The childhood rhyme should be rewritten as "first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the honeymoon before the baby carriage!" The honeymoon is one of the best perks about having a wedding (only second to vowing "'til death do us part," of course). Lucky for us Filipinos, we don't need to look far to find paradise--we live in it! Here are the top destinations in our archipelago:
The most infallible honeymoon spot is Boracay. During the day, spend your honeymoon immersed in water sports from jet-skiing to parasailing. When the sun sets, hit the row of clubs and bars dotting the shoreline. Discovery Shores, The Tides, 7 Shores Boracay Suites and Shangri-La Boracay are just some of the many posh and plush accommodations where your inebriated honeymoon high can continue at night.
Marinduque is the heart-shaped island geographically located at the heart of the Philippines--how apt for your getaway! It is known for the Moriones Festival during the Holy Week, which re-enacts the story of Roman centurion Saint Longinus. Add adventure to your trip by exploring the Balagbag Mountain Range and scuba diving in the Tres Reyes Marine Sanctuary. For the Santorini honeymoon you've been daydreaming about, head to the Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa, which opened on February 14, 2009. The Mediterranean-inspired resort complex has an infinity pool with each villa, a Meditation Sanctuary complete with Pilates and Yoga instructors, and a 9-hole golf course-all with the glittering Sibuyan Bay and Mt. Malindig as your backdrop.
Bohol-bound honeymooners will never run out of things to do: the Chocolate Hills, Loboc River Cruise, Bohol Bee Farm, Panglao beach, and photo-ops with tarsiers and Prony the Python. The Eskaya Beach Resort, named after the only known indigenous people of Bohol, redefined luxury when it opened in 2007. The sixteen-hectare property--with its private 600-meter shoreline of powdery white sand and a stunning view of the Mindanao Sea--carves a home for couples.
A honeymoon in Cebu must include lots of Cebu Lechon and a trip to Tops, a viewing deck on top of Busay Hills. It's best to go late in the afternoon so you can see the entire city change from day to night. For a hassle-free trip, arrange an island-hopping, fish-feeding adventure on board a boat with WiFi, bean bags, and an iPod dock with Islands Banca Cruises. They can even prepare a candle-lit dinner by the sunset. At night, receive five-star treatment at the Waterfront Hotel or Plantation Bay.
Palawan is a honeymoon goldmine. The island doesn't fall on a tectonic plate, meaning there's a small chance you'll feel the earth move under your feet. Visit the Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that recently made the finals of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. There are three well-known havens to choose from: Amanpulo, Dos Palmas, and El Nido. Amanpulo literally means "peaceful island," and you can't get more peaceful than the private island tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The only way to get there is a chartered plane! Dos Palmas is more accessible, being a boat ride away from Puerto Princesa City. The upscale amenities include an Art Studio and Gallery where guests can unleash their inner artists. The El Nido Resort is teeming with unbridled flora and fauna. Act fast and avail yourselves of the 2010 Honeymoon Supplement inclusive of a shirt, round of cocktails, and couple's massage!
Photo courtesy of Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa