5 Luxurious Beach Resorts in the Philippines

Enjoy a lavish holiday in one of these expensive beach resorts in the Pearl of the Orient.

By Raphael Mones
September 21, 2016


Though traveling around the Philippines is usually pocket-friendly, our country also has quite a number of luxurious beach resorts where you can live the luxe life. Here are seven of the most upscale vacation spots in the country that only the rich and famous can afford.

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Amanpulo is located in Pamilacan Island at the northeastern part of Palawan and sets the bar high for extravagant vacations in the Philippines. For starters, guests are flown in from Manila via chartered planes that land on the resort’s private airstrip. Whether you choose a casita or a villa in Amanpulo during your stay, you will simply feel the luxurious vibe through the spacious accommodations that are decked with state-of-the-art amenities like king-size beds, personal bars, spacious bathrooms with bathtubs and rain showers, branded toiletries, and many more. Of course, you have scenic beachscape views from your window, which you can soak up while enjoying the meals prepared by your own personal chef. And if you need someone to fix your things or to help you around during your stay, feel free to ask your butler. It’s no wonder Amanpulo has been a favorite hideaway in the Philippines for A-listers, both local and foreign.

For an overnight stay in Amanpulo, the rates start at PHP 78,000.00.


For the ultimate vacation in Central Visayas, Eskaya Resort tops the list.

Located at the beautiful island of Panglao, Eskaya Resort stands on an expansive 16-hectare property at the southern tip of Bohol. The resort offers perhaps the most stunning view of the glimmering Bohol Sea. Its azure waters provide the perfect setting for exciting water activities like swimming, scuba diving, or even kayaking.

The accommodations at Eskaya Resort are all fit for royalty. Each villa is fashioned after a bahay kubo and decked with modern amenities like private infinity pools and Jacuzzis. Guests are also entitled to shuttle services, daily breakfast and cocktails, butler services, and the use of golf carts, mountain bikes, boats, and many more.

If you’re raring to experience a luxurious vacation in Panglao, the rates at Eskaya Resort range from PHP 28,000.00 to PHP 180,000.00.


El Nido is a piece of paradise on earth. Some people even say that it’s more expensive to go to El Nido than Hong Kong. And if you book at El Nido Resorts Lagen Island, you can expect a pretty hefty price tag.

Lagen Island is ensconced in a four-hectare forest and a shallow lagoon, where you’re guaranteed to experience privacy, tranquility, and serenity. The resort has 50 rooms available with distinct designs for various preferences. Do you want to be closer to nature? There are elegant and spacious suites within a forest complex. And for a unique experience by the sea, there are water cottages built on stilts where the expansive ocean is just outside your door. Spa services are also offered to guests, and the Lagen Club House serve gastronomic delights from dawn until dusk.

Depending on your choice of accommodation, a stay at El Nido Resort Lagen Island ranges anywhere from PHP 18,000.00 to PHP 35,000.00.


Shangri-La Mactan has been recognized as one of the Travelers’ Choice of TripAdvisor for luxury hotels in the Philippines this year. In 2015, the hotel also made it to Conde Nast Traveler’s list of the top 25 resorts in Asia. Given these accolades, Shangri-La Mactan is, no doubt, one of the leading luxury hotels in Cebu.

Located in the historic island of Mactan, Shangri-La Mactan has its own powdery white sand beach with crystal clear waters. The topnotch facilities and services include round-the-clock front desk and concierge services, an outdoor swimming pool, relaxing spa services at CHI The Spa, and a bevy of dining options at its upscale restaurants like Tides and Cowrie Cove.

Moreover, the rooms are complete with modern amenities that ensure complete comfort and convenience during your stay like king-size beds, stylish bathrooms with bathtubs, high speed internet connections, and balconies with charming views of palm trees, private pools, and the blue ocean.

You can enjoy a relaxing and luxurious holiday at Shangri-La Mactan to the tune of PHP 12,000.00 to PHP 26,000.00 a night.


Since it emerged as one of the top island destinations in the Philippines, Boracay has been the favorite tropical paradise of both local and international tourists in the country. And in the midst of the growing crowd of partygoers, vendors, and vacationers on the island, The Lind Boracay opened its doors exclusively for those who want to experience the hidden blissfulness and tranquility of the island.

The Lind brings sophistication to the island with modern amenities that will surely delight even the most discerning of travelers. It is located in Boat Station 1, known to many as the most peaceful and relaxing spot along Boracay’s White Beach. Aside from stylish rooms and accommodations with private gardens and swimming pools, The Lind features exclusive and upscale facilities: Enjoy whole body treatments at The Spa Wellness Boracay, stay fit at the state-of-the-art fitness center, and indulge in superb meals at the four onsite restaurants.

The rooms at The Lind are priced from PHP 14,000.00 to PHP 25,000.00.