travel journalphilippinespalawan Banwa Island, your own private world in Palawan White sand beaches, clear blue water, untouched nature - the perfect scenery to disconnect and recharge.
by Clara Giampellegrini

Banwa Private Island provides the ultimate hideaway from reality for a while, social distancing guaranteed. Located in Northeastern Palawan in the Sulu Sea, the marine protected area stands out for its preserved beauty and incredibly rich and diverse wildlife. With privacy at the top Banwas list of priorities, Banwa is an island of pure luxury and exclusivity.

Banwa Island, your own private world in Palawan
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Once you set foot on the island, it becomes yours. The luxurious villas have been designed to fade in the surrounding landscape and make sure you won’t forget about the beauty of your current stay.

Each of the six villas is equipped with a luminous interior that brings the outside in, whilst the private infinity pool, beach, and garden terraces guarantee the pure luxury of space. The capacity ranges from one to four-bedroom villas and is just as suitable for honeymoons as for family vacations.

Banwa Island, your own private world in Palawan
Banwa Island, your own private world in Palawan
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When and How?

The “High Season” and recommended period to plan your stay at Banwa runs from December through to May, due to the lower chances of rain. However, with temperatures rarely dropping below 30 degrees in the “Low Season”, the island is a pleasant destination throughout the entire year. The best way to access the private island is via private aviation or commercial flights from Manila or Hong Kong.

Banwa Island, your own private world in Palawan
Banwa Island, your own private world in Palawan
Banwa private villa
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A cultural experience with meaning

Banwa maintains strong links to the local community of Palawan, thus the culture and philosophies of the Tagbanwa people are reflected in many aspects of your stay. The oldest ethnic group of the Philippines are very nature-loving and environment-conscious people, which is an approach you will find in different aspects on the private island, such as food.

With respect to the ethos of healthy eating, Banwa mainly works with products grown on a local organic farm, which does not only provide ethically cultivated produce for the guests and staff but also education for the Banwa team and the surrounding villages. In fact, sustainable agricultural practices such as vermiculture and apiculture are being taught to the local communities by Banwas team, the ultimate goal for this off-island staff village and farm is to be totally self-sufficient both in terms of power and food production.

Banwa Island, your own private world in Palawan
Dining with a view
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From a culinary point of view, you will certainly not be deceived as the chefs will prepare any food you request.

Our chefs will prepare food totally tailored to your specific tastes and desires in Latitude’s open kitchen. It’s your island, your menu.

Not only the quality of the food but the location will leave you speechless: Whether you prefer to dine at the Latitude Restaurant, the social hub of Banwa, or rather more quietly at the Terrace Bar, you will always dine surrounded by the perfect setting and the most picturesque scenes.

Banwa Island, your own private world in Palawan
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In terms of activities, the possibilities are endless. Starting with the obvious, the island is perfectly suited for all water-sports: Scuba, snorkel, sail, or swim, the richly-populated marine environment takes it to another level. Diving enthusiasts most likely also be interested in a one day trip to Tubbataha Reef, widely acknowledged to be one of the world’s top 10 dive sites.

Land-based sports such as Golf and Tennis are also offered at Banwa, and the wellness facilities include a fully equipped gym, massage suite, and Pilates studio. For the hikers amongst Banwas visitors, the island has a lot to offer. Palawan is known to be an incredible region for those who enjoy exploring panoramic views on foot. The hiking is varied and infinite, and trails can be recommended to suit Banwa guests’ specific areas of interest and fitness levels.

Banwa Island, your own private world in Palawan
Banwa Island, your own private world in Palawan
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With the incredibly beautiful sunset at Banwa rises the breathtaking opportunity of stargazing. Due to minimal light pollution, the clear sky allows you to catch the most stunning views of the Milky Way. The magical setting is the perfect way to wind down and to end the day in the most relaxed mood possible.

Clara Giampellegrini
Clara Giampellegrini is pursuing a degree in international business management where she studies in a different city every year. Born and raised in Luxembourg, Clara speaks French, German, and English. As a contributor for our magazine, she gets to express her passion for the world of luxury and content creation.
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