If your idea of luxury consists more of simple pleasures (think serenity and scenery) than solid gold taps, head to Guana Island. Surrounded by crystal-clear water, it has 850 acres of lush landscape and seven beaches for just 32 guests at any one time - so you really will feel like you're on your own private island. The hotel's total privacy attracts a celebrity clientele, most of whom favour North Beach Villa, which sits on its own shoreline. The other three whitewashed villas are dotted along the opposite hillside.

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Guana is also home to endangered species such as the West Indian manatee, which you may spot wallowing in the shallows. There's wi-fi, but no TV; however, open-air movie nights are held in the idyllic 'Garden of Eden' where you can also take yoga classes during the day. The menu is based on fresh food grown on the island and served in the orchard at candlelit tables. Since you'll be on a first-name basis with staff, ask them to arrange a castaway picnic or a massage with guava oils at the 'spa'. No ornate furnishings here; just a breezy cabaña on soft white sands.

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WOW FACTOR The four sprawling villas all come with their own pools. For stunning 360-degree views from your roof terrace, pick the Upper Grenada cottage.

GO A villa costs from £2,499 per person for seven nights, full board www.guana.com; Virgin Atlantic www.virgin-atlantic.com return flights to Antigua start at £590     

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