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The hidden Caribbean

Chris Carter takes a look at three hidden gems in the Caribbean in which to find your own unspoilt paradise.

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Playa Grande Beach Club: extravagant luxury in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

In the centre, a two-storey clubhouse includes a dining room, library and a cigar and rum bar. The bungalows will be joined in the spring by six treehouse-like"jungalows".

From $1,024 see PlayaGrandeBeachClub.com.

le--Vache, Haiti

The 28-room hotel, "a tasteful blend of bleached wood, white walls and pastel shutters", will eventually grow to 120 rooms among verdant coastal gardens. The island itself is "truly lovely". "We mustn't lose the magic," says the hotel's owner, Didier Boulard. "This is one of the Caribbean's last virgin islands."

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From £3,345 for an 11-day Haitian group tour, with two nights in le--Vache for an extra £350 per person WildFrontiersTravel.com.

Dominica

The Hibiscus Valley Inn can arrange trips around the island and point you in the direction of the best trails. Their "lovely bungalows are dotted amid beautiful bromeliads and ginger lilies". This tiny isle certainly "crams a lot in".

From £525 for a seven nights HibiscusValley.com.

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