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22 reasons to make Portugal your next holiday

1. The football

Portugal s unexpected victory at Euro 20161 will ignite interest in a sport that already enjoys semi-religious status across the country. There are bountiful opportunities to watch a game, but for something special head to Est dio Municipal de Braga, a stadium carved out of a rock.

Listen out for the phrase o jogo Ingl s , which means the English game and is used disparagingly to describe boring football.

22 Reasons To Make Portugal Your Next Holiday The beautiful game in beautiful surrounds at the Est dio Municipal de Braga Credit: GETTY

2. Lisbon s timeworn charm

Set against the ever-present backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, this dainty sun-kissed city lives in a Latin fairytale of timeworn manners and traditions, says Telegraph Travel s Lisbon expert, Guyan Mitra2. Check out the century-old wooden trams and iron funiculars that still lurch and rumble their way through the city. Or witness the best of this bygone heritage by wandering through the Baixa district, where age-old herbalists, haberdashers and tailors rub shoulders in the baroque streets of the ornate city centre.

22 Reasons To Make Portugal Your Next Holiday Portugal’s capital is a “Latin fairytale” according to our expert Credit: AP/FOTOLIA

3. Pretty Porto

With its medieval heart, contemporary buzz, magnificent gold-leaf-laced churches oh, and a rather nice signature tipple Portugal s second city merits a visit at any time, writes Telegraph Travel s Adrian Bridge3. Carved in two by the Douro river, downtown Porto has a faded sophistication, while the seaside suburbs have witnessed something of a renaissance in recent years, home as they are to a burgeoning collection of bars, restaurants and cafes, which offer an authentic slice of local life.

22 Reasons To Make Portugal Your Next Holiday Boats float on the Douro river, which wends through pretty Porto Credit: AP/FOTOLIA

4. The wine, of course

Portugal s national drink (port or porto) is ubiquitous across the country, particularly in its eponymous home. Any bar and restaurant worth its salt will sell the fortified wine, but for larger quantities head to one of Portugal s plentiful off-licences, which sell anything from dusty, 100-year-old bottles worth ‘ 1,000, to more affordable vintages.

22 Reasons To Make Portugal Your Next Holiday Barrells are stacked up in one of Porto’s many subterranean wine cellars Credit: AP/FOTOLIA

5. The Harry Potter connection

JK Rowling used to teach English in Porto back in the 1990s and was a regular at the Livraria Lello bookstore, which is one of the most famous shops in the city. Apparently, its decorative bookcases, carved wooden ceilings and lavish staircases inspired the Hogwarts Library in her Harry Potter books.

6. Freshly-baked pastel de natas

Nowhere does custard tarts (or pastel de natas, as they re called here) quite like Portugal. And perhaps nowhere in Portugal does them as well as Pasteis de Bel m in Lisbon, which is why queues for the sweet, rich and perfectly crisp tarts often stretch along the pavement.

22 Reasons To Make Portugal Your Next Holiday These custard tarts are probably reason enough to pay Portugal a visit Credit: AP/FOTOLIA

7. The weather

Perched on the western edge of Europe, Lisbon is the continent s sunniest capital city, boasting an average of 2,799 hours of sunshine a year, pipping Athens4, which has 2,771 hours of sun a year, to the post.

8. It has Madeira

Madeira is not Ibiza. It attracts a more mature clientele, and raving is limited to enthusing about the island s dramatic scenery and botanical wonders, writes Telegraph Travels destinations expert, Gavin Bell5.

Bell was particularly enthused by the island s cornucopia of fine food and wine, plus the landscapes which he said could be dreamt up by JRR Tolkien .

9. Your pound goes further

Brexit might be hitting our wallets, but Portugal is softening the blow. Yes, it takes the euro, but the country remains one of the most affordable destinations on the Continent, offering visitors the elegance of Western Europe for Eastern European prices. In fact, in its last Discount Holidays © Holiday Costs survey, Post Office Travel Money declared Portugal the second best value destination for a European getaway, after Bulgaria.

