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Mangenguey Island, Palawan Island, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #10 of 17 Hotels in Coron
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“Breathtaking property”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Mangenguey is not only a beautiful island, but also a superb place to unwind and feel pampered. Helena and Richard are gracious, non intrusive, hosts and the staff is so nice, gentle and accommodating! The rooms are cozy and chic; the food is good -perfect waldorf salad. I enjoyed a wonderful stay and cannot thank enough the owners for letting us share their piece of paradise and for keeping it in such great shape (oh, those corals!). Worth every penny. Gracias.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

One can easily be charmed and captivated with the bevy of information and how it is presented on Mangeguey's website. The seeming mystery is intriguing; the prospect of peace and privacy away from the crowds very much alluring. This is what drew us to book a 1-week stay at Mangenguey.

Upon booking, we received the confirmation email with some guidelines on the schedule for pick-up from the airport and boat transfer to the island. I had also inquired about a dive certification course as this was Palawan after all and renowned for its pristine waters and rich marine life. Mangenguey's rate for a 3-day PADI Open Water Dive course is USD800. This cost does not yet include the theory part which is another USD100 or so that can be signed-up for online. With the total cost for PADI certification via Mangenguey amounting to over USD900 compared to USD300 up elsewhere in Coron, I inquired if perhaps I could make arrangements with another dive operator instead. I was told that this would be fine.

I wasn't able to sort any firm agreements with other dive operators until we were finally at Coron and waiting for the boat transfer to the island. I was able to negotiate for a more reasonable rate with a reputable dive operator and it seemed fortunate that Richard was at the place at the time and gave us his blessing to setup a place for the dive instructor to stay overnight at Mangenguey's staff house.

On arrival at the island we were greeted by Angela and directed to the Azur cottage. We were instructed on how to wash the sand from our feet using the native vessel and then shown into the cottage. I read all 90 reviews on Tripadvisor and was slightly unsure of what to expect considering the recent negative reviews posted. Unfortunately we had already made our booking so there was no canceling. Moreover, the positive reviews seemed to outweigh the negatives. Wanting to make the best of the holiday ahead, I requested for a copy of the waiver and registration forms in advance. This is apparently the very first thing guests are demanded to complete regardless of their state on arrival. With this ready and handy, we could at least start to enjoy our holiday ASAP. I found it funny that the spiel about the dogs was exactly as 1 TA reviewer had put it: there is 1 dog (Pandak) who is the pet, and 2 dogs (Java and Zuma) who are let loose at night to serve as the night watch. If you come across the night dogs, don't panic; just stand still and slowly make your way back to your cottage. And then of course the feeding schedule: breakfast is served from 8-9:30am, lunch at 2pm and dinner at 8pm and please do not be late. With all of that aside, we were told that lunch would be served shortly and for us to just make our way towards the main house where all meals are served.

We were the only guests for the first 2 nights of our stay. It was indeed peaceful and we were very much enjoying not having to bother with any crowds. Neither did the staff bother us except to request for us to proceed to the main house for scheduled meals. There was a concern on efficiency since it made more sense to walk up to the main house and get our drinks instead of asking for this and then walking back to the beach/cottage and waiting for an eternity for our orders to arrive. Nevertheless this was inconsequential as for the most part of the day there was just peace and quiet being surrounded by glorious Mother Nature.

Our dive instructor was scheduled to arrive on the third day and this is when things started to shift. An experienced dive master, George, was sent and he was actually just visiting from Greece. It was his first time in the Philippines and an interesting coincidence that he happened to be in Coron during peak season and the dive operator was in need of an extra pair of hands. This is how he ended up in Mangenguey as our dive instructor. After introducing ourselves, he naturally inquired as to where we could sit and have coffee to start our discussion on the exciting couple of days and dive course ahead. As we were making our way toward the main house out comes Helena from her living quarters charging towards us and screaming about her running a business and that she was not making any money out of the dive course we had signed up for and George was most certainly not getting a free stay on her island. To say that we were astounded is an understatement. She kept screaming at us and was visibly shaking with anger. We pointed out that her husband had told us that it was not a problem to have the dive instructor stay at the staff house. Had there been any misunderstanding about this arrangement no one had bothered to inform us during the past 2 days that we had already been there. Her reply seems to pretty much surmise the kind of person that she is as she told us (and I cannot forget these words): "My husband is not well. He does not know what he's talking about; he's crazy. He doesn't pay the bills. I do." For the price that we were paying, her reaction was simply unacceptable. Even her beloved pet Pandak was barking at George throughout the entire confrontation!

