About two years ago I went to the Philippines for my birthday. Boracay to be exact and I fell in love . So for 2018 I asked my best friend to pick a place for our birthdays. He ended up picking Palawan , another island in the Philippines. From the pictures it looked beautiful. There are a couple of resorts in Palawan. The main ones are El Nido and Corán. We were staying at El Nido Pangulasian island. El Nido has four resorts in four islands in Palawan. The easiest way to get there is through Hong Kong, then from Hong Kong to Manila then to El Nido.
Ok so we arrived at El Nido airport which was very small but cozy. We were greeted by employees of the resort. They took our bags and put them on a van that went ahead of us. We ended up a dock and proceeded to get on a small speed boat. I was petrified. I don’t know how to swim and I hate boats. Lol but I had to do it. It’s about a 45 minute boat ride. Once we got to the resort I realized that it was worth it. It was literally an oasis in the middle of nowhere. All you see are villas covered up by trees. It was so green and beautiful and the beach was perfect. I say this every single time, y’all know I’m a beach person and my requirements are very strict.
We were greeted with cold towels and a warm hello. The staff here are very attentive and friendly. The check in was a smooth process, they do give you a small briefing about the island. Now onto the room. We stayed in a beach villa. Now my requirements for a nice room is an amazing bathroom believe it or not. This room in itself was amazing. We had a nice view of the beach. The bathroom was big. I mean the size of a living room big lol. You get complimentary flip flops, straw hats, straw bags, and canteens to make sure you stay hydrated.
Once we got settled in, I changed into my swimsuit and headed straight for the beach. White sand✓ warm water ✓. Perfection and the waves weren’t rough. I literally could spend about 8 hours just laying on the beach. Now because this resort was in the middle of nowhere they have a list of complimentary activities to choose from. There was island hopping, the big lagoon, the small lagoon and a sunset/sunrise hike.
The next day we decided go island hopping. We visited Snake Island, Cathedral Cove and Cudugoon Cove. Just a heads up, Snake Island does not have snakes on it. It was given this name because the sandbed is in the shape of a snake. These places were absolutely gorgeous. The views were simply amazing. The island hopping tour was only 2 1/2 hours so you got back just in time for dinner!
The Next day we visited the Lagoons. We were able to get off the boat at the Big Lagoon but not the Small Lagoon. You’re just in awe as you’re surrounded by limestone formations and beautiful calm blue water. There was just something so serene about it.
We ended our trip by flying to Cebu and staying at the Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu. Beautiful Hotel, great variety of food, but the time you had to wait for your room was ridiculous. Thank god they had a beautiful beach to make up for it.
So if you really want to get away from it all and just relax then El Nido Pangulasian Island is the way to go. But do keep in mind that this resort is not all inclusive, so you do have to pay for breakfast lunch and dinner. There are other sorts in Palawan that do offer all inclusive. The Wi-fi here was pretty good. And also you do have other residents on the island. We saw a snake, lizards and monkeys. I forgot to mention that on the resort I was able to get a 2 hour body scrub with massage for 68.00 U.S. dollars and then the next day I got an 1 hour aroma body massage for 37.00 U.S dollars. Talk about relaxation. Until the next adventure!!!!!!!!