Qi Palawan

Qi Palawan

Sitio Palabuyan San Fernando, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313 Philippines
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A tucked-away retreat on the east coast of El Nido, within an hour drive from Bacuit Bay, Qi Palawan is a beach front property that boasts of an outdoor swimming pool, an open-air restaurant, and seasonal water sports activities. Each rustic cottage comes with a thatched roof and wood furnishings. They have on-demand movies, a safe and desk. Private bathroom includes a hot and cold shower and free toiletries. Mediterranean cuisine and healthy vegetarian options are served at Qi Restaurant. Free WiFi is also available. Guests have access to a private beach area. Complimentary recreational activities and facilites include billiards, stand up paddle boards, and daily yoga classes. Massage sessions can be arranged at an extra cost. Sibaltan Museum is a 10-minute drive from the property while El Nido town property is an hour drive away. The nearest airport is El Nido Airport, 50-minute drive from Qi Palawan. Check-in and check-out transfers from El Nido town/airport are free of charge for direct bookings.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Public wifi
Pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Beach
Diving
Airport transportation
Outdoor pool
Yoga room
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Hiking
Billiards
Board games / puzzles
Spa
Manicure
Massage
Pedicure
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
First aid kit
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Room features
Private beach
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Wardrobe / closet
Private bathrooms
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
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HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Boutique
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Filipino

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Sitio Palabuyan San Fernando, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313 Philippines
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El Nido Airport
Cesar Lim Rodriguez Airport
55.6 km
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MarieSerenius wrote a review Jan 2020
Stockholm, Sweden
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family of four, two adults and two teens, spent six days at Qi Palawan end of December. We were picked up by the hotel at El Nido Airport , and it was an approximately 50 minutes drive to the hotel. Qi Palawan is located at the east coast, which is not that exploited as the west. Qi Palawan has a very nice pool, and that is good because the sea is very shallow and you need to wear shoes to be on the safe side when going into the sea.
We went on one snorkelling trip at the east coast, organized by the hotel and including lunch, drinks and everything that you need. The corals are really untouched, very nice to see. There was one or two other sightseeing boats out, but you feel almost complete alone (as contrast to the west coast tours...).
At qi they have the environment in focus and do not use water in plastic bottles, instead they provide cold, fresh water in the rooms twice a day in a jug.
The restaurant is ok and they make very nice drinks. For breakfast there is no buffet, instead you order what you would like from a menu. This is also good from a food waste perspective. The restaurant is open all day until approximately 9.30 PM.

They have free yoga classes every morning. There is also a Kite instructor located at the hotel. They used to have a diving boat, but unfortunately it was broken when we were at the hotel. They also had SUPs, but only two were available (the others on repair). The mountain bikes were also on repair...

You really feel welcome at Qi Palawan. They have a lot of staff, many of them live in the neighbouring villages. There are new managers taking over in January 2020, a very nice French couple.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: There are only eight bungalows; 6 of them fits two to three people and two of them are family...
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Response from Qi S, General Manager at Qi Palawan
Responded Jan 8, 2020
Dear Marie, Thanks a lot for choosing to stay with us and taking the time to share the details of your experience. We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed our boutique resort, the east coast snorkeling trip and the beautiful and untouched nature surrounding us. Thanks for your nice words, it means a lot to us! We hope you had a safe trip back to Sweden, All the best, The management of Qi Palawan
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Epicure40 wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Three times our flight to Palawan was canceled as a result of the Tall volcano and we were unable to take up our booking. Matt kindly agreed to let us rebook without charge and his gesture was much appreciated. The hotel is in a remote location, natural and unspoilt. The bamboo casitas are large with a good sized bathroom and separate toilet. They have their own individual patios with chairs, table,sunbed and look straight on to the ocean. We enjoyed the food which was delicious and very well priced. Portions were generous. Unfortunatel we were not lucky with the weather but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All rooms good
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Response from Paraiso Restaurant, Owner at Qi Palawan
Responded Jul 27, 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for such a nice review and your kind words. We always value the feedback of our guests and feel glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope you are doing well back in the UK and hope to welcome you here again. All the best, Mat & Julie
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runesb wrote a review Feb 2020
Milan, Italy
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The resort is located about an hour drive from El Nido with little around but what it has to offer on site. Situated at a shallow bay on a part of the island with a frequent high velocity on shore wind, it was established as a kite surfing destination. Since then, owners have changed and the resort currently doubles a a dive resort.

