Find out where the best beach resorts are in the Philippines. Aside from Palawan, which island and beach destinations in the country have the most stunning resorts? What's so special about them that make them worth the trip? Read on to learn more.
Home to more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines has no shortage of beautiful and pristine beaches. This means that resorts and hotels are also aplenty. With tons of choices, it is sometimes hard to choose where to spend your holidays.
For some people, they would rather spend their money on trips and experiences rather than a place to sleep. But for others, a vacation is not complete without a luxurious resort to spend your downtime with.
No matter what you choose, it is important that you spend your holiday in a place where you can enjoy it. After all, it’s a vacation and you should at least treat yourself once in a while for a more comfortable stay.
We compiled the list of the most beautiful resorts in the Philippines to help you decide where your relaxing getaway should be.
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Bohol Beach Club is famous for its private beach with powdery white sand lined up with palm trees and well-manicured grounds. Located in Panglao Island of Bohol, it's a picture-perfect tropical destination. They also have an outdoor pool surrounded by the garden which feels like an oasis more than anything else.
The resort offers 88 rooms with 80 deluxe rooms with a panoramic view of the ocean and the pool while the 8 Beach view Suites have their own unique view of the beach and the Bohol Sea. Rooms are all modern although with a touch of traditional Filipino style with the use of local handicrafts and wooden furniture.
Bohol Beach Club is also a good home base if you're going to try Bohol experiences such as snorkeling and diving. The resort is also pet-friendly and easy access friendly for people with special needs.
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One of the most amazing resorts in Cebu, Plantation Bay is a tropical paradise that has one of the biggest privately-owned lagoons.
They offer spacious colonial-style rooms and villas that can accommodate even big families. They also have well-manicured grounds and excellent amenities such as award-winning restaurants, spa, pools, and scuba diving.
The resort has easy access to the beach as well and offers several activities such as jet ski and banana boat ride. Plantation Bay is a popular beach resort for travelers who love to try Cebu activities while staying at a kid-friendly resort.
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Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa is a 5-star eco-friendly resort in Coron, Palawan. This resort is located in Bulalacao Island and offers 42 bungalows with a mix of tropical urban designs. They also offer a spa, infinity pool, bar and restaurant, sports center, fitness center, kids center, conference room, and a library.
It is also a 100 percent self-sustaining island resort and has its own desalination plant and uses solar panels to power the resort. Its location gives you the best homebase for availing Coron tour packages.
Two Seasons is also nestled in a lush tropical garden and the island is a turtle and giant clam sanctuary. So if you want to experience nature, this hotel is up to your alley. You can also enjoy the private beach, the sandbar, and a vibrant house reef.
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Another pride of El Nido in Palawan is Miniloc Island Resort, an eco-discovery island resort. It offers guests a coastal village vibe with its native designed water and beachfront cottages. They also offer complimentary activities such as volleyball, table tennis, badminton, frisbee, soccer, billiards and kids activities.
Miniloc Island is also close to Bacuit Bay which makes popular attractions included in El Nido tours such as the lagoons accessible. The island has a house reef with varieties of marine species so swimming with fishes meters away from your accommodation is not a bad idea.
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Balesin Island Club in Quezon has been the talk of the town for the past few years. This resort island club is known for being exclusive and you can’t simply stay here even if you have the money.
Balesin Island Club is the first members-only resort in the country with seven villages patterned after some of the most alluring destinations around the world. These seven villages consist of Bali, Phuket, Mykonos, St. Tropez, Costa del Sol, and Toscana.
Everything is authentically recreated for each village - from the architecture, landscaping, interior design, and food. So it feels like you are visiting these world-class destinations in one location.
Balesin is 500-hectare tropical paradise located 60 nautical miles east of Manila and members can access it via 25 minutes plane ride from Manila.
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Nay Palad Hideaway (formerly Dedon Island Resort) is a luxury boutique accommodation in Siargao. It nestles between the forests and turquoise waters of Siargao. The resort has nine thatched villas with traditional Asian style mixed with contemporary designs.
They offer an outdoor bar, pools, children’s playground and quirky hanging pods around the property. You can relax to their manicured gardens with comfortable and stylish couches scattered around the property. It's a great place to relax to after a tiring but fun day of Siargao tours.
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Apulit is an eco-adventure island resort and it’s located in Taytay Bay in North-eastern Palawan. Known for its over-the-water cottages, this Philippine resort is set to one of the most amazing seascapes in El Nido.
They have 50 water cottages that combine the traditional Filipino architecture with contemporary design. All cottages are built on stilts with an amazing view of Taytay Bay, surrounding islets and limestone cliffs.
Even if Apulit is in the remote part of Palawan and surrounded by nothing but nature, the resort offers several activities to keep the guests entertained. They offer several sports facilities for volleyball, soccer, billiards, badminton, table tennis, and frisbee, as well as other popular outdoor activities such as scavenger hunt and sand sculpture making.
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A 5-hectare tropical getaway sitting on Cagraray Island in Albay, Misibis Bay is a beautiful and luxurious resort hiding in Bicol region. They offer rooms and beach-front facing private villas in traditional local designs with modern amenities.
If you get lucky, you might be welcomed by a traditional Ibalong dance, solidifying Filipino culture and aims to express warmth and goodwill to people.
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Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa in Bohol is the only Philippine resort included in the prestigious Small Luxury Hotel group and Rolls Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Yearbook - a book that features best luxury hotels and resorts in the world. This sums up the level of service and the beauty of the resort.
Located on the coast facing Bohol sea, Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa offers an infinity pool, private villas, and a top-notch spa that sits on the top of a hill overlooking the sea. Private airport transfer and free use of a golf car, kayak and mountain bike are also included in the rates.
Activities around the resort include diving and snorkeling and just enjoying one of the best beaches in the Visayas. Make sure to add some Bohol activities to add to your travel itinerary.
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Amanpulo is a private island resort in Palawan, a province famous for its beautiful islets, emerald green waters, limestone cliffs, and amazing seascape. It is partially owned by Aman Resorts International - a luxury hotel group. So you can expect nothing but a luxurious off-grid vacation that is often associated with most Palawan tours.
Accessible only through a chartered or private plane, this private island boasts luxurious casitas and private villas. These casitas and villas were built using natural and mostly local materials. The experience also includes a private butler for the duration of your stay and a private pool. Some villas even have their own personal chef.
For guests who want to remain physically fit even while on vacation can enjoy the tennis courts and free bicycles. And if one loves nature, Amanpulo is located in an island rich in indigenous faunas and birds - proof that Amanpulo is one of the best resorts in the Philippines.
With more than 7000 islands in the Philippines, there are endless beach resorts that you can discover as you explore the country. If you're an island lover, research island hopping tours that you can add to your itinerary.