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  • Norsksaint 14 posts

    Good afternoon.

    Wife, myself and our 1 year old daughter are thinking of having 2-3 weeks in the Philippines next Jan/Feb 2025. Wondered if anyone had any recent experiences, tips or advice?
    We’re thinking 1-2 nights in Manilla, and then travelling to 2-3 other places for approx. 4 nights each time – we have found that best with a child.
    Advice much appreciated.


    idontfly 42 posts

    Siagao is wonderful, truely one of the best holidays ever if you dont like surfing. I recommend at least 5 days there.

    BBbetter 635 posts

    Bohol was lovely. Not a white sands beach like Boracay, but the hotels are nice and a few places to visit for sightseeing.
    Palawan is another for great beaches and secluded islands, but it’s a bit too remote with a child.

    bungalow 177 posts

    If you intend doing any shopping in Manila, get yourself a taxi to Green Hills Shopping Centre in San Juan, where you can buy ANYTHING! It’s also cheap as chips and a must do experience in itself!
    Mrs bungalows first stop handbag shop (when not in Vietnam…) 🙂

    Cat 134 posts

    Palawan is glorious, if you find the right hotel and escape the crowds. Same for Coron. I also loved Bohol, with the tarsiers, the chocolate hills and the fireflies. Getting around can be a bit of a mission, but worth it (if you think you can cope wth the little one!).

    It’s gorgeous there!

    Chabuddy Geezy 30 posts

    I agree with Cat on the Coron and Bohol recommendations. Siargao is also great for surfing. Boracay is famous for its white sand beach but I thought there was less to do there vs somewhere like Bohol (check out the Chocolate Hills). Be aware that flying between these places will probably involve backtracking to Manila or Cebu. For Manila I don’t think you need more than 2 nights. The nicest area to stay in Manila is BGC, although there is a large Hilton/Sheraton next to the airport that has a pool and large base rooms if you are sharing with the kids. For high end gastronomy in Manila check out Gallery by Chele, for something a bit more casual but excellent food is Key Coffee in BGC.

    mattxcheung 9 posts

    I just got back from 2 weeks in Manila as my partner has family there. Would be happy to discuss options for Manila and potentially some of the other islands via advice from my partner. I stayed in The Peninsula, Shangri-La The Fort, Westin, and Conrad in Manila and have a lot to say about each one if you had your eye on any of them. Feel free to reach out and send me an email and I’d be happy to give you some of my thoughts on the properties I stayed at: matt at cheung dot cloud

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