Jersey ranked ahead of Italy’s Capri to be named the ninth best rated island in Europe, also making it the number one island in the UK and Channel Isles.
The annual awards are based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions131 from TripAdvisor travellers across the globe. Winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions on islands worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period, as well as traveller booking interest on TripAdvisor.
This year, the title of number one in the world goes to the beautiful Maui in Hawaii, where the average hotel room rate bookable on TripAdvisor is £233 a night. With its golden beaches and enticing bamboo forests, Maui is a popular destination for sun worshippers and nature lovers. Travellers will find breathtaking views of the island at the top of the Haleakala Crater, a dormant volcano that marks the highest point on Maui at 10,000 feet above sea level. Travellers with an adventurous streak can experience the crater with a Maui Haleakala Day Bike Tour, bookable on TripAdvisor for £93. The 26-mile tour begins at the entrance of Haleakala National Park, reaches the summit of Haleakala and ends at Paia Beach Park.
Among the world’s top -rated islands, Phuket offers the best hotel value with average room rates on TripAdvisor at less than £47 a night.
“While the thought of an island getaway might seem like a budget-busting trip, the average rates to book hotels on TripAdvisor for this year’s award-winning islands say otherwise,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, James Kay, “Hotel rates on TripAdvisor for both Bali and Phuket are well under £100 a night and for the pricier destinations on the list, there are still deals to be had if travellers consider the season when booking. For example, by visiting Maui, the world’s best rated island, in the autumn versus winter, travellers could save 31% on hotel bills.”
Jersey flying the flag for the UK and Channel Isles
In the Europe category, Santorini claimed the top prize for the second year running, followed by Majorca in second place. While Jersey, the only island in the UK and Channel Isles to make it into the Europe top ten, claimed ninth place.
Jersey is the largest and southernmost of the Channel Islands, and boasts spectacular scenery, stunning beaches, and an enviable record for sunshine. For those looking to travel there, the average hotel price per night available to book on TripAdvisor is £124.
Keith Beecham, CEO of Visit Jersey, said, “It’s great to see the hard work of Jersey’s tourism industry paying off once again in 2016. It is a testament to the friendly welcome our visitors receive from our tourism businesses and island community.”
Scotland boasts most winners in UK and Channel Islands
In the UK and Channel Islands category, after Jersey, the Isle of Wight was named runner up, while Scotland scooped the most awards, with Isle of Skye, Isle of Arran, Mainland Orkney and Lewis and Harris taking third, seventh, eighth and ninth place respectively.