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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Wow ! What can I say ? Heaven on Earth !
Our family of 5 , that's my wife, myself, our 3 kids 14, 12 and 8 years of age had a totally grand time there.
Our flight from Manila to Palawan was smooth, so was our check in btw, we were met by our guide ( each group has your own guide ) who took us to our boat and he was our guide for the duration of our stay.
Snorkeling, kayaking, stand up board paddling... We even had our kids try the Discover Scuba Diving experience, it's a 45 minute dive up to 6 meters in the resort reef and it was awesome.
We initially booked for a family garden cottage since it was the cheapest but upon learning that there were 2 deluxe sea view rooms available we decided to splurge and transfer rooms.
Food is good, variety is good, no TV but you won't miss it, wifi in public areas is available but spotty at best...
We stayed a total of 5 days and 4 nights and wished we had stayed 2 weeks instead, we also had an opportunity to visit their sister resort Lagen, nice... But it reminded me of the Club House of my local golf club, everything is cemented, too sterile... It does not have the homey, native, Robinson Crusoe ambiance that Miniloc has...
We are already planning our next trip to Miniloc, and this time we might stay 2 weeks !

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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6  Thank Kart_501
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

So, I won't go into the details, but safe to say our babymoon got off to a rather shaky start. Torrential downpours, flood warnings. Thailand wasn't playing ball.

In the space of 24 hours, jetlagged and more than a little peeved, we managed to book an entirely new holiday from the safety of our room in Koh Samui as the rain hurled itself at our villa window. (quick shout out to Six Senses in Koh Samui for being incredibly understanding and helping us sort everything out).

Cut to 24 hours after that - a 24 hours that included 3 flights, 2 taxi rides, a boat ride, and a fair bit of haggling - and we found ourselves staring in disbelief as our boat coasted into El Nido Resort on Miniloc Island in the Philippines. I won't lie - there were tears. Tears of joy. After the past 2 days experience, El Nido is precisely what you want to see. A stunning resort in a bay, surrounded by beautiful forest and crystal blue sea. Wow.

It may be slightly tricky to get to (but in no way should that be something that puts you off), but it's worth it a hundred times over. Hospitality to rival any resort, brilliant trips that simply take you to places rather than make you act as a group, luxurious accommodation, but the real jewel in their offering is the geography of the area. This is a place of unbeliveable beauty.

A few tips: you can stay at Lagen Island Resort (well worth it) after the 4pm boat back to Miniloc. Just ask to be picked up later. Try and get a boat back at sunset - it's a phenomenal experience. Also, do the dinner for two, and try and get it in Big Lagoon. Super romantic! Intalula was the best beach for us, and probably the best snorkeling. Clown fish everywhere! Watch out for jellyfish - there were quite a few when we were there.

Oh, and if anyone is wondering if it's safe for a babymoon, being slightly remote, then don't worry. They have a resident doctor, and are fully prepared for any eventuality.

Think that's it. I really really really can't recommend this place enough. It was everything we wanted our babymoon to be, so the fact that we lucked onto it (albeit through bad luck with the weather in Thailand) made it even better.

Go. You won't regret it.

Room Tip: Try and get one of the Deluxe Seaview rooms. We were upgraded to this because we booked through Splendia ;-)
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank graeme h
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

We have been to some amazing islands in the Maldives, but Miniloc was as good if not better. The incredible welcome with all the staff singing to us. The wonderful room with great views, the incredible buffet for breakfast and dinner, the islands - it is all amazing. They take you on trips with spot on timing, to incredible islands where you can be totally alone on a beautiful beach. Then they collect you at the time promised - wonderful organisation! We had a BBQ on a beautiful beach with all fresh ingredients. The staff were the best - always smiling - always helpful - then as we were leaving they sung to us again and kept waving to us until we were out of sight. What an incredible hotel - if you want the best then go to this hotel!

Room Tip: On the beach facing the sea.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank David1224
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

Our son, a travel writer, had been here several years ago and had been urging us to try it ever since. It was no disappointment, Islands and rock formations never got boring. Outings were well planned and executed. Transportation to and from Miniloc, as well as coordination of various outings and trips to nearby Nido resorts was coordinated to the nth degree. You really just have to choose what you want to do from their "menu", then they make it happen (and make sure you are on the boat). Staff super friendly. Will return!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Scoot C
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

For Dra Mary; Dondon;Thids & Joylen
Mir

ATTN: MIR

Please allow my husband and I to thank dra mary for her very warm hospitality during our honeymoon stay at your resort (17-19 APRIL 2013).

She has gone out of her way a few times for us that made our stay more special.
She was certainly full of surprises.

We hope to see more of her bubbly self in your islands.

To the best doctor! Thank you for going that extra mile for us!

Your awesome!

The island was paradise as expected, just beautiful and made it very difficult to leave :(

Just also want to commend: Dondon & Thids from the front office; Joylen of housekeeping who made our beautiful honeymoon bed set up surprise in our cottage on our first night in Miniloc.

Thank you all and hope to see you again soon!


Cheers!
Afshin & Margarita Maheronnaghsh

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank MMFM2013
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