El Nido Overlooking

El Nido Overlooking

Corong Corong, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313 Philippines
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The resort is located on a hill, 100 meters away from Corong Corong beach. In a quiet property of more than 1 hectare, we offer 4 villas and 2 pools hidden in the hills: - 2 villas of around 90sqm including the deck and the private garden, - a cottage, - and a brand new two bedrooms villa with garden and private pool. The best view of the islands of Bacuit Bay!
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Corong Corong, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313 Philippines
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Crossingtheglobe wrote a review Oct 2013
Hong Kong / Kelowna, BC, Canada164 contributions277 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
WOW, absolutely "WOW" was the reaction when I first arrived at the El Nido Overlooking. The entire property was designed with taste and every detail is guest orientated. The big glassy windows that face directly to the sea, the large outdoor patio with a full size kitchen, this place is certainly for people who wants to escape the reality.

Location:

Not exactly centrally located in El Nido Town Proper, the outskirt located property will require a php50 (USD1.2) tricycle ride to get to from town, and it takes about 10mins. But this outskirt location does them magic: it is quiet, nicely located with a sea view and away from the shabby looking town center.

Since tricycle is plentiful, I wouldn't worry so much about it is not centrally located.

Transportation:

Tricycle is the main mean of transportation to and from town and the airport. For people like me who would like a little more control of their own, you may opt for renting a motor bike in town, it cost roughly php500 (USD12) a day, depends on your ability to negotiate. The overlooking is located right next to the main road leading in from Tay Tay into town, any shuttle van service provider will be able to drop you off right at the door of this place.

Security:

There are people on duty 24/7 and El Nido is a really safe place, don't worry about it.

Facility and Dinning:

This place gives you a nice feeling of being home away from home, only this home is more luxuries and provides more than I expected when I'm on a trip. There is a decent sized swimming pool (infinity pool), with only 3 villas here, you'll find the pool is almost exclusively here for you.

Daily breakfast will be served with additional cost either by the pool or in your room, I didn't opt for that as I enjoy cooking myself breakfast early in the morning, taking good advantage of the in room kitchen :)

WIFI is available at the pool side hut, however the signal is terrible as it is a 3G modem (no telephone lines at all exist in El Nido)

Rooms:

Absolutely amazing! Large king-size bad, huge bath with large glass screen facing the ocean, drop down glass screen that provide a nice view, specially sunset view. Full kitchen and a full size out-door living room/patio and a sun-bathing chair. The villa is in such great size that you can install another king size bed in the room and still have enough space to have a few full size suitcase lay fully opened.

Rooms also comes with a fridge, cable TV, DVD player and a nice LCD TV.

Another plus is that the hotel is equipped with generator, it provides electricity for the overlooking between 6am and 10am everyday while the city power is down. (City power is down everyday 6am to 2pm)

Staffs and Services:

Staffs are generally cheerful and energetic, most of the time helpful. However they lack knowledge to answer basic tourist inquires and there were 2 separate incident that I found the staffs here are not committed to their guests, I'm not gonna go into details about those incidents but I do home that the owner take a chance to better train their staffs.

Tips:

1) There are absolutely no telephone on the island and hotel WIFI is only limited to the pool area. You may buy a "Smart" sim card at the Manila Airport for a few hundred pesos and enjoy unlimited 3G for 5days. Remember it got to be Smart as other provider either have no or poor connection.

2) City power is down everyday 6am to 2pm, hotel generator usually kicks in at around 6:30am and run til 10am. Be sure to charge everything before the power is down; remember do NOT put anything that will melt in the fridge as the power will be down for 4 hrs a day! Power is also unstable at night and in bad weather, bring a flash light and carry it with you at night.

3) If you're heading in from Puerto Princesa, I recommend using Daytripper Palawan. Although they 're a bit more expensive than the other company, but they provide far better service, the vehicles are in better shape and they never overload their van.

4) There are no ATM here, credit cards are only accepted by a few shops and it often stop working due to poor connections, currency exchange charges a ridiculous rate, so bring enough cash with you in pesos to cover your entire stay. If you run low in funds, you can request Arnold - the hotel owner to send you a payment request through paypal, that way you may clear your balance with credit cards.

