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El Rio y Mar Resort

San Jose, Coron, Busuanga Island 5316 Philippines
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El Rio Y Mar Resort is the perfect haven for those seeking an escape from the urban jungle. Nestled in a beautiful tranquil bay with a breathtaking view of calm waters and rolling hills, the resort offers the perfect ambiance for romantic getaways and retreats. Guests are guaranteed of personalized service with the trademark warmth and charm of native Palawe'os. The resort also offers scuba diving, hiking, water sports and tours around Coron.
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Property amenities
Free internet
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Game room
Water sport equipment rentals
Entertainment staff
Table tennis
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Head massage
Gift shop
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Room service
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Filipino
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BBDoll619 wrote a review Mar 2020
San Diego, California324 contributions138 helpful votes
Okay, I didn't know this resort would be mainly couples and honeymooners as I went with 2 friends. We weren't uncomfortable though and met lots of nice people from across the globe and 1 couple from the US. This resort can only be reached by boat, so it is very secluded. We stayed in bungalow #2. It was rustic, but beautiful and right on the beach. Everyone who worked in the resort was friendly and very accommodating. We ate most meals at the resort which was pretty good. We had happy hour at the pier bar every day which was from 4-7pm. They had half off certain drinks and food specials. It was very nice relaxing, enjoying a great drink and watching the sunset. You can snorkel right in front of the resort which was so cool! We snorkeled for 2 hours!! The best is right by the floating bungalows where they did massages. Speaking of massages....OMG! It was heaven!! Very affordable and different. When you lie face down, you look into a cut out in the floor, so you can view the water and fish swimming by. I loved it!! We did an island hopping tour and it was not an issue coming from this resort. When we got into Coron town and passed by all the hotels in that area, we were so glad and thankful we chose El Rio Y Mar. Coron Town is very dirty, dusty, full of young backpackers and the hotels look subpar. It's fine if you're on a budget. I get it, but us girls/mom/friends wanted to treat ourselves. That we did! One day we went on a guided hike to the top of a closeby mountain. The view was fantastic!! I highly recommend this resort and would definitely return.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: Get a bungalow for sure!
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MaricrisAndPiotr wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions
The best customer experience we ever had! the school of fishes within the resort are amazing, very quite, very clean and well maintained rooms and outdoor surroundings. Our island trip organized by them is one of the best experience we had in our Coron trip. Kudos to El Rio highly recommended
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
ChristinaKothlow wrote a review Feb 2020
Laguna Beach, California32 contributions11 helpful votes
The photos on TripAdvisor truly do not do this resort justice. Almost everything about our stay here was perfect, especially the beauty of the property and the welcoming staff. GETTING THERE The property is only reachable via boat, so you need to arrange transfer via the resort. We flew into Busuanga Airport and were happy that it only took a ten minute car ride and ~20 minute boat ride through mangroves, which was perfect after a long day of travel. When you arrive at the resort, there are musicians who welcome you with a song and a host who greets you with a cold drink and towel to give you an overview. ROOM/SUITE We stayed in a Cedar Cabana, which was perfect and homey and felt like we paid way more for it than we actually did. We appreciated touches throughout, such as a huge walk-in closet, super comfortable bed, air conditioning, and a porch with a hammock, dining set, and beach chairs. It was also kept extremely clean by housekeeping. The only complaint I have about this property is that we couldn't get the hot water to work in the shower, even after maintenance came. Not sure if we were just being lazy or what, but it was only a minor drawback to us since we didn't spend much time in our room anyway. FOOD AND BAR Since the resort is so secluded, you have to eat at the restaurant for all meals. All the food was delicious and affordable and there was a huge variety to choose from. I also have to give a shout-out to the awesome musicians who go around taking requests during dinner, they are truly talented and I really enjoyed listening to them every night while we ate. There are also two bars, our favorite one was at the end of the pier as you could watch the fish swimming by at night while enjoying a drink/snacks. POOL AND BEACH We made a lot