Named after the beautiful fragrant white flower found across the Philippines, this simple but elegant boutique resort in Palawan is truly an island paradise. The quaint structure stands on the sandy shores of Corong-Corong, El Nido – giving guests picturesque sunsets that the Philippines is known for – as well as the beach right at their footsteps, and a view of the beautiful Bacuit Bay from each of the 7 rooms they offer.
I was fortunate enough to call Frangipani my home for a couple of days, and while there I was greeted with incredible service that one would expect from a luxury hotel chain. I also couldn’t help but be in awe of my surroundings – outside of the interesting take on modernizing Filipino furniture against white walls and pretty machuca tiles, the place is gorgeously landscaped and filled with pretty plants. There’s also 90’s alternative music quietly filling the air against the crashing of the waves, bringing that hint of nostalgia while you are truly able to live in the moment.
Another element that makes Frangipani a great experience is the local fare – Filipino dishes cooked to perfection, using fresh ingredients. From raw fish (kinilaw), to coconut seafood soup (binakol), to Adobo sa Gata, as well as superb Filipino breakfast options – their garlic rice alone is one of the best I’ve tried, making me feel at home with every bite – the menu in their Cala restaurant makes for the perfect island experience.
We treated ourselves to the ‘Cala Fiesta,’ a tasting menu, showcasing their yummy dishes, done with just the right Filipino flare. We started the meal making ‘dikdik‘ key ingredients used in filipino cuisine – garlic, local chili (sili), and peppercorns – and the paste was brought back to the kitchen to flavor our meal. Steamed ‘kare kare’ vegetables served with shrimp paste (bagoong) was the first course, followed by seafood – an array of grilled lapu-lapu, prawns, and squid. The meat platter came next where the clear star was the suckling pig (lechon). Of course we ended on a sweet note – ice cold halo halo, mais con hielo, and buko pandan accompanied by fried plantains (turon).
A lot of people have been messaging me online inquiring about Frangipani so I have included key links below, as well as some quick details on the rooms.
Our suite rooms are located on our Lower Deck (with pool and beach access) and Upper Deck floors (reception and street access). Each room can comfortably accommodate 2 guests and 1 extra adult.
Web Rate: Php 12,500/night
Rack Rate: Php 14,000/night
*Rate is good for 2 adults. Additional 1 person will be charged Php 3,500/night with breakfast
Our 1-bedroom suite is located on our Bridge floor (top floor). This spacious room has a bedroom and a living space that we convert into a bedroom for 2 persons. It also has 2 bathrooms located in each room. This space can comfortably accommodate 4 guests and 1 extra adult.
Web Rate: Php 20,000/night
Rack Rate: Php 22,000/night
*Rate is good for 4 persons. Additional 1 person will be charged Php 3,500/night with breakfast
All our rooms include the following:
* Daily breakfast
* El Nido Airport Transfers (direct booking)
* Free use of Kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards (subject to availability)
* Pool access