Obama heads for Hawaii for a break

Former President Obama is spending some of this cold March in Hawaii.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says he showed up at the restaurant Buzz's Lanikai in Kailua.

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The paper didn't mention if he was there with any guests - but the trip follows a string of post-presidency meetups with other elites, including U2 singer Bono, investor Warren Buffett and businessman Richard Branson.

Obama was born in Hawaii and spent much of his youth there.

Ten beautiful private villas in far-flung islands
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Ten beautiful private villas in far-flung islands

Why here? Once a simple fishing village, in recent years Kuta has transformed into a luxury paradise for holidaymakers wanting to chillax in Bali. Popular with sun worshippers and surfers, this gem of a place is littered with laid-back beach side cafes - the perfect spot to experience Bali's breathtaking sunsets.  

The brand new Villa Paradise in the town of Kerobokan seduces with its minimalist architecture, private pool and traditional Balinese style. Relax in the Jacuzzi or dine al fresco in the open-air BBQ area. The village setting offers privacy, while the excitement of Seminyak is just steps away with restaurants, beach bars, boutiques, shopping centres and local markets. Sleeps six in three bedrooms. From £174 per night.

Why go?  A jewel in the dazzling necklace that makes up this chain of islands, the charming isle of Bequia offers a combination of beautiful scenery, wonderful beaches and friendly people. At just seven square miles, Bequia is the second largest island of the Grenadines and is particularly popular among yachting fanatics.

Tropical Hideaway is a castle-like dwelling set on two acres of lush gardens in the private hillside Bequia Estate, with panoramic ocean views overlooking the famous Princess Margaret Beach. The brand new property incorporates a large, luxurious villa with two bedrooms, a separate, fully equipped pool house and two individual cottages. If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own island for a week, this is the next best thing. Sleeps 12 in four bedrooms. From £513 per night.

Why go? Iceland's largest city, and the world's' most northerly capital, Reykjavik is a colourful stamp on Iceland's coastline and is the prime location from which to explore this incredible island country. Thermal spas, deserted beaches, steaming volcanoes and Northern Lights displays are just a few of the highlights.

Reykjavik House is an architect-designed property that once won the prestigious title of ‘Most Beautiful Building in Reykjavik’. Equipped with a swimming pool, game room, fireplace and a balcony with a 360-degree scenic view, you’re sure to have a cosy stay at this property. Four bedrooms, sleeps eight, from £362 per night.

Why go? The turquoise lagoons and rich green mountains on this Pacific isle are just some of the things that combine to make a truly magical setting for a holiday. Honeymooners and romantics from around the world have laid claim to this rather special place, where the castle-like Otemanu pierces the sky above the crystal lagoon to create this extraordinary blissful environment. 

Bungalove is an authentic island abode sitting in a lagoon, surrounded by exotic greens and waterfalls. In the distance you'll see Bora Bora’s historic volcanoes and the vast Pacific Ocean. A secluded, intimate destination, you need two separate boat rides from the main village of Vaitape just to get you to the Bungalove. This is where to go if you really want to get away from it all.

Why go? The Germans keep this secret isle largely to themselves: Sylt is often bypassed by foreign tourists - but they're missing a trick. The largest of the North Frisian islands, Sylt is home to 40km of soft, sandy beaches that are rarely overcrowded. Perfect for watersports, with windsurfing, sailing and kiteboarding all offered in the area.

Haus zum Leuchttturm is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden. Out of the panoramic window you’ll have a view of the famed Kampen lighthouse. The property has three finished floors with multiple bedrooms, a fireplace and stunning kitchen. Three bedrooms, sleeps six, from £402 per night.

Why go? A small island just off the north coast of Panay in the Phillippines, Boracay is best know for White Beach  - aka 'the finest beach in the world'.  Most accommodation is within walking distance of the white sands and crystal clear waters. Previously a backpackers paradise, in recent years Borocay has grown in popularity and is now considered one of Asia's top tourist destinations.

This two-story cliff-side beach house is a spacious, modern villa with bright and open living spaces. Luscious gardens and tropical plants surround the exterior, while modern glass furnishings, white accents, large windows and porch balconies lighten up the interior. The bright blue sea, stunning sunrises, even the rising moon; the best views of Boracay can be enjoyed from the Miami White Villa property. Four bedrooms, sleeps eight. From £563 per night.

Why go? With its clear blue water and white sands, the Gili Islands represent a real paradise, especially for watersports fans: this is where you can experience some of the world's best snorkelling and diving (there are more than 25 dive sites on offer here). Don't miss the magical sunsets over Bali's Mt Agung.

Rich wood architecture both inside and out make the Gili Beach Villa a sight to behold. The property sits on a private beach widely considered as the best snorkeling area in the Gili Islands. A chef and maid are on hand for cooking and cleaning, plus bicycles to cycle into the center of town. Four bedrooms sleep eight. From £359 per night.

Why go? Fancy pretending you're in a James Bond movie? This is where you want to be! With more than one hundred islands to explore, French Polynesia is known for it's aqua waters, colourful beaches and coral reefs. 

This spacious property combines traditional architecture with modern comforts and wood accents indoors and out. Situated along a beautiful white sand beach, there are numerous land and water activities, with shops and restaurants nearby. There's a beautiful garden and outdoor terrace, with bedrooms accommodating up to 12. Four bedrooms, sleeps 12. From £549 per night.

Why here? Right in the middle of Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is a terrific spot to base yourself if you want to explre this incredible part of the world. Hamilton is one of the Whitsunday islands off the coast of Queensland, famous for their sugar-white beaches, beautiful coastline and deep blue waters. A perfect location for water sports and sailing. 

The Palms is a luxurious double-story home in the hills of Hamilton Island. A spacious abode perfect for large families, couples or groups travelling together, the Palms balances indoor entertainment with extravagant outdoor living. Multiple balconies, outdoor showers,wood floors, elegant furnishings and large windows give way to the Australian scenery.

Why here? The Platinum Coast is home to what are arguably the most beautiful beaches in Barbados. Think coral sands, calm clear waters, rum cocktails and glorious Caribbean sunshine.

An infinity pool, limestone terrace, granite architecture, glass walls and ceilings, open bedrooms and living spaces, awe-inspiring views, a personal chef and housekeeper, even the occasional monkey sighting  – the question with the Atelier House is: what doesn’t it have? The sunset views alone are worth the trip. Sleeps eight in four bedrooms. From £922 per night.


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