Pound performing well6

10. This bridge

Located in Lisbon, this record-breaking structure is named after the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama.

22 Reasons To Make Portugal Your Next Holiday At 10.7 miles, the Vasco de Gama Bridge is Europe’s longest Credit: AP/FOTOLIA

11. You can whack people with mallets

St John s Day (June 23) is celebrated with gusto in Porto, which commemorates the saint with church services, all-night parties and, weirdly, inflatable mallets, which are used to club fellow revellers with.

12. The beaches are exquisite

Portugal s exquisite coastline, reliable weather and fine seaside resorts make it one of Europe s best destinations for a beach break7.

Europe’s 52 best secret beaches8

13. The waves, man

Thanks to the rolling swell of the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is one of Europe s best surfing destinations with a wave for every ability. Best of all the breaks are relatively uncrowded.

22 Reasons To Make Portugal Your Next HolidaySurfer stuns crowd on huge wave in Portugal Play! 00:57

14. It boasts Europe s answer to Hawaii

Floating in the Atlantic Ocean, some 850 miles from mainland Portugal, the Azores islands were described as the Hawaii of the Atlantic9 by Telegraph Travel s Chris Leadbeater. They are lost in deep seas; steep-sided, beautiful, wild, he wrote. This is not to say the weather matches the glow of Pacific America cloud and rain dog the Azores as much as sunshine but such climactic inconstancy only adds to the aesthetic. Every day is different.

22 Reasons To Make Portugal Your Next Holiday The Azores is one of the best spots in Europe to go whale watching Credit: AP/FOTOLIA

15. Its secret cities

Everyone has heard of Lisbon and Porto, but how about Guimar es, Tavira and Sintra10? If those names don t ring any bells you re missing out on an opportunity to discover what Portuguese cities were like before the tourists arrived.

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16. Opulent hotels abound

And because money goes further in Portugal, a luxury stay is refreshingly affordable.

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17. The nightlife

From the thronging streets of Lisbon and Porto to the pumping seaside resorts of the Algarve, Portugal s love for a night on the tiles is no secret. Less known, however, is the country s growing affection for Afro-house, which is being imported from Africa like its going out of fashion. The genre has found fertile ground in Lisbon s vivacious clubbing scene, but it s poised to spread across the country.

18. Fado bars

At the core of Portugal’s musical tradition is the distinctive song form, fado literally “fate” which is predominantly slow, resigned and melancholy in character. The music is lyrical, soulful and accompanied by guitars the Spanish-style guitar known in Portuguese as viola and the Portuguese pear-shaped guitarra. To catch a live performance drop into one of the country s wonderful fado houses.

22 Reasons To Make Portugal Your Next Holiday The haunting melodies of Fado will stay with you long after you’ve left Portugal Credit: ALAMY

19. It s home to Europe s most underrated river

The Douro might not conjure the imagery of the Seine or even the Thames, but it s comfortably one of the most beautiful waterways in Europe, as it snakes through vineyards, bucolic villages and Porto, where it is spanned by the city s iconic iron bridge.

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20. There s a chapel made from bones

The interior of the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) in Evora14 is, rather morbidly, decorated with human skulls and bones from some 5,000 corpses. The chapel was built by a Franciscan monk in the 16th century, who wanted to remind worshippers that life is transitory.

21. It has one of Europe s best pools

The Le a Swimming Pool complex, designed by the eminent Portuguese architect, Alvaro Siza, is one the Continent s best bathing spots. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Le a da Palmeira, near Porto, its saltwater swimming pools are carved into the rugged shore and are popular with architecture aficionados as well as bathers.

22. It s home to Serralves

The most visited museum in Portugal, Serralves is also one of Europe s most influential contemporary arts museums. Located in Porto, this wonderful exhibition space sits in manicured gardens, which are scattered with works from the likes of Richard Serra and Claes Oldenburg.

