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My Apulit Island Resort Experience

El Nido Resorts Apulit Island

Are you preparing for a honeymoon trip or a total relaxation trip with your family and close friends? For an ideal destination, beaches are the best option and one of my recommended resorts would be the Apulit Island Resort in Taytay Palawan. Formerly called Club Noah Isabelle, the island resort is definitely one of the best place to visit if you want to have a unforgettable time staying in a very quiet place giving you a true feeling of a tropical escape.

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Apulit Island Arrival Area

Along with fellow bloggers, we gathered at Island Transvoyager Inc. terminal near Andrews Ave. and left Manila at around 6am. After an hour and 15 minutes, we finally reached the Cesar Lim Rodriguez (CLR) Airport in Taytay, Palawan followed by a 10 minute jeepney ride to the Tamisan Jetty.

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Cesar Lim Rodriguez Airport

The Cesar Lim Rodriguez Airport may look totally under developed but I liked it that way. The gravel road serves as the airport runway and serves as the access road for jeepney transfers to Tamisan River.

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Tamisan Jetty

Sorounded by lush Mangrove, Tamisan river is the jump-off point to Apulit Island Resort. A foot bridge leads us to the boat that we used to reach the island resort.

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Love + Dream + Adventure = Palawan

Upon arrival in the island, we were welcomed by the resort employees by performing the Palawan March and a popular Cuyonin Song. While waiting for the guest orientation, they served refreshing welcome drink paired with freshly roasted cashew nuts.

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Dalandan Juice

I stayed in an over-the-water cottage # 127 located near the boat docking station. Each cottage is connected to the pathway by short foot bridge. I love the veranda, it provides a stunning view of the bay and the fronting water cottages with a huge lime stone backdrop.

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Outside my Water Cottage

My cottage has a verandah facing the beautiful bay and the Taytay Mainland. I find the rest room too narrow but you’ll find practically everything you need in a rest room. I appreciate their Green initiatives by not using plastic containers in their toiletries. In fact, toiletries like liquid Soaps, Shampoo and even cotton buds are placed in a refillable ceramics to help save the environment.

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Apulit Water Cottage Interior

To give you more time to appreciate and commune with nature, TV and Wifi is not available in all water cottages but if in case you really need to check your email, the resort provides complimentary Wi-Fi connection in the club house.

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Over-the-Water Cottages

While looking at the huge island afar, I was surprised to see a Hollywood like white “Taytay” sign in the middle of the hill. Oh well I wish I will not see this type of destruction in some other towns in the Philippines. I think that’s the only destruction I saw while in the island…. seriously!

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Apulit Beach Front

Apulit Island Resort provides visitors with a memorable experience of the vast sea and also the pleasant feel of the towering limestone cliffs. Apulit Island is an exceptionally beautiful island located in Taytay in northern Palawan and it is one of the emerging luxury tourist destinations in the Philippines now that the resort is already being managed by El Nido Resorts.

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Kayaking in Apulit Island

The resorts infinity pool is currently under construction and according to Franck Merot – the resorts resident Manager, the pool will be available in April or May of 2012. But with or without the pool, Im completely happy with the place. Why do I need an infinity pool when I have the fantastic snorkeling area right underneath my cottage?

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Outside the Clubhouse

The resort offers a breathtaking view of the tropical paradise followed by amazing scenic landscapes. The Apulit Island Resort has mainly 50 cottages that are built in a traditional manner showcasing filipino architecture. Visitors can simply relax enjoying the scenic beauty of the place.

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I love Hollywood este Taytay!

Guests can enjoy traditional dining at the Club-house restaurant and enjoy the evening at the beach bar. There are almost 30 water cottages that are built around the main cove of the island.

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KwebaSerye starring Brian, Mark, Melo and Nella

Deluxe Water Cottages are available for bigger group or family. One of the major features of the deluxe water cottages is that it provides visitors with direct passage to the water underneath their rooms itself. Visitors will be having a double bed being set-up in the loft and the two day beds will be set up in the ground floor.

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My favorite Carrot Cake

Activities in the Apulit Island Resort include relaxing on beach and enjoy playing billiards while having cocktails in the beach bar. If you want to have a total relaxation, you can have their traditional hilot massage on your own cottage. If you love diving, there are a maximum of ten diving sites across the Apulit Island Resort. Activities such as snorkeling as well as wind-surfing are also provided at the resort.

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Deluxe Water Cottages

Don’t be surprised, just look at the water underneath your verandah and you will find black tip reef sharks and other colorful fishes playing with the waves. Dining in Apulit Island Resort is also good. Visitors will be provided with green salads that are organically grown.

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Foot Bridge

The Apulit Island Resort is also known as Green resort. International as well as traditional cuisines are also provided in the resort. The dining options that the visitors can choose from include private picnic lunch as well as beach dinner and private dining. The white sand gives visitors with an enriching view of the bay that are lined further with coconut trees.

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Biodegradable Soap

The resort gives the visitors a unique experience of enjoying the wealth of wildlife as well as tropical fishes also. Additional amenities in the Apulit Island resort includes the Boutique, game area, snorkeling area as well as private gardens.

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El Nido Resorts Apulit Island

If weather permits and the waves are not that huge, you can schedule spelunking in 5 different caves in the island – one of the activities I enjoyed in the resort. Other recreational facilities in the Apulit Island Resort include the presence of massage cabana as well as a marine sports center.

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Apulit Island Resort friendly Staff

The Apulit Island Resort can also be used as a perfect place for weddings and other remarkable functions. It is a dream destination for people who wants to spend some quiet, private and enjoyable vacation. Apulit Island is a perfect destination full of peace and tranquility.

Talk about customer satisfaction, the resort is currently ranked as the # 1 Resort in Palawan in website – one of the worlds most popular travel website that provides hotel ratings from real people. Overall, the resorts asset is not  just the beautiful island but its amazing staff – and indeed they are what makes the island so special.

Apulit Island Resort in Taytay Palawan – El Nido Resorts
18/F BA Lepanto Building
8747 Paseo de Roxas Street, Salcedo Village
1226 Makati City, Philippines
Trunk Line: +63 2 902 5900
Telefax: + 63 2 902 5994

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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