectural design elements such as curved staircases, high ceilings with wooden beams and striking arched windows. Surrounded by nature with stunning panoramic vistas of the Mediterranean Sea and vineyards, the residence offers beauty and privacy. There is an abundance of space in a serene atmosphere, highlighted by a 4,000m² landscaped garden, spacious terrace, outdoor swimming pool and paddle tennis court. There is a lovely enclosed summer kitchen with a dining area, barbecue and traditional wood-burning oven. Wonderfully located in Alella, only 15 kilometres from the centre of Barcelona and one

of the best residential areas on the Maresme Coast, the property provides country living with city convenience. Alella is a pretty town in the heart of Catalonia’s wine region, with some of the best restaurants and bodegas outside Barcelona. Overlooking the Maresme Coast, the residence is close to golf courses, equestrian centres and the yacht club. The grand-scale country house is the embodiment of grandeur, allure and elegance, and is one of the best situated luxury properties on offer along the Maresme Coast. It could be a wonderful primary or secondary residence for that special buyer in search of easy access to the city of Barcelona, the marina and the beach. Price upon request. Leading Luxury Real Estate +44 (0)20 7095 8703


Clean-lined architecture

The modern villa offers a luxurious blend of design, space and style


pain continues to attract plenty of property buyers and in 2011, foreigners invested €4,748 million in real estate in the country, an increase of 27% over the year before and the largest foreign expenditure since 2008. Costa Maresme property remains a favourite amongst discerning overseas buyers, attracted to the area’s beauty and lifestyle. The region boasts beautiful natural parks and sandy beaches along the Mediterranean coast, complemented by an idyllic landscape of small coves and picturesque villages. Equally important, the area’s proximity to Barcelona makes it a highly desirable place to live or own a second home. As a result, Costa Maresme real estate remains an excellent investment. 80

Staking a stylish claim on the coastal town Arenys de Mar, this property is a cool, contemporary villa that delivers dramatic design in a superb location. Conceived as a haven of relaxation and contemporary style, the stylish villa offers a striking, modern retreat. The villa’s clean, sleek lines embrace a minimalist interior combining functional space and inviting living areas. The stunning and modern three-floored villa features glamorous styling and spacious living. Presenting 420m² of modernity, the villa is intelligently spaced and superbly designed. It features four bedrooms, an imposing living room with towering ceiling,

family room, TV room and gorgeous kitchen with central island. The unique and contemporary architecture is based upon open, flexible and light-drenched space, high ceilings, expansive glass walls and the purity that can only be presented by natural stone, wood and other tactile materials. The newly built villa is outfitted with a Domotica intelligent home system, which puts all the comforts of living at the fingertip and the touch of a button. The sophisticated home is perfect for an indoor-outdoor lifestyle, with open floor plan, floor-to-ceiling glass and voluminous ceilings. The centrepiece of the chic outdoor space is the 80m² swimming pool, which is utterly superb and truly luxurious. Wonderfully located in one of the most exclusive and sought-after areas of the Maresme

region, the elegant villa is situated in the charming fishing village of Arenys de Mar. Enjoying a privileged location, the villa is just a few metres from the Mediterranean Sea and only two minutes from the lovely sandy beaches, marina and fishing port, with its fabulous restaurants. The residence is close to international schools and within easy access to the international airports of Barcelona and Girona. Offering luxury, high aesthetics, modern design and comfort, here is a distinctive home with the ultimate in appeal. Price: â‚Ź1.8 million. CONTACT

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One of a kind property

The magnificent estate is defined by privacy, breathtaking panoramas and classic elegance on a grand scale


oasting one of the most beautiful coastlines of the Mediterranean, the Costa Brava in the Catalonia region of Spain is often called the “Wild Coast�. Here, where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean Sea, visitors discover a vast array of breathtaking landscapes, from wide beaches of golden sand and crystal clear 82

water, to rocky promontories, and small coves highlighted by sheer cliffs topped with pine and oak forests. Beyond this stunning natural beauty, Costa Brava offers proximity to the great cities of Barcelona and Girona, medieval hilltop towns, picturesque fishing villages, world-famous restaurants and excellent

sporting opportunities that include golf, skiing and scuba diving. Listed as one of the “Best of the World 2012” by National Geographic’s Traveler Magazine, the Costa Brava is quickly becoming Spain’s must-visit destination. More and more, second-home seekers are becoming aware of the area’s many attractions: Beyond the vibrant cities, beautiful scenery and beaches, there is a rich cultural and artistic heritage, all wrapped up in a salubrious climate. Demand for luxury real estate in Costa Brava remains high and, as a result, properties hold their value well. All told, this translates into a place with an alluring lifestyle, along with

strong investment prospects. A key driver for real estate sales in the area is certainly the dramatic views, a fact that adds considerable value to properties. One of the most extraordinary properties in the entire Costa Brava is this elegant masterpiece property that is the epitome of luxury living. The ultimate world of privacy and prestige blossoms in the once-in-a-lifetime offering a peerless oceanfront estate with 500 metres of coastline and sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea. The magnificent estate is the height and breadth of refined grandeur, with its gracious Mediterranean design and unsurpassed


ocean views. Expressly designed for grand-scale indooroutdoor entertaining, the stunning estate brings together an abundance of riches that leave nothing to be desired. Grandly proportioned and finished to exceptional standards, the residence represents the perfect marriage of executive living and family functionality. The property provides 1,300m² of luxury space, featuring six bedrooms, lavish living areas, dining room, a well-appointed kitchen, office, family room, TV room, library, home cinema room, gym and superb wine cellar. Exclusive finishes and luxurious appointments unite harmoniously with a palette of neutral colours and textures to showcase the splendour of the ocean. The fine estate is comprised of a main residence and several independent country houses and guest quarters. There is a 4-car garage and, for added convenience, the opportunity exists to add a helipad on the grounds. Truly without equal, the prestigious waterfront home reigns over 2.6 acres of magnificent landscaping, with mature trees and Mediterranean plants and flowers. Surrounded by beauty and tranquillity, the stunning family home features generous outdoor living areas, including a striking swimming pool, terraces, outdoor bar, barbecue and al fresco dining and living areas. A further 7.4 acres of land – which would be ideal for a second family house or stables – may be acquired. From its spectacular cliff-top vantage point, the first-line estate offers heavenly vistas of the sea and the rugged Costa Brava coastline. Enjoying a highly desired location in one of Spain’s most exclusive residential enclaves, the elite property is near Sant Feliu de Guixols, a traditional fishing village with a pretty port and enchanting pedestrian streets. It is only a 30-minute drive from Girona’s international airport, while the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona can be reached by car within 1½ hours. Rare is the opportunity to secure such premium real estate on Costa Brava. For true waterfront living, with endless blue vistas and fresh sea breezes, the exceptional estate is one of the region’s most desirable properties on offer. Price upon request. CONTACT

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A Grand Statement in Space & Style The one of a kind, world-class estate is a property of distinction and luxury


ountry estate properties continue to be one of the fastest growing segments of Spain’s luxury real estate sector. A driving factor is that buyers feel that these properties retain their value over time, and are resilient to economic downturns and market

influences. However, a solid investment with long-term potential is not the only objective in buying high-end country estate properties in Spain. It is just as much about enjoying the glamour and prestige of owning a showpiece of craftsmanship and distinction.


The inland region of Costa Brava is one of the most serenely beautiful areas of the Spanish countryside. It is one of Spain’s richest regions, with beautiful farms, rustic village houses and imposing country mansions, fincas or masias, of which some are now for sale as holiday country homes. Wonderfully located near the medieval village of Pals, this rare and exclusive country estate beckons those in search of a private haven, a place to indulge every luxury of the Costa Brava lifestyle. Its peaceful setting, its gracious atmosphere and scenic backdrop, alongside its unquestionably exquisite amenities, are the hallmarks of the elegant and luxuriously crafted country estate. Step into a private world, created to deliver a superlative living experience with style and refinement. Offering 700m² of gorgeous living space, the magnificent, fully restored house exudes timeless elegance and grandeur. Reflecting a generous sense of space and sophistication, it features four bedrooms, stylish dining and living areas and a modern kitchen with a striking central work island, spacious wood cabinets and first-class stainless steel appliances. The master suite boasts a walk-in closet and large bathroom, with access to an impressive terrace offering exquisite views of the scenic surroundings. The walled estate has been masterfully restored by skilled craftsmen to exceptional standards throughout, mixing contemporary details with rustic features typical of a period ”masia Catalana” – including exposed beams, beautifully buffed floors, stone walls and stunning Roman stone arches. 88

Expansive windows throughout wash the property in natural light, as well as affording awe-inspiring views across the surrounding Baix Empordà countryside. The villa’s singular setting commands nearly 10 acres of grounds, featuring lovely gardens, a fabulous swimming pool and several delightful covered terraces. The entire property is further complemented by an annex, providing garage space for three cars and an apartment for staff or guests. Superbly located, the extraordinary country residence is just minutes from the perfectly preserved medieval town of Pals and from some of the prettiest bays and beaches of the Costa Brava. There are also numerous golf courses within a short drive. The estate is just 40 minutes from Girona and its international airport, and 80 minutes from Barcelona. There is a train station 20 minutes away that provides a regular service to Girona and Barcelona. The privileged geographical location of Pals, in the heart of the Costa Brava, and its proximity to some of the most beautiful medieval villages in the Baix Empordà, are just some of the attractions of the region, attractions that allow owners year-round enjoyment of their property. This is truly a luxury estate, made and staged with the best quality materials, for that discerning buyer who enjoys fine living in one of the most desired areas in the Mediterranean. Price: €3.5 million. CONTACT

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Seaside Elegance

Timeless luxury infuses a grand estate



ocated in the north-east corner of Spain, the region of Costa Brava is a jewel, with its stunning collection of magnificent beaches, pretty bays with crystal clear blue waters, quaint medieval villages and charming fishing villages. Though famed for its beaches and generous sunshine, however, the Costa Brava is about far more than sun, sea and sand. The region is a treasure trove of cultural, gastronomic and natural gems. The provincial capital, Girona, is a city that remains as current as it is legendary, boasting one of the best preserved Jewish old towns in Europe. Costa Brava is also known for excellent golf, great hiking trails and the best scuba diving in the Mediterranean. The ski slopes of the Pyrenees are close by, as is the French border, while Barcelona is only 90 minutes by car. 92

A region of astounding beauty, the Costa Brava – also known as the Rugged or Wild Coast – is a perennial favourite with overseas property investors and second-home buyers. For those searching for the perfect holiday home in an outstanding location, Costa Brava ticks all the boxes. Oozing charm and character, here is an exceptional Costa Brava property for sale in one of the most desirable areas of the Spanish coastline. The unique and luxurious estate enjoys a desirable location in Aiguablava, one of the most unspoilt, scenic and exclusive enclaves along the striking coastline. The spectacular, first-line property is wonderfully located on one of the most desirable bays in the Costa Brava, enjoying a seafront setting of lovely views and direct access to Cala Malaret.

Offering a unique combination of setting, space, views and privacy, the estate is grand and substantial, as well as warm and inviting. Created for fine living and formal entertaining, the sumptuous property offers 1,400m² of elegance. The estate is comprised of a stunning 980m² masia, a guest house, a boathouse and a private chapel. Gracious and elegant, the main residence features nine bedrooms, an impressive sitting room with fireplace and direct access to a delightful porch with fantastic sea views, a dining room, living room and a spacious kitchen. The magnificent property also features two swimming pools (one salt water) and a classic garden with ornamental ponds and children’s play area. The prestigious estate is complemented with

7½ acres of land, of which nearly one-third comes with a licence to build eight houses. The property enjoys direct beach access and multiple outdoor living areas, ideal for living and entertaining in any season. Although the property would require modernising to create that ultimate dream home, here is a prime seafront house in a highly coveted location, ideal for the discerning buyer who seeks the best in life. Price upon request. CONTACT

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Alpine Sophistication Argentière’s most luxurious boutique development ever – not just an elegant mountain home but a superb year-round investment in the Chamonix Valley




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nternationally renowned as the place where Alpine tourism began and home to the magnificent Mont Blanc - Western Europe’s highest summit at 4,810 metres Chamonix boasts a superb snow record, a season that stretches from December to May, unrivalled off-piste skiing and views to die for. Chamonix’s long-standing reputation as a premier international ski destination, it is not surprising that demand for property in the area is strong. Ski buffs and snowboard lovers looking for a second home are naturally drawn to the area because of its great high-altitude skiing and guaranteed long season. Investors are attracted by its excellent year-round rental potential. About 60,000 visitors flock daily to the Chamonix area in the winter months. The figure leaps to 100,000 per day in the summer months, highlighting the appeal of rental investment. As in most other sought-after areas of France, property prices have not suffered dramatic declines in recent years, and in fact Chamonix real estate prices continue to rise.

Chamonix Mont-Blanc is considered by many to be the most spectacular and scenic ski area in the world, and the superlatives do not stop there. Chamonix offers the world’s greatest lift-served vertical drop as well as one of the longest runs, the famous Vallée Blanche, boasting 20 kilometres of aweinspiring scenery. The area offers what is perhaps the best expert and advanced skiing in the world, on spectacular mountains rising more than 4,000 metres above the valley. There is 108 kilometres of pistes around Chamonix itself, but it is also linked to the large Mont Blanc ski area. The Mont Blanc lift pass covers eight local and 13 regional ski areas with over 200 lifts and 700 kilometres of pistes, with the majority of the ski areas being above 2,000 metres. For skiers, Chamonix really does have it all: powder fields, glacier skiing, mogul slopes and endless gentle slopes for beginners. Nowhere in the Alps does life revolve so much around the mountains as in the Chamonix Valley, which is truly a year-round playground with thriving summer and winter seasons. Mont Blanc, the “roof of Europe”, is the world’s third most visited natural area and a Mecca for climbers and mountaineers. It is also enormously popular in the summer months with paragliders, mountain bikers, hikers, white water rafters and nature lovers. There are opportunities for Nordic walking, canyoning, fishing, horse riding and sailing on Lake Geneva. In a majestic setting, between Mont Blanc and the Aiguilles Rouges, the Chamonix Golf Course has a truly exhilarating location and, with Robert Trent Jones Sr. as its designer, the 6,076-metre-long, 18-hole course is a real gem. And because the glaciers and pistes are omnipresent even in the summer, the lifts and tramways stay open for beautiful balcony walks and breathtaking views over France, Switzerland and Italy. The Aosta region of Italy is just 30 minutes away through the Mont Blanc Tunnel and less than an hour away 96

is Annecy, the “Venice of the Alps”, with its idyllic setting by the lake encircled by mountains. Another huge plus for Chamonix is the easy accessibility. Chamonix is a 75-minute drive from Geneva, its nearest international airport, to which there are dozens of daily flights from several major European and international cities. Chambéry Airport, near Aix-les-Bains, also has direct flights to Chamonix during the winter ski season. From Paris, there are trains to Geneva, Aix-les-Bains and Annecy, all of which are less than 90 minutes from Chamonix. Part of the Chamonix Mont-Blanc ski area, Argentière offers some of the most challenging skiing in the Alps. Expert skiers are drawn to Argentière’s legendary Les Grands Montets ski area, a Mecca for epic off-piste skiing and boarding. One of the most renowned alpine resorts due to its enviable location, the ski area offers an array of off-piste and glacier skiing, along with a mixture of steep red and black runs, moguls and hidden couloirs. Argentière not only offers some of the best skiing around, but also is an extremely picturesque, typical alpine village, set in some of the most breathtaking scenery of the Alps. Property in Argentière is sought-after as the destination is well-known and respected throughout the skiing and mountain-loving world. Finding high-quality new properties in any well-regarded alpine location is becoming increasingly difficult, let alone in one of the most famous locations. For those seeking optimum value from their property, this boutique development will take some beating, with its privileged location, refined décor, superb skiing at the doorstep and great investment potential. As stylish as it is exclusive, it is a luxury property comprised of only six limitededition townhouses, duplex apartments and residences offering owners mountain living without compromise. Located in the centre of the village of

Argentière, at the foot of the hills of Les Grands Montets, the new ski properties combine environmentally friendly construction methods with contemporary design and sustainable materials for modern living at its finest. Natural material such as wood and glass will be used to complement the surroundings. Encompassing 102-131m² of living space, the mountain homes feature three or four bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, fully fitted Italian kitchens, impressive areas to entertain, parking space and a cellar. The luxurious architect-designed residences boast stunning views and spacious balconies or terraces from which to enjoy the mountains and the magical scenic surroundings: Mont Blanc, Chamonix Valley and Les Grands Montets. Offering many possibilities for interior customization and layout changes, each residence

comes with premium finishes and includes an array of high-end fixtures, including underfloor heating, lovely parquet flooring, a wood stove or fireplace, elegant marble and stone finishes. Luxurious extras such as saunas may be added at extra cost. These Chamonix apartments and townhouses can be finished to bespoke standard, all according to the buyer’s personal preferences. As the ultimate mountain retreat, the ski property offers the fine art of luxury living. Prices: From €1.24 million. CONTACT

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A Year-round Alpine Wonderland Stylish and sustainable mountain living define these superb ski residences


or those looking to invest in a second home in France but are still torn between the attractions of an alpine winter ski base and an idyllic summer setting, the good news is it can all be obtained in one package. A property investment in the northern part of the French Alps sits in the heart of not only the leading ski and board resorts of Mont Blanc, Grand Massif and Portes du Soleil, but also in a

beautiful summer landscape. The allure of fresh mountain air, breathtaking views, unspoilt and diverse nature for walking, biking and climbing seems to be growing ever stronger. It is obvious why some of the highest concentrations of overseas property buyers are found here. The Alps are host to a number of summer festivals, concerts and sporting events attracting visitors year-round. 99

Consequently, demand for property is proving less seasonal in many of the world’s luxury ski resorts and summer is now almost as important as winter. Ironically, a key factor in choosing a ski property has become summer. Clearly, a year-round location maximises investors’ own use of the property. From an investment point of view, summer adds significant value both for rental income and capital growth for second-home owners. Consisting of Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoëns and Sixt Fer à Cheval, the Grand Massif area is the third largest inter-connected ski domain in France. The pistes are renowned for their good snow cover and suitability for varying levels of skiers and snowboarders, as well as excellent skiing above 2,000 metres. Its 100

two nature reserves offer endless opportunities for hiking and other outdoor activities, and its unique heritage includes world-renowned contemporary developments and authentic mountain villages. Sitting at the centre of the Grand Massif region, Flaine was meticulously designed in the 1960s by architect Marcel Breuer, a master of the Bauhaus style, widely acclaimed for his architectural creations (UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris and the Whitney Museum in New York) as well as his furniture (the Wassily chair). The artistic theme goes beyond the architecture with a key feature of the resort being its open-air sculpture museum. Works on display – owned by the Centre Pompidou in Paris – include La Tête de Femme by Pablo Picasso. Listed in the inventory of historical

monuments and architectural heritage, the modernist Flaine is the only place in the world where it is possible to admire a Picasso, a Vasarely and a Dubuffet in the same place. At 1,600 metres altitude (the lift-served area extends up to 2,500 metres), Flaine is the highest resort in the Grand Massif ski area. It is blessed with one of the best snowfalls in the Alps and long seasons. It boasts untouched nature with dazzling 360-degree views over the Massifs of Mont Blanc, Aravis, Belledonne and Jura. The skiing is extensive and varied, with trees, moguls and sunny motorways. These predominantly north- and northwestfacing runs are highly reliable and all levels of skiing enthusiast should find something to suit. The Cascades piste is the jewel in the crown, its 14-kilometre run being one of the longest in the world, with an altitude drop of 1,800 metres and wonderful scenery. Other winter activities include ice-skating and ice-driving, paragliding, snowmobiling and a lively après-ski scene, as well as a variety of activities and services for children. During the summer, Flaine is a big playground to the local fauna and offers spectacular hikes. Summer activities include walking, mountain biking, climbing, hot air ballooning, paragliding, tennis, archery, white-water rafting and canyoning. At an altitude of 1,900 metres, the nearby 18-hole Golf de Flaine-Les Carroz is one of the highest in Europe with panoramic mountain views at every hole. Flaine’s green credentials make it one of the most environmentally aware resorts in the French Alps. It is fully pedestrianised, with vehicles banished to car parks on its perimeter, and all hot water supplies are heated naturally with the aid of pumps extracting the earth’s heat. Between Geneva and Chamonix Mont-Blanc, Flaine sits in a privileged location for ski holidays thanks to its proximity to Geneva airport, the A40 and the TGV train stations (Cluses, Geneva, Annecy and Annemasse).

