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Palawan is an island province of the Philippines. The islands of Palawan stretch from Mindoro to Borneo in the southwest and lies between the South China Sea in the northwest and Sulu Sea in the southeast.

El Nido
El Nido Resorts began 20 years ago as a 15-cottage dive camp built in an isolated island in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. El Nido Resorts has grown since then, offering now a choice between two properties and a wide range of facilities and services.

The El Nido Resorts in Miniloc Island and Lagen Island are located within the El Nido Protected Area, in two of the five islands where tourism development is allowed. The resorts provide easy access to the different points of interest in El Nido.

While each resort has its own special charm, both offer the same distinct quality of service that is attuned and responsive to the unique needs of each guest and focuses on making sure that your holiday is worry-free and filled with enriching experiences.

The most striking feature of El Nido is its scenic landscape - massive limestone islands of varying shapes and sizes scattered about the sparkling sea.

The limestone cliffs of El Nido were naturally carved out of extensive and thick layers of coralline deposits. They formed 250 million years ago in the shallow sea covering the area that North Vietnam and South China now occupy. These layers slowly rose from the sea as a result of the collision of India and Mainland China about 60 million years ago.

Palawan is sometimes considered to be the Philippines' "last frontier".

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    The fastest and most direct way to get to El Nido is from Manila. Island Transvoyager Inc. operates daily flights to El Nido for El Nido Resorts using a 19-seater Dornier 228 aircraft. The flight takes a maximum of one hour and thirty minutes and lands directly at El Nido Airport. Flight reservations may be made through El Nido Resorts.

    At El Nido Airport, guests are met by resort staff and transferred to a motorized outrigger boat for a scenic ride to the resorts. Travelling time from the El Nido Airport to El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island varies from 30 to 40 minutes and 40 to 50 minutes to El Nido Resorts Lagen Island.

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    El Nido Resort – Miniloc Island

    El Nido Resort, Miniloc Island - PhilippinesMiniloc Island, with a total land area of 224 hectares, is one of the largest islands in the El Nido Protected Area. Fringing the island are coral reefs that are good for snorkelling and diving.

    The attractions Miniloc Island is most famous for are the Big and Small Lagoons. These picturesque lagoons are ideal sites for kayaking, swimming, and snorkelling. Miniloc Island is located at the centre of Bacuit Bay, a 40-minute boat ride away from El Nido Airport.
    Set in one of the coves, with a fine white sand beach lined with coconut trees, is El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island. It is the only resort in the island and has earned the distinction of being the first resort to be built in El Nido. It is also the first property to be developed under the El Nido Resorts banner.
     

    Accommodation: El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island has a total of 31 native-style cottages and rooms, all built from local materials. There are four different accommodation styles to choose from - Water Cottages built on stilts, Garden Cottages surrounded by tropical plants, Cliff Cottages nestled in the hillside, and Seaview Rooms also built on stilts.

    All cottages and rooms are built facing the sea and have private verandas that offer views of the cove and the nearby islands. The local flavour extends to the interior of the cottages and rooms from the wooden floors and walls made of woven bamboo slats (locally called sawali) to furniture hand-made from natural materials such as bamboo and rattan.

    All cottages and rooms have the following features:

    • Individually controlled air-conditioner
    • Mini-bar
    • Writing desk/dresser
    • Room-to-room telephone
    • Daybed inside the room for Garden Cottages and in the verandah for Seaview Rooms, Water Cottages, and Cliff Cottages
    • Private toilet and shower facilities with hot and cold running water
    • Bath amenities including bio-degradable soap and shampoo
    • Hair Dryer

    Facilities & Services: Whether you are in El Nido for a tropical holiday with family and friends, spending a honeymoon, or there for business, El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island provides the facilities and services that you require.

    At the Clubhouse terrace is the restaurant where guests have a view of the cove, the sea, and the nearby islands. The restaurant serves a selection of local and international cuisine, both buffet-style and a la Carte.

    The Pavilion Bar, game area, and video room are located at the centre of the beach area. Nearby is the Marine Sports Centre, which is fully-equipped with snorkelling and diving gear, kayaks, windsurfing boards, aqua-bikes, water-skis, a hobby cat, donut ride, and a banana boat. For guests who wish to soak up the sun, there are reclining bamboo lounge chairs set along the fine white sand beach.

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    El Nido Resort – Lagen Island

    El Nido Resorts Lagen Island is a tropical hideaway set in a cove and fringed by a lush forest. The most luxurious resort in the area, El Nido Resorts Lagen Island provides facilities and services that discerning leisure travellers require.

    Lagen Island is accessible only by boat. It is a 50 minute scenic ride from El Nido Airport.

    About Lagen Island:

    Lagen Island is located in the eastern side of the bay, its land area of 310 hectares making it the fourth biggest island in the protected area. Lagen is a local Cuyunin word for "stone stove" and the island was named Lagen because to the locals, its shape resembles a primitive stove with funnels.

    In one of the coves in the island, offering the best view of the bay and the sunset is El Nido Resort Lagen Island. It is the only resort in the island and the second resort under the El Nido Resorts banner. It is also the most luxurious resort in the area.

    Accommodation: El Nido Resorts Lagen Island has a total of 51 spacious cottages and rooms. Choices include Water Cottages built on stilts on both sides of the cove, Beachfront Cottages that provide the best view of the bay and the sunset, and Forest Rooms and Forest Suites built on the fringes of the forest.

    Each cottage and room has full-height sliding glass doors that open up to a private verandah, and depending on the room, affords guests with views of the cove, the cliffs, the bay or the sunset.

    The cottages and rooms have polished wooden floors made of recycled wood and furnishings made from indigenous Filipino materials.

    All cottages and rooms have the following features:

    • Individually controlled air-conditioner
    • Day Bed
    • Private verandah
    • Mini-bar
    • Writing desk/dresser
    • Room-to-room telephone
    • Private toilet and shower facilities with hot and cold running water
    • Bath amenities including bio-degradable soap and shampoo
    • Hair Dryer
    • Stereo System with CD player and selection

    The Forests Suites have larger private verandahs and the following additional features:

    • Individually controlled air-conditioner
    • Day Bed
    • Private verandah
    • Mini-bar
    • Writing desk/dresser
    • Room-to-room telephone
    • Private toilet and shower facilities with hot and cold running water
    • Bath amenities including bio-degradable soap and shampoo
    • Hair Dryer
    • Stereo System with CD player and selection

    Facilities and Services:
    • A restaurant that serves a selection of fresh seafood and a variety of local and international cuisine. The restaurant is divided into two sections: the air-conditioned main dining area and the al fresco dining area
    • The Lobby Lounge and Bar
    • A game area with a billiard table, dart boards, and table tennis facilities
    • The Resort Clinic equipped with basic medical facilities and manned by a qualified nurse
    • An air-conditioned library and video room

    In front of the Clubhouse is the 12x 25-meter swimming pool, built at an even level of 4 feet so as not to disturb the underlying root structures. Cushioned lounge chairs surround the pool while the nearby Pool Bar serves a selection of cold drinks, wines and spirits.

    The Marine Sports Center, located at the pier, is well-equipped with snorkelling and diving gear, kayaks, windsurfing boards, water-skis, wake- and knee-boards, hobby cats, banana boat, and donut ride.

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