The most romantic destination in the world is this island in the Philippines

Published February 5, 2022, 7:00 PM

by Marie Buenaventura

The National Geographic says it’s an absolute sweet spot

The National Geographic has named Palawan, specifically El Nido, as one of the “world’s most romantic destinations.” If you’re among the lucky ones who has been to this getaway, you’ll understand why. A place of lush limestone forests and breathtakingly clear lagoons, of gorgeous sunsets and rich flora, El Nido is a true paradise—unspoilt, beautiful, and idyllic.

In a world that’s still dealing with COVID, it is a safe, intimate destination. If you’re looking for sweet spots to explore, don’t miss these picture-perfect, pretty-as-a-postcard locations.

Lagen Island

BETWEEN GREEN AND BLUE A lush forest and a calm shallow lagoon in Lagen Island

Nestled between a lush limestone forest and a shallow lagoon, Lagen was recognized by National Geographic as one of “The World’s Most Romantic Destinations.”

Witness a sky full of stars and glowing planktons around your boat en route to the beach.

The island boasts of beachfront and water cottages built on stilts. Couples can book a private dinner at the resort or a candlelit dinner at the Cove beach or the sandbar. The spectacle doesn’t end there. Witness a sky full of stars and glowing planktons around your boat en route to the beach. Lagen, El Nido Resorts’ Eco-Sanctuary resort, is also home to destination Catholic weddings, which are held in its consecrated chapel at the rainforest dome of the resort.

Pangulasian Island

CHILLIN’ AT THE VILLA Beach Villas in Pangulasian Island

Named “Island of the Sun,” Pangulasian Island is arguably one of the most romantic spots for an indulgent stay and destination dining experience. Recognized globally for its hospitality and world-class standards, resort staff are impressively adept at setting a romantic scene on the island.

Couples staying at the Beach Villas can book a private dinner setup facing the sea where they are comforted by the gentle crashing of waves. Whether it’s for an indulgent dinner treat, or for a romantic proposal, let the stars and moon guide you through the night.

Pangulasian is another sought-after island wedding destination, known for its sweeping white sand beach and private villas, making intimate celebrations here even more special.

Miniloc Island

NATURE ABOUND The iconic big lagoon in Miniloc Island

A rustic hideaway reminiscent of a coastal village, Miniloc’s long boardwalk that leads to a clubhouse transforms into a charming private dinner spot at night. If you want lush greenscapes as your backdrop, the poolside deck is equally breathtaking at night.

A quaint cabana surrounded by towering limestone cliffs serves as another private dinner spot on Miniloc. On sunny days, the resort offers a nook by the beach close to the iconic Big Lagoon. Depending on the time, stars paint the skies and planktons abound in the sea, which make the scene even more dramatic.

All three island resorts offer all-inclusive travel packages for couples and families.


Lio Beach

SUNSET PARADISE Magnificent sunset in Lio Beach

If you’re searching for a place with diverse nature and options, Lio Beach in mainland El Nido offers a good mix of rest and play. Choose from boutique resorts, shops, and restaurants dotting the beach, join art workshops at Kalye Artisano, and visit community markets at Sitio Uno. For a truly unique date activity, go on a couple bike-and-hike through the forest that ends with a panoramic view of Bacuit Bay. Don’t skip on catching magnificent sunsets by the Lio Pier!