Get to know the Philippines from your Philippines beach resort
A multi-faceted cultural melting pot set across stunning natural scenery with truly idyllic tropical islands set amongst beautiful marine scenery, both above and below the waterline, a stay in a luxury Philippines beach resort is a bucket list MUST for any beach and sea lover. Though part of Southeast Asia, the island nation often feels worlds away from its mainly Buddhist neighbours. For experiential travellers a Philippines beach vacation can be a culture rich experience. The islands are still heavily influenced by the Philippines 350 years of Spanish rule and subsequent U.S. colonial control. Contemporary Filipino culture, religion (which is primary Catholic thanks to its Spanish history), festivals and arts are as unique as the country’s welcoming people. With two national languages, Filipino (also known as Tagalog) and English, English is widely spoken and there always seems to be a high-spirited fiesta
(festival) being held everywhere you go. The Philippines is a place where travellers can dive right into the multi-faceted culture as soon as they check-in to their boutique hotel or Philippines private island resort
With four distinct climate zones, it’s important to look at the country’s weather throughout the year in the specific destinations you’re interested in when planning your Philippines beach vacation. Typically speaking, however, the high season from December to April corresponds with the dry season for the majority of the country with December to February being the coolest months boasting the best weather. In May, temperatures begin to rise as the wet season comes nearer, followed by passing typhoons in various parts of the country from June through September. Palawan
and the western seaboard, for instance, tend to be pretty wet during this time but the eastern part of the country usually sees drier skies.
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, the country’s capital and centre of economic, political, social and cultural activity, is located on the Philippines largest island of Luzon
. Along with its size, Luzon is known for its misty mountains and variety of forests, ranging from tropical palms to pines in the northern part of the island. From the top beach resorts in Luzon to boutique hotels Luzon offers a lot of variety. North of the capital, Luzon is laden with verdant mountains and jungles that are ideal for trekking, complemented by lush rice paddy fields. Banaue
are popular spots to marvel at the 2,000-year-old UNESCO
-listed rice terraces
cutting across magnificent mountains.
Explore paradisiacal islands while staying at the best beach resorts in the Philippines
Of course this being a tropical island nation, tropical getaways
top travellers’ wish lists and often with Cebu
beachfront resorts near the top of that list. When thinking of tropical beach holidays in the Philippines, travellers’ minds often first turn to the Visayas
, or the Visayan Islands. Located in the central part of the Philippine archipelago, the region consists of many different islands – including Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol
, Leyte and Samar – set in the Visayan Sea. Visayas’ rich biodiversity is home to some of the nation’s best beaches and sparkling blue seas that are teeming with coral reefs filled with marine life. It is a haven for diving, snorkelling, kitesurfing and windsurfing and naturally boasts some of the best beach resorts in the Philippines.
Within this watery world, the crowning jewel is Cebu. Though the Philippines’ most densely populated island, Cebu is known for its pristine white-sand beaches and spectacular diving, particularly off the northern point of the island at Malapascua
and on the southwest coast at Moalboal
. Beyond the beach, Cebu City offers a lively dining and entertainment scene including, an increasing number of enticing eateries and trendy bars. Located just off Cebu in Bohol, the famous Chocolate Hills
are another popular destination with more than 1,500 uniform mounds formed by coral deposits and a millennia of erosion.
Moving on from Cebu, perhaps a stay in one of the Surigao
resorts to experience the richly diverse Filipino culture in this region, and for divers a trip to Mindanao is again a bucket list must. Delight in indigenous Filipino cuisine
, listen to the locals playing their guitars and singing by the light of the moon, and see how they make their traditional handicrafts, all while staying at a boutique hotel Philippines or stunning beachfront resort. Other adventures and activities in Mindanao
include wakeboarding, kayaking or rafting in sparkling freshwater rivers and streams, and exploring memorable caves and waterfalls.
Take part in vibrant fiestas in the Philippines
There’s always a celebration, or fiesta, going on in the Philippines. Due to the Spanish influence on Filipinos’ strongly Catholic beliefs, most of these festivals are religious in origin while others commemorate certain important events in the country’s history. Regardless of the origins or meanings, festivals often feature similar events and attractions, including extravagant costumes shown off during elaborate parades and processions
, an abundance of food and drinks, performances, competitions and more. In addition to more nation-wide celebrations, most individual towns and villages hold their own fiestas (often devoted to their patron saint).
Some of the standout fiestas across the country include Panagbenga, an annual flower festival held in Baguio on the island of Luzon, Sinulog in Cebu City celebrating the ‘Santo Niño
’ and Ati-atihan in the town of Kalibo, which is sometimes thought of as the Filipino Mardi Gras.
Being a Catholic country, Christmas is also a highly important occasion and the Philippines boasts the world’s longest yuletide season, celebrating Christmas for not just a day but months, starting in September and finally ending at the beginning of January.
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