THE ADDRESS Magazine No. 9

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Summer 2011




Gorgeous country house estate


Modern glass house in Costa Rica



Elegant residences in Languedoc

Singular residence in Barbados



Exceptional country estate in Mallorca

How to find the next property hotspot


Kitchen confidential


Welcome to THE ADDRESS Magazine - celebrating the world of Luxury Real Estate, Food & Travel THE ADDRESS Magazine is an international showcase for distinctive properties, delivering inspiring, content-rich articles and highquality photography depicting the most prestigious and interesting main residences, second homes and vacation properties throughout the world. Each issue of THE ADDRESS features some of the most spectacular properties, exclusive estates and luxury homes currently available for sale in the world - from Algarve to South Africa, from Barbados to Tuscany. The magazine offers a carefully curated selection of luxury properties, featuring luxury real estate from the most popular destinations to more private locales. Ocean front dream homes, golf course estates and game lodges are among the plethora of distinctive choices available to the discerning buyer. Don’t miss this issue’s Piece de Resistance – a masterpiece of liveable contemporary design in Phuket. The villa is a superlative mixture of dazzling design and glamorous outdoor spaces (page 4). There is a rare opportunity to acquire what is arguably one of the finest private game lodges in South Africa (page 12). For modern minimalism at its best, contemporary designer villas on the Balearic Islands are hard to beat (pages 62 & 84). Property in South of France continues to appeal to investors and lifestyle buyers alike. You will in this issue find elegant vineyard 2

apartments in Languedoc, prestigious villas on the French Riviera and stunning bastides in Provence (pages 56, 66 & 100). Our market features in this issue are “How to find the next international property hotspot” (page 18) and ‘”Market Insights from around the world” (page 120). We also asked our Food & Travel Insiders, Tengku Zatashah and Aubry Mennesson, to open their address book to some of their favourite places in Kuala Lumpur, a thriving metropolis with a spectacular mix of heritage and modernity (page 136). Our food and travel discoveries, which take you from Den Haag to Venice, should be on everyone’s must-to-do list (page 126). I doubt that you will be able to resist the delicious recipes in our Kitchen Confidential feature. Two exceptional Chefs share some of their recipes; Julien Banlier of Le Mas de Peint, Camargue and Hans Välimäki of Chez Dominique, Helsinki (page 148). We also share some of our recent style and design discoveries for your home (page 158) as well as fabulous foodie inspirations (page 146). I do hope that you enjoy this issue of THE ADDRESS Magazine.


Contents Summer ‘11 | No.9 PIECE DE RESISTANCE Contemporary villa in Phuket BEST OF MODERN Striking architectural villa in Ibiza BEST PENTHOUSE Beachfront penthouse in Barbados TROPHY PROPERTY Singular private game lodge in South Africa LUXURY REAL ESTATE Algarve (Portugal) Barbados Barcelona (Spain) Costa del Sol (Spain) Costa Barcelona Maresme (Spain) Costa Rica Cyprus French Alps French Riviera Ibiza (Spain) Koh Chang (Thailand) Languedoc (France) Liguria (Italy) Lisbon (Portugal) Madrid (Spain) Maldives Mallorca (Spain) Mauritius Normandy (France) Phuket (Thailand) Provence (France) Sicily (Italy) Silver Coast (Portugal) Sitges (Spain) Tuscany (Italy) PROPERTY INSIGHTS How to find the next international property hotspot PROPERTY INSIGHTS Market insights from around the world FOOD & TRAVEL Discoveries from around the world FOOD & TRAVEL Insider’s Guide Kuala Lumpur FOOD & TRAVEL Fabulous foodie inspirations FOOD & TRAVEL Kitchen confidential: Leading Chefs share their recipes HOUSE & GARDEN Style & design discoveries for your home WAIT, THERE’S MORE Subscribe

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piece de resistance

Contemporary and staggeringly Fusion of Asian influences and modern architecture define this villa 4




ew, if any, private enclaves in the world match the luxury and privacy of this exclusive residential community. Set on a stunning jungle promontory, washed by ocean breezes and flanked by beaches of white sand, this luxurious community is a tropical haven of peace and seclusion, overlooking the blue and sun-kissed Andaman Sea. Perched majestically atop a private peninsula at the entrance to Nakalay Bay, the soughtafter community consists of a handful of select modern villas that are internationally recognized as some of the finest coastal homes in all of Asia. This villa is a superlative mixture of exclusivity, dazzling design and glamorous outdoor spaces. A masterpiece of liveable contemporary design,


the 905m² residence merges clean, linear architecture seamlessly with floor-to-ceiling glass, exotic woods, stainless steel and natural stone. Designed for stylish island living and superb entertaining, the luxurious villa boasts expansive living areas with large open terraces that flow effortlessly from interior to exterior. The gallery of glass walls displays the breathtaking art of nature itself, pure and unadorned, a place of tropical greens, sunlight and magnificent seascapes. Escaping the ocean is impossible at this villa; its omnipresence dominates the property’s design. Blessed with multimillion-dollar views over Patong Harbour and the sea, the villa has been built to ensure all eyes engage the horizon. It is an unforgettable panorama.

The pièce de résistance is the villa’s upper living and dining area, which opens directly onto awesome wrap-around decks. From here you will enjoy the sensational views of the ocean and the Patong skyline. Another standout feature is the striking 14-metre infinity pool that slips into the horizon. Enjoy the alfresco dining area plus barbecue, sun loungers and an outdoor Thai sala for relaxation. The pool offers a shallow area for children and boasts a stunning glasspanelled bottom that can be viewed from the room below. With a gorgeous kitchen and breakfast area, home theatre and five bedrooms, this villa has it all. Wonderfully located in private seclusion, the

villa sits on a 1,588m2 plot of land. In addition there is a slightly smaller parcel of undeveloped property adjacent to the villa. Despite all that privacy, the villa is less than ten minutes’ drive from Patong, Phuket’s main resort and entertainment area, while championship golf courses and tennis facilities can be reached in less than 30 minutes. The villa is also just a 10-minute walk from a secluded beach. As the ultimate residential hideaway, this villa offers the fine art of luxury living. Price: THB145 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Striking architectural statement

Stunning villa characterized by clean, sophisticated lines and dazzling design


biza has been long established as one of the leading destinations for some of the world’s top business people, celebrities and superstar DJs. The island attracts and retains a residents list that is the envy of the world. In the last few years, more and more Europeans have come to view Ibiza as a wonderful holiday home location and a perfect place to retire. 8

One of the most beautiful Islands of the Balearics, Ibiza is a gorgeous place with pinecovered cliffs, beaches with coves, crystal clear waters and some of the most impressive scenery to be found along the Mediterranean. It is also home to one of the oldest and best preserved medieval towns in Europe – Eivissa Vila or Ibiza Town.

Streamlined, sleek and a statement of island chic, the brand new villa boasts a modern, sculptural look, offering an elusive combination of spectacular design and liveability. The pristine white makes the villa as minimalist and stylish as a home can get. The sculptural façade is striking and elegant at the same time, while the extensive use of sweeping glass windows and large spacious interiors give it a grand look. Encompassing 715m² of impressive living space, the family home boasts lovely sea views. It features six bedrooms, an expansive living room with fireplace and an imposing gourmet kitchen, spa area with an indoor pool (12x2 metres) and sauna. The master bedroom suite enjoys 70m² of living space and is replete with Jacuzzi. There is a garage for five cars. Sitting on a private 1,168m2 plot, the luxurious

villa’s contemporary floorplan is perfect for the indoor/outdoor lifestyle. It enjoys splendid outdoor areas complete with large terraces, garden, pool (17x5 metres), and a chillout area. The villa’s serene neighbourhood is equally glamorous and is set in the highly soughtafter district of Vista Alegre in Es Cubells. Conveniently, it is just five minutes from San Jose, where every amenity can be found. This is modern minimalism at its best, offering a holiday home ownership experience of the most luxurious kind. Price: €3.9 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Haute living Superlative penthouse offers the ultimate in beachfront luxury



ho would dispute that penthouses are trophy properties, the king of apartments? The best in panoramic vistas, space, privacy. The penthouse reigns supreme. The pinnacle of a luxurious beachfront lifestyle awaits at this exceptional top floor penthouse residence, boasting elegant design, open floor plan, walls of glass and unending views of the mesmerizing Caribbean Sea. This setting is certainly very hard to beat for drama and majesty. Expansive floor plans set the stage for spaces that fulfil even the most indulgent dreams for a private island getaway. The penthouse is one of only two units on the top floor which share an elevator. Open the doors to this sprawling

3,300 sq.ft of living space that consists of three bedrooms, a spacious fully equipped Italian kitchen, dining and living rooms and terrace. This is a sophisticated tropical living environment to enjoy for any occasion. The pièce de résistance of this deluxe penthouse is the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the beach and framing the shimmering vistas. This is the ultimate indoor/ outdoor lifestyle. The penthouse is situated in a modern beachfront boutique property of only 21 residences. Owners enjoy access to resort-style amenities that include a 2-storey gym, manned reception area, beachside pool and surrounding deck.

The property is superbly located on the pristine white sands of Maxwell Beach, one of Barbados’ longest. This is a peaceful setting, yet within close proximity to some of the best dining, shopping and nightlife on the island, including St. Lawrence Gap and Oistins. An extraordinary and rare offering, this exclusive residence is truly one of the most desirable of Barbados’ ocean-front penthouses. Price: USD3.5 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Unspoilt, Unmatched A world of magic and majestic beauty waits to be discovered



his is the setting for those few who desire to experience the distinct and prestigious opportunity to be a part of something so unique, so amazing, so extraordinary. The vistas defy words, the beauty of its nature is unrivalled. Arguably one of the most beautiful game lodge properties in South Africa, this singular estate might best be described as a natural playground. Untamed, breathtaking and pulsing with the deep rhythm of the African bushveld, Thornhill Private Luxury Lodge is the quintessential experience of the wild lands and animals. Majestically situated, the private game reserve occupies 21,500 acres of prime wilderness in the Great Karoo, an area of incomparable beauty and sweeping views. While the Great Karoo consists of vast open plains, valleys and mountains, Thornhill is unique in that it combines all these features in one single property. The private reserve provides a perfect balance of spectacular game and wildlife, extensive flora and neverending African skies. Known locally as the ‘Jewel of the Karoo’, animal life is plentiful on Thornhill’s mountains and plains and wildlife encounters are part of the daily routine. Vast herds, conservatively estimated at 4,500 in strength, roam freely across the property. Thornhill is home to more than 40 of Africa’s most interesting and unusual animal species. Some of the more common include: springbok, kudu, eland, blesbuck, blue wildebeest, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, impala, southern mountain reedbuck, grey rhebok, klipspringer, oryx, waterbuck, blue duiker, red and grey duikers, steenbuck, hyrax, Burchell’s zebra, bushbuck, European fallow deer, wild ostrich, Guinea fowl, Egyptian goose, lynx, leopard, jackal, meerkat and the shy eagle owl. There is also a herd of 25 very tame giraffe, which may be the largest group living together at any one place in the wild. This is wildlife galore at its finest. The private game reserve is fully fenced with more than 40 kilometres of steel, to the requirements of the Department of Nature Conservation. This means all the 14



game on the estate belongs to the property, and that trophy hunting may be carried out as part of a conservation management practice. A limited number of animals is allocated for hunting each year, based on creating sustainable populations. Healthy conditions allow animals to grow to their full potential. The main residence is an impeccable 4-bedroom Cape Dutch-style house of supreme allure and distinction, created with elegance and gracious taste. The lodge is situated in the centre of an award-winning garden of lush lawns and flora. The game reserve even boasts its own vineyard, the first vintage having produced an excellent 50-50 blend of Merlot and Petit Verdot. There is also a rustic bushcamp that sleeps eight and is located in a stunning river canyon and an additional second bushcamp where four guests may sleep.

The exceptional property is conveniently located an easy drive north of the town of George in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. You may also land at the estate’s private landing strip from Pretoria or take a brief 45-minute trip from Cape Town International Airport. Thornhill Private Luxury Lodge is one of the finest game properties in South Africa, a quintessential trophy property for a celebrity, jet-setter, entrepreneur, wildlife and nature aficionado, avid hunter or connoisseur of fine living. Price upon request. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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How to find the next international property hotspot What is it that makes one destination a property hotspot whilst another will never enjoy the benefits of a booming property market? The simple answer is supply and demand. But whilst supply and demand are market drivers in themselves, it is the market drivers that affect supply and demand that need to be understood to successfully assess whether a destination or property market is on its way up and have hotspot potential. Here are some of the most important market drivers.



This is possibly the single most important factor to consider before making any property investment. The location of a property is directly linked to the return on investment you can expect from both capital growth and rental yields. Comparing current property and rental prices in the immediate and surrounding areas of any proposed investment will provide first-hand knowledge of pricing. If possible, pay a visit to the area to better understand it. Needless to say that if the investment is primarily for summer holiday makers then the climate needs to be warm and sunny. If the investment is primarily for skiers then good prolonged snow fall is needed.

Investments in infrastructure are one of the best signs of an emerging property hotspot. Government investment into an area is in particular a big plus because it tends to attract money, as well as work and infrastructure improvements. New airports, roads and rail links, as well as expansion of existing services and amenities, are strong signs of economic growth and commitment by the local authorities.

Accessibility and transport links Accessibility always help to open up new areas to tourists and investors. Affordable and reliable transport links, new low-cost airline routes, new and upgraded airports, roads and rail lines


as well as the time it takes to reach a location all play a role in determining whether a property or area will turn out to be a good investment.

role by enacting measures such as tax cuts or subsidized financing to encourage and facilitate home ownership.

Low-cost flights in particular can increase demand for holiday homes and rented accommodation. However, no buyer should solely rely on buying into an area on the basis that low-cost airlines are flying in. If routes do not prove sufficiently popular, or if airport costs rise, airlines may pull out and hurt those letting and resale opportunities.


Local services and amenities New or expanded leisure facilities - such as ski lifts and golf courses - have a positive impact on property investment potential. More restaurants and cafés, shops and supermarkets are equally positive signs of a growing community. In areas where permanent homes predominate, good-quality schools is increasingly having a substantial impact on property prices.

Local demand and ownership ratio Unless your strategy is to only invest in resort properties in the established beach destinations, a key element to successful property investment is to invest in areas that have a strong local demand. That way, you avoid limiting future resale to second home or overseas buyers. Consider as well the ownership ratio. That is, the proportion of households owning their homes as opposed to renting. The ownership ratio is a good indication of the demand for rentals versus home ownership and a sign of whether ‘flip’ or ‘buy-to-let’ is the most suitable investment strategy for that market. This ratio depends partly on culture, but home ownership tends to rise steadily along with incomes. Governments can sometimes play a 20

Tourism is a major factor that enables many emerging property investment markets to create a successful real estate market. Visitors, from overseas or from other pats of a country, have a significant impact on property markets, influencing resale prices and rental yields. Better transportation is opening up a wider range of locations as potential property hotspots. Areas of cultural, natural or recreational appeal - and in particular destinations that invest in their offerings - can benefit from more visitors and and hence be a stronger investment proposition.

International events High-profile events - think Olympic Games or the World Cup - have helped to boost property values. Host cities benefit from the employment opportunities, tourism growth and infrastructure improvements, boosting both property prices and rental yields.

Economy Economic performance, both nationally and regionally, is a key factor. Look for countries with expanding economies that help to bring in foreign direct investment and tourism. A good sign in emerging hotspots is large companies relocating to the area as this often generates other investments and improvements in infrastructure. In these areas, both letting and resale markets are often expanding and ‘buy and hold’ strategies may be very rewarding. For countries and regions relying on tourism, a critical factor is that they allocate sufficient investments in marketing and infrastructure to

attract construction and visitors. A potential risk is that too much planning permission may be allowed, resulting in oversupply and downward pressure on property prices and rental yields.

Financing Markets where mortgages are available to buy property will exhibit stronger demand for property than markets where you cannot get mortgages. Whilst most countries have an established system in place for mortgages, some do not accommodate overseas investors, or have restrictions that negatively affect demand. However, the interest expressed by outside investors has forced many regions to introduce friendlier investor requirements.

Political stability With terrorism around the world on the increase and many political, religious and legal implications to consider, it is essential that the stability of the location is carefully considered prior to any investment. A stable political environment where sound economic policies are being pursued over the medium-term is an essential backdrop to successful investing. Overseas property markets are often driven partly by foreign investors who are reluctant to buy into unstable countries. Whilst it is possible to achieve significant returns by investing in a troubled region of the world, there are significant risks, too. Brazil is a prime example of how political stability is followed by economic growth and stability. As one of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), Brazil is one of the world’s better-performing economies. Against a backdrop of significantly reduced political unrest and economical risk, local and international investors have reaped the rewards.

Regulatory environment Before you spend too much time on research, look at whether there are ownership restrictions for foreign buyers. Favourable laws for foreign ownership would have a positive impact on property investment. Changes in legislation such as limitations of the number of new planning permissions or decisions that new properties cannot be built as close to the beach as they once could can also influence supply and property prices. Both examples limit existing supply, which means that the price of existing properties is increased.

Conclusion Whilst this list is not exhaustive, it offers important considerations for anyone wishing to invest. It serves to demonstrate the importance of doing your homework as part of any potential property investment. Keep in mind, too, that every market around the world is different. Define your personal goals and investment strategies. It might take time, but the most important aspect of property investment is to stick to your goals and strategies. Published by International Luxury Real Estate. International Luxury Real Estate offers a hand-picked collection of 4, 5, and 6 star residential property opportunities for sale across the world. Home buyers and property investors will find on www.ilre. com some of the most exceptional residential communities in the world – this is resort-style living at its best. The curated selection of residential resort development opportunities gives investors a choice of vacation homes, second homes and overseas properties; whether for lifestyle, retirement or investment purposes.


