When it comes to remote private islands, we’re pretty sure we have found the one.
We love the cluster of islands rich in wildlife, volcanoes, tropical rainforests and beaches which make up the Philippines, and have spent days tirelessly searching for the best little corner for you to experience (it was a tough job. Honest).
The peaceful Pamalican island, part of the Cuyo group in the western Philippines, is home to Amanpulo, a cluster of natural thatched casitas overlooking the clear Sulu sea. Only reachable by private aircraft, this is a true gem for an all-out indulgent private island experience. And we love it.
Think natural yet luxurious spacious rooms, a spa to rival the world’s best all sat in the middle of empty white sand beaches, coral reefs and groves perfect for picnicing.
If you’re a water-lover, try your hand at cruising, windsurfing and scuba diving the surrounding coral reef, or for a more relaxing experience, the island also offers unbelievable star gazing, fish feeding and simple walks along the sand or through the jungly interior.
Once you’re feeling totally revived, a spot of Philipino island hopping Black Tomato style is in order. You may have heard about the Banaue Rice Terraces, known as the 8th wonder of the world. They are certainly not to be missed and we can whizz you there in style.
Trek the surreal landscapes and take photos your friends back home won’t believe, before heading south to Bohol, home of over 1200 cone shaped hills known as the ‘chocolate hills’ ( named after the colour they go in the summer months). Mother Nature at her best, this unusual, totally natural UNESCO World Heritage Site which spans over 50km is certainly not man-made.
For a grand finale, hop over to Boracay for a final beach stop. This vibrant speck of an island is much more lively than Pamalican and it’s hustle and bustle will prepare you for your return home. With a big dose of beach time thrown in too, of course.
Looking forward to:
snorkelling and scuba diving to see pristine coral reefs
true tranquillity on a private island where you will barely see another soul
breathtakingly stunning world heritage sites