5 of the Philippines' best hotels for weddings

Locals pick their favorite hotels for a wedding, from a white-sand beach hotel in Boracay to a private island in Palawan

By Jan Lao

#1 Fridays Boracay 

Fridays Boracay pinched from the Facebook page of Fridays Boracay Beach Resort

 “It would have to be without a doubt a wedding in Boracay. I have friends who got married in Boracay where the beautiful sunset makes for perfect memories and photos! I have spent a lot of time in Boracay and I have nothing but fond memories of the island. For resorts, offhand I’d say Fridays because of the privacy afforded you and your guests."—Tisha Silang, Amazing Race Asia first runner up.
Nami Resort is located in Diniwid Beach, Boracay, tel +6336 288 6754 to 56. Fridays is located in White Beach, Boracay, tel +6336 288 6200. 

#2 Amanpulo, Palawan

"Amanpulo! For the breathtaking view, privacy and good service. It could even double up as a honeymoon venue." —Ronnie Salvacion, photographer.
Amanpulo is located in Pamalican Island, Sulu, tel +632 976 5200. 

#3 Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu and #4 El Nido Resorts, Palawan




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"Among all the resorts and hotels in the Philippines, two stand out. One is Shangri-La Mactan. They have the most amazing service and the hotel is so fully capable of creating a fantastic setting for all types of weddings. You can have a small intimate setting or you can have a full-blown tropical extravaganza! They have a romantic chapel and the food is really good. The second resort that I would select is El Nido Resorts in Palawan. The views are breathtaking! You feel so romantic, so close to nature. One of my clients even had a barge created and they had service floating in the hidden lagoon! I had many clients who got married at both resorts and both resorts met everyone’s expectations!” —Rajo Laurel, fashion designer.
Shangri-La Mactan is located in Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu, tel +6332 231 0288. El Nido Resorts is located in El Nido, Palawan, tel +632 813 0000. 


Shangri-La Mactan Island Resort is a great choice. You can celebrate your pre-wedding parties, your wedding and your honeymoon all in one location. This island resort can accommodate your requests from a small, intimate party on the beach, to a grand affair in the ballroom or a special ceremony in their glass chapel overlooking the sea. Plus, the world-class Chi Spa is in the resort – a luxurious option and a must-try for you and your groom."—Romina Urra-Gonzalez, former editor-in-chief, Metro Weddings Magazine
Shangri-La Mactan is located in Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu, tel +6332 231 0288. 

“Though I’d really prefer a non-commercial place for weddings and parties, if I had to choose a hotel or a resort, I’d say the Shangri-La Hotel in Mactan. Aside from the fact that their service is superb, the hotel’s very cozy hacienda-like look with the beach beside it may do the trick of making it look as if it wasn’t a hotel. If I’m not cooking, I’d want Gaita Forres to handle the feast; then that, for me, would be a wedding made in heaven.” —Juan Carlo Estagle, pastry chef and culinary instructor.
Shangri-La Mactan is located in Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu, tel +6332 231 0288.

#5 Taal Vista, Tagaytay

Wedding setup at Taal Vista Hotel pinched from the Facebook page of Taal Vista Hotel
“I recently attended a wedding at Taal Vista in Tagaytay and it was a great venue. It was a little cold but it was nothing a pashmina could not fix. It felt like we were in San Francisco and we did not have to go too far.”—Benjo Marquez, DJ / businessman
 Taal Vista Hotel is located in Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City, tel +632 917 8225. 

Originally published June to July 2008. Updated June 2016