With the allure of the mountains right at its doorstep, this brand new development boasts incredible views over the valley and ski slopes. The ski in ski out property will feature traditional architecture, offering 151 ski apartments with stylish interiors and chic décor. The freehold property features elegantly furnished apartments equipped with all modern comforts in a warm and inviting ambience. Each alpine property comes with fully fitted kitchen, balcony, private cellar, ski locker and underground parking. Blending the charm of a mountain property with modern informality, investors have a choice of 1-to-4-bedroom apartments with 31-88m² of living space and valley or ski pistes views. Ski apartments are complemented by firstclass facilities that include a stunning indoor heated swimming pool, wellness area by Payot with sauna and Turkish bath, lobby, bar, baby club, children’s club and game room. One of the most popular ways of buying ski resort property is under the French system of leaseback, in which the buyer purchases the property freehold and leases it back to a management company for a guaranteed rental income. These year-round alpine holiday homes offer up to 4.51% rental returns, although there is a select number of residences that can be acquired as second homes without any usage restrictions. The attractive ski residences will be well designed and represent exceptional value for money, with their magical views, tasteful living areas and great location. From: €152,000 (excl. VAT). CONTACT

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A superlative statement of style and luxury Prestigious estate with panoramic landmark views



he Côte d’Azur luxury real estate market continues to attract unparallelled attention for its prestige, beauty and exclusivity. The area is seen as a blue-chip property market with strong investment and rental credentials. Apart from the area being exceedingly beautiful, chic and sophisticated,

yet steeped in tradition and culture, it has fantastic infrastructure, with Nice Airport the second largest in France. Ultimately, French Riviera luxury properties provide access to a way of life that is truly priceless. Cannes is, unsurprisingly, one of the most sought-after cities in the region by property-



buyers, alongside other coastal towns on the Côte d’Azur, including Cap d’Antibes, Villefranchesur-Mer and Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. One of the most celebrated cities of the French Riviera, Cannes is famous for its celebrities, glitzy hotels and, of course, the illustrious promenade, La Croisette, and the star-studded Cannes Film Festival. Buying Cannes property allows a rare opportunity to gain a piece of the lifestyle enjoyed in a city famed for its cachet, sophistication and glamour. Boasting not only a beautiful city location with perfect weather, lovely beaches and top-class facilities at the doorstep, a property in Cannes provides easy access to the Alps, Provence, Monaco and Italy. Events such as the International Property Market (MIPIM), the World’s Entertainment Content Market (MIPCOM), Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, TFWA World Exhibition, International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) and International Music Market (MIDEM) all make major contributions to the town’s prosperity and buzz. The town is very well connected, with its own airport catering to private jets in Mandelieu, and is only 30 minutes from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport. As such, Cannes is very accessible and within a 2-hour flight of most of Europe’s key cities such as Berlin, London, Madrid and Paris. Here is an exclusive opportunity to own a prestigious and grandly proportioned piece of Cannes real estate, unsurpassed in scope, beauty and refinement. Flawless in every respect, the singular estate achieves the pinnacle of elegance, luxury, privacy and prestige. No expense has been spared in creating an exceptional architect-designed residence where style is king and privacy is paramount. Classic grandeur prevails throughout this sumptuous showplace that lends itself to large-scale entertaining and serene living. From its hillside vantage point, the


indulgently impressive estate affords spectacular panoramic views of one the world’s iconic coastlines. With lavishly appointed interiors and distinctive architecture, the sprawling estate offers 1,822m² of pure opulence. Designed with an uncompromising approach to fine living, the elite 6-bedroom property is comprised of two elegant villas, united by an imposing courtyard. The property’s 10-car parking space houses the collection of the most avid auto aficionado. There is a possibility to build a third villa, offering 1,400m² of living space. Graced with a fine address, the luxury property is majestically situated in a place of timeless beauty and great tranquillity. Located in the hills of Cannes, the estate presides over a premier 10,000m² setting, providing a haven of seclusion. It is located only four minutes from a national park, a protected area which means no one can build in front of or at the sides of the property. As a result, the surrounding area will remain as it is – natural and unspoilt – adding tremendous value to the property. The residential masterpiece boasts multiple outdoor living and lounge areas that perfectly complement the Mediterranean climate and the breathtaking world-class vistas of Cannes, the ocean and the outer islands. The villa’s privileged position allows complete privacy and comes with 735m² of patios and terraces as well as an impressive pool. A trophy property for the connoisseur of gracious architecture and living, the distinguished estate offers prestige and exclusivity at its best. Price upon request. CONTACT

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Superlative penthouse offers iconic views of one of the world’s most exquisite coastlines



ice, on France’s spectacular Côte d’Azur, is much more than a traditional beach resort. It is a vibrant year-round city that offers everything – fascinating history, stunning scenery, elegant architecture and buzzing restaurants, along with plenty of sun and sea. In addition to the glorious coastline and Mediterranean climate, the city has a number of fine museums, an impressive opera house, chic shopping and varied nightlife. The glamorous Promenade des Anglais that runs along the seafront, the narrow streets of Vieux Nice, lined with buildings of the Belle Époque, Neo-Classical and Baroque designs, the traditional Provençal markets on Cours Saleya and the outstanding Chagall and Matisse museums all contribute to the reputation of Nice as a first-class destination. 110

Nice has always exerted a powerful attraction on foreigners. Owning a French Riviera property is a dream of those who are enticed by the lifestyle, good weather and easy accessibility. The city is served by the second largest international airport in France. This penthouse extraordinaire offers a unique opportunity to secure a world-class sky home with incomparable panoramic views. Offering 169m² of pure style, the exclusive penthouse is the epitome of luxury living and enhanced lifestyle. Blending European glamour with contemporary sophistication, the flowing interiors are timelessly finished in perfect cosmopolitan flair. Sumptuous aesthetics abound, reflecting the luxurious but understated lifestyle where complete peace and tranquillity combine

with comfort and convenience. Soft, discrete overtones pervade the accommodation that consists of three bedrooms, a modern kitchen, stylish lounge and office. The deluxe penthouse also boasts a cellar and two parking spaces and residents have access to a caretaker and pool. The prestigious residence has a fantastic indoor-outdoor flow, with walls of glass that showcase the incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea, the Baie des Ange and the city. Designed for great entertaining, it boasts sun decks that offer magnificent vistas. The voluminous 277m² terrace is fitted with a summer kitchen and high-end Jacuzzi. The urban oasis offers fine living at its best. Commanding an inspiring vantage point that captures the second-to-none panoramas from a sun-drenched terrace, the luxury penthouse

is situated in a prized enclave of Nice. Known as the Hollywood of Nice, Mont Boron is one of the most coveted areas on the French Riviera. Situated high above the port to the east of Nice, Mont Boron property enjoys dazzling views of the Mediterranean and backs onto a protected national park. For those who seek city living, unrivalled privacy and prestige, Mont Boron is the answer. The property is synonymous with affluent living, spectacular views, elite location and the ultimate opulent lifestyle. Price upon request. CONTACT

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Panoramic Splendour The gorgeous villa charms with the seductive elegance of the French Riviera


he French Riviera enjoys a place of prominence as an investment opportunity among the finest locations in the worldwide luxury property market. It not only affords an excellent quality of life, the region consistently maintains good capital growth and investment potential. The French Riviera has always been one of the most enticing destinations for the sophisticated property buyer. With its elegant lifestyle, stunning environment, rich cultural heritage and enviable year-round climate, the South of France is eternally a firm favourite. The quaint villages, award-winning beaches and glamorous cities such as Cannes and Nice continue to draw property investors from around the globe. The incredible blend of culture, heritage, modernity and quality of life make the French Riviera a piece of paradise where life is good. For those in the market for a holiday home, looking to retire abroad or simply searching for a new way of life, the French Riviera fits the bill. Halfway between Monaco and Nice, Eze is perched spectacularly on a mountaintop. The medieval village is so beautiful that visitors may be excused for thinking they have stumbled onto a Hollywood movie set. Legendary throughout the world, Eze boasts captivating panoramas of the Mediterranean in all of its impossible shades of blue. The charming village offers that winning formula of narrow, winding streets and archways that open into hidden squares, fountains and quiet courtyards. It is brimming with ivy-covered shops, galleries and fine restaurants. Views of the Côte d’Azur and the Mediterranean are mesmerising and it is soon clear to the 112

first-time visitor why Eze is such a sough-after destination for holiday homes. At the top of the pecking order, however, only a select number of luxury properties in Eze is privileged to enjoy the panoramic views that can be obtained from this villa. With awe-inspiring beauty and iconic vistas, the lovely villa sits like a jewel in the estate section of Eze where properties become only rarely available. Graced with a fine address in the heights of Eze, the Provençal-style villa is defined by its privacy, allure and timeless elegance. The glorious sea vistas and the peninsula of Cap Ferrat are showcased from outdoor decks and terraces opening from all the luxurious living levels of the light-filled, 5-bedroom residence. Encompassing 180m² of living space, the home features a lounge, dining room and kitchen opening onto a generously sized terrace. The south-facing villa is complemented by nearly an acre of gardens, terraces and multiple outdoor living areas, ideal for living and entertaining in every season. The house enjoys a lovely infinity pool, which blends seamlessly with the horizon. The generous outdoor decks offer the perfect place to relax, admire the dazzling views and marvel at the synthesis of beauty and tranquillity. Here is gracious living at its finest. Price: €1.395 million. CONTACT

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Art Deco Glamour Distinction and luxurious splendour define the elegant residences 114


he French Riviera is one of the most soughtafter areas to buy property in France. The region provides an excellent quality of life, and real estate on the Riviera consistently maintains good capital growth and investment potential. When it comes to owning a property in France, the city of Nice offers some of the best luxury real estate in the South of France. With its idyllic location on the eastern part of the Côte d’Azur, the city is famously known as La Grande Dame of the French Riviera. Steeped in culture and heritage, Nice is situated between the Alps, with some of the finest ski resorts in Europe, and the Mediterranean’s turquoise waters. As the fifth largest city in France, Nice has a lot to offer – rich history, spectacular scenery, glorious architecture, world-class art, Belle Époque beauty, fine dining and superb shopping, all set against a backdrop of blue skies and glittering waters. With more than 300 days of sun per year, Nice has always been a top destination for those seeking a perfect mix of urban and beachside lifestyles. Nice is also the second biggest tourism centre in the country, making it a magnet for secondhome buyers and property investors. Due to its mixed Italian and French influence, the city offers a matchless lifestyle to residents, a lifestyle reflected in the neighbourhoods of Quartier des Musiciens, Victor Hugo, Mont Boron and the Promenade des Anglais. The Promenade des Anglais is one of the most coveted addresses in Nice and one of the most beautiful promenades in the world. Built by the English in the 1820s, it is the epitome of the prestige of the French Riviera that has seduced aristocrats and movie stars alike. In a city that consistently attracts buyers from all over the world, this is prime real estate in Nice. Here is a unique opportunity to acquire a prestigious apartment in an elegant Art Deco

property, close to the legendary Promenade des Anglais, offering a distinguished and luxurious lifestyle. Dating back to the 1930s and regarded as one of the finest Art Deco buildings in France, the period property combines style, luxury and flair with a desirable location, just metres from the promenade. Stylish elegance and architectural refinement are evident in the high ceilings, majestic staircases and ornate Art Deco-style lifts, as well as the beautiful stained glass designed by Lassale and created by famed glass artists. Classified as a historic monument, the untouched interior decoration and expansive design make the homes a unique place to live. The authentic oak hardwood floors, installed in various ways – such as mosaic and Hungarian point parquet – and the stucco that adorns the high ceilings, evoke the grace and style of a bygone era. The renovation of the period French Riviera residences, to be completed in 2014, will be masterfully executed by expert craftsmen and specialised architects. The studios and 1- to 2-bedroom residences offer spacious living, with some apartments equipped with balconies or terraces. The deluxe apartments will come with fully fitted kitchens and bathrooms, as well as cellar space. Rich in timeless glamour and sophistication, the historic apartments represent a rare heritage property investment that will come to be known as among South of France’s finest. Price: From €330,558. CONTACT

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A truly magnificent iconic landmark property Elegance and sophistication will live forever at the historic lakefront villa estate



he beauty and romance of Italy’s Lake District beckons: deep blue water reflecting the snow-capped mountains of the Swiss and Italian Alps, along with the warm Mediterranean climate and the everblooming tropical flora of palm trees, magnolias, roses and camellias. Movie stars, European aristocracy and Swiss financiers alike have carved out hidden paradises here, making the

area one of the most popular destinations for those seeking luxury property in the Italian Lakes. The glorious and best-known of the Italian lakes – Como, Garda, Lugano and Maggiore – are beloved for some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. Lago Maggiore, second largest of the lakes, can undoubtely be considered one of the most


beautiful and picturesque corners of not just northern Italy but of all Europe. Sitting majestically between Piemonte and Lombardia, Lake Maggiore boasts extraordinary mountain, village and water scenery in conjunction with its superb climate and botanical splendour. It also offers some of the most enchanting lakeside towns in the area, including Stresa, Verbania, Ghiffa and Arona. Apart from its ubiquitous natural beauty, one of the main draws of Maggiore is its proximity to Milan. Most of the lakeside villages are within 45 minutes of Milan and there are increasing numbers of Milanese buying second homes here. Property is in high demand as the area offers outstanding beauty, excellent transport links, access to skiing and various watersports, as well as good rental potential both in summer and winter. Set on the shores of Lake Maggiore, surrounded by mountains, this prestige villa estate encapsulates all that makes the beautiful homes of the Italian Lake District famous. It is a remarkable property of truly 118

singular appeal, including a scenic setting, gracious living spaces, palatial proportions, period details and exquisite craftsmanship. From the grand design to the historical features, the stately home evokes a feeling of refinement, indulgence, elegance and wealth. Built in 1855 for an aristocratic family as a summer residence, the estate opens the doors of splendid luxury and a host of amenities to create a great living and gala entertaining environment. Boasting show-stopping Neoclassical design, the luxury villa enjoys a wonderful panoramic position on the Piedmont shore of Lake Maggiore, between Arona and Meina. Majestic and imposing, the building is accessed through an impressive gate guarded by two marble lions crouching atop the support pillars. The grandiose faรงade, a perfect example of Neoclassical style, is characterised by significant elements such as the monumental stairway, elegant columns supporting the terrace, the lunettes (containing the busts of Aristotle, Boccaccio, Dante, Petrarch

and Tasso) above the central windows, and the pediment of the façade with two reliefs supporting a medallion with the family motto. Original historic architectural features and furnishings reflect an era of gracious living. A particular feature of this prestigious lakefront villa is the elevated ceilings with historic paintings and high windows which, together with the exquisite fixtures and fittings, provide a palatial setting which is truly in a class of its own. Offering the exclusivity of this world-class estate, the property is comprised of the historic main building and four ancillary buildings. A highly refined lavish property of significant proportions, the main residence is 3,350m² of luxurious living space on two levels. The magnificent waterfront estate is wrapped in beautifully landscaped grounds offering the ultimate in privacy, together with stunning views over the tranquil waters of Lake Maggiore. The extensive park of seven acres boasts age-old trees such as cedars of

Lebanon, linden trees, beeches and an endless variety of acidophilic plants and bushes. The elite estate offers the best in waterfront living with boating from a private dock of 1,500m². The gracious period property lends itself for use as either a prestigious private residence or development into an exceptional boutique hotel, subject to permissions. Luxurious lakefront living. Gorgeous views. The ambiance of the famed Italian lifestyle. With so much on offer, it is no wonder more people are searching for real estate along the lakes. Here is an exclusive opportunity to secure what is probably the most majestic and important Neoclassical building on the Piedmont shore of Lake Maggiore. Price: €12.5 million. CONTACT

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luxury MADRID

BOLD LUXURY The elegant villa is a mix of glamour and style




roximity to quality schools in an already sought-after neighbourhood is a big draw to homebuyers, and not of least importance in areas popular with more affluent and international communities. Leading schools tend to drive home values as families are attracted to areas with good schools, creating consistent demand for properties in these areas. Madrid has an impressive number of international schools catering to British, American, German, French, Scandinavian and Irish pupils, and some of the international schools are highly acclaimed worldwide. Communities that lure expatriates are those where international schools abound, as many moving to Madrid arrive with their families. In Madrid, these neighbourhoods can be found in the western and northern parts of the city. 122

La Moraleja, a prestigious and safe neighbourhood on the northern outskirts of the city, is a favourite among expats, due to the superb selection of Madrid’s best private schools and sports clubs located in the area. There are also several shopping centres, a good range of restaurants and around 16 international schools, including King’s College, Runnymede College and International College Spain. Epitomising a lifestyle of undeniable sophistication, this deluxe residence makes a statement in elegant contemporary style at a desirable address in La Moraleja. The atmosphere is characterised by its exclusivity, glamour and timeless style, where comfort, elegance and luxury, without ostentation, are constant propositions. Grandly

proportioned, the home offers formal living and dining as well as beautiful casual living flowing to the outdoors. Floor-to-ceiling glass ushers in the abundant views and light, while the gorgeous interior is timelessly finished in perfect cosmopolitan style. Intended for full-scale entertaining as well as comfortable living, the exceptional, vast and spacious residence boasts 645m² of impeccable taste. The stunning centrepiece of the luxurious villa is the imposing 100m² living room where those awe-inspiring floorto-ceiling glass doors provide a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. One of the living and dining area’s show-stopping features is the magnificent, glass-encapsulated walk-in wine storage area – a design element of innovation and functionality.

