Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Dream Destination: Pamalican, One of the World's Most Romantic Islands

A recent article from yahoo.com named Pamalican Island of the Philippines as one of the most romantic islands in the world. According to the article, "You’ll find only one resort here—Amanpulo, set on its own private island southwest of Manila with just 40 secluded pitched-roof traditional villas, strung along a pristine beach with sand so white it’s blinding. Beachcombers can navigate the entire island on foot in less than two hours, keeping their eyes out for baby sharks, kingfishers, and sea turtles, which lay their eggs here between March and October." (READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.)
Because wonderful places (especially beaches) around the Philippines always interest me, I made some research about the island. According to wikipedia, Pamalican Island is a part of the Cuyo Islands located between Panay and Palawan. It is a small island with a length of only 2.5 kilometers and measures only 500 meters at its widest point. Pamalican is surrounded by a 7 square kilometer coral reef.

Pamalican Island is a private property owned by the Soriano Family. Amanpulo, an exclusive high-end resort operates in the island. It can be reach through a Dornier 228-202K plane flying from Manila. The plane is used to ferry customers and to bring supplies to the resort.

Amanpulo Resort's location map (image from www.amanresorts.com/amanpulo/home.aspx)

As a luxury resort, Amanpulo has garnered several international awards. In 2005 Gallivanter's Guide named Amanpulo as the Best Resort Worldwide-No.1.

I checked Amanpulo's website and the resort photos and accommodation rates just leave me breathless!

Aerial view of Pamalican Island  (image from www.amanresorts.com/amanpulo/home.aspx)

A breathtaking view of Amanpulo Resort (image from www.amanresorts.com/amanpulo/home.aspx)

The cheapest accommodation is $750 (or around 33,000 pesos!) and the minimum length of stay required is three days. They have a three-night package for two persons at a rate of $2,760 (or a whooping 121,000++ pesos!). Then there's the supplementary cost of $400 (that's another 17,600 pesos!) per person for return air transfers between Amanpulo and Manila.

With only a select few having the capacity to afford a vacation in Amanpulo, it is no wonder this island resort is being dubbed as the Philippines' best kept secret.

For more information and photos of Pamalican Island and Amanpulo Resort, visit the resort's official site HERE.

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1 comment :

  1. I visited plenty of times to Philippines but never ever visited this island how I missed. I only saw the Palawan which is a perfect heaven with a tantalizingly calm atmosphere and nature themes of tropical bliss.
    It is a fine getaway for releasing life pressure. I’d definitely recommend travelers to take a tour towards this place.

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