Together with T+L’s Deputy Editor, Jeninne Lee-St. John, we spent nearly a week on assignment on the tear-drop shaped island of Siargao, situated 800km east of capital Manila, in the Philippine Sea. Most people who visit Siargao “come to stay in the chill beach-shack hotels, hang in the laidback bars and restaurants lining the main strips, and to zone out on the empty beaches.” Jeninne and I, however, took a slightly different approach, staying at the ultra-luxe Nay Palad Hideaway, a gorgeous beach retreat and “the playful, relaxed epitome of rustic-chic barefoot luxury” and using this as a base from which to explore Siargao and its surrounds on daily excursions.

Read all about our Siargao adventures, “where here hand-woven hammocks hang on still-empty sands, laissez-faire beach life sets the tone at bars, in boutique hotels and on the breaks — and the Pacific currents roll in uninterrupted ” in our Travel + Leisure magazine cover feature.