If you re not into either of these two disciplines you may seek it out for its remoteness or friendly staff. It should be noted that the beach is not great for swimming as it is very shallow, at low tide you can walk out more than 150 meters and there s no on site snorkeling.

Excursions to beaches and islands are arranged via the resort and always incl about 45min - 1hr drive each way.

Bungalows are clean and simple with nice shower facilities. We never had an power issues or no hot water. Beds come with mosquito netting so comfortable nights should be available also in the wet season.

Foods not bad and better than the other places we tried but Philippines is unlikely to be anyone s foodie destination.

As anywhere on Palawan, the beach and resort area is ripe with sandflies, courtesy not least by the many more or less domesticated dogs. Be careful to apply plenty of repellent, courtesy of the resort. The sand fly bites can seriously affect your stay in the itchiest way possible.

Overall , we recommend the resort and its friendly staff but visitors should be mindful of where it is and what it is specialized in. We could wish for healthier options for breakfast (just bran cereals or similar) and a better coffee. A board for sharing guest plans in the reception area would also be helpful in coordination between guests for rides and activities.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: There are only 8 bungalows. all more or less equal
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Response from Paraiso Restaurant, Owner at Qi Palawan
Responded Jul 27, 2020
Dear Rune, Thanks for staying with us you and taking the time to share details of your experience. Thanks for recommending Qi Palawan and your nice words regarding our dedicated staff. We apologize for the inconvenience you have experienced with the sandflies as we do everything in our power to get rid of them: daily beach cleaning and regular treatment, complimentary natural repellent available in all rooms, stray dogs being chased. We are also exploring other options that came up from our emails exchange to eradicate them. Unfortunately, sandflies are everywhere in Palawan and our remoteness implies a prolific nature. Your feedback is valuable to us, as we strive to improve with each and every stay. Thanks for your suggestion regarding the breakfast, we reviewed the menu and are now offering additional options (smoothie bowl, fruit salad, etc.). Thank you once again for staying with us and we hope to have an opportunity to welcome you back to our resort in the future. All the best, The Management of Qi Palawan
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misterieux wrote a review Dec 2019
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Following the great reviews at Trip Avisor, we booked this hotel thinking we would stay at a 5 star luxurious accommodation, to find ourselves in a dark, humid and old hut with flimsy creaky floors no internet connection and mediocre service. The management is uninterested in their guests, the hotel staff ignore guests requests and so do the managers. Getting clean towels seem to be impossible here, and the 20 minute wait to place your breakfast order is the norm. We missed the boat trip we had paid for because it took them one hour to serve breakfast, we were told not to worry because it would only take 45 minutes to get to El Nido and it took more than one hour. They charged us 70 euros for the car and still refused to give us a refund. Very unfair and arrogant manager, I don't recommend staying at this place
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Qi S, General Manager at Qi Palawan
Responded Jan 2, 2020
Dear Mistere6758 Guest, We are very sorry to read that you had such a terrible experience. This is very unusual and we take complaints very seriously. We would like to investigate these issues but cannot find any details of your stay. Could you please give us some details, you could send them to info@qipalawan.com, so that we can investigate internally? Best regards, The Management of Qi Palawan
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DGP wrote a review Feb 2020
Walton-On-Thames, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Qi for three nights at the end of a Philippine holiday. We wanted it to be a restful few days and it hit the right spot.

On arrival we were welcomed by Matt and given a full lowdown. Our first impressions were great.

The beach houses were private and well sized. If I was to say anything negative it would be they were quite dark and had little draw storage.

We had booked two private island hopping tours through our in country agent. At dinner on the first evening Matt advised us they had been cancelled but he could arrange replacements. A quick WhatsApp conversation with the travel agent proved that to be false so not sure what happened there.

The restaurant was nice with a small but varied menu and was similar prices to other hotel restaurants we ate in.

The beach was amazing. Over a mile of nearly pristine sand. On our last morning Matt took out some staff on a rubbish pick which we thought was great and would have helped had we known. The water was very shallow but I borrowed one of the hotel canoes and went for a nice paddle.

Local staff were all friendly and very helpful.

