While we might be locked in this summer, it’s not going to stop us from making plans for next year or even the summer after that. Aren’t you dreaming of staycations and spending at least 3 days lounging on a beach after all this is over? Thankfully we don’t have to go far and wide to get a taste of white-sand beaches and pristine crystal clear waters. There are hundreds of beach getaways to choose from in the Philippines’ 7,641 islands but some are, of course, more breathtaking than most.
El Nido is one of the most popular summer destinations in the country having its fair share of picturesque views (Big and Small Lagoon, Twin Beaches, Seven Commando Beach) and exciting activities (snorkeling, kayaking, island hopping). But for people seeking something different, private, and away from the crowds of tourists, there’s an island that can do just that.
Brother Island is an escape
Since 1991, Brother Island has been preserving its private island life making them stand apart from the commercialized El Nido of today. The island has no WiFi, TV, and air-conditioning units and despite millennials and Gen Zs thinking that this is a horrible thing – how are they going to update their IG stories?! – it’s actually a refreshing break from the urban life.
Brother Island holds destination weddings, yoga retreats, and even simple outings for family or friends. Staying for a few days lets you have a comfortable and stress-free vacation. You wake up every day to the sound of waves – peace and quiet.
What you should expect
While staying at Brother Island is not akin to a 5-star private island stay, it’s not a bare-bones experience either.
Once you book your stay, you get the entire island to yourself and your group, no need to share it with strangers and rowdy kids. You get to do activities whenever you feel like it and watch time slip by in bliss with the sea breeze in your hair.
You also get a private chef who would cook traditional Filipino cuisine three times a day based on what is locally grown and the catch of the day. Of course, meals are customizable depending on your food restrictions and allergies. Snorkeling gear and kayak rentals are also included in the package as well as housekeeping services.
Transfers to and from El Nido town or airport will be handled by the Brother Island staff, you only need to send them your flight itinerary. Make sure your flight lets you land in El Nido in daylight so you can cross open waters while the sun’s still out.
Brother Island’s additional services include a Beach Massage which is priced at Php 700 per person/ Alcoholic beverages and snacks are available at the Honesty Tablist if you need more.
They can also arrange island hopping tours for you to Daracoton Bay (P700/person), Nacpan & Duli Beach (P900/person), Linapacan Islands (P1500/person), and Bacuit Bay (P2200/person).
Booking a stay
You’d expect an experience like this to cost you hundreds of thousands but booking a stay at Brother Island actually starts at P15,000 per night via Airbnb and can accommodate up to 16 people.
To place a booking, their website states that a minimum down payment of 50% or a full payment must be made. The cancellation policy gets you a 50% refund of the total booking value until seven (7) nights before the arrival date. A booking minimum of 2 nights must be made.
Find out more details about the island through their website, official Facebook page, and official Instagram page. You can also visit these social media pages to read reviews from satisfied tourists that have already experienced staying, and even got married, on the island.
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