Parrot Cay by Como, Turks and Caicos
Set on a serene private island 575 miles southeast of Miami – think cacti, scrubland and softly shelving white beaches – this West Indies resort is made up of 74 rooms and villas, decorated in contemporary colonial style and a selection of privately owned “estate” villas. Alternatively, you can choose The Sanctuary, a beach front cluster of villas and tropical gardens owned by designer Donna Karan.
If you’re keen to see the Greek temples of Agrigento and Selinunte, the 570-acre Verdura is perfectly placed to visit them. It’s set in a valley of olive groves, west of Sciacca: a rare find on Sicily’s quieter south coast. The beach here is a rocky one, which makes the world-class spa and 60-metre infinity pool even more appealing, and you can still take in the views of the azure Mediterranean from one of its three golf courses – or, better still, your own private terrace.
A smart Thirties hilltop resort, Château Saint-Martin sits in a magnificent 35-acre landscaped park with a handy helipad and panoramic views over the Mediterranean coastline. Choose between a junior suite or – for a true taste of French luxury – one of six private villas. And be sure to sample some of Les Canthares wine club’s reserve of 1,001 vintage wines.