One of seven states that make up the United Arab Emirates federation on the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai is also an international city with a Western-style business model. In its annual survey, the global consulting firm of Mercer rated Dubai as one of the best places to live in the Middle East and Africa in 2014.
For wine connoisseurs, a cellar is experiential. It’s about the feel of the cool air and the anticipation of the selection. And then there is the satisfaction of having the foresight to build a custom wine cellar to enjoy the best wines money could buy--years ago.
The Dominican Republic holds the title of tourism market leader in the Caribbean, according to the fourth quarter 2013 Caribbean Market Update from Integra Realty Resource, a real estate valuation and consulting firm. It is an international gateway country, the beneficiary of eight international airports and expanding airlift service from many major U.S. cities. Miami is a two-hour flight away, making real estate in the Dominican Republic highly desirable
Of the three Islands surrounded by glistening turquoise waters that make up the Cayman Islands, the largest, Grand Cayman, is where the action is. This thriving tropical paradise is not just a tax-free haven known for off-shore banking and international finance. Grand Cayman is heralded for its year-round summer weather, excellent diving and snorkeling, scant crime and a well-planned infrastructure.
As Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot sang at the opening ceremonies of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics: “It’s good to be Alberta Bound.”
In the early days of the green movement, owning a sustainable home meant doing with less and sacrificing creature comforts.
Snow enthusiasts of all kinds hit the trails of the more than 2,000 ski resorts around the world. Thirty-seven states in the U.S. have operating ski areas, according to the National Ski Areas Association. There’s even one in Alabama. And for lovers of the white stuff, there’s no such thing as off-season. Southern Hemisphere ski destinations in places like Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have chair lifts operating June through September.
Getting away from it all means rest, relaxation and recreation— all pleasures synonymous with owning a luxury lake house.
Renting a hotel room on the beach of a tropical island is one way to see the world from a new perspective. Renting the entire island lets you experience it from an altogether privileged view.
When a few days or a few weeks of the luxury dude ranch lifestyle aren’t enough, ranch ownership is the answer. Cowboys may be a vanishing breed, but properties with lush pastures, historic cabins, riverfront acreage and riding arenas are available to re-create the Old West experience in what some call the “last best places.” If this sounds like your dream, there are many luxury ranches for sale to make that dream a reality.