El Nido Resorts Lagen Island
Lagen Island, El Nido, Palawan
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Worth every single penny and still the best place to go on vacation ever. You don't have to think of anything when you get here aside from drinks, and they have buy-1-take-1 happy hour anyway.
You really feel rested without being bored. I can't wait to be back.
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We took the forest room which is just a few steps away from the beach. Very accommodating and wonderful service in the resort. Went to the other beach clubs and had a wonderful time. We were a group of 17 with kids.
One annoyance was the Manila office which took forever to reply to our queries. We emailed and send messages, but would never reply until we called the trunk line. Even then it would take a long time for any action on their part. Until now, still waiting for our Official Receipt. Otherwise, a great vacation.
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Stayed in Lagen for a night when we went to El Nido. Used to be the top resort of the group, until Pangulasian opened.
It still has it's charm of course, the water cottages with the water by the rocks as you sleep and the sea breeze is one of the experiences to be cherished while looking at that view.
It's a little dated already as far as amenities are concerned - but they're upgrading already with some modern rooms already in place - but not as the water cottages.
Kayak or trek to the beach on the side of the island if you're looking for a more "beach" feel but be prepared for the mosquitos if you're trekking.
Meals are typically buffet as full board rates apply, they're not as good as Pangulasian but above average already as far as taste and selection is concerned.
Don't be afraid of the gigantic monitor lizard walking around the grounds, as the staff says - it's more afraid of you.
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Paradise!! But if your afraid in a secluded area with waters all around this is not for you guys..
People here are very warm and hospitable (ofcourse you paid for it)
How i wish i could post more photos.
This happened January pa and we are in middle of the sea in pitch black area where HALO was our only light guiding our way back to Lagen resort. (Had our dinner kc sa ibang island pa)
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I loved it.
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Lagen Island Resort, a breathtaking private and luxurious beach get-away where one gets to commune with nature, explore the lovely islands of El Nido, indulge in good food and excellent personalized service. A perfect place for people who would like to totally cut themselves from the hustle and bustle of fast paced modern living and instead have a few days off of practically being incommunicado but indulge in 5-star living.
El Nido Resorts is a group of upscale beach island resorts under the Ten Knots Group . The group has 3 resorts in 3 islands in the El Nido's Bacuit Bay-Miniloc, Lagen, and the newest addition Pangulasian. They also have another resort located at Apulit Island at Taytay, Palawan. The group supports and adapts sustainable eco-tourism through its partnership with the local communities and municipalities.
The 3-day/2-night pampered experience of staying at El Nido resorts begins right here in Manila. We checked in at their small private airport. They have a comfortable private holding lounge where we had free beverages and light snacks while waiting for our flight to be called. The lounge sits across another private lounge which caters to guests booked at the more expensive and plush Aman Pulo Palawan resort. I'm guessing that both resorts share the same air tarmac.
Upon checking in, we were individually weighed together with our handcarry and check-in luggage. This was important because the privately chartered plane by the resort was one of those small 19-seater twin propellered planes. The shortest and most comfy route to the resort is by flying their privately chartered flights.
After the pre-requisite check-in process and registration, we were led to the resort's chartered plane. Indeed it was small. It reminded me of a mini-van with wings.It was disconcertingly low ceilinged. A bit claustrophic inside. But the flight to the islands was smooth.
We landed at the main island municipality runway of El Nido. We were led to another holding al-fresco lounge where fresh fruit juice was served. All we had in tow were our handcarry luggage. Our check-in luggage was handled by the staff. after a few minutes, we were led to our respective pump boat that brought us to our island resorts.
As we sped through the channel, we saw a breathtaking ocean and land vista of lovely limestone cliffs, forests, and islets jutting out of the bluegreen calm sea. Different species of sea birds , including the sea-swifts (known for their by- product used in expensive Chinese soups --nido or bird's nest ) flew above and around the cliffs.
After some 30 minutes, we approached Lagen Island. From afar, we spotted cottages on stilts built on top of the sea. High , cragged limestone cliffs dotted with forests ---surrounded a natural lagoon. The sand looked white and inviting. As our boat docked, we were greeted by the resort staff-- Pinoy fiesta style (guitars and singing). Each guest was given a lei necklace. Iced tea was served as we registered with the resort's events personnel.
Lagen Resort was built around a small natural lagoon in Lagen Island. The resort has a clubhouse and a lovely pool just behind it's white sand beach. The resort's accommodations were built around the main facilities. They even have a function hall where island weddings or private corporate conferences may be held.
We booked at one of their Water Cottages. The cottages were built on cement stilts right over the sea. Quite lovely and tranquil, with a breathtaking view of the surrounding limestone cliffs , the sea, and the distant islands. The cottage had a modern-asian understated design. It had all the modern facilities of comforts --a/c, nice bathroom, comfy beds, an awesome terrace (right on top of the sea with a majestic view of the islands) ---but no tv or wifi. It gave me an impression of being isolated in a paradise island with all the comforts of a 5-star resort. We liked the fact that when we reached our cottage, our check-in luggages were already there.
We loved how the resort staff added small but notable personal touches that made our stay even more memorable. Small personalized extra-mile touches. First, we were surprised that seemingly, the entire staff knew each and every guest by name! From the pool area, the clubhouse, the main dining hall, the chambermaids, the security---they greeted us and the other guests by our names. I couldn't help but compare this gesture with other 5-star resorts that Ive stayed where they were courteous but just greeted guests with "Sir or M'am". Another small but lovely touch was how they prepared guests for bed. Whenever we got back to our cottage for the night, our bed was turned down and they had good-night message handwritten on a leaf!
