This truly is the BEST place to stay in Coron.
Was in contact with them shortly after I confirmed my flight. At first, I was hesitant because their package was a bit pricey compared to other hotels/resorts in Coron. Other options had much lower prices compared to Sophia. But I chose their package for two people 3D2N in their deluxe room with Coron Tour Package and Coron Island package with daily breakfast, use of pool among other superb amenities (with roundtrip airport transfers for two, at only 6,199 Php per pax all in. REALLY WORTH IT, I tell you.) because of the reviews here in Tripadvisor.
Kudos to their reservation staff for the most prompt responses to my email. May it be 1 AM or 6 AM in the morning or 11 PM at night. I would always receive a reply to my email in the most courteous way too. All my questions would always be answered in their email.
Arrived Nov 3rd in the resort. Airport was small and homey, felt great nonetheless.There were 4 of us in the van, which was waiting for us outside the airport. It was a 30 (? or less) minute land trip to Sophia's. Beautiful fields everywhere.
Loved the welcome drink, we were immediately accommodated once inside. Everybody who worked at Sophia's was so nice and courteous, with their smiling faces. Once inside the room, you will immediately feel relaxed with the aroma of Jasmine. The bed and linens were sparkling white. TV worked well. Complimentary water was ready too. Everything in the bathroom worked well. Towels were clean. So far so good!
Once outside since we were hungry from the trip, we ate at their restaurant. Tried their Sizzling Gambas which was gooooood. Their Tanigue was even BETTER!!! One of their staff even suggested options like if we wanted to eat outside, by the garden or by the pool!
We also walked to the other end of Sophia's were it's said that they will be constructing a new wing of their resort. It's a dock, (picture posted here too) where you see the beautiful ocean surrounding the area. Beautiful. The view is to die for.
Had the town tour in the afternoon, went to the town proper, then climbed the 724 steps up Mount Tapyas, the sunset was divine. Although tiring, every step was worth it. (Note to travellers, bring Water if you easily are the type to get thirsty!) Then another 724 steps going down the mountain. By this time, your legs will be kind of shaking in sync with your knees. (So actually there are 1548 steps if you add the going up and down part haha). We were taken to Maquinit Hot Springs after, perfect place to relax after the tiring steps of Mount Tapyas.
After day one, tried their pool and jacuzzi to unwind. There weren't much guests around so it's peace and quiet. The temperature was perfect. And to my surprise, there wasn't a time limit with swimming in the pool as long as the lifeguard was informed. Such kind staff!
And as if I thought there was no more surprises left, one of them approached us and asked us what we wanted for breakfast the next day. Talk about going the extra mile and superb service. Even asked us again where we wanted to have our breakfast. Everything you need, they will help you with it. Chose the Beef Tapa (delicious!) and the Spanish Omelette. Complete meal with fruits as well. Nothing more you can ask. Perfect breakfast!
We had the island tour the following day and everything was breathtaking. From the twin lagoons, beaches and everything. Make sure you have waterproof gear for this. If you have a shockproof and water proof cam (underwater cam), you won't regret bringing it with you. Everything you see is worth taking a shot. From the boat, beach, underwater marvels of nature. The lunch that comes with it is so sumptuous as well.
After the tour, we decided to eat dinner at Santinos'. Everybody talks about it. The only con is that because there are so many people, service is around 30-45 minutes, an hour max. But everything is worth the wait. The RIBS are heavenly, I tell you. MUST Try.
Definitely going back here soon. Typhoon Yolanda came as we were about to board our plane, it was literally zero visibility in Busuanga airport last Nov 5th, very scary weather condition to fly to. Flight was delayed by 2 hours because of it. Thankfully, we got back in Manila safe and sound.
Thank you to everyone in Sophia's for the most pleasurable stay we've ever had. Your service is more than 5 stars itself. Thank you Ms. Teresa, Joy, Jheda, and Alex. Reviews do not exaggerate. Everything in this resort is first class. Sophia's Garden Resort truly is the BEST place to stay in Coron.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sophia's Garden Resort is 40 minutes away from the Busuanga airport and 15 minutes apart from Coron Town. Sophia's has a Spanish type inspired designs. That made the resort special with its 8 deluxe rooms, El Comidor Sophia and bar, a multicolored swimming pool with Jacuzzi, a magnificent El Jardin Sophia and Souvenir Shop. To experience the elegance of Coron, an exclusive place to stay and personalized service visit Sophia's Garden Resort in Coron Palawan. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sophia's Garden Resort Coron, Palawan Island