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Sri Lanka ranked World’s Best Island by Travel + Leisure

July, 12, 2019

Sri Lanka has been ranked as the ‘World’s Best Island ‘at the influential Travel + Leisure magazine’s World's Best Awards scheme, determined according to a readers' survey.

The publication ranked destinations and companies spanning more than 90 categories, including everything from the best city in the world to best domestic airline to best regional resort hotels.

The readers' survey asked respondents to rate destinations and companies across a slew of criteria, which varied depending on the category. For example, Travel + Leisure asked readers to rate airlines based on topics, including cabin comfort and customer service. For cities, the characteristics were sights/landmarks, culture, culture, shopping and more.

"Brands and properties from all over the world — from Peru to Japan, India to Italy, and right here at home in the United States — are recognized by our audience because they deliver exceptional experiences, rooted in a sense of place," Jacqui Gifford, Travel + Leisure's editor-in-chief, said in a statement. "I congratulate all of this year’s winners, who have worked so hard to be among the world’s best."

Here's a look at the "best" winners overall:

  • World's Best City: Hoi An, Vietnam
  • World's Best Hotel: The Leela Palace, Udaipur, India
  • World's Best Hotel Brand: Six Senses Hotels Resorts & Spas
  • World's Best Island: Sri Lanka
  • World's Best Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line: Disney Cruise Line
  • World's Best Large-Ship Ocean Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
  • World's Best Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line: Paul Gauguin Cruises
  • World's Best Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Line: Quasar Expeditions
  • World's Best River Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  • World's Best International Airline: Singapore Airlines
  • World's Best Domestic Airline: JetBlue Airways
  • World's Best International Airport: Singapore Changi Airport
  • World's Best Domestic Airport: Portland International Airport, Oregon
  • World's Best Safari Outfitter: African Travel Inc.
  • World's Best Tour Operator: Classic Journeys
  • World's Best Car-Rental Company: National Rental Car
  • World's Best International Destination Spa: Andronis Concept Wellness Resort, Santorini, Greece
  • World's Best Domestic Destination Spa: Mii Amo, Sedona, Arizona