Aerial photo of El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island in Palawan, which was recently recognized with the Asia’s Responsible Tourism Award at the 21st World Travel Awards early this month in New Delhi, India. Photo: Handout
MANILA - Palawan, which is home to one of the world's newest natural wonders, was hailed as the best island in the world by the readers of an award-winning US travel magazine.
On Monday, Conde Nast Traveler released the results of its 27th annual Readers' Choice Awards on its website.
Palawan was named the "Top Island in the World" based on over 76,600 votes. The island destination scored a rating of 88.750, mainly because of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.
"Palawan's natural wonder is one of the longest underground rivers in the world, traveling five miles through a subterranean cave system," the magazine wrote.
"Guided boat tours take visitors down a portion of the waterway, where karsts, natural rock formations created by dissolving limestone, loom in every direction," it added.
Palawan beat out the likes of Kiawah Island in South Carolina, Maui in Hawaii, Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique, the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands in Australia, and Santorini in Greece.
A photo of Boracay Islands in the Philippines. Photo taken from the website of Conde Nast Traveler
Meanwhile, Boracay Island also placed in the list at No. 12. The island received a rating of 82.683 from readers of the magazine.
"This itty-bitty island in the Western Philippines is as close to the tropical idyll ideal as you’ll find in the Philippines, with gentle coastlines and transporting sunsets. Add in a thriving nightlife scene, and you have one of the top tourist spots in the region," Conde Nast Traveler wrote.
"The aptly named White Beach is Boracay’s main draw, with powdery white sand and shallow azure water ideal for swimming and snorkeling," it added.
Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa also received acclaim, ranking 11th in the list of "Top 20 Resorts in Asia."
A photo of Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa. Photo taken from the resort's Facebook page
"Providing 'a great resort experience that everyone should enjoy, this property on 30 acres debuted in 2009. The main building is an open pavilion with a pitched roof and an exterior of local coral stone," the magazine wrote.
"Public areas create a sense of place with ten-foot-high tribal drums, carved wooden sculptures, and local art. Room interiors showcase handwoven textiles, sconces made of local capiz shells, and oars framed as art," it added.