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Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #6 of 51 Hotels in Puerto Princesa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 16, 2011

We stayed at Dos Palmas last Oct 31 to Nov 2. We got their 3 days - 2 nights package which was about 8,000 per adult person/night and the package was not really expensive because everything was in. It included free scuba lessons for two, snorkeling with a guide, full board meals, body massage and many others. I couldn't forget the superb service that they gave us. My family (we have 2 kids) decided to go snorkeling at 3 pm, and they brought us to the area on a speed boat (thanks to Butch who was our very acommodating and very abled snorkeling guide and scuba teacher). The package included a buffet lunch on an island called isla puting buhangin and we were awed by the scenery. It was a small private island with a very long sand bar. The food was cooked (grilled) on the very island and we were served by waiters in uniform. We ate to our hearts desire the the grilled lunch and had fun swimming after. Buffet meals served at the main restaurant and lanai of dos palmas were enjoyable as well. Who would forget the eat-all-you can crabs and other sea foods for dinner? The beach cottage that we were in (they're renovating their bay cottages and their big pool) was nice and very spacious. There was no TV in the room(if you wanted to watch a movie, they had a place in the far end of the restaurant for that) which was good because we wanted a very relaxing vacation. Dos Palmas is about good food, good service and a fun filled experience.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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6  Thank Ma Noemi J
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

On a recent trip to Puerto Princesa in October, we decided to visit Dos Palmas on a day use. For 2,500 PHP which is about $60 each person, the day use included a welcome juice drink, the use of the kayaks, boat to take you a quarter mile from shore to snorkle and lunch. The 10 cottoges were closed for demolishing as they were in bad shape so we didn't get to tour them. As for the main swimming pool, it had been closed for renovation since the begining of the year. The lockers and showers for day use were in deplorable condition. The only thing that was okay was lunch and the staff. After the lunch, we found the spa area and saw there was another pool which the welcome receptionist didn't bother to mention. I think management of the property are dilutional to think they can charge $60 per person when the facility wasn't up to par. If the facility is at 60% of their standard, then they should only charge at 60% as well. Think twice before deciding if this is worth your money.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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4  Thank JessilynLu
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

My husband, sister and brother-in-law went on a 4 day trip to Dos Palmas and it was one of the most relaxing vacation I have ever had. There are no TV's in the rooms so you spend time by the pool, diving or hanging out on their private island. The food and service were impecable and the accommodations were very nice.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank TexasVacationer09
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

- Employees are very friendly.
- Our room was clean. The room was cleaned daily.
- No TV in room. No coffee/tea maker. Had a safety deposit box and small fridge (with mini-bar). 2 small bottles complementary drinking water daily.
- Provided room slippers, bath towels, toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, cotton buds).
- Beach towels provided.
- Hot and cold shower water available.
- Room was almost perfect except for the lack of a shower curtain/shower enclosure. Almost everything gets when you take a shower. Bathroom floors you walk on become wet.
- Room type: Beach Villa (2nd floor). Better to get 2nd floor so you can hang out on the balcony with more privacy.
- Had a lot of food choices for lunch and dinner. Breakfast choices were kinda limited.
- Drinks are not free (except water, coffee, and tea).
- WIFI only available in restaurant area.
- Don't avail of the olive oil and sand foot spa. The therapist was too rough on my feet. She scraped off a small piece of my skin :(
- The whole resort was generally clean except for the public bathrooms near the activity/dive center.
- I understand why Dos Palmas' rates are expensive. They are on generator 24/7. Food and other supplies are transported via motorized boat which is roughly an hour from the main island.

Room Tip: get 2nd floor beach villa so you can hang out on the balcony with more privacy
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank anski
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

Although Dos Palmas is having renovations this season, it didn't bother our stay and we still had a blast celebrating our surprise 40th wedding ceremony for our parents (with the help of Mr. Kin Hupanda & his friendly staff- who did a great job organizing the ceremony). FOOD was really great, we enjoyed the lavish and freshly cooked buffet they served on our breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Scuba diving instructors were also friendly that made our scuba diving experience fun and memorable. The hilot massage was very relaxing.
Rooms and amenities were fine. However,looking forward for better rooms and amenities after their renovations :)

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

Given the luxurious positioning and pricing of Dos Palmas, we were expecting at the very least, modern facilities. Unfortunately, the island resort fell way short on this - shower heads were rusty, faucet water (although knowingly internally treated) tasted like the ocean, the dining area's roof was almost falling off, the kids' play area is quite old and doesn't look clean at all. We were not informed early on too that renovations were on-going around the other villas and the nearby swimming pool.

The only consolation? The staff are great, great, great! You are well-greeted by every staff wherever you walk around, every request and whim is not denied (requests for food, drinks, video viewing, towels, etcetera), plus my wife and I had complimentary massages (after complaining about the facilities). Another consolation for staying overnight is the lunch picnic at nearby Isla Puting Buhangin.

Advice to the first time traveler: (1) if you want to stay overnight, request at least a 50% discount (the rack rates are totally not worth it); (2) stay overnight only if you want to experience the lunch picnic at Isla Puting Buhanging; (3) do not expect snorkeling here to be as awesome as other places (such as Bohol); (4) take a day-trip only if you really want to experience the site (only P1,500 I believe).

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank Nomad_HF
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

We had a hastily organised side trip here to escape from Puerto Princesa, which believe me, is a place that you need to escape from. The resort, which is about a 90 minute boat ride from Palawan, is at first glance, pleasant enough though you seen realize that it's actually a bit run down and tatty in parts. Wouldn't take a great deal of money to spruce it up but apparently, there isn't the will to do so. As with so many places in the Philippinrs, the staff are welcoming and do try hard to please. The room was OK, clean though "functionally" furnished and the spa provided some light relief for the ladies. Nearby snorkeling is worth a look and we did a lunchtime picnic on a close by, Robinson Crusoe-type island, organised by the resort which was a very pleasant place to while away a couple of hours. The picnic was simple but certainly did the job and whilst beer and soft drinks are carried, if you want a bottle of wine you need to let them know in advance.
The resort is frequented by hordes of daytrippers from Palawn so can get a bit crowded and by the time we realised that bicycles were available for guest use, there was only one minus brakes available. We politely declined. Food is, by Philippine standards, not bad but overall, not a place that I would particularly want to revisit unless I had a flight diverted to Puerto Princesa.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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4  Thank BazSingapore
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Address: Arrecife Island, Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island 5300, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Mimaropa > Palawan Province > Palawan Island > Puerto Princesa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Princesa
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Princesa
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Princesa
#5 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Princesa
#7 Family Hotel in Puerto Princesa
Price Range: $120 - $154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 38
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