THE BEST RESTAURANTS
Harmony Hall, Antigua
In the unique setting of a restored sugar mill overlooking a lush plantation, this fine-dining venue is famous for its original dishes — everything from herb-marinated wahoo and juniper-smoked duck breast to aromatic grilled rack of lamb. harmonyhallantigua.com
The Terrace at Cobbler's Cove, Barbados
The brilliant French-trained Irish chef at this Relais & Chateaux hotel has continental menus with a Caribbean touch. cobblerscove.com
Daphne's at the House, Barbados
An inspired Caribbean outpost of London's famous Italian restaurant of the same name. The chic hotel is just a short stroll up the beach from Sandy Lane but infinitely more relaxed. thehousebarbados.com
The Royal Palm, St Kitts
Ottley's Plantation Inn is built into the ruined walls of a sugar plantation and the Champagne Sunday brunch at its restaurant is legendary. Don't miss it. ottleys.com
Fernando's Hideaway, Bequia
Local experiences don't get much better than this rustic restaurant frequented by locals and Hollywood A-listers alike. Tucked away in a hillside forest, it is run by the eponymous Fernando, a fisherman who catches his own ingredients each morning. +1 784 458 3758
L'Esprit de Saline, St Barths
On the road to the beach at Saline, L'Esprit, set in a gorgeous tropical garden, serves a consistently delicious, nightly-changing French, Asian and Caribbean fusion menu to discerning locals. +1 590 590 524 610
THE BEST BARS
Dune Preserve Restaurant and Beach Bar, Anguilla
Hedge fund managers and local kids dance side by side, barefoot in the sand, at this effortlessly cool bar in Rendezvous Bay, owned and run by reggae star Bankie Banx and built from driftwood washed up on the beach.
Foxy's, Jost Van Dyke
The most famous rum shack in the British Virgin Islands, Foxy's has long been popular with the sailing crowd. While its New Year's Eve parties are legendary, charismatic Foxy is there to entertain you all year round.
The Pelican Bar, Jamaica
Built on a sandbank off Treasure Beach, this is one of the most laid-back places in the Caribbean to enjoy a beer. Owner Delroy will rustle you up a seafood lunch if you ask nicely.
Basil's Bar, Mustique
Every night is party night at this stilted and thatched bar in Britannia Bay, the social hub of the island, which stretches from the beach out over the water. People-watching heaven.
WAY TO GO
British Airways flies directly to Punta Cana, Antigua, St Kitts, Grenada, Tobago, Barbados, St Lucia, Port of Spain, Providenciales, Kingston and Montego Bay from London Gatwick. Visit ba.com for more details.
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Save up to £500 per adult on all Club World holidays to Barbados and save up to £300 per adult on all Club World holidays to Grenada, Antigua, Dominican Republic, Tobago and St Lucia. Book by 5 Dec 2010. For more information visit britishairways.com/travel/flight-deals/public/en_gb