This is an ideal place to escape the crowds in Palawan. It takes its 'eco-lodge' status fairly seriously, and you can expect a tranquil, affordable and truly rustic experience which is not for the faint-hearted.
We stayed in one of the Bay View Cottages. Apart from the inevitable pouches of hotel soap and apparent lack of recycling facilities, the cottages live up to the resort's eco-lodge claim for the most part, with electricity only made available from 6pm to 6am daily. However, there are no mirrors in some of them, and being open-ended, they do not provide much in the way of noise insulation - if you value privacy, the best one (which is also more spacious than the others, and affords a better view) is right down at the end, on its own little rise. At night, the sounds of local fauna will start to encroach to the point that it can feel like being in a tree-house in the heart of the jungle (I loved this, but it's not for everyone), and the occasional visitor will also leave their mark (e.g. giant gecko poop!) In addition, with dust and sand accumulating rapidly, expect to have to request a room clean most days - brooms are not provided. Showers are cold water only, and water pressure can be so low as to be almost non-existent at times. Severe weather will also make you question why you chose this place, with little protection afforded from the wind and rain in the open-ended section of the cottages. They are kept immaculately clean though, the beds are comfortable enough and well protected with well-maintained nets, and the view across the bay is stunning.
This has some glowing reviews but is really just average. Portions are small and you should expect a number of dishes to be unavailable at any given time - in particular, don't expect much in the way of fresh fish, fruit or ground coffee, much of which was off the menu for the majority of our 10-day stay. It is a relaxing place to hang out and the only place to go for the very wobbly WiFi, but there are options along the beach which offer more variety and better value for money, especially the excellent Ursula Beach Club, where you can while away the hours on comfy armchairs and beds.
This can be reached in a 5-10 min walk - cross the sealed road, head down the dirt track and bear left through Tapik Beach Club. It is tidal, and pleasant to stroll along, but not a swimming beach. PADI- certified Dive Sibaltan is situated behind Ursula Beach Club, and offers some pleasant fun diving with the prospect of seeing mantas. Contact the friendly DI, Mo: email@example.com. It is also a popular spot for kite-surfing - there's a place to do it down the end of the beach, close to the village. Ursula Beach Club is easily the best option along here, though the backpacker-oriented Tapik Beach Park also gets a mention for friendliness and a peaceful, rustic vibe similar to Erlittop. Along with the campsite next door, it's also the spot for evening karaoke if you're so inclined.
Overall this place ticked a number of boxes, especially in terms of getting away from it all - for several days we had the entire place to ourselves. The peace and quiet was exceptional, and coupled with the beautifully maintained gardens, local wildlife and view across the bay, it will go a long way toward improving your overall sense of well-being. If TripAdvisor allowed for a 'good' rating, I would give it. However, despite the huge potential of the place, Erlittop does not provide the convivial, family atmosphere or the level of customer service you may be expecting from such unique and intimate surrounds, and the owners are very hands-off - there are a number of well-regarded homestays a short distance away, if you're looking for a more personalised experience. The accommodation would also benefit from a facelift, better WiFi, in-room safes and a proactive recycling system. It could also take its eco-lodge status a little more seriously - e.g. by offering unique opportunities for guests to get involved in local sustainability projects and tours and purchase local, eco-certified products rather than just the bog-standard tour options and somewhat limited products and services offered everywhere else. Palawan is an eco-conscious place which has banned single-use plastic (Singapore: take note!), and this in itself is attracting tourists. Eco tourism is on the rise for good reason, and Palawan is already providing an ideal model for the region - Erlittop could be a part of it.
Special mention goes to Jester, who provided an impeccable service and went out of his way to make sure all the guests were happy - and with his enthusiasm could, I'm sure, devise and manage more unique selling points on behalf of the resort.