Paradise calls

cocktail and engagement ring

The next morning I woke with the sparkliest rock on my left hand and the biggest smile to accompany. We filled our stomachs with the delicious buffet to many congratulations from each of the guests and waiting staff. 

It was another beautiful day in paradise and we were ready for more hours doing absolutely nothing. All morning we swanned about the island exploring the beautiful flora and fauna, my hand in front of me the entire time staring at the beautiful aquamarine reflecting back the sunlight off the surface of the sea. 

Blonde girl in white swimsuit

engagement ring over sea and sand

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resort

blonde girl wearing white swimsuit and long colourful kimono in paradise

Swimsuit – ASOS (similar, similar) | Beach cover up – Very.co.uk* (similar) | Wedges – New Look

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resort

man in sea holding a Go Pro, wearing board shorts and a snorkel

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resort

blonde girl wearing white swimsuit, wedges and long colourful kimono in paradise

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resort

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resort

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resort

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resort

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resort

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resort

white fingernails tying white swimsuit bow with beautiful engagement ring

There’s a choice of fifty rooms on the island, water cottage, garden cottage, cliff cottage, deluxe sea view room, sea view room and beachside cottage – all basic rooms, but with a delightfully comfortable bed, air con, hot shower and a view like this…

water cottage, Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts

water cottage, Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts

what more could you want? 

We were in a water cottage; pillars stretching into the sea below suspend the most delightful of homes. A porch opens up to a delightful double room leading into an en-suite walk-in shower or to your own private balcony.

The only thing I did miss on the beautiful island were the stunning sunsets that we had been spoiled with every other evening. Of course Miniloc Island faces East, so we completely missed the sun going down behind us. 

water cottage, Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts

water cottage, Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts

water cottage, Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts

water cottage, Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts

tropical flower

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts

Man in Board shorts wearing snorkel gear

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts

blonde girl walking down jetty wearing long colourful kimono

Beach Bar, El Nido Resort

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts

blonde girl standing on jetty in tropical country wearing white swimsuit

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts

Miniloc Island, El Nido Resorts

Man in sea wearing snorkel mask

walkway with sea cottages on the side, El Nido

We had a simple lunch of salad and various elements from the buffet, before settling down to finish entire books at the waters edge with nothing moving around us but the fish. 

caesar salad, El Nido

Buffet, El Nido Resort

Kebabs, rice and beans, El Nido Resort

Buffet, El Nido Resort

We made sure to book ourselves in for a couples massage that evening in the stunning private hut at the end of the pier. Still not quite as good a massage as the one at the Mandala Spa and Resort, but as far as experiences go, it was spectacular to drift in and out of consciousness with the waves under our heads, as all the final tension was eased out of our muscles. 

Luxury Massage Hut, El Nido Resort

girl walking down walkway wearing kimono

Luxury Massage Hut, El Nido Resort

Luxury Massage Hut in the sea, El Nido Resort

Hand opening curtain to stunning sea view

Girl in luxury setting wearing white swimsuit and wedges

After the most relaxing day, we made friends at the bar and drank the special island cocktails late into the night, while Ben kept rematching me to numerous games of pool and the stars appeared on by one in the deep blue sky. 

boy and father drinking at the bar