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Best Secret Islands on Earth 2010

Ile Des Deux Cocos, Mauritius

Courtesy of Naiade Resorts

Mauritius: Ile des Deux Cocos

If you’re headed to the far reaches of the Indian Ocean, bypass such popular destinations as Grand Baie and Port Louis in favor of Ile des Deux Cocos, a 12-acre isle covered in filaos and palm trees. The only place to stay is Petite Folie (doubles from $2,869), a Moorish-style two-bedroom villa built a century ago by British governor Hesketh Bell. Play castaway on deserted beaches, go for a ride in the crewed speedboat, ask the 24-hour butler for a poolside lobster lunch or tandoori chicken and grilled marlin served in the marble dining room. Be sure to make time for a soak in the hot tub.

T+L Tip: Arrange in advance with a staffer for a trio of musicians to perform a traditional serenade during dinner.

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