Travelling in luxury for less is my thing and I was able to sample many luxury hotels in the Philippines on my last visit. Sadly my two short weeks in this amazing country meant I could only scratch the surface. Luckily I know quite a few bloggers who also love the champagne lifestyle and I’ve called in the reinforcements to bring you this fabulous list of 15 luxury hotels in the Philippines that will blow your mind. Whether you are looking for a city break in Manila, to party hard in Boracay or a relaxing beach break in Bohol, I have just the place for you. Read on for all the details ……
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Luxury Hotels In The Philippines
Unlike most of Asia, luxury hotels in the Philippines don’t always come cheap. If you have champagne taste and a beer budget like me, you need to work hard (or be very lucky!) to score a great deal. This means tediously checking the online specials and jumping in quick when the price is right. It’s a little easier if you know exactly where you want to stay as many online booking sites like Agoda allow you to set a price alert on specific hotels and they will notify you if the price drops. I scored a bargain flight on Cebu Pacific from Sydney to Manila and used the pennies I saved to splurge on luxury hotels in the Philippines during my stay. The 9 slightly uncomfortable hours in the sky were well worth the sacrifice. I always say there is a time to save and a time to splurge and trust me, you definitely want to splurge on luxury hotels in the Philippines. Let’s kick things off with 5 of my favourites (in no particular order) …
1) Raffles Hotel – Makati, Metro Manila
The name Raffles is synonymous with luxury. While Singapore is arguably more famous, Raffles Makati is stunning. This all suite hotel is in the heart of Makati and offers everything you could ask for and more. The expansive suites are far more than just a bedroom and feature an elegance reminiscent of days gone by. You personal butler will take care of every need and the famous Filipino hospitality is on show from the moment you step into the sumptuous lobby. Spend your days indulging in the amazing breakfast buffet at Spectrum, beat the heat in the fabulous resort style rooftop pool, sample world class cuisine at Mireio and head to Long Bar for a night cap as the night comes to an end. Make sure you order a world famous Singapore sling, better yet, go to Long Bar for happy hour and enjoy free flow selected drinks (including the Singapore Slings) for only 695php. With all this on site why would you ever want to leave? Intrigued? Read more about my fabulous stay at a Raffles Makati to see if it is right for you.
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2) Coast – Boracay
Ahhhh Boracay how I miss you! This stunning island is perhaps the most famous in the Philippines and for good reason. Boracay boasts pure white sands, impossibly clear aquamarine waves and thumping nightlife which draws visitors in droves. Our stay at Coast Boracay was beyond fabulous. We were welcomed like family the moment our Skyjet flight landed in Catalan and we were escorted in style all the way to this beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Boracay Station 2. The location cannot be beaten. You are in the heart of all the action, but far enough away so that the crazy Boracay nightlife won’t bother you if you prefer a more laid back break. The service at Coast Boracay was flawless. Every single staff member we interacted with went out of their way to make our stay special and we really appreciated it. Our room was poolside and while compact, was very comfortable. The complimentary welcome gifts, nightly treats and exceptional attention to detail made for an incredible three days at Coast. The two centrally located pools offer the perfect place to cool off on a steamy day and of course the amazing White Beach is just steps away. Make sure you head down at sunset for some amazing views. To this day The Hubs still rates Coast Boracay as the best hotel he has ever stayed at which is high praise indeed!
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3) Movenpick Hotel – Mactan Island, Cebu
Movenpick Mactan Island Cebu is magic. It’s just 6klms from Cebu Mactan International airport yet offers a world of indulgence. The Mediterranean inspired high rise hotel is the perfect place to base yourself in Mactan Island, Cebu. The buffet breakfast at Sails restaurant makes for a brilliant start to the day and the pristine private beach (which includes a marine sanctuary) is the perfect place to laze away sunny days. Make sure you linger around the lobby in late afternoon when the friendly servers bring around chocolate treats to all the guests. The choc dipped mango’s are the bomb! When the suns starts to dip beyond the horizion head to Movenpick’s Ibiza Beach Club for sublime cocktails with killer views before retiring to your luxury suite for a blissful nights sleep. There is lot’s to love at Movenpick Mactan Island.
4) Radisson Blu – Cebu City, Cebu
Cebu City is often just a jump off point before travellers head further afield to explore Cebu’s many charms but savvy travellers will make sure their short stay is done in style. Radission Blu Cebu City is a 5 star hotel in a prime location with a selection of spacious well-equipped rooms to suite every budget. Onsite you will find an amazing resort pool, 5 eateries, swanky bars, a gym and a relaxing spa. The staff at Radisson Blu place the customer firmly at the centre of everything they do and the service is exceptional. The grounds at Radisson Blu Cebu City are so pretty that is it a favourite with local wedding photographers and we saw three weddings during our short stay. If you can drag yourself from the extensive grounds, shopaholics will love that the Radisson Blu is connected to SM Cebu City via a very short walkway. Make sure you leave room in your luggage for all your purchases!
