Philippines & Hong Kong
Travel 02 Mar 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
Book by 31 Jan 2019
Saving £156 per person
- 4 nts Crimson Resort & Spa, Cebu - Breakfast
- 3 nts Harbour Grand Kowloon, Hong Kong - Room only
- Flights to Cebu and onwards to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
Nestled in one of the country’s most prestigious tourist destinations, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan is a sprawling 6-hectare beach resort and spa located in Mactan, Cebu with 40 luxurious private pool villas featuring individual plunge pools and 250 guestrooms that combine both comfort and style with its contemporary Asian style. Definitely the best Infinity Pool in Mactan, Cebu. A luxury beach resort on the island of Mactan Cebu , Crimson is just a 20 minute drive away from the Mactan International Airport.
This magnificent deluxe hotel has breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour and provides a respite from the lively city centre.
Flights to Cebu and onwards to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.
Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £100, Belfast from £166, Newcastle from £166, Edinburgh from £166, Glasgow from £166. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.
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.
A big city with overwhelming bright lights and bustling urban areas, Hong Kong is huge on entertainment, heritage, retail therapy and dining. The skyscrapers of modern Hong Kong sit cheek by jowl with old Chinese markets while sampans and junks bob around in the harbour. Full of unexpected sights of traditional culture mixed with twenty first century commercialism, the handover to China in 1997 has made little difference to the city and it is as exciting now as it ever was.
Hong Kong's two main urban areas are Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, which are separated by the deep waters of Victoria Harbour. Outlying areas include Lantau Island and the historic ex-Portuguese colony of Macau.
Hong Kong Island is regarded as the heart of the territory with glistening skyscrapers backed by green peaks that tower over districts dedicated to ancient Chinese medicine along with traces of the colonial era through English place names and double-decker trams. Kowloon offers an intoxicating mix of the very old and the strikingly new, teeming streets with tiny street stalls and smoky temples, only minutes away from upmarket hotels and fabulous boutiques.
For sweeping views of Hong Kong's skyline take the eight minute gravity-defying funicular tram ride to Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island. Back at street level there's much to see including the chic shopping districts of Wanchai and Causeway Bay or the bargains of Stanley Market; the curio shops hidden amidst alleyways of the Western District or the picturesque beach of Repulse Bay and the floating restaurants of Aberdeen.
For priceless views of the city jump aboard the Star Ferry for a bargain historic ride across Victoria Harbour to Kowloon, where the shopping opportunities appear endless. The ferry brings you to the district of Tsim Sha Tsui, a bazaar of shops, stalls, markets and malls while the neighbourhood of Mong Kok has seemingly endless shopping streets and the popular Ladies' Market.
If time allows, exploration of the outlying islands is recommended. Lamma and Lantau are renowned for their seafood restaurants and provide a rural contrast to the hubbub that is downtown Hong Kong. Lantau is also the location of Hong Kong Disneyland.
Getting around Hong Kong couldn't be easier. Along with the Star Ferry, the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) is quick, cheap and easy to use, and even runs under the harbour to connect Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Buses, trams and taxis are all in plentiful supply, but do spend time simply walking around to savour the sights, sounds and smells of this unique destination.
Culinary excitement is never far away on a Hong Kong holiday as it's thick with restaurants featuring food from each and every corner of the world. The prominent cooking style is Cantonese, with Dim Sum – a selection of little dumplings and dishes eaten with tea - the classic Cantonese way to start the day. The highest concentration of international cuisines can be found in Central, Soho, Wanchai and Tsim Sha Tsui.