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Bangkok
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My fiance and I were recommended this place, so we booked three nights here and loved it so much we stayed for a fourth. I don't really know where to start as our whole stay was perfect. Alex and his team were incredibly welcoming and accommodating from start to finish. Rooms were beautiful, food was incredible with lots of variation,... More 

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Frankston, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I booked at Alternative Beach Cottages for a short break based on Trip Advisor ratings...and they were absolutely correct! Alex responded to our email and we set up a meeting on the morning of transfer to the island...he showed up right on time...but with concerns as the Coastguard had shut the Port for commercial vessels due to... More 

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Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

Me, my wife and a crazy buddy spent 9 of the most enjoyable and relaxing days at this amazing quiet place. Due to its secluded location we rarely got to see any tourists other than friendly fellow guests. The Alternative's private beaches are right in between two of the most expensive island resorts in Bacuit Bay, therefore we were able... More 

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Bronderslev, Denmark
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Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

This is truly an amazing place. After been picked up at the bus stop and a short 30 min sailing trip to the alternative beach cottage, we were greeted welcome at the beach like we were a part of the family and soon we also felt as part of the family. The ambience is so lovely and all stress just... More 

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Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

This place is perfect. From the moment the boat docks on to an empty beach surrounded by lush Philippine scenery you know you're in for a treat! We only stayed 3 nights but were able to fit in 'Tour A' and plenty of swimming and kayaking. Being an annoying vegetarian I assumed I'd be eating rice and eggs for the... More 

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Reviewed May 15, 2016

I booked a 4D/3N nights stay for our family of 5. We availed of full board plus tour for 1 night and the rest was accommodation only with ala carte meals. Alex was quick to reply and was helpful in answering all my inquiries. (Tip: better to contact him through mobile than through e-mail). We arrived at El Nido town... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

We stayed in this place for 2 nights. 1) booking process was a pain. They had 3 web pages online with different prices. We wrote them from one (the only one we found) where the price for family cottage was 4,500 (When replying our request they said the price is 8,000 and sent us the their webpage. After some time... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

Thank you Alex and team (and puppy Jed) for keeping my friends and I comfortable and well-fed during our two night stay (I wish we stayed longer)! The cottages are located 30 minutes away by boat ride in a secluded island from El Nido Proper. My boyfriend and I stayed in the cliff side cottage while the rest of my... More 

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Linkoping, Sweden
2 reviews
Reviewed April 28, 2016

My sister and me stayed 5 nights at the alternative in March. Honestly I can´t recommend this place enough. It was so perfect. The staff. The people staying there. The island, The island tours. The food. It was perfect and me and my sister didn´t want to leave. Becky who is a wonderful, smart and brilliant woman runs the place.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

Palawan was suggested as a must go to destination and Alternative 40min from El Nido was a punt. It has been an amazing experience, a really get away in an amazing destination. We were picked up by taxi organised by Alex after a flight in with Airswift. We then went on their boat to find our selves in a secluded... More 

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Amenities

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  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to the Alternative Beach Cottages! We invite you to our beloved island, and the exclusivity and luxury it offers. Here, you will experience genuine island serenity and ambience as you are woken up by cicadas and birds in the morning; roused by the brilliant morning sunlight; amazed by its lush forests, white sand beaches, colorful corals during snorkeling, mysterious cave systems, and untouched wildlife. Please, come and let us impress you with our delectable organic food and pleasant, experienced staff. We invite you to join our tours, discovering and enjoying, what El Nido has to offer; also, we set up the most wondrous barbeque lunches! Relaxation and fun on your holidays, this we assure you. Being a Filipino family-run island accommodation, we aim to provide the best and most memorable Philippine vacation you can experience. In our island, we provide quality service during your stay, like: evening electricity (6PM to 12AM) for your electronics; free WiFi internet service; round-the-clock staff service; daily housekeeping service; breakfast, lunch and dinner service (you may also request by-the-beach kind of set-up); access to the island bar and drinks; touring around El Nido islands with inclusive beach lunch; organizing special events (i.E. Beach weddings, baptismals; and many other activities in ensuring a full island experience! We will always be at your service to make sure you have a memorable stay in El Nido, and by extension, in the Philippines. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Alternative Beach Cottages

Address: Cudugman Point, Brgy. Bibiladan, El Nido, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
Number of rooms: 3
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The Alternative Beach Cottages El Nido, Palawan Island
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