Fancy jetting off for the festive period to a snowy wonderland or a sun-drenched retreat? Each year, data research and consulting company Wingx compiles a list of Christmas hotspots – the busiest private jet destinations over the winter break.
A useful indicator of where the affluent prefer to spend the holidays (and may well own a second home), the most active routes over Christmas usually ranges from Mexico, Brazil and Costa Rica to exotic Caribbean locations such as Turks and Caicos, Saint Martin, Antigua and Barbuda, and the Bahamas. In EMEA, the airports of Paris, Milan, Rome, Zurich, Geneva, London, Greece, and the UAE ranks highly.
We’ve looked closely at the busiest private jet destinations, and collated a selection of holiday homes that $1 million will buy in these popular spots. The diverse list of properties sorted from the lowest price per square meter to the highest comprises the most valuable real estate lots, including a six-bedroom house with a pool in a UNESCO-protected area of Brazil, a penthouse in Mexico’s Los Cabos, a boathouse in Turks and Caicos, and a one-bedroom in London with spectacular views across Tower Bridge.
1. Destination: Brazil
What $1M can buy: Private paradise in UNESCO-protected Altos de Trancoso, $1,237,500
Space: 6 bedrooms / 800 sqm
Price per sqm: $1,540
Surrounded by lush greenery, this large and beautifully designed residence in Altos de Trancoso gated community is located 23 kilometers south of Porto Seguro in the hidden beach town of Trancoso. Once a small fishing village, UNESCO-protected Trancoso has transformed into a trendy yet charming hideaway over the years, attracting an array of celebrity visitors. Constructed using 100% sustainable wood, the next owners of the house will be wowed by contemporary interiors and a deck complete with a pool at treetop level. Admire the ocean views from there, or take a 15-minute stroll to the golden sands and crystal clear waters of Coqueiros.
2. Destination: Costa Rica
What $1M can buy: Architecturally striking hideaway in Tamarindo, $1,099,793
Space: 4 bedrooms / 320 sqm
Price per sqm: $3,400
Offering one of the lowest prices per square meter as well as amazing wildlife and a host of National Parks, Costa Rica has much appeal. This minimalist three-bathroom house on the northwest coast was built using natural materials and boasts clean, striking lines. Interesting features include a detached fourth bedroom next to the pool that can double as a Hollywood Hills-style pool house, a spa, or a tropical entertainment space. With indoor/outdoor living options galore, the deluxe open-plan property has maximum privacy, yet is just over 900 meters from the beach.
3. Destination: Sint Maarten
What $1M can buy: Lagoon-facing residence in Cole Bay, $1,100,000
Space: 2 bedrooms / 250 sqm
Here you have an elegant four-bathroom villa looking out to Simpson Bay Lagoon. Situated on the small Caribbean island of Sint Martin, the home boasts an inviting pool out on the spacious terrace. The added bonus? There’s a lush tropical garden adding to the calming atmosphere of the villa.
4. Destination: Mexico
What $1M can buy: Stylish apartment in up-and-coming San Jose Del Cabo, Los Cabos, $1,031,205
Space: 2 bedrooms / 233 sqm
Price per sqm: $4,425
This contemporary two-bathroom space is located at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula overlooking San Jose del Cabo Bay, just a 10-minute drive from The Arch – aka ‘Land’s End’, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific. The slick apartment features stylish décor and wooden flooring, while outside there’s a large balcony to admire the glorious views from, plus an inviting plunge pool. First-rate communal amenities include a rooftop terrace with a pool and bar, lush gardens, and a wellness room.
5. Destination: Turks and Caicos
What $1M can buy: Luxurious waterfront boathouse in Long Bay Hills, Providenciales, $1,282,009
Space: 2 bedrooms / 255 sqm
Price per sqm: $5,000
On the southeast side of Providenciales at the edge of Long Bay beach is this three-bathroom two-level home – a unique proposition complete with boat dockage and full access to the resort’s extensive amenities including a pool, spa, hammocks, lounging cabanas, and BBQ stations. The contemporary and open-plan kitchen/living area leads out to an outdoor dining terrace, seemingly floating above the water, and there’s also a lower terrace for easy accessibility to the bay. Upstairs, the master suite looks out to the ocean, and up on the roof is a third terrace area with glass balustrades and wonderful views.
