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10 Stunning El Nido Resorts

When we think of stunning luxury resorts in paradise (i.e. overwater bungalows in the middle of clear turquoise waters), we usually think of heavenly getaways such Maldives, Tahiti, and remote islands in the Caribbean.

But that is soon to change with all the impressive El Nido resorts.

Considering this Philippine paradise is recognized as the most beautiful island in the world by Condé Nast for several years now, more and more travelers are discovering not only the jawdropping landscapes of this island, but the stunning El Nido resorts that are on the island.

If you are looking to stay in one of these gorgeous El Nido resorts soon, keep in mind that most of them are almost always sold out. So you make sure you book right away if the the dates are available for the resort!

Enjoy!

1. MATINLOC RESORT

What Guests are Saying on Booking.Com:

This place is incredible. Absolutely wonderful. Almost like being on a deserted island with 5 star service. I only took a couple points off (to be explained later). The property is amazing, the staff is out of this world. This place is straight up good for locking yourself away from the world for a few days. So relaxing! We had very few complaints.

Sarah

USA

AVERAGE RATING: 8.5     PRICES STARTING FROM:  $301 USD     CHECK AVAILABILITY

2. PANGALUSIAN RESORT

What Guests are Saying on Booking.Com:

Fantastic and very exclusive El Nido resort ! amazing sea marine wild life in front of the villa thanks to ecological approach and systematic preservation of wildlife. No plastic policy helps a lot. congratulations to you all for preserving such amazing place !!

Olivier

Singapore

AVERAGE RATING: 9.4     PRICES STARTING FROM:  $495 USD     CHECK AVAILABILITY

3. THE NEST EL NIDO BEACH RESORT

What Guests are Saying on Booking.Com:

Rural location, away from noisy town streets. Very good breakfast selection -birds like it too 🙂 free tricycle ride to-from town, reception very friendly, hut amazing and comfortable with a sea view. Nice infinity pool overlooking the sea and islands. Amazing El Nido hotel!

Lucia

United Kingdom

AVERAGE RATING: 8.3     PRICES STARTING FROM:  $150 USD    CHECK AVAILABILITY

4. VELLAGO RESORT

What Guests are Saying on Booking.Com:

I loved the privacy it offered and there are limited rooms – beach is semi private – the staff really go the extra mile to make your stay special – I wish we had stayed here all of the 7 nights at El Nido resort – I am dreaming of coming back. Couples resort which is a bonus!!

Vanessa

South Africa

AVERAGE RATING: 9.0     PRICES STARTING FROM:  $1,012 USD    CHECK AVAILABILITY

5. PANORAMA RESORT

What Guests are Saying on Booking.Com:

Loved our stay! The resort it’s self is amazing and one of a kind. Nothing bad to say about this place. Our room was spacious and clean. The staff was very helpful, attentive and welcoming. Adjacent to the resort is a beach restaurant and bar with a killer sunset view. My friends and I would defiantly stay here again.

Jinelle

Canada

AVERAGE RATING: 8.9     PRICES STARTING FROM:  $430 USD    CHECK AVAILABILITY

6. BUKO BEACH RESORT

What Guests are Saying on Booking.Com:

I have been in many places in my life. Buko Resort is a perfect 10. Would like to see more resorts with this kind of service. The staff is wonderfull, available and very nice. They make all your wishes come true and you feel part of the family. A big thank you to Theresa and her team. In El Nido there is only Buko Beach for me and my girlfriend. The resort is small, exclusive and eco friendly. Beautifull and cosy rooms. We stayed for 3 nights and in those days we got up before 6AM, therefore before breakfast schedule. But the resort team always had the availability to prepare a special early bird and serve it in the bar. Details matter! The bar has one of the best sunsets in El Nido. Hope to come back to Buko Beach Resort. Keep it up! 🙂

Gustavo

Portugal

AVERAGE RATING: 8.4     PRICES STARTING FROM:  $430 USD     CHECK AVAILABILITY

7. EL NIDO RESORTS MINILOC ISLAND

What Guests are Saying on Booking.Com:

TOP TIP: Combine your stay between Lagen and Miniloc for a complete experience! The location is perfect, just 5 min from big and small lagoon. The area just in front of the hotel is perfect for snorkeling. Staff amazing and food delicious. One of the El Nido hotels that feel like home.

Rodrigo

Brazil

AVERAGE RATING: 9.1     PRICES STARTING FROM:  $780 USD    CHECK AVAILABILITY

8. CAUAYAN ISLAND RESORT AND SPA

What Guests are Saying on Booking.Com:

Very quite and private island, with quite close distance with El Nido town. This is the place where you can really relax and enjoy your holiday. You shall not miss the SPA where you can enjoy the SPA and watch baby sharks swimming in the sea! One of the most amazing El Nido resorts you can not miss!

