El Nido Lagen Island Resort, Palawan, Philippines

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El Nido Lagen Island Resort

Nestled between 10 acres of forest and a calm, shallow lagoon with breathtaking limestone cliffs, El Nido Lagen Island Resort is a serene luxury resort that features overwater bungalows in a serene environment.


There are nine beachfront cottages at El Nido Lagen: 18 water cottages (better known as overwater bungalows), and 24 forest rooms and suites. Timber recycled from old Filipino homes is used for both the floors and the floors and furnishings and floor-to-ceiling glass doors open up onto private balconies that overlook the cove,  Bacuit Bay, or cliffs. Rooms are equipped with a CD player, mini-bar, air conditioning, and a private bathroom.

Noticeably absent from the rooms and the resort is plastic. The shampoo and body wash comes in large refillable containers and a large water jug is placed in the room and refilled regularly to keep you hydrated. Water refilling stations are scattered throughout the resort. Pro tip: pack a reusable water bottle to carry water on your activities and help the resort do its part to reduce plastic pollution.

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Amenities and activities at El Nido Lagen are plentiful. The marine sports center offers a variety of dives from fun dives and night dives to checkout dives and open water courses. Snorkeling is also available along with kayaking through the mangroves and windsurfing. Birdwatching is a popular activity, as is watching the resident monkeys and Monitor Lizards who frequent the resort. Forest hikes and sunset cruises are also popular choices to see more of the area surrounding the resort.

Other amenities include the spa, which offers a variety of Asian, European, and tropical treatments. The resort also offers free breakfast and free wifi, though the internet can be frustratingly slow at times. The restaurant is air-conditioned and the pool features a bar. Though who wants to swim in a pool when the crystal clear lagoon is at your disposal just outside your overwater bungalow? A boutique, game area, library and a wedding chapel round out the resort's amenities.

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While the resort is ideal for couples, particularly those looking for a romantic vacation it is family-friendly and children under six stay for free, however, no cribs are available. However, kids menus and babysitting are available. Children seven years of age and older are considered adults.