The splendid villa features five bedrooms, a stylish kitchen, gym, office, family room, service area and garage for three cars. The superior villa was created with chic, al fresco living in mind and is appointed to provide the ultimate levels of luxury and style. Sitting on a private plot of 2,524m², the exclusive villa comes with garden, porch, a lovely pool, Jacuzzi, barbecue and chill-out area. The villa represents Madrid real estate at its finest. Price: €3.9 million. CONTACT

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Extravagance & Sophistication The magnificent villa oozes timeless elegance and exquisite, grand style.


t is all about cities. Property buyers do not invest in countries, but in cities – cities that have true global scale and offer large liquid and mature markets. A beautiful private home in a sought-after location in a major city will always attract interest. A study titled “Cities of Opportunity 2011”, carried out by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), ranks Madrid among the Top 5 cities with the greatest economic influence in the world and also among the 26 most promising, from an economic, cultural and social viewpoint. Specifically, Madrid ranks fifth in three of the main indicators: economic leverage, demographics and living conditions, and transport infrastructure and logistics. Madrid real estate continues to draw investors and expats alike, and it remains an excellent property investment as it attracts the headquarters of important national and international companies. The Spanish capital is a vibrant city known for its unique atmosphere and incomparable lifestyle. It offers excellent international schools and fantastic transport links to the rest of Europe and the world. Several multinational companies based in Madrid have their headquarters located around La Moraleja, including the impressive head office of Telefonica. La Moraleja offers some of the most exclusive properties in the Madrid region. The area has superb sport facilities, including two first-class golf courses.

Real Madrid’s training ground is just around the corner and the Valdelatas Nature Reserve borders La Moraleja on one side and offers outstanding facilities for walking and cycling. Exuding elegance and sophistication, this prestigious villa offers the chance to purchase one of the finest real estate offerings in Madrid. Located in a prized and privileged area of La Moraleja, the luxury villa offers impeccable style for statement living. Supreme style and luxury, with only the highest quality of fittings and fixtures, captures the essence of the immaculately presented family home that is ideal for entertaining both inside and out. The building dominates with its pure white lines, affording spectacular views of the golf course. Standing impressively on a private plot of 3,000m², the exceptional, vast and spacious residence boasts 700m² of refined taste. The stunning home has four bedrooms, a double reception room, lounge, modern kitchen, family room, office, wine cellar and utility room. It is a truly magnificent property for the discerning buyer who seeks the best in elegant design and desires the most privileged of locations. Price: €6.2 million. CONTACT

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Timeless Elegance Designed for effortless living and finished to absolute perfection, vistas complete the luxurious haven

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allorca properties offer not just a spectacular and desirable getaway, they provide one of the most attractive investments in today’s real estate market. Mallorca’s climate, accessibility and stunning landscapes have long made it a favourite for second-home owners. Tight planning controls and rising demand from discerning buyers have meant prices have been better maintained than those on mainland Spain. But Mallorca is far more than a Mecca for those in search of a second home. It boasts a large and expanding expatriate population of yearround residents. Most foreign residents are attracted by the 300 days of sunshine on offer, the island’s reputable international schools, quality health care, excellent infrastructure and ease of access. Mallorca has increasingly become one of Europe’s top residential locations, boasting a growing number of wealthy residents and holiday home owners. This fine home sits in northern Mallorca, one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas on the island. With a masterful blend of lovely architectural details and refined furnishings, the exceptional home is picture-perfect and move-in-ready. Created to deliver irresistible comfort and stylish lifestyle, the splendid villa provides an atmosphere of modern luxury while radiating classical ambience as well. A symbiosis of traditional and contemporary architectural styles, the villa blends sobriety and elegance with simplicity and refinement. The result is the epitome of luxury. Reflecting the island’s elegant style, the house is tastefully fashioned with the architectural principles of balance, light, space and colour 128


to evoke an aura of serenity and timeless beauty. Engaging in architecture, rich in detail and finishes of stone and glass, the home is elegant and sophisticated. Glass walls throughout the home permit natural light and offer scenic views in all directions, including the bays of Pollensa. Exquisitely designed for family living, the stylish villa offers 420m² of glamour. Each of the four bedrooms enjoys its own terrace. There is an impressive living-dining area, a sleek and modern kitchen and a double garage that holds five cars. The villa embodies the carefree, indooroutdoor lifestyle that is a hallmark of the enticing island. The house is complemented by 2,100m² of delightful gardens, along with several covered and sunny terraces, summer kitchen and multiple outdoor living areas. The stunning swimming pool and sun deck lounging area boast sweeping views of the countryside, against the backdrop of the Tramuntana Mountains and foothills that seem to cascade into the azure blue waters. Ideal for living and entertaining in any season, the centrepiece is the chic outdoor room, complete with glamorous patio furniture and dual-zone loudspeakers. The first-class villa not only offers beauty and sophistication, it is wonderfully located in the hills on the outskirts of the village of Pollensa. The village is emblematic of Mallorca, for its spectacular landscapes where the land and sea meet, and its tradition. Tranquil, unspoilt and peaceful, this is a desirable part of north Mallorca for owning a second home. Sublime luxury and privacy characterise the villa, offering island living at its finest. Price: €2.25 million. Leading Luxury Real Estate +44 (0)20 7095 8703 130


Elegant, Contemporary, Cutting-Edge




ith easy accessibility, wonderful climate year round, glorious beaches, first-rate schools, exclusive marinas, Michelin-starred restaurants and glamorous homes, Mallorca is one of the most sought-after destinations for discerning property buyers. Increasingly strict planning regulations have controlled the supply of high-end residential property, whilst demand remains strong, and 134

the island continues to be one of Europe’s most robust second-home markets. Whilst other markets in the region have been softening, Mallorca is most certainly an irresistible destination for holiday home buyers. Buyers are increasingly focussed on securing the best quality property, in the best location, with the best views as a means of protecting their property investment.

Modern architectural design, state-of-the-art sophistication and breathtaking panoramas create a standout villa This ultra-modern villa features spectacular views and ambience, combined with striking architecture. Its superior contemporary craftsmanship offers a luxurious lifestyle of the most enviable nature. The exclusive villa brings together an intelligent balance of innovation and sophistication in a 4-bedroom, family-friendly home. With its simple yet effective zoned living, the

property combines comfort and privacy with minimalist style. The modern architecture blends contemporary concrete, stone, wood and glass into a sleek home, offering liveability with an edge. Providing 380m² of pristine interiors, the villa features a stylish Bulthaup-designed kitchen, glamorous living and dining areas. With the highest in specifications, there is underfloor


heating throughout the house and the double garage is accessed by either a lift or a staircase. The sophisticated home showcases stunning design elements, such as luxurious wooden flooring by Schotten & Hansen, fabulous Italian lighting and an abundance of floor-toceiling windows to create spacious light-filled living areas. 136

The bold, sleek lines integrate beautifully with its scenic setting on a private plot of 1,080m². It boasts ample outdoor entertaining areas, including a gorgeous 39m² swimming pool, sun deck, terraces and lovely gardens. Situated in the prestigious Costa d’en Blanes, just five minutes by car to the famous yachting

harbour of Puerto Portals, the masterfully designed home enjoys panoramic sea views. One of the best private schools is just two minutes by car, whilst the city of Palma is only ten minutes away. The nearby yachting harbour offers two of the best restaurants on the island: Tristán and Flanigan. For the connoisseur of stylish living, the

luxury house has it all – chic interiors, cool exteriors and elegance at every turn. Price: €4.79 million. CONTACT Modern Homes Worldwide +44 (0)20 7095 8701



Refined Rustic Allure Seclusion, luxury and the charm of a bygone era lie at the heart of a wonderful country house


allorca is the jewel in the crown of the Spanish property market, enjoying continued broad appeal amongst some of the world’s most discerning property buyers. Its well-connected modern airport, elegant marinas and international schools mean it is as attractive to the expat community as it is to holidaymakers. The two main factors contributing to the continuous and growing popularity of Mallorca on the international real estate stage are solid returns and desirability. Considered one of most scenic islands in the Mediterranean Sea, it offers a wide range of vistas, spanning from verdant, picturesque countryside to majestic mountains and, of course, the breathtaking coastline. The island is blessed with enchanting inland villages, fantastic beaches, 26 golf courses, a sophisticated capital city and imposing mountain


ranges, including the stunningly beautiful Sierra de Tramuntana that in 2011 earned itself a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Thanks to strict planning laws applied by the local Balearic government, Mallorca has avoided the levels of speculative development seen in many other destinations, and remains very much a lifestyle destination. Buyers are also increasingly looking at acquiring country properties with plenty of land and privacy, providing a picturesque and sought-after lifestyle. Those buyers in search of the more rural and traditional side of Mallorca, with the most dramatic landscapes, often gravitate to the north of the island. The protected area of the Tramuntana Mountains has made new properties hard to find, strengthening demand for existing fincas and country houses. Combining startling natural beauty and elegant living, this stunning country house meets all criteria for those in search of total privacy and a unique place in the northeast. Here lies another world, one that is supremely private, remote and tranquil. Offering character, exclusivity and infinite charm, the splendid country property combines a graceful floor plan with elegance and space. The property, built in typical Mallorquin style with a natural stone façade, has been beautifully and thoughtfully designed with a stylish finish, using the finest of materials. Featuring 400m² of living space, the property boasts an impressive 400m² of open terraces, where one may soak up the glorious sunshine, or retreat to the covered areas for dining or simply 140

relaxing in the shade. The main residence consists of three ensuite bedrooms, each with a private terrace, as well as a stylish living-dining room and spacious kitchen. There is a guesthouse offering a large bedroom and living room. Adding to its distinctiveness, the defining features of classical architecture have been artfully blended with an informal plan to create a home that is impressive and substantial, as well as warm and inviting. Traditional features include a charming stone exterior, wooden beams and terracotta floors. Enveloped by acres of lush green natural areas and landscaped splendour, the beautiful setting and stunning panoramic views provide an idyllic place for both relaxation and entertaining. The gorgeous, rustic country house sits on more than five acres of expansive grounds, boasting magnificent mature Mediterranean gardens and sweeping views of the awe-inspiring mountains. A fabulous pool surrounded by a deck beckons for swimming, sunbathing and socialising. The property sits in a spectacular location in the peaceful rural area of Artà, a delightful historical town located against the dramatic backdrop of the rolling Serres de Llevant Mountains. It is within walking distance of restaurants and shops. Enjoy the luxurious seclusion in a place where splendour, comfort, and elegance blend perfectly. Price: €1.75 million. Leading Luxury Real Estate +44 (0)20 7095 8703



Timeless sophistication and incomparable style Elegant country house with an atmosphere that embodies the spirit of luxury, serenity and privacy


allorca real estate continues to present a solid long-term investment opportunity, as the top end of the market performs well throughout the island. Mallorca, also known as the Trophy Island, remains one of the leading choices for high-end international property buyers in the Mediterranean.

Elite property buyers the world over are taking notice of the island’s benefits – buyers intent on combining an attractive lifestyle with quality investments. Mallorca’s attraction lies in its superb yearround climate, the cosmopolitan and elegant capital city of Palma, great recreational


opportunities – particularly golf, yachting and equestrian activities – and an excellent record for safety and privacy. Its laid-back lifestyle, international schools, fine dining, ease of access from European airports and breathtaking scenery are key motivating factors amongst luxury lifestyle investors who are also looking for properties for personal use. Mallorca is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, with a stunning coastline, spectacular countryside and mountain scenery, making it a desirable location for buying a holiday home or a permanent residence. This world-class country estate embodies the allure of fine living and represents the most refined and exclusive pedigree of taste, style and distinction. Offering a serene setting of quiet sophistication and understated elegance, the luxury stone farmhouse lies in the majestic countryside in the north of Mallorca. Elegant architectural design and meticulous restoration blend with exquisite finishes to create an exceptional residence. Dating from the 14th century, the country home is large without overpowering, and maintains a strong sense of intimacy and style. The property was extended in 1790 and renovated to a superior standard in 2008. Immaculately restored, the historic property retains its classical grandeur with Old World grace and character, while offering all modern amenities. Perfect for formal entertaining and casual family living, the grandly proportioned and superbly appointed finca provides a lavish living area of 700m². It offers five ensuite bedrooms, three living rooms, a dining room, lovely kitchen and grand entrance hall. The


estate also features several outbuildings totalling 187m² and includes a pool house, gym and storage space. The spectacular home boasts sprawling grounds covering three acres, graced with extensive landscaped gardens brimming with a delightful array of Mediterranean palm trees, flowers and plants. There is also a fruit orchard and a vegetable garden. The outdoor areas are truly magnificent with covered terraces, a gorgeous swimming pool, dining area and barbecue. Offering an oasis of peace and harmony, the fine stone finca is impressively set overlooking the breathtaking scenic surroundings. Set against a backdrop of the majestic mountain landscape, the villa sits in one of the most beautiful valleys in Pollensa – Vall d’en March – an area of incomparable beauty and timeless charm. Surrounded by the Tramuntana Mountains and the Bay of Puerto Pollença, the estate is idyllically situated. The stunning country estate is conveniently located just eight kilometres from Reial Club Nàutic Port de Pollença, while the historic and charming Port de Pollença is four kilometres away. Providing a magical setting for an exceptional lifestyle, here is the ultimate in natural beauty, magnificence, refinement and serenity. Price: €4 million. Leading Luxury Real Estate +44 (0)20 7095 8703


luxury PARIS

An architectural statement New ultra-modern waterfront residences in a privileged and exceptional location, facing the Seine River




aris’ allure is as enduring as ever for international property buyers as it continues to hold the title of The Most Visited City in the World, attracting more than 15 million international visitors each year. With its robust foreign demand, elegant sophistication, cosmopolitan lifestyle and transparent tax and legal systems, Paris remains amongst the elite tier of “global cities”. European buyers were the most active in the Paris luxury homes market in 2011, according to research from Knight Frank, but buyers from Russia, the Middle East and Asia increased their presence. Prices soared by 22% last year, according to Knight Frank’s Prime Global Cities Index – the highest of any city monitored – helped by demand from international buyers keen to find a base in the magnificent city. The capital provides heritage, culture and beauty, but its added advantage is that the price of prime Parisian property still represents value compared with many other key world cities. Paris is seen as a “safe haven” in uncertain times, attracting a flow of investment from those seeking protection for their wealth. Due to the strong demand from both French and overseas investors, Paris offers attractive long-term capital growth opportunities. It is a historic city, rich in culture, majestic Haussmann architecture, magnificent avenues, fashionable boutiques, traditional cafés and outstanding restaurants, all acting as a major pull factor for buyers seeking to combine property investment with a fine lifestyle. The concentrated space means property supply is limited and new-build developments are rare in the centre of the city, and much sought-after. Demand will always exceed supply due to the absence of construction of new luxury residences in the capital. Here is the first new-build development on the River Seine in 25 years, offering a rare opportunity to invest in “old Paris” in a location that affords river views. The excellent location and the striking design make it a unique proposition for luxury Paris real estate. Located in the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine River, the new residences will be truly extraordinary. The property offers the wonderfully unique combination of waterfront living and convenient access to the fantastic restaurants, charming cafés, chic boutiques and fine culture. 148


Superbly located in the heart of Paris’ 4th arrondissement, it is a short walk from the Marais, the Bastille and the Quartier Latin. Jog along the river banks and through the Jardin des Plantes, fill up on fresh food at the Boulevard Richard Lenoir market, visit the quaint shops on Rue Saint-Antoine, moor the boat at the Port de l’Arsenal, dream of yesteryear at Notre-Dame Cathedral, enjoy the beauty of Place des Vosges, savour a meal at a Rue de la Roquette restaurant, catch a movie at the cinema or a classic opera at the Bastille. The choices are endless. The day-to-day is easy here, thanks to nearby access to public transportation and main thoroughfares, prestigious high schools and famous Latin Quarter universities. With only 73 riverfront residences, here is a limited-edition collection of condominium homes that offer the very best in city living. Combining the latest developments in eco-friendly design with strikingly modern architecture, the property presents a contemporary approach to exclusive urban living. Inspired by the adjacent water, the glamorous, ultramodern building showcases an unmistakable free-flowing style reflecting the river. The high-performance and architecturally distinctive homes will incorporate the latest environmentally friendly technology, including energyefficient heating systems, solar panels and state-of-the-art insulation. Conceived to maximise space and luminosity, the über-stylish apartments afford residents an open-air feel, coupled with sleek architecture and high comfort. Iconically designed, the many floor-toceiling windows feature stunning views of the constantly changing panoramas. 150

The elegant studios and 1-to-4-bedroom residences come with private balconies or terraces that allow the living space to be extended outdoors. The atmosphere blurs the line between inside and out and orchestrates light and shade to create a peaceful urban oasis. Each of the luxury apartments has a unique layout to ensure owners experience a bespoke living quality, whilst giving each resident their one-of-a-kind Parisian home. With this in mind, the living space of 37-130m² guarantees maximum exposure to light and many different vantage points to the spectacular views of the city. Intelligent spacing with few walls allows areas to open up into one another or be closed off, according to need. The same area can take on many different looks and uses, thanks to the optional Priva-Lite glass partitions. Opaque or transparent at the flick of a switch, the innovative dividers allow for instant layout changes. In addition to the highly sought riverside location, the property captures the natural beauty, with three lovely gardens designed by landscape architects Bassinet Turquin. The expansive gardens blend charm and Old World beauty with modern flair and elegance, showcasing glorious trees and a wide array of carefully selected aromatic plants. Offering investors an unmatched quality of life and an attractive investment, this is Paris at its best. Prices: From Є626,000. CONTACT

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The perfect amalgam of luxury, prestige, exclusivity and heritage




The historic residences combine timeless elegance with a coveted address Top-end residential real estate investments in prime locations are always a good option. In fact an investment in the very best real estate should do well to ride out the ups and downs of the markets. Shrewd investors are increasingly viewing luxurious property developments as a long-term commitment worth making. Owning a prestigious property offers not just a wonderful place to live, but also makes a wise investment that can be passed down from generation to generation. Buyers are, more and more, choosing for the long term, with world cities such as Paris providing the best places to look. Considered a safe haven, Paris is attracting global high-end buyers who appreciate its superior lifestyle offerings. The city is frequently rated as one of the most liveable in Europe, scoring high on the quality of living indicator. Paris is the capital of luxe, haute couture and gastronomy. The city is full of museums, brimming with artistic masterpieces and streets filled with some of the most iconic buildings in the world, making it one of the most culturally rich cities globally. A perennial favourite, Paris naturally attracts a cosmopolitan mix of sophisticated visitors in search of history, stunning architecture and world-renowned shopping. Synonymous with high style, Paris is also celebrated for its lovely parks and gardens, sidewalk cafÊs and grand boulevards. Although lifestyle and investment are the key drivers for luxury second-home purchases, education is of growing importance. Many wealthy families are choosing to educate their children at the world’s top schools and universities.


Few countries invest as much money into research and education as France. Paris boasts 16 institutions in the QS World University Rankings, more than any other city in the world. The nation’s two leading universities, École Normale Supérieure Paris and École Polytechnique Paris, both make the top 50, cementing their reputations as two of Europe’s and the world’s strongest institutions. Elite Parisian universities have produced some of the most important philosophers, theorists, scientists and mathematicians of the last 100 years, not to mention seminal movements in literature, film and art. 156

One of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods, Paris’ aristocratic 7th arrondissement has become a magnet for international buyers. Part of this allure comes from the architectural style of the posh boulevards and iconic monuments, and part comes from the huge concentration of power, with the Assemblée Nationale and the embassies and government ministries making it the French Westminster and Belgravia rolled into one. Located on the Rive Gauche, or Left Bank, the 7th arrondissement is set in the heart of Paris, offering the perfect mix of grand sites and a village-like atmosphere. Everything about the

7th arrondissement is exceptional; it is where style and sophistication reside. This rare property opportunity offers the benefits of an extraordinary historic setting in the heart of the 7th arrondissement, combined with the prestige and exclusivity of owning a worldclass residence. The architecturally magnificent property is synonymous with affluent living, gracious heritage, prime location and the ultimate opulent lifestyle. It is a lifestyle investment of exceptional rarity that awaits that select few. Intended for owners with international vision and incomparable taste and a deep appreciation of style and beauty, the property personi-

fies all that is glamorous and gorgeous about Paris. The spectacular landmark residences blend the refined aesthetics of the past and present to ensure classical elegance and graceful modern ease. One of the largest restorations of the past 50 years, the very high-end property project is being constructed on the former site of l’Hôpital Laënnec, a magnificent edifice built in the 17th and 18th centuries. There will be refined residential buildings, first-class offices and shops. The site also houses an exquisite chapel, dating back to Louis XIII, which is a registered Historical Monument.


