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Coconut Garden Island Resort
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Reviewed March 16, 2011

We had a booking for few nights in this resort. When we arrived, a smiling lady welcomed us to Coconut Garden and told us that unfortunately they didn't have the room we booked. Some guest had decided to stay one more night and they couldn't say no to guest so they thought we could sleep one night in a tent. The next morning there would be a room for us - giving that the guest didn't decide to stay for one additional night. The owner from our previous resort, Secret Paradise Retreat, took us to the resort and was just as surprised because his resort manager had confirmed to Coconut on the very same morning that we were coming. It was Valentine's Day and the staff from Coconut had no idea how to solve "the problem". Resort owner from Secret Paradise gave instructions to staff to organize us a new accommodation and at least provide a cool drink.

Coconut Garden didn't look too nice either: they have a poor monkey on a leash and a small beach is packed with bungalows and rooms. If you're looking for relaxation and some service, go somewhere else. I'd definitely recommend Secret Paradise for their beautiful beach & rooms and decent service.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank Kabis
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Reviewed March 1, 2011

I'm almost desperate to write a review of this place as it seems that only one other person has taken the time to do so on Trip Advisor. We would have loved to have known other peoples experiences of the Coconut Garden Island Resort on Cacnipa Island before we booked out trip, so are hoping that by posting our own review it will help others considering staying. (It might not have been reviewed before because the resort isn't listed on TA, so I've had to write a review under the attraction of Cacnipa Island as the other reviewer did). Anyway where to start...

Cacnipa Island is a beautiful island about 45 mins by boat from Port Barton or 3 hours or so from Sabang and 5 hours from El Nido. It is also a very good stopping point for a few days en route from Sabang to El Nido or vice versa as you can get a boat to either in either direction.

The setting is idyllic on a small stretch of well kept beach, backed by very well kept gardens surrounded by coconut trees. There are a number of cottages scattered about, which are all on stilts and also a larger block which contains some smaller rooms.

Don't expect the Hilton for GBP £15 a night (smaller rooms are even cheaper!), but for the setting it is worth every penny as there is never more than about 15-20 people staying so you pretty much have the place to yourself!

The rooms are basic, but more than ample for the money, with a cold water shower (it's never freezing cold water in the Philippines however!), and a bed covered with a mosquito net.

Electricity runs from 6pm - 9pm from a generator, but there is also a solar powered light & fan that can be used for a number of hours until the solar energy runs out, but it's a small price to pay for living on a desert island!

Beach has a few sand flies, which can be a pain, but the staff do their best to combat this by raking the beach each morning & lighting small fires, which works to an extent. Hammocks are also provided beneath some coconut trees & sun loungers are available too.

Some reviews I found on other websites criticised the Swiss owner for being rude, and although it is true that he doesn't go out of his way to be overly friendly, it seems to just be his way & he tends to keep himself to himself. In fact when we spoke to him, he was very helpful, just lacking in social skills a bit perhaps! The rest of the staff however were exceptional friendly & looked after us very well.

Breakfast & lunch can be ordered from the the restaurant (good food too - a bit more pricey than some places, but on par with El Nido & still vastly cheaper than Western prices!). Evening meals are served between 6 & 8pm, and they put a board up where you can order from a menu (they change the menu daily so you won't get bored!) before 3pm, which is understandable considering the size of the resort.

The Coconut Garden Island Resort feels like a bit of commune in a way & you soon get to know your fellow guest as it is such a small place. There are also chickens, cockerels, a couple of pet dogs & even a resident monkey which is great as it makes you feel like you are existing stranded on a tropical island!

It may not be everyone's cup of tea if you are looking for luxury, but if you don't mind roughing it a bit to stay on such a remote & stunning setting far away from the crowds then book a stay at the Coconut Garden!

4  Thank Wunderlust78
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Stayed: December 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 12, 2017
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  • Stayed: February 2017, traveled as a couple
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Thank karelflidr
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Reviewed February 28, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: February 2017, traveled as a couple
1  Thank daniela6912
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Reviewed January 29, 2017
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  • Stayed: January 2017, traveled as a couple
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Thank Charlotte T
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Reviewed January 28, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: June 2016, traveled with friends
Thank MiguelAndLanto
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Additional Information about Coconut Garden Island Resort

Address: Cacnipa Island, Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan Island, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > San Vicente > Port Barton
Amenities:
Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Port Barton
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A quiet island resort for guests to relax and relieve their stress. A beautiful place to enjoy your family vacation. ... more   less 
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Coconut Garden Island Resort Port Barton, Palawan Island

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