Boracay named No 1 destination for relaxation, No 3 for nightlife

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Hotel booking site asked their clients, and the 'party beach' got their votes

HOT DAYS, HOTTER NIGHTS. Boracay's by-the-beach bars, day-long parties and white sand beaches make it a top Nightlife destination, say the clients of All photos by Roopak Ramachandran Nair

MANILA, Philippines – Boracay does it again. 

The “party island” that was named the No. 1 island destination by Travel + Leisure magazine and that came in No. 6 in’s list of best beaches in 2012 has just been voted the No. 1 destination for relaxation and the No. 3 favorite destination for nightlife. 

The survey was conducted by, a popular hotel booking site based in Asia. 

The customer survey collected answers from 113,000 respondents at the end of their trip. The customers were asked to rate destinations based on the categories Relaxation and Nightlife on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being “poor” and 5 being “excellent.”

RELAX ON THE BEACH. Boracay is a getaway not only for foreign tourists but for local travelers, too

Under the Relaxation category, Boracay emerged as the clear winner, beating out second placer Bali and 3rd placer Koh Samui, a beach in Thailand.

In the Nightlife category, Thailand’s colorful capital, Bangkok, is the top choice, attracting tourists with its tuk-tuks, crazy bars and the energetic spirit of Khao San Road. Coming in second is the modern desert city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Boracay squeezes into the top 3 with its by-the-beach bars, day-long parties and white sand beaches.

Boracay is the only Philippine destination that made it to the top 10 for both categories. Manila came in 22nd in the Nightlife category while Cebu ranked 19 in the Relaxation category.

A PLACE IN TOP 10. Boracay is the only Philippine destination that made it to the top 10 of both Agoda lists

Thailand proves to be a tourist favorite with 4 of its tourist destinations making it to the top 10 list for Relaxation and 3 to the top 10 list for Nightlife.

Here are the complete lists:

Top Destinations for Relaxation

  1. Boracay, Philippines
  2. Bali, Indonesia
  3. Koh Samui, Thailand
  4. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  5. Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
  6. Krabi, Thailand
  7. Langkawi, Malaysia
  8. Hua Hin, Thailand
  9. Phuket, Thailand
  10. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

FAMILY-FRIENDLY. Boracay is not just for party-goers; it is for families, too

Top Destinations for Nightlife

  1. Bangkok, Thailand
  2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  3. Boracay, Philippines
  4. Pattaya, Thailand
  5. Tokyo, Japan
  6. Phuket, Thailand
  7. Hong Kong SAR, China
  8. Macau SAR, China
  9. Taipei, Taiwan
  10. Bali, Indonesia

SUMMER DESTINATION? No doubt about it. Boracay will always be a favorite.


If you want to relax and unwind by the beach during the day and party by night, then Boracay is the perfect spot for you. Click here to get a 75% discount on Boracay hotels.

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