Our stay at Las Cabanas in El Nido was a beautiful complement to our time in the fast moving city life of Makati. The beach cottage (cabin #1), the visual environment, the water, the people - every aspect of our stay left a deep and memorable impression on us. We were moved by the hospitality and kind welcome we received. The food and drinks were delicious and the staff is thoughtful and accomodating. Every view is of paradise. Much is said about the sunsets, and this is understandable, but the sunrise is something spectacular. I woke early every morning before the beach torches were put out so I could wade through the water as the morning sun burned away the mist from the surreal-looking islands, and illuminated the world class landscape.
I would suggest avoiding the group Island hopping tours and instead talking to Hazel early about chartering your own boat for the day. The trip with “Tom & Jerry” and “Captain Jack” was the highlight of our stay, and that says a lot. The whole venture brought us to 4 islands, one completely private beach, a feast of a lunch, an encounter with a 4-foot monitor lizard, kayaking, swimming, & cost us 1750 pisos for the day, and we tipped the guys the rest of what we had because it was so spectacular.
When we return to the Philippines we will undoubtedly return to Las Cabanas. Make sure to bring a range of cash (no cards accepted - you can catch a trike up to El Nido to the ATM for 150 Pisos each way if necessary) and please, tip well.