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.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Begin your day visiting Rizal Park where the country’s national hero was executed. You will then head onto the Walled City of Intramuros and tour Fort Santiago, a Spanish medieval fortress that used to be Spain’s most durable bastion in the East. A stop will also be made at San Agustin church. After exploring San Agustin Church, you will drive through Ayala Avenue in Makati, the modern commercial and financial district of the country. Proceed to the American Memorial Park marking over 37000 soldiers who died during WWII, then to the reclaimed areas where the convention centres, 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 provide 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.
Begin your day at St. Joseph’s Church to see the Bamboo Organ, the first of its kind and to this day is still being used during church services and international competitions. After visiting St. Joseph’s Church, you will drive to Tagaytay, passing through ranges of fruit and vegetable plantations, while seeing the Taal Volcano from a distance. Taal Volcano is the smallest volcano in the world and is set on an island 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. 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 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.
A stay at Makati Shangri-La, Manila, is an unforgettable one. The hotel offers you the opportunity to experience the heart of Manila from the very centre of Makati's most prestigious business, shopping, and entertainment district. The hotel is within walking distance from some of the most popular shopping malls in Manila, which include Glorietta, Greenbelt, and SM Department Store. The hotel is located just 20 minutes away from the airport and is a luxurious sanctuary for all travellers. Makati Shangri-La is one of the quintessential Makati hotels in Manila and has 696 of the city’s largest and most beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites. Discover international cuisine and have an excellent dining experience at Makati Shangri-La’s award-winning restaurants and bars.
Pangulasian Island is El Nido’s luxury island hideaway in Bacuit Bay, El Nido. The resort is set fronting a pristine beach and against a backdrop of tropical forest. Also known as the “Island of the Sun”, Pangulasian has breathtaking views of both the sunrise and sunset. Frolic in the 750-metre 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. The resort offers a total of 42 deluxe accommodations built with contemporary Filipino and cutting edge “green” design. Resort facilities include a boutique, library, restaurant and bar at the Clubhouse, an infinity pool with beach bar, gym, spa, hiking trail with view deck, Scuba Shack, and marine sports centre.
Maynard Fossum ,
December 12, 2014
"My trip to China proved to be an outstanding experience. Each location provided excellent learning and entertainment opportunities. The country was very impressive both in its deep history and in the huge modernization that has taken place in recent decades. The tour guides at each location were well informed and able to answer questions while also offering detailed information at all sites. It was a pleasure to be so well taken care of. The guides and drivers were always helpful. The meals on the tour were delicious and varied. I was pleased with the choice of restaurants. The hotels were comfortable and well located. I will recommend Kensington Tours. "
December 12, 2014
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December 12, 2014
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Ruth Reinhard ,
December 12, 2014
"The trip was fantastic!!!Each guide and driver gave us so much information and were so helpful. They made sure that they took good care of our well being and requests. My husband, who we all call "the reluctant traveler" said, halfway through the trip, where are we going next? He said if he can go with Kensington then he will go anyplace. Thanks for making our trip to China a memorable experience."
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December 12, 2014
"100% satisfied! We had a wonderful trip. Our travel adviser, Tony Newman put together a tour that included everywhere we wanted to visit and within our very limited time frame. Conrad, who booked our transportation was very professional. The tour guides, hotel accommodations and transportation arrangements were all excellent. We will be using Kensington Tours again!"
December 12, 2014
"We were so impressed with all aspects of the trip that Kensington arranged for us - even at short notice. The itinerary was perfectly planned, full of extra activities like riding an elephant and a water buffalo cart ride. The guides were wonderful in all the places we went and the travel was easy between locations. Vietnam is a wonderful destination and Angkor Wat is amazing too. We loved the overnight on the boat in Halong Bay and the train ride to Sapa. The day we spent trekking between indigenous villages in the mountains of Sapa was one of the most interesting days of my life! We have travelled a lot and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken."
Olive Ramchand ,
June 03, 2014
"I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.
Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)
Jeanne Tarvin ,
April 21, 2014
"The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!"
January 15, 2014
"We just returned on Monday from our wonderful trip to South Korea, Bangkok and Phuket. I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work in planning our tours and adventures. Everything was spot on, from our arrivals at the airports, to the guides and the tours. I would not hesitate to recommend you and your company. It was truly a wonderful vacation. Thank you again.
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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