Ship-wrecked sailors would refuse rescue from this chic island bolthole. It’s a castaway’s dream with sandy beaches, pretty coves and this wonderfully spoiling hotel. It’s a friendly place with lovely staff who look after you with great warmth. As for the unremitting luxuries, you’ll find a convivial bar for games and island ales, a sun-trapping terrace for afternoon tea and a smart restaurant for the best food on the Scillies; perhaps tandoori scallops, wild sea bass, prune and Armagnac soufflé with Earl Grey ice cream. Airy bedrooms have a beach-house feel with seaside colours, wicker sofas, robes in sparkling bathrooms, then a terrace or balcony with big sea views. There’s a swimming pool with sun loungers and a treatment room, and the impossibly popular Crab Shack for seafood delights in summer. The hotel is very family friendly, children can gather eggs from the coop and have them cooked for breakfast, there’s a mini-golf course, a games room, babysitters are on hand. Elsewhere: other islands to explore, kayaks to hire, gardens to visit. Dogs are very welcome. A honeymooner’s heaven.