The PHILIPPINES, having almost 7,641 islands, is a dream destination for every travel enthusiast out there. Widely known as “The Pearl of the Orient Seas”, the Philippines has amazed the global community with its world-famous wonders, breathtaking beaches, picturesque sceneries, rich biodiversity, and perfect tropical weather.

There is no doubt that the country can easily qualify as an alternative choice to the luxurious destination that is equally loved and enjoyed, The Maldives.

While the Maldives is known for being a paradise destination due to its luxury resorts, white beaches, tranquil waters, and beautiful marine life, the Philippines has its fair share of Maldives-inspired resorts that can give you a glimpse of the paradise that the Maldives has to offer.

Here are 10 Stunning Maldives-Inspired Resorts in the Philippines:

1. Miniloc Island (El Nido, Palawan)

Miniloc Island Resort, is an Eco-Discovery Island Resort located at Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan. This breathtaking resort offers impressive crystal clear blue waters that highlights the beauty of the reefs and the fine, powdery white sand. Upon check-in, you can request their staff to take you to their exclusive and private islands so you can fully immerse yourself in a much-needed rest and relaxation.

Accommodation: 

This resort offers Cliff Cottages, which you will surely love since it offers a breathtaking view of the sunset directly from your room. You can also check out one of their best-selling rooms, the Garden Cottages. Rooms here ranges from ₱27,000 to ₱40,000 a night. Upon check-in, you will be required to have a guest information form, resort online check-in form, and your S-Pass. 

How to get there: 

Miniloc Island Resort can be reached via a 75-minute charter flight from Manila to El Nido (LIO) Airport. Free transfers are provided from El Nido Airport, which is a 40-minute boat ride to the resort.

2. Huma Island Resort and Spa (Coron, Palawan)

Huma Island Resort & Spa is a private luxury island that is located in the northern part of Palawan. This resort is probably one of the most sought after in the Philippines since it resembles the Anantara Dhigu resort in Maldives. The resort is isolated from other island hotels and is located right in the middle of the sea. Staying here will give you a taste of the best that the Philippines has to offer.

Accommodation:

Villas here can range from ₱60,000 to ₱240,000. So if you are looking for a perfect spot like the ones in Maldives where privacy and comfortability is the top priority, then this is the perfect next stop for you!

How to get there:

Located in Busuanga, Coron, Palawan it takes about a 1hr and 16-minute flight from Manila Airport to get there.

3. Pearl Farm Beach Resort (Samal Island, Davao City)

Pearl Farm Beach Resort was previously a home to a pearl farm and is now Samal Island’s jewel. Located just off the coast of Davao City, this resort has cozy villas and cottages that highlights the cultural distinctions of Mindanao, the second-largest island in the Philippines. 

Accommodation:

Rooms here can range from ₱15,900 to ₱34,000. If you are looking for a more distinctly Filipino-designed resort that has a rich culture of the Southern part of the Philippines, this is your next destination! 

How to get there:

From Davao Airport, you can land travel to Pearl Farm Marina located in Lanang Davao Beach Club. From there, it’s a 45-minute boat ride to Samal Island where Pearl Farm Beach Resort is located.

4. Dakak Park and Beach Resort (Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte)

Dakak Park Beach Resort, surrounded by mountains on its west side and conveniently positioned in the southern part of the Philippines, is a resort in Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte. Known for its pristine location and opportunities for adventures, this resort offers an array of facilities and theme-inspired feasts and performances. Offering a range of suites to private bungalows, you may want to try a massage by the beach with the view of the mountains! 

Accommodations:

Accommodations here can go as low as ₱7500 to ₱8500 per night.  With an additional entrance fee of  ₱1500 net per person, Dakak check-in guests will be able to enter Villa Angelina Luxury Suites, the high-end part of the resort.

How to get there:

The fastest way to get to Dapitan from Manila or Cebu is by plane via Dipolog City which is just 14 kilometers away from Dapitan City. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have daily flights bound for Dipolog with an approximate travel time of 80 minutes (Manila) and 45 minutes (Cebu). Come on and visit!

5. Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort (Cullion, Palawan)

Sunlight Ecotourism, a Maldives-inspired (and budget friendly) island resort awaits you! Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort gives you an exceptional experience through its seamless check in, nine restaurant outlets, access to rich marine life, sunset cruise, and water-related sports activities. This resort also includes an infinity pool, sanctuary spa, ktv and gym. There is an access to fast, complimentary Wi-Fi inside your room, as well as all over the lobbies and villas!

Accommodation:

This resort is a great place to visit because of its friendly rates yet internationally comparable accommodations! If you’re feeling a bit romantic, one of their water bungalows offer an all glass flooring of the room where you can see the beauty of the marine life right underneath your bedroom! With a jacuzzi in the balcony overlooking the vast ocean and mountain views, what could be more perfect than this? Staying here starts at ₱11,148. 

How to get there:

The resort also offers a shared chartered flight via Sunlight Air. The destination requires a 6-hour land, sea, and air transportation, if you don’t opt for the direct private transfer. The experience is surely worth it!

Conveniently situated in Cullion Palawan, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options.

6. Club Tara (Surigao Del Norte)

Club Tara Resort is a pioneer resort of Bucas Island’s Eco-Tourism. Naturally blessed with enchanting rock formations and mysterious caves, the resort is a one of a kind destination in Surigao. Nestled in the tranquil island of Bucas Grande, Club Tara Island Resort boasts a private beach area, a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the public areas, while activities such as snorkeling and canoeing can be enjoyed on site. 