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  3. ^ writes Telegraph Travel s Adrian Bridge (www.discountholidays.info)
  4. ^ Athens (www.discountholidays.info)
  5. ^ writes Telegraph Travels destinations expert, Gavin Bell (www.discountholidays.info)
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Supersize your holiday: From the 7,351-room Malaysian behemoth to the 62-acre Hawaiian resort that guests traverse by boat, these hotels make a VERY…

  • Properties in the likes of Las Vegas, Dubai and Thailand boast thousands of rooms and sprawling grounds
  • The First World Hotel in Malaysia has 7,351 rooms and Thailand’s Ambassador City is situated on 40-acres of land
  • The gigantic Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii offers an online map and tour prior to arrival to reduce confusion

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The new Harmony of the Seas cruise ship is so big that guests need GPS-style wristbands to navigate it – but it’s not the only gargantuan place tourists can spend the night.

These hotels are similarly huge, with venues in Las Vegas, Dubai and Thailand boasting thousands of rooms and featuring private theme parks, waterways and beaches. From the 7,351-room hotel that where guests need a ticket to check in to the resort that’s traversed by way of boats and canals, MailOnline Travel has rounded up a selection of the world’s largest hotels, where even those with the best sense of direction may be left a little lost.

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Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii

The gigantic Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii offers an online map and tour prior to arrival in a bid to reduce confusion

The exclusive 62 acre ocean-front venue sits on the Kohala Coast and features tropical gardens, exotic wildlife and waterways, on which boats transfer tourists around the resort

With two championship golf courses, eight tennis courts, a 175ft water slide and an interactive dolphin encounter centre, it’s no wonder that the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii offers an online map and tour prior to each guests’ trip. The exclusive 62 acre ocean-front resort sits on the Kohala Coast and features tropical gardens, waterways, exotic wildlife and three swimming pools which the resort encourages guests to explore online first before they even arrive.

These online virtual tours allow guests to get a glimpse of the 1,240 guest rooms and suites, the lagoon, which is home to the resident turtles and fish and the long walkways which connect the hotels three towers, also known as the museum walk . The internet-based map points out everything on the site from the best WiFi hotspots to the 14 restaurants.

Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

Staff at the Stratosphere Hotel hand out maps to guide guests around the hotel which has a 24-hour fitness centre, a full sized theatre with headliner shows, a shopping mall and even an outside cafe

Upon arrival at the 2427-room, Stratosphere Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas guests are given maps to guide theme around the enormous site, as well as the 80,000-square-foot casino. The hotel is so large that it is also home to the highest free-standing observation tower in the US, three thrill rides, the Sky Jump – which is the highest controlled free-fall in the world- a wedding chapel, the 360 degree rotating ‘Top of the World’ restaurant, bars and a pizzeria.

The map guides guests around the hotel which also has a 24-hour fitness centre, a full-sized theatre with headliner shows, a shopping mall and even an outside cafe.

Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah, which features two grand boutique hotels – the Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Mina A Salam – and is set to open a third, Jumeirah Al Naseem, in summer 2016

Madinat Jumeirah is so large that it provides small Abra boats which are used – as well as golf buggies – to transport guests around the resort

Forget taxis, this resort has chauffeur-driven boats to transfer you around the 40 hectare hotel grounds on 3km waterways. The site, which features two grand boutique hotels – the Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Mina A Salam – and is set to open a third, Jumeirah Al Naseem in summer 2016, is the largest resort in the emirate. Mina A Salam has 292 rooms and suites while Al Qasr has 294 rooms and suites. The resort houses 40 restaurants and bars as well as two ballrooms and 36 traditional summer houses and villas.

Madinat Jumeirah is so large that it also provides small Abra boats which are used – as well as golf buggies – to transport guests around the resort, which is built surrounding water.

