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La Calanque Rouge – Théoulle-sur-Mer – France

View from the Sea


3 Bedrooms with Bathrooms En Suite (Sleeps 6)

L
a Calanque Rouge is situated on the outskirts of the small fishing village of Théoule sur Mer and is just a short 10 minute drive to the center of Cannes. Built on top of a cliff, the house was recently renovated to a very high standard. Its design makes the most of the spectacular views with large windows throughout and large south facing terraces, one of which has a plunge pool with Jacuzzi spa and current controls. All rooms look over the pretty Mediterranean garden and the sea beyond. Making this delightful property even more special are the steps from the garden that lead directly to a secluded and very private beach which is only accessible by land from this house. One can also moor one’s boat within the shelter of the cove. For those who want to be close to the heart of the Cote d`Azur, while enjoying the benefits of a quiet beach front property with wonderful sea views, La Calanque Rouge is a great house in an ideal location.

Top Floor

  • Bedroom with a queen-size bed and bathroom en suite with a shower


Main Floor

  • Large, attractive and comfortable living room with doors opening to a covered terrace with an outdoor dining area
  • Separate indoor dining room
  • Very large fully equipped modern kitchen with both an open fireplace and a dining area
  • Powder room
  • Bedroom with a queen-size bed and bathroom en suite with a tub
  • Bedroom with a queen-size bed and bathroom en suite with a shower

 

Lower Floor

  • Tiled Hamman (steam room) and laundry room


Amenities

Air-conditioning in all bedrooms, WiFi Internet access, Satellite TV with English speaking channels, CD and DVD players, laundry room and a tiled steam room. Electricity is included.

Staff

Maid service 4 hours weekly. The concierge is available for phone questions.

Services Available at an Additional Cost
Extra maid service at €15 an hour. The concierge service can arrange a chef, nanny, car/driver etc.

Distances
The beach a 2 minute walk, Theoule-sur-Mer is a 3 minute drive, Cannes is a 10 minute drive and Nice Airport is a 30 minute drive

Notes

  • There is no telephone.
  • The villa is available throughout the year, including festivals during which time there are special rates.

Pamela H. Murdock – More Photos and Contact on Pamelavillas


Casa Majani – Punta Mita – Mexico

Pool at Night


6 Bedrooms and 8 Bathrooms (Sleeps 12-14)

From world-renowned architects Manolo Mestre and Juan Collignon comes Casa Majani. Their holistic approach to architecture pays homage to the natural while incorporating the contemporary. Native simplicity and warm colors complement modern conveniences resulting in an alluring and meditative experience. Every room is designed with intention. A network of pathways through expansive reflection pools connects each unique structure, creating the illusion this remarkable casa is suspended over the powerful Pacific. Situated on the northern most tip of the Punta Mita peninsula, Casa Majani is inside the gates of the Four Seasons Resort and guests have use of its facilities.

Two connecting pools blend with sea and sky, enhancing undisturbed views of the blue horizon with over 150 ft. of infinity edge. The smaller of the pools encircles the Keili Suite, offering a dynamic and diverse swimming experience. Nearby, the whimsical bar extending unsupported from the wall is a restored vintage surf board. A ground level fire pit for intimate gatherings and fantastic sunsets is situated on the sand beach terrace.

Palapa Living and Dining Areas
At the center of this impressive casa stands the grand palapa. Nested beneath a palm-thatched roof, sits an almost ethereal living and dining terrace. Steadfast ocean breezes and sun-bathed terraces bless this marriage of nature and nurture. Striking ocean vistas surrounds all points in Casa Majani’s central gathering area. A tropical wood dining table for 12, created by local craftsmen, provides an unmatched vantage point for the surf and sunsets.

Indoor Dining and Kitchen
The tropical wood indoor dining table, seating 12, is set under a vaulted ceiling. Surrounded by colorful native art and bordered by a contemplative pool, this comfortable space is a haven from the elements. The graceful kitchen fits both form and function. Amidst ocean-facing windows, everything from delicious simple Mexican fare to lavish haute cuisine is happily prepared. Charming yet modern, the kitchen opens onto an outdoor patio, bordered by a pond, with an intimate breakfast nook seating 12.

Media and Games Room
This air-conditioned room features a Bowers and Wilkins home theater and stereo system with a 63” HDTV, US and Mexican channels, Blu-ray DVD and Apple TV and an array of board games including: dominoes, chess, backgammon as well as cards.

Tucari (Good Energy)
This yoga and fitness room, which has a relaxing Zen feel, has native wood flooring. Floor to ceiling windows offer a view of vast reflection pools and lush native gardens. Light and airy, Tucari can be opened on two sides to take advantage of good weather and closed to provide a sanctuary from the heat.

