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These design driven hotels top the list when it comes to embodying El Nido’s inherent charm

1. Frangipani El Nido

This minimalist boutique hotel is adorned with gorgeous rattan pieces from homegrown Philippine furniture brand E Murio. But your eyes will surely be drawn to the suite’s floor-to-ceiling windows, which lovingly frame the island’s sparkling waters and jagged limestone formations.

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2. Lagùn Hotel El Nido

Aside from the eclectic interiors by Cecille Ravelas and local design work by Palawan’s Jama Mapun indigenous tribeswomen, the real highlight of this town hotel is its roof deck pool, which boasts a majestic karst mountain backdrop that epitomises El Nido.

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3. Maremegmeg Beach Club

Built into the jungle behind it, this well-appointed cliffside beach resort with architecture by Milo Vasquez and interiors by Erik Lopez offers the best of both worlds—unadulterated ocean views from its chic rooms as well as direct access to one of El Nido’s most popular beaches. Its private infinity pool and deck are especially great for taking in the legendary sunset.

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4. Nacpan Beach Glamping

Nestled amongst palm trees right on the sand, this new establishment proves that the allure of sleeping near the sound of the surf is simply irresistible. Only 30 minutes land travel from the airport, guests in its nine tents are one of the select few who can either enjoy a dip in their private pool as well as swim off Nacpan beach.

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5. The Birdhouse El Nido

If you are willing to walk hundreds of steps up a bamboo staircase into the jungle, you’ll be rewarded with access to this boutique hotel featuring only five luxury-suite tents, which are known as “nests”. Not only are you guaranteed to wake up to the absolute best views of Bacuit Bay, sunsets here come with yoga, too.

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