Anguilla is the most northerly of the British Leeward islands and lies about five miles from the French side of St Martin. Its rather flat, barren landscape is more than compensated for by 45 miles of winding coastline hosting 30 of the Caribbean’s most spectacular beaches, with sumptuously soft and blinding white sand, set in an electric blue sea.

    Apart from the impeccable beaches, it is the Anguillan people that make this islet a special place. As they greet you with the slightest wave and a soothing “all right, all right”, it is hard to imagine that there was ever a raised temper here, let alone a revolution.

    Some Anguillans still depend on fishing for their livelihood, sailing to catch lobsters and the indigenous local speciality, Anguillan crayfish, waiting to be sampled at one of the many restaurants.

    Nightlife is fun and informal, individual villas and hotels exude low-key luxury with an emphasis on privacy and discreet service, making Anguilla the island for the ultimate sensual holiday experience.