Villa Ira, Porto Rotondo, Sardinia, Italy, €9.5m
Where In the northeast of the island on the Costa Smeralda. The property overlooks Cala di Volpe bay and Ira beach, and is 10km from Olbia Costa Smeralda airport.
What A recently refurbished villa, with five bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms, including a master suite on the first floor with a private terrace overlooking the sea. The bedroom on the swimming pool level also has a sea view and terrace.
Why Ira beach, named after the actress, socialite and heiress Ira von Fürstenberg, is a five-minute walk away. It is one of the island’s most spectacular beaches, with white sand and clear blue waters that are perfect for snorkelling.
Who Knight Frank, www.knightfrank.com, tel +44 20 7629 8171
Fisherman’s Bend, Cape Town, South Africa, R16.95m (£1.17m)
Where On Llandudno beach, overlooking the Atlantic, in a residential suburb of Cape Town, 33km west of Cape Town international airport.
What A seven-bedroom, six-bathroom family home, spread over three levels, with a large terrace ideal for entertaining, pool and four garages.
Why Llandudno beach, a spot popular with surfers, has large granite boulders and is set against the mountains. A short walk away, through a nature reserve, is Sandy Bay, South Africa’s only nudist beach, which is secluded because there is no direct access for cars.
Who Chesterton Humberts, www.chestertonhumberts.com, tel +44 20 3040 8210
The Boathouse, Palm Beach, New South Wales, Australia, A$9m (£5.76m)
Where On Snapperman beach, about 41km from Sydney’s central business district and 52km from Sydney international airport.
What Two three-bedroom apartments, which combined could make a family home, designed by architect Walter Barda in the shape of a ship, with indoor/outdoor living and entertaining areas. All six bedrooms have en suite bathrooms. There is also a theatre and games room.
Why A hydraulics hatch allows boats, surfboards and jet skis to be stored straight from the sea. Palm Beach is the setting for television soap opera Home and Away, and is one of Sydney’s most exclusive suburbs.
Who Savills, www.savills.com.au, tel +61 411 853 406
Hale Ali’I, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, US, $28m
Where On the island of Maui, 2,000 miles west of the US mainland. Flights to Honolulu international airport, which operates transfers to Kapalua airport, a few miles from the property.
What A four-bedroom, six-bathroom beachfront estate with 7,475 sq ft of internal living space. Covered outdoor areas offer panoramic views of the Pacific.
Why Owners can watch humpback whales and dolphins from the terraces. Located in Oneloa Bay, on the island’s most pristine beach, the property is part of a private gated estate.
Who Christie’s International Real Estate, www.christiesrealestate.com, tel +1 310 385 2690
Sinah Lane, Hayling Island, Hampshire, UK, £1.575m
Where Between Chichester and Portsmouth on the south coast of England, 25 miles from Southampton international airport and 78 miles from central London.
What A contemporary seafront house, built in the art deco style, with views over Langstone Harbour and across to Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower. The property features four bedrooms with en suite facilities, a 22ft reception hall and a landscaped garden leading on to the shoreline.
Why There are four sailing clubs on the island, and the house is only a short distance from the Solent and the Isle of Wight.
Who Jackson-Stops & Staff, www.jackson-stops.co.uk, tel +44 1243 786316