Set within the Philippines’ spectacularly beautiful and unspoiled Palawan region in the Sulu Sea, is Banwa Private Island.
A fresh and contemporary private island paradise that blends world-class design with the raw beauty of Palawan’s diverse and dramatic landscape. Banwa is an exclusive-use, private island escape for family and friends in one of the world’s most tranquil locations. The ethos is built upon delivering once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Banwa aims to provide one of the most luxurious, authentic and enriching travel experiences available anywhere in the world, and all in an environmentally sensitive manner. Six one, two- and four-bedroom beach-front villas (which sleep up to 22 guests) form the basis of Banwa. Each villa is secluded, so secluded guests will be hard-pushed to see another soul if they so wish and each has been brilliantly designed to complement the views over the transparent ocean waters and white sands; floor to ceiling windows, a private infinity pool and Jacuzzi deck.
The Banwa experience starts with a 50-minute private jet transfer from Manila to Palawan, followed by a short 10-minute heli transfer. Both direct seaplane or helicopter transfers are available from Manila too. Once on-island, guests can spend their days as they wish, enjoying unlimited treatments in the massage suite, playing tennis, practising their golf on the beautiful short game course or simply relaxing on the beach.
There’s a gym, Pilates studio and juice bar too. Beach volleyball, table-tennis, pool and soccer and for those wanting to explore the local landscapes guests can opt to hike some truly magical trails in the local area. The Underground River near Puerto Princesa (one of UNESCO’s New 7 Wonders of Nature), the mangrove-lined shores of the Barbacan River and the undiscovered reefs of Araceli which are a haven for many rare and varied species are also worth a visit.
Banwa’s boat fleet and water sports equipment are also world-class. Guests can enjoy wonderful excursions aboard the island’s limousine tender – a Wajer 38. The first luxury guest tender of this quality in the Philippines. Furthermore, for those who would like to discover remote island locations and spend a couple of nights on board, the Lagoon 630 Catamaran yacht provides the perfect, luxurious platform to do so. For divers the region offers some of the best diving anywhere on earth. Banwa’s dive team can take guests to the world-renowned Tubbataha Reef* (which has been ranked one of the world’s top eight dive sites) and a host of other dive sites which are easily accessible on the Wajer limousine tender. Hobie Cat sailing, jet-skis, paddleboarding, snorkelling and kayaking are also available.
Banwa is also home to an additional 12-garden rooms which occupy a more central location, and above these, the one-bedroom Axis 360˚ suite which commands unrivalled views right around the island. It brings the total occupancy to 48.
Lead image: Banwa North 2 Villa Pool