Palawan has been hailed time and again by international travel websites as the world's best islands; and tucked behind towering trees and between limestone cliffs is an island resort that's always one of the top contenders in Condé Nast Traveler's big lists: El Nido Resorts – Pangulasian Island in El Nido, Palawan. After closing in June for major renovations, it finally reopened to luxury travelers in December.
El Nido Resorts - Pangulasian Island was cited as one of Condé Nast Traveler's Favorite Hotels in the World and Favorite Beach Resorts in the World in 2017, ranked ninth for Top Resorts in Asia in the magazine's 2018 Readers' Choice Awards, and named top 16 in the same list for 2019. It is also frequently recognized with Asia’s Responsible Tourism Award in the World Travel Awards.
Renovations for the private island resort included the update of Amianan restaurant, construction of a new beach bar lounge area to maximize panoramic views of neighboring islets, and refurbishment of the villas' cogon roof. TV sets have also been upgraded to 50-inch units with Bluetooth speakers.
But the best thing about El Nido Resorts – Pangulasian Island's six-month repair is the upkeep of its own sewage treatment plant. This follows El Nido Resorts' advocacy of sustainable tourism and makes sure that the house reef, where you can find moray eels, groupers, anemone, and other marine life, is as clean and alive as possible. Plus, it also makes good feeding ground for black-tip reef sharks—if you’re keen on seeing this amazing predator.
Christmas may be over, but we still have the rest of the year's long weekends to book a tropical getaway in El Nido.
El Nido Resorts can also be found on Apulit Island, Miniloc Island, and Lagen Island. For more information, visit El Nido Resorts' website.
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