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Cauayan Island Resort

Cauayan Island, Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313 Philippines
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Is a luxury resort that embodies the pristine beauty of its natural surroundings and first class personalized services. Escape to a paradise of tranquility and haven of comfort. Indulge yourself in a perfect serene lifestyle vacation. The beach coastline is a welcoming picturesque of clear blue water and a vast stretch of white sand beach that exudes a tropical ambiance. It captivates the true essence of natural beauty with its surroundings of lush greens and wide array of flower blooms. Each villa is designed with spectacular views that redefine coziness and relaxation. Enjoy a dining adventure and savor the taste of our impeccable dishes. Immerse yourself in the different island activities and facilities to make your vacation experience truly memorable.
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Property amenities
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Diving
Free airport transportation
Spa
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Poolside bar
Snorkelling
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
24-hour security
Concierge
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Safe
Minibar
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Lagoon View
Luxury
Languages Spoken
Filipino
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Boogs G wrote a review 15 Apr
Manila, Philippines1 contribution
We’ve been around a lot of places but this just took the top spot. Amazing location, great food selection and quality, quiet and serene peace, and the best of all, the staffs care. Kudos to all the hosts thats made us feel special and thats what they do, take care and pamper you. Mentioning Joy, Danica, Alwin, Nick, Mac, Salil, Jay, and Capt. Rey. Amazing attention and response to cues! This place will not disappoint visually and experience wise. A real paradise in a paradise!
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Dear b00gsg, Thank you so much for your kind words and glowing review! We are thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful experience at our paradise resort. We will pass on your compliments to the staff mentioned as well as the entire team who work tirelessly to make sure our guests have a memorable stay. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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Simon T wrote a review 11 Apr
Cookham, United Kingdom26 contributions20 helpful votes
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For genuine 5-star service, Cauayan is THE best option in El Nido. It's not owned by Filipinos so you won't find the compromises, inflexibility and cost-cutting that sadly characterises other Filipino-owned 'luxury' resorts. The owners have evidently experienced comparable international hospitality and have created an experience that can compete.  We stayed 4 nights and enjoyed every moment. It's not cheap but then nothing in EL Nido is: at least Cauayan gives guests value for their money. There's much that's great about Cauayan - here's our favourite features: -Gorgeous island location! The resort nestles between the rocky peaks at each end of the island, providing a sheltered cove at the main beach. Perfect for swimming and snorkeling, with unspoilt corals and an abundance of marine life, including 2 baby reef sharks we saw daily! The resort is organised around the main pool/bar/resto area so most villas are within easy reach.  -The resort is exclusively for guests - you won't get daytrippers from other resorts here. It feels private and exclusive. -The service and facilities create a unique, relaxing island vibe. Lots of thoughtful touches contribute to this elusive feeling, such as the well kept gardens, chilled background music, absence of sterile, 'corporate' hotel feel, attentive staff that are never overbearing, comfy mattresses on the sun loungers, and so on.  -The team at Cauyan are truly awesome. Management have clearly given them all the training and tools they need to do a superb job - everyone we met was confident, competent, accommodating, warm and friendly. It was service that puts you completely at ease. It seems everyone is happy to be part of such an amazing resort. Special thanks to Tristan (the resort nurse), Karl, Jolary, Jelwyn, Liza, Danica, Alwin and Maynard for making us feel so welcome, and for all the enjoyable chats.  We even forgot our swimwear on the island and they arranged to send it to our next hotel!  -Our rate (booked direct, which was best value) included diving, island hopping and massage. The diving was spectacular. Our 2 shore dives (day & night) were at the house reef behind the main resort. It was rich with marine life inc. a huge turtle, lobsters, plenty of reef fish and pretty corals. It's a quiet and convenient dive straight from the jetty. The other dives were part of the islands tour and were also amazing. We had a speed boat to ourselves and Noriel (dive master) and his crew looked after us so well! The most relaxed dive/tour we've had.  -Dining at Cauayan was a pleasure. Menu is extensive enough that we had variety over 4 days. Dishes generally very good with some outstanding, e.g. ginataang sugpo, freshly caught prawns. Prices a little high although there are options across the price range. Croissants/pastries need a bit of work (too doughy, insufficient lamination). Overall it's tasty fare and we love how they make everything on the island. The home made Opera cake was incredible - good enough to serve in France!  -Our beach view villa was nicer than expected! Pictures don't do it justice. Direct sea view (even though not front row) and great bathroom plus outdoor shower. None of the villas would be disappointing. Note the over-water villas don't have direct access to the sea (too shallow).  -Spa was wonderful - each bed has a viewing window over the reef so you can look down at fish and sharks as you have your massage! Good gym - small yet surprisingly well-equipped.  In summary, Cauayan is a beautiful island experience. We chatted with Mac (experienced front desk mgr) on our departure; he confirmed the resort drives to offer that high quality standard international travellers seek - staff even have monthly refresher training to maintain the impeccable service. It's a successful formula: Cauayan Island Resort sets the standard for Palawan hospitality. 
