March 26, 2017
Written by Cat Arambulo-Antonio
Categories: Motherhood, Travel


I feel like I have the word “SUCKER” written all over my forehead this past week. From fighting with incompetent courier services, meeting shady business owners to recently ruthless scammers. OMG. 

I wasn’t even suppose to blog about my quick getaway to Amanpulo because it’s one of the gifts I gave my husband for our 6th year anniversary. BUT during the last 72 hours, I received more than a dozen calls, texts and private messages from friends (and now followers) about a woman and her travel agency.


Apparently, she’s been using my name (and other personalities) to swindle people into buying her Amanpulo (and other resort) packages. As of 3pm, I know of 12 people who have transacted with her and gave her their money. Guys, this girl is a pro… she name drops big names, sends screenshots of messages and photoshops bank deposit slips to legitimize her travel agency. Plus she sends fake vouchers as confirmed by Amanpulo. 

So if you’re planning a trip to Amanpulo (or other resorts), I suggest and highly recommend that you do all your bookings & pay directly to them OR make sure that the company you are dealing with is accredited. 

Here is Amanpulo’s current published rates:

Note: There’s a separate rate for local residents and foreigners. You’ll need to send a scanned copy of your passport.

Take note: Prices are in USD. I suggest that you contact Amanpulo directly and ask them for an updated quotation to avoid any confusion. 

This is only my 2nd time to Amanpulo. And so far, I can only share my experience of staying in the Beach Casitas. I booked it again this time because I like the convenience of having access to the beach instantly… plus I’m too cheap to splurge on a Villa. Hehe!

This is our direct access to the beach from our Casita.

It looks longer than it actually is because of the small turn.

Nice right?? Wait until you get inside…

Welcome home. It’s definitely a home away from home!

I somehow manage to lounge around on every area from the time I arrive until I leave. Sulit. Hahaha!

The bedroom is very spacious, clean and crisp just like it should be. 

And of course, the bathroom. His & hers. I loooooove!!!

Amanpulo is quite pricey because you feel like you have the whole island to yourself. You’ll rarely bump into people. I say this whole heartedly, you really get what you pay for!

This was my view and life for the past 3 days. Sarap!!

Every Casita has their own golf cart and map to get around the island. We were lost all the time! On the last day, my friend messages me telling me that Amanpulo has Waze. Coolio!

Meanwhile back in the Main Clubhouse…. it’s our favorite place to have breakfast. Even if our Casita includes complimentary breakfast which we can enjoy in the comfort of our room, we still choose to lounge around here. Plus they also have free merienda at 3pm.

Today’s breakfast with my view!!! *hearts, hearts, hearts* 

And the rest of the morning, I spent with Rudy settling the bill AND discussing the next steps on how to keep my family, friends and followers informed. I really hope I can help prevent people from getting scammed or suckered into buying a fake promo. 

My photos don’t do justice to the beauty and total Amanpulo experience. It’s the most exclusive private island hideaway in the Philippines. Trust me, if the offer or “promo” sounds too good to be real, it must be fake. Please call the Amanpulo directly!

Amanpulo “AMAN” is located in Pamalican Island, Philippines | Phone: +63 (2) 976 5200 Fax: +63 (2) 976 5204 

In the meantime, you may want to check out the Amanpulo offer through Citibank. I just found out yesterday that they have a special promo. BUT, if you’re not using Citibank, budget around Php 200k+ for 2pax, 3D2N in a Beach Casita with “basic” meals, inclusive of airfare. Oh and you’ll also have 60 min complimentary massages. Ü 

Til my next post… be vigilant!


P.S. This article about Fake Luxury Resort Vouchers couldn’t have come at a better time. Check it out:

- Cat Arambulo-Antonio


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