Swap Wi-Fi for water sports at El Nido’s Miniloc Island eco retreat, perfect for the young and young at heart looking to escape the modern world. Admire, and become part of, the natural beauty that surrounds you in this floating paradise off the Coast of Palawan Island. This peaceful resort offers 50 spacious thatched cottages found on the beach and over the water on stilts. To blend in with the natural surroundings the interiors are kitted out in local materials and indigenous crafts – so sit back and relax on your private veranda and watch the world go by.
Hop from Manila Domestic Airport to El Nido’s Lio Airport before zooming off by boat to Miniloc Island, a short 45 minutes away. Upon arrival receive a refreshing welcome drink and enjoy a local melody played by your hosts before heading to your home on stilts. Why not take an early morning hike up to the top of those majestic limestone cliffs for sunrise before heading back down to the beach to embark on a kayak around the crystal waters of the Big and Small Lagoon that sit either side of your hotel paradise. As part of an island collection, hopping between them creates a welcome feeling of exploration, before you head back to your Water Cottage for a sundowner allowing the birdsong to be your soothing soundtrack.
Each of the 50 rooms, from Water Cottages to Deluxe Seaview Rooms, have their own private veranda looking out to the island paradise that surrounds you, and below to the natural aquarium of fishes, from the Jack fish to vibrant coral gardens. On first arrival you’ll notice the beautifully thatched roofs and bamboo weaves that are just a few of the essential local Filipino materials used to craft your accommodation. Our inner eco-warrior loves the Deluxe Seaview Suite, the ambassador for this eco-friendly resort. Your room is wholly powered by solar energy with an efficient lighting and cooling system, and awaiting you upon arrival are an eco-friendly water bottle and bag, allowing you to be part of the efforts too.
Why we like it
We feel inspired by how much El Nido care for the environment, and the lengths they have gone to create a winning balance of sustainability and luxury, without compromising on either. Greenhouses from nearby El Nido town provide over half of the Resort’s vegetable produce, such as arugula and pechay, as well as the experimental cuisine avoiding endangered species such as grouper and sea bass. All in all, it’s guilt-free relaxation and indulgence for you.