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.
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