Amanpulo in Pamalican Island, Philippines
Each elegant Aman Resort welcomes a distinctive clientele. Amanpulo, on its own private island just an hour's flight southwest from Manila, is a sun-kissed retreat for true beach lovers. Part of the Cuyo Archipelago, northeast of Palawan Island, guests arrive by private plane to the island’s own airstrip. Each of the expansive Villas and the 42 beachfront, treetop and hillside Casitas, reflect their island home both inside and out. Pamper yourself at the Spa set on a hillside above the treetops designed as a tranquil sanctuary. Enjoy cuisine featuring locally-caught seafood and island-grown vegetables and herbs on the menu. Dishes can be centered around ingredients that guests pick themselves from the island’s organic garden.
Whether it is sailing or scuba diving, windsurfing or simply frolicking in the water, Amanpulo offers an abundance of aquatic activities, all available to novices and experts alike. On land, tennis courts and bicycles are complemented by nature walks, which take in the lush indigenous plants as well as the dozens of bird species that make seasonal homes on the island and the nesting sites of green and hawksbill sea turtles. At night, an astronomical refracting telescope helps get up close to the stars.
Location of Amanpulo
Nearest Airport: MNL
Amenities for Amanpulo
- General Information
- 50 Guest Rooms
- Room Service
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Spa Services
- Wellness Center
- Beach Access
- Honeymoons & Romance
- Luxury Tents & Open Air
- Spa & Wellness
Reviews for Amanpulo
True to the Aman Resorts' reputation, Amanpulo excels in privacy, service, ambience and food. As guests, one has the privacy yet their staff is always ready to assist and always ready with a greeting and a smile making one feel that you are "at home". Food is excellent and the different restaurants around ensures that every meal won't be crowded and having a different scenery each time. Rooms and its amenities : hands down one of the best i've experienced.
ymalih - Davao City, Philippines
Dream place! Everything's perfect and up to now... I'm speechless! What a wonderful stay! From departure to arrival everything was detailed and well orchestrated. Thank you Amampulo Team for making our stay a memorable one.
jagrabu - Paranaque, Philippines
We took great care choosing the location for a special belated celebratory holiday. As ardent devotees of both the Far East and Aman properties, and never having been to the Philippines, Amanpulo seemed a good choice. It most certainly was! All seven nights and days there were total unadulterated bliss. It is a long way from the UK, and took us three flights on our return trip, via Hong Kong. If it had worked out time wise, we would have opted to spend three nights in Hong Kong at the end, rather than the start of the trip, to break the journey up. The hustle and bustle of Hong Kong would however have been a serious shock after the total tranquility of Pamalican island! That said, we really enjoyed the 70 minute flight to Amanpulo from Manila in the small plane, flying over the archipelago and felt like celebrities with the red carpet, presentation of flowers round our neck, personal greeting by the manager, our own golf buggy waiting to greet us. We would very much recommend the beach casitas. Beautiful though I am sure the villas are, we enjoyed the large floor space of both the bedroom/ living area of the casita and its beautiful bathroom, plus the fact it was a thirty second stroll down a beautiful sandy path to our own sun loungers, right in front of the incredibly blue Sulu Sea and the whitest of white soft sand. We could not have wanted for more. If you needed to cool off, the sea, almost the temperature of bath water and cerulean blue, was only feet away, with curious but charming tropical fish happy to swim around you in the shallows. As ever, the room was beautifully designed, with a large, supremely comfortable bed, oodles of reclining and leisure space and seats both inside and on the wooden deck outside, plus with really effective " his and her's" separate sinks, dressing areas and storage space. The free standing bath was divine, as were the products and the shower. We really appreciated the fact that all contents of the mini bar were included - beers, lemonade, even Fever Tree tonic waters, coconut juice, plus all manner of interesting "nibbles" in a separate drawer, from nuts, chocolate and dried fruit and cookies on the top. A daily platter of fresh tropical fruit, combined with the delicious breakfasts meant we most certainly did not need lunch. The mini bar was also always fully restocked as part of the nightly turn down service. We stayed in casita 21- a stunning view from the casita, private and yet close enough to other facilities. The Aman "fairies", who always seem to know when best to service the room, were up to their usual standard, and we loved the hammock in our "garden", the outdoor shower and having our own golf buggy to drive to the Club House, gym etc. Great fun and useful to have in the heat or when it (occasionally) rained. We chose to have all breakfasts in the Beach Club as it was such a glorious stroll, maximum of five minutes, along the stupendous beach from our casita. Why wouldn't you? Having the option of either looking out over such a beautiful sea and Manamoc island whilst having breakfast proved irrestible, lovely through the breakfast in the main Club House, I am sure. Either chilled Enya- esque or Bosanova music was played quietly in the background and the Eggs Benedict, Fritata, granola with fruit, yogurt and honey were delicious, as were all manner of freshly squeezed fruit, vitamin and detox juices, all made to order. We enjoyed two delicious dinners at the Club House, with the Filipino options being particularly recommended, but overall preferred the relaxed atmosphere and location of the Beach Club. The staff there were also so incredibly friendly and charming- especially Jeromel and Alex. Jeromel always took such an interest in us, without being at all intrusive and seemed genuinely happy to work there, as did all the staff. On our last morning, he and Alex even put some tulips specially on our preferred breakfast table - such a wonderful touch and they seemed genuinely sad to see us leave ( as were we!) Other things to recommend: The paella at the Beach Club - really yummy The private beach dinner- an amazing set up, oh so romantic and do pay the slight extra cost for the a guitarist to play to you for an hour. The singer we had, Paul, was incredible. The snorkelling trips and swimming with such amazing turtles The Schiller bikes as a fun activity Walking around the whole island- only takes about one and a half hours. Watching the release of baby turtles, if you are lucky enough for it to happen when you are there. We saw 91 being released and it was one of those pinch yourself moments. Asking for things not specifically on the menu if you fancy them. For example, the Croque Monsieur which Jeromel kindly arranged for me one morning to have as a change. Delicious it was, too. It is also fine to request items on the main Club House dinner menu at the the Beach Club, as the former has a larger selection of dishes. The Thai green curry was particularly good. Enjoying the space and shade in the beautiful salas around the beautiful main pool. The latter was also always very quiet. For late October, we were lucky with the weather; slightly windy for the first day or two and a bit overcast, if still very warm and with some strong sun. For the rest of the week however there were the bluest of blue skies and seas and spectacular sunsets. It was perfect for us, and yet we had the benefit of inclusive half board at that time of year, and the food was of an excellent and very varied standard. Our only slight negative was the cost of wine. We really do not mind paying, and realise it was a private island, but nearly Â£90 for a bottle of wine was prohibitive and seemed unnecessarily high; significantly higher than in a similar property in the Maldives, for example. A cocktail was cheaper than a glass of wine. We treated ourselves to both, as why go all that way and not enjoy a drink with dinner, but are sure that people would buy more wine if it was not as seriously expensive. In sum however it was the most glorious trip - seven days in pure paradise. White orchids in the trees, yellow and white birds flitting about, turtles occasionally bobbing about off the shore, et al. Even the odd monitor lizard roaming around ( not quite as appealing) added to the tropical atmosphere. Expensive yes, but oh so worth it! It was really was the jet set lifestyle personified, complete with private plane and island, but in typical Aman fashion, all very much understated luxury and not at all ostentatious. A real sense of place too, as with all of their properties. Not remotely corporate, but as if you were part of a private house party, with nothing to sign for after drinks or meals, with everyone knowing your name and taking such a genuine interest in you. This was our eighth Aman stay. Whilst three of the Indonesian Amans will always have a particularly special place in my heart - Amanjiwo, Amandari and Amankila for being so totally special, in stunning settings and seriously "wow"- Amanpulo is different again and is now way up there amongst my favourites. Highly, highly recommended; you really will not regret staying in such a beautiful, totally unique place.
S.Wilkinson - Oxford
Awesome service. It really is a paradise. We stayed in a treetop casita. Structures looked a bit dated already, but they were well maintained, and the little luxuries makes guests feel truly pampered. Room was very spacious, we had welcome fruits, the treetop casita opened up to trees and native birds flying just outside your balcony. You still had privacy because of the location. Guests had their own buggies to drive around the resort. You can also ask to borrow bikes for free. Our package included a massage - the massage area had excellent views, outstanding service. We also enjoyed the mini-astronomy lessons at night - they had a telescope and guests could see the moon and other planets up close (depending on the time of the year and visibility). The location is beautiful but I think it is in how the resort treats its guests that truly make a difference. Guests feel truly relaxed. Would love to go back.
xtravelled - Manila
What can I say that already hasnâ€™t been said? For us, it was a dream-like four night, five day honeymoon. Far exceeding even our highest expectations, Amanpulo makes normal people like us grateful to have had the chance to experience such simple luxury. Now Iâ€™m afraid no place on earth will be able to match, let alone exceed the level of attention and service we received. Iâ€™m no jetsetter, and granted this is the first Aman resort Iâ€™ve ever stayed at (and Iâ€™ve heard good things about the other properties). But still, something feels special about this place. First off to start, being on a beautiful private island in the middle of the Sulu Sea, that is only reachable by private jet. Having your own white sand, emerald beach all to yourselves. Incredible service. The staff are so nice and dedicated to making you comfortable and happy. The Filipino hospitality definitely shines through. We heard some mixed reviews about the food, but we were very happy with our experience. Breakfast at the Beach Club and dinner at the Clubhouse, as well as the Private Sunset BBQ were the highlights. Also, highly recommend reserving the Kawayan Bar. You feel like youâ€™re the only ones in the sea, free to swim or snorkel while sipping away on some cocktails and snacks. Having our own golf cart to get around the island was also fun. We stayed in a Hillside Casita and it was amazing. All the Casitas have similar layouts but the Hillside ones have a great view of the ocean. Morning yoga class, kayaking, paddle boarding, sauna, pool time, snorkeling, stargazing are just some of the activities we enjoyed. Most special of all was the baby hawksbill turtle releasing. We were lucky enough that there was a hatching during our stay. I believe the nesting season runs from March to October. We loved that the island felt relatively empty. Apparently December to February is busy season so something to keep in mind. For a resort thatâ€™s been around for over 20+ years, it certainly still feels fresh and new. So expensive, but worth it. Hope we can return someday. Thank you Amanpulo!
pjbaik - New York, NY