This breathtaking overwater retreat has thought of everything when is comes to being eco-friendly. Surrounded by crystal-clear waters, the stunning snorkel spot has a huge focus on nature conservation and protection. It is also taking action to build sustainable communities in the nearby villages.
Guests have access to a pristine, uncrowded beach framed by palm trees. Beyond the beach is a lush jungle in the island’s centre but there are enough activities along the shoreline to keep guests active, including the chance to go kayaking and windsurfing, according to Kuoni’s experts.
In the El Nido municipality in the Province of Palawan, the limpid waters of Miniloc Island’s Big Lagoon are up to 27 metres deep, while the towering 250-million-year-old limestone cliffs that encircle it are covered with lush greenery that thrives despite the intense sunlight and lack of fresh water.
The ideal way to explore this patch of paradise is to kayak around the enchantingly blue lagoon then enjoy an alfresco lunch in a little grass shack (operated by El Nido Resorts) on lovely Entalula isle, the next stop on your island-hopping tour.
At Lagen Island Resort, a 45-minute boat transfer from El Nido Airport, manager Jen Zafra knows that spectacular natural settings can enhance life’s most romantic experiences.
Here, in a location that’s perfect for savouring tropical sunsets, two high promontories jut into the sea like a pair of mighty arms holding the small settlement between them. Stylish but unpretentious, the resort is a haven of eco-friendly comfort that makes use of its extraordinary location to stage dream-come-true events.
The staff goes to great lengths to design the perfect wedding or vow-renewal ceremony for guests. And locations for private marriage proposals or honeymoon dinners include a rainforest cabana, a floating bamboo raft and a sandbar reached by speedboat.
“Whether it’s a wedding or a marriage proposal, my goal is to make them cry – with happiness, of course,” says Zafra, laughing. “It’s a personal challenge and I have a 98 per cent success rate.”