Monday, May 23, 2011

Marina Garden Beach Resorts

Brgy, Poblacion, El Nido, Palawan
by lakwatserong tatay

After a grueling 6-7 hours of land trip via AC van, we finally reach the town of El Nido, the first class municipality and managed resource protected area in Palawan. It was around 1 in the afternoon when we reached Marina Garden Beach Resorts, where we booked our 3 days stay at El Nido, thru courtesy of my cotripper Rowel. Were composed of 11 individuals, and we booked for four rooms, from deluxe rooms and townside rooms called as coutry villa and jessica and wayside cottages called as native cottages.
Marina Garden Beach Resorts
All about Marina Garden......
Marina Garden is a small, family owned tourist inn that provides simple yet comfortable accomodations for us El Nido vacationers. Relax after a long day of island-hopping in they're County Villa rooms and Native Cottages.
The Country Villa' s air-conditioned, shabby-chic rooms nurture the travelers like us that looking for a comfort. This is 14-room villa conceptualized, categorize into Townside & Deluxe rooms and designed by Ruth Ordonez, carefully handpicked every detail of the villa, from its materials of curtain down to the colors of its tiles. It's results with a refreshing shabby chic room styles that most of the guest preferred for it's cozy charm style that has been a popular for couples, families, women, senior travelers and businessmen.
They're Native Cottages are fit for those seeking a more rustic Philippine experience and going back to basic beachfront bamboo cottages. Constructed with bamboo floors and woven bamboo walls, these native cottages are much like homes of many rural families throughout our country. This cottages are built on stilts, right on the beach, were guest could see the sand below through the cracks of bamboo floors. Staying on this rooms will make your stay a truly Filipino experience particularly for backpackers and budgeters.
Marina Garden's Reception Area
Marina Garden's history was a labor of love and achieved by three generations of the Ordonez Family of Palawan. Now with new management team of Filipino-Canadian Family members who brought fresh, modern day look and energy to the renovated beach cottages.
The Deluxe Room area
Here are some of insites why we choose to stay in this resort......beachfront accomodations, one of the first beach cottages for tourist in El Nido, Logest and widest beachfront along El Nido's town beach, situated in the middle of the El Nido's shoreline, Accessible to town hall, church and most popular restaurants, bars and boutiques, Just right across is El Nido's Police Station and a parking space for guests is inside it's compound.
Here's another deluxe rooms
Marina Garden's Cafe, Bar & Restaurant
We really had a great time staying and relaxing on its resorts beachfront while watching the waves, picture taking all the time, having few bottles of beer on your side and together with a free wi-fi access, it was a really true vacation for us.
The beachfront view of Marina Garden Beach Resorts
The relaxation area
Marina Garden's Entrance from beachfront
Here are some of my shots while walking and exploring the shores of El Nido beach. Seeing some of beachfront resto-bars, dive centers, and other El Nido accomodations that you could choose from (ill be having separate entry for El Nido accomodations) and one thing that i've noticed, there were more foreigners that local tourists like us when we visit that valentines week.
El Nido shoreline (left side)
El Nido's shoreline (right side)
Our chartered boat for 2 days of island-hopping (Kris Solo)
The smallest boat that i've seen...^_^
El Nido's shoreline....
The rocky part of El Nido's Beach
Sunset at El Nido
how i wish i could ride this one...hahahaha...
So let's get back from, Chris and Carlo, were booked in the Marina Garden's Country Villa - its amenities follows an air conditioned room, w/ private bathroom, rooms face main road of town proper, 2 single beds per room and 2 sets of connecting rooms for families.
Townside Room Rates - (Php1490/ night), includes breakfast for 2 persons.
For doueble occupancy, addtl Php200/person/night and Php120 for breakfast.
Maximum capacity per room : 4 adults

Room A (Townside Rooms)
Next was the lover's room, Pareng Rowel & Liway...hehehehe....hope you will kill me if you will read this...
The Country Villa's (Deluxe Room) it amenities follows, an A/C room, equipped with Satellite TV, Private Bathroom with hot/cold shower, most of its room has view of beach, and once double and one single bed per room.
The Country Villa's Deluxe Room - (Php2350/night) Rooms nos. 1,2,8,9 and 10.
Includes breakfast for 2 persons with Maximum capacity per room: 4 adults
For double occupancy, addtl Php250/person/night and Php120 for breakfast

Room no. 1 (Deluxe Room)
Let's go now to their Native Cottages, Wayside Cottages, where my Pareng Eric, Jenny and their son Joaquim, together with Grace styaed, it amenities follows, a fan-cooled room w/ screened windows, two single beds, w/ private bathroom and private veranda, and mosquito nets (optional).
Wayside Cottages - Php940/per night, for double occupancy, addtl Php125/person/night.

Wayside Cottages
The room that we rented, were Rhakz, Zen and our photo guro that trip Wendz stayes was Jessica Cottages, a fan-cooled rooms w/ screened windows, w/ private bathrooms and veranda, beachfront cottage and mosquito nets (optional).
Jessica Cottages - Php940/night , for double occupancy, addtl Php125/person/night.

Jessica Cottages
Here is one of our many group pictures taken on Marina Garden Beach Resort, to summarize our stay, we really had fun, although for me, i could say that this is the highest accomodation that i have for most of my trips, and personally i had a great stay on this resort aside from arranging and accomodating our 2 days of island-hopping activities with Cadlao Tours (i'll be having separate entries for each of the island on our island hopping activities). It was really a remarkable experience in staying in El Nido, and i'll definitely go back. I really recommend this resort because all of the staffs are really accomodating and very courteous and helpful to us.
The Palawan Trippers....
For more information about Marina Garden Beach Resorts:
You may reached them with this following nos. 0917-624-7722 and 0908-884-3711
or via email address                :
or go straight to their website  :

If you're coming from Puerto Princesa, you may contact from Marina Garden Beach Resorts thru:

Address: 18 Fernandez St., Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Tel./Fax:  +63 48 434-1620
Mobile :  0908-893-5477
Lakwatserong Tatay stayed @ Marina Garden Beach Resort
Next to my Palawan Escapades stories is our trek to Nagkalit-kalit Falls, where most of my co-trippers, yelled and shouted me that they will not this again....just to reach the falls..but few of them like the trekking adventure...hahahaha....^_^

This story is part of : Five Days of Trip at Palawan


lakwatsera de primera said...

I was able to check out the rooms and facilities of Marina Garden Resort before and it seemed a good value for your money especially of you have other people to share the room with. But the beachfront rooms were the ones i liked the most. :)

lakwatserong tatay said...

@ms. claire....actually as i track back my previous accomodations, this was the most higher accomodation i have....hahahaha...^_^

Pinoy Adventurista said...

whoa! Php1490/night is so budget friendly... gusto ko yan! at may kasama pang breakfast ha... perfect for budget traveling...

lakwatserong tatay said...

@mervin, actually isa na to sa mahal na nagastusan ko when it comes to accomodation...hehehehe...^_^


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