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El Nido Resorts Apulit Island

Apulit Island Taytay, Palawan Island 5312 Philippines
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#6 of 197 hotels in Palawan Island
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Apulit Island Resort is nestled within a pristine cove with a backdrop of sheer limestone cliffs. Apulit offers a wide expanse of white-sand beach lined with coconut trees. It has 50 cottages built over the water in traditional architecture mixed with contemporary design. Apulit Island Resort is part of the El Nido Resorts group of eco-island resorts. It is located in Taytay, northeastern part of Palawan. It takes an hour flight from Manila to El Nido, and an hour and a half van ride, or a 4-hour land trip from Puerto Princesa City (Palawan's Capital City).
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Apulit Island Taytay, Palawan Island 5312 Philippines
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Puerto Princesa Airport102 miSee all flights
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JayRae1 wrote a review Feb 2021
Glasgow, United Kingdom1544 contributions407 helpful votes
My wife and I had booked a ten-week trip, covering 11 countries, for our 40th anniversary. Part of the trip included a 17 day tour of Vietnam and Cambodia and, even though that was the highlight of the entire trip, we knew we would need some relaxation time immediately after such a hectic tour. I had worked with guys from the Philippines and they had told me I should visit Palawan if I ever got the chance, so I selected it for a week of relaxation and we were not disappointed. Apulit Island is very small and the resort is the only occupied part, meaning it was extremely peaceful and just what we were looking for. There are only 50 cottages in total and, of these, 30 are Water Cottages which can only accommodate two people, while the other 20 are Loft Water Cottages and can accommodate four people. The Loft Water Cottages are to the West of the main buildings, which include reception, bar and dining area, and are built on two levels with direct ladder access to the sea. The Water Cottages, to the East of the main buildings, do not have direct access to the sea, but this isn’t an issue, given the very short distance to the pool and beach areas. After checking on Trip Advisor, I noted that only the Water Cottages to the East offer a view of the sunset, so we chose one of those and I’m glad we did. The reviewer I contacted told me that, even though he had paid extra for a Loft Water Cottage, he had asked to be ‘downgraded’ to the Water Cottages simply to have the benefit of the sunset each evening. We were in Number 46 and I’d highly recommend that one or any other close by. There is a laundry service available and it was excellent, with a price list in the room detailing the charges for individual items. The laundry bags were picked up from the room and dropped back there on the following day. Safes can be put into the rooms on request, but are not fixed to the walls. This is not really important, given that only residents or staff could possibly get into the rooms. The room had excellent air conditioning, plus a ceiling fan. There was a large television, which was handy for catching up on news or chilling out if we wanted and early night. The staff were excellent and very friendly and a large group of them are on the jetty waiting to greet you upon arrival. They are also there to bid you farewell when it is time to leave. They also provide any entertainment at night, such as local songs and dances. The food was excellent and plentiful and, once again, the staff provide excellent table service for drinks. Even tough this is a tiny island, there is plenty to do if you don’t like the idea of spending all day, every day, lounging by the pool or on the beach. They have a Dive Shack and the prices for Scuba Diving were very reasonable. You can also take a kayak out into the sea for a trip around the bay. For the more adventurous, there is a 60 metre high limestone cliff at the east end of the island and, with a guide, you can climb it in the evening and rappel / abseil back down to the sea level. There are opportunities to do this every day. In addition, you can explore the island’s caves, if that takes your fancy. There are also organised trips off of the island and the Guest Activities Co-ordinators will arrange any of them for you. The pool is an infinity pool and, though not huge, it was seldom very busy hen we were there. That seemed to be mainly because many of the other guests were Chinese and they are not big on sunbathing, or even being exposed to the sun. The beach was also very quiet and getting a sun-lounger there was never a problem. The bar is small, but friendly, and is open-air, with a selection of games available such a darts, table tennis and pool. Drinks were reasonably priced, but remember to let the bartender know if you’re taking drinks to the pool or the beach, as they will be brought to you and will be in plastic tumblers. One thing to note is that “Happy Hour” is from 5pm – 7 pm and we made use of this to order drinks for taking to our Cottage to watch the sunset from our veranda. One other thing worth mentioning is that getting to Apulit is not a short journey. As we had flown in directly from our tour of Vietnam and Cambodia, we stayed overnight in a hotel near to Manilla Airport (The Belmont), and in the morning we took the Air Swift flight to El Nido, which was followed by a 90 minute drive in a van to Taytay, and then a further 1 hour in an outrigger boat to reach Apulit. The outrigger trip was enjoyable, but the 90 minute drive was our least favourite part of the journey. Obviously, the same journey is required when travelling back to Manilla at the end of the stay. All-in-all, it was a great place for us to relax and unwind, before we continued our trip by travelling onwards to Tokyo. The sunset views make it worthwhile selecting a Water Cottage, if there are only two of you, and I’ll upload several photos to show what I mean.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: Water cottages on the East side are best for sunset views. We had No 46
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Erika M wrote a review Oct 2020
11 contributions1 helpful vote
This was a gift for my mothers birthday. We absolutely loved every minute of it. The water, the Island, its just gorgeous. The food was good too. Having my coffee in the morning sitting our balcony is one of my best memory. I hope to return one day. Thank you Apulit Island.
