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The Philippines' Paradisal Eco Haven

[SPONSORED CONTENT] With well-appointed overwater bungalows, stretches of pristine private beach, and a serious sustainability effort, El Nido Resort’s Miniloc Island is bucket-list worthy.

Published on Apr 26, 2019

Aerial View

Beach Bar

The allure of El Nido’s Miniloc Island Resort is anything but a mystery. Postcard-perfect, the resort is tucked away in a cove protected by towering limestone ridges. Stilted thatched-roofed cottages graze the aquamarine lagoon where damselfish swim jubilantly. It’s the dictionary definition of an island paradise, as are all of El Nido Resorts’ four tropical retreats, but with over 40 years as a forerunner of sustainable and responsible tourism in the Philippines, it’s not just the uninterrupted sea views and powdery sand that is worth writing home about. 

Palawan is comprised of 1,780 islands—the most highly concentrated in the Philippine archipelago, yet also the most sparsely populated region in the country. The province’s precious landscape and rich biodiversity—crystal-clear waters, barely-touched beaches, wealth of flora and fauna—has earned it the title of “The Last Ecological Frontier of the Philippines”. Located in northern Palawan, El Nido Resorts has proven that, yes, it is possible to run multiple luxury resorts while still remaining hyper-sustainable and community-minded. 

Beachside Room

Garden Cottage

Going green is a trend we are thrilled so many companies are getting behind, but Miniloc Island resort, deserves a special shout out. The pioneering resort initiated eco efforts since it first opened in 1982, a good 20-plus years before ecotourism even become a buzzword. The staff is made up of locals, and there’s a serious focus on protecting the natural serenity of the island—and that doesn’t consist of just the occasional beach cleanup (though those do happen twice a month). Think in-house wildlife conservation programs, installations of eco reefs, a rainwater catchment system and desalination plant, and local organic produce to reduce food miles. 

Scuba dive or snorkel outside the quiet private lagoon to see schools of fish like wrasses and clownfish and even the occasional sea turtles. Dryer options include kayaking (sunrise cruises can be arranged) and hiking, all of which are even better knowing you get to come back to one of the resort’s newly renovated cottages. Rustic and modern design elements fuse together seamlessly in rooms that are airy, bright, and fit in with the natural settings of Miniloc Island. 

As night falls, Miniloc Island is illuminated by a spread of twinkling stars. Take it all in at the resort’s bar and raise a glass to a day of wholesome adventure. 


Seaview Room

Clubhouse Restaurant


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