Eco Luxury in El Nido, Palawan
Its incredibly hard work picking the best resort to stay at while on vacation. Will it be as nice as the website pictures make it out to be? Can I afford it? How is the food? It's important that it's wonderful and memorable. You work hard for these events.
I read vacation blogs of others like a cyber stalker until my eyes blur and I fall asleep on my keyboard. But I'm happy to do it. Someone has to!
I pretty much nailed it when I chose Pangulasian Island Resort in the Philipines. Look no further. Get your booking fingers tapping on that keyboard. This is one of Asia's top resorts. A luxury Eco lodge on its own private island. You'll be sad you booked as few days as you did.
This place is special.
It takes a lot of logistics and effort to get here. When you step off the resort's private boat that brought you here from a pier near El Nido Airport and you kick your flip flops off to dig your toes into the grainy white sand, you say to yourself,
"We made it. It's truly happening!"
There are 42 luxury villas on the island. Every room is essentially the same, all you need to do is choose is the location on the island you would like your room to be. They all have a contemporary Filipino flare and cutting edge Eco-luxury. We selected a beachfront villa which gave us direct access to our own beach chairs and we could be waist-deep in the water in 30 seconds.
The resort offers free excursions to go island hopping where you can kayak through hidden lagoons, or go diving and snorkeling. No outside tour operators are allowed. These tours seemed quite rushed to us. We would have liked to spend hours at some of the beautiful destinations around Bacuit Bay. You can take as many tours as you can fit into your vacation. Our experience was that the best snorkeling was right off the resort's very own marine sanctuary or their "home reef". You are given your own snorkeling gear on arrival and can spend as much time as you like getting your butt cheeks sunburned and kicking your way above an underwater oasis.
If you didn't choose a villa with a private plunge pool, you can spend some glorious downtime at the pool. They have a bar and grill where you can choose to have lunch or dinner. It's a more casual atmosphere than the main restaurant near reception.
I can highly recommend having cocktails at sunset out on the beach in front of the resort's main restaurant area. This will give you the best view of the sunset.
Make sure to have cash on hand if you take the excursion that stops at Snake Island. There is an adorable thatched hut/bar that would love to serve you a cold beer.
True luxury in paradise.
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