(and how to holiday like a Prime Minister)

Set on the so-called Knightsbridge of Barbados, which is full of unfeasibly ritzy villas, the Sandy Lane Hotel was built in the 1960s by the socialite Ronald Treeto house his pals who included Maria Callas, Aristotle Onassis and the Kennedys. Today it's owned by the financiers JP McManus and John Magnier, and the current clientele includes Michael Winner (above right), Amanda Holden, Jemima Khan, Hugh Grant and Simon Cowell (left), while Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin (below, on jet ski) stayed in June. The Sandy Lane Golf Club was opened by Tiger Woods for a rumoured £1m plus a £3m mansion on the fairway.


The most beautiful part of the island, St Andrew, is known as "the Scotland District".


A corner of a foreign field that is forever England... Mullins Bay, St Peter, is home to the comedian Mel Smith. Cilla Black (right) pays regular visits to her penthouse.


Holders House is owned by the Kidd family. Johnny Kidd is Lord Beaverbrook's grandson, a showjumper and father of Jodie and Jemma (right). You can rent the house for £11,000 a week.


Heron Bay is the home of Sir Anthony Bamford, multi-zillionaire owner of JCB, the engineering firm that bears the initials of his father, Joseph Cyril Bamford. Sir Anthony's pad is a £15m, Palladian-pillared mansion; it's where Tony and Cherie stayed en vacances in 2003.


The Imperial Wizard of the racing circuit was Robert Sangster, who died last year and whose sumptuous home is Jane's Harbour, at St James. Itsleeps 18 people and you can rent it for £25,000 a week. The nearby Royal Westmoreland Hotel boasts Gary Lineker (right) and Charles Dance among its aficionados.


Barbados's Park Lane is a glorious millionaire's row lined with beach-front bars, houses and restaurants. You may have to re-think the term "beach house", though. The one owned by the Rausing family (the Tetra-Pak moguls) cost £25m. As your pedalo churns through the waves, you may clap eyes on the Jolly Roger - a full-size pirate ship regularly commissioned by Lord Lloyd Webber for parties (above). Visitors have included the Beckhams, Mariah Carey (right), Richard Gere, Elizabeth Hurley, the retail billionaire Philip Green and F1 ace David Coulthard.


Down the beach from the Sandy Lane Hotel are the villasof Sugar Hill, part of the Sandy Lane estate and owned by the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Sir Michael Caine, Sophie Anderton and Davina McCall. In the past, the Blairs have stayed at a villa owned by Sir Cliff Richard (left), while the actor, film director and star of the Argos TV ads, Richard E Grant, likes to stay at Coral Reef Beach nearby.


The key address in the St John area is the Villa Nova - a plantation house in the hills, where Sir Anthony Eden, the British prime minister at the time of the Suez Crisis, used to entertain the Queen and Princess Margaret, prompting the latter's lifelong fascination for the Caribbean and putting Barbados on the map.


Bottom Bay is a dream of coral-pink sand, in its wide expanses and gently rolling waves one of the most beautiful beaches the Caribbean has to offer.