Overseas: Six To View – Waterfront Specia

Eye for the main chance

Goldeneye, Oracabessa, Jamaica
Price: from £350,000
Agent: Pure International
Tel: 020 3031 2860

They say: A collection of luxurious residences built around the former home of James Bond creator, Ian Fleming. Properties range from one- and two-bedroom cottages, to chic Bond Suites and lavish Lagoon Villas, with direct waterfront access.

We say: It's only to be expected that this tropical estate on Jamaica's north coast embodies a sexy sophistication, with the cottages having access to a secluded beach and the Bond Suites positioned on a private island; it's a whole new take on the term estate Agent....

Bay watchers

Slano Bay, Slano, Croatia
Price: from £317,379
Agent: Croatiansun
Tel: 0844 8156456

They say: A small, seafront complex in pretty, historic Slano. The town is well equipped with services and a marina is planned; the beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik is 40 minutes away.

We say: You couldn't get much closer to the Adriatic than this low-key development. Not all of the homes have sea views but they do have gardens and terraces.

Terrace tactics

Goerem, Gâvres, France
Price: from £308,000
Agent: Selection Property
Tel: 020-8533 9988

They say: Twelve traditional-style beachfront houses with three bedrooms in southern Brittany. All have a terrace, garden, sea views and direct beach access.

We say: A lovely, easily accessible area with a beautiful coastline, Gâvres is a traditional fishing village located at the tip of a peninsula, and is busy year-round. These homes are in a fabulous location and although new are designed to blend into the area.

Water, water everywhere

Troia Resort, Troia Peninsula, Portugal
Price: from £600,000
Agent: International Realty Group
Tel: +351 214 643 322

They say: A 440-hectare resort offering 98 villa plots with views of the beach, lake or 18-hole golf course. Beach club, water-sports facilities and hotel on-site.

We say: Each of the four areas of this large resort has different facilities; one is an "eco-area". Prices are for land only; completed villas will likely cost from £1.35m.

Costa Plenty

Costa Brava, Spain
Price: £1.4m
Agent: Quintessentially Estates
Tel: 0845 224 3658

They say: A unique, architect-designed villa finished to an impeccable standard with some of the best views of the Costa Brava. The four-bedroom property boasts 210m2 of living space across four floors.

We say: In a stunning hillside location, 2km from the medieval town of Begur, this home is just three years old and has cool, open-plan interiors and a pretty garden with infinity pool.

No Spain, no gain

Font de Sa Cala, Majorca, Spain
Price: £3.15m
Agent: Savills
Tel: 020-7016 3740

They say: A wonderful opportunity to buy a frontline property with direct access to the sea. The main house has 11 bedrooms and bathrooms, and extensive terraces. There is also a guesthouse in the grounds.

We say: The stunning location and sheer size of the property accounts for the high price, though the house is a tad dated and owners may want to do some renovation.