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Best Secret Islands on Earth 2010

Oaxen, Sweden

Courtesy of Prince Van Orangien

Sweden: Oaxen

Great Value Not only is this isle south of Stockholm impossibly picturesque (imagine bright cottages planted among birch and elm trees); it’s also an up-and-coming culinary destination, thanks to chef Magnus Ek. At his minimalist restaurant Oaxen Krog (four-course prix fixe dinner for two $538), Ek prepares regionally sourced dishes like wild salmon and cockle tartare. Spend the night at Prince van Orangiën (doubles from $239), the restaurant’s seven-cabin 1930’s Dutch riverboat-hotel docked steps from the restaurant.

T+L Tip: In nearby Södertälje, check out the Swedish royal family’s Tullgarn palace, famous for its Rococo interiors and English gardens.

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