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10 Best Beach Resorts in the World

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1. Palm Island, Grenadines

Do you want your own sun-drenched islet afloat turquoise waters, fringed with talcum-soft sand, and studded with swaying palms? It sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t. You can have all of the above — plus five beaches, three hiking trails, and all the food and drinks you can consume at this private-island resort lying south of St. Vincent, north of Grenada and right smack in the center of paradise though it requires effort to reach the 135-acre outpost. What should be a quick hop from Miami turns out to be a 10-hour odyssey necessitating two planes, a golf cart, and a boat, but all is forgotten the instant you glimpse Palm Island’s stunning profile and the retinue gathered on the dock to receive you. You’ll rouse yourself for nothing more strenuous than an ocean dip or afternoon tea on the terrace. And when you’re offered what is surely the world’s freshest water coconut plucked from one of the island’s 1,852 palms and laced with rum you’ll eagerly accept, raising a grateful toast to Johnny Coconut and his Caribbean dream.