Top 10 Luxury Resorts in the Philippines

El Nido Lagen Island Resort water cottages at dusk

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 luxury vacation 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. This resort in Bohol 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,


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  • Reply Carmen Araneta April 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks for that post. It’s so refreshing to see those pictures and be informed about great luxurious get-aways.

  • Reply AllSeasonHotel April 15, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Seeing those photos and information would actually make a lot of people want to visit those resorts.

  • Reply Badet April 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Haaay, Antulang, my dream destination. =)

    • havenhunter
      Reply havenhunter April 16, 2010 at 12:49 pm

      @ badet – judy ann, isdatchu? :D

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    oh wow… looks really nice but very expensive…

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  • Reply ALDEN May 29, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    * PLANTATION BAY IS THE ONLY RESORT AND ACCOMMODATION RECOGNIZED BY THE CONDE NAST TRAVELER :)

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  • Reply Tanya Gemarin July 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Top10 Luxury Resort..
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  • Reply fred July 10, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    If there is a TOP 11 Luxury resort in the Philippines, Kalinaw Resort will be the 11th.
    Check our website : http://www.kalinawresort.com
    And same as Plantation bay, we are reconized by Conde Nast traveller :)

    • havenhunter
      Reply havenhunter July 11, 2010 at 1:02 am

      @fred – thanks for reading. nice resort! we’ll be in siargao soon, hope we have the time to check it out.

  • Reply Retchel Alunan January 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Hello,Can you please Give me any contact information about EL NIDO & ANTULANG RESORT PLEASE?
    i DO NEED FOR INQUIRY..

    tHANK YOU,
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  • Reply celina February 3, 2011 at 11:49 am

    its very nice resort..

  • Reply jonathan April 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    ;;; makadaog ko og lotto dibah addtuan ko gid na bah ,,, ang uban naa sa likod sa ako n mansyon

  • Reply Aqua Rion May 10, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Eskaya Resort is a nice place to unwind! I can see that….I wish I can go there with my family:)

  • Reply Eskaya Resort May 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Hi! Thanks much for this! We are so glad to be included in the top 10. :-) We hope more people will come and visit Eskaya Resort and enjoy the experience.

    For those who are interested, they may visit our website at http://eskayaresort.com

    Thanks again!

  • Reply weng June 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    this is a getaway you will never forget

  • Reply Nyxa August 8, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Hi!
    Very interesting and inspiring information!
    I think, this one could also get into the list…

    http://www.thefarm.com.ph

    P.S. I’m not related in any way with The Farm.

  • Reply crazy sexy fun traveler August 12, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Amazing places and photos!

  • Reply felix s.madanas August 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    hayyyyy.na mimiss ko na ulit ang amanpulo at elnido resorts :rotfl: :-)

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    Try Amorita Resort-Bohol. We loved our stay there and it has great reviews here
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  • Reply Jay Villarmia December 31, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Thanks for Posting!!!Love it!

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  • Reply Mitch March 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    how come the Buri Resort is top 2, i think this is overated.

    • havenhunter
      Reply havenhunter March 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      hi mitch, thanks for reading. the list is random and i tried to fit in as many resort from all over the country. perhaps I’ll add up another long list that would give justice to philippine’s best beaches.

  • Reply Daryl April 6, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Is Buri beach resort at par with the other resorts in the list? Im planning to go to Galera and ive seen the resort in the web..is it really that good?? the price is way cheaper compared to the other resorts on the list..

    • havenhunter
      Reply havenhunter April 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Hi Daryl, this is a random top 10 list, I try to list down hotels in as much different locations so you guys can check as much option :)

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    do any of you know how much does it cost to have a wedding at shangri-la boaracay resort and spa? Thank you in advance.

    • havenhunter
      Reply havenhunter June 10, 2012 at 12:32 am

      Hi Cam, I suggest you email Shangri-la Boracay. You can find the contact details from their site. They offer variety of wedding packages you can choose from.

  • Reply Angel V.Francisco June 19, 2012 at 10:26 am

    try MONTEMAR BEACH CLUB in Bagac, Bataan, only 2 1/2 hour by land transport away from Manila, they have the best beach in northern part of luzon island, very private and relaxing beach resort, ideally for couple & family outing,the best beach in the Philippines.

  • Reply Christopher July 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I was in Miniloc Island Resort and Lagen Island Reosrt for 4D/3N last summer (2012). It’s a nice place and the staff are very nice and friendly. Though it looks very expensive cause it almost $500.00 per night, but it is worthy up to the last centavo you paid.

    Try to visit this place, surely you will enjoy your stay :)

  • Reply Gee August 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    This post is really cool. I’ve been to Antulang it is such a great place. I’m sharing here a link of our photos at Antulang http://prettygee.wordpress.com/photos/antulang/

  • Reply Elal Jane Lasola September 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    My Korean friend asked me for possible honeymoon destinations and found your site. Incredibly gorgeous places in the list! I’m proud to see Antulang in the list. Haha Proud Negrense. :)

  • Reply Resyl Paulino October 20, 2012 at 9:30 am

    How could Antulang resort be part of the top10. I’m here right now and their cabana literally looks like a driver’s quarter. So disappointed.

  • Reply Arthur Lee November 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Antulang, luxury resort? Do you have any standards? It is an ordinary resort with no facilities to boast. Nothing to do there. Not worth the money. I will never go back there even for free. Disappointing trip.

  • Reply Coco Beach January 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I agree, antulang should be remove from the list. There are other luxury resort out
    there that deserves the spot.

  • Reply Sashi January 19, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Wow! thanks for the list! How I wish I could go visit these places..
    Yung Bellaroco, grabe ung $$ hahaha sumakit ung batok ko nung nakita ko ung rates sa site nila. LOLs!

    • havenhunter
      Reply havenhunter February 10, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Sashi,

      yup pretty expensive, but if you are looking for some ultimate r&r and have some cash to spare then it will be worth it :)

  • Reply rodg March 26, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Antulang is nice but not luxurious enough to get on the lists… tsk tsk… remove remove. Deception this is.

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    When we go home will those places….

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