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Experience the soul of El Nido at Lagùn

/ 05:33 AM September 08, 2018

Lagùn Hotel is a premier boutique hotel with its distinct style, first-class amenities and warm Filipino service.

Lagùn Hotel, strategically located at the heart of El Nido in Palawan, is a premier boutique hotel with its distinct style, first-class amenities, and warm Filipino service.

According to the hotel’s interior designer Cecil Ravelas, the inspiration for the interiors of the Lagùn evolved from the concept of “The Nest,” which is the English translation of El Nido. Nido is the Spanish word for the nests of the swiftlets which are found in the limestone crevices of the town. Nest harvesting in El Nido, Palawan, has been recorded as far back as pre-Spanish colonization time.


She explained that the nest, as a visual handle, was maintained in the Lagùn Hotel design development. Nests are built in different shapes and forms in various materials depending on what’s available to the bird. Hence, all throughout the hotel, one would find a nest in various forms of lamp and furniture pieces in wire, metal or rattan skin, Ravelas further noted.

As soon as one enters the lobby of Lagùn, one will find a reception desk shaped like a bowl nest but done in layers of cut-out light colored wood. In some parts of the hotel, one can find the weaving texture of the nest and created hand railings of woven metals in linear patterns. Most lamps were woven, too, while the lounge chairs showed varying weave patterns.


To create visual variation for each area of the hotel, Ravelas said bright accent colors were used, derived from the undersea palette that one experiences during snorkeling. This was applied in the dining area and one of the guest rooms.

One of Palawan’s treasures is its rich marine environment and hence, in some rooms, Ravelas introduced bright yellow and turquoise colors and the pattern of the Palawan peacock. It was adapted in a graphic accent wall covering. In another guest room, they introduced shades of red, purple and orange.

Ravelas said these colors depict the woven mats found in Palawan and is also reminiscent of the town fiesta banderitas. The idea, she explained, was to reintroduce to the guest the adventure they experienced in Palawan by memory triggers from colors and patterns they see inside the hotel. Ravelas felt it was important for the guest to experience the soul of the town.

To balance out all the elements, patterns and textures, the floors, walls and ceilings were done in muted tones. The floors were kept beige similar to the colors of the beach sand, muted greys on the walls like the limestone cave walls, white ceilings to neutralize the canvas.

The Lagùn Hotel features 37 spacious and well-appointed rooms, with three themes namely the Coral Room, Fiesta Room and the Peacock room.

Guests can dine at an all day dining restaurant called Habi, which offers an intercontinental menu. Guests can likewise relax on the roof deck where one can find the infinity pool, the spa and the Talusi bar overlooking the limestone mountain and sweeping view of the sea.  While lounging by the poolside, one may even chance upon the Talusi (Palawan hornbill) which flies to and from its home.

Lagùn Hotel is strategically located at the heart of El Nido—conveniently close to the town’s hubs and shoreline, yet just the right distance from the busy downtown street.


With service that speaks of authentic family hospitality, you can come home to the comfort and style at the Lagùn Hotel again and again.

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