Over the last three decades, Engel & Volkers has made a worldwide name for itself as a specialist in selling and renting remarkable properties in especially beautiful locations. With more than 500 offices in 38 countries and on five continents, the company is an undisputed expert in exclusive vacation properties and second homes located in the globe's most idyllic places. This unique book presents a curated selection of exceptional homes that are ideal for leaving behind everyday life--for a week, a few months, or even a lifetime. Whether in a spacious villa, a modern townhouse, or a charming chalet, the utmost in comfort can be enjoyed by aesthetes, sports enthusiasts, and those seeking peace and tranquility. All within the midst of pristine coastal or mountain scenery, of course.