A Tropical Haven for a Fuller Life
A tropical archipelago with more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines has long been a popular Southeast Asian tourist destination known for its fine beaches, top-rated dive sites, majestic highland scenery, and the legendary warmth and hospitality of its people – the Filipinos who, according to Gallup International’s latest Annual Global End of Year Survey, are among the happiest people on earth.
Today, the Philippines is also fast making a name for itself as a must-visit health and wellness tourism destination in Southeast Asia. In 2015, the country ranked eighth among the top medical tourism destinations in the world in a list compiled by the International Healthcare Research Center (IHRC) and the Medical Tourism Association (MTA).
The Philippines also has some of the best wellness resorts in the Southeast Asian region. Located in sites specifically chosen for their serenity and natural beauty, these resorts typically feature helpful amenities that include revitalizing hot springs, soothing massage spas, detox centers and sanctuaries where guests can fully relax. A few of these are even especially designed for people who are suffering from various medical problems. Such facilities have been known to be very helpful for people who are suffering from cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure, stress, and more.
For tourists who can stay in the country only for brief periods, the Philippines also has luxurious hotels with award-winning spas that offer various health and wellness packages. Located in busy urban centers – many of them in the heart of Metro Manila itself, the country’s National Capital region – these spas provide guests with peaceful wellness sanctuaries where they can relax and rejuvenate themselves. Here, they can experience massages, body scrubs and other wellness services, all delivered with the unique Filipino brand of caring and compassion.