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, and the deserted coastlines 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

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Philippines Highlights

From the subwaypolis 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

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

FROM PALAWAN TO LUZON

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

THE BOUTIQUES OF BORACAY

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

A HONEYMOON WITH 7,000 FACES

Beaches the color 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 subwaypolis 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

WHERE TO STAY

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 glamor to startlingly secluded retreats, you’ll find your own comfort among these 7,000 intoxicating islands.

Hotels in Manila, Philippines

IN THE CITY

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 glamor and propriety. But this is no faded grandeur, but rather a hotel of exquisite luxury and five star comfort.

Hotels on Philippines beaches

ON THE ISLANDS

The Shangri-La on Borocay remains one of our favorite 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

SOMEWHERE HIDDEN

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"

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