Nevis

This tiny island is approximately 7 miles long and 5 miles wide, and can be reached by a direct flight to Antigua or St.Kitts and then an onward flight or ferry.

Whilst here, I stayed at the Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, which is an AAA Four Diamond and Conde Nast Traveller Gold List property. Originally a plantation for growing sugar cane and then coconuts, Nisbet offers a rare blend of old-world elegance and modern comfort.

Built on the site of an 18th century plantation, it was once the family home of Fanny Nisbet, who married British Naval Admiral Horatio Nelson.

It has 38 luxuriously appointed rooms with plantation-style décor spread over 30 acres and a half-mile-long white sandy beach that is protected by an off-shore reef. The beaches are beautiful and the people the friendliest I have ever come across. Everyone appeared to enjoy their jobs and its seemed to be their pleasure to be of service to us.

What a refreshing change to the services levels we sadly sometimes experience in the UK!