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El Nido Cove Resort
Ranked #8 of 17 Hotels in El Nido
Reviewed October 26, 2011

El Nido is a rapidly developing tourist destination and it is indeed difficult to find the right kind of accommodation for those who do not want stay in the backpacker places right on the ugly El Nido beach. The two resorts out of town are crazy expensive. El Nido Cove is trying to fill this gap as good as possible. The hotel itself is a good 20min drive from El Nido, located on an empty beach. There are 10 rooms, of which 6 face the ocean. Rooms were nice and clean, but certainly not outstanding.

After the second day you will be facing two major problems: 1. You do not have an alternative to the average food in the hotel as there are simply no shops or bars around the hotel. 2. You will be so tired of the 20min tricycle ride into El Nido - especially through total darkness in the evening.

Room Tip: If you go here you should definitely take a an Oceanview room.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

me and my husband had a wonderful experience on our honeymoon in this resort, starting from the upgraded room for 3 nights of free charge, a private dinner with a local singer that serenades us, so romantic. then a free lunch on our last day, a late check out. and sumptuous food....very very accommodating staff from the resort manager all the way to the dishwashers. exceptionally friendly.

Room Tip: seaside view is the best, and lagen is much better than miniloc
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank phoebe30
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Reviewed November 19, 2008

El Nido is a difficult place to visit from an accommodation perspective. The only really superb resorts are so expensive as to be out of the reach of the average traveller. The rest are in or very close to town, and are therefore generally for the budget traveller only.

Lamuro seems to fill the gap. A mid-range resort situated on a quiet beach out of town, with beautiful views and good services.

The problem with it is twofold:
1. It's expensive for what you get. Despite the generally good facilities, it's actually quite a basic resort, with few real luxuries. There is a general sense of it being run with as little expense as possible whilst trying to appear fancy.
2. The food is bad. Unfortunately they do not have a talented chef (or any real chef for that matter) and therefore can only produce basic seafood or meat with plain rice and vegetables meal after meal. Since there are some nice restaurants in town, it's actually quite wasteful to spend all your money on the full room and board here.

The staff are very nice, and the day trips out to the islands are fantastic. Even the same old food rises above itself when served on a white beach. For that alone I don't regret the stay, but otherwise I would suggest picking a place closer to town, living with the noise and ugly El Nido beach, and spending all your money out on the incredible islands in the Bacuit archipelago all day, every day.

Sadly for Lamuro, they just don't have all the pieces of the puzzle and frankly it's very dear for what they provide.

Stayed: November 2008
10  Thank Jarred_Cinman
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Reviewed March 1, 2008

We stayed here for 4 nights partly on the previous review (Deborah) which was v positive. It only partly lived up to this. Pros were that it is a nice location (not an island though), the staff are ultra friendly, and so attentive (although being the only people there for 2 of the nights made that easy I guess!). Day trips are so well organised (tables, chairs, table cloth etc! all laid out on some private beach/island). Rooms are large and roomy. Also massages were so great.

The downside is that the place lacks any character at all, it's like a small boutique hotel somehow trying to be a big faceless characterless resort! It is also v quiet although they did lay on evening ents (at Deborah's prompting?!) which helped. Also the beach itself is pretty but not that inviting for swimming. Food could also be better.

Trip to hot spings is best avoided although the waterfall was lovely and also it's worth clambering up beyond the main falls to a v private a beautiful additional waterfall. Islands are the main thing to do in El Nido, they are superb, Minoloc etc stunning and great day trips.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank tylerpaul
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Reviewed May 9, 2007

We arrived in El Nido airport on a Friday morning (my husband and I, our two young sons (6, 2) and my mother and father in law) and were met by the resort manager, Mel. Our car arrived and took us a short ride (about 15 minutes) to the resort. The resort is quite secluded. There are some local fishing families that live further down the beach but other than them, there is nothing else around. The resort is small, six rooms in all, but big on hospitality. The friendly, attentive staff of 10 will make sure your stay is enjoyable. It was just what we needed!!
Breakfast was served to us upon arrival and the view from the patio was spectacular. Just looking out at the view of Palawan is breathtaking, listening to the water of the beach is a stress melter. After breakfast, we did what we came to do – unwind. I inquired at the front desk about massages. They can call in massage therapists who are available on short notice. The price of a one-hour, full-body massage is P732 (which is about $15.00). For that price, I asked to have one every day. The resort has a two-bed “massage room” which is basically a platform with flowing draperies on the property overlooking the beach. When you lay on the bed and get the massage, all you hear is the water from the beach, pure heaven. If you prefer to have the massage in your room, just let them know.

The next day, the staff from the resort took us island hopping by boat. What a great time we had. We went to a beautiful lagoon and were able to kayak and swim. From there, they took us to a secluded beach for lunch. They went all out! They brought tables and chairs from the resort and set up the tables with linens and umbrellas. Food was served on beautiful wooden plates, silverware and glassware were also set out on the table. Fresh squid was bbq’d for us as well as other meat (chicken, pork...). After lunch was over, we got back on the boat for more touring (snake island is great and we went to another lagoon but due to the low tide, couldn’t get off the boat there). We were out the whole day and when we returned to the resort, the same staff members who came island hoping with us started setting up for dinner.

The next day, some of the staff took us out in the van to the town (about a 30 minute drive). There are quite a number of souvenir shops there. On Monday, my husband, son and I went fishing. A local fisherman came with his boat and one of the resort’s staff members came along. They taught us how to fish “old school” (just a fishing line and a hook). They certainly beat us in the number of fish caught. They do have “real” fishing rods for people who find that easier (like me) We were out fishing for about 3 hours and had a great time.

The staff went all out for our dinner on the last night. They set up our dinner tables closer to the beach (not on their patio) and lit tiki torches and a bonfire. They hired a local music teacher to come with a student to sing and play guitar for us. What an enjoyable time!

I cannot express what a wonderful time we had at Lamuro. We were so relaxed and forgot all our worries/troubles. We had a great time and will not forget it. The next time we go back to the Philippines, I will certainly take another side trip to Lamuro. If you’re looking for a full-service resort (beach activities, salon, bar, 24 room service (food), gift shop) you will not find that at Lamuro. If you looking for a peaceful, quiet getaway, Lamuro is the place to go.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled with family
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12  Thank Deborah253
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  • Stayed: January 2018, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 10, 2017
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Room Tip: Ich hatte ein Zimmer im Haupthaus mit Beachfront
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  • Stayed: November 2017, traveled solo
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Address: Sitio Lamoro, Barangay Pasadena, El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in El Nido
#6 On the Beach Hotel in El Nido
Price Range: $129 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Nido Cove Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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