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Why We Like It:
The El Nido eco-resort chain’s Lagen Island branch has a jaw-dropping setting, even by Philippines island standards – a picture-perfect cove surrounded by limestone cliffs and lush green forest.
Lagen Island as a whole is spectacular and a known sanctuary for a huge variety of flora and fauna. If you’re any kind of nature lover we’d highly recommend the resort’s guided jungle hikes.
It is a luxury resort (4-star), with a kind of barefoot chic vibe, and the accommodation, food, and service are of a very high standard.
It has 51 rooms in total, a mix of what they refer to as Forest Suites, Beachfront Cottages, and their overwater bungalows which they refer to as Water Cottages.
All are crafted from local wood, most of it recycled and, in common with pretty much all El Nido’s resorts, the accommodation, and the resort in general, feel authentic and seem to blend in nicely with the sublime natural surroundings, though mod-cons too are present.
Water Villas & Other Accommodation:
So there’s a total of 51 rooms, 18 of which are overwater bungalows or Water Cottages, 53 m²/570 ft² units that can sleep up to four.
They have that nice traditional aesthetic from the outside, while inside they resemble more of a pleasant, modern hotel room. Modern hotel room conveniences include minibar, WiFi, Satellite TV, Air-con, and in-room safe.
The bedrooms are connected via sliding floor-to-ceiling doors to furnished outdoor terraces. These overlook the bay and serve well as al fresco lounge areas.
Other accommodations at El Nido are the Forest Rooms which include four large (70 m²/753 ft²) two-story, Forest Suites that sit just at the edge of the forest and feel secluded and romantic.
Nine Beachfront Cottages complete the accommodation choices, they are identical to the Water Cottages but sit at the water’s edge as opposed to on the water and, like the overwater cottages, they have unobstructed views out to sea.
Resort Facilities & Things to Do:
Their Clubhouse restaurant has both an inside air-conditioned dining area and an outdoor dining terrace, and the food, a mixture of Filipino, other Asian, and international is consistently good.
The accommodation is all-inclusive, or to be technically correct – breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. Snacks, other meals, and drinks can be ordered for an extra fee throughout the day.
There is a swimming pool at the resort, with nice views over the sea. Though Lagen Island is not a place for nightlife the adjacent pool bar has a friendly vibe and can be lively and fun.
The resort also has a small boutique selling a range of souvenirs and practical items you may have forgotten to bring. There is a library, a games area, a kids’ club, spa facilities, and a gym/fitness center.
The resort has a good number of fun activities both on land and on water – snorkeling, kayaking, island-hopping boat trips, jungle trekking, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, and more.
Airswift Philippines has daily flights from Manila to El Nido, Palawan’s main urban hub. With the journey taking just under an hour.
Upon arrival at El Nido Airport, guests will be welcomed by the resort’s airport representative and will be guided to the El Nido Resorts Jetty Lounge followed by a 40 to 50-minute boat ride direct to the resort on Lagen Island.
Contact the resort before your arrival with your flight details to arrange. Also, be aware that the last boat transfer to the resort is at 16:00.
Some Guest Reviews:
“Staff are outstanding! You are treated like a royalty. They aim to please. The location is incomparable. It is a paradise on earth. We had the best 3 nights of vacation. We’ll surely come back……”
“Beautiful Island resort in El Nido. Very peaceful and relaxing. With full board and includes activities to the Lagoons and private Beach & Cove. It’s worth every penny. I’d go back in a heartbeat….”
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