An hour’s flight in a turboprop from Manila followed by 25-minute boat ride across karst-studded waters brings you to Pangulasian Island, the most luxurious of El Nido Resorts’ Bacuit Bay hideaways, which opened in 2013.
Why you’ll want to go: Away from the hustle and bustle of Manila, the property showcases the appeal of Palawan, one of the Philippines’ most treasured destinations. Arrayed between lush rain forest and a sweep of sugar-white sand, the island offer easy access to the bay’s coral-rich waters, which you can explore by kayak or on outings with Pangulasian’s top-notch dive center (there are more than 20 dive sites in the area).
Rooms: Its 42 thatch-roofed villas (some with plunge pools) are designed in a contemporary Filipino style, with sumptuous interiors done up in neutral tones and locally sourced materials such as acacia wood
Things you can do: Whether it’s dining on tropical fruits and fresh salads from the resort’s organic gardens, sampling a traditional hilot massage at the spa, hiking the island’s nature trail, or just soaking up the ravishing views from your balcony, there’s plenty to keep you busy on Pangulasian. For those who wish to venture farther afield, sister properties Miniloc Island and Lagen Island are a short speedboat ride away, as are natural attractions such as the vast limestone cavern of Cathedral Cave.
For more information, visit Pangulasian Island.