The Philippines is blessed with a speckling of idyllic tropical islands reserved for the private life. Hiring a helicopter guarantees a stylish landing.
Banwa Private Island
Splash out on a stay at the world’s most expensive island resort and check-in at Banwa Private Island for US$100,000 a night. The 15-acre secluded island resort sits in the archipelago of Palawan and features six beachfront villas with private infinity pools and Jacuzzis. There are also 12 garden rooms and a top-level residential suite. The island can accommodate up to 48 people. Helicopter transfers can be organised to complete the incredible experience.
Floral Island Resort
Indulge in the ultimate getaway and hire this private island in Palawan all to yourself. The hidden tropical island can cater for 16 guests across eight bedrooms in quaint villas scattered across the small idyllic paradise. Here, guests can truly sink into relaxation mode, go island-hopping, kayak in turquoise waters, snorkel and indulge in pampering sessions at the spa. Complete the experience and hire a helicopter to soak up stunning aerial views during departure and arrival.
Tugawe Cove Resort
Nestled on isolated Caramoan Island, divine Tugawe Cove Resort remains off the well-trodden tourist trail due to its inaccessibility. This makes chartering a helicopter the ideal way to get there. Located in south-central Philippines, the island is a nature lover’s dream, spilling over with dense forest, thundering waterfalls, vast lakes and dramatic limestone cliffs. Tugawe Cove Resort is perched on a hillside above Lauing Bay, offering stunning vistas of Sombrero, Loto and Litao islands.
In fitting with Aman’s laid-back luxury philosophy, Amanpulo encapsulates off-the-grid luxury. Sitting on its own private island – 89-hectare Pamalican Island in the Sulu Sea – the only way to get there is by air, with helicopter being the number one choice. A handful of delicately-designed villas dot the island, each built using natural materials. Exclusive experiences include a personal butler and private plunge pools. Some of the top-end villas come complete with personal chefs.
This is another delightful private island paradise in the pristine Palawan region. The 125-acre island is speckled with beach cottages and jungle villas, each featuring a large bedroom, four-poster bed and walk-in wardrobe. There is an enormous marble bathroom with either a wooden bath or a marble bath hand carved from a block of Romblon marble, and an open-air shower. Guests get their own chef, with sinking well and truly into the lap of tranquil luxury the name of the game. Ariara sits an easy helicopter ride from Manila.