The Best of the Philippine Islands: Editor's Choice for Hotels & Resorts - Travel

With the paradise archipelago’s thriving tourism industry, there’s no need to go far for a slice of heaven on earth. Lifestyle Asia’s Editor in Chief Dong Ronquillo makes his list of the country’s top hotels and resorts.

If you’re planning a trip this summer, our own country is one of the best places to explore. Philippine beaches are some of the best in the world—but there are so many that it can be difficult just thinking where to start. There are the classic destinations like Boracay (which has become even more beautiful thanks to its re-opening) and Palawan, and some more newly-developed spots like Siargao. Our tourism industry is more robust than ever, and there has never been a better time to explore our own natural treasures.

To help get you started on your vacation planning, we’ve compiled a list of the best accommodations around the Philippines. Each resort on this list was chosen carefully for their luxurious facilities, access to a pristine beach, great food, exciting activities and amenities, and most of all, world-class service. Because if you’re going to the beach to relax, you might as well get pampered and have fun at the same time, right?


Discovery Shores Boracay

There’s nothing more quintessentially Boracay than staying at Discovery Shores. Its Station 1 location is convenient yet still peaceful, and only a short walk away from most of the happenings on the island. The location has the best beach shore of the strip, where the shore is wider, sand is more powdery, and water is clearer.  The perfect evening begins with a picturesque view of the sunset, followed by dinner at the resort’s Miele Guide-shortlisted Indigo Restaurant, or their relatively new Italian restaurant, Forno, where they make the perfect pizza and make their own pasta. Discovery Shores also opened their suites that rival world-class hotel amenities and luxury points that gives one a great view of the beach and sunset. Atop that new wing of Discovery is their 360 bar that has its own pool, jacuzzis, and lounge chairs for a more exclusive view of this magnificent island.

DISCOVERY SHORES BORACAY is located at Station 1, Boracay Island, Aklan. For inquiries and reservations, you may call via landline using the following numbers: (+632)7720.8888, (+632)7719.6692 to 6695, or (+632)7720.8888. You may also call via mobile phone (+63917)627.3780 or email <[email protected]>.


Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa

Nestled on the southern coast of Panglao Island, Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa in Bohol marries traditional Filipino styling with world-class amenities and service. Each of the 24 villas features a thatched roof, and is finished with bamboo, cogon, and wood—all fitted with modern essentials, of course. Dining al fresco by the resort’s two infinity pools—or your room’s own private dipping pool—allows you to take in the fresh evening breeze.

ESKAYA BEACH RESORT & SPA is located at Panglao Island, Bohol. For inquiries and reservations, you may call via mobile phone at (+63917)552.4077 or (+63917)828.0063 or via landline at (+6338)502.9516. You can also email at <[email protected]>.



The best of the best. If you really want to escape into a paradise, there’s nothing quite like going off the grid and going to this private island. Accessible only by private plane, Amanpulo is “blissfully marooned” on the Sulu Sea. The island’s accommodations feature Casitas, which are nestled in lush forestry with its own private terrace, and Villas, which offer beachfront access and a private chef and butler. What more can you ask for?

AMANPULO is located at Pamalican Island, Sulu Archipelago, Palawan. For inquiries, you may call (+632)7976.5200. For reservations, call (+632)8854.0276 or fax (+632)7976.5204 or email <[email protected]>.


Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay

Located in Boracay’s ultra-exclusive “Station Zero,” Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay is the place to go for quality quiet time. Attention to detail, suited for luxury travel is something that they took to heart. The private beach lets you enjoy the pristine white sand all to yourself. Some villas also have the option of having their own pool, aside from the several ones within the resort. Their restaurants are also commendable, especially Mosaic’s must-try fine dining experience. And if you’re looking to throw a private event, the Crimson’s event pavilion is built 20 meters above sea level and gives you a panoramic view of the beach.

CRIMSON RESORT & SPA BORACAY is located at Station Zero, Boracay Island, Aklan.  For inquiries and reservations, you may call (+6336)669.5888 or email <[email protected]>.


Read the full story written by Dong Ronquillo in Lifestyle Asia’s February 2020 edition titled, “Exploring Our Island Paradise.”

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