1 THE CLIFF HO­TEL AND ROCKHOUSE HO­TEL, NEGRIL, JA­MAICA

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The Caribbean is home to hun­dreds of sun­shine is­lands, but the fourth big­gest (and ar­guably one of the best) is Ja­maica. Here the an­swer to ev­ery­thing is “no prob­lem” and it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble not to re­lax be­cause ev­ery­one is so chilled-out. Plus, the an­nual av­er­age year-round tem­per­a­ture is 27 de­grees – no one can ar­gue with that!

w&h used Ja­maica’s beau­ti­ful scenery as the back­drop for this spring’s main fash­ion sto­ries and the lush is­land will look stun­ning in your hol­i­day pic­tures, too. Avoid the touristy side of the is­land around the cap­i­tal Kingston and Mon­tego Bay, and head for the qui­eter coastal town of Negril.

We stayed at The Cliff ho­tel, which, as its name sug­gests, is set on a cliff with breath­tak­ing views of the crys­tal clear Caribbean sea be­low. Ac­com­mo­da­tion is a mix­ture of vil­las and suites, and each gen­er­ously sized room has an enor­mous (and very comfy) bed. But the Ja­maican touch we loved was the fact each bal­cony or porch in­cludes a ham­mock to have an af­ter­noon snooze in.

The award-win­ning Zest restau­rant serves in­cred­i­ble seafood – or­der the snap­per. Well­ness is taken se­ri­ously here so there’s daily yoga in the ocean­front pav­il­ion, or you can be pam­pered in the Ki­yara spa, where the mas­sage beds face the sea.

If you’re look­ing for a ho­tel with a more laid-back vibe, the Rockhouse near The Cliff is a per­fect al­ter­na­tive. Ac­com­mo­da­tion at this bou­tique prop­erty com­prises hexag­o­nal stone rooms with thatched roofs, bam­boo beds and bright flower prints on the bed­spreads. There’s a great choice of weekly classes and ac­tiv­i­ties, too, in­clud­ing Caribbean cook­ing, Zumba and even Bob Mar­ley por­trai­ture classes! Plus, there’s no bet­ter place to go snorkelling on the is­land – the turquoise waters of Pris­tine Cove are team­ing with trop­i­cal fish and coral.

If you don’t fancy go­ing un­der the water, ex­plore the coast on top of it in­stead on a Dreamer Cata­ma­ran cruise (dream­er­cata­ma­rans.com).

Boat trips cost from £70pp and you can be sure the sun will set to the sound of a Bob Mar­ley hit… Sa­man­tha Rnic THE COST The Cliff (the­clif­f­ja­maica. com) has ju­nior suites from £138pp per night. Rockhouse (rockhouse.com/ es­cape) has rooms from £72.50pp per night. For more in­for­ma­tion about Ja­maica, see vis­it­ja­maica.com

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