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Old Mar 3, 15, 11:17 pm
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benjahman
 
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El Nido - Lagen Island Resort

El Nido - Lagen Island Resort

So after a few days of "roughing it" in Cebu, we flew back to Manila for a night.

We woke, had a nice breakfast at our friends house and she drove us to the private terminal that ITI Transportation departs from.


Breakfast...yes, that's spam..very popular in the Philippines and Pan De Sal, a favorite filipino bread




We arrived at the A. Soriano Hangars which is located in the northeast corner of NAIA. We checked in and received our boarding passes. These I loved.

A. Soriano Hangar



Check in at ITI desk..the only desk...



My favorite boarding passes



Covered, open air terminal




Entrance to the air conditioned El Nido Resorts departure lounge



Inside, you had a reserved table. They had a buffet of fresh fruits, breads, coffee, tea and juice.






Directly across from us was the Amanpulo lounge...ahhh! one day!



Boarding commenced, we were loaded on to a shuttle bus and took a 3 minute ride to the ATR 42-500 that was waiting for us with a red carpet rolled out..oh, you fancy!

If you can get seated in 2A/B, these are by far the best seats, well at least if nobody is sitting in row 1, which is facing you. Luckily nobody was and we had the most legroom available. I wouldn't be so lucky on the way home.



Legroom in seats 2A/B



Safety materials



Take off was smooth and we headed southwest from Manila for about 45 minutes and landed over a beach into Lio/El Nido airport.

A bit cloudy upon arrival




You are then transported to a El Nido Resorts arrivals lounge, where you meet with your individual resort associate. Jake found us among the other visitors. We were staying at Lagen Island resort, which is sort of a mid-range level resort. Pangalusian is the high end El Nido resort and Miniloc and Apulit seem to be somewhat average.
Jake was a friendly, local Palawan guy. He was extremely knowledgeable, genuinely interested in talking to you and always had a smile on his face. We would encounter him quite a bit during our 4 nights at the resort.
Jake gathered us and our bags, escorted us to an air conditioned van, which then took us to El Nido town port where we transferred to a large banca, which is a Filipino double-outrigger boat.

El Nido town port



En route to the resort...still cloudy... but still happy!




Pulling into Lagen Island - we stayed at that one freestanding hut on the beach, somewhat set back from the others.



We were welcomed with open arms..literally..hugs and hand shakes all around, band playing music, singing, welcome necklace, and welcome drink



Resort manager welcomes everyone individually and then gave a quick speech about the resort being an Eco-Resort and some do's and don'ts.

We were then showed to our room. We stayed in a beach villa. I thought the water villas were somewhat over rated for the views that people discussed on various sites. I liked how the beach villa had a direct view facing out of the resort and west into the sunset. We also had the only free standing villa which was nice.


Comfortable bed



View on a cloudy day from the bed.



Bathroom





I've been to nicer resorts and hotels. This was a touch above par. Nothing overly fancy, but clean, well maintained, and very comfortable. I don't ask for much more.

Lot's of hardwood



Hot water kettle, teas, and a pitcher of drinking water



View from the terrace



Anddd....goodnight y'all! Sunset from the room.



The trip report continues..hopefully tomorrow with further updates on El Nido and then on to Tokyo for a quick stopover at the Conrad and NH F back home..thanks for reading so far
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