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Seasoned choices – the Luxury properties abroad that have all-year-round appeal – Telegraph.co.uk


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“The Japanese summer is hot and humid, and Hokkaido provides an escape
that’s as appealing then as it is in winter. In the summer, diverse
activities include the challenge of five world-class golf courses, including
a Par 72 course designed by Arnold Palmer, renowned fly-fishing, hiking in
scenic national parks, family-oriented horse trekking and white-water
rafting, as well as road cycling and mountain biking.”

A new development of luxury properties, Kasara
Niseko Village
Townhouse will comprise 42 three-bedroom homes that blend
traditional Japanese architecture and contemporary features, with some units
offering ski-in/ski-out access. Owners will also benefit from a personalised
concierge service and the chance to use amenities at the neighbouring Hilton
and Green Leaf hotels, including indoor and outdoor onsens (traditional
hot-spring baths).

With no restrictions on foreign ownership in Japan, the only potential problem
for purchasers is the expected excessive demand when these properties are
put on the market in December.

Prices to be confirmed; current condominium prices in Niseko range from
US$950 to $1,200 per sq ft

What to do there

Wakka Spa at the Hilton
Niseko Village
has been voted one of the top 10 in Japan. After a
strenuous day of skiing, the Hokkaido Mena River Hot Stone body treatment,
which also involves the use of relaxing aromatherapy oils, is just what the
doctor ordered.

Japan may not be known for its dairy products, but the focus of Milk Kobo in
Niseko Village is exactly that. With a cluster of milk related shops,
eateries and museums, it offers delicious cakes, ice cream and yoghurt, all
freshly made on site using milk and cream from its dairy farm.

When the powder melts, take a scenic nine-mile hike around the resort. The
Niseko Circuit takes approximately six hours, with the trailhead accessible
via public transport.

Miami, US

With its swaying palms, sublime art-deco architecture, burgeoning arts scene
and temperatures that seldom drop below 75F (24C), Miami needs little
introduction as a year-round destination. One of America’s fastest growing
cities, it is the kind of place where an ‘any time, anywhere’ attitude is
epitomised by the concierge team looking after the superstylish condos at
the Residences at W
South Beach
resort.


The bright art deco inspired buildings of the Miami Edition Resisences

“We have one dedicated, detail-oriented team here and our owners receive
a highly personalised level of service tailored to their specific needs and
lifestyle,” says the director of residential services Marcia Valente. “We
know each owner’s dog’s name, children’s birthdays and daily reading list,
as well as their favourite flowers, food, wine, and even how they like their
clothing folded and stored.”

The resort, designed by Yabu Pushelberg, sits on a 300ft stretch of South
Beach sand and has public spaces by Anna Busta decorated with museum-quality
art (think Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol), as well as two restaurants and a
huge Bliss spa. For those who like to be seen on the scene, the glamorous
Grove garden and the Wall ultra-lounge — both usually packed with local
celebrities — beckon.

More designer input is evident at the Residences
at the Miami Beach Edition
, where Ian Schrager has teamed up with
architect John Pawson to produce 26 one-of-a-kind homes. “There is
simply nothing else like them currently in the marketplace. We tried to
capture the details of life in the details of the architecture,” says
Schrager of the apartments, which sit atop the Fifties-built Edition Hotel
and in a neighbouring new tower block.

With commanding panoramic views over the Atlantic, the one- to four-bedroom
homes have outdoor spaces that feature private lap and plunge pools and
outside kitchens, dining areas and fireplaces, plus an anonymous ‘celebrity’
entrance to protect the identity of their owners.

Condos at the Residences at W South Beach range from US$997,000 to $16.9
million; wsouthbeach.com/residences. Properties at the Residences at the
Miami Beach Edition range from $2,999,000 to $7.9 million; for more
infomation click here

What to do there

One of the latest additions to the Miami music scene is the Frank
Gehry-designed New
World Center
on Miami Beach, which has performances by the Miami
Symphony Orchestra.

The Florida Keys start close to Miami. The northernmost is Elliott Key in
Biscayne National Park, and it’s a 160-mile drive to the furthest, Key West.

Hosted by the city in December, Art
Basel
has contemporary and modern works from the world’s top galleries.

Mauritius

Mark Twain once said: “… you gather the idea that Mauritius was made
first and then heaven was copied after Mauritius” – and it’s hard to
argue with the author when it comes to this beautiful island in the
crystal-clear Indian Ocean.