All in all a great quiet, out of the way, place to stay.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Paraiso Restaurant, Owner at Qi Palawan
Responded Jul 27, 2020
Dear Guest, Thanks for recommending Qi Palawan and sharing your experience. We are delighted you had a relaxing stay and enjoyed our resort, its facilities, and its surroundings. Our dedicated staff will take great pride in learning about your kind words. Your feedback is valuable to us, as we strive to improve with each and every stay. We are currently working on refurbishing all the cottages and took your suggestions into consideration. All houses are now equipped with a light wooden floor, which lightens the rooms. Thank you once again for staying with us and we hope to have an opportunity to welcome you back to our resort in the future. All the best, The Management of Qi Palawan
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Claire C wrote a review Jun 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here with my partner in May and again in June.
It's been hard during lockdown but we felt at home in QI as soon as we arrived. Matt and Julie the managers made us feel so welcome and it felt like we already had made some new lovely friends. They are a breath of fresh air.
The resort itself is so beautiful and our cabin had everything. Big bed, air conditioning, fan, TV, WiFi and lovey bathroom and shower area. You go out of your door and are met with amazing nature, beach and swimming pool. This has been my favourite place on Palawan.
Julie does morning yoga sessions which I really enjoyed and Matt is ready and waiting to offer coffee and breakfast, or another staff member is there.
The food in the restaurant was so tastey and the cocktail options are brilliant, Matt is very passionate with food and drink and as a French person myself,I really appreciated this.

My only regret is not being able to stay longer, we will be back!

Thank you Matt and Julie and all staff for making our stay so enjoyable and for making the lockdown so much easier to handle.
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Paraiso Restaurant, Owner at Qi Palawan
Responded Jul 27, 2020
Dear Claire, Thank you so much for your very nice review! We are so grateful you enjoyed your stay here, the room, the facilities and the activities. We would be so happy to see you again in the future! We hope you are doing well back in Europe :-) Take care, Mat & Julie
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Sven Reiseman wrote a review Jan 2020
Berlin, Germany
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Qi is a nice, little resort outside of El Nido on the East Coast. The resort features 8 bungalows, directly at the beach. The management and the service is very polite and friendly - always tries to fulfill any wish a guest may have.

The resort, however, has seen better days already and is quite “aged” at this point in time. Everything is quite old - starting from the beds, throughout all interior available. Bathroom is nice and big though.
We have been very disappointed by the beach, as water is flat and you can’t really take a proper swim or see sunrises/ sets.
Food is also rather “okayish” and no restaurant nearby. In comparison to other Filipino restaurants also expensive.

All in all, we had a nice stay at the hotel, it’s very cozy with a good atmosphere in the evening. The hotel definitely needs some upgrades very soon, both on the resort, as well as on the Dinner menu
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Qi S, General Manager at Qi Palawan
Responded Jan 20, 2020
Dear Sven, Your honest feedback is crucial to us and we really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. Thank you for your nice words regarding the management and the service! We are sorry to read that you found our resort “aged”. We will take your remarks into consideration as we already started refurbishing some cottages. We are sorry to read about your comments about our restaurant. We do try to offer a wide selection of choices for our guests from Vegetarian/Vegan food, Fish, Seafood, Meat, Spanish- and European-influence, as well as Filipino food. As for our set of prices, it is comparable to other establishments in El Nido. We hope you otherwise enjoyed the rest of your stay, All the best, The Management of Qi Palawan
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Woof A wrote a review Jun 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
QI is without doubt one of the most amazing places I've stayed throughout my travels.
The resort is beautiful with everything you could ever need and is only surpassed by the staff and amazing managers.
Matt and Julie are the friendliest, kindest and most generous people you could meet. They are professional but approachable and only want your stay to be as lovely as possible.
The cabin we stayed in was newly refurbished, with a king sized bed, air con, a good fan, tv, lovely bathroom and nice shower area. Fresh sheets and cold water. Not to mention a 10 metre walk to the swimming pool or the beautiful beach depending on how you feel.
The restaurant has great food, freshly produced. Matt is a great chef as are his staff and they prepare a fantastic menu. He is also a very good cocktail maker and has his own specially infused rum with various flavours to choose from, delicious and his passion shows in the quality of the food, drink and service.
There is a good pool table which we made good use of and a range of activities, even whilst we were in lockdown.
Julie is a very good yoga teacher and even offered me beginner sessions as I'm useless! She made it fun and relaxing and really made me want to get more into it.

