Dubai & The Philippines
Travel 14 Jan 2019 - 19 Oct 2019
Book by 31 Jan 2019
Saving £285 per person
- 3 nts Rove Dubai Marina, Dubai - Breakfast
- 4 nts Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, Cebu - Breakfast
- 3 nts Bohol Beach Club , Bohol - Breakfast
- Flights to Dubai and onwards to Cebu with Emirates, accommodation throughout, return private transfers, ferry between Cebu & Bohol and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
Located at the heart of one of Dubai's most happening neighbourhoods.
Whether you're looking to do nothing at all or enjoy a resort with plenty of activities, this great value rustic-style hotel won't disappoint. The lovely lagoon-style pools simply invite relaxation.
The newly refurbished resort resides alongside a large private beach.
Flights to Dubai and onwards to Cebu with Emirates, accommodation throughout, return private transfers, ferry between Cebu & Bohol and prepayable taxes.
This ever-changing Emirate is like nowhere else on the planet and features eye-catching architecture, scintillating tax-free shopping, incredible attractions, beautiful beaches, glamorous bars and restaurants as well as ancient traditions and the silently shifting sands of the dramatic desert interior.
Over the last few decades Dubai has undergone huge growth and has evolved from a small Gulf trading centre to one of the world's most spectacular and futuristic urban destinations. While for many the beaches are the main attraction, there are so many other places of interest and activities to occupy you as well as a wide variety of places to stay. Whatever you choose to see or do and wherever you opt to lay your head, it's cheap and easy to get around, either by taxi or metro, ensuring you can see as much as possible, should you wish to do so.
Dubai Creek is the artery around which the city has developed and provides much of its character, with ancient dhows plying the busy waters, authentic architecture and the fascinating souks of Deira selling an array of spices, gold and textiles. Downtown Dubai has now eclipsed the Creek as the new business district and is where you'll find the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and Dubai Fountain. Also here is Dubai Opera, which hosts a wide variety of events, including theatre, opera, ballet, orchestras, concerts, fashion shows, live entertainment and art exhibitions.
Established Jumeirah comprises a nine mile stretch of beaches, iconic hotels, shopping malls, the Marina Walk with an array of restaurants and Wild Wadi Waterpark. Man-made Palm Jumeirah island, billed as the 'eighth wonder of the world' is linked by causeway from Dubai Marina and extends into the Gulf in the shape of a palm tree. Jebel Ali lies to the southwest and has a stunning palm-lined private beach.
In a city that boasts the world's largest shopping mall and an annual Shopping Festival, it's no surprise that Dubai is paradise for shopaholics! As well as the vast modern malls that dot the city, there's plenty of old-fashioned Arabian shopping to be found in the souks of Deira and Bur Dubai.
For those who like to be active there's plenty of outdoor, or indoor, sporting pursuits on offer, including all manner of watersports, a spectacular selection of golf courses, an indoor ski slope, ice rink, several water parks with fun for all the family and don't miss the opportunity to get out into the desert, even if for just a few hours. Dubai also boasts a top calendar of annual sporting events including leading tennis and golf tournaments, the world's richest horse race - the Dubai World Cup along with international cricket matches.
Dubai holidays offer a superb spread of top-quality restaurants and celebrity chefs with cuisine from all around the globe as well as contemporary bars, many with superlative views. Some of the best establishments are found within the numerous luxury hotels with most offering several options. The Madinat Jumeirah complex and souk has an array of restaurants and shops while the big malls also have lots of eateries, including fast food options.
The recently opened Dubai Parks™ and Resorts is the largest integrated theme park resort in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent. The resort has three theme parks and a water park – motiongate™Dubai, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, Legoland® Dubai and the Legoland® Water Park. It features over 100 rides and attractions along with a hotel and retail, dining and entertainment district.
