Firstly, I have to agree with the previous review and ask "what is all the fuss about?"
We had originally booked just one night in Coral Bay Resort by telephone a couple of days prior to our arrival. We indicated that we might stay for longer but were unsure of our plans and therefore would just like to book for one night. On arrival, we were told that it wasn't possible to stay for just one night and he asked for our money upfront for a full five nights... before even showing us the room! In the end, we agreed to stay for two nights. The complimentary beers, however, were very much appreciated after our long journey.
The rooms are nice, clean and tidy and the bathrooms are spacious with hot water. The room had a balcony overlooking the garden area and a view of the sea to the right. The room also had air con, a fan and Wifi was accessible throughout the resort grounds. The grounds and garden area are lovely and open out onto the lovely Corong Corong beach.
A good breakfast was served in the morning, although we couldn't understand, with such an incredible setting and view outside, why it was served in a very plain room with no view. Also, the grounds and garden area were very beautiful and well landscaped but didn't seem to ever be used.
Our main issues, with Coral Bay Resort, were that it seemed to be a lot of money for what it was. 2,500 pesos per night for our room did seem excessive. 1,700 pesos would have seemed more reasonable. Also, we found the owner rather overbearing. On top of his initial insistence that we'd booked for 5 nights and not just one, he was constantly asking us what our plans were for the day and constantly pushing us to do one of their tours with some other couple or family staying at the resort. This started to get a bit awkward and was not really what we had in mind for our time in El Nido. We just wanted to do our own thing and take a tour when we felt like it. We felt a bit like we were being watched!
As a result, we moved after the second night to Talindak cottages just down the way, which was much more us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coral Bay Resort , is situated 10 MN from El Nido by Tricycle Right on the Beach of Corong-Corong Facing the Islands of the Archipelagos of Bacuit enjoy the fantastic Sunset. All Room are Air-con and Fan Hot/Cold Water all the Room are around the Big Garden that cover most of the resort we are on the beach.Including Free WIFI. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Bay Resort El Nido, Palawan Island