Amanpulo Beach Casita Review, Pamalican Island, Philippines
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Amanpulo Review


This Amanpulo Beach Casita review is part of a round the world trip report including first class and business class flights, luxury hotel stays in London and Asia, and restaurant reviews. 

For the prior posts, please see:

Review: British Airways Concorde Room Lounge NYC JFK Terminal 7

Review: British Airways Business Class on the 747-400 JFK-LHR

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Review: British Airways Arrivals Lounge in LHR and Heathrow Express to London

Launceston Place London Restaurant Review

Rosewood London Review

London Tips: British Museum with Kids

Review: Rivea at Bulgari London Hotel

Review: British Airways First Class Lounge London Heathrow Terminal 3

Qantas First Class A380 Review London to Dubai

Park Hyatt Dubai Review

Review: Atmosphere Lounge at the Burj Khalifa Dubai

Armani Hotel Dubai Photos and Virtuoso Client Review

Dubai Fountain by Burj Khalifa Photos and Video

Review: British Airways Galleries Lounge in Dubai (DXB)

Cathay Pacific Business Class Review A330-300

Review: Lung King Heen at Four Seasons Hong Kong

Review: The Upper House Hong Kong

Review: Cafe Gray Deluxe at The Upper House 

Amanpulo is one of those bucket list destinations--a private island with a beautiful white sand beach, clear water, casually elegant stand alone casitas and villas, and legendary Aman service. Best of all, it's surprisingly accessible from Asia--just a couple hours from Hong Kong to Manila, then less than a charter flight of less than an hour. It's the perfect place to honeymoon or have a relaxing couple's or even family getaway, either on its own or after cultural exploration at Amanjiwo, Amandari, Amansara or Amantaka.

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  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
  • A complimentary lunch or dinner for up to two people per room, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

 

Getting To Amanpulo

Amanpulo is located on its own private island, reached by a charter flight of about 1 hour from Manila. Arriving at Manila, you’re met in the Arrivals area by an Aman representative, and ushered to an air conditioned chauffeured car for transfer to the hangar that the charter departs from. There’s a small dedicated Aman lounge.

Amanpulo Lounge, Manila

 

Soon, it was time to board our Island Aviation flight. The cabin isn't pressurized, so it's good that earplugs are provided. I'm not sure I'd take an infant or very young child on the flight, although another family had what seemed to be a 1 year old with them.

Amanpulo Review-Island Aviation Charter Flight

 

The views from the plane were beautiful--there was even a rainbow en route to Amanpulo, a fitting welcome to this private island paradise:

Rainbow on Island Aviation Flight to Amanpulo


Although there was a slight drizzle when we arrived at Amanpulo, General Managers Tapa and his wife Jane and several others from the Amanpulo family were there to welcome us, with jasmine garlands and umbrellas handy. Jasmine is wonderfully fragrant, and also reminded me of the jasmine blossoms used at the tables in in the villas at Amanjiwo.

Amanpulo Review-Jasmine Garland


We were also offered a delicious coconut lime welcome drink:

Coconut Lime Welcome Drink, Amanpulo


Amanpulo Beach Casita 

There are just 40 standalone casitas and villas at Amanpulo, most of them the beach casitas that are just steps away from the magnificent powdery white sand beach (more on that later). Here's a map of Amanpulo:

Amanpulo Map

 

Ours was Beach Casita 19, which we loved since it was just a few steps from broad expanse of beach yet very private due to the surrounding trees, and also close to the main swimming pool and restaurant.

As we entered, a beautiful welcome amenity of champagne, canapés and a fruit plate greeted us on the table:

Amanpulo Welcome Amenities

 

There were even special chocolate madeleines, marshmallows and M&Ms for the munchkin:

Amanpulo Review: Chocolate Madeleines

 

To the right was the king bed, with super soft linens, which was made up even while we were at breakfast so that we always returned to an immaculate room.

Amanpulo Beach Casita

 

On the dresser, there was a Nespresso machine, along with canisters of dried mango and rich homemade double chocolate chip cookies. Somehow, every Aman Resort we've been to, from Amankila to Amanjiwo to Amanjena, has incredibly yummy desserts, especially the chocolate ones.

Nespresso Machine, Dried Mango and Chocolate Cookies, Amanpulo

 

The munchkin was simply thrilled with his kid’s welcome amenity of duplos, and spent the next hour and a half building with them, taking them apart, and rebuilding something new.

