Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Splurge: Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts

I am a budget traveller. But every now and then, I get to travel in luxury, thanks to my work.  This trip to El Nido is for our off site planning and we get to spend 3 days in this wonderful destination.  
Cheapest rack rates for 2017, for a cliff cottage for 2 is P32,100 per night for a garden cottage. We got ours on a Fly Free promo so we only have to pay for the rooms and extra person.  The resort offers full board buffet meals, except drinks, and a wide range of complimentary activities including island hopping. 
For me, this trip was really a luxury.  We flew from Terminal 4 of the Domestic Airport on a 48-seater Skyjet plane.  We were given snacks at the waiting lounge of the airport.  Upon arrival in Lio Airport, we boarded a van going to the resort lounge where we were served some light snacks.  Then we boarded a speed boat, before transferring to a bigger boat going to the island that took about 45 minutes.
Upon our arrival in Miniloc, we proceeded directly to the Clubhouse Restaurant, where we were given ice cold buko juice, cold towels and bamboo necklaces, while being serenaded with welcoming songs.  A short orientation was given, to highlight responsible eco-tourism, and then we proceeded with buffet lunch while waiting for the rooms to be ready.
The garden room pictured above is our room.  Its a family room good for 4, with 2 bathrooms.  It was a short walk from the restaurant and from the bar.  The room is air conditioned and with cable TV.

The food pictured above are what I ate during our stay in Miniloc.  It was full board, and meals are all served buffet style, except for the family serving we had during our island hopping where we had lunch in Entalula Island. I love the food, except that there were no crabs, hahaha! 

There were a lot of things to do in Miniloc.  We did island hopping, kayaking, paddle board, caving, sunrise and sunset watching, snorkelling, hiking, and sunbathing.  There are basketball courts, volleyball courts, billiards, board games, a gym, fish feeding, and a lot more. 
For a budget traveller like me, an all-expense paid trip to a luxurious resort like this is really something that I am grateful for.  I get to see how it is to travel in style, with no budget to worry about.  But that only makes me more thankful that I also get to see these beautiful places on my own and  I only paid a fraction of what we paid this time.  Of course, my dream is to travel in luxury, but for the time being, I am just happy to be travelling and seeing the beauty of the world!

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