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Thai in Dubai

Jasmine Gardens, The World, Dubai

Price: from £400,000
Agent: Profile
Tel: 020-7493 5577

They say: An exclusive five-star island development off the coast of Dubai that conjures up the sensual delights of Thailand. Properties include traditional-style duplex apartments, and four-bedroom beach and water villas with private moorings.

We say: This development on The World archipelago is certainly luxurious and offers high-end facilities and services, but you may prefer to buy in the real Thailand.

Var Var voom

Seillans, Var, France

Price: £1.1m
Agent: Aylesford International
Tel: 020-7351 2383

They say: Superb newly built bastide-style property, constructed to the most exacting standards. There are 5,000 metres squared of gardens, a pool and panoramic views.

We say: The vast, elegant living areas and four double, en-suite bedrooms will enable you to live in style in this pretty corner of France.

The business

El Molino, nr Estepona, Spain

Price: £1.6m
Agent: Savills
Tel: 020-7016 3740

They say: Beautiful, lovingly restored former mill featuring beamed ceilings, fireplaces and antique marble baths. In addition to six bedrooms and bathrooms there is ample accommodation and commercial restaurant facilities.

We say: Pretty home with romantic interiors and courtyard with pool. Could be good business proposition, and Estepona is five minutes away.

La dolce vita

Casa La Baita, coreglia antelminelli Tuscany, Italy

Price: £172,000
Agent: Brian A French
Tel: 01422 836234

They say: An enchanting cottage in a rural location with 7,500 metres squared of landscaped grounds, wonderful views and complete privacy.

We say: Charming home with three bedrooms and a barn, converted to provide extra space, with balcony and views over the valley.

Gone fishing

Bill's Mountain, Lake Lure, North Carolina

Price: £272,000
Agent: Undiscovered Properties
Tel: 0870 7347968

They say: Private gated community of three- and four-bedroom lodges beside a beautiful lake. There are fantastic amenities and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

We say: If you want to get away from it all with access to great fishing, sailing and outdoor pursuits, this resort in a spectacular location might be just the ticket.

First resort

Parque de Floresta, Lagos, Portugal

Price: £575,000
Agent: Vigia Estates
Tel: 00 351 282 790860

They say: This impressive three-bedroom, three-bathroom villa has a heated swimming pool, magnificent views and beautifully manicured gardens.

We say: Golf fanatics and those who love to celeb-spot will be right at home on this well-developed resort, which offers spacious homes in a beautiful region near the historic port of Lagos.