Top 10 hottest homes perfect for a winter escape

Top 10 hottest homes perfect for a winter escape

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As freezing weather grips the country with recent snowfalls across UK, it’s time to escape somewhere warmer. There are plenty of winter sun destinations easily accessible for Brits such as Spain, Turkey or the USA being the obvious choices but there are some more exotic options available too.

To help, here is a selection of the 10 hottest homes on offer this winter – whether you are looking to invest into a luxury villa outside Europe or buy a second home in a jet-lag-free Mediterranean destination, we have it all!

  1. Marina Golf, Mallorca (Spain)


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The residential complex, developed by Taylor Wimpey España, has spacious 3 and 4 townhouses with private terraces and gardens surrounded by a solarium area with views over the Santa Ponsa golf course. It is in one the island’s most exclusive and in-demand areas. Prices start from €549.000 +VAT.

       2. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA)


Available through investors can get these well-designed beachfront residences that boast a rich array of indoor and outdoor amenities such as a world-class spa. With its floor-to-ceiling windows offering breath-taking views over Atlantic Ocean and more, the properties have wonderful features. Prices start from £1,041,724.

         3. Fumba Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania)

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Exclusive to investment agency Property Frontiers, Fumba Town is a brand-new development of villas and apartments offering breath-taking sea views. Located close to the centre, the property offers the chance for residents to completely emerge within the paradisiac lifestyle on this African beach heaven. Prices start from £123,000.

         4. La Vila Paradis, Costa Blanca (Spain)


With this development, Taylor Wimpey España gives the chance for residents to feel proud about living in an enviable beachfront location in Villajoysa. The 2 and 3 apartments are built to an excellent standard and include swimming pools, beautiful gardens and direct access to Paraiso beach. Prices start from €269,000 + VAT.

        5. Westmoreland, St James (Barbados)


Elegant townhouse villas are available through on Barbados’ stunning west coast benefitting from an all year-round tropical climate. Within this exclusive 5-bedroom development, each property has the option for a sun terrace with access to swimming pool, spacious rooms and other first-class features. Prices start from £1,085,909.

        6. Becyk Villas, Antalya (Turkey)


This beautiful development, available through Spot Blue, is comprised of 2 bedrooms villas with large private terraces well situated within a relaxed mountainous environment. All villas are built in a traditional Turkish holiday home style and the time difference of just 3 hours make up for the 6-hour flight. Prices start from £69,000.

       7. La Floresta Sur, Costa del Sol (Spain)

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This Taylor Wimpey España residential development is unique as it is surrounded by a striking natural biosphere reserve by UNESCO in Marbella. Owners at La Floresta Sur will live in a healthy environment with better breathing, access to pure water and lots of trees for natural beauty. Prices start from €192,000 + VAT.

         8. The Peak Towers, Pattaya (Thailand)


With this new 30 floor residential building located within a premium beach area, Property Frontiers is offering investors an excellent opportunity to expand their portfolio internationally. Residents will enjoy the Thai lifestyle living in a perfect environment to soak up on some warm tropical sun during winter.  Prices start from £60,617.

           9. Tamarin, Mauritius


Also available through, this development of 25 apartments and penthouses, situated on the beautiful beach of Tamarin on the west coast of Mauritius, is surrounded by sea and mountain views. The properties are eco-friendly and have been designed modern and elegant featuring comfortable living experience. Prices start from £674,082.

           10. Acquamarina, Mallorca (Spain)


With coastal properties always in high demand, Taylor Wimpey España has unveiled the brand-new development Acquamarina which offers 2 bedroom apartments designed with pure Mediterranean style architecture, where the predominant colour is white. Prices from £214,000.

Regional Thai property markets look set to excite investors as 2018 gets underway

Regional Thai property markets look set to excite investors as 2018 gets underway

  • Thailand tourism sector to grow by 6.7% per annum for next decade (World Travel and Tourism Council)
  • Condominium prices leading overall residential market growth (Colliers)
  • Pattaya flagged up as leading regional market for 2018 due to low prices and stable yields (Property Frontiers)

New Year is always a popular time for investors to look afresh at global property markets and seek out the most promising opportunities for the year ahead. 2018 looks set to be an interesting year for investment, with Asian markets – in particular Thailand – coming to the fore once more, according to property investment experts Property Frontiers.

“Thailand is expected to continue its resilient growth over the course of 2018. The country is blessed with an outstanding natural environment, which combines with its fascinating culture to drive a thriving tourism sector. At the same time, property prices are some of the most stable and reliable in the region. Their steady rise has been seemingly immune from economic and political fluctuations, which makes for a promising environment for investors from around the world.”

