A step away from the harbour, a listed monument and a beautiful manor are linked to make one special hotel. La Baronnie, the “finest house on the island”, is over 300 years old. Jasmine scents the air in the delicious cobbled courtyard, and a wooden structure houses a massage room, a jacuzzi, a sauna and small pool. Inside, a stunningly beautiful sideboard is laden with breakfast goodies, from just-squeezed juices to an array of coffees, while an ornate iron staircase sweeps you up to big light bedrooms exuding country chic, finely tuned in gorgeous colours. Imagine pale rugs, thick curtains, elegant cushions, and antiques picked up in brocantes over the years. Some rooms overlook a courtyard and the quietest face the gardens, which are magnificent. Adorable Florence, the ever-attentive owner, knows her island well, its nature and history, its beaches, cycle paths, sand dunes and pines: she helped lead the rise in St Martin’s popularity. Perfect for a spoiling weekend – or more: the little town teems with chic shops, restaurants, bars and atmosphere.