Boracay is top place for relaxation: poll


Posted at Jan 03 2013 04:09 PM | Updated as of Jan 04 2013 06:53 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The resort island of Boracay is the best place in the world for relaxation, according to a poll conducted by a hotel booking site.

The survey is based on feedback provided by over 113,000 respondents at the end of their stay, said in a statement released on Thursday.

It added that customers got to rate two categories – “nightlife” and “relaxation” – on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest.

Boracay in Aklan province ranked first in the “relaxation” category, and third in the “nightlife” category.

“Boracay is the lone Philippine destination that has made the Top 10 for both categories. Philippine capital Manila has held a Top 22 ranking in the nightlife category, while Visayas hub Cebu came in Top 19 in the relaxation category,” the press statement read.

Here are Top 10 destinations for relaxation and nightlife, according to the poll:


  1. Boracay, Philippines
  2. Bali, Indonesia
  3. Koh Samui, Thailand
  4. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  5. Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
  6. Krabi, Thailand
  7. Langkawi, Malaysia
  8. Hua Hin, Thailand
  9. Dubai, UAE


  1. Bangkok, Thailand
  2. Dubai, UAE
  3. Boracay, Philippines
  4. Pattaya, Thailand
  5. Tokyo, Japan
  6. Phuket, Thailand
  7. Hong Kong SAR, China
  8. Macau SAR, China
  9. Taipei, Taiwan
  10. Bali, Indonesia

Boracay is no stranger to awards and recognitions, having been named the world’s best island getaway by Travel + Leisure magazine last year. It has also been voted by users of the travel website TripAdvisor as one of the world’s top beach destinations for 2012.

In 2008, a poll by the travel magazine Smart Travel Asia showed that Boracay is among the best holiday destinations in the region.