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According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, Thailand is expected to achieve average annual tourism sector growth of 6.7% over the coming decade, making it the world’s tenth fastest growing tourism market. The country has actively diversified and expanded its tourism sector, transforming from a backpackers’ mecca to a well-developed tourist infrastructure ideal for family holidays. Thailand has now set its sights on the business travel market as well, positioning itself (most notably Bangkok) as a regional economic hub.

Visitor numbers back the aims of the country’s tourism sector. International arrivals increased by 6.69% between January and October 2017 when compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the Department of Tourism. Meanwhile, the number of tourists has increased by 222% between 2001 and 2016. Spending by tourists in 2016 was up 11% when compared with 2015, based on Tourism Authority figures.

“Thailand’s hospitality sector is going from strength to strength. Interestingly, though, it is the country’s residential and short-stay accommodation sectors that look particularly exciting from an investment standpoint for 2018. In the same way that we’ve seen here in the UK, regional markets are going to throw up some superb opportunities and will be the areas that bear watching most closely over the coming months.”

Ray Withers, CEO, Property Frontiers


The Property Frontiers team cites Pattaya as one such example. As global interest hones in on Thailand and its stable, consistent property market growth, rental income in regional cities looms large on the agenda. Governmental intervention has created a mature rental market that is increasingly friendly to international buyers and locations like Pattaya are reaping the rewards. Lower investment prices than Bangkok, but equally attractive returns are the cornerstone of such regional markets.

Condominium prices are rising at a faster rate than other types of development, according to Colliers. In the popular coastal city of Pattaya, sea-view condominium prices rose by 2% during the first six months of 2016, based on data from Knight Frank. While domestic buyers account for a healthy 85% of purchases, demand from overseas buyers is increasing. Chinese investors are driving much of that demand, with Reuters reporting that Thailand is now the third most popular destination for Chinese buyers and the Asia Times reporting that Pattaya is their preferred location.

The Peak Towers in the Cosy Beach area of Pattaya typifies the kind of investment opportunity that international buyers are seeking. The completed 30-storey apartment building offers luxurious living with a range of top end amenities, including three swimming pools, a rooftop infinity pool, a zen relaxation/fitness zone and a plethora of other on-site benefits. The individual apartments are spacious and stylish, with quality finishes and good-sized balconies. As a regional city, Pattaya’s affordable prices mean that studio apartments at The Peak Towers are available from as little as £60,617, with up to 6% yield expected.

With opportunities like this on the market, Thailand looks to be the country to watch as 2018 gets underway.

For more information, contact Property Frontiers by visiting or calling +44 1865 202 700.

Hotspots Index: Spain’s international appeal stays strong

Hotspots Index: Spain’s international appeal stays strong

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  • Spain enjoys rebound at the end of 2016
  • Rome and Florence occupy top spots for property interest
  • Toronto appears in top 50 for first time

Spain’s appeal to international property buyers shows no sign of waning, according to’s latest Hotspots Index.

The quarterly report, which analyses location searches on the property portal, reveals that Spain is enjoying a rebound in popularity at the end of 2016, led by Barcelona and Benidorm.

Italy’s Florence remained the most sought-after hotspot on the property portal in Q4 2016, accounting for 3.37 per cent of location searches, up from 2.86 per cent in Q3 2016. This is the second quarter in a row that Florence has been the top hotspot on, after overtaking Rome in Q2 2016.

Rome remained the second most popular market for house-hunters. While Italy dominated search activity in Q3 2016, though, making up seven out of the Top 10 hotspots, the country’s share in Q4 2016 fell to three out of 10, just ahead of Portugal’s two. Spain, on the other hand, saw a rebound in searches, accounting for four out of the Top 10 destinations. In Q3 2016, Spain accounted for none of the Top 10, highlighting the significant rise in interest quarter-on-quarter.

Spain’s renewed international appeal was fuelled by Barcelona (sixth place, 1.06 per cent of searches) and Benidorm (seventh place, 0.99 per cent). Torrevieja and Tenerife completed the Top 10 in ninth and 10th place respectively. Spain also dominated the overall Hotspots Index, accounting for 18 out of the Top 50 hotspots – up from 10 in Q3 and higher than any other country. Italy was the second most in-demand, accounting for 13 out of the Top 50. Portugal was third, with 10 out of the Top 50.

Thailand’s Pattaya held onto its 18th place ranking. Liverpool also remained the UK’s only entry in the Top 50, sliding from 34th to 36th in the chart. Canada saw its first entry in the Hotspots Index, with Toronto receiving the 32nd highest share of searches in Q4 2016.