The internationally famed architectural firm Valode & Pistre drew its inspiration from the surrounding Haussmann-era buildings, the spirit of these historic premises omnipresent in the design. Working under the supervision of a state architect in charge of safeguarding French architectural heritage, the buildings will reflect a contemporary, elegant and sober design composition with its integration into the historical Paris. Opulent living is assured with spacious apartments of up to four bedrooms, balconies or terraces and direct access to underground parking, setting the new benchmark for luxury city living. The residences will be designed so owners can fully enjoy the splendid views that include church steeples, historic buildings and the activity of Parisian streets. Providing a remarkable ambiance, the newly built residences blend understated elegance with supreme luxury and modern comfort. The choice of finishes is left to the discretion of buyers, who may choose between two subtle ambiances for the dĂŠcor: a classic French style or a very contemporary look. Owners will be able to choose the width of the planks of the solid wood parquet flooring, as well as the pattern and type of wood. Options for the bathrooms include white Carrara marble and a very refined colour mosaic. The deluxe apartments benefit from smart home automation. Providing a superior level of comfort, convenience, control, security and energy efficiency, everything from shutters to temperature, alarm and individual lighting in each room can be easily controlled. There are nearly four hectares of land, including several special parks and gardens that cover over one hectare. Owners enjoy the convenience of an on-site, 24/7 concierge service. Access to the site will be tightly monitored and controlled, while a videosurveillance system will be installed in the entrance halls and the underground car park, guaranteeing a high level of security. It is truly a unique development offering an enviable lifestyle, a fabulous place to live, as well as a distinguished investment for connoisseurs of fine living. Price: From â‚Ź635,000. CONTACT

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luxury PHUKET

Faultless Tropical Luxury



Fabulous villa with Zen-style elegance and priceless views


s one of the top resort destinations in SouthEast Asia, Phuket’s attraction to both property buyers and astute investors just keeps growing stronger. Property in Phuket is popular with buyers looking for both rental income and capital growth. The island’s natural beauty, tropical climate, beautiful sandy beaches, excellent infrastructure, abundant recreational facilities and a relatively low cost of living have securely placed it on the world map among the exclusive group of premium holiday destinations, coveted second-home markets and, ultimately, dream retirement communities. As the gateway to the Andaman Sea, Phuket provides access to one of the world’s most exceptional oceanic areas as well as to Pha Nga Bay, a haven of turquoise waters and stunning 162


limestone karsts. But what makes the dazzling island truly different is not only the exceptional beauty but the charm of Thailand, combined with the sophistication of Phuket. It offers the perfect island lifestyle with all the comforts and conveniences for modern living. Widely accepted as the pinnacle of the Asian resort market, the Phuket villa market has expanded since the 1990s in line with the growth in tourism. Many investors choose to 164

invest in the Phuket villa market as it offers a combination of Western luxury and an exotic tropical lifestyle. This gorgeous resort villa presents a unique opportunity to own one of the most beautiful pieces of paradise imaginable, offering an unparallelled lifestyle experience. Set between an immense deep blue sky, luxuriant green vegetation and the spectacular scenery of the Andaman Sea, the deluxe prop-

erty is a locale of peacefulness and serenity, where the jaw-dropping ocean view is the star of the show. Perched near the top of Cape Panwa on the eastern coast of Phuket, which is emerging as an exclusive enclave, the luxurious pool villa enjoys the finest 5-star facilities, amenities and services to complement breathtaking, panoramic sea views over majestic limestone islands.

In a setting of incomparable beauty, the villa, elegantly designed in a contemporary Asian style, features 345m² of indoor living space. It offers three panoramic glass-boxed bedrooms, each with private seaview balcony, a wonderful kitchen including a bar/breakfast nook with seating for four, a dining room with seating for ten and views of the ocean, and an elegant living room that offers even more sweeping vistas.


Modern and traditional at once, the interiors are cool and sophisticated, with copious quantities of wood, glass and stone, as well as handcrafted furnishings and local Asian touches. Offering a fine blend of understated elegance and contemporary convenience, every luxury has been thought of and well executed – from the stylish décor and high-tech audiovisual components to the on-site chef and in-room masseuse. Set against a backdrop of absolute beauty and tranquillity, the sophisticated home is perfect for indoor-outdoor lifestyle for a family, with open floor plan and walls of glass. It sits on a private plot of 990m². Designed for stylish island living and superb entertaining, the outdoor deck areas and the breathtaking infinity edge pool (10m x 4.5m) transforms the home into a glamorous showplace by night and über-chic living by day. The stylish pool lounge area is enhanced with a tropical waterfall and features a fully equipped bar, high-quality poolside sound system and spacious areas for relaxing or partying. Ideal for indulging in pure bliss, the oceanview sala is a perfect place for a sunset massage. Situated at an ultra-secure luxury resort within 40 acres of lush surroundings, the residence is part of what is arguably the finest private vacation hideaway on Phuket. Property owners have access to the resort’s array of amenities including fine dining, beach pool, tennis courts, gym, spa, night club and the fleet of boats. Ensuring a real sense of escapism, here is the ultimate in natural beauty, style and refinement in an elegant, yet decidedly relaxed setting. Price: THB89 million. Leading Luxury Real Estate +44 (0)20 7095 8703 166



Cool Elegance. Timeless Appeal. Modern, airy duplex residences with sleek lines and cutting-edge design With its incomparable scenic beauty and international lifestyle, Phuket is hard to beat. The island is regarded by many as the ultimate tropical paradise and as a result, demand for Phuket property continues to rise. It is the growing interest from expatriates working in Hong Kong and Singapore that has driven Phuket property sales. A key reason expats have shown such a great interest in Phuket




real estate is that the island is the leader among Southeast Asian markets in offering value as a resort destination. For those looking for a luxury holiday home or those seeking a place to retire, there is a host of reasons that make buying a property in Phuket a smart move. Phuket is Asia’s premier resort island, with amazing natural beauty that includes stunning beaches, sparkling crystal-clear blue waters and lush rainforests. The pleasant tropical climate makes Phuket an ideal environment in which to enjoy countless outdoor activities. The surrounding islands of the Andaman Sea offer a sailing and boating environment second to none. The nearby Similan Islands are recognized as one of the top scuba diving destinations in the world. Fishing, windsurfing, biking and six first-class golf courses make Phuket a sports lover’s paradise. 172

Phuket offers modern infrastructure, including excellent roads, first-class hospitals, superb marinas and world-class international schools. Investing in Phuket is like purchasing a little slice of heaven, and this luxury boutique property is a fine island retreat for those seeking an address in paradise. The ultra-modern residences are located in Cape Yamu on Phuket’s fashionable east coast and boast wonderful sea views over Sapham Bay. Set in a peaceful tropical headland that is fast becoming one of Phuket's most desirable addresses, Cape Yamu has become synonymous with privacy and exclusivity. Here is a stylish property that delivers both. Showcasing dynamic modern architecture and contemporary interiors enhanced by spectacular walls of glass and tranquil organic surrounds, the oasis delivers the ultimate indoor-outdoor

lifestyle with a touch of designer luxury. Spacious residences afford 324-345m² of Zen-inspired perfection in 3-bedroom ßberstylish duplex penthouses and apartments. With just 12 residences on offer, the opportunity to own here is limited to a select few. The elegant residences were conceptualized by award-winning architects to provide large open plan indoor areas leading to expansive terraces with private swimming pools that overlook the aqua green waters of Sapham Bay. The property provides a great sense of space, with high ceilings, deep terraces and wide sliding doors that create a desirable indoor-outdoor experience in a contemporary tropical setting. The living, dining and kitchen areas are fully integrated and blend elegantly with the generous outdoor terrace and covered

seating areas. The master bedroom is designed with sliding doors that open wide to beautiful sea views and a spacious louvrecovered terrace. Homeowners have access to gorgeous amenities such as a 20-metre pool with sun deck and two covered salas in the lush tropical gardens, plus a fully equipped fitness centre with sauna. Here is an exquisite lifestyle investment that epitomises modern island living at its finest. Price: From THB22 million. CONTACT

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Rustic Beauty A seductive, stylish country house in the heart of the Luberon’s Golden Triangle



rance remains a highly sought location for second home ownership. Its central position in Europe, enchanting beauty, favourable climate and excellent transportation links make it an ideal location for many of today’s wise investors who seek a stable, strong property market. One of the most popular holiday home regions in the South of France is Provence, a glorious region where the magic has long lured international property buyers. Provence is renowned for its scenery, artists and beautiful architecture, along with a colourful history. The Luberon is one of the most desirable areas for luxury Provençal real estate. It has long been a favourite destination for French high society and in recent years, an increasing number of discerning overseas buyers in search of nature, peace and quality of life. For many, Provence has become the preferred holiday home destination. The Luberon region is France at its finest. The area is characterised by rolling green hills, acres of vineyards and orchards, vibrant lavender fields, outstanding natural produce, old stone farmhouses and stunning hilltop villages dating back over 1,000 years. The Luberon mountain range frames the picture postcard towns and villages in a manner that creates an area of outstanding beauty and desirability. The romantic settings of the haute-villages have lured many investors interested in Luberon property. The Golden Triangle – GordesMénerbes-Bonnieux - is a highly coveted part of Luberon. These magnificent “villages perchés” (hilltop villages) exude a wealth of tradition in breathtaking surroundings. They sit in the middle of the Parc Naturel Régional du Luberon (Luberon Regional Nature Park), acknowledged as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Gordes is the flagship village of the Luberon. It is known as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (the most beautiful villages in France) 176

and it has a worldwide reputation as a centre for cultural and artistic events. It boasts exceptional views, museums, markets, winding cobblestone streets and an imposing Renaissance castle that sits as the village’s crown. Here is an opportunity to buy a dream holiday home in the Luberon. The stunning stone house enjoys a discreet sophistication, combining the peace of rural life with a perfect location near Gordes. Full of Provençal allure, the inviting home exudes comfort, finesse and style, complementing the area’s awe-inspiring natural beauty and charming tradition. Everything, from the fittings and the décor, to the living spaces indoors and out, to the fabulous pool and the mesmerising views, is of the finest quality. Offering 222m² of gorgeous living space, the home features four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a spacious kitchen. Those seeking a taste of luxury will be in awe of the remarkable living room with its modern design, large fireplace, striking, curved staircase and stone floors. Set in 1,650m² of peaceful grounds that are endowed with pleasant gardens, mature trees and attractive shrubs, the home features exposed stone walls and sun-bleached shutters that add to the charm and character of the lovely country home. Perfectly located, the Provençal property offers superb travel connections by air, road and high-speed train. For those seeking the true Provence, the country house offers an idyllic world of timeless beauty and stylish charm. Price: €1.38 million. CONTACT

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A statement in luxury family living A modern villa in an idyllic spot with dazzling panoramic views


tretching from Lisbon to Figueira da Foz, the Silver Coast is rapidly evolving into the new Portuguese property hotspot, attracting the attention of both investors and secondhome buyers. Portugal’s Silver Coast (known locally as Costa de Prata) is a gem of largely unspoilt beauty and takes its name from the effect of the sun on the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. The region enjoys an excellent climate and boasts proximity to the wonderfully historic and elegant city of Lisbon. The beautiful sweeping coastline features kilometres of exceptional, white sandy beaches, an abundance of picturesque fishing villages and laid-back charm. Inland, the rolling countryside is dotted with fragrant orchards, vineyards and olive groves. The area is well-known for its winemaking and the many vineyards give the area a Mediterranean feel. The region remains

ingly Portuguese in its cuisine, culture and pace of life, and the Portuguese government is keen to manage and control development of the coastline to preserve its natural heritage. The area is readily accessible from both Lisbon and Porto airports, with flight times of little more than two hours from most European capitals. A luxury family idyll, loved by children and parents alike, this modern villa is set in a commanding position, with breathtaking views over the Obidos Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Designed for today’s modern family, the luxurious home combines clever practicality, smart innovation and stylish clean lines for a fresh, uncluttered feel throughout. The contemporary design makes for easy family living, great entertaining and is filled with innovative ideas to make the most of a relaxed lifestyle. 179

The standout home offers 400m² of living space and features five bedrooms, a lovely living and dining room with fireplace, fabulous kitchen and indoor-outdoor gym. Designed to maximise its incomparable position, all rooms and balconies enjoy the most magnificent panoramic views of the Obidos Lagoon, surrounding hills, Atlantic Ocean and Foz do Arelho’s picturesque beaches. Stylish versatility and zoned living are the keys to providing the perfect balance between practicality and modern elegance. At the heart of the contemporary home are lifestyle-friendly features such as open-plan family and dining areas, fabulous media/entertainment rooms, a choice of intimate and convivial rooms, and the essential outdoor room for refined al fresco entertaining. Fine details include a pond filled with exotic fish, electric shutters (with sun and wind sensors), sauna and alarm. Kids will love the children’s pool, games room, 6-hole mini-golf course and the fantastic playground area with hammocks, swings, slides and wide-open spaces. Beautifully designed to maximise outdoor living, the villa oozes modern comfort, with features such as a striking infinity swimming pool with cascading water features, expansive sun terraces, built-in brick barbecue, al fresco dining terrace covered by automatic sun shade and pergola, as well as a panoramic garden with centenary olive trees and bougainvilleas. 180

The gorgeous villa is wonderfully situated on a private plot of 2,200m2 in Foz de Arelho, which is a picturesque village with several pristine, sandy beaches. Bordered on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and the other by Obidos Lagoon, Foz de Arelho is a much-loved destination for the jaded Lisbon city dweller and increasingly so for overseas second-home owners. The beach at Foz is unique because it caters to small children and families, with miles of soft white sand leading into the shallow, calm waters of the Óbidos Lagoon. The property is superbly located only 15 minutes from the medieval white-walled township of Óbidos, considered by many the prettiest town in Portugal. The important spa town of Caldas da Rainha is only ten minutes, whilst one of the best golf courses in Portugal, Praia D’El Rey, is only a 30-minute drive. A number of superb beaches are on the doorstep, and Lisbon airport can be reached in an hour. Perfect for fun-filled family living, the sophisticated property is finished to the highest standard and offers the very best of a Silver Coast luxury villa. Price: €1.8 million. CONTACT Modern Homes Worldwide +44 (0)20 7095 8701


Rustic charm, modern design A gorgeous country house combining contemporary design and historic appeal The Silver Coast of Portugal (or Costa da Prata as it is known locally) stretches for nearly 200 kilometres from the shores at Lisbon, up to the wide sandy beaches of Figueira da Foz. Regarded as the leading emerging property market in Portugal, the area continues to grow in popularity amongst international buyers. The magnificent Silver Coast has a deserved reputation for offering the “real” Portuguese experience, and the area has some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. It boasts fabulous sunny weather, a rugged coastline with dazzling beaches and charming fishing villages, as well as pretty countryside and inland villages. With worldclass golf courses such as Praia D’El Rey 182

setting the standard for some great golfing amidst the natural splendour of the Atlantic Coast, it is also the region that attracts more and more discerning golfers. The beauty of the Silver Coast is that it has undergone strict local planning policies that limit development. It benefits from a high level of tranquillity, with thousands of acres of unspoilt countryside, yet is close to Portugal’s bustling capital, Lisbon, with its international airport less than an hour away. Here is a private oasis where peace and tranquillity reign amidst pastoral environs. On over an acre of lovely grounds, the stylish country house is an elegant combination of glorious nature, understated luxury and privacy.

Blending tradition with modernity, the contemporary structure features sleek, modern design and airy, light-filled open spaces with clean, crisp lines. The original old part of the farmhouse has been beautifully restored and renovated. An ultra-modern extension has been added to offer a stunning combination of classic charm and modern glamour, which lends it an altogether unique feel. Throughout the quinta, there are many quaint touches that hearken back to its origins, including an original fireplace, reclaimed materials such as brick, stone and tiles, and a functioning period bread oven in the kitchen. Glass, stainless steel and luxury hardwood materials add an elegant contemporary touch. With 560m² of chic yet comfortable living space, the country house features four bedrooms, three lounges, one sitting/dining room, a large farmhouse kitchen and an office. Made of stone, the traditional great hall is strikingly contrasted by its modern vaulted ceiling

and “white cube”, an adjoining room offering poolside lounge living. Seamlessly integrating stylish interiors with al fresco living areas, the country villa offers a wonderful internal courtyard with pool. The sublimely peaceful, bucolic setting of the enchanting home offers an abundance of fine family living space and magical countryside ambience. The property sits in an agricultural protected area close to the Lagoon of Obidos and the wonderful beaches of Foz do Arelho. The chic country house redefines the art of luxury escapism by offering unparallelled privacy and seductive elegance. Price: €675,000. CONTACT Modern Homes Worldwide +44 (0)20 7095 8701


luxury TUSCANY

Idyllic Beauty Charming farmhouse in the beautiful Tuscan countryside immersed in vineyards and olive groves


he Tuscan landscape embodies the Italian idyll by providing the archetypal view of cypress trees and rolling hills, country homes and farmhouses nestled amongst them. As Italy’s most desirable region, it is no surprise Tuscany continues to attract international lifestyle buyers searching for that dream home. Representing one of Europe’s most established second-home markets, the majority of purchases in Tuscany are lifestyle driven, motivated by the region’s natural beauty and rich history. International buyers are looking to experience “la dolce vita” by absorbing the culture, Renaissance architecture and relaxed pace of life. 184

At the same time, enjoying the region’s exemplary food and wine is an important part for many property buyers, and interest in quality wine and olive estates for sale has been growing steadily over the last ten years. Rather than just living on the land, owners can feel they are participating in producing good wines and olive oil for their own pleasure, and recouping some of the costs of running the estate. Utterly unique and lyrically compelling, this property offers an attractive opportunity to own a wine and olive estate in an area of incomparable beauty. Situated amongst rolling Tuscan hills in the beautiful countryside near San Gimignano, the enchanting country estate

offers a panoramic, tranquil position in one of the most sought-after areas of Tuscany. The picturesque and famous hill town of San Gimignano, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Superbly situated, the lovely estate is perfectly located to explore the Chianti region and Tuscany’s most prized treasures, such as Siena, Florence, Volterra, Pisa and Arezzo. Embraced in natural splendour, the exquisite estate offers plenty of potential. The property combines a historic villa originally built in the 15th century, plus working farmland with vineyards and olive groves. Offering spectacular views, privacy and the real feeling of the Tuscan lifestyle, the stone farmhouse, which is currently divided into six apartments, is rich in charm and enchantment. It has retained many special features of the traditional Tuscan style, with stone fireplaces, chestnut beams and Florentine terracotta tiles. A haven of peace and serenity, the splendid country house features a stunning pool with sun deck.

