Friday, 4 November 2011 5:00 PM
The schedule of an international cricketer is a gruelling one. Andrew Strauss' captaincy of the England test team takes him all round the world and to some of the most desirable locations on the planet.
When he picks somewhere for a holiday home, you know it's going to be pretty nice.
St Lucia sits just north of Barbados in the eastern-Caribbean and is one of the lesser known islands, but Strauss thinks that is something which should change.
He declared himself "delighted" with his purchase at Freedom Bay and looking at the pictures that is not much of a surprise.
Tropical green cliff faces fall steeply into the sea giving the island a stunning uncharted ambiance. You can imagine the faces of the early explorers as they made shore at St Lucia and stared up at the jagged green peaks.
Getting to and from St Lucia has become easier since 1502 – flights were recently increased to cover all seven days a week. No problems getting a flight for that gruelling test match calendar then.
There are 29 villas available for purchase at Freedom Bay and another 10 plots for custom builds, alongside around 150 rentable villas and apartments. An added bonus is that the site is located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, protecting the beautiful views from future development.
Unfortunately we can't guarantee you'll be living next to England's double Ashes winning captain but he's certainly investing some serious time in St Lucia – he's behind a new cricket academy on the island.
Strauss said: "Whilst touring, St Lucia became my favourite Caribbean island and I feel I can totally unwind and switch-off there. I hope my professional experience of the game will rub-off on the local community and give some of the young St Lucians a positive focus in their lives. I am ultimately hoping to cultivate a few more St Lucians to make the West Indies team!"
With pictures like this it's clear why Strauss picked St Lucia:
Pictures provided courtesy of Freedom Bay.