Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in Saint Lucia

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Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in Saint Lucia

This month, we escaped to some dreamy island getaways, including U Palazzu Serenu, a hillside haven in Corsica; The Bulgari Resort, Faena Hotel in Buenos AiresSublime Samana hotel in the Dominican Republican Italian-inspired designer-den in Bali; and  Soneva Kiri, a family-friendly beach resort on Koh Kood.

In the Dominican Republic, a rainforest eco-retreat named Casa Bonita caught our eye, along with the chic shoreside casitas of Sublime Samana (below right); in St Lucia, chocolate-loving jungle lodge Boucan by Hotel Chocolat (above) whetted our appetite. Then, we fell for the lagoon idyll of Vahine Island in French Polynesia.

Rural temptations beckoned at a La Maison d’Ulysse, a fortified farmhouse in southern France. After all that relaxation, we were more than ready to be seduced by some urban thrills, too, supplied by spa-toting Exeter sanctuary The Magdalen Chapter in the UK and Faena Hotel, an arty Buenos Aires beauty in Argentina.

Check in with us a month from now to see our latest luxury hotel discoveries…

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After a decade of holidaying in lacklustre English country cottages, Mr & Mrs Smith Sub-editor Rachel Juarez-Carr's parents went wild in the early Nineties and whisked the family off to Norway; it was while sailing the fjords on a Ukrainian cruise ship that their 11-year-old daughter decided she loved travel. Once she completed her journalism degree at the University of Westminster, Rachel ran off to Los Angeles and crisscrossed the US for the next seven years, writing for two travel magazines and photographing everyone and everything. She’s now back in London, happy to be back shooting under grey skies and thrilled to be working with Smith's editorial team.

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