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Reviewed February 12, 2020

The photos on TripAdvisor truly do not do this resort justice. Almost everything about our stay here was perfect, especially the beauty of the property and the welcoming staff.

The property is only reachable via boat, so you need to arrange transfer via the resort. We flew into Busuanga Airport and were happy that it only took a ten minute car ride and ~20 minute boat ride through mangroves, which was perfect after a long day of travel. When you arrive at the resort, there are musicians who welcome you with a song and a host who greets you with a cold drink and towel to give you an overview.

We stayed in a Cedar Cabana, which was perfect and homey and felt like we paid way more for it than we actually did. We appreciated touches throughout, such as a huge walk-in closet, super comfortable bed, air conditioning, and a porch with a hammock, dining set, and beach chairs. It was also kept extremely clean by housekeeping. The only complaint I have about this property is that we couldn't get the hot water to work in the shower, even after maintenance came. Not sure if we were just being lazy or what, but it was only a minor drawback to us since we didn't spend much time in our room anyway.

Since the resort is so secluded, you have to eat at the restaurant for all meals. All the food was delicious and affordable and there was a huge variety to choose from. I also have to give a shout-out to the awesome musicians who go around taking requests during dinner, they are truly talented and I really enjoyed listening to them every night while we ate. There are also two bars, our favorite one was at the end of the pier as you could watch the fish swimming by at night while enjoying a drink/snacks.

We made a lot of use of both the pool and the beach during our stay. The beach was fairly small but there weren't a lot of people at the resort anyway so we never felt crowded. There are also some corals/fishes in the water that make for decent snorkeling trips. The resort also has kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and other water equipment you can borrow at no charge, which we appreciated.

We did the Coron Island Tour and our tour guide made it truly fantastic. You visit a hot spring, three lakes, and a snorkeling site. While we felt going to three lakes in a row was a little bit repetitive, we still enjoyed the tour overall and the lunch that was provided was delicious. What made it a five-star tour was our tour guide Andrew, who went above and beyond multiple times to make it a fun tour for everyone involved. We had an elderly woman on our tour and I watched Andrew carefully guide her through all the stairs, swims, and getting on/off the boat so she could enjoy the tour like everyone else. At the snorkeling site, my husband's brand-new snorkel came unattached from his mask and we thought it was lost for good, but Andrew spent most of the visit looking for it and dove deep to retrieve it for us, which allowed my husband to enjoy the last few minutes of snorkeling with everyone else.

We had a very peaceful and enjoyable time at El Rio y Mar. If you are looking for a fast-paced, party place, this is not for you. If you are like us and looking for a relaxing place to unwind. this resort is perfect. I hope we can return again soon.

Room tip: Go for the Cedar Cabana!
Date of stay: February 2020
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3  Thank ChristinaKothlow
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Reviewed February 4, 2020

Last-minute booking and were lucky they still had a spot for family of 4.

While it was already highly-rated on TA, I must say the whole family was still impressed when we got there.

From its idyllic location - secluded and in a cove with nice hill backdrop, to the welcome we received, through to the staff attentiveness and service.

Thet, & Erica, and the front desk team - top service!
Kuya Darren was our guide for a day - couldn't ask for a better guide.

Day trip was very organised: transfers, boat hire for the day, snorkling gear, fins, vests, lunch, and the must-see itinerary for first-timers like us. As we had Darren to ourselves, we were able to tweak the itinerary slightly to our liking, ie stayed in some spots longer, and skip the Coron town proper for souvenir shopping.

The rooms were clean and well-maintained. Wouldn't mind if they've refurbished by my next visit though :).

As the resort was isolated, you had to rely on their restaurant, but they did have a good choice selection, and they mixed up their breakfast buffets daily.

The second (and last) night of our stay, they celebrated Chinese New Year. Nice buffet setup on the beach, with cultural program, and fireworks. They charged more for this obviously, but we were just out there to enjoy the whole experience.

The whole family had an amazing time here - keep up the good work guys!


Date of stay: January 2020
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2  Thank Rene I
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Reviewed January 30, 2020 via mobile

We started our honeymoon here after a colleague gave rave reviews of the resort. The photos do not do it justice. It’s a beautiful, well-run resort on a quiet bay with friendly staff. You can snorkel or kayak in front of the property, lounge by the pool, see an amazing sunrise from their hiking trail, get massages, and arrange day trips for diving. This seems to be a popular spot for families with young children so expect kids playing games in the pool. The food was good and reasonably priced. There’s a variety of western, Chinese, and Filipino options. All in all, we loved our time and wish we stayed longer than 3 nights!

Date of stay: January 2020
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2020

My only difficulty with this place is that it is isolated, so you have to use their restaurant for all meals which only opened at meal times. (I could not do my usual late lunch / early dinner at around 5:00 pm.) The advantage of that is that I could order a bottle of wine and drink it over several meals.

The staff felt as if they really wanted you to have a good stay and I liked the food at their restaurant. The breakfast buffet changed daily, and they made egg dishes to order. Some of the cabins are a five minute walk from the restaurant / bar. I was quite happy with that as it meant they were quieter, and I'm always happy to walk, but it could be a problem with some people. A long way from the most glittering resort I ave stayed at, but I prefer the smaller size and more rustic charm.

The snorkelling was not overwhelming, but I am finding few places are any more.

Date of stay: January 2020
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1  Thank EleanorMacky
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Reviewed January 3, 2020

The hotel is situated on a little island side in Coron far away from the town - which was very convenient for us as a getaway vacation. We loved the little beach and nice pool - staff were really awesome and friendly. Food was quite good and of nice variety.
Views from the room were brilliant although the room itself is old and outdated - nothing fancy here but yet it was comfy and clean.

We would go there again as the experience of small hotels has its advantage over the big ones.

Date of stay: June 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
2  Thank Rimabohegab
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