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El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island

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Miniloc Island, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313 Philippines
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Miniloc Island is a rustic and charming hideaway reminiscent of a coastal village. Miniloc Island is located in El Nido, in northwestern Palawan. It takes a 75-minute direct flight from Manila to get to El Nido or a 6-hour travel by land from Puerto Princesa City (Palawan's Capital City).Miniloc Island Resort is tucked within a beautiful cove surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and a vibrant coral reef. It is a gateway to popular activity sites in a breath-taking location known for its high biodiversity. The resort has 50 cottages and rooms built in traditional Filipino design over the water, beside the beach, or surrounded by garden and limestone cliffs.
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Free internet
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Canoeing
Diving
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Free airport transportation
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Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Special diet menus
Game room
Snorkeling
Windsurfing
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Spa
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24-hour security
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Non-smoking hotel
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marie wrote a review Nov 2022
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The service was impeccable. Genuine smiles from everyone. Rate inclusive of tours, island hopping, knowledgeable tour guides and water equipment like kayak, snorkeling and the delicious buffet for breakfast, lunch & dinner, more than we can handle. I want to give credit where it’s due… Sanders of operations who welcomed us and showed us around. Thank you Chef Jerry for indulging my request for caramel cake. Ricky & Jess who took care of us during meals, Eric, our room steward who always had a smile and kept our water cottage clean. Carryl & Mars for making sure our tours/activities were scheduled accordingly and to G, our tour guide who taught us to kayak, took me snorkeling, a great photographer,m too, we couldn’t have done a lot of things without him and his able assistants Teng & Efren. Thank you Miniloc Island Resort! The fond memories will stay with me for a long long time.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Lanmark wrote a review Nov 2022
Taguig City, Philippines
We had such a wonderful vacation stay at Miniloc! The resort is about 20 minutes away from El Nido airport hence the resort will fetch you from the airport via speedboat. We immediately felt the superb vacation vibe from the moment we landed in the resort. The resort's staff welcomed us with a short song that endorsed Palawan to guests while offering us fresh Buko juice. We got water "floating" cottage and DeLuxe rooms. They were spacious and very comfortable since they provided all amenities that we needed for our stay. In addition, our water cottage room has a nice balcony with an overlooking view of the sea, which was very refreshing and relieved us of our stress. The food was sumptuous and delicious as the resort provided a buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a variety of cuisines. Special mention to Manager Ann, Roy, Ricky, Laika, and Anj for accommodating us during our stay at the resort, especially in the clubhouse. The resort also captured the beauty of El Nido with its activities. One of the highlights of our stay was when we rode a kayak to visit the big and small lagoons, which provided a nice glimpse into the picturesque nature of El Nido. We were also very thankful to our tour guide Gold Mark "the Human Drone," who served as a great guide and photographer for our pictures. Overall, this resort makes the most of your vacation and your precious time and makes you appreciate Palawan's beauty! Travel Time - 5/5 - Closer to the activities and itineraries (maximize time to enjoy) Food - 5/5 - Always buffet with different variations every time (e.g., breakfast, lunch, dinner) Amenities - 4.9/5 - needs minimal improvement (aircon) Customer Service - 5/5 - Awesome and personalized experience. Courteous and accommodating. (from Manager Ann, Roy, staff, Anj, Jerz, Carryl, Laika, Ricky, and most of all Gold (the "Human" Drone our recommended tour guide)
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Date of stay: November 2022
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SurfSUP wrote a review Nov 2022
Dominical5 contributions1 helpful vote
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We had an incredible family adventure, relaxing fun, incredibly friendly staff, good vibes and great times. JC took extra special care of our vegetarian daughter, making sure she already had her mail preferences. Andy, our daily tour guide really went the extra mile to make sure we had exceptional experiences and created lifetime memories. I highly recommend.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Johanna E wrote a review Nov 2022
