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‘Old-school romance’ Montpelier Plantation & Beach, Caribbean

in an age of eco resorts and space travel, sometimes all you really crave is a little old-fashioned R’n’R. And that’s exactly what you get at Te Montpelier on the discreet island of Nevis. Arriving afer a short water taxi ride from St Kitts, you’re greeted personally by Mufn, the resort’s owner and grande dame, who’ll ply you with a welcoming cocktail. It’s personal touches like this that set the tone for your stay, adding to the refned home-from-home vibe.

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For a week, at least, you’ll be one of the Mayfair set on holiday. Divine!) As you gather each evening in the lounge for pre-dinner drinks, the staf – as friendly and warm-hearted as the glamorous Mufn – take the time to remember your name, and will serve your G&T just the way you like it. You’d prefer lobster for breakfast? On your balcony? No problem! Te hotel, originally a sugar plantation, is steeped in history and old-school styling – imagine over-stufed sofas and family portraits – but all those techie comforts you need (wif!) are also here.

Spend your days exploring the vivid green Nevis mountain, and discovering the most incredible food shacks selling spicy chicken wings and rice and peas (not to mention lethal rum punches). And, of course, there are the vast beaches; perfect for immersing yourselves in your own desert-island fantasy. It’s no surprise that Princess Diana spent many British winters relaxing here with her young sons – because this is the place to escape to. British Airways (ba.com/stkitts) ofers seven nights from £1,179 per person, B&B (montpeliernevis.com). Includes return fights from London Gatwick.

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