Ariara Ariara
8 bedroom villa located in Calamian Islands, Palawan. Ideal for Beachfront, Body and soul, Bring the relatives, Eco aware, Executive escape, Kid friendly, Gastronomic delights, Fair share for groups, Private island hideaway, The great outdoors, Party pads, Room with a view, Perfect for weddings.
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Ariara Villa Palawan Philippines






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What You Get

Ever dreamed of having a tropical isle all to yourself? The magnificent 8-bedroom Ariara set on a 125-acre private island in the Philippines’ pristine Calamian archipelago brings this dream to life. Luxury cruising, diving, and 25+ staff catering to your every need are but a few of Ariara's exotic delights.

Chef/Cook (All meals), Garden/Pool Staff, Housekeeping (Full time), Manager, Security, Shopper
Key Amenities
  Gym/Fitness Centre
  Internet (WiFi)
  Swimming Pool (Private)
  TV (Satellite/Cable)

Our review

Overall Rating:

An exciting new frontier for luxury travel.

The magical Ariara Island is truly an exciting new frontier for luxury travel. It might sound clichéd, but Ariara really does have it all: an incredibly pristine hideaway location, superb craftsmanship, inventive design, fabulous cuisine and a team that is absolutely thrilled to serve and guide you every step of the way. Since we tend to be lulled into laziness in the tropics we were quite content, really, to simply curl up on a poolside sun lounger with a cold San Miguel brew in hand, but our hosts had other plans for us! In just one day we were given dive instruction by the PADI-certified dive master, then plunged into the sea just metres offshore at a colourful site full of exotic marine life. Later, we hiked up the island's inland trail to the hilltop and were treated to an amazing panoramic view. Then, after returning to the villa and cooling off, it was time to climb aboard the Karen Joy for an excursion to a nearby fishing village. Still, we made it back to Ariara in time for a sunset cocktail and a three-course dinner featuring fresh lapu lapu (red grouper). There's no need to do all this in one day, of course. One could easily spend weeks, even months here and have a new adventure each day – or simply do nothing but lie back and contemplate the changing colours of the jewel-toned sea.

And the food, oh the food! Among the rich and varied things we sampled were wonderful, exotic fruits – some picked off wild trees on the island, giant lobster, imported beef steak barbecued to absolute perfection, pastas and salads made with organic cheeses, herbs and vegetables, fabulous desserts including orange and basil sorbet and the local rice and coconut bico treat. Being a remote island, getting fresh food in (aside from seafood, which fishermen bring directly to shore daily) is a big undertaking, and coordinating it all is a chef on the island and a Swiss chef based in Manila who operates her own organic dairy farm and expertly sources the finest imported foods and wines. Ariara was six years in the making by a very resourceful, creative and passionate team. With its potent combination of ground-breaking standards of service and a wild, largely undiscovered marine wonderland, we believe that it won't be long before Ariara is the place that others in the super-villa business will be scrambling to imitate.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm: 10 Location: 10 Outside Area: 10
Living Area: 9 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 9
Kitchen: 9 Facilities: 10 Staff: 9
Value: 9

You have an entire island playground, including its pristine jungle, beaches and reefs to explore. Need we say more? The large and enthusiastic villa team on hand to serve you, including your own personal PADI dive master, and the wide range of facilities/equipment are other big highlights.


The pool is open and the pier has no barriers or hand rails, so guests with young children will need to be watchful in these areas. Also, those wishing to indulge in some sunset cocktails on the pier's gazebo must be mindful of the walk back to shore!