Palawan: The Luxurious Side
Like those other famous destinations found all over the world, Palawan also has facilities that it may offer to those who have a luxurious lifestyle and enjoys travelling and having luxurious and relaxing hotel rooms while they enjoy their Palawan escapade.
Absconding from their busy daily lives in their respective cities and their respective jobs, guests come to Palawan for the tranquil and peaceful ambiance, which allows them to calm their mind and forget how harsh life can be.
Palawan Luxurious Private Islands, Resorts, and Spas
Dear citizens of the Philippines, why take long hours of flight and go out of the country to experience a luxurious yet exotic vacation when you can just go to Palawan where the “exotic” feel is already present and has comfortable luxurious resorts that could be as classy as those luxury hotels and beach resorts that you see in the movies or in lifestyle TV shows and magazines? Why go far when you already have A place that is being flocked by tourists – even celebrities – during summer just to bask in its crystalline waters and lay on its white sands?
Here are some of Palawan’s luxurious accommodations you that you could choose from!
Amanpulo is an exclusive island – a resort that is part of the Aman Resorts. This superb island – resort is found in the Pamalican Island in the Cuyo Archipelago. It is a prominent destination for high profile individuals who are looking for a totally private getaway, especially celebrities who are just tired of paparazzi following them everywhere they go just to get that one jackpot shot.
This island – the resort has luxurious villas and casitas for visitors – each having its own buggy which may be utilized by guests for their island hopping experience. It also has an airstrip where private charter airlines take off and land. The resort is accessible from Manila through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) where private charter airlines operate. The resort is serviced by the Island Aviation of the Soriano group.
The Amanpulo island – the resort was declared as a special tourism economic zone by the former President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during her time in November 2006, in pursuant to Proclamation no. 1179.
Miniloc Island Resort
Miniloc Island Resort is a luxury resort that is an ideal place for accommodation that is found in the municipality of El Nido in Palawan. This luxury island resort lets you stay right above the water for a unique experience of the island and Palawan’s famous crystalline waters. It also has a luxurious coast with limestone cliffs that serve as a background that would be your daily backdrop and will be a perfect view of Palawan’s famous sunset.
Miniloc Island Resort is designed like a coastal village and offers a wide range of tours and beach and water-activities that will surely be enjoyed by guests. Its cottages are built with local materials; its rooms have thatched roofs and hardwood floors.
Each air-conditioned room has a minibar, a wardrobe, and a vanity area in it. It also has private bathrooms that provide shower facilities and a hairdryer.
Guests may enjoy the resort’s activities which include diving, windsurfing, and Hobie Cat sailing. They also offer sunset cruises and cave, lagoon or mangrove tours. They can also enjoy the natural scenery of the island and the tropical marine biodiversity in the waters located right in front of the resort. They also serve international cuisines in their restaurant in the Miniloc Clubhouse. Guests may also arrange picnic lunches by the beach.
Miniloc Island Resort can be reached through a 75 – minute charter flight from Manila to El Nido Airport and then a free transportation is provided from the airport to the island which takes a 40 – minute boat ride.
Apulit Island Resort
Apulit Island Resort is privately located at a cove, 30 minutes away from Isla Blanca via boat ride. Its cottages are somewhat similar to that of Miniloc Island Resort – water cottages. Each cottage is made out of stilts and guests may be able to have a view of the Taytay Bay. Its unique cottages are designed based upon the traditional Filipino decorations and features. Each room is fitted with a minibar and a telephone. The bathroom comes with toiletries and a hairdryer which makes it less hassle for guests to bring much stuff with them during their vacation.
Apulit Island Resort is not just a place for tranquillity and relaxation but it also has fun activities for the guests to enjoy such as watersports and rappelling. The resort has watersports facilities that are available to their guests while for those who look for adventure, a 60-meter limestone cliff is all ready to rappel from. Guests will be able to enjoy various sceneries in the area while enjoying the fresh, natural ambiance which strengthens and emphasized by the trees that are in the area.
