Best Secret Islands on Earth 2010
Courtesy of Prince Van Orangien
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.