Top Cities in Philippines

Pocket Guide: Philippines

With epic coastlines, smouldering volcanoes and spectacular wildlife this vibrant archipelago is home to some of the world’s most beautiful tropical scenery. But it’s not all about the great wide open in the Philippines: it also possesses some of the world’s most densely populated mega-cities. And with more than 7000 islands to visit, you could spend a lifetime exploring this fascinating country and still not experience all of its colonial heritage, abundance of culture and fusion of global influences. So why not book a Philippines hotel today and get that adventure started.

Where to Stay in the Philippines

Luzon — This island is the main powerhouse of the Philippines archipelago. Home to the sprawling metropolitan capital city Manila, the island also boasts towns such as Vigan that are rich with the trappings of its colonial history, as well as the rural vistas of Banaue’s rice terraces. So whether you want the buzz of city life, the genteel feel of cobblestone streets beneath you feet, or a taste of the great Asian outdoors, a hotel in Luzon has it all.

Western Visayas — Formed of a number of islands, primarily Guimaras and Panay, this region of the Philippines is not only home to the renowned beauty of Boracay Island’s beaches, but also plays host to a number of dazzling festivals throughout the year that are a must for anyone wanting to get a real taste of local culture in full flow.

Central Visayas — A hotel in this region is perfect for anyone looking to explore the region’s rich colonial heritage. With its plethora of historic landmarks including the walled cities in Cebu and Intramuros. Festival lovers will delight in Cebu City’s Sinulog Festival, the region's most popular religious cultural event, whilst beachcombers will find no shortage of exquisite coastline to while away the hours.

Eastern Visayas — Consisting of the major islands of Samar, Leyte and Biliran, as well as a number of smaller islands, Eastern Visayas is the caving capital of the Philippines. The warren of cave systems underneath the mountains of Samar island provide the perfect setting for explorers from beginner to expert to trek or even spelunk. And, with the exceptional diving, snorkelling and surfing opportunities also offered, this is the perfect place to test your adventuring mettle.

How to Make the Most of Your Hotel in the Philippines

There is so much to see in the Philippines that you’re going to have to make some tough choices. Discover religious sites such as the Basílica de San Sebastián in Quiapo, Asia’s only steel church or basilica, as well as places of historical interest such as Rizal Park in Bohol, and a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that include the spectacular Banaue Rice terraces in Batad and the European colonial town of Vigan. Or, if nature is more your thing, with world-class beaches, coral reefs, and jungles teeming with rare and distinctive wildlife, the Philippines is an archipelago of true wonder.

Island life offers a plethora of watersports, with diving being the predominant one. You can go sea kayaking in the Caramoan Islands, caving in Sagada or white-water rafting in Cagayan de Oro City. And that’s before you even consider the golfing, board-sailing, rock-climbing and mountain biking… the list goes on and on. So if you want to get the blood pumping, you’ll be spoilt for choice here.

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