RANGGO 100 Best in Service
Introducing RANGGO Magazines’ 100 BEST in Service. Our Annual List of the best in the industry: from restaurants and hotels, through to travel agents, entrepreneurs and tour providers.
Service Standards are the most important aspect of any business wanting to succeed in the Hospitality Industry. The internet has democratized the industry. Every consumer can now access images, locations, coupons, make reservations and ultimately leave good or bad reviews – anytime, from anywhere in the world.
Our definition of “BEST” is based not just on exceptional staff and service but also offering a unique quality which makes the establishment stand out. This could be ambiance, motif, services offered, tradition, menu or a dedication to sustainability and green practices.
There are 7,641 Islands which make up the Philippines. In our first RANGGO BEST 100 we have traveled all around this beautiful country, and we are pleased to share with you our choices from some of the best around the Philippines.
The 70’s Bistro, Quezon City
A place to rock and get drunk! One of the pillars of Manila’s music scene you can find different kinds of bands performing; from up and coming acts, to some of the most well-known Philippine bands and artists. 70’s serves a nice range of snacks to share and the staff team are efficient and friendly. Throughout the years the beat, soul and rhythm remains consistently great, and the fun spirit continues to be contagious!
Adamo, Dumaguete City
Described as “fine-dining at a reasonable price” this restaurant serves their meals in courses, as high end restaurants do – a concept previously unheard of in Dumaguete. They deviate from the norm by having separate lunch and dinner menus, and change their menus every two weeks as well, to keep things fresh and exciting. Adamo promotes sustainability by using local produce; this advocacy is also evident on a dedication written on the back of their menu “To our culture, Negros Oriental local farmers and fishermen, and flavors that we love and long for.”
Aloha Seaside Resort, Siquijor
This little resort is just across the road from the beach in San Juan, and if you’re looking for SUPER-comfy beds and pillows in very quiet rooms, then this is the place. The beds are so comfortable; in fact, they’re hard to get out of! The resorts friendly owners and managers are a plus too.
Alta D’ Tagaytay, Tagaytay
The only hotel in Tagaytay, located right on the ridge, Alta D’ Tagaytay provides stunning views of Taal Lake from your room. It’s most notable feature; polished, antiqued-style wood throughout gives the hotel a classic, stately feel. The lobby’s majestic wooden staircase and piano emanate old world splendour and have become an iconic background for wedding photos. Enjoy an authentic Tagaytay experience in this scenic and serene abode.
Amami Beach Resort, Puerto Galera
Amami Beach Resort’s Nipa-style cottages exude tropical island living and are a stone’s throw from one of Puerto Galera’s nicest, most peaceful beaches; Talipanan Beach. The restaurant offers a great selection of Filipino and Italian dishes and servings are humungous; we guarantee you will clean your plate because everything is exquisitely, extraordinarily delicious. Highlights include their breakfasts, Kinilaw and the Pizza’s. Exploring is a must; look out for local boat owner Michael for a beach hopping tour, and Dominique for a small boat to take you to the renowned Coral Garden for some of the most stunning underwater life you will see in your lifetime. We have to give a special shout out to Christine ‘Tin’ Lucero, an all-round employee who goes above and beyond to make sure that guests will have a memorable stay; from explaining tour options enthusiastically and in detail, to accommodating every single request with a warm smile.
Amboy Hometel, Batanes
As the name suggests, Amboy Hometel merges hotel service with a homey ambiance. If your intention is to experience peace and quiet, or to bask in nature, this is the perfect place for you. Encompassed by a lush garden, Amboy Hometel is also just across from Chanarian Beach. Extra attentive staff combined with a welcoming, warm atmosphere, will make this place feel like your home away from home.
Ape Tours, El Nido Palawan
One of the must-do activities in El Nido is an island-hopping tour to see the beaches, lagoons, and explore the underwater world. With so many tour companies offering the same tours, Ape Tours has found a way to be different. They generally operate an opposite schedule to all the other tour companies so that their guests arrive at the locations when they’re almost empty. Theirs is known as the party tour, with Ivan and his crew always ensuring that guests are entertained with music, drinks, and great conversations, which result in newfound friendships by the end of the day. The crew has several types of cameras on board, including a drone camera, which ensures the best moments of a wonderful trip are captured. Truly a Best in Service.
Astoria Boracay, Boracay
This resort is located at the start of White Beach Station 1. The accommodations are stylish, with a modern beach hotel feel, and are located around a swimming pool with comfortable and Instagram-worthy pool seating. Our favourites are the hammocks with integrated sunshade and the white metal-woven flower basket chairs in the shaded garden area. All this is complemented with pool-side wait service. Astoria Boracay offers high-end luxury at mid-range prices, with an efficient and conscientious staff team; what’s not to like!
Azumi Boutique Hotel, Alabang
Azumi Boutique Hotel is located in the south of Metro Manila, near Alabang Town Center and Molito. Its proximity to these places, along with affordable room prices, makes it an ideal and convenient place to stay! The minimalist interiors are modern and very stylish. The rooms are narrow and long, with everything laid out really well to maximise the space. Their biggest selling point is a rooftop saltwater infinity pool with a panoramic view of the area.
Bamba Bistro, Parañaque
Bamba Bistro is a small but well known restaurant in BF Homes Parañaque. The food is not exactly cheap, but it is well worth the price! They serve regular food such as Tapa or Adobo, with a twist, to make it their own. The Steak ala Manila (Tapa), is served with truffled scrambled eggs, and their Aglio Olio is served with fresh sea urchin. Everything is well made, lovingly, which you can sense the moment your food arrives. This is definitely a highly-recommended restaurant in Manila, which people rave about.
Besaga Beachfront Bed and Breakfast, Port Barton, Palawan
Cute little beach cottages, with modern amenities, set back from the beach with seating on the verandas, and hammocks within the beach garden, to best enjoy Port Barton’s stunning sunsets. Huge and hearty breakfasts are served, to set you up for a day of island hopping or relaxing, whether it be thick pancakes smothered in chocolate spread or fruit, or a filling omelette served with bacon, toast and a small side salad. Lunches and dinners offer a great range of Filipino cuisine, with fresh fish and squid options. Besaga also hosts a night time barbecue of fresh fish, pork and chicken and guests from other resorts flock here for it. Staff are friendly, helpful and ready to assist.
Blue Elephant, Cebu City
Finding peace in Cebu can be a little tricky and sunsets are always a great way to wind down after a long hot day. Set on the rooftop of a high rise building, right in Cebu City’s Business Park, this super-smart restaurant and cocktail bar offers incredible views right across the city to the hills and ocean. The service is as excellent as the menu, so you can really relax and enjoy a sunset drink and dinner.
Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort, Sumilon, Cebu
Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort is located on the southernmost tip of the island of Cebu, where the Bohol and Sulu seas converge. Pristine white sand beaches are situated in different areas of the island. Its Sandbar is well known for its changing shapes and shifting locations around the island depending on the season. A visit to Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort is like having an adventure island all to yourself.
Boracay Tropics Resort, Boracay
Considered as one of the best-value resort hotels Boracay Tropics is known for its welcoming, friendly and courteous staff, which offers guests the experience of personalized service; by catering to their needs and requests. Positive guest reviews testify to the consistency of the staff team, which goes ‘above and beyond’, to provide best in service excellence at all times. Mediterranean and Asian-inspired architecture with rustic interiors inspire a homey feeling to guests, as they relax and enjoy the tropical vibes, lush garden and serene landscape.
Bravo Beach Resort, General Luna, Siargao
Bravo Beach Resort is not just known for its stunning beach house accommodation, but also its restaurant, which is also open to walk-in guests. Set just meters from the beach, the open-air, covered restaurant screams industrial-chic, with pale concrete walls and wooden tables and chairs. The staff are renowned for their friendly, prompt and helpful approach. The restaurant offers a good Spanish, Mediterranean and Arabic menu. Dishes worth mentioning include the Humus and Baba Ghanoush served with Pitta, Tuna Tataki, Peri Peri Chicken and the Torta de Patatas. Guests also rave about their “decadent” Banana Toffee Pie, Dark Chocolate Mousse and Buco or White Chocolate Cheesecakes, and the Pomada Cocktail. Prices are above average for the island, but servings are large and good to share, menu items are also subject to ingredient availability, which is to be expected on an island. The After-Surf Party, every Sunday from 9pm until 12mn, is legendary and there are regular musicians and DJ’s during the week too.
Brezza Ristorante, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay
Brezza is just one of a number of restaurants at Mövenpick, and is headed by Italian Specialty chef Francesco “Frank” Leone from Bari, Puglia. With a wood-fire oven imported from Napoli, Brezza is hailed as serving the best pizzas on the island. The restaurant excels because of the authentic dishes served, and always with an eye on quality and tradition. A standout touch is Brezza’s welcome drink Crema di Limone, an alcoholic drink made of lemon skin, 95% alcohol and cream. A glass of Limoncello is served after your meal as a digestive. Both drinks are family recipes of Chef Frank.
Busuanga Bay Lodge, Busuanga
Busuanga Bay Lodge is an elegant boutique resort hotel located at Sitio Lawi Barangay Concepcion, Busuanga Palawan. Listed as one of the top 20 Luxury Hotels in the Philippines, there are 38 spacious hotel rooms and 3 private villas each with an area of just less than 200sq and a private pool. Guests can also choose from a selection of 60 international and local wines, champagnes, and sparkling wines from their wine cellar.
Café du Tukon, Batanes
Located in one of the most picturesque areas of Batanes, Fundacion Pacita, you are guaranteed stunning views of an untouched landscape while dining in at Cafe De Tukon. This farm-to-table restaurant sources many of their local produce from the Ivatan Farmers and Cooperatives, and even makes their own jam and breads. The dishes are a reflection of the unique cultural heritage Batanes is known for; placing value on the environment and protecting the land and waters around them. If the view and food is not enough, you can take delight in the various paintings of Filipino and Ivatan artists on display, featuring the life and culture of Batanes.
Cala Laiya, Batangas
Originally developed as a personal hide-away for tranquil pleasures, such as fishing, the owner began to offer up their serene experience to friends, providing cozy accommodation and delicious home-cooked meals. Recognizing the huge potential and demand for the uniqueness they were offering, the owners began welcoming bookings from discerning travellers. Part of Cala Laiya’s uniqueness lies in the use of re-purposed shipping containers for its suites and rooms. It may not be the owner’s personal hideaway anymore but it has become one for many others.
Casa Marina’s style of Filipino-Spanish architecture and Mid-Century furniture, fixtures, artwork makes it unique among others, and is further complimented by a beautiful backdrop that is the World Famous Pagsanjan River. But what makes Casa Marina truly special is its exceptional warm, deliberate and well-thought out approach to service. To them, good service is not just about business, it’s personal. From serving ice cold beer while you fire up the grill, providing cold towels as you return from an adventure tour, marshmallows to roast over a bonfire, or farm fresh eggs cooked to your liking as you start the day. These little things make Casa Marina a truly memorable best in service experience.
Casa Vallejo, Baguio
Casa Vallejo is Baguio City’s only heritage hotel, and has been operating since 1909. Old world charm and five star amenities offer guests a unique hotel experience, as they relax into all the comforts of a modern stay, surrounded by history. Guests may dine at Hill Station, an award-winning restaurant, browse some literature at Mt Cloud, or get a massage at North Haven Spa. The Yoga Room Baguio, Kalay-at and Lagalag are also located at Casa Vallejo.
Casa Verde, Cebu/Pasig/Quezon City
Casa Verde is a chain of family-owned restaurants, hailing from Cebu City. Originally a small canteen, catering to students from nearby colleges, it became a full scale restaurant after recommendations and word of mouth brought huge demand. Value for money has always been the restaurant’s philosophy. Casa Verde believes that everyone deserves to enjoy great food and quality service at reasonable prices, in a comfortable atmosphere. With best sellers such as the Brian’s Ribs- Pork ribs baked in a sweet and tangy piquet sauce; Mighty Ton Burger- a 12 inch burger good enough to feed a group of 5, and Death by Chocolate – an ice cream based dessert that is to-die-for. Casa Verde is bringing home-style comfort food to the next level.
Catch272, Quezon City
A home bar is where you can be yourself, whether it’s chilling on quiet nights not talking to people, chatting up random strangers, or having a lively discussion on something inspiring. It’s the place where you soothe both heart and mind listening to someone’s curated music and discovering new favourites. It’s the warmth that resonates in the food, that you just know is cooked and prepped with love and care. It’s where you run to when you celebrate a win or to lick your wounds, because you know that that place is not only about servicing patrons: they are taking care of friends, whether you know them well or not. Catch272 is our definition of a home bar, and we hope that everyone finds what we found in Catch272.
Cebu Dive Centre, Moalboal, Cebu
This popular little dive shop is in the perfect location to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Moalboal sardine run. The huge ball of fish hangs out on the drop-off just metres from the shore, right opposite the dive shop and you don’t even need to be a diver to see them; you can just rent snorkel gear and watch them from above. The beautiful fluid shapes the bait ball makes is truly stunning; it’s a great way to get off your devices and reconnect with the world around you.
