TripAdvisor has again announced winners of its Travellers’ Choice Awards, this time turning their attention to the best islands in Asia.
Last month, the travel planning and booking site announced its Top 25 Destinations in the World for 2016, which was determined by the quantity and quality of reviews left by reviewers, as well as traveller booking interest.
On this year’s Top 10 Islands in Asia list, Indonesian favourites Bali, Lombok and Gili Trawangan, ranked highly with Bali taking the Number 1 spot.
Upon learning their islands’ top rankings, the Ministry of Tourism Republic of Indonesia commented, “Bali, Lombok and Gili Trawangan are the finest examples as of destinations that are not just great to visit, but islands that serve as enchanting sanctuaries that perpetuate harmony between the people, culture and nature of Indonesia. We would like to thank TripAdvisor for this recognition and we look forward to more visitors from around the world coming to explore further the beauty of these islands.”
Thai islands also prove to be popular destination picks for travellers with Phuket, Ko Samui and Koh Tao, tying its number of appearances on the list with Indonesia.
TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Top 10 islands in Asia are:
For travellers who have yet to set foot on these islands and are wondering what they have to offer, TripAdvisor has also identified the best hotels as well as popular tours, iconic attractions and upcoming events for a little more insight:
1. Bali, Indonesia
Millions of travellers flock to this popular destination every year for plenty of reasons. Famed for its beautiful beaches, dense jungles and enticing temples, Bali offers something for all types of travellers – the surfers, the adventurers and even those seeking a cultural experience or a rejuvenating respite. For some fun under the sun, travellers can head to the highly-rated amusement and waterpark, Waterbom Bali, and for a serene escapade nestled amidst lush greenery setting, stay the night at Komaneka at Bisma.
Average nightly hotel rate: USD100
Reason to go now: Bali International Dragon Boat Race and Festival on Batur Lake: May 26-29, 2016
2. Phuket, Thailand
A spectacular holiday spot filled with vibrant sights and sounds, Phuket’s incredible natural attractions offer plenty of reasons for travellers to visit and revisit the island. Beachgoers will be able to enjoy panoramic beaches boasting clear blue waters like Kata Noi beach and Nai Harn beach. Honeymooners looking for an intimate setting can book the award-winning property The Shore at Katathani, boasting private villas and a luxurious spa on top of their renowned warmth and hospitality.
Average nightly hotel rate: USD66
Reason to go now: Baba Wedding Festival, located in the Phuket Old Town: June 2016
3. Ko Samui, Thailand
Travellers head to idyllic Ko Samui every year to unwind and rejuvenate at its picturesque beaches and award-winning resorts offering incredible spas and amenities. Nature lovers will be able to easily spend a whole day exploring the Angthong National Marine Park that provides a breathtaking view of the lagoon and marine life. To complete the experience, travellers can book a night’s stay at the Bo Phut Resort & Spa renowned for their amazing property and exceptional service.
Average nightly hotel rate: USD94
Reason to go now: Samui Regatta, located at Chaweng Beach: May 21-28, 2016
4. Koh Tao, Thailand
Nestled on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand, palm-lined Koh Tao takes its name from the abundant sea turtles that can be found on its shores. With plenty of stunning beaches offering kilometres of soft sand and crystal waters such as Ao Tanot beach, travellers can look forward to a vacation of lounging under the sun in an idyllic paradise. To complete the perfect island holiday, travellers can book their accommodation at the award-winning The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, a luxury property boasting nine villas with private infinity pools, perfect for those seeking privacy and serenity.
Average nightly hotel rate: USD70
Reason to go now: Save Koh Tao Festival, located at the Sairee: June 18-19, 2016
5. Lombok, Indonesia
Near the more popular Bali, Lombok is a gem with many natural attractions to behold – tranquil diving spots, picture-perfect waterfalls and even rugged hiking trails leading up to volcanoes with crater lakes. One of the highly recommended activities is to follow the trekking trail towards the magnificent Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfall, where travellers can enjoy a refreshing dip at Tiu Kelep. Travellers looking for the best offerings in a small and intimate property can book their stay at The Lombok Lodge.
Average nightly hotel rate: USD85
Reason to go now: Senggigi Festival held across the island: July 5-8, 2016
6. Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
The largest of the three Gili islands, Gili Trawangan is a paradise for travellers looking for the ideal snorkelling or diving spots. A tropical retreat for travellers of all budgets, the island not only offers luxury hotels and fancy restaurants, but also trendy guesthouses and local ‘warungs’ (food stalls usually selling local delicacies). Travellers can hit one of the many dive schools including the award-winning Manta Dive. After spending the day in the sea, head to Desa Dunia Beda and choose one of the Javanese-style villas to spend the night.
Average nightly hotel rate: USD94
Reason to go now: Festival Gili Indah (Beautiful Gili Festival): September 24-27, 2016
7. Boracay, The Philippines
One of the Philippines’ top destinations, Boracay earns its fame through its vibrant tourist hotspots and pulsating nightlife. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Yapak beach that provides a welcomed intimacy and seclusion, complete with little food outlets and spectacular view, perfect for a day of soaking up some glorious sunshine. After a day of frolicking under the sun, travellers can unwind at the award-winning Discovery Shores Boracay famed for its beautiful property and Filipino hospitality.
Average nightly hotel rate: USD95
Reason to go now: Boracay Food Festival: May 11-13, 2016
8. Langkawi, Malaysia
Tropical haven of Langkawi Island is home to sun-kissed beaches and lush, forested hills, making it the ideal destination for nature lovers. Get a panoramic view of the island’s beauty by taking a ride on the Langkawi Cable Car. Travellers looking for rest and relaxation can book a stay at The Danna Langkawi strategically located with easy access to numerous attractions and outdoor activities.
Average nightly hotel rate: USD68
Reason to go now: Langkawi International Laksa (spicy noodles) Carnival: usually held on last week of May
9. Havelock Island, India
Havelock Island is a picturesque paradise dotted with beautiful white sand beaches. It is also home to the spectacular Radhanagar Beach, a consistent winner of the Travellers’ Choice Award for Beaches. The island is popular for scuba diving and snorkeling with jungle treks and camping being other popular activities. For those not interested in these pursuits, can relax and soak in the gorgeous scenery at Barefoot at Havelock resort.
Average nightly hotel rate: USD147
Reason to go now: Music Festival, together with Monsoon festival: usually held in August
10. Taketomicho Iriomote-jima, Japan
Located off the coast of Ishigaki is quaint Taketomicho Iriomote-jima with its beautiful rows of traditional houses and shops, reminiscent of ancient Japan. Travellers can rent a bicycle to get to the island’s natural wonders such as the stunning Pinaisara Falls, and spend the night at Hotel Nirakanai Iriomotejima that boasts a fantastic beach access.
Average nightly hotel rate: USD236
Reason to go now: Honen-sai festival (a festival thanking the gods for abundant harvest): usually held in end July
TripAdvisor has also released their list of the Top 10 Islands in the World. Bali and Phuket, Asia’s top two island choices are the only Asian destinations to appear on the international list and hold steady in the Number 5 and Number 8 spots respectively.
The other eight islands making up the list are as follows:
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