The Philippines has around 7,100 islands, but only some that are accessible for visitors and offer great resorts. Among the best is Palaui Island, which offers deserted beaches, crystal clear water, fascinating caves and the green of the rice fields. Siargao is another beautiful option with the splendid General Luna Beach and a lively small town offering resorts, restaurants and shops. The island also has perfect beaches and beautiful lagoons. Cebu Island offers jet skiing, parasailing, snorkeling and boat trips as well as the fascinating Tumalog Falls. Palawan Island’s capital is Puerto Princesa, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but the island also offers cliffs, waterfalls and beautiful landscapes. El Nido is renowned for its sheer beauty, with its breathtaking scenery, cliffs and white sand beaches overlooking turquoise waters. Whichever island you choose, the following are some of the best island resorts in the Philippines.
This island resort features its own private beach where snorkeling and diving can be found. Modessa is a one-hour drive from Barton Beach. The resort has a restaurant where international and local cuisine can be enjoyed. There is also a bar by the beach. Guest cottages have a balcony with beautiful sea views and include a seating area and fan. Each cottage has a bathroom with shower. Guests can relax on their own beach loungers in front of the cottages, overlooking the white sand beach. Activities include water sports and billiards and guests can enjoy a relaxing massage.
Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa is a short distance from Puerto Princesa International Airport. The resort offers a large outdoor pool, fitness center, water sports and three restaurants and a bar. Enjoy Italian cuisine at Tomato and Basil Cuisina Italiana. Rice serves a mixture of international and local cuisine, while the Sala Lobby Lounge has a range of cocktails. Free parking is available on the property. Rooms, suites and villas offer flat-screen cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Each has a seating area and en-suite bathroom with shower and complimentary toiletries.
Anika Island Resort is in Santa Fe on Bantayan Island. Located on the beach, there is an outdoor pool and a restaurant serving international and Filipino cuisine. Room service is also available. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort. Activities on site include hiking and snorkeling. Bicycles are available for rent to explore the area. Rooms feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and en-suite bathroom with shower and free toiletries. Some rooms feature a seating area and fridge and a balcony with sea or garden views.
Two Seasons Island Resort and Spa is a five-star beachfront resort on Coron Palawan. The resort features a restaurant, private beach, windsurfing and diving. There is also a spa and games room with billiards. Light snacks are available in the bar on the property. The resort has luxurious air-conditioned bungalows with a private balcony, seating area with flat-screen cable TV and an en-suite bathroom with bathtub and shower.
Arena Island Resort is on the private island of Harra and is a one-minute walk from the beach. There is a coral reef nearby which features diverse marine life. Snorkeling facilities are provided free of charge along with an airport shuttle. Other activities at the resort include turtle watching, star gazing and kayaking. The resort’s tariff includes all meals, along with two snacks each day. Guests can also enjoy a 15-minute boat trip to Rasa Island Cacatua Bird Sanctuary. All bungalows feature a balcony with sea view, air conditioning, a minibar and a seating area.
Discovery Island Resort and Dive Center is located a one-minute walk from the beach in Coron, a five-minute boat trip from Coron Town. The resort has a restaurant and bar and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the public areas of the property. There are beautiful beachfront gardens and a communal lounge. Guests can enjoy activities such as snorkeling, diving, kayaking and island hopping, as well as land-based activities like mountain trekking and motorbiking. Spacious rooms feature a sea view balcony, air conditioning or a fan. There is a comfortable seating area and an en-suite bathroom with shower.
Coco Beach Island resort in Puerto Galera features a private beach and outdoor pool. There is a playground for children and babysitting services are available. Activities include snorkeling, table tennis and tennis. Beach-hut style rooms offer a seating area with some offering a patio or balcony overlooking the sea. Each has an en-suite bathroom and cable TV.
Isla Cabana Resort in General Luna has a private beach, outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and sun terrace overlooking the ocean. The resort is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from the Cloud 9 Surfing area. A seafood restaurant offers local cuisine and special diet menus and packed lunches can be provided. There is also a room service option available. Free Wi-Fi is featured in all the resort’s public areas. The Cabana Spa offers spa and massage treatments. Activities at the resort include fishing, snorkeling, cycling and canoeing. Villas feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, fridge, minibar, safe and seating area. Each has an en-suite bathroom with a shower and complimentary toiletries.
Lagen Island Resort nestles in a cove surrounded by forests in El Nido, Palawan. There is an on-site marine sports center offering kayaking, windsurfing and diving. Hiking the forest trail is another activity at the resort. The air-conditioned clubhouse offers a la carte and buffet menus and the poolside bar serves cocktails and other drinks. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, opening onto a private balcony with views of the bay, cove or cliffs. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with shower.
Badian Island Wellness Resort is a nine-minute walk to the beach. The property is eco-friendly and features organic gardens and a cascading saltwater pool. The on-site Panorama Restaurant serves international and Asian cuisine. There is also the opportunity to dine on the Dolphina Yacht, moored at the resort. The spa offers massage therapies and beauty treatments along with a Thalasso pool and sauna. Activities include snorkeling and diving lessons. Badminton and volleyball are also available at the resort. Free Wi-Fi is provided in certain public areas. Rooms are luxurious and feature private balconies, glass-roofed bathrooms or an open-air bathtub.
Enjoy the island life in the Philippines
If you have ever dreamed of staying on a beautiful, tropical island with all the trimmings, try out one of these island resorts in the Philippines.
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