The Dreamiest Resorts in the Philippines
Travel may be the farthest thing from everyone’s minds right now, but one can dream of better days ahead, right? And after all of this blows over, we all deserve a vacation somewhere quiet and remote, where we can relax, heal, and recharge. Here are a few local hotel and resort destinations we’re heading to as soon as it’s safe to travel again.
Fundacion Pacita, Batanes
When it comes to idyllic destinations, Fundacion Pacita, sitting on top of a hill with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, the wide blue skies, and the unique Batanes landscape, is hard to beat. Its architecture is inspired by traditional Ivatan houses, while its interiors double as a gallery for artwork by well-known and up-and-coming artists (it was once the home studio of acclaimed local artist Pacita Abad). Reminiscent of a cozy cottage on a remote Scottish island, it’s the perfect place to escape to if you’re looking to spend some quiet time either by yourself or with a loved one, surrounded by art and nature.
Nay Palad Hideaway, Siargao
Nestled between Siargao’s mangrove forest and the crystal blue ocean, Nay Palad Hideaway is, according to its founder Carolin Dekeyser, grounded in the philosophy of barefoot luxury. It’s what dream beach getaways are made of: sun, sand, sea, sky, surf, a relaxing environment, gorgeous accommodations (by French-Romanian architect and designer Daniel Pouzet), and topnotch services. Plus, it has everything else you wish every seaside getaway had: a charming tropical treehouse, a pagoda in the middle of the ocean, your own luxury boat, a yoga pavilion with a view of the ocean, and pretty swings you can daydream the day away in.
Siama Hotel, Sorsogon
This boutique hotel located inside a 10-hectare coconut plantation is your home away from home in Sorsogon. It offers privacy and relaxation. Championing modern Filipino design with its generous use of native wood, rattan, and solilhiya, its local meets luxe. Much like Filipino homes of yore, the hotel features wooden slats in common areas to allow light, air, and the lush outdoors in. If you’re looking to visit the town, you can hitch a ride in its eco-pedicabs with cocoon-like, rattan-woven sidecars. And after a day spent exploring the sights, you can lounge around or take a dip in the IG-ready pool.
Amanpulo Resort, Pamalican Island
Nothing says dream destination like a private island resort. Accessible from Manila by private plane, Amanpulo has its own airstrip. The award-winning resort is surrounded by white sand beaches that you can lay around in while you soak up the warm sunshine. You can also take a dip in the turquoise waters and view the gorgeous reefs. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a hawksbill turtle swimming alongside you. Stay in its beach casitas and enjoy your own private sundeck, hammock, and path to the beach. Or book one of its villas, which comes with its own butler and chef, swimming pool, and dining area, and offers even more privacy.
Twin Glass Treehouse, Tudor in the Pines, Baguio
You can finally make your childhood fantasy of living in a treehouse a reality at The Twin Glass Treehouse in Baguio. It’s the sophisticated and grownup version of your dream treehouse: two multilevel glass houses standing on stilts and connected by a timber deck, each with its own king-size bed, indoor hammocks, and plenty of cozy nooks where you can lounge, read a book, take a nap, or simply enjoy the sight and smells of Baguio’s famous pine trees.
Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa, Bohol
Named after the indigenous people of Bohol, Eskaya is a boutique resort located in Panglao. It boasts 16 hectares of diverse landscape: lush vegetation, caves, ravines, cliffs, and a five-kilometer white sand beach. Its thatched-roof villas, inspired by the bahay kubo and built using local materials like cogon, bamboo, and native wood, were designed by National Artist for Architecture Francisco Mañosa. A mix between rustic and elegant, the villas highlight local design and offer modern amenities. Take a swim in the sea or the resort’s infinity pool, or if you’re looking for more privacy, your own villa’s private pool.
El Nido Resorts, Pangulasian Island, Palawan
This eco-luxury resort in Bacuit Bay, Palawan is a marine sanctuary nestled between a tropical forest and a stretch of white sand beach and clear blue sea. Also known as the “Island of the Sun,” it’s the perfect place to enjoy an amazing view of the sunrise or sunset (take your pick). You can stay at one of its Beach Villas, which are closest to the infinity pool and recreation center; Pool Villas, which have their own deck and private pool; Kalaw Villas, which are located in an even more secluded area on the island and has its own lap pools and salas; or the Canopy Villas, which provide a view of the lush greenery on the island.