Surrounded by 80 hectares of stupendous Tuscan green countryside; two hectares of vineyards produce the renowned Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOC, while 25 hectares of arable land with olive trees are devoted to the production of Tuscan extra virgin olive oil. The estate comes with a warehouse and a small wine cellar. The farm also comprises 53 hectares of forest. The farmhouse can be sold as an “azienda agrituristica” – a combined farm and agri-tourism holiday property for rent – or as a classic Tuscan country house for a private residence. The delightful country estate offers the optimal combination of leisure lifestyle, investment and property ownership. Price: €2.1 million. Leading Luxury Real Estate +44 (0)20 7095 8703


luxury UMBRIA

Old World Elegance Gracious palace in the heart of Spoleto, one of the most beautiful towns of central Italy


ne of Italy’s most loved regions, Umbria remains a desirable location for secondhome owners. The attractions of owning Umbrian real estate are numerous: a stable property market, central location, peace, rural simplicity, history, art and culture. As well, some of Italy’s best property values are in Umbria, where buyers can get a home comparable to one in Tuscany for up to 30% less. Famed for its jewel-like medieval hilltop towns and alluringly magical landscapes, the region 186

pulls off the incredible trick of being adored by overseas holiday homeowners while remaining remarkably unspoilt. Life here offers a wonderful quality of life and an unbeatable opportunity to unwind. Often referred to as the “Green Heart of Italy” and ”the next Tuscany”, the spellbinding charm of Umbria has been obvious for centuries. Setting the stage for the region are expansive views of sun-drenched rolling hills peppered with sunflowers, cypress trees, rows of olive



trees and vineyards, woodlands and open fields. Umbria also offers splendid lakes, nature reserves, glorious sunsets and impressive Italian architecture. Romanesque churches, Gothic cathedrals, basilicas and ancient palaces stand testament to the great artistic production that, from the 12th to the 14th centuries, gave Umbria its enduring masterpieces. They include Orvieto’s show-stopping cathedral and Assisi’s world-famous basilica. There are exhibitions, concerts and festivals that enjoy international recognition such as the Umbria Jazz Festival, Spoleto’s Festival dei 2 Mondi and the National Gallery of Umbria. Umbria is also known for its gastronomy, famed for its olive oil which is considered by many to be Italy’s finest, and the legendary wines of Orvieto. Outside of Piemonte, Umbria is the only region where truffles are found in abundance; five varieties grow wild in the woods. Nestled between Tuscany and Le Marche, the Mediterranean is less than 90 minutes to the west of the region and Rome and Florence are both within easy day-tripping distance, thanks to Umbria’s excellent road and rail connections. Of course Umbria’s charms have not gone unnoticed. Many investors looking to buy property in Umbria are drawn to its delightfully picturesque, unspoilt hilltop towns that include Orvieto, Spoleto, Todi, Perugia and Assisi. Perhaps Umbria’s most charming town, Spoleto boasts entrancing medieval streets and superb Romanesque churches. Here is a rare opportunity to acquire an imposing period residence situated in the heart of the historic centre of Spoleto, not far from the town’s photogenic Duomo. The lyrical beauty of the setting is combined

with the elegant architecture of the historic palace. Elegant and timeless, the palazzo has been returned to its former glory through meticulous restoration and features refined interiors with classic décor. There is a wealth of period detail in the high, coffered ceilings, exposed beams and classic parquet floors. Although its origin dates back to the 13th century, when the first medieval city wall was erected, it was not until the 16th century that the aristocratic Leti family came to Spoleto and transformed the edifice into their private mansion. The elegant neo-classical façades and Italian gardens are an 18th-century addition. Occupying 550m² of living space, the 12 bedrooms, all ensuite, are gracefully decorated with beautiful antiques, period paintings, chandeliers and exquisite textiles and drapes. All rooms enjoy views of Spoleto’s Sacred Mountain and Monteluco Valley. The exclusive property enjoys an enchanting 500m² formal garden of manicured shrubs, flowering plants and palm trees, offering an idyllic haven. Situated amidst bucolic serenity, the grand residence comes with magnificent views of the valley and the scenic surroundings. The unique property is an ideal spot for a boutique hotel but would also make a fantastic family home. For those looking for the good life in Umbria, at a luxurious, exclusive and historic retreat, la bella vita awaits. Price: €2.7 million. CONTACT

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luxury VIETNAM


Contemporary luxe design in an area of outstanding natural beauty Chic, stunning and awe-inspiring are just a few words to describe the resort residences



According to the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), Vietnam ranks as the fourth emerging global real estate market after Brazil, China and India. With its strong economy, rising tourist numbers, growing middle class and urban population, Vietnam’s real estate market will grow at a fast pace. No wonder global property investors are paying more attention to Vietnamese real estate than ever before. Global banking giant Citigroup has identified Vietnam as one of the eleven 3G countries that is likely to stand out in terms of high growth rate and investment attraction over the next 40 years. Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, second only to China. The country recorded an average growth rate of 7.4% in the last decade, and is targeting an economic growth rate of 8% during the next five years. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) predicts Vietnam will be among the Top 10 tourist destinations by 2016. With a number of first-class resorts and golf courses opening, Vietnam’s Central Coast has been steadily growing in stature as one of the hottest tourist spots in the country and in Southeast Asia. Da Nang, the third-largest city in Vietnam with a population of about one million, is located in the central coastal region bordering the South China Sea to the east. Offering a delightful fusion of beachy and urban vibes, it boasts some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in Southeast Asia. The beauty of central Vietnam combines spectacular vistas with amazing natural wonders, including the Hai Van Pass, Marble Mountains, Ba Na Hills, Son Tra Peninsula and Cham Island, plus many other places of interest. Within a 100-kilometre radius there are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the ancient Silk Road trading port of Hoi An, the former imperial capital Hue and the spiritual centre of the Champa civilization, My Son. Enjoying an excellent strategic location with an international airport, the opening of the new modern terminal will help put Da Nang on the global map. The new terminal will initially be able to serve 4.5 million to 5 million passengers per year, with the capacity set to increase to 6 million to 8 million by 2015. Vietnam Airlines operates a number of daily flights to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh


City, Nha Trang and other destinations in Vietnam. International flights to Da Nang operate from Singapore, Seoul, South Korea and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many property experts believe that Da Nang will one day rival the region’s most eminent coastal leisure destinations. For the secondhome and vacation home market, beach villas and high-end condominiums are currently leading the real estate demand. Here is an opportunity to invest in Vietnam’s first branded oceanfront residence resort, offering an unparallelled lifestyle and investment. Hyatt Regency Da Nang is an exclusive beachfront property, with elegant residences and a first-class resort that is transforming Vietnam’s Central Coast. Set in a magical and beautiful setting, Hyatt Regency Danang Residences features direct access to 25 kilometres of flawless beach, with the iconic Marble Mountains on the horizon. 194

The setting is hard to beat for drama and majesty and ever-changing colours. Representing the very essence of understated luxury, escapism and relaxation, all villas front onto the beach, and each condominium is endowed with sweeping views of either the ocean or the famed Marble Mountains. Sydney-based interior designer Diana Simpson tastefully captured local cultural influences in a stylish design of furniture, soft furnishings and art pieces to create a modern seaside ambiance with subtle, contemporary Asian elements. Each deluxe villa is designed to provide the ultimate in luxury living, creating an environment rich with modern comforts to complement the area’s stunning natural beauty and charming tradition. Situated in a secluded part of the resort offering maximum privacy and direct access to the beach, the 27 oceanfront villas feature three bedrooms, with approximately 300m² of enclosed space. Each villa

comes with sea views, a private garden, ranging from 450m² to 680m², private pool and outside covered lounge area. All of the residences are elevated, providing superb vantage points from which to view the dazzling sea and surrounding mountains. Addressing the demands and desires of the most discriminating holidaymaker, the condos are as purposeful as they are beautiful. Perfect for that indoor-outdoor lifestyle, with open floor plan and walls of glass, the 183 luxury condo residences feature a diverse mix of 1-to-3bedroom apartments and penthouses, ranging in size from 75m² to 224m². Hyatt Regency Da Nang is truly an indulgent escape with an impressive array of on-site facilities. There are several restaurants, a café, bar and world-class spa, in addition to a wide variety of recreational amenities such as tennis, squash and racquetball courts, fitness and children’s centres and swimming pools.

Residents also enjoy preferred access to the nearby Montgomerie Links Golf Course. Designed by 2010 European Ryder Cup captain and eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie – best known as Monty to his worldwide legion of fans – the 18-hole, links-styled golf course moves boldly over a striking landscape of wispy casuarina pines and sand dunes. Reflecting the exquisite coastal lifestyle, Hyatt Regency Da Nang Residences deliver understated elegance in fine resort living and a lifestyle investment that makes financial sense. Price: From USD199,900. CONTACT

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Glamorous Eclectic Style Own a suite in one of the best 100 hotels in the world and get a deal almost unrivalled in today’s UK property investment market


uy-to-let hotel room property investment is a hands-off asset class that should be considered for any property investor’s portfolio. Hotel room investments are attractive turn-key propositions that are fully managed by the hotel operator. Similar to buy-to-let investments, hotel investments allow the investor to purchase a room and, through the hotel operator, rent it out to paying guests. The hotel acts as the management company and oversees the process from start to finish. It is a type of property investment that attracts savvy investors not only for their returns, but because they are extremely low maintenance and require far less involvement than a traditional buy-to-let property. Rental yields can be high with the right combination of location and an effective hotel operator who ensures high occupancy levels and profitability. Unlike buy-to-let properties, investors in hotel rooms do not have to deal with bad tenants, long vacant periods and maintenance costs; all of this is taken care of by the hotel management company. As well as being tax-efficient, hassle-free investments, they offer lifestyle advantages, as many are


located in luxurious holiday locations where free personal usage by investors is often included in the investment. This opportunity offers the safety and security of an existing hotel, coupled with an established track record and a deal almost unrivalled in today’s UK property investment market. The gorgeous boutique hotel has already been operating for several years and has been voted one of “The World’s100 Best Hotels” by The Sunday Times. 198

Tucked away on the far southwest corner of the Welsh coast, the boutique hotel is a glorious haven dedicated to fine food, relaxation and pampering. Surrounded by marshland and the sea, the hotel combines the charm and character of Dylan Thomas’ homeland with a touch of modern glamour. It is the perfect get-away destination. The historic gem is housed in a unique Grade II listed building, showcasing a dazzling décor. The 21 elegant suites are individually

designed with an eclectic mix of antique furniture fused with high-tech comforts, including Bang & Olufsen media centres. The large bathrooms are equipped with REN products, while luxurious Frette linen provides indulgent pampering. Sophisticated boutique chic, the hotel boasts a hip bar and a wonderful restaurant with a lovely Mediterranean-inspired terrace. There are several on-site facilities such as a bijou spa, a charming walled kitchen garden with

full organic accreditation, Andrew Price hair salon and helipad. The stylish hotel is in the process of expanding its operations to accommodate high demand. This has created the opportunity for investors to become involved in this exciting hotel that offers guaranteed high returns. The hotel is selling its existing 21 suites and investors will be offered a 10% net guaranteed rental return which continues for 15 years post-


purchase. At that point, owners will be able to sell their property back with the 150% buy-back guarantee (ten first units only). Of course, properties may be sold at any time – and potentially for more than the 150% guarantee. There are no ongoing fees to pay and interest-free, nonstatus financing is available. The property is also SIPP compliant (Self Invested Personal Pension), which makes it possible for UK investors to plough their 200

money into commercial property as part of their pension. This is now a popular option amongst astute investors looking for tax advantages. Rental income from properties can be directed back into the SIPP free of tax. Capital gains from the sale of property is not subject to tax provided the funds are kept in the SIPP. (Under SIPP regulations, owners are not entitled to free use of the property, however).

Many buyers see merit in the buy-to-let hotel room investment concept as an investment tool as it gives them the best of both worlds. They can enjoy all of the benefits of holidaying in a superb hotel while they own a property that has potential to appreciate, and at the same time receive a guaranteed rental income that offsets the costs. The investment opportunity is attractive; the properties are even better.

Price: Fractions of 1/13 are priced at ÂŁ33,000 each; full ownership is priced at ÂŁ429,000. CONTACT

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Buy Property, Get Residency

By Liam Bailey

With many countries mired in slow growth, unemployment and austerity for what seems as though it could be an eternity, more people than ever are considering emigration, either to find better employment opportunities or a better quality of life – or both. While visa requirements and other rules and regulations often limit the options, there are a number of countries that grant automatic residency to property buyers. By buying a new home, it may be possible to kill two birds with one stone – in a very big way. Here is a guide featuring some of the best places in the world in which buying property grants automatic residency to the country.

Want to Work? We all know that there are some parts of the world where the economy is performing better than the rest of the world, where unemployment is not such a problem. There are even such places that grant residency to property buyers.

Malaysia Automatic Residency Foreigners are automatically granted residency in Malaysia when they buy a property, no clauses, no catches, plain and simple. Chance of Capital Appreciation: Excellent Malaysia has always been one of the favourite Asian property markets. During the boom it never overheated, with growth remaining steady at around 10% per year. Now, after

a short recession (about four months), it has fallen into the same trap as many Asian markets that survived the crunch unscathed and has overheated. However, the government is already acting to slow growth to bring the market to a soft landing, from where steady growth can resume. Malaysian property is therefore a safe bet for capital appreciation over long-term ownership. Few Restrictions on Foreign Ownership Because Malaysia is formerly a part of the British Empire, it has many laws left over from that time. One is a very relaxed system on foreign property purchases. Foreigners may buy any property, anywhere in Malaysia, as long as it costs more than RM500,000 (€124,500), although they are currently trying to make it RM1million (€249,000).


First Language is English Malaysia is a fantastic place to move to and work, especially for those from Englishspeaking countries or who are fluent in English. This is because English has been the first language ever since it was part of the British Empire. This also makes it easier to buy property because all contracts are in English as well. Foreigners May Obtain Financing Foreigners may easily obtain mortgages in Malaysia, both from Malaysian banks like Maybank and from international banks operating in the country, including HSBC. Relaxed Tax Regime While it is about average on things like income tax, Malaysia has a very relaxed tax regime including no annual wealth taxes, no estate duties, no gift taxes, no accumulated earnings tax, no federal (as opposed to national) income tax, no controlled foreign company legislation, no thin capitalization rules (yet) and no transfer pricing rule. After being abolished, capital gains tax was recently reinstated on property sales to curb speculation. Currently, gains from the sale of property are taxed on a sliding scale: from 10% if a property is sold in Year 1, to 0% if it is held for more than five years. Income tax for non-residents is a flat 26%, payable on Malaysian-sourced income. However, permanent residents are classed as resident, and resident individuals are taxed on chargeable income at graduated rates from 2% to 30%, after the deduction of tax relief. First-Class Healthcare Another remnant of its being a British colony is a world-class healthcare system. In fact it is so good that medical tourism is taking off. Growing Economy After one of the shortest recessions of the financial crisis, the Malaysian economy has been growing strongly since 2010. According 204

to the CIA World Factbook, Malaysian GDP rebounded from a 1.7% contraction in 2009 and grew 7.2% in 2010, then 5.2% last year. What’s more, reports indicate great growth in job opportunities for skilled foreigners as the country develops. Outside Natural Disaster Danger Zone Malaysia is outside the Pacific Ring of Fire so there is little risk of earthquakes, tornadoes and tsunamis. Cheap Property While prices have grown rapidly of late, Malaysian property prices are still low compared to many developed nations. For example, it is possible to pick up an attractive 2-storey, 4-bedroom townhouse in Bukit Bandaraya, Jalan Medang Serai or Kuala Lumpur for just 1.35m Malaysian Ringitt, which is over the foreign ownership limit, and currently converts to £274,000. Possible Drawbacks Disease, in particular tuberculosis, is epidemic. Of course, most developed nations immunise against TB in childhood, but this is certainly worth consideration. AIDS is also a big problem in Malaysia.

United Arab Emirates Automatic Residency Foreign buyers of property in United Arab Emirates are automatically granted a 3-year residency permit, which can be easily renewed. Chance of Capital Appreciation: Fair/Good As it is such a wealthy region, it is easy to say that chances for positive capital appreciation are good. However, many investors are nervous about the UAE. Currently it looks as though Dubai might be clambering back to its feet, but at the same time, the UAE is looking increasingly desperate as it constantly shifts the goalposts to keep up the appearance that authorities are control-

ling the slowdown. That said, with all that wealth and because it is such a great place to do business in, it will take some pretty spectacular crashes to stop property prices from growing over the long term. This makes it a question of whether they can learn from the mistakes of the recent past with regards to over-building, rampant speculation and, most of all, over-ambitious plans. Excellent Business Environment The United Arab Emirates is one of the best places in the world to start a business, from the favourable tax regime, to the trade tariffs and central location. Benefits of starting a business in UAE include: „„ No foreign exchange controls „„ No trade barriers or quotas „„ Competitive import duties (4% with many exemptions) „„ Competitive energy costs „„ Competitive real estate costs „„ Competitive financing costs and high levels of liquidity „„ No taxes (except for oil companies and some foreign banks). On top of that, the UAE is a liberal and very wealthy Arab state, very friendly to foreign investment and as such, the regime invites foreigners to start businesses. Foreigners May Obtain Financing Foreigners may obtain mortgages relatively easily in the UAE, not least because international banks are very active in the country. Relaxed Tax Regime United Arab Emirates has a very friendly tax regime and individuals are not taxed. Inheritance and estate taxes are, in the absence of a will, dealt with in accordance with Islamic Sharia principles. Real Property Tax: A transfer charge of 2% is levied on the transfer of the real property, with

the seller paying 0.5% and the buyer paying 1.5% on the sale value of the property. Net Wealth/Net Worth Tax: Does not exist Capital Acquisitions Tax: Does not exist. The UAE is an oil-rich country, which is why it can afford to have such a comparatively lax taxation system. Possible Drawbacks Language barriers: While the expat population is large and English fairly widely spoken, unlike Malaysia, the first language is not English, and foreigners will find it difficult to communicate at times. Emiratisation: Companies are being encouraged to hire more local residents for whitecollar jobs, and a quota system is in place for the insurance, banking and trade sectors. The number of Emiratis employed has gone up by as much as 300% in some sectors as a result of Emiratisation. Arab country, Islamic law, Islamic way of life: The legal system in Muslim countries is far different from most non-Muslim states, including jail sentences for defaulting on debt. Dress and behaviour should be modest, buying and consuming alcohol requires a licence, and living together without being married, adultery and homosexuality are all illegal.

If Work is Not a Priority St. Kitts and Nevis World-Beating Residency Program When purchasing a property in St. Kitts and Nevis for USD400,000 or more, buyers automatically qualify for residency. The program also gives home buyers visa-free travel to more than 100 countries, including the Schengen Zone (25 EU countries), Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc., as well as making it easier to gain a residency permit to Monaco, Switzerland, Andorra, the UK, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Bahamas and other Caribbean countries.



