Whitestone Island Estate

Five of the best romantic retreats

From Elvis Presley’s honeymoon hideaway in Palm Springs to a private island 30 minutes by boat from downtown Vancouver

Sitges, Barcelona, Spain

Five properties near city carnivals

From an apartment overlooking Ipanema Beach in Rio to a penthouse ideal for watching New Orleans’ Mardi Gras parades

Sivergues, Luberon, Vaucluse, Provence, France

Five homes for the perfect retirement

From a romantic hamlet in Provence near a popular walking club to a central London penthouse with a chauffeured car service

Hampton Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, UK

Hold that fort: five castles up for sale

From a 15th-century English estate once owned by a king to a whimsical Connecticut home built in 2009 with its own moat

Welgelegen Avenue, Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa

Five properties for healthy living

From a villa in Cape Town near hiking trails on Table Mountain to a house in London with its own leisure complex

Palacio Bardajl, Dalt Vila, Ibiza, Spain

Party pads: homes built for entertaining

From a 12-bedroom house with its own beach bar in the Bahamas to an 18th-century villa with a roomy wine cellar in Umbria

Apartment, Rue du Faubourg Saint- Honoré, Paris, France

Homes close to prestigious ballet venues

From a London penthouse just yards from the Royal Ballet to a Moscow apartment less than 1km from the Bolshoi Theatre

Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France

Five properties near shopping meccas

From a Georgian house near Harrods in London to an apartment in Dubai next door to the world’s largest shopping mall

Five upmarket homes with tropical gardens

From a beachfront property in Florida with 1,500 species of trees and plants to a São Paulo house designed by Oscar Niemeyer

Mandalay House, 383 Mandalay Road, Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia

Five homes with helipads

From a seven-bedroom house on Australia’s Queensland coast to a Georgian manor in Ireland with a private airstrip

Five pieds-à-terre on the market

From a fully furnished apartment in Singapore’s business district to a New York property adjacent to Fifth Avenue

Five properties in the mountains

From a house in Cape Town’s Table Mountain national park to a Swiss chalet with its own 12-person snowcat and two skidoos

Five properties with spooky connections

From a castle in Ireland with a ghost called ‘Charlie’ in the attic to a house in New Orleans on the route of the city’s Halloween parade

Five unusual new-build homes up for sale

From a ‘glass box’ with sea views in Abu Dhabi to a London townhouse built with a Georgian-style façade

High-end homes for sports enthusiasts

From a house in the US owned by basketball legend Michael Jordan to a French ski chalet perfectly equipped and located for heli-skiing

Five properties near leading art fairs

From a house overlooking Regent’s Park, site of Frieze London, to a Florida penthouse close to the venue for Art Basel Miami Beach

High-end homes with famous past owners

From David Bowie’s Balinese-style house in the Caribbean to Michelangelo’s family seat in Tuscany

Posh homes with magnificent pools

From a villa with a grand pool overlooking Cannes, to a house designed by architect Wallace Cunningham

Five homes with Rugby World Cup links

From a house near Twickenham stadium, the home of English rugby, to an apartment close to Italy’s Stadio Olimpico

Family homes for sale near famous schools

From a Swiss house near royal favourite Le Rosey to a villa in Florence close to one of Europe’s oldest international schools