This exclusive retreat on perhaps the most private Caribbean island is a hit with the A-list who decamp here in their droves at Christmas - so if it's peace and privacy you're after, that isn't the time to go.

Situated on a gorgeous stretch of sand on the island's northwest coast, you'll be smitten from the moment you arrive. The rooms are big and airy, with cool colours, luxe lamps and plump cushions.

The exquisite French cuisine has a strong emphasis on local seafood, such as mahi-mahi and yellowfin tuna, matched with top, almost exclusively French, wines.

Hire a car and wind your way round the island's lush hills to other idyllic beaches and visit the capital Gustavia for history and designer shopping.

WOW FACTOR: The très chic one-bed Suites on the Beach, which give you 140sqm to play in and include a stone bathtub and an infinity plunge pool with 'we're in paradise' views across the sapphire sea.

FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours

WHEN TO GO: Winter, Spring

GO: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678 400 or visit www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk for more details or email bridesenquiries@turquoiseholidays.co.uk