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Golden Monkey Cottages
Ca-alan Beach, El Nido, Palawan Island EN234, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #11 of 54 Specialty Lodging in El Nido
Toronto, Canada
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“Epic Place!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We stayed here in January 2013 for 5 nights. We travelled to 5 different countries and stayed in approx 20 different areas/hotels and by far this place was the best!!!! The cottages are simple and cute and theres a hammock out front of every room. The staff and owners are super friendly. They supply complimentary drinking water which is great. Breakfast was delicious. The views are STUNNING!!! Prettiest sunsets in my entire life!! We booked here because we wanted to see the monkeys, and when we arrived they only had one left as they had released the others into their natural habitat but were hoping to rescue more in the future which we thought was very noble. The woman owner was the kindest lady ever and so helpful in so many ways. We will DEFINITLY be back and will DEFINITLY stay here again there is no place like it in the world!! We love the Golden Monkey Cottages, thank you for a wonderful stay!!!!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

This place was amazing! Rose and her husband were really sweet, and incredibly helpful. The Golden Monkey is about a 10 minute walk from El Nido proper, which is great because we got peace and quiet, but were able to easily access the craziness of El Nido. I would recommend this place to everyone!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Osaka, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

stayed a good room with hot water shower. food there is not various but delicious. enjoyed ocean view from our room. very calm and relax place. bit need to walk along the beach from town centre but it doesnt matter,nice owner,

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Paradise on Earth!!!
WOW!!! Is what comes to mind when I think of El Nido! El Nido, Palawan is a really wonderful place to visit. My Husband and I wanted to visit a peaceful place.. a place that’s simple. We wanted to go back to the basic style of living, with good value for money, and a breath taking view to go with it. We booked our accommodation with “Golden Monkey Cottages” where all our specifications were met- if not exceeded. The place is a paradise on earth. The scenery is fantastic. The beaches had crystal clear waters, there were also big lime rocks formations, secluded lagoons, beautiful caves and nature that is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a great place for couples as well as families. I must admit that my husband and I went back a second time and brought the family along for the fun. Everyone had a great time.
Our accommodation was great and very affordable. Services were Amazing from both the owners and the staffs. The owners will guide you with regards to the best boat tours and even recommend a good boat man to accompany you. Some of us went to kayaking too.
Food- well, let me compliment the owner’s cooking ability. (You can request the owner to cook for you) the food is great and everyone enjoyed their meal. It was Yummy!!!!
This place is highly recommended. It’s a sight you will fall in love with and want to share with the ones you love!

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We spent 5 weeks in the Philippines and stayed in various places and I can certainly say this is great value for money. The cottage we stayed in was much nicer than what we were expecting (nicer furniture etc, I told the owner to update the photos on her website as it would be better for her business!) and it was a great touch to have coffee/tea and a breakfast menu waiting for us on our balcony when we woke up (breakfast is not included, but it is nice and the same price, if not cheaper, than everywhere else).

We stayed on Ca-alan beach because we had read the main beach was too crowded. While we didn't think so, we did enjoy staying at Ca-alan beach. It was a 10-15minute walk to El Nido proper, but it's a nice walk and it's certainly much more peaceful and quiet there.

As for the monkeys they have there, there is now only one monkey. The owner tried to release all of the monkeys in the nearby forest, but this particular monkey swam back to the boat while she was leaving. So she ended up keeping this particular one.

Overall it's a great place to stay, Rose the owner is a lovely woman and very accommodating. We had to change our booking dates multiple times and she was always understanding. I certainly recommend this place!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

A great peaceful place. I warmly recommand it! I loved the garden and accomodations and the location was perfect for us. It was very nice not to be in the center as it is not so far as well !
Rose and the girls working there were very kind and helpful. thank you so much! The see view is amazing. The beach front cottages offers a beautiful islands landscape as if it was just for you :)))

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed at Golden Monkey Cottages for 10 heavenly days over viewing the panoramic sea.

We can highly recommend the hotel. It has good service, nice cottages and garden and is situated quietly 15 minutes walks from the village of El Nido. We suggest you to take the tours with the captain offering boat trips at the hotel.

Family Olsson and family Malmborg.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ca-alan Beach, El Nido, Palawan Island EN234, Philippines
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Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
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Ranked #11 of 54 Specialty Lodging in El Nido
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Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Golden Monkey Cottages are situated on Ca-alan beach, just 10 minutes walk from El Nido town. We offer quality accommodation with comfortable fan rooms and clean modern bathrooms. Each cottage has a large veranda and a spectacular view of the islands. Since we are located just outside of El Nido, away from the noise and bustle of town, we benefit from the peace of the surrounding forests and you will be free simply to relax and absorb the atmosphere. You could hire a boat and be taken to a secluded beach to soak up the sun, have a picnic, swim, snorkel and enjoy the magnificent scenery. ... more   less 
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