From the colorful local bars of Manila where life is fast and loud, to a serene sunset cocktail in an elegant island paradise, discover the dual personalities of the Philippines.
From the bustling modern commercial and financial district to the silence that descends as you explore the medieval Spanish fortress in the Walled City of Intramuros, Manila is a thrilling mixture of serene parks, significant historic sites and colorful local bars and restaurants that pulse with the rhythm of the Philippines. In Palawan, you’ll arrive at the exclusive Pangulasian Island where pampering is an art from and relaxed elegance a way of life. Simply choose to spend your time between your resort’s sumptuous day spa and its pristine stretch of beach, or get adventurous on a diving trip, nature hike, or a cruise of the surrounding 45 idyllic islands and islets where you’ll find your personal paradise.
This excellent trip tells two very different tales. From bustling Manila where colorful local bars host an international mix of revelers, to the luxurious Pangulasian Island where the only sound to disturb you is the gentle lap of the tide on pristine white sand beaches. Your experienced team of local guides and private drivers will ensure you see Manila at its vibrant best, and leave everything to the incredible hospitality staff at your luxury island resort who will transport you to a serene paradise.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
A transfer between the aiport and your hotel with a private vehicle and English speaking guide is provided.
Located in the centre of Manila, a stay at Makati Shangri-La is an unforgettable one. The hotel offers guests the opportunity to experience the heart of Manila from the very centre of Manila’s most prestigious business, shopping and entertainment district. After a long day of exploring Manila, guests can indulge in one of the many restaurants the hotel has that serve a combination of Asian and Western cuisines. The experienced staffs at the hotel cater to the needs of guests by providing an extensive range of services and facilities. The facilities include a gym, spa, swimming pools, Jacuzzi, tennis court, sauna and steam room. Being one of the quintessential Makati hotels in Manila, the hotel provides 696 guestrooms and suites. On each floor, there is a Zen waterfall that welcomes the guests as they enter their spacious and comfortable room. Makati Shangri-La is the perfect hotel to relax and enjoy a marvelous view of the Manila.
You will begin your day visiting the historical urban park, Rizal Park, which is located in the heart of Manila where the country’s national hero was executed. You will then head to the Walled City of Intramuros where you will take a tour of Fort Santiago, a Spanish medieval fortress that used to be Spain’s most durable bastion in the East. As well, you will stop at San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church in the Philippines. After exploring San Agustin Church, you will drive through Ayala Avenue in Makati, the modern commercial and financial district of the country and proceed through the American memorial Park which marks the 37,000 soldiers who died during WWII and head towards the convention centers, art’s venue, and Mall of Asia.
Rhythmical excitement is Manila after sundown. You will start your evening with a delicious Philippine gourmet dinner and then begin your adventure with visiting one or two bars, which provides live music and entertainment. After spending time at the bars, you can have the option of being dropped off at a disco, the casino or take a walk along Malate or Makati city as you head your way back to your hotel.
You will begin your day at St. Joseph’s Church to see the Bamboo Organ, the first of its kind and still till this day it’s being used during Church services and International competitions. After visiting St. Joseph’s Church, you will then drive to Tagaytay, passing through ranges of fruit and vegetable plantations and seeing the Taal Volcano from a distance. Taal Volcano is the smallest volcano in the world and is set on an island on its own within the lake. You will board a boat that will take you on a light trek to get a view of the volcano. Lunch will be served after the trek.
Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) offers daily flights from Manila to El Nido, Palawan. Travel time is approximately 55-minutes using a 50-seater ATR aircraft.
From the El Nido Airport, you will take a 25-minute boat ride to the Pangulasian Island Resort.
Pangulasian Island is El Nido Resorts’ luxury island hideaway in Bacuit Bay, El Nido. The resort is set fronting a pristine beach and against a backdrop of tropical lush forest. Also known as the “Island of the Sun”, Pangulasian has breathtaking views of both the sunrise and sunset. Frolic in the 750-meter stretch of white sand beach and be amazed by the marine sanctuary right at its doorstep. Discover diverse flora and fauna thriving in its forest. Discerning guests will be treated to luxurious amenities, along with impeccable and personalized service at Pangulasian Island. The resort offers a total of 42 deluxe accommodations built with contemporary Filipino and cutting edge “green” design. The resort facilities include a boutique, library, various restaurants and bars at the Clubhouse, an infinity pool with beach bar, gym, spa, hiking trail with viewing deck, Scuba Shack and marine sports center. Located just minutes away are vibrant coral reefs and El Nido Resorts’ Beach Clubs. The vibrant hospitality, along with the stunning flora and fauna, and pristine beach will ensure the guests stay is everything they imagined.