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Lifestyle. Luxury. Location

Elegant villa offers the best of both worlds - total privacy and the amenities of a first-class resort at your doorstep


ocated just 20 minutes from Faro and its international airport, this villa offers the discerning buyer a dream home amidst resort surroundings. The design is both dramatic and geometrically balanced, a place of clean, straight lines and walls of glass. Strikingly contemporary, it showcases a modern aesthetic of form, function and detail. Set in a prestigious corner of Vale do Lobo, the residence boasts magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. The new home encompasses 250m² of living space, including three bedrooms, a spacious living room, cinema room and designer kitchen. 22

Bathed in natural light, it offers the finest in everyday living and fluid indoor/outdoor entertaining. The modern villa sits on a 850m2 plot and comes with landscaped gardens, a wonderful pool and barbecue terrace. Enjoy the ultimate luxury holiday experience with unmatched golfing lifestyle at Vale de Lobo, the country’s largest beach and golf resort - perhaps Europes finest. You’ll find it hard not to surrender to the charm of Vale do Lobo’s breathtaking shoreline location, overlooking the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean and just a few minutes’ stroll from the inviting dunes of the beach.

The leisure facilities at the resort are second to none, a place that offers an astonishing range of services, facilities and events year-round. There are two of the finest championship golf courses on the coast. Based on original concepts by the legendary Sir Henry Cotton and redeveloped by the respected American golf architect Rocky Roquemore, the Vale do Lobo courses have twice hosted the Portuguese Open. The Royal Golf Course is a stunning and acclaimed par 72 course sitting among lakes and pine trees with beautiful views of the coast, whilst the Ocean Golf Course, a par 73, is sited almost on the beach, with unrivalled ocean views. Facilities include a clubhouse with restaurant and bar, golf shop, short practice areas, putting green and resident teaching professional. The 14-court tennis facilities are outstanding and one of the largest in Portugal. There are

AstroTurf and hard courts as well as a Tennis Academy, led by Pedro Frazão, who was one of Portugal’s best tennis players and now recognised as the country’s top coach. You’ll enjoy two kilometres of golden blue flagawarded beach, spa, gym, 15 restaurants, bars, nightclub, supermarket, boutiques, banking, newsagent and medical centre. There is an exciting programme of sporting and cultural events that includes art exhibitions at Vale do Lobo Art Gallery, concerts, ballets and theatrical performance in the modern auditorium. Vale do Lobo is a truly unequalled place to choose as a holiday residence or permanent home in the sun. Price: €3.1 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Style and sophistication Exclusivity, luxury and the allure of a bygone era lie at the heart of this wonderful villa



ome once and you’ll come again Barbados is the Caribbean’s most revisited destination. It is an enchanting island with a unique charm and warmth, mile after mile of powdery white sand beaches, a delightful climate of year-round sunshine and sea breezes. There are acres of verdant, rolling sugar cane fields, exotic botanical gardens, a rich and fascinating history and some of the friendliest people in the world. Barbados offers gracious living at its finest, a place where rum punch and calypso coexist with afternoon tea and polo in perfect harmony. One of the most beautiful villas in Barbados, this family home features distinctive architectural craftsmanship, elegant design and 26

superb gardens. It is a tropical hideaway that provides the quintessential Caribbean living in a serene home environment, with exceptional outdoor living spaces, spectacular gully views and refined details. The home creates a distinct statement of style and sophistication. While the 7,250 sq.ft. of living space makes this residence monumental in scale, it remains eminently liveable and inviting, replete with old-world charm in the Caribbean colonial-style tradition. Perched on a hillside with a breathtaking gully meandering on the northern boundary of the property, the luxurious villa is set in beautifully landscaped gardens. Seamlessly blending outdoor living with indoor comfort, the single-level villa

sits on 24,000 sq.ft. of land, offering full privacy. Finished to perfection, this tastefully appointed home was designed by the respected Michael Gomes.The main house boasts glorious open-plan living with a lounge that opens onto the patio, the gully its stunning backdrop. It has four bedrooms, while two others are located in a private detached guest cottage that enjoys its own living/dining area and fully equipped kitchen. The main house also features a TV/media room, large professional kitchen and dining room. The outdoor living space is as breathtaking as the interior. There is an impressive living area complete with a comfortable sitting area and infinity pool surrounded by a large deck. Enjoy

the gazebo and delightful lush gardens. The pool is the centrepiece of the property, framed by the cottage on one side and the pool house on the other. The villa is located in a quiet and elevated neighbourhood, minutes from the hustle and bustle of Holetown. From the grand design to the exquisite features, this gracious estate evokes a feeling of refinement, indulgence, elegance and wealth. Price: USD6.5 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Timeless Luxury Living Stunning villa of supreme excellence


arbados is a place of alluring contrasts: an island where British plantation history mixes with a colourful Caribbean culture, where ultra-luxury, white glove service and formal dinner dress coexist with a reggae-andrum beach party. Golden sand beaches. Majestic swaying palms. Laid-back pace. Barbados is still the quintessential Caribbean island. Amidst all of this sits a luxurious colonial-style villa on Barbados’ legendary Platinum Coast. It offers an unrivalled combination of elegant architecture and breathtaking views. The villa exudes timeless beauty, sophisticated charm, pampered luxury and the splendour of graceful living. The sweeping and expansive interiors open up to wonderful outdoor spaces. Designed for entertaining on a grand scale as well as for intimate gatherings, this home ensures every event will be enhanced by the tropical island setting and sparkling ocean views. This distinctive and impressive family home has so much more to offer, though. Located within the prestigious Sugar Hill Tennis Resort, the villa provides exquisite living areas, six large en-suite bedrooms and resort-style luxuries. Refined sophistication, flawless execution and unparallelled finishes are all hallmarks of this magnificent house. 28

Built on a large plot of 1.25 acres, the property boasts gorgeous gazebo-style living and dining patios, a stunning swimming pool and beautifully landscaped tropical gardens overlook the shimmering Caribbean Sea. Residence owners receive membership in the Sugar Hill Resort Club, an exclusive 50-acre private community. The resort club offers superb amenities, including a clubhouse with a bar and restaurant, world-class David Lloyd Tennis Club featuring four floodlit tennis courts, a state-of-the-art, air-conditioned fitness centre and swimming pool. Sugar Hill is about 40 minutes drive from Grantley Adams International Airport and five minutes from historic Holetown. Golf is available ten minutes away at Sandy Lane and five minutes away at Royal Westmoreland. This is a truly singular residence for those seeking the best in Caribbean luxury living. Price: USD8.75 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Refined design. Bespoke lifestyle. Enviable address Classic elegance and exquisite artistry converge in this magnificent residence


erennially regarded as one of the world’s finest cities, Barcelona is steeped in history, art and culture. Recognized worldwide as one of the best European cities in which to do business and with an unquestionable quality of life, Barcelona is often the city selected by prestigious national and multinational companies as a base for operations. 30

Glamorous and distinctive, the luxurious residence makes a bold statement with the emphasis firmly on city elegance. Situated in the heart of the Zona Alta area of Barcelona, Bonanova is one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in the city. The proximity to many of the best international and Englishspeaking schools makes Bonanova property extremely popular with international families looking to relocate to Barcelona.

The marvellous 362m² home features exceptionally fine finishes, opulent dimensions with fantastic high ceilings and an enviable setting. With a compelling combination of contemporary features and timeless design, many original features have been retained, including the exquisite open fireplace and stunning parquet floors, combined with areas decorated with original Catalan tiles. Undoubtedly sumptuous and highly exclusive, yet by the same token supremely comfortable, the apartment has five bedrooms, an expansive living room with direct access to the large 70m² terrace, dining area, designer kitchen with Gaggenau and Miele appliances, and home cinema. The master bedroom boasts its own study with direct access to the large southwest-

facing private terrace that offers plenty of privacy. It offers the comfort of an apartment, but the feel of a luxury detached villa. The unique property is housed in a beautiful classical building that has been converted to three impressive apartments that share a large underground garage, lovely communal garden, swimming pool and barbecue area. Pure luxury and elegance. Price upon request. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Stylish sophistication Urban perfection in a desirable location


arcelona is the Mediterranean metropolis of excellence, considered one of the best European cities in terms of quality of life. The city is not only attractive for its history, culture and gastronomy, but also for its dynamic character. It affords the perfect mix of infrastructure, Mediterranean lifestyle and culture and enjoys a prime seaside position. Barcelona boasts nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, numerous Michelin-starred restaurants and some of the finest architecture and art galleries in Europe. 32

The villa offers a unique opportunity to own a luxurious residence in the most exclusive area of one of Europe’s finest cities. A gracious home for stylish urban living and superb entertaining, this glamorous villa boasts one of the city’s most prestigious addresses: Pedralbes, Zona Alta de Barcelona. The classic style home exudes refined charm while offering the finest in design and the epitome of quality. Sleek but sophisticated, elegant but unpretentious, the marvellous 550m² villa consists of

a master suite with private terrace, five more bedrooms, an imposing living room with access to a covered terrace and garden, a fully equipped professional kitchen with dining area, office with access to a roof terrace, home cinema, gym and service area with laundry room. The villa features key architectural design elements such as marble floors and classical columns. The stunning villa enjoys a private garden to the front and rear of the property, complete with a lawn and covered dining/barbecue areas. An underground garage accommodates four cars. The family home is part of a small community of five houses that share a communal garden with swimming pool and tennis court.

Pedralbes, Zona Alta lies conveniently close to the Ronda, the motorway that circles the city, as well as the beautiful Collserola Park, 8,000 hectares of parkland on the city’s boundary. The Real Club de Polo and Real Club de Tenis are also located in Pedralbes, adding to the exclusivity of the neighbourhood. In addition, the proximity to Barcelona’s best international schools makes the area popular with international families looking to relocate here. This is a villa where luxury and location converge in a celebration of fine living. Price upon request. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Stylish elegance. Timeless appeal.

Spectacular mansion just steps away from the beach


he outstanding, flawless residence of supreme style and distinction, created with complete sophistication and gracious taste, is grand, stately and exudes a quietly understated traditional elegance. The newly built luxury mansion enjoys a superb location in the best part of Spain’s Guadalmina, one of the most prestigious residential addresses on the coast. With direct access to the beach less than 100 metres away and only a 5-minute drive to Puerto Banus, the location could not be better. The exclusive villa is accessed through a private gate and is set in extensive private grounds, surrounded by tropical landscaped gardens. The grand home is created by celebrated architect Cesar de Leyva, its neoclassical design harmonizing serenely with state-of-the-art luxury living. The design is sophisticated and dramatic; the condition is impeccable. The villa’s striking exterior is matched by a luxurious interior offering an abundance of space. Among the exquisite amenities are an impressive entrance hall with an elegant 34

staircase, dressing rooms and fireplace. The villa features four bedrooms with access to vast terraces and a splendid lounge with French windows leading to the large columned terrace that affords views to the gardens. There is a study, dining room and a fully equipped top-quality kitchen with utility room. The wonderful master bedroom boasts a fireplace, lounge area and separate walk-in dressing rooms. The mansion includes a self-contained 2-bedroom staff apartment. The architecturally magnificent villa is set on a wonderful private with landscaped garden, a large outdoor swimming pool, Turkish bath and outdoor dining area that’s ideal for entertaining. Exceptional luxury and amazing elegance abound this villa, providing a majestic lifestyle. Price: €6.95 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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An artful blend of elegance and design Grand villa commands a spectacular setting


ocated in one of the most prestigious residential areas on the Spanish coastline, this is limited edition living at its finest. A profound luxury of space, dazzling panoramic views and striking architectural details converge in this refined villa. From dramatic sculptural forms to sleek, sophisticated lines, from ultra-modern to timeless elegance, this villa has been exquisitely crafted to create a masterpiece with an uncompromisingly luxurious feel. The architectural beauty and gorgeous setting of this rare home are rivalled only by the sweeping panoramas. Perfect for elegant entertaining and modern living, the grandly scaled family home offers a spectacular 1,568m² of living space. Designed to impress, the villa boasts nine bedrooms, several living rooms, a dining room, stylish kitchen, offices, art studios and a gym. Existing in perfect harmony with nature, the exclusive villa spreads across 6,300m2 of land offering the utmost in privacy and splendour. The beautiful garden holds a stunning infinity swimming pool, where a striking sculpture enhances the natural serenity. Exceptional luxury and staggering beauty abound at the 36

glamorous pool-side areas, boasting breathtaking views toward the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. This is a place ideal for lounging, dining and relaxing. An incomparable site on Costa Maresme serves as the privileged setting for this grandiose Mediterranean villa, perfectly situated just five minutes from the village of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres. The area boasts excellent sporting facilities including golf courses, sailing marinas and horse riding, an attractive beach, walking and other outdoor pursuits in the natural parks. You’ll enjoy sensational views of the mountains and coast. Yet adding to the distinctive lifestyle is the fact Barcelona is just 30 minutes away. This architecturally magnificent villa is as much a work of art as it is a stunningly elegant family home. Price upon request. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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A superlative statement of style and luxury Privacy, exclusivity and prestige are the coveted attributes of this grandiose home The Costa del Maresme, or Costa de Barcelona, lies between the town of Montgat north of Barcelona, and the town of Blanes near the River Tordera, marking the boundary with the Costa Brava. Thanks to its mild climate, good beaches, pine-covered hills and accessibility, the coast has always been a popular residential area for people who work in Barcelona but wish to live outside of the city near the sea. It is also a place where many Catalans maintain holiday homes that they use for the long summer holidays and for weekend breaks. Among the residential areas par excellence is Vilassar de Dalt, a much sought-after village. It is a distinguished, medieval town with narrow, shaded streets, just 25 minutes from Barcelona by car. A direct train route comes right into Plaza Catalunya. Commanding a prestigious location close to the centre of Vilassar de Dalt, the magnificent residence was designed for living and entertaining on a grand scale. Flawless in every respect, the singular estate achieves the pinnacle of elegance, luxury, privacy and prestige. 38

Spacious living is epitomized in this 2,000m² estate, which consists of an exceptional stone villa and several outbuildings, including a guesthouse. The quintessentially classic main house boasts lavishly appointed interiors with original features, evoking the elegance and style of a bygone era. It features seven bedrooms, numerous reception rooms and libraries. Set on a walled plot of 3,700m2, the residence enjoys several beautiful terrace areas, including a covered terrace with authentic Catalan arches. There are well-manicured gardens and a variety of mature trees and shrubs. The property also boasts a sensational indoor swimming pool, elevator access and an 8-car garage. Live in unmatched splendour and style. Price: â‚Ź6 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Cutting-edge, cool & conceptual This villa is a triumph of modern architecture in a scenic setting




his futuristic glass house could just be the most glamorous in all of Costa Rica. The avant-garde details will thrill the senses. The striking design and dazzling 360-degree views of mountains and ocean add to an unparallelled sense of luxury. Designed by international award-winning architect Andres Morales, this private estate is a masterpiece of modernity. It makes a bold contemporary architectural statement with its dramatic curved glass façade that creates a light and airy feel inside. Fabulous for serene tropical living, the architecturally magnificent estate is comprised of a main house and a 2-bedroom guesthouse, 42

and with the added perk of a helipad. The open concept floorplan, towering ceilings, striking floor-to-ceiling windows and fine Italian marble add to the purity, sophistication and elegance of this singular villa. The ultra-modern residence is an entertainer’s dream with an expansive wrap-around infinity pool and terrace. The extraordinary living area is fitted with glass walls that offer sweeping ocean and mountain views. The 2-storey main social area is impressive beyond words, transforming the home into a sexy showplace by night and ßber-chic living space by day. The sensational bar and entertainment area merges seamlessly with the kitchen and dining

area. A staggeringly beautiful suspended marble staircase leads to the master suite with its Jacuzzi tub and lavish master bath, individual his and hers bathrooms and walk-in closets. In addition are maid’s quarters, laundry room, studio room and 2-car garage. The exceptional home is located near Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. It sits on six acres of landscaped grounds with tropical plants, flowers and fruit trees. The showcase home boasts panoramic vistas of the ocean with the coastline stretching toward Dominical to the south, Manuel Antonio to the west and the majestic

mountains to the east. Nearby can be found gorgeous beaches, fine restaurants and the European flair of Manuel Antonio, a 30-minute drive away. The Quepos Domestic Airport is located a mere 15-20 minutes away. Breathtaking design, awe-inspiring panoramas and a tranquil and scenic hilltop setting add up to luxury, privacy and security. Price: USD1.4 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Timeless elegance 44


Privacy and refined architecture amid Costa Rica’s natural beauty


legant in scale, architecturally exquisite and with beautiful views, this wonderful home affords a sophisticated lifestyle. Opulent but relaxed, the design strikes a masterful balance between timeless style and contemporary glamour. Making a bold visual statement, the striking angular villa is monumental, without losing its inviting charm. Designed for grand entertainment and serene living, the vast, luxurious villa offers ample living space, maximum privacy and security. The 1,200m² villa is gorgeously appointed and designed with luxury features such as marble floors throughout, travertine on the terraces and top-of-the-line appliances. The villa features a stellar master suite complete with a Jacuzzi and a private terrace that affords stunning mountain and sunset views. There are three more bedrooms, gym, home cinema, Italian-style kitchen and a 50m² swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Occupying a plot of 1,700m2, the exclusive villa benefits from terraces, beautifully landscaped gardens and spectacular views of the Santa Ana Valley, plus, in the distance, sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. Set west of Escazu in the valley, Santa Ana is a sought-after region known for its upscale living opportunities, chic communities, first-class hospital facilities, popular shopping centres and some of the best restaurants in Costa Rica. With its dry climate, superior highway access and proximity to many international schools, as well as the Juan Santamaria International Airport, this area is popular with foreign expatriates and their families. Santa Ana offers all the perks of a metropolitan lifestyle, combined with the charms of country living. This is a place where splendour, comfort, privacy and luxury blend perfectly. It defines fine living. Price: USD1.95 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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luxury CYPRUS