Two Seasons Coron Island Resort and Spa
Coron has begun garnering attention as well due to its wonderful sceneries and the richness of the biodiversity bit on its forests and in its crystal clear waters. This destination has grown famous to elites since it is not fully developed yet, unlike that of El Nido, and they can get the privacy and isolation that they want.
Two Seasons Coron Island Resort and Spa is a luxurious five – star beachfront establishment that is found in the Municipality of Coron in Palawan. It has luxurious bungalows, a restaurant, and a wide variety of recreational facilities that are available for the guests to utilize.
Their stylish bungalows are air-conditioned and come with elegant modern interiors and warm lighting. All cottages have private balconies, sofa seating area, and a flat-screen cable TV. A bathtub and other shower facilities are also provided and may be found in the en-suite bathroom.
This resort offers various activities that guests may enjoy while checked in to the resort such as windsurfing, banana boat riding, and diving trips. Other recreational choices include playing a game of billiards or indulging yourself with a massage at the spa. A perfect place for relaxation indeed.
If you are a nature lover, you would very much appreciate this eco – friendly resort that also serves as a clam and a turtle sanctuary.
Huma Island Resort and Spa
The Huma Island Resort and Spa is a five – star island resort that makes resort – style living meet the contemporary comforts. It is surrounded by turquoise crystal clear waters that are rich with marine biodiversity. This island features luxurious thatched-roof villas with high – ceiling bamboo designs, exclusive sundecks, and sweeping views of the Pacific.
The villa’s elegant living area is perfectly complemented by the contemporary furnishing that is complete with a spacious bathroom that encompasses separate shower area and toilet area. Another plus factor is the outdoor hot tub which may be utilized by guests when they feel like enjoying good views of the sunrise and the sunset.
Kapuruan Spa is located in the area and is where guests could relax and have a body massage to take the stress of their busy lives away. It has a unique glass floor design where rejuvenating spa treatments may be enjoyed by guests as they look at the view underneath the establishment which is expected to help them relax some more.
Revitalize your senses with various Asian spa treatments that are being offered at the spa. You may also opt to try their exotic yet relaxing Turkish bath.
And of course, vacations can never be complete without food. Let your palates decide as you go through the seven dining options found on the island. Some of these options are; Rudi’s Wine and Cheese Bar, Al Fairuz – a Lebanese restaurant, and the Al Dente – an Italian restaurant where you can experience an “over – water” fine dining. There are just some of the options that would definitely cater to every taste bud.
And just like any Palawan getaway and any resort in Palawan, Huma Island Resort and Spa also has diving activities at the resort which is surrounded with nothing but the water that is full of colorful and wondrous marine life.
Want an island that you can rent all for yourself but still want to be pampered by the staff and still be able to have a great time with nature? Ariara Island is the best place to be! Ariara Island has an untouched beauty that would definitely make you exclaim “This is Paradise!”.
Ariara Island is a private island that you may rent all for yourself or for your family or another half. You will have the island’s staff to attend to you during your stay to assure that the guests will be able to relax and be pampered during their vacation in the Ariara Island and for you to have an exclusive yet luxurious and relaxing stay.
Due to its remote location, this part of Palawan is totally untouched by any pollutants, development (aside from the accommodation facilities), and tourism. Ariara and its surrounding waters are a sanctuary for an enormous diversity of wildlife both those found on land and under the sea.
Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa
Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa can most probably be considered as one of the oldest yet a beautiful luxurious place to stay when in Palawan while guests enjoy its eye-candies. If you are the type who is very interested in communing with wildlife, Dos Palmas is the perfect place for you. It serves as home to 300 species of corals, crustaceans, mollusks, and reef fishes. Guests are also encouraged to try birdwatching and see 95 species of birds as they wander the skies and land on branches of trees. You may also opt to watch the sea turtles as they crawl their way to the shore and feed.
Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa is a 20-hectare private island that is nestled in the tropical waters of Palawan’s Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa. The area has a very rich marine ecosystem with hectares of mangroves and forest found in its south and kilometers of beautiful coral reefs surrounding the island.