Enjoy your stay, El Nido is beautiful =)
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Date of stay: October 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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ditz_8 wrote a review Jun 2015
Luzon, Philippines451 contributions271 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked El Nido Overlooking 3 months ahead and had to settle for the dates that were left towards the end of summer (in the Philippines). During that time, they were already booked for December! The resort only has 4 villas so be sure to book way ahead if you plan to stay in this resort. The resort offers complimentary airport transfers with their 5 seater Jurassic (hehe) military jeep. We didn’t have big luggage with us so 5 of us were able to fit in the jeep. Ride took around 15-20 minutes. Was not what you can call a comfortable ride but better than getting a tricycle ... If you want a more comfortable ride, they can arrange a private air-conditioned van pick up for P800-P1,000.

El Nido Overlooking is located in Corong-corong. It sits up on the elevated side of the road opposite Corong-corong beach hence it’s name - Overlooking. It has a sister resort along the beach - El Nido Mahogany. The beach across is within walking distance but is not exactly a good beach for swimming or hanging out. I think you have to take a trike ride further down the road to get to a nice beach. (Didn’t have time to do that as we also just waited to have our share of the beautiful beaches on the island hopping tours.)

Initially, we (family of 5 with 9 year old included) wanted to stay in the 2-room De Luxe Villa but according to the reservations receptionist, they only allow a maximum of 4 persons in the De Luxe Villa. We booked the Privacy and the Pool Villa (P4,500 / villa / night). The villas are beautiful. Taking the rates into consideration, it’s almost too good to be true. (I hope Mr. Arnaud does not read this and do an increase :) )The villas had a magnificent view of the Bacuit Bay. It had a sitting area / deck outside (where they serve breakfast) that came with a kitchenette (complete with pots, pans, plates, utensils, glasses and cups). The room had a flat screen TV with cable, in room safe, and a stocked mini bar/ref. They provide shampoo sachets and a small bar of soap. Bath was designed with a jacuzzi tub but they do not allow to operate (not sure why). Good water pressure and hot water in the bath. Villas had split type aircon that cooled the room sufficiently and quickly.

The resort has a small pool that you can enjoy. Since we booked essentially half of the resort already, we had the pool to ourselves. (De Luxe Villa has its own pool so only the Cottage Villa guests were left to share the pool with us). Wifi is available only in the pool lounge area. Not fast but can manage with it for browsing, FB or checking up on your email.

If you want to take breakfast in the resort, you will have to place your orders the night before. They serve Continental - P120 (bread, jam, coffee/tea/juice), Amercian P190 (ham/bacon, eggs, bread, coffee/tea/juice), Filipino - P160 (tocino/longanisa, rice, bread, coffee/tea/juice). I looked forward to the French pressed coffee every morning that came with our breakfast. It would be nice if more breakfast choices are offered.... maybe waffles, pancakes, sausages etc...

The resort helped us arrange our tours with an independent tour operator - Carlo & Eric (brothers). Rates are standard per person but some operators will offer discounts. Private tour rates are not standard. The best offer I got while I was scouting around with the tour operators I found online was that I pay for 6pax to make the tour private. With the independent tour operator arranged by the resort, he agreed to make our tour private at the standard rate per person less some discount (rate per person x 5, for our case). I asked what his minimum number would be to get a private tour and he said that he could agree to do it with at least 4 people. He said that tour operators won’t be able to give it at that rate. (Probably because of their higher overhead costs, I guess). We were highly satisfied with the service he provided. The tours were managed by 3 people - the captain, his assistant and a guide. We were able to customize our tour, doing Tour C then Tour A/B the next day. Tour C is more expensive because the beaches are farther to get to. Doing the private tour allowed us to visit more places and finish earlier as we were able to manage and dictate our own time. Lunch on the tours were to best meals we had in El Nido - grilled meat & seafood (We had squid then 2 humongous fresh grilled red snappers the next day), tomato/cucumber salad, grilled eggplants on the first trip and fresh sea weeds on the second and generous servings of sweet mangoes and yellow watermelons/bananas! Eric, Carlo’s brother, took us for Tour A/B. Ray, our guide for Tour A/B was the best! He would climb cliffs in the lagoons just to get aerial shots of us without our asking. He speaks English very well. When you are booking your tours... ask to see the boat if possible, request for seafood, check that they have enough vests and snorkeling gear for your group to use before the boat leaves.

