The Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts in El Nido, Philippines

Matinloc Resort in El Nido, Philippines, is a peaceful spot surrounded by nature
Matinloc Resort in El Nido, Philippines, is a peaceful spot surrounded by nature | Courtesy of Matinloc Resort / Expedia
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11 March 2021

Soaring limestone cliffs, secluded white-sand coves and translucent turquoise waters: El Nido in encapsulates everything you could wish for in a Philippines beach getaway. Want a place to stay that’s as blissful and beautiful as your surroundings? Get inspired by our pick of the best luxury hotels and resorts in El Nido.

Seda Lio

Resort
4.4/5 (173 Reviews)
Seda Lio
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Seda Lio has all the trappings of a luxury El Nido escape: plush villas, a quiet beachfront location and easy access to the paradise islands dotting Bacuit Bay. Adventurous types might try their hand at windsurfing or kayaking (available at the hotel aqua-sports centre) – but, if that sounds too much like hard work, opt for a massage at the garden spa before an afternoon lounging in a canopied daybed by the pool.
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Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

Frangipani El Nido

Budget Hotel
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The modern, minimalist suites at this adults-only boutique in Corong Corong are magazine-worthy – as is the dinky garden pool overlooking the private beach. You can rent kayaks and bikes from the hotel for do-it-yourself adventures or arrange island-hopping tours and yoga classes. The oceanfront restaurant serves excellent Filipino cuisine; try the binakol (spiced chicken soup) and buko (coconut) pie.

Nacpan Beach Glamping

Independent Hotel
4/5 (4 Reviews)
Nacpan Beach Glamping
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Nacpan Beach Glamping sits on the edge of one of the best beaches in El Nido, shaded by hundreds of palm trees. The huge air-conditioned yurts feature two queen-size beds, a mini-fridge, a coffee table with pouffes and plenty of headroom. Bathrooms are shared (one per three tents), but they’re super clean. After a lazy day on the powdery sands or at the pool and swim-up bar, join a complimentary sunset cruise with your fellow glampers.
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Restaurant
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

Panorama Resort

Independent Hotel, Resort
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The nest-like, coconut-shaped cottages at Panorama have high ceilings, rainfall showers and traditional Filipino textiles and are just a few steps from the pool. The lantern-lit beachfront deck is superb for watching the sun set over the bay – it gets very busy with restaurant customers, but, as a hotel guest, you can reserve a seat in advance.

Cadlao Resort & Restaurant

Boutique Hotel
4.3/5 (397 Reviews)
Cadlao Resort & Restaurant
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The simple bungalows at Cadlao Resort surround a large, palm-lined lap pool. The smaller oceanfront pool has the best views of the soaring southern peak of Cadlao Island, which beckons from across the bay (book an island-hopping tour to explore its idyllic coves). El Nido town centre is a 15-minute walk away – but the hotel provides free transfers to and from the main beach.
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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Restaurant
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

Maremegmeg Beach Club

Resort
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Maremegmeg Beach Club
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The boho-chic rooms at Maremegmeg Beach Club boutique hotel have large balconies with sea views and semi-open-air bathrooms. In between boat tours and dips in the wide, oceanfront pool, chill out at the beach bar that spills out onto the sand. Need a change of scene? Find some Zen at the treetop El Nido Yoga Studio, or pump up the adrenaline at Palawan Zipline Adventure Inc.

Buko Beach Resort

Resort
4.5/5 (10 Reviews)
Buko Beach Resort
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Buko means coconut – but not a single palm was touched during the construction of the Buko Beach Resort cottages, which were built using local materials, such as bamboo for the four-poster beds and rattan for the hammocks. Sip a piña colada at the beach bar as you watch the sun go down – you can always pop next door to Panorama if you’re looking for a livelier social scene.
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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

Cauayan Island Resort

Resort, Hotel
4.6/5 (126 Reviews)
Cauayan Resort
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Wake up to a breathtaking beach view from a luxury villa at Cauayan Island Resort. Hit the infinity pool for calm afternoons with views of the waves, or take a closer look with the kayaking, snorkelling and sunset cruise adventures available from the hotel. The resort is also near the Small Lagoon, Hidden Beach and the Secret Lagoon Beach – perfect for island-hopping adventures.

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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Restaurant
Full-service spa
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

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  • Matinloc Resort

    Resort, Business Hotel
    4.3/5 (208 Reviews)
    Matinloc Resort
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    Sitting between forested slopes and a private beach, Matinloc Resort is wrapped in El Nido beauty. Peaceful suites come with garden or sea views, while the more luxurious private villas come with more space and views over the water. Dine al fresco at the regular beach barbecues, or, for an extra special evening, book a private dining experience on the sands, surrounded by lights and torches. And, if a short hike around the nature trail doesn’t satisfy your need to explore, the island-hopping tours and free kayak and snorkelling rentals will.

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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Business Centre
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities

    El Nido Resort

    Resort
    4.4/5 (108 Reviews)
    Lagen Island Resort
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    Part of the El Nido Resorts group, this Lagen Island outpost has been named their “eco-sanctuary” resort, as the island is home to a variety of winged and furry critters. Come face-to-face with the island wildlife by embarking on a birdwatching or mangrove exploration from the hotel. There are also hiking and biking trails, spa services, kayaking, windsurfing and snorkelling, should you crave further adventure.

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    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Business Centre
    Concierge Service
    Laundry Facilities
    Bar/Lounge

    Miniloc Island Resort

    Resort, Hotel
    4.5/5 (109 Reviews)
    Miniloc Island Resort
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    The Miniloc Island branch of El Nido Resorts is their “eco-discovery” getaway, where you can enjoy al fresco dining with a beach view. At first glance, it looks like a coastal village set in a beautiful cove with crystal-clear waters. But enter your lodgings, and you’ll discover a retreat that hits the luxury spot with contemporary white-washed walls warmed with dark wood furniture and stripped flooring. You’ll hardly spend any time there though, with a bevvy of water sports (kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving and snorkelling) and a beach bar to distract you.

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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Business Centre
    Concierge Service
    Laundry Facilities
    Bar/Lounge

    Vellago Resort

    Hotel
    4.4/5 (39 Reviews)
    Vellago Resort
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    With just six rooms (each with a private sea-view terrace), Vellago Resort is the ideal private retreat for honeymooners and couples. It sits on Seven Commandos Beach, with loungers and Bali beds lining the sands. Breakfast is served to your room, while a romantic beach dinner with torches and candles will ramp up the romance at dinner time. Kayaks and snorkelling equipment are free to rent, and you can book island-hopping tours or a speedboat, should you wish to travel further.

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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Restaurant
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Laundry Facilities
    Bar/Lounge

    This is an updated version of an article originally written by Ronica Valdeavilla.

    These recommendations were updated on March 11, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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