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Philippines Holidays


A holiday to the the Philippines promises miles of spectacular white sand beaches, gorgeous scenery and a rich cultural identity and history to rival any Asian destination.

For many the beautiful beaches are the main, and sometimes only, reason for a holiday in the Philippines and who can blame them? Stand out examples include Boracay with soft powdery beaches and buzzing nightlife, Cebu with its superb connections to many Asian gateways and Mactan Island with its astonishing marine life.

Don't be fooled into thinking a holiday here is all about the beach though. From the otherworldly landscapes of the chocolate hills on Bohol, to the spectacular emerald rice terraces of Banaue the rest of the country is also a treat for the eyes. From bustling towns filled with vibrant markets and ancient cathedrals to remote villages still following historic cultural traditions this is a fascination country full of surprises.

OUR HOLIDAYS TO THE PHILIPPINES

Philippines Northern Explorer
5 days / 4 nights
from €1,103
  • Banaue
  • Sagada

  • Philippines Northern Explorer & Beach Escape
    13 days / 12 nights
    from €2,229
  • Vibrant Manila
  • Stunning Banaue rice terraces
  • Sagada’s ‘hanging coffins’
  • Boracay’s white sand beaches

  • WHERE TO GO IN THE PHILIPPINES

    Philippines Holiday Highlights Map
    Palawan
    Palawan
    The paradise island of Palawan is renowned for its crystal clear waters and phenomenal powdery sand beaches. The islands of the Bacuit Archipelago around El Nido boast some of the top beaches in the world and the steep limestone karst cliffs surround beautiful lagoons and coves which can be easily explored from your hotel.
    Panglao Island
    Panglao Island
    With beautiful long stretches of white sand and stunning coral reefs, Panglao Island is a great spot to enjoy a relaxing beach stay. Linked to Panglao by two bridges, the fascinating island of Bohol is a must-see where you can visit the unusual landscape of the Chocolate Hills and the adorable bug-eyed tarsiers.
    Manila
    Manila
    The urban area of Metro Manila comprises of 16 cities, including the capital Manila. Located on the banks of the Pasig River, the old walled city of Intramuros with its quaint maze of cobbled streets has stood still since the Spanish reign ended in 1898. However, Manila is a thriving and chaotic megacity with modern skyscrapers, shopping malls and local jeepney transportation.
    North Luzon
    North Luzon
    The fresh mountain air and scenic verdant valleys are synonymous with North Luzon. Discover Banaue’s impressive layered rice terraces and Sagada’s traditional culture of stacking and hanging coffins along the cliffs. The road journeys here are long and arduous and the accommodation is very simple, but if you can cope with that you will have an amazing and truly memorable experience!
    Cebu
    Cebu
    The island of Cebu is the international entry point to The Visayas in southern Philippines. Cebu City is spirited and fast-paced and boasts a lively nightlife and fascinating history. However, most visitors come to Cebu to access the resorts on Mactan Island and relax on the beautiful beaches.
    Boracay
    Boracay
    Boracay’s White Beach is world famous with soft glimmering white sand and picture-perfect ocean vistas. The resorts are set behind a row of waving palm trees, interspersed with small beach shops, restaurants and bars. Calm and laidback during the day, the evening sees some of the best island nightlife and spectacular sunsets. This is a destination not to be missed!

    OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN THE PHILIPPINES

    We feature a wonderful range of accommodation in the Philippines, with something to suit all budgets.

    . We can help you with a hotels, resorts, guest houses and lodges all over the Philippines.

    What you won’t find here are thousands upon thousands of hotels where you have to wade through endless reviews of questionable origin to find the best one. We have done the hard work for you and selected the best places to stay so you don’t have to and our travel consultants are on hand to help, often with first-hand experience.

    El Nido Resort Pangulasian Island
    Palawan

    South Palms Resort, Panglao
    Panglao Island
    from €94
  • 2 freeform pools
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Restaurant & pool bar

  • El Nido Resort Apulit Island, Palawan
    Palawan
  • Beachfront pool
  • Watersports
  • Massage cabana
  • PADI Dive centre
  • Restaurant & bar

  • Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa, Boracay
    Boracay
    from €228
  • Marvellous freeform pool
  • Watersports
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Tennis court
  • Eco centre
  • 4 restaurants & 3 bars

  • Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu
    Cebu
    from €202
  • Private beach
  • 2 pools
  • Watersports
  • Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Tennis court
  • Kids’ club
  • 6 restaurants & 2 bars

  • Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
    Manila

    THINGS TO DO IN THE PHILIPPINES

    Manila City Tour
    Half day
    from €86
  • See historic walled city of Intramuros
  • Explore San Agustin church
  • Visit reproduction of 19th Century Casa Manila

  • Cebu City Tour
    Approx 4-5 hours
    from €47
  • An impressive Taoist temple
  • Visit Basilica Minore del Santo Nino
  • See the triangular shaped Fort San Pedro

  • Fascinating Bohol
    Approx 12 hours
    from €91
  • See the beautiful Chocolate Hills
  • Visit a Tarsier sanctuary
  • Lunch on the Loboc River

  • When is the best time to visit the Philippines?

    Philippines Climate Guide
    Boracay

    JAN

    29
    6h  11cm

    FEB

    29
    7h  6cm

    MAR

    31
    8h  5cm

    APR

    32
    9h  6cm

    MAY

    32
    8h  19cm

    JUN

    31
    6h  35cm

    JUL

    31
    6h  43cm

    AUG

    31
    6h  46cm

    SEP

    30
    6h  35cm

    OCT

    31
    6h  36cm

    NOV

    30
    6h  29cm

    DEC

    29
    6h  21cm
    Cebu

    JAN

    30
    6h  11cm

    FEB

    30
    6h  8cm

    MAR

    31
    7h  5cm

    APR

    33
    8h  5cm

    MAY

    33
    8h  10cm

    JUN

    32
    6h  18cm

    JUL

    32
    6h  19cm

    AUG

    32
    6h  16cm

    SEP

    32
    6h  18cm

    OCT

    32
    6h  19cm

    NOV

    31
    6h  17cm

    DEC

    31
    6h  12cm
    Manila

    JAN

    30
    6h  0cm

    FEB

    31
    7h  2cm

    MAR

    33
    8h  2cm

    APR

    34
    9h  3cm

    MAY

    34
    7h  14cm

    JUN

    32
    6h  30cm

    JUL

    31
    6h  39cm

    AUG

    31
    5h  43cm

    SEP

    31
    5h  34cm

    OCT

    31
    6h  27cm

    NOV

    31
    6h  18cm

    DEC

    30
    6h  10cm
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