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dear simontU4552XF, Thank you so much for your wonderful review and detailed feedback on your experience at Cauayan Island Resort! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed every aspect of your stay, from the stunning island location to the exceptional service provided by our dedicated team members. We truly appreciate your kind words and are delighted that we were able to exceed your expectations. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another memorable stay in the future.
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James S wrote a review Mar 2024
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Cauayan Island Resort is simply beautiful- the scenery is majestic, the tours of the El Nido area brilliant, snorkelling off the beach and boat ramp magical. Our massage looking down on a reef was unique and special. Lunch and dinner food options were enormous and the it was really tasty, as were the wine choices and cocktails. Our beach villa was perfect with comfort and beauty. Finally the staff were impeccably friendly and helpful
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Dear James S, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you had such a fantastic experience at our luxury resort. We are also glad you enjoyed the stunning scenery, exciting tours, magical snorkeling, unique massage experience, delicious food options, and comfortable beach villa. Our staff takes pride in providing impeccable service and we are delighted to hear that they were friendly and helpful throughout your stay. We appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you back for another unforgettable experience soon!
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John P wrote a review Mar 2024
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What an incredible stay. The secluded island was purely magical but it was the resort staff which made the experience memorable. Thank you to everyone involved and a special thanks to the operations manager Salil and his well trained employees such as Irnel (hiking and snorkeling guide), Jason and Cristian ( bar staff), JC, Liza, and Karl (wait staff) and Jay along with the entire bell staff.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dear M9804ACjohnp, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you had an incredible stay and that our staff made your experience memorable. We'll be sure to pass along your special thanks to our Operations Manager Salil and the rest of the team members you mentioned. We can't wait to welcome you back for another unforgettable stay!
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Channel E wrote a review Feb 2024
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Pros: Beautiful secluded resort. Variety of delicious international foods. Friendly and efficient staff. Cleanliness of rooms every day. Perfect signature massage in spa. Variety of alcohol options for all-inclusive package. Cons: The weather can vary on the island. Wasn't able to go to places we wanted to in El Nido on our tour due to strong winds and safety precautions. Highly recommend booking a week stay to have more options for better tour weather. We stayed for 3 nights and 4 days. However, would highly recommend! Loved our stay here more than our stay at Sunlight in Culion (Coron).
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear Channel E, Thank you for your detailed review and for choosing our resort for your stay. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the beautiful secluded setting of our island resort, delicious food, friendly staff, and spa services. We appreciate your understanding regarding the weather and that your safety is our utmost priority. We hope to welcome you back soon for a longer, more immersive experience!
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cinzia l wrote a review Feb 2024
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Wonderful Island and wonderful staff! It's a very quiet and exclusive place, surrounded by majestic nature. The food is excellent as is every service that is offered. They also offer beautiful tours and help you with every your need. Villas are beautiful
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 23 Feb 2024
Dear 403cinzial, Thank you so much for your kind words. We are thrilled to hear that you had such a fantastic experience at our island resort. We are committed to providing exceptional service and ensuring that every guest's needs are met. We look forward to welcoming you back soon and hope to continue exceeding your expectations in the future.
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Amit S wrote a review Feb 2024
Toronto, Canada9 contributions9 helpful votes
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It truly was the art of laid back luxury. This is a great resort for couples or groups of adults. Wonderful hosts and staff! Great amenities and excellent boat trips! It’s ideally situated within close proximity to many of the must see sites in El Nido. We recommend the premium private boat tour in the morning.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 14 Feb 2024
Dear AmitS474, Thank you so much for your kind words and for choosing our resort for your stay in El Nido! We are thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic experience with us, from our friendly staff to the great amenities and boat trips. We appreciate your recommendation of our premium private speedboat tour and we hope to welcome you back again soon for another amazing stay!
