Batanes Travel Leisure Southeast Asia
Chamantad Tinyan Viewpoint. Credits to T+L Southeast Asia

Batanes Islands in the northernmost tip of the Philippines is on the cover of the October edition of Travel + Leisure (T+L) Southeast Asia.

T+L Southeast Asia social media announced the feature on the country’s smallest province as part of its “seeking out untrammeled corners of some of Asia’s top destinations”.

“Read all about how a Manila-based urbanite fell hard for the magic of the Batanes, a lush escape in the Philippines,” went the blurb on a magazine article about the Philippine travel destination.

Batanes on the T+L Southeast Asia magazine’s cover as one of Asia’s top destinations. Credits to T+L Southeast Asia

In another feature, the T+L site refers to Batanes as having “managed to miraculously stay under the radar of many tourists for all these years. Slowly but surely, however, the word is starting to creep out. Travelers are returning with tales of verdant landscapes, azure waters crashing against magnificent cliffs, and a rich, warmly hospitable local culture. With such a wealth of natural splendor, these isles are unlikely to stay a secret for long.

“Contrary to popular belief that the Batanese are constantly battered by typhoons, the archipelago enjoys cool, mild weather and plenty of sunshine throughout the year. Only three of the 10 islands are inhabited by native Ivatan people.”

The many faces of Batanes. Credits to T+L Southeast Asia.

Among the many offerings of Batanes noted by T+L are its historic sites with centuries-old stone houses built by the Ivatans where homestays are allowed, along with samplings of Ivatan cuisine.

“Batanes is a perfect location to disengage from the city life and unwind. Commune with nature and enjoy the simple Ivatan life and the beauty that is uniquely Batanes,” writes T+L.

Travel + Leisure magazine has consistently featured the islands of the Philippines, listing Palawan as its Top 2 World’s Best Island in 2019, adding Cebu in 2018, and Boracay among Asia’s Best.

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