We spent four nights at Dolarog in December. I wouldn't describe the resort as luxurious, but it's certainly comfortable. The rooms were spacious and clean, and well-maintained. The staff were really friendly and helpful. We also enjoyed the meals: they were tasty and there was plenty to eat. OK, there was no choice at dinner time, but at least the food came quickly. In many other resorts in the Philippines, you often wait ages after you order.
As for the location: superb! It's on its own private beach, with lots of palm trees (but beware of falling coconuts!). El Nido must be one of the loveliest spots in the Philippines, and from Dolarog you get great views of the sea, islands and sunset. The island-hopping included in the room rate means you can enjoy all this up-close each day. We really enjoyed this, although the snorkelling in El Nido is pretty so-so compared to some other parts of the country.
The cost was quite high. But then again, most Philippine resorts are expensive at peak holiday times and Dolarog was a lot less than we were quoted for the more famous high-end resorts in El Nido or Coron. For me, the main problem was the lack of electricity, except in the evenings. This is justified by Dolarog calling itself an eco-resort, but personally it was just too hot to have a good night's sleep even though this was not the hottest season.
Two tips if you're planning to visit: first: you can get to Dolarog (and the rest of El Nido) easily by road from Puerto Princesa. It only takes four hours, including a stop for lunch, and the resort can book the minibus for you. I think that's a lot easier than some of the other options, as you can book a scheduled flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa and back. Second: the mosquitoes are a big problem in El Nido. Go prepared, with repellant.
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- Also Known As:
- Dolarog Beach Hotel El Nido
- Dolarog Beach Resort El Nido, Palawan Island