Bedrooms
Casa Majani’s 6 bedrooms use natural hues and textures to minimize the boundaries between interiors and the landscape. Each is air-conditioned and has motorized blackout and sheer shades, flat screen TV, Blu-ray DVD, Control 4 System Remote Control and an iPod dock.

Aramara (Ocean) Master Suite
King-size bed, ocean view terrace, inside sitting/lounge area, steps to the sand and luxurious bathroom with an ocean view, inside and outside shower and a large, stand alone hand-crafted stone tub


Keili (Tree) Master Suite

  • King-size bed, ocean view, terrace, direct pool access from terrace, inside lounge and bathroom with an ocean view, indoor shower with glass doors opening to an outdoor wooden terrace and a hand-crafted stone tub


Guest Suites

  • Tao (Sun)– King-size bed, garden and partial ocean view, terrace, lounge area and bathroom with an indoor and outdoor shower
  • Turi (Children) Two queen-size beds, garden terrace view, inside lounge area and bathroom with an inside and outside shower
  • Wiki (Bird) – King-size bed, garden terrace view, inside lounge area and bathroom with an inside and outside shower
  • Xotu (Flower) – Bedroom and bathroom en suite with a shower. As this room is separate from the main villa and towards the back of the house, it hasn’t a water view.

Amenities
Air-conditioned bedrooms and media room, wireless Internet throughout, Toll-free US calls, fax and scanner, 63-inch Flat screen TV with Bowers and Wilkins home theater system in media room, US, Canadian and Mexican satellite TV. Guests also have access to the facilities at both the St. Regis and Four Seasons Resorts, including golf, tennis and fitness centers. Also included are chauffeured airport transfers.

Staff
English speaking cook and waiter, cook’s assistant, manager, concierge, housekeepers, laundress and onsite night watchman

Location
Located within Mexico’s most exclusive beach community along the shores of Riviera Nayarit, Punta Mita is a private gated resort offering high-end infrastructure, security, and world-class amenities such as Golf, Tennis, and a private Resident’s Beach Club. The lush natural beauty of the Sierra Madre Mountains and the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean border this nine-mile stretch of paradise, making it a unique and privileged location. The Puerto Vallarta airport is 40 minutes south of Punta Mita.

Pamela H. Murdock – More Photos and Contact at Pamelavillas


Sunset Point – Providenciales – Turks & Caicos

Aerial Providenciales Sunset Villa

4 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms (Sleeps up to 10)
Located at the tip of prestigious Ocean Point, this substantial house, with its high ceilings and very attractive décor, was built in the early 90′s. Set amid lush and colorful landscaping with coconut palms and masses of bougainvillea, hibiscus and frangipani, Sunset Point appears to be two houses though it is, in fact, only one. Built in two separate sections, which are connected by wrap around decks, this great house was designed for maximum privacy with the master bedroom in one building and the rest of the bedrooms in the other. And everywhere one looks is sublimely colored water.

Sunset Point’s design also incorporates the spectacular surroundings with each room facing the water and opening onto a covered deck. The daytime view of Sapodilla Bay’s beautiful pale turquoise water is rivaled only by the fantastic Caribbean sunsets later. From the large pool area, which has chaises longues and a table and chairs, stairs lead down to a dock on the bay for swimming. Within a three-minute walk is the lovely crescent shaped Taylor Bay Beach with its powdery white sand and shallow water and nearby tennis courts. Sunset Point is a wonderful house for a family or group of friends.

First Section
Lower Level

  • Game room with a ping pong table, large TV, stereo, multi-disk DVD player and DVD library. It also has a full bathroom.
  • Large deck surrounding the pool

Main Level

  • Two-story living room with vaulted beamed ceilings and sliding glass doors opening onto a deck
  • Dining area with a table seating 12 and sliding doors opening onto a deck
  • Finely equipped gourmet kitchen with a breakfast bar. It also opens onto a deck.

Upper Level

  • Large Queen Palm Suite (master) with a king-size bed, bathroom en suite with 2 sinks and doors onto a private deck

Second Section
Main Level

  • Orchid Suite with a queen-size bed, bathroom en suite with 2 sinks and doors onto a deck
  • Hibiscus Suite with a queen-size bed, bathroom en suite with 2 sinks and doors onto a deck

Upper Level

  • Very large King Palm Suite with a king-size bed, sitting area, open sleeping loft with 2 queen-size beds, bathroom en suite with 2 sinks and doors onto a deck

Amenities
WiFi, stereo system with Bose indoor and outdoor speakers, multi-disk CD player, DVD and VCR players and libraries, security system and digital locks, iPod docking station, big screen cable TVs, Internet radio receiver, washer/dryer, ceiling fans, linens, Weber gas grill, beach towels, safe, clock radios, iron/ironing board, pool floats, ocean raft, ping pong table, board games, hairdryers, hammock, highchair, Pack ‘n Play, dishwasher, microwave and covered carport. Guests are met at either the Provo airport or the car rental agency.

