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Pamalican Island, Sulu Sea, Philippines

Accessible only by private plane, tropical Pamalican Island is around an hour from Manila, yet feels a world away from anywhere.

Amanpulo is the only property on this Philippine island, its airy Casitas and Villas opening to the 5.5-kilometres of coral sand that encircle a jungled centre.

With a convivial poolside Clubhouse, an Aman Spa, Dive Centre and a laidback Beach Club, guests can be as active as they choose; a snorkel on your private beachfront might be all the exertion required to complete a day of restorative lounging.

Other diversions include tennis courts, island hikes, turtle spotting and exploring the kaleidoscopic reefs just offshore.

Elevated on the hillside or set by the beach, Amanpulo’s casitas and villas were designed by acclaimed Filipino architect Francisco Manosa.

Inspired by traditional Philippine dwellings, they feature vaulted wooden ceilings, pebble-washed walls, coconut-shell tables and large Cebu marble bathrooms, along with private outdoor decks.

LOCATION
Pamalican Island, Sulu Sea, Philippines
Pamalican is part of the Quiniluban group of Cuyo Islands in the Sulu Sea, 360 kilometres south-west of Manila
From Manila, guests fly directly to Pamalican Island in a 15-seat, twin-engine turboprop, landing at Amanpulo’s private airstrip

ACCOMMODATION
29 Beach Casitas
4 Treetop Casitas
5 Hillside Casitas
2 Treetop Pool Casitas
2 Deluxe Hillside Casitas
2 1-bedroom Villas
2-bedroom Villas
4-bedroom Lagoon Villas
5 4-bedroom Palawan Villas
LIVING
Each suite features vaulted wooden ceilings, pebble-washed walls, coconut-shell tables and large Cebu marble bathrooms, along with private outdoor decks
POOL
Private plunge pool
30m communal pool bordered by three spacious open-air salas with lounge mattresses
AMENITIES
4 flood-lit synthetic grass tennis courts with rest pavilions for refreshments
Hillside Aman Spa with magnificent sea views, laid out across pavilions lined with native wood and capiz decor
State-of-the-art gymnasium, and a Pilates studio with Allegro reformers
Steam rooms, cold plunge pools and relaxation verandas
Separate yoga and meditation studio
Meeting room provides audiovisual equipment and seats 27 for board meetings, or 50 theatre-style
Library provides novels in several languages, travel guides, newspapers, magazines and coffee-table books on Philippine art, design and culture, along with movies and wi-fi
Kids Club is open daily from 9am to 5pm with a selection of toys, books, movies, games and arts and crafts activities
COMMUNICATION
WiFi internet, telephone for local calls (IDD additional charge), printer, computer

