This week it was announced that the first direct flights from the UK to the Philippines will be taking off in November. Soon, you’ll be able to fly non-stop from London to Manila with Philippine Airlines – shaving hours off your journey time and bringing the wonders of this white-fringed archipelago that little bit closer.
Defined by karsts and green-blue open water, this sparse region is like another world entirely. Slithering down towards Borneo, it’s the ultimate nature trail and yet you can fly here from Manila in just one hour.
An island paradise surrounded by a thriving reef and Bounty-advert sands, Dedon Island Resort is reachable in around three hours from Manila. This barefoot beach hideaway is all about sustainable design – and sustainable design at its most imaginative. Realise a very modern castaway fantasy in the wicker teardrop pod or out on the sea pagoda (just visible in the background, above).
It takes only 55 minutes to get to El Nido – the location for the luxurious Pangulasian Island Resort. Guests can swim laps in the flat infinity pool and stay in stand-alone villas – some of which are tucked away in a secluded cove.
If you really want to treat yourself (as in – the best that money can buy, seriously elite jetsetting), the Amanpulo Resort is the one. Private island, private airport lounge in Manila, private 19-seater plane that lands on a private airstrip – you get the picture. And it’s just a one-hour transfer.
Sometimes called the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Banaue Rice Terraces are truly staggering. You can make the overnight journey here from Manila by bus in roughly eight hours.
Behold the world-class Boracay Resort & Spa by masters of luxury hospitality – Shangri-La. Scenery doesn’t come more romantic or remote than this, and the best bit? Flights from Manila to Caticlan or Kalibo airport take an hour. Go, go, go.
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