El Nido was the catalyst for my travels to the Philippines. As a girl who makes many hypothetical itineraries when planning a trip, it takes compelling beauty to get me to finalize. At the northern tip of Palawan, El Nido is the paradise you’re envisioning when you picture Southeast Asia. From a remote setting, to unearthly limestone cliffs, and unparalleled seascapes, El Nido is not to be missed.
At the end of a long trip, I always relish in splurging on accommodations in a beautiful location. As a stroke of luck, Pangulasian Island Resort, a SLH (Small Luxury Hotels of the World), hotel is located on a private island in El Nido.
I felt overstimulated upon departing our hotel in Boracay, and looked forward to promised serenity in Palawan. However, I was unaware of quite how overstimulated I would be by the end of the day.
See, Secret Paradise Resort & Turtle Sanctuary is remote. Off the electrical grid. Only accessible by boat. It ticked all my ‘get away from it all’ boxes.
As painful as it was to leave Mandala Spa & Resort Villas
, I was craving an ocean view and immediate beach access. Enter, Nami Resort
. Located on Diniwid Beach just north of White Beach, Nami is far enough away from the hustle and bustle, yet close enough if you want to seek it out. Perched precariously on a cliffside, every room at Nami Resort affords incredible unobstructed panoramic views.
To be truthful, Boracay almost didn’t make it on our Philippines itinerary. From stories of overdevelopment on one hand, to tales promising the best beaches in Southeast Asia on the other, I didn’t know what to think. I do, however, have a knack for finding serene, blissfully uncrowded corners wherever I land. Coming across Mandala Spa & Resort Villas
sealed the deal. We would go to Boracay, and it would be relaxing!