Words by Carlie Tucker
When you're surrounded by the natural splendour of the Philippines, a stay in anything less than 5-stars simply won't do. Somehow the beaches seem more serene and the volcanic views more verdant when your island holiday is highlighted by the comforts that come with the decadence of staying in a luxury suite. That's certainly the case with these four 5-star resorts, proving that pampering and the Philippines go hand in hand.
This island paradise invites guests to "lose yourself in luxury and find your path to peace", which is easily done thanks to a heavenly location surrounded by turquoise waters and Puka shell beaches. As the only resort on the island, Shangri-La Boracay provides guests with a cocoon of luxury complete with all the amenities you could possibly need to enjoy yourself. Rooms, suites and villas are available, the latter of which comes complete with butler service.
Days can be spent on the beach beneath swaying palms or taking thrill in a range of sea activities (parasailing or deep sea diving anyone?), while evenings are a more subdued affair accentuated by fine dining among the treetops and golden sunsets.
Find a slice of paradise amidst the bustle of Manila at the Makati Shangri-La. This premium hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of Makati's best shopping, and entertainment precincts, yet envelopes guests in the tranquillity of signature Shangri-La style. Decadence is assured from the lobby right through to the rooms and suites, all of which treat guests to modern comfort and premium amenities as well as a stunning array of city views.
It couldn't be easier to slip into holiday mode with the luxurious Spa at the Shangri-La providing treatments inspired by the ancient art of traditional Filipino healing called Hilot. Or treat yourself to a dining experience at one of the five on-site restaurants before capping things off with a nightcap at one of three lounges.
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Maribago Blue Water Beach Resort, Cebu
Approximately an hour from Manila, the island of Cebu calls to holiday makers with the promise of pristine tropical beauty, glorious beaches and the laidback elegance of Maribago Blue Water Beach Resort. Epitomising 5-star service, this resort showcases the best of Filipino culture. With a range of room options available, Premier Deluxe right up to Amuma Spa Suites and Royal Bungalows, guests are immersed in traditional yet modern style and comfort.
As you might expect, everything you could possibly need is at your fingertips with on-site facilities worthy of the 5-star rating. This includes the lavish Amuma Spa and decadent dining options. Those that can peel themselves away from the comforts of the resort are also treated to a host of watersports and leisure activities. This includes everything from jet-skiing and scuba-diving to nature walks and marine wildlife lagoons.
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Pan Pacific Manila
Award-winning service and sleek, modern style are par for the course when you stay at Pan Pacific in the heart of the historic Spanish Quarter of Manila's Malate. When you're not relishing the traditions of the surrounding city, rest, relax and recharge with all the trappings of this luxury resort. There are three types of rooms and four types of suites available, including the Presidential Suite, which is the height of Pan Pacific's exquisite style.
Beyond the rooms, a range of facilities ensure your optimal comfort. This includes an outdoor oasis swimming pool complete with Poolside Bar, VIP Gym and round the clock butler service at your disposal. With advance notice, babysitting services are also available for younger guests.