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Live Your Best Life at the Most “Extra” Hotels and Resorts in the Philippines

by Mimi Tiu
September 28, 2018

Extra is no longer just a buzzword; for some, it’s actually a way of life.

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And nothing could be more extra—in the best way possible—than a luxurious getaway that makes you feel like the king or kween you are. Think the softest sheets to sink into, lavishly decorated rooms, pristine stretches of white sand, and clear aquamarine waters as far as the eye can see. If it’s perfection you’re after, look no further than these top-notch luxury hotels and resorts across the country—all fully committed to giving you the excellent service you deserve, and encouraging you to go out there and live your best life!

Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa

This 100% self-sustaining island resort features breathtaking views and accommodations that will charm and enchant you at first sight. Choose among the posh Mountain Bungalow, the spacious Hilltop Bungalow, the scenic Mountain Bungalow, or the luxurious Beach Bungalow.

No matter your room choice, you’ll enjoy luxury travel at its finest, with the stunning white-sand beach (probably one of the best and most beautiful in the world!) just a few steps away. Unique experiences, such as the option to ride a transparent kayak called the Molokini—which allows you to see up to 75 feet below the ocean’s surface—make your escape to this majestic hideaway truly unforgettable.

Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa
Malaroyroy, Bulalacao Island
Coron, Palawan
(0917) 146 4990

Misibis Bay

Is adventure your middle name? Head to Misibis Bay found in Albay, Bicol for an action-packed getaway amidst the beautiful Cagraray Island. Within the resort’s man-made cove, your fun-loving tribe can enjoy a wide array of aquatic activities that will generate varying thrill levels: paddle boarding and snorkeling (low), windsurfing and Hobie Cat sailing (moderate), or banana boat riding and jet skiing (extreme). With a private veranda that’s ideal for sunbathing, the secluded beachfront room offers easy access to the cream-colored shoreline and a glorious panorama of the Pacific Ocean.

RELATED: Resort Review: Misibis Bay

Misibis Bay
Cagraray Island, Bacacay
Albay, Bicol
(02) 8661 8888
(0917) 599 1606

Luks Lofts Hotel

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When you’re searching for state-of-the-art accommodations in Batangas, look no further than Luks Lofts Hotel which provides keyless access to its guests through high-technology facial recognition. Inside the two-story apartment, the main door, lights, and air conditioning system can be controlled with just a few clicks on a tablet. With a flatscreen TV in every bedroom, round-the-clock dining services, and a large wave swimming pool smack in the middle of the living room, you’ll be tempted to stay in and take advantage of the swanky space—and that’s totally alright!

Luks Lofts Hotel
Joseling Road, Pallocan West
Batangas City
(043) 302 1000

Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan

Have a laid-back staycation at this posh respite that’s only 20 minutes away from the Mactan Cebu International Airport. This tropical sanctuary’s piece de resistance is an Instagram-worthy infinity pool that seemingly stretches out into the serene Hilutungan Channel. Take a refreshing dip in its crystal clear waters or have your own slice of heaven by checking in at one of 40 spacious villas—each containing a four-poster canopy bed, an open-plan bathroom with bathtub, and an exclusive plunge pool. Making use of all-natural local ingredients, a rejuvenating body or facial treatment at the Aum Spa will help you achieve earthly bliss.

Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
Seascapes Resort Town
Mactan Island, Cebu
(032) 401 9999
(032) 239 3900

Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa

Prepare to be spoiled in this exotic oasis tucked away at the southernmost tip of Bohol. The Panglao Island resort prides itself in making use of native materials such as bamboo and grass to build Filipino-inspired thatched accommodations. Book a stay with three friends at the sophisticated and zen-like Grand Villa, and discover what it feels like to live like modern-day kings and queens. The private swimming pool, whirlpool bathtub, and well-appointed interiors will make it quite a challenge to step out of this exclusive refuge.

Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa
Brgy. Tawala, Panglao Island, Bohol
(02) 8654 6480

Nay Palad Hideaway

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Unplug and unwind at this Siargao-based resort that follows the barefoot luxury philosophy. Just ask for whatever you want and it will be handed to you without the need to pay cash or sign the bill. Aside from residing at one of 10 stunning villas, you can customize your vacation with a jam-packed itinerary suggested by their adventure manager, enjoy a leisurely outing to untouched beaches, try the traditional healing powers of a hilot treatment at the spa village, or be one with the sea while performing yoga poses on stand-up paddle boards.

Nay Palad Hideaway
Malinao Road, Siargao Island
(0917) 701 7840

The Peacock Garden

Pretend you’re a Greek god or goddess on Mount Olympus at this Baclayon, Bohol escape that’s situated on top of a hill. Let time move at an unhurried pace as you walk around the well-manicured property with majestic sculptures and scenic vistas, or spend the entire day being pampered at the Fontana Spa. The Peacock Paradise (a 75-minute massage performed by tandem therapists), Divine Relaxation (a set of head-to-toe vitality treatments), Rejuvenating Wine Bath (a 45-minute soak in antioxidant-rich red wine), and the 90-Minute Body Bliss Massage followed by a 60-Minute Rest and Refresh Treatment are indulgent must-tries.

The Peacock Garden
Upper Laya, Baclayon, Bohol
(0938) 539 9231
(0917) 729 8888

Cauayan Resort

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What’s it like living close to a limestone formation teeming with lush vegetation? At Cauayan Resort, you won’t need to wonder because you’ll be blessed with this glorious imagery 24/7. Nature is the lead star of this idyllic El Nido, Palawan vacation spot, and the rustic Pool Villa plays it up by giving you a 360-degree view of the turquoise horizon, immaculate shoreline, verdant forest, and spectacular sunset—all within the comfort of your al fresco setting suite.

Cauayan Resort
Cauayan Island, Bacuit Bay
El Nido, Palawan
(0919) 587 7350

Anya Resort

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The first luxury nature resort in Tagaytay aims to be your home away from home. Anya Resort goes beyond being just another temporary abode that provides gorgeous landscapes by highlighting the Filipino staff’s warm hospitality through its special lifestyle assistant service—an automatic inclusion for every reservation! By booking an Anya Bliss package, two to three people can enjoy an overnight stay in one of the Junior Twin Suites, a three-course set dinner, and relaxing massages from highly trained therapists.

Anya Resort
Buenavista Hills, Tolentino West
Tagaytay, Cavite
(02) 8657 1640
(046) 419 8040
(0998) 577 9999

Donatela Hotel

The exquisite villas found in this Panglao, Bohol property were inspired by traditional Ifugao tribal houses. Tastefully combining indigenous elements with modern features, each isolated lodge promises a picturesque garden, a decked out terrace or balcony, and a plunge pool (for the Honeymoon and Pool Villas). Explore the area on thoroughbred horses, go diving in the coral triangle, or while away the time by the sparkling cove with a cocktail in hand.

Donatela Hotel
Km. 16 Hoyohoy Tawala
Panglao, Bohol
(038) 510 8472
(0917) 526 6001


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Who hasn’t heard of this famous secluded getaway in Palawan’s Pamalican Island? It’s easy to imagine being marooned on this powder-fine white beach because you hardly interact with anyone but your party. Designed with consummate privacy in mind, Amanpulo’s sprawling, 351-square-meter Luxury Villa gives your group an incomparable beachside view as you swim in the infinity pool or lounge around in the elegantly designed quarters. Other perks include having your own club car (so you can explore the island any time you wish!) and a chef and butler attending to your every whim. How’s that for living the good life?

RELATED: Resort Review: Amanpulo

Pamalican Island, Palawan
(02) 7976 5200

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This article was last edited on March 10, 2020 by the DG Traveler team.

About Mimi
A freelance editor based in Manila, Mimi Tiu finds pleasure in coming up with meticulously detailed travel itineraries, wearing layers in autumn, and chronicling her ice cream discoveries on Instagram at @nicetomitiu.

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