The island may once have been a favourite pirate haunt but nowadays it is a
haven for holidaymakers, attracted by a beguiling mix of beaches with miles
of ice-white sands, a lush, mountainous interior, bags of Creole culture,
bustling towns, such as the capital, Port Louis, and welcoming locals. So
however you prefer to spend your time — attending vibrant festivals, taking
up the challenge of a mountain hike or relaxing on a beachside hammock with
a book — Mauritius will be happy to oblige.

Like many other tropical destinations, the constant hours of sunshine are
punctuated by rainy seasons — making this island up to five times wetter
than the UK — but the short, sharp showers are soon burnt off by the
re-emerging sun, and are responsible for the overall lushness.

Fortunately, buying a holiday home on the island has become easier since the
government opened up the property market to foreign nationals via the
Integrated Resort Scheme. If they want to buy a unit at one of the luxury
developments that are sold under the scheme, and are usually located around
a hotel, the purchase will automatically come with a Mauritian resident’s
permit that allows owners to stay in the country indefinitely.

One of the latest developments to join the scheme is Amalthea
by Anahita
, a 520-acre estate with more than 50 villas, duplexes and
residences to choose from, which will be ready for occupancy in 2015. It
also has three miles of eastcoast shoreline and an Ernie Els-designed golf
course.

Owners get to use the facilities of the on-site Anahita
the Resort hotel
, with its lively La Place Belgath village of shops and
restaurants, and have access to the estate’s nature reserves in the centre
of the island. When not in residence, they can choose to recoup some of
their investment by entering their homes into a rental pool.

Prices range from €695,000 for the residences to €972,000 for a
three-bedroom villa; anahitaproperty.com

What to do there

See Casela Nature and Leisure Park’s wildlife, including birds, lions and
zebras, by zip wire and hanging bridges.

Go canyoning at the stunning Tamarind Falls; its 11 waterfalls are the ideal
setting for a scramble through rocks, pools and lush vegetation.

Enjoy a feast fest. February/March: the biggest Hindu festival outside India.
August/September: kite-and opera events.

Tuscany, Italy

While many of us may dream of a place under the Tuscan sun, the garden of
Italy is much more than just a place to visit in the heat of summer.
Temperatures remain fairly high right through from mid-April until the end
of October, making the shoulder seasons an ideal time to explore the
vineyards and olive groves that pattern the hillsides.

Even in winter, the daytime mercury levels seldom drop below 50F (10C), but
chillier temperatures can easily be remedied with a visit to outdoor thermal
spas in Saturnia, San Filippo and Petriolo, while the renowned Christmas
markets in Florence and Siena also beckon.

Hidden away in the storied rolling hills, and just a short drive from Siena,
Florence and San Gimignano, a grand cypress-lined road leads to an historic
castle that has been converted into the boutique Castello
di Casole
hotel. This is surrounded by a 4,200-acre estate dotted with
farmhouse villas for sale, each with its own private glass-tiled infinity
pool.

The homes are either restorations of centuries-old ruins, or reconstructions
built using traditional methods and reclaimed stone and timber, and are
decorated with antique and contemporary Italian furnishings and fabrics.
Full and fractional ownership options are available.

“People choose Castello di Casole as it offers an authenticTuscan
experience in a rural and historic setting, with all the modern comforts you
would expect of a second home,” says Gary Moore of Timbers Resorts,
which manages the estate.

As the company handles everything from maintenance to food purchasing, there
are also fewer of the headaches sometimes associated with owning a home
abroad. “The idea of a managed estate is catching on with families and
couples who lead busy lives and want to make the most of their time away,”
Moore adds.

“Everything is taken care of — the home is perfect when you arrive, with
groceries and wine stocked and clothes dry-cleaned — and you can use all the
amenities of the hotel, such as the restaurant, spa and pools.”

Prices for a Castello di Casole villa range from €348,000 to €7.25 million;
castellodicasole.com

What to do there

Florence is a honeypot for day-trippers, but after 4pm popular sites like the Uffizi
Gallery
empty out, the shops are less crowded and waiters much
friendlier.

Owners of a property at Castello di Casole can go hunting with gamekeepers for
hare, pheasant, deer and wild boar, as well as the elusive truffle.

With the Chianti and Montalcino regions a short drive away, take a tour of the
area’s boutique wineries.

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