Pangulasian Island appeals to the highly discerning traveler looking for exclusivity and bespoke pampering. Once on the island, there are many optional hotel activities to particpate in. We have not added any specific inclusions, as many guests choose to simply relax! Pangulasian Island Spa offers a variety of Asian, European, and tropical face and body treatments, including the traditional Filipino hilot massage. Soak in some sun at Pangulasian’s gorgeous beach. Have a cocktail, take a dip and relax poolside. Go on nature walks. Sample local handicrafts at the boutique, hit the gym, or visit the library. El Nido has more than 20 diving sites, all easily accessible from Pangulasian Island. Pangulasian Island is a PADI 5-star resort with a complete line of diving equipment and offers a variety of dive courses. Snorkel at the house reef and meet some of the hundreds of fish species and other interesting sea creatures of the El Nido protected area. Go trekking at Pangulasian Island’s nature trail. Discover wildlife flourishing in their natural habitat. Go stargazing. The 45 islands and islets of El Nido and the surrounding sea present endless opportunities for adventure and nature appreciation. Just minutes away are several natural attractions, including Cathedral Cave, Cudugnon Cave, Snake Island, and the Big and Small Lagoons.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) offers daily flights from El Nido to Manila. Travel time is approximately 55-minutes using a 50-seater ATR aircraft.
Bob Feldman ,
November 19, 2013
"I wanted to let you know that our trip to China was great! Everybody enjoyed themselves. When planning a trip I am always concerned about the itinerary, the vehicles and the guides. All 3 of these were great. The guides were particularly good and in this case really made the trip a pleasure. Overall a great trip. Thanks for all you did."
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October 10, 2013
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September 04, 2013
"We just returned from our thailand/cambodia trip. It was fantastic. You did a great job. The guides were excellent as was the drivers. We loved the Victoria Hotel you selected in Siem. Wish we had more time. Thailand met our expectations but our expectations for Cambodia were low and they exceeded them. Loved the places selected for the included lunches. Certainly would use Kensington again"
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August 30, 2013
"Thank you for arranging our guided trip to Thailand - Vietnam. It was a memorable, and pleasant trip - a 1st for us with Kensington tours and a most enjoyable one. We found that we were able to maximize our visit of the the area without the concern of booking hotels, airline, finding parking and understanding the local language. "
Tim Mesarch ,
August 02, 2013
"Alexis helped us fit in all of the sites we wanted to see on our trip to Thailand and Cambodia, and suggested some more. It was valuable talking with someone who had been there and done that. The planning went pretty smoothly, and so did the trip. The local guides were all top-notch! "
July 25, 2013
"I highly recommend Kesington Tours. The planning of our trip to Cambodia was outstanding. Our advisor Alexis Mayer was unbelievably patient, knowledgeable and responsive. We planned the trip in every possible detail and Alexis was extraordinary during the whole process. Once we were in Cambodia, we had a tiny issue with the car. I was able to get in contact with Alexis right away and the problem was instantly solved. The trip itself was fantastic. Everything was very well planned and perfectly organized. The local guides and drivers were great. The hotels were very well chosen.
Great trip. I would definitely travel again with Kensington Tours."
Pennie Quintana ,
August 07, 2013
"Thank you so much for the amazing trip we enjoyed!! All our guides were fantasy. Joseph in Jakarta, July in Jojakarta and Deon in Borneo!! Wow!! Bless you for all your attention to detail and the outstanding communication to all my questions. You made me feel so taken care of and tended too!! "
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June 21, 2013
"We have just returned from our trip to Malaysia and wanted you to know how much we enjoyed the itinerary you put together for us. Our guides were personable and very knowledgeable about the various places we visited. We were amazed by the sights, sounds and friendliness of the people we encountered. Needless to say, it was a most memorable trip and one of the
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July 11, 2013
"Sunita, my wife and I had a wonderful time in China. The hotels were superb. Our guides were excellent. They spoke good English, were knowledgeable, and flexible. It was a wonderful trip. We particularly enjoyed the Yangtze River cruise. We will certainly consider your firm for international travel in the future."
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June 14, 2013
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