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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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Free internet
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Canoeing
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Internet
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Diving
Game room
Hiking
Snorkeling
Water sport equipment rentals
Entertainment staff
Karaoke
Table tennis
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Head massage
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24-hour security
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Air conditioning
Private beach
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Private balcony
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Minibar
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Non-smoking rooms
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San Jose, Coron, Busuanga Island 5316 Philippines
El Rio y Mar Resort
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Lina K wrote a review Today
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Words alone cannot describe the absolute serenity of this place. From the moment the boat approached the dock I could tell that I made the right choice. The water surrounding the island was beautiful and so clear, I was in complete awe of the natural surroundings and extremely grateful for the opportunity to be able to experience it for the 4 days we were there. Getting to the resort was a breeze with their airport shuttle service. As soon as we walked outside the airport, we were met by the driver who drove us to the port, where we transferred on to the boat that took us to the resort. The staff have been amazing throughout our entire stay. They welcome you with a song as you arrive at the dock and brief you about the facilities and activities available during your stay (many of which are completely free of charge). There was always someone available to assist us whenever we had a question. I especially want to thank Jemery for being so attentive every time my girlfriend and I stopped at the bar on the dock. We usually drink our beers with lemon and salt which he brought out for us and then topped up when he saw our lemon slices dwindling before we even asked. He also would stop to answer my questions about what type of fish I was seeing in the water. Thank you for everything Jemery! The walk to our room was an experience in and of itself, with the water on one side of the path and beautiful green trees and plants on the other. We stayed in room number 10, which was one of the rooms that leads directly out to the beach. The tide would get higher towards the evening and the water would be just below our porch, the view was breathtaking. By early morning the tide had receded and would leave these gorgeous clear pools that you could just walk in or lay in under the sun. There is also a very convenient foot basin by the steps that connect our room to the beach to wash off the sand before heading back to the room. The room itself was very comfortable and spacious for 2 people, with plenty of outlets for charging our devices. The bathroom was also very spacious and included a hair dryer which is a godsend for people like me whose hair gets easily tangled if not dried with heat. When it comes to activities, the only obstacle was not having enough time to do them all! There was plenty to do both on the island and off. For those who just want to stay on the island, there are kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and paddle boards available for use at no cost. They also have a hiking trail where you can get some beautiful shots of the island and its surroundings. They also have billiards, table tennis and volleyball as well as darts and a karaoke room. They offer diving experiences both near the resort and dugong watching a little further off. We only had enough time for one full day tour so we were unable to try the diving, but I hope to come back and experience it next time. They offer plenty of guided tour options (private and group options available) which we did take advantage of and I highly recommend. We did the Coron full day tour which took us to see the beautiful lakes (Twin Lagoon, Barracuda Lake, Cayangan Lake and Hot Springs and ending in Coron Town for some shopping). We went for the private tour solely for the freedom to decide how long we spent at each stop. Our tour guide, Darren, was very informative and supportive with us first-timers (we had never snorkeled before!) and we had an unforgettable experience. I have never seen such beautiful sights as I have on this one trip. Cayangan lake was the clearest lake I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. Snorkeling around twin lagoon we saw different kinds of fish and corals, plenty of sea urchins and shrimp too. I had bought a waterproof phone case before traveling that hangs around your neck and it worked beautifully for capturing underwater videos and photos. Lunch was included, which was cooked on the boat around halfway through the tour so everything was fresh. Dining options at the resort were plentiful with both international and local dishes. I absolutely loved their Bihon Guisado (rice noodles with chicken and vegetables) and Kare-Kare (pork cooked in a peanut sauce served over a bed of grilled vegetables and a side of rice). The live music at dinner was the perfect extra touch for an unforgettable experience. You can also get a range of snacks at the shop and any other essentials you might need such as sun screen, shampoo or conditioner (which saved my life since I had forgotten to pack mine). Keep your eyes peeled around the resort for some cool sightings of wildlife. I saw a little monitor lizard walking over the path to get to the trees which was a nice bonus to the beautiful fish and corals I saw while snorkeling. On the morning we were leaving, we were once again serenaded with a beautiful song before we left. You can't help but smile and feel at home with the staff here. The songs were catchy, I still hum them to myself even after leaving haha. All in all, this was an amazing stay and I am so glad I chose El Rio Y Mar over the other options closer to the main town. It truly felt like luxury at very reasonable rates. I would definitely stay here again. Thank you for everything!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Lesly Ann G wrote a review Jan 2024
