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Ariara Island is a tropical hideaway that's an hour's flight from Manila.
Ariara Island is a tropical hideaway that's an hour's flight from Manila.

A private paradise in the Philippines Add to ...

Calamian Islands, Philippines – An hour flight from Manila, Ariara Island, right, is a tropical hideaway geared to well-heeled jet setters who value privacy and posh amenities. The lush 160-hectare retreat is outfitted with eight villas and cottages set on a pristine 600-metre-long stretch of sand, a beachside infinity pool and a communal lodge built for dining and entertaining. Rent the entire island – rates start at $19,000 (U.S.) a week. Thirty staff members, including two PADI dive instructors and a spa therapist, will cater to your every whim. A team of chefs whips up Euro-Asian fusion meals from locally sourced ingredients (think seared tuna and arugula salad, spicy pumpkin coconut soup, and banana cashew ice cream). Also on hand is a fleet of six boats so guests can search for deserted islands and hidden lagoons. ariaraisland.com

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