The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

Each year Travel + Leisure magazine asks its readers to share their experiences on different destinations and companies, to compile a list of the Word’s best cities, islands, spas, airlines, cruise lines and many more.


In the Best Islands list, the Philippines definitely shone through, with three islands in the top 10, and second year at number one for Palawan. However, this list just goes to show that amazing islands can be found all over the world – you may just have to be willing to travel that little bit further to experience the best of the best.

  1. Palawan, Philippines
  2. Boracay, Philippines
  3. Ischia, Italy
  4. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
  5. Santorini, Greece
  6. Cebu, Philippines
  7. Maui, Hawaii
  8. Hilton Head, South Carolina
  9. Kauai, Hawaii
  10. Bali, Indonesia

The top 10 cities also offer a diverse list of destinations, with some surprising entries (such as Luang Prabang), and some reoccurring favourites (such as Florence and Kyoto). All of the cities below have been picked because they offer the whole package, from history and culture to exciting cuisine.

  1. Charleston, South Carolina
  2. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  3. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  4. Florence, Italy
  5. Luang Prabang, Laos
  6. Kyoto, Japan
  7. New Orleans, Louisiana
  8. Barcelona, Spain
  9. Savannah, Georgia
  10. Cape Town, South Africa

If you’re more into cruising than island hopping or city touring, Cunard was votes the number one cruise line, followed by Disney Cruise Lines in second place – proving that cruising is a very viable holiday option for all ages.

  1. Cunard
  2. Disney Cruise Lines
  3. Princess Cruises
  4. Celebrity Cruises
  5. Royal Caribbean International

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