Cebu, together with the other Visayas Islands, was named the third among the Top 5 Best Islands in Asia in 2013, in the Reader’s Choice Awards conducted by the international Conde Nast Travel Magazine. It got a rating of 80.4, which included the following criteria and respective ratings: Scenery -86.0, Friendliness – 88.8, Atmosphere – 78.5, Restaurants – 68.3, Lodging – 78.4, Activities – 79.2, and Beaches – 83.5. Cebu took a great leap from the same type of survey last 2012, where it placed 7th among the Top 10 Islands in Asia with a score of 75.9.
Based on the ratings, travelers from all over the world find Cebu a friendly and beautiful place to be. The scenic spots and beautiful beaches of Cebu, as well as the warmth of the Cebuanos seem to keep attracting tourists from all over the world. One survey participant even said “it is probably the best island city in the universe” while another said “these islands have it all, including shopping and restaurant needs for any traveler with the friendliest people you will meet anywhere in the world!”
The annual survey, which started in 1988, had an enormous number of participants this time with 79,268 respondents who casted around 1.3 million votes in all. The other top favorite islands in Asia also included Lombok, Indonesia at Number 5 with a rating of 77.8; Phuket, Thailand at Number 4 with 78.9 rating; Koh Samui Island, Thailand at Number 2, with a rating of 82.8; and Bali, Indonesia on the top spot with a rating of 83.1.
Also recognized in the same survey was Cebu’s very own Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa, which ranked Number 13 among the Top 20 resorts in Asia in 2013, with an impressive score of 89.1. Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa is a five-star resort hotel in the island of Mactan, Cebu, which is just a few minutes away from the Mactan Cebu International Airport.