Chance of Capital Appreciation: Good St. Kitts and Nevis real estate benefits from its Caribbean location. Ever since the financial crisis, investors and buyers have been scouring the globe for safe havens in which to buy property, places that have proven resilient to global financial shocks. Because Caribbean property is at the higher end of the price scale, and mainly purchased by lifestyle buyers as opposed to investors, the lack of speculation meant it held many safe havens. St. Kitts and Nevis can be put on that list of Caribbean safe havens. Buyers pay USD500,000 and more for a property because: it is an OK property in a spectacular location, a spectacular property in a good location, or a spectacular property in a spectacular location. Either way, these properties hold their value because they are sought after and because the owners are wealthy enough to hold out for the right price, or because an even wealthier buyer makes an irrefutable offer. These properties hold value during down cycles and grow rapidly during up cycles. This gives St. Kitts and Nevis real estate a good chance of capital appreciation. No Language Barrier Like Malaysia, English is the official language of St. Kitts and Nevis. Favourable Tax Regime Homeowners under the residency program pay no capital gains tax, no gift tax, no wealth tax and no inheritance tax. On top of that, there is no personal income tax. Tropical Climate St. Kitts and Nevis are hot, tropical islands, but thankfully there are gentle breezes from the northeast trade winds. Humidity rarely goes above 70% and average temperatures hover around 75 degrees and 81 degrees year-round. Rainfall on the islands is around 54 inches per year.

Tropical Lifestyle In a place like St. Kitts and Nevis, you get to experience a tropical lifestyle. Its beaches are home to beach bars where food and drink may be ordered to enjoy under the shade of the palm trees that line the beaches. The azure blue waters of the oceans that lap these places of paradise are not only bearable, but as warm or warmer than most indoor pools. But this is also a part of the culture. Everything but the temperature is chilled on St. Kitts and Nevis – people are laid-back. This means you can be/ do the same. It is a slower pace of life and this is what many of us desire. Possible Drawbacks Little chance of working: In order to work in St. Kitts, you need a work permit and these are hard to get. You will need to find an employer who is willing to sponsor your application and prove to the labour ministry that you have a unique skill and/or there are no locals who could fill the position. Even if it can be proven that no local could fill the position, there is no guarantee that the permit will be granted. If you are granted a permit it is good for one year, and then there is equal doubt as to whether it will be renewed. Unfortunately, the residency-by-investment program does not affect the work permit application. Technically, you may not live or work on the island while the work permit is being processed, but some applicants do remain as non-working visitors. Tropical Lifestyle: According to people who have moved to St. Kitts and Nevis, you really have to love the tropical lifestyle, because apart from the beaches and the activities that go with it (diving, snorkelling, boat trips, etc.) there is not a lot else to entertain you. There is very little in the way of culture, art galleries, museums, etc. Not that St. Kitts does not have a rich history or culture – it does – it just lacks places where it is displayed. There is the National Museum, which opened in the last few years, as well as the carnival at Christmas


and the masquerade balls celebrating St. Kitts’ exotic fashions and dance. Expensive: St. Kitts and Nevis is a tax haven for millionaires from all over the world, and the tourists who visit the island are predominantly wealthy as well. As a result, some activities, bars and restaurants aimed at tourists and expats are on the expensive side, which can push up the overall cost of living. However, reports of high costs are usually associated with people living on local salaries. If you are going on an expat package, or running an international business, you will be able to live comfortably.

Bahamas Residency through Investment Buying a property costing USD500,000 or more will almost guarantee that your application for permanent residency in Bahamas will be accepted quickly, provided you can prove you are of good character, financially solvent, and say in writing that you wish to live permanently in Bahamas. Chance of Capital Appreciation: Excellent For the same reasons cited for St. Kitts, Bahamas has emerged as a property safe haven, where values hold during down cycles and grow rapidly during up cycles. But Bahamas’ property has the edge of being some of the most sought-after real estate in the world. Thus, if you buy a good property in a good area, you have an excellent chance of achieving solid capital appreciation. No Language Barrier Bahamas was also a British colony and so English is its official and first language. Favourable Tax Regime Like St. Kitts, Bahamas is also a tax haven. There is no income tax, capital gains tax, purchase or sales tax, VAT or capital transfer 208

tax in Bahamas. This applies not only to individuals, but also to all resident corporations, partnerships and trusts. Employees pay national insurance contributions, there is stamp duty on property and mortgage transactions, and a tax on real property. Refined Tropical Lifestyle Bahamas offers a tropical lifestyle to match any other Caribbean island. However, unlike St. Kitts, Nevis and many other Caribbean islands, Bahamas also offers sophistication and modern refinement. Possible Drawbacks Difficult to Work: According to expat forums, Bahamas is even worse than St. Kitts with respect to working there. What’s more, you cannot start your own business in Bahamas, but instead must partner with a Bahamian who has the majority share in the company. High Cost: Bahamas is even more expensive than St. Kitts and Nevis.

Seychelles Automatic Residency Permit to Property Buyers This is the simplest deal of its type: Quite simply anyone who buys a residential property in Seychelles is automatically granted a residency permit. The residency permit is valid for five years, after which it can be easily renewed by paying the application fee of approximately USD12,500. Chance of Capital Appreciation: Good For the same reasons as St. Kitts, Nevis and Bahamas, property in Seychelles has a good chance of capital appreciation because property is expensive and sought after. That said, the unspoilt nature of the islands leaves a lot of room to build and to increase supply, which is a controller of price growth. However, over a longer term, capital appreciation is a good bet.

Unspoilt Paradise Much of the land on the 115 islands that make up Seychelles is still unspoilt and untouched. While clean air and clear skies are big attractions to many people, others may see the great wilderness as being stuck in the middle of nowhere. Tropical Climate Temperatures in Seychelles rarely drop out of the 80s, making it very warm and humid, but residents report a near-constant breeze. As it lies in the Indian Ocean, there are some quite heavy rainstorms on the Islands, but expats report that the rain often falls on only one side at a time of a given island, at which point sunlovers simply move to the other side. Outside the Hurricane Belt Like St. Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles is outside the hurricane belt, so there is little risk of natural disaster affecting your paradise life on the islands.

Tax Regime Seychelles is not the offshore tax haven it once was, not least because buying shares and banking is no longer as anonymous as previously. However, there is no inheritance tax, no capital gains tax and no individual income tax. Also, if you have a business that is classified as non-resident and does not source its income from the islands, no taxes are payable. If income to the business is from within the islands, there is a tax of progressive rates ranging from 0-33%. Use of English While Creole is the main language spoken on the islands, English is used in the business world and in all contracts and legal proceedings. Possible Drawbacks Robinson Crusoe Syndrome: Some forums say that Seychelles is a great place to visit but you would not want to live there, because there is not enough to do.


Language Barrier: Creole is the most widely spoken language in Seychelles. As it lives from tourism, this will not be a huge problem most of the time, but when living there you will not only frequent touristic locations and could encounter a language barrier.

Mauritius Mauritius is located beside Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, so it shares the same turquoise waters, great white sandy beaches and warm, breezy climate. Like Seychelles, English is the legal language, making it easier to buy property. Stronger Country Mauritius has one of the strongest economies and is one of the most stable democracies in Africa. It also has one of the highest standards of living in Africa, with a percapita GDP of USD5,080. Various Residency Schemes Foreigners can now buy property through one of the government’s schemes: the Permanent Residence Scheme (PRS), Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS), and Scheme to Attract Professionals for Emerging Sectors (SAPES). „„ The PRS grants residency to foreigners who purchase up to 1.25 arpents (5,050m2) of residential property costing at least USD500,000. Foreigners may only purchase land at least 100 metres away from the sea. „„ Under the IRS, foreigners may purchase luxury villas of up to 1.25 arpents each. As a property owner, a residency permit is also granted, which is extended to the investor’s family. „„ SAPES is an incentive to encourage professionals to work in Mauritius and allows foreign professionals to acquire residential property.


More in the Way of Culture The main island of Mauritius is much more heavily populated than the smaller islands of Seychelles, although it still has its unspoilt areas with pristine beaches, jungles and national parks. With a bigger and denser population comes a better experience in terms of culture and a wider choice of restaurants, bars and shopping. Tax Regime Like Seychelles, there is no inheritance or capital gains tax in Mauritius. However, residents are taxed on worldwide income at a flat rate of 15%. Residents are entitled to income tax allowances that vary depending on the family circumstance of the taxpayer. Low cost of Living Unlike many destinations these days, expats report that Mauritius is a fairly cheap place to live. Possible Drawbacks: Gargantuan Work Permit Procedure: To get a work permit in Mauritius is a massive ordeal that includes blood tests for everything from HIV and hepatitis B, to urine tests for albumin and sugar, stool tests for parasites and a chest x-ray. However, it only takes a month to obtain the permit. Language Barrier: English is not the most widely spoken language, which may create some difficulties in day-to-day life. For international luxury real estate, contact the following specialists: Leading Luxury Real Estate Modern Homes Worldwide International Luxury Real Estate


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Languedoc-Roussillon takes its place among France’s most coveted real estate markets

Nice airport to build a third terminal to accommodate a surge in visitors

For years, property buyers in search of holiday homes and exceptional permanent residences in France have flocked to the regions of Provence and Côte d’Azur. Considered as the real South of France, Languedoc-Roussillon is becoming an increasingly fashionable place to live. With five airports and two TGV stations along with its fine weather, miles of beautiful coastline, charming medieval villages and culture, Languedoc is attracting those in search of a strong investment at a lower price. With Provence and Côte d’Azur property prices out of most people’s reach, many see LanguedocRoussillon property as a fine investment for the future. Also, multinational companies are moving into cities such as Montpellier and bringing with them employees. Languedoc covers that region of France from Provence to the Pyrenees, including the Mediterranean coast, marshes and saltwater lagoons, sandy beaches and wildlife that includes hundreds of species of birds. Languedoc is also renowned as one of France’s sunniest locales, and it is the largest wine producing region in the world. It produces one-third of French wine and nearly one-tenth of the world’s wine production. Properties on offer run from apartments and villas along the coast, to charming stone houses and luxury chateau residences in the interior. France’s famed leaseback program is also frequently used in the region, allowing buyers to generate an income from their purchases while also enjoying use of the property themselves. Although the Languedoc-Roussillon has become increasingly popular over the past years, it has managed to retain its original unspoilt charm. Buying a property in Languedoc will give investors a lifestyle that many people dream of.

As passenger volumes hit record highs, Nice Côte d’Azur airport has announced plans for a third terminal. With total passenger numbers nearing 10.5 million in 2011, officials hope the construction of Terminal 3, slated to begin in 2016 and be ready for opening in 2019, will reduce aircraft turnaround time to approx. 25 minutes. This would allow low-cost airlines to increase the number of flights they operate. It is expected Terminal 3 will have the capacity to handle four million passengers a year. Passenger volumes hit record highs at Nice – numbers went up by 8.5% in 2011 – and airport authorities say they expect a further 20% increase by 2016, which would bring total numbers up to 12.5 million. Nice Côte d’Azur airport – France’s second biggest - boasts 105 direct destinations and 59 scheduled airlines at present. It is the only regional airport in France to provide a daily service to New York and Dubai. Situated at the hub of the French Riviera, Nice’s second-home property market continues to attract strong interest from real estate investors, with its culture, Mediterranean climate, internationally acclaimed events, shopping and beaches. The Riviera is bucking the international trend and Nice is a top choice for holiday-makers looking for a second home in the Riviera.

Property prices in the most soughtafter locations in Barbados could rise in 2012 There has been a noticeable increase in demand for prime Barbados houses since the beginning of 2012, according to a new report from Knight Frank.


The new “Barbados Residential Insight Report” reviews the performance of the market in the past 12 months, with a close look at who is buying, where they are buying and what they are buying. Prices are reported to have fallen between 5-10% in 2011. This year, the property market seems to be picking up pace as buyers are reacting to price corrections and supply remains limited. The report predicts that prices will quickly stabilize, noting that the island’s tax-friendly regime for those of high net worth, as well as the quality of stock on offer, will help to stem the fall that began last year. In fact the report predicts that prices will begin to rise again in the most desirable districts of the island. Most buyers are said to be looking for longterm investments in lifestyle properties that they plan to use as second homes. Others are attracted by the tax regime to make Barbados their permanent home. Barbados stands out from its neighbours in the Caribbean for its modern infrastructure, excellent beaches, easy access – more than 20 international fights a day, including two from the UK – and enticing lifestyle. Purchasing second home property in Barbados has becoming increasingly popular for overseas buyers looking for the lifestyle and luxury offered in abundance with Barbados real estate.

Tourist demand will drive Phuket’s strong property market Incredible beaches, beautiful islands in the sun, reefs for snorkelling, Phuket epitomizes the ultimate tropical paradise. From a tiny fishing village, Phuket has been transformed over the past decade into a tourism powerhouse, attracting foreign travellers in search of a desirable lifestyle along with all of the 214

modern amenities. Phuket’s is also considered as a renowned yachting destination, thanks to its marinas and exotic outlying islands. Phuket International Airport saw 4.2 million passengers pass through during 2011, a staggering increase of 20% — or one million people — from the year before. Knight Frank Thailand Research concludes that there will need to be a boom in residential construction, including villas and condos, to meet the growing demand from buyers, many of whom are from other regions of Asia. There are lots of people buying weekend houses in Phuket, and who are mainly looking at the upper end of the luxury villa market. Property buyers used to come from Hong Kong and Singapore, nowadays those buyers come from all over the world. Most are Europeans expats with the needs of luxury, modernity, and first-class facilities. Phuket has become a destination of choice for those weekend house buyers. The popularity of this idyllic destination never seems to wane and the top end villa and condominium sectors are still going strong and enjoying a constant flow of new demand.

Foreign buyers see Paris as a safe property haven The most visited city in the world is seeing increased real estate buying activity from Russia, the Middle East and Asia, research from Knight Frank shows. The study indicates that while British, Italian and German buyers continue to lead the way in 2011, clients from those developing markets are now showing a high degree of interest in Paris’ real estate market, too. Buyers are increasingly looking for a safe haven from volatile stock markets, underperforming securities and low savings rates. This is in addition to the normal pursuit of that ideal lifestyle purchase that drives buyers to Paris.


Of particular interest to the international buyers are the 6th, 7th and 8th arrondissements, where most of the most exclusive neighbourhoods are located. “Wealth preservation is now a priority for buyers rather than short-term capital appreciation,” said the report, particularly when lifestyle benefits are attached. Prices were strong, with apartment rates up 14.8% year-over-year, to €8,390 per square metre by the end of 2011, according to Notaires - INSEE. Yet the price of prime real estate is still 20% to 30% less than in central London. Paris has long topped the charts among the world’s tourists, attracting more than 15 million international visitors annually – visitors wishing to take in the city’s amazing history, architecture, shopping and restaurants. Paris attracts property buyers in search of combining culture with a refined lifestyle. The city has a truly global appeal and one that shows no sign of weakening. The outlook is a positive one overall, new supply remains limited, foreign demand is robust with buyers drawn to the city’s cosmopolitan lifestyle, its heritage and transparent tax and legal systems, which together indicate that Paris is one of the world’s premier cities.

Thriving tourism and property market in the Seychelles Visitors and property buyers are attracted to the legendary beauty of the Indian Ocean archipelago of Seychelles, which consists of 115 islands, places of spectacular beauty, untouched natural areas, superb beaches, amazing marine life, and a profusion of flora and fauna including bird species found nowhere else. Located 1,600 kilometres off the coast of East Africa, Seychelles has a population of 81,000, and is outside the cyclone belt. It boasts a stable and humid equatorial climate all year long, with average maximum daily temperatures of 29C. 216

After a strong 11% increase in visitor arrivals during 2011, Seychelles is preparing for a more modest yet respectable 3% growth in 2012, according to government figures. The arrival of a number of new airlines – Transaero Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Austral, and Blue Panorama – is encouraging the tourism board to predict the industry will achieve 200,000 total visitors during the year. The government says it is working on attracting a number of new weekly flights to China as it endeavours to bring in more tourists and create an important new market. Foreign property buyers mainly come to Seychelles from South Africa, Italy, France, Russia and the UK. Apart from a paradisiacal lifestyle, some of the attractions of buying property in the Seychelles are a beneficial tax regime and generous purchasing regulations. Foreign buyers are allowed, for example to own 100% of a property and to repatriate all of their capital and profits. As well there is no wealth tax, no property tax, plus no capital gains or property tax.

Brazil overtakes the UK as the world’s sixth-largest economy Brazil has overtaken Britain and is closing in on France and Germany on the world list of economic output leaders. As the world’s next economic superpower, the South American giant saw an increase of 2.7% last year in economic output, compared to just 0.8% in the UK, and the country claimed the world’s sixthlargest economy with a total economic output valued at £1.56 trillion. The international leaders continue to be the United States, China and Japan. In the past decade, however, Brazil has fortified its position in agriculture, adding economic depth beyond its huge oil reserves off the Atlantic coast, and has seen an immense increase in foreign investment. The national minimum wage rose by 10% in 2011, domestic

tourism and domestic consumption are increasing in a robust fashion. Brazil’s property market is also performing strongly due to the domestic economy, which seems to experience very little exposure to global economic fluctuations. Indeed, Brazil is fast becoming a sound property investment choice thanks to its affordable cost of living, a salubrious climate and strong capital appreciation. On the back of strong economic growth and big demand drivers, Brazilian real estate ranks as a top choice of most global property investors in 2012.

Malta emerges as a property hotspot The tiny island nation of Malta now stands above most of its Mediterranean neighbours as a bright light in the world of economics, having bucked the recessionary illness that has swept from Spain in the west to Greece in the east. Following a short and shallow recession, Malta chalked up a 2.7% GDP growth rate in 2011, which was driven largely by manufacturing exports and tourism. Meanwhile, the Maltese banks emerged nearly unscathed in the international banking crises and did not seek any direct financial backing from the government. In fact on a recent list of 142 nations mentioned in the World Economic Forum’s “Global Competitiveness Report”, Malta’s banking system was listed as the 12th soundest. Although Malta is the smallest member state of the EU in terms of both size and population, most sectors of the island’s economy are performing exceptionally well during a time of doom and gloom among other Mediterranean countries. While construction was somewhat down, real estate grew in the past 18 months as investors sought out quality properties.

The country enjoys one of the world’s finest climates, along with good educational institutions and health care. Add to that the widespread use of English and Malta has the perfect formula for making progress in these troubled times. Bloomberg Markets Magazine adds: “Malta is also attracting a wave of hedge-fund executives lured by an appealing tax structure, a highly educated and relatively inexpensive professional workforce and a coveted and very highly regulated address inside the European Union.” By the end of 2011, there were more than 500 funds with €8 billion under management in Malta, compared with 165 funds with less than €5 billion Euros under management in 2006, according to the Malta Financial Services Authority. Ryanair will introduce new routes to Malta this year with planned flights from Bournemouth, Kaunas, London Stansted, Malmö, Oslo Rygge, Turin and Wroclaw. Such new links are expected to boost traffic to Malta to more than 1 million a year. The growth of low-cost flights to Malta has been a major factor in boosting both tourism and sales of properties to overseas buyers from the UK and across Europe. Property prices also remain competitive compared to rival holiday homes destinations, such as Cyprus and Portugal. The popular island is now well-placed for property investment from overseas investors in search of a country with stability, a growing economy, good residency conditions and the ability to earn capital growth and repatriate funds easily. Feature provided by Leading Luxury Real Estate


Food & Travel around the world

Explore epicurean inspirations; from hidden gems to perennial classics, from simple delights to refined pleasures. The Great Address shares some of their food and travel discoveries to be included on your must-to-do list. Join us on a journey from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Wexford in Ireland. Explore and Enjoy!