Limited edition living at its best These homes are set on one of Cyprus’ finest sites and offer a rare, tranquil haven with magnificent views


uxury, location and sophistication define this spectacular waterfront real estate offering. Wonderfully located, the ultra-luxurious boutique community is situated in the centre of Cyprus’ most charming town, offering elegant living in the heart of the cosmopolitan Pafos Harbour area. With the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea, the promenade, marina and Pafos Castle on your doorstep, and archaeological sites just a stroll away, the property will be an unmatched, sought-after residential community. With a gorgeous beachfront location, the property will boast stunning architecture, modern interiors and luxury amenities. The residences will offer an alluring, stylish blend of contemporary architecture and interior design. The whole design is gloriously sleek, open and airy. Private and exclusive, the individually designed residences are large in size, yet limited in number to just 14. The 2-4 bedroom luxurious 48

apartments will enjoy up to 224m² of living space, with each residence boasting a spacious balcony from which to enjoy dazzling sea and marina views. Owners will be invited to choose from topquality marble, granite and solid wood parquet flooring offerings. The deluxe, custom-designed kitchens will come with a choice of veneer or lacquer finishes alongside a selection of marble, Corian or granite worktops, as well as fully integrated, branded kitchen appliances. The modern residences will have high-quality fittings that will include the latest smart home technology, satellite TV and wine cellar. Each apartment will come with a covered private parking space. Owners will have access to an impressive range of amenities and services including a gym, large outdoor infinity pool, relaxation and wellness spa facilities, 24-hour concierge and reception services, property management and rental

services. A safe, gated environment with beautifully landscaped gardens creates a perfectly peaceful haven. Strategically placed between Europe, Africa and the Middle East, it is no surprise that Cyprus has been such a magnet for centuries. The island offers a seductive mix of ancient Greek mythology, Middle Eastern mysticism and European cosmopolitan flair. It is an island like no other and is truly filled with surprises: from snow-capped mountains to golden beaches, from ancient ruins and enchanting villages that have remained untouched for centuries, to popular jazz festivals and sophisticated towns bursting with life and commerce. Cyprus has also become an important international business centre with its low set-up costs, attractive tax rates and excellent infrastructure. Favourable taxation includes a 10% corporation tax and low personal income tax. The property is located in the most picturesque

area of the island, Pafos - a UNESCO World Heritage Site with many places of architectural and archaeological importance. These include amazing mosaics, palaces, Tombs of the Kings, theatres and forts. This part of the island possesses all the elements for that perfect getaway: small sandy beaches that rank high on the list of some of Europe’s best, a majestic landscape, beautiful coastline, medieval monasteries, Byzantine churches, delightful villages and an attractive harbour, lined with bright fishing boats and restaurants. This is luxury waterfront living at its finest. Price: From ₏950,000. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Fine Alpine Living

Luxurious chalet graced with stunning mountain scenery and breathtaking panoramas



pectacular in style and setting, this is a unique opportunity to purchase one of the best examples of a Savoyard chalet in the Haute Savoie. Nestled on the French-Swiss border, Chatel is an enchanting Savoyard village and forms part of the enormous Portes du Soleil ski area. This magnificent region is the largest linked ski area in the world and offers over 650 kilometres of piste, connecting 12 resorts including Avoriaz in France and ChampĂŠry in Switzerland. Whatever your skiing needs and expertise, you will find it here. There are excellent, easily accessible nursery slopes, mile upon mile of easy blues and reds for the intermediates, and some of the most challenging black runs in the Alps, including the notorious La Chavanette (The Swiss Wall), for the more advanced. The Portes du Soleil has a fantastic snow record. Its location in the northern French Alps and its proximity to Lac Leman and Mont Blanc mean that the area receives on average more snow 52

then anywhere else in the Alps. The ski chalet is steeped in history and natural beauty, boasting a south-facing setting with panoramic views across the valley. The gorgeous chalet is not just one of the oldest buildings in Chatel, it is a landmark in the village. Being one of the first properties in the village, originally as a Savoyard farmhouse built around 1890, it enjoys a privileged location: three minutes walk to the village centre, five minutes to the nearest lift (Super Chatel telecabine), and a bus stop just around the corner. The 11-bedroom chalet consists of three separate quarters, all under a single roof and adjoining with full access. It is comprised of a 6-bedroom main residence, a 3-bedroom apartment that can be integrated as part of the main chalet, and a 2-bedroom loft apartment on the top, which to date has been used as staff quarters. With a small amount of renovation, it can be integrated into a spectacular chalet with six or seven ensuite bedrooms.

Alternatively, left as is, it can continue to be run as a successful business. The 734m² chalet has been meticulously renovated and restored to offer all of the modern amenities while preserving its traditional style and grace. Intended for full-scale entertaining and comfortable living, this classic chalet is tastefully appointed on all five levels. The living space consists of a grand entrance with a beautiful exposed staircase offering direct access to either of the two lounges. One is more formal with an open fire, and the second is a more casual lounge currently used as a media room. There is an exceptional dining room with a wonderful wooden table and dazzling valley views. The family kitchen is equally impressive, with granite countertops and all the appliances you would expect in a modern kitchen. The kitchen features a small informal dining and breakfast area. Each bedroom is full of character and charm, having incorporated original Savoyard furnish-

ings, while retaining traditional features such as 100-year-old exposed beams. Located in a place of timeless beauty and great tranquillity, the chalet offers breathtaking views across the valley from all rooms. The grounds of 2,385m2 have been beautifully landscaped to create an expansive wooden deck with wood-fired hot tub, a kitchen garden and flat lawn that is shaded by a majestic century-old tilleul tree. The large terrace surrounds the chalet, ensuring the sun is captured from sunrise to sunset. This area can be easily accessed from several rooms, inviting indoor/outdoor living. The architecture, ambiance and setting of this luxury ski property offer gracious alpine living at its finest. Price: â‚Ź2.5 million (including furniture). CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Breathtaking Mountain Majesty


Š Chamonix Tourist Office - Mario Colonel - Summit of Mont Blanc

A new prestigious residential address facing Europe’s highest mountaintop, Mont Blanc


ocated in the French Alps, Chamonix is the perfect blend of pure mountain splendour, old Savoyard culture, world-class skiing, stunning hiking and unsurpassed beauty. Chamonix lies in one of the most spectacular valleys of the French Alps, dominated by the beauty of the Mont Blanc chain to the south and the Aiguilles Rouges to the north. Situated close to Italy and Switzerland, Chamonix enjoys easy access to three countries. It is also conveniently placed just an hour from Geneva Airport, making it an ideal destination for a weekend break. The natural beauty and breathtaking scenery of the region is incomparable, and with a bustling Alpine town and abundance of outdoor activities on offer, it is apparent why Chamonix is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Chamonix is a vibrant town with a wonderful architectural heritage that bears witness to a wealth of history: the Priory, alpine farms, baroque churches, Art Deco buildings and palaces from the Golden Era. Chamonix Mont Blanc has been long recognized for its first-class skiing and mountaineering, hailed as not only one of France’s top resorts but as one of the world’s best ski destinations. It is also widely recognized as the World Capital of Mountaineering. For skiers and snowboarders, Chamonix offers more than 150 kilometres of ski slopes, 90% of which are situated above 2000 metres. Its reputation as a Mecca for expert skiers, however, hides the wide selection of beautiful sunny pistes that are perfect for ski “cruisers.” Chamonix is not just a winter ski resort. The cosmopolitan town is a true year-round destination, even more lively in the summer. There are up to 100,000 visitors per day during the summer, compared to around 60,000 in winter. The summer visitors are drawn by

an extraordinary choice of sports activities: 350 kilometres of marked hiking trails, 40 kilometres of mountain bike tracks, plus rock climbing, mountaineering, white water rafting, canyoning, fishing and paragliding. There is also an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior - and lots more. Here is a unique opportunity to own an elegant residence prestigiously located in Les Moussoux, one of the most sought-after areas of Chamonix and with dazzling views overlooking Mont Blanc. The luxury duplex apartment is a 5-minute walk to the new cable car station of Le Brevent and seven minutes from the centre of Chamonix. The 4-bedroom chalet apartment exudes the essence of craftsmanship and timeless elegance, while providing a sophisticated living environment to enjoy any occasion. It offers 160m² of stylish living space and is finished to the highest standard with natural stone, oak parquet and underfloor heating in the bathrooms. The impressive living room boasts a grand fire chimney and south-oriented panoramic windows, which open to a 28m² terrace facing the Alps. The laundry room and kitchen are completely equipped and finished with high-quality materials, including granite working surfaces. The mountain home also enjoys a 60m² garden, two parking spaces, cellar and ski lockers. This is an exquisite lifestyle investment, where multimillion-dollar views meet classic elegance. Price: €1.675 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Style, glamour and elegance A magnificent villa with a view that seduces, enthrals and mesmerizes



he glitz and glamour of the French Riviera is rivalled by few other places on the globe. With sunny beaches, charming seaside resorts, luxurious yachts and a loyal following of A-listers, royalty and jet-setters, the French Riviera is the place to see and be seen. Villefranche-sur-Mer remains one of the unspoilt treasures on the French Riviera, having carefully guarded the charm of Provence and mixed it with the prestige of the region. The port, the citadelle, the old town and the gentle curve of the coastline all contribute to the beauty of the village. A truly divine setting in one of the most stunning and exclusive areas on the Mediterranean coast makes it a favourite property hotspot for international aristocracy and celebrities. Superlatives cannot adequately describe the vista and understated sophistication of the beautifully presented villa. Majestically situated, the villa enjoys a prestigious hilltop location that helps lend it a lifestyle of privilege and privacy. It boasts unending panoramas of the dazzling Mediterranean Sea and the breathtaking Bay of Villefranche. The rare Riviera family house combines grand exquisite living with modern family space. Incomparable elegance, refined character and premier-quality craftsmanship fill this strikingly elegant 700m² home. The interior is tastefully appointed with seven bedrooms, an impressive living room, home cinema and stone floor throughout its luxurious spaces. There is a lift, allowing easy access to all floors, plus a 4-car garage. Offering sophisticated indoor-outdoor living in a singular setting, the villa enjoys 10,000m2 of private grounds, complete with an exceptional infinity pool outfitted with fibre optics and jet stream. Spectacular on every level, this villa has everything a connoisseur of fine living could desire. Price upon request. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Simply Stunning

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Luxury villa with priceless panoramas The Côte d’Azur is undoubtedly one of the most alluring, sophisticated and sought-after destinations in the world. The sparkling blue sea, majestic palm trees, delightful beaches and gorgeous towns and villages, backed by a lush backdrop of high green mountains, have enchanted visitors for centuries. Glamorous and exclusive, Saint-Jean-CapFerrat is the French Riviera as you expect it to be. One of the most beautiful places on the Mediterranean coast, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has long been the playground of the rich and famous. It lies on a peninsula and is therefore almost completely surrounded by the intense turquoise blue of the Mediterranean. This stunning peninsula features a picturesque port, the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, and the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild with its incredible gardens. Ideally located between Nice and Monaco, this lovely area is a perfect holiday destination and home to some of the most exclusive and exquisite pieces of luxury real estate in all of Europe. The elegant Provençal-style villa boasts spectacular views and delivers a smart floorplan maximizing space with walls of glass that

frame the shimmering vistas, while allowing for the ultimate indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Magnificently located in a breathtaking waterfront position, the villa boasts panoramic views of the Bay of Villefranche and the old town. Encompassing 500m² of living space, the home features six bedrooms, a sensational livingdining area and modern designer kitchen. The luxurious residence also enjoys a service apartment, sauna, laundry room, elevator and a garage for several cars. A warm, subtle palette sets the stage for a dramatic centrepiece: a striking, vast terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, from which one can take in the most brilliant views of the water and the sky. The outdoor area boasts plenty of sun beds, a dining area, lounge area and a dazzling swimming pool. This is French Riviera living at its finest. Price upon request. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Living the good life Enjoy the joie de vivre of the French lifestyle


he Var is the sunshine department of France, bounded by the Southern Alps to the north and the famous Côte d’Azur to the south. With stunning mountain ranges, lakes, huge forests and 430 kilometres of sun-drenched shoreline, white sandy beaches, tranquil coves and umbrella pines, the region is one of the most desirable destinations in France for holiday-makers and property investors alike. Several well-known and elegant resorts grace the coast, giving its magnetic allure: Bandol, Hyères les Palmiers, Bormes-les-Mimosas, Le Lavandou, St. Tropez, Sainte-Maxime, Fréjus and Saint-Raphaël. Situated between the majestic mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, the Var inland beats to a much slower pace. Rich with Medieval towns, provincial markets, olive groves, spectacular lavender and sunflowers fields, and first-class vineyards, the area is unspoilt. The Var vineyards produce some of the best-known wines of the Côtes de Provence. 60

The Haut Var offers a striking contrast, and with its hilltop villages, vast forests and breathtaking gorges, it is a wonderful playground for walkers, climbers, kayakers, skiers and snow sport enthusiasts. Furthermore, the vast forests produce truffles, mushrooms and wild herbs that fill the air with delightful fragrances. Comfort and elegance for modern living merge beautifully in this high-quality estate located in Cavalaire-sur-Mer, a seaside resort full of charm. Boasting a gorgeous bay, three kilometres of sandy beaches and an elegant marina, Cavalaire-sur-Mer is ideally located at the entrance to the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, while being close to Le Lavandou and Saint Tropez (18 km), Hyères and Saint-Raphael (40 km) and Nice and Marseille (120 km). Facing the Hyères Islands - Ile du Levant, PortCros and Porquerolles - Cavalaire-sur-Mer will delight sun worshippers, scuba divers and sailors alike. This private residential community provides

an absolute respite from everyday life with traditional craftsmanship and enchanting surroundings. Built in Provençal style, the firstclass enclave of only 25 villas is located 900 metres from the sea and a magnificent bay. The domain has uninterrupted views of the regional backdrop, with exposure to the south, creating that exquisite setting for an idyllic life in the sun. Encompassing 87-149m² of living space, the lovely interior of each house is tastefully appointed with three or four bedrooms, a sitting room with fireplace, large dining room and fully fitted kitchen. All villas come with large American-style fridges, vitroceramic cooking hobs, microwave ovens, traditional ovens, dish washers, washing machines, tumble dryers, flat-screen televisions with foreign channel reception, DVD players, stereo systems and high-speed Internet access. Each fully furnished villa sits on a private plot of 460-570m², complete with a covered terrace,

private heated pool and a garden planted with Mediterranean trees. Residence owners enjoy access to services that include hotel-style concierge, year-round caretaker, cleaning, gardening, pool maintenance, delivery of breakfast bread and newspapers. The freehold properties are available as either leaseback properties or “classic” purchase. For leaseback properties, owners will receive rent, net of charges, recover the 19.6% VAT on the total amount of the acquisition as well as benefit from a tax scheme via LMP/ LMNP status while ensuring income for their retirement. Character, style and beauty abound in this lovely domain. Price: From €660,000 (excl. VAT). CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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luxury IBIZA


An oasis of privacy

A country estate of rare beauty and architectural integrity


urrounded by the emerald green water of the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza boasts breathtaking scenic beauty. It is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, offering large areas of glorious unspoilt countryside. Discover pristine beaches and idyllic coves that meander down to the sparkling sea, the incredible scenery of majestic hills covered in pine forests that fill the countryside, and secluded white-washed villages. This is a singular opportunity to own a very private country estate majestically located in the hills of San Juan, set on a huge plot of land affording breathtaking panoramas of the countryside and the sea alongside complete privacy. The elegant Ibicecan farmhouse boasts sensational 180-degree views overlooking the valley and the Mediterranean Sea, in one of the most untouched parts of Ibiza. The exceptional property is characterized by the abundance of natural light throughout the house and the contrast between its striking architectural design and its beautiful scenic location. An oasis of privacy, serenity and stunning beauty, the newly built luxury residence features an alluring blend of traditional elegance and modern sophistication. Grandly scaled and impressively sited amidst a spectacular landscape, the estate offers a massive living space. The original finca has been renovated and finished to perfection, with the

main house consisting of a large open-plan kitchen and a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto a covered terrace. There are several living areas and a lovely TV room, as well as several bedrooms, making the property ideal for modern family living. There are also further bedroom suites in a separate annex to the main house, each with its own private access. Each suite enjoys dazzling views. Seamlessly blending indoor comfort with outdoor living, the pool area offers an expansive teak-decked terrace with an infinity pool and a small children’s pool. There is a covered terrace that houses an outdoor kitchen, barbecue and a large dining area. The landscaped gardens with lawns and palm trees blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings. This is a place of timeless beauty and great tranquillity. This architecturally magnificent estate makes a perfect family home or second home, while also offering fantastic rental potential. This is Ibiza at its grandest. Price upon request. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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luxury KOH CHANG

Modern Marvellous Magnificent

These residences have the wow-factor with cutting-edge architect design and spectacular setting


oh Kood, one of Thailand’s last unspoilt islands, is another world. Supremely serene. Wonderfully tranquil. Comfortably removed. With some of the best beaches in Thailand and the unsurpassed beauty of the natural surroundings, the pristine island of Koh Kood on the Gulf of Siam is one of the finest luxury travel destinations in Thailand. The second largest island in the Koh Chang Archipelago and the fourth largest in Thailand, Koh Kood is located at the end of the Thai eastern maritime territory bordering Cambodia. In this paradise, boasting a beachfront location and dazzling views over the bay and the ocean, lies this designer residential resort featuring ultra-modern residences in one of 64

the most scenic locations in the world. Koh Kood is the epitome of an island hideaway, boasting crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, a stunning rainforest, quaint fishing villages, coconut and rubber plantations, fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling spots. Many people revisit year after year, drawn by the laid-back pace of life and natural beauty. The boutique resort is best described as ecochic, perfectly combining its prime position in the midst of unspoilt nature with the most modern comfort and luxury. It almost makes you wonder where nature ends and the residences begin. This is man and nature living in perfect harmony.

