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Siargao Island, Philippines

Nay Palad Hideaway

Rates from (ex tax)$1,365.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,665.30), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Crafty weaver’s nest

Setting

Pacific playground

The brainchild of iconic outdoor furniture-makers, boutique resort Nay Palad Hideaway knows a thing or two about making the most of a postcard-worthy setting. A pristine forest, crystal-clear waters and private stretch of powder-soft sands make a picturesque backdrop for the hotel’s luxurious take on all-inclusive tropical living. Make yourself at home in one of just nine thatch-roofed villas, frolic on the beach or dive straight into a thrill-seeking programme of island-hopping, coral-exploring and surfing adventures.

Smith Extra

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A piece of fibre jewellery for each guest, made by the Compostela Project

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Nine villas.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 10am. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $1365.00, excluding tax at 22 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,365.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include all meals and select drinks (cocktails, spirits, beer, juices and select wines), excursions to nearby islands, non-motorised watersports, cooking lessons, massages, yoga classes, laundry and overland airport transfers from Siargao airport.

Also

Nay Palad Hideaway runs daily yoga classes, which take place in the treehouse, Mangroves Pagoda or indoors, depending on the weather.

Please note

From 9 January to 28 March 2018, the resort will be closed for construction work.

At the hotel

Private beach, outdoor cinema, watersports, games pavilion, bikes to borrow, gym, library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, air-conditioning, kettle, minibar with free drinks, home-dried fruits and biscuits.

Our favourite rooms

Set in glorious tropical gardens, the resort’s villas showcase Nay Palad Hideaway’s origins as a maker of iconic outdoor furniture. Everything here, from the hanging day-beds to the sculptural carved headboards, is handcrafted from local materials. All the villas are soothing and airy, with indoor-outdoor showers and a front glass wall to let in the light; opt for one of the Deluxe Villas for unbeatable ocean views.

Poolside

Flanked by the bar, a row of ocean-facing sunloungers and signature oversized day-beds, the hotel’s pool is a sleek infinity number from which to soak up sea views.

Spa

Hidden away in a patch of luxuriant forest, the spa’s six thatch-roofed huts have the whimsy of a fairy-tale village, albeit one stylishly decked out with hand-woven furnishings, decked floating paths and curvaceous architectural lines. Particularly atmospheric at night when light filters through layers of tented fabric, the treatment rooms are serene and intimate. Plump for a traditional Filipino Hilot massage, a tan-prepping body scrub or a petal-strewn bath à deux.

Packing tips

Nay Palad Hideaway is all about barefoot luxury, so you’ll need little more footwear than a pair of sandals for wearing on the plane. Leave bulky beach bags and sun hats at home, too – there’ll be some waiting for you at the resort.

Also

Owner Bobby Dekeyser’s foundation supports local community projects, including the Compostela Project, a sustainable village initiative on Cebu island.

Children

Children under two stay free; one child aged 3–9 stays free, but a second will be charged at 50 per cent of the adult rate; children aged 10–17 are charged at 50 per cent of the adult rate. Local nannies and babysitters are available at no extra cost.

Best for

Over-5s; the resort’s sandy paths aren’t really suited to prams.

Recommended rooms

Deluxe Villas have a small upstairs bedroom for a young Smith. If you’re travelling with a larger brood, opt for the Superior Family Villa instead.

Activities

Protected by the shape of the bay, the waters around the resort are calm and clear - an ideal playground for young splashers. Confident swimmers can explore the corals at low tide; tots as young as three can get their first surfing lesson with experienced instructors. Any excess energy can be spent on the trampoline, or turned to competitive games of ping-pong and table football. At night, roast marshmallows on the open fire and settle down for a family film on the screen strung between two coconut trees.

Swimming pool

There’s no lifeguard on duty, but the pool has a shallow end and plenty of floats for little ones.

Meals

Highchairs are available in the restaurant. The chef will happily tweak the day’s menu or whip up something familiar for fussy eaters.

Babysitting

Local nannies and babysitters are available at no extra cost.

No need to pack

The kitchen will happily whip up tot-friendly purées.

Also

Bring your own baby monitor to catch the breeze on your villa’s terrace during naptime.

