Boracay is probably the best-known island in the Philippines, thanks to its powder-white beach and pumping party scene. But the quieter, remote Palawan has its own share of fans. Astoria, in the capital city of Puerto Princesa, is giving tourists a more fun way of spending time at the island known as the country’s last frontier.
Rooms: Pastel colors dominate the 40 luxurious suites and 72 botanical-inspired rooms, which were designed to appeal to younger travelers. Deep brown mahogany was installed on walls for a tropical-inspired look, while sea-inspired artworks and vibrant wallpapers provide a splash of vibrant colors.
Don’t miss: Situated in a 50,000-square-meter mango orchard, the property comes with an enormous water park, which occupies almost a quarter of the resort. Suitable for kids, it has dizzying, massive slides; slow, flowing rivers; and powerful, faux waterfalls.
But no one goes to Palawan just to stay within a resort’s confines. Astoria is a good base to explore the eight-kilometer-long St. Paul Underground River or the numerous islands that dot Honda Bay, a favorite diving spot. Children will also be delighted with a trip to Rancho Sta. Monica, a private animal sanctuary that offers spectacular views of the sea.
Deals: Get a quarter off from regular rates if you want to stay from October 16 to December 22, 2017. The catch: prospective guests need to book on or before July 31. For more information, please click this link.