Blue Flag beaches, white-washed villages, slow life, great food, welcoming locals and over 200 days a year of sunshine is what attracted me and my husband to Puglia, the “heel of Italy”, some ten years ago. Once Italy’s best kept secret, the region has enjoyed a surge in tourism in recent years, to be attributed greatly to celebrity weddings, Hollywood actors purchasing run down Masserie and a very prominent international marketing campaign run by the Region of Puglia across Europe. Once snubbed by discerning travellers in favour of more glitzy

There are few more immediate ways to gain acquaintance with a place than by immersion in its food and drink. A private villa chef is perfectly positioned to provide a variety of regional delicacies, often organic and locally sourced, at times from the grounds of the property itself. Delicate, aromatic Thai cuisine is amongst the most renowned in South East Asia. An ideal setting in which to sample it is at Samara Beachfront Lux, Koh Samui. A healthy breakfast is included in the villa’s fee, and for an ingredients shopping

What makes the perfect sea front property? Direct access to a beautiful beach must surely be at the top of the list. With these nine ultra-luxe villas enjoying such a feature, there are the added benefits of a globally renowned setting, a balmy climate, and a stunning range of attractions, land and sea, right outside the door. Thailand makes the most of its gorgeous coastal scenery. Seven bedroom Villa Riva in the classic resort of Koh Samui is a palatial residence with its own Clubhouse, 12 seater cinema and infinity

Few seasoned luxury travellers would dispute that a villa in a stunning part of Southern Europe is the ideal setting for the perfect holiday. However, there are certain properties which also provide an innovative and inspiring environment for a business retreat. A private space which sponsors clarity of thought, corporate bonding, and the opportunity to get the best out of colleagues in a relaxed yet productive setting. Villa La Tosca in the lovely French settlement of Lanton, Aquitaine is a landmark and historic beach front property which offers every conceivable

It is probably fair to say that expectations of the luxury family holiday have never been higher. With most families, adults and children alike, enjoying a full schedule of work and leisure activities throughout the year, down time is at a premium, but so is the expectation of a range of diversions and pastimes to match normal energy levels. Fortunately, there are a number of quality properties around the world that go the extra mile in providing for active families. A private island might conjure visions of secluded splendour and

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