Boracay, Palawan voted among World’s & Asia’s best by Conde Nast Traveler readers

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Boracay and Palawan earned multiple spots on the CNT Readers’ Choice Awards 2022. Photos from Shangri-La Boracay and El Nido Resorts FB.

Boracay and Palawan in the Philippines have been voted among the world’s and Asia’s best in the 35th annual Conde Nast Traveler (CNT) Readers’ Choice Awards, a testament to the travel destinations’ being perennial favorites.

The two world-renowned travel destinations in Southeast Asia made it to three CNT best-of-listings based on the American travel magazine’s hundreds of thousands of respondent readers’ votes submitted between April 1 and June 30, 2022, and released on October 4: World’s Top Islands, 50 Best Resorts in the World, and Top 20 Resorts in Asia.

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WORLD’S TOP ISLANDS
#1 Boracay
#8 Palawan

The Boracay resort island in Aklan, Western Visayas region is ranked No. 1 in Asia with a score of 95.13 on the CNT Readers’ Choice Awards for World’s Top Islands grouped in eight regions.

Boracay’s world-famous four-square island reclaimed its Top Islands No. 1 ranking after its reopening in 2019 following a massive rehabilitation program.

The archipelagic province of Palawan with the famed Puerto Princesa Subterranean River UNESCO World Heritage Site, El Nido, blue lagoon, and Bacuit Archipelago, among other offerings, placed 8th among the top 10 islands in the region.

The Philippines’ famous Boracay and Palawan were previously chosen among the World’s Best Island Beaches in the 2020 edition of the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.

WORLD’S BEST RESORTS
#27 World – Shangri-La Boracay
#40 World – El Nido Resorts Palawan

Shangri-La Boracay hotel ranked 27th in the world with a score of 98.97 while El Nido Resorts in Pangulasian Island of Palawan placed 40th in the world with a score of 98.57 on the CNT readers’ newest survey.

The two world-renowned travel destinations in the Philippines made it to the 2022 readers’ choices of the “50 Best Resorts in the World” for travelers seeking luxurious vacations and longer stays in the list topped by Ireland’s Adare Manor in Co. Limerick.

CNT editors describe Shangri-La Boracay in the Philippines which made it to the awards in 2017, 2021, and 2022:

“Overlooking a sheltered bay on Boracay’s northern coastline, this 30-acre property debuted in 2009, and it’s been a crowdpleaser ever since. The main building is an open pavilion with a pitched roof and an exterior of local coral stone. Public areas create a sense of place with ten-foot-high tribal drums, carved wooden sculptures, and Filipino art. Room interiors showcase handwoven textiles, sconces made of local capiz shells, and oars framed as art—though any artwork will have to compete with the incredible sunsets outside. The spoils of the ocean are the focus at the cliffside Sirena restaurant, where the absolutely over-the-top seafood tower comes piled with Palawan lobster, tiger prawns, lapu lapu fillet, red snapper, scallops, octopus, and clams.”

CNT editors describe El Nido Resorts in Pangulasian Island of Palawan which it to the best-of-list 6 times – in 2017, 2018 (Gold List), 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022:

“The most luxurious of El Nido Resorts’ four Palawan archipelago properties comprises 42 villas laid out along a white-sand cove facing the emerald Bacuit Bay on the South China Sea. An hour-and-a-quarter-long charter flight southwest from Manila brings you to a one-runway airport where you’re welcomed by a group of singing ladies. Your luxurious hideaway (a quick boat trip from the airport) is a launchpad to the island biosphere gloriously featured in The Bourne Legacy. With scuba courses and access to plentiful dive sites, as well as boat tours of mangroves and secret lagoons, you could spend all your time exploring, but the resort makes it equally tempting to stay put. There is a reef for snorkeling, a fleet of kayaks for guests’ use, and a seemingly endless choice of lounging options.”

ASIA’S BEST RESORTS
#5 in Asia – Shangri-La Boracay
#8 in Asia – El Nido Resorts Palawan

Shangri-La Boracay hotel ranked 5th in Asia while El Nido Resorts in Pangulasian Island of Palawan placed 8th in Asia.

The “Top 20 Resorts in Asia” is led by Vietnam’s Six Senses in Ninh Van Bay.

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu also joined Asia’s best list at 20th place.

TELL US in the comments below about your good experiences in Boracay and Palawan of the Philippines – ranked among the preferred travel destinations in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2022!

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