Hermitage Bay, Antigua, Caribbean

Every now and then, you stumble across a location so enchanting it takes your breath away. Hermitage Bay is one of these. Its 17 pretty wooden cottages are stretched out among the luscious jungle on a knoll cascading down to a sun-kissed bay with a white powder beach.

Filled with the heady scent of frangipani and oleander, the Garden Spa has a slick treatment menu. Pick one of the seven Dorissima colour rituals, such as the green balancing heart chakra for dreamy self-indulgence - two hours of blissed-out body blitzing includes head-to-toe exfoliation with peppermint and Dead Sea salt, acupressure massage with warm ginger oil to soothe jangled nerves, and a delightful body wrap.


You'll emerge glowing, gorgeous and thoroughly in love with the place. The resort is all-inclusive, which means everything from champers at sunset to barbecue lobster, and don't leave without trying the juicy jerk shrimp with mango.


Rooms are bright and airy, with natural wood and crisp white walls and linen. Pick a hillside pool suite with dazzling panoramas of the glittering sea and jagged pitons - soul-stirring stuff.

WOW FACTOR: The sea is brimming with every type of tropical fish imaginable - book a boat trip and snorkel among schools of gigantic stingrays.

GO: Carrier (carrier.co.uk) offers seven nights from £3,210 per person, all-inclusive. Includes flights and transfers.

FLIGHT TIME: 8 hours