Beachfront villa living on a Dubai island is usually associated with Palm Jumeirah and its fronds lined with a variety of property styles.
But if it is island living you crave (the Palm is an island of sorts), and you want to be located somewhere else, there is another option - and it doesn't involve heading all the way out into the sea to the World Islands where a boat (or ownership of a helicopter) is required to reach the mainland and civilisation.
The alternative is Pearl Jumeirah, the island made from reclaimed land close to Al Mina. It is best known for the Nikki Beach Resort where the young and fashionable come to party in the endless sunshine - its most recent celeb being Manchester United footballer Paul Pogba.
This isn't just a party island, though, as it also contains plots for a few hundred villas and scope for buyers to build their ideal beachfront abode.
One such property has just come on to the market and actually offers ideal surroundings after a long day, and night, of partying it up over at Nikki.
For this villa, priced at Dh25 million with LuxuryProperty.com, contains its own spa in the basement complete with a relaxation room, sauna, Jacuzzi and ambient lighting, plus a meditation and yoga room and aerobics studio. There's also a swimming pool so the pool party can be brought home and continued.
On the upper floors of the 12,500 sq ft property there are five bedrooms and a kitchen with another stand-out feature as it comes with what is known as a dumbwaiter. This is basically an elevator made for food rather than people, so preparations can be done in the heavy kitchen located in the basement and then sent directly up to the ground floor - ideal for parties or large family gatherings.
The overall design is a mix of classical and contemporary with two-storey Greek-style Doric columns standing at the main entrance, while the surrounding glass fence makes the villa visible to all, unless the owner wishes to utilise the hidden roller shades for some privacy.
The entrance foyer contains a domed stained-glass skylight and dramatic red and white chandelier. There's marble flooring throughout the main rooms and wooden elsewhere.
Another bonus is the unbroken views of the Dubai skyline and Burj Khalifa in particular.
"The island is home to the Nikki Beach resort, but is otherwise a blank canvas for new home buyers who want to purchase a plot and craft the home of their dreams,” said Nitin Dania, associate director at LuxuryProperty.com
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It said all market segments (luxury, affordable and budget) recorded higher transaction values on an annual basis in October.
Average selling prices across all segments climbed 3.8 per cent month-on-month to reach Dh1,315 per square foot.
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