A new partnership between Banwa Private Island and Ascent Flights Global (“Ascent”) will offer a truly curated experience of personal safety and privacy through sustainable chartered air travel starting September 1, 2021. Banwa Private Island and Ascent are now offering an exclusive, seamless, and highly personalized travel bubble experience from on-demand private flights to the luxurious island sanctuary.

Located in North-eastern Palawan and nestled in the Sulu Sea, Banwa Private Island is set amidst one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty imaginable. The glistening island of lush, verdant landscaping and pristine white sands is the ultimate in luxury, tranquillity, and infinite privacy.

With Ascent, the exclusive island is still remote, but not removed. Conveniently and privately accessible by air from Manila by a preferred 8-seater seaplane directly from Manila on a 1-hour 45-minute scenic flight, landing on the doorstep of the exclusive island. Also available are helicopters for up to 10 passengers from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport or The Peninsula Manila’s helipad. Larger capacity fixed-wing aircraft from any destination in the Philippines is also part of the Ascent fleet.

Alternatively, guests can choose any commercial airline to any of Palawan’s three commercial airports, San Vicente, Puerto Princesa, or El Nido, followed by a short helicopter flight across the Sulu Sea and land on Banwa Private Island’s own heli-lawn. For a more cost-effective option, guests can opt for onward travel to the island by a premium Sports Utility Vehicle from either San Vicente or Puerto Princesa airports in Palawan, followed by a short boat transfer to the island.

Ascent also offers to service both domestic and international arrivals by private jets, be it in Manila or Clark for onward journey with any of their varying type of aircraft, or directly to either San Vicente or Puerto Princesa airports in Palawan. Part of Ascent’s bespoke services is ground handling arrangements with meet and greet arrangements, inter-airport transfers, exclusive lounge service, and immigration fast track.

Peter Nilsson, CEO of Banwa Private Island, greeted this new dynamic partnership with a comment: “We found a great partner in Ascent with our shared goal to deliver exceptional, personalized, and intimate guest experiences to our affluent clientele. Our utmost priority is the genuine care and well-being of our guests from their chartered flight to their holiday experience in our informal and intimate island sanctuary. Personal safety and hand-crafted travel experiences have become even more important in the luxury travel landscape nowadays. Ascent’s long-term approach and commitment to a decarbonized world are well aligned with Banwa Private Island’s continuous dedication to sustainability”.

Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff, founder and CEO of Ascent added: “Banwa Private Island’s vision of an enhanced experience by air between Banwa Private Island’s guests’ home, and its remote delicate environment, is dear to us. With this partnership, guests’ experience now starts with a seamless and private bubble. Ascent’s dedicated solution for Banwa Private Island, brings a holistic journey by air, like no other, beyond motion. With best-in-class air operations on fuel-efficient aircraft, Banwa Private Island’s guests elevate their journey with peace of mind”.

For exclusive island or individual villa reservation inquiries, please contact reservations@banwaprivateisland.com or visit www.banwaprivateisland.com. For air and land transfer inquiries or bookings, email banwa@ascent.flights.

About Banwa Private Island

Banwa Private Island is Palawan’s most talked-about new all-villa holiday destination for discerning guests seeking the ultimate in contemporary luxury, privacy, and bespoke service. Located within a marine protected area and home to an abundance of rare and vivid flora and fauna, Banwa Private Island has
six magnificent beach-front villas, each with its own infinity pool providing the utmost privacy and tranquillity. World-class amenities include a stunning open kitchen restaurant and terrace bar, a spa pavilion featuring a floodlit tennis court, gym, massage suite, Pilates/yoga studio, and juice bar. There’s a dive center and short-game golf course too.

Remote, yet not removed, the 6.5-hectare island is accessible via helicopter or seaplane direct to the island from Manila, or via private jet to San Vicente or Puerto Princesa. Furthermore, short-hop heli transfers from San Vicente, Puerto Princesa, or El Nido make for a stunning guest arrival experience on the Banwa Private Island’s heli-lawn, after a 1-hour commercial flight from Manila.

Recently voted ‘Private Island of the Year’ in the Destination Deluxe Awards, Banwa Private Island’s sought-after exclusivity is more timely and important than ever before. Guests can opt to stay in any one of Banwa Private Island’s six beach-front villas or, for the ultimate friends and family escape, the entire island can be chartered on an ‘exclusively yours’ basis. For more information, please visit www.banwaprivateisland.com

About Ascent

Ascent is Asia’s Air Mobility leading company, powering air taxi, experiential, medical, and cargo services. With Ascent people and businesses can avail of on-demand flights on helicopters, jets, and seaplanes across cities and regions. Ascent ambitions to democratize Air Mobility, as a convenient, reliable mode of mobility that addresses congestion, connectivity, environmental sustainability, and health issues generated by rapid urbanization and the pandemic. Ascent operates across the Philippines with hubs in major locations such as airports, central business districts, and popular leisure destinations. Users can complement their journey by availing of value-added services including luggage transport, first and last-mile ground transport amongst other services. In addition, passengers fly on curated aircraft in accordance with COVID-19 related safety protocols such as enhanced aircraft cleaning and frequent health checks on the crew.

With Ascent, passengers regain control of their time and move in safe, crowd-free, and controlled environments, with flights operated by best-in-class operators such as INAEC Aviation Corp. and AirTrav in the Philippines ensuring the highest operational and safety standards. Ascent is committed to Climate Neutrality and is endorsed by governments. Awaiting all-electric aircraft, Ascent makes use of helicopters and planes today. For more information, please visit www.ascent.flights