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Editor’s Note: This is the first post in a three part series on El Nido. Check out our other posts:

While Mr. Selfish and I did a “Homeland Honeymoon,” in which we visited Halong Bay north of Hanoi, our friends went to El Nido Resorts on Palawan Island. Both places have beautiful limestone cliffs and emerald waters. During our trip to the Philippines, we decided to see how El Nido compared to Halong Bay.

We opted to stay on Lagen Island at El Nido Resorts, which is an all-inclusive luxury resort. Although the price was a bit steep, all of our food and activities were covered for the duration of our stay. El Nido Resorts is my favorite hotel of all time. It was absolutely stunning in every way.

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It was quite difficult to arrive at this paradise. We had to take a flight on a tiny plane from Manila, ride on a jeepney through El Nido town proper, and then take a banca (boat) to Lagen Island.

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However, it was all worth it, because we stayed in an over-the-water bungalow. We had a wonderful view of the water and limestone rocks.

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All of our food and drinks (except for alcohol) were included. The food was delicious and plentiful. I enjoyed garlic rice every morning for lunch and then had fresh seafood for lunch and dinner. During our first dinner, there was a show of traditional Filipino dance. I volunteered Mr. Selfish for some dancing, but it back-fired and I had to make a fool out of myself as well.

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We definitely enjoyed El Nido Resorts, especially the magnificent view from the poolside bar.

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It was a wonderful hotel, and I would go back in a heartbeat. It was quite different from our trip to Halong Bay since we only spent a few hours there on a junk boat. El Nido Resorts was pure luxury, and I certainly reveled in it. Tomorrow, I’ll go over some of the activities we did at El Nido Resorts.