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An all-inclusive vacation at a great discount

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large_1840343_14157500713900.jpgIsland Aviation Dornier Do 228 (19 seater) which is used for Amanpulo ResortEvery August, I usually plan something for wifey's birthday. The problem with it happening in August is that the monsoon season in the Philippines is in full swing, so traveling domestically is a toss up between getting wet or getting a flight canceled if a major typhoon passes Metro Manila. In the past few years we have been greeted by rain many times, but so far lucky that flights were never canceled.

For this trip in August 2013, we were lucky one of our BFF neighbors had plans for celebrating it out of town. It so happened that his wife worked for the head office of the conglomerate which bought the ownership of the El Nido [El-Nido-travel-guide-879955] Resorts (all four of them), and often discounts are extended to their employees and family members. So there we go, we became unofficially "related" with our neighbors (in reality we see them even more than real relatives), and were able to avail of a hefty discount to experience one of the top resorts in the country.large_1840343_14157500734417.jpgATR-42-500 (50 seater)

As the resort is quite exclusive, it is by chartered plane that one needs to fly going there. Options to El Nido are via commercial flights to Puerto Princesa [Puerto-Princesa-travel-guide-1315700], then a long four hour journey to the town of El Nido over rough roads and a boat ride. Or of course, the all inclusive tour package we booked. Less hassle, but more expenses. Well, at least the expenses are already budgeted. No more surprises once at the resort except for the obvious ones like renting a speedboat, scuba gear, and so on. But the food was part of the deal and it would usually mean buffets.

After paying the tour price at the designated bank, all we needed to do was to wait for the day where we would be flying out and enjoying a tropical island paradise.


Posted by NT01 17:00 Archived in Philippines

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