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Best Places To Stay In El Nido: El Nido Resorts Holiday Guide

     Welcome to the No.1 website for renting water cottages on El Nido Island Resorts. Discover El Nido Resorts, the ultimate island getaway and one of the best places to stay in the world.

From the best things to do and see, to the best places to stay, best beaches, restaurants and more, read on for all you need to know about your holiday to El Nido.

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Why choose El Nido?

      Located on Palawan Island in the Phillipines, El Nido Resorts is a spectacular destination in northern Palawan. Of the Phillipines' 7641 islands, El Nido is the best place to stay to explore the rest of the Phillipine Islands.

      Famous for its unspoilt white sands, wildlife and dramatic rock formations, El Nido is a gateway to a sensational island paradise that is still largely untouched.

      Explore the glorious Bacuit Archipelago, a dazzling collection of spectacular islands formed from limestone cliffs edged with white sand beaches, coves, coral reefs, caves and lagoons. Voted one of the world's best destinations, it is these islands that visitors come to El Nido for.

     Your primary activity will be island hopping so you can make the most of your time in this far-flung location. Besides time to relax on the island's glorious beaches there is also: ziplining, watersports, hiking, cave tours, lagoon trips, on-site sports facilities, bird watching, spa treatments and other boat excursions to enjoy.

      Topped by spectacular accommodation at the multi-award-winning, eco-friendly, El Nido Resorts, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore this astonishing part of the world in style.

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Best things to do in El Nido

      From wildlife to beaches, lagoons and caves, Palawan archipelago is a glorious feast of unspoilt paradise waiting to be explored. From the best days out to top beaches, famous sights and the best restaurants, here's our top picks of the best things to do and see in El Nido.

Best things to do in El Nido:

Best local attractions:

      Kayaks, boats, diving and paddle boards are the way to explore the waterways, coral reefs, cathedral caves and islands that make up this sublime archipelago. Kayak through Big Lagoon and paddle board across Small Lagoon. Take your time, relax and explore this beautiful terrain at your leisure.

Island Boat tours

      You'll want to take a few boat tours and maybe even charter your own boat to uncover the many uninhabited islands, rich with coves, untouched nature, beaches and wildlife.

      There are many different types of boat tours to join, including the Party Boat Tour which features dancing, drinking, swimming and good times.

      Another tour will take you to the tranquil waters of Snake Island where you can walk for over half a kilometre without the water reaching your ribs and order your drinks from one of the many floating bars.

Top Beach in El Nido, Palawan

     Top beaches in El Nido are Seven Commandos Beach, Las Cabanas Beach and Twin beaches, glorious stretches of sand bordered by palm trees on one side and crystal clear, blue waters on the other – perfect for enjoying the views, watersports and beach bars on offer.

Nagkalit-kalit Falls

      Take a hiking trail inland to see jungle terrain, waterfalls and traditional villages. One of the biggest waterfalls within easy reach is Nagkalit-kalit Falls, a powerful cascade of water that finishes in another fall as well as a pool.

Full moon Party

     Once a month, if you time your booking right, you can experience a Full Moon Party, where guests dressed in fluorescent face paint and vibrant colours party to reggae music into the early hours.

Best restaurants:

      There are plenty of great restaurants and bars in El Nido where you can buy both regional and western food. From falafel to burgers, pizza and Mediterranean food, there is something for everyone and many restaurants are located in beautiful settings.

     Some of the best restaurants in El Nido include: The Nesting Table, Big Bad Thai, Gandhi's Revenge, Happiness Beach Bar and Cadlao Restaurant.

Best places to stay in El Nido

      From luxury villas with sea views to beachfront villas, villas with private pools and villas with private chefs, El Nido Resorts is a spectacular resort with multi-award winning accommodation and facilities.

      El Nido Resorts makes it possible to choose the perfect location for your stay with four different, award-winning eco resorts, each offering its own unique environment.

Apulit Island Resort, El Nido, Palawan

      Apulit Island is a relaxing island idyll in Taytay where you can escape from it all in a dazzling, tropical island setting with plenty of exciting experiences to keep you busy.

      From rock climbing up a 60m limestone cliff to exploring the treasures of a sunken Japanese ship wreck and uncovering the wonders of the many surrounding islands, no two days will be the same.

Miniloc Island Resort, El Nido, Palawan

      For high energy and lots of fun, stay at Miniloc Island where you'll enjoy plenty of thrilling activities and a young crowd in a rustic coastal village setting.

      Unforgettable daily adventures include swimming with the enormous 1.5m jack fish that inhabit the local waters around Bacuit Bay, an excursion to Snake Island and plenty of time to explore Big and Small Lagoon at your leisur

Lagen Island Resort, El Nido Palawan

      For a resort where nature is the biggest highlight, choose the peaceful resort of Lagen Island surrounded by a beautiful, shallow lagoon and thick forests for a private island escape. This phenomenal habitat is home to countless rare and unique animals, all easy to spot during your leisurely hikes through the forest and paddles across the lagoon.

Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido, Palawan

      Or if you want the ultimate beachfront setting, stay at Pangulasian Island where luxurious beachfront accommodation featuring cutting edge sustainable design and your own large private balcony, delivers endless ocean views topped by 750m of untouched golden sands.

      Set against a tranquil backdrop of lush forests, you'll find a magnificent marine sanctuary on your doorstep and attentive, bespoke assistance, ready to cater to your every whim.

     Browse our top picks from each resort for the best places to stay in El Nido Resorts.

     Discover more top luxury villas and Water Cottages in El Nido Resorts for rent or call us to discuss the best holiday villas in El Nido to suit you and your family

El Nido: Why go?

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Which airport do you fly into for El Nido:

     Fly into El Nido Airport for your holiday at El Nido Resorts.

When is the best time to visit El Nido?

      Between March and May the weather in El Nido is at its hottest although these remain busy months for tourism. For a more moderate temperature, the best time to visit El Nido is from December to March.


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