Partner and I stayed at Room C, which has a balcony that offers the best view of El Nido's Calaan Beach. All rooms are fan rooms, with no hot shower, but the water's tolerable. I would recommend it if only for the hammocks at the beach front, and if only because it has the best sunset view in Calaan Beach.
Great views of the sunset in Calaan Beach
This is one of the best hotel resorts in the island. An accomodation located in a cove, privately set at the cliffs. We had a wonderful stay here feeling like we are in a little paradise. Has effecient services to whatever you need during your stay and you'll enjoy this service right from Lio Airport. Resorts coordinator picks you up here with a 3-minute ride to the boat, which brings you to the next island. Upon arrival, a warm welcome lets you feel being spoilt until the last day of your stay. The Miniloc family (the personals) are all friendly and very accomodating.
The resort is Eco-oriented so the other islands do. Has natural pool or basin where you can do snorkeling too. Crystal waters is very inviting to watch some fishes of various kinds. Feeding jacks is fun but also kayaking and snorkeling right at your doorsteps.
What else! if you need a relaxation, just idle lying at the beach or enjoy refreshing drinks at the beach bar chatting with the barmen. Spa is a must!
For sightseeing and boat trips, you're not of shortage....just named it or better, select from one of their planned programs and join the fun. We were so amazed and never regret what we did.
Was my first time in El Nido, so i really had no idea how it was like there. Through my experience, found out that there were plenty of backpackers in the area and from what we saw, there were really no "great" place within that area. I guess if you want high class accomodations, then go to Lagen or Miniloc because this will provide you with that.
Anyway, the rooms in waterfront had aircon, some rooms had heater for shower, and some didn't. We first stayed in the room right in front of the beach, so by removing the curtains, the view is the beach and the sea itself. You'll sleep hearing waves, and wake up hearing waves. No television, no free breakfast, but there's free tea/(instant)coffee outside.
beachfront, if staying in room 1 (great view), place mainly for sleeping
The place is along the shoreline of el nido and just across el nido boutiques and art cafe shop. We got two (2) rooms for the four (4) of us. Its basically an aircon room with literally no amenities at all except towels,soap,blanket and beddings. Generally it is clean,quiet,and safe (at night) Electricity in El Nido only runs from 2PM up to 6AM t.he next day..(this is the normal power situation except if there will be power interruptions)
I can recommend this place for a budget constraint tourist..We got this in package at www.elnidoboutiqueandartcafe.com just contact Judith Distal. Since in El Nido, practically you dont need full amenities in the hotel since most of the day you will be going on island hopping and will only return in the afternoon so our requirement is just to get a nice,comfortable place to sleep.
We booked stay at Golden Monkeys for 1 week this January due to good reviews. When Rose asked for prepayment of 50% I didn't find it suspicious as many hotels in El Nido were fully booked during New Year season. So we came to El Nido after 6 hours of hard trip on bus from Puerto Princessa. Rose came late to meet us and we found out that tricycle cannot go to her hotel and we should walk. If you will have to stay in Golden Monkeys take a torch with you as way to it lays through the cemetery (especially nice after sunset). Near the hotel there is a construction with constant noise. There is no drinks or food in Golden Monkeys and to nearest restaurant you should walk 15 min through cemetery. Rose could cook something but choice is limited to 1 dish. But it was only the beginning... As we wanted to swim Rose showed us place (10min walk) where we could swim - we walked in ocean for 1 km, but still it was only 50 cm high... so no swimming there. Near the hotel everything is in rubbish including ocean... So we decided to change the hotel. We found one, but they were fully booked and said that confirm availability in the morning. In the morning on our 2nd day a person from other hotel came to say that they have free room for us. We know that we should pay for our stay and 1 more night to cover loss (but we already paid for 4 nights as prepayment!). When we opened the door Rose start shout at us that "we cannot do such things with her and that we should pay 2 more days". As we mentioned the advance payment she became really angry and said that we should forget about that money and that they were only to secure booking and "if you don't pay YOU DON"T GO". So we should pay for 6 days out of 8, while staying only for 1 night!. We came back to room to think and decided ok we will pay not to quarrel with anybody during vacation. Then I remembered that we put our swimming suites to dry outside the room, so I came out to take them, but there were no swimming suites. I asked Rose did she see them, she said "I WILL GIVE YOUR SWIMMINGSUITES BACK IF YOU PAY!!!" I was really shocked as I already prepared the money I wanted to say keep them and just go, but my husband paid her as he doesn't like quarreling...
