The fun in the Philippines is definitely starting to pick up with a private
getaway island in Palawan province taking the top spot in the British edition
of Vogue Magazine's 100 best holiday destinations in the world.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Monday announced that the magazine, which
named Ariara Island-a 103-hectare "private paradise" snuggled among the
untouched Calamian Islands-as the world's No. 1 getaway spot, will hit the
stands in August.
Ariara Island's eco-friendly structures, its luxurious and spacious villas
and cottages, were designed by renowned Filipino architect Jorge Yulo.
Every piece of furniture that adorns these structures was handcrafted and
upholstered by local carpenters. Some had also been outsourced to Filipino
The DOT said the resort's wooden baths employed traditional boat-building
techniques, while marble baths were hand-carved from single blocks of Romblon
Cushions were crafted from Mindanao's vivid tribal fabrics and its wall
accents featured heliographs and ceramics created by Filipino artist Ugu
The tropical island resort has been described as "the ultimate
off-the-beaten-track destination," which offers guests-a group of up to 18
people-an all-inclusive package of exclusivity, relaxation, 24-hour service,
excellent cuisine and a wide array of amenities.
For US$295 (P12,000) a night per person, guests can relax in its posh villas
and cottages and enjoy an unbroken view of the neighbouring islands and the
clear blue waters of Palawan.
Guests will be made to feel like royalty even in the bedroom, which is
adorned with a private terrace and a garden, hanging chairs and hammocks, a
four-poster bed, a walk-in closet, a large bathroom and an open-air shower.
Out in the sea, they can enjoy jet-skiing, windsurfing, canoeing,
snorkelling or scuba diving to discover Calamian Islands' rich diversity of
Here's a shortlist of British Vogue's Top 100 holidays for you to plot
your next getaway.