Philippines: A Top Destination
With more than seven thousand islands comprising the Philippines, it’s an explorer’s and a traveler’s dream. You will not run out of things to do and places to see in a country where variety and happy chaos is the norm.
One stop is Palawan, just a couple of hours south west of Manila. This jewel is home to decadent island resorts that offer the best villas and luxurious accommodations. If you want to be in the middle of all the happenings here, you may want to stay in a posh vacation home located just a few steps away from the warm and clear water of Palawan’s beaches. Aside from these lavish homes, the white sand, and the warm sun, the best part of the island would be the dive sites teeming with sea life, corals, and fishes. The diving sites are protected to ensure that the beauty and the natural wildlife in the area is maintained and nurtured.
Another unique stop is San Benito, which is about three hours away from Manila if you are in the mood for a long drive. A retreat place called The Farm is ideal for individuals who want a hardcore spa week. The Farm is a detoxification center where rooms aren’t equipped with televisions or Wi-Fi. The place encourages a lifestyle of health and relaxation with its juice cleanses, body therapy, massages, body scrubs, and the like. It’s a welcome break if you’re stressed from work or travel. The lack of Internet and television allows you to meditate and reconnect with yourself in strangely fulfilling way.
The capital city of Philippines, which is Manila, is also a notable place, and you should take the time to savor the city before or after you go island-hopping. Manila has great luxury hotels and impeccable restaurants. The walled city of Intramuros can also be of interest if you can find Carlos Celdran, a famous guide who can show you the most culturally and historically interesting places in Manila.