Need To Know
Nine, comprising six suites and three villas.
Noon, but flexible subject to availability, and a small fee. Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $340.00, excluding tax at 22 per cent. ⓘ
Rates include return airport transfers, welcome drink, à la carte breakfast, evening cocktail and butler service.
At the pretty spa, the Filipino Hilot Massage is our top tip to bliss you out. Leave room in your suitcase for Abacá’s natural spa products, which feature ingredients spanning mother-of-pearl, bamboo, walnut and even caviar.
At the hotel
Library with books and DVDs, spa, gym, kayaks, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod docks with preloaded iPods and iPads on request, fridge, minibar.
Our favourite rooms
The other two villas have their own plunge pools, but the Oceanfront Spa Villa (Villa 7, or Tawhay) boasts a large balcony for private sunbathing and dining overlooking the spa and seafront.
The 30m black-tiled infinity pool has a submerged seat so Smiths can cool off while gazing out across the Hilutungan Channel towards nearby Olango Island. Grass-thatched cabanas with day-beds provide welcome shade.
Bring your mask and snorkel to see what a paradise the Philippines offers below the water's surface, as well as above. Divers should also pack their certification cards.
Personalised 24-hour butler service starts when you're picked up from the airport and includes everything from newspaper delivery to ironing. Your butler can also hook you up with excursions, activities, drivers or restaurant reservations.
Well-travelled children are welcome (though howling horrors may be asked to keep it down). Kids eight years old and under stay for free and the hotel supplies baby cots and extra day-beds for older children gratis. Babysitting can also be arranged.
Taking its name from a native plant fibre, it's no surprise that Abacá thinks green, with locally sourced materials used in its construction, regular beach clean-ups and projects that support the island community.