Miniloc Island is one of the loveliest in the El Nido archipelago, with its high, sharp limestone cliffs and mysterious lagoons: Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon. You arrive at the resort after crossing El Nido Bay, dotted by many limestone islands.
The ragged cliffs above the village of El Nido that you see at the beginning of the short trip are particularly imposing. The resort’s surroundings are spectacular, nestled in a narrow bay of golden sand, encircled by dark cliffs.
Coconut trees with bright yellow fruits adorn the small beach. Comfortable bamboo lounging chairs, and parasol are there for the taking, a circular bar right behin. A small pigeon loft that house white doves and pink bougainvillea plants add a happy note to the scenery. A jetty brings you to the counter that serves as the hotel’s reception area.
The small bungalows are made of wood with nipa roofage. These have all the amenities for a certain level of comfort. The interior design is simple yet in good taste: braided bamboo walls, wicker cabinets, wood floors and beds covered in white.
Despite the wide difference in the quality each type of cottage offers, they are all surprisingly within the same price range
The Water Cottages are set apart from the rest and have the most beautiful view of the sea from their terraces.
The Sea View Cottages, located near the restaurant fronting the beach, are slightly less expensive but share a common bath.
The Cliff Cottages are ideal for families. These are two-story cottages behind the beach at the foot of the cliff. The view from their terraces is superb. However, they are not more expensive than the other cottages.
The Garden Cottages are specifically less pleasant, with smaller rooms and narrow unfurnished terraces. These cottages are located behind the beach.
The less spacious Family Cottages are bungalows interconnected with one another.
The restaurant is in a big round nipa hut where tables are arranged in the veranda for a good view of the sea and nearby islands. The buffet tables are set inside in order to ensure some privacy. In the venings, the lights are filtered and the music is soft.
How to get there
By air and sea, 75-minute flight on Island Transvoyager, Inc. (daily morning and afternoon flights) or 115 minutes on Seair (3-weekly flights) from Manila to El Nido. 45 minutes by banca from El Nido airport to the resort.
Transfer from El Nido airport is arranged by the resort.
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