2021 El Nido Travel Bubble: In & Around Miniloc Resort Review & Tips (Part 2)

Our Rooms

Upon arrival at Miniloc, we were given our keys for our Family Garden Cottage.

Because of COVID restrictions, there is a maximum limit of adults and kids per room. The only room that can accommodate 2 adults and 2 kids is the Family Garden Cottage, which is a duplex type cabin with two separate rooms (not connected), each with it’s own bathroom.

Since we have three kids, we booked a regular room for baby Paul and yaya who shared it with our friend’s baby and yaya.

By the way, if you’re traveling with young kids, the resort discourages you from booking the cliff cottage. (See above photo). The cliff cottage offers a better view of the sea and has a loft design, but may pose as a safety concern for little ones. I saw photos of the interior and there is a narrow spiral staircase leading to the loft, so it’s definitely safer to book other room types.

Pool & Bar

Miniloc also has pool directly facing the beach. There’s a shallow section (around two feet deep) and a tiled divider separates it from the section for adults and older kids. You have to pre-book your time at the pool to maintain social distancing, but honestly some of the guests just went for a dip whenever they felt like it.

We booked the pool for early mornings so we had it all to ourselves!

There is also a pool bar nearby for merienda and refreshments. Snacks, ice cream and drinks aren’t included in the packages but the prices are acceptable – definitely not SRP but reasonable for a vacation expense.

We loved how attentive and friendly the service staff were!

Beach Fun & Activities

Time for the beach!

The beach is a relatively narrow and short stretch of fine light brown sand. I like how everything is close to each other in Miniloc so it was easy to keep an eye on three very active kids.

First time to kayak!

There are kayaks readily available for use. The kuyas assigned to our group (kuya Gold and Ruel) just gave us a few pointers and Mati and Albert were on their way!

It was a great first experience for Mati to kayak. There was a breakwater wall to ensure that the water would be still and easy to navigate. If you wanted to go past the breakwater, a staff member must be with you for safety reasons.


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