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Thanks to a recent revamp, this family-run gem is old-time glamour at its best - think sumptuous fabrics and whitewashed wood, all by the interior design gurus at Helen Green.

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There's a range of cool Plantation Suites, all with sea views and plunge pools - so gorgeously decadent, you won't want to abandon it for a second. However, when you do, there's so much more to see on the island; from exploring the flamboyant tropical flora at Hunte's Gardens, to lazy Sunday lunches at Fisherpond Plantation House (a real highlight). Then back to the beach you go, to fritter away the sun-soaked day, cocktail in hand. Follow this with a detox massage at the sensational spa, where essential oils cleanse the system and relax muscles - deliciously de-stressing. Finally, it's time for sundowners and a feast of barbecued jumbo prawns and carpaccio of tuna under the stars. Bliss.

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WOW FACTOR Take a private catamaran and snorkel among the wild turtles.

GO BA www.ba.com offers seven nights from £1,529 per person, B&B. Includes flights

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This is old-style Barbados elegance at its best. The family-owned Coral Reef Club is set in 12 acres of gardens and the feeling is laid-back but chic, with rooms designed in the traditional colonial style.

Scuba diving, jet skiing and waterskiing are all on offer, and the award-winning spa is renowned.

The elegant alfresco restaurant, with waves lapping the beach in front, fuses international cuisine with a Caribbean twist.

It's a little home from home in paradise.

Wow factor: You're on the west coast so the sunsets are spectacular; enjoy a cocktail from the bar as you watch it.

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