Hotel and hostel combo at Kip & Kin El Nido

Palawan and Siargao will soon have new resorts that will cater to a range of budgets.

For future beach trips, Discovery Hospitality Corp. (DHC) recently launched Kip & Kin, a brand that will combine a hostel and a hotel in a single property. The first three locations are El Nido and San Vicente in Palawan, and Siargao. 

The hotel side will have comfortable guest rooms ideal for families, while the hostel side will have shared rooms for travelers who wish to socialize and meet new friends. The “lifestyle and millennial-focused” Kip & Kin aims to welcome couples, young families, groups of friends and solo travelers.

Target opening for the first Kip & Kin in El Nido is mid-2022.

Kip & Kin El Nido will be on Vanilla Beach, and guests would be treated to a majestic 360-degree view of both the sea and the hillside. It will have 117 hotel rooms, 84 hostel beds, a rooftop pool and a bar. Across the resort would be a market called The Shoppes for pasalubong shopping and dining needs.

Kip & Kin El Nido to open in 2022

On the western coast of Palawan would stand Kip & Kin San Vicente which will showcase a 14-kilometer stretch of white-sand beach, islets and lush mountains. That view would make Kip & Kin San Vicente an ideal venue for outdoor activities and destination weddings. It will have 42 hotel rooms, 136 hostel beds and two signature restaurants.

Kip & Kin Siargao will be on General Luna near the famous surfing spot Cloud 9. It will have 34 hotel rooms, 48 hostel beds, and four food and beverage outlets for surfers and vacationers.

DHC, a homegrown company, has been managing award-winning hotels and resorts such as Discovery Primea, Discovery Suites, Discovery Shores Boracay and Club Paradise Palawan. The company is offering its services through a team of experts in digital marketing, food and beverage, information technology, human resources, business strategy, sales and revenue, finance, and operational management to interested companies.

The pandemic has affected the tourism industry, but vice president and head of sales and operations Cathy Nepomuceno said more Discovery resorts will soon be built around the Philippines to cater to both adventurous and laid-back travelers.