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Flower Island Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   | Taytay, Palawan Island, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #20 of 92 Hotels in Palawan Island
San Francisco, California, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great staff, even during the busiest times”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Rowena and her staff were exceptional hosts. I didn't expect as much personal service from a resort, especially since they were so busy and clearly didn't need to make time to help me. But whether it involved talking with the booking company to resolve issues, or making sure that my needs were taken care of and that I enjoyed the Philippines, they were extremely proactive. I'm an extremely the satisfied customer.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bern
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

we were offering ourselves a treat over New Year and stayed for 3 nights at Flower Island. The room (champagen de luxe) was o.k., even if it was very small and there was no cupboard or place to store luggage. We were highly disappointed by the food (very basic and not nice). As for the extras (visit of pearl farm and snorkeling excursion) we were first told that they are not going to happen as it was New Year and we had almost to go on our knees to get what we were paying for. The staff was very friendly in general, but the manager on duty was really not knowing what she was doing. On the last day aircon did not work and we got only cold water in the shower. The island is a little paradise - but the price for what you are getting is by far too high. We have been staying in other places in the Philippines where we got so much more and did not even pay a third of the price we paid on Flower Island. They somewhat pretend to be a luxury resort but they are not. Even if they try hard in some respect, that is just not good enough at that price!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

It is really a paradise island. Very well maintained. The beach is great and also the snorkeling in the house reef is really nice. Plenty of corals, sea stars and coloured fishes. Even my 5 years old daughter enjoyed snorkeling there as the sea was practically flat, very clean, in the various shades of blue and torquise. It is better to have the coral shoes to enter the water, even if there are some parts of the beach (where the jetty is) where it is only sandy and you can enter from there and then swim to the rocky, corals spots. Sunsets are great and also the builded path around the island (40 m' walk tour) is worth to be done. There is no hot water, but we didn't have any issue with the electricity power. The food is simple and a bit repetitive (we staid 4 nights / 5 days), but it is fresh and well done. The breakfast could definitively be improved especially considering that the place is not cheap.The offered tour to the nearby pearl farm is a must. It is really worth doing it; very interesting indeed (included in the package). Very nice also the pic nic organized on the pearl farm island and the snorkeling tour to the "coral garden" always in the area of the pearl farm. Concerning the snorkeling, I found it much more interesting and rich here than in the El Nido bay ! If you come from El Nido, the nearest port to take the boat for the flower island is Batalakan. It takes about 1 h and 15 m' ride on unpaved road in minivan (we paid 2200 PHP for the 4 of us). The boat ride from Batalakan is about 40 m', a bit more if the sea is choppy. While if you come from Puerto Princessa, the nearest port is TayTay. It takes about 4 / 4.30 h ride in minivan (paved road) and then 1h and 30 m' speed boat ride (2 hs if the sea is choppy).

Room Tip: We had cottage n 5, which is one of the newest. Really spacious and nicely decorated (we were 2 adul...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

Our stay at the island resort was really nice. The island is a beautiful place. No issues with electricity or water. Our cottages were new and comfortable.
Nevertheless this resort is not intended for people who like active sports, activities or a nightlife. Furthermore it is more suitable for people who love being out there in the nature.

Room Tip: Don't take the cottages with fans, there are lizards and bats that climb under the roof of the c...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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manila
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

We loved every minute we spent here! The Island itself is just stunning! Its full of flowers,breathtaking views and great snokeling. Romanic and secluded, its a perfect for couples but I think it could be good for families as well. The food is fresh and delicious, the staff were so helpful and friendly. The accommodations are simple but chic. The whole place feels welcoming and well cared for. And the price is right!
The only mistake we made was landing in Puerto Princessa and taking a long, crowded van ride to Taytay and speedboat from there to flower Island. Its much easier to fly to El Nido and take a boatride from there or to fly directly to taytay and take the speedboat from there.

Room Tip: I would recommend the air conditioned rooms as they are more insulated and beautifully renovated.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

To arrive this "paradise", we took 4hrs bus ride from Prueto Princessa and almost 2 hrs rough wave. But friendly smile of hosts can comfort our tiresome.
Like other resort, we can swim, kayak, snoker, sun bath, etc... But the best thing is its so peaceful and quiet. Nobody can bother you except bell ring for meals :) Btw, food is also very basic but delicious. I love stir fried shrimp in oyster sauce for lunch before we left..yum!
The minus factors are:
1. Bath room and bed room need to be taken care of more. So many littie ants. We are not provided toiletry package. A/c is so noisy even we switch to quiet mode but I guess all a/c in phillipines have a same problem.
2. The price is quite high if compare to other same -standard -resort in thailand, bali or vietnam. With 270usd per night, we could have a much better room and attached facilities.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

If your looking to get away from it all , I can definately recommend Flower Island. The staff are extremely attentive and friendly. This is not just for couples but families as well. From the moment we were collected from Puerto Princessa and then Tay Tay by boat we felt we were being looked after.

Take advantage of the boat trip to the Pearl Farm (no hard sale) then to another small island for lunch then onto a coral reef to do a bit of snorkelling and finally to their foundation farm which was extremely interesting.

Jaques and his team are extremely knowledgable and had time for all their guests.

Would definately return

Room Tip: Beach rooms
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: | Taytay, Palawan Island, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Palawan Island
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Palawan Island
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Palawan Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Flower Island Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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