Finding a decent hotel often takes up an important part of my travel arrangements. I will not deny it, I like the comforts, and I think I have left behind the era of off-road travelers in which I slept anywhere.
My 1-month trip to the Philippines covered much of the month of November, the month prior to what is considered high season (December to June). So I found many Philippine beach resorts at half price and some almost at a bargain price. But despite being the low season and being lucky to find accommodation at lower prices, I want to confess that November is not the best month to travel to the Philippines as it rains most of the time. So I strongly recommend not to travel in the rainy season.
In this post, I will help you make a travel plan in the Philippines. At this time, I’ll show you the top 10 best beach resorts in the Philippines that have a hospitable Filipino spirit. Read on!
1. Plantation Bay Resort
My route through the Philippines began on the island of Mactan. And Plantation Bay Resort was my first experience on Philippine’s beach resorts. I believe that it is one of the best options for all those who come to Lapu Lapu city and want to discover the fascinating island.
Plantation Bay Resort is 34 minutes away from Mactan International Airport. Riding a MyBus or taxi is the most comfortable way to get here. Beware of non-air-conditioned public transit. The traffic and the stench of Cebu’s highways is one that you’ll not bear while heading to this beach Resort. The trip to the resort took me like 1 hour, but it was a short distance that could have taken 20 min.
However, I was impressed upon arriving at the resort. The colonial architecture of the buildings standing within the premises of plantation bay features traditional Filipino building elements such as open balconies and verandas, nipa roofing, mixed wood, and concrete walls, etc.
Accommodation here ranges from 2-4 bedroom private two-floor cottages. Some even have their own swimming pools. Nevertheless, don’t worry if you can’t make a reservation for those that have these. On the premises, there are numerous public swimming pools that are perfect for kids and adults.
The budgetary requirement for Plantation Bay Resort never exceeds 1500 dollars if you’re staying for a week. On the other hand, you might have to spend more if you’re planning to stay for more days.
2. Beach Club Resort
A few miles away from Cebu is the humble island of Bohol. Here, I realized that most people are making a living by growing rice. Boholanos are famous for their sumptuous dishes that will make eating hard to stop. The beaches are great too. And if you’re looking for a place that serves good food, provides great reservations, and has a wonderful view of the ocean, Beach Club Resort is the place to go.
Beach Club Operates in Panglao, an Island in Bohol’s northern region that’s 20 kilometers away from the capital: Tagbilaran. Going to this beach is easy. Suppose you arrive at any of the Philippine International Airport’s, hurry and book a flight to Panglao. After you arrive in Panglao, find a local van that’s headed to Beach Club Resort.
My trip took about half an hour or 1 hour. But I enjoyed it because the roads of Bohol are very scenic. In addition, I was impressed scenic beauty of this resort beach. It has grass-lined pavements that lead straight to open tables near the sea. The private cottages and other buildings, where you can stay for the night, look very classy with their brown roofing, spacious balconies, and very breathy construction.
The food here is never a problem. Within Beach Club Resort is a restaurant that serves Filipino dishes, and some of the foods that I recommend are the adobo, crispy pata (deep-fried pork), Pinoy style barbecue, and roasted fish.
3. Amorita Beach Resort
I love treating myself, and during my vacation, I chose the Amorita Beach Resort. And without a doubt, this is one of the best beach resorts in the Philippines that I stayed. It is the most flirtatious and romantic accommodation option in Alona. I dare to say that it is the best accommodation on Alona beach.
Amorita is strategically located on a small hill at the end of the beach with direct access to it. You are close to the beach but away from its hustle and bustle, from street vendors, and from the crowd in general.
What I liked most about Amorita was its infinity pool. An ideal place to disconnect and enjoy looking at the sea when you do not want to go on an excursion but rather enjoy sunbathing, reading quietly, etc.
The pool in this resort is very nice, but the rooms are not bad either, very comfortable and spacious. They have television, air conditioning, and hot water. Breakfast is buffet style and is served in the pool restaurant, which is included in the price of accommodation.
4. Hippocampus Island Resort
The little boat that brought me from the port of Maya to Malapascua dropped me off at Bounty beach, the main beach in Malapascua, and I only had to walk a few minutes to get to Hippocampus located on the same beach.
The most characteristic of the accommodations located on Bounty beach is the diving atmosphere that you breathe. I saw groups of foreigners learning (beer in hand) to take the diving course or preparing the equipment before going out to sea or upon arrival from a dive.
Hippocampus offers different types of rooms. I stayed in the standard room, the simplest of all, located on the second floor. My room had a fan and hot water. Breakfast is included in the price and is served right on the beach, a real treat!
What I liked most about Hippocampus is that it offer happy hour every day before sunset. So, even if you do not stay in this resort, I recommend that some afternoon (or all of them as I did) come and enjoy a mango shake or a rum cola while the sun goes down. Unforgettable experience!
5. Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort
Malapascua caught me in such a way that I decided to extend my days on the island. The truth is that I enjoyed my time in Hippocampus. But while I was walking through the town, I visited other hotels in search of more tranquility. In one of the alleys that make up the labyrinthine town, I found the Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort. I looked out, and I loved its garden! The place conveyed pure tranquility and harmony. So I moved in.
The rooms at Malapascua are arranged in small houses around the garden that I had liked so much. It has rooms with fans or air conditioning and all of them with hot water. I decided on a room with a fan.