Ambassador City, Thailand

The Ambassador City Hotel separates each of its wings with a colour-coded theme to help guests get around the venue without an issue

Situated on 40-acres of land in Pattaya, Thailand, the Ambassador City Hotel has an enormous 4,210 guest rooms – and is so sprawling that the creators separated the venue into four colour-coded wings. Each of the hotel’s wings sport their own theme to make it easier for guests to find their way around the venue which boasts panoramic seafront views and a close destination to the famous Pattaya Floating Market. With four swimming pools, an oyster bar and a cocktail lounge, the venue only around 35 per night.

Venetian and The Palazzo, Las Vegas

The 475-foot Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas is the currently world’s largest hotel, 36 stories, 4,049 suites and 4,059 rooms

Many of the world’s largest hotels are currently situated in Las Vegas, including the Venetian and The Palazzo, which is currently the world’s second largest hotel with 7,117 rooms. With 4,049 suites and 4,059 rooms, the two-tower hotel is 36 stories and is 475 feet high and known for its singing gondoliers. As well as an enormous number of rooms, the breath-taking US property is also home to a casino, spa, several restaurants and even two nightclubs.

First World Hotel, Malaysia

The First World Hotel houses a 500,000 sq feet indoor theme park, a shopping mall and lots of dining stops, with 11 restaurants

By room number, The First World Hotel in Genting Highlands, Malaysia, was offically the world’s largest hotel in 2015. It is so large that it hosts a ticket system which sees holidaymakers taking a number and queuing in order to check in. With 7,351 rooms and suites, the colourful hotel is as imposing as it is enchanting. The property houses a 500,000-square-foot indoor theme park, a shopping mall and a plethora of dining stops, with 11 restaurants.

SAUDI ARABIA REVEALS PLANS FOR WORLD’S LARGEST HOTEL TO CATER FOR MUSLIMS ON PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA

Plans to build the world’s largest hotel were unveiled in 2015 and state that the property could be open as early as 2017. The Abraj Kudai, will be located in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, a city visited each year more than 15million Muslims. With twelve 44-story towers containing 10,000 rooms, the hotel, which is being created by multi-national design group Dar Al Handasah will have a total area of 4.6 million square feet.

With twelve 44-story towers containing 10,000 rooms the project due to open in 2017 costs 2.25billion and will cater to pilgrim tourism

Work began on the 2.25billion project, which will feature 70 restaurants, multiple helipads, whole floors devoted to royalty and one of the largest domes in the world, last year according to reports by design website designMENA. Ten of the towers will cater for four-star guests, while the remaining two will offer luxurious five-star amenities. On its website, Dar Al Handasah states: ‘With a total site area of approximately 60,000 m and total built-up area of around 1.4 million m , the project is a residential and commercial complex that consists of a large podium topped by 12 towers accommodating several elements such as a podium housing a bus station, a shopping mall, restaurants and food courts, a convention centre and car parks.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

The enormous Marina Bay Sands resort, which employs a staggering 9,500 people, sits between two highways in busy Singapore

Perched on the edge of the bay, from a distance, you’d be forgiven if you mistook this hotel for a towering cruise ship at 650ft high. The Marina Bay Sands resort, which employs a staggering 9,500 people, sits between two highways in busy Singapore. Tourists flock to the destination to enjoy its decadent casino, world class museum, restaurants, shops and concerts.

Handing out an average of 36,000 room keys a month, the 2,561 room hotel features a rooftop infinity pool and some suites that even come with their own butler and private gym. The staff alone at the venue consume an enormous 826kg of rice, 1200kg of protein and meat and 1499kg of vegetables a day, the equivalent to the weight of a female Asian elephant.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, Jordan

Guests at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea hotel are treated to first-class airport transfers in a chauffeur driven vehicle as well as a 24 hour concierge service that claims to cater for every need

The stunning endless venue is set among miles of palm trees and olive groves and has nine pools as well as a panoramic sea view a the rear of the hotel

Benefited by the longest private beach in Jordan the sprawling five-star Kempinski hotel with 345 rooms sits on acres of ground and boasts an enormous nine freshwater pools as well as a spa which offers both traditional Thai massages and hammam sessions.

