So you’ve decided not to travel abroad this time and just have a staycation right here in the Philippines. A smart decision, too, because there are just countless top hotels in the Philippines to suit every taste and need.

With Philippine tourism continuously being promoted here and abroad, 5 star hotels in Manila and key tourist areas also have to stay within the radar and keep up with the ever-increasing demand from both local and foreign tourists.

Top Hotels in the Philippines

TripAdvisor has named 25 best 5-star hotels in the Philippines, ideal for both local and foreign visitors, based on hotel reviews of the site’s users.

1. Raffles Makati

raffles hotel makati

This hotel is best known for its comfortable and stylish rooms, as well as its gracious and super-efficient service. Try its luxurious spa treatments and have a dip in its open-air swimming pool overlooking the city. Its restaurants serve Malay, Asian and Spanish inspired cuisine. The hotel is so conveniently located in the heart of the Makati shopping district where you can eat, shop, and simply have a ball.

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2. Amanpulo

Amanpulo Beach Resort

Amanpulo Beach Resort / Photo from aman.com

This exclusive island resort is located on Pamalican Island in Palawan. Aptly named Aman-pulo which means “peace island”, it is the ultimate in relaxation and luxury. The resort offers villas and casitas for its visitors, and each accommodation is entitled to use a buggy for going around the island. Amanpulo is already the favorite haunt of not just local celebrities, businessmen and politicians but also internationally famous icons like Bill Gates, Mariah Carey, and Tom Cruise.

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3. El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island

el nido pangulasian island

Pangulasian Island / Photo from elnidoresorts.com

This is an eco-luxury island resort located in Pangulasian Island (“Island of the Sun”) has a 750-meter stretch of white-sand beach. Visitors get a treat of being able to view both sunrises and sunsets. Fronting the resort is a pristine beach, while serving the backdrop is a lush tropical forest. The beach affords you an amazing marine sanctuary with different types of fish species swimming right before your eyes. The resort is stylish and comfortable while maintaining a green concept and design.

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4. The Peacock Garden

Peacock Garden Hotel Bohol

Situated 15 minutes away from Bohol’s capital, this boutique hotel and spa’s Old World concept will send you to a different world and you will even forget that you’re just in the country. The resort is located in Baclayon, where it is easy to get to key spots in Bohol, like the Loboc river, Panglao Island, Baclayon Church. It offers various packages that include accommodation, hotel to airport transfers, spa services, and local tours.

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5. Atlantis Dive Resort Dumaguete

Atlantis Dive Resort Dumaguete

If you’re into nature-tripping, you might want to stay at this resort, located in Dauin, Dumaguete City, Leyte. The resort has its private beach area and is fully wired to the Internet. A short drive will take you to renowned dive sites like Siquijor, Apo Island, and Dauin Marine Sanctuaries. You can take up diving lessons or join local sightseeing tours.

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6. Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel

Villa Caemilla Beach Boutique Hotel

This hotel is located in a laid-back area just off of Station 3, Boracay Island and is just a 15 minute walk from the jetty. It is almost next door to Bella Isa where spa services are available. The penthouse property features a unique sliding ceiling that you can open so that you will be able to literally sleep under the stars.

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7. Boracay Beach Club

Boracay Beach Club

Just a few steps away from Station 1 of Boracay’s White Beach is this charming hotel-resort featuring a beachfront lounge, pool, free WiFi, and huge flat screen TV in every room. The best part about this resort is that it is right where most of the popular bars and restaurants are, so you can easily hop from one establishment to another. Massage services, the post office, Balabag Church, and Boracay Plaza are all within reach. You are right where the action is!

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8. Discovery Primea

Discovery Primea

Standing 68 storeys high above Makati along Ayala Avenue isthis recently opened residential condominium with all the modern hotel amenities. You’ll get to feel how it is to live in Makati’s commercial hub. Getting to shops and restaurants just means taking the elevator and a few steps. A great alternative to just staying home during your staycation!

