You don't get much more idyllic and romantic than this - a luxury spa hotel, on its own island. In the '60s the island became a playground for the rich andfamous; screen legend Sophia Loren loved it so much, and stayed so frequently, that the hotel named her favourite cottage after her. In its most recent incarnation, the entire
island is an Aman Resorts hotel, and the way the 50 suites (each unique and laid out under red-tiled roofs surrounded by shady olive trees) are dotted about means you can go for hours without seeing another person. That's the beauty of this place - the utter peace. Little cobbled lanes wind between two infinity pools, six spa cabins and two restaurants, while three more delicious places to eat lie just across the causeway on the mainland.
The feel of the suite is five-star rustic chic as opposed to all-out gold-plated glamour, but it's the kind of barefoot luxury you can get used to very quickly. The private terrace boasts its own crystal-clear swimming pool and - if you want to take the bling factor up -visit the local port, where Russian tycoon and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich likes to moor his super yacht.
Visit the nearby medieval walled city of Kotor, which is just half an hour away, to marvel at the Venetian-influenced stone palaces inside, then return to the island 's world-class spa, run by some ofthe nicest staff that you'll ever meet. And as dusk falls and the island's little lamps go on to light the way to dinner through its criss-crossing alleyways, you really will feel like you've gone back in time.