Of the 700 islands in the Bahamian archipelago, Harbour Island was once known as the prime place to hide pirate booty, and it still has that secret, hideaway feel.

Yet this was the first Bahamian island with formal streets and houses built along the dock. They're still standing, painted pink and mint-green reflecting the lushness and colour of an island rich with sugar cane, watermelon, bananas and avocados.

Coral Sands, on the east of the island, has one small, jaunty block of bright rooms, and a series of more expensive little cottages set back from the sand on grassy terraces.

Head to the hotel beach in time for dusk, where fires are lit and the incomparable Bahamian sun goes down in all its glory…

WOW FACTOR: The super-chilled vibe. Lunch?' asked the barman, sliding us a menu. 'Lunch?!' we asked. Neither of us - delightedly - had any idea what time of day it was.

FLIGHT TIME: 10 hours.

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