Crystal clear waters, the whitest sand beach, rich marine life, and other luxurious experiences—these are just some of the things Amanpulo Island is famous for. Hailed as one of the most expensive resorts in the Philippines, Amanpulo offers world-class services on a gorgeous island. Located in the Cuyo Archipelago of Northern Palawan, Amanpulo boasts pristine white sand, clear waters, and luxurious facilities.
Aman is Sanskrit for “peace” and pulo is Tagalog for “island.” As the name suggests, Amanpulo is perfect for vacationers who want a tranquil stay while having the best service. It is no wonder that a lot of local and several foreign celebrities and public figures book their vacation here.
The Expensive and Exclusive Stay at Amanpulo
Amanpulo, similar to the other resorts of the Singapore-based luxury hotel group Aman Resorts, is not a cheap place to stay. You can choose between a Casita or Villa, but these luxury accommodations offer priceless beach views. All accommodations here are designed tastefully, featuring the unique Bahay Kubo design, one of the most common vacation house designs.
A Casita costs around $1200 to $1900 or PhP 66,660 to PhP 99,990 per night. On the other hand, Villa costs $3,200 to $7,900 or PhP 177,760 to PhP 438,845 per night. Take note that this is inclusive of a roundtrip flight, food (except for breakfast), and other amenities the resort offers.
Roundtrip flights to and from Amanpulo Island cost $495 or PhP 27,497.25 per adult and $295 or PhP 16,387.25 per kid aged two to 11. This fare rate is even more expensive than commercial flights from the Philippines going abroad.
All in all, expect to spend at least $2,000 per night or more during your stay at Amanpulo. But this could start racking up depending on how many you are, the date of your visit, your room type, and the amenities you want to take advantage of. Nonetheless, you’ll get your money’s worth when you book your tropical island vacation here when you see and experience the picturesque view and breathtaking sea of this island.
The Luxe Accommodations at Amanpulo Island
Amanpulo’s Casita is perfect for solo travelers or couples going on a honeymoon or couple’s retreat. The Casita is a 68-square meter cottage with high vaulted ceilings, a private bar, and a private wooden deck. This accommodation has direct access to the beach.
Here are the types of casitas you can choose from:
- Hillside Casita
- Deluxe Hillside Casita
- Treetop Casita
- Treetop Pool Casita
- Beach Casita
If you want a bigger space, choose one of the villas on Amanpulo Island. These accommodations are designed for guests to experience “seamless indoor-to-outdoor living.” Each villa has a private swimming pool, a private bar, and outdoor lounging and dining areas. You can also request a personal staff to attend to you during your stay, including a private chef, a butler, and club cars.
Here are the types of villas you can choose from:
- One-bedroom Villa (119 sq.m.)
- Two-bedroom Villa (215 sq.m.)
- Three-bedroom Villa (283 sq.m.)
- Four-bedroom Villa (351 sq.m.)
Dining at Amanpulo
Enjoy a fine dining experience at Amanpulo Island. These venues serve fresh, locally-caught seafood and island-grown organic vegetables.
The Beachclub offers a great view of the island’s turquoise waters. Here, Aman’s signature restaurant Arva serves Mediterranean cuisine and seafood.
The Picnic Grove
This casual, open-air lunch venue offers your favorite light snacks made using the freshest ingredients. Some of their menu items include handmade wood-fired pizza, fresh garden salad, and homemade dessert.
Located at the heart of Amanpulo Island, the Clubhouse has indoor and poolside dining options. This restaurant serves Filipino and Southeast Asian cuisine any time of the day. You can also catch views of the sea and the neighboring Manamoc Island here. Island while dining.
The Lagoon Club
This airy dining venue offers exquisite Japanese cuisine and selected favorites from Nama. This restaurant is known for serving the freshest and delectable sushi, sashimi, and Wagyu beef. The Lagoon Club is also an ideal venue for hosting private celebrations.
Private Dining Option
The ultimate luxury dining experience is private dining at Amanpulo. There are numerous secluded pockets on the island where you can choose to dine and enjoy a personalized menu specially curated for you and your loved ones.
Things to Do in Amanpulo Island
Aside from its natural wonders, Amanpulo also has numerous activities you can enjoy for extra costs.
Swimming, Snorkeling, and Scuba Diving
Amanpulo Island is a beach lover’s paradise. The waters here are crystal clear and inviting. It is perfect for snorkeling if you want to see the fish and other marine life in the sea. It is also normal to swim with a sea turtle while snorkeling in Amanpulo. In the high season, the snorkeling boat departs at 10 AM and 2 PM. If you are up for more adventure, you can also go on a scuba diving experience and see the island’s coral reefs and marine life.
Kitesurfing is another must-do activity in Amanpulo as the crystal clear lagoon offers moderate waves and solid and consistent winds. You don’t need to be a pro to enjoy kite surfing here and can learn from the world’s most accomplished kitesurfers until you master it. Lessons here are comprehensive and are personally tailored to your skill level.
Going on Cruises
Amanpulo has a large fleet of boats you can rent for excursions to other parts of Palawan or celebrate special occasions in the middle of the sea. They have motor boats, pontoon boats, and sailboats.
While on board one of Amanpulo’s cruises, you may fish around Amanpulo’s selected areas. Take note that you can only use a hand-line or small rods. The best time for fishing is between 5 AM to 9 AM and 4 PM to 7 PM. Groupers and snappers are the common types of fish you can get. The staff can prepare your freshly-caught fish for a minimal fee.
Green and hawksbill sea turtles nest on Amanpulo’s beach from June to November. These eggs are transferred to the island’s turtle hatchery, hatching from August to January. Once they hatch, these turtles are released on the beach; if you book your stay during that time, you can be one of the lucky few who get to witness this rare event.
After a whole day at sea, you can get your well-deserved peaceful relaxation by visiting the Aman Spa. This spa offers a wide range of specialist therapies. You can also enjoy a private session with a yoga or meditation instructor inside a studio or a quiet jungle close to shore.
Hit the Gym
Amanpulo Island also has a gym you can use for a fee. It has treadmills, rowing machines, kettlebells, dumbbells, foam rollers, battle ropes, and other gym accessories. The gym is open 24 hours a day, and you can also book personal training sessions during your stay. If you want, you can also join the complimentary fitness class at the Aman Spa.
Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can afford you once-in-a-lifetime experiences you can only do and enjoy at Amanpulo Island. Save now and enjoy what this tropical island paradise has in store for you and your loved ones. Of course, you should not also miss what other hidden gems Palawan and the Philippines have to offer.