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Karuna EL Nido Villas

Taytay - EL Nido National Highway Barangay Corong Corong, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313 Philippines
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#57 of 214 Specialty lodging in El Nido
Karuna El Nido Villas is a unique boutique resort that offers exceptional Villas, Joglos, Studios and Lumbungs to guests who want to experience the tranquility of El Nido and its Bacuit Bay with Karuna El Nido Villas that provides all resort style amenities to cater for a high-end vacation experience with infinity pool, restaurant, sunset deck/bar, security, services etc. Every unit is designed in an Indonesian style and completely manufactured and imported from Indonesia and Bali, from its wood to marble, tiles and paintings. LIVE IN THE ENCHANTMENT OF NOW !!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Laundry service
Shuttle bus service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Wardrobe / closet
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
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Mountain view
Ocean view
Pool view
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Full view
60Somewhat walkable
Grade: 60 out of 100
18Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
0Attractionswithin 0.5 km
Taytay - EL Nido National Highway Barangay Corong Corong, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313 Philippines
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El Nido Airport5 kmSee all flights
Cesar Lim Rodriguez Airport40 kmSee all flights
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Marianne H wrote a review Mar 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark9 contributions
Karuna is Fantastic! Nice, clean and big room with super terrace. We lived in a "Joglo 2" with Javanese design. The Joglo was made from teakwood and stone, all the elements come from Indonesia. Built up along a hillside - so people with any kind og walking problems should not choose this hotel. There is a fridge, filtered water and a small kitchen. Te and coffee is for free in the room, with Wi-Fi and air condition. Exciting bath and toilette facilities.A bathtub on the side of the terrace with a view. Visit the restaurant/bar with infinity pool. Rodge in the bar is super with information, answering questions and serves delicious drinks. This er were you will find the most beautiful view of water, islands, smal harbour and sunset. Friendly and very helpful staff.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: Joglo is bigger and have nicer view then the studios.
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Gabriella P wrote a review Jan 2020
8 contributions6 helpful votes
Absolutely loved this place and would stay again/recommend it to friends. The rooms were spacious, simple and clean. Equipped with a decent size kitchen although we only used the fridge to store drinks. The views from our studio (from the bed, balcony and outdoor bathtub and shower) and the dining/pool area were incredible. There was no need to go to sunset bars when we could have drinks on our balcony. It was a highlight of our trip to the Philippines. It is a little walk from the main road, and a steep one at that, but this didn’t put me off the place. To put it into context my boyfriend has recently had heart surgery and whilst he had to pause a few times when we walked from the road to our studio he was able to manage it. In any case they have a car which can come and take you up/down the hill. They mentioned they were considering giving guests staying at higher residences their own transportation - if they’re able to manage it golf carts would work well. Bar did good drinks. Food from the restaurant was a little hit and miss. If we stayed again we probably wouldn’t eat there. Food service was also very slow...took over an hour one morning to get brekkie (and most other days c45 mins) so bear that in mind if you need to leave for a tour/flight. Could have been because they were a bit short staffed as we stayed over NYE. All in all a fantastic stay. Michelle and her colleagues were super helpful and friendly. Wish we could have stayed longer.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Anderson wrote a review Dec 2019
New York City, New York18 contributions
Upon arriving I was greeted by Michelle. She is lovely. She showed me the pool and restaurant area. Villas and views are absolutely amazing! I look forward to coming back again and highly recommend this stunning villa to anyone! It is a steep walk, however, it’s a great workout and well worth it!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled on business
jaymoo69 wrote a review Nov 2019
Littleborough, United Kingdom67 contributions42 helpful votes
