This year, three of the top 10 islands in the world, as decided by Travel + Leisure readers, are in the Philippines. These favored destinations are Cebu, Boracay, and Palawan, which ranked numbers 6, 2, and 1 respectively.
The Philippines’ predominance shows that discerning travelers around the globe are willing to go to great distances for the rewards of clear waters and sugary, white beaches.
According to one T+L reader, “There is never a dull moment in Cebu. It is perfect for travelers who don’t want to spend a lot of money on recreational activities.” Hiking through canyons, swimming with whale sharks, and diving from the top of a waterfall are just a few of the activities visitors can try.
To experience a more exciting holiday in Cebu, head on to JPark Island Resort and Waterpark. Set along the white-sand coastline of Mactan Island in Lapu-Lapu City, the resort is regarded as the country’s premier and only luxury waterpark resort.
Its boasts 5 themed pools, 7 dining venues, and a gaming facility. Guests of JPI will be delighted to know that this hotel in Cebu enjoys close proximity to several places of interests like the Mactan Island Aquarium, Mactan Shrine, Fort San Pedro, and Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño.
Only a puddle-jump away from Cebu is the island of Boracay, which one T+L reader deemed “a natural treasure.” One of the best holiday retreat in this paradise-like destination is Henann Regency Resort and Spa, formerly known as Boracay Regency.
Set right in the middle of a long stretch of white-sand beach, this property offers 302 ultra-elegant and Mediterranean-themed guestrooms, 7 restaurants, a comprehensive spa, and 3 crystalline swimming pools.
From Henann Regency Resort, guests can easily explore Mount Luho, Puka Beach, Kingfisher Farm, Bat Caves, The Dead Forest, and Baling Hai Beach.
Palawan first received the coveted No.1 spot in 2013, and it’s little surprise that the island is back at the top. Visitors are greeted with mountains rising out of impossibly turquoise waters, where shipwrecks and reefs make for prime scuba diving and snorkeling.
“Palawan is every beach lover’s dream destination,” said one voter, who regarded it as a “wonderful and magical place.” Palawan is also home to a five-mile-long underground river. It’s considered one of the world’s wonders of nature, and visitors shouldn’t miss the chance to boat through its limestone caverns.
If you wish to explore the famed Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, the location of Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort is a perfect base for an astounding tour between land and water. The resort only has 27 lodgings that easily fill up because of client patronage. All accommodations have ample space for 4 to 9 guests.
It also made sure that guests will enjoy the beach by providing sundecks, volleyball, badminton, and other non-motorized equipment like kayaks, body boards, skim boards, and stand-up paddle boards (SUP). Travelers who love adventure are also in for a treat as the resort in Puerto Princesa is a walking distance to the Sabang Wharf, ZipLine, mangrove, and waterfalls.
To read T+L’s full article, go to http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/islands.