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.
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 a magnificent 700-metre stretch of white sand beach, proximity to many world-class diving sites, a house reef and plenty of activities, Club Paradise Palawan is an island paradise that offers something for every guest. The resort offers plenty of adventures and excursions to explore the local area – take a Coron Island Hopping Tour to visit some of the many scenic islets close by. Diving is a...
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 ...
- Explore Intramuros, the old walled city of Manila
- Visit Taal Lake and it's volcano
- Spot wildlife from monkeys to dolphins in Bohol
- Enjoy a whole host of land and sea activities at El Nido Lagen resort
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 r...
- Trek the scenic rice terraces of Batad and visit a traditional village
- Learn about the hanging coffins tradition of Sagada
- Explore the beauty of Vigan on a horse-drawn carriage
- Discover the highlights of Laoag including Paoay Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Spend some time in the capital to visit Manila’s historical landmarks, parks, play a round of golf or shop in one of the many malls. Enjoy the island of Boracay, relax in the day on pure white sandy beaches or have a spa treatment. At night, dine out at the numerous bars and restaurants in the centre of Boracay. Accommodation Details: The Peninsula, Manila: 3 nights in a Superior Room, bed and b...
Explore Manila’s historical sites Fort Santiago, San Augustin or Corrigedor Island before dining out or shopping in BCG, the new dining and shopping area of Manila. Depart Manila and take an hour’s flight to Siargao, an island known for fantastic island hopping experiences, world class surfing and where the luxury resort of Dedon Island is located. Accommodation Details: Shangri-La at the Fort, ...
Child cost - £949 After a long flight with the family, spend a few nights relaxing in Cebu, take in a round of golf or go snorkelling. Take the ferry to Bohol, family activities include watching dolphins, snorkelling, visiting tarsier monkeys, river cruises and amazing scenery or just relax on the wonderful sandy beaches. Final stop Manila, shop till you drop or visit historical sites on bamboo bi...
Explore bustling Manila, shop in the malls or visit historical landmarks before flying by private charter to the Philippines most luxurious resort located on a private island. Enjoy wonderful snorkelling and fine dining or relax on one of the world’s most spectacular beaches. Accommodation Details: Fairmont and Raffles Makati, Manila: 2 nights in a Raffles Junior Suite, bed and breakfast Amanpul...
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