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50 Best Romantic Getaways 2010

Rusinga Island, Kenya

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Laid-Back Bliss: Rusinga Island, Kenya

Just off the eastern shore of Lake Victoria, Rusinga Island is blissfully laid-back. Stay in one of the six thatched cottages (net-draped beds, ceiling fans, large baths) at Rusinga Island Lodge. Each bungalow faces an open-air restaurant where the spicy fish curry pairs well with a Tusker Ale. Micato Safari guide Mark Ross, who flies guests here in his Cessna airplane from Nairobi, will arrange an expedition to the mainland town of Sindo or a sunset cocktail cruise to watch thousands of white egrets nesting on uninhabited islands. Doubles from $440.

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