Philippines City & Beach
Travel 14 Jan 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
Book by 31 Jan 2019
Saving £156 per person
- 3 nts Berjaya Manila Hotel, Manila - Breakfast
- 5 nts Movenpick Resort, Boracay - Breakfast
- Flights to Manila and onwards to Boracay with Philippine Airlines from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, private transfers in Manila, road and boat transfers in Boracay and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
A favourite stopover for both business and leisure travellers, Berjaya Makati Hotel offers sumptuous stays, uncompromised convenience and an ideal location from which to explore the city.
Discover one of the world’s most beautiful islands and experience an unforgettable beach holiday in the Philippines. Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay offers an indulgent paradise in the Philippines, nestled on the northern tip of Boracay Island in Punta Bunga Cove. Our upscale resort is only 30 minutes from Caticlan Airport.
Flights to Manila and onwards to Boracay with Philippine Airlines from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, private transfers in Manila, road and boat transfers in Boracay and prepayable taxes.
Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £165, Belfast from £165, Newcastle from £165, Edinburgh from £165, Glasgow from £165. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.
Known by many as the "Pearl of the Orient", Manila's outer shell made up of busy traffic, bustling streets and looming skyscrapers can be peeled open to reveal a vibrant cosmopolitan city that is enriched by its colonial past. Manila is a mélange of Asia, Europe and the United States; evidenced in the byzantine Spanish architecture, preserved Chinese enclaves and metropolitan business districts.
Experience the epicentre of Spain's cultural influence and visit Intramuros, Manila's oldest district – a place that provides a pleasant contrast to the chaotic buzz of the rest of the city. Walk amidst the Romanesque arches of Manila Cathedral or explore the popular Fort Santiago, the former hub of the Spanish colonial government and home to the Rizal Shrine Museum; dedicated to national hero, Dr José Rizal.
With a number of Chinese enclaves, Manila is home to the oldest Chinatown in the world. Head to the Binondo District to see streets embroidered with intricate Chinese lanterns and lined with small shops selling ancient Chinese remedies and authentic Hokkien cuisine. For a breathing-taking experience, travel north of Binondo to the Chinese Cemetery; a sight that has been preserved to showcase the opulent and luxurious tombs of the Chinese citizens who were denied burial in Catholic cemeteries during the Spanish colonial period.
One of the perks of having such a rich heritage is the collection of various museums dotted around the city; perfect for history buffs and those interested in the arts or sciences. Learn about quintessential Filipino culture and view pre-Hispanic artefacts at the National Museum of the Filipino People. Alternatively, watch science come alive at The Mind Museum; a place which makes learning fun and interactive for the whole family.
Whilst it doesn't quite rival places such as Bangkok when it comes to shopping, take a trip to Bonifacio High Street – a place that boasts open air high-end shopping, restaurants, boutique bars and a homely café culture that is said to be the heart of 'third wave coffee'.
For those seeking to experience the wilder side that Manila has to offer, the city hosts a vibrant nightlife with a hive of sophisticated rooftop wineries, American-style speakeasies and bohemian bars lining Quezon City. Like with many Asian destinations, Manila offers an innovative and expansive range of cuisine that is inspired by the flow of different cultures that runs through it. The culinary choice within the city caters to all different tastes from typical Far East Asian cuisine with a Latin twist to hipster foodie hot-spots serving classic dishes from all corners of the globe.
Due to the heavy traffic, travelling around by bus, car or taxi can be difficult. However, both the LRT (Light Rail Transit system) and MRT (Metro Rail Transit system) soar over the bustling streets and by-pass the chaos altogether. This is particularly recommended because, luckily, public transport in Manila is inexpensive.
Once you've experienced all that Manila has to offer, it is easy to begin to embark on day and night trips, as the city serves as a hub for a host of different activities. Explore beautiful volcanoes at Mt Pinatubo or dive below the surface at Anilao; the country's most popular diving and snorkelling spot. Manila is also the Launchpad to the breathtaking scenery and fascinating culture of Banaue, Bauko and Baguio.
Whatever it is you're looking for, you'll be sure to find it in the curious cocktail that is Manila.
Dainty Boracay makes up for size by bursting at the seams with some of the world's most picturesque beaches, bohemian bars and enticing eateries. Boracay has climbed its way to the top to be crowned as one of the best island destinations in the world – and rightfully so.
Boracay boasts an alluring array of beaches including dreamy White Beach, which has frequently been voted as one of the best beaches in the world, Punta Bunga & Banyugan Beach, Tambisaan Beach and Bulabog Beach. Each one being of unprecedented celestial beauty with a medley of lively areas teeming with activity, and tranquil retreats secluded from the buzz of the rest of the island. Whether it's lounging on the beach or exploring colourful coral reefs beneath the surface that takes your fancy, Boracay has got you covered.
Boracay is not only beautiful above water, but below the waves too! Batangas or Palawan beaches are the best places for snorkelling, and if you're into diving, there are some incredible coral reefs in the deeper parts of the Boracay ocean. Alternatively, try the Marine Walk where you don a diving helmet system and then literally walk under the sea, coming face to face with fascinating colourful tropical fish and live corals, while your face remains completely dry!
One of the most endearing aspects of the island is the shopping. Navigate your way through a myriad of quaint market stalls and browse through the eclectic concessions in D'Mall – a fantastic shopping centre with an array of retailers to cater to all tastes and budgets.
As rich in taste as it is in beauty, the petite island champions a flavoursome blend of worldly cuisines, including Greek, Indian, Caribbean, Thai and much more. Dotted throughout the island are different styles of restaurants for all occasions: decadent diners for sophisticated evenings and charming cafés for light lunches on the beach.
For those in search of a zesty nightlife, Boracay offers a collection of boutique bars, relaxed beer shacks on the shore and buzzing nightclubs. During the high season, the island is home to the most famous fiesta in the Philippines, the Ati-Atihan festival. With incandescent parades, traditional dress and live music, Boracay is filled with entertainment.