Best Places to Travel in 2014

Pangulasian Island vacation resort, Philippines
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Francisco Guerrero

New hotels and tours, emerging food scenes, and special events make these places the hottest travel destinations in 2014.

Pangulasian Island, Philippines

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In the Palawan archipelago, an hour’s flight from Manila, the tiny private island of Pangulasian is home to the newest and most luxurious entry in the respected El Nido Resorts collection. Forty-two airy, thatched-roof villas are just steps from a ribbon of soft white sand. Behind you lies a thrumming canopy of green. And before you is limpid blue Bacuit Bay, where outriggers ply the glasslike waters. The bay is part of a UNESCO biosphere reserve; swim just 20 yards out and you’ll be floating with turtles and parrot fish above a pristine coral reef. Or kayak to one of several nearby islands and claim your own sun-drenched empty shore. Back at the resort, fresh coconuts await (watch staffers climb 30-foot trees to retrieve them) along with traditional hilot massages at the spa, for all of $35 an hour. Pangulasian was spared by recent Typhoon Haiyan, and the country could use your tourist dollars more than ever. —Peter Jon Lindberg

Pangulasian Island vacation resort, Philippines

Best Places to Travel in 2014

Pangulasian Island, Philippines

In the Palawan archipelago, an hour’s flight from Manila, the tiny private island of Pangulasian is home to the newest and most luxurious entry in the respected El Nido Resorts collection. Forty-two airy, thatched-roof villas are just steps from a ribbon of soft white sand. Behind you lies a thrumming canopy of green. And before you is limpid blue Bacuit Bay, where outriggers ply the glasslike waters. The bay is part of a UNESCO biosphere reserve; swim just 20 yards out and you’ll be floating with turtles and parrot fish above a pristine coral reef. Or kayak to one of several nearby islands and claim your own sun-drenched empty shore. Back at the resort, fresh coconuts await (watch staffers climb 30-foot trees to retrieve them) along with traditional hilot massages at the spa, for all of $35 an hour. Pangulasian was spared by recent Typhoon Haiyan, and the country could use your tourist dollars more than ever. —Peter Jon Lindberg

Francisco Guerrero
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