It's hard not to feel just a little smug during your stay on Peter Island - 1,800 acres of unspoilt private-island loveliness with five pristine beaches.  Of the resort's 52 suites and villas, our favourite is the Crow's Nest villa.

Huddled high in the hills, it has four colourful bedrooms with wraparound views, a butler, and a chef who'll whip up any meal you can dream of. Wonderful.

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Zip straight to the enormous hilltop spa (space really is in abundance here), where the 10 treatment rooms have 180˚ views  of hammock-strung Big Reef Bay.

Forget gadgets and gimmicks - this is all about the power of touch. The fab spa specialises in Ayurvedic treatments to detoxify and rejuvenate, and the Abhyanga four-hand treatment is the Rolls-Royce of massages. As the name suggests, you have not one but two therapists working their magic as warm herbal oil is melted into the skin with a delightful combination of varying strokes and intuitive movements.

On a clear evening, it's worth taking a buggy ride to the highest point of the resort (it is steep!) to watch the sunset over the neighbouring islands. The staff will pack you a picnic - make sure to order the famous BVI cocktail of spicy ginger with zesty lemons, served on the rocks with rum.

WOW FACTOR: If money's no object, hire the whole island. The price - around £34,000 - includes a no-fly zone for total privacy.

GO: ITC Luxury Travel (www.itcluxurytravel.co.uk) offers seven nights from £1,689 per person. Includes flights and transfers.

FLIGHT TIME: 9 hours

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