Amazing time in Paradise
This was a truly wonderful experience, and I can't sing their praises enough. I only wish we had stayed here longer. I am a vegetarian, and the food here was exceptional. My Filipino husband is not, and he had great food as well. He enjoyed the stuffed squid and the civiche. We had a buffet one night when we were there and that was really great, a lot of options for me as well as him.
I think what made this so great was Erika, Kei, and their mom. It is a family run business, with the emphasis on family and not business. We are a gay couple, and I wanted to make sure they knew that when we made our reservation. I gave them the dates, so they could have just said that they did not have space. Instead, Alex, who I dealt with before we got there was very warm in his emails. When we got there Alex and his wife were not there, we were greeted very warmly by Kei. After we settled in, we had a delicious meal, and then spent the day hanging out at the beach. Erika, who was leading the tours when we were there, came back later and it was great getting to know both her and Mei.
I told Erika our agenda, we were going to Miniloc from the Alternative Beach cottages, so I asked her if we should go on a tour with her the next day. We talked for a bit, and then after getting a sense of who we were, she said, just stay and enjoy the beach at the Alternative, it was just going to be us there the next day, so we had the beach all to ourselves. We met Erika and Kei a few days after we left The Alternative while we were on tour, and they were just as warm and gracious as when we were staying with them.
A couple of things to know. Their web site tells you this as well. There is no air conditioning. My husband, who doesn't really like the heat, was fine. There was a nice breeze and we were comfortable the entire time. We only booked a few nights there because we (he) were concerned about the lack of air con. It truly was not a problem for us. Also, they only have electricity from around five at night until seven or so in the morning. One again, that was not a problem for us. We were happy to leave the room and just enjoy lounging around the beach. There are things to do there, and we snorkeled some. They also invited us to take the kayak to snake island, but we were really happy just playing in the warm water sitting on the white sand beach.
We did stay at two other places in El Nido, the Miniloc, which was over three times the price and just not worth it. I'll review that as well, but the difference for me was the warmth of all the staff here at the alternative. It is really a small place, and they really did treat us like family in all the best ways. They seemed to really want us to be comfortable and enjoy our time with them, and they did a great job of making us feel welcome. I dream of going back there.
- Jun 2, 2017