A Day at Pangulasian Island, El Nido, Palawan
|The beachfront at Pangalusian Island|
|The reception area|
Pangulasian Island Resort, also known as the "Island of the Sun," can be reached through a 55-minute plane ride via Island Transvoyager Inc. (more popularly known as ITI, see related post here). From the Lio Airport in El Nido, guests are transported via an aircon jeepney to the private wharf where the resort's boat that will transport you to the resort awaits. From the wharf, Pangulasian Island Resort is about 25 minutes away.
It is also accessible by a 6-hour land trip via Puerto Princesa, Palawan's capital. From Puerto Princesa, take a shuttle to El Nido (Lexus, Fort Wally).
El Nido Resorts is known for its sustainability and community development efforts across all of its four properties: Apulit, Lagen, Miniloc, and Pangulasian. In fact, just this year, it was awarded the World Travel & Tourism Council Tourism for Tomorrow Award 2013 for the Community Benefit category during the WTTC‘s 13th Global Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
I was once a witness to how everyone in the resort gears towards becoming an outstanding "green" luxury leisure property. Upon arrival, guests are given a brief orientation on the 10 El Ni-Do's (the resort's guidelines on the protection and conservation of El Nido's natural resources). Guests are also provided a refillable water flask (to lessen disposal of plastic water bottles used in mineral water) and a mini trash bag where they can throw small pieces of garbage like candy wrappers, etc. for the duration of their trip.
|The 10 El Ni-Do's|
Rooms and Facilities
The all-villa luxury property Pangulasian Island Resort boasts 42 contemporary Filipino-themed accommodations that include 24 Beach Villas, six Pool Villas, eight Canopy Villas and four ultra-intimate Kalaw Villas (located at the further west end of the island).
Among these villas, I was able to check out the Beach Villa. The villa's interiors indeed radiate coziness and warmth with its Filipino-inspired details. The ceiling is reminiscent of the iconic bahay kubo (nipa hut). Well, a contemporary and elegant version at that.
|Inside the Beach Villa|
|A view from the poolside|
|The idyllic 750-meter beachfront|
|The rocky end of the island|
|Lunch or dinner by the beach|
|At the other end of the island are beautiful rock formations|
|Approaching Pangulasian Island Resort at sunset|
|Sunset at Pangulasian Island Resort|
El Nido Resorts
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