6. Destination: The Bahamas
What $1M can buy: A waterfront home 25-feet above sea level in Lubbers Quarters, $989,813
Space: 5 bedrooms / 197 sqm
Price per sqm: $5,000
Located to the west of Great Abaco Island and bordered to the east by Elbow and Tilloo is Lubbers Quarters Cay, a peaceful back-to-nature getaway. There, you’ll find this eye-catching waterfront house with five bathrooms and unparalleled ocean views from the master suite and capacious living area. Built in 2003, the thoughtfully laid out property sits in a lushly landscaped plot of 943 square meters. With three floors and a sweeping covered patio, there’s also a separate guest house and steps leading down to a dock. Head out on foot or by car and discover the island’s secluded beaches, or ride via boat to nearby islands.
7. Destination: Rome
What $1M can buy in Rome: Fifth-floor apartment with scenic park views, $958,615
Space: 4 bedrooms / 180 sqm
Price per sqm: $5, 325
Located in a prestigious Lazio building with the opportunity to put your stamp on it via decorating, this two-bathroom apartment boasts superb views out to Parco Adriano from the balcony. Just moments from the Tiber, a 20-minute stroll from Vatican City, and the same walking distance from the historic center and sights such as the Pantheon, the flat sits in a central position, and is also close to Roma S.Pietro station and a handful of Metro stops.
8. Destination: Dubai
What $1M can buy: Brand new waterfront property with interiors by Missoni, $1,002,536
Space: 3 bedrooms / 179 sqm
Price per sqm: $5,600
Situated in a development called Urban Oasis, the apartments and penthouses housed within feature refined interiors by Missoni. In the heart of Dubai – directly on the canal and close to Business Bay – this three-bathroom condo by the water boasts far-reaching views of the city from the spacious terrace. Less than 10 minutes from Downtown, Jumeirah Beach, and Dubai Mall, each unit is decked out with Missoni’s trademark zigzag patterns (similar to the sister tower in Miami), plus plenty of marble and floor-to-ceiling windows. First-rate communal facilities include an infinity pool and a state-of-the-art gym.
9. Destination: Antigua and Barbuda
What $1M can buy: Resort-style living in Nonsuch Bay, $1,299,756
Space: 2 bedrooms / 138 sqm
Price per sqm: $6,500
This classically decorated beach cottage on the east coast of Antigua is framed by mature gardens and offers large indoor and outdoor living spaces. Primely located just steps from the beach, you’ll enjoy bay vistas and privacy in this idyllic setting. Inside the inviting home are high ceilings, dark wood flooring, and spa-like en-suites. Impressive communal facilities include a clubhouse with a restaurant and bar, a sailing school, water sports, and several pools.
10. Destination: Athens
What $1M can buy: Deluxe third-floor residence in Athen’s hip neighborhood of Glyfada, $1,080,185
Space: 3 bedrooms / 139 sqm
Price per sqm: $7,770
A top place to visit during cooler seasons (and an excellent starting point to explore the islands from in the summer), Athens has developed a lively gastronomic scene over recent years, with six Michelin-starred restaurants. The city also boasts a wealth of exclusive experiences, from swanky spas to upscale shopping in Kolonaki – the Beverly Hills of Athens. This uber-modern four-bathroom apartment is located in the fashionable neighborhood of Glyfada, and housed in an architecturally-striking building with a curved green rooftop. The light interiors feature marble and wood, and the buzz phrase is ‘meticulous attention to detail’ – there’s a balcony complete with a Jacuzzi, fully adjustable automated smart features, and the flat is sold with two parking spaces. Completed by March 2022, the fortunate buyer is eligible for the Greek Golden Visa Program.
11. Destination: Zurich
What $1M can buy: Eco-friendly detached home close to Zurich, Davos and Saint Moritz, $1,355,530
Space: 3 bedrooms / 150 sqm
Price per sqm: $9,000
This renovated two-bathroom house sits 1.5 hours southeast of Zurich, boasting sweeping views to Churwalden and the Arosa-Lenzerheide ski area from the floating terrace. Home to the longest toboggan run in Switzerland, the small resort lies at 1230 meters and offers versatile skiing. Davos and Saint Moritz are also easily accessible within 90 minutes. Back at the property, you’ll be impressed by its ultra-modern exterior and symmetrical form, while inside you’ll find extra-high ceilings, a wood-burner, and full-height windows. With solar panels, controlled ventilation, and an air pump heating system, there’s state-of-the-art technology, too. Sitting in a plot of 830 square meters, outside are three parking spaces and well-kept gardens.
12. Destination: Milan
Milan is a top winter destination, with two international airports open for private aircraft and 15 Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from. But the city is also an excellent base from which to explore ski resorts of South Tyrol and the scenic Dolomites. Destinations such as Lake Como and Venice are within easy reach too – and less crowded than in high season.
