Between the southeastern tips of the Philippine islands of Luzon and Mindoro, Marinduque holds a little something more than pristine beaches, jungle and complete isolation from reality — it holds Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa.
When you arrive, you’ll be greeted with two things: a welcome song, and a golf cart. The song is lovely, but the golf cart really pays off, as it’s the only way to get around the sprawling resort. 69 rooms include 11 villas, each with cliff-side views of the crystal blue ocean, and a modern Asian design sense. Guests can expect the usual luxuries as well, from L'Occitane toiletries to flat-screen TV’s and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The restaurant flaunts a vaulted space of white tables and ocean views, serving international classics and authentic Philippine dishes. Later (or really anytime) retire to the infinity pool and nearby sunken cocktail bar for a drink that takes full advantage of local fruit that tastes more like candy.
That all said, you are on a private island — so take advantage of it. Snorkel, explore the jungle, sail, kayak or jog trails. In fact, explore however you like. It is your playground after all.