A hidden barefoot luxury gem in the Philippines

There are more than 7000 islands in the Philippine archipelago, and one of them is a nature lover’s perfect dream, Siargao. Renowned for its tropical jungles, emerald mangrove forest, coconut woodlands, underground caves, coral reefs, unspoiled white beaches, azure waters, legendary deep-sea fishing and some of the world’s best surfing, it comes as no surprise that CNN, Forbes, Condé Nast, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Times and others have fallen for Siargao Island’s charms. Condé Nast Traveler readers voted it the best island in Asia—but it also topped their list as the best island in the world.


And here, tucked away on the Southeastern tip of Siargao, nestled between ancient verdant mangrove forests and soft white sand beaches, you find Nay Palad Hideaway - the only five star stay on the island. Nay Palad is an all-inclusive resort that embraces a barefoot luxury state of mind, and with 24/7 attentiveness you are able to fulfill all your getaway desires without ever having to open your wallet. No checks are signed here. Every drink or delicacy you desire, every adventure you seek, every massage you require, is simply yours for the asking. Around-the-clock attention? As you wish. Total privacy? Just say the word. Barefoot luxury is a made-to-measure experience. The resort ticks all the right boxes for a romantic getaway in the Philippines. With its swinging daybeds, white gauzy linens and lantern-lit dinners, this beautiful place is a designer’s dream and a surfer´s paradise.


All the luxurious features aside, Nay Palad isn’t a 5-star resort for no small reason
The resort believes that paradise can’t be found if it doesn’t have an eco-touch. It takes sustainability serious with a solar-heated water system, a plastic reduction scheme in place, local materials used in the creation, and all food and fragrant herbs grown and picked locally. With its strong focus on sustainability, Nay Palad doesn’t fall short in paying it forward. Nay Palad Founder and CEO Carolin Dekeyser followed in her father’s footsteps to continue his legacy of giving back to the people of the Philippines, supporting projects related to social change.


Nay Palad is the brainchild of an outdoor furniture designer and so scattered throughout the resort are beautiful daybeds, swinging chairs, birds’ nests, etc all made from local materials. The overall design of the resort features dark wood floors and neutral furnishings. Smooth white sand walkways lead you to your coconut-fringed villa. 


The ten expertly crafted villas too are of similar design
, local Filipino carpenters and crafters have been called upon to help create these sublime sustainable homes designed to enchant and amaze at every turn. The villas are very airy and light, with both indoor and outdoor rain showers, and a glass front so you can see the view of the ocean from your bed. Outdoor terraces invite lingering evenings, swinging day beds entice you in for after surf snoozes, and lashings of local woods and white gauzy linens echo the epitome of that bespoke barefoot luxury vibe.

Expertly crafted villas

Welcoming entrance

Master bedroom in the deluxe ocean view villa

Rainforest shower

Every night, the chef whips up astonishing dishes, expertly crafted with ingredients fresh from the local fishermen, the market, or plucked from the resorts own herb laden garden. All fruits and vegetables are grown locally, sustainably and mostly organically. There are no set menus at Nay Palad as everything is customizable to what your palette desires. You simply let the chef know your preferences and dietary requirements (and even your cravings if you like!) and he’ll create something amazing for you for every meal.

Lunches are all about picnic baskets laden with local delicacies or laid-back family fun around the pool. For those dawn patrol surfers who want to tumble back in-between the sheets, breakfast in bed can be an indulgent way to restart the day.


There’s a main dining area in front of the communal pool and a casual open-air bar that is right on the beachfront for you take in the views while sipping on fresh calamansi, mint and ginger juice. But of course, all meals can be had wherever your heart pleases. Thanks to the attentive staff, you can enjoy bespoke drinks from the privacy of your villa. Either on the terrace or by your private pool.

Breakfast time!


At Nay Palad Hideaway, every day is a new story. And you’re the writer, in charge of the tone, style, pace and plot. In fact, the only limit may be your own imagination. Everything at Nay Palad is all-inclusive and this isn’t just limited to the food and drinks; it includes all the activities. Excursions, paddle-boarding, kayaking, diving, water skiing, surfing, snorkelling, yoga, massage, cooking lessons, in-villa dining experiences, spa treatments- the list goes on and the possibilities are endless. And don’t forget: Fabulous boats, complete with captain and crew, are ready to take you to the jewel-like uninhabited islands and pristine beaches nearby.

Take a chauffeured tour of the island in a van or Jeepney. You can create your own itinerary, including stops at villages and point of special natural beauty. It take a full four or five hours to circumnavigate Siargao.

Be lazy by the pool.

Stand-up paddling in the beautiful nature

... no you can just relax. Let the pros do the coconut climbing.


In addition to a full range of world-class treatments, the spa therapists specialize in Hilot, a Filipino massage tradition acclaimed for its healing abilities. But a truly unforgettable spa experience is also about the space, the ambience and the mood. When you’re lounging in its treetop nest, sipping your post-treatment tea, you’ll understand completely.


The Boathouse at Nay Palad Hideaway offers a dedicated yoga pavilion. Four meters above ground level, among the trees and overlooking the sea, the pavilion can be enjoyed with windows closed and air-conditioning turned up, or with windows thrown wide open for fresh air. In addition, daily yoga sessions with an experienced instructor can be arranged for any location—sea pagoda, treehouse, even on SUP boards in the pool or ocean. If you’re interested in turning your stay into a yoga retreat, please contact the team to discuss your wishes.


Located on the ground floor of the Boathouse, the fitness area gives you all of the convenience and comfort of a full gym. Build strength and get your heart pumping with our state-of-the-art machines and equipment, which include a Life Fitness Integrity Series treadmill, a cross-trainer, a G7 gym system, ten sets of dumbbells and an exercise ball.


Just feel like having a pool day? You wouldn’t expect anything less from paradise than a staggering ocean view infinity pool. Of course, the Nay Palad Hideaway boasts such a spot – a sweeping pool with a lingering shallow water end for when you just want to lounge in the cool hues of blue. Expect plenty of sunbeds for wiling away the hours and a well-stocked bar flanking the waters so that your day can be punctuated with fruit smoothies, icy beers, and signature cocktails.


Nay Palad Hideaway lets you create your own rhythm, turning each day into a different story. The resort is a blank page for you to fill, a completely made-to-measure experience. You can choose to do nothing at all. Or pack your days to the brim with adventure. The resort’s team tailors your stay to you. Just tell them what you want and it’s done. It’s an experience of hospitality, freedom and beauty that can never truly be described—only shared. Nay Palad redefines barefoot luxury – with its fairy-tale spa, lantern lit dinners, and custom jungle tours crashing through frangipani scented lands. Passing through the gates of Nay Palad Hideaway, you leave the real world behind. If you’re contemplating a trip to this Siargao paradise, just do it, you won’t regret it, and the memories from Nay Palad will last a lifetime. Welcome to the barefoot state of mind.


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