Best island to chill out, for 12th consecutive years

Best island to chill out, for 12th consecutive years
(The Samaya Ubud)

Indonesia's resort island of Bali has earned the Best Island title awarded by Singapore-based influential travel website DestinAsian through its recent 2017 Readers Choice Award (RCA).

It was the 12th of such a title received by the island from the media consecutively. In addition to Bali taking the top slot, neighbouring island of Lombok was also placed among the top 10 Best islands in the World according to DestinAsian readers.

Phuket island, in South Thailand, came in second with Samui island taking the 4th slot and Phi Phi in eighth place. Malaysia had two island listed in the top 10; Langkawi, and Penang.

The top 10 islands in the Asia-Pacific region as voted by the publication’s readers were:

  1. Bali;
  2. Phuket;
  3. Maldives;
  4. Samui;
  5. Boracay;
  6. Palawan;
  7. Langkawi;
  8. Phi Phi;
  9. Penang;
  10. Lombok.

In other categories Bali also dominated the placements.

Readers of DestinAsian placed Alila Villas Uluwatu as Best Boutique Hotel followed by COMO Uma Ubud in fifth place.

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The title for Best Hotel Spa went to Ayana Spa in Jimbaran, followed by The Spa, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay in third Place.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia Airlines was placed third in Best Economy Class category and fifth in the category of Best Airline and Best Frequent Flyer Programme.

Singapore Airlines was named top airline in Asia Pacific followed by Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways International and Garuda Indonesia.

Commenting on Indonesia’s success in the annual awards, Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, said: “Achievements made in international forums will (build) Indonesia’s tourism, confidence and credibility.”

Nothing beats Bali sunset |
Nothing beats Bali sunset |


He added: “We keep aiming at a top world reputation so that the brand of Wonderful Indonesia will shine in every competition.”

Deputy for International Market Development of the Ministry of Tourism, I Gede Pitana expressed his pride that the world continuously appreciates Bali as the Best Island in the World.

“Bali has for centuries captivated tourists from all over the world through her hospitable people, her arts and culture, wonderful nature, culinary richness, and beautiful beaches”, he said.

This article was first published on on Feb 23rd. 


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Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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