La-la-la-love… Pangulasian Island Resort Beach Villa

Pangulasian, El Nido, Palawan
Plaid Boy & I flew off to Pangulasian Island, the newest luxury beach development by El Nido Resorts in Palawan, Philippines.
Pangulasian, El Nido, Palawan
Pangulasian is also known as “Island of the Sun” because it offers breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset. There’s a beach that gives you an opening to the diverse world of marine life, and a tropical rainforest housing various flora and fauna. 
Pangulasian, El Nido, Palawan
We made our booking through Ten Knots Development Corp and Island Transvoyagers Inc who sorted our flights and accommodation. Their airport is around the corner from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. They have a lounge with a buffet spread so you can comfortably eat while you wait for your flight. You can have a look at the flight timings here.
Pangulasian, El Nido, Palawan
After a 55-minute flight, we were greeted by native singers and local delicacies at Lio Airport in El Nido. We then took a 10-minute van ride to El Nido town proper where a speedboat waited to transport us to the island resort. 
Pangulasian, El Nido, Palawan
The 20-minute boat ride felt like an adventure on its own. We passed by a number of islands and were treated to history lessons, coconut cookies and iced tea.
Pangulasian, El Nido, Palawan
The sights were absolutely breathtaking.

Pangulasian, El Nido, Palawan

It almost felt other-worldly.

Pangulasian, El Nido, Palawan

I was still in awe by the islands until I saw the 750-meter stretch of Pangulasian white sand. By the shore, the island manager and some staff welcomed us with handmade necklaces (made with coconut leaves), warm smiles…

Pangulasian, El Nido, Palawan
…and a delicious watermelon-ginger concoction!
Pangulasian Island ResortPangulasian Island Resort

The lovely staff from all parts of the Philippines greeted us warmly. Service here is personalised and top-notch!

Pangulasian Island Resort
It was just breathtaking.
Pangulasian Island Resort
At the lobby/reception, we had a little induction from the Island Manager Franck Merot, and our own Activity Manager Mye. They explained to us that El Nido resorts take their ecological responsibility seriously. They stressed the importance of sustainability and preservation of nature (ie DO NOT STEP ON THE CORALS!) within the resorts and reminded us to exercise stewardship and care towards the environment on our visit.
Pangulasian Island Resort

There are 42 villas in Pangulasian Island, and there are three types: canopy villas, which are perched about 20 meters above the ground; beach villas which give you immediate access to the beach; and pool villas which give you your own private pool (but no access to the beach). Plaid Boy and I of course went for the beach villa, because how can you resist waking up to this:

Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido Palawan
I know, right?

Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido PalawanPangulasian Island Resort, El Nido Palawan

All villas have a floor area of 65 square meters and a 15 square meter balcony. The bed looked so cosy, I wanted to jump right in and melt into the super comfortable cushions and super soft linen. There was also a super-oversized hat, a gift from the resort, huge enough to hide two people from the harsh rays of the sun.

Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido Palawan

There’s a telly and an iPod touch which had some tunes and movies to suit your mood, if you felt like staying in. (But why would you, when the beach is just at your doorstep?)

Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido Palawan
I suggest you bring your own liquor because the bar list is quite pricey. However, they do refill the jars of munchies each time they do a clean (twice a day!) - I’ve never eaten so many coconut cookies, banana chips, dried mangoes and cashew nuts in my life. 
Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido Palawan

The toilets resemble the exact type of toilet I’d want in our home. It didn’t have a bath tub, but it’s very spacious and airy. You’ve got his and her sinks which (despite the whole “what’s yours is mine” concept of marriage) is something I think all married couples need.

Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido Palawan
Organic insect repellant (citronella), lotion, and hand sanitizer.

Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido Palawan
Toiletries you might need.

Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido Palawan

There’s a cosy sofa-bed type of thing decked by the sill. At night, I actually wanted to hang out there to read a book while Plaid Boy watched his zombie films.

Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido Palawan

There’s a standard bog and bidet next to the shower. The shower is pretty strong and I loved the marble flooring.

Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido Palawan
There’s enough closet space for your visit. They also have a safe where you can leave your valuables. More complimentary hats, towels and flip-flops and beach bags are available.
Pangulasian Island Resort, El Nido Palawan
Later that night we received some welcome chocolate truffles from the staff. Sweeeeeeet!

Pangulasian, El Nido, Palawan

You can check rack rates of accommodation and flights here, but I suggest you call +63 (2) 902 5990 (for Pangulasian Island enquiries) to get a personalised quote.

I absolutely felt at home in our beach villa straight away - it was definitely a good start to our mini-moon and I was super excited for the next four days to come.


  1. B'ley
    9th February 2015 / 11:12 am

    So pretty!

    • 10th February 2015 / 3:56 am

      Just wait til you see the next Pangulasian/El Nido posts, it's a seriously beautiful place!

  2. Steven
    2nd August 2015 / 3:50 am

    Look nice writing.

  3. 2nd August 2015 / 3:54 am

    This is my first look on your writing and I am able know some helpful word from your writing about the travels. I've a plan to make a travels with my family and I hope your nicely description will helps me to enjoy my travels.

  4. 11th August 2015 / 2:26 am

    For the couple or lover this is a great place to make a travel and I've some good memorable times on this place. Me and my wife enjoyed this place last year and still we are waiting to make a travel on here.

  5. 8th October 2015 / 3:03 am

    Thank you so much. Your blog is very helpful. 🙂

  6. 20th March 2016 / 4:26 am

    So peaceful place. Love to have a chance to visit there.

  7. Sandra
    18th May 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Wow wow wow! This looks absolutely amazing and such a lovely luxurious way to experience El Nido! Now I want to go back and do it in style like this 😉 …thanks for reminding me of such a wonderful visit here 🙂

  8. Robyn-Jane
    29th June 2016 / 7:16 am

    Thank you for the very informative blog. Did you find there was a problem with Mosquitos? Did you have to use repellent each evening?

    Thank you

    • Honey de Gracia
      29th June 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Hey Robyn! Actually we didn’t as they had their own citronella spray all over. 🙂

  9. 3rd April 2017 / 8:59 am

    This hotel is really beautiful, nice quiet place with ocean view.

  10. Val
    8th June 2017 / 10:41 am

    Thank you for your review! Now I know I won’t buy a hat and worry about our snacking needs! :p

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