AMANPULO PAMALICAN ISLAND, PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES
BOHO COUPLES WHO FOUND THEIR ‘ZEN’ BACKPACKING IN THAILAND
Then upgraded to flashpacking in Bali, might ask themselves ‘where next?’ for their big escape. We say, Amanpulo. In the 1990s, this jungle haven, ringed by blinding white sand, was transformed by Aman into a dreamy getaway, reached by private plane from Manila. Your trip starts in style with a massage – not at the hilltop spa with its coconut oil rubdowns, but as soon as you plant your toes into the sparkling sands or vivid blue Sulu Sea.
AMANPULO PAMALICAN ISLAND, PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES Photo Gallery
The villas and casitas are inspired by wooden nipa huts with vaulted ceilings, coconut- shell furniture and marble bathrooms. The pretty beachside casitas have hammocks and enviable bed-to-beach access, while the treetop alternatives feel deliciously wild with top-notch views. From sandy-toed suppers to turtle-packed snorkelling and post-wedding blessings, there’s plenty to keep you busy until sunset, when you can toast a day well spent with mango claritas at the Beach Club. Salads from the edible garden and a devilish tiramisu are real treats, and the sushi at Nama is definitely worth a try. Oozing with tropical soul, this off-the-radar hideaway is hard to beat.
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Zipping around the island in a self-drive buggy is not only great fun, but it feels like a mini safari, Jewel-coloured kingfishers and brightly feathered orioles swoop in front of you as you whizz down paths covered by tangled trees. Early morning or just before sunset is the best time for twitching. GO Rooms at Amanpulo (amanpulo.com start from around £800 per night, plus VAT, including breakfast.
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