The resort offered unique and enriching choices of activities to guests . Aside from doing nothing but indulge with total relaxation at the resort's facilities, they also offered pre-arranged Nature Discovery Tours, Guided Eco-Tours, Scuba Diving and Marine Sports, free access to El Nido Resorts' other island resorts and exclusive beach clubs, Kids Activity Center, SPA services, and Pre-Arranged Private Dining Functions.
We chose the island hopping and island kayaking activities. This gave us the opportunity to tour the neighboring islands, coves , caves, and lagoons. Simply breathtaking! Nature at its purest unspoiled beauty. We also had the chance to visit the other two island resorts of El Nido namely Miniloc and Pangalusian.
Miniloc Island Resort is the "rustic" luxurious resort. Accommodations were native-looking but still equipped with 5-star amenities. They had an awesome dock where we snorkeled with multitudes of colorful fishes.
The Pangalusian Island Resort was El Nido's highest-end resort. Very plush and luxurious. They had Modern Filipino inspired Villas as accomodations. The higher-end Villas had its own private infinity pool and private beach. One villa even had a jacuzzi. It gave guests a sense that you were alone in your own luxurious beach house in your own island. One Villa even had it's own private kitchen that comes with a personal chef and butler! High-end accommodation indeed that comes with a bloody expensive price!
Since we booked for a full-board accommodation,all meals were included in our package. Yummy International and Local Buffet meals served for breakfast, lunch , and dinner. It also covered 2 snacks per day-morning and afternoon. Free Bottled Water, softdrinks, iced tea, and fresh juice. Alcoholic beverages was an additional cost. We had our fill of the freshest seafoods ( grilled fish, shellfish, stewed stingray, tuna, etc), fresh crisp green salads (organically grown in their own greenhouse), succulent and tasty meats---grilled, stewed, braised--, pasta, breads, freshest fruits, and exquisite desserts.
Special meal arrangements were also available to guests. We became friends with a lovely French family. We joined their group in one of the island hopping activities. Our lunch was prepared by the resort at Dilumacad Island. White sand and uninhabited. Lovely sea vista. Our packed lunch was surprisingly plush. They made a beach lunch set-up for our group---complete with table linens, silverware, foldable chairs and tables, under a beach tent. Hefty Cold sandwiches, salads, grilled meats and seafood, fresh fruits, and dessert were prepared by the resort. I loved the experience! Good food, lovely company, fine dining at a backdrop of unspoiled nature at its best.
Living at the resort is "forced isolation". No cellfone signal, no tv/cable, no room Wi-Fi. But hey, I'm NOT complaining. Urgent calls can be made or received through the clubhouse's direct landline. Wi-Fi is available for free at the main clubhouse---and it had a good signal! I was even able to make a wifi crystal-clear Viber call and some guests were on Skype with their tablets! No tv/cable in the room? That was all good---that gave us the chance to simply relax and enjoy our own private sea-top terrace (a perfect spot for awesome sunset views), or go to the pool to lounge, or indulge in the resort's activities (We even got to play mahjong with our neighbor one very rainy night! Haha!)
I simply loved hanging out at their awesome pool. I even finally got to finish reading my new Dan Brown ebook novel on my tablet while sunning and enjoying their wicked Basil-Mojito cocktail. The pool, aside from being lovely itself, was built between two high limestone cliffs dotted with lush forests. Sea birds and the local toucan (kalaw?) frequently flew and screeched among the cliffs. The view---awesome! It was simply so peaceful.
We tried their SPA services at their newly constructed Balinese style SPA center. It was truly relaxing. A bit pricey, but good for the experience.
If you have kids, don't fret. They have a Kid's Activity Center. But I think the kids enjoyed more playing at the beach and pool than staying in the activity center. We saw the kids of the other guests having a ballistic fun time at the water facilities.
Their beach is protected by a man made breakwater. White smooth sand, very calm and shallow water---safe for all ages. Guests can swim, sun, kayak, windsurf, or snorkel in the protected area.
We learned from the staff that Lagen Resort's list of guests included politicians, local and foreign business tycoons, local and foreign entertainment personalities, and major & minor European Royalty. Their impeccable service had many times played host to a lot of notable guests. Case in point, Lagen Resort was a 'pit-stop' some years back for the US reality show The Amazing Race and also had played host to the Queen of Spain.
Recently, El Nido Resorts bagged an international award and recognition for the Philippines ---2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards from the International group , World Travel & Tourism Council.
I loved the total experience. The charm of the place. The excellent personalized service. The nature related extra-curricular activities. The food. Even one very rainy evening didn't spoil the whole experience. Our stay gave a new meaning to total isolation island vacation. More than the relaxation, it has given me a higher respect and admiration of our natural wealth and community involvement in nature protection and sustainability.
Who would I recommend this experience to? I would highly recommend this place to people who would like to be "isolated" and enjoy nature but yet be pampered. Perhaps a family grand vacation, honeymooners, couples' anniversaries, nature photography enthusiasts, and for corporate conferences. If you do have the budget--this resort would be an excellent place to hold your intimate tropical wedding. Highly recommended too to people who love nature and eco-tourism. After all, Palawan is considered one of the last unexploited natural frontiers of the country. There is a stiff price to pay, but I truly believe that the experience itself simply is more priceless.
Will I come back? Yes, I would love to. That's after some months of saving up again for such impeccable experience.
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I loved it.
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