Guests are treated to airport transfers in a chauffeur driven vehicle as well as a 24 hour concierge service that claims to cater for every whim, whether it is advice on maximising the Dead Sea experience or something much more far fetched.

The expansive accommodation is set among miles of palm trees and olive groves and offers a panoramic sea view a the rear of the hotel.

WORLD’S LARGEST CRUISE SHIP IS SO BIG GUESTS USE GPS TO FIND ROOMS

Giant: Weighing 227,000 tons and 124ft longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall – Harmony Of The Seas is the largest cruise ship ever to set sail

She is a true leviathan of the oceans. Weighing in at 227,000 tons and 124ft longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall the new Harmony Of The Seas is the largest cruise ship ever to set sail.

The awesome vessel which set out on its maiden trial voyage in March is so vast it even houses a scaled down version of New York s Central Park within its 18 decks complete with 10,587 plants and 52 trees up to 20ft tall. An astonishing feat of engineering, built at a cost more than 800million, Harmony Of The Seas pulled slowly out of Saint-Nazaire in France, where she was built, with no fewer than three pilots on board specially trained on computer simulators to guide her through the difficult manoeuvres needed to exit the estuary. Such is the scale of the quarter-of-a-mile long Royal Caribbean International ship, when its first 6,000 passengers board in Southampton in May they will be issued with GPS-style wrist trackers so they won t get lost in her labyrinthine interiors.

Richard Branson’s Moroccan paradise and Mark Zuckerberg’s Hawaiian escape: The jaw-dropping holiday retreats of the world’s billionaires

  • Michael Dell heads to his ‘Raptor Residence’ in Hawaii, thought to be worth a whopping 43.8million
  • Fans of Keeping up with the Kardashians may recognise the Santa Barbara Discount Holidays © holiday home of billionaire Eric Schmidt
  • The 1926 Spanish Colonial mansion was used as a backdrop for Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ wedding

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Billionaires live a cocooned life, so what are the houses like that they escape to for even more luxurious rest and relaxation?

Unsurprisingly, they re incredibly impressive.

CEO Michael Dell, for example, heads to his ‘Raptor Residence’ in Hawaii which has been appraised by local publications to be worth a whopping $62million ( 43.8million).

And fans of Keeping up with the Kardashians may recognise the Santa Barbara Discount Holidays © holiday home of executive chairman of Alphabet Inc, Eric Schmidt.

The lavish 1926 Spanish colonial mansion, which was reportedly bought from Ellen DeGeneres for $20million ( 14million) in 2007, was used as a backdrop for Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ wedding.

While the properties may be spectacular and out of the reach of mere mortals, there are often cheaper alternatives nearby.

So the next time you jet away on holiday, look out for the world’s biggest moguls who could be sharing the same priceless sunsets from their exclusive slice of paradise.

Bill Gates’ Equestrian Estate in Rancho Santa Fe, California

When Bill Gates isn’t in his 50,000-square-foot home overlooking Lake Washington, he holidays at his home in his equestrian estate in Rancho Santa Fe, California (pictured)

Bill Gates’ 200-acre ranch features a guest house, office, four barns, a mile-long racetrack, and sprawling fields

Although Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has a busy schedule criss-crossing the globe, his base is a 50,000-square-foot home overlooking Lake Washington. When he isn’t spending time here, he has the option of visiting any of the numerous properties that he owns around the country. These include the $18million ( 12.7million) horse farm Rancho Paseana in the San Diego area which he bought from weight-loss guru Jenny Craig.

The 200-acre ranch1 features a guest house, office, four barns, a mile-long racetrack, and sprawling fields.

