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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

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

With the festive season waning, many people’s dreams start drifting towards a tropical paradise break. Five of the very best, spread across the globe, are guaranteed to lift spirits and rejuvenate whatever the weather back at home. Samara Beachfront Lux in Koh Samui is the ultimate Thai villa, combining virtually everything that attracts visitors to this ancient and beguiling South East Asian nation, from spa facilities to a swim up bar. With room for 17 guests, it has ample accommodation for hosting one of those famous Thai beach house parties,

The Maldives is a very special place. There are many wonderful, luxurious tropical retreats scattered across the world. Very few, however, can compete with the Maldives for the sense they create of utter seclusion and desert island enchantment. There is nowhere else where you can feel so distant from all the world’s concerns whilst enjoying the very best that world has to offer. The Amilla, an elegant and extremely well-appointed property on Baa Atoll in the North Islands, offers everything necessary to heighten enjoyment of Maldivian magic. The villa sleeps

Christmas, it is clear to see, has captured and dominated the global festive imagination. However, few, if any, places on earth can offer a more idealised traditional Christmas than Switzerland. Sleigh bells ringing, hot chocolate and mulled wine, twinkling lights and a beautiful landscape carpeted in snow offer the best possible place to celebrate. St Moritz has been the go-to destination for winter tourism for over 150 years. One of its Christmas highlights is the Olympia bobsleigh run, an exhilarating and magical experience, and there is every other possible permutation

The Caribbean is revered as a Christmas destination, but what is perhaps less well-known is the great variety of different Christmas celebrations and traditions that different Caribbean islands display. Any December or January style magazine reveals that countless celebrities choose St Barths as their special Christmas destination, and it is a particularly magical time of year on the highly exclusive French Caribbean island. Villa Milou is set within the exceptional Pointe Milou neighbourhood, with a terrace that offers the perfect setting for alfresco, convivial dining. The infinity pool and well-equipped

LUXE City Guides are the stylish pocket travel guides and mobile apps packed with astute, opinionated information for sophisticated travellers. For over 13 years, and with more than 3 million copies sold, LUXE City Guides have been the go-to trusted source for highly curated, ultra-researched travel and lifestyle information. LUXE covers everything from hotels and restaurants to spas, bars, boutique and bespoke shopping, as well as services, specialists and personal guides – if it’s in LUXE, it’s IN. There are nearly 40 scrumptious guides to choose from, all with colourful

It is increasingly important for global travellers to combine luxury relaxation with immersion in cultural locales and places of outstanding natural beauty. It is exactly these special places which are recognised by UNESCO on its list of heritage sites, and Spain is particularly rich in assets close to exceptional villas, both on the mainland and across its islands. The unique combination of biodiversity and culture to be discovered in many Spanish islands was a major factor in securing UNESCO world heritage status for some of Spain’s most aspirational holiday home

There are innumerable reasons to visit the vibrant and wonderful South East Asian nation of Cambodia, but choosing just five allows for a showcasing of some of its key attractions. The first reason, Cambodia’s riches of indigenous rainforest and jungle, is perhaps the most vivid image most will have of the Cambodian landscape. It has been made world famous by Angkor Wat, the vast temple complex evocatively set deep in the Cambodian rainforest. Astonishingly, it is the world’s largest religious monument, and the numbers of those wishing to make their

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