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Indulge in an Overwater Bungalow on a Philippines Vacation

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Published on Jan 17, 2017
Christian Baines
By Christian BainesContributing Writer

Set on the emerald west coast of the island of Palawan is El Nido. More than a tropical paradise, El Nido is almost totally unspoiled, with its wonderful beaches, clear waters, and stunning cliffs - making it one of the world’s most beautiful resorts and a great escape while on a Philippines vacation. There are not many overwater accommodations in Asia (like there are in Tahiti) and Goway offers some of the best with the 3 El Nido properties that offer these private rooms set over the ocean.

El Nido Bay and Cadlao Island, Palawan, Philippines
El Nido Bay and Cadlao Island, Palawan

El Nido Apulit Island Resort

El Nido Apulit Island Resort is for those seeking luxury and elegance. Truly a tropical paradise with sprawling white-sand beach lined with coconut palm trees, wildlife, colourful tropical fish, and scenic landscapes. The El Nido Apulit features 50 water villas and no other rooms on its private island. This eco-resort has a long list of water sports and activities available, so it’s ideal for an active guest or for a honeymoon couple looking for an escape in paradise.

Aerial View of Water Cottages at El Nido Apulit Island Resort, Philippines
Aerial view of Water Cottages at El Nido Apulit Island Resort

El Nido Lagen Island Resort

El Nido Lagen Island Resort is set in lush forest and a calm and shallow lagoon - ideal for anyone wanting a private and tranquil island holiday. The El Nido Lagen Island resort offers 50 rooms of which 18 are water villas beautifully appointed using local materials, and are ideal for honeymooners. This resort occupies a secluded portion of a small island that is only accessible by boat. There are fewer activities available at this resort compared to the others in the group, so this is an ideal place to get away from it all and just relax while enjoying the amazing scenery.

Enjoy a Private Romantic Dinner at El Nido Lagen Island Resort, Philippines
Enjoy a private and romantic dinner at El Nido Lagen Island Resort

El Nido Miniloc Island Resort

El Nido Miniloc Island Resort is the perfect vacation destination for the young and young at heart is search of a fun and vibrant holiday. Tucked in a beautiful cove with limestone cliffs, it is reminiscent of a coastal village and is great for snorkeling with its vibrant marine life and crystal clear waters. With a total of 50 rooms, 7 are Water Cottages built on stilts and 5 are Seaview Rooms. The most modestly priced of the El Nido Group’s three private island resorts in the Philippines, the El Nido Miniloc offers 5 water villas perched just out over its scenic bay. This is an eco-resort that honours its remote setting, using local materials to build and furnish all the rooms. There’s no TV or entertainment system, so this is ideal for those looking to escape the modern world. The best feature of this resort is its breathtaking location on its own island, just a short ride to several other small and gorgeous islands. The prices are also quite modest for such a place, making this one of the best value water villas in Asia.

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding at El Nido Miniloc Island Resort, Philippines
Stand-up paddle boarding at El Nido Miniloc Island Resort

The three El Nido resorts are close to each other and many guests choose to stay at more than one of them during their Philippines vacation. Here’s one testimonial from one of our guests:

Palawan and El Nido: Best treatment ever. Thank you for helping Tapio with the birthday arrangement. OMG. Unbelievable experience. They took me out on a night boat ride to see fireflies...on a secluded beach. Full dinner, wines, cakes, candles and all. Lots of see through crabs :D And the manager of the hotel sent me off and greeted me when I came back barefoot on the beach. The best place ever to send honeymooners :D Lagoons, caves, boating, snorkling. Annika from San Mateo County, California

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Christian Baines
Christian Baines
Goway - Contributing Writer

Christian’s first globetrotting adventure saw him get lost exploring the streets of Saigon. Following his nose to Asia’s best coffee, two lifelong addictions were born. A freelance writer and novelist, Christian’s travels have since taken him around his native Australia, Asia, Europe, and much of North America. His favourite trips have been through Japan, Spain, and Brazil, though with a love of off-beat, artsy cities, he’ll seize any opportunity to return to Paris, New York, or Berlin.

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