Where To Stay in El Nido, Palawan: Cadlao Resort Review

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.

Travel El Nido Palawan: Cadlao ResortThe view out to Cadlao Island and the South China Sea.

Travel El Nido Palawan: Cadlao ResortA scenic stroll through the beautiful garden.

Travel El Nido Palawan: Cadlao ResortNames 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.

Cadlao Resort, El Nido Palawan, Philippines review via The Love AssemblyThe Rooms - Super clean and simple with a porch and lush garden view.

Travel El Nido Palawan: Cadlao ResortThe relaxing hut to pamper yourself. I recommend slotting in a time in the evening for a full body combination massage, they use local organic oils and the sound of the ocean is just so relaxing.

Travel El Nido Palawan: Cadlao ResortBreakfast - baguettes are complimentary at the restaurant since the owner is French.

Travel El Nido Palawan: Cadlao ResortHammocks scattered around the garden inviting you in for an afternoon siesta.

Travel El Nido Palawan: Cadlao ResortWearing: Topshop cami, Asos shorts, K. Jacques sandalsCéline sunglasses, hat from the island (similar here)

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.Bookings available here.


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All Photos: Aubrey Daquinag and Paul Serra for The Love Assembly