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Date of stay: April 2020
Room Tip: Doesnt matter where you stay. you cant go wrong
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Reece D wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed here for our honeymoon and the resort and staff are fantastic they looked after us from start to finish. It’s one of the most beautiful place i have ever stayed, all the staff are so nice and helpful well done. Special thanks to: Heidi - Very hell and courteous manager made our stay easy and very special Billie - very helpful and knowledgeable Benji - great tour guide learnt a lot very friendly and helpful Dr Pearl - very attentive and lovely doctor helped me with my jelly fish sting Romi - Great bartender super sweet and nice man. I hope the virus end fast and this place gets back up and running a true pleasure to stay at. Would give more stars if I could
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Response from El Nido Resorts, General Manager at El Nido Resorts Apulit Island
Responded Mar 24, 2020
Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time and effort to recount your experience in TripAdvisor. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. It has been our pleasure to have you with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in future
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Danie Redifer wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband Jeff and I first stayed at Apulit in 2017, when we were still dating. Nearly three years later, we returned to Apulit as a family of three! Apulit was amazing then and it is even more beautiful now. Both times we chose to stay at their water loft cottage, because it has stairs that lead you right to the ocean. Then and there you can go snorkeling and see a wide variety of sea life. Baby sharks, parrot fish, stingrays - these are common sightings! On our first day during our most recent trip, we saw baby black-tip reef sharks, stingrays, a spotted eel, a giant clam, a baby barracuda, and on land, three monitor lizards and a random hedgehog. As our vacation unfolded we saw even more- including the ever elusive sea turtle! We knew we made the RIGHT choice going back to Apulit (instead of flying over to the Maldives). The staff are friendly, they make you feel at home. During our boat trip to Pabellon Lagoon, our guide Joe went all-out to make sure we had an amazing time. During my husband's fishing trip, the boat crew was extremely helpful in teaching and showing him how to catch a fish, Pinoy style! (Joe and one of the other staff members also sing well- Apulit please get them to sing more often!) On our last night, Apulit surprised us with a private dinner, complete with the perfect beach set-up. This was the icing on the cake, as we spent the day snorkeling and had a magical moment where suddenly, different kinds of fish in all sorts of colors surrounded us while we swam above an endless stretch of corals. The sudden surprise of a private beach dinner really made our last day magical! So thanks Apulit for the hospitality and for remembering we stayed with you guys before! (Even the chef knew we were returning visitors!) See you soon!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
2 Helpful votes
Response from El Nido Resorts, General Manager at El Nido Resorts Apulit Island
Responded Mar 14, 2020
Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time and effort to recount your experience in TripAdvisor. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. It has been our pleasure to have you with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in future
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glammagee wrote a review Mar 2020
Quezon City, Philippines3 contributions
Overall experience is excellent!!! Service - 5stars Staff - 5stars (acccommmodating and respectful) Food - 4stars Cleanliness - 5 stars Would recommend to friends and relatives and would like to comeback.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from El Nido Resorts, General Manager at El Nido Resorts Apulit Island
Responded Mar 14, 2020
Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time and effort to recount your experience in TripAdvisor. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. It has been our pleasure to have you with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in future
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Nido Resorts Apulit Island
What are some of the property amenities at El Nido Resorts Apulit Island?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at El Nido Resorts Apulit Island?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at El Nido Resorts Apulit Island?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at El Nido Resorts Apulit Island?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does El Nido Resorts Apulit Island have an airport shuttle?
Yes, El Nido Resorts Apulit Island offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does El Nido Resorts Apulit Island have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is El Nido Resorts Apulit Island accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.