5) Fairmont Hotel – Makati, Metro Manila
The Fairmont Makati is located in the heart of Makati’s ritzy retail district and offers a very comfy bed for weary shoppers. I highly recommend upgrading to the ‘Gold Lounge’ package which comes with a bunch of perks including personalised in room check-in and check-out, free breakfasts and complimentary nightly cocktails and canapes. The minute you step into the over-the-top lobby you know you are in for a special treat but when you see the decadent chocolate welcome gift awaiting you in your room you are in no doubt that you have made the right choice. Breakfast at Spectrum is a treat with countless temptations from around the globe including some very special locally sourced hot chocolate. Guests can spend lazy sunny days cooling off in the huge resort style swimming pool on the fourth floor with a cocktail from the pool bar, working out in the fully equipped gym or relaxing while enjoyong one of the fabulous treatments at the in-house spa. Fairmont Makati really does has something for everyone.
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6) The Farm – San Benito, Batangas
The Farm at San Benito is a first class retreat in Batangas tucked in a former coffee and coconut plantation on the outskirts of Lipa city. It is located about 8 kilometres from downtown Lipa and 2 hours by car from Manila. The Farm offers various different accommodation options including Sulu Terraces, Palmera Suites, Anahaw Villas, Garden Villas and the fantastic Master Villas. The Farm is a holistic wellness destination and the only one of its kind in the Philippines. The Farm is not the type of place you overnight, rather it’s the kind of place where you take a break from real life, relax in the peaceful surrounds and enjoy the in-house treatments. The Farm only serves vegan food and packages are available. The Farm offers many free services and during my stay I enjoyed a fabulous afternoon tea, took a guided walk, tried floral design, participated in an exercise class and got hands on in a vegan cooking class. It was an awesome ending to my two weeks in the Philippines.
Anita @ The Sane Travel
7) Plantation Bay – Mactan Island, Cebu
Plantation Bay is a 5-star hotel and resort in Cebu that is the stuff of dreams. Away from the bustling city, this luxury hotel in the Philippines sits at the far end of Marigondon, Mactan Island. Designed for travellers looking for relaxation, Plantation Bay’s 11 hectares offer numerous activities includes bicycle rides, a gym, a games room, wall climbing, a firing range, jet skis, banana boats, parasailing, scuba diving, and kayaking. Plantation Bay has been open for two decades and it’s charm hasn’t faded one bit. From the lobby to the guest rooms, each element of Plantation Bay’s interiors have been carefully planned, and the pools are designed to mimic seawater for a one-of-a-kind experience. Plantation Bay offers 4 fancy (yet pricey) restaurants and unless you have your own car, dining outside the resort is a little tricky. Plantation Bay is perfect for special occasions, romantic breaks and family vacations.
Kevin @ The Outcast Journey
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8) Pangulasian Island Resort – El Nido, Palawan
Paradise does exist and it’s called Pangulasian Island. This stunning islet in El Nido Palawan is the perfect travel destination for any traveler seeking luxury, pristine beaches, boat adventures, first-class diving and eco-friendly experiences. In 1998 the island was declared a protected area and the Pangulasian Island Resort is the only hotel there. The luxurious resort blends perfectly into the green forest in the background and the turquoise water right in front of the bungalows is a marine sanctuary. There is no doubt in my mind that the Pangulasion Island Resort is the best place to stay in El Nido, the rooms are marvelous and you have total privacy. Your closest neighbors are the colorful hornbill birds, monitor lizards and monkeys. The manager of the hotel once told me “On Pangulasian Island we are all guests, the animals are the residents and we must respect them”. With this mindset, all guests at this 5 star eco-friendly property must agree to protect the local flora and fauna while enjoying the beauty of El Nido.
Natalie @ Love & Road
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9) Bohol Beach Club
After spending a month in the Philippines, when people ask me about my favourite island, my answer never changes – Bohol! Not only is Bohol home to a great variety of things to see and do, there is also Bohol Beach Club, my favourite luxury hotel in the Philippines. Bohol Beach Club (also known locally as BBC) is located on a beautiful stretch of white sand and is close to a spectacular coral reef meaning you can snorkel or swim without having to move too far! The food choices include both Filipino and international specialties and the humongous breakfast buffet will keep you full all day long. The resort is quite small and even when it’s full, it doesn’t feel crowded. We spent two blissful days, relaxing, swimming and diving, and we really hope to go again soon!
Margherita @ The Crowded Planet
10) Misibis Bay Resort – Cagraray Island, Bicol
You won’t find Misibis Bay Resort on the beaten tourist path. In fact, even getting to Misibis Bay in an adventure in itself. The road from Legazpi City is long and winds into and over the surrounding hills but unless you are Zack Efron, who flies by helicopter, it’s the only way. Once you arrive the arduous journey is a distant memory and you are transported to a world of wonder which you’ll never want to leave. The Misibis Bay Resort has something for everyone, starting with the stunning rooms and bungalows with private beach access. There is an onsite spa if you need some TLC and adventure sports galore for the more active traveller. And did I mention the delicious food? Meals are served in typical Filipino style and there is lots so you will never go hungry at Misibis Bay Resort.
