If youre planning a getaway, you might want to head to Siargao in the Philippines.
Why? Because its just been voted the best island in the world by Conde Nast Traveler readers.
And if youre going abroad, you might as well go to the best possible place.
We can see why Siargao is so popular. Just a quick look at photos reveals gorgeous white sand beaches and peaceful forests with a remote, untouched feel.
The island has a population of 200,000 and isnt overrun with tourists, making it a paradise for anyone keen for a genuine escape.
That does mean it can be a little tricky to get to.
Siargao doesnt have an international airport, so to visit youd need to go to Manila, Singapore, Seoul, or Hong Kong, then get a little propeller plane flight which takes around two hours. You can find reasonably priced flights, but prepare for a full day and night of travel.
Thats all worth it, though. As well as being absolutely stunning, the island is perfect for anyone who loves to surf.
Siargao is known as the surfing capital of the Philippines, with 15 spots that are dreamy for catching a wave. There are plenty of surfing schools and places to rent boards so newbies can join in, too, and the crystal clear water also provides the perfect place to try paddle boarding or snorkeling.
If you dont fancy doing any water sports, you can just hike through the woodlands, laze on one of the many beaches, or snap pics by the rock pools at Magpupungko.
If for some reason none of this appeals, dont stress. Conde Nast has shared the runners up for its best island of the year, revealing the top islands in different areas of the world.
Take a look at the list and get packing.
Conde Nast Traveler's best islands in the world 2019:
Top five in Asia:
- Siargao, Philippines
- Boracay, Philippines
- Palawan, Philippines (FYI, this won three years running)
- Langkawi, Malaysia
- Bali, Indonesia