Karuna El Nido Villas

Karuna El Nido Villas

Brgy Corong Corong, off National Highway,, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313 Philippines
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Awesome sunset view from studio 2
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₱8,652
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#1 of 10 villas in El Nido
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.4 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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 High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Internet
Pool
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Free shuttle or taxi services
Laundry service
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Safe
Wardrobe / closet
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Oven
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Mountain view
Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Mid-range

Location

Brgy Corong Corong, off National Highway,, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313 Philippines
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 80 out of 100
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El Nido Airport
Cesar Lim Rodriguez Airport
40.3 km
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RoxRocksYeah wrote a review Feb 2022
Manila, Philippines305 contributions34 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It was my first trip in this pandemic and my first time in El Nido. I booked directly and the reservation officer was prompt in her replies. It was an overall pleasant and affordable stay in Karuna. They allowed us a late checkout which we're so grateful for. We got a private pool villa with stunning sunset views for only 18K per night which can accommodate as many as 6 people. There are 2 rooms, a fully functional kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining area and a large living area. It was cozy in the early mornings and evenings but can get really hot and uncomfortable in the afternoon. You get a lot of direct sunlight. The airconditioning units need to be upgraded. I personally didn't like the open type of bathroom especially the one near the open forest. It was a bit creepy for me since my imagination's hyperactive. Wear slippers inside. I got stung by a wood bee. My toe got swollen.

Food was okay. Service was a bit slow. The market is just a few meters away so I suggest that you cook your own meals. They have a portable griller, an electric kettle, a rice cooker and a conduction stove.

The steps going to the villa maybe challenging for those with mobility problems. It will give you a good cardio workout from the reception to the villa itself. It's a bit steep. The villa is situated on a hill so tricycle drivers may decline to take you up the resort itself. What we did was to call the reception desk and asked to be picked up at the road entrance going to the resort.

Take note that this is not a beachfront resort but if you are the type who just wants to enjoy the view of El Nido - the sea, limestones and all, this is your place. I paid online via bank transfer. They don't accept credit cards.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Bring cash, cook your own food
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Gabriella P wrote a review Jan 2020
7 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Daisy D wrote a review Nov 2022
5 contributions7 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Thoroughly enjoyed our very comfortable stay at Karuna villas, staff were very friendly and we loved the location and the room.

PROS:
Large room and terrace
Comfortable bed
Large selection at breakfast, freshly cooked
Free transfer to and from town was very efficient
WhatsApp communication is convenient (but only when tourists have wifi which is sporadic)
Blackouts dealt with quickly
Clean
Very reasonably priced

CONS:
Be aware that tourists won’t have wifi all the time so don’t rely too heavily on WhatsApp comms
Weren’t sure which room we were staying in and changed last min
No intercom at the bottom of the hill to the hotel (we had been travelling for two days solid at this point and were extremely tired!)
Random noises coming from ceiling can be alarming in the middle of the night

We would recommend not taking the shared van transfer option and spending the extra to go private. As female travellers, being ushered into a van, collecting more passengers than the van was designed for with no communication and taking 3 hours longer than advised (from PP airport) was uncomfortable. We would have appreciated it if we had been advised by the hotel what to expect as this was an unfamiliar concept to us and caused some distress.

All in all we would definitely return to Karuna and very much enjoyed our stay.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Karis wrote a review Oct 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We absolutely loooveeeedd our stay at Karuna! This was our first time to El Nido and the view from the hotel was absolutely stunning. After seeing the island we thought the location of this resort was ideal compared to the other hotel options we had considered. The rooms were very clean, spacious and had everything you could need. The staff was sooo friendly and VERY hospitable, they were able to assist us with everything we needed and recommended the best island tours, places to rent motor bikes, kayaks, etc. The restaurant in Karuna was incredible. The food was reasonably priced, even discounted when you are a hotel guest. We did not have a meal that we did not love. Thank you so much to the hotel staff who were all amazing, complements to the chefs and thank you to the housekeepers who were so kind and friendly.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Marianne H wrote a review Mar 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark12 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Joglo is bigger and have nicer view then the studios.
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Hila B wrote a review Apr 2022
7 contributions3 helpful votes
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
If I could give them less than one star I would do it
We took the luxury room, We were deeply disappointed
The Wi-Fi wasn’t working through all of our stay, The room was full of ants and poop of rat. The water in the shower was completely cold and their color was black in the shower and in the tab.
The crew didn’t care about our concerns. I am shock that I pay to this hotel so much money.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Louise J wrote a review Sep 2022
Tokyo, Japan22 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Really pretty and spacious room.
One minor downside was that the shower was only very hot or cold, not warm - but we weren't staying long and the hotel said that maintenance would check it when we told them on checkout.
Fantastic views from the room's balcony and from the restaurant.
Restaurant's food was good, with really great cocktails.

