This exclusive island boasts a rich history and an enticing private villa.
Built in the 1920s by a self-appointed count and later owned by the expatriate writer Paul Bowles (who penned "The Spider's House" here), this two-and-a-half-acre private island features just one sumptuous, five-bedroom villa. Although guests can wade to their exclusive hideaway from the shores of Sri Lanka, it's more fun to ride in on an elephant. The concept behind the villa's design was to avoid closed spaces, which means that there are views of the sea from almost every point in the house, including the gorgeous infinity pool and the individual terraces attached to the four double bedrooms. Adding to the sense of luxury is the island's attentive staff, which includes security guards and a dedicated chef who makes delicious Sri Lankan curries.
We forgive you if you're not familiar with the fruit of the marula tree. We didn't know anything about this yellow berry either until we tried Amarula Cream, a South African cream liqueur that strikes us as an exotic Kahlua.