Richard Branson’s Moroccan house

Stunning scenery: A view of Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco, which sits 4,300 feet above sea level, as the sun sets behind the magnate’s giant infinity pool

Book through Better Late Luxury and you can stay in a superior room for 345 a night. Enjoy the outdoor cinema (left) or swim in the ‘reflecting’ pool (right)

Richard Branson has many famous Discount Holidays © holiday homes that you can rent out around the world including his famous Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. He is pictured here being filmed for the TV programme ‘Billionaire’s Paradise: Inside Necker Island’

Richard Branson has a string of luxury rentals that he stays at and rents out around the world, including his famous Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands and the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa. One of his most breathtaking business ventures is Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco. As well as making space for Branson twice a year, the renovated riad, tucked 4,300 feet above sea level in the Atlas mountains, has 27 rooms which anyone can book into, to Discount Holidays © holiday like a billionaire.

The property has an infinity pool, sauna, multiple jacuzzis, a tennis court, ping pong table gym and outdoor cinema. Or guests can go for a ride on one of Branson’s four mules – Peppermint, Parmesean, Paprika and Peanut – who live in a menagerie with three donkeys and two camels. The grounds are extensive, with courtyards and landscaped gardens. Every room is filled with antiques and holidaymakers can book into one of nine Berber tented suites. These are traditional style luxury tented rooms overlooking a valley below.

Each has a king bed, terrace, view of Mount Toubkal, the Atlas’ highest peak, and most come with a Jacuzzi.

Larry Ellison’s Malibu mansion

No one would be surprised to learn that the world’s seventh richest man, Larry Ellison, has an impressive real estate portfolio including a pad (right) along Malibu’s Carbon Beach, one of the most exclusive enclaves in the world

One of Ellison’s previous yacht was the Rising Sun (pictured), which he sold to David Geffen. He is said to now own the 288ft Feadship motor yacht Musashi

No one would be surprised to learn that the world’s seventh richest man, Larry Ellison, has an impressive real estate portfolio as part of his net worth of $47.6bn ( 33.2bn). Among his many properties, the Oracle creator owns a pad along Malibu’s Carbon Beach, one of the most exclusive enclaves in the world. This Michael Graves-designed mansion was purchased for $36.944million ( 26.1million) from former Yahoo CEO Terry Semel in 2012.

The 10,317-square-foot beach house comes with nine bedrooms and 13 bathrooms. And if he ever gets bored, he can hop onto one of his yachts. According to SuperYachtFan2 Ellison currently owns the 288ft Feadship motor yacht Musashi which has five decks and nine cabins so there is space to travel with friends or family. The vessel has two power boats stored on its stern that can convert into a basketball court when the boats are put into the ocean.

Mark Zuckerberg s Hawaiian escape

Despite being worth a whopping $47.7billion ( 33.3billion) according to Forbes, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg (left) enjoys pleasures such as sampling local burgers and smoothies and surfing when he visits his Hawaiian Discount Holidays © holiday home on Kauai (right)

Despite being worth a whopping $47.7billion ( 33.3billion), according to Forbes, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg enjoys simple pleasures such as sampling local burgers and smoothies and surfing when he visits his Hawaiian Discount Holidays © holiday home. In 2014, the tech guru forked out for a 750-acre property on the island of Kauai for a staggering $100million ( 70.6million). In addition to this, Zuckerberg snapped up the two neighbouring plots of land including a stake in the 393-acre Pila a Beach which came with its own white-sand stretch.

Michael Bloomberg’s London house

When the New York former mayor Michael Bloomberg wishes to escape, he heads for his historic house in London

Michael Bloomberg (right) reportedly put down $26million ( 17million) for a seven-bedroom house (left) which bears a famous blue plaque denoting its historical significance

When the New York former mayor Michael Bloomberg wishes to escape, he heads for his historic house in London. He reportedly put down $26million ( 17million) for the seven-bedroom house which bears a famous blue plaque denoting its historical significance. The plaque details that one of its former inhabitants was author Mary Ann Evans, who went by the alias George Eliot.

