palm trees. Sit on the beach in the evening when everyone has gone and as the light drains from the sky you’ll feel far away from everything.
D. ST LUCIA LADERA HOTEL, ST LUCIA
The Ladera Hotel in St Lucia has one of the Caribbean’s most dramatic settings. Quiet and far off the beaten track, it stands at an altitude of 1,000 feet, its open rooms looking out between the twin peaks of the Pitons to the Caribbean Sea – some view first thing in the morning! The style is colonial, with furniture in mahogany and greenheart wood, and four-poster beds screened with muslin netting.
E. TURKEY THE SPLENDID HOTEL, INSTANBUL
This hotel, on Biiyukada in the Princes Islands is the perfect place to escape the noise of Istanbul. The islands are only an hour by boat, and are simply idyllic. There are no cars, only horse-drawn carriages and fabulous twenties wooden architecture. The islands are a cross between Key West and the Old South, and the landmark building is the Splendid. All in wood, painted white with red domes, it’s a copy of a turn-of-the-century hotel on the French Riviera. Today it’s a little run down, but has lost none of its charm.
F. FRANCE CHATEAU D’ETOGES, EPERNAY
In the tiny village of Etoges, in the heart of Champagne, is a beautiful seventeenth century chateau. Surrounded by a moat with two swans, the chateau, until recently a family home, has 20 rooms which are all different, some with four- poster beds – one even has a large billiard table. There are special weekend rates for two nights with breakfast and dinner plus