My girlfriend and I spend 3 nights in one of the spacious Taiyo Cottages. We originally booked 3 nights via Agoda at Hadefe - but they said they never received our reservaton (I have read about the same issue prior travelling, so it seems to be common). Luckily we got moved to Taiyo which was absolutely gorgeous. We received a spacious cottage. It was basic but clean, big enough for 4 adults. The entire resort is very green and quiet.
The American-Japanese landlady Naoko is absolutely lovely. She reminded me of an elderly and strict but yet caring grandmother. She'll organise everything for you - transport to El Nido (especially with luggage a big plus! Maybe give her a call a few days in advance to not stand by the trishaw drop-off point like an outcast), island hopping, snorkeling etc.
All the staff were very friendly and even remembered our names. They brought us breakfast to our room when my girlfriend was sick with dengue fever. Breakfast hits the spot with a good mix of fried eggs, bacon, fruits, toasts.. you name it. We never had proper dinner there as we wanted to go to town. However, one night some Danish guys cooked amazing meatballs for everyone. It's like a big family - if you want to cook yourself, do so. Just cook enough so others can join in. Naoko will most definitely buy and offer you the food - as long as she gets a bite too :) The staff will also happily do your laundry for a small fee depending on the weight.
Don't forget to bring a torch / flashlight to walk to and from El Nido in the evening or at night. It's a 10-15mins walk since the cottages are out of El Nido town - which is a good thing (even if you like to party - a little walk after all that rum will sober you up a bit). I always enjoyed the walk. There's a few small shops on the way where you can buy water and snacks. All very friendly people in the area (and apart from a few dog fights at night, it was very quiet). Also, the often mentioned cemetery is not scary at all. You don't walk across it but past it... it's a beautiful actually.
A few last things, there's hot water, it's right on the beach (you'll love the breakfast!) and for some reason there's no mosquitos back there. I also never saw any other creepy crawly thingies back there - it's all very clean and neat.
Would I go back? Definitely yes!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Caalan Beach Resort is a small, family-run resort right on the ocean, with a great view of downtown El Nido, Cadlao Island and Caalan Beach. We're located a 10-15 minute walk from downtown El Nido, away from the noise and bustle of town. We have our own boats so we can arrange island-hopping tours for our guests. All of our rooms come with free continental breakfast, free wifi, air conditioning, private bathrooms and hot showers. We have 12 rooms, and have been open since 2006. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Caalan Beach Resort El Nido, Palawan Island