We were all shocked at Helena's impudent treatment, especially George who has been a resort manager for 20 years and never has he witnessed such attitude. George was the epitome of professionalism and worked to recover from the tension that Helena had created. He told us not to worry, that we would have a great time with the course, and that he would speak to Helena to work things out.

A few minutes later he requested to have a word with Helena. They were just a few feet away from the table and I could get bits and pieces of George appeasing Helena in Spanish, telling her that we were her guests and that she was getting our business anyway and that he was not there to take any business away from her. She was simply unreasonable and seeing that she had no plausible explanation just walked off. At some point during lunch, Richard came by our table and started to tell us of his morning fixing up the cottages in the back and filling us in on the state there. When finally we found an opening in between his litany of wirings and carpentry, we asked him about the obvious mix-up with arrangements for George. And here is another reply that I cannot forget: "I'm sorry about that, we have just all been stressed around here. The desalinator is broken again and guests are arriving and the cottages are not yet done and people have not been showing up for work. I apologize for my wife, please understand this is peak season and a very stressful time for us. We'll work it out but please, excuse my wife." Again, for the cost to stay here, such treatment is just inexcusable. Where do you find a place where it is the guests who accommodate the owners? And this is the hospitality industry we're talking about.

George was every bit the professional and did not for once broach the idea of just canceling the course and upping. Never mind that he did not know where he was sleeping that night. We proceeded with our dive instructions and the time spent on the boat or in the water erased the horrible episode with Helena. The only time we were ill-at-ease was at dinner when we had to be at the main house and Helena a few feet away in the kitchen. Despite all this, George carried on with the course and made a genuine effort to keep tension at bay.

We considered to cancel the next 3 remaining nights we had to stay at the island and made inquiries at some other resorts. Angela informed us that we would not be refunded for these nights but instead costs from incidentals could be deducted. Unfortunately all other places were also fully booked since it was peak season. The idea of being inconvenienced by having to move around given the short holiday was equally unappealing and so we decided to just make the most of our stay. Oh and by the way, George tried to sleep in the hammock in front of our cottage but later on in the evening one of the night dogs started barking at him so he ended up sleeping on the boat. He didn't even try to knock on our door and ask for assistance.

One of the things highlighted in other reviews is the fantastic food. Throughout our entire stay (that's a total of 12 meals, not counting breakfast) I can count about 5 dishes that I can rate. All else were just absolutely not worth the compulsory USD75 daily rate per person. Breakfast is the same all throughout: a fruit platter of about 5 different kinds of fruit (apple, banana, pear, grapes, dragon fruit, watermelon, orange), a bread basket with 3 kinds of bread (pan aux chocolat, croissant, bagel), a tropical coconut drink, and coffee or tea. Being a light eater, I inquired if I could possibly have only half the serving of lunch and dinner meals and instead have a hard-boiled egg for breakfast in exchange. This was definitely not possible and it was preferred that the food that I cannot consume go to waste rather than work out something more economical other than charge USD25 for 3 eggs (considered a special request). In terms of the dishes that I would willingly order again in place of all the other dishes: eggs benedict, filet mignon, Spanish tortilla, shrimp al ajillo, and churros con chocolate. The other dishes that are not really worth mentioning other than being ordinary: croque monsieur, trout, salmon & cream cheese bagel, beef stew, steak sandwich, some kind of salmon casserole, and paella. The meals on our last day were the worst of all! For lunch we were served some kind of a makeshift deli pizza with pepperoni and cheese on French baguette. This is the kind of sandwich I would put together with leftovers I can find in the fridge. For dinner it was bouillabaisse that tasted of spoilt seafood. The fish, clams, mussels, and squid were definitely overcooked even possibly not fresh and we were more fearful of getting upset stomachs from the awful dish that we just refused it. Helena did come by each and every table that evening to ask about how the food was. She visited our table last and just being fed up with it all and it being our last night that we did not want to spoil anymore than it already was, we simply replied "good" to her inquiry of how the food was. It was pretty apparent that she did not care for any constructive feedback anyway so we just did not bother.

