My impartial guide to the Philippines Finest Luxury Resorts with top of the line amenities and highest standard of excellence.
Philippines is blessed with unspoiled paradise, best beaches and high class resorts. Savor the warmth of turquoise water, the unequaled exclusivity and an infinity pool right at your own balcony.
Being one of the world’s most sought after tourist destination this summer, Philippines pride itself with refreshing island getaway and ultimate luxury living.
Below is my random list of the Top 10 Luxury Resorts in the Philippines. Enjoy the good life.
1. AMAN Resorts : AMANPULO
Amanpulo is situated in one of the world’s most idyllic island locations on the staggeringly beautiful Pamalican Island in the Philippines. It is a private island, gifted with nature’s paradisaical treats: powder white beaches, clear turquoise-azure-indigo seas, cirrus-streaked cerulean skies, and a polychromatic coral reef only 300m from the shore.
Guests indulge in Amanpulo’s native style of dwellings with 40 casitas fashioned after a Philippine bahay kubo. The five Hillside Casitas offer magical sea views, the four Treetop Casitas embrace the trees while the 29 Beach Casitas have private overgrown paths that lead down to the soft white beach.
Rate starts at USD 700 ++
2. Buri Spa and Resort
Nestled in Batangas Channel inside Puerto Galera Bay, which was recently name one of 32 Most Beautiful Bays in the world by the Paris-based Club des Plus Belles Baies du Monde, Buri Resort & Spa has undergone a dramatic transformation since it first opened in 2001 with five simple cottages.
Experience the luxury of Buri Resort & Spa villas in Puerto Galera and appreciate life’s simple pleasures. Buri’s architecture is a modern, yet charming take on the traditional Filipino Bahay Kubo. All the villas showcase a marriage between beautiful interiors and the lush outdoors.
Rate starts at Php 5,500 ++
3. Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa
An exclusive and serene beach hideaway where spoiling and pampering is the norm, Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa nestles amid 16 hectares of lush tropical gardens on Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines. The resort is made up of 15 private villas and a superb spa, which is why it is the place for indulgent privacy and seclusion.
The atmosphere is incredibly relaxed with crisp, cool villas, breathtaking sea views and discrete but attentive staff. Feel the gentle sea breeze as you languish in your private whirlpool and plan where to have dinner; by the infinity pool, on the beach with a personal butler or in the privacy of your villa.
Rates start at USD 500++
4. Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa
Dramatically situated on a lush hillside within an eco-reserve, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa is a spectacular Boracay resort offering sensational luxury and comfort to its discerning guests. Rich with sprawling grounds and secluded beaches this Boracay luxury resort also boasts an impressive variety of restaurants and leisure facilities, including a tranquil spa village.
Rate starts at Php 14,000 ++
5. Plantation Bay Resort & Spa
Discover a resort in a class of its own. Set in 11.4 hectares of secluded grounds yet only 30 minutes from Cebu City, Plantation Bay offers one of the largest privately-owned waterways in the world, with the clean elegance of colonial-plantation architecture. Decompress from life’s pressures in the healing tranquility of an environment that truly feels “away from it all”. If you have ever spent time at a tropical plantation, you know what we mean. If not, come and discover a refreshingly different Flavor of Life.
Feel like you’re at your own private estate. The rooms are a full 46 square meters, charmingly furnished with plantation-style furniture, oil paintings, and accessories; equipped with remote-control TV, mini-bar, electronic safe, and split-package air-conditioning.
Rate starts at USD 150++
6. Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa
Discerning travellers in search of their next unexplored destination need to look no further than the Philippine Islands. With its white Santorini-inspired architecture on rolling terrain contrasted with the azure blue of the sky above and the clear water below, Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa offers a fantastic experience unlike any other place in the Philippines and across South-East Asia.
Bellarocca Island is situated off the south west coast of the Marinduque province. Characterized by seaside cliffs, valleys, hills and sparsely dotted plains across this heart-shaped region, therein lies even more impressively hot springs, waterfalls and underwater flora and fauna. In addition to these, there are caves that await exploration by adventurous travelers. Many are yet to be fully investigated or documented.
Rates start at USD 400++
7. Boracay Grand Vista Resort & Spa
Grand Vista Boracay Resort & Spa is the newest private luxurious resort and spa at the famous white beach. Established early 2006 and fully operated June this year 2007.
The only and first Resort and Spa that has a private swimming pool in all 41 Suites, not only having a swimming in all rooms Grand Vista Boracay Resort and Spa has the biggest swimming pool in the Island.
Rates start at USD 120 ++
8. Antulang Beach Resort
Nestled 40 kilometers south of Dumaguete City, Philippines, ANTULANG BEACH RESORT is proud to be the first Philippine resort to offer private pool villas to guests. Each of the flagship accommodations comes with its own swimming pool (no plunge pools here), heated Jacuzzi and luxurious, spacious rooms all decked out in Canadian pinewood.
Suspended on ten sprawling hectares of sheer cliffs peppered with a kaleidoscope of bougainvillea blooms, swimming pools and premium rooms are positioned right at the cliffs’ edge, ensuring guests a commanding view of an endless sea, while winding staircases lead directly to a kilometer’s stretch of isolated white sand beach strewn with large, natural rock formations. So on any given evening, let the gentle lapping of waves caressing boulders on the beach lull you to sweet, glorious slumber, and catch up on unhurried, leftover dreams of Antulang…
Rates start at USD 55++
9. Misibis Resort, Cagraray Island
Your Luxury Island Playground. Escape to Misibis Bay and surround yourself with the wonders of nature.
The resort is nestled in a lush tropical landscape, with mountainous jungles, perfectly shaped volcanoes, pristine beaches, and other awe-inspiring natural wonders on the Pacific Ocean. Come and experience the ultimate marriage of adventure and luxury.
Misibis Bay is located on Cagraray Island in Bacacay, Albay Province, Bicol. From Legazpi City it’s a 30-minute trip by luxury fast water craft or an hour’s drive along the scenic coastline.
Rates start at USD 500++
10. El Nido Resorts
El Nido is located at the northwestern tip of the province of Palawan in the Philippines. It is considered as a showcase of Palawan’s geology and diverse wildlife. Its majestic limestone cliffs stand guard over clear waters, with hundreds of species of tropical fishes and corals, and three species of endangered sea turtles.
Lagen Island Resort is set in a cove, fringed by a thick primary forest. The sprawling grounds cover more than four hectares.
Miniloc Island Resort is also set in a cove with a backdrop of sheer limestone cliffs. Reminiscent of a coastal village, Miniloc’s quaint charm is enhanced by its crystal clear waters teeming with tropical fishes.
Rates at Lagen Island Resort start at Php 8,000++ while Miniloc Island Resort rates start at Php 4,500++
I know 10 won’t do justice to cover all the best getaway resorts in the Philippines. Maybe I’ll have another list before 2010 ends.
Lusting for another honeymoon getaway,