Best Secret Islands on Earth 2010
India: Lakshadweep Islands
Beachgoers seeking a simple paradise in India will find it in Lakshadweep, a chain of coral atolls where tourism is carefully limited by government decree. Take a 75-minute flight from the mainland city of Kochi to Agatti, an oar-shaped isle surrounded by shallow turquoise lagoons. Agatti Island Beach Resort (doubles from $200) serves as a base for travelers who want to spend time in the village and on coconut farms. Ferry to Bangaram Island Beach Resort (doubles from $409) and practice yoga amid the palms.
T+L Tip: Take an evening boat excursion to tiny Tinnakara Island, 45 minutes from Bangaram, where phosphorescent plankton bathe the shore in a bluish glow.