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THE WORLD’S 41 MOST INCREDIBLE PRIVATE ISLANDS

Singaporean-based financier Tim Hartnoll chanced upon this collection of five uninhabited islands, three lagoons and 13 white beaches while sailing in Indonesia’s Riau archipelago five years ago. And he’s a quick mover. Just-opened Bawah is one of the world’s most exciting new hideaways: remote, beautiful and with bar-raising environmental policies. Days can be spent hiking through butterfly-filled primary rainforest, gliding over pink, purple and electric-blue corals in see-through kayaks, snorkelling with clownfish, triggerfish, parrotfish and, if you’re lucky, green turtles. Later retreat to the spa, where the Thai and Balinese treatments are included in the daily rate.

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