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El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in El Nido
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 3, 2012

I am going to rate this by what they offer:

Room:
The room was OK but bummer that there was no TV setup, wi-fi is sometimes slow and not 24/7. No complimentary toothbrush/toothpaste and slippers, so good thing I brought mine. (I guess I expected that there will be one!) but they do have complimentary summer bag to use during the stay plus an eco bag. Also, good thing was it never runs out of hot water.

Food:
Food was great but expect breakfast, lunch and dinner will have 2 identical dishes.

Service:
What stands out about this resort is their GREAT SERVICE. The staff were very accommodating, they will greet you with warm smiles and hellos. They will provide you with wonderful and funny staff to tour you, (Salute to Manong Chris, our tour guide, for the wonderful job).

All in all I will definitely go back.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Orchid Z
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

I choose El Nido Resort Miniloc Island as the location to propose to my girlfriend. We both travel for a living and have been to Europe and all over the world, but never SE Asia. El Nido Resorts went ABOVE and BEYOND my expectations to make this the best vacation both of us have ever experienced.

Aside from the beautiful limestone cliffs, world class beaches, and amazing snorkeling (best I have ever experienced), it was our hosts and staff that made this an unforgettable place. We will be coming back here over and over again. We had private lunches on secluded beaches and a private dinner on Entalula Island for our proposal dinner that could not have been more romantic.

We stayed for 10 days and 0n our last night El Nido Resorts set us up with a surprise dinner on a floating dock in the middle of Big Lagoon during a full moon! Thanks Noel & Mike!

Our activities director was extremely professional and hospitable. Every day we explored different islands, beaches, and snorkel sites via outrigger boats that came and went seamlessly on schedule. I've never been to a place where such amazing excursions were included with the resort. Hospitality was incredible!

We stayed in a waterfront cottage and woke every morning to various sea life below our balcony.

This place is amazing. Words cannot describe. When we left the resort it felt as though we were leaving family behind. My new fiancee and I were planning our return trip before we even left! This place is soooo worth it!

If you went here and didn't give it an EXCELLENT review then there is definitely something wrong with you!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank NoahMHarris
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

The place is small - no discos , no TVs , no promenade mind you - only a subdued resort for a quiet , quality vacation for water sport minded - diving and excellent snorkelling few meters from the shore . Activities consist of visits in other islands in the vicinity - everything is nature and in the most beautiful form in the tropical meaning . Food is consistently good and varied -your only concern is your daily diving or snorkeling

  • Stayed: November 2012
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1  Thank Andrei F
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

We stayed there for a week en in November 2012 and we really had a great time
The staff is welcoming, nice and helpful . The resort is very well organized ( shuttle, ecology, activities, private dinner on the beach , etc..)
All activities are included . We felt like in Paradise visiting hidden beaches and lagoons .

Price is quite high but going to Paradise has a cost :)
They should maybe includes drinks in the rate .

last thing, we actually wanted to get the room you can see on the picture or on their website, so we booked the deluxe sea view one ( most expensive one) but finally we got another one which were on the right side of the beach . So just check with them in advance
Except that, we had a wonderful time

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Antony T
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon over Christmas 2011. I wasn't going to write a review, but looking back now, I thought I should write a review for ordinary people like us. We don't usually book 'luxury' or exclusive hotels, and so this was a treat. We booked this resort due to the photos on El Nido resorts website, and all the amazing reviews on Tripadvisor. We know in hindsight that photos on the El Nido resorts website are a collection of photos from their 4 resorts, so too are the professional photos and travellers photos on tripadvisor. Anyway, Miniloc resort is situated in a tiny tiny cove on an island in the Bacuit group of islands and it's beautiful - high cliffs dripping in vegetation, clear water, white sand & palm trees.
We got the boat transfer from El Nido town, which meant we didn't have to worry about luggage allowance which applies if you get the private plane. On arrival, the staff sang a welcome song and gave us a cocktail and there was some information about activities etc. We had a huge room, with a balcony overlooking the sea, huge bed, plainly decorated, simple furnishing. Large bathroom and the biggest shower cubicle I've ever seen. There was wifi in the outdoor bar but it was painfully slow and there was no mobile signal, so we were virtually cut off from keeping an eye on our business for those 3 days.

