2020 canceled most of our travel plans. Flights were rebooked, hotel bookings were refunded, and funds were reallocated to quarantine expenses. But with the dust settling down and things looking (a bit) brighter for travelers, it’s time to hit the reset button, plan your next getaway, and save up for your dream vacation. As they say, go big or go home; and when you’ve been deprived of a beach trip for a whole year, then might as well go all out at a luxurious resort.TOP STORY: 10 Universally Flattering Hair Color Ideas If You're Planning a Makeover
Book your next vacay at Luxurious Resorts around the Philippines that are worth every peso:
Nay Palad Hideaway
Barangay Malinao, General Luna, Surigao del Norte
Packages start at P194,000 per person (five nights)
Formerly Dedon Island Resort, Nay Palad Hideaway is an intimate resort that exudes the laid-back and luxurious lifestyle with its intricately designed villas, a spa village, and a private beach. During community quarantine, Siargao resorts implements a minimum stay of five nights. Rates start at P194,000 per person, inclusive of a six-day stay, full-board meals (breakfast, picnic or barbecue lunch, and fine-dining dinner), beverages, unlimited mini bar, and complimentary use and access to all activities (surfing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, sailing, island-hopping, snorkeling, cycling, hiking, wakeboarding, water-skiing, yoga, spa treatments, fitness studio, laundry services).
Lio Tourism Estate, Barangay Villa Libertad, El Nido, Palawan
Rates start at P30,000 per person (three nights with airfare)
Seda Lio, which was partially opened in August 2018 and officially launched in December 2018, is Seda’s first-ever resort property. With the world's best island slowly reopening post-quarantine, Seda Lio is offering a Beach Escape Package for P30,000 per person. This includes three-night accommodation, full-board meals, roundtrip plane tickets via AirSwift, airport transfers; and access to the resort's facilities like the double-infinity swimming pool and gym. Trips are scheduled on fixed dates: January 22 to 25, January 29 to February 1, February 5 to 8, February 12 to 15, and February 19 to 22.
Pamalican Island, Cuyo, Palawan
Rates start at P84,000 (two nights)
Staying in Amanpulo is like having your own beach home. The casitas have their own swimming pools and are situated far from each other—some are along the white-sand beach, others are elevated by the hillside, while a few more are hidden by the rainforest canopy. They allow a minimum stay of two nights for at least P106,000 during peak season (January 11 to May 16) and P84,000 from May 17 to December 21. Deals include accommodation in a casita with daily breakfast for two and either a one-time lunch or a one-time massage. Set meals are at P9,500 per head.
The Bellevue Resort
Barangay Doljo, Panglao Island, Bohol
Rates start at P23,888 (two nights)
The Bellevue Resort is known for its 250-meter wide beachfront with bright blue umbrellas and comfortable beach chairs and an infinity pool that's perfect for an afternoon swim with a view. Reopened on December 15, 2020, they now offer an all-in package for P23,888, which includes a two-night stay in a deluxe room with full-board meals, free use of water sports facilities, and RT-PCR test for two persons.
Dusit Thani Mactan
Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Rates start at P6,888
Dusit Thani Mactan was a newcomer on Mactan Island in Cebu, when it opened in December 2019. It boasts a 100-meter infinity pool and a lengthy boardwalk where guests can enjoy a spectacular view of the sunset. Until March 31, the luxurious resort is offering a room promo of P6,888 per night. This is inclusive of breakfast for two, food and beverage credits worth P1,200, and minibar drinks. Guests are also given the Dusit Care Kit, which has a bottle of hand sanitizer gel, a face mask, and antibacterial wipes. You can also upgrade to a Deluxe Seaview room for P7,999.
Crimson Resort and Spa Boracay
Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan
Rates start at P27,000 (two nights plus free one night)
Crimson Boracay, which first opened on the island in March 2018, is located at Station Zero, away from the busier parts of Boracay. It features 169 guest rooms and 22 villas (as well as one Presidential Villa). The resort reopened its doors to travelers in November 2020 with the "Forever Summer Room Packages" promo for P27,000. This includes a three-night stay, daily breakfast for two adults and two children, 30-minute foot spa or back massage for two, P2,000 dining credit, roundtrip land and boat transfers, 15% discount on activities, 15% off on spa services, 15% off on restaurants, and 50% off on all drinks at the pool bar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa
Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Rates start at P9,000
Staying at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa is an indulgence worth every peso, especially with its luxurious facilities—from a suite with a view to a spacious spa village. It’s a perfect vacation spot if you’re looking to relax, but still want the option to go out and enjoy the sun and the sea. The hotel offers many activities like diving, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, sailing, or even deep-sea fishing. For stays until March 31, they're offering a staycation package for P9,000 per night. This is inclusive of breakfast for two, P1,250 dining credits, and roundtrip airport shuttle.
Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort
Barangay Baldat, Culion, Palawan
Rates start at P40,000 per head
Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort offers three-night island getaways, which is inclusive of roundtrip chartered flights via Sunlight Air from Manila to Busuanga Airport, roundtrip land and boat transfers to the private island, daily breakfast, one-time spa treatment, one-time lunch or dinner by the beach, and a 4,000-peso food voucher. You can choose to stay at their Studio Villa for P40,000 per person; Two-Bedroom Villa for P42,500; and Sirakan Villa for P52,250. All villas are on stilts by the water.
Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort
Sumilon Island, Bancogon, Oslob, Cebu
Rates start at P22,000
Sumilon Island, a 24-hectare coral island off the coast of Oslob in southern Cebu, is known for its white-sand beaches, a sandbar that changes shape depending on the tide and season, and a natural lagoon filled with mangroves. Overnight rates are inclusive of breakfast, airport transfers from Mactan Airport and/or Dumaguete Airport, boat transfers from Bancogon to Sumilon Island, 15% off on food and beverage, and 20% off on spa services. Guests also have access to island activities like fishing at the lagoon, trekking, kayaking, and pedal boating.
El Nido Resorts - Pangulasian Island
El Nido, Palawan
Rates start at P49,600
El Nido Resorts' Pangulasian Island ranked 25th in the Condé Nast Traveler list of The Top 30 Resorts in Asia: Reader’s Choice Awards 2020. This eco-luxury island resort provides front-row seats to pristine waters and has a tropical forest for a background. It's a bonus that the spot has breathtaking views of both the sunrise and sunset, plus a clear sky by night time. Room rates include full-board meals, private island-hopping tours, access to a 750-meter stretch of white sand beach, and use of water sports equipment. Like the rest of the El Nido Resorts properties, Pangulasian is implementing a travel bubble scheme until March, which requires guests to stay for three nights on fixed dates.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.