Private Islands for Rent

Around the world, the owners of private islands have chosen to rent out their properties, delightfully fulfilling many childhood fantasies in the process. After seven years of research we have compiled a list of thirty exceptional islands, each of which is well worth the trip for just a few days, a week or even longer.

Whether a tropical island in the Pacific, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, or the Indian Ocean, a lighthouse on the coast of Croatia, Norway or France, or an island in a lake in Canada or the United States, these places are not just the incarnation of a multimillionaire’s dream.

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Secret Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Discover the historic location of Rembrandt’s famous « Night Watch », the origin of the invention of cognac; homage to prostitutes; decypher facade stones; make love quite legally in the open air ; visit magnificent interior courtyards; ski in the heart of the town, or become an adept of « boat-in » – the Amsterdam version of « drive-in » – and eat a pizza in your own boat.
Away from the crowds and the stereotypes, Amsterdam still keeps her treasures so well hidden that they only reveal themselves to the inhabitants and to travellers who know how to wander off the beaten track.
An indispensable guide for those who think they know the Netherlands capital well or for those who want to discover the other face of the town.

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Secret Barcelona

The secrets of Gaudí and the Sagrada Família, a taxi-ride in the nude, a fantastic model railway network below the central station, a mysterious hand, an extraordinary dissection hall, an unsuspected anti-aircraft shelter, a deadly kiss, a museum in the back shop, some very special toilets, romance in love hotels or helicopters, ants and scorpions on the menu.

Night and day, Barcelona only reveals its secrets to those residents and visitors who know how to stray off the beaten track. But you have to know where to look.

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Barcelona well, or who would like to discover the hidden face of the city.

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Secret Bars and Restaurants in Paris

Dine in the home of a perfect stranger, enjoy your meal on an extraordinary, little-known terrace looking out on the Parc de Monceau, eat lunch at a restaurant that’s totally invisible from the street, have a drink at a bar next to a man taking a shower in a glass box, join a band of artistic squatters for an afternoon barbecue, visit a Royalist bar, catch up with a moveable feast, get unbeatable value for money at a hostelry school, and experience numerous other timeless venues and atmospheres….
Beyond the traditional Parisian restaurant, the French capital is full of wonderful unusual places.

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Secret Belfast

Discover how the city stood up against the evils of the slave trade, admire its stunning art deco facades, unearth beautiful stained-glass windows by an accomplished yet little-known female artist, take to the windy coastal paths just out of town and peak into caves where smugglers once hid their loot, visit the humble cottage of an American president, uncover the mysteries of Bronze Age burial grounds and Stone Age forts, squeeze down a secret underground tunnel or take a boat ride to see the city’s seal colony, visit the place where Marconi sent his first wireless signal across the waves, go to a cinema shaped like a ship …

Small, yet bursting with history and mystery, Belfast, far from the crowds and the usual clichés, is a reserve of well-concealed treasures that only reveal themselves to those who know how to wander off the beaten track, whether residents or visitors. An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Belfast well, or who would like to discover the hidden face of the city.

Dr Kathy Curran grew up in south Belfast, and later studied Common and Civil Law (with French) at Queen’s University. She then headed to England to pursue a Masters and Doctorate in criminology at the University of Cambridge.  As a criminologist, she loves travelling, exploring, and unearthing gritty stories and tales. She is happiest pottering around ancient graveyards, former prisons and always tries to fit in a trip to a crime museum when on holiday.

Lorenza Bacino is a freelance journalist and travel writer. She is a former radio broadcaster and has also worked as a language teacher, translator and editor. She is usually busy thinking about where to travel to next. Interests and hobbies include books, film and art. Her family would say she needs to improve her cooking skills. Lorenza tends to agree.

 

Pages: 224 – ISBN: 978-2-36195-263-1 – Price: $21,95 – €17,95 – £13,99

 

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