Biodiverse Palawan destinations get attention of high-end travelers
SOME of the world’s most inf luent ial travel audiences are creating fresh momentum for El Nido Resorts in Palawan. They bring it to the attention of the top- end segment of the global travel market focused on places that remain untouched and have generally preserved its biodiversity.
For the past two years, El Nido Resorts’ Pangulasian Island and its environs have been named in the Conde Nast Traveller Readers Awards. The most prestigious was the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards that chose “The 20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World” and voted El Nido, Palawan, in the top slot.
In that same article, readers recommended Pangulasian Island as the place to stay when in town.
In travel, a Conde Nast feature has the same impact as winning an Oscar in the movie industry, according to Joey Bernardino, sales and marketing head of the four island destinations that carry the El Nido Resorts brand. The other three properties are: Apulit, Miniloc and Lagen.
“We have been featured four times in a row over two years and we couldn’t be more grateful,’’ he said. Bernardino explained that El Nido, Palawan, made it to the Readers’ Choice Award on best beaches in 2015 and 2016. Also this year Pangulasian was named in a Conde Nast Gold List entitled “Our Favorite Beach Resorts in the World,” where it ranked fourth on a list of 13.
It was also part of “Our Favorite Hotels in the World” Gold List that listed 168 names, including properties in the US, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and other continents.
In the latest poll, CNN writers noted: “Shockingly, Palawan remains steadily under the radar” despite its close to 50 powdery beaches set against “dramatic limestone formations [that] boast of the finest and whitest sand you’ll ever see. The water is so blindingly blue it makes the Caribbean Sea look murky in comparison.”
Most of these attributes are the results of the continued biodiversity in this destination, a consequence of the sustainable practices of its most prominent industry players, including the four El Nido Resorts.
The article connotes that given its plethora of exceptional beaches, azure waters, relative seclusion and unusual backdrop of rock formations, El Nido Resorts’s Pangulasian, the top place to stay in the area, is most likely to soon make a strong impact on the world travel market.
EL Nido Resorts’s Pangulasian Island was named as the place to stay by Condé Nast Traveller when in El Nido, which was identified as among the top beaches in the world.