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Banwa Private Island, the world’s most expensive resort found in the Philippines, has already opened.

Located in Palawan, the resort charges a whopping $100,000 or PhP 5.2 million a night.

But why is it so expensive to stay in the island?

Top-notch amenities and services

In its official website, the exclusive getaway says they offer almost 7 hectares of privacy and access to various activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, jet skiing, scuba diving, sailing, and yoga.

It can accommodate only up to 48 guests at a time in six beachfront villas, each with a jacuzzi deck and an infinity pool. The rooms provide a panoramic view of the surrounding waters of Sulu Sea and the white-sand beach through its floor-to-ceiling windows.

Fruits, vegetables, and seafood served to all guests are locally sourced, freshly-grown, farmed, or caught in the island by a team of chefs and a nutritionist. Celebrity chef Nadedja Bouacha also leads a cooking masterclass for interested visitors.

The island, which can only be reached via a helicopter, private jet, or sea plane from Manila or local airports in Puerto Princesa or San Vicente, also has a gym, massage suite, pilates studio, tennis court, jogging track, and soccer field.

Visitor requirements

Here’s the catch: To fully experience the price tag’s worth, visitors are required to stay a minimum of three nights. This also includes all the amenities and activities, as well as an unlimited spa service.

For an additional fee, guests can also access an exclusive wine list.

Responsible tourism

As is with islands turned to tourism destinations, disturbance in the existing ecosystems in the island is bound to happen.

Banwa Island, in particular, is a long-established nesting habitat for the critically-endangered Hawksbill Turtle.

It also houses the indigenous Tabon Bird, Mantanani Scops Owl, and other endemic species.

The resort recognizes this, hence, the Aquos Foundation, an organization which aims to support, protect, and nurture the island’s flora, fauna, and marine life.

At the moment, the foundation is attending to a reef regeneration program through investing on reef ball placements that stimulate the growth of new corals.

Photos from Banwa Island Resort


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