El Nido Miniloc Island Resort – Philippines

El Nido Miniloc water bungalows

Featuring only 5 overwater bungalows alongside 45 other rooms, many of which are also on or near the edge of the water, the El Nido Miniloc Island Resort is a favorite among luxury travelers to the Philippines. This is an eco-resort with few of the modern frills of some of the 5-star resorts in the Maldives, but the local architecture and furnishings combined with the stunning setting make this one of the more authentic and relaxing resorts anywhere.

There are many water sports and activities, including boat tours to other nearby islands, and all of them are included in the price, so there is more value here than you might realize. Service is excellent and the buffet restaurant gets rave reviews, so this small luxury resort is an ideal hotel for honeymoons or romantic getaways. Many visitors combine a stay here with a stay at the sister Lagen Island Resort, which is just a short boat ride away.

Location

The Miniloc Island Resort is located just west of the town of El Nido, which is on the island of Palawan in the Philippines.

Rooms/villas/suites

Overwater bungalows: 5
Beds: 1 kingsize
Wi-Fi: No
Entertainment system: None
Room service: No

Special room features

  • Furnished with indigenous Filipino materials such as bamboo and rattan
  • Air-conditioning
  • Mini bar
  • Hair dryer
  • Private toilet
  • Shower facilities
  • Private verandahs that offer views of the cove and the nearby islands

Rates

  • Low season online specials from US$430 per night
  • High season online specials from US$515 per night

Restaurants and bars

  • Clubhouse restaurant
  • Pavilion bar

Resort features

  • Boutique
  • Video room
  • Game area
  • Conference room
  • Complete diving and snorkeling facilities
  • Kayaks
  • Aqua bikes
  • Windsurf
  • Hobie cat
  • Table tennis
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Frisbee
  • Darts
  • Billiards
  • Kids Activity Center

Spa

In-room massages and other treatments are available.

Nearby activities

  • Island hopping

What the reviews say

Similar to its sister resort on nearby Lagen Island, the Miniloc Island Resort gets almost universally rave reviews, particularly about its stunning location in a cluster of breathtaking karst islands. Service is regarded as exceptional, and the food at the daily buffet restaurant gets good marks as well, which is rare from a buffet restaurant at a resort.

The price is considered a negative by some, and the rooms are reported to be on the small side and perhaps out of date, but by and large the Miniloc Island Resort is very well reviewed and seems unlikely to disappoint if you are looking for a secluded eco-resort with overwater bungalows.

Getting there

To reach the Miniloc Island Resort you’ll need to fly to Manila and then take a short flight to the town of El Nido. From there you’ll get ground transportation to the jetty, and then a 30-minute ferry ride to the resort on Miniloc Island itself.

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