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In pictures: The 15 best islands in the world

The magnificent Maldives. Source: Getty

The Travel+Leisure World's Best Awards are a hotly anticipated annual guide to what's fabulous in the world of travel.

The 2018 results are in, covering everything from cruise ships and hotels to airlines and spas, as voted by the readers of Travel+Leisure.

One of the most spectacular categories is islands of the world – this year, six of the top 15 destinations are from Asia, with one country laying claim to all three top spots.

Without any further ado, here are the 15 best islands in the world for 2018:

15. Azores, Portugal

The Azores, Portugal. Source: Getty
The Azores, an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic and autonomous region of Portugal. Source: Getty

14. Maui, Hawaii

The road to Hana on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Source: Getty
The road to Hana on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Source: Getty

13. Orkney Islands, Scotland

Stromness town on the Orkney Islands, Scotland. Source: Getty
The town of Stromness on the Orkney Islands, Scotland. Source: Getty

12. Cook Islands

One Foot Island, Aitutaki, Cook Islands. Source: Getty
One Foot Island, Aitutaki, Cook Islands. Source: Getty

11. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Galap. Source: Getty
Spectacular scenery in the Galápagos Islands. Source: Getty

10. Tasmania, Australia

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Cape Hauy in Tasmania, Australia's only entry on the list. Source: Getty

9. Páros, Greece

Paros, Greece. Source: Getty
The gorgeous Greek island of Páros. Source: Getty

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8. Cebu, Philippines

Cebu, Philippines. Source: Getty
Kawasan Falls in Badian on Cebu, the Philippines. Source: Getty

7. Mauritius

Mauritius. Source: Getty
An aerial view of the underwater waterfall and Le Morne Brabant peninsula on the island of Mauritius. Source: Getty

6. Palawan, Philippines

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The lagoon of Coron Island in Palawan, the Philippines. Source: Getty

5. Waiheke, New Zealand

New Zealand's Waiheke Island, just off the coast of Auckland. Source: Getty
Oneroa Beach on Waiheke Island, just off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand. Source: Getty

4. Maldives

The blue waters and white sands of the Maldives. Source: Getty
The iconic blue waters and white sands of the Maldives, a chain of 26 spectacular atolls. Source: Getty

3. Lombok, Indonesia

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Mount Rinjani, an active volcano on the Indonesian island of Lombok. Source: Getty

2. Bali, Indonesia

Terraced rice fields in Ubud, Bali. Source: Getty
Terraced rice fields in Ubud, Bali. Source: Getty

1. Java, Indonesia

The UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Borobudur Temple at sunrise, on the island of Java, Indonesia. Source: Getty
A sunrise shot of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Borobudur Temple, on the island of Java, Indonesia. Source: Getty

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