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Coco Beach Island Resort
Ranked #14 of 52 Hotels in Puerto Galera
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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98 reviews
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“Very good”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Would have given it a perfect score but only 1 restaurant was open and that got boring and there was an annoying "fake island" waste of time on arrival where they deliberately too us to the back entrance to make it seem we are on a separate island when in fact the boat could have dropped us right at the main beach. Staff were all super super friendly and the place was in top condition. loved the accom... tried the hillside and the aircon suites. Live band was annoying and noisy and like cheap european resorts in my opinion bit everyone else seemed to love it. Don't go in typhoon season cos it can really spoil it and add to the journey time.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

This was an "ok" place to take the family. They did have several things to do with the kids but there are other places in Puerto Galera that are better. The food is sub-par from the menu and to get good food, you have to go to one of their specialty restaurants or a beach party which are very pricey and only open if enough people sign up in advance. The staff is friendly and helpful and the service family assigned to us was friendly. Facilities are run down, the gym equipment is a joke! We did do a beach hopping tour and the picnic lunch they packed was the best meal we had. On the shuttle back to Manila, the driver did not know that he was supposed to drop us off at the Rest station in the south closer to Alabang (where they picked us up). He went flying past and could not turn around we had to wait in Manila for our driver to come get us. Not a good value for what you get.

Room Tip: The rooms have a very musty and earthy smell since they use a lot of native material.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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New Zealand
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Reviewed August 19, 2012 via mobile

My friend brought me to this place for sight seeing . We did not take the banca . We took te route -the mountain side . We walked through the beach then a muddy path. But ten the moment we reached the place, gives such a good relief .

Coco beach is just fine . It's not one of the most amazing place one would see. It's got a bambooish architectural design.

Pool was ok.

I try ordering for fish and chips but then it's wasn't available that day. So i opt for grilled chicken burger. The fries was a bit mushy and not crispy and the chicken burger doesn't have any taste at all.

But this place i say is good for couples or people who doesn't want the hussle and bustle sabang or white beach offers!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Have been there twice, in 2010 and 2011. The hotel has a certain coziness to it and is very pretty. There is attention to details and the best part of it is that it is amongst many, many palm trees. The hotel's constraction and design fits this natural setting.

The hotel's concept is also remarkable. Each bangalow has its own "host-family" responsible for cleaning, room service etc. It kind of feels like home. How much you interact with this family, is completely up to you.
The hotel's customer service is excellent. We also tried their dive shop, which is highly recommended should diving be of interest to you. Great dive sites near by, by the way.
There are several restaurants, and although the hotel's prices are high for Philippine standards, it is still affordable and delicious.

The only downside is, that it almost feels like a Danish "colony". A more cosmopolitan palette of guests would be a plus - I would rather prefer to not hear my own language constantly while travelling abroad.

It would also be very nice to be have easier access to Sabang from the hotel by boat -one can feel a bit isolated at times here, especially in the evening where the hotel's bar gets very quiet (and closes at midnight).

There is something addictive about this hotel, so get prepared to come back again after visiting!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Quezon City, Philippines
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

Our group spent one weekend at Coco Beach and we had a great time. We availed the "Coco Express" service from Diamond Hotel to Coco Beach, and altho it was rainy when we arrived at the resort, the warm welcome by the Coco Beach Staff made our day... It's been raining for most of the time, but nevertheless, our stay was awesome. The resort staff and their "personalized" service to every cottage made our stay an enjoyable one, the staff are very courteous, and always ready to help us around. What stood out the most was the deluxe nipa cottages where we stayed, we had a great view of the sea and the whole resort. The food might look a bit expensive, but in reality, it's not. Too bad we were not able to maximize our stay and we were not able to do the 101 activities offered by the resort. Definitely, we will come back!!!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Quezon City
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

My fiance and I spent our weekend at coco beach and we totally had a great time. We availed of their shuttle service from Diamond Hotel to Coco Beach. It took us only an hour to get to Batangas because our driver really drives fast like he's driving a rally car. From Batangas port we took an outrigger boat to the resort. On our way to the resort we were able to see dolphins and it was good that they stop the boat so we can watch the dolphins.