So why not find out for yourself what all the fuss is about and let Premier Holidays create the perfect Dubai holiday for you…
A paradisiacal island that is bountiful in pristine white-sand beaches, crystal waters and culture is the most accurate way to describe Cebu; a Filipino province in the Central Visayas region. In addition to its obvious stunning beauty, Cebu is buzzing with purpose and activity as it is the most densely populated island in the Philippines and acts as the backbone of the Visayas.
The beaches alone in Cebu are enough to draw people to the island again and again. Hire a boat to the islands in the Bohol Strait to explore and relax on heavenly beaches of soft white sand that are bordered by the bluest of seas. The coastal landscapes in Cebu rival those of Southern Thailand and Bali. If you have time, head to the northern tip of the island and travel by boat to Malapascua Island; an ideal destination for scuba divers, as there is ample opportunity to get up close with thresher sharks and large schools of exotic fish.
Of course, when in Cebu, it is recommended that you visit of the most historic landmarks on the island – Magellan's Cross. The cross planted by Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, is one of the most venerated religious relics in Cebu and is housed in a chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. It serves as the physical embodiment of Ferdinand's catholic legacy. For those keen to learn more about the country's colonial past, take a trip to Fort San Pedro. The former fortress, once a vehement symbol of conqueror Miguel López de Legazpi during the 16th century, has become a tranquil and endearingly worn garden that is perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of downtown Cebu to enjoy a South Asian sunset.
The port capital, Cebu City, is a vibrant mini-Manila that is overflowing with energy, tradition and character. Don't be put off by first impressions of streets teeming with people and cars, the loud noises and fast-paced nature as beneath the surface you will find a city rich in both culture and heritage.
Day trips into the jungle of Cebu Island come highly recommended. The trip is a remarkable opportunity to discover the lost utopia that is Kawasan Falls; a three-tiered cascade of vibrant blue mountain springs. Kick back and relax on a bamboo raft floating on the lagoon to soak in your awe-inspiring surroundings. Fun for families and couples alike awaits at the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary which supports the largest concentration of migratory birds in the Philippines. To witness a flurry of wings and a kaleidoscope of colour, head to the Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary – a popular, private museum that is home to hundreds of beautiful butterflies that hang on the tips of branches and leaves all over the decadent gardens of famous mosaic artist, Julian Jumalon.
You may also wish to make a trip to the Ayala Center - a six-floored dome that is home to high-end retailers from all over the world, boutique restaurants, cinemas, health spas and more!
Cebu has a wide assortment of culinary delights on offer, ranging from traditional Chinese dishes, Latin luncheonettes and homely bistros serving European classics. Feeling hungry is a foreign concept on this island! For those seeking a vibrant and versatile nightlife, look no further! Cebu is a cocktail of classy rooftop bars, wild clubs perfect for dancing the night away, and an array of casual bars that ooze positive and relaxed vibes.
The province of Bohol is home to cultural and historical riches dating back to the Spanish colonial era as well as the world-famous Chocolate Hills, the endangered tarsier and the white sand beaches of Panglao Island.
Bohol is surrounded by more than 50 islands, including Panglao Island, a truly beautiful place with pristine white sands, crystal clear waters and an exceptional underwater scene of coral reefs and dive spots. Popular Alona Beach is the most developed resort on the island and lined with a selection of hotels along with lots of dive schools, shops and some good restaurants. Grab a snorkel and swim just a short way from the shore to the house reef and you'll find an incredible world below the waves.
Also on the south of the island is Dumaluan Beach, a more low key resort blessed with a vast expanse of powdery sands and numerous watersports when you feel the need to do more than laze in the sun.
Take a break from the beach and head to Carmen on the main island to tour the surreal Chocolate Hills, more than 1,268 grass-covered limestone domes that are nearly symmetrical in shape and height. The picturesque hills turn a distinct shade of brown during the dry season and resemble mounds of chocolate, hence their name.
At the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary in Corella, you have the chance to get up close to the tarsier, which at just 3-6 inches tall is the one of the smallest primates in the world. Other nearby attractions include a cruise along the serene Loboc River, the historical architecture of Baclayon and Pamilacan Island for the chance to see dolphins and whales.