The Philippines is a fascinating country – made up of over 7000 islands and with a
rich and page turning colonial history, the resulting culture is of blend of so much
– impossible to define with the most prominent influences coming from Spain,
Portugal and the United States. The beaches and islands are the most beautiful
that the earth has to offer and the ever cheerful and laid back vibe of the
Filipino people is one of genuine warmth.
Manila has undergone a transformation in recent years from a congested
typical Asian city to a highly sophisticated metropolis. One can
find flagship stores from every international design house from
Prada to PPQ, from Gucci to Guess and the fashion cafes and bars
are seriously cool. Nightclubs, five star hotels and the hotly anticipated
opening of Raffles Manila next summer all point to a city on the move.
To escape the fast pace of Manila, the tropical paradise of Boracay is just
a 45 minute flight away. Boracay is a small but perfectly formed island
made up of a dazzling, seven kilometre long, white sandy palm fringed
beach complete with crystal clear turquoise water! It is a wonderful place
to enjoy glamorous holidays and break in hotels such as the seriously
hip Discovery Shores or the opulent Shangri La Boracay.