Puerto Andratx, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
This villa offers the perfect bird’s eye view over one of Mallorca’s most exclusive enclaves: Puerto Andratx. With a prime location up in the hills, it’s just a short distance from the bustling shoreline restaurants, cafés and marina, but far enough away to enjoy complete privacy. There are fantastic views of the sea from every room and terrace. From here, you can watch elegant yachts share the same crystal blue waters as the fishing boats that supply the catch of the day to local restaurants. Come the cooler weather, the villa remains the ideal retreat, with underfloor heating, a fireplace and sauna.
Chora, Andros, Cyclades Islands, Greece
This glorious historic mansion is located on the rugged island of Andros, the second-largest island of the Cyclades – just a couple of hours from Athens. With its traditional Andriot architecture and pretty outdoor gardens and terraces, this impressive property, split across five levels, offers a real sense of place in the wealthy capital of Chora. Built in 1910 but renovated in 2000, it comprises a host of classical and modern features, and outstanding views of the sea.
La Belle Vue, Guernsey, Channel Islands
The Channel Islands get more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the British Isles, and this stunning Arts and Crafts style cliffside property on the eastern coast of Guernsey is in prime position to take full advantage. With its attractive, mellow elevations featuring decorative timber and brickwork, the house reflects a bygone era, but with all the benefits of contemporary design and materials. Soak up the panoramic sea views from the sprawling veranda, or wander through the gorgeous gardens and join the path to Fermain Bay, where wild swimming and a beach café await.
Povlja, Brač, Croatia
Brač is famed for its beautiful beaches – including the much-photographed Zlatni rat. This spectacular villa, sitting pretty atop a hill in the village of Povlja, is just a lazy 30-metre stroll from the clear blue waters and is perfect for immersing yourself in island life. The villa was built on a cascading terrain. There are four bedrooms, a kitchen and open courtyard on the lower floor, while the upper floor contains a large apartment and wellness area. There are plenty of outdoor areas in which to relax, including a heated swimming pool (with a waterfall and hydro massage zone), spacious terraces and landscaped gardens.
San José, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
This charming, finca-style villa is surrounded by ancient pines, and has magnificent views over the sea and mountains. Ibiza might be famed for its nightlife, and indeed it’s within easy reach, but it might be tempting to head up to the roof terrace for sundowners instead – or to enjoy long dinners on the Spanish-style patio. A pool area with space for up to 15 sunbeds offers the finishing touch for this beautifully private Balearic bolthole.
Latchi, Paphos, Cyprus
With uninterrupted sea views and multiple outdoor spaces to choose from, this range of beachfront villas in the charming fishing village of Latchi epitomises the natural Mediterranean pleasures of island living. Contemporary, without losing a distinct Cypriot flavour, the properties are designed to an impeccable standard, balancing the use of glass, stone and wood to elegant effect. The swimming pools provide a dramatic centrepiece from where you can to take in the gentle scents of the indigenous flowers, herbs and cypress trees.
Ca’ Morosini Brandolin, Venice
Venice from the rooftops is a completely different place to the one you see at water level. From its setting on the third and top floor of Palazzo Morosini Brandolin, this historic apartment enjoys astonishing views of life on the Grand Canal. Naturally, there is private water access to and from this 15th-century palazzo, which comprises four large bedrooms, a spacious living room and two full bathrooms. Many of the rooms – including two bedrooms and the spacious living room – look directly onto the canal, through windows framed by grand, gothic arches. A true Venetian palace, in the heart of this enchanting city.