Luxury wellness holidays and retreats in Philippines
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Best months to visit
The best time to visit the Philippines is between November and April, during the dry season when the country's beautiful islands and remote areas are fully accessible. The shoulder months of May and November are less crowded and the weather is still reasonably dry.
Thoughts of the Philippines conjure images of white sand beaches, crystal clear waters filled with a rainbow of marine life, and intoxicatingly thick rainforest. Blessed with an abundance of natural wonders, Filipino wellness combines the unparalleled healing power of nature with a rich heritage of traditional wellness practices passed down through generations. Try Hilot, an intuitive touch therapy designed to remove energy imbalance, or Dagdagay, a traditional foot massage using two bamboo sticks for a truly unique wellness experience at Health Travel’s luxury retreats in the Philippines. With over seven thousand islands to explore, this magnificent archipelago is home to some unmissable spots, including Cebu and island hopping around El Nido. Swim with dugongs and dolphins, marvel at the Chocolate Hills and vibrant coral reefs, and lose yourself in the wonder of blue lagoons and the Banaue Rice Terraces.
Top places to visit in the Philippines for wellness
Dive into paradise at this seaside haven, where the world that lies beneath the waves is just as fascinating as the one above. Explore the kaleidoscopic marine life at Anilao or Verde Island Passage, described as the centre of the world’s marine biodiversity. White sand beaches and centuries-old churches in traditional towns complete this absorbing destination.
The surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao is a secluded island haven for beach lovers. As well as world-class surf, discover natural rock pools and caves, flourishing mangroves, tranquil beaches and unforgettable sunsets. Still relatively undiscovered, this dreamy wellness destination has something for everyone.
Palawan and El Nido
Voted the ‘World’s Best Island’ across multiple years, Palawan is a postcard-perfect scene of towering limestone rock formations and hypnotising blue-green waters. Head to El Nido in the north for unforgettable dive sites and unparalleled biodiversity- known as the Philippines’ Last Ecological Frontier, Palawan is home to a dizzying array of natural beauty.
Here's 3 experiences to inspire you
Dive with Thresher Sharks in Malapascua Island
At Health Travel, we love one of a kind experiences, and they don’t get much better than Malapascua Island, the only place in the world where you can dive with thresher sharks year-round. This small island exudes relaxing beach vibes, creating an inviting haven full of magical experiences in nature.
Surf lessons in the Philippines' best beaches for beginner surfers
With some of the best surfing spots in the world, where better to learn to surf than the Philippines? Siargao Island may be famous for Cloud 9, but it’s also home to equally stunning beginner spots, such as Secret Beach and Jacking Horse, where you can have private surf lessons in the enchantingly blue, fish-filled waters.
Hike the active Mayon Volcano with a private guide
Famous for its perfectly conical shape, the Mayon volcano has been the focus of both legend and admiration for its beauty. It is the country’s most active volcano, yet surrounded by a magnificent variety of flora and fauna, and unique wildlife in the Mayon Volcano National Park. This is truly an experience of the awe-inspiring power of nature.