There are some who want nothing more than an escape, away from it all, to a special part of the Philippines, not touristy, where they can relax, enjoy the unspoilt simplicity, yet still have good food, home comforts and standards, and a choice of activities in which to indulge, should they choose.
Here's a selection of resorts we'd recommend, together with a summary of what each has to offer.
Looking to book a whole resort for your group of family and friends? We can help you there too.
Request a holiday in any of these resorts, and Philippine Trails will organise the whole package, including internal flights, ferry transfers, and accommodation, from the moment you arrive in the country, until you depart.
"Flower Island was paradise, everything we had hoped for. The staff were delightful, couldn't do enough to make everyone's stay perfect. The trip to the pearl farm was excellent, with a fabulous lunch on a deserted beach. A joy to be able to use paddle boards, masks and snorkels all included and no extra costs."
- Sally (UK)
"We especially loved our stay with Ian and Melody at Cashew Grove who made us feel so welcome and such a beautiful resort.
Once again many thanks for helping to make our trip seamless."
- Maralyn (UK)
You'll find it almost impossible not to relax at this off the beaten track resort. Take your time to stroll along nearby beaches, meet local fishermen, or ride a mountain bike to explore neighbouring villages.
QI Resort is a special place where visitors experience the charm and beauty of a quiet resort, whilst still enjoying the comforts they are used to - attentive service in a peaceful friendly atmosphere.
Here you will experience the authentic side of north-east Palawan, on a site that has just seven rooms that have been built between a pristine sandy beach and virgin rainforest.
This is a resort just made for relaxation but with a variety of activities that can be enjoyed including swimming, mountain biking, paddle-boarding, island-hopping and snorkelling, and yoga.
QI is also a great centre for kite boarding during the trade wind season, usually between November and April!
Alternatively, relax in the resort's spa with Swedish or traditional Filipino massage, or perhaps a herbal bath, or simply switch off and spend your time unwinding from the normal stresses of life. Take the opportunity to catch a boat to a nearby uninhabited island, and enjoy a picnic lunch, before snorkelling.
Flower Island is a very special. high-quality island retreat that offers the best in Filipino hospitality as well as showcasing the vibrant natural resources of Palawan, know as the Philippines' last frontier.
Here you will find a private paradise consisting of verdant foliage, white sandy beaches, and azure blue sparkling seas that abound with marine life. This is a destination that is perfect for those that seek adventure, enjoy nature, or who simply want a change from hurly-burly city life. A journey to this island is the promise of a piece of paradise, and an experience you'll remember all your days.
beauty of Flower Island can be appreciated from the comfort of a number of cottages, which will be your haven during your stay in in this region.
Each cottage has a private bath, and a queen-sized bed. You also have your own private veranda overlooking the sea and with direct access to the beach. Choose to relax in a hammock, or select from a variety of activities during your stay.
Snorkeling equipment is available for guests who wish to explore the diverse marine life in the protected reefs surrounding the island. A nearby marine reserve is well worth a visit for a more vibrant underwater experience.
Flower Island also has its own nature trail that circles the island. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along this scenic route to create your own exciting experience. For breathtaking views, take a trip to the peak. From this unique vantage point guests can overlook the entire island whilst savouring the fresh air. A magical night under the stars in luxurious tower suites can also be arranged upon request.
Other activities are available, such as Table tennis, French bowls, volleyball, kayaking, pedal-boating and paddle-boarding.
Dipudo Island is situated in the north-eastern part of Luzon,.
The island has white sandy beaches, and can accommodate up to 16 guests maximum.
Here you can enjoy privacy and peace. the island staff will take care of your requirements throughout your stay, including preferred choice meal planning.
Dipudo Island activities include snorkeling and diving. The seas around the island are abundant with marine life. Other activities include kayaking.
This is one of the few places in the Philippines equipped for Game Fishing. (The resort has a fleet of three modern New Zealand-built fishing boats, each of which may be booked separately for a half-day, or full-day excursion, including crew, and all fishing equipment.) Therefore island is a perfect destination for groups that include fishing enthusiasts. Should they wish, non-fishing guests can relax and enjoy the resort's facilities whilst their companions are out at sea.
There are only 6 villas on this private island, which together will accommodate up to 16 persons in total.
For a more private experience, and subject to availability for the dates required, the entire island can be reserved privately.
Secret Paradise Resort, is renowned for its Nature Reserve and Marine Sanctuary which plays a big part in the protection and preservation of sea turtles.
Situated on the appropriately named Turtle Bay, Secret Paradise Resort has just 8 private indigenous inspired, beach front cottages, accommodating a maximum of 16 guests, with hot showers, free Wi-Fi, LED satellite TV/ DVD, and four of its own beautiful beaches. Seafood is plentiful on the resort's menus, and crab and lobster are a speciality.
Port Barton lies on an attractive stretch of coast on the west coast of Palawan, and other beautiful beaches can be found on neighbouring islands which are accessible by boat and which make pleasant day excursions.
Cashew Grove is an intimate beach resort, with just twelve cottages, located off the beaten track, and set amongst mature cashew trees. Situated in the Calamian Islands, this is the perfect place to be at one with nature and to forget the outside world.
A clean, safe, secluded beach offers beautiful sea views and unforgettable sunsets.
The twelve beach-front cottages, built in a traditional but modern style using local materials, have either a ceiling fan or are air-conditioned. Each has a comfortable queen size bed, plus tea and coffee making facilities, and there's also a glazed roof where you can watch the starry night. With a modern open air shower, the cottages have large balconies which afford unobstructed sea views.
At Cashew Grove you are guaranteed a friendly welcome by staff who will attend to your every need. Relax by the unique cashew-shaped pool sipping a cool drink, take the opportunity to stroll along miles of natural beaches, or snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Take a tour to a nearby island such as Calauit Island, where you can explore the amazing safari park.
For divers and non-divers alike, Sangat Island Resort, also in the Calamian Islands, has fourteen Filipino-styled cottages, a restaurant serving full board buffet-style meals, plus a bar area in which to unwind after a busy day exploring, diving, or simply relaxing on the beach. There's also a highly regarded water sports and scuba diving centre. The resort is very much "self-contained", with its own beach.
The resort has a white sand beach, and picture-perfect tropical waters. Today, this Dive Resort has become a premier resort destinations for eco-aware paradise-seekers who share a love of scuba diving.
The resort is reached only by boat, and is a haven for wildlife. Expect to be joined by monkeys looking to share your breakfast, and delight in seeing colourful birdlife, some of which is endemic only to Palawan.
The island lies close to eleven World War II shipwrecks, ten of which were historically significant Japanese supply ships sunk by US forces during World War II. Of these ten wreck sites, eight can be found within a 5 to 30 minute boat trip from Sangat Island Resort's beach!