This 16-day luxury tour takes you to the Philippines' must-see sites, with a varied itinerary that encompasses volcanoes, rainforest, pristine coral reefs and the historic Intramuros area of Manila. Adventure-seekers have a range of activities to get the adrenaline pumping, while there's plenty of time for rest and relaxation in some of the country's most luxurious beach resorts.
|The massive caldera of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake in its center Snorkeling and diving around the coral reefs of Palawan Stay in luxury beach resorts in your private villa or bungalow A helicopter flight over UNESCO-protected Banaue terraced rice fields A visit to a tarsier sanctuary to see Bohol’s most famous inhabitan||
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To begin your journey, we start at the Philippines' bustling capital, Manila. A local activist and artist takes you on a walking tour through Intramuros, after which you'll sample some delicious Filipino cuisine at La Cocina de Tita Moning in a 1937 ancestral home. In the evening, enjoy this night in Manila at one of the city's sterling five-star hotels, such as the Makati Shangri-la or the iconic and luxurious Raffles.
Today you'll travel to the nearby Taal Volcano, a truly picturesque caldera that holds a lake and a smaller volcanic peak. Here, visit St. Joseph Parish Church in Las Piñas and marvel at the bamboo pipe organ there. Next, it's off to the Jeepney Factory to see how these iconic taxis are made, then you'll stop for lunch with a view over Taal Lake from Antonio's Grill. In the afternoon, visit the picturesque Taal Heritage Town before heading back to your luxury hotel in Makati.
Travel in style to the emerald green Banaue Rice Terraces, where a helicopter will provide you with an unbeatable aerial view of this UNESCO-protected site. Embark on a hike through the rice fields of Bangaan Village, a tiny, picturesque town nestled in the terraces of this awe-inspiring location. In the evening, check into your spacious suite at Banaue Hotel, overlooking the mountains and valleys.
Today, you'll see one of the area's most intriguing sights – the Hanging Coffins of Sagada. Wander the caves with a guide and, if you're the more adventurous type, go spelunking in Sumaguing Cave. Sumaguing Cave houses beautiful rock formations and a vertical rock wall called King's Curtain. Tonight, check into Banaue Hotel and enjoy delicious local cuisine before retiring to your spacious room.
In the morning, enjoy a helicopter transfer from Banaue back to Manila. En route, you'll fly past the crater of active volcano, Mt. Pinatubo. Enjoy the evening in Makati, Manila where you can check out local eateries, enjoy some luxury shopping or indulge in a spa treatment in a five-star hotel such as Makati Shangri-La or Raffles.
The island of Bohol is home to intriguing landscapes and endemic fauna, such as the tarsier. Today, we'll visit Bohol's Tarsier Sanctuary, where you can see these adorable creatures up close. You'll also see the undulating terrain of the Chocolate Hills, then join a Loboc River Cruise and visit a local Butterfly Farm. Tonight, check into Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa and spend the night in your luxury beach villa.
There's so much to see around Bohol, and today we visit the clear tropical waters of Panglao Island to do some dolphin and whale spotting. Cruising these pristine tropical seas on a luxury vessel, you can truly relax into the island pace. In the evening it's back to Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa for fine dining and a sound night's sleep.
Explore the fertile mangroves of Bohol's Abatan River. The river wends its way past four coastal towns, through lush mangrove forests that house abundant birdlife, monkeys and other local fauna. Kayaking past river communities you can stop in each town and be treated to a cultural show and get the chance experience different aspects of local indigenous culture before returning to your luxurious room at the Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa.
The beaches of Panglao Island are some of the most idyllic in the world, with turquoise green water and clean white sand as well as exceptional diving. Here, you'll visit Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Dauis, a mid-18th century cathedral with beautifully-maintained interiors, complete with vaulted ceilings and frescoes. After lunch in a heritage house, you can get up close with some tarsiers at the Tarsier Botanika park. In the evening, head back to the luxurious Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa.
Today you have all day to rest and enjoy the beach and the luxury environs of Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa. Book a pampering treatment at Handuraw Spa, relax by the infinity pool, join a diving expedition or just enjoy a lazy day in your villa by your private jacuzzi.
