In a residential area on the outskirts of Rivedoux Plage, are three whitewashed, shuttered and impeccably maintained apartments, a short walk from the beach. The design and the décor have been carefully considered and calm reigns supreme. Nothing is too much trouble for delightful Christian and Jocelyne, who will pick you up from the airport and insist on giving you the best: a choice of linen, snowy towels for the bathroom and coloured towels for the pool. Bedrooms, which open to an elegant and spacious terrace, are roomy, restful, flooded with light. After visiting the boulangerie for morning croissants and browsing the markets, come back to unwind – slope off to a cushioned sunbed by the heated pool, or sit back in the hot tub, warmed to 37 degrees all year round. Spin off on a bike (there are six, in tip-top condition and free of charge) and lose yourself on the island: the hollyhocks and whitewashed houses of villages like La Flotte, the fabulous white sand beaches, the chic shops and markets of St Martin.