Paradise is a fair description of the setting of this resort.
We spent 6 nights here recently and can truly say that if you want to get away from it all then this is a pretty good place to be.
Cottages 1, 2 and 3 are around on beach 2 out of the way pretty much giving you your own private beach/hammocks etc. What a view from the beach out to the bay. Wow. The other 3 cottages and 2 rooms are closer to the restaurant but as there are only 8 rooms at the time of writing you still can have an exclusive section of the beach if you can be bothered walking for 50 metres!
(The cottages are beautifully made and kitted out BTW)
Obviously when you are in such a place (an hour from Port Barton by Banka) you are restricted to the one restaurant. We had a couple of great meals from the set meal board which changes every day or so and to be fair most of the food we received was good. The service can be a bit slow in the restaurant and it is advisable to "pre book" your evening meal for a certain time. This may sound silly but bear in mind that the owner here is supporting the local fishing villages by employing the people (and fixing their wells among other things!). These people are not used to and never will be used to the pace expected by us in the western world. When you come here, slow down, have a beer and relax!
Another note on the restaurant is that the prices are very fair considering the effort made to get the supplies there in the first place and then keep them fresh with no power other than the generator which cannot obviously be kept running all day and night. (If it was none of us would go there because the price to stay would be too high!)
We got to see a fair bit of what goes on here as we were there for 6 nights. The owner is constantly battling the "island way of life" and Philippine infrastructure to get things organised the way he wants them and the way we expect them. If something doesn't work when you are there (eg. intercom) you can be assured that he is on to it. Things don't get sorted in 5 minutes in the Philippines from what we saw. (we spent 2 months there and traveled it extensively)
Note: There are sandflys on the beach so take some deet. The resort provides coconut oil which works to a degree but take deet to be comfortable.
All in all we had a fantastic stay here which was capped off by a day playing killer on the pool table (a few beers....) and a fire on the beach organised by the owner.
Nice one mate and good luck with all the plans!
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secret Paradise Resort is the only official turtle sanctuary endorsed by the government and WWF-Philippines. We are the only Marine Sanctuary & Nature Reserve of its kind in Palawan, set in 2 private coves with a 4km private coastline, lined with coconut trees and 4 private beaches with our own waterfalls. Our exclusive 90 hectare Nature Reserve has plenty to offer everyone, from hiking to kayaking to explore our 4 beaches, snorkel with the turtles and fish in our Marine Sanctuary called "Turtle Bay", or just view the beautiful 2 house reefs. Tour activities ranging from Island hopping with waterfalls, Underground River tours & more. Private transfers to/ from the resort from any destination in Palawan. Situated between Port Barton's Marine Park and Sabang's world famous Puerto Princesa Subterranean Underground River, voted one of the 7 Wonders of Nature in the World 2013. All our six cottages are detached beach front. All our 8 accommodation have air-con, mini bar, 24 hour hot water showers, safety deposit box, balcony with hammock & private beach loungers. All superior cottages & rooms have LED satellite TV/DVD. Free WiFi- snorkel/mask/kayaks. We accept credit cards/ currancy. Why share paradise with 100 other guest. Relax and experience true paradise in nature with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Secret Paradise Resort & Turtle Sanctuary Port Barton, Palawan Island