luxe - Amanpulo, Philippines
Written by Ria Louise Estacio
Amanpulo gives new meaning to being stranded on an island. Here, there’s nothing but you and the resort with its long stretch of silky white-sand beach, the vast cerulean sky, and the turquoise waters of the Sulu Sea.
While it possesses all the magnificence of a remote destination, the exclusive resort is not entirely cut off from civilisation. Its location on pristine Pamalican Island in the Philippines is a mere hour’s flight from the capital city of Manila.
At Amanpulo, it’s all about superlative services: private airplane, red carpet welcome, individual electric buggy, personal chef, and dedicated butler. It’s easy to see why, even with its secluded location, those who make the decision to travel to this island resort keep coming back for more.
Perhaps it’s the exotic luxury formula that Aman Resorts is famous for. Or maybe Filipino architect Francisco Mañosa’s ingenious design, perfectly fusing style and location. Each casita is an ode to the traditional Philippine home, bahay kubo, and is bathed in warm caramel-coloured wood floors and beige walls. Cushioned rattan chairs, an eclectic collection of plants, locally crafted accessories, a raised Cebu marble bathtub, and a king-sized bed evoke a lavish tropical island home.
Matter of fact
Manila, the Philippines’ capital, was the first Asian destination to be included in Qatar Airways’ international network.
The islands of Cuyo in Palawan, including Pamalican, boast several of the country’s most pristine dive spots with their proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park. Novices and professionals alike will find the diverse underwater aquatic life a joy to observe, and may even get to encounter sea turtles and rays in a dive session. In fact, Amanpulo provides Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)-sanctioned dives, and offers guests programmes suitable for all levels of diving experience.
Adding more pleasure to the Amanpulo experience is the newly opened Aman Spa. Featuring three pavilions with six treatment rooms each, a Pilates studio, meditation pavilion, gym, finishing salon, and steam room with cold plunge pools, it promises to bring blissful delights beyond the physical realm. Each treatment room is decorated with native-timber floors layered with capiz shells, and is fully fitted with a bathtub, dressing area, washroom, and steam shower. When it’s time to surrender to the heavenly touch of Aman Spa’s expert therapists, let them ease all your tensions away.