Unlike other high-end resorts On St Lucia, Cap Maison is privately owned (the family spend winter at the hotel, which is open all year round), so it feels more like a home.

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No troublesome check-in here - you're greeted with champagne and taken straight to your room. Living spaces are ample, with fully fitted kitchens, huge bedrooms, and  a private pool on your terrace.

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Despite the French-sounding name, Cap Maison's style is more chic Spanish Caribbean, with a hacienda-like setting of elaborate arches, fountains and courtyards. The beach, a secluded cove, feels like a secret hideaway with powdery white sand and unspoilt horizon views.

You'll find The Naked Fisherman Beach Bar & Grill here, too, serving the best rum punch on the island, with just-caught fish and juicy burgers.

WOW FACTOR: At The Cliff at Cap restaurant, champagne arrives by zip-wire.

GO: The Turquoise Holiday Company (www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk) offers seven nights from £2,085 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers.

FLIGHT TIME: 9 hours
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