The Coolest Airbnbs in El Nido, Philippines

The One and Only at Nacpan Beach
The One and Only at Nacpan Beach | © The One and Only at Nacpan Beach / Airbnb
Katrina Escalona

The Airbnb selection in a tropical paradise like El Nido is bound to be remarkable. From gorgeous sailing yachts to your own private island, here are awesome Airbnbs you’ll want to book on your trip to El Nido.

1. Private Island Retreat on Brother Island, El Nido

Eco-Lodge, Short-term Rental

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© Brother Island, El Nido / Airbnb

Ever dreamt of having an entire island all to yourself? Well, in El Nido, you finally can on pristine Brother Island. What could be more amazing than ending a whole day of island-hopping on an island of your own? The house at this exclusive Airbnb can comfortably accommodate up to 12 people, but for special events such as weddings or grand family getaways, arrangements for more guests can be made. The price also includes all daily meals and a complete staff of housekeepers, a cook, and boatmen who ensure a beyond comfortable experience. There are seven bedrooms, two baths, and an entire island for guests to live out their dream vacation.

2. The One and Only at Nacpan Beach

Short-term Rental, Villa

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© The One and Only at Nacpan Beach / Airbnb

Wake up to the sound and view of the sea and end the day with a spectacular sunset landscape from your bedroom balcony at The One and Only at Nacpan Beach. The El Nido town proper is getting more and more saturated at the turn of every tourist season, so travellers are heading over to nearby escapes that are much more tranquil and serene. One popular choice is beautiful Nacpan Beach, and this sleek beachfront villa is one of the best ways to experience it. This Airbnb keeps you right by the sand and shore, all while in the comforts of a luxury resort — except this one’s even better since you’re its only guests.

3. Serenite (36-foot Sailing Yacht)

Short-term Rental

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© Florent / Airbnb

If you just can’t get enough of El Nido’s stunning waters, perhaps you’ll be best accommodated on board a yacht. This mobile Airbnb not only gives guests both the excitement and stillness sailing entails, but it also shows them the best of El Nido, beyond the well-trodden path. If you want more out of your El Nido trip than just the typical A, B, C, and D tours every travel agency offers, let the Serenite take you to secret beaches and remote islands to enjoy without swarms of fellow travellers. The yacht’s owner, Florent, will serve as your personal skipper and guide throughout the trip and will inform you on the ins and outs of exploring Bacuit Bay. All meals are also included, some of which are cooked prior by Florent’s wife, frozen and then brought aboard, and others, freshly made on board by Florent himself. If you want to have a truly unforgettable experience in El Nido, this is the way to go.

5. The Loft on a Hill

Short-term Rental, Cabin, Eco-Lodge, Lodge

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© Faith / Airbnb

If you don’t mind climbing a hundred steps to get to your vacation home, then this Airbnb could be for you. This steep task comes with a sweet reward — a breathtaking view of Bacuit Bay. This native-style loft is nestled among lush vegetation atop a hill on Caalan Beach. So its homey terrace overlooks the beach and bay, providing a spectacular view from sunrise to sundown. Caalan Beach is less than a 10-minute stroll to El Nido town, so the loft is close enough to have access to any necessities but high up enough to feel remote and peaceful.

6. Vacation Home near Corong-Corong Beach


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© Saar / Airbnb

This thoughtfully designed vacation home is as convenient as it is attractive. With two bedrooms and a sofa bed, it can accommodate up to five people, making it a great choice for a family or friends getaway. The listing’s owner has also made arrangements with nearby Buko Beach Resort, allowing this Airbnb’s guests access to resort amenities, such as a swimming pool and bar. Nearby beach Corong-Corong also offers superb sunrise and sunset views and is about a half-hour trip to the El Nido town proper, keeping this home accessible yet removed from the center’s activity.

7. Aetas Glamping Tent

Boutique Hotel, Short-term Rental, Eco-Lodge, Cottages, Camping, Eco Hotel

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© Elainewayne / Airbnb

More than just glamping grounds, Aetas Glamping gives its guests a truly unforgettable stay with beautiful and comfortable accommodations as well as impeccable service. From the moment of arrival to the day guests check out, they are made to feel like family with the team’s never-waning warmth, attention, and hospitality. The site is only a few minutes from the town proper, but guests will soon realize the difficulty of leaving such an alluring place. Each of their four tents is traditionally and cozily designed and equipped with a private bath. On-site activities and services, such as Filipino cooking classes and traditional massages, are also available. Personal touches and little surprises meet guests all throughout their stay and show that its owners and staff go above and beyond in assuring a remarkable stay. This is one listing that proves flawless reviews don’t lie.

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