Jean @ Traveling Honeybird
11) Club Paradise Resort – Coron, Palawan
Located about 40 minutes by boat from Busuanga on its own private island (Dimakya), Club Paradise is the sort of remote tropical hideaway lifelong dreams are made of. From beachfront cabins to garden suites, the resort offers a spacious slice of paradise perfect for couples and adventure travellers alike. The island is surrounded by beaches, with Hidden Beach and Sunset Beach our personal favorites. There are many things to do in Coron Palalwan and the snorkeling just offshore is beyond spectacular. We saw Black-tipped Reef Sharks, Sea Turtles, Giant Clams, Pufferfish, Spotted Rays, and two Octopi having a killer color-changing chase, all in a span of an hour. Scuba divers will find plenty of other marine life on the pristine reefs nearby, and you may even have a chance to spot a Dugong (a cousin of the Manatee), as we did. The resort also offers half-day island-hopping tours that take you to three different islands in the area. The islands change from day to day depending on the weather, we visited uninhabited Diatoy, snorkeled off the beach of Dimalanta, and wandered the sandbar of Malpagalen Island (a.k.a. the Island Without Trees). After a day of fun in the sun, try the traditional Hilot massage at their Glow Spa. The post-massage tea service was a lovely, romantic touch. Club Paradise ultimately proved so nice, we visited it twice. Our experience made it crystal clear why the Palawan archipelago has been voted the Best Island in the World so many times.
Bret & Mary @ Green Global Travel
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12) Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort – Sumilon Island, Cebu
If you ever fancied staying on a private island then this is your chance. Just a 10-minute boat ride away from the main island of Cebu, there is Sumilon. This private island is owned by the Bluewater Resort and is the perfect getaway away from the tourists in Cebu. The island itself has a little lagoon for kayaking, a private marine park for amazing snorkeling, the perfect white sand beach, an infinity pool on top of the hill with magical views and an all-inclusive restaurant. Opt for one of the 3 honeymoon villas to get your own private pool and a lush garden with ocean views. There is also a coastal walk around the island with incredible views from the cliffs to the crystal clear water below. On top of this all Sumilon Bluewater has a sand bank that is a famous Instagram spot, but as it is open to the public it tends to get busy in the afternoon so go early!
Tom @ TravelTomTom
13) Flower Island Resort – Taytay, Palawan
Flower Island Resort is one of our favourite luxury hotels in the Philippines. Located in Palawan on its own island, guests stay in cottages, located right on the beach. The cottages are spacious, tastefully decorated, and each has a beautiful four poster bed draped in a practical mosquito net. The private balconies are equipped with hammocks to relax the hours away and take in the glorious sunsets every evening. Flower Island is surrounded with stunning coral reefs which are thriving with life. This makes for spectacular snorkeling and you can easily spend hours in the water. We saw many turtles and a whole range of tropical fish. The island is located near a large pearl farm, which is fascinating to visit. It’s strictly guarded to defend against pirates, but well worth a visit to learn more about the industry.
Stefan @ Nomadic Boys
14) Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel – Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte is a fusion of history, majestic charm and modern convenience. Set on a very large piece of land, the hotel has its own driving rage, in-house restaurants, shooting range, ATV course, a mini zoo, swimming pools, canals and its own beach! The spiral stairways, opulent woodwork, fabulous courtyards with lush green lawns, palm trees and the large fountains give it a grand touch. Guests who stay at Fort Ilocandia can enjoy a taste of history while relaxing in style. It’s no wonder that so many royals, celebrities, and world leaders have chosen to stay in Fort Ilocandia.
Nisha @ Lemonicks
15) Coco Grove Resort – Siquijor Island, Siquijor
Coco Grove Resort is one of the most amazing luxury hotels in the Philippines. Situated on the magical island of Siquijor, it covers 8 hectares and is fringed by an 800m private white sand beach lapped by incredibly clear crystal blue water. I loved the swimming pool at the centre of the resort and the pool bar right beside it. The service at Coco Grove is first class and I was impressed that the staff call the guests by name especially, in the three onsite restaurants. There are plenty of activities on offer like outdoor games, diving, snorkeling, sailing and island tours. As a water lover, I found Coco Grove’s private beach offered some of the best snorkeling on the island. One of the most special aspects of staying at Coco Grove is the authentic way they honour the culture and traditions of the Philippines and I felt very privileged to be a provided with such a unique insight.
Ferna @ Everywhere With Ferna
So what did you think of my 15 mind blowing luxury hotels in the Philippines? Which one was your favourite? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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Disclaimer: I stayed as a guest at Raffles Makati, Coast Boracay, Radisson Blu Cebu City and Fairmont Makati and received a discounted stay at Movenpick Mactan Island. As always, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links which will earn me a few cents to contribute to the running of this site if you make a qualifying purchase at no extra cost to you. The opinions of the other bloggers who contributed to this piece have been accepted in good faith and I encourage you to visit their articles for full disclosure.