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9. Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort and Spa

Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort and Spa

Tucked away in a hilly area is the first and only deluxe resort which provides peace and solitude. Yet, it’s easy to engage in a tennis match or take up parasailing and deep sea diving starting from the resort’s shores. Rooms provide a breathtaking view of the sunset, and you can bask in a nature-filled ambience as you dine among the treetops in the hotel’s Rima restaurant or sip cocktails right along the beach with complete privacy and relaxation. And don’t miss Chi The Spa.

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10. The District Boracay

The District Boracay

Right at the center of busy Station 2 in Boracay is this luxury beachfront resort with exquisite rooms and practically all amenities you can think of. The resort also features an events roof deck where you might just chance upon gigs, concerts or promotional gimmicks. Eat to your heart’s delight at the Best Brunch Buffet at the Star Lounge or fine-dining at Caruso Ristorante Italiano. And it’s just a short walk to other restos, bars, and the D’ Mall.

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11. Huma Island Resort and Spa

Huma Island Resort and Spa

A jewel of a resort in the northern part of the Last Frontier of the Philippines, Huma features charming over-water beach villas and spa complex, equipped with the most modern amenities. The resort was named after a legendary galleon that sailed but vanished in the tropics reportedly due to a storm or pirates. Its captain allegedly found refuge in this island and enamored by it, chose to spend the rest of his life on it with his treasures. You too will be entranced by this island’s unspoiled lush forests and white sand beaches.

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12. The Henry Hotel Manila

The Henry Hotel Manila

Step within the gates of the premises, and you will feel like you’ve traveled back in time to a vintage age. Actually a heritage home that was converted into an apartment / hotel complex, The Henry has spacious treelined gardens great for taking a stroll. Rooms are furnished mid-century style, with Spanish tiles and and wooden cabinets and beds. Yet the rooms are also equipped with WiFi, cable TV, mini bar, coffee and tea maker, and two kinds of showers.

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13. Discovery Shores Boracay

Discovery Shores Boracay

Discover ultimate luxury amid a beachfront ambiance off of Station 1, Boracay. There are suites for just about all kinds of guests and the two-bedroom suite can comfortably accommodate six guests. Suites have daybeds and sofas which can easily be converted into sleeping space. Indulge at the Terra Wellness Spa and be one with nature. You don’t have to miss your regular exercise routine as there’s a fitness center. Your kids will have a ball at the Sandbox as they play computer and board games, or take up crafts or other daily activities.

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14. Radisson Blu Cebu

Radisson Blu Cebu

Only 30 minutes from Mactan and situated right in the heart of the city, Radisson Blue gives you a wide range of room types and provides WiFi, business lounge, and other luxury amenities. Enjoy an array of international cuisines at the hotel’s award-winning Feria Restaurant. Pamper yourself with a relaxing spa treatment or take a dip into the huge 800 square meter free-form swimming pool. Tea lovers will love the T-bar which serves 21 original and signature teas.

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15. The Henry Hotel Cebu

The Henry Hotel Cebu

Don’t expect this boutique hotel to look like its Manila counterpart, because there’s nothing conventional about this place. The hotel lobby feels like an art gallery featuring quirky museum pieces like yellow and black statues or a red bald marble statue. Each room is also unique in terms of color, wall coverings and design, and personality. If you don’t mind doorless restrooms and showers, and enjoy avant-garde artsy creations, this is your type of accommodation.

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16. Fairmont Makati

Fairmont Makati

This hotel houses Raffles Makati hotel, its sister company. It’s a sanctuary right in the busy Makati commercial district. Apart from its luxury amenities the hotel features a private underground walkway connecting it to nearby shopping malls for the safety and convenience of its guests.

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17. Lewis Grand Hotel

Lewis Grand Hotel

This hotel is located right in the Clark Airfield of Angeles City, Pampanga. All rooms and suites are equipped with ultra-luxurious memory foam beds, walk-in shower, fully loaded mini bar, digital safety box and free high-speed Internet, and fully controllable lighting and temperature, just to name a few. The conservative interiors give off a 60’s aura. Enjoy an exhilarating swim at the hotel’s humongous pool or a round of billiards at the bar.

