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Winter Escape to the Philippines (and enjoy re-generated Boracay)
By: Bamboo Travel
Boracay is the Philippines' premier beach resort and, since 2018, it has undergone a project of rehabilitation to clean up and redevelop the island in a more sustainable fashion after the negative effects of over-tourism.
Ironically, the lack of tourism since 2020 has accelerated the process, and new improved infrastructure and environmental policies are in place to preserve the island's beaches and natural beauty, making Boracay more desirable than ever!
There is an array of exceptional hotels to suit every traveller's taste and budget, as well as plenty of water and land-based activities to keep everyone busy
But the islands are not just about stunning beaches and scenery, the Philippines has some of the most underrated food experiences in the whole of Asia.
The country's long history with colonialism and migration has heavily influenced the cuisine, and Filipino food today is a melting pot of distinct tastes and cooking styles - quite different from anything else found in Southeast Asia.
The most famous dish is undoubtedly Adobo – pork or chicken cooked in vinegar, soy sauce and garlic to become super tender and flavourful. Succulent Lechon – whole roast suckling pig – is served all over the country but the most celebrated is found in Cebu.
As an archipelago, the Philippines is also home to a huge array of seafood, often picked up fresh from the market and cooked that day. The fruit is also a highlight, particularly the fresh and dried mangos!
Delicious food is guaranteed on any of Bamboo Travel's 12 itineraries, including the popular, 16-day, 'Highlights of the Philippines (https://www.bambootravel.co.uk/
From Banaue spend a night in Sagada learning about the indigenous culture before heading south and stopping at the fascinating 'summer capital' Baguio. The private tour ends with six nights on the island of Boracay.
The holiday costs from £3095 pp (two sharing), which includes international and domestic flights, all transportation on a private basis, 13 nights' B&B (plus four lunches and four dinners), sightseeing, entrance fees and a guide.
Bamboo Travel (020 7720 9280, bambootravel.co.uk)
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR