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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
We've stayed at other Amans, and sampled similar resorts in El Nido so we were really looking forward to Amanpulo. Unluckily, we somehow managed to pick the cloudiest days in February for our trip (at least according to the forecast). Nonetheless, the quality of Amanpulo showed through. The beach and its gem-like water glowed even on the most overcast day. Thankfully, the weather began to turn on our 2nd day and the signature sunny skies and twinkling ocean came to life. According to other reviews, the only weaknesses I could find tended to revolve around the food and the state of the rooms. I couldn't disagree more on both fronts. Each meal was delicious and there is plenty of variety between the three restaurants. The picnic grove (which serves the wood fire pizzas) I think is only worth going once (as selection is limited) but the beach club is great for lunch and club house is great for dinner. Nama is also def worth a try for dinner one night, even though sadly it is not included in the half-board package. As for the rooms, they seemed as immaculate as they were 25 years ago. Aman clearly takes great care in their renovations and all the modern amenities are included. We were pleasantly surprised. The staff are just so warm and pleasant, I think you will find them a real treat. I'm sure I'm missing someone but Rodel, Jovie, Gerald, and Chloe in the clubhouse were real treasures. Romy, Rony, Francisco, and Raul at the tennis club were so much fun, and hilarious! Great hitting partners, I can't wait to play with you all again. I agree with others that the beach casitas are the way to go. We went with a treetop casita since it seemed such a bargain and seemed to be more conveniently located to clubhouse and beach club but it was sort of a pain having to grab our things every time we wanted to see the beach. Next time we will definitely go beach casita. Some constructive criticism: we had one issue with the room not being made up in the morning, even when we specifically requested it while we dined for breakfast. it was particularly surprising given we were the only people in the restaurant so presumably everyone else was still asleep or still in their room, so it's not like the housekeeping would've been particularly busy. you would think as soon as someone shows up in the clubhouse, they give a signal to house keeping that the room is available to be cleaned. nonetheless, the mistake was not repeated. getting drink service on the beach can be a bit hit or miss. it is not like amangiri where as soon as you sit down there are waiters on you asking if you'd like anything or giving you a snack or cold towel. granted, there were times when it was automatic, but usually i felt i had to play it safe and go up to the beach club and ask in advance. not a huge deal, but not quite aman-like. most importantly (and this seems to be a common issue for other reviewers), the issue of young children popped up again and again during our stay. ultimately, the fault lies with the parents: screaming kids running around during dinner in the clubhouse, or screaming for their mommies on the beach, just ruins a relaxing atmosphere. there should be some ettiquette or guidelines that aman gives the parents prior to arriving, otherwise i would suggest not allowing children under 13 at the resort, or at least tell them to dine in their rooms or play on their own part of the beach so as to not disturb other guests. it just totally ruined so many moments of the stay. this is aman, not chuckie cheeses. finally, the music was so beautiful and magical in the clubhouse. the singers and guitarists are so very talented. not sure how the GM could have such good taste in one regard, and such poor taste with the 90s euro dance hall music blasting at the beach club and picnic grove. no one wants to hear that, least of all while relaxing on the beach. that pulsating bass drum will haunt my amanpulo dreams. i asked on multiple occasions for it to be shut off, yet they didn't get the hint and there it was on future days. this is aman, not some trashy ibiza beach motel. as you can see, there were ups and downs, but ultimately i still have to give amanpulo 5* as its quality continually rose to the surface, above any lumps we may have experienced. as i said, we are already planning our return, and will be trying to avoid similar pitfalls next time.
Our trip starts at the Amanpulo lounge, cozy and relaxing..a good start. We flew for an hour and voila!! Here we are on this beautiful white powder sand beach. It was raining but we were warmly welcomed, accomodating staff with our charming guest assistant, Maiika. The room is a luxury version of the bahay kubo, big bathroom which is important for us, comfy bed and just a gew steps from the most beautiful beach.,,yes we had a beach casita room. For us the best loacation, a real holiday vibe. Food was very good and service is Aman high standard..staff is always there for your whims and wishes which is Important on my holiday list. Nama is our favorite resto with fresh fish flown in from Tsukiji market daily, the beach restaurant has lovely local fish and for easy dining the beach club, the filipino crispy pata was a dellight.. Relaxed atmosphere wih music. And not to forget our romantic beach barbecue was great too with the lovely sunset, perfect birthday setting. We love to relax and do nothing and this place is perfect. Quiet, private, gorgeous beach (top)and lovely staff to assist you. Its paradise on earth!! We love Amanpulo and we will surely com back and become Aman junkies.
Mayfair V - Wollerau
Amanpulo is truly an amazing island. The staff made this island extra special. Their attention to details is marvelous. We got to experience something new everyday of our stay here. I have been to Bora Bora last April 2017 the island is beautiful and got a good service. At Amanpulo we were pampered! Aman Resort should be proud of Amanpulo staff. Worth every penny!
janjayD - Brentwood, California
There are so many great reviews of the Amanpulo here that I can't do much more than vouch for this being a truly marvellous resort. Compact, quite understated, truly stunning sand, modestly 'islandy', no swagger plantings, sensible buildings not mini-palaces and it all works. Considerate staff, with an element of guidance as well as service. So often it is far from easy in a resort to catch the pace and things on offer, but at the Amanpulo the staff gently suggest things. Rarely a manger in sight which seemed strange until I was aware of how brilliant the staff are with no need of a big-shot breathing down their necks. It isn't an Aman plonked on an island in the Philippines; it is a Philippine Aman. It ain't cheap and it really is worth the premium. Just as General MacArthur said when he left the Philippines, I shall return. My compliments to everyone who built and run it.
DavidSW1 - London, UK
We stayed as a large group traveling together, the beach bungalows were perfect to have privacy from the group and other guests when needed. The property had multiple restaurants and meeting areas so we never interfered with the other guests during our group meals. All of our needs and demands were met and I would love to go back with just my family in the future. If you are looking to relax, have a high end experience and taste amazing local foods this is the place to go.
kmstrips - San Francisco, California