Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonJuly 26, 2017

Barbados is an island in the Caribbean region of North America. Situated in the western area of the North Atlantic, it is known as the ultimate luxury destination. Simon Cowell, Philip Green (Arcadia Group) and Kate Moss all boast properties in Barbados and now the island can hold claim to the title of one of the most successful female pop stars, Rihanna. If this and many more reasons don’t tempt you enough, then let’s try Crane Resorts. Its fractional ownership offering at the Beach Houses at Culpepper is a perfect attraction for property investors. The Beach Houses are available for potential buyers to view and we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek on our most recent trip to Barbados.

The beach homes encompass 50 acres of land adjacent to a national park and provide a secluded location on the east side of the island, boasting unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean. Each offers a luxurious interior of pale porcelain tiles, limewood flooring and wide walls of glass to showcase the ocean views. Owners will also benefit from unlimited access to all of The Crane’s five-star facilities only a 10 minute drive away, including Zagat rated restaurants, pools, tennis courts, a gym, duty free retail shopping and a full service hotel concierge. The development provides both an exceptional holiday spot, as well as optimising financial return for its owners, offering profit from rentals and significant capital gain on resale.

In addition to the Beach Houses, The Crane  also introduced Private Residences back in 2015. When we landed at the Crane, our first call was cocktails and tapas in Bar 1887 followed by dinner later that evening at the Zen Restaurant hosted by Paul Doyle, owner and developer of The Crane and Beach Houses. Doyle is ambitious, focused and consistently looking at ways to improve what The Crane has on offer. He commented “We are delighted to announce two exciting residential developments at a time when the property market is picking up again in Barbados, which will offer our owners both optimal financial returns in terms of profit from rentals and significant capital gain on resale.  We are offering a real ‘home from home’, allowing owners of The Crane Private Residences to customise the ‘shells’ by applying their own finishing touches.  With Beach Houses, not only are we excited to create a luxurious beachside development but also an intimate residential community with a restaurant, pool, full-service spa and a grocery store.”

After dinner, we called it a night and met up the next morning (Sunday) for Gospel Breakfast at L’Azure . It was like the scene from Sister Act, just imagine Whoopi Goldberg and choir serenading you as you have some lovely Barbados style breakfast. Who said full English? There is that too. But when in Barbados it is better to indulge all the way. After a sumptuous breakfast, we took a tour of The Crane and Private Residences which also included the historic hotel (rooms dating from the 1890s). The rooms looked amazing with their original coral stone walls and mahogany floors. From ground floor residences boasting large private pools to penthouse residences with private roof decks that command sweeping coastal views, dining gazebos and pools, The Crane Private Residences are ideal for long-term living. Bright and expansive, each residence  features granite kitchen counter tops and natural stone bathrooms as well as underground parking from which residents can directly access their foyer via a private lift. Ownership at The Crane Private Residences starts from $617,000 (£472,882) to $1.3 million (£996,348).

Designed by the internal Crane Resorts architect team, the external design of Beach Houses has been consciously created around the harmony of the surrounding natural environment to blend seamlessly into the landscape.  Each offers a luxurious interior with wide walls of glass showcasing ocean views, opening out to an external dining and entertaining area.  These private patios feature infinity edge pools with hot tubs, outdoor showers, hammocks and barbecues for the ultimate luxury retreat.  Interconnecting doors and a removable lock-off across the pool of each home allow for flexibility in owning a one, two, three or four-bed property.  Fractional ownership starts from $160,000 (£122,627) for four weeks and from $1.9 million (£1.5 million) for full ownership.

The tour was followed by a hosted sunset catamaran cruise on Bolador from Bridgetown, the capital of the island. Perfect ! It was our last day on the island and to send us off in style, Mel Harding, Guest Relations Manager at The Crane took us on an island tour of the picturesque East Coast, St. Nicholas Abbey, and the West Coast. With fantastic beaches, exciting culture, tasty cuisine and amazing locals – buying a property in Barbados is certainly well worth the investment.

