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It may be cold in our London HQ, but we're dreaming of sunnier climes. So, to save you the trouble, we've searched through the archives and rounded up seven of our must-visit exotic homes - enough to thaw even the most frozen among you.

1 - Underrated Uruguay

Sandwiched between Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay is something of a Latin American underdog where luxury travel is concerned, but you shouldn't discount it. Especially not if you can bag a swap to this stunning villa in José Ignacio; perfect for enjoying the tranquillity of a destination undiscovered by tourists.

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2 - More to Mexico

Mexico has a reputation for throwing a mean party, but it also has plenty else to offer, especially for nature-lovers. Puerto Vallarta, where you'll find this 'Architectural Digest' featured villa, has one of the longest bays in the Mexico. Perfect for a moonlight walk.

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3 - Discover Dikwella

The Indian Ocean is home to paradise islands including Mauritius and The Seychelles. But if you prefer your dramatic ocean views with a side of culture, check out this villa swap in Dikwella, home to Sri Lanka's largest seated Buddha statue, among other cultural pursuits.

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4 - Sun, sea and surf in St Lucia

The West Indies is about as exotic as they come, with white sand beaches, clear blue waters and lush green mountains. You can find all of this (and more) in St Lucia and if you're looking for a room with a view, it doesn't get much better than this seafront home in Castries.

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5 - 'The Queen of the Caribbean'

For a taste of the real island life, you can head to St Kitts and Nevis, the smallest sovereign state in the Americas and seventh smallest country in the world. It's also home to this beautiful beach house on Zenith Nevis, also known as 'The Queen of the Caribbean'.

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6 - Beyond Bali

Anyone who's been to Bali (or who's read 'Eat, Pray, Love'), knows it's a veritable paradise, but it isn't all Indonesia has to offer. Sulawesi has an incredible marine preserve, perfect for divers and snorkelers, with a string of luxury villas, including this one, along its waters.

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7 - Make the most of Marrakesh

For Europeans, Morocco is a great way to get some exotic luxury without travelling too far. For all of the benefits of this bustling city with a tranquil place to rest your head, this private home, just 15 minutes from the centre of Marrakesh, ticks all the boxes.

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