Upon arrival we were greeted by their staff and was given welcome drinks. We got the hilltop room and it was quite a work out going up to our room but didn't mind since we got an awesome view and felt like we had the place all to ourselves. Hilltop rooms don't have A/C or TV but we're okay with that. We always have A/C and TV back in the city so it was a nice change. Also It was breezy in our room and the electric fan was good enough to cool our room. I was worried my fiance (who's such a couch potato) would complain about not having a TV in the room but he did not. Thanks to their guide of 101 things to do (there were also activities that were free of charge) he forgot about the TV.

The service family assigned to us were very accommodating, efficient, reliable and quick to response. Too bad room service is not 24 hours. We always had room service and they deliver our food in a short period of time. Our room was cleaned everyday and we loved it.

For room service, we got to order from the carabao restaurant. Food was good and price reasonable. A dish would normally cost from Php250-500 with rice included and good for sharing. We absolutely love our dinner from Dona Lina's revolving restaurant. It was a 5 course meal for Php800++. The main course was a very juicy and yummy steak. I think it was very cheap for that price. The breakfast buffet was just okay. You got the usual Filipino fare, different kinds of bread, cheese, cereal and omelet station.

The beach was just okay and it's only good to swim when it's high tide. Its rocky but its good if you like snorkling. Otherwise better use the pool They have 2 swimming pools. We love the silent pool because it has a jacuzzi and also it was near our room. They also have happy hour where you can buy 1 get 1 free cocktail of your choice. My only complaint was that it was spiked up with too much alcohol. I hardly finished my first glass.

At night, beware of frogs and lizard. I think those were the only thing that stressed me out a bit. But since Coco Beach is in a beach-jungle setting those creatures were expected. For peace of mind at night, they have guys who patrolled the area.

We were told that that the owner of the resort was Danish and that's why most of the guest are from Denmark or from other European countries. I noticed that some of their staff treats Filipino guest differently from foreign guests, But most of their staff that we encountered were very friendly and never failed to ask us if we needed something or offer some help.

Overall, I highly recommend this resort for people who like to get away from the city and enjoy the beauty of nature.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lund, Sweden
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Coco beach is a very relaxing place unless you get very unlucky with your room like us, which was next to a group of very noisy young Russian people who partied/screamed at night and kept us awake. On the Ist night, we complained, the security guard came over but it didn't make any difference. After 2 nights, we asked for another room and got it. However, we heard from others that those noisy people continued partying/screaming at night. The thing is, the hotel staffs could have warned these people or even asked them to leave the hotel instead they continued being nice to them since these guys were rich and were spending lots of their money in the hotel bars, restaurants etc. etc. disturbing people who were there to relax! Coco beach also is a very money-based hotel so be careful! For e.g. we happen to be there for the new years when the hotel had organized a celebration party for 70-80 euros/person. We were not sure whether we wanted to participate since it was expensive but then we were told by the hotel guys that they were pretty sure that our package included new year celebration party since we came from Denmark. But when we were checking out (4 days later) they told us that the new year celebration was not include in our package so we had to pay. Don't listen to what they tell u, inquire for yourself otherwise you will be ripped!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Coco Beach Island Resort
Address: Behiya, Puerto Galera, Mindoro, Philippines (Formerly Coco Beach Resort)
Location: Philippines > Mindoro > Oriental Mindoro Province > Puerto Galera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Galera
#6 Spa Hotel in Puerto Galera
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Galera
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Galera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Coco Beach Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coco Beach Island Resort is a sprawling 10-hectare beach resort with facilities made from all-natural materials... Everything is designed to compliment each facility and its natural surroundings. Definitely, an idyllic place to recharge frayed nerves, with its cozy ambience of bamboo and nipa hut in its very Filipino type of hospitality and accommodation... ... more   less 
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