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Villa Wide View, Toiny, St Barts, Caribbean, €4.95m

Where On a hillside overlooking the sea at Toiny, on the southeast coast of St Barts, 8km from the island’s capital, Gustavia, and 6km from Gustave III airport, where transfers to Juliana international airport on Sint Maarten take 15 minutes.

What A contemporary, three-bedroom, three-bathroom villa with an outdoor pool and terrace. The villa has a central open-plan living and dining area and a sitting room with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall looking out over the Caribbean.

Why The island of St Barts is warm and sunny all year-round, with temperatures in December averaging between 22C and 27C. On average, December enjoys more than 200 hours of sunshine.

Who St Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, stbarthrealestate.com, tel: +1 508 528 7727


Port d’Andratx, Andratx, Mallorca, Spain, €9.8m

Where In Port d’Andratx on the west coast of Mallorca, 30km from the island’s capital, Palma de Mallorca, where there is an international airport.

What A contemporary, five-bedroom villa with separate accommodation for guests and staff. The property has an open-plan living and dining area, a covered terrace with an outside dining space and pool, with views of the port and the Mediterranean.

Why The weather in Mallorca is considerably sunnier than continental Europe and the island enjoys very mild winters, with average daytime temperatures dropping no lower than 14C in December and January.

Who Knight Frank, knightfrank.co.uk, tel: +44207 861 1097


2050 North Bay Rd, Miami Beach, Florida, US, $16m

Where On the bank of Sunset Lake, between Miami Beach and the mainland, 10 miles from Miami international airport.

What A nine-bedroom, waterfront villa built in 1933. The property has a music room with a recording studio, an outdoor pool, a tennis court, and private boat dock.

Why Miami enjoys a warm, sunny climate throughout the year. Temperatures in December and January average at about 20C.

Who ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, onesothebysrealty.com, tel: +1 786 371 8777


17 Ady Street, Hunters Hill, New South Wales, Australia, A$5.7m ($4.87m)

Where In Hunters Hill, an affluent suburb of North Sydney, 10km from the city centre and 16km from Sydney international airport.

What A five-bedroom, five-bathroom, north-facing home, with 35 metres of water frontage. The house has an open-plan living, kitchen and dining space, an outdoor pool and a 140 sq metre terrace, perfect for entertaining. There is also a private jetty with two mooring places.

Why December is the beginning of Sydney’s summer season. The average temperature at the beginning of the month is 22C, rising steadily over Christmas and into January. Sydney enjoys 300 sunny days a year on average.

Who Savills, savills.com.au, tel: +61 2 8215 8882


Cape Yamu Villa, Phuket, Thailand, 93m baht ($2.83m)

Where Overlooking Phang Nga Bay on the east coast of Phuket, a 25-minute drive (27km) from Phuket international airport.

What A three-bedroom, 540 sq metre, waterfront villa at the Cape Yuma resort with a private pool and direct beach access. Residents are free to use the resort’s bar, gym, restaurant and tennis courts.

Why Average temperatures in Phuket range between 23C and 30C in December.

Who Sotheby’s International Realty, sothebysrealtyphuket.com, tel: +66 (0) 76 324 614

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