10 Breathtaking Island Resorts Around the Philippines
Beach escapes that are worth the splurge.
(SPOT.ph) With all the depressing news these days, the usual hustle and bustle in the Metro, and the never-ending traffic problem, sometimes, you just want to be shipped off to a remote island where no one and nothing can disturb you, ever. There, you can wake up to the chirping of birds, spend the day frolicking by the shore, and sleep as the crashing of the waves turn into a lullaby. It’s quite a dream.
Fortunately, you can turn this dream into a reality in some of the breathtaking island resorts you can only find in the Philippines. There are even some which can be rented as a whole island all to yourself (or the whole barkada).
El Nido Resorts
Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan
Contact: 902-5934, 0917-584-1576
Rates start at P21,000++
The Philippines has more than 7,107 islands, and Palawan makes up almost 2,000 of it. With this concentration, it doesn't come as a surprise that most of our breathtaking island resorts are located there. El Nido Resorts even has four to boast of—Apulit, Miniloc, Lagen, and Pangulasian—and they all offer a wide expanse of white sand beach amid limestone cliffs and lush forest. You can choose from their beachside rooms, cliff cottages, and bungalows suspended above water by stilts. In 2014, El Nido Resorts was recognized for embracing sustainable tourism operations and was given the Asia's Responsible Tourism Award by the World Travel Awards.
Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa
Tungib-Lipata, Buenavista, Marinduque
Private island rental rate varies
Bellarocca Island is situated off the southwest coast of Marinduque, often regarded as the heart of the Philippine archipelago because of its shape and location. The private island resort sprawls 10.2 hectares of mountainous terrain, caves and coves, and a peak that's about 114 meters above sea level, giving guests a breathtaking view of the vast ocean surrounding it. With its Mediterranean architecture, it's your best recourse if you've been dreaming to go to Santorini but has too much love for your home country. As Marinduque airport is currently undergoing rehabilitation, Bellarocca Island has limited its operations to whole island rentals only.
Huma Island Resort and Spa
Dilingan Island, Busuanga, Palawan
Rates start at P32,000
Charter a plane and travel in style directly from Manila Bay to Huma Island Resort and Spa in less than two hours. It's worth the splurge because this luxury island hideaway is every vacationer's dream with its glass-floored spa complex, a yoga pavilion, 81 cabins, and eight dining spots. The water villas rise on stilts above the island's coral banks while the beach villas straddle the shoreline of the resort. In case you get bored, there are plenty of activities to choose from: diving, kayaking, jet skiing, snorkeling, rock climbing, and even shooting some arrows in its own archery range.
Buenavista Island Resort
Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte
Contact: (082) 299-2992
Rates start at P90,000++ (10pax)
Island Buenavista is serious about its privacy and exclusivity that when you book a stay, it means that you rent the whole island for yourself. Of course, the staff is at your beck and call to cook your meals at your desired schedule and fix your bed while you catch up on some reading while lying on the hammock. The resort also lies in a marine protected area, which makes it a beautiful diving spot if you’re into exploring the world down under.
Pamalican Island, Palawan
Rates start at P56,000++
There's no other way to reach Amanpulo in the Cuyo Archipelago, northeast of mainland Palawan, aside from a private plane, ensuring guests of exclusivity in this island retreat. The 42 casitas are also situated far from each other—some are along the white sand beach, others are elevated by the hillside, while a few more are hidden by the rainforest canopy. They have broad wooden decks with hammocks and even private pools to complete that off-the-grid feel.
Cagraray Island, Bacacay, Albay
Rates start at P27,000++
Misibis Bay, tucked away in the province of Albay, offers majestic views of the perfect cone-shaped Mayon Volcano and the surrounding blue sea. You can either get sporty on the ATV and stand-up paddle board or just relax by the infinity pool or the lagoon pool. You also have the option to stay cooped up for a day in their Asian-inspired villas, which has everything you need—from a spacious king-sized bed to a private plunge pool.
Sumilon Island, Bancogon, Oslob, Cebu
Contact: 318-3129, 0917-631-7512
Rates start at P14,000++
The Battle of Sumilon in 1813 signaled the end of the pirates' constant attacks on the southern towns of cebu, including Santander, Oslob, Boljoon, Argao, and Dalaguete. The island still acknowledges its role in history by providing heritage tours to guests of Bluewater Sumilon. After a tiring day swimming with the whale sharks of Oslob or bird watching at the island trails of Sumilon, you can relax with their signature Amuma Hilot or stay warm beside the campfire. They also have glamping facilities for a one-of-a-kind experience.
Bamboo Private Islands
Dalawang Isla, Culion, Palawan
Rates start at P8,000++ (per head)
Bamboo Private Islands rents off two eco-friendly resorts in Palawan, Big Bamboo and Small Bamboo. To guarantee stress-free getaways for guests, they offer all-in packages that include accommodations at deluxe bamboo huts, airport and boat transfers, full board meals, and a picture-perfect lunch on a private island. You're also entitled to unlimited use of paddle boards, kayaks, and snorkeling gear to fully appreciate the 14-hectare reef surrounding the area.
Dedon Island Siargao
Malinao, General Luna, Siargao, Surigao del Norte
Rates start at P40,000++
Tucked away on the southeastern corner of Siargao is Dedon Island, an intimate resort that exudes the laidback and luxurious lifestyle with its intricately designed villas and fully furnished Spa and Fitness Village. Because of the serene vibe, you might even forget that you're in the surfing capital of the Philippines and just across your glass-walled room are barreling waves waiting to be conquered. When you see the high-pressure rain shower at the center of their spacious bathrooms, you wouldn't want to leave your quarters, ever.
Ariara Island, Linapacan, Palawan
Rates start at P23,000++
Vogue Magazine named Ariara Island in Calamian, Palawan as the top holiday destination in its August 2012 issue. It's just a fitting recognition for this paradise island that offers luxurious villas, 600-meter white sand beach, and even personalized menus by a private chef. Its four beach cottages designed by renowned Filipino architect Jorge Yulo all have high ceilings, large bedrooms, four-poster beds, and your very own walk-in closet. You also have your own spacious bathroom with either a wooden bath or a hand-carved marble bath. Each cottage has a private terrace with a secluded pocket garden. No wonder it’s a favorite among high-profile tourists.