World's Best Islands 2012
Find out where to plot your next island getaway, with some help from Travel +Leisure’s savvy readers.
Earth’s surface is 71 percent water, and our oceans are dotted with spectacular islands—tens of thousands of them—but some capture our imaginations more than others.
In Travel + Leisure’s annual World’s Best survey, readers ranked their favorites, and the results show that no distance is too great when a fabulous island waits as your reward. Six of the top 10 islands, such as Bali and Santorini, are more than an eight-hour flight from the U.S. Luckily, Americans can also find island paradise literally just offshore—on untamed Vancouver Island (No. 10).
Find out which far-flung island captured the No. 1 ranking and where to find secluded beaches, wildlife encounters, and luxurious pampering.