Rihanna, rum punch, powder-white sand - Barbados is famous for many things, which is what keeps the A-list returning to its Platinum Coast.

The sweeping beaches and azure seas are a magnet for luxury-loving couples, too, and the Colony Club has a fantastic beachfront location.

As the name suggests, the resort oozes old-school chic (mahogany beds, marble bathrooms and sunken baths) and its 96 rooms and suites lie dotted between lush tropical gardens and four lagoon pools. You can catch a water taxi to the club's sister hotels: you'll find first-class spa treatments at Tamarind and refined Italian food in Daphne's restaurant at The House.

The hotel can also arrange a private boat to take you out to the coral reef where you can swim with sea turtles.

WOW FACTOR: The hotel's out-of-this-world Lobster and Jazz evening at The Sunset Deck is an unmissable Thursday-night institution.

FLIGHT TIME: 9 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