Getting to town from the resort is about a 10 minute tricycle ride. Shared rides are P15 per person to town. Come nightfall, they don’t usually get a lot of passengers for a shared ride so you will have to pay for the whole ride at P50 per tricycle. Tricycles won’t take you up the steep road up to the resort (short but very steep walk). They might with one or two passengers. Walking up the steep incline to the resort will be a challenge for families with babies/young children and the elderly. You need to climb some steps getting to the villas as well.

Service by staff was excellent. Darwin is the man! He was our driver(airport transfers), activity coordinator(arranged our island hopping tours), handyman(called him if we had any problem) and butler(hailed tricycles for us). Len at the reception was great too. The same goes for the entire staff. They were all courteous and warm. Housekeeping did a wonderful job cleaning up as we would come back to a perfectly made up villa after our activities.

Resort is generally quiet. It’s far enough away from the cockerels raised by the locals down below so although you can still hear them, they won’t wake you up. (I’m a very light sleeper!) A lot of geckos are around the resort but as long as you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you. You can hear them at night or early in the morning. My sons could hear the scratches on the roof at night as reported by other posters. Could be rats ... didn’t cause any problems other than the scratching noise.

Eating out... we tried:
>>Sea Slug - didn’t appreciate the flies abound. Service was sluggy (hence the name). Food was just ok. Expensive (IMO) relative to ambiance and the presentation.
>>Cadlao - excellent food; pricey but you get what you pay for. Seafood very fresh. Ask about the catch of the day. Curry is good.
>>Mezzanine El Nido - we ordered pizza and pasta for delivery one night when we got too tired from the island hopping tour. Pizza was just ok. Pasta - freshly made; expensive; both cream based pastas we ordered tasted exactly the same with very little meat / seafood in pasta dishes. Not worth what we paid for.
>>Altrove - good brick oven pizzas and freshly made pasta. Liked the pizza and pasta here better than Mezzanine.
>>Sizzling Republic - ate early lunch here before flying out because it was near the resort (short ride/beside the school). They serve Crocodile sisig (P250) but they ran out when we wanted to order. Sizzling Pork Sisig & Sizzling Squid (P120-P160) are good. Free unlimited rice. Cheap and good.

OTHER TIPS
* Carlo’s number, for those who are interested - +639214550069
*Bring a sports or underwater camera. Try SJCAM sports camera. Bought one just for this trip and it was worth every penny!
*Rent that kayak in Small lagoon. P300 per kayak. - It was our first stop, by the time we came out of the small lagoon, they had ran out of kayaks for rent.
*If you can, start your Island hopping trips early, especially during peak season.
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Date of stay: June 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with family
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katrina c wrote a review Aug 2015
Waiheke Island, New Zealand14 contributions12 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you like being one with nature this is the place for you!

Stayed here for 3 nights booked in two of their villas. I booked this way in advance as I get really fussy with places to stay in, I patiently go thru all the reviews here in trip advisor and also a few other websites so far El Nido overlooking was the most decent and was highly recommended my past guests.

Arnaud & Valerie were very prompt at replying on my E-mails.

We arrived later in the day my first thought was what a steep drive way :D luckily we got dropped of by our tour van here it would have been a struggle getting there with our suitcases & all, but never you mind the guys helped us carry our luggages even came out with umbrellas as it was September still rainy season. You get to the reception area and you are only halfway there as there are more stairs to follow before you get to the villas. My sister was pregnant and it was a bit hard for her so just bear this in mind before booking (she didn't know she was pregnant when we booked)

I got to the privacy villa and first thing I smelled something reeking, walk over to the verandah and the smell grew stronger there was a dead Geecko on the lawn. We didn't bother calling anyone as it was just easier to do it ourselves so my fiancèe picked it up and threw it in the ditch, there is no phone in room so means you have to walk up & down the stairs all the way to reception just to let them know.