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IBtraveling13 wrote a review Feb 2024
Chicago, Illinois, United States29 contributions13 helpful votes
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They have 30 villas on a private island, and only hotel guests and staff are allowed on resort grounds. It's a perfect resort for couples who want a quiet, luxurious, and relaxing gateway. Picture your very own beach-paradise nestled in a cove between two hike-able hills (one has stunning views of the sunrise and the other for sunset). It's an hour flight to El Nido from Manila, a 15-minute drive to the pier and about a 20-minute boat ride to the resort, depending on the weather. It took longer upon return due to high winds and choppy waters. My husband and I stayed one week in January. We initially booked the lagoon villa and then transferred to the beachfront. We liked the beachfront villa more - no explanation needed. Grounds were kept very clean and immaculate. Staff were friendly and very polite. Always willing to help you with whatever is needed. However, service wasn't perfect. There were times when a request or order took a while to complete. Also felt like they needed more service staff at the pool. There were moments when I had to flag a staff member down because I needed drink refills. Not much of a big deal, but it might irk some people. We opted for the premium all- inclusive meal plan, which includes lunch, dinner, drinks, snacks, and room service. My husband and I love to eat and drink when on vacation, so this was the best choice for us. The breakfast buffet was okay, not the best, but it wasn't bad. Lunch and dinner options were vast, and everything we tried were truly delicious, especially their Filipino dishes. My favorite was their lumpia and kare kare. Alcohol drinks were unfortunately watered-down, so I just opted for wine mostly. The location of the spa was superb! You can literally hear the waves crashing and look through the glass floor to see the water below, as you are getting your massage. Wow! Pros Only resort on the private island Only hotel guests and staff are allowed on grounds Unique bali- style villas Beachfront guests have private beach chairs Super friendly staff Whatsapp for service Food is top-notch Dinner on the beach Infinity pool Clean grounds and villas Wonderful spa Quiet, relaxing, secluded Cons Not an adults only resort Premium all-inclusive is not inclusive of all items (top shelf drinks, protein shakes, certain smoothies, room bar, and others are excluded) In villa dining ends at 930pm (I'm used to 24-hour room service) Beach is rocky No door screens in villas (I would have loved to have slept with the doors open and be able to listen to the waves at night) Bathrobes feel cheap No house slippers Reusable flip flops only Need actual keys to get into rooms Service delays at times No personal butler Highly recommend this resort if staying in El Nido. Make sure to book beachfront Villa 8 or 9, which is right in the middle of the beach. Hike up the mountain to see the beautiful sunrise and wonderful views. Opt for the private island-hopping speedboat tour and ask for Norien as your guide. He's wonderful! Book a special beachfront sunset dinner, and you won't regret it! Thank you all for making our stay extra special! Sorry, I can't remember everyone's names! But we truly appreciate you all! We can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 9 Feb 2024
Dear IBtraveling13, Thank you for your detailed review of your stay at our resort. Our team takes great pride in creating a memorable and enjoyable stay for each guest, and we are delighted to hear that we exceeded your expectations. Your positive feedback about our villas, food, tours, activities, and services means much to us. As for the personal butler, we provide a butler service upon request for an additional charge. When making a reservation for meal plans, it's indicated that some items marked with an asterisk (*) are not part of the meal plan. Additionally, our restaurant operates until 10:00 pm, with the last order and in-villa dining available only until 9:30 pm. This allows our team ample time to prepare and serve your meals before closing. On the other hand, we are sorry to hear about the delays you may have experienced with our restaurant and room service. In particular, with room service, the distance between villas can impact the time it takes for our staff to deliver items while carrying them by hand. Nevertheless, we appreciate all your feedback and we will certainly share your kind words with the entire staff. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future for another wonderful stay filled with even more delightful memories.
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Rui3600 wrote a review Feb 2024
Porto, Portugal1 contribution
Our stay at Cauayan could not have been better. The staff was so friendly and helpful and the facilities are amazing, it's a little piece of heaven in one single island. I can only rate it with 5 stars and will recommend to my entourage for sure.
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Dear Rui3600, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear about your incredible experience at Cauayan. Our team strives to provide exceptional service and we're delighted that it made an impact on your stay. We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to welcoming you again in the future!
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Bruce K wrote a review Jan 2024
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This island resort is beautiful and peaceful. It was a great location for our honeymoon as it is quite romantic and private. The food was delicious with an extensive menu. All the staff are friendly and welcoming. In particular, Danica in food service was so wonderful and all the bar staff were great at mixing drinks. Shout out to Red, Jason, and Paul at the beach bar. We completed our scuba certification with Richard who was a great teacher. The snorkeling at the island was great with even better diving and snorkeling available nearby via fun day trips on boats. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded 26 Jan 2024
Dear 56brucek, Thank you so much for your kind words! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your honeymoon at our beautiful and peaceful island resort. We'll be sure to pass along your compliments to Danica, Red, Jason, Paul, Richard, and the rest of our staff. Furthermore, we're thrilled to hear that our Diving Instructor provided top-notch instruction and that you thoroughly enjoyed the snorkeling and diving experiences. We hope to welcome you back soon for another relaxing getaway!
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AU$674 - AU$1,035 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Cauayan Island Resort and Spa
LOCATION
PhilippinesMimaropaPalawan ProvincePalawan IslandEl Nido
NUMBER OF ROOMS
27
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cauayan Island Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Cauayan Island Resort?
Nearby attractions include Dilumacad Island (7.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cauayan Island Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Cauayan Island Resort?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Cauayan Island Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cauayan Island Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Cauayan Island Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Cauayan Island Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Cauayan Island Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Cauayan Island Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Cauayan Island Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Cauayan Island Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.