We had an incredible stay at Miniloc resort island. We spent 5 nights there for our honeymoon, which was plenty of time to do all the complementary activities (such as kayaking on the lagoons and visiting nearby islands) as well as a lot of chill time. The island is absolutely beautiful, and very close to the best sightseeing spots of El Nido. Snorkeling at the resort was great too - we saw lots of colourful coral, tropical fish and sea turtles. The resort was recently renovated and the rooms and facilities were all in perfect condition. We stayed in the water cottage, which is not very big but definitely enough for a couple, very cosy and you can see lots of fish from the balcony as well as hear the waves at night which was lovely. Food at the buffet was delicious and very varied (lots of different meals every day). They served filippino food including very good fresh seafood, but also always a bit of international food. The bar does happy hour from 4-6pm, which is a very nice way to spend the end of the day between afternoon activities and dinner. Although unfortunately we did not like the cocktails very much and would have loved to see some cocktails using local fruits on the menu (such as mango daiquiris that we tried in other venues). Finally, all the staff were so lovely, super helpful and professional. Everything was run very smoothly and the staff made us feel comfortable and very relaxed during our stay. A special thanks to Ben who guided us for most of our tours, and Roy who treated us to a delightful private dinner on the jetty (amazing experience!) I would definitely recommend the Miniloc resort and hope we can come back one day!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from El Nido Resorts, General Manager at El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for including Miniloc in your itinerary and most specially spending your honeymoon with us. We are pleased and grateful that you appreciate our service , and specially our staff. All of us in Miniloc, especially the staff that you mentioned are grateful and truly inspired. Thank you for recommending Miniloc and we are hoping for your visit soon. All the best to you!
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Christine J wrote a review Nov 2022
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First of all: HUGE shoutout to Tito Jonell (best cocktail maker!), Roy (he was like family), our AMAZING guides Andy & Mario, Chef James, Kuya Brian (thanks for planning our itinerary and answering all of my questions!!) and Jess. From the food, to the activities, to just our time on the resort, these were the staff members that truly made my husband and I so happy and feel like family. I cried on the plane back to the U.S. because I made such a connection with everyone here :’) I seriously can’t even summarize into words how AMAZING my experience at Miniloc was. I’m already telling you right now: this is hands down the best resort out of all of the El Nido Resorts (I’m being dramatic and bias of course). I don’t care if I’ve never gone to the other ones lol, I know that the next time I visit El Nido, this is going to be my go-to resort to stay at. If you’re the type of person that wants to have stuff to do, with the perfect amount of relaxation and cute aesthetic cultural decor AND great service… THEN MINILOC ISLAND RESORT IS THE PLACE. My husband and I came for our honeymoon, and we’re already dreaming about the next time we come. The activities and accessibility to the lagoons/excursions are unbeatable—you even get access to the big/small lagoon before the other El Nido resorts. There’s great snorkeling spots right in front of the resort, and you can swim with the El Nido Jackfish when the staff feeds them (you can’t do that at other resorts!). The people here are also so accommodating, I didn’t even need to lift a finger when it came to getting my activities planned or getting my questions asked. I truly felt like royalty there :’) The hospitality is just out of this world! First of all, the private dinner my husband planned for us in the deck was absolutely perfect, as we got a unique coursed dinner different than the buffet dinner we got other nights—it was SO worth the extra fee. Thank you kuya Jess for waiting on us this night. Also, various staff members would be two steps ahead of me when I was about to ask something—it’s they’re like mind readers man. For example, the morning of check out my husband and I asked for a refill of water in our rooms, and when we were about to hang up, they also followed up about our checkout/boat leave and that they’ll have staff grab our bags for us and have them ready at the dock whenever we were ready. Like, what?! We were fine walking up to the front desk later that morning and were planning on bringing our bags ourselves at the time scheduled. As an American, I don’t even know how I’ll survive staying at a resort here after being so spoiled at Miniloc. Book your stay here, you won’t regret it!!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from El Nido Resorts, General Manager at El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
Responded 2 weeks ago
First, thank you for choosing the resort for your honeymoon! We are glad that we were able to contribute on the amazing memories that you had during your stay with us. Thank you so much for appreciating our staff and their hard works, and sharing these beautiful and positive words and experiences to the world. You are a blessing, and we are truly grateful.
