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Sailing

Empty beaches and swaying

palms

Adam Steer uncovers the pig he has buried and

cooked in the sand for several hours - it’s delicious.

Beautiful bird song is my alarm call for a morning

swim. Their beauty palls somewhat when one of

them steals my melon at breakfast.

My next hop, Canuoan, is nicknamed ‘the

Caribbean island where the billionaires go to escape

the millionnaires’. No expense has been spared on

the exclusive 1,200-acre Canuoan Estate - even

the 17th-century church was brought over from

England. Opulence also exudes from the all-suite

Mandarin Oriental Hotel overlooking gorgeous

Godahl Beach, where I control the curtains, TV and

air-conditioning from an iPad (from $1,400 a night).

There are also 13 luxury rental villas, an 18-hole golf

course and, nearby, the new Sandy Lane Marina.

Raising the fl ag

Our catamaran cruise through the Grenadines to

Petit St. Vincent the following morning is a highlight.

As we near the private island, the turquoise sea

glows brighter and the powder sands whiter - it’s

picture-perfect.

Matt, the general manager, whisks us around the

hilly, wooded island in a open-top buggy, including

in his tour his pride and joy, a 6,000 bottle wine

cellar with vintages costing up to $1,500 a bottle.

It’s easy to relax here. There are no keys or wifi in

the 22 beautiful and secluded cottages. You don’t

even have to leave for meals - just raise a yellow flag

outside for complimentary room service.

I enjoy a superb Balinese massage with fragrant

lemongrass in the tree-top spa and a West Indies

beer tasting, including unusual coffee and chocolate

varieties, precedes an excellent dinner of freshlycaught

scallops and snapper.

Will Palm Island, my final stop, live up to this?

Here I find barefoot chic: soft powder sands,

swaying palms and turquoise seas are a hop from

my day bed. There are hammocks, spa treatments

using home-grown frangipani, a pool, gym, yoga

and boat trips.

Just like Robinson Crusoe, I feel like I have this

island all to myself - apart from the resident iguanas

that is, who I’m happy to share my paradise with. •

St. Vincent

Rum Distillery

Mayreau

WHERE TO BOOK IT

Lusso Travel has a seven-nights-for theprice-of

fi ve offer at Petit St. Vincent,

saving £1,305 and starting from £4,780pp,

based on two people sharing a one-bedroom

cottage, full-board and including boat

transfers, fl ights with Virgin Atlantic and

fl ights to Union Island. It’s valid for stays

from November 1 to December 19 2019

and 2020 and in April and May 2020 and

2021. lussotravel.com

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Snorkelling turquoise

seas

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