These Luxurious Local Resorts Are Perfect for Your Next Getaway

Give yourself some well-deserved pampering.


There's much to be said about the virtues of getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There's also much to be said about how you can't put a price tag on memories. It doesn't hurt to splurge on luxurious experiences every now and then. Here are some resorts where you can do just that—and they're right here in the Philippines, too.





Pamalican Island, Palawan

Contact: 976-5222


Rates start at P63,000


A go-to destination for VIPs both foreign and local, Palawan's Amanpulo lives up to its reputation as one of the Philippines' most sought-after resorts. Casitas patterned after the bahay kubo are designed to work around what you want to do most—waking up to the sound of waves crashing on the shore, taking in a hillside view of the sea over breakfast, or enjoying quiet moments beneath the forest canopy—while the villas, with their wide-open spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows, offer you a seamless transition between the comfortable indoors and the alluring natural surroundings. Each villa is assigned a private chef and a butler, letting you enjoy your stay completely worry-free.





Lagen Island, El Nido Resorts

El Nido, Palawan

Contact: 902-5980


Rates start at P26,000


Sitting at the fringes of a lush Palawan forest and overlooking a calm, peaceful lagoon, a stay at El Nido's Lagen Island is one of the best ways to reconnect with nature. The resort is billed as an eco-sanctuary, with the development taking great care to leave the habitats of the local flora and fauna untouched. This leaves guests with the opportunity to go bird-watching, explore the island's mangroves, and trek through forest trails en route to a breathtaking limestone cavern. In keeping with the resort's eco-friendly mindset, accommodations are built with sturdy timber recycled from old homes, adding a sense of familiarity to the villas' understated yet elegant design.





Huma Island Resort

Dilingan Island, Busuanga, Palawan

Contact: 553-0119


Rates start at P26,000


It's only fitting that Huma takes its name from a Spanish galleon that, according to legend, got shipwrecked on an idyllic island in Palawan—the area is a treasure trove of natural beauty. Surrounded by crystalline waters that nourish a thriving coral reef, the island's namesake resort stands out for its water villas: An outcrop of Maldives-inspired huts, elevated directly above the water by stilts and topped off with rustic thatched roofs. Each villa offers the most relaxing view of the Palawan sunset, with hot tubs on every sun deck allowing you to soothe your body as you take in the spectacular sight. The island's coral reefs and 10 nearby shipwrecks offer unmatched underwater exploration, and the spa's "signature journeys"—authentic healing traditions from Morocco and India—are ready to pamper you after the day's adventures.





Eskaya Beach Resort

Tawala, Panglao, Bohol

Contact: 624-6480, 656-4205


Rates start at P16,000


The most common impression of Eskaya is that it's less a resort than it is a spa with its own beach. Seclusion and simplicity make up the Eskaya experience, with each villa having its own private pool. The resort doesn't advertise frill services like beach-hopping or diving, opting instead to focus on the two things to which you'll be treating yourself most: The full-service spa and the excellent food. You can indulge in a massage at the hilltop spa or dine al fresco along the waterfront for a stellar view of the Bohol sea.





Buenavista Island Resort

Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte

Contact: (082) 299-2992


Rates start at P105,000


If privacy is the height of luxury for you, then Buenavista Island Resort is the perfect stop. Rather than renting out rooms and villas, the resort's proprietors rent out the island itself. The resort has Balinese-inspired villas for you and your guests. The attentive staff is available at your call to offer massages, guide you on fishing trips, or even start bonfires for those evenings on the beach. The island is also home to a hawksbill turtle reservoir, so its protected waters are among the cleanest and clearest you'll find in the country.





Nay Palad Hideaway

Malinao, General Luna, Siargao, Surigao del Norte

Contact: 0917-701-7480


Rates start at P71,000


Located in Siargao, Nay Palad Hideaway (formerly Dedon Island Resort) was founded by Carolin Dekeyser with the philosophy of barefoot luxury. Nay Palad Hideaway prides itself in its tailor-made, all-inclusive itineraries where guests can live out all their tropical fantasies without worry. There are only nine villas in the whole resort, with your choice of a garden view villa or an ocean view villa. Aside from the accommodations, there is an abundance of underground caves and untouched beaches as well as activities such as deep-sea fishing and, of course, the legendary Cloud 9 barreling wave.



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