Monthly Archives: October 2012

Pangulasian Island in El Nido is now open

Pangulasian Island

Last October 15, the Philippines’ newest premier eco-luxury resort, Pangulasian Island in El Nido, Palawan officially welcomed its first guests to its shores, a Taiwanese couple, who were given a grand El Nido Resorts reception by the resort staff, headed by Pangulasian Island’s resident manager Lei Policarpio.

Pangulasian Island,palawan

Pangulasian features 42 deluxe villas, which shares a pristine beach almost a kilometer long. It has a swimming pool, gym, spa, resort center with restaurant, library, boutique and a conference room, among other facilities and activities.

The resort mixes contemporary Filipino and cutting edge “green” design with luxurious amenities and impeccable and personalized service, which makes it the ultimate eco-luxury destination in the Philippines.

The Taiwanese couple who were on their honeymoon stayed in Pangulasian for two nights, while the rest of their 8 days stay was split on Lagen Island and Miniloc Island in El Nido, two of the four island resort properties of El Nido Resorts; the last being Apulit Island in Taytay.

El Nido Resorts now maintains and operates four island resorts in El Nido and Taytay, Palawan, with sustainability and eco-tourism as its thrust, putting a premium on integrating the protection and preservation of the environment, and the beauty of Palawan, with modern facilities, technology, and luxury.

For inquiries about Pangulasian Island and El Nido Resorts, give us a call at +63 (2) 813 0000 or email us at[email protected]. You may also visit our website at

For the guests of El Nido Resorts, a lesson in eco-tourism

Palawan’s El Nido

got a high-profile boost with a cameo in the Hollywood flick “The Bourne Legacy,” but it is already a favored destination among holiday makers and nature lovers, making the top spots on travelers’ polls.

el nido resort in palawan

It is also, perhaps most significantly, implementing a much-applauded environmental initiative for its resorts.

At the popular—but pricey—El Nido Resorts, the architecture is designed to maximize natural light; water-saving and recycling systems are in place; and sustainable sourcing of food ingredients, including produce and fish, is practiced.

The El Nido Resorts are even determined to pass on eco-friendly habits to their guests, with en “environmental code of conduct” in every room and policies in place to ensure that all guest practices have low negative environmental impact—from guides accompanying guests to prevent damage to the area’s natural riches to a ban on motorized marine equipment such as jetskis; an hour-long power shutdown at night during some months to save on electricity; and a weekly “Green Hour” during which guests can listen to the resorts’ environmental officers talk about El Nido’s biodiversity.

The El Nido Resorts include a luxury resort on Apulit Island (in Taytay), another one on Miniloc Island and Lagen Island, and a third one on Pangulasian Island, which just opened on Oct. 15. — Amanda Lago/BM



Travel magazine lists El Nido Resorts as one of Asia’s top eco resorts

El Nido Resorts in Palawan


has been named one of Asia’s Top Eco Resorts in Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia‘s Green Issue 2012. In the magazine’s October edition, the resorts were listed for being “trailblazers that focus on both pampering and preservation,” El Nido Resorts said in a press release.

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Protected forests, majestic limestone cliffs and hidden lagoons surround the resorts, which are located in the El Nido-Taytay municipalities in northern Palawan. According to the resorts’ website, the waters of El Nido are home to 800 fish species, 400 coral species, as well as three species of endangered sea turtles: the hawksbill, the olive ridley and the green sea turtles. In Taytay, there are over 156 fish species, as well as sea cows, sea turtles and three species of dolphins: the bottle-nosed, Risso’s, and the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins, which in the Philippines can only be found in Malampaya Sound.

“The resorts are active in both reef and island conservation, helping to protect giant-clam gardens and supporting the reintroduction of endangered Philippine cockatoos,” Travel + Leisure magazine said on its website, which also lists El Nido Resorts as one of “Our 20 Favorite Green Hotels.”

To preserve the area’s natural beauty and lessen their carbon footprint, El Nido Resorts’ projects include comprehensive wastewater treatment and desalination plants, rainwater harvesting system, solar panels, and an organic farm, the release said.

Meanwhile, guests can choose from various low-impact activities, such as snorkelling, diving, kayaking, trekking, and rappelling. On Saturdays, the resort holds its “Green Hour,” when guests can listen to the resorts’ environmental officers talk about El Nido’s unique beauty and biodiversity.

According to El Nido Resorts, its marine biologist-led environmental team also ensures that all its island resorts adhere to the highest standards of ecological conservation and sustainability policies, so that the area’s rich biodiversity is preserved and protected.  Carmela G. Lapeña/BM,