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|Value for money||7.2|
|Distance to city centre||10.9 km|
|"Amazing view, beachs and pools."||(in 8 reviews)|
|"Wonderful location, private clean beach, complimentary kayaks"||(in 28 reviews)|
|"Staff are very helpful and friendly."||(in 108 reviews)|
|"No alcohol sold in the resort."||(in 9 reviews)|
|"Food was horrendous and overpriced!"||(in 10 reviews)|
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|amazing food||in 55 reviews|
|beautiful location||in 48 reviews|
|beautiful views||in 13 reviews|
|el nido||in 15 reviews|
|food options||in 69 reviews|
|poor customer service||in 4 reviews|
|private beach||in 67 reviews|
|serve alcohol||in 30 reviews|
|snorkeling and kayaking||in 4 reviews|
|spacious rooms||in 3 reviews|
|staff were very great||in 147 reviews|
|swimming pool||in 23 reviews|
|tour guide||in 14 reviews|
Great food, extraordinary staff and service, perfect location on the beach, we enjoyed a wonderful tour in the lagoons with the hotel's great guide Ricardo, kayaking, and snorkeling.
Nearly nothing... just that our room was 100 steps high and the espresso machine in the restaurant wasn't working
Amazing location, staff and facilities. Perfection doesn’t exist but this is a good stab at it!
Tours and food is overpriced. Very much a case of ‘now you’re here, you’re ours!’ You Can pass on the trips but you have no choice but to pay the relatively expensive prices for food and drinks. And come on Matinloc - put some all day tea and coffee on for your guests. Cheap hostels do it all the time. You’re charging a FORTUNE!
Overall the experience was exceptional. The location is the best part, not only the natural beauty but the way the resort has been carefully constructed to be tucked among and on top of the various limestone peaks on the property. Clearly a lot of thought has been put into integrating the rooms with the local environment: balconies are built around trees, or around large rock formations, so that they pass through the woodwork. I have seen some people complain about the 50 or 100 steps they had to climb to get to their rooms, but we found this was worth it. And there are different kinds of rooms for different tastes and budgets. There's a tree house, several rooms that are right on the beach, and then several rooms perched further up the various cliffsides. We stayed in a large family room overlooking the pier; it was superb. The rooms were spacious, with nice moldings and detailings. The mattress and pillows were among the most comfortable I've ever slept on. The kids slept upstairs in a loft-like second bedroom, which looks over the entryway. A perfect combination of "cosy" and "classy" - my wife said "I wish we lived here" (alas, we live in a standard apartment block). The deck had a jacuzzi on it with an amazing view, and a large limestone rock jutting through the deck providing a natural feel. We could look off the deck and watch the sunrise, or watch the parrot fish swimming below. I'd also like to call out some of the staff as being particularly attentive - Ronald, who was our guide for the "Lagoon" tour, and Adrian, one of the servers in the restaurant. Most of the staff were friendly and welcoming. I'd also say they may give you little "perks" if you stay there for a full week like we did, such as free snacks or drinks. But they were never intrusive. The lagoon tour is worth it, we chose the "full-day-private-speedboat" option.
I've seen some people call out the food. I'd say it's "okay" - good enough, but not really rising to be noteworthy. We tended to fall back on standard fare like the pizzas, which are good. I myself liked the pesto pasta, and the fish of the day (they have grouper and snapper that they keep in baskets off the pier, so they are always fresh). The blended fruit juices are quite nice. The buffet breakfasts are good, with everything you'd expect - an omelet station, choice of cereals, and various hot dishes that change throughout the week. They did a BBQ one evening and it was definitely worth it, the fish was excellent. Apparently the resort is Korean-owned and the chef is Korean and there are Korean menu options, as well as local Filipino cuisine options, but we didn't find these any better than the Western options. I will say that I felt the chef was "attentive", as we gave him some constructive feedback and he gave us some "free samples" of things to try. I haven't stayed in any other high-end resorts in the El Nido area, so I can't say how it compares. We did go by some of the other resorts on our Lagoon Tour, and I think based on location alone the Matinloc is "special." Perhaps the others have better dining, I can't say. Unfortunately when it came to Palawan generally, dining was not the high point.
An outstanding location and surely has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. The staff were so friendly and accommodating. The food was well presented and fresh. The excursions were fun and diverse. Thank you to everyone at the resort. You all truly helped to make my stay unforgettable.
Staff were well-trained and very friendly. The place was beautiful, the room was spacious. They upgraded our room to a Mountain Villa room, it was so peaceful and close to nature Location seemed really good as well as the facilities but I can’t comment about the beachfront since I didn’t get a chance to swim due to the weather. It seems like it’s beautiful though. They offer snorkels and kayaks for free which is a great plus. They don’t sell alcohol at the property but they let you bring your own with no corkage fee. They even brought us to the store before boarding the speedboat. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. Great for anniversaries or just a quick getaway.
Food choices weren’t a lot. Quality & portions could be improved. Breakfast is ala carte & not buffet. There were complementary water bottles in the room (2 per night) but since it’s a remote island, there was no other place to buy water except in the restaurant. The price for water is so high. It would be nice if they offered filtered water in the room or if the room had it’s own dispenser.
With a stay at Matinloc Resort in El Nido, you'll be near the bay and close to Secret Lagoon and Miniloc Island Dock. Featured amenities include a business center, a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available on request).
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- Matinloc Island 0.7 km
- Small Lagoon 3.8 km
- Miniloc Island 4.1 km
- Secret Lagoon 4.5 km
- Shimizu Island 5.4 km
- Seven Commandos Beach 9.6 km