Three resorts of the luxury chain El Nido Resorts were recognized in the recently concluded 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Resorts in Asia of the prestigious lifestyle publication Condé Nast Traveler.
The three island resorts—Apulit, Lagen and Pangulasian—are the only accommodations from the Philippines hailed by more than 715,000 of its readers who submitted an incredible number of responses rating their travel experiences across the globe.
This sought-after award was given to Pangulasian consecutively in 2016-2017, and 2019. In addition, the island resort was also selected in the magazine’s Middle East “Green Gold List Awards” earlier this year.
“The results of this year’s survey, conducted at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, are a testament to the lasting power of a meaningful travel experience,” says Jesse Ashlock, US editor of the New York-based publication.
“The winners represent the best of the best for our audience and offer plenty of trip-planning inspiration for all the adventures we can’t wait to have next,” he added.
Condé Nast Traveler is a multi-platform, transatlantic brand regarded as the world’s most distinguished travel title providing advice for discerning travelers, while its Readers’ Choice Awards is the travel industry’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence.
Apulit Island Resort, located in Taytay Bay in northeastern Palawan, offers a wide expanse of white-sand beach lined with coconut trees which makes it a tropical island paradise. An eco-adventure resort, guests can rappel down the 60-meter limestone cliff, dive, discover sunken treasures and majestic marine life, and explore caves. This secluded getaway has all-water cottages, built in traditional architecture and contemporary design.
Nestled between a lush 4-hectare forest and a shallow lagoon, Lagen Island Resort has the densest forest over limestone in the El Nido archipelago. This British-inspired eco-sanctuary resort is home to a rich terrestrial biodiversity, and home to over 100 species of birds, including the Palawan Hornbill and white-vented Shama, as well as civets, macaques, monitor lizards and other forest species. Its house reef is sanctuary to coral gardens and marine species such as barracudas, angel fishes, lobsters, clownfish and other aquatic creatures.
Pangulasian Island Resorts fronts a spectacular powdery white-sand beach and unspoilt turquoise waters and boasts of 42 villas with a private balcony for breathtaking views of the sunrise and the sunset. Guests can hike around the island and be amazed by its flora and fauna, stroll along its 750-meter long beach, and snorkel to admire the mesmerizing marine life.