The Best Hotels to Book on Bantayan Island, the Philippines

Bantayan Island has its fair share of beautiful beaches
Bantayan Island has its fair share of beautiful beaches | © Asis Carpio / Alamy Stock Photo
Sarah Gillespie

Laid-back Bantayan Island may not have the diving, nightlife or surf breaks of other destinations in the Philippines. But who cares? It has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. With few other distractions, it’s the ultimate spot for lying back with an ice-cold calamansi juice and slowing down. Find your peace at one of our favourite hotels in Bantayan Island, bookable on Culture Trip.

Anika Island Resort


Shaded wooden terrace seating area at Anika Island Resort, with palm trees, benches, beach and ocean beyond
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Right on the flawless white stretch of Santa Fe beach, this low-key resort has a relaxed feel. All rooms come with air conditioning, a spacious closet and a hot-and-cold shower. The hotel also has a shady veranda for occasional breaks from the sun, and a large pool if all that sea swimming somehow isn’t enough. The enormous seafood selection at Chloe Café includes steamed crabs, adobo squid and garlic lobster straight from the ocean.

Anahaw Seaside Inn


Paved entrance and garden at Seaside Inn, with gateway opening towards it
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Within a minute’s walk of Santa Fe Beach and several eateries, this diminutive hotel is the perfect base for your Bantayan adventures. Interiors are a masterclass in Filipino design, with bamboo furniture, nipa palm ceilings and hammocks slung between wooden columns. The beachy bar serves a mostly Western-style breakfast of omelettes and bacon paired with mango. Staff can arrange kitesurfing lessons and island-hopping excursions.

Amihan Beach Cabanas


The wooden, thatched-roof Amihan Beach Cabanas, perched at the front of a sandy beach with tall palms overhead
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For a true Pinoy-style holiday, look no further than these cabanas on Santa Fe Beach. While the exterior may look like a rustic bahay kubo (palm-roofed traditional home) the amenities are bang up to date. All come with air conditioning, cable TV, hot showers and wifi. For filling meals, there are numerous food stalls and restaurants in the surrounding area.

The Coral Blue Oriental Beach Villas & Suites

Villa, Suite Hotel

Double bed in wood-based room with overhead fan and glass doors at the Coral Blue Oriental Beach Villas & Suites
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Occupying a pristine stretch of white sand at Santa Fe’s south-eastern corner, this collection of villas combines traditional bamboo and nipa style with modern amenities. Each villa comes with air conditioning, hot showers, a safety deposit box, flat-screen TV and refrigerator. Head to the Coral Blue Clay Pot restaurant for colourful salads, steamed crab and juicy prawns.

Carl's Island Inn


Outdoor bar area at Carls Island Inn, with several wooden chairs, stools and tables underneath trees
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Edging Bantayan’s southern coast, this white, bright inn is just a 25-minute walk – or a seven-minute tricycle ride – from the isolated Sandira Beach, considered the most pristine on an island full of them. Tuck into a breakfast of bacon, fried egg and mangoes in the bamboo bar before heading to the beach; refresh with a hot shower and siesta in your air-conditioned room. Ask Rose and Carsten, the inn’s affable owners, if you have any needs – nothing is too much trouble.

Pearl of Santa Fe


Looking towards Pearl of Santa Fe from the sea; the white two-storey building stands on a small cliff
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For something more private than most hotels in Bantayan Island, consider this smart complex of three modern apartments on the southern shore, each comprising three bedrooms and sleeping up to 10 guests – perfect for a large family group. Each one comes with a kitchen, large living room and balcony. As the complex is relatively isolated, buy your groceries in Santa Fe ahead of time; alternatively, eat at the Greek restaurant next door or ask the reception staff to call a tricycle for you.

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