Stories written by Philip Fine
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Step Inside Sheriva Villa Anguilla

Jeannine Connor-Gittens was recently sitting on the rooftop deck at Sheriva Estate in the Caribbean country of Anguilla. It was a clear day and she was so taken by the view that she had to pull out her phone and call her husband, Tiger Gittens to share the moment – the nature below, the sky above, […]

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This May Be the Perfect Family Vacation Home

The ocean views go on forever and the interiors bring out the colors of the Mexican sunset, but Villa Alma is much more than its surroundings. The villa carries Mayan blessings, respects local materials and customs, and reflects the individual and unique talents of Ghislaine Longevial-Taleb’s four adult children. Like many villa owners, Ghislaine first discovered the place […]

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Experience the Gothic Glamor of a Luxurious Tuscan Villa

Astrid Schiller Wirth knows a thing or two about style. She worked as a fashion model in the 1960s, her beauty gracing the pages of some of the era’s biggest magazines. An eye for design, she spent many subsequent years reworking the interiors at the famous Hotel Hassler Roma. Now, she lends her sense of […]

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Into the Blue: Cerulean Villa Anguilla

The view at Cerulean alone would satisfy most vacationers. This villa’s bright white buildings form three walls of an outdoor structure that surround the deck’s chaises longues and infinity pool, and frame a white edge to the blue sky. The fourth wall becomes the blue horizon of ocean in front. Guests can’t help but catch […]

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Want to stay in a Treetop Paradise in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has had a powerful effect on Patricia Coester’s family. It drew them to its lush mountains from  Switzerland last year, turned her husband Christian Steinmann, a successful lawyer, into a baker, and gave daughter Ginger a welcome alternative to the conformist pressures she felt in her home country. And for Patricia, it brought […]

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Villa Encantada: Building Paradise on Mexico’s Isla Mujeres

The Apprenticeship of Jeffrey Alan – where a villa developer changes his life and discovers the challenges of building a Mexican villa. “There’s no such thing as paradise,” says Jeffrey Alan, which is an odd statement coming from someone who has gone to great lengths to build an oceanside Mexican paradise for his guests. His […]

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Enjoy the Authentic Side of Greece at Villa Hurmuses

It’s comforting to know that in an era when small screens are where many eyes rest, the vista from this villa on Mykonos manages very well to keep a guest simply gazing outward, making them as happy as a teenager on Snapchat. A daytime view from its terrace 15 minutes from the town of Mykonos […]

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A Surfer’s Dream Home on Redondo Beach

From her home overlooking Redondo Beach, Cindy Williams regularly sees couples taking their vows at oceanside wedding ceremonies, musicians strumming guitars with a California Dreaming pleasure and all types joining pick-up beach volleyball games. Dolphins and whales play in the water and cyclists and joggers enjoy the 27-mile shoreline strand that stretches north from Torrance […]