Prices of the drinks, as with everything, were unjustifiable. USD4/PHP200 for a bottle of beer, USD8/PHP400 for a classic cocktail, and USD10/PHP500 for signature watered-down cocktails. A bottle of red/white Spanish wine costs USD30/PHP1,500 and a bottle of Helena's favorite bubbly costs USD50/PHP2,500. A quick Google check shows that these do not even actually cost a third of the price! Even with shipping costs included at bulk, it is highly doubtful that it would cost all that much.

After our last meal, we decided to enjoy the quiet beach and clear sky with some star gazing. We were out at the beach trying to make out constellations and satellite sightings when the dogs showed up and started barking at us. Being already accustomed to them, we stood up to make our way back to our cottage. This was when Helena showed up and admonished us: "It's 11pm. You should be back in your cottage because the dogs are out now." Not a single inquiry as to how we were doing or even try to pacify us. No, it was more important to her that her dogs were soothed and not us, the paying guests.

As for the cottage, well for one the location was choice. It is right on the beach and a few feet away you are at the shore. It is utterly marvelous to wake up and pull the curtains aside to the sun rising! The actual quarters are nothing special other than being a roof for the night with toilet and bath. Sure, it was charmingly rustic. But again, for the price, one would expect at the very least for rodents to be addressed. Yes, we did have some survival biscuits and nuts with us which we resorted to keep in the safe the second night when we realized there were rats. By the fourth day when the couple staying at the cottage next door said that they too had rats, Richard said he would have some rat poison put out. It was effective because by night-time the culprit was convulsing to its death in the bathroom. We threw it out in the bin next to our cottage and told Richard about this the following day so that it could be taken care of. On our last day I threw out some other items and found the dead rat still in the bin!

Now the icing on the cake. The morning of our last day, Angela gave me back USD100. She told me she miscalculated the bar tab and we were inadvertently charged an excess of USD100. When I finally found the time to tally up the costs myself a few days later, it turns out the miscalculation was USD163. This could be an inconsequential amount that could be written off as tips for the staff but the thing is Mangenguey already charges an exchange rate of PHP45 to USD1 versus the actual PHP40-42 rate. The explanation is that this is where they take service charge and tips from. Thing is, I do not even know if the further USD63 would be credited as tips or simply absorbed in the books. I wrote Angela regarding this matter and she requested that I re-send her an email and take out the part about the returned USD100 and simply indicate an overcharge of USD63 and not USD163 as I had originally written. She explained that this was so as not to "confuse/upset" Helena.

Overall, Mangenguey is a huge dismay. The island itself is beautiful. The remoteness and disconnection from modern civilization is refreshing. Sure, the poor service can be excused. This can be addressed through training. The high prices can be considered if actually worth it. Had it not been for the people we met during our stay (Angela, George, Mark, and Tanya), or being seasoned travelers who enjoy each other's company and are able to humor through a sour situation, it would have all just been a complete and utter nightmare. Helena does not seem to have a clue about running a business in the hospitality industry that her business is in. Evidently she does not care much for guests' welfare. This is obviously a mom&pop operation, sans the price. It could have so much potential, if the owners are willing to make adjustments. Unless that happens, it would be better to go elsewhere. In terms of a unique island that offers privacy and seclusion, have a look around. There are a few other places in Palawan that can surely offer much more!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This was such an incredible experience, i don't think you'll be able to find this anywhere else. We had the yellow two room hut on the beach which had a lovely view and was really nicely decorated. my boyfriend was afraid he'd get bored but there was plenty to do. We hiked around the island, went snorkelling, and there are little boats you can take out. The food was really delicious most of the time and just nice at other times. It was really nice to meet the other guests as well we were with a really young cool group of people.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013 via mobile

The island is really a spectacular and magical place to stay. The natural beauty and unspoilt surroundings create a wonderful romance.

