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El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in El Nido
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 December 2012

I fell in love with this place from the moment I got off the plane. It is by far one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I was looking for a place to decompress after a stressful school year, and it delivered in a major way. The resort itself was kind of rustic and simple, but the views more than made up for that. The food was decent. Everyone on staff seemed concerned that I was traveling alone, and went out of their way to make sure I was ok, and having a good time. Not necessary, but ok. In some ways, this vacation was very scripted. There are specific places and activities they will take you to. They showed you the best of what the place had to offer. Great views, incredible rock formations, great water activities. Not much to do after hours, but I didn't care. I loved it, and would go back again, and again, and again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 December 2012

The archipelago in Elnido must be one of the most beatiful places in the world. The resort has a great location on Miniloc island and nearby you will find beatiful lagoons, beaches and snorkling spots.

The resorts itself is a quiet place for couples and families. The resort offers many activities like island hopping and kayaking in the nearby lagoons. We had our most romatic date here with a private dinner on a small fleet in the big lagoon. It is an all inclusive resort, and you only pay for drinks which are expensive. The optimal stay in Elnido is to stay 3-4 days in Elnido town (Elnido garden resort) and then 3-4 days on Miniloc or Lagen resort. Don't stay more than 3-4 days on Miniloc as you will only get bored.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jimbo8000
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Reviewed 3 December 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.

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

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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, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Orchid Z
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Reviewed 30 November 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, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank NoahMHarris
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Reviewed 30 November 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 25 November 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, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Antony T
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Reviewed 25 October 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, travelled as a couple
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Address: Miniloc Island, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in El Nido
#3 Spa Hotel in El Nido
Price Range: £369 - £583 (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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