One of Palawan’s most popular destinations, El Nido is famed for its picturesque seascape of towering limestone islands scattered across Bacuit Bay. The coastal village of Corong-Corong, just south of El Nido town, has seen a boom of tourism development in recent years. What was once a sleepy beachside community a decade ago is now lined with several resorts, restaurants and other establishments. The transport terminal is also conveniently located within this barangay. One of the latest additions to the neighborhood is Lime Resort El Nido, a brand-new hotel which opened earlier this year on the southernmost end of Corong-Corong Beach.
This four-star hotel has 181 guest rooms across seven floors. Standing in stark contrast to the forested mountain right behind it, the overall design of the all-white structure is inspired by a cruise ship. The interior design is also minimalist and streamlined, accented with Lime’s brand colors of lime green and aqua blue. The contemporary design would have been drab and sterile if not for the details that lend a tropical touch such as the corridor railings wrapped in abaca rope, the wallpapers of palm leaves, and the fish mural in the restaurant, to name a few.
The best thing about this hotel is the scenic infinity swimming pool on the 7th floor, overlooking the dramatic limestone cliffs of El Nido town and Bacuit Bay. Climbing up a flight of stairs from the pool area, there’s additional space to lounge on the large rooftop deck. The poolside area can get somewhat crowded, especially around sunset, and the rooftop deck provides a quiet spot to enjoy the views in peace.
The hotel should discourage guests from hanging clothes on the glass panel railings at the balconies, as it ruins the facade of the building. They should provide clothes racks instead. Another minor letdown of this hotel is that, despite its seaside location, it has no direct access to the beach! While Corong-Corong Beach isn’t ideal for swimming, especially when compared to the pristine beaches you’ll be visiting on your island-hopping tours, it’s still a great spot for a walk or to explore the tidal flats especially at sunset. (To reach the beach itself, I had to walk through an empty private lot nearby. Once this lot will be occupied, there will no longer be a quick path to the beach.)
Rooms are inclusive of breakfast buffet at the hotel’s ground-floor restaurant, The Pulp Cafe, next to the lobby. At the rooftop area, a station of Bella Vita – one of the favorite restaurants in El Nido – serves pizzas and pastas by the pool. Conveniently, there’s a sari-sari store right across the hotel, where you can buy cheap snacks and booze (They also rent out scooters for ₱500 per day; contact Joel at +63 9282927058). Restaurants can also be found throughout Corong-Corong, a short walk or tricycle ride away from the hotel.
Accommodation at Lime Resort El Nido starts at ₱4,700 for a Deluxe Room – Mountain Side with breakfast for two. The Deluxe Room is air-conditioned and has the following in-room amenities: 42-inch Smart-cabled TV, Wi-Fi, coffee and tea facility, mini-refrigerator, in-room safe, writing desk, bath and toilet separate, bidet, hair dryer, robe, slippers, balcony, hot and cold shower, bathroom amenities and towels. A unique feature of their rooms are the button-operated curtains and bedside controls for different room lighting modes. The hotel also offers larger suites and “Sky Villa” rooms with a private seaview deck.
How to Get There
From Puerto Princesa, public buses (₱598 per person, air-conditioned) and shared vans (₱550 per person) bound for El Nido depart from the San Jose Terminal. Travel time takes five to six hours. Lime Resort is located 2 km south of the El Nido transport terminal, so you may ask the driver to drop you off at the junction to the hotel so you don’t have to backtrack.
Boutique airlines fly direct to El Nido. Lime Resort El Nido is located 8.3 km south of Lio Airport.
Contact numbers: +63 9686885364 or +63 9674092462
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