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For Your Next Vacation, Book This Private Island in Palawan

The island has eight villas, assigns you your own private chef, and can accommodate 18 people.
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Pride of the Philippines Ariara Island sets international publications buzzing as it is usually awarded a spot on their annual vacation lists. Located in Calamian, Palawan, the island, with eight villas and beach cottages that can accommodate up to 18 guests, is available for exclusive use.

We’ve chosen Ariara as a design standout, with plans designed by renowned architect Jorge Yulo. It utilizes local materials and traditional Filipino building techniques, which make the whole 103-hectare property very Filipino.


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The cottages are spacious, with private terraces and gardens, hammocks, four-poster beds, walk-in closets, and huge baths hand-carved from blocks of Romblon marble. The villas, built on stilts, consist of suites of rooms—master bedroom, dressing room or a child’s room, marble bathroom with walk-in shower, and marble bath opening to the jungle.

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While it’s tempting to stay in your room all day, you’ll be lured outside by nature’s beauty. Walk along its pristine shores, jet ski, snorkel, windsurf, or dive. Chances are, you’ll spot some endangered species, from rare turtles such as the hawksbill, leatherback, and olive ridley, to huge dugong, or sea cows. The Ariara jungle is home to Philippine Sea eagles, owls, kingfishers, woodpeckers, egrets, and flowerpeckers, among many other birds, as well as the water monitor lizard, wild orchids, bats, and carnivorous plants.

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Eat whenever you want. Guests are assigned a private chef, who will prepare all meals with locally sourced organic produce. Rates start at P23,700 per person per night, with a minimum stay of seven nights.

E-mail [email protected] with your name and number and Ariara will call you for your reservations.

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Nicole Limos Morales
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Nicole is the former managing editor of Town&Country. After working as features editor and beauty editor of the title’s print edition for 6 years, she helped launch Townandcountry.ph in 2016, creating new concepts and story formats, analyzing data, and mastering digital audiences—establishing the title to become the Philippines’ leading luxury lifestyle website. She left her full-time position in 2019 to focus on family life, while carrying on writing beauty content for T&C as a contributing editor. “I think what’s amazing about beauty is that in its arena, you can really only be a skeptic for so long,” she says. “There will always be a product that will make you believe.”
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