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World's Best Islands 2013

World's Best Islands: Boracay

Mario Babiera / Alamy

No. 2 Boracay, Philippines

Boracay, which ranked No. 1 last year, has made room for up-and-coming Palawan, yet the island continues to exert its own powerful appeal on travelers. Boracay is smaller and more accessible, with more nightlife. White Beach boasts of the world’s softest sand, while Puka Beach offers beautiful seashells and the romance of seclusion.

Where to Stay: Discovery Shores Boracay, voted the No. 1 hotel spa in Asia in the 2013 World’s Best Awards, or Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa for its two private beaches and Sulu Sea vistas.


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