Cha Cha’s Boracay, Boracay
Inspired by the most popular beach destinations in the world, Cha Cha’s Beach Café at Coast, not only brings you a curated selection of delectable cuisine (their Salted Caramel Baked Cookie Dough is highly recommended, so leave space after your main meal!) and a creatively crafted beach bar, but also fun tropical infused beats from DJs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Staying true to its tagline, ‘feel the flavors of fun’ Cha Cha’s also boasts that its service is customer-friendly, which adds to a warm atmosphere. Add the easy-on-the-eyes, picture-perfect interiors and inviting beachfront view, you can never go wrong with Cha Cha’s; a great Best in Service experience.
Charito by Bag of Beans, Tagaytay
The Bag of Beans branches in Tagaytay are as much a tourist attraction as the famous Taal Lake, and Charito by Bag of Beans is quickly becoming the crowd favourite. This French style restaurant has rustic and chic interiors, which combined with the stunning view of Taal Lake, fresh air, and greenery all around, makes for a truly enjoyable escape from the city. The scenery and abmience go hand in hand with the food served which, of course, is constantly raved about, for the quality, taste and huge portions.
Chef Al’s Canteen & Convenience Store, Basak, Lapu Lapu City
Located just 10-minutes away from Mactan Beach, in Basak, Lapu-Lapu City, Chef Al’s specializes in Seafood cuisine. His simple province-style canteen delivers healthy and affordable dishes, which are a cut above the standard canteen offerings, and a favourite among the locals. Definitely try the Farm Fresh Sweet Tomato Jumbo Yellow Fin and Blue Marlin Larang Stew, the Golden Crispy Buttered Veggie Medley or the Special Pork or Beef Soup Ribs. All are an absolute treat on the tongue.
Chicken Storey, Quezon City
A fast casual restaurant that specializes in Crispy Glazed Fried Chicken with Extra Tender & Crunchy Pork Belly. Chicken Storey has a relaxed ambiance and friendly staff, which makes you feel at home. This restaurant offers affordable meals and great deals making it an ideal food stop for people with an on the go lifestyle.
Chili Jam Bistro & Rooftop Lounge, Luxx Boutique Hotel, Boracay
A hidden, intimate rooftop gem, owned and managed by renowned Island Chef June Vino, who continues to create his own blends and fusions of popular dishes. He will tempt you with his hand-made sauces and pasta dishes, defeat you with his delicious chocolate brownies and floor you with his tantalizing, personally designed cocktails. A best in service experience not to be missed.
Coffee Corner Indai, Bantayan, Cebu
One of the best cafés in Bantayan, Coffee Corner by Indai should be on your bucket list. Indai pours her heart in to everything, which results in delicious food, outstanding service and keeps her customers coming back for more. The coffees, variety of European and Pinoy food options, and exceptional service she delivers, down to the strong and friendly relationship she builds with her staff and guests, are commendable.
Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant, Katipunan, Quezon City
Conti’s has long been a household name for restaurant quality home-cooked comfort food and delectable desserts. Their take-out nook, where you can choose from an array of pastries, cakes and entrees offer ideal gifts, pot luck and even special holiday meals. This particular branch stands out for the attentive service of the wait staff, who enthusiastically recommend menu items when asked. Their managers check in on you during your meal and even their security guards go out of their way to accommodate you and greet you with warm smiles, as you arrive and leave, making you feel right at home with their sincerity.
Corner Tree Cafe, Makati
Corner Tree Cafe is a vegetarian/vegan cafe with a unique menu. It includes dishes from all over the world: Europe (Greece, Italy), North Africa, India, Japan and Southeast Asia including local dishes. We absolutely guarantee that you don’t need to be vegetarian to enjoy their food, you just need to be a food lover. The eclectic decor and music also brings you to a faraway place. The most common reaction is “It reminds me of __” (insert country/ city) – They’ve been compared to cafes in France, Germany, New York. San Francisco, Baguio, and more.
Daluyon Beach Resort, Sabang, Palawan
This resort has been embracing sustainable tourism even before it hit the wave of popularity we see growing now. Unique local style builds for their cottages, solar power and a resort which is in-keeping with its natural surroundings. The restaurant and dishes are so gloriously delicious that people drive two hours from Puerto Princesa just to eat there. Believe us when we say that the food quality and standards are worth that two hour drive!
Damiana’s Kitchen, Makati
Damiana’s Kitchen uses family recipes passed down the generations, which gives true meaning to Filipino home-cooking. They add the simplest twists to age-old recipes, resulting in extraordinary dishes which are raved about by all who taste them. Their cuisine is as big a hit with foreigners, who may not normally try or enjoy Filipino dishes, enticed to the restaurant by food which is prepared and presented in a way that both Filipinos and expats will enjoy. When you visit Damiana’s you’ll be embraced by the delicious aromas and homey and warm ambiance, which is completed by the presence of an antique table, inherited from the owners’ grandmother, and on which they both once prepared the restaurants original recipes.
see our article on Damiana’s Visionary owner Christine San Diego
Destileria Barako, Naasug, Malay Aklan
This craft distillery is not only making names for itself in Aklan, Boracay and the Philippines, but internationally as well. For two years running their Gin and Vodka have both received SIP Awards, which is an International spirit judging competition. The group offers tours of their distillery, where you can learn how they brew and blend their Dry and Blue Pea Sirena Gins, and their Kanto Vodka’s, including the sublime Kanto Salted Caramel Vodka. The tour includes taste tests and a day by the pool. Accommodation is being added soon.
El Union Coffee, La Union
This place has a delicious and unique selection of food (Drunken Beef Sandwich seems to be a favourite!) and the ambiance is current and hip. Their coffee is a MUST TRY as it is aromatic, flavourful, and rich. Animal lovers, you will enjoy petting their domesticated cats while waiting for your food!
Exit Bar, Boracay
This Boracay hangout is a favourite of the locals due to its old island style, cheap drinks, native architecture and happy vibes. It’s a place for every kind of person, a place to go with your friends and a place to make new friends. It is an unpretentious and unapologetic hole in the wall where people can just relax and be themselves. Messy and rowdy at times but extremely chilled on other nights as well – every day is a bit different. It’s a place many call home.
Fantasy Lodge, Samboan, Cebu
A beautiful boutique-style resort nestled in a tropical garden. Fantasy Lodge sits atop a cliff overlooking the Tanon Strait and Negros – the sunsets are absolutely stunning from the sundeck. The garden is peaceful, green and shady, and they offer hot floral/herbal Kawa baths as well as a massage deck perched halfway down the cliff face. It’s the perfect place to relax and listen to the ocean while you soak or enjoy a rub-down.
