The Philippines is arguably one of the best travel destinations in all of SE Asia, home to 36,289 km of beautiful coastline which includes some of the worlds most renowned reefs, beaches, and biodiversity. In fact, just this year, Siargao, Boracay, and Palawan islands have been ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd (respectfully), as the “Top 5 Islands” in all of Aisa. It’s not surprising then, that these prime locations are alluring to travelers from around the globe, people who want to sample the natural beauty of the Philippines.
2018 has been a great year for tourism in the Philippines and 2019 is projected to do even better. So if you are planning a trip to the Philippines for 2019 here are our picks for the best Hotel Resorts to visit in the new year.
MANOR at Camp John Hay is one of the best places to spend Christmas in the Philippines. You get the cold December weather, log wood cabin accommodations, actual pine Christmas trees, and a romantic restaurant, Le Chef, to complete the festive experience.
Here’s a photo essay of our MANOR at Camp John Hay Baguio Christmas….
We love SOFITEL because it’s the only hotel in Manila with a luxurious resort-like feel and an awesome view of the Manila Sunset. It’s also considered a Foodie Haven where one can experience Spiral, the Best Buffet in Manila, and explore authentic French cuisine and wine. It also has Le Spa, which is one of the best couples spas in Manila today.
We got invited by Sofitel to check out the Ultimate Foodie Staycation experience in Manila …
For a limited time, Le Spa at Sofitel introduces a unique “Vinotherapy”, using the latest in wine cosmetics from Les Sources de Caudalie with traditional massage treatments. They also use organic beauty products from Thémaé, harnessing the power of tea for beauty rejuvenation.
Check out Le Spa’s Wine Lovers Treatment experience…
LE BAR is the lobby bar of Sofitel Hotel, which is a bistro, music lounge, and Galette – Patisserie and Chocolaterie in one. It’s the best place to eat in Sofitel as an alternative to Spiral, where you can enjoy food and pair it with an extensive list of French and European wines.
Check out the Romantic French Dinner with Wine Pairing at LE BAR…
Our boys are growing up so fast, so each adventure we have with them is precious. Usually, one adventure fuels creative ideas for the next awesome adventure. It gets very addicting.
When you have kids that are more than 2 years old already, you have to be creative in managing your budget for the trip because:
You already have to pay full fare for flights;
You usually need to have a bigger room or have options for extra bed/s; and
They already have growing appetites.
Big Family Travel (with kids of 3 or more) continues to be a challenge in terms of costs and the logistics of organizing it. There are no travel packages, deals or incentives catering to the needs and wants of this travel segment.
I’m still learning how to do it efficiently, and I’m sure there are OAP readers out there who would have smart tips on how to go on a big family travel creatively.
I’ll start first. Here are my Tips & Tricks for a Big Family Travel Adventure: