My favorite resorts — by frequent travellers

From island hideaways to mountain escapes, eight local travellers name their favorite resorts

Discovery Shores in Boracay
"My favorite resorts in the Philippines are Discovery Shores in Boracay, Huma Island Resort and Amanpulo Resort. I like Discovery Shores Boracay because of their service and the little details — pillows embroidered with my initials and a welcome cake with a photo of me the last time I was at the resort. I was invited by the owners to experience Huma Island Resort and there’s something about the whole place that makes you want to stay. Amanpulo Resort for the luxury, solace and peace. I’ve only been there once — I went there for a wedding — and the experience was unforgettable. It’s paradise." Rajo Laurel, designer
A Fundacion Pacita room with a view of the Mahatao Town. Photo by Ferdz Decena
"Fundacion Pacita in Batanes is owned by a friend of mine. I like it because it’s up on a mountain. The view is so breathtaking, it’s like you’re in Brittany or in Scotland but even more beautiful to me. And I like the way they fixed the rooms. I prefer cool air to the warm. I prefer nature to city life." – Former tourism secretary Alberto Lim

Sea Wind Boracay

"Sea Wind in Boracay is my favorite resort. I love the fact that you can walk out of your room and be right on the beach. My friend owns a resort in Puerto Galera called Villa Halcyon and I love going there. They have a dock where I’d sit and listen to the sound of the ocean. It’s really relaxing." – Kat Alano, singer/songwriter


Plantation Bay Resort's Mogambo Springs Spa

"Oh, Dakak in Zamboanga del Norte. And Plantation Bay in Cebu was perfect — man-made pool, the ocean to your left." – Tony Toni, Magic 89.9 DJ


Water Cottage, Lagen Island Resort

"I guess El Nido Lagen is one of the best resorts I’ve stayed in. The staff there are so helpful; they’ll almost bend over backwards to meet any request. The best boutique hotel in Boracay is Zuzuni and the best general hotel there is Discovery Shores. Perfect service is the key. I don’t mind a hotel not having so many amenities; I do mind when a hotel provides lousy service. For me, helpful staff and accessibility and general cleanliness are key." – Victor Consunji, VConsunji Incorporated CEO

Originally published in InFlight Traveller June 2013. Updated August 2015