Need to know
Noon. Earliest check-in, 10am. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $1228.50, excluding tax at 22 per cent.
Rates include all meals and drinks (except champagne), excursions to nearby islands, non-motorised watersports, cooking lessons, massages, yoga classes, laundry and overland airport transfers from Siargao airport.
Dedon Island runs daily yoga classes, which take place in the treehouse, Mango Pagoda or indoors, depending on the weather.
From 9 January to 26 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 Dedon’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.
Flanked by the bar, a row of ocean-facing sunloungers and Dedon’s signature oversized day-beds, the hotel’s pool is a sleek infinity number from which to soak up sea views.
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.
Dedon Island 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.
Owner Bobby Dekeyser’s foundation supports local community projects, including the Compostela Project, a sustainable village initiative on Cebu island.
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.
Over-5s; the resort’s sandy paths aren’t really suited to prams.
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.
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.
There’s no lifeguard on duty, but the pool has a shallow end and plenty of floats for little ones.
Highchairs are available in the restaurant. The chef will happily tweak the day’s menu or whip up something familiar for fussy eaters.
Local nannies and babysitters are available at no extra cost.
No need to pack
The kitchen will happily whip up tot-friendly purées.
Bring your own baby monitor to catch the breeze on your villa’s terrace during naptime.
Dedon Island 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 Dedon’s farm and the resort is taking steps to reduce the use of plastic materials.