Eco‐friendly

Nay Palad Hideaway takes care to tread carefully. Water is heated by solar power, the gardens’ compost comes from the kitchens, produce is locally sourced or grown on Nay Palad Hideaway’s farm and the resort is taking steps to reduce the use of plastic materials.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Tables are set up around the grounds to make the most of the postcard-worthy setting; snag one in the treehouse for sweeping sea-and-jungle views.

Dress Code

Laid-back but chic: billowing silks, elegantly crumpled linen, the light sheen of after-sun oil.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Mark Silvestre mans the resort’s kitchen, whipping up daily-changing delicacies depending on what catches his eye in the local market. Lunch is served family-style in the laid-back pool hut, or wrapped up for a picnic on a castaway island. Dinner is a more romantic affair: head to the beach, the lantern-lit gardens or the fire pit for a three-course wine-paired feast of fusion cuisine livened up with fresh herbs and spices from Nay Palad Hideaway’s organic garden.

Hotel bar

Strikingly constructed from trademark fibre, the restaurant’s central bar has the delicacy of a bird’s nest. Order a mojito and commandeer the oversized beach bed for a relaxed sundowner or a cosy tête à tête under the stars.

Last orders

There are no set restaurant hours in this intimate setting: days at Nay Palad Hideaway follow the rising and setting of the sun and the last guests usually retire by 10pm.

Room service

Succumb to idleness and have dinner brought to your villa when the kitchen is open.

Location

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Address
Nay Palad Hideaway
8419 Malinao Rd, Malinao, General Luna, Siargao Island
Surigao del Norte
8419
Philippines

Planes

A 40-minute drive from the hotel, Sayak Airport (Siargao Island) serves flights to Manila and Cebu, a regional hub with direct connections to Hong Kong and Singapore. Another option is to fly into Manila, then take a domestic flight to Cebu. The hotel offers free airport transfers in a private jeepney, the Philippines’ distinctive jeep-minibus hybrid.

Other

Call ahead if you plan to hop over from Cebu on a chopper.

Worth getting out of bed for

If you’re aching to get in the water, make the resort’s Sea Pagoda your first port of call. Accessible by boat, kayak or stand-up paddle, this imposing thatch-roofed platform sits 800 metres from the beach – a picturesque staging point for snorkelling adventures, particularly when stocked with refuelling snacks and cold drinks. A pretty little teardrop of an island, Janoyoy can also be reached on foot at low tide, as can the pristine mangroves nearby, a sanctuary for indigenous flora and elusive reptiles. The calm waters around Nay Palad Hideaway are ideal for water-skiing, wake-boarding and banana-boating. Staff can also arrange for boards and surfing instructors should you wish to test your balance on the local waves; Cloud 9’s dramatic barrel and laid-back scene are unmissable for the more experienced. There’s plenty to explore on land, too. Circumnavigating Siargao takes about half a day – a chance to explore Tob Tabon and Bito caves, the quaint fishing village of General Luna and the warm waters of Magpupungko rock pool – and hopping over to nearby Daku and Guyam islands is a another good choice for exploring the area.

Local cafés

Siargao offers few reasons to stray from Nay Palad Hideaway’s tantalising cuisine, but if you’re after a post-surf snack in Cloud 9, stop by Shaka Siargao for a nutrient-packed smoothie bow.

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this luxury hotel on Siargao Island and unpacked their snorkels and bikinis, a full account of their beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Nay Palad Hideaway in the Philippines…

An ex-goalkeeper for Bayern Munich may seem like an unlikely candidate to dream up a beachfront getaway for the luxury-starved, but Bobby Dekeyser is no conformist. Famed for an innovative fibre that transforms eye-catching designs into must-have pieces, his former furniture company excelled at redefined outdoor living. This whimsical approach is evident throughout Nay Palad Hideaway, from the nest-like bar to sea-perched pagodas and enormous day-beds beached just metres from crystalline waters. The resort may be switched on when it comes to style, but it doesn’t stint on creature comforts, either. Chef Justin Mechill whips up a culinary storm from the island’s best produce and freshest catch; tension-busting massages are administered in thatch-roofed huts; a flotilla of boats, kayaks and paddle-boards await to take visitors on sea-faring adventures. With just nine elegant, breeze-kissed villas, the resort’s mission is to make guests feel at home: kick off your shoes, throw away your phone and let your inner child loose on this Pacific-facing playground.

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