Best Secret Beaches on Earth

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These beach hideaways are understated, unexpected, and—at least for now—under the radar.

Panglao Island, Philippines

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An hour-long flight from Manila to Bohol Island followed by a 25-minute drive across a 19th-century causeway brings you to this secluded Central Visayas isle, where the petite Ananyana Beach Resort & Spa (Doljo Beach; 011-63-38-502-8101; doubles from $220) occupies a prime spot on a mile-long stretch of sand. The 12 luxe thatched-roof huts have bamboo-framed king-size beds; the alfresco restaurant turns out Filipino-Mediterranean dishes such as penne with pork adobo; and the lounge is outfitted with regionally made rattan and abaca furniture. Hop a resort boat for dolphin watching, diving amid the drop-offs of Balicasag Island, or, for the ultimate castaway fantasy, a sunset dinner on deserted Puntod Island. Another option is to visit the Bohol Bee Farm (Dao, Dauis, Panglao Island; 011-63-38-502-2288; lunch for two $35), which serves dishes with organic ingredients grown on site. The treat of choice: house-made ube (purple yam) ice cream. You can also head back to Bohol Island to check out the Chocolate Hills—a surreal natural wonder of 1,776 dome-shaped hills formed from limestone covered in grass.

Lara Day

Best Secret Beaches on Earth

Panglao Island, Philippines

An hour-long flight from Manila to Bohol Island followed by a 25-minute drive across a 19th-century causeway brings you to this secluded Central Visayas isle, where the petite Ananyana Beach Resort & Spa (Doljo Beach; 011-63-38-502-8101; doubles from $220) occupies a prime spot on a mile-long stretch of sand. The 12 luxe thatched-roof huts have bamboo-framed king-size beds; the alfresco restaurant turns out Filipino-Mediterranean dishes such as penne with pork adobo; and the lounge is outfitted with regionally made rattan and abaca furniture. Hop a resort boat for dolphin watching, diving amid the drop-offs of Balicasag Island, or, for the ultimate castaway fantasy, a sunset dinner on deserted Puntod Island. Another option is to visit the Bohol Bee Farm (Dao, Dauis, Panglao Island; 011-63-38-502-2288; lunch for two $35), which serves dishes with organic ingredients grown on site. The treat of choice: house-made ube (purple yam) ice cream. You can also head back to Bohol Island to check out the Chocolate Hills—a surreal natural wonder of 1,776 dome-shaped hills formed from limestone covered in grass.

Lara Day

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