Generally speaking, well known hotels & resorts in the Palawan are welcoming towards all LGBTQ couples and most of the 4 & 5* hotels are gay friendly hotels Palawan.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in the Philippines have a distinctive culture[vague] in society and also have limited legal rights. Gays and lesbians are generally tolerated (if not accepted) in Filipino society. Despite recent events that have promoted the rights, general acceptance, and empowerment of the Filipino LGBT community, discrimination remains. Homosexuals in the Philippines are known as “bakla“, though there exist other terms to describe them. Similarly, Filipino lesbians are generally known as Alfa.
Palawan is the largest island in the Palawan Province, in the western Philippines. The capital, Puerto Princesa, is known for the biodiverse Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, where boats run along an underground river through vast caves. Off the east coast, Honda Bay’s islands are dotted with resorts. Farther out in the Sulu Sea, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park has reefs teeming with marine life.
Top attractions to visit in Palawan Island
Day Trips in Palawan
- Puerto Princesa to El Nido Private Transfer
- Half-day Puerto Princesa City Tour
- Puerto Princesa: Shared UNESCO Underground River Day Tour
1. Arena Island Resort 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Palawan
Located on a private island in Narra, Arena Island Turtle Sanctuary Resort offers luxurious accommodation near a coral reef with diverse marine life. The resort offers free snorkeling and a free airport shuttle.
With a sea-view balcony, the bungalows include air conditioning, a seating area, and minibar. They have spacious interiors with wood floors and modern furnishings.
All meals are included with your stay, as well as 2 snacks per day. Other activities here include kayaking, turtle watching, and star gazing with a telescope.. It is remote enough to be away from the world, but close enough to get back in 25 minutes by a quick boat ride.
The food was amazing… all assortments of fish, vegetables and fruits from the local area. The island is small enough to walk in 20ish minutes casually but big enough to get away from anyone and be on your own. I ate in a different location for each meal!
The bungalow was very spacious and clean. During the mornings and til around 1-2pm it was perfect to swim and the sand was very soft. Afterwards during low tide the water levels are very low which is no problem as you have enough time before.
We even saw lots of baby sharks which was phenomenal. Then there’s the possibility to kayak, snorkel or use the floating boat around 100m out in the sea. You’ll also find lots of animals (chickens, turtles…) on the island which we loved. The staff is very friendly and local food (rice, soup, veggies, grilled chicken and/or fish or pork, fruits) is being served to your bungalow 3 times a day and also snacks in the morning and afternoon. For us too much food so we cancelled snacks. Actually it was still too much for us to handle. Our last dinner was served at the beach which was very romantic. All in all we loved our stay at Arena Island and hopefully will be back one day
This resort is well worth the trip and the cost. Although a little dated it is still very nice with outdoor bathrooms and stunning ocean views.
The staff are excellent and the food is good and there are only 5 rooms so it’s very quiet.
The island is big enough (plus their staff are good planners/coordinators) that you can spend 3 days here without encountering other people… food is delicious & plentiful, amenities are well maintained, & the staff are courteous, helpful, & accommodating… schedule your visit during the season when turtles lay their eggs or when they release the newly hatched turtles 🙂 this place is really worth your money & vacation time.
The accommodations were quite comfortable – our “casa cuatro” had a large size bed, and two singles for the children. There was a table inside, but we took every meal outside – either at our place or usually at treehouse two. The bathroom is quite spacious and indeed outdoor/open-air. We had a large countertop with two sinks. Toothpaste, bug repellent, q-tips, shampoo, and soap are all provided. Yes, there are posted hours in which electricity is not available but we truly did not even notice!! During our five-night stay, our room was only made-up, swept once. You also straighten your own bed. New beach towels were provided upon request – but we didn’t mind re-using the ones we had once they had air-dried. There is a minibar in the room with Palawan craft beer, as well as local San Miguel varieties. Bottled water is also in the fridge, with a few varieties of soda – all for a charge. (You don’t need bottled water, however, as ample water is brought throughout the day.) The lighting in the casa is more than adequate for night reading. There are many “bug-zappers” in the room, in the bathroom area, and by the entrance to your “casa”. There is a sizable deck and plenty of shade around your “casa”. Also, you are right on the beach – steps away.
How much does a room costs at Arena Island Resort ?
Prices start 310 $/night for Deluxe Casita (2 Adults) with Land and Boat Transfers.
