Fly to this super private island in Palawan on a super private chartered flight

Say hello to a super luxurious bubble

PRETTY X SAFE The sanctuary is found in a marine protected area

If you’re stuck in the city right now, nothing will sound more heavenly than a trip to the islands. Can you remember when you last saw the beach? Dipped your toes in sand? Floated on your back and stared at the vastness of the sky? The pandemic has robbed us of many things, one of them the chance to commune with nature.

If you’re paranoid about traveling—check-in baggage counters, sitting beside a coughing passenger—and then even more paranoid about being billeted in resorts with other people, going ultra-private is the answer. If you’ve done the AirBNB rounds and still miss the luxury of your old travels, this new destination in Palawan may just be the travel Rx you need.

At $2,300 for two persons per night, you get the experience Banwa Private Island, Palawan’s most talked about new all-villa holiday destination that delivers the best of luxury, privacy, and bespoke service.

Recently voted “Private Island of the Year” in the Destination Deluxe Awards, Banwa Private Island’s sought-after exclusivity is more timely and important than ever before. Guests can opt to stay in any one of Banwa Private Island’s six beach-front villas or, for the ultimate friends and family escape, the entire island can be chartered on an “exclusively yours” basis.

Located within a marine protected area and home to an abundance of rare and vivid flora and fauna, Banwa Private Island has six magnificent beach-front villas, each with their own infinity pool providing the utmost in privacy and tranquility. World-class amenities include a stunning open kitchen restaurant and terrace bar, a spa pavilion featuring a floodlit tennis court, gym, massage suite, Pilates/yoga studio, and juice bar. There’s a dive center and short-game golf course too.

Remote, yet not removed, the 6.5-hectare island is accessible via helicopter or seaplane direct to the island from Manila, or via private jet to San Vicente or Puerto Princesa. Short-hop heli transfers from San Vicente, Puerto Princesa, or El Nido make for a stunning guest arrival experience on the Banwa Private Island’s heli-lawn, after a one-hour commercial flight from Manila.

COZY LODGING Guests are guaranteed utmost privacy and tranquility at the villas

A new partnership between Banwa Private Island and Ascent Flights Global offers a super private, curated experience in response to your concerns with personal safety and privacy through sustainable chartered air travel, which started Sept. 1.

At $2,300 for two persons per night, you get the experience Banwa Private Island, Palawan’s most talked about new all-villa holiday destination that delivers the best of luxury, privacy, and bespoke service.  

You can access the island with Ascent’s eight-seater seaplane direct from Manila in a one-hour-45-minute scenic flight, landing right on the doorstep of this exclusive island. Also available are helicopters for up to 10 passengers from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport or The Peninsula Manila’s helipad. Larger capacity fixed-wing aircraft from any destination in the Philippines is also part of the Ascent fleet.

Alternatively, guests can choose any commercial airline to any of Palawan’s three commercial airports, San Vicente, Puerto Princesa or El Nido, followed by a short helicopter flight across the Sulu Sea and land on Banwa Private Island’s own heli-lawn.

For a more cost-effective option, guests can opt for onward travel to the island by a premium Sports Utility Vehicle from either San Vicente or Puerto Princesa airports in Palawan, followed by a short boat transfer to the island.

Peter Nilsson, CEO of Banwa Private Island, says, “We found a great partner in Ascent with our shared goal to deliver exceptional, personalized, and intimate guest experiences to our affluent clientele. Our utmost priority is the genuine care and wellbeing of our guests from their chartered flight to their holiday experience in our informal and intimate island sanctuary. Personal safety and handcrafted travel experiences have become even more important in the luxury travel landscape nowadays. Ascent’s long-term approach and commitment to a decarbonized world is well aligned with Banwa Private Island’s continuous dedication to sustainability.”

Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff, founder and CEO of Ascent, adds: “Banwa Private Island’s vision of an enhanced experience by air between Banwa Private Island’s guests’ home and its remote delicate environment, is dear to us. With this partnership, guests’ experience now starts with a seamless and private bubble. Ascent’s dedicated solution for Banwa Private Island brings a holistic journey by air, like no other, beyond motion. With best-in-class air operations on fuel-efficient aircraft, Banwa Private Island’s guests elevate their journey with peace of mind.”

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