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This place is wonderful! You feel so close to nature! We enjoy how the quietness is, you can really de-stress. The staff is amazing and always on top of everything, even before you can ask. It was a relaxing stay just how we wanted it! We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Gem wrote a review Dec 2023
Denver, Colorado2 contributions2 helpful votes
My friends and I were supposed to be on our liveaboard experience for 4 days and 3 nights. Unfortunately, one of the propeller of our boat fell off. FORTUNATELY 3 people who was also on the liveaboard with us recently stayed at El Rio Y Mar. So they quickly called the resort to see if there was available rooms for all 9 people! Luckily, they had room for all of us! We were welcomed by the staff with beautiful smiles, singing with their guitar and some refreshments and a breezy check in! Food were amazing, they have great scuba diving options to choose from and their scuba diving crew are the best! The whole resort felt so magical. not being able to do our liveaboard experience turned out great since we step foot on this island. on our first day of stay we did a dugong dive, 2nd day we went to Apo reef and dove the majestic wall. On our last day we enjoyed, kayaking and paddle boarding through the mangrove forest and ended the day with a volleyball tournament that we got invited "Guest VS Staff" even though we won, they definitely were challenging opponents! Will be back next year with more friends and family! Thank you so much El Rio Y Mar!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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JET wrote a review Dec 2023
Bacolod, Philippines33 contributions28 helpful votes
Excellent staff. Efficient airport transfers. Check-In and Out was quick. Clean rooms. We had the Casa Deluxe room. We would have preferred the Cabanas which are right on the water but they were sold out on our stay. We availed of the private half day near island trip - an isolated island out in the open sea with a single tree, another private Island with good sandy, swimming beach and coconuts and another island with excellent snorkelling areas with huge corals. The resort also has a hiking trail to the Hunter's peak - which makes for a good exercise routine and also gives you a good view of the resort and the nearby islands. I enjoyed the breakfast fares, especially the local ones (fried fresh danggit was delicious). Overall, it met my expectations for a quiet and relaxing vacation.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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malcolmmoray wrote a review Nov 2023
Manila, Philippines33 contributions6 helpful votes
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This is a superb hotel within 1 hour of Busuanga Airport but a small piece of heaven on earth. The location is stunning in a beautiful scenic bay. The hotel experience is really nice and perfect for a long weekend or even a longer holiday. This is one of the nicest places I have visited in the Philippines.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Paula Ravie M wrote a review Aug 2023
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I love the amenities for a comfortable and relaxing stay. Overall, it is highly recommended for those who are seeking a premium and unforgettable experience. If you want a best place. Be here. ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Sunny D wrote a review Jun 2023
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El Rio y Mar, a real Paradise. A Paradise we could stay at for 25 beautiful days. After a beautiful boat trip through the Mangroves, We were welcomed very heartful with the Welcome Song and Drinks at the Reef Bar. Throughout the hole stay the Staff was so cordial and friendly, we felt so happy, it was a perfect time. The food was great and delicious, my favorite was the Inihaw na Tanigue, Sonja loved Chicken Honey Lemon and after Diner we had good talks at the Reef Bar, where we met many people from around the world. The resort is kept very clean, the scenery is amazing, the water clear and the snorkeling at the house reef a must see, especially the big school of Jackfish at the floating spa. But it’s also worth to get up early and hike up the hill to see the sunrise, with a nice view over the bay, shining in its blue colors. Diving with the Dugong Dive Center was a highlight, during the whole time we had Ian as our Diveguide, he took care for us and showed us a lot of nice stuff. At all the different Divespots we saw almost everything: Seahorses, Frogfish, Sepia, Eagle Ray’s, turtles, Ghost Murray, and so on. The Dugong divesite we visited even three times, not only for the lovely Dugongs but also for the nice Divesites close to the Dugong Spot. At the Apo Reef we even saw a school of Humphead Parrotfish. Thanks a lot to the Divecenter and all of its stuff, you made our holiday special, we had so many beautiful moments and talks with all of you:-) As we stayed for a long time, leaving this little paradise was hart. Unfortunately, we couldn't farewell everybody. So we would like to say goodbye again, goodbye to all of you who made our holiday so perfect, thank you Ian, Tom, Rochelle, Mark, Lando, Brian, Dirk and Nosy, and many more. We’re now back at work, but when we close our eyes, you’re still with us, we miss you El Rio y mar :-) With love, Sonja & Roger
