Luxury travel: The most remote resorts in the Philippines

( CNN ) Whether you’re in search of an all-inclusive luxury resort or a chilled-out beach villa, the Philippines has no shortfall of remote retreats to whisk intrepid travelers off the grid.

But you’ll wishes to get there soon .
The country’s natural beauty has caught the eye of international jet-setters and tourism has grown at a rate of 8 % per year since 2010, according to a report by Oxford Business Group .
While the cluster of resorts along Manila Bay are easy enough to find, you’ll have to work a little harder to check out these far-flung hotels .


Claiming a plot of sand on its own private island, Amanpulo is all about off-grid luxury.
The exclusive address sprawl across 89 -hectare Pamalican Island in the Sulu Sea — about an hour’s flight southwest of Manila .
The only catch? To get here, travelers must spring for a chartered flight — the 15 -seat jet lands on the island’s own private airstrip .
But, then again, if you’re staying at Amanpulo, you can probably afford it .
Upon arrival guests settle into a beautifully appointed villa, designed utilizing natural materials such as Cebu marble, coconut shell table tops and pebbled walls .
The experience includes a personal butler, private plunge pools and even personal cooks in some of the top-end villas .
Active forms, rejoice: Most days will revolve around exploring the pristine surrounds — guess jungle trekking, diving, snorkeling, cycling, turtle spotting and tennis .

Qi Palawan

For those looking for peace and quiet, Qi Palawan is about as secluded as it gets .
To access this family-run retreat, travelers must catch an hour-long flight from Manila to El Nido Airport, followed by an hour’s drive to the northeastern edge of Palawan island .
You know you’re close when the van bumps along a dirt road in the middle of nowhere .
Once there, it’s nothing but sea opinions, breezy hammocks and lush gardens .
Taking eco-conscious measures to reduce its carbon footprint, the retreat features back-to-basics luxuries such as locally stimulated soaps, an organic herb garden and open-air architecture .
There are seven bamboo villas, a yoga pavilion and an open-air restaurant helmed by one of the best cooks in Palawan .
Guests can try their hand at kiteboarding on the beach or take a day trip to nearby dive sites and remote islands .
Other highlights include a picnic lunch, snorkeling or a venture to the lush Linapacan island group, considered one of the most pristine places in the Philippines .

Tugawe Cove Resort

Hummingbirds, dense forests, limestone cliffs, waterfalls and ponds — Caramoan Island is an idyllic corner of south-central Philippines .

In the middle of it all is Tugawe Cove Resort. Built along a hillside above Lauing Bay, the elevated outpost offers panoramic views of Sombrero, Loto and Litao islands in the distance .
There’s an open-air restaurant and an infinity pond perched at the top of the hill, and a route that results down to the water .
At the beach, guests can hop into a kayak, don snorkeling gear or try their hand at paddle boarding .
The rooms’ warm wood finishes and ocean tones echo the surrounds — with options to stay in three distinct areas: by the nearby pond, along the hillside or at the very top .
Reaching Tugawe Cove Resort involves careful planning to align with the limited flight schedules .
Expect an hour-long flight from Manila to Virac, followed by a 45 -minute ride to Codon port, and a 30 -minute barge ride to the resort .


A low-key beach resort overlooking the Bohol Sea, Amarela is at home on a secluded beach on Panglao Island .
All about the carefree island lifestyle, the 31 -room retreat is a one-hour plane ride from Manila to Tagbilaran, Bohol’s capital, followed by a 30 -minute automobile transfer .
Amarela’s location is far enough away to feel remote, but close enough to offer relatively easy access to a few worthwhile attractions on Panglao island .
The main draws include the photogenic Puntod sandbar, Hinagdanan cave and lagoon, Balicasag’s colorful reefs, and pristine Alona Beach .
Keeping with the all-natural esthetics, the resort’s rooms have been designed to complement the surrounds — picture reclaimed timber, antique furniture, local art and a warm, earthy palette .

Eskaya Beach Resort& Spa

Located on Panglao Island in south-central Philippines, Eskaya Beach Resort& Spa stretches across 16 scenic hectares of rustic gardens and dramatic cliffs .
The luxury resort feels remote thanks to its position on the southernmost tip-off of Bohol, but it’s relatively easy to reaching — simply a one-hour flight south of Manila, followed by a 30 -minute drive .
Relaxed yet refined, all the thatched-roof villas feature private pools, but the hotel’s infinity pond is the pice de rsistance .
The water’s perfect tint of turquoise tricks the eye into thinking the pond spills into the ocean .
The pool may look inviting but there are plenty of other water activities at this oceanfront address — from dolphin watching to sunset cruises, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and island hopping .

Apulit Island

El Nido Resort is usually one of the first name to pop up when researching hotels in Palawan .
The string of boutique properties was one of the first luxury ventures to touch down in El Nido more than 30 years ago, when there were only a handful of modest beach bungalows in the area .
The most remote in the El Nido Resort portfolio? Apulit Island.
Situated on the eastern coast of Palawan in lesser frequented Taytay Bay, this eco-adventure spot is surrounded by enforcing limestone cliffs .
A vacation here offers an adrenaline-filled few days of diving — there’s a Japanese shipwreck simply off the coast — snorkeling, cliff jumping, rock climbing, rappelling, spelunking, snorkeling and island hopping .
Built on stilts, the 50 over-water bungalows promise unobstructed sea views and easy access to the turquoise water below .
Most travelers budget at least a week to enjoy the region, due to the lengthy journey .
Plan for a one-hour flight from Manila to El Nido, followed by a 1.5 -hour drive east, and an hour-long barge transfer .

