ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
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This 35-acre Vincencian-owned lush hill of an island is like a mini-national park, complete with peacocks and parrots. Wood-beamed rooms have simple bamboo furniture and ocean-view terraces; the hillside suites are nicest. Being a mere three-minute ferry ride away from St. Vincent, this resort gives couples the best of both worlds: seclusion, with easy access to the mainland.
The 19th-century shingled captain's house overlooking Admiralty Harbor is a beloved family-run hotel with no airs, and even fewer mod conveniences. Couples should be warned that the hotel bar and restaurant are local hot spots; however, those craving privacy can charter the Frangipani's yacht for a romantic getaway. Splurge for the stonewalled hillside deluxe rooms.
THE OLD FORT
This 18th-century plantation house prides itself on its five stonewalled rooms that are brimming with character, and not just standard-issue luxury accoutrements. Rooms to nab: The Master Suite has impressive balconies; the Top Tower offers 360-degree views of the Grenadines; and the Honey Room was built with lovers like you in mind.
PETIT ST. VINCENT
Your privacy is paramount at this 113-acre, family-run island resort. Take your pick of 22 large stone cottages situated on landscaped hills and palm-fringed beaches. Hoist the red "don't come near us" flag for an extra dose of seclusion. When you're ready to emerge from your room, raise the yellow flag for smiley service. Tennis, watersports, great pan-Euro food, and playtime with yellow Labs included; scuba and sailing extra. Day trips can also be arranged, but trust us when we tell you that you won't want to leave this island paradise.
The 135-acre private island resort lacks the amenities, facilities, and style that many would expect from a pricey property. Its five beaches, pool, tennis courts, putting course, spa, and nature trails are fine, but nothing to write home about. What scores here is the back-to-basics anti-glamour—especially popular with frazzled urban dwellers.
The only full-service hotel on this jet-set private island has exquisite rooms just redone in an über-Caribbean, pickled-pine style inspired by the godfather of Mustique design, Oliver Messel. Must-tries include the fab new spa, weekly cocktail party, and picnic-on-a-beach service.
The Mustique Company
There is no better way to see how the other half lives than renting a luxurious, fully staffed villa on what is arguably the planet's most exclusive and beautiful island. Don't be surprised if you find yourself borrowing a cup of sugar from famous neighbors like Mick Jagger and Tommy Hilfiger—that is, unless you've rented their villa.