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Destination of the Month: The Philippines

February 1, 2017

 

Seven thousand islands set in warm blue tropical waters, dappled around beaches, dive spots, natural splendour and awesome heritage.


Welcome to the Philippines.

 

The country is a contrasting blend of cultures coming from East and West. Filipinos are descendants of Indo-Malay explorers with elements of Chinese, Arab, Spanish and American lineages mixed in.


Pilipino is the national language, but seven other major dialects are spoken. English is widely spoken and remains the lingua franca of commerce and politics.


Filipinos are known for their warmth and hospitality, and nothing pleases them more than knowing that their guests are happy.


Timing your visit can depend on what you want to see.

 

November to February offers the year's coolest climate; March to May is summer and perfect for sun worshippers, wave riders, divers and the like; June to October is the wet, off-peak months and can offer the best bargains. 


Whatever you choose, be awed by the colour and vibrancy of its festivals, revel in the warmth and charm of its people, and bask in the beauty of its landscapes. Or better still, come and explore these tropical jewels with us!

 

Islands & Accommodations

 

You can select and tailor-make any holiday you desire. Here's a suggestion of some amazing islands – including Boracay, Cebu and Palawan – and just a few of our recommended luxury resorts to start you off.

 

Boracay

 

With a land area of barely 10km, Boracay might lack scale, but it certainly has beauty. 


Its coastline of powdery white beaches is one of the main tourist attractions in the Philippines. The most important is the 'White Beach' along the Bulabog coastline, dotted with hotels, resorts, inns and dining options.


For travellers who want an alternative, they need not look far. Bulabog beach is a hotspot for water sports activities.

 

Kite boarding is the main sport, especially during the season of Amihan, where the winds are stronger on this side of the island. 

 

Yapak, found on the northernmost part of the island, is one of the quieter areas. Luxury hotels and resorts that offer a quiet sanctuary are the primary attraction.

 

Recommended Accommodation:  Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa