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Pamalican, Cuyo Islands, the Philippines

The postcard perfect Amanpulo seems to have it all – glistening white sand, balmy turquoise ocean, exclusivity, privacy and ultra-luxurious accommodation all on a peaceful and tropical hideaway island in Palawan.

Amanpulo is privately situated on its own island of Pamalican, in the Cuyo Islands, south-west of Manila in the Philippines. An exceptionally spectacular archipelago of over 7,000 tropical islands, dotted in the crystal-clear blue seas of South East Asia. The island is only 5 kilometres long and 500 metres across at the widest point.  You are greeted in Manila by a team of ever efficient Aman staff and flown by a 19-seat twin-engine plane to the island’s private airstrip. The 40 Beach, Hillside and Treetop Casitas are modelled on authentic traditional bahay kubo dwellings, each with their own golf cart for island exploration.

This romantically remote island caters for those who wish to laze their days away, but it also caters to those looking for a little more activity. Amanpulo offers a myriad of maritime adventures as well as tennis, a high-tec air-conditioned gym, and a 30-metre pool that is perfect for laps. The newly launched Aman Spa is a peaceful sanctuary to indulge in some pampering treatments whilst overlooking the Sulu Sea.

Scuba diving and snorkelling are second-to-none at Amanpulo. The calm, tepid waters are ideal for beginners and the resort offers PADI diving certifications, for experienced divers, there’s a wealth of dive sites to chose from. Snorkellers can enjoy discovering Hawksbill and green sea turtles, colourful parrot fish, rays and a whole array of coral fish just from snorkelling straight off the beach.

Amanpulo is a great place for families and there is an excellent children’s club which has indoor and outdoor distractions including arts and crafts, movie nights, tree planting and organic gardening. Children over 8 can enjoy diving and there are also plenty of watersports available for children old enough. Some of the restaurants have kid’s menus and children will love the wood fired pizza ovens on the beach for lunch. Highchairs, cots and babysitting are also available.

Amanpulo Villas

Further enhance this exclusive holiday on a private island by renting out one of the hotels private villas (one, two or four-bedroom). The 11 villas are located just a few metres away from the sea and come decked with a private pool, living and dining pavilions, outdoor lounge area, kitchen and of course separate bedroom. For the guests’ comfort, the villas include a private chef, butler and buggy for each bedroom to make moving around the island effortless. Villa guests also have access to all of the hotel’s facilities.

Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Palawan into a greater Philippines and Asian holiday. Take a look at Palawan for Families as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.

Amanpulo Information

Location & Getting There

Amanpulo is located on the Pamalican island, among the Quiniluban Group of Cuyo Islands and southwest of Manila. Guests will meet at Manila airport and be taken to the Amanpulo’s lounge where they will be flown to Pamalican Island on the next scheduled flight.


Comprising of 40 twin-roofed bungalows, the casitas are intricately furnished by island-like interiors, surrounded by spectacular scenery of the hillsides and beachfronts. The beach casitas comprise of private pathways that lead to the white sandy beaches overseeing the beautiful views of the neighbouring islands. The treetop casitas are located above the tree-line and have their own private pool. The hillside casitas also comprise of breathtaking views of the sea where the deluxe rooms offer spectacular views of the Sulu Sea and neighbouring islands. The private villas, located near the sea boast their own private swimming pool, separate bedroom, living and dining pavilions and an outdoor lounge and kitchen. In addition, each casita comes with its own buggy for unlimited island exploration.


-Beach club
-Pool: 1 swimming pool
-4 synthetic grass, floodlit tennis courts


Guests can enjoy a wide variety of water activities from sailing through the spectacular blue waters of the Sulu Sea to embarking on a journey of island hopping, fishing and lazy-day sailing. Windsurfing, fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving are always a must.


Children are welcomed though there are no specific facilities

Amanpulo Price Guide

3 out of 5

Notes on our prices

Amanpulo Testimonials


Amanpulo was great! From the moment they received us at Manila airport until they saw us off. Was very impressed by the fact that we didn’t have to sign anything while we were at the resort, every staff just knew who we were. Service was great all around, easy to get around the island with your own golf cart.