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Roam15633692794 wrote a review Apr 2023
Hong Kong, China2 contributions1 helpful vote
Such a nice stay. Staff were awesome. Friendly, helpful, accommodating, from the GM to the housekeeping. Great value for money. Would recommend to everyone. Especially suitable for guests arriving by boat. Good safe mooring.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Room Tip: Make sure you paddle the mangrove route. Clearly marked and very safe
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Wen Juin wrote a review Apr 2023
Singapore, Singapore30 contributions11 helpful votes
We absolutely loved our 5-night stay here. The staff were all so warm and welcoming and made us feel right at home. The resort felt very private, quiet and idyllic because it is accessible only by boat. Its size meant that it never felt crowded even when it was at full occupancy - for instance, there are two infinity pools. We enjoyed swimming in the clear water around the main jetty and snorkeling along the fairly healthy house reef, soaking in the infinity pools which were at the perfect temperature, and a short steep hike up a hill behind the resort rewarded us with stunning views of the bay and the surrounding landscape. We also had a wonderful massage in the floating spa with jackfish constantly swimming past in the water below us. Our room, a ground-floor deluxe casa unit, was large and had everything we needed and more, including an abundance of wall sockets, and right in front of the room was the beach with hammocks and chairs set up to facilitate enjoyment of the lovely sunsets. Every dinner we were treated to the remarkable talents of resident musicians Efren and Zaldy, who go around the tables taking requests and somehow know all the songs asked for (even when a group from Hong Kong suggested a Cantonese one). The food was not award-winning but it was tasty and had a very pleasant home-cooked feel to it. Transport from and to Busuanga airport was quick and seamless. Despite its seclusion, the resort offers ample opportunity to get out and explore the surrounding area. We had a great time on their full-day Coron Island tour that goes to all the main attractions including Kayangan Lake and Barracuda Lake. We also went on dives and full-day dugong-watching tours with Dugong Dive Center, which is located in the resort - we have reviewed them separately and would highly recommend them. It was heartening to see that the resort has close ties with the nearby village of Maricaban. Bev from reception was very helpful over e-mail, and later in person, in letting us know what items or supplies the village elementary school needed so that we could bring some over in our luggage. This may not be the cheapest place to stay in by Philippine standards, but we thought it was well worth the cost. It was with much sadness that we left the resort on our last day as the staff sang us a farewell song, and we definitely hope to return - perhaps with family or friends, for we would definitely want them to experience all this.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Gambit1976 wrote a review Apr 2023
Santa Rosa, Philippines16 contributions6 helpful votes
Excellent resort, pricey but worth every centavo of your hard-earned money! Not a single bad thing to say about the place and the folks running the place. The rooms and amenities are great, with clean rooms and toilets. The surroundings are also well-taken care of. There is abundant fresh water for the hot shower and drinking as well. If you're looking for relaxing and fun activities (water-related or not), there are tons to do: kayaking, snorkelling, paddle-boarding, island-hopping, hiking, billiards, reading, ping pong.. the list goes on! So much to do but so little time. Best thing also about the place is that the beach is right in front of the cabanas! The waves lapping will lull you right to sleep. Food in the resto is also good, with a selection of different dishes/cuisines. The service is also top-notch, with very helpful, attentive and courteous people who always find ways to cater to guests requests. Everyone in the resort was great, with specific mention of Ms. Janet (one of the owners, we had a good discussion on politics and eco-tourism!), Ms. Clarine (the ebullient front desk gal who is always available with a smile), Mr. Benjie (the resto guy who's always there) and Mr. Darren (excellent guide who accompanied us on our short hike in the island and in the Coron island-hopping tour.) The dinner singers (sorry we forgot their names) were also great, serenading guests with their wide repertoire of songs. Another unique thing which we haven't experienced in any other place is the welcome and goodbye song and dance routine from the staff. The speedboat service from the drop-off to the resort was fun as well. If you want a noisy/rowdy spot, look somewhere else. If you want a serene and relaxing beach resort, this is the place!
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Responded Apr 6, 2023
Dear Gambit1976, Thank you for sharing your travel experience, it has been a pleasure. We will continue to keep up and improve for the better. We hope to see you again at your next Coron, Palawan visit. Warm regards, Chenee Reservations and Sales Manager
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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 Adela 's Lakdayan beachcamp (4.1 miles), Aramintas Arts & Crafts (5.0 miles), and Lakdayan Beach (4.4 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.