Boracay, world famous for its ﬁne white sand beaches, is the best island in the world for 2012, according to a survey recently conducted by international magazine Travel+Leisure.
Earning a score of 93.10 from the magazine readers’ votes in a poll for this year’s “World’s Best Awards,” Boracay went up from fourth last year, topping other beach destinations, including
Bali, Indonesia (No. 2, with 90.41 percent) and
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (No. 3, 89.55).
Last year’s Top Island Award went to
Santorini, Greece, which fell to No. 6 (89.20) this year.
Rounding out this year’s Top 10 Islands list are
Maui, Hawaii (No. 4, 89.53);
Great Barrier Reef Islands, Australia (No. 5, 89.28);
Kauai, Hawaii (No. 7, 89.09);
Big Island, Hawaii (No. 8, 87.95)
Sicily, Italy (No. 9, 87.87); and
Vancouver Island, British Columbia (No. 10, 87.48).
“This is important, Boracay. It beat out Bali, No. 2,” said Travel+Leisure editor Nilou Motamed, in an interview with Today host Willie Geist. “It’s one of those islands you should know about if you’re interested in culture and value.”
The magazine’s editor-in-chief Nancy Novogrod, in a press statement, said, “Even after 17 years, the opportunity to see what travel experiences resonate with our readers still intrigues and delights me. While some passions change over time, the allure of the exotic and the new remains as strong as ever, as does the attraction to trips that provide distinctive and long-lasting memories.”
Geographically a part of the municipality of Malay, Aklan, Boracay is approximately 10 square kilometers. It is located two kilometers off the northwest tip of Panay in Western Visayas and is approximately 315 kilometers (196 miles) south of Manila.
Boracay’s Discovery Shores also bagged this year’s Best Hotel Spa Award in Asia, up from No. 7 last year.
Published by the American Express Publishing Corp. since 1937, the New York-based Travel+Leisure magazine is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Express Co., led by president and chief executive officer Ed Kelly.
The 2012 World’s Best Awards winners will be feted in a ceremony on July 19 to be hosted by Novogrod herself and the magazine’s vice president and publisher, Jean-Paul Kyrillos, at the spanking Conrad New York. (With reports from ABS-CBN News Online, travelandleisure.com, and amexpub.com)