What $1M can buy in Milan: Exclusive apartment in the Empire-style palace, $1,071,393
Space: 1 bedroom / 110 sqm
Price per sqm: $9,785
An 1800 Napoleonic building converted into apartments, this one-bedroom loft sits on the ground floor, with the added bonus of an independent entrance. Boasting five-meter ceilings, parquet flooring and a study, there’s also a mezzanine level adding that extra element of space. And from the bedroom, enjoy lovely views to the verdant gardens housing Villa Necchi Campiglio. The characterful apartment also offers the next owner an opportunity to renovate and personalize, and its central Milan location is hard to beat – close to a handful of Metro stations (Palestro, San Babila, and Montenapoleone), upscale shopping at Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga, and a 15-minute walk from Duomo di Milano.
What $1M can buy in South Tyrol: Sleek apartment in prestigious Madonna di Campiglio, 1,116,505
Space: 1 bedroom / 98 sqm
Price per sqm: $11,300
About a three-hour drive from Milan, this luxe new-build flat features two bathrooms, soothing natural tones, and light wood. Innovative invisible sliding walls offer flexibility, and the large windows are ideal for admiring the fantastic alpine views. Situated within the Madonna di Campiglio ski area – one of the largest in the Alps – there are 150 kilometers of pristine slopes to whizz down, and the resort itself is bustling. Back at the residences, there are a host of top shared amenities to make the most of, including a pool, garage, and fitness center.
13. Destination: Geneva
With the glistening Lake at its heart, Geneva is a cosmopolitan city located on the far western shores, close to the border with France. One of the world’s richest metropolises and an upscale place to own real estate (properties for less than $1M are hard to come by), it is also an excellent starting point from which to explore the French and Swiss Alps.
What $1M can buy in the Swiss Alps near Geneva: Belle Epoque condo close to Montreux and Gstaad, $921,760
Space: 1 bedroom / 64 sqm
Price per sqm: $14,400
At the far eastern side of Lake Geneva close to picture-postcard Montreux is this one-bathroom waterfront apartment with spectacular panoramas. Contemporary and chic, the space boasts clean lines and crisp white décor, with the odd splash of color here and there. Transformed in 2010 by acclaimed architect Piotr Barelkowski, the space is located in Veytaux, slightly north of Château de Chillon. Available for sale to non-Swiss residents, the residence is just an hour from Gstaad and Verbier, a two-hour drive from Zermatt, and there are also ski resorts close by in Montreux. With the Swiss Alps one of the most expensive areas in the EU, this property is a real opportunity.
What $1M can buy in the French Alps near Geneva: Sophisticated apartment close in the 3 Valleys ski area, $907,864
Space: 2 bedrooms / 75 sqm
Price per sqm: $12,100
This stylish residence lies near the village of Megève, a popular ski destination favored by the wealthy, with its own airport. Close to the Italian and Swiss borders, the large chalet is divided into 14 and was designed with respect for traditional mountain structures. Inside, the open-plan flat is light, airy and modern, with characterful wooden flooring and beams. The property has skiing on its doorstep, and is also within easy reach of the 3 Valleys (Courchevel, Meribel, and Val Thorens) – a 600-kilometer network of runs. Towering Mont Blanc – the highest mountain in the Alps – lies to the east, with Lake Geneva 100 kilometers north.
14. Destination: Paris
What $1M can buy: A modern pied-à-terre in the 15th Arrondissement, $1,081,543
Space: 2 bedrooms / 80 sqm
Price per sqm: $13,500
In the Champ de Mars neighborhood of the French capital is this rare find, a peaceful fifth-floor apartment – a bright and airy one-bathroom space complete with a cellar. The residential location is on the Left Bank, close to Île aux Cygnes and Tour Montparnasse, one of the tallest structures in Paris. Just a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, the flat benefits from incredible views to the prestigious Passy district across the Seine. With one of the highest prices per square meter, by Parisian standards the property is rather friendly on the wallet – $1 million usually buys a one-bedroom home spanning just 55 square meters.
15. Destination: London
What $1M can buy: Contemporary design and superb amenities in one of London’s most prestigious residential developments, $1,098,514
Space: 1 bedroom / 54 sqm
Price per sqm: $20,340
Located just outside the Square Mile in the Royal Mint Gardens development, this contemporary eighth-floor apartment has one bathroom and boasts a sought-after E1 address just a few minutes from the Tower of London. With exceptional cityscape views, this is the most expensive destination per square meter – an exciting and rare find. Outstanding communal facilities range from a gym, pool and cinema, to courtyards and a concierge. Out and about, you’re close to St Katharine Docks, Wapping, and just a few minutes from the Thames and its riverside pathway.