NH, April 2012



Hi Elgin

Just a few words to tell you everything was absolutely great. Amanpulo is incredible, fantastic place, beaches, services, villa… Besides great weather too!

Big success!



Amanpulo Offers

Tried & Tested

Lightfoot Travel’s Keira knows Asia like the back of her hand, but she still loves (re)discovering the unique gems that the region has to behold. One of them is Amanpulo, located in the Philippines – in Palawan to be more precise. Located on its very own private island, Amanpulo is one of those properties that has to be experienced to be believed. The crystal clear waters, ginormous beach and signature Aman service make it an amazing holiday destination. Amanpulo is Aman Resort’s most popular property worldwide for good reason!

How long did it take you to get there from HK? Describe your journey.

We took the morning Cebu Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Manila that landed at 10:25am. A quick road transfer to the light aircraft terminal, where we waited in comfort in the Aman lounge for the 13:00 flight to the island. All in all, very smooth, and we were on the island, enjoying a late lunch by 14:30.

Amanpulo is Aman’s #1 resort around the world, what do you think it is that makes it so special?

I would say it is all about the beautiful setting. On the flight over to Palawan, you begin to get a sense of what is to come, with clear reefs and beach fringed islands dotted though the sea. The island itself is no exception, and with the white beaches and pristine water, the resort almost has a Maldivian feel to it – although much more accessible.

There is a real feeling of calmness and serenity on the island. As soon as you arrive you relax and begin to unwind. Having your own self-drive buggy makes it easy to get around, so you can be as active or as chilled out as you like.

What are the rooms like?

All the rooms and villas are single story bungalows, or ‘casitas’, dotted around the island. Recent renovations at the property have seen a number of updates to the casitas, including higher ceilings and new, stylish bathrooms. They are light, bright and minimalist in style, with a focus on natural materials for the hardware, and local products adding the finishing touches. My personal favorite was the beach casitas, which have their own private walkways giving you direct access to the white sandy beach. None of the casitas offer private pools, but all of the villas come with large private pools.


The Philippines isn’t exactly renowned for its cuisine…what was your dining experience like?

I have been to the Philippines a number of times, and the food has always been a bit hit and miss. I am pleased however, that at Amanpulo, it is a hit. There are a number of different dining options, which means you can try different venues and cuisines during your stay. A nice touch was also having 2 different venues (and menus) for breakfast – meaning you can mix it up a bit. I found the local dishes to be the best, although I did also have a particularly good pizza for lunch at the picnic grove one afternoon!

What is there to do on the island?

There is plenty to do!  Use your own private self-drive buggy to whizz from your room to the spa, dive center, tennis course, clubhouse, or beach club. As well as diving, the sea sports hut also offers water sports equipment, including complimentary use of windsurfs, paddleboards and snorkeling equipment.

Twice a day there is a complimentary snorkeling trip to the local house reef, which is about 10 boat ride from the shore. As well as beautiful coral and brightly coloured fish, there is a great opportunity to see turtles – I counted 5 during my trip!

If you are looking for something more relaxed, the library is well stocked with books, travel guides, newspapers, DVDs and CDs. And then, of course, there is the beautiful beach and clear sea – a great place to cool off after some sunbathing!

Top 3 things about Amanpulo?

The beach is without a doubt the main highlight. I would suggest getting up early, before it gets too war and walking around the island. It takes about 45 minutes to stroll all the way around, and during that whole time your feet barely leave the sand. A great way to start the day before breakfast!

There is a feeling of complete remoteness at the island, but it is still so easily accessible with a short flight from Manila. In the morning you can be in the city, but still on the beach with a cocktails in hand by lunchtime.

The mixture of activities and R&R is perfect – enough to keep you busy, without you feeling guilty if you decide to do nothing. I would highly recommend the snorkeling trip to everyone. I have been lucky enough to snorkel and dive in a number of spots in Asia, but this was the nearest I had ever been to turtles – and apparently the sightings are extremely common!