Need to know
Forty casitas and 11 villas.
Leave at 8am for 9.30am flight connections; 1pm for 2.30pm flights (not flexible due to flight departure schedule). Check-in, 9am in low season (June–October); 2.30pm in high season (November–May).
Double rooms from $1400.00, excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast and resort activities (non-motorised boats, tennis, gym and daily group classes). A minimum three-night stay often applies. Return flight transfers are charged extra – US$495 per adult; US$295 per child (2– 11 years).
In your room you’ll find your own island survival kit, including a straw beach bag, hat and fan, which you’re welcome to keep as a memento of your Amanpulo adventure.
At the hotel
Spa, PADI dive centre, marine sports, tennis courts, playground, golf cart for each casita, library with CDs and DVDs, boutique, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen satellite TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, coffee-machine.
Our favourite rooms
Inspired by native bahay kubo dwellings, all rooms have timber frames and pitched roofs with rustic island styling. Mermaids and mermen will love the 29 Beach Casitas, as you can saunter straight onto the sandy beach and into the waves. Or for dreamy Sulu Sea views, opt for a Deluxe Hillside Casita. The two- and four-bedroom Villas offer opulent, airy living and dining pavilions, with private pools and a cook, ideal for families or friends.
Bordered by vibrant bougainvillea trellises, the 30-metre, aqua-tiled swimming pool stretches out in front of the Clubhouse. Bask on your umbrella-shaded sun-bed or one of the three open-air salas where comfy mattresses reign supreme.
If all that beach-flopping has left you with sunlounger sores, intimate Amanpulo Spa offers local Cuyonin healing treatments.
An underwater camera for snapping freaky fish. Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe for castaway inspiration. A rash shirt for snorkelling without burning.
Casitas and Villas can take three adults, or two adults and two children (under-5s go free; there's a daily $10 charge for breakfast, or $30 half-board) for under-12s. Beds for over-12s and adults cost $180 (plus a 10 per cent service charge a night).
Welcome: baby cots and extra beds or day-beds for up to two under-12s can be provided for free; it's US$180 a night (excluding a service charge) for a third child. Babysitting with hotel staff can be arranged from US$6 an hour, with 48 hours’ notice.
Children old enough to swim and enjoy the wide range of watersports and kids' club activities.
The two- or four-bedroom villas work well for families, with a living/dining pavilion, outdoor lounge, private pool, and a handy cook and maid.
Family-friendly Amanpulo's kids' activity coordinator hosts a range of indoor and outdoor distractions, including arts and crafts, movie nights, tree-planting and organic gardening. Older kids will enjoy the resort's active mix of tennis, nature walks, cycling, swimming, snorkelling, marine sports (such as windsurfing, kayaking and sailing) and dive centre (for kids aged eight or over only). Little ones will love watching turtles hatch in season.
There isn't a dedicated children's pool, but the main pool sports inflatables, floats and arm-bands.
Children are welcome in the hotel's Clubhouse restaurant which offers a kids' menu, and at the Beach and Lagoon Clubs. Lunch at the Windsurf Hut is bound to be a hit, with pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven and consumed on the sand.
Babysitting is available for PHP300 (about US$6) an hour with hotel staff given 48-hours' notice.
No need to pack
Baby cots and high chairs are provided for free.
Day-beds are available (up to two in some rooms) free of charge for up to two under-12s; for a third child, there's an extra charge of US$180 a night (plus a 10 per cent service charge).
The hotel is involved in turtle conservation and supports the surrounding island communities through the Andres Soriano Foundation. Food is locally sourced, with organic and homegrown produce where possible, and most staff are local.