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Apulit Island Resort Experience (formerly Club Noah)

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Apulit Island Resort opened last December 2010. Formerly known as Club Noah, it is now owned by the El Nido & Ayala Group and they decided to use the actual name of the island. We've been long-time fans of El Nido resorts -- both Miniloc and Lagen, and now the budding Apulit Resort in Taytay, Palawan.

I've never been to Club Noah, so we decided to immediately check out its new reincarnation, Apulit Island Resort, when it opened. Here is our experience...

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Apulit Island Resort Experience (formerly Club Noah) [1of3]
Apulit Island Resort: What to Do and Eat in Apulit? [2of3]
Apulit Island Resort: How to Get There? [3of3]

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Apulit Island Resort has a total of 30 water cottages and 20 deluxe water cottages, which are built like nipa huts on stilts (with beautiful limestone cliffs in the background).

Reserve Room#51, which is the farthest water cottage on the east side, if you need privacy.

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The room is nicely done with its typical Filipino modern design. We had two single beds that could easily be joined together to form a queen bed.

All the old furniture from its Club Noah days have been changed and replaced with pieces that are custom-made for the Apulit Island Resort.

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The bathroom of the standard room is quite narrow. It has a hot & cold shower. Drinking water is provided in the room.

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El Nido's thoughtful gesture of leaving hand-written messages on leaves always add a nice, personal touch to your stay.

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They also give out eco bags where you can put your non-biodegradable products, and a buri bag and a pair of native slippers that you can use throughout your visit.

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There is an octagonal open platform towards the end of the East cottages where you can have a private meal set up for you and your family.

It is quite windy in this area, though. Raphael's hat was blown away by the wind here, and we weren't able to retrieve it.

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The Clubhouse Restaurant is the main dining area. It is located in the center of the cove.

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My wife loved the handcrafted hats, bags, and especially the unique  shawls by Rurungan of Puerto Princesa only available in the resort store in the Main Clubhouse.

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The clinic is also located near the Main Clubhouse where they have trained nurses to deal with emergencies.

We took Aidan to the clinic since he had a minor wood splinter in his hand. The nurse was able to build rapport with him immediately and removed the splinter with ease. Great job!

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The West water cottages are where people pass by to and from the main wharf of the island.

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These are the family deluxe water cottage rooms on the west side of the island.

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We prefer the East water cottages because the area is more private and it is the quiet part of the cove.

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Wifi is available in the Clubhouse, and it is very reliable. Sometimes, the signal can reach all the way to the water cottages in the morning, when no one is using it.

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There's no TV for the kids, so we spent a lot of time playing on the balcony, watching the sea, or having a wacky photoshoot. :)

 

to be continued...

READ MORE:
Apulit Island Resort Experience (formerly Club Noah) [1of3]
Apulit Island Resort: What to Do and Eat in Apulit? [2of3]
Apulit Island Resort: How to Get There? [3of3]

For more info: visit Apulit Island Resort Official Website

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Full Disclosure: My friend from El Nido gave us an Apulit Island Resort gift certificate for the accommodation before she left the company, so the entire family decided to check it out last December.

We paid for our buffet meals (about P1,000 for lunch, and P1,500 for dinner per adult per meal) and incidentals during our 3 Days 2 Nights stay. We paid for our flight to Palawan and transportation going to Taytay.

I'm NOT connected with, or compensated by El Nido resorts. I'm NOT connected with, compensated by, or represented by any PR firm.

P.S. Here are the rates of Apulit Island Resort for 2011:

Apulit Island Resort Holiday Package Rates (valid until December 31, 2011):
Lean Season (June 1- Oct. 31/11) |
High Season (Jan 8-May 31/11 and Nov.1-Dec. 19/11) |
Peak Season (Chinese New Year, Easter, Christmas and New Year)

Water Cottages (Capacity: 2 Persons) Package Rates:
Single (P15,500 | P16,500 | P17,500 per person per night)
Twin (P11,500 | P12,500 | P13,500 per person per night)