Crane Resorts is tempting owners to be with two exciting developments to be unveiled on the secluded east coast over the next 18 months, available to purchase either outright or with the resort’s fractional ownership scheme. Those keen to have a slice of Caribbean paradise to return to each year can choose The Crane Private Residences, a luxury gated residential community within the Crane Resort, or the Beach Houses, a development of 63 single storey studio to four bedroom beach homes overlooking the incredible natural beauty of Skeete’s Bay and Culpepper Island.

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Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongAugust 18, 2016


When we think about Mexico, we usually imagine white sand beaches, margaritas and a fun-filled vacation in the sun. But what if you are done with imagining yourself in Mexico on vacation that always ends too soon, and decide to make it your permanent reality – your home?



It is estimated that around 1 million American citizens live in Mexico, and the number keeps increasing every year. The Riviera Maya, a region on the Mexican Caribbean coast, has been especially popular among retirees and families. Each family has different reasons to move to Mexico, but those who move to the Riviera Maya, and especially Tulum, often do so to run away from their daily stress and to immerse themselves in the relaxing, easy-going atmosphere of the Caribbean. Many also choose Tulum because it offers the fastest-growing real estate market in the world.

Here is some basic advice to everyone who is planning to relocate to Mexico.

  1. Buying property in Mexico as a foreigner

There are simple procedures that all foreigners have to follow when they buy property in Mexico, especially in the coastal regions. A foreigner buying land in Mexico within 32 miles (50 km) from the coastline has to use a bank trust (fideicomiso) or establish a Mexican corporation to complete the purchase.  You can choose your bank – HSBC, Scotia bank, Banamex (Citigroup), etc – that will act as your trustee, with you maintaining full control over the trust: you will be able to lease, sell or pass the property on to your heirs. Make sure you choose a trustworthy local real estate agency that will take care of all the steps of buying your property.

  1. Becoming a resident in Mexico

If you are coming to Mexico as a tourist, you don¹t need any visa – you will simply get entry permit as a visitor at the border, usually for 180 days, with no permission to work. In order to apply for Mexican residency, you must do so before going to Mexico at the Mexican embassy or consulate.

Temporary resident visa is issued for up to 4 years, and is meant for those who wish to spend more than 180 days in Mexico per year – it¹s perfect if you own a second home in Mexico. You would need to show monthly income of at least $1,553 per person and at least $520 per month per dependent. You can also get temporary resident¹s visa by showing a bank statement with a balance of about $25,880. There is also a way to get your temporary status by proving you own property in Mexico that has the value of $207,046 or more. When temporary residence card expires, you have to either leave the country or apply for permanent residency.

If you decide you are moving to Mexico permanently, you can apply for permanent residency immediately. The process will be similar as applying for temporary status, but you will have to show higher levels of income: investments with approximate monthly balance of around $103,523 over 12 months or monthly income of $2,588 per person over 6 months.


  1. Cost of living


The cost of living in Tulum and the Riviera Maya depends strictly on your lifestyle. For example, the cost of renting a property on the beach can be a few times higher than a few blocks inland, while still being a few minutes away from the beach. Also, Tulum is full of expensive gourmet restaurants – but also has plentiful local markets that are very affordable. So it¹s completely a choice of each family how to spend their budget. Similarly, you can spend $2,000 for a fancy penthouse condo in Playa del Carmen or $500 for a lovely one-bedroom in Tulum. Utilities – not cheap in Mexico – would come down to about $300 per month, groceries would cost around $400, and a maid would come down to about $60 (once per week). Thus it¹s safe to say that $2,000 budget per couple per month would be sufficient to lead a comfortable life in Tulum


  1. Safety

Is Mexico safe? That¹s a thought that often crosses the mind of many would-be retirees in Mexico. Mexico, in fact, is considered to be one of the best countries for expats in the world. InterNations, which is a popular expat website, named Mexico as a top place to move to because of quality of life, ease of settling in, work opportunities, family life, personal finance and general satisfaction with life. Certainly, every foreigner in Mexico should exercise common sense and caution, as anywhere in the world. Touristy regions as the Riviera Maya are completely safe, but such violent states as Guerrero, that includes Acapulco, the once-glamorous beach town, are not recommended at all.

