From the rich cultural heritage of the Queen City of the South to the untiring charms of Baguio, these local destinations should be on your travel radar this year
Manila, Philippines, 26 January 2023 — This 2023, there’s definitely no slowing down Filipinos’ revived wanderlust. Whether it’s a well-deserved retreat to your favourite city, exploring a hidden gem you’re visiting for the first time, or rediscovering one of the Philippines’ many beautiful islands — travel is definitely a treat that everyone is looking forward to this year.
As more countries reopen their borders and airlines add more flights to international hotspots, latest data from Airbnb reveals that domestic destinations remain top of mind for Filipinos. If you’re wondering where to travel next, read on for the top trending destinations in the Philippines, paired with the most extraordinary Airbnb Stays hosted by locals ready to provide you with their best tips (and well-kept secrets!) to make the most of your destination.
Immerse in history and natural wonders in the country’s oldest city
#1 on the list is Cebu City, which has undeniably captured the attention of tourists from all over the world. The city has much to offer any type of traveler — from colorful festivals to unique delicacies and vibrant urban landscapes to nature-based adventures. For large families and barkadas planning to visit the south’s Queen city, check out these spacious homes with outdoor pools and amenities such as this mansion aptly titled ‘The Helix’ for its impressive spiral staircase and this modern 7-bedroom luxury villa with an infinity pool, both providing spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains.
Soak up Cebuano culture and offerings in Lapu-Lapu City
Lapu-Lapu City is steeped both in rich cultural heritage, and its pristine white-sand beaches. For an unforgettable trip to the city, why not book Airbnb Stays that are currently trending? Check out this luxurious two-story Ouano Beach House nestled along the coast of Mactan Island with exclusive access to the beach. Another option is this rustic modern villa perfectly located near beaches and nearby islands, which also features an indoor waterfall pool and billiards table.
Live out your island dreams in El Nido, Palawan
Over the years, El Nido has been gradually gathering word of mouth as one of the best beach destinations in the world — thanks to its breathtakingly clear waters teeming with marine life. To fully enjoy this beach lover’s paradise, this newly-built tropical-themed villa offers direct access to Las Cabañas Beach & Maremegmeg Beach and lies a stone’s throw away from the island’s nightlife and restaurants. Another option is this dreamy and romantic designer villa perfect for couples, located just a few minutes from Nacpan Beach and with a private pool to boot.
Go on a digital detox and recharge in Coron, Palawan
Another popular island destination south of Luzon is Coron – home to many of the Philippines’ most unique wreck diving spots. Often considered the quieter and more laidback sibling of El Nido, Coron is definitely worth adding to your bucket list. The island offers multiple stays with amazing views — such as this lovely beachfront room which comes with stunning sunsets and island tours for a hassle-free trip. You can also rent a private bed and breakfast in this island home tucked away in a quiet cove, where you can catch the sunrise and enjoy breakfast by the veranda.
Drive up north and cool off in Baguio’s chilly weather
If you want to take a break from the tropical heat in the metro, drive up north and stay for a week or more in the country’s Summer Capital. There’s never a shortage of things to do in Baguio — from its abundant flora and parks brimming with exciting activities, to local neighborhoods where you can soak up Cordilleran art and enjoy delicious delicacies. For those who can’t bear to leave their furry ones at home, this pet-friendly Muji-style home just a few minutes away from Burnham Park makes for the perfect stay. Those seeking some fresh mountain air can check out this chic, industrial-themed home with large glass walls showing off the lush pine trees aplenty and morning mountain fog.
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