The property represents über-stylish aesthetics, free of embellishments, allowing the natural beauty and sleek architecture to shine through. The development will feature just 20 striking limited-edition homes available for private ownership, ranging from 2-bedroom gardenview apartments to 2- and 3-bedroom pool villas, to 4-bedroom beachfront villas. The private residences will showcase an alluring blend of glamorously contemporary architecture and interior design, while integrating beautifully with their scenic setting. The spectacular contemporary residences will offer a constructed area ranging from 118m² to 391m². The private villa plots will range in size from 242m² to 551m². Residence owners will have access to a range of amenities and services at both the residences and the adjoining boutique resort,

including spa, pool, gym, restaurant and bar, housekeeping and laundry centre, in-villa dining and villa butler. There are two rental programmes available, offering up to 60 days personal usage, and either 6% return guaranteed for four years, or a 40/60 share of net revenues. Owner benefits also include an exchange programme at other resorts and discounts on resort amenities and services. Sleek, glamorous and unapologetically modern, this is paradise island living at its finest. Price: From THB12.9 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Fine vineyard estate living Historic vineyard estate offers a perfect combination of holiday home and real estate investment



efined by its vineyards and scented with rosemary and lavender, the Languedoc is a historic and unspoilt region of blue skies and dramatic landscapes lying along a 300-kilometre stretch of golden beaches between the Côte d’Azur and the Spanish border. This is quintessential South of France - a landscape of rolling hills fringed with cypress, ancient forests of oak and chestnut. Famous vineyards and olive groves carpet the landscape from the hills to the blue shores of the Mediterranean. Quickly being discovered by holiday-makers and property buyers alike, the region enjoys a perfect climate, with more than 300 days of sunshine annually. The Languedoc offers tremendous diversity: sandy beaches, wooded mountains, ancient market towns and thriving fishing villages, as well as vineyards of international renown. The region is a land of marvels. It overflows with natural and historical sites that range from medieval castles, caves, dolmens and Romanesque churches, to abbeys.

It boasts five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Carcassonne, known worldwide for its medieval fortified town, and the Canal du Midi, a major construction linking Toulouse to Sète, plus 13 villages featured on the list of Plus beaux villages de France (the most beautiful villages in France). These include SaintGuilhem-le-Désert, Minerve and Olargues. Le Domaine de la Mandoune, a beautifully restored 19th-century wine-growing estate, represents a rare opportunity to purchase an elegant vineyard apartment in this beautiful area of France. Combining authenticity, wellbeing, appreciation of heritage and refined luxury, Le Domaine de la Mandoune offers the very best of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Sitting on a truly exceptional site, the domaine is only fve minutes from the beaches, and sits on the shores of the Étang de Thau, opening out onto the sea. Its eastern shore forms an 11-kilometre beach, with the Mediterranean on one side and the tranquil waters of the basin on the other, whilst the western shore is


a hive of traditional activities such as fishing, shellfish farming and wine-growing. In front of the property there is a park with 100-year-old trees featuring pines and other Mediterranean species. Alongside are vineyards, an olive grove and vegetable gardens. Around the estate, shoreline vegetation extends out of sight and includes reed beds, wild orchids and sea daffodils. Everywhere, the scent of pines, sea, thyme and rosemary blend tantalizingly. The immediate locality offers delightful small ports like Mèze, Bouzigues and Marseillan. Marseillan is an ancient Phocaean town that charms visitors with its authenticity. It is one of Languedoc’s gems, once named “what St Tropez most probably looked like before Brigitte Bardot went there” by the The Guardian. The port of Marseillan is a Mediterranean hotspot for water sports, for those cruising on the Canal du Midi, and is notably home to a sailing school (Ecole de voile les Glénans). There is so much to do in the area, from relaxing and sunbathing around the swimming pool or along the beach, to kite surfing with one of several sailing clubs. Sailing, rowing, water-skiing, hiking and cycling are all very popular. Le Domaine de la Mandoune is 20 minutes from Pézenas, 25 minutes from Sète, 40


minutes from Montpellier, 50 minutes from Narbonne, and an hour from Nimes, Carcassonne and Perpignan. Easy to reach, with superb motorway and high-speed rail links, six international airports also connect the Languedoc to every major European city. This superb development, with only 28 one-ofa-kind residences, is set in 45 acres of vineyards and Mediterranean countryside, including 300 metres of unspoilt natural beach. The domaine is made up of the original Château, mews and wine storehouse. Each luxurious residence boasts period features that are integrated seamlessly into schemes that marry the traditional and the contemporary. The interior will combine modern décor - metallic stairway, unvarnished wood, fair-faced concrete - with the nobility of the past, including exposed stone and beams, floor boards and arched doorways. The result promises to be homes of style and refinement. Each apartment is unique. The stylish 1-3 bedroom residences come fully furnished and equipped. Almost all of the apartments enjoy gardens, patios and/or balconies. The world’s largest wine-producing region, wine-making in the Languedoc dates to Roman times. Today’s energetic generation of young winemakers makes great use of the

varied terroirs to produce exciting and elegant wines that hold their own against the best of Bordeaux and the New World. The centerpiece of this development will be the estate’s vineyard, which is made up of Grenache, Chenin, Merlot and Sauvignon grapes. The vineyard gives all residents the opportunity to follow the wine-growers throughout the seasons and participate in the harvesting, blending and various stages of wine-making. You can also invite friends to wine-tastings in the estate’s cellar, or picnic by the waterside. Why not pack a few oysters and shellfish to complement the wine of the estate? With a host of first-class facilities and services, the luxury vineyard resort offers a unique opportunity to experience the authentic ‘Art de Vivre’ for which the South of France is so renowned. Amenities include a restaurant, wine bar, swimming pool, wellness centre, sun deck, tennis court, golfing area with putting green and practice holes, and a fitness trail where you can jog or walk in an outstanding natural environment between the vines, by the olive grove and along the waterfront. A floating dock enables the sailing schools to come and pick up those who would enjoy a ride in a sailing dinghy or a catamaran. Residences are being sold fully furnished with a full management service in place to ensure

you get the most from your investment. The award-winning developer specialises in luxury developments and the restoration of historical buildings, while preserving their heritage and tradition. The company has several times received the Bentley Award for best development project. One of its developments was recently listed by The Times as one of the ‘Top 20 vineyard hotels in the world’. This leaseback property offers freehold ownership and rental income guaranteed by a 9-year commercial lease, as well as the VAT rebate and other fiscal benefits. There are several leaseback options available: from pure investment up to six months’ use per year. Owners will also benefit from discounts at other hotels and resorts managed by the company. Le Domaine de la Mandoune represents a rare opportunity to purchase a unique, exceptional property in one of the world’s most stable economies - a sound property investment in the South of France and a source of pleasure for many generations to come. Price: From €239,000 (excluding VAT). CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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luxury LIGURIA

Timeless elegance and glamour The villa offers an unrivalled combination of graceful architecture and breathtaking views


n the shadow of its more famous French counterpart, the Italian Riviera offers a similar coastline lapped by gorgeous blue seas, with stately resorts and casinos, palms strung along the promenades and picturesque inland villages. Situated in the Italian region of Liguria, a place whose history and destiny are closely linked to the sea, the Riviera is sandwiched between France and Tuscany to the west and east, and the Piemonte Alps to the north. This magnificent coastal area is best known for its mild climate which, along with the charm of its old fishing ports and the beauty of its landscape, has made it a popular destination. The coastline has a unique microclimate, with sunshine and comfortable temperatures year-round. Finished to perfection, the elegant villa personifies all that is glamorous and wonderful about the Italian Riviera. This is where Italian sophistication meets old Hollywood glamour. Striking views, exquisite design and luxurious architectural detailing abound. The south-facing villa commands a privileged position on a hillside and boasts incomparable, 70

dazzling panoramas of the Italian Riviera, the Hanbury Gardens, the Mediterranean Sea and, to the west, France. This is absolute magic. With 350m² of living space, the home features a beautiful reception room, a marble staircase and four bedrooms, two of which open onto glorious sun terraces. The villa comes with an impressive panoramic terrace, a gazebo, infinity pool and ornate park of 2,000m2. The luxurious villa sits in an area of exceptional beauty and splendid views. Wonderfully located in Latte, one kilometre from the French border, the villa is just 15 minutes from Monte Carlo. There is a large double garage at the road level, while the villa features a private drive through landscaped gardens, leading to a second parking area for five cars. From there, a lift takes you to the villa entrance. This is the epitome of exclusive luxury. Price upon request. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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luxury LISBON

Gracious heritage Majestic design defines this fairytale castle




he magnificent castle is designed for the discerning and sophisticated connoisseur of fine living. It is grand, stately and exudes a distinguished, traditional refinement. The castle is an extraordinary work of art, blending Old Manueline style with 19th-century romantic period elements and luxury finishes and fittings. The Manueline style, named after King Manuel I (who reigned between 1495-1521), marked the transition


from Gothic to Renaissance in Portugal. It is an ornate and imposing style inspired by the voyages of discovery, drawing heavily on nautical themes, usually with ropes and coral carved in twisted stone, topped by armillary spheres and the Cross of the Order of Christ. Dating from the 17th century, this stunning 900m² castle exudes incomparable elegance, classical character and premier-quality craftsmanship. It is richly decorated with gilded

wood, Portuguese tiles, painted ceilings and elaborate fireplaces. The historic property boasts over 30 rooms, including 20 bedrooms and a suite of staterooms, with several large halls. The towering castle also enjoys scenic views, a lovely landscaped garden and a pool. The castle stands majestically on sprawling grounds of 600,000m2, overlooking the green pastures of Torres Novas. A beautiful and charming area of the country, Torres Novas

also has a lovely town and is easily accessible from Lisbon. This is fairytale living at its finest. Price upon request. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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luxury MADRID


Magnificent, elegant, grand scale This home of distinction captivates the essence of luxurious urban living



Luxury and sophistication define this spectacular real estate offering. Strikingly elegant and styled in timeless grandeur, the residence features magnificent architecture and beautiful custom finishes throughout the 900m² living area. This exceptional residence is ideal for family living and entertaining. The impressively large home combines a graceful floorplan with elegance and volume. Each spacious room flowing into the next. The élite residence features key architectural design elements such as dramatic gallery landings that overlook double-height lounges, imposing floorto-ceiling windows and a gorgeous circular living room. The villa boasts all the comforts and amenities of a dream home. Sumptuous lounges and entertainment areas are spread across this superior villa. There are three sensational master suites, complete with exquisite bedrooms, lavish bathrooms and spacious dressing rooms. There are also three staff or guest quarters, a stylish gourmet kitchen, an indoor swimming pool and a gym.

Wonderfully located on a 4,000m2 plot, the residence offers that precious blend of comfort, serenity and privacy. It comes with outdoor entertaining areas, lovely garden and a stunning swimming pool. The deluxe villa enjoys a sought-after location in the prestigious area of La Moraleja - often described as the Beverly Hills of Madrid. La Moraleja offers the most exclusive properties in the Madrid area, plus convenient proximity to the city, the best shopping centres and golf courses. Then add the peace and quiet of this upmarket neighbourhood. To top it all, families will find several leading Spanish and international schools. This is a rare opportunity to acquire an extraordinary architectural villa of incomparable scale and grandeur in one of Madrid’s most exclusive addresses. Price: €5.85 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Unashamedly contemporary This villa is a superlative mixture of exclusivity, striking design and grand volumes



treamlined, sculptural, a statement of urban chic, this elegant house is created by the renowned Spanish firm of A-cero Architects. Designed to typify minimalist elegance, the luxury villa exudes sophistication and style. With its clean, simple lines and geometric angles, the whole design is gloriously sleek, open and airy. The clarity of the material of the façade, plus the white that dominates the interior and numerous windows, make this home a place brimming with light and vitality. The interior is finished in an ultra-modern style, with spectacular volumes and strong geometry. The extraordinary villa is large yet not dominating, modern but not pretentious. Boasting a grand living space of 1,300m², the exclusive villa is comprised of a stellar master suite that, besides the bed area, includes its own living room, dressing room and bathroom, six further bedrooms, kitchen, two impressive living rooms, dining room, family room, home cinema room, gym and indoor pool. The singular villa sits on a private plot of 3,100m2, complete with a swimming pool and garage for six cars. This is an exceptional home for large-scaled entertaining and family living in one of the most sought-after locations near Spain’s capital. La Finca, just 15 minutes from downtown Madrid, in the town of Pozuelo de Alarcón, is a glamorous and prestigious residential enclave. In the eyes of many, it is the most elite, private and secure residential community in the country. The area is well designed with many green spaces and lakes. This is Madrid at its finest - urban perfection in an enviable location. Price: €9.5 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Eco-chic magnificence A Robinson Crusoe-esque hideaway - private, pristine and utterly beautiful


oneva Fushi, a legendary ultra-luxurious resort in the Maldives, is set in a place of untouched beauty and great tranquillity, the privately owned, unpopulated, tropical island of Kunfunadhoo. Surrounded by a coral lagoon and white sand beaches that slope gently into an azure blue sea, the award-winning Soneva Fushi Resort offers the ultimate in barefoot sophistication. In this unique location, Soneva Fushi is among the first to offer holiday home ownership in the Maldives to overseas investors. This is limited edition living at its best with only six architecturally significant villas on offer. With a magnificent beachfront location and spectacular ocean views, the breathtaking residences are the perfect blend of casual luxury and indoor-outdoor lifestyle. 82

The prestigious villas offer four or six bedrooms with living spaces ranging from 3,080m² to 3,704m², and sit on private plots of 4,000m2 or 8,000m2, boasting a beachfrontage of up to 70+ metres. A stellar expansive master bedroom with private sun-deck and master bathroom suite with Jacuzzi is complimented by three or five guest bedrooms. The exclusive villas boast several exceptional features, including pools surrounding the villa’s communal areas and master bedroom suite, gym, sauna and steam room with private spa suites alongside large swimming pools with sunken dining area. Other standout features include wine cellar, study, snooker room, library, state-of-the-art kitchen, entertainment room with 100-inch screen home

cinema system, children’s living room and nanny rooms. There are staff quarters for the owner’s butlers, Mr. and Mrs. Friday. Backed up by Soneva’s team of housekeepers, wine sommeliers, chefs and waiters, the Fridays will oversee every aspect of the owner’s stay, from arranging spa appointments to private dinners by the sea. Villa owners will not only own the ultimate private island lifestyle, but may also benefit from an attractive optional rental programme that allows them to earn revenue when not using their private residence. The Maldives offers ownership tax breaks and does not have capital gains or acquisition taxes. Soneva Fushi presents a variety of gourmet dining options in settings as memorable as the

food itself, such as a moonlit beach barbecue, a desert island picnic, a gourmet lunch in the shade of a canopy of trees or an intimate dinner lit by lanterns on a private beach. The resort boasts a world-class Six Senses Spa, with an endless array of relaxation and pampering treatments. Watersports include sensational diving and snorkelling, windsurfing, water-skiing, sailing and fishing, plus excursions to nearby islands. This is an escapist’s dream resort: eco-luxury, opulent service and rare privacy. Yours to own. Price: From USD10 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Mallorca par excellence Oceanview lifestyle with modern living spaces and sweeping panoramas


allorca is an island of contrasts. The international flair in the city of Palma fascinates, the idyllic countryside in the island’s centre enchants and the choice of sunny, sandy beaches amazes. The island is internationally regarded as safe and secure and each year welcomes many famous celebrities, politicians and royalty, including the Spanish Royal Family who maintain their summer residence there. The elegant villa has it all – a stunning interior that is rivalled only by its breathtaking sea views. Understated elegance, pure luxury and an enviable position in La Mola, this villa is blessed with fabulous dazzling views of the 84

harbour of Puerto de Andratx, the surrounding hills, the Mediterranean Sea and the nature reserve Sa Dragonera. Intended for stylish island living and superb entertaining, the exquisitely appointed villa offers expansive living areas, large open terraces and the seamless transition of indoor into outdoor spaces. With 605m² of luxury and utmost contemporary living space, the outstanding villa offers four bedrooms, a magnificent living room with fireplace and a sophisticated open Americanstyle kitchen and dining room, offering fantastic views toward the pool and the sea. There is also a separate guest apartment with

its own entrance, adding more bedrooms. There is the opportunity to extend the villa by another 100m², making it a truly grand family home. Luxury features include stone floor, under-floor heating and air conditioning. The spectacular outdoor area and private plot of 2,374m2 takes the divine to the sublime. Perfect for alfresco dining, wonderful parties or just lounging, it comes complete with a striking pool, barbecue area and sensational roof terrace with Jacuzzi. The exceptional residence boasts a singular setting, situated above the ocean on the rocks of the peninsula of La Mola, an exclusive residential area of Puerto de Andratx. The central

location of La Mola allows for many activities and excursions in the vicinity. It is just five minutes to the yacht harbour of Puerto de Andratx, where you can charter a boat or take sailing lessons, and not much farther to sandy beaches and several golf courses. Luxurious in design. Spacious in size. Exclusive in location. The ultimate in stylish modern living. Price: â‚Ź7.4 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Steeped in history and beauty

A world of natural splendour surrounds this estate


ere is a singular opportunity to own one of the most historic posesiones (country estates) in the north of Mallorca. With a beautiful and tranquil setting on the slopes of the Tramuntana range, the exceptional 13th-century country estate sits majestically on 620 acres in the desirable Vall d’en March. It is not just a beautiful Mallorquin finca, surrounded by wildlife and 360-degree views, but also a working farm and organic olive estate, with thousands of ancient olive trees, a herd of Mallorquin and Spanish sheep, a large green garden and carob trees. The estate is a haven for lovers of outdoor living, offering great opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing, hunting (wild birds, goats and rabbits are plentiful), mushroom picking, bird watching and horse riding, plus plenty of solitude, tranquillity and seclusion from the outside world. While most of the main house was completed by the late 19th century, the house was origi86

nally built around a 13th-century Moorish tower, which is the centre of one of the two patios. It has a spiral staircase that leads to a large attic and a matanza room, used traditionally to cure the locally produced hams and sausages. The historic farmhouse offers approximately 1,300m² of living space and is comprised of nine bedrooms, two kitchens, a living room, dining room and three sitting rooms. Nearly every room has a fireplace. It also features a bodega (wine cellar), a carpenter’s shop and two large covered outdoor ovens. There is an independent, single-bedroom staff apartment with kitchen. One of the standout features is the enormous olive pressing room, where oil is still produced in the traditional way. It boasts an original olive oil press, a tafona, dating back to 1833. A small portion of the olives is used to produce oil in this press, using an ancient millstone and the resident mule. The remainder is pressed

in a nearby co-operative press, producing oil of a high commercial standard which, as an ecological oil, commands a premium price. Altogether there are ten major buildings on the estate, including two large, 2-storey garages and two stables containing five stalls. There is a recently constructed hunting lodge that boasts views as far as the Bay of Alcudia. It offers a great hall with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace, two bedrooms, kitchen and a lookout tower. At the top of the farm is a large valley with arable fields and a shepherd’s hut. Within the grounds of the property are numerous fruit trees producing figs, apricots, plums, grapes, peaches, pomegranates, persimmons, apples, pears, lemons and oranges. There are several fields, currently planted in alfalfa, that are suitable for fruit trees or an expanded green garden or vineyard. Garden enthusiasts will love the hundreds of rose bushes and the full kitchen garden surrounding the main house and pool area.

