Bali enters Travel+Leisure’s ‘hall of fame’ after earning best island honors for 10 straight years

Tourists prepare to surf at Uluwatu beach. (Photo: Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP)
Tourists prepare to surf at Uluwatu beach. (Photo: Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP)

Bali continues to attract tourists from all over the world, thanks to its rather eclectic mix of beautiful beaches, stunning forests and active volcanoes, all of which exists alongside the vibrant traditional culture, charming hospitality and delicious cuisine that the island is famous for. 

Perhaps it’s not much of a surprise then that the Island of the Gods was voted one of the world’s best by the readers of Travel + Leisure. T+L announced yesterday that Bali was ranked the third best island in the world by its readers in their latest survey, scoring a total of 90.76. 

For T+L’s 2019 World’s Best Awards, the magazine again asked its readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe. Islands are rated according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, as well as overall value. 

Not only did Bali take third place on the  list, this year it’s also an honoree of the World’s Best Award Hall of Fame, which means the destination has been voted onto the Best Islands in the World list for the past 10 consecutive years. 

In 2018, the neighboring island Java was named the best island in the world, followed closely by Bali at second place and Lombok in third place. This year, the top honor was given to Sri Lanka, while Palawan in the Philippines scooped up second place. 

T+L World’s Best Awards for Islands this year also include Greece’s Crete, Thailand’s Koh Lanta and the Maldives. 

Meanwhile, those who have been drawn to the mix of the arts, nature, tradition and wellness in the highlands of Ubud might have also expected it to receive some accolades, and they’d be right to think so. 

The magazine’s readers voted Ubud as one of the 15 best cities in the world this year, ranking sixth on the list. When it comes to Asia’s best cities, Ubud places third, just after Hoi An in Vietnam and Chiang Mai in Thailand. 

If you’re curious about some of the world’s best hotels, this year’s World Best Awards List for the category, includes two located in Pulau Dewata: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, which ranked 64th, and The Mulia, which ranked 7th. 

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