The Philippines’ very own Palawan and Boracay islands were hailed as the best in the world by the readers of an upscale travel magazine. Travel + Leisure recently released the results of its “World’s Best Awards 2013,” which is based on votes from the magazine’s “discerning” readers.
Palawan debuted at No. 1 in the “Top 10 islands” category, unseating Boracay, which has been praised by several magazines for its powdery white sand and crystal clear waters. It received a score of 95.04.
Boracay, which topped the list last year, landed in second place with a score of 93.58.
Maui in Hawaii ranked third, followed by Santorini in Greece, Prince Edward Island in Canada, Bali in Indonesia, Kauai in Hawaii, Sicily in Italy, Koh Samui in Thailand, and Galapagos.
Discovery Shores reaps awards
Meanwhile, the posh Discovery Shores of Boracay bagged three awards in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2013.
Discovery Shores is the lone Philippine entry in the “Top 100 Hotels Overall” category, where it ranked 11th. This, however, is a drop from its fifth spot last year.
The Boracay resort under the Discovery Group was also named as among the best in Asia, landing in second place. The Oberoi Udaivillas in India is the top resort in the region for the second consecutive year.
In the “Top Hotel Spas in Asia” category, Discovery Shores ranked first, followed by spas in Vietnam and Thailand.