During the fall, there is an abundance of wild mushrooms, including the area’s famous chanterelles. For those who enjoy nature at its finest and wildest state, there are wild martens, local mountain cats (ginetas) and other wildlife, as well as a wide variety of flora. The estate is also home to eagles, hawks and the extremely rare black vulture. Many migratory birds travelling between Northern Europe to Africa stop off, too. The exceptional country estate is located in Vall d’en March, a lovely valley at the bottom of the Tramuntana mountain range, about 12 minutes from the town Pollensa. The sea is only a 15-minute-drive away. This is country living at its best. Price: € 8.75 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Grand, Cutting-edge, Contemporary and Utterly Beautiful Elegant aesthetics and breathtaking views define this ultra-modern villa


allorca remains one of the most soughtafter property markets in the world, a top destination for those seeking a quality Mediterranean lifestyle. With its international airport, the island is easily accessible from Europe and beyond. It features an array of landscapes that include the breathtaking Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range, beautiful coastal areas, stunning beaches, charming villages and the stylish capital of Palma. The unique residence combines everyday comfort, flawless functionality and aweinspiring contemporary style. It represents a world where design is celebrated and perfection is in the details, offering the ultimate in location, views, designer brands, craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology. Showcasing a sleek and geometrically balanced design with clean, straight lines and vast expanses of glass that let you take in the dazzling panoramic views, the designer villa makes a striking architectural statement. Sitting on 3,850m2 of land, the villa boasts 1,845m² of pure extravagance, including six bedrooms and six bathrooms. The extraordinary architectural villa is entered through a commanding 2-storey entrance hall. Beyond are a living room with library and fireplace, dining room, fully fitted kitchen with breakfast

area and integrated family room, office, multimedia room and wine cellar. The luxury family home also features a wellness area with indoor pool offering sweeping views, sauna and gym. The villa comes with underfloor heating, integrated air conditioning, double glazing and a 4-car garage. Interiors are clean and contemporary, with a modern palette of white against wood, stone and plenty of glass. Still, the home does not try to compete with nature, but rather incorporates rooms that open onto outdoor living areas and magnificent city and ocean views, overlooking the Bay of Palma. Designed for stylish island living and superb entertaining, the modern sculptural villa offers gorgeous outdoor areas complete with a spectacular pool and extensive terraces. Exuding elegant sophistication, this villa offers some of the most exclusive luxury real estate in Mallorca. Price: â‚Ź12 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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The quintessence of Mauritius The art of luxury residential resort living


auritius, the pearl of Indian Ocean, with its beautiful white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, lush mountainous landscape and spectacular scenic beauty, attracts holiday homeowners from all over the world. Amid the beauty of this unspoilt paradise, a rare opportunity to own freehold vacation property in a breathtaking natural sanctuary has arisen. Discover a truly privileged hideaway: Anahita The Resort. Set to become one of the world’s premier resort destinations, 90

Anahita World Class Sanctuary, which opened in 2008, brings together the best of tropical lifestyle and luxury indulgence in one superb residential resort. The setting is almost unthinkably beautiful. Situated on the island’s pristine east coast, it is the only world-class IRS (Integrated Resort Scheme) property to stretch as far as six uninterrupted kilometres of coastline. This unique haven, located on a stunning 213-hectare site opposite the famous Ile aux

Cerfs, is enveloped by a clear blue lagoon, lush indigenous forests and the mountains, as well as a sensational 18-hole designer golf course. It is host to the only Four Seasons Resort in the southern African region. The deluxe resort will consist of 325 freehold homes designed by international architects WATG, including elegant villas and Four Seasons Private Residences. Each exclusive villa boasts dazzling views, whether of the immaculate fairways, the turquoise waters of

the lagoon and ocean, the majestic mountains or the forest. The premium 2-5 bedroom villas at Anahita capture the island’s blissful elegance in authentic New Mauritian-style architecture, while combining the ultimate in luxury and comfort with seclusion, privacy and natural, untouched beauty. Relish open-air veranda living and private plunge pool, while enjoying superior benefits and comforts, such as a private chef cooking at your home. As well, you



can have in-villa services tailored to your needs by a Private Villa Host who can prepare breakfast or arrange your cocktail party. Mauritius is an increasingly popular destination with golfers. The masterpiece championship golf course at Anahita, designed by South Africa’s famed Ernie Els, boasts an exquisite setting. The world-class course is set against a jaw-dropping background of rocky outcroppings, large native trees and panoramic views of the Bambou Mountains and Indian Ocean. The Ernie Els Championship Golf Course, built to USGA standards, is a magnificent and challenging 18-hole, par-72 course. With six ocean-side holes affording the most amazing views, and all complemented by The Four Seasons Golf Academy covering every aspect of the game from techniques to equipment, it could be the ultimate golf holiday experience. Featuring a prestigious hotel, fine dining venues and a first-class spa, Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita forms an essential part of the incomparable Anahita experience, bringing legendary style and service. There is a private beach plus double infinity pool, tennis courts, boutiques, childrens’ club, fitness centre and watersports, including sailing, kayaking and jet skiing. In addition there is a PADI-certified diving centre, plus big-game fishing. Domaine de l’Etoile, 15 minutes away, offers quad and mountain biking and horseback riding. There is also an optional rental programme available to residence owners. Freehold real estate ownership on Mauritius is just beginning. As one of the world’s most desirable locations, Mauritius offers significant attractions for overseas purchasers. Anahita is one of the Mauritian government’s Integrated Resorts Schemes (IRS), which provides freehold property ownership, automatic residency to foreign property owners and their dependants and certain financial benefits. Anahita offers an exceptional property investment on an island that enjoys a growing reputation as a safe tropical haven, luxury holiday and golf destination. This is elite resort ownership and high living at its finest on the glamorous island of Mauritius. Price: From USD1.8 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Deauville in style Elegant waterfront living

Located in the exclusive Normandy resort town of Deauville, this property’s location boasts everything one could wish for in a vacation or weekend home. The stylish waterfront estate, wrapped in beautifully landscaped grounds, offers exclusivity in a lovely setting directly opposite the marina. The boutique property is limited to only 134 leaseback apartments and, designed by a leading architecture firm, boasts an exquisite flair combined with traditional Norman architecture and elegance. The tastefully appointed 1-3 bedroom apartments feature private balconies and underground car parking. With a most compelling combination of effortless style and quality finishes, the property promises an enviable lifestyle for its residents, affording them an air of quiet luxury. Residence owners will benefit from excellent facilities such as heated outdoor swimming pool with large terraces, indoor pool, spa, gym, kid’s area and breakfast room. The property is managed and operated by a stock market-listed company that has been operating in the tourism industry since 1967. The Norman seaside resort is a haven for lovers of the finer things in life - beaches, casinos, horse racing, polo events, regattas and couture shopping. Regarded as the ‘Queen of the Norman beaches’, Deauville is one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France. Its reputation as a glamorous seaside resort, synonymous with elegance,

prestige and refinement, is firmly established. It hosts many cultural events and festivals throughout the year, most notably the starstudded film festival in September that gives Cannes a run for its money. The internationally renowned jet set resort town has been a privileged holiday destination in Normandy since the days of the Second Empire. The location could not be better, just two hours from Paris, an hour flight from London and less than an hour’s drive from the ferry ports at Caen and Le Havre. Deauville is the Hamptons of Paris and remains a favourite destination for fashionable Parisians. Occupying an exceptional location on the La Touques Peninsula - where Deauville meets Trouville - the deluxe apartments are steps from shops, cafés and restaurants, as well as recreational activities. Investors across the globe are looking to French leaseback properties for a hands-off, stable investment with tax benefits, guaranteed rental returns and the possibility of personal use. These luxurious apartments represent a solid investment with unlimited lifestyle potential and value. Price: From €390,134 (excl. VAT). CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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luxury phuket

Flawless. Timeless. Exclusive. 96


Spectacular on every level, this beautifully designed residence is a striking example of what luxury means today Centrally located in Asia, featuring an enviable lifestyle, modern communications, international schools and hospitals, plus an international airport that puts most of the continent’s major cities within an hour or two, the tropical island of Phuket has become Asia’s premier destination for second home owners. Combining a unique mix of modern upscale facilities and Thai tradition, Phuket boasts dazzling beaches, world-class golf courses, island yachting, superb restaurants and some of Asia’s most prestigious beach resorts. Phuket has unspoilt areas of wild coast, 98

tropical islands and forested hills, coupled with the ever-present Thai hospitality. This exceptional private villa incorporates luxury living with extreme comfort and gorgeous beauty, and is part of an awardwinning residential estate that has been hailed as one of Thailand’s finest resort properties. The pristine eastern coast of Phuket, on the Andaman Sea, is emerging as an exclusive residential enclave. Commanding a highly coveted location, this boutique estate is idyllically set within 40 acres of lush rainforest, perched atop the Cape Panwa Peninsula.

Secluded on a scenic headland 40-60 metres above the glittering water, the resort boasts jaw-dropping views of the Andaman Sea, with its famed pink sunrises and golden sunsets. Its location contributes marvellously to the seclusion and the sense of serenity no longer found at many beaches on Phuket, making it the perfect tropical island hideaway. Blessed with breathtaking vistas of the aquamarine blue sea and the surrounding islands, this sensational villa is blessed with scenic splendour. The elegant villa of majestic proportions features 1,600m² of private and luxurious living space with four bedrooms. Only the finest of materials and workmanship have been tastefully employed in this home to blend timeless design with contemporary details of understated elegance. Set in its own private grounds of 1,400m², the villa offers sophisticated indoor/outdoor living in a serene, exclusive setting. The residence boasts two stunning swimming pools. The outdoor area also features an expansive veranda for lounging and dining, complete with barbecue area, sunbeds and Jacuzzi. The resort offers 5-star facilities that include

full use of gym and fitness facilities, play room, business centre, library, steam rooms, tennis courts, spa and dining lounge. There is a pool club, complete with a 25-metre infinity-edge lap pool, games room, cooking school, bar, disco and meeting/function space. A swimming pool sits on the estate’s private beach. Water sports, year-round yacht mooring and a swimming pontoon are available. The incredible service and the unparalleled Thai hospitality are unsurpassed. The highly personalised guest services include transfers in the estate’s fleet of vehicles. Golf/tennis buddies and boat/diving trips are available. Golfing can be arranged at any of the island’s seven golf clubs – the closest being Red Mountain, Phuket Country Club and Loch Palm Golf Club, just 20 minutes away. This is the ultimate dream villa, providing modern luxury living, maximum privacy and unfailing service. Price: THB280 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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luxury provence

The magic of Provence

Privacy and serenity abound at this enchanting bastide


rovence is one of the most stunning regions of France. It’s a place of high mountains, beautiful and often dramatic coastline, renowned seaside resorts and enchanting villages scattered among the vineyards, lavender fields and olive groves of the sun-drenched countryside. It has attracted impressionist painters such as Van Gogh and Cézanne, its exquisite light inspiring them to create their famed landscapes. It is no wonder that Provence is one of the most popular areas to visit in France. For those searching for their idyll in “la campagne,” this French bastide, situated near 100

l’Isle sur la Sorgue, beckons. L’Isle sur la Sorgue, often dubbed the ‘antiques capital of France’ and the ‘Venice of Provence’, sits on a series of winding canals and is home to the largest antique and flea market in France outside of Paris. Originally built in 1720, the classical-styled farmhouse exemplifies premier Provençal living. The 900m² spread between two buildings epitomises the ideal country retreat: luxury living blended with supreme comfort and a subtle sense of tradition. Set on a plot that measures 10,000m2, the tastefully restored main residence offers

300m² of living space. There are four spacious bedrooms complimented by a lounge, dining room, kitchen and office. There is also a 600m² annex with high ceilings and spacious rooms that await refurbishment. The gorgeous exterior space of the traditional country house is designed to maximise outdoor living and offers not only a wonderful garden but a 13-metre pool. This Provençal bastide is located close to the TGV and the popular villages of Luberon, such as Avignon and Cavaillon. The world’s love affair with the French farmhouse began more than two decades ago and

today buyers are still searching for their place in the country that will let them experience the region’s wonderful villages and scenic beauty. This splendid farmhouse provides a unique experience of art de vivre in a romantic and delightful atmosphere of times gone by. Price: 1.05 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Panoramic splendour Incredible beauty surrounds this enchanting hideaway


rovence has always attracted well-heeled French nationals and, more recently, international high-flyers looking for an understated and authentic experience away from the French Riviera. Of all the French regions, Provence is hard to beat. It beckons from its serene spot nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. It is a land of striking natural beauty and great diversity, a place of Medieval hilltop villages, sun-drenched market towns, cherry and olive orchards, enormous lavender plantations, stunning fields of sunflowers, world-class vineyards and charming seaside villages. The exquisite villa has everything you could possibly want from a luxury second home. The stylish interior, breathtaking views, scenic backdrop and infinity pool turn this exclusive villa into your dream home. The villa’s traditional exterior belies a chic and contemporary interior. Offering 150m² of living space, the gorgeous villa features three bedrooms, an impressive living room with fireplace and soaring ceilings, kitchen and utility room. 102

Occupying a very generous plot of 5,000m2, this villa commands an achingly beautiful setting with sweeping vistas that never end. The grounds are peaceful and picture perfect, allowing for the ultimate indoor/outdoor lifestyle. There are ample outdoor entertaining and relaxation areas that include an overflow swimming pool, sun deck, terrace with dining space and a large garden with stunning panoramas. Near the villages of Gordes and Roussillon and with the mountains as its backdrop, this fine villa enjoys one of the most stunning locations in Provence. Here you are in the midst of all the best that Provence has to offer. A paragon of elegance and expanse, this is Provençal chic in all its glory. Price: €950,000. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Enchanting rustic allure This lovely villa enjoys epic views


he Aeolians are an archipelago of volcanic islands just off the northern coast of Sicily, seven beautiful and astonishing little parcels of land. Undoubtedly the one that casts the strongest magnetic spell is Filicudi, considered one of the most pristine and untouched islands in all of the Mediterranean Sea. Most remarkable about this place - apart from its beauty - is the peacefulness. The small but stunningly beautiful Filicudi is a wild paradise of crystal clear waters, a spectacular jagged coast, wonderful sea bottom, fascinating caves, fragrant wormwood bushes and blooming trees. Filicudi entices those who love the sea, nature and peace. In brief, it is a haven of tranquillity. The island is fabulous for walking and hiking, offering trails that open onto breathtaking landscapes in untamed wilderness, along with excellent swimming, snorkelling and diving. It is not uncommon to see dolphins and sea turtles only a few metres of the coast. In the midst of this paradise lies a villa with deep pink-washed walls, lush terraces and sensational views of the sea to the other islands of the Aeolian archipelago. Here lies another world, one that is supremely private, wonderfully tranquil and comfortably removed. The pièce de résistance of the charming villa is the terraces and the sweeping views they afford of the blue Mediterranean. This is an extremely rare find that allows you to savour the aweinspiring views of the summit of the Etna volcano, the other Aeolian islands and the Italian coast. Designed for Mediterranean-style living, the exquisite villa sits on a 2-acre plot and offers 232m² of glorious living space, plus 232m² of terraces. This panoramic island hideaway is an idyllic world of timeless beauty. Price upon request. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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luxury silver coast

Modern Rustic Allure

Stylish villa with picture-perfect surroundings


ortugal’s Silver Coast is becoming increasingly popular with shrewd investors and those who appreciate the region’s natural beauty and gentler pace of life. Stretching from Lisbon to Porto, the Silver Coast (Costa de Prata) is a largely undiscovered area of outstanding natural beauty. The spectacular region is blessed with sleepy villages, rich vineyards and age-old castles alongside stunning coastal scenery, fringed with some of the best beaches in Europe. Some of the country’s most impressive architectural, religious and historical sites can be found in this province, less than an hour’s drive from Lisbon International Airport. 106

Enjoying a prime position in the Óbidos golden triangle, the contemporary villa is only four minutes from the beautiful, historic town of Óbidos and ten minutes from the lagoon. Considered to be one of the jewels of Portugal’s national heritage, Óbidos is a magnificent medieval walled town. Its unspoilt beauty is retained in its narrow cobbled streets lined with whitewashed, bougainvillea-draped houses. From its elevated position, the town overlooks expanses of vineyards speckled with whirling windmills. The picture-perfect Óbidos has an open-air opera in the old town square, music festivals, medieval feasts and chocolate festival.

