Discovery Shores Boracay once again took the top spot as Number 1 Hotel Spa in Asia in Travel + Leisure’s (T+L) coveted 17th annual World’s Best Awards compendium of the best hotels, destinations, and travel companies in the world (Source:http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/worlds-best-hotels/6). Travel + Leisure features director, Nilou Motamed, announced winners of the 2012 World’s Best Awards survey on the “Today” daily American morning television show that airs on NBC. The resort also ranked Number 5 on the list of Top 100 Hotels in the world and Number 2 among the Top Resorts in Asia.
Discovery Shores has been consistently in the T+L World’s Best Awards list of Top Resorts in Asia for three years now, each year ranking higher in the readers’ survey. “This is an affirmation of our unwavering commitment to giving our guests unmatched service standards complemented by our dedicated staff and our world-class facilities,“ said Jose C Parreño, J, chief operating officer of The Discovery Leisure Company Inc (TDLCI) and concurrent general manager of Discovery Shores Boracay.
For 17 years running, T+L readers have been asked to vote on the hotels, destinations and travel companies they love the most in the annual World’s Best Awards survey. This year’s results showcase the hotels and destinations that are important now. “Even after 17 years, the opportunity to see what travel experiences resonate with our readers still intrigues and delights me. While some passions change over time, the allure of the exotic and the new remains as strong as ever, as does the attraction to trips that provide distinctive and long-lasting memories,” Travel + Leisure editor-in-chief Nancy Novogrod said in a press statement.
Travel + Leisure’s website describes Discovery Shores: “Barefoot elegance is the prevailing vibe on this tiny island, where the 2 1/2-mile stretch known as White Beach is often singled out for having the softest sand in the world. The 88 spacious suites feature large glass walls that look towards a scenic rock garden, but chances are you’ll spend more time by the water. Take a dip in the infinity pool, or Jet Ski on the crystalline sea. For people-watching, head to the Sandbar, where they stir up delicious mojitos, infused with local flavors like lychee and mango…Room to Book: Suites #318 and #330 have outdoor Jacuzzis, loft bedrooms, and views of the entire resort. Insider Tip: Chefs at Indigo restaurant can prepare a customized, multi-course degustation menu—just make sure you give them 24-hours’ notice.” (Link: http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/boracay/hotels/discovery-shores-boracay-boracay)
Boracay Island, the pristine white sandy beach where Discovery Shores is located, known as the beach capital of the Philippines has been named as this year’s World’s Best Island Overall with a score of 93.10, taking the top spot from Santorini, last year’s World’s Best Island Overall. In January of this year, Discovery Shores was ranked among the top-rated 500 hotels in the world. It was the highest-ranking hotel in the Philippines in the T+L 500 10th Anniversary Collection.
Each year, T+L asks readers to rate their favorite hotels, destinations, and travel companies around the globe., The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards is a definitive guide to travel, listing the top travel experiences according to T+L readers. The results of the 17th annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards survey are listed on www.TravelandLeisure.com/worldsbest and will be featured in the magazine’s August digital editions and its August print issue that will hit US newsstands on July 20. The Twitter hashtag is #tlworldsbest. The Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Spa results will be featured in the October issue of Travel + Leisure and available on www.TravelandLeisure.com in mid-September.
Novogrod and the magazine’s vice-president and publisher, Jean-Paul Kyrillos, will honor the 2012 World’s Best Awards winners at a cerem