Kids' Welcome Amenities, Amanpulo

 

I noticed the high vaulted ceilings and how beautiful yet timeless the bathrooms were—we were in a newly renovated casita, which is still very much in keeping with the original design yet has a more spacious and elegant feel to it. The bathroom offers dual vanities and his and hers closet space as well, which I always look forward to at Aman Resorts. There’s never an issue of not having enough space to unpack and hang clothes.

Amanpulo Beach Casita Bathroom 

 

A standalone soaking tub came complete with bath salts and a candle, and there was also a glass enclosed shower with a retractable laundry line for hanging bathing suits.

Amanpulo Beach Casita Rain Shower

 

Outside was a deck with additional seating, although we scarcely made use of it, since we were usually in the water, relaxing on the beach or by the pool, or doing other activities (future post on Amanpulo activities to come).

Beach Casita Deck, Amanpulo


Getting around the island was easy, since each casita and villa has its own dedicated buggy that guests drive themselves in. Even the munchkin learned to drive the buggy (with a little help steering), and Amanpulo's GM, Tapa, remarked that he has a few families whose kids insist on coming back in part because they have so much fun driving the buggies around.

Amanpulo Review - Getting Ready to Drive Our Buggy


Beach and Swimming Pool

Amanpulo's main swimming pool is by the Clubhouse, although with the beautiful ocean and beach and only a few casitas and villas on the island, we very rarely saw other guests in the pool. I never had to worry about my son disturbing anyone with his splashing and pool antics, as only once were there other guests in the pool at the same time as he was in it.

I'll write about breakfast in a future post, but we enjoyed taking it poolside, given the view.

Amanpulo Swimming Pool 

Pool, Amanpulo

 

Of course, the real star of Amanpulo, as I mentioned in my earlier Best Beach in the World! post, is the gorgeous white sand beach that encircles the entire island. The sand is even finer and more powdery than in the Maldives, and never gets too hot for the feet, thanks to its high silica content.

Amanpulo Beach

 

Amanpulo Dining and Food

Amanpulo offers a surprising number of dining options for a private island with only 40 casitas and villas, including the main restaurant at the Clubhouse, The Beach Club with small plates and Spanish tapas, and the Lagoon Club with Thai cuisine. I'll cover breakfast, lunch and dinner options in a future post.

 

The Verdict

Amanpulo truly has the best beach I've been to, over the Maldives, Caribbean and Hawaii beaches I've been to. Even though I'm not normally one to spend a lot of time at the beach, I would happily have spent much more time walking the beach at Amanpulo and simply enjoying the pristine, clear water and blue sky. Service was superb, as at each Aman Resort I've been to. Let's just say my husband was incredibly jealous and has made me promise to take him with us next time--the sooner the better.

If you've been to Amanpulo, what was your experience?

Related Posts

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Amanjiwo Review, Borobudur, Java

Amanjena Review, Marrakech

Disclosure: My family and I were guests and enjoyed a partially complimentary stay and breakfast at Amanpulo, however the views expressed in this post are my own.

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Picture?type=large Robert S. commented 07 Jul 2015
Hi Hilary! I've been fortunate enough to be invited to a wedding held at the Amanpulo resort and can't wait, especially after reading your trip report! A few Q's: 1.) Any suggestions for a 3-4 day adventure before the wedding? I don't have an interest in exploring Manila, but prefer to get out kayaking, hiking, exploring outdoors, etc. Some quick research shows El Nido and Coron to be popular destinations. Any thoughts? 2.) I'll be flying SFO to MNL and Philippine Air has the best pricing. Would be great to fly biz or first finally! Can I transfer points and book with a Philippine Air partner? (I have AA & Chase Sapphire points.) Any tips? Thanks in advance. As always, your blog is my favorite points summary and I've recommended it to many friends! Thanks for all your spot-on advice!
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 08 Jul 2015
Robert, I'd be happy to help with advice on your questions if I book your Amanpulo stay. I know the GM, and as always am able to apply Virtuoso benefits to your stay. You can become a TravelSort Client by completing our new client form: http://travelsort.com/Travelsort-Client-Request-Form
Picture?type=large Robert S. commented 09 Jul 2015
Hi Hilary! Thanks for the reply. Wish I needed your help booking, but the Amanpulo stay is all setup and paid for by the wedding party. (Lucky us!) Totally happy to provide you compensation another way, do you have a fee structure other than for booking a hotel? I would love to become a client, but just have the need to book a hotel right now :( Any other options?
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 09 Jul 2015
Hi Robert, that's wonderful that your Amanpulo stay is taken care of by the wedding party! I've emailed you with details of my consulting fees in case you'd like to go that route.
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