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Monday, March 21, 2016

Pangulasian Island Resort: El Nido's Island of the Sun

As travel bloggers, we often get asked the most obvious and predictable questions. The number one on that list of questions would be: "What is your most favorite place in the world?".  In my case, my answer almost seems like a knee jerk reflex - automatic and unforced. It is and will always be the same - El Nido.

I have always thought of our Palawan Islands as a dream. El Nido is a dream within that dream. My first life-changing trip to the Bacuit Archipelago many years ago ignited my love for travel and our country. It was not an easy 6-hour journey from Puerto Princesa but arriving in El Nido felt like a spiritual experience. The jagged limestone formations (some even looking like Godzilla's back) that dotted the Bay were all nothing short of magical.

For this trip, it was more special because we stayed in the newest and most luxurious Eco Resort in El Nido - Pangulasian Island Resort by El Nido Resorts. It gained more worldwide recognition when Condé Nast recently included Pangulasian Island Resort as one of the favorite beach resorts in the world for the GOLD IT list this year. 

The day before our trip, I barely slept because of the excitement. My cousin Trisha and I went to the El Nido private hangar around 5 AM to check-in. Everything was going perfectly until I found out that I could not use my new Phantom DJI drone. I was looking forward to flying my drone to take aerial shots of the island. I was quite disappointed, to say the least, but I would not let that dampen my mood.

The trip to Pangulasian Island was a relatively quick one.

After the one-hour flight with Airswift (also known as ITI) and 30 minute boat transfer, we arrived in our piece of paradise. We were greeted by the staff with warm smiles and cold towels. It would have been better though if the General Manager or assistant Manager greeted us when we arrived. As a luxury resort with a discerning clientele, I look for more personal touches. I guess after visiting dozens of luxury properties around the world, I focus on service all the time.