LONDON - A new eco-resort in the Philippines has been named as one of the top destinations in Asia by the travel section of The Sunday Times in Britain.
In a feature entitled “Asia’s Greatest Island Getaways,” travel writer Susan d’Arcy presented the best new destinations in the region, including Apulit Island Resort in Palawan, the newest project of El Nido Resorts.
“The unique selling point is the setting,” wrote d’Arcy. “Apulit Island Resort is in a quiet cove, backed by towering limestone cliffs and overlooking the soft-focus silhouettes of the dozens of tiny islets dotted through untouched Taytay Bay.”
The newspaper article also praised Palawan for its “unspoilt” environment, as well as for the numerous activities on offer on the island.
“We are certainly very proud and pleased to be regarded as one of the best new destinations for this year,” said Joy Anne Denoga, Director of Sales and Marketing at El Nido Resorts.
“Apulit Island Resort in Taytay is owned and managed by El Nido Resorts, the pioneer in ecotourism in the Philippines. It offers guests unique and enriching experiences amidst a beautiful natural landscape. All 50 well-appointed rooms are beautifully perched over the water, and guests are treated to fresh seafood, a variety of exciting tours around the bay, and genuine local hospitality. Already the resort is attracting both local and foreign leisure travelers who seek the glorious 'sun, sand, and sea experience.'”
The accolade is also a welcomed boost for Philippine tourism, which continues to attract more international travelers each year.
A statement from the Department of Tourism in London said: “The inclusion of the Apulit Island Resort in Palawan in The Sunday Times is an exciting news for the Philippines. We are proud to be counted in this list alongside the popular beach destinations of our Asian neighbors. The Philippines is now getting known for what it has to offer. Palawan is definitely one of the best places to visit, for it offers so much more than just its azure waters and white sand beaches.”
It also commended the resort for its eco-credentials. “Apulit Island Resort offers numerous eco-friendly land and water activities, all within a charming and majestic private island setting. It is encouraging to know that Palawan, dubbed as the last frontier, is now getting its share of the limelight that it truly deserves.”
Asia’s Greatest Island Getaways also included resorts in Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam and Singapore.