The Two Seasons Island Resort and Spa near the town of Coron is your next destination. Here, you can settle into your spacious private bungalow and enjoy snorkeling the house reef. This beautiful property is completely self-sufficient, providing its own water and electricity, and boasts stunning tropical gardens, a top-notch restaurant and the luxurious Narra Spa.
Today, go island-hopping in a luxury vessel, visiting several neighboring islands. You'll sail to the stunning Cayangan Lake – bright blue waters enclosed by tall limestone cliffs and dense forest. Then it's off to the equally-spectacular Twin Lagoons, another sheltered area of crystal clear waters and karst formations. In the evening, enjoy dinner back at Two Seasons Island Resort and Spa at the open-air Sulu Restaurant.
Travel to the waters of Barracuda Lake, one of the area's more unusual dive sites. This fresh- and saltwater lake is situated in the crater of a volcano and features visible layers of heated water (thermoclines) up to 38 degrees. To get to it, you have to climb over the caldera rim. Considered a must-see dive site for its unique topography, you'll glimpse various shrimp species here. At night, wind down in your luxurious room at the Two Seasons Beach Resort and Spa.
Today you'll venture to Sangat Island Reserve to do some wreck diving. The shallow reef-filled waters around Coron were treacherous for ships passing through here during World War II, and many a historic wreck now lies submerged here, home to corals and fish. Giant Puffers, Giant Batfish, Sweet Lips, Groupers and Tuna Fish are just some of the species you might spot. Some wrecks are also suitable for snorkelers. At night, return to Two Seasons Beach Resort and Spa
Spend the final days of your luxury Philippines trip enjoying the facilities of the Two Seasons Beach Resort and Spa. Book a treatment at Narra Spa, go hiking, make use of the property's Aqua Sports Center, or just relax in your spacious bungalow with a DVD from the library. After enjoying the tropical gardens and private beach for a few days, it's back to the bustle of Manila.
Raffles Makati Hotel lives up to the renowned Raffles repute. This luxurious hotel is located in central Manila, making it a prime base from which to explore the vibrant city. There are just 32 opulent suites that boast cityscape views. The hotel has plenty of amenities for the discerning guest including a spa, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and fitness center. The four dining options combine the best of local culture and cuisine, as well as plenty of international dishes. There is a lounge bar and a pool bar mixing up tasty cocktails alongside wines, beers and light snacks. The Writers Bar, serving afternoon tea, was created in tribute to the famous novelists who have stayed at or written about Raffles. The Raffles Makati is a 30-minute drive from the airport.
Strategically placed on the corners of Ayala and Makati Avenues, The Peninsula Manila is close to premier shopping facilities and within easy access of Manila's numerous attractions. The hotel is a 30-minute drive from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) and just 20 minutes from Manila's domestic airport. Elegantly furnished in classic style, the hotel's 497 rooms and suites provide modern, technologically advanced conveniences, including complimentary broadband Internet access. The Club has been designed with the needs of business travelers in mind and offers an exclusive Club Lounge, serving complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea, and cocktails, as well as a boardroom, business center, and butler service. Continental and Pan-Asian cuisine is served at The Peninsula's many restaurants, including Old Manila and Spices, which are two of the top restaurants in the city. Salon de Ning, the hotel's quirky lounge, features musical entertainment on most evenings.
Located on the stunning Coron island, approximately 40 minutes from Coron city, Two Seasons is the island’s first-ever eco-friendly resort. The hotel not only implements eco-friendly policies in a luxurious holiday atmosphere, but it also provides a sanctuary for turtles and clams. Guests are treated to their own opulent, modern sanctuaries, with six different room styles nestled into the resort’s lush tropical gardens. Inside the rooms are modern touches such as satellite LCD TV, an iPod docking station, a mini-bar, and more. Narra Spa is yet another sanctuary to which guests can retreat for a languid pampering session, in the midst of an intimate, serene, mangrove forest. Adults and children alike will love the expansive free-form outdoor pool, while the more adventurous may try out the resort’s vast array of water sports equipment, from sea kayaks to catamarans, to kiteboards, and more, to be enjoyed in the tropical waters of the beautiful sea.