This post was written by Ashley Yap, BMTM’s Director of Brand Relations.
Gorgeous white beaches, crystal clear water and mesmerizing limestones that are thousands of years old, El Nido is a fabulous destination in the Philippines. If you are planning a trip over, here are 5 tried-and-tested accommodation at different budget levels to help you decide where to lay your head in El Nido:
1. Charlie’s El Nido
Charlie’s is located just 20 minutes away from the airport, and 15 minutes from El Nido proper (where all of the restaurants, bars and shops are located), and offers a free airport shuttle. You can also take the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service to town as well as to Lio Beach, so this is a great option if you do not want to rent a bike or take the tricycle to get around.
The hotel is well established with 2 pools, a gym room, a spa room, and an in-house restaurant and bar. The rooms are comfortable and the AC runs well. It’s also distanced from the busy streets which makes a great place to kickback and relax after a long day of island hopping. The complimentary breakfast starts at 6:30am so you will have plenty of time before starting your day. There’s a great mix of local and foreign guests, and the setup of the restaurant, bar and pools make it easy to mingle with others.
The only thing I’d point out is that service seems a bit slow, especially with arranging a bike or tricycle rental. If you stay here, try to organize these things ahead of time.
2. Beach Huts El Nido
Out of all of the hotels I’ve stayed on El Nido, Beach Huts offers the best sunset view thanks to its location on Las Cabana Beach, one of the two best spots on the island for sunsets. During the day, it’s also the perfect place to relax and swim in. The interior of the room was actually larger than expected, and falling asleep to the sound of waves right outside the doorstep was a big bonus for me. Check-in was funny because there wasn’t even a proper signboard nor a reception, just a guy who shows up when you arrive. That said, the few times I needed something, he was always there and was very attentive.
Getting to Beach Huts is a proper workout, especially with your luggage. I rented a bike and had to park it at McDonalds (yep, there’s one now), walk for about 10 minutes through the shops, hotels and restaurants on the beach to get to Beach Huts. My neighbor arrived the next day with a suitcase and she was drenched in sweat! It was…