Ferra Hotel and Ferra Garden Hotel & Suites, Boracay
Two amazingly chic boutique hotels just doors from each other, in the heart of Boracay. Gorgeous contemporary interior designs and luxurious comforts throughout, and enthusiastic and friendly staff teams. Both have rooftop dining and bar areas with the perfect vantage point to enjoy Boracay’s famous sunsets. The Ferra Hotels Group continues to surprise guests and competitors alike. Consistently rated in the top 3% of 837 Boracay Hotels for Service by AGODA Customers, tells you all that you need to know. Read more in our article
Fox & The Firefly Cottages, Loboc, Bohol
Looking to truly escape from everything? Then Fox & The Firefly Cottages could be your perfect destination. Located on the Loboc River, Fox is the owner’s dog, the Firefly the abundance to be found in the area. From the gorgeous and uniquely designed cottages, the hands-on and helpful staff and owners, through or to (either or, not both) the delicious food despite being ‘in the middle of nature’ this is one memorable place. Highlights include Stand-up Paddle boarding, especially at night when the Fireflies are at their best, mountain-biking and the fact that you can hire scooters and go off to explore further afield.
Flying Fish by Wingman, Makati
Possibly the most authentically British Fish N’ Chips you will find in this country. Achieved by the use of cod, or cobbler; the traditional fish for this dish but which is rarely used here. These fish have a flaky white and meaty texture without the ‘fishy’ taste. The chips are fried until golden and seasoned so well that you’ll taste the flavour in every bite. This winning combo comes in large portions, with side dips of tartar or curry sauces and mushy peas, keeping this dish as true to its origin as possible. Deserving of its best in service title.
Gapnod Guesthouse, Siquijor
This beautiful, quirky little property sits right on the beach in central San Juan. It’s such a treat to just be able to roll out of bed and get straight into the ocean to start the day in a relaxed way! The owner takes so much pride in the place, keeping the white sand clear and swept all day. The accommodation is clean and modern, but with a native twist, and the whole place is decorated in/built out of ‘gapnod’ (driftwood). A little piece of paradise.
Gloria’s Ihaw-Ihaw, Timoga, Iligan
Located on the Zamboanga Highway, opposite Timoga Springs, this no-thrills waterside resto has gained a great following for its lechon, kinilaw and tuna jaw, served with Pinakurat; a delicious spicy coconut vinegar. The location adds to the experience, with tables and chairs overlooking the sea which offers sea breezes and the calming sounds of the waves crashing. Open from 11am-3pm
Grand Sierra Pines, Baguio
Close to Mines View Park and Good Shepherd Convent, Grand Sierra Pines is a perfect family-friendly resort, with two restaurants and even a children’s playground. The layout and the ambience of the hotel is consistently commented on by guests along with the friendly, professional and customer oriented staff team. All of the quiet and spacious rooms have a balcony allowing guests to enjoy the fresh, cool Baguio air. The hotels Gallery features artwork by a number of National Philippine artists, including Amorsolo and Botong Francisco and guests rave about the Cultural Dance display. Our best tip – don’t leave without enjoying their signature strawberry cupcake.
Greenwich Aduana, Intramuros
Everyone is familiar with the fast food chain Greenwich but their Aduana Intramuros branch stands out, as one of the first two Greenwich Hall of Fame stores to attain the Gold Standard in FSC (Food, Service, Cleanliness and Condition) for 5 straight years. The Aduana branch is the only one, in the history of the whole JFC brand, to retain the Gold Standard in FSC for 12 consecutive years and is on track for sustaining this in to its 13th year. The Aduana staff team maintain this record by practising the attitude of “nothing but the best for our customers”. This attitude has been cultivated as an intrinsic element of the teams’ culture, and earning the Gold Standard has become a constant goal for the Aduana branch.
Grenada Beach Resort, Boljoon, Cebu
This adults-only boutique resort is so peaceful. Set on the clifftop, the views over the ocean are stunning, and the resort is surrounded by woodland and nature. You can take a walk through the trees and reconnect, or head down to the pretty beach cove and unwind on a comfortable sun lounger, whiling away the hours reading or snoozing until it’s time for a cocktail.
Handlebar Bar & Grill, Makati
A biker pub/sports bar that caters to all walks of life; expats and locals are welcome. Home of Mad Dogs Motorcycle Club of the Philippines, this bar shows all kinds of international sports live on the biggest screen in Makati – Rugby, Football, Cricket, Basketball, UFC, Boxing, and more! It also has the best grilled BBQ in town with a wide selection of food on the menu! Another stand out feature of this place is that it’s been a long time go-to place for those seeking live rock music in Makati.
HÄRLE Philippines, Makati
In more than 20 years that HÄRLE Philippines has been supplying hotels and resorts with an array of products needed in the industry, it has won the heart and trust of its clientele. They carry high-end and high-quality European brands that elevate the preferences and product awareness of Hoteliers. HÄRLE will always be on top of the list of hotel suppliers due to its consistent personalized response to each of its clientele, big and small. All their personal phones are on-call 24-7 – and you can’t find that anywhere else!
Hotel Celeste, Makati
A modish business boutique hotel, right at the heart of the CBD, with Victorian inspired interiors that compliment the personalized attention and stylish accommodation. Warm welcomes and attentiveness by their staff team ensures the needs of the guests are met at all times. It is this aspect which results in unfailing positive guest reviews and many returning guests, seeking to indulge in the renowned warm Filipino hospitality and personalized service throughout their stay.
Hotel Felicidad, Vigan
Located within the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vigan City, Hotel Felicidad can be described as a time travel experience back to the 18th century. The hotel evokes an old world charm; the rooms are beautifully furnished with antiques from the era and the hotel also doubles as an art gallery, with paintings and art pieces displayed throughout. Hotel Felicidad is truly Heritage Hospitality at its best!
House of Lasagna, Lipa, Batangas
Batangas is rewarded with a gastronomical delight as House of Lasagna has opened in SM City Lipa. With its authentic Italian dishes and wide range of Lasagne’s, the all-time favourites of Beef, Chicken, Pesto, Alfredo, Vegetable, Carbonara and the must try Truffle Lasagne, there’s basically a new dish to try every day of the week! Pair it with Southern Fried Chicken, Grilled Pork Chops or Pink Salmon and you will satisfy any Italian-American meal cravings. Cap your dining experience off with one of their New York Cheesecake.
Il Mare Sakura Resort, Boracay
Il Mare Sakura is a new resort on Boracay and has been open less than 2 years. What makes them special is their Japanese-zen motif, tranquil location, and extraordinary staff. Reviews for the resort often state that it is their staff team which makes the difference, and elevates the guest experience to the highest level. Guests commend how polite, courteous and very friendly the staff team is, and how they always make sure to interact warmly with their guests and make the guests feel right at home. Many guests state that they will return to stay at the resort again and will recommend it to others, in their reviews.
