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Karuna El Nido Villas

Brgy Corong Corong, off National Highway,, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313 Philippines
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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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Nicolas P wrote a review Feb 2024
43 contributions41 helpful votes
This establishment is a true gem, nestled in nature with breathtaking views of the sea and magnificent sunsets. This resort, designed on a human scale, provides an intimate and warm atmosphere. We were particularly impressed by the attention paid to maintaining the lush vegetation of the gardens, which contributes to the undeniable charm of the place. The hospitality and service offered by the hotel staff greatly exceeded our expectations. Always attentive, they demonstrated incredible responsiveness, attuned to our every need. The quality of the food matched the high standards of the rest of the services, delighting our taste buds. The proximity to the beaches is an undeniable advantage, allowing us to fully enjoy the assets of the region. As a bonus, the hotel offers a free shuttle service to the city centre, greatly facilitating travel. However, a word of caution to individuals with reduced mobility: the complex is very hilly with many stairs, which could make certain movements challenging. In summary, we had a memorable stay at this resort, both for the beauty of the landscapes and the exceptional quality of service. We highly recommend it and would not hesitate to return.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded Feb 28, 2024
Good day! Thank you for choosing to stay with us here at Karuna El Nido Villas! We also thank you for your time and effort in writing us a detailed review. We are happy to know that you have enjoyed our place and hospitality. Rest assured we will send your compliments to the staff. We do our best to ensure that we give our guests a pleasant and memorable stay here in Karuna. We will look into your comments and improve where we can. You were also very friendly and nice guests to have! We are happy to have you here and we look forward to having you with us again soon!
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Drew L wrote a review Feb 2024
Salem, Oregon, United States76 contributions60 helpful votes
Amazing views from rooms and infinity pool. Very steep driveway up but to get do provide shuttle services both into yuan and simply up the driveway. You will be grateful for that. Food at the pool is good, not great. Staff is helpful and polite. Will be among the best stays you have as the accommodations are outstanding. Expensive for the area but a good value for a splurge place nonetheless.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Feb 25, 2024
Good day! Thank you for choosing to stay with us here at Karuna El Nido Villas! We also thank you for your time and effort in writing us a review. We are happy to know that you have enjoyed our place and hospitality. Rest assured we will send your compliments to the staff! We do our best to ensure that we give our guests a pleasant and memorable stay here in Karuna. We will look into your comments and improve where we can. You were very friendly and nice guests to have! We are happy to have you here and we look forward to having you with us again soon!
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Hannah W wrote a review Jan 2024
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We had an absolutely amazing stay At Karuna El Nido Villas. This place really is paradise with amazing views of the sunset every evening. The staff were lovely and so helpful. We stayed in Studio 1 which really was beautiful and very spacious more so than the photos. The pool and restaurant was great. It is rather hilly but not a problem if able. The hotel is set above a main road but is not a problem and a short walk away from a bunch of restaurants and bars. It is also very easy to hail a tuktuk to take you to where you need to be. The hotel also offer a free shuttle down to El Nido town and very easy to get them to pick you back up again as they reply to WhatsApp within 10mins. They also offer a lift up and down to the hotel but it is quite a nice walk back up to the hotel to burn off your dinner as long as you have your bug repellent! Thank you Karuna we would not hesitate to come again and will definitely be recommending!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jan 22, 2024
Good day! Thank you for choosing to stay with us here at Karuna El Nido Villas! We also thank you for your time and effort in writing us such a review! We are happy to know that you have enjoyed our place and hospitality. Rest assured we will send your compliments to the staff! We do our best to ensure that we give our guests a pleasant and memorable stay here in Karuna. We will look into your comments and improve where we can. You were very friendly and nice guests to have! We are happy to have you here and we look forward to having you with us again soon!
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mortsiram wrote a review Jan 2024
Seattle, Washington44 contributions22 helpful votes
The Karuna resort is a hillside paradise. We loved everything about the resort. The location was central and the views were absolutely stunning. Warning: there are quite a few steep hills and stairs all around the resort. You'll definitely get your workout here, but its so worth it. Our joglo was perfect. Clean and well appointed with modern amenities including comfortable beds, flatscreen TV with Netflix, fast wifi, and AC. There was plenty of room for our family of 3, along with a kitchen and large wraparound deck with views of the bay. It felt like our home away from home. We spent a lot of time at the pool, restaurant, and bar, which happened to be our favorite spots at the resort. The bar has a great happy hour and the restaurant has an extensive menu with lots of variety. One of the best things about Karuna is the staff. Lester, Sarifa, Tiffany, Prince, and Ellen were excellent hosts. They made our stay so wonderful, which made it hard to say goodbye!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded Jan 20, 2024
Good day! Thank you for choosing to stay with us here at Karuna El Nido Villas! We also thank you for your time and effort in writing us a review. We are happy to know that you have enjoyed our place and hospitality. Rest assured we will send your compliments to the staff! We do our best to ensure that we give our guests a pleasant and memorable stay here in Karuna. We will look into your comments and improve where we can. You were very friendly and nice guests to have! We are happy to have you here and we look forward to having you with us again soon!
