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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
Massage
24-hour security
Concierge
Gift shop
Shops
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private beach
Desk
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Minibar
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Ocean view
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English, Filipino
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Bikerbilly2017 wrote a review Dec 1
Rochester, United Kingdom
one of the best resorts I have stayed in the world, friendly staff, amazing food and a management team that are amazing. The diving in the area is one of the best and the level of comfort and scenery is absolutely amazing.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: no cash machine on the island so take cash with you. dont worry its a very safe place.
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Deks wrote a review Nov 2022
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To start, definitely arrange for pickup at the airport or the pier. The place is not an island but can only be accessed by boat. Staff were awesome (Filipinos rock!), rooms and surrounding area were very clean. The room towels were thin and raspy. They sure need new ones. Wi-Fi was choppy. There’s a beach area, mini snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding. Although an ideal quiet place to relax, the place is confining. Food choices are limited. A Filipino expat will definitely missed that traditional home cooked food. To venture out you need to arrange for a boat ride and then land transportation going to the mainland and back, for a fee. They have tours on demand but cost more than what the mainland offers. My wife and I did enjoy our week’s stay. Oh btw, forgo the well known San Mig beer, have the Coron IPA instead.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: Make prior arrangements with transportation
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Pedro L wrote a review Nov 2022
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The Hotel is beautiful the location could not be better. The rooms are spacious, although a bit outdated. The staff is fantastic and food ok. If I had to criticise anything I would say that the breakfast has a poor selection (dinner and lunch ok) and the tours have a crazy price, I've never seen tours as expensive as here. Overall a great stay, the price is fair and the location is fantastic.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Room Tip: The Cabanas closer to the bar are the best
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TerrieClemente wrote a review Oct 2022
Los Angeles, California157 contributions133 helpful votes
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PARADISE in Coron Palawan I always celebrate my birthday outside the country before the pandemic. However, this time I chose El Rio Y Mar to celebrate my special day. This place is very close to my heart since I retired. No resort in the Philippines could even come close to El Rio. The Sea view is awesome with friendly & courteous staff. We are proud returning guests in this paradise. The water is just a few steps in front of our cabana. Enjoyed early morning sea breeze and quiet privacy. Food is always cooked fresh & delicious, cabanas are spacious and kept clean & sanitized. Though they just reopened after the pandemic, the service was not affected. We enjoyed the hiking trails to see a beautiful view of the resort. Snorkeling for live corals & giant clams was exciting. You can request for Andrew who is an all around bankero and tour guide with a big smile. Indeed, El Rio made my birthday extra special. The gazebo was decorated with fine taste, thanks to Tom & Benjo. Enjoyed a romantic dinner with my hubby and Kuya Zaldy playing his guitar created a birthday to remember. Manager Menchie with her business partner Janet & staff all came to greet me as well. Thank you El Rio Y Mar. You are the best ever!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Call for reservation. Choose Cottage in front of the water. Transportation is available, pick up...
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dkny_17 wrote a review Aug 2022
Edison, New Jersey12 contributions9 helpful votes
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To say that we had a wonderful time here at El Rio Y Mar is an understatement. Our beach-side cottage offered us a spectacular view. Sleeping and waking up to the sound of the waves was an amazing experience. And to top it off, the staff were courteous, pleasant, and very attentive. The Coron Island Tour offered by the resort was top-notch. Andrew, our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Thank you, El Rio Y Mar for an experience we won’t forget!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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BBDoll619 wrote a review Mar 2020
San Diego, California329 contributions141 helpful votes
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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
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Room Tip: Get a bungalow for sure!
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MaricrisAndPiotr wrote a review Feb 2020
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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
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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
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Room Tip: Go for the Cedar Cabana!
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Rene I wrote a review Feb 2020
Adelaide, Australia5 contributions8 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
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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
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$134 - $181 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
PhilippinesMimaropaPalawan ProvinceBusuanga IslandCoronSan Jose
NUMBER OF ROOMS
31
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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.