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When I finally decided that I will be visiting El Nido Palawan in the Philippines for sure, first thing that I automatically did was look online for available accommodations. This was about 5 or 6 months prior to my travel period. As you know, the internet is full of information that you’ll ever gonna need for your travels anywhere in the world. From properties to cost to reviews, everything you need to know is just a click away.
So long story short, I found El Nido Cove on one of the booking sites. It is not high end but not one of the cheap ones either so it’s a happy medium. It’s got a fair amount of negative reviews so I was kind of hesitant at first but the overall look and vibe of the property really appealed to me so I decided to click that “Book” button.
Entrance to the Resort
From the main road, there is this sign and then followed by a long driveway until you reach the gated guard post. They will do checks and security procedures before they open the gate and let your vehicle in. It made me feel like we were in a very safe and secured place.
From the gate, the driveway leads to this front entrance. I wasn’t able to take my own pic so I borrowed this one from hotels.com that I found on Google Images 😄. The whole property is full of trees and plants so every nature lover will surely appreciate it. There was also a guard in this area most of the time when we were there so you’ll know security is a huge priority to them.
Reception/ Dining/ Breakfast Area
This is their main lobby where the reception are is located. This is also where guests can have their meals including the buffet breakfast (included in room package), buffet lunch and dinner. There are also some comfy couches made of natural materials where guests can hang out. This is also where the resort’s Wifi is the strongest.
The Beachfront Loft Room
I booked 2 rooms for this trip. One is the beachfront loft and the other was called a Forest Room and it really did feel like it’s in the middle of the woods! This Beachfront Loft Room that we got has 2 beds and 3 people (2 adults + 1 kid) were able to fit in the main one and 2 people for the one upstairs (loft). It has a small dining table and a washroom/shower. There’s a regular door that leads to main reception area and a sliding one that opens to the garden and beach area.
View from Beachfront Loft Room
Waking up to this view was just amazing! We can literally hear sound of the crashing waves from our room. This also makes it easy to watch the sky during sunrise/ sunset and just enjoy the beautiful colors.
View from the Little Patio Outside the Room
There is a little cottage to the left where guests can hang out anytime.
Guests can use this to enjoy some drinks with family and friends after a day of island activities.
From the room, the beach is just a few steps away. The sound and smell of water was so calming and relaxing. The sky with pink, purple, and blue colors create a perfect backdrop.
This is actually much prettier in person! I won’t mind this as my morning view everyday 😄!
Quiet and Private
The resort is located far (20 mins give or take) from the town proper so guests can enjoy a quiet and private moments like this! Pick a spot and just watch the waves or the sunrise without having to deal with a big crowd of people walking back and forth obstructing your view.
Your Own Private Beach
The resort has it’s own beach for all guests to enjoy. Granted not as white as the ones you can find on island hopping tours but still a good bonus. They offer free use of kayaks as well which is a good extra as rentals there would normally cost 300-400 pesos.
On our first morning in this resort, we couldn’t help but admire and enjoy nature. We walked along the beach and felt the waves on our feet. We were going to an island hopping tour that day so we didn’t get to stay there for long and had to get breakfast before starting our day.
Outdoor Patio and Rear Entrance to Lobby
This is where we have our breakfasts everyday! We are a group of 7 people and the staff were very attentive and have put tables and chairs to sit us all together and have placemats and utensils set even before we finish getting our plates from the buffet inside.
Dine with Nature
Having this view while having your meals is just priceless! Lush trees, sand, sea and sky with a backdrop of the sunrise or sunset! What else could be better???
They have an outdoor bar made with nipa roof and other natural materials. Guests like having some drinks here with the view of the sunset and the beach in the evening.
They have a decent infinity pool beside the garden rooms just across from the outdoor bar. The water was clean and warm when we were here so it was great for an evening of a relaxing dip after a long day of island hopping.
Relax and Unwind
This resort is highly recommended for those looking for a peaceful and quiet time. Away from all the city noise and stress of everyday life.
I love both sunrise and sunsets but there’s something more dramatic about sunsets. I love silhouette pics and this resort will provide guests lots of good spots for these kind of photos.
This is what the outdoor dining patio looks like in the evening. No more views of the beach and nearby islands but they usually set up lights for a romantic ambience. Some guests have their special dinner set up near the beach for a more memorable experience.
Again, this resort is far from the town proper and will cost 200 pesos for a trike ride or 600 pesos for a van (as of January 2018) to take you to town so if you’re planning to be at the town proper a lot, prefers to try different local restaurants for every meal or nightlife and have limited budget, this resort is not for you.
They have basic facilities but more than enough for an “island resort”. Wifi is strong in the lobby and in some Beachfront rooms that are closest to the lobby. Wifi is almost non existent in Garden and Forest rooms.
Best thing about our whole experience in this resort is the staff and the customer service they provide. They are polite, courteous, attentive and efficient. We had asked them to fix and arrange for some stuff for us and everything was addressed promptly. Thumbs up!
Any questions please feel free to leave a comment. Thank you for stopping by.