Sixteen cites make up Metro Manila, a true megalopolis. It’s a huge, ultrafast-paced city that covers an astonishing 646 square km. If you like 24hr big city life you’ll love it and there are great bars, restaurants and shops. And just south of the city lies The Farm, among the most luxurious spa and wellness centres in Asia.
Parts of city are undoubtedly chaotic, a hive of activity hooting from jeepneys. Although there is an authentic beauty in the theatre of life being played out in the streets by the local Manileños. There are quieter areas too, where you’ll find an extremely high level of luxury accommodation, little luxury oases in the bustling city. Although badly damaged during the Pacific Theatre of WWII, the old colonial Spanish quarter remains one of the city’s most interesting districts.
Whether you enjoy the fast pace or not pales into insignificance when you consider the location, which puts close to some of the Philippines most spectacular nature. A short drive from the city is Mt Taal, the smallest active volcano in the world with 406-metre crater. It sits in the middle of Lake Taal, often described as a “crater within an island within lake” and spectacularly beautiful sight.
It’s also easy to get to the famous volcanic region Bicol from Manila, home to the colossal and active Mt. Mayon, where daredevils can hike to the rim of the smouldering crater. Father south, lies Donsol famous for its whale shark diving and swimming tours.
When booking a luxury holiday to Manila with Lightfoot Travel, you’ll receive expert impartial from our Philippines specialists, who’ll design your perfect tailor-made itinerary so you don’t miss a thing.