Boracay voted ‘Best Island’ in Conde Nast survey




Boracay Island’s powdery white sand and shallow azure water  are the main draw, say travelers.

Boracay Island’s powdery white sand and shallow azure water are the main draw, say travelers.

Boracay, Philippines was named the Best Island in the World by international travel magazine Condé Nast.

Zeny Pallugna, Officer-In-Charge of the Philippine Department of Tourism in New York (PDOT-NY) accepted the recognition at an awarding party held October 18 at the 1 World Trade Center in New York City.

This year, two other Philippine island destinations landed on the coveted list of Condé Nast’s Top 20 Best Islands in the World: Palawan (#2) and Cebu (#5).

“This itty-bitty island (10-square mile) in the Western Philippines is as close to the tropical idyll as you’ll find in Southeast Asia, with gentle coastlines and transporting sunsets. Add in a thriving nightlife scene, and you have one of the top tourist spots in the region,” Condé Nast Traveler wrote.

Condé Nast further said that, “The aptly named White Beach is Boracay’s main draw, with powdery white sand and shallow azure water ideal for swimming and snorkeling.”

Pallugna said that the international recognition of the Philippines’ top three island destinations is a big boost to sustained tourism efforts aimed at encouraging more travelers to visit the Philippines to experience its unique beauty and culture.

“The prestigious destination awards we garnered this year from the readers of American travel publications, such as Conde Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure, reinforce our destinations’ image and ignite curiosity and interest of the affluent American travelers to visit the Philippines,” she said in a statement.

Some 300,000 plus travelers took part in the 29th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards Survey of Condé Nast, a premiere media company in the U.S., and voted Boracay as the Top Island in the World for 2016, followed by Palawan and Cebu.

On its website, Condé Nast says more than 300,000 travelers submitted millions of ratings and over 75,000 comments that helped the magazine compile its list of winning favorites. “The breadth of their top-rated experiences was impressive, from elegant castles in the Irish countryside to tented safari camps trailing the Great Migration across the Serengeti. They chose tiny private islands in the tropics, small culture rich cities in Europe, and intimate river cruises. Most notably, they declared a passion for the authentic, the personalized, the unexpected.”

For the last two years, Boracay placed #12 and #13 on the list. This year, Boracay outranked other world-famous islands such as Bali in Indonesia (#10), Tahiti in French Polynesia (15) and Santorini in Greece (#17). This is the third time, after Palawan was voted #1 in 2013 and 2015, that one of the Philippines 1,107 islands was named as the Top Island in World by Conde Nast readers.

The awarding event was attended by over 100 awardees, Condé Nast executives and travel company representatives. Condé Nast attracts over 164 million consumers across its 20 print and digital media brands, including The New Yorker, GQ, Golf Digest and Vogue.

Zeny Pallugna of the Philippine Department of Tourism receives the plaque of recognition from Conde Nast’s Publisher Brendan Monaghan.

Zeny Pallugna of the Philippine Department of Tourism receives the plaque of recognition from Conde Nast’s Publisher Brendan Monaghan.



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