The Philippines is a popular tourist destination. Whether you come to visit its many sights around the country or just to spend your holiday in one spot, you’re sure to have a dream vacation here. If rest and relaxation is your primary reason to visit, you won’t be disappointed. Since this Southeast Asian country is made up of many islands, beach resorts in the Philippines abound, each offering a smorgasbord of water activities and relaxation options.
One of the best ways to improve your mindset is to relax and let the stress melt away. A good place to do this is the Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast on Boracay Island. You can walk on white sand beaches with tremendous blue water views, play 18 holes of golf on a championship course, sit on your balcony gazing at calming views or swim in one of four pools. You can also soak in the whirlpool, have a massage or spend a day at the spa.
With emphasis on healthy outdoor activates, the Bohol Beach Club makes it fun and easy to keep in shape while on holiday. You can choose from activities such as windsurfing, kayaking, and pedal boating or biking. But, if you played too hard in the sun, the Bohol Beach Club offers massages to work out the kinks and ease those tired muscles. Buildings center around an outdoor pool or you can go for a swim in the ocean just steps away. This newly renovated three-star is on Panglao island.
Like to play chess? The Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort offers a chess board with a twist: the life-sized “board” is on the beach, not too far from the beach volleyball court. Located on Mactan island, this resort offers a variety of water sports activities, including scuba diving and jet skiing. Guest rooms are simply decorated yet ooze luxury some have in-room spas. The resort has five restaurants, one of which, Cove, is considered one of Cebu’s top restaurants. Or you could have a food-oriented massage using banana fronds, papayas, coconut oils and honey.
Crimson Resort and Spa on the island of Mactan has won numerous awards from travel publications and websites; it’s been named one of the world’s top luxury resorts. Stay here and you’ll find out why. Luxury villas, outdoor pool, white sand beaches and, of course, the ocean where you can jet ski, ride a banana boat, scuba dive on a coral reef or go kayaking. You can even get married on the beach or dine on fresh lobster at one of their restaurants. Spacious rooms have specially designed sleeping tubs, while restaurants serve everything from fried bananas to shrimp tempura.
Although Plantation Bay Resort is right on the beach, you won’t have to jump the waves to go canoeing and paddle boarding. That’s because the resort has its own private waterway, one of the world’s largest. The resort is near a top diving site, with coral reefs and shipwrecks just waiting to be explored. The hotel has all the graciousness of the tropical plantation it resembles. Spacious rooms have specially designed sleeping tubs, while restaurants serve everything from fried bananas to shrimp tempura.
The Shangri-La’s Mactan offers 630 guest rooms spread over several buildings. But, at the same time, lush vegetation gives this resort an intimate feel. Located on Mactan island, a 30-minute drive from Cebu, the resort is family oriented, with separate facilities and supervised activities for your kids. Besides water sports and white sand beaches, the resort has its own marine preserve where you can observe 160 varieties of sea life, including coral.
Green is a relaxing, serene color; it reminds us of the great outdoors Which makes Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort the perfect spot for relaxation. Located on Palawan island in the West Philippine Sea, this small resort is surrounded by lush green vegetation. You can walk along the beach, swim in an enormous pool or just walk through the jungle. If you’re looking for a different water activity, consider a ride on the nearby Puerto Princessa Underground River — Daluyon is the closest resort to the river.
At The Bellevue Resort Bohol on Panglao island the only thing bluer than the sky or the ocean is the infinity pool. The blue water is simply amazing, and a sharp contract to the ocean just a few steps away across the white sand beach. The resort offers activities ranging from scuba diving lessons to Frisbee. After a day of fun on the beach, relax at the full-service spa or enjoy fine dining at Cena, a resort restaurant that’s right on the beach.
Lush vegetation gives Shangri-La’s Boracay a very intimate feel, almost like you’re on a deserted island. Located on Puka Shell Beach on scenic Boracay island, the resort’s white sand beaches and green forest make for a winning combination. Water activities range from lounging on the beach to parasailing to deep sea diving. You can rejuvenate yourself at the full-service spa that offers treatments using Chinese and Philippine techniques. Your dining options include a cliff-top restaurant that specializes in seafood.
El Nido Resorts on Lagen Island calls itself an eco-sanctuary, a place that is designed to preserve the surrounding environment. On one side of the resort, there’s a lush forest; on the other side, tranquil bay waters. You can relax by going bird- or wildlife watching or looking at scenery from limestone rock formations to the jungle. You can get your daily exercise by sailing, hiking a nature trail, swimming or working out at the fitness center, followed by a relaxing massage.