LE SERENO ST. BARTS, CARIBBEAN
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This brand-new beachfront hotel epitomises the glamour of St. Barts. Parisian interiors guru Christian Liaigre – who’s spruced up properties for the likes of fashion bigwigs Karl Lagerfeld and Calvin Klein – is the minimalism lover behind the understated luxe of all 36 suites and three villas. Stark walls, dark wood floors and clean lines are very much the order of the day. Sumptuous modern comforts, however, have not been spared – there’s a huge walk-in shower and freestanding bath in your open-plan bathroom, plasma TV, wi-fi, 24-hour butlers and a VIP ‘meet-and-greet’ service at St. Maarten airport (exclusive to Le Sereno).
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Oh, and the supersize bed certainly deserves a gong for Best. Sleep. Ever. Want more? Head to the open-air spa, where the only things standing between your modesty and the lapping waves of the ocean are some sweeping tulle drapes and carefully planted palm trees. And pack wisely. Chic swimwear is de rigueur if you find yourself on a sun lounger next to St. Barts fan Beyoncé.
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Take a cruise around the island on a catamaran from Jicky Marine Service (they’re based in Gustavia), with a glass of Champagne in hand, and enjoy the jaw-droppingly beautiful sunset. Magic. And a dance on the marina at Bagatelle restaurant (bagatellestbarths.com) – the party location of the island – is an absolute must. GO Elegant Resorts (elegantresorts.co.uk) offers seven nights in a Bungalow Piscine from £3,725 per person, on a B&B basis, including flights and transfers.