Guests may enjoy a wide range of activities such as Ocean Kayaks, Snorkelling, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Soccer, Badminton, Tennis, Billiards, the Kids’ Playground, and even board games. A home away from home, don’t you think?
El Rio Y Mar Resort
El Rio Y Mar Resort is a getaway where every room can provide a perfect view for the guest, at the shore, you will immediately notice how it contrasts with the lush trees that serve as its background, making it more appealing to the eyes especially to those who enjoy taking pictures.
All of El Rio Y Mar’s rooms are located on the beach front. Each room comes with a refrigerator, a mini bar, and a veranda with a bayfront. All rooms have a private bathroom with hot shower. Guests can arrange for dive trips at the dive center or enjoy the sunset at the infinity pool. There is also a sports house, gift shop, and a meeting room for the guests to utilize during their stay. To secure the health and the immediate action for emergencies in the resort, El Rio Y Mar has a clinic in it with an in-house doctor to look after the guests.
To get here, it would take about an hour from the Municipality of Busuanga’s Airport. The resort’s main features are the infinity pool, spa, and a diving centre.
Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa
Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa is located right at the heart of the City of Puerto Princesa. Guests can explore and enjoy the sceneries and activities that the town has to offer. Guests will also get the chance to learn more about the culture, heritage, and history of Palawan as they go to some landmarks in town – especially the historical sites.
It boasts a huge outdoor pool and rooms, suites, and villas that have free WiFi. They also have a fitness center which would be a great haven for those who are really conscious when it comes to their built and their daily gym routine. They also have two restaurants and on-site water sports facilities for the guests to enjoy.
Each room, suite, and the villa has a flat-screen cable TV, a safe seating area and minibar, private bathrooms which has a shower and free toiletries. Complimentary bottled water is also available. A welcome drink is served to guests upon their arrival at the resort which has its own tour desk. Free private parking is also provided.
Local and international cuisines are served in Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa. So just let your cravings choose for you!
Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa
If what you’re after is to explore one of the New 7 Wonders of the World here in Palawan which is the Underground River, the Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa is definitely the place for you to stay. Sheridan is the closest resort to stay at when your goal is the Underground River. After you’re done exploring, you can just head back to Sheridan and enjoy the facilities and activities of the resort.
It only takes a 20 – minute boat rides to and from Sheridan to the Underground River. Sheridan enjoys a quiet location along the Sabang beach in the northern part of Puerto Princesa. For those who just got back from their exploration, you may pamper yourselves in the spa and get a massage or take a swim in their outdoor swimming pool and enjoy with the water.
All the rooms in this resort come with a private balcony from which some enjoy pool, garden or mountain views. These rooms are air-conditioned and are spacious. They have flat-screen TVs, a personal safe, and a mini bar. The en-suite bathrooms come with either a bathtub or a shower.
Sheridan offers fun and exciting activities that will be enjoyed by guests such as; ATV, jungle trails, and mangrove paddling which can all be arranged on the front desk. For those who want to experience their Spa, the relaxing massage can be enjoyed at the Sheridan Nature Spa. A fitness center and water sports equipment are also available for the guests to use.
There are also restaurants around the area where you can taste local dishes.
Astoria Resort in Palawan
Astoria Resort is built around a mango orchard and features the same service and amenities that are associated with the Astoria brand. It is very eco – friendly and it keeps the “naturalness” of its location intact, untouched, and unharmed.
This resort is a luxury beach resort that is located in Barangay San Rafael in Puerto Princesa City, right on the shores of the jaw-dropping, picturesque, Honda Bay.
Palawan: A Place that Makes Celebrities Fall in Love
Sometimes, even the most famous celebrities need to take a break, everybody does! Right? And in the past years, Palawan has become one of the many options famous individuals consider for that short worthwhile vacation. Palawan has had its fair share of a visit from celebrities not only here in the Philippines but even those who are big in Hollywood! Yes, you read it right, Hollywood.
Here are some of the biggest celebrities who have gone to Palawan.
