El Nido Private secluded peninsula with 3 villas rented separately or together
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About Guy Mazzoni
Guy Mazzoni is a French Businessman based in Hong Kong and China since the 90's. Guy loves Asia's culture and quality of life and has dedicated his time to develop Terra Nova into a family-friendly retreat for eco-responsible travellers who want to experience Palawan and El Nido away from mass tourism. The private retreat is co-promoted by Eric Vidal, Digital Marketer and Zen Business Coach based in London, who has lived and worked in Asia for 10 years and in the USA for 15 years and is also regularly travelling back to Asia.
Guy Mazzoni purchased this Villa in 2015
Why Guy Mazzoni chose Taytay
Guy Mazzoni had a vision of this paradise-like and friendly retreat when he first visited El Nido in 2009. In 2015, Eric Vidal, his friend of 25 years and business associate in previous ventures, suggested to globally promote Terra Nova's caritative actions and to enable the access to Terra Nova private retreat to more guests who share the same humanistic and sustainability values.
What makes this Villa unique
Relax in a private, secluded environment and discover the best that El Nido has to offer. Both the beauty of its coastal line and underwaters as well as the kindness of its people.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Loved Our Stay
This was the perfect place for our family take a breather from our more hectic traveling schedule and enjoy the beautiful and relaxing environment. Though there is no air-conditioning (installed but awaiting generator), the fans kept us comfortable in the dead of July summer. Guy was most accommodating, and the staff (Rose, Irene, Francis, Tessa - everyone) were friendly, personable, and sincerely engaged. The only major critique we have is that it isn't really all-inclusive. The three main meals are included, but you pay extra for snacks - and there really are no other alternatives unless you bring them with you. The only other "advice" I'd offer is to consider investing in some adjustable flippers for snorkeling. In sum, if we have find ourselves in this part of the world again, we will go out of our way to stay here.
Truly a paradise
We are a family of four - two teenagers and busy parents - from Southern California. My wife is Filipina-American and I love diving and snorkeling, so we thought Palawan would be a perfect vacation for us. We couldn’t find good hotel options and happened upon the Terra Nova listing on VRBO. That really was the luckiest thing that could have happened, because the description seemed to suit us perfectly. We like adventure on our vacations, and we definitely wanted a change of pace & scenery from the crowded California life in the fast lane. Looking at the pictures and learning more about the resort gave us something to look forward to.
But let me tell you I’m not exaggerating when I say that the reality of Terra Nova is so much more than we could have imagined. This review would be a novel if I had to describe every last detail that made our stay wonderful. But I’ll give some of our most cherished highlights... I imagine when anyone takes their first glimpse of the small inlet that Terra Nova sits on, their jaw drops, eyes widen and all the steps of the journey to get there melt away. That was the case for us, even though we had been staring at those web pictures for months.
Then you see everyone waving to welcome you. And you see their warm, smiling faces are truly happy to know you. That will be the sentiment for your whole stay. Every consideration, every need, every comfort has been pre-planned and the resort designed just so that you can focus on your enjoyment.
Becka the masseuse is world-class. The food is so tasty and wholesome, reminding you of what food tastes like when you’re nestled in their natural origins. If you take photos of the sunrises and sunsets, no one will believe that you didn’t photoshop them. (Even without the vivid filters)
The island hopping ventures are THE COOLEST. In one snorkeling spot, the coral reef was so glorious, I think I had a spiritual awakening. ;) One of the other guests liked to say the islands reminded him of Avatar. We were reminded more of Jurassic Park.
My only advice is - take the flight to El Nido where you’ll take the boat to Terra Nova. If you fly in to Puerto Princesa, it’s a less comfortable 5 hour van ride. And of course, take bug spray/wipes and sunscreen. Pack light - especially from June on, you’ll barely wear more than a swimsuit!
Having such guest in terra nova is a blessing for our team and myself
No need to make long comments about Joel and family. They are more than guest.
Thanks so much!
Dear host i wish you get joel as a guest in future
Lovely resort with lovely people
Spent 6 nights at Terra Nova in The smaller Villa. It overlooked the beach and was very quiet, with open air style rooms. Our bedroom was large with a massage area that connected with the private outdoor shower area. It was kept cool with fans and the ocean breeze. The boat staff was amazing and took us on our tours to the small lagoon, the big lagoon and multiple island hopping/snorkeling adventures. They made/provided lunch on the boat everyday we were out, and the crew was so accommodating and kind. We really felt safe in the places we were going. Our guide, big boy, was wonderful and definitely put safety first. He is also a dive master and was able to point out marine wildlife and show us the many different points of interest When we were island hopping. The resort has its own boats and kayaks for most of the marine adventures that we went on, which was nice. The food was also amazing at the resort. The cook and wait staff made up delicious meals for breakfast and dinner, and our main host made the desserts. The food was a good mix of seafood, American and Filipino style dishes. So wonderful. We never went hungry. They were also able to accommodate multiple massages on a hut by the water that were just heavenly after a day of boating, swimming and walking. Great way to relax and end a day of sight seeing. We also had a great time just watching sunsets, sipping on drinks and petting the animals that lived there.. Belle and Gucci— the dogs who loved belly rubs and guarded us, and Clinton the cat made us feel right at home :) wonderful stay at Terra Nova! Hope to visit again one day soon! Thank you Guy!
Terra Nova is built on a private peninsula located in the Bay of Cataban, near the village of Liminangcong and 55 min by traditional Banka boat or 70min by the road, from both El Nido village and airport (ENI).
Terra Nova is close to the most famous and gorgeous lagoons, islands and diving spots of El Nido and Taytay. We can pick you up either from El Nido Airport (ENI) or from the cozy Mezzanine restaurant-bar owned by our friend Adrien Vinsonneau. Serena Street, Barangay Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan.
Palawan Island was voted 2016 Nº1 island in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine.
In 1996, the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area was selected as one of the eight Protected Areas within the Philippines by UNESCO and the World Heritage Fund. It is also a marine turtle sanctuary. Let's protect it together for the generations to come.