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"A glittering luxury island resort with serious eco credentials"

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    • 42 villas
    • El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
    • Idyllic island getaway

We love

Get up earlier than you would on other holidays – it’s well worth it, because there are simply not enough hours in the day to fit in all the wonderful activities you will want to do! Reward yourself after each activity-laden day with a heavenly, relaxing massage – and simply enjoy the peace and tranquillity of feeling like you’ve left your work a million miles away.

Top Secret

We were lucky enough to have a beautiful, candle-lit dinner on the beach – executed faultlessly by the restaurant.  Dining on beautiful, fresh, catch of the day with a stunning sunset as backdrop was certainly the highlight of our stay.
We spotted so much native wildlife during our stay both in and out of the water; from a water monitor lizard casually lying near the footpath, to the amazing diversity of marine wildlife near the house reefs a mere 100 metres from our beach villa.


Pangalusian Island was conceptualized with the single aim of preserving the natural topography and resources of the land. The construction involved minimal interference with local trees and caused the least disturbance to animals, possible. To ensure the sustainability of a top eco-friendly resort, the owners also installed a top class, comprehensive waste management program for the property to treat its own sewage and waste materials. These efforts, and more -- - especially in the area of recycling – have been applauded by the Philippines government.

The Review

From the moment we stepped off our ferry onto the pristine shores of Pangalusian Island, we were treated to the warmth of island hospitality. The resort, built on a private island, has been tastefully designed in harmony with the natural beauty of the island; the upkeep of the grounds is meticulous, and a huge effort has been made to ensure that the resort is as eco-friendly as it can be. We delighted in the gorgeous décor of our beach villa, which looked out onto the private white sand beach – one of the best views I have woken up to in many years!
The Pangalusian offers a huge array of free activities, much of which is guided, so that even the least adventurous of travellers will feel at ease enough to try their hand at something new.  There was so much to see and do, we really didn’t regret getting up at 6am whilst on holiday! We were able to take full advantage of most of the activities on offer even though we were only there for a very short stay. On our second day, we started the morning by snorkelling with the (harmless!) local sharks, followed by a lavish breakfast buffet, and a scuba dive with dedicated instructors – all completed before lunch time!
Perhaps the best thing about Pangalusian Island (or this little “piece of paradise” as the staff refer to it as) is the attentiveness and helpfulness of everyone who works at the resort. They were exceptionally welcoming and always nearby to help; whether it be to arrange a special dining experience or (yet) another mini-excursion to nearby islands. 
This gem of a resort may seem like an effort to get to, but we promise that you will find, as we did, that your efforts will be well rewarded!


El Nido Pangulasian

  • Address: Pangalusian Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
  • Travel info: There is only one way to arrive at the Pangalusian, and that is by boat. Fly to Manila Airport, and from there take a semi-chartered ITI flight from Manila to El Nido airport. The hotel actually takes care of your chartered flight booking both ways. You j

Key Features

  • Pool

  • Free Wifi

  • Beach

  • Fitness Center/Gym

  • Bar

  • Restaurant

  • Spa