As the year approaches an end, a decision that is firmly deliberated is which exotic destination will be the dreamiest winter escape.
If you are anything like me, a powdery white sand beach and a crystal blue ocean is your go-to favourite choice. There is nothing more satisfying than, taking a step back from our busy lives to appreciate the simplicity of island living for a few weeks. My most exceptional winter escapes have been trips to South-East Asia. I constantly find myself flicking through online publications and social media to find the best luxury locations. My desire to travel more has led me to find the most desirable luxury winter escapes across the ocean, who better to share my findings with than you!
Take a look at the most luxurious hiden resorts throughout the Philippines.
Flight time: 15.5 hours
When to go: February to May
Average winter temperature: 31°C
Biggest International Airports: Manila, Cebu and Davao City
The Philippines is an archipelago with more than 7,000 islands. Deserted white-sand beaches are sprawling with coconut trees.
Its capital, Manila, is famous for its waterfront promenade, Spanish era architecture and centuries-old Chinatown, Binondo. But the biggest attraction is what surrounds it – it’s a beach bum’s delight. There’s an island to suit every taste, from isolated sandbanks in the middle of the ocean to volcanic landscapes concealing hidden lagoons.
Pamalican Island, Palawan, Philippines
Amanpulo is the sole occupant of Pamalican, a small island that is part of the Cuyo archipelago in the Sulu Sea. Accessible only by the resort’s 15-seater private plane; Amanpulo is just over an hour from Manila yet feels a world away from anywhere. A private island bordered by white sand beaches, Amanpulo offers a back to nature experience in supreme comfort and privacy. The casitas are built into the verdurous forest canopy, perched on the hillside or set along the 6.5km beach; while each of the private villas has a magical beachfront view.
NAY PALAD HIDEAWAY
Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, Philippines
Nay Palad Hideaway is located on the southeastern tip of the island of Siargao. This luxury all-inclusive is nestled between two distinct marine ecosystems. Perfectly placed on a powdery sand coast, the resort sits along with majestic palm trees. With its nine spacious villas scattered across the landscaped gardens, each providing secluded tranquillity and sustainable luxury. Furnishings have been created by local craftspeople and made using locally sourced materials, and villas feature beautiful details from intricate wooden doors to hand-carved headboards. Villas are light and airy and remain rooted in the local surroundings.
THE FARM AT SAN BENITO
119 Barangay Tipakan Lipa City
Lipa City Philippines
If you are looking for a truly rejuvenating spa experience, head to the Farm at San Benito. An environment trusted to nourish all senses, that allows people to find their inner peace and radiates positive energy through holistic treatments conducted by licensed and skilled doctors, nutritionists, therapists, vegan food chefs, yoga teachers and fitness coaches. Adapting to this unique serine setting may take a moment, but one can rest assured that your mind and body will be united by Eco-friendly wellness.
SHANGRI-LA’S BORACAY RESORT & SPA
Boracay Island, Malay, 5608 Aklan, Philippines
This Shangri-La resort is a paradise cocooned by luscious nature and carefully nestled in a sheltered bay on Boracay’s pristine northern coastline. Your beautifully appointed contemporary suite is a spacious haven, with beachfront living expressed through indigenous materials, from the Abaca weave rugs to the accent lighting created with local capiz shells. The resort’s layout offers spectacular vistas of lush green scenery and azure ocean views from every vantage point. It is a haven for rewarding activities in and out of the water.