10 Beautiful Boutique Hotels Around the Philippines
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(SPOT.ph) Boutique hotels are popular for their distinct design and small-scale appeal. They usually have the same amenities as a five-star hotel, minus the commercial look. This type of accommodation goes with the adage, “Bigger is not always better,” and the number of rooms often doesn’t exceed a hundred.
They’re particular with the decor—details like organic toiletries or handmade seats along with personalized and intimate service often make visitors feel as if they're right at home. Who would want to leave these charming boutique hotels or even go back to the hustle and bustle of the city after a day or so in their enchanting beds and infinity pools?
Listed here are 10 non-chain hotels that you should consider when planning to explore the Philippines’ many islands.
414 T.M. Kalaw Street, Manila
Contact: 875-8921 to 29
If you’re a bit wary about exploring the city of Manila, Luneta Hotel can make you fall in love with it all over again. Philippine historian Bambi L. Harper described its "Mansard roof, French windows, carved details, attractive grilles and studied proportions" reminiscent of the French renaissance. First launched in 1918, the elegant six-storey building was recently restored and finally reopened in 2014.
Km. 58 General Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Maharlika East, Tagaytay City, Cavite
Contact: (046) 413-3522
Domicillo, which opened in December 2014, was designed by Budji Layug and architect Royal Pineda of the BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design firm. The hotel's handicrafts were made by Rene Alcala of Manila Mirrors, and furniture done by Milo Naval. The eight-room boutique hotel is a sight to die for, not only because of its interiors but also for its stunning view of the Taal Volcano.
Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel
Station 3, Angol, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan
Boracay can be a bit overrated especially when you're already tired of partying till sunrise. Tucked away in the peaceful Station 3 of White Beach, however, is an island hotel called Villa Caemilla. The motif of the rooms matches the natural palette of the beach right in front of it, making it perfect for nature lovers and laidback travelers.
Blood Compact Shrine, East Tagbilaran Road, Bool, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Contact: (038) 411-1031
This cliffside property offers unobstructed views of the ocean, hence the name. Apart from this panoramic view, the hotel has spacious rooms with floor to ceiling glass doors. Ocean Suites also offers an exclusive beachfront property on Pamilican Island where guests can enjoy the white sand beach, watch dolphins play, and explore coral gardens.
Winds Boutique Hotel
A. Santos Street, Angeles City, Pampanga
Winds Boutique Hotel offers both accessibility and exclusivity. It is located at the heart of Angeles City and just a few steps away from the main road and malls. The hotel can accommodate only about a hundred people, making your stay feel more private. Guests also have the option to relax at the 12-meter swimming pool.
The Lighthouse Marina Resort
Moonbay Marina Complex, Waterfront Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales
Contact: (047) 252-5000
Splurge for the weekend at The Lighthouse Marina Resort because it's worth it. Staying true to its name, it has a naval design and even has a 20-meter lighthouse on the side of its main building. It’s perfect for tourists who want to explore sailing.
Upper Military Cutoff Road, Baguio City, Benguet
Contact: (074) 424-8070
A boutique hotel with 60 rooms, Chalet Baguio opened its doors in October 2011 to accommodate a maximum of 200 persons who want a comfortable stay in the summer capital of the Philippines. Guests have the option to dine at its own branch of the popular restaurant Dulcinea. Rooms range from the two-person standard at P2,800 to the family suite at P7,000 that can fit six people.
Canvas Boutique Hotel
Palawan North Road corner San Juan, San Miguel, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Canvas Boutique Hotel's walls are decorated with art that tell the stories of Palawan's culture and history. Weaved together in the colorful murals are the tales of the island's supernatural creatures as well as renditions of its natural wonders. The 49-room accommodation also has a spacious in-house restaurant called "Painted Table" where one can find a five-meter long table designed by muralist and climate change advocate AG Sano. Canvas is a place of comfort, culture, and connections.
Sheridan Boutique Resort
Buran, Oton, Iloilo
Contact: (033) 396-0033
Sheridan is one of Iloilo's newest attractions as it is a destination on its own. Its garden restaurant, infinity pool, rows of casitas, and pocket gardens all reflect the beauty and culture of the city of love. The luxury resort has a total of seven casitas, two deluxe rooms, and even a presidential suite for when you want to splurge.
Abaca Boutique Resort
Punta Engano Road, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Contact: (032) 495-3461
Abaca Boutique Resort highlights the beauty of its surroundings through a beachfront infinity pool, villas with ethnic touches, and furnishings with wood accents. It is just right that the resort uses the popular Philippine fiber as its namesake. Abaca boasts spa services which can be done in the privacy of the guest's room, in climate controlled spa rooms, or in the oceanfront cabanas.
Photos from the official Facebook pages and websites of Luneta Hotel, Domicillo, Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel, Ocean Suites, Winds Boutique Hotel, The Lighthouse Marina Resort, Chalet Baguio, Canvas Boutique Hotel, Sheridan Boutique Resort, and Abaca Boutique Resort.
Erratum: An earlier version of this article cited Budji Layug as Domicillo's architect. The article has been corrected.