Deluxe Water Cottages (Capacity: 5 Persons) Package Rates:
Half-Twin (P15,500 | P16,500 | P17,500 per person per night)
Triple/Quad (P11,500 | P12,500 | P13,500 per person per night)

Holiday Package Inclusions:

  • Overnight accommodation in an air-conditioned room
  • Roundtrip boat transfers on the regular airport shuttle (Airport/Pier - Apulit Island Resort - Airport/Pier)
  • Full-board meals daily, excluding drinks, at the Clubhouse Restaurant
  • One buri bag in the room
  • A pair of native slippers per adult
  • Drinking water in the room
  • Services of Guest Activity Coordinators from 7am to 9pm daily
  • Services of a Marine Sports Guide during day tours and activities
  • Complimentary use of mask, snorkel and full foot fins for duration of stay
  • Use of all available non-motorized water sports equipment (hobie cat, windsurf, kayak, etc.)
  • Exciting land and water activities you can enjoy during your stay, such as snorkeling at the house reef, sunrise or sunset guided kayak tours, coconut hat making, island-hopping, etc.
  • Service charge and 12% government tax.

Note for families:

  • Child 7-11 years old sharing room with 1 adult shall be charged Child Supplement of P3,000 nett/night. This rate is inclusive of 3 full board meals, use of resort facilities, boat transfers, regular activities, tax and service charge.
  • Children 6 years old and below sharing room with at least 1 adult stay for FREE, and shall be extended complimentary meals from the buffet.
  • Should a separate room be assigned to 2 children below 12 years of age, one child shall be charged single rates.

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how to get there via plane or boat? is there a private plane or you take a boat from somewhere?

It is a bit complicated. I'm blogging about it as the last blog post in the series. This link should be live by thursday:

Apulit Island Resort : How to Get There?
http://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awesome/2011/03/apulit-island-resort-how-to-get-there.html.html

ah k, how is it price wise, prices look like $600+ per night for 2 people.

That's close to Aman Pulo prices.

Is the service up there?

This looks like a great place to spend your vacation. It’s great. I always loved water cottages, and these are just perfect. Thanks for the detailed review. Hope you had the best time.

I've been to this place when it called Club Noah yet, and yes, this is a very nice place. If you want a complete peaceful vacation, this is the right place.

Hi Anton, Has the place been refurbished, as I believe Club Noah was a bit dilapidated

Yes the entire place was refurbished. They did a great job in changing all furnitures and fixing all the water cottages.


Anton

We just went there last Feb 23-25 :) Awesome place, awesome food and awesome staff ;) Hope you enjoyed your stay as much as we did ! :)

Hi! What kind of baby slings does your wife use?

We use Indigo Baby Baby Sling.

Hello,
Thank you for sharing your experience ;) this is really helpful.
My husband and I are planning to have our honeymoon in Palawan. Between Miniloc, Lagen and Apulit Resorts, which one you like the most.

Regards,

Anvie,

I think Miniloc is closed for now due to a Survivor shooting.

Apulit is really for a peaceful honeymoon.

Go for Lagen if you want activity packed honeymoon.

The only thing is the Lagen Chef transferred to Apulit so Apulit has really good food vs. Lagen.

I would go for Lagen because of the Kayaking activities and more options for Private Dining.

Anton

I was here way back in 1997. What I remembered was that there were baby black tip sharks that would swim underneath the huts in the mornings. On the downside, the corals near the resort suffered from dynamite damage, but I hope they has recovered by now.

Hello Anton!

Thank you for your reply! Which one has the best beach? We just like to snorkel all day long. We heard Palawan has the best beach in Philippines and one of the best in the world ;)

Regards,
Anvie

[this should have been a private message but i don't know how to contact you, so...]

my boss and his fiancee are planning to spend 6 days in the philippines for their honeymoon. the ideal plan is 2 nights manila, 2 nights el nido, 2 nights boracay. the beautiful fiancee though is scared of flying, but they're okay with boat and bus/van rides.

they prefer resorts where there are over-water cottages (and i can't think of anywhere else but palawan).

any suggestions?

Beautiful Place!

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