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Andrew wrote a review Jan 2024
Palma de Mallorca, Spain23 contributions5 helpful votes
I so want to give a 5 star review for this amazing villa hotel, with incredible views but it isn’t perfect so I can’t! Our villa was spacious with a spectacular view from the balcony and even the bath. Some items a little dated but all in all excellent. Nice pool with superb sunsets and a decent breakfast choice. However, our hit water was really feeble. They use a small propane boiler which is just not powerful enough meaning that the bath is almost unusable and the shower has a very weak flow. It would be so easy to install a solar hot water system that would provide unlimited free hot water. Also the coffee at breakfast really wasn’t good, with no possibility of a latte or cappuccino . And lots of basic printed warning signs everywhere which kind of cheapen the feel a bit. Having said all that, we would love to return here. With a little attention it would definitely get 5 stars from us.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jan 20, 2024
Good day! Thank you for choosing to stay with us here at Karuna El Nido Villas! We also thank you for your time and effort in writing us a review. We are happy to know that you have enjoyed our place and hospitality.We do our best to ensure that we give our guests a pleasant and memorable stay here in Karuna. We will look into your comments and improve where we can. Regarding the printed signs, experience proved that common sense is not that common hence, we have to warn guests even when it comes to the simplest details. We are happy to have you here and we look forward to having you with us again soon!
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Heidis_Travels wrote a review Jan 2024
Turku, Finland99 contributions6 helpful votes
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What an amazing view and sunset! We stayed five days in Joglo 4. The Balinese style villas are really made till the very last detail, the outdoor bathroom is comfortable and the view incredible. We fully enjoyed the warm hospitality of the staff, and the quiet and relaxed poolside restarant with delicious food and great cold drinks. Thank you for making us feeling home away from home 🙏
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jan 20, 2024
Good day! Thank you for choosing to stay with us here at Karuna El Nido Villas! We also thank you for your time and effort in writing us a review. We are happy to know that you have enjoyed our place and hospitality. Rest assured we will send your compliments to the staff! We do our best to ensure that we give our guests a pleasant and memorable stay here in Karuna. We will look into your comments and improve where we can. You were very friendly and nice guests to have! We are happy to have you here and we look forward to having you with us again soon!
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Virginia B wrote a review Jan 2024
Berkeley, California2 contributions
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Hilltop villas with killer bay, mountain and sunset views from your room and most anywhere on the property - from your room to the rooftop deck, infinity pool and restaurant. Quiet but close to town. Professional and courteous hospitality by all. It exceeded my expectations- the photos don’t do the place justice. Will return when I come back to el Nido.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Room Tip: On a steep hill most tuk-tuks can’t take so there is the hotel free transport is helpful but be...
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Responded Jan 10, 2024
Good day! Thank you for choosing to stay with us here at Karuna El Nido Villas! We also thank you for your time and effort in writing us a review. We are happy to know that you have enjoyed our place and hospitality. Rest assured we will send your compliments to the staff! We do our best to ensure that we give our guests a pleasant and memorable stay here in Karuna. We will look into your comments and improve where we can. You were a very friendly and nice gueststo have! We are happy to have you here and we look forward to having you with us again soon!
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R2015TK wrote a review Aug 2023
100 contributions17 helpful votes
The Karuna villas were a wonderful location to spend while visiting El Nido. We were first apprehensive about the distance from town, but because we are older and prefer a quieter retreat, this was the perfect location. The on request transportation, either a nice four wheeler enclosed or a vehicle, to and from the villas was essential and excellent. The staff were top notch - from the office staff to those that were at the restaurant. The food was great and always fresh. It is built on a hill, and we did walk up and down the property multiple times, but if you have mobility issues, this may not be the correct fit for you. The room was spacious, the balcony and view excellent, and the outdoor bathroom/showers were a wonderful perk. Since this is a hot location, I believe the AC units struggle to keep up at times, so drawing the blinds during the day are essential. If we would stay in El Nido again, this would be our choice. We visited almost every other location we had considered and always felt lucky to have chosen this place. Thank you for a wonderful time.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: This is mostly on a hill, so if you have mobility issues, this may not be for you.
