Ariara Island in Linapacan, Palawan has got to be one of the best vacation spots in the world (British Vogue recently named it #1 on their list of 100 Best Holidays Destinations in the World). Yes, it is right up there with all the famous world-renowned beaches from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and even the famous Maldives. Of course, all I can say is, finally, the Philippines is getting recognised for its magnificent beaches! This has been something we Filipinos have known for a long time, and frankly, we’re a little spoiled when it comes to the beauty of our beaches that we forget how good we have it.
Well, Ariara is no exception. It is the type of place you wont soon forget, and you’re likely to get withdrawals when you get back from your trip. Its beaches alone are enough to make you miss the island. It is just so breathtaking, I swear the sunset there beats all other sunsets I’ve seen everywhere in the world. It is nothing short of amazing; no exaggeration here. The island is just magical. With its clear blue skies and majestic waters, bountiful marine life and super fine white sand, it is paradise! But that’s not the only thing that’s special about Ariara. The cottages, grand dining hall, living area and infinity pool all make the island feel like home, or at least a super luxurious and ultra comfortable version of home (unless you own your own luxe island). And the service surpassed all my expectations–seriously, I have never been so pampered in my life. We had a personal chef who accommodated our every culinary request, we had butlers and servers, and staff who waited on us every day. We could eat what we want, and do what we want, whether its to swim, lounge, explore, dive, snorkel, sail, hike, eat (did I say eat?), watch TV, read, play video games, tan, get a massage, mani-pedi, sleep–you can do it all at Ariara and there wont be anyone else (other than your chosen family and/or friends) to bother you. This is because you rent out the entire island when you book your stay here, all 125 acres of private paradise is yours for a given time.
It is the ultimate get-away for you and your group. In my case, it was my husband Carlos and the entire crew of Trending Now, since we were there to feature the island. It hardly felt like work though. I was relaxed and pampered for four blissful days. As soon as I stepped foot on its powder white sand I forgot my worries and turned into mush… happy mush, of course.
Touchdown: Busuanga! This is the nearest airport to Ariara. It takes around 30-40 minutes by van to get to where Karen-Joy (a 100-foot yacht) is docked. Staff met us at the airport so it was super easy. All transfers are arranged by Ariara.
Afterward, I was all about the beach! Big thanks to THE PAPEETE for this swimsuit (check them out at http://www.thepapeete.com–they ship worldwide).
I could stay here for a month!
Night swimming, check.