Name: Huma Island Resort & Spa
If you fancy a luxury break on a “bounty bar” island, the Huma Island Resort and Spa will probably be right up your street. White sand, palm trees and crystal clear water are definitely in plentiful supply, and you can choose between a villa on the beach or one built on stilts right on the water. Getting here can be done by boat from Sagrada Port, Palawan, following a short flight from Manila to Busuanga, or you can travel in style and take the sea plane direct from Manila.
According to local legend, this picture perfect paradise island was named after an ancient trading ship that capsized nearby. The story goes that the ship’s captain took refuge on the island and was so enchanted by its beauty that he decided to stay – a sentiment that modern day visitors to Huma Island will no doubt understand! With a spectacular spa, diving and watersports, excursions and no fewer than eight different eateries at your disposal, there’s plenty to keep even the most energetic guests entertained, while those who simply want to soak up the sun could not find a more picturesque location to do it in.
The resort has 81 villas, all of which are designed in contemporary style with high ceilings and bright but tasteful décor. All rooms have 24 hour room service, air conditioning, mini bar, coffee and tea making facilities and free Wi-Fi, as well as spacious bathrooms with double sinks, bath tubs and rain showers, flat screen HD TVs, DVD players and iPod docks. All beach villas have their own sunbathing decks, private courtyards, Jacuzzi and outdoor showers, while the water villas, built on stilts above the coral banks of the island, have all these things, plus, of course, stunning uninterrupted ocean views. These are a little more private and ideally suited to couples, while families with young children may prefer the beach villas or the family suite. Presidential suites are also available, which comprise additional bedrooms and bathrooms and are thus ideal for larger groups. Villa tip – the water villas are built to face either the sunrise or the sunset, so be sure to ask for your preference!
Restaurants and Bars
There’s no danger of getting bored of the food on Huma Island, as there are eight very different restaurants to choose from. Italian, Lebanese and Pan-Asian cuisines are all on offer, while On The Harbour specialises in fresh, grilled fish and meat. Waves, located by the pool, is perfect for casual dining, while if it’s cocktails at sunset you’re after, head to the Blu Bar. If none of these choices take your fancy, or you just want something really special, private beachside barbecues can be arranged. Dining under the stars with your loved one on a paradise island is certain to be a meal you’ll never forget!
Pool and Activities
With both the pool and the shimmering ocean surrounding the island, swimmers will be spoilt for choice, while keen divers will be eager to take advantage of one of the best diving locations in the Philippines. PADI-certified courses and dive tours are available, and you can also snorkel and fish or rent a kayak or jet ski. The spa – beautifully designed with a glass floor, allowing clients to view the clear water and colourful fish below – offers a wide range of treatments including massage, facials, manicures and wraps, while if you fancy getting off the island, you can take an excursion to other points of interest in the area including waterfalls, hot springs and a wildlife sanctuary.
Water villas have an open design which makes them less suited to families with young children. In any case, children will probably love the direct access to the beach that comes with staying in a beach villa!
Huma Island Resort and Spa is the perfect destination for anyone looking for the textbook tropical paradise.
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