They say that travelling makes couples become closer to one another. Couples who travel have the chance to discover new places, gain new experiences, and create new memories together. For couples looking for a perfect getaway, the Philippines is definitely a great option – being a country home to white-sand beaches, historical locations, and wondrous sights that foster a romantic and relaxing ambience. Here are the most romantic destinations for that intimate and memorable getaway in the Philippines.
About a few hours travel from Metro Manila, Tagaytay City continues to lure in tourists for its cool weather and Taal Volcano’s breathtaking view. Restaurants have taken advantage of this by offering delicious, mouth-watering meals and placed their locations overlooking the Taal Lake. Aside from sight-seeing and having an appetising meal, there are also various activities that couples can do together such as taking a zipline, wakeboarding, a picnic at The Picnic Grove, visiting Fantasy World, or going on a horse ride at Sky Ranch. What’s not to love about Tagaytay City?
If you and your partner want even colder weather, head up to the ‘City of Pines’ Baguio City! The lovely scenery and cool breeze will definitely be cosy for lovebirds. Take a stroll along Burnham Park, ride a boat, visit the BenCab Museum, or just walk around Session Road and cuddle up as temperatures drop. While Baguio may be crowded during the Panagbenga or Flower Festival every February, the cool weather is ideal for a simple and romantic staycation – have some hot cocoa with mallows on top while seated beside your loved one. Don’t forget to pick strawberries at the farm together!
Be ready to fall in love with your significant other all over again as both of you discover the story and past of the historic city of Vigan. As one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Vigan City continues to captivate visitors with its rich history, wonderful sights, and delicious food. Walk along the streets of Calle Crisologo, take a ride on the calesa (a horse-drawn calash), visit the famous Bantay Church Bell Tower, and if both of you are willing to go on a road trip, head over to nearby provinces and visit the Paoay Sand Dunes, the windmills of Bangui, or go up north of the Philippines to see the barrelling waves of Pagudpud.
Dubbed as Pangasinan’s ‘Romantic Paradise’ or ‘Sinking Island’, couples would surely enjoy their romantic white-sand beaches. Take a sweet photo by the Rock Formation or explore the Bolinao Lighthouse, which is often compared to strong relationships as it has withstood typhoons, floods, and earthquakes. The best part about visiting this place is you get an overlooking view of the nearby mountains and the seas. Of course, no one can ignore the white-sand beaches of Patar where you and your partner can just chill and drink champagne by the beach.
Be reminded of how beautiful it is to look at two things that complement each other – just like the Twin Lagoons of Coron, Palawan. As one of the must-see destinations when visiting Coron, couples would surely fall in love with the scenic view, be relaxed by the surrounding greeneries, and feel refreshed to just float and drift in the alternating cold and warm temperatures of the water. Aside from the Twin Lagoons, don’t forget to also visit well-known tourist spots such as the Kayangan Lake and the Malwawey Reef and Coral Garden.
For couples who enjoy all sorts of water activities, parties, and dinner dates by the beach, Boracay is the place to be! You and your significant other will definitely enjoy the powder-fine, white sand of the beaches, and the beautiful sunset view you can only witness from this tiny island. Hotels and resorts offer a world-class and luxurious ambience. Go for a couple’s massage, enjoy a romantic candle-lit dinner featuring Italian or Moroccan dishes, or walk along the shores and ask kids to build a sandcastle with your loved one’s name. You and your partner can also go parasailing, island hopping, or swimming with the fish.
Couples should definitely visit Iloilo City at least once in their lives, and that’s because the City of Love has a lot to offer. The city’s roads are wide, resulting in less traffic compared to major Philippine cities such as Metro Manila. There are ancestral houses and old mansions with rich histories, colonial churches, and of course, the famous La Paz Batchoy and butterscotch that every tourist should try! Couples who are looking for a more laid-back getaway will enjoy time away from the hustle and bustle of the city here. Plus, the locals of Iloilo City are so friendly and inviting that they’ll make sure tourists will be satisfied and happy. Oh, and you may want to check out nearby island Guimaras – the home of the sweetest mangoes in the Philippines.
Celebrate a new milestone in your relationship by visiting the Home of the Winds – Batanes Island. The northernmost province of the Philippines offers a stunning view of the skies, seas, and greeneries. Batanes will definitely take all the worries and stress away. And, since Internet signal is bad on the island, this will also be a nice time to disconnect from social media and just focus on you and your partner. Enjoy the astonishing views, breathe in fresh air, and just indulge yourself in what nature has to offer. Visit the famous Honesty Cafe, the stone houses, and get the chance to experience wearing the vakul (head gear made of abaca fibres).