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Arena Island Resort

Arena Island, Narra, Palawan, Philippines, 5300
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Nearby attractions
Robinsons Place Palawan
(64.49 km)
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
(111.46 km)
Sabang Boat Terminal
(113.54 km)
Apulit Port
(225.20 km)
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Luis E
Arena island is a remote setting for someone who wants to get away from the city. From Manila you take an hour flight to Puerto Princesa then take an hour and thirty more minutes of land transfer to Narra. From Narra a boat takes you to this breathtaking island. About 500 meters away from the island one has to transfer to a smaller boat to get to paradise. Arena Island is nature's gem as it is surrounded by 35,000 hectares of live corals. From almost a kilometer away, one can see the ocean floor of around 30-50 ft deep - the water is just crystal clear. Aside from its corals, it has 360 degrees of pure white sand as it has been formed by centuries of corals. The typical island which has rock formations are those created by seismic activity or volcanic eruptions, this has none. There is a sand bar that constantly changes depending on the season and stretches as far as 300 meters when one can just lie down and enjoy the sun, sand and sea. The texture of the sand can range from powder like form or rocky depending on which side of the island you go to. If you're into fitness and need your daily dose of stretch, one can go around the island for 25-30mins. The island prides itself as a turtle and bird sanctuary. Home to the endangered hawksbill and green turtle, one is lucky to witness these beautiful creatures lay their eggs which I have witnessed several times. The migratory birds from China seem to have found a seasonal nest in this paradise, as various species of birds flock every so often to bask under the tropical sun. The resort is a rustic luxurious escape of simplicity at its finest. Nothing fancy as they offer basic amenities BUT the feeling one gets it's as if you own an island for a day, days or probably weeks depending on your stay. There are four casitas that can accommodate 2-8 people max wherein each one has a butler service 24 hours a day. The casitas are spacious with clean sheets, a mini bar and a closet. If you're looking for a television or DVD there is none, the real view surrounds the island or underwater as it transports you into an episode of National Geographic or Animal Planet live. The bathroom is majestic with a luxurious outdoor space that has a shower, toilet, two sinks and a rack. One can even sunbathe inside this personal space. Each casita has a veranda with a receiving area where you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner with a spectacular view of the mountain range or endless horizon. To assure you of premium privacy, one has a beach front all to yourself where only your personal butler has access to. One even has the luxury to go naked all day and no one will ever see or know. If you want something more organic or natural, there are two tree houses where you can spend the night in or even have your meals depending on your preference. Anything is possible, just inform your butler. After all, you are the owner of the island. Food is basic and simple, one can even order in advance through booking your food specifications. The resort offers a lot of water activities from snorkeling, kayaking and even diving. There is a modest floating raft where you can hang the whole day or even do platform diving. One can also go boating or fishing around the island. With efforts to save endangered species, every so often, the turtle hatchlings are set free and any guest can take part in it as they promote animal and environmental preservation. Another prime attraction of Arena island is the spectacular display of sunrise and sunsets. God's fabulous masterpiece is painted in front of you in the most captivating and breathtaking hues. At night, the entire celestial celebration unfolds in front of your eyes and one must try stargazing for a couple of hours. If you're lucky, you'll even get the chance to see shooting stars and make a wish. In all my travels to luxurious and prime destinations, it is only in this island where I was able to witness the moon set and sunrise at the same time. Because of its modest size, at 5-530am the heavens is cut into half wherein light and darkness toast in celebration of life. Traveling to Arena island is creates lifetime memories. The beauty and simplicity of life and oneness with nature. A unique kind of luxury that takes you away from the flash and blings as it grounds you to the very essence and core of human existence. An escape from civilization, the privacy and beauty of Arena island is heaven on earth.
Solo travel - Jun 14, 2017
Elizabeth M
Family Vacation
The experience was superb..a private island with accomodating staff, kudos to our butler girl BG for always on top of our needs and Juliet..worth the relaxation..yoi get to release the turtles to the waters..thank you..
Family - Apr 29, 2017