Iloilo Gateway Hotel, Iloilo
Iloilo Gateway Hotel is the new kid on the block. They don’t just focus on hotel service but also genuine hospitality, to match the fabled Ilonggo charm. Each of the rooms feature handmade furniture from Tinukib, a local brand promoting products from Iloilo. Centrally located and within minutes from the airport and city, this business hotel also offers free shuttle rides to and from the city for the guests’ convenience.
IMC Kavino, Makati
International Master Chef Kavino Lau created a Chinese and Asian Fusion menu that even the most discerning of foodies are wowed by. Modernizing the traditional Chinese menu, by adding their own twist, the Takoyaki is what most of their customers go back for, as well as the Pork ala Beijing; a Pork version of Pecking Duck. Another best seller is their Sweet and Sour Pork, which they cook with peaches instead of pineapples. Highly recommended.
Isla’t Alon, Puerto Galera
Isla’t Alon is the newest bar in Puerto Galera, located at the far end left side (beach front), and is the best spot on White Beach to watch the sunset as it is less crowded and more peaceful. This open air venue is perfect if you are looking for an authentic beach vibe, with live acoustic performances from seasoned musicians. It’s the perfect bar to jam, hang out, and chill.
Isla Sugbu Seafood City, McKinley Hill, Manila & The Grand Convention Center, Cebu City
Isla Sugbu offers a modern Paluto set-up, away from the traditional, open air market-place environment; the ambience is modern and welcoming with wood wall panels, tables and chairs, blue accents and trendy lighting. Select your seafood and veggies, which are then cooked to your chosen dishes and served to your table. With an all-you-can eat deal, excluding Lobster, you are bound to leave with a full and happy tummy. If you are struggling to decide what dish to have cooked, try the Sugbu Specials; 6 chef-recommended menu dishes. Isla Sugbu is an amazing restaurant for people who love seafood.
Joe’s Brew/House of Joe, Poblacion, Makati, Manila
Owner, Joey Viray, travelled to California in 2013 to take an Introduction to Beer-Making course. Returning to Manila he began creating his own beers; Joe’s Brew with his brother and sister, Marco and Mica. House of Joe is a cosy, contemporary industrial-stylised tasting room offering six 100% Filipino craft beers, with all-natural ingredients; German Kolsch, Sun Sweeper, Fish Rider, Sierra Madre, 34th Pursuit IPA and the Soothsayer. Request the Beer Flight, which is samples of all 6 beers, to help you choose your brew. If they’re not too busy you can request a tour of their beautiful chrome vat brewery, above the tasting room and see how the taste bud delights are made.
Kermit Beach Resort and Restaurant, Siargao
Set back in a quiet area and surrounded by tropical gardens Kermits is one of the best ‘all-in’ resorts in Siargao. Already offering comfortable rooms and lodgings for a range of budgets, the team has recently added a new block of hotel style rooms. Factor in Kermits is also one of the island’s most famous restaurants, serving delicious Italian dishes prepared by experts, friendly and welcoming staff, 1:1 Surf Lessons and a range of exciting Island-hopping tours, you’re guaranteed a truly memorable stay.
Kurma Eco Beach Lodge, Camiguin
Set in front of the beach with stunning ocean and sunset views, Kurma Eco Beach Lodge is making a name for itself not just as a great retreat but for its fabulous vegetarian food, yoga on the beach and its outstanding Free Dive classes. Guests rave about its ambiance and super friendly staff, who are passionate about their work. Offering soulful food at its very best, 70% of the menu is vegetarian friendly, which even the staunchest meat-eaters recommend. Try their local salads, coconut burger, coconut-lime semifreddo or naked beef pie. Don’t miss out on their Sweet & Salty; with a choice of smoked ham/bacon, 2 eggs scrambled/sunny side up, encased in 2 pieces of German pancakes, Camiguin honey and fruit served on the side. Start your day with yoga, go free diving or explore the Island, which offers excellent hiking, waterfalls and hot springs.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bataan
This hotel and tourist attraction is a living museum of Philippine heritage. Located within a sprawling complex you will find 27 Spanish-era heritage houses from various parts of the Philippines, carefully dismantled and transported piece by piece to Bagac, Bataan, where they were reassembled to their original glory. Aside from taking a day tour around the property, to soak in all the rich history and architecture of these houses, Las Casas also offers many other activities that you can indulge in; go on an art or river tour, hit the beach or soak in their batis-inspired swimming pool, rent a bicycle, dine in one of their many restaurants, enjoy some cultural shows, or simply relax in their spa.
Las Flores, Bonifacio Global City, Manila
This contemporary Spanish Tapas Restaurant & Cocktail Bar remains a firm favourite in BGC. The food is delicious and authentically Spanish; the Tapas is a must, as is the Paella de Marizco, Gambas, Patatas Bravas, Chorizo Croquets and make sure you leave space for a slice of their cheesecake or the Chocolatisimo. From security through to the servers, the customer service is exceptionally courteous, friendly and helpful, adding to a great meal experience. We would recommend you make a reservation in advance, to avoid disappointment.
Lemon and Olives Greek Restaurant, Baguio
Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna is hands down the best place to go for lamb chops in Baguio City! People go for the excellent food, end up lingering over dessert and staying for the homey ambiance, serenity and the refreshing nature-filled view! Amazing food without breaking the bank!
Lemoni Cafe, Boracay
One of the longest standing, western-style restaurants on Boracay. Lemoni’s wait service is outstanding and well-schooled. A fresh and bright open air restaurant, with a decor which gives a gentle nod to its name, and an extensive and varied around-the-world range of menu items, labelled for vegetarians and vegans. Lemoni’s owners are often to be found either in the restaurant, behind the counter or in the kitchen and are very hands on. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner options are delicious and amazing but leave room for dessert; Lemoni is especially known for the best desserts, cookies and cakes on Boracay.
Liquid Dive Resort, Dauin Dumaguete
If you are looking for privacy and relaxation, this boutique beachfront dive resort, located just 20 minutes away from Dumaguete City, is perfect for you. With their cottage style rooms, swimming pools, pool bar, garden & tree-house style restaurant, along with activities within the resort, you will be perfectly content to relax within the confines of the property. Divers will delight in the personalized and professional service of the dive shop, which is proud to be a Greenfins member; achieved by reducing their environmental footprint and creating some positive change towards the diving in the local region. Do not miss the opportunity to take a trip to marine sanctuary Apo Island, a treat for divers and snorkelers alike.
Los Indios Bravos, Boracay
Originally located in Bulabog, Los Indios acted as an on-the-job training restaurant for culinary students. Students and wait staff have all been trained in great service and consistency. The restaurant itself offers a modern, industrial-style environment with a nod towards Filipino History; writers such as Rizal, displayed on the walls. Known for a solid western-style menu, good sized portions, craft beer and attentive wait staff, Los Indios Bravos continues to gain rave reviews at their new location at The White House Boracay, Station 1.