The Óbidos Lagoon is one of the most beautiful spots on the Portuguese west coast, boasting dazzling beaches. It is also a magnificent natural habitat for all types of wildlife and is enjoyed by birdwatchers, fishermen, sailors, cyclists and hikers. Wonderfully private, the exquisite villa enjoys a peaceful location along with stunning valley and forest views. Its traditional exterior belies a chic and contemporary interior. The main house was originally a wine press that has been tastefully converted into a modern home featuring a striking design that maximises light and space. It boasts three bedrooms and an amazing 65m² open-plan dining/living area and an ultra-modern kitchen with Gaggenau appliances. The master suite enjoys French glass doors opening onto a private terrace. The bathrooms are all wet rooms with walk-in showers. The main house is linked to an adjoining annex, originally the farmhouse, by a covered outdoor living space of exotic hardwood. This multi-functional, inside/outside living area offers welcome shade during the day and is gloriously illuminated at night by recessed

lighting. There is one further bedroom in the annex. The gorgeous property is characterized by elegant finishes such as 80x80-centimetre oversized polished ceramic floor tiles, original stone walls, beams, a steel staircase, vaulted ceiling, solid oak flooring, frameless internal doors and gable-end wall of reclaimed brick. The lovely residence is perfect for indoor/ outdoor lifestyle, with open floorplan, high ceilings and glass doors. The property benefits from 2,000m2 of landscaped grounds, with the option of a further 9,000m2 of valley/forest available separately. The outdoor areas come with a mosaic-tiled pool that is surrounded by 200m² of hardwood decking, a further five separate terraced or decked areas, an outdoor shower, mature palms and plants. This is effortlessly elegant living. Price: €475,000. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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luxury sitges

Seaside elegance Incomparable beachside home in one of the world’s most desirable locations


ere is a rare opportunity to own a luxury villa on the first line of the beach in the desirable seaside town of Sitges. The magnificent waterfront residence, wrapped in beautifully landscaped grounds, offers the ultimate in exclusivity, together with panoramic views overlooking the beach and the Mediterranean Sea. It affords a sophisticated lifestyle at Sitges’ most prestigious residential address, the Paseo Maritimo. Boasting an expansive living space of 683m², the architectural composition and abundance of exquisite appointments invoke the gran108

deur of luxury living. This gracious and stylish home, created for fine living and elegant entertaining, is comprised of eight bedrooms, a reception hallway, study/library, living room with fireplace, impressive lounge and dining room, cinema/gym, terraces, large fully equipped kitchen and breakfast room. Built in a stately style and elegant design, the classical villa has been lovingly restored to retain its noble atmosphere, which is enriched by original decoration. The architectural beauty and location of this rare home are matched by fine details that include a marble

staircase, travertine floors, Brazilian stone floors and a Schindler elevator. The villa’s singular setting commands 1,132m2 of grounds, fronting the spectacular beach. It features a lovely garden, covered dining area with barbecue and bar, illuminated swimming pool and two garages with parking for three cars. Superbly located, the luxurious villa enjoys excellent access to Sitges’ town centre, with its fabulous range of restaurants and shopping, while being just a few minutes walk from an 18-hole golf course. Sitges is called the ‘Jewel on the Mediterranean’. The town has many facets: modern and traditional, cosmopolitan and historical, Spanish folklore alongside international

charm. Once a fishing village situated in an open bay with a coastline stretching over four kilometres, Sitges is located in a breathtaking landscape surrounded by the nature reserve El Garraf. The microclimate offers more than 335 sunny days a year and Sitges’ prime location - 25 minutes from Barcelona’s international airport and 45 minutes from Barcelona centre - make the town one of the most sought-after on the Mediterranean. This is gracious living at its finest. Price upon request. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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luxury tuscany

Quintessential Tuscan charm Incredible beauty surrounds this enchanting hideaway




uscany. The very name rings with a magical quality that conjures images of cypress tree-lined roads winding up low hills to delightful farmhouses, classic landscapes of vineyards and olive groves. Tuscany’s richness in artistic treasures contrasts charmingly with the enduring simplicity of rural life. All of Tuscany’s charms are wrapped up in the beautifully renovated stone farmhouse that has maintained its Old World charm whilst offering high-quality appointments in an elegant, subtle decor. Classical interiors and a wonderful private setting with panoramic views are just some of the highlights of this unique property. The gorgeous country house enjoys a privileged position in the renowned Florentine Hills, just north of Florence. From on top of a gentle hill overlooking Sieve Valley, a beautiful part of the Chianti region of Tuscany, the views are nothing less than picture-perfect. The house is surrounded by eight acres of grounds with exceptional gardens, including wildflower-covered meadows. There are walnut, fig, apricot and cherry trees and a profusion of lavender, rosemary and thyme in the easily maintained garden. The house


boasts a swimming pool measuring 12 metres by 6, with shade provided by cherry and walnut trees. This is a place of timeless beauty and great tranquillity. The villa is elegantly appointed to combine four impressive living rooms, dining room, four bedrooms and a kitchen. Occupying 400m² of living space, the Tuscan farmhouse has been lovingly restored to a very high standard, retaining many of its original features such as terracotta floors and beams. The estate includes an exquisite guest apartment that can be reached via a terrace featuring a vine-covered pergola. The apartment consists of a living room, a fully fitted kitchen and two double bedrooms. Further accommodation may be created from a ruined structure close to the farmhouse, subject to permission. This is Tuscany at its finest. Price: €1.75 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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An exclusive world awaits Grand elegance and exquisite artistry combine in this magnificent home



he truly one-of-a-kind property boasts exquisite and splendid architecture, superior attention to detail and the finest quality materials and finishes throughout. Filled with rich and opulent architectural detailing and supreme style, the residence exudes all the qualities associated with luxury properties. Created with elegance and gracious taste, this villa is, without doubt, a stunning, highly refined, luxurious residence of significant proportions, offering 930m² of lavishly appointed interiors. The villa contains a unique collection of antiques, as well as numerous marble statues. Designed for luxury family living and grand entertaining, the residence is comprised of ten bedrooms, three kitchens and five reception rooms, one that boasts over 100m² of space. The grandiose villa enjoys several beautiful terraces, adding a further 500m² of living and entertaining space. The extravagant property comes with two guest apartments on the ground floor. Boasting a commanding panoramic view over Tuscany’s gorgeous Apuan-Versilian coastline, the villa sits on a private plot of 3,800m2, complete with gardens and a lovely heated swimming pool. Located in a private and tranquil area, the villa is close to the medieval town of Massa, in the foothills of the Apuan. It is just four kilometres from the Tuscan beaches and ten kilometres from the famous Versilia seaside resort. The Tuscan cities of Pisa, Florence, Pistoia and Lucca are all close by, while the spectacular Tuscan countryside and mountains are nearby. Prepare for gracious living of unsurpassed grandeur. Price: €7 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Classic Beauty

Stately style is combined with regal sophistication in this aristocratic residence



taly’s Versilia Riviera is a beautiful stretch of Tyrrhenian coastline that runs from Liguria almost to Pisa in northern Tuscany. It offers more than 20 kilometres of beaches perfect for sun bathing and swimming, plus nature parks, pine woods, natural lakes and splendid countryside. It is close to Tuscany’s most important art cities including Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra. The luxury palace offers a rare opportunity to acquire an extraordinary property in Viareggio. Commanding one of the most prestigious locations in the area, this elegant mansion is designed for fine living and gracious entertaining. Built in the Liberty style, Italy’s take on the early 1900s Art Nouveau movement, the property oozes extravagance and sophistication. It boasts 850m² of impressive living space over four floors, with a private lift. Spacious entertainment areas include living room, dining room, billiard room, family room, six bedrooms, wine cellar and an 80m² courtyard. The interiors are exquisitely appointed with cornices, mural paintings and marble. Elegant and refined, Viareggio is one of Versilia’s famed seaside communities, known for its sand beaches, Belle Epoque promenade and Carnevale. Often called the ‘Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea’, Viareggio is graced by exquisite buildings in the Liberty style that line its streets and boulevards. Viareggio was one of the first seaside resorts in Europe and remains enormously popular with Italians and visitors alike. The town is also known for its shipyards that produce some of the world’s most elegant yachts, including Perini and Azimut Benetti. Quality services and advanced technology make the Viareggio marina one of the most sought-after in the Mediterranean, attracting “yachties” from around the world. Here, you can live in luxury, style and splendour. Price: €9.5 million. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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A historic jewel The Medici villa is a magnificent example of Italian Renaissance architecture


uscany is a glorious blend of rolling hills, picture perfect views, culture, history, architectural and artistic masterpieces, delicious cuisine and great wines. It is that rare combination of tradition, beauty and nature that makes the region so special. Set in the Florentine Hills of Chianti, the historic villa is the ideal location for discovering Tuscany’s many treasures: fabulous Florence, Siena with its legendary Palio, San Gimignano’s towers, Monteriggioni’s medieval castle, Pisa’s leaning tower and baptistery and Lucca’s historic walls. Set in the grounds of a private estate near Florence, this luxury property features a 17th-century Renaissance villa built for the Medicis, a beautifully restored farmhouse, wine cellar, barns, stables and guardian’s house. It exudes timeless elegance and grandeur, reflecting a generous sense of space and sophisticated refinement. The luxurious villa is ideal for grand entertaining as well as family living. It includes several elegant reception rooms, vaulted kitchen, dining room, wine cellars, eight bedrooms and staff quarters.

This grandiose home is a rarity, rich with history and brimming with original architectural details, including frescoed ceilings, antique doors, terracotta floors, stone fireplaces and ornate fittings that help create that feeling of sophistication and luxury. The imposing villa is majestically located in ancient parkland and surrounded by rolling hills of olive groves and oak woodland. The gorgeous farmhouse offers a large kitchen, living rooms, dining room and five bedrooms. It is set amidst large grounds that include an olive grove, swimming pool and gardens. This is a truly exceptional property for the discerning buyer who seeks the best in refined design and desires the most privileged of locations. Price upon request. CURRENTLY FOR SALE WITH

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Leaseback properties could avoid the proposed wealth tax in France Overseas property buyers in France are being advised to choose leaseback properties to avoid having to pay a 20% tax on second homes under a plan being proposed by President Sarkozy. If it all goes ahead, this will come into effect from 1st January 2012. The European Commission has said that it is going to “scrutinise” the new French tax proposals targeting non-resident owners to ensure that the proposed legislation complies with European law. As the proposed tax of 20% of a property’s rental value will only apply to those homes which remain regularly available to owners for personal use, leaseback properties, which are effectively rented out year-round, should be exempted. The leaseback scheme is equivalent to a French state-sponsosered buy-to-let programme. A major difference being that it operates within a set framework and instead of adopting a quick get rich mentality, aims to be a low risk long-term investment.

Major US airlines step up Brazil services Two of the United States’ major airlines have applied for permission with the Department of Transport to increase services to Brazil by up to 10 flights a week, in a move that would bring a huge influx of American tourists to the booming nation. American Airlines has proposed to step up its flights from Miami to both the capital of Brasilia and the south-eastern city of Belo Horizonte, providing a daily service from its Floridian transport hub to both airports. It would also add a new route to Manaus, capital of the Amazon region.

Low-cost carrier Delta has also applied for nine new flights out of its main base in Atlanta. The extra services would see a daily connection between Atlanta and both Sao Paulo and Manaus. The onslaught of US air passengers is expected to further increase in the coming months, with the signing of a new agreement between the Brazilian and United States governments allowing the full liberalisation of air traffic between the two countries. Delta and American are expected to be the first of many US airlines to increase their services to Brazil, as tourist interest begins to spike in the lead-up to the Olympics and the World Cup.

Surge in foreigners buying property in Cyprus Sales of properties in Cyprus to foreign investors rose by 19% in April thanks to new property laws and improving consumer confidence in the country. Sales to overseas buyers have risen across the first quarter of 2011 and Cyprus’ property market finally looks set to emerge from a difficult period. Foreign demand for buying property in Cyprus has partly been encouraged by government announcements. The Cypriot parliament approved a new law giving land contracts power over any mortgages owed to the banks by the property’s seller. The new law will allow the buyer to have Title Deeds, independent of whether the seller owes money on that property. This will help buyers in circumstances where developers have failed to pay the mortgage on the land, but the owner of the property has paid in full. Also, Cyprus has reported a staggering 43% rise in tourist numbers in April compared with 2010 figures, revealing a surge in foreign interest that could certainly help the future rental income and home values of Cyprus property owners.


Is the archipelago of Koh Chang the next Koh Samui or Phuket? Koh Chang is the last major group of virtually undeveloped tropical islands in Thailand and is emerging as a new luxury outpost, hailed as the next Koh Samui or Phuket. With its chain of white sandy coves and beaches, pristine rain forests and abundance of wildlife and marine life, coral reefs, high mountain peaks, several scenic waterfalls, a rich variety of cuisine and great nightlife, Ko Chang is one of Thailand’s most sought-after holiday destinations. Koh Kood in the Ko Chang archipelago is Thailand’s fourth largest island yet is virtually untouched. It has managed to remain an unspoiled slice of tropical heaven. With gorgeous beaches and little other infrastructure, it is a resort destination that caters to those looking for a quiet beach paradise, with soft sand, crystal clear water, a rainforest, quaint fishing villages, coconut plantations and breathtaking snorkelling spots. At present, access to this little known island is limited, but within the next three years the island will have its own airport which will have a profound effect on land and property value. However, Koh Kood has already started to attract paradise seekers and property investors. The Thai government has announced that Koh Chang will developed into the next premium beach resort tourist destination and vowed that they will not commit the same mistakes they made in Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui where resort development was not meticulously regulated and are infrastructural nightmares.

Barcelona tourism posts record year

Barcelona posted its best-ever year in terms of tourism in 2010, with more than 14 million hotel rooms booked and with a record 7.13 million tourists, a 10.1% increase over the previous year. 122

It was in fact the largest increase in the number of tourists in 2010 of any major European city. However, 2011 looks likely to be even better, stressed Joan Gaspart, the President of Turisme de Barcelona. According to Gaspart, if matters continue as they have begun in the first months of the year, 2011 will see a new record. Barcelona is the 12th-most-visited city in the world and 4th most visited in Europe after Paris, London, and Rome. Home to the masterworks of some of the world’s greatest artists such as the legendary Pablo Picasso and sporting a skyline dominated by Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces and Europe’s best-preserved Gothic Quarter, this vibrant city is truly worth exploring. If you are interested in investing in the Spanish housing market, Barcelona’s real estate market offers some good investment opportunities and its trend is strong.

Cities from Canada leads the way in the Top 10 most liveable cities An annual survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit, which ranks 140 cities in terms of stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure, has found that Canadian cities are disproportionately the best places to live. Vancouver was coming in at number one (for the 5th year in a row) as the most liveable city in the world. It achieved 98 out of 100 points ranked by stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Calgary (in 5th place) and Toronto (in 4th place) were also among the top ten. Surrounded by the Coastal Mountains, lush forests and the Pacific Ocean, it’s no wonder so many people continue to flock to the beautiful city of Vancouver. With its mild winters and pleasant summers the city offers year-round activities for all lifestyles. Vancouver’s bustling


downtown business core is minutes away from world-class ski resorts, pristine beaches and spectacular old-growth forests, making it a very attractive city to live in. Its infrastructure was extremely improved due to the 2010 Winter Olympics which were held there. Anyone looking for a city that combines economic muscle with cosmopolitan flair will feel at home in Toronto. As Canada’s largest city and leading business address, Toronto has more nationally and internationally topranked companies than any other Canadian city. The city is also home to many colleges and universities, including the University of Toronto, consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the world and highest-ranked in Canada. Calgary’s many advantages include the fastest growing economy in Canada, the highest personal income in Canada, the lowest tax rates in the country and one of the highest purchasing powers and lowest costs of living in North America.

Investing in Argentina Real Estate – a future luxury residential market With one of the most iconic capital cities in the world, Buenos Aires, and with a great potential as a centre for South American tourism, Argentina has much to offer both travellers and overseas property buyers. Buenos Aires, often called the Paris of South America, has a population of approximately 13 million people and is considered as the richest city in South America and the Southern Hemisphere. The city is set to receive a boost this year as a new daily non-stop flight from London, operated by British Airways, starts this month. The city offers the visitors a unique mixture of European elegance and the enterprise atmosphere of the great cities. The texture of the city combines parks and wide boulevards framed by Parisian, Italian and Classical architecture, alternating with the 124

skyscrapers of modernity and the districts of historical character and present life. Spectacularly beautiful and utterly untouched, Argentina offers a huge variety of landscapes; ski the powdery slopes of the Andes; tread Patagonia’s dusty plains; explore lush rainforests in Missiones; ride horseback amid scorched red mountains in Salta; play the gaucho in the Pampas; and find shady refreshment in the Lake District’s evergreen forests. In the decade since the financial crisis of 2001, Argentina has worked hard to establish economic prosperity, boasting five straight years of 9% GDP growth through 2007 and impressive GDP of 8% for 2010. In addition the tourism sector is also rapidly expanding; more than five million foreigners are expected to have visited the country in 2010, 15.5% more than in 2009, generating revenue of US$470 billion. According to the country’s Minister of Tourism, Enrique Meyer, tourism in Argentina is projected to grow at a rate of 10% annually until 2020, compared with the world average of 4.1%. This increase in tourism numbers is having a positive effect on Argentina’s housing market, and the South American hotspot of Argentina has been named a future high growth luxury residential market by the Knight Frank Global Property Wealth Survey, 2010.

