was bought by a Canadian entrepreneur in 1973. Since then, he has turned the 8 sq km property into one of the world’s most beautiful and exclusive tropical hideaways. It has attracted some of the world’s A-list celebrities, ranging from Bill Gates to Russell Crowe and fellow Aussie, Nicole Kidman. It’s not all high-end luxury though, there are traditional Fijian houses and villas, apart from the luxury suites.
Goldeneye Resort, Jamaica
Named after one of the James Bond movies set in Jamaica, this is where Ian Fleming wrote a majority of his best-selling spy novels in the 1950s and 1960s (while entertaining literary and movie greats from the era). What was once Fleming’s holiday estate, perfectly positioned in the crystal-clear Caribbean, has been bought and expanded, and there are now a handful of smaller villas to rent alongside Fleming’s original three-bedroom house, which is now the Goldeneye Hotel.
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Montenegro gained independence as late as 2006 when the former Yugoslavia broke up, and its sparkling coastline has been attracting tourists in increasing numbers, especially the tiny but picturesque Sveti Stefan island. It used to be a favourite hideout for Hollywood and European royalty (guests have included Sofia Loren and Queen Elizabeth II), but its appeal faded in the 1990s. Now, its cobbled streets are attracting a wider audience with the Sveti Stefan resort, recently reopened and more glamorous than ever, located on the Budva Riviera, the heart of Montenegro’s beach scene.
Despite the austerity cuts and street protests during the economic crisis, Greece has bounced back as one of the world’s favourite vacation destinations and Hydra is where the action seems to be of late. The name may be associated with a monster from Greek mythology, but this is a sleepy town that was originally built as a retreat for artists. Just 45 minutes from Athens, this picturesque sea-side island combines natural beauty with a hip contemporary art scene, not to mention its most famous resident, singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who has lived here since 1960. Ideal during summer, it’s best to walk around the beach, or hike, since no traffic is