The Philippines is a perfect choice for a luxury holiday or honeymoon, whether you’re after adrenaline-fuelled adventures or beachfront relaxation - and everything in between. It is made up of over 7,000 pristine, unspoilt tropical islands, where you can enjoy fantastic surfing, snorkelling and diving opportunities in crystal-clear waters: dive with sharks, visit wrecks and explore reefs teeming with marine life. There is so much more on offer too: meet wildlife such as the endearing big-eyed tarsier, visit remote villages where time has stood still, and hike or mountain bike on scenic trails, while other activities range from kayaking and kite-surfing to canyoneering and ziplining.
Along the way, experience lush landscapes of jungle-clad mountains, volcanoes, limestone cliffs and emerald lagoons. Must-sees include the UNESCO-listed Banaue Rice Paddies on Luzon, the biggest island in the Philippines, which are believed to be over 2,000 years old and are known as the eighth wonder of the world. Another must-see is the cone-shaped Chocolate Hills of Bohol: a unique natural phenomenon, these limestone grass-covered hills number over 1,200 and are spread across more than 50 square kilometres.
For a dose of city life, the capital Manila is distinctly Filipino but is also a cultural melting pot of global influences from Malaysia and China to America and Spain. The centuries-old Walled City of Intramuros is home to treasures such as a UNESCO-listed church and a fort that is a National Historical Landmark. Historic gems contrast with a modern city of towering skyscrapers, vast shopping malls and vibrant bars and galleries.
If that all sounds far too energetic for your taste, then for pure postcard-perfect relaxation, head to secluded coconut palm-fringed beaches to indulge in doing nothing at all in a beautiful setting.
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