This place is a bit far from the town but don't worry as there are a lot of tricycles around. Its not that far to walk if you are like us and love walking, it was only 2k ish.

The views from our room was majestic, I knew there was a reason for those steep stairs.haha

Things I didn't like about this place is that:
*the villa was tidy but not very clean

*the rotting Gecko surely if they cleaned the room before we arrived they would have smelled it.
*the bed was has a futton and not a proper spring mattress so My back hurts.

*also flat & fitted sheet only so you'd get a bit chilly (rainy season) if your staying around summer then your fine!

*furnitures are too old and unkempt.

*kitchen utensils are like what the helpers could scrap also been in cupboard for sometime, would have been good if they re wash before we checked in.

*no telephone to call reception would have been really handy, tho we have cellphones to call or text them but still a hassle.

*there were a lot of random people hanging around the place, its wrong to judge people but I felt unsafe for our beings and belongings.

*the privacy villa shower room doesn't have any privacy at all if you don't mind having shower with a chance of a person seeing you naked then youre fine, no not me tho as I said before there is a lot of people hangging around th place and I feel like someone is watching us. My remedy wear a bikini in the shower not ideal but puts my mind at ease.

*weak wifi you could only get signal by the pool, didn't mind much as if you were in a place like this who needs internet? But would have been convenient for some

*pool is made with cheap lino not tiles yes you heard it right its linoleum and it was made badly there were creases everywhere, its not how you make a pool at all.

*theres a gecko under the kitchen sink in the cupboard and its a nasty one its the one that sticks to your skin and they have a grip like no other. It was thrilling to cook. Im very mortified by this.

Staff/family members are very helpful you just have to ask and they would try to do it for you. Very polite as well not like other places we stayed where staff would hang around for tip, I didn't feel like we are being pressured on giving tips at all.

The place is very quiet apart from the sounds of birds, crickets and lizards/gecko. I like how it is has the feeling of seclusion but not really, you'd understand this if you stay here.

The price doesn't match my expectations, very minor hiccups but could easily be fixed.

Hopefully some improvements after this review as I would love to stay there again! Thank you 😀
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Date of stay: September 2014Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Aleah M wrote a review Oct 2016
2 contributions25 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for two nights and since we still have an extra night to spare we were planning to extend our stay because we don't want to experience the hassle of finding another place to sleep in but sadly We were robbed on our 2nd night and the worst part is it all happened when we were sleeping inside our room from around 2-6 in the morning.

Upon waking up we noticed that our phones are missing and immediately look for it all over our room and when we finally realized that we were robbed we came down to the main area and ask for the assistance of the manager and much to our surprise the manager is not there to help us and the guard have already left the area although some of the staff lend us their phones but there is nothing that we can do with it because our phones are already dead at that time

It is very frustrating that instead of going for another tour We were doomed into finding the police station all by ourselves with no help from the hotel. What they only did was to just call a tricycle driver to get us to the police station and that's it. They didn't even bother giving us a free room for our last stay although I would rather not accept it but a gesture like that would really be appreciated at that time.

Things like this would not happen if there is a stricter security system in this place. They only have 1 guard for the whole area from 8pm till 6am, so if he decided to roam the area he needs to leave the main entry unattended.

There is no hot showers.

Expensive place compared to the downtown hotels

The area is too steep so no tricycle can enter the hotel when it rains so you need to manually climb the front area to get into the hotel.

Not accessible. The hotel is quite far from the main hubs.

The area is very accessible to the local people because there is no security to the other entry points.

There is no CCTV cameras.

They don't have built in automatic security doors which were used with the other hotels.

Doors are easy to penetrate since they only have the regular doors with them.

