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Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #9 of 51 Hotels in Puerto Princesa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 25, 2012

The staff was friendly. Everywhere you go within the resort, they will greet you. We stayed there last December for three days and two nights. As friendly as the staff are in the resort, our Guest Relations Officer was of no use. She only offered us options that would suit THEIR schedule and didn't even bother to make a schedule for our group of thirteen.

The rooms are kind of old, but they are renovating some rooms. What I hated most about this trip was taking a bath. After a long day out in the beach, or in the pool (where the water's salty as well), you just want to take a bath in fresh and clean water. In the three days that I was in Dos Palmas, I did not feel clean AT ALL. The bath water was almost the same as the sea water, and worst of all, even the faucet water was salt water! I had to brush my teeth with the bottled water they gave us every day.

Food is so-so but you don't really have a choice since you're in an island. The diving staff are very nice and helpful, you should try intro diving. The staff in the spa, well, they're nice but you have to book early because they only have 10 or less people there for an island that can have about 100 guests.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

Service: They have the best staff. We were well taken care off.

Value: It is expensive but it was all worth it. :)

Room: They have very comfortable and cozy rooms. Nice beds and soft pillows. The room we have was very spacious. It was clean. However, there was no TV but you won't get bored because of the unlimited water sports, they also have billiards, table tennis and the SPA (amazing HILOT massage!)!!

Location: The only downside to Dos Palmas is the location. If you want to explore Puerto Princesa then this is not the hotel for you.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank krizia_lazaro
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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 Jessilyn L
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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.

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  • 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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Additional Information about Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa

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:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Princesa
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Princesa
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Princesa
#5 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Princesa
#6 Family Hotel in Puerto Princesa
Price Range: $137 - $156 (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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