Calvin

China

AVERAGE RATING: 8.7     PRICES STARTING FROM:  $307 USD    CHECK AVAILABILITY

9. CUNA HOTEL

What Guests are Saying on Booking.Com:

Loved friendly staff. Pool deck and restaurant amazing. Our kids loved it as the staff so fun and kind. Great to retreat after island hopping to a few luxuries. Beds v clean and comfy.

Georgina

United Arab Emirates

AVERAGE RATING: 8.8     PRICES STARTING FROM:  $95 USD     CHECK AVAILABILITY

10. EL NIDO RESORTS LAGEN ISLAND

What Guests are Saying on Booking.Com:

The location is great and the staff makes this place even better. Everybody is so nice and helpful. Really nice views of the sunset. Food delicious and really fresh. We had a beach villa and it was really spacious, clean with a lot of amenities. The hotel supply complimentary water in all the rooms and restaurants. They have a free plastic policy that I find it great to preserve the environment. One of the best El Nido hotels out there.

Santi

Spain

AVERAGE RATING: 9.0     PRICES STARTING FROM:  $958 USD    CHECK AVAILABILITY

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18 Comments

  1. There’s absolutely no doubt that El Niro is stunning and I really wanted to visit when we were in the Philippines a few years back. However I was stunned by the prices, especially in comparison to other equally amazing places in Asia and the Maldives. Do you have any idea how to book one of these places without losing an arm and a leg?

    • Hi Anne! Booking.com usually has some of the best deals I’ve found in comparison to other booking sites I’ve been on- some of the costs are almost 40% off compared to other sites.

      But yes – I hope you come back soon before it gets way toooooo touristy!

  2. Such beautiful properties in such a stunning location. I loved El Nido and before travelling, we also considered the resort on Matinloc Island as well as Miniloc Island. However, they were a little out of our budget so we settled for a more budget option (also a beach resort on the main El Nido island). However, I would really recommend one to spend a little extra because some of these resorts in the Philippines are exceptional!

    • Hello Medha! Matinloc Island and Miniloc are definitely on my bucket list. Some of the pictures on those properties are mind boggling…. it’s alike a heaven on heaven on heaven….

  3. It’s just so tempting. I have been thinking of Philippine’s fir sometime now and after doing most of south east Asia this seems to top on the list. Like you said the water the beaches are all pristine and the ones you think of in The Caribbean and Maldives. The resorts look perfect with inviting pools. Thanks fir sharing a great set of accommodation with reviews as well. Key again as you said is book in advance.

    • Hi Amar!

      I hope these resorts are calling your name to visit El Nido ASAP!

      And definitely, BOOK IN ADVANCE! It’s crazy how some of these resorts are sold out even on off-season!

  4. The Philippines is such a beautiful country with a seemingly unlimited number of beaches and islands. It is a paradise in its own right. These resorts at El Nido seem to take uber luxury to an altogether different level. All of them have that dreamy and romantic aura which one associates with the Maldives or Seychelles or any other exotic island in the Caribbean. A stay in one of these would be nothing short of a dream come true. Though all of them look extremely gorgeous, my attention was riveted on Miniloc Island. It looks so lovely.

    • Hello Sandy! I don’t think you can go wrong in any of these resorts – but Miniloc is for sure getting some attention here.

  5. What incredible resorts, my mouth dropped at these photos! I’d definitely love to book a few nights at all of them if possible, but I think I’d be seriously broke! The Panorama is probably my favourite, just because of that stunning decor. Would love to visit one day!

    • Hi Lisa! Booking a few nights on some of these resorts would be a dream! But I think you can find great deals on booking.com if you book in advance!

  6. These all exotic resorts of El Nido are really worth visiting ones for nature lovers. I loved those turquoise water of this place and even the resorts offer beautiful views from their property. Also the guest reviews are excellent for these properties. El Nido has stunning luxury resorts and I am saving it for my future visits.

    • Hello Yukti! YES – the resorts are exceptional – and talk about the turquoise water of these places!

  7. I can see why most of these resorts are sold out, they look incredible! I’ve never been to the Philippines before, but a stay on the beach in El Nido seems like exactly the kind of vacation that I would enjoy. I particularly like how Miniloc Island looks, will definitely save these recommendations for when I finally visit.

    • Hi Leah! Yes – it looks like everyone on here seem really keen on Miniloc Island. I’ve checked the dates, and seems like a lot of them are already sold out!

  8. I stayed at the Pangulasian and Miniloc resorts about 3 years ago! Pangulasian is our favourite. I can’t wait to go back soon and stay at the Lagen one!

    • Cat – so jealous! Pangulasian looks heavenly!

  9. Thats a lovely compiled list of some gorgeous Instagrammable luxurious resorts in El Nino.Loved reading the post, as I definitely will be visiting Philippines, early next year. Having stayed at a luxury resort in Maldives, I am eager to experience the resorts in El Nino, now.

    • Hello Arnav! early next year is the perfect time to visit Philippines, especially El Nido! Perfect weather!

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