Looking out over the Caribbean Sea and built directly on to soft pale sand, the shaded veranda that fronts this informal bungalow beach house on the island’s west coast is the perfect place to sip your sunset cocktail or lingerover a leisurely breakfast. Screened frffim other houses by palm trees and tropical undergrowth, the property shares a nightwatchman with its neighbour and has dedicated full-time staff including a cook and maid (who will do laundry and ironing). With three air-conditioned bedrooms (two double, one twin – one with en-suite bathroom) and spacious whitewashed sitting room (slat windows, white cane furniture, glass-topped tables), ire a good choice for a party of three couples or families with children of any age looking for a laid-back, fuss-free beach holiday. Lunch is often a beachside barbecue of lobster, red snapper, marlin or spicy jerk chicken; alternatively, spend an hour or two at Mullins Beach Bar, a two-minute walk along the sand (and now under the same ownership as the Cliff Restaurant – one of the best on the island). Watersports are available on the beach and there are day cruises to take you swimming with turtles. Bridgetown, with its colourful market, is a 20-minute drive away.
Â£2,580-Â£3,995 per week, including transfers to and from the airport Elegant Resorts (01 244 897444; www.elegantresorts.co.uk)
Mullins Bay, Barbados