There is an interesting concept of the resort- huts made of natural materials like bamboo and mud, chic and simple decorations which maintain the island charm. The island is owned by hosts Richard and Helena. They try to create a warm atmosphere by socializing with the guests and making sure their stay is pleasant.

The best activities are snorkelling and boating which are free and unlimited. The coral reef was the best we've seen in the Philippines so far and was worth it just for that.

Our main complaint was the price, hidden costs and value for money. Upon departure, you will receive a bill for many things you didn't think was not included, such as $75/person/day for food (regardless of whether you had one meal or three). Transport fee was another hidden cost. Drinks were quite overpriced. It really was a lovely stay and we would be happier if the costs were more transparent and upfront instead of being faced with a huge bill at the end of our stay.

Also, the attention to detail seemed to wan off after the first day, when our room was not really taken care of or our water replenished. For the cost, we would have appreciated slightly more attention. Also, when we arrived in busuenga airport, no one greeted us or gave us clear instructions of how to get to the island. We had no idea where the ferry transfer etc was. Expect a cramped van to take you to the ferry stop with other tourists squashed in.

Overall, we had a good stay and enjoyed our stay very much. It's a once in a Lifetime paradise stay- provided you can foot the bill.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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carratala13, Owner at Mangenguey Island, responded to this review, February 9, 2013
we are allways greatful if we get constructive criticizem and we are unhappy when we do not deliver perfect service since that is realy our aim( as is quite clear in the reviews) we succed most of the time.
But to be fair I want to CORRECT the issue of PRICE and HIDEN COSTS.
We are a very small, independant, Social Entrepreneurs in a remote location......to keep our Island protected and prestine as well as deliver the standards that we aim for is a difficult and expensive proposition......so yes we are not cheap, but we feel ( and obiously most of our guests do too) we deliver a value for money product.
Regarding hiden cost.....well is NOT TRUE.....well informed travelers can go to our very extensive, beautiful website were ALL IMPORTANT INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE. In the different ports that sale our property ( were we realy have little control over the information they put) most of them provide us with the customer email address on the booking voucher. Upon receiving of booking we email a welcome letter to the guests providing ALL IMPORTANT INFORMATION and COST so I do not see how we can be criticized of NOT BEING TRANSPARENT.
I encourage all travelers to do their research and read all the information previous to their booking to avoid missunderstandings.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We spent a magical last week of a two week holiday at Mangenguey Island. It felt like our own tropical paradise being pampered by exceptional service and indulging in delicious cuisine.

We had heard so much about Mangenguey that we were desperate to get there after staying in an overcharged resort in El Nido. Anticipation was built up further when we learnt the boat we needed to get us to Coron on the Saturday was broken. So we grit our teeth and bared to wait another night.

The 8 hour boat from El Nido to Coron and then the 2 hour boat from Coron to Mangenguey Island was well worth the trip! Like a scene from an old Bond movie, our small boat pulled up at night to an island lit up by garden torches, candles and tastefully lit trees. Our contact was already waiting for us at the shore- Angela the island manager. She welcomed us gracefully whilst helpful porters unloaded our bags from the boat. A quick tour to our beach front hut, a moment to wash up, and then she walked us to the garden area where dinner was being served. We noticed there were hardly any other guests there- 3 or maybe 4 other couples. We all enjoyed the food, the drink, and the hospitality of the waiters and waitresses who were quick to attend to our needs. (Senior staff-member Ruben always kept an eye out to make sure we were properly attended and Rona always served us with care and warmth.)

Over the next magical week time went fast. We enjoyed swimming in the turquoise-clear waters, diving off the wharf, snorkelling the reef, spotting tropical fish, paddling a philippine boat, indulging in the delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, drinking many cocktails and smoothies, playing pool, playing chess, going for walks on the island, reading on a hammock, walking from our hut to the beach in 10 seconds...

I think the secret to this beautiful island's success is in the talents of creators Helena and Richard. The incredibly hard working couple bring years of experience and success developed in NYC to pursue their vision of creating an island utopia.