You can't bring your room key because they don't have any spare key to give you. Anyone can access your rooms

Overall El Nido Overlooking is a good place to stay if you want to experience a room with a stunning view and they really have a very spacious facility but in the end We as a traveler need to realise that our life and our security are much more important than this add ons.

Still looking forward to improving your facilities and We Hope to get in touch with the owner.
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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TimeIess wrote a review Jul 2015
Philippines157 contributions45 helpful votes
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked the Deluxe Villa for 5 nights. However we stayed in Overlooking 4 nights but still had to pay for 5 nights. The owner said he would do everything to pay the money back for the one remaining night.
Nevertheless he didn´t pay it back. We couldn´t even meet the owner again to talk to him while staying there. Not even in the office.

When we arrived we encountered a bug, mosquito and ants infested place. We didn´t receive any welcome drinks. Both rooms in the Deluxe Villa smelled rotten and old. Each morning after waking up the table is full of fecal. There are many bugs, ants and bees everywhere. Actually we are not too sensitive when it comes to bugs, spiders and ants but in this place there is an incredibly amount of them. While sleeping I got stung by a bee so be extra careful.

The kitchen is dirty and seems unhygienic. There is a lack of of toiletries in both bathrooms. The "SmartBro" device (Portable Internet Router) is damaged and the battery is bloated.

The staff never smiles except one person (forgot her name). They clean the room late and not thoroughly. There are two tables in the Deluxe Villa, one in the kitchen and the other one near the garden. The one near the garden has a damaged umbrella and the table looks terrible and rotten. In the pictures everything seemed in a good condition but in reality it isn´t. Each morning people are burning their trash down along the road and the smoke reached our Villa all the time.

In conclusion we can´t recommend this Hotel. The only good thing is the view from the Villa and that is all. There are also a ton of power interruptions which is a general issue in El Nido.
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Date of stay: July 2015
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Deluxe Villa has the best view however the rooms smell bad. Not clean overall.
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Chano-Tiano wrote a review Mar 2016
Luzon, Philippines153 contributions70 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is best utilized for a staycation. But who would want that in El Nido? The place is on top of a hill (perhaps an 8-storey climb on the stairs from the road) and after a whole day of island hopping, it becomes a challenge going in and out of the resort. This becomes a problem when you want to eat outside. Sometimes we were just too fatigued, we'd skip a proper dinner and just eat junk food in the room. Do note that you'll need to ride a tricycle to reach town/beach where the restaurants are and the starting point for beach activities like island hopping. If you want to stay late at the pubs, finding a tricycle going back can also be a problem. It will be expensive as they will be charging a different rate. Also make sure you have a flashlight with you as it is very dark going back with so many things to trip on.

If you are afraid of bugs, then NEVER stay here! I did not know they bothered me until I did. I guess that should be expected if you stay in the outdoors but their rooms are built in a way that a number of bugs are still able to get in. Every morning when we wake up, the floor is just like a warzone littered with bugs. What's worse is you'll also find a few sleeping with you on the bed. In the evening when going back, we would usually dash to get inside the room as there would be insects flying outside attracted by the door light and some of these are big.

The worst part of staying here is the un-professionalism and dishonesty of the resort owner and the staff untrained in handling incidents. They have a dog in the resort, UNLEASHED (freely roaming around) and UNVACCINATED. The dog bit my partner while we were staying there and the only help we received from the staff was the offer of RUBBING GARLIC IN THE WOUND! Talking to the owner was even worse. Long story short, after being abused through threats of the owner hurting his own dog (we are animal advocates and volunteers) and numerous RUDE false promises, we filed a case against him in the court. Of course, we won. What's mind-boggling is still, the owner refused to pay for compensation including the hospital bills. Even after being commanded by the court of law, he is still refusing to pay. Through the help of the Sheriff, we eventually got most of our money back. Even if we did get 10-times that, you'll never find us staying at this resort ever again.
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Date of stay: April 2015Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Aoife_in_HK wrote a review Jun 2014
Hong Kong, China73 contributions63 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
5 words...blood on the bed sheets. I'm not a fussy traveler. I chose this place because I was coming off 5 nights of island hopping and camping and also because it was rated number 1 but it was genuinely a bug infested swamp and even though I requested my bed sheets to be refitted each day they had spots of blood on them.