Accommodation:

Enjoy your baths with a view of the water, rocks, and caves through the huge windows of their water bungalows. Accommodations in Club Tara can go for as low as ₱4150 per night.

How to get there:

The resort is just a 15-minute boat ride to the famous Sohoton Submarine Cave. Hayanggabon Port, Magkukuob Cave and is about 40 minutes boat ride away to the magnificent Socorro Rock Formation.

You can take a flight to Surigao Del Norte and set a transfer to the resort or ride a ferry going to Socorro Port. Either way, getting there will be as exciting as experiencing this astonishing place! 

7. Mithi Resort and Spa (Panglao Island, Bohol)

Mithi Resort & Spa, your very own private paradise in one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines! This 14-hectare resort allows you to have your own private area while you enjoy exploring the beauty of Bohol. It is embraced by the clear, turquoise waters and the fine white sand beaches. This place could be extra special for couples or honeymooners because it offers comfort and privacy, both in and out of your private suite! 

Surrounded by half a kilometer of pristine white sand beaches, Mithi Resort and Spa is the pinnacle of seclusion. Unwind, explore, and make it your own personal playground.

Accommodation:

Rooms here can go from ₱6500 to ₱8200. Each Villa has its own private outdoor Jacuzzi, sun lounges, and a breathtaking view of the sea. What’s not to love about this place?!

How to get there:

The resort is located in Panglao Beach, Bohol, which is an hour and a half flight from Manila. Upon arriving at the airport, all you have to do is rent a van or drive a car directly to the resort.

8. El Rio Y Mar (Coron, Palawan)

El Río Y Mar, is a tropical resort that makes you feel that you’re on an island getaway! The resort offers 2 infinity pools with a breathtaking view of the sea and mountains. If you want a place where you can go diving, then this is the right place!

Accommodation:

Since the property is located on a private island, the rooms have balconies overlooking the sea and the mountains, all with California King Beds; nonetheless, you can request for One Queen Bed and a Twin Bed if you want to split the King bed into two. Room rates start around PHP12,000 a night.

How to get there:

The resort offers private airport transfer, all-in, if you stay here. From Busuanga Airport, you will land travel to a private port where a speed boat will pick you up and bring you directly to the resort. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by the resort’s own private band singing for you, what a treat!

This place is a laid-back option that would help you forget your worries while the view takes your breath away. This resort also offers Wedding and Holiday packages that will be hard to pass on.

9. Plantation Bay Resort and Spa (Mactan, Cebu)

Plantation Bay Resort & Spa, a resort set in 11-hectare secluded grounds, is a place that owns one of the largest privately-owned waterways in the world. Whether you’re traveling for leisure, work, family, or a romantic getaway, this resort will surely cater to your every need.

Accommodation:

Plantation Bay Resort & Spa offers well-maintained, up-to-date rooms and facilities, accompanied with a warm and genuine service than any other hotel. You can avail these rooms for the low cost of ₱2488 per night. Also, Plantation Bay takes pride in their famous Water Edge Rooms, which gives you direct access to the man-made lagoon. This is proven to be one of the “crowd-favorite” rooms since it gives you your own private area to go in and dive into the water.

If you are into scuba diving or you want to learn and experience it, then this place is for you! The resort offers a non-license dive program with an array of scuba diving courses. You can easily rent the needed equipment for the lessons, just ask the concierge about it. Indoor paddle boarding and kayaking is also available. There’s so much to try here and definitely an experience that you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

How to get there:

Located 15-minutes away from Mactan Airport, you just need to drive or rent a van going directly to the resort and boom, you’re there!

10. Stilts Resort (Calatagan, Batangas)

Stilts Resort, perfect for a traveler on a budget, offers a hybrid of water and land activities such as ATVs on sand. The resort is located in Batangas and is just a car ride away from Metro Manila, but shouldn’t be left out! The place offers packages for special occasions, corporate events, or even just for a quick relaxing getaway to reconnect with friends and loved ones.

The only resort among this list that offers a mix of water and land activities, such as camping, biking, ATV riding, kayaking and more. Plus, it is the closest to the main capital of Manila so that cuts down travel time and travel expenses. You will love the atmosphere, and this should be on the list for your next road trip!

Accommodation:

Floating Cottages, Beach Cottages, Tree Houses and Camping Trips are only some of the accommodations that this resort offers. For the floating and beach cottages it can cost you ₱18,000 per night. For the villas it will cost you around ₱6,000 per night. Maybe this is the resort for you. Why not give it a try?

How to get there:

The resort is just 2-hours and 35 minutes land travel from Manila. Given it’s accessibility, it’s known as a perfect spot to unwind and de-stress to temporarily get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Huma Island | Photo from Huma Island Resorts Website

There you go! Ten Maldives-like resorts that you can find in the Philippines. Live the dream of having a paradise vacation: basking under the sun, walking along the spectacular sandbar of the islands and diving into the ocean to experience the beautiful marine life underneath.

These resorts offer no less than the experience and quality of the actual resorts in the Maldives without compromising your value for money. What are you waiting for? Book a trip now and let us know about your own experiences in these resorts! 


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