Derived from the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’, aman, and the Filipino word for islet, pulo, Amanpulo is set on its own private island in the Philippines.
Cerulean sky and turquoise sea merge at Amanpulo, a whisper-quiet private island retreat in the Philippines. Part of the Cuyo Archipelago, northeast of Palawan Island, as the guests arrive by private plane to the island’s own airstrip. Amanpulo’s powdery white-sand beach stretches the full 6.5-kilometre perimeter of the island, enclosing an unspoilt tropical wilderness. A pristine coral reef awaits exploration just offshore.
Loosely modelled after native bahay kubo dwellings with an open-plan, twin-roofed design, Amanpulo’s Casitas offer direct beach access via sandy footpaths, magnificent views of the turquoise sea from the hillside, or seclusion within the forest canopy. Broad wooden decks, hammocks in secluded bowers and pebble-washed walls are just some of the traditional island elements included. Two of the Casitas have private plunge pools.
Just steps from the beach in secluded settings along Pamalican’s shore, Amanpulo’s Villas offer privacy. Designed for seamless indoor-to-outdoor living, each one is arranged around an expansive swimming pool with outdoor lounging and dining areas, and one, two or four separate bedroom pavilions. A club car per bedroom invites independent exploration of the island.
Whether it is sailing or scuba diving, windsurfing or simply frolicking in the water, Amanpulo offers an abundance of aquatic activities, all available to novices and experts alike. On land, tennis courts and bicycles are complemented by nature walks, which take in the lush indigenous plants as well as the dozens of bird species that make seasonal homes on the island and the nesting sites of green and hawksbill sea turtles. At night, an astronomical refracting telescope helps get up close to the stars.
Amanpulo is a place of peace, where relaxation and wellness go hand in hand. The large spa is set on a hillside above the treetops with far-reaching views to the turquoise waters. Designed as a tranquil sanctuary, the connected pavilions are made from native wood with seashell-lined ceilings and are interspersed with outdoor relaxation salas. (WORLD SPA AWARDS: PHILIPPINES’ BEST RESORT SPA 2016)