me my wife and our four year old daughter stayed for 5 nights here starting at the last days of June.It was a splendid time.at that time we were the only guests and there was a storm that very same day when we arrived that we were not aware of. I'll start with the trip from the airport to port Barton the Suv accommodation was comfortable and great with lots of room.I said suv as no van during that weather can reliably take us to the port. Its an adventure in itself to get to the port. Hard to describe the last 22 km ride through jungle and rough terrain. Our family enjoyed it. The way I look at it, its an added attraction. It was raining during the boat ride to get there. The boat was big with safety vest for all.Then finally...Our cottage was the lovebird with a king bed where me and my wife slept and a separate bed which my daughter called her princess bed as this mosquito net drops from the top.same as with our bed.NO BUGS in the cottage.it has a mini bar, hot and cold shower .flat screen TV and wifi.The front of our cottage have a porch with a hammock that we use for napping in the afternoon. My family have been to big resorts with /w/o casinos and gigantic pools everywhere, but that's not what were looking for.Its precisely this. One with nothing but beautiful nature everywhere you look. Luckily, the storm was gone the second day. My God. talk about nature, My wife heard noises in the trees behind and it turns out to be a family of monkeys twenty feet from us. Didn't bother us we took picures of them.ive seen them while fishing with my guide early morning at the end of rocks where the surf splashes hard at the other end of the island, eating small crabs perhaps or clams? or climbing coconut trees that's shared with of all animals, squirrels. I didn't even know we have them here in the Phil. Weve seen parrots and a lot of exotic birds behind our cottage that my wife took pictures of..My daughter had a blast with all the nice shells she collected and not to mention the beach itself. It is devoid of large waves as my daughter describe it as calm. Thats because the waves are blocked from either side, being a cove. Perfect for swimming ,kayaks, snorkeling, sand castles. Anytime strolling in the shallow .Im a certified diver and didn't feel the need to dive during this stay as you can see all the marine animals you want anytime you want. Lots of reef fish, parrot fish snapper, grouper, corals, turtles. which is abundant in the morning or late pm.you don't have to go to the water to see them as they peek their heads and carapace above water. All this, twenty feet in front of your cottage. The bugs, i came prepared with high deet to be sure. They have coconut oil too for added protection. I use both as the coconut oil tends to stay even after being in the water. Mark fogs the resort regularly but unfortunately it was rainy season and because of the storm its pointless to do so as the rain washes the sand where the sand flies are,They still fogged a couple of times that I know. I myself was not bothered nor my family but yes we still got bitten .This maybe the only thing that may spell the difference between for some guests not to come back in the future. Not us. The food is.Perfect!! Cooked to order with same reasonable time like in any restaurant. Always hot and delicious. The chef puts his own twist to things that I appreciate. I have my catch cooked twice and my guide was even nice to buy me octopus from a spear fisherman we happen upon during fishing.I requested to grill my fishes and as for the octopus, to boil it. cut to peices and sautee it in butter and garlic with only salt and pepper with a dash of fresh chili and calamansi..The chef included lemongrass. NICE! Great with my red horse beer. My wife had the the head waitress who also is the bartender,concocted my wifes favorite drink combination. The service? Very personable. Very attentive. My daughter ended up playing with her 4 yr old daughter for one afternoon even if they speak totally different language as we requested her to play with our daughter in the resort after we met her during the hike to the fishing village and visiting their childrens school and meeting with their teachers. They both had so much fun. Her father was also my fishing and hiking guide. Overall, our stay was a trip of a lifetime.and Im looking forward to stay there again with my family hopefully very soon. Thanks to Mark and his great staff. We hope to see you again soon. I hope this helps other folks as I try to detail our experience to get a better picture of our stay.
- 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