I stayed here March 15-18th solo, as I was working in Makati, and wanted to relax and unwind for a few days, and this was the perfect place.
Arrival - person with name of hotel was waiting for me outside the airport. It is about a 30-45 min ride to the dock, and then 1 hr boat ride to Dos Palmas, so it is pretty remote. all in all, a smooth transfer. When I arrived at the resort, i was greeted with a welcome drink, and music welcoming to my resort. Check in was smooth, and I was taken to my villa.
Room - just what you need, it is a little dated, but remember you are on an small remote island so you can't expect the same amenities etc you would find at a hotel in the city (no TV, internet; only at restaurant and it is intermittent. Some improvements could be the water pressure for the shower, i found the beds hard, and key for the door can be tricky at times.
Food - Some food items that i enjoyed. Snacks: Fish roll, i really liked the fries, and Mojitos; Sexy witch on the beach was a bit strong for me. Breakfast (which was included in rate); good variety, able to make substitution (i prefer egg white omelette); I found the fruit juices a little too sweet for my taste. Dinner; 1 night i had the surf and turf which was ok, but in my opinion it was not worth 680 php. I enjoyed the glass noodles with shrimp, chicken and vegetables. Note portions are pretty big, so for one, I was not able to finish.
Spa - I had the massage twice, and both therapists were good, and able to adjust the pressure to my tastes. I tried one outside in the open air by the water, and the other in a treatment room. Between the 2, I prefer outdoor, as the breeze felt wonderful, but keep in mind it is not private, and open setting (a gardener was watering plants nearby). I also had an island fruit facial which was relaxing, but no extraction.
Boat/Snorkeling - from the reviews this is the place to snorkel so I didn't want to miss this. For solo travelers, or travelers in general, the resort can rent to a boat for the day for 4000 php (where I am from, this is a steal), and visit both Pandan, and Starfish island. I choose this option as when I compared rates to go with a group + wharf rates to/from DP, for a little bit more you can go, pay the entrance fees (approx 150 php for both islands) meet people there, and be on your own schedule. I am a non swimmer, so included in this price, I had 1 person drive the boat, and another that accompanied me in the ocean to snorkel (took me to the best areas), took care of my belongings etc. So, to me worth the price when I look at overall piece of mind/efficiency. Tip - my only regret is that i did not bring a water camera - which is a must.
Free boat shuttle to island - at the resort there is a daily boat service that goes to another island. Which is absolutely breathtaking, and nice to go swimming/snorkeling.
Overall - a very pleasant stay. good for families, couples, romance etc. For solos; anything more than 2-3 days you could get bored, as there is literally no nightlife (place shuts down by 10pm)
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- Also Known As:
- Dos Palmas Island Hotel Puerto Princesa
- Dos Palmas Island Resort And Spa
- Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa Palawan Island/Puerto Princesa