  1. Healthcare

Mexico offers great and affordable universal healthcare, and its private healthcare is amongst the most affordable in the Western hemisphere. Locally, there are a few smaller hospitals in Tulum and modern healthcare centers in Playa del Carmen and Cancun.


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJune 9, 2016


With everyone consistently on a tight schedule, it’s often a challenge to plan a luxury holiday especially when you want the best money has to offer. Location is key and access to a range of destinations is happiness! Where do you find the time to get the perfect home away from home?  Introducing.. The Hideaways Club, an alternative form of foreign home ownership, which allows members to invest in, and holiday in, a collection of luxury homes in fantastic locations across the globe.

The Hideaways Club is designed for those looking to invest in a second home, but who want the flexibility of travelling to different locations, rather than being restricted to holidays in the same place every year and who don’t want the hassle of maintaining a foreign property.The properties are all hand-picked for their outstanding location and access to great holiday activities and are all worth more than £1.2 million.

Investing in the Hideaway Club makes sense and you will be good company. Tim Henman is a member of the Club. The global portfolio now consists of  Villas in France, Italy (including Sardinia), Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Croatia, Mauritius, South Africa and South East Asia as well as Ski Chalets in France, Switzerland and Japan.

There is also a concierge service for consumer that require the additional touch. So, if you have ever considered second home ownership, but want to have the flexibility to literally pay once for the price of several home options worldwide. Then the Hideaways Club is certainly the perfect choice.

For more information. Go to:

Thiara MbodjiThiara MbodjiJune 25, 2014


This stunning five bedroom house offers spacious accommodation finished to a high standard throughout. Close to local amenities of Ballards lane and Finchley Central Underground Station. 

•A Stunning five bedroom detached house 
•Situated on a prime residential street in Finchley 
•Recently refurbished to an exceptionally high standard 
•50′ rear garden with patio area 
•Boasts a vast double reception room 
•Off-street parking and garage 
•Five good-sized bedrooms 
•Three with en suite shower rooms 
•Offered Unfurnished 
•Available Now

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Contact: DANA on 07949 073 546

Thiara MbodjiThiara MbodjiJune 25, 2014


Stunning three bedroom family home. This beautifully finished property offers both great space and an ideal location, perfect for a small family or professional sharers. Boasting three good size bedrooms, a very large tiled family bathroom, a bright reception room with fireplace and wood flooring, and large eat in kitchen with all the latest mod cons. The property also benefits from gas central heating, double glazing, residents parking and a good sized private garden. Located moments from both the Uxbridge Road, West Ealing train Station and Waitrose supermarket. Available Un / furnished.



Contact : Emma on 07534325638

Thiara MbodjiThiara MbodjiJune 25, 2014


Fantastic Victorian building converted for student accommodation consisting of various size studio flats. Prices vary from GBP225-GBP330pw including all bills and internet. ALL BRAND NEW!


– Studio Flat
– 0 Receptions
– 1 Bathroom
– Furnished
– Shower
– Porter
– Washing Machine
– Gas Central Heating
– Conversion
– Available Now

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Agent: Marble Lettings
Agent Ref: Marble_14

Contact: 0208 216 2045

Thiara MbodjiThiara MbodjiJune 25, 2014


A stunning two double bedroom flat to rent in the desirable location off New Kings Road. Property boasts a large reception and dining area that has just been refurbished throughout. Available 1st August 

● Convenient location off New Kings Road 
● Newly refurbished throughout 
● Large reception 
● Dining area 
● Two double bedrooms 
● Available 1st August 

