We have all got the same vacation dream, right?

To be able to experience Maldives is on everyone’s bucket list and it sure deserves it as it is beautiful and magnificent.

El Nido, Palawan | Photo from El Nido Resorts Facebook Page

With its unique geographic features, luxurious villas on the water, white sand beaches sparkling clear waters, and topped with a thriving marine life, you will never want to go back home.

But it sure is pricey to be able to go there, luckily for us Filipinos, our country is just as beautiful and there are resorts that can easily give you the Maldives-vibe.

Here are the top 5 resorts you should consider visiting.

1. Stilts Calatagan

Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort as its name suggests have this epic set of floating cottages strategically placed above waters and all connected by a pathway.

Its massive size of 24-hectares guarantees you to enjoy not only the sea, and white sand beaches but also the rolling hills.

Adventure and aqua sport activities

  • ATV adventure trails
  • mangrove eco-tours
  • diving
  • boating
  • sandbar tours

The Floating Cottages of Stilts Calatagan come in small, medium, or large rooms depending on the number of persons it can accommodate. The rates depend on the size of the chosen room and depends on peak season as well. Each cottage will have a bedroom/s, a loft, and a living area.


2. Club Tara Resort (Surigao del Norte)

Surigao del Norte is famous for its rock formations, mystical caves, vast mangrove forest, and under water sights. Club Tara Resort have these luxury Jacuzzi Water Cottages lined up on the shoreline/edge of the mangroves in its most elegant design. It is definitely the place to stay to experience Surigao del Norte as aside from it being near the attraction, it is overlooking the lagoon and sea and very affordable and Instagram-worthy.

Tour packages for guests to avail

  • Island Hopping Tour

(Markaa white sand beach, Bubon white sand beach, Kanlunes beach)

  • Sohoton Submarine Cave Tour
  • Siargao Island Tour


3. Pearl Farm Beach Resort

Pearl Farm Beach Resort is a 5-star resort that was once home to a pearl farm.

Now, a luxurious getaway destination, the resort has its own madives-like experience to offer with cottages inspired by the stilt shelters of the Samal tribes, Samal House and Samal Suite.

These are half in half out of the water cottages so that you will have the sea water on the other side and the green forest on the other. You will also have stairs directly leading down to the waters for your quick dips.


  • swimming pools
  • lounges
  • kid’s club
  • sports center
  • cafes
  • restaurants
  • aqua sports activities


4. El Nido Resorts

El Nido Resorts is a group of island resorts of world-class style and experience. This includes the four islands: Apulit Island, Miniloc Island, Lagen Island, and Pangulasian Island.

They have a very long line of water cottages built on stilts above the beautiful shallow waters of Palawan connected by a single long walkway to the mainland. One of its islands even has over 50 Water Cottages built above the sea with a view of Taytay Bay and another one has water cottages built right beside the island’s limestone cliffs.

Activities & Attractions on the Island Resorts

  • climb the 50-meter limestone cliff
  • dive and explore a nearby Japanese ship wreck
  • island-hop
  • snorkel
  • visit the caves
  • swim with the fish and explore the different marine species
  • visit Bacuit Bay Big and Small Lagoons and Snake Island


5. Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort

Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort has its charm in its beautiful glass floor villas with jacuzzi overlooking the sea.

Its Maldivian inspired villas all have the view of the ocean and the chance to see the sunset or sunrise depending on which side you are of the resort.

With Filipino-themed interior, a bedroom, an extensive sea-view balcony with loungers, and of course its famous glass-bottom floors that shows the beautiful marine life beneath the villa.


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