Luxury & boutique hotels
Pamalican Island, Philippines
The private paradise of boutique hotel Amanpulo, this Cuyo Islands cay is the last word in castaway-chic. A 70-minute flight from the Philippines capital, Manila, this idyllic getaway is all sugar-white beaches, lush tropical interiors and cerulean, reef-flanked seas.
When to go
The heat can be searing from March onwards; visit between September and February for balmier temperatures. If windsurfing is your schtick, book your stay for November–May.
PlanesThe island has its own airstrip and is only accessible by plane. Fly into the Philippines' capital's Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (www.manila-airport.net), where you can pick up the super-scenic 70-minute flight to the island (not included in rates; 20kg weight limit a passenger, including hand luggage). Enjoy panoramic views as you wing your way there on the 19-seat twin-engine plane.
TaxisWho needs taxis when rooms at the island's only resort Amanpulo all come with their own nifty golf buggy, for whizzing around like the Banana Splits. Seriously though, at just two and a half kilometres long and only 500 metres at its widest point, Pamalican is made for walking.