La Banane, St Barts In February, La Banane switched from being a boutique hotel to an exclusive villa. It now has nine secluded bungalows strewn amid its tropical grounds, with a gazebo, drinks bar and two palm-shaded pools. Originally founded by Jean-Marie Rivière – a leading figure of the Parisian cabaret world – it continues to exude creative French flair today, with vivid frescos by artist Cyprien Chabert and classic mid-century furniture by Pierre Jeanneret, cousin and lifelong collaborator of Le Corbusier. La Banane, Baie de Lorient, St Barts (00 590 590 520 300; labanane.com). Weekly rental from US$25,000 (£15,600). Sleeps 18.