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Responded Aug 28, 2023
Good day! We thank you for your time and effort in writing us a review. We do our best to ensure that we give our guests a pleasant and memorable stay here in Karuna. We are happy to know that you have enjoyed our place and hospitality. Rest assured we will send your compliments to the staff! We will look into your comments and improve where we can. We are happy to have you here and we look forward to having you with us again soon!
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Alison Vogel wrote a review Jul 2023
Redondo Beach, California5 contributions1 helpful vote
Karuna 11/10 I would highly recommend Karuna Villas in El Nido. I booked through booking.com, which was very easy. The front desk receptionists were very quick to respond to my questions on Booking.com and ‎WhatsApp. They were able to arrange our private shuttles to and from the airport with Zion shuttle service. When we arrived, Anjie was very personable and helpful. They offered us welcome drinks upon arrival which was a nice touch. We stayed in the Studio Premier 5 room, which was perfect for our family of 4 adults and 1 child. The room had 1 king bed and 1 king sofa pull out. They had an extra twin bed frame prepared for us, but we opted to remove it from our room for more space. The balcony view was gorgeous. We utilized the hammock and outdoor bathtub. We appreciated that the bathroom, shower, and sink were detached. The room was also very close to the restaurant and reception area. The room had an open concept with high ceilings and was very spacious. We loved the design of the rooms with the high quality wood furniture. One thing that was missing from the kitchen was a microwave. The hotel had purified water in the rooms, but we bought bottled water before arriving. The hotel offers free breakfast. All of the waiters and waitresses were very pleasant. The infinity pool and view were amazing. The pictures on the website does not do the hotel justice. The hotel was very clean and well stocked. The bed sheets, pillows, and towels were very comfortable. We want to take the time to thank Anjie for making our trip enjoyable. She helped arrange our tricycles and tours on our first day. Her brother Anthony served as our tour guide of the town and tricycle driver. He took us to the Canopy Walk, Bulalacao Waterfall, Nacpan Beach, and into town to do some souvenirs shopping. The following day, Anthony showed us around El Nido for more shopping and exploring. He was so nice, personable, and patient. I recommend flying in and out from Puerto Princesa as Lio Airport/AirSWIFT cancels/delays many of their flights. One thing to note, the hotel is not accessible for people with physical handicaps and disabilities. There are many hills and stairs that you must climb. There was 1 time we were unable to get a driver to take us from the bottom to the top of the hotel. Be prepared to walk up a steep hill when a driver is not available. Thank you to everyone at Karuna Villas for making our stay in El Nido very special to celebrate our mom’s 70th Birthday!
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Avoid flying AirSWIFT during typhoon season. There will be cancelled or delayed flights that will...
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Responded Aug 28, 2023
Good day! We thank you for your time and effort in writing us a review. We do our best to ensure that we give our guests a pleasant and memorable stay here in Karuna. We are happy to know that you have enjoyed our place and hospitality. Rest assured we will send your compliments to the staff! We will look into your comments and improve where we can. We are happy to have you here and we look forward to having you with us again soon!
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Safari662068 wrote a review Jul 2023
Doha, Qatar1 contribution
1. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The ride to the city center was much appreciated. 2. The breakfast was ok but choices were limited, the dinner was very salty. 3. The room was adequate, but nothing about it felt like a 5 star hotel even though the property's website says it was. The toilet was dirty even after asking it to be cleaned (the space between the toilet cover and the seat was filthy and remained the same till we left, the outside of the bowl yuck). Amenities not refilled, no hand soap or hand towels to dry hands in bathroom. As the toilet and shower was outside, no real privacy as anyone could walk in on you at anytime. I have to say we were very disappointed and would not be recommending it to anyone.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded Jul 25, 2023
Good day! We thank you for your time and effort in writing us a review. We do our best to ensure that we give our guests a pleasant and memorable stay here in Karuna. We thank you for the positive comments you mentioned. We sincerely apologize for the experiences that did not quite reach your expectation. Our website and social media accounts say we are an Indonesian-inspired boutique hillside resort. We are sorry to hear that the outdoor bathroom design was not to your liking. It is a common bathroom feature in Indonesia where we get our inspiration from for the villas. Regarding the toilet and bathroom issues you mentioned, toilets are cleaned on a daily basis, and we replenish bath amenities regularly. What you saw as dirt is probably stain. Rest assured that we will look into the departments and issues that needs resolving and improve where we can. We are happy to have you here and we hope to have the chance to serve you better in the future.
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PRICE RANGE
₱10,298 - ₱13,467 (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.