Eric Schmidt’s Montecito estate

The lavish 1926 Spanish Colonial mansion, which was reportedly bought from Ellen DeGeneres for $20million ( 14million) in 2007, was used as a backdrop for Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ wedding

When former Google CEO Schmidt is not residing in his other Californian home in Atherton, he can found in the four-acre property which boasts fountains and a 1,300-square-foot master suite

Fans of Keeping up with the Kardashians may recognise this Santa Barbara Discount Holidays © holiday home of executive chairman of Alphabet Inc, Eric Schmidt. The lavish 1926 Spanish Colonial mansion, which was reportedly bought from Ellen DeGeneres for $20million ( 14million) in 2007, was used as a backdrop for Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ wedding.

When former Google CEO Schmidt is not residing in his other Californian home in Atherton, he can found in the four-acre property which boasts fountains and a 1,300-square-foot master suite.

Yuri Milner’s French-chateau-style mansion in LA

Yuri Milner’s $100million ( 70.6million) French-chateau-style mansion sits in Silicon Valley, where the investor in Facebook, Zynga, Twitter, Spotify, ZocDoc and Groupon rests his head when in the area

The Russian investor purchased the extravagant estate in March 2011, when it was one of the most expensive real estate sales in the entire country

The home (right), which was reportedly not even on the market when Yuri Milner (left) bought it, is now valued to be worth only $50million ( 35million)

Yuri Milner’s $100million ( 70.6million) French-chateau-style mansion is in Silicon Valley, where the investor in Facebook, Zynga, Twitter, Spotify, ZocDoc and Groupon rests his head when in the area. The Russian businessman purchased the extravagant grounds in March 2011, when it was one of the most expensive real estate sales in the entire country.

The home, which was reportedly not even on the market when he bought it, is now valued to be worth only $50million ( 35million). The 30,0-square-foot home has five bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a ballroom, wine cellar and home theatre.

Bernard Arnault’s Courchevel resort

Frenchman Bernard Arnault who has a hand in Dom Perignon, Luis Vuitton and Hermes knows how to enjoy the finer things in life. For winter pursuits, Arnault is well set, owning the luxury hotel Cheval Blanc in the chic ski resort of Courchevel

Until recently Bernard Arnault (pictured) owned a superyacht called Amadeus which could often be seen floating off the Cote d’Azur. He even hosted Tony and Cherie Blair on board in 2007

Frenchman Bernard Arnault who is the chairman of LVMH and has a hand in Dom Perignon, Luis Vuitton and Hermes, certainly knows how to enjoy the finer things in life. Until recently he owned a superyacht called Amadeus which could often be seen floating off the Cote d’Azur.

He even hosted Tony and Cherie Blair on the vessel in 2007 and Bono was once invited on board for a sunbathe. For winter pursuits, Arnault is well set, with LVMH owning the luxury hotel Cheval Blanc in the chic ski resort of Courchevel. Or if he is seeking the sun he can head to the indulgent retreat in the Maldives, Cheval Blanc Randheli.

Michael Dell’s Hawaiian sanctuary

Michael Dell, who founded Dell computers, primarily lives in a modern ‘castle’ in Austin, Texas. When he’s in the mood for a getaway, he jets off to his ‘Raptor Residence’

Situated in a private community on the Big Island, Michael Dell’s (right) home (left) has seven bedrooms and has been appraised by local publications to be worth a whopping $62million ( 43.8million)

What do you do when one house isn’t enough? If you are CEO Michael Dell, you merge three premier listings to create one super estate.

‘Raptor Residence’ in Hawaii is a 4.3 acre haven which boasts 23 rooms over 18,500-square-feet of living space.

Situated in a private community on the Big Island, the home has seven bedrooms and has been appraised by local publications to be worth a whopping $62million ( 43.8million).

References

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  2. ^ SuperYachtFan (www.superyachtfan.com)

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