My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights - we were going to stay for 3 but we stayed on. It was towards the end of low season and we had the whole place to ourselves for 2 of the 4 days. The cottage we had overlooked the beautiful gardens and then onto the beach and beyond that the whole bay backed by mountains. A lovely setting for a relaxing few days. If you're after a few relaxing days, with simple but comfortable accommodation, lounging on the beach (which is cleared of seaweed daily) then this a great option for the cost. The staff were friendly although could have been more attentive but thus didn't bother us, we were happy to help ourselves to drinks and leave a note and it just added to the sense of having the place to ourselves.
The food was fantastic - try the fish in coconut milk or the fish curry - the squid is also delicious. The only thing that was missing from the menu for us was fresh fruit either for breakfast or dessert and for me fresh coffee would have been nice. Also, if you drink a lot of water like us you may want to grab a couple of big bottles - water is not cheap to buy by the small bottle, understandably as they have to transport it. I would say that getting a couple of 5 gallon tanks or a filter for water would be a nice touch for what it would cost.
We used the paddle boat to explore the shoreline to the other side of the island with empty beaches and lovely coral (much of the coral right in front is dead although the reef still supports a small but diverse range of tropical fish). We also took the path to the top of the island for fine views of the surrounding islands and back to Port Barton. Snorkeling gear is free to use and there's even a badminton net.
The native style cottage was very comfortable with a good mosquito net, hot water (when the power as on - 6pm - 9pm but a nominal 100 peso fee per hour to extend this which can be shared amongst all the guests), small balcony and tasteful decor.
Overall my wife and I enjoyed a fantastic stay here and we'd recommend it to anyone who wants to just switch off for a few days and enjoy the quiet island life in a gorgeous setting.
- Also Known As:
- Blue Cove Island Resort Port Barton, Palawan Island