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Best of the Best 2013: Resorts: Dedon Island

  • Cynthia Rosenfeld

Dedon Island (+49.40.30.70.86.693, www.dedonisland.com) is not actually an island. But the nine-villa retreat—set along the sparkling sea on the southeastern coast of the Philippines’ Siargao Island—feels every bit as secluded and exclusive as a private-isle resort. The first hotel developed by the outdoor-furniture manufacturer Dedon, this 10-​acre property serves as an exotic and elaborate showroom for the German brand’s breezy woven collections. Each of the resort’s thatch-roofed villas is dappled with the company’s alfresco furnishings—sun loungers, deck chairs—while cocoon-like hanging beds sway below tilting palms along the shore. Visiting surfers can head straight to Cloud 9, one of Asia’s best breaks, while adventurers can explore the lagoons and seawater pools of the nearby Sohoton Caves. Back ashore, guests can relax with a private yoga session or massage in the spa, followed by dinner on the talcum-soft sand. ($475–$925, all-inclusive)