A Day at Pangulasian Island, El Nido, Palawan

The beachfront at Pangalusian Island
It has been a year since we had visited the paradisiacal town of El Nido in Palawan. I must admit that I had fallen in love with the place at first sight. The rock formations, pristine beaches and azure waters make it an award-winning eco-friendly destination. So, in commemoration of this trip, I would like to share a glimpse of Pangalusian Island Resort - El Nido Resort's youngest baby off the picturesque Bacuit Bay in Northern Palawan.

The reception area
How to go there?
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).

On Eco-Tourism
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
The Beach Villa also has a 15-sqm veranda where you can spend an afternoon with a good read or a good cup of coffee. You can even have your breakfast served here.

The veranda
For me, the best part of the Beach Villa is the mini bar. Not only do they have a fantastic espresso machine en suite, the bar is also stuffed with delectable cookies, nuts and other bedtime sweets -- all complimentary. And I am talking about jars (not packs) of bedtime snacks. Isn't that amazing?

Mini bar
The bathroom is spacious and well-designed. It has a roomy rain shower area encased in glass that can actually double as a "steam" bath (well, technically it's not a steam bath but you are welcome to improvise right?) My only comment is that why don't they have a tub? =)

The bathroom
The dresser
The Beach Villas are located about a few steps away from the pool and the clubhouse. The poolside is  yet another spot where sunset can be viewed at its best.

The resort also prides itself in having a 750-meter of pristine white beach with El Nido's iconic rock formations on the background.

A view from the poolside

The idyllic 750-meter beachfront

The rocky end of the island
Pangulasian Island Resort has a house reef where you can see an interesting mix of marine life. Up to where the Canopy Villas are, there is also a jump off point to the trail going up the view deck where you could see a panoramic view of Bacuit Bay.

Lunch or dinner by the beach

At the other end of the island are beautiful rock formations

Approaching Pangulasian Island Resort at  sunset
The island also prides itself with having the best views of both the sunrise and the sunset.

Sunset at Pangulasian Island Resort

For its price tag at Php 34,500++ per night for a Beach Villa, you might think that it's too steep. But the quality of rooms, the impeccable service, and most of all, the amazing views at Pangulasian Island Resort are priceless. Spending a day here is like entering a postcard -- everything is picture perfect.


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