Located in Agutaya, Palawan is the hyper-exclusive and ultra-expensive Amanpulo resort. Amanpulo occupies the whole of Pamalican Island, part of the northern group of Cuyo Islands in the Sulu Sea and halfway between Boracay and El Nido.
The only way to get to this tropical heaven is via the resort’s chartered plane service from Manila, about a hour-and-a-half’s flight away. (Really wealthy guests can supposedly broker their own chartered flights.) You can just see the airstrip on the northern part of the island in the satellite imagery.
Opened in 1993, Amanpulo boasts of white-sand beaches; private casitas; diving, snorkeling, and other watersports; great food; and basically a relaxing experience away from it all. If only it didn’t cost an arm and a leg—an overnight stay will set you back at least 50,000 pesos. Ouch! (Also, there’s no nightlife on Amanpulo, unlike in Boracay.)
Amanpulo has been visited by the rich and famous and it’s expensive lifestyle has given a livelihood to the people of the nearby island of Manamoc to the southwest. Read this decade-old New York Times article about the resort, or you can go visit their official website.