The location is great and the rooms are set up quite nicely but there are some things that I consider fundamental and those include hygiene and cleanliness.
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Date of stay: June 2014Trip type: Traveled solo
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meg wrote a review Nov 2017
42 contributions18 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
It's not worth the trouble of Deluxe Villa. Trust me. This is my first negative review on trip adviser. I feel compelled to leave an honest account of our experience. There's other things that weren't taken care of / ignored / annoying but its petty to bring up everything. These are the things you need to know.

Don't expect much assistance if anything goes wrong. There's a family of monkeys (sure that sounds like great conversation fodder when you return home but in reality it's a little dangerous and stressful) who appear every morning and sporadically throughout the day. One side swiped my brother's face when he was laying down reading and there wasn't even food outside. The staff regularly took 45 minutes or longer to come get the food plates after we called them. There was no locks on cabinets or trashcan, so everything felt like a target. If you have kids you just cannot responsibly stay here. Please heed this advice. The monkeys are aggressive and the staff didn't tell us about them until end of day 2 after we'd had already 2 encounters. We actually hid in our rooms when they would take over or outside area. The staff admitted they KNOW HOW TO OPEN DOORS (your doors don't lock from inside like a normal door). This "take over" happened no less than 4 times in 8 days but they were in the garden trees casing the place, every day several times. I never read outside because they would come up from behind you. The staff laughs about it but notice they don't go anywhere on hotel grounds without that 120lbs (53 kilo) dog with them so the proof is provided.

Next up the real treat: septic nightmare in the first room of the Deluxe Villa's bathroom. It's happened before in Asian island hotels but never somewhere costing 2400 USD for a week.

1) the staff went into bathroom and said there is no smell (i.e. You're lying or nose blind??)
2) after three days the response changed to "it's not septic waste but a product of the humidity." I grew up in southern USA and lived in 80% hot humidity all my life, my bathroom never smelled like human waste was coming up through the shower, not once
3) next response from owner/manager "the staff was too shy to come back to room to fix or check on it because someone in your party was crying in [another room of] the villa." Well this is true, it was the anniversary of a death in our family and my mom was consoling my sister which is frankly none of their business - it's humiliating and unprofessional to bring it up under the context of an unrelated guest complaint. I decided to leave an honest account of our time here when I received this email. I've worked in the service industry for years and would never respond like that as a manager.

The breakfast which was included was always on time and cold. Cold eggs. Cold bacon / tocino. Sometimes felt like it was prepared several hours before. Not good. Just not good.

I don't expect a refund necessarily but they could have done something to make up for the septic tank and cockroaches in room. Mosquitos and geckos and spiders = normal. Cockroaches and shi* coming up from drain while not being able to sleep with doors open for extra air because there's a wild monkey problem = NOT normal NOT OK.

Will never return. The views are beautiful but it's not quiet. You can hear everything from the road. Honking and beeping all day. The staff is sweet but not attentive. I normally leave a 10-15 percent tip for my total bill at end of my stay for staff to split but I couldn't do this here. My husband and I rented another room in town for two nights because the smell was unbearable. I'd take surround sound roosters over dry heaving any day of week.

Hotel owner responded too late and never tried to resolve anything and basically avoided responsibility and made us feel like we were making it up. Least he could do is refund us for money we spent for 2 nights at budget hotel we rented after splurging here. Go to the garden beach hotel. It's better food and literally 1/2 or less of the nightly price and the beds are the same. Oh and it's on the beach too AND quiet.
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Traveled with family
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Brendan P wrote a review Feb 2015
Sydney, Australia46 contributions45 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Highly recommend this place to anyone. We stayed for a week in a privacy villa and it was perfect. Heaps of space with a nice outdoor area. Breakfast was fantastic sitting out on the deck looking at the view.

Walk to town is a sweaty 20 minute stroll, but why walk when a trike takes 3-5 minutes and costs about 30-50p. The common pool is refreshing.