The details were incredible. From the design of the main house and huts, to the preparation of the meals, and to the interior design of the accommodation- everything was beautiful.

We are glad that we could share in Helena's and Richard's dream.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We have spent our last days of holliday on this dreamy island and we felt like we've arrived in paradise!
As a setting it is absolutely gorgeous and the team there really managed to get the most out of it. Everyone is very kind and they try to make you feel as comfortable as possible, which is amazing if you take into consideration how difficult it is to have so much comfort on such a small and remote island.
The food is really mind-blowing... we felt like eating in a 5 star restaurant all the time. For example I am quite picky about food but I tried everything they put in front of me and I really really liked it. And the serving is impeccable.
Most of the time you will have complete privacy. The only moments when you get to see people is during breakfast, lunch and dinner. But we loved that, it makes you feel like you are part of a very special small community.
And the snorkeling is truly amazing!!! Richard will show you all the places.

So, for us, it was even better than we imagined it! It's intimate, romantic, adventurous, luxurious and also rustic and untouched in the same time. What more could you possibly want?

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

I've been back from Manguenguey Island for a month a half now and I still have a hang over :-) All I can say is that it is truly an island paradise, perfect for that weekend getaway. At first, when I read about this, it gave me an impression that this may be some sort of luxurious resort and my worry always with these types of places is that it loses that authentic touch whether it's the surroundings itself or the service. To my pleasant surprise, it's a true island paradise with an opportunity for us to go back to nature yet able to still experience comfort, great food and most importantly, a homey feel.

Words can't really describe the food that you get here. Everything was simply delicious and gourmet standard. When we heard that Helena (the owner) wasn't around during our visit, my first worry was the quality of the food since I've heard that she is behind the magic here as she personally creates the meals. But I was immediately proved wrong from the first meal we had until the last. Not only is the taste and quality of the food great, but there was variety too. To me, I was amazed at how each dish actually had some sort of local ingredient and I think that's what makes it really great. The food served in Manguenguey definitely had character and it appropriately blended into the environment we were in, which was paradise. Oh and before I forget, I love how Ruben puts so much thought in the table settings and the overall ambiance and how each meal made us feel that we were in different place each time. Chef Syd even came up to each of us on the first day to introduce himself personally. I just love these little touches, which can make or break the entire experience.

The cottages were not really luxurious or grand as one may expect from an upscale place, these were basic but absolutely comfortable. Actually, it kinda reminds me of Robinson's Crusoe :-) Again, using little touches of unique decors help make the place really special. Water pressure was good, there was enough hot water, airconditioning could be a bit better but the ceiling fan did help. A carafe of water was always filled for each guests. There was wifi, although the place is so nice, it would be a waste to spend your time online. We stayed in Azur, which for me, is the perfect room as it sits just in front of the main beach. You get up in the morning and stand on your porch as you see the sun rise over the horizon. It is also away from the busyness if at all any, of the dining and main indoor lounge area.

Island/Outdoor activities
Why go to an island paradise if not to enjoy the outdoors? Not a few steps from your cottages, you can enjoy the beach with white fine sand, sunbathe if you want, or even swim, but I'd rather sit by the porch on the giant pillows or lay on the hammock and just enjoy the scenery and listen to the sea. Snorkeling was a favorite activity of ours, I can spend hours looking underwater. The island has a very nice and healthy reef just beside it, and it isn't small at all. We actually did spend hours snorkeling. You can borrow the snorkeling equipment from the shed. Lots of variety of corals and fishes, including Nemo, manta rays, and miniature reef sharks. Richard (owner) says that some days, you can even see dolphins, he's seen them hanging around when he went surfing one time. Every sunrise, sunset and moonrise, we were out there enjoying the view, and trying to capture photos that unfortunately will never do justice to its true beauty. We would go feed the fishes at the dock in the mornings and take walks around the island to discover the rocky edges of the island. On one sunset, we even took the small banca out, paddled our way out to get an even better view of the sunset.

Just in case you get bored of the island life, there is a pool table at the main lounge area, or even game boards and cards. But there's one catch: we realized that the game boards and cards were all in Spanish, haha! In the larger cottages, there's a TV and a DVD player.

