Banwa Private Island, Philippines: New luxury resort costs $142,000 a night

Fancy a break in a private island paradise where there's nothing to break you out of "your own tranquil cocoon" save your dedicated team of butlers, chefs, bar staff, spa treatment providers, "juiceologists" and - if you so choose - nutritionist?

A new luxury resort in the Philippines' Palawan archipelago, two hours from Manila, could be what you're looking for. 

However, you may need to secure a winning lotto ticket first. This resort is $US100,000 ($A142,000) a night, making it one of the most expensive getaways in the world.

Sitting just north of the equator, the 6-hectare Banwa Private Island benefits from year-round sunshine, with temperatures rarely dropping below 31 degrees Celsius. 

The six beachfront villas, each with their own jacuzzi deck and infinity pool, 12 garden suites, and owner's residence, accommodate 48 in total - so you could rope in the whānau to help split the bill. 

While remote, getting there isn't too hard work. From Manila, you can take a private jet to San Vicente or Puerto Princesa in Palawan ahead of a 10-20 minute helicopter ride to the island. If that sounds like too much hassle, you can take a helicopter or seaplane straight there.

The kitchen, led by celebrity chef Nadedja Bouacha and open 24/7, has a healthy focus, with much of the produce used picked from the island garden. 

You can have your meals served pretty much wherever you like, from the "Sunrise Sanctuary" and "Coconut Grove" to one of the powdery white-sand beaches. 

There'll be a nutritionist on hand to help kickstart your detox or healthy eating plan if you like, and the chefs are happy for you to join them in the open kitchen to learn how to whip up the meals yourself. 


Wildlife lovers will be in their element. A long-established nesting site for the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, Banwa is also home to the indigenous tabon scrubfowl, rare Mantanani scops owl and hundreds of other species. 

Should you wish to escape, there's a brand new Wajer 38 - essentially a floating limo - at your disposal, or a Lagoon 630 Catamaran if you want to spend a night or two at sea. 

The world-renowned Tubbataha Reef is nearby if you fancy a dive and the on-site gym, massage suite, Pilates studio, tennis court, short-game golf course and juice bar - where you can blend your own concoctions of have a "juiceologist" do it for you - will also help keep you occupied. 

If you do get bored though, the Underground River near Puerto Princesa, one of Unesco's "New 7 Wonders of Nature", is just a short helicopter ride away.

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