Cybelle S
In love with Arena!
Overall, our experience in Arena Island was one of our best and memorable trips. How do I begin: Booking: Ms. Chit has been responsive and patient. We had to do so much changes but Ms. Chit was very understanding and accomodating. She even rang us overseas. Private and Public Transport from airport to Arena: kuya Jerry and kuya John (van drivers) were both professional and on time. They were even kind enough to stop by to a drug store and clinic as I was feeling unwell on the day we arrived in Puerto Princesa. The "bangkeros" were always ready to help us as our safety is their priority. Arena Island, Service and Staff: True to its promise, it really felt we had the privacy we needed. The whole 3 hectre island only had 4 casas, and though one of the casas was occupied, we rarely saw the other guests. The casas were spacious, clean, well-ventilated, beautifully designed and built with quality. The staff are just highly commendable. I cannot thank them enough for being responsive, clean, courteous, professionaland creative. Ate Gie, who was mainly assigned to assist us and the rest of her team were fantastic. We had 3 kids with us but they made it easy. They were always there to help us and quite considerate to our reasonable needs. Our masseuse did a great job too. Price was quite reasonable for such quality of service. The staff also suggests and finds a way for us to see and enjoy the island. We never ate in one same spot, there were always big and little surpises...but the real highlight was the meal by the bonfire! We all loved it! Thank you for the effort! The chef made our snack time and main meals something to look forward to. For some reason, my youngest wasn't eating much since we arrived in Philippines but I would like to thank him for cooking "lugaw" and "champorado" for our kids eventhough it wasnt on the menu. It's a shame we didnt meet the chef, but I would like to let him know that we can really tell that his meals were all prepared and cooked with love. I would like to thank Ms Chit and the staff for opening your home to the public. We had the chance to experience such beautiful creations and meet lovely and amazing people. Our kids will definitely remember this trip. After all, how often do you get a chance to release turtle hatchlings 😄. We hope to see you all again next year. Thank u!
Family - Apr 10, 2017
Teddy T
What does it feel like to own a private island? Go to Arena Island to find out.
I traveled to Arena Island Resort at the end of March 2017 and stayed there for 5 days, 4 nights. Arena Island Resort is a private island that is designed specifically for you to disconnect, relax, and recharge. It is a safe, beautiful island with plenty to do. The design of the island was to feature the island itself with clean, simple accommodations. It also acts as a sea turtle sanctuary where the island's owner has reached out to the government to get further support for their sea turtle protection efforts. In going to the island, you will be able to see baby sea turtles every day if you wish and if you are lucky, watch a mother sea turtle lay her eggs on the beach. Island Description: The island is very difficult to show through only pictures because it does not capture the 'essence' or 'spirit' of the island. It takes approximately 30 minutes to walk completely around the island in a slow leisurely stroll. There are various locations on the island where you can choose to have your meals. Whether it is in any of the two tree houses, pagodas scattered around the island with unobstructed ocean views, indoor in your room, or on the balcony of your room, you can be anywhere, anytime. There is a "floating house" located approximately 50 meters from the shore that has diving boards and room to seat 20 adults for your meals and snacks if you choose. You can do activities such as swimming, snorkeling or kayaking around the floating house as it floats above coral. It is also perfect for watching the sunset. There are approximately two dozen hammocks scattered around the island where you can find one to doze off to the sound of the ocean or find a new reading spot. Also on the island are wild chickens and peacocks. You will see them walking around the island and up on your porch/balcony on some mornings. You will most definitely hear the roosters throughout the day (and early mornings). Location: Getting to the island takes approximately 3 hours. 2 hours from the airport to the Parra Pier and then about an hour boat ride to the island. The car that picked us up was an early model Ford SUV which could easily seat 4 passengers comfortably. The boat can seat 28 people to/from the island. Service: The highlight of the island is the service and care you receive. Though a cliche, it is true that they "treat you like family." From the moment you arrive on the island, you are treated like you own the island. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want. The only limitations are safety concerns like not being able to kayak due to strong winds. Our butler, Jenn, was exceptional in every way. When we arrived, she gave us a cell phone where she could be contacted anytime during the day or we would receive calls to confirm meal times and locations. Arena Island Resort is worth going just for the service alone. Food: Food was fantastic. Every meal (except breakfast) there is a vegetable dish, meat dish (pork or chicken), and a seafood dish (prawns, mussels, fish) with a fruit to finish as dessert (mangoes, grapes). Particular favorites of mine were the fried chicken, BBQ pork, and prawns. Be sure to let the island staff know well in advance of your dietary needs as you do not order off a menu. The chef goes to the market on the main island to get the ingredients fresh. Snacks included fried plantains, pan-fried yams, and sandwiches (ham & cheese). Each snack also included a pitcher of mixed-papaya juice that was delicious as it was refreshing. Portions were generous as I did not feel hungry ever during my stay on the island. Room: There are a total of 4 casitas (rooms) on the island, each with the same design for all I can tell. There is enough sleeping space for a family of 4 and the bathroom is large with two sinks. The rooms are cleaned daily and the floor is swept clean of sand (there will almost definitely be sand in the room as the casita is right on the beach). Each room is approximately 30 feet from the water's edge. With the doors open, you can hear the waves 24-hours a day. Each room is also equipped with a safe and plenty of storage space for your clothes and luggage. In our room, there was a deck of cards and a chess set. These proved to be invaluable as evening entertainment and bonding. Activities: Kayaking Swimming Beach Volleyball Snorkeling Fishing Kitesurfing (to be introduced in the future. We saw the staff getting trained in kitesurfing and my understanding is that they will offer this as a free service in the future) Pros: Everything I mentioned above. All-inclusive. 3-meals a day, 2 snacks a day, round trip to/from airport, all on-island activities. Absolutely no hidden charges or surcharges. No wifi (I put this as a pro because being on your phone takes away the experience of being on a private island) Sea Turtles! Service Cons: Island life includes things out of the staff's control like... mosquitos (wasn't bad at all for my stay) blazing sun (plenty of sunscreen) low water pressure (to be expected) Recommendation: Go if... You want to experience what it is to own a private island. If you want to hear waves 24-hours a day, have plenty of delicious Filipino food, walk outside of your room and within 5 steps be on pristine beach. This is a place where you disconnect, relax, and recharge. The island looked extremely safe for families with young children (ages 6+) as there was plenty to do and the water was calm. Don't go if... You hate nature and are looking for 5-star accommodations like having a Jacuzzi or spa. The service at Arena is 5-star, but if you are looking for city-like 5-star hotel accommodation, Arena Island Resort is not for you.
Couples - Apr 1, 2017
A private piece of paradise
This was a destination for a little getaway with a group of friends for a celebration. Right on as you approach the island, it feels like a magical little getaway already and the stay in the island just got better. It really was simple island living but made absolutely fabulous by a great team led by Dez. She had a fantastic energy and was able to preempt everything that we might need. Nothing was ever too much trouble! The island itself offers lots of activities including kayaking, volleyball and great snorkelling waters. There is a little pontoon a little way away from the island which makes it a great spot to swim too and swim around in some spectacular waters. One of the best ocean swims! The evenings were absolutely fantastic with a different location on the island for dinner and beach bonfires all set up beautifully by Dez and the team, not to mention some lovely fresh Philippine cuisine by a talented chef. My favourite part of the island is the creation of its own mini little ecosystem. Arena Island is easily very simply an understated but unforgettable piece of hidden paradise! Can't wait to visit again
Friends getaway - Feb 12, 2017
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Hotel policy

  • Things to Do
    • Barbecue
    • Beach sun loungers
    • Beach towel
    • Parasol
    • Private beach
    • Spa
  • Hotel Services
    • Concierge
    • Front desk
    • Luggage storage
  • Kids and Pets
    • Babysitting
    • Babysitting
  • Public Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Safety deposit box
  • Food and Drinks
    • Breakfast
  • Transportation
    • Airport transfer

Check-in and Check-out Time

Check-in: 12:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM

Arena Island Resort is located in area / city Narra.

There are plenty of tourist attractions nearby, such as Robinsons Place Palawan within 64.49 km, and Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (Underground River) within 111.46 km.

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You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.
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