Nicknamed ‘the pearl of the orient’, Manila offers a lively atmosphere, luxury hotels, amazing shopping and a fascinating history.
Once merely a gateway to the most picturesque islands, Manila is now forging its identity as a destination in its own right. Take a full day to enjoy a city tour (allowing time to navigate the city’s traffic), and soak up the bustle, culture and history that surrounds you. Surrounding the inner city itself, Metro Manila is made up of 16 cities and one municipality.
Intramuros is the perfect place to start your exploration of Filipino history; this walled city within the wider metropolis was a key seat of government during the Spanish empire’s rule in the Philippines. Here you’ll find the grand Manila Cathedral, the impressive Fort Santiago and San Agustin Church – the only building in the city to survive the war and the oldest church in the Philippines. We recommend heading to the Sky Deck at the Bayleaf Hotel for panoramic views over the city skyline.
Filipino culture is a blend of multiple international influences, so naturally, there’s plenty of diverse cuisines to be enjoyed here. As well as some of the largest shopping malls in Asia, there are 20 world-class golf courses in and around Metro Manila.
To get away from the bustle of the city, the island of Corregidor makes for a fascinating day trip; the island played an important role during the invasion and liberation of the Philippines from Japanese forces. The bombed ruins on the island serve as a military memorial to the American, Japanese and Filipino soldiers that lost their lives.
- 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
There are dozens of excellent retail outlets nearby, as well as the American Cemetery (war memorial) and Manila Golf Club. Active guests will relish their workout at Kerry Sports – Manila’s largest gym is spread over two floors and boasts: a swimming pool with loungers, two tennis courts, two squash courts and an NBA-grade basketball court. Younger guests will enjoy the 1,000 square-metres of ...
Conveniently located in the S Maison retail complex, the hotel also offers direct access to a huge array of shops and restaurants. Accommodation options are light, airy and spacious. Enjoy deluxe bathroom amenities, an in-room espresso maker and a hydrotherapy rain shower in all rooms, with King Deluxe rooms offering city views and Bay View King Deluxe Rooms overlooking Manila Bay. Guests who cho...
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 hotel is located in Makati, the central business district of Manila, and promises plenty of style and top-class service. Close by you’ll find the Greenbelt shopping area and the excellent Ayala Museum that exhibits Filipino culture, art and history. Guests at the Fairmont enjoy extremely spacious accommodation with stunning views of the city skyline. Fairmont Rooms are light and airy, with hi...
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...
- 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...
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