Daughter of former beauty queen Ms. Gloria Diaz, Isabelle Daza, an actress, TV host, print/ ramp/ commercial model, have gone to Palawan and told in an interview that Palawan is definitely her favorite summer spot. She even took to Instagram how much she loves being in the “Best Island in the World”, posting a photo captioned: Just what I needed for the weekend. Love how quiet it is here in Palawan.
Filipino actress and beauty pageant titleholder Bianca Manalo recently spent her summer at Amanpulo in Palawan. She shared in her Instagram account a photo of her in a two-piece swimsuit with big smiles that show how much fun she had in Palawan.
Similar to Bianca Manalo, Filipino – Australian actress, TV host, recording artist, VJ, and print/commercial model Anne Curtis also spent her short vacation in Amanpulo Palawan during this year’s summer with her boyfriend Erwan Heusaff. ON her Instagram, Anne posted photos of her while she is enjoying the crystalline waters of Palawan during her stay at the luxurious Amanpulo.
International Celebrities & Hollywood Stars
Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz
The main casts of the Hollywood film Bourne Legacy made news when they decided to shoot many of the remaining scenes for the film in the Philippines. In the last shot, a short glimpse showed the characters being played by Jeremy and Rachel enjoying the serene and calm water of Palawan while riding a boat.
In an interview, Weisz likened Palawan to Emerald City, a fictional town where the capital city of the Land of Oz may be found. According to the interview, Weisz said: Palawan is more like the Emerald City. It’s like a fantasy. Maybe it’s real to you but for me, it looked like a fantasy place.
Jeremy Renner on the other hand, also expressed how amazed he is of Palawan: It is one of the most beautiful islands I’ve ever seen…It’s gorgeous!
Shay Mitchell is one of the main casts of the famous series Pretty Little Liars. In 2013, Mitchell spent her much – deserved the vacation in the islands of Palawan. In one of her posts on her Tumblr account, she said: Fantastic vistas, incredible food, luxurious accommodations, and staff who are warm, professional and would cater to your every wish. In a word, “paradise”.
Troian Bellisario is also part of the cast of Pretty Little Liars and was spotted in Palawan years back along with her equally gorgeous beau Patrick Adams. They had to promote their series at that time and decided to visit Palawan and catch a glimpse of its crystal clear waters and its fine white sands.
Due to the secrecy of the said trip, Troian did not name Palawan in any of her posts but her beau posted: Not leaving. Not ever.
Another Pretty Little Liars star is Lucy Hale who has come to the Best Island in the World. According to some interviews, Hale was very fascinated by the island that she cannot wait to come back. Its tranquil ambiance was also a big plus for Hale.
Even these Pretty Little Liars cannot lie about the beauty laid upon them by the island of Palawan!
Yes, the world’s richest man, American business magnate, inventor, philanthropist, and the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates went to Palawan together with his wife Melinda Gates and two of their three kids. Gates went for a brief vacation in Palawan and stayed at Amanpulo Resort and wanted to check out an island in El Nido that he wanted to invest in. Gates only spent three days in Palawan and then flew back to Manila to check on some matters.
Aside from this prominent people, celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, Mariah Carey, and Michael Jackson were also reported to have visited the province but their accommodations were not revealed due to the secrecy of the resorts, following the wishes of their guests.
Now how did these prominent people got to Palawan and into the islands that they visited and stayed at without causing a stampede? Charter Planes! Yes, now, charter planes can take VIPs from the airport directly to the island where they have reservations! How to get a charter plane? Easy! Contact us and we will do for you or else you can contact directly Ninoy Aquino International Airport where charter planes are already present. With this feature, there will be a good assurance for the VIP that he, she, or they will be safe during their unwinding, that they will have a peaceful, tranquil vacation and they can, AT LAST, have privacy – especially the entrepreneurs and celebrities who always seem to have paparazzi everywhere they go, and people shrieking when seeing them, you know, fans.
Palawan is a good place for high profile individuals especially if you want that quiet, pollution-free vicinity that is close to nature. What are you waiting for? Come and visit Palawan!