Philippines Holidays: An Overview

The Philippines consists of an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, with a combined shoreline longer than the US. Colonised by the Spanish in 1521, the country takes its name from king Philip of Spain. In 1898, it became a colony of the United States, as a result of which it is now the third largest English speaking country in the world. Filipinos have a rich and colourful culture, combining Asian, European, and American influences, and the country's natural physical beauty is making it an increasingly popular destination for travellers.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • 7,100 islands, white sand beaches, unbeatable diving. Last one out turn off the lights....
  • We predict this island nation is going to be huge in the next few years. Watch this space

Luxury Philippines Holidays: The Detail

The immaculate Amanpulo on Pamalican Island has long been an Original Travel favourite, but that left 7,099 other islands in the Philippines just begging to be turned into luxurious eco-retreats.

Many of the islands don't even have a name, and the Philippines seems to float on its own in the Pacific. Separated from Indonesia and Indochina by miles of ocean, the country's history is relatively undramatic; unlike many of its neighbours, it has not seen the rise and fall of dynasties. This may be due to the archipelago's linguistic, cultural and racial diversity - over 111 dialects are spoken in its various regions.

Whatever the reason, slowly but surely, the world's finest hoteliers are realising the potential this island nation offers, with beautiful untouched beaches and wonderful diving and snorkelling.

Did you know

  • The Philippines consists of 7,107 islands lying between the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean
  • The Philippines covers an area of about 300,000 square kilometers - roughly the size of Italy
  • The Philippine flag is unique in that it is flown differently during times of war than in times of peace. If the red strip is at the top, the country is at war, where as the blue on top shows that the country is at peace.

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