Dirty, rubbish surroundings, cemetery nearby...
Arriving at El Nido pier having pre-booked the cottage, we were confused about the location, and the map from the tourist office showed the place as almost as far away as the airstrip, so we gave their number a call and one of their team came down to collect us. Walking the whole way to or from the El Nido pier takes about 15 minutes, your luggage can be carried in on motorbike (not tricycle). The cottages couldn’t be much closer to the shoreline without falling in.
Kevin and Rose gave us a warm welcome. The cottages are comfortable and clean, 2 of the cottages (a few more are planned for an adjacent plot) face out to the bay and the rest face into the garden. The sea breezes and shady garden make a fan only cottage quite cool enough. The monkeys are abandoned pets taken in and allowed the run of huge cages, rather than running free from the jungle.
The view of the bay is splendid and the sunset can actually be seen rather than the sun disappearing behind the lumpy bits adjacent to El Nido town. The beach by the cottages may be sand or rock pools depends whether the tide has scooped up all the sand. But a short way from the cottages there is a sandy area for swimming which isn’t as deep as El Nido itself.
We enjoyed the cooking, the way we would describe it - Filipino with flair. The breakfasts were wonderful and if you like coffee order a pot of brewed coffee (at a small extra charge). Rose can cook you food for the evenings, but they don’t run a restaurant so put a request in before her daily shopping trip and you can anticipate something delicious. Drinks, juices and shakes were always available and there is no need to carry in drinking water - large containers of purified water for each cottage saving on the plastic bottles.
Nothing was too much trouble – trips were suggested but no pressure, making lunch packs at short notice, repairing shoes or booking a masseuse visit. We had to tear ourselves away after a week and wished we had planned to stay here for the whole of our trip to the Philippines.
Although the nightly rate was more than places in the centre, we weren't paying the rates for the resorts offshore and didn't have to endure that resort exclusivity/exclusion from local culture . We got peace and quiet which can be in short supply in the Philippines, but could just trot down to the main town if we needed serious entertainment.
Fan room rather than aircon
Mosquito screens - fully insect proof
It's located in El Nido Town across El Nido Boutique and Art cafe. The lodge is new. All rooms are airconditioned (split-type). No TV, ref inside the rooms but the caretaker mentioned that they will be installing them soon, which would mean increase of prices. It has common kitchen where you can cook your meals at minimum charge. It has balconies fronting the boutique and the other side fronting the sea. It has roof top where you can relax or hang your wet clothes. The rooms are clean. There are only 5 rooms. We only paid 1,300 per room good for two and 150 for extra bed. It was a very pleasant stay there with a very nice and accomodating caretaker.
We were disappointed with our stay in this resort. It has a nice sunset view but they have problems with their airconditioning. The resort is new but they cannot keep the aircondition running for full night and you have to suffer from the hot temp inside your room. No fan either so we were really waken up in the middle of the night. Some even ended up sleeping outside with mosquitoes biting them. And they are short with service crews. You have to wait two hours before your orders are served. There are no nearby restaurants or stores to buy food. If you want a stay in El Nido with sunset, don't choose this resort.
Going up to the cottages might post a challenge as the path is steep & narrow but once you get into the rooms, the view is breath-taking. Electricity supply in El Nido is not available 24/7 but taking an aircon room during summer would be more comfortable that a fan room. Rudy Samson, the proprietor, is very accommodating and hospitable.
We took some days to check out almost all places in and around El Nido to look for a suitable place to spend Christmas and found it at Islandfront Cottages. We have spent our last week there; luckily we have reserved a room weeks before, at peak season the place was full.
Islandfront has seven rooms / cottages, a family (!) AC room with two big beds, 2 AC & fan rooms and 4 fan only rooms in a nicely build row of cottages. Prices: 700 pesos to 1500 for AC and 1800 for the family room, with breakfast included. Discount for a stay of one week can be negotiated. - The AC rooms were fresh and clean with tiled floors and heavy wooden furniture. - The ressort offers the same tours on their own outrigger boats (bankas) as anyone else in town.
To have a motorbike from Pit Stop is advisable, if you are as lazy as we were, but not a must, there are tricycles passing by to go out to town. The place is one of the few owned and operated by a local family, Onie Echague, an agricultural, engineer loves to collect flowers, he and his wife have built a fabulous garden with a wonderful view of the bay and its sunset. Onies wife owns and runs the pharmacy in town.