The house is also fully air-conditioned, which is available on a metered basis. Guests are given a $100 per week allowance (pro-rated for stays of more than a week). If A/C usage goes above the $100 allowance, guests will be charged at cost (approximately $.50 per kilowatt hour, based on current PPC rates).

Staff
Maid Service is once mid week

Services Available at an Additional Cost
Cook and extra maid service which is $12 hour with a 4 hour minimum

Notes
As a caution for small children, none of the bedrooms open into the interior. Each opens onto an exterior deck for added privacy.

Distances

Taylor Bay Beach and tennis courts are only a few minutes walk away. Sapodilla Bay Beach is within a mile, town is 4 miles and the airport is 5 miles.

Pamela H. Murdock – More Photos & contact at Pamelavillas


Frenchman’s Lookout -Tortola – BVI

5 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms (Sleeps 10)

Frenchman’s Lookout, one of Tortola’s best properties, is on a small cay connected to West End by a charming bridge. Electronic security gates lead to this completely private estate, which is surrounded by mature and lush tropical foliage. Originally an infamous pirates’ lookout, Frenchman’s Lookout offers sweeping 300-degree views over Sir Francis Drake Channel of turquoise water and some 12 islands and cays. Because of its location, sultry and silky tradewinds are constant and the sight of passing sail and motor boats adds to the sublime visuals. Two of the islands prettiest beaches, Smuggler’s Cove and Long Bay Beach are about 10 minutes away by car. There are also shops and restaurants nearby.

This Caribbean plantation-style house has been completely renovated and the results are an absolutely wonderful combination of grace and great style. All the large rooms on both floors, including the bathrooms, have high ceilings and mahogany French doors, which open onto a wide wraparound verandah with hammocks, seating areas and water views. Throughout the house are Mexican saltillo tiles, seagrass mats, antiques and fine art. Furnishings are sumptuous and comfy and all five of the romantic bedrooms have air-conditioning. Set in a lovely garden, and also overlooking the water, is an L-shaped 25′ x 50′ pool with a shallow area for small children. Adjoining it is a very fun gazebo with a large gas barbecue, fridge and a wet bar with seating. Also within the garden is a 6 person hot tub overlooking the harbor and a children’s play area. Down a stone path is a separate cottage with a state-of-the-art gym and game room.

Rental of Frenchman’s Lookout includes breakfast 6 days a week and one full day on the house’s power boat. When bringing this marvelous property back to life, no expense was spared. And to make arrival and departure totally painless, guests can charter the owner’s Lear Jet!

Main Floor

  • Large and gracious entry hall
  • Great Room
  • Dining room with a banquet table
  • Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and a table and chairs
  • Bedroom with a queen-size four-poster bed and bathroom en suite with a shower

Upper Floor

  • Master bedroom with a wrought iron king-size bed, sitting area, TV and large bathroom en suite with an old-fashioned tub with claw feet and a shower
  • Guest master bedroom with a four-poster king-size bed, TV and bathroom en suite with a shower
  • Bedroom with two four-poster double beds and TV
  • Bedroom with twin beds (can combine for a king)
  • Bathroom with a shower
  • Office with a computer with DSL service, fax and answering machines and a printer/scanner/copier

Gym/Games Cottage
Exercise bike, full weight machine, treadmill and free weights – all on a rubber floor. Games include a  billiards  table, foosball and table tennis. It also has a  ceiling fan, cable TV, stereo and a small porch with a table, chairs and great  view.

Amenities
Rental includes freshly-prepared breakfast with table service 6 days a week, one full day on the house’s 35-foot power boat with its seasoned captain, security gates and alarm system, A/C in all bedrooms, cable TV, DVD/CD player, VCR, radio, movie and music collections, books, games, gas grill, hair dryers, safes for valuables, mini-fridge on the upper deck; 4 hammocks, children’s toys and outdoor play area, baby crib; dishwasher, snorkel gear, a separate staff workspace and transfers to and from the airport or ferry dock. The house also has Skype so guests can call around the world at no charge.

Staff
Maid service six days per week

Services Available at an Additional Cost

  • Professional chef
  • Extra maid service
  • Use of the owner’s 6 person Lear 35 jet round trip and nonstop to Tortola from any U.S. East Coast airport for an unbeatable fixed price (gas and pilot costs are extra)
  • Spa treatments (massage/facials/body wraps/reiki/yoga etc.) at the house
  • Advance grocery shopping

Notes

  • No smoking inside, please
  • Frenchman’s Lookout is on the same property as 3 bedroom Frenchman’s Paradise but it has the same seclusion and privacy as its sister property. Together they’re perfect for a larger group.
  • During the Christmas/New Year’s period, a 10-night minimum rental is required.Pamela H. Murdock – More Photos & contact

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