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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Huma Island Resort and Spa: Your New Island Getaway in Palawan



There’s no short supply of island getaways in this country. We have endless choices of breathtaking islands where you can spend your precious holidays. A few years ago, there was a buzz about the opening of a Maldivian-inspired resort in Palawan called Huma Island Resort and Spa. Everyone seemed to have been excited about this new resort from the luxury market segment.

With my busy schedule though, I could not find time to stay here. Proper timing in my life is always essential. Luckily, after a few attempts, I found an opening for a quick break one weekend. Spontaneity was going to make my Huma vacation happen.

For a brief background, the name Huma came from the tales of Captain Ibrahim. During one of his voyages at sea, he encountered problems with his ship. Like a phoenix rising in the ashes, a colorful plumed bird appeared and safely guided them to an island. The island would soon be the new home of the captain. As a sign of gratitude, he offered the people of that island luxurious goods and textiles that he had on his shipping vessel. 

Huma island, located on Dicilingan Island, is a beautiful 14-hectare property with hills and (sandy/rocky) white beaches. The concept was brought here by the United International Hotels Group (UIHG), a Kuwaiti-based company which dreamt of building their own property in one of the magical Palawan islands.

It was unfortunate that before the grand opening, tragedy struck Huma's shores. Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the province of Palawan and destroyed most of the properties in the resort. However, Huma did not lose hope. They had already gone too far to give up. With more focus and determination, the island was rebuilt. 

When I was asked to stay here for the weekend by someone from their marketing team (Darlene), I was more than delighted to say yes. To make it extra thrilling, the seaplane was going to take us directly to the island.  It was a convenient way for guests to travel. That is the ultimate indulgence.

The seaplane picks you up behind the Tanghalang Balagtas (former Folk Arts Theater). From there, it will take you an hour and 20 minutes to reach Huma.
Flying above the clouds.


We were happy that the skies were clear the day. It was a turbulent-free flight going to Palawan.


As we flew over the islands, I was again mesmerized by the natural beauty of Palawan.


Who wouldn't be?

There it is.


Our arrival in Huma only meant one thing - we knew we were in one of the most beautiful places on earth.



A resort tradition.


As requested, we were brought immediately to our villa.


Built on stilts, these water villas make up most of the accommodations on the island. Each villa has its own wooden sundeck featuring a jaccuzi. (The island has 81 tropical water and beach villas).


It also does not hurt that you have a panoramic view of the corals and the sea.


The rooms in Huma are a bit colorful for my taste but it grows on you.  I guess the resort is staying true to its legend about the colorful bird. Perhaps the hotel can streamline their design here a bit?




This is me feeling at home. I usually like rearranging things in my hotel room.






Without time to taste, we went around the resort to see what it had to offer. This is the main beach front of the resort.



I prefer the water villa but there's something about staying on beach that makes it extra relaxing.


Hammock, anyone? You can ask any of the staff to transfer the hammock anywhere you want.







That's me kayaking at midday.


For your dining options, the restaurant has dining 6 restaurants offering different cuisines and views:

On the Harbour restaurant serves the freshest catch of the day.


There could still room for improvement when it comes to flavors but I would like to say that I enjoyed the a la carte food more than the buffet.




The Blu Bar (below) serves bar chows, drinks and light snacks. The Waves restaurant is the main dining restaurant for the morning buffet. It is located in the poolside area.


The Italian Al Dente Restaurant. We had an amazing feast here on our last night. The resort was generous with their buffet servings.


The most beautiful sunsets can be seen here.


Make sure you come here early before the other guests arrive.



The TAGAHUMA restaurant (below) was currently under reconstruction because of the typhoon. This restaurants serves authentic flavors of the orient.






For sidetrips, do not miss Black Island. Located 45 minutes from the resort, this breathtaking and unspoiled paradise has towering black limestone formations (hence the name). The island even has caves with its own swimming pool. 
Again, I found myself here in awe of God's creations.







The resort gave us our own picnic bag filled with sandwiches, croissants and fruits.






After 3 hours, we headed back to the resort for lunch.



Other amenities:

Diving is always extraordinary in Palawan. The resort has an in-house dive master if you want to explore the underwater world.

In this area, you'll find a full gym and playground for kids.

On the other side of the island, the Kapuruan spa awaits. All treatment rooms here have jacuzzis, individual changing rooms and shower area.  The bonus of having a treatment here is you get to watch the fishes because of the glass floor.

This room is for the Arabic Hammam Luxury steam bath.



The inviting pool.


For amazing views, go up to Al Fairuz Lebanese restaurant. It has unobstructed views of the sea and the neighboring islands. I also found a wind channel here.




If you are looking for a new island destination to visit in this country, Huma Island Resort and Spa may be your ticket to a memorable tropical weekend getaway. At the end of the day, you can never go with Palawan. 

Busuanga is an hour away from Manila. Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Skyjet all offer flights to Manila. But, if you want pure indulgence, try the seaplane. 

For reservations: Click www.humaisland.com
Phone: +6325530119
Email: reservations@humaisland.com; inquiry@humaisland.com
Thank you to all the wonderful staff of Huma Island (and Darlene) for this tropical weekend getaway.

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