Make sure you are in at sunset to enjoy the ever changing color feast of the garden, the bay, the waves, the clouds and the fishermen prepairing their boat to take off for another night of work. It's a wonderfully quiet place with a view from the garden that is priceless!
Onie by the way is a nice host, you will not find many local folks that can offer you this competent insights of the place. Take some of his time.
We have stayed in El Nido for five weeks and went around extensively. Hence we allow ourselves to make a general remark.
We would not recommend any place beyond 2000 Pesos, you may not get substantially more than in the cheaper places. Some of the ressort / hotel owners expect too much too fast.
And honestly, do you need a TV there in El Nido? Better hang out at the beach or in any of the restaurants and chat with fellow travellers and locals or go to bed with the chicken and rise early to enjoy the wonderful serence morning atmosphere in town.
El Nido suffers from the same problem as many ressort areas in the Philippines: Travellers stay 3 to 4 days only and most of them do not come again. Except for some family run places, the come-again factor is not taken care of, the quality of service is too low. Mostly there is no or too little investment in staff-training, the staff is payed 1500 to 2000 Pesos per month (!).
Hi to all, i will recommend to stay in Tayo village in el nido. Its a very quiet nice place to stay. You have the options to choose a bungalow (they are all big) or nice flats with wooden floor an big big windows on all sides of the flat--with a great view onto the bay an island above. We spend 14 days! (price jan 08 around 1400 peso/night, ask the owners).
Place is runned by an very lovely and helpful japanese/american retired couple! They host you great!
To go there is a 10-15 minutes walk from "town" . if your back is facing the sea, just walk left on the beach, the beach will end in a small path (little bridge) follow the small path (10 minutes), passing the cementry an walk through the palms...just till the end of the path (short after/in a small woodenvillage). you will see the sign tayo village. open the door and just walk in-
Or, just go in town to tayo internet cafe (mainroad in the "center"-best coffee by the way in el nido) and ask the waiter to get you there (by motorcycle) (the will probably bring you)
This place is beautiful an quiet--also the walk by night there is great--don´t be scared by the cementery ;o)---highly recommended by tom and kati. (please say greetings to naoko "the owner women" email her : email@example.com) --see picture view from outside the flat
This is at the moment the only view deck in El Nido. It is on the left side of the road on the way from town to the sunset beach to the south. If you are not a beach bum, want to stay away from all the noise and action on the beach and in town, or you want to enjoy the views and being close to the jungle this can be your place. From the huts you see the town and the whole bay; it is a really great view. Rudy who owns this place first made it as a fruit garden so there are mango and papaya trees and nice garden arrangements bordering the almost impenetrable jungle. Another good thing about it is that it is equal distance to both Coron town beach and to the much more peaceful beach to the south which has excellent sunsets. In fact Rudy is planning a restaurant a bit higher than the huts which will see both beaches! The only downside is that from the road it is a steep 30 meters to reach the huts, perhaps not for the elderly with weak knees (although Rudy said his return visitors are elderly). But once you are there it is well worth it.
At the moment Rudy has 5 double rooms (more to come slowly). 3 AC rooms are Php 1.200/night each and the fan ones are Php 800. You can have breakfast included with a little extra. On his website he also sells packages with the island-hopping tours included.
The only place up the hill with good views of the surroundings in El Nido.
Don't be fooled by the name. As soon as we arrived in El Nido we realized there used to be some cottages one could rent but today most of these small places have upgraded to bigger shared buildings. Rosanna at the moment has two single "cottages" and a big building with four rooms, all looking over to the sea. We found it the best place on the beach. Right near the sea, far enough from the town center to avoid noise but close enough to go pick some fruits in 10 minutes and very clean. Each time we went for a boat tour or another whole day activity, our room was cleaned and bed sheets and towels changed. We stayed 15 days in El Nido and must have spend 5 or more days just sitting on our porch taking it all in. Current prices are Php 600-700 (per fan/AC room) negotiable on longer stays or w/ breakfast.
This is one of the bigger places which still has reasonably prices. It is almost at the end of the road and has a big garden so there is no noise from the passing traffic. It is also nicely situated towards the end of the beach right between two expensive hotels. We took a fan room in their big cottage with 8 rooms. It was clean and comfortable but the toilet didn't have a window and made the room smell and that was one of the reasons we changed to Rosanna's later. They have one of the best views of the town beach from one end to the other from the nice big common veranda and they also serve decent well-priced food in their restaurant. If you want to have more peace but still want to keep within walking distance to town this can be the place for you.
It has 8 fan rooms in one building and many A/C cottages.
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