Lost Wanderers, Makati, Manila
This travel agency combines its own passion for travel with a love of serving and helping others. It is their heart that makes them go the extra mile, turning once curious guests into satisfied customers. Aside from booking flights, accommodation, tours and even all-in packages for guests, the agency is renowned for communicating with guests throughout their trip. What makes them extraordinary is that they offer hiking trips paired with assistance programs and projects for students in need of school supplies, mostly, in isolated areas not reachable by road.
Luksloft Hotel, Batangas City
Everything about this hotel screams luxury. Each Loft comes with exceptional amenities such as a freshwater jet pool, sauna, full kitchen, dining area, bedroom and living area with a state-of-the-art entertainment system, which includes a selection of thousands of movies and TV series to watch. While you may be tempted to hole up inside your exquisite lodgings, the hotel food is an experience in itself, with selections plated-up to fine dining standards and tasting just as good. You can of course opt for room service through the digital butler in your Loft, one of the many technologically advanced features in this hotel.
Mecha Uma, Bonifacio Global City, Manila
Mecha Uma, an Omakase-style restaurant, is described as offering global cuisine with Japanese inflections, and is a passion project of its head chef Bruce Ricketts and the Moment Group. Open in the evenings only, the restaurant has an extensive menu, as well as a 7 Course Tasting Menu, both with internationally sourced ingredients. Each dish is described and explained to guests, as it is served. Fine dining food, creative presentations, great service and an industrial chic interior; definitely one special restaurant.
Motag Living Museum, Motag, Aklan
Motag Living Museum, the Philippines first interactive agricultural museum, is just a short hop across the water from Boracay. Step back in time; everything about the museum has been meticulously researched and re-constructed, from the village homes and kitchens, water well and fields, down to the games the village children play and the songs the Elders sing. Local Elders and community members ensure the re-imagining is true to life, informative and engaging. Visitors are encouraged to get involved; try your hand at tilling the land with one of the resident carabao’s, plant and pluck the rice, or have a go at threshing and pounding the rice. This is a best in service Boracay tour we encourage you not to miss.
Invited to open a restaurant at Station X Boracay by the owners, Nonie’s focuses on healthy Filipino-fusion dishes, made with good quality local produce with a good selection of vegetarian and vegan options. Particular favourites include the Chicken Frittata, Sliders and Mushroom Benedict. Dishes are complemented by a huge array of healthy juices, cold presses and teas. Service is warm, welcoming and prompt. The restaurant itself has a crisp industrial Instagram-worthy feel to it and is a well-deserved entry in our 100 Best in Service awards.
Ocean Suites, Bohol
Ocean Suites Bohol boasts of rooms with stunning views of the sea, enhanced by floor to ceiling windows! Located adjacent to the Blood Compact Monument, it’s ideally situated for guests who wish to be near Panglao, as well as the airport and shopping areas. The hotel offers an infinity pool and a great café, with good food.
Philguru, El Nido Palawan
A company of passionate travel specialists who love what they do; creating customized journeys for inspiring destinations. Their tours are one-of-a-kind experiences and exclusive opportunities, which are tailor-fit to the individual. The team has a great attachment and love of El Nido, striving to care for the environment and surroundings; this resonates clearly in the tours they provide.
Philippine Surfing Academy, Club Manila East, Taytay Manila
Learn to surf in Manila. Whether it’s a 2-hour lesson to learn the basics or a full course taken over 12 weekends finishing with a weekend surf safari, you will have a lot of fun. Hosted in the wave pool at Club Manila East, the lesson price includes entry to the Waterpark, so you can spend all day using the other pools and water activities either side of your surf lesson. The Instructors are all very experienced surfers and have been fully trained under the Philippine Surfing Academy. Learn the basics of Paddling, Popping Up and Riding the Waves, as well as surf etiquette. A great experience and day out.
Rafaelle Woodfired Pizzeria, Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros
Located in a historic part of Metro Manila, diners can enjoy a close-up view of Intramuros wall while dining courtesy of its floor to ceiling glass windows. This restaurant, along with the hotel it is located in, is incredibly chic and classy yet casual, making it great for a date, a family gathering, a daytime meeting, and anything in between. The Italian dishes are unique, high-quality, and raved about by many. Particular favourites among the customers are the Salmon & Uni Tartare, Roasted Mushroom & Truffle Pasta, Agnello (Lamb Ribs), Tomahawk Pork Chop, Dolci Al Cioccolato (warm chocolate cake), and any of their many scrumptious Wood-fired Pizza choices, which can be served the traditional way or with a crunchy crust. Definitely a must dine place.
Red Coconut Boracay, Boracay
There are many reasons why Red Coconut Boracay continues to stand out among the many hotels on the island. Its central location on the White Beach is a key factor, along with the hotels’ native design, which harks back to the true heritage of Boracay. Add in warm and hospitable staff, an excellent restaurant and coffee house with beach views and the results are happy tourists from all over the world returning again and again. Aside from the main restaurant, the air-conditioned coffee house serves delicious coffees, light snacks, and boasts a menu of 15 amazing crepes. The beachfront bar continues to serve its infamous The Brain Train; a concoction of 13 different spirits, which will leave you wondering what your name is.
Rushie’s Point, Baler
Located at an ideal spot along Sabang Beach, Baler, Rushie’s Point is the perfect spot for surfers seeking no frills accommodation. The rooms are in no way basic just clean and simple and without a TV. After all, when you’ve surfed all day, all you need is a comfy bed, good food and cold beers before getting some sleep so you’re ready to do it all again the next day. Described as “the chillest place” with the best Crispy Beef Tapa strips and the friendliest owners; Rochelle “Rushie” and Homer. Rushie’s other big attraction is their live band every weekend.
St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream and Desserts, Bonifacio Global City, Manila
Turning 2 on 1st August 2019, St. Louis is a French inspired and European styled café, which originates from South Australia. Serving delicious breakfast and lunch menus, as well as sweet and savoury crepes, waffles, churros, speciality coffee, shakes and milkshakes, as well as their infamous handmade ice cream and dessert creations. The store is also family & pet friendly. Definite menu items to try, aside from the delicious ice creams, are the Sweet Amalia dessert range named after the owners daughter, the Chicken Grain Bowl, Croque Monsieur, Avocado Toast served with poached eggs and the platter of pieces of waffle, churros, brownies and strawberries, served with a chocolate fondue to dip them in to.
Sea Green Café + Boutique Rooms, Davao City
TripAdvisor has included Sea Green Café in their top 20 restaurant listings in Davao City. Everything about this place emanates beauty; from their minimalist boutique rooms with crisp and clean lines, quaint restaurant furniture and decor, to the presentation of their dishes – referred to these days as “Instagram-worthy”. The beauty of their dishes is not just in the presentation though. They are best known for serving only healthy food; a Pescetarian menu using only local, organic and the freshest of ingredients.