of use of both the pool and the beach during our stay. The beach was fairly small but there weren't a lot of people at the resort anyway so we never felt crowded. There are also some corals/fishes in the water that make for decent snorkeling trips. The resort also has kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and other water equipment you can borrow at no charge, which we appreciated. TOURS We did the Coron Island Tour and our tour guide made it truly fantastic. You visit a hot spring, three lakes, and a snorkeling site. While we felt going to three lakes in a row was a little bit repetitive, we still enjoyed the tour overall and the lunch that was provided was delicious. What made it a five-star tour was our tour guide Andrew, who went above and beyond multiple times to make it a fun tour for everyone involved. We had an elderly woman on our tour and I watched Andrew carefully guide her through all the stairs, swims, and getting on/off the boat so she could enjoy the tour like everyone else. At the snorkeling site, my husband's brand-new snorkel came unattached from his mask and we thought it was lost for good, but Andrew spent most of the visit looking for it and dove deep to retrieve it for us, which allowed my husband to enjoy the last few minutes of snorkeling with everyone else. We had a very peaceful and enjoyable time at El Rio y Mar. If you are looking for a fast-paced, party place, this is not for you. If you are like us and looking for a relaxing place to unwind. this resort is perfect. I hope we can return again soon.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: Go for the Cedar Cabana!
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3 Helpful votes
Rene I wrote a review Feb 2020
Adelaide, Australia5 contributions3 helpful votes
Last-minute booking and were lucky they still had a spot for family of 4. While it was already highly-rated on TA, I must say the whole family was still impressed when we got there. From its idyllic location - secluded and in a cove with nice hill backdrop, to the welcome we received, through to the staff attentiveness and service. Thet, & Erica, and the front desk team - top service! Kuya Darren was our guide for a day - couldn't ask for a better guide. Day trip was very organised: transfers, boat hire for the day, snorkling gear, fins, vests, lunch, and the must-see itinerary for first-timers like us. As we had Darren to ourselves, we were able to tweak the itinerary slightly to our liking, ie stayed in some spots longer, and skip the Coron town proper for souvenir shopping. The rooms were clean and well-maintained. Wouldn't mind if they've refurbished by my next visit though :). As the resort was isolated, you had to rely on their restaurant, but they did have a good choice selection, and they mixed up their breakfast buffets daily. The second (and last) night of our stay, they celebrated Chinese New Year. Nice buffet setup on the beach, with cultural program, and fireworks. They charged more for this obviously, but we were just out there to enjoy the whole experience. The whole family had an amazing time here - keep up the good work guys! Rene
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Date of stay: January 2020
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gafeliz wrote a review Jan 2020
21 contributions5 helpful votes
We started our honeymoon here after a colleague gave rave reviews of the resort. The photos do not do it justice. It’s a beautiful, well-run resort on a quiet bay with friendly staff. You can snorkel or kayak in front of the property, lounge by the pool, see an amazing sunrise from their hiking trail, get massages, and arrange day trips for diving. This seems to be a popular spot for families with young children so expect kids playing games in the pool. The food was good and reasonably priced. There’s a variety of western, Chinese, and Filipino options. All in all, we loved our time and wish we stayed longer than 3 nights!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
$97 - $244 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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PhilippinesMimaropaPalawan ProvinceBusuanga IslandCoronSan Jose
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Rio y Mar Resort
Which popular attractions are close to El Rio y Mar Resort?
Nearby attractions include Aramintas Arts & Crafts (5.0 miles) and Lakdayan Beach (4.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at El Rio y Mar Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at El Rio y Mar Resort?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at El Rio y Mar Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at El Rio y Mar Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does El Rio y Mar Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, El Rio y Mar Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at El Rio y Mar Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Rio y Mar Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Filipino.
Does El Rio y Mar Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is El Rio y Mar Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.