With a sea-view balcony, this bungalow includes air conditioning, a seating area, and minibar. Includes free land and boat transfers to Narra from Puerto Princesa Airport.
Where to book online – Arena Island Resort – Gay Friendly Hotels Palawan – you can find the best hotels deals in Palawan during Balayong Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Palawan on Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
2. Aziza Paradise Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Palawan
Featuring an outdoor pool and a garden, Aziza Paradise Hotel offers modern accommodation in Puerto Princesa. The property provides evening entertainment, such as live bands.
With free Wi-Fi and a balcony with garden and pool views, the air-conditioned rooms include a seating area, a sofa, and cable flat-screen TV. The private bathroom comes with a shower and free toiletries.
On site, Kahve Brew prepares hot and cold beverages, cakes and pastries. Demeter Diner serves local and international cuisine.
The hotel room is spacious, nice and clean. They also provide free shuttle service to the airport which was a good service. The hotel is just 10-15 minutes away from the airport so it is a strategic location.
Each rooms has 2 big beds – king size as they (hotel staff) say, but it’s really just 2 large double beds (smaller than queen size). The toilet and bath are nice, since it is equipped with rain shower and bidet (yay!) Complete set of toiletries and bedroom slippers. But towels are not great. They’re really rough and old, and has a strong smell of bleach. Good thing I brought extra towel for my kid (which I always do in every trips we have). Best part of this hotel is that their pool is clean and you can hardly smell chlorine on it. It’s big enough and it has changing lights at night.
Our room is so close to the pool that we can just watch our kid swimming by himself while we’re lounging on our beds.The hotel’s staff are really nice and accommodating. Their guests lobby are really cool and cozy. They even have their own atm booth. The concept is somewhat modern and refreshing, it’s open (not air conditioned) yet it’s really just relaxing to lounge around. They have a souvenir ship too that sells accessories, beach bags and shirts. But as expected, it’s more expensive than what you can buy from stores outside. If you would want to save more, you can opt to visit the souvenir /pasalubong shops near airport, they sell wide variety of pears (from fresh water to south sea pearls) I got myself a Mikimoto pearl necklace that got to bargain for only Php2k- which is priced Php8k in the hotel. The one I got from this souvenir shop near airport is even bigger.
There are so many fresh water rings earring that only cost Php 50 and 150 only. Different variety of cashews are also sold here. Tricycle is the common mode of transportation here, though we opted to rent a cab everytime we go out. We had our dinner at Ka Lui (by reservation) which one of the best seafood restaurants we have had. We requested our cab driver to just pick us up after our dinner to take us back to the hotel. Robinsons mall is merely just 10 -15 minutes away. We had our tour (UG river) via Asia travel which is a little cheaper than the hotel’s rate. They have 4 restaurants inside. Pizza hour is at 2 to 6pm I believe. We had a 16″ pizza for only Php220 (mind you) it’s hand tossed with bacon and cheese (yum).. paired it with a cold soda. Cakes are good also. Breakfast is ok..nothing really special, but good quality and quite enough choices, they have egg station, not much desserts, fruits only.
They also have a Japanese restaurant inside the vicinity for your sushi and shabu shabu cravings. No ramen though 😕. Another good point is that they have a bar /resto that is open until 2 or 3am. If you want to spend a nightcap or hang out with friends or simply have a glass of martini or frozen margarita, Bora 1 will cater to your alcohol fix, the room is just few minutes walk anyway 😉. Lastly, but one of the best things, is its (hotel) proximity to the airport. Our flight back to Manila is at 6pm, so we maximized it by going around the city and buying souvenirs.
There’s a free shuttle that will pick you up from the airport and take you there on your departure date. Just inform the hotel on your flight details. I like it when the hotel is near the airport, you won’t have to check out early to travel far. You can maximize the stay.
Over all, we really have a lovely and relaxing stay. Will definitely go back and recommend this hotel. Super value to the price you pay.
How much does a room costs at Aziza Paradise Hotel ?
Featuring free Wi-Fi and a balcony with garden views, this air-conditioned room includes a seating area and a flat-screen TV with cable channels.
Where to book online – Aziza Paradise Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Palawan – you can find the best hotels deals in Palawan during Balayong Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Palawan on Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. Last Frontier Beach Resort-Adults Only 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Palawan
Last Frontier Beach Resort-Adults Only is a beachfront property set in El Nido, located within 8 km from Big Lagoon and 9 km from Small Lagoon. The resort boasts of an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant with views of the sea.
