Plunge into Philippines’ top hotel pools

By Lia Feliciano,

Whether it’s for keeping fit during a vacation or having some fun in the sun, a swimming pool is a necessity for some travellers. It’s no wonder that a number of hotels in the Philippines have made it so that theirs stand out from the rest. Here are some of our favorites:

Citadines Salcedo Makati

Makati, Manila

Centrally located in the metro, Citadines Salcedo Makati is just minutes away from Ayala Triangle, Glorietta and Greenbelt. It has a range of amenities for both leisure and business travelers, including a 21-metre lap pool, a kiddie pool and a Jacuzzi, all with a view of the city’s skyscrapers.

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Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa

Panglao Island, Bohol

Located on Panglao Island, Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa is the perfect getaway from the city’s hustle and bustle. Relax in the gorgeous infinity pool as you take in the sea view. Most of the distinctly Filipino villas have private pools where you can cool off. The emphasis on Filipino culture extends to the property’s restaurant, where guests can enjoy local dishes such as Kinilaw and Balbacua.

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Buri Resort and Spa

Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

Puerto Galera is known for the active nightlife on its beaches, but in the heart of this popular destination lies Buri Resort and Spa. The resort prides itself in being a peaceful environment where guests can rejuvenate – whether at the spa, which offers various treatments, or at the infinity pool surrounded by lush hills. Guests staying at one of the six pool villas can also take a dip in their private plunge pool.

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Busuanga Bay Lodge

Coron, Palawan

A good choice for travelers looking to explore Coron, Busuanga Bay Lodge is located on the southwest edge of Busuanga Island, overlooking the picture-perfect Busuanga Bay. Views of the bay can be easily enjoyed around the hotel – from the minimalist infinity pool to the numerous rooms and villas. Aside from the great views, a big bonus for staying in the Bedroom Villas is the private balcony pool.

Henann Garden

Boracay, Aklan

When you’re with a group of your best buds (or even completely random strangers, as it sometimes happens in Boracay), one pool isn’t enough, and Henann Garden Resort in Station 2 knows this. It has four pools, all of which are simply irresistible. If four pools still isn’t enough, guests can head to the vast shore, where the resort has a private beachfront area.

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The Farm at San Benito

Lipa, Batangas

Known as THE place for a wellness escape, The Farm at San Benito has luxurious amenities that promote health and balance. This includes a pool set among lush greenery and an infinity pool that is the epitome of Zen. Additionally, The Farm offers medical services, healing treatments and organic vegan cuisine. At the end of a day (possibly filled with power walking, yoga and meditating), guests can retreat to their villas, some of which have private pools.

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Marco Polo Ortigas

Pasig, Metro Manila

An ideal refuge for those stuck in Manila for the summer, Marco Polo Ortigas is conveniently located in Ortigas Centre. Escape to its indoor infinity pool and take in the view of the city or avail of wellness services at the spa and end the day by admiring the sunset from Cucina on the 24th floor or chilling at Vu’s Sky Bar at the 45th floor.

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Discovery Primea

Makati, Metro Manila

Discovery Primea stands among Makati’s high-rises and offers luxury accommodation and services to its guests, including a heated infinity pool and several top-notch dining options. A must-try at this hotel is its Turkish Bath treatment, which is available at the Terazi Spa.

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Amorita Resort

Panglao, Bohol

This high-end resort sits on the southernmost point of Panglao Island. Here guests can focus on nature and wellness as they enjoy the cliffside view from one of the two infinity pools or, if they’re staying in the Garden Villa, cool down in their own private pool.

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Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark

Lapu-Lapu, Cebu

For the kids and kids-at-heart, Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark is eight hectares of pure fun. This resort on Mactan Island has five swimming pools, three water slides and even a private beach. A number of its accommodation options are also equipped with private pools!

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