See What Went Down At Shay Mitchell’s ‘Heavenly’ Palawan Getaway

After her media tour for Netflix series You, Shay Mitchell has left the country but not without sharing some snaps from her quick Palawan getaway.

The actress stayed with her friend Chloe Flower at El Nido Resorts’ Lagen Island and Pangulasian Island, where they were welcomed with the most romantic “honeymoon” setups, LOL. Shay loved soaking in the “heavenly” views, eating fresh seafood, and just enjoying the downtime in one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.


Inside Eliana Gil Rodriguez’s Escape to a “Pristine Paradise” in the Philippines

Eliana Gil Rodriguez has had a busy year. In July, the model and former American Apparel wunderkind launched her namesake line of elevated basics (think baby tees, bike shorts, and super-stretchy unitards). Which is why when it came time to celebrate her 29th birthday this past December, she and her boyfriend, The Weeknd’s Patrick Greenaway, eschewed a blowout bash in their Hollywood Hills apartment for a thatched-roof, beachside cabana with subpar cell service.

“We really wanted to relax and do something cut-off,” explains Rodriguez of their choice to land on El Nido’s Miniloc Island—an hour-and-20-minute plane ride from Manila, the Philippines capital where the designer had just hosted her first-ever pop-up. Armed with her own itty-bitty tanks, a vintage Chanel one-piece, and an Olympus point-and-shoot, the Angeleno found a “pristine protected paradise.” (Not a piece of single-use plastic was seen during their weeklong stay, she notes.)

There, the duo snorkeled above vibrant coral reefs, hiked through the rainforest, and kayaked to nearby lagoons and islands—all the while making sure to squeeze in daily massages. “It was very Swiss Family Robinson,” she says with a laugh. “Everything felt shipwrecked—in a good way.”


We are delighted to announce that El Nido Resorts won the award of “Positive Community Impact” in HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards.

“The Quadruple Bottom Line: Financial Growth, Community Engagement, Organizational Development, and Environmental Stewardship are incorporated into El Nido Resorts’ sustainability policy for long-term gain. In practice, achieving financial growth was made possible via engagement with community partners, having local fishermen as guides for traditional fishing methods instead of professional tour guides. Furthermore, their investment in local children’s education helps safeguard against destructive fishing methods being handed down to yet another innocent generation, while challenging them to be young partners in conservation and responsible tourism. Good corporate governance and shared stakeholder commitment has been critical to achieving success. The “From Hooks to Books” initiative that started in 2015 is a well-deserved recognition and demonstration of Positive Community Impact as it validates the global trend towards Responsible Tourism through environmental integrity and social justice on top of the additional opportunities it provides to the local fishermen and their children.”

The annual HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards are designed to recognize hotels in the Asia Pacific region creating innovative new methods, strategies and technologies to face today’s sustainable development challenge, while providing tangible examples of sustainable best practices that can be replicated and adapted across the region.

HICAP is Asia’s largest and longest running hotel investment event, making it the most important gathering of hotel developers, investors, lenders, operators, and other industry executives for information exchange, trend spotting, and deal making. The 28th annual HICAP held in October 2017 in Hong Kong attracted approximately 800 delegates from around the world. HICAP is produced by Northstar Travel Group in association with BHN, Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events.