CNY 2013. What better way to spend the long weekend than join the likes of CIA agent Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) from the movie, Bourne Legacy. If you recall the last scene of the movie, Agent Cross along with Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachael Weiss), sail into a glorious sunset. The place – El Nido.
El Nido is a group of 45 idyllic islands located in the Palawan province of the Philippines.
Our journey began in bustling Manila. Navigating the infamous Manila traffic, we headed to the ITI terminal. El Nido is a short flight (75mins) from Manila and ITI operates the connecting flight to El Nido. The 19 seater Dornier 228 didn’t quite prepare us for the magical beauty that lay ahead.
The view from the aircraft was unbelievable! Islands sparkling in the sun like emeralds on a rich turquoise cloth. This IS the stuff movies are made off!
The Dornier landed at the charming El Nido airport and a group of local women (and a caribou) welcomed us with their happy folk songs. I was warned, there is no escape from falling in love at El Nido. If you don’t fall in love with the place, you will definitely fall in love with the people.
At the arrival lounge, we were greeted with an interesting local snack – steamed, purple rice cakes.
A brief wait and we were huddled into a colorful jeepney that took us to the jetty. Speed boats were picking up guests to the 3 Ayala Land resorts – Miniloc Island Resort, Lagen Island Resort and the newest addition, Pangulasian Island Resort (PIR). Pangulasian is positioned as the pinnacle of eco-luxury tourism. And we had a strong feeling, we wouldn’t be disappointed.
Being extremely prone to sea-sickness, I was dreading the 30 minute boat ride to Pangulasian Island. The rhythmic swaying of the boat and the breathtaking view of the surrounding ocean, drew us into a hypnotic lull.
When we arrived at Pangulasian Island, the entire team of the resort had lined up to welcome us.
Our elegant palm thatched villa, built in a modern Filipino style, provided a mesmerizing view of the white sand beach and the ocean that lay beyond. To wake up to that view every morning – what more could we have asked for?
The intricate wooden interiors, the luxurious furnishings and the romantic lighting set the mood for an opulent stay. Aaah, pure bliss!
More of our adventures at PIR in my post Mabuhay Pangualsian!