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El Nido Resorts Lagen Island
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in El Nido
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Folsom, California
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“paradise”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

its like a dream come true. awesome scenery. great scenery while snorkeling and canoeing. very relaxing place. a place to remember and always wanted to go back! excellent service! thanks lagen staff for wonderful memories.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

An amazing tropical getaway. The staff and service at El Nido Lagen cannot be beat. We were there during off season - probably about 30-40 guests total - and it was awesome. Amazing scuba diving (El Nido is a sea turtle sanctuary), beautiful pool, very nice water cabins with balconies right over the water. Getting here is a bit of an ordeal, but totally worth it. The food was also excellent. I'm not someone who usually enjoys resorts with buffet meals, but the dining here was really top notch. The wildlife cannot be beat - giant lizards, monkeys, a snake - but if you're frightened, pay attention, this is a nature reserve area. I would go back in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: Be sure to get a water cabin - nothing beats watching the ocean from your balcony and seeing hundred...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

What an experience this has been. Our first visit to the Philippines specifically Palawan has been wonderful. A friend recommended this area primarily as diving was the main objective and it has fulfilled expectations. Accommodations at the resort although beautifully located and comfortable are overpriced and are in need of upgrading which I understand will be taking place in September. The markup on wine is outrageously expensive we paid $80 US for a $20 bottle of wine. The food offered is good lots of fresh fish, chicken and meat options but after 5 days becomes a bit tiresome. As there is only one restaurant in the resort you have no choice. Can't fault the great friendly, efficient service we were afforded it made our stay very special. The main activities are water based on the islands although I understand there is hiking out of el Nido town. I wouldn't recommend for families with small children as everywhere has to be accessed by boat - I heard one Mom say it was challenging!! I loved our time here on Lagen but next visit would look at accommodation in El Nido town for variety of restaurants and activities.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

From ITI hangar in Manila, to the arrival at El Nido, to the activities on the island, to the buffet meals and to the well appointed rooms, El Nido Lagen and Miniloc Island Resorts are hard to beat. The warm reception of all the staff and the exceptional service truly made our stay memorable. We initially booked for two nights, but immediately extended our stay to 6 nights after arrival at the resort. To anyone looking for a nature-inspired and well pampered retreat, El Nido Lagen or Miniloc Island Resorts are an easy recommendation.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

Had a great vacation in El Nido.

This is my second time in El Nido and I still find the islands awesome! El Nido itself is nature's paradise -- wonderful limestone cliffs, nice beaches, caves and the awesome big and small lagoons. The resort arranges the island hopping trips thru a trip planner and picnic meals at various islands.

El Nido Resorts has an active eco-friendly policy -- which I totally support, but somewhat makes it feel much less luxurious than other resorts in the region. The rooms are relatively simple, for the price you pay. But note that the price of the package includes all meals and boat trips. The food is average. It's really the sights and nature that you're after here...no point staying too long at the resort, -- it's an adventure!

Lagen Island resort is a "higher end" resort than Miniloc, but I actually prefer Miniloc. I stayed there many years ago and visited again this trip and find that Miniloc has a warmer, more cozy and perky feel than Lagen resort. But note that Lagen has a pool, while Miniloc does not.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Trinidad, Colorado
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

My husband and I came back after a 4-day stay in Lagen Island Resort on June 1-4, 2012. It was a wonderful and fabulous experience although the weather was cloudy and at times rainy. We were still able to enjoy the activities we planned. The good thing is, the lodging price includes activities in the area including snorkeling, island picnic lunch, nature trail hiking, kayaking, and boat trips to see the other islands. There is an Activities Coordinator who helped us schedule the activities we wanted for our entire stay.

RESERVATION PROCESS - Pretty good. I communicated mostly via email and they are quick to respond. Each time in less than 24 hours including the price quote. I was able to pay online which is quite efficient.

SERVICE - Excellent. The staff in the resort are very helpful and courteous, and always available. Our snorkeling guide, who deserves special mention, swam with us the whole time.

BEACH AND NATURAL SURROUNDINGS- Excellent. Spectacular even. Water is calm and somewhat warm that lends to a great swimming, kayaking and snorkeling experience. This is an eco-friendly resort and they mean to preserve the local wildlife. I was able to take pictures of the animals in the area including birds and fish. The limestone cliffs are amazing. Experiencing the Big and Small Lagoons are a must.

ACCOMMODATION- Excellent. We stayed at a water cottage. Our room was clean, the bathroom was of a convenient size. The bathroom fixtures are in great shape and seem relatively new. There were colorful fish under our cottage that I had immense fun feeding. The views were beautiful.

FOOD-Pretty good. We availed of the meal package. The meals at Lagen, Miniloc and Entalula and some other places were "interchangeable" with no extra fee. So we lunched once at Entalula Beach Club, once at Miniloc. One picnic lunch was included with our stay. Not a multi-national buffet reaching gastronomic heights each time, though it seems the chef tried to include some Asian, American and Italian cuisine in separate occasions. It's not a "Wow!" but I liked the food enough.

ACTIVITIES- Excellent. We chose to do kayaking, snorkeling, and boat trips to different islands and a cave. Visiting the sandbar at Snake Island (Vigan Island) is a must. There is a swimming pool in Lagen although I didn't find the time to go there. Too many other things to do in El Nido! My husband was looking for a gym though and there wasn't any in the resort.

NOISE LEVEL-Low. If you are looking for some quiet time with family and/or friends with a lot of different activities this is quite a great place.

RECOMMENDATION-I would highly recommend this to a friend.

Room Tip: Choose a water cottage opposite the main dock. This area is less busy.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Makati
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

I have no complaints about the staff since they are very kind. However I did not like the amenities and facilities in this place. The look of the rooms, cottages and restaurant just makes the place look so gloomy and depressing.

The atmosphere inside the restaurant seems so sad even though there are many people. I'm very disappointed with the food. The squid and meat are hard and difficult to chew. The waffles during breakfast doesn't seem freshly cooked. Some of the food taste bland. Considering that this place is not really cheap and there are many tourists here, then they should improving the quality of their food.

The toiletries inside the rooms are not complete. They only provide bath gels and soap. You have to ask for toothbrush and toothpaste if you want one. Good thing I brought toiletries with me.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Property: El Nido Resorts Lagen Island
Address: Lagen Island, El Nido, Palawan Island 1229, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in El Nido
#2 On the Beach Hotel in El Nido
#2 Top resorts Hotel in El Nido
#3 Spa Hotel in El Nido
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — El Nido Resorts Lagen Island 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lagen Island is a haven of tranquility nestled between a lush forest and a calm shallow lagoon. Its calssic and modern design exudes an air of subdued elegance. Cottages, rooms and suites are well appointed over the water, beside the beach, or surrounded by verdant forest. Lagen Island is part of the El Nido Resorts group and is located in El Nido, northwestern part of Palawan. It takes a 75-minute direct flight from Manila or a 6 hour land trip from Puerto Princesa City (Palawan's Capital City). ... more   less 
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