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NOVELTY HILL JANUIK Washington State, USA Striking ultra-cool contemporary architecture makes Novelty Hill Januik a destination winery in the Columbia Valley region of Washington State. The modernist minimalism is breathtaking, set among the surrounding gardens 218


that celebrate wine’s agrarian roots and the artistry of fine winemaking. Novelty Hill Januik is actually two independent wineries – Novelty Hill and Januik Winery, both hand-crafted by award-winning winemaker Mike Januik. The design adds a new spin to the winemaking lifestyle with the addition of a bocce ball court, modern garden with water

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features, indoor and outdoor fireplaces on the patio and several terraces. Inside is a tasting room, demonstration kitchen, private event venues and production facility. The Tree House overlooks the wetlands, has a drop-down screen and large plasma TV. A 5-metre table made from salvaged Douglas fir seats 16. The Cellar Room is dominated by a 7-metre table made from salvaged western red cedar, with wine cases, barrels and glass doors framed in cherry wood. A maple counter fronts a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen where the chef oversees cooking classes, wine dinners, private functions, wine appreciation seminars and the tasting room menu. The masterful use of a few simple materials, primarily concrete, steel, glass and wood, blend the building’s interior space to showcase the wine with the site’s landscape, inviting the outside “in”. Wine appreciation classes, food and wine seminars and events along with winemaker dinners allow guests to explore the art and science of winemaking. Visitors may also stroll through stunning minimalist gardens inspired by the vineyard’s geometry. Survey the fermentation and barrel aging rooms from an expansive corridor that overlooks the cellar or take time to linger over a glass of wine by the fire. Delicious thin-crust gourmet brick oven-fired pizza, served on weekends, is not to be missed. Novelty Hill Januik is an extraordinary winery that celebrates winemaking while remaining true to the land on which it depends.

MESSA Tel Aviv, Israel A must for any food lover, the haute cuisine restaurant comes with an impeccable gourmet menu, glitzy setting and very beautiful people. It boasts a beautifully designed interior. The glamorous white-on-white dining hall is simply breathtaking. Lined with white upholstered armchairs, it showcases polished white marble floors, drapes and a long white communal table with a burl-wood top that runs down the centre of the dining room. Novelty Hill Januik


Even the toilets are exceptionally designed with black stone and dramatic lighting. The food’s creativity and innovation are courtesy Aviv Moshe, who makes every meal a culinary treat. Aviv defines the restaurant’s cuisine as thrilling, far from simple and with a subtext of Mother’s kitchen. The menu is based on Provençal cooking techniques. Locally sourced materials are used extensively, creating different textures and a captivating complexity of flavours, while maintaining the integrity of each ingredient. Check out the calamari served with lemon cream, eel and goose liver for an appetizer. Main-course hits include caramelized salmon served with coconut mousse, gnocchi, wild mushrooms and zucchini. The seafood couscous in crab and lemon thyme broth is delicious. Finish with coffee in the stunning jet-black bar where the oversized lampshades seem suspended in the darkness. The restaurant is a favourite of the prime minister, as well as celebrities and visiting VIPs.

Elements of the original structure, such as the exposed brick, vaulted timber ceilings and old-fashioned staircases, remain intact. Some refurbished factory equipment serves as interior decoration. Guestrooms are shown off with special lighting and fitted with ultra-modern, all-glass bathrooms, plus original art, magnificent sandstone walls and allusions to the building’s past. The property consists of a row of historic warehouses and the old IXL jam factory that have been restored to house this very cool, contemporary hotel and art space.

The hip IXL Long bar is the perfect spot for that nightcap.

THE HENRY JONES ART HOTEL Hobart, Australia Henry Jones was a late-19th-century jam magnate. Now he is immortalized in Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, situated on Hobart’s historic waterfront with views of the city and Mount Wellington. It is a triumph of innovative design, with unexpected combinations of heavy industrial objects, antiques, contemporary art, photography and furniture. There are over 300 original pieces of art on display, making the Henry Jones a showcase of Tasmania’s finest artists. This is a unique location that merges art and modernity with Hobart’s unique trading history. 222

There is the Peacock Terrace Suite, built around the old private residence of Henry Jones. It includes his living room, complete with uneven floorboards, and the heritagelisted staircase, with the added decadence of an overflowing Kohler SOK bath. For the true connoisseur, there is the Art Installation Suite, a mini-museum of sorts, large enough to host a dinner party, with a balcony that overlooks the sparking glass atrium.

THE GALLERY CAFÉ Colombo, Sri Lanka The chic café-bar-restaurant combines the spirit of modernity, fusion, tradition, style and elegance. Often crowded with the who’s who of Colombo’s jet-setter and expat communities, it is situated within the former office of Sri Lanka’s renowned architect, Geoffrey Bawa. His old workbench is now a table in the lounge area. The café is owned by Shanth Fernando, the man known as the Terence Conran of Asia. There is also a design shop and an adjoining art gallery that exhibits contemporary artists.

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A striking pond bubbles with black catfish at the gallery entrance. Proceed to the bar area, which has weathered, low-slung cowhide chairs, tiled floors and a stainless steel counter where a Nehru-collared barman mixes a head-spinning selection of cocktails. The carefully selected music, the table décor, handmade cutlery on black tablemats and saffron walls create a stylish ambiance. The outdoor dining area feels like a secret garden, with mossy walls and cast-iron chairs. 224

The restaurant offers an international fusion menu, with many touches from Sri Lanka’s cuisine. Save space for desert as the restaurant serves some of Colombo’s sweetest. The lovely cakes on offer include a double chocolate cheesecake, lemon meringue pie and the Paradise Road chocolate cake. There is also a boutique, offering spectacular shopping. Choose from an endless selection of artefacts of Sri Lankan style – metals, pottery, housewares, local

International House Hotel

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crafts, home dĂŠcor pieces, elegant shawls and unique glassware.

DUNBRODY COUNTRY HOUSE Wexford, Ireland The former ancestral home of the Chichester family is now an epicurean retreat, a place of absolute indulgence, coupled with a tradition of gracious, attentive service.

The captivating Georgian manor is set in 300 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland on the scenic Hook Peninsula. From the grounds, views over the Barrow Estuary are grand. Decorated with original 1830s Irish oak floors, pitched pine window shutters, high ceilings, twinkling chandeliers and crackling log fires in period fireplaces. Rooms on the higher floors have exposed beams and balconies, while those on the first floor have 3.7-metre ceilings and fireplaces.


Celebrity TV chef Kevin Dundon is one of the owners, so not unexpectedly, dining is a big deal at Dunbrody Country House. They offer a seasonal menu of contemporary Irish cuisine, with some classical European dishes. The stunning dishes in the Harvest Room look like art on a canvas. Champagne breakfast is served until noon and is a truly luxurious and decadent experience not to be missed. The restaurant boasts a world-renowned cookery school, catering to all levels of cooks, from budding enthusiasts to the experienced gourmet. Here, participants watch and learn as organic ingredients are transformed into culinary masterpieces. The renowned spa is intimate, yet lavishly luxurious. The treatment area is a serene haven, complete with Asian-styled serail steam and mud room. Guests may treat themselves with delicious delicacies designed to be enjoyed between treatments: think strawberries and tarragon chilled soups, champagne and lavender sorbets, citrus salad with toasted pine nuts and exotic iced fruit. In winter, consider the chocolate fondues.

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE HOTEL New Orleans, USA Just two blocks from the French Quarter in the historic Central Business District, the hotel exemplifies the best of New Orleans’ cool colonial grandeur. Housed in a stunning Beaux Arts bank building, it blends that old Southern style with an avant-garde twist and decadent glamour. There is a special vibe that is apparent from the moment one steps in to the grand and elegant high-ceilinged, colonnaded lobby, stunning with its hand-made chandeliers. 226

Paying homage to New Orleans, inside the guest rooms hang dramatic black-and-white photos of local musicians such as Louis Armstrong and Wynton Marsalis and the shelves are stocked with books about the city. The L.A.-based designer to the stars, L.M. Pagano, whose clients include Johnny Depp and Nicolas Cage, is the genius behind the pair of sumptuous penthouse suites. They are highlighted by hardwood flooring, bespoke headboards, spa-like marble-bedecked bathrooms with cube tubs and twinkling chandeliers. From the Muse’s private terrace, visitors may take in the sweeping panoramas of the French Quarter and the Mississippi River. Mineral soap dishes are custom-made by local glass artist Mitchell Gaudet. The guest towels are custom-woven for International House. The enticing restaurant, Rambla, is Basqueinfluenced and run by acclaimed restaurateur Kenneth LaCour. Savoury small plates of smoked cornmeal-encrusted Louisiana oysters, pork meatballs and steak frites with chimichurri and romesco sauces delight the senses. The hotel’s bar, Loa, is one of the city’s most celebrated. Its sultry voodoo atmosphere is accentuated by a candlelit setting, along with red and gold brocaded chairs and banquettes. Mixologist Alan Walters draws inspiration from the seasons when crafting his inventive cocktail menu. The hotel maintains the local tradition of altar-making, to celebrate religious and voodoo holy days. The altars, topped with candles, religious figurines and palm fronds, are created by chefs and local artisans and displayed in the lobby. The boutique property draws an A-list of stars and celebrities, including Uma Thurman, Courtney Love, Bruce Willis, Anthony Bourdain, Gwen Stefani, Matthew McConaughay and Kevin Bacon.

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ESTALAGEM DA PONTA DO SOL Madeira, Portugal High on a cliff overlooking the south coast of the island of Madeira, the ultra-cool lifestyle hotel is part modernist, part traditional quinta and an entirely excellent example of how architecture and nature can be seamlessly merged. It is hip, minimalist, modern and utterly magical. Once a farmhouse, the property has been masterfully expanded while being totally transformed from its previous existence. Smooth black slate floors, sleek geometric whitewashed walls and modernist furniture create the perfect accompaniment to the stunning backdrop of endless azure water and sky. This is a spectacular location, with breathless views from the cliff-top setting above the unspoilt village of Ponta do Sol and just a 25-minute drive from the island’s capital of Funchal. Without detracting from the sea’s beauty, bedrooms have been done in black and white, with minimalist furnishings in light wood. Classic blackand-white photographs adorn the walls to further emphasise the monochrome look that contrasts brilliantly against the never-ending and impossibly blue sea. Each bedroom boasts a balcony that offers dramatic views of the ocean and cliffs, or the banana plantations and the village below. The box-like shape of the restaurant sits atop its own perch in a manner that raises the level of originality further. There is no superfluous décor that detract from the stunning view. Even the sterling silver cutlery and 228

table accessories are placed on bare white linens. Clearly, the star of this hotel is the view, seen through floorto-ceiling windows. Striking and dramatic, the infinity pool hangs over the cliffs. The terrace hosts musicians and DJs during summer weekends. Taking a chromotherapy bath in the spa with a full view of the sunset over the Atlantic is not to be missed.

POUSADA PICINGUABA Ubatuba, Brazil Perched on a hill high above a tiny fishing village on Brazil’s Atlantic coast, the chic pousada boasts a picturepostcard setting in an enchanting location, an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage-protected Natural Park of Serra do Mar. The hotel is set in a pristine bay surrounded by the mountainous jungle, overlooking the beautiful bay of Picinguaba. It is a hip retreat for adventure seekers, a place of seclusion and rustic charm that fuses Portuguese colonial architecture with Brazilian folk art. Enjoy the white-washed rooms, decorated in a simple rustic style. Most come with a private balcony with hammock perfectly positioned for gazing out to sea and spotting hummingbirds in the garden. Bathrooms feature natural Ekos Line toiletries from the Amazon. Wander down to deserted white sand beaches, go trekking in the lush rainforest or just lounge by the spring-water pool. Fresh Brazilian cuisine is served at candlelit tables overlooking the bay.

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Savour the flavours of fresh seafood, caught daily by local fishermen, and organic products from the hotel’s own farm, Fazenda Catuçaba. Guests are pampered by attentive staff, overseen by the hotel’s friendly manager. Do not miss renting one of the schooners that bob majestically in the bay, and take a tour through a handful of small and mostly uninhabited islands. Paraty, a UNESCO-protected colonial town, is a 30-minute drive away and one of the region’s many highlights. The region around Picinguaba is one of the most beautiful, well-preserved and least-known parts of the Brazilian coast, an area of extraordinarily rich natural environment combining beaches, forests and mountains.


Stockholm, Sweden The Michelin-starred restaurant is housed in the legendary Grand Hotel Stockholm, which was built in 1874 and is a stunning grand dame that defies time. Run by Swedish celebrity chef Mathias Dahlgren, it offers two different dining experiences, which complement one another through the concept of Matsalen (dining room) and Matbaren (food bar). Dahlgren is known for his organic and natural approach, which he couples with themes drawn from memories of his childhood. He has won the Swedish Chef of the Year award seven times and is the only Swedish chef to have been awarded the international Bocuse d’Or. The restaurant’s elegant design is the work of leading British designer Ilse Crawford and features a gentle palette of warm neutral colours. Diners are presented with electronic menus on individual iPads. The menu is evocative, inventive, playful and original. The 8-course tasting menu is as divine as it is sinful. The Gallery Café



Insider’s Guide

San Francisco

Claudia Juestel It comes as no surprise that San Francisco has several times been voted one of the best cities in the US to live in but the irresistible city is also a superb destination to visit. If you like gorgeous surroundings, shopping, arts, architecture and great food, San Francisco is for you. We asked Claudia Juestel, founder of San Francisco based Adeeni Design Group, to share some of her favourites.


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St. Regis Hotel

Where to stay Best Value Hotel Rex Perfectly situated within a couple of blocks of Union Square, this literary-inspired hotel was designed by Candra Scott & Anderson as an homage to poet Kenneth Rexroth. The hotel is popular with writers and artists who enjoy lingering in the dark and seductive lobby lounge, reminiscent of the literary salons of the ’20s and ’30s, and filled with antiquarian books and original art. Rooms may be small, but they are charming, rich with colour and masculine vintage-inspired furnishings. They offer all that is needed for a comfortable downtown stay. Among the amenities are complimentary Wi-Fi, wine hour and morning coffee, as well as room service, a computer station, valet parking and 234

concierge services. No need to leave the pooch at home, Hotel Rex accepts pets at no charge. 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Best Luxury St. Regis Hotel Centrally located in downtown’s Yerba Buena area, this 260-room, 5-star hotel houses its own art museum and Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), and is within walking distance of top museums, theatres, some of the city’s best restaurants and the popular Union Square shopping district. The interiors are contemporary and masculine. The lobby bar and Ame Restaurant are always perfect places for people watching. A stay at the St. Regis comes with amazing city views and special amenities, such as Pratesi linens and a

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Mavelous Coffee & Wine Bar

deep soaking tub that faces a flat-screen TV. Suites include 24-hour butler service. 125 3rd Street, San Francisco, California 94103

Where to eat Best Brunch Zuni Café San Francisco is known for its culinary scene, boasting many of the best restaurants in the country. Great new establishments open almost monthly, and it is hard for locals to keep up with the 4,000-plus choices. A few places have endured over time, and Zuni Café is one of them. I have eaten there since I first moved to San Francisco over two decades ago. Opened in 1979, it has drawn three

generations of regulars with its simple but inviting atmosphere, great selection of wine and spirits, and consistently delicious food that takes inspiration from traditional regional French and Italian cuisines. The made-to-order whole roasted chicken, prepared in a woodfired brick oven and served with warm Tuscanstyle bread salad, is legendary. The Zuni Café cookbook may be found on the bookshelves of professional and amateur chefs alike. 1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Best Splurge-worthy Dinner Atelier Crenn Conceived by Iron Chef-winner Dominique Crenn, the Michelin Star restaurant aims to create “poetic culinaria,” with modernist garden-centric cuisine that is served in a


minimalist setting, accented by the chef’s own poetry and her adoptive father’s artwork. The dishes are globally infused with ingredients that place a strong emphasis on local Bay Area sources and artfully presented as visual compositions. Dining options include an 11-course Chef’s Tasting Menu, a four-course Prix Fixe Menu and a Vegetable Tasting Menu, all with optional wine pairings. This is a restaurant with an experimental and provocative approach to food, meant to stimulate the senses. Bring an open mind, a keen eye (reading glasses if needed for appreciating the intricate dishes), and a full wallet. You won’t be disappointed. 3127 Fillmore, San Francisco, CA


Best Dinner with Atmosphere Gitane Named after the French word for gypsy, this spot is tucked away in a quiet downtown alley and known for its fearless and unpretentious interiors by Mr. Important. Imagine red crocodile wallpaper, giant sensual tapestries, an oxblood vinyl ceiling with enormous chandeliers surrounded by medallions made from moss-covered rocks, and bright-coloured striped velvet banquettes, to name just a few details. But Gitane is of course also worth a visit for its unique artisan cocktails and always pleasing flavours from the Iberian Peninsula, France and Morocco, which are expertly crafted by chef Bridget Batson. The bar offers a generous selection of international spirits and Gitane

rare sherries, Cavas and Madeiras. Dinner at the deep bar with friends from out of town is a personal favourite of mine. I always include a selection of their Catalan flatbreads. 6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, California 94108

Best Italian SPQR Perfectly positioned on Fillmore Street, one of the city’s favourite shopping streets, SPQR (an acronym for “Senatus Populesque Romanus” which translates to “The People of the Senate of Rome”) is known for its forward-thinking interpretation of Italian food by pedigreed chef Matthew Accarrino. The dark interior with its open kitchen is small and simple, and seating is

tight. People don’t come for the ambience, they come for the food, for such dishes as housemade chestnut pasta with suckling pork and spigarello, and crispy pig ears with pickled jalapeno. The wine list is composed of a generous selection from all the main regions of Italy. This is a bustling neighbourhood spot that, given the tight seating arrangements, is a perfect place to rub shoulders with local foodies. 1911 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Best Ethnic Food Yank Sing San Francisco has a large Asian population and a long history of serving amazing Chinese food, including Mandarin, Hunan, Szechuan

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and Cantonese. Most of the better restaurants are outside the famous Chinatown, which is more of a tourist destination. Very popular for lunch is Deem Sum, or also called Dim Sum, a tradition that grew out of roadside teahouses along the ancient Silk Road. Yank Sing, with its two downtown locations, could be the most popular place in the city to enjoy these exotic bites that are served by waiters continuously rolling carts laden with freshly prepared small plates around the restaurant. It is easy to overload, as the tempting food keeps coming. Come hungry and ready for a lively ambience. 101 Spear St. San Francisco 49 Stevenson St. San Francisco

Best Without Reservations Belden Place The short downtown alley might have the biggest concentration of restaurants in the city. For those without a reservation and lack of time, Belden Place surely will be able to accommodate, with American, Mediterranean, French, Italian and Catalan cuisines, plus local seafood. Among the most popular restaurants in the alley are Plouf, B44 and Café Tiramisu. Belden Place is also one of the few spots in San Francisco that offers plenty of outdoor seating, a rarity in a city known for surprising weather changes and often cold summers. No worries, outdoor heaters are aplenty! Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

Best Fast Food Off The Grid Food trucks are the fastest growing gourmet trend in the country. They have been popping up all over San Francisco, serving everything from Asian fare like Chinese buns, Korean tacos, Filipino adobo and Indian curry, to Mexican and South American delicacies such as burritos, empanadas

and tamales, as well as sweet treats such as waffles, cupcakes and Crème Brulé. The largest gathering is Off The Grid, which pops up weekly at various places in the city for lunch and dinner. The most popular locations are Hayes Valley on Wednesday evenings and Fort Mason on Friday nights. Check their calendar for other locales.

