Top Luxury Island Resorts in the Philippines in 2021
The Philippine islands are only recently being discovered as one of the perfect holiday getaways the world has to offer – Providing high standards at a relatively low price. This archipelago of more than 7000 islands has managed to stay under the world’s radar as a travel destination – until recently. It offers what only few other places in the world can offer: pristine, untouched beauty, and an escape from the chaos of the over-visited classic vacation destinations.
Accessible only by private plane, Amanpulo is around an hour from Manila, yet feels a world away from anywhere, blissfully marooned in the middle of the sea. Ringed by miles of white sands that dip into turquoise waters, its emerald-green hinterland shelters Casitas and Villas built into the forest canopy, perched on the hillside, or set along the 6.5km beach.
The resort has a total of 40 casitas, which comprise of twin-roofed bungalows placed on the hillside and beachfront. The casitas take architectural influence from the Philippine native home (Bahay kubo) and have large sliding glass doors opening out onto private balconies and loungers. Each casita has a buggy for exploring the tropical island.
Amanpulo has a range of facilities including a 114-foot swimming pool, a spa, library and a boutique and gallery. Those who like to keep active on holiday may utilize the beach sports hut, which provides equipment and trips for water sports or even a game on tennis on the resort’s courts. There is also a dive centre onsite, and dive trips and courses can be booked here.
Nay Palad Hideaway
The birthplace of barefoot luxury, Nay Palad Hideaway nestles between ancient mangrove forests and the soft white sands of Siargao. In easy reach of tropical jungle, underground caves, untouched beaches, deep-sea fishing, and the legendary Cloud 9 barreling wave, Nay Palad Hideaway lets you create your own rhythm, turning each day into a different story.
As the resort only consists of nine villas, this has to be one of the most exclusive luxury hotels in the Philippines. All villas were constructed using local materials, and craftsmen giving back to the island that has graced them with such beautiful surroundings and ambiance. Here they have managed to strike a balance between traditional Asian and Filipino design while maintaining a contemporary modern twist with the architecture and amenities alike. All food, drink, massages, outings, excursions, and activities at Nay Palad Hideaway are included in the hotel’s fixed rates.
It’s an experience of hospitality, freedom, and beauty that can never truly be described—only shared.
Pangulasian Island, also known as “Island of the Sun” is part of El Nido Resorts’ Eco-Luxury island resort in Bacuit Bay. The breathtaking view of the pristine 750-meter stretch of white sand astounds marine sanctuary right at its doorstep. Discerning guests will be treated to luxurious amenities and impeccable and personalized service at Pangulasian Island. The resort offers a total of 42 deluxe accommodations built with contemporary Filipino and cutting edge “green” design.
Two Seasons Coron Island Resort
Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa, a 5-star eco-friendly accommodation just a scenic boat ride from Coron Town, is located on the beautiful Malaroyroy Peninsula in Bulalacao Island, Coron, Palawan, Philippines. Presenting a haven in the middle ground of fine luxury and raw nature, Two Seasons Coron is also a turtle and giant clam sanctuary, and known as the first eco-friendly luxury island resort in Coron. Among the myriad things to look forward to is a sandbar connecting to an islet, a vibrant house reef, lush tropical gardens, a 200-meter west-side beach, and another 200-meter east-side beach with mangroves.
Cauayan Island Resort
Cauayan Island Resort is a luxury resort that embodies the pristine beauty of its natural surroundings and first-class personalized services. Escape to a paradise of tranquillity and haven of comfort. Indulge yourself in a perfect serene lifestyle vacation.
El Nido Resorts’ Eco-Discovery island resort, Miniloc, offers guests with a back-to-basics Filipino coastal village vibe with rustic or native design. In Miniloc, guests can swim with the 1.5-meter jack fish and get up close and personal with a variety of marine species just at its house reef. Miniloc Island is also a gateway to discover and explore the popular attractions around Bacuit Bay, such as the Big and Small Lagoons and Snake Island.
Apulit Island Resort is part of the El Nido Resorts group of eco-island resorts situated in North East Palawan. The island offers exciting and exhilarating activities for the thrill-seekers. Guests may climb and rappel down the 60-meter limestone cliff, with birds’ eye view of the whole island. Dive and discover sunken treasures just off the beach, with a Japanese shipwreck and a plethora of marine species to greet guests. Put on headlights and go spelunking in the different caves of Apulit, or hop on the banca as one go island hopping and snorkeling with the resort’s marine sports guides to identify and explain the different species around the area. The resort’s guest activities coordinators will help plan your adventure-filled holiday at Apulit Island.
Nestled between a lush four-hectare forest and a calm, shallow lagoon, Lagen Island, El Nido Resorts’ Eco-Sanctuary island resort, has the densest forest over limestone out of the 45 islands and islets of Bacuit Bay. Lagen Island serves as a sanctuary for a diverse variety of birds and mammals. Observe and delight in different endemic species flourishing in their natural habitat. Hike through Lagen’s forest trail which leads to a rewarding view of one of the coves on the other side of the island.