Life's a beach
Trisara, Phuket, Thailand
Agent: Quintessentially Estates
Tel: 0845 224 3658
They say: One of Phuket's most exclusive developments in a stunning oceanfront location. These luxury villas benefit from superb facilities and views of the Andaman Sea.
We say: Glamorous apartments right on the beach that are being sold fully furnished. There is the opportunity to put your property in the rental pool, if it's too far away for regular visits.
Called to the palace
Price: from £353,500
Agent: Unique Living
Tel: 0845 430 0185
They say: Totally refurbished two-bedroom apartments with views of the Tagus River. Properties are in a handsome historic building and have been sympathetically modernised.
We say: Lovely former palace with pretty exterior detailing. Lisbon has loads of character and is still one of the most affordable capitals in Europe.
Punta Del Este, Uruguay
Price: from £35,000
Tel: 020-7009 0100
They say: This luxury refurbishment offers a collection of Philippe Starck-designed apartments and penthouses in South America's hottest resort destination.
We say: It's a long way to go, but where else could you get the style of Starck at such low prices? If you're a fan of South America, then this is an ideal base and possibly a good investment.
Cala D'Or, Mallorca
Price: from £170,000
Agent: Escapes 2
Tel: 0161-766 1018
They say: Two-bed, two-bathroom apartments sold furnished with access to a communal pool and gardens in this popular family resort.
We say: Good value on an island that has seen big price rises as the fashionable set has moved in. Apartments are a 10-minute walk from beaches and the marina.
New Tusket, Nova Scotia
Agent: Mayfair International Realty
Tel: 020-7408 1400
They say: Private estate of 50 acres, including woodland. The property offers five bedrooms and five bathrooms, with a spa and indoor pool.
We say: The house is spacious but the land is the real selling point. Acres of forest and 300 feet of waterfront make it perfect for nature lovers.
Agent: Overseas Homesearch
Tel: 0800 652 0769
They say: Delightful three-bedroom cottage that has been entirely renovated, while maintaining its original features. It is set in a small village with views of the valley.
We say: Pretty as a picture with a great location and views, this country property also has fireplaces, a wine cellar, a workshop and garden.