The food was good, but not amazing, a choice between buffet or a la carte menu. We mostly chose a la carte so that we got more variety of dishes. For some reason the buffet was more expensive than the a la carte, even though it wasn't as good. There were activities available that staff could "arrange" - by this they meant a rigid timetable of 1 activity per day, which were not repeated over the week. Some of these were things you could do yourself - ie snorkelling or kayaking straight from the beach. Others were visiting one of the 3 other resorts where you could have lunch. Yawn! You get more choice of activities in a budget caravan holiday in the UK. We did 1 organised activity (the best one available) which was a half-day boat tour around some of the islands in the archipelago and lunch at their resort on Lagen island, where you could have a swim in their pool/ or sit by the pool. Bearing in mind this is a separate resort full of its own guests, so would there be any loungers left to sit on? Maybe.
Miniloc resort had a small number of loungers on the beach (about 8) and a tiny outdoor bar with about 8 -10 seats and a pool table. The beach is only about 100m long so it doesn't take much of a walk. You can't get to any other parts of the island from the resort. The snorkelling was good and we hired kayaks to visit the nearby Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon which were breathtaking. We had a full-body massage and foot scrub which were excellent, very relaxing. The hotel put on entertainment in the evenings and there was a special event organised for christmas that unfortunately got cancelled due to wind and rough waves.

This island is in fact a difficult place to be in bad weather. On our last day and a half it was so windy that you couldn't use the sun loungers on the beach - you were getting pelted with sand! Ouch! Some bar seats had protection from this sand beating but not all, so you couldn't sit there, nor use the pool table, nor sit in the restaurant. We went snorkelling as we thought this would not be a problem in this high wind, but we were wrong. The sea was filled with stinging algae, brought close to shore by the storm. It was so so painful (like jellyfish) and we got stung about 20 - 25 times before we could reach the jetty. Unfortunately there is no swimming pool to use in these situations. So we spent the last day in our bedroom sitting on the balcony! Obviously the hotel can't do anything about the weather, but it's worth bearing in mind about the seasons/ cyclones etc if you're considering staying here.

we thought this resort was not good value for money, because you had to pay extra for VAT +service charge; and the meals and drinks were very overpriced. Also the cost of our stay didn't reflect the amenities/ service that we actually received. We think the high prices reflect the private location and the costs of building the place and transporting all their goods over from the mainland. Overall we felt the place would be too boring to stay more than a couple of days. After we left, we stayed a couple of nights in El Nido town, and had more boat trips from there, which were absolutely amazing. - So you don't need to stay in Miniloc resort to get the beautiful scenery and boat trips.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Ali_Jo333
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

My wife and I stayed here last April. I loved this resort. We have traveled all over the world and love the private and low key nature of this resort.. The staff was great from the very start. We booked our vacation and the staff helped us set up scuba, spa and tours before we even arrived. When we arrived we didnt have to worry about anything. The best part of the vacation was being taken to Etalula island and hanging out by ourselves for hours. We also were able to book a private dinner on another island. I just really want to go back.

Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
5  Thank Perry W
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We spent our honeymoon at El Nido Resorts Miniloc December last year. It was the best vacation we had, ever.

Although it was on the pricey side, our every penny was well spent. We reserved months in advance since we know that December falls in the Peak Season category. We also paid full in advance before we were able to have a confirmation of our booking, which clearly spells exclusivity of the place.

Arriving at the resort, we were greeted by a group of singers while we sipped our refreshments. Right after, resort staff attended to each guest explaining the activities and amenities of the resort. Then we were escorted to our water cottage, a quaint but adorable cottage made up of native building materials with the comfort of an AC, modern bathroom and a nice veranda overlooking the beach. No TV, which we didn’t need anyway considering all the activities in the resort which filled up our schedule. No tips were allowed either, which was a surprise, and impressed us even more of this resort.

Some of the activities we enjoyed, were lots of island hopping, snorkelling, exploring the nearby big lagoon using a kayak, feeding the huge Jacks, hiking at the Lagen resort and a romantic exclusive dinner on the shore of the big lagoon island. What’s really nice is that you can visit other resorts, like the Lagen resort, have lunch there and it will be charged to your room in Miniloc. Guests are very well taken cared of during transfers and you don’t have to worry where to get the snorkelling gears, life jackets, kayaks, etc, because they automatically provide you with these during your stay.

The white sand was lovely and the beaches were very well-maintained and clean. Scuba diving would have been fantastic, which we couldn’t do because we didn’t have our PADI’s yet, but snorkelling alone was such a delightful experience.

This resort is truly an amazing place, one of a kind. All the tours were well organized, the food was fresh and of top quality and the staff was super friendly. My husband, a South African was smitten with the place that he did not want to leave.

This place deserves our highest praise and recommendation. We will definitely come back.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Renee V
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Address: Miniloc Island, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in El Nido
#2 Top resorts Hotel in El Nido
Price Range: $531 - $814 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Miniloc Island is a rustic and charming hideaway reminiscent of a coastal village. Miniloc Island is located in El Nido, in northwestern Palawan. It takes a 75-minute direct flight from Manila to get to El Nido or a 6-hour travel by land from Puerto Princesa City (Palawan's Capital City).Miniloc Island Resort is tucked within a beautiful cove surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and a vibrant coral reef. It is a gateway to popular activity sites in a breath-taking location known for its high biodiversity. The resort has 50 cottages and rooms built in traditional Filipino design over the water, beside the beach, or surrounded by garden and limestone cliffs. ... more   less 
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