This quirky small hotel has big views of islands and sea and a very pretty terrace from which to drink them in. It sits high on the hill, halfway up Constitution Steps, an ascent that removes all need of membership to a fitness club. But the climb is worth it – you find a warm welcome, a lovely style, some tasty food and excellent cocktails. Interiors have colour in spades. Step inside and you come face to face with Ishtar (well, her statue), the Mesopotamian goddess of love and war. Potter about and find a cute bar with shisha pipes, an airy restaurant where framed Moroccan textiles hang on walls, then doors onto the garden, where three smart, garden huts double as restaurant tables in good weather. Cute bedrooms are scattered about, most with semi-private terraces. You’ll find comfy beds (three are cabin-like with one side against a wall), then padded heads, crisp linen and smart, new bathrooms with power showers; a couple have baths, too. Don’t miss the food: Persian mezze, lamb shank tagine, Amaretto cheesecake. Ferries for day trips to Herm and Sark are easily arranged.