The November 2004 edition of Condé Nast Traveler, one of the world’s leading travel magazines, has voted Bali the Top Asian / Indian Ocean Island. Close second is Phuket, followed by the Maldives and the Seychelles. With just a few percentage points less comes Thailand's Koh Samui, home of our long time favorite Poppies Samui. And for the first time our next-door neighbour in Indonesia, Lombok with it's beautiful Hotel Ombak has made it to the Top Ten.
Each candidate was rated, criterion by criterion, as excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor. Criterion scores, which represent the percentage of respondents rating a candidate excellent or very good, are averaged to determine the final score; e.g., Bali's 86.4 is the average of its scores for Scenery, Friendliness, Lodging, Restaurants and Activities.