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Boracay Island wins Travel and Leisure Magazine’s 2012 World’s Best Island

Star Lounge at The District Boracay

Boracay Island in the Philippines has been named ‘2012 World’s Best Island’ by Travel and Leisure Magazine for 2012. In addition, Discovery Shores in Boracay was named ‘Best Hotel Spa in Asia’ for 2012 by Travel and Leisure Magazine.

Early Morning in Boracay
Early Morning in Boracay

This is a significant win for Boracay and for tourism in the Philippines when looking at the competition that ranged from Bali to Hawaii’s Big Island, Kaui and Maui and all the way to Sicily and British Columbia. The wide range of competitors for World’s Best Island are mostly well known big names, so for Boracay to win this honor is a sign that this island is one of the top island vacation spots in the world.

Best Resorts in Boracay
Best Resorts in Boracay

Also significant is the cost of travelling to Boracay and the prices of accommodation and entertainment in the resort island. When researching the range of prices for an island vacation, the difference between resorts in Boracay and some of the other top competitors is huge.

Boracay is 196 miles south of Manila just off the tip of the Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Phillipines. Most of the popular Boracay Island Resorts are also receiving numerous awards. However, this year’s win illustrates Boracay’s continued excellence as a high-end island getaway.

Beach Beds in Boracay
Beach Beds in Boracay Island

Boracay has a rich and beautiful culture, which is evident when you are there. The white sand beaches of Boracay have been heralded as some of the best beaches in the world since the island started becoming a destination to travelers in the early 1970s.

There are over 350 resorts offering a wide array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The large amount of accessible picturesque beaches lends itself to a wide range of beach activities from lazing in the sun to cliff diving, kite boarding, snorkeling and scuba diving. There are also amazing trails leading to and from some of the beaches that provide an ideal atmosphere for a walk, a hike, a jog or a bicycling adventure.

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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