Best island of the year? Providenciales, as named in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Islands Awards.
Travelers stuck for ideas on where to go for their next island getaway can take a glance towards travel website TripAdvisor, which has helpfully named its picks for the Travelers’ Choice Islands in a new, sprawling ‘best of the best’ 2015 mega-list of islands worldwide.
The verdict on the best island in the world in 2015? Providenciales.
The Travelers’ Choice Islands winners this year comprise over a hundred islands worldwide that are bringing their ‘A’ game to the world’s court, according to millions of TripAdvisor member reviews and opinions from 45 countries worldwide. The award winners of the island hotlist were arrived at with the help of an algorithm that considered both the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings gathered over a 12-month period — left by the TripAdvisor member community — for the hotels, restaurants and attractions on these islands.
Besides a global Top 10 list of the best islands, there are also separate Top 10 lists for the regions of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, and the United States.
Interestingly, TripAdvisor’s top 2015 hotel — as announced in its 2015 Travelers’ Choice Hotels earlier in January this year — is luxury resort Gili Lankanfushi Maldives. As for the Maldives itself, well, the 1,200 or so island nation was nowhere to be found on the 2015 Travelers’ Choice Islands list.
The Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Islands in the world are, in order:
#1. Providenciales | Turks and Caicos
“… diving and snorkeling in Providenciales is as convenient as it is stunning, thanks to miles of coral reef that’s easily accessible from the shore” – TripAdvisor
#2. Maui | Hawaii
“Stretch out on warm, golden sands or hit the surf for an unforgettable windsurfing or snorkeling session…” – TripAdvisor
#3. Roatan | Honduras
“… a playground for lovers of water sports and ecotourism” – TripAdvisor
#4. Santorini | Greece
“… you’ll find peace as you roam the black sand beaches or the streets of a provincial village like Imerovigli” – TripAdvisor
#5. Ko Tao | Thailand
“White sand beaches sheltered by steep hills—some only accessible with four-wheel drive vehicles—and 300 days of sun per year invite long afternoons of lounging…” – TripAdvisor
#6. Madeira | Portugal
“… a colorful collection of gardens, religious sites, and quirky tourist attractions like the thatched-roof Madeira Story Centre” – TripAdvisor
#7. Bali | Indonesia
“… a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy” – TripAdvisor
#8. Mauritius | Africa
“… a tropical paradise with tons to do” – TripAdvisor
#9. Bora Bora | French Polynesia
“Turquoise lagoons, soft white sands, and deep tangerine sunsets set the scene for romance…” – TripAdvisor
#10. Fernando de Noronha | Brazil
“Visitors are restricted, but the lucky few are rewarded with unrivaled beaches and soothing warm waters filled with dolphins and sea turtles…” – TripAdvisor
View the complete 2015 Travelers’ Choice Islands winners list here.