The Philippines is a tropical paradise made up of 7,641 islands, many of which are readily accessible to anyone looking for a place to ward off the heat of the summer sun. While these islands and beaches draw the crowds, there are also exclusive island resorts (some of which only accessible through a private jet!) that have attracted the attention of both local and foreign tourists.
Guests can take a dip in one of the many swimming pools of the Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa.
Image: Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa
Starting off the list is Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa in Marinduque, which is known as the heart of the Philippines due to its location in the archipelago. This Greek-inspired resort is located on an island that features hills, valleys, and seaside cliffs. It is accessible through boats, yachts, and private helicopters and it offers facilities for both thrill seekers and laidback guests.
The activities offered by the resort for its guests include hiking, windsurfing, kayaking, and hobie cat sailing, among others. Guests can also take a dip in the different swimming pools at the resort.
5. El Nido Resorts
Where:El Nido, Palawan
The hills of Apulit Island serve as a magnificent backdrop for the water cottages of the resort.
Each island resort offers a tranquil place where guests can experience peace and serenity amid the beauty of nature at its best. They take care of the thriving environment with the aim of preserving nature for the benefit of their guests. Here, guests have many options on how they can spend their time as they can also go hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
4. Dedon Island Siargao
Where:Siargao Island, Brgy. Malinao, General Luna, Surigao Del Norte
A relaxing view of the horizon awaits guests at Dedon Island Siargao.
Image: Nay Palad
After having your fill of adrenaline catching the waves at Cloud 9, you can catch your breath amid a serene environment at Dedon Island Siargao. Located in the southeastern part of Siargao, the resort is a place where you can rejuvenate and be one with nature.
Nestled safely between a white sand beach and a mangrove forest, the resort is an ideal place for people looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, even for just a few days. Guests can explore the mangrove forest, walk on the beach at low tide, go snorkeling, or get a relaxing massage in the comfort of their villa.
3. Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort
Where:Sumilon, Oslob, Cebu
Guests can go glamping by the beach at Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort.
Image: Bluewater Sumilon
Swimming with the whale sharks is not the only thing you can do while you are in Oslob, Cebu. The town is also home to an exclusive island resort that is considered as among the best-kept secrets of the province. Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort is a 24-hectare property that is home to the first marine protected area in the country. Guests at the resort can go snorkeling, trekking, swimming, and even explore caves.
One of the main features of the resort is the Amuma Spa. The Visayan word “amuma” refers to indulging in every attention, care, and comfort. Amuma Spa blends services offered by a spa with modern and ancient therapies from different cultures in the world.
Even the entrance to the beach club at Amanpulo gives a picturesque view.
Amanpulo Luxury Resort in Pamalican Island comes in second place. This luxurious island retreat is located in the Cuyo Archipelago in Palawan. The crystal clear waters and pure white sand beaches of the resort earned it the distinction of being among the most beautiful island resorts in the world.
Tied with Amanpulo on the list is the “Beach Capital of the Philippines,” Boracay. The white sugary beaches of Boracay made it one of the most popular tropical paradises in Asia. Guests can take part in a host of activities offered by the different resorts on the island, including banana boat riding, fly fishing, helmet diving, and island hopping, among others. However, the island is closed from April 26 to October 26, 2018 for rehabilitation.
1. Balesin Island Club
Where:Balesin Island, Polillo, Quezon
It’s hard to have “just another vacation” in Balesin.
Image: Balesin Island Club
On the top of the list is a 500-hectare tropical island paradise located off the eastern coast of Luzon, Balesin Island Club. This exotic island destination has a 7.3-kilometer long white sand beach that can rival the best the world has to offer. The flagship project of Alphaland is a members-only leisure getaway that offers a host of activities for its guests, including fishing, horseback riding, and trekking, among others.
It features a marine sanctuary that is home to numerous underwater species like the coral fish, parrot fish, mahi mahi (dolphinfish), grouper, deep sea crabs, and yellowfin tuna. The resort is the only Philippine island resort to receive an award from the UNWTO for innovative tourism and sustainability.
These island resorts in the Philippines are definitely worth the money. Which island destination are you planning to visit for the summer? Let us know in the comment section!
About Peter Parcon
After leaving spending 16 years of his professional life in the academe, Peter decided to try his luck in the world of online freelancing. For the past eight years, he has been creating content for clients all around the world. He can work on just about any topic - from tattoos to technology and food to finance. He dreams of visiting every island in the archipelago some day.
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