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Palm in your hand...

Domaine Royal Palm, Marrakech, Morocco

Price: from £500,500
Agent: Erna Low
Tel: 020-7590 1624

They say: Spacious villas with private pools across 600 acres. Ideally positioned between Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains, the resort will feature a world-class spa and golf course.

We say: Fabulous properties for high-end holidays with a lower environmental footprint. The developer is also funding training courses to involve the local Berber community in the project.

Cape crusader...

Dunas Beach, Sal, Cape Verde

Price: from £70,500
Agent: Cape V
Tel: 0800 915 9227

They say: This resort, on a frontline beach location in what is set to become a top destination in 2008, has high-specification villas and apartments, with superb on-site amenities.

We say: Cape Verde is taking off with those who want no-frills sunshine; there's a lot of new development. This resort on a great Sal beach offers good value for money.

Modern masterpiece...

Palmela, Portugal

Price: from £108,300
Agent: Profile Europe
Tel: 020-7493 5577

They say: This futuristic development is ideally located near the coast and offers a selection of apartments and villas incorporating some of the most advanced architectural designs of the 21st century.

We say: The homes are undoubtedly striking, though they may be too urban for some tastes. Extensive local facilities mean you're unlikely to get bored, and there are lovely beaches nearby.

Inner space...

Layou Beach Resort, St Vincent

Price: from £175,000
Agent: Winkworths International
Tel: 0845 251 9000

They say: On a beach on one of the Caribbean's less-developed islands, this resort offers luxury apartments and bespoke villas maintained by a leading five-star hotel.

We say: Though less-well known than other islands, St Vincent is no less beautiful, with gorgeous beaches and lush forests. The prices are reasonable and the properties are beautifully designed.

Nouveau rich...

Barcelona, Spain

Price: £1.33m
Agent: Quintessentially Estates
Tel: 0845 224 3658

They say: A beautiful property that was built in 1927 and is situated in one of Barcelona's most sought-after districts, Sarria, with incredible views over the city to the Mediterranean. A fabulous family home.

We say: An absolute gem, this picturesque villa appears to have it all: great location, plenty of period features, spectacular views and lots of well-designed living space.

Italian job...

Il Palazzo, Lake Garda, Italy

Price: £346,700
Agent: Garda Homes
Tel: +39 334 397 3375

They say: A spacious two-bedroom apartment in a restored 16th-century convent with unrivalled views of Lake Garda.

We say: A large apartment in a gorgeous, historic building with some fine features: open fireplaces, a designer kitchen and terrace with suburb views.

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