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El Nido Resorts Lagen Island
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in El Nido
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Reviewed 24 December 2012 via mobile

one of the best vacation....great resort, friendly staff, and a terrific amenities.


no worries vacation. only drawback is the food. it was not that great. hope that they just make simpler dishes like grilled fish, sinigang soup and some other simple food.

another drawback was the plane ride. using a really small plane, it was a scary ride.

the rest is perfect. from island hopping to safety of the kids were really amazing. you can feel safe going around the islands, the guide will really take care of the kids from kayaking to snorkling.

a must try for those who can afford!!!

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed 19 December 2012

My family and I started going to Lagen in 2003 (if I'm not mistaken). Whenever the whole family is free for a local vacation, El Nido is always included in the list of potential vacation spots because of the great service and the activities included in the trip. We've done all the activities but we still do the same each time we go back.

Our recent trip was the last Halloween/All Saint's holiday. Lagen has renovated a bit but the resort and the service is still up to par with previous visits. Food is good, although I would say it would be nice if the cuisine was more beach-y (freshly grilled meat and seafood and the like) and less continental/fancy (fancy dishes with sauce) during island lunches at Entalula Island and Dibuluan Island. The buffet does have a grill station every time though.

Pros: The activities, island outings and lunches, service. The accommodations are not as fancy as more recent resorts but they are comfortable. There is now a flatscreen tv in the rooms.
Massages from the spa are allowed in the room. The guides and activity coordinators are conscious enough to make sure there is a cooler in the boat for drinks in case anyone gets thirsty. The snorkeling spots are amazing!

Cons (not really a con for Lagen but for El Nido as a whole): This trip, we realized how touristy El Nido has become. When we used to tour around El Nido, there were no boat-loads of tourists waiting in certain special spots and there would only be 1-2 outrigger boats in the area and we would be able to see sting rays and green turtles swimming in the water. It is now just so crowded that we did not see a single turtle in the lagoons. Boats from the El Nido resorts and the town have to wait in line (and during this trip, the boats from town did not wait and just forged ahead into the lagoons and allowed their passengers to jump in the water). Perhaps a policy needs to be implemented that only a number of boats per day should be allowed in the famous spots - keeping in mind conservation efforts.

Other points of interest:
- The gym is currently being built and the library currently being renovated.
- Activities (including island hopping, hobie cat, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, snorkeling), accommodations and buffet meals are included in the package (though one may opt not to avail of buffet meals).
- Enjoy an island lunch and engage in activities at Entalula Island or Dibuluan Island. There are decent bathrooms on location. :)
- Diving is offered by PADI and is a separate cost. For beginners or those who wish to try out diving, Discover Scuba is the program to inquire about.

Jolly, a former Lagen guide, was our favorite since we started going to Lagen. He taught my youngest brother how to swim in the Lagen pool when he was little, and really took care of him. He is now the sports/activities coordinator for Pangalusian - El Nido's new resort across from Lagen. The other guides and activity coordinators are also attentive and informative. Look for Arnel or Joel as your guide in Lagen.

Room Tip: We personally like to stay at a Water Cottage. Stay away from the Forest Rooms located on the ground...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

I came from Manila and a friend came down from Hong Kong to join me in a water cottage at Lagen for a long weekend. The connections by ITI and banca were smooth, the service was very good and accommodating as you would expect for the caliber and price of the resort without being obsequious or over-the-top. I was happy lounging poolside but my friend preferred to take advantage of the activities including island hopping, they were able to keep us both happy. I did quite enjoy the hike up and over the cliffs to a white sand beach cove about 20-30 mins; they brought over to the cove a kayak for us to take back which is the way we made the return trip to the resort. I was also a fan of paddleboarding and the snorkling near the resort and on the island hopping trips was nice with coral and lots of fish. Buffet was very good with fresh fish and seafood, local organic produce, and chicken and beef stirfry. While the salad bar was a mainstay, the other items were varied and flavorful so it never got dull. All in all it was a delightful stay in a breathtakingly beautiful spot in lovely, sturdy, modern, comfortable accommodations where you feel taken care of but not smothered. My only regret is that I didn't stay a full week instead of just a long weekend.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

It is a wonderful place to have all inclusive vacation. All the food and activities are paid for. Staff are friendly and there are a lot of activities you can choose from. We have a big group with kids ( 8 and 10) and parents (in their late 70th) and had a great time.

If you are looking for a remote, secluded place to relax and enjoy. This is a right place for you. It is like a paradise with great food.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

This is one deserted island you won't be bored in. El Nido is a very organized group of resorts that is well managed and has a lot of activities to keep you and the family busy.
Rooms - the cabanas over the water are the way to go. The rooms do need updating as they are old and dated, the ammenities are basic.
Food - the hotel meals are part of the package and all meals are buffet. The food is good, not great, but they do try to offer variety for the stay.
Activities - definitely sign up for the different activities they offer - from diving, snorkeling, fishing, picnic in another island, cayaking, boating in a lagoon
Beach - Lagen itself has a very small beach, with a small shore line but the hotel has activities where they bring you to different islands in the area to see nicer beaches, take advantage of this.
We also went to a wedding here during another trip and it is the perfect place for a small wedding.

Room Tip: Get the cabanas over the water
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about El Nido Resorts Lagen Island

Address: Lagen Island, El Nido, Palawan Island 1229, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > El Nido
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in El Nido
#1 Spa Hotel in El Nido
#1 Luxury Hotel in El Nido
#1 Top resorts Hotel in El Nido
Price Range: $696 - $981 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — El Nido Resorts Lagen Island 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lagen Island is a haven of tranquility nestled between a lush forest and a calm shallow lagoon. Its calssic and modern design exudes an air of subdued elegance. Cottages, rooms and suites are well appointed over the water, beside the beach, or surrounded by verdant forest. Lagen Island is part of the El Nido Resorts group and is located in El Nido, northwestern part of Palawan. It takes a 75-minute direct flight from Manila or a 6 hour land trip from Puerto Princesa City (Palawan's Capital City). ... more   less 
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