It's like being in Emerald city except that it's not the yellow brick road we traversed but some hours of land trip in a long and winding road until we reached the historic port of Taytay town, followed by an hour ride of a rigger-boat to reach this small island of unspeakable beauty.
This place is the ultimate holiday seclusion unlike other typically commercialized and popular beach destinations like Boracay. Nested in a crescent shaped island, their little water cottages offers a stunning unobstructed view of the sea with neighboring islands as the backdrop surrounded by different hues of blue and green waters defining depths and clarity.
The staff and crew of the resort are the 'icing on the cake' of this property. Friendly, courteous and attentive are only few words to describe these professionals from the manager, down to the waitresses and pool attendants. They provide a number of activities guest can enjoy from rappelling, snorkeling, diving, and even caving.
The buffet offers a variety of cuisine, and a good selection of salads, fruits and veggies. The dining area is impeccably clean with both shaded and outdoor seating. Plus, they arrange a private dining at the beach or at any suitable spot around the resort, great for couples and families.
The only thing that keeps me from rating this with 'excellent' is the fact that their rooms are not equipped with wireless connection. Then again, it's a very subjective area of concern. With so much to do and much to see around the resort, I highly think if it's even necessary to have an internet connection. Although some people would want to stay in touch with the real world.
This is definitely a must-visit resort in the Philippines. Very good value for money considering that they offer a full-board rate with a package inclusion of one activity. Truly, a fantastic and perfect location to unwind, relax and embrace nature.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apulit Island Hotel Palawan
- Club Noah Isabelle
- Hotel Noah Isabelle
- Resort Noah Isabelle