As the boat approached the white sand beach of Club Paradise Palawan, a private island resort in Palawan, I sat back in awe of how the little island looked so beautiful from afar, wrapped by the clear, azure seas.
I saw families taking a stroll on the beach, snorkelling in the clear blue waters and having a meal by the beachfront restaurant. Coupled with the soothing sounds of waves crashing, it added to the laidback ambience of the island.
Checking in to Club Paradise Palawan
It was a tough night to remember, having to sleep over at Manila airport due to a delay in my flight. Our original Cebu Pacific flight boarded us, hovered around Busuanga, before turning back to Manila airport. They explained that “there was poor visibility and unable to find the runway”. Unbelievable! My excitement turned to horror in a split second.
Despite the delay in my flight from Manila to Busuanga and some difficulty trying to reach the Club Paradise Palawan concierge to rearrange my pick up timing from the airport, I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I found Club Paradise Palawan’s driver waiting at Busuanga airport for my arrival.
I was warmly greeted at 8am with huge smiles, and welcomed with some snacks and a lovely blue bracelet with the words “Club Paradise” on them.
The airport is 20 minutes away from the pier by van and another 20 minutes by speed boat to the hotel. The tour guide, Edward, kept me deeply engrossed in the majestic views of Coron – from the sparse, green hills to the mangrove rivers.
Upon reaching the shores of Club Paradise Palawan, I was surrounded by a group of musicians, dressed in floral blue shirts and straw hats, welcoming me with a song sang by them. How sweet and lovely is that!
I love their home-made calamansi drink with a drizzle of sea salt, served as I waited for my room to be ready. It was a superb way to reenergise, after spending a gruelling long night at the airport.
Club Paradise Palawan’s Rooms
There are 4 types of accommodation here at Club Paradise Palawan:
- Garden Suite
- Garden View Room
- Sunset Villa
- Sunrise Villa
Prices range from as low as USD275 to USD364 per night, depending on the seasonality, availability and type of room.
I was thrilled to be hosted in the Sunset Villa – Deluxe room, equipped with my own porch. The porch has a hammock and a sofa, making sunset-watching as idyllic as you can imagine.
Upon checking in, there were staff greeting me at my front door. They had prepared a foot scrub to welcome me! I swear I could get used to this treatment everyday. 😉
The room has a king-sized bed, a toilet, equipped with an overhead shower and basic showering necessities, and a walk-in wardrobe with a full-length mirror, on top of a dressing table.
Club Paradise Palawan’s Amenities
Separated into two sections, the swimming pool is a leisurely way to while the time away on hot afternoons. You can lay down on the shallow section of the pool, with slow jets of water that can massage your body, or you can also cross over to swim in the 6-feet-deep pool.
The reception counter is in the same place as the Clubhouse, which is located right next to the swimming pool and restaurant. It is housed inside a huge wooden hut, and there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied, apart from sitting down on the sofas waiting to check-in or check-out of the hotel.
Seeing the pool table, foosball table and table tennis table brought out the inner child in me again. I spent so much time at the lounge challenging others to a game of foosball that an hour quickly flew by. I even broke out in a sweat playing it, and was thankful that the staff at the bar had free flow of iced water for me throughout.
Located right next to the pool, the Sand Bar allows guests to unwind by the beach with the availability of beach chairs on the white sandy beach. Listen to the waves crashing as you sit with friends or other guests and come night, enjoy the view of the night sky lit up by the stars.
The Sand Bar opens from 5am to 1am while Happy Hour is from 5pm to 7pm, and you can get a nice view of the sunset from here, too.
I fell in love with the beach here that overlooks the neighbouring islands’ mountains and hills. Every turn is a picture-perfect opportunity. If you’re not into taking photos, you can just bring a picnic mat and bask in the sun’s rays.
Also, if you think the main beach area was pretty, you need to check out the Hidden Beach, located about 10 minutes away by foot from the Clubhouse.
No one seems to go there, despite the pretty rock formations found there as well as the presence of several wooden huts for you to have a meal or drinks together!
