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Should they want a five-star island stay, make it Amanpulo, an Amanresort on it’s own island of Pamalican in the Cuyo Islands—accessed by private scheduled charter from Manila. Its rustic, but modern “South Seas” appeal rings through 40 beach, hill and treetop casitas, each with its own golf cart. Shallow warm waters are true-blue here, and crystal-clear for great snorkeling, although the resort offers a complete range of activities. A 5-night romance package runs $7,085 for a beach casita. It includes welcome champagne and a fruit platter, three meals a day, a sunset cruise with cocktails and canapes, a private beach barbecue and a massage for two. The highlight of this package is a private “blessing” of the couple on the beach at sunset.

Pacific Holidays to the Philippines For American tour operators offering the Philippines in their brochures, consider Pacific Holidays. The company has a 12-day (9-night) itinerary that stretches from Manila to Banaue and Baguio and then to Bohol and Cebu and includes a cruise along the Loboc River for rates starting at $1,665 pp dbl or $2,635 pp dbl with air.