We made a reservation here some 3 weeks before we travelled to El Nido and nowhere on the website, or in the emails from the proprietor (Bernard Tissot), is it stated that arrival after dark is not recommended.
Because the property is a lengthy walk along the sea-shore from the Northern end of El Nido proper and if you make this trip with luggage after dark, as we did, you will encounter a high tide which bars the way necessitating a 100m walk inland through a palm grove in pitch dark. Note that many people in the area (including other hoteliers) are not even aware of the existence of Hippocampe!! When it is necessary to re-join the shoreline (still in pitch dark), it is not to a beach but over rocks which made walking (still with luggage and wearing only flip-flops because no-one from Hippocampe felt it necessary to warn us of this!!) dangerous.
We eventually found the beach resort in semi-darkness and called out twice (I like to think I have a reasonably loud voice) and received no response. We negotiated the tricky return trek to El Nido and made other arrangements.
I am astonished those reviews made by the French visitors failed to mention the difficulty of finding one's way back to the resort after dark. At no time did M. Tissot mention that stout footwear and a torch (flashlight) would be necessary to actually find the place after dark.
- Also Known As:
- The Last Beach Cottages El Nido, Palawan Island