Made up of over 7,000 islands with white sand beaches, fascinating culture and world-class snorkelling and diving, the Philippines is a tropical paradise.

There’s something for every traveller here – from bustling cities, UNESCO World Heritage sites, picture-perfect beaches, mountain ranges, volcanic lakes, cascading waterfalls, winding rivers, 2,000 species of fish and 400 species of coral.

The dry season (November to May) is the best time to visit, with March, April and May typically the hottest months; even in the wet season later in the year, visitors can enjoy plenty of warm, sunny days. As well as the pristine beaches and clear blue waters, there’s plenty of history and culture to discover and explore here; from ancient tribal villages to colonial churches and relics.

The people here are some of the friendliest you’ll meet, and you can expect a warm welcome on whichever island you visit. Filipino culture is a diverse blend of Malay, Chinese, Middle Eastern, American and Spanish influences, and more than 150 dialects and languages are spoken here, although English is the most common. As a result of Spanish rule here between 1521 and the late 1890s, the vast majority of the population is Roman Catholic, and this is the largest Christian country in Asia.

 

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If it’s activity you’re looking for, head down to the seafront for a variety of exhilarating watersports; for a bit of relaxing inactivity, spend an afternoon at the large private beach, or indulge at Chi, the Spa. From pitch-and-putt and mini golf to the E-Zone with video consoles and a games arcade, there’s more than enough to keep you entertained should you want to tear yourself away from the b...

And yet is just a ten-minute shuttle transfer from the entertainment and dining hub of Station Two, where many of the vibrant bars, restaurants and shops are to be explored. It’s no coincidence that White Beach is one of the most photographed locations in the world – this is a true paradise blessed with lofty palms, azure water and powdery sand. There are two pools to choose from at the resort: th...

Great for couples and families alike, South Palms Resort is a beachside property that offers a picturesque location and is ideally placed for exploring Bohol’s many attractions. The resort’s huge beach is truly outstanding; azure water, pristine white sand and shaded sun loungers offer the perfect place to unwind. There are two luxurious pools to choose from – the shore-side swimming pool and the ...

The Peninsula Academy programme gives guests an in-depth insight into Filipino culture, history, arts and cuisine, and offers classes for children and adults alike. Accommodation at The Peninsula is spacious and stylish, with neutral and modern décor and amenities including flat-screen television, in-room controls and marble bathrooms. The largest guestrooms, Grande Deluxe Rooms sit at the corne...

This hillside paradise offers guests seclusion and tranquillity, despite being less half an hour’s drive from Boracay's vibrant centre. Browse the extensive treatment menu at Chi, The Spa. Divide your time between beaches, or swim in one of the biggest free-form pools in the Philippines. Play a match on the tennis court, workout at the well-equipped gym, or take part in one of the many watersports...

With serene gardens, artists in residence painting in the grounds and a chilled-out vibe throughout, this is a great contrast to the buzz of Manila, yet is just 10 minutes away from the Mall of Asia, and five minutes from Blue Bay Walk with its eateries, shopping and alfresco events. At Apartment 1B – the hotel’s trendy restaurant – there’s an emphasis on hearty fare like pasta, burgers and comfo...

After check-in at Amanpulo’s hanger, fly by private air charter (1 hour 10 minutes). The resort’s Beach, Treetop and Hillside Casitas are modelled after traditional Filipino bahay kubo houses, and feature hammocks, whitewashed walls and private wooden decks; Treetop Pool Casitas also include a personal plunge pool. For the ultimate in privacy, we recommend upgrading to a One or Two Bedroom Villa t...

Set on Sabang Beach, the resort’s beachfront accommodation is the perfect place to relax and take in the sights and sounds that make this one of the most scenic places in the world. Sabang Pier, just a few moments from the resort is the gateway to Puerto Princesa Underground River. Backed by dense jungle and with the beach and sparkling ocean on your doorstep, admiring the local scenery is a key a...

A stay at this eco-resort is about relaxing and enjoying your spectacular natural surroundings. Accommodation here features timber recycled from Filipino homes, with each room, suite and cottage enjoying floor-to-ceiling glass doors and private verandas for enjoying the El Nido sunset. Lagan is approximately one hour’s flight from Manila or Boracay and then one hour by road and boat transfer to re...

A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, this resort is set on its own private island. With a prized location nestled between dense jungle and a golden stretch of sand lapped by sparkling water, this is a tropical beachside paradise. Pangulasian is approximately one hour’s flight from Manila or Boracay and then 20 minutes by road and a 45-minute boat transfer to resort. ...

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