Stayed at the VIP Suite Room, which is the $100 a night room - comes with a balcony bigger than most rooms in El Nido and THE BEST view in the entire resort.
My travel buddy, basically parked his butt on the balcony, stares out into the bay and then reads a book. That's his schedule for the most part of our trip. Any effort to attempt to go out for island hopping was completely trumped by his contentment at the view.
It was very spacious, the room - havinga queen sized bed, a seating area in the room and 2 separate seating areas in the balcony.
The resort itself has got quite the charm. Even when walking through the grounds, we NEVER bother with slippers. Cobblestones. :D
They don't have a restaurant which can be a boo for most but we made up for it by having food delivered by a restaurant in town, Squido's, for just an additional P50 delivery charge. They have a menu available. We also had massages brought into the room for P500, usually P600 if you book through the massage place.
They also have tours arranged directly from them. Just a minimum of 4 people and you can have your private tour setting off literally in front of the resort. No need to get into town.
The resort itself is 5 minutes out of town via tricycle and i wouldnt have it any other way. I was able to get into town at 7am one time and it was crazy busy in town whereas in corong corong where coral bay was, it never get busy at all so i really appreciate that its away from town. just need to buy a few things like food and wine and just stay away from town.
water pressure isnt stellar, but normal for that part of the country. the power goes off for most of the day, but somehow we were fortunate that we had power for most of the time and even wifi. idont know about the other rooms but wifi was limited and only got a great signal on the balcony. inside, sometimes it reaches, sometimes it doesnt.
if wifi is essential to you, get the 3500 single detached cottages, they are the closest to the routers. for the most part, wifi was OK - not super fast but ok.
we had our breakfast (and lunch and dinner) on the balcony and love it a lot
breakfast was also alright with eggs and bacon/ham. although after a week of it, was ready for a change. to be fair, they do have a pancake breakfast available, which for some reasson just didnt appeal to me that time.
the beach isnt swimmable. its too shallow and too rocky. you can walk for meters and still be in knee deep water.
free beer upon arrival and as robert, the british owner, says - we will rip you off for the next bottles. so it should be known that the beers arereadily available.
the sitting areas in theproperty are awesdome for those not staying at the beachfront rooms. they are all comfortable and provides the perfect view of the bay for sunrise or sunset.
alain, robert and mercedes were top notch! awesome company and great stand up guys (and girl). the rest of the staff: abby, susan - they were all just dolls for tolerating people like us and our request for food to be heated, laundry, buying cigarettes (when its just a minute walk from the resort) and all other petty requests. we were spoiled and to be honest, we loved every second of it.
reservation was a breeze. we did a paypal deposit and the rest in cash upon check in.
I actually made a looooong review of the resort on my blog, if you want to read it, it's here: http://thesupertourists.com/el-nido-palawan-calling-coral-bay-resort-home-for-a-week/
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coral Bay Resort , is situated 10 MN from El Nido by Tricycle Right on the Beach of Corong-Corong Facing the Islands of the Archipelagos of Bacuit enjoy the fantastic Sunset. All Room are Air-con and Fan Hot/Cold Water all the Room are around the Big Garden that cover most of the resort we are on the beach.Including Free WIFI. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Bay Resort El Nido, Palawan Island