Best Secret Islands on Earth 2010
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Indonesia: Cubadak Island
Great Value On this jungle-covered island in West Sumatra, you’ll find monkeys, monitor lizards, pangolins, and—most surprisingly—a taste of Italian culture at Paradiso Village (doubles from $240, all-inclusive). The hotel, run by a couple from Turin, has 15 thatched-roof bungalows with loft bedrooms and a restaurant where multicourse meals include heaping plates of prawn and tomato pasta, jackfruit drizzled with palm oil, and coconut flan. The wine list features bottles from Emiglia Romana, and, as is the way in Tuscany, all meals end with a frothy espresso.
T+L Tip: Ask the hoteliers for a tour in their speedboat; you’ll snorkel in nearby lagoons before visiting the fishing village of Kapo-Kapo.