Amanpulo – Pamalican Island, Philippines

Garboesque Isolation on a Private Isle

Of the Philippine’s 7,000-odd islands, Pamalican is a very special getaway, a minuscule speck in the Sula Sea on which has been created a sibling of the Aman Resort, the archetypal luxury Asian getaway.

Roll out of you immense bed, pad across your enormous private casita, and awaken with the day on the Amanpulo’s footprint-free talcum-powder beach, surely the most dazzling in the Philippines. Leaving your airy home will be the day’s biggest challenge; the forty exquisite casitas are mod­eled after traditional bahay kubo houses, built of local materials, and decorated with gallery-quality crafts.

If you do make it outside, you can engage in a host of enticing water activities including windsurfing, sailing, fishing, and most especially scuba diving – a coral reef encircles the 220-acre island only about 1,000 feet from shore, in some of the purest water you’ll ever see.

The hillside swimming pool seems to have no edges, a trademark of the Aman aesthetic, and it commands spectacular views of the surrounding islands, all framed by the multiple aquamarine, peacock, and tur­quoise blues of the sea.

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