Rob O'Leary

Philippines Travel Expert
With 7,000 islands to its name, the Philippines have a different side for every occasion. Dive beyond the (of course incredible) sandy shores to uncover a world of volcanic landscapes, the sprawling interiors of Luzon and Mindanao, or the deserted coastline of Palawan. This is a great outdoors for lovers of big adventure, ancient culture, and bustling village life. Don’t forget to eat some adobo.

Rob O'Leary

Philippines Travel Expert

Filter by reason to travel

Filter by

Clear all

Reason to travel

Philippines Highlights

From the metropolis of Manila, to the indigenous tribes of the Filipino jungle and the 7,000 separate islands of sandy beach perfection, the Philippines are simply destined to take your breath away.

More about the Philippines


You hear the phrase ‘idyllic tropical island’ bandied around a lot. When we say it, we mean it. But the Philippines is actually 7,000 idyllic tropical islands, and we’re still right on this one. Archipelagoes of craggy rock formations, pillow-soft beaches, mist-shrouded mountains, and the wildlife who call them home (think: the bats and monitor lizards who gaze upon beautiful Ugong Rock). An island of starfish. Fish markets which sell right from the sparkling sea. Boat hopping among the coral reefs of Palawan. You can’t make this up.

Private rice terrace tours in the Philippines


Some islands are for parties. Others are for watersports. Yet others are for languorous happy hours that never seem to end. But we’ll also take you beyond these pristine beaches, and on to corners of the Philippines the tour boats (to their loss) miss. On pretty Palawan, you’ll spend time with the locals at bustling markets and enter the territory of historic rainforest tribes. On North Luzon, the biggest of the islands, you can drink in the majestic wonder of 2,000-year-old rice terraces and plunging ravines.

Best luxury hotels in the Philippines


Unsurprisingly, the 7,000 islands of the Philippines are home to a truly diverse host of luxury hotels. From the stately monumentalism of the Peninsula in old Manila to the otherworldly retreat of the Shangri-La on the secluded island of Boracay. Never short on five star amenities and attentiveness, your nights in the Philippines will be truly out of this world. Not literally, of course.

Honeymoons in the Philippines


Beaches the colour of fresh, white linen. Mist-soaked highlands. Bright, brilliant and strange wildlife. The warm, lapping waters of the surrounding ocean and its fascinating reefs. The Philippines remain a truly unparalleled destination for those seeking a luxury honeymoon which encompases everything from sun-down romance to hair-raising exhilaration.

Philippines Highlights

From the metropolis of Manila, to the indigenous tribes of the Filipino jungle and the 7,000 separate islands of sandy beach perfection, the Philippines are simply destined to take your breath away.

Staying in the Philippines


A complex colonial past, combined with bustling cities and secluded beaches have laid the foundations for the Philippines’ enviable landscape of luxury hotels. From old-world glamour to startlingly secluded retreats, you’ll find your own comfort among these 7,000 intoxicating islands.

Hotels in Manila, Philippines


Crushed white linens; cocktails served over fat cubes of puckered ice; the stately, white walls of colonial grandeur. The Peninsula, located in old town Manila, is a true bastion of old-world glamour and propriety. But this is no faded grandeur, but rather a hotel of exquisite luxury and five star comfort.

Hotels on Philippines beaches


The Shangri-La on Borocay remains one of our favourite luxury hotels in the Philippines, where coconut oil and banana leaf massages are combined with sweeping ocean views and access to some truly invigorating water-sports.

Stay in remote areas of the Philippines


Far from it all, the Nay Palad Hideaway is tucked between some of the world’s best surf-breaks and most secluded beaches in the region. Fragrant gardens give way to meandering, forested pathways and palm-thick vistas. Walk along the wooden pagodas, kick off your shoes, and take a leap (into the sea, obviously).

  • Population Population 96,500 ,000
  • Capital Capital Manila
  • Currency Currency Philippine Peso
  • Language Language Filipino
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT + 8 | ET + 13
  • Expert Tip Expert Tip

    "Island hopping and luxury camping in Apo Reef and Palawan, and visiting remote tribes in North Luzon"

Looking for Inspiration?

What the Press Say

“The hottest company in luxury
travel takes transformative trips
to the next level”

“Black Tomato are one of the coolest
things in the world. Don’t even try
and live without them”

“Black Tomato, the people who
bring you the coolest vacations
you’ve ever heard of”

“Black Tomato is a super innovative
company where the sky is the limit
for their clients”

“Black Tomato prides itself on
meeting customers every minor
need or desires”

“Many companies brag about offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences. But with Black Tomato it’s not hyperbole”

Can't find it? Don't worry. Just because it's not here, doesn't mean we can't do it.
Call us on +44 207 426 9888 or +1 646 558 3644 or tell us what you're looking for here.
We'll make it happen.

Our cookie policy

By using our website you consent to the use of cookies. To find our more information about how we use cookies, visit our cookie policy page.