So you have worked tremendously hard in the past few years and decided to pull out your hard-earned cash to treat yourself and your significant other to a vacation that you won't forget. In spite pooling your savings together, you still cannot afford a week in Maldives or in the posh enclave of luxurious resorts in Dubai or Santorini. So you decided to head over to the Philippines. But why not? They have great resorts, and for half of what you will pay for in Maldives or Seychelles, you get the same excellent view and service.
So if you're loaded with cash and want to experience the most luxurious resorts in the Philippines, these are the five places that you should choose from.
1. Shangri-la in Boracay
Rates/night: $300 to $1300
How to get there: Direct flights to Boracay from Manila are available, then once in Boracay, you need to ride a van that brings you to a port. On the port, you will be brought to the island itself.
Shangri-la is a worldwide brand, so you already know you're receiving luxury. Add the fact that this location is in Boracay - the premiere beach destination in the Philippines. But wait, it's not located near the crowded Boracay area, it's enclosed by a forest facing the sea, so you know you're in for a really relaxing time.
- Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa
- Yapak Island, 5608 Malay, Aklan, Philippines
- +63 36 288 4988
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2. Aman Resort in Amanpulo
Rates/night: $800 and up
How to get there: The island is exclusive that they have their own chartered flights from Manila, directly landing on their own strip.
It's fancy and it's exclusive. It's considered to be the most expensive resort to stay in the Philippines because of it's exclusivity and the guests who go there are usually local and foreign celebrities, prominent people in the country, etc.
3. Miniloc Island Resort in El Nido, Palawan
Rates/night: $500 and up, but full board
Where: El Nido, Palawan
How to get there: Take a plane from Manila to El Nido. There are boat transfers from El Nido to Miniloc Island.
Palawan is one of the country's jewels. If you want to be closer to nature, this is where you need to go. It has the beach, the gorgeous lakes and rivers, and the wonderful snorkeling and scuba diving areas.
- El Nido Miniloc Island Resort
- Miniloc Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
4. Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa in Panglao Island
Rates/night: $523 to $3,263
Where: Panglao Island, Bohol
How to get there: Take a direct flight from Manila to Cebu and from Cebu, take a boat to Tagbilaran port. From Tagbilaran port, take a van or taxi to Panglao Island.
All villas have spa tubs, and the higher end villas have their own pools. They are up to date with iPod docks in their rooms, as the establishment is relatively new. They also offer butler services and their tour desk includes the infamous Bohol River Cruise or a tour to the Chocolate Hills in Bohol.
- Eskaya Beach Resort Bohol
- Barangay Tawala, PHILIPPINES Bohol, Bohol, Philippines
5. Bellaroca in Marinduque
Rates/night: $500 to $2,800
How to get there: Take a plane from Manila to the airport of Marinduque. Once in Marinduque airport, you need to go to the town of Buenavista and head towards the pier of Lipata. You will get to ride a speed boat or a small yacht to reach the island from this port.
This is Santorini when placed in Asia. Private island and the buildings are painted in white and the architecture is very much like Santorini in Greece. It's exclusive and you will definitely feel like royalty in this island.
- Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa
- Marinduque, Marinduque, Philippines
Spend that cash that you've been saving and clinging onto for some time now. Remember that even though these are 5 star properties and will pamper and treat you like royalty, they're still half the cost of what you would normally pay for in Maldives or Seychelles. And not only that, you get a better view and more friendly and accommodating staff in the Philippines.