Where to drink Best Café Mavelous Coffee & Wine Bar San Francisco is not only known as a food mecca, but in recent years it has also become a destination for coffee aficionados. Barista Philip Ma, owner of Mavelous, is very serious about coffee. So as to appreciate the various nuances of beans and roasts, he serves only the very best boutique varieties. They are brewed in six ways, either with a custom La Marzocco espresso machine, or manually with a Hario V60 coffee drip, a Chemex coffee maker, and a French Press, as well as with a Siphon coffee brewing machine and a Kyoto cold slow-drip coffee maker. Mavelous also offers a nice selection of sustainably grown wines from around the world. The sexy and eco-chic interiors, designed by Adeeni Design Group, were inspired by its location in the Civic Center and its proximity to the arts. Its rich palette is reminiscent of the colours of coffee, ranging from deep espresso to red, gold and chartreuse. Several local artists were commissioned for specific artwork and functional designs. The café’s signature piece is a 50-foot long painting by famed street artist Eddie Colla that spans the length of the place and sets an edgy tone. For that amazing cup of coffee or great glass of wine, plus a spot to relax with a magazine or book, Mavelous is the place to be. 1408 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102


Best Wine Bar

Best Leather Goods

Press Club Living just south of the country’s largest winegrowing region, many San Franciscans are devoted oenophiles. The Press Club not only stands out among the many wine bars for its award-winning interior designed by Baldauf Catton Von Eckartsberg, but also for an excellent wine selection from eight world-class wineries that are paired with savory and sweet seasonal small plates. Recently, they also began serving international beers in bottles and local specialty beers on tap. For those in search of beer or wine, this is a sophisticated and social bar and a place to meet local connoisseurs.

April in Paris French-born Beatrice Amblard, owner of April in Paris, opened her shop on Clement Street after working for Hermès for 14 years. She makes custom leather handbags and accessories, all in the same handcrafted tradition of the iconic brand. Customers come from all over the world to have her design them pieces in the finest skins dyed specifically for April in Paris. Whether it is a timeless alligator handbag, a piece of bespoke luggage or a custom leather nightstand, Beatrice can do it all.

20 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco CA 94103

Where to shop Best Food Market Ferry Building Market Place The historic Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street was extensively remodelled after the 1989 earthquake and has been revitalized as a gourmet destination, while still serving as a transit hub connecting San Francisco with other Bay Area communities. The Market Place boasts shops selling everything from meat, fish, produce, cheese, and bread to pastries, chocolates, and ice cream, as well as herbs, oils and wines. It is home to a number of unique restaurants and small eateries such as Out the Door, one of the country’s best Vietnamese restaurants, and Boulette’s Larder with its menu, changed daily, featuring farmstead ingredients. The Ferry Building also operates a certified farmers’ market three days a week. This is the place to be on Saturday morning, for those in search of fresh local produce, truffle salt or some kitchenware, or just wanting to hang out with the residents. One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111 240

55 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Best Home Décor Gump’s The 151-year-old store represents the epitome of finer living and specialises in the finest in jewellery, home décor, linens, tabletop, objets d’art and personal stationary. With crystal, sterling, china, linens and bath accessories from the world’s top manufacturers, Gump’s is every bride’s dream. They host an annual bridal event that brings mothers and daughters from around the country to San Francisco. They also introduce new artists to collectors on a regular basis and collaborate with innovative artisans that have something new and unique to offer in design. Forget San Francisco souvenirs, this is the place to go for luxurious trinkets and unique treasures. 135 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Best Vintage Couture Torso Vintages The Union Square shop carries the finest collection of vintage estate fashion, furs, jewellery and accessories, anything a timeless fashionista dreams of. The Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94108

Best Vintage Furnishings

Best Antiques

Stuff Only about a year old, the collective in the popular Mission district has quickly become a popular destination with interior designers and vintage aficionados alike. More than 25 dealers exhibit everything from furniture, lighting and décor to clothing, jewellery and antiques through to the end of the last century. Inventory moves quickly, so there will be something new every few days.

Foster Gwin This high-end antique dealer, located in a mid19th-century stable in Jackson Square, San Francisco’s art and antique hub, specialises in 17th- and 18th-century continental furniture, San Francisco Bay Area contemporary art and Mediterranean antiquities. Regulars to the renowned San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, the owners of Foster Gwin have assembled a very carefully edited collection of unique pieces, where the old harmoniously sets the stage for the new. If there’s time, wander the

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streets, as a number of excellent antique, textile and art dealers within walking distance are also well worth a look.

at the annual SF20 modernist show, where the booth unofficially always takes the prize for most innovative design.

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501 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133

Best Gallery

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Hedge Gallery Opened in 2003 by interior designer Steven Volpe and business partner Roth Martin, Hedge Gallery has since become the Bay Area’s most innovative furniture and art gallery. Known for their exquisite taste and for continuing to chart new ground, they recently opened a larger 2,500-square-foot gallery to expand the vast collection of sculptures, ceramics, furniture, lighting and accessories by contemporary artists from around the world. Hedge Gallery has been the strongest presence

Academy of Art Atelier Forget the plastic cable car or the Golden Gate Bridge mug. Why not bring home an artistic creation from talents of the Academy of Art University? The gallery is a purveyor of art and design created by students and alumni of the school. The curated collection includes original art, photography, home dĂŠcor, stationary, books, accessories, jewellery and fashion.


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Best Kept Secret Dark Garden The popular Hayes Valley area draws hipsters and families alike to its unique shops and food establishments. Hidden away in a small alley is Dark Garden, an atelier that creates couture corsets in many styles and materials. They also have one-of-a-kind, ready-to-wear pieces, but the perfect fit of a custom corset cannot be beaten. Styles range from classic Baroque, Rococo and Victorian to Burlesque and modern. They even offer options for men and ship worldwide. 321 Linden Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Gate Bridge lie Muir Woods, a rare old-growth redwood forest, and Mount Tamalpais, whose peak provides a panoramic look at the Bay Area. Both offer a variety of hiking trails. On the way back to San Francisco, stop at the Golden Gate Bridge Vista point for unparallelled views of the city. Make sure you wear layers whenever you venture outside, as the weather and temperatures in the Bay Area are unpredictable and can change quickly any time of the year. 801 Panoramic Highway Mill Valley, CA 94941

Best for Natural Beauty Muir Woods & Mount Tamalpais San Francisco was built on seven hills, and each crest provides stunning views of this beautiful city. Golden Gate Park and Baker Beach are big scenic attractions, but within a short distance awaits the natural beauty of Marin Country. Across the famed Golden

What to do Best Museum for Art Asian Art Museum San Francisco’s museums offer the same ethnic and cultural diversity that is represented in the city’s population. In addition to the more general art museums like the MoMA, the de


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Young Museum and the Legion of Honor, it also has excellent institutions dedicated to specific cultures. Among them are the MoAD, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Museo Italo Americano. Tthe Asian Art Museum stands out for exhibiting one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art in the world. Its home in the Civic Center is the former San Francisco library that was redesigned in 2003 by world-renowned Italian architect Gae Aulenti to accommodate about 17,000 works of art and artifacts from all major Asian countries and traditions. It is also continuously expanding its contemporary collection with a broad mind, drawing a line from thousands of years of rich history 244

into an undefined but captivating future. To fully experience what the Asian Art Museum has to offer, check their calendar for special programmes and events, such as Japanese tea ceremonies, interactive hands-on activities, and “Matcha�, their evening mixers complete with cocktails and DJs. 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Best Museum for Nature California Academy of Sciences A multi-faceted scientific museum originally founded in 1853, just three years after California joined the United States, it was

rebuilt in 2008 by award-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano as a sustainable structure with a living roof. It is currently the greenest museum on the planet. The museum is home to nearly 40,000 animals in the Steinhart Aquarium and a 4-storey living rainforest and includes the Morrison Planetarium, the largest in the world, and the multi-user state-of-theart Project Lab. The institution’s popular “After Dark” events for adults feature an open bar, late-night bites and life music, while allowing visitors to explore the wonders of the natural world in the architectural marvel. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118

Best for Seeing Local Architecture San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour Rick Evans gives a tour most days starting at 11 a.m. and introduces his guests to San Francisco’s most unique and beautiful downtown buildings and hidden rooftop gardens, and shares information about the city’s most famous architects who have influenced its aesthetic since the 1906 earthquake. Rick also offers private customised tours for a more tailored experience.

Best Day Trip Napa Valley The Wine Country north of San Francisco is well worth a visit, but too vast to explore in one day. Ranging from Sonoma to Mendocino to Napa, the region is covered in countless vineyards, beautiful forests and rivers, and dotted by charming towns. If you only have a day, I recommend visiting Yountville and St. Helena. Both towns have much to offer when it comes to culinary delights, shopping and wine. Yountville is home to the world-renowned and Michelin star-rated French Laundry restaurant, which requires

reservations months ahead. But luckily the town is blessed with a number of other great restaurants, including award-winning chef Michael Chiarello’s Bottega. A unique concept was created by Ma(i)sonry, a winery collective and art gallery. It offers tastings in a historic 19th-century stone house and a landscaped sculpture garden, complete with seating around a fire pit, my personal favourite spot to enjoy an amazing glass of wine. St. Helena, just 10 miles north, is a popular destination for shoppers, foodies and wine-lovers alike. Favourite shopping spots are the Martin Showroom by fearless interior designer Erin Martin, the gourmet food emporium Dean & Deluca, and Prager Winery for amazing ports. For nourishment visit the casual eatery Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen by top chef and restaurateur Cyndy Pawlcyn, or the romantic hillside Auberge du Soleil in nearby Rutherford for a sunset view. Plus, of course, all the wineries in between. Claudia Juestel, is the founder and principal of the San Francisco based interior design firm Adeeni Design Group whose work includes projects around the United States and in London, India and on Guam. The firm is known for a cosmopolitan and eclectic approach to bespoke interiors that range from traditional to modern styles and are infused with a sense of comfort, warmth and timelessness. Claudia also serves as the Design & Architecture Editor of SFLuxe where she has had the pleasure of interviewing some of the country’s most preeminent interior designers and architects for her series “Tea With Claudia”. Her expertise ranges from design and art to hospitality, entertaining and cooking, and many of her passions are expressed on her relevant blog


Fabulous Foodie Inspirations

Here we serve up gourmet food, nifty tools, and stylish tableware for the ultimate dinner party The sleek modern bottle by Aquaovo is perfect for enjoying that favourite beverage in style, while protecting the environment and personal health. Therm-O combines minimalist design with timeless functionality in the all-glass water bottle. The bottle’s thermal double-wall construction is ideal for hot and cold beverages, maintaining that optimal temperature whatever it is. An added feature is the removable tea strainer contained within the cap. The Therm-O Terra is made from food-grade, leadfree and BPA-free materials and provides an eco-chic alternative to bottled water, at home and at the work. Most wine aficionados agree that red wine invariably tastes better if it is decanted, thanks to the oxygenation that occurs. Simple, stylish and utterly beautiful, the striking wine decanter in glass and steel reflects the finest tradition of Scandinavian glassware design. Designed for Danish company Menu by Louise Christ Frederiksen, it gives an appealing sense of occasion to that special bottle of wine. Besides looking good, the broad base significantly improves aeration. Boasting clean modern lines, the decanter is a must for any stylish dinner party. A must for all wine enthusiasts and professionals who want easy cleaning and great tasting wine. The decanter cleaning system by Peugeot is as simple as it is clever. The ingenious stainless steel beads are designed to remove all traces of dirt, residue, sediment and stains from that 246

decanter with ease. With smart packaging that acts as a funnel for pouring the beads into the decanter and a strainer to collect them when finished, the designers at Peugeot have thought of everything. Here is one of the easiest ways we have found to clean glass wine decanters. Practical and distinctive, the dual-sided bread board by Epicurean is an essential tool for any well-equipped kitchen. Featuring a cascade profile with slate and natural coloured layers, the unique groove design of the bread board will catch and contain bread crumbs, leaving the counter clean. The signature material is made with multiple layers of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood fibers, compressed with a food-safe resin. Environmentally friendly and durable materials, innovative design and superb craftsmanship ensure the board will last through years of rigorous daily kitchen use. Wonderfully indulgent, chocolate and champagne make the perfect gastronomic match. For chocolate profligacy, Demarquette’s exquisite dark chocolate truffles are freshly hand-made with Vintage Dom Perignon Brut Champagne. The flavour is just divine, with a richness that is entirely seductive as well as addictive. Using his own secret recipe, award-winning chocolatier Marc Demarquette hand-makes the chocolate using traditional artisan techniques and top-quality ingredients. Sumptuous and sophisticated, we cannot get enough of these decadent truffles.

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Kitchen Confidential Top Chefs share their recipes

In each issue of THE ADDRESS Magazine, leading chefs from some of the world’s leading restaurants share their recipes. In this issue, meet chef Morgan Meunier at Morgan M in London, UK


Morgan M, London, UK Morgan Meunier is one of the best Gallic chefs in London • Showcasing his culinary artistry, the fine, modern French cuisine is unquestionably refined, accomplished and delicious • Meticulously crafted seasonal menus - the restaurant offers the Chef’s signature ‘affordable haute cuisine’. Intricate dishes - foams, purées, uncanny textures and unexpected flavour combinations – abound • The restaurant’s speciality is its 6-course tasting menus: ‘The Menu’ and ‘From the Garden’, the celebrated vegetarian tasting menu • The thoughtfully assembled wine list wows and highlights an exquisite menu • The elegant dining room’s décor enjoys understated earthy tones of olive green, browns and biscuit – offset by crisp table linen and statement artworks • There is also an informal kitchen gallery downstairs where you can watch the chefs in action and enjoy a tasting plates menu that consists of smaller versions of those trademark dishes such as Ravioli of snails in Chablis, garlic froth and red wine jus • Attentive, knowledgeable and not intrusive service


Snail Ravioli Courtesy of chef Morgan Meunier at Morgan M, London, UK

INGREDIENTS 200g 1 tin 5cl 200g 200g 200g 200g 0.5 ltr

smoked pancetta, chopped into small cubes (6 dozen) Escargot de Bourgogne, rinsed and strained cognac onion, chopped into small cubes carrot, chopped into small cubes celeriac, chopped into small cubes butter Chablis

1 bunch of curly parsley 8 cloves of garlic 5cl pastis Wonton square sheets (Chinese thin pastry) 1 egg beaten Method „„ In a large pan fry the pancetta until crispy, add the snails cook for 2-3 min. Deglaze the pan with the cognac and reserve the pancetta & snails. „„ In the same pan, sautée the onion, carrot and celeriac with 50g of butter for 6-7 min, add the pancetta & snails deglaze with the 0.2l Chablis. Then reduce until all the wine has evaporated. „„ Blend ¾ of the parsley, 7 garlic cloves and 0.3l of Chablis. Add the paste to the pan with 100gr butter, bring to a boil and reduce on a medium heat for around 15 minutes until the sauce thickens. „„ Check the seasoning, add the pastis and leave to cool in the fridge for 1 hour. „„ When cool, divide the snail mixture into 24 small balls „„ Lay 6 wonton sheets down and brush with egg. Place the snail mixture in the middle, put on top a second sheet of wonton and press gently to remove any pockets of air then place on a lightly floured tray and cover with a tea towel. „„ Cook the ravioli for 3 min in large pan of boiling water and drain. „„ In a small pan heat 50gr butter, 1 crushed garlic clove and the rest of the parsley (finely chopped). „„ Plate the snail ravioli (3 per person) and pour over the garlic and parsley butter. For 8 people, 3 each 250


Dark Chocolate Moelleux & Milk Sorbet Courtesy of chef Morgan Meunier at Morgan M, London, UK

INGREDIENTS Frozen ganache centre 200g cream 110g Valrhona 70% chocolate 50g unsalted butter Sponge 110g 64% Cocoa Barry milk chocolate* 110g butter chopped 35g cocoa powder** 30 g potato flour 3 eggs, separated 120g caster sugar

Milk sorbet 2ltr milk 160g sugar * available from specialist supplier or good quality milk chocolate ** 21% Cocoa Barry, pure bitter chocolate

METHOD Ganache „„ Bring cream to boil „„ Remove from the heat and mix in large pieces of chocolate and butter „„ Whisk until cold, then chill „„ Once chilled freeze into desired shape (ideally a small sausage shape) Sponge mixture „„ Melt chocolate and butter in bain marie „„ Stir in cocoa and potato flour „„ Whip the egg whites and yolks separately and incorporate half of the sugar in each of them „„ Fold the eggs into chocolate

To cook „„ Heat oven to 200°C/ Gas Mark 4 „„ Line small deep metal ring tins 7cm in diameter, with greaseproof paper „„ Fill each with sponge mixture „„ Place the frozen ganache in the centre then cover with more sponge „„ Cook for 12-14 minutes Milk sorbet „„ On the hob, reduce milk with sugar until it’s 800g in weight „„ Once cold, pour into an ice cream maker Serve whilst the chocolate sponge is still warm with the ice cream next to it Serves: 4




Style & design discoveries for your home Modern and versatile, the coffee table by Rotterdam-based designer Reinier de Jong allows expansion or contraction of its surface, depending on need. The REK table is perfect for entertaining guests: panels are easily pulled out to create extra space for snacks and drinks. Multiple levels of sliding pullout parts allow the table to be expanded substantially. Concealed, built-in stoppers prevent pulling the inserts out too far. When completely closed, the REK coffee table resembles a simple block of wood. The top and two sides are finished in white, while the edges are veneered in oak, birch or beech. The end grain side of the wood is bevelled in order to get a grip, which is a subtle detail we rather like. Offering a great fusion of aesthetic and functional features, the coffee table puts other spacesaving furniture to shame. Finally – a smoke detector that does not look like one. Sleek, stylish and simple to use, Kupu is a fabric-covered photoelectric smoke alarm designed by the internationally renowned Finnish designer Harri Koskinen for Jalo Helsinki. The whole surface of the smoke alarm acts as both a test button and for silencing the alarm. Nothing else is seen. It comes in a range of colours and will not only enhance home safety, but add a touch of design. We have become a big fan of Big Dipper Wax Works’ beautiful hand-crafted aromatherapy candles. Their use of all natural ingredients, 254

such as 100% beeswax, eco-friendly dyes for their coloured candle varieties, 100% natural cotton wicks, and pure essential oil extracts for their amazing scents are just some of the reasons the company stands out from the rest. The beeswax candles are a real treat and burn for what seems like forever. Beautifully packaged, there is an artistic selection of nine wonderful aromatherapy scents. Our favourite: Vitality – Lemongrass and Grapefruit – is a zesty, refreshing fusion. Adding a touch of style to the laundry storage, the loop laundry bag from Reisenthel is a great way to store and transport laundry. The chic canvas tote offers large looped handles for comfortable and easy carrying. With magnets to keep the innovative laundry bag closed, laundry will be neatly concealed and look great, wherever the bag is hung. Boasting stylish modernity and strong practical sense, the modular XZone sunshade system designed by Ivan Palmini for All+ is versatile and eco-friendly. Inspired by modern cabanas, the simple design offers flexibility through several layout options, whether for lounging, alfresco dining, sunbathing by day or star gazing by night. The sleek aluminium structure integrates elements of minimalist design with European technology and oodles of innovation, creating a clean-lined look for fabulous outdoor living.

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