Ariara Island, Palawan, Philippines © Ariara Island

The wow factor: Created by British couple Charles and Carrie McCulloch, Ariara is a 125-acre private island retreat in the Calamian Islands in the Philippines province of Palawan. Just 17 guests are accommodated in eight villas and suites situated on a 600-metre beach on this jungle-swathed island, edged by pristine beaches and surrounded by coral reefs teeming with marine life. All bedrooms have private terraces and gardens. In short, it is a tropical island paradise where you are guaranteed to have the beach to yourself. It offers boating, including unlimited use of Ariara’s 33ft speedboat, a 100ft trimaran and kayaks, diving trips with all equipment, massages and a cinema in the main lodge.

Did you know? Ariara is one of more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines, making it the second-largest archipelago in the world after Indonesia, which has 18,000 islands.

Stay: Original Diving offers seven nights at Ariara Island from £2,100 per person on a fully-inclusive basis, including, activities and international/domestic flights and boat transfers to the island, based on a party of between 15 and 17 guests. Fuel and alcohol are extra. Ariara Island is also featured by Audley Travel. www.originaldiving.com, www.audleytravel.com

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