The top five luxury hotels & resorts in the Philippines
For many of us, the ultimate fantasy holiday would involve flying to a lush tropical island, staying at an exclusive luxury resort, raising ourselves from our hammocks long enough to indulge in a spot of massage, and indulging in the finest cuisine.
Add in white sandy beaches, a plethora of watersports and stunning sunrises and sunsets enjoyed from beachfront villas and there are all your boxes ticked!
Visitors to the Philippines can also enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the reefs, island hopping through clear turquoise waters and the world famous hospitality and friendliness of the local people.
Like the sound of it? Then read on to find out some top places to relax and enjoy!
Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa
This sprawling luxury resort on Panglao Island overlooks it’s own private beach and comprises 17 luxury thatched villas each with private terraces and pools.
Individually designed, the villas range in size from the intimate yet spacious Infinity for 2 guests through to the Presidential which can accommodate up to 6 guests and offers an included Butler Service.
Set in lush tropical gardens, the resort is the perfect place to unwind, and has several outdoor pools and a swim up bar. Watersports can be organised through the resort and include kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving.
For the ultimate indulgence you could amble up to the hilltop Handuraw spa and indulge in a treatment or three, or recline on the Sea View Deck sipping cocktails as the sun sets over the ocean!
Whether you are enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the Lantawan restaurant or dining al fresco on the beach you can be assured of delicious local produce, prepared and presented with a flourish.
Impeccable service is an important part of the ethos at Eskaya and the staff will go out of their way to accommodate any special requests and will help to make any special occassions more memorable.
Amanpulo Luxury Resort
For a complete getaway, this retreat on Pamalican island is hard to beat. It can only be accessed by private plane from Manila and the hour long flight takes you to the resort’s own runway.
Choose from beachfront, treetop or hillside casitas (looosely modelled on native dwellings) or opt for one of the luxury beachfront villas which each have their own pool.
Dining options include the Clubhouse which features locally caught seafood enhanced by organic produce grown in the resort’s own garden.
Popular activities include nature walks amongst the lush greenery, windsurfing and snorkelling trips to see the local turtles and other sealife.
Dedon Island Resort
If you prefer a smaller resort, then head to the southern tip of Siargao Island and book into this little sanctuary. With only 9 rooms, it has the feeling of a private retreat and has a laid back vibe which ties in with local surf culture.
Highlights at the all inclusive resort include interactive cooking and baking demos, private yoga and meditation classes and a chance to explore the local waterways by canoe or paddle board.
Guests can take to their bikes to explore the local port of Dapa or the vibrant town of General Luna with it’s colourful markets and cafes.
Shangri-la Boracay Resort
Boracay island is the setting for this exclusive resort, tucked away in a private setting and overlooking white sandy beaches.
Each of the 219 guestrooms and villas have private balconies whilst the modern and luxurious Seaview Suites all have their own pools and are only a few feet away from the ocean.
Facilities include the CHI spa which specialises in Himalayan and Chinese treatments, a tennis court, four restaurants, two bars, a selection of shops and a small business area and laundry service.
Activities include parasailing and deep sea diving and guests can hire a paraw (a local sailboat) to explore the different beaches of Boracay or neighbouring islands, or even enjoy a sunset cruise.
Crimson Resort and Spa
Finally, if you are looking for a family friendly holiday , then head to the island of Mactan. Situated on a private beach, the resort is just a 20 minute drive from the airport and offers 250 guestrooms and 40 luxury villas.
Children are well catered for with a free childrens club and dedicated pool. There are also several play areas and babysitting and childcare is easily arranged.
There are four restaurants on site including the Azure Beach Club, and water sports on offer include jet ski hire with an instructor, banana boat rides and snorkelling trips.