Really useful free car/tricycle service into the town. (Be aware airport transfers to El Nido airport do incur a small fee - about 1500 pesos.)

The hotel also helped us arrange tours of the area.

Being able to WhatsApp the front desk was also incredibly convenient.
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Murray L wrote a review Dec 2022
Tel Aviv, Israel72 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Kurana for five nights during our 28 days in the Philippines. Most enjoyable.
A huge thank you to Helmut and all his team for making our stay memorable.
The views from various vantage points around the complex are wonderful, and we were lucky to catch several amazing sunsets.
We made use of the free transfers to and from town, important as local tuk-tuks will not take guests to the hotel but rather drop them at the junction of the hotel access road. It would be beneficial if the intercom at the junction was functional.
As others have written WiFi can be sporadic and power cuts are not uncommon. But to be fair during our five islands trip we encountered these issues in other locations as well.
I am delighted to recommend the hotel to all.
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Enjoy the pool at sunset, on a clear day it is not to be missed.
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jesus9876 wrote a review May 2022
Valencia, Spain13 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved staying at Karuna el Nido, the views are exceptional. They also have a car service that takes you free of charge to the centre of El Nido.
You can eat in the restaurant with exceptional views of the sea next to the infinity pool.
The room was very spacious, clean and well decorated.
We have been delighted to be there, and hope to return soon, thank you very much.
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All the rooms are great
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Jocelyn wrote a review Dec 2022
57 contributions2 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Karuna villas are perched on a hill in Corong Corong south of El Nido town with spectacular views of the bay. The staff is very friendly and helpful, particularly Sarifa, Angie and Rod. We were welcomed with drinks and were given a complimentary bottle of wine, maybe because it was Christmas but we so appreciated the extra touch. The villa is Indonesian style with a kitchenette, outdoor bath area and balcony. The dining room is next to the pool and served a delicious mis of Filipino and western foods. It is near Vanilla beach and Las Cabanas beach zip line. There is a free shuttle to El Nido town. We would definitely stay here again when we return.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Lio airport is 30min. away via tuk tuk, 350 php Free shuttle to El Nido town Not for folks with...
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BrianandKristi wrote a tip May 4
California91 contributions38 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get a room at the top of the hill to avoid the noise from the road below."
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Hannah W wrote a tip Jan 2024
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring bug repellent"
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Heidis_Travels wrote a tip Jan 2024
Turku, Finland130 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be curious and investigate the town and surrounding; you can find amazing services and beaches near by. The villas are on the hillside ;-)"
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Virginia B wrote a tip Jan 2024
Berkeley, California7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"On a steep hill most tuk-tuks can’t take so there is the hotel free transport is helpful but be prepared to wait 15-30 min."
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R2015TK wrote a tip Aug 2023
96 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is mostly on a hill, so if you have mobility issues, this may not be for you. "
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PRICE RANGE
₱8,503 - ₱11,893 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PhilippinesMimaropaPalawan ProvincePalawan IslandEl Nido
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Frequently Asked Questions about Karuna EL Nido Villas
Which popular attractions are close to Karuna EL Nido Villas?
Nearby attractions include Sip Sunset Lounge - El Nido (0.4 km), La Plage Sunset Restaurant & Bar (0.2 km), and Lovelyn Travel and Tours (0.04 km).
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.
What are some restaurants close to Karuna EL Nido Villas?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bella Vita El Nido, Chica Chica El Nido, and Nanay's Grill And Resto Bar.
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 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.
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