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El Rio y Mar Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 September 2017

It wasn't my first time to visit Coron in Busuanga, Palawan, but it was my first time to stay at the "El Rio y Mar" resort located in Brgy. San Jose. A boat will pick you up from a meeting point to take you the resort, which is quite secluded. You'll have to pass through a mangrove (navigable only during high tide, so be sure to check the schedule of the tides if you go in and out of the resort!). As you arrive at the resort, you will dock at its Port Caltom, then cross a board walk to the main entrance.

The resort offers different types of accommodation ... the "Casa Room," the "Cedar Cabana," "Deluxe Room," the "Superior Room," and the Native Cabana." We occupied some of the "Casa Rooms" whose ambiance is a mix of both native and modern styles and materials. Ours was very close to the resort restaurant ... the Al Fresco. Don't ask me about the price of the accommodation, for I honestly don't know how much our company paid for it. I heard though that you can get a room there for as low as 5000 pesos a night, which is not bad at all.

As for the foods and drinks, they serve the best at the Al Fresco restaurant, prepared by excellent chefs! You can also go to a reef bar at Port Caltom and have a drink or two while occasionally leaping into the waters around it.

As to the facilities, the resort has a restaurant, two swimming pools, a lounge, a karaoke room, a sports room, a dive center, and a gym (among others). Unfortunately we were not able to use all the facilities in the resort because we spent most of our time outside of it, travelling, island hopping, and so forth.

The view from the resort is spectacular ... mountains, a cove connected to the open sea, a small mangrove on one side, etc.! At night the resort, with all the light lit, looks great and very enchanting. You'll see some fireflies hovering around the trees by the beach. It's like living in a fairy tale! Lastly, the staff are very friendly. They helped us arrange some of our tours to nearby islands.

With all these I can say that the "El Rio y Mar" resort is truly one of the best resorts not only in Coron, but in the Philippines at large! Highly recommendable, indeed! I would love to return there for another very relaxing and luxurious vacation! If the resort has any drawback, it is its inaccessibility during low tide, when it is practically impossible to pass through the mangrove leading to it. No further comment.

Room Tip: Get a room with a balcony facing the beach
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  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Place is beautiful and a great get away to relax. If you are the stay in one place and just relax then this is for you. Staff is very friendly, helpful and accommodating. Breakfast buffet is inclusive but lunch and dinner are plated or ala carte and a bit pricey. However the portions are huge so you can share. You can even ask them to keep your leftovers and reheat them for your next meal. Downside is that due to it's remote location, traveling to and from the city center and the island tours takes time, patches of rough roads and additional expense. Hopefully the resort in the future would offer a package that's all inclusive of all meals and exclusive private boat tours to the islands so that it would be hassle free for the guests. And for travelers, highly suggest starting your Coron trip booking a hotel near the city center for easy access of the tours then cap your trip to relax at El Rio for some me time. It's relatively nearer to the airport.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

I have chosen this resort based on reviews. Me and my husband came to The Philippines for our annual vacation as we work and live in Dubai. We always make sure that we visit one of the "must see" places in The Philippines every holiday. Me, my husband and my sister decided to visit Coron and it was the best among the places we have ever visited in the country so far and we will definitely return. In general, the people in Coron are very kind and genuine.

El rio y mar is located in a remote island and hence, it is way too far from the city. Each time we want to go to the city or go for tour packages, you have to pay a boat transfer 1,000 pesos per person, which I think is way too expensive. Although I loved the resort, the pricing range is expensive in general. Probably it's because the resort is located in a remote island. So save a lot of money if you want to stay here. Otherwise, you will be disappointed in choosing this resort. Nevertheless, the staff are very accommodating and helpful. The food was great although the restaurant was under renovation. Facilities were also good but not the type of beach I want to swim at. Our room was spacious enough for 3 adults but they lack of toiletries and quality was not good so be sure to bring your toiletries.

Another suggestion is to book your island tour packages from a travel agency. Trust me, the resort charges you 70% more if you book with them.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay in the resort and in Coron itself. Can't wait to go back to Coron but I think the next time we will visit, we will stay at another resort.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

If you want to enjoy an escape from the busy hectic city life, go there. A great private resort with beach bungalows/cottages. No TV and basic primitive lifestyle to go back to basics. But don't be fooled. Whatever you need to make your stay convenient is available (WiFi, Laundry, etc.). What can make the place even better are: 1. To have a number of restaurants (only one now), 2. Entertainment and activities program (now only one 2-persons music band, no dancing or shows for example), 3. More variety on food menu, 4. Offer more kids-convenient food selection, 5. Offer kids centers and babysitting services, 6. Clean the beach (remove the stones and other stuff). The only thing I found it challenging is the transportation from/to the resort. The only way to reach there is by a boat that takes you from a 20min-away small primitive port, then a long 30min ride to the town. Even this service is not available after 6pm (it is completely dark all over the place). However, the staff and reception manager were very friendly and helped in all ways possible. I recommend this place to any person who wants to enjoy quite, magnificent nature and views.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

I can only say praises to this resort. The service and the location were impeccable. Of all the hotels I've visited this one's my favorite. El Rio Y Mar made my Papa's 66th bday a memorable one.

Special shoutout to Chenee and Janine from their Manila office who was able to hand me the polo shirt I left in our hotel room.

Service is top notch. It's just so heartwarming to see everyone greet you with genuine smiles.

Please try to snorkel in the resort at around 8a. The variety of fish is just.. WOW! I loved it!

Free snorkeling, kayak, snorkeling masks, fins, volleyball, hiking etc. What more can you ask for?

Can't wait to get back!!

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

We stayed for 6 nights at the resort. Almost everything was perfect-
Exceptional staff, beautiful nature, great rooms and other facilities.

The only downside is that it's very remote, so you can't get around on your own. You need to take a boat and a minivan to get anywhere and that's very expensive. And if you're not a diver there's little you can do in regards of activities.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

This property has a beautiful location on the sliver of land between the hill and sea on the north bank of a secluded sound entering Coron Island from the sea. All units have a stunning view of perhaps 1 km direct actoss the sea to the opposite bank. Most apartments are on the first floor-some have the sea lapping beneath the rooms at high tide. And this is peaceful, wonderfully peaceful. Even the few bancas do not run their engines at full revs.

My matress was lumpy and uncomfortable. The staff responded immediately with a new one.

A new kitchen is in course of construction which may bring the resort's already highy quality food and service to further heights.

Room Tip: Those very young or over a certain age should ask for a first floor room.
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: San Jose, Coron, Busuanga Island 5316, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Busuanga Island > Coron > San Jose
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in San Jose
Price Range: $119 - $371 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — El Rio y Mar Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Rio Y Mar Resort is the perfect haven for those seeking an escape from the urban jungle. Nestled in a beautiful tranquil bay with a breathtaking view of calm waters and rolling hills, the resort offers the perfect ambiance for romantic getaways and retreats. Guests are guaranteed of personalized service with the trademark warmth and charm of native Palawe'os. The resort also offers scuba diving, hiking, water sports and tours around Coron. ... more   less 
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