my room was absolutely perfect -- the air-conditioning was working great, the room was spacious and clean, the bathroom had complete amenities and didn't smell (unlike this other resort we stayed in!). I didn't mind that the satellite wasn't working at around 1 a.m... so no late night TV... but the balcony view of the ocean was worth missing out on storage wars. i always bring extra blankets which was handy because palm beach's blanket is actually a thin white bed sheet.
the breakfast-lunch-dinner "buffet" was so-so. i resented that i had to beg them to feed me because they're apparently very strict about the 9 a.m. breakfast cut-off time. i was a few minutes late, true. but still... i felt that the staff were kinda rude to rub it in. also, during snack time, when i asked for water, the server vaguely pointed at some distant fountain and quickly left. okay, assuming we were supposed to serve ourselves, the least they could've done was to explain politely that guests are expected to get their own water.
also watch out for ants in the sand and itchy water. plus don't lose your keys or towels or anything else with the palm beach logo because they strictly enforce fines for missing or damaged items. since i brought my own towels, blankets, and tumblers, checking out wasn't a problem over missing/damaged stuff.
watch out for rowdy guests. the hotel does not enforce the 10p.m. rule for loud partying.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palm Beach Resort (formerly La Frondosa) is a family resort located in Bo. Hugom, San Juan, Batangas, running along the same coastline of the now popular LAIYA. The Resort is designed to be a private retreat for those who prefer the tranquility and peace of a place with a well preserved natural setting as an alternative to other overdeveloped destinations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palm Beach Hotel San Juan