Sea Wind Resort Boracay
One of the oldest resorts on the island, with strong family roots; they continue to employ not only some of their original staff, but their sons, daughters and now grandsons and granddaughters. Sea Wind has the longest stretch of beach front, on White Beach and maintains the original palms and vegetation, ensuring shade and cool retreats for its guests. The resort extended a few years back and now also offers Garden Rooms and Suites, set in a tropical forest garden. Rooms are thoroughly modern, whilst retaining a native style and boasting antique objects, features and motifs. The food served in the restaurant is delicious and plentiful, as well as good value for money. Regularly selected for Wedding Ceremonies and Honeymoons, Sea Wind remains the islands understated tropical retreat.
See-Kee-Hor Café & Hostel, Siquijor
The owners of this new hostel have had years of years of experience in the hospitality industry and consider themselves a collective soul of (cheap) travellers. They value the journey and experiences of travellers, from their own travel experiences on a tight budget. A key part of their hospitality philosophy is putting their guests first because they themselves have been in the guests’ position. Another element of their philosophy shines through with their aim to be a green cafe and hostel; proving that being environmentally conscious and budget conscious are not mutually exclusive.
Read about how one of See-Kee-Hor Cafe’s owners went from hospitality worker to owner in our article
Shenzi’s Café, Caticlan, Aklan
This little hidden delight should be hidden no longer. Whether you’re popping over from Boracay for tours or wanting to eat well before flying home, we can’t recommend this restaurant enough. From the delicious coffees, smoothies and juices, through to their tasty meals made with the freshest local ingredients and home-grown herbs and salads, you are sure to be satisfied and sated. Homemade pasta dishes, beautiful salmon, delectable pork ribs, and homemade bread and cakes make it an absolute winner. Shenzi, herself, is often on hand to offer recommendations and welcome you. Don’t forget to save space in your belly for some Red Velvet or Chocolate Cake. Shenzi Cafe
Sinagtala Farm Resort & Adventure Park, Orani, Bataan
Just 2 hours from Manila, Sinagtala is set within Bataan’s National Park. An ancient tropical forest surrounded by majestic mountains, it is home to wild boars, giant fruit bats, civet cats and an array of endemic birds. The Entrance Fee gives access to the park as well as three swimming pools, showers and toilets and a children’s playground. Day guests are also required to hire a table, hut or deck as well. The Sky Bridge, Sky Zipline, Sky Bike, Sky Swing, Kids Zipline, Paint Ball, River or Waterfall Trek all have individual fees, or guests can purchase an All Ride Package at 750P per person. For those wanting to stay overnight, there are five affiliated accommodation options, which must be booked in advance; Beacon House and Cabanas, Duyan House and Villa’s, The Labuyo Villa’s, Tanawin Bed & Breakfast and Tampay House.
Spicebird stands out in a sea of Boracay restaurants serving grilled food. Why? Because of their specific cooking style; piri-piri. While this style of grill is already widespread in other countries, it is still in its infancy in the Philippines. Spicebirds chefs use their house-made piri-piri sauce on almost every dish from crab, to pork, to falafel. And with a wide selection of jars of piri-piri sauces to choose from (Piri-Piri, Hotbird, Garlic & Lime, Curry, and Sexy Sauce No. 5,) they are able to offer guests endless customization to their meal.
Spin Designer Hostel, El Nido Palawan
This place is renowned for changing the game of El Nido’s hostel scape; disrupting the market with its boutique-hotel design aesthetic and hospitality standard, combined with the social atmosphere and activation programs of a hostel. Located at the heart of El Nido town, this 82-bed designer hostel has a mix of private and shared rooms, boasting bold, thoughtfully-designed spaces just meant for sharing stories and connecting with other travellers. What really puts Spin Designer in a different category are the people, the resident SPINners who are just as fun, unique and interesting as the guests who come from all over the world.
Sunny Side Up Liwa, Zambales
If your definition of paradise is staying in nipa huts right on the beach, the sound of waves lulling you to sleep at night, and relaxing in hammocks shaded by trees, then this is the perfect place for you. What makes Sunny Side Up Liwa even more endearing is the warmth and hospitality of the owners, who you can sit and chat with over coffee, or even join them during meals that they prepare for other guests. For a minimalist resort, they still manage to make the place feel tasteful and homey; they promote environmental sustainability as well. Animal lovers are in for a treat as this place is pet-friendly, and they have the friendliest resident dogs that keep you company. For those that enjoy camping on the beach, this type of accommodation is also offered.
Sweets Galaxy Philippines (under MJM Import Group), Hotel and Restaurant Supplier
This company specializes in importing high quality food and beverage brands from Europe, which you won’t find anywhere else. Their products are ideal for hotels, restaurants, corporate giveaways and shops, or for a treat for yourself or friends. One of their most popular products is Tony’s Chocolonely from the Netherlands, which is unique due to its 100% slave-free chocolate production, as well as its high quality taste. Whilst it’s possible to find Milka chocolate and Haribo in shops here now, SweetsGalaxy has the widest selection of both products, in the country.
Tacio’s, Cubao Expo, Quezon, Manila
Cubao Expo has been building quite a fan-base over the last 5 years and none more so than one of its establishments; Tacio’s, a bar and eatery. Tacio’s owners intended to create the type of hang-out space they wanted to spend time at, resulting in not just a super cool venue, which retains many of the shops original architectural features, but a one-big-family type atmosphere among staff and customers. The varied and tasty menu, created by Chef Kevin Chavez Endaya, along with a dizzying array of beverages, and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere has made Tacio’s one of the most popular hotspots. Try their Chicken Quesadillas, which are a firm favourite among their regulars for both their flavour and price, or the Cheeseburger or steaks. Read more about Tacio’s and why it’s so popular in our article: Tacio’s The Perfect Hangout
Tepanee Beach Resort, Malapascua Island, Cebu
This hilltop resort is located on Logon Beach, abundant with tropical greenery, and boasting a beautiful private beach area, with a stunning front row seat of the sunsets. Rooms and cottages are well thought out, with a perfect mix of functionality, as well as respect for the environment; only local wood, bamboo, stone, and cogon have been used for their gorgeous Balinese-style thatched roofs. The resort also takes pride in making use of renewable and sustainable resources by having two desalination plants to collect rainwater, as well as solar panels for the resorts hot water – making them well on their way to becoming a 100% eco-lodge.
