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.
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