Club Paradise Palawan’s Services
While waiting for my turn to check in, one of the staff from the in-house Discovery Dive programme came to us and invited us for a quick hands-on dive session, which lasts about 3 hours in total. It covers theory, pool practice and a quick dive. It was a pity that I had the whole day planned out, otherwise, I would have loved to give this a try!
If you ever visit Club Paradise Palawan, the office is located right in front of the swimming pool. Have a chat with them – the friendly staff would be eager to let you have a go at diving, I’m sure the sights and sceneries you’ll see are worth it!
Water Sports & Activities
Snorkelling in the Club Paradise Palawan waters is one of the highlights of my stay here. I was given a complimentary snorkelling experience that lasted almost 2 hours long.
The instructor that guided me for this activity, despite not speaking English, went out of his way to show me the treasures of the underwater life. With my underwater camera in hand, he dived deeper to help me capture rare footages of an octopus, giant clams and starfishes, among many others. The seabed was decorated with pretty corals stretching as far as the eye can see.
If you’re worried that you can’t swim as well, don’t worry – there are life vests provided and on top of that, you can hold on to life buoys that is attached by the instructor.
The best way to take the entire island in is to explore this island on your own, and immerse in it from sunrise to sunset.
Located in a cosy hut next to the swimming pool, I was given a chance to unwind and be pampered in an hour-long anti-stress massage. All I had to do was book an appointment with the friendly masseuse at Glow Spa a few hours in advance and come back at my dedicated time slot.
There were many other types of massage available. I would have loved to go for the hot stone massage treatment for a deep tissue massage.
For a detailed review of my spa experience with Club Paradise Palawan, look out for my next article on the massage spa!
Dining at Club Paradise Palawan
Breakfast is served at Firefish Restaurant, located right in front of the boat pick up/ drop-off point. Breakfast at Club Paradise Palawan comprises of your typical breakfast dishes:
- Western pastries complete with cheese and butter spreads
- Custom-cooked omelettes
- Cereals with milk
- Asian dishes such as Korean Fried Chicken, Omu rice, Teriyaki Salmon, fried rice, noodle, Japchae noodle and soup
- Waffles and Pancakes with various kinds of dressings
- Sausages and hash browns
Although the breakfast selection wasn’t as varied as most hotels would be, the food was constantly replenished. However, as the restaurant is open air, I had a couple of unwelcome visitors like birds and flies while I was enjoying my breakfast.
Breakfast starts at 6am and stretches till 1030am.
Dinner by the beach
It was the perfect romantic dinner setting by the beach , complete with fairy lights and unlimited choice of food options.
I ordered the Indonesian Nasi Goreng (Indonesian style fried rice), Lumpiang Sariwa (Philippines’ version of vegetable spring rolls), and their Signature Garlic Pepper Crab. I also couldn’t miss their highly raved, specialty dessert dish – Mango Mango Mango Cheesecake. The name is deriveed from how mango is presented in 3 different ways in the dish. The dessert, though, was too sweet for my palate.
I had my own personal waiter that was highly attentive as the restaurant was located about 100m away from where I was seated at.
Dinner begins at 6pm onwards, but it’s best to come after 7pm when the sun has completely set to enjoy the views and the night lights.
Throughout my stay, Club Paradise Palawan also went out of their way to inject little surprises during my stay and personalize my experience. When I first arrived, I found a photo frame of my partner and I on the bedside table.
Throughout the day roaming about the resort, I would return to find cute treats on my table – sweet potato balls, macarons, chocolate cake, biscuits and fruit tarts.
The friendly General Manager would also come and greet me whenever he passes by and strike up a conversation with me, making my stay in Coron feel that much more at home!
This resort on a private island is perfect if you’re looking for an idyllic getaway, away from Coron Town Proper, central town that is filled with vehicles and local vendors that hustle you to buy their tours and goods. Living here is like a world of your own.
Club Paradise Palawan Dimakya Island, Coron, Northern Palawan, Philippines [email protected]
Special thanks to Club Paradise Palawan for making this stay possible! All opinions remain my own.