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Reasons to Visit the Philippines

  • Diving

    The Philippines is home to world class diving among dazzling marine life. There are coral gardens, caves, deeply plunging undersea walls and isolated coral seamounts offering wall diving, wreck diving and muck diving. Every form of underwater life can be seen including whale sharks, turtles, manta rays and dugongs.

    Diving
  • Fiestas

    Festivals in the Philippines are plentiful. Every town has a patron saint, and each of these has its own feast day and there are also bigger week long parties like Ati-Atihan in Kalibo. Easter is also a big event in this predominantly christian country.

    Fiestas
  • Secluded beaches

    With over 7,000 islands there are mile of coastline in the Philippines. Away from the popular beaches of Boracay and Cebu there are a range of quieter spots especially in the Southern Visayas and around Palawan.

    Secluded beaches
  • Tribal Villages

    There are more than 100 cultural minority groups in the Philippines, and around half of these have unique linguistic cultures. The most well known are the Ifugao, and their culture is alive and well around the rice terraces of Banaue.

    Tribal Villages
  • Volcanoes

    Most of the Philippine islands feature volcanic mountains, several of which have been increasingly active since the 1980s. The most accessible are Mount Pinatubo which last erupted in 1991 and Taal volcano one crater of which erupted in 1977.

    Volcanoes

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Accommodation in the Philippines: Ariara

There is just one exclusive accommodation option on Ariara Island and it is yours to enjoy as you please.

Ariara, Ariara Island
Our Rating: Opulent

Ariara

Ariara Island

There is just one exclusive accommodation option on Ariara Island and it is yours to enjoy as you please! Designed by a renowned Filipino architect Jorge Yulo, the buildings are contemporary in style and have been designed and built with sensitivity to the environment.

The property provides luxurious and spacious accommodation (25,000 square feet) for up to 18 guests. All rooms are situated along the main beach and have fabulous uninterrupted views out to sea and you can eat and sleep exactly when you choose, and the time in between can be spent in a myriad of different way.

All food is included - delicious ‘Green Gourmet’ menus created by talented Swiss chef Jacqueline Haessig Alleje, including healthy freshly prepared fresh fruit juices and herbal teas. Wine, spirits, beer and soft drinks are extra. You can place your personal drinks order pre arrival and Ariara can liaise with the best wine merchants in Manila. The cost of drinks is charged at the time of ordering which must be a minimum of three weeks before your arrival. If you have particular foods you would like stocked then this can be easily arranged and there are very very few items that would incur a charge.

Use of all watersports equipment including the KJ, a 100ft tri-maran with air conditioned ensuite cabins, a 33ft speedboat, two high power jetskiis, a RIB, kayaks, windsurfers, waterskiis, wakeboards, fishing and snorkelling equipment is included but fuel charged according to usage (US$3.50 per litre - subject to market changes). Diving is under the supervision of a PADI IDC (Instructor Diving Course) Staff Instructor and a PADI OWD (Open Water Diving) Instructor – two explorer dives per person per week are included, with extra dives US$35 per person per dive and a PADI course US$350 per person.

Beach Cottages
The four beach cottages each have a large bedroom with a vaulted ceiling, a four poster style bed, and a walk-in wardrobe. There is an enormous marble bathroom with either a wooden bath or a marble bath hand carved from a block of Romblon marble, and an open-air shower. The cottages are surrounded on two sides by wide verandas with cooling ceiling fans which provide ample room to relax and enjoy the view with comfortable seating, hammocks and a breakfast table. Each cottage has a private terrace with a secluded pocket garden.

Jungle Villas
Built on stilts, these substantial villas enjoy commanding views. Each has a large master bedroom with a raised four poster style bed, a dressing room (or child's bedroom), and a marble bathroom with walk-in shower, and a marble bath which is open to the jungle. One villa has an additional single bedroom (or study), with its own ensuite shower room. The other has a 1st floor terrace with a breakfast table. Both villas have extensive shaded terrace areas underneath with hanging chairs and hammocks to relax in.

The Lodge
The Lodge is positioned centrally at the end of the pier, designed for dining and entertaining. The dining hall and lounge are surrounded by wall-to-wall full height glass doors which open to catch the breeze and to enjoy the view. The north wing comprises an impressive marble floored dining hall with a 12m high vaulted ceiling, and a viewing gallery above, together with a 1st floor shaded terrace and games area. The south wing comprises a spacious lounge with oversized comfortable sofas to relax and unwind, equipped with a cinema style projector and a huge screen. The lounge leads onto the infinity pool and deck area and from there onto the beach. Above the lounge, reached by a bridge from the gallery, is a master bedroom suite with fabulous views.

In front of the Lodge and looking over the beach is an infinity pool surrounded by sundecks. Located at the end of the pier, the pool together with the lodge form the focal point of day-to-day life on the island. Perfect for lazing away the afternoon in awe of the view, or a quick dip to cool off, the pool is also excellent for basic dive instruction. The pier extends 120m out across the reef giving access to the island at low tide. Along the pier is a grass roofed sun shelter over the reef - a favourite place (just one of many), to find peace, a cooling breeze, and some shade from the sun.

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