“We’re living in a time where having fast, reliable internet at home is fundamentally important. This was becoming a trend long before lockdown – the Savills Second Home Survey showed that fast broadband and reliable Wi-Fi was the top priority for people looking for a new property – but it’s certainly been accelerated by the pandemic.
For many of us, remote working, wherever we are in the world, has become mainstream. But in order for this to be possible, you need the bandwidth. Savills Research has ranked the top 50 global prime leisure locations by their average broadband speeds. More than two-thirds of them had speeds that were considered fast enough to work from home.
And of course, the need for fast internet extends well beyond work: it’s an essential part of our everyday lives, from social media to streaming entertainment to keeping in touch with our friends and family.
The way we work now allows for a much more flexible bridge between work and leisure. It’s no longer ‘either/or’, it’s ‘and’ – and fast internet is the key to making that happen. From Monaco to Verbier, we have an exquisite selection of European properties where you can make the most of both.” Alex Balkin
Golden Square, Monaco (rank: top 5)
Monaco comes second on the Savills Research list of the top 50 global prime leisure locations by broadband speed and takes the top spot in Europe. It’s a distinction that makes living and working from this highly sought-after building in the Golden Square even more appealing, though it has plenty to offer on its own.
The 330 sq m space occupies an entire floor of the building and has been completely renovated by London-based interior design firm Candy and Candy, using the finest materials for floors, walls and fittings. A private landing makes access totally exclusive, and the apartment comes with a cellar, a large terrace and two parking spaces.
La Zagaleta, Marbella (rank: top 5)
Mornings are worth savouring at this beautifully designed home in the gated community of La Zagaleta. Start your day with breakfast on the terrace with views down the Zagaleta valley, across the sparkling blue sea and out to the Rock of Gibraltar. Replace your daily commute with a refreshing dip in the heated infinity pool, surrounded by palm trees and perfectly manicured lawns.
A majestic double staircase welcomes you into the elegant interiors, which take in a light-filled living room with views across the pool and garden and a principal bedroom suite with dressing room and terrace. When the working day is done, head down to the lower floor and relax in front of the home cinema, blow off some steam in the gym or unwind in the Turkish bath, massage room or heated indoor pool with Jacuzzi.
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Basse-Californie, Cannes (rank: top 20)
Set in the heart of Basse-Californie, this incredible Art Deco villa has south-facing views over the sea and has been refurbished to the highest standard. Four floors, each served by a lift, provide more than 285 sq m of relaxed living space. The large principal bedroom also enjoys panoramic sea views from its private terrace.
Savouring the sights and sounds of the Mediterranean climate, you can take your video calls in the meticulously landscaped gardens, which also feature a mosaic-tiled swimming pool, Jacuzzi, pool house, spacious terraces, summer kitchen and hammam. Basse-Californie embodies the best of the French Riviera, with lush greenery, sea views and close proximity to the centre of Cannes.
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Mal Pas, Mallorca (rank: top 10)
From its prominent position at the end of a beach road in the Alcudian neighbourhood of Mal Pas, this villa is a haven of peace and tranquillity.
The villa is set over three floors and offers 500 sq m of living space, with an interior that’s been beautifully furnished to complement the style of the house. A 3,659 sq m plot takes in a garden with mature shrubs and pine trees. Covered and uncovered outdoor terraces provide a great spot from which to work – with swimming breaks in the crystal-clear swimming pool, of course – or for al fresco meals and get-togethers. The property is just seconds from Sant Pere beach with its fine sand, sparkling waters and views out to the Formentor peninsula.
Camp David, Saint-Tropez (rank: top 20)
Camp David is a prestigious estate in the exclusive Les Graniers neighbourhood of Saint-Tropez, with breathtaking views towards the Baie des Canebiers, the Old Town and the harbour. The home has 472 sq m of living space and offers an excellent opportunity for development – an additional two bedrooms could easily be added on the garden level.
The landscaped grounds are home to a secluded swimming pool, while a rooftop tennis court is the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day. The estate is adjacent to Hôtel Byblos – a hotspot since the 1960s that has hosted the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Cher and Mick Jagger – and the best of Saint-Tropez is within easy reach.
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Chalet Digby, Verbier (rank: top 10)
The crisp mountain air of the Swiss Alps offers a refreshing change from busy city life. Breathe it all in from this five-bedroom chalet, built in 2005 by Cittolin Polli architects. An exposed ceiling, wooden beams, local stone flooring and an open fireplace create a classic chalet feel throughout the home. Unbeatable alpine views can be enjoyed from the large half-moon window with its south-facing terrace, or the private garden with Jacuzzi.
Chalet Digby shares a luxurious communal area with two other chalets that is looked after by a concierge. It includes a separate wine cave, a gym, sauna and an indoor swimming pool with mountain views.
If you want to go further afield…
Calijanda Estate, Barbados (rank: top 20)
If you’ve been toying with the idea of living in the Caribbean, now could be the perfect time to make the leap. Barbados has recently launched the Welcome Stamp, a visa that allows remote workers to live and work in the country for 12 months. Barbados claims to have the fastest fibre internet and mobile services in the Caribbean. Combined with white-sand beaches and more than 3,000 sunshine hours a year, it’s a winning combination.
The Calijanda Estate at Westmoreland is the perfect place to enjoy your new work-life balance. The 7,000 sq ft family home is set over three floors and takes in features such as a gym, an attached one-bedroom apartment and an office. Covered and uncovered terraces and a swimming pool create a brilliant space for entertaining or soaking up the Caribbean sun and the uninterrupted views along the island’s west coast.