Amanpulo Resort is Pamalican Island. The name means ‘peaceful island’, and it’s easy to see why. Pamalican’s 250 pristine acres are totally tranquil, with nothing but the luxurious 40-room hideaway, verdant vegetation, exotic bird life and what must be one of the planet’s all-time greatest beaches, a seemingly endless stretch of the finest white powder sloping into clear turquoise waters.

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This private Pamalican Island is located in the Quiniluban group, close to Palawan. The Amanpulo Resort is the most exclusive resort in the Philippines and an excellent place to stay and dive. Some of the most stunning beaches we have ever seen are surrounded by clear turquoise waters teaming with marine life and a coral reef lies only three hundred meters from shore.

The Amanpulo Resort has 40 casitas (little houses) scattered amongst lush tropical forests. Each casita is styled on the traditional Filipino "bahay kubo" home. The spacious bedrooms have a king size bed along with two window day beds and are decorated to provide understated luxury with wooden floors and furniture.

The Cebu marble bathrooms are very generously sized with a raised bathtub, shower and a large dressing area. Each casita has its own wooden sundeck with loungers for you to relax in privacy. When you do manage to leave your casita, most of them just a few steps from the beach, you will be given your own golf cart to explore the beauty of this island at your own pace.

In terms of dining at Amanpulo, the Club House restaurant and bar opens out to spacious terrace with spectacular views over the swimming pool and out to sea. The restaurant offers a la carte dining with a varied menu including Asian and Continental cuisine and specialises in seafood. Less formal alternatives sprinkle the island. The Beach Club and Lagoon Club provide exotic alternatives with stunning views and for a change there is always the Picnic Grove with its Pizza oven or even swim out and lunch at the floating Kawayan Bar! In short, more than enough choice for anyone.

The Amanpulo Resort boasts a beautiful spa, 30-metre pool, tennis courts and all manner of watersports including diving, fishing and sailing. For those wishing to enjoy a slower pace of life there is an open air massage sala and library.

Pamalican Island is a self-declared marine park, a rarity in a country notorious for using dynamite and cyanide to catch fish on its reefs. There are two coasts to dive, the more sheltered western shore, where Amanpulo's main beach is situated, and the more open eastern one. The prevailing winds shift seasonally so almost regardless of weather there is always at least one shore available for diving.

While the Philippines' very best diving is further south at the amazing Tubbataha Reefs marine park, this is only accessible by liveaboard. Nonetheless, Pamalican Island comes close. Add in the unimaginably perfect beach, a wonderful resort, superb service and total privacy, and you soon realise that this is as good as it gets.

Why we love it

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Pamalican Island is home to one of the best beaches we have ever seen. Anywhere. Ever.

Rosie, Original Diver

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Key Info

Number of rooms

40

Eco Rating

4

Location

Philippines

Palawan

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