Take 3

Sat, Nov 17, 2012, 00:00

Hotels surrounded by water

Cayo Espanto, Belize

Cayo Espanto Resort, San Pedro, Belize

aprivateisland.com

There are seven villas on this four-acre island in the Caribbean Sea, an eight-minute boat ride from the mainland. It is quite possible that you will never see your neighbours as the sea-side villas are secluded in a mangrove forest. So desert-island bliss is yours for the taking. Villas from €1,263 a night.

Hotel Palafitte, Switzerland

Route des Gouttes dOr 2, Neuchâtel

palafitte.ch

Palafitte is the only five-star hotel in Europe built on water. Twenty-four of the 40 pavilions that make up the hotel are right in the lake, letting you lap up the water and views of surrounding Alps. Jacuzzis and private terrace are some of the delicious delights. From €343 per pavilion per night.

Royal Davui Island Resort, Fiji

mrandmrssmith.com

Smack in a blue lagoon this lush tropical reef-ringed island is home to 16 villas. Each opens onto a private plunge pool and from there it is just a hop and skip across a white sandy beach and a jump into the South Pacific. There are plenty of activities available and snorkelling equipment, kayaks and paddle boards are free. From €853 (offer of five nights for price of four).

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