Architect's Travel Bucket List Series: Philippines (Amanpulo, Palawan)

Updated: Oct 2

Travel introduces us to new cultures and ancient traditions, and it is through these genuine encounters that we learn to appreciate and celebrate our similarities and differences. Travel teaches us about humanity and instills appreciation, understanding, and respect for different points of view and ways of life.

Of course, traveling comes with a bucket list, and the best place to start is within the Philippines. Here are travel destinations to consider adding to your bucket list:

Amanpulo, Palawan

If you're looking for a luxurious vacation within the Philippines, whether for a romantic or family getaway, this should be at the top of your list. This paradise will captivate you, and you will never be able to get enough of it.

Amanpulo is a luxury resort in Pamalican Island, Cuyo, Palawan, Philippines. It is wonderfully remote. It is famous for its pristine coral reefs that cover an area of more than 7,000 square kilometers, sparkling crystal-clear waters, swaying palm trees, turquoise oceans, and clean white sand beaches. For those who value privacy, comfort, and luxury in particular, this picture-perfect paradise offers a spectacular return to nature experience. Outstanding service and amazing facilities can be anticipated above everything else.

For seven years in a row, APIDA has recognized the Amanpulo Resort as "The Best Beach Resort in the World."


Before we begin our island adventure, here is some information about the island's architecture:

Francisco "Bobby" Manosa, a well-known Filipino architect designed and constructed the world-renown Amanpulo Resort. He has received three significant international awards as a result of it: the 1994 Asia-Pacific Interior Design Award for Hotel/Resort Category and the 1994 and 1995 Gallivante's Award for "Best Beach Resort Worldwide."

Its casitas pay homage to the ‘bahay kubo’, a traditional Filipino home, and are built from natural materials like wood, marble, and stones. The bedroom and bathroom are separated into two 35 square meter sections in each casita. To guarantee that guests would be met by the ocean in the morning, all casitas are placed either on a hillside with a view of the Sulu Sea or near the shoreline.

The Amanpulo Resort's main clubhouse was designed to provide added convenience to resort guests during their stay. The library, dining facilities, music rooms, and pool bathhouses are all part of the clubhouse amenities. The architecture was inspired by the collective forms of a native village, where the roofline creates a continuous undulating pattern that is a combination of both the beach and the mountains beyond the beach. The pool is lined with dark tiles that serve as both a visual pond and a functional pool. Amanpulo's peaceful setting is created by all elements, from the architecture to the landscape.

In addition, Arch. Manosa considered renewable energy in the design, which included passive cooling, indigenous flora and fauna, natural light, the use of indigenous materials, low VOC paints, projections for a 20-year flood plain, water recycling, efficient lighting, garbage composting, and a high-performance STP system.