Cities from Australia dominate the Top 10 most liveable cities The cities of Australia that dominated The Economist Intelligence Unit’s list of the World’s Most Liveable Cities, winning four of the top 10 spots. Melbourne was in at number two, Sydney was number seven and Perth and Adelaide tied for number eight. Melbourne boasts great events, a passion for food and wine and a fabulous arts scene. Melbourne is home to 50 per cent of the top 20 biotech companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and there has

been substantial international investment in the city’s property market. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, Sydney offers a great quality of life. A financial hub for Australia and the Asia Pacific, Sydney has a financial services workforce half the size of London’s and approaching half New York’s. Leisure pursuits range from the active – sailing, swimming, bushwalking and more – to the cultural – theatre, music, movies, galleries and festivals. Perth ranks amongst the top three most important centres of corporate power in Australia. Offering fantastic weather, pristine beaches, luscious parkland and great shopping, Perth is shaping up as one of the leading lifestyle destinations in the whole of Australia. Adelaide offers all the amenities of a big city, but is still small enough to reflect a rural charm due to its close proximity to surrounding farmlands, wine regions and the Adelaide Hills. Adelaide is noted for its many festivals and sporting events, its food, wine and culture, its long beachfronts, and its large defence and manufacturing sectors. The climate is Mediterranean – with hot, dry summers and cool, mild winters. Australia offers international property investors an attractive haven in the Asia Pacific Region.

Barcelona is the the world’s top beach city

Lonely Planet has released its compilation of the World’s Top 10 Beach Cities and Barcelona, Spain topped the list. Its 4.5-kilometre long coastline near the city centre showcases several Mediterranean beaches including Barceloneta, Mar Bella, Nova Icaria and Bogatell. Every year, Barcelona´s beaches greet more than seven million people. Apart from being a jewel in the sun, Barcelona is also famous for architectural wonders, buzzing nightlife, and cutting-edge cuisine. The city has been breaking ground in art,

architecture and style since the late 19th century. From the marvels of Modernisme to the modern wonders of today, from Picasso to the likes of Susana Solano, the racing heart of Barcelona has barely skipped a beat. Today, avant-garde chefs are whisking this traditional city’s restaurant scene into the future. Barcelona will always be in demand. It’s unique – the only major European city on the sea with nightlife, culture and business, having massive lifestyle advantages.

Island hotspots – Balearics surge ahead in Spanish property market

The UK has London, France has Paris and now, it seems, Spain has its own elite property market that’s surging ahead of the rest of the country. Whilst recovery in the national property market after the 2008 collapse remains slow, properties in the Balearic Islands are a different story, with sales increasing by 14.5% in 2010 and expected to keep growing as tourism booms this year. This is the first time the market has increased in the last four years, though compared to 2007 the market was still down by 45%. The Balearic Islands are the second most popular tourism destination in Spain, with over 10 million international tourists each year. Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca all have international airports and numerous low coast airlines from many European destinations. With nearly 17.5 million passengers until September 2010, Palma de Mallorca’s Son Sant Joan Airport is one of Europe’s leading airports. The Balearics are considered as a hotspot for property investment with long-term tourism prospects looking good, and continuing foreign interest has ensured prices retain their value compared to the rest of the Spanish market. Feature provided by International Luxury Real Estate,


CafĂŠ des Artistes

Food & Travel around the world

From Den Haag to Venice, Food & Travel Unlimited shares some of their discoveries to be included on your must-to-do list. This luxury lifestyle resource is designed to uncover high-quality finds, from hidden gems to perennial classics. The hotels and restaurants have been selected because of their Individuality, Style and Inspiration. Explore and Enjoy!


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Café des Artistes

CAFE DES ARTISTES Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Chef Thierry Blouet’s multi-room fantasia, Café des Artistes, is a Puerto Vallarta landmark. Is probably the fanciest restaurant in Puerto Vallarta - from the rooftop garden to the exclusive Cocina de Autor dining room with its tasting menus and hand-rolled cigars. This is a place where the great French tradition meets the explosive creativity and variety of New World cuisine. The chef creates signature dishes that are visual and epicurean works of art. The menu is seasonal, and offerings might include home-made smoked salmon tart with chipotle cream and fresh herbs, coconut milk sauce, lemon and caviar; or giant shrimp flambé and tequila over a clay comal served with mushrooms gratin and champagne,

spinach and carrot mousse. Extravagant desserts are not to be missed, such as the chocolate fondant with caramel sauce and nutmeg ice cream. Walls are adorned with pieces of fine art. The outdoor garden is spectacular.

HOTEL FLORA Gothenburg, Sweden Near the heart of Gothenburg’s old city lies this quaint, chic and urban hotel, a place where design oozes style and dazzling simplicity. Your gracious hosts have owned the hotel for nearly 20 years and the staff are among the most welcoming in all of Gothenburg. The lovely terrace adds attitude and charm.


Bedrooms boast grand comfort and stateof-the-art technology that includes Lava flatscreen TVs. Step into the Royal Swedish Room, its white walls and accent colours of the Swedish flag lending a crisp, modern fashion and sleek, contemporary design. The room enjoys a relaxing lounge area, complete with a large SMEG fridge and direct access to the terrace. Whimsical touches include the Crown Princess Victoria that adorns the mirror above the desk and the upside-down photo wallpaper of fields.

KLAUS K Helsinki, Finland The sleek and modern haute-design boutique hotel is situated on a tree-lined street that is close to the country’s finest shopping and some of the capital’s most impressive buildings.


Housed in a romantic 19th-century building, everything is cutting-edge such as the cleanlined, egg-shaped check-in desk. Taking the inspiration from The Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, the room categories interpret the four emotional themes of the literary work - passion, mysticism, envy and desire. The rooms are playfully furnished, some with bold floral artwork, others with a funky retro chair or reindeer-skin headboard. Here you’ll enjoy all the state-of-the-art features that range from custom-made beds and mattresses to laptop-sized safes and LCD TVs. The Ilmatar restaurant showcases the best in modern Finnish cuisine, from delicately smoked reindeer steak, to Baltic herring with lingonberry rye bread and beetroot risotto. The ultra-hip Ahjo lounge oozes glamour and is a favourite of locals. The spa is fabulous, and offers some serious pampering. Klaus K is Nordic modernity at its best.

Klaus K

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Hotel Flora

HAAGSCHE SUITES The Hague, Netherlands Superbly situated between The Hague’s city centre and the old Dutch beach resort of Scheveningen, this extremely luxurious bedand-breakfast is a true gem. It consists of just three floors with one magnificent suite fully occupying each. The gracious building dates from 1890 and today offers the ultimate luxury, exclusive opulence and stately comfort. Each suite has its own private terrace or balcony. The beautiful club-like lounge is an excellent spot for a pre-dinner aperitif or after-dinner drink. Breakfast consists of organic eggs, home-made jam and polished silverware, which you’ll enjoy in the conservatory that’s attached to the owner’s adjacent home. The lovely garden consists of a series of square, slate-edged pools separated by gravel pathways that are flanked by beech hedges

and flowers. You’ll soon learn that roses are a personal hobby of the owner. Haagsche Suites is an unbeatable backdrop for a romantic weekend.

HOTEL RAYA Sicily, Italy The über-chic Hotel Raya is an enchanting boutique hotel, located on Panarea, one of the Aeolian Islands. It attracts the most fashionable guests and the sleekest yachts. Set in a spectacular location, boasting ludicrously stunning views, the hotel is overlooking the Aeolian Sea and volcanic island of Stromboli. The hotel, which is divided into three different locations, consists of whitewashed Aeolian rooms that seem to rise up from the seashore.


Haagsche Suites

Book one of the rooms at Il Raya Alto. Set on the slope of a hill surrounded by a natural park of lentos, olives, bougainvillea and hibiscus, the rooms enjoy private terraces and magnificent views. Its simple interior with white walls and blue bathrooms is accentuated by the occasional Balinese detail. A huge open rooftop bar offers dazzling views of shimmering sea and neighbouring islands. A stunning infinity pool, filled with volcanic salt water, blends seamlessly into the landscape. Take your apĂŠritif on the upper terrace while watching the breathtaking sunset. Meals are simple but delicious, prepared only with biodynamic and organic products. Expect fresh 130

tuna and swordfish, cuttlefish carpaccio and fettuccine with grilled prawns. Al fresco dining doesn’t come better than here. The singular setting includes tables lit by oil lamps on an expansive terrace, with a backdrop of the flares from volcanic Stromboli shooting dramatically into the night sky. Its legendary owner, the formidable Myriam Beltrami and her team offers a charming, friendly service. The not-to-be-missed boutique is stocked with Balinese and Indonesian items. Come prepared to unwind and enjoy the surroundings, hiding away under blue, blue skies

CA’ SAGREDO HOTEL Venice, Italy The grand dame of Venice’s luxury hotels has enjoyed an aristocratic history from its beginnings in the 15th century. The majestic palace is not just a meticulously renovated luxury hotel on Venice’s iconic Grand Canal, it is a historical palazzo, a national monument and museum. While the waterfront location is superb, the lavish pink façade will take your breath away. Amazingly, even after five centuries, it preserves the untouched beauty of an ancient noble residence. Initially the home of the noble Morosini family, the palazzo passed during the mid-17th century to the Sagredo, at the time one of Venice’s most influential families. The resplendent marble staircase is by Tirali, with an original fresco by Pietero Longhi and an

ornate 18th-century music room, all conjuring up the sense of a bygone era. The ambience is one of pure grandeur from 17th- and 18thcentury works of art by Tiepolo and Andrea Urbani, to antique furniture, crystal chandeliers, magnificent gilding and ornate furnishings. Many rooms evoke the building’s grand past, with masterpieces from Venetian greats and beds with gilt headboards. Stucco work, frescos, specially commissioned rich fabrics, antique furniture and silk curtains create a sense of refined opulence and history. Many rooms also enjoy magnificent works from the most important Venetian painters of the 17th and 18th century: Nicolò Bambini, Giambattista Tiepolo, Sebastiano Ricci, Pietro Longhi, amongst many others. The various suites are most reminiscent of the grandeur in which the Sagredo family kept their palazzo and include original 17th & 18th-century Venetian artwork.

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The fine-dining restaurant with a panoramic terrace offers stunning canal views and the the Bar L’Incontro offers a distinctive lounge atmosphere for conversation in privacy and style. Check out the breathtakingly beautiful ballrooms with their soaring ceilings, intricate murals and paintings.

ROSAS & XOCOLATE Merida, Mexico Consisting of two colonial mansion, this Mayan-influenced luxury hotel has been masterfully designed and restored by architects Salvador Reyes Rios and Josefina Larrain. Its prime location is on the prestigious Paseo de Montejo, the city’s grandest boulevard, lined with French-style and Italianate mansions built around the turn of the 20th century. The 132

design hotel has retained an old-fashioned sense of space and grandeur, with historic details that include the exquisitely patterned concrete floor tiles and beautifully carved wood doors. Everything is offset with bright, colour-saturated walls, typical of Mexican modernist architecture. Guest-room furniture has been handmade in Yucatan and upholstered with imported Spanish fabrics. Local materials, such as handfabricated floor tiles and chucum stucco, blend seamlessly with the espresso machine, handmade rose and chocolate soap, and Bose sound system in every room. Each bathroom boasts a rain shower and an outdoor stone soaking tub, which is open to the sky. The chocolate-based spa treatments were expertly engineered by leading chocolatier Mathieu Brees, who also runs an on-site

Belgian-Mexican fine chocolates boutique. The restaurant, Ek Chuah, is innovative and serves delicious fusion dishes. And don’t miss the bar, with more than 250 types of tequila on offer. Taking your drink under the stars on the rooftop Moon Lounge is a must. This is a hip hotspot for the town’s beautiful people who come to sip margaritas and catch the breezes. The hotel also offers a private beach club just a 45-minute drive away.

CHARLOTTE STREET HOTEL London, United Kingdom Housed in a former 19th-century dental hospital that now, as a luxury hotel, attracts

international celebrities that include Daniel Craig, David Hasslehoff and John Travolta. This hotel fuses traditional English furnishings with avant-garde art and glossy luxury. Its wood-panelled drawing rooms are flanked by French stone fireplace and filled with deliciously overstuffed furniture, while original paintings by The Bloomsbury Group adorn the library. Enter any of the guestrooms and you could encounter another striking Bloomsbury period painting, a piece of hand-made furniture, or perhaps a dressmakers’ doll acting as the eyecatching centrepiece. Tall windows allow light to pour into the rooms and elegantly frame the views across London’s rooftops. The minibars are stocked with fun items such as an Oscar and Dehn travel toiletries kit, Krug champagne and Pierre Marcolini chocolates.

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Book either the loft-style suites, with their soaring ceilings and windows, or the openplan penthouses, with private lifts and stunning rooftop views. Bathrooms are state-of-the art, designed in solid granite and oak with twin basins, walk-in showers, Miller Harris toiletries and colour TVs. Oscar is the hotel’s bold bistro restaurant. There, you can settle in for modern British classics such as grilled Dover sole and roast chicken with savoy cabbage, pancetta and chestnuts. Oscar also offers a great breakfast. There is a glamorous screening room, with startling orange and blue leather seats amidst pinstriped walls. Drop in for a fantastic Sunday night film screening.


LA RESIDENCIA Mallorca, Spain The traditional Mallorcan country house is located in the mountain village of Deià, surrounded by countryside that has inspired poets and artists, and just a stone’s throw from the clear, blue Mediterranean Sea. The hotel consists of two manor houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, designed to combine informal elegance with romantic seclusion, each carefully and lovingly restored. Set in 30 acres of tranquil olive and citrus groves, the property offers wonderful mountain and sea views. The hotel is finished in the traditional Mallorcan architectural style, with furnishings and fittings

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of exquisite beauty. Guests may want to book the Tramuntana Suites, which offer private gardens and terraces, or the Tower Suite, which sits on two levels and has an outside terrace. The 360-degree views are truly spectacular. Top celebrities and the super-rich seem to prefer Suite 66. That is where Princess Diana sayed, a place with a private 8 by 4 metre pool and terrace that overlooks the village, the valley and the sea. Other celebrities who have chosen to stay at La Residencia include Pierce Brosnan, Annie Lennox, Jade Jagger, Kate Moss, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian Ferry, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Harrison Ford, Trevor McDonald, Heston Blumenthal and Sting. Set inside what was once an olive press is the El Olivo restaurant. The ancient pressing stones still

remain. The restaurant is renowned as one of the best and most romantic in Spain, its wonderful gourmet dishes based on local fresh produce. The lush gardens supply the hotel with fresh herbs, olive oil, fruit and flowers. There is an organic market garden with a variety of vegetables. Don’t miss picking olives, oranges and lemons in the hotel’s own garden. The bar features more than 100 brands of vino de Jerez. The hotel also has a wonderful art collection from local artists. This feature is provided by Food & Travel Unlimited. Launching second half 2011, it is possible to pre-register on already now.

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Insider’s Guide

Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur is a thriving hub in the heart of the “Asian Tigers” of South East Asia, known to the locals as “KL”. It’s a melting pot of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures and a surprising mix of heritage and modernity – everything you’d expect from Asia and more. In our ongoing quest to present an insider’s view of great destinations around the world, we asked Tengku Zatashah and Aubry Mennesson, co-founders of Originalo, a Malaysian gift experience company, to share their favourites.

Best Hotel Mandarin Oriental Mandarin Oriental is in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, perfectly situated facing the beautiful Petronas Twin Towers, next to all the shopping malls and a short stroll from Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park. The interiors are beautiful and elegant and the service is superb. There is a choice of award-winning restaurants such as Mandarin Grill, Lai Po Heen, Wasabi, and the newly opened chill-out lounge Casbah and Sultan Lounge. Foreign dignitaries, royals and Hollywood stars all stay here. Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur City Centre.

Best for eating Best Breakfast César’s César’s serves daily breakfast featuring a contemporary twist on global cuisine, tanta-

lizing the taste buds with the freshest organic ingredients from its unique brasserie-style menu. The restaurant offers a spacious and elegant ambience, framed by the theatre kitchen, which overlooks the lively and colourful restaurant. The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Imbi.

Best Lunch Shook! Shook! is an exciting restaurant concept and the first of its kind in Malaysia. The menu flirts with seasonal trends and boasts an adventurous fusion of East and West, with Japanese, Chinese wok, Italian and western grill show kitchens. The beauty of this menu is that you can mix up the cuisines: start with Italian antipasti and finish with Japanese teppanyaki. The only tough part is choosing what you’d actually like to eat! Starhill Gallery, Jalan Bukit Bintang.



Best for Brunch

Best Dim Sum

Dish Arguably the best Sunday brunch in town, Dish serves a great choice of top-notch spread, such as freshly made pastas, Sunday roasts, antipasti, salads, oysters and delicious desserts, with unlimited Veuve Cliquot champagne from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Zing Zing offers fine authentic Chinese cuisine as well as specializing in seafood and home cooked dishes. Zing has won the hearts of many loyal dinners for its good food and variety.

Dua Residency, Jalan Tun Razak.

Best Italian

Best Chinese Chynna Chinese silk lanterns, Oriental chairs and gold décor conjure up 1920s Shanghai in the Chynna Restaurant. Enjoy a mix of traditional Eastern cuisine or try the delicious tea served with kung fu moves by the Tea Master (just don’t try these moves at home!) Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 3 Jalan Stesen Sentral. 138

Grand Millennium Hotel, 160 Jalan Bukit Bintang.

Il Lido Il Lido, the award-winning Italian restaurant in Singapore, is now in Kuala Lumpur. It is a stylish environment that is complemented by its impeccable cuisine and a touch of warm, personable service. You can also enjoy the open-air rooftop terrace bar that offers a stunning view of Petronas Twin Towers. 183 Jalan Mayang

Best for Steak

Best for Fish

Mandarin Grill Mandarin Grill at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is a contemporary modern grill. Serving only the best cuts of meats, the restaurant feature a range of classic dishes served with a modern twist. The elegant interior, complete with a fireplace, exudes comfort and style.

High Tide High Tide is Kuala Lumpur’s premier fine dining fish and seafood restaurant. Belgian chef Evert Onderbeke, who was mentored by 2-star Michelin Star Chef Roger Souvereyns, uses only fresh, seasonal and sustainably caught ingredients, flown in by High Tide from Europe, New Zealand and Australia. The menu is creative and the food is exquisitely presented.