Owner and Team
Richard was very hands on in maintaining the place and he made sure each of us were comfortable even to the smallest details, e.g. had enough hot water, lights in the room are ok, etc. He was also quite busy during our stay since they were building another few rooms. But despite that, Richard made time to chat with each and everyone at one point in our stay to get to know us better and it was very nice to know more about him and his wife Helena, how the island came about, and what their backgrounds were. Richard even took time to play the guitar with my nephew :-) And on our last dinner, he joined us too. Helena unfortunately wasn't around that weekend, but you can obviously see how she had made sure their team could uphold the standards she set. Everyone was very friendly and helpful: Ruben, Syd, Angela, Rona, (missed the names of 1-2 others) all made us feel so welcome and part of their family. Oh not to forget, Pandak (resident dog) and Pusing (resident cat) as Jaba and Suma (island guard dogs) :-)

If you need special food/drinks, additional meals or have dietary restrictions, make sure you request for them ahead of time. As this is secluded island (2 hour boat ride away from town), special supplies don't come as easily.

To Richard and the team, thanks for making our stay ultimately unforgettable! Hope we get a chance to come back again some day :-)

Room Tip: Cottages fronting the main beach give you that ultimate island experience :-)
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Mangenguey Island, Palawan Island, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > Coron
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Coron
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Coron
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mangenguey is truly like no other place in the world. It is intimate and private, a destination that blends the incredible beauty of untouched Nature with culture and art. The island is a perfect location to create a new vision of Utopian living and redefined luxury for the twenty-first century. Mangenguey is an exquisite and remote Virgin Island comparable in natural beauty to the best in the world; it is located in the Calamianes archipelago in Northern Palawan, Philippines. It is right at the center of the Coral Triangle, one of the world's richest marine biodiversity zones. Getting There. Mangenguey is 45 minutes away from Manila, Philippines by plane. There are regular daily flights to Busuanga airport via Air Phil Express, Cebu Pacific, or SKYJET.Upon arrival at Busuanga Airport, guests take a thirty-minute drive in an air-conditioned van or private car (with additional charge) that takes them to Coron Town. In Coron, guests board our native banka for an approximately 1-1/2 hour (depending on sea conditions) beautiful scenic journey to the island. Airport transfers are $65/ trip and include land and sea transport. We recommend a minimum stay of three (3) nights for guests traveling from not so distant locations, and a week for guests coming from far away. Food and Beverage: The dining experience on Mangenguey is like no other: fresh sea air to stimulate the appetite, gorgeous views of the ocean, superb cuisine, warm and friendly service, and interesting conversation. Helena's simple and approachable Catalan-inspired cuisine is definitely one of the highlights of the Mangenguey experience. Gathered around the gracious table for communal dining or "al fresco" in the garden, meals in Mangenguey reflect the distinctive character of Helena. Shaped by her Spanish childhood and her years of travelling throughout different continents, combined with her knack for using local ingredients, each meal on Mangenguey is a unique epicurean adventure and pleasure for the senses. All guests are served 3 gourmet meals a day for a fee per person, per day. We accommodate "Special diets" provided advance notice and at an additional charge per day per person. Guests can also enjoy a variety of classic cocktails and a selection of wines, spirits, and beers. A truly luxurious moment on the island is the pre-dinner drinks at the Big House: sip the house champagne or our Signature Cocktails as tantalizing aromas waft from the open-style kitchen while Helena's cooks. Entertainment. Guests can swim and snorkel in the reef, paddle around the island in native bankas, bird watch, or trek through the forest. They can read on the veranda facing the sea, play pool in the Big House, or watch the sunset while sipping champagne and listening to Maria Callas. The adventurous can dive or snorkel in the magnificent house reef or in the turquoise waters surrounding the island. We customize island hoping and diving tours on our comfortable bankas to fit your desires and interests that come complete with gourmet picnics and butler service. Our private diving trips must be booked in advance with our Dive Master. Experience the beautiful reefs and the Japanese wrecks. We can plan a perfect diving experience based on your skills and desires. Private diving courses may also be arranged. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Mangenguey Island Hotel Coron
Mangenguey Island Coron, Palawan Island

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