The Beach Shack, El Nido
Marimegmeg Beach (aka Las Cabanas) is one of the best beaches in El Nido for swimming, views of the limestone cliffs, and watching stunning sunsets. It is also especially good for lounging, eating, and having shakes or cocktail drinks – and this is where The Beach Shack comes in. This popular hangout spot is perfectly located right on the beach; you can choose to plop down on one of their bean bags or lounge chairs all day, while you alternate between swimming, chilling, eating and drinking. If you want to kick your holiday up a notch, join their Full Moon Party for a once in a lifetime experience.
The Good Food, Sabang, Baler
The Good Food is an unassuming little restaurant, with its bamboo and wood construct, wooden tables and plastic chairs. But don’t let this fool you; whilst the menu is relatively simple offerings, the quality and taste exceed any simplicity. The burgers, tacos, quesadilla’s and burritos are delicious and filling, cooked to order and served straight to your table. Special mention, among their Filipino menu items, for the Kinilaw; the best we have ever tasted and their hand-prepared and slowly cooked racks of ribs. The ribs are marinated and slowly cooked in a special BBQ style covered grill in the restaurant itself, resulting in thick and tender racks of delicious pork, ready for the lunch and dinner rush.
The Hue Hotel, Boracay
Hue Hotel stands out as a resort for its distinctive circular structure shape built around an idyllic pool with a sunken bar, as well as a lifestyle complex called Station X that promotes local culture through retail and dining outlets. Considered a “destination-within-a-destination”, guests will be provided with an enhanced experience; they can easily be tempted to stay within the confines of the hotel during their holiday, leaving only to visit the world-famous White Beach.
The Stockpile, Ortigas Center
The Stockpile is a diner & bar in Ortigas Center, which serves Western Comfort food. The menu includes American classics like burgers, pizzas, and sandwiches, some Pinoy favorites like the Tapa Style Steak and Eggs and Italy’s most popular dishes, such as Spaghetti Vongole. Crowd favorites include the 6 Hour Slow Roast Porchetta, Truffled Four Cheese Pasta, Salted Egg Baby Squid with Squid Ink Aioli and the Bubbly Hot Cheesy Nachos. Order up some cocktails or wine with your food, sit back, relax and have a great meal with friends and family.
The Sunny Side Cafe, Boracay
The Sunny Side Cafe stands out with its contemporary twists on Western and Filipino breakfast and brunch dishes. The chefs behind the restaurant work tirelessly to create amazing menu items combining ingredients few others would think to, such as The Sunny Side Cafe Champorado, which is paired with bacon and caramel ice cream or the Ube & Cereal Milk Pancakes. They also make a point of sourcing Philippine ingredients as much as possible, such as heirloom rice from Banawe and hand-crafted chocolate from Mindanao. The extensive menu combined with a light, bright, relaxed and sunny ambience helps make The Sunny Side Cafe a go-to restaurant for travelers.
Trattoria Altrove, Parañaque
This peaceful, homey, tropical themed restaurant gives an intimate experience, whilst serving generous portions of scrumptious pasta and pizza. The superstars are the Carpaccio Di Manzo, wood-fired, and made from scratch, Pepperoni Pizza, Gamberi e Olio d’Oliva and their Frutti Di Mare (lots of seafood). Their Macedonia – Gelato con Fruta dessert is also very lovely.
Tribal Adventures, Antique, Panay and Busuanga, Coron
Tribal Adventures offer two bases for their tours and activities; Antique Panay, which is about 2 hours from Boracay Island, and Busuanga Coron. Almost all of the tours involve hiking, mountain biking or kayaking, so do require some level of fitness. However, there is also the option to join the tour vans, if you feel tired during the tours. Offering a personalised service aimed at giving you the best experiences, as well as a thorough appreciation of the beauty of the Philippines with a different perspective to any gained on mass-market island-hopping tours, guests regularly call the tours the “best experience of our lives”. Tour Guides are matched usually on a one to one basis, depending on the activity and instruction is provided throughout. Food provided during the tour is simple, but delicious and aims to re-fuel and re-energise guests. Looking for Instagram-worthy images to make your friends and followers envious? These are the tours to go on!
Van Gogh is Bipolar, Maginhawa Street, Quezon City
Once you step into this restaurant you will feel as if you have been whisked away to a wonderland – from the trinkets and artworks on display, to the quaint teapots and quirky furniture. The restaurant was conceptualized by Jetro Rafael, an artist who also happens to be bipolar and is an advocate of mental health awareness; so much so that he welcomes employees with mental health conditions. Menu items contain mood-enhancing properties, as Jetro wants to promote a healthy and natural way of healing mental health conditions. The menu always changes so you can look forward to a different and exciting experience with each visit.
Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel, Boracay
A beautiful boutique hotel at the quietest beach section of Boracay, Villa Caemilla doesn’t just provide a top class stay but a World Class restaurant too. The restaurant is at the front of the hotel, with beautiful views of White Beach. The hand-crafted cocktails may take a while to arrive at your table but they are more than worth the wait. In the meantime, you’ll be looked after by some of the best trained wait staff you can hope to meet. A particular shout out to Mark, who was attentive without being intrusive, engaging, informative and funny. His dedication to his vocation is obvious to all who he serves, as is the rest of the staff team; evidence of a workplace that prioritises not only the best service standards but happy staff too!
Virgin Beach Resort, Laiya, Batangas
This resort offers lovely Cabana accommodation. All the Cabanas are fan rooms with the added surprise of no locks (or doors). However, you don’t need to worry about security as the place is quite safe. The resorts Casitas are also so comfortable inside! The beach is wide and long, with seating options ranging from sun loungers, to beach beds and tables. The food is tasty and filling, with both buffet and ala carte menus, as well as inclusive meals with your room rate. The staff are friendly and helpful, completing a wonderful visit!
Warung Kapitolyo, Pasig
Two sisters who lived in Jakarta for nearly three decades, fell in love with cooking Indonesian cuisine and brought this passion back with them to Pasig. They converted a spacious home in Kapitolyo into a splendid restaurant filled with the most stunning furniture and art pieces from Indonesia. They keep the dishes as authentic as possible, bringing in Indonesian consultants to train their kitchen staff, importing many ingredients, and growing their own native Indonesian ingredients whenever possible. This is evident in the food that tastes nothing less than divine, and you won’t be able to find any other restaurant quite like theirs in the Philippines. The sisters also take the time to sit and chat with their diners, which enhances the dining experience even more.
Z Hostel, Makati
Z Hostel is the Philippines’ first and only Social Hostel that puts guest engagement and a social atmosphere to the forefront. From its inspired design, communal spaces, and creative events, Z Hostel is pushing the hospitality industry where socialization is the new sleep. It doesn’t hurt that they’re located in Poblacion, Metro Manila’s hippest area. Z Roofdeck is a center of attraction, with a fantastic view of the Manila skyline, a bar that serves cold and refreshing drinks, and a DJ deck that is home to local and international artists.
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