Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa Palawan Experience! (Photo Essay)

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The flourishing city of Puerto Princesa is the beloved capital city of Palawan and is said to be the gateway to the last frontier and best island in the world.

Famous for its beautiful Honda Bay and the world-renowned Underground river, Puerto Princesa is one of the best go-to summer destinations in the Philippines.

Equipped with a new airport and a fast-growing city, there is something for everyone in Puerto Princesa City. And if you’re looking for the perfect staycation resort, then Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa has you covered.

Caniguiran Street, Barangay Bancao-Bancao
Contact: 0977 194 5105 | 0920 822 7443 | 048 723 1356
Facebook: @PrincesaGardenIsland
Instagram: @PrincesaGarden

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Located just 10-15 minutes away from the airport and 3.5 kms away from the city center, Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa is the perfect holiday getaway for your family, friends, and loved ones.


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Beautifully designed with an Asian themed wooden architecture, it blends well with its surrounding environment and is perfect if you want to immerse yourself in nature.


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Speaking of nature, Puerto Princesa brings you even closer to it with their floating glass villas on stilts, which also give you that much-needed privacy.



Upon entering the Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa, it already becomes apparent how the luxury resort architecture completely blends with the untouched beauty of its surroundings.



Staying true to their “green is the way to go” campaign, the resort even has its own wastewater-treatment plant and desalination system.



Combined with the use of solar panels and local natural materials, this extra step helps lessens the resort’s overall carbon footprint and impact on the environment.



Aside from the lush, beautiful scenery, this 4-hectare resort is also great for different kinds of land and water activities for your family and kids.



Check-in guests can enjoy an outdoor jacuzzi and an enormous lagoon pool where they even have a full-size water slide built just for kids.



All rooms have balconies, while others have pool access balconies that let you walk out directly into the main pool from the comfort of your bedroom.



On top of that, they also have premium rooms with shared private pool access that also connects to the main pool.



Other features of the resort include an entertainment & kiddie room, gift shop, a lovely gym, and 1-hour free use of bikes and non-motorized water sports.



In total, the resort has four bars and restaurants with international and local cuisine, a full-size ballroom, and a Catholic church.



But what sets the resort apart from the many other resorts in Palawan is its unique location.

Its combination of lush palm greenery and oceanfront mangrove is where the island resort really stands out.


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Nestled directly in front (and above) the ocean is their water villas on stilts, the first of its kind in Puerto Princesa Palawan.



Lucky enough, we got the chance to experience and stay in one of their coveted water villas for two nights.



Before you even enter the villa premises, you first have to go through a gated receiving hall, complete with its own reception, lobby, and snack bar.


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In total there are ten floating villas, each with their unique design and perfect for couples or honeymooners who want their privacy.



Inside the villa you’ll be greeted by a 180-degree floor to ceiling glass wall with an undisputed sunrise view of the ocean.



The villas are very spacious and well equipped with all the modern amenities that you’ll ever need during your stay.



Each villa has its outdoor wooden deck with daybed and hammock.



Did I mention that each villa has its own outdoor Jacuzzi with an excellent view of the ocean?


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Also, just a few steps away from the villa residences is a wooden walkway that leads up to a sandbar that only appears during low tide.


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What better way to end the relaxing day than with a sumptuous meal at the Golden Elephant seafood village.



Golden Elephant is a floating restaurant within Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa that serves different types of Asian fusion and seafood dishes.



Among our favorites are the live seafood and freshly caught spicy crab.



And of course, the Thai style classic chicken tom yum in coconut soup for the meat lovers out there.



All in all, the food was excellent. Even though I’m not a fan of seafood, I still I enjoyed most of the dishes we ordered, especially the relaxing ambiance of the restaurant.

As for the whole resort, I can’t recommend this place enough. I fell in love with the spacious rooms, big swimming pools, and the overall “close to nature” feel of the resort.

I also liked the small and private boardwalk that leads up to the sandbar. I had a short walk in the morning and saw a lot of starfishes, and along the way, I was greeted by the friendly staff of the resort that was more than happy to help.

The Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa is indeed a paradise tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city and is the perfect getaway for you and your friends, family, and loved ones.


Caniguiran Street, Barangay Bancao-Bancao
Contact: 0977 194 5105 | 0920 822 7443 | 048 723 1356
Facebook: @PrincesaGardenIsland
Instagram: @PrincesaGarden

Live an Awesome Life,

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NICO of Team Our Awesome Planet

Disclosure: Our stay was courtesy of Princesa Island Resort & Spa. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.

3 thoughts on “Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa Palawan Experience! (Photo Essay)

    1. Well we have stayed at hundreds of hotels in many countries and can tell you that we’ve never have written a negative review until now. The Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa whilst being a lovely place is wrought with issues. . The room we stayed at was nice and freshly painted however the bathroom/CR was terrible. The mirror was completely defaced, not fixed and the shower floor was mildewed and never cleaned in the corners and walls. The maintenance crew did a nice job with the linens upon request however tried to clean the floors daily with dirty mops and no cleaning agents leaving a terrible smell. The Tomato-Basil restaurant was absolutely terrible on two separate occasions. The pasta (lasagne) was old and hard. Could not even eat same. Saw others leaving their pizza and drinks too! Gave it another try on Easter Sunday. No one was there. Ordered two ice teas and a pina colada at 1:34pm. Waited almost 30 minutes and they finally delivered the tea’s but no pina colada. Canceled the drink order, got and paid the bill and left. Two other parties came and left because no service. Where is the manager? Who supervises the help here? Where is a competent chef that knows Italian food and how to prepare same? I would estimate they are losing many guests and 45% in revenues. This could be ‘gold mine’. Went to the lobby and asked for change of a P500 bill. The attendant said ‘NO’. Not even an explanation or even a ‘sorry’. The Rice restaurant had a good menu and the daily breakfast buffet was good as was the service. Very nice indeed! At least they are getting this part correct. Don’t look up though because there are birds in the Rice restaurant and the bottom of chair legs are very dirty.

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