Like a nesting doll, the Amanpulo resort here offers a retreat within a retreat. Already Pamalican Island floats alone among the 7,000 islands of the Philippines, resting in the quiet sea in a group of islands known as Palawan. From the air, Pamalican looks like a green comet ringed with pure white sand. Walk along that beach, and in 90 minutes you'll have circled the entire island, maybe seeing baby sharks and nesting turtles along the way. To fully escape even the few other casitas here -- 40 cottages in the native style of bahay kubo dwellings -- book the Nature Villa. The four-bedroom mini-compound has its own open-air dining pavilion, courtyard and beach, with a staff of three. Retreat any more, and you'd be Robinson Crusoe. See photos.
Here is further insight from the Amanpulo managers:
What do U.S. travelers enjoy most about the Amanpulo? Amanpulo is an escape from the markings of mankind and is a dive into island life where nature has been generous and remains untouched. The island is secluded and offers a variety of sea, sand and tropical island-retreat-pleasures, in exclusive comfort and in traditionally styled accommodation.
This romantically remote island caters to those who wish to "hammock" and beach comb and for those who seek an active agenda, involving a myriad of maritime adventures as well as tennis, a high-tec air-conditioned gym, and taking languid lengths in the resort's 30m serene pool. The open-air Garden and Beach Salas are discreetly secluded for holistic body treatments.
Which of Amanpulo's offerings best celebrates the authentic island culture?The 40 Beach, Hillside and Treetop Casitas are modeled on authentic bahay kubo dwellings, each with its own golf cart for island exploration. Bahay kubo refers to the native houses in the Philippines, constructed out of bamboo tied together, with a thatched roof using dried grass.
What makes Amanpulo unique among all the world's private-island resorts?
Are there any new amenities, accommodations, travel specials or other features planned for 2009?
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