A Look at the Ultra-exclusive Banwa Private Island

The catch? Anyone wishing to stay here must buy out the entire island for a whopping US$100,000 per night.

Photo: Banwa Private Island

A decade of careful development and planning has turned a six-hectare speck off the eastern coast of Palawan into Banwa Private Island, the newest ultra-exclusive resort in the Philippines. It bears the hallmarks of a dream holiday, although there is a catch—anyone wishing to stay here must buy out the entire island for a whopping US$100,000 per night.

The good news? That comes down to a rather less astronomical US$2,000 when divided evenly among 48 guests, who can be spread between six beachfront villas with their own Jacuzzi deck and infinity-edge pool, 12 garden rooms, and a “360-degree” suite perched two stories above the highest point of the isle.

The rate also includes all water sports and outdoor activities—tennis, say, or golf on Banwa’s short course—plus unlimited spa treatments. What’s more, the resort kitchen is overseen by Nadedja Bouacha, a former private chef and nutritionist to the Qatari royal family. How’s that for the ultimate splurge?

More information here.

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2019 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“On The Money”).

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