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Looking for a place to stay in Puerto Princesa, Palawan? Check out Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa, one of the luxurious resorts in the city.

Nestled on the stunning island of Palawan, Puerto Princesa is more than just a capital city; it’s a portal to a world of vibrant nature and captivating adventure. Often hailed as the “last frontier”, this flourishing city offers a blend of urban charm and untamed wilderness.

With its breathtaking Honda Bay and the awe-inspiring Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Puerto Princesa enchants visitors year-round, making it a top choice for any Philippine adventure.

Island Paradise Found

Immerse yourself in paradise at Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa, a haven of tranquility just a 15-minute escape from Puerto Princesa International Airport. Lush greenery surrounds the resort, where native-inspired architecture seamlessly blends with the vibrant foliage, creating a distinctly Palaweño ambiance. Check rates and availability

As soon as I arrived at the resort, the friendly staff warmly greeted me and offered me a refreshing welcome drink. Next, I headed to the reception to check-in. Just a heads up, they’ll collect a Php2,000 deposit per night to cover any incidental expenses during your stay. But don’t worry, if you’re short on cash, you can easily use your credit card. They’ll simply reverse the charge once you check out.

Pool Access Room

Imagine dipping into the pool right from your private patio! That’s what awaited me in my room with direct pool access. It has a comfy king-size bed with an ensuite toilet and bath and a bathtub, promising a rejuvenating soak after exploring the city’s vibrant attractions. Check rates and availability

But the real star was the outdoor patio. Sliding doors opened onto this haven, complete with a small table and chairs for leisurely snacks or evening drinks. A sun lounger invited sunbathing, while the handy clothes rack helped you dry your swimsuit after a dip.

Speaking of dips, the direct pool access was amazing! You can have a refreshing plunge any time, whether it’s an energizing morning swim or a starlit evening dip. Just a friendly heads-up: both the room’s tiles and the patio can be slippery when wet, so walk carefully.

Floating Breakfast by the Pool

My stay included a delicious breakfast buffet, but I decided to indulge in a unique experience – a floating breakfast by the pool! I booked it upon arrival, requesting an early 7:00 am delivery to avoid crowds.

Excitement bubbled as I received a call at 7:00 am announcing the arrival of my floating breakfast. I waited eagerly on my patio, picturing myself enjoying the serene poolside setting. Imagine my surprise when the staff member emerged from the pool and delivered the basket to my patio!


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While I appreciated their attentiveness, I politely explained that the whole point of a floating breakfast was to enjoy it poolside. After all, if I wanted breakfast on the patio, I would have opted for in-room service. Perhaps the concept of a floating breakfast was lost in translation.

With a smile, the staff member retrieved the basket and brought it poolside for the photo and video opportunity I craved. However, the reality of balancing breakfast afloat soon set in. After a few attempts, I decided to return to the comfort of my patio to truly enjoy the delicious spread.

The breakfast itself was a delightful mix of Filipino favorites: silog, fresh bread, local kakanin treats, juicy fruits, refreshing juice, and a steaming cup of Americano coffee. Despite the initial hiccup, the experience was truly memorable, filled with delicious food and a touch of unexpected poolside fun.

Karaoke and Bath Soaks

Island hopping was on my agenda, but after diving into videos of the resort’s inviting pool and amenities, I decided to trade sand and waves for a more laid-back experience.

The resort’s recreation area offered a vibrant mix of activities: billiard halls, dart boards, and more. Traveling solo, I opted for a karaoke session, belting out tunes and soaking in the lively atmosphere. Though I couldn’t deny a pang of longing for singing companions, the experience was still a blast.

As my stay neared its end, I indulged in a luxurious Milk and Honey Soak. The soothing warmth and calming aroma melted away any lingering travel fatigue, leaving me feeling deeply relaxed and rejuvenated.

This trip might not have been the island-hopping adventure I originally envisioned, but it offered a different kind of escape – one filled with poolside fun, a touch of solo karaoke, and a blissful finale of pampering.


Caniguiran Street, Barangay Bancao-Bancao
Contact: +63 9692750185 /+63 267414072
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Full disclosure: Princesa Garden Island Resort provided me with a complimentary two-night stay in exchange for this review and social media coverage. However, I maintain complete editorial control over my content, and all opinions expressed here are authentic and unbiased.

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