The Philippines is home to pristine white sand beaches and other tropical attractions, and everybody who has had a taste of the country’s amazing resorts knows it is a little slice of heaven on earth. What is even more astounding is that there are private islands in the archipelago that offer an exclusive experience to those who want to have special access to the wonders of the Pearl of the Orient Sea.
3. Island Buenavista
Island Buenavista is a southern paradise that melds tropical living with modern comforts. A four-hectare property that boasts of pristine white sands, a sandbar, amazing views of the Davao Gulf, and a Hawksbill Turtle sanctuary, it will charm seasoned travelers looking for an au naturel but still luxurious getaway spot.
Diving enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the area around the island is a marine protected area. As such, it will treat guests to amazing underwater sightings of Samal’s teeming marine life. You can also enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming, as well as a host of land-based activities such as playing beach volleyball or building sand castles.
Guests will be staying at well-appointed beach houses and huts, with direct access to the sea. Like the above two private islands, it is equipped with a private staff that provides exemplary customer service.
NoaNoa is a private island nestled in the northeast portion of Palawan. It is surrounded by the Taytay Bay of the Sulu Sea and ringed with a 70-hectare tropical coral reef, making it a veritable feast for the eyes. Teeming with wildlife, guests at the island can look forward to chancing upon terrestrial and indigenous flora and fauna such as monitor lizards and turtles.
It is also committed to preserving its beauty for the coming generations. NoaNoa runs on solar power, utilizing a 19 kilowatt solar grid that delivers 24/7 electricity to the entire island. The staff also uses an organic herbal solution to protect guests from mosquitoes, which preserves the sanctuaries of its butterflies, dragonflies, and fireflies.
Guests will sleep at the Kamagong or Banyan houses, airy tropical mansions fashioned from native materials and adorned with tasteful furnishings. The bedrooms open out to balconies where you can enjoy the sights, sounds, and breezes of the sea. It also has a rooftop cottage, touted to be the best island penthouse in Palawan. Here, you can enjoy marvelous ocean views, an outdoor bathing suite, as well as indoor and outdoor living spaces.
Nabbing the first spot on CNN Travel’s Southeast Asia’s top 10 private villas list, Ariara in the Calamian Islands in Palawan is a private 125-acre paradise truly designed for the perfect getaway. With 600 meters of pristine white sand and a sprawling landscape of unmatched beauty, guests staying at the island will be treated to a tropical experience filled with sun, sand, and a thriving house reef.
Guests will stay at white-walled thatched villas by esteemed Filipino architect Jorge Yulo, incorporating materials sourced and produced from the locality. Even its baths are made on-site from local materials. Under water, it is an entire world. Aside from the amazing coral reef formation in the island, you may also be treated to rare sightings of some of the world’s most endangered turtle species.
If you get tired of water activities, the island offers a treat to explore. Hike up a steep 500-meter hill with a path hewn by the gardener, or bird-watch for eagles, woodpeckers, kingfishers, and owls, among others.
Ariara has a private staff that will cater to your every need, including a private chef. Having assisted the owners in building the place, they offer that extra special brand of Filipino hospitality that has endeared them to a lot of people all over the world. It also comes with an in-house staff for your ultimate comfort.