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Reviewed 2 August 2013

dont be turned off by the price of this resort. it will be well worth it! i learned that even the drinking water is imported all the way from Manila, so just that explains the price. price already includes meals and transportation going to tourist destinations and activities. the house reef has jack fishes that come at exactly 8:30am everyday. i thought the food was good! manager was very approachable, as she was able to extend our stay without extra cost to our airplane ticket.
downside: our first room's airconditioner bogged down; but they transferred us within 30minutes.
no tv in the room so bring lots of reading materials. bring junk food- as the hotel has limited stock at 350% the original price.

Room Tip: small rooms at this resort; very basic and spartan.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Thank mamabelz
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Great for both family and couple vacationers. Rooms were clean and sufficiently furnished. A/C. Stayed at a beach front room. Great view of the ocean. Not having wifi or TV in the rooms forces you to go outside. You can do one of a multiple selection of included activities or lay on a lounge chair to read a book. There is always an activity coordinator present on site. Lots of islands to visit. Lots of sea creatures to see. The buffet meals always have a great selection. The entire resort has a rustic atmosphere without lacking of comfort and amenities. It is clean. The housekeeping and landscape staff are prompt and efficient. It has two great assets: location and staff. Ms Carmel runs the place. She is friendly and approachable. Sir Don-don runs the food and beverage department. He has a friendly, attentive staff. Mera, Arnel, Lyka, Misha, 'Chard, Jun, Joel, Rod, Ron, Jobeth, Joice, and Sir Mike are in the dining room. Joel, Jeff, Noli, Jonell, and Mark are at the bar. They anticipate your needs. There is a pool and ping pong table, a basketball half court and volleyball court. kids activities are available by request. Ms Badeth is one of the activities coordinators. They keep the guests busy and entertained. If you want a little excitement from a water activity without encountering a shark or barracuda, try getting in the water during the daily fish feeding when the jacks are fed. Visit another resort and eat and stay for two hours or all day. Arrange for a meal at one of the many beaches. They will set everything up from the table and chairs to flatware. Nothing disposable. You have that beach all to yourself for however long you want. They can pick you up to return to the resort or you can kayak back. You are assigned a tour guide. They are locals. They are very knowledgeable of the flora and fauna of the region. Vocz, Weng, Rey, and others. The staff work well together. It's always about the guests. We were there for almost two weeks. During the low season. We had rainy days but not all day. It's tolerable as long as there are no strong winds. Laundry service is provided. Bring bug spray and antihistamine ointment. It is the tropics after all. Bug bites are almost always unavoidable. We will return. We fell in love with the staff. It was my first time snorkeling and kayaking. Our guide taught me how to do both. Having a life vest on was also a plus. We miss them all a lot!

Room Tip: Water cottages are ideal for couples. Don't even try fitting more than 2 people in there.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank piccrn
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

El Nido Resorts, Miniloc Island, is a nice place to relax. However, I noticed that in our stay of 3 days and 2 nights, the food seems to be basically the same, with little or no variaion, except for some items which our group provided ourselves.
Also, we had a horrible expirience during our last night in the Resort. We were scheduled to have dinner in a raft in the Big Lagoon. However, while dinner was being served, there was a sudden downpour, and we had no choice but to go back to the abandon the planned dinner at the raft and go back to the main resturant. There were three (3) boats used to ferry Us back. Unfortunately, I was in the second boat and on the way back, the steering cable of the boat snapped and broke. It was pitch dark and our boat did not have any light at all. In fact, the 3rd boat behind us, almost rammed into our boat in the middle of the sea. Also, none of the our boat crew was carrying a radio to communicate and seek help in situations like that.

I wish the resort would be prudent enough to see and take measures to ensure the safety of their guests.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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4  Thank aquilalegis
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

My sister, a friend and I stayed there for 3 nights. 
What I liked: cleanliness, beauty of the scenery /island (just near small lagoon), great staff very helpful and loooot of activities! 
Yes, the staff was very nice and helpful, they know all the good spot, the dive guides are great and they all help to organize my sister's birthday! 
They offered us a cake, played songs and even gave a present to my sister! :) 

We can do kayak, stand up paddle, volley ball, badminton, table tennis, snorkelling. All of these activities are included in the price. Extra charge for diving.
 Food is very good and with plenty of choice! 

The only negative point: the management! We had great difficulties to join them: we send many many mails to know how to get there, but no answer. We got to call them but here again, we got to call many times before someone answers. 
We booked the room for 3 peoples so there was an extra charge for the third person. The website we booked the hotel on, said it was $3/night but actually it was $120/night and the manager wanted us to pay whereas it is said in the mail of confirmation that the hotel is responsable if there is a mistake! 
We spend a whole hour to argue about it and finally didn't have to pay. 
The thing is that the manager came to talk to us whereas we had dinner. He could have wait until we were done! So we were a little bit upset about that! 

Except this unpleasant episode, everything was great. I just suggest to stay 3 days 2 nights is enough if dont dive. 

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Vivich
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

We booked our trip with www.ImagineAsia.co.uk and had good advice based on local knowledge and a good local handling agent. We were originally meant to break spend a week in el nido with a few days in Apulit and a few in Miniloc. A late change in flight times by PA resulted in our flights from HK arriving too late for the Apulit transfer, Imagine Asia and El Nido Resorts were great sorting out a change in the programme, and we ended up staying in Lagen and Miniloc, and had an upgrade thrown in. Both resorts are really nice places to stay, we were 2 adults and 2 kids aged 8 and 11. We went diving, snorkelling, boat trips to all of the local breach clubs, sailing and windsurfing, kayaking. The local staff were outstanding, make sure you speak to the organising staff as they come round the tables at night and book as many trips as possible ( all included in the hotel booking). The food was good, don't expect high cuisine, but its good, fresh and varied. Again don't expect the Six Senses, or the 6 star nonsense you get in the middle east, the rooms and decor are more 4 star, we liked the lack of pretension. Highly recommended, I would split the visit as we did between two resorts, Miniloc /Lagen if you like a pool and have kids, Pangalusian if you are on a honeymoon like trip. We will be back.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Simon C
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ElNidoResorts P, Public Relations Manager at El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2013

We are glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you and we look forward to your return on the islands!

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