A Piece of Par­adise

Philip­pine Tatler Trav­eller heads south to the trop­i­cal is­land par­adise of Aman­pulo

Philippine Tatler Traveller - - Behind The Scenes -

N ature has a mys­te­ri­ous way of giv­ing us her gifts—some­thing we ex­pe­ri­enced first­hand at the shores of Aman­pulo. As tran­quil as our cover story im­ages might be, Philip­pine Tatler Trav­eller ac­tu­ally faced many chal­lenges from the weather on this par­tic­u­lar trip. What we didn’t know then was that the glimpses of par­adise we would be per­mit­ted when the weather co­op­er­ated were enough to pro­vide us with the gor­geous pho­tos that we share on these pages. Thanks to the spec­tac­u­lar nat­u­ral beauty of the is­land and to the sun­shine that Stephanie Zubiri- Crespi brought to each shot, you can't tell that our days on Aman­pulo re­quired us to ma­neu­ver be­tween grey skies and rain!

Ar­riv­ing at sun­set, what would have been a tra­di­tional is­land wel­come and sea­side bar­be­cue turned into an in­door feast which was no less boun­ti­ful nor damp­ened by the sud­den down­pour. We en­joyed the de­li­cious roasted pig on a spit and the day’s fresh catch in the ki­lawin; the de­light­ful din­ner sent us off to our cosy ca­sitas, ready for a rest­ful sleep.

Of course, the stel­lar ser­vice of Aman­pulo fig­ured well into this suc­cess. The re­sort's amaz­ing team, led by the ex­tremely gra­cious GM Aude­line Wit­jak­sono, made our shoot an ab­so­lute plea­sure. From in­dulging our ev­ery din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween takes, to keep­ing the float­ing Kawayan bar per­fectly still for the cover shoot, Aman­pulo went far and be­yond to en­able us to cap­ture the en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence in the best light. The lulls due to pock­ets of rain al­lowed us to take a side trip to the is­land of Manamoc—the heart and soul of Aman­pulo—where we en­coun­tered their holis­tic vi­sion re­alised: a com­mu­nity school where stu­dents could be trained in the high­est de­gree of hos­pi­tal­ity as they await em­ploy­ment at the re­sort.

It is a source of great pride for us that in the rar­i­fied world of ul­tra-lux­ury re­sorts, Aman­pulo is recog­nised as among the best in the world. Sad as we were to leave that is­land par­adise, we have mem­o­ries suf­fi­cient to fill our hearts un­til our next re­turn.

Cool off with Aman­pulo Craft Beer—a light pale with cit­rus notes—spe­cially cre­ated by Pe­dro Brew­ery to mark the re­sort’s 25th an­niver­sary

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