Applicant Payments 
In addition to the fixed tenancy agreement charge of £210 (inc. VAT) per tenancy shown on the property details, there will be variable charges payable when an offer is agreed in principle: 
• Referencing charge per applicant and or guarantor (inc. VAT): 
Individual tenant £54 
Company tenant £66 
• Inventory check in cost per tenancy (inc. VAT where applicable): 
Studio/1 bed £68 – £120 
2 bed £76 – £123 
3 bed £85 – £144 
4 bed £95 – £168 
5 bed £100 – £192 
(These fees are dependent upon the inventory clerk/company available to carry out the check, whether the clerk/company is VAT registered, the number of rooms other than bedrooms and if the property is furnished or unfurnished or if the check in is to take place on a Sunday). 
• A holding deposit equivalent to one week’s rent, but which will be offset against the initial rental payment should the tenancy proceed. 

Before the start of the tenancy you will be required to also pay: 
• One month’s rent in advance (unless a longer period is agreed) 
• A security deposit usually equivalent to 6 weeks’ rent 
Please be aware the above may alter depending on individual circumstances. 

lease leave a contact telephone number and email address.

Claire on 02077366737

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Thiara MbodjiThiara MbodjiJune 24, 2014


A very beautiful flat to rent in Chelsea London.

Harcourt Terrace , Chelsea London SW10 – SHORT TERM RENTAL 

* 2 Double Bedroom Flat 

* Living Room with Sky Tv & Free Wifi 

* Modern Kitchen with Cool Appliances 

* 2 Double Bedrooms with Carpets 

* Modern Bathroom 

* Courtyard 

* Utility Room , Dryer & washing Machine 

Nearest tube : Earls Court – 5 minutes walk or Gloucester Road – 8mins 

Also Close to Fulham Road & Kings Road , Plus High Street Kensington & Hyde Park 

Call M 07872 945 044 

Call M 07774 794 747 

Send an Email or Arrange A Viewing 

Minimum Period 1 week – Upto 3 months 

Ideal for a family of 4/5 persons

* Short Term * Two Double Bedroom One Bathroom Flat in Chelsea with Wifi, Ideal for a Family Chelsea Picture 5* Short Term * Two Double Bedroom One Bathroom Flat in Chelsea with Wifi, Ideal for a Family Chelsea Picture 6* Short Term * Two Double Bedroom One Bathroom Flat in Chelsea with Wifi, Ideal for a Family Chelsea Picture 4* Short Term * Two Double Bedroom One Bathroom Flat in Chelsea with Wifi, Ideal for a Family Chelsea Picture 2

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongApril 26, 2013


Internationally acclaimed lighting designer Sharon Marston will be presenting a range of specially selected designs at the new and exciting INTERIORS LDN next month (19-21 May 2013).

Sharon Marston is a London based lighting designer renowned for her sculptural use of fibre optics. Materials, craftsmanship and techniques are cleverly interwoven into her light features in surprising innovative ways. As a result, her work has a fluidity, drama and sculptural quality that clearly sets it apart from other contemporary light designs.

The spectacular FlightAmberMorelleDujardinDiore and Cluster are the six chosen designs to illuminate Marston’s stand at INTERIORS LDN. Each design has been specially selected from the company’s current portfolio to illustrate the wealth of materials and components used to create her truly breathtaking chandeliers.


INTERIORS LDN will be housed in London’s ExCel from 19 – 21 May as part of the May Design Series, along with popular shows kbb LDNThe ARC Show and DX. INTERIORS LDN will showcase original and innovative contemporary interiors for the mid to high-end retail and contract markets.

GraziellaGraziellaAugust 4, 2011


A grand double fronted Grade II listed mansion for sale

A most impressive double fronted, freehold period house benefitting from 8 bedrooms and a fabulous 6 window and 36ft wide first floor drawing room. Approximately 922 sq m (9,928 sq ft).

The house is particularly suitable for entertaining on a grand scale and benefits from 10 reception rooms plus the addition of a terrace and pool room.

  • 8 bedrooms
  • 9 reception rooms
  • 9 bathrooms
  • Listed
  • Freehold

Stuart Bailey

+ 44 20 7881 7722

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