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18. Atlantis Dive Resort Puerto Galera

Atlantis Dive Resort Puerto Galera

Located on the island of Mindoro, this resort is only an hour’s boat ride from Batangas City. Its beachfront location serves as a jumpoff point for snorkeling, diving, boating and other water sports and activities. Take note of its eco-friendly set-up, especially its climate-controlled air conditioning, solar-heated bath water, and tree-sheltered swimming pool. It is considered one of the best hotels in the Philippines.

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19. El Nido Resort Miniloc Island

El Nido Resort Miniloc Island

Eco-friendly in every way, Miniloc offers you a back-to-basics staycation experience with its Filipino coastal village-styled cottages and rooms. You have a choice of seaview rooms, above-water cottages with stilts, garden cottages, beachside cottages, and cliffside cottages. Have a first-hand encounter with jack fish and many other marine species. Explore nearby attractions Snake Island and Big and Small Lagoons.

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20. The Cocoon Boutique Hotel

The Cocoon Boutique Hotel

A cocoon is a temporary room of comfort, and that’s what this hotel tries to live up to. Located right in the restaurant hub of Quezon City along Scout Tobias, the hotel is only a stone’s throw away from Alfredo’s Steakhouse, Max’s (the original branch), Cafe Breton, Alba, Romulo’s and other notable eating places. Unwind at the hotel’s spa or shop for floral arrangements and gifts at the Mulberry Shops of Flowers and Finds. And did you know that the hotel also houses its aesthetic clinic, in case you want to get a nose job or a diamond peel?

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21. Hotel Luna

Hotel Luna

Get a taste of Philippine history and culture right in the heart of Vigan, Ilocos Sur, famous for its cobblestone streets, calesas, and museum. Hotel Luna is the perfect place to stay for your educational adventure in Vigan. Spanish styled columns, four-poster beds, and paintings are part of each room’s design, gracefully contrasting with modern facilities such as fully automatic toilet systems and high-speed Internet. Hotel Luna is also the only hotel with its own museum featuring the best of Philippine art, particularly some Juan Luna masterpieces.

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22. El Nido Resorts Apulit Island

El Nido Resorts Apulit Island

This is the ultimate hotel for the eco-adventurer who prefers to engage in outdoor activities. You can rappel down the 60 meter limestone cliff, dive underwater to discover sunken treasures in a Japanese shipwreck, go spelunking in the caves, or island-hop around the area.

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23. The Bayleaf Intramuros

The Bayleaf Intramuros

This hotel gives you a combination of history and dining experiences. The hotel is located right within the perimeter of the Intramuros Wall, a former military stronghold during the Spanish occupation. There’s a penthouse all-day dining restaurant and an al fresco roof deck bar, both giving you an unobstructed view of the city skyline, the bay, the surrounding courtyards, and the famous sunset.

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24. Amorita Resort Panglao Island

Amorita Resort Panglao Island

Panglao Island in Bohol is the hub of diving, boating and other fun water activities. Gracing the southern coastal area of Panglao is Alona Beach with its numerous dining places and hotels. One of the best hotels in the area is Amorita, a tranquil seaside retreat resting atop a limestone cliff. You can arrange for activities such as kayaking, island-hopping, paddleboarding and diving. The hotel has its own in-house dive center. But even within the premises, you can enjoy swimming or relaxing at the spa. And if you book a villa, you have your own private plunge pool.

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25. Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel

Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel

Just a two-minute walk from Station 2, Boracay Mandarin is a world-famous Triple A resort offering many room or suite options for the pickiest traveler. It is home to Mandarin Spa, a premium wellness provider where you can avail of the famous Filipino Hilot massage, body scrubs, foot spa, and other services. It also has one of the best restaurants in the country, Don Vito Ristorante Italiano. Buco’s Bar on the beachfront is one of the most popular wine and dine places in Boracay where diners can enjoy live band performances. Steaks and seafood are served hot off the grill.

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So whether you are in the provinces or Metro Manila, there are plenty of options for staycation all over the Philippines! Some of these hotels might be far from you, it’s perfectly fine to take a leave from work. Go out-of-town and visit some of these hotels which are great travel destinations too!

 

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