One of the most overlooked part (I’m speaking from experience here) of the wedding planning is the honeymoon destination. So to help couples on this aspect, I am posting here my top 10 recommendations for Philippine honeymoon destinations.
I haven’t traveled the whole Philippine Island yet so I want to give priority to our homeland first before suggesting other out-of-the-country destinations. For some destinations, I have mentioned the whole province which means that there are a lot of beautiful resorts and hotels to visit in that place and it would be difficult to narrow down your choices to only one. While for others, I specifically mentioned my suggested resort or hotel.
Why go far if you can find the moon and stars nearby? :P
The proximity of Batangas to Manila and the good quality of most of the main provincial roads are advantageous for the existing attractions and facilities of the province. Batangas is famed for its beaches and its tourism industry has been regarded as a contributor to the economy of the province. I would suggest staying at Punta Fuego (sponsorship required), Acuatico Resort (with their beautiful infinity pool) and Eagle Point Resort (if you and your husband are diving enthusiasts). More recent beach resorts I have been to are Aquaria inside Playa Calatagan, Stilts Resort also in Calatagan, La Luz Beach Resort, Virgin Beach Resort, Tali Beach Resort and of course Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club – Hamilo Coast (sponsorship required).
9. Oriental Mindoro
For most people, Mindoro Beach is synonymous with Puerto Galera’s white beach which I think is not an ideal place for a honeymoon. It’s a bit too crowded and not quite fit for a bit of a downtime. But hey, who says Mindoro ends in the shores of Puerto Galera’s white beach? On the other side of white beach lies a more private beach shore called Sabang. You can stay either in Buri Resort & Spa or in Coco Beach Island Resort.
For some people, Boracay is not so special anymore but let’s face it, Boracay is undeniably a beautiful place with powdery white sand, long stretch of beach shore, not to mention with lots of beautiful people around and of course good food. Boracay is like a home away from home. You can go clubbing at night if you want to or eat in any of your fave restaurants. I just don’t know if this suits your idea of a honeymoon :) You can stay in one of the more exclusive resorts there like the Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa, Discovery Shores, Boracay Regency Hotel, Nami Spa & Resort or Club Panoly Resort Hotel. Other resort names skip me right now.
The once unassuming province of Bataan is now being developed into a prime tourist destination. Proofs are the exclusive Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club and the majestically crafted houses of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.
“Anvaya” means “family” in the ancient Sanskrit language, a return to meaningful family traditions is at the core of everything at the Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club. This by- membership only resort is located in Morong, Bataan developed and owned by the Ayala Land Corporation. The place speaks so much of relaxation, recreation, and reflection. Anvaya has a contemporary Asian design, artfully displayed rocks, and strategically positioned lounge chairs..perfect for the serenity you’re looking for.
You can also visit Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan. It is home to exact replicas of some of the Philippines’ century old houses. You can also rent the houses for accommodations or you can have your pictorial in this photogenic small community that truly showcases Filipino talent, ingenuity and craftsmanship.
6. Thunderbird Resort Poro Point
The finest and only five-star hotel in the Northern Philippine region (La Union), Thunderbird Resorts –Poro Point comes with a full set of world-class services and amenities. It is a fairly new destination, perfect for that private and quiet moments you’re looking for.
It is known to be the oldest city in the country and is also known for its charming, warm, and tropical ambience.
It is home to some of the finest resorts too like the Philippines’ premier five-star resort, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa Cebu which is a lush garden retreat ideal for vacationers and families.
This Cebu luxury resort features kid’s play areas, a wide range of restaurants, and CHI, one of the largest and most luxurious spas in the region.
And of course there is Plantation Bay Resort and Spa which is perfect for romance, relaxation and family fun. Plantation Bay offers one of the largest privately owned waterways in the world, with the clean elegance of colonial-plantation architecture. Decompress from life’s pressures in the healing tranquility of an environment that truly feels “away from it all.” If you have ever spent time at a tropical plantation, you know what I mean. If not, come and discover a refreshingly different flavor of life.
Bohol is an island province consisting of Bohol Island and 75 minor surrounding islands! Wow, that’s a lot of islands ;) It is a popular tourist destination with its beautiful beaches and resorts. And of course the Chocolate Hills and the tarsier (considered the second-smallest primate in the world)!
More popular resorts in Bohol are the Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa, a 5-star beachfront resort nestled in Panglao Island. With a sprawling 16-hectare lot, 600 meters of it on the beachfront, laying claim to a portion of the 5-kilometer stretch of coral white sand that Panglao Island is famous of. The property is blessed with rolling hills, plateaus, a short cliff, a ravine, caves, and the white sand beach. Guests are treated to awe-inspiring mountain views and spectacular sea views aside from first class spa facilities, fine dining, and prompt and efficient services.
Other recommended resorts are the Bohol Beach Club, Panglao Island Nature Resort, and the Bohol Bee Farm.
3. Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa
Bellarocca Island is situated off the south west coast of the Marinduque province. Characterized by seaside cliffs, valleys, hills and sparsely dotted plains across this heart-shaped region, therein lies even more impressively hot springs, waterfalls and underwater flora and fauna. With its white Santorini-inspired architecture on rolling terrain contrasted with the azure blue of the sky above and the clear water below. In addition to these, there are caves that await exploration by adventurous travelers. Many are yet to be fully investigated or documented.
2. Misibis Bay
Tucked away in the lush province of Albay known for the legendary, perfectly-shaped Mayon Volcano, a breathtaking tropical paradise awaits those who seek the extraordinary, the extravagant and the enchanting. Misibis Bay rests in the lush island of Cagraray in Bacacay, Albay. From Legazpi City it’s a 30-minute trip by luxury fast water craft or an hour’s drive along the scenic coastline. It is a luxury island playground where you can surround yourself with the wonders of nature.
I’ll always be partial to Palawan because it was our honeymoon place ;)
When you hear Palawan you only think of Honda Bay (the coastline of the capital of Palawan, Puerto Princesa City), El Nido or Coron resorts and beaches. These are all lovely and such exquisitely beautiful places to visit.
But if you want more privacy, impeccable service and upper class accommodations you can always go to Mangenguey Island Hotel (owned by an American-Spanish couple who gives personalized services to their guests) and Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa (they have tightened their security after the kidnapping incident many years ago).
And of course the infamous luxury resort, Amanpulo (which literally means peaceful island). The place is a secluded, beautiful, scenic and romantic hideaway perfect for honeymooners. If only we can afford it. Wishful thinking*
Now, I’m lusting for our second honeymoon. I can’t wait :)
Life is beautiful.