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Gail F wrote a review Nov 2022
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We had a very comfortable stay at the two-level Seaview Room, which has a large bed and a loft with 2 single beds. It is roomy for our family of 3 adults. The bathroom is spacious with modern amenities. The room is on stilts so we occasionally heard the waves crashing into the rocks. The resort has been renovated with the addition of a big pool. Service was exceptional, from the pick-up at the airport, rest at the lounge (with the delicious butchi), boat-ride, warm welcome at the resort, and throughout our 3-day stay. Full-board buffet (kudos to Chef James) varied daily and featured a sumptuous spread of delectable soups (special mention to the seafood bisque!), perfectly-grilled seafoods, meat and poultry dishes, fresh garden salads, and yummy desserts and starters. Guided by Mario, we had loads of FUN at our well-coordinated outdoor activities, especially our visit to the Secret Lagoon during a rainy morning. Miniloc Island Resort is the perfect jump-off point for exploring, as it is the only resort with the closest proximity to the attractions. The lagoons (which are also in Miniloc Island) are just a few -minute boat-rides away. A couple of guests kayaked from the resort to the lagoon. We were the first in the morning and the last in the afternoon, so we had the lagoons to our ourselves! Snorkeling in the house reefs, especially during the feeding time for the jackfish at the resort, should not be missed. I was able to photograph the many large jackfish. As a gesture of appreciation, tips for the boatmen (they are not resort staff), as well as a general tip that is pooled and shared by the staff, are welcome. Big thanks to Resort Manager Daisy (who also arranged for the butchi for us to take home) and her entire staff for another memorable stay and for the quick response by the house nurse when my daughter had an issue with her contact lens. It was our second visit and we will surely be back.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Response from El Nido Resorts, General Manager at El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much Ma'am, for your beautiful and inspiring review to us. We are happy that we have been a part of your memorable stay. We will definitely share this to the staff, especially to those you have mentioned, and it will surely inspire them to excel in their service. Thank you for visiting us again and for your plan of visiting in the future as it means a lot for us. God bless you!
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Mark Sutherland wrote a review Nov 2022
Edmonton, Canada2 contributions
We absolutely loved out stay at Miniloc Island Resort !!! The activities, facilities and the staff are the best in El Nido !!! Special shout out to Ray, Roy and Andy for making our stay such a memorable experience. Andy was always there for us to help make our activities so enjoyable !! Be sure to try the sunrise kayaking at Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, kayak to Payong Payong Beach early in the morning and absolutely try the snorkeling around the resort during feeding time of the Jack Fish !!! Thank you again Andy for taking such good care of us during our entire stay - we can't wait to come back 😀
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 3 weeks ago
We are happy that you had an amazing stay with us!. Thank you for sharing your beautiful and memorable experience with us, and will surely share this to staff especially to Ray, Roy and Andy. We can't wait for you to come back as well. Again, it is truly our pleasure to serve you, and thank you so much!
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Nicole G wrote a review Nov 2022
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We had such a wonderful stay at Miniloc! The impeccable service and hospitality shown by every single member of the staff is what stood out the most. Everyone was warm, professional, and extremely helpful. One morning we wanted to kayak to Big Lagoon, and we asked one of the staff members how long it usually takes to kayak there. He stopped what he was doing, hopped in another kayak, and took us on a guided tour of the Lagoon right then. Everyone really went above and beyond to make our stay as memorable as possible. Every other aspect of our stay was outstanding as well. The airport pickup and transfer were very smooth and pleasant. We stayed in one of the water cottages, which was beautiful and very comfortable. The food at every meal was delicious and included so much variety. All of the excursions (which are included with your reservation) to the Lagoons and nearby snorkeling areas were lovely experiences, and the guides were very knowledgeable. Being so close to these attractions was a big perk of staying at Miniloc. The snorkeling right off the resort was amazing too - we saw lots of tropical fish, huge starfish, a turtle, and a few reef sharks. The resort also feeds big jack fish twice a day, and you can snorkel with them which is a very cool experience. We went scuba diving one morning as well. Our divemaster had an amazing eye for sea life, and the blue-spotted ribbontail stingrays, scorpion fish, stonefish, and cabbage corals were particularly memorable. We honestly can't say enough good things about our trip and highly recommend the resort! We can't wait to go back!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Response from El Nido Resorts, General Manager at El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Ms. Nicole, thank you so much for all the wonderful and inspiring things you said to the whole team of Miniloc. We will surely share this to staff. We are thankful for all your appreciation and for highly recommending us. This truly means a lot and we also can't wait to see you back. All the best!
