Overwater bungalows in the Philippines

Called ‘water villas’ in much of the world, overwater bungalows are gaining popularity every year with honeymooners and every other kind of holiday-maker. Most of the overwater bungalows in the world are actually in the Maldives, which is just southwest of India, but there are three very good such resorts in the Philippines as well.

Each of the three resorts in the Philippines is run by the same company, called El Nido, named after the area they are in. Each is set on a private island in a remote cove, and each is self contained with food service and plenty of activities. Many people, especially honeymoon couples, tend to spend a few days at one and then the balance of their holiday at another. Each is priced differently, with one being quite a bit more expensive than the others.

Considering the Maldives instead?

Lily Beach Resort Maldives

Before we go over the three overwater bungalow resorts in the Philippines it’s worth nothing again that there are over 70 amazing resorts with water villas (as they are usually called there) in the Maldives. They range from cheap and cheerful all-inclusive resorts to boutique resorts that are 5-star deluxe and among the finest in the world.

If you are starting from Europe of the Middle East it’ll be faster and cheaper getting to the Maldives than to the Philippines. Check out our main Maldives overwater bungalows page for more information.

If you are starting from anywhere in the Americas you’ll find it faster and easier to reach the overwater bungalows in the South Pacific, with Bora Bora and Moorea being the most popular choices. Also consider other overwater bungalows in Asia, as there are many good choices in Thailand and Malaysia as well.

Overwater bungalows in the Philippines

El Nido Miniloc Island Resort

  • Water villas: 5
  • Total rooms/suites: 50

The most affordable of the El Nido Group’s three private island resorts in the Philippines, the El Nido Miniloc offers 5 water villas perched just out over its scenic bay. This is an eco-resort that honors its remote setting, using local materials to build and furnish all the rooms. There’s no TV or entertainment system, so this is ideal for those looking to escape the modern world.

The best feature of this resort is its breathtaking location on its own island, just a short ride to several other small and gorgeous islands. The prices are also quite modest for such a place, making this one of the best value water villas in Asia.

Overwater bungalows starting at US$344 per night
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El Nido Apulit Island Resort

  • Water villas: 50
  • Total rooms/suites: 50

The newest of the three El Nido resorts in the area, the El Nido Apulit features 50 water villas and no other rooms on its private island. Formerly known as Club Noah, this eco-resort has a long list of water sports and activities available, so it’s ideal for an active guest or for a honeymoon couple looking for an escape in paradise.

The three El Nido resorts are close to each other and many guests choose to stay at more than one of them during their holiday. With most of the water villas, this is the best of them for availability if you are looking for this unique style of accommodation.

Overwater bungalows starting at US$531 per night
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El Nido Lagen Island Resort

  • Water villas: 18
  • Total rooms/suites: 50

The El Nido Lagen Island resort is the most luxurious (and most expensive) of the three El Nido hotels in the area, and like the others, it occupies a secluded portion of a small island that is only accessible by boat. The 18 water villas here are beautifully appointed using local materials, and are ideal for honeymooners.

There are fewer activities available at this resort compared to the others in the group, so this is an ideal place to get away from it all and just relax while enjoying the amazing scenery.

Overwater bungalows starting at US$670 per night
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