Pamalican is part of the Quiniluban group of Cuyo Islands in the Sulu Sea, 360 km south-west of Manila.
7 km of reef surround the 85-hectare island on which hawksbill and green sea turtles nest
Manila is accessed by daily direct flights from most Asian and international cities.
Complimentary car transfer from Manila airport to Amanpulo’s private lounge and hangar is available for same-day flight connections.
From Manila, guests fly directly to Pamalican Island in a 15-seat, twin-engine turboprop, landing at Amanpulo’s private airstrip.
Flight time is about an hour each way.
WELLNESS
The hillside Aman Spa comes with magnificent sea views, laid out across pavilions lined with native wood and capiz decor.
Several relaxation salas provide an idyllic place to rest and enjoy a post-treatment cup of Pandan tea and local fruit jellies.
There are 4 flood-lit synthetic grass tennis courts with rest pavilions for refreshments, two courts are by the Clubhouse and two are by the West Villa Clubhouse.
Balls and rackets are provided; playing partners are also available.
There is also a gymnasium, and a Pilates studio with Allegro reformers, plus steam rooms, cold plunge pools and relaxation verandas.
And a separate yoga and meditation studio.
DINING
The Clubhouse Restaurant
Capacity: 138 seated
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Filipino and international cuisine with ingredients from the island’s organic garden and local communities.
The indoor-outdoor setting overlooking the main pool, the Sulu Sea and Manamoc island Lobby Bar. Occupies a cozy corner of the Clubhouse with an unobscured view of Manamoc island.
Offers a selection of local and imported cigars.
Beach Club
Capacity: 50 seated
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Serves Spanish cuisine and live seafood, perfect for sunset cocktails. Located on the west beach, beside the Sea Sports Hut.
Lagoon Club
Capacity: 34 seated
Open for dinner from 5.30pm, on the island’s east side. Features a modern grill menu.
Picnic Grove/Windsurf Hut
Picnic Grove capacity: 80 seated (high season)
Windsurf Hut capacity: 42 seated (low season)
Open for lunch from 11 am to 2.30pm.
Serves wood-fired pizzas and garden-fresh salads, on the sand and under the trees. An ideal venue for private dinner functions Kawayan Bar.
Floating bamboo bar, ideal for all-day lounging, swimming, and snorkeling.
Available for cocktails, picnics and private evening barbecues (reservation required) Private dining.
Picnic lunches and Filipino barbecues may be organized on the beach, in a secluded cave, or high up on the hillside.
Ideal both for couples and large gatherings. Meals may also be enjoyed at guests’ casitas, indoors or on the deck
EXPLORE
The Sea Sports Hut offers a variety of water sports equipment, as well as information on boat charters and sea conditions.
Snorkelling can be enjoyed from the beach, or on twice-daily trips via the pontoon boat.
Tandem kayaks and stand-up paddleboards provide another way of exploring the water and observing sea turtles.
World-class windsurfing (ideal conditions December to April) and kitesurfing (high season) are available at the sand-bottom lagoon on the island’s windward side.
Scuba diving is available at Amanpulo’s PADI dive centre, offering courses from introductory to Dive Master levels.
Sailing and sailing lessons are available on Amanpulo’s twin-hulled Hobie Sports 17, along with smaller catamarans and two Lasers.
Take a romantic sunset or moonlight cruise, picnic at a nearby sandbar, or explore uninhabited islands by boat.
Bottom fish for snapper and grouper at one of Amanpulo’s favoured fishing spots, or trawl for wahoo, tuna, bonito and mackerel.
Circumnavigate the island on a 1.5-hour beach walk, and spot baby sharks in the shallows at high tide on Pamalican’s south side.
Request a complimentary Amanpulo bike to cycle the island at leisure.
Study the night sky with the help of trained staff through Amanpulo’s 1800x150mm astronomical refractor telescope.
Turtle hatching takes place from June to October, when endangered hawksbill and green sea turtles lay their eggs on Amanpulo’s beach at night. Staff monitor the laying process, and transfer the eggs to a hatchery at the Windsurf Hut.
4 BEDROOM VILLAS
383 sqm | 4121 sq ft
These elegant beachside villas are designed around a central infinity pool. Set on a plot of just over an acre, the air-conditioned interiors extend to 3,778 sq ft (351 sqm).
Situated meters from the sea with private beach access.
Seamless indoor-outdoor living spaces arranged around a pool, including a living and dining pavilion, outdoor lounge and kitchen.
Comes with private butler and chef and use of a buggy per bedroom.
2 bedroom villa
362 sqm | 3897 sq ft
Overlooking the bright turquoise waters of the shoreline, Amanpulo’s 2 Bedroom Villas feature a large central pool and 2,314 sq ft (215 sqm) of air-conditioned living space.
Situated meters from the sea with private beach access.
Seamless indoor-outdoor living spaces arranged around a pool, including a living and dining pavilion, outdoor lounge and kitchen.
Comes with private butler and chef and use of a buggy per bedroom.
1 bedroom villa
281 sqm | 3025 sq ft
Spacious living areas transition seamlessly to a palm-shaded pool in Amanpulo’s 1 Bedroom Villas, which combine 732 sq ft (68 sqm) of air-conditioned interiors with expansive outdoor dining and lounging spaces.
Situated meters from the sea with private beach access.
Seamless indoor-outdoor living spaces arranged around a pool, including a living and dining pavilion, outdoor lounge and kitchen.
Comes with private butler and chef and use of a buggy per bedroom.
Casita
68 sqm | 731 sq ft
Casitas are located on the hillside, in the treetops, or near the beach with a private path to the shore.
Treetop Pool Casitas feature a plunge pool; Deluxe Hillside Casitas enjoy spectacular panoramas of the Sulu Sea and sunset views.
Each casita is provided with a private buggy for exploring the island.
Features
  • CAR RENTAL INCLUDED
  • ON THE BEACH
  • PRIVATE CHEF INCLUDED

DAILY RENTAL STARTING AT

$1,150 $1,093/night

Rates vary according to seasonality. Contact us to discuss your holiday needs.

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Staying with us
  • Travel concierge: We listen to help you plan
  • For big villas and chalets, special rates for smaller groups (reduced occupancy)
  • Limited time deals, exclusive perks
  • The best rates, guaranteed
MINIMUM STAY
Summer: 3 – 5 nights
Chinese New Year & Easter: 5 – 7 nights
Christmas & New Year: 7 – 10 nights
TRAVEL CONCIERGE
Planning your luxury holiday, we are with you every step along the way.
If the villa of your choice is already booked, our team is happy to suggest equivalent alternatives and take care of the details. You can expect your vacation to be personalized to suit your tastes.
Private, insured, direct airport transfers to and from the villa can be arranged. A villa manager will meet and greet you at the airport ensuring your transfer to the villa is smooth and effortless.
Private tours and boat hire can also be arranged in advance. We will handle the arrangements to collect and return you to your villa after the event. Why not enjoy a fabulous day out and explore the surrounding islands and national marine park on a luxury speed boat?
Book a car with us and have it waiting at your villa when you arrive, we have a wide range of vehicles from a 2 seat Suzuki Jeep to a 7 seat Toyota Fortuner. Price includes comprehensive insurance, unlimited miles, collection and delivery, and optional baby and booster seats.
Prior to your arrival we will send you a food and wine shopping list allowing us to stock the villa with your favorite foods and beverages.
Once on site, your resident villa staff will ensure the villa is kept clean and tidy. Your villa manager is available to cater to guests’ specific needs and can help organize island activities, massage and spa treatments, as well as helping communicate requests to the Thai chef and dealing with any matter arising at the villa. Bed linen is changed every third day and towels are changed as necessary. Pool towels are provided and replenished as deemed necessary.
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