Nothing is more frustrating than finding out that one of the most picturesque places to go to is an hour away from where you grow up – when you’ve already migrated. I’m talking Amanpulo…an island (locally called Pamalican island) south of Philippine’s Luzon and is part of the high-end resort group, Aman Resorts.
Secluded, serene and still, it is paradise to those who seek to be away from the hurly-burly of the city life. As an exclusive resort, many high-profiled names spend their time here but until now it has kept itself private. With photos from visitors getting published around the web showcasing the sandy, tropical paradise in luscious greens, one can’t help but dream of just going there for a relaxing weekend. Oh, at least me.
There are only 40 casitas and 11 villas on this island – quite right for it being 2.5 kilometers in length, and measures only 500 meters at its widest point.
There are a lot of things to do apart from gaze at the stars on a clear night. Amanpulo’s resort offers diving activities, a close encounter with turtles in its hatchery and windsurfing among others. Diving and seeing unadulterated reef, the beautiful corals, colorful fish, stingrays in their natural habitat would all the more convince you that yes, you are definitely one with nature there. The resort also has a gym, tennis courts, spas, yoga centre for the fit conscious, a library for the bookish, and a 30m swimming pool surrounded by lounges and a number of food strips to enjoy fresh fruits of the sea.
What’s not to love? You can also leave the kids on their own, and they’d be well taken care of while you head of to tan or scour the boutique for a souvenir or two.
Amanpulo, from the words Aman (sanskrit) which means peace and Pulo (Tagalog) which means island definitely lives up to its name. A peaceful island where worries don’t exist, a paradise where you can retire to.