Exploring the Philippines

This inaugural Indagare Insider Journey to the Philippines is designed for those who like the adventure of being the first guests to experience a new itinerary—and have Indagare founder Melissa Biggs Bradley as host. This seven-night journey will introduce travelers to leading members of Manila’s highly sophisticated business, social, cultural and artistic circles and take them a world away to an island retreat that is not only the most acclaimed resort property in the country but one of the most famous beachfront getaways in Asia. It is an itinerary that blends the rewards of urban exploration with those of sybaritic indulgence—to perfection.

A spot on this trip may be reserved with a 50% non-refundable deposit, with the balance to be paid in full by November 15, 2023.

What to Expect

Itinerary highlights and special experiences:

Insider access
Discover the cosmopolitan world of Manila through visits with some of its most influential and best-known residents, including entrepreneurs, designers, arts patrons and heritage experts. Indagare is proud to have been the first American organization to have supported (in 2010) the designs of the Manila-based fashion company Filip + Inna and its founder, Lenora Cabili, who will host a dinner for the group.

History & cultural visits
Learn about the history, culture and creations of the diverse Southeast Asian ethnic groups who populate the Philippine archipelago and contribute to the country’s multifaceted identity and outlook.

Extraordinary accommodations & activities
Experience Amanpulo, the Aman hotel located on one of the 7,000-plus islands of the archipelago. Morning yoga, afternoon snorkeling, sunset-cruising and stargazing—days at Amanpulo will offer relaxation and restoration of body and mind from wake-up to bedtime.

Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.

  • When
    January 28 – February 4, 2024
  • Length
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Style Mavens , Trailblazers , Art Lovers

This Journey's Host


After a successful career as an editor at Town & Country, Melissa Biggs Bradley founded Indagare in 2007 because she believed that creating a platform for exchange between passionate travelers would allow for more transformative journeys and meaningful global connections. Since then, she has been recognized as a pioneering entrepreneur in the luxury travel space, as well as one of the foremost experts on travel to Africa. She has visited more than 100 countries over the course of her travels. Melissa is also the author of Safari Style: Exceptional African Camps and Lodges (Vendome). In fall of 2022, Melissa was named host of a new radio show and podcast on SiriusXM, Passport to Everywhere.

Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    January 28 – February 4, 2024
  • Length
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 10 travelers
  • Host
    Melissa Biggs Bradley
  • From


  • All accommodations as detailed in the itinerary. Indagare can arrange higher category accommodation upgrades, subject to availability.
  • All meals and beverages, as detailed in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, admission fees and activities, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Scheduled group airport arrival and departure transfers with VIP assistance, as well as group transfers throughout to all included activities, in small luxury vehicles and private
  • All gratuities
  • Round-trip shared private charter flight to and from Pamalican Island (Amanpulo)
  • Expert guides and drivers, including your host, Melissa Biggs Bradley, and the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all trip details, international flights and trip extensions (costs not included)
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical, security and evacuation services for the duration of the trip


  • International air transportation to and from the Philippines
  • Airport transfers outside of scheduled group arrivals and departures
  • Meals not specified and premium beverages other than those included in the meals
  • Optional activities and personal items and expenses
  • Additional gratuities
  • Trip insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like quotes)
  • Custom trip planning for add-on travel to destinations not included in the Journey is available; please inquire
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

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