My Top 10 Philippine Honeymoon Destinations

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.

Drumroll please…

10. Batangas

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).

Acuatico Resort
Eagle Point Resort
Punta Fuego

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.

Buri-Resort-and-Spa-Puerto-Galera
coco-beach-island-resort

8. Boracay

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.

nami-resort
Club-Panoly
boracay-regency
discovery-shores-boracay
Shangri-La’s-Boracay-Resort-and-Spa

7. Bataan

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.

Anvaya

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.

Las Casas Filipinas

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.

thunderbird resort scale model
thunderbird poro point

5. Cebu

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.

shangrila_mactan

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.

plantation-bay-resort-cebu

4. Bohol

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.

Eskaya

Other recommended resorts are the Bohol Beach Club, Panglao Island Nature Resort, and the Bohol Bee Farm.

bohol beach club
Bohol-Bee-Farm
panglao island nature resort

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.

bellarocca
Bellarocca Cliff Villa Lounge

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.

Misibis-Bay

1. Palawan

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.

El-Nido-Lagen-Island-Resort-water-cottages-at-dusk
Honda Bay
Coron

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).

mangenguey island

mangenguey hotel
Dos Palmas

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*

Amanpulo
amanpulo
Romantic-Amanpulo

Now, I’m lusting for our second honeymoon. I can’t wait :)

Life is beautiful.

XOXO,

44 thoughts on “My Top 10 Philippine Honeymoon Destinations

  1. Oh, wow! Wow ! beautiful Philippines. !!! I swear, the beaches are the most beautiful in the world second to none.

    hey, we have a property in Boracay ! Thanks for mentioning that place.

    1. Yes the Philippines is indeed a haven to a lot of beautiful beaches and beautiful places. I haven’t even mentioned all of the beautiful beaches that I have discovered and visited. Will try to make a separate post for them. Btw, what’s the name of your property in Boracay? Is it a resort? Maybe we could go visit it one of these days. We also have a few relatives in Boracay because my dad’s lineage is mainly from Romblon, Iloilo and Boracay :)

    1. Hi derdo! I am not so familiar with the published rates of Bellarocca but I think the cheapest room is around $500 for a one-night stay. It’s actually better to buy vouchers from online promo stores like ensogo, dealgrocer, buyanihan and cash cash pinoy. Ensogo has an office in Global City. Nothing to worry about coz these are all credible online promo stores :)

      The cheapest promo we’ve availed is only a little less than 25K for a 3D/2N stay (with full board meals) exclusive of airfare. To get there you fly to Marinduque airport, then the hotel arranges land and boat transfers for their guests which is also part of the package we availed. The trip will be sometime in November (an off-peak season), in time for our first anniversary as husband&wife :)

    2. went there last year for our anniv celebration. was searching the net for our next anniv celebration destination when i came across this post. :)

      to get there, you can take the RORO (long route) or a plane via ZestAir (30 min or less travel time via air). then from airport, there’s land and then boat transfers. :)

  2. I strongly agree that the Philippines is home to lots of beautiful beaches and wow inspiring places. I’ve seen resorts in some parts of the world like in Phuket, Bali and Barbados and I think ours is still lovelier than any of them. But, how come we don’t gain much from such premise, while those other places make this business their major income drawer. So, I hope people from our tourism business must strive more to market the Beauty of the Philippines. More power to you guys who are diligent in making this kind of post. Bernie.

    1. Hi Bernie! I guess our country don’t put much effort in promoting tourism or the government doesn’t have enough funds for it. Another issue would be the security (or lack thereof) so most tourists are afraid to go here. But yes, given enough attention, our country is home to a lot of beautiful places. And there are still many more wonderful places that are yet to be discovered.

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  4. I’m doing a research/assignment for my demo teaching. Those pictures that you’ve posted will be of much help to students like me. I’m not very good w/ using the net so, thanks for the photos. I’m already 35 and taking up education, I admit I’m a little ignorant in using computers. All I know is to google and copy paste. I accidentally stumble on your page. Thanks again :)

    1. Hi Regine! I’m glad that the photos will be of help to your studies. Let me know if you need more help. I have a post-graduate degree in Education too :)

  5. i so loved all your recommendations.. it’s really great.. anyway, do you know someone/agency offering honeymoon packages? any referrals would be so much appreciated? thanks :P

  6. These places are so beautiful and exotic. Why don’t you try Greece also, this year. Prices are sooo much lower than the prices you mention for these resorts and this place, Olive Hill, has a unique, authentic greek atmosphere. The beaches also are tropical !!

  7. thanks for posting this,its inspire me a lot where i could bring my love one in this beautiful places.

  8. Hi Micah,

    I love the ways to how you present the beauty of each place. Perfect! Like you, I’m also inspired by the wonders of traveling though I’m still on my early stage. Planning to go to BOCARAY this December 2012 with my fiancee and backpack the neighboring places, Ilo-ilo, Guimaras, Bacolod. It’ll be a lot of expense I’m sure thus Im looking for any possible way to saving our limited cash. Can you suggest me cheap accommodations to stay in Boracay, let’s say P500/night room. You think there are? Thank you.

    Regards,
    Pam

    http://pamelajabeocol.com

    1. Hi Pam! Thank you for the lovely comment. Re cheap accommodations in Boracay. I’m sorry but 500/night room is not possible in this very expensive island. The cheapest I’ve come across is Dave’s Straw Hut Inn. They offer 700/per person per night. They have a website, just google it :)

  9. Nice Beautiful!! Awesome list of destinations! anyway, Try also checking it out through DPC yellow Canvass, Its a free canvassing tool online. They’ll give you a list of reliable destinations/hotels/travel agencies and etc.

    You might want to check their website:
    Here’s the link:
    http://www.dpc.ph/
    It is very helpful, i’d used it many times and it really helped me a lot.

  10. nice post Micah :) thanks for this great list of top honeymoon destinations in Phillipines. Hope this would be very helpful when we decide on our honeymoon destinations <3

  11. I will be wed on 28th of December and I can’t choose which one my husband to be and I will spend honeymoon.. those places above are soooooo… beautiful

  12. Hi Micah, Thanks for this fantastic information. I’m planning my honeymoon at the moment and we’re definitely considering Palawan at the top of our list.
    Just wondering which place you stayed at there for your honeymoon?
    Would love the first hand advice.
    Thanks!

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