Amanpulo is an exclusive island-resort on Pamalican Island in Palawan, Philippines. It is owned by 7 Seas Resort, Inc., a joint venture between the Aboitiz, Soriano and the Aman Resorts group. The resort is majority-owned by the Soriano group and the rest by the Aboitiz group and Aman Resorts. The name Amanpulo came from Aman which is Sanskrit for peace and pulo means island in Tagalg. The twinning of the two words result in the coining of “Amanpulo” or “peace island” in reference to the tranquil island of Pamalican.
Access to the resort from Manila is through Ninoy Aquino International Airport where private charter airlines operate. The resort however is serviced by Island Aviation of the Soriano group. Private charter airline may however provide flight to the island through its private airstrip.
- Villas and Casitas to stay in
The resort has luxurious villas and casitas for visitors, each with its own buggy for hopping on the island.
The resort is popularly perceived as an upscale holiday destination exclusively for celebrities, businessmen, and politicians who want total privacy on their vacations. Stars like Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Bill Gates, Tom Cruise, Beyonce and Robert De Niro have reportedly been guests of the resort. Resort management, however, never confirm such reports, though air transport officials would only say that international celebrities and well-known businessmen fly to the private resort without confirming their names.
The resort grabbed media attention when a construction worker died on the barracks of the resort and was flown to Manila without clearance and coordination from authorities.The resort refused to issue an official statement on the incident. The media frenzy died without a clear picture of what had happened to the victim.