Occupying a sublime private island in the Sulu Sea for over 20 years, Amanpulo is a breathtaking slice of the Philippines. Only 500m wide by 5km long, Pamalican is part of the Quiniluban Group of Cuyo Islands, and to get here guests arrive on the resort’s own airstrip by private plane. Once here, get around by your own buggy, flitting between the beaches and lush pathways.
Picture-window views of the lush treetops are manna for the soul, as you unwind in the renowned spa at Amanpulo. Located on a hillside, it features a range of treatments from maincures, pedicures and hair services to massages, aromatic baths and more. A pilates studio, gym, steam rooms, cold plunge pools and outdoor spaces for soaking up the tranquility are all reasons to pay a visit.
The resort’s 40 twin-roofed bungalows known as “casitas” feature Cebu marble bathrooms with twin vanities, and are based on traditional dwellings. Pebblewashed walls, rustic woven furniture and coconut-shell tables are all design elements that reflect the local environment. Some are set within the swathe of trees and plantings along the beachfront and some higher up. You can rent villas too, with private swimming pools and housekeepers.
Satisfy your passion for fishing with snapper and grouper among your prey – and a 25ft centre-console game boat ready and waiting for you. Scuba-diving with certified instructors, excellent windsurfing opportunities and sailing on catamarans will help you explore the abundant coral reefs and turquoise waters. Four floodlit tennis courts and a 30m pool will keep you active too. Boutiques selling local crafts, jewellery and antiques are great for souvenirs.
Dine in style at the Clubhouse which unfolds onto a terrace that overlooks the sea and Manamoc Island. The menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner feature Asian and Continental dishes. Vietnamese, Spanish and seafood are specialities of the numerous other dining options, and pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven are served for lazy lunches in the Picnic Grove.