I’ve never really stayed at a hotel or resort where you can spend the majority of your day there and not feel guilty doing so. There’s often that feeling of not experiencing the destination fully if you were to just stay in, order room service and laze about. That all changed once I checked in for a week stay at Cadlao Resort in El Nido, Palawan.
A scenic stroll through the beautiful garden.
Names of the different rooms. You also get a wooden mask attached to your key, it’s quite big to carry but it does keep you from losing them! We always left ours with the front desk to mind when we went out for the day.
The Rooms – Super clean and simple with a porch and lush garden view.
The French-Filipino couple who opened Cadlao Resort and Restaurant in 2011 have created some sort of luxurious haven, merging the best of both worlds – an island resort with service at your fingertips, and the natural wonders of El Nido right at your doorstep – the best view of the biggest island; Cadlao Island, adrift in the blue waters of the South China Sea. They’ve even landscaped their garden around the original coconut trees!
If you’re heading to El Nido and wondering where to stay, I would highly recommend staying here, and if you end up spending a whole morning lying by the pool, taking an afternoon siesta in one of the many hammocks or reading a book in the lounge by the sea, guilty is far from what you’ll feel.
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All Photos: Aubrey Daquinag and Paul Serra for The Love Assembly