MANILA, Philippines – An influential travel magazine has predicted that the Philippines will be one of the world’s hottest destinations this year.
Conde Nast Traveller included the Philippines in its Top 10 “Destinations to watch in 2013” list, with the country cited for having “around 7,000 of the most heavenly islands in the world.”
Some of the Philippine destinations mentioned in the article include Bicol, Siargao, Palawan and Manila.
“It’s becoming particularly popular among serious divers, who come for the incredible underwater life, unspoilt coral gardens with rainbow-bright fish, green sea turtles and dugongs,” author Laura Fowler wrote in an article published on CNT’s website.
“Sorry, Maldives… We love you, but we’ve got a new flame,” Fowler added, referring to the island known for its pristine beaches.
Aside from the Philippines, also included in CNT’s “Destinations to watch in 2013” list include Amsterdam, Africa, The Galapagos Islands, Kashmir, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Oman and Brazil.
Late last year, three hotels and two resorts in the Philippines made it to CNT’s “Readers’ Choice Awards” -- Makati Shangri-La, Edsa Shangri-La and Manila Hotel, and Shangri-La’s resorts in Boracay and Mactan.
Luzon, meanwhile, was named as the third best island in Asia.