“There has been talk in recent months of declining demand for Spanish property in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, thanks to the pound’s weakness,” comments Director Dan Johnson. “Spain, though, still shows signs of being as popular as ever among lifestyle buyers, with the Costa Blanca, Costa Brava and British expat favourite Benidorm all among the most searched-for destinations on in Q4 2016. For US or other non-EU buyers, Spain is also an attractive investment, for either buy-to-let or capital growth opportunities. It is perhaps no surprise that Barcelona, which combines both tourist and investor markets, is the most popular hotspot in Spain.

“One impact of Brexit that can be seen in search behaviour is Liverpool’s continuing appeal in the UK. As the weaker pound draws buyers to the country, the city’s economy is growing, with new developments and strong rental yields all reinforcing the city as a major regional hotspot. It is interesting also that Canada’s first entry in the Hotspots Index was Toronto, rather than Vancouver, following the city’s introduction of a foreign buyer tax in Q3 2016. Will 2017 see that trend continue? And will buyers continue to flock to Spain?”

Click here to see the full top 40 property destinations for November 2016.


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The Village wins again


The 2008 Homes Overseas awards were held in London on the 29th November and The Village Coconut Island came away as winners for the second year running. The UK manager, Andy Wallace was there to collect not just one but two awards.

The Village Coconut Island, being developed on Coconut Island just 650 meters off the east coast of Phuket, Thailand, has won various awards in its short time and the two new awards only add to this stunning development which is truly Phuket’s ultimate tropical retreat.
The Village won:
Best Development Thailand Gold
Best Landscape Design Silver
Jay Walker, Sales and Marketing Manager for The Village was ecstatic to once again receive these awards from Homes Overseas. Walker said “We were all so happy last year winning a gold award and now winning, not only gold in Best Development Thailand, but also winning silver in Best Landscape Design, has made all the staff very proud to be part of this amazing development”. He continues “We are looking forward to the next 12 months and are positive in the current climate as we have an excellent product and a fantastic team”. 
The Village Coconut Island has already built over 30 beautiful villas all with stunning views over Phang Nga Bay; the resort is open and already fully booked for December and January.
For more information regard this development please visit or call 00 66 878 888 082.

Investment is the Best Reason to Smile in Thailand



Thailand is at the very heart of Southeast Asia, occupying an area of nearly 200,000 square miles. Thailand is a diverse and beautiful country where the terrain ranges from forested mountains in the north, to rice fields of the central plains and the tropical coastline and sandy beaches of the south. Thailand is affectionately known as the land of a thousand smiles, its tropical climate and welcoming people have been a beacon to holidaymakers and travellers alike. In recent years overseas property purchasers have been looking to buy a piece of this tropical paradise, here are ten reasons to smile when considering investing in Thailand:
  1. Year Round Tropical Climate
Thailand is blessed with a magnificent tropical climate, with high temperatures and humidity; April and May are the hottest months of the year. Thailand is an ideal winter sun destination with November to February probably being the most pleasant time of the year when the cool breezes from the north east offer some welcome relief from the humidity of earlier months. The Thai climate is good news for investors, meaning that they have a year round holiday destination for their own use or a rental property that has potential to deliver a good rental return.  
  1. Strong Tourism Industry
With visitors from Europe, USA, Australia and Asia, Thailand remains one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, with over 14 million visitors arriving in 2007 (Thailand Tourism Authority). Such a strong tourist market means that quality accommodation is always in demand, which is great news for investors looking to rent out their property. Owners in the Oxygen Bay, Bangtao, resort in Phuket,will certainly not have any trouble renting out their property if they wish. Only a short distance to the beach front, 15 minutes to Phuket town and 25 minutes to Phuket Airport these properties stand in a fantastic location. Prices start from £178,500 / THB 11,887,771.
  1. Money goes a little Baht Further
Thai property benefits from being located outside of the euro zone, offering investors a way to stretch their hard earned cash that little bit further. The Thai property market is still relatively undiscovered with property often cheaper than more established European markets. Some property investors have witnessed impressive returns over the past few years particularly in areas in the south such as the island of Phuket. In fact experts estimates that currently capital appreciation is around 10 to 15 per cent per annum. Thailand also has no capital gains tax for private investors and taxes in general remain low adding another incentive to purchasing.
  1. Low Cost of Living
The cost of living in Thailand is relative, you can live on a shoestring budget or go for luxury as you desire. Generally though Thailand offers some amazing bargains and low living costs. Across the country you can find many local markets which are generally the cheapest places to food shop. Bangkok and Phuket offer excellent value for the local facilities, restaurants and amenities. Property is still available for much lower prices than other Asian Cities, such as Hong Kong and Singapore.
  1. Resilient Economy
Thailand is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia and has seen estimated growth of 5.1% this year (Fiscal Policy Office Thailand). Blessed with an abundance of natural resources, strong manufacturing sector and excellent export growth Thailand’s economy is looking in a strong position for the future. The Thai Baht has been steadily rising against the US Dollar and the economy has shown little sign of being affected by the global credit crunch. Even Donald Trump is taking advantage of the great real estate opportunities in Thailand by investing in Bangkok. 
  1. New Double Taxation Treaty
A recently agreed deal betweenHM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the Thai authorities has eliminated the need for British investors to incur the double taxation of income and capital gains arising in one country and paid to residents of another.With investment in Thailand getting more popular this should come as great news for those looking to purchase one of the spectacular properties available in this stunning country. 
  1. Island Paradise Properties
Thailand offers beautiful mountains, dense forests and stunning beaches, a tropical climate and cosmopolitan cities.  Property can be located in the most astonishing of settings, take for example the Kokyang Estate II, situated close to the dazzling Nai Harn beach, one of the most beautiful in Phuket, with its clear waters and nearby jungle-covered mountains, the resort really is out of this world. Apartments are a wonderful mix of local tradition and western modernism. Prices start at £159,110 / ฿10,716,759 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa and from £171,876 / ฿11,576,605 for a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa. Phuket really is a tropical island paradise for escaping the day to day existence of home. Whether you are looking for a first class adventure holiday or simply a place to unwind in sheer luxury, this awe inspiring island is the place for you. 
  1. No longer a world away
Thailand was once viewed as an exotic long-haul destination however with developments in aviation the country is now a sophisticated fully fledged tourist destination with direct flights to Bangkok and Phuket running from the UK daily. A 12 hour flight can see you arriving in Bangkok or Phuket, and once you have arrived Thailand is now even easier to explore thanks to its excellent bus and rail networks, which are cheap, easy and reliable. 
  1. There’s no place like home?
English investors looking to live in Thailand may be pleasantly surprised by how well accommodated they are. English is widely spoken and Westerners are welcomed by the friendly local people. Can’t live without those home comforts? Then you’ll be pleased to know that Phuket even has a branch of Tesco for those essentials. Sportsmen and women too will be delighted by the facilities available for football, badminton, tennis as well as the magnificent golf courses and world class dive centres. 
  1. Ideal retirement destination
Thailand is a popular destination for those considering relocating overseas in their retirement. Retirees are attracted by Thailand’s relaxed pace of life, low cost of living, excellent health care system, rich culture and low taxes. Thailand makes an effort to simplify the emigration process for retirees by offering retirement visas for foreigners over 50 years of age.
So with all the benefits of recent tax regulations and the relatively low price of property in Thailand, is now the time to invest? Steve Worboys, MD of Experience International seems to think so: “With Thailand still emerging as a property investment destination prices remain low. There are undoubtedly some very attractive real estate opportunities to be found in certain locations within Thailand, like Phuket for example.” 
For more information about purchasing property in Thailand please visit or call 0800 612 0901. 

Thailand investors to receive taxation boost


HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) announces a new Double Taxation Treaty (DTT) with Thailand to commence on March 31st 2009. Thailand along with The Netherlands, Libya and Ethiopia will become the latest countries to sign up to British bilateral taxation conventions, with the British Taxation Department in talks with several other countries for 2010.

DTT’s aim is to eliminate the need for British investors to incur the double taxation of income and capital gains arising in one country and paid to residents of another.
The new taxation treaty will help provide investors with a certain element of certainty and a good deal more stability in their tax affairs.
The news is particularly good for international second home property developers and their clients, as once these new agreements are in place investors will be able to sell their property in one country and repatriate the profits to their home nation, whilst not having to pay any more that the maximum amount of capital gains tax in any one of the countries. 
With investment in Thailand more popular than ever this should come as great news for those looking to purchase one of the spectacular properties being constructed in and around the beautiful island of Phuket.
Emerging market specialist, Experience International, is marketing the Oxygen Bay resort in Bangtao, Phuket which is due to begin construction in November 2008 and completion in January 2010. 
The 3 and 4 bedroom duplex apartments created by award winning developers utilising the best of a unique mix of western technologies and contemporary Asian design and boasting a prime beach front location Oxygen Bay are sure to be a big hit with investors. Situated only 25 minutes from Phuket Airport these properties stand in a fantastic location for holiday makers.
With Thailand’s popularity with British travellers and investors, it seems safe to assume that the recent Double Taxation Treaty news from HMRC will only serve to further boost British interest in the area. 
For more information visit or call 0800 612 0901. Prices for properties at the Oxygen Bay resort start at £178,500 / THB 11,887,771.