Editor's pick: 13 Favorite hotels and resorts in the Philippines

InFlight Traveller's executive editor Nikos Gitsis picks out his favorite places to stay, from Banaue to Siargao

EDSA Shangri-la, Mandaluyong city
“It’s in a city location but with a resort feel.”

1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, tel +632 633 8888

The Peninsula Manila, Makati City

Urban elegance at the Peninsula suite. Photo courtesy of the Peninsula Manila

“The most elegant five star hotel in the country.”

Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, 1226 Makati City, Metro Manila, tel +632 887 2888, email [email protected]

Zuzuni Boutique Hotel, Boracay, Aklan

Room with a view. Photo courtesy of Zuzuni
“Conveniently located near all the action on the beach island but far enough not to keep you up all night.”

Station 1, White Beach, Boracay Island, Malay Aklan, tel +63 908 862-0031, +63 917 324 9051 or +6336 288 4477, email [email protected]

Discovery Shores, Boracay, Aklan

All lit up. Photo courtesy of Discovery Shores

“Great location, great beach, five-star but still not too big that that you get lost, great service.”

Station 1, White Beach, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, tel +6336 288 4500, +632 720 8888, or +632 719 6695, email [email protected]

Apulit Island Resort (Formerly Club Noah, Taytay, Palawan)

Apulit's cove. Photo courtesy of Apulit Resort

“Because of its marine sanctuary.”

Apulit Island, Northeastern Taytay, Palawan, tel + 632 902 5994, email [email protected]

Cebu City Waterfront Hotel, Cebu
“It’s my staple hotel whenever I travel to Cebu.”

Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City, tel +6332 232 6888, email [email protected]

Winds Boutique Hotel, Angeles City, Pampanga
“It’s got large rooms with new and modern amenities, and has a quiet little courtyard with a pool at the center."

2537 A. Santos Street, Angeles City, Pampanga, tel +63908 593 5741

Dedon Island Resort, Siargao

Tropical beauty. Photo courtesy of Dedon Island Resort

"Expansive landscape and beach with a beautiful architecture and design and it’s in a surfing location.”

Dedon Island, Malinao, Surigao, Siargao, tel +63917 701 7820, email [email protected]

The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, Makati

Comfort meets art. Photo courtesy of Picasso Boutique Residences

“Because it’s in a great location in Makati and has a great bistro-bar called Pablo.”

119 L.P. Leviste St. Salcedo Village, Makati, tel +632 828 4774, email [email protected]

Banaue Hotel, Ifugao
“It’s a government run hotel but it’s set on the cliffs overlooking the Banaue Rice terraces. You can’t get any better view of the terraces than from here.” 

Banaue, Ifugao, tel +63908 400 7596 or +63927 570 2355, email [email protected] or [email protected]

Pangulasian island resort, El Nido, Palawan

A slice of paradise. Photo courtesy of Pangulasian Island Resort

"Elegant rooms and really nice beach surrounded by limestone cliffs.”

Pangulasian Island, El Nido, Palawan, tel +632 902 5990, email [email protected]

Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Pasay City

Dusk at Sofitel. Photo courtesy of Sofitel Philippine Plaza

“A city hotel overlooking Manila Bay, world-famous for its sunsets. It’s got a tropical setting, the most number of pools I’ve seen in any city hotel, nice rooms, and the best buffet in all of Manila.”

CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay city, tel +632 551 5555, email [email protected]

The Bayleaf Intramuros, Manila
“It’s right inside the historic center of Manila, within the walls of the old city of Intramuros. It has a great roofdeck where you can hang out. And it’s all new and nice.”

Corner of Muralla and Victoria Streets, Intramuros, Manila, tel +632 318 5000 or +632 328 3170, email [email protected]

About Nikos Gitsis
Nikos Gitsis is executive director of Archipelago's sister print publication, Inflight Traveller, and co-founder of South East Asian International (SEAIR), a 20-year-old, Philippine-based carrier, known for its legacy of opening up flights to remote missionary routes around the Philippines, and is now operating charter flights. Gitsis is also a hotelier, restaurateur, and licensed pilot. 

Published November 2015