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur City Centre.

Best for Sushi Sagano

Sagano at Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel has a traditional Japanese feel to it. The interior is quite interesting with the place decorated with plentiful wooden bamboo, a common sight in Sagano, which is located to the northwest in Kyoto Basin, Japan. Serves an amazing array of sushi. Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel, corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail & Jalan Ampang

High Tide, Ground Floor, Menara Taipan, Jalan Punchak (Off Jln P Ramlee).

Best Malay Bunga Emas Bunga Emas is the first fine dining restaurant in the city centre in a 5-star hotel. Each classic and contemporary concoction is infused with time honoured Malay culinary traditions passed down from generation to generation. The Royale Chulan, 5 Jalan Conlay





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Best Wine Cellar Nerovivo Nerovivo has become a KL landmark. Sleek tablecloths and bold artwork, combined with consistently high-quality food and impeccable service. Nerovivo champions unpretentious fine dining in vibrant surroundings, with a fantastic wine cellar. Nerovivo, 3a Jalan Ceylon

Best for afternoon tea Carcosa Seri Negara The Drawing Room at Carcosa Seri Negara offers guests a traditional English afternoon tea as well as a Malay afternoon tea, with scones, finger sandwiches, tea and cakes. A historical heritage mansion that used to be the British governor’s residence, the Carcosa Seri Negara claims a hilltop setting within more than 16 hectares of gardens and lawns in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Carcosa Seri Negara, Jalan Kebun Bunga

Best nightlife Best Bar SkyBar Breathtaking rooftop views of Kuala Lumpur’s City Centre and Petronas Twin Towers, SkyBar is the best bar in town. Cosy cabanas with comfy sofa cushions next to the open-air views, it’s simply breathtaking. Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Best Chill-out Lounge Sevenatenine Sevenatenine offers refuge to those who seek chic, exclusive and relaxed elegance and innovative cuisine. This is an amazing,

open spaced venue where the beautiful people chill. Sevenatenine, 7 Jalan Pinang

Best Clubbing Sultan Lounge Elegant and chic lounge and club featuring unrivalled modern design, with privacyenhancing alcoves, the Sultan Lounge epitomizes cool. Here, a vibrant mix of people and DJ-spun music makes every night an unforgettable party. Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur City Centre.

Best for culture Best Museum Islamic Arts Museum The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia houses more than 7,000 artefacts, as well as has an exceptional library of Islamic art books. The art objects on display range from the tiniest pieces of jewellery to one of the world’s largest scale models of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. This is undoubtedly the best museum in Malaysia. Islamic Arts Museum, Jalan Lembah Perdana

Best Gallery Galeri Petronas Galeri Petronas, located at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers, promotes the development and preservation of Malaysian art. The Galeri Petronas is also a resource centre hosting both local and foreign artists as resident artists at the gallery to encourage exchanges and dialogues. Galeri Petronas, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre


Best Architecture & Design Petronas Twin Towers Designed by Argentine architects CĂŠsar Pelli and Djay Cerico, the Petronas Towers were completed in 1998 after 7 years of construction. At the time, the towers were the tallest buildings in the world. Beautifully lit at night, it remains an icon and a landmark of Kuala Lumpur, a testimony to modernity and design. Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Sultan Abdul Samad Building Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a Malaysian historical landmark. Its architecture reflects a Moorish influence, which makes it stand alone among the buildings in the vicinity. This building is named after the sultan who reigned over the state of Selangor from 1857 to 1898. Sultan Abdul Samad Building, in front of Dataran Merdeka on Jalan Raja.


Best Park & Garden

Lake Gardens Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, The Lake Gardens include Orchid Garden with 800 species of orchids. Take pictures and purchase a pot or 2 back at the shop within the compound. Hibiscus Garden has many varieties of hibiscus. The locals called it Bunga Raya, the national flower of Malaysia. KL Butterfly Park has more than 6,000 butterflies with over 120 species. You can also visit the souvenir shop and insect museum. KL Bird Park has the world’s largest walk-in free-flight aviary. It has more than 3,000 birds of various species. Deer Park has many spotted deer from Holland. Feeding is allowed but the food has to be purchased from the ticket counter. Lake Gardens Jalan Lembah, Taman Tasik Perdana

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Best Daytrips Malacca Malacca is a must day trip to experience Malaysian culture and heritage, just 90 minutes away by car. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malacca was founded by Parameswara, a Hindu prince from the Kingdom of Srivijaya in Sumatra in the year 1403. The Portuguese conquered it in 1511, followed by the Dutch in 1641 and finally the British in 1824. The influence is still seen today in the monuments and food.

Best Spa Mandara Spa Mandara Spa offers each guest the ultimate luxuriously healing experience. Every Mandara Spa experience is unique because they honour the diversity of the culture they are immersed in, as well as the Balinese traditions. While no 2

Mandara Spas are identical, you will recognize this one from its commitment to your ultimate satisfaction.

Best Golf Kota Permai Golf & Country Club Kota Permai has won awards as Malaysia’s No. 1 golf course by the leading magazine, Golf Malaysia; voted the Most Memorable Golf Course and bestowed the Most Beautiful Hole award for its Par 4 second hole; as the Country’s Best Golf Course along with the Most Memorable Golf Course and Most Scenic Hole award (Hole No. 2). With all these accolades, you too can now enjoy a beautiful day at the green. Kota Permai Golf & Country Club, 1, Jalan 31/100A, Kota Kemuning Section 31, Shah Alam


Best for Kids Aquaria KLCC Aquaria KLCC is the only state-of-the-art 60,000 sq ft aquarium right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and is the ideal place for family and kids. It’s not only an educational centre for kids but they have great exciting activities such as Shark Feeding; and Cage Rage where you can dive in a cage surrounded by sharks (14 years and above), as well as Sleep with Sharks (6-13 years old). Voted as Best Indoor Fun as well as Best Attraction in Malaysia. Aquaria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Best Shopping Pavillion Mall At the heart of the trendy Bukit Bintang district you’ll find Pavillion Mall’s retail, restaurants, entertainment and cinema. Retail outlets include luxury brands such as Hermes, Gucci, Burberry, Ferragamo, Marc Jacobs, etc., and


high-street fashion brands such as Zara, Massimo Dutti and TopShop. It’s also the best food court in town, with an incredible selection of food and tastes. Pavillion Mall, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang

Best Florist Wishing Tree Finding good florists in Kuala Lumpur is actually not an easy task. One of the best is Wishing Tree, a full-service floral design studio with beautiful and elegant floral displays. Wishing Tree is in Kuala Lumpur at Sheraton Imperial Hotel. 50, Jalan Doraisamy, 50300 Kuala Lumpur

Best Food Shop O Gourmet O Gourmet is a luxury food market located at Bangsar Shopping Centre. O Gourmet food hall offers fine wines, a fantastic array of cheeses,

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organic fresh vegetables, pastries, fresh spices and condiments, desserts, chocolates and cakes. Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar

Best Chocolate Shop Patchi Patchi offers over 40 varieties of Belgian-style chocolates. Its ingredients are all natural, with no artificial flavours, additives, preservatives or vegetable oil. The Patchi menu includes dark and milk chocolate, fillings of fresh coconut, nuts, caramel and gianduja (hazelnut cream). There are 7 branches in Kuala Lumpur; my favourite is at Pavillion Mall. Pavillion Mall, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang

Best Kept Secret Babycakes macarons at GTower Hotel

Next to the lobby, you’ll find delicious macaroons at Babycakes (watch out, they sell out fast!) hidden next to the florist. Flavours like caramel, strawberry, green tea, black sesame

and so on. If you look carefully, you can even get some free macaroons, which they keep aside as broken/unsold pieces. Yum! GTower Hotel, 199 Jalan Tun Razak Originalo, Ultimate Gift Experience is a new gift concept for Malaysia, offering chic travel and leisure gift boxes with the best of Malaysia’s hotels, spas, restaurants and other leisure activities. They offer a range of colourful, thematic gift boxes – Spa, Dining, Escape, Luxury – with a quality selection of over 150 excellent leading hotel, restaurant and spa partners throughout Malaysia. It is an unrivalled choice, with something to suit every taste, occasion and budget. It’s perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc., as well as the ideal corporate gift ideas for clients, customers, personnel, corporate events, etc.


Fabulous Foodie Inspirations

Here we serve up gourmet food, nifty tools, and stylish tableware for the ultimate dinner party Technically, you are buying olive oil by Antico Frantoio Muraglia, although the bottles in the Orci Collection are equally awesome. The high-quality olive oil comes in traditional Puglian earthenware jars in rainbow colours, hand-crafted by skilled master ceramists. Incomparable aroma and taste, the excellent extra virgin olive oil is obtained exclusively from the prestigious Coratina olives, which are processed by the classic method of cold-pressing, using granite grindstones.

For the dessert connoisseur who loves to entertain, this stylish, stainless steel ice cream maker by Cuisinart will be making batch after batch of scrumptious ice cream, fruity sorbets, and silky smooth frozen yogurts in no time. With a built-in compressor, there is no need to pre-freeze the bowl. Less hassle, more ice cream. Plus, it is beautiful enough to simply leave on your kitchen counter.

This opulent handmade trunk from Pinel & Pinel is designed for ‘nomadic gastronomy’. Elegant, glamorous and extremely functional – this cult creation holds all the essentials for your next gourmet picnic: tableware, a truffle shaver, Mother of Pearl caviar spoons, a cigar cutter, cashmere throw, champagne flutes and of course an ice bucket. It is simply amazing. 146

The Blue Box from MarieBelle contains a collection of exquisite hand-made signature ganaches, combining the finest singleorigin cacao with artisanal techniques and eclectic ingredients. From the exotic to the sublime, flavours include saffron, passion fruit, espresso, lavender, champagne, and many more. Enclosed in haute-couture packaging, the chocolates resemble semiprecious jewels displayed in stylish boxes. Almost too beautiful to eat, the handpainted chocolates are utterly divine and nothing less than edible works of art.

Professional technology meets timeless design. Tools by Iittala, designed by Bjรถrn Dahlstrรถm, is a range of pots and pans with a dual purpose - not only are they high quality cookware, but their stunning design and sturdy, oversized handles make them ideal for bringing your culinary creations directly to the table. These are must-have kitchen accessories for enthusiastic chefs.

Beautiful and functional. This Royal VKB Garlic Crusher, designed by Ineke Hans, is based on a classic rolling pin - a simple heavy stainless steel roller with a serrated barrel, which rolls to crush the garlic, resulting in an intense and superior flavour. And when rinsing clean, the special stainless steel removes the smell of garlic from your hands.


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 Hans Välimäki at Chez Dominique in Helsinki, Finland and Chef Julien Banlier at Le Mas de Peint in Camargue, France.

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Julien Banlier, Le Mas de Peint

Le Mas De Peint, Camargue, France Housed in the ultimate farm conversion, Le Mas de Peint Hotel is straight out of a coffeetable book • The hotel-restaurant sits on a 1,300-acre a working cattle and horse ranch owned by the Bon family • Most wonderful is the dining room, which is in the kitchen • Expert chef Julien Banlier is executing his kitchen in front of the guests with passion and wonderful talent • Expect elegantly simple culinary creations with plenty of flavour • The kitchen uses what grows and is raised locally: beef and seafood, produce from the mas’s gardens and, occasionally, the unique red rice of the Camargue • Interesting wine list from local producers

Chez Dominique, Helsinki, Finland It is a supreme Michelin-starred restaurant • Any meal is an adventure here, and will enthral even the most fastidious gourmands • Led by celebrity chef Hans Välimäki, the the food is a colourful and intriguing explosion of Nordic and French influences • The food is sensational, and is superbly executed • Stunning menues with suprizing appetizers, delicious main dishes and taunting deserts • Try their fois gras terrine with duck confit and shallot ice cream, the grilled tuna, the roasted turbot or the lobster tortellini with vanilla and anise sauce • The sleek, monochrome interior is sublime • Service is not short of spectacular - attentive but not overbearing


Warm sea bream and rice roll, sprouted seeds and fig chutney Courtesy of Julien Banlier, Le Mas de Peint, Camargue, France

INGREDIENTS 4 rice pancakes 100 g sea bream filet without skin 1 celery

1 cucumber 100 g sprouted seeds ( red cabbage, fennel ) 12 mint leaves 40 g red Camargue rice cooked in boiled salt water 10 g flaxseeds

For the chutney: 4 figs 25 g honey 10 cl Xérès vinegar 10 cl soy sauce 10 fresh coriander leaves

Cut the fish into thin slices. Soak the rice pancakes in hot water to make supple. Put 3 mint leaves, sprouted seeds, rice, fish and flaxseeds in the middle of each pancake. Salt. Roll the pancake tight. Cover with cling film and keep cold. For the chutney : heat the honey, add the Xérès vinegar and the figs cut in 4. Simmer gently 20 minutes. Let cool down before adding soy sauce and chopped coriander. Serve the rolls cut in 3 together with sliced celery and cucumber flavoured with olive oil, pepper and salt. Serves 4



“Pink Lady” apple crumble with warm white rice and ice cream Courtesy of Julien Banlier, Le Mas de Peint, Camargue, France

INGREDIENTS For the caramelized apples 6 to 8 red apples “Pink Lady” 20 g sugar 20 g butter For the crumble 80 g flour 80 g butter 80 g sugar 25 g almond powder 5 g cinnamon Milk rice Ice cream, ready made vanilla or salted butter-caramel ice cream For the crumble : mix all ingredients, crumble the preparation on the pie plate and leave for at least 2 hours at room-temperature. Put on the oven at 180˚C. Bake for 20 minutes until the top has nicely browned. Keep dry. Peel the apples. Cut it in 6 quarters. Slice out the cores and seeds. In a pan turn them golden with butter and sugar, then bake for 10 minutes at 180˚C. Let cool. For the presentation, dress the warm caramelized apples in a circle, put some milk rice on top along with a scoop of salted butter-caramel or vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle with the crumble. Serves 4



Fried langoustine, seaweed and lobster mayonnaise Courtesy of Hans Välimäki, Chez Dominique, Helsinki, Finland

INGREDIENTS 4 langoustines butter salt pepper 5 g caviar seaweed herbs 100 ml lobster oil 1 egg yolk 1 tbsp Dijon mustard salt pepper

Dry langoutine shells in the over in 100˚C for approximately 4 hours until they are dry. Mix in a blender with salt into powder. Mix mustard and egg yolk, add oil. Season with salt and pepper. Season langoustine and fry in butter. Serves 4



”Snowball”and blackcurrant Courtesy of Hans Välimäki, Chez Dominique, Helsinki, Finland

Yoghurt sorbet

Blackcurrant Brulée 100 g blackcurran purée

200 g Turkish yoghurt 50 g creme fraiche

400 g cream

100 g sugar syrup 1/1

4 g iota

Mix and freeze in an ice cream maker. Snow ball 15 g egg white powder (albumin) 300 g cold water 15 g water 15 g lemon + zest 70 g sugar

demerara sugar for caramelizing Bring to boil the purée, cream and the iota. Sieve and fill portion forms. Put in the fridge to cool. Once cooled, sprinkle with sugar and cut into bite-sized squares Melt the sugar with a hand-held torch. Blackcurrant fluid gel

2 gelatines

500 ml blackcurrant juice

Mix cold water and egg white powder to a meringue. Bring water up to boil, add lemon and sugar and add the gelatines. Cool down to 40˚C. Add the meringue and whisk until cold. Make ”snowballs” and freeze.

6 g agar agar 1 g xantana Mix the juice and agar agar. Bring to boil and whisk in the xantana. Cool and mix to a purée.

Meringue 100 g egg whites 100 g sugar 100 g powder sugar Whisk to a meringue. Dry in oven at 55˚C for 12 hours.



HOUSE & GARDEN Style & design discoveries for your home

Uniquely designed for being on display, the Danish powerhouse Eva Solo has redefined the watering can. AquaStar is minimalist and utterly stylish, yet very functional. The slender, pointed design can not just hold a considerable amount of water, it also facilitates watering even very small pots. Designed by Claus Jensen and Henrik HolbĂŚk, AquaStar provides a sleek, contemporary addition to any modern home.

Attractive in its design and convincing in its functionality, the glamorous and sleek windowsill planter by Lechuza is an allinclusive set that will provide a haven for your lush greenery. Shining with both beauty and intelligence, the stylish planter is made from state-of-the-art plastics technology, and is UV, frost and weather resistant. The handy self-watering system will provide your plants with the right amount of water for up to 12 weeks, making plant-raising virtually foolproof. Great for growing tomatoes and herbs in your kitchen. Contemporary, yet timeless classic. The sleek, undulating sun lounger by Royal Botania appears to float on a slight frame of electro-polished stainless steel. The striking colour makes it even more of an eye-catcher.


Dakota Jackson has combined his knowledge of stagecraft from his days as a professional magician with an understanding of the accoutrements of style and power, hidden compartments, dynamic mechanical systems, luxurious materials and refined design. The allure of the sleek and stunning Maverick Writing Table is unmistakable. This gorgeous desk showcases polished stainless steel pedestal legs that support a surface with exquisite woodwork featuring walnut and English sycamore veneers and leather inlay. This desk is engineered as much as it is designed – a true piece of art. This soapless wonder takes the place of regular detergent. The Ecowasbal is a ball filled with small ceramic beads that create a cleaning agent when mixed with water. Just toss it in your laundry and let it work its magic. Ecowasbal promises to clean all your clothes for 1,000 washes without using almost any detergent at all. Although it sounds like science-fiction, it works very well.

Isn’t it time to finally match your beautiful interior décor with a more stylish waste basket. Even the most attractive waste basket looks trashy with a plastic bag hanging over the sides. I can’t help but want to upgrade mine to this clever number, as it doesn’t only boast a sleek, minimalist style, but the two-part design seamlessly hides that ugly plastic bag perfectly. The Tubelor Brick by Ideaco is where style meets function.


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