With over 40 years of investment to its credit, Quinta do Lago (00-351-289 390 700) has saved the best until last with the release of San Lorenzo North. Bordered by the Algarve’s Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, the 26 villa plots enjoy views across the San Lorenzo golf course and towards the Atlantic Ocean. Purchasers can build up to 25 per cent of their plots (compared with 20 per cent elsewhere on the resort) to a contemporary architectural design, as demonstrated by the show villa. This modern, pared-down look signals a new era at Quinta, where the average buyer age group has dropped ten years (to 45-55) since 2011. During that time €25,000,000 has been invested in the resort, with a further €21,000,000 allocated over the next five years. Interestingly, two of the three British buyers at San Lorenzo North already own property within the 650-acre resort, where facilities include three championship golf courses, a tennis centre, water sports on the lake and two-mile beach, four hotels and eight restaurants. Plot prices range from €2,000 per square metre. For those who can’t wait, the €5,900,000 turnkey show villa offers 535 square metres of five-bedroom accommodation complete with a home spa, gym, games room and cinema; outside, the double-height covered terrace features a Portuguese marble swimming pool, barbecue table and fully serviced outdoor kitchen.
€14,950,000 could see you and yours looking down over the Bay of St Tropez from a newly built residence in Roule des Plages. Occupying what Christie’s International affiliate Michaël Zingraf (00-33-493 397 777) describes as ‘a ravishing flat plot of land’ this south-facing property extends to 650 square metres over three floors. It has eight bedroom suites, two formal receptions, a home cinema, wine cellar, fitness room, Jacuzzi and heated swimming pool; a one-bedroom caretaker’s apartment affords ‘lock up and leave’ appeal.
Located on the western shores of Lake Como, a few miles from Cernobbio and Laglio, the quiet medieval village of Brienno ranks among the area’s best-kept secrets. Neighbouring the ancient church of Saint Anne, Ca’Nova promises ‘to blend modern luxury and tradition right on the lake’. Designed by Edward Williams Architects (whose founding partner worked on Glyndebourne and Goodwood), it is scheduled for completion next spring and available through Savills (020-7106 3740) for €2,900,000. Offering 400 square metres of six-bedroom accommodation over six storeys (with a lift), it enjoys direct access to the water as well as a private berth in Brienno’s marina.
With a terrace perfect for sunset parties, and superb views across Puerto Andratx, this Bauhaus-style villa was also a finalist of the Majorcan Architect Award 2014. Extending to 578 square metres with a further 411 square metres of terraces these include the rooftop terrace bar and barbecue area, on LED-lit infinity pool and verandas to the four bedroom suites. Available through Engel & Volkers (00-34- 971 674 780) for €9,500,000, this is the highest house on ‘Siurell Mountain’ with views to the port (its restaurants are within a seven-minute walk), the sea and the mountains towards Andratx Valley.
High society is very much ‘at home’ in the world-famous winter sports and golf metropolis of Kitzbühel. The town’s playground status started with the Grand Hotel that opened in 1903 and was frequented by English and other European aristocrats throughout the First and Second World Wars. Situated next to the former hotel in its original grounds. The Grand comprises five modern apartments within a newly built, traditional timber chalet. Due for completion tis December, prices range through First Kitzbühel (00-43-535 666 604) from €2,780,000 for a 294 square metre apartment with two bedrooms and bathrooms, to €7.900,000 for the 548 square metre penthouse with five bedroom suites. The residence sports its own wellness centre with a 20 metre swimming pool, sauna, Turkish steam bath and whirlpool. The five apartments also share a home cinema, billiard room, underground parking and views of the Hahnenkamm where the World Cup Alpine ski races are hosted.
For those who aspire ‘to sleep all day and party all night’, the Nikki Beach Resort and Spa at Porto Heli opened last summer in one of the most exclusive settings on the ‘Greek Riviera’. Affording panoramic views of the Aegan Sea from almost every corner, this super-chic boutique resort comprises 17 hotel suites and 49 fully furnished Nikki Beach branded ‘lifestyle residences’ that are for sale on renewable 60 year leases. Spanning from 50 to 97 square metres, each one has a balcony or terrace; those on the ground floor also have private pools, while those on the top storey have a sun deck and Jacuzzi. Priced from €400,000 to €800,000, owners enjoy 60 days usage (including 20 days in high season) and receive 50 per cent of rental income from the rest of the year. Nikki Beach (00-30-21 06 56 04 50) is the only beach club and restaurant currently operating in the region. It’s also the only hotel with direct access to the sea and is easily accessible from Athens.