Spend the Christmas Season on One of the World's Best Islands

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PHOTO L: Courtesy of El Nido Resorts / R: Courtesy of Huni Lio

(SPOT.ph) Most of us have spent nine months within the four walls of our homes, probably only getting some sunlight during a quick run to the gate to get a delivery. But with the Christmas season approaching, you might want to take a break and fly to one of the world's best islands: Palawan. Lio Beach and El Nido Resorts in El Nido are holding "travel bubbles" in their different resorts for the whole month of December. They're also regulating the crowd so slots are limited.

Lio Beach extends to 4.5 kilometers. It is open to travelers from Manila who avail the "travel bubble" scheme and to Palawan residents.
PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz

Travelers can fly direct to Lio Beach in El Nido through AirSwift's chartered flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. All the Ayala-owned properties are requiring travel and health declarations and negative results from RT-PCR testing taken 72 hours prior to departure from Manila. They're implementing low-contact check-in and check-out via QR codes, e-mail, and cashless payment options; regular disinfection and cleaning of rooms; and installation of protective barriers in all reception areas. Guests are also encouraged to wear PPEs (face masks, shields, et cetera), avail of in-room dining, and follow physical distancing measures (seat markers).

PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz
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Huni Lio, which opened in 2019, is offering three-night stays on the following dates:

  • December 19 to 22
  • December 26 to 29
  • December 31 to January 3, 2021

The two-storey resort features spacious air-conditioned rooms that range from 34.5 square meters to 54 square meters. It has plenty of outdoor space, which is a welcome change from all those months of staying indoors. Not to mention that it's within walking distance to the 4.5-kilometer white sand Lio Beach.

PHOTO Courtesy of El Nido Resorts

El Nido Resorts' (ENR) Miniloc Island is the first resort in Palawan to receive the Department of Tourism's Certificate to Operate. It started holding the three-night travel bubble as early as July with succeeding trips immediately sold out within days of announcement.

For ENR Miniloc Island, these are the travel dates:

  • December 4 to 7
  • December 12 to 15
  • December 20 to 23
  • December 26 to 29
  • January 1 to 4, 2021
PHOTO Courtesy of El Nido Resorts

ENR Pangulasian Island is hailed as one of Condé Nast Traveler’s favorite resorts because of its picture-perfect accommodations that feature Filipino design, a strict sustainability policy, and almost complete privacy. It also ranked 25th on the Condé Nast Traveler list of The Top 30 Resorts in Asia: Reader’s Choice Awards 2020 published on October 6.

Pangulasian Island's travel bubble dates are:

  • December 5 to 8
  • December 18 to 21
  • December 24 to 27
  • December 30 to January 2, 2021
PHOTO Courtesy of El Nido Resorts

ENR Lagen Island, which got the 23rd place on Condé Nast Traveler's Top 30 Resorts in Asia, features a four-hectare forest and its very own shallow lagoon. This eco-sanctuary resort offers birdwatching tours and mangrove explorations.

Travel dates for ENR Lagen Island are:

  • December 25 to 28
  • December 31 to January 3, 2021
PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz

Seda Lio, which was partially opened in August 2018 and officially launched in December 2018, is Seda’s first-ever resort property. They're offering the Seda Lio Beach Escape package for the whole month of December. This includes roundtrip tickets via AirSwift; airport transfers; three-night accommodation with breakfast, lunch, and dinner; use of pool, gym, game room, e-lounge, and children's play room; and complimentary one hour of snorkeling in Lio Beach's crystal-clear waters.

For rates and packages, send an e-mail to reservations@lioestateresorts.com (for Huni Lio), holiday@elnidoresorts.com (for El Nido Resorts), or lio@sedahotels.com (for Seda Lio). You can also follow Lio Beach, El Nido Resorts, and Seda Lio on Facebook.

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