Organization: Amanpulo, Philipines (A Property of Aman Resorts)
Position: Villa Sous Chef
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Set on its own private island in the Sulu Sea, Amanpulo is the epitome of a tropical paradise, and has been for the past two decades. The resort began its 20th anniversary celebrations in December 2013, enjoying a beautiful, full-capacity festive season, and will continue to mark its anniversary year. Increasing access to Amanpulo, Philippine Airlines has now launched direct flights between London and Manila five times a week. From Manila, guests travel one hour southwest by private plane, landing on Amanpulo’s own airstrip. An island resort since December 1993, Amanpulo’s 40 casitas are twin-roofed bungalows in hillside and beachfront settings, loosely modelled after the Philippine bahay kubo (native dwelling). Decorative interior details reflect the islands: pebblewashed walls, coconut-shell tables, rustic Palawan rice and knife baskets, a king-size bed with a rattan headboard and sliding-glass doors that reveal outdoor decks and his-and-her divans. The large Cebu marble bathroom features twin vanities, separate changing areas, a shower and an elegant bathtub lit by large windows with wooden shutters. The Restaurant is located at the Clubhouse and extends onto a terrace with views to Manamoc Island across the sea. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served and the menu features Asian and Continental cuisine.Amanpulo’s marble-top Lobby Bar occupies a cosy corner of the Clubhouse and offers a terrace with views of the sea and Manamoc Island.Amanpulo’s 30-metre swimming pool mirrors the Sulu Sea with its aqua tiles. Bordered by two bougainvillea trellises, there are also three spacious open-air salas situated around the pool. These shade generously-sized mattresses ideal for all-day lounging.A garden walkway leads down from the pool to the white-sand beach, lined with shade umbrellas and reclining lounge chairs. This is the tranquil setting for Amanpulo’s Beach Club which features an open-air pavilion and deck scattered with mattresses and pillows. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tapas and refreshments are offered with fresh seafood and Spanish cuisine a specialty.Located on the east side of the island, the Lagoon Club serves as a second Beach Club with similar amenities. Dinner is served with Vietnamese cuisine a specialty.The windsurf hut and picnic grove Open for lunch, the Windsurf Hut and Picnic Grove offers a large variety of pizzas cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven. This is casual, feet-in-the-sand dining at its best.A platform bamboo raft afloat in the Sulu Sea, the Kawayan Bar is ideal for spending the day lounging, swimming and snorkeling offshore. It can also host picnics and private evening barbecues.The West Villa Clubhouse is ideal for private functions whether personal celebrations such as weddings and anniversaries, or corporate gatherings including board meetings and presentations. Theatre and audiovisual equipment is available.
wedding blessingsAmanpulo can arrange a marriage ceremony or renewal of vows in a variety of romantic settings. These include the white-sand beach at sunset, the outdoor chapel known as the ‘Grotto’, under the bougainvillea-decked, poolside trellis and at sea in a boat festooned with island flowers. Blessings include a guitar serenade, champagne, wedding cake, a decorated wedding car and a bouquet.
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