Ah, Bali, the surfing and spirituality haven perennially clad in tropical hues. Nothing quite compares to the Island of the Gods… except for the Philippines, of course (and other Southeast Asian destinations, for that matter; but we write this article in classic Pinoy pride fashion).
Over the years, many beach towns in our country have further embraced the Eat, Pray, Love vibe; at this point, it’s no longer surprising when a new Bali-esque attraction suddenly sprouts. Now, what’s more challenging is picking among all these Bali-inspired resorts in the Philippines. Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry — we’re here to help.
Bali-inspired resorts on Siargao Island
1. Siargao Island Villas
Spacious and homey, secluded yet accessible — this Bali-inspired resort in Siargao gives guests the best of both worlds. A beachfront hideaway, Siargao Island Villas lets you bask in the sun however you want: whether by dipping in the outdoor pool, tanning on the private beach, lying on the terrace beds, or relaxing on the beach loungers. You can also enjoy any of the available watersports nearby: kayaking, parasailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, and boogie boarding are available. Learn more about this resort here.
2. Nay Palad Hideaway
Ready to invest in a memorable beach trip? Nay Palad Hideaway is one of the fancier hotels on the island, offering complete services for families (e.g. free babysitting and child supervision). It has pampering treatments, as well — massages, body wraps, and mani-pedis — so that you can feel restful throughout your stay. Beyond its amenities, Nay Palad is also known for its scrumptious food, warm customer service, and especially convenient location. Learn more about this resort here.
3. Punta Punta Surf Retreat
Breezy and breathtaking, Punta Punta Surf Retreat encapsulates Siargao at its finest. Tucked in a sleepy village, this resort sits far enough to offer solitude yet close enough to give easy access to adventure. It has a plunge pool, from where you can witness the famous views of Cloud 9; alternatively, you can marvel over the scenery indoors — its window walls allow panoramic views of the island. Learn more about this resort here.
Bali-inspired resorts in Batangas
4. Cintai Coritos Garden
Need a quick break from life? Unwind in Cintai Coritos Garden. Just a few hours away from the metro, this garden resort sits in Balete, Batangas. Much of it is influenced by Balinese culture; it intentionally mimics the healing qualities of the Indonesian province to nurture its guests. Cintai Coritos Garden adorns its commodious space with natural elements (e.g. plants and wooden furniture) while also providing restorative amenities like outdoor pools and endless gardens. Learn more about this resort here.
5. Best Beach & Scuba Diving Manila
What is a beachside staycation without fun water activities? This gorgeous Airbnb in Batangas is best known as a diving centre with scenic ocean views. (It claims to offer one of the best scuba diving experiences near Manila!) Additionally, the villa also offers snorkelling, kayaking, sailing, island hopping, and windsurfing. This sunny Airbnb even has an open-air primary bedroom with a private deck that overlooks Caban and Maricaban islands.
Bali-inspired resorts in Palawan
6. Balai Adlao
Treat yourself to a relaxing staycation in El Nido, Palawan. Balai Adlao lies in a prime spot in Lio Beach, a five-minute drive from the airport and a few minutes walk to various restaurants and shopping centres. Beyond its convenient location, Balai Adlao also provides quick access to sandy shores and upscale hubs. Learn more about this resort here.
7. El Nido Coco Resort
One of the prerequisites of Bali-inspired resorts in the Philippines is the capacity to provide a rejuvenating experience. El Nido Coco Resort does so by offering a pool in the middle of a tropical garden. After soaking up the Palawan sun, guests can head over to the in-house restaurant and deli, or grab drinks at the bar. Massages are also available onsite. Learn more about this resort here.
8. Dakila Cabins
Missing the sea? How about the mountains? If you’re like us who can’t decide between both, check out Dakila Cabins. Perched atop a hill in El Nido, this home lets you sightsee all day. If you’re more of an active traveller, you can sign up for various island activities, including kayaking, snorkelling, and island hopping.
Note that electricity is limited in this area; if you’re planning to take a workcation, this might not be the place for you. But if you’re in dire need of a detox, we recommend you book this ASAP.
9. Great Villa Near Corong-Corong Beach
Great Villa is not your typical Bali-inspired resort in the Philippines. From its stylish accent wall to its quirky hanging chair, you can tell that much thought has been put into designing this home. The Corong-Corong beach sits right outside the rooms in this Airbnb, so you can witness the scenic El Nido sunset from here. Better yet, step outside the villa and enjoy a cocktail or two at one of its neighbouring bars — you’re in Palawan, after all!
Bali-inspired resorts in and near Boracay
10. Mandala Spa & Resort Villas
It’s no surprise that Boracay has some of the best Bali-inspired resorts in the Philippines — maybe even in the world. Mandala Spa & Resort Villas gets a special mention for the overall ambience that every couple deserves.
Burrowed in a serene hilltop, this romantic villa is the perfect getaway for those seeking a true soul retreat. Equipped with award-winning spa treatments, daily yoga sessions, and luxuriant gardens, this villa truly provides the dream staycation. Learn more about this resort here.
11. Lumbung Residences
Another Bali-inspired resort in the Philippines, Lumbung Residences takes pride in its Indonesian design: wood crafts, indoor gardens and fish ponds — even indoor waterfalls. Here, guests get to witness the world-renowned Boracay sunset from their bedrooms or the shared infinity pool.
Other Bali-inspired resorts in the Philippines
12. Moon Garden Casitas — Tagaytay, Cavite
Javanese elements embellish this Bali-inspired resort in Tagaytay: strong wooden doors, bamboo huts, tall tropical plants…. the list goes on. The owners of Moon Garden Casitas deliberately drew inspiration from the rustic elegance of Bali resorts. Not only are the casitas reminiscent of the Indonesian paradise, but the overall space also spoils guests with Balinese amenities. Here, you can relish in its garden pavilion or simply luxuriate in its natural shower area. Learn more about this resort here.
13. Maison Ulysee — Ronda, Cebu
Without a doubt, Cebu has countless world-class gems that Filipino travellers have yet to experience. Case in point: Maison Ulysee, a stunning guest house facing the wispy seas of White Beach Moalboal. Its bamboo finishings allow the place a constant flow of sea breeze; the Airbnb also dons a shared pool and a private terrace best enjoyed during intimate sunset sessions.
14. Donatela Resort & Sanctuary — Panglao, Bohol
Beautiful rooms, warm service, and magnificent ocean views make up Donatela Resort & Sanctuary. This luxury resort takes great care of its guests, providing full-service spas, premium beddings, and a wonderful in-house restaurant. If you want to experience the island life of Panglao, Bohol, then this is the resort to be. Learn more about this resort here.
15. Dapitan Beach Villa — Dapitan City, Zamboanga
This rural villa in Zamboanga boasts tranquillity like no other. Standing on a crowd-less shore in a virgin tropical forest, Dapitan Beach Villa overlooks a bare white sand beach and calm turquoise waters. The beach itself is known for snorkelling and scuba diving, so don’t hold back on these energy-intensive activities; come nighttime, you can relax and revel in Zamboanga’s stellar night skies. Learn more about this resort here.
This list only proves what we already knew — the Philippines is a rich country full of tropical gems only waiting to be discovered. Which of these Bali-inspired resorts in the Philippines are you looking forward to visiting? Let us know!