I can't recommend this place enough, and am troubled by some recent reviews I've seen here, as I was staying there at the same time as some of these people and observed the true experience they had, which was no different to mine from discussions I had with them.
It's a shame some people seem to be two faced and happily take advantage of generosity with a smile on their face whilst then feeling the need to make up negativity out of greed and the need to try and soil the reputation of kind places that give them everything. Shame on them!

If I come back to Palawan, I will be staying here again and hope Matt and Julie are still there as I would very much enjoy spending some more time with them.

Bloody amazing.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Paraiso Restaurant, Owner at Qi Palawan
Responded Jul 27, 2020
A very special thank you for these very friendly words and so detailed review! We are so glad you appreciated so much your stay with us and really hope to have a chance to welcome you here again soon. All the best, Mat & Julie
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HBM wrote a review Feb 2021
Manila, Philippines
5.0 of 5 bubbles
travelling during the Pandemic: getting in to elnido from manila is now a bit different, you would need to have the ff: Negative Rt-PCR swab test taken 48hours before the flight(only LIO airport is open), confirmed hotel booking, travel itinerary and upload all of them in the elnido tourism website and wait for QR codes.

Qi was just the perfect place to unwind and relax after being locked down for a year and a half for us, we stayed for 8nights and loved every minute of it, the place was beautiful, quiet, and new for us as we have never been to that side of Elnido before, our room was nice and big, bed was comfy, outdoor shower was great, the pool was nice, the food was great! big menu selection, the staff were all very nice, polite, and professional, the boat tour from Qi going to darocotan island was definitely one of the highlights of our trip, the boat tour with their partner in town was also great! the land tour to Duli beach was one for the books, the wifi reception is fast! even on the beach area.

We had such a great time here and would love to come back just for some peace and quiet.
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Date of stay: February 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: choose the beach front cottage
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iGURU+ wrote a review Oct 2021
Quezon City, Philippines
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Food selection is great. Service is great. Rooms are great although ACUs often breakdown. Soaps are amazing. The area is your quiet place in paradise. The employees make it even move delightful. Sand flies are just annoying and their pool is not that clean.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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DakilangMema asked a question Aug 2018
California8 contributions3 helpful votes
Are there over water bungalows in this resort?
Answer from Qi Team
El Nido, Philippines18 contributions1 helpful vote
We do not have over water bungalows
Eatingoutlots asked a question Feb 2018
United Kingdom199 contributions51 helpful votes
Are there any bars or restaurants we can walk out to ?
Answer from swaticashyap
Doha, Qatar37 contributions24 helpful votes
none!!!
Answer from Qi Team
El Nido, Philippines18 contributions1 helpful vote
No there is no fridge in the room, we are an eco resort and try the best we can to minimise electricity consumption (although we have 24/7 electricity available and air-con on every room). No you are not supposed to bring your own snacks and alcohol, but no we are not going to search your bags. We make a significant effort in keeping our packaging down so we ask that you take your rubbish with you. No you do not need to bring your own towels, we provide bath towels and beach towels. You can always ask us for extras if you need.
Answer from Qi Team
El Nido, Philippines18 contributions1 helpful vote
We are between San Fernando and Sibaltan. About 1 hour from El Nido proper and 45 minutes from Lio airport. Yes we are in El Nido. We are 250km away from Puerto Princesa
Ananda M wrote a tip Jan 2024
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"No longer open "
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HBM wrote a tip Feb 2021
Manila, Philippines282 contributions94 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"choose the beach front cottage"
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runesb wrote a tip Feb 2020
Milan, Italy44 contributions22 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are only 8 bungalows. all more or less equal"
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Epicure40 wrote a tip Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom83 contributions77 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms good"
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MarieSerenius wrote a tip Jan 2020
Stockholm, Sweden69 contributions32 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are only eight bungalows; 6 of them fits two to three people and two of them are family cottages suitable for five people."
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PhilippinesMimaropaPalawan ProvincePalawan IslandEl Nido
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Qi Palawan
What are some of the property amenities at Qi Palawan?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Qi Palawan?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Qi Palawan?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Qi Palawan?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Qi Palawan have airport transportation?
Yes, Qi Palawan offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Qi Palawan?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Qi Palawan?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Filipino.
Does Qi Palawan have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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