Both my husband and I were very excited to stay here as part of our first anniversary and before we got here we had a total mix up with our booking as it had been uploaded incorrectly on Hotels.com and the rate for the accommodation we had paid for was incorrectly set up (not really our problem) however a really helpful lady Michelle did look at booking us another smaller space at a discounted rate for the inconvenience: So on arriving at the villas we were politely checked in and given a mobile phone to use for booking any transport either for free rides up and down the hill (as it is very steep to the main road) this is a good service (or so you would seem) getting from reception to our Jonglo no.4 was very tiring. The road itself is at a very steep gradient and then 80 steps to the villa. Once you arrive the views are nothing short of spectacular I can not deny and is its saving grace as it is an outstanding view looking over El Nido. We were exhausted however from the walk up to the villa and it did put us off from using any of the facilities as the swimming pool which is lovely is at the bottom of the steps. We did have an arrival drink and the guy at the pool was very well mannered. We took advantage of the driver to take us to a nearby bar (Panorama) very good just after sunset and also booked him to take us to a restaurant which had been recommended to us (Tamboks) he was really great and friendly and had explained if we finished before 9.30pm he could collect us and we used the phone to boom this and all was fine (apart from the meal) we hiked back up the steps which certainly tired us out. The room was cool but was also inhabited by a number of insects which I removed and is kinda expected in this type of location. But the next morning I had been half eaten alive by bugs which is just something which can happen. On our second day tho we had a couple of issues not of the hotels making and again Michelle was amazing at trying to sorting them out again. We returned from our trip and hiked back up the steps to get changed and back o it for sunset at a local bar. To then when coming back the phone had no credit so we could t call the driver or reception. There was no way we physically could walk up the hill so we had to convince a tricicle driver to bring us up the hill and of course paid. I did explain to Michelle there had been this problem and ok 20 mins later it was loaded with some credit but it’s all a bit too late by then. On arriving in the room we thought a nice chilled early night watching tv maybe a movie as you early for our flight. To find that the TV satalite channels didn’t work apart from Nickelodeon! So it’s been a bit of a let down. Other issues are the internet as maybe this villa is a little far away from the main reception and the signal strength is limited and cuts off quite easily. It’s an expensive place to stay even with a big discount and I don’t know what extras will be added to our bill tomorrow though I will discuss these with the new manager as it needs some looking at. It’s a shame as the basics for this place are amazing and it’s hard to solve some of them like steps but a little more care and attention need to be looked at. It is gorgeous until you scratch the surface a little. Coming from a hospitality background myself I understand the issues with the industry. The staff are the big saving grace here and that alone is not sufficient in this day and age. Would I return no probably not which is a shame as the views are to die for. There are other issues and things which I feel let this down and I hope that the new manager can do a concise and realistic approach to making it much better and work on some solutions as it unfortunately fails in many ways. It’s a real shame as it could be very special. Michelle is a star though and I hope she is looked after for her service to the clientele.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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shutterspeed75 wrote a review Jun 2019
Boracay49 contributions17 helpful votes
I go to El Nido frequently for business but I usually stay in cheap resorts. So sometimes I treat myself after a week of hard work. I stayed at Karuna Villas and it was almost perfect. The vibe, the design , the architecture,and most of all the view. You don't ever wanna leave once you stay here. The service is also fantastic. The staff are so helpful specially Michelle Vino, the manager. Thank you for making my stay so unforgettable. I will be back for sure and I am going to recommend first Karuna El Nido when my friends ask me for a recommendation.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
US$111 - US$372 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
PhilippinesMimaropaPalawan ProvincePalawan IslandEl Nido
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Frequently Asked Questions about Karuna EL Nido Villas
What are some of the property amenities at Karuna EL Nido Villas?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Karuna EL Nido Villas?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Karuna EL Nido Villas?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Karuna EL Nido Villas?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Karuna EL Nido Villas?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bella Vita El Nido, Gandhi's Revenge, and Ristorante La Lupa.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Karuna EL Nido Villas?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Karuna EL Nido Villas have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Karuna EL Nido Villas offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Karuna EL Nido Villas have airport transportation?
Yes, Karuna EL Nido Villas offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Karuna EL Nido Villas have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.