Hot property: Winter sun

Five residences in tropical locations, including a penthouse apartment in Barbados and a hilltop house in Waiheke Island

Casa Al Mare, Casey Key Road, Nokomis, Florida, US, $9.4m

Where: On the shore of Casey Key, an eight-mile island off the west coast of Florida, 20 miles south of Sarasota international airport.

What: A six-bedroom, Italian-style villa with more than 7,700 sq ft of interior space. Built in 2010, Casa Al Mare comes with a beach cabana with roof terrace, a boathouse and a private dock.

Why: Winter is the prime holiday season in Sarasota, where the temperature averages at 22-25C during the day and 10-16C at night.

Who: Michael Saunders & Company, tel: +1 941 955 8200


Where: In the Cabo del Sol Resort, on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, 35 minutes’ drive from San José del Cabo international airport.

What: A four-bedroom, 4,500 sq ft villa with twin master suites that open out on to a terrace with views over the Sea of Cortez.

Why: Apart from the inviting climate (Los Cabos has an average year-round temperature of 25.5C), the Villa del Amor overlooks the Jack Nicklaus signature Ocean Golf Course, rated one of the finest courses in Mexico.

Who: A&K International Estates, tel: +44 20 7190 7714


Where: In Port St Charles, a 22-acre marina resort on the northwest coast of Barbados, 45km from Grantley Adams international airport.

What: A four-bedroom penthouse apartment with a rooftop terrace with jacuzzi and outside dining space.

Why: You can enjoy the tropical winter sunshine from the waves of the Caribbean as the apartment comes with its own fully-serviced berth able to accommodate a 60ft yacht.

Who: Knight Frank, tel: +44 20 7861 1067


Where: On Waiheke Island, in the Hauraki Gulf, off the coast of Auckland. Waiheke Island is a 35-minute ferry ride from the mainland and a further 20km from Auckland international airport.

What: A contemporary three-bedroom hilltop house with attached olive oil-producing business and eight olive groves in 4.27ha of land. The house has an open-plan living and dining area with views over the Hauraki Gulf.

Why: The climate on Waiheke is often compared with Bordeaux in France, being on average 3-4C hotter than Auckland and having 30 per cent less rainfall.

Who: Savills, tel: +44 20 7016 3740


Where: In Bishopscourt, a suburb of Cape Town, 20km west of Cape Town international airport.

What: A contemporary five-bedroom house with infinity pool and separate apartment for guests or staff. The property has large windows, glass doors and double-height ceilings to make the most of the panoramic mountain views and natural light.

Why: Summer in Cape Town lasts from early December to March, and is warm and dry with an average maximum temperature of 26C. The region has an average of 3,100 hours of sunshine a year, roughly the same as Los Angeles.

Who: Savills, tel: +44 20 7016 3740

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