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Coral Bay Resort
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

we just came back from our trip, and i have to say, Robert, Alain and Mercedes made our stay at coral bay really enjoyable. we didn't have much opportunity to sit down and have long chats with them, but when we bumped into them, they were always so nice and accommodating. Robert was always very helpful with tips on things to do or places to eat and we love Alain's stories! Alain and Mercedes' son, Christopher, is the most precious baby ever!
fried eggs for breakfast were awesome too! We'll miss you guys! :)

Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
1  Thank candi t
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

Alain and Bob are just fantastic guys -- the resort has its own green view inside, spacious, clean and cozy rooms.. Great view -- so quiet and undisturbed -- the benches are passionately-positioned facing the bay -- so you can enjoy your drink, or the pleasure of finishing your book.. at least that's what i did..

They're very sensitive to guest's comments and requests -- they are just excellent!

Alain would give the best recommendation from food, restos, boat operators etc..

If you want a serene place to stay in, you won't get it in the over-crowded town -- head out to Corong-corong instead :-) you won't regret it.. Coral Bay Resort is awesome!

Room Tip: pick the villas facing the bay -- they're awesome! Get Zaldy Gabuco, highly-recommended by Alain Thuet, for your Island hopping guide- -he's going to make sure you don't get mixed up with other tourists in any destination.. We had the big lagoon, small lagoon and lunch beaches for ourselves .. while others are busy completing their tours all at the same spot at the same time! :-)
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

We arrived at El Nido and didnt have anywhere booked so we went on the hunt for somewhere to stay starting off at the main hotels on the beach front in the centre of El Nido as this is where we were dropped off. All of these were fully booked so we ended up heading towards Corong-Corong which is a 5minute tricycle ride away where we stumbled upon Coral Bay resort. I have to say this was a blessing in disguise as the accommodation here was far better than anything else we had seen in el nido, and for the same price if not cheaper. As well as this, the beach and the scenery here is out of this world! The sunset is post card to say the least!


Our room was exceptional, very clean, and came with a four poster bed, AC and a powerful hot/cold shower, as well as a balcony and a great view of the beach. If you would like your room cleaning you simply need to ask and it will be done for you. Bob and Alain really did look after us throughout our 5day stay and the rest of the staff at Coray Bay were fantastic and couldnt do enough for us. We also arranged our island hopping trip through Zaldy and this really was amazing and one of the highlights of our trip. We combined packages A and C and hired kayaks to take on the trip. This is thoroughly recommended if you want to explore the lagoons etc to their full potential. We had an incredible lunch on one of the beaches - we had the fish which was delicious! The island hopping tour is not to be missed!

The great thing about staying here is its so peaceful, incredible beach and breathtaking views but if you want to be in the middle of all the activity then you can be there in 5minutes. All in all this really is an amazing place to stay, run by a great bunch of people. We will definitely be returning to El Nido and staying at Coral Bay and we thoroughly recommend this to anyone visiting El Nido.

Sal & Mel

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank sal1981
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

We stayed in 3 places in El Nido and Coral Bay was by far the best. The rooms are very good, the breakfast is good and it's in a serene setting.
You hear that all in the reviews below but one thing you don't get an idea of is how great Alain and Bob really are.
My wife got food poisoning one afternoon and it got progressively worse through the evening.
Bob allowed me use of the kitchen to make tea to keep my wife hydrated and get this ---
Alain said if if got worse to get him out of bed any time thru the night and he would get the doctor - now that's amazing.
Great resort and great owners!

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Dan P
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

We really enjoyed our 1 week stay in this resort. Although the trip from Puerto Princesa is awfully tiring, you will soon forget all about it once your here. We were greeted and was offered a complimentary beer by Bob after checking in. The cottage that we booked is facing the beach and the sunset view is awesome every afternoon. You will never have this option if you will book near the town where in the sun will be covered by the mountains. The room was spacious enough for the two of us. They hot and cold shower is decent and has a steady flow in it.

Their breakfast is good. The best thing about it is that they will ask you how you want the eggs to be cooked, plus you can ask them to bring that personally to your room which is excellent.

If you want to see the place or do an island hopping, you can ask for the assistance of Zaldy. He is the local boatman that can help you with all of it. We took the private Tours A and C which cost about 2800-3200PHP. There will be a free lunch that goes along with it and will be cooked on the island. Before the trip, Zaldy will ask you what you would like to have, either chicken, fish or meat. He is pretty much amazing! He really did a good job! If you want to spend more quality time with your loved one while your here, go with the private tour but if tight with budget, you can take the group tour that will cost you 700-900PHP depending on the tour. If you are more into snorkeling, go with Tour C.

What is great about this resort is that if you need quiet time, you can have it since this is at least 5-8mins away from the town and if you need to party or go out, just ride the tricycle and pay 15PHP (daytime) or 50PHP(nighttime). Everything is at your dispense.


All in all, this place is superb! I would definitely recommend this to my friends.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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