La Estancia Busuanga is heaven on earth. The staff, the rooms, the environment, the tours, the food and the hospitality are all amazing. They think of everything to ensure you have the BEST experience possible. I have zero complaints. I've traveled to so many countries in Asia (been to El Nido as well) and this was by far my favorite place to be. It's secluded, serene and beautiful, yet first class service and facilities. You can't ask for more. Ok details...
The resort is 1.5 hours from town/airport and although that seems far, staying in Coron Town is hectic and loud (we stayed for only one night and wish we wouldn't have). It was worth the drive. Cost is 3500 for a private van - one way. You are literally on your own private patch of heaven.
The tours are private and super affordable. They offer 5 different beach/snorkeling tours ones ranging from 2500 - 4000 pesos. We went to 4 different islands. Worth every penny. All unique and beautiful in their own way. The beaches on these tours are amazing. And La Estancia provides you with everything you need...meals, towels, kayaks, water, etc. You will be pampered. Tour sharing with other guests is also allowed...you will meet people and make friends!
The food is delightful! All buffet style and a little expensive, but again...completely worth it. I was hesitant to pay this amount from the beginning, but I can tell you it's worth the cost. I'm vegetarian and was traveling with a gluten free friend...they still made sure we had PLENTY to eat. And so delicious.
The rooms are so clean and comfortable. Showers/bathroom are awesome with great pressure. They even provide shampoo, conditioner and soap. And the view from our huge deck is gorgeous. Perfect for a morning cup of tea or coffee.
The beach at the resort is ok...more to look at than to swim. They have lounge chairs and hammocks everywhere. But a short kayak ride through the mangroves and a little walk in the jungle, brings you to a beach that is swimmable and free. Guides available all the time for your use and completely free as well.
The pool is super cute and convenient, although we never used it because the tours and beaches were so lovely.
The staff...can't say enough good things about these wonderful people!!! Communicating with Boots (the owner) was super easy via email. Lester and his staff at the resort are phenomenal and very communicative as well. They make sure you have everything you need and understand what's going on at all times. They feel like family at the end of your stay. You don't want to leave them.
Extra bonuses...BBQ night on the hilltop, massages, fresh coconuts at your request, and all the scenery your eyes can handle.
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