A luxury resort in Culion you should visit

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I never thought that such a luxury resort in Culion exists! Eclipsed by the more popular town of Coron, Culion has always been under the radar for visitors. Unless you’re a history buff and adventurer.

Culion used to be a leper colony starting in 1906 during the American colonial period. And during the Spanish era, it was part of a network of defenses in the Calamianes archipelago with a fortress church complex built atop a promontory.

The island today is a sleepy town with occasional curious visitors who stray out of the confines of Coron to explore. Long declared as leprosy free, it has a small museum dedicated to its past. For the adventurer, it has trails and islands just waiting for intrepid visitors to discover.

A luxury resort in Culion

And this brings us to a luxury resort in Culion. It’s quite unexpected for such an island municipality far from the usual Busuanga tour route but the Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort in Naglayan Island is an undiscovered gem. It’s ideal for individual travelers, couples, and professionals who want to go on a holiday.

This luxury resort in Culion has 55 luxurious overwater villas with Filipino themed interiors, wide windows and extensive balconies. The villas are also situated in such a manner where these either face the sunrise or sunset. As these are all overwater, you expect great sceneries as well.

What’s more, the Sirakan Villa (pictured below), is the ultimate accommodation in the island. Think of glass floorings that gives you a view of the marine life below, plush beds, a jacuzzi at the balcony, and a spacious 65 sqm space!

Island activities, restaurants and relaxation

Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort has beautiful white sandy beaches as well as an infinity pool. It has a wide variety of activities on offer too, ranging from snorkelling and kayaking, spectacular sunset cruise or hop on a glass bottomed boat. You can also play billiards, chess, or other board games. If you want to explore the 18-hectare green island, bike your way around. Or go island hopping.

For business travelers, there’s a function room, spa, and gym.

If you’re a foodie…

And it just gets better. If you’re a foodie, this luxury resort in Culion has 10 restaurants to chose from! Guests can satisfy whatever cravings they may have, from modern Filipino cuisine at Mangrove Restaurant to international comfort dishes at Island Garden Restaurant. Breakfast buffets are served at Sun Cafe. These are just some of the dining options available in the resort.

With the island’s remote location, it’s also the ultimate setting for romantic and private occasions, such as beach weddings and honeymoons.

Getting there

Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort starts with a flight to Busuanga airport. From there, the resort will take care of your trip to the island via its private dock at the Sunlight Guest Hotel in Coron. Note that you won’t be passing the main town of Culion.

Check them out.


Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort is one of Sunlight Hotels and Resorts’s property and includes Sunlight Guest Hotel in Coron and Sunlight Guest Hotel in Puerto Princesa. Check their website for more details.

luxury resort in Culion
Sirakan Villa, a 65 sqm accommodation which is the best in Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort. It has glass floors overlooking marine life, plush king-sized bed and a balcony with its own jacuzzi.
luxury resort in Culion
White sand beach and emerald waters
luxury resort in Culion
Lounge and enjoy the great vistas at this balcony at one of the villas
luxury resort in Culion
Aerial view of a part of the island resort showing the infinity pool, that gorgeous white sandy shore
luxury resort in Culion
Sirakan Villas over water
Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort
Villas at one side of the island
One of the resort activities is this glass bottomed boat
Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort
Savor delicious food under the stars
Fully equipped fitness gym with great views of the surrounding islands
Sanctuary spa perfect after a whole day of island hopping
Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort
Culion, Palawan
+632 8657 1919, +632 8657 1918
rooms@sunlighthotelsandresorts.com

All images provided by Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort
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