Have you tried glamping yet? Few weeks ago, I read a blog from Canada, which I found in a comment exchange about glamping. Right there and then, I messaged Chris about the idea of trying out glamping.
The idea was new to him like it was to me, so I tried looking for glamping areas in El Nido. I stumbled upon Cabanas de Nacpan Camping Resort on the internet. Does the name sound good to you?
Well, we tried it out and here are the things we found out!
I read a lot of things about the owner, Raffy. I even got to chat with him on Messenger when I was inquiring about the rates. According to majority of feedback about him, he was nice and accommodating. But those were an understatement because when I met him in person, he was much nicer and much more accommodating than we expected.
Upon arriving at a bus terminal in El Nido, I called him and asked how to get to Cabanas de Nacpan Camping Resort. It was our first time visiting El Nido, so we didn’t know how to get around.
Luckily, Raffy offered to pick us up—for free! He had a spacious tricycle.
From the terminal to the resort, travel time was 40 minutes.
We arrived at almost 8pm. On the way to the resort, we got famished and we were worried that we would have nowhere to get food since it was far from the town. The good thing was, Cabanas de Nacpan offers and prepares meals! A kusinero (cook) prepares homemade Filipino food, each dish ranging from P100 to P500.
The glamping site
It is practically a camping tent, of course! But way better and more comfortable.
It has a big soft bed, electric fan, two pillows, a bedside table and a lamp!
Don’t worry about not getting privacy; you can lock it up to make sure you can’t be seen from outside.
However, make sure to close it before the dark, because insects might invade the room (oops, tent).
We stayed for a total of five nights and five days at Cabanas de Nacpan.
What to love about glamping
There are numerous things to love about our glamping experience. First, Raffy, the owner, would do his best to interact with his guests. Every day during our stay, he was always ready to give a hand. For instance, he’d ask us if we had dinner already or what breakfast we’d like to have or offer us some activities to do and places to check out.
Second, Raffy has the most adorable family members! He has one momma dog and four big puppies! They were my favorite buddies. They were friendly and loved hanging out with guests!
Third, even though it is glamping, you’ll meet fellow guests and travelers, as the main kitchen and common area are out in the front. So, basically, you’ll meet them during breakfast and have a little conversation in a way that you’re not feeling crowded.
There are only five available glamping tents at Cabanas de Nacpan, so in total, there only 10 people could check in.
Sounds good, aye? However, there are downsides of glamping. Like I’ve mentioned, there are insects, there’s no flush in the toilet (but they store water, don’t worry). Sometimes, there’s no electricity during daytime and lastly, Cabanas de Nacpan doesn’t have Wi-Fi!
Fact: These issues are common EL Nido problem and the town is resolving them. Other establishments experience them, too, and they’re not unique to Cabanas de Nacpan.
Cabanas De Nacpan Staff and Prepared Meals
Chris’s favorite was the ensaladang talong that cost P150.
Glamping is an alternative albeit luxurious way of camping.
Friendly tip: I wouldn’t lie, there were different kinds of insects flying around, so bring your most effective insect repellant and you’ll be fine.
Cabanas de Nacpan is also a perfect place for stargazing! The vicinity gets really dark at night so prepare yourself for a beautiful sky watching full of bright stars!
Cabanas de Nacpan is located at KM 18, Sitio Loblob, Barangay Pasadena, El Nido, Palawan and it’s only 10 minute to Nacpan beach by motorbike. For more information, please contact Raffy on his facebook page.
Insider tip: It’s much cheaper to book with Raffy directly!
Have you been? How was your experience? Share it in the comment box below!
Disclaimer: Raffy and Cabanas de Nacpan did not sponsor our stay. This is my honest review and appreciation for his kindness and care during our stay!
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