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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.

St. Vincent Rum Distillery

Raising the flag 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. •

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