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- Thank you from El Rio y Mar
- Review: "Paradise!"
- Review: "Heaven on Earth"
- Review: "A gem waiting to be discovered in Coron!"
Certificate of Excellence (2014 & 2015)
#4 Luxury Hotel in Coron (2015)
#4 Spa Hotel in Coron (2015)
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Coron (2015)
Thanks to the continuous patronage of our beloved guests, we have received Awards of Excellence from Trip Advisor for the past two years. We are glad to see that our services have been well-rewarded and we will continue to improve and serve you better.
To this day, over 112 people have rated our resort with a stunning 5 stars and are still counting. Only our best efforts will be given to you here at El Rio y Mar.
"Coron Palawan is the best place I've been so far in terms of water activities, awesome sceneries & rock formation. Getting to Coron is through Busuanga airport which was around one hour from Manila NAIA airport. My husband and I were able to purchase our plane tickets with hotel accommodation at El Rio y Mar for 4 days and 3 nights, with full board meals, and airport transfers with Island hopping tour through a travel agent at the SMX Travel Expo.
When we arrived, we took the Coron town tour. We bought dried fish and cashews for take home to our friends and relatives in Manila. Then we had dinner at King Lobster. The lobsters were perfectly cooked with garlic and butter. It was an excellent tasty dinner. To get there, take a tricycle, it has a flat rate of 10 pesos/person
Our island tour included 5 islands, each island having it's own character. Coron Island, Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, Siete Picados, Baracuda Lake. Bong, our tour guide, brought snorkeling equipment, seafood lunch, and fresh clean towels. My favorite was Siete Picados, I snorkeled and saw colorful fish and awesome live corals. It was a delightful experience to see the marine animals untouched.
A van drove us to the port for around 25 minutes of rough road. Then we took a private boat passing through beautiful and heavy mangrove to El Rio y Mar. We were greeted with big smiles from their staff who gave us a brief orientation about the island and hotel amenities. Then our luggage were taken to our casa which was a single detached unit, with quite modern beach theme. It had king size firm bed with clean white beddings, thermos with hot water, and complimentary coffee/tea, fresh clean towels and bath robes. The bathroom was very roomy with modern accessories. Our Casa is at the beach shore, literally a few steps to the water. We enjoyed their water activities--snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, diving, all included in our package. El Rio is a very quiet, peaceful, and calm place to relax. Their full service restaurant Al Fresco has 4 chefs, each chef trained to prepare a variety of seafood, hot meals and delicious desserts. All meals were served buffet. If you wish to stay at El Rio, check out their website, they have several on going specials. I recommend choosing the Cedar Casa, single detached unit, sleeps 4 pax, and has a cabin ambiance with cedar wood scent, beach front. Note--a wheelchair was quickly provided to us to meet my husband's special need. And we were moved closer to the restaurant for easy access. We appreciate their excellent service.
I love Coron, the warm hospitality of residents, excellent seafood, awesome scenery, and interaction with the fish & live corals. Our stay at El Rio y Mar was a bonus!"
"Fantastic experience. Great view of the sea, wonderful staff.
The whole staying was just great. Staff was amazing from the pick up from the airport to the warm welcoming and the goodbye. Room overlooking the sea. Peaceful and romantic place. Palawan is just a paradise. We did not want to leave.
If you are looking for a place to rest from the busy world, no internet no stress, wonderful scenarios of the sea and star skies this is the place. Staff was very attentive. Unfortunately we got bitten by a jelly fish (apparently March is jelly fish season) but the nurse on the resort was very caring.
Definitely recommend to everyone."
"Location: Secluded area in San Jose, Coron, Palawan, the only way to reach this paradise is by a 30-min boat ride. Our group was fetched by a resort personnel from Busuanga airport and accompanied us during the short land travel going to the port for our boat transfer to the resort. Best time to go here is during summer to ensure a safe boat ride since this is the only way to reach the resort.
Food: Food is exceptional! I can stay here and just eat all the food that they serve especially the big crabs and prawns! Dining here is heaven! I can’t say anything bad about the food, except for the lechon that was served to us. This one may have been below par quality because I believe they just purchased it outside as well and considering the travel time to the resort, this could have affected the quality. But hey! I did not come here for the lechon anyway so over-all food rating: Superb!
Rooms: spacious, nice and well-ventilated rooms. Ours was a “Casa” room, I think. It had a king-sized bed and two-pull-out beds since we were quadruple-sharing that time. Interiors was very modern, it had a veranda facing the bay. I slept well in our room, mattress is good, air conditioning is okay, and the room had no TV. Yes, you read it right, they don’t have any TV units because that’s precisely what you’re there for, to experience and enjoy the resort and the activities that they have to offer. We had our own private bathroom with hot/cold shower and the usual amenities for a resort of this class. I love that they have soap/lotion and shampoo/conditioner dispensers instead of those individually-packed types. This is more eco-friendly. Bathroom is big and well-lit. Aside from the A/C, the room also has a ceiling fan which is refreshing if it gets a bit cold for the A/C to use. Outside the room, you will also find two umbrellas, in case of rain showers or a very strong sunlight. This is very useful especially since our Casa was situated farthest from the dining area. Overall room rating: Excellent
Service: Staff were very friendly and welcoming, quick to address all guest concerns to the best of their ability. They even prepared a short program for us which showcased their other talent aside from F&B. Their dance numbers are very good and provided entertainment for the group as well. Overall rating: Excellent
Price: Rates are quoted in USD and I know that they are a bit pricey as seen on their website but it is well worth it.
Facilities: this resort has a complete set of facilities, whether you want to go scuba diving or snorkeling. They also have paddleboards and kayaks. For those who prefer indoor games, they have table tennis, a pool table and a dart board. For those who want to have a relaxing massage, they have the floating spa (reservations should be done ahead of time). They also have an infinity pool and of course the beach. You won’t run out of activities to do as they have this covered. Personally, I was able to snorkel and do kayaking since we did not have any tours scheduled during our stay there. It was a really great experience.
Wifi: Free wi-fi is limited within their sports house. Globe and Sun has no signal there and I was relying on my Smart sim for communication outside the island.
Suggestion: I suggest that they have individual phones or even intercoms installed per room for easier communication especially for guests staying in rooms farther from the heart of the resort.
Overall: A very nice experience, this stay that I had with El Rio y Mar. You just have to schedule your visit here perfectly to coincide with a great weather."