16th June 2010
Our mole digs around for the very best in A-list property.
When Hollywood stars aren’t pounding red carpets, preening in front of cameras or cosying up to their co-stars, they need a bolt hole where they can just unwind and be themselves.
Luxury in an Ancient Land
Porto Heli, Greece has long been the one of the best-kept secrets among the rich and the famous. They describe it as the “Cote d’ Azure” of the Eastern Mediterranean, with all the perks of the Cote but also the privacy it lacks. The Aman Residences at Porto Heli are the perfect antidote to a hectic lifestyle. The villas are nestled in one to four acres of glorious Greek countryside complete with private swimming pools and gardens. Designed by award-winning architect Edward Tuttle, the villas enjoy spectacular views out to the sea and exclusive access to the resort’s private Beach Club, where stars can frolic undisturbed.
King of the Casali
For those who want to capture a slice of rural Italian life with a luxury twist, the Tuscan estate of Castello di Casole offers you everything you might need. Surrounding a 300-year-old castle-turned-boutique hotel, over 4000 acres of gardens, vineyards and olive groves hide traditional farmhouses or ‘casali’. Restored in the traditional Tuscan farmhouse style, the casali are complete with everything a secretive starlet might need, including their very own infinity pool – oh, and access to the local wineries and a special allocation of reserve label Dodici. Just 45 minutes from Florence, you can buy one 12th interest from €290,000 to €445,000 or the whole thing for €3.7million to €6.25million. And, because the estate is developed Timbers Resorts, you can trade your time there with any other properties in the Timbers collection – including Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and the Napa Valley – paradise!