Ticao Island Resort

Hidden away in the southeastern Bicol Region of the Philippines, Ticao Island Resort enjoys a long stretch of sand all to itself.

It’s a well-earned reward after a long journey. To reach the island outpost, expect an hourlong flight to Legazpi City from Manila, followed by a 1.5 -hour drive and a 2-hour outrigger barge ride .
Upon arrival, guests quickly settle into the laid-back island life thanks to full-board rates and nearly all-inclusive activities .
The beachfront cabanas and rustic surrounds are perfect for back-to-basics getaways — picture simply appointed thatched roof shacks, breezy decks, an open-air restaurant and uninterrupted ocean opinions .
Thanks to the manta ray and whale shark populations nearby, the address has developed a reputation for its diving class and tours .
One of the hotel’s partners is also the founder of the Manta Bowl dive site. Ideal for experienced divers, the site is like an underwater ride thanks to a current that pulls divers through the water alongside fevers of lights .
Back on land, Ticao Island Resort offers a full roster of activities, including jungle treks, horseback riding, billiards, darts and jaunts to nearby Mayon Volcano .

Atmosphere Resort& Spa

An independently owned resort, Atmosphere Resort& Spa is run by two British expats — a scuba diver and an architect — who met in the Philippines more than 15 years ago .
The husband-and-wife duo couldn’t have picked a better place — picture dark volcanic sand beaches in the shadow of Mount Talinis .
Thanks to minerals in the sand from the nearby volcano, the area’s marine life is unique and varied, attracting underwater photographers and divers from all over the world .
The address conveniently sits opposite the Apo Island Marine Sanctuary, which makes for easy snorkeling and diving jaunts .
Emphasizing health and wellness, Atmosphere arrives fully equipped with a gluten-free and vegan-friendly bakery, daily yoga classes by the beach and a secret garden-like spa where treatment pavilions are surrounded by waterfalls .
The destination is relaxing, but getting here takes some endeavor .
To reach the resort, travelers fly into Dumaguete airport — about an hour-long flight south of Manila — followed by a 40 -minute drive .

Cauayan Resort

A recently opened resort on its own outlying island — off the coast of El Nido in Palawan — Cauayan Resort aims to attract a well-heeled mob .
To reach the private island resort, travelers typically fly from Manila to El Nido, followed by a 15 -minute transfer to the port and a 30 -minute barge ride .
The stylish resort offers a mix of private villas, a few scattered around a lagoon and the rest right on the beach, where newborn whale sharks swim freely .
Each of the 24 bungalows is decked out with teak timber, king-sized beds and rain showers, while the Grand Cauayan Pool Villa features two bedrooms and a private pond .
Aside from the bamboo bungalows and some wooden steps, Cauayan Island is still an untouched tropical jungle, so expect back-to-nature experiences with bugs, birds, and unexpected animal encounters .
To construct the most of its place in scenic Bacuit Bay, the hotel runs daily island hopping jaunts, which may include stops at the aptly named Secret and Hidden beaches nearby, as well as the iconic Big and Small lagoons, accessible by kayak .

Dedon Island

This is the place for carefree island vibes and a stretch of empty sand .
Dedon Island is a remote outpost on Siargao Island in the far south of the archipelago, about a five-hour journey from Manila via Cebu, followed by a 40 -minute ride in the hotel’s jeepney bus .
The luxurious retreat offers all-inclusive rates, so you can spend your time sipping sundowners rather than counting coins .
From open-air pavilions to coconut tree groves, frangipani gardens, a concealed treehouse, romantic day beds and bird’s nest woven chairs, it seems every detail has been designed to celebrate the area’s natural beauty .
The upscale address is also a favorite among well-to-do surfing enthusiasts, thanks to its close proximity to Cloud 9 — a break in the Philippine Deep trench known for picture-perfect tubes .
Can’t balance on a board? No to fret — there’s a wide lineup of activities, including deep-sea fishing, kayaking, wakeboarding, island hopping, biking and relaxing evenings at the outdoor cinema .

Siargao Bleu Resort& Spa

A personal butler, airport transfers, poker nights, an outdoor cinema and a gorgeous pond — Siargao Bleu Resort and Spa is not a typical beach retreat .

There are 40 villas and hotel rooms — some with Jacuzzis, and all with ocean opinions .
The hotel operates tours all over the island, including journeys to the nearby rock pools, crocodile sanctuary, mangroves and even water buffalo rides at sundown .
Just a five-minute stroll to the famous Cloud 9 swell, the resort also offers a special package is targeted at experienced and aspiring surfers .
To get here? It’s a one-hour flight from Cebu to Del Carmen in Siargao, then a 45 -minute complimentary van transfer to the hotel .

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