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Kerrie C wrote a review Oct 2022
Tooradin, Australia29 contributions13 helpful votes
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I chose to holiday in the Philippines after seeing a Facebook post of Big Lagoon. After looking on the map to find its location I saw a resort nestled on the same island of Miniloc and chose that as our destination. From our arrival at the airport we were blown away by the beauty of the land and the people. The airport staff greeted us in song and our transfer guide was there to grab our luggage and get us to the awaiting boat all the while pointing out things of interest on the way. The boat ride only took about 30 minutes and we were blown away by the gorgeous scenery. We arrived at Miniloc Island to a joyous singalong by the resort staff, a welcome drink and cold towel. Great start! The resort was super clean, right down to the sand being raked every day! The staff felt like family, the food was awesome and all activities included in your package including lunch on neighbouring islands if you chose. All the tour guides were exceptional and at no time did we find we were being pushed into doing anything or buying anything. Having said that, because it’s all included (drinks not included) we didn’t think to take cash on tours and we wish we had because there are locals who float around selling ice creams, beer, drinks and fresh coconuts. The resort is plastic free so be sure to bring a sturdy water bottle that you can refill with the water provided by the hotel. Miniloc Island Resort is the perfect location to base yourself while exploring the surrounding islands and lagoons or just stay right here and snorkel with turtles, Jack fish and an abundance of other fish and marine life. Tipping to individual staff is not allowed, which is sort of lucky because we would be broke! There are so many staff that made our stay so enjoyable. You can tip at the end and it goes to all staff including the gardeners who keep the grounds immaculate, wait staff who ensure that your plate is removed the minute you are finished eating, the guides who show you the most amazing places you’ll see, the cleaners who make up your room each day and remove any sand you bring in, and the list goes on. Bring light weight, quick drying clothes, aqua shoes to walk on the rocks, sunscreen, a quality water bottle, waterproof case for your phone and your spirit of adventure and get ready to have the holiday of a lifetime!! Thankyou everyone at Miniloc for making our holiday so special, we hope to be back real soon!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from El Nido Resorts, General Manager at El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Ms. Kerrie, we could not express how thankful we are for all your beautiful words to the whole team. We are truly grateful for your appreciation to all the efforts of each staff. We will definitely share this inspiring words to the Team and we are so happy that we were able to contribute in making your holiday so special. We also hope to see you again soon. All the best!
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Justine D wrote a review Oct 2022
Spent my birthday here and it was epic! Service is impeccable! We had a dinner experience by the pool. Room is clean and the amenities are always replenished. Kudos to all staff especially to ms daisy, mae, roy and gold!! Will definitely comeback!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Ms. Justine, Thank you for celebrating your birthday with us and we are happy that we were able to give you the experience that you deserve. Your word "epic" truly touched our hearts and made us continue to be inspired in our job. Hope to see you soon in the resort. God bless always.
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US$551 - US$737 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
PhilippinesMimaropaPalawan ProvincePalawan IslandEl Nido
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
Which popular attractions are close to El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island?
Nearby attractions include Big Lagoon (0.5 km), Entalula Island (0.2 km), and Small Lagoon (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a spa, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and free instant coffee during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island?
Conveniently located restaurants include Vellago Restaurant & Beachbar, Roof Top Pizza, and TAGSHACK Shawarma & Kebab.
Does El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island have airport transportation?
Yes, El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Filipino.
Does El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.