Only recommendation I'd have is for the hotel management to provide a large water refill station. We went through so many plastic bottles when we were there, something which could be avoided if they provided (even for a fee) a refill area with one of the larger blue water drums. Just a thought.
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Date of stay: January 2015Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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neborr357 wrote a review Apr 2014
Pasadena, California1,270 contribution228 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The process of booking the place from start to finish was simple. Saw the place at tripadvisor and read great reviews! All are true and more! The place is private and secluded, which makes it more better. The walk up a little challenging and separates it from othe places. Never had the chance to meet Arnaud, but Valerie is a darling! The staff are very helpful and always carry a big smile. The place is kept clean and the pool is well maintained. Breakfast is good and loved the coffee. It's nice to wake up early in the morning looking at the view of the archipelago. The wife and daughter left some clothes and they extended the effort of contacting me and sent the clothes to where we are staying in Iloilo. That's what I called service! Love to go back to EN, and wouldn't think twice to book this place! The problem is, you have to be lucky to have a slot. We had the pool villa for three persons, would love to stay in the family villa next time. Keep up the good work Arnaud, Valerie and staff! Thanks for the memories, the pictures don't lie!
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Date of stay: March 2014
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Louise_79 asked a question Dec 2017
Marple, United Kingdom39 contributions32 helpful votes
Do all guests have use of a pool?
Answer from Mari Brothers
Durbanville, South Africa1,842 contribution276 helpful votes
Yes, the 2-bedroom villa has it's own private pool, while the other rooms share a communal pool. Well worth the stay - fantastic views and the staff go out of their way to please.
Answer from CarlV75
Paris, France56 contributions53 helpful votes
Hi ! Hmmm yes its pretty true.. I stayed with my friends, so everytime I need to use the washroom my friend need to go out of the suite for my comfort ... 😂 I stayed at 2 bedroom deluxe suite. But believed me, dont mind the washroom area, this hotel is AMAZING! Hope I help you!
WorldTravellerForeve asked a question Jun 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates8 contributions5 helpful votes
Between Pool Villa/Privacy villa which one should I choose for a family of 4?
Answer from AandFMom
USA105 contributions38 helpful votes
Sue is correct, the Deluxe Villa is for party of 4 while all villas cater for parties of 2. You can request for extra bed but it's not ideal. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Deluxe Villa and highly recommend it. The sister property Mahogany Beach Resort appears to have floor plans that accommodate 4 per villa. That maybe worth looking into. Awesome owners and staff.
Ireenini asked a question Jan 2015
Manila, Philippines2 contributions
Hi!Do you have vegetarian options in your menu?
Answer from Martin_R_J
Bruges, Belgium133 contributions58 helpful votes
I am not the owner, just a guest who had a great stay at El Nido Overlooking. Please contcat the very kind and nice owner through their website. Thank you, Martin
Mari Brothers wrote a tip Nov 2017
Durbanville, South Africa1,842 contribution276 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The 2-bedroom villa has fantastic views and a lovely private pool"
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aplcreatte wrote a tip Oct 2017
Tagaytay, Philippines63 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book Early, they have few rooms only"
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jun_barnes wrote a tip Jun 2017
Paranaque, Philippines1,602 contribution193 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The villa has its own pool. That would be a great place to stay in!"
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StretchNStumpy wrote a tip Mar 2017
St. Albert, Canada206 contributions99 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I think the cottage probably has the best view."
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Ma. Cris Saint M wrote a tip Sep 2016
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best Views."
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Nido Overlooking
Which popular attractions are close to El Nido Overlooking?
Nearby attractions include Sip Sunset Lounge - El Nido (0.3 km), La Plage Sunset Restaurant & Bar (0.3 km), and Lovelyn Travel and Tours (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at El Nido Overlooking?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at El Nido Overlooking?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
Is parking available at El Nido Overlooking?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Nido Overlooking?
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 El Nido Overlooking?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does El Nido Overlooking have airport transportation?
Yes, El Nido Overlooking offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Nido Overlooking?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Filipino.
Does El Nido Overlooking have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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