Amanpulo is an exquisite private retreat spread out over an 85 hectare island in the middle of Palawan Province. It is a barefoot flat sand islet, almost Maldives-esque, encircled by the most powdery white soft sand and turquoise blue lagoon you can imagine. The snorkelling, straight off the beach, is sublime and turtles nest in the waters just off the shoreline. This is THE PLACE for water lovers as you are simply surrounded by it at its crystal clear best. Of course it is perfect for lovers of space, relaxation and indulgence to, with every need catered for, luxury in its most simple natural form. This island is about being at one with nature and doesn’t need the bells and whistles of many five star resorts to make you feel you’ve landed in heaven. The décor here is simple and stylish with local timbers and natural stones blending with the environment, immaculate and discreet service and a delicious choice of food.
The 42 identical Casitas are spread over the island, all very private and each with its own golf buggy to get around. The Treetop Casitas are hidden away within the natural bush, whilst the Hillside Casitas have views out to the ocean. Beachside Casitas are our favourite with direct access to their own stretch of beach right in front but slightly hidden by the natural foliage. For those looking for privacy, views and their own pool the Treetop Casita with Pool is tucked away in its own little heaven, and the Deluxe Hillside Casita has the best views of the whole island. Each Casita accommodates up to two adults and two children and for larger groups there are a number of Beachside One, Two and Three Bedroom Villas with their own pools. The Casitas themselves are spacious and elegant with simple furnishings, a wide use of local wood and one thing that really stood out to us was the beautiful lighting hidden behind mother of pearl tiles. Very discreetly hidden in draws and cupboards you’ll find little touches of comfort like coffee makers, international plug sockets and chargers and at night time local treats are left in the room. You really will feel very spoilt here.
Located by the pool, the main clubhouse serves Filipino and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner and make sure you drop by in the afternoon for daily Filipino afternoon tea treats. The Beach Club is the perfect spot for enjoying a sundowner right behind the beach, serving traditional Spanish cuisine and fresh seafood. On the opposite side of the island the Lagoon Club is open for dinner on the beach with modern grills. Our favourite corner of the resort is the little beach shack called the Picnic Grove, serving up wood fired pizzas and salads right on the sand behind the beach – perfect for a light lunch. Private beach barbeques are one of the most popular activities at the resort or for something special dine in the floating ‘Kawaya Bar’ a thatched raft set up for private dining – utterly romantic.
Complimentary activities include swimming, board sports, sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling and twice-daily fish-feeding. Guests can pay extra for fishing, diving, private cruises to nearby islands or a sand bar visit. On land, the Sulu Spa has inspiring views of the island and a number of Filipino and Asian therapies to help you unwind. Daily yoga and gym sessions are available, as is tennis.
Amanpulo is accessed by a 70 minute flight from their private hanger in Manila. Flights leave Manila at 1pm and 4pm and return at 9.30am and 2.30pm. These schedules work well with international flights from Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific or Singapore with Singapore Airlines making it an ideal twin centre with a stopover in Hong Kong or Singapore.
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