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LIST: 6 luxurious resorts in the Philippines that are worth the splurge

By Camille Santiago Published May 30, 2022 9:41 pm Updated May 31, 2022 10:10 am

It’s a widely known fact that the Philippines is a favorite destination among those who want to enjoy the sun and blue waters. With its soft white sand, majestic views of the ocean, serene turquoise waters, and amazing marine life, it’s a no-brainer why many people love the Philippines.

While we do love our nearby beaches, for some of us, staying in a luxurious resort with world-class amenities, superb service, and sumptuous high quality food is the dream.

If you feel like you need to disconnect and deserve some pampering, then look into booking a stay at any of these world-class resorts in the Philippines. Even though they put a dent on our pockets, the experience is like no other.

Ariara

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Ever dreamed of living alone in an island? (Or fine, maybe with your relatives and friends, too.) At Ariara, it can happen. The island be exclusively yours—all 125 acres of it!

Owned by British couple Charlie and Carrie McCulloch, the private property is an ultimate luxurious retreat fully staffed with a European manager and PADI instructor, family chefs, and a team of up to 30 staff members. 

They offer exclusive island rentals for guests who wish to get away—literally—from it all. The Short Term Rental package starts from $33,000 (P1,726,000) for a minimum stay of 7 nights for groups of 2-19 adults, or up to 25 guests including children. Wish to stay longer? Their Long Term Rental package (price available upon request) allows you to stay up to a year on the island. Groups of 2-8 resident guests are allowed, while extra guests can also be arranged. 

Amanpulo (Palawan)

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It seems like lately everyone's been talking about Amanpulo—there's Pia Wurtzbach's engagement with Jeremy Jauncey, theres the viral P750 banana turon, and even a rumored victory party. But what is it about this Aman property that makes it so special? Its impeccable service and unwavering luxury. 

Located in Pamilican Island, Amanpulo is a tropical beach paradise surrounded by crystal clear waters, pure white sand, and coral reefs. A night's stay can go from $1,300 (P68,000) to $7,700 (P402,929) per night. If money is no object, go here.

Banwa Private Island (Palawan)

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In case you didn't know, the most expensive private resort in the world is found in the Philippines. With a price tag of P5,000,000 per night, you can rent the whole 15 acres of Banwa Private Island located in Palawan.

It features six beachfront villas each equipped with private infinity pools and jacuzzi. It's also all-inclusive (except for airfare) and has a full staff of chefs. Our favorite? You can get unlimited spa treatments during your stay! The whole island can accommodate up to 48 people, so if you and your whole clan are looking for a getaway, this should be it.

El Nido Resorts (Palawan)

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Eskaya Resort (Panglao, Bohol)

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Whether you're planning on spending the entire summer by the ocean, touring the magnificent natural wonders of the Philippines, or finally getting into diving, Panglao, Bohol is the place to be.

While you're at it, why don't you stay in Panglao's most expensive resort in the island, Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa? The resort is named after the indigenous people of Bohol and prides itself on personalized experiences for guests.

Their thatched-roof villas go for as low as P31,000 per night (Deluxe Villa), while their more luxurious villas can go up to P192,000 (Presidential Infinity Villa). All feature a private pool and Whirlpool Bath Tub, while the Presidential villa includes a swimming pool with spa pool and deck, and a butler's house.

Vacation packages are also being offered at Eskaya, all with a minimum of 4 day-3 night stay, starting at $1,300 (P68,000).

Nay Palad Hideaway (Siargao)

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Aside from its world-class waves and scenic location, Siargao is also home to several beautiful resorts including Nay Palad Hideaway (formerly Dedon Island Resort). Nay Palad Hideaway is located within a mangrove forest, and within reach of underground caves, beaches, and the famous Cloud 9. 

The resort houses 10 villas, a spa, fitness gym, yoga area, and an infinity pool. Aside from the usual water sport activities, you may join the resort's resident chef for a cooking class, take a chauffeured tour of the island, or go island-hopping.

The rates of their villas can go from $695 (P36,000) to $1,775 (P92,883) during low season.