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A new level of luxury living is coming to the exclusive private island of Kiawah, off the South Carolina coast. A barrier island just 25 miles southwest of Charleston—a destination for New Southern restaurants, architecture, and history—Kiawah is named after the Kiawah Indians who inhabited the island before  the English colonized the area in 1670.

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In Aspen fractional-ownership schemes are a great feeder market, says Feldman. “Buyers start by spending $300,000 on a fraction, decide they like the downtown, then invest in a detached home for $5 million-plus.”

Dancing Bear, a private residence club by Timbers Resorts, is in central Aspen, a two-minute walk from the ski gondola and shops. The 19 top-quality three-bedroom residences are divided between two buildings linked by an underground tunnel.

Deeded fractional shares go for £632,000. For that owners get a guaranteed six weeks' use a year with access to excellent facilities, including a concierge, a rooftop lounge, a games room, gym, spa cinema and restaurant. To preserve the private club atmosphere, owners cannot commercially rent their homes. "To be in the heart of Downtown Aspen with all these services, close to all the town offers yet with beautiful mountain views and a private rooftop terrace is what sells these homes," says director of sales, Pamela Ross. "It's the equivalent of a £3.5 million condo."

The Sebastian - Vail is a Timbers Resort operating as an 80-room hotel with 36 two- and three-bedroom residences sold on a tenth fractional share for £256,000. Half of the 197 available shares are sold to buyers, most from the US but also Europe, Asia and Mexico. Extensive facilities include a bar, restaurant, spa and outdoor hot tubs.

Awakening the coast of Hawaii’s oldest island, Kaua’i, is the brand-new Timbers Kaua’i – Ocean Club & Residences at Hōkūala, a 450-acre slice of paradise offering an 18-hole ocean course, 47-luxury residences and soon-to-be-completed clubhouse dining and retail spots.

“On one of the most coveted sites in all of Hawaii, Hōkūala is a natural oceanfront amphitheater at the entrance to the tranquil waters of Kalapaki Beach along the Pacific,” says Gary Moore, managing director of Timbers Kaua’i.

Due to its proximity to the cliff-sides, Timbers Kaua’i has been deemed the “last-of-its-kind” as construction regulations require new properties be at least 500 feet away from escarpments. “Timbers Kaua’i” was grandfathered in due to the timing of its approval process. Therefore, the residences are the last property to be built on the island with closer than close proxmity to the ocean,” says Moore.

One of Kauai’s golf courses was recognized as the best in 2017. The Ocean Course at Hokuala received the North America’s Best Golf Course 2017 award by World Golf Awards.

“This was the fourth annual World Golf Awards. Basically, what that is, it’s a tourism golf course ranking based on the votes of golfers. So, it’s a voter-based award from golfers around the world,” said Cort Walter, golf sales manager of the Ocean Course at Hokuala.

The Ocean Course was one of 50 nominees including public and private courses. The local golf course was also given the Hawaii’s Best Golf Course 2017 award by World Golf Awards.

“It’s more validation that we’re doing the right thing here at the Ocean Course under Timbers Resorts development,” Walter said. “We’ve gotten the course to the pristine level that it once was, and we’re just very honored and excited about this new chapter here on the property with more to come under the development of Timbers Resorts on Kauai.”

Fractional ownership is also popular and the USA’s leading purveyor, Timbers Resorts, began 15 years ago with the Timbers Club in Snowmass village. There, you can buy one-eighth deeded shares from $300,000 (£222,000) (for six weeks’ usage per year—two in winter, four in summer) in a three-bedroom/three-bathroom residence. Timbers Resorts has since rolled out 16 more fractional schemes, or Residence Clubs, across America as well as in Tuscany, including one in downtown Aspen.

Castello di Casole – A Timbers Resorts (Europe's No. 1 Resort as ranked by Travel + Leisure) which recently hosted Unique Homes for three beautiful nights to experience its magic firsthand. What we discovered was a perfectly placed paradise offering the finest level of service imaginable.

The setting is storybook. Through a cypress-lined drive up to a hilltop in Siena, a Middle Age castle from the 10 century serves as the core of the hotel and resort, "we are very, very lucky, because we are in the heart of Tuscany, " says Gabriele Olla, senior sales manager. Some of the world's best wineries are very close as are Michelin-starred restaurants – Florence is an easy 45-minute drive. But visitors and residents hardly have to leave the 4,200-acre estate.

As we pulled of the main road we looked up to the hillside and there she was, quintessential Tuscany and luxury at it’s finest. Castell di Caseole – A Timbers Resorts was in our sights and it was a grandiose as the pictures portrayed it to be. As we pulled into the driveway it all set in, our Tuscan adventure was bestowed upon us. This ravishing hilltop castle took our breath away once on the grounds, the cypress tree lined paths led us to the front door of our humble abode for the next few days.

The Sebastian-Vail, located in the heart of Vail Village, takes a step forward with a new, excitable staff and a fresh approach to their food and beverage program. RMFR travels up to the magical and notably affluent area to taste the reconstructed menus inside Frost Bar and their fine dining and tapas restaurant, Leonora.

As we enter the artfully decorated Frost Bar we receive flutes of champagne and notice a long table that stretches across the foyer full of dried fruits, a variety of cured meats and honey-whiskey ham from Colorado Meat Company.  A raclette cheese station captures everyone’s attention and ramicans full of new potatoes, gherkins and house-marinated pearl onions lie beneath it to stay warm. We watch intently as a slow-spilling avalanche of cheese cascades onto the pickled and root vegetables.

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