The best thing about the accommodation is its silence. You cannot hear the sound of the numerous roosters in the town, a problem that you may suffer in other beach resorts in the Philippines. WiFi signal is especially good in common areas. But on the outside, it reaches the rooms very slightly.
6. Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort
The Philippines has many underwater rivers. However, none can compare to the one in Puerto Princessa. The Puerto Princessa Subterranean river stretcher for 8.2 kilometers under a vast cave. By following this river via a small boat, I enjoyed the views of stalactites, stalagmites, and other cave formations that you’ve never seen before.
After the boat ride in the cave, I chose to stay in Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort. This is where most tourists go. I loved its landscape which consists of a wide flatland that carabao grasses cover and numerous coconut trees. Also, numerous elevated spots gave me a panoramic view of the pools, trees, and villas.
Villas here are very spacious. Their interior follows a traditional minimalist Filipino design. Comprising their insides are large beds, moderately sized bamboo chairs and tables, wide wooden balcony sliding doors with glass panels, and varnished wooden flooring.
I recommend hiking while here. All areas of Daluyon are free for exploration. But do it in the daytime so that you won’t get lost. Don’t worry about the sun because coconut trees provide excellent shade. Daluyon is windy too, and you won’t have to worry about feeling hot while walking.
7. Misibis Bay Resort
The five times I spent the night in Palawan, I stayed in this resort three times. And what I liked the most about it was its location close to places where you can have dinner, since on the second night I arrived in the city at night, tired and without much desire to walk more than necessary or to be taking taxis.
A mix of modern Asian and traditional Filipino architecture inspires the landscaping and buildings of this resort. Grass and rock-lined pavement with flowers on the sides, coconut trees, non-flowering plants, and stone pathways make up most of Misibis’ landscape. On the other hand, the buildings have bent scaffolding, color metal roofing, and glass-paneled balconies that characterize the buildings.
During the day, I had options of numerous swimming pools and also a beach. There’s even an essence spa that specializes in the traditional Filpino massage or hilot. In connection, the beach is perfect for sunbathing. The white sand is very soft on the back, and a wide blanket is enough for you to lie down.
Another thing I had to point out is that you can camp here (I would have taken this option I knew earlier). However, this is only available if you pick the tents that Misibis Beach Resort offers as rentals to clients. By the way, Cagraray Eco-park is near Misibis beach resort, and renting the ATVs and bikes that Misibis Beach Resort has is great for exploring it. Also, Cagraray offers a great view of the cone-shaped Mt. Mayon, so don’t let it pass.
8. Shangri-La Resort
The typical beaches in Boracay are spots for extravagant late-night parties, jamming sessions with bands, and graceful performances of fire dancers. And as a result, many come not to relax but to find the fun that their hometowns don’t have. And being a very touristic town, I could tell that it is home to some of the best beach resorts in the Philipines.
I booked my stay at Shangri-La is a beach resort, and I realized that it operates differently from its peers. Compared to other resorts in Boracay, which focused on putting new establishments year after year, Shangri-La put importance on preserving the greeneries in its surroundings. In effect, buildings with plants subdivided into different groups characterize Shangri-La’s geography.
I found everything in this beach resort to enjoy my time in Boracay. It has a cliffside view of the sea, a long coastline that’s lined with traditional Filipino huts, a swimming pool overlooking the beach, and a guided tour that allowed me to take a glimpse of Boracay from the sea. Accommodation here ranges from suites, villas, and rooms that feature varying scenic views of the vegetation and the sea. Definitely, this is one of the best beach resorts in the Philippines.
9. Miniloc Island Resort
El Nido resorts is a beach resort that owns several beaches in Miniloc, Apulit, Lagen, and Pangulasian. Out of all these, I chose Miniloc Island resort, because I wanted to have a feel of Filipina traditional houses.
This beach resort features cottages, villas, and rooms that don’t bear any influence on modern construction. Natural construction materials such as wood and leaf roofing comprise most of the buildings. Furthermore, they’re built near the white coastline and bluish sea.
This beach resort also features towering cliffs that are available for rock climbing. And because El Nido is famous as a scuba diving hotspot, there were diving gear rentals and guided scuba diving sessions.
Finally, I have to commend the seafood served in this resort. Cooks serve commendable dishes composed of fresh fish from the local fishermen. I enjoyed my meals. They were superb!
10. Apulit Island Resort
This is another of the best Philippines beach resorts in Palawan that El Nido resorts own. Here on Apulit Island, I had more private time because it’s far away from civilization. There are no pubs and bars. All that I had was music on my phone and a guitar. Just like Miniloc, buildings here display traditional Filipino interior designs: rattan or wooden chairs, wooden tables, simple flower vases, large windows, and the roofing of nipa leaves.
I also learned that this beach resort does not get crowded even during peak season. Therefore, I recommend this place if you want to disconnect yourself from the hustles and bustles of cities. Apulit Island is also ideal for staycation plans because there’s always something new to explore and discover. The locals are very friendly to tourists and might even tell you of the interesting legends about Apulit (but I warn you that most might have difficulties conveying what they mean, but Filipinos are good storytellers).
These are some of the best beach resorts in the Philippines that I enjoyed spending my time in. If you want to recommend another one you’ve been to or have questions about the ones I have recommended, you can get in touch by clicking on the message button. Bye!