The El Nido Resorts
A few weeks ago, I was lucky to experience El Nido, thanks to NIVEA’s very exciting summer getaway. Just recently, El Nido Resorts in the municipalities of El Nido and Taytay, Palawan, was named as one of 12 finalists worldwide in the 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards (TTA), one of the most prestigious and highest accolades in the global travel and tourism industry. It was also named “one of the best places in the world to take your girlfriend in 2014” by GQ Magazine. I got curious about El Nido and I’m sharing more about it here:
The municipality of El Nido is a small archipelago composed of 45 islands. In 1981, Miniloc Island Resort was established by Ten Knots Development Corporation. A second resort with 51 rooms was constructed in 1998 in Lagen Island, while the third was opened in 2010 on Apulit island, which is in the municipality of Taytay, and has 50 rooms. The fourth resort with 42 villas on Pangulasian Island opened its doors a few months ago.
The way the people of this resort protect the environment is award-winning as well and I noticed this during my stay (more details on my next post!). Laurent Lamasuta, president of Ten Knots Development Corporation, explained the company’s commitment to environmental protection: “We safeguard the vital resources upon which our business is founded. In so doing, we create long-term value for our shareholders and our host communities.”
The group of resorts has been operating for the past 30 years and proof of its commitment to sustainability is the fact that snorkeling in Miniloc Island, where its oldest property is located, remains a spectacular showcase of biodiversity. Mariglo Laririt, El Nido Resorts’ director for sustainability, observes: “That can only have been made possible by the fact that we have a well-maintained sewage treatment plant and a solid waste program that is uncompromising. That is also because we have well-trained nature guides who steer snorkelers’ fins away from the fragile corals while sharing with them scientific names.”
Moreover, the harmonious relationship between the operators of the four eco-resorts and of the locals “has enabled us to continue with business unhindered, purchasing, recruiting and promoting from among them,” she says. Ninety per cent of all the employees are locals and turnover rate at the resort has remained low.
All employees likewise go through a program on environmental conservation called Be GREEN (Guard, Respect, Educate El Nido). This same program has been adopted by some of the local elementary and high schools. Better yet, El Nido Resorts supervisors are required to run programs for locals on food and beverage, kitchen and housekeeping skills among others. Although not all trainees are hired by El Nido, participants get a training certificate issued by local NGO partner El Nido Foundation thus, increasing their chances of employment in the other resorts in the area.
Some years ago, EL Nido Resorts made a decision to offer a more sustainable menu to guests, according to its website www.elnidoresorts.com. This meant using as many local organically-grown ingredients as possible to contribute to the growth of the local economy. Today, as much as 58 per cent of all ingredients used by the resorts are sourced from locals.
Known in the province of Palawan to have pioneered in island resorts development, El Nido Resorts’ standards has become over the years a template that has been acknowledged by the local government as well as other resort operators. I am excited to share what I experience in this beautiful island in my photo diaries but let’s celebrate and congratulate the successes of El Nido!
For inquiries and bookings, visit www.elnidoresorts.com. They are participating in different travel conferences wherein you can book and inquire. View the schedules at www.instagram.com/elnidoresortsPhotos and information courtesy of El Nido Resorts