All the rooms at the resort are fitted with air conditioning, a patio with seating area, and a flat-screen cable TV. The rooms also include a safety deposit box, a minibar, and a private bathroom with free toiletries while some rooms come with an iPod dock.
Continental and à la carte breakfast options are available every morning at the property. Guests can dine with relaxing views of the sea at the on-site restaurant, which serves a variety of Spanish, Japanese and Italian dishes. Mediterranean and Asian cuisines are also offered at the restaurant.
Last Frontier Beach Resort-Adults Only offers an outdoor swimming pool with views of the sea and sun beds while a variety of popular activities are available in the area and around the property, including snorkelling, cycling, and island tours. A gift shop is available at the property goes guests who wish to busy island souvenirs.
We are a small boutique hotel located in the heart of Corong Corong — the ‘sunset side’ of El Nido. Here, just a few minutes from El Nido town, you can truly unwind amongst the natural tropical beauty in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
All of our cottages and suites feature beautiful views of the stunning Bacuit Bay, and during your stay you are almost guaranteed to witness a mind-blowing sunset that everyone talks about. At Last Frontier Beach Resort, we focus on quality, not quantity, to ensure a peaceful relaxing experience for all of our guests. To respect the privacy and tranquility of our resort, we kindly request no children allowed. We strive to create a memorable, romantic experience during your holiday with us.
Last Frontier Beach Resort, is ideally situated on Corong Corong beach in a lovely quiet area right on the beach. If you want to head into El Nido town itself it’s only 100PHP for a tricycle up on the main road which takes about 5 minutes.
The staff have been excellent, our cottage has everything you need and is spotlessly clean. The breakfast choice is really good and varied and the cocktails are fantastic, great value at the happy hour from. 16.30 – 18.30 every day.
The staff were friendly and helpful, and the location is good. The hotel looks out onto the beach at Corong Corong which isn’t a swimming beach, but ideal for going on boat tours. There is a pool overlooking the beach which is mainly in the shade with a few loungers and beanbags round it, and the beach towels are a little on the small side. A tricycle to the main town is only 100 pesos, and there were always plenty on the main road. Breakfast was included in our rate and it was all a la carte – it was a bit slow the first morning but the food was really good.
It’s also worth noting that there is a really good Italian restaurant next door!
What stands out to me most is the attention to detail on the landscaping of the property. Lush tropical plants and trees with paths tucked in between with meticulous daily grooming. It felt like there were no other hotels next to us (though there were) The bar and pool area are right at the edge of the beach with what seemed to be just enough lounge chairs to accommodate the guests each evening to watch the sunsets.
It’s the main event over modestly priced but thoughtfully crafted cocktails by the attentive staff. I planned each day around getting back in time for the sunsets. The morning breakfast is made to order and filling. It’s an easy scooter ride to the main town of El Nido (which I thought was just ehh and was glad our hotel was a few min outside of town) and a few hidden beaches further north. (Corong Corong and Seven Commandos were favorites) There is a restaurant next door to Last Frontier that served surprisingly good pizzas and remarkably terrible martinis (but that serves me right for trying to combine the two)
Only downside is the beach in front of the hotel is not suitable for swimming. It’s more of a harbor for boats moored offshore but you are a 5-10 min walk away from better beach options.
Breakfast was included and is a set menu with on-flow of percolated coffee with milk as required.
The pool overlooks the beach and is located next to the restaurant / bar area. There is a row of bean bag type chairs between the pool and beach for relaxation with several lazy lay back chairs.
The staff were fantastic and the resort is a small boutique property which was just what we required. The location is in a much quieter location at Corong Corong Bech front and after visiting El Nido township we appreciated our location more. In all this was an excellent choice for our unwind.
The resort would normally be rated at ‘4 stars’ in the scheme of world ratings, however a local rating of ‘5 realized when you leave the resorts boundaries compared to the rest of the El Nido area. All tours for island hopping leave from right out the front of the resort as such staff can organise all tours for the same prices as advertised I believe it is a consistent pricing approach.
This was a great stay and relaxing and I would recommend this resort!
How much does a room costs at Last Frontier Beach Resort ?
This cottage is steps away from the pool and features a private deck and French doors opening to views. Free Wifi is offered.
Where to book online – Last Frontier Beach Resort – Gay Friendly Hotels Palawan – you can find the best hotels deals in Palawan during Balayong Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Palawan on Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.