Gluten-free Travel: 3 Nights In Amanpulo, Palawan (PHILIPPINES)

Last month, I had the opportunity to take a break from city life in one of the Philippines’ most exclusive islands: Amanpulo. I have always dreamed of coming to this beautiful island and thanks to my dad I was finally able to. No pictures can do it justice and no words can encompass the feeling of being able to witness a fraction of God’s creations in my home country.

The Philippines is home to many white sand beaches. You can easily find one in each of the 7,107 islands. Big or small, they all have something unique to offer. Unlike most of the destinations in the region of Palawan, Amanpulo is a beach resort that provides world-class service. From the moment you book to flying back (on a private scheduled flight) to Manila, the staff is extremely amicable and attentive to your needs. Response time via email is quick, alternatives are given for requests that could not be accommodated, and dietary restrictions or allergies are already taken note of during booking. 

Lagoon Club Restaurant

As a gluten-free traveler, it is essential for me to always plan ahead and research on food options. In a country that is unfamiliar with gluten, Amanpulo sure is a game changer. The staff is very knowledgeable about gluten–and other allergies–and can easily innovate dishes to accommodate your restrictions. More than that, many of the dishes they serve are naturally gluten-free and/or dairy-free! The menus indicate which items are GF (gluten-free!), making it easier to choose. Craving for gluten-free bread? They can serve some, too. So, if you’re worried about limited options, this resort will surprise you with a ton, whether you’re gluten-free/celiac, vegetarian or vegan.

Here are my favorite dishes:

Maya Maya Ceviche & Beef Carpaccio with sweet potato purée and truffle shavings
Gluten-free Pamalican Waffles topped with mangoes & coconut shavings
Southeast Asian Picnic Box: Thai Green Papaya & Pomelo Salad, Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls, Root Vegetable Chips, Fresh Tropical Fruits
Crispy Pata
Beef Rendang

Aside from food, Amanpulo offers activities on and off the island. This is for the people who are adventurous and are craving for more than a relaxing nap by the beach. 

In our 3 nights, we were able to:

  • do some island hopping for half a day (approximately 4-6 hours)
Tayay Island

Oco Island
Starfish from snorkeling
  • have 2 private beach (sandbar!) picnics
Halog Island
Edge of Manamoc Island
  • ride the sunset cruise
  • and have a private beachfront dinner
Prawns that are served with three slice of lemon
Prawns
Face open lobsters rubbed with Butter Sauce
Lobster with Butter Sauce
Filipino sweet pudding dessert "Leche Flan" with Syrup and topped with a slice of lime
Leche Flan

These may be all for an extra cost but they definitely made our trip extra special. We thought that since we were already in one of the most sought after regions in the country, we might as well revel in its treasures.

This is by far one of my favorite trips as it was a seamless and refreshing one. It allowed me to appreciate the Philippines more while reflecting and spending some time with my family. Living in a city can be consuming so a quiet and secluded beach vacation was what I needed. It was hard to leave the island, knowing that I had to live my reality again, but I knew that I also had to leave because my bug bait self would not have survive any longer. 

If you plan to visit the Philippines and have some money to spend, Amanpulo should be on your bucket list!

Food, Food Guides, Travel

Jul 10, 2019

Hey there!
I’m Diane Lee.

I am an NYC based content creator, filmmaker, gluten-free foodie, and mental health advocate.

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I’m Diane Lee.

I am an NYC based content creator, 
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